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->''"If half an onion is black with rot, it is a rotten onion. A man is good or he is evil."''
--> -- '''Melisandre of Asshai''', ''Literature/AClashOfKings''

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Good versus Evil. [[GoodColorsEvilColors White hat]] versus [[EvilWearsBlack black hat]]. The [[KnightInShiningArmor shining knight]] [[MessianicArchetype of destiny]] with [[TheCape flowing cape]] versus the [[DastardlyWhiplash mustache-twirling]], [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying]] force of [[ObviouslyEvil pure malevolence]]. The most basic form of fictional morality, Black And White Morality deals with the battle between pure good and absolute evil.

This can come in a variety of forms:

* Motivation: The villains ''never'' have a sympathetic motivation for their actions. There aren't any [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]], and TheMole will show his [[EvilCostumeSwitch true colours]] once he's [[FaceHeelTurn unmasked]]. Rather, their intentions are entirely [[ForTheEvulz for the sake of Evil]] (and may involve [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over]] or [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying the world]]). Likewise, the forces of good never have any ulterior motives for their deeds; they do good because it's [[ForGreatJustice The Right Thing To Do.]]
* Choices: All major choices that the heroes are faced with are either unambiguously right or wrong. There aren't any grey areas, and when a SadisticChoice ''is'' presented, there's always a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]]. Furthermore, the heroes will ''always'' make the right choice unless they're about to learn AnAesop or pull a FaceHeelTurn.
* Characterization: [[ShapedLikeItself The good guys are good]], and the [[ObviouslyEvil bad guys are bad]]. If there are any morally ambiguous or grey characters around (such as an AntiHero or WorthyOpponent), they will eventually shift firmly to one side or the other. They'll either [[FaceHeelTurn switch]] to the side that matches their [[HeelFaceTurn actual perceived alignment]], or turn [[BadassDecay fully good]] or [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil fully evil]]. Minor characters may maintain some degree of neutrality, but the major characters will all be on one side or the other. Occasionally there will be a short scene explaining the neutrality is inherently evil (or, very rarely, good). To avoid an AuthorTract some writers prefer to claim that being neutral is similar to [[IFightForTheStrongestSide supporting the stronger side]]. However as the Neutral Neutral page on this wiki will show, the reasons for being neutral number in the double digits, not including Lawful Neutral and Chaotic Neutral, or any combination thereof.

Stories using this trope usually have a HeroProtagonist and a VillainAntagonist, though this is not always the case. They're also where you're most likely to find BeautyEqualsGoodness, although there are stories with black and white morality where appearance doesn't reflect morality.

While it shows up in stories of all kinds, Black And White Morality seems to occur frequently in media marketed for kids. Many stories that use Black And White Morality tend to lean towards the idealistic end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, but this doesn't necessarily have to be the case - in a more cynical CrapsackWorld, there is more black than white, but the white can at least take [[KnightInSourArmor a sour form]]. Works that use both AdaptationalVillainy and AdaptationalHeroism, or HistoricalVillainUpgrade and HistoricalHeroUpgrade for different characters are also deliberately employing this trope to make the moral conflict simpler. Of course, usage of Black and White morality in stories [[TropesAreNotGood won't always end up sparkling white]]: this moral alignment is often associated with clichéd writing and propaganda.

Of course, the prevalence of this moral system may lead to the belief that GoodIsBoring. Thus, the aforementioned grey spots in a setting like this are a common EnsembleDarkhorse. BadassDecay occurs when the dark horse is whitewashed to conform to the prevailing system.

Compare GreyAndGrayMorality, BlackAndGrayMorality, WhiteAndGreyMorality, and MoralityKitchenSink. Also see ShadesOfConflict and GrayingMorality. See BlackAndWhiteInsanity when this sort of thinking by characters is presented as a sign of mental instability in the story.

Please note even in a world where the moral lines are sharply drawn, there may still be characters or organizations that are presented as being 'grey'. A general rule of thumb as to whether or not black-and-white morality is present is that the heroes are almost always considered to be in the right, while the villains are always 'wrong'. Of course, the audience might [[ValuesDissonance disagree with the author's moral compass]]. MoralDissonance occurs when a character with a black-and-white moral system is unaware that they're not always following their own values well (all-too-possible in RealLife).

If [[ValuesDissonance general attitudes on issues addressed change and/or the story is introduced to a very different culture]], it may be viewed as GreyAndGrayMorality, BlackAndGrayMorality, or BlueAndOrangeMorality.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Any commercial. Brand loyalty is SeriousBusiness.
* Good luck finding any political campaign commercials anywhere which suggest that it is possible to disagree over an issue without being monstrous, or at the very least stupid.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* This trope is played straight in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': While the kids and their Digimons represent virtues (Courage, Friendship, Love, etc.) their enemies (Such as Devimon, [=VamDemon=]/Myotismon and the Dark Masters) are evil incarnate.
** Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Goes for WhiteAndGreyMorality quite a bit though (against Digimon Kaiser, [=BlackWarGreymon=], Oikawa).
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': This happens a lot over the course of the series, Phantom Blood with [[IdealHero Jonathan]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld Dio]] being the most blatant, though other parts do share this mindset to an extent. Even Part 5, with the heroes despite being '''Mafia''' generally act more like cops against the obviously evil BigBad.
* The ''{{Mazinger}}'' franchise (''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''GreatMazinger'', ''UFORoboGrendizer'', ''Manga/NewMazinger''...). Except ''Anime/ShinMazinger'', where the good guys include various criminals, and the bad guy [[spoiler: is a bad guy, but holding back a bunch of even worse guys.]] Which is still within "black and white", but with a small twist.
** Dr. Hell is also consistently shown to not be the kind of BadBoss [[YouHaveFailedMe who punishes his subordinates for being unable to beat the heroes]]. The only reason he locks up Baron Ashura in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' is because he went over the Doctor's authority on a matter, and he still was willing to let him fight when Ashura ''begged'' him to let him.
** The morality in these series is more greyish than it seems. [[MadScientist Dr.]] [[BigBad Hell]] [[FreudianExcuse became mad after having endured years of abuse, insults and mockery from everybody -including his parents- since he was a little kid, and when he made a good action, he usually got beaten and scorned]]. [[GreatMazinger Great General of Darkness]] wanted taking over the surface world because the Mykene civilization had been forced to live underground for millennia and he wanted his people enjoyed again things humans take for granted -such like seeing sunlight and breathing fresh air-. [[UFORoboGrendizer Emperor Vega]] began invading other planets because his own homeworld was dying, and several of his henchmen were {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s wanted establishing a benevolent dictatorship because they genuinely believed Earth people would be better off. And, frankly, humans in the trilogy often acted like [[UngratefulBastard utter bastards]] and forced the heroes to reflect about their motivations.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'': The heroes are (almost) completely good, while the villains are absolutely evil.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* A common element in ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'', the Christian protagonists are good while the nonbelievers are evil, or at least a {{Jerkass}}.
* ''NewGods'' justifies this trope by transforming a single planet into [[LiteralSplitPersonality two purely good and evil worlds.]]
* Most comic books set in the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] (World War II or thereabouts) and a good portion of the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] have this sort of moral code.
* SteveDitko's ''MrA'' comic lives and breathes this trope, being Ditko's interpretation of Creator/AynRand's Objectivism in vigilante form.
** TheQuestion under Ditko was essentially a more marketable version of Mr. A. His CaptainErsatz [[{{ComicBook/Watchmen}} Rorschach]], however, deconstructs it to reveal BlackAndWhiteInsanity.
*** 'There is black and there is white, and there is wrong and there is right, and there is NOTHING in between', as Alan Moore's adolescent band once sung, in reference to Steve Ditko.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime''. The series runs on {{Deconstruction}} ''and'' {{Reconstruction}} of multiple elements, EvenEvilHasStandards, and there's one gut-wrenching case of JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. Nevertheless, the lines between Good and Evil remain painfully clear. The BigBad and [[TheDragon his Dragons]] are realistically ObviouslyEvil, and though the heroes' ethics are definitely put above the law, they ''are'' there and pretty strict.
* Elly Patterson of ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' saw life in this matter in the fanfic ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons''. The two problems were that she could not handle anyone with different viewpoints form her, and that her ideas of what 'black' and 'white' are were so twisted that they might as well be BlueAndOrangeMorality. This, among other things, contributed to Elly losing her mind for about two years.
* In ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' the unicorns are [[DesignatedHero good]], Titan is [[CardCarryingVillain evil]]. [[FlatCharacter There is no depth to any of the characters]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon uses this all the time. {{Creator/Pixar}} uses it pretty frequently too, though their villains are more likely to have sympathetic motivations.
** The true exception to "sympathetic motivation" is ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', where Hopper says that keeping the ants under control is more important than just getting food from them.
** This trope is played with in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. Whereas [[Disney/TheLionKing the original movie]] played the trope straight (Scar and the hyenas are evil; everyone else is good), the sequel sets itself up the same way (lions in the Pridelands are good; lions in the Outlands are bad) but then subverts the trope. The [[AnAesop moral]] of the movie is that the characters' Black and White Morality they started out with is wrong and that they must learn to recognize the shades of gray.
** {{Disney/Hercules}} adds this morality in adaptation. Hercules, Zeus and Hera become purely good. Hadies becomes purely evil. In the origional myths they were a lot more morally ambiguous. The only grey character in the movie is Meg. This is one side effect of being HijackedByJesus.
* In the CompilationMovie ''Once Upon a Halloween'', a villain is plotting to do something evil while her magic mirror tries to talk her out of while showing her clips of various Disney movies. In the end the villain decides she doesn't want to go through her plan anymore, but the mirror kills her anyway for even attempting it in the first place.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''TheBox'': Anyone who pushes the button is evil [[spoiler: and must be used as statistics in supporting human extinction]] and anyone who doesn't push the button is good [[spoiler: and must be enslaved]]. "Arlington Steward" even apologizes to the main couple, saying this is how it must be and it cannot be negotiated.
* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'':
** Dogs are good, and cats are evil.
** Subverted in the second film, where it's revealed there's a secret ''cat'' organization that protects humans as well as catkind.
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''. Maximus is a brave, noble veteran who initially wants to make Rome a [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire republic]] again and later wishes to avenge the murder of his wife and son. Commodus is an insane, patricidal megalomaniac with a Caligula complex ([[IncestIsRelative and a creepy fixation on his own sister]]).
* Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/{{Legend}}''. The heroes are an innocent PrincessClassic with VirginPower and a group of forest inhabitants trying to protect the [[UnicornsAreSacred sacred unicorns]] [[CosmicKeystone who make life possible]]. The villain Darkness is a demonic EvilOverlord who rules over an army of evil goblins and cannibalistic pig-men executioners and wants to create an eternal night to bring about the end of the world.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified rebels are good]], TheEmpire is [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire evil]]. Black And White Morality is ''enforced'' by the Force in the case of the Jedi. If Jedi aren't committed 100% to the Light Side, it's only a matter of time before they become insanely evil.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The page quote comes from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', which actually ''averts'' this as a series; the setting is rife with GrayAndGreyMorality. The speaker, however, believes fervently in this.
** Just to drive the point home, a book later one character is handed an onion, half of which is black with rot... [[BrickJoke and he cuts off the rotten bit and gladly eats the rest]]. Apparently Melisandre's never faced a famine.
* Also deconstructed in ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme'' when a college student gets transported into a FantasyCounterpartCulture version of France, where God and Satan are very real, saying damn really means you are sending said person to hell, and even magic works on this principle. Being from our world, the rigid code causes a lot of problems as he adjusts.
* Taylor Anderson's ''Destroyermen'' series. The American/Lemurian alliance is good, the Grik and any Lemurians or humans who don't support the alliance are bad.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' both follows and averts this. This series and main character clearly believe in right and wrong with commuting certain actions like one human murdering another with magic strengthen the forces of evil and certain creatures like Fallen Angels and Red Court Vampires objectively evil. Averted in the wizards and muggles are, after all, human, and have difficulty knowing the right action and many supernatural creatures like the Winter Fae while evil by human standards operate by BlueAndOrangeMorality and are not considered objectively evil. It can be hard to remember that in the earlier books, the fights between literal agents of Heaven and Hell were much more commonplace. The books also imply (by way of Sanya) that angels and the like aren't really Good of themselves, but rather its their actions that make them Good, and that they'd still be Good if you replaced "angel" with "superpowerful aliens that look like angels". Despite that, even angels can be harsh and militaristic, with job descriptions such as "general" and "spook". Very evil is still evil and depraved, though. However, this is fairly true to the source material, and fits the [[CrapsackWorld Dresdenverse]] quite adroitly.
** Uriel does invoke this, assuring Harry that the Archangel likes ''Franchise/StarWars'' over ''Franchise/StarTrek'' because of this trope, and because it makes him "feel young". Despite the fact that [[TheNicknamer "Mr. Sunshine"]] existed since before Creation, given the way that the superpowerful beings of the Dresdenverse interact with time, this is a slightly bizarre statement.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' starts out this way. Dumbledore is the BigGood, Harry and his friends are the heroes, the other students are generally nice except for the Slytherins, and Voldemort is the BigBad. As the series goes on, it adds more and more shades of gray with turncoats on both sides, a corrupt government opposing Voldemort, heroes [[PayEvilUntoEvil paying evil unto evil]], and Harry discovering that his father and Dumbledore have...complicated backstories. It's still essentially a "Good Guys vs Bad Guys" story, with villains [[ANaziByAnyOtherName clearly inspired by WWII]], and a hero who goes through the whole story, including a civil war, without killing anyone ever.
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': [[LaResistance The Varden]] and Elves are good, TheEmpire is evil.
** Eragon tries to give this a significant amount of thought, as a number of characters point out that he's fighting because other people told him to, however right they may be. After a significant amount of angst, Eragon comes to the bizarre and defeatists conclusion that [[spoiler: he has to cross the ocean to train the next generation of riders. He left behind civilization, everything he fought for, the chance to shape the creation of the next major golden age, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the chance to get into Arya's (the only woman for whom he could hold genuine affection)]] [[AuthorTract tight leather]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pants]].]]
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Broadly speaking. The respective villains Sauron, Saruman and Morgoth are evil, and those who oppose them are good. On a closer level this is not so - Sauron, Saruman and Morgoth's Orcs are AlwaysChaoticEvil, but their human forces are not, which is lost on many a critic. More than one character notes how they must be manipulated or forced to do their will.
** ''Broadly'' speaking. See the quote at the top of GreyAndGrayMorality. ''The Silmarillion'' in particular tends to be [[TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil white, grey and black]]. (Surely people like Fëanor, his sons, the Noldor in general, Thingol, Túrin, etc. cannot be thought of as all black or all white.)
** Outside of the ''Silmarillion'' there are many other examples. Gollum, Lobelia and Denethor (in the book, the movie plays him as more of a straight forward villain) are anything but clean cut good or bad guys. Despite its lighter tone The Hobbit averts this a lot more than its darker sequel. Thorin is for the most part noble but also a greedy, proud jerkass who would risk a war to hang onto his gold while Beorn is kind and friendly but kills an Orc who had already surrendered and puts its head on a pike.
** Indeed, it would probably be best to say that Middle-Earth ''has'' Black-and-White Morality, but only as extremes- [[{{God}} Eru]] and [[CouncilOfAngels the Valar]] are pure good; [[{{Satan}} Morgoth]] and [[TheLegionsOfHell his directly corrupted minions]] are pure evil; most of the non-divine characters lean strongly one way or the other, but aren't "pure". This ties in to temptation being a major theme of LOTR in particular.
** Averted in ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin''. Túrin is well meaning but also a morally ambiguous Jerkass who blows over the MoralEventHorizon when he murders a lame man in cold blood, his Lancer Androg is a serial rapist and murderer and the group's traitor, Mîm the Dwarf is a Woobie AntiVillain whose actions are motivated by the relentless persecution his people suffered from the Elves as well as Androg's cruelty. Even after his betrayal he inists that Túrin be released unharmed.
* Stieg Larsson's ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'', like the works of the aforementioned Spillane, is a rather dark tale of good versus evil: the heroes are all noble and well-intentioned, and the villains are all pure evil.
* Catherine firmly believes this in Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey''. She grows wiser.
* {{Literature/Redwall}}: [[AlwaysLawfulGood If you're a mouse, otter, vole, badger, hedgehog, squirrel, or lapine, you're good]]. [[AlwaysChaoticEvil If you're anything else, you're evil]]. (Except for cats and birds - they're case-by-case.) [[NoCartoonFish If you're a fish, you're dinner.]]
** The Sparra, being a WackyWaysideTribe, tend toward neutral.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Almost all the good guys are handsome/beautiful, and the bad guys are either ugly as sin or ordinary-looking. The choices the characters make are unambiguously good or evil. The characterization of the characters is either good or evil.
* The ''Literature/SymphonyOfAges'' series: [[PuritySue Rhapsody]] and those who love her: Good. Those who don't love Rhapsody: Evil.
** Except for Michael has got the hots for Rhapsody and is evil.
* ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'': The heroes are good and noble, and always right, while the villains all KickTheDog like they're in an international dog-kicking competition.
* In the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' it's true that expressing any disdain for peasants is a clear sign that someone's a villain. In the first quartet, ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness,'' you can tell who's good and who's bad by how friendly they are to Alanna. The rigidness starts to loosen in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' (with some IDidWhatIHadToDo siuations), the hero of ''Litearture/DaughterOfTheLioness'' is a spymaster who gets her hands in all kinds of DirtyBusiness, and the ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' book have a kind of light-gray-and-black morality thanks to PoliceBrutality and TheNeedsOfTheMany--while Beka and her friends always try to do the most right thing they can, they face instituational limits.
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. Hollyleaf starts out with her absolute trust in the [[CodeOfHonour Warrior Code]], and believes that all who follow it are good, while those who don't are evil. After using the code to justify most of her actions, she learns that [[spoiler: her very birth broke the code]], and that someone she had respected had broken one of the code's core principles, but for a good reason. After learning this, Hollyleaf's mind was completely shattered, and she realized that her entire morality was flawed, leading her to [[spoiler: attempt to murder her own mother, then flee from the Clans.]]
** ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is at first an example of GreyandGrayMorality with Thunder Clan and Shadow Clan each having their good warriors (Firestar, Graystripe, and Yellowfang come to mind) and their bad warriors (Brokenstar, Tigerstar, and Darkstripe) but in the fourth series... Black-and-White Morality is in effect as the Clans go against [[spoiler: The Dark Forest cats]] who are indeed evil. Also in effect during the fight with Blood Clan who are (with few exceptions) very black.
* Although the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' doesn't follow this in a meta sense, Granny Weatherwax is a firm believer in this. She refutes GreyAndGreyMorality by insisting that grey is only white that's got grubby.

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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BurnNotice'', through and through. Westen and his allies are good, his antagonists are always evil. The villains of the week are almost always [[KickTheDog dog kicking]] assholes. If that wasn't enough the true antagonists, the shadowy organization behind the burn, has absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. As for Westen's crew, they are always seen by everyone as perfect and never wrong, even though Westen himself has largely selfish motivations for what he does.
** There is the little issue of [[spoiler:Michael accidentally getting Jesse burned]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and its spinoff ''Series/{{Angel}}'' both [[PlayingWithATrope play with this]]. Each starts out as a clear-cut example, [[GrayingMorality but later seems to drift]] to somewhere between this and BlackAndGrayMorality, with the protagonists ''usually'' doing the right thing, but not always, and most of the antagonists remaining [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] villains. Also, despite usually being portrayed as good in the sense that they're well-meaning, the heroes of both shows often encounter situations that are portrayed as morally gray, leading them to disagree with each other on what the good course of action is. A villainous example would be The Judge from Season 2 of Buffy, who kills based on whether a target has humanity or not. Any vampire with sufficiently human traits—like interest in books, or involvement in romance—is a fair target to him, even if they're otherwise serving evil purposes.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': You are either good or you are evil. Yes, you have to choose and then there's nothing in between. The only ones who don't follow this are the [[TrueNeutral Angel of Death]] and the [[WellIntentionedExtremist Avatars]], but they are an entire class of their own, ''not'' something in between. To break it down: witches are good, demons are bad. More specifically, anyone who are allies with the Charmed Ones and they like them, they are good. Anyone else is bad. Even the neutral ones because you can't trust anyone who is neutral. Also, all witches after they first get their powers, must decide if they are good or evil within 24 hours.
* ''{{Series/Lost}}'': While it's unclear whether either character has purely good or purely evil motivations, the entire series has boiled down to an epic, eternal conflict between [[spoiler:Jacob]], the representation of white and seeming "good guy," and the aptly named "Man in Black," better known as [[spoiler:the Smoke Monster]], the representation of black and alleged "evil incarnate."
* Enforced in ''Series/{{Once Upon A Time}}'' where doing something morally questionable, no matter what the circumstances are, will [[TheCorruption turn a good guys heart black]]; this only applies to the heroes, however, as the antagonists are more morally complex.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers and SuperSentai'': Rangers and their friends are good; even the shady ones have an excuse: [[Series/PowerRangersSPD street-level hoods]]? Stealing to survive and help other homeless! [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Guy working with the mob]]? Screwed them all over to help an orphanage of {{Littlest Cancer Patient}}s! [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Professional thief]]? ...Okay, that one was just glossed over, but he's probably one of those guys who's legitimately hired by companies to test security.
** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder's'' Mesogog, while still black, was a ''particularly grey shade'' of black, as he is the sole villain of the series to not [[CardCarryingVillain carry an evil business card]]. He was a dinosaur hybrid who wanted to wipe out us filthy mammals and restore dinosaurs to their rightful place as the dominant creatures, and so thought what he was doing to be right, although his methods and manner make it dark enough to still be evil. Its grey, but only in comparison to the villains whose goals are ''stated'' to be "to be as evil as possible, nyahaha".
** The grayest ''Power Rangers'' villain is Ransik of ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''. He wanted to take over the world in the present, because in the future, the mutations that result on rare occasion from the genetic engineering process that normally allows for perfect DesignerBabies for all are shunned to a degree that would make the mutants of X-Men count their blessings. Ransik's entire gang is gathered from the homeless mutants. He cackles as much as any past villain whose title is "Your Evilness" when causing mayhem, but he's got a reason for his hate and his motivation isn't simply greed or [[ForTheEvulz the evulz]] like many of the others.
* Common feature of Soap Operas. Villains have no redeeming quality and absolutely everything they do have one of two motivations: earn even more money (they usually are extremely rich to begin with) or mess with the hero/heroine ForTheEvulz. The hero/heroine is the epitome of purity, and everything they do is genuinely for the benefit of others. Any wrongs from them will be revealed to be due to being manipulated by the villains.
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[[folder:Religion/Mythology]]
* In religion, this idea is often called ([[TropeMaker Manichean]]) dualism:
** God is good, Satan is evil. (Christianity)
*** Of Christian faiths, Calvinism deserves special mention. In Calvinism, human beings do not have free will to make decisions, and can only be capable of redemption through the grace of God. Thus not only are acts either good or evil, but human beings are, despite any attempt outside of God to be otherwise, evil.
** Ahura Mazda is good, Ahriman is evil. (Zoroastrianism)
** Abba deRabutta is good, Ahriman is evil. (Manichaeism)
* [[EverybodyHatesHades The Hollywood version of many mythologies]] tends to fit this; the real mores of such cases tend to be much more, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality subtle]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''BlueRose'' your CharacterAlignment is either {{Light|IsGood}}, [[DarkIsEvil Shadow]] or Twilight (neutral). There's a magic artifact used to make sure [[OnlyThePureOfHeart only light-aligned people]] get to become nobles in TheKingdom of Aldis.
* Most ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' settings: People who go "ping!" on Detect Good are good. People who [[DetectEvil set off the paladin's slaydar]] are evil. (People who don't trigger either are either using Undetectable Alignment or are the resident shade of grey, the neutral alignments).
** Playable races (such as humans, elves, dwarves, and such) tend to be good, while orcs, goblins, and other 'monstrous' humanoids tend to be AlwaysChaoticEvil. There are plenty of exceptions, though, with a number of villains from PC races showing up from time to time. The occasional good orc or goblin may make an appearance as well (especially in ''{{Eberron}}'', which subverts a lot of the common expectations about alignment and race).
** There is a Succubus Paladin created on the Wizards site a while ago that detects as Lawful, Good, Evil and Chaotic via the sundry detect spells. This is because Demon are {{MADE of Evil}} and Chaos, while Paladins are philosophically Good and Lawful.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Talisman}}'': The "Lightbearers" alternate ending in the ''Blood Moon'' expansion changes the nature of the normally free-for-all game into a cooperative one, where every player must choose a character of good alignment. The players cannot fight each other, and instead can assist each other in combat against the forces of evil, freely exchange items, and work together to win the game as a group before time runs out.
* In ''Torg'' in the sub-universe of the Nile Empire, based on pulp fiction tropes ''everyone'' is either good or evil...until one of the evil scientists of the Nile Empire accidentally infects himself with a meme virus based on the plays of Anton Chekov and becomes the sub-universe's only Neutral character.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* InspectorJavert of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' provides an in-universe example since he has an obsessive, legalistic view of the world, with [[WellIntentionedExtremist an extreme sense of right and wrong]], such that his passion basically drives him [[ToBeLawfulOrGood to be lawful over being reasonable]] (even though he's free of hardly any actual, well, ''villainy'' otherwise).
-->'''Javert:''' [[IAmTheTrope I am the law]], and the law is not mocked!
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* It has always been the trait of the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' series, where the Allies are good and the Soviet Union is evil. They are later joined by a new evil side, Empire of Rising Sun.
** [[DracoInLeatherPants Despite what the fandom would want you to believe]], it's the same for the Tiberium-series games as well - the only morally grey thing GDI ever does in the series involve General Solomon apparently being TheManBehindTheMan to a rogue Nod general early in their campaign in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun''; every other bad thing they've supposedly done has always either been [[FalseFlagOperation Nod blaming their own massacres on GDI]] or [[NewMediaAreEvil reporters in their pocket just making shit up]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series uses this regularly. The heroes are good. [[VideoGame/DragonQuestI A giant dragon]] and [[VideoGame/DragonQuestII a badly skinned mage]] are evil. Many other villains are even beyond that.
** [[VideoGame/DragonQuestIV Psaro the Man Slayer]] subverts this partly. He hates humans because they harmed his girlfriend. But going into the arena and beating random fighters to death isn't that nice of a thing to do either. None of his underlings are ever good.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' tends to play with this alot, even with its many morally pure Lords as its protagonists.
** As pictured above, [[Franchise/FireEmblem Queen Elincia]] and the Herons are good, but Mad King Ashnard is evil. [[spoiler: However, his steed isn't evil, just {{Brainwashed}}.]] But then there's Naesala, who's more morally ambiguous, as well as several Daein commanders who fight for Ashnard [[LawfulNeutral more out of a sense of duty for their nation then being outright evil.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' mostly play this straight; the Halidom of Ylisse worships Naga and is presented as pure and good while the desert theocracy Plegia worships Grima and is portrayed as dark and evil. But there are a few mentions, Emmeryn's predecessor had brutally oppressed Plegia in the past, so relations between the two countries were naturally sour by the time she took over, and according to one conversation speculates that many members of the Grima cult treat it like a normal religion. However none of this is really seen ingame, every Grima cultist member encountered is a Card-Carrying Villain for example.
* ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'': The Transbaal Empire is good; The Val-Fasq are evil.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'': seemingly present during the first game, but the second game {{deconstruct|edTrope}}s it by having you play the antagonists of the first game, and having the final boss be the mentor from the first game.
* ''{{Gradius}}'': Planet Gradius is good; Bacterion, Venom, and Salamander are evil.
** But what about the Gradian government? Before the Northern Cross War that inadvertently killed nearly of the Wreekians, the Gradius government avoided contact with them because they were primitive. After the Northern Cross War, the Gradius government didn't do much at all for the poor Wreekian survivors; they only wanted to use their ESP power. This would put the Gradian government on the grey morality.
* Deconstructed in ''GrandiaII''; see the page for more details
* The first ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' game.
* [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link, Zelda, and their allies are good; Ganon and his followers are evil]].
** Averted in some of the later games. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', the villain we are introduced to is actually just a puppet to the ManBehindTheMan, and is actually just a bit mischievous, but is at heart a nice guy who just suffered from loneliness.
** King Bulbin in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' and Byrne in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'' are good examples of [[HeelFaceTurn bad guys who turn good]] over the course of their games. The Twili are a good example of DarkIsNotEvil in the Zelda universe too, despite having been banished for hungering a bit too much for power. Not played straight quite as much as one is led to believe...
*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', Ganondorf reveals his true intentions. He is still a bit extreme about them, especially how he tries to achieve them, but [[WellIntentionedExtremist he did it all for the sake of providing a better life for his people]]. He merely got [[MotiveDecay swept up in the whole Triforce thing]]. Also, ''Skyward Sword'' seems to mildly deconstruct Ganondorf's CardCarryingVillain status with the revelation that [[spoiler: he's the reincarnation of the hatred of Demon King Demise, a curse on the original Link and Zelda who defeated him.]] This begs the question of whether Ganondorf could be considered a victim of YouCantFightFate, which is up to the interpretation of the player.
* ''Videogame/MegaManClassic'' and his friends are good, Dr. Wily and his robots are evil.
* ''VideoGame/{{New Worlds Ateraan}}'' has a God of Shadows and a Goddess of Light, niftily color-coded. However, those devoted to the former would likely call Light blinding and evil, so 'good' and 'bad' are not so easily determined.
* The ''{{Videogame/Overlord}}'' (you) is evil, the heroes are (mostly) good. This is one of the few scenarios where you're supposed to prefer the [[VillainProtagonist black morality]].
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''. The main character is good, Team Rocket is evil.
** The later core games avert this though, with the evil teams having more reasonable and sympathetic motivations. The exception is Ghetsis of Team Plasma, whose villainy neighbors ''Cipher'' proportions. Cipher from VideoGame/PokemonColosseum is far more evil than anything before them and a sight more evil than anything since, up until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' gave us [[OmnicidalManiac Lysandre.]]
* Present in ''RivieraThePromisedLand''. Which is very surprising, considering the [[DeptHeaven rest of the series]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles are good; Robotnik is evil. [[AntiHero Shadow and Rouge]] border on the Grey morality, though.
** Actually, the series adverts it quite often. Eggman is the main villain, but he's usually portrayed as merely being AffablyEvil, and often teams up with Sonic and helps him when the world is at risk, as he doesn't seek its destruction, he just wants to conquer it. Knuckles was Eggman's [[TheDragon Dragon]] in [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles his debut game]], but he's actually a good guy who got tricked into thinking that Sonic wanted to steal the Master Emerald and Eggman just wanted to prevent it. [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Gamma]] is one of Eggman's robots and follows his orders for half of his story, even fighting Sonic at some point, but goes through a HeelFaceTurn and decides to rebel, declaring Eggman his enemy and deciding to "free" his robot siblings (actually animals used as living batteries) by destroying their robotic bodies and releasing them. [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Chaos]] is a legendary beast who caused the destruction of a whole ancient civilization, and almost that of the modern world as well, but he's actually the protector of the Chao and the Chaos Emeralds and has no evil on his heart, [[spoiler:[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge he just got consumed by rage when an ancient tribe hurt the creatures he was defending in its lust for power]]]]. [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Gerald Robotnik]] [[spoiler:programmed the ARK to destroy the Earth and made a deal with Black Doom that would result in humanity being attacked and conquered by an alien race, but it's revealed that he wanted to help everyone by creating the Ultimate Life Form and just went insane when his beloved granddaughter got killed by the government's army, and that he actually created the Eclipse Cannon to warrant that humanity had a way of stopping the Black Arms when they arrived and attacked.]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Solaris]] seeks to destroy time and space, but [[spoiler:he's actually a good deity who went insane after being performed experiments on]]. [[VideoGame/SonicBattle Emerl]] is a robot [[spoiler:designed as a weapon of mass destruction]], but gains a kind and heroic personality through the game as a result of hanging around Sonic and his friends and copying their traits, and keeps this one until the end, even after his programming makes him go berserk. [[VideoGame/SonicAndTheSecretRings Shahra]] is Sonic's sidekick and main ally for most the game, but [[spoiler:is revealed to actually be an ally to the main baddie in the end, only to go through a HeelFaceTurn and join Sonic for real.]] Similarly, Merlina, who is Sonic's guide and ally in ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheBlackKnight'', [[spoiler:is revealed to be the BigBad at the end, but her intentions and motivations aren't evil.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'' and the Cornerian army are good. Andross, Anglar Emperor, and their armies are bad. The Aparoids were created solely to be TheVirus, and were nothing but evil and trouble.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Mario is good, Bowser is evil.
** Averted in later spin-offs, as Bowser [[CharacterDevelopment developed over time]] and he became increasingly AffablyEvil to the point that in most modern games he's less evil then simply misguided and greedy.
** Played straight in the main series, though; in both ''Galaxy'' games Bowser is as one-dimensionally megalomaniacal as ever. Probably because their one attempt at giving him more "complexity" was ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', which included {{narm}}y voice acting ([[MemeticMutation "How dare you disturb my family vacation!"]]) and introduced TheScrappy, Bowser Jr.
** Also played straight by the one-off villains in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/{{Mario and Luigi}}'' series. Okay, not quite Count Bleck, but Fawful, Dimentio, the Shadow Queen, Cackletta, and the Shroobs are portrayed very much to the extreme end of the evil scale.
* Played with in ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}''. On one hand, the series as a whole follows WhiteAndGreyMorality at worst, with copious amounts of DarkIsNotEvil and NotAlwaysEvil, preventing the series from having any true villains. On the other hand, the interactions between {{youkai}} and humans in the games are laced with BlueAndOrangeMorality, with the youkai attacking and sometimes even [[ToServeMan eating humans]] because, well, [[ItsWhatIDo that's what monsters do]]... and the humans in turn exorcising youkai, even harmless ones, because, well, [[VanHelsingHateCrimes they are]] [[FantasticRacism monsters]]. [[note]]It's strongly implied [[AllThereInTheManual in supplementary material]] that the youkai of the setting are the natural opposites of humanity and if youkai and humans didn't distinctly define themselves by opposing each other, the youkai would [[RetGone cease to exist]].[[/note]] On the third hand, the character Eiki Shiki possesses the ability to "distinctly judge anything to be Good or Evil", meaning that she sees the world in Black And White Morality. As she is the resident Judge of the Dead whom decides the ultimate fate of every deceased soul in Gensokyo, she gets a lot of mileage out of this.
* VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles tries to avert this trope, but ends up [[BrokenAesop shooting itself in the foot]] because everyone on the Gallian side who isn't morally upstanding gets murdered and the only Imperials who might have been decent people also die. By the end of the game, Darcsens and non-aristocrat Gallians are good... and everyone else is dead.
* In the first two ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' games, the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Orcs]] are evil and the humans are good, but by ''Warcraft III'' and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', while there are still undeniably evil forces like the Burning Legion and Scourge, it becomes less clear whether the Alliance or the Horde has the moral high ground.
* ''YggdraUnion'' starts off with a princess fleeing from TheEmpire and raising an army to fight back against them. [[spoiler:This later gets subverted, as the Empire isn't actually evil and is fighting for what they believe is true justice as well.]]
* Early VideoGames with ExcusePlot or plot with little-to-no cutscenes are likely to be this. Even ''BadDudes'' do not seem to be any kind of bad other than BadAss.
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'': Edea Lee, due to being a naive teenager who was brought up believing the lies she was told by her home country, initially believes there are only heroes and villains. Her CharacterDevelopment is all about making her realize the other shades of morality in between.
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* ''Webcomic/AxeCop''. Very evident as it is written by a six-year old. There are good guys (who can do [[DesignatedHero anything]] [[PsychopathicManchild they want]]), and bad guys (who don't need to do anything bad [[ShapedLikeItself apart from being bad]] to be such).
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3607 Played with.]]
* ''WebComic/FalconTwin'''s Evan views the world in this manner, in keeping with the teachings of his church. This causes considerable friction with the rest of the party's BlackAndGrayMorality.
* In ''Webcomic/CrouchingOstrichHiddenVulture'', the ninjas' only aim is to kill the "dragon rider", whose main reason to kill the ninjas is to not die.
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* In TheFearMythos, the character "Achromatic Morality" demonstrates this perfectly -- the clue's in the name. In her words, "there are two sides. The side that I am on, which is righteous; and the side I am not, which is monstrous."
* This was mostly avoided in the GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse, but was especially enforced in the ''Golden Age'' campaign, which was set during World War II and featured ThoseWackyNazis as villains (along with {{supervillain}}s who were [[ForTheEvulz evil for the sake of being evil]] and [[TheMafia mobsters]]).
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* Surprisingly subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. At first, the set-up seems to make the Black and the White quite clear: the Fire Nation is the AlwaysChaoticEvil [[TheEmpire Empire]] embarking on a campaign of world conquest, and [[LaResistance those who fight against them]] are good. Then the writers seem to spend the entire remainder of the series picking this stark divide to pieces in every direction, with an abundance of quite likable and sympathetic Fire Nation characters and an abundance of utterly loathsome Earth Kingdom and Water Tribe characters. The Fire Lord and his daughter remain the clear bad guys, and Team Avatar the clear good guys, straight until the end, but beyond that the series drifts closer to GreyAndGreyMorality than almost any other children's show you could name.
** Some of the main characters, [[spoiler:primarily Katara,]] come close to [[HeWhoFightsMonsters crossing the line]] more than once.
** Zuko [[PUn alone]] is a subversion. It seems like the moral the show's trying to send is that life isn't so straightforward and it's important to remember that. Even Azula, the {{magnificent b|astard}}itch, gets sympathy. [[spoiler: After being betrayed by her friends, abandoned by her father, and given way too much power for her to handle, she has a mental breakdown that all stems from a perceived lack of love from her mother.]]
** It's sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', is by WordOfGod attempting to go in the opposite direction with GrayingMorality, though the presentation of the antagonists as having little ethical support has raised some accusations of BlackAndWhiteMorality (and, in the case of the Book 2 main antagonists, it's blatant BlackAndWhite morality, since the villain [[spoiler:is a mad religious extremist working for a DarkIsEvil EldritchAbomination]]. At any rate, several conflicts are indeed very morally gray, such as Korra's opposition to President Raiko in Book 2.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' is mostly this trope, but the main hero's character flaws can push it slightly into BlackAndGrayMorality at times.
* ''{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' was famous for this trope. The bad guys were not only bad, they tended to put together their absurdly complicated plots strictly ForTheEvulz. Abiding by the EPA's regulations probably would have been cheaper than some of the crackpot pollution schemes these guys concocted.
* ''KimPossible'' and friends are undoubtedly the good guys, but it's her foes that really exemplify this trope. Every one of them [[CardCarryingVillain describes themselves as an evil villain]], sometimes worrying if they're [[SlaveToPR being evil enough]]. Evil {{supervillain}}y appears to be a whole subculture in their world.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. The eponymous main character is good, and Aku is evil.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' occasionally parodies this by taking what is often considered a real life example and reversing the roles. One example is the [[GreenAesop rainforest episode]], where the rainforest is shown solely as a DeathWorld where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, and the loggers destroying the rainforest are invariably kind, hospitable, and heroic, with the episode ending on the lesson that [[SpoofAesop "Rainforests are evil and need to be destroyed"]].
** Another example is the smoking episode "Butt Out", in which tobacco companies are portrayed as affable, proud of tobacco's role in building America, careful to ensure that customers are fully warned about the dangers of smoking, and perfectly fine with not living to old age. The anti-smoking activists are greasy, [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Wormtongue-esque]] characters who regularly make up evidence against smoking, try to murder a ten year old boy in the name of some of said evidence, and are overly rude to smokers, even when they're in a place where they're completely in their rights to smoke.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': Autobots are good, Decepticons are evil (except in ''[[TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass]]'', where it's the other way round).
** Though in ''TransformersAnimated'' some of the Autobots are selfish, corrupt, or incompetent, though not in the main cast. [[TheNeidermeyer Sentinel Prime]],we are looking at ''you''. Likewise, while "sympathetic" might be stretching the portrayal of the Decepticons as a whole, they are at least clearly motivated (most of them want to reconquer Cybertron, but some have other motivations).
** And in the IDW comics Continuity, the conflict has its origins in GrayAndGreyMorality, as the Decepticons were a group that were rising up against the corrupt government that preceded the Autobots.
** Many Transformers continuities play with and partially subvert the idea, going right back to the Marvel comic series in the 1980s. It is always with individual characters though so the trope is played straight for the overall factions even if the individuals within the groups don't necessarily all adhere. Also, the trope is played painfully straight whenever Unicron is involved, usually with "Unicron = BAD Those who fight him = good"
** The new book Exodus also establishes a whole lot of gray in the origins of the war and looks like a subversion, but later on plays this trope straight. Sort of.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' plays this for laughs. Wander is clearly "good"--he loves to help people out, adventure and is genuinely cheerful and Sylvia, while snarky, also has fairly good intentions. Lord Hater is a CardCarryingVillain who see himself as evil and wants to rule the galaxy. He's also a skeleton in a robe, if the "he's the bad guy" message wasn't obvious. On the other hand, instead of frightening, he's an incredibly insecure PsychopathicManChild. CraigMcCracken [[WordOfGod has stated]] that the dynamics between Wander and Hater are not so much "Good Vs. Evil" as it really is "Love Vs. Hate."
* All of the main characters of ''XiaolinShowdown'' explicitly refer to themselves as good or evil. While there is a decent bit of [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor switching sides]], (in fact, all four of the monks have been evil for some period of time, [[MindRape though]] [[IGaveMyWord for]] [[DemonicPossession different]] [[WeCanRuleTogether reasons]]), once a character turns good/evil they will be ''very'' good/evil. For example: Good![[SissyVillain Jack]] is nothing but hugs and rainbows to the point where he weirds everyone else out, and Evil![[BadassAdorable Omi]] is a hyperactive BloodKnight who loves to cause destruction and get in fights.
* Really, most cartoons fit this trope. WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs? Good ([[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance except carnivorous ones]]). Gargamel? Bad. [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]]? Good. Skeletor? Bad. Franchise/GIJoe? Good. COBRA? Bad. WesternAnimation/ThunderCats? Good. Mum-Ra? Bad. Rinse and repeat as necessary. Newer works, however, tend to be a bit more morally grey.
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