->''"The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil."''
-->-- '''Creator/{{Cicero}}'''

->''The world turns and the world changes,\\
But one thing does not change.\\
In all of my years, one thing does not change,\\
However you disguise it, this thing does not change:\\
The perpetual struggle of Good and Evil.''
-->--'''Creator/TSEliot''', ''Choruses from the Rock''

What is morality? Morality is the system of good and evil and all the shades of gray that come in between.

[[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin Good always triumphs in the end, right]]? [[TheBadGuyWins Well, not always]]. The BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil gives many villains loopholes to slip through and make their grand return. Furthermore, the presence of the AntiHero or WorthyOpponent blurs the distinction between good and evil, and in well-done cases, forces us to reexamine our preconceptions of right and wrong.

But what is especially interesting about the media is how it appears to ''favor'' evil in its works. Squeaky-clean heroes are either prone to stretches of unendearing, KnightTemplar-style ruthlessness or [[GoodIsBoring hopelessly boring]], while the villains inevitably have [[EvilIsCool cooler costumes and powers]]. If they do a HeelFaceTurn, that coolness factor often goes bye-bye thanks to RedemptionDemotion not to mention that once they turn good, they usually [[RedemptionEqualsDeath don't get to live very long]], or [[RedemptionEqualsAffliction if they do, they suffer]]. No wonder why, for many [[FaceHeelTurn good-turned-evil]] characters, EvilFeelsGood.

Some authors, it seems, can't stand any more of that preachy {{Anvilicious}}ness and turn the tables on the end-all symbol of goodness, writing RageAgainstTheHeavens plots in which GodIsEvil. Fans aren't immune to the siren song of evil, either; an alarming number of them insist on putting DracoInLeatherPants.

But it must be remembered that all tropes in this index refer only to good and evil as it appears in artistic media. In RealLife, good and bad choices are ''SeriousBusiness.''

Please remember that TropesAreNotBad and TropesAreNotGood. This is merely a list of how many works in different media have confronted the issue of morality. There is no implication that any of the tropes listed below are either correct or incorrect about how they approach moral philosophy. Even moral philosophers still argue with each other about the correct way to approach moral philosophy!

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!!Tropes
[[index]]
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Categories:
+ AForgivingIndex
+ AnAesop
++ StockAesops
+ CharacterAlignment
+ CynicismTropes
+ DignityTropes
++ ADishonorableIndex
+ DiscordTropes
+ EvilTropes
++ {{Villains}}
+ FrenemyTropes
+ GoodAndEvilForYourConvenience
+ GoodnessTropes
++ {{Heroes}} (character types)
++ HeroTropes (narrative devices)
++ PeaceTropes
+ HedonismTropes
+ HeelFaceIndex
+ HumanRightsIssues
+ HumilityTropes
+ IdealismTropes
++ KnightInShiningTropes
+ IndexOfApologies
+ IndexOfConsequences
+ IntolerableTolerance
+ NeutralityIndex
+ PhilosophyTropes
+ PragmatismTropes
+ PridefulTropes
+ PsychologyTropes
+ ResponsibilityTropes
+ RevengeTropes
+ SelfishnessTropes
+ SelflessnessTropes
+ SourGrapesTropes
+ TropesAboutTaboos
+ TropesOfInnocence
+ WhatMeasureIsAnIndex
]
* ActualPacifist
* AgreeToDisagree
* AlignmentBasedEndings
* AmbiguousInnocence
* AntagonistAbilities
* ApeShallNeverKillApe
* AtLeastIAdmitIt
* AvengingTheVillain
* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil
* BecauseImGoodAtIt
* BeAllMySinsRemembered
* BeforeIChangeMyMind
* BefriendingTheEnemy
* BeingEvilSucks
* BeingGoodSucks
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil
* BewareTheHonestOnes
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood
* BuyThemOff
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou
* CaperRationalization
* CategoryTraitor
* ChaosIsEvil
* AChatWithSatan
* ChronicHeroSyndrome
* ChronicVillainy
* CodeOfHonour
* ColdEquation
* TheCommandments
* TheCommiesMadeMeDoIt
* CompleteMonster
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority
* CowardlyLion
* CruelToBeKind
* CryForTheDevil
* CultureClash
* CultureJustifiesAnything
* CuriousQualmsOfConscience
* DarkIsEvil
* DarkIsNotEvil
** LightIsNotGood
** BrightIsNotGood
* DeathByMaterialism
* DebateAndSwitch
* DesignatedEvil
* DirtyBusiness
* DisappointedByTheMotive
* DisproportionateRetribution
* DisproportionateReward
* DoWrongRight
* DueToTheDead
* EasyRoadToHell
* EmbodimentOfVice
* EmbodimentOfVirtue
* EnemiesEqualsGreatness
* EthicalSlut
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
* EvenEvilHasStandards
* EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes
* EveryoneHasStandards
* ExceptionallyTolerant
* ExpendableAlternateUniverse
* FailureToSaveMurder
* FaithHeelTurn
* FamilyHonor
* FatherIDontWantToFight
* FelonyMisdemeanor
* ForgivenButNotForgotten
* ForGreatJustice
* ForHappiness
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard
* GoldenMoment
* TheGoldenRule
* GoodFeelsGood
* GoodIsBoring
* GoodIsNotDumb
* GoodIsNotNice
* GoodIsNotSoft
* GoodIsOldFashioned
* GoodOldWays
* GoodRunningEvil
* GoodVictimsBadVictims
* GoodWitchVersusBadWitch
* GottaHaveItGonnaStealIt
* GreaterNeedThanMine
* GuiltFreeExterminationWar
* HalfTruth
* HappinessInSlavery
* HarmonyVersusDiscipline
* HeavenAndHell
* HelpingWouldBeKillstealing
* HeroInsurance
* HeroicVow
* HeroesFrontierStep
* HonorAmongThieves
* HonorBeforeReason
* HumansKillWantonly
* IGaveMyWord
* IThoughtItWasForbidden
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim
* IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim
* IgnoreTheFanservice
* IncorruptiblePurePureness
* ItsAllAboutMe
* ItsAllMyFault
* JapaneseSpirit
* JerkJustifications
* JustLikeUs
* JusticeWillPrevail
* KarmaHoudini
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty
* KarmaMeter
* KarmicJackpot
* KarmicProtection
* KnowWhenToFoldEm
* LaserGuidedKarma
* LastSecondChance
* LesserOfTwoEvils
* LetThemDie
* LittleBrotherIsWatching
* MachiavelliWasWrong
* TheMenFirst
* AMillionIsAStatistic
* MindOverManners
* MirrorMoralityMachine
* MiseryBuildsCharacter
* MisplacedRetribution
* MonkeyMoralityPose
* MonsterOfTheAesop
* MoralBrick
* MoralDilemma
* MoralDissonance
** WhatMeasureIsAMook
* MoralEventHorizon
* MoralLuck
* MoralMyopia
* TheMoralSubstitute
* MoralityAdjustment
* MoralityBallad
* MoralityChain
* MoralityChip
* MoralityDial
* TheMoralityMortalityEquation
* MoralityPet
* MoreHeroThanThou
* MurderByInaction
* MurderIsTheBestSolution
* NaughtyIsGood
* TheNeedsOfTheMany
* NeutralityBacklash
* NeutralNoLonger
* NeverHurtAnInnocent
* NeverMyFault
* NiceGuysFinishLast
* NiceToTheWaiter
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished
* NoPlaceForMeThere
* NoPointsForNeutrality
* NoSympathyForGrudgeholders
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught
* NotEvenHuman
* NotSoOmniscientAfterAll
* NotQuiteTheRightThing
* NotSoDifferent
* NotSoSimilar
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene
* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry
* OmnicidalNeutral
* TheOmniscient
* OmniscientHero
* OmniscientMoralityLicense
* OpinionChangingDream
* OpinionOverride
* OrderVersusChaos
* OrderedToCheat
* OutDamnedSpot
* PassionIsEvil
* PayEvilUntoEvil
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil
* PersonalGainHurts
* PillarsOfMoralCharacter
* PragmaticHero
* PrinciplesZealot
* ThePromise
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality
* ProtectedByAChild
* ProveIAmNotBluffing
* PunishedForSympathy
* PurityPersonified
** PureIsNotGood
* QuestionableConsent
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil
* RealityEnsues
* RedeemingReplacement
* RestoredMyFaithInHumanity
* RightlySelfRighteous
* RousseauWasRight
* TheSacredDarkness
* SacredHospitality
* SafeSaneAndConsensual
* SaintlyChurch
* SamaritanSyndrome
* SatanIsGood
* SaveTheVillain
* ScareEmStraight
* ScoundrelCode
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules
* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful
** CutenessEqualsForgiveness
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
* SelfDisposingVillain
* SensitivityTraining
* ShadesOfConflict
** ALighterShadeOfBlack
** ALighterShadeOfGrey
** BlackAndGrayMorality
** BlackAndWhiteMorality
** BlueAndOrangeMorality
** EvilVersusEvil
** GoodVersusGood
** GrayingMorality
** GreyAndGrayMorality
** MoralityKitchenSink
** WhiteAndGreyMorality
* SheepInSheepsClothing
* ShootTheDog
** TheDogShotFirst
* ShouldntYouStopStealing
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids
* SkewedPriorities
* SlaveToPR
* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil
* SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism
** EarnYourHappyEnding
* SlidingScaleOfUnavoidableVersusUnforgivable
* SmitingEvilFeelsGood
* SparingTheAces
* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred
* SuddenPrincipledStand
* SuicideIsShameful
* SympathyForTheDevil
* SympathyForTheHero
* TautologicalTemplar
* TearsOfRemorse
* ThatsWhatIWouldDo
* TheseHandsHaveKilled
* ThickerThanWater
* ThouShaltNotKill
** ThouShaltNotKillMuggles
** ThisIsNotMyLifeToTake
* ToBeLawfulOrGood
* TotalitarianUtilitarian
* TurnTheOtherCheek
* UnicornsAreSacred
* ValuesDissonance
** DeliberateValuesDissonance
* ValuesResonance
* VideogameCrueltyPunishment
* VillainTakesAnInterest
* VillainousBSOD
* VirtueViceCodification
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer
* WartsAndAll
* WasItReallyWorthIt
* WasTooHardOnHim
* WhatIfGodWasOneOfUs
* WhatIsEvil
* WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison
* WhatTheHellHero
* WhatYouAreInTheDark
* WifeBasherBasher
* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide
* WouldHitAGirl
* WouldHurtAChild
* WouldNotShootACivilian
* WouldNotShootAGoodGuy
* WouldntHitAGirl
* WouldntHurtAChild
* WrongfulAccusationInsurance
[[/index]]
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