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->''"Peace through tyranny."''
-->-- '''Megatron''', ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''

The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' CharacterAlignment system originally defined characters' moral dispositions only on a [[OrderVersusChaos Law/Chaos]] axis, with Law seen as usually involving moral goodness, and Chaos, evil. Eventually, Good/Evil was introduced as a separate parameter. One reason for this was the slightly odd but not all that rare case of characters who are clearly evil, but nevertheless organised, consistent, rule-abiding, or maybe even [[NobleDemon trustworthy and reasonable in their own limited way]] -- in other words, Lawful Evil.

A Lawful Evil character is an evil character who either tries to impose or uphold a lawful system on others without regard for their wishes, and/or adheres to a particular code. They believe in order, but mostly because they believe it is the best way of realizing their evil wishes. They will obey the letter of the law, but not the spirit, and are usually very careful about giving their word. However, there is also the KnightTemplar variant, who believes their rules actually make them the good guy -- when they and their rules have in truth ended up at the lower end of the slippery slope to evil and tyranny.

Though Lawful Evil characters are often found in charge, these characters also make good henchmen or {{mooks}}. Though they lack any moral scruples that may impair their work, a cautious villain will find they respond well to concepts like 'loyalty', 'duty', and 'honour'. The caution, however, should be remembered, as these characters also respond poorly to {{Bad Boss}}es and {{Dirty Coward}}s,[[note]]not that a Dirty Coward who is themselves Lawful Evil is something unheard of, far from it,[[/note]] as well as simple incompetence that could lead them to deciding to either find a more worthy master, or take over 'for the good of the cause'.

Lawful Evil usually comes in at least three flavors:

* '''Type 1: Lawful over Evil'''- This type uses Evil means to achieve Lawful ends. Essentially, any villain who considers themselves to be LawfulNeutral or LawfulGood, but who is in practice too ruthless or extreme to qualify. They may honestly believe that an orderly society or way of living is better for everyone or is just the way the prefer things to be, but are ruthless or cruel enough to take an "ends justify the means" approach to enforcing this; alternatively, they are devoted to a code of honour that either allows or encourages them to commit evil acts, with little remorse for doing so. This type can be found in- and sometimes even be sincerely loyal to- any kind of society, including Neutral and Good aligned ones; the problem is, they are prepared to commit evil actions for it, and are prone to invoke MoralMyopia to excuse their deeds. The more Lawful examples of the PrinciplesZealot, KnightTemplar, WellIntentionedExtremist, DarkMessiah and TotalitarianUtilitarian tend to fall under this category.
* '''Type 2: Evil Over Lawful''' - This type uses Lawful means to achieve Evil ends. A monster with a strict code of honour, or a CardCarryingVillain with SuperOCD. This is the kind of villain who follows an orderly way of living because they think that this is the best way to achieve their evil desires or goals- ForTheEvulz with rules. Some are merely selfish, while others are vengeful, cruel, power-hungry or outright sadistic, with Lawful variants of DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans often falling into this type, but they all prefer to go about their villainy in an orderly manner or with some sort of excuse. They differ from NeutralEvil in that the latter might obey some rules out of convenience or pragmatism, while this type does so out of genuine if self-centred commitment. Most LawfulEvil characters in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' are this type including ''Hextor'', the iconic god of Lawful Evil.
* '''Type 3: Balance Seeker'''- This type seeks a balance between Lawful and Evil, usually an Evil character who (often knowingly) uses "Lawful" as a substitute for "Good". This type tends to be more amoral and often likes to dissociate their Evil ends and deeds from the rest of their life, using Lawful codes of conduct or honour to achieve this, i.e. someone who likes to see themselves as ALighterShadeOfBlack or even as morally Neutral, though whether or not they ''are'' may vary. The PunchClockVillain is the textbook example and this category usually covers the more Lawful examples of the ProfessionalKiller, JustFollowingOrders, the [[FamilyValuesVillain family values]] and [[ChurchGoingVillain church going]] villains, EvilParentsWantGoodKids etc. Organised crime tends to default as this category (unless they enjoy being evil too much), as do most {{Mooks}} who knowingly and willingly serve an evil government or organization, or who follow a Lawful Evil religion or god (and sometimes those gods themselves), and are often villains who (sincerely) use NothingPersonal as an excuse for their behaviour. They usually do not see themselves as "good" or "evil", except perhaps in the technical sense, but may use EvenEvilHasStandards as an [[JerkJustifications excuse]] for their various misdeeds.

All variants are likely to take advantage of QuestionableConsent, pushing people into "[[LeonineContract agreements]]" and then pushing them to uphold their end of the "bargain."

Lawful Evil characters may not be motivated by anything but a paycheck. Many soldiers and henchmen working for an evil government or ruler fall into the "lawful evil" category by default. Being a genuinely committed member of a military organization makes one lawful by default, and if the government or ruler one works for is evil, then one naturally falls into the category of "lawful evil."

If you have a difficulty deciding which alignment an evil-aligned character belongs to, the main difference between Lawful Evil, NeutralEvil and ChaoticEvil is not their devotion to their evil wishes, but the methods they believe are best to realize it:

* Even though there are some situations where they can't always use this method, Lawful Evil characters believe the best way is to have a specific, strict code of conduct, whether self-imposed or codified as a law. Their first impulse when making a moral decision is to refer back to this code; those with externally imposed systems (codes of laws, hierarchies, etc.) will try to work within the system when those systems go wrong. Depending on whether they are more Lawful or more Evil, they will either refuse to break the code even though it would hurt their evil objectives, or else break it only very reluctantly, and only when it would hurt their evil objectives if they kept their code.
* NeutralEvil characters are indifferent to OrderVersusChaos, and their only interest is in realizing their evil wishes. They will use whatever means will help in realizing their evil wishes, whether that means tearing down a code of laws, following a code of laws, creating an orderly society, causing the breakdown of justice, or staying away from society altogether. Their only goal is to realize their evil wishes, full stop.
* Most ChaoticEvil characters don't constantly break the law, but they cannot see much value in laws that do not function solely to their depraved objectives. They believe that their own evil impulses are their best guides, and that tying themselves to any given code of conduct would be limiting their own ability to realize their depraved wishes. They do not get along with anyone who tries to instill any kind of order over the ChaoticEvil character, believing these people to be restricting their freedom; ChaoticEvil characters often focus very strongly on their own individual rights and freedoms, and will strongly resist any form of oppression of themselves.

In a nutshell, these are a variety of evil characters who [[WhatIsEvil don't care if what they do is "heinous" or "horrible"]], but who will always follow certain rules.

Such characters are, for example:

A warlord who would kill anyone who threatens him -- and, let's say, would always spare the enemies that can serve him; or someone who believes in [[ContractualGenreBlindness playing by the story conventions]]; or a villain whose [[IGaveMyWord word is absolutely binding]] but would still kill a pregnant woman; or any kind of evil character that might commit mass genocide but for some reason WillNotTellALie. Or a character who does, without flinching, anything their master orders them to do, anything, because their one rule is absolute obedience. A Lawful Evil character can also be an OmnicidalManiac just as easily as NeutralEvil or ChaoticEvil can be; in such cases, they usually either hold FantasticRacism towards all other living beings or they wish to impose a new order by annihilating everything and starting from scratch.

Remember, being '''Lawful''' does not imply at all that you have any moral standards, and any one of these character archetypes have just as much potential as a NeutralEvil or ChaoticEvil character to be truly despicable. Being Lawful may involve some kind of ethical values or moral codes, but they're more about abstract rules than actually caring about other people; alternatively, a lawful character may work within and abuse the rules. Lawful Evil is not always the "nicest" of the Evil alignments, though in individual cases the Lawfulness may make for a NobleDemon. It is just the most consistent and orderly. In short, an evil character who feels that the rules is what gives them strength or superiority. This includes upholding Evil as an ideal in and of itself, coupled with a sense of duty to promote it [[FaceHeelTurn wherever possible]] and by [[ColdBloodedTorture any]] [[MindRape means]]. They're likely to [[EvenEvilHasStandards have standards]], but they're just as likely to have a warped moral code regardless. Notably, ''Hextor'', the iconic god of Lawful Evil in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is the Type 4 style and is not sympathetic in the slightest. That being said, many, perhaps most evil characters who end up siding with heroes permanently without undergoing a HeelFaceTurn tend to be Lawful Evil, as they are the most likely of the evil alignments to work within the system; type 1s are particularly prone to this, due to their views on order.

Finally, it should be remembered that while many Lawful Evil types (particularly type 1 types) may value the law and may obey it in many cases, being Lawful Evil does not ''necessarily'' mean that the character will necessarily obey the actual laws of the land -- many of them are fully prepared to commit illegal acts or to twist the laws to their own purposes, and even to annihilate entire systems or civilizations. A Type 1 may justify this by saying they are trying to create a superior lawful society; a Type 2 may assume that their own personal code supersedes any loyalty to the authority of mere mortals; a Type 3 may think that the only law they obey is that of their own masters; and a Type 4 sees the law primarily as a means to oppress others and fulfill their sadistic desires. No Lawful alignment is necessarily inclined to obey ''every'' law or ''any'' law.

'''See Also''': LawfulGood , NeutralGood, ChaoticGood, LawfulNeutral, TrueNeutral, ChaoticNeutral, NeutralEvil, ChaoticEvil

'''Lawful Evil type typically includes:'''
* AbusiveParents (if not LawfulNeutral or NeutralEvil)
* {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s that combine order with evil or who simply go to the extreme.
* Many AffablyEvil characters
* AIIsACrapshoot
* AncientConspiracy, depending on [[KnightTemplar how far they're willing to go]].
* Any villain trying an AssimilationPlot
* AmoralAttorney
* AristocratsAreEvil
* Most {{Black Knight}}s (if they are not NeutralGood, LawfulNeutral or TrueNeutral)
* Most {{Black Shirt}}s
* Some {{Blood Knight}}s, as they enjoy conquest and warfare but also have some appreciation for fair play and valor.
* [[TheBully Bullies]], when not NeutralEvil.
* The more ruthless versions of the ChurchMilitant.
* The ClockKing, when he isn't LawfulNeutral.
* {{Control Freak}}s at their absolute worst.
* The more villainous CorporateSamurai.
* Some {{Corrupt Church}}es
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* Criminals whose modus operandi heavily relies on SuperOCD.
* CulturePolice
* DarkMessiah
* DeadlyDecadentCourt
* DeadlyDoctor (can also be NeutralEvil)
* DeanBitterman
* DiabolicalMastermind
* More loyal types of TheDragon.
* DirtyCop
* TheEmperor who leads an evil [[TheEmpire Empire]]
* TheEmpire
* EvilChancellor (When aren't NeutralEvil)
* EvilColonialist (If not NeutralEvil)
* One EvilCounterpart to a LawfulGood character regularly is this.
* EvilOverlord
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill
* ExactWords - honesty doesn't mean there's no treachery
* FamilyValuesVillain
* Many FauxAffablyEvil characters.
* TheGeneralissimo
* GeneralRipper
* GloriousLeader
* {{God}}, [[GodIsEvil when he's evil]].
* TheGovernment
* HangingJudge
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner
* Quite a bit of {{Sociopathic Hero}}es who find themselves "stuck" to the good side by a deal, contract or some similar bind, or simply out of a sense of loyalty to the heroes.
* Any villain who devises a plot to KillThePoor.
* KillerRobot, as they follow strict programming and parameters, but what they do is usually evil.
* KnightTemplar (Same goes for the KnightTemplarParent and a few KnightTemplarBigBrother's)
* Classic portrayals of TheMafia and the {{Yakuza}}
* MayorPain
* The default alignment of most [[MegaCorp MegaCorps]] (as they're usually run by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executives]] and often engage in IndustrializedEvil)
* TheMenInBlack (when they are not LawfulNeutral)
* MoralGuardians (If not LawfulNeutral)
* ANaziByAnyOtherName
* {{Necromancer}} (If not LawfulNeutral)
* TheNeidermeyer
* NobleDemon, when he is actually evil and their "noble" side is because one code of honor
* Some [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Obstructive Bureaucrats]]. Those who they aren't LawfulNeutral or LawfulStupid.
* Greedy villains who are OnlyInItForTheMoney. (More cash than death in this case)
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* Most organized [[PragmaticVillainy Pragmatic Villains]].
* PresidentEvil
* Evil {{Principles Zealot}}s
* ProfessionalKiller (when they live up to their agreements or follow a strict code of honor).
* PunchClockVillain when they really are evil.
* Adherents of the stricter forms of the ReligionOfEvil.
* SadistTeacher
* Most sympathetic portrayals of {{Satan}}
* SecretPolice
* SinisterMinister (when religion goes terribly wrong)
* SocialDarwinist
* [[SociopathicSoldier Sociopathic Soldiers]] of the Jingoist category.
* StateSec
* StepfordSmiler
* StraightEdgeEvil
* SycophanticServant
* TheSyndicate
* TotalitarianUtilitarian
* TheRenfield
* TheMan
* TheSuperego of an evil-aligned FreudianTrio.
* The blue oni of an evil-aligned RedOniBlueOni duo.
* More villainous cases of TheFettered.
* TheUndead (If not ChaoticEvil)
* ThoseWackyNazis
* TragicVillain
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: The bad new boss is in this arc is usually Lawful Evil.
* Many [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Villains with Good Publicity]]
* {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s (more sympathetic examples tend to LawfulNeutral)

'''When dealing with the examples of specific characters, remember that assigning an alignment to a character who doesn't come with one is pretty [[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]]. If you've got a problem with a character being listed here, it probably belongs on the discussion page. There will be no RealLife examples under any circumstances; it just invites an Administrivia/EditWar. Plus, real people are far too complex and multi-dimensional to really be classified by such a straightforward alignment system.'''

'''On works pages: Character Alignment is only to be used in works where it is canonical, and only for characters who have alignments in-story. There is to be no arguing over canonical alignments, and no Real Life examples, ever.''' [[noreallife]]


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Light Yagami/Kira from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He's certainly got his own plans for the world, including a rigid social structure and oppressive laws, all punishable by death (note).
** Most members of the Yotsuba group is of this alignment, especially since in the manga, it is revealed that they like what Kira is doing because a peaceful world (even one ruled by fear) is good for business, and they have no qualms about killing business rivals. Though, the actual Kira of their group turns out to be NeutralEvil and is mostly in it for his own gain, only playing along with Kira because he has to.
** Mikami Teru and Kiyomi Takada are also of this alignment. Mikami is a zealous prosecutor who is completely devoted to Light's cause with no real limits to his black and white morality and Takada prefers to operate within the system to gain more influence and fame.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
%%** the World Government is a good example of this, although there are some LawfulNeutral (Sengoku) and LawfulGood (Smoker) members.
** The members of [=CP9=] are professional assassins hired by the World Government, though some of them ''really'' push the limits of what can be defined as Lawful Evil.
** Admiral Akainu is the epitome of this, being the only one of the Admirals (Aokiji being LawfulGood and Kizaru being LawfulNeutral) willing to open fire on ships full of civilians just in case criminals he's after got onboard. He gets even worse in the Marineford arc, killing soldiers who try to flee the battle, and being so willing to kill as many pirates as possible (even after [[spoiler:Ace and Whitebeard's death]]) that he tries to kill one who begs everyone to stop fighting ''just for wasting time''. [[spoiler:[[OhCrap And then he got promoted to Fleet Admiral...]]]]
* Xellos TheTrickster priest from the ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' universe. He seems to be ChaoticNeutral most of the time but is actually following orders from his superiors Hellmaster and Beastmaster.
* Nosferatu Zodd from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' is also an example. Although he is a BloodKnight who loves to fight and kill, his first loyalty is to the Godhand, and he eventually becomes Griffith's [[TheDragon Dragon]].
* Manga/{{Golgo 13}} is an amoral assassin who ALWAYS carries through with the job. It makes no difference if the target is a woman he has slept with, or a child.
* Lucemon of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', who thought people were unable to properly rule themselves, and that the world would have been a much better place if he decided everything for everyone. He even had his [[KnightTemplar "thought police"]] in the form of the Royal Knights.
** Myotismon, being the typical authoritarian EvilOverlord trying TakeOverTheWorld, also fits.
%%** KnightTemplar Zhuqiaomon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' also qualifies.
* WellIntentionedExtremist [[spoiler:Kaname Tousen]] of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' initially seems LawfulGood, but supports killing people who disrupt order despite otherwise being a pacifist, and sides with the BigBad. [[spoiler:Might have become LawfulGood [[HeelFaceDoorSlam in his last moments]], though.]]
** NobleDemon Ulquiorra is one of the more loyal Espada to [[spoiler:Aizen]], consistently following orders, and showing distaste for arranncar that disobey them. He has nothing against killing, but does not do so without reason; he states that while Orihime may be disposed of after she is no longer useful to the villains, he must kill Ichigo in order to protect Las Noches.
* Nagi from ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/MaiOtome''. He [[ManipulativeBastard plays with people's emotions like a six-string guitar]], but rarely ever attempts to physically harm anyone still [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness useful to him]].
* Gihren Zabi from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Both in the series itself and among fans, he's commonly known as "the Universal Century's version of Hitler". He aims to force the entire world to bend to his will, and plans to reduce the population to less than a billion so they will be easier to control.
%%** Anavel Gato as well as the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Titans]].
** EvilChancellor Haman Kahn from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ ZZ Gundam]]'' qualifies as well. She believes that free will causes violence and the only way to prevent future wars is to grind the entire populace under her jackbooted heels.
** Char Aznable, the single most popular character in the franchise, probably started out NeutralEvil. However, in ''Char's Counterattack'', he has turned Lawful Evil and become a WellIntentionedExtremist who wants to realize his father's dream by dropping Axis on Earth and forcing humanity to live in space. He freely admits he's committing an act of evil, but sees it as necessary for the future of mankind. Oh, and he has no problem manipulating the people next to him, especially Nanai and Quess, into being loyal to him just like he did to Lalah Sune.
%%*** As a homage to Char Aznable, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Full Frontal]] succeeds him as the Lawful Evil leader of Neo Zeon.
%%** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Crossbone Vanguard]], led by Carlozzo "Iron Mask" Ronah, and [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Zanscare Empire]] are also Lawful Evil {{Knight Templar}}s just like Zeon, particularly Zanscare.
** Shifting focus to the Cosmic Era, Gilbert Durandal from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', a WellIntentionedExtremist as well, whose plan consisted of creating a society where people's future and standing in society would be determined by genes. Durandal insists he was right, but [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans his actions]] (among which was trying to wipe out countries who rejected his Destiny Plan with a WaveMotionGun) speak otherwise.
** Durandal's Rey is a classic Lawful Evil villain. He's TheStoic, believes in MyMasterRightOrWrong, shares Durandal's UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans philosophy, and is characterised by his UndyingLoyalty. His [[TheRival rival]], Neo Roanoke, is an example of reluctant Lawful Evil, willingly obeying Lord Djibril, because he sees no other option.
** The first series from the Cosmic Era, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', featured KnightTemplar and GeneralRipper Patrick Zala, who sincerely believed that Coordinators were the next step in human evolution and found it only logical that all Naturals should thus be wiped out.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' BigBad [[spoiler:Ribbons Almark]] sees himself as God and wants to turn all of humanity into [[spoiler:Innovators]] in order to bring about eternal peace, however he has no problem using [[KillSat orbital death rays]] or [[spoiler:mind controlling his subordinates]] in order to stamp out opposition.
%%*** Also from the same series are the StateSec A-LAWS, except for some members such as Kati (who is LawfulGood) Graham"Mr. Bushido" (who is TrueNeutral) and Patrick and Soma (both are LawfulNeutral).
* Gouda from ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' is this. He doesn't even try to hide or deny that he uses people as tools and views lives as expendable. But in the World of Ghost in the Shell, that doesn't mean he can't be a productive and highly regarded employee of the Ministry of the Interior.
* The Anti-Spirals from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' are Lawful Evil taken to its logical extremes. They seek to protect the universe from the dangers of Spiral Power and to do this they are willing to exterminate any race that contains that power.
** Lordgenome, who keeps humanity caged in underground villages and kills any who wander to the surface in order to protect the human race from complete annihilation by aforementioned Anti-Spirals (their DoomsdayDevice will activate when the surface human population reaches 1 million).
* Yagyu Retsudo from ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub''. He wants to wipe out the Ogami family, come out on top, and sacrifice as many of his friends and family as he needs to, but he wants to do it ''by the book''. He has no problem doing horrible things to innocent people, but he hates doing ''dishonorable'' things.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
%%** The Red Ribbon Army from the original series.
** Frieza's planet trade organization in ''Z''. This is the most likely reason why the Kais left Frieza and his family alone despite having the power to kill them. Better to have someone controlling parts of the galaxy, even if they're evil, than complete chaos if they took down its leaders.
** Both Piccolo and Vegeta display traits of Type II during their villain arcs: power-hungry and prideful, yet displaying a rough sense of fair-play and honor for challenge if nothing else.
%%* KnightTemplar Maxwell and The Captain from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''.
* Danzo in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', who wants to turn Konoha into a militaristic state with himself as Hokage, and is willing to see it destroyed to take power because he cares more about what's good "for the village" than the actual ''villagers''. [[spoiler:Homura and Koharu, his accomplices in orchestrating the Uchiha clan massacre]], also count. Pain's goal of [[spoiler:establishing world peace [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans by creating and making publicly available a weapon that would destroy entire countries]]]] also counts.
** GreaterScopeVillain Kaguya Otsutsuki is another example. The reason she gained power and turned into a villain was to end war. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation As she was a princess, this action may have been less about saving the world and more about self-preservation against enemy forces]]. [[spoiler:When she loses her mind and becomes the Ten Tails, she becomes ChaoticNeutral.]]
%%* The Demon Lord Vearn from ''Manga/DaiNoDaibouken'' is the textbook example of this.
* Chairman Keel Lorenz and the SEELE council in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. They want to enhance humanity's development and are willing to use the system to accomplish this.
%%* Emperor Charles zi Britannia and Prince Schneizel el Britannia of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', though [[spoiler:Schneizel could qualify as LawfulNeutral or NeutralGood in ''Nightmare of Nunnally''.]]
%%** Cornelia li Britannia, although they try to redeem her.
%%** [[spoiler:Lelouch himself invokes this at the end.]]
* MagnificentBitch Balalaika from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. An iron-fisted tyrant who runs her operation like a military force, yet she cares deeply for the soldiers under her command and always keeps her word.
* WellIntentionedExtremist Choji Suitengu of ''Anime/SpeedGrapher''. Suitengu wants to destroy the corrupt system that has caused so much misery, but chooses to do so by manipulating that system.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', there are villains such as Cobra and Azuma that while being villains, are [[EvenEvilHasStandards unwilling to reach some levels of depravity]] and [[IGaveMyWord will always keep their word, even if doing it prejudices them.]]
** The dark guild Tartaros can be considered as such as an organization, even if most of its members are NeutralEvil. They are practically a well-structured cult that works as an actual guild, with all of its members utterly devoted to the cause of meeting Zeref. Some, such as Seilah and Torafuzar, [[PunchClockVillain while capable of murder, even at large scale, don't seem to take joy in doing it and see it only as means to an end]]. Even Kyoka, a notorious {{Sadist}}, is so devoted that she was ready to sacrifice her own life just to fullfill her guild's goal.
** Zeref can also be considered as such. While he recently became an OmnicidalManiac that seeks to exterminate humanity, his goal is in order to purify the world from humanity's sins and corruption, thus making him a DarkMessiah. He definitely becomes this after [[spoiler:we find out that he spent four centuries creating [[TheEmpire the Alvarez Empire]] that is nowadays a superpower where he is loved by all of his subjects.]]
* In the manga version of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:King Yama]] is of this alignment, despite initially being LawfulNeutral, as he [[spoiler:released captured demons to attack humans as a justification for maintaining the barrier on Demon World and to portray the Spirit World as being the defenders of humanity]]. Sakyo, the main antagonist of the Dark Tournament arc, also qualifies, as while he wants to open a portal to the Demon World that will allow powerful demons into the human world, he dislikes foul play and [[IGaveMyWord is willing to honor his agreements]], including [[spoiler:betting his life on Toguro's victory- and honoring his end of the deal when he loses the bet]].
** The younger Toguro, being the more honorable villain of the series, also fits. He typically follows the orders of his clients, but often expresses distaste toward needless killing, like when Tarukane had him kill one of his pet monsters to prove his strength.
%%** Demon Lord Yomi also fits this alignment.
* [[spoiler:King Bradley]] from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', who mercilessly kills his enemies and is responsible for genocide while head of state for [[spoiler:Amestris]]. His generals in the military who are loyal to the homunculi also count.
** Father qualifies as well. Sure, he's an evil EldritchAbomination [[AGodAmI with ego issues]], but his plans require very specific circumstances that he's very particular about keeping in place, and [[spoiler:he founded the entire country of Amestris]] to meet them. This also means [[spoiler:he's in complete charge of the government, and thus is technically in charge of all law enforcement - and while he finds humans to be utterly beneath him and generally doesn't care about their well-being, leaving politics to Bradley, he does occasionally step in when needed - such as when Bradley is presumed assassinated near the beginning of Mustang's coup, and the military is in a state of panic]].
** GeneralRipper Frank Archer from [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime]], being a ruthless GloryHound who works within the Amestrian system to {{obstruct|iveBureaucrat}}, and later try to kill, the heroes. He knows [[spoiler:Bradley is a homunculus]], but he doesn't care.
* Makoto Shishio in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' sits here about 50% of the time. His goal is to come into power as ruler of Japan, and his methods revolve around coming out on top of the oil industry. However, his plans for Japan (as well as his background) make him ChaoticEvil the other 50% of the time.
* The End of the World in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' ([[spoiler:or as you may know him, Akio]]), ''seems'' ChaoticEvil at first, what with his [[TheCasanova Casanova]] attitude and weakness for vice, but FridgeLogic makes you realize that his obsession with rules and [[TheChessmaster mastermind]] plots are definitely not the sign of a Chaotic soul. Either way, [[MagnificentBastard he's still awesome]].
%%* Shin, Souther, and Raoh from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.
%%** Joker, a subordinate of Shin in the anime.
%%* Nakago from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''.
* Chiri Kitsu from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' starts the series off as simply LawfulNeutral, being concerned mostly with things being done properly and precisely. However, later on she becomes this trope, as her obsession with propriety drives her to more and more violence to the point where [[MurderIsTheBestSolution her default response to things being done improperly is murder]]. PlayedForLaughs.
%%* The Majority of Ninjas in ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' can qualify, but the biggest example is Yakushiji Tenzen. He is the most evil character in Basilisk [[EvilVersusEvil (and that is saying a lot.)]].
* [[spoiler:Ukyo]], the ultimate BigBad of ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' fits this to a T. He's the end product of a DesignerBabies experiment with some LamarckWasRight thrown in aimed at producing the perfect Emperor. Unfortunately, things [[GoneHorriblyRight went horribly right]], resulting in a guy who is a brilliant Machiavellian and knows exactly the right things to do to become incredibly popular and dispose of those who would act against him. In practice, this means that he quickly sets himself up as a VillainWithGoodPublicity, goes around disposing of allies who are [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer useful]], and plans to TakeOverTheWorld through a PlayingBothSides {{plan}}.
* Kuyou, the first major villain from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', truly believed himself to be the true voice of justice, and anyone who opposed him to be evil. Oh, and he believed that any human who discovered Youkai Academy, a place where monsters learn to coexist with humans, should be put to death. Huh?
* The Demon Sisters from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' (and [[spoiler:their father, Mayor Corset]]) fall into the extremely 'lawful' aspect. They're obsessed with rules and believe in a strictly regimented, fascist society, even applying it to the school system. Conformity and order is encouraged, the food is nutritious but bland, and from the two of them down, students are strictly regimented by grades and ability.
-->'''Kneesocks:''' Excuse me? I realize this may be difficult for low-IQ bottom-feeders to understand, but there's only one way to stem the tide of rampant debauchery under the guise of freedom!
%%* Dartz from ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Noah may also count.
* In ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'''s Stream season, we have Slur, Duo's [[TheDragon right-hand-woman]]. Utterly and unswervingly loyal to her master, she despises humans, considering them a cancer to the universe, and thinks they deserve to be exterminated for their evil. Unlike Duo himself, she obviously takes cruel delight in handing out punishment and killing those who go against her master's word.
* ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'' has Oriko Mikuni, a Type 2 who [[spoiler:believes it is her purpose in life to kill ApocalypseMaiden Madoka Kaname, and]] will freely butcher innocent people [[spoiler:if it means preventing her transformation]]. Her best friend, Kirika Kure, is a [[AxCrazy rather erratic]] Type 3, who [[TheDragon cheerfully carries out her dirty work]]. The [[ForWantOfANail alternate timeline]] of ''[[SpinOff Symmetry Diamond]]'' shows them both in a [[LawfulNeutral more positive (though still generally selfish) mode]], thanks to both their nobler goals and [[MoralityPet the help of Yuma.]]
* The [[spoiler:Central Military Police Brigade]] of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a clear Type 1 example. They are willing to [[spoiler:persecute and destroy inventors who threaten to pull the Walled Cities out of MedievalStasis with their innovations, intellectuals who research life before the [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt coming of the Titans]], and anyone else who threatens to "rock the boat".]] At least one of them defends these actions as justified and even commendable because it prevents outbreaks of unrest that humanity's only known inhabitable space cannot afford.
* ''Anime/BlueCometSPTLayzner'' has Admiral Gresco as Type 1 ("the world is corrupt, we are superior, we will rule the world and keep order at all costs") and his son Le-Caine as Type 2 ("heineous, arrogant, racist dick, but with a personal code of honor").
* Hades Vandein, a CorruptCorporateExecutive and the BigBad of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', is the kind of guy who'd cheerfully order mass murder on the fringes of known space to test the weapon prototypes his company developed, but won't resist arrest as long as he is read his rights and won't strike back at a group of assassins coming after him until they have attacked him first--all so he can claim "justifiable self-defense" later.
* Ashram, Knight of Marmo in ''Anime/RecordOfLodossWar'' - clearly a bad guy from his leading a massacre, and commanding general of an invading army at the start of the series (Even wearing all-black armor!), he nonetheless has a code of honor he will not violate and is looking out for his people.
%%* Satsuki Kiryuin from ''Manga/KillLaKill'' was initially this alignment, however [[spoiler: it was all a ruse to betray her mother Ragyo,]] eventually turning Lawful Good instead.
%%** Rei Hououmaru replaced Satsuki in this alignment which was made more apparent during the OVA episode.
* Esdeath from ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' is the GeneralRipper type, serving the empire as its top rebel killer, her convictions had cursed her to hunt down her once loyal superior. Though she may act superior to lesser folk, she is still capable of love (which she recently desired most in life) and would adore a man but only if he too is capable of greatness.
* Stain from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is a hardline fanatic who believes heroism has been corrupted by "wannabe heroes" looking for fame and riches and goes around crippling and murdering those he deems unworthy. To date, only two heroes have lived up to his exceedingly lofty standards: All Might and [[spoiler: Izuku, the main character.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/DoctorDoom seeks to TakeOverTheWorld to bring it order and peace, rules his home country as either a benevolent but iron-fisted despot or a crazed megalomaniac DependingOnTheWriter, and is ''generally'' loyal to [[ExactWords the letter of his oaths]] and his personal code. His need for domination over others is so all-consuming it makes him ImmuneToMindControl because he ''will not'' accept any position but absolute superiority.
* ComicBook/{{Elseworld}} Kryptonian Gar-El arrived on Earth in the 18th century and allied himself with [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover the British king]], aiding him in stopping UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution and then [[TakeOvertheWorld taking over the world]] with all the powers of Franchise/{{Superman}}. He claimed that he "brought peace, imposed order", and wasn't above executing his own half-human progeny for treasonous thoughts against his rule.
* ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor when he's written as a villain]], is a classic example, seeking WorldDomination to feed his own ego but also and more importantly [[WellIntentionedExtremist to safeguard the future of the mutant race, and protecting it from the very real threat of genocidal anti-mutant prejudice.]] His principal foes are the ComicBook/XMen but he generally regards them and most other superheroes as worthy of respect, even non-mutant ones, and (Creator/GrantMorrison aside) there are several lines he absolutely will not even think of crossing. His ''ComicBook/{{Ultimate|XMen}}'' incarnation is also this, though he evidently doesn't consider humans or anyone in his way to matter much in his personal, amoral ethical code.
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'' villain the Mandarin is an EvilOverlord through and through. On one occasion, he [[EvenEvilHasStandards destroyed one of his martial arts students for cheating by trying to drug him in a training session]].
* Franchise/TheDCU's uber-BigBad ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} is Lawful Evil in its purest form. His goal is to rule the entire universe by finding the Anti-Life Equation, which would destroy the free will of everyone except him. One blogger called him "the god of fascism," and although it's not mentioned in the comics very often, he is the god of tyranny.
* DimensionLord Dread Dormammu, despite his title of Lord of Chaos, has a twisted sense of fair play and honor, and displays consistent behavior in attempting to conquer Earth's dimension. As Comicbook/DoctorStrange mentions "Spontaneity is something Dormammu cannot fathom. Like all tyrants, his mind is rigid...he follows set formulas."
* Zarda from ''ComicBook/SupremePower'' is the team SociopathicHero. She kills those in her way without hesitation, but she is committed to the goal of world domination. But for that to happen, she needs Hyperion to realize it, so she stays with the Squadron and goes on missions where her powers and brutality are best served: warzones. It was during one of these incidents that she approved of a PayEvilUntoEvil incident involving an abused girl taking revenge on her tormentors.
* Likewise, Comicbook/ThePunisher often slides into this alignment, DependingOnTheWriter. He is sometimes depicted as a guy who simply enjoys killing, and targets criminals simply to give himself a twisted form of self-justification. He is ''always'' depicted as a guy driven by a desire for personal revenge, and frequently tortures the perp in various especially brutal ways. The fact that most of the criminals he does this to are usually portrayed as worse (or just as bad) is the only thing that might get him off of this.
* [[FaceHeelTurn Former]] Franchise/GreenLantern Sinestro seeks to bring order to the universe. And what better way to do that than through fear?
** [[spoiler: The Guardians of the Universe]] have been on a gradual slide to this in recent issues. Finally culminating in [[spoiler:bringing order to the universe by just replacing everyone in it with their Third Army in an AssimilationPlot.]]
%%* When he's thinking straight, Franchise/SpiderMan archnemesis and overall Franchise/MarvelUniverse BigBad ComicBook/NormanOsborn under the name of Iron Patriot is LE in true ManipulativeBastard fashion. When the [[ChaoticEvil Green Goblin comes out to play...]]
%%** And while on the subject of the ComicBook/DarkAvengers, Moonstone fits the LE alignment as well.
* Franchise/SpiderMan villain Knight of the super-villian duo, Knight and Fog, is certainly this. He is a contract killer, but never kills unless he is specifically ordered to. Unlike his ChaoticEvil partner, Fog, he never gains any pleasure from torturing his victims before dispatching them.
* The Adversary, also known as [[spoiler:Gepetto]] from ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}''. He truly believes that his [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Empire]] is for the good of all, citing the necessity of murdering millions to provide prosperity to billions.
* The One Sith from ''Franchise/StarWars: Comicbook/{{Legacy}}''. Their goal is galactic peace and order- as enforced by a galaxy-spanning totalitarian dictatorship. They ''do'' seem to genuinely believe their rhetoric and are loyal to each other, but don't think for a minute they won't commit as many atrocities as previous Sith Orders in pursuit of their goal.
* Korvac during ComicBook/TheKorvacSaga of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' appears to be Lawful Evil. Before taking godhood, he sought to build a paradise planet. But after having taken godhood, he carefully and methodically planned to take over the universe to make it one of a perfect order. He also killed anyone who found out the truth about him, but stated that it is necessary and that he regrets doing it. Moondragon mistook him for LawfulGood during a mindscan, but his evil showed itself in a ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' comic.
* Ultimate Thanos is certainly this. His mission is stated as being "To make life a little more like death, Ordered. Perfect. Predictable."
%%* [[spoiler:The protagonist]] of ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}'' [[spoiler:was able to throw a BusFullOfInnocents to Kid miracleman.]]
* The Beast from ''{{Comicbook/Transmetropolitan}}''. A true bastard, but he nevertheless plays by the rules. He's ever so slightly preferable to The ChaoticEvil Smiler.
* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'': Scrooge [=McDuck=], especially in the Italian comics. DependingOnTheWriter, he can be surprisingly nasty. Often ruthless, unscrupulous and uncaring, he routinely threatens, even beats his nephew WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck to do his bidding. He pays below minimum wage (if anything) and is OK with firing thousands of employees just to save a buck.
%%* The demonic lord Azazel from ''Comicbook/XMen''. His film version counts too.
* Adam Susan from ''Comicbook/VForVendetta'' believes that order and stability take precedence over anything else and will commit a second holocaust to eliminate those he believes would destabilize it.
* The "Mutants" gang members in Frank Miller's ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''. They have a quota system for committing crimes!
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The Dark Judges, a group of superpowered undead Judges from another dimension where they already killed every living thing. Their basic mission, formulated by their leader Judge Death, is to create a universe free of crime. Since only the living commit crimes, they decide to pre-emptively murder all potential offenders. They take their fanatical belief in the supremacy of law to the point where they became the worst evil in the whole setting. A prequel story shows that Death actually annihilated most of the other Dark Judges because they adhered too much to ChaoticEvil behavior.


[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Grogar has been referred as this by WordOfGod. Whereas Discord is absolute ChaoticEvil, Grogar is absolute Lawful Evil, being obsessed with order to the same extreme.
* The two main villains of ''Fanfic/{{Kintsukuroi}}'' fall into this alignment. Colonel Sharon Hillridge and Dr. Elias Dreschner lead the massacre of hundreds of mutants for two well-defined goals: Hillridge aims at the creation of supersoldiers for the supremacy of her country while Drescher searches for a cure for cancer.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Boss Wolf from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' fits this alignment. He shows no concern in carrying out Lord Shen's evil plans of conquest, yet he shows an unyielding loyalty to his own wolf pack, behaving like AFatherToHisMen. [[spoiler:This costs him his life when he refuses to shoot his soldiers]].
* Professor Screweyes from ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'' uses contracts and deals to enslave others to his CircusOfFear, but he keeps his end of the deal. He also desires absolute control of his fear by scaring others.
* Frollo from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is one Characters/{{Disney villain|s}} who is ''different'' from all of them. He is just a normal human who doesn't see himself as evil, and [[KnightTemplar commits all those horrendous acts for good]].
* Mirage from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' has no problems efficiently luring dozens of superheroes into a death trap for her boss without seemingly having anything personal against them ([[WouldntHurtAChild though she draws the line at murdering children]]).
%%* Auto from ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' was programmed to take full control of the Axiom in an attempt to preserve the Human race.
* Lord Business of ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is a ControlFreak obsessed with maintaining order in the LEGO world. He plans to use the Kragle to freeze the entire world so that everything will be stuck the way he wants it to be.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Darth Vader, and TheEmpire more generally, in ''Franchise/StarWars''. As a young man Anakin is shown to already have dictatorial tendencies after growing up as a slave on a lawless gang-run planet and seeing the corruption and bureaucratic inefficiency of the late Republic. As a Sith Lord, he chokes the shit out of anyone in his way and has no tolerance for incompetence, but he crucially never kills for his own amusement (unlike the Emperor) and has PetTheDog moments to those he has a common affinity with, such as the Noghri or slaves. That is, the Empire except Palpatine himself, who is more along the lines of NeutralEvil. Other than that, however, the original trilogy seems to be a conflict between the Lawful Evil empire and the ChaoticGood rebel alliance, whose priorities are "freedom and justice," (according to the "opening crawls" at least) whereas the (expressed) priorities of Darth Vader are peace and order above all else.
-->'''Darth Vader:''' [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack With our combined strength, we can END this destructive conflict and bring ORDER to the galaxy!]]
** While the Empire as a whole ''can'' be called this in most places, there are various portions of it that tip straight into ChaoticEvil, mainly whether through the Reborn Emperor Palpatine in the ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'' stories or various Imperial officials that believe that they can do whatever they want because they have the firepower to back it up.
%%** The First Order from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' continues the trend and increases the Nazi imagery. Captain Phasma and General Hux define The First Order's ethics the most, being both tyrannical and committed.
* Clu from ''Film/TronLegacy''. "Create a perfect system?" Sure. Just get rid of an ''entire species'' that doesn't fit the idea of perfection, trap his ChaoticGood creator in cyberspace exile, [[spoiler:brainwash the biggest LawfulGood badass into his [[TheDragon dragon]]]], turn the Games lethal to weed out any imperfection or weakness among Programkind. ''Nothing'' is more flawed than a User...
%%* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': Master Control and Sark also fell into this category, as did Ed Dillinger.
* Loco in ''Film/TheGreatSilence'' uses the legal bounty hunter profession to cover his evil acts, except in extreme circumstances. His boast is always that his acts have been "all according to the law." This is a form of PragmaticVillainy too, as it helps him to get away with them.
%%* Dr. Evil of ''Film/AustinPowers'', right down to attending [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Evil Medical School]].
* The senior house slave Stephen in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' is utterly devoted to his master and wholeheartedly upholds the institution of slavery. A [[TheQuisling collaborator]] if there ever was one.
* Don Vito Corleone from ''Film/TheGodfather'' sticks to omerta, sees great value in honor and respect, and rejects drug dealing [[EvenEvilHasStandards out of principle]], but it does not make his motives or methods anything other than evil.
* [[NoNameGiven The Operative]] from ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', who ruthlessly pursues anyone or anything which threatens the perfect utopia he hopes to build, even if it means slaughtering entire worlds or murdering children. To his credit, [[WellIntentionedExtremist he never claims that what he does is right or just]], [[NecessarilyEvil only necessary]], and freely admits that he's a monster who will have no place in the [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans utopia he dreams of]]. When he sees how horrible the utopia he was building would be, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn he abandons his quest to build it.]]]]
%%* ''Film/TheProposition'': Eden Fletcher is a bad bad man.
%%* The Master from ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate''.
%%* Peter Creedy in ''Film/VForVendetta'' (more than in the comic book) comes across as a textbook Lawful Evil character.
%%* Harry Waters from ''Film/InBruges''. That fucking motherfucker sticks to his fucking principles.
* Charlie Prince in ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma2007'' is a trigger-happy, murderous bastard, but his loyalty and devotion to his boss Ben Wade are impressive -- he goes to almost superhuman lengths to rescue him. [[HoYay With maybe a slight hint of subtext]].
%%* Darryl Revok of ''Film/{{Scanners}}''. He started out ChaoticEvil ("highly self-destructive") but by the time the film is set, he's mellowed out to Lawful Evil.
* ''Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes''. Yes, he's a murderous nut, but he's also extremely focused in his work, wrapped around a fairly lawful system of revenge, and [[PoeticSerialKiller in love with ceremony]]. The one thing he has that most Lawful Evil characters don't is [[RefugeInAudacity creativity]].
%%* ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'': Lord Summerisle. The crops ''will not'' fail.
* The Confederacy in ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'' goes as far as to legally trade slaves with African countries.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'':
** Vaako, TheDragon. He genuinely believes in the ReligionOfEvil, and [[LadyMacBeth unlike his wife]], binds himself to its principles. As a result, he resists her pressure to attempt a KlingonPromotion on the BigBad Lord Marshall, until Vaako himself comes to believe that the Lord Marshall has violated the Necromonger code through the Marshall's weakness. Vaako and Riddick both attack the Marshall, but Riddick strikes the killing blow. Rather than attempting to finish Riddick off, Vaako is the first to bow and declare him the new Lord Marshall, because "You keep what you kill" is part of the Necromonger code too.
** The Necromongers in general are Lawful Evil: their end-goal may be [[OmnicidalManiac the death and/or conversion of the entire universe]], but it's done with forthright honesty, military discipline and meticulous planning. All the members are loyal to the death, and look forward to dying in the service of the Necromongers. Indeed death is the ultimate goal for them.
* The Franchise/{{Predator}}s are about as Lawful Evil as they come. They participate in brutal bloodsport that involves the hunting of other alien species, but adhere to a strict honor code that prohibits the killings of innocents or the weak, and will always permit a leveling of the playing field to give their opponents a better chance of defending themselves. For example: Dutch in ''Film/{{Predator}}'' is unarmed for the last half of their final confrontation, so the Predator starts beating him half to death until it decides to finish him. Hanzo in ''Film/{{Predators}}'' is only armed with a katana, so the Predator he's facing only comes at him with ''his'' blade. That said, they are absolutely merciless when it comes to the hunt itself, and will not bat a single eyelash against ripping your spine out and displaying it as a trophy. Which in itself appears to be a sign of respect and honor, that they considered you a WorthyOpponent.
* Lenny from ''Film/RockNRolla'' likes to paint himself as this, declaring that he is there to keep order in the underworld. However, the truth is that Lenny is slimy, selfish, greedy, willing to break his word and bargains with anyone doing business with him. [[spoiler:Plus, Lenny is secretly a rat who has been selling all of his criminal associates to the law one by one for years in order to avoid doing jail time himself.]] Archy, Lenny's [[TheDragon dragon]] is the real thing: supremely loyal, true to his word, and willing to go out and kill anyone he's ordered to, or that it's necessary to kill, even while he shows that he's upset by Lenny's more selfish actions and double-crossing ways.
* Saito from ''Film/{{Inception}}'', though he sides with the protagonist. He uses his inception team to plant a false idea into the mind of his rival businessman to crush the energy monopoly, primarily to clear the obstacle to his own power expansion.
* Captain Vidal from ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', as is typical of Fascist-type villains. He's a good example of how an evil character who's lawful can be every bit as despicable as one who doesn't follow the rules.
* Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' is definitely this. He's a community leader who cares deeply for his city, country and his American countrymen. He is also a racist, ruthless killer who tries to manipulate the law to his own advantage wherever possible, forging political alliances that benefit him, but he has limits imposed by his principles of honour which he will not bend or stretch at any price.
* Sheriff William "Little Bill" Daggett, the primary antagonist of ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}''. Sure, he's a lawman with the [[WellIntentionedExtremist noble goal]] of cleaning up the town of Big Whiskey, but he's also a ruthless KnightTemplar for whom the chance to dish out the occasional ColdBloodedTorture, NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, or VigilanteExecution is among the biggest perks of the job.
* ''Film/TheMist''[='=]s Mrs. Carmody is ''the'' definition of this alignment: being able to justify atrocities by twisting inhumane, cruel and archaic laws to her favor and following them '''to the letter and spirit.'''
* The Mayor from ''{{Film/Pleasantville}}'' fits this trope. Practically trying to prevent the town from becoming "colored" and back to their "[[StepfordSmiler perfectly pleasant]]" ways.
* Ro-Man from ''Film/RobotMonster''. Ro-Man kills off nearly the entire human race because he was ordered to, and follows orders to kill the others up until his FaceHeelTurn.
%%** The Great One.
* Ra's Al Ghul in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' is the leader of a cult of ninja-vigilantes with a draconian sense of justice and an expectation that their followers are willing to kill on command in service to it. Throughout history they have periodically destroyed entire cities that they deem to have grown corrupt and decadent in order to "restore the balance", and they have set their sights on [[WretchedHive Gotham]] as their latest target.
** Two-Face in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is definitely of this alignment after [[spoiler: his FaceHeelTurn from the LawfulGood Harvey Dent]]. While The Joker is the embodiment of ChaoticEvil and Two-Face's [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]] was sparked by him, Two-Face always flips a coin to decide if somebody should live or die. It's a rule of his that he will adhere to, instead of killing by impulse.
** The Gotham National Bank manager, who still believes in honor and respect even when the Joker has him by the balls. Also Gambol, who goes so far as to put a hit on the Joker for robbing the GNB (and partially for [[YourMom making a potshot at his grandmother]]).
** Bane in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Despite appearing ChaoticEvil, he is actually an extremist member of the League of Shadows and wishes to continue their quest to root out crime and corruption by destroying cities, though he takes it to a suicidal extreme [[spoiler: as does Talia, Ra's daughter]].
%%* Ivan Drago seems like this for most of ''Film/RockyIV''. After Rocky defeats him, though, he says he wants to box for himself instead of Russia.
* The Devil in ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny''. Turns out that despite being ruler of Hell, he ''still'' has to adhere to the Demon Code, which has a rule stipulating that demons must ''always'' accept a declaration of a rock-off challenge. His multiple PrecisionFStrike shows he's ''not'' happy about being forced to do this.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' gives us General Zod, the man who is willing to commit genocide and forcefully terraform a planet to recreate his homeworld because he is absolutely certain it is his duty to serve his society, by whatever means necessary.
-->''"Every action I take, no matter how violent or cruel, is for the good of my people."''
%%* ''Film/HomeAlone'' gives you Buzz, the older [=McAllister=] brother, who is cruel to Kevin, but uses his status as the older sibling to get himself out of trouble.
* The Skeksis from ''Film/TheDarkCrystal''. They are essentially a DeadlyDecadentCourt of evil creatures who dislike each other, but are bound by a strict adherence to social rituals. When one is exiled for losing in a competition against his rival to the imperial throne, he constantly seeks to regain his status rather than revenge.
* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
%%** HYDRA fits this trope.
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', the Comicbook/RedSkull demonstrates discipline, taste, and FauxAffablyEvil civility despite being an ex-Nazi despot who believes that he is the superior and rightful ruler of the planet. He ''easily'' fits Type 4, as outlined above, although he also could be classified NeutralEvil for having his own agenda separate from Hitler and the other Nazis. However, he's ultimately defeated by Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, who is his LawfulGood counterpart. Their fight is pretty much a straightforward a classic Good vs. Evil battle as you can get.
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', this applies even moreso. After their defeat in the first film, they learned the folly in trying to stamp out freedom by force (as the Red Skull, convinced of his own superiority, had done), amd instead opt for a Type 1 approach, using the flaws in the current lawful system against it to slowly take over and corrupt it from the inside out. As such, they created a world so chaotic and dangerous that its people gladly ran to any kind of order they could find, allowing HYDRA to assume control without anyone ever noticing.
* Two Examples from the ''Film/MadMax'' franchise:
** Aunty Entity from ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'' rules Bartertown with a firm hand and is willing to brutally punish anyone who threatens the stability of that settlement. But, she remains AffablyEvil and is always keeps her word.
** Immortan Joe from ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is the tyrannical ruler of the citadel, who is worshipped as a god by the War Boys who serve him. He also managed to gain control of numerous resources and established trading partners, bringing about a rare area of stability in the lawless wasteland.
* In the ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' film, the entire society of Mongo. They embrace cruelty and treachery, and the nobles plot overthrows and scheme against one another, but they always follow the articles of Ming's law. Vultan describes it as being a "damn nuisance," but he follows it anyway when called upon.
* While technically there isn't a villain in ''Film/MaryPoppins'', Mr Dawes Sr comes closest to one. As the elderly boss of a successful bank, Mr Dawes Sr and his many colleagues (one of which is his own son), have high regards for investment. Dawes Sr badgered Michael about the importance of money, ultimately swindling the poor boy and ending up firing George Banks for his sons unruly behaviour. Ironically when Dawes Sr dies of laughter, his colleagues appear again during the end, except a lot more relieved.
** The honor of a character respecting this trope in the original books by P. L. Travers feature Miss Andrew, who is the polar opposite of Mary Poppins who handles her children...with extreme tactics, hence her moniker the Holy Terror.
* ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'': Satan is running an OccultLawFirm, what do you think? Specifically though, when pressed about his master plan, he explains that he intends to keep pumping out {{Amoral Attorney}}s so he can game the legal system and let as many horrible people off the hook as possible. Eventually, even Heaven will have to take notice of how much he's perverting Creation and fight him directly, which he's also planning ahead for by trying to raise a worthwhile heir.
* ''Film/KillBill'': O-Ren Ishii runs the organized crime in Tokyo like a professional businesswoman. She encourages her minons to discuss plans with her and always maintains a polite, controlled behavior, unless you [[BerserkButton question her heritage]], which means instant beheading.
* Memnon, the villain from ''Film/TheScorpionKing'', summarizes it nicely.
-->'''Memnon:''' You think I'm cruel, don't you? Perhaps you've forgotten what it's like outside these walls? Heartless, ignorant, and savage. But I can change that. I will bring order after centuries of chaos. An order that will last for a thousand years.
-->'''Sorceress:''' Rivers of blood can never bring peace.
-->'''Memnon:''' But they can bring obedience! That will suffice for now.
* Pinhead and most other cenobites along with their god Leviathan from the ''{{Franchise/Hellraiser}}'' film series. In contrast to most slasher villains who are chaotic wisecrackers or AxCrazy brutes, Pinhead is orderly and rational above all else. He genuinely believes in what the order represents and can be reasoned with.

%%[[folder:Folk Lore]]
%%* [[RobinHood The Sheriff of Nottingham]] is usually portrayed this way.

* SPECTRE in the ''Franchise/JamesBond'' books is this due to their evil plots and strict code of conduct.
* The ''book'' version of ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'' follows the pattern in TheFilmOfTheBook, but the agent of Lawful Evil is the village priest and not the Mayor (his MoralEventHorizon is where he gives a speech in one of his internal monologues which can be summed up as 'if I allow chocolate, then it will be followed by other evil things like sex and liberals'.) While it is possible to justify the priest's behaviour by examining the plot with his dying father, the film version was more careful than the book to avoid the trope.
** The Comte in TheFilmOfTheBook. He uses his power over the townspeople to turn them against what he considers "unwanted elements" in the town, essentially bullying said "unwanted elements" into moving away, but he is strictly against the use of violence, going as far as banishing the local bartender from the town for the rest of his life for burning down a houseboat belonging to a group of gypsies, which the Comte himself had disapproved of.
* Literature/MasksOfAygrima: The Autarch and his servants are this, turning Tamita, the capital city, into a borderline police state and installing watchers in all other towns to keep order. The masks everybody wears are used to squash all thoughts of rebellion by showing watchers those thoughts. [[spoiler: The masks are later altered to change people's personalities to stop all possibilities of revolution everywhere.]]
* The BigBad of ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'', [[spoiler:Jorge of Burgos]], hates happiness and free will with religious zeal, to the point where [[spoiler:he believes laughter to be the work of the Devil]]. Nothing short of utter monastic devotion is acceptable.
** The inquisitor Bernard Gui is completely uninterested in finding the culprit for the murders, and stages a witch trial to discredit his opponents and enhance his reputation. What would you expect of a [[HangingJudge Middle Age]] [[TortureTechnician inquisitor]]?
* Used in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novel ''The Doom Brigade''. Draconians are supposedly AlwaysChaoticEvil, but Kang and Slith, the leaders of a draconian troop, teach the soldiers about honor, teamwork and loyalty in addition to hating the forces of good and especially elves. Although they start out as devoted servants of the evil goddess Takhisis, they slowly shift from Lawful Evil to LawfulNeutral - and in the end to LawfulGood, when they [[spoiler:side against Mina and the forces of Takhisis at the end of ''Dragons of a Vanished Moon''.]]
** Raistlin Majere. Willing to kill anybody who is either blocking him or no longer useful to him. But he scrupulously honors his debts, upholds the magic order, and claims his ultimate goal to be creating a new world once he achieves godhood.
** Raistlin's sister Kitiara is loyal to her family and Tanis Half-Elven, and appreciates the order and power the Dragonarmies bring, but she is not beyond some plotting for personal aggrandisement, so veers towards Main/NeutralEvil. She probably qualifies as an example of Type 2 Lawful Evil.
** The minotaurs, likewise, are classed as a Lawful Evil race; while they believe most other races are so inferior as to be only good as slaves or corpses, they have a strict code of honour that they will adhere to. It's for this reason that they have grudging respect for Solamnic Knights, as well as their martial prowess.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Umbridge exemplifies this trope, even if she initially appeared as LawfulNeutral to some. She works for the corrupted government, creates safe and harmless ways to practice magic, and yet makes students carve sentences in their hands with their own blood as detention, for contradicting the Minister of Magic. If anyone had any doubt that she was Lawful Evil at heart, ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' removed it, [[spoiler:with her cheerfully threatening Muggle-born witches and wizards with the Dementor's Kiss or hauling them off to Azkaban]]. She revels in doing harm to others, but doesn't have the courage to do it outside the sanction of the law.
** The Malfoys easily fall here; they prefer being in positions of power and privilege, and Lucius seems to be at his best when working for Voldemort within the Ministry. After the fifth book, which both [[spoiler:lost him his position at the Ministry and his favor with Voldemort]], he seemed to be defeated.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' offers a number of different variants on the alignment:
** The Auditors of Reality are something like the collective AnthropomorphicPersonification of the rules of the universe. However, they have managed to develop a hostile, definitely not neutral, ironically human attitude towards life because it's so disorderly, and actively try to remove life and especially humanity from the universe.
-->'''Death''': [[AC:Down in the deepest kingdoms of the sea, where there is no light, there lives a type of creature with no brain and no eyes and no mouth. It does nothing but live and put forth petals of perfect crimson where none are there to see. It is nothing but a tiny "yes" in the night. And yet... And yet... It has enemies who bear it a vicious, unbending malice, who wish not only for its tiny life to be over but also that it had never existed. Are you with me so far?]]
-->'''Susan''': "Well, yes, but--"
-->'''Death''': [[AC:Good.]] ''[[AC:Now, imagine what they think of humanity.]]''
** Ymper Trymon in ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'' presents an earlier version of some of the Lawful Evil ideas appearing in later characters. Originally, it's not clear that he's downright evil, but he does give everyone the creeps because of his rationalistic, every-thing-in-its-place-and-people-are-also-things thinking. After he gets possessed by the Things from the Dungeon Dimensions, Rincewind sees that he would control the world with an emotionless tyranny by giving people the order they crave.
** Lilith de Tempscire of ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' thinks of herself as the good guy. She also enforces a tyrannical rule over a city where everyone has to follow fairytale tropes; [[CrapSaccharineWorld it looks very neat]], but no-one is allowed to step out of line, even if that means doing nothing actually wrong by moral standards.
** Vorbis, the head of the Quisition (ie. inquisition) of Omnia in ''Discworld/SmallGods'', believes that it is God's will that everyone's thoughts and actions be kept in line by means of strict social control, torture and killing.
** Evil Harry Dread in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' selects his guards for stupidity and designs his dungeons to facilitate escape, [[ContractualGenreBlindness all out of a sense of professional ethics and playing-the-game]]; he betrays Cohen and the Silver Horde at the first opportunity for exactly the same reason. He's actually praised by them for this; they would have had it no other way. Given Pratchett's attitude toward traditional heroic values, which often include looting, pillaging and ravishing maidens, it is unclear exactly what separates "Evil" Harry from his erstwhile foes, and as such he might be considered LawfulNeutral.
** Havelock Vetinari at one point describes himself this way to Samuel Vimes, citing that Good really can't plan -- especially for when the Lawful Evil empire gets overthrown. However, his reign is overall benevolent enough that he could easily be seen as LawfulNeutral.
** Discworld demons generally are unimaginative traditionalists and care a great deal about hierarchy. (There's probably individual variation among them, though, including not all even being that evil.) In ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'', Astfgl, the new demon king, had finally made Discworld Hell actually unpleasant by adding unnecessary bureaucracy, and because EvenEvilHasStandards, the other senior demons conspired to get rid of him by [[KickedUpstairs "promoting" him even higher to a position where he had no actual influence, and possibly not even contact with anyone outside his office]], though it made him feel important.
** The vampire Count de Magpyr from ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' wishes to create a modern, "civilised" and rationalised way of being a vampire, which involves the vampires ruling over others (destroying old magical races they consider old-fashioned) and people lining up politely to have their blood sucked on the arrangement that it's done only so often. His wife the Countess also counts, as she mostly goes along with whatever he says. On the other hand, the ''old'' Count de Magpyr seems to have represented a nicer kind of Lawful Evil (if evil at all), honourable and traditionalist rather than totalitarian; people actually liked him and his ContractualGenreBlindness, at least in comparison. (Granny Weatherwax isn't remotely impressed with him, which might hint that the villagers are being silly and nostalgic in thinking so highly of him. Even if he did so as a sportsman and with a willingness to be temporarily defeated, presumably he would still prey on people like a non-reformed vampire does.)
** The Agatean Empire in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', ostensibly ruled by an aged emperor but with his likely successor Lord Hong having a lot of power, is a place where almost everyone is cowed into unthinking obedience, and the local great wall is meant to keep people in. Lord Hong himself is something of an EvilCounterpart to Lord Vetinari -- and sees him as a WorthyOpponent, possibly as the only person he can think of in such terms. He seems to have even greater talent in other fields outside of politics than Vetinari, such as becoming a great master swordsmith in a fraction of the time it normally takes to learn the craft, but his grasp of psychology is lacking. Where Vetinari is genuinely rational as a "tyrant" and only intervenes at strategic moments, Lord Hong tries to control everything and doesn't understand what (other than fear) makes people tick.
* Artemis Entreri from R.A. Salvatore's ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' book is officially this. Scarred at a young age by being continuously raped and beaten by his uncle and/or his father, then sold to a pedophile slave merchant at age nine by his mother (the only person he trusted and cared for, and the only one who'd never hurt him), then escaping across the desert ''on foot'' to live on the streets as a child thief, resulting in Artemis spending the rest of his life completely focused on refining his skills so that he need not rely on anyone else. He would not kill those who were not important or related to his objective simply because he had no reason to as it gains him nothing, though it's indicated he might have had a deeply-buried moral code of some kind, but he was wholly focused on himself. In the ''Sellswords'' trilogy, dark elf Jarlaxel managed to pry a little of the bitterness away (with the help of an emotion-manipulating flute); by the time Artemis takes his leave of Jarlaxel, he might not be very evil at all.
* U.N. Owen, the PoeticSerialKiller villain of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. He, by his own admission, is something of a sadist, and takes absolute pleasure in causing pain and death, but while retaining his justice-driven nature, primarily dishes it out to [[PayEvilUntoEvil people who really deserve it]]. Some of his intended victims fit this alignment too, like PrinciplesZealot Emily Brent and HangingJudge Wargrave ([[spoiler: the latter, however, never sentenced an innocent to death and is in fact U.N. Owen]]).
%%* Professor Moriarty of ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' - "The Napoleon of Crime".
%%* ''Literature/IClaudius'': Augustus's wife Livia justifies all her murders and deceit by claiming that they were for the good of the empire.
* "Gentleman Johnnie" Marcone from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles,'' a control-freak crime lord who keeps such an orderly rule over Chicago's criminal underworld that the authorities actually prefer having him there, rather than several rival gangs constantly fighting it out. He also has a definite sense of honor and obligations, and is a prime example of EvenEvilHasStandards. Like the aforementioned Lord Vetinari, he straddles the line between Lawful Evil and LawfulNeutral.
** Laura Raith of the White Court of Vampires refuses to break a promise once given and prefers to manipulate a lawful system. Makes sense since White Court Vampires, while physically powerful, lack the savagery and raw power of the more chaotic evil creatures.
* The government of Oceania from Creator/GeorgeOrwell's novel ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' (The most common inspiration for Lawful Evil in modern Western literature). While it at first appears to be the first kind, [[spoiler:O'Brien]]'s speech near the end of the book makes it quite clear that the Party is shooting for Type 4 in spades.
* [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien's]] ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', et al.:
** Sauron. Possibly a surprise to those who are only familiar with ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (by which era he has undergone considerable ''canon'' VillainDecay and MotiveDecay towards ChaoticEvil), but in the beginning, according to WordOfGod, he only followed Morgoth out of the desire to build a rigidly ordered empire, quite the opposite of Morgoth's motivations. The character of Saruman is in many ways a reflection of Sauron's original reasons for turning evil, and the contrast with present-day Sauron is meant to highlight how futile those desires for order are, as evil always ends in chaos. Tolkien once explained ''evil is either total selfishness or total madness''. Sauron was selfish -- he wanted to rule the world -- while Morgoth was insane -- he simply wanted to destroy, spoil, maim and waste everything around him out of pure spite.
** Speaking of Saruman, he really passes through all three evil alignments during his career. He starts out as a Lawful Evil WellIntentionedExtremist, devolved into a NeutralEvil who was only out for his own advancement, and ended up a ChaoticEvil revenge-obsessed loony after losing his powers and his base of operations. Tolkien once said ''Sauron has today no descendants, but Saruman has many apprentices'', implying that the age of grand empires had gone, but many petty tyrants and dictators are carving themselves petty empires, especially in the underdeveloped countries.
** Fëanor in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', who went MotiveDecay from LawfulGood to LawfulNeutral into Lawful Evil, raising a mutiny against the ''valar'', resulting in [[ApeShallNeverKillApe Kinslaying of Alqualondë]] and drawing the High Elves (''noldor'') into exile, war and immeasurable sufferings -- all because of the ''silmarils''. Likewise, all Fëanor's sons can be considered to be Lawful Evil.
* Creator/GlenCook's ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' shows pretty well what Sauron could be if he didn't suffer MotiveDecay -- imagine him using Nazguls to patrol roads and being so merciless on any form of crime that even lone virgin can safely travel through Mordor, and you get Lady from ''The Books of North''
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Lord Tywin Lannister. He is primarily concerned with establishing House Lanister as the dominant family in Westeros. He demands loyalty from his family and order in his realm, even if he has to break ancient customs to secure it. [[spoiler:Isn't that right, [[RebelLeader Robb Stark]]?]]
** Lord Roose Bolton also comes across as this alignment, masking sadism with a polite and reasonable persona, and he always acts within the system and is a big believer in PragmaticVillainy, knowing that the best guarantee of being a KarmaHoudini is keeping a low profile. Also pretty Lawful Evil is his claim that his treachery toward the Starks was done [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans for the good of the realm]]. In contrast to his ChaoticEvil son, [[BastardBastard Ramsay]], Roose restrains himself so that his more [[FlayingAlive questionable]] [[DroitDuSeigneur habits]] aren't discovered. Most notably, his philosophy cements him both as a Type I and II.
--->'''Roose''':A peaceful land, a quiet people. That has always been my rule. Make it [[ChaoticEvil yours]].
%%** It's discussed if [[spoiler:Sansa Stark]] may or may not end up as this. On one hand, [[spoiler:her (now disappeared) clan]] is LawfulGood [[spoiler:or used to be]]. On the other, the kid's mentor is none other than [[spoiler:Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.]]

* The devils in ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'' are a group of scheming bureaucrats who have quite a few rules in Hell to better manipulate each other with.
* The Las Vegas in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'' run by Randall Flagg. They may be an evil kingdom but they execute drug-users by crucifixion. This may be due to the Lawful Evil Lloyd Henreid running the day to day operations. Flagg himself, on the other hand, is far more chaotic and ultimately self-destructive.
* Roland Croninger, Colonel Macklin and the Army of Excellence in the post-apocalyptic novel ''Literature/SwanSong''. After the bombs fall, they have a twisted desire to restore the United States by forming an army of raiders and acquiring enough people and resources to re-build a nation devoid of people marked by radiation burns. They also recognize the use of symbols (Nazi uniforms for one) and the power of fear. Roland and Macklin are both unhinged, but they have a twisted sense of loyalty to each other and are ruthlessly efficient in dividing up the spoils of their raids.
* King Gasam, in John Maddox Roberts's ''Stormlands'' series, who seems to be somewhat based off of Genghis Khan. He's basically a Type 4—not so much because he ''hates'' freedom, ''per se'', as because he thinks everyone except [[UnholyMatrimony him and his wife]] ''needs'' to be owned and thinks he and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen his wife]] are [[{{Ubermensch}} the ones for the job]].
* ''Literature/TheBookOfLordShang'' explicitly states that it is better for a country to be run by evil men, because they will follow the law to the letter, while good men will be willing to overlook minor offenses if the perpetrator had a good reason.
* Many of the villains in Creator/DeanKoontz's novels act in a Lawful Evil manner. Helios from his ''Frankenstein'' Trilogy wants a perfectly ordered world run with the efficiency of a beehive and wants to replace humanity with a new race that will do just that. The villain in ''Midnight'' also works towards this, even though he only wants it to be his playground to fulfill his perverted and sadistic desires. The villains in ''Nightchills'' come up with an effective method of mind control through SubliminalAdvertising and seek to make the [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans world perfectly ordered]], but their agent quickly succumbs to PowerPerversionPotential when testing its effects on a small town. The government assassin in ''Dark Rivers of the Heart'' wants a world where everything is moderate and no one is ugly and is eager to kill those that seem too imperfect to live. TheConspiracy in ''Door To December'' wanted to rule the world and were willing to perform cruel psychic experiments on a little girl to give them the perfect spy. The cult in ''Servants of Twilight'' were {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s and {{Knight Templar}}s and worked methodically to kill what they thought was the {{Antichrist}}. Even the sadistic and arbitrary serial killer in ''Intensity'' always keeps his word, has a well-ordered and scrubbed clean house, and paid for his purchases made at a gas-station after killing the attendant...because he is a killer, not a thief.
* Pick a slave narrative - from lecherous Dr. Flint in ''Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl'' to sadistic Simon Legree in ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'', the slaveholder will be the first to insist another human being is "their property" to rape, torture and murder as they please because it's the law.
* The Vord Queen from ''Literature/CodexAlera'' is a rare Lawful Evil OmnicidalManiac. She wants to wipe out all life that isn't Vord, but this is out of a compulsion innate to her species (she even calls it "the Purpose") rather than malice, and as a being of pure (if twisted) logic, she's incredibly organized and structured in going about it.
%%* The Portland Protective Association in Creator/SMStirling's ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}'' series, founded by [=SCAdians=] fulfilling their darker fantasies, lampshaded by their taking the Eye of Sauron as their symbol, although their leader, Norman Arminger has NeutralEvil tendencies as well. After their defeat and his death it slowly develops in a more LawfulNeutral / TrueNeutral direction.
* Anton Chigurh in ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen'' is a brutal and ruthless killer with a strict code of honor when it comes to fulfilling promises and honoring agreements, i.e. [[spoiler:Carla Jean's murder]] and recovering the botched drug deal money.
* A large number of villains in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The darkfriend organization as a whole is actually surprisingly ordered, which is perhaps ironic considering the nature of the Dark One (who wants to destroy reality), and many of the darkfriends we meet seem to be LE. Of the Forsaken, Demandred, Sammael, Rahvin, Mesaana, and perhaps Be'lal exhibit clear signs of a lawful inclination. Of the non-shadow villains, Elaida evolves from LawfulNeutral to this as the series goes on. Others include several of the Whitecloaks, particularly Asunawa and Eamon Valda (and maybe Niall, depending on how you view his WellIntentionedExtremist status), and a few of the Shaido. Therava is definitely LE, and Sevanna may be as well. And good chunks of the nobility of Tear and Cairhien.
* ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'''s titular character is absolutely loyal to the Empire, strongly aristocratic and cultured, [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic]] and unwilling to treat his men as [[WeHaveReserves disposable]], and a coldhearted, unapologetic ManipulativeBastard. The fact that despite this he's vastly less evil than most other Imperials in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse says a lot about how [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black-and-white]] most of it is.
** Thrawn's second-in-command, Pellaeon, starts as this, hating the "Rebellion" fiercely and watching in awe as Thrawn artfully dismantles it. He evolves, through Thrawn's more positive influences and a sense of pragmatism as the New Republic keeps pushing the Empire back, into LawfulNeutral, even LawfulGood by the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology.
** Darth Bane, who appears in the Darth Bane trilogy and various graphic novels, most notably Jedi vs. Sith mentions several times that if a death "serves no purpose", it is pointless and foolish to cause. Bane would never go out of his way to cause unnecessary chaos, and scorns those who would do so for the sake of their own amusement or ego. However, though he has no respect or obligation to serve any law, he does have an affinity for the Sith Code, saying that its words completely changed his perspective. A few examples of his Lawful Evil personality show when he [[spoiler:slaughters a small family so that he may survive. In the scene, he is dying of a poisoning, and so he uses what little strength he has to first kill the children in front of the father, dragging out his torment, before finally killing him as well. In this manner, he 'feeds' off their fear as if it were sustenance, all the while justifying it by saying that they were weak, and that they were destined to serve him by dying. Had he not been dying, he wouldn't have looked at them twice. A chapter or two later, Bane meets the TrueNeutral healer Caleb (who refuses to help either light or dark), and manages to blackmail him into fully healing him, remarking afterwards that "his death would serve no purpose", and so lets him live.]]
** The [[Literature/NewJediOrder Yuuzhan Vong]], mixed with a bit of BlueAndOrangeMorality. They have a strict hierarchy for their whole society, not just their Warrior Caste, and while AsskickingEqualsAuthority they don't really subscribe to the concept of KlingonPromotion. Their secondary [[PlanetOfHats hat]], after being ScaryDogmaticAliens, is being a ManipulativeBastard, winning their early conflicts with the New Republic as much through guile and misdirection as force of arms. And everything they do is for the glory of the Yuuzhan Vong, their gods, and the Supreme Overlord.
* General Woundwort from ''Literature/WatershipDown'' is a classic Lawful Evil villain. He truly believes his tyranny is what's best for rabbit-kind, and only kills those who actively resist him.
* According to the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures novel ''The Dark Path'', the Master started his villainous career with this alignment. After experiencing a disastrous series of tragic events, he resolves to bring his own order to the universe at the expense of free will and becoming its Master. Whether he shifted to NeutralEvil or ChaoticEvil by the time of the TV series is a matter of debate among fans.
* ''Literature/TheDemonHeadmaster'' is another textbook example, wanting a stable and well-ordered society, whatever the cost in terms of human life. The heroes are aware that he wouldn't bother trying to take over Britain / the world unless he actually believed his own rhetoric - otherwise, his powers could give him a cushy life with far less effort.
* The entire capitol in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' is this, right down to the way they resort to forcing a bunch of kids and teenagers to slaughter each other on live television just to maintain their grip on the country of Panem.
* Redeemer Bosco from ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfGod'' trilogy, the hated mentor of the protagonist Thomas Cale. He appears at first as a tyrannical and abusive disciplinarian as the Redeemers are prone to being to their novices, though he's not arbitrarily so (well, kind of isn't). This in itself would likely qualify him, but later his motives are revealed to be more complex: he's only cruel when it serves a purpose, and he's grooming Cale for the role of Angel of Death, the embodiment of God's wrath, who will wipe out humanity for its intolerable sins. As such, he's an OmnicidalManiac who abuses children, tortures, kills and massacres, and despises humanity, but he's also rational given his insane aims, and sees them as being grounded in justice and duty.
%%* ''Literature/TheSilerianTrilogy'': The entire Honored Society, with the exceptions of the water lord Baran and assassin Najdan. They're both nice men, aside from the murder and extortion in their pasts.
* ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'': [[TheScrooge Ebenezer Scrooge]], before his redemption, cares only about the pursuit of money, has nothing but contempt for the poor, and doesn't care who gets screwed over in his business dealings. However, he has no interest in cheating or violating the letter of the law, and is grudgingly acknowledged as being fundamentally honest.

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%%* Lois from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''.
* ''{{Series/Oz}}'' gives us Vern "I never broke a law I didn't have to" Schillinger, who seems perfectly at home in prison as the Aryan Brotherhood's leader. In case you forgot "Lawful" and [[ChaoticGood "Good"]] are two ''completely'' different things.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
%%** Kai Winn, the Bajoran spiritual leader for most of the show, is pretty thoroughly Lawful Evil, with a bit more emphasis on law and a little less on evil. Then, she becomes a little more thoroughly evil and a little less thoroughly lawful...[[spoiler:and finally becomes a [[LawfulNeutral pretty solid lawful and a pretty solid neutral]]]].
** Cardassian society from ''Franchise/StarTrek'', with its heavy undertones of Fascism, is a good example of a strongly Lawful Evil state. Which is probably why they were able to [[spoiler:align with the Founders, who are so obsessed with creating "perfect order" that they have bred an unstoppable army of fanatical Jem'Hadar soldiers to conquer everything and rule it with an iron fist.]]
** The Dominion, ruled by the Founders, is a theocratic oligarchy dedicated to two things above all: order and control. If the Founders don't rule it, they'll conquer it. If it's too strong to be easily conquered, they'll use their abilities to cause it to dissolve into chaos, ''then'' conquer it. Their code of law for use among themselves is in many ways quite strict: at one point Odo is forced to reach their homeworld and have his shapeshifting stripped away because their law states that [[ApeShallNeverKillApe changelings shall never kill each other]], even though Odo has no way of actually knowing their law.
** This is the Ferengi ideal. Ferengi idolise personal gain and wealth, to the point where failing to turn a profit can earn you a stay in Hell, but are supposed to abide strongly by the will of the Nagus, the admittedly loose dictates of the Rules of Acquisition, and the terms of any contract they sign with another Ferengi. Among Ferengi, Brunt is the most malevolent: he repeatedly goes out of his way to use the power and authority granted by his rank to make Quark's life miserable.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' usually shows NeutralEvil or ChaoticEvil unsubs, but a few fall into this category:
** Karl Arnold, "The Fox", is a Family Annihilator, a serial mass-murderer of families, with deranged power fantasies and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. A [[PsychoPsychologist child psychologist]], his wife and children left him due to him being a ControlFreak, and he turned his rage on the families who [[BadSamaritan came to him for help]], taking detailed notes of their routines, invading their homes at vulnerable hours and taking them all hostage for days and forcing them to treat him as the head of the household, then murder them all one by one- saving the husband / father for last to show him he was "weak" for [[VictimBlaming letting this happen to his family]]; in a later episode it's also revealed that he [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raped the daughters as well]].
** Charles Holcombe is a "House Cleaner" - he [[KillThePoor targets the homeless]] in order to "clean up" the streets of his city, and he proves to be so successful that the officer assigned to the district he operates in [[ComplimentBackfire gets the credit for crimes and homeless rates going down]], something that irritates Holcombe. A wealthy but extremely narcissistic loner and ControlFreak, he bullies a dim-witted accomplice into kidnapping unsuspecting victims and taking them to an abandoned meat factory he owns that he has converted into a house of death traps, promising them they can live if they survive to the end, [[ILied then killing them anyway if they make it]].
** Vincent Rowlings, who follows a very strict pattern due to his SuperOCD, but also turns out to be AffablyEvil and deeply caring for the blind son of [[spoiler:one of his victims]].
** Tivon Askari, a TortureTechnician who served as J.J.s ArchEnemy and ended up torturing her for information. He formerly assisted the United States in Iraq as a "specialist" but turned out to be corrupt and in league with an American marine who was more of a NeutralEvil money-grubbing traitor. What makes him more Lawful is that the profile the team devises for him states that torturers like him like to see themselves as a PunchClockVillain and develop rituals, routines and [[JerkJustifications moralistic excuses]] to dissociate themselves from the horrible pain they inflict on others, which is indeed shown to be the case.
%%** ''Reckoner'' has [[spoiler:HangingJudge Boyd Schuller]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Cybermen are pure Lawful Evil, with the delusion that their society is perfect and that they are therefore justified in doing anything to survive, but obliged to [[YouWillBeAssimilated forcibly "welcome" others into it]], where possible.
** The Daleks are an example of an entire race of Lawful Evil {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s. Culturally and genetically bred to be super-intelligent, these cybernetic mutants live in pressurised pepper pot tanks out of a paranoid fear of contamination from other forms of life, deciding the only long-term solution is Extermination for everything non-Dalek. They operate in a highly rigid command structure and are loyal-unto-death to the cause of Dalek racial purity, are absolutely obedient to their superiors so long as neither deviates from this cause, and in spite of their extraordinary intellects they utterly lack imagination and are largely incapable of thinking for themselves unless some sort of outside influence rewrites their social or biological programming. Nonetheless, they are also ruthlessly efficient and over the course of the series grow from a closed-off Fascist society on a barren world to THE dominant threat to all life in the entire multiverse, such is their single minded fanatical determination.
** Time Lords too, post-"Trial of a Time Lord". They started off Neutral enough (probably Lawful Neutral or True Neutral, in the not-giving-a-shit sense) but get darker as ''Who'' progresses. By the end of the Tenth Doctor's time, they're full-blown Lawful Evil. One of the Founders of Time Lord Society and the First [[PresidentEvil President]] Rassilon, is implied to have been this despite being portrayed [[VillainWithGoodPublicity as a great hero]] [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade in the official version of history]]. It could be argued the Time Lords finally tipping into Lawful Evil could be due to his return during the Time War. However, it's not entirely clear if Rassilon was EvilAllAlong or fell to HeWhoFightsMonsters during the Time War (in TV continuity, that is, many Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse works tend '''much''' more heavily to the EvilAllAlong interpretation). As the leader of Time Lord society during that era, it's hard to imagine anyone having spent more time staring into the abyss.
** The Valeyard, either an evil future version of the Doctor or an EnemyWithout of the Doctor created in an unknown future incident, seems to have started out like this (trying to railroad the Doctor to the gallows in "The Trial of a Time Lord," he hopes to gain the Doctor's remaining regenerations, ''but'' seems to believe everything he's saying about the Doctor is true.) However Big Finish Unbound shows that if he had won he would have become ChaoticEvil.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]. Their [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is subjugating and enslaving other races out of racism and the desire for their own glorification, but they will follow very strict and rather bureaucratic protocol in order to achieve this, such as obsessively studying natives' physical and intelligence levels before sending them to toil in the mines. Toba, who [[PsychoForHire doesn't care about protocol and just wants to blow everything up]], is considered by Rago to be a contemptible moral deviant.
* ''Series/TheWire'' provides textbook examples of two different variations on this alignment in Stringer Bell and Maurice Levy. Bell is a ruthless drug kingpin who will have anyone and everyone who gets in his way killed in cold blood, but he's also a methodical and calculating planner who believes that order, loyalty, and iron-fisted discipline are the keys to running a successful drug operation. Levy is a money-grubbing AmoralAttorney who does everything he can to help his criminal clients exploit flaws in the legal system, all the while carefully avoiding actually breaking the law himself as he does so.
** Omar Little. Robs drug dealers, kills without compunction - but never raised his weapon on anyone who wasn't in the game. He wholeheartedly believes that "A man must have a code." He sees himself as morally equivalent to Maurice Levy, and it's hard to argue against him. In his own words (while being cross-examined by Levy during the trial of Barksdale enforcer Marquis "Bird" Hilton for the murder of state's witness William Gant):
--->'''Levy:''' You are amoral, are you not? You are feeding off the violence and despair of the drug trade. You are stealing from those who are themselves stealing the life blood from our city. You are a parasite who leeches off the culture of drugs...\\
'''Omar:''' [[ShutUpHannibal Just like you, man]].\\
'''Levy:''' Excuse me? What?\\
'''Omar:''' [[NotSoDifferent I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase]]. [[ArcWords It's all in the game]] though, right?
* Malcolm Tucker of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' and ''Series/InTheLoop'' is an amoral, backstabbing, manipulative, angry, and verbally abusive human being, but everything he does is for the direct benefit of the Party, to which he is loyal above all.
%%* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Roscoe P. Coltrane's factory specs call for Lawful Evil alignment, but danged if, no matter how often ol' Cooter has him up on the alignment jig an' how many shims he uses, he just keeps on driftin' out to LawfulStupid. Must be all those hard landings, gol'durn it!
* Esteban of ''Series/{{Weeds}}''. Charming, charismatic, [[EvilIsSexy handsome]], [[PresidentEvil the mayor of Tijuana]], and a drug kingpin. He's [[AffablyEvil almost always polite]], but when he shows his dark side, it's downright scary.
%%* ''{{Toys/Bionicle}}'''s Makuta Teridax.
* EvilChancellor and MagnificentBastard Francis Urquhart MP from ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'', who manipulates party politics to his advantage while keeping very close to the letter of the law.
* The eponymous VillainProtagonist of ''{{Series/Dexter}}'' qualifies for Lawful Evil by his strict adherence to "The Code." He only targets other serial killers (and occasionally rapists), but he's not LawfulNeutral because his motivation is not based on justice, but rather satisfying his bloodlust in such a way as to avoid getting caught (i. e., by preying on people society doesn't care about).
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Prince of Fire]] from ''Series/{{Lexx}}''. Despite being something of an AffablyEvil, {{manipulative|Bastard}}, MagnificentBastard, he never reneges on a deal and rarely lies outright.
-->'''Prince''': [[CardCarryingVillain I may be bad]], but I ''always'' stick to my deals, and I very rarely ever lie. [[BrutalHonesty It's much more fun to tell the truth!]]
** His Divine Shadow probably lies somewhere between here and NeutralEvil; though he does seem to stand on ceremony and rely on an ordered society (with some of the squickiest correctional department ever seen on TV) it all seems mostly in place to flatter his own ego. More specifically, HDS is neutral evil wearing the hat of lawful evil as part of a thousands-of-years-long GambitRoulette. He's the last survivor of the Insect Empire, passing his consciousness through various human avatars. He's developed not only a galaxy-spanning empire (the League of 10,000 planets) but a religion dedicated to [[AGodAmI worshipping him.]] His first goal was to wipe out any significant threats, such as the Brunan'G. His second goal was to eventually use this empire/religion to gather enough [[HumanResources "organic material"]] to allow his Insect body to regenerate; this was accomplished in the Great Purge, which wiped out 99% of human life in the *universe*. The only ones spared were those so on the fringes of society that they either skimmed beneath the radar or were already on the run.
* Uther Pendragon from ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' fits either here or in LawfulNeutral. He has outlawed magic in Camelot, which the use of or vague association with is punishable by death without trial. Magic-users include the main character and [[spoiler:his ward]]. However, he does have some good intentions, justifying the law as magic apparently "tore this kingdom apart" years ago, and he does have genuine love for his son and ward.
* Edmund ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' is a Type III DragonInChief in his third incarnation. He is ruthlessly cunning and downright cold blooded. But he is quite loyal to his boss, despite having no respect for him, and despite the fact that he could easily manipulate him into giving him all of his wealth and power, he never betrays him. He never even abandons him and always does his best to get him out of a deadly and dangerous situation, [[spoiler:until the third season finale where he fails to save his boss' life and abandons his memory by stealing his identity and taking his place as Prince Regent by impersonating him.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The Mayor fits this trope. A [[AffablyEvil charming]], [[FamilyValuesVillain family values man]] who genuinely loves Faith, but a man who sold his soul 100 years ago and is willing to do anything to ascend to being a demon, including corruption, assassination, and devouring a town. At one point Giles stabs him through the heart, and he is pissed-not because Giles attacked him (he was invincible at the time, so it didn't hurt him), but because he was genuinely shocked that Giles would be so violent in front of a group of teenagers. The very same teenagers he had threatened to kill and eat a minute earlier.
** Vengeance demons have to abide by certain codes of conduct when wreaking vengeance. Most of them also tend to wreak vengeance only on a particular type of victim-[[EvenEvilHasStandards Halfrek seeks out abusive or neglectful parents]], Anya exclusively targeted men who cheated on their wives/girlfriends, etc.
* ManipulativeBastard Adam Monroe of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' wants to poison most of the world's population to save and eventually rebuild it.
* Barney Stinson from ''Series/{{How I Met Your Mother}}'' adheres to the Bro Code and a small group of friends, but those things aside he is a complete {{Jerkass}} to everyone else and his friends despite being loyal to them. He also once sold a woman into slavery, not even bothering to read the document, so he could get a vehicle. He borders on NeutralEvil.
* Lucas Buck from ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'' uses his position as Sheriff of Trinity to commit evil; using the law as your primary weapon is a characteristic trait of Lawful Evil. Add to the fact that he engages in carefully-worded agreements with most of the town's inhabitants in order to corrupt and control them places Buck squarely in this territory. He might tempt others to turn to evil, but ultimately he lets them be responsible for their failings.
* Scorpius from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': refined, educated, dedicated to the goal of saving the Peacekeepers from destruction at the hands of the Scarran Imperium and is willing to do anything, including stalking and torturing protagonist John Crichton for the Wormhole technology that he thinks will safeguard his race.
** The Peacekeepers in general, actually - they are a highly-regimented mercenary force who are generally very eager to force the rest of the galaxy to follow their rules (and incredibly unforgiving if they don't). Somewhat understandable when faced with a more powerful ChaoticEvil enemy like the Scarrans, other times...less so.
*** Even the Scarrans are made out to be Lawful Evil in the ExpandedUniverse of the Farscape RPG with a strong sense of loyalty to family and one's superior. Their brutal conquest and destruction of other species is more of a survival imperative bred into them when they evolved on a resource-poor world rather than true malice, and is seen as necessary if their species is to survive and prosper. During a peace negotiation, it is the Scarrans that plead to the Peacekeepers not to use violence.
* The Galactic Federation from ''Series/BlakesSeven'' largely fit this, to the point that some of their officers are basically PunchClockVillains, and some of their supporters like Kayn oppose Blake because they see him as a threat to order. While Servalan, whose actions are often for personal gain, is more NeutralEvil, the initial portrayal of Travis, who is totally dedicated to the Federation, definitely qualifies, at least until the rest of the Federation decide that the brutality he commits on their behalf is [[EvenEvilHasStandards a bit too brutal]] and he ends up on the run with a death sentence hanging over him.
* The ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', due to their name and their status as an outlaw biker gang initially appear ChaoticEvil or ChaoticNeutral, but in fact they are extremely Lawful, it's just that the laws they follow are the club rules, which are almost diametrically opposed to the laws of mainstream society, and which they rigidly follow and lethally enforce.
* Sterling from ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' fits this trope. An insurance investigator, he's technically on the side of the law. He catches criminals and keeps his company from paying out bogus claims. However, he's an absolute MagnificentBastard and has [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] skills comparable to Nate's that he uses to not only keep ordinary good people from getting the money they deserve but has consistently tried to have Nate and his team killed or sent to jail, taunting them all the while. One episode even has him stating the following:
--> '''Sterling''': [[BatmanGambit You realize that your entire plan relied on me being a self-serving, utter bastard]]?
--> '''Nate''': Ha, yeah, that's a stretch.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Ecliptor from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' is very much this. He's evil, and wants to destroy the Power Rangers. However, he has his limits, and is extremely loyal to Astronema, who he has raised from childhood.
** ''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'' was notable for having villains like this. Examples are:
*** Treacheron, who is basically an alien samurai whose only motivation is his loyalty to his master Scorpius. He died at the Rangers' hands trying to prove said loyalty, after he was framed by Scorpius' daughter Trakeena.
*** Villamax. He saved Trakeena from a band of thugs, trained her to be a badass warrior princess and wanted to help her avenge her father's death at the hands of the rangers. He also keeps his word during bargains, even when not doing so would be more advantageous. Another unique thing about Villamax is that he does not want to involve innocent people in his battles. He even disobeyed Trakeena when she ordered him to fire at defenseless civilians.
*** One episode had Maya facing Loyax, an old warrior who used to fight on the side of good, but pulled a FaceHeelTurn since he felt this battle was futile. As he felt his old age catching up to him, he wanted to have one last battle against a worthy foe; the Rangers. He ultimately lost, but Maya respected her fallen enemy by marking his gravesite with his sword, resembling a tombstone.
** Then there's ''Series/PowerRangersLightSpeedRescue'', whose villains waited patiently for their leader, and raised her baby. It turns out that their leader wasn't nearly as loyal to ''them,'' though, and you end up pitying even the most evil of them, and cheering the HeelFaceTurn of the character who was first introduced as the DragonInChief!
** ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' has a similar setup. CoDragons Toxica and Jindrax are fighting the Rangers and trying to destroy humans, but their goal is having their own species thrive, and since Orgs rise from pollution, they feel that their very existence proves HumansAreTheRealMonsters and don't deserve the planet anyway. Every Org has UndyingLoyalty to any higher-ranked Org, and all serve the dream of an Org world. Instead of being CardCarryingVillains like most PR baddies, they are simply following a definition of "good" that is harmful to humans. (As with Lightspeed, though, the two BigBad figures were purely motivated by selfish gain or revenge, treated their followers like less than dirt, and eventually, Toxica and Jindrax help the Rangers so they can be free, and say ScrewThisImOuttaHere before the final act.)
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** [[spoiler:Zachariah]], who is a faithful servant of Heaven, but goes out of his way to fulfill his orders in the most sadistic way possible.
** Crowley may be the King of Hell, but [[IGaveMyWord he will]] ''[[IGaveMyWord never]]'' [[IGaveMyWord violate an agreement he makes.]] In Season Seven, [[spoiler:he destroys one of his underlings who cashes in early on the [[DealWithTheDevil Crossroads Deals]] he made with his victims by sending another demon to kill them just days after the deal was made.]] His reasoning is that [[PragmaticVillainy if they don't have their reputation for holding up their end of their bargains, no one will deal with them.]]
--->'''Crowley''': This isn't Wall Street; this is ''Hell''! [[TakeThat We have a little something called 'integrity']]!
** Azazel, the BigBad of the first two season, is another example. Even though [[EvenEvilHasStandards other demons don't seem to like him very much]], but they admit that he maintained order in Hell well and kept other demons under control.
** ArchangelMichael is an example of the "more lawful than evil" variety. [[AffablyEvil Michael is very cordial, promises to fix any damage to]] [[spoiler:Dean]] [[AffablyEvil caused by his possession, continually gives Zachariah more chances to succeed to the point that even Zachariah himself is surprised by Michael's forgiveness, and is willing to share a heartfelt reunion with Lucifer right before their fight]]... but he's still TheDutifulSon to God, first and foremost, and if that means destroying half the world, then that's what he'll do.
* Gustavo Fring on ''Series/{{Breaking Bad}}''. Gustavo respects loyalty, discipline, and respect, however will kill a drug dealing child if it gets in his way. Kind of like what Walter White became as he became more evil, Bitch.
* Wolfram & Hart on ''Series/{{Angel}}''. What's more Lawful Evil than an avowedly {{evil|LawyerJoke}} ''law firm''?
** Made somewhat ambiguous by Lilah clarifying to [[KnightTemplar Holtz]] that she is a law''yer'' and doesn't care about the law. Considering that W&H operates in a rigid hierarchy but is not above betrayal (and routinely breaks human laws) they might be characterized as NeutralEvil.
** Illyria's natural impulses run this way, despite her Lovecraftian [[EldritchAbomination nature]] and constant talk of the chaos of the Primordium. While she doesn't seem particularly phased by betrayal and chaos, everything she actually ''does'' is purposeful and rigidly true to her word.
* Jim Fenner from ''Series/BadGirls''. Abuses his position as a prison guard and the regulations within in order to further his own career, make money on the side and have sex with both female prisoners and guards. Also the MagnificentBastard of the series until [[RasputinianDeath half the prisoners on G Wing finally attempt to kill him]].
* The organization Red Flag in ''Series/{{Alphas}}''. They wish to promote Alphas and kill anyone who gets in their way, even if they are other Alphas.
* Rumplestiltskin in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' tends towards this. He will ''never'' break a deal or his word, but said deals are usually [[DealWithTheDevil costly]], and the contract's wording can be MetaphoricallyTrue.
* Leslie Winkle from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is mostly this. A snarky female scientist with a perpetual habit of insulting Sheldon given the opportunity. She uses people for personal gain, and views her job more important than love. Something both Leonard and Howard fail to understand.
* The Inquisitor from ''Series/RedDwarf''. As a simulant, he's bound to fulfil what he decides his purpose to be. However, his purpose is to travel through time and judge every single person who ever existed to determine if they are worthy of life.

* Doctor Wily from the VideoGame/MegaMan RockOpera ''Father of Death'' by Music/TheProtomen. Ever wonder how a conversation about to improve society would go if a LawfulGood and Lawful Evil character were the ones talking? Just listen to "The Good Doctor": Doctor Light talks about how the robots they will make will improve the lives of the poor miners, while Doctor Wily talks about how the robots will deliver him the power he thinks that he has earned. Both want the same thing for society, but for the opposite reasons.
%%* The album ''Master of Puppets'' by Music/{{Metallica}} contains various themes of oppression, alienation, abuse, and zealotry.

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* In the ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strips, {{Cat|sAreMean}}bert is the evil director of human resources who helps make the lives of Dilbert and his co-workers miserable by creating ethically questionable policies, never providing useful help, and downsizing workers.
* Ming the Merciless, ruler of Mongo in ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon''.

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* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon in his {{kayfabe}} gimmick as a CorruptCorporateExecutive. The [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xh2bes_over-the-edge-1998-preshow-pt-1_sport#.UZqveZW2dmA intro to Over The Edge 1998]] sums up not just the "Mr [=McMahon=]" character but also the essence of his feud with the ChaoticNeutral Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.
%%* Any heel with some degree of booking power is going to fit this trope. Examples besides the two above include Wrestling/TheCorporation, Wrestling/EricBischoff, and the Immortal stable.
* [[Characters/{{ECW}} Evil ECW referee Bill Alfonso]] is a definite Type 1. His whole act, from his debut at ''ECW Enter Sandman'', May 13th, 1995, until he became the heel-turned Wrestling/{{Taz|z}}'s manager at ''November to Remember'', was about angering the fans by enforcing the rules in a promotion that generally avoided them.

* {{Satan}} in ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' his demons to a certain standard of evilness. He's very cruel towards those who aren't evil enough, but [[EvenEvilHasStandards has absolutely no tolerance for those who are]] ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards too]]'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards evil for his liking]]. He's also got a few personal rules that he follows at all times; contrary to popular belief, he doesn't possess people (albeit not so much on moral grounds as that he simply considers it a bit {{Squick}}y), nor does he ever ''directly'' kill people. However, he's quick to remind anyone who would doubt his evilness because of this that while he may be [[AffablyEvil more affable than most would expect]], he ''is'' still the Devil, and he has no qualms about torturing people or convincing people to kill ''each other''.

* {{Satan}} is often portrayed as this, especially when dealing with contracts. There are many popular embodiments of this trope, especially with those referencing ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster''. This has much to do with works like ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', but it is one of the few things about {{Satan}} that Popular culture gets right.

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* Dark Elves in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. They have a strict, law-bound society which is evil to the boot.
%%** The human domains, Bretonnia and the Empire, also have shades of this, but not nearly to the degrees of their 40k counterpart.
** While many of them have different motivations setting them apart from each other, the Vampire Counts usually tend to lean in this direction too, especially as a larger force. They fight Chaos, but they are also bent on conquering the Empire and turning all of its living citizens into undead minions not only to deny Chaos new worshippers, but also to create a new order without any fear of resistance. Vlad von Carstein himself is a prime example of this, and he even came frighteningly close to achieving said goal too.
** The Tomb Kings. They are very content with staying in their deserts in Nehekara, but will send their skeletal legions to attack anyone who dares steals their treasure. They wage war with the dwarfs over a single coin, and will lay siege on the Empire's capital to recover their magical artifacts locked in the wizards' vaults.
** Nagash the Undying definitely fits this alignment. He wants to turn every single living being in the world in undead creatures just so they can act as an extension of his power and rationalizes by saying that the dead do not squabble among themselves and a world made up only of them would be at peace under him. He also loathes the [[ChaoticEvil Chaos Gods]] almost as much as he despises [[GodOfGood Sigmar]], and he actively plots to destroy them. Seems like the Undead's affinity for being Lawful Evil is derived from Nagash.
* The Imperium of Man, Craftworld Eldar, Tau Empire, and Necrons of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' all lean towards this end to varying degrees--the first three vary between Lawful Evil and LawfulNeutral, while the last are so enigmatic that no one's sure where they fall, but Lawful Evil seems to fit them the most.
** Tzeentch and his servants are often mistaken for this by virtue of their scheming, cunning and seemingly methodical nature. They're always manipulating and working towards some end. Unfortunately there are no ends, just manipulation and scheming for its own sake. Hence Chaos. Considering Tzeentch's reason for existing is to be a MagnificentBastard and carry out insanely complicated plans for their own sake, one could argue he falls under BlueAndOrangeMorality. Perhaps best exemplified in the relationship between Tzeentch and his Greater Daemons, the Lords of Change. In both ''Warhammer'' and ''40k'' lore, daemons are actually merely aspects of their parent Chaos god, and especially the Greater Daemons are -more or less- lesser avatars of the gods. The Lords of Change, thus being aspects of Tzeentch, have access to his/its knowledge and powers of precognition. It is stated in the fluff that Lords of Change can only be defeated if it's part of Tzeentch's plan, because in this instance he tricks his own daemon to further some ends. Considering the aforementioned relationship between the Chaos Gods and their Greater Daemons, this means that Tzeentch is not merely purposefully sacrificing his own chess pieces, but that he effectively does it in a game against ''himself''. Chaos exemplified.
*** In contrast, [[WarGod Khorne]] seems like he would be [[ChaoticEvil Chaotic]] or [[NeutralEvil Neutral Evil]], given that his mantra is "[[MemeticMutation BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD, SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!!!]]" However, closer examination reveals that Khorne arguably fits this, commanding his followers to follow a code of honor. Remember, Khorne wants the skulls and blood of combatants. [[BerserkButton Don't even think about presenting him the skulls of, say, innocent children.]] You WILL regret it.
** The Chaos Marines known as the Word Bearers are more organized than the other Chaos space marines by devoting themselves to all four Chaos powers at once. They are chaos and evil that is restrained by religious devotion and military discipline. They are all willing to die for the greater glory of Chaos, and are the only Traitor Legion still acting as a mostly-unified force, although they still have internal frictions.
** Also the Red Corsairs. Like the Word Bearers, they are devoted to all four Chaos powers, and are thoroughly corrupted, but they still operate like a Space Marine chapter, with organized battle-companies and internal departments like a Librarium and Apothecarion.
** The Iron Warriors mostly default to this. While they're Chaos Marines, the actual Chaos thing isn't relevant to them - they fight the Imperium out of a deep-seated bitterness and resentment, not any particular loyalty to the Dark Gods (indeed, there's a subtle disdain for the Dark Gods within much of the Legion, because as Chaotic influences the favours of the Gods are too unreliable). With a coldly methodical worldview, a blunt disregard for anything other than results, a callous indifference to the lives of their slaves, cultists, allies and even fellow Iron Warriors, a strict hierarchy within warbands and a tendency to turn any Daemon World they claim into a coldly authoritarian nightmare of rusted metal, IndustrializedEvil and slaves who are little more than cogs in the hellish machinery, the Iron Warriors are as Lawful as any Chaos Legion can be. Indeed, if you were to strip away the Imperium's actual goals and left only its day-to-day functioning, [[NotSoDifferent what you'd have would be a lot like the Iron Warriors.]]
** The Space Marine chapter the Marines Malevolence. They are loyal to the Imperium, but have low views on civilians, or anyone other than themselves for that matter. For them they will complete their mission at all costs, even if it means killing thousands of civilians in the crossfire.
** From ''Literature/HorusHeresy'', [[FallenHero Horus]] [[TheAce Lupercal]] and [[TheFatalist Konrad]] [[KnightTemplar Curze]]. The former initially wants to save the Imperium from a bad future where the Emperor is worshipped as a god, but is corrupted to the point where [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans his main goal is to take over the Imperium for himself.]] The latter has a strong sense of justice and genuinely wants to create an ordered society, but said society would be created [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans by brutally destroying all criminals.]]
*** Averted in the case of Curze's (possible) other personality, [[TheBrute Night Haunter]]. He's probably more NeutralEvil or ChaoticEvil.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Hobgoblins are just as brutal as [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcs]], but have a regimented society and cooperative spirit that makes them doubly dangerous.
** Kobolds, vicious, sadistic little bastards as they are, are also highly organized and cooperative, each doing his part for the benefit of the entire tribe, up to and including dying for it - at least if he cannot make some other unlucky kobold die in his stead.
** The Devils are the archetypal Lawful Evil creatures (as opposed to the ChaoticEvil Demons). They have a strict hierarchy, and seek to conquer rather than destroy the multiverse. They are extremely organized but utterly ruthless. In 4th edition, Asmodeus, the lord of all devils was actually made into the god of Tyranny. Somewhat paradoxically, he isn't Lawful Evil, as 4th removed that piece of the alignment table.
%%** Seeing as monks have to be Lawful Something, this would be the canonical alignment of a given D&D campaign's ArrogantKungFuGuy.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' keeps Asmodeus as the God of Tyranny, and adds another Lawful Evil deity in Zon-Kuthon, god of darkness, envy, pain, and loss. With a strictly regimented church based around the initiate's ability to survive torture, Zon-Kuthon is an even more twisted version of this trope than the WellIntentionedExtremist Asmodeus.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has several examples:
** The highly organized and deadly plane of Phyrexia and its lord Yawgmoth.
** The few White and Blue villains fall tend into this. The white Praetor Elesh Norn of ''New'' Phyrexia is a fairly extreme example. She runs a ReligionOfEvil that tortures people into the faith in the name of order and structure. Some offshoots of the religion actually believe that the only way to achieve true order is to physically become one by stitching people together. Jin-Gitaxias, the blue Praetor, is a WellIntentionedExtremist whose faction conducts endless painful experimentations to achieve the dream of the Great Synthesis with scientific rigor and efficiency.
** After being [[BodyHorror compleated]] by the Preators, [[FallenAngel Atraxa]] now fulfills the role of MouthOfSauron for New Phyrexia.
** The Orzhov Syndicate in ''Ravnica'' combines white's methods (law and order) with black's motivations (power and greed), resulting in a protection racket that masks itself as a church.
** Heliod, God of the Sun, from Theros is an interesting example of a mono-White villain. After the mad planeswalker Xenagos manages to become a god and upset the natural order Heliod wants him dead. But the gods are forbidden from killing each other so he gives Elspeth, his champion, a weapon capable of killing gods and tells her to do it. However the moment she reports her success Heliod murders her. Why? Because a mortal killing a god also goes against the natural order.
* Cecylene and She Who Lives In Her Name, two of the Yozis in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', although for different reasons. Cecylene is Lawful Evil because she is a [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] who believes the strong have both a right and a duty to rule the weak. She Who Lives In Her Name, on the other hand, just hates individuality and [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill free will]] with a passion.
* The Coalition States of ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}''are made out to be this: totalitarian, militaristic, and expansionist; strange as they have a ChaoticEvil emperor. The magical nation of Tolkeen became this alignment during their war with the coalition states, becoming their reflection and turning a blind eye to all the evil magic they embraced in order to fight the war.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Old World Of Darkness}}'', the medieval Tzimisce and the few traditional or "Old Clan" Tzimisce elders in modern times are this. They are utterly cruel and merciless, and adhere to a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality highly alien philosophical system]]. At the same time, they are highly cultivated and intellectual, courteous in the extreme to other Cainites (sometimes even to their mortal victims, although then it's probably more a form of elaborate cruelty) and bound by their own odd, but existent brand of an honour system. They are fully capable of lying, but [[IGaveMyWord never of betraying their word]]. And Tzimisce hospitality laws ensure that, if another Cainite, even from an enemy clan, is given guest-right in their domain, he/she is perfectly safe from harm: the Tzimisce will treat him as being under their protection even if they're mortal enemies, simply because "tradition dictates so".
** The Shabbat followers on the Path of Honorable Accord place honor and chivalry foremost and never go back on their word, unlike the rest of their ChaoticEvil brethren. Their chivalry does not mean that they are any nicer to humans, however.
** The Camarilla, the organization of vampires that are presented as the [[VillainProtagonist "good guys"]] of the setting, follow a strict ObstructiveCodeOfConduct to ensure the survival of kindred everywhere, the most important of which is the titular {{Masquerade}} which the setting is based around, and are willing to go through almost any length to enforce it. While of course most vampires within the Camarilla are generally nicer than this, most elders of the sect are extremely manipulative, not caring much about the moral implications of these things, as long as they can enforce these golden rules that keep the kindred as a society alive in a world that would easily want them dead if they got found out.
* Within the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', the most notable Lawful Evil faction is probably the Seers of the Throne from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', who favour the Evil over Lawful path. Any given Seer is essentially out for himself, seeking personal gain at the expense of others in ostensible service to the Exarchs, and their main sub-factions are based on different ways to make the world more hierarchical, cruel and authoritarian, to keep the Sleepers quiet and themselves in power: some set up tyrannical or legalistic governments, while others use perpetual surveillance, religiously motivated bigotry and exclusion, corporate-backed corruption or perpetual conflict to keep people enslaved. Anyone in the NWOD who supports a worldview where a given social order trumps compassion and humanity is ultimately helping the Seers in their quest to keep humanity docile and unlikely to find enlightenment, be it the pastor who views gay people as not worthy of equitable treatment, the millionaire who cares more about keeping his taxes down than the social good his tax payments can do, the general who tacitly encourages war crimes in order to demoralise the enemy, the techbro working on a new algorithm to gather data his company can sell or the nationalist who views immigration as a threat to the purity of his nation. ''Mage: the Awakening'' is not a game that believes in "keeping politics out of it".
* ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' has multiple Lawful Evil factions, although individual members can be respectable enough.
** Khador. A ruthlessly expansionistic imperial power, Khador is ruthless enough that one unit, the Doom Reavers, are people chained to [[EvilWeapon Orgoth fellblades]] and pointed at the enemy.
** The Protectorate of Menoth. It's TheTheocracy, wants to force all of humanity to kneel before Menoth, and has a particular line in DisproportionateRetribution - burglary can get you the rack, public drunkenness a session in the torture chamber, and improper speech, counterfeiting, and tax evasion are all punishable with death by burning. Their patron god, Menoth, is [[JerkassGods such a jackass]] that the NeutralEvil goddess of darkness, Thamar, is generally viewed more sympathetically.
** The skorne. They have a ruthless honour code, the ''hoksune'', pursue world domination, and run their entire empire on torture, slavery and pain. One warlock, Xerxis, glories in the title "Tyrant". Another is titled "Master Tormentor and Lord Assassin".

* Judge Turpin in the musical ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', who framed Sweeny and had him sent to a penal colony so he could rape Sweeny's wife and [[WifeHusbandry marry his daughter Johanna when she turned 16.]]
* Mr. Cladwell in the musical ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}''. His evil goals are mainly about keeping order through complete and utter control and imposing strict regulations.
* Mephistopheles in ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'', in contrast to Faustus himself, who personifies ChaoticEvil. Mephistopheles is blindly obedient to Lucifer, and fulfills his contract with Faustus fully to the letter and spirit. He even tries to talk Faust out of it, pointing out that if he, a demon, exists, then wouldn't it stand to reason that God also exists, and that Faust, by implication, would be making a horrible mistake by taking Mephistopheles up on his offer? Faust replies that that doesn't follow at all, since just because one part of a story turns out to be true, it doesn't prove that the whole story is true. Mephistopheles concedes the point.
* Creon in ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'' is a tyrant who rules Thebes with an iron fist and sees no problem with doling out the death penalty for minor crimes. However, he makes a point of keeping his word and won't go so far as to punish the outright innocent. In some ways, he is shown to be more willing to listen to reason than his GoodCounterpart in ''Theatre/OedipusRex''.

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* ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'': Asgore Dreemurr is an AffablyEvil AntiVillain [[spoiler:who doesn't want to kill you (and didn't want to kill the other children, if he killed them), but feels like he has to in order [[WellIntentionedExtremist to give his people hope.]] He tries to undergo a HeelFaceTurn by the end of his boss fight though -- that is, until [[ChaoticEvil Flowey]] kills him.]]
** Undyne is a parody, but still a textbook example, of this alignment. She follows Asgore's orders to kill a child and she [[KnightTemplar believes she's doing the right thing]]. She, like Asgore, [[spoiler: pulls a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* Augustine from ''VideoGame/InfamousSecondSon'' fits this trope. She is willing to torture and imprison innocent people so she can maintain her authority. This is in contrast to the chaotic good hero Desin or the chaotic evil infamous Desin, as well as his brother, the lawful good Reggie.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Mannimarco, the leader of Order of the Black Worm and the [[OurLichesAreDifferent First Lich of Tamriel]]. He sought domination and undeath through the power of Molag Bal. He succeeded.
** Molag Bal, the Daedric Prince of domination, does this as his career and his [[CardCarryingVillain calling card]]; he's responsible for the creation of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampirism]] by dominating the hosts with his own blood.
** Tiber Septim (Talos) can be considered as Lawful Evil as he had his Dunmer (Dark Elf) mistress abort his hybrid child, by force, to prevent him/her from challenging his legitimate children for the throne and waged war on various provinces, massacring thousands, to unite them under a single empire. However, the humans see him as LawfulGood.
** The Dark Brotherhood is a group of amoral assassins, many of them are sadistic psychos that revel in murder and they will target anyone so long as the Night Mother commands it. They also follow five tenets: do not dishonor the Night Mother, do not betray the Brother, do not kill or steal from another member. To do so is to invoke the wrath of Sithis.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', which features the Dungeons & Dragons alignment system, has a few Lawful Evil characters. They include:
** Edwin Odesseiron is a member of the Red Wizards of Thay specialising in [[SummonMagic Conjuration]]. [[{{Jerkass}} Rude]], [[EvilIsPetty mean-spirited]] and [[SmugSnake ridiculously smug]] about his magic, Edwin aspires to TakeOverTheWorld once he's increased his own magical power and acquired a few magic items in the process. Nonetheless, he is a man of his word: he makes use of bargains and ''quid pro quo'' to get into the party (hiring you to help him with a quest in the first game, trading a McGuffin for a spot in the sequel). For all his talk about inevitably betraying the party/killing them in their sleep, Edwin is actually one of the most loyal recruitable characters in the game. It's worth noting that Edwin ''is'' a very capable mage -- thanks to his superior Red Wizard training and good choice of specialist magic school, he has, in both games, the most powerful and plentiful spells in either game -- but ends up as something of a ButtMonkey[=/=]ChewToy hybrid whose schemes constantly blow up in his face, which range from a baleful gender-bending spell to getting kicked out of the Red Wizards for one reason or another. In fact, if he was less mouthy and more personable he could probably get farther in life.
** Kagain in the first game is this. He's a dwarf fighter who runs a [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary company]] and is pretty damn {{greed}}y, but otherwise people consider him one of the ''least'' villainous characters available to you, as he's not actively malevolent, has no deep-seated issues or mental instability and is happy to earn his gold through an honest day's work instead of resorting to banditry. Generally, the most villainous thing he does is act like a [[GrumpyBear big grump]].
** Abazigal, a half-blue dragon antagonist from ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal Throne of Bhaal]]''. He doesn't get much chance to demonstrate it but blue dragons are this in Dungeons & Dragons proper so it makes sense.
* [=GLaDOS=] from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' is this alignment, since her evil behaviour is largely the result of her corrupt core programming. When freed from its influence, her personality shifts to ChaoticGood.
* Greyfield, from ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars]]: Days of Ruin'' maintains control of his army through threats and manipulation.
* In ''VideoGame/NiGHTSIntoDreams'', [=NiGHTS=]' EvilTwin Reala is also his exact opposite in alignment: utterly loyal to the evil Wizeman, and dirty, cruel and insidious.
* Anna Navarre from ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is a classic example. She's very loyal to UNATCO and always obeys orders, but is elated whenever the orders involve killing people. She also has a distaste for agents like Paul Denton, who revile killing others.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''
** Vulcanus from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', who wants to call himself the Peacebringer by [[spoiler:[[FantasticRacism destroying all demons and ruling the humans]]]]. He's an angel.
** In ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'', it has been stated that [[spoiler:demons have the job of scaring the humans to keep them in order. Scaring the humans also provides "fear energy" to the Netherworld, which the Netherworld practically runs on. When humans pray for protection to the heavens, Celestia gains "awe energy", which gives the angels courage.]]
* The Begnion Senators in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' and especially ''Radiant Dawn'' fit the description to a T (excluding Sephiran, who is something very similar, but motivated by a vastly different reason). [[CorruptCorporateExecutive They're genocidal, greedy, ruthless, and collectively wield power over the most influential nation in the continent.]] Their only hindrance is the more benevolent Empress who is politically above them, but they can still get away with, say, enslaving a war-torn nation by hiding their actions and shifting blame to subordinates. Their alignments are derived from the [[GodIsEvil goddess they serve]]. [[spoiler:Wanting to keep the order at all costs, the "Good" goddess Ashera that they serve is willing to [[TakenForGranite petrify]] every living thing on the planet to stop the war they're caught up in. The only exceptions were the followers of Ashera (the aforementioned senators) and the ones under the protection of Ashera's ChaoticGood counterpart "Evil" goddess Yune (the party members). This alignment mix was to prove that Chaotic isn't always evil and Lawful isn't always good.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe:
** [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/LAWFULEVIL.jpg Kil'Jaeden the Deceiver]]. In addition to being a [[TheChessmaster fan of chess]], he seems to be the only demon in the universe who gives minions second chances to further his plans rather than just kill everyone who fails him like the common BadBoss.
** [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/LAWFULEVIL-1.jpg Kel'Thuzad]], the right hand of the Lich King. While the Dark Lord's alignment kind of fluctuates from time to time, good old Kel stays the same ever since swearing his soul to the master of death. In ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', his Lawful Evil poses a nice comparison to Arthas' NeutralEvil. Ironically, the [[CanonDiscontinuity frequently ignored]] role-playing game guides put both Kel'Thuzad and Arthas under ChaoticEvil, both obviously more methodic in their workings than Illidan, who is listed as NeutralEvil. But the definitions for the alignments in these guides seem to differ a lot from the D&D one anyway.
** Based on what remains of their legends, the ancient troll empires fell into this category. While they likely practiced many of the same barbaric traditions as seen today, like cannibalism, their rule was perhaps one of the most peaceful periods in Azeroth's history. To further prove their inclination towards lawfulness, those trolls that were deemed too savage and barbaric by the southern trolls were banished to the icy reaches of Northrend.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'':
** Aribeth de Tylmarande may [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor bounce back and forth]] on the good-evil axis, but she never deviates from a lawful alignment.
** Mephistopheles in the second expansion is just as much bound by rules as any paladin, he just has no conscience to go along with them.
** Nathyrra, a drow (dark elf) assassin who's made a HeelFaceTurn and loyally serves a good drow leader, doesn't seem evil but is listed as Lawful Evil. This could just be because the rules say she has to be evil to have the Assassin class, and Lawful Evil is sometimes seen as the "mildest" evil.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'':
** Onaga, the previous ruler of Outworld, was full-on Lawful Evil as the realm was orderly under his (tyrannical) rule. While his usurper Shao Kahn is more of a ChaoticEvil BloodKnight whose only law is "obey Shao Kahn", Onaga was considerably more organised and efficient, and it was noted that while he may have been just as ruthless and power-hungry a dictator as Kahn ever was, Outworld under him was much more ''orderly'' and his underlings did not squabble with each other for his favour.
** Hotaru is cynically militant in that believes order, rules, law, and control are the only way to make sure society is peaceful and functional, and has no regard for the battle between good and evil, just as long as he suppresses chaos and stops people breaking the rules. He comes from Seido, or Orderrealm, as part of the Sedian guard that very much share his philosophy that freedom leads to anarchy, and anarchy leads to suffering. In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]'', his debut appearance, he chose to support Onaga because he believed it would bring order to the realms, sided with the forces of evil in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Armageddon]]'', and was the first to kill in the Battle of Armageddon. Fittingly, the character he killed was Chaotic Good.
* Several people from the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' franchise:
** Emperor Mateus Palamecia from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', who is so evil that upon being killed descends into hell, and becomes the ruler of it, but is somehow good enough to have a half of his soul go to heaven... and become its ruler too! And that half of him's ALSO a bastard! In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', his alignment is changed to NeutralEvil, as he neither enforces nor follows any laws.
%%** Emperor Gestahl from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''.
%%** The Shinra Corporation from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is a Lawful Evil electric company that runs the world.
%%** Also Edea from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', alongside the general Galbadian government. However, it's revealed that Edea is actually possessed by Ultimecia; the real Edea is NeutralGood.
%%** Queen Brahne, the fat evil empress striving for world domination, and Garland, whose evil is enacted because he wishes to salvage the planet he presides over, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.
%%** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has its own evil government, hiding important secrets from the people. They end up clashing with NeutralEvil Seymour, who is among their ranks.
%%** TheEvilEmpire in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', especially main villain Vayne and MadScientist Dr. Cid.
%%* Kane of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' fits this to the letter.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}''
** Agent 47, the AntiHero[=/=]VillainProtagonist of the series, especially in the later games. He is a cold-blooded and ruthless assassin, but has a strict, self-imposed policy of not killing innocents, except if they are directly threatening the success of his mission, or if it's explicitly ordered by his contract agency. In the LighterAndSofter first two games, he is more LawfulNeutral[=/=]TrueNeutral.
** The Agency which he works for also qualifies, since they much prefer to accept contracts on criminals and shady people in general, such as drug lords, gangster bosses, and human traders, over political leaders and other public figures, since their continued existence relies on a very delicate balance act in the world politics, and too much chaos and public attention towards them from government agencies could very easily shift this.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Cerberus, which is a pro-human organization led by "The Illusive Man" willing to do some brutal experimentation and methods for the sake of securing human dominance.
** There's also the Reapers. (''[[AC:"We impose order on the chaos of organic evolution. You exist because we allow it, and you will end because we demand it."]]'')
%%* Possibly Goenitz in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''.
%%* The majority of Organization XIII in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' are this (with a few exceptions like ChaoticNeutral Axel, NeutralEvil Marluxia and ChaoticEvil Larxene).
%%** Saix and Xemnas embody this alignment more significantly than all other members, which in a way explains the lack of distrust towards one another, something other members do a lot.
* The instruction booklet for ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' explicitly states that Death is Lawful Evil.
** Along with Death, we also have Carmilla, another loyal servant to Dracula.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'':
** Your EvilChancellor Gnarl advises you to be this, stating that being AxCrazy and slaughtering everyone in your way, while it can be boatloads of fun, is not good for long-term world domination since you will need servants for your empire. He also sees giving peasants some help as PragmaticVillainy, saying that "gratitude comes with its own rewards". Still, the decision is all up to you as a player and he does delight in acts of particularly vicious evil, though canonically it's suggested that the Overlord was a NobleDemon who at the least saved the elves and slew the {{Fallen Hero}}es ruining the lands.
** In the sequel, the Lawful Evil path is known as Domination, with the Overlad merely choosing to brainwash any civilians he comes across to become slaves that toil for him as opposed to the ChaoticEvil path of Destruction, which involves just straight-up killing them all.
** The [[EvilMinions Minions]] in general are a subservient form of this. They are a HenchmenRace who take great pride in killing and destroying things on command, but the entire extent of their society and culture is built around serving whoever holds the title of Overlord in whatever capacity they require. Want to [[BadBoss sacrifice them in a pit to restore your health or mana]]? They'll agree to it. Want to [[HumanResources use their essence to forge powerful magic items]]? They'll throw themselves into the melting pot without hesitation. At no point does it ever occur to them to question or disagree with actions likely or guaranteed to get them killed; what the Overlord wants, the Overlord gets. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality It's that simple.]] According to Gnarl, without an Overlord, their lives completely lack direction or meaning. [[spoiler:This alignment becomes a plot point in the first game when your predecessor returns and usurps the title of Overlord from you. Gnarl is forced along with several of his compatriots to accede to his authority because his entire existence is to be loyal to the title, not whoever happens to be wearing it, but he hints he likes you better and encourages you to take back the title.]]
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'': M. Bison, who practically lives by his main goal to, you guessed it, TakeOverTheWorld. He operates through the vast NebulousEvilOrganization Shadoo, and likes to use BetterLivingThroughEvil as a recruiting tactic.
%%* ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter''
%%** [[AristocratsAreEvil Baron Praxis]] from ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade''.
%%** Count Vigor in [[VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander the third]] and ''[[{{Interquel}} Daxter]].''
%%*** "[[MaliciousMisnaming VEGER! It's VEGER, you idiot!]]"
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' has [[spoiler:Manfred Von Karma]] and [[spoiler:Damon Gant]], both of whom used every tactic from deception to murder to gain and maintain control of the legal system. Shelley De Killer is a different example of this: a ruthless assassin who takes his contracts very seriously and is a man of his word. In De Killer's case, if you ever hire him, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge don't betray his trust]].
** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' has [[spoiler:Kristoph Gavin]], although his concern for the law seems to be unconnected to his penchant for DisproportionateRetribution. In fact, his VillainousBreakdown is best summed up as a rant about [[spoiler:the potential inefficiency of the recently reimplanted Jurist System.]]
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'': Lord Recluse is an EvilOverlord who rules his island nation with an iron first, but privately relishes a chance to get blood on his hands.
* Hector from the ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' series is on the border between this and NeutralEvil. He's at the top of Asgard and his ultimate desire was [[spoiler:to rule over the world as a god.]]
* Canderous in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' prefers to operate within the Mandalorian rules of war, but has no particular objection to vaporising urban centres in order to achieve an objective. He doesn't ''like'' it, but nor does he feel any particular distaste for it. This (paraphrased) quote from KOTOR I if he's in your party when effectively [[KickTheDog mugging a poor citizen of Tatooine for her only real item of value]] speaks volumes:
--> "The strong are meant to rule the weak! It is the way of the universe!"
** Uthar Wynn in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', is the Master of the Sith Academy on Korriban. He is completely loyal to the ideal of the Sith, and if [[spoiler:the player character is revealed to be Revan]] he swears fealty to the player, and assures them that once Malak is dead, that he, and all Sith will be at your service.
** Despite being the Dark Lord of the Sith, it's heavily implied that Darth Revan fell under this alignment, rarely killing those he did not need to, such as the Rakata Elders on Lehon. This trait seems consistent with how they were [[ChaoticGood as a Jedi.]] This is more or less confirmed in the sequels. Revan knew the Republic was too weak to resist the true Sith Empire and believed he could use the Star Forge to quickly conquer and reshape it into a force that could oppose the Emperor.
** In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', a Light-Sided Sith Warrior comes across as a firm Type 2, as despite their BloodKnight tendencies, they keep themselves in check by refusing to take lives that are unnecessary to their goals. Imperial Agents of ''both'' alignments tend to be a Type 1, as their role is to maintain order in the Empire by whatever means necessary.
* Prince Maximillian in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' is the son of the ruler of TheEmpire and overall BigBad of the game who invades the main characters' nation. However he's also a strict follower of the rules of war and has an officer of his court-martialled for war crimes.
** The Empire as a whole, or at least its aristocracy, appears to lean towards this. Though extremely brutal and racist (ironically, a trait Maximillian doesn't share) they are always polite even in a warzone, and display frequent tendencies of HonorBeforeReason and MyMasterRightOrWrong.
%%* Very common in the ''VideoGame/WildArms'' series.
%%** Ziekfried, Alhazad and Lady Harkan from ''VideoGame/WildArms1''.
%%** Vinsfield, and by extension, Odessa from ''VideoGame/WildArms2'', save for ChaoticEvil Judecca and LawfulNeutral Ptolemea.
%%** The Prophets and [[spoiler:Siegfried]] from ''VideoGame/WildArms3''.
%%** The Cabal from ''VideoGame/WildArms4''.
%%** The Ice Queen from ''VideoGame/WildArms5''.
* Several characters and factions are in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' are this alignment:
%%** Most notably the Enclave.
** Caesar's Legion in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are this too, using methods such as slavery and torture to achieve their goals of conquering the west in the glory of Caesar and his empire.
** Father Elijah, the ArcVillain of the ''Dead Money'' DLC, believes that free will is a pernicious inconvenience that ought to be stamped out.
** The Institute of ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' makes a decent example of this alignment. Generally their attitude towards chaos and the unruly ways of the Commonwealth is zero tolerance bar none. In fact, because of their reputation for covert and mysterious operations, many have mixed views about them. Ultimately their goal is to cleanse the Commonwealth, whether it means wiping out all other groups or corrupting the media is of course all ForScience.
*** The Operators from the Nuka World DLC generally commit evil for profit, they are the money makers between the ChaoticEvil Pack and the NeutralEvil Disciples, who are the more vicious raiders.
* [[{{God}} YHVH]] from the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series takes it to the extreme in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', when he orders {{Satan}} to wipe "unworthy" life from Earth with the Megiddo Ark. Which at the time would have included several cities expressly aligned with him and at least one urban core full of worshippers. He only [[FromBadToWorse gets worse]] in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', where it's revealed he's been orchestrating the death and rebirth of countless billions of parallel Earths. A solid example of type 4. The real reason he committed said act? He seeks to create a world where ''nobody'', '''''ever''''', has to suffer TheEvilsOfFreeWill.
** SMT spinoff ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' has a large ensemble of villains who use their positions of authority to exploit those beneath them for their own gain. [[spoiler: The one behind it all is the [[{{Expy}} suspiciously familiar]] Yaldabaoth, a god who wants to enforce law and order by tossing the chaotic elements of the world into a deep, dark hole from which there is no escape.]]
* Ryo Ishikawa of ''VideoGame/ShogoMobileArmorDivision'' is quite ruthless in his plan to control Cronus's supply of Kato, but rather than do anything overtly illegal, he settles for manipulating the UCA into destroying the Fallen to create a power vacuum.
* The Morag Tong and the Dark Brotherhood, the guilds of assassins in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' Universe. The Morag Tong has worked alongside the government of Morrowind to allow its members to murder with impunity, and the Dark Brotherhood is dependent on order and regulation of its members to preserve its secrecy.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Colonel James Ackerson. While he works with the UNSC for the survival of the human race, he is a monster when it comes to his remorseless actions: He tried to have the Master Chief killed when the latter was first trying the MJOLNIR Mark V, hoped Reach had been completely glassed by the Covenant just so Halsey and the [=Spartan-IIs=] were no longer a threat to him (regardless of the enormous use they had to humanity as a whole), refused to send a ship to look for survivors when there were suspicions that the Master Chief had survived, and kidnapped a Spartan from Halsey for his own project, which involved sending hundreds of children to die in suicide missions. However, [[spoiler:he does somewhat [[RedemptionEqualsDeath redeem himself before his death]], by first leading a valiant defense on Mars, and then tricking his Covenant captors into thinking that there was a Forerunner artifact in Cleveland, delaying its glassing so that its residents (including his brother) could have a chance to escape.]]
** Many Prophets (San'Shyuum) are this. They are an extremely political race, infamous for their manipulative abilities. They rule the Covenant, but treason, blackmail, and assassination are their everyday bread. In fact, the High Prophets of Truth, Mercy, and Regret (the leaders of the Covenant) ordered the annihilation of humanity (heirs of their Gods they adored) to simply keep the Covenant together under their rule. They are so vile that their scientific name in the Bestiarium is ''Perfidia Vermis'', "Worm of Treachery". On the other hand, [[spoiler:their highly advanced prehistoric ancestors, while still considered universally slippery, were at least no more evil as a whole than either their human allies or their Forerunner enemies]], while expanded universe media have given us plenty of genuinely heroic Prophets, even if they're overshadowed by their eviler brethren.
** While Faber, the Master Builder of the Forerunners, was the one who commissioned the only weapons capable of stopping the Flood, he was also an exceptionally cruel and arrogant individual who approved experimenting on sentient beings, was perfectly willing to torture and kill anyone who crossed him, and [[spoiler:test-fired the Halos by wiping out almost every San'Shyuum left in existence]]. Eventually, [[spoiler:he realizes what an asshole he's been, and sacrifices himself in an attempt to protect the Greater Ark.]]
* Loghain from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' used to be LawfulNeutral (and thinks he still is), doing "[[IDidWhatIHadToDo what has to be done]]" for the sake of the nation and his own sense of self sacrificing honour. [[spoiler:By the time of the game, however, this has warped itself to Lawful Evil, as it has long since grown into resentment and malice towards those who he feels don't deserve their power (by virtue of not being him).]]
** Meredith from the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII sequel]]. As Knight-Commander of Kirkwall's Templars, her duty is to protect the city's mages and keep them from practicing BloodMagic - but she only seems concerned with the second part. She steadily deprives her charges of their legal rights, executes attempted escapees as a "lesson" to others, and turns a blind eye to beatings, [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty sexual assaults]] and repeated misuse of the Rite of Tranquility (the magical equivalent of lobotomy). For some unaccountable reason, mages start resorting to blood magic in droves under her rule.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': This is the default Alignment of Jin Kisaragi, and most of the NOL members. They abide to their oppressive rules which earns the ire of many many citizens, though as Jin coined, they're doing it so "there's no misuse of Armagus".
** Continuum Shift DOES have one character to exemplify a monstrous Lawful Evil: Relius Clover. He is responsible for various horrendous experiments, which may include the player character if he ever meets them in their bad ends, as well as casually turning his wife and daughter into an automaton, and cares really little for his son. However, he's highly respectful of authority and less chaos-loving than his ally Hazama. If you look at his hobbies, you see that [[WickedCultured he lives in an orderly manner]], likes opera shows and what does he dislike? [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Unarranged book shelves.]]
* Pokey from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is clearly ChaoticEvil during the game, but takes a turn towards Lawful Evil some time after ''Earthbound'' and before ''VideoGame/Mother3'', aiming more for enslaving everything rather than complete annihilation, while still maintaining his highly dickish personality.
* The indie strategy title ''VideoGame/SoliumInfernum'', based around the nobles of hell fighting for dominance after Lucifer vanishes, runs on this trope. War can only be declared as a response to one player publicly provoking the other and is fought to a pre determined time limit and goal. The game is usually won not by wiping the other players out, but by being regarded as the biggest MagnificentBastard when the election takes place.
* The SpacePirates from ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''. They live in what is a fascist dictatorship, with harsh punishments for disobedience (although free speech is allowed), and want to dominate the galaxy, killing or enslaving all other sentient races and removing all of those useless things covering planets, like ancient ruins.
* Although it is hard applying any sort of alignment to most characters in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the Announcer definitely has to qualify as Lawful Evil. This is the kind of character who is equally disgusted by friendship and cheating, and values loyalty extremely high according to all official material released by Creator/{{Valve|Software}}, including executing YouHaveFailedMe whenever she is displeased with the efforts of either team. Lawful Evil all over.
%%* Officer Frank Tenpenny from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' definitely qualifies.
* Moebius from ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' truly believes in fate and that free will is an illusion, and is the loyal servant of a GodOfEvil. To be fair, he ''thought'' he was serving a GoodIsNotNice Creator God, while he was ''actually'' serving a parasitic EldritchAbomination; nonetheless, he clearly takes cruel and sadistic delight in carrying out the commands of his "god" and has zero problem with killing innocents or treating people like pawns. He has organized not one, not two, but three KnightTemplar crusades to exterminate vampires, and willingly sacrifices countless lives in pursuit of this goal. A ManipulativeBastard that borders on and occasionally crosses the line into {{magnificen|tBastard}}ce, Moebius toys with people's destinies for his own amusement, not by ignoring, breaking, or working outside of the rules-- but by playing and abusing the rules of the system to his own advantage.
* The Combine from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. They are extremely well organized, going from world to world, conquering it, sucking all the resources off of it, turning the local populace into soldiers, oppressing its people, and keeping the planet occupied as they use it to invade the next planet, or the next dimension. There is also the numerous regulations that must be obeyed by the citizens, unless they want a stun stick courtesy of Civil Protection.
%%** Also, by extension, both Dr. Breen and the combine advisors, along with the Civil Protection, but they all have their NeutralEvil moments.
%%* Zato-1 from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', as the leader of [[TheMafia the Assassins Guild]] and the EvilMentor to Millia and Venom.
* As pointed out in ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'''s ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' overview, one of the most insidious things about evil is that it can take something like rules for living well and twist them into something unrecognizable. ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'' had ''no'' BigBad, just a mission for you to learn a bunch of virtues to be the embodiment of good. In ''VideoGame/UltimaV'', those same virtues are being enforced by law; crushing, ''stringent'' law which slowly but surely turns the world into a hellhole for the average citizen, all in the name of goodness.
* ''VideoGame/BioShock'': Andrew Ryan and Sofia Lamb are power-hungry monsters seeking to seize control of the underwater city of Rapture for themselves, adhering with a religious fanaticism to their ideology (Objectivism for Andrew Ryan, Collectivism for Sofia Lamb).
* Toyotomi Hideyoshi in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is ruthless to those who oppose him and plans to unite the land with brute force. Once you get on his side, however, he shows charisma to make you worship him properly, and has a strict code of conduct. In fact, most of the Toyotomi followers are like this; Takenaka Hanbe is slavishly loyal to him, Ishida Mitsunari takes the evilness to the extreme in form of being massively murderous to those who are against the Toyotomi, and Otani Yoshitsugu is still loyal to it despite having tendencies for NeutralEvil. The main exception is Kanbe, who is ambitious and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabbing]] (though [[ButtMonkey incredibly unlucky]] and [[SmugSnake incompetent]]), being roughly ChaoticNeutral.
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Remilia Scarlet [[NecessarilyEvil by necessity]], what with being a vampire. She claims to be a descendant of [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler Vlad Tepes]]. Yeah, [[{{Dracula}} ''that'' Vlad.]]
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'''s Agatio is the only Fire Clan antagonist who fits neatly into a character alignment, despite how little characterization he receives in the games. He is shown to defer to authority figures (lawful), and outright boasts to Felix's party that he wants the Fire Clan to rule the world and will do everything in his power to make it happen (evil). This makes him the "loyal subservient villain" type, though he's a bit [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty sneakier]] and more independent than that phrase implies.
%%* {{Dirty Cop}}s in ''VideoGame/LANoire'', especially Roy Earle.
* Carter Blake in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' due to [[RabidCop his aggressive]] and [[{{Jerkass}} shitty attitude]] in law enforcement. He acts as the opposite of LawfulGood Norman Jayden.
* [[GodIsEvil The Olympians]] in the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries''. The world is at peace under them, but only because it's ''their'' world.
* Colonel Vanek in ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'', as well as Armacham Technology Corporation in general. While they've got a profit motive, Vanek and the ATC director's board are [[EvenEvilHasStandards also disgusted by he extent of the horrors]] caused by the psychic warfare research division. Vanek even makes it clear that he considers the ''idea'' behind the Replica program to be "fucking crazy", but that doesn't stop him from dutifully carrying out massacres of civilians, and if it weren't for the Origin facility explosion killing them all before he arrived, he would have purged the entire student body of Wade Elementary.
%%* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': Gravelord Servants, The covenant of Gravelord Nito. The followers of Nito are granted the power to spread disaster in the world of others, creating red phantom enemies of per-existing monsters to kill other players.
* Akuma from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' is definitely Lawful: he follows a code of conduct that says that he only fights fair battles, he only fights those worthy of fighting (no ordinary people), and he also only fights them at their full strength (he ended a fight early with Gen after he found out he was sick). He is Evil because every fight must also be a fight to the death, and he shows no compassion or mercy once a fight has begun. There is only one fight he chose not to fight fairly, and that is against M. Bison, because Bison stole his power rather than gain it on his own, and this merited death in Akuma's eyes. This establishes Akuma as Lawful Evil.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'': Pyramid Head is a walking beacon of [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolism]], mainly [[spoiler:James' self-imposed need to be punished for his crimes.]] Pyramid Head's main symbolism is that of a perversion of justice. He targets James because [[YourMindMakesItReal it's what he's made to do]], and he does it with the same gusto he puts into [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil violating the other, more feminine monsters in the game.]]
* The Templars from ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''. They seek to bring peace and order to the world by completely removing the concept of free will, and as a whole they have no qualms about killing hundreds, thousands, even ''millions'' of people to achieve this goal. [[spoiler:World War II was an entire Templar plot just to move a Piece of Eden from Point A to Point B]], to give you an idea. The Assassins, on the other hands, seek to ''ensure'' free will among all mankind...by killing anyone who would dare suppress it. Both have also allied with people traditionally cast as good guys and bad guys throughout history: for example, [[spoiler:traditional villains Hitler and Stalin were Templars, but so were Churchill and FDR, while the Assassins hunted down John Wilkes Booth after he murdered Lincoln but were later allied to the likes of Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong]].
* Both Ur-Quan branches in ''VideoGame/StarControl''. They are ordered, avoid what they see as unnecessary cruelty and have a sense of honor -- it's just that the horrific things they had to live through (the Ur-Quan have a racial memory) have led the Kzer-Za to conclude that all non-Ur-Quan sapience must be enslaved (they do, in fairness, have a fairly broad definition of slavery, and they regard ''protecting'' their slaves as part of the deal), while the Kohr-Ah came to the conclusion that all non-Ur-Quan sapience must be ''exterminated''. It comes out the most for Kzer-Za, since they're the ones with the most peaceful interactions with others and for quite some time were the only Ur-Quan known to humans.
* Cyrus of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' and Lysandre of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' believe themselves to be this, but they're more under delusions of lawfulness in order to justify their NeutralEvil behavior and actions.
* ''Injustice''
** In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', the Justice League in an alternative universe has turned into a Lawful Evil world regime that keeps order by force. They're so good at it that Ares wants them overthrown because they are stopping all the conflict in the world. They could almost be LawfulNeutral or even [[GoodIsNotNice harsh]] LawfulGood because of this if it wasn't for how far they're willing to go. They're led by a coldly deranged Franchise/{{Superman}} who varies between "[[WellIntentionedExtremist Order can only and must be maintained with an iron fist]]" and "[[CantTakeCriticism Shut up, I've been hurt badly and I will kill anyone who complains]]." Franchise/WonderWoman has clearly made it her ideology to believe in the first of those statements but has absolutely no qualms even when faced with the second, even on a scale so massive it's clearly a temper tantrum by Superman that will cause far more harm and chaos than anything else. The others siding with Superman include a few sadistic villains but also (former) superheroes going sort of "Gee, I guess this is good we're doing, and anyway I don't want to think about it too hard because then Superman will kill me." As such, only a few of the members seem to be Lawful Evil, but the organisation on the whole certainly is.
** The follow up ''VideoGame/Injustice2'' introduces Brainiac, who is a rare example of an lawful evil OmnicidalManiac: despite invading Earth with the intention of harvesting the planet's knowledge and valuable contents and then destroying it when he is done, he is actually an agent to the Lords of Order, who realized that Earth's balance was ruined when Superman and his Regime were overthrown. As such, they allow an alien overlord to destroy the Earth and forbid Dr. Fate from intervening because an even worse catastrophe will result if Brainiac is defeated.
** The Lords of Order initially themselves appear to be LawfulNeutral or at very least act on BlueAndOrangeMorality, they actually belong in this alignment according to [[Franchise/MortalKombat Raiden's]] ending [[spoiler:where its revealed they are engineering said catastrophes themselves with the intent of forcing order not just on the Injustice Earth, but across all the multiverse, requiring Raiden to team up with the Justice League Dark to stop them]].
* The United Empire in ''Videogame/EndlessSpace'', a borderline PrivatelyOwnedSociety that operates on a policy of cruel efficiency, and are listed as an "Evil" empire. Human rights are suppressed, slavery is tolerated, and dukes and their corporations are all given effectively free reign in the name of profit. If a company gets too greedy about not paying their taxes, the UE Navy (composed of corporate and imperial craft) stands ready to put them down. The United Empire is an industrial and military juggernaut, rivaling the industrious NeutralGood Automatons and the expansionist NeutralEvil Hissho. However, the often brutal methods of the UE led to the creation of the Pilgrims, ChaoticGood rebels and intellectuals.
* [[spoiler:Saber Alter]]'s InUniverse alignment in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight.''
* Fhjull Forked-Tongue from ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' is a devil, [[MadeOfEvil a being made of Law and Evil]], and is this by definition. In tune with ''Planescape'''s tendency to twist the alignment systen, Fhjull is forced by a compact with an angel to only perform saintly and good deeds until he becomes genuinely good. Being forced to ''do'' good does however not ''make'' him good, as unlike [[AscendedDemon Fall-From-Grace]] he has made absolutely no attempt at redemption or defying his nature. (It does, however, make killing or betraying him an evil act).

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Redcloak is a textbook example of having a Lawful Evil attitude and proud of it:
--->'''Redcloak''': Do they think crushing an entire civilization beneath our heels "just happens?" It's all fun and games for them, but ''I'm'' the one who has to make the magical lightning-powered trains run on time.
** Elan's EvilTwin brother Nale is also LE, all the better to contrast with the ChaoticGood Elan. Notably, despite having the same alignment, Nale and Redcloak aren't all that similar. Redcloak values order, logic, and knowledge, makes simple, effective plans based off those things, and is motivated by [[WellIntentionedExtremist a (misplaced) sense of how to further the general good for his people]]. Nale is a self-aggrandizing ego maniac fueled by his personal desires, has a ComplexityAddiction, holds vicious personal grudges due to small (or imagined) slights, and wants power and control mostly to please his own ego and be the guy that everyone else has to bow down to. Alignment not being a straitjacket is one of the comic's major themes.
*** Before Nale died, it was implied that while he thought he was Lawful Evil, he was actually ChaoticEvil. There are Lawful Evil villains that are not like Redcloak, though: see below.
** General Tarquin's version of Lawful Evil comes through GenreSavvy: Tarquin treats his life as an ongoing narrative arc in a HeroicFantasy (in which he is the EvilOverlord fated to one day fall in an epic battle against a worthy hero), making him GenreSavvy because he knows the tropes and clichés and can act appropriately to shape it to his liking in accordance with the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality. On the flip side, it means he judges people according to their story role (or, at least, what ''he'' thinks is their role) and has [[LackOfEmpathy little to no understanding of them as people]]. He's quick to get rid of (or, in the rare cases where they matter to him for some reason, correct) people who don't stick to his vision of the script, all while refusing to ever acknowledge the possibility that [[WrongGenreSavvy he may not have the right view of the script to begin with]].
--->'''Tarquin:''' As I've said before, procedure matters. [The Safety of the world] is meaningless if everyone is going to run around doing whatever they feel like, without regard for proper story structure. There must be some sense of order — personal, political, or dramatic — and if no one else is going to bring it to this world, I will.
** Tarquin's best friend and longtime adventuring companion Malak is yet another take on the alignment. Malak is devoutly religious and believes that everyone in the world has to answer to other, greater, beings, and the proper response is to embrace the control of those greater beings and serve them with pleasure, essentially a HappinessInSlavery mentality. Any rise in standing or power is accomplished through that service.
--->'''Malak:''' Living or dead, we are all of us marching to our orders - you no less than I, Durkon. It does not matter from whence these orders come, be it man or god. Our place is as an obedient slave to those who command us. Through service, we are rewarded. That is the true natural order.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Tarvek Sturmvaraus, most likely. He seems to care about his subjects in Sturmhalten and he prefers it when people help him voluntarily, but part of his plan to take over the Baron's empire involved [[spoiler:using The Other's technology to help him win the battle of hearts and minds with mind control.]] He's confirmed himself to be this by one of his latest rants:
-->'''Tarvek''': If someone can't handle an unpleasant truth? Lie to them. If someone won't listen to reason? Make them. If people don't choose to live peaceable? Don't give them a choice. If you don't like the rules - change the game.
*** All of which he says he learned from Baron Wulfenbach, who is himself either Lawful Evil or LawfulNeutral.
* The [[PlanetOfHats particular hat]] of [[TheFairFolk elves]] in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', from main character Thief to villain Astos. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/02/20/episode-251-sneaky-elves/ This]] accurately sums up the "easier to become ruler of the world by exploiting the existing system" flavour of their [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Always Lawful Evil]] tendencies.
* The Elite Guard from ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' are ''almost'' explicitly Lawful Evil - they're confirmed Evil, and it's hard to imagine a guard could be anything but Lawful.
** Kore, the series' resident KnightTemplar, is also very much this -- despite being [[ThePaladin a class]] that is supposed to be LawfulGood.
%%* In ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', this seems to be the default alignment for Legaria, especially Aelloon.
%%* The majority of The Feline Empire in ''Webcomic/BladeOfToshubi'' are of this alignment. Advisor Toh, Lamika and Major Kohi are probably NeutralEvil, though.
* Gordon Frohman of ''{{Webcomic/Concerned}}'' is a fanatical follower of The Combine and is a self-proclaimed enemy of the Human Resistance and Gordon Freeman due to a genuine and incredibly idiotic love of tyranny.
* Brian and Angelo, from ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''. They run a [[EvilEmpire tyrannical empire]] together but seem hung up on professionalism and try their best to be friendly with the staff. Even Angelo said he would make amends to the employee he killed by resurrecting her and giving her a raise.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
** Psyk the demon is the organiser and [[OnlySaneEmployee voice of reason]] among the generally more chaotic inhabitants of the Dimension of Pain. Towards his fellow demons, he is LawfulNeutral, almost a NiceGuy. That doesn't keep him from slaughtering and conquering humans along with the others when they get a chance, though.
** Binky and Clyde are initially two {{mooks}} working for various [[DiabolicalMastermind supervillainish crime-lords]]. They identify themselves as evil minions first and foremost, so that when they end up in a random dimension, they gladly take orders from Dambdulf the wizard just after meeting him once they interpret his order to ShootTheDog as evil. They go on to decide to become heroes instead and save the town of Dumbblefolk from dragons... [[spoiler:only to switch sides again as soon as they are asked to defend it from an evil wizard because he gives them a chance to be evil minions again, and that's just what they do.]] And they live happily ever after.

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* As it turns out, [[SadistTeacher the teachers]] from ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' are this, as it's revealed in the sixth installment that [[spoiler:they're all malevolent AI programmed by Roy with the sole purpose of torturing the students.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''{{Franchise/Transformers}}'': Megatron in almost all of his incarnations, especially ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. In most cases he seeks to tear down the existing order (which he sees as unfair and corrupt) and replace it with his own. As the leader of the Decepticons he rules them with an iron fist.
** Lockdown from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is also Lawful Evil - after all, a well ordered system is so much easier to exploit - but it is very obvious that he prefers to work for the Decepticons, because EvilPaysBetter.
** Swindle is exactly the same - at one point he even mentions Lockdown as a kind of business associate.
* ClockKing, a villain from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', who did ''everything'' according to his own by-the-minute schedule every single day. The one time he didn't... er, things didn't go so well.
* Most of the villains from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', since they do follow the traditions of villainy. Often exploited because it is this very tradition that lets Team Possible come out of the traps alive. Señor Senior Senior, in particular, goes by the book (of villainy). The only exception is Shego, who's NeutralEvil and not interested/motivated in taking over the world, and Warhok and Warmonga who are ChaoticEvil, as they want to ''destroy'' the world instead.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Parodied/deconstructed with the Guild of Calamitous Intent.
%%* Lemongrab of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Although he isn't evil, and is arguably a sympathetic character (thanks to his... eh, delicate mental condition,) he does end up sending everybody in the kingdom to the dungeon, when he's in power. All he wants is order, peace and quiet, and cleanliness. Unfortunately, he tries to achieve this through terribly misguided means. Later on, he [[spoiler:DOES become evil and unsympathetic due to his desire to make his earldom orderly to impress his "mother", turning on his own children and brother in the process and becoming a truly Lawful Evil dictator. He ends up killed and then remade and merged with pieces of his brother, so hopefully he'll be better off now.]]
%%* ''Franchise/GIJoe'': "Hail Cobra!"
%%* ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama Action]]'': Courtney fits this trope, seeing how she calls her lawyers when something doesn't go her way.
* Shere Khan of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' is definitely of this alignment. A CorruptCorporateExecutive who seeks money and power and is willing to gouge prices and stage "accidents" for rivals. However he is [[AffablyEvil very polite]] and always "pays his debts and never goes back on a deal" and is unwilling to mistreat his employees.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** HP and the pixies want to bring absolute order to both Fairy World and Earth. This is, until "Fairly Oddbaby" where they randomly [[MotiveDecay team up with the anti-fairies and try to destroy Earth]].
** Denzel Crocker is a bonafide Type 2 example, using his teacher job mostly to mentally torture children as well as keep tabs on them for any potential fairy godparents, which he wants to capture in order to rule the world.
** Vicky used to be this in earlier seasons, where she was more of a bully that used her babysitter job mostly to boss children around. Later seasons flanderized her into pure evil incarnate, becoming something much closer to ChaoticEvil instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** The Dai Li and their leader Long Feng are the purest Lawful Evil. They're all about preserving order and stability at the cost of happiness and free will, and have connived and manipulated their way to the top of the government in Ba Sing Se to make sure of that. Favored tactics include kidnapping, misinformation, and total brainwashing.
** Fire Lord Sozin and Fire Lord Azulon also fit the alignment. Unlike the NeutralEvil Ozai who wanted power above all else, Sozin sought to change the world for the better. Through, tyranny of course. While is less clear that this were Azulon's motivations --and he was more interesed in world domination, like his younger son Ozai-- he was a fierce defender of Iroh's birthright, his first born, and he expressed outrage when Ozai suggested that Iroh should be stripped of it due to Lu Ten's death.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Councilman Tarrlok is a CorruptPolitician that dominates and oppresses by seemingly legal methods who's end goal is to control Republic City where the NeutralEvil Yakone failed, by exploiting the system and the will of the people.
** The equalists, and especially their leader Amon, being a revolutionary movement with clear goals, hierarchy and precision.
** As of the Korra Book 4, former Metal Clan guard captain turned would-be dictator Kuvira seems going in this direction. She's ruthless, tyrannical and loves her fiancee Bataar Jr. Not to mention being much more meritocratic and loathing monarchy.
* Chase Young of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' is scrupulously honest in his dealings with the protagonists and always keeps his word.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': The Delightful Children From Down The Lane.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperJail'': Jailbot catches criminals, enforces the rules, and unquestioningly carries out the Warden's commands. He tends to go a little overboard in his execution.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': Megabyte sought to conquer all of Mainframe, and also the Supercomputer, because that was his viral imperative, in direct opposition to [[spoiler:his sister]] Hexadecimal, who was a batshit crazy chaos virus.
%%* MagnificentBitch Nerissa of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
%%** Mom, the CorruptCorporateExecutive, and her sons Walt, Larry and Igner.
** The Robot Devil follows this alignment, too. Being based on the traditional portrayal of {{Satan}}, he's a sadist who has no problem with torturing people for eternity, but always keeps his agreements, even if it's not in his own interests to do so.
** Robot Santa: a KnightTemplar with impossibly high standards on decency and morality, judging everyone who ''doesn't'' follow his rigid code to be bad, and therefore worthy of elimination. Given the ways in which he decides to kill people, one could easily mistake him for straight-up ChaoticEvil.
%%* Ed Wuncler I from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', who uses his wealth and power for evil.
* BigBad Venger from the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon does have a few deceptive schemes, but if he strikes a deal with someone, he's not likely to be the one who breaks it, and the heroes are often surprised that he doesn't backstab them when they [[EnemyMine agree to cooperate]].
* Lennart Bedrager from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is this due to his fanatical belief in a [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans perfect world]]. While his plans require chaos, it's so he can set up a new society. Subverted later on when it's revealed he's secretly [[spoiler: a ChaoticEvil asshole trying to troll the whole world]].
--> [[spoiler:We're going to use you. To set the world on fire. When the (troll trace) servers go online, there will be panic, chaos, and war. And from the ashes a new world will rise--A world where everyone is happy and a-singing and has no secrets. Like '''''Denmark!''''']]
** PC Principal is definitely this alignment. A strict Headmaster and leader of the ambitious PC Delta, PC Principal takes crap from nobody even little brats like Cartman suffer his wrath (i.e. he brutally assaults Cartman, a little kid, for using slurs). Aggressive and militaristic, running the school with an iron fist is easy for him. PC ousts people (and students) out for debating sensitive subjects, from which he often issues ridiculous or unfair punishments to wrong-doers. He mellows out into LawfulNeutral later on though, which is closer to how he actually saw himself.
* Peridot from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' stands on the far lawful side of this, being a technician doing a job. That this job indirectly involves the eradication of sentient life doesn’t appear to bother her, and she has personally attempted to kill a small child without a moment of hesitation. The only time we’ve seen her morally outraged was at the chaotic actions of her superior, looking deeply offended when she was told to ‘forget’ her orders. [[spoiler:Indeed, after many episodes of heading towards LawfulNeutral, her FaceHeelTurn is finally cemented when it becomes clear the BigBad is ChaoticEvil (with the chaotic offending her FAR more than the evil).]]
** [[AntiVillain Blue Diamond]], as well. Unlike Yellow Diamond, Blue Diamond is fully willing to do “Rose Quartz’s” trial as if it was any other trial, including allowing “her” to make “her” case, complete with a zircon lawyer and everything (even though she’s only doing so to prepare a {{Fate Worse Than Death}} scenario when she’s found guilty).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has two obvious examples:
** King Sombra, who ruled the Crystal Empire with an iron fist... Er, hoof a thousand years before the main story and would have done so again if he wasn't stopped.
** Starlight Glimmer, who is a firm believer in TheEvilsOfFreeWill and forced a whole town of ponies to give up their cutie marks and live under her strict rules under the guise of giving them "equality". [[spoiler:She didn't give up her cutie mark, but she made an attempt to justify that as a necessity, showing that she believes in her system, even if she is a {{Hypocrite}}.]]
* Commander Peepers of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' is a type three, although what he lacks and finds in his boss is physical strength and the ability to strike fear into enemies (as he himself is an [[CuteIsEvil adorable]] short eyeball man). He has been shown to be incredibly loyal to Lord Hater, although he gets often frustrated with Hater's disorganized and distracted tendencies.
* Doctor Doofenshmirtz from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. While his [[AffablyEvil affability]] and [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain ineffectuality]] might make him seem like a ChaoticNeutral figure, "Phineas And Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo" and ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'' show that if he ever successfully took over THE ENTIRE! TRI-STATE AREA!, the resultant VillainWorld would be a horrific dystopian tyranny. The only thing keeping him from being a serious threat is his ContractualGenreBlindness; he insists on following certain "rules" in his {{Evil Plan}}s which make it easy for Perry to defeat him, like intentionally designing his traps to only work for as long as necessary to explain his backstory, or giving all his devices a self-destruct button or other highly visible weakness.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' : Dark Warrior Duck could define this trope - he's a dictator who sentences people to death for jaywalking, arrests people for being out after curfew, and plans to go back in time to alter the history of laws. He makes a strong contrast to Darkwing's other Evil Counterpart, Negaduck, who is ChaoticEvil.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': The AI for Rick's Ship straddles the line between this and '''hard''' LawfulNeutral. It will fulfill [[HeroicComedicSociopath Rick]] or Summer's orders to the letter, but what clinches it as Lawful Evil is that it picks the most horrifying method allowed to execute its duties, with liberal use of ExactWords. Rick instructs it to keep Summer safe? It kills the first person that threatens her. Summer instructs it not to kill anyone? The next person gets a laser to the spinal cord. The only time it doesn't kill/cripple/psychologically scar someone is when Summer restricts the parameters of its operations to peaceful options.
--> '''AI''': [[AC:''"[[MadnessMantra Keep Summer safe.]]"'']]
* Stewie Griffin in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. How "evil" he is varies from episode to episode, but his crimes include assault, murder, attempted murder, mass murder, kidnapping, theft, frameups, terrorism, blackmail, torture, bids for WorldDomination and many more. Despite this long list of crimes and atrocities, he is consistently shown to believe that as long as agrees with the rules in question (or, as as long as the rules don't restrict HIM personally), he is 100% in favour of an orderly authoritarian society and can be a petty RulesLawyer towards people who break them (such as showing up in Woodstock to lecture hippies on the dangers of drugs and singing about how great the Establishment is). In an episode where he actually achieves World Domination [[spoiler: that turned out to be a virtual reality simulation but whatever]] he showed that he would rule as an incredibly petty tyrant with a "little list" of people he wants to kill, consisting entirely of people who are annoying or lame, or as he summed it up "everyone who has ever made me PISSED!".