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Playing With: Always Chaotic Evil
Basic Trope: An entire race of creatures is evil, every last one.
  • Straight: There's a race of demonic beings who are all evil in some way.
  • Exaggerated: From the moment they are born until the moment they die, every member of a humanoid demon race slaughters everything in sight and runs around in a fit of purposeless bloodlust.
  • Downplayed:
    • There's an entire race/species of jerks.
    • The species are all AntiVillains who try to do the right thing, but end up doing something evil instead.
    • The demonic beings all consist of True Neutrals, Chaotic Neutrals, and Lawful Neutrals; all of which have evil tendencies.
    • The race can be any alignment except for goodnote .
  • Justified:
    • The race is led by an emperor who does not take well to traitors and orders the instant death of those who do not conform to his evil beliefs - most, therefore, choose to go with evil's path for the sake of their lives.
    • Alternately, the race is from a Death World where only the violently selfish survive.
    • Alternately, they were artificially created to be evil/so ravenously violent that they're functionally evil.
    • Alternately, they are controlled by some vast, evil intelligence.
    • Alternately, the race follows a full-blown Religion of Evil—complete with a "Might Makes Right" morality (which admittedly raises questions on if they consider themselves evil)—and the best a heretic might hope for is to be executed for said heresy instead of being a Butt Monkey.
    • Alternately, you have to be evil to be a member of the race.
    • Alternately, their gods simply made them that way.
    • The race cannot understand virtue/goodness, and as such, no one in the race has these qualities.
    • Alternately, the race suffers from a case of Blue and Orange Morality, and what they do registers on our scale as Chaotic Evil, but on theirs is normal or even good.
    • The race is full of emotion eaters who gain energy and nourishment from the pain and misery of others.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • We see some demon race on the side of evil, but then it turns out that there are just as many of them allied with the hero's side - we just hadn't run into them yet.
    • Characters find their children, and Children Are Innocent.
    • Characters find an evil dragon, except that it is being held prisoner by The Hero, and expresses nothing but concern for them.
    • The race isn't actually evil, but it's portrayed as such due to a massive propaganda campaign. The heroes are actually working for a Grey Morality side.
    • The race isn't actually evil; they're just pretending to be evil so that the real bad guys or an actual Always Chaotic Evil race doesn't kill them.
    • The race isn't actually evil, but their culture demands strict laws and brutal punishments, so it looks violently repressive from the outside.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The 'evil demon race' turns out to not be entirely evil, since some are on the good side, until the inbred evil desires in their blood cause the good demons to switch sides when things start to get tough. Visa versa for the 'evil' characters allied with the hero's side.
    • The children really are Enfant Terribles - this is just a disguise.
    • The dragon is Affably Evil to lure them into freeing it.
    • The race really is evil; the propaganda campaign is just letting everyone know know that. The heroes work for A Lighter Shade of Grey.
    • The race has long since become the mask and are just as bad as the race they're acting for.
    • Meting out those brutal punishments is their only form of entertainment.
  • Parodied: A race shouts how evil they are while Poking The Poodle.
  • Zig Zagged: A race is forced to be evil because of an Evil Overlord. When he is defeated, they try to be good, but social stigma force them to work only for other evil overlords. A minority of them works to raise the public opinion and manage, in the end, to redeem the race, giving them the opportunity to live honest lives. Only, it's a conspiracy to infiltrate the human society. Again, they manage to clean their public image, only to find integration too hard, so they try to conquer the world. Defeated, they choose to lose all power and strength, so humans won't fear them anymore and they can start playing good. So they became extreme capitalists, and brought the civilization to an evil dystopia.
  • Averted: There is no 'evil demon race'. Evil is made up of races that are also just as likely to be good.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: The heroes ask a member of the 'evil demon race' why he's serving the villain, and he answers with "Haven't you seen? The whole race is evil!"
  • Invoked: A race of demonic creatures raise their children to act evil because enough of them are mean that they'll probably end up stereotyped as evil anyway, and they don't want the trouble of being a nice person struggling against the views of others.
  • Exploited: Bob, a Sociopathic Hero, wants to kill people, but he can't or else he'll be seen as evil, so he finds the always chaotic evil race and can kill as many as he likes while still being seen as morally good.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "See, if this were a fantasy book, I wouldn't be able to be nice to you guys, since demons have to be evil and all. You guys are lucky!"
  • Conversed: "And of course, in those RPGs I play, you never get to meet, say, an affectionate, cheery demon, or a pleasant and polite swamp monster. What a shame, don't you think?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • 1. The demon race is all evil...because the villain is controlling their minds and thoughts. Eventually, they are freed from this, but their all-evil image gains them the hate of others and the race faces serious troubles as they struggle to cope in the world.
    • 2. The presence of an Always Chaotic Evil race leads to discussions of moral relativism vs. moral absolutism and whether or not we can force our moral standards on a race.
    • 3. Everyone assumes that an alien race is all evil...thus subjecting those members of it who are good to prejudice.
    • 4. The Demons spend as much time fighting themselves and imposing Draconic laws upon their subjects as they do fighting the heroes.
  • Reconstructed:
    • 1. Having been freed and hated on, they give up and go with being evil anyway, every single one of them.
    • 2. The discussion ends by pointing out that, while all over races engage in evil occasionally, all the the ACE race does is evil.
    • 2 (again). The setting is a crapsack world (to an extent). The evil race is powerful and a threat to all the other races. Everyone has tried to make peace/form an agreement with the evil race but it always fails. Some even looked into the very heart of the evil race to find anything redeemable about them, only to find nothing but pure raw malevolence. It's made clear to everyone that the evil race is irredeemable, but what to do about them is the big question. The discussions of moral relativism vs. moral absolutism applies to the scale of idealism vs cynicism in both the setting and with the characters themselves. For example, on the idealistic side, the heroes find the power to seal the evil race off from the rest of the world so they can no longer cause any harm; that way, the heroes would be able to triumph without having to make morally questionable decisions. On the cynical side, if such methods like sealing the evil race away prove to be ineffective and destroying them all is the only way to truly stop them, the heroes may need to rethink their values, understanding that their ideals are too unrealistic to work in the setting, thus adopting the moral relativism thinking; they are prepared to shoulder the weight of morally questionable actions for the sake of protecting the world from an irredeemable evil, because letting such an evil live might lead to more devastating consequences for the rest of the world.
    • 3. The alien race is assumed to be evil because refugees from scores of other planets have arrived to warn others.
    • 4. The Demons maintain their dominion through twisted rationality, emphasizing that they're evil, not stupid.

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