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Playing With: Blue and Orange Morality
Basic Trope: Characters or societies whose standard for good and evil is wildly different from the intended audience of the fiction.
  • Straight: The characters do something that is difficult for the audience to understand.
  • Exaggerated: Singing at night is an indication that you are a priest, even if you don't want to be one. Few want to be a priest as everyone listens to you. Having others listen to you is just wrong, very wrong, but everyone will respect you, while also ridiculing you for doing wrong things. Doing wrong things will make you lose your title as priest, and you will be punished by having to sing at night, thus reinstating you as a priest, even if you don't want to be one.
  • Downplayed: Hugging your friends is awkward but kissing them is no big deal. Returning lost property is unheard of. Eating in public is frowned on. Publicly getting into fistfights is normal, but if you insult someone you're considered an utter jerk who nobody would ever want to be friends with. And lying is considered to be the worst possible crime. In short, the norms and values are mostly comprehensible but a bit odd.
  • Justified:
    • The less human the characters, the more justified.
    • The character is an alien from another planet/dimension, or even an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: A character claims this, only to be shown that he has a poor understanding of morality instead.
  • Double Subverted: ...But for a few issues they act less human.
  • Parodied: When a non-human explicitly points out they are who they are and not human to another of their kind (even when humans are unknown to them).
  • Zig Zagged: Recently transformed humans have to decide whether to act like humans or follow the instincts they have obtained and change their minds every day in accordance with the new morality.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
    • By having non-humans not act like humans, you can justify the actions they make more easily, allowing for more plot flexibility.
    • The writers like the challenge of wildly different moralities.
    • The characters it applies to are the gods of the series, and the writers don't buy into the "good or evil" that they think Real Life religion is trying to sell.
  • Lampshaded: "Many humans would have objections with eating each others flesh as a sign of friendship."
  • Invoked: The character transforms into something to avoid the moral implications involved with an action they are taking.
  • Exploited: The character who suggests the transformation, then takes advantage of the form's weakness. "Go fetch the bone doggy"
  • Defied: A human tries to raise an alien as human and teach it human values.
  • Discussed: A mission briefing on how to talk with the aliens on another planet.
  • Conversed: Humans come across an alien sitcom (All My Circuits).
  • Deconstructed: Culture Clash.
  • Reconstructed: There's a person in a group that navigates this sort of thing
  • Played For Laughs: The aliens are embarrassed about the implications of their value system.
  • Played For Drama: In a foreign land the characters are subject to laws they don't think are right.

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