Quotes: True Neutral

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     Anime and Manga 

Shirahoshi: But if you're a pirate, Luffy... then aren't you a bad person?
Luffy: ...Hm? ...Mmmm... I dunno, that's up to you to decide.

     Comic Books 

I-have-seen-Good-and-I-have-seen-Evil. And-now-I-am-dead. I-have-been-Good-and-I-have-been-Evil. And-now-I-am-dead. Look-o-n... m-y... w-o-r-k-s...
Sargon the Sorcerer, The Books of Magic

Adrian Veidt: Jon? Right Wing? (laughs) If there's one thing in the cosmos that that man isn't capable of doing it's having a political bias. Believe me... you'd have to meet him to understand. I mean, which do you prefer, red ants or black ants?
Doug Roth: Uh...? Well, I don't have any particular preference...
Adrian Veidt: Exactly. Well, imagine how Jon feels.

A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there's no discernible difference. Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned?
Dr. Manhattan successfully weirds out Rorschach, Watchmen

     Film - Animated 

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase!
Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passin' craze!
It means no worries for the rest of your days!
It's our problem-free philosophy!
The Lion King, "Hakuna Matata"

     Film - Live-Action 

People gotta talk themselves into law and order before they do anything about it. Maybe because down deep they don't care. They just don't care.
Martin, High Noon


Perhaps what I am about to say will appear strange to you gentlemen, socialists, progressives, humanitarians as you are, but I never worry about my neighbor, I never try to protect society which does not protect me - indeed, I might add, which generally takes no heed of me except to do me harm - and, since I hold them low in my esteem and remain neutral towards them, I believe that society and my neighbor are in my debt.

After all, He Who Must Not Be Named did great things. Terrible, yes... but great.

Never try an' get a straight answer out of a centaur. Ruddy stargazers. Not interested in anythin' closer'n the moon. [...] They're deep, mind, centaurs. They know things. Just don't let on much.

Lajoolie: The League makes sure no one can hurt anyone else.
Oar: No. The League kills certain people under certain conditions; that is all they do. They still permit a great deal of hurting to take place: I can attest to that.

Marlowe: I'm not sore at you. You're just that kind of guy. For a long time I couldn't figure you at all. You had nice ways and nice qualities, but there was something wrong. You had standards and you lived up to them, but they were personal. They had no relation to any kind of ethics or scruples. You were a nice guy because you had a nice nature. But you were just as happy with mugs or hoodlums as with honest men. Provided the hoodlums spoke fairly good English and had fairly acceptable table manners. You're a moral defeatist. I think maybe the war did it and again I think maybe-you were born that way.
Terry Lennox: ...Of course. An act is all there is. There isn't anything else. In here (taps chest) there isn't anything...

I am not altogether on anybody's side, because nobody is altogether on my side...
Treebeard, The Lord of the Rings

We cannot do wrong; neither have we any disposition to do it, for we do not know what it is.

     Live-Action TV 

Magev: You're deeply ambivalent.
Angel: Well, I am and I'm not.
Angel, "Guise Will Be Guise"

Prue: You are the ultimate evil.
Angel of Death: No. I'm not good or evil. I just am.

Really bad people are punished by society’s law. Really good people are punished by Murphy's Law.
George Lass, Dead Like Me

Beatnik: You make the lie. You invent want. You're for them, not us.
Don Draper: Well, I hate to break it to you, but there is no "big lie," there is no "system." The universe is indifferent.
Other Beatnik: Man... why'd you have to say that?
Mad Men

We aren't built to be cruel.

Jack O'Neill: Don't worry, she likes us.
Daniel Jackson: The Nox like everyone. It's their way.


Well I don't wanna be President
Superman or Clark Kent
I don't wanna walk 'round in their shoes
'Cause I don't know who's side I'm on
I don't know my right from wrong
I don't know where I'm going to
I don't know about you
Fastball, "Fire Escape"

     Video Games 

Opinions are like testicles. You kick them hard enough, doesn't matter how many you got.
Varric, Dragon Age II

Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It's our different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us. Both sides blame one another. There's no good or bad side. Just two sides holding different views.
Squall Leonhart, Final Fantasy VIII

I don't want to carry anyone's burden.
Squall Leonhart, Final Fantasy VIII

We've outsourced operations to them before, but don't assume that makes us partners: it's a mercenary thing, a contractual thing. Phoenicians don't take sides - only Swiss bank transfers.
Kirsten Geary, The Secret World

What I am is Kindred. How others choose to categorise themselves concerns me only where local customs are concerned. Individualism is a path frought with obstacles and sometimes, angry mobs, but for all its hardships, it is the only one worth taking.
Beckett, defending the True Neutral path in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

I've met others like you, and they have always ultimately come to the same conclusion, and that is there is no person or group on this planet they can pledge loyalty to. If this is the path you must take, I can take you to where the trail begins...


Pompey: I don't get it... one second, you're willing to let us kill him for an insult, the next, you're helping him get back in the fight. Sort of inconsistent for Lawful Good, aren't you?
Julia Greenhilt: Uh, hello, Roy's LG, not me. I'm True Neutral. I go both ways.
Pompey: That is so hot.

I am neither good nor evil. I am just a sword. Wield me as you will, master.
Chaz, Sluggy Freelance

     Web Original 

Arin: Maybe I'll stick with Tails, he seems a good enough guy. Maybe I'll destroy the Presidential pod and stick with Tails.
Danny: (singing) Fighting for the forces of good, because it's easier~! And more convenient for me~!
Arin: Hey man, that's true ambivalence towards good and evil. Have I said ambivalence enough today? 'cause that's what Shadow's all about.
Danny: Just because I'm fighting for the forces of good, doesn't mean I've given up on my lifelong dream of murdering the President.
Arin: Decisions, decisions? Why not both!
Danny: Why can't I have my cake and also kill the President?

Superheroes are on the side of "good." Supervillains are on the side of "right" - er, I mean "evil." Captain Oblivious is a superneutral. He just gets in the way for no good reason.

I'm actually pretty neutral about a lot of things. I'm like Switzerland with a penis.

In early day, or late at night,
It's not my problem, I'll be alright,
No price you name is worth the fight,
But if I'm bored, then yeah, I might.
— Unofficial Gray Lantern Corps motto

     Western Animation 

What makes a man turn neutral? Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?
Zapp Brannigan, Futurama

Neutral Advisor: Your neutralness, it's a beige alert!
Neutral President: If I don't make it, tell my wife "hello."

     Real Life 

It may be that Falstaff, rather than Henry V, is a much more accurate picture of the common soldiers, who finds little in the rhetoric of officers who urge him into danger. The average solider probably sympathizes more than we might suspect with Falstaff's stratagems to save his own hide. Falstaff embodies the carnal yearnings we all have for food, drink, companionship, a few sexual adventures, and safety...Falstaff's selfish pursuit of pleasure hurts few. Henry's selfish lust for power leaves corpses strewn across muddy battlefields.
Chris Hedges, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

Couldn't we just get together and agree on the few basic Commandments that are laws? Like "I won't slaughter you, and don't take my shit."
Bill Maher

Eisenhower resolved to do nothing — and I must say, those years look positively golden in retrospect. A State Department friend of mine once gave a briefing to Johnson. The subject was a Latin-American country where it looked as if one of our military juntas was about to be replaced by a liberal non-Communist regime. Johnson was distraught. "What, what," he cried, "can we do?" To which one of his advisors — whose name must be suppressed, though his wisdom ought to be carved over the White House door — replied, "Mr. President, why not do nothing?" That was the Eisenhower genius.