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06:40:12 AM Oct 19th 2013
"Lawful Evil type typically includes:
  • Most Anti Villains"

Isn't it more fair saying "Many Anti Villains (especially Type I's)"? Characters of any alignment (including good ones) have the potential to be anti villains. But I think the archetypical Type I Anti-Villain AKA Noble Demon is a good candidate to Lawful Evil.
01:52:20 PM Aug 16th 2013
edited by
I am wanting discuss this recently removed example:
  • The Millennium organization from Manga/Hellsing. They are an organized nazi army but their only real goals are to wage endless destructive war and to kill Alucard, in other words are really similar to the habitants of Acheron, the Lawful Neutral/ Lawful Evil plane, and are vampires and not of the Friendly Neighbour Vampire variety
04:08:26 AM Jan 13th 2013
Two-Face from The Dark Knight: Isn't the whole point of his flipping a coin to decide actions to embrace the wantonness of life as described to him by the Joker? As a rule, it's also a nonsensical one and has random results, in a sense even more random than doing things at a whim.
06:44:02 AM Jan 13th 2013
edited by MagBas
The description of "chaos" in the Hypertext D20 is: "Chaotic characters follow their consciences, resent being told what to do, favor new ideas over tradition, and do what they promise if they feel like it."Chaos" implies freedom, adaptability, and flexibility. On the downside, chaos can include recklessness, resentment toward legitimate authority, arbitrary actions, and irresponsibility. Those who promote chaotic behavior say that only unfettered personal freedom allows people to express themselves fully and lets society benefit from the potential that its individuals have within them." ...this description not mentions randomness, but mentions follow their whims.
04:02:50 AM Jan 13th 2013
I didn't think the Numenorian king Ar-Pharazon sounded Lawful Evil when I was reading that story. More like just crazy. Is there some better reason for saying he was than just his wanting to rule the whole world?
09:57:04 PM Dec 11th 2012
Would Frieza ("the perfect emperor" according to his theme song) from [[Dragon Ball Z]] count? He has a royal title and appears to be the ruler of an entire organization with a rigid hierarchy of officials and subordinates.
04:01:14 AM Jan 13th 2013
Sounds like he would count.
07:29:41 PM Aug 16th 2012
edited by Stoogebie
Wouldn't Zolf J. Kimblee from Fullmetal Alchemist count as either this or Lawful Neutral? The "lawful" part being his deranged set of ethics/standards, which he holds himself to and also expects others to adhere to, and the "evil" part being that his code didn't say anything about turning people into living bombs - but he could be "neutral" (in Brotherhood, at least) because he doesn't necessarily carry the same Psycho for Hire flair as his anime counterpart, and is more of a Social Darwinist. I don't know, should I add?
07:16:04 PM Aug 22nd 2012
The Social Darwinist is usually Evil. Especially when they are remorseless mass murderers as both versions of Kimblee were. The Psycho for Hire just means a bad-guy mercenary; its not a personality description (at least, not a narrow one- evil wears many faces). Both versions are Psycho's For Hire.
10:07:15 PM Jun 9th 2012
I've been saying this for a while, but most Lawful Evil characters in Dungeons & Dragons are not sympathetic or well intentioned in the slightest, and are just likely to dabble into For the Evulz.

Noble Demon Lawful Evil characters are by far in the minority.

02:56:36 PM Mar 18th 2012
edited by HarleyQuinnhyenaholic
I removed Doctor Eggman from the list and moved him to Neutral Evil. I know he's Affably Evil but he's not Lawful. His goal is to tear down an old order and even though he may seek to replace it with his own, his methods are too chaotic, and his alliances too easily broken. Really, his 'code' extends only as far as "You can't destroy the planet because I want to run it".

It may feel easy to make him lawful because he's a scientist and because of those robots, but those are his Mooks, not him. He is also prone towards using the 'magic' of the Chaos Emeralds.
02:15:05 PM Aug 15th 2012
Character Alignment is about a lot more than methods; methods if anything are the least important aspect of it (though they still matter to an extent). Breaking alliances and using chaotic means to an end is something the majority of Lawful Evil characters do, and plenty want to bring down the old order and replace it with their own- why would they want to live under someone else's order?

And using the magic of the Chaos Emeralds means nothing- the Chaos Emeralds are just a tool, nothing more. Eggman may indeed be Neutral Evil, but if so you are Right for the Wrong Reasons- it mainly comes to how much he is driven by selfish ambition and such.
05:34:47 PM Aug 15th 2012
Here is the description of the alignment bits in the Hypertext D20: "Good characters and creatures protect innocent life. Evil characters and creatures debase or destroy innocent life, whether for fun or profit."

" Lawful characters tell the truth, keep their word, respect authority, honor tradition, and judge those who fall short of their duties.

Chaotic characters follow their consciences, resent being told what to do, favor new ideas over tradition, and do what they promise if they feel like it."

And the description of Lawful Evil and Neutral Evil

"Lawful Evil, "Dominator"

A lawful evil villain methodically takes what he wants within the limits of his code of conduct without regard for whom it hurts. He cares about tradition, loyalty, and order but not about freedom, dignity, or life. He plays by the rules but without mercy or compassion. He is comfortable in a hierarchy and would like to rule, but is willing to serve. He condemns others not according to their actions but according to race, religion, homeland, or social rank. He is loath to break laws or promises."

" Neutral Evil, "Malefactor"

A neutral evil villain does whatever she can get away with. She is out for herself, pure and simple. She sheds no tears for those she kills, whether for profit, sport, or convenience. She has no love of order and holds no illusion that following laws, traditions, or codes would make her any better or more noble. On the other hand, she doesn’t have the restless nature or love of conflict that a chaotic evil villain has."
01:04:22 AM Dec 5th 2012
and his alliances too easily broken His alliances are only really broken because the other party betrayed him (and example of this can be seen in Sonic Adventure 1 where Chaos betrayed him.

Eggman does show a love of order in his dedication to taking over the world. This can even be seen in Shadowthe Hedgehog where Eggman said that if the Earth is destroyed he cannot rule.
01:03:30 AM Mar 7th 2011
edited by DJMarred
Could we make a special exception for Adolf Hitler? I know that character alignments are meant for 2D fictional characters, but Hitler would definitely be tagged as this if he were a fictional villain.
08:48:41 AM Mar 26th 2011
But he's not - and it's in rather poor taste to play this little Dungeons & Dragons mechanics game with real life mass murderers.
02:45:57 AM Aug 8th 2011
edited by DJMarred
You have a point; It seems quite childish to apply game mechanics to real life mass murderers. I take back what I had said before.
05:06:10 PM Apr 12th 2012
This is really one of the limitations of the whole Character Alignment system- most characters, but especially Real Life people, fit even more difficultly into these categories than they do simple ones of Good and Evil. Hitler would not easily fit into Lawful Evil since the idea of Fascism or Nazism as being about civic /state order above all else is a stereotype, albeit one they propounded and one they sort-of believed in. The reality is far more complex.

Hitler himself was a very lazy leader who was barely involved in the day to day running of things; his strategy of rulership was "divide and conquer" so he let his underlings compete for his patronage and even build their own mini-empires, resulting in crippling inefficiency throughout the German state and several govenment / Party / SS bodies doing the exact same job, making it a bureaucratic nightmare to work or live in. Furthermore the Nazi's in general and Hitler in particular felt that War Is Glorious and wanted a world of perpetual conflict and chaos, and felt that nations should compete violently for the right to be the dominant power, forever. There is also an extent to which he and they were just cynical opportunists who wanted glory and power for themselves.

In short, he combines Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil and Chaotic Evil traits.
07:21:36 PM Nov 27th 2010
edited by cclospina
Removed Affably Evil, because a Character Affably Evil not necessarily is Lawful Evil.

PS: The libby are Neutral Selfish, not Lawful Evil
08:52:51 AM Jun 7th 2010
  • Shinobu Sensui is often pegged as Chaotic Evil, but considering that he's got seven different personalities, the deal is much more complex than it seems. Out of said personalities, his original Shinobu one (which was hidden after Sensui went completely mad, only resurfacing while fighting the heroes) qualifies as very much Lawful Evil: he's determined to fulfill his mission as a Spirit Detective, and he goes to bloody lengths to get it - as much as the rules he follows allow him to. And it makes even more sense once you consider that he's the Evil Counterpart of the Spirit Detective that took his place, Yuusuke Urameshi, a textbook Chaotic Good.

Huhn?!? In no moment after his Face Heelturn is implied he want follow his old mission neither shows follow any rule-actually, he looks more a textbook example of The Unfettered.By the way, more Lawful Evil characters are Evil Counterparts to Lawful Good characters.
05:17:12 PM May 16th 2010
edited by
Are we going to draw a distinction between the "types" Once there was a "type 1" versus a "type 2". I'm not sure of what that distinction means. It would be very helpful to explain it. I came here after finding the character sheet for Viral on Gurren Lagann called him Lawful Evil (Type 2).
09:53:28 AM May 23rd 2010
Nah... why would we? There is only canonically one type just like there is only one type of every other alignment
05:20:31 PM Jun 6th 2010
edited by ExplodingFrogs
Wrong. Before 4e, Dn D rulebooks specifically mentioned the second type of lawful evil. Since sovvil2008@yahoo.co.uk was banned for his behavior on the alignment pages, you can officially disregard anything he has to say on the subject. The type distinction is going back.
05:36:58 PM Jun 6th 2010
...Wait, he was? Seriously? PRAISE THE LORD!

What was the final straw that doomed him?
05:41:35 PM Jun 6th 2010
edited by ExplodingFrogs
Dunno. Someone posted a ban request on Ask The Tropers. Just before the changeover to the current system, Fast Eddie posted that he had banned him. Presumably he looked up the guy's edit history.
01:07:16 AM Apr 29th 2010
Removed this:

  • Magnificent Bastard Benjamin Linus, from LOST, appears more Neutral Evil, until the end of the fourth season, where, for all the lying and backstabbing , he seems to have a genuine commitement to the interests of the Island.
    • Also, whatever else he may lie about (and he will lie about everything, just for the hell of it), whenever he gives somebody his word, he always honors it.

Nah, Ben's as NE as they come. Whne was the last time he 'gave his word' without trying to go back on it or hoping he wouldn't have to? (Locke blowing up the sub, letting Jack etc. leave on the helicopter and then moving the island and (by proxy) blowing up the freighter. He even admits in Season 6 there were only two things he cared about: Alex and his power. And (even though it broke him)he admits to choosing his power over her.
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