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''Series/TheUmbrellaAcademy2019'': After spending a few decades alone in the apocalypse, Number Five is recruited by the Commission to become a field assassin in order to figure out how he can time-travel back to his family and save the world. In the process, he becomes the Commission's best fighter. Once Five does make it back, he is so fixated on stopping the apocalypse that he is willing to kill an innocent gardener before Luther stops him. During the second season he kills the entire Commission board to get a briefcase and threatens to kill Diego if the latter fails to meet up with the others in time before the briefcase expires. When he learns that he had killed Lila's parents while initially working for the Commission, he admits that he's killed so many people and it was never personal. Lila says it was always personal with her, and Five says that's why she isn't cut out to work for the Commission.


* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Regardless of being designated heroes and/or villains, very few characters in this series - or any soap opera - could truly be considered clear-cut good or evil, especially since most of these characters have often committed quite a few crimes, even the heroes (some of whom are [[AntiHero anti-heroes]]). Alone, [[LikeMotherLikeDaughter both Erica and her daughter, Kendall]], have committed enough crimes (both individually and together) to pile-drive them into prison for a long time.

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* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Regardless of being designated heroes and/or villains, very few characters in this series - or any soap opera - could truly be considered clear-cut good or evil, especially since most of these characters have often committed quite a few crimes, even the heroes (some of whom are [[AntiHero anti-heroes]]). Alone, [[LikeMotherLikeDaughter both Erica and her daughter, Kendall]], have committed enough crimes (both individually and together) to pile-drive them into prison for a long time. Janet even lampshades it in 1995; when everyone in Pine Valley is ostracizing her and shunning her for her crimes after her release from prison, she calls the entire town out for it, calling them a "sanctimonious, self-righteous bunch of hypocrites" and reminding them that ''everyone'' present has committed despicable deeds.


* ''Series/{{Rome}}'' is built of this. For instance, Caesar is unquestionably a military dictator who has seized power by force and has his political opponents imprisoned or killed, however, many of his policies would provide help to the poor and bring some equality to Rome's incredibly stratified and top-heavy class system.
** The main conflict of Season Two is between Mark Antony and Octavian, who spend the season passing the mantle of [[ALighterShadeOfGrey "slightly more sympathetic]] AntiHero" back and forth.

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* ''Series/{{Rome}}'' is built of this. For instance, Caesar is unquestionably a military dictator who has seized power by force and has his political opponents imprisoned or killed, however, many of his policies would provide help to the poor and bring some equality to Rome's incredibly stratified and top-heavy class system.
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system. The main conflict of Season Two is between Mark Antony and Octavian, who spend the season passing the mantle of [[ALighterShadeOfGrey "slightly more sympathetic]] AntiHero" back and forth.


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* ''Series/RaisedByWolves2020'': Earth is destroyed in a conflict between the Mithraic, a KnightTemplar religion of zealots, versus atheists, a terrorist insurgence that uses child soldiers and suicide bombers. Both are presented as dangerous and flawed.

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* ''Series/AFrenchVillage'': Neither the French nor the Germans are saints. While the French are of course shown as in the right to resist the German occupation, they're also brutal, corrupt etc just like the Germans.


** "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS6E19InThePaleMoonlight In the Pale Moonlight]]" is closer to an example of BlackAndGrayMorality, combining IDidWhatIHadToDo with TheExtremistWasRight in the face of losing a war against an OmnicidalManiac empire.

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** "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS6E19InThePaleMoonlight "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E19InThePaleMoonlight In the Pale Moonlight]]" is closer to an example of BlackAndGrayMorality, combining IDidWhatIHadToDo with TheExtremistWasRight in the face of losing a war against an OmnicidalManiac empire.


** It was common in the show's early historical episodes. ''The Crusade'' shows both Richard the Lionheart and Saladdin to be honourable men.
** ''Doctor Who and the Silurians'' is a textbook example as both the humans and the Silurians are shown to be equally aggressive and honourable, with even the Brigadier commiting atrocities to win. MotiveDecay results in them being more villainous with each reappearance, but the new series brings them back to their roots by reintroducing a new batch in a story that's a SpiritualSuccessor to the original episode (down to not having a happy ending, unfortunately. However, after this, individual Silurians are good more often than not, with one, Madame Vastra, becoming a recurring ally.)
** ''The Caves of Androzani'' depicts a brutal war between the military forces run by a well meaning but ruthless General whose willing to execute civilians when ordered even if he believes they're innocent, and JerkassWoobie Sharaz Jek, a lechy drug runner whose been driven mad by the treachery of his former partner Morgus and helps the Doctor in the end.

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** It was common in the show's early historical episodes. ''The Crusade'' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade The Crusade]]" shows both Richard the Lionheart and Saladdin to be honourable men.
** ''Doctor "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E2DoctorWhoAndTheSilurians Doctor Who and the Silurians'' Silurians]]" is a textbook example as both the humans and the Silurians are shown to be equally aggressive and honourable, with even the Brigadier commiting atrocities to win. MotiveDecay results in them being more villainous with each reappearance, but the new series brings them back to their roots by reintroducing a new batch in a story that's a SpiritualSuccessor to the original episode (down to not having a happy ending, unfortunately. However, after this, individual Silurians are good more often than not, with one, Madame Vastra, becoming a recurring ally.)
** ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani'' Androzani]]" depicts a brutal war between the military forces run by a well meaning but ruthless General whose willing to execute civilians when ordered even if he believes they're innocent, and JerkassWoobie Sharaz Jek, a lechy drug runner whose been driven mad by the treachery of his former partner Morgus and helps the Doctor in the end.



** "In the Pale Moonlight" is closer to an example of BlackAndGrayMorality, combining IDidWhatIHadToDo with TheExtremistWasRight in the face of losing a war against an OmnicidalManiac empire.

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** "In "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS6E19InThePaleMoonlight In the Pale Moonlight" Moonlight]]" is closer to an example of BlackAndGrayMorality, combining IDidWhatIHadToDo with TheExtremistWasRight in the face of losing a war against an OmnicidalManiac empire.


* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' -- the 1997 Canadian series, not the reboot -- may not be a great show, but it did a superb job of gray vs. grey, so good that it's worth watching just for this. Everyone is compromised, no one has clean hands, the intertwined layers of greater and lesser evil get extraordinarily complex, and the hero (or anti-hero) manages to embody the trope to near perfection--despite some truly cringeworthy writing and character assassination. Even [[spoiler: the luminous, golden-haired heroine]] fits the trope by the middle of the first season. Signaled conveniently by the all-black dress code for most characters.

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* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' -- the 1997 Canadian series, not the reboot -- may not be a great show, but it did a superb job of gray vs. grey, so good that it's worth watching just for this. Everyone is compromised, no one has clean hands, the intertwined layers of greater and lesser evil get extraordinarily complex, and the hero (or anti-hero) manages to embody the trope to near perfection--despite some truly cringeworthy writing and character assassination.perfection. Even [[spoiler: the luminous, golden-haired heroine]] fits the trope by the middle of the first season. Signaled conveniently by the all-black dress code for most characters.


* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': When guiding a novice drug dealer through the ropes, Mike has to reassure him that even though he's a criminal, he's not a bad guy.

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* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': When guiding a novice drug dealer through the ropes, Mike ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' has to reassure him that even a lot of this going on. Jimmy/Saul, though he's well-meaning and wanting to help others, is an unrepentant conman whose actions frequently verge into the illegal. His brother Chuck has a criminal, he's not deep-seated code, but [[PureIsNotGood his obsession with standards and purity]] leads to him doing terrible things to others. Most of the criminals in the series, including Nacho and Gus, are at least somewhat sympathetic, and even Kim, probably the most upstanding character, still demonstrates UnscrupulousHero tendencies at times. Mike, a bad guy.brutal hitman who still boasts a clear moral compass, sums it up pretty well.


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Many characters are morally ambiguous, ranging from [[BlackAndGrayMorality light grey to black]]. Sympathetic characters are often depicted on both sides of conflicts, such as Tyrion and Davos being on opposite sides of the Battle of Blackwater. However, this does not count whenever irredeemeable sociopaths such as [[TheCaligula Joffrey]], [[BlackKnight The Mountain]] and [[BastardBastard Ramsay]] are involved.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Many characters are morally ambiguous, ranging from [[BlackAndGrayMorality light grey to black]]. Sympathetic characters are often depicted on both sides of conflicts, such as Tyrion and Davos being on opposite sides of the Battle of Blackwater. However, this does not count whenever irredeemeable sociopaths such as [[TheCaligula Joffrey]], Joffrey Baratheon]], [[BlackKnight The Mountain]] and [[BastardBastard Ramsay]] Ramsay Bolton]] are involved.

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* ''Series/CobraKai:'' While it was never {{black and white|morality}} to begin with, the initial grudge between Johnny and Daniel (who were the finalists in the tourney shown in Film/TheKarateKid) culminates in the realization that they're NotSoDifferent anymore.


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Many characters are morally ambiguous, ranging from [[BlackAndGreyMorality light grey to black]]. Sympathetic characters are often depicted on both sides of conflicts, such as Tyrion and Davos being on opposite sides of the Battle of Blackwater. However, this does not count whenever irredeemeable sociopaths such as [[TheCaligula Joffrey]], [[BlackKnight The Mountain]] and [[BastardBastard Ramsay]] are involved.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Many characters are morally ambiguous, ranging from [[BlackAndGreyMorality [[BlackAndGrayMorality light grey to black]]. Sympathetic characters are often depicted on both sides of conflicts, such as Tyrion and Davos being on opposite sides of the Battle of Blackwater. However, this does not count whenever irredeemeable sociopaths such as [[TheCaligula Joffrey]], [[BlackKnight The Mountain]] and [[BastardBastard Ramsay]] are involved.



* The first three seasons of ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}''. The boy wizard himself and Arthur are definitely good guys, but they support a KnightTemplar king who would execute Merlin if he knew the truth, often against {{designated villain}}s with a legitimate grievance, and Merlin often makes some [[WhatTheHellHero questionable choices]] to balance his nature against his support of the king. Why? In Arthur's case, family loyalty; in Merlin's it's just BecauseDestinySaysSo ("destiny" in this case being a dragon with a fairly major grudge against Uther himself). Hence, when [[spoiler: Morgana decides to side with Morguase]], it's very hard to see it as a FaceHeelTurn, and the script doesn't really make much attempt to present it as such. [[BlackAndWhiteMorality Seasonís Four and Five however mostly shift]] away of this ([[BlackAndGreyMorality but not always entirely]]).

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* The first three seasons of ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}''. The boy wizard himself and Arthur are definitely good guys, but they support a KnightTemplar king who would execute Merlin if he knew the truth, often against {{designated villain}}s with a legitimate grievance, and Merlin often makes some [[WhatTheHellHero questionable choices]] to balance his nature against his support of the king. Why? In Arthur's case, family loyalty; in Merlin's it's just BecauseDestinySaysSo ("destiny" in this case being a dragon with a fairly major grudge against Uther himself). Hence, when [[spoiler: Morgana decides to side with Morguase]], it's very hard to see it as a FaceHeelTurn, and the script doesn't really make much attempt to present it as such. [[BlackAndWhiteMorality Seasonís Four and Five however mostly shift]] away of this ([[BlackAndGreyMorality ([[BlackAndGrayMorality but not always entirely]]).


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Many characters are morally ambiguous, ranging from light grey to black. Sympathetic characters are often depicted on both sides of conflicts, such as Tyrion and Davos being on opposite sides of the Battle of Blackwater.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Many characters are morally ambiguous, ranging from [[BlackAndGreyMorality light grey to black.black]]. Sympathetic characters are often depicted on both sides of conflicts, such as Tyrion and Davos being on opposite sides of the Battle of Blackwater. However, this does not count whenever irredeemeable sociopaths such as [[TheCaligula Joffrey]], [[BlackKnight The Mountain]] and [[BastardBastard Ramsay]] are involved.


* Series/MrSunshineKDrama showed many characters with virtues and faults in the setting of Joseon's final days at the beginning of the twentieth century. Eugene Choi is a marine officer born to a slave family in Korea that gave him little incentive to aid his home country's cause, though generally help people if possible. Even the LesCollaborateurs of Imperial Japan had reasons for their allegiance, many of whom found advancement from their stations not available in Joseon-era Korea. The closest heroic group in the series is [[LaResistance Righteous Army]], many of whom tried to fight for their country despite their questionable loyalty to the Joseon Dynasty.

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* Series/MrSunshineKDrama showed many characters with virtues and faults in the setting of Joseon's final days at the beginning of the twentieth century. Eugene Choi is a marine officer born to a slave family in Korea that gave him little incentive to aid his home country's cause, though generally help people if possible. Even the LesCollaborateurs of Imperial Japan had reasons for their allegiance, many of whom found advancement from their stations not available in Joseon-era Korea. The closest heroic group in the series is [[LaResistance Righteous Army]], many of whom tried to fight for their country despite their questionable loyalty to the Joseon Dynasty.Dynasty as many had been disillusioned by their blunders and restrictive social structure.


* Series/MrSunshineKDrama showed many characters with virtues and faults in the setting of Joseon's final days at the beginning of the twentieth century. Eugene Choi is a marine officer born to a slave family in Korea that gave him little incentive to aid his home country's cause, though generally help people if possible. Even the LesCollaborateurs of Imperial Japan had reasons for their allegiance, many of whom found advancement from their stations not available in Joseon-era Korea. The closest heroic group in the series is RighteousArmy, many of whom tried to fight for their country despite their questionable loyalty to the Joseon Dynasty.

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* Series/MrSunshineKDrama showed many characters with virtues and faults in the setting of Joseon's final days at the beginning of the twentieth century. Eugene Choi is a marine officer born to a slave family in Korea that gave him little incentive to aid his home country's cause, though generally help people if possible. Even the LesCollaborateurs of Imperial Japan had reasons for their allegiance, many of whom found advancement from their stations not available in Joseon-era Korea. The closest heroic group in the series is RighteousArmy, [[LaResistance Righteous Army]], many of whom tried to fight for their country despite their questionable loyalty to the Joseon Dynasty.

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* Series/MrSunshineKDrama showed many characters with virtues and faults in the setting of Joseon's final days at the beginning of the twentieth century. Eugene Choi is a marine officer born to a slave family in Korea that gave him little incentive to aid his home country's cause, though generally help people if possible. Even the LesCollaborateurs of Imperial Japan had reasons for their allegiance, many of whom found advancement from their stations not available in Joseon-era Korea. The closest heroic group in the series is RighteousArmy, many of whom tried to fight for their country despite their questionable loyalty to the Joseon Dynasty.

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