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  • Æon Flux: Aeon and Trevor take their opposing ideologies to such extremes that they're very difficult to judge by realistic standards, and thus their conflict falls squarely into this. C'mon, can anyone honestly say they knew what the show was actually about?.
    Trevor: The dream to awaken our world.
    Aeon: You're out of control.
    Trevor: I take control... Whose side are you on?
    Aeon: I take no sides.
    Trevor: You're skating the edge.
    Aeon: I am the edge.
    Trevor: What you truly want, only I can give.
    Aeon: You can't give it, can't even buy it, and you just don't get it.
  • Marceline the Vampire Queen in Adventure Time openly acknowledges this, stating "I'm not mean, I'm a thousand years old, and I just lost track of my moral code". It mostly explains how she can be an example of Dark Is Not Evil while still being really terrifying at times.
    • Blue and Orange conflict is demonstrated in a conversation between Princess Bubblegum and Finn.
      Finn: I'm... into Zanoits... they're the best!
      Bubblegum: Zanoits kill hundreds of thousands of plantoids each year.
      Finn: Oh no, not the plantoids!
      Bubblegum: Plantoids produce mellotoxin
      Finn: ...
      Bubblegum: Mellotoxin kills zanoits!
      Finn: So are zanoits.... good things?
  • It's a possible trait of inhabitants of the Spirit World in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Avatar Yangchen, the previous Air Nomadic Avatar, mentions to Aang that many Air Nomads have detached themselves from all worldly concerns and achieved spiritual enlightenment, but the Avatar can never do it because it's the Avatar's job to be the bridge between the physical world and the spiritual world, which requires them to be a part of the world they're protecting. It's likely the Avatar was created so that a powerful spiritual being could comprehend humanity and the concerns of the physical world, and thus not have blue and orange morality as a result of their detachment. From what we see of the other spirits - most of whom are capricious, whimsical, offhandedly cruel, violently attached to one single concept or another, or just plain alien - it was a necessary step.
    • The Legend of Korra confirms that the spirits' blue and orange morality was why the Avatar was created. Humans and spirits did not trust each other, and spirits frequently attacked humans with seemingly little provocation, except that humans were doing what they needed to do to survive. During Wan's lifetime, the spirits' cruelty to humans as well as the effects of Raava and Vaatu's eternal struggle were precisely why Wan became the Avatar; after the Harmonic Convergence in which Vaatu was defeated and imprisoned, Wan decides to use his powers to send the spirits back to their world and close the spirit portals, to protect humanity and keep the peace among the four newly-united Lion Turtle cities.
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  • Dinobot in Beast Wars: "I have honour, but it is PREDACON honour!" That seems to mean that if you don't trust your leader's competence, you usurp them; if said leader is unable to prevent this, that leader isn't fit to command. If the predacon fails to usurp the leader clearly they are/were unfit to command. So, basically, Sith Lords.
  • In King of the Hill, Hank Hill has some thoughts on this trope: "What kind of code lets you return a bag of shaving cream and not marry a girl you got knocked up?" Much of the show's humor comes from contrasting morality systems that will seem strange to either one or another group of characters in the show or the audience. For instance, an acceptable and encouraged tradition was called the "McMaynerbury Whuppin'," which involved the McMaynerbury school band beating the crap out of the Arlen mascot. When Bobby ran away because he didn't want to get beat up, they tried to have him stricken from the school yearbook.
  • Discord of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is certainly cruel and sadistic, but he seems to view eternal chaos as an end rather than a means, describing the new Ponyville as "beautiful" and seeing little difference between making it rain (explosive) chocolate milk or driving a pony over the Despair Event Horizon. Further complicating the matter is it being unknown whether he's an Anthropomorphic Personification or "merely" a very powerful Reality Warper (he refers to himself as the "spirit of chaos and disharmony", but that could be just a title).
    • "Keep Calm and Flutter On" reveals he only needed a friend, proving once again, Friendship Is Magic.
    • Discord seemingly claims higher ground when he says he doesn't turn his opponents to stone, implying that he considers his imprisonment a greater offense than anything he's done. Obviously, to an embodiment of chaos and change, being trapped in an unchanging form would be horrifying.
    • The Changelings might be this, depending on whether they merely feed on love as a food source or if they exploit The Power of Love to make themselves more powerful. If the former, their treatment of the ponies to them would be equivalent to cultivating livestock. Though in the season 6 finale it's discovered that the Changelings can sustain themselves by sharing love between them and other beings without sucking it out. Queen Chrysalis was simply lying to her subjects that they were only able suck love out in order to fuel her reign of terror.
  • Roger's species from American Dad! has this, probably because they become violently ill if they aren't casually cruel. Or as Roger himself puts it, "Let out their bitchiness." They're also not above using live crash test dummies.
    • The crash test dummy incident may not have been Blue & Orange Morality, but a case of deliberate malice. Roger himself is discovered to have been sent on a "mission" that was actually just using him as a test dummy for vehicle safety. A later episode reveals that Roger was in a relationship with his planet's prime minister, Emperor Zing, and his 'mission' may have been a spiteful exile.
  • Chaos from Aladdin: The Series thought in terms of "predictable" and "unpredictable", and above all, fun for him.
  • The titular lovable Manchild of Dan Vs. operates on a very skewed honor code and set of morals. He's willing to do just about anything in his pursuit of revenge but when it comes to the revenge itself he won't go farther than what he feels is deserved, such as hunting a werewolf who scratched his car so he can merely key the werewolf's car, or halting his vengeance against a wild west theme park that "cheated him out of $20" after he felt the things he did trying to get said vengeance (such as sticking someone up and having a Quick Draw with the corrupt sheriff) was well worth the money he spent.
  • South Park. Cartman often comes off as having this whenever actually decides to do something unselfish or even heroic. In the span of a few episodes, he can go from getting revenge on a bully by indirectly killing his parents, then tricking him into eating chili made out their remains, to taking on Osama bin Laden in the style of a War Time Cartoon.
  • Rick and Morty is basically built around this trope, consistently contrasting straightforward morality of Morty with peculiar moralities of alien species.
    • For Meeseeks (who are actually blue and orange) their sole Goal in Life is performing a single given task and disappearing. Prolongued existence is extremely painful to them, making it understandable if they take some drastic measures to complete the task.
    • Abradolf Lincler is a failed experiment of Rick to create a morally neutral super leader by combining DNA of Adolf Hitler and Abraham Lincoln. The result is an extremely morally confused and ambiguous Tortured Monster.
    • Transdimensional being known as Fart reveals before the end that carbon-based life forms are like a disease to his species and that they plan to exterminate them appealing to Morty's own moral code for protecting life above everything else.
    • Unity is a parasitic entity living by assimilating other life forms into a collective Hive Mind, planning to enslave the whole universe and becoming a God. It however seems that the assimilated species, that we see in the show, is better off under its control.
    • Discussed by Morty, however, it was mainly because he was taking his frustrations out on Summer because he got rejected.
      Morty: Well, Summer, maybe people that create things aren't concerned with your delicate sensibilities, you know? Maybe the species that communicate with each other through the filter of your comfort are less evolved than the ones that just communicate! Maybe your problems are your own to deal with, and maybe the public giving a shit about your feelings is a one-way ticket to extinction!
      Rick: Jeez, Morty. I take it Catherine Hefflefinger hasn't texted you back yet.
      Morty: (sullenly) I don't wanna talk about it...
  • Peridot in Steven Universe is shown to view right and wrong in terms of the greater good of the Gem Empire, at one point describing an image of a hollowed-out Earth that couldn't possibly sustain life as "beautiful" because of how much it would have helped the Diamond Authority, compared to Earth's current situation of having a gargantuan fusion abomination growing inside it, which wouldn't really benefit anyone; the only thing higher than this is her own survival. She also has trouble grasping the concept of romantic affection, creating a shipping grid for a TV show based on which pairing would gain the best tactical advantages, and puts so much stock in logic and reason that she rebels upon learning that her superior is in fact motivated largely by spite, despite not being particularly rational herself in many situations.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: While Entrapta is generally a nice person, her moral compass is otherwise tied to her tendency to do things For Science!, which means she has no problem working for the Horde as long as they give her stuff to work with. She was also unfazed by seeing Catra getting sent out on what was essentially a suicide mission and the fact that her lab partner took part in intergalactic conquest.
  • Solar Opposites: The family (except Terry) are aware that humans hate them. So they perform experiments on them, which is why they hate them.
    • Korvo, insincerely discusses this after the events of episode one.
    Terry: Do you feel like maybe we're the bad people in all of this?
    Korvo: We're aliens. Our ways are mysterious. We can't be judged by human standards. Now let's get out of here before we get arrested for all this shit.


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