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[[caption-width-right:350:''Ye who walk with the Path of Bacon shall be [[YourFavorite with dinner blessed]]. Yet ye who follow the Way of Necktie shall be [[SharpDressedMan for dinner dressed]].'']]
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->''"For one of dragon's blood to not take up weapons, to not prepare night and day to slaughter any enemies that would come against them--it is unthinkable. It is--one who does such a thing, who believes the world will not be dangerous, will not strive to kill him… That is what we call insane."''
-->-- '''Shidan''', ''Fanfic/{{Embers}}''
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To say that questions of [[WhiteAndGreyMorality morality]] are thorny and [[GreyAndGrayMorality filled with gray]] when they aren't being [[BlackAndWhiteMorality hammered]] between [[BlackAndGrayMorality stark]] [[EvilVersusEvil absolutes]] is putting it mildly. Because of this there can be great drama when characters who [[ShadesOfConflict represent a wide range]] of moral viewpoints come [[TeethClenchedTeamwork together]] or into conflict.

The strangest of these characters are those who espouse Blue and Orange Morality. These characters have a moral framework that is so utterly alien and foreign to human experience that we can't peg them as "good" or "evil". They aren't a ChaoticNeutral [[TheUnfettered Unfettered]], though they may seem to act [[CloudCuckooLander terrifyingly randomly;]] nor are they necessarily a LawfulNeutral [[TheFettered Fettered]], because our and their understanding of "law" as a concept may not even be equivalent. There might be a [[InsaneTrollLogic logic]] behind their actions, it's just that they operate with entirely different sets of values and premises with which to draw their conclusions. It's also worth noting that such cultures are just as likely to be something we'd find appalling, as they are to be something we'd find benign and/or weird. [[HumansThroughAlienEyes They may also find us appalling, benign, or weird even if we don't see them that way.]]

And although they are often likely to commit acts we would see as horrific, some are unusually [[HarmlessVillain benign]]. Either way they tend to act as if nothing were the matter. Because in their world/mind, [[ItsWhatIDo that's just what they do]]. This trope is one of the trickier to pull off well, because MostWritersAreHuman, and it's often hard to portray alien and ''truly'' foreign. Because of this, it's not uncommon for audience members to [[MisaimedFandom label]] these characters as [[DesignatedHero Designated Heroes]] or [[DesignatedVillain villains]] due to human audiences often [[HumanityIsYoung lacking the experience]] or [[HumansAreMorons knowledge]] that these fictional characters have. Audiences must remember that these characters are meant to be Morally Ambiguous.

This is similar to ValuesDissonance, but the main difference is that societies with ValuesDissonance can, at least on a basic level, generally measure one another by the same concepts of Good and Evil, or even Order and Chaos. With Blue and Orange Morality, the values are so foreign, that such concepts can no longer be applied. They may not even know what these things are, or even if they do, will often find them confusing. The concepts are not necessarily beyond their grasp, mind you, but just [[AboveGoodAndEvil aren't something which they'd place any importance on]].

Conversely, they may have these concepts, but apply them in vastly different ways. Such as regarding motionlessness as the epitome of evil, or viewing exploration as an element of chaos.

Note that cases involving solely [[PoorCommunicationKills a misapprehension of facts and consequences]] do not count here no matter how alien the reasons; if, for example, a race of aliens thinks [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap killing is okay]] because its own members [[HealingFactor respawn within a day]] with no harm done, and [[IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat mistake humans as working the same way]], that doesn't mean they wouldn't balk at killing if they realized the degree of harm it causes to other creatures. In this case, they may be working by comprehensible moral standards and just gravely mistaken about the implications of their actions.

Likely candidates for Blue and Orange Morality include TheFairFolk, who follow rules of their own making; {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that are beyond comprehension; the more exotic StarfishAliens; [[RobotRollCall AIs and robots]], [[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence especially]] when [[SuperIntelligence super smart]] and/or [[TheSpock incapable of emotion]]. An individual human (or single members of any species whose majority falls into [[BlackAndGrayMorality darker]] [[ALighterShadeOfBlack morality]]) who operates on this is the {{Ubermensch}} of [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Nietzschean philosophy]] (a ''human being'' who has developed their ''own'' Blue/Orange set of morals). A NominalHero may have this motivation as well. MoralSociopathy overlaps strongly with this trope [[LackOfEmpathy for obvious reasons]], though this is not always the case.

Compare {{Xenofiction}}, HumansAreCthulhu, HumanityIsInfectious (all often involving this), AboveGoodAndEvil, AffablyEvil / FauxAffablyEvil (they sometimes can come across as this), EvenEvilHasStandards (when handled poorly or bizarrely), EvilCannotComprehendGood (less elaborate forms that resemble this in practice), and NonMaliciousMonster (which occasionally requires this), and ObliviouslyEvil (when a villain thinks that his actions are acceptable or helpful). When two sides go to war and nothing will stop them except total annihilation, that's GuiltFreeExterminationWar. If the character genuinely knows everything will turn out okay, allowing the plot to treat them as a good guy no matter how cruel, irresponsible or fascist this makes them by our standards, that's OmniscientMoralityLicense.

Has nothing to do with the following: Bucknell University, The University of Illinois, The University of Virginia, The University of Florida, Auburn University, Syracuse University, Hope College, Gettysburg College or Boise State University (the colors of all of which are blue and orange, albeit different shades in each case). Nor the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, New York Knicks, New York Mets, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, or [[MemeticMutation Mango Sentinels]]. Or the City of New York, for that matter. Furthermore, do not confuse with [[OrangeBlueContrast Blue and Orange Movies]]. Also has nothing to do with the KarmaMeter in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' nor the [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Aperture Science Hand Held Portal Device]] or even the [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience light scheme]] in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' and its universe.

%%If you have time, please take time to put examples in alphabetical order. This page Administrivia/HowToAlphabetizeThings should help you with that.

* BlueAndOrangeMorality/AnimeAndManga
* BlueAndOrangeMorality/CardGames
* BlueAndOrangeMorality/ComicBooks
* BlueAndOrangeMorality/FanWorks
* [[BlueAndOrangeMorality/LiveActionFilms Films - Live Action]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality/{{Literature}}
* BlueAndOrangeMorality/LiveActionTV
* BlueAndOrangeMorality/TabletopGames
* BlueAndOrangeMorality/VideoGames
* BlueAndOrangeMorality/{{Webcomics}}
* BlueAndOrangeMorality/WebOriginal
* BlueAndOrangeMorality/WesternAnimation
* BlueAndOrangeMorality/RealLife


[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* According to the hero's mother in ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings'', the Moon Kingdom functions on this. Kubo's aunts and grandfather do care for him and want him happy, but their way of going about it and view of the human world is monstrous to humans - forcibly abducting them from his parents (after [[spoiler:hideously disfiguring one into a beetle]]) and plucking his remaining eye out to make him blind to the mortal realm, which the celestials consider impure and sinful.
* Halloween Town citizens from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. They scare children for a living, but do it because [[PunchClockVillain it's their job]] and they simply enjoy it. Subverted in that they're still kind and unwilling to intentionally harm others. Oogey Boogey is the only citizen who is sadistic or murderous. Interestingly, they (including Jack) can't comprehend the basics of Christmas, and when they try to replicate it ... well, things [[GoneHorriblyWrong Go Horribly Wrong]].
--> "Life's no fun without a good scare."
** It's debatable how canon this is (for obvious reasons), but in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, Jack tends to think of new experiences (such as the Heartless) in terms of how he can repurpose them into new Halloween surprises, but also tends to become quite disillusioned with them if it should ever come to light that it can actually cause people harm ([[EvilIsNotAToy such as, again, the Heartless]]). This is why Oogie Boogie is the villain of the original film: he's the only citizen of Halloweentown who [[EveryoneHasStandards actually wants to do harm to the people he scares]].

* Franchise/EvilliousChronicles have [[HangingJudge the Master of the Court]], whose main goal for the series is implied to be [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroying the world]]. Except that ''[[ObliviouslyEvil she doesn't seem to see this as a bad thing]].'' {{Justified|Trope}} as the only human she saw for most of her life was completely insane.

[[folder:Mythology and Folklore]]
* At least in older stories (before pop culture made them rather Disney-fied and cute), this is usually one of the defining traits of TheFairFolk. Fairies obsess over seemingly trivial things that may mean nothing to us, and may perform acts of overwhelming kindness or barbarous cruelty for reasons that seem nonsensical to mortals. In some stories, one way of recognizing a fairy disguised as a human is that their emotional reactions may make no sense to us, laughing at tragic things and crying at happy ones.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Roxanne of ''ComicStrip/{{Candorville}}'' [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad views villains as heroic and vice versa]], but there are usually qualifiers for it--for instance, she views eating meat as immoral, but wearing fur as a way of eternally preserving an animal's beauty. That said, with the exception of her own mother, ''nobody'' in the comic thinks this gives her a pass for [[ItsAllAboutMe her behavior]]. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even multiple murderers think she's scum]].

* Probably one of the most extreme examples is the Borborite Gnostic sect, assuming the reports of their existence aren't demonization by mainstream christians. Imagine having a pretty standard Christian mindset... except that you think that the true version of the Eucharist entails eating semen, menstrual blood and fetuses extracted from pregnant women.
* In the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'' the river goddess Ganga bears King Shantanu several children…and [[OffingTheOffspring drowns them]]. When he gives her a WhatTheHellHero, she explains that it's NotWhatItLooksLike; the children are reincarnations of holy souls that need to transcend reincarnation. (They committed [[KickTheDog a minor]] [[PokeThePoodle offense]] in a past life, and so were forced to be reincarnated as mortals, so Ganga lets that happen, and then kills them while they're [[ChildrenAreInnocent still young and innocent]] [[LoopholeAbuse so they can be released from reincarnation]]). Because she knew that there's no way King Shantanu would be able to comprehend this, she had asked him to [[ThePromise never question her]]...and since ''he just did'', she left him shortly afterwards.
** This is all a result of Brahma's curse to Shantanu in the latter's previous life. All the gods had gathered for a ritual when Ganga's clothes were blown away by the wind. The gods averted their eyes but Shantanu ogled at her. Brahma cursed him that he would marry Ganga and she would break his heart.
** If it is any consolation, however, that eighth child turns out to become the legendary Bhishma, who was blessed with wish-long life and had sworn to serve the ruling Kuru king, and grand uncle of both the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Long story short, when Bhishma died, he was the eldest living ancestor to the equivalent of 5 generations of the Pandava line, and was strong enough to overcome even Arjuna in battle.
* To an extent, this tends to happen when dealing with religious and spiritual matters that one may not be affiliated or familiar with. When an outside perspective is perplexed by the perceived arbitrariness and/or contradiction of a belief, a commonly given answer is that [[InMysteriousWays the higher powers aren't easily understood]] and also that [[HumanityIsFlawed the problem is most likely on our end]]. Thus the best we can do is listen to them and hope for the best. This also comes up in response to the common question of why, in a universe believed to be controlled by a benevolent force, bad things happen to good people. Many philosophies and religions recognize that the needs and wants of an individual and the needs of the universe at large will conflict, and a transcendent being likely isn't exclusively concerned with the former. So while one person might see another's [[PowersThatBe Power(s) That Be]] as needlessly cruel for an action that doesn't sit with well with them, that other person would say that it is the right thing to do from their own and their divine entity's standpoint.

* There's a play called ''Blue/Orange'' that deals with this people of this sort of morality, although the name ostensibly comes from a mental disorder one of the characters has that causes him to, among other things, see the insides of oranges as blue. Not the outside, nothing else orange, just the insides.
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' shows us a strange example of humans with this type of morality: The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Gascons]] believe that ''"Good"'' is to be [[YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb crack–brained]] [[FearlessFool and brave]], [[ImpoverishedPatrician to be poor is a motive for pride,]] [[MartyrdomCulture your autodestructive tendencies are to be not only tolerated but encouraged]], [[JerkAss to treat others like crap is tolerable so long as they are not]] [[OfThePeople Gascons]], [[DeathSeeker and to die in battle is the best destiny your can aspire to]]. ''"Evil"'' is to [[AmbitionIsEvil try to get ahead in life]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections by connections]] and [[FalseFriend alliances]] with [[DecadentCourt powerful people]], and [[TheDandy to display your riches in public]] [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking is shameful]] to the point of being declared [[NoTrueScotsman No True Gascon]]. Most of all, DisproportionateRetribution and DisproportionateReward are completely normal conducts.