Neutral Evil

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.

Some neutral evil villains hold up evil as an ideal, committing evil for its own sake. Most often, such villains are devoted to evil deities or secret societies.

Neutral evil beings consider their alignment to be the best because they can advance themselves without regard for others.

Neutral evil is the most dangerous alignment because it represents pure evil without honor and without variation.

Well known neutral evil characters from film or literature include:

  • Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars)
  • Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek)
  • Saruman (Lord of the Rings)
  • Peter Pettigrew (Harry Potter)
  • Lex Luthor (DC Comics)

The Neutral Evil Adventurer

The following two lists detail common actions undertaken during “adventuring” that are considered honorable and dishonorable for the neutral evil alignment. An honorable action is one that is in keeping with the spirit of this alignment, while dishonorable actions tend to be those which bring shame to the character in the eyes of his or her alignment peers. Note that an action which is considered honorable by one alignment may be considered dishonorable by another alignment and vice versa.

The following actions are honorable for this alignment:

  • Accused of crime (innocent or not)
  • Attacking an unarmed or obviously inferior opponent
  • Defeating a superior opponent
  • Delivering death blow to a helpless opponent
  • Desecrating an enemy’s corpse
  • Dirty Fighting
  • Falsely claiming the ‘bragging rights’ that belong to another or outright lying
  • Fleeing a fight with a superior opponent
  • Gloating over a victory
  • Neglecting to properly bury a member of one’s own race
  • Paying off an extortionist or shake-down
  • Perpetrate humiliating prank on enemy
  • Refusing a fair contest/challenge
  • Reporting the illegal actions of enemies to the authorities when profitable
  • Taking a bribe
  • Taunting an enemy into fighting
  • Unjustly slaying a prisoner or unarmed opponent who has yielded
  • Walking away from a challenge

The following actions are dishonorable for this alignment:

  • Allowing a disarmed enemy to pick up his weapon
  • Allowing the enemy to attack first
  • Defeated by an inferior opponent
  • Picking up the funeral expenses of someone you slew in combat
  • Refusing medical treatment for the good of the party
  • Saving the life of another at great risk to own self
  • Taking an arrow or hit for someone else
  • Taking prisoners

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