|“||Eh, good, evil - both fine choices. Whatever floats your boat.||„|
|~ Bender on morality|
|“||I can do no wrong, for I do not know what it is.||„|
|~ Satan in The Adventures of Mark Twain.|
Characters who are amoral are unable to be truly judged by our concepts of right and wrong, or happen to lack a moral sense, thereby being unconcerned with notions of right and wrong. Some of these villains are known to have Moral Agency issues, but all villains with Moral Agency issues belong in this category.
Almost all abstract and god-like entities fall under this category. On a terrestrial scale, however, an example of an amoral villain would either be:
- Robots and mindless machines that run on a program (e.g. AUTO), unlike those with free will (e.g. Skynet).
- Predatory and carnivorous animals with no human features guided by instinct (e.g. Sabor and Predator), unlike those who find joy in torturing their prey before killing and eating them (e.g. The Beldam, Pennywise).
- Dimwits whose stupidity gets out of hand and causes disasters (e.g. Beavis and Butt-head, Zim), unlike those who control themselves (e.g. Joffrey Baratheon).
- Demons, Dark Forms and other forces of evil who only know how to be evil, and does not understand good and bad (e.g. The Black Mass) - unless the story makes it clear that they have a Moral Agency (e.g. Bill Cipher).
- Lovecraftian Horrors are known to be amoral, at least on the level human-comprehension (e.g. Azathoth) - unless they has human agency (e.g. Nyarlathotep).
- Children who are unaware of their actions either due to how old they are, or who/what they are hurting (e.g. Sid Phillips) - except for the rare cases that they know they do evil things, and enjoying themselves (e.g. Henry Evans).
- An individual who does not conform to the traditional archetypes of good or bad (e.g. Deadpool), and does not wish to be evil. Characters like those often fall under Chaotic Neutral.
- Most Villains by Proxy who did not choose to become evil in the first place (e.g. The Batman Who Laughs, Spinel).
Pure Evil villains can NEVER qualify. While they may be unconcerned with what is right and wrong, they are aware of what is right and wrong but always chooses to do what is wrong. Pure Evils always understands morality as part of their moral agency, and usually take pleasure in their actions. If they don't believe in good and evil, they should go under the Delusional or Nihilist category instead.