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Create a climate of fear and it’s easy to keep the borders closed. It’s just a matter of emphasis. The right word in the right broadcast repeated often enough can destabilize an economy, invent an enemy, change a vote.
~ The Editor, referring to how they control everything within the faux Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire.
Listen up folks, we got a way of doin' things here at Sunnyside. If you start at the bottom, pay your dues, life here can be a dream come true. But if you break our rules, step outta line, try to check out early, well, you're just hurtin' yourselves.
~ Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear laying out his cruel rules at Sunnyside Daycare.

Villains of the Lawful Evil alignment, also known as the "Dominator" alignment, utilize law and order to oppress or manipulate others. Many Lawful Evil characters have a set of standards such as honor for themselves and their minions, while the ones that do not are often so oppressive to others that their own personal principles are irrelevant.

Lawful Evil can be divided roughly into distinct types of characters, though some characters may overlap these categories:

  1. The Tyrant: characters who hate freedom and seek to utterly enslave everything around them, to them, law and order are simply tools by which to enforce evil and will often try to make sure everyone knows it. Dark Overlords and Dystopian Rulers tend to be of this variety (e.g. President Coriolanus Snow, Thanos, Darkseid, Andross, Bowser, Prince John, Superman (Injustice), Dr. Julian Robotnik, Osmund Saddler, Tiger General and Red Skull).
  2. The Honorable: characters who, while still seeking to further their own schemes, will abide by certain rules and honor, such as keeping their word or not harming women/children, etc (e.g. Darth Vader, Dave Norton, Esdeath, Front Man, Stolas, Wolf, and Omni-Man).
  3. The Totalitarians/Imperialists: characters or groups who favor and share beliefs of a system in which the state has unlimited power over every aspect of public and private life and often envisioned as evil empires, new world orders, supreme dictators or dictator-wannabes (e.g. Aloysius O'Hare, Frau Engel, Ernst Vogel, New Founding Fathers of America, Nazis and Galactic Empire).
  4. The Enforcer: characters who are a variety of henchmen designed to enforce their leaders, big bads, bigger bads, more sinister villains or even higher villains. They often tend to be minions or right-hands to those above them. Regardless, they are always loyal towards them (e.g. Grem, Acer, Koopalings and Chief McBrusque).
  5. The Blackmailer: characters who partake in the criminal act of blackmail, demanding money (or any other valuables for that matter) from someone in exchange for not revealing information about the victim. Though these villains would often go in this alignment, it is not always necessary for them to do so (e.g. Chris McLean).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Lawful Evil does NOT mean "legal", these characters will break the legal law (if they are laws) to enforce it but follow their own code; thus a Lawful Evil character is often a criminal by society's norm but they differ from Neutral Evil in the fact that while still against the "legal" laws, they uphold a standard of their own. However, that said standard does not always mean honor. Some can even twist their standard to give themselves excuses to commit evil acts, thus making them hypocrites proving that they are abusing their standards to the point where it becomes an excuse to hurt people (e.g. Judge Claude Frollo, Sauron, Lord Cutler Beckett, Davros, Napoleon, Dolores Umbridge, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, Admiral Greyfield, Captain Vidal, Grand Moff Tarkin, Griffith, Akainu, Light Yagami, Idi Amin, Red Skull, and many versions of Hitler).

A villain in position of power does not necessarily equate to said villain being Lawful Evil, however. Some of these villains can be Neutral Evil where they simply crave power and use it as another means of achieving their own self interests (i.e. Emperor Palpatine, All For One, Lord Voldemort, General Lunaris, Tenpenny, Muzan Kibutsuji, Ares, Frieza, Kirei Kotomine, Phineas T. Ratchet, Red Death, and Turbo), while some can even be Chaotic Evil where they simply use their positions to spread violence, chaos and destruction for their own amusement (i.e. Violator, Deep Sea King, Amon Goeth, Joffrey Baratheon, Isaac Westcott, Edwin Epps, Joker, Utrom Shredder, Drago Bludvist, Khotun Khan, and Thanos).

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