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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.
Beauty Smith: You know it's illegal to bring wolves in town, don't ya? Luke, go find us a Mountie. He'll straighten us up.
Grey Beaver: Wait! Here.
(Grey Beaver hands Beauty a wolf pelt)
Beauty Smith: Not interested in furs, chief. I'll take that wolf out of your hands.
Grey Beaver: No. He's not for sale.
Beauty Smith: That's too damn bad, cause now you're gonna spend some time in jail.
~ Beauty Smith blackmailing Grey Beaver for White Fang.

Villains of the Lawful Evil alignment, also known as the "Dominator" alignment, utilize law and order to oppress or manipulate others. Most 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, Dr. Julian Robotnik, Osmund Saddler 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 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. Tomura Shigaraki, 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: 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 (e.g. Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, Dolores Umbridge, Judge Claude Frollo, Skynet, Grand Moff Tarkin, Alexander Pierce, Dawn Bellwether, Russ Cargill, Captain Phasma, Griffith, Akainu, Ozai, Light Yagami, Lord Cutler Beckett and most versions of Adolf Hitler).

It should be noted that a villain in position of power does NOT automatically equate to said villain being Lawful Evil. Some of these villains can be Neutral Evil where they work within the law to accomplish their goals but discard it entirely once they have accomplished said goals (i.e. Emperor Palpatine, All For One, Shinnok, General Lunaris, Lord Voldemort, Prince Hans, Frank Tenpenny, Dr. Eggman, Muzan Kibutsuji, Cersei Lannister, Ares, Sōsuke Aizen, Kirei Kotomine, Rumpelstiltskin (Shrek), Percy Wetmore, Hopper, Phineas T. Ratchet and Turbo), while some can be Chaotic Evil where they simply crave power and use it to spread violence, chaos and destruction for their own amusement (i.e. Violator, Deep Sea King, Amon Goeth, Baron Zemo, Major Tint, Ramsay Bolton, Joffrey Baratheon, Isaac Westcott, Edwin Epps, Major, Aku, King Boo, Drago Bludvist, Joker, Dr. Weil, Khotun Khan, and Thanos).

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