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The darkest places in Hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
~ Dante Alighieri
Villains of the Neutral Evil alignment, known as the "Malefactor" alignment, are primarily concerned with their own schemes and will employ whatever means are necessary to succeed - they do not care much about whether they have to work with or against law or order to do so.

Neutral Evil is often seen as representing a character who is purely out for themselves and does not feel tied to rules or authority like a Lawful Evil character nor is needlessly violent like a Chaotic Evil character. Basically these villains are neutral, but mostly on the bad side. Also, these characters are the opposite of Neutral Good who are mostly neutral, but on the good side.

A good way to determine Neutral versus Lawful or Chaotic Evil is to understand the ultimate end-goal or motives of a character : a Lawful character's ultimate goals and motivates are to enforce either social or personal code of conduct, often at the expense of others, they may do so because they value tyrannical systems or they simply hate freedom : a chaotic chracter simply does what they find amusing at the time, with no care for how they may harm others - a neutral evil character, on the other hand, is basically summed up as "extreme selfish", they only truly do things if it benefits them in the long run and thus are seen as the most treacherous and cunning of the alignments (though not nearly as reckless as chaotic).

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