A neutral evil villain does whatever they can get away with. They are out for themselves, pure and simple. They shed no tears for those they kill, whether for profit, sport, or convenience. They have no love of order and hold no illusion that following laws, traditions, or codes would make them any better or more noble. On the other hand, they don’t have the restless nature or love of conflict that a chaotic evil villain has. As an example, the criminal who robs and murders to get what they want is neutral evil.
Neutral evil characters are primarily concerned with themselves and their own advancement. They have no particular objection to working with others or, for that matter, going it on their own. Their only interest is in getting ahead. If there is a quick and easy way to gain a profit, whether it be legal, questionable, or obviously illegal, they take advantage of it. Although neutral evil characters do not have the every-man-for-himself attitude of chaotic characters, they have no qualms about betraying their friends and companions for personal gain. They typically base their allegiance on power and money, which makes them quite receptive to bribes.
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 is the alignment which represents pure evil without honor and without variation.
The Gray Wastes of Hades (and to an extent, Gehenna and Carceri) embodies this concept.
- Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars)
- Scar (Lion King)
- Saruman(Movie Version)
- Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
- Jon Irenicus(Baldur's Gate 2)
- Raistlin Majere (Dragonlance), while wearing the Black Robes