A chaotic evil character does what his greed, hatred, and lust for destruction drive him to do. He is vicious, arbitrarily violent, and unpredictable. If he is simply out for whatever he can get, he is ruthless and brutal. If he is committed to the spread of evil and chaos, he is even worse. Thankfully, his plans are haphazard, and any groups he joins or forms are likely to be poorly organized. Typically, chaotic evil people can be made to work together only by force, and their leader lasts only as long as he can thwart attempts to topple or assassinate him. Chaotic evil represents the destruction not only of beauty and life, but also of the order on which beauty and life depend.
What does this mean to me?
There are 5 styles of Chaotic Evil.
- Type 1 places more emphasis on Chaotic than Evil, believing that their own freedom is the most important thing. They’re far from being a noble person (they’re still Evil after all), but they value the ability to commit acts of evil over actually committing them. As a result, this type of character can actually side with the forces of Good in the fight for freedom. They are often The Friend Nobody Likes or the Token Evil Teammate. Never turn your back on them; if they feel like their freedom is being infringed they’ll go wild just to prove you can’t control them. Given a lot of patience, a crapload of love, a sprinkling of luck, and a great big stick, a Type 1 may gradually reform into Chaotic Neutral or even Chaotic Good, but don’t hold your breath.
- Type 2 is the exact opposite. They are so Evil that they would rather side with the bad guys even if they’re the ones in charge. They place more value in unleashing fiery death and mayhem over the ability to do it at any time, so they take orders grudgingly but take them nonetheless. This type of Chaotic Evil makes for a particularly unpleasant brand of Mook, given that they may well revel in collateral damage and killing any fellow Mooks unfortunate enough to get in their way. If the Big Bad handles his great big stick skilfully enough, a Type 2 may become Neutral Evil or even Lawful Evil simply out of habit. If, on the other hand, they are the Big Bad, expect them to go out of their way to violate any sense of honour, tradition, loyalty, or responsibility normally associated with the leadership position, such as betraying their own Mooks purely For the Evulz.
- Type 3 is very much feral in nature. They typically have an above average degree of intelligence, but luckily for everyone else they tend to be more about freedom than evil. They believe that you’re either a predator or prey for another predator, so to them the only thing that matters is having the strength to take what you want. God help anyone who comes across a Type 3 and are viewed as prey, since to them weakness is unforgivable. Similar to Type 2, a clever enough Big Bad will be able to manipulate this character to their own benefit, providing they completely dominate the Chaotic Evil character in both power and intelligence. Their guard must be kept up constantly though, as the moment the Type 3 sees an opportunity to take down the Big Bad they will take it.
- Type 4 is a fair balance between Types 1 and 2. They love doing evil as much as they love their freedom, and they have just enough self-control to construct a plan that involves doing both at once. They are traditionally batshit insane with a complete Lack of Empathy (think The Joker). This type is arguably the most dangerous of them all, as they don’t care who they destroy or how they destroy them; the fact that they can be destroyed is enough. As a result, this character is usually the one that opposing sides in a conflict will work together to defeat, as a Type 4 is undoubtedly a much worse foe than the one(s) they currently have. This type is often where you’ll find the typical Omnicidal Maniac that’s in this alignment, and if they also happen to be a Chessmaster then you’re pretty likely screwed.
- Type 5 is a Well-Intentioned Extremist who saw (or a Knight Templar who sees) himself as Chaotic Good (Just Like Robin Hood) but slowly passed over to the evil alignment, often without being consciously aware of it. You know what they say about slippery slopes…
Examples from media
- Darth Maul, of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- The Joker from The Dark Knight is the poster boy for this alignment.
- Alex from A Clockwork Orange