The "Grey Zone" is for morally-ambiguous individuals and organizations. They can be AmoralAnti-VillainsAnti-Heroes, and even Protagonists.

The main characteristic of a person or group in the "Grey Zone" is that some will consider them dangerous, criminal or "evil" while others may see them as good, scapegoats, or fighting for the right thing (even if their methods are wrong). These villains try to act evil, but they have some positive and redeeming qualities.

Some characters in fiction are deliberately designed to be in the Grey Zone and it is up to the reader or viewer to decide if they are a "hero" or a "villain"; as a result, each reader or viewer will probably have a different view of him/her.

The most unique case about grey zone characters is that they aren't beholden to good nor evil, and they can also be responsible for keeping both moralities in balance, namely both good and evil. However, on the other side of the coin is that they can passify good, and seek to redeem characters as much as benevolent characters do, and they can also seek to put an end to ongoing conflicts and peacefully end them.


  • Villains that are Pure Evil can never be in this category for they remain completely irredeemable whereas it is unknown if Grey Zones are bad or good. Even if Grey Zones commit crimes heinous enough to cross the Moral Event Horizon, there is usually an understandable reason behind said act.
  • Relatable villains such as Tragic or Redeemed characters do not always count if they know they are evil and/or have crossed the Moral Event Horizon several times.

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