Lawful Good-Updated

"Law is Order. And good law is good order"

-Aristotle

Decided to do some D&D Alignment Lists like the ones I have on Comicvine and see what people here think. This one's for Lawful Good, now updated with more examples.

Lawful Good, also known as "The Crusader Alignment" is for characters who are most concerned with doing the right thing and helping others, but also believe that the best way to do good is to work within the bounds of the law and authority or if that's not possible a strict moral code that does not allow for sporadic behavior. Heroes in a position of authority who from that position do good are usually Lawful Good.

Now what must be understood is that a Lawful Good character IS willing to break the rules to do the right thing, but only if absolutely necessary and under the most dire of circumstances. A Lawful Good character WILL jaywalk if the alternative is the universe implodes for example.

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  • Naturally, though I feel I should stress that at times he has been Neutral Good. Generally though the Man of Steel is the ultimate embodiment of Lawful Good, obsessed with fighting for truth and justice but also sworn to uphold earthly laws and desiring to work with the governments of the world as much as possible.

  • The sentinel of liberty and a righteous crusader for truth and justice same as Superman. Always desiring to do good but preferring also to operate within the rules and laws of the United States government, working closely with both them and SHIELD, a world-wide peacekeeping organization. There's also his position of authority as leader of the Avengers...

  • Very strong moral principles that he is either very reluctant or outright unwilling to compromise? Check. Heroic and noble? Check. Regularly seeks out help from the police when at all possible? Check. Yeah, Spider-Man's Lawful Good. And as to his being a vigilante he's really not. That would entail vigilante justice, which Spider-Man does not indulge in. He fights to protect New York's peoplefrom things that threaten their safety and as a citizen of New York reserves that right. Ergo, he is not breaking the law and thus is Lawful Good.

  • The Pure Paragon version, being a dedicated Alliance N7 Marine and Council Spectre who also clearly believes in law, order, and justice. And I quote: "It's not the severity of the punishment that deters criminals, it's the certainty of it."

  • Barring some moments of hypocrisy and a few bad apples here and there, the Jedi Order is text-book Lawful Good, being defenders and keepers of the peace who operate within a rigid, organized hierarchy and system and also respect the authority of another such system.

  • As the Grandmaster of the Jedi Order for quite a few centuries, this is to be expected. It also stands in contrast to Palpatine, who is Lawful Evil.

  • Second-in-command of the Jedi Order and a firm believer in both it's ideals and the ideals of the Republic. In fact his love for the latter was so great that when he learned Palpatine was a Sith Lord his attachment to the Republic was shattered.

  • One of the quintessential Jedi, along with...

  • Though frequently more Neutral Good in the EU, Luke is a solid example of Lawful Good in the movies and frankly is still sometimes this post-RotJ. Really he alternates between the two.

  • She fits this alignment more consistently than her brother, especially since she served as both one of the few noble members of the Imperial Senate and later the New Republic senate.

  • One of the biggest lovers of democracy in all of fiction, and someone who tries to do as much good as possible from within the system, either as Queen of Naboo or later as one of it's senators.

  • Though initially more Lawful Neutral like most Clone Troopers, Rex has steadily been turning into this as the war has dragged on and he's seen firsthand that sometimes morality matters more than orders. But having said that he still operates firmly within the system of the Republic military and as such is Lawful Good rather than Neutral Good.

  • Obsessed with peace and democracy and again, barring a few bad apples here and there and some corruption, the Republic generally did a pretty good job of keeping the peace and making most people happy. And then the Sith came along...

  • Just like the original.

  • Hero of both the Rebellion and the New Republic. Gotta respect a guy who survived two attacks on a Death Star.

  • Pretty much your standard noble and order-imposing Republic Soldier.

  • And here’s another one, this one especially fitting this because of how knowledgeable and respectful she is of protocol, and talks with her tend to involve her mentioning some of those protocols. Kind of a bland character though, at least I thought so.

  • One of many dedicated Jedi of the Old Republic

  • One of many dedicated Jedi of the Old Republic

  • One of many dedicated Jedi of the Old Republic

  • One of many dedicated Jedi of the Old Republic

  • One of many dedicated Jedi of the Old Republic

  • Though at times insufferably stuck-up and holier-than-thou, Bastila still means well and desires to see good be done for the galaxy as a whole. You can also help her to become less holier-than-thou as the game progresses.

  • Guess it's in the genes.

  • Marvel's First Family has frequently tried to stay in the government's good graces while doing good. Heck, they're sometimes funded by the government.

  • They are usually depicted as trying to work with the government to some degree, and as such I feel are generally this alignment.

  • Much like the Avengers and FF, the JLA has always strived to do what is best, but prefers to stay in the government's good graces while doing so.

  • Particularly the DCAU version.

  • The heroic king of Atlantis and member of the Justice League, which is two lawful positions for one character. Sounds pretty Lawful Good to me. Although that said he's not always on the best of terms with his kingdom...

  • Usually depicted as either this or Neutral Good. In favor of her being this alignment, she is usually depicted as respecting her mother's authority and obeying her wishes, and also respecting the authority of the governments of Man's World. She was even a government agent for a time. And like most other DC Superheroes she is usually depicted as having strong moral principles that she refuses to compromise and letting the courts doing their work as far as what happens to defeated criminals. So in all, I feel I can make a pretty good case for her being this.

  • Of all the Flashes the second one Barry Allen fits this alignment the best by far, being a CSI and member of the Justice League as well as a superhero.

  • Most people tend to associate Batman with Chaotic Good, but he has been Lawful Good at times, usually when he's integrated heavily into the Justice League (often in a leadership role), working closely with the GCPD, and also being the patriarch of his "family". Add to these positions of authority from which he does good his incredibly strong moral principles and ideals that he refuses to compromise (even for more gray people like Catwoman and Jason Todd), his desire to make sure that the law is obeyed, his desire for justice, and yeah, he can definitely be this at times.

  • Usually not this, but when leading the Justice League she tends to become a lot more Lawful.

  • The kinder and softer version of the character seen in "Wolverine and the X-Men". Even her loyalty to the Hellfire Club was based off of misinformation (she assumed their intentions and goals matched hers) and a genuine desire to protect the world from the destructive Phoenix Force.

  • Sometimes leader of the X-Men and always a righteous and tireless fighter for peace between mutants and humans. The only time Storm isn't Lawful is during her awful mohawk-wearing b***-on-wheels phase.

  • Pious, noble, and with a swashbuckler's charm, Nightcrawler is a natural fit for this alignment. He is also my very favorite of all the X-Men.

  • The heroic and noble leader of the X-Men with very stiff and rigid morals that he tends to not want to compromise. Though Cyclops has in more recent years become a more morally ambiguous character, the "classic" iteration of the character (as well as his depictions in the movies and most games and cartoons) is text-book Lawful Good.

  • The interesting thing with Xavier is that he's Lawful Good in respects to the X-Men (he's their leader, maintains order among them, etc.) but in respects to the government's authority he's more Neutral Good, as he tends to not care if he or his X-Men happen to break the rules in the process of doing the right thing.

  • At his most heroic.

  • Whenever he's not turned into a self-righteous jerk that is.

  • She plays this more straight than her husband.

  • As a military superhero who pretty much always works directly for the government and by this point in time Marvel's Wonder Woman, this is to be expected.

  • One of Marvel's chief paragons of virtue, it's no surprise that he's this.

  • The modern iteration of the character. Classic Iron Man was more Neutral Good and Civil War-era Iron Man was Lawful Neutral. So currently he's in-between the two extremes.

  • Military superhero after all.

  • Noble king and protector of both his people and the world at large.

  • Well, he does seek out Captain America's training and pretty much approval, and also comes to be a part of the Ultimates, who themselves tend to work for SHIELD and (what's left of) the US Government, so I actually would argue in favor of his being this rather than Neutral Good. Of course, he may have also switched back to that...

  • Like Spider-Man he's really NOT breaking any laws most of the time and between that and his being a lawyer in his civilian identity I'd say Lawful Good is a pretty fair choice for his alignment.

  • The Turtle's sensei who instructs them not just in Ninjitsu but also in the same sense of honor that Splinter is a firm believer in.

  • By far the most noble and honorable of the four turtles, who follows Bushido as fervently as he does Ninjitsu.

  • Pretty much all of the Gargoyles are Lawful Good by their very nature (except of course for Demona, Coldsteel, and Thailog) but even with that, Goliath stands out as an incredibly strong example of the alignment.

  • The Avatar who is determined to bring peace and balance to the world, and with it order. Not to mention this guy was willing to be imprisoned for something ONE OF HIS PAST LIVES DID. Yeah, he's Lawful Good.

  • Sometimes this, sometimes Neutral Good. Me personally, I've always felt he leans more towards the latter alignment, but even so I'll list him here anyway.

  • As Marvel's answer to Green Lantern this shouldn't come as any kind of surprise. Speaking of which...

  • The GLC as a collective tends to be in-between this and Lawful Neutral by virtue of being the very definition of space cops, who also respect (and unfortunately frequently kowtow) to the authority of the Guardians of the Universe.

  • The classic version of the character. More modern depictions of Hal Jordan have him as more Neutral Good/Chaotic Good.

  • Especially the DCAU version, which was the first version to portray him as a marine turned superhero instead of a construction worker.

  • Sometimes, though he is also frequently Neutral Good. Still, as a model Green Lantern I feel he's this at least some of the time.

  • Drill-sergeant of the Green Lantern Corps.

  • Yet another dedicated Green Lantern.

  • As a hero, as she seems to respect the authority of the Star Sapphire's leaders the Zamorans to a degree and also does sell planes to the US Government. She also shows no real contempt or disdain for authority. I suppose based on all of that you could make a case for Neutral Good, but she's never really any breaking any rules or laws, so I feel she can still count as Lawful. And in my DCU, she's also a member of the second iteration of the Justice League.

  • As a Lord of Order it makes sense for him to be this, though of course some depictions make him more Lawful Neutral.

  • Easily rivals Superman in the "Idealistic Boyscout" department.

  • In the Young Justice cartoon.

  • Both in the New 52 and Teen Titans cartoon.

  • Sometimes, particularly in the Young Justice cartoon where he's co-leader of the Team and thusly functions as a reasonable authority figure. He also fits this alignment in the Teen Titans cartoon, even though he's Robin rather than Nightwing there.

  • The ultimate heroic cop, Gordon is a text-book example of this.

  • As Harvey Dent, where he's a noble and earnest district attorney.

  • The heroic version seen in "Injustice Gods Among Us". Other versions of Luthor are also fond of presenting themselves as this.

  • After going through character development.

  • The Hero of Time and Hyrule's Champion. Basically your classic archetypal Fantasy hero.

  • ...and what's a hero without his princess?

  • The main hero of the Kingdom Hearts series and a text-book boyscout if there ever was one.

  • The Keyblade master who taught Aqua and Terra everything they knew. And unlike fellow Keyblade master Xehanort, he stayed true to the light.

  • Another one of the main Keyblade bearers and just as much of a paragon of virtue as Sora is.

  • A text-book knight in shining armor, complete with the ideals and strong moral code and everything.

  • Another one of the more openly moral and idealistic characters in the Soul Calibur series, and one who also tries to make sure her friend Yun-Seong stays on the right path.

  • Well, he IS a heroic knight crusading against evil after all. Although in Soul Calibur 4 I might argue he's more Neutral Good, or even True Neutral.

  • Determined to both do good and also maintain balance and order by keeping the twin powers of Soul Calibur and Soul Edge contained.

  • The noble God of Thunder who is ever dedicated to the protection and continued well-being of Earthrealm, but also one who respects the authority of the Elder Gods and also being seen as a figure of leadership among Earthrealm's defenders.

  • The warrior princess who after throwing off Shao Kahn's influence becomes both a tireless fighter against his forces and also a leader among the Edenian people.

  • Another heroic defender of Earthrealm, one who is also very much loyal to Kitana.

  • Well, she is part of the military after all. And also one of the good-aligned MK characters who fights to keep the world safe from Shao Kahn's forces.

  • For pretty much the exact same reasons as Sonya. Jax in particular does seem to favor the presence of order.

  • One of the only consistently reasonable, moral, and competent authority figures in the entire Mass Effect mythos. Either as an Alliance officer or (possibly) the first Human Councilor, Anderson is always out to make sure humanity gets by without resorting to the kind of barbarism practiced by, say, Cerberus.

  • And here's the other consistently moral and reasonable authority figure in Mass Effect. Though a bit jaded and not always optimistic about Shepard and humanity's chances of success, he still has faith where and when it counts.

  • Pretty nice guy and also a dedicated Alliance soldier. Becomes Lawful Neutral in the sequels if he lives that long, but with the right care and influence can become Lawful Good again.

  • A particularly noble Salarian captain who is also quite fond of giving rousing speeches. Mordin for one finds him a bit overly idealistic, but it’s clear his heart is in the right place.

  • Everyone's favorite Mass Effect character except for mine. But despite that she's still pretty Lawful Good, and only becomes otherwise if exiled. And even then she's still pretty darn loyal to her people. If not exiled, she goes on to become a Quarian Admiral, at which point she's doing good almost entirely from a position of authority. That's Lawful Good.

  • Most people would say Samara is Lawful Neutral, but I do feel that she has a genuine desire to help and protect others and right wrongs, and is also hunting Ardat-Yakshi. Ultimately I'd say she's in-between this and Lawful Neutral.

  • The Geth that single-handedly turned everyone's perceptions about the species around, and is ever fighting to see his people to a better future where they are no longer persecuted, also being willing to work with sympathetic Quarians like Tali and Admiral Koris to do so.

  • The stoic but ultimately friendly enough sniper of the aptly named Noble Team. He's also the only one who might have actually survived Reach's glassing, although I personally like to think Jorge survived to. Either way, Jun's not a bad guy.

  • The heroic leader of Noble Team who does what he can to keep the group together and also establishes earlier on that he does not believe in leaving people behind, including wounded soldiers. He also has by far the coolest death of all the members of Noble Team, sacrificing himself in a move that brings to mind the kamikaze A-Wing from Return of the Jedi.

  • "I fight...for the users!"

  • After going through character development. Character development that gets largely undone in the sequel. Go figure.

  • In his most heroic depictions. God of Justice and Rule after all.

  • Like Zeus, she's a solid example of this in her more heroic depictions.

  • There are almost no good characters in the world of Warhammer 40k, but I'd argue Macha is. Besides her fighting to keep an ancient Daemon Prince on Tartarus from returning, she's also willing to work with the humans to stop him. And while her Eldar forces did fight and kill human forces earlier, remember that the humans in this mythos hate aliens, and thus there's no guarantee that they would not have attacked the Eldar first. So I could argue that the Eldar were indulging in what's called "anticipatory self-defense".

  • By far the most unambiguously and consistently good Toho monster, Mothra is the appointed guardian of Earth and is also at the beck and call of two priestesses.

  • Just as Elves are typically listed as examples of Chaotic Good, so too then are Dwarves typically thought to be Lawful Good, I assume because they maintain a rigid hierarchy and have strong warrior codes and religious devotion to their God and whatnot. For the record though, I consider Tolkein's Dwarves to be more True Neutral on average.