Neutral Good-Updated

"I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong"

-Frederick Douglass

And now we come to the second of the nine alignments, namely Neutral Good. Characters who fit this alignment are most concerned with doing the right thing and helping others, and while they do not set out to break the rules or go against authority, they also see no problem whatsoever with doing so if they feel it is necessary. Basically, where a Lawful Good character would only break the rules if they felt it was absolutely necessary, a Neutral Good character simply does not care if they happen to break any rules in the process of doing what's right. They just don't set out to break the law either, as they do respect and recognize authority to a degree. They just don’t feel bound to it or obligated to obey it at every turn. For Neutral Good, doing the right thing is the most important thing, regardless of law or chaos.

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  • While Batman has sometimes been more on the Lawful or Chaotic ends of the "Good" spectrum, he usually settles nicely in the middle ground between the two. After all as Superman himself has pointed out: "Batman is most concerned with protecting life". And he's right. Batman doesn't shed any tears if he happens to break the rules, but I would argue that he doesn't necessarily go out of his way to either. As always though it depends on the writer. I just feel that ultimately he is this due to having a lot of Lawful and Chaotic tendencies both.

  • Just like his predecessor.

  • Thor tends to be depicted as the kind of guy who is most concerned with doing what is just and safeguarding Midgard from all manner of threats. While he respects the authority of both his father and the governments of the Earth he does not feel particularly bound to either one and has regularly disobeyed the former when Thor feels that his commands keep him from doing good.

  • The Boy Who Lived, Harry establishes early on that he lets his conscience dictate his actions rather than the rules. As such while he does respect the authority of some of the teachers at Hogwarts, as well as Dumbledore, Harry nevertheless still regularly breaks the school rules in the pursuit of doing the right thing. He does not necessarily SET OUT to break the rules however, rather he just doesn't care if he happens to break them. And that is why he's Neutral Good and not Chaotic Good.

  • He may seem like a goof and comic relief at first, but Neville ultimately comes into his own and ends the story as a hero no less noble and earnest than Harry himself.

  • Though his position as headmaster of Hogwarts would suggest he's Lawful, in actuality Dumbledore is comfortably Neutral Good, regularly side-stepping the rules for himself and others whenever it's in service to the greater good.

  • She tries to be Lawful Good but ultimately proves to be just as willing to break the rules when necessary, and as such ultimately becomes Neutral Good.

  • DC's resident heroic witch, who like many other superheroes is more concerned with being good than following the laws of the land.

  • Like Superman and Batman, Wonder Woman has been this some of the time. Also like Thor she respects the authority of the world's governments and her parental figure but also like Thor does not feel terribly bound to either one of them, at least not when portrayed by certain writers. Like with Superman and Batman, her alignment tends to change a lot but is always good in some way or another.

  • Though sometimes Chaotic Good (usually under Gail Simone's writing) Barbara is usually more this along with many of the other members of the Batman Family.

  • Seems to be this, just like the original Batgirl. Her streak of rebelliousness in her pre-Batgirl years might mean she was more Chaotic Good then. But if nothing else, I feel she leans towards this as Batgirl.

  • Respects Batman's authority but is generally shown to be fine with breaking most other rules and laws besides. Like his mentor, Tim is most concerned with doing what is good.

  • Just like his mentor.

  • Wally West Flash, especially the DCAU version.

  • Another Flash who fits this. As to why, it's because because he, along with the other members of the JSA, chose to retire rather than work directly for the Government as a military superhero, showing that he prizes principles over authority.

  • Not actually a member of the Green Lantern Corps, and thus is not bound by their authority. Also, like Jay Garrick above, he and the rest of the JSA chose retirement over military service.

  • In the hands of more recent writers, Hal Jordan tends to be portrayed as someone who, though basically a Space-Cop regularly goes against authority when he feels it gets in the way of doing the right thing and as such is somewhere in-between this and Chaotic Good.

  • Like Hal Jordan he can be this sometimes.

  • Like all Blue Lanterns, Saint Walker is most concerned with doing the right thing and spreading hope to those in need of it.

  • Sometimes this, sometimes Lawful Good.

  • He fits this much the same way his good buddy Thor does.

  • Just like his Marvel counterpart. Barring a few unfortunate misunderstandings and accidents of course.

  • Though he is typically thought of as the embodiment of Lawful Good, Superman has sometimes slipped into this before, and what I take away from that is that if pushed, Superman will become Neutral Good but still generally prefers to be Lawful Good. So this is more what he becomes if that's not an option. Because with Superman, doing good really is more important than anything else.

  • She seems to fit this, at least in the comics. I say that because for all her being Aquaman's queen she doesn't usually come off as being all that bound by Atlantean authority or even seeming to care that much about being queen. Rather, it seems like she's more concerned with staying at her husband's side and doing good by his side.

  • Is one of many superheroes who fits Neutral Good due to being most concerned with doing the right thing.

  • Aaaand...here's another one

  • And another one.

  • And another one. Told ya they were common.

  • One of several X-Men to fit this, generally being depicted as not particularly caring about Law or Chaos but rather just being interested in going with the flow and doing as the rest of the X-Men do.

  • He seems to fit this, being an X-Man most concerned with being benevolent and doing the right thing.

  • Another one of the X-Men's better examples of this.

  • In my Marvel Universe after going through character development.

  • In the Amazing Spider-Man films, where he actively helps Spider-Man in his battles and fights to keep New York safe.

  • Though I have said he's more Lawful Good to me, Spider-Man is nevertheless generally viewed as being more this alignment, and ultimately I'd say that he and Superman are kind of similar in the sense that they try to be Lawful Good if at all possible but if push comes to shove will become Neutral Good due to favoring good over anything else. Spider-Man is also this in the Sam Raimi movie trilogy.

  • Fits this alignment more consistently than the real Peter Parker, being like many other superheroes most concerned with doing the right thing and while not deliberately going out of his way to break the rules, isn't too broken up if he happens to. I really wish Marvel would bring him back already.

  • After becoming a superhero he seems to settle into this alignment.

  • Seems to be this, though I don't know for certain. Someone be sure to correct me if I'm wrong.

  • Somewhere in-between this and Chaotic Good I'd say. As the Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange deals with magical and supernautral threats to the planet, and due to the nature of both his powers and the foes he fights he is often forced to operate outside of society. In fact in the character's early years the general public didn't even know Doctor Strange existed!

  • Seems to be this, as he respects Reed and Sue's authority and to an extent the government's but doesn't feel tethered to it. So yeah, I'd say he's this.

  • Pretty much. While in his earliest days he may have been more True Neutral due to the whole "Heroes for Hire" thing, these days I'd say Luke is squarely Neutral Good, being a hero either on the streets or as an Avenger.

  • Once again I think this fits but I'm not 100% sure.

  • The classic iteration of the character. Modern Iron Man was Lawful Neutral and currently Lawful Good.

  • While I generally view him as text-book Lawful Good there is a strong argument to be made for Cap's being Neutral Good as he has repeatedly defied the orders and wishes of the government when it meant going against his conscience. And while Lawful Good characters CAN break the rules if they feel they need breaking, Cap does it often enough that you could make the argument that he's Neutral Good, especially when he briefly turned in the costume to keep from being tethered to the US Government, preferring to fight evil more on his own terms. And don't get me started on Civil War. This is also a character who once outright said "I am loyal to nothing, except the dream."

  • The movie version of the team, who work with SHIELD to a degree but also clearly favor battling evil on their own terms without government spooks breathing down their necks.

  • They could be seen as this in that they do sometimes try to work with the powers that be in the hopes of forming some kind of good working relationship with them but at the same time don't feel bound to their rules and restrictions. Especially when they're not always in the mutant's favor.

  • Kind of in-between this and Chaotic Good. What I feel ultimately pushes them more into this alignment is how they take over the reigns after overthrowing the Empire, whereas if they were truly Chaotic Good they wouldn't necessarily want to put themselves in a position of authority over others. Of course given that as the New Republic they're Lawful Good I suppose it's not the strongest argument, but nevertheless here they are.

  • The REAL hero of the Star Wars saga, and one who does go off on his own to do his own thing when necessary.

  • Though he is Lawful Good in the movies, Luke is nevertheless frequently this in the years after Return of the Jedi. One of his lines to C-3PO has him outright admitting that he sees people as being much more important than institutions.

  • Though a dedicated follower of the Light Side and someone who believes strongly in Jedi principles, Qui-Gon was nevertheless viewed as a maverick by many other Jedi of his time, and was quite agreeable to casually bending or even breaking the rules if he felt it was necessary.

  • In his older years as Ben Kenobi, where he now behaves more like his old master Qui-Gon.

  • As Anakin during the Clone Wars, he alternated between this and Chaotic Good.

  • Respects Jedi teachings and ideals to a degree, but not so much that she doesn't sometimes go against them if she feels they get in the way.

  • After turning to the Light Side.

  • The Disney version. While he is fairly reactionary, he still has a clear benevolent streak and is always there for his family when it counts, also always coming to their defense whenever they're in danger.

  • Again, the Disney version. And yes, Aladdin was a character who existed before the Disney film.

  • Ditto.

  • Desires to do the right thing and be a hero but pretty casually goes against the wishes of the government and his own family to do so. Honestly I could almost argue that he's Chaotic Good.

  • Will wants DESPERATELY to be Lawful Good, but as Jack Sparrow himself put it: "Piracy is in your blood". As such Will ultimately becomes more Neutral Good.

  • Unlike most of the Assassins, who tend to be Chaotic Good or Chaotic Neutral by nature, I would argue that Connor is maybe more Neutral Good on the account of his idealism and expressed desire to do good and help the oppressed, not that Chaotic Good characters don't have those aims also.

  • In the Dante's Inferno video game after redeeming himself, at which point he becomes most interested in liberating Beatrice's soul from Heaven along with absolving the souls of others already in Hell. Before that he was more Lawful Evil.

  • After being freed from his malevolent programming.

  • Seems to be this, but then Street Fighter’s not exactly my chosen game, so I could be wrong about this one. But for now, I’ll list him as this.

  • The whimsical Italian plumber who is most concerned with keeping the Mushroom Kingdom and his Princess safe from harm, not so much obeying the rules.

  • Same as Mario.

  • As more or less a heroic mercenary I figured he'd be either this or Chaotic Good.

  • Seems to be this, though I'll admit that I'm far from an expert in Metroid.

  • Like Kat below, Cortana’s being a government-aligned Artificial Intelligence belies the fact that she can and does sometimes operate outside of her mission parameters and occasionally does things on her own accord, which in itself is considered a sign of early rampancy. Nevertheless, Cortana remains dedicated to stopping the unambiguous evils of the Covenant and the Flood and the dangers they represent to mankind.

  • As second in command of a team of military super-soldiers, as well just a bit bossy at times, one might assume Kat to be Lawful Good. However, for all of those Lawful tendencies, Kat does not always respect her higher-up’s authority, as she at one point pretty much steals data from Catherine Halsey and Colonel Holland has also mentioned in his notes that Kat’s sometimes “digs a little deeper than mission parameters require”, and ultimately is a bit nosy as far as going into data is concerned. So clearly for all of her Lawful tendencies she does not have total respect for her superior’s authority.

  • Once again, you’d think that as a SPARTAN he’d be Lawful, but Colonel Holland has noted that Jorge is also very vocal in his support of provincial self-rule, which sounds like a more Chaotic mindset to me. So ultimately I judge him to be in-between the two extremes of Lawful Good and Chaotic Good. Plus he’s just a total softy, not that that’s exclusive to Neutral Good of course.

  • And here’s the last member of Noble Team to fit this. His/her being such a “go with the flow” kind of person would make them True Neutral if not for all of the unambiguously good acts they perform during the course of the game, such as saving over 5,000 civilian lives during the New Alexandria mission and also helping to get Cortana off-planet, thus giving humanity a chance to keep fighting.

  • Seems to be this, although I would argue that between the Life Debt business and also siding with his father against his brother and slavers for the good of Kashyyyk, he might actually qualify as Lawful Good.

  • After turning back to the Light Side, he is shown to be someone who is very much an adherent to the Light Side and out to do good, but does not necessarily feel compelled to obey the Jedi Order’s every decree and at times does operate outside of their auspices, such as when he left to confront the Sith Emperor. Basically, more Qui-Gon-esque, and also a man who upon learning about his past as Darth Revan chose to redeem himself on his own terms, not the Jedi Council’s.

  • Following her being exiled, the Jedi Exile becomes an almost messianic figure who goes from place to place doing good and clearly being most interested in helping people and healing as much of the pain in the Galaxy as she can. And because she's a Jedi Exile, she does not feel bound by the wills or desires of the Republic and Jedi Order, but also is not completely without respect for their authority and what they represent. Thus, Neutral Good.

  • Possibly Paragon Shepard depending on how you play, as Paragon Shepard can be played as someone who is willing to break the rules whenever they need breaking, and also do it more frequently and casually than any Lawful Good character would.

  • Except in Mass Effect 2 where he's VERY Chaotic Good. But outside of that game it's less that he has a "screw the rules" mentality and more he simply doesn't care if he happens to break the rules. This is reflected in Mass Effect 3 when he breaks some rule on the Citadel and notes that now he "just doesn't give a damn."

  • Becomes this if exiled by her people, as she is no longer beholden to any kind of organization or hierarchy like she was before, but is also no less moral and benevolent.

  • Except in Mass Effect 2 where like Garrus she's more Chaotic Good.

  • Post Character-Development where she resigns from Cerberus after seeing how evil they are and becoming most concerned with protecting humanity and keeping her sister (and the galaxy at large) safe from the Reapers and her father.

  • While I would say he was Lawful Neutral in his younger years, by the time you recruit him I'd say he's become this, being most concerned with doing some true good before he finally dies and not being all that concerned with breaking the rules in the process, but also not being overtly contemptuous of authority the way Garrus and Jacob are.

  • "Lots of ways to help people. Sometimes heal patients, sometimes execute dangerous people. Either way helps".

  • He may be a complete and total wuss, but he is still technically this.

  • One of the main characters of the Baldur's Gate series and as a fairly idealistic gal is most concerned with doing the right thing.

  • A toughened warrior with a prejudice against magic, but the latter's only because he's seen the ugly side of it.

  • Though he is in a way Sora's predecessor he is ultimately more Neutral Good than Lawful Good I feel, though I suppose he could be seen as either one.

  • When a hero. Most would associate him more with Chaotic Good, but he does respect the authority of both DiZ and King Mickey, which is what makes him more this I feel.

  • One of several Kingdom Hearts characters to fit this alignment, with her clearly being most concerned with being kind and benevolent.

  • Though initially True Neutral she ultimately becomes this, especially when she sacrifices both her life and everyone's ever remembering her for the greater good. Talk about selfless.

  • Most concerned with helping Kilik and doing the right thing, with no real concern for law or chaos.

  • Another Soul Calibur character most concerned with doing the right thing and also being one of the absolute most saintly and squeaky-clean characters in the entire mythos. Kind of bland though, but that’s as much as the voice actress’ delivery of lines as anything else.

  • Created with the sole purpose of killing the evil Astaroth, a goal she seems to be fairly single-minded in and pursues without regards for Law or Chaos. Normally I’d say that makes her True Neutral, but again, Astaroth is an evil creature, so I feel like Ashlotte can qualify as this instead.

  • In her own words she will never turn her back on people who need her, and is clearly most concerned with doing good and not terribly concerned with following the rules. She also showed she was willing to steal from pirates for the greater good and help Toph with one of her scams just to show she wasn't a stick in the mud.

  • You might say this is one of the few things the two siblings have in common.

  • Yet another AtLA character who fits this, despite what his initial allegiance would have you believe.

  • Fits this alignment the best of all the Turtles. He, like the others operates outside of society and is not really a stickler for the rules, but does also respect Leonardo and Splinter's authority.

  • Somewhere in-between this and Chaotic Good.

  • One of the Turtle's closest allies alongside Splinter and Casey Jones, who among other things makes sure to keep their existence a secret from the rest of the world.

  • Usually, though many episodes from later seasons paint him (intentionally or otherwise) as a legitimately obnoxious individual. In his earlier years though he was pretty consistently this alignment, always setting out to be nice and do good. Perfect role-model for children basically. Funny how much that's changed.

  • Definitely the most consistently moral and idealistic member of her family, to the point of being rather holier-than-thou at times, but usually still well-meaning.

  • A lovable panda who's biggest desire is to be a kick-butt kung fu fighter battling against the forces of evil.

  • After becoming a hero.