Chaotic Good

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"An unjust law is no law at all."

St. Augustine of Hippo.

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Albert Camus

Chaotic Good characters are rebels and free spirits who believe in doing good, by their own standards. Some don't have a problem with greater systems such as laws as long as they leave them alone; others are anarchists who believe that too much 'order' is bad for everybody, and the betterment of all can only be achieved by actively rejecting any higher instances of power. Likely to take a intuitive approach to The Golden Rule, caring about other people's feelings and needs without having to calcify it into specific rules.

Some flavours of Chaotic Good include:

  • Type 1 are those who are more Chaotic than Good. They value freedom, and feel that they and others should be free to pursue their own desires- it just so happens that what they desire is to do good. They do not see doing good as a "duty" and may actively resent any attempts to compel them to do good even if the stakes are high, but will probably end up doing them anyway, justifying their actions by saying that this is what they want to do anyway. They are also the Type most likely to get annoyed by being called "The Hero" or something similar in context, though in practice this is often a Suspiciously Specific Denial. This is also the type most likely to be a Lovable Rogue who commits crimes for their own gain, but balance it out with Never Hurt an Innocent and doing lots of good elsewhere in their lives.
  • Type 2 are those who are more Good than Chaotic. They desire to do good, but also feel that they have a responsibility to do good, and view freedom as a secondary (but still important) concern- essentially, they feel that being good is the price of being free, and they are more likely than Type 1 to use the law to achieve a good end. They are not opposed to the Lawful system and may even accept it as necesary or even good, but they will rarely if ever let it get in the way of doing what they feel is right, sometimes making them a herioc example of The Unfettered. However, this means they risk trampling on the rights and freedom of others and may push them into Well-Intentioned Extremist territory if they are not careful.
  • Type 3 are those devoted to a Chaotic Good cause- Freedom Fighters, benevolent anarchists, and anyone who feels that Freedom generally leads to Good, and vice versa. They usually believe Rousseau Was Right, and try to promote a society with as little government as possible, or overthrow a corrupt oppressive regime without getting drawn into the politics behind replacing it with something better. They do not believe in The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized and the very concept is often their worst nightmare, and they will do everything oppose or at least minimize any such trend (so long as they can be convinced that such is actually occurring, of course). For this type, the danger is being blind to the risk that their cause may be corrupted, or has little chance of achieving its end, and if they are not careful they may end up unintentionally creating something even worse than what they fought.
  • Type 4 is a fair balance between Types 1 and 2. They believe in doing good and in their freedom to do good, but have a grudging or even healthy respect for Lawful Good methods or types who pursue goodness by other means. Essentially, they believe that they should be allowed to be free and good as they see fit, but recongise that the rest of the world is more complicated and that whether the time is for freedom or goodness is down to a case by case basis, and will try and seek the middle ground. They try to be vigilant against the Chaotic Good danger of being judgmental on matters Lawful as best they can, though they are not immune to it.

Unfortunately, characters of this alignment are the most likely good characters to be opposed by the Hero Antagonist.

An important aspect of Chaotic Good freedom fighters is that they excel in toppling corrupt regimes, but are often pretty terrible with power and responsibility themselves (as some of the examples show). A Chaotic Good character faces a tightrope walk even more narrow than most Lawful Good characters face because of their competing interests in being a free spirit that wants to do good in the world, and their general disdain for the authority and control over people's lives that they would be wielding to try to do that good. Generally, one of several things happens because of this:

  • Riding Into the Sunset - They just abandon authority altogether.
  • Delegate their power to a friend or chancellor of some kind. This isn't always the best idea.
  • They decide that the best thing to do with power is just sit on it, and keep it out of more dangerous hands. Doing so winds up making for fairly poor terms in office.
  • Shift in Alignment - They just fail to reconcile their philosophy and their practical reality, try to reach too far with one campaign or another, and slide in alignment, either admitting the use of law and order, and sliding to Neutral Good, or Jumping Off the Slippery Slope to Chaotic Neutral or Chaotic Evil.

Chaotic Good can be considered the best alignment because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. Chaotic Good can be a considered a dangerous alignment because it can disrupt the order of society and punishes those who feel the need for a social framework around themselves.

If you have a difficulty deciding which alignment a good-aligned character belongs to, they're probably too nuanced to even have an alignment. The main difference between Lawful Good, Neutral Good and Chaotic Good is not their devotion to good, but the methods they believe are best to promote it:

  • Even though there are some situations where they can't always use this method, Lawful Good characters believe the best way is to have a specific, strict code of conduct, whether self-imposed or codified as a law. Their first impulse when making a moral decision is to refer back to this code; those with externally imposed systems (codes of laws, hierarchies, etc.) will try to work within the system when those systems go wrong. Depending on whether they are more Lawful or more Good, they will either refuse to break the code even though it would hurt someone, or else break it only very reluctantly, and only when it would hurt someone if they kept their code. Lawful Good characters have to be very good at Taking a Third Option.
  • Neutral Good characters are indifferent to Order Versus Chaos, and their only interest is in doing good. They will use whatever means will promote the most good, whether that means tearing down a code of laws, following a code of laws, creating an orderly society, causing the breakdown of harmful kinds of order, or staying away from society altogether. Their only goal is to do good, full stop.
  • Most Chaotic Good characters don't constantly break the law, but they cannot see much value in laws (or, for weaker-CCGs, do not see the value in laws that do not function solely to punish evil). They believe that their own consciences are their best guides, and that tying themselves to any given code of conduct would be limiting their own ability to do good. They do not get along with anyone who tries to instill any kind of order over the Chaotic Good character or others, believing these people to be restricting their freedom and the freedom of others; however, most Chaotic Good characters will respect the right of others to impose strong codes of conduct on themselves. Chaotic Good characters often focus very strongly on individual rights and freedoms, and will strongly resist any form of oppression of themselves or anyone else.

Chaotic Good character types typically include:

Others, such as Ideal Hero, The Messiah and Friend to All Living Things, can vary between Lawful Good, Neutral Good and Chaotic Good.

'Chaotic Good' does not mean Jerkass Good. While there are several Chaotic Good AntiHeroes, one does not have to be one to be Chaotic Good, and both Lawful and Neutral Good have Anti-Hero examples as well.

No real life examples, please; this is a trope about how characters are depicted in media. Real people are far more complex than fictional characters, and cannot be pigeonholed this way. (For that matter, many if not most fictional characters cannot be pigeonholed this way, either; see below for the standards on whether to use this trope at all.

Examples of Chaotic Good include:

When dealing with the examples of specific characters, remember that assigning an alignment to a character who doesn't come with one is subjective (and, at All The Tropes, discouraged). If you have a problem with a character being listed here, it probably belongs on the discussion page. There will be no Real Life examples under any circumstances; it just invites an Edit War.

On works pages: Character Alignment is only to be used in works where it is canonical, and only for characters who have alignments in-story. There is to be no arguing over canonical alignments, and no Real Life examples, ever.

Anime and Manga

  • Kagura from Gintama fits the bill nicely. Unlike her more level-headed boss Gintoki, she charges straight into the problem and is often willing to use violent methods to solve problems. Katsura also counts; although he is a terrorist, his ultimate goal is to liberate Japan from the Amanto's control.
  • Kamina, 'big time.
    • Simon cares only about doing what he sees as the right thing. Rules set by anyone else? He cheerfully ignores them. This includes rules of physics. Really the only rule he's sure to obey is the Rule of Cool.
    • Several of the other members of Team Dai-Gurren are also this. The second half shows why Chaotic Good people shouldn't be put in charge of a city, since Simon and the other Chaotic Good members tend to slack off, and leave everything up to Lawful Neutral Rossiu, and the Lawful Good members of the gang such as Leeron to actually run the city.
  • Ichigo from Bleach. As he states when Rukia tries to pull a threshold guardian event on him, he'll save innocents because he wants to and not out of some sense of moral obligation. She learns just how much this is true when he tears up the social structure of an entire afterlife just to save her, even though she told him not to.
    • Urahara Kisuke also fits this Trope, which is unsurprising, as he's the closest thing Ichigo has to a mentor.
    • Kaien Shiba, the former lieutenant of Squad 13 who is often compared to Ichigo, has a similar view on the law and morality, as Ukitake suggests that he'd put himself at risk and break the law to save Rukia. Renji, who is also quite similar to Ichigo, is willing to break the rules to stop Rukia's execution.
    • The Vizard also fit this Trope. Their reason for coming to Karakura town isn't because they particularly care about the people there, or the great cosmic battle between good and evil - they just want to get revenge on Aizen. Who just so happens to be the evil side of the equuation.
  • Yusuke Urameshi from Yu Yu Hakusho is the embodiment of Chaotic Good. To the point where he charges at the Chaotic Evil Sensui only to veer off at the last minute and jump in the nearby lake for a swim, just to taunt Sensui that he can't predict his every move.
  • Goku and the Z warriors from Dragonball Z fall under this alignment due to the fact that while they fight to protect the Earth, they follow their own rules on how to do it.
  • The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is this, being benevolent and good-natured but not particularly inclined to following rules... of any sort. He is irresponsible, after all.
  • Ranma ½ has characters that swing all over the Character Alignment scale, with only a few who can truly be said to fit into a definitive alignment.
    • Ranma Saotome is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold more often than not, shrugging off frequent abuse and manipulations as no big deal and capable of feeling genuinely sorry for Taro or Herb, despite petty casual murder attempts. Yet, anytime a possible cure for his curse comes up, he gets jealous, he wants to upstage someone who beat him in something, a fiancee starts treating him coldly, someone claims that his female side isn't pretty, he has a comparatively banal or more justified (Genma and Happosai) grudge, etc, he can be one of the most petty, childish, spiteful, manipulative, and even outright cruel members of the cast. Still, most of his "good" actions are genuinely heroic, and most of his "bad" actions are—even while technically cruel—less intentionally malicious than they are unthinking or insensitive.
    • Ryoga Hibiki, Ranma's primary rival, is seen by many as either fitting somewhere in-between this category and Neutral Good, or at the very least making heavy inroads in the direction after having started out more Chaotic Neutral, and his good traits are especially admireable considering that his upbringing and current existence have been stated and shown outright to have been far more traumatic than Ranma's: with his entire family afflicted by the same directional curse, he seldom saw them at all, and spends most of his time trying to survive isolated in the wilderness, with the relatively recent bonus of getting hunted by predators who want to eat him when he ends up becoming a little pig. Dedicated, stoic, compassionate, sensitive, chivalrous, polite, and heroic, he is usually willing to lend a hand to those in need... but is also brooding, rather obsessive, lead mostly by emotions rather than logic, and not above the use of deception. However, contrary to some Fanon he is shown as more gracious, less petty, and not nearly as much of a insensitive conceited braggart as Ranma himself. On the other hand, although nicer than Ranma in general behaviour, he can be more ruthless, and he is quite vengeful when first introduced to the series, though this is behavior that he grows out of. Despite the very legitimate bad blood he has with Ranma (as the latter caused his curse), he appeared out of nowhere to save him when Ranma was being ganged up on by his other rivals in the Hiryu Shoten Ha arc, and attempted to help him regain his strength, which was but the first of many similar events. He has rescued Ranma from drowning (first Taro story), from being eaten alive by the considerably more powerful Saffron, and from a finishing strike by the (technically less powerful but) considerably more dangerous Herb, leapt into a collapsing mountain to recover the item to help Ranma, who is stuck in female form (Musk Dynasty arc), convinced Ranma into helping Akane save a boy who Ranma believed had "stolen her heart" by declaring his own willingness to do so (Ryugenzawa arc), and faced off against the Orochi, a malevolent oni and a giant, psychotically destructive bird with Ranma (Ryugenzawa and Legendary Phoenix arcs) despite the genuine risk of death due to his water-triggered curse. In the anime, he tried to prevent Shampoo from successfully using a Love Potion on Ranma because it would make Akane unhappy (admittedly, he locked up when she pointed out that non-interference would leave him with Akane and they then escaped while he was locked up in indecision, but at least he tried), and in both canons he has otherwise displayed a genuinely well-intended capacity for nobility and heroism. Though he and Ranma fight, Ryoga does respect Ranma's skills sincerely and is determined to win in a fair match between two equal warriors. He wanted to give up on a secret tattoo that made him superhumanly skilled and powerful because it made fighting boring/unchallenging/any sense of victory feel meaningless (that was even worse than how ridiculous it looked), and in an anime Filler story refused to let Genma tell him of a secret weakness of Ranma's that would ensure he won the fight in every subsequent match, being disgusted when he learned what it was. Basically, he and Ranma turn into somewhat antagonistic brothers who both enjoy having the other to compete against, and Ryoga seems to turn sad whenever the difference turns too great between them in any direction.
    • It is arguable, and views are split regarding whether Akane Tendo, might average as this, given that she is generally Neutral Good, but has frequently misaimed explosions of "righteous fury" and is not above using deception and manipulating people to get what she wants that make her come off as more Chaotic Neutral.
    • Ukyo Kuonji's anime counterpart is kinder and less ruthless, manipulative, paranoid, stingy, irritable, and underhanded, and is here quite likely to fall into this category.
    • Soun Tendo, unlike his old friend Genma Saotome, generally means well, is a member of the neighbourhood council, charitable to strangers, kind to children, incredibly protective of his daughters, and extremely loyal to his dead wife, but is so bungling, short-sighted, and easily freaked out that he invariably causes as many problems as he solves. On the other hand, some would argue him more as a True Neutral or Chaotic Neutral because of his selfishness and fanatical devotion to the wedding of Akane to Ranma, which he takes to the extent of being willing to knock them unconscious and have them married while they're out cold.
    • Hinako Ninomiya may rather ironically apply somewhere in-between this and Stupid Good—ironic given that her obsession is to teach and stamp out chaotic "delinquency," having especially set her eyes on Ranma. She is genuinely idealistic and very dedicated towards the well-being of her students, but recurrently fails at sorting out who is or is not actually starting trouble due to her tendency to leap to conclusions, and has a literal Split Personality with a child, this persona being goofy with an extremely short attention span.
    • Konatsu probably belongs here. He is extremely loyal and naive, with some heroic qualities, despite being mistreated as a slave throughout his life. He does however have a ninja heritage and used to be willing to set traps and ambushes, but didn't naturally have any killing instinct in a fight, being too nice to want to gravely hurt anyone (except possibly the people who used to torture him).
  • Since the world of Ghost in the Shell really has no place for chaotic good characters it comes as a major suprise in the middle of season 2 of Stand Alone Complex that the apparent Big Bad Hideo Kuze turns out to be one.
  • Both Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus and Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune from Sailor Moon. They're more rebellious and even switch sides to obliterate evil.
  • Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. He gleefully delights in breaking the rules and defies authority when he feels like it, but he also constantly goes out of his way to help people.
    • Creating even more conflict when he actually has to obey orders due to his job.
      • Hohenheim and Scar fall into Chaotic Good, as well.
      • Ed's mentor Izumi Curtis is also Chaotic Good, with even more of the former than Ed. She rightly distrusts the Lawful Evil Amestrian government. Get a Lawful Evil General Ripper telling her We Can Rule Together, and she will tell them to shove it.
  • This describes Onizuka-sensei of Great Teacher Onizuka perfectly. He may be stupid, selfish, greedy, a shameless Chivalrous Pervert and the furthest thing from being a mature, responsible teacher, but he'd do anything for his students.
  • Dr. Kuroo Hazama, aka Black Jack, shows an almost gleeful disdain for the law, preferring to toss it aside for his own brand of poetic justice - usually involving the extortion of a large conglomerate for the sake of a single patient.
  • Most of the Mages in the Fairy Tail guild are Chaotic Good.
  • Naruto Uzumaki is another borderline case. Inherently, he's Chaotic Good, but as a loyal Konoha shinobi, he serves an organization that holds Lawful Goodness as an ideal; therefore he tries to aim for that. Throw him a Knight Templar adversary, however, and he'll come down on the side of Goodness over Law. Hard.
  • Ryoji Kaji of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • Gundam:
    • Kamille Bidan from Zeta Gundam, an angry young Newtype who has a problem with authority, but often shows great generosity and love to those he cares for.

Kamille Bidan: The ones that have to be eliminated are those whose souls are bound by gravity, but not even that justifies murdering the lives of so many innocent people! Why create a new world where NO ONE CAN LIVE IN!?!?

    • Judau Ashta from Gundam ZZ starts out as either this or Chaotic Neutral, and definitely ends as this, since his main concern is stopping the war and protecting his friends.
    • Kincaid Nau, the Ace Pilot for the resistance group Crossbone Vanguard, opposing Jupiter Empire in an attempt to save Earth.
    • Let's not forget THE Chaotic Good from Gundam, Neo Japanese Fighter Domon Kasshu. He started as Chaotic Neutral, caring just about fighting and his mission, but eventually develops into this.
    • Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing fits this. Starting off as True Neutral, Heero Yuy also becomes this after a great ammount of Character Development.
      • Zechs Marquise might fit this as well, though the rival to Heero Yuy. While having done several questionable acts such as working for Treize Kushrenada (both wish to show the world the horror of war, though) and joining the White Fang Revolution to destroy Earth, his main motive was to fight for he and his sister Relena's ruined homeland and to fight for the oppressed colonists. In Endless Waltz, he rejoins the fight to assist his former rival Heero in suppressing Dekim Barton's rebellion against his sister.
    • We also have Garrod Ran from Gundam X
    • Cagalli Yula Athha from Gundam SEED is a Rebellious Princess example. She even joined a La Résistance group at one point in the story.
    • Shinn Asuka.
    • Setsuna F. Seiei is this in season 1, but he seems to be leaning on Neutral Good during season 2. Being a member of Kataron, Lyle Dylandy, the second Lockon Stratos, is this initially, but due to him being a Double Agent, he can be classified as a Type 4 True Neutral. But after the final battle, he left Kataron and permanently joins Celestial Being and became Neutral Good.
  • Yuu Isami from Brain Powerd, a renegade Reclaimer who wants to stop his former peers from causing The End of the World as We Know It for their misguided ideals. At first an Ineffectual Loner who goes by his own rules, he maintains a similar attitude for most of the series. Has possibly shifted towards Neutral Good near the end.
  • Natsuki Kuga from My-HiME is an impenitent truant who has lived at the borders of the law for most of her life to take down the evil Searrs Foundation. She doesn't make friends easily, but is fiercely devoted to those she has, and was even willing to defend Nao, one of her bitter enemies, from an attack by her maddened friend Shizuru after realizing she and Nao were Not So Different after all. Her Mai-Otome Faux Action Girl incarnation Natsuki Kruger is probably Lawful Good instead.
    • Mikoto Minagi fits this alignment most of the time, too. Though she's quite naive, having lived a sheltered life before going to school at Fuuka, she's quick to make friends and is fiercely protective of them...especially Mai. Her childlike nature also comes with a general distrust of authority, and an unfortunate susceptibility to mind control.
    • In Mai-Otome, Shizuru lives and breathes this trope, outright encouraging the students to break the rules and follow their hearts...and incidentally flirting with almost every single one of them.
  • The Wolkenritter during the second season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Anti Villains with kind hearts and a downright heroic goal of saving an innocent Ill Girl, they found themselves on the wrong side of the law since the only way they knew how was to take the Mana of others. Even then, they made sure never to kill or seriously injure anyone, went after magical monsters when they could, and even looked after the welfare of the people they fought. Shifted to Lawful Good once the entire incident was resolved.
  • The Yapan Exodus from Overman King Gainer who journey to find Yapan while being hunted by the Lawful Neutral Siberian Railroad. They eventually have to save the world from the Overdevil while working with the Siberian Railroad.
  • Suiseiseki from Rozen Maiden comes off as Chaotic Neutral at most times due to her Screwy Squirrel nature, but she hides deep feelings for her sisters to the point she wouldn't fight in the Alice Game if it meant losing her sisters.
  • Rock from Black Lagoon. He even states the fact, in front of Balalaika, under gun point, that he does his "good deeds" simply because he likes it.
  • Brago in Gash Bell. He's generally an embodiment of Dark Is Not Evil; while being a remorseless Jerkass and willing to kill to get his way at first, he comes to be a strong aid to the good guys, although it seems that it's only when he feels like it. And he has a strong bond to his bookkeeper Sherry - although in an anime filler arc, he ditches her when he finds himself in a world where he can read his own spells.
  • Katsuya Jonouchi/Joey Wheeler of Yu-Gi-Oh! (after he befriends Yugi). The rules of society mean nothing to him and he's a textbook Hot-Blooded Cloudcuckoolander, but he has a clear sense of morality. And if you're evil - especially if you're evil to those he cares about - you will be smacked down. Hard.
    • Yami Yugi in the early chapters; willing to destroy someone's mind if they mess with Yugi's friends. Another embodiment of Dark Is Not Evil as well.
  • Nagi Springfield of Mahou Sensei Negima, the main character's super powerful Disappeared Dad. He would take out enemy hideouts even when he's not supposed to, blast suspicious politicians with no regard to consequences, and would charge into the fray to save princesses from their sad fates with nary a thought. During a Grey and Gray Morality Story Arc, a former ally of his said that Nagi would have theoretically helped the Hero Antagonist who planned to reveal the Masquerade since it would eventually lead to mages moving freely and saving more lives. The chaotic effects a Broken Masquerade would have had on society would have been a detail he wouldn't have dwelled too much on.
    • His son Negi attempts to be Lawful Good, though his actions often veer way to the chaotic end of the scale depending on the situation.
    • Also Koutarou Inugami, Negi's Hot-Blooded Bromantic Foil.
    • Asuna Kagurazaka tends to be Chaotic Good too, due to her Tsundere personality.
  • Kallen Kouzuki, as a Hot-Blooded freedom fighter to the end, embodies this.
  • Integra Hellsing's main goal is to protect the United Kingdom, and she's more than willing to do whatever she can in her power to do so. She also doesn't care if other people disapprove of her methods as long as they get the job done.
  • Rosette Christopher in Chrono Crusade has no problems with following the rules when she sees they serve a purpose, but she'll just as quickly break them if they get in the way of her helping people or completing her (generally very noble) goals. Oh, and she's a nun that gambles, swears and drinks.
  • Vash the Stampede from Trigun. Despite his sometimes foolish dedication to pacifism and "love and peace", he is considered the ultimate outlaw with a 60 Billion double dollar bounty on his head, and, much to his chagrin, has two insurance agents going around trying to prevent him from causing any more damage than he already has (most of which is not even his fault). Ultimately he is dubbed a "human disaster" and is not even liable for the destruction he inadvertently causes. Of course, he is not specifically against law and order, but in a world where the law is often brutal and corrupt, he tries to live out his life as happily as he can, and is far from any kind of crusader.
  • Takeshi Sendoh wants to help you and protect you if you're in trouble due to bullies. What will he do about it? Form his own delinquent gang and beat the shit out of these cowards.
    • To a lesser degree, Masaru Aoki and Takuma Saeki too. Takamura borders on this when he's not acting like a Chaotic Neutral Jerkass.
  • Inuyasha, as part of being a textbook Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Having been outcast from society his entire life, the guy honestly does not give a shit about rules or social expectations, but that doesn't keep him from being an ultimate decent person.
  • Weiss, the eponymous protagonists of Weiss Kreuz, are a group of assassins who are willing to commit immoral murders of villains out of the law's reach in order to bring better tomorrows for the innocent lives.
  • Tomoya Okazaki from Clannad. Before meeting with Nagisa he was an outright Chaotic Neutral who couldn't give a damn about academics at all, and after meeting with Nagisa, he still doesn't give a damn about school but walks extra mile to help others.
  • Trickster Mentor Eriol Hiiragizawa, Deadpan Snarker Spinel Sun and Manipulative Bitch Ruby Moon from Cardcaptor Sakura.
  • The Signers of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's (Yusei Fudo, Jack Atlas, Akiza Izinski/Aki Izayoi, Luna and Crow Hogan). although they drift towards Lawful by the end of the series when they grow Older and Wiser, with Crow even becoming a police officer eventually.
  • The Five-Man Band of Flame of Recca. Recca, Tokiya, Fuko, Domon and Koganei.
  • Kotetsu "Wild Tiger" Kaburagi from Tiger and Bunny. He does what his conscience drives him to do and not what the public expects him to, caring little about points, fame, or what gets oblilterated in the process of his incredibly selfless acts.
  • Hungary from Hetalia. She loves her friends and will protect them without hesitation—and will beat the SHIT out of you to do so.
    • Prussia tends to be much more Chaotic Neutral, but in a good day he might fit in here.
    • South Italy aka Romano, too. The dude growls and whines a lot, but if you have a problem that he can help you solve, he'll deal even with The Mafia itself to help you out.
    • America wants to be Lawful Good, but his Adult Child tendences put him half in Selfish Good and half here. Sealand, Australia, Molossia and Wy seem to share this alignment as well.
    • South Korea. He's the most child-like and Hot-Blooded of the Asians, but has a heart of gold as well.
    • And don't forget Cuba! Keeps wanting to fight with America, shows kindness to Canada and Switzerland, always ready for good brawls.
    • And Poland, though he might just be just too childish and... out there. On the other hand, he tries to stand up against Russia of all people.
    • Denmark tends to be thought of as this as well, contrasting with Sweden (Lawful Good), Finland (Neutral Good), Norway (midway between Lawful Good and Lawful Neutral) and Iceland (formerly True Neutral, now Neutral Good)
    • Seychelles, too. She comes off at first as Neutral Good, but her square refusal to submit to either England or France and her Hot-Blooded moments make her more of this.
  • The Straw Hats from One Piece. They're pirates, and certainly don't have any respect for the law- but they do make a point of helping any of the (many) people Luffy decides is a friend.
  • This is the public opinion of Lelouch/Zero in Code Geass. Lelouch goes out of his way to portray himself a Chaotic Good Freedom Fighter going against the tyranny of Britannia. In truth, his motives and actions push him more into the Lawful Evil territory.
  • Corrector Yui, the impulsive and unpredictable "digital fairy" protecting the Com-Net.
  • Tao Ren from Shaman King
  • The tamers from Digimon Tamers, as well as their partners.

Comic Books

  • The definitive Chaotic Good hero of The DCU is Oliver "Ollie" Queen aka Green Arrow. He is Just Like Robin Hood - a former Millionaire Playboy who gave up his fortune (or lost it to corrupt business partners, depending on which version of the background you go by) to devote himself to protecting the less fortunate from crooked politicans, Dirty Cops, Corrupt Corporate Executives and any Lawful Evil person who says Screw the Rules, I Have Money.
    • Green Arrow's sidekicks, the past and present Speedies also fit this trope.
    • The Second Green Arrow, Connor Hawke, started out Lawful Good. He may have slipped down to Neutral Good as of late, though. Connor is still more or less the voice of reason at Chez Arrow, though.
  • The core members of The Birds of Prey team, as written by Gail Simone.
    • Barbara Gordon aka Oracle has no problem with hacking into computer systems that don't belong to her and rerouting the checking accounts of criminals to "worthy causes". It has also been suggested that she is the one person in the Bat Family who wouldn't have a problem with killing The Joker if given the chance. For obvious reasons...
    • Black Canary sought training from professional killer Lady Shiva, in order to increase her own effectiveness as a crime fighter. She tries to avoid using her more lethal techniques but has been pressed into killing in the past.
    • Helena Bertinell aka Huntress has used her position as the daughter of a top Mafia family in Gotham City to turn various gangsters against each other. As a vigilantee, she has issues with authority and no problem with killing the bad guys if pushed.
    • Lady Blackhawk is a free-spirited Lady Drunk, who also doesn't have issues with killing if needed.
  • Depending on the Writer, if he isn't Lawful Good, Batman is usually Chaotic Good. Rejects authority, not a team player, deals out his own justice, etc.
  • The New 52 Superman (and the Golden Age version) definitely fits this alignment: physically intimating corrupt businessmen and politicians, wanted by the police, and focused on helping everyone (especially the poor) regardless of what the laws are.
  • The Incredible Hulk practically embodies this trope, he is a force for good at almost all times, but is almost completely unpredictable and wants to be left alone. (Depending on the Writer, though, he sometimes enters Chaotic Neutral territory.)
  • The New Gods of New Genesis, who represent the freedom and joy of doing the right thing uncompelled, in contrast to the Lawful Evil Darkseid who seeks to eliminate free will.
  • Prince Charming and Rose Red from Fables. The former is a rake, a lecher, and a rogue, but deep down harbors both conscience and courage he'd never admit to. The latter is a wild child who genuinely cares about her family and community, even if she doesn't like their rules.
    • Reynard the Fox probably also fits here.
  • Harold "Hal" Jordan, of Green Lantern tends to end up here often lately. Though he can often head to Lawful Good, most notably when with Green Arrow, he bends the rules, argues with the Guardians, and willingly goes against authority to do what he thinks is right, and is something of a Cowboy Cop IN SPACE.
  • Marvel Comics' living cartoon, Slapstick. A Fun Personified Cloudcuckoolander with an indestructible cartoon body, an oversized mallet, and too many bad jokes and pranks to count.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Their existance and modus operandi are chaotic, their behaviour is also often chaotic, but they themselves are consistently fighting on the side of good. Many of their enemies are also Lawful Evil.
  • Spider Jerusalem, dedicated to the Truth, no matter what, and perfectly willing to shoot the President of the United States with a gun that makes you shit yourself. He hovers on the edge of, and occasionally slips completely into, Chaotic Neutral.
  • Barbarian Hero Green Scar in Planet Hulk.
  • Any and all heroes in Sin City due to the violent nature or the Crapsack World around them. Typically, they only get involved when something effects them or their loved ones. John Hartigan is probably the closest thing to a Lawful Good character and even he is willing to disobey orders. Granted, the Sin City police force is filled with corruption but his actions convey a man who is willing to do what it takes to see justice served.
  • Spider-Man can be this sometimes. Like the Civil War.
  • The Creeper walks the line between Chaotic Good and Chaotic Neutral in most of his incarnations, but he considers himself one of the good guys.

Batman: Good or bad?
The Creeper: Good. Definitely good.

Fan Works


  • R2-D2, in Star Wars, will break any rule he thinks gets in the way of his core duty: service to his owner. This sometimes includes ignoring his owner's commands.
    • Likewise, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian are all of this alignment, or at least becomes it during the course of the movies, in Han's case. Chewbacca is justified in that his whole race can be considered of this alignment.
    • Anakin Skywalker (before becoming Darth Vader) also seems to be this alignment. Ironically, Darth Vader is Lawful Evil... the exact opposite.
  • The Monkey King from The Forbidden Kingdom virtually embodies Chaotic Good. He's playful but benign, even causing a scene during the appearance of a divine Emperor who only appears once every five hundred years. Hilarity Ensues.
    • This is true of most versions of Journey to the West. There's nothing EVIL about Monkey, He's Arrogant even by god standards (though whether he counts as a god just because he's Immortal, has magic powers and the other gods can't control him, is debatable. Buddha him/herself had to put a gold headband on his head (which shrinks whenever Tripitaka, or presumably anyone really, chants the "Headache Sutra") and crush him under a mountain just so he'd be a LITTLE BIT controllable. But it's not like he doesn't want to help Trippitaka. If it were up to Monkey, he'd cloud-fly Trippitaka straight to India and be back before lunch. He actually had to be restrained from going too fast.
  • V in V for Vendetta is a tough call in the original comic, but is more concretely Chaotic Good in the movie.
  • Indiana Jones cares about his friends and family deeply, and will fight for any of them, even if it means sacrificing the MacGuffin to do so. But he sure as hell won't give a damn about any rules that get in his way.
  • Mary Poppins, in the film of the same name, is a benevolent force of chaos in her charges' too-ordered lives.
  • Joe Hallenbeck, the Anti-Hero protagonist of The Last Boy Scout.
  • Bud White in the movie adaptation of L.A. Confidential is, overall, a Chaotic Good cop who has his own brand of justice. His rivalry with Ed Exley exemplifies the difference between Chaotic Good (White) and Lawful Good (Exley, at least until the ending, when he kills the villain in cold blood). What's interesting is that the movie casts many shades of grey on both individuals, with the first often coming across as a vigilante thug and the second as a self-satisfied, holier-than-thou jerk (in the book both were even less sympathetic).
  • Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek film, in contrast to Spock's Lawful Good nature. He saves the galaxy after cheating in the Kobayashi Maru test for a reason.
  • Despite being either Lawful Good or Lawful Neutral in the comics, the film version of Iron Man could fit here. He flies into a combat zone without telling anyone (almost getting himself killed by the US military in the process), deliberately goes against SHIELD's advice and reveals he is Iron Man and, in the second film, refuses to give the government access to his technology.
  • The Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the March Hare are all this in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
  • Jake and Elwood Blues of The Blues Brothers manage to level a Chicago mall, a gas station, the front of Daley Plaza and several police cars in their quest to save the orphanage they were raised in. They also offer to steal the money first before getting the Mission from God.
  • Yang Tianchun from Iron Monkey - he's basically a Chinese Robin Hood. By day, he's a doctor who makes rich people pay through the teeth while giving free service to poor people (he's the only doctor in town, so he can get away with it too). By night, he's an expert martial artist who steals from greedy government officials and beats up corrupt Shaolin Monks 4 to 1.
  • In Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Batman is clearly Chaotic Good, to the extent that drug dealers end up calling the police on HIM.
  • Buddy Rydell's therapy techniques to help Dave and Teach Him Anger include such shady activities as paying a transvestite prostitute, stopping the car in the middle of traffic, and making him confront a Buddhist.
  • Dirty Harry is clearly this, despite being a police officer. He frequently breaks laws, and is remarkably blunt in his criticism of them.

Rothko: This rifle might make a nice souvenir. But it's inadmissible as evidence.
Callahan: Who says that?
Rothko: It's the law.
Callahan: Well, then, the law is crazy.

  • Kevin Flynn in Tron acts like an overgrown teenager, and cheerfully uses his hacking not only to try and prove Dillinger's theft but to make his traffic tickets and phone bills vanish. What prevents him from going completely Chaotic Neutral is that he genuinely cares for the people he allies himself with. He seems to have clawed his way into Neutral Good by the sequel.
    • His son, Sam, proves the apple really didn't fall far from the tree, checking in with his dad's company for an annual practical joke (to try and shame them into doing the right thing) and being on a first-name basis with the police officers working the impound lot.
  • John McClane. Some cops use pepper spray. John fills an elevator full of C-4 and uses it to clear out a floor of terrorists. If he didn't care so much about protecting civilians, this man would be considered a psychopath.


  • Robin Hood, at least in many of the newer stories. Sometimes more Neutral Good or even Lawful Good, depending on how much emphasis is put on his support for King Richard. Some of the older ballads (where King Richard does not appear at all) paint him as more of a Chaotic Neutral outlaw and trickster, however.
  • Likewise, Br'er Rabbit is usually portrayed as a lovable, happy-go-lucky trickster.


  • The title character of The Cat in the Hat.
  • Eris, goddess of Chaos and Discord, especially as portrayed in the Illuminatus! Trilogy. As the goddess of Chaos and Discord, she tops the list, mostly because we fear her wrath if she isn't placed there.
    • I wonder how long it will be before she notices that she's been topped by the Cat in the Hat? I'm pretty sure that was deliberate, but it made me laugh, so I won't change it. Just be warned, whoever put the cat there : Eris is coming for you, and she will hunt you down like a homing pigeon.
    • Hagbard and nearly all of the Discordian characters in the Illuminatus! Trilogy fit this alignment; the only exception being The Dealy Lama, who is True Neutral.
    • From Greek mythology, Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity. Basically the Greek Robin Hood.
  • Drizzt Do'Urden, the original renegade drow, is canonically Chaotic Good, in that he has his own code but never forces it on anyone - as long as they keep to themselves. If they try to enforce their own code on unwilling people, though...
  • Conan the Barbarian was generally this, playing by his own rules and following his own conscience regardless of 'civilized' sentiments on the matter.
  • Firekeeper, eponymous heroine of the Firekeeper novels is a girl who was raised by wolves. This leaves her with a very wolf-like loyalty to any she considers part of her "pack." The combination of her wolf mindset and human body, however, leave her with a chaotic nature such that she renders attempts by trained seers to divine the future wherever she is concerned nigh impossible.
  • Many protagonists from Dean Koontz's stories: they are often gun-owners, Properly Paranoid, live in small groups or families, and are distrustful of big government and government institutions, seeing them as fascistic and corrupt. This often contrasts with the often Lawful Evil villains that they often battle who are obsessed with order.
  • Bilbo Baggins, the main hero of The Hobbit is, at least at the end of his adventure, a Chaotic Good burglar. The moment he converts to this from Neutral Good is probably when he stops feeling guilty about stealing the Elf-King's food to survive.
  • The Weasley twins from Harry Potter have some shades of Chaotic Neutral, in that they exist primarily as comic relief with their pranking and disdain for authority (other than Dumbledore) - however, the later books reveal them to be clearly Chaotic Good, as they join the fight against Voldemort with Fred giving his life for the cause.
    • Dumbledore would fall here. Initially he comes off as Neutral Good, but when he is revealed to be The Chessmaster in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it becomes clear that he lies outside the normal system. Even before that, there are hints of The Last DJ tendencies, such as his general aversion to the Ministry of Magic even when they're on the good side, and the Ministry's equal distrust of him.
    • The Marauders were this before James and Remus graduated to Neutral Good, and Peter Pettigrew graduated to Neutral Evil. Sirius remained in Chaotic Good territory.
  • Belgarath. This is, after all, someone who rewards your attempts to prevent him entering a church by teleporting you about a mile downriver, and he takes a rather relaxed approach to such things as wenching, booze, and other people's property.
    • From the same author, Aphrael the Child Goddess.
    • And don't forget Silk, master thief, assassin, unscrupulously brilliant man of commerce, and spy.
  • Jonathan Strange, for the most part, to contrast the more conservative and less sympathetic Gilbert Norrell (who's probably True Neutral).
  • Most Heinlein protagonists. He seemed to have a fondness for Chaotic Good.
  • Patrick McLanahan and the old-timers among his Dreamland/HAWC/Sky Masters coworkers from the works of Dale Brown. They're willing to use their Cool Planes and other equipment to protect the world and America as a nation, even if they have to disobey the Joint Chiefs and the President in doing so. His mentor Brad Elliott was even more contemptuous of authority. This is contrasted with the more lawful newcomers and superior officers he has to testily deal with.
  • Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson's Hokas. They do not so much disobey the rules as never manage to notice them; imaginative to the point of autohypnosis, if you give them a story, they will grab characters out of them and start role-playing as if they were those characters. They will drive you batty. But they're definitely good. Hoka Pirates were deeply offended at being told they had to give back their loot after they sacked a city; did you take them for thieves?
  • Kestrel from The Wind Singer is a Chaotic Good character. Naturally, she lives in a Lawful Evil dictatorship. Her twin brother Bowman verges on Chaotic Good, but he's mostly following his sister.
  • In The Dresden Files, the eponymous wizard Harry Dresden falls into this trope. As of now, he is currently on the bad side of the supposedly Lawful Neutral council of wizards (who've tried to have him killed and/or framed a few times), is under a hit from most of the Chaotic Evil court of vampires and a group of fallen angels, probably would be arrested on sight if he were ever to walk into a police station- simply for having the gall to walk into a police station, and is trying to discover a super evil secret society of bad wizards that have infiltrated the aforementioned council. All after he's saved the world at least twice. Just because he finds the idea of flouting city regulations to be "aesthetically pleasing."
  • Ghengiz Cohen of Discworld, whose Code is more-or-less by definition the same as Conan's.
    • It's debatable where the Witches stand on the alignment spectrum, but they tend toward this. Nanny Ogg is almost certainly Chaotic Good, and Granny Weatherwax also has a rather anti-authoritarian streak, while at the same time definitely being good (though she'll complain about it). Agnes may not be chaotic, but her Split Personality Perdita clearly is. Magrat is probably Neutral Good, but her "channeling" of Queen Ynci ( there's no such person, it was her all along) suggests a slight chaotic bent as well. Basically witches are fine with rules, but make it absolutely clear that they do not apply to them.
      • As it happens, Witches do have rules they're supposed to follow. But, as Nanny herself once said, if you're gonna break a rule, break it good and hard.
  • The Clan MacKenzie, a somewhat New Agish/Wiccan version of a Scottish clan in S.M. Stirling's Emberverse.
  • Poul Anderson's Caitlín Mulryan.
  • Holly Short in Artemis Fowl. She frequently disobeys the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police) whenever they give her an order, but she never does this out of personal gain, and so she frequently saves people's lives as a result.
  • In The Wheel of Time Mat Cauthon embodies chaotic good for much of the series, although he has started to gravitate more towards Neutral Good as he is forced to become responsible. Many Aes Sedai in the Green Ajah also seem to gravitate towards this alignment, notably Alanna, Myrelle, and post- Healing Leane. A few others are more debatable, such as Faile and her cousin Tenobia.
  • The title character of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, about a semi-competent bounty-hunter.
  • Temeraire who often conflicts with the British government and his own Lawful Good captian because of his insistence on equal rights for dragons.
  • Pretty much all the habitue's of Spider Robinson's Callahan's Place Jake's Place.
  • Winston and Julia from Nineteen Eighty-Four are a textbook example, rebelling against the Lawful Evil Party.
  • Huck Finn, the titular hero of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is perhaps the best example in American literature. He hates following rules and is viewed as an antisocial menace by many of the people around him, but he's literally willing to go to hell to do what his conscience tells him is right.
  • Simon Templar, The Saint, walks the fine line between here and Chaotic Neutral. His campaign against gangsters, drug dealers and so forth is based partially on justice for their victims and partially on it being fun and profitable. As for the Chaotic part, well, at one point the books comment that in Simon's opinion, the law is only really justified in existing by the funny noises it makes when he breaks it (and because it provides him with a seemingly endless string of police officers to annoy).

Live-Action TV

  • Merlin from Merlin is fundamentally a good guy, albeit one who has an unfortunate habit of killing people who are trying to kill his friends, but he is a warlock in a kingdom where magic is banned and the crown prince's servant/protector/friend. Aside from breaking the law just by existing, if given a choice between doing what he's told or doing what he believes is right, he consistently chooses the latter.
    • Also from the same series, Gwaine.
  • Dr. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce, from M*A*S*H. He was always eager to skirt the rules, especially when it meant doing the right thing. Also, he exhibited the same CG behaviors in the original book and the 1970 film version as well.
  • Dr. Leonard McCoy from the original Star Trek has very little patience for rules and regulations, and people (especially Spock) telling him what to do, but he has a strong moral compass and devotes his life to helping others.
  • Jadzia Dax, of Deep Space Nine, does what she thinks is best, and will hang most rules, excepting only the most important Federation laws—and sometimes even then...
    • In the later seasons, Garak could be said to have become this alignment (although he began more as Chaotic Neutral). He would break any rule any time, even killing people as in the masterpiece "In The Pale Moonlight," but in the later seasons it was always for the benefit of the Alpha Quadrant against the Lawful Evil Dominion that he hated.
    • Kira Nerys, most likely; as a former rebel and terrorist she has difficulty adjusting to life as someone in actual authority and in the earliest series is struggling with Sisko's orders. The conflicts between her former life and her current position are played out over a number of episodes, but demanding Sisko let her rescue Li Nalas and her subsequent attitude towards Jaro replacing her with Li make her at least Chaotic Good by intention.
  • Mal from Firefly, and probably some of the other main characters. A good illustration of this is "The Train Job": he's perfectly willing to steal, but as soon as he finds out that the stolen package contains desperately needed medicine, he returns it--and the money he was paid to steal it. Mal's chaotic nature is lampshaded in Serenity, where Fanty and Mingo point out that he is completely unpredictable. Inara also points out this when she comments that she never has any idea "what Mal" she is dealing with, and has seen too many versions of him to truly understand him. And that's before we even consider his past (of fighting for independence against a strong centralized government) or statements like "That's what governments are for, to get in a man's way."
    • River also definitely fits this alignment, even without factoring in her insanity. She actively cares about the rest of the crew and is perfectly willing to hurl herself into harm's way to save them, and is definitely not the kind of person who is bound by rules or laws.

Teacher: So with so many social and medical advancements we can bring to the Independents why would they fight so hard against us?
River: We meddle. People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think. Don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.

    • Jayne Cobb definitely isn't this, but the community of Higgin's Moon in "Jaynestown" thinks he is, provoking major confusion on the part of the crew.
  • Carly Shay from iCarly started off as Neutral Good, but over the course of the 3rd season very much shifted to the Chaotic Good side of things.
  • Dr. Cox from Scrubs screws the rules for the sake of doing good. It got him into trouble often enough.
  • Jack Bauer from Twenty Four. Notable in that he works for a Lawful Neutral organization, but he's seen breaking CTU's rules far more often than following them.
  • Most incarnations of the Doctor on Doctor Who fit here quite well, though there have been exceptions.
    • Depending on the incarnation he can range from Chaotic Good to True Neutral(thinking Sylvester McCoy here.)
  • Peter Petrelli from Heroes. He probably started out Neutral Good but struggles with his Awful Lawful family over three Series have seemingly pushed him firmly into the Chaotic Good catagory. Both alternate future versions of Peter also seems to have been Chaotic Good, to the point of being willing to blow up buildings or shoot his own brother in order to save lives.
    • Claire as well. She's one of the handful of characters to remain consistently good throughout the show (barring the evil version in one alternate future) - she doesn't tend to seek out wrongs to right like Peter or Hiro, but she won't stand on the sidelines. The Chaotic part just comes from being a teenager, and not having any consistently reliable authority figures in her life.
  • Most of the sympathetic police of The Wire are portrayed as Chaotic Good for their willingness to occasionally bend or break rules to do proper police work and protect the people. The show's overall message is that "the system" is fundamentally flawed and corrupt. However, even the sympathetic characters are shown to occasionally take things too far.
  • Michael Westen and his crew from Burn Notice. Ex-spies gone freelance with voluminous rapsheets and hearts of gold.
  • The A-Team, anyone?
  • Doug Ross of ER is a possible subversion. He does whatever is best for his patients and will freely break rules to do so. But this tends to destroy not only his own life and career but his friends', too.
  • Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural, especially in the first three seasons. Their objective is their job ("saving people, hunting things--family business"), and they'll go to any lengths to save people, no matter how many laws they break. In Season 4, both brothers (but especially Sam) plunge into Chaotic Neutral territory.
  • Michael Scofield in Prison Break. His brother's on death row, so what does he do? He robs a bank so he'll get sent to the same prison, where he can break his brother (and several other convicts) out. By the fifth season he's broken out of two prisons and into a secure facility and the feds are starting to get Genre Savvy. He does all this because he has a psychological condition that makes him focus on everyone else's problems and want to help them.
  • Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in Battlestar Galactica. Talk about understatement.
    • Felix Gaeta moves towards this in his final appearances, though this is largely due to major disillusionment and bitterness over the loss of his leg and the alliance with the dissident Cylons. His attempt to do the right thing in his mind eventually leads to disaster and his death by firing-squad.
    • Mustn't forget original Starbuck from original 1970's Galactica.
  • Shawn Spencer from Psych. He's willing to work with the police to catch murderers, but has less than no respect for procedure or laws against lesser crimes, once even deciding to sabotage an investigation when he realized it was a consensual insurance scam.
  • In earlier seasons of House, this is Dr. Gregory House on a good day, and more uniformly later on, especially throughout Season 6 thus far.
  • Most of the crew of Leverage except Parker who is Chaotic Neutral.
    • She moves more towards Chaotic Good in later seasons with character development, though.
  • Veronica Mars only uses her skills for good, but aside from the particular season's arc, she usually only does it when she wants to or when she's being paid. Her methods fly in the face of every authority figure in her life, even the ones she respects, like her father, and often involve breaking the law.
  • Lister from Red Dwarf.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Faith both starts and ends as this (she has a Face Heel Turn and Heel Face Turn in between).
    • Although the aligments of most of the scoobies are debateable and a case csn be made that some or all of them belong here. Lets face it, Joss Whedon has a soft spot for this alignment, especially when you consider that Mal from Firefly is one of the all-time great examples.
  • Fox Mulder of The X-Files. He disregards law in his pursuit of the truth, emphasized during his time under Director Kersh.
    • Ditto with his allies, The Lone Gunmen. Frohike and Langley were already here. Byers was dragged down here from Lawful Good. "Yves Harlowe" wants to pretend she's Chaotic Neutral, but keeps throwing her lot in with them too many times to be convincing. Jimmy rides the line between this and Neutral Good, mostly because he's a classic Good Is Dumb.
  • The entirety of the Maverick family from the 1950's tv show of the same name, are pretty much the epitome of Chaotic Good. Always moral, and always willing to help out those in needs, they are however, willing to break most laws if it gets in the way of helping others, and they take great pride in cheating cheaters, and swindling swindlers. Besides, you can't be a roving gambler and be lawful.
  • In NCIS, Gibbs is the epitome of this trope. He's a former marine and NCIS agent, but Tony has had to accept every one of the man's formal honors and hide them in a desk drawer just so Gibbs won't throw them away. His own personal code is apparently higher than any authority. Gibbs is a man you want on your side every time.
  • Byronic Hero Cal Lightman of Lie to Me.
  • Jim Rockford of The Rockford Files did good, but was always on the very edges of society. His troublesome friend Angel was more in Chaotic Neutral territory.
  • DG of Tin Man started out here. She was in constant trouble with her boss and the local sheriff back in Kansas, made plans under her robotic parents' noses to escape, and could get plenty mouthy. The Power of Love and The Power of Friendship are her biggest drivers, though.



Tabletop Games

  • Although it's mildly surprising to find any kind of good alignment in Warhammer 40,000, Logan Grimnar of the Space Wolves has to qualify. He's the only one to call out the Imperial authorities on genociding the people of Armageddon after Angron invaded, and has sworn never to let anyone do that kind of crap again if he can prevent them.
    • Hell, the entire Space Wolf Chapter itself is Chaotic Good incarnate. They wouldn't open the Codex Astartes if their lives depended on it, and pretty much tell the Inquisition to piss off after what happened on Armageddon.
    • Pre-heresy Night Haunter aka Konrad Curze might have been a borderline case of this, having spent most of his youth being an illegal vigilante on his homeworld before the arrival of the emperor, hunting down and killing corrupt officials and criminals alike. He seems to have been fully aware of his Face Heel Turn beforehand, and it is highly suggested he let himself get assassinated because of that afterwards.
    • The Soul Drinkers chapter of the Space Marines. They fight for the good of the people of the Imperium, but are no longer bound by loyalty to the Imperium, convinced that the Imperium as it is couldn't be what the Emperor wanted.
  • Kord and Corellon in the core Dungeons & Dragons setting.
    • King Boranel of Breland in Eberron. Courageous leader. Champion of warforged rights. Former treasure hunter. Boisterous Bruiser. Cool Old Guy. Even his enemies like him because of his desire to make the world a better place.
    • Traditionally, this is the default alignment of most elves. Elves have a society that looks out for everyone, encourages freewheeling art and leisure activites, and fights for the freedom of others. (When they stray into the "snooty arrogant pricks" stereotype, though, they seem more True Neutral.)
    • The eladrins in 2nd and 3rd edition D&D are elf-like angels who exist to spread the ideals of Chaotic Good (in 4E, they're just another name for high elves). For example, firre eladrins promote artistic expression, shiradi eladrins free the oppressed, courre eladrins spread joy, etc. They survive as the azatas in Pathfinder.
  • The Free Council in Mage: The Awakening like to see themselves as this.
    • This is what most Anarchs in the old [[[Vampire: The Masquerade]] Vampire: The Masquerade]] try to be, opposing the status quo of the Camarilla, claiming that it is corrupt and that the power should be redistributed from the elders to all vampires equally within the Camarilla. The problem is that in the end, many anarchs tend to simply join the cause just to cause some mayhem or do whatever the hell they want without consequences, as a sort of rebellious phase before they actually see the value of the structure of the Camarilla. Still, the devoted members who stick around for a while tend to become this eventually, and actually decides to help further the cause.

Theme Parks

  • Figment from the current version of Journey Into Imagination at Disney Theme Parks, where his free thinking contrasts Channing's more Lawful outlook on imagination.

Video Games

  • Sonic the Hedgehog and NiGHTS are good examples of Chaotic Good: the former a free spirit who's more than happy to help anyone in need, the latter a Defector From Decadence who "doesn't follow orders and hates bullies like Wizeman."
    • During Sonic and the Black Knight, Sonic tells the main villain that "He doesn't mind playing the bad guy" once in a while. In fairness, he was basically doing the right thing, but doing so would mean the world of King Arthur would die like it's supposed to.
    • Fittingly enough, Sonic's theme song It Doesn't Matter actually says, "Long as the voice inside drives me to run and fight, it doesn't matter who is wrong or who is right."
  • Mission Vao and Jolee Bindo in Knights of the Old Republic (though Jolee would probably claim to be True Neutral). Mira in the sequel, and a light-side Exile can turn Atton into one as well.
    • Jolee can talk all he wants to about his neutrality but his actions speak louder than his words. If the Player Character decides to join the Dark Side Jolee will suddenly drop all of his pretentions and fight to stop you. He will not succeed. Jolee also saves his best snark for calling What the Hell, Hero? on malicious player actions.
  • The Yatagarasu in Ace Attorney, a Phantom Thief who steals evidence of corrupt business and sends it to the media. While most of the game is about finding the identity of the thief, the Yatagarasu itself is shown as sympathetic.
    • This alignment is taken up by self-proclaimed 'Second Yatagarasu' Kay Faraday, which causes a great deal of conflict with her Lawful Good partner Miles Edgeworth.
  • Dante from Devil May Cry, a gunslinging White-Haired Pretty Boy demon hunter who goes out of his way to save the world from the forces of darkness, even if it means smashing up everything in sight. Oh, and he loves his pizza...with extra cheese.
    • Nero is probably a more explicit example in the 4th game. He has nothing but utter disdain for the hierarchy of the pseudo-Church Militant organization that he works for, and is more than willing to fight tooth and nail against it in order to save his girlfriend.
  • Starting with Firion from Final Fantasy II the Final Fantasy series have done the classic Chaotic Good rebel, with the Lawful Evil Empire several times. This is also fairly common for Thieves to be this.
  • Locke from Final Fantasy VI qualifies as Chaotic Good partially because he was part of the rebellion from the beginning, and the fact that it was pretty clear from the beginning that he is a pretty damn good thief, despite his insistence that he's a treasure hunter.
  • AVALANCHE from Final Fantasy VII.
    • Note: This refers to Cloud's group; which is the latest incarnation of AVALANCHE. Barret's AVALANCHE had shades of being Chaotic Neutral, while the first Incarnation of AVALANCHE were most defiantly NOT this trope.
  • Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII (a case can be made for several other playable characters, though not part of La Résistance, to fit this alignment as well).
  • Zidane from Final Fantasy IX, who is extremely good, despite being a thief.
  • Tidus and Rikku from Final Fantasy X.
  • Balthier, Vaan, Penelo and Reddas from Final Fantasy XII.
  • Snow from Final Fantasy XIII is of this alignment. The other main characters are more Neutral Good
  • In Dissidia Final Fantasy both Golbez and Jecht are, more or less Chaotic Good overall. They are also sided with Chaos, although mostly for thematic reasons. Its in stark contrast to characters like the Emperor who is basically Lawful Evil.
  • Yuri Lowell, protagonist of Tales of Vesperia, certainly falls into this alignment. By the time the story starts, he's already got a rap sheet with The Empire because he tends to try to do right regardless of law. During the course of the game itself, he murders in cold blood two different foes that were exploiting commoners to their own ends. He holds no illusions about these acts, as when called on the latter case he states flat out he knows "Murder is a crime."
    • Judith and Rita are also of this alignment.
  • Lloyd of Tales of Symphonia also. The only rules he respects are his step-dad's Dwarven Vows, and not even all of them.
  • The Assassin Order from Assassin's Creed, including the main characters in each game (Altaïr, Ezio, Desmond). They believe in free of will and the right of individuality. However, their creed explicitly says that they must break the laws of men to fulfill their goals. As Ezio says:

Ezio: There is no book or teacher to give you the answers, or show you the path. Choose your own way. Do not follow me, or anyone else.

  • Rexxar in Warcraft III is right on the edge between Chaotic Good and Neutral. He helps the orcs fight off an invasion, in the process being declared the official champion of the Horde, but afterwards retreats into the wilds, not caring for civilisation and all of that nonsense, but promising to help the orcs if they're ever threatened again. After defeating Admiral Proudmoore, the man behind the invasion, he tells the admiral's daughter to be proud of her father and remember him as a great warrior.
    • Tirion Fordring of Warcraft disregards the wishes of everyone in his society to help an orc who saved his life. In exchange his order of Paladins strips him of his powers and plan to execute him until the Orcs save him. It's only later he notices that despite breaking the law, he can still channel the light.
    • Eitrigg, the orc Fordring helped, chose to leave the Horde upon realising its corruption and evil years earlier. He later rejoins when, and only when, they prove their Heel Face Turn to him.
  • Some characters in Fate/stay night are listed as Chaotic Good in the Visual Novel:
    • Rider (Medusa). She may look like a pure Dark Action Girl serving a Smug Snake like Shinji, but most of her heinous actions are from Shinji, not by herself. In truth, she really just wants to protect her true Master, Sakura, and would much like to kill Shinji. She's still quite a sadist, though, as one finds out the hard way in some of the Bad Ends.
    • Gilgamesh, the Jerkass Social Darwinist who wants to unleash an unspeakable evil upon the world, is actually listed as Chaotic Good. See the main alignment page for more on his reasoning.
    • Not exactly Chaotic Good, but Berserker (Hercules) might count, considering his total devotion to Ilya. Thanks to her keeping him in a perpetual state of madness, though, his true alignment is given as Chaotic Mad.
    • It can also be argued that Shirou is this: he will fight to protect as many people as possible, regardless of anything other than the fact that someone needs saving. Cue people being pissed at him for wanting to save both friend and enemy alike with ruthless idealism.
  • Tassadar and Jim Raynor of StarCraft, who reject the Knights Templar Conclave and the Lawful Evil Arcturus Mengsk's rule respectively in order to fight the Zerg Swarm. Jim Raynor later on becomes a Freedom Fighter/Mercenary leader fighting against the Terran Dominion.
  • After being the Big Bad in the first Drakengard game and almost causing The End of the World as We Know It... Manah comes back in the second game as The Atoner and the leader of a group of resistance fighters against the excesses of the Knights of the Seal. While a rebel, her intentions are good (thus marking her adult self for this alignment), but unfortunately, she does not realize that the gods still hold dominion over her, and are trying to make her re-enact the apocalypse of 18 years ago...
  • Don't fuck with Yoshimitsu. He's like ancient Japan Robin Hood to THE MAX.
  • Raspberyl from Disgaea 3 is Chaotic Good. She's a rebel against the rules of the netherworld. She's still respected anyway because she has the guts to stand up to the PTA.
    • Kyoko, Asuka, and Mr. Champloo are also this alignment.
    • Also in Disgaea 2, Adell fits into this, it's his style after all.
  • Quite a few members of the cast of Skies of Arcadia; the Blue Rogues in general are a Chaotic Good lot. The alignment is probably best embodied by Vyse, Aika, and Gilder.
  • Viktor from the Suikoden series. He is dedicated to bringing freedom and helping the weak, but he will manipulate people to get out of paying bar tabs, set a bureaucrat's house on fire to rescue people unjustly sentenced to death, denies himself love to allow his lady to achieve her own goals and destiny, and physically assaults a clerk when told he can't see the mayor because she is in a meeting and cannot be seen without an appointment. His response? "It's the best way to deal with government workers."
  • In Persona 4, after some character development, Kanji goes from Chaotic Neutral to Chaotic Good.
  • In Persona 3, Junpei fits this alignment. He doesn't do his homework for school and often runs into missions on his own, without backup, but he's always got his friends' backs, and wants to change the world for the better.
  • Zero. "I Never cared about justice, and I don't recall ever calling myself a hero... I have always only fought for the people I believe in. I won't hesitate... If an enemy appears in front of me, I will destroy it!"
    • Proto Man, too, to whom Zero is an Expy to. He'd rather die with a fatal flaw in his design than give up his own freedom, but he'd nevertheless back up Mega Man and help him save the day whenever he can.
  • In the Street Fighter series, Ken and Sakura are carefree spirits when it comes to street fighting, living for the thrill of the fight and not actively out to hurt anyone.
  • Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear. He means well and is an atoner for mistakes of his past. But he prefers to do things alone and doesn't get along with the law very much, which causes conflict with his Lawful Good rival Ky Kiske.
    • His Spiritual Successor from BlazBlue, Ragna the Bloodedge, also counts, as he is a One-Man Army who openly despises the current evil Bureau and goes to lay waste to any and all of the Bureau's institutions and has sworn to destroy their oppressive reign. At worst, however, he can be Chaotic Neutral because none of this is done for altruistic reasons, like protecting/freeing the opressed people, but soley for his own desire to extract revenge on the NOL and Hazama/Terumi. Consequently, he doesn't care if the many innocent Punch Clock Villains of the NOL get caught in the crossfire and die during his onslaughts, because they're in his way.
  • From the King of Fighters series, we have Kyo Kusanagi. Who constantly skipped school, and would fight anybody even authority figures. He also doesn't really care about following the traditions of his family in no other way except for his own. The man is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold to a T, but when he shows the gold moments they truly shine through.
  • Juno and Nerids from Soul Nomad are somewhere between Chaotic Good and Neutral Good.
  • Baldur's Gate
    • Minsc (in the second game, changed from Neutral Good in the first, and with reason).
    • Sarevok, the Chaotic Evil villain of the first game returns in the second as an ally and can be convinced to become Chaotic Good.
    • And we can't forget Nalia, the Rebellious Noblewoman who is trying her very best to help people and has a profound distaste for the class system
  • And Sky from Jade Empire. C'mon...the man's a thief and a con artist. The first time you see him, he's feeding some pirates a load of BS about you being his partner in crime. About the only thing that seems to piss him off is slavers. It's Personal, you see. He balks when he sees the Water Dragon, more because the goddess was enslaved by the Brothers Sun, not necessarily because he gives a rip about the Laws of Heaven. But even though he does like to relieve folks of their silver, he doesn't squawk if you...redistribute it.
  • Midna, from Twilight Princess.
  • Gordon Freeman definitely qualifies. He isn't the kind of guy who would willingly submit to any government, even being a major spark in the larger rebellion against the Combine in Half-Life 2. Episode 2 even assumes you did the completely optional choice of blowing up Doctor Magnussons casserole in the original game. Kleiner also admits that they all owe a lot to Gordon, even if he often manages to bring trouble.
    • Gordon Freeman from Half Life classify as chaotic good because he is put into a situation where he's obligued to disregard any organization most of the time to simply fight back the Combine and spark an uprising to take down a gigantic Citadel and reveal the true identity of "our benefactors", in the alien's eyes at least, they are doing humanity a great favor by bleeding the planet dry of its natural resources and transforming humanity in an army of transhuman soldiers..
  • Faith from Mirror's Edge. As a courier, she tries to bring some communications freedom to the city after the November riots. Guess how much the totalitarian government likes that.
  • Ratchet. He may be greatest do-gooder around and saviour of the entire universe, more or less, but he's still one young and reckless adventurer. And one hell of a vandal, to boot.
    • He falls True Neutral briefly during the course of the first game after a betrayal by his idol disillusions him. During this part his only reason for not abandoning Clank is that they happen to be going to the same places as each other.
    • Qwark makes his journey from Chaotic Evil to Chaotic Neutral to Chaotic Good throughout the course of the first three games.
  • Sanjuro Makabe of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, despite being in the military, tends to only follow orders when they happen to be what he wants to do anyway, and puts protecting those he cares about above all else.
  • There is no way Ronny Dobbs would follow anyone unless the person actually needs help.
  • Nathan Drake a thief, who often gets into more trouble when trying to do right, but still does try.
  • Morte. That is all.
  • One of the characters in Team Fortress 2, the scout, can be subverted in this trope. Being a boy from south Boston according to his bio, he surely has freedom to do as his pleases and be a good kid from time to time.
  • Kirby seems to float between this and Chaotic Neutral, depending on the game, though most works puts him in the Neutral Good territory.
  • After spending most of Mass Effect at Chaotic Neutral, Urdnot Wrex returns to his homeworld in Mass Effect 2 and becomes a Chaotic Good clan overlord, assuming he is not killed in the original game.
    • Garrus could be considered Chaotic Good, though someone could make the argument that he is not necessarily against the law, but only against the red tape that prevents him from doing good, which could be Neutral Good or even Lawful Good. However in the second game he is undoubtedly Chaotic Good
    • In the first installment he asks the player to commit a cold-blooded murder and is states that there is nothing inherently wrong in killing a mass-murderer even without trial. Which makes him a dark incarnation of this alignment.
    • Captain Bailey is also unquestionably this alignment. His entire leadership and policing strategy can pretty much be summed up as "Do what's right, dammit!" When Shepard first talks to him about reinstating his/her identity as being "alive," Bailey says that normally you'd have to spend about a week going through customs and the Citadel bureaucracy, or he can just press a button right there and get you everything you need. Later on he shows he's perfectly willing to help Shepard and Garrus get some vigilante justice in on a criminal C-Sec can't track down because he's inside their network, and during Thane's loyalty mission he arrests a criminal on flimsy charges so Shepard can interrogate them and looks the other way after checking into Thane's background, saying that "Someone's going to have to deal with it, but not me." After dealing with all the other Obstructive Bureaucrats in the game, Bailey is breath of welcome fresh air.
    • Even Shepard can show signs of this if you take the Paragon path but mix in a healthy dose of renegade actions and dialouge (or as fans have nicknamed it, Paragade.) You can still play Shepard as warm and compassioante, but with a deffinate irrevrance for any kind of authority, probably best shown in the Renegade reseponse to the Turian Councillor after releasing the Rachni Queen.
  • The Hunter's Guild in Monster Hunter, mainly in Tri, prefer to let a village be destroyed then to send help to slay a The Azure Lightning, Lagiarcus.
  • Nathan Zachary and the Fortune Hunters of Crimson Skies. They may be air pirates but they only steal from people that can afford the loss (in fact, many of their targets are such bastards that they more then deserve whatever trouble the Fortune Hunter's raids bring them). They are also known to help defend the innocents; one mission in the PC game had Nathan Zachary and crew protecting a hospital ship from a rival pirate gang. Not to mention the Fortune Hunter's founding charter forbids wanton attacks on civilian targets and Zachary is rumored to have shot down one of his own pilots when he needlessly strafed civilian targets.
  • In No More Heroes, Travis Touchdown eventually becomes of this alignment late in Desperate Struggle, eventually growing tired of the fighting and vowing to destroy the UAA and avenge all those who died because of them. Besides, he never was too keen with rules and regulations from the beginning.
  • In BioShock (series) 2, if Subject Delta performs good actions such as saving little sisters and sparing NPCs, Eleanor becomes this, willing to fight for their freedom against her mother. Otherwise she might become Chaotic Evil.
    • As a more definite example, this is how the followers of Atlas and Lamb viewed themselves, fighting against the Rapture hierarchy. Diane McClintock (an idealist rebel under Atlas's command and Ryan's former mistress), Grace Holloway (an anti-Ryan jazz singer and key supporter of Doctor Lamb), the assassins in Hephaestus (like Kyburz and Anya Andersdotter) (who all attempted to bring an end to Ryan's by-now Lawful Evil government by taking the law and the greater good of the city into their own hands) and, following her Heel Face Turn, Tenenbaum (kidnapping Little Sisters from official control and leaving in the sewers beneath Olympus Heights) are some character examples.
      • And Ryan's original founding of Rapture was motivated by a desire to escape what he believed to be an evil hierarchy on the surface world, and ultimately to indirectly destroy it by removing the greatest minds from the reach of the parasites. Of course, Ryan's loyalty to his convictions did not last and he slowly shifted to Lawful Evil as he jettisoned his principles in favor of power.
        • It's more complex than that. Enforcing an Objectivist utopia is actually a contradiction in terms. When Ryan realizes this, he refuses to admit his error and drifts toward his despotic persona.
      • It is interesting that in the case of Fountaine the roles are reversed - he considers himself an opportunist smuggler while in fact he caters to the actual needs of the Rapture citizens.
    • Augustus Sinclair has shades of this, particularly of the Noble Demon variety. Although he claims to be out for himself primarily, he encourages Delta to not kill unnecessarily and does whatever he can to help him, even taking personal risks (also unlike Fontaine he doesn't end up betraying Delta... At least not willingly).
  • Marisa from Touhou always tries to do good for the world but she's also literally a Kleptomaniac Hero.
  • Donkey Kong Country and company definitely qualify. Especially Donkey Kong himself. He has a strong will to good and believes strongly in the Power of Friendship, but he is also rather dumb and doesn't quite get the rules of society. This gets especially evident when pitted against Mario in Mario vs. Donkey Kong where he decides to steal the factory's entire supply of Mini-Marios when he finds out that the store that sells them is sold out.
  • President Michael Wilson probably started as Lawful Good, but once his VP Richard RICHAAAAAAARD!! declares him an enemy of the state, he cranks President Action Up to Eleven. He evidently supports Second Amendment rights.
  • Roger Wilco, "Almighty Janitor" (quotes intentional) and sometimes space hero tends to fall here. Rules and regulations mean absolutely nothing to him, and he frankly isn't bright enough to handle responsibility on a daily basis. But when confronted with the choice to do what's right rather than ignore it? He'll pull out the Indy Ploy and take the "what's right" option.
  • Alessa, from the Silent Hill videogame, arguably fits this trope. Although you spend most of the game fighting monsters she sends after you, in the end, she has a reason for doing it: preventing The End of the World as We Know It, brought about by the birth of an evil cult's sun god. The movie version of Alessa, however, probably falls into a different alignment.
  • Soma Cruz is characterized by his stubborn will to defy his fate of becoming the second Dracula and repeating the tragedy over the last 1000 years. A warning though: if he loses his childhood love, he can turn into Chaotic Evil.
  • Solid Snake, the titular hero of Metal Gear, and his best friend, Otacon, are this, frequently showing a sincere heart of gold, and he and Otacon will stop at nothing to fight for the very cause they believe in - although Snake frequently insists he himself is a Chaotic Neutral or even a Chaotic Evil.
    • Also, Raiden, Meryl, and Johnny (Akiba) in MGS4, though Akiba starts out as Stupid Good.
  • While Baten Kaitos has several characters who could be placed here, Kalas is definitely the most exemplary, although it could be argued that what with his betrayal of the group he could be seen as Chaotic Neutral or even Chaotic Evil. However, when he rejoins the group, he definitely becomes Chaotic Good.

"In this world, there are things that people mustn't touch... Who cares?!"

  • Heart Aino from Arcana Heart wants you to know,that if something is causing any problems,she will gladly run off and deal with it. Without having to deal with any legal procedures,or a specific plan. She will fight her own friends,apologize for it,and continue wrecking her way straight to the source of the main problem's front door and break it down.With love.
  • Dragon Age: Leliana. Especially if you "harden" her through her personal quest; she's arguably a little crazy after that.
  • Isabela in Dragon Age II. Oh, she'll insist she's Chaotic Neutral, but she sticks by a somewhat self-serving personal code of 'free merchantry' that she will violate on conscience. She can be influenced to do the right thing and return the Qun artifact, but she only took such a dangerous job for poor rewards because she reneged on a previous deal by freeing a cargo of slaves, which she denies emphatically was done for good intent...but never quite gives any sensible reason.
    • Hawke can be played as this. S/he's got no qualms doing shady jobs for money, pissing authorities off just for the hell of it, or stealing people's stuff, but doesn't hesitate on helping people in need or just generally doing the right thing.
  • Mercury of Tron 2.0. No exits? Let's make things explode and create one! No weapons? Let's improvise the lightcycle baton into a nasty melee weapon. And while we're at it, let's openly hit on your creator's son.
  • Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura in the game and anime adaption, but moreso on the later. Justified, as they are both Hot-Blooded.
  • Sain the Cavalier from Fire Emblem Blazing Sword. There are three major things that distinguish him: his Chivalrous Pervert nature, his hamminess, and his open disregard for authority unless the orders come from Lady Lyndis.
    • Hector starts as such, escaping frm Ostia almost on his own to help Eliwood in spite of his brother Uther's orders. As the plot advances, though, he settles on the border between this and Neutral Good.
    • Also Fargus and his pupil Dart, which makes sense since they're both Pirates and very Hot-Blooded.
    • Since her elder sister Fiora is Lawful Good and her little sister Florina leans to Neutral Good, it's only logical that Farina will end up as this alignment. Predictably, she can be paired off with either Hector or Dart, who are as Hot-Blooded as she is.
  • Sly Cooper and his gang. They're thieves, but of the lovable kind, and they generally only steal from other criminals (partly because of honor, and partly because of the challenge).
  • How can we forget Rico Rodriguez (Scorpio) in Just Cause? His storyline and black market progress depends on how much Chaos he causes. Whether he is good or not depends on how you make him treat the locals.


  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Dr. McNinja is prone to bizarre outbursts and is wildly inconsistent in his Technical Pacifism. Rather than holding the Doctor to the law, the authorities changed the law to accommodate him. Even though he's been driven loopy by his dual compulsions to kill and to heal, he hasn't lost sight of his goal of helping those who need it.
  • Riff from Sluggy Freelance would undoubtedly be in jail by now if his exploits weren't too bizarre for the authorities to believe. Even if you ignore the mass destruction of property he's been directly or indirectly responsible for, there's no way he has a license for the various guns, explosives, nuclear reactors, and reality altering equipment he tinkers around with. Hell, he's even caused (or almost caused) the end of the world more than once. Yet, when vampires, demons, or aliens start threatening the Sluggyverse, he's usually there on the front lines with a laser cannon, a bag full of grenades, and giant killer robots to fight them off.
    • I would say both he and Torg are Chaotic with a side order of Good.
  • Nathan Hale from "the Dreamer," is an interesting form of Chaotic Good. Although he often says things that make him seem Lawful Good, his actions can be very much like those of a Chaotic Neutral.
  • Haley Starshine and Elan from Order of the Stick. The former, an Action Girl with a lot of personal complexes who, despite her greed, cares about people and wants to do the right thing. The latter... well, he's too good-hearted and with too thin a grasp on reality to be anything else.
    • Belkar speculates that Lord Shojo was of this alignment, and he's probably right. For the good of Azure City he faked senility, broke any laws and oaths that got in his way, and lied about it all to an entire order of paladins under his command, including his nephew and heir.
    • Julio Scoundrel (a cross between Han Solo and Obi Wan) is very much this—there's even two shirts with him on it. The Chaotic Good one is "Job Security is for Wimps!" There's also a better one: "It doesn't matter whether you win or lose, as long as you look cool doing it."
    • Haley must have gotten it from her father, who was run out of Greysky by the Guild because of his Robin Hood thievery. He's less effective than Haley, but he's far more ambitious, and is trying to topple an Evil Empire by resistance from within.
      • As a gladiator/prisoner at that!
    • It is said that Elan's mother may be of this alignment and that alignment differences between her and her Lawful Evil husband was the grounds for their divorce.
  • Agatha Clay, Girl Genius, her mentor Zeetha of Skifander, Gil Wulfenbach, Othar Tryggvassen (Gentleman Adventurer!) and hell, probably most of the rest of the protagonists. Maybe living in a world of Mad Science! will do that...
    • Even Baron Klaus von Wulfenbach probably counts. He created a continent of order, but he did it his way, and everyone has to play by his rules. Or else.
  • Eddie from Emergency Exit is the Cloudcuckoolander variety.
  • Molly in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob is sweet and nice and wouldn't dream of hurting a fly... but she steals cars when she gets upset, and she tends to build giant potentially destructive robots.

Web Original

  • Cuddles from Happy Tree Friends, although he can be a very rebellious rabbit, he's also very concerned of others at the same time.
  • Most of the protagonists in Breeniverse series, such as Lonelygirl15 and Kate Modern, are this to some degree. Since they're fighting against an evil conspiracy called "the Order" which has agents in governments and police forces worldwide, they frequently commit crimes ranging from breaking and entering to kidnapping without hesitation. This becomes a major plot point in LG 15 The Resistance when Jonas is classified as a terrorist as the result of his actions.
  • Tom of Ruby Quest only wants freedom for him and his friend Ruby, but while she has some clear limitations of what she is willing to do to achieve this, putting her in a Lawful Good territory, he is willing to go into any lengths to get them away, including physical violence, and even sacrificing himself in order to ensure her freedom.
    • Red arguably started here, as well. He quite certainly cared for his patients, and was willing to try unorthodox and potentially dangerous methods in order to cure them. But by the time we meet him, he has degenerated into Chaotic Neutral.
  • Keith Jackson from Survival of the Fittest version three, who looks out for his friends as best he can, but at the same time isn't some kind of paragon of virtue. He threatens violence at least once to get people he doesn't like the look of to leave, and didn't hesitate to start shooting when his group was threatened.
  • Definitely the Monkey King in the Whateley Universe. Probably the Lamplighter too, since for a superhero he sure is in trouble a lot with the Boston police.
    • And Beltane. If you're being a big jerk, she may use her powers to do something wacky to you.
    • Of Team Kimba (the notional main protagonists), Chaka definitely qualifies on attitude alone.
  • Originally a Chaotic Neutral in his videos and a broken, desperate-for-more-power Chaotic Selfish in Kickassia, The Nostalgia Critic seems to have settled on this after Suburban Knights. Despite being an occasional asshole to his team he gives up his plans for profit after it turns out the Macguffin's powers are real, bravely stands up to an all powerful evil sorcerer and is genuinely grief stricken by Ma-Ti's death. As for being Chaotic, he still decides to take the Gauntlet from its clearly inept current protectors.

Western Animation

  • Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender. In "The Painted Lady", she goes out of her way to help strangers (and the help involves stealing to the enemy army), even if it would ruin their group's plans.
    • Toph's on the borderline between this and Chaotic Neutral. She's not particularly moral, but definitely a good guy. She also hates rules, and once celebrated the group decision to ignore the orders of the authorities of a city by gleefully blowing a hole in the wall of their apartment.
      • Then of course there's Jet who's title (freedom fighter) says it all. Initially however, he was far away from Good, willing to flood innocents.
  • Darkwing Duck. He's often self-centered and likes to do things his way, but when he gets dangerous, he gets dangerous for the good of St. Canard.
  • In a continuuing attempt to distance him from his canon Lawful Stupid Knight Templar charcterisation, Tony Staark in Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes has been made into a chaotic good rebel, who basically gives a mssive "screw you" to SHIELD in his first appearance.
  • Kyle is 'usually' this in South Park given his tendency to base his position squarely on his personal sense of righteousness and serves as The Conscience for the boys and strong case of He Who Fights Monsters with Eric Cartman.
    • Kenny, as Mysterion is definitely the Vigilante version of this trope.
  • Transformers Animated:
    • Wreck-Gar is Chaotic Good. He's a nice guy really, and he wants more than anything to help people and find his place in life. He just doesn't get metaphors or rhetorical questions. And, until it was suggested to him not to take suggestions, he was highly suggestible.

Wreck-Gar: "I am Wreck-Gar! I DARE to be stupid!"

  • Prowl is also Chaotic Good - he's constantly ignoring orders to do what he feels is right, even if that involves teaming up with villains. This can get him into a lot of trouble, not to mention it nearly killed him once.

Prowl: "There's only one person I depend on. Me."

  • A lot of classic cartoon characters, especially those from Looney Tunes, are either this or Chaotic Neutral.
  • From the horses' perspective, the eponymous main character of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is probably this alignment.
  • Despite being a member of a law enforcement organization, Walter "Doc" Hartford of Galaxy Rangers is more along this line. He's fond of trouble, a master of BS, and good about breaking and entering (computers mostly, but he isn't past other breaking and entering). His canon was never developed, aside from Word of God stating he joined the Rangers "reluctantly." Fanon tends to go with the theory that he wasn't always on the "good" side of the law.
  • Johnny Test fits this easily. Dukey is more Neutral Good.
  • Arguably, Timmy Turner of the Fairly Oddparents. One example is his using baby Poof's biological functions such as burping and breaking wind to stop Anti-Cosmo and the Pixies. The part where he has Poof break wind is especially chaotic as it resets time itself. However, considering the Earth and Fairy World were about to be destroyed, resetting the timeline is a positive use of chaos. In the movie, Abra-Castastrophe, he, also, sets off a nuclear explosion in an isolated desert to defeat Crocker.
  • Phineas of Phineas and Ferb gives the below quote about the law of gravity:

A universal law without chance of appeal?! That's DESPOTISM!

  • The title character of Jimmy Two-Shoes definitely fits this mold. Considering the setting, it's probably a good thing he follows his own rules.
  • Whenever El Tigre is a hero (which he isn't always being), he is usually fits this Trope.
  • Bart Simpson commonly flips between this and Chaotic Neutral due to his highly rebellious and laid-back nature. Thing is, he aspires to be Chaotic Neutral, but usually feels guilt or just plainly is too nice to be purely morally neutral. Still highly chaotic, as befitting to his rebellious nature, is not amoral enough to be purely Chaotic Neutral.
  • Fry from Futurama is the Chaotic Good Idiot Hero. He consistently wishes to do the right thing, but will break any rule to do so. He also has a tendency to encourage his best friend Bender's kleptomania. However he doesn't intentionally hurt people (unless he really has to) and most of his actions are unselfish.
  • Finn from Adventure Time.

"I'll slay anything that's evil!"

  • Lance from Sym-Bionic Titan. Though he's one of the good guys, he's been in jail on screen about three times and two of them were on Galaluna, where it would seem that this happens often. The two noted arrests, he happened to be Cassandra Truth, but if the following quote from the King is anything to go by, it's happened several times in between.

messenger: one of our own has been detained...
King :*sigh* Lance.

    • That's not even mentioning the episode "Phantom Ninja" , where he becomes known as the titular character and pulls off vigilante acts at night. Let's just say anyone he got to would feel it the next morning.
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rainbow Dash: Brash, impulsive and self-centered, but good and loyal at heart; lazy about her assigned duties, but not about general duty to others when they really need her.

"See? I'd never leave my friends hanging!"

    • Pinkie Pie: Very nice, and just wants everyone to be friends and have fun, but also slightly nuts.

"Isn't this exciting! Are you excited, 'cause I'm excited, I've never been so excited, well, except for the time that I saw you walking in this town and I went GASP But I mean, really, who can top that?"

    • Princess Celestia: From what we've seen, which is admittedly a little limited, she's a wise and benevolent authority figure who takes the well-being of her subjects to heart... but enjoys a little mischief, and has even approved of relatively harmless mayhem in preference of boredom.


  • Rex of Generator Rex. Always ready to risk his life to help total strangers or even people who flat-out hate and distrust him. Not so good with following rules or taking orders.
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Eric the Cavalier, Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Knight in Sour Armor streak, constant questioner of the Dungeonmaster, and team's Lancer. Cute Bruiser Bobby is also this alignment, as he's got more temper than good sense, and is the youngest of the kids.
  • T.J. Detweiler from Recess (this goes for the other five in his gang as well, but he's the one who leads their adventures)'
  • Huey from The Boondocks.
  • In the 2020 Animaniacs reboot, the Warner siblings actually claim this is their alignment in a short that parodies Oliver! when hesitating to work for Fagin (portrayed by Dr. Scratchinsniff). Not that most fans would disagree.