Neutral Good

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

    Frederick Douglass

    The Character Alignment of sweetness and light. A Neutral Good character will usually comply with laws if doing so benefits the greater good, but rebel against those they consider unjust or which conflict with the greater good.

    Their are different kinds of Neutral Goodness:

    Neutral Good can be the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. Neutral Good characters value freedom and will protect others' freedom as long as it's not used to do harm.

    A Neutral Good character is not too caught up in Order Versus Chaos; they are concerned with moral goodness, but often not willing to enforce it in others. Something of a 'classic' hero or adventurer alignment as seen in many RPGs and JRPGs, as well as many anime series, particularly Shonen (although most of them are Chaotic Good nowadays) or more idealistic Seinen works.

    A Neutral Good character is sometimes a Friend to All Living Things and/or a Technical Pacifist, but they don't necessarily have to be either. Just think "basically good person" and you've probably got it. If they do decide to take up arms, they may have a particular affinity with kneecap and other non-lethal shots.

    One of the differences between Lawful Good and Neutral Good is that Lawful Good will always hate Chaotic Evil, and even when the Chaotic Evil character is the resident Token Evil Teammate they will just barely tolerate them. On the other hand, Neutral Good characters may accept and sometimes even be friends with a Chaotic Evil character (as long as they're on the same team).

    Neutral Good states may be really nice places to live, but depending on how idealistic the setting is, they may be deluding themselves. Neutral Good characters tend to suffer more personal conflicts in Grey and Grey Morality settings with Order Versus Chaos themes.

    However, before you all run up to this alignment expecting it to hand out unconditional love and free cake a small word of caution: if this alignment is combined with Good Is Not Soft, things can get interesting and you could end up with a Granny Weatherwax Type neutral good character. That is to say, someone who will always, always do what they believe is right, and won’t let either laws or personal freedoms get in their way. If played properly alongside Good Is Not Nice, this trope can be downright scary.

    If you have a difficulty deciding which alignment a good-aligned character belongs to, then they're probably too nuanced to have an alignment at all. 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.

    Neutral Good character types include:

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

    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 Neutral 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

    • Yoh Asakura is definitely one, more concern about saving people who were trying to kill him than killing them, and his neutral outlook on things infuriate the X Laws who believe themselves to be Lawful Good.
    • Kasumi Tendo of Ranma ½ is very sweet-tempered, friendly to all around her, consistently sacrifices herself to take care of her family, shown incapable of causing or wishing harm on anyone and been described outright as a "perfect saint", or drawn as an angel. She's played as absolute goodness almost to the point of parody. Case in point: The most horrible thing she could imagine when an Oni briefly possessed her was to play minor annoying pranks.
    • Belldandy of Ah! My Goddess is an even more extreme, and considerably more formidable counterpart to Kasumi.
    • Jim Hawkings of Outlaw Star. Despite his age, he's the most mature and responsible member of the group, being the one who handles all of the cash, finds jobs for them, pays the bills and otherwise devotes himself to the exasperating task of organizing and caring for Chaotic Neutral slacker Gene Starwind. What keeps him from being Lawful Good is the fact he's a Child Prodigy hacker who often uses his code-breaking skills in less than legal ways. Melfina is probably also an example of this.
    • Nagisa Misumi and Honoka Yukishiro from Futari wa Pretty Cure, despite their vastly different personalities, quite probably share this alignment. Thus proving that alignment is only a part of characterization, not characterization itself.
      • The same applies to seemingly all of their successors. In fact, it seems to be part of the job description--Karen is the one who could most reasonably be called anything different (being more Lawful-ish than is typical), and she had some difficulty answering the Call to Adventure. Coincidence, or cause and effect?
    • Mai Tokiha and Arika Yumemiya, main characters of, respectively, My-HiME and Mai-Otome. Both girls are not above breaking their respective school's (Fuuka Gakuen and Garderobe) rules, if it's necessary to do the right thing. The latter especially fits this alignment, considering she's a Friend to All Living Things.
    • Of course, Gundam has characters in this alignment.
    • Hime Utsumiya, the messianic, redheaded Tsundere from Brain Powerd. She respects the orders of his superiors and has no problem with authority, unlike Chaotic Good Yuu. Still, her main concern is saving the world and protecting people, and would much rather talk with the Reclaimers than fight them. Actually, most people from Novice Noah fit this alignment.
    • Sailor Moon and the Inner Sailor Senshi from Sailor Moon are pretty much the definition of this trope. They fight to protect everyone in the name of love and justice and also try to redeem the villains they battle whenever they get the chance. The Outer Senshi, not so much.
    • Touta Matsuda from Death Note arguably falls into this category when he's not being Stupid Good. He's not driven to catch Kira because of the law, and at one point, it is no longer his job to do so; he intends to catch Kira because he wants to make his Lawful Good mentor Soichiro Yagami proud of him. He does also have a serious affinity for non-fatal shots, as mentioned in the description.
    • Kirk Caxstone from Black Lagoon. Yes. Black Lagoon. Some of the few character in there you can get symphatetic with. Sure, he would gladly take any order for his country, but he's a rather good, inspiring leader, and he would never, never harm innocents or letting innocents (especially children) get screwed up and ready to take any consequences for that. And he's willing enough to trust a gun to a vengeful child whose father he had been killed in a duty.
    • Jushiro Ukitake and Shunsui Kyoraku of Bleach. While they are willing to detain the intruders who are trying to save Rukia (but not kill them), Ukitake tries to appeal to stop Rukia's execution, and when that fails, he and Kyoraku destroy the Sokyoku. The two of them believe that occasionally, people have to carry out justice on their own.
      • Retsu Unohana as well, going by her willingness to heal any injured people she and her lieutenant come across, including those technically on the other side, and exiles from Soul Society, the Visored. Somehow the first three mentioned here all had Knight Templar Yamamoto as their mentor.
      • Yoruichi is also of this alignment, though she used to be Lawful Good in the backstory.
      • You could also probably argue that many of the human character fall here. Orihime and Chad certainly do, considering the overarching motivation of both is helping people. Ichigo vacillates between this and Chaotic Good, as does Tatsuki and maybe Karin. Ishida tries to be Lawful Neutral but isn't very good at it; he goes between Lawful Good and Neutral Good as well
    • Negi Springfield from Mahou Sensei Negima, a cute ten-year-old Chick Magnet and descendant of an exceptionally powerful wizard who's devoted to protecting all of his 31 students (who all happen to be cute in their own special way). While he generally tries to act a proper English Welsh gentleman, he consistently defies orders even if given direct orders to stop one of his student's plans, much less uphold the Masquerade of keeping magic secret, he will instantly and without hesitation break every rule if it so much as gets in the way of his students having fun, nevermind when they are in actual danger. It's especially evident when he chooses to learn forbidden Black Magic if only to protect those around him.
    • Dr. Tenma of Monster. His entire philosophy is that no life has any more inherent value than any other, and he attempts to save as many as possible.
    • Kakashi in Naruto believes that breaking rules is bad, but not helping those close to you is worse, and tests all his potential students to see if they will disobey orders in order to help each other. He puts this into practice when, rather than immediately going off to his next mission as Tsunade orders, goes to find Sasuke. In Kakashi Gaiden, it?s noted that he started off as more Lawful Neutral, as a result of his father being ostracized for failing a mission, to save his friends- even by said friends- and committing suicide, but the Neutral Good Obito changed that.
      • A good portion of the rising generation of ninjas is like this, as they typically abide by the rules, but are willing to disobey orders in order to accomplish what they consider important or help those they care about.
    • Rushuna, of Grenadier, a massive Technical Pacifist who primarily uses the tactic of either smiling sweetly or Blasting It Out of Their Hands.
    • Kurogane of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle . He'd be Lawful Good were it not for his fiercely individualistic streak and bucking the curse placed on him to not fight, but would be Chaotic Good were it not for his devotion to the well-being of his liege Princess Tomoyo and native country.
      • Syaoran also belongs here or at least whichever one is active in the party at any point during the series, as demonstrated by actions like dropping out of an important race in order to save a fellow competitor in danger of getting killed. His more questionable deeds can be blamed on losing his "heart" and reverting to his basic programming or being trapped in a no-win situation made worse by his feelings for Sakura.
      • All of the main characters end up in this neighborhood in the latter portion of the series, even if early chapters seemed to indicate otherwise, but Kurogane gets bonus points for keeping the most basic aspects of his personality unchanged from the beginning.
    • Jiro "Roji" Kusano of Muhyo and Roji tends to often object to some of the Lawful Good Muhyo's harsher decisions that stem more from his Lawful side (like sending Nana's father to the Styx), until he realizes the motives behind them, and occasionally acts on his own.
    • Goku, full stop, at least as an adult, what with being the nicest guy in the universe and all.
      • His first son, Gohan, takes after him, becoming the single kindest character in DBZ (unless he gets angry).
      • Krillin also seems to be quite a bit influenced by Goku's kindness.
    • Ippo is so polite, nice and well-meaning that it almost hurts sometimes, feeling sympathy to almost all of his opponents. That said, his devotion to winning even during the toughest of odds leaves him to do whatever it takes, but he still is extremely polite to his opponents even after they lose.
    • Nao Kanzaki is about as Neutral Good as it gets - yes, she'll trick people, but only if they don't trust her enough to believe that she's really looking out for them. And she is - she pays off all her opponents' debts after beating them, even though this will almost certainly leave her with an unpayable (in the 'billions of yen' range) debt at the Liar Game Tournament's end.
    • Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist is definitely Neutral Good, conscience-driven and kind. His brother Edward is Chaotic Good.
      • Winry is also Neutral Good.
    • Gintoki from Gintama fits in this alignment. Usually, he is a useless lazy bum who is happy to go along with rules. However, he won't hesitate to break all rules and throw himself in fire when it comes to protecting those he cares about, whether it is his True Companions in danger or a child Gintoki promised to reunite with his mother.
    • Xing-ke of Code Geass is the rare straight shooter in a world inhabited by characters of conflicted alignments and intentions.
    • This describes Onizuka-sensei of Great Teacher Onizuka under D&D rules. Despite the fact He may be stupid, selfish, greedy, a and the furthest thing from being a mature, responsible teacher, but he'd do anything for his students. He sits here because he isn't particularly Chaotic or Lawful.
    • Kinomoto Sakura fromCardcaptor Sakura
    • Pip Bernadette of Hellsing.
    • Misato Katsuragi of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
    • Anti-Villain example in Folken Fanel from Vision of Escaflowne. Even when on the villainous side, he wants what's best for the people of Gaia.
    • Miroku, Kagome and Shippo of Inuyasha.
    • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Nanoha probably fits best here. She prefers to work within the system when possible, but she will disobey orders that she thinks are morally objectionable.
    • China and Taiwan from Hetalia. China tends to be kind-hearted and rather nice unless either he wants to make money or is pressed too far, Taiwan is mostly The Cutie and acts cheery and cute to everyone.

    Comic Books

    • Wonder Woman is arguably this, as she tends to be able to break rules (her own and those of society) when the situation calls for it but also doesn't needlessly break them (she is an ambassador to Man's World, after all).
    • Civil War more or less locked Captain America (comics) into Neutral Good, though some would still argue he's Lawful Good. Considering that he has twice given up his name because he disagreed with the actions of the American government, there's definitely an argument that he's been Neutral Good for a long time. Simultaneously, Tony Stark, who had long been more of a Millionaire Playboy hero that did what he felt was right, became Lawful Good/Lawful Stupid at the same time.
    • Spider-Man alternates between this and Chaotic Good. What sets him most into this area is his motivation: he's a good guy because his Uncle Ben would have wanted him to be a good guy. He's not battling injustice or upholding the law; he's doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing.
    • The Blue Lantern Corps is composed of hopeful individuals who are equally concerned with helping everyone, whether evil or good, chaotic or lawful. They are the Badass Pacifist corps, if there ever was one.
    • While often portrayed as Lawful Good, Superman can sometimes be this, especially in recent comics. While he tries to maintain good relations with the Law, he isn't above going against the letter of the law if he feels it is the right thing to do. (The storyline "Last Son" comes to mind, where he rescues a Kryptonian boy... by smashing up an armoured government transport. He knew where the boy was by attacking a secure government location and making them tell him. See? Neutral Good). However, Superman was much more visibly Neutral Good back when he was first created. At the time he was a borderline vigilante who often dealt with societal problems that the regular authorities could not or would not touch.
    • Tim Drake initially came off as this when he became the third Robin. Although he had lost his mother to a criminal (who also severely injured his father), revenge and punishment has never been his motivation. He became Robin because Batman needed a Robin to save him from his own darkness. Jason Todd had been dead for several years now, Dick Grayson was firmly established as Nightwing, and he was the only one with the skills and motivation to fill the void. Tim is one of the few people who Batman feels will eventually surpass his teachings and actually improve on his crimefightng methods. The other is Dick Grayson himself, who also falls into this alignment.
    • Empowered from Empowered. Especially with her motivation for being a SuperHero.
    • Boy Blue from Fables. He generally lived by Fabletown's laws, but when he found out his lost love might be alive, he stole the most powerful magical artifacts in town and went off after her.
    • This seems to be the default alignment for members of the Bat-Family. Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, and Tim Drake all potentially qualify, motivated most by a desire to help people. Some, though, tend to veer off elsewhere, as with Lawful Good Cassandra Cain, Chaotic Good Stephanie Brown, Chaotic Neutral post-Face Heel Turn Jason Todd, and True Neutral / Chaotic Neutral Damien Wayne, and these ones tend to be noticeably more arms-length (and, coincidentally, are all the offspring of villains). Bats himself swings all over the Alignment scale (Depending on the Writer), but is generally considered either Lawful Good or Chaotic Good.
    • Doctor Strange is this with shadings of Lawful Good. He has to work within rules and laws, but they're the rules and laws of magical and often alien worlds, and he frequently resorts to Guile Hero mode to make them work for him.
    • The Flash family covers the whole "Good" alignment axis, with Wally West holding down the Neutral Good fort. Wally's got one of the least complicated origin stories of his generation of superheros—he got superpowers, and decided he'd use them to help people. While he set out to work within the framework of law and order set by his mentor, Barry Allen, and is generally respectful of the laws of the land, he wasn't opposed to stepping outside of that framework when circumstances supported it and has worked with his baddies to achieve a common goal, befriended a (not particularly evil) super villain or two, and joined a Black Ops group when he thought it would serve the greater good.


    • Star Wars:
      • Luke Skywalker. What else can you say about a guy who was effectively turned into a weapon aimed at the Empire... who then won the crucial battle with love?
      • From the prequel movies, Qui-Gon Jinn. Given what happened later, the Jedi Council probably should have listened to him a bit more.
      • Anakin viewed himself as this, willing to do good even if it put him in conflict with the rest of the Jedi. However, his self-perception and his reality may have been very different, as he had strong aspects of Chaotic Good. This was particularly evident in his tendency to question Obi-Wan's decisions, to say nothing of the Jedi Council's, as well as ignoring the rules of the order much of the time. Palpatine's offer of the secret to preventing death resulted in Anakin doing whatever it took to get it. And we all know howthatturned out...
      • Although there will always be some question about whether he was Neutral Good or Lawful Good, it's implied in Revenge of the Sith that Obi-Wan Kenobi withheld knowledge of Anakin's relationship from the Jedi Council, and even explicitly states his disagreement with the Council's assignment for Skywalker in the waning days of the Clone Wars. This would imply that, like his old master, Kenobi generally played by the rules but was willing to break them. Of course, it's possible that Kenobi was the only truly Lawful Good member of the Council, and that the rest were Lawful Neutral, which was the reason Palpatine chose to wait until Kenobi was away before making The Reveal to Skywalker. It could also be reasonably argued that the Council had drifted so far into Lawful Stupid that they did Palpatine's work for him. Mace Windu's unrelenting hostility towards Anakin in particular tended to only increase the latter's rebelliousness. Anakin might have actually been closer to Neutral Good were his relationship with the Council not quite so adversarial.
    • The Dude from The Big Lebowski, whenever he gets the motivation to do anything. He's way too laid back to want to enforce or tear down society's laws.
    • Axel Foley from Beverly Hills Cop. A policeman, but one who often does not go by the book, and even breaks the law in the interests of what's right in the long run.
    • Will Turner from Pirates of the Caribbean. He really would like to be Lawful Good, and he does his best at it, but...well, piracy is In the Blood.
    • The eponymous heroine of Amelie, who pretty much makes being altruistic and bringing happiness to people around her the point of her daily life - within the rules if possible, but (mildly) breaking them if need be.
    • Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid is the utterly perfect Cool Old Guy example. He is an incredibly skilled martial artist, and kind teacher but wouldn't harm a fly (figuratively speaking) other than in the sake of defense of himself or another.
    • The eponymous Goonies are mostly this alignment if not Chaotic Good.
    • In the Tron universe, Lora Baines-Bradley, Roy Kleinberg, and their digital counterparts Yori and Ram, seem to fall here. They do have respect for order and law, but more respect for what's right.
      • Lora is the one convincing Alan that they should warn Flynn about Dillinger.
      • Roy is a quiet, unassuming guy who ends up being the primary motivator behind "Flynn Lives." He'll exhaust the legal and proper methods, and then get into the computer hacking.
      • In a deleted scene, Yori pulls off a highly-illegal power transfer just to give her "husband" a properly sexy welcome home, but otherwise is a simulation debugger.
      • Ram's not as driven to destroy Master Control as he just wants to get back to his job calculating insurance rates. Even when he's de-rezzing, he's more focused on The Power of Friendship than anything else.
      • Quorra in Tron: Legacy also fits here. Her youth and "more aggressive strategy" is a bit at odds with the elder Flynn's approach, but she is also much more reverent and orderly than Sam.
      • In the Alternate Continuity of Tron 2.0 Jet also qualifies. He's been in some trouble with the law over unauthorized computer access, but cleaned up his act, enjoying his job building games. He's fairly laid back and easy-going, ("Life's short, Pop, I plan to enjoy it"), but will step up to heroic measures if pushed into it by circumstance.


    • Fat Charlie from Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman probably counts as this. He tries to be at least.
    • Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, seeing as they all but say his name when they describe Neutral Good in one of the Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbooks as "Serving kings and magistrates but not being beholden to them".
      • Or not. Gandalf is the Ambassador of the Valar. He takes orders from Manwe and from Eru. No one expects the envoy from one prince to take orders from another.
    • Harry Potter possesses a great capacity for love and faith in his friends. He willingly consults authority figures for help and advice, but isn't afraid to subvert them to do what he believes is the right thing (which may or may not be because different authority figures are wrongly persecuting him half the time). Dumbledore also exhibits this alignment as well. He maintains firm discipline at Hogwarts and insists on certain behaviors from students. For example, when he needs Harry to do something when the latter is scheduled for detention Dumbledore reschedules the detention rather than simply cancelling it. At the same time, Dumbledore does subvert, or outright ignore, the rules (especially of the Ministry of Magic) when they get in the way of opposing Voldemort.
    • Lu-Tze of Discworld hangs someplace between this and Chaotic Good. He also takes the Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught philosophy to its logical extreme-he tells his apprentice that yes, rules are sometimes obstructive and must be broken to get anything done, but that's why they're there; so that you think before you break them.
    • In The Malloreon, Belgarion walks the fine line between Lawful Good and Neutral Good. While he tries to keep things fair in Riva through the law, he scraps a rule about noblemen not having to pay a specific tax the very second his 'ear to the ground' lets him know it exists. Absolute legal power is fun like that.
    • Somewhere between "Literature" and "Comics", there are the protagonists of the X Wing Series. Wedge Antilles might seem Lawful Good but will disobey orders, frequently faking interference, if he sees the need. He's a Mildly Military Maverick who gets enough success that the New Republic loves him. He also leaves the New Republic when he finds that the Rogues can't get back at a traitor due to diplomatic immunity, and all of his subordinates follow.

    Antilles: "I joined this Rebellion to fight the Empire's tyranny. Just because we have Coruscant doesn't mean it's ended. The New Republic might not be able to strike at Thyferra, but there are Rebels around who can. I quit."
    Fey'lya: "It would appear, Captain Celchu, that Rogue Squadron is now your command."
    Celchu: "I don't think so. It's been a long time since I've been a civilian. I'm out as well."

    • The Soul Drinkers Space Marines, who following a Gambit Pileup became fed up to the back teeth with the Imperium and ended up declared Excommunicate Traitoris. They're mostly good guys, unusually compassionate for Space Marines (one of them notes that he feels more regret over killing a Guardsman now that he's holding the gun himself instead of using them as meat-shields) and are having trouble balancing their opposition to Imperial tyranny and its role in protecting people against Chaos.
    • Rand al'Thor of the Wheel of Time, the hero capable of utilizing order or chaos to advance the side of right. He is ultimately devoted to "the Light" and spearheads the battle against the forces of the "Dark One." His overarching task through most of the series is to unite the various nations of the world under a single banner-his. He often acts as(and is seen as) a chaotic force, overthrowing established traditions and rules, being a usurper. However, when he gains control over a nation, be it by force or trickery, he quickly consolidates his power and brings the nation back under a lawful regime. His more lawful side is best demonstrated in Lord of Chaos when he stresses to the Aiel not to loot the newly conquered kingdom of Caemlyn, saying he wants to avoid anarchy and keep everything nice and lawful until he can put a ruler of his choice on the throne to govern for him.
      • The Big Three (male) heroes all seem to be linked to one of the goods, although there's a good deal of ambiguity. Perrin, despite his "simple blacksmith" protests, seems very fond of an ordered society, which dovetails in nicely with the pack mentality of his wold friends. Matt, of course, as the Loveable Rogue, would be the representative of chaos in the group, although this gets tempered quite a bit as the series goes on.
    • Badass Bookworm Mikael Blomkvist from The Millennium Trilogy.
    • The three protagonists of the Green-Sky Trilogy. Raamo finds many of the laws and rituals baffling and illogical, and supports something only if it's in the greater interest of peace and joy. Neric eventually lands here once Raamo's aid helps him ditch some of his cynicism. Genaa claws her way up to here from Lawful Neutral once Raamo and Neric open her eyes to the truth and she discovers her father is alive
    • In The Dresden Files, Sanya, the Russian Knight Of The Cross, appears to be more ambivalent about following laws and order, and is more devoted to the simple act of rescuing innocents and fighting evil.

    Live-Action TV

    • Captain Kirk of Star Trek: The Original Series has just enough respect for the Federation to not violate its laws unless he has a damn good reason, as he understands it's probably the best government out there.
      • In his later days (in the movies, mayhaps) Spock tends to flow a bit in to this as well, actually allowing emotion in order to quell his internal conflicts.
    • Miles O'Brien from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has no problems with orders and laws but will break or bend them for the greater good.
    • Karl ("Helo") Agathon from Battlestar Galactica, probably the most purely good character on the show. A strong case might be made for his being Lawful Good, but his willingness to go beyond or disobey orders puts him more in the Neutral Good category.
    • Shepherd Book and Simon Tam from Firefly. Both seem to have a decent amount of respect for law and order, but have no problems breaking any law which endangers their friends or family.
      • Also, Kaylee and Wash from the same show. Though they may have chaotic good leanings. They are just generally good, happy (for the most part) people who always try to do what they believe is right. They are also the two least violent people in the show making them Technical Pacifist.
    • Hercules, as depicted in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
    • Angel, as the lead in a series rife with Character Development, naturally varies in his alignment, but his default "ensouled" alignment once he gets his own show seems to be Neutral Good: helping others and protecting those who can't do it themselves, no matter the personal cost.
    • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy herself fits this category. She accepts (somewhat reluctantly) her destiny, then proceeds to fulfill it in her own way. She accepts her Mentor while rejecting his organization. In the end, the only thing certain about her is her devotion to good. Most of her True Companions end up in this category.
    • Some of Jack's closer friends at CTU, like Chloe and Tony, tend to be Neutral Good in that they more often follow orders and the law than he does, but tend to put themselves at risk to help him.
    • iCarly: Carly started off as a Neutral Good person, but shifted towards Chaotic Good in season 3.
      • Freddie started more like Lawful Good, only to shift towards Neutral Good as well, although since he's more than willing to tag along with Carly and even Sam's schemes, in practice he's acts Chaotic Good as well.
    • Lost: Jack Shephard is probably Neutral Good. Hurley also fits the "basically nice person" description.
      • Hurley is another example of Neutral Good. Ben Linus becomes this at the end of the series.
    • Both JD and Turk from Scrubs are this in contrast to the rebellious natures of Dr. Cox and the Janitor and the more traditionalist beliefs of Carla and strictness of Kelso. Turk even speaks out to Carla at one point that tradition is not as important to him as to her.
    • Justin in Wizards of Waverly Place, althought meant to be a by-the-book character, is a example of this.
    • Chuck: Well, Chuck. Placed in a very difficult situation, he works with the NSA and CIA in order to stop bad guys (I think he leans toward Lawful), but is completely devoted to his friends and family, and is willing to buck authority in order to do the right thing. Think of all the times he didn't stay in the car.
    • Eiji Hino, aka Kamen Rider OOO, helps anyone he comes across and has no plans for the future. At the same time, he accepts long-term contracts with enthusiasm if they will help him help others.
    • Shane Mccutcheon, Bifauxnen of The L Word.
    • Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin of The Wire. He generally follows the rules, but as is shown in the "Hamsterdam" arc is willing to break them when he thinks they are counterproductive to the goal of helping the people he serves and making Baltimore a better place.

    Tabletop Games

    • Needless to say, as the Trope Namer and Trope Codifier, Dungeons & Dragons offers plentiful examples.
      • This is the most common alignment for gnomes. They are usually kindhearted and live in close-knit communities, but generally blanch at restrictive rules. They live in harmony with nature, which usually precludes a lawful or chaotic bias.
      • Guardinals are a "race" of Neutral Good angelic beings who exemplify that alignment. They represent the nurturing, protective aspect of nature (hence the name) and appear as humanoid animals. In Pathfinder, they are renamed as "agathions" and represent a "peaceable kingdom" where everything fits into its natural place, taking animal forms based on the role they serve, and help the souls of the dead reach inner peace.
      • Also in Pathfinder, Neutral Good is the default alignment for angels, due to their commitment to the ideal of Good at all costs (though there are large minorities of Lawful Good and Chaotic Good angels as well).
      • Pelor, the sun god in the Greyhawk campaign setting, has a dual role as the protector of the meek and a crusader against evil without preference for order or chaos. Garl Glittergold, the god of the gnomes, is a watchful protector with a playful sense of humor.
      • Saranrae, Pathfinder's sun goddess, fills a similar niche to Pelor's. Shelyn, the other major Neutral Good deity, is the goddess of beauty, love, art, and music.
    • It's hard to believe that anyone in Warhammer 40,000 could qualify as Neutral Good, but Captain Kayvaan Shrike of the Raven Guard Chapter does. He takes Raven Guards he has trained, known as Shrike's Wing, and goes on campaigns of mercy to rescue civilians that other Imperial commanders have given up on.

    Video Games

    • Amaterasu from Okami, who will even take time from saving the world to feed poor, hungry kittens and help an old lady dry her laundry. She has shades of Lawful Good—her main opponent is the Chaotic Evil Yami—but her quest is more about restoring peace and beauty than order.
    • Love Freak Flonne from Disgaea. Just click the link for Love Freak already... it does the explaining for us.
      • Artina from the 4th game, being the "medic that treats all" type. As "Vulcanus, Thieving Angel" though, her actual alignment can be hard to get a bead on, as while she's still her old self underneath it all, she now charges money to demons for her services and steals, er, "repossesses" money from the Netherworld in the name of Celestia. However, it's mostly an act, as it was a Black Ops mission with the net objective of saving all three realms.
    • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2 give most of the senior Jedi this alignment. While it frees them to do as they think best, it can also leave them wondering what to do in a situation.
      • Carth Onasi explains the difference between a warrior and a soldier: "Warriors attack and conquer, they prey on the weak. Soldiers defend and protect the innocent -- usually from warriors." Carth is Lawful Good, but this spells out a Neutral Good philosophy just as well.
    • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Aric Jorgan, the first companion for a Republic Trooper Player Character, is this. He dislikes bravado/greedy behavior, and Knight Templar/ Just Following Orders mindsets, equally. Considering that most everyone in The Republic is repeatedly Shooting The Dog, corrupt, or secretly working for The Empire, this says a lot about his character.
    • Klonoa is pretty much the embodiement of Neutral Good. It would be nigh impossible to be exceed him in Friend to All Living Things and Incorruptible Pure Pureness.
    • Marona from Phantom Brave. This should be especially hard for her to maintain since everyone she meets tends to hate her by default, but she manages to keep up a happy face...somehow.
    • Most of the protagonists in Soul Nomad and The World Eaters are probably neutral good, helping people for their own sake and wanting to save the world for the good of all... Barring Gig, of course, who'd rather burn what's left down to the ground and do a funny little dance on the ashes.
    • Auron from Final Fantasy X is like this after rethinking his worldview after his pilgrimage with Braska and his death, being willing to help protect Yuna regardless of what that requires. "We will protect Yuna from anyone, even a Maester".
    • Ramza from Final Fantasy Tactics is perhaps the purest example of this trope in Final Fantasy, even more so because he lives in a World Half Empty where almost nobody else believes in honesty or honor. Even when he knows that No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, he's still going to save his sister, stop the world from being destroyed...and do it without making any sacrifices or compromising himself.
    • Malfurion Stormrage from Warcraft III. In the vanilla Night Elf campaign, one of the main conflicts is between his Neutral Good and his wife's Lawful Neutral. She eventually bends and Character Development slides her to being Neutral Good as well.
      • Khadgar from the Expanded Universe, seems to have a very strong air of "I respect your order and ceremony, but can't be bothered for it myself" about himself. In the novel Tides of Darkness, he arrives to the meeting of the leaders of The Magocracy, cutting short their mysteriousness to get to the point and deliver the news that they're in danger and need to prepare. Even after he becomes a member of the very same council, he just mostly hangs on the other side of the world, building defences against the orcs.
      • Also Jaina Proudmore, probably the only human leader who is interested in peace (or perhaps even alliance) between The Alliance and The Horde post-Warcraft 3.
      • The ultimate example is probably Tirion Fordring, he went against his own masters to rescue an orc from execution. Later on he is paired with Chaotic Neutral (or perhaps Chaotic Good) Darion Mograine and his army of Death Knights.
      • Farseer Nobundo was willing to upset draenic society to some degree by introducing shamanism...but only with Prophet Velen's okay. He's also a former vindicator, and no less honorable for the "former" part.
    • Sanger Zonvolt and Elzam von Branstein Ratsel Feinschmeker from Super Robot Wars Original Generation. They are not part of the Earth Federation Army officially, but will occasionally show up and help them. And when they do, they do it with obedience to the rules, and much Badassery.
      • Masaki Andoh and the rest of the Elemental Lords (Yang Long, Tytti and Mio) also fit the bill. Technically, they abide to the laws of La Gias, but they are given the special permission to break the law if they see the law straying from its path. Masaki only uses it once and that's not out of whim and dislike towards law. In the Original Generation series, Masaki does follow the rules nicely, though he's not part of the official EFA (he tends to wander get lost and be found nearby... and then tags along).
    • Though he started off as arguably Lawful Good or Lawful Neutral in the Metal Gear series, by the end of Metal Gear Solid, Snake has more or less given the entire U.S. Military and the world governments the bird in order to work on a personal mission he and Otacon share: The eradication of Metal Gears and anti-nuclear proliferation, even if said activities would label him as a Terrorist. But if given the option, Snake would probably had used 'legal' means if they existed, so that puts him in the Neutral Good turf.
    • Most of the heroes of Chrono Trigger are Neutral Good, with Frog leaning more towards Lawful and Ayla more towards Chaotic, but at the very least Crono. Marle and Lucca are this for the fact they have been just as willing to aid authority, they are not afraid to also go against authority.
    • In the prequel novel to Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero, the Neutral Good character is Rider (Alexander the Great). His Boisterous Bruiser qualities does fit him as a Neutral Good character, having that much of a wild life and bravado (look at what he's done to his Master), but adheres well to the rule of Holy Grail War when it comes to battle.
    • Nowe, the "dragon-boy" from Drakengard 2 and a more traditional hero in contrast with Heroic Sociopath Caim, has helping out his fellow men as his top priority. This view leads to him questioning whether the methods used by the Knights of the Seal are truly righteous after seeing the suffering of the Empire survivors... and finally, to him leaving the order and seeking a less extreme way of bettering the world.
    • Balancing out the Chaotic Good Sonic and Lawful Good Knuckles, Miles 'Tails' Prower seems to embody Neutral Good the best among the Power Trio. He is noticeably more responsible than Sonic. He encourages most of the ideals of freedom Sonic lives for (unlike Knuckles, who frowns on Sonic's 'irresponsible' behaviour), and usually adheres to them, but will take the time to slow down.
    • Most of the party from Persona 4 is this alignment with exception to Kanji (goes from Chaotic Neutral to Chaotic Good), Naoto (Lawful Neutral) and Chie (Lawful Good).
      • Namatame, though he was played into being the most foolishly possible version of this trope.
    • Jak from the Jak and Daxter games seems to start out like this. Then Renegade happens, pushing him temporarily to Chaotic Neutral... but thanks to the twin miracles of Character Development and The Power of Friendship, he eventually swings back to a more mature version of Neutral Good.
    • Most Suikoden characters fall into the Trifecta of Good Alignments, but Thomas from Suikoden III is without a doubt an excellent example of Neutral Good. He's a sweet-hearted guy who stands up for another person without even asking what's going on, and is primarily focused on creating a place where everyone can get along. The poor kid tends to lean towards Stupid Good at times.
    • Being a Legacy Character, Link often finds himself shifting alingments through the series, but can be generally put into this territory by default. Mostly due to him being a Kleptomaniac Hero in pretty much every incarnation.
    • Mario and Luigi of the Mario series are Neutral Good, since the series does not focus too much on either Lawful or Chaotic aspects.
    • Kathryn Akkaraju in Shogo: Mobile Armor Division typically follows orders, but later helps Sanjuro—even while disobeying orders and getting confined to quarters for it- in order to help uncover the truth about Gabriel and Shogo's motives.
    • Kasumi, from Dead or Alive. Despite her need for revenge in the first game, which caused her to be forced into exile, she never tries to kill the ninjas that are sent after her. She's also one of the nicest characters in the game.
    • Ratchet is borderline Neutral Good, but he veers more into a Chaotic Good territory - he breaks stuff for fun and profit, after all. Clank, on the other hand, is the epitome of Neutral Good.
    • Annie Frazier of Backyard Sports, being a "friend to animals" and a Granola Girl, fits this trope. Ricky Johnson from the same series does too.
    • JC Denton could be considered this alignment in the original Deus Ex based on his dialogue, unless the player decides to make him go around killing people. He's intelligent enough to question many of the orders that he's been given and eventually defect from the UNATCO, but only does so after it's clear that he has no other choice, and otherwise is supportive of the idea of democratic government. Nicely summed up in the following quote.

    JC Denton: I never had time to take the Oath of Service to the Coalition. How about this one? I swear not to rest until UNATCO is free of you and the other crooked bureaucrats who have perverted its mission.

    • Mordin Solus of Mass Effect 2. Has distinction of being Neutral Good Well-Intentioned Extremist. Compassionate individual. Believes in helping all those in need. Also willing to Shoot the Dog if necessary. Done so by upgrading Genophage. Feels action necessary. Feels immense guilt. Became doctor in Omega as result.
      • To a lesser extent (and with more pronouns and articles) Commander Shepard, especially on the Paragon path. S/he routinely rejects laws that s/he finds to be immoral or unjust, while upholding those s/he views as necessary.
      • Several of your other party members, such as Tali, Jacob, and Liara could fit this alignment as well.
      • Possibly one of the best examples of this alignment would be Ashley. She's ultimately on the side of good, but also somewhat Hot-Blooded and isn't adversed to shooting first in order to end problems. This is best shown in how she will gun down Wrex is you don't talk him down on Virmire and when she pulls a gun on Shepard in the third when Udina claims that Shepard has come to assassinate the Council, before Shepard explains that they are trying to stop an assassin sent by Udina himself as part of a coup.
    • The Paladins in Quest for Glory. Bluntly, the Karma Meter notion of Honor in the game is related to how much of a Nice Guy the hero is, and how in tune he is with the world's goodness. The way of the Paladin also explicitely states to break laws for the greater good. As Rakeesh puts it : "The way of the Paladin is to seek to know that which truly is. The Paladin strives to learn his own inner nature and that of others. The Paladin does whatever needs to be done to bring light to the world. Not for glory, not for gain, the Paladin Becomes a Paladin because it is his Will."
    • The Baldur's Gate series:
      • Jaheira, at least in the second game. The only reason the game labels her as True Neutral is because that's the only alignment 2nd edition Druids were allowed to have.
      • Valygar is this as well, though he dips into a True Neutral mindset from time to time.
      • Not to mention Imoen, the main character's primary Sidekick. It's hard to fairly describe her personality in a way that doesn't make her sound Chaotic Good, though.
    • Mother 3 has Lucas, Flint, all the citizens of Tazmilly Village before they were corrupted by greed, Salsa and Samba, and all the animals. However, Kumatora is more like a Chaotic Good Rebellious Spirit.
    • Daniel Vinyard, main protagonist of Exit Fate, is a good example since he in many cases directly disobeys his leaders (although he still respects them) when he thinks that their actions are against his morale principles most notably and crowningly at the end of Chapter 5, when he goes between his superior's and the enemy army in order to end the way.
      • Of course, this is because (MAJOR spoiler) He has had a spirit ,the Hand of Fate, summoned into him since before his birth to shape him into a leader to unite the various fragmented countries and end their petty infighting
    • Dawn Star In Jade Empire - She is kind, shy, and VERY high up on the Open Palm side of the Karma Meter. She is first to cheer when your character does something selfless. She respects the law of nature, but the Empire? Not so much. Yes, you CAN corrupt her when you play Closed Fist.
      • From the same game, Henpecked Hou. Generally nice guy, doesn't much care one way or another about the forces of Order and Chaos, but finds Closed Fist actions pretty questionable.
    • Recette Lemongrass from Recettear can easily be seen as this. She is generally well-liked by the local citizens of Pensee, and is easily one of the nicest people in the town. However, she is commonly rather irresponsible and doesn't even fill her own accountings (and really doesn't even understand why they are nessecary), which Tear comments angrily upon at the end of the game when she finds out that all the pages in the book are blank. As to this, she's nowhere near responsible enough to be Lawful Good, but is still far from reckless enough to be Chaotic Good.
    • Gabriel Belmont from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, though a Byronic Hero with a selfish goal of his own. Unlike Kratos, Gabriel has much good inside his heart, and is aware of the world corrupted by darkness. While carrying the duty as a Brotherhood of Light, he would not hesitate to do things outside the norm of the Brotherhood (such as upgrading his whip with spikes) to bring back the light to the world, thank to the guidance of his dead childhood love, Marie. In spite of the villains constantly denouncing him as Not So Different from themselves, the only things he would ever kill are aggressive evil creatures.

    Gabriel Belmont: Mad or not, damn he for not protecting his people! (commenting on the Abbot hiding in a secluded church with the relic that could have been used to protect the people from the vampires)

    • BlazBlue's Litchi Faye-Ling is squarely on this alignment, as her concern is doing good and protecting and saving people, especially her lover Lotte Carmine. She's kind and motherly, with a strong distaste for shadiness and evil. And despite pulling a Face Heel Turn and joining NOL, she still retains her kindness and goodness as shown with her comforting on Carl (and calling out Relius), and is apparently not particularly enjoying her position, as she feels that she really has no other choice and wouldn't have joined if there was any other alternative to save herself and Lotte in such a short time.
    • Touhou has 2 characters that exemplifies Neutral Goodness: Keine Kamishirasawa and Byakuren Hijiri. The former isn't afraid to fight Reimu to protect her people, and Reimu is the de-facto pillar of order in Gensokyo. The latter is The Messiah for the Youkai in Gensokyo, despite being a human. Both of them (especially Byakuren) pays dearly for their ideals.
    • Metroid: Samus Aran probably falls here overall, as she has worked closely and obediently with the Galactic Federation in Prime 3 and most of Other M, but she's a Bounty Hunter so that she can be free to tell the Federation to sod off when they get evil, as was the case in the finales of Fusion or Other M.
    • Leliana In Dragon Age: Origins will often dance between this and Chaotic Good. She's a born again follower of the of the Maker, and the Chantry. She believes in doing good as it is the Makers will. but she can't quite shake her roguish Chaotic Good or even Chaotic Neutral past. Whether she stays on the Neutral Good or goes back to her roguish lifestyle depends on the players actions and what is said to her through the course of the game. AKA whether or not she is hardened.
    • In Dragon Age II, Aveline's early Character Development transforms her in to this. She continues to uphold the law and is still very much by the book... it just skews a little when her friends are involved. She still berates them to no end, though.
    • The world of Tekken may have taken a dive in Darker and Edgier turn. However, King II remains true to his personality as a orphanage owner, Friend to All Children and is still a generally positive Nice Guy who doesn't tolerate evil (in Scenario Campaigns, he clearly does not approve both Jin and Kazuya for their World War III attempts), and can be genuinely forgiving, even if you committed such a personal crime to him (as Marduk can attest). Julia Chang can also count with her dedication to save nature and still a pretty decent girl overall.
    • Despite most of his lines and values leaning towards Lawful Good Cole Phelps of L.A. Noire can be nudged towards this alignment depending on the player's choices. These include letting an acomplice to a minor crime get of scott free and convicting a paedophile who's clearly planning to harm kids despite most of the evidence leaning towards another suspect.


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    Western Animation

    • Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender, complete with Friend to All Living Things and The Messiah, not to mention going against the evil government. Avatars in general seem to be Neutral Good by default.
      • General Iroh is clearly Neutral Good with his concern over balance and injustice.
      • After going through all neutral alignments (except for one) during the series first, Zuko seems to end up here. However, as the sequel book "The Promise" shows, he still struggles with working out what, exactly, counts as "good".
    • Ren, from The Pirates of Dark Water, although he sometimes leans towards Lawful Good or even just too damn nice for his own good.
    • The Justice League incarnation of the Flash. Apart from generally trying to help everyone, whether they appreciate it or not, he has also managed to talk Batman out of using the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique and got all the information they needed by having a friendly chat with the villain (and even got him to turn himself in!).
    • Bumblebee from Transformers Animated. He doesn't always follow orders from his superiors, but he is still consistently good. He has never disobeyed orders to do bad things (although he has done so to do rash things).
    • Lisa Simpson seems to fit here pretty well, due to her moral standards and her status as the Only Sane Man Woman. She tries to, and usually succeeds at following laws and rules that exist, but she is more than willing to break said rules when she believes it's the right thing to do. She's lacks the laid-back and the outright rebellious nature of Bart, but she is a bit too willing to break norms and traditions to be Lawful Good.
    • Bobby Hill fits this alignment fairly well. Much of the comedy of the series comes from the tensions between him and his father Hank.
    • Timmy Turner of The Fairly OddParents. Especially during the 4th and 5th seasons, Timmy would at least try to do the right things even if they were occasionally against the rules. One example is the TV movie "Abra Castastrophe" where he reveals Cosmo's and Wanda's existence to his parents and Mr. Crocker. Revealing them is of course is against the rules, however, it freed his fairy godparents from the clutches of Crocker. Another example is the recent "Wishology Trilogy" where he bribes Vicky, his evil babysitter and one of his enemies, to save the lives of his family, friends and indeed the universe.
    • Robin from Teen Titans tries to be Lawful Good, but his willingness to use chaotic and occasionally morally ambigious means if he feels the situation demands it probably shifts him more to here particularly when Slade is involved. Starfire (who is very lawful in some respects and very chaotic in others) and Raven may also fit here.
      • Perhaps the truest representation in the main Titans Team is Beast Boy. Sometimes he can come off as Chaotic Good, but that has more to do with his status as the team's Wacky Guy. When you get right down to his motivations he does what he does because it is right.
    • Stan Marsh from South Park. While Kyle's Chaotic Good , Cartman's Neutral Evil (or Chaotic Neutral / Chaotic Evil) and Kenny's True Neutral.
    • Galaxy Rangers - Niko falls here. She's a little more willing to bend regulations and keep something quiet if speaking openly is going to harm someone, essentially splitting the difference between Zachary and Doc.
    • SpongeBob SquarePants, more so before the first movie, the rest of the time, including pre movie he is Chaotic Neutral.
    • Clockwork from Danny Phantom. He alternates between breaking the rules and following them—the constant is that whatever course of action he takes is the one that is best for the time stream. However, he may come across as True Neutral or even Lawful Neutral, since his best interests (for the time stream) do not always coincide with the protagonists' best interests (for themselves and the people around them).
    • Most of the kids from Dungeons and Dragons fit this alignment (confirmed by their 2nd Edition stat sheets). The exceptions are Hank (Lawful Good), Eric, and Bobby (Chaotic Good).
    • T.J. Detweiler from Recess is both this and Chaotic Good.
    • Fluttershy from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic has shown that she isn't afraid of breaking rules if it is for the greater good.