Lawful Good

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

-Aristotle

Decided to do some D&D Alignment Lists. This one's for Lawful Good.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • More of the same.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A super patriotic soldier of the Republic who is utterly, unflinchingly loyal to it and what it stands for. He's also one of the most moral party members in the first game, with ideals he's either very reluctant or downright unwilling to compromise.

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

  • Just like the original

  • Like Padme Mon Mothma is a pretty firm believer in democracy. Ignoring the hypocrisy of opposing a war of self-defense waged by the Republic but then using a Rebellion to violently overthrow the evil Empire, Mon Mothma is a fairly earnest, noble, and benevolent figure and in some ways almost what Padme Amidala might have become had she lived to oppose the Empire. And to prove that she's still Lawful, she became one of the main figureheads of authority in the New Republic.

  • One of the leaders of the Rebel Alliance who launches a new career in the New Republic, remaining a prominent and noble military leader until his passing.

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

  • "It's a Trap!" jokes aside, Admiral Ackbar is a distinguished military commander and leader who like Dodonna above continued to serve and lead come the rise of the New Republic.

  • One of many dedicated Jedi of the Old Republic

  • One of many dedicated Jedi of the Old Republic

  • One of many dedicated Jedi of the Old Republic

  • One of many dedicated Jedi of the Old Republic

  • One of two Zabrak Jedi Masters, the other one being...

  • ...this guy.

  • Another case of the doubles, this time for Tholothian Jedi.

  • And here's the other one.

  • One of many dedicated Jedi of the Old Republic

  • One of many dedicated Jedi of the Old Republic

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

  • Guess it's in the genes.

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

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

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

  • Particularly the DCAU version

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Particularly the movie version, who is an ambassador for Mutant rights and thus doing good from within the system. There's also his position of authority as a respected and revered teacher at the Xavier Institute.

  • As a good guy he usually defaults to this.

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

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

  • At his most heroic.

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

  • She plays this more straight than her husband.

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

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

  • Much like his American counterpart, he's a righteous crusader for truth, justice, and all that good stuff, and also a dedicated patriot.

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

  • Military superhero after all.

  • Besides his loyalty to Captain America (and his also BEING Captain America at times), he also seems to have some measure of affiliation with SHIELD and believe in law and order. He's also this in my Marvel Universe, where he's a superpowered SHIELD agent.

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

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

  • When with SHIELD

  • As Agent Venom he is pretty much a government-aligned superhero.

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

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

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

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

  • Another Gargoyle who follows his species' ways of life to a T. And that makes him very, very Lawful Good.

  • Yet another one of the Gargoyles who's Lawful Good

  • Aaaand another one.

  • Heroic and benevolent police detective after all. And keeping the Gargoyle's existence a secret is actually not breaking any laws, so her doing that does not keep her from being Lawful.

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

  • Fits this same as the Avatar that came before and after him.

  • Spirit of peace and order after all. It's especially fitting since her opposite number Vaatu is Chaotic Evil.

  • Makes sense considering that they emulate a Lawful Good character.

  • Whenever not bound by malevolent programming, as she is/was a policewoman in addition to being a superhero.

  • As the Gordon to Spider-Man's Batman this makes sense.

  • A much more good-natured and earnest individual than J Jonah Jameson, and also having a much more objective and appreciative view of superheroes, whom he judges by their actions and on some occasions has actively supported. And since this is not actually an illegal act, I consider him to be Lawful Good and not Neutral Good, especially since he also disagreed with the anti-establishment views of his son, which keeps him from being Chaotic.

  • A good-natured, moral attorney, just like his buddy Matt Murdock. Well, maybe not JUST like him, but still good all the same.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Drill-sergeant of the Green Lantern Corps.

  • One of the more prominent Green Lanterns in his day.

  • Like father like son

  • And here's another Green Lantern.

  • And another one. This one in particular has a real "soldier's soldier" vibe.

  • Ruler of her people in addition to being a Green Lantern.

  • Another Green Lantern, this one an old flame to Hal Jordan's.

  • And another one. In fairness, there's supposed to be a lot of Green Lanterns.

  • And yet another one. With her she also stands as a contrast to her father, who is Lawful Evil.

  • Before snapping, she's as Lawful Good as any other Green Lantern

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

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

  • Easily rivals Superman in the "Idealistic Boyscout" department

  • In the Young Justice cartoon.

  • Both in the New 52 and Teen Titans cartoon

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

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