Well, first of all, let me confess — I don’t play D&D. But I find the alignment system an interesting way of looking at fictional characters, and that kind of personality sorting always appeals to me (like MBTI or Hogwarts Houses). But, again, since I don’t play, I might have misunderstood exactly the way alignments work. I think I have a fair grasp on the concept though!
So, a few characters for each spot on the chart (some POVs, some others I feel I can sort well enough):
Lawful Good: Ned Stark, Robb Stark, Jon Snow, Brienne of Tarth, Catelyn Stark, Davos Seaworth (the heroes)
Neutral Good: Sansa Stark, Bran Stark (steadily moving towards TN), Daenerys Targaryen (she’s tricky to sort, with elements of Lawful and Chaotic), Renly Baratheon
Chaotic Good: Arya Stark (note she moves to Chaotic Neutral later in the series), Beric Dondarrion (and his merry band), Mance Rayder
Lawful Neutral: Stannis Baratheon, maybe Melisandre too (mind you her laws are very very personal)
True Neutral: Theon Greyjoy (note he’s here because he didn’t intend evil, also he’s very windblown — but I’d accept an argument for NE), Tyrion Lannister (another windblown — he’s lawful as Hand, but becomes more chaotic later, especially in ADWD)
Chaotic Neutral: Robert Baratheon, Ygritte, Jaime Lannister, Oberyn Martell, Sandor Clegane (initially Lawful Evil, but he shifts)
Lawful Evil: Tywin Lannister, Victarion Greyjoy, Randyll Tarly
Neutral Evil: Roose Bolton, Varys, Littlefinger, Cersei Lannister (I’m kind of conflicted putting her here, but…)
Chaotic Evil: Joffrey Baratheon, Gregor Clegane, Euron Greyjoy, Ramsay Bolton (the monsters)
Note, of course, that the characters’ personalities are far more than their alignment. This is more of a guideline than anything else, and some characters just won’t play by the rules. For example, characters who were very hard to sort: Sandor, Tyrion, Theon, Jaime — i.e. anyone with a huge identity arc. I also feel hesitant labeling Varys as evil, since I’m fairly sure he’s running his plots to benefit the kingdom (as he sees it), but the chaos he’s caused puts him there, I’m afraid.
Also, intent vs. results are very tricky, as is how one sees himself vs. how others see them. Like, because of that I have no idea where to put Lady Stoneheart… like Melisandre, she’s following a personal code of justice, but her actions appear chaotic; she’s technically on the side of good but no longer has respect for life… Actually, she and Mel probably belong in the same alignment, whatever the hell it is.
If you want some other opinions, I recommend the blogger Mightygodking, who’s done tons of these charts, and I guess is kind of my inspiration here. :) His GOT charts are interesting, but note we disagree on a few points.
I welcome discussion on the matter, especially from people who, y’know, actually play this game. :)

Well, first of all, let me confess — I don’t play D&D. But I find the alignment system an interesting way of looking at fictional characters, and that kind of personality sorting always appeals to me (like MBTI or Hogwarts Houses). But, again, since I don’t play, I might have misunderstood exactly the way alignments work. I think I have a fair grasp on the concept though!

So, a few characters for each spot on the chart (some POVs, some others I feel I can sort well enough):

  • Lawful Good: Ned Stark, Robb Stark, Jon Snow, Brienne of Tarth, Catelyn Stark, Davos Seaworth (the heroes)
  • Neutral Good: Sansa Stark, Bran Stark (steadily moving towards TN), Daenerys Targaryen (she’s tricky to sort, with elements of Lawful and Chaotic), Renly Baratheon
  • Chaotic Good: Arya Stark (note she moves to Chaotic Neutral later in the series), Beric Dondarrion (and his merry band), Mance Rayder
  • Lawful Neutral: Stannis Baratheon, maybe Melisandre too (mind you her laws are very very personal)
  • True Neutral: Theon Greyjoy (note he’s here because he didn’t intend evil, also he’s very windblown — but I’d accept an argument for NE), Tyrion Lannister (another windblown — he’s lawful as Hand, but becomes more chaotic later, especially in ADWD)
  • Chaotic Neutral: Robert Baratheon, Ygritte, Jaime Lannister, Oberyn Martell, Sandor Clegane (initially Lawful Evil, but he shifts)
  • Lawful Evil: Tywin Lannister, Victarion Greyjoy, Randyll Tarly
  • Neutral Evil: Roose Bolton, Varys, Littlefinger, Cersei Lannister (I’m kind of conflicted putting her here, but…)
  • Chaotic Evil: Joffrey Baratheon, Gregor Clegane, Euron Greyjoy, Ramsay Bolton (the monsters)

Note, of course, that the characters’ personalities are far more than their alignment. This is more of a guideline than anything else, and some characters just won’t play by the rules. For example, characters who were very hard to sort: Sandor, Tyrion, Theon, Jaime — i.e. anyone with a huge identity arc. I also feel hesitant labeling Varys as evil, since I’m fairly sure he’s running his plots to benefit the kingdom (as he sees it), but the chaos he’s caused puts him there, I’m afraid.

Also, intent vs. results are very tricky, as is how one sees himself vs. how others see them. Like, because of that I have no idea where to put Lady Stoneheart… like Melisandre, she’s following a personal code of justice, but her actions appear chaotic; she’s technically on the side of good but no longer has respect for life… Actually, she and Mel probably belong in the same alignment, whatever the hell it is.

If you want some other opinions, I recommend the blogger Mightygodking, who’s done tons of these charts, and I guess is kind of my inspiration here. :) His GOT charts are interesting, but note we disagree on a few points.

I welcome discussion on the matter, especially from people who, y’know, actually play this game. :)

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  7. smallsoapdish said: I’m okay with most of these, except for Cersei. I think she belongs in Chaotic Neutral with Jaime. Can you explain your reasoning here?
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