Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Pop Culture Alignment

This chart shows the moral alignments of nine pop culture characters using the Dungeons & Dragons alignment system. Rorschach as Chaotic Good? I think that Chaotic Neutral is more likely. And Neutral Good for John Locke at best.

Top row, left to right: John Locke of Lost, Dwight from Sin City, Rorschach of Watchmen.
Middle row: Indiana Jones, Niko Bellic of Grand Theft Auto 4, Tyler Durden of Fight Club.
Bottom row: Darth Vader, Anton Chigurh of No Country for Old Men, and the Joker.

I'm not sure who's responsible for this chart -- it's been floating around the net. I found it via Jeremy Barker's Popped Culture.

Way back in my gaming days, I often thought of Palladium's alignment system, which accepted selfishness as a factor in human behavior, instead of a pure good-evil duality.

A couple of years ago, I would have thought of myself as Neutral Good. Right now, I'm moving firmly in the direction of Chaotic Neutral. Appropriately, Fight Club to be a movie that spoke to me in a powerful way.

What's your alignment?


Divers and Sundry said...

According to this quiz:
my alignment is Neutral. I don't see a quiz for whether I'm Good or Evil. Let's call me Neutral Good, just 'cause.

bob said...

Neutral good, and if I understand the system correctly I would think most people would fall into this category. It's probably been 25 years since I played D&D so maybe I'm not remembering right.

Jeff the Baptist said...

I look the quiz D&S linked to and came out Neutral Good.

jockeystreet said...

It seems I'm Neutral Good, too. As a younger man, I always thought of myself as more Chaotic Good. Go figure.

James R. Rummel said...

My alignment? Lawful good, obviously.

Not only that, but my character class would be Paladin, although I don't belong to any church or even believe in the supernatural. It would be based on the original meaning of the word as "someone who fights for a cause."

Paladin or not, I don't have any healing powers, and must settle for certification from the Red Cross in CPR and First Aid. It isn't clear if this is due to my lack of belief in a deity, or because I have yet to gain high enough level for the powers to manifest.

Ditto for the ability to Turn Undead. But, since I have never seen anything even remotely like a zombie or animated skeleton, then it could be that an anti-undead field is generated by myself that is so strong and extent that I never get close enough to them to catch a glimpse before they either run for the hills or turn o dust.

But probably not. See my remarks concerning my lack of faith above.

But, whether I could turn them or not, I certainly could Dispel Undead very handily. At least I could, until I ran out of ammo and could no longer apply bullets to foreheads.

Bro. Dave said...

Odd... it says I'm "Chaotic Evil". I'm going to have to give that some thought...

John said...

Hmm. I came up as a true Neutral.

Thanks for finding that, D&S.

Jockeystreet -- you've gotten older. You're now part of the Establishment. Let us know the first time you say "Kids these days...."

James -- I'm going to assume that you're actually Chaotic Evil and that you just want us to think that you're Lawful Good.

John said...

Bro. Dave -- at least you're in good company, like the Joker.

Divers and Sundry said...

"Let us know the first time you say "Kids these days....""

No, no... Look out for, "When I was your age..."