Now, I know what you’re thinking after clicking on this. You're probably thinking to yourself, “Oh god I’ve seen like a dozen of these already with #GameOfThrones.” But you know what? All of those are lazy. You wanna know why? Because they only pick nine characters, usually the flavor of the season variety with all the big, obvious favorites. We like to take things a step further. No, we’re not going to just give you another three-by-three box graphic and pick a bunch of people from the most recent season of Game of Thrones. We’re going to sort all of the major #GameofThrones characters into their proper D&D alignment. Of course an undertaking that’s as big as the continent of Westeros itself deserves the proper treatment, so we’re gonna split this into three chunks. We’ll start off with the good alignment, and you can read about the evil and neutral alignments by clicking the hypertext.
Arya has always been a something of a black sheep in the #Stark family. She’s never quite had that same attachment to honor and duty that seems to run through the rest of the family. She cares about freedom and personal choice, refusing to become a lady when she could learn to be a water dancer instead. It is this devotion to choice and refusal to act upon what honor might dictate that has given her such a prolonged lifespan.
What makes her a good person? Certainly it’s not the list of people she wants to kill that she whispers over and over. Let’s think about that for a second. She does, in fact, refuse to kill #TheHound, a neutral character. Pretty much everyone on this list is someone who has done something evil. She’s not going around wishing people dead who are just rude to her; she’s going after murderers, thieves, and tyrants. She also refuses to give up herself on an instinctive level during her training as an assassin, something that would have likely dropped her to chaotic neutral or even just neutral.
Now, you might be wondering why isn’t she in lawful good. She’s the mother of dragons, breaker of chains, the last #Targaryen queen, ready to bring peace to the land. Let’s face facts: She’s like 16 years old and even though she does things with the best intentions, she’s largely unpredictable and doesn’t really plan things out. Her chaotic nature is usually used for some kind of just cause like getting rid of slavery in Essos, but in the long run all it’s done is stuck her in an unwinnable quagmire that’s only served to keep her even further from her original goal of winning back the #IronThrone.
Back when she originally bought the unsullied with one of her dragons, she was just supposed to take that army to Westeros. Sure, burning down the city and the slavers won her some great brownie points for the side of good, but from there on she proceeded to march on Yunkai and Meereen and burn down the ruling slaver establishment. This largely brought chaos to the region. It’s great to be the breaker of chains, but essentially all she managed to do was saddle herself with hundreds of thousands of unskilled malnourished followers who offered her next to no political or military benefits. She has no plans for them, and quickly realized that having thousands of refugees following you around without considering logistics is a great way to spread disease and famine. Oh, and she’s no closer to #Westeros for all her trouble.
She’s also made enemies out of the ruling establishment who’ve engaged in an unrelenting campaign of terrorism and guerrilla warfare. She’s basically stuck in the fantasy equivalent of America’s war in Iraq or Afghanistan. Her unprepared chaotic nature might be motivated by her innate sense of justice, but the further she finds herself embroiled in local politics the further she is from ever claiming the Iron Throne. Her brash nature makes her a good conqueror, but a lousy ruler. Her unruly and poorly trained dragons are a testament to her generally chaotic nature. Unless she can shift her alignment before the seventh book, chances are we won’t ever see a return of the Targaryen dynasty.
Unlike pretty much all of his relatives, #Tyrion isn’t a bad guy. He’s actually kind of a really decent person. Despite his drinking, terrible relatives, and the constant abuse, he’s not only the smartest man in the room most of the time, he’s also usually the nicest. He befriends Jon Snow, looks out for Tommen, and slaps the shit out of Joffrey when he acts too much like a little douche. He treats Sansa with respect when he’s forced to wed her. He’s pretty much all around as decent a guy as you can find in Westeros.
He’s also very, very adamant about his own personal freedom, flirting everywhere and anywhere he can, entangling himself in romantic relations that constantly infuriated his father, and pushing back as hard as he can without getting himself killed at the injustice he saw in King’s Landing after the #Lannisters took over. And of course, he did it all while shitfaced. Because that’s how The Imp rolls.
Of course, if left to his own devices, he’d be very happy outsmarting everyone at King’s Landing while enjoying wine and brothels. Generally, the chaos of Westeros always has a way of finding him. Like when he was kidnapped by the Starks or how he was nearly killed by the mountain men. Through his wits and cunning he’s learned how to embrace the chaos and manage it, or else he’d be long dead. Considering how many miracles we’ve seen him pull off when the chips were down, we can only imagine what he’ll be able to do if he actually had some power (or maybe a dragon or two).
Renly is the real charmer out of all the #Baratheon boys. He’s almost as well liked as his eldest brother, but not quite as capable as the poor middle child, Stannis. He’s sort of the perfect kind of moderate attitude, partaking in enough festivities to be considered as jovial and friendly as Robert, but not going too far in excess to cause other problems. He’s chaotic-lite in the sense that he disobeys the laws of the land and refuses to allow his elder brother #Stannis to take the throne. Luckily enough for him, most people don’t like Stannis enough to not bother caring about the fact that he does not have the right to succession. His wit and charm is enough to woo the Tyrells to his cause.
He cares more about honor, glory, and knightly virtues than he does about actual rules of succession and political maneuvering as seen when he’s more than willing to allow #BrienneofTarth into his entourage despite any and all traditions to the contrary. He doesn’t really have much of a plan to become king other than to put out the banner and let those who admire him flock to it, although he wouldn’t have been terrible king if he’d managed to pull it off. He’s smart enough to know when someone else could do a better job, and that’s probably his best talent. The real question: Would he succumb to the same vices as his elder brother and ignore the problems of the realm so he could continue holding tournaments and other activities of sport and leisure. But before we could see a true test of his character, Stannis took him out of the game for good.
One of the very few people who’s actually concerned for the greater good of the realm, Varys is the one man serving on the small council who, in the long run, is actually interested in the well-being of the realm itself. Generally, he manages to conduct his business in a way that does not betray his real agenda, mostly because he knows no one would actually believe him if he said it out loud. He is perfectly willing to work as the spymaster for anyone who sits on the Iron Throne, whether they inherit it through succession or through bloodshed. All the while, he is ultimately pulling the strings to bring back the Targaryen dynasty, something he has been orchestrating behind the scenes for decades.
He saw that Robert Baratheon’s reign would ultimately prove to be a disaster that would bankrupt the realm. Coming from a place of being a mere street orphan, Varys is one of the very few people who respects the plight of the common folk and sees general stability that existed during the Targaryen's 300-year reign as the realm's best chance of actually reaching a peaceful state. It was never a perfect solution, since the Targaryens were kind of crazy, but it was still way better for the vast majority than the absolute insanity that’s been unleashed in the wake of Baratheon’s death. Varys might seem apathetic, but his freeing of Tyrion and helping him escape was something that could have been extremely dangerous for him. Yet, he still did it in his hopes that everyone’s favorite little Lannister’s talents may serve #Daenerys to conquer the political climate of Westeros after her dragons had finally finished the fighting.
Ned is the obvious choice for this alignment, and he’s probably not the last Stark you’ll be seeing in this bracket. Ned Stark represented a bastion of decency and honor — a man of the utmost integrity, Ned is willing to follow all the laws of gods and men right down to the letter. Of course, #GRRM has made it painfully clear that when roleplaying in Westeros, you do not play lawful good if you want to make it to the end of the campaign. The worst thing is that the poor man had every chance to save himself. He could have aligned himself with Renly Baratheon and helped him claim the throne, but didn’t because it was rightfully Stannis’s. #Littlefinger gave him the opportunity to overthrow the Lannisters and keep Joffrey away from his poisonous mother — an action that could have saved thousands of lives from being subjected to his torment.
He even made the horrible mistake of assuming that the law would be his shield against #Cersei, but she quite literally tore that up like the flimsy little piece of paper it was. The sad truth is, Ned is just one more poor bastard tossed to the wolves because of the old “good is dumb” trope. Which, honestly, confuses me a little here. Martin plays Ned as being naive in the ways of politics, but as Warden of the North, he has to keep his banner men in line. Sure, it might not be the same scale, but you’d think he might have run across some kind of politics in the giant civil war. You’d think living to father children when you’re a lawful good man in a world full of monsters would require a little more guile.
Of course, Ned has to die for the series to really start, but I can’t help but wondering what if Ned hadn’t been handicapped by plot? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to meet Cersei with an ultimatum backed up by strength and softened by compassion? Leave Westeros with your bastard son because I have already sent ravens to the maester’s guild, to every lord and lady in every house, and even the wall with my findings. Stannis will take the throne. I have people willing to help you flee the city, but only if you leave now.
Jojen And Mira Reed
The reed siblings are two sides of the same coin. Mira Reed provides the physical strength and hunting and gathering skills that her brother lacks, while her brother is the cunning mind who’s the closest thing the series has to magic user thanks to his greensight. Separately they’re not much, but together they make a greater whole. They most definitely fall into lawful good given their unfailing loyalty to house Stark, a bond forged through their father’s friendship to #NedStark, being one of the only survivors of Ned Stark’s duel to reclaim his sister from the #TowerOfJoy.
They will follow the Starks to the end of Westeros, braving any danger to aid Bran in his journey to become one of the only proficient magic users in the entire series. In many cases their entire existence is devoted towards safeguarding Bran to the Three-Eyed Raven and their combined might gives them the skills to actually accomplish the task of making it through the North beyond the walls safe and sound.
Rob is his father’s son, which pretty much means he’s a good, honorable ruler and an excellent fighter without a ton of political sense. In Rob’s case, I’m willing to say this was because he hadn’t aged into his role yet. He could have eventually matured into his father’s position and maybe even grown from there, but that never happened. Because he’s dead. You see, alignment is meant to reflect a core belief or a set of standards a person lives by. People can still make mistakes, or, in Rob’s case, they can be young and in love. The one chaotic act Rob ever committed was to prioritized his emotions and love over his oath and duty.
He realized he made a political mistake, but he didn’t care because he loved his wife. This isn’t a bad thing, just a chaotic thing. The thing is, Rob is lawful at heart. If he’d been a little more chaotic or a little more evil, he might have found a workaround for the problem of Walder Frey that didn’t involve the death of pretty much everyone. But, Rob is lawful, and so he had to make things right by offering Walder Frey recompense for his mistake. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good person or as lawful as Rob, so we’ll never really see what he could have been.
Surprise surprise. Another Stark. Or at least an honorary Stark. #JonSnow is a decent man. He may not be perfect, but he tries. He cares about order, honor, and duty. Because he’s a bastard, he can’t rise to power in the usual way. Rather than ignore the power structure or attempt to grab it on his own, he takes an alternate route within an established system, opting to join the #NightsWatch instead.
With a little guidance, he realizes that while the Watch’s recruits might be the dregs of society, there is still a chance for reform, and he grabs the idea and runs with it. This is the essence of lawful good — the mercy to allow bad people another chance and the order and structure to benefit the greater good.
Of course, because this is A Song of Ice and Fire, nothing can be that simple, and moral ambiguity is the theme of the day. The #Wildlings are something of a test for Snow. He almost fails both his vows and his humanity, but reconciles them nicely when he allows the Wildlings in — provided they help protect the wall. Again, we see a merging of order and the greater good. #Winteriscoming, and Snow needs all the help he can get.
The only real case I would consider for placing Snow in another alignment was the renouncing of his vows and riding out against Ramsey. I’d consider it, but again, I’m still in favor of placing him as lawful good. He renounces his vows himself rather than use his power to force others to join him. In doing so, he leaves the structure of the Night’s Watch intact. In asking that others join him, he displays what I consider a very important aspect of the lawful good alignment — he asks for systemic change rather than forcing it or demanding it.
When laws are unjust or make no sense, a lawful good character will not tear down the system. Instead, he will attempt to make necessary changes while leaving the larger organization intact. If Snow was lawful neutral, he would have stayed and ignored the reports. If he was neutral good, he would have simply marched off with the Wildlings to confront Ramsey. Since he was lawful good, he had to take the chance not only to confront evil himself, but to correct a dangerous precedent the Watch has of ignoring evil for the sake of their oaths.
Davos once lead a life of crime as a smuggler working under the cover of darkness. After encountering Stannis Baratheon, he changed his ways and eventually worked his way into a position as the Hand of the King in Stannis’s court based on merit alone. In many respects, the only thing thing that really makes Stannis remotely likeable is Davos's unwavering loyalty to him. We see how much respect this lowly smuggler gives him for recognizing and rewarding his merit, we can sort of see why Stannis might actually be the most potentially sensible ruler, even if everyone complains that he has a stick up his ass behind his back.
Originally, Davos was probably chaotic or neutral good, since he was a smuggler, but ever since he pledged himself to Stannis, he’s made the change to lawful. I mean, this is a man who turned himself over and had his fingertips lopped off by his lord, and he has nothing bad to say about the man. He does what Stannis says because he has honest respect for the man. He was only ever a smuggler because that was what was open to him, and now that he has the means, he plans on making good on all that law-abiding citizen stuff.
What makes #Davos fall on the side of lawful good is his uncompromising morals. It feels like common human decency, but he’s pretty much the only person advising his king against #Melisandre’s methods of human sacrifice. Stannis doesn’t particularly like burning people, but it’s the only edge he has. He’s one of the very few characters with access to magical power. Davos works tirelessly to convince him that whatever temporary benefits that might be offered by throwing people into pyre will ultimately be outweighed by the fact that nobody really wants to follow the guy who burns people alive. In many respects, both he and Melisandre offer fantastic contrasting viewpoints, like a little angel and devil atop Stannis’s shoulder, fighting over his eternal soul. One represents lawful evil and the other lawful good, with Stannis stuck in the middle. You could not come with a better character-driven campaign setting then the story of poor Stannis’s attempt to try and take the Iron Throne.
If anyone out there could ever be accused of being a self-insert Gary Stu in the Game of Thrones universe, it’s Samwell Tarly. He’s a fat man-child who’s been sent to the Night’s Watch by his belligerent father because he wanted his second eldest to be the heir of the Tarly name. Despite subsisting on the meager rations of the Night’s Watch, being stuck in the North and being forced into performing strenuous exercise all the time, he’s still fat! You could argue that because he’s so flawed and incompetent that’s why he could never be a Gary Stu, but let’s face it: Given the cold harsh universe that GRRM has constructed for #ASongOfFireAndIce, he should be on the ground with a sword stuck in his back ages ago.
But somehow he survives and soldiers on, managing to defy his cowardly nature and stay loyal to the rules of the kingdom while somehow still being a decent person at the same time. He always sticks to his duty to the Night’s Watch, supporting his brothers in arms to the best of his limited abilities. He even manages to kill a white walker. He’s like an overweight puppy suffering from diabetes — always loyal but still mostly kind of useless. You’d never want to see a puppy get kicked, especially one with diabetes would you?
Margaery is kind of a dull character in the books, but is considerably more fleshed out on the show. What makes her especially fascinating is her relationship with #Cersei. Margaery wields courtesy and kindness as her political weapons of war. She plays her role absolutely perfectly and is far shrewder than Cersei ever was as queen, which only infuriates Cersei further. Out all the characters listed in our lawful good section, she’s easily the most clever out of all of them, knowing perfectly how use to use the tools of her station to the best of her ability. She understands fully all of the power she will wield once she becomes queen and supplants Cersei's role as queen regent, yet is smart enough to never gloat about it. She constantly contributes to charitable causes for the welfare of the downtrodden, donating food and supplies from her family. If there was anyone who could win the Game of Thrones without a smidgen of blood on her dress it’s Margaery.
She’s the only one with the ability to use her intelligence to win without bloodshed. Even more remarkably, she’s able to do it all within the confines of the laws of Westeros with the general good of the realm in mind. The only other person who’s managed anything close to that is Varys, and he’s got the unenviable position of being a eunuch, and so completely overlooked in anything involving succession or house politics. Of course, she’s consolidating power for herself, but she’s able to win the day following all of the pious traditions and customs without ever needing to get her hands dirty, which makes her an especially dangerous foe for Cersei. This is why she’s forced to go to such extreme measures like restoring the Faith Militant in her desperate attempt to stop Margery from taking complete control of the Iron Throne. In fact, if Dany doesn’t ever get her ass into gear and bring her dragons over to Westeros, when A Dream for Spring finally gets published we might be seeing her seated on the Iron Throne as she manages to keep Tommen wrapped around her finger.
Brienne Of Tarth
If being a good person is doing the right thing when nobody's watching, #Brienne is a good person. In fact, she’s even better. She does the right thing even though nobody gives a fuck and constantly mocks her for trying. And to top it all off, she still clings to her idealized notion of knighthood and all of the laws and courtesies that entails. Out of everyone in this series, Brienne is the closest we’ll ever probably get to the traditional #DungeonsandDragons fantasy notion of the Paladin class. When she promises something, it gets done (or she’ll damn near kill herself to do it). She is more or less single handedly responsible for #JamieLannister’s redemption arc, and the fact that she is able to redeem anyone — let alone Jamie Lannister in the grimmest of grimdark fantasy settings — is nothing short of a miracle. Of course, that doesn’t stop pretty much everyone else she’s tried to protect from dying. Just because she cares about honor and the greater good doesn’t mean anyone else does.
So what do you think? Do you agree with our choices? Think some of the characters might make more sense in a different alignment? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out which characters were sorted into the evil and neutral alignments.
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