(Up for Grabs
, Needs a Better Description
, Needs More Examples
, possibly Needs a Better Name
Because Dungeons & Dragons
is the Trope Codifier
and Ur Example
of so many Tabletop Game
tropes, the two-axis alignment system (Order vs. Chaos
and Good vs. Evil
) is considered the default, even when it wouldn't make sense. We have The Great Character Alignment Debate
that deals with using the system in places where it doesn't work or matter.
Some systems/works, however, subvert our expectations of the alignment system by replacing or adding new scales (and not just the same scale by a different name). Perhaps the system cares about how sane a character is, or how famous they are.
Another way to subvert the expectations is to replace one or both scales with a single word. We use the word "stupid", usually, based on how other characters have behaved in stories and Real Life
. See Lawful Stupid, Chaotic Stupid
Unique alignments can add both nuance and often humor to what would otherwise be a dry description of which predefined box someone sits in.
Subtrope of Character Alignment