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->''"How do we know which side that bird is on? Why shouldn't it be leading us into a trap?"\\
"That's a nasty idea. Still--a robin, you know. They're good birds in all the stories I've ever read. I'm sure a robin wouldn't be on the wrong side."''
-->-- ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''

A [[PlanetOfHats whole race or culture]] of fair and benevolent beings. Obviously, inverted AlwaysChaoticEvil. Sadly enough, not TruthInTelevision, but that's why these races exist: [[AnAesop to show humans]] that they need to improve themselves.

This alignment is often justified by the race being somehow "close to Light".
This trope is certainly [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism very idealistic]] and is used mostly in shows with BlackAndWhiteMorality. The more cynical shows love to [[LightIsNotGood subvert it]] by revealing they are not as good as they appeared.

Common examples of Always Lawful Good:
* It is said that {{God}} Himself is [[GodIsGood always good and righteous]] [[GoodIsNotNice even if it seems unpleasant to others]].
* Angels, if they are [[OurAngelsAreDifferent not too different]].
* "Angels in the house", perhaps better known as [[ProperLady Proper Ladies]].
* MotherNature, usually even during moments of GaiasVengeance.
* [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] if they are close to Tolkien's original conception. His original idea behind them was to depict a people not corrupted by the Original Sin. The exceptions are settings which say ScrewYouElves, have elves being another name for TheFairFolk, or feature [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Dark Elves]] instead or along with the Lawful ones.
* ThePaladin and his [[TheOrder Order]], if they exist, will almost always be some variant of Good, with an emphasis on Lawful.

Both this trope and AlwaysChaoticEvil are less frequently used, especially with classical versions of this trope such as [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]], [[CantArgueWithElves elves]], and [[TheFairFolk fairies]] all increasingly portrayed as at ''best'' just as fallible as humanity. In extreme cases one or the other can disappear,
depending whether the setting says SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids or SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers. Either that, or both start to move towards the middle of the moral scale, as the setting [[GrayingMorality becomes grayer in general]].

Often a whole race of TheBeautifulElite or an InhumanlyBeautifulRace, since BeautyEqualsGoodness. Compare NobleProfession. May be employed with AlikeAndAntitheticalAdversaries. This is a PlanetOfHats where the "hat" is being good. For this trope applied to humanity, see HumansAreGood.

'''Note that before adding examples to this list, just like [[AlwaysChaoticEvil its evil counterpart]], LawfulGood is only the TropeNamer. Also, like Always Chaotic Evil, Always Lawful Good also does not necessarily mean that everybody of the race is of the same good alignment.''' While a race can literally be Always LawfulGood and apply for this trope, this also extends to races that are also Always NeutralGood and Always ChaoticGood, or races that have LawfulGood, NeutralGood and ChaoticGood individuals, but no evil individuals of any kind.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' have the angels fill this role. Even the worst of them is a KnightTemplar who thinks the angels aren't doing enough to ''help'' the humans.
** Averted in the OVA, where [[spoiler: angels can fall and become demonic.]]
* The Universe 6 Saiyans of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', while still being {{Blood Knight}}s, use their powers to protect defenseless planets instead of pillaging them.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}''
** ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'': The Jewelpets themselves are this, due to Jewelina creating them out of the good qualities of humanity; their lot in life is to help people. [[spoiler:Even the one Jewelpet created by the BigBad instead of Jewelina, Diana, ultimately leans on the side of good.]]
** Averted in the other anime seasons, which are all [[AlternateContinuity their own continuity]]. The Jewelpets run the whole gamut of {{Character Alignment}}s in them.

[[folder:Audio Drama]]
* The Trell from ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' are implied to be this, with the Doctor saying they are a law-abiding species. A Police Marshal serves as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and though some are mooks for the villain they are mind-controlled.

* Creator/DakariKingMykan, the author of ''FanFic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'', [[InformedAttribute claims that the]] [[SuperiorSpecies Unicornicopians are this.]] [[MoralEventHorizon Their actions,]] [[MindRape particularly their treatment of Ace Ray,]] [[DesignatedHero prove otherwise.]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'', the Guardians. [[spoiler: Theoretically.]]
** Also the Angels. [[spoiler: Unfortunately.]]

* The Mystics in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal''. [[spoiler: Justified in that they're the innocent, non-violent spiritual half of a species that became divided into two races, the other being the AlwaysChaoticEvil Skeksis.]]

%%* The Hazers from Creator/CliffordSimak's ''Literature/WayStation''.
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'': Mice, otters, hedgehogs, moles, hares, badgers, and squirrels are always good, and probably living in Redwall itself. Shrews are generally ChaoticGood (but always chaotic); voles are good but sometimes whiny (though there was one vole in ''Martin the Warrior'' who was a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch traitor and a spy]]).
* The eledhel (“elves of light”) in ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' live in a perfect HiddenElfVillage Utopia with no internal strife. All named eledhel to date have been unfailingly wise, noble and heroic. Notable because in this world, they are the same race as the dark elves (moredhel), who are war-like and hostile, differing only in their mentality and lifestyle. Though it is possible for a moredhel to embrace the eledhel way of thinking and thus Return and ''become'' eledhel, the reverse does not happen. Ever. Making this a case of IncorruptiblePurePureness.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** Deconstructed with the Andalites. At first, all we know about them is that they're fighting the yeerks, so the Animorphs assume that all of them are good - Jake even describes them as "the good guys of the galaxy" in an early book. Starting in ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'', we see that the Andalites are just as bad as the yeerks, (who were a deconstruction of Always Chaotic Evil), just in different ways.
** Played straight with the Pemalites, a highly developed and joyful race that praised life and abhored violence, so much that when the AlwaysChaoticEvil Howlers arrived, Pemalites failed to muster any defence and were exterminated.
* The Houyhnhnms of ''Literature/GulliversTravels''. They are incredibly [[CantArgueWithElves honorable]], [[IntellectualAnimal intelligent]] [[SuperiorSpecies horses]] that live alongside feral, deformed humans (called "Yahoos") that appear to be AlwaysChaoticEvil, [[spoiler:though this is later revealed to be a prejudice on the Houyhnhnms' part.]]
* ''Literature/AdventureHunters'': [[spoiler: War Golems]] are a race of {{Martial Pacifist}}s. Every single one of them abhors violence. If you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. If you attack them, they will wreck you. [[spoiler: This is because their personalities are copies of their creator, who was himself a pacifist.]]
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Sylphrena and other honorspren are literally made out of LawfulGood-ness. Subverted when sometimes she can't give Kaladin a good answer to his moral dilemmas. In particular, she has problems with dealing with the parshmen, who have been mindless slaves for centuries. Since honorspren are shaped by the human idea of honor, humanity's FantasticRacism has seeped into them a bit.
-->'''Kaladin:''' You're a... what, embodiment of human perceptions of honor? Shouldn't you at least ''think'' you have all the answers?\\
'''Syl:''' Probably. Or maybe if there are answers, I should be the one who wants to find them.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Organians, and possibly the Metrons, on the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. For that matter, most of Star Fleet itself is portrayed as something like this (with a few bad seeds), until the existence of Section 31 was revealed (''after'' Gene Roddenberry's death, of course), and even ''they'' were {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s with UnscrupulousHero tendencies rather than outright villains.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1''
** [[BadassPacifist The Nox always qualify]]. In one episode, they were called in to mediate a trial because everyone knows they'll be fair in their judgement.
** The Asgard usually do since they're fighting the evil aliens and being mistaken for heroic deities like ''Thor''.
** The Ancients occasionally do (when they're not [[LawfulStupid Always Lawful]] ''[[LawfulStupid Stupid]]''), depending on which episode in which series you're watching.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Vorlons are a {{subversion}} as they turn out to be [[NotSoDifferent just as petty and terrorizing]] as their opposing species, the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Shadows]]. As a whole they turn out to be merely Always Lawful, ranging from the LawfulEvil Ulkesh to the LawfulGood Kosh, with an emphasis on Good over strictly Lawful (he had no qualms about encouraging TheChosenOne to bend the rules when necessary to maintain long-term order).
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Eternals were originally intended to be this, although not much is revealed about them in the show and the ExpandedUniverse depicts them as having their fair share of villains. Considering they exist outside time, they could be AboveGoodAndEvil.
** Some species, such as Star Whales and Thals, have also only been shown in a positive light, though only one Star Whale has been seen. In their first appearance the Thals claimed to have once been a race of warriors, but after war wrecked their planet they became peaceful. Also their pacifism goes to the extent that they are willing to die rather then fight the Daleks and the TARDIS team have to convince them otherwise.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience Metallic]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] in older versions. They're also a TropeCodifier.
** Paladins are a literal example up until the fourth edition, where they were allowed to be any alignment so long as it matched their patron god.
** The supplement ''Remarkable Races'' introduces the kval and magogol, both of which are biologically ''forced'' to be Good.
** Though Eberron mixed up most of the usual alignment codings (e.g. metallic dragons aren't necessarily good there, or even more likely to be good), it added the kalashtar PC race, who *are* mostly lawful good, and unusually added a justification: kalashtar exist from birth in psionic symbiosis with one of 66 good quori (who are kind of smeared around the larger population). You're partly human with the usual genetic randomness, part a specific immortal good creature.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' helped codify the Archons, the native denizens of [[{{Heaven}} Mount Celestia]] who are [[MadeOfGood Made of Lawful Good]]. There are also the Always NeutralGood Guardinals of Bytopia, and the Always ChaoticGood Eladrin of Arborea. As well as the [[LawfulNeutral Always]] [[TrueNeutral Neutral]] [[ChaoticNeutral counterparts]], and the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil various]] [[MadeOfEvil Evil]] fiends. ''Planescape'' is big on thematic symmetries.
* In the ''Lorwyn'' Block of ''MagicTheGathering'', pretty much every race aside from the [[PuttingOnTheReich elves]] and [[TheFairFolk fairies]] is generally benevolent on the majority, including the [[DarkIsNotEvil black aligned]] boggarts (though there are a few exceptions here and there, of course, like the kithkin [[AntiVillain Gaddock Teeg]]). Come ''Shadowmoor'', and everyone becomes AlwaysChaoticEvil, with the exception of the elves, which pull a 180º and become the most benevolent race around.[[note]]Incidently, the page image is inaccurate, as Magic's angels can and often are [[LightIsNotGood pretty evil]][[/note]]

%%* Archons in ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders''.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' ultimately subverts this trope. If any race appears to be this in the game, chances are there are at least some corrupt members of that race.
** [[OurAngelsAreDifferent The naaru are basically angels]]. Not so much when they "lose their light" [[spoiler:and become Void Gods.]]
** The Tauren and Draenei both seem to be overwhelmingly honorable on a cultural level—have often been accused of being this ([[SuperiorSpecies or worse]]). However:
*** The Tauren have the vicious, xenophobic Grimtotem and Bloodtotem tribes and high-ranking members of the Twilight's Hammer (such as Warmaster Blackhorn, a boss in the Dragon Soul raid.)
*** There are also Draenei members of the Twilight's Hammer. In addition, many of the Draenei on the alternate Draenor are (openly or secretly) members of the Sargerei, an entire faction of corrupt Draenei.
*** It should also be noted that draenei are not a ''race''; they are a ''faction'' (and a fairly small one at that) of the eredar, a race that is otherwise ''very'', '''''very''''' evil. Presumably, any draenei who do not want to be goody two-shoes find their way into the Burning Legion, where the majority of their people are (which is what happens in ''Warlords'').
** The Pandaren are the only race so far that seem to lack villainous members. However, ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'' (a spinoff of dubious canonicity) shows a few Pandaren who serve the Old Gods, as well as an entire Pandarian GenericEthnicCrimeGang, the Jade Lotus.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** The Toads and Yoshis are always helpful. The [=RPGs=] have introduced exceptions, though never quite to the same level of outright villainy as the Koopa Troop.
** The Star Sprites of ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' are portrayed as benevolent angel-like protectors of the Mushroom Kingdom, even if Starlow, the only prominently featured member of their race, is portrayed as a bit of a LittleMissSnarker.
* Divine Dragons in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' are always good. All other types of dragons have at least one villainous member in the series (Earth/Dark Dragons are outright AlwaysChaoticEvil), but the only two times a Divine Dragon is fought in the series outside of multiplayer were Tiki in ''Shadow Dragon'', who was brainwashed, and Morva in ''Sacred Stones'', who was a reanimated corpse.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' subverts this with their rendition of angels. Lawful? Certainly. Good? AHAHA no.
* {{Deconstructed}} in, [[ChaoticNeutral of all things,]] ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The Celestials are explicitly stated to be Always Lawful Good, since that's ''the'' requirement to become a Celestial. However, the only Celestial to be named in the story, Hinanai Tenshi, is [[ItAmusedMe one hell of a rabble rouser]] because she finds herself unable to live up to this standard.
* If a race in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is made up of [=NPC=]s who you can talk to and who don't have danger music playing when you are near them, then they're automatically this. Pretty much the only time they actually become hostile to Link is if they've been forcibly turned into monsters. May or may not be the case with the Zoras, depending on whether or not you consider the pre-''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' Zoras to be a separate race.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleOfAges'' officially determines them to be two subraces of Zoras. The (usually) evil, monstrous-looking Zoras that debuted in the first game are called River Zoras, while the more humanoid Zoras that debuted in ''Ocarina'' are called Ocean Zoras.
* Fairies are considered to be so in ''Videogame/SpyroTheDragon'' by the older dragons, and there hasn't been anything to prove them wrong.
* ''Videogame/{{Okami}}'s'' Celestials, which are pretty much this game's version of angels, are implied to be this.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the [[BlueBlood Cousland]] family, firm believers in [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething noblesse oblige]], are this to Ferelden. They leard the teyrnir[[note]]A Duchy more or less[[/note]] of Highever, and are ardently loyal to the Fereldan crown. Teyrn Loghain's claim that they were secretly [[FrenchJerk Orle]][[ArchNemesis sian]] collaborators is met with suspicion and disbelief by much of the rest of the Fereldan nobility in the first game (and their suspicion is well-founded).

* The Dimension of Lame from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is filled with people like this. They consider littering and food fighting to be the most horrific crimes imaginable, not because AllCrimesAreEqual, but because [[StupidGood they can't imagine anything worse]].
* The Devas, Archons and related [[ShapedLikeItself Lawful Good]] entities in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. They even ''point out'' that LawfulStupid is the StupidestThingIveEverHeard. Entities such as them exist in a state of grace that is literally impossible for mortals to reach, meaning they forgive and tolerate mistakes made by Lawful Good characters - even to the point of such characters embracing Chaos in the form of being TheSnarkKnight or even a KnightInSourArmor - as long as they are consistently '''trying''' to be Lawful Good.
-->'''Roy's Deva''': ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0490.html People forget how crucial it is to keep trying, even if they screw it up now and then. They figure that if they can't manage it perfectly every waking second, then they should just pick some other alignment because it'll be easier. But it's the struggle that matters. It's easy for a being of pure Law and Good to live up to these ideals, but you're a mortal. What matters is that when you blow it, you get back up on the horse and try again.]]''
** Best part? This is a high quality RealLife Aesop - good people screw up. [[PerfectSolutionFallacy Doesn't mean we shouldn't stop trying to be as good as we can be.]]
* In ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', all mermaids are good guys. Unfortunately they had mean and nice facial expression confused, so Axe Cop ended up killing one for looking evil before they cleared up the confusion. He usually does whatever he damn well likes, but this once he experienced MyGodWhatHaveIDone.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mormons in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', although this tends to make them [[StupidGood incredibly annoying]] for everybody else. So much so that, since Heaven is full of Mormons, it's essentially ''worse than Hell'' for non-Mormons.
* Snarf's race in ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' are incapable of having evil in their hearts. This makes them immune to MindControl and other snares without making them unwilling to fight.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'': "Animal House" establishes that all dragons have "protective instincts" for humans and especially their riders. Every 'evil' action committed by a dragon in the series thus far is either: a mother looking for its child, brought on by a toothache, or ignorance that their action was causing trouble. [[spoiler: However, if dragons are tamed by evil people then they may do evil things.]]
* TheSmurfs. They have petty emotions (greed, selfishness, pride, and so on), but they'll end up doing the right thing - even an artificial smurf (like Smurfette.)