Chaotic Good characters are rebels and free spirits who believe in doing good, by their own standards. Some don't have a problem with greater systems such as laws as long as they leave them alone; others are anarchists who believe that too much 'order' is bad for everybody, and the betterment of all can only be achieved by actively rejecting any higher instances of power. Likely to take a intuitive approach to The Golden Rule, caring about other people's feelings and needs without having to calcify it into specific rules.
A Badass Grandpa who was CG in his youth may mellow somewhat to Neutral Good in his old age.
Some flavours of Chaotic Good include:
Type 1 are those who are more Chaotic than Good. They value freedom, and feel that they and others should be free to pursue their own desires — it just so happens that what they desire is to do good. They do not see doing good as a "duty" and may actively resent any attempts to compel them to do good even if the stakes are high, but will probably end up doing them anyway, justifying their actions by saying that this is what they want to do. They are also the Type most likely to get annoyed by being called "The Hero" or something similar. This is also the type most likely to be a Loveable Rogue who commits crimes for their own gain, but balance it out with Never Hurt an Innocent and doing lots of good elsewhere in their lives.
Type 2 are those who are more Good than Chaotic. They desire to do good, but also feel that they have a responsibility to do good, and view freedom as a secondary (but still important) concern — essentially, they feel that being good is the price of being free, and they are more likely than Type 1 to use the law to achieve a good end. They are not opposed to the Lawful system and may even accept it as necessary or even good, but they will rarely, if ever, let it get in the way of doing what they feel is right, sometimes making them a heroic example of The Unfettered. However, this means they risk trampling on the rights and freedom of others and may push them into Well-Intentioned Extremist territory if they are not careful.
Type 3 are those devoted to a Chaotic Good cause — Freedom Fighters, benevolent anarchists, and anyone who feels that Freedom generally leads to Good, and vice versa. They usually believe Rousseau Was Right, and try to promote a society with as little government as possible, or overthrow a corrupt oppressive regime without getting drawn into the politics behind replacing it with something better. They do not believe in The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized; the very concept is often their worst nightmare, and they will do everything to oppose or at least minimize any such trend (so long as they can be convinced that such is actually occurring, of course). For this type, the danger is being blind to the risk that their cause may be corrupted, or has little chance of achieving its end, and if they are not careful they may end up unintentionally creating something even worse than what they fought.
Type 4 is a fair balance between Types 1 and 2. They believe in doing good and in their freedom to do good, but have a grudging or even healthy respect for Lawful Good methods or types who pursue goodness by other means. Essentially, they believe that they should be allowed to be free and good as they see fit, but recognize that the rest of the world is more complicated and that whether the time is for freedom or goodness is down to a case by case basis, and will try and seek the middle ground. They try to be vigilant against the Chaotic Good danger of being judgmental on matters Lawful as best they can, though they are not immune to it.
Unfortunately, characters of this alignment are the most likely good characters to be opposed by the Hero Antagonist.
An important aspect of Chaotic Good freedom fighters is that they excel in toppling corrupt regimes, but are often pretty terrible with power and responsibility themselves (as some of the examples show). A Chaotic Good character faces a tightrope walk even more narrow than most Lawful Good characters face because of their competing interests in being a free spirit that wants to do good in the world, and their general disdain for the authority and control over people's lives that they would be wielding to try to do that good. Generally, one of several things happens because of this:
Chaotic Good can be considered the best alignment because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. Chaotic Good can be considered a dangerous alignment because it can disrupt the order of society and punishes those who feel the need for a social framework around themselves.
See Also: Lawful Good, Neutral Good, Lawful Neutral, True Neutral, Chaotic Neutral, Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil, Chaotic Evil.
If you have a difficulty deciding which alignment a good-aligned character belongs to, the main difference between Lawful Good, Neutral Good, and Chaotic Good is not their devotion to good, but the methods they believe are best to promote it:
Even though there are some situations where they can't always use this method, Lawful Good characters believe the best way is to have a specific, strict code of conduct, whether self-imposed or codified as a law. Their first impulse when making a moral decision is to refer back to this code; those with externally imposed systems (codes of laws, hierarchies, etc.) will try to work within the system when those systems go wrong. Depending on whether they are more Lawful or more Good, they will either refuse to break the code even though it would hurt someone, or else break it only very reluctantly, and only when it would hurt someone if they kept their code. Lawful Good characters have to be very good when deciding to Take a Third Option.
Neutral Good characters are indifferent to Order Versus Chaos, and their only interest is in doing good. They will use whatever means will promote the most good, whether that means tearing down a code of laws, following a code of laws, creating an orderly society, causing the breakdown of harmful kinds of order, or staying away from society altogether. Their only goal is to do good, full stop.
Most Chaotic Good characters don't constantly break the law, but they cannot see much value in laws (or, for weaker-CCGs, do not see the value in laws that do not function solely to punish evil). They believe that their own consciences are their best guides, and that tying themselves to any given code of conduct would be limiting their own ability to do good. They do not get along with anyone who tries to instill any kind of order over the Chaotic Good character or others, believing these people to be restricting their freedom and the freedom of others; however, most Chaotic Good characters will respect the right of others to impose strong codes of conduct on themselves. Chaotic Good characters often focus very strongly on individual rights and freedoms, and will strongly resist any form of oppression of themselves or anyone else.
When dealing with the examples of specific characters, remember that assigning an alignment to a character who doesn't come with one is pretty subjective. If you've got a problem with a character being listed here, it probably belongs on the discussion page. There will be no real life examples under any circumstances; it just invites an Edit War. Plus, real people are far too complex and multi-dimensional to really be classified by such a straightforward alignment system.On works pages: Character Alignment is only to be used in works where it is canonical, and only for characters who have alignments in-story. There is to be no arguing over canonical alignments, and no Real Life examples, ever.
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Kagura from Gintama fits the bill nicely. Unlike her more level-headed boss Gintoki, she charges straight into the problem and is often willing to use violent methods to solve problems. Katsura also counts; although he is a terrorist, his ultimate goal is to liberate Japan from the Amanto's control.
Simon cares only about doing what he sees as the right thing. Rules set by anyone else? He cheerfully ignores them. This includes rules of physics. Really, the only rule he's sure to obey is the Rule of Cool.
Several of the other members of Team Dai-Gurren are also this. The second half shows why Chaotic Good people shouldn't be put in charge of a city, since Simon and the other Chaotic Good members tend to slack off, and leave everything up to Lawful Neutral Rossiu, and the Lawful Good members of the gang such as Leeron, to actually run the city.
Ichigo from Bleach. As he states when Rukia tries to pull a threshold guardian event on him, he'll save innocents because he wants to and not out of some sense of moral obligation. She learns just how much this is true when he tears up the social structure of an afterlife just to save her, even though she told him not to.
Urahara Kisuke also fits this trope, which is unsurprising, as he's the closest thing Ichigo has to a mentor.
Kaien Shiba, the former lieutenant of Squad 13 who is often compared to Ichigo, has a similar view on the law and morality, as Ukitake suggests that he'd put himself at risk and break the law to save Rukia. Renji, who is also quite similar to Ichigo, is willing to break the rules to stop Rukia's execution.
The Vizard also fit this trope. Their reason for coming to Karakura town isn't because they particularly care about the people there, or the great cosmic battle between good and evil - they just want to get revenge on Aizen. Who just so happens to be the evil side of the equation.
Yusuke Urameshi from YuYu Hakusho is the embodiment of Chaotic Good. To the point where he charges at his Chaotic Evil counterpart Sensui only to veer off at the last minute and jump in the nearby lake for a swim, just to taunt Sensui that he can't predict his every move.
Goku and the Z warriors from Dragon Ball Z fall under this alignment because while they fight to protect the Earth, they follow their own rules on how to do it.
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is this, being benevolent and good-natured, but not particularly inclined to following rules... of any sort. He is irresponsible, after all.
This describes Onizuka-sensei of Great Teacher Onizukaperfectly. He may be stupid, selfish, greedy, a shameless Chivalrous Pervert, and the furthest thing from being a mature, responsible teacher, but he'd do anything for his students.
Dr. Kuroo Hazama, aka Black Jack, shows an almost gleeful disdain for the law, preferring to toss it aside for his own brand of poetic justice — usually involving the extortion of a large conglomerate for the sake of a single patient.
Naruto Uzumaki is another borderline case. Inherently, he's Chaotic Good, but as a loyal Konoha shinobi, he serves an organization that holds Lawful Goodness as an ideal; therefore, he tries to aim for that. Throw him a Knight Templar adversary, however, and he'll come down on the side of Goodness over Law. Hard.
Kamille Bidan from Zeta Gundam, an angry young Newtype who has a problem with authority, but often shows great generosity and love to those he cares for.
Kamille Bidan: The ones that have to be eliminated are those whose souls are bound by gravity, but not even that justifies murdering the lives of so many innocent people! Why create a new world where NO ONE CAN LIVE IN!?!?
Judau Ashta from Gundam ZZ starts out as either this or Chaotic Neutral, and definitely ends as this, since his main concern is stopping the war and protecting his friends.
KincaidNau, the Ace Pilot for the resistance group Crossbone Vanguard, opposing Jupiter Empire in an attempt to save Earth.
Zechs Marquise might fit this as well, though the rival to Heero Yuy. While having done several questionable acts such as working for Treize Kushrenada (both wish to show the world the horror of war, though) and joining the White Fang Revolution to destroy Earth, his main motive was to fight for he and his sister Relena's ruined homeland and to fight for the oppressed colonists. In Endless Waltz, he rejoins the fight to assist his former rival Heero in suppressing Dekim Barton's rebellion against his sister.
Cagalli Yula Athha from Gundam SEED is a Rebellious Princess example. She even joined a La Résistance group at one point in the story. This actually causes her difficulties when she becomes leader of her country and cannot rule through sheer force of personality.
Shinn Asuka, who has enormous issues with authority, especially authority that contradicts his worldview. He tries to be good, but ultimately lets his problems push him into the arms of Lawful EvilWell-Intentioned Extremist Chairman Durandal.
Natsuki Kuga from Mai Hi ME is an impenitent truant who has lived at the borders of the law for most of her life to take down the evil Searrs Foundation. She doesn't make friends easily, but is fiercely devoted to those she has, and was even willing to defend Nao, one of her bitter enemies, from an attack by her maddened friend Shizuru after realizing she and Nao were Not So Different after all. Her Mai-OtomeFaux Action Girl incarnation Natsuki Kruger is probably Lawful Good instead.
Mikoto Minagi fits this alignment most of the time, too. Though she's quite naive, having lived a sheltered life before going to school at Fuuka, she's quick to make friends and is fiercely protective of them... especially Mai. Her childlike nature also comes with a general distrust of authority, and an unfortunate susceptibility to mind control.
In Mai-Otome, Shizuru lives and breathes this trope, outright encouraging the students to break the rules and follow their hearts... and incidentally flirting with almost every single one of them.
The Wolkenritter during the second season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Anti Villains with kind hearts and a downright heroic goal of saving an innocent Ill Girl, they found themselves on the wrong side of the law since the only way they knew how was to take the Mana of others. Even then, they made sure never to kill or seriously injure anyone, went after magical monsters when they could, and looked after the welfare of the people they fought. Shifted to Lawful Good once the incident was resolved.
The Yapan Exodus from Overman King Gainer, who journey to find Yapan while being hunted by the Lawful Neutral Siberian Railroad. They eventually have to save the world from the Overdevil while working with the Siberian Railroad.
Suiseiseki from Rozen Maiden comes off as Chaotic Neutral at most times due to her Screwy Squirrel nature, but she hides deep feelings for her sisters to the point she wouldn't fight in the Alice Game if it meant losing her sisters.
Brago in Zatch Bell!. He's generally an embodiment of Dark Is Not Evil; while being a remorseless Jerk Ass and willing to kill to get his way at first, he comes to be a strong aid to the good guys, although it seems that it's only when he feels like it. And he has a strong bond to his bookkeeper Sherry — although in an anime filler arc, he ditches her when he finds himself in a world where he can read his own spells.
Katsuya Jonouchi/Joey Wheeler of Yu-Gi-Oh! (after he befriends Yugi). The rules of society mean nothing to him and he's a textbook Hot-BloodedCloud Cuckoolander, but he has a clear sense of morality. And if you're evil — especially if you're evil to those he cares about — you will be smacked down. Hard.
Nagi Springfield of Mahou Sensei Negima!, the main character's super powerful Disappeared Dad. He would take out enemy hideouts even when he's not supposed to, blast suspicious politicians with no regard to consequences, and would charge into the fray to save princesses from their sad fates with nary a thought. During a Grey and Gray MoralityStory Arc, a former ally of his said that Nagi would have theoretically helped the Hero Antagonist who planned to reveal the Masquerade since it would eventually led to mages moving freely and saving more lives. The chaotic effects a Broken Masquerade would have had on society would have been a detail he wouldn't have dwelled too much on.
His son Negi attempts to be Lawful Good, though his actions often veer way to the chaotic end of the scale depending on the situation.
This is the public opinion of Lelouch/Zero in Code Geass. Lelouch goes out of his way to portray himself as a Chaotic Good Freedom Fighter going against the tyranny of Britannia. In truth, his motives and actions push him more into Chaotic Neutral territory.
Rosette Christopher in Chrono Crusade has no problems with following the rules when she sees they serve a purpose, but she'll just as quickly break them if they get in the way of her helping people or completing her (generally very noble) goals. Oh, and she's a nun that gambles, swears, and drinks.
Vash the Stampede from Trigun. Despite his sometimes foolish dedication to pacifism and "love and peace", he is considered the ultimate outlaw with a 60 Billion double dollar bounty on his head, and, much to his chagrin, has two insurance agents going around trying to prevent him from causing any more damage than he already has (most of which is not even his fault). Ultimately, he is dubbed a "human disaster" and is not even liable for the destruction he inadvertently causes. He is not specifically against law and order, but in a world where the law is often brutal and corrupt, he tries to live out his life as happily as he can, and is far from any kind of crusader.
To a lesser degree, Masaru Aoki and Takuma Saeki too. Takamura borders on this when he's not acting like a Chaotic NeutralJerk Ass.
InuYasha, as part of being a textbook Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Having been outcast from society his entire life, the guy honestly does not give a shit about rules or social expectations, but that doesn't keep him from being an ultimately decent person.
Weiss, the eponymous protagonists of Weiß Kreuz, are a group of assassins who are willing to commit immoral murders of villains out of the law's reach in order to bring better tomorrows for the innocent lives they threaten.
TomoyaOkazaki from CLANNAD. Before meeting with Nagisa, he was an outright Chaotic Neutral who couldn't give a damn about academics at all, and after meeting with Nagisa, he still doesn't give a damn about school, but walks the extra mile to help others.
Kotetsu "Wild Tiger" Kaburagi from Tiger & Bunny. He does what his conscience drives him to do and not what the public expects him to, caring little about points, fame, or what gets obliterated in the process of his incredibly selfless acts.
Hungary from Hetalia. She loves her friends and will protect them without hesitation — and will beat the SHIT out of you to do so.
Prussia tends to be much more Chaotic Neutral, but in a good day he might fit in here.
South Italy aka Romano, too. The dude growls and whines a lot, but if you have a problem that he can help you solve, he'll deal even with The Mafia itself to help you out.
America wants to be Lawful Good, but his Man Child tendencies put him half in Selfish Good and half here. Sealand, Australia, Molossia, and Wy seem to share this alignment as well.
South Korea. He's the most child-like and Hot-Blooded of the Asians, but has a heart of gold as well.
Cuba! Keeps wanting to fight with America, shows kindness to Canada and Switzerland, always ready for good brawls.
Light Yagami is an interesting case; he considers himself Lawful Good, in that he wants to create a world where he can universally punish ANYONE who does wrong. However, to do this, he has to break every conceivable law in order to dole out justice until he can convince everyone it's the proper way. Along the way (or possibly from the very start), he forgets he's still human and thinks he's Above Good and Evil, not realizing or caring that most people who begin to zealously follow "Kira's" beliefs do so out of fear rather than proper admiration (but there are a few exceptions), while the rest of the world considers him Lawful Evil at best.
The titular character of Haiyore! Nyarko-san definitely counts as this, which is ironic seeing that she is Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos, who is recognized as one of the few truly evil characters in the Cthulhu Mythos. This incarnation, however, can hardly even be called evil at all, and really is devoted to doing good, and while she can be quite brutal to her enemies, she usually doesn't get any worse than annoying, especially considering that she is also a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
The titular character of Puella Magi Madoka Magica starts as Neutral Good, but demonstrates far more Chaotic traits than Lawful as the series goes on: impulsiveness, defiance in the face of adversity, and a strong sense of ideals-above-all. At the end of the series, she claims during her ascension to divinity that if any law causes people to suffer, she will destroy it or rewrite it.
Green Arrow's sidekicks, the past and present Speedies, also fit this trope.
The second Green Arrow, Connor Hawke, started out Lawful Good. He may have slipped down to Neutral Good, though. Connor is still more or less the voice of reason at Chez Arrow, though.
Ambush Bug, from DC Comics, most certainly counts. He is completely batshit insane, and most of the time doesn't even seem to be aware of what is going on, doing wild chaotic things that hardly make sense to anyone but himself, but is firmly on the side of good.
The New 52Superman (and the Golden Age version) definitely fits this alignment: physically intimidating corrupt businessmen and politicians, wanted by the police, and focused on helping everyone (especially the poor) regardless of what the laws are.
Prince Charming and Rose Red from Fables. The former is a rake, a lecher, and a rogue, but deep down harbors both conscience and courage he'd never admit to. The latter is a wild child who genuinely cares about her family and community, even if she doesn't like their rules. Reynard the Fox also fits here.
Harold "Hal" Jordan of Green Lantern tends to end up here often. Though he can often head to Lawful Good, most notably when with Green Arrow, he bends the rules, argues with the Guardians, and willingly goes against authority to do what he thinks is right, and is something of a Cowboy CopIN SPACE. Guy Gardner is a more straight example, especially when he becomes a Boisterous Bruiser.
Marvel Comics' living cartoon, Slapstick. A Fun Personified Cloudcuckoolander with an indestructible cartoon body, an oversized mallet, and too many bad jokes and pranks to count.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Their existence and modus operandi are chaotic, their behaviour is also often chaotic, but they themselves are consistently fighting on the side of good. Many of their enemies are also Lawful Evil.
Spider Jerusalem, dedicated to the Truth, no matter what, and perfectly willing to shoot the President of the United States with a gun that makes you shit yourself. He hovers on the edge of, and occasionally slips completely into, Chaotic Neutral.
Any and all heroes in Sin City due to the violent nature of the Crapsack World around them. Typically, they only get involved when something affects them or their loved ones. John Hartigan is probably the closest thing to a Lawful Good character, and he is willing to disobey orders. Granted, the Sin City police force is filled with corruption, but his actions convey a man who is willing to do what it takes to see justice served.
Johnny Storm, a.k.a. the Human Torch, fits the bill. During his early years, he tended to be very reckless, charging in without thinking it over. But he's still a good person at heart. Overtime though, he slowly lost some of his chaotic tendencies and matured. Still, some of those traits pop up again from time to time, especially during the Civil War.
Catwoman falls somewhere between this and Chaotic Neutral, never fully fitting either alignment but never being evil either. She steals not of out greed but for the thrill of the chase and usually steals only from high profile scumbags. Her intentions are also often at least somewhat altruistic.
R2-D2 will break any rule he thinks gets in the way of his core duty: service to his owner. This sometimes includes ignoring his owner's commands.
Likewise, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian are all of this alignment, or at least become it during the course of the movies, in Han's case. Chewbacca is justified in that his whole race can be considered of this alignment.
Anakin Skywalker (before becoming Darth Vader) also seems to be this alignment, although he considered himself Neutral Good. However, over the course of the prequels, he grows tired of constant conflict and desires order, beginning his shift to Lawful Evil (aside from the whole Padme dying thing).
The Monkey King from The Forbidden Kingdom virtually embodies Chaotic Good. He's playful but benign, even causing a scene during the appearance of a divine Emperor who only appears once every five hundred years. Hilarity Ensues. This is true of most versions of Journey to the West. There's nothing EVIL about Monkey. He's Arrogant even by god standards (though whether he counts as a god just because he's Immortal, has magic powers, and the other gods can't control him, is debatable.) Buddha him/herself had to put a gold headband on his head (which shrinks whenever Tripitaka, or presumably anyone really, chants the "Headache Sutra") and crush him under a mountain just so he'd be a LITTLE BIT controllable. But it's not like he doesn't want to help Trippitaka. If it were up to Monkey, he'd cloud-fly Trippitaka straight to India and be back before lunch. He actually had to be restrained from going too fast.
Flik from A Bug's Life has some serious problems fitting in with the other lawful-leaning ants, is quite spontaneous, and doesn't accord special respect to authority, landing him squarely in Chaotic Good territory.
The lighter portrayals of James Bond, such as in the Roger Moore era, fall here. Grittier interpretations lean more towards Chaotic Neutral.
Indiana Jones cares about his friends and family deeply, and will fight for any of them, even if it means sacrificing the MacGuffin to do so. But he sure won't care about any rules that get in his way.
Mary Poppins, in the film of the same name, is a benevolent force of chaos in her charges' too-ordered lives.
Bud White in the movie adaptation of L.A. Confidential is, overall, a Chaotic Good cop who has his own brand of justice. His rivalry with Ed Exley exemplifies the difference between Chaotic Good (White) and Lawful Good (Exley, at least until the ending, when he kills the villain in cold blood). What's interesting is that the movie casts many shades of grey on both individuals, with the first often coming across as a vigilante thug and the second as a self-satisfied, holier-than-thou jerk (in the book, both were even less sympathetic).
Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek film, in contrast to Spock's Lawful Good nature and McCoy's Neutral Good. He saves the galaxy after cheating in the Kobayashi Maru test for a reason.
Despite being either Lawful Good or Lawful Neutral in the comics, the film version of Iron Man fits here. He flies into a combat zone without telling anyone (almost getting himself killed by the US military in the process), deliberately goes against SHIELD's advice and reveals he is Iron Man, and, in the second film, refuses to give the government access to his technology.
Jake and Elwood Blues of The Blues Brothers manage to level a Chicago mall, a gas station, the front of Daley Plaza, and several police cars in their quest to save the orphanage they were raised in. They also offer to steal the money first before getting the Mission from God.
Yang Tianchun from Iron Monkey — he's a Chinese Robin Hood. By day, he's a doctor who makes rich people pay through the teeth while giving free service to poor people (he's the only doctor in town, so he can get away with it too). By night, he's an expert martial artist who steals from greedy government officials and beats up corrupt Shaolin Monks 4 to 1.
The members of the Batmen Militia from The Dark Knight are even more so; though they're clearly good guys and are "only trying to help [him]", they're perfectly willing to use guns against the bad guys, and it doesn't help their case; it's shown early on that Batman regularly arrests its members any time he catches them out in the wild.
Buddy Rydell's therapy techniques to help Dave and Teach Him Anger include such shady activities as paying a transvestite prostitute, stopping the car in the middle of traffic, and making him confront a Buddhist.
Rush Hour has Detective Carter, who works for the FBI, but has no partner (which he is criticized for), is loud/obnoxious, and does things his way. He is told off by the chief for what he did but he just ended up justifying his actions by saying no one got hurt and the job got done. He ends up helping people enough to keep him from being Chaotic Neutral.
Dirty Harry is clearly this, despite being a police officer. He frequently breaks laws, and is remarkably blunt in his criticism of them.
Rothko: This rifle might make a nice souvenir. But it's inadmissible as evidence.
Callahan: Who says that?
Rothko: It's the law.
Callahan: Well, then, the law is crazy.
Kevin Flynn in TRON acts like an overgrown teenager, and cheerfully uses his hacking not only to try and prove Dillinger's theft, but to make his traffic tickets and phone bills vanish. What prevents him from going completely Chaotic Neutral is that he genuinely cares for the people he allies himself with. He seems to have clawed his way into Neutral Good by the sequel.
His son, Sam, proves the apple really didn't fall far from the tree, checking in with his dad's company for an annual practical joke (to try and shame them into doing the right thing) and being on a first-name basis with the police officers working the impound lot.
John McClane. Some cops use pepper spray. John fills an elevator full of C-4 and uses it to clear out a floor of terrorists. If he didn't care so much about protecting civilians, this man would be considered a psychopath.
The Three Stooges tend to be this, as the chaos they wreak is almost never intentional on their part and they are almost always the good guys. Though there are many occasions where they are more Chaotic Neutral and two occasions where they are clearly Chaotic Evil. Most of their films that don't have them just looking out for themselves to evade an enemy have them come across someone in need and forget their own interests in order to help. They are usually pure of heart... and dim of wit.
Billy Jack. When his best friend is raped by the sheriff's son (mainly out of spite), she keeps it from Billy, knowing what he'll do. Billy finds out anyway, and kills him in one of the greatest examples of Tranquil Fury ever put to celluloid.
Robin Hood, at least in many of the newer stories. Sometimes more Neutral Good or even Lawful Good, depending on how much emphasis is put on his support for King Richard. Some of the older ballads (where King Richard does not appear at all) paint him as more of a Chaotic Neutral outlaw and trickster, however.
Likewise, Br'er Rabbit is usually portrayed as a lovable, happy-go-lucky trickster.
This is probably the best way to describe Nanabozho (aka Nanabush or Wiskadjek) from Ojibway and Cree myths. A shapeshifter and a trickster, sometimes he is a hero who defeats winter with his cunning and sometimes he's a goofball who loses his eyes. While some of it is the result of him evolving over time, the changes also reflect that Nanabozho is learning, much like the children hearing his stories.
Eris, goddess of Chaos and Discord, especially as portrayed in the Illuminatus! Trilogy. As the goddess of Chaos and Discord, she tops the list, mostly because we fear her wrath if she isn't placed there.
I wonder how long it will be before she notices that she's been topped by the Cat in the Hat? I'm pretty sure that was deliberate, but it made me laugh, so I won't change it. Just be warned, whoever put the cat there: Eris is coming for you, and she will hunt you down like a homing pigeon.
There's no conflict here; The Feline One is clearly an avatar of Eris. As are most of the characters mentioned on this page.
Hagbard and nearly all of the Discordian characters in the Illuminatus! Trilogy fit this alignment; the only exception being The Dealy Lama, who is True Neutral.
From Greek mythology, Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity. The Greek Robin Hood.
Drizzt Do'Urden, the original renegade drow, is canonically Chaotic Good, in that he has his own code but never forces it on anyone — as long as they keep to themselves. If they try to enforce their own code on unwilling people, though...
Conan the Barbarian was generally this, playing by his own rules and following his own conscience regardless of 'civilized' sentiments on the matter.
Firekeeper, eponymous heroine of the Firekeeper novels, is a girl who was raised by wolves. This leaves her with a very wolf-like loyalty to any she considers part of her "pack." The combination of her wolf mindset and human body, however, leave her with a chaotic nature such that she renders attempts by trained seers to divine the future wherever she is concerned nigh impossible.
Jane Austen's heroines are usually Lawful Good. But Emma Woodhouse is chaotic, rule-defying, and assertive to a fault.
Many protagonists from Dean Koontz's stories: they are often gun-owners, Properly Paranoid, live in small groups or families, and are distrustful of big government and government institutions, seeing them as fascistic and corrupt. This often contrasts with the often Lawful Evil villains that they often battle, who are obsessed with order.
Bilbo Baggins, the main hero of The Hobbit is, at least at the end of his adventure, a Chaotic Good burglar. The moment he converts to this from Neutral Good is probably when he stops feeling guilty about stealing the Elf-King's food to survive.
The Weasley twins have some shades of Chaotic Neutral, in that they exist primarily as comic relief with their pranking and disdain for authority (other than Dumbledore) — however, the later books reveal them to be clearly Chaotic Good, as they join the fight against Voldemort with Fred giving his life for the cause.
Dumbledore would fall here. Initially he comes off as Neutral Good, but when he is revealed to be The Chessmaster in Deathly Hallows, it becomes clear that he lies outside the normal system. Even before that, there are hints of The Last DJ tendencies, such as his general aversion to the Ministry of Magic even when they're on the good side, and the Ministry's equal distrust of him.
Luna Lovegood is very much this. She acts because it's the right thing to do, and genuinely doesn't give a damn about what people think of her.
Belgerath. This is, after all, someone who rewards your attempts to prevent him entering a church by teleporting you about a mile downriver, and he takes a rather relaxed approach to such things as wenching, booze, and other people's property.
Patrick McLanahan and the old-timers among his Dreamland/HAWC/Sky Masters coworkers from the works of Dale Brown. They're willing to use their Cool Planes and other equipment to protect the world and America as a nation, even if they have to disobey the Joint Chiefs and the President in doing so. His mentor, Brad Elliott, was even more contemptuous of authority. This is contrasted with the more lawful newcomers and superior officers he has to testily deal with.
Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson's Hokas. They do not so much disobey the rules as never manage to notice them; imaginative to the point of autohypnosis, if you give them a story, they will grab characters out of them and start role-playing as if they were those characters. They will drive you batty. But they're definitely good. Hoka Pirates were deeply offended at being told they had to give back their loot after they sacked a city; did you take them for thieves?
Kestrel from The Wind Singer is a Chaotic Good character. Naturally, she lives in a Lawful Evil dictatorship. Her twin brother, Bowman, verges on Chaotic Good, but he's mostly following his sister.
In The Dresden Files, the eponymous wizard Harry Dresden falls into this trope. As of now, he is currently on the bad side of the supposedly Lawful Neutral council of wizards (who've tried to have him killed and/or framed a few times), is under a hit from most of the Chaotic Evil court of vampires and a group of fallen angels, probably would be arrested on sight if he were ever to walk into a police station — simply for having the gall to walk into a police station, and is trying to discover a super evil secret society of bad wizards that have infiltrated the aforementioned council. All after he's saved the world at least twice. Just because he finds the idea of flouting city regulations to be "aesthetically pleasing."
Murphy deconstructs this hard by categorizing how much order Harry really likes — he's not Chaotic Good, he's Lawful Good with authority problems. And It Makes Sense in Context. Figure that one out.
Ghengiz Cohen of Discworld, whose Code is more-or-less by definition the same as Conan's.
It's debatable where the Witches stand on the alignment spectrum, but they tend toward this. Nanny Ogg is almost certainly Chaotic Good, and Granny Weatherwax also has a rather anti-authoritarian streak, while at the same time definitely being good (though she'll complain about it). Agnes may not be chaotic, but her Split Personality Perdita clearly is. Magrat is probably Neutral Good, but her "channeling" of Queen Ynci (there's no such person, it was her all along) suggests a slight chaotic bent as well. Witches are fine with rules, but make it absolutely clear that they do not apply to them.
As it happens, Witches do have rules they're supposed to follow. But, as Nanny herself once said, if you're gonna break a rule, break it good and hard.
Holly Short in Artemis Fowl. She frequently disobeys the LE Precon (Lower Elements Police) whenever they give her an order, but she never does this out of personal gain, and so she frequently saves people's lives as a result.
In The Wheel of Time, Mat Cauthon embodies chaotic good for much of the series, although he has started to gravitate more towards Neutral Good as he is forced to become responsible. Many Aes Sedai in the Green Ajah also seem to gravitate towards this alignment, notably Alanna, Myrelle, and post-Healing Leane. A few others are more debatable, such as Faile and her cousin Tenobia.
The title character of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, about a semi-competent bounty-hunter.
Temeraire, who often conflicts with the British government and his own Lawful Good captain because of his insistence on equal rights for dragons.
All the habitues of Spider Robinson's Callahan's Place Jake's Place.
Winston and Julia from 1984 are a textbook example, rebelling against the Lawful Evil Party.
Huck Finn, the titular hero of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He hates following rules and is viewed as an antisocial menace by many of the people around him, but he's willing to go to hell to do what his conscience tells him is right.
Simon Templar, The Saint, walks the fine line between here and Chaotic Neutral. His campaign against gangsters, drug dealers, and so forth is based partially on justice for their victims and partially on it being fun and profitable. As for the Chaotic part, well, at one point the books comment that in Simon's opinion, the law is only really justified in existing by the funny noises it makes when he breaks it (and because it provides him with a seemingly endless string of police officers to annoy).
In The Moomins, the general attitude of the Moomin family is a sort of laid-back, "do whatever seems fun and be nice to everyone who's not terribly annoying" kind of Chaotic Good. People can just wander into their house and stay there indefinitely without anyone minding, and they themselves might go on all sorts of escapades at a whim (though with careful packing). Many of their friends are similar as well.
Moomintroll is in many ways still a child, and he's typically motivated simply by a search for excitement and adventure, as well as being a Heroic Wannabe.
Moominmamma is a champion-class caring mother archetype — but one who usually feels that if it's fun, it's good for you, so she does little to stop the general Chaotic bent of the family and rather significantly contributes to it.
Moominpappa is a restless sort-of authority figure in the family who occasionally gets midlife or other crises that lead him to run off or take everyone else with him on a random adventure.
Of the family's friends, Snufkin is a born wanderer who doesn't ask anything else of life than the freedom to walk alone and play his harmonica. He's psychologically unable to stay in one place or with other people too long, so after moving in with the Moomins, he still periodically leaves them to go Walking the Earth alone for an extended time. He also all but has an allergic reaction to strict rules.
Little My is a miniature Fiery Redhead who does her own thing and doesn't give a damn what anyone else thinks.
In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Brotherhood Without Banners start out Just Like Robin Hood, roaming the countryside protecting the peasants and offering summary justice to war criminals. However, mission creep and the reality of war gradually drags them out of "good" territory, and once they start working for "Lady Stoneheart" they're more like Neutral Evil.
Arya Stark similarly slips out of this alignment, hovering around Chaotic Neutral.
Sharpe is Chaotic Good with Neutral tendency. A great example of Good Is Not Nice, he relies on guile, wits and raw fighting ability to win; but always sides against evil characters.
Live Action TV
Angel spent most of his time here, as long as Darla wasn't around, in which case all bets were off. Angel's colleagues were virtually all people who came from exceptionally troubled and morally dubious backgrounds, and were generally seeking redemption in one form or another, as was, of course, the title character. As a result, while their overall intentions were generally positive, (except when Darla was present as mentioned, in which case Angel would lose control) there was often collateral damage.
Merlin is fundamentally a good guy, albeit one who has an unfortunate habit of killing people who are trying to kill his friends, but he is a warlock in a kingdom where magic is banned and the crown prince's servant/protector/friend. Aside from breaking the law just by existing, if given a choice between doing what he's told or doing what he believes is right, he consistently chooses the latter.
Also from the same series, Gwaine.
Dr Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce, from M*A*S*H. He was always eager to skirt the rules, especially when it meant doing the right thing. Also, he exhibited the same CG behaviors in the original book and the 1970 film version as well.
Dr. Leonard McCoy from the original Star Trek has very little patience for rules and regulations, and people (especially Spock) telling him what to do, but he has a strong moral compass and devotes his life to helping others.
Jadzia Dax, of Deep Space Nine, does what she thinks is best, and will hang most rules, excepting only the most important Federation laws — and sometimes even then...
In the later seasons, Garak eventually became Chaotic Good Type 1 (although he began more as Chaotic Neutral when we first see him, and there are implications that well before the series began, in his worst Obsidian Order days, he may have even been Chaotic Evil). He would break any rule at any time, even killing people (as in the masterpiece "In The Pale Moonlight"), but in the later seasons. it was always for the benefit of the Alpha Quadrant against the Lawful Evil Dominion that he hated.
Kira Nerys, most likely; as a former rebel and terrorist, she has difficulty adjusting to life as someone in actual authority, and in the earliest series, she is struggling with Sisko's orders. The conflicts between her former life and her current position are played out over a number of episodes, but demanding Sisko let her rescue Li Nalas and her subsequent attitude towards Jaro replacing her with Li make her at least Chaotic Good by intention.
Mal from Firefly. Because Firefly is the Tea Party IN SPACE, one of Mal's core beliefs is in personal freedom. He's also fiercely loyal to people who he's responsible for (his squad, his crew, etc) and to humanity, and won't let anything, even laws, stand in the way of securing their well-being.
River might fit this. It's hard to tell through the crazy. She's definitely good, but having such a hazy grasp on what goes on in her head, she might well be following some set of rules known only to her.
Teacher: So, with so many social and medical advancements we can bring to the Independents, why would they fight so hard against us? River: We meddle. People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think. Don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.
Jayne Cobb definitely isn't this, but the community of Higgin's Moon in "Jaynestown" thinks he is, provoking major confusion on the part of the crew.
Carly Shay from iCarly started off as Neutral Good, but over the course of the 3rd season, very much shifted to the Chaotic Good side of things.
Dr. Cox from Scrubs screws the rules for the sake of doing good. It got him into trouble often enough.
Jack Bauer from 24. Notable in that he works for a Lawful Neutral organization, but he's seen breaking CTU's rules far more often than following them.
Most incarnations of the Doctor on Doctor Who fit here quite well, though there have been exceptions.
Depending on the incarnation, he can range from Chaotic Good to True Neutral (thinking Sylvester McCoy here.)
The Doctor is normally a Type 1, but partly down to the Doctor's logical Character Development after the Third (who had been severely screwed over by authoritarians), and partly due to the Punk subculture coexisting with the Fourth Doctor's era, Four was a Type 3, intentionally dedicated to spreading chaos and anarchy wherever he went due to his political beliefs. The high point of this is "The Sunmakers", where he defeats an oppressive government terrorising the population but also screws over the rebels attempting to establish an alternative government, leaving the entire system in anarchy, and with the overall feel that he did it just because he wanted to watch something burn that day.
Phoebe Buffay from Friends is pretty much this throughout the entire series, although her Jerkass behavioral tendencies during the later seasons tend to downplay it. Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani probably fall into this category as well when not appearing Chaotic Neutral or True Neutral.
Peter Petrelli probably started out Neutral Good, but struggles with his Awful Lawful family over three Series have seemingly pushed him firmly into the Chaotic Good category. Both alternate future versions of Peter also seem to have been Chaotic Good, to the point of being willing to blow up buildings or shoot his own brother in order to save lives.
Claire as well. She's one of the handful of characters to remain consistently good throughout the show (barring the evil version in one alternate future) - she doesn't tend to seek out wrongs to right like Peter or Hiro, but she won't stand on the sidelines. The Chaotic part just comes from being a teenager, and not having any consistently reliable authority figures in her life.
Most of the sympathetic police of The Wire are portrayed as Chaotic Good for their willingness to occasionally bend or break rules to do proper police work and protect the people. The show's overall message is that "the system" is fundamentally flawed and corrupt. However, even the sympathetic characters are shown to occasionally take things too far.
Michael Westen and his crew from Burn Notice. Ex-spies gone freelance with voluminous rapsheets and hearts of gold.
Doug Ross of ER is a possible subversion or deconstruction. He does whatever is best for his patients and will freely break rules to do so. But this tends to destroy not only his own life and career, but his friends', too.
Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural, especially in the first three seasons. Their objective is their job ("saving people, hunting things — family business"), and they'll go to any lengths to save people, no matter how many laws they break. In Season 4, both brothers (but especially Sam) plunge into Chaotic Neutral territory.
Michael Scofield in Prison Break. His brother's on death row, so what does he do? He robs a bank so he'll get sent to the same prison, where he can break his brother (and several other convicts) out. By the fifth season, he's broken out of two prisons and into a secure facility, and the feds are starting to get Genre Savvy. He does all this because he has a psychological condition that makes him focus on everyone else's problems and want to help them.
Felix Gaeta moves towards this in his final appearances, though this is largely due to major disillusionment and bitterness over the loss of his leg and the alliance with the dissident Cylons. His attempt to do the right thing in his mind eventually leads to disaster and his death by firing-squad.
The original Starbuck from the original 1970's Galactica.
Shawn Spencer from Psych. He's willing to work with the police to catch murderers, but has less than no respect for procedure or laws against lesser crimes, once even deciding to sabotage an investigation when he realized it was a consensual insurance scam.
In earlier seasons of House, this is Dr. Gregory House onagood day, and more uniformly later on, especially throughout Season 6 and most of Season 7, possibly reverting to his previous vacillation between Chaotic Good and Chaotic Neutral after Cuddy broke up with him and brought back his lack of faith in humanity.
Most of the crew of Leverage, except Parker, who is Chaotic Neutral. She moves more towards Chaotic Good in later seasons with character development, though.
Veronica Mars only uses her skills for good, but aside from the particular season's arc, she usually only does it when she wants to or when she's being paid. Her methods fly in the face of every authority figure in her life, even the ones she respects, like her father, and often involve breaking the law.
Fox Mulder of The X-Files. He disregards law in his pursuit of the truth, emphasized during his time under Director Kersh.
Ditto with his allies, The Lone Gunmen. Frohike and Langley were already here. Byers was dragged down here from Lawful Good. "Yves Harlowe" wants to pretend she's Chaotic Neutral, but keeps throwing her lot in with them too many times to be convincing. Jimmy rides the line between this and Neutral Good, mostly because he's a classic Good Is Dumb.
The Maverick family from the 1950's tv show of the same name. Always moral, and always willing to help out those in need; they are, however, willing to break most laws if it gets in the way of helping others, and they take great pride in cheating cheaters, and swindling swindlers. Besides, you can't be a roving gambler and be lawful.
In NCIS, Gibbs is the epitome of this trope. He's a former marine and NCIS agent, but Tony has had to accept every one of the man's formal honors and hide them in a desk drawer just so Gibbs won't throw them away. His own personal code is apparently higher than any authority. Gibbs is a man you want on your side every time.
DG of Tin Man started out here. She was in constant trouble with her boss and the local sheriff back in Kansas, made plans under her robotic parents' noses to escape, and could get plenty mouthy. The Power of Love and The Power of Friendship are her biggest drivers, though.
Angela from My So-Called Life is generally this. She's more than a little pissed at all the rules and regulations her parents try to impose on her and will often (reluctantly) break them if it means loosening up and having a good time. However, she generally strives to do the right thing and genuinely loves both her family and friends.
Sherlock Holmes, as portrayed in Elementary. He's eccentric, willful, chafes under regulations, has little regard for authority figures or social convention, and, especially pre-Character Development, can be a brat at times. But he does care about victims of crimes as well as the puzzles, and he often shows sympathy to unfortunate or marginalized people.
Babylon 5: One of the few alignments not strongly represented among the major characters, although Lyta Alexander comes close. Also, Lorien implies the Shadows were originally this, thousands or millions of years ago, before they got too interested in proving themselves right rather than working in secret concert with the Vorlons to help the Younger Races find a balance between Order and Chaos.
Apollo in Battlestar Galactica. Goes one step further and even holds his superiors to the letter of the law.
Joe in Act II: Father of Death by The Protomen. He's the only man in the entire city whose desire for freedom and change is stronger than his fear of the machines controlling the city, and uses this drive to escape the city to return later on to liberate it along with Dr. Light. He simply refuses to bow down to the machines, and his Hot-Blooded resolve to save the city burns strong even until his death.
Siegmund in The Ring of the Nibelung is an attempt by his father the Lawful Neutral Wotan to create someone Chaotic Neutral to stop threats Wotan cannot. However being manipulated by Wotan means Siegmund isn't truly free, and he does try to act moral, claiming what he thought wrong others approved of and vice versa. This is used to justify the act that means Wotan has to kill Siegmund.
King Boranel of Breland in Eberron. Courageous leader. Champion of warforged rights. Former treasure hunter. Boisterous Bruiser. Cool Old Guy. Even his enemies like him because of his desire to make the world a better place.
Traditionally, this is the default alignment of most elves. Elves have a society that looks out for everyone, encourages freewheeling art and leisure activities, and fights for the freedom of others. (When they stray into the "snooty arrogant pricks" stereotype, though, they seem more True Neutral.)
The eladrins in 2nd and 3rd edition D&D are elf-like angels who exist to spread the ideals of Chaotic Good (in 4E, they're just another name for high elves). For example, firre eladrins promote artistic expression, shiradi eladrins free the oppressed, courre eladrins spread joy, etc. They survive as the azatas in Pathfinder.
Way back in the days of Mystara, there was a race from the Plane of Dreams who had this as their most common racial alignment, followed by Chaotic Neutral and Neutral Good, with a very, very tiny minority of Chaotic Evil. This race, known as the Diaboli, were unfairly treated because they looked like purple variants of your iconic devil.
This is what most Anarchs in Vampire: The Masquerade try to be, opposing the status quo of the Camarilla, claiming that power should be redistributed from the elders to all vampires equally. They are often not very good at practicing what they preach: day-to-day fighting usually leads to loss of Humanity until they become Chaotic Evil, with only a few examples pretty solidly remaining in any remotely good waters.
Although it's mildly surprising to find any kind of good alignment in Warhammer 40,000, Logan Grimnar of the Space Wolves has to qualify. He's the only one to call out the Imperial authorities on genociding the people of Armageddon after Angron invaded, and has sworn never to let anyone do that kind of crap again if he can prevent them.
The Space Wolf Chapter itself is Chaotic Good incarnate. They wouldn't open the Codex Astartes if their lives depended on it, and tell the Inquisition to piss off after what happened on Armageddon.
Pre-heresy Night Haunter aka Konrad Curze might have been a borderline case of this, having spent most of his youth being an illegal vigilante on his homeworld before the arrival of the emperor, hunting down and killing corrupt officials and criminals alike. He seems to have been fully aware of his Face-Heel Turn beforehand, and it is highly suggested he let himself get assassinated because of that afterwards.
The Soul Drinkers chapter of the Space Marines. They fight for the good of the people of the Imperium, but are no longer bound by loyalty to the Imperium, convinced that the Imperium as it is couldn't be what the Emperor wanted.
The Harlequins could also be considered Chaotic Good, given their completely enigmatic nature, willingness to help Craftworld, Exodite, and Dark Eldar, dedication to the destruction of Slaanesh, and the fact that they follow a Chaotic Good trickster god, the Laughing God.
Figment from Journey Into Imagination at Disney Theme Parks, where his free thinking contrasts Channing's more Lawful outlook on imagination.
During Sonic and the Black Knight, Sonic tells the main villain that "He doesn't mind playing the bad guy" once in a while. In fairness, he was doing the right thing, but doing so would mean the world of King Arthur would die like it's supposed to.
Fittingly enough, Sonic's theme song It Doesn't Matter actually says, "Long as the voice inside drives me to run and fight, it doesn't matter who is wrong or who is right."
Jolee can talk all he wants to about his neutrality, but his actions speak louder than his words. If the Player Character decides to join The Dark Side, Jolee will suddenly drop all of his pretentions and fight to stop you. Jolee also saves his best snark for calling What the Hell, Hero? on malicious player actions.
It's heavily implied that Revan fell under this alignment as a Jedi, which is consistent with how they were as a Sith.
The Yatagarasu in Ace Attorney, a Phantom Thief who steals evidence of corrupt business and sends it to the media. While most of the game is about finding the identity of the thief, the Yatagarasu itself is shown as sympathetic.
This alignment is taken up by self-proclaimed 'Second Yatagarasu' Kay Faraday, which causes a great deal of conflict with her Lawful Good partner Miles Edgeworth.
Roland in Borderlands 2, being the leader of a militia group consisting of former Crimson Lance soldiers who were left on Pandora after General Knoxx's defeat in the first game fighting to drive Hyperion out of Pandora.
The titular character of Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage also fits into this alignment. Sure, he greatly love explosives and destruction and doesn't care too much about rules, that doesn't stop him from being an ultimately decent person and also places great emphasis on goodness. He also serves as the literal foil to Handsome Jack.
Nero is probably a more explicit example in the 4th game. He has nothing but utter disdain for the hierarchy of the pseudo-Church Militant organization that he works for, and is more than willing to fight tooth and nail against it in order to save his girlfriend.
AVALANCHE from Final Fantasy VII. This refers to Cloud's group, which is the latest incarnation of AVALANCHE. Barret's AVALANCHE had shades of being Chaotic Neutral, while the first incarnation of AVALANCHE were most definitely NOT this trope.
In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, both Golbez and Jecht are, more or less, Chaotic Good overall. They are also sided with Chaos, although mostly for thematic reasons. It's in stark contrast to characters like the Emperor, who is Neutral Evil.
Yuri Lowell, protagonist of Tales of Vesperia, certainly falls into this alignment. By the time the story starts, he's already got a rap sheet with The Empire because he tends to try to do right regardless of law. During the course of the game itself, he murders in cold blood two different foes that were exploiting commoners to their own ends. He holds no illusions about these acts, as when called on the latter case he states flat out he knows "Murder is a crime."
Judith and Rita are also of this alignment.
Lloyd of Tales of Symphonia also. The only rules he respects are his step-dad's Dwarven Vows, and not even all of them.
The Assassin Order from Assassin's Creed, including the main characters in each game (Altaïr, Ezio, Desmond). They believe in free of will and the right of individuality. However, their creed explicitly says that they must break the laws of men to fulfill their goals. As Ezio says:
Ezio: There is no book or teacher to give you the answers, or show you the path. Choose your own way. Do not follow me, or anyone else.
Rexxar◊ in Warcraft III is right on the edge between Chaotic Good and Neutral. He helps the orcs fight off an invasion, in the process being declared the official champion of the Horde, but afterwards retreats into the wilds, not caring for civilisation and all of that nonsense, but promising to help the orcs if they're ever threatened again. After defeating Admiral Proudmoore, the man behind the invasion, he tells the admiral's daughter to be proud of her father and remember him as a great warrior.
Tirion Fordring of Warcraft disregards the wishes of everyone in his society to help an orc who saved his life. In exchange, his order of Paladins strips him of his powers and plan to execute him until the Orcs save him. It's only later he notices that despite breaking the law, he can still channel the light.
Eitrigg◊, the orc Fordring helped, chose to leave the Horde upon realising its corruption and evil years earlier. He later rejoins when, and only when, they prove their Heel-Face Turn to him.
Rider (Medusa). She may look like a pure Dark Action Girl serving a Smug Snake like Shinji, but most of her heinous actions are from Shinji, not by herself. In truth, she really just wants to protect her true Master, Sakura, and would much like to kill Shinji. She's still quite a sadist, though, as one finds out the hard way in some of the Bad Ends.
Not exactly Chaotic Good, but Berserker (Hercules) might count, considering his total devotion to Ilya. Thanks to her keeping him in a perpetual state of madness, though, his true alignment is given as Chaotic Mad.
It can also be argued that Shirou is this: he will fight to protect as many people as possible, regardless of anything other than the fact that someone needs saving. Cue people being pissed at him for wanting to save both friend and enemy alike with ruthless idealism.
Shirou varies somewhat according to route. He seems to start out more Neutral Good or Lawful Good, since he does seem inclined towards following the rules, but in some of the routes (particularly Heaven's Feel) he seems to move more towards this alignment.
As of Heart Of The Swarm, Kerrigan shifts in that direction as well. She's willing to show mercy and moves to curb her Swarm's most murderous tendencies and avoid civilian casualties, but she's still the law to herself, and you'd better not get in her way.
After being the Big Bad in the first Drakengard game and almost causing The End of the World as We Know It... Manah comes back in the second game as The Atoner and the leader of a group of resistance fighters against the excesses of the Knights of the Seal. While a rebel, her intentions are good (thus marking her adult self for this alignment), but unfortunately, she does not realize that the gods still hold dominion over her, and are trying to make her re-enact the apocalypse of 18 years ago...
Raspberyl from Disgaea 3 is Chaotic Good. She's a rebel against the rules of the netherworld. She's still respected anyway because she has the guts to stand up to the PTA.
Kyoko, Asuka, and Mr. Champloo are also this alignment.
Also, in Disgaea 2, Adell fits into this; it's his style, after all.
Quite a few members of the cast of Skies of Arcadia; the Blue Rogues in general are a Chaotic Good lot. The alignment is probably best embodied by Vyse, Aika, and Gilder.
Viktor from the Suikoden series. He is dedicated to bringing freedom and helping the weak, but he will manipulate people to get out of paying bar tabs, set a bureaucrat's house on fire to rescue people unjustly sentenced to death, denies himself love to allow his lady to achieve her own goals and destiny, and physically assaults a clerk when told he can't see the mayor because she is in a meeting and cannot be seen without an appointment. His response? "It's the best way to deal with government workers."
In Persona 3, Junpei fits this alignment. He doesn't do his homework for school and often runs into missions on his own, without backup, but he's always got his friends' backs, and wants to change the world for the better.
Zero. "I never cared about justice, and I don't recall ever calling myself a hero... I have always only fought for the people I believe in. I won't hesitate... If an enemy appears in front of me, I will destroy it!"
Proto Man, whom Zero is an Expy to. He'd rather die with a fatal flaw in his design than give up his own freedom, but he'd nevertheless back up Mega Man and help him save the day whenever he can.
In the Street Fighter series, Ken and Sakura are carefree spirits when it comes to street fighting, living for the thrill of the fight and not actively out to hurt anyone.
His Spiritual Successor from BlazBlue, Ragna the Bloodedge, also counts, as he is a One-Man Army who openly despises the current evil Bureau and goes to lay waste to any and all of the Bureau's institutions he can get at. He has sworn to destroy their oppressive reign. At worst, however, he can be Chaotic Neutral, because none of this is done for altruistic reasons, like protecting/freeing the oppressed people, but solely for his own desire to extract revenge on the NOL and Hazama / Terumi. Consequently, he doesn't care if the many innocent Punch Clock Villains of the NOL get caught in the crossfire and die during his onslaughts, because they're in his way.
From The King of Fighters series, we have Kyo Kusanagi. Who constantly skipped school, and would fight anybody, even authority figures. He also doesn't really care about following the traditions of his family in no other way except for his own. The man is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold to a T, but when he shows the gold moments, they truly shine through. Quite Hot-Blooded (and even more so in early years), carries his responsibilities as Kusanagi heir/leader but refuses to believe destiny has a direct touch on them, tries to shoulder huge responsibilities on himself during the Tales of Ash saga despite lots of people telling them to rely on them as well.
Also, this is Ash Crimson's alignment. He went against everyone and everything and made himself as the most ambitious asshole ever — to work from the inside of Those of the Past for his own desire to protect his Only Friend. And he saved the world as an afterthought and said he liked it... as he's being Ret Goned.
Sarevok, the Chaotic Evil villain of the first game, returns in the second as an ally and can be convinced to become Chaotic Good.
Nalia, the Rebellious Noblewoman who is trying her very best to help people and has a profound distaste for the class system.
Sky from Jade Empire. C'mon... the man's a thief and a con artist. The first time you see him, he's feeding some pirates a load of BS about you being his partner in crime. About the only thing that seems to piss him off is slavers. It's Personal, you see. He balks when he sees the Water Dragon, more because the goddess was enslaved by the Brothers Sun, not necessarily because he gives a rip about the Laws of Heaven. But even though he does like to relieve folks of their silver, he doesn't squawk if you... redistribute it.
Gordon Freeman definitely qualifies. He isn't the kind of guy who would willingly submit to any government, even being a major spark in the larger rebellion against the Combine in Half-Life 2. Episode 2 even assumes you did the completely optional choice of blowing up Doctor Magnusson's casserole in the original game. Kleiner also admits that they all owe a lot to Gordon, even if he often manages to bring trouble.
Gordon Freeman from Half-Life classifies as chaotic good because he is put into a situation where he's obliged to disregard any organization most of the time to simply fight back the Combine and spark an uprisingto take down a gigantic Citadel and reveal the true identity of "our benefactors"; in the aliens' eyes at least, they are doing humanity a great favor by bleeding the planet dry of its natural resources and transforming humanity into an army of transhuman soldiers.
Faith from Mirror's Edge. As a courier, she tries to bring some communications freedom to the city after the November riots. Guess how much the totalitarian government likes that.
He falls into True Neutral briefly during the course of the first game after a betrayal by his idol disillusions him. During this part, his only reason for not abandoning Clank is that they happen to be going to the same places as each other.
Sanjuro Makabe of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, despite being in the military, tends to only follow orders when they happen to be what he wants to do anyway, and puts protecting those he cares about above all else.
There is no way Ronny Dobbs would follow anyone unless the person actually needs help.
Nathan Drake, a thief, who often gets into more trouble when trying to do right, but still does try.
Morte, canonically. An inveterate troll and lech, he remains with The Nameless One out of sense of both debt and kinship, no matter how horrible a personality he may be reborn into, if for no other reason than to limit the damage. If Nameless is played as evil, Morte will be the first to offer What the Hell, Hero? protests.
The Pyro is weird in that it has 2 sides to it that each emphasize one end of this trope. It wants to spread happiness and rainbows everywhere, but it's only doing it, quite literally, from its point of view. From everybody else's view, it's a psychopathic, Ax-Crazy, monster.
Garrus could be considered Chaotic Good, though someone could make the argument that he is not necessarily against the law, but only against the red tape that prevents him from doing good, which could be Neutral Good or even Lawful Good. However, in the second game he is undoubtedly Chaotic Good.
In the first installment, he asks the player to commit a cold-blooded murder and states that there is nothing inherently wrong in killing a mass-murderer without trial. Which makes him a dark incarnation of this alignment.
Captain Bailey is also unquestionably this alignment. His entire leadership and policing strategy can be summed up as "Do what's right, dammit!" When Shepard first talks to him about reinstating his/her identity as being "alive," Bailey says that normally you'd have to spend about a week going through customs and the Citadel bureaucracy, or he can just press a button right there and get you everything you need. Later on, he shows he's perfectly willing to help Shepard and Garrus get some vigilante justice in on a criminal C-Sec can't track down because he's inside their network, and during Thane's loyalty mission, he arrests a criminal on flimsy charges so Shepard can interrogate them and looks the other way after checking into Thane's background, saying that "Someone's going to have to deal with it, but not me." After dealing with all the other Obstructive Bureaucrats in the game, Bailey is a breath of welcome fresh air.
Even Shepard can show signs of this if you take the Paragon path but mix in a healthy dose of renegade actions and dialogue (or as fans have nicknamed it, Paragade.) You can still play Shepard as warm and compassionate, but with a definite irreverence for any kind of authority, probably best shown in the Renegade response to the Turian Councillor after releasing the Rachni Queen.
Paragon Shepard slowly veers from Lawful Good into this alignment from the end of the first game onwards, where they go rogue, steal the Normandy, and defy the Council's orders not to head to Ilos. Their reason seems to be, because they are a Spectre, they are sworn to protect the Galaxy, even from the bunch of incompetent morons that run it. By the second game, when the Council refuses to take the Reapers and Collector threat seriously, Shepard is forced to work with Cerberus in order to end the threat. By the third game, Shepard barely seems to consult the Council at all before making decisions of Galactic importance and part of the plot even involves going to the heads of state for each race directly, cutting their Council representatives completely.
The Hunter's Guild in Monster Hunter, mainly in Tri, prefer to let a village be destroyed than to send help to slay The Azure Lightning, Lagiarcus.
Nathan Zachary and the Fortune Hunters of Crimson Skies.They may be air pirates, but they only steal from people that can afford the loss (in fact, many of their targets are such bastards that they more then deserve whatever trouble the Fortune Hunter's raids bring them). They are also known to help defend innocents; one mission in the PC game had Nathan Zachary and crew protecting a hospital ship from a rival pirate gang. The Fortune Hunter's founding charter forbids wanton attacks on civilian targets and Zachary is rumored to have shot down one of his own pilots when he needlessly strafed civilian targets.
In No More Heroes, Travis Touchdown eventually becomes this alignment late in Desperate Struggle, eventually growing tired of the fighting and vowing to destroy the UAA and avenge all those who died because of them. Besides, he never was too keen with rules and regulations from the beginning.
In BioShock 2, if Subject Delta performs good actions such as saving little sisters and sparing NPCs, Eleanor becomes this, willing to fight for their freedom against her mother. Otherwise, she might become Chaotic Evil.
As a more definite example, this is how the followers of Atlas and Lamb viewed themselves, fighting against the Rapture hierarchy. Diane McClintock (an idealist rebel under Atlas's command and Ryan's former mistress), Grace Holloway (an anti-Ryan jazz singer and key supporter of Doctor Lamb), the assassins in Hephaestus (like Kyburz and Anya Andersdotter) (who all attempted to bring an end to Ryan's by-now Lawful Evil government by taking the law and the greater good of the city into their own hands) and, following her Heel-Face Turn, Tenenbaum (kidnapping Little Sisters from official control and leaving them in the sewers beneath Olympus Heights) are some character examples.
And Ryan's original founding of Rapture was motivated by a desire to escape what he believed to be an evil hierarchy on the surface world, and ultimately to indirectly destroy it by removing the greatest minds from the reach of the parasites. Ryan's loyalty to hisconvictions did not last, and he slowly shifted to Lawful Evil as he jettisoned his principles in favor of power.
It's more complex than that. Enforcing an Objectivist utopia is actually a contradiction in terms. When Ryan realizes this, he refuses to admit his error and drifts toward his despotic persona.
It is interesting that in the case of Fountaine, the roles are reversed — he considers himself an opportunist smuggler, while in fact, he caters to the actual needs of the Rapture citizens.
Augustus Sinclair has shades of this, particularly of the Noble Demon variety. Although he claims to be out for himself primarily, he encourages Delta to not kill unnecessarily and does whatever he can to help him, even taking personal risks (also, unlike Fontaine, he doesn't end up betraying Delta... At least notwillingly).
Donkey Kong and company definitely qualify. Especially Donkey Kong himself. He has a strong will to good and believes strongly in The Power of Friendship, but he is also rather dumb and doesn't quite get the rules of society. This gets especially evident when pitted against Mario in Mario VS Donkey Kong, where he decides to steal the factory's entire supply of Mini-Marios when he finds out that the store that sells them is sold out.
Roger Wilco, "Almighty Janitor" (quotes intentional) and sometimes space hero, tends to fall here. Rules and regulations mean absolutely nothing to him, and he frankly isn't bright enough to handle responsibility on a daily basis. But when confronted with the choice to do what's right rather than ignore it? He'll pull out the Indy Ploy and take the "what's right" option.
Soma Cruz is characterized by his stubborn will to defy his fate of becoming the second Dracula and repeating the tragedy over the last 1000 years. A warning, though: if he loses his childhood love, he can turn into Chaotic Evil.
Solid Snake, the titular hero, and his best friend, Otacon, are this, frequently showing a sincere heart of gold, and he and Otacon will stop at nothing to fight for the very cause they believe in — although Snake frequently insists he himself is a Chaotic Neutral or even a Chaotic Evil.
Also, Raiden, Meryl, and Johnny (Akiba) in MGS4, though Akiba starts out as Stupid Good.
While Baten Kaitos has several characters who could be placed here, Kalas is definitely the most exemplary, although it could be argued that what with his betrayal of the group, he could be seen as Chaotic Neutral or even Chaotic Evil. However, when he rejoins the group, he definitely becomes Chaotic Good.
"In this world, there are things that people mustn't touch... Who cares?!"
Heart Aino from Arcana Heart wants you to know, that if something is causing any problems, she will gladly run off and deal with it. Without having to deal with any legal procedures, or a specific plan. She will fight her own friends, apologize for it, and continue wrecking her way straight to the source of the main problem's front door and break it down. With love.
Isabela in Dragon Age II. Oh, she'll insist she's Chaotic Neutral, but she sticks by a somewhat self-serving personal code of 'free merchantry' that she will violate on conscience. She can be influenced to do the right thing and return the Qun artifact, but she only took such a dangerous job for poor rewards because she reneged on a previous deal by freeing a cargo of slaves, which she denies emphatically was done for good intent... but never quite gives any sensible reason.
Depending on which personality type you play your Hawke is, tends to determine how far (s)he leans. A Diplomatic Hawke is a type 2, who fights for freedom for everyone base off of the establish rules. A Snarky!Hawke is a type 4.
Mercury of TRON 2.0. No exits? Let's make things explode and create one! No weapons? Let's improvise the lightcycle baton into a nasty melee weapon. And while we're at it, let's openly hit on your creator's son.
Hector starts as such, escaping from Ostia almost on his own to help Eliwood in spite of his brother Uther's orders. As the plot advances, though, he settles on the border between this and Neutral Good.
Also Fargus and his pupil Dart, which makes sense since they're both Pirates and very Hot-Blooded.
Since her elder sister Fiora is Lawful Good and her little sister Florina leans to Neutral Good, it's only logical that Farina will end up as this alignment. Predictably, she can be paired off with either Hector or Dart, who are as Hot-Blooded as she is.
Sly Cooper and his gang. They're thieves, but of the loveable kind, and they generally only steal from other criminals (partly because of honor, and partly because of the challenge).
Blades of the Darkmoon in Dark Souls belong to the covenant of Dark Sun Gwyndolin, the last true remaining deity in Anor Londo. Gwyndolin will call upon his faithful followers to punish the guilty — they are assassins fighting to enforce the laws of the Gods.
Torg is a nice guy, occasionally heroic, usually scatterbrained and unthinking of the consequences of his actions. But never intentionally malicious — his shoulder devil is shown to be too hyper and derangedly Obviously Evil to affect him. (The angel is very simple goodness personified.)
Riff would undoubtedly be in jail by now if his exploits weren't too bizarre for the authorities to believe. Even if you ignore the mass destruction of property he's been directly or indirectly responsible for, there's no way he has a license for the various guns, explosives, nuclear reactors, and reality altering equipment he tinkers around with. He's even caused (or almost caused) the end of the world more than once. Yet, when vampires, demons, or aliens start threatening the Sluggyverse, he's usually there on the front lines with a laser cannon, a bag full of grenades, and giant killer robots to fight them off.
Aylee, a space alien from another dimension whose body occasionally changes form to adapt to the environment, starts out as Chaotic Neutral in a "Oops, wasn't I supposed to eat him?" kind of way; child-like, clueless, driven by biological impulses. In chapter 52, she goes through some character development and comes to an existentialist realisation that she can't just drift along and has to make a choice to do what is right and to avoid what is wrong. Having matured that much but much the same as before otherwise, she could be considered Chaotic Good after this Character Development.
Belkar speculates that Lord Shojo was of this alignment, and he's probably right. For the good of Azure City, he fakedsenility, broke any laws and oaths that got in his way, and lied about it all to an order of paladins under his command, including his nephew and heir.
Haley must have gotten it from her father, who was run out of Greysky by the Guild because of his Robin Hood thievery. He's less effective than Haley, but he's far more ambitious, and is trying to topple an Evil Empire by resistance from within. As a gladiator/prisoner at that!
Cuddles from Happy Tree Friends, although he can be a very rebellious rabbit, he's also very concerned of others at the same time.
Most of the protagonists in Breeniverse series, such as lonelygirl15 and KateModern, are this to some degree. Since they're fighting against an evil conspiracy called "the Order" which has agents in governments and police forces worldwide, they frequently commit crimes ranging from breaking and entering to kidnapping without hesitation. This becomes a major plot point in LG 15 The Resistance, when Jonas is classified as a terrorist as the result of his actions.
Tom of Ruby Quest only wants freedom for him and his friend Ruby, but while she has some clear limitations of what she is willing to do to achieve this, putting her in a Lawful Good territory, he is willing to go into any lengths to get them away, including physical violence, and sacrificing himself in order to ensure her freedom.
Red arguably started here, as well. He quite certainly cared for his patients, and was willing to try unorthodox and potentially dangerous methods in order to cure them. But by the time we meet him, he has degenerated into Chaotic Neutral.
Keith Jackson from Survival of the Fittest version three, who looks out for his friends as best he can, but at the same time isn't some kind of paragon of virtue. He threatens violence at least once to get people he doesn't like the look of to leave, and didn't hesitate to start shooting when his group was threatened.
Definitely the Monkey King in the Whateley Universe. Probably the Lamplighter too, since for a superhero he sure is in trouble a lot with the Boston police.
And Beltane. If you're being a big jerk, she may use her powers to do something wacky to you.
Of Team Kimba (the notional main protagonists), Chaka definitely qualifies on attitude alone.
Originally a Chaotic Neutral in his videos and a broken, desperate-for-more-power selfish in Kickassia, The Nostalgia Critic seems to have settled on this after Suburban Knights. Despite being an occasional asshole to his team, he gives up his plans for profit after it turns out the MacGuffin's powers are real, bravely stands up to an all-powerful evil sorcerer, and is genuinely grief stricken by Ma-Ti's death. As for being Chaotic, he still decides to take the Gauntlet from its clearly inept current protectors.
Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender . In "The Painted Lady", she goes out of her way to help strangers (and the help involves stealing to the enemy army), even if it would ruin their group's plans.
Toph's on the borderline between this and Chaotic Neutral. She's not particularly moral, but definitely a good guy. She also hates rules, and once celebrated the group decision to ignore the orders of the authorities of a city by gleefully blowing a hole in the wall of their apartment.
Prowl from Transformers Animated is also Chaotic Good — he's constantly ignoring orders to do what he feels is right, even if that involves teaming up with villains. This can get him into a lot of trouble, and it nearly killed him once.
Despite being a member of a law enforcement organization, Walter "Doc" Hartford of Galaxy Rangers is more along this line. He's fond of trouble, a master of BS, and good about breaking and entering (computers mostly, but he isn't past other breaking and entering). His canon was never developed, aside from Word of God stating he joined the Rangers "reluctantly." Fanon tends to go with the theory that he wasn't always on the "good" side of the law.
Timmy Turner of The Fairly OddParents. One example is his using baby Poof's biological functions such as burping and breaking wind to stop Anti-Cosmo and the Pixies. The part where he has Poof break wind is especially chaotic as it resets time itself. However, considering the Earth and Fairy World were about to be destroyed, resetting the timeline is a positive use of chaos. In Abra Catastrophe, he also sets off a nuclear explosion in an isolated desert to defeat Crocker.
Phineas of Phineas and Ferb. His reaction to the law of gravity is to say "A universal law without chance of appeal?! That's despotism!"
The title character of Jimmy Two-Shoes definitely fits this mold. Considering the setting, it's probably a good thing he follows his own rules.
Bart Simpson commonly flips between this and Chaotic Neutral due to his highly rebellious and laid-back nature. Thing is, he aspires to be Chaotic Neutral, but usually feels guilt or just plainly is too nice to be purely morally neutral. Still highly chaotic, as befitting to his rebellious nature, is not amoral enough to be purely Chaotic Neutral.
While she was initially Neutral Good, Lisa becomes this in later episodes. As Springfield continues to have more idiotic faults, Lisa stops being so honest and often takes measures into her own hands.
Fry from Futurama is the Chaotic Good Idiot Hero. He consistently wishes to do the right thing, but will break any rule to do so. He also has a tendency to encourage his best friend Bender's kleptomania. However, he doesn't intentionally hurt people (unless he really has to) and most of his actions are unselfish.
Lance from Sym-Bionic Titan. Though he's one of the good guys, he's been in jail on screen about three times and two of them were on Galaluna, where it would seem that this happens often. The two noted arrests, he happened to be Cassandra Truth, but if the following quote from the King is anything to go by, it's happened several times in between.
Messenger: one of our own has been detained...
King: *sigh* Lance.
That's not even mentioning the episode "Phantom Ninja", where he becomes known as the titular character and pulls off vigilante acts at night. Let's just say anyone he got to would feel it the next morning.
Rainbow Dash: Brash, impulsive and egotistical, but good and loyal at heart; lazy about her assigned duties, but never about general duty to others when they really need her. Is also not above breaking the rules when it is to her benefit, or will save her embarrassment. However, she shows increasingly lawful tendencies over the course of seasons 2 and 3 as her leadership qualities develop, and may be heading for Neutral Good.
"See? I'd never leave my friends hanging!"
Pinkie Pie: Very nice, and just wants everyone to be friends and have fun, but also slightly nuts and more than just slightly energetic and excitable. She also actively enjoys chaos, action, and wild activity, and seems to care little about rules as long as everyone is enjoying themselves. Has been described, more than once, as "so random." She does have a very deep sense of honor about promises, though.
"Isn't this exciting! Are you excited, 'cause I'm excited, I've never been so excited, well, except for the time that I saw you walking in this town and I went GASP! But I mean, really, who can top that?"
Princess Luna occasionally falls into this hard, especially in her comic portrayals. Despite her status as ruler she shows very little appreciation for any of Equestria's laws, blows off lists and schedules as boring pedantry and is near constantly Hot-Blooded. All the same she does clearly care for others, and is only too eager to be helpful and productive.