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"I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."
The Character Alignment of sweetness and light. A Neutral Good character will usually comply with laws if doing so benefits the greater good, but rebel against those they consider unjust or which conflict with the greater good.
There are different kinds of Neutral Goodness:
Type 1 are those who are passively good- they have fairly normal lives and ambitions but will do good as the situation arises. They will help anyone they come across who needs it, then get back to their normal routine. They are most likely to be good towards family, friends and those within their social circle (if they are a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, to the extent allowed), though they have no issue with helping strangers. They may even do volunteer work or other do-gooding that they find personally satisfying. At the same time, they do not view Good as the concept that defines their lives- for them, Goodness is an obligation, or even just their nature. They will do what Good they like or what needs to be done, and then they will go home and carry on as normal.
Type 2 are those who are actively good- for them, Goodness is an Ideal as well as (or less likely, instead of) an obligation. They devote themselves to a life of Goodness and doing Good is the most important thing in their lives, or one of at least. They believe in doing what is Right and may sacrifice personal happiness, perhaps even in advance, in pursuit of that. If they are not The Cape, they admire and seek to imitate them. This type wants to do good, to go out and have adventures and to right wrongs and fight evil, but might be unprepared for the harsh realities they have to face, though they will probably have strong enough principles and beliefs that this will not stun them for long. Alternatively, Comes Great Responsibility is in play and they feel that doing good is their duty- this does not make them Lawful Good, but means that they will do good regardless of whether Lawfulness is in play.
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 at Taking 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-CC Gs, 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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Yoh Asakura is definitely one, more concern about saving people who were trying to kill him than killing them, and his neutral outlook on things infuriate the X Laws, who believe themselves to be Lawful Good.
Kasumi Tendo of Ranma ½ is very sweet-tempered, friendly to all around her, consistently takes care of her family, shown incapable of causing or wishing harm on anyone and been described outright as a "perfect saint", or drawn as an angel. She's played as absolute goodness almost to the point of parody. Case in point: The most horrible thing she could imagine when an Oni briefly possessed her was to play minor annoying pranks.
Belldandy of Ah! My Goddess is entrusted with greater power than her sisters because she is is.
Jim Hawkings of Outlaw Star. Despite his age, he's the most mature and responsible member of the group, being the one who handles all of the cash, finds jobs for them, pays the bills, and otherwise devotes himself to the exasperating task of organizing and caring for Chaotic Neutral slacker Gene Starwind. What keeps him from being Lawful Good is the fact that he's a Child Prodigy hacker who often uses his code-breaking skills in less than legal ways. Melfina is probably also an example of this.
Nagisa Misumi and Honoka Yukishiro from Futari wa Pretty Cure, despite their vastly different personalities, quite probably share this alignment. Thus proving that alignment is only a part of characterization, not characterization itself.
The same applies to seemingly all of theirsuccessors. In fact, it seems to be part of the job description — Karen is the one who could most reasonably be called anything different (being more Lawful-ish than is typical), and she had some difficulty answering the Call to Adventure. Coincidence, or cause and effect?
Mai Tokiha and Arika Yumemiya, main characters of, respectively, Mai-HiME and Mai-Otome. Both girls are not above breaking their respective school's (Fuuka Gakuen and Garderobe) rules if it's necessary to do the right thing. The latter especially fits this alignment, considering she's a Friend to All Living Things.
Of course, Gundam has characters in this alignment.
Shiro Amada is perfectly willing to violate the common sense of war and the military rules to save the lives of everyone, even including his enemies (or at least, some of them, depending on the actions that define their nature), from death in battlefields.
Kira Yamato from Gundam SEED, particularly after he becomes a saintlyMartial Pacifist. In the same series, Murrue Ramius. She recognizes the value of the law and tries to abide by it as much as she can, but follows her own conscience first even if it means breaking laws or military regulations in the name of the greater good. Also, Lacus Clyne.
Allelujah Haptism from Gundam 00. Most of his teammates in the formerly Necessarily Evil organization Celestial Being shifted to this alignment in season 2.
Kio Asuno, after a trip in the enemy territory that changes his initially True Neutral ways.
Hime Utsumiya, the messianic, redheaded Tsundere from Brain Powerd. She respects the orders of his superiors and has no problem with authority, unlike Chaotic Good Yuu. Still, her main concern is saving the world and protecting people, and would much rather talk with the Reclaimers than fight them. Actually, most people from Novice Noah fit this alignment.
Sailor Moon and the Inner Sailor Senshi from Sailor Moon are pretty much the definition of this trope. They fight to protect everyone in the name of love and justice and also try to redeem the villains they battle whenever they get the chance. The Outer Senshi, not so much.
Touta Matsuda from Death Note arguably falls into this category when he's not being Stupid Good. He's not driven to catch Kira because of the law, and at one point, it is no longer his job to do so; he intends to catch Kira because he wants to make his Lawful Goodmentor Soichiro Yagami proud of him. He does also have a serious affinity for non-fatal shots, as mentioned in the description.
Jushiro Ukitake and Shunsui Kyoraku of Bleach. While they are willing to detain the intruders who are trying to save Rukia (but not kill them), Ukitake tries to appeal to stop Rukia's execution, and when that fails, he and Kyoraku destroy the Sokyoku. The two of them believe that occasionally, people have to carry out justice on their own.
Retsu Unohana as well, going by her willingness to heal any injured people she and her lieutenant come across, including those technically on the other side, and exiles from Soul Society, the Visored. Somehow, the first three mentioned here all had Knight Templar Yamamoto as their mentor. However, when it comes to her old past as Yachiru Unohana, she becomes at best Chaotic Neutral, at worst Chaotic Evil, being a bloodthirsty criminal who still is the worst criminal of Soul Society, even surpassing Aizen. It's still a mystery why she decided to turn a new leaf and becomes more Neutral Good when things are all sunny.
Yoruichi is also of this alignment, though she used to be Lawful Good in the backstory.
You could also probably argue that many of the human characters fall here. Orihime and Chad certainly do, considering the overarching motivation of both is helping people. Ichigo vacillates between this and Chaotic Good, as does Tatsuki and maybe Karin. Ishida tries to be Lawful Neutral, but isn't very good at it; he goes between Lawful Good and Neutral Good as well
Negi Springfield from Mahou Sensei Negima!, a cute ten-year-old Chick Magnet and descendant of an exceptionally powerful wizard who's devoted to protecting all of his 31 students (who all happen to be cute in their own special way). While he generally tries to act a proper English Welsh gentleman, he consistently defies orders even if given direct orders to stop one of his student's plans, much less uphold the Masquerade of keeping magic secret, he will instantly and without hesitation break every rule if it so much as gets in the way of his students having fun, nevermind when they are in actual danger. It's especially evident when he chooses to learn forbiddenBlack Magic if only to protect those around him.
Dr. Tenma of Monster. His entire philosophy is that no life has any more inherent value than any other, and he attempts to save as many as possible.
The main character from Hayate the Combat Butler. Not only is he suicidally devoted to anybody who happens to need his help, he also took care of his deadbeat parents as a child instead of running away like a sensible person. He tries to be Lawful Good, but his use of chaotic and pragmatic means to do goodness places him here, like how Maria gives Hayate one million yen to go live outside the mansion for three days after Nagi kicked him out for embarassing him. Instead of doing that he uses that money to help people in need, leaving him broke. He's also concerned about his own freedom, which is the main reason why he hired himself as Nagi's Battle Butler so he could pay off his debt and be free of it. He's not battling injustice or upholding the law; he's doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing.
Kakashi in Naruto believes that breaking rules is bad, but not helping those close to you is worse, and tests all his potential students to see if they will disobey orders in order to help each other. He puts this into practice when, rather than immediately going off to his next mission as Tsunade orders, he goes to find Sasuke. In Kakashi Gaiden, it's noted that he started off as more Lawful Neutral, as a result of his father being ostracized for failing a mission, to save his friends — even by said friends — and committing suicide, but the Neutral Good Obito changed that.
A good portion of the rising generation of ninjas is like this, as they typically abide by the rules, but are willing to disobey orders in order to accomplish what they consider important or help those they care about.
Naruto is between this and a Chaotic Good. Because even though he breaks the rules, he still respects the shinobi way of learning, and when he does break the rules, it's either helping a friend or doing what's morally right.
Syaoran also belongs here or at least whichever one is active in the party at any point during the series, as demonstrated by actions like dropping out of an important race in order to save a fellow competitor in danger of getting killed. His more questionable deeds can be blamed on losing his "heart" and reverting to his basic programming or being trapped in a no-win situation made worse by his feelings for Sakura.
All of the main characters end up in this neighborhood in the latter portion of the series, even if early chapters seemed to indicate otherwise, but Kurogane gets bonus points for keeping the most basic aspects of his personality unchanged from the beginning.
Jiro "Roji" Kusano of Muhyo and Roji tends to often object to some of the Lawful Good Muhyo's harsher decisions that stem more from his Lawful side (like sending Nana's father to the Styx), until he realizes the motives behind them, and occasionally acts on his own.
His first son, Gohan, takes after him, becoming the single kindest character in DBZ (unlesshegetsangry).
Krillin also seems to be quite a bit influenced by Goku's kindness.
Ippo is so polite, nice, and well-meaning that it almost hurts sometimes, feeling sympathy to almost all of his opponents. That said, his devotion to winning even during the toughest of odds leaves him to do whatever it takes, but he still is extremely polite to his opponents even after they lose.
Nao Kanzaki is about as Neutral Good as it gets — yes, she'll trick people, but only if they don't trust her enough to believe that she's really looking out for them. And she is — she pays off all her opponents' debts after beating them, even though this will almost certainly leave her with an unpayable (in the 'billions of yen' range) debt at the Liar Game Tournament's end.
Gintoki from Gintama fits in this alignment. Usually, he is a useless lazy bum who is happy to go along with rules. However, he won't hesitate to break all rules and throw himself in fire when it comes to protecting those he cares about, whether it is his True Companions in danger or a child Gintoki promised to reunite with his mother.
This describes Onizuka-sensei of Great Teacher Onizuka under D&D rules. He may be stupid, selfish, greedy, a and the furthest thing from being a mature, responsible teacher, but he'd do anything for his students. He sits here because he isn't particularly Chaotic or Lawful.
While most of her guildmates in Fairy Tail are Chaotic Good, Lucy is mostly likely Neutral Good. While she is as motivated by compassion and frienship as everyone else, she lacks the rowdy and anti-authoritarian spirit that is characteristic of chaotic alignments, thus she is also often her guild's Only Sane Man.
Wonder Woman is arguably this, as she tends to be able to break rules (her own and those of society) when the situation calls for it, but also doesn't needlessly break them (she is an ambassador to Man's World, after all).
Spider-Man alternates between this and Chaotic Good. What sets him most into this area is his motivation: he's a good guy because his Uncle Ben would have wanted him to be a good guy. He's not battling injustice or upholding the law; he's doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing.
The Blue Lantern Corps is composed of hopeful individuals who are equally concerned with helping everyone, whether evil or good, chaotic or lawful. They are the Badass Pacifist corps, if there ever was one.
While often portrayed as Lawful Good, Superman can sometimes be this. While he tries to maintain good relations with the Law, he isn't above going against the letter of the law if he feels it is the right thing to do. (The storyline "Last Son" comes to mind, where he rescues a Kryptonian boy... by smashing up an armoured government transport. He knew where the boy was by attacking a secure government location and making them tell him. See? Neutral Good). However, Superman was much more visibly Neutral Good back when he was first created. At the time, he was a borderline vigilante who often dealt with societal problems that the regular authorities could not or would not touch.
Tim Drake initially came off as this when he became the third Robin. Although he had lost his mother to a criminal (who also severely injured his father), revenge and punishment has never been his motivation. He became Robin because Batman needed a Robin to save him from his own darkness. Jason Todd had been dead for several years now, Dick Grayson was firmly established as Nightwing, and he was the only one with the skills and motivation to fill the void. Tim is one of the few people who Batman feels will eventually surpass his teachings and actually improve on his crimefightng methods. The other is Dick Grayson himself, who also falls into this alignment.
Doctor Strange is this with shadings of Lawful Good. He wants to preserve what is good in the world, and he will work for (or against) anyone if will serve the good.
The Flash family covers the whole "Good" alignment axis, with Wally West holding down the Neutral Good fort. Wally's got one of the least complicated origin stories of his generation of superheroes — he got superpowers, and decided he'd use them to help people. While he set out to work within the framework of law and order set by his mentor, Barry Allen, and is generally respectful of the laws of the land, he wasn't opposed to stepping outside of that framework when circumstances supported it and has worked with his baddies to achieve a common goal, befriended a (not particularly evil) super villain or two, and joined a Black Ops group when he thought it would serve the greater good.
The Phantom is a strong proponent of order, law and justice in his jungle and country, holding positions of authority and making sure criminals get not only caught but tried properly whenever possible. However, when he's out fighting bad guys by himself, he takes a rather straightforward approach to things and habitually uses his ninja-esque skills to evade, disable, or bypass guards and officers of the law, who tend to find him suspicious for understandable reasons. He also makes a habit of intimidating his way past "no dogs allowed" restrictions, pointing out that it's wolf, not a dog.
Anakin viewed himself as this, willing to do good even if it put him in conflict with the rest of the Jedi. However, his self-perception and his reality may have been very different, as he had strong aspects of Chaotic Good. This was particularly evident in his tendency to question Obi-Wan's decisions, to say nothing of the Jedi Council's, as well as ignoring the rules of the order much of the time. Palpatine's offer of the secret to preventing death resulted in Anakin doing whatever it took to get it. And we all know howthatturned out...
Although there will always be some question about whether he was Neutral Good or Lawful Good, it's implied in Revenge of the Sith that Obi-Wan Kenobi withheld knowledge of Anakin's relationship from the Jedi Council, and even explicitly states his disagreement with the Council's assignment for Skywalker in the waning days of the Clone Wars. This would imply that, like his old master, Kenobi generally played by the rules but was willing to break them. Of course, it's possible that Kenobi was the only truly Lawful Good member of the Council, and that the rest were Lawful Neutral, which was the reason Palpatine chose to wait until Kenobi was away before making The Reveal to Skywalker. It could also be reasonably argued that the Council had drifted so far into Lawful Stupid that they did Palpatine's work for him. Mace Windu's unrelenting hostility towards Anakin in particular tended to only increase the latter's rebelliousness. Anakin might have actually been closer to Neutral Good were his relationship with the Council not quite so adversarial.
Padme started out in the PT as Lawful Good, however, as the Clone Wars went on, she found her becoming critical of how the Republic was becoming more authoritarian and became Neutral Good in opposition to this development.
The Dude from The Big Lebowski, whenever he gets the motivation to do anything. He's way too laid back to want to enforce or tear down society's laws.
Axel Foley from Beverly Hills Cop. A policeman, but one who often does not go by the book, and even breaks the law in the interests of what's right in the long run.
The eponymous heroine of Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, who pretty much makes being altruistic and bringing happiness to people around her the point of her daily life — within the rules if possible, but (mildly) breaking them if need be.
The eponymous Goonies are mostly this alignment if not Chaotic Good.
In the TRON universe, Lora Baines-Bradley, Roy Kleinberg, and their digital counterparts Yori and Ram, seem to fall here. They do have respect for order and law, but more respect for what's right.
Lora is the one convincing Alan that they should warn Flynn about Dillinger.
Roy is a quiet, unassuming guy who ends up being the primary motivator behind "Flynn Lives." He'll exhaust the legal and proper methods, and then get into the computer hacking.
In a deleted scene, Yori pulls off a highly-illegal power transfer just to give her "husband" a properly sexy welcome home, but otherwise is a simulation debugger.
Ram's not as driven to destroy Master Control, as he just wants to get back to his job calculating insurance rates. Even when he's de-rezzing, he's more focused on The Power of Friendship than anything else.
Quorra in TRON: Legacy also fits here. Her youth and "more aggressive strategy" is a bit at odds with the elder Flynn's approach, but she is also much more reverent and orderly than Sam.
In the Alternate Continuity of Tron 2.0, Jet also qualifies. He's been in some trouble with the law over unauthorized computer access, but cleaned up his act, enjoying his job building games. He's fairly laid back and easy-going, ("Life's short, Pop, I plan to enjoy it"), but will step up to heroic measures if pushed into it by circumstance.
The newest hero in the franchise, Beck in Tron Uprising, is also this alignment. What he's doing isn't lawful in the slightest, and he's ripping off his hero's identity to fight Tessler, but he's also the kind of guy who will spare the life of a defeated opponent and tries very hard to minimize casualties — enemy, ally, or civilian.
Frodo Baggins also counts. Because what makes him neutral is that he wants to destroy the ring and go back too Hobbiton to live a peaceful life. But what also makes him good is that he wants no one to carry his burden, and doesn't them to be corrupted by the ring.
Harry Potter possesses a great capacity for love and faith in his friends. He willingly consults authority figures for help and advice, but isn't afraid to subvert them to do what he believes is the right thing (which may or may not be because different authority figures are wrongly persecuting him half the time). Dumbledore also exhibits this alignment as well. He maintains firm discipline at Hogwarts and insists on certain behaviors from students. For example, when he needs Harry to do something when the latter is scheduled for detention, Dumbledore reschedules the detention rather than simply cancelling it. At the same time, Dumbledore does subvert, or outright ignore, the rules (especially of the Ministry of Magic) when they get in the way of opposing Voldemort.
Dumbledore is revealed to be Chaotic Good later in the series, when details of his past are revealed and his motives come to light. Due to his great age, wisdom and intelligence however, his form of Chaotic Good is much more cerebral than usual depictions.
Lu-Tze of Discworld hangs someplace between this and Chaotic Good. He also takes the Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught philosophy to its logical extreme — he tells his apprentice that yes, rules are sometimes obstructive and must be broken to get anything done, but that's why they're there; so that you think before you break them.
In The Malloreon, Belgarion walks the fine line between Lawful Good and Neutral Good. While he tries to keep things fair in Riva through the law, he scraps a rule about noblemen not having to pay a specific tax the very second his 'ear to the ground' lets him know it exists. Absolute legal power is fun like that.
Daenerys Targaryen is concerned more with being a good monarch and with her followers' well-being than any other leader in the series, whether that entails sticking to a moral code or leading a slave revolt. Though her methods are rather bloody, she is clearly good by the standards of the setting. Daenerys is much more clearly Neutral Good in the HBO adaptation.
Somewhere between "Literature" and "Comics", there are the protagonists of the X-Wing Series. Wedge Antilles might seem Lawful Good, but will disobey orders, frequently faking interference, if he sees the need. He's a MildlyMilitary Maverick who gets enough success that the New Republic loves him. He also leaves the New Republic when he finds that the Rogues can't get back at a traitor due to diplomatic immunity, and all of his subordinates follow.
Antilles: "I joined this Rebellion to fight the Empire's tyranny. Just because we have Coruscant doesn't mean it's ended. The New Republic might not be able to strike at Thyferra, but there are Rebels around who can. I quit."
Fey'lya: "It would appear, Captain Celchu, that Rogue Squadron is now your command."
Celchu: "I don't think so. It's been a long time since I've been a civilian. I'm out as well."
The Soul Drinkers Space Marines, who following a Gambit Pileup, became fed up to the back teeth with the Imperium and ended up declared Excommunicate Traitoris. They're mostly good guys, unusually compassionate for Space Marines (one of them notes that he feels more regret over killing a Guardsman now that he's holding the gun himself instead of using them as meat-shields) and are having trouble balancing their opposition to Imperial tyranny and its role in protecting people against Chaos.
Rand al'Thor of the Wheel of Time, the hero capable of utilizing order or chaos to advance the side of right. He is ultimately devoted to "the Light" and spearheads the battle against the forces of the "Dark One." His overarching task through most of the series is to unite the various nations of the world under a single banner — his. He often acts as (and is seen as) a chaotic force, overthrowing established traditions and rules, being a usurper. However, when he gains control over a nation, be it by force or trickery, he quickly consolidates his power and brings the nation back under a lawful regime. His more lawful side is best demonstrated in Lord of Chaos, when he stresses to the Aiel not to loot the newly conquered kingdom of Caemlyn, saying he wants to avoid anarchy and keep everything nice and lawful until he can put a ruler of his choice on the throne to govern for him.
The Big Three (male) heroes all seem to be linked to one of the goods, although there's a good deal of ambiguity. Perrin, despite his "simple blacksmith" protests, seems very fond of an ordered society, which dovetails in nicely with the pack mentality of his wold friends. Matt, of course, as the Loveable Rogue, would be the representative of chaos in the group, although this gets tempered quite a bit as the series goes on.
The three protagonists of the Green Sky Trilogy. Raamo finds many of the laws and rituals baffling and illogical, and supports something only if it's in the greater interest of peace and joy. Neric eventually lands here once Raamo's aid helps him ditch some of his cynicism. Genaa claws her way up to here from Lawful Neutral once Raamo and Neric open her eyes to the truth and she discovers her father is alive.
In The Dresden Files, Sanya, the Russian Knight Of The Cross, appears to be more ambivalent about following laws and order, and is more devoted to the simple act of rescuing innocents and fighting evil.
Sherlock Holmes (interestingly enough, givenhispersonality) fits this trope to a T: while he dedicates most of his life to upholding law and order, he cheerfully and enthusiastically breaks it when it gets in the way of doing what he thinks is right.
Holmes: I had rather play tricks with the law of England than with my own conscience.
Poirot is quite proud and often annoying, but is dedicated to solving crime and bringing murderers to justice. The law doesn't really factor in his actions: he can let murderers go free in the case of an Asshole Victim.
Live Action TV
Captain Kirk of Star Trek: The Original Series has just enough respect for the Federation to not violate its laws unless he has a damn good reason, as he understands it's probably the best government out there.
In his later days (in the movies, mayhaps) Spock tends to flow a bit in to this as well, actually allowing emotion in order to quell his internal conflicts.
Miles O'Brien from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has no problems with orders and laws, but will break or bend them for the greater good.
Karl ("Helo") Agathon from Battlestar Galactica, probably the most purely good character on the show. A strong case might be made for his being Lawful Good, but his willingness to go beyond or disobey orders puts him more in the Neutral Good category.
Shepherd Book and Simon Tam from Firefly. Both seem to have a decent amount of respect for law and order, but have no problems breaking any law which endangers their friends or family.
Also, Kaylee and Wash from the same show. Though they may have chaotic good leanings. They are just generally good, happy (for the most part) people who always try to do what they believe is right. They are also the two least violent people in the show, making them Technical Pacifist.
The Avengers work with the government, but don't particularly care for the law and will simply do what is best.
Angel, as the lead in a series rife with Character Development, naturally varies in his alignment, but his default "ensouled" alignment once he gets his own show seems to be Neutral Good: helping others and protecting those who can't do it themselves, no matter the personal cost.
In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy herself fits this category. She accepts (somewhat reluctantly) her destiny, then proceeds to fulfill it in her own way. She accepts her Mentor while rejecting his organization. In the end, the only thing certain about her is her devotion to good. Most of her True Companions end up in this category.
Some of Jack's closer friends at CTU, like Chloe and Tony, tend to be Neutral Good in that they more often follow orders and the law than he does, but tend to put themselves at risk to help him.
iCarly: Carly started off as a Neutral Good person, but shifted towards Chaotic Good in season 3.
Freddie started more like Lawful Good, only to shift towards Neutral Good as well, although since he's more than willing to tag along with Carly and even Sam's schemes, in practice he acts Chaotic Good as well.
LOST: Jack Shephard is probably Neutral Good. Hurley also fits the "basically nice person" description.
Hurley is another example of Neutral Good. Ben Linus becomes this at the end of the series.
Both JD and Turk from Scrubs are this in contrast to the rebellious natures of Dr. Cox and the Janitor and the more traditionalist beliefs of Carla and strictness of Kelso. Turk even speaks out to Carla at one point that tradition is not as important to him as to her.
Chuck: Well, Chuck. Placed in a very difficult situation, he works with the NSA and CIA in order to stop bad guys (I think he leans toward Lawful), but is completely devoted to his friends and family, and is willing to buck authority in order to do the right thing. Think of all the times he didn't stay in the car.
Eiji Hino, aka Kamen Rider OOO, helps anyone he comes across and has no plans for the future. At the same time, he accepts long-term contracts with enthusiasm if they will help him help others.
Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin of The Wire. He generally follows the rules, but as is shown in the "Hamsterdam" arc is willing to break them when he thinks they are counterproductive to the goal of helping the people he serves and making Baltimore a better place.
Harold Finch of Person of Interest holds no contempt for the law, in fact has great respect for it used properly, but he breaks it without a second thought if it means saving or protecting someone.
Dr. John Watson of BBC's Sherlock, as a contrast to his so-called "high-functioning sociopath" friend, is kind and caring, but occasionally willing to step outside the boundaries of the law to achieve what is right, i.e., shooting a Serial Killer to save his friend.
Merlin from BBC's Merlin could classify as this type of character alignment. He is known to be a genuine, kind, heroic and selfless individual. However, Merlin does become a bit of a darker character later on in the series. He could also be more of the Chaotic Good alignment.
Most of the main protagonists of Once Upon A Time. Emma Swan is the town Sheriff but is perfectly willing to do unlawful things like breaking and entering to do what she thinks is right. Her mother Snow White is a princess and ruler but also spent time as a Robin Hood-like bandit while on the run from the Evil Queen. Her father Prince Charming fights for his "father" King George but later starts a rebellion against him. The three of them are willing to ally with anyone (even the show's villains) in order to do good.
This is the most common alignment for gnomes. They are usually kindhearted and live in close-knit communities, but generally blanch at restrictive rules. They live in harmony with nature, which usually precludes a lawful or chaotic bias.
Guardinals are a "race" of Neutral Good angelic beings who exemplify that alignment. They represent the nurturing, protective aspect of nature (hence the name) and appear as humanoid animals. In Pathfinder, they are renamed as "agathions" and represent a "peaceable kingdom" where everything fits into its natural place, taking animal forms based on the role they serve, and help the souls of the dead reach inner peace.
Pelor, the sun god in the Greyhawk campaign setting, has a dual role as the protector of the meek and a crusader against evil without preference for order or chaos. Garl Glittergold, the god of the gnomes, is a watchful protector with a playful sense of humor.
Saranrae, Pathfinder's sun goddess, fills a similar niche to Pelor's. Shelyn, the other major Neutral Good deity, is the goddess of beauty, love, art, and music.
It's hard to believe that anyone in Warhammer 40000 could qualify as Neutral Good, but Captain Kayvaan Shrike of the Raven Guard Chapter does. He takes Raven Guards he has trained, known as Shrike's Wing, and goes on campaigns of mercy to rescue civilians that other Imperial commanders have given up on.
Amaterasu from Ōkami, who will even take time from saving the world to feed poor, hungry kittens and help an old lady dry her laundry. She has shades of Lawful Good — her main opponent is the Chaotic EvilYami — but her quest is more about restoring peace and beauty than order.
Artina from the 4th game, being the "medic that treats all" type. As "Vulcanus, Thieving Angel" though, her actual alignment can be hard to get a bead on, as while she's still her old self underneath it all, she now charges money to demons for her services and steals, er, "repossesses" money from the Netherworld in the name of Celestia. However, it's mostly an act, as it was a Black Ops mission with the net objective of saving all three realms.
Star WarsKnights of the Old Republic 1 and 2 give most of the senior Jedi this alignment. While it frees them to do as they think best, it can also leave them wondering what to do in a situation.
Carth Onasi explains the difference between a warrior and a soldier: "Warriors attack and conquer, they prey on the weak. Soldiers defend and protect the innocent — usually from warriors." Carth is Lawful Good, but this spells out a Neutral Good philosophy just as well.
Auron from Final Fantasy X is like this after rethinking his worldview after his pilgrimage with Braska and his death, being willing to help protect Yuna regardless of what that requires. "We will protect Yuna from anyone, even a Maester".
Ramza from Final Fantasy Tactics is perhaps the purest example of this trope in Final Fantasy, even more so because he lives in a World Half Empty where almost nobody else believes in honesty or honor. Even when he knows that No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, he's still going to save his sister, stop the world from being destroyed...and do it without making any sacrifices or compromising himself.
Khadgar◊ from the Expanded Universe, seems to have a very strong air of "I respect your order and ceremony, but can't be bothered for it myself" about himself. In the novel Tides Of Darkness, he arrives to the meeting of the leaders of The Magocracy, cutting short their mysteriousness to get to the point and deliver the news that they're in danger and need to prepare. Even after he becomes a member of the very same council, he just mostly hangs on the other side of the world, building defences against the orcs.
Also Jaina Proudmore, probably the only human leader who is interested in peace (or perhaps even alliance) between The Alliance and The Horde post-Warcraft 3.
The ultimate example is probably Tirion Fordring, he went against his own masters to rescue an orc from execution. Later on he is paired with Chaotic Neutral (or perhaps Chaotic Good) Darion Mograine and his army of Death Knights.
FarseerNobundo was willing to upset draenic society to some degree by introducing shamanism...but only with Prophet Velen's okay. He's also a former vindicator, and no less honorable for the "former" part.
Of all the races in the game, the Tauren are the only ones who can fit this description.
Sanger Zonvolt and Elzam von Branstein Ratsel Feinschmeker from Super Robot WarsOriginal Generation. They are not part of the Earth Federation Army officially, but will occasionally show up and help them. And when they do, they do it with obedience to the rules, and much Badassery.
Masaki Andoh and the rest of the Elemental Lords (Yang Long, Tytti and Mio) also fit the bill. Technically, they abide to the laws of La Gias, but they are given the special permission to break the law if they see the law straying from its path. Masaki only uses it once and that's not out of whim and dislike towards law. In the Original Generation series, Masaki does follow the rules nicely, though he's not part of the official EFA (he tends to wanderget lost and be found nearby... and then tags along).
Though he started off as arguably Lawful Good or Lawful Neutral in the Metal Gear series, by the end of Metal Gear Solid, Snake has more or less given the entire U.S. Military and the world governments the bird in order to work on a personal mission he and Otacon share: The eradication of MetalGears and anti-nuclear proliferation, even if said activities would label him as a Terrorist. But if given the option, Snake would probably had used 'legal' means if they existed, so that puts him in the Neutral Good turf.
Also Lilith when she takes control of the Crimson Raiders in the end of the game.
Most of the heroes of Chrono Trigger are Neutral Good, with Frog leaning more towards Lawful and Ayla more towards Chaotic, but at the very least Crono. Marle and Lucca are this for the fact they have been just as willing to aid authority, they are not afraid to also go against authority.
In the prequel novel to Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero, the Neutral Good character is Rider (Alexander the Great). His Boisterous Bruiser qualities does fit him as a Neutral Good character, having that much of a wild life and bravado (look at what he's done to his Master), but adheres well to the rule of Holy Grail War when it comes to battle.
Nowe, the "dragon-boy" from Drakengard 2 and a more traditional hero in contrast with the Chaotic EvilSociopathic Hero Caim, has helping out his fellow men as his top priority. This view leads to him questioning whether the methods used by the Knights of the Seal are truly righteous after seeing the suffering of the Empire survivors... and finally, to him leaving the order and seeking a less extreme way of bettering the world.
Balancing out the Chaotic GoodSonic and Lawful Good Knuckles, Miles 'Tails' Prower seems to embody Neutral Good the best among the Power Trio. He is noticeably more responsible than Sonic. He encourages most of the ideals of freedom Sonic lives for (unlike Knuckles, who frowns on Sonic's 'irresponsible' behaviour), and usually adheres to them, but will take the time to slow down.
Most Suikoden characters fall into the Trifecta of Good Alignments, but Thomas from Suikoden III is without a doubt an excellent example of Neutral Good. He's a sweet-hearted guy who stands up for another person without even asking what's going on, and is primarily focused on creating a place where everyone can get along. The poor kid tends to lean towards Stupid Good at times.
Being a Legacy Character, Link often finds himself shifting alingments through the series, but can be generally put into this territory by default. Mostly due to him being a Kleptomaniac Hero in pretty much every incarnation.
Mario and Luigi of the Mario series are Neutral Good, since the series does not focus too much on either Lawful or Chaotic aspects.
Kathryn Akkaraju in Shogo: Mobile Armor Division typically follows orders, but later helps Sanjuro — even while disobeying orders and getting confined to quarters for it- in order to help uncover the truth about Gabriel and Shogo's motives.
Annie Frazier of Backyard Sports, being a "friend to animals" and a Granola Girl, fits this trope. Ricky Johnson from the same series does too.
JC Denton could be considered this alignment in the original Deus Ex based on his dialogue, unless the player decides to make him go around killing people. He's intelligent enough to question many of the orders that he's been given and eventually defect from the UNATCO, but only does so after it's clear that he has no other choice, and otherwise is supportive of the idea of democratic government. Nicely summed up in the following quote.
JC Denton: I never had time to take the Oath of Service to the Coalition. How about this one? I swear not to rest until UNATCO is free of you and the other crooked bureaucrats who have perverted its mission.
To a lesser extent (and with more pronouns and articles) Commander Shepard, especially on the Paragon path. S/he routinely rejects laws that s/he finds to be immoral or unjust, while upholding those s/he views as necessary.
Several of your other party members, such as Tali,Jacob, and Liara could fit this alignment as well.
Possibly one of the best examples of this alignment would be Ashley. She's ultimately on the side of good, but also somewhat Hot Blooded and isn't adversed to shooting first in order to end problems. This is best shown in how she will gun down Wrex is you don't talk him down on Virmire and when she pulls a gun on Shepard in the third when Udina claims that Shepard has come to assassinate the Council, before Shepard explains that they are trying to stop an assassin sent by Udinahimself as part of a coup.
The Paladins in Quest For Glory. Bluntly, the Karma Meter notion of Honor in the game is related to how much of a Nice Guy the hero is, and how in tune he is with the world's goodness. The way of the Paladin also explicitely states to break laws for the greater good. As Rakeesh puts it : "The way of the Paladin is to seek to know that which truly is. The Paladin strives to learn his own inner nature and that of others. The Paladin does whatever needs to be done to bring light to the world. Not for glory, not for gain, the Paladin Becomes a Paladin because it is his Will."
Mother 3 has Lucas, Flint, all the citizens of Tazmilly Village before they were corrupted by greed, Salsa and Samba, and all the animals. However, Kumatora is more like a Chaotic GoodRebellious Spirit.
Paula Polestar in Mother 2; Ness and Jeff probably qualify as well.
Daniel Vinyard, main protagonist of Exit Fate, is a good example since he in many cases directly disobeys his leaders (although he still respects them) when he thinks that their actions are against his morale principles most notably and crowningly at the end of Chapter 5, when he goes between his superior's and the enemy army in order to end the way.
Of course, this is because (MAJOR spoiler) He has had a spirit ,the Hand of Fate, summoned into him since before his birth to shape him into a leader to unite the various fragmented countries and end their petty infighting
Dawn Star In Jade Empire - She is kind, shy, and VERY high up on the Open Palm side of the Karma Meter. She is first to cheer when your character does something selfless. She respects the law of nature, but the Empire? Not so much. Yes, you CAN corrupt her when you play Closed Fist.
From the same game, Henpecked Hou. Generally nice guy, doesn't much care one way or another about the forces of Order and Chaos, but finds Closed Fist actions pretty questionable.
Recette Lemongrass from Recettear can easily be seen as this. She is generally well-liked by the local citizens of Pensee, and is easily one of the nicest people in the town. However, she is commonly rather irresponsible and doesn't even fill her own accountings (and really doesn't even understand why they are nessecary), which Tear comments angrily upon at the end of the game when she finds out that all the pages in the book are blank. As to this, she's nowhere near responsible enough to be Lawful Good, but is still far from reckless enough to be Chaotic Good.
Gabriel Belmont from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, though a Byronic Hero with a selfish goal of his own. Unlike Kratos, Gabriel has much good inside his heart, and is aware of the world corrupted by darkness. While carrying the duty as a Brotherhood of Light, he would not hesitate to do things outside the norm of the Brotherhood (such as upgrading his whip with spikes) to bring back the light to the world, thank to the guidance of his dead childhood love, Marie. In spite of the villains constantly denouncing him asNot So Different from themselves, the only things he would ever kill are aggressive evil creatures.
Gabriel Belmont: Mad or not, damn he for not protecting his people! (commenting on the Abbot hiding in a secluded church with the relic that could have been used to protect the people from the vampires)
There's also Taokaka, who has a genuinely kind heart and is equally willing to follow or break rules. Although, some of her actions and beliefs make her fall into Stupid Good territory sometimes, like sparing Arakune even though he'll return and attempt to attack the village again.
Touhou has 2 characters that exemplifies Neutral Goodness: Keine Kamishirasawa and Byakuren Hijiri. The former isn't afraid to fight Reimu to protect her people, and Reimu is the de-facto pillar of order in Gensokyo. The latter is The Messiah for the Youkai in Gensokyo, despite being a human. Both of them (especially Byakuren) pays dearly for their ideals.
Metroid: Samus Aran probably falls here overall, as she has worked closely and obediently with the Galactic Federation in Prime 3 and most of Other M, but she's a Bounty Hunter so that she can be free to tell the Federation to sod off when they get evil, as was the case in the finales of Fusion or Other M.
Leliana In Dragon Age: Origins will often dance between this and Chaotic Good. She's a born again follower of the of the Maker, and the Chantry. She believes in doing good as it is the Makers will. but she can't quite shake her roguish Chaotic Good or even Chaotic Neutral past. Whether she stays on the Neutral Good or goes back to her roguish lifestyle depends on the players actions and what is said to her through the course of the game. AKA whether or not she is hardened.
In Dragon Age II, Aveline's early Character Development transforms her in to this. She continues to uphold the law and is still very much by the book... it just skews a little when her friends are involved. She still berates them to no end, though.
The world of Tekken may have taken a dive in Darker and Edgier turn. However, KingII remains true to his personality as a orphanage owner, Friend To All Children and is still a generally positive Nice Guy who doesn't tolerate evil (in Scenario Campaigns, he clearly does not approve both Jin and Kazuya for their World War III attempts), and can be genuinely forgiving, even if you committed such a personalcrime to him (as Marduk can attest). Julia Chang can also count with her dedication to save nature and still a pretty decent girl overall.
Despite most of his lines and values leaning towards Lawful Good Cole Phelps of L.A. Noire can be nudged towards this alignment depending on the player's choices. These include letting an acomplice to a minor crime get of scott free and convicting a paedophile who's clearly planning to harm kids despite most of the evidence leaning towards another suspect.
Neverwinter Nights 2 gives us Elanee, a druid who despite being a protector of the balance of life, also firmly believes in helping others. Mask of the Betrayer adds Kaelyn the Dove, a half-celestial who rebelled against a Lawful Neutral god because she believed his code was unjust. Storm of Zehir gives us Umoja, another NG druid.
The Princess' Guard in Dark Souls is the covenant of Gwynevere, Princess of Sunlight. Those who are a part of this covenant are guardians who will stop at nothing to protect Gwynevere, believed to be one of the last remaining Deities in Anor Londo. They also seek to aid one another and are specialists in healing.
Christopher "Maverick" Blair in Wing Commander series. Hell, think about why he is called Maverick!
Sora definitely fits into this alignment. His first concern is doing good and stopping Xehanort, he will work with the authorities of whatever world he finds himself in toward those goals if he can, but if that authority is either too incompetent to do anything, obstructive, or the source of the evil and darkness in the first place, Sora will ignore any laws and/or rules of said world and smash straight through that authority without a second thought. Sora also cares nothing for the rules of world non-interference if people are in trouble, but he won't reveal the fact that he's from another world if he doesn't have to either.
Amane Kuzuryu from Devil Survivor: Overclocked is the one character in the game who always, in every case, fights for what she believes to be the best future for humanity. At first, she supports her father and the Shomonkai, then when his duplicity is revealed, she allies herself with Remiel and the Angels and tries to bring peace to humanity. However, in Naoya's Good 8th Day, she gives her allegiance to Abel even though the latter is fighting against God, because God and his angels have turned against humanity, and here she states that her only concern is the good of humankind. In the original game, she is implied to be Lawful Good instead, since the 8th Day scenarios were only added in Overclocked.
Agatha Heterodyne from Girl Genius (except when she is working on something in which case she is Chaotic Neutral) is a generally nice person who wants to reclaim her birthright and goes out of her way to help people. She does not actively oppose The Empire, they just happen to think she is the most dangerous person on the planet, and they may be right.
Fighter of 8-Bit Theater is only concerned with helping others, especially his "best friend" Black Mage. Unfortunately, he's stupider than a sack of hair and seemingly incapable of realizing that his teammates are the most destructive and murderous people in the comic (which is quite a feat in that Crapsack World).
In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Bob runs into almost constant trouble with the government in the form of Agent Ben and Agent Jerry, to the point that Jerry has called him an anarchist. That said, Bob has far too great a love of boring stability to be called an anarchist by anyone butJerry. Mostly, he just tries to be decent to people, and help them out of jams... and occasionally prevent horrible world-shattering catastrophes if it seems like nobody else is going to do it.
Ruby of Ruby's World is this trope almost to an extreme, willing to risk her life for the test animal that caused her mutation. Her friends vary between this and Chaotic Good, since none of them are exactly nice in demeanor.
Lee Free Sr. in Everyday Heroes balances out here. His motivation, defense of the little guy against the system is Chaotic Good but as a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer he uses the law
Criminy in Sinfest. Jesus being here should be a no brainer. Fuschia started as Chaotic Evil but eventually moved to Neutral Good by 2010.
In El Goonish Shive, according to fans who responded to Dan's request to weigh in on the alignment of Grace, the most common response was that she would be Neutral Good as opposed to Chaotic Good as Dan had initially guessed. Dan said that at the time he was still reading the responses and would need to think on it, but he liked the sound of that.
Penny of Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, the crush of Dr. Horrible due to the fact that she's the only one who proves to him that Humans Aren't All Bastards with her efforts of helping the homeless, as well as being the idealist to Billy's cynic. Caring little for the conflicts of heroes and villains, she chooses to help the helpless and offer a caring hand to those who need it. Her death would complete Billy's Start of Darkness as Dr. Horrible.
After going through allneutralalignments (except for one) during the series first, Zuko seems to end up here. However, as the sequel book "The Promise" shows, he still struggles with working out what, exactly, counts as "good".
The Justice League incarnation of the Flash. Apart from generally trying to help everyone, whether they appreciate it or not, he has also managed to talk Batman out of using the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique and got all the information they needed by having a friendly chat with the villain (and even got him to turn himself in!).
Bumblebee from Transformers Animated. Early in life he badly wanted to train for the Elite Guard, a Lawful organisation. He was kicked out, but now he is still consistently good. While he has commited rash actions as a result of his disobedience, he has never disobeyed orders to do bad things, nor has he had any desire to do bad things.
Lisa Simpson seems to fit here pretty well, due to her moral standards and her status as the Only SaneManWoman. She tries to, and usually succeeds at following laws and rules that exist, but she is more than willing to break said rules when she believes it's the right thing to do. She's lacks the laid-back and the outright rebellious nature of Bart, but she is a bit too willing to break norms and traditions to be Lawful Good.
Bobby Hill fits this alignment fairly well. Much of the comedy of the series comes from the tensions between him and his father Hank.
Timmy Turner of The Fairly Odd Parents. Especially during the 4th and 5th seasons, Timmy would at least try to do the right things even if they were occasionally against the rules. One example is the TV movie "Abra Castastrophe" where he reveals Cosmo's and Wanda's existence to his parents and Mr. Crocker. Revealing them is of course is against the rules, however, it freed his fairy godparents from the clutches of Crocker. Another example is the "Wishology Trilogy" where he bribes Vicky, his evil babysitter and one of his enemies, to save the lives of his family, friends and indeed the universe.
Robin from Teen Titanstries to be Lawful Good, but his willingness to use chaotic and occasionally morally ambigious means if he feels the situation demands it probably shifts him more to here particularly when Slade is involved. Starfire (who is very lawful in some respects and very chaotic in others) and Raven may also fit here.
Perhaps the truest representation in the main Titans Team is Beast Boy. Sometimes he can come off as Chaotic Good, but that has more to do with his status as the team's Wacky Guy. When you get right down to his motivations he does what he does because it is right.
Galaxy Rangers - Niko falls here. She's a little more willing to bend regulations and keep something quiet if speaking openly is going to harm someone, essentially splitting the difference between Zachary and Doc.
Clockwork from Danny Phantom. He alternates between breaking the rules and following them—the constant is that whatever course of action he takes is the one that is best for the time stream. However, he may come across as True Neutral or even Lawful Neutral, since his best interests (for the time stream) do not always coincide with the protagonists' best interests (for themselves and the people around them).
Young Justice: In a general sense, The Team seems to be the overall balance between Lawful Good(The Justice League) and Chaotic Good(Heroes like Red Arrow). They're willing to listen to their elders, and admit they have much to learn. But they're also willing to do what they see fit, even if it involves disobeying the League.