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Basic Trope: A character alignment combining the concepts of order and good.

  • Straight: Alex has a law-oriented method of doing good.
  • Exaggerated: Alex is a policeman, marine, AND the President all at the same time who regularly beats the beheebus out of people for breaking the law, but still loves everyone else and tries to make laws that makes everyone happy.
  • Downplayed: Alex will tend to do good through what's lawful, but will break the rules when necessary.
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  • Justified: Alex was raised to do good, and to not break the law.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: It looks like Alex is doing good by the book because that's what they feel is right, but it's later revealed that they only did it because they made a bet for how long they would last. After they won, they proceeded to destroy everything in front of them simply because they felt like it.
  • Double Subverted: But THEN it turns out they were possessed by a demon, and when exorcised by the heroes, they return to their lawful good selves again.
  • Parodied: When Alex comes across a person about to murder someone, they pull a huge law book out from their backpack and check to make sure that's illegal before taking action.
  • Zig Zagged: Alex saves a woman from a mugger and sends the mugger to jail. He then mugs the woman himself. Then he donates all the money to the US Department of Defense. But then he decides to steal it...
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  • Averted: Alex is any morality except this one.
  • Enforced: The executives wanted the family superhero show to set an example for children that wouldn't make parents think they're encouraging rebellious behavior.
  • Lampshaded: "Alex is definitely not a maverick, but he's still a great guy."
  • Invoked: Alex was raised by a police officer with the intention to be like him.
  • Exploited: Brittany knows that Alex is this trope, so she gets him to help her when Dave breaks a promise he made to her.
  • Defied: Alex doesn't care how he does good, as long as it's good.
  • Discussed: Alex is compared to paladins from RPGs as a joke.
  • Conversed: Alex mentions how unrealistic the idea of Lawful Good is because it's too narrow to reflect real-life morality.
  • Deconstructed:
    • To Be Lawful or Good
    • Alex becomes so focused on being lawful that this makes him an obsessed Knight Templar who punishes those who break any law or any moral or social customs.
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  • Reconstructed: Alex's devotion to orderly good leads him to make the better decision and/or find a solution that's lawful and good.
  • Played For Drama: Alex is brainwashed by a totalitarian Police State and becomes a Knight Templar.

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