What is an alignment chart?
Alignment charts began as a way to describe characters in role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, but they have since moved to other contexts, such as memes and even business settings. You can use an alignment chart as an icebreaker, to better understand your co-workers or other teams in your organization, or to plot out how customers will respond to something.
The alignment chart has two axes: good versus evil and lawful versus chaotic. Here’s what the nine sections on the chart mean:
- Lawful good. A lawful good character protects the innocent while upholding lawful authority and acting with integrity and honor.
- Neutral good. A neutral good character protects the innocent but is more ambivalent about social structures like authority figures and taboos against lying. They do their best and can adapt to different circumstances.
- Chaotic good. This alignment is often described as the rebel: someone who believes in doing good but prizes their own conscience more highly than society’s views on the right thing.
- Lawful neutral. A lawful neutral character lives by a code, whether their own or that of a group they belong to, and will not bend from it.
- True neutral. True neutral characters take each situation as it comes and act in whatever way they think best. They often lack conviction.
- Chaotic neutral. A chaotic neutral character is impulsive and avoids all restrictions on their personal liberty.
- Lawful evil. A lawful evil character will keep their word and keep to a code or law of some kind, but within that framework, they will pursue their own ends no matter the cost to others.
- Neutral evil. Characters with this alignment do what they want as long as they think they can get away with it. They may not be sadistic or malevolent, but they don’t care about collateral damage or following any rules.
- Chaotic evil. This is commonly thought of as the most villainous alignment. A chaotic evil character follows their worst impulses, no matter the cost.
How to use the alignment chart template in Lucidspark
Whether you’re using this template for business or pleasure, have a good time! You can add your characters to sticky notes and drag them to the correct spot on the chart. Feel free to add images, whether that’s through Lucidspark’s built-in image search or our integration with GIPHY.
You’ll have more fun and get better results if you work on this chart with other people. Use Lucidspark’s collaborative tools, like built-in chat, voting, and calling others to your cursor, to get the most out of this template.