See also: List of characters by alignment
In a large roleplay environment such as Republic City, as seen in Legend of Korra and the original series; there are characters who are heroic with strong morals as well as characters who are cruel and tyrannical. On this wiki we use an alignment system, selecting an alignment for your character is required but not hard at all.
The alignment system encompasses a Orthodox-Lawful-Neutral-Chaotic-Anarchic and Virtuous-Good-Neutral-Amoral-Evil axis, as described below.
Virtuous characters value other lives above their own in nearly every circumstance and would only bring or allow harm to others as a absolute last resort.
Good characters value most other lives above their own in most circumstances and would not kill or tolerate the killing of innocents.
Neutral Characters place a value on other people's lives based on objective worth and would not kill needlessly.
Amoral characters only have a small value on other people's lives and would not hesitate to kill someone in their way.
Evil characters only have value on the lives of people who can be useful to them and would be okay with killing for fun.
Orthodox characters follow their laws or traditions to the letter unless it comes into conflict with a Virtuous or Evil alignment, in which case they could act on their morals or the law.
Lawful characters follow their laws or traditions almost all of the time but usually see their morality as more important.
Neutral characters follow or oppose their laws and traditions as according to their morals or according to logic depending on their situation while holding no loyalty to either view.
Chaotic characters generally oppose the law but are willing to side with it if their morality demands it.
Anarchic characters oppose their laws and traditions at all times unless it comes into conflict with a Virtuous or Evil alignment, in which case they could act on their morals or oppose the law.
An Orthodox Virtuous character values others lives above their own and order over chaos in almost every possible situation. These characters can enter into major conflict when the laws they follow contradicts their strong sense of morality and must value one over the other.
An example of this alignment in the show would be Tenzin. He is willing to die for others but also has a great respect for justice and order and has always tried to uphold it.
A Lawful Virtuous character values other lives above their own in almost every possible situation and typically value order over chaos. If the laws they follow contradict what is moral to them then they will ignore those laws in order to do what is right.
An example of this alignment from the show would be Aang. He is willing to die for others and follows his traditions, order, and justice but he has been willing to break those in order to grow hair for practicality, ignored the past avatars to save Ozai, and ignore his idea of making the world how it once was in order to allow the fire nation peoples to stay in their colonies and from Republic City.
A Neutral Virtuous character is a character that values other lives above their own without any regard to order and chaos. They agree with things if they are virtuous and disagree with them if they are not without caring about whether or not they are traditions.
An example of this alignment from the show would be Katara. She is willing to die for others and is wiling to follow rules she sees as just but is also willing to break rules or speak out against rules that she sees is unjust such as when she spoke out against the caste system in Ba Sing Se, when she was willing to steal the water bending scroll from pirates, and when she was willing to stand up against the Northern Water Tribe's sexist bending traditions.
A Chaotic Virtuous character is a character that values other lives above their own and generally disagrees with the laws of the land. They will follow the law if they think it is the best path to be virtuous however.
An example of this alignment from the show is King Bumi. He is willing to be imprisoned and to be harmed for the people of his city and he opposes orthodox thinking.
An Anarchic Virtuous character is a character that values other lives over their own and opposes the law in almost every facet. If following the law is the best path to be moral they would enter a conflict and may choose to disobey the law or be moral.
An example of this alignment would be Suyin Beifong. She is focused on what is right for her people, she seems to hate having to fight, and she disobeys many laws such as the rights of the Earth Monarchy, Kuvira's Empire, hiring ex-criminals among other things.
An Orthodox Good character is a character that tends to put value in other's lives but values law and order above that.
An example of this alignment would be President Raiko. While he does try to do what is best for the people of the city he will not break laws in order to do so because he values them more highly.
A Lawful Good character is a character that values other peoples lives and would not kill innocents and usually follows the law but will break it if necessary.
An example of this alignment would be Lin Beifong. She enforced the law and cared about others but has and will not be hesitant to kill evil people also she has broken the law before when it was getting in her way.
A Neutral Good character tries to do the good thing without regards to law or chaos but is not opposed to killing evil people.
An example of this alignment would be Sokka. He didn't care one way or another about the laws but he did want to save good people however he has been okay with killing evil people like Ozai and in fact chastised Aang for not wanting to.
A Chaotic Good character tries to do the good thing and typically opposes the law but will usually follow the law if it is good.
An example of this would be Toph Beifong. She typically disagreed with the laws and even in her later life broke a lot of them. But she also wanted to help people and was not hesitant to suggest killing enemies.
An Anarchic Good character often does what they think is right but are opposed to the law and order first and foremost and will do things that are not good for that end.
An example of this would be Kai when Korra and the others first met him. He was not willing to kills innocents but was certainly okay with causing chaos in order to oppose the law.
An Orthodox Neutral character is devoted to the law and nothing else, to them what the law says to do is what you must do to the letter.
An example of this alignment would be Saikhan, the chief of police in Lin's absence. He followed the law to the letter without any regard to the morality or lack of morality that the law had.
A Lawful Neutral character is unconcerned with morals and usually follows the law but will sometimes break it.
An example of this alignment is Mai. Mai followed Azula due to her duty to the law but in the end she betrayed her not out of morals but due to her valuing her feelings for Zuko more.
A True Neutral character simply acts on logic alone without any regard to law or chaos, good or evil.
An example of this alignment is Guru Pathik. He did not care about Aang's feelings or about helping the world for the sake of good. But simply wanted to keep the world in balance as it was the logical thing to do for him.
A Chaotic Neutral character tends to disobey the rules but doesn't really have any moral obligations.
An example of this alignment would be Ty Lee. She did not really like the rules but didn't really mind to much for following them and did not really have any moral obligations.
An Anarchic Neutral character would be devoted to chaos in its entirety without regard to good and evil
An example of this alignment would be Koh. This spirit opposed order and reason but had no moral obligations one way or the other.
An Orthodox Amoral character is trying to support order with little regards for anything getting their way.
An example of this alignment would be Kuvira. Kuvira was trying to build order and unity to form the Earth Empire and was willing to kill anyone who got in her way.
A Lawful Amoral character is a character that typically follows the law but is willing to do anything to get their way.
An example of this alignment would be Tarrlok. Tarrlok typically followed the rules and used the law to enforce his prejudice ambitions but when push came to shove he was not unwilling to break the law in order to stop Korra's plans.
A Neutral Amoral character is trying to do what is necessary to achieve their goals with no regards to human life or to law or chaos.
An example of this alignment would be Amon. Amon did not care about the rules but was willing to harm or even kill others in order to advance his agenda.
A Chaotic Amoral character is opposes the law and will not hesitate to kill to achieve their goals.
An example of this alignment would be the Jet during his first encounter with Team Avatar. He was willing to kill innocent people in order to oppose Fire Nation rule.
An Anarchic Amoral character opposes the law in every facet and will not hesitate to do whatever is necessary to do so.
An example of this alignment would be Zaheer. He was willing to kill innocents in order to achieve anarchy.
An Orthodox Evil character will follow the law to the letter and will go out of their way to harm others for its own sake.
An example of this alignment is Admiral Zhao. He does horrible and cruel things to people but will only do what is in his authority to do.
A Lawful Evil character typically follows the law and loves to harm and kill others.
An example of this alignment is Ozai. He does horrible and cruel things and does not tolerate disloyalty, to the point where he would banish his son for it.
A Neutral Evil character simply wants to harm and hurt others with no regard to law or chaos.
An example of this alignment is Azula. She simply enjoys power and harming others without caring about whether it is in the law or not.
A Chaotic Evil character doesn't usually follow the laws and instead harms people because of its on sake.
An example of this alignment is Unalaq. He simply wants power and is willing to break every nations laws to do so but also to manipulate people through the law on occasion.
An Anarchic Evil character opposed all law and order and wants to bring death and destruction.
An example of this alignment is Vaatu. He wants to destroy all forms of order and bring destruction upon all things.
Figuring out your character’s initial alignment and changing through roleplaying can take you on a wonderful adventure, like role-playing a man’s descent into madness or a criminal’s quest for redemption.