As we showed you a few months back, the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) alignments are making it to real life. So this time, let's take a closer look at a particularly funny one.

It's called chaotic neutral (and it even has its own subreddit). To put it simply, the term describes an individual who has no good or evil intentions, they simply do what they please, what they think is the best option at the moment.

The spontaneous nature of their actions means they can result in chaos and unpredictability but who can blame them if nobody gets hurt? After all, freedom is what matters!

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When a player creates a character in D&D, they decide where to put that character on a moral axis. Are they good? Evil? Or morally neutral? Then they have to choose where their character fits on a law-abiding axis. Do they always obey the rules? Or do they believe that laws are meant to be broken? 

The best way to wrap your head around this concept is to imagine a grid, like "Hollywood Squares" or the opening credits of "The Brady Bunch" — nine squares in total, three on each side and one in the middle. The square in the upper left hand corner is "lawful good." That's Superman — the Boy Scout who cares about saving the planet. The next square over on the top row is "neutral good." For example, take "Star Trek". Captain Kirk is neutral good, because he is willing to break the rules if he thinks they're preventing him from doing as much good as possible. Now if we go to the last square on the right — "chaotic good" — we get someone like Robin Hood, who can never be tied down to any organization. These folks think the only way to do good in the world is to upend the social order.

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Monday
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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd be using my telekinesis to shoplift and water breathing abilities to find a cool place to sleep in the summer.

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In the middle row, we have morally neutral characters. "Lawful neutral" would be a mindless bureaucrat or a brutal enforcer like Javert from "Les Miserables" who hunts down the heroic ex-con Jean Valjean. "True neutral," in the center square, is a character like the Oracle in "The Matrix," who accumulates wisdom from witnessing everything but rarely chooses a side. The far-right square in the middle row is a really fun character. The star of our show, "chaotic neutral."

According to writer and graphic novelist Sam Sattin, that's someone who can be swayed based on who has the power. A good example could be Omar from "The Wire", the lone wolf who robs drug dealers, valuing his freedom and his survival equally.

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Could Be

Could Be

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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate it when I sponteously create teeth. Especially while kissing..

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7 Year Olds Just Be Like That

7 Year Olds Just Be Like That

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11 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I should be sleeping right now but instead I'm laughing at these.

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When Sattin holds writing seminars, he asks his students to figure out where their characters fit on this grid, and he encourages them to create characters who are conflicted. (They wish they belonged to one alignment, but they're something else.)

The writer believes that storytelling takes off when characters of different alignments play off each other. "The most important part of writing is the way in which characters interact with each other," he explained.

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Thought This Belonged Here

Thought This Belonged Here

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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Atleast, it is not a generic "Sorry we don't accept you" letter

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Shut Up And Take My Money

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As we can see, these alignments appear in the real world as well. Patrick O'Connor, a sci-fi and fantasy fan as well as an assistant district attorney who prosecutes gang-related homicides in Brooklyn, imagines the gang members he prosecutes could be categorized as neutral evil on the character alignment spectrum.

In his own life, O'Connor always tries to follow the straight and narrow path. But that doesn't mean he’s drawn to lawful good characters in comic books. That's just boring!

His favorite character is Punisher, the Marvel vigilante who kills criminals because he doesn’t believe in the legal system.

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Language Is Hard

Language Is Hard

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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Slightly off topic. Reminds me of my linguistics classes. I'd often be the only European (everyone else was Korean and Korean American, mostly), so sometimes I'd have to read phrases in languages I can read, but am not fluent in, such as German, for example. I can read it pretty well, though, because I studied it, and was good too, but I forgot it all.

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Welcome To Our Gander Reveal Party!

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Big Cnergy

Big Cnergy

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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

if i was this guy i would have gone a bit further with that conversation

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Hmm

Hmm

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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There used to be a weird tradition around here of leaving cabbages with angry faces carved into them as a prank. So any sort of face would make that watermelon much more interesting.

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Comics have been filled with battles between good and evil, but audiences are also interested in watching characters on the same side fighting each other.

In season two of "Daredevil" and in the movies "Batman v. Superman" and "Captain America: Civil War," superheroes really duke it out.

These stories are about a conflict between personal ethics and the law. "That's how a lot of people feel, that they have these government forces they can't control, that are doing nefarious things," O'Connor said. "They feel marginalized, and they feel they can't trust the system. And so they take things into their own hands."

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Chaotic Neutral Finds A Lost Wallet

Chaotic Neutral Finds A Lost Wallet

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Kimi Tomminello
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11 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's NY and they got everything but their cash, wallet and metro card back. They're very lucky

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Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos

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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never, ever talk while in a public toilet. It's rule 1

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Michael LaBossiere, who teaches philosophy at Florida A&M University, takes a more holistic approach and argues that each of us can embody the different character alignments at any point in our lives. It all depends on the situation.

"Sometimes we're more good, sometimes we're more neutral, or in some [cases], we fall into bad behavior," he said. "A person can be decent but have those neutral evil moments when they're selfish and take that last piece of pie."

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Lowkey Genious

Lowkey Genious

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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You must be rich, I imagine a grocery trip would cost you hundred of dollars

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Sooo.. This Fits Here Right?

Sooo.. This Fits Here Right?

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London’s Tower Bridge Was Completely Shut Off Today Because A Man Decided To Sun Bathe On One Of Its Support Beams

London’s Tower Bridge Was Completely Shut Off Today Because A Man Decided To Sun Bathe On One Of Its Support Beams

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Want To Grow A Beard?

Want To Grow A Beard?

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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Being oppositional just for the sake of it. Keeping the dream alive.

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It's About Meeee Baby

It's About Meeee Baby

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The Actual, Real World Embodiment Of Chaotic Neutral

The Actual, Real World Embodiment Of Chaotic Neutral

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Feels Pretty Chaotic Neutral To Me

Feels Pretty Chaotic Neutral To Me

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You're Lying If You Said You Never Thought About Doing This

You're Lying If You Said You Never Thought About Doing This

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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Trying to explain it to the lockpicker: "Uhmm, you see, it's not my door..."

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Passive Aggressive Chaotic Neutral

Passive Aggressive Chaotic Neutral

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I Found This Subreddit To Post This

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11 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"why would you say that" BAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

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This Is What I Call A Pro Gamer Move

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No, No, Yes

No, No, Yes

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I Feel This Belong Here

I Feel This Belong Here

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I Make Horrible Things. Here’s A Paintbrush You Can Lick People With

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Cn?

Cn?

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I Dont Even Wanna Confuse Search Algorithms, I Was Wanna Do It!

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Ryan Deschanel
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11 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or google "why are google stocks suddenly going down" and enjoy the chaos.

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Hmmm

Hmmm

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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This note is trash, left ear should be higher than right

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Grass Ain't Gonna Cut It'self

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The Peel Is Where All The Nutrients Are

The Peel Is Where All The Nutrients Are

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Sofia Gonzalez
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11 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good question, I've only had it with the peel once and it wasn't too good so I eat mine without the peel

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It’s Called A Can Opener, Not A Can’t Opener.

It’s Called A Can Opener, Not A Can’t Opener.

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