On the Ethics of the Anti-Hero

Chaotic Neutral

A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn’t strive to protect others’ freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. The chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy.To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). The common phrase for chaotic neutral is “true chaotic.” Remember that the chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it. Chaotic neutral is the best alignment you can be because it represents true freedom both from society’s restrictions and from a do-gooder’s zeal.

–excerpted from the Player’s Handbook, Chapter 6

Hmm, seems pretty accurate – whilst I’m all for individual freedom, I’ve grown to dislike moral imperatives and compulsive do-gooderism as much as I do “the bad guys” – the inferno beckons at the end of both roads. Plus, why go out of one’s way to liberate those who will their own slavery? I fail to see the “virtue” there….

Where do you stand on this, dear reader?


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