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Because, Awesome: ‘Breaking Bad’ Alignment Chart Simplifies Your Favorite Character’s Ethics
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While walking around the Google+ pages the other day I happened across this bit of wonderful, a Breaking Bad alignment chart.

Those of you yet to jump on the Breaking Bad bandwagon should consider this the primer. Those of us hip deep into a show that I personally rank as one of the top 5 most compelling television shows on air today can sit back and marvel at the chart’s accuracy.

Continue below now to see the chart.

My only question is, was Walter White always Neutral Evil? Or did he ever so slowly slide into place as the seasons progressed?

I await your debate in the comment section below.

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Breaking Bad Alignment Chart

8 Comments »

  1. Hank isn’t lawful good if he’s willing to sacrifice Jesse’s life to get Walt, I’d say.

    Comment by Steven Tarlow — September 11, 2013 @ 11:10 am

  2. Hank is Lawful Neutral not Lawful Good. Walt is Neutral evil but he still cares for his family. Skyler falls under the true neutral category but is slowly becoming chaotic neutral and her sister falls under the Chaotic Neutral. Gus is not lawful evil however he’s more neutral evil. The lawyer that defends them is completely lawful evil.

    Comment by glddraco — September 13, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

  3. I never got the impression that Hank was Lawful Good. He seems to fall under the Lawful Neutral category.

    Comment by glddraco — September 13, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

  4. The thing most misunderstood about Lawful/Chaotic traits is that it sometimes has nothing to do with the government. If a character strictly follows their own set of rules or honor code for how to govern their life, that’s lawful. The Salamanca cousins, along with Hector, were not chaotic characters; they are lawful evil, because they strongly believed in the honor code of “family first” and followed it religiously. The only true chaotic evil character on the show is Tuco, and that destructiveness is what brought him down so quickly.

    Also, Skyler is definitely true neutral…she acts by doing whatever is practical at the time. The only chaotic good character on the show was Walt, but he QUICKLY changed into neutral evil by the third episode.

    Comment by Matthew Richards — September 29, 2013 @ 1:48 am

  5. Mike was True Neutral. His whole philosophy was making things “square”, balancing out the equation, and doing whatever he had to to get the job done, no matter what it was. And he obviously had no problem working for both sides of the Gus/Walt rivalry

    Comment by Will — October 19, 2013 @ 4:12 am

  6. Jesse was Chaotic Good. Yes he did bad things (like killing Gale), but they were always against his nature and done under coercion from others, and they weighed heavily on his psyche.

    Comment by Will — October 19, 2013 @ 4:14 am

  7. Although i guess you could make an argument that he was Lawful Neutral, in that he definitely had the strongest “moral code” of all the characters, where there were absolute lines he would not cross, and would not allow others to cross (like hurting children). But his code was defined by his own morality, and not the law.

    Comment by Will — October 19, 2013 @ 4:17 am

  8. Nope. I’d peg Jesse as a chaotic neutral; I think the person who made this diagram was spot on about that one. Jesse’s defining character attribute is that he wants the freedom to make his own choices, and despises being told what to do. This sometimes manifests itself altruistically, like when he throws drug money all over the town, or selfishly, when he sells meth at Narcotics Anonymous meetings. He cares about his own freedom, even when it happens to infringe on the freedom of others. In the final scene, where Walt tells Jesse to kill him, Jesse refuses. But he doesn’t refuse because killing him would be wrong; he refuses BECAUSE Walt told him to, and he won’t listen to anyone giving him directions anymore.

    Comment by Matthew Richards — October 19, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

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