A Comparison of Online Dungeons and Dragons Alignment Tests


 

Introduction

From Wikipedia:

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, alignment is a categorization of the ethical and moral perspective of people, creatures and societies.

Early editions of Dungeons & Dragons allowed players to choose between three alignments when creating a character: lawful, implying honor and respect for society’s rules; chaotic, implying the opposite; and neutral, meaning neither. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons introduced a second axis of good, neutral and evil, offering a combination of nine alignments.”

I went ahead and took three different online Dungeons and Dragons alignment tests at Truly Lawful Productions, OK Cupid and Wizards.com. I compared the results in the Conclusion section.

Results

At Truly Lawful Productions my alignment was found to be Neutral Good.  I was 41.7% Good and 15.4% Chaotic. According to the site:

“You do the best good that a person could be expected to do. You are devoted to helping others. You are willing to work with authority figures, but you do not feel any particular allegiance to them.

You are the stereotypical “Benefactor.” You believe in doing good without any particular bias for or against order.

Examples of characters and people who fit into the same alignment as you include Mother Theresa, Ghandi, Gandalf, Indiana Jones, O-Bi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins, and the Dalai Lama.  Description of alignments are adapted from the Revised (v3.5) System Reference Document, and are presented in accordance with the Open Gaming License v1.0a.”

At OK Cupid my alignment was Lawful Good.  I scored 61% on the Law versus Chaos measure.  I scored 64% on the Good versus Evil measure.  From the site:

“Keep this in mind, before you read this and take it too seriously…
This test is based on a system of moral absolutes. There is no subjectivity in D&D, as it is based on a fantasy world of heroes and villains. That is why their alignment system is so simple and polar. So naturally, if I were to apply this simple morality to modern day life, things would look very “black and white”. That is why I watered down the concept of evil and good. It is very unlikely that anyone who takes this test is a mass murderer or a superhero, so Mean vs. Nice will have to take the place of good vs. evil.

Lawfulness and Good in a nutshell:
-Lawful characters are organized and rational. They believe that order is important, and they respect authority. They tend to be fairly rigid in their beliefs and behavior, but this is not always the case.
-Good characters believe in doing the right thing. They help others when possible, and they are usually friendly.

Your Alignment:
“Crusader”
Lawful Good, eh? I hope you’re proud of yourself. It’s easy to live by the rules, but not so easy to have a strong conscience. It takes a special kind of person to be able to do both and not go insane.
It’s possible that you are a bit holier-than-thou, but not necessarily. At least you mean well. Way to go!

Your Analysis (Vertical line = Average)

You scored 61% on Law vs Chaos, higher than 71% of your peers.

You scored 64% on Good vs Evil, higher than 58% of your peers.”

According to the Wizards.com Test, I was Neutral Evil.  From the site:

“A neutral evil villain does whatever she can get away with. She is out for herself, pure and simple. She sheds no tears for those she kills, whether for profit, sport, or convenience. She has no love of order and holds no illusion that following laws, traditions, or codes would make her any better or more noble. On the other hand, she doesn’t have the restless nature or love of conflict that a chaotic evil villain has. The criminal who robs and murders to get what she wants is neutral evil. Some neutral evil villains hold up evil as an ideal, committing evil for its own sake. Most often, such villains are devoted to evil deities or secret societies. The common phrase for neutral evil is “true evil.” Neutral evil is the most dangerous alignment because it represents pure evil without honor and without variation.”

Conclusion

Three different tests and three different results!  Truly Lawful Productions asked a lot of test questions that made sense and I could make a clear moral judgment about.  OK Cupid also asked pretty valid questions but not as valid as the questions in Lawful Productions.  The Wizards test asked questions that were straight out of a medieval situation but were totally irrelevant to moral situations of the present.  I felt the Wizards test was the weakest in terms of face validity.  I would say have fun with the online tests but not to take them too seriously since they have problems in terms of reliability and face validity.

Personally I would say I am Neutral Good with a giant caveat.  I am no crusader!  As I have gotten older I have become much more conscious of the limits of the power of one person and will not act when my action will not affect the outcome of a struggle but will put me at risk.  However, I will take a moral stand if the odds are on my side.  I would help a weaker person being picked on by a bully that I was obviously capable of taking on.  I would not help a weaker person against a gang that could obviously beat the crap out of me as well.  I may want to do the right thing but suicide is not beneficial to anyone!

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