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ONCE UPON A TIME Characters’ D&D Alignments

Over the past three years, the cast of Once Upon a Time has been through the ringer. Multiple curses, life-threatening adventures, and memory loss spells are just a few of the challenges they’ve faced in Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest. As is only natural, those experiences mixed with their past hardships and successes have shaped them – for better or worse. Some of them have changed as the seasons have gone by with one or two turning their behavior completely around and others going through more nuanced developments.

To get an idea of where the primary cast currently stands (and to have an excuse to pull out my Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Player’s Handbook), let’s review their alignments as determined by their recent actions and where they are at the end of season three.

JENNIFER MORRISON

Emma Swan – Chaotic Good

Emma is the savior, the person who broke the initial curse over Storybrooke. She’s a reluctant hero who has reconnected with her family, including the son she gave up for adoption. She has a kind heart and is always willing to stand up against what’s wrong and fight desperately for the people she loves. In season one, she was the only person who wasn’t intimidated by Regina. Even though she respects the law and was once the sheriff of Storybrooke, the rules don’t guide her actions. She makes decisions based upon what she believes to be right or wrong, and she usually keeps the greater good in the back of her mind.

COLIN O'DONOGHUE

Hook – Neutral

In his past, Hook could have earned an evil alignment, but he seems to be on a better path. But, his motivations for changing don’t come from a place of wanting to uphold more good in the world. The biggest driving force is his love for Emma. He wants her approval and wants to prove he’s decent enough to be a father to Henry. He’s no longer a pirate making people walk the plank and he’s committed a couple of heroic deeds, but ultimately, he seems to be on the fence. If the wind changes, he could alter course and fall back into his old ways. Time will tell if he commits to a set direction.

JOSH DALLAS

Charming / David – Lawful Good

Prince Charming is loyal, honorable, and steadfast. With few exceptions, he does what is considered right even if it’s bad for himself and his loved ones. When he was plagued by amnesia in Storybrooke and married to someone who wasn’t Snow White, he tried to make the unhappy marriage work. When Snow wanted to give the Evil Queen a taste of her own medicine, he talked her off the ledge. He will always oppose evil on principle though he does seem to be getting better about appreciating the gray areas.

GINNIFER GOODWIN

Snow / Mary Margaret – Neutral Good

At first blush, Snow White seems impossibly perfect. She comes across as a naive, hopeless optimistic and romantic who constantly forgives people who screw her over. Those traits definitely ruled her personality before the Evil Queen turned against her and again in Storybrooke before the curse was broken. She is sweet and kind, but she also has a snapping point. She’s been willing to turn to violence – she killed Regina’s mother, Cora. However, she’s far more good than she is evil. She mostly wants to help others and protect her family, but her time as a fugitive in the Enchanted Forest means she understands that people in the positions of power aren’t always right.

LANA PARRILLA

Evil Queen / Regina – Chaotic Neutral

Regina has thought only of herself for most of the series. She loves her adopted son, but if you messed with her life intentionally or by accident, she didn’t hesitate to exact revenge. A fair portion of her adult life was fueled by hatred for Snow White, and she committed terrible acts to get to Snow. She used to be Chaotic Evil because she upended an entire world to get back at one person. But now? While she’s not fully redeemed, she’s using light magic. She was able to break a curse with true love. She’s no longer motivated by evil, but she’s not quite through the door into good territory yet. Like Hook, she’s probably on her way there. Hopefully.

ROBERT CARLYLE

Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold – Neutral Evil

Like other characters on the show, Rumplestiltskin has flip-flopped a couple of times. He’s also known as the Dark One, but he’s tried to reform himself because of his son and because of Belle. However, he keeps slipping back. Most recently he murdered the Wicked Witch and lied about it to everyone, including Belle. He clearly loves her, but he is out for himself. When he’s killed or lied, he’s done so matter-of-factly. He doesn’t mourn his actions or seem to second guess them. He is all about doing what it takes to shape his world into what he thinks it should be.

Jump to the comments and let us know whether you agree or disagree with these alignments. Feel free to throw suggestions out for other characters as well!

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8 comments

  • Like others have said…Rumpel is LE, he follows his own rules but follows them nevertheless.

    Regina was LE, I’d say she’s more LN now if not TN.  Definitely not chaotic, she strives for order – under her control.

    Hooks is CN – no respect for any laws or codes except when its convenient, and only until its not convenient anymore.  Not fully committed to good or evil, just whatever suits him best at the time.  If he wasn’t so interested in Swan, who would be Good, I doubt he’d have much interest in Good, either.

    I’d say Snow is CG too, I think – she was full-on Robin Hood-esque for a while, and its usually Charming, between the two of them, who’s the advocate for lawfulness.

    And to expand the list a bit:Bael – CN, was really only interested in his own aims and was fine with doing anything to get them, but his aims weren’t inherently selfish.

    Henry – LG, don’t think that’s much of a surprise

    Zelena – CE, she’s a better example of CE than Evil Queen was.

    Belle – NG, she’s willing to accept a lot of sketchiness from Rumpel as long as he’s striving for good things.

  • Hook is a definite Chaotic Neutral. He’s always out for himself, whether he has romantic feelings for a girl or not.

    Regina used to be Lawful Evil, now swinging into Lawful Neutral territory. She wants order, just hers.

    • I disagree with you on her being lawful.  In your own words she wants HER order.  That seems pretty Chaotic to me.  I stand by Nerdist vote for Regina being Chaotic Neutral