This post is thanks to an anon on tumblr who asked me to classify my favorite kdrama heroines in a D&D alignment chart. Some of these probably aren’t strictly considered heroines (though please give me more shady ladies, dramaland
, and don’t think I didn’t notice that there aren’t many young characters falling into the lower part of the alignment chart), but they’re all major players in their respective dramas.
Normal disclaimers apply re: the subjectivity of the alignment chart, and you’ll notice that not all of these characters started or ended the drama in their assigned slots. I’ve slotted these ladies where they are based on my strongest/favorite impression of them—this is the archetypal version of them that I always remember first when I think of them.
We might disagree on the best methods, but we can mostly agree on what good actually is.
Lawful Good: Go Seo-yeon, Solomon’s Perjury
Honestly, what else do you expect from a teenager girl who risks expulsion in order to put her classmates and school on trial for the death of a boy she had barely interacted with?
Neutral Good: Chae Young-shin, Healer
She wants to do good in the world, isn’t particularly fussy about using extrajudicial means to expose corrupt people and systems, and also believes that the system can be fixed with a bit of vigilante help.
Chaotic Good: Arang, Arang and the Magistrate
Look at her, willing to pick fights with the supreme being of her universe and also put a stop to an evil when evil starts interfering with her goals
and her boyfriend.
There’s a lot of room to breathe in the gray areas of the world, and we enjoy taking up space.
Lawful Neutral: Kang Suk-soon, You’re All Surrounded
She’s seen the system break firsthand, and now she’s committing every bit of her life to take control so it won’t ever happen again, even if she has to make deals with the devil for it.
True Neutral: Oh Hye-won, Secret Love Affair
She sold her soul long ago for money and prestige, and now her life’s a balancing act of keeping all of her bosses happy and trying to stay out of jail while she slowly dies inside.
Chaotic Neutral: Lee Jin-sook, Heartless City
She got dealt a shit hand in life, but she carved out an illicit kingdom for herself and is willing to do just about anything to protect the people who matter to her.
I will make the world submit to my desires.
Lawful Evil: Kang Eun-shil, Save Me
She is absolutely certain that New Heaven’s Sovereign can save your soul, and she’ll ensure you cooperate in your salvation.
Neutral Evil: Choi Yoo-jin, The K2
Intelligent, ruthless, and endlessly frustrated by all the times she has to play by the rules in order to keep up her perfect wife act, though she is excellent at weaponizing it whenever she has the opportunity.
Chaotic Evil: Jamie, Liar Game
Rules only exist so she can find clever loopholes and walk away with everything she wanted—who cares about everyone else in this sadistic game?
What do you think of my assignments? Where would your favorite heroines go?