Studio Ghibli may be known for its large and colorful worlds, but they must never be understated for their character writing. This trait is not only responsible for creating some of the most endearing creations in all of animation but plays a major role in Studio Ghibli‘s magic. The characters are the eyes from which fans view the spectacle.
They are the heart that has made people cry. They are the soul that keeps fans fighting for what is right. With decades worth of material and a range of characters as detailed and varied as the studio’s own background art, this list will be going over the Dungeons & Dragons moral alignments of some iconic characters.
10 Marco Pagot, aka Porco Rosso (Chaotic Good)
Porco Rosso may very well be the most hard-boiled character in all of Hayao Miyazaki’s works. He is a stoic straight out of combat in World War I who simply wants to protect people the way that he wants to and literally flies by his own rules. Though he was a fighter pilot for the Italian military, Marco Pagot had once even saved an enemy fighter pilot.
He wasn’t fighting against people but instead for everyone; and after becoming disgusted with the politics of the world, Marco abandoned his own humanity to become the pig that fans know and love, Porco Rosso. Living a courageous, wild, and even listless life, ol’ Porco is a Chaotic Good.
9 Muska (Chaotic Evil)
Muska is the main antagonist of Luputa: Castle in the Sky and is a bad guy in every sense of the world. He is a descendant of the Luputa bloodline that craves the lost kingdom’s hidden power. To get to it, he manipulates the government into helping him find the true heir to Laputa’s power, Sheeta, and does whatever he can to try and force her into surrendering the power.
Whether he’s holding two, young lovers at gunpoint or reveling right in the middle of a destructive robot’s rampage, Muska is the quintessential Chaotic Evil.
8 Dola (Chaotic Neutral)
Dola is the secondary antagonist of Luputa: Castle in the Sky who leads a band of air pirates and later helps Sheeta and Pazu. Early on in the movie, she simply seems like a greedy, old woman who would do anything to get Colonel Muska’s treasure and, later, Sheeta’s aetherium crystal.
However, she becomes inspired by Pazu’s gusto when trying to find Sheeta and soon teams up with the kids for the pirate raid of a lifetime. As a free, air pirate who helps kids when she wants to and steals treasure when she wants to, Dola is Chaotic Neutral.
7 Yubaba (Lawful Evil)
To some, Yubaba is the cruel bathhouse manager of Spirited Away. To everyone who saw her as a child, she is a horrifying witch whose skin folds always seemed like they were about to attack. As the main antagonist of the movie, Yubaba is responsible for keeping her workers in confined conditions, taking people’s names as collateral, and holding the curse over Chihiro’s parents.
However, despite how it may appear, Yubaba isn’t just out there to make everyone’s lives more miserable. As a businesswoman, she tries to do what can make her the most money and is even to personally prostate herself to keep her customers happy, such as when she bowed to the River Spirit. Even though she’s clearly selfish, Yubaba does abide by some code, making her character fall along the lines of Lawful Evil.
6 No-Face (True Neutral)
No-Face is possibly the best example of being a True Neutral in all of animation. He is a lonely spirit with no clear ties of his own that only wants the love and affection of a good friend.
However, he’s kind of willing to do anything to get, such as consuming the various workers of Yubaba’s bathhouse and taking on their personalities so that Chihiro would like him. When that didn’t work out, he simply just followed the young girl until he found a new home with Yubaba’s sister, Zeniba. A leaf in the wind, No-Face is True Neutral.
5 Sophie Hatter (Neutral Good)
Sophie Hatter is the main character of Howl’s Moving Castle and is a motherly figure who helps take care of the moving behemoth. Though she simply wants to be turned back into normal, she tries to fix up the castle as best as she can after seeing how run down it was (a little on the nose about Howl’s poorly maintained life).
Against the best wishes of the castle’s residents, she invades the established order to do what she thinks is right, something that carries over to when she meets a key figure regarding Howl. Thoughtlessly looking for the good of all, Sophie is a Neutral Good.
4 Howl Jenkins Pendragon (Chaotic Good)
Howl is the titular character of Howl’s Moving Castle whose personal life is the furthest from being as stable as Sophie’s. He has been a talented wizard since his youth and often lets those unique charms and his own good looks get to him. Over the years, he’s swooned and broken the hearts of countless women, one of which eventually gave him the curse that haunts him in the movie.
Despite that cavalier attitude that has gotten him into so much trouble, he’s still a caring person who took pity on Michael and Calcifer and was oddly cool with Sophie breaking into his house. If Howl’s sincerity and unstable life mean anything, it’s that he is Chaotic Good.
3 Kiki (Neutral Good)
Kiki hasn’t exactly lived the same life as Howl Pendragon, but she is a witch that tries to live a pretty independent life. In her journey to become the best witch that she can personally be, Kiki can often be found standing up for herself and scrapping to get her job done.
As a magical, delivery girl, this often means flying through rain or shine to make her deliveries and putting on her best professional face when things go awry. Though it isn’t the most luxurious life, it is a dutiful and hard working one that has made Kiki one of Ghibli’s most endearing characters, and that coupled with her journey to find her own identity makes Kiki a Neutral Good.
2 Princess Mononoke (Lawful Good)
San isn’t necessarily a traditional Lawful Good. “Lawful Good” most notably necessitates doing what’s best for humanity and the social order. However, having been abandoned by her human parents and literally raised by wolves, San has forsaken her human nature and actually directs her humanitarian ambitions towards the good of the forest.
While she does grow to appreciate her humanity a little more towards the end of her movie, she’s still transfixed with her identity with the forest and continued to dedicate her life to protecting it and its unique culture.
1 Totoro (Lawful Neutral)
Totoro is the titular character of My Neighbor Totoro who is supposedly the King of the Forest. As such, he has a responsibility in maintaining the forest and keeping it bountiful and beautiful. However, he is also an immensely lazy and docile creature. When he’s not entertaining the film’s excited children, he’s lazying about in some section of the forest.
While he’s not as ferocious as Princess Mononoke, that may work to his benefit as he is the cute, fuzzy logo for Ghibli that the company knew that everyone would love. Given his sense of duty and listless nature, Totoro is Lawful Neutral.
The Dungeons & Dragons moral alignment can be used to explain the motives of all sorts of characters. Here's a look at some from Studio Ghibli.