Now that Better Call Saul Season 5 is over, it’s time for a little retrospective look back in the show that started it all, Breaking Bad. After all, it’s what happens after Jimmy McGill’s lawyer acrobatics chronicles. Of the two shows, it’s safe to say that Breaking Bad is more intense due to the loose morals of its characters.
Speaking of morals, classifying Breaking Bad’s characters is not as simple as black or white, otherwise, they wouldn’t be interesting at all. What would best classify Breaking Bad‘s characters’ morality is Dungeons and Dragons’ alignment system where everyone has a place. Here’s how they fared.
MARIE SCHRADER – NEUTRAL GOOD
Being one of the generally good characters in the show among a sea of morally bankrupt ones, Marie stands out like a purple sore thumb. Her show segments are colorful yet display some of her issues which are rather free-spirited, like kleptomaniacal tendencies.
Even so, she does value her family and always sees the good in them, being self-aware of her shortcomings and even stealing a tiara for her niece. Marie also helped Walter White in his cancer treatments and diagnosis, making her a neutral good character who believes she’s doing what’s good in a balanced manner.
TUCO SALAMANCA – CHAOTIC EVIL
Tuco only appeared in the first season of Breaking Bad but quickly became a fan favorite due to being one of the most unique characters in the show. That’s because his alignment, chaotic evil, is hard to pull off in a serious and down-to-earth television show about drugs and murder.
As for his behavior, he just screams chaotic evil and has a penchant for destroying everything he touches with or without consciousness. This is thanks to his meth addiction and being a Salamanca– a combination forged in hell. The closest character to Tuco would be his own Uncle, Hector.
TODD ALQUIST – NEUTRAL EVIL
Breaking Bad makes no reservations on portraying Todd Alquist as a psychopath (and as a discount Matt Damon) who wouldn’t second-guess murdering children if the job requires it. In that regard, he’s a rather professional malefactor who abides by his boss’s rules but won’t hesitate to go the extra mile in doing harm.
Todd also looks out after himself mostly and definitely knows how to warn crimelords of his connections in case they try to kill him. This makes Todd neutral evil, someone who is harmful and is doing it for selfish reasons.
MIKE EHRMANTRAUT – LAWFUL NEUTRAL
Mike Ehrmantraut is definitely one of the harder characters to classify in Breaking Bad, meaning he’s a well-written one. Still, the closest we’ll give him is the lawful neutral alignment. Mike does everything he does for what’s left of his family.
Even so, this noble intent does not stop him from committing state crimes and working for druglords– at times even killing people for Gustavo Fring. All that, however, didn’t manage to erode Mike’s sense of loyalty and honor as he’s still one of the most trustworthy characters in the show.
SAUL GOODMAN – NEUTRAL EVIL
Better Call Saul showed us just how an initially chaotic good character like Jimmy McGill turns into a selfish neutral evil like Saul Goodman. By the time the events in Breaking Bad happened, Saul’s metamorphosis was complete and he’s and he’s now a white-collar criminal with no conscience.
Saul is mostly looking after his own neck in Breaking Bad and will only care about others if there is money involved or if he can benefit from it. He also does everything legal at the expense of innocents and all the seemingly minimal evils he does add up, essentially making him a walking plague.
HANK SCHRADER – LAWFUL GOOD
Lawful good characters are classified as the “crusader” types who are stalwart followers of laws and are straight-laced people. That description alone perfectly sums up ASAC Hank Schrader whether he’s brewing his homemade beers in his man-cave or chasing after cartel figureheads.
Hank, for that matter, is also one of the most unique characters in the series because of his sense of justice and morality. He believes that no crime should go unpunished and has a soft spot for anyone who’s truly innocent as well as for his family until Walter White ruined everything.
SKYLER WHITE – CHAOTIC NEUTRAL
Speaking of ruining everything, it wouldn’t be fair to let Walter take all the blame, Skyler did her fair share of home-wrecking especially after her most horrible deed in the show is remembered as cheating on her husband. This makes Skyler a selfish character despite being a decent mother.
During the later parts of the show where she uneasily “reconciled” with Walter, her true colors re-surfaced and she’s revealed herself to be self-centered and hypocritical– even becoming an accomplice to a crime. This makes Skyler a chaotic neutral character.
GUSTAVO FRING – LAWFUL EVIL
As one of the most clear-cut lawful evil characters in all of television, Gustavo Fring is a truly horrifying and calculating monster. His own brand of evil involves dominating all those who wronged him which happened to be the Juarez Cartel.
Even so, Gus Fring managed to scale that mountain and level it in one fell swoop, biding his time and destroying everything at the right moment. Only a true criminal mastermind can pull this off. You don’t often see villains this methodical and patient.
JESSE PINKMAN – CHAOTIC GOOD
Despite all that Jesse Pinkmans has done in the name of Walter White and crystal blue methamphetamine, we have little doubt that he’s still the same kind soul he was before his mentor and business partner corrupted him.
Jesse remains a chaotic good character who upholds his morals high enough to be considered “good” especially when it comes to children. The chaotic part is what complicates his character as he’s prone to self-destruction, hypocrisy, and poor company.
WALTER WHITE – NEUTRAL EVIL
Walter White, as soon as he became Heisenberg, has struck a perfect balance between methodical and impulsive or lawful and chaotic. He’s very much prone to emotional outbursts as much as he is a genius in chemistry and strategy.
Despite Walt’s initial intention of delving into the drug trade to provide his family, it became his true calling and fueled his self-centered and narcissistic side. He does what he wants or needs and will do anything impulsively or otherwise, until he has it regardless of the collateral damage, all trademarks of neutral evil characters.