How to Create Alignment Charts

By Marianne Luke

Alignment charts depicting elements of culture, movies, and games began popping up all over the Internet around March 2010. An alignment chart is a chart, typically with three rows and three columns. Each row correlates with a common theme, as does each column. The most common version of the alignment chart has the rows: lawful good, neutral good, chaotic good; lawful neutral, true neutral, chaotic neutral; and lawful evil, neutral evil, chaotic evil. You can make a simple alignment chart using Microsoft Office Word.

Step 1

Choose your topic. Popular topics are characters from movies and video games. Whatever source you choose, you will need an assortment of good, neutral, and evil characters.

Step 2

Build a table in Microsoft Word. The table should have nine squares: three rows and three columns. Fill in the rows as follows, from top to bottom, left to right: Lawful Good, Neutral Good, Chaotic Good; Lawful Neutral, True Neutral, Chaotic Neutral; Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil, Chaotic Evil.Generally, a character fitting into the "Lawful" section would be a character that follows the rules (societal, office, house) in order to fulfill the purpose of good, evil, or neither. A character that is "Neutral" may follow some rules and ignore others. This character might work for himself or have a self-created set of rules. A character that is "Chaotic" does not follow any rules. This character is chaotic because his or her actions may be spontaneous or unexpected.

Step 3

Add a brief description. Underneath the labels you have created in your chart, type in a comical line fitting for each character. This line should be brief, and is often limited to one sentence. It is usually a quote from the character that shows the viewer why the character was chosen for the heading.

Step 4

Accent your table. In the "Borders and Shading" toolbar, color the background of the chart. Change the font, the font size, and the font color to your liking. The popular form of the alignment chart has a black shaded background with white or light text.

Step 5

Add the pictures. Now that you have your chart and text ready, copy and paste the pictures of each character into her associated box. The pictures should be just above their descriptions.