In my previous talk about Gimmick Creation, I I talked about virtues and vices to help with Alignment turns. Everyone who is in the business should know what a face and heel is, but what about the person's own morality? People who do evil can get popular these days, and it is a valuable question to ask why.
I have shamelessly ripped off the Dungeons and Dragons alignment chart since it is considered open content. There is a difference to this because I made the spectrum of morality easy to understand in Professional Wrestling terms.
FYI, yes, the Undertaker has played most of these Moral Alignment shifts.
Gimmick/Popularity Alignment VS. Moral Alignment
Law/Chaos = The conformation of the laws given by Pro Wrestling and the World
- Lawful follows both the rules of the ring and the ones given by local enforcement
- Neutral may break the rules of the ring, but keeps the one given by law enforcement
- Chaotic breaks the rules of the ring as well as the ones of law enforcement.
Good/Evil = The power of having personal motives VS. business motives.
- Good is a positive reinforcement or purpose for pro wrestling (doing it for the fans, drinking milk and saying prayers)
- Neutral is pure business or personal ambition
- Evil is a negative reinforcement or purpose for pro wrestling (sadism, flaunting money instead of wrestling a match, spreading a dark religion)
Wrestling Examples of Moral Alignments
- Has positive personal motivation as well as adherence to the laws of both pro wrestling and law enforcement
- Face: 80’s Hogan, Purple Glove era Undertaker
- Heel: Bob Backlund
- Staff: Earl Hebner
- Has business or personal ambition, with adherence to the laws of both pro wrestling and law enforcement
- Face: Dory Funk Jr. , Dean Malenko, Gray Glove era Undertaker's face turn.
- Heel: Clarence Mason
- Has negative personal motivation as well as adherence to the laws of both pro wrestling and law enforcement
- Face: Undertaker (Paul Heyman/Paul Bearer heel) *Faustus Trope*
- Heel: William Regal (WWE GM), "Firefly Funhouse" Bray Wyatt (to be fair, he writes his own rules)
- Staff: Heel referees
- Has positive personal motivation with dips away from the laws of Pro Wrestling, but keeps law enforcement
- Face: (average face in the 21st century), John Cena, Roman Reigns, ABA Taker during the DDP stalker angle
- Heel: Kurt Angle
- Has business motivation (or no concept of motivation), and dips away from the laws of Pro Wrestling (or doesn’t know them/care).
- Pure jobber face/heel, Kamala with Slick
- Wrestlers being led by a manager who do not understand what they are doing (early Kane)
- Has negative personal motivation with dips away from the Laws of Pro Wrestling, but keeps law enforcement
- Face: Undertaker vs. JBL
- Heel: Randy Orton, Undertaker Ministry of Darkness
- Has positive personal motivation with no regard for any rules.
- Face: Stone Cold Steve Austin (Post Stephanie angle)
- Heel: Body Donnas, The Fiend (arguable)
- Has a business or ambition motivation with no regard for the rules
- Face: Almost every ECW face on the roster.
- Heel: 75% of heels. Period.
- ABA Taker and Stone Cold are the epitome of this alignment face or heel.
- Has negative personal motivation with no regard for any rules
- Face: Rosemary (arguable)
- Heel: Post mask Kane (particularly the Lita angle)
These alignments can fit into tropes. From these tropes, you can also use other examples of who followed those tropes to make a fresh gimmick. I will get into those at a later time.