Don't mean to derail thread. It's a great one. Great examples and discussion.
Malcom Reynolds is a great character well done. I think strong, sound arguements could be made for him as either neutral good or chaotic good. Definitely good though he likely could not admit that to himself and wouldn't want others to think so. He is certainly loyal to his crew. And to a worthwhile cause or person. From past scenes it seemed he was a lawful good person who trusted and followed authority. Believing they knew what they were doing and certainly never thinking they might be putting soldiers in harms way for a war that (the evidence seems) they could not win.
Events lead him to be jaded and cynical of command structure, military, leaders, his past religion, life, the universe, and everything.
I would think the arguement for him truly being neutral good would be that he used to be truly lawful. He's had a giant swing off of that due to some traumatic events. And that likely he is really now neutral good and still bitter about things. If he continued to survive long enough - he would likely 'level off' some to a more neutral good character. No longer lawful, but perhaps having 'made his peace' with his religion, people to some degree, life, the universe, and everything. And a little less chaotic. If he survived long enough to 'settle down' and start a family, this especially might be shown as the case. And there's good elements of lawful he keeps - like keeping his word. Loyalty to his crew. He definitely holds ot chain of command on his ship, etc. That make good arguments for him being neutral good in conjunction with his chaotic elements. I think of him as chaotic, but I could agree with either.
The best arguement I think for him being chaotic - would be to watch the show.
(Not dismissing other elements of the show that would indicate him being neutral or having some lawful aspects.)
Some of my favorite scenes - when he is fighting a big huge dude, and his second in command comrade says to the others [something to the effect of] 'he's got to [do] this himself'. To which he whimpers 'no I don't!'. And they shoot the big dude. So many great examples. Like him threatening good people that he will just jettison them off the ship (the doctor and his sister) if they threaten the crew. And you being fairly certain he just might. Might. He might be bluffing, but he's crazy enough he just might do it. Applies to a lot of things he says/does.
Cool, dynamic character.