Are Paladins naturally good? The last post “Are Warlocks Evil?” got a surprising amount of response (yes, 7 is surprising). The general concensus seems to lie between “warlocks are evil” and “players play warlocks as evil”. So.. as the class opposite (and yes, if there were a wheel of classes I’d put warlocks on the opposite side from paladins), are Paladins naturally good?
Paladins get all the same quests that everyone else does.. aside from the class quests. So in all other quests the Paladin is as-good or as-evil as every other class.
In the class specific quests..
To learn resurrection Blood Elves have to first kill a brother Blood Knight.. then resurrect him. To be fair, he jumps out at you out of nowhere.. and then doesn’t ever yield forcing you to kill him. So I don’t see this as contributing to the good/evil quotient anywhere. As a later part of the resurrection quest Blood Elves have to suck the energy out of a Na’aru who is down in the basement of the Paladin training house and then use this energy to resurrect the Blood Knight you killed earlier.
You could say it’s doubtful that lesser beings would be able to restrain a Na’aru.. so probably the Na’aru is allowing them to skim off its energy.. but the intention still stands. The Powers That Be in the heirarchy of Blood Elf Paladins has made the choice to imprison a Na’aru and to siphon off its energy. Yeah, that smacks of evilness.
Outside of quests Paladins have the same opportunities as other classes to save oppressed mobs from random killing. I don’t see paladins rushing in to protect Hogger. So the Paladin is no more good than any other class when it comes to protecting the populace of Azeroth.
So there you go.. Paladins (except for blood elf ones) are neither good nor evil.