Well, we can get on a couch and analyze Gregor and Ramsey -- except they would rape you, beat you and bash your head in. That's evil in my book -- and grounds for removal from society before more victims and sadists are created.
Am a sucker fo honor, loyalty and general steadfastness. So many of those listed -- Ned, Robb, the Mormonts (old and she-bear), the Blackfish, Benjen. Plus Arys Oakheart, Poderick.
And who I'm really glad is still around and kicking (or should I say cooking?) is Lord-too-fat-to-sit-a-horse. GRRM will probably hate-f**k my hopes and dreams of vengeance -- but... the North Remembers!!!
1. Rhaegar and Elia was a political match and Aerys' way to slap at Tywin who wanted Cersei to marry the future king. Respectful, honorable, dutiful -- and probably a little grateful not to be saddled with the Lannisters as in-laws and psycho Cersei as wife.
2. Rhaegar is smitten with Lyanna at Harrenhal because he uncovers she was the KOTLT. Appeals to his sense of honor and justice. Because he knows his crazy dad has targeted this knight as an enemy, he can only acknowledge Lyanna with the queen of love and beauty.
3. R+L are infatuated and elope and conceive J, the true prince who was promised and the 3rd head of the dragon. Targs are into both incest and polygamy -- he may not have seen any of this as dishonorable. Also, Dorne is a bit more forgiving on this front as well and not nearly as paternalistic as the other 6 kingdoms. Eg, Elia may not have been as offended as someone else.
4. Rhaegar died on the Trident with Lyanna, his true love, his last word and thought.
The Hound and Jaime couldn't be more different but I see them both as the disillusioned types that have given up on honor in others and themselves. But every once in while, they are reminded and behave truly like knights.
Am really looking forward to how this develops character-wise!