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27th Feb '16 7:52:00 AM Ciabella
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** Hades. Even though he is [[EverybodyHatesHades portrayed as a Satan analogue]] nowadays, in the original myths he was described as grim and stern, but not evil. Ancient Greeks were wary him more because of the natural fear of death and unknown, rather than him being particularly malicious. Hades was actually one of the few gods that didn't harm mankind directly, even proving willing to work with people, who ventured into his kingdom demanding something from him. He was also the giver of earthly wealth - both precious stones and metals and seeds. The worst thing he ever did was kidnap Persephone.
*** And even then, he only ever kidnapped one girl, and he immediately married her. Compared to the exploits of his brothers Zeus and Poseidon...

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** Hades. Even though he is [[EverybodyHatesHades portrayed as a Satan analogue]] nowadays, in the original myths he was described as grim and stern, but not evil. Ancient Greeks were wary him more because of the natural fear of death and unknown, rather than him being particularly malicious. Hades was actually one of the few gods that didn't harm mankind directly, even proving willing to work with people, who ventured into his kingdom demanding something from him. He was also the giver of earthly wealth - both precious stones and metals and seeds. The worst thing he ever did was kidnap Persephone.
*** And even then, he only ever kidnapped one girl, and he immediately married her. Compared
Persephone, which is rather insignificant compared to the exploits of his brothers Zeus and Poseidon...brothers.
26th Oct '15 8:14:45 AM Steinman77
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** Even Rakshasa and other demons - who usually ''are'' pretty nasty, it's true - are capable of reforming, or at least working with gods and humans on occasion. What's more, their evil doesn't tend to be anything special compared to human evil. The scale may be grander, but in the end, they're brutish thugs and tyrannical conquerors, not destroyers of worlds or stealers of souls.
7th Sep '15 4:56:16 PM imadmagician
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** Often, it should be noted, due to age and windows not being cleaned. Clean stained glass dims light but does not dull it-one of the major reasons people began to use stained glass was to make churches more aesthetically pleasing. Which arguably makes it an even bigger subversion-darkening ordinary light precisely to make it and the space it fills holier and more beautiful.
*** And now the trope gets inverted again once you realize the above statement implies that "holier" and "more beautiful" is the same as being not evil.

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** Often, it It should be noted, due noted (due to age and the windows not being cleaned. cleaned) that Clean stained glass dims light but does not dull it-one it. One of the major reasons people began to use stained glass was to make churches more aesthetically pleasing. Which arguably makes it an even bigger subversion-darkening pleasing; In other words, they darken ordinary light precisely to make it and the sacred space it fills holier and more beautiful.
*** And now the trope gets inverted again once you realize the above statement implies that "holier" and "more beautiful" is the same as being not evil.
beautiful.



* Hell, as defined in ''Literature/TheBible'', isn't Satan's base of operations. Rather, it's the place for eternal punishment against all who ever sinned against God,''including'' Satan and his fellow demons. If anything, Hell would be ran by God himself and his angels, not by demons as with the very common misconception of Hell.

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* Hell, as defined in ''Literature/TheBible'', isn't Satan's base of operations. Rather, it's the place for eternal punishment against all who ever sinned against God,''including'' Satan and his fellow demons. If anything, Hell would be ran by God himself and his angels, not by demons as with the very common misconception of Hell.Hell - though it is a Place for Punishment rather than a non-evil being.
17th Jun '15 8:31:52 AM Leguim_Mai
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** Hades. Even though he is [[EverybodyHatesHades portrayed as a Satan analogue]] nowadays, in the original myths he was described as grim and stern, but not evil. Ancient Greeks were wary him more because of the natural fear of death and unknown, rather than him being particularly malicious. Hades was actually one of the few gods that didn't harm mankind directly, even proving willing to work with people, who ventured into his kingdom demanding something from him. He was also the giver of earthly wealth - both precious stones and metals and seeds. The worst thing he ever did was kidnap Persephone.

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** Hades. Even though he is [[EverybodyHatesHades portrayed as a Satan analogue]] nowadays, in the original myths he was described as grim and stern, but not evil. Ancient Greeks were wary him more because of the natural fear of death and unknown, rather than him being particularly malicious. Hades was actually one of the few gods that didn't harm mankind directly, even proving willing to work with people, who ventured into his kingdom demanding something from him. He was also the giver of earthly wealth - both precious stones and metals and seeds. The worst thing he ever did was kidnap Persephone. Persephone.
***And even then, he only ever kidnapped one girl, and he immediately married her. Compared to the exploits of his brothers Zeus and Poseidon...
11th Jun '15 11:04:05 PM zachmartinez
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** They're also adorned with gargoyles, which look like token demons of the highest rank, but they're actually supposed to scare demons ''away'' from the building, thus protecting the people inside.


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** Cathedrals are also adorned with gargoyles, which look like token demons of the highest rank, but gargoyles are actually supposed to scare demons ''away'' from the building, thus protecting the people inside.
11th Jun '15 11:02:32 PM zachmartinez
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** They're also adorned with gargoyles, which look like token demons of the highest rank, but they're actually supposed to scare demons ''away'' from the building, thus protecting the people inside.
19th May '15 5:34:06 AM WickedMosaic
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* Hel from Myth/NorseMythology. She just rules Helheim, which is where those who weren't cool enough for Valhalla but not sucky enough for Nifelheim go. She even offered to give Baldur back if everyone mourned for him.

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* Hel from Myth/NorseMythology. She just rules Helheim, which is where the ruler of Helheim and Niflheim, and she takes care of the souls of those who weren't cool enough for Valhalla but not sucky enough for Nifelheim go. She even offered to give Baldur back if everyone mourned for him.died outside of combat, most notably Baldr. These lands are described as cold, fog-filled and dark.
3rd May '15 6:01:08 PM nombretomado
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* ClassicalMythology:

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* UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} has several entities that are associated with destruction but are not directly evil; Kali is such an example, even if she is mostly demonized nowadays, much like [[GreekMythology Hades]]. Its last reforms spawned more confusion.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} has several entities that are associated with destruction but are not directly evil; Kali is such an example, even if she is mostly demonized nowadays, much like [[GreekMythology [[Myth/GreekMythology Hades]]. Its last reforms spawned more confusion.



* In the Myth/LusitanianMythology there was Ataegina, a goddess of the night that was also the goddess of Spring. Similar in some ways to [[ClassicalMythology Persephone]], another benevolent goddess of the Spring and the Underworld, except that Ataegina wasn't married to anyone.

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* In the Myth/LusitanianMythology there was Ataegina, a goddess of the night that was also the goddess of Spring. Similar in some ways to [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Persephone]], another benevolent goddess of the Spring and the Underworld, except that Ataegina wasn't married to anyone.



* In CelticMythology, the children of the god of death were believed to have come from the underworld to claim this one, driving out the Tuatha De Danaan in the process. They were also the first humans.

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* In CelticMythology, Myth/CelticMythology, the children of the god of death were believed to have come from the underworld to claim this one, driving out the Tuatha De Danaan in the process. They were also the first humans.



* In Lakota mythology, darkness is simply that which is irrational, contrasting to the light of reason. Inktomi is the embodiment of darkness in this sense, but he occasionally does heroic things, albeit always through trickery and deception.

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* In [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology Lakota mythology, mythology]], darkness is simply that which is irrational, contrasting to the light of reason. Inktomi is the embodiment of darkness in this sense, but he occasionally does heroic things, albeit always through trickery and deception.



* Hel from NorseMythology. She just rules Helheim, which is where those who weren't cool enough for Valhalla but not sucky enough for Nifelheim go. She even offered to give Baldur back if everyone mourned for him.

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* Hel from NorseMythology.Myth/NorseMythology. She just rules Helheim, which is where those who weren't cool enough for Valhalla but not sucky enough for Nifelheim go. She even offered to give Baldur back if everyone mourned for him.
26th Apr '15 8:11:21 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** Also while angels look like {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, they're good. (Not perfect, as ''Job'' alludes to them being capable of committing follies but still held to the standard of being holier than people)

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** Also while angels actually look like {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, they're good.good and wise. (Not perfect, as ''Job'' alludes to them being capable of committing follies but still held to the standard of being holier than people)




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* The Angel Of Death pops up in the Bible several times, and is often depicted as the Grim Reaper with skeletal wings, no visible face and a sword, or an black, sword-wielding angel. ''But'' although his job is to kill people, he only harms God's enemies and does so very quickly.
20th Apr '15 6:15:21 AM AnnieLeonhardts
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* Anubis and Osiris from the Myth/EgyptianMythology, which are both death related deities that are good and righteous.

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* Anubis Anubis, Nephthys, and Osiris from the Myth/EgyptianMythology, which are both death related deities that are good and righteous.
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