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22nd Aug '16 12:24:14 AM morenohijazo
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* ''Videogame/{{Nihilumbra}}'': The protagonist, literally a chunk of the void given a mind, who looks like a windswept scarecrow made of pure darkness. Sounds villainous enough, but he's actually just like a curious child, eager to see the world, who means no harm to anyone.

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* ''Videogame/{{Nihilumbra}}'': The protagonist, literally a chunk of the void given a mind, who looks like a windswept scarecrow made of pure darkness. Sounds villainous enough, but he's actually just like a curious child, eager to see the world, who means no harm to anyone. Born isn't really evil, despite looking like a scarecrow made of pure dark.
20th Aug '16 10:09:30 AM Sammettik
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* VideoGame/DragonFable really likes this.

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* VideoGame/DragonFable ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' really likes this.
6th Aug '16 12:34:38 PM Kalibre
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** On that note Grenth, the patron god of necromancers, the undead, and death in general isn't actually that bad(despite being cowled and having a deer skull for a face). Grenth overthrew the previous god of death who ruled over the dead with an ironfist, and didn't allow the dead to be resurrected(whereas Grenth does). So every time you resurrect in Guild Wars, you can thank Grenth.
* Assassins in Guild Wars are generally treated with respect, partially due to their killing abilities, but also because their works are (unfortunately) vital and necessary. At one point, an Assassin instructor compares Assassins to Rangers- whereas Rangers maintain order and balance within nature, Assassins use their abilities to maintain order and balance in society- through espionage, subterfuge, sabotage, theivery, and of course, outright assassination. This is shown first-hand to Assassin players when they are tricked into fulfilling an assassin job that disrupts that balance, and they are instructed to rectify their mistakes. Also, their Shadow Arts attribute is generally not tied towards dealing damage as much as it focuses on healing and providing defensive buffs.

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** On that note Grenth, the patron god of necromancers, the undead, and death in general isn't actually that bad(despite bad (despite being cowled and having a deer skull for a face). Grenth overthrew the previous god of death who ruled over the dead with an ironfist, iron fist, and didn't allow the dead to be resurrected(whereas resurrected (whereas Grenth does). So every time you resurrect in Guild Wars, you can thank Grenth.
* ** Assassins in Guild Wars are generally treated with respect, partially due to their killing abilities, but also because their works are (unfortunately) vital and necessary. At one point, an Assassin instructor compares Assassins to Rangers- whereas Rangers maintain order and balance within nature, Assassins use their abilities to maintain order and balance in society- through espionage, subterfuge, sabotage, theivery, and of course, outright assassination. This is shown first-hand to Assassin players when they are tricked into fulfilling an assassin job that disrupts that balance, and they are instructed to rectify their mistakes. Also, their Shadow Arts attribute is generally not tied towards dealing damage as much as it focuses on healing and providing defensive buffs.buffs.
* The trend continues in ''Videgame/GuildWars2'', with Assassin's being replaced by the Thief/Daredevil class. Though many of their skills have a shadow theme attached to it, Shadow Arts still remains as a defensive/healing trait line rather than anything inherently evil. And Necromancer/Reaper are still good people (though sometimes portrayed as eccentric).
** The Revenant class, introduced in the Heart of Thorns expansion, is often shown with evil-looking spiked armor;, a blindfold that may or may not have spikes and be made of metal; their class icon looks like a bleeding, blood-red eye; and they utilize skills from Mallyx the Unyielding and Shiro Tagachi (two of the original Guild Wars most lethal enemies)- so this character ''has'' to be evil... right? Except that they also use skills from the dwarf hero Jalis Ironhammer, and pacifist idealist Ventari; their Elite Specialization, Herald, grants them access to one of the only two good-aligned dragons in the series, Glint.
** The Order of Whispers returns to the game, generally wearing armor with red and black, and working behind the scenes in Tyria to influence politics through bribery, intimidation and assassination... for the benefit of everybody. They get their hands dirty to get rid of corrupt politicians (or at least mitigate their policies) and collect valuable information that might be of use to others.
** The Vigil was created by a Charr Blood Legion legionnaire, functioning as a powerful, heavily militarized order that generally wears black armor, and which favors direct conflict- against dragons. Whenever they aren't taking the fight to the dragons or their minions or protecting people from thugs and bandits, they also set up charities and aid in diplomatic events, like the peace between Humans and Charr.
26th Jul '16 11:24:23 PM Karxrida
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* In ''Jak3Wastelander'' one of the reasons Jak is banished is because he is tainted with [[PsychoSerum Dark Eco]]. While he's [[AntiHero rather darker than he used to be]], Jak still has his heart in the right place.

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* In ''Jak3Wastelander'' ''VidoeGame/Jak3Wastelander'' one of the reasons Jak is banished is because he is tainted with [[PsychoSerum Dark Eco]]. While he's [[AntiHero rather darker than he used to be]], Jak still has his heart in the right place.
24th Jul '16 11:39:44 AM themulchingpug
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* Bomb from ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' is a ''black'' bird, but he's one of the heroes.
29th Jun '16 7:30:40 AM Smughipster
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* ''VideoGame/{{GuiltyGear}}'' gives us Raven. Yes, he does look very much like a bad guy thanks to his dark wardrobe (complete with flowing cape and a number of motifs related to his namesake) and displays some VERY disturbing behavior in an actual fight. However, he's also quite personable when he wants/needs to be and is actually a good person; at the very least to the point where he's easily the most sympathetic of That Man's faction.
29th Jun '16 7:25:28 AM Smughipster
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** ''Chrono Phantasma'' newcomer, Kagura, the so-called "Black Knight". With his dark features, flowing black cloak and large black & red zweihander, fire-based attacks that verge into {{hellfire}} territory, he's the current head of the Mutsuki family, the highest ranked of the Duodecim families, he is also in Japanese voiced by Creator/KeijiFujiwara who [[PigeonholedVoiceActor has a reputation of voicing vicious, jackass and cunning villains]], and... he's also the only member of the N.O.L who isn't a rigid templar for the Imperator's words or a {{Jerkass}} UpperClassTwit. He's actually a cool, affable guy who actually cares about the people, and to this end is plotting a coup to remove the current Imperator and install [[spoiler:Lord Tenjo's young son Homura]] into power. The only problem is [[HandsomeLech he's a bit of a skirt-chaser]].

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** ''Chrono Phantasma'' newcomer, Kagura, the so-called "Black Knight". With his dark features, flowing black cloak and large black & red zweihander, fire-based attacks that verge into {{hellfire}} territory, he's the current head of the Mutsuki family, the highest ranked of the Duodecim families, he is also in Japanese voiced by Creator/KeijiFujiwara who [[PigeonholedVoiceActor has a reputation of voicing vicious, jackass and cunning villains]], and... he's also the only member of the N.O.L who isn't a rigid templar for the Imperator's words or a {{Jerkass}} UpperClassTwit. He's actually a cool, affable guy who actually cares about the people, and to this end is plotting a coup to remove the current Imperator and install [[spoiler:Lord Tenjo's young son Homura]] into power. The only problem is [[HandsomeLech he's a bit of a skirt-chaser]]. [[BerserkButton God help you if you harm a woman in his presence though.]]
26th Jun '16 12:47:00 PM nombretomado
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* Ysuran, an elven Necromancer in BaldursGateDarkAlliance II, plays with this. He learned to harness the [[TheDarkSide Shadow Weave]] while working for a group of terrorists, but was struck with amnesia following a magical duel with his mentor. When he learns the details of his past, he becomes TheAtoner and uses his dark magic for good.

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* Ysuran, an elven Necromancer in BaldursGateDarkAlliance II, ''VideoGame/BaldursGateDarkAlliance II'', plays with this. He learned to harness the [[TheDarkSide Shadow Weave]] while working for a group of terrorists, but was struck with amnesia following a magical duel with his mentor. When he learns the details of his past, he becomes TheAtoner and uses his dark magic for good.
21st Jun '16 11:31:15 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* According to the developers, the decision in making Jake from ''VideoGame/((LIT}}'' an EmoTeen (or at the very least, look the part) was to invoke this trope; a character associated with darkness bringing light to his high school.

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* According to the developers, the decision in making Jake from ''VideoGame/((LIT}}'' ''VideoGame/{{LIT}}'' an EmoTeen (or at the very least, look the part) was to invoke this trope; a character associated with darkness bringing light to his high school.
21st Jun '16 11:30:52 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* According to the developers, the decision in making Jake from ''VideoGame/((LIT}}'' an EmoTeen (or at the very least, look the part) was to invoke this trope; a character associated with darkness bringing light to his high school.
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