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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.
21st Jun '16 2:14:35 PM Perseus
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* Meta Knight, Gooey, and Shadow Kirby from ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}''.
** Gooey from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3''. He is shown as Kirby's friend ''from the beginning'', and the only way to reveal he ''should'' be with the bad guys is doing 2-player on the FinalBoss. Gooey attacks Zero without hesitating ''the slightest'', as if he never was on their side.
** For clarification: When you bring Gooey into the final boss against Zero you need to be flying. Gooey can fly on his own. Now the relevance is the fact that Gooey looks exactly like a dark matter, his body changes its overall shape and he gets the orange nubs on the back, the only difference between him and regular dark matter is he has a face instead of a single eye.
** Shadow Kirby is actually just the [[spoiler:Kirby of the Mirror world, meaning he should be the hero, but he was tricked into thinking Kirby was a threat by the real BigBad. He wises up and helps out in the last battle by retrieving the EleventhHourSuperpower for Kirby if he loses it.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'':
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Meta Knight, Gooey, Knight is a shady, mysterious figure with ominous-looking bat-like CapeWings, but he's at his worst a WellIntentionedExtremist and Shadow Kirby from ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}''.
more often a HeroAntagonist or outright AntiHero.
** Gooey from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3''. He is shown Despite being made of the same substance as [[DarkIsEvil Dark Matter]], he's Kirby's friend ''from the beginning'', and the only way to reveal he ''should'' be with the bad guys is doing 2-player helps him on the FinalBoss. Gooey attacks Zero without hesitating ''the slightest'', as if he never was on their side.
** For clarification: When you bring Gooey into
his adventure. During the final boss against Zero you need battle he even transforms into a flying form that's very similar to be flying. Gooey can fly on Dark Matter, except with his own. Now the relevance is the fact that Gooey looks exactly like a dark matter, his body changes its overall shape and he gets the orange nubs on the back, the only difference between him and regular dark matter is he has a face instead of a single eye.
eye, yet he attacks Zero without hesitation.
** Shadow Kirby is actually just the [[spoiler:Kirby of the Mirror world, meaning he should be the hero, but he was tricked into thinking Kirby his counterpart was a threat by the real BigBad. He wises up and helps out in the last battle by retrieving the EleventhHourSuperpower for Kirby if he loses it.]]
16th Jun '16 5:25:13 PM Camberf
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* ''VideoGame/DarksidersII'' gives us Death, who, despite being a [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Horseman of the Apocalypse]] and generally living up to his name in the looks department, is on a surprisingly selfless mission to save his brother [[VideoGame/{{Darksiders}} War]] by resurrecting humanity. He also demonstrates a great deal of kindness and loyalty to the people who help him on his quest. He's also a DeadpanSnarker and can be heard genuinely laughing sometimes.

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* ''VideoGame/DarksidersII'' gives us Death, who, despite being a [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Horseman of the Apocalypse]] and generally living up to his name in the looks department, is on a surprisingly selfless mission to save his brother [[VideoGame/{{Darksiders}} War]] by resurrecting humanity. He also demonstrates a great deal of kindness and loyalty to the people who help him on his quest. He's also quest, and is a DeadpanSnarker and can be heard genuinely laughing sometimes.
7th Jun '16 8:56:22 AM MarqFJA
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* In XCOMEnemyUnknown, the OmniscentCouncilOfVagueness seems to be every conspiracy theorist's NightmareFuel. However, despite having their spokesman completely shrouded in shadow and speaking in an extremely............... ''threatening'' manner, the Council seems to be comprised of ReasonableAuthorityFigures who compliment you for your good work and only offer criticism if you ''really'' screw up.

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* In XCOMEnemyUnknown, the OmniscentCouncilOfVagueness OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness seems to be every conspiracy theorist's NightmareFuel. However, despite having their spokesman completely shrouded in shadow and speaking in an extremely............... ''threatening'' manner, the Council seems to be comprised of ReasonableAuthorityFigures who compliment you for your good work and only offer criticism if you ''really'' screw up.
3rd Jun '16 11:38:25 PM Hanz
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** And in the original, blood mages. Blood magic is a terrifying power that lets you CastFromHitPoints and take control of people, but it's no more evil than any other form of magic. It does come with a high risk of WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity if used recklessly however and Blood Magic is normally learned via a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with a Demon]]. While it doesn't necessarily make the user evil, it is still a very dangerous power that shouldn't be treated lightly. While most blood mages that you meet in the series are pretty nasty, [[HeroWithAnFInGood Jowan]] is well-intentioned (even if he screws everything up) and [[CloudCuckoolander Merrill]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is the kindest person in your entire party (though she's portrayed as being quite naive and overconfident when it comes to Blood Magic).

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** And in the original, blood mages. Blood magic is a terrifying power that lets you CastFromHitPoints and take control of people, but it's no more evil than any other form of magic. It does come with a high risk of WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity if used recklessly however and Blood Magic is normally learned via a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with a Demon]]. While it doesn't necessarily make the user evil, it is still a very dangerous power that shouldn't be treated lightly. While most blood mages that you meet in the series are pretty nasty, [[HeroWithAnFInGood Jowan]] is well-intentioned (even if he screws everything up) and [[CloudCuckoolander Merrill]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is the kindest person in your entire party (though she's portrayed as being quite naive and overconfident when it comes to Blood Magic).dangerous magic).
3rd Jun '16 12:30:19 AM Morgenthaler
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** Squall in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' wears black and is up-front about being a mercenary who'll fight for whoever pays his contract, contrasted with his RivalTurnedEvil Seifer, who is [[BlondGuysAreEvil blond]], wears white, and styles himself as a KnightInShiningArmor.

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** Squall in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' wears black and is up-front about being a mercenary who'll fight for whoever pays his contract, contrasted with his RivalTurnedEvil Seifer, who is [[BlondGuysAreEvil blond]], blond, wears white, and styles himself as a KnightInShiningArmor.
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