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11th Jun '16 4:02:00 PM nombretomado
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* Lord Rahl, the villain in the first ''SwordOfTruth'' novel is a VillainWithGoodPublicity who dresses in white robes, talks a lot about peace and harmony, and generally does a pretty good job at convincing everyone that he's a MessianicArchetype. The impression is somewhat ruined by the fact that Lord Rahl's first name is "Darken"...

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* Lord Rahl, the villain in the first ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' novel is a VillainWithGoodPublicity who dresses in white robes, talks a lot about peace and harmony, and generally does a pretty good job at convincing everyone that he's a MessianicArchetype. The impression is somewhat ruined by the fact that Lord Rahl's first name is "Darken"...
3rd Jun '16 12:32:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* Believe it or not, the CthulhuMythos invoked this trope occasionally. One of Yog-Sothoth's avatars is '''Aforgomon''', a being worshipped as the god of time who only manifests himself [[OhCrap to those who anger him]], accompanied by blinding light. Among [[HumanoidAbomination Nyarlathotep's]] forms there is the '''White Man''', an angelic looking [[BlondGuysAreEvil blond]] man with white robes, and the '''Black Pharaoh''', who despite the name dresses himself in brightly coloured clothes.

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* Believe it or not, the CthulhuMythos invoked this trope occasionally. One of Yog-Sothoth's avatars is '''Aforgomon''', a being worshipped as the god of time who only manifests himself [[OhCrap to those who anger him]], accompanied by blinding light. Among [[HumanoidAbomination Nyarlathotep's]] forms there is the '''White Man''', an angelic looking [[BlondGuysAreEvil blond]] blond man with white robes, and the '''Black Pharaoh''', who despite the name dresses himself in brightly coloured clothes.
31st May '16 4:09:12 AM Doug86
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* In AndreNorton's ''Janus'' duology, the heroes are members of a nocturnal, forest-dwelling people (''moonlight'' is okay), and their enemy rules the daylight and the sun-scorched desert.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Janus'' duology, the heroes are members of a nocturnal, forest-dwelling people (''moonlight'' is okay), and their enemy rules the daylight and the sun-scorched desert.
27th May '16 3:09:55 AM MacronNotes
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** The Malfoys, who also served as antagonists and have [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] hair.

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** The Malfoys, who also served as antagonists and have [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] blonde hair.
22nd Apr '16 2:53:22 PM Nylsa
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* The aesopian fable of ''The Frogs And The Sun'' is generally considered a cautionary tale against tyranny, the frogs begging the gods to not let the Sun marry or else another Sun will appear and kill them by drying away their marshlands. One version even has [[Myth/GreekMythology Helios]] ask the gods for counsel in marriage, and they waste no time telling him to not even think about it.

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* The aesopian fable of ''The Frogs And The Sun'' is generally considered a cautionary tale against tyranny, the tyranny. The frogs begging beg the gods to not let the Sun marry or else another Sun will appear and kill them by drying away their marshlands. One version even has [[Myth/GreekMythology Helios]] ask the gods for counsel in marriage, marriage and they waste no time telling him to not even think about it.



* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Dolores Umbridge. Besides her obsessing with TastesLikeDiabetes imagery, she, unlike the main villains, can summon a Patronus like the protagonists. Even better, she can do so while wearing an evil SoulJar on her neck while everyone else ''can't''. In other words, an animal shaped avatar of light powered by her utter sadism. Yeah.
** You could also count that Voldemort became an albino, not to mention that the Malfoys, who also served as antagonists, are blonde.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Dolores Umbridge. Besides her obsessing obsession with TastesLikeDiabetes imagery, she, unlike the main villains, can summon a Patronus like the protagonists. Even better, she can do so while wearing an evil SoulJar on her neck while that everyone else ''can't''. In other words, an animal shaped animal-shaped avatar of light powered by her utter sadism. Yeah.
** You could also count that in Voldemort when he became an albino, not to mention that the albino.
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Malfoys, who also served as antagonists, are blonde.antagonists and have [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] hair.



* The villain (well, he starts out good and gets steadily more villainous as the series goes on) of Janny Wurts ''WarsOfLightAndShadow'' is a handsome, blond, blue-eyed guy who wears white and gold and wields the elemental power of Light. He sets himself up as a deity and has the hero, who has black hair, green eyes and the elemental power of Shadow, hunted down as the embodiment of all evil.

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* The villain (well, he [[FaceHeelTurn starts out good and gets steadily more villainous as the series goes on) villainous]]) of Janny Wurts Wurts' ''WarsOfLightAndShadow'' is a handsome, blond, blue-eyed guy who wears white and gold and wields the elemental power of Light. He sets himself up as a deity and has the hero, who hero (who has black hair, green eyes and the elemental power of Shadow, Shadow) hunted down as the embodiment of all evil.



** The sisters of the light, while well intentioned, are often seen as a hindrance throughout the first half of the series, especially when [[spoiler: many of them are captured and enslaved by the BigBad and used for evil.]]

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** The sisters of the light, while well intentioned, are often seen as a hindrance throughout the first half of the series, especially when [[spoiler: many of them are captured and enslaved by the BigBad and used for evil.]]evil]].



* ''Literature/GoodOmens'', by Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/NeilGaiman, plays with this theme; Aziraphale and Crowley often squabble over who does what, heavily implying that good and evil are all perspective. The forces of light are also destructive and more than happy to bring about the Apocalypse, especially the Metatron.

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* ''Literature/GoodOmens'', by Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/NeilGaiman, plays with this theme; theme. Aziraphale and Crowley often squabble over who does what, heavily implying that good and evil are all perspective. The forces of light are also destructive and more than happy to bring about the Apocalypse, especially the Metatron.



* In Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': The White Witch. To a lesser extent, the Lady of the Green Kirtle also qualifies, sharing Jadis' beauty [[spoiler:when not [[ScaledUp disguised as a snake]] at least]].
** Unusual case that comes paired with LightIsGood. [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]] is always associated with light, but his is fertile and gentle whereas Jadis' and the Lady's are sterile and poisonous.

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* In Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': The White Witch. To a lesser extent, the Lady of the Green Kirtle also qualifies, sharing Jadis' beauty beauty, [[spoiler:when not [[ScaledUp disguised as a snake]] at least]].
** Unusual case that comes paired with LightIsGood. [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]] is always associated with light, but his is lands are fertile and gentle whereas Jadis' and the Lady's are sterile and poisonous.



** Although it's implied that when he was still actually 'The White' he wasn't evil yet (though starting to lean in that direction). When he takes the actual step to become evil (while maintaining that he's doing it 'for the greater good'), he breaks the White and becomes Saruman of Many Colours. Even ''that'' continues the symbolism, echoing the way white light splits into a rainbow when shone through a prism.
** As well as Sauron in his guise as Annatar in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''

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** Although it's implied that when he was still actually 'The White' White', he wasn't evil yet (though starting to lean in that direction). When he takes the actual step to become evil (while maintaining that he's doing it 'for the greater good'), he breaks the White and becomes Saruman of Many Colours. Even ''that'' continues the symbolism, echoing the way white light splits into a rainbow when shone through a prism.
** As well as Sauron in his guise as Annatar in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''''Literature/TheSilmarillion''.



*** Also, in some accounts of the Silmarillion, Melkor the Morgorth originally manifested himself physically as a brilliant, beautiful light...Tolkien himself was well aware the 'Lucifer' means 'light bringer' or 'light bearer'.

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*** Also, in some accounts of the Silmarillion, Melkor the Morgorth originally manifested himself physically as a brilliant, beautiful light...light. Tolkien himself was well aware the that 'Lucifer' means 'light bringer' or 'light bearer'.



* The ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy
** [[GodIsEvil God, angels, the Catholic church and the kingdom of Heaven as a whole are evil]]. Indeed, this is the reason why the (real-life) Catholic Church hates the books, why they picketed the ''Golden Compass'' movie. Given that the author flat-out admitted that he wanted "Narnia for atheists" and that he has nothing but distaste for religion, it's not hard to see why.

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* The ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy
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** [[GodIsEvil God, angels, the Catholic church and the kingdom of Heaven as a whole are evil]]. Indeed, this is the reason why the (real-life) Catholic Church hates the books, books and why they picketed the ''Golden Compass'' movie. Given that the author flat-out admitted that he wanted "Narnia for atheists" and that he has nothing but distaste for religion, it's not hard to see why.



* In Laurell K Hamilton's ''MerryGentry'' series most humans automatically assume the "Light Court" of the Seelie is good and the "Dark Court" of the Unseelie is evil. In truth things are '''much''' more complicated.

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* In Laurell K Hamilton's ''MerryGentry'' series series, most humans automatically assume the "Light Court" of the Seelie is good and the "Dark Court" of the Unseelie is evil. In truth truth, things are '''much''' more complicated.



* The White Court vampires in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. No they won't drink your blood, just all your emotions, will and finally life force, but by then you won't care.
** Also the Wizards White Council is theoretically the good guys but is so riddled with political backstabbing and dealmaking and so rigidly bound by it's traditions that in practice it falls more somewhere between TrueNeutral and LawfulNeutral. At best.

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* The White Court vampires in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. No No, they won't drink your blood, blood. They just want all of your emotions, [[EmotionEater emotions]], will and finally life force, but by then you won't care.
** Also Also, the Wizards White Council is theoretically the good guys a force for good, but is so being riddled with political backstabbing and backstabbing, dealmaking and so abiding rigidly bound by it's traditions means that in practice it falls more somewhere between TrueNeutral and LawfulNeutral. At best.



*** That and while the Winter Court represents the bad things of darkness, freezing cold, and death, the Summer Court represents the equally bad things, like scorching heat, infestations/plagues from too many harmful living things, and unending, uncontrolled life. (like, you know, cancer.)

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*** That and while the Winter Court represents the bad things of darkness, freezing cold, and death, the Summer Court represents the equally bad things, things like scorching heat, infestations/plagues from too many harmful living things, and unending, uncontrolled life. life (like, you know, cancer.)cancer).



*** Harry also realizes during that conversation that Uriel [[PersonOfMassDestruction could probably annihilate]] [[ApocalypseHow everything with a thought.]] When Harry jokes that there must be rules preventing Uriel from giving Harry a straight answer, Uriel assures him that there are several, and that they're [[ForYourOwnGood for the good]] of [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles foolish wizards]], and other sundry.

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*** Harry also realizes during that conversation that Uriel [[PersonOfMassDestruction could probably annihilate]] [[ApocalypseHow everything with a thought.]] When Harry jokes that there must be rules preventing Uriel from giving Harry a straight answer, Uriel assures him that there are several, and that they're [[ForYourOwnGood for the good]] of [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles foolish wizards]], wizards]] and other sundry.



* In ''The Heart of the World'' series the predominant color of the Darwinist [[ReligionOfEvil religion of Mann]] is white.
* In ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'', one of the books actually has the line "Remember, darkness doesn't always equal evil just as light doesn't always equal good." And later in the book ''Burned'' there are two bulls and the white one is evil and the black one is good, [[spoiler:meaning it's bad when Stevie Rae accidentally summons the white bull thinking it's the good one.]]

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* In ''The Heart of the World'' series series, the predominant color of the Darwinist [[ReligionOfEvil religion of Mann]] is white.
* In ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'', one of the books actually has the line "Remember, darkness doesn't always equal evil just as light doesn't always equal good." And later in the book ''Burned'' ''Burned'', there are two bulls and bulls, so the white one is evil and the black one is good, [[spoiler:meaning it's bad when Stevie Rae accidentally summons the white bull thinking it's the good one.]]one]].



* In ''Hive Monkey'' the Gestalt all wear white. They are a HiveMind cult who believe in TheEvilsOfFreeWill and the BigBad of the book.

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* In ''Hive Monkey'' Monkey'', the Gestalt all wear white. They are a HiveMind cult who believe in TheEvilsOfFreeWill and the BigBad of the book.
13th Apr '16 10:58:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''TheMist'', the most religious character is also an insane murderer.

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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''TheMist'', ''Literature/TheMist'', the most religious character is also an insane murderer.



* ''ASongOfIceAndFire''

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire''''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
4th Apr '16 6:29:37 PM FarseerLolotea
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* In Patricia Duffy Novak's short story "Robes," the apprentice wizard protagonist is determined to specialize in "white" magic, which draws power from the forces of good. [[spoiler:Her initiation ritual shows her that if she does so, she'll become the KnightTemplar tyrant over a [[EvilIsSterile cold and desolate]] (if sunny) [[PureIsNotGood wasteland]]. She's [[FutureMeScaresMe horrified]] and [[ScrewDestiny goes with the far-less-defined "gray" magic, which she'd previously outright scorned]], instead.]]

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* In Patricia Duffy Novak's short story "Robes," ""Robes," the apprentice wizard protagonist is determined to specialize in "white" magic, land over which draws power from the forces of good. [[spoiler:Her initiation ritual shows her that if she does so, she'll become the KnightTemplar tyrant over [[spoiler:[[PureIsNotGood white mage!Kaitlyn]]]] presides is decidedly ''sunny''...but it's also a [[EvilIsDeathlyCold cold]] and [[EvilIsSterile cold and desolate]] (if sunny) [[PureIsNotGood wasteland]]. She's desolate wasteland where no plants grow or wildlife live]]. [[spoiler:The vision [[FutureMeScaresMe horrified]] and scares the real Kaitlyn]] right out of [[ScrewDestiny goes with the far-less-defined "gray" magic, which studying white magic as she'd previously outright scorned]], instead.originally intended]].]]
4th Apr '16 6:22:02 PM FarseerLolotea
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* In Patricia Duffy Novak's short story ""Robes," the apprentice wizard protagonist is determined to specialize in "white" magic, which draws power from the forces of good. [[spoiler:Her initiation ritual shows her that if she does so, she'll become the KnightTemplar tyrant over a [[EvilIsSterile cold and desolate]] (if sunny) [[PureIsNotGood wasteland]]. She's [[FutureMeScaresMe horrified]] and [[ScrewDestiny goes with the far-less-defined "gray" magic, which she'd previously outright scorned]], instead.]]

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* In Patricia Duffy Novak's short story ""Robes," "Robes," the apprentice wizard protagonist is determined to specialize in "white" magic, which draws power from the forces of good. [[spoiler:Her initiation ritual shows her that if she does so, she'll become the KnightTemplar tyrant over a [[EvilIsSterile cold and desolate]] (if sunny) [[PureIsNotGood wasteland]]. She's [[FutureMeScaresMe horrified]] and [[ScrewDestiny goes with the far-less-defined "gray" magic, which she'd previously outright scorned]], instead.]]
10th Mar '16 2:32:23 PM FarseerLolotea
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* In Patricia Duffy Novak's short story ""Robes," the apprentice wizard protagonist is determined to specialize in "white" magic, which draws power from the forces of good. [[spoiler:Her initiation ritual shows her that if she does so, she'll become the KnightTemplar tyrant over a [[EvilIsSterile cold and desolate]] (if sunny) [[PureIsNotGood wasteland]]. She's [[FutureMeScaresMe horrified]] and [[ScrewDestiny goes with the far-less-defined "gray" magic, which she'd previously outright scorned]], instead.]]
23rd Jan '16 9:31:12 PM nombretomado
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* In Albert Camus' noir novel ''TheStranger'', strong sunlight generally accompanies unpleasant moments in the narrator's life. The day of his mother's funeral and his murder of the Arab [[spoiler:that eventually sees him sentenced to death]] both take place on bright, brutally hot days.

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* In Albert Camus' noir novel ''TheStranger'', ''Literature/TheStranger'', strong sunlight generally accompanies unpleasant moments in the narrator's life. The day of his mother's funeral and his murder of the Arab [[spoiler:that eventually sees him sentenced to death]] both take place on bright, brutally hot days.
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