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27th Jun '17 1:19:35 PM DragonRanger
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* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'': The Charred Council is charged with doing this and are granted significant freedom on how to do so.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'': The ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' series: The Charred Council is charged with doing this keeping Heaven and Hell "balanced", at least until Man can stand toe-to-toe with them, and are granted significant freedom on how to do so.
12th May '17 2:38:40 PM intastiel
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* In the Franchise/StarWarsLegends novel ''Literature/TheTruceAtBakura'', the religion of the Cosmic Balance preaches that every bit of good fortune produces an equal misfortune somewhere else, and vice versa. Parents commonly choose one child to enjoy a privileged, educated life, and balance it by sending another into a life of deprivation and servitude.
6th May '17 6:51:37 PM AtmosBlitzer
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It's implied that halfway between good and evil lie humans, who in turn are capable of the better acts than angels and worse acts than demons. For either side to win would destroy humanity, free will, and the whole world. The free will part of this is what makes [[TheAntichrist Adam]] realize that doing whatever he wants with the world isn't the right way to go about it, because what's the point of having friends if you can make them do whatever you want?

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It's implied that halfway between good and evil lie humans, who in turn are capable of the better acts than angels and worse acts than demons. For either side to win would destroy humanity, free will, and the whole world. The free will part of this is what makes [[TheAntichrist [[AntiAntiChrist Adam]] realize that doing whatever he wants with the world isn't the right way to go about it, because what's the point of having friends if you can make them do whatever you want?
26th Apr '17 11:59:16 AM MadAnthony94
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** In a way, Luke's reforms to the Jedi Order are about finding a balance between the Jedi's discipline and the Sith's passion- for instance, allowing members to marry and raise families, and encouraging individual self-education alongside more regimented learning.
19th Apr '17 3:07:02 PM JoeMerl
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** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler: takes this to a LogicalExtreme when a character becomes a demon in order to oppose another character that previously became a god.]]

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-->'''Sayaka:''' [[DespairEventHorizon Balance means good and bad have to zero themselves out, right]]?
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler: takes this to a LogicalExtreme when [[spoiler:when a character [[FaceHeelTurn willingly becomes a demon demon]] in order to oppose another character that who previously [[AbstractApotheosis became a god.]]god]]]].
19th Apr '17 7:45:43 AM kazokuhouou
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* The whole reason the ''WebComic/SailorMoonCosmosArc'' happens is because Usagi tried her damndest not to acknowledge this exists. When she finally acknowledges that good can't exist without evil, and hope can't exist without despair to counter it, [[spoiler: she ascends to godhood and becomes Sailor Cosmos.]]
5th Apr '17 12:22:48 PM StarTropes
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' introduces another force of balance--the Bendu, who lives on Atollon and describes himself as "the one in the middle" of the light and dark sides.
7th Mar '17 4:52:02 PM Yozzy
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has a form of this in the backstory, where a war that spanned the galaxy between [[BenevolentPrecursors the Great Old Ones]] and the [[AbusivePrecursors the Necrontyr]] had escalated, then died down, then escalated again when the Necrontyr encountered [[PhysicalGod the C'tan]] and transformed themselves into the [[UnwillingRoboticisation Necrons]]. When the Great Old Ones pitted their [[{{Magitek}} psychic technology]] and [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke biological technology]] against the Necrons' [[MagicFromTechnology new, incomprehensible hi-tech]]...well, [[ContinuitySnarl the details are sketchy]], but what's certain is that the Great Old Ones lost and presumably went extinct, and the Necrons overthrew the C'tan and went into hibernation. Interestingly, when the war surged up again, it was just a pretense put forth by the Necron known as [[TheEmperor the Silent King]] in a bid to unify his race ''just to'' overthrow the C'tan.
** When all was said and done, this war decimated the galaxy and [[SubspaceOrHyperspace the Warp]], being a sink for the psychic energy of emotion and souls, turned from quiet and peaceful to becoming a violent, psychotic plane infested by daemons born from the its raw negative energy. And thus [[GreaterScopeVillain Chaos]] was born.
*** Weirdly, Chaos also turned into Evil balancing Evil. Chaos has coalesced itself into an unknown number of greater entities, including the high pantheon of four Gods, who are all rivals and are locked in a constant war called the Great Game, that by its nature [[ForeverWar can never end]]. If one god makes gains against another, he would lose eventually lose them due to retaliation or another god making headway against him. If one god makes substantial gains, the others would team up against him until a semblance of balance was reasserted. One side can't win, because victory would mean the Warp would stop churning with violence and thus the end of Chaos; one side can't lose because it would always have enough strength to reassert itself; no side would stop fighting due to surrender or agreement to peace [[AlwaysChaoticEvil because that's fundamentally against their nature]]. It's said that if they turned their attention from one another they could easily conquer realspace, but it's only a very powerful mutual threat or the promise of drowning the galaxy into the Warp that can get them to stop fighting just long enough to team up.
** Then there's also the [[GodEmperor Emperor]], who works to keep Chaos at bay from realspace, and humanity in particular. The Imperium has stayed stable, although not making any meaningful progress in any sense, for ten millennia. It's not a balance of Good and Evil by nature, but more by awful circumstances that hasn't changed in much meaningful ways for as long as the Imperium as we know it stood.
27th Feb '17 11:01:07 PM VulgarBee
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* ''Manga/MagiTheLabyrinthOfMagic'': There appears to be some kind of twisted balancing act at play, as every major turning point in the war between the powers of light (hope) and darkness (despair) is promptly shat upon by an even greater cataclysm of the opposite element that balances things out with major collateral damage on the 'winning' side. [[spoiler:Slay a tyrant and bring about TheFederation? Accidentally drove your second-in-command to madness, creating a world-ending cult. Destroy the world completely and commit genocide on 99% of the world's population? Millions of planets throughout the universe are seeded / infested with new life, the cultists' forces have been reduced to ghosts and whispers. Save a city from tyranny and slavery? It's enslaved offscreen. Complete the total corruption of the empire that controls the entire east hemisphere? Successfully murdered in a bloody coup by a grossly underestimated prince]]. If there is a winning side, it's shadow (acceptance).

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* ''Manga/MagiTheLabyrinthOfMagic'': ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'': There appears to be some kind of twisted balancing act at play, as every major turning point in the war between the powers of light (hope) and darkness (despair) is promptly shat upon by an even greater cataclysm of the opposite element that balances things out with major collateral damage on the 'winning' side. [[spoiler:Slay a tyrant and bring about TheFederation? Accidentally drove your second-in-command to madness, creating a world-ending cult. Destroy the world completely and commit genocide on 99% of the world's population? Millions of planets throughout the universe are seeded / infested with new life, the cultists' forces have been reduced to ghosts and whispers. Save a city from tyranny and slavery? It's enslaved offscreen. Complete the total corruption of the empire that controls the entire east hemisphere? Successfully murdered in a bloody coup by a grossly underestimated prince]]. If there is a winning side, it's shadow (acceptance).
26th Feb '17 8:51:22 AM Game_Fan
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* TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering: On the plane of Innistrad, the goddess Avacyn exists to keep the beleaguered humans safe from the demons and vice versa. It's interesting to note that unlike most entries to this list, she was created by [[DarkIsNotEvil the vampire planeswalker Sorin Markov]].
** [[spoiler:Of course, she was later corrupted by [[EldritchAbomination the Eldrazi]], forcing Sorin to kill her, but really, [[CrapsackWorld that was the least of Innistrad's problems at that point.]] ]]

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* TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering: On ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a rather perverse version of this on the plane of Innistrad, Innistrad. The human population believes that the goddess angel Avacyn exists to keep is the beleaguered humans safe savior of humanity who has prevented them from being wiped out by the demons and vice versa. It's interesting to note variety of monsters in their world. Only a few people know the truth that unlike most entries to this list, she was created by [[DarkIsNotEvil Avacyn's actual purpose is the vampire planeswalker Sorin Markov]].
** [[spoiler:Of course, she was later corrupted by [[EldritchAbomination the Eldrazi]], forcing Sorin to kill her, but really, [[CrapsackWorld
maintain balance so that was the least of Innistrad's problems at that point.]] ]]vampires don't exhaust their food supply.
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