History Main / GoodHurtsEvil

4th Sep '16 6:10:27 AM Morgenthaler
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An [[OlderThanPrint old]] and DiscreditedTrope, with some exceptions. It's largely been absorbed by the SmiteEvil trope. It's an interesting cultural study; people no longer think that Good, itself, is invincible, but used correctly it can really kick ass! If it is used in modern works, it's usually in ones centered squarely on the Idealistic side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, or where the baddies ARE shadows/darkness and thus are WeakenedByTheLight. It's often utilized alongside OnlyThePureOfHeart. HolyBurnsEvil is a subtrope. The inverse of this trope is AllergicToEvil (for people) and CrossMeltingAura (for [[ProtectiveCharm holy artifacts]]). Might be a reason for TooSpicyForYogSothoth. See also ReviveKillsZombie.

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An [[OlderThanPrint old]] and DiscreditedTrope, with some exceptions. It's largely been absorbed by the SmiteEvil trope. It's an interesting cultural study; people no longer think that Good, itself, is invincible, but used correctly it can really kick ass! If it is used in modern works, it's usually in ones centered squarely on the Idealistic side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, or where the baddies ARE shadows/darkness and thus are WeakenedByTheLight. It's often utilized alongside OnlyThePureOfHeart. HolyBurnsEvil is a subtrope.OnlyThePureOfHeart.

SubTrope of SupernaturalRepellent. SuperTrope to HolyBurnsEvil.
The inverse of this trope is AllergicToEvil (for people) and CrossMeltingAura (for [[ProtectiveCharm holy artifacts]]). Might be a reason for TooSpicyForYogSothoth. See also ReviveKillsZombie.
23rd Aug '16 7:13:42 PM Andyroid
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* One story arc in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' involves our heroes fighting an infestation of Pottsylvania Creepers, vicious {{Man Eating Plant}}s that shrug off every attempt to kill them or trim them back. Bullwinkle eventually quips "We've tried everything except being nice to them!", and that turns out to be the answer: the Pottsylvania Creepers are so belligerent that [[WeaksauceWeakness kindness causes them to wither and die]].
14th Aug '16 2:27:46 PM ShorinBJ
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** Voldemort is still hit with this at the climax of book five, when he [[spoiler:succeeds in possessing Harry. He tries to goad Dumbledore into attacking Harry in hopes of killing them both at once. Harry is in so much pain that he finds himself wishing Dumbledore would do it, since it would mean he could see Sirius again - and Harry's thoughts of Sirius cause Voldemort so much agony that he never even tries the possession tactic again.]]

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** Voldemort is still hit with this at the climax of book five, when he [[spoiler:succeeds in possessing Harry. He tries to goad Dumbledore into attacking Harry in hopes of killing them both at once. Harry is in so much pain that he finds himself wishing Dumbledore would do it, since it would mean he could see Sirius again - and Harry's thoughts of Sirius cause Voldemort so much agony that he never even tries ''tries'' the possession tactic again.]]



* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', this is how [[spoiler:Eragon]] defeats [[spoiler:Galbatorix]]. The former casts a spell on the latter that [[spoiler:causes him to feel empathy, and thus Galbatorix commits suicide, having been driven mad from feeling the pain of the hundreds of dragons he slaughtered.]]

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* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', this is how [[spoiler:Eragon]] defeats [[spoiler:Galbatorix]]. The former casts a spell on the latter that [[spoiler:causes him to feel empathy, and thus Galbatorix commits suicide, having been driven mad (well, more than he already was) from feeling the pain of the hundreds of dragons and thousands of people he slaughtered.]]



** The Black Court, who are the basis for the classis undead Vampire, burn when in contact with holy items. Harry even used a water balloon filled with holy water on one that attacked him in his car. The creature's face partially melted.

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** The Black Court, who are the basis for the classis classic undead Vampire, burn when in contact with holy items. Harry even used a water balloon filled with holy water on one that attacked him in his car. The creature's face partially melted.
12th Aug '16 9:50:15 PM nombretomado
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* Slightly Zigzagged in ''TheDarkEye'', where demons take additional harm from priests, holy objects and grounds, but the effect is not restricted to good deities.

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* Slightly Zigzagged in ''TheDarkEye'', ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'', where demons take additional harm from priests, holy objects and grounds, but the effect is not restricted to good deities.
9th Jun '16 7:36:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''SamuraiJack'''s god constructed Katana. Any evil that comes in ''contact'' with it is obliterated spectacularly. Its the only thing Aku ''fears'', having been nearly completely destroyed by it and Jack on multiple occasions. Also doesn't help that Jack himself is the embodiment of TheParagon with IncorruptiblePurePureness to back up the sword's strength.

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* ''SamuraiJack'''s ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'''s god constructed Katana. Any evil that comes in ''contact'' with it is obliterated spectacularly. Its the only thing Aku ''fears'', having been nearly completely destroyed by it and Jack on multiple occasions. Also doesn't help that Jack himself is the embodiment of TheParagon with IncorruptiblePurePureness to back up the sword's strength.
20th May '16 8:00:36 AM Medinoc
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--->'''Shendu:''' No! We can't touch it, remember!\\
'''Valmont:''' YOU can't! ''(wills his body into grabbing the box)''
20th May '16 7:47:32 AM Medinoc
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** The light in the vial that Galadriel gives to Frodo, which Sam uses against Shelob? That light is the concentrated essence of one star - but that's not really a star at all, it's a Silmaril in the sky. And the Silmarils are made from the light of the Two Trees, and therefore the light of Ilúvatar itself. By the Transitive Property of Holiness, ''Sam fights Shelob with the light of God.''

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** The light in the vial that Galadriel gives to Frodo, which Sam uses against Shelob? That light is the concentrated essence of one star - but that's not really a star at all, it's a Silmaril the last non-lost Silmaril, carried by Eärendil in the sky. And the Silmarils are made from the light of the Two Trees, and therefore the light of Ilúvatar itself. By the Transitive Property of Holiness, ''Sam fights Shelob with the light of God.''
15th May '16 3:19:30 PM Jerry
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* Slightly Zigzagged in ''TheDarkEye'', where demons take additional harm from priests, holy objects and grounds, but the effect is not restricted to good deities.
13th May '16 9:45:35 PM MasterGhandalf
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* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', Lord Foul the Despiser is the BigBad, the GodOfEvil ''and'' TheAntiGod, wielder and in some senses embodiment of ThePowerOfHate and centuries-spanning chessmaster extraordinaire, but there is one power that he [[EvilCannotComprehendGood cannot understand]] and cannot ''withstand''. It's not Magic or Law and certainly isn't Despair - [[spoiler: it's ''joy''. When Covenant and Foamfollower confront him at the end of the first arc, it's Covenant's wild magic that separates Foul from his ArtifactOfDoom, but it's Foamfollower's good-hearted laughter in the face of annihilation that finishes him]].
7th Mar '16 5:47:51 PM nombretomado
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* A minor version from ''[[CareBears Adventures in Care-a-Lot]]'': after seeing his plan to break up a band made of a few of the female Care Bears thwarted by ThePowerOfFriendship, Grizzle comments, "This sickening display of friendship HURTS!" Trueheart asks if it isn't just the high heels he's wearing as part of his [[DisguisedInDrag drag disguise]].

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* A minor version from ''[[CareBears ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot Adventures in Care-a-Lot]]'': after seeing his plan to break up a band made of a few of the female Care Bears thwarted by ThePowerOfFriendship, Grizzle comments, "This sickening display of friendship HURTS!" Trueheart asks if it isn't just the high heels he's wearing as part of his [[DisguisedInDrag drag disguise]].
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