[[folder: Manga/Bleach ]]

* Ichigo's [[SuperPoweredEvilSide hollow]] gets this treatment in fics he where he's shown as a DeadpanSnarker BloodKnight who wants Ichigo to loosen up and generally causes minor amounts of (hilarious) chaos when he appears.
** ''A Protector's Pride'' has Ichigo note that the only difference he has with his hollow is his lack of BloodKnight tendencies.


[[folder: Cross Over ]]

* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' crossover fanfiction ''Fanfic/AShadowOfTheTitans'',Jade fits this trope, as her being thrust into the TT universe has made her a Shadowkhan once again, and her new outfit is dark colored, but Jade is ''not'' evil, and is currently an AntiVillain, forced into the role to survive. It forms a good contrast with [[LightIsNotGood Brother Blood]].
* In the ''WesternAmination/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'' (part of ''FanFic/ProjectDarkJade'', like ''Fanfic/AShadowOfTheTitans'' above), Jade is an AntiVillain who has been forced to join the Knights because of Nerissa's blatant lies, and is trying to remain a good person, despite her CastingAShadow powers.
* [[spoiler: Black Star]] from ''[[{{Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar}} Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]''.
* In ''FanFic/EyeOfTheFox'', Kira is both a jerk and a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demon]], but he is clearly not evil as he wouldn't have botherered to look after his brother or burn Konoha to the ground when he had the chance.
* In ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'' Harry wears black and is referred as 'the Black Wizard'. While he is absolutely terrifying on occasion and complete ignores any concept of ThouShaltNotKill and often believes that ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer with BloodKnight tendencies, he tends to be absolutely horrified if he comes near to crossing the MoralEventHorizon.
* ''The King Of Street Fighters'' has most of the characters from ''KOF'' who know Iori Yagami comment on this, saying that he's currently adopting this trope.
--> '''Blue Mary:''' "You don't quite understand what I mean. Seriously, when he started in the KoF tournaments, he was focused on burning Kyo to a crisp. Never said a word to anyone and acted a lot like a puppy that got kicked around too much and grew up into a rabid dog just to pay the whole world back. Now, he's just...going along."
* A main plot point on [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7658547/1/Dark-Phoenix Dark Phoenix]], a HarryPotter and PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians crossover. Most of Nico's powers are considered dark magic in the wizard community but he is generally (if not a little grumpy) NiceGuy. [[spoiler: It's also later revealed that one of Nico's greatest fears is to be corrupted by his powers and become evil]].
-->'''Nico:''' The powers of a person, or a wand for that matter, does not determine who you are… your choices do. And just because something might be what some people call Dark, does not necessarily mean it is evil. After all, [[LightIsNotGood even what is considered Light magic, can still be used to harm innocent people]].


[[folder: ''Manga/Death Note'' ]]

* Light has a big PetTheDog moment in ''FanFic/ACureForLove'' when [[spoiler: he calls up his [[WesternTerrorists Astraea contacts]] and chews them out for their attempt on L's life,]] [[MoralityPet obviously being very protective of L.]] Matt who is present for the meeting [[RashomonStyle later relates to Mello that "Kira is bad news,"]] that he's totally evil and [[GodwinsLaw compares him to Nazis]]. Makes sense since Mello and Matt ran away from Wammy's House, Matt may not care about L anymore and [[spoiler: Kira was threatening [[LukeIAmYourFather Mello's mother.]]]] Later there's the instance where Light [[spoiler: [[DeadlyUpgrade makes the Eye Deal]] when cornered in order to save himself and L and to stop [[DeathSeeker L from dying for him.]]]]
* In the [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] of ''{{Fanfic/Seigikan}}'' when [[spoiler: [[EasyAmnesia amnesiac]]]]!Light wakes up at a hospital, he is unnerved when he catches a "weird stranger" staring at him but then when "the weird stranger" helps him back to his hospital room [[DramaticIrony Light decides he's not so bad.]]
-->'''Light:''' If he was kind enough to help me back to my room, the least I could do was be civil. So what if he looked like a pedophile? He was kind enough to help a complete stranger, [[GrudgingThankYou the least I could do was give my thanks.]]


[[folder: ''Franchise/Digimon'' ]]

* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' by Daneel Rush it is made very clear that despite his violent tendencies Chaos is NOT evil


[[folder: ''Franchise/Harry Potter'' ]]

* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2374939/1/The-Dark-Witch-and-the-Necromancer-ENGLISH The Dark Witch and the Necromancer]]'' Harry became known as the "Dark Avenger" for his liberal use of necromantic and other dark spells against Death Eaters. And when he wasn't slinging dark magic around, he acted like a {{Jerkass}} toward his friends and the Order.
* If not a troll, Tara Gillesbie tried to make the protagonists from her fanfic, ''MyImmortal'', pretty much this, being goffs associated with darkness. Unfortunately for her, all she managed was to create extremely selfish and stupid self-inserts.
* ''FanFic/ThreeSlytherinMarauders'' demonstrates this with [[PapaWolf Snape]], [[HeelFaceTurn Lucius]] and [[spoiler: [[FutureMeScaresMe Tom Riddle]]]].
* Thoroughly deconstructed in ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality''. Although most noteworthy evil wizards are referred to as Dark, including the BigBad, much of the cast (especially Harry, Quirrell, anyone Slytherin) use it to refer instead to methodologies involving force, trickery, threat of force, blackmail, etc. Especially early on Harry finds that Dark tactics can be used to achieve good goals and to do things he couldn't accomplish without them; however, he eventually realizes that anything he achieves that way turns out to not be quite as good as it would if he'd done it without (for example, scaring a rumormonger straight ends Hermione's problem and may ultimately help the victim but angers Hermione and risks her reputation; going with an even darker plan of manipulation would have solved Hermione's problem but not helped the rumormonger at all. He realizes he should have just talked to her directly) and usually raises the stakes in ways that have unpleasant consequences. Too many Dark actions also affect people's perception of him. Even as he comes to understand this, though, he can't give up the sheer utility of his dark side entirely.
** Discussed in this quote from Hermione.
-->But the thing that people forget sometimes, is that even though appearances can be misleading, they're usually not.


[[folder: ''Western Animation/My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic'' ]]

* Luna as portrayed in ''FanFic/DuelNature'' is a borderline case. She does seem to care for the ponies around her even though she's bad at expressing it, but also seems confused by and disconnected from [[WeAreAsMayflies mortals]] and willing to do pretty terrible things when pressed.
* [[AmnesiacGod Nyx]] from [[Fanfic/PastSins Past Sins]].
* Fluttercruel from the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' is a darker furred, {{Jerkass}} version Fluttershy created by [[BigBad Discord]] as her EvilCounterpart originally who now [[SharingABody shares Fluttershy's body with her]], heck she has [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the word CRUEL in her name!]] But she isn't actually ''evil'', or even that bad a person. She's just pretty much a "newborn" who doesn't know any better than what Discord "taught" her. Fluttershy realizes this and reconditions her over the course of the story. Fluttercruel is still a bit of a {{Jerkass}}, but there's now a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a good heart underneath it.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, during the FinalBattle with Fluttershy's SuperpoweredEvilSide, Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper, Fluttercruel forces herself out and is revealed to be a second Element of ''Kindness''! The irony of this does not escape her.]]
** Later on, we discover that [[spoiler:the Elements of Chaos, despite belonging to Discord (or at least he can give them to ponies), actually have positive sides. After [[BadFuture Dark World!Twilight, Dark World!Applejack, and Dark World!Rarity]] are redeemed, they keep their Elements of Chaos while reawakening an Element of Harmony. It's explained that the Elements of Chaos were corrupted and 'incomplete' before, now they're purified and complete due to them having figured out their true meaning.]]
* In ''Fanfic/UnderTheNorthernLights'' this is part of the philosophy of the Temple of Hrimfaxi, along with "darkness is neccessary".
* Rather obviously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Princess Celestia]] in ''FanFic/{{Whispers}}''. Arcanus then takes it further by [[GenreSavvy musing]] that [[DarkIsEvil fiction has a tendency to overlap the two]].
* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey]] has a protagonist who isn't all that evil, despite being a changeling who interrogates ponies.


[[folder: ''Franchise/Pokemon'' ]]

* ''Fanfic/CloudedSky'' has the protagonist Tobias Talltree, who is a "darkling", a Pokémon trainer who received a dark-type Pokémon (in his case, a Murkrow) as his starter. Despite him getting much contempt from various people he meets for this, he's still a perfectly kind, noble person. All of the other darklings shown throughout the story are generally shown as being nice, friendly people despite their affinity with the dark type.
* Two examples in ''PokeWars'':
** [[OlympusMons Darkrai]] sides with Lugia to take down [[BigBad Ho-oh]].
** [[spoiler: The Houndoom]] in Goldenrod city are terrifying {{hellhound}}s. They broke Entei's pact to help May and her friends.
* Dark-types in general tend to get portrayed as CombatPragmatist [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold well-meaning jerks]] at worst. At best, they're loyal companions with cool attacks (just like everything else in ''Pokemon'').


[[folder: ''Franchise/Sonic The Hedgehog'' ]]

* ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos'' has several examples.
** Venus the Seedrian; a scarred cybrog [[PlantAliens Seedrian]] wearing a black leather combat outfit and armed with a SinisterScythe. She has made it her mission to protect the remaining members of her race from Tsali at all costs. [[spoiler: Subverted when she's possessed by Dark Tails]].
** [[spoiler: Tsali]] and Maledict are deconstructions of this trope.


[[folder: ''Franchise/The Smurfs'' ]]

* The title character of ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' wears a black Smurf suit with white stars on it, and was raised by the morally-ambiguous Psyches, but otherwise is good at heart.


[[folder: ''Franchise/Yu Gi Oh'' ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Shadowchasers}} has quite a few characters on the heroes side that are pretty dark. In ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersBackwater'' alone, there's Fayte (a vampire, but while she not evil, she fits the GoodIsNotNice Trope), Tsukihime (an AscendedDemon), and Rayearth (nearly a KnightTemplar, and likely only keeps from crossing the fine line is ''because'' she's in the organization.) Ophelia from ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersAscension'' counts too (a Goth-like woman with dark parentage) along with Bruno von Klein from ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersMiscellaneuousFiles (after getting the Alice in Despairland card as a Spirit Guide, who probably also counts) and Ashla Da'rok from ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersAllHallowsEve'' (a dark elf who has rejected their dark goddess).