->''"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."''
-->-- ''[[Literature/TheBible Psalm 91]]''

This trope usually manifests in the powers of TheDarkSide being treated as equal compared with the powers of Light, coming with the same acknowledgement and worship that people offer to the Light.

Usually, this kind of darkness takes the form of a "pure" darkness as opposed to the "corrupted" darkness that is typically used by villains. The philosophical interpretation behind this is acknowledged that light and darkness can and must exist only simultaneously. Darkness can still be associated with aspects such as death, but expect this to be treated in a [[DontFearTheReaper positive way, such as death being an important part of the cycle of rebirth, being natural and therefore necessary for the world.]] Also, a dark god may simply be doing an unpopular, but still very important job, rather than being a villain. This kind of darkness may not be nice, or comfortable, or maybe it is even outright terrifying, but it nonetheless radiates a dignity that cannot be denied and, like it or not, you know that the world would be worse off without it.

"Pure" darkness powers can often easily be distinguished from their "corrupted" counterparts. A OneHitKill spell by a villain using corrupt darkness will probably involve a lot of pain, mutilation, or brutality; a pure darkness spell of that kind, on the other hand, might result in something resembling a peaceful sleep or simply just dropping dead. Pure darkness powers tend to avert the more obviously negative aspects of darker powers such as MindRape or [[ColdBloodedTorture Torture]] and instead tend to be more spectacular and flashy, or involve beautiful stuff, like conjuring up the star-filled night sky, or awesome stuff like summoning a black raven or other creature associated with the night. For instance, if a hero's signature move is a combo attack where he cloaks his blade in light magic, a "pure" darkness counterpart to that move would simply involve cloaking the blade in [[CastingAShadow shadow]] instead.

Despite this, it may still carry some of the usual problems of dark powers, such as the NobleDemon spirits empowering the SwordOfPlotAdvancement deciding that their user is [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield not worthy enough to use them]], or simply the usual problem of prolonged exposure to the darkness being dangerous to the mind. Note that "sacred" does not have to equal "good." More often, these characters embody a morally neutral concept or ideal. On rare occasions, villains can use The Sacred Darkness, but usually this only works when they are opposing another villain who is using the corrupted variant in an ALighterShadeOfBlack situation.

It can also be interpreted as necessary and holy when it's part of a YinYangBomb. In a similar vein, the pure/corrupt interpretation can be done for Light in a LightIsNotGood scenario, such as a "corrupt" light spell that gives the enemy radiation poisoning.

This trope is the logical conclusion of DarkIsNotEvil but it does not strictly exclude DarkIsEvil. Please note that this trope is not ''just'' DarkIsNotEvil. The usual variant of said trope is that a good person is donning dark motifs and/or using dark powers despite their villainous and problematic connotations for the sake of good. That is not really this trope. This trope is about some kind of darkness that exists in a form where you can reasonably justify its existence for the good of the world or when darkness is treated in some way as equally holy or good as Light would be treated. Generally, if your hero can make a WorldOfCardboardSpeech or RousingSpeech involving the virtues of their particular brand of darkness, it qualifies.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The ''Digimon'' Franchise:
** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'': Kouichi embodies this and also nicely illustrates the change between "corrupted" and "pure" darkness; he starts out BrainwashedAndCrazy using a twisted set of Darkness spirits -- the creepy, borderline-{{Eldritch Abomination}}s Duskmon and Velgemon -- and upon undergoing a HeelFaceTurn, the spirits are purified into the {{Black Knight}}s Löwemon and [=KaiserLeomon=], the embodiments of the sanctity of the element of darkness. For an added bonus, Koji, [[TheLancer the one who wields the DigiSpirits of Light]], [[spoiler: is his twin brother whom he was seperated from.]]
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': Given that it turns his eyes from the more aggressive red into an honest green and gives him wings, one might argue that Beelzemon, who is in the broader canon one of the Seven Great Demon Lords - goes through a "dark purification" as well when he obtains [[WingPull Blast Mode]]. Similarly, his ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' incarnation (which is very similar to Blast Mode) is an outright holy warrior, being reborn into that form using a mask of the goddess he once served, and is one of the noblest and most loyal characters in the series; whenever he [[CombiningMecha DigiXrosses]] with Shoutmon, the end of the sequence plays a brief high note of a CherubicChoir.
* ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'': Ryougi Shiki uses the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, a very rare and unique power that allows her to see the inherent death of all things. Essentially, this makes her the human personification of the GrimReaper. Nonetheless, she is good enough to serve as a hero for this story and to get an almost holy-sounding ThemeMusicPowerUp. It helps that [[spoiler: she's essentially the goddess of the void]].
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'': [[PersonOfMassDestruction Hayate Yagami]] holds the title "Mistress of the Night Sky" and is the heiress to the [[ArtifactOfDoom Book of Darkness]]' power, as well as the only mage in canon who can use elemental Darkness to power her spells. However, she is also ''the'' BigGood and nobody minds her darkness much, neither magical, nor [[DarkAndTroubledPast inner]]. In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', there is even the "pure-corrupted" dichotomy: the old Book of Darkness (or rather, parts of it) is "corrupted", while Hayate herself and Reinforce ([[spoiler:the Book after being reprogrammed and cleansed by Hayate]]) are "pure" Darkness. It is strongly implied that the Book itself was "pure" Darkness upon its first creation but it got worse along the way. More specifically, it was originally called "the Tome of the Night Sky", and was simply a repository of magical knowledge. Being such a thing, various douchenozzles over time took to obtaining that knowledge for the usual reasons evil people would seek it. Their manipulations, across time, resulted in the Book becoming corrupt.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', the Gentle Darkness not only is a force for good, it's what actually created everything in the first place. This isn't commonly known information, but it's true nevertheless.
** It becomes a plot point in the final season. Since this darkness is a raw potential that can moulded by people's hearts, humanity's perception that DarkIsEvil gives birth to the final BigBad.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Both Sailor Saturn and Sailor Pluto possess a heroic destiny as senshi, even though Saturn's element is Destruction. While Pluto's domain is primarily Space-time, she still has an obvious Darkness-theme going on, in that she is also called 'The Guardian of the Underworld' and her very first attack the ''Dead Scream''. Also present in their aura colours (deep purple and black respectively in manga), and uniform colours, with Saturn being shown with deep purple with bronze/dark maroon bows, and Pluto being black with veeeery dark red bows.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' presents pure Light as "the ability to [[DontThinkFeel go with your gut]], to [[{{Determinator}} hold to your convictions and draw great strength from them]]" and pure Darkness as "the ability to [[AwesomenessByAnalysis look beyond first impressions and search for deeper meaning]], to [[RousseauWasRight take in anything and accept it]]", which are treated as equally virtuous philosophies but difficult to [[YinYangBomb combine]]. Beings of corrupted Darkness are those who came too close to [[ShadowArchetype the things they dislike about themselves]], and rejected them instead of making peace with them. Despite using ElementalPowers typically associated with Cosmic Light ([[ShockAndAwe electricity]], [[BlowYouAway wind]] and... [[LightEmUp light]]), and greatly admiring Light-aligned heroes, Negi's personality means he is strongly aligned with Cosmic Darkness, and [[CharacterDevelopment his journey to embrace both paths at once]] ends up [[InvokedTrope invoking]] MessiahCreep.
** The most prominent example of Sacred Darkness in ''Negima'' is Magia Erebea[[note]]Literally [[{{BlackMagic}} "Magic of Darkness"]], but in the sense of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erebus the Darkness at the start of the universe]] from which all other things were born.[[/note]], a spellcasting discipline which extends "take in anything and accept it" to allow for EnergyAbsorption, [[YinYangBomb fusing normally incompatible types of magic with each other]], and even fusing with your own spells to become an ElementalShapeshifter. After learning Magia Erebea, Negi's darker impulses occasionally flare up and cause him to transform into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide a monstrous demon that attacks everything around him]]. However, once he comes to terms with his inner darkness, Negi [[SheatheYourSword allows the transformation to complete its course]], causing him to permanently become [[AscendedDemon a demon with a white aura and a fully human mind and appearance]].

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** While Black magic is often focused on unpleasant things like necromancy, corruption, selfishness, and MindRape, it is not inherently evil, and also encompasses necessary forces such as death and self-preservation. Not only have [[DarkIsNotEvil some protagonists been pure Black]] but, like all colours of mana, Black is necessary for planar stability.
** Taken to its logical extreme in the Theros Block, where the gods reside in the realm of Nyx, basically Heaven represented as the nightsky, a paranormal realm also associated with dreams. The [[DarkIsNotEvil non-malevolent]] Black god also has an important role as the caretaker of the dead, but he's ironically cut off from Nyx: in the Sun-less Underworld, the nightsky is absent.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Even more prominent in ''FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'' than in canon ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. As the name suggests, in this reality it was [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels Celestia]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters who fell into madness]] and Luna who saved the ponies and has ruled for the past millennium. Furthermore, while in canon Nightmare Moon was all but forgotten, in the Lunaverse everybody still fears Corona, even a thousand years later. And while in canon the Elements of Harmony purged the Nightmare and restored Luna to her right mind, in the Lunaverse Corona was still consumed by her madness even after the Elements defeated her first attempt to regain the throne.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Dark Magic is not ''evil'', it simply runs on emotions that can be hard to control. If properly controlled, it can be used for good. [[spoiler:Sweetie Belle is a prodigy in it, and Luna helps train her to use it correctly, making her a great help during the Rumors Arc.]]
** Luna, naturally, is this. She's also a master of dark magic.
** It turns out Tirek's Rainbow of Darkness was originally this trope. In it's pure form, it is just as beautiful as its twin the Rainbow of Light and both emerged from the Tree of Harmony at the same time [[spoiler:and uplifted Ponykind.]] It was originally owned by Spike's ancient ancestor, who used it for good and was a wise dragon teacher and leader. Unfortunately, after his death, it fell into Tirek's hands who corrupted it for evil. Magic Star eventually forged the original, purified Alicorn Amulet from the regenerated Rainbow of Darkness and used it for good until it was corrupted being used to imprison most of the evil PureMagicBeing Lilith's power to defeat her. [[spoiler:It's implied Trixie is destined to one day purify the Amulet and return it to this trope.]]
** In Dark World, after breaking free of Discord's mind control, the Mane Six keep the Elements of Chaos he gave them, now purified, and use them against Discord [[spoiler:and Nightmare Eclipse]]. After the world is saved, they purify the Alicorn Amulet and use it to make a new set of physical Elements of Chaos, and use [[YinYangBomb both sets to destroy Grogar once and for all.]]
* An underlying factor in the ''[[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos]]'' series is that there is a prophecy regarding Life and Death; the Avatar of Death embodies this trope.

* The Spanish Renaissance poem "The Dark Night of the Soul" (''La noche oscura del alma'') by the mystic Spanish poet and saint, Juan de la Cruz, uses the metaphor of night, as a cherished time during which a lover may meet his beloved in secret, as an allegory for the soul finding unity with God.
** ''O guiding dark of night!/ O dark of night more darling than the dawn!/ O night that can unite / A lover and beloved one,''
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheEmergedWorld'': One of the Eight Lands is the Land of Nights, which is covered in eternal darkness. Nevertheless, the darkness is also one of the eight sacred elements needed for the Talisman of Power, and the spirit of darkness is the kindest and most helpful. By contrast, the Light spirit Glael comes across as a PsychopathicManChild who's willing to resort to DemonicPossession [[LightIsNotGood to end his solitude]].
* Toyed with in Book 7 of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', ''Dead Beat'', in which Kumori claims that Necromantic magic (AlwaysChaoticEvil) can be turned to good purposes (such as when she brings a recently dead man back for long enough for the paramedics to save him), as ordinary magic can be turned to evil, her reasoning being that if death is defeated, the genii of history could live for ever. Harry considers this for a moment, then points out how close this is to JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.
* ''Literature/ACourtOfThornsAndRoses'': The Night Court.
* Explored in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels, pertaining to the different mage orders of White, Red, and Black. At least one character wonders why the "good" mages allow the Black Robes to exist in their order, and it's explained that darkness has its own purpose and that there must always be a balance; tipping the scales either way leads to catastrophe, and in fact, the Cataclysm that devastated Krynn was caused by the Kingpriest trying to tip the scales towards the side of "light"; the same applies to priests, since the evil gods need worship just as much as the good gods. Also explored by Crysania in "Time of the Twins" in the same series, when she muses that fear of the darkness is childish and stupid, and that lighting candle after candle to keep the darkness at bay only results in a house burning down because people can't understand that the darkness has a purpose.
* The Dwarfs of the Literature/{{Discworld}}, being belowground-dwellers, have many values opposite to those of humans. One of them is that they consider darkness sacred, and their equivalent of priests keep themselves in it whenever possible, many shunning daylight altogether and believing it to be blasphemy. They recognize different kinds of darkness -- including malevolent kinds like the [[EldritchAbomination Summoning Dark]] -- but generally think of it as a good thing; one dwarf priest uses the metaphor that the eyes grow wider in darkness, but shrink in light. For example, their creation myth:
-->"The first Brother walked toward the light, and stood under the open sky. Thus he became too tall. He was the first Man. He found no Laws, and he was enlightened. The second Brother walked toward the darkness, and stood under a roof of stone. Thus he achieved the correct height. He was the first Dwarf. He found the Laws [[CreatorDeity Tak]] had written, and he was endarkened."
* Taken to the extreme in the ''Literature/BlackJewels'' Trilogy and subsequent books. In-world, the [[CreatorDeity Darkness]] is the source of the characters' power, receives the characters' prayers, and inhabits the Abyss. As an extension of darkness being one of the most positive traits, possessing a darker [[CapitalLettersAreMagic Jewel]] confers a higher position in the society's hierarchy.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Tom Bombadil (the oldest being in Middle-earth) mentions that he "knew the dark under the stars when it was fearless--before the Dark Lord came from Outside". The association of the starry sky with Elves and the Elder Days ensure this trope is always in play in Tolkien's works, even though Morgoth and Sauron are textbook examples of DarkIsEvil: this is an example of the "uncorrupted darkness" idea.
** Also part of Tolkien's universe: when the sun and moon were created, one of the demigods, Este, whose domain is sleep and rest, asked that the sun not always illuminate the Earth, and that there be a period of darkness every day so that creatures could sleep. Este's gift of darkness is meant to be a daily refuge during which we can heal our wounds, cure our illnesses and ease our difficult emotions.
** Tolkien in general seemed to have an affinity for "Sacred Darkness": Varda, the one among the Valar who Morgoth hates and fears the most, is the mistress of starlight and night, not sunlight and day. Likewise the Elves are always associated with nighttime and soft light to the point that they are even said to experience sunlight as too bright and harsh. They are even mentioned as being somehow more beautiful under moon/starlight and the association goes so far that Samwise is surprised at how Lothlórien is the most "Elvish" place he has ever seen, despite the brilliant, golden light that lives in the forest.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the Faith of the Seven believes the new gods to be the seven faces of a single benevolent deity, one of which represents death and the unknown. Meanwhile, a competing religion regards R'hllor as the one true god of life, light and flames, but also of the shadows they cast, which are contrasted with the shapeless darkness of his enemy the Great Other. [[spoiler: Judging from the shadows, this might in fact be EvilVersusOblivion.]]
** The Old Gods appear to feature this theme, too. When Bran Stark discovers the truth behind them, his mentor teaches him not to be afraid of darkness, lives in a dark cave and controls ravens, traditionally ominous birds.
* In ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'' by Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin, practitioners of the Zen/Taoist flavoured religion of Karhide say 'Praised be to darkness and creation unfinished', to express appreciation that there remains scope for growth, change and discovery.
* The ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' series uses this trope extensively. The titular House is a beloved, sheltering ExtranormalInstitute, and the protagonists are all nocturnal vampyres [[note]]weird spelling intentional[[/note]]. The vampyres' main goddess, [[BigGood Nyx]], combines this trope with LightIsGood; she is most frequently associated with shadows and night, but comments that others [[IHaveManyNames worship her as]] Dawn.
* "You, Darkness" by Rainer Maria Rilke:
-->You, darkness, that I come from
-->I love you more than all the fires
-->that fence in the world,
-->for the fire makes a circle of light for everyone
-->and then no one outside learns of you.
-->But the darkness pulls in everything-
-->shapes and fires, animals and myself,
-->how easily it gathers them! -
-->powers and people-
-->and it is possible a great presence is moving near me.
-->I have faith in nights.

* "Tuning Out" by Music/{{Bastille}} takes words from a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Holy_Night Christmas Carol]] about the night of Jesus' birth, describing the sacredness of it with the refrain of:
-->''O night, O holy night\\
O night divine''
* "The Night" by Music/{{Disturbed}}
-->In a world beyond controlling
-->Are you gonna deny the savior
-->In front of your eyes
-->Stare into the night
-->Power beyond containing
-->Are you gonna remain a slave for
-->The rest of your life
-->Give into the night
* "What a Wonderful World" (sung by LouisArmstrong)
-->The bright blessed day,
-->The dark sacred night.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* {{God}} is associated with... well, ''[[TheOmnipotent everything]]'', but He gets compared to shade and rest just as much as light and holy fire - case in point, He keeps his people in "the shadow of His wing" for protection. By contrast, [[{{Satan}} Satan AKA Lucifer]] is [[LightIsNotGood the "Light Bringer" and the "Bright Morning Star"]].
** Actually referenced in a Biblical verse, Psalm 139:11-12. "If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee."
** For desert-dwellers, shade and shadow are wonderful things. In the Hebrew Bible, references to "shadow" are often positive. During the Exodus, for example, God provides a cloud to shade the people from the sun each day.
** In Literature/TheQuran, nighttime and darkness are almost always portrayed positively.
** Anne Cousin's hymn "The Sands Of Time Are Sinking" associates the night with free will, and emphasizes that although darkness is distinct from the light of God, humanity also needs it.
-->''But flowers need night's cool darkness, the moonlight and the dew;\\
So Christ, from one who loved it, His shining oft withdrew...''
* This trope was also true for several religions, such as various myths about the Moon. Gods of death, the afterlife, etc. also occasionally qualify.
** One of the theories for Stonehenge is that it was built to show that the moon was "higher" (more holy) than the sun: once every few decades or so, both the sun and the moon will pass through one of Stonehenge's windows (or at least, the windows Stonehenge used to have), but the moon will pass through the window above the sun's window.
* In Myth/{{Greek myth|ology}}s, Thanatos was a child of the night goddess, Nyx, and was the personification of death. Rather than being evil, however, many myths associate the god with a gentle, non-violent death, such as passing while asleep. The only bad thing you could say about Thanatos was that he's kind of a dick to mortals and Gods, namely for the dislike of death on the former, and unable to reap gods in the latter. He does appear to get along with his brother Hypnos though (one famous painting has the two napping together as children.)
** Similarly, the only deities directly associated with darkness, like Nyx and Erebus, are not considered evil. [[TrueNeutral They're just kind of there.]]
** The worst of the lot is Nemesis, the Goddess of Just Retribution. Her job involves taking away undeserved happiness and punishing excessive pride and evil deeds. It means if you meet her on the job, she would give you a punishment, and often a crushing or sadistic one, but also one that you literally ''asked'' for...
* The Yin half in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}} Yin and Yang]]. It represents the female principle, water, cold and darkness (it literally means "shady side"). The Yang represents the male principle, fire, warmth and light. The Yin is not only necessary for life and existence, but shows that both forces are complementary rather than opposing. It is arguably more benevolent than the Yang, since Yin symbolizes calmness and peacefulness, while Yang is [[HotBlooded harshness and aggressiveness]].
* In Neopagan circles, [[ElementNumberFive Spirit/Akasha]] is the "highest" element, being the cosmic glue that unites all living things and the other elements. It is also frequently described as basically darkness, being defined by emptiness, the cosmos, and represented often in either black or [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple]]. Which is very ironic, as Aether in Myth/GreekMythology (the basis for the modern notion of Spirit) is pretty much the essence of [[LightEmUp light]].
* Keku Semau and its residing trickster god Kek in egyptian mythology.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', magic is either present in its raw chaotic form, or is refined into eight winds (which can be further refined and weaved together into High Magic); one of said winds provides magic over death, and another over shadows. Both are very distinct from the chaotic magic used by necromancers and worshippers of chaos gods.
* R. Talsorian Games' ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}}'' supplement ''Home of the Brave''. A religion called Worshippers of the Night considers the night to be a time of rest and spiritual purification. They patrol the streets at night to "protect the night's holiness against the evil that surrounds us."
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the Immortal (Immortals being the ''D&D'' functional equivalent of ''AD&D'''s gods) Nyx was the Entropic Immortal of darkness, night, and the undead. She is also pretty much the only Immortal of Entropy who is ''not'' evil, although her goals [[OrangeAndBlueMorality would be horrifying]] to most people. Still, Nyx serves as the key reminder that Entropy is as necessary for the existence of the cosmos as are the other four Spheres of Power, and is not inherently evil.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Believe it or not, the will of the galaxy itself in ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' (literally known as "Dark") is this. Although its followers, the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Immortals]], seek to destroy humanity to supplant them with their own race of undead, Dark itself wishes to eliminate humanity to return peace to the galaxy, fearing that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humanity will otherwise spread unfettered across the galaxy and ultimately destroy it and themselves]].
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem:'' Several of the holy InfinityPlusOneSword[=s=] used by the PrecursorHeroes and eventually obtained by the player are dark magic tomes, but are treated with exactly the same level of reverence and usefulness as the other holy weapons; said weapons are [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Apocalypse]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Gleipnir]]. The exception here is [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral the Jugdral canon]], which plays DarkIsEvil very straight - of the holy weapons of the Twelve Crusaders, none of them are dark magic, and the equivalent dark tome, Loptous, was born of a destructive evil god of the same name and is used by the final boss, a descendent of and possessed by said evil god; however, the "holy" blood of Loptous is charted in exactly the same way as the holy blood of the Crusaders. Nontheless, the holy sword Mysteltainn might be an example, as side materials sometimes call it a demonic sword and its destined wielders are always [[BlackKnight Black Knights]] on the side of good (like Eldigan and his son Ares).
** The Jugdral backstory ''tried'' to invoke the trope [[spoiler: with Saint Maira's third option for the Jugdral people: worshipping Loptous willingly and as a savior, rather than an evil God. Naturally, StatusQuoIsGod, and he failed.]]
** Gleipnir actually doesn't deal bonus damage to monsters the way the other Sacred Twin weapons do. However, in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'', every unit brought to the endgame gets one of their weapons turned into a holy weapon at a certain point. If the chosen group includes a dark magic wielder, a dark tome could become holy.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' brings up an interesting new thought in regards to curse magic. It is a type of spellcraft that forces an effect against the natural order, but in of itself is not evil. For example, one could curse a vital organ to heal from an injury that would have normally been fatal... or curse an illness that has no cure to become nothing more than a common cold. As Tharja put it:
--->''Don't be fooled by the name. Curses are a kind of magic that gives life to dreams. Whether it is a dream of joy or horror depends very much on the victim.''
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has the Siegfried Holy Sword, [[BlackKnight Prince Xander's]] personal weapon, which is at the same level of the other four Holy Weapons in this universe: Prince Ryoma's Raijinto sword (lightning), Prince Takumi's Fujin Yumi (wind), and Prince Leo's Brynhildr (gravity). Whether Xander is an opponent or not, it depends on which path is chosen, but he's always described as ''at least'' an AntiVillain.
* ''KingdomHearts'' skipped into this occasionally. While usually DarkIsEvil and LightIsGood, some parts of the story regarding Riku have felt like this, especially in ''Chain of Memories'', where he's told to accept his darkness and uses it to beat Zexion.
** King Mickey outright tells [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Xemnas]] that the Worlds are made of both Light and Darkness, and that "you can't have one without the other."
* ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''. The Sword of Darkness, despite being a cursed weapon, might count as this, since it's needed to form the Chaos Breaker.
** This might actually be closer to a ''YinYangBomb''.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'' has the dark elves, who worship Malassa the Dragon of Darkness, and the necromancers, who worship the "death" aspect of Asha the Dragon of Order. Both ultimately work for the "good" side in the campaign.
* The Umbra Witches in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' are the counterparts of the Lumen Sages but are not presented as evil as such, even though they get their powers from a DealWithTheDevil. The two clans paid each other great respect (before they started waging war to each other, that is) and each one protects one Eye Of The World. These "Eyes" represent Darkness and Light and are both necessary to awaken [[{{God}} Jubileus]].
** It also helps that neither force is depicted as ''good'' either. Characters and texts in-game suggest that both forces have influenced humanity for good and bad, but for most of history have not actually attempted to take a permanent stand. [[spoiler: At least, not until the events of the game, when the Angels finally attempt to revive their Creator.]]
* In ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'', the hero exclusively wields dark powers, while some of the monster he fights [[WasOnceAMan used to be human before they were touched by the light of an evil comet]].
** The sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'', goes further. Dark Gaia's purpose is to impel the world through its natural cycles of death and rebirth. Light Gaia [[WellIntentionedExtremist opposes this cycle and the main character's actions]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', the Sage of Light sends the hero on a quest to awaken the Sages of Forest, Fire, Water, Shadow and Spirit, all forces of good required to defeat the Great King of Evil. This theme is further explored in [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]], with events such as the Blade of Evil's Bane being blessed by the gods of the DarkWorld.
* In ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'', the Twilight Witch is [[spoiler:Cecille, formerly]] of the Luminous Church. Her powers of Darkness counterbalance the Dawn Witch, Lucia's, once it's revealed that the Witches are not evil.
* In ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'', the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Masari]] are masters of both [[LightEmUp Light]] and [[CastingAShadow Dark]]. They advocate maintaining a balanced vision above all else and are [[BigGood definitely not evil]]. Their Light powers give offensive buffs (longer line of sight, extra damage to enemies over time) while their Dark powers boost defenses (increaced speed and Dark Matter Armor, a self-regenerating second health bar).
* The Undead element serves as this in ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}''. There are references to the undead attacking the living, but some have shown themselves to be friendly; plus the Eternal Undead Source is one of the components of the Core of Light, and the Skylanders themselves include a number of Undead members (even if one ''is'' a TokenEvilTeammate and people are wary of the dark powers of two others). It should be noted though that while undeath is all right, ''darkness'' is still portrayed as evil.
** ''Trap Team'' then played it straight by adding Dark as an element, including DarkIsNotEvil Skylanders.
* Occasionally has a minor part in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'', it is stated that previously the world was saved by Dark Warriors fighting against light. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' there are 4 light crystals and 4 dark crystals.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyDimensions'' takes many story elements from [=FF I-VI=]. The world is shattered into overlapping light and dark halves, and your party is broken into 2 groups; 4 Warriors of Light and 4 Warriors of Dark. Both sets start the game with the same basic jobs, but as the story progresses they obtain divergent jobs and even the basic jobs are able to learn mutually exclusive abilities. Even near the end when the 2 groups come together and the player can freely form their party of 5, the jobs and abilities stay unique.
* ''{{VideoGame/MARDEK}}'' has this as a major plot element. Every element is required for the world to function properly, and even though [[DarkIsEvil dark is often evil]], it's still ''necessary'', most notably to spur on technological and magical progress. [[spoiler:Rohoph is unwilling to accept this, which begins causing problems at the end of Chapter Two.]]
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', despite being [[spoiler:a HumanoidAbomination capable of [[PowerParasite drawing power]] from Force-Sensitive individuals and creating Force-Bonds to sway them to their point of view, the Jedi Exile is still nonetheless a Light-Sided Jedi]].
* Tenebrae in ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' is the Centurion of darkness. He feels most at home in the Shadow Temple, though he finds the darkness in the Earth Temple to be unsettling
* The Dark Templar of ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' fame are a nomadic people who revere the darkness and Void PsychicPowers, which are derived from the vast expanses between planets. Their favored powers include invisibility, the FlashStep, and huge "warp blades" that can slice through armor, which they use to perform ninja-style infiltrations and assassinations. Despite this, they are far and away more friendly than their light-using High Templar counterparts. They see the shadows as safety from the "prying light" of the Khala, a psionic connection between High Templar that allows instant communication at the price of privacy. They are likewise dedicated to the concept of protection, as shown in their blessing ''adun toridas'': "Adun hide you" or "shelter you".
* In ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'', the demon Black Maria, based off an interpretation of the Virgin Mary with black skin, is stated in the Compendium to be a holy mother of the dark. Likewise, the demon Alciel, the "Black Sun", of "King of Gehenna" has added commentary in the Compendium saying darkness is a part of rebirth.
* Although not a dark ''type'', Cresselia from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fits this Trope perfectly; she represents the crescent moon and is part of the Lunar Duo with Darkrai. While Darkrai represents bad dreams and is an example of DarkIsNotEvil, Cresselia is an entity of pleasant dreams and peaceful nights. Generation VII also introduces Lunala, a Legendary representing the avatar[=/=]concept of the moon, revered as a divine guardian.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', the Humanity that keeps you from becoming a [[EmptyShell Hollow]] seems to be literally ''made'' of Dark, and it turns out [[spoiler:the progenitor of humanity had a unique Lord Soul--the [[TitleDrop Dark Soul]]--which every human has a piece of, making them inherently beings of Dark.]] While ''Artorias of the Abyss'' revealed that [[spoiler:overabundance/lack of control of Humanity turns people into horrific monstrosities]], it's still unclear if this is because DarkIsEvil or because it was misused. Even if it is the former, Dark is also stated to be an unavoidable product of the disparity the First Flame brought to the world. Without Dark there would be no fire/light, and thus only the homogenous, unchanging Age of Grey preceding the Age of Fire, as embodied by the Everlasting Dragons.
** In the sequel, while hexes, which are some of the most devastating spells in the game, come from the Dark, those who study the Dark frequently describe it as a thing of peaceful serenity.
** And the third game's final DLC finally puts the discussion to rest by revealing that [[spoiler: the only reason the Dark became dangerous was because of [[JerkassGods Gwyn's paranoia leading him to brand humans with fire to limit their control of Dark, creating the Darksign, the Undead Curse, and all the suffering in the series as a result.]] [[DarkIsNotEvil If he hadn't everything would've worked out just fine after the Age of Fire ended.]]]]
* The Arrakoa Outcasts in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion ''Warlords of Draenor'' use shadow magic and many worship a dark raven god but mostly just want to be left in peace; placing them in DarkIsNotEvil. A particular branch of them worship the raven god Anzu, who herself notes this group is a little mentally unhinged, but cares for them anyway as ''someone'' should.
** Trolls lean more towards this as well. The loa are dark gods but not true evil. Their shadow spells are of a clean and natural variety, opposed to the corrupting shadow of the demons/Old Gods.
** The night elves are a dark-skinned (read: purple) sect of elves who are nocturnal by nature and worship the night, particularly the moon goddess Elune, and the ancient animal demigods she empowered. They are directly and vehemently opposed to the Burning Legion and the Old Gods. [[AntiHero Illidan]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist Stormrage]] plays with this trope, as he actually imbued himself and his followers with demonic power in a bid to become strong enough to stop the Legion. Both he and his demon hunters treat this power with careful reverence, as they believe that the only way to stop the Legion is by turning their demonic power against them.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' games, Shadow is the Mana Spirit of Darkness, and he grants spells with the pleasant names of "Dark Force" and "Evil Gate." However, he's always unquestionably on the side of the heroes, attempting to help them prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and preserve life on the planet.
* In ''VideoGame/DoctorWhoLegacy'', the color-coded PersonalityPowers that characters use to attack are red for fire, blue for ice/time, green for nature, yellow for electricity (or '''light'''ning)...and black for darkness (with attacks creating the brief image of a wailing face when they hit). Darkness is just as powerful and vital as the other four attacks, and like those is used by both villains and heroes; it's also both weak to ''and'' powerful against electricity (and vice versa). Among the good guys who use darkness as their primary attack are several incarnations of ''the Doctor himself'' (Eight, Nine, and Twelve, [[ByronicHero reflecting their sadder, darker personalities]], plus Signature Series Six).
* In ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'', the [[BombThrowingAnarchist Liberation of Night]] seeks to [[spoiler: destroy all of the suns, creating a universe free from light and therefore law.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is brimming over with straight examples of DarkIsEvil, but Hashaa, the [[DontFearTheReaper personification of Death]] is this trope instead, seeking to quiet the noise of the universe and enforce death as a law of the universe that she sees as fair and just. She gets a bad reputation because HumansAreBastards who dish out death indiscriminately, but Hashaa's goal is to limit suffering and some of her followers can be downright saintly.
* In ''VideoGame/OriAndTheBlindForest'', dark spirits are no better or worse than the light spirits, and include the motherly Naru who shelters and takes care of the protagonist.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, Nocturnal is the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheSacredDarkness Darkness and the Night]] who is also associated with Thieves and Luck. Given [[AnthropomorphicPersonification the nature of the series' deities]], she is essentially the ''embodiment'' of the night and darkness. The darkness that Nocturnal represents is treated as protective, as well as beautiful, welcoming, and awe-inspiring to those who appreciate it. However, Nocturnal is quick to withdraw her favor (and thus the protective qualities of darkness) if she is displeased, and those who appreciate the darkness more often than not tend to be thieves and criminals.

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* The orc gods of light and darkness in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' are supposed to form a balance of death and rebirth - bad things happen to both when it is disturbed.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Void God Tier powers may count since they are heavily associated with the infinite darkness of the Furthest Ring, but the two concrete examples we can see of them include using the control over nothingness to remove that concept from an object and thus bringing it into existence and using it as a PsychicBlockDefense against scrying and unwanted detection by forces you don't want seeing you. The fact that Void is one of 12 confirmed Aspects also shows that it is treated with the same sort of reverence as other cosmic forces like Time, Space, Light, and Life.
** In addition, the trolls of Alternia are a nocturnal race: their world's sun is so hot and bright that only one caste can endure its light, and the roles of light and dark are generally reversed in their thoughts.

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* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': Visions of the dark planet seen by residents of Night Vale may fit here, especially when contrasted with the threat of a [[LightIsNotGood Smiling God]]. Notably, the dark planet was shown to be [[TheNarrator Cecil]]'s vision of perfection.
** This also reflects the underlying theme of the story: Just because something seems dark and ominous (undetectable earthquakes, clocks not being real, etc.), that doesn't mean they are, and in fact they can be quite harmless and even beautiful (the lights above the Arby's at night, a young man who's hopelessly in love with you).
* This becomes a plot point in ''Literature/{{Moonflowers}}'' when [[Myth/GreekMythology Hades and Persephone]], concerned that Alima Song's presumed-dead parents have ignored her [[DueToTheDead offerings]] for months, step in to check on her. They find out that Alima's parents are alive (if cursed by TheWildHunt), but also that the ''entire family'' is cursed to be victims of TheWildHunt's upcoming [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame Fairy Raid]] on Samhain/Halloween. Hades was already mad about the Folk abducting a woman's parents and letting her think they're dead, but the second part makes him go ballistic.
** A literal version of this trope also happens, thanks to Mayari the Filipino moon-goddess. [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall All of the moon/night-imagery in the story]] can be taken as {{Foreshadowing}} for her arrival, and unlike the Hunter who uses the night to terrorize people through their vulnerability, she is very clearly good.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has [[GodEmperor Princess]] [[TheAtoner Luna]], who is essentially the [[PhysicalGod Physical Goddess]] of the Moon and Night. However, she felt that her subjects did not appreciate the night, especially in comparison to her older sister and Goddess of the [[LightIsGood Sun and Daytime,]] [[BigGood Princess]][[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Celestia.]] This ''[[FallenAngel turned]]'' [[FaceHeelTurn her evil]] and she became Nightmare Moon, forcing Celestia to banish her to the moon to protect their subjects from her fallen sister's plan of bringing eternal night to Equestria. [[HeelFaceTurn After a thousand years, the Mane 6 used the Elements of Harmony to heal Luna.]] [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows During NMM's imprisonment, Celestia raised not only the sun for daytime, but the moon for nighttime as well, showing their equal and valued importance]]. In the present day, Luna has returned and taken to her duties once again (which involves not only dominion over the moon, but tertiary responsibilities like [[DreamWalker watching over her subjects' dreams]]). Furthermore, back in their youth (and before Luna's banishment), the sisters stood up together against [[EvilOverlord Discord]], the [[GodOfEvil Spirit]] [[AnthropomorphicPersonification of]] [[OrderVersusChaos Chaos and Disharmony]], by wielding [[AmplifierArtifact the Elements of Harmony]]. They also sealed away the malevolent King Sombra, who himself was a prime example of DarkIsEvil.