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->''"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty."''
-->--''[[Literature/TheBible Psalm 91]]''

This trope is the logical conclusion of DarkIsNotEvil. It usually manifests in the powers of TheDarkSide being treated as equal compared to the powers of light, coming with the same acknowledgement and worship that people offer to the Light. It may still be treated with suspicion or fear by the common people, however, since this trope does not exclude DarkIsEvil.

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. An OneHitKill spell by a corrupt villain would likely involve a lot of pain, mutilation, brutality etc., while a pure darkness spell of that kind might result in something resembling a peaceful sleep or simply dropping dead. Pure darkness powers tend to avert the more obviously negative aspects of darker powers such as MindRape, ColdBloodedTorture and somesuch and instead tend to be more spectacular and flashy, or involving beautiful stuff, like conjuring up the star-filled night sky, or awesome stuff like summoning a black raven. For instance, if a hero's signature move was 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 ALighterShadeOfBlack situation.

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 poisons the enemy.

Note that this trope is not just DarkIsNotEvil. The usual variant of said trope is that a good person is using dark powers despite their villainous and problematic ways 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.
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* ''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 L÷wemon and [=KaiserLeomon=], the embodiments of the sanctity of the element of darkness.
** Given that it turns his eyes from the more aggressive red into an honest green and gives him wings, one might argue that Beelzemon of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' - 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.
* ''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]].
* [[PersonOfMassDestruction Hayate Yagami]] of the ''LyricalNanoha'' franchise holds the title "Queen 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 ''NanohaAs'', 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 (and Birth). 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.
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* The rennaissance Spanish 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,''
* ''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 ''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.
* Explored in the ''{{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 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 ''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.
* 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.]]
* In ''TheLeftHandOfDarkness'' by 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. Or something.
* The ''Literature/HouseOfNight'' 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.
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* 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 {{Greek myth|ology}} 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.
** Similarly, the only deities directly associated with darkness, like Nyx and Erebus, are not considered evil. [[TrueNeutral They're just kind of there.]]
* The Christian {{God}} is associated with shade and rest, and 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"]]. However, JesusChrist is the "[[LightIsGood Light of the World]]", and Satan is often called "the Prince of Darkness" or "His Sable Majesty" in early theological sources[[note]]The latter is not mentioned at all in the Bible; hell, you'll be very hard pressed to find any entity that is actually associated with darkness[[/note]]. One could conclude, therefore, that light and darkness are both intended to be good, but are equally both corruptible.
** Actually referenced in a Biblical verse, Psalm 139:12-14. "The darkness and light are both alike. I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
** 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.
** That being said, darkness is frequently associated with death, chaos, or evil in the Tanakh, and light is generally good. Creation begins, after all, with the creation of light. Light is also associated with truth, as with the urim w'tumim.
*** Though we can't forget that God separated the day into Light and Darkness and said that all of creation (both light and dark) were "very good".
** The "Divine Darkness" of Pseudo-Dionysus.
** One hymn by Dan Schutte describes the mystery of the date if the Rapture as a "Holy Darkness; Blessed Night."
* The Yin half in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}} Yin and Yang]]. It represents the female principle, water, cold and darkness (it literally means "shadow"), and alongside the Yang, that represents the male principle, fire, warmth and light, it is not only necessary for life and existence, but also both forces are complementary rather than opposing. It is arguably more benevolent than the Yang: 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 GreekMythology (the basis for the modern notion of Spirit) is pretty much the essence of [[LightEmUp light]].
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* 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.
* In ''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 it's 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.
* 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 ''{{Mystara}}'' setting of 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.
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[[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 Mistoltin might be an example, as side materials sometimes call it a demonic sword and its destined wielders are always [[BlackKnight Black Knights]].
** It should be noted, however, that 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 you brought along 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.''
* ''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."
* ''ShiningForce''. The Sword of Darkness, despite being a cursed weapon, might count as this, since it's needed to form the Chaos Breaker.
* ''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 ''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, {{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 ''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 ''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.
* Occasionally has a minor part in ''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/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 ''{{Franchise/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 DarkIsEvil, Cresselia is an entity of pleasant dreams and peaceful nights.
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* The orc gods of light and darkness in ''DominicDeegan'' are supposed to form a balance of death and rebirth - bad things happen to both when it is disturbed.
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has [[GodEmperor Princess]] [[TheAtoner Luna]], who is essentially the [[PhysicalGod Physical Goddess]] of the night. Her sheer frustration at her subjects' failure to understand that DarkIsNotEvil actually ''[[FallenAngel turned]]'' [[FaceHeelTurn her evil]] [[HeelFaceTurn for a brief period]] (one thousand years counts as "brief" in divine terms). [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows Her job of making the night fall]] was so justified in its existence, however, that [[BigGood her sister Celestia]], [[LightIsGood responsible for the sun]], took over the job of bringing the night into existence as well after Luna's [[SealedEvilInACan banishment into the moon]]. 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]]). It helps that, according to the backstory, both Celestia and Luna stood up together against [[EvilOverlord Discord]], the [[GodOfEvil god]] [[AnthropomorphicPersonification of]] [[OrderVersusChaos chaos]], by wielding [[AmplifierArtifact the Elements of Harmony]].
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