'''Basic Trope''': Characters or creatures which could be described as "dark" are on the side of good.
* '''Straight''':
** A group that look like demons from Hell are protecting a human nursery.
** A {{Necromancer}} who learned how to summon the undead with the intent of sending them to do dangerous jobs, such as mining, so the living would not be at risk.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** An entire planet of demons from Hell is in every other way a SugarBowl.
** An ''EldritchAbomination'' is helping an old lady cross the street.
* '''Downplayed''':
** A gang of Hell's Angels looking bikers who look after a neighborhood.
** A gang of Hell's Angels are [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks With A Heart Of Gold]] or GoodIsNotNice.
* '''Justified''':
** The dark race was created by the BigBad but rebelled.
** They ''like'' looking intimidating and ferocious. It scares enemies off so that they don't have to fight, and [[DarkShepherd it helps them frighten those who aren't as moral as themselves into behaving.]]
** MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch
** Dressing in dark colors makes it easier to be stealthy at night.
* '''Inverted''':
** DarkIsEvil
** LightIsNotGood
* '''Subverted''':
** A race of noble but scary looking creatures are deep-cover operatives of the BigBad.
** The evil looking creatures complain that everyone treats them like monsters, and [[ShamingTheMob when the crowd is shamed by their own prejudice]] the monsters take the opportunity to eat them.
** A StockholmSyndrome sufferer attempts to rationalize away their abusive relationship with [[DracoInLeatherPants their captor]] using this logic.
** The trope is played straight, but at some point members of the race have a FaceHeelTurn for whatever reason, leading to DarkIsEvil.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** A race of noble but scary looking creatures in deep cover for the BigBad join the other side when it turns out that the BigBad was lying.
** The mob-eaters are revealed to have become HeWhoFightsMonsters; the ones not part of people munchers are still good, and deal with their wayward comrades accordingly.
* '''Parodied''': A race of demons from Hell wear "We aren't evil" t-shirts, [[TheyFightCrime fight crime]], and have a theme song all about how they're not evil.
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** A fearsome-looking demon turns out to be ChaoticStupid.
** A [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure hearted]] hero who looks like a demon from hell has a {{super powered evil side}} who looks like an {{eldritch abomination}}. However, on closer inspection, the 'evil' side is actually a more WellIntentionedExtremist.
** Alice meets a character who looks like an evil monster, but turns out to be good. She then meets ''another'' character who looks like an evil monster, but [[DarkIsNotEvil despite what she learned from her past experience,]] the character really is evil.
** There's a correspondence between "dark" or "light", knowledge on how to control it, AND moral character.
** BlackMagic is the magic of raw emotion. TheSociopath and people with poor impulse control are usually BlackMagic users. So are idealists who have for motto ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight.
* '''Averted''':
** There is no correspondence between "dark" or "light" appearance and moral character.
** [[GreyAndGrayMorality There is no good or evil in the story.]]
* '''Enforced''': The writers want to teach the lesson "never judge a book by its cover."
* '''Lampshaded''': "I just assumed you were a..." "A demon? Was it the horns or the leathery wings?"
* '''Invoked''': A Mole who appears to be a demonic creature plays on the AllLovingHero's good nature to convince everyone that the only evil thing about him is his appearance.
* '''Exploited''': The darkness part is part of a ZeroApprovalGambit.
* '''Defied''': A race of demons from Hell strive to live up to their fiendish appearance.
* '''Discussed''': "What, you assume we're evil just because of the red horns, forked tail and pitchfork? What's wrong with you?"
* '''Conversed''': "Whoever designs all these races must have a twisted sense of humour".
* '''Implied''': We never really learn what that diabolical-looking man's motivations are, but he never does anything that could be considered evil.
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Although they're not evil, [[FantasticRacism everyone assumes they are]], and to some extent their moral nature is influenced by their lives under such a stigma.
** After being called evil many times, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil Alice gradually snaps and becomes evil]].
* '''Reconstructed''': Because they're not evil but everyone assumes they are, some of the most noble and good act as ambassadors to change public perception of their race.
Go see DarkIsNotEvil. Don't worry, he's a great trope once you get to know him.
%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
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