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Dark Is Not Evil: Fan Fics
Bleach
  • Ichigo's hollow gets this treatment in fics he where he's shown as a Deadpan Snarker Blood Knight 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 Blood Knight tendencies.

Cross Over

Death Note

Digimon
  • In the Tamers Forever Series by Daneel Rush it is made very clear that despite his violent tendencies Chaos is NOT evil

Harry Potter
  • In 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, My Immortal, pretty much this, being goffs associated with darkness. Unfortunately for her, all she managed was to create extremely selfish and stupid self-inserts.
  • 3 Slytherin Marauders demonstrates this with Snape, Lucius and Tom Riddle.
  • Thoroughly deconstructed in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. Although most noteworthy evil wizards are referred to as Dark, including the Big Bad, 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.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Pokémon
  • Clouded Sky 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 Poké Wars:
    • Darkrai sides with Lugia to take down Ho-oh.
    • The Houndoom in Goldenrod city are terrifying hellhounds. They broke Entei's pact to help May and her friends.
  • Dark-types in general tend to get portrayed as Combat Pragmatist well-meaning jerks at worst. At best, they're loyal companions with cool attacks (just like everything else in Pokemon).

Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic X: Dark Chaos has several examples.
    • Venus the Seedrian; a scarred cybrog Seedrian wearing a black leather combat outfit and armed with a Sinister Scythe. She has made it her mission to protect the remaining members of her race from Tsali at all costs. Subverted when she's possessed by Dark Tails.
    • Tsali and Maledict are deconstructions of this trope.

The Smurfs
  • The title character of Empath: The Luckiest Smurf wears a black Smurf suit with white stars on it, and was raised by the morally-ambiguous Psyches, but otherwise is good at heart.

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