Dark Is Not Evil: Fan Fics
- 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.
- In the Jackie Chan Adventures and Teen Titans crossover fanfiction A Shadow Of The Titans,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 Anti-Villain, forced into the role to survive. It forms a good contrast with Brother Blood.
- In the Jackie Chan Adventures and W.I.T.C.H. crossover fanfic Kage (part of Project Dark Jade, like A Shadow Of The Titans above), Jade is an Anti-Villain who has been forced to join the Knights because of Nerissa's blatant lies, and is trying to remain a good person, despite her Casting a Shadow powers.
- Black Star from Ace Combat: The Equestrian War.
- In Eye Of The Fox, Kira is both a jerk and a 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 The Wizard in the Shadows Harry wears black and is referred as 'the Black Wizard'. While he is absolutely terrifying on occasion and complete ignores any concept of Thou Shalt Not Kill and often believes that Violence Really Is the Answer with Blood Knight tendencies, he tends to be absolutely horrified if he comes near to crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
- 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 Ko F 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 Dark Phoenix, a Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and the Olympians crossover. Most of Nico's powers are considered dark magic in the wizard community but he is generally (if not a little grumpy) Nice Guy. 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 areďż˝ your choices do. And just because something might be what some people call Dark, does not necessarily mean it is evil. After all, even what is considered Light magic, can still be used to harm innocent people.
- In The Tabula Avatar Universe it works out that many of the Dark deities of Faerun, when given the opportunity to grow beyond their status of two-dimensional game characters, network and make better choices.
- Viconia, one of the Generally Evil Drow, has her alignment shift away from the extreme, thanks to good works and Character Growth. Even in canon, when left alone between games, she tries to live a simple, non-threatening life. As she's the most vital core of Shar's worship thanks to her nearness to the 'realness' matrix that is Dawn, this affects her patron goddess of shadows as well.
- The Massive Multiplayer Crossover fic, The World of the Creatures, features Batman as a prime example. In addition, the main character - Brendan Anderson - dresses all in black. He describes this as a way of defining himself in an ever-changing world.
- Much like the goths in My Immortal, Rebecca Christiana Jasmina Xaila Rodrigues Diogo Velazquez from MRA Trilogy is supposed to be an example of this, having "darkness powers" appearently granted to her by God and Jesus. In reality, she's a vicious, murderous internalised misogynist, homophobe and borderline sociopath who works for extremist MR As, so she's more of a Villain Protagonist and outrightly the opposite trope.
- Chiyo Ueda, the Super High School Level Medium, from Despair's Last Resort. She dresses in all black, has a talent involved with speaking to ghosts, and is rumored to have the ability to see when someone is close to death. Yet she's the most polite out of the students, and makes protective charms to keep the others safe.
- Light has a big Pet the Dog moment in A Cure for Love when he calls up his Astraea contacts and chews them out for their attempt on L's life, obviously being very protective of L. Matt who is present for the meeting later relates to Mello that "Kira is bad news," that he's totally evil and compares him to Nazis. Makes sense since Mello and Matt ran away from Wammy's House, Matt may not care about L anymore and Kira was threatening Mello's mother. Later there's the instance where Light makes the Eye Deal when cornered in order to save himself and L and to stop L from dying for him.
- In the AU of Seigikan when 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 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, the least I could do was give my thanks.
- In the Tamers Forever Series by Daneel Rush it is made very clear that despite his violent tendencies Chaos is NOT evil
- Digimon Reboot has Poemon, who is more of a Shrinking Violet than a megalomaniac, despite her viral typing.
- 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.
But the thing that people forget sometimes, is that even though appearances can be misleading, they're usually not.
- Discussed in this quote from Hermione.
- Luna as portrayed in Duel Nature 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 mortals and willing to do pretty terrible things when pressed.
- Nyx from Past Sins.
- Fluttercruel from the Pony POV Series is a darker furred, Jerkass version Fluttershy created by Discord as her Evil Counterpart originally who now shares Fluttershy's body with her, heck she has 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 a good heart underneath it.
- Also, during the Final Battle with Fluttershy's Superpowered Evil Side, 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 the Elements of Chaos, despite belonging to Discord (or at least he can give them to ponies), actually have positive sides. After 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 Under The Northern Lights this is part of the philosophy of the Temple of Hrimfaxi, along with "darkness is neccessary".
- Rather obviously lampshaded by Princess Celestia in Whispers. Arcanus then takes it further by musing that fiction has a tendency to overlap the two.
- You Obey has a protagonist who isn't all that evil, despite being a changeling who interrogates ponies.
- In Faith and Doubt, after a falling out with her friends, Twilight starts using black magic. Black magic can make a pony emotional and highstrung, but is doesn't automatically corrupt an individual. Twilight takes this idea to heart, that bad powers can be used for good, and soon Spike has been trained to harness his dragon-greed mode without slipping into the violent greed associated with it.
- 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:
- 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).
- Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm: The only two male heroes are dressed this way. Tuxedo Mask wears a black-and-red outfit, and Lightstorm wears an ultra-black set of body armor that makes him look a bit like an armored ninja. This doesn't stop them from being two of the biggest badasses on the side of good in the story.
- Goddess Reborn Chronicle has a number of demons and evil-looking creatures who actually aren't necessarily. At best, they might be creatures like Bugaboo while at worse simply on another morality metric entirely.
- 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. Tsali is more brainwashed by his programming than truly evil and Maledict is basically a Well-Intentioned Extremist taken to its extreme.
- The Marmolims who worship Maledict dress up in black robes and perform satanic rituals in his name. Despite that, they are all actually quite reasonable and friendly, and they immediately come to Sonic's aid.
- 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.
- In The Headhunt, the god of the night in the main Pe'khdar religion is a watchful guardian rather than a God of Evil.
- Shadowchasers has quite a few characters on the heroes side that are pretty dark. In Shadowchasers Backwater alone, there's Fayte (a vampire, but while she not evil, she fits the Good Is Not Nice Trope), Tsukihime (an Ascended Demon), and Rayearth (nearly a Knight Templar, and likely only keeps from crossing the fine line is because she's in the organization.) Ophelia from Shadowchasers Ascension counts too (a Goth-like woman with dark parentage) along with Bruno von Klein from Shadowchasers Miscellaneuous Files (after getting the Alice in Despairland card as a Spirit Guide, who probably also counts) and Ashla Da'rok from Shadowchasers All Hallows Eve (a dark elf who has rejected their dark goddess).