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Dark Is Not Evil: Fanfics
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

Dangan Ronpa
  • 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.

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
  • Digimon Reboot has Poemon, who is more of a Shrinking Violet than a megalomaniac, despite her viral typing.

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
  • 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.

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).

Shin Megami Tensei

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. 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 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.

Star Trek
  • In The Headhunt, the god of the night in the main Pe'khdar religion is a watchful guardian rather than a God of Evil.

Yu-Gi-Oh!
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