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Light Is Not Good: Fan Fics
  • Played for Laughs in the Star Wars fanfic series Sith Academy, starring Darth Maul as a Villain Protagonist. Between the frequent mind trick abuse, outrageous sexual hedonism, and practice of hauling non-conformers to a mental hospital and drugging/electro-shocking them into submission, the Jedi Order can only be described as blatantly, hilariously corrupt.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures and Teen Titans crossover fanfiction A Shadow Of The Titans, Brother Blood, like in TT canon, fits this, being Faux Affably Evil with white and gold robes. In fact, at one point Jinx notes that the colors seem to represent greed and death. This fits well with Jade's Dark Is Not Evil theme.
  • In Challenge Of The Super Friends: The End, Eldritch Abomination the Benefactor is described in one chapter as
    "Now. A solid thing now, emitting the ghostly brightness of morning fog; for the Benefactor was not a being of darkness, not a creature of the shadows. No. Not darkness. Never of darkness. The Benefactor was a being of the brightest light, and it was here in the chamber with him, standing within arm's reach of him."
  • In "Fandom", Twilight's vampires are often considered this. Unfathomable beauty, which the author seems to imply that it is caused by their Bishie Sparkles and white skin? Check. Implied religious fervour - of the Mormon variety, which notably rejects the Bible's Dark Is Not Evil symbolism in favour of more light imagery - and Holier Than Thou attitudes? Check. Associations with gold and white and implied solar connections? Check. Unite this this with the chinese associations of white with eath, and you have yourselves an interesting idea gone wasted on unrealistic teen romance.
  • Multiple My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fics have an evil Princess Celestia.
    • Chaos Is Very Good has an evil Celestia, Discord (who canonically casts bright lights when reality warping, and the fanfic mentions how "pristine" said light is) and the mesoamerican deity Tohil (who started the whole thing). Really, it's a good idea to go away from the light in that world...
    • Freedom Through Harmony has Book I being all about killing the corrupt Celestia.
    • Sunshine And Fire features a world where Celestia turned evil instead of Luna, defeated her, got rid of the moon and keeps the world trapped in an oppressive eternal day. Understandably, the citizens associate light with death, and darkness with safety.
  • This Powerpuff Girls fanfic by Comics Nix. The Sun being evil and having AIDS is the least bizarre thing going on.
  • There are quite a few Kingdom Hearts fics positing that, in order to complete the trifecta of Dark Heartless and Twilight Nobodies, the third faction of evil beings will be light-based and Knight Templar-ish.
  • In this parody of a certain Merlin fanfic, this trope is played with, most notoriously with Arthur and the Dragon (the later reimagined as a Lucifer like figure).
    "Oh don't worry, the light will fry many more brains..."
  • This has become a recent trend in Harry Potter fan fiction. Rather than the spells themselves being evil, the authors postulate that it is the intent behind them. This is largely an answer to questions about why they never kill the racist, terrorist, murdering wizards; once dark spells are no longer evil, you can start actually fighting without being as bad as they are.
    • Isn't that sort of canon? It's established that with the Unforgivables at least, you have to truly want to cause their effects (pain, death, and mind control) if you want to use them. Thus, it's impossible to use them for goodhearted intents (like when Harry tries to Crucio Bellatrix over the death of Sirius.
      • That wasn't good-hearted. He just didn't have the practice being ruthless.
      • But it was still for "righteous anger", as Bellatrix puts it.
    • Not that you couldn't kill someone pretty effectively with the kind of severing charm they use for cooking...or Wingardium Leviosa hard into the ceiling until the neck breaks...or the old fairy tale favorite, Tarantallegra, until the heart gives out...these people are armed to kill from age eleven.
    • Then again, they probably have limits or require a great deal of power. In addition, perhaps the intent behind the invention of the spell has something to do with it. The Three Unforgivable Curses were clearly meant for sinister purposes and the Dark Arts were used for the sake of conquering no matter how much defiling was needed.
      • 'course, armed wizard could get out of most of those, but still, the possibilities to kill with stuff that isn't actually 'Dark' are considerable.
    • In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Harry finds that, when he becomes truly angry, he enters a coldly angry state, in which his mind works even better than it normally does (the purpose of the fic is Harry is incredibly smart, and incredibly well educated for his age in most non-magical fields.) When Snape's bullying pushes him into this cold state during Harry's first potions class, Harry asks how he would go about getting abusive teachers fired. Snape bullies him worse, and Harry tries to leave the classroom. When Snape locks the door, Harry escapes using a Time Turner, which he had been told not to use in any way that could indicate its purpose. When his anger leaves, he starts frantically thinking how to get himself out of trouble, and eventually pushes himself back into his coldly angry state in order to think clearly. He thus remembers that he was not completely in the wrong, remembers the other victims of Snape's bullying (who he had been told of previously,) and notes that his "light side" is the more selfish and cowardly state of mind.
    • In Abandon by Batsutousai, Harry and Tom Riddle fall in love and Harry and his friends joins the dark side. It is still clear that Tom is the evil one and the Death Eaters are still "the dark side", but as the story goes on Dumbledore and the light side appear more and more as manipulative bastards and the reader do not blame Harry for turning dark.
    • On a less literal level, the Houses Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw. While the Slytherins make up most of the bad guys in the actual novels, it is made quite clear that, just as not all present Slytherins are evil, the potential for assholes from the Houses that are seemingly more benevolent to exist is considerably large, and indeed a few show up, although not very prominent.
    • Dumbledore in the Lightning on the Wave's Arc Of Sacrifices series, juxtaposing Harry's Dark Is Not Evil.
    • In the Dark!Harry fic The Darkness Series Harry believes this and later exploits this: Harry uses the Conspiracy Theory that Dumbledore is the Light Lord and forcing everyone to use light spells so they will obey him to get Fudge on his side. Also Played Straight because there are several hints (such as the prophesy) that seem to suggest that Harry is the Light Lord.
    • In Heir there's Dumbledore-Leader of the Light, who has no problem with placing a child in an abusive household, using kids as pawns, or arranging for the deaths of his students.
    • This is a common element in Gray fics; while the Dark end of the magical spectrum is not shown to be all hugs and misunderstood loners who want love, the Light side is often just as bad, or a little better/worse than the dark magicals. The gray characters tend to tell both to die and generally make it happen
  • In Cornova's Poké Wars, the Big Bad is Ho-oh, who is normally seen as a benevolent force. This later merges with Dark Is Evil when it's revealed that he gained the subtype of Darkness after the Mass Super-Empowering Event that kicked off the entire series.
  • Played straight with One Less Lonely Gurl, where C'ren Bieber, a blonde girl who hates dark and 'goffik' stuff, much like a prep in My Immortal, turns out to be the Mary Sue Villain Protagonist of the fanfic.
  • Alex from Alex, as opposed to Marceline's Dark Is Not Evil.
  • The Lightning Man from Calvin & Hobbes: The Series keeps everything as brightly lit as possible.
  • Played with in Sonic X: Dark Chaos. The Angel Federation stays neutral during a brutal civil war; Jesus decides to get involved, but sends his most powerful assassin Tephiroth to investigate. Neither of them are explicitly evil though, feeding into the setting's Gray and Gray Morality.
  • Goddess Reborn Chronicle has light as not good, but lawful. It was once better-until Lucifer fell, that is. Now, it's hegemony, order, security, sameness, authority, things of that sort. Not that chaos is much better.
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