Light Is Not Good: Film

  • In For a Few Dollars More, El Indio. In some scenes he wears with white clothes, but this does not mean that he is a good person. In fact, he is an Ax-Crazy, cold-blooded maniac.
  • In Amityville: The Evil Escapes, a demon-possessed lamp is the primary antagonist.
  • While not present in the actual film (unless you count the ice and snow), the most common poster for The Thing (1982) depicts a man with a white radiance emanating from and obscuring his face, implying he was assimilated.
  • Star Wars
  • In the Masters of the Universe film when Skeletor absorbs the power of the Great Eye he transforms into a golden-armored warrior god with golden powers.
  • Immortals has as the villain Hyperion, the titan of light from Greek Mythology.
  • In The Prophecy, the allegedly good angels like Gabriel and Uriel, who express affection abundantly, love kids and can't stand to see people cry, are the villains on an anti-human crusade to destroy and rebuild heaven as it was before the creation of man. The devil has to offer his aid to the humans who end up getting involved in the war (which he does for his own ulterior reasons).
  • The main villain of the Constantine movie. While the halfblood Gabriel turned out to be the main cause of the problems, Lucifer (Satan) was dressed in an immaculate white business suit and yet was not the major villain.
    • There was that black goo clinging to his feet, though....
      • Though you can take it as a moment of fridge brilliance, since Satan was once an angel, who was cast out of Heaven. It's a fitting look for a sullied angel.
  • The escape from Crematoria scene in The Chronicles of Riddick.
  • Doctor Cocteau in Demolition Man wore conservative white robes, was a moral pillar... and responsible for releasing a psychopathic murderer in order to maintain his perfect pearl of a society.
  • The main villain in The Legend of Zorro kills people because he believes he is doing God's work, and often quotes the Bible.
  • The fundamentalist minister in Footloose although, at least in the original he's not as bad as most of the examples here being a Well-Intentioned Extremist Anti-Villain who, aside from his idee fixe about dancing is fairly reasonable.
  • In Night Watch and Day Watch, the good guys are called Night Watchers, while the bad guys are called Day Watchers. This is because the Night Watch are the side of the Light Others, whereas the Day Watch are the side of the Dark Others. The names are literal; Night Watch keeps a watch on the dark, and Day Watch keeps a watch on the light. The books and movies make it clear that when you get down to it, both sides are just people with jobs, and the Night Watch have quite their share of dicks.
  • Finding Nemo
    Marlin: "Good feeling's gone."
    • The pretty, sparkly, glowing jellyfish.
  • Toy Story 3. Sunnyside Daycare may sound like a nice place, but it's not. Even in its brightest daytime glory it is not. Also, there's the famous quote, referring to almost literal Hellfire:
    Rex: "Hey, I can see daylight! We're gonna be OK!"''
    Woody: "I don't think that's daylight..."''
  • In The Godfather Part III, the Vatican is revealed to be in cahoots with the Corleone crime family.
  • Sunshine (2007). As the Icarus II gets closer to the Sun the latter begins to take on the impression of an all-powerful god, and not a friendly one either. Several people, notably psychiatrist Searle and the Nietzsche Wannabe villain, are affected.
  • A glowing, beautiful, angelic version of Big Bad Sauron would've appeared in the climactic battle in The Movie of The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King had the design team not decided that making the omnipotent Eye corporeal would've been silly. Still, the idea of Kate Winslet as a Warhammer character would've been something.
    • Then there's Galadriel showing why giving her the One Ring would be a bad idea:
      Evil!Galadriel: And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair.
    • Saruman the White as listed in the literature section; though he isn't particularly nice looking and is surrounded by dark forces he still has quite some light related symbolism, most notable in the scenes in which Gandalf (then Gandalf the Grey) is present.
  • In Dragonheart, King Einon always dresses in white in contrast with the hero Bowen who is dressed in Black.
  • The Golden Compass seems to love this trope, to the point that Mrs Coulter (who was black haired in the books) became blonde (to which the author said: "I was clearly wrong. You sometimes are wrong about your characters. She's blonde. She has to be."), and intercision is not done with a blade as in the books, but with lasers.
  • Transformers: Soundwave's robot mode vaguely resembles an angel. His satellite mode (well, at least the toy version) also continues this theme somewhat.
    • And his car mode in Dark of the Moon as well.
  • Daybreakers: When Edward Dalton parks his car under a tree in the full heat of the day, the whole scene does a great job at equating light with fear.
  • When we are introduced to the Big Bad in Heroic Trio, he is wearing a gold, glittery outfit and is illuminated in the middle of a dark lair.
  • Hilary Faye in Saved! is a pure, virginal, devout Christian... and also a Holier Than Thou Alpha Bitch who makes the main characters' lives a living hell. In the original ending, she even pulls a Columbine on the senior prom.
  • Poltergeist - '"Don't go into the light', Carol Ann!". In this case the light is not good for Carol Ann because she is a living girl sucked into the beyond. The light however is good for the spirits hovering around there. Going into the light allows them to leave their bitterness behind.
  • Commodus, the villainous emperor in Gladiator, wears a pure white gown while battling the hero Maximus in dark armor in the final battle.
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, Lord Shen is a white peacock who is a ruthless conqueror and perfectly willing to commit genocide on the Giant Pandas to thwart a prophecy and then kill anyone in the way of his ambitions. Chillingly fitting considering that in Chinese culture, white is the color of death.
  • In a rather bizarre scene from Gordy, the villain is shown with a heavenly, golden glow around him as overlaid footage of what he believes is sabotaged clips of the title pig is being shipped off.
  • Castor and Gem in TRON: Legacy.
  • The premise of "The Darkest Hour"
  • The Sun God worshipping pagans in The Wicker Man.
  • Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Subverted in that he is also shown to be one of the few on the side of Cobra with a moral code (he doesn't kill women or children and is angry when Zartan does so, and in G.I. Joe: Retaliation he pulls a Heel-Face Turn.
  • The white-suited humans in their clean, sterile towers in Oblivion (2013) . Sure, they're more-or-less good people, but they're unwittingly maintaining the Tet's ongoing obliteration of humanity. Similarly, the shiny, white, disturbingly Trigger Happy Attack Drones.
  • In Frozen, not Elsa, as one would expect, but Hans, who not only is a beautiful subversion of the Disney Prince Charming, and is one of the very few Disney villains to not be ugly or dark, but is also throughly associated with the color white, which every single one of his outfits has to some extent.
  • Emma Frost from X-Men: First Class, (scantily) clad in white and able to turn her body into a mass of shining diamonds, but she has no discernible morals.
  • The Hunger Games: The Peacekeepers wear pristine-white helmets and armor. Capitol, the heart of the decadent Panem, is an imposing Shining City. Even the rooms in the participant's rooms have bright white crystalline lights.
    • In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, compared to District 13, the Capitol has its people dressed in bright lavish colors, the President is named after white snow and its Peacekeepers wear bone white armor, but the Capitol is anything but good.
    • In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, tellingly, President Coin's outfits grow ever lighter and less utilitarian even as she's revealed to be evil.
  • Frank Nitti, Al Capone's hired assassin from The Untouchables wears a pure white suit.
  • In Alien Abduction (2014), the presence of the aliens is marked with a blindingly bright light glaring out of the darkness in pursuit of the fleeing family.
  • The Little Mermaid: Whenever King Triton's trident glows brightly, it usually signals that something bad is about to happen, as shown when he destroys Ariel's grotto in a fit of rage and when Ursula becomes ruler of the sea. Ultimately subverted at the end, when Triton uses it to turn Ariel into a human permanently.