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[[caption-width-right:330:''[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/details.aspx?name=Lightning%20Blast Those who fear the darkness have never seen what the light can do.]]'']]

->''"Light our way!"''
-->-- '''Yuna casting Holy''', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''

Want to show how good and just your hero is? Then just use this counterpart to CastingAShadow: ''Light''! This frequently involves [[HealingHands healing]] and divine powers, although this can mean literal light as well. This may overlap with HolyHandGrenade if the powers in question are used to attack. Like most other types of elemental manipulation, the laws of physics give way to RuleOfCool. Users of light powers may be able to project HardLight or fire FrickinLaserBeams.

Light has many similarities to fire, producing both illumination and heat. Thematically, however, fire is often presented as a primal or destructive force, whereas light is a protective force that literally illuminates the darkness. In some cases, light and fire overlap and sometimes intersects with [[ShockAndAwe electricity]] as well. All three of these powers may also possess qualities of purification or total destruction, depending on the work in question. See also ThePowerOfTheSun, as, in fiction, a solar power is occasionally a mixture of the powers of fire and light.

TheHero is likely to use this, and if so, is likely to be [[PersonalityPowers a saint]]. The hero is likely to learn this from the BigGood or the TheMentor, who will be the master of this. Alternately, a work may instead use LightIsNotGood, in which case, this may be used by the villain. In that case, similar to how TheSacredDarkness illustrates a way to portray CastingAShadow in a pure and holy fashion, a villanous or "corrupt" form of light may involve such lovely things as light so bright that it burns out the victim's eyes, causes his flesh to be brutally melted off, or making his light come with [[ILoveNuclearPower other harmful radiations]] etc.

A SubTrope of ElementalPowers. Usually [[ElementalRockPaperScissors trumps]] [[CastingAShadow darkness]], though the reverse is also possible. [[MutualDisadvantage Or both, even]]. For double the fun, see YinYangBomb.

This trope is Light purely acting as its own element.

A SisterTrope to HolyHandGrenade (and overlaps when Light attacks are fueled by [[LightIsGood good]]).

Contrast with PowerOfTheVoid, CastingAShadow. Has nothing to do with Music/FallOutBoy.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Light Card in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''. She is a counter to her HalfIdenticalTwin, the Dark Card, and must be sealed along with her {{Foil}}.
* ''Manga/DNAngel'' features Dark's opposite who, in his very first appearance, uses what looks to be light-based magic. While having white wings. And glowing blond hair. Yet he is, by no definition of the word, [[LightIsNotGood good.]]
* Angemon and Angewomon of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. Angemon's "Hand of Fate" is his hand glowing with divine light which he proceeds to punch at the enemy. Angewomon has "Heaven's Charm" which works very much the same way.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
%%** Leo, the Stellar Spirit , has this as his main power. Makes sense, since the Zodiac Leo is linked with the Sun.
%%** Jellal and his Heavenly Magic.
** Sting, the White Dragon Slayer can use this as his power, although his power is actually more "[[HolyHandGrenade holy]]" than "light".
** [[spoiler: [[FutureMeScaresMe Future Rogue Cheney]] has these powers in conjecture with his [[CastingAShadow Shadow Dragonslayer]] magic to form his YinYangBomb abilities. He got them from [[PowerParasite killing the Sting of his timeline and absorbing his power]], which he tells Natsu [[MoralEventHorizon with a smile on his face]].]]
** Makarov, Laxus and Mavis are all capable of casting the light based Fairy Tail exclusive spells. [[spoiler: Cana]] eventually joins them with Fairy Glitter.
** Lucy can also [[PowerCopying use Leo's light powers]] [[HenshinHero when she uses the Leo Star Dress]].
* The closest to genuine light powers exhibited in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' (not counting [[spoiler:Father's acquired [[ThePowerOfTheSun solar powers]] when he literally ate God]]) are the ones shown by Solf J. Kimblee, the psychopathic, AxCrazy Red Lotus Alchemist. His powers are explosions of intense, white light generated by the energy of combining the symbols he has tatooed on his hands, one standing for the Sun, fire, and gold and another standing for the Moon, water, and silver. In practice, it's more like throwing around [[StuffBlowingUp magnesium on fire]] than firing lasers, but works just as lethally.
** In the 2003 anime version ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', Hohenheim was able to transmute light, creating HardLight things.
* Ripple from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' works like this. A fighting style in which a person uses breathing techniques to envelop thier bodies in sunlight energy, thus increasing the power of thier punches. It's also very useful against vampires.
* In the ''Manga/MaiHime'' manga, Haruka is given control over light with her Element and CHILD, Koumokuten.
* Throughout much of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia's'' Tooru Hagakure's Quirk seemed to simply be her body being invisible. The Provisional Hero Licensing Exam confirms that her invisibility also enables her to refract the light within her body, creating light bright enough to blind opponents. Given that Hagakure's {{invisibility}} does ''not'' extend to her clothes, this means that her power involves flashing people both literally [[InvisibleStreaker and figuratively]].
* [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Admiral]] Kizaru from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a light [[ElementalShapeshifter Logia]], which means he can turn into light to avoid damage, as well as using it offensively in the form of [[FrickinLaserBeams giant ass building destroying lasers]].
--> '''Kizaru:''' [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Have you ever been kicked at the speed of light]]?
* Kei in ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' is the knight of light. Also, Himeno, when she Prets with him, becomes, of course, Light Pretear. Her weapon is called Light Chackram.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'':
%%** In ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', Cure Lemonade controls the power of light.
%%** Cure Happy from ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' also has light as her element.
* The MorphWeapon of ''Manga/RaveMaster's'' hero Haru Glory has a light-aligned form called Million Suns.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', Minako Aino/Sailor Venus primarily uses light-based attacks. Her first attack that she uses is Crescent Beam, which is a beam of light.
* Sunny Milk, from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' official manga ''Eastern and Little Nature Deity'', has the ability to control the refraction of light. Of course, being a {{fairy}}, this is used mostly as a [[InvisibilityCloak cloaking device]] in her trio's pranks.
* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'': Being the Virgin Goddess [[VirginPower gives Artemis the power to wield sacred arms]] made of light energy; including her bow and lance. But it's implied that she lost her powers after [[spoiler: repeatedly being [[DefiledForever gang raped by Zenovia's minions]]]], as she doesn't summon them for the remainder of the series.
* ''Words Worth'': [[LadyOfBlackMagic Maria]] is the adopted princess of the Tribe of Light and [[StoryBreakerPower an extremely powerful, high level Paladin.]] Meaning, this trope is her specialty. Her most powerful spell, by far, is her signature [[CallingYourAttacks "Mystral]] [[TeleportGun Window"]], which is the light magic equivalent of [[WaveMotionGun a wave motion cannon!]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' also has Divine Energy, whose primary signature is the golden glow that surrounds a user while channeling it. According to the manga, those humans who first wielded it were the inspiration for the stories of angels.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
%%* Creator/TangentComics' version of Franchise/TheFlash used light as her power.
* {{ComicBook/The Ray}}s from Franchise/TheDCU can absorb, store, and process light, and use the energy to fly and create bursts of light. [[LegacyCharacter They're]] also capable of manipulating external light, allowing them to create illusions and even solid light constructs, and to render themselves [[{{Invisibility}} invisible]].
* Dr. Light from Franchise/TheDCU can manipulate light, originally thanks to a suit he stole, but afterwards, said ability became natural to his body. Mind you, while there is a good Dr. Light (a Japanese female scientist) in the comics, the original one was the ultimate form of LightIsNotGood, afterwards turning into a ''rapist''.
* Although ComicBook/MsMarvel was not able to do it at first, after she was experimented on by the Brood, she became capable of absorbing energy and projecting it, as well. Nowadays, being able to use photon blasts is one of Carol's signature powers. Her SpearCounterpart, the original Captain Marvel, gained the ability in a similar fashion although he had volunteered for experiments from a helpful human scientist rather than being an unwilling test subject.
* The second ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, Monica Rambeau, generates and turns into light as her main power.
* Radiance from Comicbook/TheInvaders can manipulate the light spectrum to create offensive blasts, as well as holograms and hard light constructs.
* Northstar and [[WonderTwinPowers his twin]], Aurora, from ''ComicBook/XMen'' and ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' are capable of flight and superspeed, and originally, if they came into contact with each other, they could generate bursts of light. Since then, their powers have been revamped so that the two are capable of doing so individually.
* Also, ComicBook/{{Dazzler}} of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' is able to convert sound into light for various purposes, including FrickinLaserBeams, holographic images, and blinding flashes of light.
* Tandy Bowen (Dagger of Comicbook/CloakAndDagger) is capable of creating daggers made of light for offensive purposes and can even purge addictions from people. Dagger also uses these light daggers to satiate her partner Cloak's hunger for light when he uses his TeleportCloak.
* ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' gives us the light-powered Majesdanians, who look [[HumanAliens exactly like humans]] when powered-down (or when they're wearing a certain type of metal), but look like rainbows in their natural state.
* The whole Franchise/GreenLantern franchise is more or less based on this, with various factions being able to manipulate light of different colours of the emotional spectrum.
* On that note, ''Big Bang Comics'' features the Beacons, CaptainErsatz versions of the Green Lanterns whose powers are even more directly light-based -- different colored beams of light from their prisms have different effects. The Golden Age Beacon had his prism in a mining cap, even.
* Snowflame from ''ComicBook/TheNewGuardians'', who can generate light and white flames... from ''cocaine overdose''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The MagicKnight, dwarven, noble protagonist in ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns''. While he is a GuileHero, he fulfills the necessary good/heroic requisites. The fact that he can cast a white battle aura which can get bright enough to illuminate corridors perfectly is just a side effect of the fact that [[spoiler:he can never really control the tear in the Veil he has anchored in his body, with said light being just extra magical power that automatically takes the shape of the Spirit of Honor, the DN's not-spirit-advisor, when he uses magic to perform extra-badass feats.]]
* Thanks to a light spell he learned early on, Paul in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' and ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' can make part or all of his body glow via his hair, teeth, and nails. This proves to be extremely useful and is the power he uses the most after his invulnerability. Once, in a rage, he generated some kind of laser blast from his fingernails. When [[DeadlyUpgrade at high strength]], he can pump extra power into the light, to the point where he literally explodes. (In ''Keys'' he discovered that he could also do this at "low" strength and generate a lot of heat, though he didn't explode.)
* The character Helen Bennett has the power of light in the ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8751000/1/Guardian-of-Light Guardian of Light]]''. Her name also means 'light'.
* The party's resident [[TheMedic priest]] in ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorldSoldiersOfFortune'' proceeds to do this with a powerful healing spell that simultaneously hurts anything demonic during the Geffen Ten Guilds Raid. He repeats this with an exorcism spell, though it also has the unfortunate side effect of destroying anything desecrated - including unholy ground beneath their feet.
* ''Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm'': Sailor Mercury suspects that Lightstorm was like this before he lost his powers. Assuming his name is more literal than metaphorical, this would seemingly indicate a light-based powerset. Lightstorm himself refuses to confirm or deny this speculation.

* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' - this seems to be Gandalf's main attribute [[note]]more than in the books[[/note]]. He can conjure a shield of light, enhance the sunrise to disrupt the Uruk-hai, and use white light to drive away the Nazgûl.
** Further shown in ''Film/TheHobbit'' trilogy, particularly in [[spoiler:his battle with Sauron]], where he conjures protective light fields.
* ''Film/{{Stardust}}'''s anthropomorphic star can [[CaptainObvious shine]]. Quite useful when [[spoiler:lit up to full power in the witch's abode]].
* In the movie adaptation of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Groot is capable of releasing spores and flowers glowing in a bright golden light, which he uses to illuminate the darkness.
** In the sequel Ego has more obvious light-based powers, a blue energy he describes as "light" when talking to Peter. However, unlike Groot he is [[spoiler:[[LightIsNotGood evil]].]]
* In ''Film/HellraiserBloodline'' a MagicVersusScience version of this is employed. The iconic [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Pinhead]] is destroyed by a brilliant 22nd Century scientist who summons him to a space station that is designed to harness the PowerOfTheSun to create an intricate pattern of light that consumes even the ruler of {{Hell}}.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', light seems to be general anathema to Dark Magic, as the Witch Queen dwells in darkness and is physically repulsed by light, while Belial's teleporters work only in shadows. Kaulder exploits this in his final fight against the Queen.

* Creator/StephenKing's universe has a spell called Dead Lights, which is basically summoning intense orange light from the macroverse. This light is [[LightIsNotGood an evil spell]], capable of causing insanity and death in the victim if it stares at it. They are used by the [[EvilSorcerer Crimson King]] in ''Literature/DarkTower'' [[spoiler:and are the true form of [[Literature/{{It}} Pennywise]]]].
* Kendra, from ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'', glows - blindingly - to most mythical creatures, after [[spoiler: becoming Fairykind]] in the third book. She also takes possession of a talisman of light, which casts a large umbrella of light around her and her friends as they go to do what they do best - fight evil.
* Sam from the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series seems to have the power of light. When not using it [[FrickinLaserBeams offensively]], he can use it to provide light. Bette was also able to make her hands glow, [[spoiler: until Orc killed her.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' gives us the Patronus Charm. Used to great effect in the movies. As well as the Lumos charm and subsequent derivations.
** The film version of the first book has Hermione casting a spell to replicate sunlight to drive off the Devil's Snare.
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', only good guys can cast the light spell. It is not very powerful, but very useful for establishing yourself.
* In the second arc of ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheNobleDead'', the sage Wynn wields a magical staff that generates sunlight, which is capable of destroying the undead.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has the priestess of the Fire God, though [[CrapsackWorld of course]] LightIsNotGood is very much in effect. Interestingly this is also the source of her [[CastingAShadow ability to birth shadow monsters]], [[FridgeLogic since shadows can't exist without light to cast them.]]
* Zeddicus from ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' makes light "webs" (spells) these are epically destructive often manifesting in the form of large explosions.
* Gandalf in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' claims at the bridge in Moria to be "servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the Flame of Anor." Anyone who's read the ''Silmarillion'' knows he's essentially saying "I'm an Angel of God. Mess with ''me'', and I'll drop ''sunfire'' on you."
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', it seemed to have been the main power of the Vala [[StarPower Varda]], and to a lesser extent shown by Morgoth (in his earlier days, his eyes emitted a light that drove Maiar insane). The two trees of Valinor emitted a strong light, and afterwards the Sun and Moon were made from what was left of them, which became property of [[ThePowerOfTheSun Ariën]] and [[{{Lunacy}} Tilion]], respectively. Part of their light was also encased in the titular Silmarils, giving them HolyBurnsEvil properties but also making them [[ArtifactOfAttraction Artifacts of Attraction]].
* Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageknight: This is Syndil's awakening. [[spoiler: Ironic in that he betrays the Order of the Light.]]
* Alice in ''Literature/TheMagicians'' specializes in phosphoromancy, a magical discipline focused around the manipulation of light. You know how kids will burn ants with a magnifying glass? She creates a magical "lens" a mile wide to focus sunlight into FrickinLaserBeams.
* "Literature/ClockpunkAndTheVitalizer" has Purple Quetzal, whose main power is light control/manipulation. It ends up not being displayed, however.
* In ''Literature/SmokeAndShadows'', the heroes call upon "The Light of Yeramathia" to destroy the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Shadowlord]].
* In Literature/TheZombieKnight, Harper has the power of light alteration.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', while only two of the ten Orders of Knights Radiant had power over literal light, all use the titular Stormlight as the fuel for their powers. The aforementioned two orders, Lightweavers and Truthwatchers, can use light to craft illusions.
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', the ''Fiat Lux'' spell is basically a weaponized light burst, and is an almost SignatureMove of the main character.
* Everyone who lives in ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'''s Paradise can generate light relative to their proximity to God. It doesn't take long before the saints are so bright they resemble dancing fires and wheeling flames.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'''s Shining Form, as the name suggests.
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'''s Lion Medal allows him to shine a blinding light.
* Lexa Pierce of ''Series/MutantX'' manipulates light to blind her foes, generate lasers, and even become invisible.
* Castiel, an angel from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', generates white holy light to burn out his enemy's eyes (and brains).
* ''Series/{{Powers}}'': Zora has the ability to shape light, mainly by creating a number of purple-ish cubes. This also [[{{flight}} allows her to fly]] somehow.

* DJ the S' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u1oFz2YEv8 Disciple of the Light]]" is a compilation remix of Light-based themes from video games.
* The Rammstein song "Sonne" is supposedly about a boxer friend of the band's nicknamed "Der Sonne" (The Sun). Some lines in the song roughly translate to light shining from Der Sonne's hands that can burn and blind you, and when the light breaks out of his fists, it hits you hotly in the face, hard in the chest, causes a loss of balance, knocks you to the ground, and that the world will then loudly count to ten, implying Der Sonne had KO'ed his opponent. It's a more [[TrueNeutral neutral]] take on this trope.

* Most solar deities, but several mythologies have deities specifically associated with light:
** Apollo, Hyperion/Theia and Aether/Hemera from Myth/ClassicalMythology
** Dagr, Freyr and Baldr from Myth/NorseMythology
** Endovelicus from Myth/LusitanianMythology
** [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] from [[Literature/TheBible Christian Mythology]] (given the origins of his name, also Myth/ClassicalMythology and Myth/HebrewMythology)
* Pretty much ''everyone'' according to UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}}; humans are shards of light trapped in human flesh that can reach their powers via enlightment, the Aeons live in greater realms of light, and even the [[GodIsEvil Yaldabaoth]] and his servants, in spite of traditional metaphors as "darkness", appearently are still capable of light powers, with the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Archons]] Iao and Adonaios being associated with the Sun and Jupiter and the archon Horaios having a name that means "light".

* Podcast/DiceFunk: Anne is a cleric, so most of her abilities utilize radiant light, including Sacred Flame, Warding Flare, and Radiance Of The Dawn.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Most good Clerics and Paladins in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' live and breathe this trope, and the game also has spells such as Searing Light, Sunbeam, and Sunburst, as well as the various Prismatic spells.
** 4th Edition introduced the Radiant damage type, which is mostly wielded by the divine classes.
* ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' has the Celestial Song of Light, which creates a supernatural laser beam.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** Many (or possibly all, depending on how loosely you define this trope) White spells fall into this. The trope picture is the artwork of the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Handlers/Image.ashx?multiverseid=129808&type=card Wrath of God card]].
** Red also has a few spells that involve using light beams, such as the iconic [[http://magiccards.info/cmd/en/116.html Cleansing Beam]]. Like most Red spells, they are extremely aggressive in nature, their purpose being to burn the enemies. White, [[LightIsNotGood of course]], still has similar spells, but they usually [[ThePowerOfTheVoid erase the victim completely]] instead of simply burning it alive.
*** [[http://magiccards.info/eve/en/60.html Puncture Blast]] in particular is interesting because flavorwise it seems to illustrate the "corrupted light" concept mentioned previously (the mechanic "wither" is basically flavored as, well, withering).
** Dromoka and her draconic brood from ''Dragons Of Tarkir'' have a ray of searing light for their BreathWeapon.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', being comic books incarnate, has Light Control as a power, and it has plenty of sub-powers available.
* The Light Wizards of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' Fantasy use, live by, and ARE this trope. Their Light-related magic has many purposes: Daemon Fighting, Healing of the Soul and Body, and Illumination of the Mind and Darkness.
* Light is one Attribute of monster in the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game, and most monsters of the Attribute seem benign (most Fairy-Type Monsters are Light, for example)... But not all of them. LightIsNotGood occasionally applies with a few archetypes of monsters, such as the Fiend-Type Fableds and the Lovecraftian-looking Arcana Force monsters.
* The TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}, in particular those of the Celestial variety, all begin to glow when they start throwing their powers around. While they do have plenty of benign powers, they were created to fight the creators of the universe...
** The Solar Exalted, unsurprisingly, have a fair bit of light imagery - they [[PowerGlows glow like the sun]] when they exert themselves and have plenty of other light-based tricks. Their Hellish mirrors, the Green Sun Princes, have access to a few effects based on the [[SicklyGreenGlow Green Sun of Hell]].
** More literally, there are two Adamant Circle spells; ''Cleansing Solar Flames'', which burns every "creature of darkness" within several miles, and ''Light of Solar Cleansing'', which restores Shadowlands to normality by severing their connection to the Underworld.

* The Light element in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', including Takanuva, Toa Of Light.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Mildred, the final boss in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart's'' story mode, uses light-based attacks (as well as light-based versions of [[SuperpowerLottery everyone else's Arcana]]).
** In the sequels, she appears as an arcana, adding light-based projectiles to a character's moveset when chosen.
* In ''Videogame/BattleForWesnoth'', Mages that advance to White Mages (and potentially later Mages of Light) swap their original fire-based ranged attack for a literal "lightbeam" that does [[PureMagic arcane]] damage instead and is correspondingly effective against, for example, the undead. They also acquire healing powers to go with the theme.
* [[LightIsNotGood Angels and Lumen Sages]] in ''Videogame/{{Bayonetta}}''.
* Lao from ''VideoGame/{{Bujingai}}'' can cast two light-related spells, the ''Ryuuseiken'' (Meteor Strike), which is a volley of [[BeamSpam light arrows]], and the ''Tenseiken'' (Heavenly Star Strike), which is the UpToEleven version combined with DeathFromAbove.
* Aurora, the titular ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'' has Light-elemental magic in the form of Starlight and Light Ray. The former has less cast time and mana cost while the latter is stronger with a chance to [[OneHitKill instantly kill]]. Both spells are effective against Dark-aligned foes. [[FairyCompanion Igniculus]] can also [[BlindedByTheLight blind enemies with flashes]], and any party member can also use [[PowerCrystal citrine oculi]] to infuse melee attacks with Light damage.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' - [[TheHero Crono]] has Heaven-elemental powers in the original Japanese version and Light-elemental in the DS version. [[note]]Although they're Lightning-elemental in the English version for SNES.[[/note]]
** ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' had the White element, which included light beams as well as [[HolyHandGrenade heavenly objects]] such as comets. Like Crono above, [[TheHero Serge]] himself is a White-innate.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' gives us the Legacy Chain, a law-minded group of mystics who give low-level villains trouble by shooting them with light.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dominions}}'' uses the path of astral magic, which is described as raw, unrefined magic derived from the celestial bodies.
* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', Ness has access to PSI Flash, which emits a bright flash of light that may OneHitKill enemies. Lucas can learn it in ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', but it's less effective.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** The Holy/Pearl/Fade/whatever line of magic is often the strongest offensive light-element magic of its type.
*** Relatedly, Dia and its upgrades, previously called Harm, is represented in remakes of ''FFI'' by cathedraling shafts of light from the heavens.
** Continuing into ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' and it's sequel with the The Warrior of Light, Prishe, Kuja, and Aerith all specialize in holy and light based magic, while Cecil is a YinYangBomb
** Yuna from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' actually says "Light our way" when she casts Holy for first time.
** The summon Ultima from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', and Alexander from other games.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Ashe's]] [[LimitBreak Quickenings]] are all Holy/Light based (with some ShockAndAwe too), and the second one - Heaven's Wrath - actually manifests as a giant ball of Holy/Light energy.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' has Light as one of three magic types; it's strong against Dark magic and weak against Anima (and [[PlayingWithFire its]] [[ShockAndAwe three]] [[BlowYouAway sub-types]] by association) magic. While it is the weakest of the three types in regards to raw power (with the exception of the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' games, where it is stronger than Anima and on the same level as Dark), Light tomes weigh the lightest, which allows for priests and other mages to hit twice from the get-go. Many priests and promoted clerics (both start out only wielding Light magic or healing) also tend to have better skill growths compared to mages and shamans/dark mages, so Light magic garners ''plenty'' of critical hits. (Lucius from ''Blazing Sword'' is especially good in these regards). In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', Light magic is also super-effective against the monsters that the heroes must fight - even more so when wielded by a Bishop, thanks to the class's skill Slayer.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' has a sword whose special attack consists of striking the enemy with rays of light (complete with LensFlare).
** [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn The third game]] ends with light being released unto the world as its own element to counter [[CastingAShadow darkness]].]]
* Cindel in ''VideoGame/JaysJourney'', though her skills overlap with HolyHandGrenade.
* In the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, it's common for the main heroes (Sora, Roxas, Xion, King Mickey, Aqua, and Ven) to have a tendency towards Light based attacks as their signature moves. The three exceptions are CastingAShadow (Riku, Terra) and PlayingWithFire ([[spoiler:[=Axel/Lea=]]]) instead.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Lux (who actually says this trope) and Leona both use light - Leona uses [[ThePowerOfTheSun sunlight]] specifically, while Lux uses light in general. Both have an emphasis on protecting their allies and hindering enemies, although they do it in different ways.
* Light is one of the elements from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''. The users are Shana and Miranda. Furthermore, only a tiny number of monsters have this element.
* From ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' on, the series often has light arrows as a requirement to defeat the FinalBoss. They are wielded by Zelda in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', while Link wields them in ''Ocarina of Time'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'', and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''.
** Light is a weapon element in HyruleWarriors, which causes the warrior's power to rise when attacking various enemies at once. It's used in both Link's sword and Horse, Zelda's rapier and Fi's blade. The Light Arrows also make an appearance as a pickup that temporarily enhances the bow and arrow subweapon.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' has the 'Divine' damage type, which is manifested on weapons as a yellow-white glow as opposed to normal red-orange flames for Fire. Curiously, [[LightIsNotGood evil characters are just as likely to get weapons that deal Divine damage]].
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' - Flash Man and Bright Man. Their weapons don't actually control light, though, instead settling on stopping time. Meanwhile, Gemini Man uses HardLight and FrickinLaserBeams.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': Optic Sunflower from ''X8'', who attacks with ''lots'' of laser-based moves, and Shining Firefly/Izzy Glow from ''X5'', who attacks with a huge laser. To a lesser extent are Sting Chameleon from ''X'' and Neon Tiger from ''X3'', who use optical lasers and ray sparks/laser claws respectively.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' Amaterasu can make the sun appear in the sky and change night to day. She is, after all, the sun goddess. [[spoiler:She is also weakened during the eclipse at the end of the game.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}} 3'' and 4, the Light element appears. In the third, it's linked to the [[DualWielding Tenso swords]] and consist in an extremely fast, multiple slashing attack. In the sequel, Light magic releases a stunning flash of light followed by a BeamSpam attack.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', surprisingly, does ''not'' have a specific "Light" typing in its wide-ranging ElementalRockPaperScissors system, though the [[PsychicPowers Psychic]] and [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairy]] types seem to be stand-ins for light. Psychic has Pokémon like [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Jirachi]] and Espeon who is opposite the Dark Umbreon and can use sunlight to heal itself in battle; and Fairy has a few light-based attacks and is super effective against Dark types. As of Generation VI, the angelic Gardevoir is both Psychic and Fairy type.
** [[OlympusMons Latios and Latias]] can both reflect light to change their appearance and become invisible. Latios also has the SecretArt Luster Purge, which is either a damaging burst of light (games) or a laser beam (anime).
** Solgaleo and Lunala both have control over light. Solgaleo is able to emit light through its Radiant Sun phase, and Lunala absorbs it to glow brightly in its Full Moon phase; both phases are activated when the duo use their {{Secret Art}}s. Their relative, Necrozma, is an all-black prism that not only absorbs and refracts light as deadly lasers, but can also absorb the two to take on glowing {{Super Mode}}s.
*** Necrozma in general is the purest form of this trope in the franchise. Notably, it can absorb light in such quantities as to plunge places into eternal darkness (such as Ultra Megalopolis) and if given an Ultranecrozium-Z while absorbing Solgaleo or Lunala turns into its true form, a gigantic light dragon. It also has an exclusive Z-Move, Light that Burns the Sky, in which it absorbs all the light in the battlefield and concentrates it into a [[KamehameHadoken massive energy ball]] which it then throws at the opponent to essentially [[FantasticNuke nuke it]]. According to the lore, it used to be a benevolent bringer of light, until the residents of Ultra Megalopolis tried to control it, injuring it in the process.
** In addition, there are a few moves that are based around weaponizing light:
*** The Normal-type Flash is used to blind the opponent/light up dark passages in the field.
*** Lots of [[ShockAndAwe Electric-type moves]] also have lots of flashing effects. Even Thunder, which is actually more lightning.
*** Solarbeam, a Grass-type move. And it's more efficient with Sunny Day, a [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Fire-type move]].
*** Flash Cannon, one of the very few [[DamageTyping Special]] [[ExtraOreDinary Steel-typed attacks]] in the series. Jirachi's SignatureMove Doom Desire is similarly stated to involve concentrated sunlight.
*** A number of Bug-type moves involve bioluminescence, and Bug-type attacks are [[ElementalRockPaperScissors super effective]] against Dark types.
*** Necrozma's SecretArt, Prismatic Laser, prompts it to absorb light and refract it as a shower of dangerous laser blasts. [[AwesomeButImpractical It's even stronger than Hyper Beam, but shares the same drawback of requiring a turn to recharge]]. It also gets Photon Geyser, a light bomb attack that's physical or special depending on which attacking stat is higher.
* Yfus and Santes in ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction'' use Divine spells, only a few of which are [[HolyHandGrenade Holy Hand Grenades]]. Tehgonan can also manipulate literal light.
* One character in each ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' game wields the Light-element. In the first game, it's the love interest; in the second game, it's the main character's cousin; and in the third game...it's a [[HighlyVisibleNinja Highly Visible]] McNinja.
* Expel/light spells from the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series, which are OneHitKill attacks.
** Additionally, all humans or demons in human bodies are innately immune to light. Interestingly enough expel originally did damage and were usually the strongest spells available to the player, though very few games adopt this method.
** While ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' makes use of the aforementioned Hama line of "Expel" spells, it also provides a damaging option in the Kouha line.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' - Zelda/Sheik's Final Smash is the Light Arrow, which comes from the arrows used to beat Ganon.
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** The [[LightIsNotGood main villain]] of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' casts light magic and has a strong resistance to your own light spells, as do several of his associates and minions. Collete and Raine's offensive spells are also light-based.
** Ange Serena in ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence'' and Shing Meteoryte in ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts''. For summons, Luna and Aska in ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' and ''Symphonia'', or Rem in most other games with a Light spirit.
** [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Estelle]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' and in the [=PS3=] version, [[ThePaladin Flynn]].
** Cheria Barnes and Richard in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''. While the game lacks the standard elemental classifications for magic, they utilize spells that are of the light element in the other games, such as Holy Lance and Indignation. Also, Sophie has a definite light theme to her attacks, with the word "photonic" coming up a lot in her arte descriptions.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' takes a different approach with this trope - Similar to every game, there are indeed light spells like Ray, Brilliant Lance, and Judgment, but there is no actual "light" element in the game - instead, all "light" spells are actually considered "Sea". While kind of weird sounding, it makes sense when the player realizes that the ocean is considered holy in the game world - and that by extension, [[MakingASplash Water]] elemental spells such as Spread, Aqua Laser, Malestrom, and Tidal Wave are ''also'' this!
** Light is the element of the Sixth [[MagicByAnyOtherName Fonon]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. Its collective sentience is the aforementioned Rem.
* Lyla in ''[[VideoGame/VisionsAndVoices Visions & Voices]]''. The Wanderer can switch between light and dark skills using a skill called "Reverse Polarity", as well.
* The Crack The Sky item in ''Videogame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' causes a few pillars of light to appear that do significant damage. The item Holy Light causes [[AbnormalAmmo Isaac's tears]] to have a chance of spawning these wherever they hit with damage to match.
** In his last form, [[spoiler:Isaac's boss encounter]] can use Crack The Sky on a [[BeamSpam massive]] scale.
* ''Videogame/{{Warcraft}}'' has Holy Light, which heals the living and [[ReviveKillsZombie hurts the undead]].
* Wisp magic in the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series is light-elemental. It also includes healing.
* ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has both paladins and priests, who can use Holy spells to both heal allies and damage opponents. Discipline priests can actually heal people by [[http://cata.wowhead.com/spell=585 smiting]] their enemies. Officially, this isn't always drawn from light - for example, Tauren paladins draw their power [[ThePowerOfTheSun from the sun]], while night elf priests draw it from the moon. Visually, though, it always looks like light, and several races do draw it from the Holy Light.
* In the RealTimeStrategy ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'', the [[AncientAstronauts Masari]] has the ability to [[YinYangBomb switch between Light and Dark at will]]. Light is mainly focused on offensive capabilities, granting units slow but hard hitting attacks that cause additional [[KillItWithFire burn damage]]. The [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Matter Controller]] also charges up and fires Burning Wrath, a blazing PillarOfLight that shoots out from the ground beneath and functions exactly the same way as the American Particle Cannon in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals''. Pursuing the Light Matter branch further improves your army's offensive capabilities in Light mode but [[CripplingOverspecialization risks turning them]] into a GlassCannon due to vulnerability to hazards such as radiation and computer viruses. Light seems to represent [[LawfulGood justice]], violence and [[HotBlooded hot-bloodedness]], as evident by the Light Matter branch hero [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Lord Charos]], a BoisterousBruiser BloodKnight who charges into battle with a {{BFS}} and is willing to fight to the death.
* In ''Videogame/InFamousSecondSon'', Delsin can gain access to Neon and Video-based powers after defeating and absorbing them from other Conduits. Neon powers lets him fire precise blasts similar a sniper rifle and lets him run up walls while Video lets him fire a constant stream of light blasts and can give him [[PowerGivesYouWings wings for limited flight]].
* Videogame/DragonsDogma has Light as one of the elements of magic one can use. This can range from Anodyne (a healing spell which heals characters, but only by a grey bar leftover from damage) to Holy Boon (which enchants an ally's weapons with Light, enhancing their ability to fight undead and other enemies weak to Light) and even a flare spell used by Magick Archers to produce a useful source of light. (which has the added bonus to deal decent damage to groups of undead). Light is represented by the colour pink for skill icons.
* This is one of the ElementalPowers in ''VideoGame/TelepathRPG'', though it's stressed that it is purely ''literal'' light, no metaphysical baggage attached. This doesn't stop [[FinalBoss Nelis]] from using the romantically-titled "Holy Blast".
** In ''VideoGame/TelepathRPGServantsOfGod'', Luca can learn Light Blast if you tell her to [[spoiler:murder civilians, thus convincing her that she's an angel of destruction]]. Fittingly, [[TheFundamentalist Cygnus]]' abilities have a light aesthetic as well.
** In the campaign of ''VideoGame/TelepathTactics'', the Mechanics use photokineticists as their psy fighters of choice. (This might be a CallBack to their use of energy golems in the first game.) One of your party members, Farasat, is a photokineticist himself.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** The Restoration school of magic, which generally focuses on [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin healing spells]], has a few offensive spells specifically designed for to harm undead, which includes [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]]. These spells mostly take the form of balls and auras of light.
** Magnus is the God of Magic and is heavily associated with light. Magnus served as the architect for Mundus, the mortal plane, but realized that in order to create it, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedra]] would have to make great sacrifices and would become forever bound to the world he was designing. Thus, he abandoned the project, and, along with the Magna-Ge, fled to Aetherius (the "Immortal Plane" and realm of magic) which formed the sun and stars in the process. Through them, magic and light flow into Mundus from Aetherius. To the ancient [[OurElvesAreBetter Ayleids]], he was actually called "[[RedBaron The God of Sight, Light, and Insight]]".

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' - Angels have an affinity for light magic. They're not actually divine, holy, or [[LightIsNotGood particularly good]], mind.
* Lightbringer from ''Webcomic/{{Lightbringer}}'', who uses his hard-light and photon-manipulation abilities to fight the good fight in Pharos City.
* ''Webcomic/M9Girls'': Karla's [[ElementalPowers elemental power]] is the ability to control light, which allows her to produce colorful bursts of sparkles. This also explains her {{Invisibility}}.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', [[NewMeat Daryl]] is a brand-new Pacificator of Light. Users of light are generally considered to be weak, however ("feeblers"). So far, we've seen three different kinds of uses for light: Daryl, with her [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators/PacificatorsVol3Chapter01n032Coursepr.jpg simple flare trick]], Osiris with [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators/PacificatorsVol3Chapter03n147coarse.jpg his power of reflection]], and Aphrodite with [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators/PacificatorsVol3Chapter03n117coarse.jpg her power of cloaking]]. [[spoiler: There is also a fourth kind, which [[ThePowerOfTheSun Daryl recently became the first person to ever discover.]]]]
* Ell from ''Webcomic/WhatsShakin'' is the main healer of the group.
* [[NonIndicativeName Despite its name]], the Light Aspect in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' is primarily associated with fortune and information, rather than actual light. Instead, that role goes to Hope, which is also heavily associated with [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]]. However, Rose, the Seer of Light, does as a [[spoiler:god tier]] make use of [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=009172 occasional light spells]].
* Mr Spender from ''{{Webcomic/Paranatural}}'' uses this as his main power, not only in battle but also to [[MundaneUtility turn off lights or illustrate a point.]]
* Anpu of ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' can summon giant bursts of light to use as flashbangs to cover his and Edith's escape.
* ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'': Hyperion, a God of Light, and one of the main characters, can use light magic, although due to magical restrictions of some kind, he is usually stuck as a sort of magical MissionControl to the others, unable to help them with his light magic directly.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* From the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Neon, Strobe, Spectrum, Photon, Allustria, Fireworks, Peter Pan, Solar, Sunspot, Eclipse (who can also manipulate darkness), Dagger, Tinkerbell, Independence, Blue, Rave, Rainbow, Senhora Luz Solar, North Star, Shining Dawn, Brightstar, Eclat ("Burst" in French), Iris, Ushas, Moonshadow (who, like Eclipse, can also manipulate darkness), Tecza ("Rainbow" in Polish), Prezma ("Prism" in Russian), Ion, and Radian can all generate, control, and manipulate light in various ways.
* In ''VideoGame/TodayIDie'', the protagonist uses light to progress through the story.
* ''{{Website/Neopets}}''' elemental system includes light - light-based weapons, Light faeries, etc.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** Beacon can blast sunlight from his hands. He's on a team that hunt creatures of the night.
** Also, Prism, who may be known more for his healing powers, but who can also fire energy blasts and is definitely [[ThePowerOfTheSun solar-powered]]. Well, he ''is'' the avatar of [[Myth/GreekMythology Apollo]]...
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has a few characters who use weaponized light. Most of the members of New Wave have some form of light based abilities, as does Purity, [[LightIsNotGood a neo-nazi supervillain]].
** There's the very creative use of short-distance time portals the indian villain Phir Sē does: two linked portals, one slightly further in the past than the other. Then he takes advantage of the paradox-free nature of his power to loop the same photons over and over, until he has what he calls a [[IncrediblyLamePun time bomb]] with light brightly streaming between the two portals in preparation for Behemoth's attack. Said attack, charged up for a few hours, was said to be able to level the whole indian subcontinent. He had to cancel a previous attempt because he was getting too tired, and such attack he charged up for THREE DAYS.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Bill has powers over light, namely his Light Beam attack.
** Koden's Power Flash move, which involves him turning into a ball of light.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Vladmare has a rather slow move where he connects an orange, blue, and green rope of light from his sword to his target, destroying their spirit in an instant.
** Eleenin has some light-based powers, but rarely uses them for combat.
** Drake can fire [[KamehameHadoken a massive beam of light]] by making more complex runes.
** Keedran has holy magic (such as arrows of light) [[YinYangBomb in addition]] to [[CastingAShadow dark magic]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', light is more of a concept than an element, largely expressed in the form of [[SoulPower energybending]]. In the latter's Book 2, Raava, the spirit of light, is introduced - though she rarely displays actual photokinesis -, and in the finale [[spoiler:Jinora acquires light powers as well]]. Strangely, the villains, which supposedly stand for [[DarkIsEvil darkness]], can make use of light powers, Unalaq basically infusing water with light energy and Vaatu firing violet beams of light.
* Sunburn from ''WesternAnimation/{{Happily Ever After}}''; as the name implies, she can control [[ThePowerOfTheSun sunlight]]. Interestingly, she fits the [[PlayingWithFire fire archetype]] very closely, being HotBlooded, very easy to piss off and having red skin, unlike the usual "pretty and divine" light-themed characters.
* The Gems in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are essentially light elementals, their bodies made of HardLight (sans GemHeart). They do frequently use their gems as flashlights and produce blinding flashes, but the most direct example are the [[BigBad Dia]][[LightIsNotGood monds]], which can cause a blinding white light that [[spoiler:corrupts other Gems]].
* Almost all {{unicorn}} characters in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' have demonstrated the capacity of generating light with their horns at some point.
** Special points go to [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]], when she and her friends embody the Elements of Harmony.
** The [[PhysicalGod god-princesses]] Celestia and Luna command the Sun and the Moon respectively, so they most likely have this power as well, potentially considerably magnified. Celestia actually gets to demonstrate it in the Season 2 finale. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the villain she was trying to blast was boosted up on [[ThePowerOfLove stolen love power]] and won the BeamOWar duel.]]
** In "Boast Busters", Trixie showcases the ability to manipulate an actual rainbow.
** Sunset Shimmer's power set is normally PlayingWithFire, [[spoiler:but her AllYourPowersCombined form in ''Friendship Games'' trades that for lots and lots of golden light effects (which makes a bit of sense, given she was Princess Celestia's student).]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Doctor Light. Actually manages to be more powerful than the Teen Titans themselves during his debut episode, except for [[CastingAShadow Raven]], who traumatizes him to the point that, by merely showing up, she defeats him instantly.
** This becomes a BrickJoke later on.
-->'''Raven''': Remember me?
-->'''Dr. Light''': (''weakly'') I'd like to go to jail now, please...
** And it's even worse for the poor sap in his last appearance in the series, when he decides to commit a crime in broad daylight while ''every Teen Titan in existence is in Jump City,'' having just defeated the Brotherhood of Evil. It's just too bad we never find out how ''that'' turns out.
* Stella from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' gets her powers from the Sun (mostly) and the Moon, and her attacks consist of casting beams of light. She can also concentrate her energy to make herself glow brightly in dark places. Stella can create streaks of solar energy and is able to create explosions of sunlight that can leave the opponent temporarily blind. She can shape sunlight into barriers and shields, which is extremely useful. She can conjure light in any area, no matter how dark.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[AtomicHate Nuclear weapons]] can be seen like this. Light is just another form of radiation, after all.
* Bioluminescent organisms produce their own light.
* Half the effect of a "Flashbang" stun grenade works like this.