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This is a character contrast trope. Both female characters are decidedly feminine, but in different ways. The light is generally angelic and feels love, whereas the dark is generally devilish and plays with desire. The light is usually sweet and na´ve, whereas the dark is usually aloof and brooding. Either type can be the girly girl portrayed in the TomboyAndGirlyGirl contrast. When a love interest is involved, it's likely to lead to a BettyAndVeronica love triangle: Betty being the Light feminine, and Veronica being the Dark feminine.

As with any [[DuoTropes two character trope]], the two characters have to have some sort of relationship with each other, be it friends, family, love interests, or rivals for a love interest, so the two characters can be playing the traits directly off each other.

The dark feminine character is not a villain or a [[MadonnaWhoreComplex whore]] but half of a good girl, bad girl or naughty and nice pair. Remember DarkIsNotEvil.

Compare the innocent child and the seductress of TheThreeFacesOfEve as well as the sweet-na´ve one and sexy one of the FourGirlEnsemble. The [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] is NobleMaleRoguishMale. With a duo consisting of a MagicalGirl and a DarkMagicalGirl, in general, the MagicalGirl is Light Feminine and the DarkMagicalGirl is Dark Feminine.

Not to be confused with PaleFemalesDarkMales.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Rangiku and Momo's zanpakutos also fit in the trope. Haineko is a CatGirl [[TheTease Tease]] and interested in fashion, boys and her looks; by contrast, Tobiume is very cute and ladylike looking and refers to herself as a YamatoNadeshiko (though technically, she's more of a {{Tsundere}}), as well as [[CovertPervert less open]] about her own share of fangirlism.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has the happy, friendly Ran as the light and the BrokenBird Haibara as the dark (the former being the subject of Shinichi's SingleTargetSexuality and the second being implied to have strong feelings for him.)
** Yukiko Kudo and Sharon Vineyard aka Vermouth. Yukiko is Shinichi's kind and beautiful mother who is also kind of a wo{{man child}} sometimes, and Sharon is her long-time friend and quite the dangerous FemmeFatale/DarkActionGirl.
* EarlCain's sweet, energetic, [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious]] but utterly good-hearted blonde baby sister Meriweather and [[{{Yandere}} jealous]], {{Trickster}}-ish, spider-controlling auburn-haired... ''[[CloningBlues some]][[StalkerWithACrush thing]]'' Mikaela vie for his attention through much of the {{Godchild}} arc. They even dress in clothes that resemble [[{{UsefulNotes/LolitaFashion}} Sweet and Gothic Lolita]], respectively.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'':
** In the manga version, the kind and sweet YamatoNadeshiko Tohru Honda is the Light to the sexy BrokenBird Rin Sohma's Dark.
** There's Tohru's friends, Uotani (a tall, blonde, outgoing, tough former gangster) and Hanajima (a PerkyGoth who's frail and tends to creepily threaten people with her psychic powers, if they upset Tohru).
** Later in the manga, we also get sweet, happy Tohru and the depressed, broken [[spoiler: Akito, a much abused young woman and who keeps the Sohma clan's reins through fear and anger (and sometimes sex, in the case of Kureno and Shigure). Tohru then helps the Sohmas through her issues, thus she becomes Akito's target... and she ultimately manages to reach for ''her'' too.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** There's one female in each group of eight - ActionGirl Riza Hawkeye as Light Feminine, TheVamp Lust as Dark Feminine.
** During the latter parts of the series, on the heroes side we have both the aforementioned Hawkeye as Light Feminine and Major General IronLady Olivier Armstrong as the Dark, who also play on the pairing.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'' has Lacus as Light opposite Fllay Alster as Dark. Lacus, as said above, is softspoken and ladylike as well as a TokenWholesome in looks, while Fllay is a BrokenBird with serious issues and who [[HoneyTrap uses her looks]] to her advantage. They are also interested in the same guy, Kira Yamato, though not at the same time; [[spoiler: Fllay is his FirstLove and ultimately TheLostLenore to him, while Lacus becomes his SecondLove and end-game LoveInterest.]]
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' has the softspoken and lady-like Lacus Clyne and her much HotterAndSexier BodyDouble, Meer Campbell. [[spoiler: Heartbreakingly, Meer pulls an HeroicSacrifice for Lacus and perishes in her arms.]]
* The ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' series has a one-woman example with Mikuru Asahina: her sweet and shy younger self is the Light Feminine, and her sexy and manipulative future self is the Dark Feminine.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' portrays Rei and Saeko as polar opposites in more ways than one:
** While Rei is a MartialPacifist, Saeko's an AxCrazy BloodKnight. In her recount of how she'd once been accosted by a would-be rapist, Saeko told Takashi that realizing she had the upperhand and [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-11327-18/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-17.html seeing his fear was exhilarating for her.]] Which incited her to beat him within an inch of his life. By contrast, when Rei was given the opportunity to kill Shidou (whom she loathes), [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-11324-24/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-14.html seeing the fear in his eyes]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-11324-27/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-14.html had the opposite effect.]]
** This is also reflected in their ongoing LoveTriangle with Takashi, with Rei being the "Betty" to Saeko's "Veronica". As such, Rei is the [[ChildhoodFriend childhood friend]]/[[GirlNextDoor girl-next-door]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-11322-38/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-12.html with a crush]], whereas Saeko prefers to [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-11326-25/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-16.html let her sex appeal do the talking]] and [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-11331-16/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-21.html flaunts it.]]
** Which is further reflected by the difference in the way they dress. Rei wears her school uniform, with knee and elbow pads for protection. Saeko modified hers to include: garter belts, lacey black thigh-high stockings and stiletto-heeled boots, along with a matching mini-skirt with a split seam so high, it flashes her panties when she walks. When Rei and the others [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-57442-30/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-27.html see what she's wearing]], Rei explodes:
-->'''Rei: (incredulous)''' "What the heck is THAT!? Aren't you embarrassed showing off like that!? I can't believe [[{{stripperific}} you're walking around like that!!"]]
* In ''Idol Densetsu Eriko'' we have [[http://80sanime.tumblr.com/post/105410784607 the two main ladies]], the aspirant {{idol singer}} [[http://80sanime.tumblr.com/post/105411279907 Eriko Tamura]] and the already famous performer [[http://80sanime.tumblr.com/post/105473915452 Rei Asagiri]]. Eriko is the Light thanks to her [[{{moe}} child-like appeal]] which fits well in [[{{Kawaisa}} Japanese society's obsession with cuteness and innocence]] and her position as a NaiveNewcomer to the business [[BreakTheCutie which will make her suffer more than once]], while Rei is the Dark since she's an IceQueen with HotterAndSexier looks, quite a bit more of singing/performing experience under her belt [[spoiler: and a DarkAndTroubledPast.]]
* ''Manga/InitialD'' gives us the only team made of girls: the driver Mako Satou, who is a NiceGirl, and her best friend/co-pilot Sayuki who goes the FemmeFatale way.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' has the good-natured, cheerful Kagome, and the brooding, revengeful Kikyou. Despite Kagome being Kikyou's reincarnation, inheriting her looks and Miko powers, the two are exact opposites of each other: Kagome is plucky and optimistic while Kikyou is broken and embittered.
* Hikaru Hiyama and Madoka Ayukawa from ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' were a TomboyAndGirlyGirl duo as little girls, but switched to this as teenagers. Bright, na´ve, cheerful Hikaru is the Light, while harsh yet kindhearted and ''very'' sexy Madoka is the Dark.
* Ranka Lee (Light - {{Moe}}, ACupAngst, na´ve, youthful) and Sheryl Nome (Dark - BrokenBird, BuxomIsBetter, {{Stripperiffic}} when on-stage) in ''MacrossFrontier''.
* In the American arc of ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', Jinny Golding was the flirty FemmeFatale Dark to Doris O'Connor's mature CoolBigSis Light.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Nami and Robin are both interesting mix of both types of femininity. [[{{Tsundere}} Nami]] is not afraid to show her feelings and tell if she is fond of someone (as a friend, that is), and she has a soft spot for cute animals and children, but she is more known for being greedy, wearing skimpy clothes and [[FemmeFatale using her feminine attributes]] to {{blackmail}} just about everyone. Robin is [[TeamMom polite, motherly]] and has many ProperLady traits, but on the flipside she is something of a BrokenBird, she [[NightmareFetishist always thinks up macabre things]], and she [[DarkActionGirl is absolutely ruthless in battle.]]
* ''OniisamaE'':
** Nanako Misonoo and Mariko Shinobu contrasting with the BifauxnenAndLadette duo of Rei and Kaoru. While cute, mild-mannered and softspoken Nanako sits firmly on the NiceGirl spectrum, Mariko is a [[RavenHairIvorySkin fair-skinned, raven-haired]] mixture of {{Yandere}} and {{Tsundere}} from day one. It's lampshaded in a scene at the start, when Nanako tells Mariko that she's fascinated by the latter's ruby-red lips and she explains that she keeps them like that via biting on them... then tries to get Nanako to do it, but she gets scared and runs off.
** Nanako and the very [[TheOjou elegant and aloof]] Fukiko "Miya-sama" Ichinomiya, who displays her own share of femininity in a very sophisticated and high-class way.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has the light feminine Panty and the dark feminine Stocking. In addition to representing different aspects of femininity, they represent different vices. The former represents lust, while the latter represents gluttony.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has Ahiru/Duck as Light Feminine and Rue as Dark Feminine. The former is a cheerful and clumsy GenkiGirl whose mission in life is simply to get Mytho, the boy she admires, to smile. The latter is an elegant and aloof [[TheOjou Ojou]] who also cares for Mytho, but in a far more possesive way due to her BrokenBird nature. Both girls have white and black costumes of their respective MagicalGirl personas, Princess Tutu and Princess Kraehe. Also, they're both based on Odette and Odile from the ballet SwanLake.
* In ''Manga/PrivateActress'', we have the actresses Sayuri Nagasawa (the main character's mother) and Ruriko Daichi. Both women are pretty ''and'' talented performers, but whereas Sayuri is a classical beauty who plays "NiceGirl" roles, Ruriko has sexier looks ([[GagBoobs huge breasts]] included) and tends to play {{Ice Queen}}s or {{Rich Bitch}}es, often as the "love rival" or "bully" to a chara by Sayuri.
-->'''Shiho''': "Ruriko Daichi, the person known as Japan's MarilynMonroe in terms of sensuality... [[LampshadeHanging She is the opposite of the pure and innocent Sayuri Nagasawa.]]"
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', Madoka and Homura play this trope to extremes. At the end of the original anime Madoka becomes a white-clad [[GodOfGood goddess]] that has selfless love for everyone. At the end of ''Rebellion'' Homura becomes a black-clad [[SatanicArchetype devil]] in order to obtain her one selfish desire. (Admittedly, that desire is to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy make Madoka happy]], [[WellIntentionedExtremist but she's willing to do anything to accomplish it]].)
* Another one-woman example occurs with the dual personalities of Moka Akashiya in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', with the more personable Outer Moka being the Light Feminine and the {{Terror Hero}}ine Inner Moka being the Dark Feminine.
* ''Anime/{{Sonic X}}'' has the happy-go-lucky CuteBruiser Amy as light feminine and seductive MsViceGirl Rouge as dark feminine.
%% * ''Urotsukidoji'', the controversial cult anime, brought us human girl, Ito Akemi (Light feminine), and Man-beast girl, Amano Megumi (Dark feminine)!
%%% What makes them light and dark? How are they connected?


[[folder: Comic Book ]]

* In ''{{Asterix}} and the Actress'', a (brunette) Roman actress named Latraviata pretends to be (blond) village sweetheart Panacea with the goal of retriving some treasure unwittingly fenced by the Gauls, and vamps the character up significantly. Although she is a HoneyTrap, it's apparent from early on that she's not a bad person, and she ends up being something of a sexy, clever love interest for GuileHero Asterix, where Panacea is an innocent, delicate love interest for KindheartedSimpleton Obelix. Both Latraviata and Panacea start out as rivals but end up as best friends by the end.
%%* In ''{{Bone}}'', Rose is the Light Feminine, while her twin sister Briar is the Dark Feminine.


[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* ''Fanfic/TheSecretLifeOfTheBackyardKids'': Achmed's {{Love Interest}}s [[{{Shorttank}} Sama]][[GirlNextDoor ntha]] [[NiceGirl Pea]][[OneOfTheBoys rce]] and [[AlphaBitch Tiff]][[DarkActionGirl any]] [[{{Yandere}} Stev]][[ManipulativeBitch ens]], respectively. Interestingly, they also overlap with BettyAndVeronica, and Sam is more tomboyish than Tiffany.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/BatmanForever'' has Two-Face's molls, Sugar (played by Creator/DrewBarrymore) and Spice (played by Debi Mazar). Subverted in that both of them are "bad", and "Sugar" is probably ''worse'' because she [[spoiler:gives The Riddler the cube with the information about Bruce Wayne's SecretIdentity.]]
* ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' had a dark villainous character (Poison Ivy) and a light heroic character (Batgirl).
%%* Discussed in ''Film/BlackSwan'' with the characters rotrayed by Creator/NataliePortman (light) and Creator/MilaKunis (dark).
%%* ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes'': Russell is the Dark Feminine, while Monroe is the Light Feminine.
* ''Film/IngloriousBastards'' two female characters fit this trope well - Light, glamorous movie star, Bridget Von Hammersmark; and dark UnkemptBeauty on a vendetta, Shoshana Dreyfus.
* Lili is ''both'' of these over the course of ''Film/{{Legend}}'', first as an innocent and na´ve virgin in a white dress, then as a sexy and cunning ManipulativeBitch in an ''extremely'' low-cut black gown. [[spoiler: It's all an act, however. She's actually a FakeDefector trying to [[{{TheAtoner}} fix her own, terrible, mistake]].]]
* In ''Film/LemonadeJoe, Or Horse Opera'', Winifred Goodman and Tornado Lou both love the IdealHero Joe. Wini is a sweet and na´ve Ingenue with blond hair who dresses in white and is usually seen helping her PreacherMan father or visiting her mother's grave, while Tornado Lou is a dark-haired SoiledDove and a [[TheChanteuse Chanteuse]] who wears dark and skimpy outfits and works in a saloon but dreams of becoming a different, better person.
* ''Film/LoveActually'' has the two interests of Creator/AlanRickman's charcter - his wife and his aspiring mistress. Guess which one is which...
* ''Film/MeanGirls'' had dark AlphaBitch Regina and light HollywoodNerd [[TheStarscream Cady.]] Janis is also a dark feminine to Cady's light.
* Maria and her mechanical doppelganger in Fritz Lang's ''Metropolis'' are an example of this trope. Maria is loving, kind, and saintly, whereas the machine-woman is a demonic temptress deliberately created by Rotwang and Joh Fredersen to discredit her.
* Played straight in ''Film/OutOfThePast'', with dark-haired, passionate, [[FemmeFatal evil]] Kathie and virginal blonde Ann.
* ''Film/PrettyPersuasion'' had two BFF's plotting the demise of their teacher in their search for fame - light Brittany (blonde and naive) and dark Kimberly (brunette FilleFatale).
* ''Film/{{Sunrise}}'': The Woman from The City is the Dark Feminine (hedonist, cheater), while The Wife is the Light Feminine (goody-goody all the way through).
* ''Film/TheVirginSpring'' features Karin, the innocent blonde who is specifically stated to be a virgin, and is also a Christian, and Ingeri, her servant girl, who is dark-haired with a dark complexion, is about eight months pregnant, isn't married, and is a secret pagan.
%%* Pepper Potts and Natasha Romanoff/"Natalie Rushman" in ''IronMan2'' and ''Film/TheAvengers''.
* [[LadyOfWar Daphne]] and [[HotWitch Luster]] in ''Film/TheGamers: Dorkness Rising''. Daphne is LawfulGood, dresses sensibly, and usually conducts herself with (relative) dignity. Luster is a {{Stripperiffic}} HeroicComedicSociopath.
* In ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', the cool, mysterious blond Madeleine is the Light Feminine that Scottie obsesses over and the earthier brunet Judy is the Dark Feminine that Scottie tries to mold into Madeleine's image.


[[folder: Literature ]]
%%* ''GoneWithTheWind'': Melanie is the Light Feminine, while Scarlett is the Dark Feminine.
* The Jack Weyland book ''Michelle and Debra'' has the obedient Michelle as the light and her rebellious best friend Debra as the dark.
* The two leading ladies in Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Blithedale Romance''. Priscilla is the demure, fragile, domestic (read: conservative) Light Feminine; Zenobia is the mysterious, sensual, outspoken, transcendental feminist (read: liberal) Dark Feminine.
* Taken almost to parody with Alice (Light Feminine, all the way to golden hair and utter helplessness) and Cora (Dark Feminine, at least as far as her looks and refusal to be anyone's doormat) Munro in ''TheLastOfTheMohicans''.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** Cassie and Rachel have shades of this: Cassie is a down-to-earth FriendToAllLivingThings who only fights the [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] because she has to, while Rachel is a [[DarkActionGirl borderline-Dark]] ActionGirl who [[BloodKnight honestly enjoys the war on some level]], despite having the appearance and fashion-obsession of a supermodel. Despite all this, they're also best friends. Funnily, not to be confused with their inverted skin tones.
** Also, possibly Rachel in ''The Separation'', when she literally splits into two different people after her starfish morph goes wrong. One is timid, caring, gentle, and pacifistic; the other is dark, ruthless, and obsessive.
* Ellony Leckery and Pharinet Palindrake in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias'', Ellony being a straight example of TheIngenue while Pharinet is something of a {{Yandere}} when pushed. Other female characters in the story, particularly those who [[{{Foil}} fill similar roles]] or [[GenerationXerox are related to them]] or are [[DeadGuyJunior named for them]] are more balanced between the two extremes.
%%* Antonia and [[BlondesAreEvil Matilda]] in ''Literature/TheMonk'', as highlighted by Ambrosio's interest in both of them, their similar appearance, and the roles each of them play in the story.
%%* Virginal Rowena and desirable Rebecca from ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}''.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'''s Alice and Rosalie are the adoptive sisters in high school. Alice is happy in nature. She adores Bella from the start and cares about Bella's safety above anything. Rosalie is proud of her great beauty. She is initially annoyed by Bella's presence but she is the most respectful of Bella's choices.
* ''Film/PracticalMagic'' has motherly Sally (light) and seductive Gillian (dark). That goes double for the movie adaptation. In fact, a quote in the book used to describe them sums up this trope quite nicely (albeit poetically):
--> ''Night and Day, the aunts called them, and although neither girl laughed at this little joke they recognized the truth in it, and were able to understand that the moon is always jealous of the heat of the day, just as the sun always longs for something dark and deep.''
* ''Literature/AnnaKarenina'': Kitty and Anna are at first friends, with Kitty being younger and a great admirer of Anna's beauty and personality. They also both love Count Vronsky who courted Kitty but fell for Anna. Anna is a dark-haired beauty who ends up being an adulteress while Kitty is a golden-haired pretty girl who ends up in a happy marriage.
* In "De skandal÷sa" by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Magdalena Swńrd is the intelligent and brooding proto-feminist (dark feminine), while Venus Dag och Natt is so beautiful, lovely and docile (light feminine).
* In ''Main.Dragonlance'' there is a pretty classic BettyAndVeronica example Kitiara (Veronica) is the dark one - a cross between a BloodKnight and a FemmeFatale, and Laurana is a SpoiledSweet royal turned BadassPrincess. Appropriate hair colors and attire follow.
* Lissa Dragomir and Rose Hathaway from ''Literature/VampireAcademy''. Rose is the seductive, temperamental, and violent of the duo while Lissa is more light-hearted, even-tempered, and angelic-looking of the two.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

%%* ''TwoBrokeGirls'': Max is the Dark Feminine, Caroline is the Light Feminine.
%%** Lampshaded by Sophie, the title character in ''And the Upstairs Neighbor'', when she compares them to a chocolate and vanilla cupcake respectively.
%%* June (light) and Chloe (dark) in ''[[DontTrustTheBInApartment23 Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23]]''
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' has the noble Emma as light and her best friend the provocative Manny as dark.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "The Enemy of the World", the two heroic "Bond girl" characters are Astrid - blond, wholesome, a pilot working for the good guys, optimistic and with a StiffUpperLip; and Fariah, a black woman heavily implied to have dark secrets in her past. Astrid is innocently charming, very honest and fights with straightforward ActionGirl methods, while Fariah is beguiling, mysterious and fights with social manipulation. Both Astrid and Fariah flirt with men at one point to get them to do what they want, but when Astrid does it she just ends up gushing to the Doctor about how wonderful he is, while Fariah will smoulder on cue if it means Salamander is less likely to suspect her of leaking information.
* ''Series/DontTrustTheBInApartment23'' - see the page image. Most of the shows storylines are generated by the contrast between the short, blonde, trusting, and sweet June (Dreama Walker) and the tall, black-haired, manipulative, and promiscuous Chloe (Krysten Ritter).
** Of course, the plot is driven by the fact that June can keep up with Chloe and regularly gives her a taste of her own medicine.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Buffy and Faith are Vampire Slayers, the Chosen Two. Bad girl Faith says that killing vampires always makes her hungry and horny contrasted with Buffy who sometimes craves a nonfat yogurt afterwards and cares about always doing the right thing. This trope gets a thorough workout when [[spoiler:their bodies are switched.]]
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has the motherly, married, GirlNextDoor Lily (a ginger) and the aloof, vain, independent, sexy Robin (dark-haired). They consider themselves best friends.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':
** The series has has Guinevere, the good hearted heroine, and Morgana, the villainess. Interestingly, Gwen is linked more with desire than Morgana, who (despite a couple of early FemmeFatale scenes) almost comes across as asexual in her complete lack of interest in men. And as an added ironic bonus, Guinevere (light) is played by mixed-race Creator/AngelCoulby, and Morgana (dark) is played by extremely pale KatieMcGrath.
** In the episode ''The Hunter's Heart'', Guinevere gets a turn at playing the dark feminine in contrast to visiting Princess Mithian's light.
* ''Series/RobinHood'':
** The first 2 series has Marian as the light feminine, who was replaced by Isabella, the dark feminine.
** In the third series, in which Isabella and Kate are rivals for Robin's affection, Kate would also count as the light feminine in contrast to Isabella's dark. However, after Isabella's FaceHeelTurn it became a blatant MadonnaWhoreComplex.
%% * ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': Hilary (dark) and Ashley (light).
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' (dark, being a warrior) and Gabrielle (light, being more of a diplomat). Granted, Xena was a TomboyPrincess, but in her first appearance she was also quite decidedly TheVamp.
%%* Most of the final two contestants of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' counts. This is evident with pairs such as: Cycle 1's [[{{Tomboy}} Adrienne]] (dark) and [[TheIngenue Shannon]] (light), Cycle 2's [[BewareTheNiceOnes Yohanna]] (dark) and [[TheCutie Mercedes]] (light), Cycle 3's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Eva]] (dark) and [[TheSmartGirl Yaya]] (light), Cycle 4's [[FormerTeenRebel Naima]] (dark) and [[TheHeart Kahlen]] (light), Cycle 5's Nicole (dark) and [[NiceGirl Nik]] (light), Cycle 10's [[BigBeautifulWoman Whitney]] (dark) and [[PluckyComicRelief Anya]] (light), Cycle 12's [[ActionGirl McKey]] (dark) and [[ValleyGirl Samantha]] (light), Cycle 12's [[RapunzelHair Teyona]] (dark) and Allison (light), Cycle 13's [[CloudCuckooLander Nicole]] (light) and [[CovertPervert Laura]] (dark), Cycle 14's [[BewareTheQuietOnes Krista]] (dark) and [[GenkiGirl Raina]] (light), Cycle 15's [[ShrinkingViolet Ann]] (light) and [[MrExposition Chelsea]] (dark), Cycle 16's [[TheDutifulSon Brittani]] (light) and [[GrumpyBear Molly]] (dark), Cycle 17's [[{{Badass}} Lisa]] (dark) and [[AlwaysSecondBest Allison]] (light) and Cycle 18's [[FunnyForeigner Sophie]] (light) and [[AllWomenAreLustful Laura]] (dark).
%%* ''Series/NewGirl'': Jess is the Light Feminine while Cece is the Dark Feminine.
%%* Snow White and Red Riding Hood from ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Their names are more than enough to tell you which is which.
** Snow White is also the light side of a nemesis duo with Regina.
** This trope was used to characterize Belle's Storybrook self, Lacey (the dark parallel to Belle's usual wholesome beauty act).
%%* Anne Boleyn (dark) and Jane Seymour (light) in most portrayals, particularly in ''TheTudors''.
%%* ''GossipGirl'': Serena (light) and Blair (dark).
%% ** Zigzagged & subverted throughout the series as it's Serena who acted as a dark feminine pre-series where as Blair was more fiery but ultimately light feminine before both use both types at different places during the show's run.
* ''TheVampireDiaries'':
** Elena is the Light Feminine and Katherine is the Dark Feminine. Elena and Katherine, whom are both doppelgangers, share an uncanny physical resemblance, but in terms of morals, Elena is known as good and moral, while Katherine is known as bad and immoral. Both share a common love and interest in Stefan and are often in competition for his affections.
%%* Kahlan (light) and Cara (dark) from ''LegendOfTheSeeker''.
%%* The title characters of the short lived sitcom ''Hope And Gloria'' respectively
%%* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' has two pairs among the four main characters: Hanna and Emily are light, while Aria and Spencer are dark. Allison, their former leader, is an interesting deconstruction - she has all of the qualities of a classic dark feminine charcater, but attempts to pull off a light feminine act. It works more often than not.
%%* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' had a downplayed variation of this trope with [[ThoseTwoGuys Madeline and Louise]], though the classic hair colors were reversed- Blonde Louise was the dark seductive one, while black haired Lousie was TheDitz.
* In ''Series/{{Arabela}}'', we have sisters Xenia (dark, seductive) and Arabela (light, pure).

[[folder: Music ]]

* Alvaro VÚliz's songs "Ni t˙ ni ella" ("Neither you, nor her") are abut a guy who can't choose between two loves. The girl he's "singing" to is the Light Feminine -- sweet, gentle, kind, whom he cares for dearly. The other girl he's referring to in the lyrics is the Dark Feminine -- sensual, a BlitheSpirit, passionate and able to bring his wilder side.


[[folder: Mythology ]]
* In an apocryphal Abrahamic mythology, Lilith (the first wife of Adam, who refused to submit) represents the Dark Feminine -- while Eve (Adam's second wife) is the Light Feminine.

* In ''Theatre/LaBoheme'', InnocentFlowerGirl Mimi is the Light Feminine, and flirtatious FemmeFatale Musetta is the Dark Feminine.
* ''Film/LordOfTheDance1997'', features [[LadyInRed Morrighan, the temptress]] and [[WomanInWhite Saoirse, the good spirit]].
* In ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing,'' the cousins Hero and Beatrice are best friends, almost like sisters. Hero is sweet and loving, courteous and sunny. Beatrice is, by contrast, a great deal sharper, and more outspoken and cynical.

[[folder:Video Games]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'': Felicia, the childish cat monster raised by nuns would be the Light, and Morrigan, the rebellious hedonistic succubus would be the Dark. Both are MissFanservice but Felicia simply doesn't need clothing, Morrigan is a {{fashionista}} that's purposely seductive.
%%* ''ShinMegamiTenseiI'' has Yuki (Light) and Yuriko (Dark) [[spoiler: Yuriko is actually Lilith, making this a religious shoutout.]]
%%* ''{{Catherine}}'': Catherine is the Dark Feminine, while Katherine is the Light Feminine.
%%* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': Leliana is the Light Feminine, while Morrigan is the Dark Feminine. [[spoiler: Leliana is eventually revealed as a subversion of the trope, while Morrigan will [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]] as the game progresses. Hence standard BioWare deconstruction takes place.]] The same pattern is followed in the sequel ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' with Merrill (light) and Isabela (dark)
* The two female love interests in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' are Liara (young, na´ve, virginal academic) and Ashley (gun-toting, suspicious of aliens, snarky soldier) largely follow the trope. The [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters expanding cast]] and [[CharacterDevelopment changing personalities]] prevent this from applying to the later two games, however.
%%* A similar setup from the same developers occurs in ''JadeEmpire'', with [[RebelliousPrincess Silk Fox]] as dark opposite [[YamatoNadeshiko Dawn Star's]] light.
%%* ''{{Overlord}}'': The potential queens fall into this. In the second game, the first two mistresses fall into TomboyAndGirlyGirl -- but also serve as a collective "Light Feminine" to the third.
* ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]'': The ShrinkingViolet Florina has these dynamics with Serra (a borderline Fashionista as well as a WhiteMagicianGirl).
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us Olivia (sweet [[NoSocialskills and quite awkward]] ShrinkingViolet) and Maribelle (sophisticated {{ojou}} with a CovertPervert side). Rather curiously, Light Feminine Olivia dresses in a very {{stripperiffic}} way, while Dark Feminine Maribelle [[TokenWholesome wears far more conservative clothes.]]
** Olivia also fits in these dynamics with Panne (a shapeshifting HairRaisingHare and DefrostingIceQueen, whose own {{stripperiffic}} clothes are made by a light breastplate and FurBikini)
%%* ''ArTonelico2'': Cloche (Light) vs. Jakuri (Pitch Black). Luca is [[HiddenDepths kinda shady]].
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Reimu vs. Marisa, rivals. Satori vs. Koishi, sisters. Keine vs. Mokou, very close friends. The Aki sisters.
* The Florian Sisters of ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny''. The caring IdiotHero of a big sister Amita serves as the Light Feminine, while the coy, flirty, and cynical little sister Kyrie serves as the Dark Feminine.
* Chun Li and Juri Han from VideoGame/StreetFighterIV. Both women are {{Kick Chick}}s, but while Chun Li is an ActionGirl who's ''very'' firmly on the side of good, Juri is a mix of BastardGirlfriend and DarkActionGirl.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': Kind and benevolent Zelda is Light, while playful and snarky Midna is Dark.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'': [[ShrinkingViolet Chihiro]], [[MsFanservice Aoi]], and [[BitchInSheepsClothing Sayaka]] are the Lights to [[ActionGirl Sakura]], [[DarkAndTroubledPast Junko]], [[JerkAss Celes]], [[DefrostingIceQueen Kirigiri]], [[NoSocialSkills Touko]], and [[spoiler: [[AxCrazy Syo]]]]'s Darks. Played with in that [[spoiler: Chihiro's actually a guy]], [[spoiler: Syo is a split personality of Touko]], and that at '''very''' first sight Touko has Light Feminine looks due to her [[RapunzelHair butt-long braids]], [[{{Meganekko}} glasses]] and very cute SailorFuku.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'':
** King is a TeamMom {{Bifauxnen}}. Mai Shiranui is a {{Stripperiffic}} HighlyVisibleNinja. They manage to fill under TomboyAndGirlyGirl (King is the tomboy, Mai is the girly girl) ''and'' as this trope (King is Light, Mai is Dark). Yuri is the {{tomboy}} to both of them.
** In the KOF RadioDrama ''The Sun and the Moon'', the Tanima sisters are this: older sister [[MsFanservice Konoe]] is the BrokenBird Dark while younger sister [[YamatoNadeshiko Kikuri]] is the IllGirl Light. [[SiblingTriangle They both love]] [[AntiHero Iori Yagami]] in their own ways (Konoe is kind of a {{Tsundere}} to him while Kikuri is the [[BroodingBoyGentleGirl Gentle Girl to his Brooding Boy]]), but they're not exactly rivals as they're each other's only relatives, are very close, and Konoe [[PromotiontoParent has taken care of Kikuri for years]] anyway. [[spoiler: Neither girl becomes Iori's girlfriend because [[ItsNotYouItsMe Iori leaves the girls to protect them from himself]]. Oh, and [[TooGoodforThisSinfulEarth Kikuri dies]].]]
* [[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark Of The Wolves]] gives us BadassAdorable Hotaru Futaba as Light and GoodBadGirl Bonne Jenet as Dark.
* Kanae and Marilyn Sue from ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf''. Light Feminine Kanae is a serious, dedicated and aloof ActionGirl from the Japanese Army, who keeps her hair short and wears a form-fitting but mostly practical uniform as she [[GlacierWaif grapples and tosses around]] her way into the plot; Dark Feminine Marilyn Sue is a [[GainaXing bouncy]] DarkActionGirl in an even more form-fitting {{qipao}}, who fights like a LadyOfWar and relies quite a bit in her sex appeal to [[ObfuscatingStupidity take her rivals off-guard]].

[[folder: Visual Novels ]]
%%* ''AoiShiro'': Nami (Light) vs. Kohaku (Dark - she's not even very feminine), former lovers (or something to that effect).
%%* ''AkaiIto'': Yumei (Light) vs. Nozomi (Dark), archenemies. Both of them are very feminine.
* Lilly Satou and Shizune Hakamichi from ''KatawaShoujo''. Lilly is a serene, kind, YamatoNadeshiko-ish TeamMom who more often than not dresses rather conservatively (save for her pajamas), whereas Shizune is a bossy and straightforward MissFanservice who's very aware of her good looks. [[spoiler: Though Lilly turns out to be also kinda kinky if she's pursued as a love interest.]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' has kind, motherly [[{{Meido}} Shannon]] and decadent, sadistic [[TheBaroness Beatrice]]. [[spoiler:Of course, since the two are one and the same, Beatrice becomes more Light Feminine as the series goes on]].
* Played with in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''. Played straight with the energetic Rena Ryuguu (light) and the GoodBadGirl (also a big time pervert) [[{{TheGadFly}} gadfly]] Mion Sonozaki (dark). Used to a lesser degree in comparing Mion (light) and Shion (dark) in terms of personalities and approach.
* Out of the {{love interest}}s in VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari, Remi and Mayumi play it straight. Remi is a sweet and straightlaced CuteBookworm who's seen as a [[UptownGirl borderline "unapproachable"]] at first by the PlayerCharacter, whereas Mayumi is the {{tsundere}} GoodBadGirl who dresses sexily and approaches the PC without fear or excuses. [[spoiler: Surprisingly (or maybe not), it turns out they're ChildhoodFriends.]]

[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** The two sisters Ukraine and Belarus. Ukraine, a FragileFlower and NaiveEverygirl of a TeamMom is the Light, while Belarus, the StalkerWithACrush {{Yandere}} who dresses as an ElegantGothicLolita is the Dark. They're also the extremely rare example in which the duo crosses into TomboyAndGirlyGirl as well: Ukraine is sweet and gentle but she dresses like a boy and has BoyishShortHair, whereas Belarus is stubborn and {{Yandere}}-like but looks very dainty in her ElegantGothicLolita dress.
** Among the [[GenderFlip Nyotalia]] [[http://www.hetarchive.net/images/index.php?level=picture&id=531 ladies]], Female!England (GirlishPigtails, {{Meganekko}}, depicted [[HospitalHottie in a nurse uniform]]) is the Light to the Dark of Female!France (TheOjou, with [[WineIsClassy a bottle of good wine in her hand]], wears [[PimpedOutDress classy dresses]]). Similarly, Female!Japan (YamatoNadeshiko with a kimono and hakama) and Female!America ({{Stripperiffic}} PluckyGirl with a rather smart mouth) have similar looks.
%%* ''OffWhite:'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext The black and white human spirits are this.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheScumthorpeFiles'' Lily Van der Vecht and Nikki Danton are an interesting [[PlayingWithATrope variation]]. Despite Lily's [[RavenHairIvorySkin black and white colour scheme]] and Nikki's [[RedheadInGreen more colourful attire]], Lily is the [[NiceGirl polite, kind]] Light Feminine to Nikki's snarky, flirtatious Dark Feminine.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''MonsterHigh'' plays with this trope. While Draculaura dresses mostly in Black clothing, she is actually [[WordOfGod Light feminine]]. Whereas Cleo Is Dark feminine, despite wearing a lot of glittery gold... and being deathly afraid of the dark.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Mai and Ty Lee stylistically they fit the trope - Ty Lee is bubbly and approachable, has [[GoodEyesEvilEyes big eyes]], and wears pink; while Mai is [[SugarAndIce aloof]] and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], has RavenHairIvorySkin, and wears red - they're both AntiVillain {{Dark Action Girl}}s, however.
** Azula is more your classical Dark Feminine, playing the [[TheVamp temptress]] angle unlike Mai who's actually pretty tame.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** [[AlphaBitch Heather]] is Dark Feminine while [[SpoiledSweet Lindsay]] is Light Feminine.
** [[TheCutie Zoey]] is Light Feminine while [[AttentionWhore Dakota]] is Dark Feminine. Zoey's rival for Mike's affection [[SpicyLatina Anne Maria]] is also a pretty good Dark Feminine.
* Most episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}'', feature both princess Kneesaa and her best friend Latara. They're literally light and dark; and personality-wise, one is ridiculously innocent most of the time, all about sharing and caring, while the other starts out as a melancholic starving artist type and turns out to be a manipulative prima donna in the second season, after CharacterExaggeration.