[[caption-width-right:213:Lightbringer as depicted by Chad Rocco]]
''[[http://lightbringer.comicgenesis.com/d/20060315.html Lightbringer]]'' is a webcomic on Website/ComicGenesis created March 16, 2006 by Creator/LewisLovhaug, better known as [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], years before he became known for criticizing comic books. It was written and drawn by Lovhaug through the first twelve-and-a-half issues. Artists [[http://chadrocco.deviantart.com/ Chad Rocco]] and [[http://sergexiii.deviantart.com/ Sergio Ragno]] illustrated the remaining issues in the comic's run.

Since Lovhaug has other [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall priorities]] [[WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers to attend to]] (also another webcomic called Revolution of the Mask), Lightbringer [[SeriesHiatus has not updated]] since August 19, 2012. Lovhaug eventually deemed it too time consuming and [[http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.ca/2013/09/state-of-wall-9-30-13-and-october-2013.html officially released the comic and all of its characters]] [[PublicDomainCharacter into the public domain]]. In the meantime, earlier strips are currently being redone by Mark Banilbo [[http://lightbringer.smackjeeves.com here]].

The comic is about the coming of superheros in modern times, specifically the one who starts the movement. Carter Granholme, a humble furniture store owner living in Pharos City, possessed light-based abilities all his life, but abiding by the wishes of his ultra-pacifist parents Carter never used his powers. Years after they were killed by a criminal organization, having become fed up of the crime in his city, he goes against what his parents taught him to become fight crime and become Lightbringer, the world's first superhero.

With the rise of the superhero comes the rise of supervillains who tend to have a philosophical point to make. As a result, Carter often struggles with the nature of good versus evil and the role of a superhero in society. One of Carters employees, Hannah Ments, gets wise to his double life and actively helps him in his fight against crime. She has since become a fan favorite.

Lightbringer and one of his enemies the Smiling Man also play a big part in ''Webcomic/TheCrossoverlord''.

!!!Not to be confused with...
This hero has nothing to do with the 1993 BeatEmUp released by Creator/{{Taito}}, outside maybe being a violent EpicFantasy. We hope he's unrelated to [[{{Satan}} the other guy called Lightbringer]]. Also unrelated: Literature/TheLightbringerSeries, [[Frachise/{{Warcraft}} Uther the Lightbringer]]

* ActionGirl: Osprey, the Girl Wonder [[spoiler:Hannah's alter-ego]]
* ActualPacifist: Carter's parents denounce all forms of violence.
* AntiHero: Lightbringer. Although generally portrayed as an idealist, he has shown a willingness to use the ends to justify the means. Examples include his interrogation of the Serpent (which qualifies as torture), use of excessive force when handling General Werres (ie. chucking him through a window), and defiance of the mayor to continue vigilantism.
* ArchEnemy: Darkbringer to Lightbringer.
* ArtEvolution: Although he has since stopped drawing the comic, Lovhaug's illustrations did improve over time.
* AuthorFilibuster: In the earlier chapters, Lightbringer would voice a lot of Lovhaug's opinions for entire pages.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The Gentleman claims he was Jack the Ripper and a few other famous serial killers.
* TheBigGuy and TheSmartGuy: Hannah doubles as both, giving Carter technical support but providing the lion's share of fisticuffs.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Outright stated a number of times.
* BreakoutCharacter: Hannah has become popular among the comic's fans.
* BreastExpansion: Subverted. Smiling Man stole a device for this purpose because it was also a reality warping weapon.
* {{Cameo}}: A few characters from other webcomics have appeared in the comic without speaking roles. The device mentioned above was also from another webcomic.
%%* TheCape: Lightbringer
* CrapsackWorld: Pharos city when it was in control of the Slavers. Kidnappings happened every day and gang members would walk the streets with their victims in toe. Lightbringer put an end to this.
* CharacterFilibuster: Darkbringer... [[http://lightbringer.comicgenesis.com/d/20070202.html oh, Darkbringer...]]
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Hannah is capable of hoisting a stone table over her head without any sign of strain or effort despite her only mildly muscular frame and Lovhaug's insistence that she does not have any superpowers of her own.
* CluelessAesop: In the original comic's author's notes, Linkara states that he made the antagonists slavers because slavery is a real life issue, yet not many comic books cover this subject... Except the depiction of slavery in this comic, where a gang of slavers took over an American city, killed all the policemen who dared to opposed them, and paraded their slaves around in broad daylight just made them come off as cartoonishly evil and about as far from reality as it gets.
%%* TheCommissionerGordon: Police Chief Eddie Crane.
* {{Crossover}}: With Linkara (a character from ''Angel Armor'', not the creator), a character from a fantasy trilogy written by Lovhaug when he was 13. Webcomic/{{Mindmistress}} also appeared for one story as part of the Webcomic/CrossoverWars.
* DarkIsEdgy: Darkbringer's abilities, as indicated by his name.
* DatingCatwoman: Carter's girlfriend becomes a supervillain thief.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Carter's parents were shot to death before the events of the comic.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:General Werres]], in the third issue.
* ForTheEvulz: Smiling Man's first appearance had him killing people and causing mayhem for fun. In ''Webcomic/TheCrossoverlord'', his more complex motivations were made clear.
* HardLight: Lightbringer's powers enable him to create this.
%%* HartmanHips: Since Chad Rocco took over the art.
* HopeBringer: Lightbringer makes Pharos city a much better place to live after the slavers are defeated.
* LampshadeHanging: A few issues in, Lightbringer is apparently ''tired'' of all his enemies acting on some kind of twisted philosophy about hurting people to do the right thing. "If this is about how you need to do evil things for the greater good..."
* LargeHam: Darkbringer. [[http://lightbringer.comicgenesis.com/d/20080618.html Behold your savior, Pharos City! Bear witness to his defeat!]]
* LegacyCharacter: Referenced when Lightbringer thinks that if he dies, there would be no one to be his Legacy Character.
* LightEmUp: As indicated by his name, Lightbringer can control and manipulate photons.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** Darkbringer speaks for himself. Also parodied when Lightbringer meets Mister Threat during ''Webcomic/CrossoverWars''.
** Lightbringer himself since his name sounds like a Devil that is also called [[{{Satan}} Lightbringer]]
* NotSoDifferent: This happens so often, that Lightbringer quickly becomes tired of listening to villains compare him to themselves.
* Really700YearsOld: The Gentleman claims to have lived over four centuries.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Darkbringer started as a servant of ''Angel Armor'''s BigBad, but here became a Lightbringer villain.
* ShoutOut: A lot of them, mostly to Creator/DCComics, particularly ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. Carter even quotes Doctor Manhattan in a romantic way.
* ShutUpHannibal: Darkbringer get one from ''a whole crowd of people''.
** Lightbringer also does this to General Werres, by throwing him out a window.
* SlasherSmile: The appropriately named Smiling Man is usually sporting one.
* TakeThat: Some people believe Darkbringer is one big TakeThat to the NinetiesAntiHero archetype.
* TechnicalPacifist: Lightbringer will fight crime and in one case tortured a criminal for information but does not believe in killing.
%%* VigilanteMan: Bruiser.
* WallOfText: The aforementioned filibuster tropes would often result in this.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Darkbringer believes that the only way to defeat evil is by embracing darkness and despair. He wants to kill Lightbringer because "he brings false hope".
** General Werres, who rationalizes all the terrible things he has done with the fact that part of his ill-earned money goes to charity.