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* ''Fanfic/WhiteSheepRWBY'': The balance from [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} canon]] is mentioned. However, [[spoiler:everyone soon realizes that the God of Light has been stacking the deck in his favor. He broke his own rules by reincarnating Ozma, leaving behind the Relics, and empowering the Silver-Eyed Warriors, all so that if humanity ''did'' manage to redeem themselves, he'd get all the credit. Yang is able to use this to convince the God of Darkness to turn on his brother. Once he wins, he leaves the world as it is, declaring that it is reasonably balanced between the Grimm-hybrids and the Silver-Eyed Warriors, and doesn't need the gods interfering any more]].

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In the fairy tale "the Story of Two Brothers," the God of Darkness and the God of Light are perfectly balanced; the God of Light creates something, and the God of Darkness destroys it. They eventually got tired of this and decided to work together to create something: Humanity. The gods agreed to a set of rules in order to maintain a balance between themselves. The exact rules are not spelled out, but the God of Light refuses to resurrect a mortal woman's lover because it would upset this balance. [[spoiler:Salem upsetting this balance by tricking the God of Darkness into resurrecting Ozma (after the God of Light refused) set off a chain of events that resulted in the human race annihilated, the gods abandoning the world, and Salem as Ozma's eternal enemy after humanity eventually returned]].

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': God and his "sister" Amara were once the only two entities in existence to emerge from the primordial void before he built the rest of the universe. While Amara embodies destruction and God embodies creation, one cannot exist without the other, and either being killed by their sibling would cause a RealityBreakingParadox.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': God and his "sister" Amara [[TheAntiGod Amara]] were once the only two entities in existence to emerge from the primordial void before he built the rest of the universe. While Amara embodies destruction and God embodies creation, one cannot exist without the other, and either being killed by their sibling would cause a RealityBreakingParadox.



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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': God and his "sister" Amara were once the only two entities in existence to emerge from the primordial void before he built the rest of the universe. While Amara embodies destruction and God embodies creation, one cannot exist without the other, and either being killed by their sibling would cause a RealityBreakingParadox.

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** [[VideoGame/DreamfallChapters And in the final part of the trilogy]], it's revealed that ''existence itself'' has been unbalanced from the very beginning, because the Dreaming (Creator) won the initial victory over the Destroyer (Undreaming), and spent aeons locked in conflict to keep them from destroying absolutely everything. [[spoiler:At the end, the events of the game cause the Dreaming to accept merging with the Undreaming. On one hand, this further balances the multiverse and it's implied this is what causes the {{CrapsackWorld}}s of Stark and Arcadia to finally begin to pull themselves together. On the other hand, this means that absolutely nothing will ever exist forever; not the worlds, not the stories, not even the dreamers themselves.]]


* The ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' series: The Charred Council is charged with keeping Heaven and Hell "balanced", at least until Man can stand toe-to-toe with them, and are granted significant freedom on how to do so. [[spoiler:It's hinted at several points, however, that they have no intentions of letting that happen as long as it means they can hold onto their incredible power.]]

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' series: The Charred Council is charged with keeping Heaven and Hell "balanced", at least until Man can stand toe-to-toe with them, and are granted significant freedom on how to do so. [[spoiler:It's hinted at several points, however, [[spoiler:Unfortunately, they've gone uncontested for so long that they have no intentions of letting turned corrupt[[note]]other than the council member(s) who defected[[/note]], and now seek to throw the universe to Chaos so that happen as long as it means they can hold onto their incredible power.may stay on top.]]


* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': Dracula's very existence fills up the "evil" side of the Balance. In the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Sorrow]]'' duology, a cult of "good" believes that his previous final defeat was going to mess everything up. Whether this is true isn't known; but in the good ending one character speculates that if a Dark King is needed, then the Universe will provide; no one person ''has'' to be evil.

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* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': Dracula's very existence fills up Far from a mere vampire, Dracula is the "evil" side of the Balance. Dark Lord, an equal opposite to {{God}}. In the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Sorrow]]'' duology, a cult of "good" believes that seek to resurrect him after his previous final defeat was going not because they worship him, but because they believe that in order for God to mess everything up. be perfectly good, there ''must'' be a being of perfect evil to stand against him. Whether this is true isn't known; known, but in the good ending one character speculates that if a Dark King Lord is needed, then the Universe universe will provide; no one person ''has'' to be evil.


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* In ''Fanfic/CodexEquus'', it is implied in lore that a balance between good and evil exists in Equus, and there are certain deities who are born to maintain that balance. Letting one side overpower the other tends to create disaster - too much Good [[WeHaveBecomeComplacent would cause Equus to stagnate]] and become utterly unprepared to face future Evils, while too much Evil would essentially result in the destruction of everything, including itself.
** The twin Deer gods, Belyolen and Temnobog, are living embodiments of this trope. They were supposed to be born as one person, but because Irminsul tried enforcing his twisted ideas of perfection by magically purging his then-unborn son of his darker flaws, he ended up with twin sons instead. Despite the other gods believing that Belyolen's natural compassion and radiance made him "superior" to the dark Temnobog, they're actually equals who embody Light and Dark, Good and Evil, respectively. They both share a unique elemental bond that causes power imbalances whenever one of them tries to gain an advantage, so they couldn't kill each other. They only get stronger when they work together because that is the brothers' purpose - to bring Balance to Deerkind. While Belyolen blesses his worshipers and protects them from evil, Temnobog works as the Bogolenya pantheon's chief punisher, using evil to test mortals and tormenting the souls of wicked people.
** As it turned out, the overabundance of Good within the Elternteil pantheon was what caused it to splinter into the Bogolenya and the Hoyklan pantheons, because there were no "Evil" deities to keep it in check. The only evil god among them at the time, Temnobog, was emotionally abused because his family and peers believed that his mere presence would "taint" their benevolence, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil which caused Temnobog to genuinely become evil]]. This ultimately caused the compassionate Belyolen to rebel, calling everyone out on their blatant hypocrisy and complacent arrogance out of disgust and leaving home to form his own pantheon, so he could protect Temnobog and give him the love and respect he believed his brother deserved.
** This trope is also the reason why King Strazha and his younger biological sister, Queen Vesna, were blessed by Temnobog and Belyolen, respectively - both Deer gods were impressed with their actions, and made the young rulers their divine champions to ensure that their kingdom, Bitaniya, prospers under the Balance of Good and Evil. While Strazha is the feared "Hoof" of Bitaniya, Vesna is the beloved "Heart" who counters her brother's harsh methods with her benevolence.
** As the Alicorn god of Ponykind, [[GodEmperor Golden Scepter]] is essentially this trope since he embodies both Ponykind's good and bad traits. It's because of this that Golden Scepter has to constantly regulate his own actions and behavior with a "balance check" where he must know Good to do Evil, while doing Good requires knowing Evil. Favoring one side over the other will either lead to him becoming an incompetent puppet for his subjects to manipulate or a divine tyrant that would be eventually overthrown, the latter which happened to him and nearly ended his life during the Imperium era. Ironically, despite being an ancient god, this trope makes him more "human" than a large majority of the Codexverse's gods, and learning about the GoodNeedsEvil philosophy from Belyolen and Temnobog during [[WalkingTheEarth one of his adventures]] was what allowed him to become a very successful ruler come the Fourth Age. It's also because he embodies Ponykind's dual morality that Belyolen and Temnobog have started respected and even befriended him, as in their eyes, [[ForWantOfANail he represents the god and ruler they could have been had their father, Irminsul, not tried to erase the flaws of his then-unborn son]].
** In the "Final Ragnarok" arc, [[spoiler:the god Bogolenya is the result of the Primeval of Co-Existence, Symvíosi, fusing [[GodOfGood Belyolen]] and [[GodOfEvil Temnobog]] together in order to gain a much-needed advantage over [[BigBad High King Ragnarøkkr]], creating a balanced and incredibly powerful GodEmperor who embodied mortal Deerkind at its best and worst. The narration even notes that when he first appeared, his mere presence reminded everyone who witnessed it of Golden Scepter, who embodied mortal Ponykind's best and worst traits]].


* In the late 80's rpg ''DungeonMaster'', the backstory is that a magical experiment gone awry separated The Grey Wizard into Lord Chaos and Lord Librasulus (obviously an order counterpart). The protagonist, the Wizard's now ethereal apprentice, has to guide a group of heroes to obtain the Firestaff (which caused the incident) for Lord Librasulus. However, on the way you find several scrolls about how dangerous the staff is in the wrong hands, how neither order nor chaos is truly balanced, and so on. If you take the staff back to Lord Librasulus, he rewards you... [[spoiler: with death. Instead you have to complete the original experiment, then use the staff to trap Lord Chaos and fuse the two sides together into a balanced whole again.]]

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* In the late 80's rpg ''DungeonMaster'', ''VideoGame/DungeonMaster'', the backstory is that a magical experiment gone awry separated The Grey Wizard into Lord Chaos and Lord Librasulus (obviously an order counterpart). The protagonist, the Wizard's now ethereal apprentice, has to guide a group of heroes to obtain the Firestaff (which caused the incident) for Lord Librasulus. However, on the way you find several scrolls about how dangerous the staff is in the wrong hands, how neither order nor chaos is truly balanced, and so on. If you take the staff back to Lord Librasulus, he rewards you... [[spoiler: with death. Instead you have to complete the original experiment, then use the staff to trap Lord Chaos and fuse the two sides together into a balanced whole again.]]


-->'''Blue Unity:''' Imagine that the two halves of the universe rest on a giant seesaw.
-->'''First Folio:''' OK.
-->'''Yellow Unity:''' We hope that has made everything clear to you.

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-->'''Blue Unity:''' Imagine that the two halves of the universe rest on a giant seesaw.
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'''First
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'''Yellow
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---> '''Kin:''' The multiverse is predominantly evil.
---> '''Forgath:''' What? I was always taught that good and evil are balanced.
---> '''Kin:''' Nope. Evil is winning.

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'''Forgath:''' What? I was always taught that good and evil are balanced.
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'''Kin:''' Nope. Evil is winning.


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* There's some sort of a "game" going on in ''Webcomic/{{Kukuburi}}'', although every character in the know is either wantonly cryptic or too pressed for time to explain. All we know for sure is that it has two sides, The Perpetual Machine (Him) and the Balance (Her, the Dreaming Mother, the Laughing Bird).


* The ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' comics have examined this trope at length ever since Creator/GeoffJohns introduced the concept of the Emotional Spectrum to the mythos. The Red Lanterns, Orange Lanterns and Yellow Lanterns (who wield the power of [[UnstoppableRage anger]], {{greed}} and [[PrimalFear fear]], respectively) can all definitely be considered "evil", while the Blue Lanterns, the Indigo Tribe and the Star Sapphires (who wield the power of [[HopeSpringsEternal hope]], [[TheEmpath compassion]] and [[ThePowerOfLove love]], respectively) can all be considered "good". But it's also pointless to try to wipe out the "evil" Lanterns, since they simply channel emotions exuded by living beings--which will ''always'' exist, regardless of how many Lanterns are defeated. And regardless of their noble intentions, the "good" Lanterns are also ineffectual in many ways: the Blue Lanterns lack the willpower to affect change, the Indigo Tribesmen are emotionally distant recluses, and the Star Sapphires lack the self-control necessary to act with clear judgment. That's why the titular Green Lanterns are so important: they lie at the center of the spectrum, and their central emotion ([[{{Determinator}} willpower]]) simply gives them the courage and fortitude to fight for what's right. The green light of willpower is the only force in the universe that can give its users great power without clouding their sense of morality.
* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': Several members of the Greek pantheon who have an opposite balancing number show up, such as Eris (strife) and Harmonia (harmony), and when any who traditionally had a balancing opposite in the myths show up without said opposite they are hugely dangerous and often have to be put down in order to stop them such as Nemesis whose opposite number Tyche doesn't appear in the DCU.

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* ** The ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' comics have examined this trope at length ever since Creator/GeoffJohns introduced the concept of the Emotional Spectrum to the mythos. The Red Lanterns, Orange Lanterns and Yellow Lanterns (who wield the power of [[UnstoppableRage anger]], {{greed}} and [[PrimalFear fear]], respectively) can all definitely be considered "evil", while the Blue Lanterns, the Indigo Tribe and the Star Sapphires (who wield the power of [[HopeSpringsEternal hope]], [[TheEmpath compassion]] and [[ThePowerOfLove love]], respectively) can all be considered "good". But it's also pointless to try to wipe out the "evil" Lanterns, since they simply channel emotions exuded by living beings--which will ''always'' exist, regardless of how many Lanterns are defeated. And regardless of their noble intentions, the "good" Lanterns are also ineffectual in many ways: the Blue Lanterns lack the willpower to affect change, the Indigo Tribesmen are emotionally distant recluses, and the Star Sapphires lack the self-control necessary to act with clear judgment. That's why the titular Green Lanterns are so important: they lie at the center of the spectrum, and their central emotion ([[{{Determinator}} willpower]]) simply gives them the courage and fortitude to fight for what's right. The green light of willpower is the only force in the universe that can give its users great power without clouding their sense of morality.
* ** ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': Several members of the Greek pantheon who have an opposite balancing number show up, such as Eris (strife) and Harmonia (harmony), and when any who traditionally had a balancing opposite in the myths show up without said opposite they are hugely dangerous and often have to be put down in order to stop them such as Nemesis whose opposite number Tyche doesn't appear in the DCU.


There are several concerns with this philosophy. To start, it depends on how "Good", "Evil" are defined and recognized. If a society does not recognize QuestionableConsent, let alone view it as "Evil", does it still need to be balanced? Does preserving the balance mean that you have to, say, defend a murderous rapist's right to murder and rape? If a QuestionableConsent is harmless and RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, then where would Balance draw the line between defending the perpetrator or defending the victim? In those cases, "Good" and "Evil" become something more similar to physical forces like "Hot" and "Cold" and don't have anything to do with morality at all. Such a balance also contrasts with the SlidingScaleOfUnavoidableVersusUnforgivable, which argues that there are some evils which cannot be tolerated. If all evil is necessary to maintain balance, then it by definition ''must'' be tolerated.

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There are several concerns with this philosophy. To start, it depends on how "Good", "Good" and "Evil" are defined and recognized. If a society does not recognize QuestionableConsent, let alone view it as "Evil", does it still need to be balanced? Does preserving the balance mean that you have to, say, defend a murderous rapist's right to murder and rape? If a QuestionableConsent is harmless and RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, then where would Balance draw the line between defending the perpetrator or defending the victim? In those cases, "Good" and "Evil" become something more similar to physical forces like "Hot" and "Cold" and don't have anything to do with morality at all. Such a balance also contrasts with the SlidingScaleOfUnavoidableVersusUnforgivable, which argues that there are some evils which cannot be tolerated. If all evil is necessary to maintain balance, then it by definition ''must'' be tolerated.


An equally-challenging definition is "Balance"; when would one recognize that the world is in such an equilibrium? If the world is at peace, then does that disadvantage the Evil side, and if Good and Evil are at war, then does that [[WarIsHelldisadvantage the Good side]]? Does a thousand years of peace need to be balanced by a thousand years of chaos and destruction? What if [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce said destruction (or any evil act) cannot be undone]]?

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An equally-challenging definition is "Balance"; when would one recognize that the world is in such an equilibrium? If the world is at peace, then does that disadvantage the Evil side, and if Good and Evil are at war, then does that [[WarIsHelldisadvantage [[WarIsHell disadvantage the Good side]]? Does a thousand years of peace need to be balanced by a thousand years of chaos and destruction? What if [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce said destruction (or any evil act) cannot be undone]]?


There are several concerns with this philosophy. To start, it depends on how "Good", "Evil" and "Balance" are defined and recognized. If a society does not recognize QuestionableConsent, let alone view it as "Evil", does it still need to be balanced? Does preserving the balance mean that you have to, say, defend a murderous rapist's right to murder and rape? If a QuestionableConsent is harmless and RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, then where would Balance draw the line between defending the perpetrator or defending the victim? In those cases, "Good" and "Evil" become something more similar to physical forces like "Hot" and "Cold" and don't have anything to do with morality at all. Such a balance also contrasts with the SlidingScaleOfUnavoidableVersusUnforgivable, which argues that there are some evils which cannot be tolerated. If all evil is necessary to maintain balance, then it by definition ''must'' be tolerated.

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There are several concerns with this philosophy. To start, it depends on how "Good", "Evil" and "Balance" are defined and recognized. If a society does not recognize QuestionableConsent, let alone view it as "Evil", does it still need to be balanced? Does preserving the balance mean that you have to, say, defend a murderous rapist's right to murder and rape? If a QuestionableConsent is harmless and RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, then where would Balance draw the line between defending the perpetrator or defending the victim? In those cases, "Good" and "Evil" become something more similar to physical forces like "Hot" and "Cold" and don't have anything to do with morality at all. Such a balance also contrasts with the SlidingScaleOfUnavoidableVersusUnforgivable, which argues that there are some evils which cannot be tolerated. If all evil is necessary to maintain balance, then it by definition ''must'' be tolerated.
tolerated.

An equally-challenging definition is "Balance"; when would one recognize that the world is in such an equilibrium? If the world is at peace, then does that disadvantage the Evil side, and if Good and Evil are at war, then does that [[WarIsHelldisadvantage the Good side]]? Does a thousand years of peace need to be balanced by a thousand years of chaos and destruction? What if [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce said destruction (or any evil act) cannot be undone]]?


Good may be portrayed as being ''[[GoodIsImpotent intrinsically weaker]]'' than the "unbalancing" forces of Evil, implying that maintaining the Balance is the best outcome it can hope for. Another case is that the force of Evil is an OmnicidalManiac and ''wants'' to destroy the balance for that reason, but even then the trope may still be played straight by the force of Evil destroying both good ''and'' evil entirely, and thus forming a balance of zero.

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If VillainsActHeroesReact is in place, Good may be portrayed as being ''[[GoodIsImpotent intrinsically weaker]]'' than the "unbalancing" forces of Evil, implying that maintaining the with counteraction to maintain Balance is being the best outcome it can hope for. Another case is that the force of Evil is an OmnicidalManiac and ''wants'' to destroy the balance for that reason, but even then the trope may still be played straight by the force of Evil destroying both good ''and'' evil entirely, and thus forming a balance of zero.
zero. The opposite can thus be true when HeroesActVillainsHinder, with Evil preventing Good from progressing (see StatusQuoIsGod).



There are several concerns with this philosophy. To start, it depends on how "Good", "Evil" and "Balance" are defined and recognized. If a society does not recognize QuestionableConsent, let alone view it as "Evil", does it still need to be balanced? Does preserving the balance mean that you have to, say, defend a murderous rapist's right to murder and rape? If a QuestionableConsent is harmless and RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, then where would Balance draw the line between defending the perpetrator or defending the victim? In those cases, "Good" and "Evil" become something more similar to physical forces like "Hot" and "Cold" and don't have anything to do with morality at all. Such a balance also contrasts with the SlidingScaleOfUnavoidableVersusUnforgivable, since if all evil is necessary to maintain balance, then it by definition can't be avoided.

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There are several concerns with this philosophy. To start, it depends on how "Good", "Evil" and "Balance" are defined and recognized. If a society does not recognize QuestionableConsent, let alone view it as "Evil", does it still need to be balanced? Does preserving the balance mean that you have to, say, defend a murderous rapist's right to murder and rape? If a QuestionableConsent is harmless and RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, then where would Balance draw the line between defending the perpetrator or defending the victim? In those cases, "Good" and "Evil" become something more similar to physical forces like "Hot" and "Cold" and don't have anything to do with morality at all. Such a balance also contrasts with the SlidingScaleOfUnavoidableVersusUnforgivable, since if which argues that there are some evils which cannot be tolerated. If all evil is necessary to maintain balance, then it by definition can't ''must'' be avoided.tolerated.

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