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** ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' has the All-Consuming Darkness, a SentientCosmicForce composed of vice, corruption, and despair. It infects places where acts of evil were committed, impeding good deeds and strengthening evil. Worse, suffer emotional shock in one of these Tainted Places (or just spend too long in one), and it can infect you. As a Darkened, vices become more emotionally rewarding and virtues less, you gain a new superpower (complete with [[PowerAtAPrice nasty drawback]] every time you sin badly enough to lose Integrity, and you can learn a wide assortment of BlackMagic, most of which causes Breaking Points to learn or use.


** In fact, the Dark Powers of ''Ravenloft'' don't reward evil, they actually punishes it horrifically, by dangling the evil person's greatest desire just out of reach. ''For all eternity.''

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** In fact, the Dark Powers of ''Ravenloft'' don't reward evil, they actually punishes it horrifically, ''punish'' it, horribly, by dangling the evil person's greatest desire just out of reach. ''For all eternity.''


* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', this is represented by the "power of Darkness", which eventually corrupts all of the main villains and TheRival Riku. Later games establish that DarkIsNotEvil (sort of), allowing Riku to retain his good guy status ''and'' his [[EvilIsCool cool]] Darkness powers.

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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', this is represented by the "power of Darkness", which eventually corrupts all of the main villains and TheRival Riku. Later games establish that DarkIsNotEvil (sort of), allowing Riku to retain his good guy good-guy status ''and'' his [[EvilIsCool cool]] Darkness powers.

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** And then there's ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'' and its follow-up, ''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}'', where the force endangering wraiths and ghosts is the center of entropy itself, manifesting in every one of them as a dark personality called the Shadow that constantly urges them to embrace Oblivion. However, the associated dark energy, Angst (or Spite in ''Orpheus'') can also be used to fuel potent powers. These can allow the wraith to survive and fight another day, but at the cost of feeding their Shadow and destroying their soul.


** Considered by itself, ''Episode VII: Film/TheForceAwakens'' actually [[AvertedTrope averts]] this: [[spoiler: Kylo Ren has spent quite enough time serving the Dark Side of the Force, and he is intellectually convinced that this is the right thing to do -- but it has not corrupted him into total evil and made him forget his human attachments. Instead he is still, in an ironic inversion, tempted by the Light Side.]]

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** Considered by itself, ''Episode VII: Film/TheForceAwakens'' actually [[AvertedTrope averts]] {{avert|edTrope}}s this: [[spoiler: Kylo [[spoiler:Kylo Ren has spent quite enough time serving the Dark Side of the Force, and he is intellectually convinced that this is the right thing to do -- but it has not corrupted him into total evil and made him forget his human attachments. Instead he is still, in an ironic inversion, tempted by the Light Side.]]



* Somewhat predictably for the setting, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' takes this trope and hurls it screaming over the edge in the form of Chaos. The result? There's no Light Side--only a sort of Gray Side, and the actual Dark Side is ''sentient''. A sentient, extremely intelligent, masterfully manipulative, and very powerful Dark Side that occasionally takes matters into its own hands when mortal pawns aren't getting the job done. However, the greatest defense everybody has against Chaos is itself, since it or its [[GodOfEvil major manifestations]] will always turn on itself(/each other).

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* Somewhat predictably for the setting, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' takes this trope and hurls it screaming over the edge in the form of Chaos. The result? There's no Light Side--only a sort of Gray Side, and the actual Dark Side is ''sentient''. A sentient, extremely intelligent, masterfully manipulative, and very powerful Dark Side that occasionally takes matters into its own hands when mortal pawns aren't getting the job done. However, the greatest defense everybody has against Chaos is itself, since it or its [[GodOfEvil major manifestations]] will always turn on itself(/each other).



** An excellent example of the power of Chaos, is the Literature/HorusHeresy novel {{Fulgrim}}. Fulgrim starts out as a Primarch, the settings' equivalent of a human archangel, and a great lover of art of all kinds. In the end, the least of his depravities is creating art with the blood and screams of his victims. Throughout Fulgrim's descent into madness, he never fully realized what was happening, and every step on the way makes absolute, reasonable, bone-chilling ''sense''.
** Dark Eldar started out as the most hedonistic members of their species, culminating in an orgy so huge it ''squicked a Chaos God into existence''. Because of their inability to contain such urges, they cannot use the same disciplined mindset to keep their souls from said Chaos God (as due to how he was born he instantly takes the soul of any Eldar upon death unless it was protected) nor do they have a god to protect them like the Harlequins. The end result is that each Dark Eldar have to go into further depravity to fuel their agelessness, essentially tossing the suffering of others in place of their own souls. Unlike other examples, some Dark Eldar can actually get the discipline to leave this lifestyle and become either Exodites, join a Craft World, or get accepted into the Harlequins. Conversely, Craftworlders and Exodites (especially those on the Path of the Outcast) are not immune from the temptation, and can lose themselves in the Dark Eldar ways as well.

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** An excellent example of the power of Chaos, is the Literature/HorusHeresy novel {{Fulgrim}}.''Fulgrim''. Fulgrim starts out as a Primarch, the settings' equivalent of a human archangel, and a great lover of art of all kinds. In the end, the least of his depravities is creating art with the blood and screams of his victims. Throughout Fulgrim's descent into madness, he never fully realized what was happening, and every step on the way makes absolute, reasonable, bone-chilling ''sense''.
** Dark Eldar started out as the most hedonistic members of their species, culminating in an orgy so huge it ''squicked a Chaos God into existence''. Because of their inability to contain such urges, they cannot use the same disciplined mindset to keep their souls from said Chaos God (as due to how he was born he instantly takes the soul of any Eldar upon death unless it was protected) nor do they have a god to protect them like the Harlequins. The end result is that each Dark Eldar have to go into further depravity to fuel their agelessness, essentially tossing the suffering of others in place of their own souls. Unlike other examples, some Dark Eldar can actually get the discipline to leave this lifestyle and become either Exodites, join a Craft World, Craftworld, or get accepted into the Harlequins. Conversely, Craftworlders and Exodites (especially those on the Path of the Outcast) are not immune from the temptation, and can lose themselves in the Dark Eldar ways as well.


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** Interestingly, the "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy is presented slightly differently than what comes after. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential. ''Users'' can be Dark Side, yes, but the Force itself isn't in nature. It's the Prequels that first movie-canonized a Dark Side of the ''Force''.

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* The Land of Shura arc of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' focused on Kenshiro finding and taking down the masters of Hokuto Ryuken, which was in essence the EvilCounterpart of Hokuto Shinken (a style which is already damn horrifying when used to kill), whose practitioners used Matouki (a more evil version of Touki) for their fighting techniques, which ended up corrupting them.

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* Wrestling/{{Holidead}} promotes the hashtag #thedarksideisthebestside.


** Interestingly, the "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy is presented slightly differently than what comes after. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential. ''Users'' can be Dark Side, yes, but the Force itself isn't in nature. It's the Prequels that first movie-canonized a Dark Side of the ''Force''

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** Interestingly, the "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy is presented slightly differently than what comes after. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential. ''Users'' can be Dark Side, yes, but the Force itself isn't in nature. It's the Prequels that first movie-canonized a Dark Side of the ''Force''''Force''.


** Interestingly, the "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy is presented slightly differently than what comes after. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential. ''Users'' can be Dark Side, yes, but the Force itself naturally isn't. It's the Prequels that first movie-canonized a Dark Side of the ''Force''

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** Interestingly, the "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy is presented slightly differently than what comes after. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential. ''Users'' can be Dark Side, yes, but the Force itself naturally isn't.isn't in nature. It's the Prequels that first movie-canonized a Dark Side of the ''Force''


** Interestingly, there is no mention of a "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential. It's the Prequels that first directly names the Dark Side rather than just having followers of a twisted phiosophy (the Sith).

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** Interestingly, there is no mention of a the "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy.Trilogy is presented slightly differently than what comes after. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential. ''Users'' can be Dark Side, yes, but the Force itself naturally isn't. It's the Prequels that first directly names the movie-canonized a Dark Side rather than just having followers of a twisted phiosophy (the Sith).the ''Force''


** Interestingly, there is no mention of a "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential. It's the Prequels that first directly mentions the Dark Side rather than just having followers of a twisted phiosophy (the Sith).

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** Interestingly, there is no mention of a "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential. It's the Prequels that first directly mentions names the Dark Side rather than just having followers of a twisted phiosophy (the Sith).


** Interestingly, there is no mention of a "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential.

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** Interestingly, there is no mention of a "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential. It's the Prequels that first directly mentions the Dark Side rather than just having followers of a twisted phiosophy (the Sith).

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** Interestingly, there is no mention of a "Dark Side" of the Force in the Original Trilogy. The Force is implied to be inherently good rather than balanced between good and bad, and the villains are simply perverting it's potential.

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