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  • In Angel of the Bat, The Seraphim dresses all in white, has wings etc. in intentional contrast to Batman and to hold up his motif as an angel. He is also a psychotic murderer.


  • Child of the Storm has a couple:
    • Gravemoss is a Light Elf from Alfheim, who's pale as bone, with white hair... and a Necromancer who revels in evil, sending his pack of hunting zombies after a young family as a test run, and sending Dementors (which find his memories too vile to eat) into a cancer ward For the Evulz. Even Lucius Malfoy finds him revolting.
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    • In the sequel, the Dark Phoenix as a chief example - a minor manifestation had the character in question (Harry) become a Humanoid Abomination dressed in red and gold (albeit a dark red), with Glowing Eyes of Doom and a considerable Throat Light. The fully fledged version, the original (Surtur), turned into an Eldritch Abomination that looked like a figure entirely carved of white-hot flame... except for the pitch-black, soulless eyes.
  • Goddess Reborn Chronicle has light as not good, but lawful. It was once better, until Lucifer fell, that is. Now, it's hegemony, order, security, sameness, authority, things of that sort. Not that chaos is much better.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures and Teen Titans crossover fanfiction A Shadow of the Titans, Brother Blood, like in TT canon, fits this, being Faux Affably Evil with white and gold robes. In fact, at one point Jinx notes that the colors seem to represent greed and death. This contrasts well with Jade's Dark Is Not Evil theme.
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  • The disturbing procedure of a dimension turning into nothing in Royal Heights is a every spec of life within the land being turned into clusters of golden butterflies and glowing dust while everyone screams in fear and agony.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Alan Scott is the original Green Lantern and a powerful, venerated Hero who wants to protect Earth from any possibility of an alien invasion after the Lantern War. Unfortunately, he jumps straight into Well-Intentioned Extremist territory by leading the charge to oust or exterminate every alien on Earth and anyone associated with them or wants to come to Earth. Even alien Heroes like Starfire and the Martian Manhunter aren't exempt from his extremism. Izuku is utterly terrified of him and even All Might is worried about how Scott would react to learning about the boy's existence.


  • In Challenge of the Super Friends: The End, Eldritch Abomination the Benefactor is described in one chapter as
    "Now. A solid thing now, emitting the ghostly brightness of morning fog; for the Benefactor was not a being of darkness, not a creature of the shadows. No. Not darkness. Never of darkness. The Benefactor was a being of the brightest light, and it was here in the chamber with him, standing within arm's reach of him."

Harry Potter

  • This has become a bit of a trend in the fandom. Rather than the spells themselves being evil, the authors postulate that it's the intent behind them that matters. This is largely an answer to questions about why they never kill the racist, terrorist, murdering wizards; once dark spells are no longer evil, you can start actually fighting without being as bad as they are.
    • Some examples: the kind of severing charm they use for cooking, Wingardium Leviosa hard into the ceiling until the victim's neck breaks, or the old fairy tale favorite, Tarantallegra, until the heart gives out from the strain of constant dancing. These people are armed to kill from age eleven.
    • On a less literal level, the Houses Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw. While the Slytherins make up most of the bad guys in the actual novels, it is made quite clear that, just as not all present Slytherins are evil, the potential for assholes from the Houses that are seemingly more benevolent to exist is considerably large, and indeed a few show up, although not very prominently.
    • This is a common element in Gray fics. While the Dark end of the magical spectrum is not shown to be all hugs and misunderstood loners who want love, the Light side is often just as bad, or a little better/worse than the dark magicals. The gray characters tend to tell both to die and generally make it happen.
  • In Abandon by Batsutousai, Harry and Tom Riddle fall in love and Harry and his friends join the dark side. It is still clear that Tom is the evil one and the Death Eaters are still "the dark side", but as the story goes on, Dumbledore and the light side appear more and more as manipulative bastards and the reader is compelled to not blame Harry for turning dark.
  • Dumbledore in the Lightning on the Wave's Arc of Sacrifices series, juxtaposing Harry's Dark Is Not Evil.
  • In the Dark!Harry fic The Darkness Series, Harry believes this and later exploits it: Harry uses the Conspiracy Theory that Dumbledore is the Light Lord and forcing everyone to use light spells so they will obey him to get Fudge on his side. Also Played Straight because there are several hints (such as the prophecy) that seem to suggest that Harry is the Light Lord.
  • In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Harry finds that, when he becomes truly angry, he enters a Tranquil Fury state in which his mind works even better than it normally doesnote . When Snape's bullying pushes him into this cold state during Harry's first Potions class, Harry asks how he would go about getting abusive teachers fired. Snape bullies him worse, and Harry tries to leave the classroom. When Snape locks the door, Harry escapes using a Time Turner, which he had been told not to use in any way that could indicate its purpose. When his anger leaves, he starts frantically thinking how to get himself out of trouble, and eventually pushes himself back into his Tranquil Fury state in order to think clearly. He thus remembers that he was not completely in the wrong, remembers the other victims of Snape's bullying (who he had been told of previously), and notes that his "light side" is the more selfish and cowardly state of mind.
  • In Heir there's Dumbledore-Leader of the Light, who has no problem with placing a child in an abusive household, using kids as pawns, or arranging for the deaths of his students.
  • Sergey Yurchenko's Harry Potter/Warhammer 40K crossover School Daemon and related works in the same verse: the "White Circle", a secret society which can be described as acting "for the Greater Good". Dumbledore is a high-ranking member, and claims working towards bettering humankind, e.g. through advancing magical Britain from a medieval feudal state to a modern democracy. The eponymous daemon Morion notes that the White Circle is more about having control of what people think and believe than about helping them. The White Circle's members are also prone to "the ends justify the means" and "those not with us — are against us" principles.
    • Dumbledore is at least trying to minimize the pain and suffering of others involved in the grand scenario; at the same time he is not above using potions, emotional blackmail, legilimency manipulation and outright mind control. In the fourth book of School Daemon, a Mr. Darrow, card-carrying member of the White Circle, is running Voldmort's resurrection to advance their plans; the very same Mr. Darrow has accused Dumbledore of being too soft.
    • In Two Souls. Alternate Miniatures, after Dumbledore's demise, the White Circle has enough clout (and blackmail material) to silence the Wizengamot and install another of theirs as the Hogwarts Headmaster. Harry (Potter) notes that the new Headmaster, Ignatius Oldgood, is an even more blatantly cliche grandfatherly "wise leader" figure, and snarks that the White Circle mass-produces those grandfathers somewhere.
    • In Waves of Chaos, after Harry and Hermione have holed themselves up at Grimmauld 12 with Luna, the White Circle stages both an attack at the Burrow and Ginny's kidnapping — both as false flag ops, with their mercenaries in Death Eater garb — to draw the boy-who-lived out and retake control to put the scenario back on tracks. Ginny's kidnappers' hideout is also a trap for Harry and Hermione, designed to "reset their loyalties". After Harry has sprung the trap with some minor daemons (thanks to Luna), Moody encounters the enchanted enslaved daemons in Dumbledore's office and calls Dumbledore out on what exactly that spell would have done to the teenagers.
    • In Armsmaster of Chaos Harry is given a vision of what would happen if the White Circle was to win on Earth. Their Magnum Opus, a spell of pure Light, wipes out not just Voldemort and his forces, but everybody and everything that could be considered "Dark". Including Remus Lupin (cursed werewolf), Nymphadora Tonks (dark shapeshifter AKA metamorphmagus) and their son Teddy. The victory celebrations are cut short by an act of cosmic retribution - the universe itself rejects this Earth (as any other worlds of pure Light or Darkness), destroying it.

Kingdom Hearts

  • There are quite a few Kingdom Hearts fics positing that, in order to complete the trifecta of Dark Heartless and Twilight Nobodies, the third faction of evil beings will be light-based and Knight Templar-ish.

The Lion King

  • Scar's Samsara: The Kings of the Past and especially Ahadi, since they are described as stars and use light as a weapon, but are at the very least non-good due to their methods and how conservative they are.


  • In this parody of a certain Merlin fanfic, this trope is played with, most notoriously with Arthur and the Dragon (the later reimagined as a Lucifer like figure).
    "Oh don't worry, the light will fry many more brains..."

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • Multiple My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fics have an evil Princess Celestia.
    • Chaos Is Very Good has an evil Celestia, Discord (who canonically casts bright lights when reality warping, and the fanfic mentions how "pristine" said light is) and the mesoamerican deity Tohil (who started the whole thing). Really, it's a good idea to go away from the light in that world...
    • Freedom Through Harmony has Book I being all about killing the corrupt Celestia.
    • Sunshine and Fire features a world where Celestia turned evil instead of Luna, defeated her, got rid of the moon and keeps the world trapped in an oppressive eternal day. Understandably, the citizens associate light with death, and darkness with safety.
    • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse features a universe where Celestia became Corona, the Tyrant Sun, and was banished into the Sun by Princess Luna with the aid of the Elements of Harmony. And unlike in the canon plotline, the ponies did not forget their crazy evil princess. Even a thousand years after Corona's banishment, nopony will ever willingly be out-of-doors during the noon hour, gold is shunned, and ponies say go to the Sun the same way we say go to hell.


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Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Played with in Sonic X: Dark Chaos. The Angel Federation stays neutral during a brutal civil war; Jesus decides to get involved, but sends his most powerful assassin Tephiroth to investigate. Neither of them are explicitly evil though, feeding into the setting's Gray-and-Gray Morality.

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Star Wars

  • Played for Laughs in the fanfic series Sith Academy, starring Darth Maul as a Villain Protagonist. Between the frequent mind trick abuse, outrageous and inappropriate sexual hedonism, and practice of hauling non-conformers to a mental hospital and drugging/electro-shocking them into submission, the Jedi Order can only be described as blatantly, hilariously corrupt.
    "Qui-Gon told me to quit seeing you," Obi-Wan sniffled. "Last time I defied him he sent me to the Jedi Happy Farm to be reprogrammed with Andy Griffith reruns." He shivered. Maul shivered as well. And people thought the Sith were cruel?

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