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  • The Order of the Stick:
    • As well as being a huge example of Lawful Stupid, the paladin Miko Miyazaki is an example of this Trope. The gods of that continent might not actually be much better, but to their credit, they did revoke Miko's paladin-ness after she finally went too far by executing Lord Shojo out of paranoia.
    • In the print-only book Start of Darkness, according to Redcloak, the gods made the Always Chaotic Evil races such as Goblins, Orcs, Kobolds and such as XP Fodder for their followers to kill and level up, thus getting stronger.
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  • Zoophobia's Adina is literally a glowing angel, who takes it upon herself to destroy those who she deems to be sinners.
  • The Ivory Veil of Antiheroes is an organization of paladins and allies that the paladins don't lose their paladin powers by associating with assembled by a trapped evil demigod and used as his personal army.
  • Dominic Deegans Lord Siegfried "Siggy" von Callan falls neatly into this category. A Royal Knight of the comic's kingdom, and one of the most masculine (and arguably, prettiest) characters in the comic, Siggy also happens to be temperamental, violent, and a raging racist cheerfully capable of hanging innocent, nature-loving Orcs from adolescence.
    • This is also something of An Aesop in the "Storm Of Souls" Story Arc, which goes out of its way to state that Light, Law, Chaos, and Darkness can all be negative forces if one gains too much of an advantage. The Hero is, therefore, the Champion of Balance. He still fights the Avatar of Chaos and Darkness because he was the one messing things up at that point, but his predecessor fought against abuses of Light and Law in flashbacks.
      • In fact, Raf Malkish, the previous Champion of Light and Law, was willing to kill the family members of his followers to create a Acibek, a Golem of Law. The first thing Acibek did when he was activated? Expose Raf's actions in disgust.
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    • In the recent Orc Lands saga, Dominic explains that in Orc religion, Ice represents good and Fire evil. When his companion pointed out that it was an odd thing to base religion on, Dominic pointed out that orcs felt the same way about humans using Light and Dark. What make Light good and Dark evil?
      • While the Necromancers of the Shintula clan, who channel the black Power of Death, can be quite violent and brutal and are not known for kindness, they are mostly desperate and try to save the land. The Bikta, who channel the white Power of Life, are however Knight Templars of the worst kind.
  • In this strip of Fans!, after the 23-sider of power is recreated, Tim spells out this trope for Ally.
  • The Light Warriors of 8-Bit Theater who despite being (or more accurately passing off as) the Chosen Ones of destiny are a bunch of Villain Protagonists who commit a bunch of atrocities For the Evulz and/or out of sheer incompetence. In fact, they've been straight up stated to be the most evil beings of the world, with Fighter being the exception.
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  • Blanc from Adventurers! had white hair, wore all white, and shot blasts of white energy.
  • The main character Danny of Chess Piece uses Holy, but is a sadistic, amoral Evil Prince who may or may not have killed his great-grandfather. Ironically, in spite of this, (and his Take Over the World scheme) a short time when he ruled the country while his dad was gone saw him to be a fair ruler. Go figure.
    • That's because it's purposely kept ambiguous on what he plans to do with the world once he takes over it.
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Sparklelord is a rainbow-maned anthropomorphic unicorn who's also a former Evil Overlord and potentially perhaps the most dangerous adversary in the comic.
  • Tower of God
    • Rachel: Bamnote  often refers to her with light metaphors and when they first met, light shone down on her as if she were in a religious painting. Add to that her biblical name, her gold eyes and matching hair and you'd think she'd be a good guy. You'd be wrong. She is in fact just a normal girl of very low birth who wanted to escape her life. When Headon strikes a deal with her to sacrifice Bam to ensure her way up the Tower, which would grant her a single wish, she accepts. Later, she kills Bam, or so she thinks, and gets taken in by his new best friend Khun's team, playing a disabled girl.
    • Angel is literally called that, and many though not all elements of her looks match the idea, including angelic wings and halo she gets sometimes. She also has attacks that could be described as light-based. And she's a murderous psycho.
    • White is, well, called White, and he positively glows white and his fully powered form has something resembling angel wings. And he's a monstrous mass murderer.
  • Shadowgirls's main villain, Mother Hydra. In human host she/it has light-based powers, as a Foil to protagonist's shadow-based. It doesn't help that her host is blonde girl who happens to speak in golden speech-bubbles.
  • In Misguided Light, God thinks a certain Nazi war criminal can be trusted with divine powers, including the abilities to control light and enslave people.
  • Kore from Goblins is a paladin - how he remains a paladin is yet to be revealed - who kills supposedly Always Chaotic Evil races, as well as anyone who associates with them, voluntarily or not. Knight Templar does not even begin to cut it. His magical aura looks like angel wings made of tortured souls.
    • Specifically, its implied to be the souls he killed, chained to his back.
  • In Blip, you have several examples. Lucifer and the chibi Angels, the classics. But then you have these guys, who are different from our Harmless Villain chibi angels, and have the whole "For the greater good" crap going on.
  • Three of Homestuck's characters are Heroes of Light, and they all play with this trope a little. Rose, as the Seer of Light, touches it by proxy, preferring to use dark-based magic (thus playing into Dark Is Not Evil), while Vriska, the Thief of Light, is a Hero with an F in Good at best. Vriska is contrasted to Aranea, a Sylph of Light combining healing with her aspect who's well intentioned and willing to sacrifice anyone in a plan to fix the paradox-space.
    • "Light" in the Homestuck mythos is actually about information and luck, not goodness or literal light, which partially explains this.
    • Eridan is the "Prince of Hope", yet has genocidal ambitions. He gets a white wand that lets him shoot blasts of light, and becomes decidedly a Not-So-Harmless Villain by using them to blind his romantic rival and kill his love interest, an egg needed to revive his race's future chance of survival, and the friend in charge of keeping it. Later it's revealed that the Prince class is one who destroys their Aspect or destroys with it.
    • Troll mythology holds that angels are evil monsters. When they appear in the story, they appear to be made of pure light.
    • In fact, one of the posters on the MSPA forum has noticed that most "threats [to the trolls] feature or involve lights or brightness" (Vriska's fairy sparkles, Eridan's wwhite science, vampire Kanaya (the troll undead are associated with the sun, and Kanaya glows), the way Terezi becomes blind, Bec Noir's white-green lightning, and Lord English (implied to be their culture's version of The Grim Reaper, seen below).) "All pretty grim and chilling for a nocturnal race—very well-constructed".
    • Meenah, the Thief of Life, is a Sociopathic Hero whose first appearance is assaulting a stranger for the hell of it. She openly admires her Alternate Universe self, the Condesce, who conquered and tyrannized civilizations throughout the galaxy before being made The Dragon.
    • The comic's Big Bad Lord English also counts, seeing as he's flashing in a number of colors matching up to billiard balls and he has a Breath Weapon of color-shifting light that can kill ghosts and destroy spacetime itself. Leaving mysterious cracks that also brightly glow in his billiard colors. It should also be noted that the only zone of reality he's been seen destroying in the Furthest Ring, which is contrasted to his cracks by usually being pitch-black. His entire gang is also associated with a bright green, and his omniscient right-hand man Doc Scratch with the color white.
    • Sburb players' dreamselves are divided between the light moon of Prospit and the dark moon of Derse. Of the three trolls that pulled a Face–Heel Turn, two had a Prospitian dreamself. Additionally, guess where the dreamself of the player who offered no remorse or justification for their actions resided.
  • Angelo, from Our Little Adventure. He is a high level cleric who wears a non-evil (though a bit whimsical) outfit, complete with a Holy Halo. What he actually is, is an evil and mentally unstable villain with a legion of fanatical followers.
  • In Demon Eater, the path to The wasteland which actually is the human world is a big hole of light in the pitch-black demon world.
  • in Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi Bell has long, white hair and her costume is also white but she's the Evil Counterpart to the title characters, especially Blossom.
  • In Off-White, the white spirit snow leopard is very...malevolently territorial at the very least.
    • Skoll, the white wolf spirit, wants the world to "die in darkness."
  • MAG-ISA: Lucia says she is the light. But is she really good?
    1. Note: Old date-based URLs: 562 was Dec 15 2012, 317 was Apr 11 2009, 364 was Jan 19 2020
  • The angels from Slightly Damned are all 'holy' beings, but most of the ones seen are racist jerks at best, or a murdering Knight Templar at worst.
  • Altair of White Dark Life is an angel. And also a complete and utter sociopathic murderer of demons(themselves not truly evil) who has no problems with destroying the Balance of Good and Evil just to please God. Though thankfully, the other angels follow the other trope.
  • The White Immortal from El Goonish Shive does his best to present himself as an angelic figure. He is also a rather unpleasant fellow willing to manipulate Tara the griffin, and take advantage of her desire to find her wife in order to hurt Elliot.
  • The Zedi Order from Space Blood are an evil equivalent to the Jedi Order and can be compared to an overzealous church order that thinks killing a certain sexuality is good and their so called God, Sanctamus the incarnation of the Sacred Side has a light based name but has not been seen.
  • In True Villains, Light powers are the hallmark of Holy magic — which is granted by a God of Progress who is Above Good and Evil. The Paladin uses them extensively, which causes the flagrantly evil team Necromancer a lot of trouble, but he keeps on using them after returning as an insane vampire on a mission to wipe out all life on the continent.
  • Played with in The Last Halloween. The Phagocyte really does protect humanity as evidenced by all of the apocalyptic chaos when he's incapacitated. At the same time, he's also definitely an asshole who oppresses the Undead.
  • Sorcery 101 has Light and Dark as branches of magic with associated supernatural entities and factions. Angels are beings of pure Light who show complete Black-and-White Insanity, disregard mortal life and human morality, and think nothing of gaslighting children into acceding to the Light's plans for them.
  • Magical Girl - Killer?, has Basilisk, who may look like a Magical Girl of the good side with her pink motif and power of light, but in truth, she is a murderer who enjoys devouring souls without a shed of remorse.
  • Perfection Engine has King Animamundi the Eidolon King, ruler of an (otherwise) all-female angelic race. His aim is to create a perfect society and the perfect people, holy aesthetics and all, in an attempt to bring back the all-powerful Maker. All Eidolons were originally human, but the King forces everyone to undergo the transformation by splicing out everything imperfect about an individual, even the individual's soul. The human parts that are spliced out are disposed of and locked away far from the Kingdom, resulting in a fate far worse than death. Naturally, this is a fact that is to never to be mentioned in the greater Eidolon society.
  • Played with throughout the whole story in Warrior U. Hevvin the Unicorn is clearly insane and psychopatic, and yet he still ends up being adored by unsuspecting bystanders. He is also the Manipulative Bastard who feels no remorse about using the goodwill of people to accomplish his own nefarious goals.
  • Moraebaek in I Don't Want This Kind of Hero is a man clad in white with with purification powers. He's also a murderous Yandere and essentially the Big Bad of the series.
  • Played with with Brook in I'm the Grim Reaper. He wears white and pink, in contrast to Scarlet's black and red, and is also another Grim Reaper who defeats her easily. It's played with in that Scarlet isn't exactly a truly heroic character, and Brook still works for an infamous gang, and it's later revealed that they have similar views on how to kill sinners.


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