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The Sun God's light can pierce through even the thickest clouds, bathing the land in warmth with his immeasurable strength.

"In order to protect all that is beautiful, my light will grant you magical powers."
The Luminary of Light, Apricot Cookie(s)!

One of the most common gods in fiction is the God of Light. This comes in four categories:

  • Solar Deity: A god with The Power of the Sun. This type of god is often a Top God or at least ranked very high in the divine food chain. If depicted as evil they may qualify as a Sinister Sentient Sun.
  • Bringer of the Dawn/Ruler of Day: A god whose domain is the dawn or day. They may overlap with God of the Sun. May have a vibrant and cheery personality.
  • Lord of Light: A deity whose domain is generic light. They are often heroic or may be the Big Good of the setting, but it is possible for them to be evil. They too are also likely to be a Top God.
  • God of the Stars: A deity with Star Power. This is the less common type of light deity. Their importance may vary among the pantheon. These gods are likely to be night deities due to stars being visible only at night.

If a deity associated with darkness or the night also exists, these deities typically have one of two relationships with them. The first one is opposition; the God of Light will view the nocturnal deity as a bitter enemy, and in these cases, the other deity is also associated with evil, destruction, and malevolence — Light Is Good, Dark Is Evil, and Nice Day, Deadly Night are all usually at play in these cases, and if the light god is a God of Good then the dark one will be a God of Evil. The second type has the two deities exist in balance and harmony, peacefully overseeing different parts of the cycle of day and night, and will often have a close relationship as equals; this is especially common when the nocturnal deity is associated with the moon, giving the two deities a Night and Day Duo dynamic. On rare occasions this deity might be evil; this is more often true for general light deities or those associated with stars (especially the Morning Star) rather than solar ones, though some examples of the latter do exist. God of Fire can overlap. This deity's faithful may take the form of Stern Sun Worshippers.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • One Piece: Nika is a figure of myth in the One Piece universe. He is worshipped as a Sun God, particularly by slaves who believed his return would grant them their freedom. It's eventually revealed Luffy's Devil Fruit, the Gum-Gum Fruit, is actually a Mythical Human-Human Fruit that makes him an avatar of Nika.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: Solar deities are strongly associated with White mana, the color of magic linked with light, daytime, law, order, and civilization. Depending on the god in question, they range from patrons of civilization and morality to Knights Templar and arrogant tyrants.
    • Tal was a solar deity worshipped by the humans of Terisiare during the Dark, an age of crumbling civilizations in the leadup to a Glacial Apocalypse. He does not make any in-person appearances in the story, but his church was a fanatical Anti-Magical Faction determined to hold the remnants of civilization together but willing to go to extreme and bloody lengths to do this.
    • Heliod is Theros' god of the sun, the chief of the gods, the lord of light, and the king of creation. He is also an arrogant tyrant who sees all others as beneath him. He is bitter enemies with Erebos, the God of the Dead, who came into being from Heliod's shadow when he tore it from himself and cast it into the Underworld.
    • The Threefold Sun is the primary deity of the humans of the Sun Empire of Ixalan. He makes no in-person appearances, but the Ixalani consider him the patron and protector of their civilization and worship him in three aspects — the creative aspect of Kinjalli, the Wakening Sun, which baked the first humans from clay and is associated with order and structure; the sustaining aspect of Ixalli, the Verdant Sun, which fosters growth and is associated with fertility and growth; and the consuming aspect of Tilonalli, the Burning Sun, which is associated with ferocity, fire, passionate emotions, and war. It is bitter foes with Aclazatoz, the bat-god of the night and creator of vampirism.
    • Kamigawa, based on Japan, had Terashi, the kami of the sun. Curiously for a set based on a culture where Amaterasu was the Top God, this is a fairly minor character with just some flavor text allusions, though in the original cycle it was one of the few kami still worshipped by humans when all others went cuckoo.
    • In Shadowmoor (based on dark fairy tales), the Oversoul of Dusk (typed "spirit avatar", but like with the kami this was before the type "god" was introduced) presides over the sun, which she hid away for unclear reasons.
    • In the Egyptian inspired Amonkhet the goddesses Oketra and Hazoret seem to be associated with the plane's twin suns, the former using their light to make her magical arrows and the latter said to be made of the same essence as the Second Sun.
    • The Norse inspired Kaldheim has Reidane. Though officially she's the "god of justice", her artwork depicts her shining radiantly and she seems to rule over Starnheim, the main light source and sun-analogue (how and why is unexplained considering its otherwise off-limits to the gods). Her card also forces snow lands to come in tapped, implying her light is melting them off.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • New Gods: Lightray is one of the New Gods of New Genesis. As his name implies, his powers revolve around light.
    • Superman: Rao, a Kryptonian deity whose name is often invoked or mentioned in Superman stories, is a sun god.
    • Supergirl (2005): After being hinted several times, the The Hunt for Reactron storyline reveals Thara Ak-Var is the vessel of Flamebird, the Kryptonian goddess of fire and light.
    • Shadowpact: The Sun King is a solar deity from another dimension who feeds on other universes.
    • Wonder Woman (2011): Apollo is God of the Sun (and is sometimes referred to as "Sun" in the story). He is the Arc Villain of the first 28 issues and dies trying to kill the First Born.
  • The Mighty Thor: Balder Odinson is the Asgardian God of Light and half-brother to Thor.

    Fairy Tales 
  • The Princess who Cried to the Moon: The story features a man named "Day", who is tasked with raising the sun and waking up the diurnal animals. When the diurnal animals hear that the Princess is blonde with blue eyes, they conclude that she's "one of them" (since the sky is blue and sunlight is golden) and rebel against Day, since he didn't let her have the moon she wanted. When it turns out that the Princess isn't blonde, they realize Day is in the right.

    Fan Works 
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: The God of Good collective is called The Light, and one way they can express their power is through their symbol of sunlight.
  • Oversaturated World: Group Precipitation: "Yet Another Revolution, by Tophe" has Granny Smith call Sunset a "sun goddess".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Gamers: Dorkness Rising: Therin is the Goddess of Light for the setting, for whom the adventurers are questing to help or so they think.
  • Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle: Ultraman Legend, the fused form of Cosmos and Justice is this to Cosmos' universe, regarded as the God of the Universe and considered the most powerful being in existence. Their main powers are light related just like its components.

    Game Books 
  • Lone Wolf: Both Kai and Ishir qualify. The former is a sun god while the latter is a goddess of moon and light. Both are Gods of Good.

  • Air Awakens: Mother Sun is one of the the most important gods of the Solaris Empire and is associated with the sun, daylight and fire — as well as the royal family, who have sun as their symbol.
  • A Batalha do Apocalipse: Yahweh is constantly referred to as the God of Light, with the angels and archangels calling Him the Splendent. In the Proto-Universe, He was associated with light while His nemesis Tehom, The Anti-God, represented darkness.
  • Cassandra Palmer: Apollo is the God of Light and Electricity and is a terrifying Energy Being who desires to enslave humanity.
  • The Dark Hunters: Apollo is the God of the Sun and serves as one of the series' most enduring and evil villains. After the death of his son and mistress, Apollo cursed the Daimon race to require blood to survive and to die when they reach 27. They were able to cheat this by becoming soul eaters, transforming them into a plague on humanity. Later books have Apollo himself as a main villain who plots mass death and destruction. He also serves as a major thorn in the side of the heroes as due to him being the God of the Sun, he can't be killed without the sun itself going out and causing the death of everything else.
  • Discworld: In Pyramids, Djelibeybian mythology states that the Pharaoh himself is the god responsible for making the sun rise. And that the sun is the eye of Yay, a god searching for his toenails. And that Scrab is the Pusher of the Ball of the Sun, and that Thrrp is the Charioteer of the Sun, and that Jeht is Boatsman of the Solar Orb, and there's also a Sun God called Cephnet. This is typical of Djelibeybian religion. When they get shunted into a pocket dimension where everything they believe is true, the various solar deities are shown fighting over it.
  • Inheritance Trilogy: Bright Itempas is the God of Order and Light. As one of the three Gods who created and sustain the universe, he imposes natural laws on the raw substance of his older sibling, the God of Chaos and Darkness. In human form, he appears as a black man with either Mystical White Hair or hair of pure light.
  • Lord of Light: Title Droped and averted in the story. Sam's powers are lightning-based. He is called Lord of Light "either because he could wield lightnings or because he refrained from doing so."
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The eponymous main character is the demigod son of Frey, the Norse god of peace, fertility, wealth, rain, summer, and sunshine. Magnus has inherited some of his father's abilities such as generating sunlight and transforming the area around him into summer.
  • Nightrunner:
    • Illior is known as "the Lightbringer" or "the Lightbearer." Unlike most light deities, Illior is associated with the moon instead of the sun, as well as wisdom, insanity, and oracles. Illior is the primary god of the main characters Alec and Seregil, who are thieves and spies.
    • Sakor is known as "the Flamebringer" and is also the god of the sun, war, and victory.
  • In The Silmarillion, Varda, queen of the Valar, would seem to fill this role. Specifically, she created the stars, which makes her the most beloved of the Eldar.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: R'hllor is a god of fire, light and life. He is the antithesis to the Great Other, the god of ice, darkness, and death.
  • Watership Down: Frith, the rabbits' god, is strongly associated with the sun, though whether he is the actual sun or not is contentious within the setting. In the film, he appears as a stylized sun who creates the world and gives animals their traits.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ultraman Nexus: Ultraman Noa, the true form of Nexus is considered this. Light is his main motif and he is a Guardian of the Multiverse that has incredible power and protected countless worlds for thousands of years. To add to the deity part, he also has multiple temples worshipping him through other installments in the Ultra Series.
  • Ultraman Cosmos: Ultraman Legend is hands down the most powerful being in the whole setting. Like his components Cosmos and Justice, he has light-based powers.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • Aboriginal Australian Myths:
    • Many sun goddesses.
    • The sky god Baiame is associated with light and the stars.
    • The Wandjina spirits are bright white. The reason for this is that they're meant to represent lightning flashes (though what they are is... complicated).
  • Aztec Mythology:
    • Quetzalcoatl is one of the most important deities in the Nahuatl mythos. He is associated with wisdom, life, knowledge, mercy, and of course, light.
    • There are two groups of star gods called Centzonhuitznahua and the Centzonmimixcoa. The Centzonhuitznahua are gods of the southern stars while the Centzonmimixcoa are gods of the northern stars.
    • Cipactonal is the god of the daytime.
    • The goddess Citlalicue created the stars.
    • Citlalmina is goddess of female stars
    • Citlalatonac is god of male stars.
    • Tianquiztli is another star goddess.
    • Xiuhtecuhtli, god of fire, day, and heat.
    • The myth of the Five Suns states the sun actually had four predecessors, which were periodically created and destroyed because of the gods' antics. Quetzalcoatl lights both the current one, the Fifth Sun, and the Second Sun. The First was lit by Tezcatlipoca, the Third by Tlaloc, and the Fourth by Chalchiuhtlicue. However, only Quetzalcoatl is usually deemed the god of the sun; Tezcatlipoca is (ironically) the god of the night sky, while both Tlaloc and Chalchiuhtlicue are the God Couple of water and rain.
  • African Mythology: Mawu-Lisa is the androgynous spirit of the sun, sky, and heat in the cosmology of the Fon people.
  • The Bible: God is connected with all aspects of creation, including darkness as there is a reason Satan is only the PRINCE of darkness, though He is most often associated with divine light.
  • Canaanite Mythology: Shapash is the goddess of the sun, essentially a feminine counterpart to the male Shamash of Mesopotamia. She takes different sides during the Ba'al conflict, likely due to the sun's role in the seasons.
  • Chinese Mythology: Zhulong is a dragon deity who was said to create day and night by opening and closing his eyes.
  • Classical Mythology:
    • Helios was the Greek god of the sun, which he carried across the sky in the back of his chariot. He was a relatively minor deity and appeared in few myths — he had little established personality as a result, and for the most part was simply a personification of the sun itself — and was eventually displaced by other deities which either took over his role or became conflated with him. He was the son of the titan Hyperion, who was sometimes conflated with him as well, and brother to Selene, the moon, and Eos, the dawn.
    • Apollo was the god of several things, including archery, poetry, and prophecy, but was also a deity of the sun and largely absorbed and replaced Helios around the 5th century BC. He was also a patron of Greece as a whole, as the Greeks saw him as embodying the archetypal ideal of their civilization.
    • Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
    • Sol is the Roman god of the sun.
    • The Titan Asteria was the goddess of nocturnal oracles and falling stars. Her name means "of the stars" or "starry one".
    • The little-known Hemera, an ancient goddess of daytime, and her brother/husband Aether, who was literally the god of light. Their domains were exact opposites of their parents, Nyx and Erebus, who personified night and darkness, respectively.
  • Egyptian Mythology:
    • Ra was the god of the sun, in addition to being the creator of the world, the god of royalty and rulership, and the king of the gods. He was said to possess three different forms, one for each time of day: Khepri (the scarab beetle) at dawn, Ra-Horakhty (the falcon) at midday, and Atum (depicted as either a full-bodied human or as one with a ram's head) at dusk. He was believed to directly carry the sun in its journey across the sky, ferrying it in his boat across the vault of the heavens. Night came when the solar barge dipped below the horizon to refresh the sun in the fires of the Underworld, after which it would return to the upper world at dawn. He was typically depicted as opposing Apep, the night serpent, who tried to destroy Ra and the sun each night as they passed beneath the world; should Apep ever succeed, the sun would never rise again and the world would end.
    • Aten, often depicted as the solar disc with rays ending in hands, was a later solar deity derived, but in large part distinct, from the earlier cults of Ra. Aten was believed to be the creator of the world, and the source of all life, so daytime was seen as the best time to work and be active while the night was a time of fear. Aten rose to prominence during the reign of Akhenaten, but rapidly declined afterward.
    • Some depictions of Nut, the goddess of the sky, portray her as a nude woman whose body is covered in stars.
    • Nefertem is the god of the first sunlight.
  • Hindu Mythology:
    • Surya is the god of the sun, light, and day in the Vedic mythos. His name means "sun" in Sanskrit and he is often depicted riding a chariot harnessed by seven horses, which represent the colors of visible light and days in a week.
    • Ushas is the Vedic goddess of the dawn. She rides in a golden chariot, preceding the sun god Surya in his path across the sky.
  • Inca Mythology: Inti is the god of the sun. Ch'aska is the god of the dawn and twilight.
  • Japanese Mythology:
    • Amaterasu is the goddess of the sun and one of the highest Shinto gods; the only gods to approach her status are her siblings, the moon god/goddess Tsukuyomi, and the storm god Susanoo. She is usually depicted with a halo of sun rays streaming from behind her and is considered to be the ancestor of the emperors of Japan.
    • Ame-no-Uzume, the goddess of dawn. She is often portrayed as a servant, handmaiden or retainer of Amaterasu; the "Ame-no" portion of her name denotes this position.
  • Lusitanian Mythology:
    • Neto was the god of war and the sun among the eastern borders of the Lusitanian territory.
    • A sun goddess of some sort appears to have been venerated, possibly inspiring local Iberian versions of Virgin Mary. A theonym, Asidia, has been recovered alongside a solar triskele symbol, implying it to be her name.
    • Although Endovelicus was the god of the Underworld and "the most black", he appears to have also been associated with light to some extent, since streams sacred to have have light-related names.
    • If not associated with water then Trebaruna and Nabia are celestial goddesses of some sort. Their worship inspired several Spanish saints.
  • Mayan Mythology:
    • Kinich Ahau is the god of the sun.
    • Tohil is the god of lightning and fire, sometimes also presiding over the sun or even being a pet of the sun god.
    • Chak Ek is the god of the morning star, Venus.
  • Mesopotamian Mythology:
    • Girra (sometimes spelled Gerra) was originally the Sumerian god of fire and light, but would be later worshipped by other Mesopotamian city-states.
    • Nergal is the god of the sun, war and pestilence.
    • Shulsaga is a Sumerian star goddess.
    • Serida is a Sumerian light goddess.
    • Utu, better known by his Akkadian name Sahamash, is the god of the sun and justice.
  • Native American Mythology: Anpao is the two-faced spirit of the dawn in the lore of the Lakota and Dakota Nations.
  • Norse Mythology:
    • Balder is considered to be a god of light to Viking Age Scandinavians.
    • Frey, the god of peace and prosperity, also personifies fair weather and sunshine.
  • Pacific Mythology: The goddess Ira is known as "The Mother of the Stars".
  • Papuan Mythology (more specifically the Massim region) has Dudugera, the god of the sun. He is portrayed in a remarkably negative light, aiming to burn all life and even called a "terrible affliction on the world".
  • Philippine Mythology:
    • Tala is the Tagalog goddess of the Morning and Evening Star. Her sisters include Hanan, the goddess of morning.
    • Bugkalot mythology has Elag, god of the sun, and Pandac, god of the stars. They are also known as "givers of light and growth".
    • Pangasinense myth has the sun god Agueo.
  • Scythian Mythology:
    • Tabiti is the queen of the gods and equated by Herodotus with the Greek Hestia. Often depicted with sun discs in images attributed to her, she is thought to either be a solar goddess or play a role similar to the Zoroastrian Ahura Mazda and be the light from where all other gods spawned from.
    • In spite of these the god Oitosyros (equated by Herodotus with Apollo) and a third god, Svalius, have also been suggested to be sun gods.
  • In Siberian Mythology the sun is usually personified as a woman in various cultres, most notably the Ket (which lent their story's name the title "The Sun Maiden and Crescent Moon" to the book that most extensively covers their oral traditions at the moment).
  • Proto-Indo-European Mythology: Sehul and Hewsos are the Ur Examples as the goddesses of the Sun and the Dawn, respectively. Sehul is stated to be the "eye" of the creator god while Hewsos dances across the sky to lead the sun. Hewsos was the embodiment of the planet Venus, which appears twice in the sky: once preceding the sun at dawn, and once following it in the evening. The evening star is usually considered to be a different deity.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Forgotten Realms:
      • Lathander (Morninglord, Lord of Morning) is the god of the dawn and morning. His portfolio also includes spring, birth, renewal, vitality, youth, and beginnings.
      • Amaunator, the Netherese god of the Sun, whom Lathander is the aspect of/reincarnation of/same god as/not the same deity.
    • Greyhawk:
      • Pelor is the god of the sun, light, strength, and healing. Flan myth says he either created the sun or is the sun and Pelorian dogma has it that the energy and power of life originates in the sun; and as a Neutral Good greater god he's also one of the top contenders for Big Good status among the known Greyhawk deities.
      • Celestian is the god of space and the stars. His innate powers include Aurora Borealis (a sheet of dancing, shifting light surrounds him) and Star Shine (a blazing white light emanates from his eyes, blinding his opponents).
      • Pholtus of the Blinding Light is the deity of light, the sun, and the moon. His Staff of the Silvery Sun can act as a Wand of Illumination, as well as sending out a Spectrum Beam of light that goes through the infrared, visible light, and ultraviolet spectra. Unfortunately, he's also a glaring (pun intended) example of Good Is Not Nice, as while he is Lawful Good he encourages fanaticism and Church Militant tendencies in his worshippers, and tends to discourage if not outright ban all other worship (even of other good deities) in lands where his church is preeminent.
    • La Notte Eterna: Laon was the Lawful Good god of the sun and a member of the ruling Triad of gods alongside Lanie of the moon and Garon of the darkness. He was imprisoned and sealed at the start of the Divine War, which marked the beginning of The Night That Never Ends.
  • Exalted: The Unconquered Sun, the god of the solar orb, is the highest and greatest of the gods of Creation. He is presented as the archetypal hero and the shining emblem of moral perfection, and is Creation's mightiest defender against foes... at least when he can turn away from the extremely addictive Games of Divinity. He forms a pair with Luna, the goddess of the moon, who is the second mightiest deity in the world and the closest thing he has to a peer.
  • GURPS: The Dungeon Fantasy sub-line features classic dungeon fantasy-style clerics and holy warriors, and allows for the possibility of them worshiping a range of deities. GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 5: Allies distinguishes deities by their "elements" (which determine the powers of any supernatural servitors they send to aid their worshipers), and "Light" is one such element. GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 7: Clerics offers different spell lists and special powers for different types of deity served; rather than light as such, it discusses Sun Gods.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Sarenrae is the goddess of healing and the sun. She is one of the setting's main Gods of Good, as she is strongly associated with protection, mercy, and redemption, and is the primary deity and patron of the great empire of Kelesh. She is also associated with phoenixes, a species of noble and benevolent birds said to have been created when Sarenrae uplifted some rocs and blessed them with her flames.
    • Shizuru is the Tian goddess of the sun and honor, and the patron of righteous rulers and honorable warriors, and grants her worshippers a number of light-based magical powers. She is the ruler of the Tian pantheon and is married to Tsukiyo, the god of the moon. Their relationship is strained due to their separation, as they can only meet when the sun and moon join during an eclipse.
  • Ponyfinder:
    • The Sun Queen is the goddess of the sun, and represents its nurturing, life-giving side.
    • Blaze is a secondary sun goddess, mainly associated with the sun's scorching flames, its heat and its destructive potential.
  • RuneQuest: Yelm is the god and mover of the sun, the most prominent of the gods of fire, and was once the ruler of the universe.
  • Warhammer:
    • Dazh is the Kislevite god of fire, the sun, and hospitality, and is quite popular in Kislev due to the importance of the light and heat he brings in the cold and harsh climate of the country. He is said to have given fire to the first humans by gifting them with flames taken from the sun, and is said to ride across the world each day before returning home each night — Dazhite religion requires worshippers to greet him at sunrise and wish him well at sunset. While all periods of daylight are sacred to him, his holiest day is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
    • Ptra, an Expy of the Egyptian god Ra, was the Nehekaran god of the sun, the king of the gods, and the spouse of Neru, the Goddess of the Moon. He was the most highly-revered deity in the kingdom until the Nehekarans' increasing preoccupation with death and the afterlife caused them to begin favoring Ushoran, the God of the Dead.
    • Alluminas is a deity of light in itself, alongside purity and stasis.
    • Solkan is a solar deity as his core, and embodies the harsh, cleansing light of the burning sun. He is often depicted wearing a sunburst-shaped crown or with a radiant sun behind his head, and as wielding a flaming sword.
  • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Tyrion the elf became the embodiment of Hysh, the Wind of Light, and thus the new god of light in the Mortal Realms. Technically his brother Teclis, as a satellite deity to his brother, also qualifies, though in practical terms he's more of a god of knowledge and magic.

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    Video Games 
  • Bloons Tower Defense: The series has traditionally featured the Sun God as one of the final upgrades for the Super Monkey, and the most powerful and expensive tower in the game overall. All of them attack by firing sun rays out of their eyes to melt any bloon they can see.
  • Dark Parables: The Sun Goddess is one of the two most prominent deities alongside her sister the Moon Goddess, and her emblem appears throughout the series. Most notably, in the tenth game, the country of Barsia worships her and takes the sun as their emblem, and is opposed to the Moon-worshipping Olesia.
  • Dark Souls: Gwyn is called the Lord of Sunlight or Lord of Light depending on the context. He is the most powerful of the ancient Lords, ruling the City of Gods Anor Londo with his family.
  • Dragon Age: The leader of the Dalish pantheon is Elgar'nan, the Allfather, who is the god of fatherhood, vengeance, and the sun. According to Dalish legend, his parents were the sun and the earth.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Akatosh is the most powerful of the Nine Divines and is known to the elven races as Auri-El, god of sunlight. The Dawnguard DLC of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim touches on this, as Auri-El's paladin Gelebor can provide the Dragonborn with sunhallowed arrows which weaponize sunlight.
    • The Daedric Prince Azura is associated with both dawn and dusk. She is usually depicted as a beautiful woman holding the sun in one hand and the moon in the other.
    • Meridia is the Daedric Prince of Life Energies and Light who is a sworn enemy of the undead. While considered benevolent by Daedric Prince standards, she's also prone to fits of narcissism and can be ruthless in getting her way.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Several different gods that fit this bill feature across various pantheons. Hydaelyn, the Mother Crystal, is the primordial goddess of Light and opposite of Zodiark, who represents the dark. The pantheon of the Twelve features celestial variations of this in Azeyma (sun), Menphina (moon), and Nymeia (stars). The auri gods Azim and Nhaama are sun and moon deities respectively, while the kami Tsukuyomi is a moon goddess.
  • Flight Rising: The Lightweaver is one of the 11 flight deities. Along with literal light, she's associated with revealing the truth and discovering information. Her primary rival is the Shadowbinder.
  • Grim Dawn has the god of light Empyrion who everyone pray to save their world from cosmic monstrosities. However, there are strong hints that he may be dead, some other god is impersonating him or never existed in the first place.
  • Heroes of Might and Magic Ashan: Elrath in one of the 6 dragon-gods and the Elemental Embodiment of light. He is also the leader of the Angels and is patron of the church of the Dragon of Light and of the Holy Falcon Empire. Though generally associated with good things like legitimate authority, honor, truth, justice and valor, he also has a vengeful, destructive side that he rarely reveals to the world.
  • Hollow Knight: The Radiance is a forgotten Goddess of Light and a former ruler of what used to be Hallownest, before she was sealed away by the Pale King. In an effort to be remembered, she created a Mystical Plague, said to manifest itself as the bright light, which completely ravaged Hallownest, turning it into ruins overrun with reanimated husks of its former inhabitants.
  • Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja: The second game features seven gods hailing from the west (IE: Europe, as opposed to the game's Japanese setting and main characters) as its antagonists/bosses and little over half of them are associated with light.
    • Baldur is the god of light in general, making him a Lord of Light. Unusually for that type, he's the first of the group fought and seems to be the lowest in the hierarchy, being little more than a Brute.
    • Stella is the goddess of starlight who fights alongside her twin brother Alte, himself a rare example of a god of moonlight. They're a pair of Jerkass Trickster Twins.
    • Corona is the goddess of sunlight and the third most powerful of the lot. ...She's also something of a Mama Bear towards her younger siblings (the aforementioned Stella and Alte) and the protagonists "bullying" them hits her Berserk Button.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising:
    • Zigzagged with Pyrrhon. Palutena calls him the sun god, but Viridi establishes that Pyrrhon calls himself that (his idol also says the title is self-proclaimed) giving question of whether he actually is a god or just claiming to be one. Nevertheless, he has great solar power and provides aid against the Aurum up until he takes control of them and proclaims himself more powerful than even the gods.
    • Lady Palutena herself is the Goddess of Light, and seems to be the ruler of Skyworld.
  • Majesty: The game allows you to build temples to certain gods and recruit their followers as heroes. One example is the sun goddess, Helia. Her temple is mutually exclusive with that of the moon god Lunord; if you build temples for one, you cannot build any for the other. Unusually, in Warlock: Master of the Arcane, a 4X spinoff in the same setting, she is the primary deity of the werewolves — the werewolf player character is her high priest, and the beast faction's temple unit for her are werewolf priests of the sun — due to the wolves having been cast out of Lunord's sight when their old king tried and failed to usurp his power, forcing them to go to her for protection.
  • Mortal Kombat 11: Cetrion is the Elder Goddess of Life, Virtue, and Light. Despite that description, she still serves her mother who is the main villain of the story.
  • Ōkami: The protagonist of the game is Amaterasu, who much like her depiction in Shinto mythology is the goddess of the sun and referred to by all the other deities as the "origin of all that is good and mother to us all." One of your earliest abilities in the game is the ability to create sunlight by drawing a sun in the sky.
  • Phantasy Star IV introduces a counterpart to series Big Bad Dark Force with the obvious Light theme, a creator deity represented by a spiral galaxy of silvery, glittering stars. It's actually a subversion. They do appear as beings of living fire, but the Great Light won the battle, history is written by the victors, and the conflict is the only reason the Great Light and Profound Darkness even need names. Light or dark, both are completely alien to the people of Algo and the conflict was never, and has never been, a moral one.
  • Pillars of Eternity has Eothas, the God of Light who in the past was actually killed via Fantastic Nuke in the Saints War. As such, his religion is now an Illegal Religion with party member Eder being a secret follower. In the sequel Eothas manages to revive himself in the form of a gigantic statue in an event that nearly killed The Watcher and becomes the closest thing to a central antagonist.
  • Pokémon:
  • Siralim: Surathli is a benign deity associated with the sun, sky and light. She rules over the dimension called the Azure Dream which further cements her connection to light with various glowing monoliths, shining silver and gold orbs, and fallen stars stuck in the clouds.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): The Final Boss of the game is Solaris, a sun deity that was worshipped by Soleanna. It is revealed that Solaris was split into two beings, Mephilles the Dark and Iblis, as a result of the Solaris Project, a secret research project whose purpose was to harness Solaris's powers of time.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Galeem is a Lord of Light-type villain who serves as the Big Bad of the game's Adventure Mode before turning out to actually be the Disc-One Final Boss and afterwards being in a Big Bad Ensemble with his Darkness counterpart Dharkon, enslaving all the fighters except Kirby under his control and remaking the world into a light utopia in his image.

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  • RWBY: The setting's Creation Myth features a God of Light and a God of Darkness. The former is responsible for creating life (plants, water, animals) while the latter created the Grimm. When the two put aside their differences and formed a truce, they both created humanity.


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