This is a character contrast trope. Both female characters are decidedly feminine but in different ways. The light is generally angelic and feels love, whereas the dark is generally devilish and plays with desire. The light is usually sweet and naïve, whereas the dark is usually aloof and brooding. Either type applies to a Tomboy and Girly Girl contrast. May overlap with Hair-Contrast Duo when their hair color is used to denote their light-and-dark femininity. When a love interest is involved, it's likely to lead to a Betty and Veronica love triangle: Betty being the Light Feminine, and Veronica being the Dark Feminine.
As with any two-character trope, the two characters have to have some sort of relationship with each other, be it friends, family, love interests, or rivals for a love interest, so the two characters can be playing the traits directly off each other.
The dark feminine character is not always a villain or a whore, or even necessarily half of a "good girl, bad girl" or "naughty and nice" pair. It could be that she's just the more serious, sophisticated, or mature half of the pair. In some cases, she's even as sweet and innocent as her Light counterpart but finds herself drawn to the shadows. Remember, Dark Is Not Evil. Likewise, Light Is Not Good and the Light Feminine need not be either The Ingenue or The Pollyanna but may be distinguished by her nobleness, proactiveness, or determination.
Compare the innocent child and the seductress of The Three Faces of Eve as well as the sweet-naïve one and sexy one of the Four-Girl Ensemble. With a duo consisting of a Magical Girl and a Dark Magical Girl, in general, the Magical Girl is Light Feminine and the Dark Magical Girl is Dark Feminine.
In modern Western culture, "feminine" usually implies Light Feminine, while "masculine" usually implies Roguish Male. When Dark Feminine and Noble Male are paired up, you usually get Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy.
Not to be confused with Pale Females, Dark Males. This is about personality, not fur/skin color.
- Matoi from Ayakashi Triangle embodies both sides: Her real identity is a boisterous drunk, an imposing authority figure (both to her subordinates and her own child), and a provocatively-dressed tease. Her disguise as the assistant teacher Ibuki is much more modest, demure, and passive to the point of being harassed by her own students.
- In Black Clover, Mimosa is the Light to her cousin Noelle's Dark. Mimosa is kind, polite, and modest about her social class, while Noelle is outwardly haughty, cold, and flaunts her status as a royal. Mimosa is more sweet about her affections for Asta while Noelle is a Tsundere to him. Mimosa is more of a recovery mage, using a restorative flower dress, in contrast to Noelle who grows to become an attack mage, forming an elegant water armor to fight up close.
- Bleach: Rangiku and Momo's Zanpakutos fit this trope. Haineko is a Cat Girl Tease and interested in fashion, boys, and her looks; by contrast, Tobiume is very cute and ladylike looking and refers to herself as a Yamato Nadeshiko (though technically, she's more of a Tsundere), as well as less open about her own share of fangirlism.
- Case Closed:
- The happy, friendly Ran as the light and the Broken Bird Haibara as the dark (the former being the subject of Shinichi's Single-Target Sexuality and the latter being implied to have strong feelings for him).
- Yukiko Kudo and Sharon Vineyard aka Vermouth. Yukiko is Shinichi's kind and beautiful mother who is also kind of a Womanchild sometimes, and Sharon is her long-time friend and quite the dangerous mixture of Femme Fatale and Dark Action Girl.
- Count Cain's sweet, energetic, Rebellious but utterly good-hearted baby sister Meriweather and jealous, Trickster-ish, spider-controlling... something Mikaela vie for his attention through much of the Godchild arc. They even dress in clothes that resemble Sweet and Gothic Lolita, respectively.
- Crossplay Love: Otaku x Punk: Hana is blonde, dresses in more feminine clothing like dresses, and is much kinder and softer than the dark-haired Mei, who dresses more androgynously and still shows some of Shuumei's Hot-Blooded personality. Both of them are actually crossdressers, but don't know the other is as well.
- Dear Brother:
- Nanako Misonoo and Mariko Shinobu, contrasting with the Bifauxnen and Lad-ette duo of Rei and Kaoru. While cute, mild-mannered, and softspoken Nanako sits firmly on the Nice Girl spectrum, Mariko is a mixture of Yandere and Tsundere from day one. It's lampshaded in a scene at the start when Nanako tells Mariko that she's fascinated by the latter's ruby-red lips and she explains that she keeps them like that via biting on them... then tries to get Nanako to do it, but she gets scared and runs off.
- Nanako and the very elegant and aloof Fukiko "Miya-sama" Ichinomiya, who displays her own share of femininity in a very sophisticated and high-class way.
- Digimon Data Squad: This is the case between the two Bridge Bunnies Megumi Shirakawa and Miki Kurosaki. As if their last names and hair colors (blonde and dark purple, respectively) aren't enough, each of them has a PawnChessmon as a partner, with Megumi having the white one and Miki having the black one. Personality-wise, Megumi is the more cheerful one, and Miki is the more serious and mature one. They later switch their uniforms for rider suits, with Megumi's being more modest to fit her cute personality and Miki's being more revealing to show off her sex appeal. Their Digimon partners eventually evolve into two different kinds of Digimon once they reach their Perfect-level. Megumi has the white BishopChessmon who is more magic-orientated, while Miki has the black RookChessmon who is more physically orientated.
- Fruits Basket:
- The kind and sweet Yamato Nadeshiko Tohru Honda is the Light to the sexy Broken Bird Rin Sohma's Dark.
- There's Tohru's friends, Uotani (a tall, outgoing, tough former gangster) and Hanajima (a Perky Goth who's frail and tends to creepily threaten people with her psychic powers, if they upset Tohru).
- Later in the series, we also get sweet, happy Tohru and the depressed, broken Akito, a much-abused young woman who keeps the Sohma clan's reins through fear and anger (and sometimes sex, in the case of Kureno and Shigure). Tohru then helps the Sohmas through her issues, thus she becomes Akito's target... and she ultimately manages to reach for her too.
- Futari wa Pretty Cure: Nagisa, a sporty tomboy on the lacrosse team, is oddly the Light Feminine considering her generally upbeat nature (to say nothing of her love for sweets), and Honoka, the more down-to-earth scientist, is the Dark Feminine considering she literally pulls no punches against the enemy.
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED has Lacus Clyne as Light opposite Fllay Alster as Dark. Lacus is softspoken and ladylike and a Token Wholesome in looks (save for sometimes showing off her long legs), while Fllay is a very busty Broken Bird with serious issues and who uses her looks to her advantage. They are also interested in the same guy, Kira Yamato, though not at the same time; Fllay is his First Love and ultimately The Lost Lenore to him, while Lacus becomes his Second Love and end-game Love Interest.
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny has the aforementioned Lacus and her much Hotter and Sexier Body Double, Meer Campbell. It's also deliberately invoked: Chairman Dullindal and his entourage carefully craft Meer's Hotter and Sexier image to make her (or better said Lacus') popularity soar and use it to their advantage. Heartbreakingly, Meer pulls a Heroic Sacrifice for Lacus and perishes in her arms.
- Haikyuu!!: Shimizu and Yachi are the boys' volleyball team's much-loved female managers. Shimizu is a tall, poised brunette considered sexy and responsible by other characters; Yachi is a sweet, klutzy, motherly blonde whom Shimizu acts as a Cool Big Sis mentor to.
- The Haruhi Suzumiya series has a one-woman example with Mikuru Asahina: her sweet and shy younger self is the Light Feminine, and her sexy and manipulative future self is the Dark Feminine.
- Highschool of the Dead portrays Rei and Saeko as polar opposites in more ways than one:
- While Rei is a Martial Pacifist, Saeko's an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight. In her recount of how she'd once been accosted by a would-be rapist, Saeko told Takashi that realizing she had the upper hand and seeing his fear was exhilarating for her, which incited her to beat him within an inch of his life. By contrast, when Rei was given the opportunity to kill Shidou (whom she loathes), seeing the fear in his eyes had the opposite effect.
- This is also reflected in their ongoing Love Triangle with Takashi, with Rei being the "Betty" to Saeko's "Veronica". As such, Rei is the Childhood Friend/Girl Next Door with a crush, whereas Saeko prefers to let her sex appeal do the talking and flaunts it. This is further reflected by the difference in the way they dress. Rei wears her school uniform, with knee and elbow pads for protection. Saeko modified hers to include: garter belts, lacey black thigh-high stockings, and stiletto-heeled boots, along with a matching mini-skirt with a split seam so high, it flashes her panties when she walks. When Rei and the others see what she's wearing, Rei explodes:
Rei: (incredulous) What the heck is THAT!? Aren't you embarrassed showing off like that!? I can't believe you're walking around like that!!
- In Idol Densetsu Eriko, we have the two main ladies, the aspirant Idol Singer Eriko Tamura and the already famous performer Rei Asagiri. Eriko is the Light thanks to her child-like appeal which fits well in Japanese society's obsession with cuteness and innocence and her position as a Naïve Newcomer to the business which will make her suffer more than once, while Rei is the Dark since she's an Ice Queen with Hotter and Sexier looks, quite a bit more of singing/performing experience under her belt and a Dark and Troubled Past.
- Initial D gives us the only team made of girls: the driver Mako Satou, who is a Nice Girl, and her best friend/co-pilot Sayuki who goes the Femme Fatale way.
- Inuyasha has the good-natured, cheerful Kagome, and the brooding, vengeful Kikyou. Despite Kagome being Kikyou's reincarnation, inheriting her looks and Miko powers, the two are exact opposites of each other: Kagome is plucky and optimistic while Kikyou is broken and embittered.
- Kimagure Orange Road: Hikaru Hiyama and Madoka Ayukawa were a Tomboy and Girly Girl duo as little girls, but switched to this as teenagers. Bright, naïve, cheerful Hikaru is the Light, while initially harsh yet kindhearted and very sexy Madoka is the Dark. This is also emphasized by their hair color (Hikaru is blonde while Madoka is dark-haired) and even their names (Hikaru's name references the sun and light while Madoka's name references the night and darkness).
- Ranka Lee (Light—Moe, A-Cup Angst, naïve, youthful) and Sheryl Nome (Dark—Broken Bird, Buxom Beauty Standard, Stripperiffic when on-stage) in Macross Frontier.
- In the American arc of Marmalade Boy, Jinny Golding was the flirty Femme Fatale Dark to Doris O'Connor's mature Cool Big Sis Light.
- My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, as I Expected has cheerful and outgoing Yui as the light feminine, and initially harsh and cold, but kind-hearted Broken Bird Yukino as the dark feminine.
- In Natsu e no Tobira, Ledania is the Light, as a shy woman with gentle and chaste behavior plus blond hair; Sara is the Dark as an older and sex-aware older woman, with Raven Hair, Ivory Skin looks. It's especially empathized by how they're viewed in-story: the chaste-looking Ledania is a symbol of passive innocence who can only watch as everything goes to Hell, while the sensual Sara is more of an "adult lover" and The Tease who dramatically "moves" the plot as she appears. Tellingly, one of Sara's most story-important actions happens when she takes The Protagonist Marion's virginity, while Ledania has her "child-like" love for Marion rejected and ends up as the "neutral" vortex of a Love Triangle between two of Marion's friends.
- In One Piece, Nami and Robin are both an interesting mix of both types of femininity. Nami is not afraid to show her feelings and tell if she is fond of someone (as a friend, that is), and she has a soft spot for cute animals and children, but she is more known for being greedy, wearing skimpy clothes and using her feminine attributes to blackmail just about everyone. Robin is polite, motherly and has many Proper Lady traits, but on the flip side, she is something of a Broken Bird, she always thinks up macabre things, and she is absolutely ruthless in battle.
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has the light feminine Stocking and the dark feminine Panty. Stocking dresses like an Elegant Gothic Lolita, believes in true romance and has a comparatively tame vice in the form of sweets. Panty, on the other hand, wears skimpy outfits, only sees romance as sex, and has an endless desire for it.
- In Princess Tutu, Ahiru/Duck is a cheerful and clumsy Genki Girl whose mission in life is simply to get Mytho, the boy she admires, to smile. Rue is an elegant and aloof girl who also cares for Mytho, but in a far more possessive way due to her Broken Bird nature. Both girls have white and black costumes of their respective Magical Girl personas, Princess Tutu and Princess Kraehe, who are both based on Odette and Odile from Swan Lake.
- In Private Actress, we have the actresses Sayuri Nagasawa (the main character's mother) and Ruriko Daichi. Both women are pretty and talented performers, but whereas Sayuri is a classical beauty who plays "Nice Girl" roles, Ruriko has sexier looks (huge breasts included) and tends to play Ice Queens or Rich Bitches, often as the "love rival" or "bully" to a chara by Sayuri.
Shiho: Ruriko Daichi, the person known as Japan's Marilyn Monroe in terms of sensuality... She is the opposite of the pure and innocent Sayuri Nagasawa.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: "best friends" Madoka and Homura (post-reveal) are Light and Dark respectively. Madoka is an open-hearted, generous girl who grew up in a good neighborhood and grows up to become the goddess of hope itself, and Homura is a determined, pragmatic warrior who doesn't trust most people further than she can throw them. Their shipping fanart usually plays up this contrast.
- Another one-woman example occurs with the dual personalities of Moka Akashiya in Rosario + Vampire, with the more personable Outer Moka being the Light Feminine and the Terror Heroine Inner Moka being the Dark Feminine.
- Sonic X has the happy-go-lucky Cute Bruiser Amy as light feminine and seductive Ms. Vice Girl Rouge as dark feminine.
- Tomo-chan Is a Girl!: Cheerful, seemingly-naïve, Perpetual Smiler Carol is the light to prickly, scheming, Evil Grin-wearing Misuzu's dark. The trope isn't played perfectly straight, however; as Carol's Hidden Depths are revealed and we find out that she too can be manipulative, just she's a lot nicer about it.note
- In Asterix and the Actress, a Roman actress named Latraviata pretends to be village sweetheart Panacea with the goal of retrieving some treasure unwittingly fenced by the Gauls, and vamps the character up significantly. Although she is a Honey Trap, it's apparent from early on that she's not a bad person, and she ends up being something of a sexy, clever love interest for Guile Hero Asterix, where Panacea is an innocent, delicate love interest for Kindhearted Simpleton Obelix. Both Latraviata and Panacea start out as rivals but end up as best friends by the end.
- Vampirella has this dynamic between the heroine (Dark) and her protege Dixie Fattoni (Light). Whereas Vampirella is a seductive and alluring Lady in Red, Dixie is a vulnerable teenager who grows into a Badass Normal under Vampi, who serves as a Cool Big Sis figure to her.
- Wonder Woman and her Friendly Rival Artemis have this dynamic. While Diana is diplomatic, patient, and kind, Artemis is brash, aggressive, and rude to anyone who isn't a Bana Amazon.
- Danganronpa: Komm Susser Tod: Nanae Mochizuki is a Sweet Baker who dresses in bright pink. Her best friend, who she is rarely seen apart from, is Mayu Ikezawa, a Broken Bird who wears dark, morose purple clothes.
- Ghosts of the Past, sequel to Child of the Storm, has Jean as the Light Feminine in both personality (sweet, affectionate, and generally lovely) and dress sense (favouring warm colours, greens and reds in particular) to Maddie, a.k.a. Rachel Grey, Jean's stolen at birth twin sister, the Dark Feminine, who's darker, grimmer, and more brooding, and generally favouring cold colours.
- In the Infinity Train: Blossomverse, we have Chloe Cerise and Amelia Hughes in Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail and Infinity Train: Voyage of Wisteria. Chloe is the young Genki Girl who wears white and has bundles of enthusiasm towards the stuff on the Train (Light Feminine) while Amelia is the older, stoic and a Defrosting Ice Queen while wearing a grey suit (Dark Feminine). Infinity Train: Seeker of Crocus plays with this since while they still play off their Light/Dark dynamic, Chloe's final outfit for Act 1 is completely in black and her love of demons is more pronounced while Amelia has a lighter side by showing that she has a tendency for corny puns and is lightening up more.
- The Secret Life of the Backyard Kids: Achmed's Love Interests Samantha Pearce and Tiffany Stevens, respectively. Interestingly, they also overlap with Betty and Veronica, and Sam is more tomboyish than Tiffany.
- Downplayed in The Spectre Trilogy. Tally is a friendly Nice Girl who has pink as a signature colour, and Carla is a little more aloof and wears dark colours. Ironically, Tally has black hair and Carla is blonde.
- The Story of Apollo, Daphne and Luca: An Italian Tragedy: Rosa and Bianca. Rosa is sweet, kind, innocent and a hopeless romantic, while Bianca is cool-headed, blunt and aloof.
- In Frozen (2013), Princess Anna is a Genki Girl who Thinks Like a Romance Novel and is trusting to a fault (Light Feminine), while her sister Elsa is mysterious, aloof, and powerful (Dark Feminine).
- Sleeping Beauty: Aurora is the Light Feminine (a pure-hearted princess with blonde hair) to Maleficent's Dark Feminine (manipulative and the embodiment of Dark Is Evil).
- Rapunzel from Tangled is the Light Feminine (sweet, innocent, and Obliviously Beautiful) to Mother Gothel's Dark Feminine (a cold and ruthless Proud Beauty). Fittingly, Mother Gothel is dark-haired while Rapunzel is blonde.
- In 10 Things I Hate About You, a modern adaptation of Taming Of The Shrew, elder sister Kat is snarky, intellectual, and aloof (dark) while her younger sister Bianca is bubbly and outgoing (light).
- In Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010) the White Queen is the sweet and benevolent light while her sister the Red Queen is the tempestuous and murderous dark.
- The Babysitter (2017): Melanie and Bee are both friends with Cole and have varying degrees of affection for him. Between the two, Bee fills the "dark" role as Cole's hot babysitter, whom he has a childhood crush on. By contrast, Melanie is Cole's 12-year-old neighbor and his only real friend at school. But as the film progresses, Cole finds out Bee and her friends are a Satanic cult that intends to kill him, prompting Melanie to let Cole seek refuge at her parents' house. In the end, Bee's cult is defeated and Cole's friendship with Melanie has advanced to puppy love.
- Barbarella: Sweet, naive, and eager-to-please Barbarella is light, while her enemy/sorta-suitor, the Black Queen, is more overtly sexual, debauched, and domineering, and therefore the dark.
- Batman Forever has Two-Face's molls, Sugar (played by Drew Barrymore) and Spice (played by Debi Mazar). Subverted in that both of them are "bad", and "Sugar" is probably worse because she gives The Riddler the cube with the information about Bruce Wayne's Secret Identity.
- Batman & Robin had a dark villainous character (Poison Ivy) and a light heroic character (Batgirl).
- Blue Velvet: Sandy and Dorothy fall into this trope, the former being a high school friend of Jeffrey, the latter being a diva vocalist who has some dark secrets. David Lynch is very fond of this trope in general, Mulholland Dr. offering another example with Betty as the light feminine and Rita as the dark one.
- Bram Stoker's Dracula had Mina Murray as Light Feminine, a prim and proper schoolteacher whom Dracula legitimately falls in love with, and the Dark Feminine being her best friend Lucy, a flirty highborn-lady.
- Bride of Chucky had Jade and Tiffany as the former's Light to the latter's Dark. Both are reasonably feminine female characters who are smitten with their male cohorts. However, Jade is a naïve, sheltered teenage orphan who is sweet and kind, if somewhat rebellious. Tiffany on the other hand is an older and more experienced woman who smokes, dons sexy and dark outfits with heavy makeup accented by a Lascivious Beauty Mark, and is a seductive and sadistic Serial Killer.
- Daphne and Luster in The Gamers: Dorkness Rising. Daphne is Lawful Good, dresses sensibly, and usually conducts herself with (relative) dignity. Luster is a Stripperiffic Heroic Comedic Sociopath.
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Jane Russell is the dark, snarky and seductive character is the Dark Feminine, while Marilyn Monroe is the blonde, vapid and flirty Light Feminine.
- Inglourious Basterds two female characters fit this trope well—Light, glamorous movie star, Bridget Von Hammersmark; and dark Unkempt Beauty on a vendetta, Shoshana Dreyfus.
- Subverted with the two main love interests of James Bond in the Daniel Craig continuity. His First Love Vesper Lynd is a brunette, his Second Love Madeleine Swann is a blonde, but they're actually very similar—a Dark and Troubled Past, being forced to betray him because of a threat to someone they love, etc.
- Kiss of the Damned: Redhead Djuna wears fairly light colors usually. She's a Vegetarian Vampire who resists the urge to feed on humans most of the time. Her sister Maia is a brunette, wears dark clothing, and has no compunctions at all about lethally feeding on people. Both have long hair and favor feminine clothing like blouses, dresses, or skirts, often of a very high quality.
- Lili is both of these over the course of Legend (1985), first as an innocent and naïve virgin in a white dress, then as a sexy and cunning Manipulative Bitch in an extremely low-cut black gown. It's all an act, however. She's actually a Fake Defector trying to fix her own, terrible, mistake.
- In Lemonade Joe, Or Horse Opera, Winifred Goodman and Tornado Lou both love the Ideal Hero Joe. Wini is a sweet and naïve Ingenue with who dresses in white and is usually seen helping her Preacher Man father or visiting her mother's grave, while Tornado Lou is a Soiled Dove and a Chanteuse who wears dark and skimpy outfits and works in a saloon but dreams of becoming a different, better person.
- Love Actually has the two interests of Alan Rickman's character — his wife and his aspiring mistress. Guess which one is which...
- Mean Girls had dark Alpha Bitch Regina and light Hollywood Homely Cady.
- Maria and her mechanical doppelganger in Fritz Lang's Metropolis are an example of this trope. Maria is loving, kind, and saintly, whereas the machine-woman is a demonic temptress deliberately created by Rotwang and Joh Fredersen to discredit her.
- In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Madison Russell is a young but kind girl and is the most well-balanced member of her grieving family. On the other hand, her mother Emma Russell, who kept custody of her after the divorce, is an extremist Eco-Terrorist who wants to instigate the Kaiju in a way which will kill millions of people, and she proves to be extremely arrogant and unbalanced.
- In Godzilla vs. Kong, Dr. Ilene Andrews is the most maternal character in the cast, whilst her and her team's benefactor Maia Simmons is an unfriendly Rich Bitch who's using them and plans to betray them.
- Matinee: Sherry is the light feminine, with her vivacious demeanor, Pink Is Feminine wardrobe, and all the dolls and stuffed animals in her bedroom. Sandra is the dark feminine, with her modest Beatnik dresses and intense, contemplative attitude. While both girls are ultimately sympathetic characters, Sandra, the dark feminine, is more caring and mature.
- My Night at Maud's: The one woman in the protagonist's life, Maud, is a free-spirited Ethical Slut who doesn't believe in God and tries to seduce the protagonist. His other woman, Francoise, is sweet and sleeps with a crucifix above her bed.
- Niagara: Kind-hearted and morally upright Polly Cutler (light feminine) is contrasted with scheming, duplicitous Femme Fatale Rose Loomis (dark feminine). Ironically for the trope, Rose is blonde and Polly is brunette.
- In The Other Boleyn Girl, Mary Boleyn is kind and humble (and rather more chaste than the actual one), while her sister Anne is a flirtatious and hot-tempered woman who wants to be queen.
- Pal Joey: Vera (Rita Hayworth) is a former stripper and an example of All Women Are Lustful who is perfectly ok with keeping Joey around as her boy toy. She also smokes and drinks. Linda (Kim Novak) is rather virginal, has never taken a drink, is horrified when Joey suggests she do a striptease in the club, and is very self-conscious when she does it in rehearsal.
- Pretty Persuasion had two BFFs plotting the demise of their teacher in their search for fame — light Brittany (naive) and dark Kimberly (Fille Fatale).
- Sunrise: The Woman from The City is the Dark Feminine (hedonist, cheater), while The Wife is the Light Feminine (goody-goody all the way through).
- Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl: Adele starts out as very sweet and naïve. Her friend and later romantic interest Beth is rebellious and worldly.
- They/Them (2022): Kim is a sweet, feminine blonde who's easily intimidated and really wants to conform by being straight. Veronica, a more fiery, aggressive butch punk girl, insists there's nothing wrong with being gay, resisting any demand for changing.
- In Vertigo, the cool, mysterious Madeleine is the Light Feminine that Scottie obsesses over and the earthier Judy is the Dark Feminine that Scottie tries to mold into Madeleine's image.
- The Virgin Spring features Karin, the innocent who is specifically stated to be a virgin, and is also a Christian, and Ingeri, her servant girl, who is about eight months pregnant, isn't married, and is a secret pagan.
- In X-Men: First Class (at least in the beginning), there is a textbook contrast between Raven/Mystique the ''usually'' blonde ingenue, and Angel, the dark-haired former-stripper-turned-Dark Action Girl.
- Anna Karenina: Kitty and Anna are at first friends, with Kitty being younger and a great admirer of Anna's beauty and personality. They also both love Count Vronsky who courted Kitty but fell for Anna. Anna is a beauty who ends up being an adulteress while Kitty is a pretty girl who ends up in a happy marriage.
- The two leading ladies in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance. Priscilla is the demure, fragile, domestic (read: conservative) Light Feminine; Zenobia is the mysterious, sensual, outspoken, transcendental feminist (read: liberal) Dark Feminine.
- The Chronicles of Dorsa: Tasia is a Rebellious Princess who's fairly naive starting out, shows emotions and has a conventionally feminine style. Joslyn on the other hand is an experienced soldier, initially represses emotions and she's more masculine in her style.
- Ellony Leckery and Pharinet Palindrake in The Chronicles of Magravandias, Ellony being a straight example of The Ingenue while Pharinet is something of a Yandere when pushed. Other female characters in the story, particularly those who fill similar roles or are related to them or are named for them are more balanced between the two extremes.
- In "De skandalösa" by Simona Ahrnstedt, Magdalena Swärd (the story's female protagonist) ends up being a spicier contrast to Venus Dag och Natt, the girl who Gabriel (the story's male protagonist) has pretty much promised his mother that he will marry. Magdalena is the intelligent, brooding, cynical, and more mature woman, who is not afraid to have sex with Gabriel to get what she wants (dark feminine). Venus is much more sweet-natured, beautiful, docile, and slightly naive (then again, she might be a bit naive simply because she's only sixteen years old) (light feminine).
- In Dragonlance, Kitiara is the dark one, a cross between a Blood Knight and a Femme Fatale; Laurana is the light one, a sweet royal turned Pretty Princess Powerhouse.
- Gone with the Wind: Melanie is the sweet and demure Light Feminine, Scarlett is the more flirtatious and ambitious Dark Feminine.
- Virginal, timid, and highborn Rowena with the strong, fiery Jewish Rebecca from Ivanhoe.
- The Jack Weyland book Michelle and Debra has the obedient Michelle as the light and her rebellious best friend Debra as the dark.
- The Neapolitan Novels: The two protagonists. Elena is a demure, dutiful, and well-mannered blonde (Light). Lila is a naughty, rebellious, and impulsive brunette (Dark). Ironically, Elena has more boyfriends and sexual experience than Lila (both at young and adult age), while Lila only dated three guys in her entire life, while also rejecting sexual contact for a long time.
- Night World features witch cousins Thea and Blaise, who are light and dark, respectively; Thea is said to be the 'day' to Blaise's 'night'. Thea is compassionate, nurturing, sensible, and modest. Blaise is seductive, carefree, vain, and troublemaking. This is reflected in the goddesses they tend to be associated with; Thea feels close to Eileithyia, a benevolent goddess of motherhood and healing, while Blaise is often compared with Aphrodite, the unpredictable goddess of love and beauty. Both can be protective of those they love, but in different ways; Thea aspires to be a healer and is willing to risk her own well-being to shield others; Blaise is more focused on vengeance and manipulation. Even their appearances reflect this; Blaise is dark-haired and favors darker or bolder colors, Thea is blonde and prefers lighter or more subdued colors.
- Of Fire and Stars: Denneleia is a Nice Girl who wants to help others and she's more innocent. Mare, a rebellious tomboy, isn't very friendly starting out and she's much worldlier.
- The Phantom Tollbooth introduces the twin princesses of Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason. Rhyme is golden-haired and always on the verge of laughter; Reason is dark-haired, thoughtful, and serious. Both are necessary to bring peace to the kingdom.
- Practical Magic has motherly Sally (light) and seductive Gillian (dark). That goes double for the movie adaptation. In fact, a quote in the book used to describe them sums up this trope quite nicely:
Night and Day, the aunts called them, and although neither girl laughed at this little joke they recognized the truth in it, and were able to understand that the moon is always jealous of the heat of the day, just as the sun always longs for something dark and deep.
- Pride and Prejudice has the All-Loving Hero Jane Bennett (light feminine) and her Deadpan Snarker sister Elizabeth (dark feminine).
- This trope used in reverse is significant in The School for Good and Evil. Blonde, pink dress-wearing, fairy tale-obsessed Sophie and sullen, black-wearing, morbid Agatha appear to everyone as a cut and dry Light and Dark respectively, but Sophie is vain, selfish, and seductive while Agatha is gentle, considerate, and loyal.
- Sense and Sensibility has Thinks Like a Romance Novel Marianne Dashwood (light feminine) and her more realist sister Elinor (dark feminine).
- Odile and Odette, despite being associated respectively with a black swan and a white swan, have the personality shades reversed in The Sorcerer's Daughter. Odile is sweet, childlike, and friendly, while Odette is stern, brooding, and proud to the point of haughtiness.
- Tasakeru: Hanami is the Light Feminine, proper, timid, and girlish... while Faun is a confident, sexy trickster.
- The Twilight Saga's adoptive sisters Alice and Rosalie. Alice is happy in nature. She adores Bella from the start and cares about Bella's safety above anything. Rosalie is proud of her great beauty. She is initially annoyed by Bella's presence but she is the most respectful of Bella's choices.
- Lissa Dragomir and Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy. Rose is the seductive, temperamental, and violent of the duo while Lissa is the more light-hearted, even-tempered, and angelic-looking of the two.
- 2 Broke Girls: Max is the Dark Feminine (snarky, dark-haired), Caroline is the Light Feminine (blonde, rich, and a bit naïve).
- At the beginning of the second season of Agent Carter, Daniel Sousa is attracted to two women: Violet, his bubbly blonde nurse girlfriend (who bakes), and Peggy, the snarky brunette secret agent coworker for whom he harbors an unresolved crush that hasn't quite gone away.
- In Arabela, we have sisters Xenia (dark, seductive) and Arabela (light, pure).
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffy and Faith are Vampire Slayers, the Chosen Two. Bad girl Faith says that killing vampires always makes her hungry and horny contrasted with Buffy who sometimes craves a nonfat yogurt afterward and cares about always doing the right thing. This trope gets a thorough workout when their bodies are switched.
- Conversations with Friends: Frances is more shy, reserved, and vulnerable. Her best friend/former lover Bobbi is bold, confident, and very outspoken. Frances complains about how they clash at times, with Bobbi thinking that she's repressed as her emotional life isn't as strong and open while judging things too much for her tastes. It's a pretty interesting portrayal of an introvert and extrovert being friends, who have realistic difficulties given that. However, even so, Frances movingly tells Bobbi that she's the center of her world.
- Degrassi: The Next Generation has the noble Emma as light and her best friend the provocative Manny as dark.
- Doctor Who: In "The Enemy of the World", the two heroic "Bond girl" characters are Astrid—wholesome, a pilot working for the good guys, optimistic and with a Stiff Upper Lip; and Fariah, a woman heavily implied to have dark secrets in her past. Astrid is innocently charming, very honest, and fights with straightforward Action Girl methods, while Fariah is beguiling, mysterious, and fights with social manipulation. Both Astrid and Fariah flirt with men at one point to get them to do what they want, but when Astrid does it she just ends up gushing to the Doctor about how wonderful he is, while Fariah will smolder on cue if it means Salamander is less likely to suspect her of leaking information.
- Rose Tyler and Lady Cassandra are presented in this fashion. Rose is an honest, fun-loving, and caring humble heroine with a slight selfish streak that loves the Doctor in an almost naive fashion. Lady Cassandra, being a Foil to Rose, is an arrogant, vain, and racist upper-class lady that lived a good part of her life fooling her lovers in order to gain more wealth. The story arc involving the two explores British class warfare, ideas of beauty, and what makes a person "human".
- Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: Most of the show's storylines are generated by the contrast between the short, trusting, and sweet June and the tall, manipulative, and promiscuous Chloe. Of course, the plot is driven by the fact that June can keep up with Chloe and regularly gives her a taste of her own medicine.
- Brunette Maddy and blonde Cassie. The former wears outfits with darker colors like purple while Cassie's outfits have lighter tones like pastel blue. Maddy is more seductive and brooding. Cassie is sweet and desperate for love.
- Rue and Jules similarly have brown vs blonde hair while wearing darker or lighter colors. In Rue's case, she's a troubled drug addict who's pretty cynical and keeps aloof a lot (except for from Jules). Contrasting this, Jules is more light-hearted, open, and wants approval. They date but have a difficult relationship.
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has the Proud Beauty Hilary (dark) and the Nice Girl Ashley (light).
- Gilmore Girls: For a while, Rory unexpectedly enters the role of Dark Feminine in a Betty and Veronica triangle with Lindsay, Dean's wife. Seeing how O.O.C. Is Serious Business, it doesn't last that long and comes with some repercussions.
- The Golden Girls: Rose and Blanche are the most traditionally feminine of the four characters. Where Rose is a sweet, if somewhat ditzy woman, Blanche is self-centered and obsessed with men.
- Gossip Girl: Best friends and sometimes enemies Serena and Blair. Serena is usually the light, and Blair usually the dark, but it's zigzagged & subverted throughout the series. Serena acted as a dark feminine pre-series whereas Blair was fierier but ultimately light feminine before both use both types at different places during the show's run.
- In Grey's Anatomy, there are several distinct duos. Lexie, The Ingenue, is the light to her friend Sadie, who has all the markings of The Tease, as well as Julia, Mark's other love interest at this point. Ellis Grey, the bossy former mistress of Richard is the dark to his wife, Adele. In a similar fashion, and in a rare example where the protagonist is played in some way as the dark half of this duo, Meredith is played for a while as the dark to Addison's light.
- Hawkeye (2021) has a case that twists the visual reference, in that Kate Bishop, who loves dark colors (specially purple) is the cheerful optimist, while Yelena Belova dresses in bright colors (aside from her black tactical suit) yet is cynical and distrustful.
- HEX has a little fun with this trope.
- Bookish, virginal Cassie, kindly teacher Jo, and nice Series 2 Beta Bitch Alex start out as the Light. Yet Cassie under Azazeal's control becomes a full-blown vamp for a while and then sacrifices herself to protect the resulting son. Jo also falls for Azazeal's charms and undergoes a Face–Heel Turn for his sake. Alex goes darker when Malachi grants her wish to supplant Roxanne as the Queen Bee and is turned into a succubus as a result.
- Roxanne, Gemma and Ella all lean towards the Dark with the first two being more concerned about sex than relationships and the latter being willing to use Leon as demon bait. Gemma becomes the Light as she leaves the school when Troy does, realising she really does love him, Roxanne undergoes a moral awakening late in Series 2 and Ella comes to realise how much she really does love Leon, and spends the last moments of the series making out with him as the apocalypse begins.
- It's Okay to Not Be Okay: Nam Ju-ri is the Light to Ko Moon-young's Dark. Ju-ri is a kind, shy nurse from a modest background. Moon-young is an antisocial, elegant dark children's book author often dressed in haute couture.
- Merlin (2008):
- The series has Guinevere, the good-hearted heroine, and Morgana, the villainess. Interestingly, Gwen is linked more with desire than Morgana, who (despite a couple of early Femme Fatale scenes) almost comes across as asexual in her complete lack of interest in men. And as an added ironic bonus, Guinevere (light) is played by mixed-race Angel Coulby, and Morgana (dark) is played by extremely pale Katie McGrath—though with very dark hair.
- In the episode The Hunter's Heart, Guinevere gets a turn at playing the dark feminine in contrast to visiting Princess Mithian's light.
- In Mr. Robot, Angela Moss is the Light Feminine to Darlene Alderson's Dark Feminine. Angela is blonde, innocent, even-tempered, in a steady relationship, and holding a steady job with a cybersecurity company. Darlene is dark-haired, flirty, hot-tempered, unafraid of casual sexual encounters, and involved with a radical hacker group. Their first scene together, in a ballet class, subtly highlights this: Angela wears a traditional pink leotard with a skirt, while Darlene wears provocative black short-shorts with a gothic-looking black mesh top.
- No Tomorrow: Evie is sweet, cheerful, naive, and only wants to have a monogamous, committed relationship. Kareema, her best friend, is a sarcastic nihilist who (before Sofia) only engages in casual sex.
- In Parks and Recreation, the bubbly and optimistic blonde Leslie is the epitome of Light Feminine. Her foil is the brunette Ann Perkins, who is realistic and snarky, as is Leslie's protégée April Ludgate.
- Pretty Little Liars has two pairs among the four main characters: Hanna and Emily are light, while Aria and Spencer are dark—they are more flirtatious and employ different degrees of the Fille Fatale trope.
- Allison is a Dark feminine contrast both to Emily herself when they enter a relationship, and to Paige - her rivaling love interest for Emily. Paige is also the light to Maya's dark before Maya is killed.
- There is also a similar contrast between Paige's love interests: Nice Girl Emily and Shana the Wild Card, who is an aggressive flirt as well as a total psycho.
- Allison is also the dark to Aria's light as Ezra's love interests.
- In Riverdale, the OG Betty and Veronica are a pretty obvious case of light and dark - Betty is the chaste Girl Next Door and a Stepford Smiler, while Veronica is a flirty Spicy Latina from the Big Applesauce.
- Later in the season, a new Betty and Veronica duo appears - Valerie is the light feminine, girly, and a bit of a pushover, while Miss Grundy is the Hot for Student cougar with a Dark and Troubled Past. Veronica is also later contrasted as the dark to Valerie's light both as her short-term replacement with the Pussycats and as Archie's eventual love interest.
- After the reveal of their family bond, Betty and Cheryl can be an example as well as Betty is the light while Cheryl is the dark.
- Robin Hood:
- The first 2 series has Marian as the light feminine, who was replaced by Isabella, the dark feminine.
- In the third series, in which Isabella and Kate are rivals for Robin's affection, Kate would also count as the light feminine in contrast to Isabella's dark. However, after Isabella's Face–Heel Turn it became a blatant Madonna-Whore Complex.
- In Runaways (2017), Nico the surly brunette goth girl with black magic powers, and Karolina the blonde smiling sweetie with an alien heritage. They're an item.
- Schitt's Creek:
- Moira's hair color changes with her wigs, but she often has dark hair and dresses in black and white clothes, and she has a melodramatic, self-centered personality. Her friend Jocelyn, on the other hand, is a blond, Stepford Smiler who often puts the needs of others above her own, at least until she reaches her Rage Breaking Point.
- Dark-haired Stevie is an introverted, cynical, and pessimistic young woman, while the blond Alexis is a bubbly, cheerful, optimistic, and energetic young woman.
- At the beginning of Smash, sweet, Midwestern Naïve Everygirl Karen is the Light Feminine to sexy, jaded, and been-around-the-block Ivy's Dark Feminine. In a variation on the usual corresponding physical tropes, Karen is tall and brunette while Ivy is short and blonde. As the series goes on and Karen comes face-to-face with the ruthless ambition required to be a star on Broadway, her wide-eyed innocence fades.
- Star Trek: Picard: Jurati is the light to Raffi's dark. Jurati is bubbly and talkative while Raffi is a brooding drug addict. Subverted, however, when Jurati proves to be less light than she seems.
- Supernatural has a very literal version of this trope in Season 4, which sees Sam Winchester enter into a destructive love affair with a dark-haired, manipulative demon named Ruby while his brother Dean has a fling with a kind, idealistic, red-headed Fallen Angel named Anna. In a twist, when Ruby and Anna spend time together, they get along quite well.
- The Tudors has the seductive, manipulative, and tragic Anne Boleyn (dark-haired) contrasting with the good-hearted, subservient, and also tragic Jane Seymour (light-haired). Exaggerated though it may be for fiction, this fits the traditional views of both doomed women.
- The Vampire Diaries: Elena is the Light Feminine and Katherine is the Dark Feminine. Elena and Katherine, who are both doppelgangers, share an uncanny physical resemblance, but in terms of morals, Elena is known as good and moral, while Katherine is known as bad and immoral.
- A Veronica Mars episode plays the dark/light contrast between Meg and Veronica herself (who also serve as a Betty and Veronica triangle for Princely Young Man Duncan), in his own dream. Veronica is wearing a skimpy black outfit—Meg is in an angelic white dress. Veronica gags Meg who scolds Duncan for forgetting about the love they had and then goes off on Duncan for his childish feelings for Meg.
Veronica: Is that really what you want? Teddy bears and mash notes. Grow up. Grow up and get over it!
- Xena: Warrior Princess (dark, being a warrior) and Gabrielle (light, being more of a diplomat). Granted, Xena was a Tomboy Princess, but in her first appearance, she was also quite decidedly The Vamp.
- On a meta level are two female-targeted cable networks—Hallmark Channel (light) specializes in light Romance and heartwarming drama, while Lifetime (dark) has a lot of Thriller and Crime Drama material (though both channels devote every December to Christmas Romantic Comedy). Many production companies contribute starkly contrasting original movies to both channels.
- Alvaro Véliz's songs "Ni tú ni ella" ("Neither you nor her") are about a guy who can't choose between two loves. The girl he's "singing" to is the Light Feminine — sweet, gentle, kind, whom he cares for dearly. The other girl he's referring to in the lyrics is the Dark Feminine — a sensual and passionate Blithe Spirit able to bring out his wilder side.
- In apocryphal Abrahamic mythology, Lilith (the first wife of Adam, who refused to submit) represents the Dark Feminine — while Eve (Adam's second wife) is the Light Feminine.
- At Ring Warriors Bombshells and Jingle Bells, the overly kind, sweet and hyperactive Su Yung (Light) and the confrontational, temperamental and cocky Amazona (Dark) are equally enthused about teaming with each other to take down the Canadian brutes Silver and Gold. Su's ring gear was traditional in form but otherwise overly feminine in design, being colored bright purple and stamped with heart symbols. Amazona's was less orthodox, including a headband in addition to being all black save her feathers, which were merely dark brown, but was still distinctly feminine, including a skirt. Su and Amazona would remain friends, with Yung becoming known for physical but innocuous displays of affection, whereas Amazona would spank people.
- The ninth LLF tag team champions "La Chica Celestial" Angelica and "La Guerrera Sensual" Amazona(no relation to the above). They're both warriors, being a pareja\tag team, but Angelica doesn't resort to squeezing heads or throats with her thighs, to say nothing of Amazona's cabezazo, which is basically a spread leg headbutt to the crotch. Visually, Angelica wears noticeable "beauty" makeup but also wears a mask in lucha libre tradition, and her gear is adorned with religious symbols to invoke her namesake and Red Baron. Amazona shows her face for all to see and usually wears black mixed martial arts gear when she isn't in a bodysuit she neglected to zip all the way up.
- In TNA we have Rosemary and Allie. Rosemary is a gothic zombie hybrid creature who speaks in plurals and refers to herself as "The Demon Assassin", with dark theme music and frightening skull or death-themed face paint. Allie is a bubbly blonde happy-go-lucky girl, initially played as a straight-up ditz in TNA. On the independent circuit, Allie as Cherry Bomb was the (light) Know-Nothing Know-It-All Proper Lady heel and Rosemary as Courtney Rush was the(dark) extroverted but socially inept and reckless face, whom Cherry Bomb triggered the birth of Rosemary in by traumatizing Rush. But they were an inseparable pair in TNA/Impact after Rosemary saved Allie from a beat down because the voices in her head told her to protect Allie, the innocent bunny surrounded by danger. They have become known collectively as Demon X Bunny, and have their own custom merch reflecting their Dark & Light unlikely friendship. The trope was subverted in May 2018 when Rosemary was written off TV to rehab an ACL tear. Allie in her absence has become seemingly possessed by Rosemary's darkness and seeks revenge on Su Yung, who put Rosemary out of action.
- The team of Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross fit this trope, though Alexa is usually in a traditional sexy-girl heel role while Cross is more in a comedic heel. Alexa usually wears outfits that range from Disney princesses to Harley Quinn cosplay while Cross has become a dress-all-in-black tomboy.
- In Avenue Q, Princeton gets romantically entangled with kindergarten teacher Kate (light feminine) and prostitute Lucy T. Slut (dark feminine).
- In La Bohème, Innocent Flower Girl Mimi is the Light Feminine, and flirtatious Femme Fatale Musetta is the Dark Feminine.
- Carmen: Don José's love interests consist of his innocent and devoted Girl Next Door Micaëla and the free-spirited seductress Carmen.
- A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder has the virtuous Innocent Soprano Phoebe in blue (light feminine), and the flirtatious, ambitious Sibella in pink (dark feminine).
Monty: Look at Phoebe!
Noble and pious,
my esteem for her only grows.
But, when I am with Phoebe,
I am on fire thinking of
Full of desire,
Passion, and dare I say it?
But when I'm with Sibella,
Whom do I admire?
None but Phoebe!
Perfect and lovely!
Who couldn't love her?
'Round and 'round and 'round
- In Grease, Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold Sandy is the Light Feminine while sensual, rebellious Rizzo is the Dark Feminine.
- Iolanta: the naive, pure, and angelic Iolanta and the passionate and seductive Matilda.
- Jekyll & Hyde has Dr. Jekyll's sweet fiancee Emma Carew (light feminine), and Hyde's Hooker with a Heart of Gold girlfriend Lucy (dark feminine).
- Lord of the Dance (1997), features Morrighan, the temptress and Saoirse, the good spirit.
- In Much Ado About Nothing, cousins Hero and Beatrice are best friends, almost like sisters. Hero is sweet and loving, courteous, and sunny. Beatrice is, by contrast, a great deal sharper and more outspoken and cynical.
- Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812: The Innocent Soprano Natasha who is dressed in white (light feminine), and the seductive Alto Villainess Helene who is dressed in green (dark feminine).
- In She Loves Me, Innocent Soprano Amalia is the Light Feminine while been-around-the-block Ilona is the Dark Feminine.
- Swan Lake features the stark contrast of Odette, the innocent, pure, and shy White Swan, and Odile, the Black Swan, who is bold, dark, and seductive.
- In The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht's adaptation of The Beggar's Opera, Mack the Knife has an Innocent Soprano fiancee, Polly (light), and a decidedly less innocent first wife, Lucy (dark).
- In West Side Story, Innocent Soprano Maria is the Light Feminine while her brother's girlfriend, the sexy spitfire Anita, is the Dark Feminine.
- In Wicked, Glinda the Good is blonde, perky, and wears a variety of bright-colored dresses throughout the show. By contrast, Elphaba a.k.a. The Wicked Witch of the West is a Brainy Brunette and Deadpan Snarker who wears dark colors for most of the show (the times she is not being due to Glinda's influence). Played with as Elphaba is passionate about social justice and always strives to help the underdog, while Glinda can be duplicitous just to remain in people's good graces.
- In Wonderful Town, elder sister Ruth is a Brainy Brunette and Deadpan Snarker who aspires to be a reporter (dark), while her younger sister Eileen is an Innocent Soprano who Thinks Like a Romance Novel and aspires to be an actress (light).
- Kanae and Marilyn Sue from Akatsuki Blitzkampf. Light Feminine Kanae is a serious, dedicated, and aloof Action Girl from the Japanese Army, who keeps her hair short and wears a form-fitting but mostly practical uniform as she grapples and tosses around her way into the plot; Dark Feminine Marilyn Sue is a bouncy Dark Action Girl in an even more form-fitting qipao, who fights like a Lady of War and relies quite a bit in her sex appeal to take her rivals off-guard.
- Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica has this dynamic with Light Feminine Cloche (a bossy long-haired blonde wearing a Feather Motif dress) and Dark Feminine Jacqli (a long dark-haired antisocial girl Dressed Like a Dominatrix).
- Catherine: Catherine is a sexy, beautiful, skimpy-clothed seductress who perfectly plays the Dark Feminine role, while Katherine is the Light Feminine by being the protagonist's Childhood Friend who mixes Meganekko and Defrosting Ice Queen. It's eventually justified: Catherine is a succubus sent to seduce men who won't get married in order to "weed out" the unfruitful couples, as part of a scheme by Mutton.
- Darkstalkers: Felicia, the childish cat monster raised by nuns would be the Light, and Morrigan, the rebellious hedonistic succubus would be the Dark. Both are Ms. Fanservice but Felicia simply doesn't need clothing, Morrigan is a fashionista that's purposely seductive.
- In Devilish Hairdresser, the Devilish Hairdresser is a goth with blood-red hair wearing mostly black, with a skull belt and high boots (Dark Feminine), while the Angelic Hairdresser is a blonde with a gold halo, a pink dress, and magenta Mary-Janes (Light Feminine).
- Dragon Age:
- Dragon Age: Origins: Played with. Leliana, the quasi-nun and moral center of the group, is the Light Feminine, while Morrigan, the mysterious and cunning witch, is the Dark Feminine. While Leliana's idealism is genuine, she turns out to be atoning for her past as a spy/assassin, while Morrigan can come to see the Warden as the Only Friend she's ever had and shows ignorance to basic human interaction and sensibilities.
- A straighter example of this trope is in the sequel Dragon Age II with naive, duty-bound, and responsible Merrill (light) and worldly, hedonistic, and carefree Isabela (dark).
- Final Fantasy X: For the first half of the game, the only two female party members are Yuna and Lulu. As The Ingenue, Yuna is the Light Feminine: she wears mostly white and purple, is optimistic and somewhat naive due to her sheltered upbringing as a future summoner. She is also a bit reserved and innocent, often speaking in a gentle tone and getting easily flustered by the teasing from the other squadmates. Lulu is the Dark Feminine: a Lady of Black Magic, she wears an all black outfit that combines Too Many Belts with a plunging cleavage revealing neckline. While she is often Mr. Exposition, explaining the world of Spira to Tidus, outside of those moments, she walks with an aloof air and expresses quite a bit of cynicism. As Yuna's guardian from long ago, she also has a motherly protectiveness over Yuna that extends to Tidus once she warms up to him. Genki Girl Rikku joining the team later, changes this dynamic into more of a The Three Faces of Eve set-up, with Yuna as the Wife (calm, supportive, inviting), Lulu as the Seductress (mysterious, sexy), and Rikku as the Child (playful, prone to emotional outbursts).
- Fire Emblem:
- Fire Emblem: Awakening has Olivia (sweet and quite awkward Shrinking Violet) and Maribelle (sophisticated ojou with a Covert Pervert side). Rather curiously, Light Feminine Olivia dresses in a very stripperiffic way, while Dark Feminine Maribelle wears far more conservative clothes. Olivia also fits in these dynamics with Panne (a shapeshifting Hair-Raising Hare and Defrosting Ice Queen, whose own stripperiffic clothes are made by a light breastplate and Fur Bikini)
- Fire Emblem Fates has the Princesses of Nohr, Camilla and Elise. Dark Feminine Camilla is a Ms. Fanservice with massive breasts, Stripperiffic attire, and a Magic Knight-like fighting style, whereas Light Feminine Elise is a Genki Girl with pigtails and White Mage abilities.
- Galaxy Angel II has this dynamic between Kahlua and Tequila (who are technically the same person). Kahlua is the Light, being soft-spoken, kind, and generous, if a bit slow on the uptake, while Tequila is the Dark, more assertive, confident, and a tease.
- Garou: Mark of the Wolves gives us Badass Adorable Hotaru Futaba as Light and Good Bad Girl Bonne Jenet as Dark.
- Genshin Impact:
- Barbara and Rosaria are pretty much the perfect example of this dynamic. Barabara is a sweet, innocent White Mage who is loved by everyone in Mondstadt and has Girlish Pigtails and a predominantly white frilly outfit, while Rosaria is cold and cynical towards just about everyone, which is reflected in her mostly dark-colored outfit and fishnet stockings that complement her nature as a sexy and dark Ms. Fanservice. This dynamic is on full display whenever they interact; Rosaria wants nothing to do with Barbara, but Barbara still treats her with the same level of kindness that she shows to everyone else.
- Inazuma has the two opposing (at least initially) generals; the delicate-looking, peaceful but intelligent Divine Priestess Sangonomiya Kokomi and the ruthless, headstrong Anti-Hero Kujou Sara.
- A similar setup from the same developers occurs in Jade Empire, with Silk Fox as dark opposite Dawn Star's light.
- The King of Fighters:
- King is a Team Mom Bifauxnen. Mai Shiranui is a Stripperiffic Highly-Visible Ninja. They manage to fill under Tomboy and Girly Girl (King is the tomboy, Mai is the girly girl) and as this trope (King is Light, Mai is Dark). Yuri is the tomboy to both of them.
- In the KOF Radio Drama The Sun and the Moon, the Tanima sisters are this: older sister Konoe is the Broken Bird Dark while younger sister Kikuri is the ill girl Light. They both love Iori Yagami in their own ways (Konoe is a Tsundere to him while Kikuri is the Gentle Girl to his Brooding Boy), but they're not exactly rivals as they're each other's only relatives, are very close, and Konoe has taken care of Kikuri for years anyway. Neither becomes Iori's girlfriend because Iori leaves the girls to protect them from himself. Oh, and Kikuri dies.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- The Florian Sisters of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny. The caring Idiot Hero of a big sister Amita serves as the Light Feminine, while the coy, flirty, and cynical little sister Kyrie serves as the Dark Feminine.
- The two female love interests in Mass Effect are Liara (young, naïve, virginal academic) and Ashley (gun-toting, suspicious of aliens, snarky soldier) largely follow the trope. The expanding cast and changing personalities prevent this from applying to the latter two games, however.
- Monster Madness: Jennifer and Carrie, the two female player characters. Jennifer is a cheerleader who wears pink, and Carrie a goth girl who wears dark colors. They both dress femininely, wearing shirts that expose the tops of their shoulders and their midriffs, Carrie wearing a long skirt, and Jennifer wearing heels.
- In Octopath Traveler, protagonists Ophilia and Primrose can fight alongside each other. Ophilia is the insecure, compassionate Archbishop's daughter; Primrose is a confident Hooker with a Heart of Gold who can, quote-unquote, "allure" people into helping her out. In the scattered circle of party members on the world map, they're opposite to each other. In a more literal case, Ophilia is the party's default light magic user, while Primrose is the default dark magic user.
- Overlord: The potential queens fall into this. In the second game, the first two mistresses fall into Tomboy and Girly Girl — but also serve as a collective "Light Feminine" to the third.
- Bede and Marnie, the rival characters from Pokémon Sword and Shield. A subverted example since Bede is a boy, though androgynous. By the end of the game's story, Bede inherits Fairy type Gym Leader position from his mentor, Opal. His team consists of cutesy Fairy and Psychic type Pokemon, thus the Light Feminine. While Marnie, who uses Dark and Poison type Pokemon, is the Dark Feminine. She also later replaces her brother as the new Dark type Gym Leader.
- Shin Megami Tensei I has Yuki (Light) and Yuriko (Dark) Yuriko is actually Lilith, making this a religious shoutout.
- The Sims 2 introduces twin teenage sisters Angela and Lilith Pleasant. Angela is a well-behaved ace student beloved by her parents, while Lilith is a rebellious teenager and The Unfavorite of the family. They have a comeback in The Sims 4, this time as young adults going through college.
- In Splatoon, there is Callie (Dark) and Marie (Light). Callie is the black and pink Inkling who acts confident and short-tempered. Marie is the white and green Inkling who acts sensitive and level-headed.
- Played with Off the Hook in Splatoon 2. Pearl is short, cute, and has light colors, but is often short-tempered and imperious (but is also a lot nicer off-camera). By contrast, Marine is tall, sexy, and an Octoling weapons engineer, but is also a very caring young woman who happens to be a Shoujo artist.
- Chun Li and Juri Han from Street Fighter IV are both Kick Chicks, but Chun Li is an Action Girl who's very firmly on the side of good, while Juri is a mix of Fetishized Abuser and Dark Action Girl.
- In Double Homework, the Johanna (light feminine) has lighter hair and clothing colors and a perky attitude to match. Tamara (dark feminine) has darker hair, dresses in all black, and has a largely cynical worldview.
- In ClockUp's Euphoria, we have Nemu and Kanae, especially when taking into account how Takato sees them. Nemu is a reflection of his dark personality and sadism and wants him to drown in his own desires. Kanae represents innocence and naive happiness and is that how Takato wishes everything to end, even with Nemu keeping pushing his buttons. In the Betty and Veronica Switch in the True Ending, we also switch those trope labels between the two.
- Lilly Satou and Shizune Hakamichi from Katawa Shoujo. Lilly is a serene, kind, Yamato Nadeshiko-ish Team Mom who more often than not dresses rather conservatively (save for her pajamas), whereas Shizune is a bossy and straightforward Ms. Fanservice who's very aware of her good looks and is very uninhibited in her sex scenes. Though Lilly turns out to be also kinda kinky if she's pursued as a love interest.
- Royal sisters Amara and Ga'ran Sigatur Khura'in in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. Amara has white-blonde hair, a calm, benevolent presence, and is a Friend to All Living Things. Ga'ran has dark hair, a far more revealing outfit, and inspires equal parts fear and devotion in her subjects.
- Out of the Love Interests in True Love Junai Monogatari, Remi Himekawa and Mayumi Kamijou play it straight. Remi is a sweet and straightlaced Cute Bookworm who's seen as a borderline "unapproachable" at first by the Player Character, whereas Mayumi is the tsundere Good Bad Girl who dresses sexily and approaches the PC without fear or excuses. Surprisingly (or maybe not), it turns out they're Childhood Friends.
- Umineko: When They Cry has kind, motherly Shannon and decadent, sadistic Beatrice. Of course, since the two are one and the same, Beatrice becomes more Light Feminine as the series goes on.
- DSBT InsaniT: Portica is the Light Feminine, and Killdra is the Dark Feminine. Both of them are less than fond of each other, and are prone to getting into arguments, even in the middle of a battle with an enemy.
- Portica is still a bit of a tomboy, but she is also into jewelry, outfits, and isn't above gossiping. She doesn't really like Killdra because she thinks Killdra is creepy and weird.
- Killdra acts very dull and sarcastic but she still has a girly side to her, like squeeing about music. She doesn't really like Portica because she thinks Portica is pompous and judgmental.
- Dreamscape: Anjren is the Light Feminine and Keela is the Dark Feminine. They don't quite see eye-to-eye, but they don't outright dislike each other either.
- In Season 4 of The Most Popular Girls in School, we have Mackenzie (who dresses in red and pink to show that she's more controlled than her friend) and Brittnay (who dresses in all black during her Mercenary Cheerleader stint).
- Dreaming Freedom: Played with with Jeongmin and Juhyeon. Jeongmin wears dark clothes and has black hair, while Juhyeon has white hair and prefers lighter clothes. It’s played with in that Juhyeon is a vicious bully, and while Jeongmin is our protagonist, is a far cry from a saint herself.
- Hetalia: Axis Powers:
- The two sisters Ukraine and Belarus. Ukraine, a Naïve Everygirl of a Team Mom is the Light, while Belarus, the Stalker with a Crush Yandere who dresses as an Elegant Gothic Lolita is the Dark. They're also the extremely rare example in which the duo crosses into Tomboy and Girly Girl as well: Ukraine is sweet and gentle but she dresses like a boy and has Boyish Short Hair, whereas Belarus is stubborn and Yandere-like but looks very dainty in her Elegant Gothic Lolita dress.
- Among the Nyotalia ladies, Female!England (Girlish Pigtails, Meganekko, depicted in a nurse uniform) is the Light to the Dark of Female!France (Ojou, with a bottle of good wine in her hand, wears classy dresses). Similarly, Female!Japan (Yamato Nadeshiko with a kimono and hakama) and Female!America (Stripperiffic Plucky Girl with a rather smart mouth) have similar looks.
- The two girls among the beta kids follow this dynamic: the adorable, fun-loving, and girly Jade is the Light Feminine to the sophisticated and flirtatious Rose's Dark Feminine. It's even reflected by their dreamselves: Jane dreams in the Light Kingdom of Prospit and consults with the clouds of Skaia, while Rose dreams in the Dark Kingdom of Derse and consults with the Horrorterrors.
- Post-Scratch, Jane and Roxy are also this. The milquetoast, traditionally feminine Jane is the Light Feminine (Wholesome Crossdresser tendencies notwithstanding) to the roguish, devious Roxy's Dark Feminine. Once again, Jane is a Prospit dreamer and Roxy is a Derse dreamer.
- The dancestor pair of Aradia and Damara is this in a sense. Despite her dark and twisted tastes, Aradia is straightforward, full of love for everyone, and just loves when everybody gets along and has fun. Damara, on the other hand, is a cynical, mean-spirited Dragon Lady who gets a kick out of making extremely lewd and insulting remarks about everyone around her. Just compare their◊ design.◊
- Rebirth: Parish is the light feminine, with golden hair and light color scheme, to Lena's dark feminine, with lavender hair and darker clothes. Ironically, Parish is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who ignores one of her own children and cheated on her husband with his older brother while Lena is quite sweet and a good mother to her daughter.
- Medea and Psyche from Your Throne. Medea is stoic, cunning, jaded, and has dark purple hair and wears black and purple, in contrast with sweet, naive, and empathetic Psyche, who is blonde and associated with white and gold.
- Cream Heroes: The shy, sensitive Chuchu is the Light to sassy diva Lala's Dark. Of the more maternal female cats, the loving and sociable Nana is the Light while the aloof and stoic TT is the Dark.
- Monster High plays the trope straight but inverts the colour-coding. Genki Girl Vegetarian Vampire Draculaura (Light Feminine) dresses mostly in black clothing, and Lovable Alpha Bitch Cleo (Dark Feminine) wears a lot of glittery gold... and is deathly afraid of the dark.
- In Adventure Time, Princess Bubblegum is pink and tries to uphold a sugary persona befitting the ruler of the Candy Kingdom (Light). Marceline the Vampire Queen meanwhile revels in her reputation as a mischievous punk rocker (Dark).
- In Albert the Fifth Musketeer, Queen Anne is sweet-natured and amiable (Light Feminine), as contrast to the seductive villainess Milady De Winter (Dark Feminine).
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Ty Lee (Light) and Mai (Dark) - Ty Lee is bubbly and approachable, has big eyes, and wears pink; Mai is aloof and snarky, has Raven Hair, Ivory Skin, and wears red.
- Most episodes of Ewoks, feature both princess Kneesaa and her best friend Latara. They're literally light and dark; and personality-wise, one is ridiculously innocent most of the time, all about sharing and caring, while the other starts out as a melancholic starving artist type and turns out to be a manipulative prima donna in the second season, after Character Exaggeration.
- Gravity Falls: Mabel (Light) and Pacifica (Dark).
- Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: bubbly, pink-haired Ami is the Light Feminine, while sarcastic, blue-haired Yumi is the Dark Feminine.
- The titular Kim Possible is a model student-athlete, a loyal friend, and has a little side gig saving the world from evil (Light). Shego serves the Big Bad Drakken, is the biggest Deadpan Snarker in the series, and has long black hair (Dark).
- The Loud House: Among the two eldest Loud sisters, Leni Loud is the Kindhearted Simpleton Light Feminine, and Lori Loud is the Big Sister Bully Dark Feminine.
- The Magic School Bus has Phoebe Terese, the animal-loving Nice Girl, as the Light Feminine and Keesha Franklin, the bossy Agent Scully, as the Dark Feminine.
- Two female characters from Miraculous Ladybug fulfill this role: the sweet, girly, pink-wearing and extroverted Rose and her best friend or something more, the gothic, quiet, and introverted (but still kindhearted) Juleka.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, there is Celestia (Light) and Luna (Dark) who are two alicorn princesses with a lot of their contrast with each other to do with this trope. Celestia is an utterly Benevolent Boss, compassionate, and too forgiving for her own good, and her job is ruling the sun, day, and light. The only times when she actually gets angry come into Tranquil Fury. Luna is the outgoing, self-confident ruler of the moon, night, and darkness. Nevertheless, she can be aggressive with Unstoppable Rage and is the only member of royalty who has ever lost her temper.
- Susie from Rugrats, who fulfills the big sister role, is the Light Feminine to Spoiled Brat Angelica's Dark Feminine.
- Teen Titans (2003): Starfire is bubbly and naive (Light Feminine), while her sister Blackfire is a cunning, seductive criminal (Dark Feminine), who also happens to look just like Starfire but with darker colored hair and clothing and narrower eyes. Within the Titans, Starfire contrasts as the Light to Raven's Dark, with the latter being generally much more serious and seeks calm in her leisure time; the season one episode "Switched" did a "Freaky Friday" Flip between them in order to draw out the differences in their powers (Starfire's are powered by emotion to function, while Raven's are always at risk of running out of control if she doesn't reign hers in) and the subsequent effects on their contrasting personalities.