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"Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good."

It's one of the deepest ideas in our collective (un)consciousness. The Sun brings heat, makes plants grow, helps us wake, explore, work, create. Gods of the Sun and Moon are associated with law, arts, the mind, justice, protection, inspiration, all the things that make up the best part of being human. (And even the other nice thing about being human gets this treatment - Venus is, after all, the Morning Star.note ) The lightbulb coming on over one's head is the genesis of a great idea. By light we can see the world; by extension, light lets us confront evil and destroy it, both within and without ourselves.

It's the more or less obvious conclusion.


Almost every RPG does this, some more than others. (It's always the holy magic that heals, never the dark.) For characters with light-based powers with this connotation, see Light 'em Up. Holy Hand Grenade is not out of the question.

The polar opposite of Light Is Good is Dark Is Evil and its sub-tropes. Light Is Not Good originated as a subversion of this trope. Note, however, that Good Is Not Nice can also come into play if said hero has an affinity for light, and both Light is Good and Light Is Not Good may come into play, as a Hypocrite tries to pose as a good guy by taking on the trappings suitable for the good guys. If a story wants to use Light is Good and Dark Is Not Evil at the same time, it's generally justified as both forces being necessary for a truly stable and peaceful world, with the perceived 'evil' of darkness being a misunderstanding between the sides. See Light/Darkness Juxtaposition.


Why having the sun appear is good. Also the reason White Magic is called that. Related to Heaven Above, since the sky and the light-bearing suns often go hand-in-hand when depicting the good God. This trope's relationship with the sun can often lend it to be used similarly to Rays from Heaven, Cue the Sun, and Watching the Sunset. See also Holy Halo, Shining City, and Shining Goodness.

For more chromatic inspiration, see Color-Coded for Your Convenience. For light used as one of the Elemental Powers, see Light 'em Up.

Daylight Horror and Light Is Not Good are subversions of this trope.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Most Magical Girl series play this trope straight, with the heroines wearing bright and colorful outfits, having light/purity/Love related powers.
  • In BTX The Hero Teppei rides a white B't Which eventually turns golden.
  • Subverted in Death Note, where the character named Light appears to be a pretty good guy at first (or at worst a Well-Intentioned Extremist) whose ideas of morality and justice are just slightly askew. However, it quickly becomes a case of Light Is Not Good as he descends into corruption and madness... as a result of believing himself to be this.
  • Angemon and Angewomon of Digimon Adventure are both angelic Digimon with golden hair who both debuted to promptly easily defeat a powerful dark Digimon with their powers of light. Angewomon takes this almost to ridiculous extremes - her partner is Hikari Yagami, whose first name translates to "light", and who uses the Crest of Light to make her evolve to Angewomon to begin with. Oh, and near the end of Adventure she started glowing.
  • Though transforming tends to make them look more threatening in Dragonball Z, all the Super Saiyans, apart from the movie villain Broly, embody this with a golden hair and aura, even Vegeta by the end of the series.
  • The two main heroes in Fullmetal Alchemist are blonde, with gold eyes to boot.
    • That said, aside from the homunculus, the overwhelming majority of the villains invoke Light Is Not Good, and the only characters with anything resembling light powers are both villains.
      • Except for the Colonel, who has light-themed powers and is most definitely on the heroic side.
  • The titular main characters in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure use Hamon during Part 1, Part 2 and a bit in part 3. Subverted in that Kars uses it after obtaining the Ultimate Form, whose Hamon is actually hundreds of times stronger than what the main characters used.
  • In Legend of Heavenly Sphere Shurato, The Hero wears a white armor (which also has a Golden Super Mode). Other characters associated with light (like Lady Vishnu) are good too.
  • Most protagonists in Lyrical Nanoha feature white prominently on their Barrier Jackets, usually the most outer layer. Hayate and Reinforce Zwei take it one step further by having white as their magic colors.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn has Syam Vist, a kind old man in white robes and Banagher Links, who pilots a White Gundam known as The Unicorn that is named after a Beast of Light and Possibility.
  • Naruto:
    • A colored chapter cover revealed that Naruto becomes yellow with shades of orange when he enters Chakra Mode, as seen here.
    • Hinata Hyuga defies what the rest of her clan stands for.
  • Purity goes with light in Sailor Moon, and it becomes a common theme (most easily seen in the first anime's SuperS season).
  • Kimba the White Lion the titular character is a kind, friendly lion cub who would rather solve disputes without voilence. But if the need arises bad guys learn the hard way not to underestimate him.
  • While this trope was sometimes averted by the original Saint Seiya and Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, in Saint Seiya Omega the Light Cosmo have been portrayed as a good force, opposed to Darkness Cosmo.
  • InuYasha: Kagome Higurashi, one of the heroes and a Nice Girl, has flash-light based abilities, and specializes in holy spiritual powers. Kikyo also counts, being an incredibly powerful priestess, albiet as an Anti-Hero.
  • In Shinzo this trope is played straight most of the time.
  • Asuna, the female protagonist from Sword Art Online, wears white clothing, a stark contrast from male protagonist and Love Interest Kirito.
  • Light magic in Destruction Flag Otome is only confirmed to be able to dispel curses, detect dark magic and heal injuries.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman is powered in part by the light of Earth's yellow sun. This also extends to Comic Book/Supergirl and her alternate universe counterpart Comic Book/Power Girl. Comic Book/Krypto counts as well, as he is a white Labrador Retriever.
  • The second Doctor Light Dr. Kimiyo Hoshi, has the same powers as the first, and even a nearly identical costume, but is a genuine hero, albeit an [[Insufferable Genius arrogant one]] but with a good heart underneath it all. In the 2008 DC Christmas Special, she even states that she kept the name and costume of the origional Dr. Light to prove to people that light cold be good again.
  • In the New Gods there is Lightray, a [1] contrast to the moody Orion, who has light powers, and can even travel at the speed of light.
  • As their Badass Creed says, Green Lantern's light is their power that the worshipers of Evil's might should beware. The GLs co-exist with several groups wielding light that are not so benevolent.
  • Comic Book/Aztek is a hero inspired by the Aztec gods who wears a white and gold costume, and whose power comes from his gold helmet.
  • The Ray is a [[Legacy Character]] superhero whoes power are based on light.
  • In Zombies Christmas Carol pure, loving light, as represented by Fan and Fred, is universally good and can heal the zombies.
  • Starlight of The Boys has light-based powers and wears a white and gold costume. She is also one of the few genuinely nice characters in the comics and one of the few superheroes who is a good person and actually believes in the superhero cause, rather than just pretending to for fame and fortune.
  • Apollo of the "The Authority" wears a white and gold costume, has white hair, and has sun based powers, and is a warm and cheerful personality.
  • Tandy Bowen, known as Dagger of Cloak & Dagger wears white, has the ability to creat daggers out of light and is the gentle girl to the brooding Cloak
  • Monica Rambeau has been given a multitude of diffrent superhero aliases over the years, from Photon, Pulsar, Spectrum and Captain Marvel for a time. In all those incarnations, she is shown as being able to manipulate light and wearing a white costume.
  • Moon Knight is a Zig-zagged example. He is a vigalante who wears a pure white costume, and considered [2] and a counterpart to [3] and [[Comic Book/Batman]]. But his overly violent approach to crime-fighting, coupled with his downright insane tendancies prevent him from being a straight example.
  • Karolina Dean of The Runaways is a member of the alien Majesdanian race, who are light powered, and in their natural state look like living rainbows. Her parents however, are exiled criminals who are the most sadistic members of Pride.
  • Twins Aurora and Northstar of Alpha Flight and X-Men have flight and super-speed powers, with the ability to create burst of light in contact. Aurora is a more straight example of this, while her brother, while mostly heroic, has history of face heel turns, one point even workin under Hydra.
  • X-Men has several
    • Comic Book/Sunspot of New Mutants is mutant superhero who draws his powers of super-strength and endurance from the sun. In doing so, his skin turns black, and his eyes and mouth glow yellow. He is also noted as having a very friendly personality.
    • Angel aka Warren Kenneth Worthington III, one of the five orignial members, has large white wings, combined with is largley white costume and Pretty Bpy looks more than earned him his nickname. His Brainwashed and Crazy alter ego, Archangel on the other hand...
    • Dr. James Bradley, AKA Dr. Nemesis, wears an all-white suit and fedora, and he uses a white surgical mask to complete his "costume." He has Immortality powers and is a Nazi Hunter.
  • Silver Surfer ; is a pure silver alien superhero, who has been a member of the Defenders and Avengers, and an ally of the Fantastic Four. Even his time as Galactus's herald was more [[Forced into Evil]]then genuinely choosing to join.
  • Spider-Gwen has a primarily white, costume, leading her to be nicknamed 'Ghost-Spider'
  • The Sandman Daniel Hall, the second Dream,is a Man In White, and has Mystical White Hair, and is the Redeeming Replacement to Morpheus, being much more forgiving and approachable.
  • White Tiger: The various men and women to take the name White Tiger, including Hector Ayala, his niece Angela del Toro, and Hectors younger sister Ava Ayala, were all Peurto Rican Superheros who war a white costume.
  • Hawk and Dove: The dou are Superheros who are the avatars of war and peace, and wear white costumes with red and blue accents. The second Dove, Holly Granger, takes this further my haveing white hair, and during the Blackest Night comic event, she gains the ability to conjure up bright light that destroys the Black Lanterns.
  • In Star Wars Legends Infinieties series, there is an issue that gives a What If?? scenareo were Darth Vader survives his battle on the second Death Star after his Heel–Face Turn. The new Vader would swap his [[Dark Is Evilall-black costume]] for an all-white version.
  • Comic Book/Planetary: Elijah Snow, the protagonist with ice powers dresses in white and has white hair. his white clothes foreshadow his status as the amnesiac Big Good.

    Fan Works 
  • In RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse, a world defined by its fear of the Sun, Princess Cadence stands out as the one example of this trope. Despite her Incorruptible Pure Pureness, she still chooses to evoke the Sun in her dress and heraldry.
  • Cassandra in Angel Of The Bat starts to live by this. After her (unofficial) conversion, she wants to begin wearing a bright white uniform — not because dark is inherently evil, but she believes others will find hope in her new outfit.
  • An underlying factor in the Contractually Obligated Chaos series is that there is a prophecy regarding Life and Death; the Avatar of Life embodies this trope.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within the Earth's Gaia is a bright pale blue light that is in direct contrast to the angry red of the Phantoms.
  • In Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Boron and Barran, the two leaders of the Guardians use golden helmets and have a white plumage. Of course, considering they're snowy owls, it's not like they have much choice regarding their feather colour, and the villains are also the generally light coloured barn owls.
  • In Rise of the Guardians, the characters associated with Light (like Sandman and the Man in the Moon) are good, opposed to the darkness of the Big Bad.
  • Similarly, Epic plays this trope completely straight: The Leafmen use bright colored armors and are associated with light, while the villains seem more associated with darkness.
  • This trope is played straight in most of the movies from the Disney Animated Canon.
  • In Big Hero 6, the benevolent healthcare robot Baymax is pure white, to help him look as harmless as possible.
  • Western Animation/WALL•E the Deuteragonist EVE is a sleek white robot, and while distant to the Protagonist, WALL-E, she softens towords him.
  • In most of the Don Bluth movies. Though Bluth's movies also have aesthetically dark characters that aren't evil (The Secret of NIMH, for example), and the very last movie uses has villains associated with blue light.
    • The Swan Princess the titular Swan Princess, Princess Odette, wears a white dress and turns into a white swan, in the golden "light water".
  • Being the benevolent overseer of the candles of life, the Candlemaker from The Book of Life, is this.
  • In Western Animation/How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World The Light Fury is female dragon with white scales, and is shown to be loyal and protective of Toothless, and while she distusts humans, it is not with out reason, She later goes to trust Hiccup enough to save his life after seeing him save Toothless, and later tusts him to be around her family.
  • The Secrret Livesof Pets Gidget, the sweet and kind white Pomeranian dog who goes out searching for Max after he dissapears, [[Spoilers: the [4] white rabbit Snowball, becomes this after his face heel turn.]]
  • Isle of Dogs:
    • Chief starts out as Dark Is Not Evil, being a black-furred dog with a gruff attitude and a determined attitude that helps his pack survive Trash Island. He later gets an Important Haircut that reveals that he actually has white fur with black spots, just like Atari's dog Spots, further linking them as long-lost brothers. Thanks to bonding more with Atari, Chief ends up becoming a nobler dog.
    • Spots, Atari's guard dog and Chief's long-lost brother has white fur with black spots, and he's a noble and kind dog.
  • A Monster in Paris the main character Francœur, is a sweet-natured and compassionate seven foot flea who disguises himself in a white mask, hat, suit and pants.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Light Side of the Force in Star Wars. The Expanded Universe is a bit more relaxed with this, though. Oddly enough, nobody ever calls it the "Light Side" in the original and prequel trilogies... it's only ever "The Force" and "The Dark Side of the Force." The entire idea of calling it the "Light Side of the Force" most likely came from fans making the "Dark Is Evil = Light is Good" connection on their own! The sequel trilogy finally uses the term.
    • the Hero of the origional trilogy, Luke Skywalker, wears a white tunic in [5], white Jedi robes in [6] to symbolize him becoming the [[Big Good]].
    • The Prequel Trilogy has Padme Amidala, who often wears light or white clothes to symbolize her being on the side of good, and being [[The Heart]] to the trio of her, Anakin andObi Wan, and her status as the [[Morality Chain]] to Anakin
    • The Hero of the Sequel Trilogy, Rey, also exemplafies this, often wearing light clothes, and her name refers to "a ray of light," and she is decribed as being the the Light to meet Kylo Ren's rising Darkness.
  • The Dark Crystal the Ur Seks, were a race of wise and noble beings that constantly emitted light. But when they tampered with the Crystal, they split into the two races of the Film: the good Mystics and the evil Skekis. [[Spoiler: After they are reformed, they save Kira, and [[Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence]]]] The Mystics also count, as they were born out of the light of urSeks, and are Always Lawful Neutral.
  • Poltergeist. The medium Tangina says:
    Tangina: When people die, there's a wonderful light as bright as the sun. But it doesn't hurt to look into it. All the answers to all the questions that you ever want to know are inside that light. And when you walk to it, you become a part of it forever.
  • In the first The Lord of the Rings film, Arwen appears to Frodo in a flowing white gown with light radiating out from her. This is just a vision to Frodo but it symbolises that she is good and is there to help him. Though she does warn him that she could end up evil and remain like she is.
  • A bit of a no-brainer but the stars in Stardust. They shine when their hearts are full of joy and happiness although Yvaine actually uses this as a weapon against the witches.
  • RoboCop(1987) is a silver plated cyborg cop that fights crime. The silver armour enhances his appearence to a literal [[Knight in Shinging Armour]].
  • Played straight in one of the very last scenes of Pan's Labyrinth, which shows the throne room from King & Queen of the Underworld as a golden place full of bright light, where Ofelia is received after she dies in the real world.
  • The 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz and Oz: The Great and Powerful play this trope straight with their respective versions of Glinda, the Good Witch of the South.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: The pale grey background of the "Defend" poster (which promotes the heroes) signifies this.
  • The fanatic priest and abusive mother in Stations of the Cross wear black and gray, while light enters young Maria's world (far too late to save her) only three times:
    • The doctor who treats Maria and confronts her mother is dressed in a strikingly white lab coat, in an office as clean, light, and comforting as him.
    • The first thing Bernadette, a genuinely good Christian, can think of when asked to describe Heaven is "a great light," before going on to describe the songs the saints will sing and the great joy they will feel.
    • Maria's mother insists her daughter is given a white dress in the penultimate scene, because she believes her daughter has proven herself to be completely pure, ignoring how self-destructive Maria's devotion has become.
  • Crimson Peak the Protagonist Edith often wears white and is associated with the sunshine and has blond hair and is a [[Nice Girl]].
  • Film/Godzilla:King of the Monsters (2019) : The Kaiju Mothra, stand out as having powerful bioluminescence, and her cave painting is shown to be white. She is also a [[Gentle Giant]] of the Kaiju, showing no ill will to humans, even leaning in to let touch her at one point.
  • Film/Bruce Almighty God is potrayed as [[Creator/Morgan Freeman]] wearing a all white suit, and is shown as an example of [[God is Good]] who tries to teach the protagonist Bruce an important lesson, albeit while messing with him a bit.
  • Deconstructed in The Queen's Consort, as while light is something embraced and dwelled upon by most of fairy kind, it is not a simple case of "light = good, dark = bad". In-fact, one of the biggest dilemmas in the story is that a random solar flare gives Elsa magic-based amnesia, making things harder for when the ritual to keep the darkness away needs casting.

  • Night Watch's Light Others live and breathe this trope... though, it can be said that the series examines this trope, bends it, reshapes it, subverts it, averts it, and when all else is lost, the author throws in the towel and pretty much says that all bets are off.
  • The Light in The Dark Is Rising series of novels is good, but not nice. However, while Dark Is Evil is mostly played straight, Light occasionally is actually evil as well too, with later instalments blatantly stating that balance is better.
  • In the Wheel of Time series, the Creator and the Light.
  • In mythology and fantasy stories, light (particularly sunlight) severely impairs or even harms monsters.
  • The Child of Light (and the Prophecy of Light) in The Belgariad.
  • In The Dresden Files, sunlight is anathema to most creatures of the Nevernever, and can disrupt more negative and evil enchantments and spells. Also, the Swords of the Cross emit light that cancels out the powers of the Denarians.
    • Plus the Summer Faeries tend to be fairly benevolent whereas the Winter ones are actively sadistic, although both sides are manipulative and capable of great crimes, when you put the two Courts next to one another it is played fairly straight
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's Magic, Inc., the heroes storm Hell because light always overcomes darkness (since darkness is merely the absence of light), and they are the forces of Light, so it does not behoove them to sit around reacting to the demonic forcs.
  • Diane Duane's Young Wizards series works with this considerably, especially in the first book, although they play with it increasingly through the series and at the end of the third book have a decisive Redemption arc where it is shown that Dark Does Not Have To Be Bad. Of course, the fact that the Powers don't live within linear time means there are still loads and loads of incarnations of the Lone One running around being evil for books and books more, but they've finally given him the chance to start going home.
  • T. S. Eliot's Choruses from "The Rock"
    О Light Invisible, we praise Thee!
    Too bright for mortal vision.
  • In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Lost, Father Christmas tells Miranda, Mab and Mephisto that they can stay a while because all who serve the Light are welcome.
  • In Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale, only the good guys are capable of casting the light spell.
  • In Poul Anderson's "Brave To Be A King", a beggar urges, "Alms for the love of Light!" Later two time travellers makes themselves glow to convince a king that they are heavenly messengers.
  • In Robin McKinley's Sunshine, Sunshine herself. Yolonda wisely refuses to believe evil of anyone who draws power from sunlight even though she hobnobs with a vampire.
  • In John Milton's Paradise Lost, continually used, for the angels, include those that later fell.
    how chang'd
    From him, who in the happy Realms of Light
    Cloth'd with transcendent brightnes didst outshine
    Myriads though bright
  • The default in The Lord of the Rings and J. R. R. Tolkien's other words, though there's more subtlety to it than that: the Elves are associated with the cold light of the stars and later the moon, while Men are associated with the hotter, harsher light of the Sun. Tom Bombadil also notes that he remembers when 'the dark under the stars was fearless, before the Dark Lord came from Outside', so Dark is not intrinsically evil.
  • In Jennifer Crusie's Maybe This Time, Andie urges ghosts to Go into the Light, assuring them that it's probably good, because light is.
  • In the land of Caederan, Light is one of the two "supra-elements" that surround and infuse the four elemental magics. Each element has a light aspect, which is the proper and natural use of that element. In addition, it is possible for someone to turn you into an orah, those who "live aligned with light alone," and can access the light side of each of the four elemental magics. It's mentioned specifically that fire called by an orah burns hotter and cleaner, and is much easier to prevent from running amok, as compared to fire called by an aesh.
  • The poem "Oxalis", by Nancy Cato, lovingly describes the flowers gleaming "like a streak of sunlight".
  • Tairen Soul:
    • A term of romantic endearment between Fey is: "The Great Sun rises in your eyes, beloved."
    • The heroine is compared favorably to Erimea, an in-universe star that illuminates the dark skies of winter.
    • When Ellysetta saves the tairen cubs, their souls are depicted as living light, in stark contrast to the Well's anonymous shadows.
  • Downplayed in Jeramey Kraatz's The Cloak Society. Still, light powers belong to good characters.
  • The Waterfire Saga:
    • The friendly optimist Neela just so happens to have light-based powers, meaning that her body constantly glows. Naturally, she glows brightest when happy.
    • In the first book's finale, the protagonists cast a spell that merges their souls (and various magical powers). This results in the heroes literally glowing [[spoiler:with Neela's shared magic.
    • In Warrior Cats, characters use rhetoric about the heroes being light fighting the darkness, their ancestors become stars and the cats go to the Moonstone which allows them to contact their benevolent ancestors and glows with moonlight. Most cats with light-related names are clearly good (Firestar, Whitestorm, Whitewing, Sunstar, Moonflower, Brightheart, Briarlight, Brightspirit, Shiningheart, etc.) - pretty much everyone besides Sol.
  • Harry Potter Given [[Creator/JK Rowlings]] dedication to [7] it is hardly a coincedence that the [8]'s name: Albus Dumbledore first name means 'white'
    • The Patronas Charm a powerful defensive spell manifests itself a silver animal, which is used to drive of the Dementors. Word of Gods specifically states that any Dark Wizards or Witches attempting to create a Patronas would instead be devored by maggots errupting from thier wand.
  • As Dante explains in The Divine Comedy, "On high, joy is made manifest by brightness, as, here on earth, by smile." What he means is that the saints living in Paradise are encased in light that gets progressively brighter the closer they are to God. By the time Dante has ascended the first three spheres of Heaven, the light of the blessed is too bright for Dante to recognize people he knew back on Earth.
  • Literature/Gone the main Protaganist, Sam Temple gains the ability to create 'Sammy Suns' orbs of green light, and later, the ability to fire lasers.
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard the Hero Magnus is the son of Frey, god of summer, an as a result gains the ability to generate golden light, when using his powers, such as when he heals.
  • Aesir: Cross Wars: Azrael. He's extremely kind and altruistic, as well as wielding Light as his primary element. Fittingly, he's The Hero, though his Leitmotif seems to appeal more to his secondary element of Lightning.
    • Freya, the Love Goddess, who Azzy serves. She has Light as her secondary element, and though she can be a bitch, she's one of the nicer characters in the World of Jerkass that is this book.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow: The fourth season deals with Oliver having to learn to master light magic so as to defeat [[Big Bad Daimian Darhk's Black magic.
  • Charmed (1998) had the Whitelighters, guardian angels responsible for protecting and guiding good witches. Whitelighter Leo Wyatt would serve to be a major ally to the Halliewell sisters in the series, and eventually marry Piper, the middle sister.
  • Doctor Who: River Song wears white in her first appearance, although it later emerges that she's more of an Anti-Hero.
  • Game of Thrones: Viserion is the dragon with white and gold skin, and is the dragon most tolerant to people aside from Daenerys. Hold the "good" after he Came Back Wrong.
    • Jon Snow's pet wolf Ghost, is a pure white wolf who shows undying loyalty to Jon [[Spoilers: even after his death and again in his ressurection.]] Jon would later take the name "The White Wolf" from the North.
  • Ghost Whisperer has the Shines, who are ghosts of children who combat the Shadows, the malicous ghost entities is Season 5.
  • Good Omens (2019): Aziraphale, one of the two protagonists, is an angel with white-blond hair, white wings, and is shown throughout the millennia as wearing a cream suit. He also contrasts against the rest of the forces of Heaven, who are supposedly on the side of good, but care more about winning the war against Hell regardless of the mass casualties and destruction, which Aziraphale and Crowley are trying to stop.
  • Iron Fist (2017): [[spoilers:After Colleen gains the powers of the Iron Fist, it manifests itself as glowing white when activated.]]
  • Once Upon a Time: Light Magic in the series is born out of love and is used for good.
    • One of the main characters, Mary Margret/Snow White, is frequently associated with white, as she wears it often as well as blue.
    • The Hero, Emma Swann, gets the ability to manipulate Light Magic as she was born from a union of true love.
  • Legend of the Seeker:
    • Kahlan, the Mother Confessor, wears a white dress to show her position.
    • The Sisters of the Light, who act as allies to the heroes at several points.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: Sara Lance, aka White Canary who wears a all white costume as opposed to the black outfit she wore as the first Black Canary. Her sister Laurel suggested it to her, saying:
    You have been in the shadows for too long.
  • Lucifer is mostly an example of how Dark Is Not Evil, but his wings are the sterotypically white angels wings, a sign he's not as bad as he appears. a main point in he series it that Lucifer regaining his wings is a sign he has let go of his self-loathing(which is responsible for his Devil face, a flayed human head. Both times that he regains his wings, it is shown as a sign he has let go of his self-hatred with his love of Chloe.
  • Power Rangers has several iterations of the team that included a White Power Ranger, which tended to be the Sixth Ranger. These included:
  • In Smallville, using some meteor powers emit a Sickly Green Glow. However, when an unambiguously good Chloe Sullivan gets Empathic Healing, her hand glows gold and white.
  • Star Trek: Discovery The Pahvans are Energy Beings that are made up of blue and white energy and who are Actual Pacifists to the Starfleet and Klingon Empire together to forge a peace treaty.
  • Touched by an Angel Is about how the angels Monica, goes and helps various diffrent people overcome their problems. Whenever an Angel usually Monica reveal thier true nature, they glow orange light. Angles in the series are also known to be wearing mostly white.
  • The Ultramen are beings of light and defenders of the universe from monsters and other evils threatening it.

  • Implied by The Apples song Energy. ("And the world is synchronicity/and the world is made of energy/and there's a light inside of you/and there's a light inside of me...")
  • Music/Beyonce song Halo draws heavily from divine motifs and describes how she feels his 'halo hit like a ray of sun.'
  • Charli XCX: the song 'Boom Clap' where the singer sings about her lover as being 'the light' and 'the sun/the glowing halo
  • Jessie J song, 'Laserlight' where she describes how "your like a laserlight burning down on me/you make me feel good, you make mee feel safe."
    • Her song ''Domino' includes the line, 'Whirl my world into the sunlight/Make this dream the best I've ever known'
  • Omnipresent in songs about being yourself or standing up for oneself, in which light is your "inner self" or strength or individuality or whatever.
  • Marianne Faithfull: Her song 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' is about this, comparing the face in the song as the sun, the stars and the moon
  • Music/P!nk: The song, 'The Bridge of Light' is based on this, as well as having the lyric 'You'll find your heart shines like the sun.'
  • David Guetta: The song 'Lovers in the Sun' compares the lovers in the song to 'a burning light'
  • Ray Charles 's song "Georgia On My Mind" describes the song as A song of you/Comes as sweet and clear/As moonlight through the pines...
  • The Rolling Stones: 'Shine A Light', includes the lyrics 'May the good Lord shine a light on you/Warm like the evening sun'
  • Music/Disturbed: Their song The Light is this, as well as Dark Is Not Evil by stating 'Only in Darkness can you see the Light.'
  • Music/Sting: In the music video for 'Brand New Day' Sting appears as a glowing entity in a white suit, who comes to the downtrodden and hopless, and blesses them, giving them white clothes, better hygine and overall a cleaner appearence.
  • Music / Holding Out for a Hero music video by Bonnie Tyler, features the angelic backup singers dressed in white and gold and the heroic cowboy who has a white horse, and dons white armour to fight the evil outlaws who have black horses and wear black.

    Myths & Religion 
  • In the Lusitanian Mythology, the god Endovelicus was associated with light and healing, being obviously benevolent. However, the same mythology also has Neto, a sun god associated with war, and when Christianity settled in Endovelicus became identified with Lucifer.
  • Norse Mythology has multiple examples
    • Freyr, the god of Summer, closely associated with the sun, and was and agricultrual diety, and largly considered a belevolent force.
    • Baldr, the god of light is another example, as many describe him as being the most belevolent and beloved of gods. The "Prose Edda" describe him as being "most gracious" and "fairly spoken".
    • Heimdall also counts, as he represents the benifits of fire.
    • Sunna, Goddess of the sun counts, as her shield Svalin protects to world from being burned in a flaming inferno.
  • Manichaean scripture spread the idea of light being good and darkness being evil, which is likely why it sometimes shows up in mainstream Christian rhetoric despite the Bible not favoring either (as in the cases of Milcom, Satan and Lucifer being bad and the shade of the lord good). However, there are many a passage in canon Christian scripture that can be taken this way if not put against the work as a whole.
    • I John 1:7 — But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
    • Job 33:28 — He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.'
    • Psalm 18:28 — You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
    • Isaiah 50:10 — Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.
    • John 1:4-5 — In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
    • Romans 13:12 — The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
  • Amaterasu of the Japanese pantheon is this trope taken to the umphteenth degree, being both the resident Goddess of the Sun and God of Good. While almost all other gods of the Shinto pantheon have at least one temporary lapse into Jerkass God territory each, the worst slip-up Amaterasu ever had was when she hid away in a cave, denying the world her light for a time, and that was after her brother Susano'o, resident God of Storms, butchered one of Amaterasu's cows and fatally threw its carcass at one of her handmaidens.
  • Celtic Mythology has Lugh the Long-Handed, is the god of the sun and light in general, fertility, and famous for having liberated Ireland from the monster Balor. There is also Brigid goddess of healling, pottery and smithwork and was associated with light and the sun. A beloved Goddess, the Christians chose to make her a saint instead of demonizing her like the rest of the Irish pagan gods.
  • In Useful Notes/Zoroastrianism, Ahuras / Yazatas are venerated beings of Zoroastriansim, and closely associated with light. In fact, Zoroastrianism is the first religion to embrace the [[Light Is Good]]/[[Dark Is Evil]] Duality, making this a [10].
  • Aztec Mythology has two examples
    • Quetzalcoatl is god of light, the Morning Star, and his human form is described as being very light-skinned, and he was a belevolent god, and the only god who did not demand human sacrafices.
    • Nanahuatzin who changed his name to Tonatiuh, the sun god, who stepped up and sacraficed himself tbecome the sun god when Tecciztecatl refused to do so. Played with a bit, as he as called for human sacrafices to keep the sun from moving across the sky.
  • Egyptian Mythology has Ra, the Sun God, and Top God of the Pantheon, and responsible for protecting reality from Apophis, the embodiment of chaos and destruction.
  • Hindu Mythology has several examples,
    • Surya the Sun God who was responsibel fro breinging light to the world, and teaching the hero Hanuman.
    • The sister Goddesses Usha, Goddess of the Dawn who drives the demons of the night away, and Rati, the goddess of the Night, enbodied by the stars who keeps the demons away during the night.
    • Shiva is an odd example as he is a Destroyer Deity, but also the god of change and rebirth.
  • Myth / Inca Mythology has Inti the Sun god, who is largely seen as a belevolent and generous diety, as he is responsible for light to grow crops.The Inca considered him the patron god of thier empire.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Exalted gives us The Unconquered Sun, the divine embodiment of virtue and righteousness, created by the Primordial of dickery solely because he wanted to find out what would give him purpose. And boy, did he succeed there, as the Unconquered Sun saw that the Primordials were yoking Creation about and helped lead the struggle to overthrow them. His chosen, the Solar Exalted, are supposed to be like this... save for that little Great Curse thing.
  • Princess: The Hopeful: Includes this as the Magical Girl heroes powers come from Light, which is formed from there feelings of love, compassion and friendship. Notably, each act of good brings more light into the world. They also fight against the Darkness an all consuming force that seeks to destroy everthing on earth.
  • Sun gods in Dungeons & Dragons are generally always of a good alignment. Pelor from Greyhawk is Neutral Good, Lathander from the Forgotten Realms is Neutral Good. Amaunator, the defunct Netheril sun god, averted this trope by being Lawful Neutral, but upon being reinstated in the fourth edition (by fusing with Lathander) became Lawful Good. He became Lawful Neutral again in 5th edition.
    • Prior to the 4th edition, where they could be good or evil, angels and metallic dragons, who will actively attempt to aid weaker races. The 4th edition still played this straight with the good dragon god Bahamut.
  • The white color in Magic: The Gathering uses a sun for its symbol. It has by far the lion's share of cards concerning healing, protection, spells that disarm creatures or only destroy/remove creatures when they attack you, and creatures traditionally associated with good such as angels, knights in shining armor and honest soldiers. Depending on the block, white cards can just as easily make for Light Is Not Good, however.
    • In terms of characters wielding White Magic, the most famous are heroic, but there's a sufficiently large amount of paranoid Knight Templars as well. So light is pretty much neutral in this setting.
  • Both subverted and played straight with the Living Saints of Warhammer 40,000. They are shining examples of all that's good about humanity, avatars of the Immortal God-Emperor of Mankind, shining with light that causes most heretics to repent and desire to serve the Imperium, that fills the hearts of the faithful with unshakable courage and joy in serving the Emperor. Within the Imperium, almost universally accepted as unambiguously morally good, serving humanity selflessly in and out of combat and eventually sacrificing their lives for the good of the Imperium. Outside the Imperium, they're probably viewed no better than any other Imperial tool.
  • The Stellaknight archetypes' appearance and implied role in the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG saga started in The Duelist Advent implies that they are benevolent or even heroic.

  • William Shakespeare's Macbeth invokes it:
    Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell;
    Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,
    Yet grace must still look so.
  • In John Milton's Comus, the older brother invokes this to assure his younger brother:
    Virtue could see to do what Virtue would
    By her own radiant light, though sun and moon
    Were in the flat sea sunk.
  • Cirquedu Soleil has made great use of their preformers wearing white to represent purity and innocence,
    • The child in Theater/Saltimbanco,
    • Theater/Alegría, the white and Gold clad Angels,
    • Theater/Varekai, the boy Icarus, wears white and even has pure white wings
    • Theater/Michael Jackson THEIMMORTAL World Tour, had the Mime,
    • Theater/Michael Jackson ONE: the MJ Warriors wear white and fight agaist the evil Tabloid Junkies who are [11].

  • In BIONICLE, every sentient character has a dark side and light side, representing of course good and evil. These could be tapped into, to obtain either light or shadow powers, and naturally, shadow is easier to master, and makes one corrupt. To those who have light or shadow powers from the get-go, obtaining the opposite "element" can prove difficult, since the two powers tend to cancel each other out. This is a mostly late development, however. While bad guys were since early associated with darkness, the light in Bionicle was originally more ambiguous and meant to be "special" rather than "good".
  • The Transformers' god, Primus, is often referred to as the "Lord of Light", and the Matrix of Leadership is meant to "light our darkest hour."

    Video Games 
  • Dr. Light, the good scientist in Mega Man (Classic).
  • This is a reoccurring theme in The Legend of Zelda games:
    • A reoccurring weapon that Link receives is the Arrow of Light. These are used against the main antagonists who have an affinity for darkness.
    • One of Link's allies in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Rauru, the Sage of Light. Also, like the aforementioned statement for the Zelda series, one of Link's weapons is the Arrow of Light, which is used in the final battle against Ganondorf.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the Light Spirits of the four springs, who aid you and who keep the land peaceful.
    • This trope is sprinkled liberally throughout the games as a whole. Many of the climatic scenes involving Link use dramatic lighting to grand effect - just watch any of the Master Sword sequences. Probably most prominently displayed thematically in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, where Ganondorf's dark power has corrupted the Sacred Realm (a Golden Land where the Triforce once resided) and turned it into the dangerous and evil Dark World. Subverted somewhat in Twilight Princess.
  • Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun and mother of all life, in Ōkami.
  • "I know now, without a doubt, Kingdom Hearts is Light!"
    • In the game proper, all the heroes, Sora, Roxas, Xion, King Mickey, Aqua, and Ven, all have light based attacks.
  • Bayonetta has angels who avert this trope big time, but the Lumen Sages they work with play it straight, when the sages aren't being brainwashed
  • The power of the Holy Light from the Warcraft universe can only be used by good hearted people (among other lesser requisites), has the power to heal and damages undead and demons. Sure there are people who aren't precisely good, however, they are able to use it since it still works if you're good only in your own mind.
    • Of the members of the Alliance, the The Exodar faction of the Draenei race make light thier entire philosophy, and many of them use use light-based spells when attacking, and are considered least corrupted of the Allience and the most dedicated to stopping the Legion. The Vindicaar faction of the Draenei also fall into this, having a gold and white coloration but are much more aggresive than the Exodar.
    • Of the Draenor Gods, one of the most belevolent is Rukhmar the Sun Goddess, who combines this by having dark armour and head, but is a goddess of the sun.
    • The night elf diety, Elune, the Moon Goddess, associated with the larger of Azeroth's two moons, the White Lady. She is a largely belevolent goddess, and implied to be one of the goddesses on the Holy Light.
    • In the Player classes avlaible, one of the choices is the Paladin, who draw power from the Holy Light, or in the case of the Sunwalkers Tauren Paladins, the sun.
  • In Alan Wake, light is so good that flashbang grenades are lethal against evil.
    • The sheer brightness from the lighthouse in the second DLC "The Writer" is very much One-Hit Kill against the Taken. So as long the boulders are cleared out.
  • In The Haunted Mansion video game, evil ghosts cannot inhabit a lit room. Every puzzle in the game is figuring out how to light up the current room.
  • The first Fable has this in spades, with light clothing giving you good points and dark clothing giving you evil points, and good characters morphing to have lighter features. The sequels ease up on it, but it's still present.
  • The Final Fantasy series uses this along with the brother trope
  • Lux and Leona from League of Legends fit this to a T, the former having light based skills while the latter has sun-symbolism.
  • Palutena of Kid Icarus is the good goddesses of light. Her sister, in contrast, is the evil goddesses of darkness. The Hero of the game is also rather light aligned with his own antagonistic Shadow Archetype to deal with, though he is aided by a shady Anti-Hero.
  • Boktai has the solar child Django and his solar enpowered gun.
  • In StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm after Kerrigan kills General Warfield, a beam of light shines on her face as she calls the Swarm off, allowing his men to escape.
  • Video Game/Overwatch has serveral examples;
  • Aurora, the titular Child of Light has light-elemental powers which she uses to fight the Queen of Darkness. She wears light yellow clothing and a completely white outfit at the end of the game.
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse introduces to the series the concept of Light Magic, which is the power inherent to Benevolent Genies, and since the titular heroine is a half-genie, she naturally possessed it too. In addition to being the magic inherent to genies, Light Magic is the only thing that could harm the Dark Magic-fueled Pirate Master, though Light Magic could also be corrupted into Dark Magic if it was used for evil. However, the opposite is also true, and Dark Magic could be converted back into Light Magic if it's in the possession of a good person.
  • Video Game/Darksiders
    • The angels are this, as they Hero Antagonists in the beggining, but eventually help against a common threat. Archangel Uriel for instance does a Face–Heel Turn after discovering Abbadon's treachery, Azrael assists War in the second game, Nathaniel helps the fight against the Corruption, and Jamaerah is a decent fellow once freed of the Corruption.
    • Strife, the Rider of the White Horse, and wears a white mask, and is the Horseman most dedicated to saving humanity.
  • In Tales of Graces, the Hero, Asbel Lhant, has a case of Chronic Hero Syndrome and frequently wears white in the game, so much so that it is lampshaded by Sophia at one point. Though we never hear the answer, Asbel had to think about it for a while.
  • Assassin's Creed the titular Assassin Brotherhood; are an organization driven to protecting humanity's free will from the manipulations of the Knights Templar, and are closely associated with the colors white and red and the main outfit for many of the heroes, Altaïr, Conner, Enzio, and Desmond is an white, hooded outfit, with a red sash. Their creed even specifically mentions "we work in the dark, to serve the light."
  • The Fire Emblem series uses this often in combination with Dark Is Evil, especially in the older games. Light magic is often supereffective against dark magic, with users of light magic dealing heavy damage to dark magic users, while taking less damage from them in return. In games with monsters infesting the world map, light magic is supereffective against them as well. It's especially true in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War when the 11th-Hour Superpower, the light tome called the Book of Naga, is the only weapon capable of easily taking down the Big Bad, a demon-possessed dark mage from a Cult of evil dark mages whose tome ordinarily cuts all damage he receives in half.
  • In Smite, if there's a Light-based deity (mostly sun), they're going to be good and benevolent deity, such as Khepri and Amaterasu. Ra zig-zags on this, though. He used to be a good deity of light, but then got horribly poisoned by Isis (she has her reasons) that he snaps and starts using his light more destructively while being a jerk about it, but he's still keeping the world light from being consumed by Apophis' darkness.
    • Athena also counts, as she wears gold and white, and is mostly good, working to protect humanity fromt eh gods that wish to enslave them; though she does have her [[Jerkass God]] moments, such as what she did to Arachne and Medusa.
  • God of War After God Of War I, Kratos is powered by the Light of Hope. Pretty much his sole redeeming trait, for a given value of "redeeming", is his stubborn refusal to give up hope (of revenge, of closure, etc.) and die. Ultimately, the realization of the kind of power that gives him leads him to try to atone by killing himself and releasing hope to the world to help make up for the destruction he's caused.
  • Pokémon Black and White: Pokémon Black has the player character pitting the white-colored Reshiram against N's black-colored Zekrom. White inverts this, with the player pitting Zekrom against N's Reshiram.
  • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2: Pokémon White 2 has N using Reshiram to help the character battle against Ghetsis's Kyurem.

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    Western Animation 
  • Jem in almost all her incarnations is associated with light through her robot Synergy, with She's Got The Power being the most explicit about this. However, in a twist the heroes' association with light is in its potential for deception and illusions rather than truth.
  • Stella from Winx Club gets her powers from the Sun (well, and the Moon, but mostly the Sun), and most of her attacks consist in casting beams of light. Despite her occasional selfishness, she cares a lot about her friends.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot has Jenny, The Heroine of the story who is white and light blue.
  • Samurai Jack gives us Jack, the hero, who is always shown wearing a pure white robe with a grey trim, which shows his dedication to stoping Aku. The fact that he loses it in the revival after fifty plus years of trying and failing to destroy Aku. Him regaining his robes and sword, show his resolving his inner turmoil.
  • She Ra And The Princessesof Power gives several examples:
  • Steven Universe plays with this trope. The Gems, beings made of Hard Light, are strongly associated with light, which enhances their visual of heroism and awesomeness. Rose Quartz is decked out in white and has a saintly appearance. However, over time we learn their faults and mistakes, showcasing that in spite of their initial image of perfection, the Crystal Gems are anything but, and have their own hang-ups that need to be solved through talking, not using a veneer of righteousness. And, you know, there's also an Evil Empire of other Gems, also made of light.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil has Star Butterfly, the Princess of Mewni, who uses a wand that generates light and creates spells based on sunshine and rainbows. Star is mainly a very friendly indavidual how has blond hair, and gains a golden angelic superform in the Battle of Mewni.
  • Max Steel 2013 The hero; Max McGarth aka Max Steel, dones a white suit of armour, in contrast to the black and green outfit of the origional, though he does gain a simalr suit later.
  • Ninjago The Big Good and Mentor Sensi Wu, dresses in white and his powers of Creation manifest as light.
  • ReBoot: After the process Hexadecimal goes though to protect her from the user systems reboot turns her from a virus to a sprite, her color scheme goes from Red and Black and Evil All Over to white and gold.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender Includes the Order of the White Lotus, a secret society dedicated to transcenting the borders of the four nations in the search of order and truth. They were responsible for finding and training the Avatar and act as key allies in defeating the Fire Nation, helping in the liberation of Ba Sing Se.
    • The Toa of Light from the first Direct-to-Video movie, Mask of Light.
    • Mata Nui when he now wears the Mask of Life.
  • Played with in Raava in The Legend of Korra. On the one hand, she is the spirit of light and peace, certainly better than Vaatu, and eventually fused with Wan to create the Avatar. On the other hand, she is also an example of Good Is Not Nice, given she has disdain against humans, to the point that she had to be convinced to work with a clearly repentant Wan. Her essence can also be used by malevolent people for their own purposes, like Unalaq, which is the first person seen to use light energy. Though the fact that he later only uses dark energy in his waterbending and Jinora uses light without a medium would fool you otherwise.
  • The Amulet from Trollhunters conjures armor and a sword made of pure daylight.
    "For the glory of Merlin, Daylight is mine to command!"


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