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Basic Trope: A character with strong associations to light is a bad guy.

  • Straight:
    • Solaris is the priest of a Sun God and seeks to exterminate all the "lesser races".
    • Seraphiel, an angel, comes to the mortal world to punish the sinful according to her strict rules—which includes almost everyone on the planet.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Solaris seeks to exterminate all the "lesser races"... but he changes his mind after discovering that he's only ever dealt with the exiled criminal element of said "lesser races"...
    • As someone is desperately fighting back against Seraphiel's torture, her mask is knocked off and a hideous demonic face is behind it, suggesting she was knowingly evil and trying to get people to hate the forces of good.
    • One of the other members of the priesthood, Faye, finds out Solaris is being brainwashed by Malsophia. She successfully purifies him.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
    • A photograph of angels of light destroying an orphanage surfaces causing the heroes to turn their back on them. However the angels later revealed those children were demons in disguise. An encounter with more of them reveals that demon children are still innocent and the demonic culture is to blame but at the same time the angels involved were rogue.
    • Light Magic is the magic of control and discipline, and is not associated with either good and evil. A kindly wise Old Master is likely a white magic user. So is a megalomaniac Control Freak planning to deploy a large Mind-Control Device to affect the entire world.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
    • "We were looking for the exact opposite of our dark, but heroic protagonist, so we came up with somebody who was always in light, but was absolutely monstrous."
    • "Let's be ironic, and destroy the old Light Is Good stereotype."
    • The writers are trying to emphasize their Knight Templar villain, so they make them light-based.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Just once I'd like to meet a priest of the God of Light and Mercy that wasn't secretly plotting the extermination of the so-called lesser races."
    • "Uh, since when is light associated with evil? I thought evil entities were all dark and scary!"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: A dark villain tricks people into thinking that light and light powered people are evil because of Solaris/Seraphiel and their powers.
  • Defied: A person with a mean streak receives light-based superpowers and vows to try to be nicer to live up to their new abilities.
  • Discussed: "You only ever see somebody using that much Light and Purity imagery when they're either trying to convert people, or, as I assume the case is here, when they're trying to convince their self and others that the wicked, terrible things they do are perfectly justified."
  • Conversed: "So the guy with the sun motif was the Big Bad after all. I should have seen that one coming."
  • Deconstructed:
    • The association of light with evil results in a world of shadows where food is scarce due to crop die-offs and literacy and electronic media decline from use.
    • Light Is Not Good, but everyone assumes it is, meaning an evil light-based being can easily become The Mole and/or a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The world of shadows is still a better alternative than the preceding one where radiation powered megalomaniacs nearly brought humanity to extinction.
    • Solaris and Seraphiel were evil for trying to destroy the balance between light and darkness. After they are defeated, balnce is restored and night and day became normal.

Back to Light Is Not Good. And don't trust that guy in white carrying the gigantic, flaming sword...

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