Light Is Not Good/Film

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  • In Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes, a lamp is the primary antagonist. No, really.
  • In the Masters of the Universe film when Skeletor absorbs the power of the Great Eye he transforms into a golden-armored warrior god with golden powers.
  • The movie Immortals has as the villain Hyperion, the titan of light from Greek Mythology
  • In The Prophecy, the allegedly good angels like Gabriel and Uriel, who express affection abundantly, love kids and can't stand to see people cry, are the villains on an anti-human crusade to destroy and rebuild heaven as it was before the creation of man. The devil has to offer his aid to the humans who end up getting involved in the war (which he does for his own ulterior reasons).
  • The main villain of the Constantine movie. While the halfblood Gabriel turned out to be the main cause of the problems, Lucifer (Satan) was dressed in an immaculate white business suit and yet was not the major villain.
    • There was that black goo clinging to his feet, though....
      • Though you can take it as a moment of fridge brilliance, since Satan was once an angel, who was cast out of Heaven. It's a fitting look for a sullied angel.
  • The escape from Crematoria scene in The Chronicles of Riddick.
  • Doctor Cocteau in Demolition Man wore conservative white robes, was a moral pillar... and responsible for releasing a psychopathic murderer in order to maintain his perfect pearl of a society.
  • The main villain in The Legend of Zorro kills people because he believes he is doing God's work, and often quotes the Bible.
  • The fundamentalist minister in Footloose although, at least in the original he's not as bad as most of the examples here being a Well-Intentioned Extremist Anti-Villain who, aside from his idee fixe about dancing is fairly reasonable.
  • In The Godfather Part III, the Vatican is revealed to be in cahoots with the Corleone crime family.
  • In Night Watch and Day Watch, the good guys are called Night Watchers, while the bad guys are called Day Watchers.
    • This is because the Night Watch are the side of the Light Others, whereas the Day Watch are the side of the Dark Others. The names are literal; Night Watch keeps a watch on the dark, and Day Watch keeps a watch on the light. The books and movies make it clear that when you get down to it, both sides are just people with jobs, and the Night Watch have quite their share of dicks.
      • The lot of you missed the whole point: the Light Side is just as packed with assholes as the Dark. The main difference is that the Light consists of collectivist hypocrites feigning righteousness and confused idealists who actually buy into their crap, while the Dark is made up of devil may care individualists who do not need to justify anything with fake morality. For example, Dark vampires kill people, but the Light Side gives them hunting licenses to do so.
    • Realising that Light and Dark are the same in essence is what happens to all older others.
  • In Dragonheart, King Einon always dresses in white.
  • Finding Nemo

Marlin: "Good feeling's gone."

    • The pretty, sparkly, glowing jellyfish.
  • Toy Story 3. Sunnyside Daycare may sound like a nice place, but it's not. Even in its brightest daytime glory it is not. Also, there's the famous quote, referring to almost literal Hellfire:

Rex: "Hey, I can see daylight! We're gonna be OK!"
Woody: "I don't think that's daylight..."

  • Sunshine (2007). As the Icarus II gets closer to the Sun the latter begins to take on the impression of an all-powerful god, and not a friendly one either. Several people, notably psychiatrist Searle and the Nietzsche Wannabe villain, are affected.
  • A glowing, beautiful, angelic version of Big Bad Sauron would've appeared in the climactic battle in The Movie of The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King had the design team not decided that making the omnipotent Eye corporeal would've been silly. Still, the idea of Kate Winslet as a Warhammer Fantasy Battle character would've been something.
    • Then there's Galadriel showing why giving her the One Ring would be a bad idea:

Evil!Galadriel: And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair.

    • Saruman the White as listed in the literature section; though he isn't particularly nice looking and is surrounded by dark forces he still has quite some light related symbolism, most notable in the scenes in which Gandalf (then Gandalf the Grey) is present.
  • The movie adaptation of the first book of His Dark Materials, The Golden Compass, seems to love this trope, to the point that Mrs Coulter (who was black haired in the books) became blonde (to which the author said: "I was clearly wrong. You sometimes are wrong about your characters. She's blonde. She has to be."), and intercision is not done with a blade as in the books, but with lasers.
  • Soundwave's robot mode vaguely resembles an angel. His satellite mode (well, at least the toy version) also continues this theme somewhat.
    • And his car mode in Dark of the Moon as well.
  • When Edward Dalton parks his car under a tree in the full heat of the day, the whole scene does a great job at equating light with fear.
  • When we are introduced to the Big Bad in Heroic Trio, he is wearing a gold, glittery outfit and is illuminated in the middle of a dark lair.
  • The Stormtroopers are dressed in Pure White Armor.
  • Hilary Faye in Saved! is a pure, virginal, devout Christian... and also a Holier Than Thou Alpha Bitch who makes the main characters' lives a living hell. In the original ending, she even pulls a Columbine on the senior prom.
  • |Poltergeist - '"Don't go into the light', Carol Ann!"
  • Commodus, the villainous emperor in The Gladiator, wears a pure white gown while battling the hero Maximus in dark armor in the final battle.
  • Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, who is an evil religious fanatic bent on "purifying" all of medieval Paris.
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, Lord Shen is a white peacock who is a ruthless conqueror who is perfectly willing to commit genocide on the Giant Pandas to thwart a prophecy and then kill anyone in the way of his ambitions. Chillingly fitting considering that in Chinese culture, white is the color of death.
  • In a rather bizarre scene from Gordy, the villain is shown with a heavenly, golden glow around him as overlaid footage of what he believes is sabotaged clips of the title pig is being shipped off.
  • Castor and Gem in Tron: Legacy.
  • The premise of "The Darkest Hour"