Light Is Not Good/Web Comics

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  • MAG-ISA -- Lucia says she is the light. But is she really good? Just read the comic and see for yourself.
  • As well as being a huge example of Lawful Stupid, the paladin Miko Miyazaki from Order of the Stick is an example of this Trope. The gods of that continent might not actually be much better, but to their credit, they did revoke Miko's paladin-ness after she finally went too far by executing Lord Shojo out of paranoia.
    • In the print-only book Start of Darkness, according to Redcloak, the gods made the Exclusively Evil races such as Goblins, Orcs, Kobolds and such as XP Fodder for their followers to kill and level up, thus getting stronger.
  • The Ivory Veil of Antiheroes is an organization of paladins and allies that the paladins don't lose their paladin powers by associating with assembled by a trapped evil demigod and used as his personal army.
  • Dominic Deegans Lord Siegfried "Siggy" von Callan falls neatly into this category. A Royal Knight of the comic's kingdom, and one of the most masculine (and arguably, prettiest) characters in the comic, Siggy also happens to be temperamental, violent, and a raging racist cheerfully capable of hanging innocent, nature-loving Orcs from adolescence.
    • This is also something of An Aesop in the "Storm Of Souls" Story Arc, which goes out of its way to state that Light, Law, Chaos, and Darkness can all be negative forces if one gains too much of an advantage. The Hero is, therefore, the Champion of Balance. He still fights the Avatar of Chaos and Darkness because he was the one messing things up at that point, but his predecessor fought against abuses of Light and Law in flashbacks.
      • In fact, Raf Malkish, the previous Champion of Light and Law, was willing to kill the family members of his followers to create a Acibek, a Golem of Law. The first thing Acibek did when he was activated? Expose Raf's actions in disgust.
    • In the recent Orc Lands saga, Dominic explains that in Orc religion, Ice represents good and Fire evil. When his companion pointed out that it was an odd thing to base religion on, Dominic pointed out that orcs felt the same way about humans using Light and Dark. What make Light good and Dark evil?
      • While the Necromancers of the Shintula clan, who channel the black Power of Death, can be quite violent and brutal and are not known for kindness, they are mostly desperate and try to save the land. The Bikta, who channel the white Power of Life, are however Knights Templar of the worst kind.
  • In this strip of Fans, after the 23-sider of power is recreated, Tim spells out this trope for Ally.
  • The Light Warriors of Eight Bit Theater who despite being (or more accurately passing off as) the Chosen Ones of destiny are a bunch of Villain Protagonists who commit a bunch of atrocities For the Evulz and/or out of sheer incompetence. In fact, they've been straight up stated to be the most evil beings of the world, with Fighter being the exception.
  • Blanc from Adventurers! had white hair, wore all white, and shot blasts of white energy.
  • The main character Danny of Chess Piece uses Holy and is a White-Haired Pretty Boy (but didn't start out that way), but is a sadistic, amoral Evil Prince who may or may not have killed his great-grandfather. Ironically, in spite of this, (and his Take Over the World scheme) a short time when he ruled the country while his dad was gone saw him to be a fair ruler. Go figure.
    • That's because it's purposely kept ambiguous on what he plans to do with the world once he takes over it.
  • You know how Dr. McNinja recently got a new motorcycle? That motorcycle is actually a polymorphed Unicorn, and ever since he got it, the Doc has been acting more and more erratically and amorally. Coincidence? You decide.
    • Oh, and it was recently revealed that the previous owner of the unicorn bike had gone on a bloody killing spree. That owner? An elderly antiques dealer who had no memory of even owning the thing. And as soon as he does remember, he's mysteriously murdered. Yeah...
    • Recently brought to a head when King Radical reveals that Sparklelord is an Evil Overlord and describes him as a combination of Genghis Khan, Adolf Hitler, atomic bombs and Seabiscut.
    • More recently revealed is that King Radical was lying through his teeth, the motorcycle is only a little worse than he is. He then rides away on his own magic motorcycle, laughing.
  • Shadowgirls's main villain, Mother Hydra. In human host she/it has light-based powers, as a Foil to protagonist's shadow-based. It doesn't help that her host is blonde girl who happens to speak in golden speech-bubbles.
  • Kore from Goblins is a paladin - how he remains a paladin is yet to be revealed - who kills supposedly Exclusively Evil races, as well as anyone who associates with them, voluntarily or not. Knight Templar does not even begin to cut it. His magical aura looks like angel wings made of tortured souls.
    • Specifically, its implied to be the souls he killed, chained to his back.
  • In Blip, you have several examples. Lucifer and the chibi Angels, the classics. But then you have these guys, who are different from our Harmless Villain chibi angels, and have the whole "For the greater good" crap going on.
  • Two of Homestuck's characters are Heroes of Light, and they both play with this trope a little. Rose, as the Seer of Light, touches it by proxy, preferring to use dark-based magic (thus playing into Dark Is Not Evil), while Vriska, the Thief of Light, is..."ambiguous".
    • "Light" in the Homestuck mythos is actually the Aspect of Fortune, not goodness or literal light, which partially explains this.
    • Eridan is the "Prince of Hope", yet has genocidal ambitions. He gets a white wand that lets him shoot blasts of light, and becomes decidedly a Not-So-Harmless Villain by using them to blind his romantic rival and kill his love interest, an egg needed to revive his race's future chance of survival, and the friend in charge of keeping it. Later it's revealed that the Prince class is one who destroys their Aspect or destroys with it.
    • In fact, one of the posters on the MSPA forum has noticed that most "threats [to the trolls] feature or involve lights or brightness" (Vriska's fairy sparkles, Eridan's "white science", vampire Kanaya (the troll undead are associated with the sun, and Kanaya glows), the way Terezi becomes blind, and Bec Noir's white-green lightning.) "All pretty grim and chilling for a nocturnal race--very well-constructed".
    • Feferi is the Witch of Life, the life aspect generally bringing healing powers. Assuming her ancestor, the Imperial Condesce, has the same attribute (she was able to extend another troll's life-span, after all,) then she definitely qualifies for this.
  • Angelo, from Our Little Adventure. He is a high level cleric who wears a non-evil (though a bit whimsical) outfit, complete with a Holy Halo. What he actually is, is an evil and mentally unstable villain with a legion of fanatical followers.
  • In Demon Eater, the path to The wasteland which actually is the human world is a big hole of light in the pitch-black demon world.
  • in Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi Bell has long, white hair and her costume is also white but she's the Evil Counterpart to the title characters, especially Blossom.
  • In Off White, the white spirit snow leopard is very...malevolently territorial at the very least.