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The Evil Light

Evil Light

Let there be light - painful light!
~ Luminous

Sometimes the forces of Darkness are not the only ones that are evil. Sometimes, the antagonists tap into the so called "light element". The light-themed evil and villian's type is known as Evil Light. Villains who fit this type have Light and Holy based powers ranging from divine or supernatural magic weapons, burning light beams, photokinesis, divine wrath, or the power of the sun.

They can come in many forms, though most authors prefer to use them to represent these particular themes: either divine crusaders of light gone horribly wrong, or a villain who's theme or appearance invokes the light or a villain who is surrounded by a radiant glow of light and they are the exact opposite of Good Darkness, as a result, the protagonists of stories with light themed villains usually have powers of darkness and have dark themes. Often, it is related to Doomsday Cults.

Note: Please do not add fanon examples or real life examples here. In addition, please beware of the spoilers since it might spoil the informations of a hidden antagonist.

Example

Literature

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
    • ​R'hllor is the Lord of Light and a god of fire, who was worshipped by priests from Asshai, Essos and supposedly stands in contrast and eternal conflict with the Great Other, the icy and evil god of darkness. However, judging from the actions of his clergy, such as Melisandre, the religion comes across as far from pure and good. Melisandre in particular uses blood magic and human sacrifice to perform miracles, and is an altogether ruthless Knight Templar. When called to task, however, she does give persuasive justifications for her actions, which she sincerely believes will save lives. The fact that R'hllor's apparent enemies are Obviously Evil also helps justify her cause, but it might be a question of Black And Black Morality. The darkness and cold versus fire and light conflict, as well as the name of the series, call up Robert Frost's poem "Fire and Ice," in which both extremes are equally destructive.
    • The Faith Militant was the military order of the Faith of the Seven, the dominant religion in the Seven Kingdoms. They served the will of the High Septon and enforced the word of the Seven-Pointed Star by force of arms. They were disbanded centuries ago during the reign of King Maegor Targaryen, known as Maegor the Cruel. Nonetheless, they were revived during later stages of the War of the Five Kings when a fanatical faction of the Faith of the Seven, commonly known as "Sparrows" and their leader the "High Sparrow", by aligning with, at the time, Queen Dowager Cersei Lannister. Cersei manipulated her son, King Tommen Baratheon, to name the High Sparrow as the High Septon and to reinstate the Faith Militant in return for the Faith of the Seven canceling the debt owed to it by the Iron Throne. After being reinstated, however, the Faith Militant started by harassing smallfolk they deemed were immoral such as street vendors selling idols from other religions, before growing bolder by arresting Ser Loras Tyrell (TV series only) and Queen Margarey Tyrell and eventually turning-on Cersei herself by having her arrested for several crimes including regicide, incest, and adultery. Cersei eventually admitted to adultery with her cousin Lancel Lannister, who had joined the Faith Militant, which resulted in her making a walk of atonement.
  • Coiling Dragon
    • The Radiant Church is a holy church of brightness opposed to the Cult of Shadows and shared good recption across the land. However, the Radiant Church is soon revealed to be one of the main villains of the series. The church captured pure hearted souls and sacrificed them to please their god, the Radiant Sovereign. Most people don't know that they maintain their power, in part, by abducted strong-bodied people and destroying their souls so that angels can take them over. The foremost thing is that the members of the church are the driven force of the murder of House Baruch and the mastermind of King Clayde's heinous crimes.

Videogames

  • Devil May Cry
    • Deliberately invoked throughout Devil May Cry 4. The villains, members of the Order of the Sword, are a corrupt church. Their signature soldiers are the beautiful Angelo living armors, crafted with a glorious mixture of angelic and demonic features and deliberately created as "angels." By contrast, the main character Nero's "sinister" weapon turns out to be a powerful force for good. Interestingly, the villain's raison d'etre, using demonic energy to kill all the demons in the world, isn't necessarily a bad one, but in the third act of the game, it's pretty obviously shown that extremism has taken root, so they've become evil.
  • Final Fantasy
    • The GBA remake of Final Fantasy II has the Light Emperor. Specifically he is the "good" side of Emperor Mateus's soul split from the "evil" side in Pandemonium. He tries to take over heaven, and succeeds completely, becoming master of heaven and hell before you even get there. There is no difference between the Light Emperor and the Dark Emperor. They are both morally corrupt.
    • Another notable example is Kefka Palazzo from Final Fantasy VI, fitting this type for his Light of Judgment and his final form as a divine figure bathed in light. Kefka also talks an awful lot about burning things, and fire is a good example of the destructive side of light.

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