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NobleBright is an adjective derived from the term often used to describe Warhammer 40k: GrimDark. Just as every hero has a "mirror opposite" version that is evil, it's supposed that there must be a mirror opposite version of the heroes of WH40k where everything goes RIGHT for a change. It can also be used to describe artwork that has a noble/bright feel, even if the setting itself would not normally be considered noble or bright.

Where the GrimDark tag usually describes a setting in a slow, painful decline, the NobleBright tag usually describes a setting emerging from a dark age returning to or in the midst of a golden age.

Canonical Example: WarHammer vs. BrightHammer

This alternate universe's game, BrightHammer40k, comes with the tagline "In the Noble Brightness of the far future, there is only HIGH ADVENTURE!" This is as opposed to the original tagline of Warhammer 40k, which stated, "In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war." BrightHammer40k's setting has strong 1920's-1940's pulp fiction themes, crossed with an "age of myth" bronze age culture.

Differences between WarHammer 40k and BrightHammer 40k include:

  • The setting is loosely divided into city-states united by race, religion, philosophy or just simple common sense, rather than singular empires defined by paranoia.
  • There is a wide variety in the type of characters, nations, flora and fauna, and major characters in the setting.
  • There is an overall "pulp fiction" feel.
  • The universe is old, in the process of rediscovering a forgotten golden age.
  • Low level conflicts such as raiding are considered common, but war is not.
  • Everyone is in a perpetual cold war with everyone else, but almost never an active war.
  • Technology is wildly inconsistent.
  • Villains are over the top, campy, and rarely played seriously.
  • Leaders are usually diplomats or wise "philosopher-kings".
  • Heroes do most of the heavy lifting in society, and there are heroes, great and minor, at every level of society.
  • There is a strong emphasis on individual strength.
  • Good guys can be jerks, but are still good guys.
  • Over the top heroism usually carries the day.
  • Obvious, thinly disguised Secret Agents everywhere.
  • The setting is entering a technological renaissance.
  • Everything is bright or vividly colored.

Compared to Warhammer 40k, Brighthammer 40k is generally brighter and a nicer place to live, but is by no means peaceful, always in a low level state of conflict, internal and external, never quite turning into war. The skull motif is replaced by wings, and colors are often brighter.

Stuff considered NobleBright

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NobleBright ...and GrimDark
BrightHammer 40k WarHammer 40k
Exalted Vampire:tM, Werewolf:tA (oWoD)
Changeling:tD (oWoD) Changeling:tL (nWoD)
Geist: The Sin-Eaters (nWoD) Wraith: The Oblivion (oWoD)
D20 Modern Call of Cthulhu
Rogue Trader Dark Heresy
7th Sea Poison'd
Spirit of the Century Don't Rest Your Head
Traveller Eclipse Phase
Dragonlance Dark Sun
Warcraft Warhammer Fantasy Battle
Alara, Theros, Lorwyn Innistrad, New Phyrexia, Shadowmoor
Neverwinter Nights Dragon Age
The Elder Scrolls (Well, somewhat) Gothic
Final Fantasy Shin Megami Tensei
Command and Conquer: Red Alert series Command and Conquer: Tiberium series
Starcraft II Starcraft: Brood War
Grand Theft Auto 1 Saints Row 1
Saints Row 3 Grand Theft Auto 4
Fable III Dark Souls
Kid Icarus God of War
Mass Effect 1 Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect Universe Halo Universe (especially the Forerunner Trilogy)]]
Spore Darkspore
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neo-Hunter Casshern Casshern Sins
Mai-Otome Mai-Hime (last 10 episodes at least)
Cardcaptor Sakura Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Power Rangers in General Power Rangers RPM
Super Sentai Kamen Rider
Batman: the Brave & the Bold Batman:TAS (first two seasons only)
Star Wars Episode I, IV, V, VI, and a decent portion of the Expanded Universe Star Wars Episode II, III, and the other half the Expanded Universe
Star Trek Farscape
Battlestar Galactica (1978) Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Little House on the Prairie Deadwood
Full House Married With Children
The Green Zone The Hurt Locker
The Sarah Jane Adventures Torchwood
Pirates of the Caribbean Risen 2: Dark Waters
Justice Watchmen
Lois and Clark Man of Steel
Planetary The Authority
Cyanide and Happiness pictures for sad children
The Silver Age of Comic Books The Dark Age of Comic Books
Steampunk Genre Cyberpunk Genre
Raspberry Pi OpenPandora
South Korea North Korea
The Riftwar Cycle A Song of Ice and Fire
A Wizard of Earthsea Tehanu
Mega Man (Classic, Legends, Battle Network, ZX, Star Forces 1 and 2) Mega Man (X, Zero, Star Force 3,) The Protomen
The Chronicles of Narnia His Dark Materials
Just Cause 2 Spec Ops: The Line
Plants VS Zombies The Last of Us
Iron Kingdoms MKii Iron Kingdoms MKi
Marvel Comics films DC Universe films
Warehouse 13 The SCP Foundation
Eberron Ravenloft
InFamous Prototype
Harry Potter 1-3 Harry Potter 4-7 (ESPECIALLY 7th)