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11th Aug '17 11:57:55 AM Carliro
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* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', this lies within Black's purview. It has the "[[http://magiccards.info/ps/en/53.html negative emotion]]", "[[http://magiccards.info/som/en/65.html physical darkness]]", "[[http://magiccards.info/vi/en/2.html night]]", and "[[http://magiccards.info/wl/en/10.html evil]]" variants all represented.

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* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', this lies within Black's purview. It has the "[[http://magiccards.info/ps/en/53.html negative emotion]]", "[[http://magiccards.info/som/en/65.html physical darkness]]", "[[http://magiccards.info/vi/en/2.html night]]", and "[[http://magiccards.info/wl/en/10.html evil]]" variants all represented. Red also gets in on the action with [[http://magiccards.info/ala/en/119.html Vicious Shadows]], [[http://magiccards.info/tpr/en/157.html Shadowstorm]] and [[http://mythicspoiler.com/c17/cards/shiftingshadow.html Shifting Shadow]].
17th Jul '17 1:15:51 AM Pastykake
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While darkness as an element is frequently portrayed as acting nigh-identically to its polar opposite, {{Light|EmUp}}, with characters "projecting" darkness as you would light, shadow element is usually focused on creating things-- typically corrupted or imperfect copies of something else, or intangible illusions. Characters are also sometimes able to [[ShadowWalker use shadows to teleport]]. Either form is often used in systems that allow the combining of abilites to create "dark" versions of other powers by combining Casting a Shadow with other ElementalPowers or other power sets.

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darkness as an element is frequently portrayed as acting nigh-identically to its polar opposite, {{Light|EmUp}}, with characters "projecting" darkness as you one would light, shadow element is usually focused on creating things-- typically corrupted or imperfect copies of something else, or intangible illusions. Characters are also sometimes able to [[ShadowWalker use shadows to teleport]]. Either form is often used in systems that allow the combining of abilites to create "dark" versions of other powers by combining Casting a Shadow with other ElementalPowers or other power sets.



Given the prevalence of DarkIsEvil, darkness as an element is often used by {{Villain}}s in a clear-cut case of BadPowersBadPeople. Even when DarkIsNotEvil, darkness-based powers are almost always relegated to [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] and other morally grey individuals. It wouldn't do to have the white side of BlackAndWhiteMorality use darkness-based powers, after all. Either way, darkness-based powers are frequently associated with negative emotions -- fear, hatred, anger, pain, etc. As probably ''the'' most PrimalFear in the human psyche, don't expect darkness to be pleasant, even when it's not actively malevolent. Evil darkness-users will often play this up, [[EvilFeelsGood luxuriating in their evilness]], while others will usually become TheStoic (suppressing their negative emotions by suppressing ''all'' their emotions) or just have a lot of {{Angst}} to deal with.

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Given the prevalence of DarkIsEvil, darkness as an element is often used by {{Villain}}s in a clear-cut case of BadPowersBadPeople. Even when DarkIsNotEvil, darkness-based powers are almost always relegated to [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] and other morally grey individuals. It wouldn't do to have the white side of BlackAndWhiteMorality use darkness-based powers, after all. Either way, darkness-based powers are frequently associated with negative emotions -- fear, hatred, anger, pain, etc. As probably ''the'' most PrimalFear in the human psyche, don't expect darkness to be pleasant, even when it's not actively malevolent. Evil darkness-users will often play this up, [[EvilFeelsGood luxuriating in their evilness]], while whereas others will usually become TheStoic (suppressing their negative emotions by suppressing ''all'' their emotions) or just have a lot of {{Angst}} to deal with.



Characters using darkness-based powers are sometimes WeakenedByTheLight, which may be shown by having Casting a Shadow opposed by LightEmUp or HolyHandGrenade in ElementalRockPaperScissors. When the two are combined, however, the result is a YinYangBomb.
See also UnholyNuke

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Characters using darkness-based powers are sometimes WeakenedByTheLight, which may be shown by having Casting a Shadow opposed by LightEmUp or HolyHandGrenade in ElementalRockPaperScissors. When the two are combined, however, the result is a YinYangBomb.
YinYangBomb. See also UnholyNuke
UnholyNuke.
6th Jul '17 11:44:39 AM Marusero
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* Mephiles the dark, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', is a being of pure shadow that is able to take physical form by merging with someone's shadow -- in this case, Shadow's. For the rest of the game he resembles a desaturated version of Shadow who speaks without a mouth. It's as silly as it sounds, making it all the goofier that Silver and Blaze don't question his advice.

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* Mephiles the dark, Dark, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', is a being of pure shadow that is able to take physical form by merging with someone's shadow -- in (in this case, Shadow's.Shadow's). For the rest of the game he resembles a desaturated version of Shadow who speaks without a mouth. It's as silly as it sounds, making it all the goofier that Silver and Blaze don't question his advice.
24th Jun '17 4:54:47 AM SLOOGOVS
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* Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageknight: This is Calador's awakening. Ironic since he works for an organization called "The Order of the Light" that fights shadow monsters.

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* Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageknight: ''Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageknight'': This is Calador's awakening. Ironic since he works for an organization called "The Order of the Light" that fights shadow monsters.



* DJ the S' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbMcOfQbFO0 Disciple of Darkness]]" is a compilation remix of Darkness-based themes from video games.

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* DJ the S' "[[https://www.''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbMcOfQbFO0 Disciple of Darkness]]" Darkness]]'' is a compilation remix of Darkness-based themes from video games.



* TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}, has many of the same forms of shadow and darkness related magic found in D&D 3.5e, and adds some of its own, such as the shadow bloodline for sorcerers, the shadow patron for witches, and the chaokineticist. Most of these come with the RequiredSecondaryPower of being able to see in the dark (or being able to see better in the dark if the character is of a race that can naturally see in the dark) so characters don't hinder themselves with darkness.

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* TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}, ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', has many of the same forms of shadow and darkness related magic found in D&D 3.5e, and adds some of its own, such as the shadow bloodline for sorcerers, the shadow patron for witches, and the chaokineticist. Most of these come with the RequiredSecondaryPower of being able to see in the dark (or being able to see better in the dark if the character is of a race that can naturally see in the dark) so characters don't hinder themselves with darkness.



* Two types in Franchise/{{Pokemon}} utilize this Trope, although the one you'd think that would utilize it is not among them:

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* Two types in Franchise/{{Pokemon}} ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' utilize this Trope, although the one you'd think that would utilize it is not among them:



* Rose Lalonde of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' may not be [[DarkIsNotEvil evil]], but she's definitely TheUnfettered and uses pretty damn powerful [[TheDarkArts dark magic]], as well as having a black outfit and a black ''BattleAura'' to boot.

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* Rose Lalonde of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' may not be [[DarkIsNotEvil evil]], but she's definitely TheUnfettered and uses pretty damn powerful [[TheDarkArts dark magic]], as well as having a black outfit and a black ''BattleAura'' BattleAura to boot.



* Curio from ''Webcomic/{{morphE}='' is a Moros mage who specializes in casting shadows. His first spell during the opening chapter was coating the room with wisps of darkness.

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* Curio from ''Webcomic/{{morphE}='' ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}'' is a Moros mage who specializes in casting shadows. His first spell during the opening chapter was coating the room with wisps of darkness.
12th Jun '17 3:24:26 AM SebastianGray
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* Mentioned in the backstory of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, but sadly not playable on the tabletop, are the Umbra, a strange race of aliens that look like completely black spheres. They have the power to manipulate any shadows in the vicinity, turning them into [[CombatTentacles huge toothy tentacles]] that tear people to pieces. And they can do this to ''any'' shadow. Even the ones in your pupils.
** The Dark Eldar have "darklight" weapons that use some kind of energy that resembles tangible darkness mined from other dimensions.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' had a minor chaos god named Obscuras (see more [[http://www.goblin-online.net/download/obscuras.txt here]]) whose powers were mainly based on shadow, and who could grant to his followers the ability of seeing without requiring light. Some people can still obtain powers based on shadow without worshipping him, however.
** There is a whole section of common magic called the Lore of Shadows.

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* Mentioned in Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''
*** The minor chaos god named Obscuras (see more [[http://www.goblin-online.net/download/obscuras.txt here]]) has powers that were mainly based on shadow, and who could grant to his followers
the backstory ability of seeing without requiring light. Some people can still obtain powers based on shadow without worshipping him, however.
*** Ulgu, the Lore of Shadows, is the Wind of Magic that allows the caster to manipulate shadows and darkness. The spells of Ulgu involve using shadows for concealment and illusion, as well as [[ShadowWalker transportation]].
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}'', the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Shadow Weavers]]
of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, but sadly not playable on [[OurElvesAreBetter High Elf]] Shadow Warrior warbands use a unique form of shadow magic. The spells of this strange blend of magic allow the tabletop, are Shadow Weaver to manipulate threads of shadow so that they hide his allies, strike at the foe or congeal into a solid shell to protect from enemy attacks.
** ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
*** The [[AllThereInTheManual background material]] mentions
the Umbra, a strange race of aliens that look like completely black spheres. They have the power to manipulate any shadows in the vicinity, turning them into [[CombatTentacles huge toothy tentacles]] that tear people to pieces. And they can do this to ''any'' any shadow. Even the ones in your pupils.
** *** The Dark Eldar have "darklight" weapons that use some kind of energy that resembles tangible darkness mined from other dimensions.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' had a minor chaos god named Obscuras (see more [[http://www.goblin-online.net/download/obscuras.txt here]]) whose powers were mainly based on shadow, and who could grant to his followers the ability of seeing without requiring light. Some people can still obtain powers based on shadow without worshipping him, however.
** There is a whole section of common magic called the Lore of Shadows.
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20th May '17 3:41:07 PM nombretomado
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** The Khaibit bloodline from the successor game ''VampireTheRequiem'' gets a toned-down version of Obtenebration, complete with the power to interact with ghosts and spirits, teleport through shadows, and turn into a shadow yourself. Between this and their fluff (which paints them as worshippers of Set who work to keep back even darker monsters), they are ''quite'' popular in play.

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** The Khaibit bloodline from the successor game ''VampireTheRequiem'' ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' gets a toned-down version of Obtenebration, complete with the power to interact with ghosts and spirits, teleport through shadows, and turn into a shadow yourself. Between this and their fluff (which paints them as worshippers of Set who work to keep back even darker monsters), they are ''quite'' popular in play.
16th May '17 7:28:58 PM nombretomado
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* In the RealTimeStrategy ''UniverseAtWar'', the [[AncientAstronauts Masari]] has the ability to [[YinYangBomb switch between Light and Dark at will]]. Dark is mainly focused on defensive capabilities, granting units weak but rapid firing weapons, faster movement speed and [[RegeneratingShieldStaticHealth Dark Matter armour]]. The [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Matter Controller]] also charges up and fires Matterstorm, a concentrated surge of Dark Matter that immobilizes enemies caught in the storm while [[StatusBuff buffing up your own units who are exposed to it (specifically increased firepower and rapid DMA regeneration)]]. Pursuing the Dark Matter branch further improves your army's defensive capabilities in Dark mode [[CripplingOverspecialization at the cost of losing considerable firepower]]. Dark seems to represent nobility and calmness, as evident by the Dark Matter branch heroine [[BigGood Queen Altea]], the benevolent leader of the remaining Masari on Atlantea who does not use violent means but instead uses her [[TheMedic healing powers]] and strong magical spells to guide and protect her troops in battle.

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* In the RealTimeStrategy ''UniverseAtWar'', ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'', the [[AncientAstronauts Masari]] has the ability to [[YinYangBomb switch between Light and Dark at will]]. Dark is mainly focused on defensive capabilities, granting units weak but rapid firing weapons, faster movement speed and [[RegeneratingShieldStaticHealth Dark Matter armour]]. The [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Matter Controller]] also charges up and fires Matterstorm, a concentrated surge of Dark Matter that immobilizes enemies caught in the storm while [[StatusBuff buffing up your own units who are exposed to it (specifically increased firepower and rapid DMA regeneration)]]. Pursuing the Dark Matter branch further improves your army's defensive capabilities in Dark mode [[CripplingOverspecialization at the cost of losing considerable firepower]]. Dark seems to represent nobility and calmness, as evident by the Dark Matter branch heroine [[BigGood Queen Altea]], the benevolent leader of the remaining Masari on Atlantea who does not use violent means but instead uses her [[TheMedic healing powers]] and strong magical spells to guide and protect her troops in battle.
11th May '17 5:33:20 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Despite the fact that it is usually used by villains, this series is especially big on DarkIsNotEvil, as [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Canas]], the current trope image, seems to subvert the typical personality attributes by being a genuinely good person, who studies elder magic out of passion to the "dark" arts rather than wishing harm to others. Even though he is the villain, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Lyon and his royal mages, including Knoll]], practiced dark magic in order to help Grado citizens and show that the magic feared by many can have good uses. Finally, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Pelleas]] gained enhanced magical abilities by allowing his soul to be possessed by spirits, but only wants to be a good ruler worthy of his people. ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is a bit more black and white, at least on the surface, as not only is the BigBad a powerful Sorcerer, but of the two playable Dark Mages, one is a {{Yandere}} with a marked cruel streak and the other is a [[NightmareFetishist rather]] [[BloodKnight unhinged]] StepfordSmiler. In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', this is reversed: all of the playable Dark Mages are genuinely good people, although one is TheAtoner (for reasons stated below).
** The series as a whole associates dark magic as being extraordinarily powerful, which is what makes it so dangerous. Dark magic is depicted as being able to allow people to communicate with the dead, absorb life energy, negate attacks entirely, or just outright FantasticNuke people. Because it's so powerful, it seems that those with weak hearts become corrupted by it (something that's actually a major plot point in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe the seventh game]]). The side-effects of failing to control the darkness range from becoming an EmptyShell to a full-on FaceHeelTurn. On the other hand, those with strong wills are capable of maintaining their sense of self - but it takes a great deal of self-control.

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** Despite the fact that it dark magic is usually used by villains, this series is especially big on DarkIsNotEvil, DarkIsNotEvil portrayals as [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Canas]], well:
*** Canas from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'',
the current trope image, seems to have been deliberately designed to subvert the typical personality attributes by being a genuinely good person, person who studies elder magic out of passion to the "dark" arts rather than wishing harm to others. Even though he is others.
*** Despite being
the villain, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Lyon and his royal mages, including Knoll]], mages (including Knoll) from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' practiced dark magic in order to help Grado citizens and show that the magic feared by many can have good uses. Finally, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Pelleas]] uses.
*** Pelleas from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn''
gained enhanced magical abilities by allowing his soul to be possessed by spirits, but only wants to be a good ruler worthy of his people. people.
***
''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is a bit more black and white, at least on the surface, as surface; not only is the BigBad a powerful Sorcerer, but of the two playable Dark Mages, one Tharja is a {{Yandere}} with a marked cruel streak and the other Henry is a [[NightmareFetishist rather]] [[BloodKnight unhinged]] StepfordSmiler. That said, both Tharja and Henry are capable of genuine kindness (the latter in particular is quite sweet to his friends), even if Tharja's heart is hidden under multiple layers of genuine cruelty.
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In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', this is reversed: all ''all'' of the playable Dark Mages are genuinely good people, although one is TheAtoner (for reasons stated below).
** The series as a whole associates dark magic as being extraordinarily powerful, which is what makes it so dangerous. Dark magic is depicted as being able to allow people to communicate with the dead, absorb life energy, negate attacks entirely, or just outright FantasticNuke people. Because it's so powerful, it seems that those with weak hearts become corrupted by it (something that's actually a major plot point in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe the seventh game]]).''The Blazing Blade''). The side-effects of failing to control the darkness range from becoming an EmptyShell to a full-on FaceHeelTurn. On the other hand, those with strong wills are capable of maintaining their sense of self - but it takes a great deal of self-control.
15th Apr '17 6:14:24 AM rafi
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': in the Sinnoh League, we have Tobias, whose signature Pokemon is [[spoiler:the legendary Darkrai]]. Possibly lampshaded as an ActorAllusion in the dub.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': in The ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' manga featured a demon with power over "true darkness", which she used to make the Sinnoh League, we have Tobias, whose signature Pokemon surrounding area pitch black and cancel out all light sources (including flashlights and light magic).
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Kyoraku's [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakuto]], Katen Kyokotsu. One of its 'games'
is [[spoiler:the legendary Darkrai]]. Possibly lampshaded as an ActorAllusion in to attack through shadows -- between Kyoraku's own shadow and whatever he wants to hit. The target must be casting a shadow, however. In this case, the dub.shadow manipulation itself is less creepy than the inspiration for it -- 'children's games' where the loser dies.
* Momose from ''Manga/BloodyCross'' has the ability to control shadows. She can summon beasts made of shadows, shoot shadow spikes, and use it for stealth (hiding in people's shadows) and for some form of teleportation (disappearing into a swirl of shadows on the ground).



* The Nara clan of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' have the ability to control their shadows and can "solidify" them in order to use them to [[PeoplePuppets control]] or strangle opponents. Their reach can also be amplified by extending to other shadows (specifically, the length is not "used up" going through another shadow).
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Blackbeard has the literal "Darkness" power. Oddly, he mainly uses it to [[PowerNullifier nullify]] his opponent's abilities at a touch and crush them with ''gravity''; the chain seeming to go "dark->black->black hole->super gravity and power absorption/nullification" or possibly the other way around. This is fairly typical of the superpower logic in ''Manga/OnePiece''.
** Gekko Moria has power over shadows; mostly, he steals them from people and uses them to reanimate corpses into zombies, although he can absorb them himself to become more powerful or just use his own shadow to attack directly as well.
* Takane Goodman in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', #2 Darkness (Shadow) as a form of GreenLanternRing. Prone to getting stripped, as the series has stripping disarm attacks; and when she tried to counter that by making her clothing out of Shadow, she ran up against Asuna and her magic cancel power. She usually uses her power to create golems for attack and defense, the other shadow user who has appeared used his power more like a Green Lantern, forming blades, etc. She is definitely one of the good guys, if a little over serious.
** The Magic World Arc introduces Kagetarou, who ''acts'' like an antagonist at first [[spoiler:but turns out to be a buddy of Rakan]]'s. There's also [[BigBad Fate Averruncus']] accomplice, [[spoiler:Dynamis, who can summons swarms of Invincible Minor Minions and a humongous EldritchAbomination, is stated to be almost as powerful as Fate himself, and tried to kill Nodoka and came damn close to succeeding, wiping out two of her friends who tried to protect her the first time, and only being driven off the second time by Setsuna (who hacked his right hand off at the forearm) and Kaede]].
*** [[spoiler:His personality and temperament are much less extreme than originally suggested, however. He's actually fairly ''reasonable.'']]
*** Negi's Magia Erebea may count as well, since, basically, it is still black magic, he just prefers lightning powers over darkness. Even Rakan notes that Negi's Affinity lies in the dark side.
*** There's ''also'' Kotaro Inugami, who has at his disposal the ability to summon vast swarms of autonomous spirit wolves made of darkness/shadow.
* Hayate Yagami of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', the Queen of the Night Sky who has Diabolic Emission, a SphereOfDestruction that envelopes the land in pure darkness, as her signature spell. Oh, and [[DarkIsNotEvil she's the cheerfully optimistic]] BigGood of the series. [[ArtifactOfDoom The Book of Darkness]], [[SuperEmpowering the one she inherited her powers from]], seems to fits the personality type a bit better. [[spoiler: However, it is not a pure example either. It used to be called "Book of the Night Sky" before it was corrupted.]]



* Pumpkin Doryu, from ''Manga/RaveMaster''
** Haru's MorphWeapon sword also has a darkness aligned form, Sacrifar. It turns Haru into TheBerserker, [[DarkIsNotEvil though it wasn't entirely the fault of the sword itself.]]
* From ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame could be considered a mixture between fire and shadow. He's a ''DeadpanSnarker'' though, so it's O.K.
** Asato Kido uses a direct manipulation of his shadow, allowing him to [[spoiler: paralyze Yusuke with it during their fight]]. He also has enough control to use it to write [[spoiler:Dr. Kamiya]]'s name in his own blood after being attacked in the hospital.
* Onimaru's last [[TheDragon Dragon]] in ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' was [[MeaningfulName Dark]], the demon of Darkness. He could engulf people in his shadows and send other creatures [[OneHitKill into another dimesion forever]].
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Celty]] from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' is a [[HeadlessHorseman Dullahan]] capable of manipulating shadows and giving them physical form. The uses of this ability range from creating weaponry (usually a scythe or dagger) and restraining enemies...to [[MundaneUtility instantaneously dressing herself and letting her type faster]]. It's also interesting to note that the shadows she manipulates aren't restricted by the presence or absence of the sun, meaning she can manifest a weapon at noon just as easily as she can at midnight. Also, her shadow is always drawn darker than all others, even when she's not manipulating it.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Kyoraku's [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakuto]], Katen Kyokotsu. One of its 'games' is to attack through shadows -- between Kyoraku's own shadow and whatever he wants to hit. The target must be casting a shadow, however. In this case, the shadow manipulation itself is less creepy than the inspiration for it -- 'children's games' where the loser dies.
* Pride from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' slices, dices, and [[ImAHumanitarian eats]] with his extensible shadows. [[spoiler:He's powerless in complete darkness, though. [[AchillesHeel Shadows cannot exist without light]].]]

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* Pumpkin Doryu, from ''Manga/RaveMaster''
** Haru's MorphWeapon sword also has a darkness aligned form, Sacrifar. It turns Haru into TheBerserker, [[DarkIsNotEvil though it wasn't entirely the fault of the sword itself.]]
* From ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame could be considered a mixture between fire and shadow. He's a ''DeadpanSnarker'' though, so it's O.K.
** Asato Kido uses a direct manipulation of his shadow, allowing him to [[spoiler: paralyze Yusuke with it during their fight]]. He also has enough control to use it to write [[spoiler:Dr. Kamiya]]'s name in his own blood after being attacked in the hospital.
* Onimaru's last [[TheDragon Dragon]] in ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' was [[MeaningfulName Dark]], the demon of Darkness. He could engulf people in his shadows and send other creatures [[OneHitKill into another dimesion forever]].
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Celty]] from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' is a [[HeadlessHorseman Dullahan]] capable of manipulating shadows and giving them physical form. The uses of this ability range from creating weaponry (usually a scythe or dagger) and restraining enemies...to [[MundaneUtility instantaneously dressing herself and letting her type faster]]. It's also interesting to note that the shadows she manipulates aren't restricted by the presence or absence of the sun, meaning she can manifest a weapon at noon just as easily as she can at midnight. Also, her shadow is always drawn darker than all others, even when she's not manipulating it.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Kyoraku's [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakuto]], Katen Kyokotsu. One of its 'games' is to attack through shadows -- between Kyoraku's own shadow and whatever he wants to hit. The target must be casting a shadow, however. In this case, the shadow manipulation itself is less creepy than the inspiration for it -- 'children's games' where the loser dies.
* Pride from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' slices, dices, and [[ImAHumanitarian eats]] with his extensible shadows. [[spoiler:He's powerless in complete darkness, though. [[AchillesHeel Shadows cannot exist without light]].]]
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* The ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' manga featured a demon with power over "true darkness", which she used to make the surrounding area pitch black and cancel out all light sources (including flashlights and light magic).
* Momose from ''Manga/BloodyCross'' has the ability to control shadows. She can summon beasts made of shadows, shoot shadow spikes, and use it for stealth (hiding in people's shadows) and for some form of teleportation (disappearing into a swirl of shadows on the ground).
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', [[TheLancer Luca]] has shadow as his {{Elemental Power|s}}, standing in contrast to TheHero's power of [[HolyHandGrenade light]].
* Varete of WitchHunter show just how powerful shadows can be, with her power to control shadows. She can block ''swords'' with the shadows up her sleeve and level entire towns using the shadows cast from a tree. She is almost impossible to hit with attacks, as she can use even the shadows between her hair and her head to attack and defend, with an almost limitless amount of mana to allow her to fight for extremely long times.
* ''Manga/ZatchBell'' has Brago, Sherry's Mamodo. His spells are based both on dark energy and gravity manipulation, and from the very beginning was noted to be towards the top of the pecking order.

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* The ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' manga featured a demon Pride from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' slices, dices, and [[ImAHumanitarian eats]] with power over "true darkness", which his extensible shadows. [[spoiler:He's powerless in complete darkness, though. [[AchillesHeel Shadows cannot exist without light]].]]
* Hayate Yagami of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', the Queen of the Night Sky who has Diabolic Emission, a SphereOfDestruction that envelopes the land in pure darkness, as her signature spell. Oh, and [[DarkIsNotEvil she's the cheerfully optimistic]] BigGood of the series. [[ArtifactOfDoom The Book of Darkness]], [[SuperEmpowering the one
she inherited her powers from]], seems to fits the personality type a bit better. [[spoiler: However, it is not a pure example either. It used to make be called "Book of the surrounding area pitch black Night Sky" before it was corrupted.]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Takane Goodman, #2 Darkness (Shadow) as a form of GreenLanternRing. Prone to getting stripped, as the series has stripping disarm attacks;
and when she tried to counter that by making her clothing out of Shadow, she ran up against Asuna and her magic cancel power. She usually uses her power to create golems for attack and defense, the other shadow user who has appeared used his power more like a Green Lantern, forming blades, etc. She is definitely one of the good guys, if a little over serious.
** The Magic World Arc introduces Kagetarou, who ''acts'' like an antagonist at first [[spoiler:but turns
out all light sources (including flashlights to be a buddy of Rakan]]'s. There's also [[BigBad Fate Averruncus']] accomplice, [[spoiler:Dynamis, who can summons swarms of Invincible Minor Minions and light magic).
* Momose from ''Manga/BloodyCross''
a humongous EldritchAbomination, is stated to be almost as powerful as Fate himself, and tried to kill Nodoka and came damn close to succeeding, wiping out two of her friends who tried to protect her the first time, and only being driven off the second time by Setsuna (who hacked his right hand off at the forearm) and Kaede]].
*** [[spoiler:His personality and temperament are much less extreme than originally suggested, however. He's actually fairly ''reasonable.'']]
*** Negi's Magia Erebea may count as well, since, basically, it is still black magic, he just prefers lightning powers over darkness. Even Rakan notes that Negi's Affinity lies in the dark side.
*** There's ''also'' Kotaro Inugami, who
has at his disposal the ability to control shadows. She can summon beasts vast swarms of autonomous spirit wolves made of shadows, shoot shadow spikes, and use it for stealth (hiding in people's shadows) and for some form of teleportation (disappearing into a swirl of shadows on the ground).
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', [[TheLancer Luca]] has shadow as his {{Elemental Power|s}}, standing in contrast to TheHero's power of [[HolyHandGrenade light]].
* Varete of WitchHunter show just how powerful shadows can be, with her power to control shadows. She can block ''swords'' with the shadows up her sleeve and level entire towns using the shadows cast from a tree. She is almost impossible to hit with attacks, as she can use even the shadows between her hair and her head to attack and defend, with an almost limitless amount of mana to allow her to fight for extremely long times.
* ''Manga/ZatchBell'' has Brago, Sherry's Mamodo. His spells are based both on dark energy and gravity manipulation, and from the very beginning was noted to be towards the top of the pecking order.
darkness/shadow.



* The Nara clan of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' have the ability to control their shadows and can "solidify" them in order to use them to [[PeoplePuppets control]] or strangle opponents. Their reach can also be amplified by extending to other shadows (specifically, the length is not "used up" going through another shadow).
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Blackbeard has the literal "Darkness" power. Oddly, he mainly uses it to [[PowerNullifier nullify]] his opponent's abilities at a touch and crush them with ''gravity''; the chain seeming to go "dark->black->black hole->super gravity and power absorption/nullification" or possibly the other way around. This is fairly typical of the superpower logic in ''One Piece''.
** Gekko Moria has power over shadows; mostly, he steals them from people and uses them to reanimate corpses into zombies, although he can absorb them himself to become more powerful or just use his own shadow to attack directly as well.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': in the Sinnoh League, we have Tobias, whose signature Pokemon is [[spoiler:the legendary Darkrai]]. Possibly lampshaded as an ActorAllusion in the dub.
* Pumpkin Doryu, from ''Manga/RaveMaster''
** Haru's MorphWeapon sword also has a darkness aligned form, Sacrifar. It turns Haru into TheBerserker, [[DarkIsNotEvil though it wasn't entirely the fault of the sword itself.]]
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', [[TheLancer Luca]] has shadow as his {{Elemental Power|s}}, standing in contrast to TheHero's power of [[HolyHandGrenade light]].



* Varete of ''Anime/WitchHunter'' show just how powerful shadows can be, with her power to control shadows. She can block ''swords'' with the shadows up her sleeve and level entire towns using the shadows cast from a tree. She is almost impossible to hit with attacks, as she can use even the shadows between her hair and her head to attack and defend, with an almost limitless amount of mana to allow her to fight for extremely long times.
* Onimaru's last [[TheDragon Dragon]] in ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' was [[MeaningfulName Dark]], the demon of Darkness. He could engulf people in his shadows and send other creatures [[OneHitKill into another dimesion forever]].
* From ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame could be considered a mixture between fire and shadow. He's a ''DeadpanSnarker'' though, so it's O.K.
** Asato Kido uses a direct manipulation of his shadow, allowing him to [[spoiler: paralyze Yusuke with it during their fight]]. He also has enough control to use it to write [[spoiler:Dr. Kamiya]]'s name in his own blood after being attacked in the hospital.
* ''Manga/ZatchBell'' has Brago, Sherry's Mamodo. His spells are based both on dark energy and gravity manipulation, and from the very beginning was noted to be towards the top of the pecking order.



* Franchise/TheDCU:
** All shadow wielders, by and large, draw their powers from an alternate dimension known as the Shadowland (or Dark Zone). Much like their Marvel counterparts, they range the gamut from hero to villain. Most interestingly, the shadows created by [[Comicbook/{{Starman}} the Shade]], were at one point analyzed by a police scientist. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation He went insane the moment he looked at the sample in the microscope.]]
** ComicBook/PhantomLady on the other hand uses science! Well, a Dark Light gun from a mysterious European scientist.
** Shadow Lass/Umbra, member of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}. She can cast dark-fields preventing all light from reaching an area from outside. These can either be complete, effectively rendering useless all light sources within the area, or hollow to allow the interior to be lit. She can also solidify these fields, to use as a more direct weapon. She has the power to create darkness 100 times darker than a moonless night. Her black shadows are impenetrable by light.
** Malice Vundabar, the youngest member of the [[ComicBook/NewGods Female Furies]], could summon a shadow monster called Chessure.
* Lord Sovereign from ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' can control and weld the mysterious dark energies that empower him.



* Malice Vundabar, the youngest member of the [[ComicBook/NewGods Female Furies]], could summon a shadow monster called Chessure.
* Franchise/TheDCU's shadow wielders, by and large, draw their powers from an alternate dimension known as the Shadowland (or Dark Zone). Much like their Marvel counterparts, they range the gamut from hero to villain. Most interestingly, the shadows created by [[Comicbook/{{Starman}} the Shade]], were at one point analyzed by a police scientist. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation He went insane the moment he looked at the sample in the microscope.]]
* Franchise/TheDCU's ComicBook/PhantomLady on the other hand uses science! Well, a Dark Light gun from a mysterious European scientist.
* Shadow Lass/Umbra from ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}. Definitely a good guy, though her incarnation in the Postboot continuity was an ill-tempered AntiHero.



* Lord Sovereign from ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' can control and weld the mysterious dark energies that empower him.
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* Shane DeSoto from ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' possesses the ability to summon blades of shadow. As a very kind-hearted person, he actually has difficulty using these, since these blades are more suited to killing his opponents than anything else ; he's had to train hard in order to inflict non-fatal damage.
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