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* The Maelshadow from ''Literature/TheBadUnicornTrilogy'', and most of the characters who work for it. Even the place where the Maelshadow is from, a world called the Shadrus, is this.
* ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos'': Among the many [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm avatars]] of the evil god Nyarlathotep are the Black Man and the Black Pharaoh. No, not someone with an African appearance. His skin is described as ''literally'' looking pitch black, like the light was sucked out of it.
* The final circle in ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]]'', the most fundamental representation of evil, is first referenced as the "più oscuro" (darkest) circle just before Dante has to have his eyes closed to survive Medusa's glare. When he actually reaches the Ninth Circle, he describes himself shivering in that "l’etterno rezzo," a term meaning "eternal shadow."
* Both averted and played straight in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}!'' Literature/{{Discworld}} [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarfs]], spending so much time underground, have a whole mythology around spirits of darkness, some of which are evil and [[DarkIsNotEvil some of which aren't]] - the BigBad of the story is [[EldritchAbomination the Summoning Dark]].
* ''Literature/AnEmberInTheAshes'': Is it any coincidence that the Nightbringer is the greatest threat to the Scholar nation?
* Umbra Domini (Latin for "The Shadow of the Lord"), a right-wing reactionary Catholic group whose members are the main antagonists in ''Literature/TheGenesisCode''.
* The BigBad in the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series is sometimes called "The Darkness".



* The Dark Lord Sauron in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
-->''One for the DarkLord on his dark throne''

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* The First-Born in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'', who can only be described as [[TabletopGaming drow]] '''[[RecycledINSPACE ON MARS]]''', are a dark-skinned race of pirates and raiders that regularly enslave outsiders and also practice cannibalism. Interestingly, their archenemies are the White Martians (who represent LightIsNotGood) and both factions are introduced as antagonists but once John Carter dethrones the First-Born's mad tyrant, they become friendlier.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
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The Dark Lord Sauron in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
-->''One
is the supreme representation of evil, casting a shadow over all the lands his armies corrupt and raze.
--->''One
for the DarkLord on his dark throne''



* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Blood Pact'', the presence of the blood wolf causes the street lights to go out as it races by.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the BigBad is called the Dark One (there are also other names, but Dark One is the most common one) and the evil side, i.e. everyone and everything associated with the Dark One is referred to as Shadow. Human servants of the Shadow are called Darkfriends, one name for the creatures that command the universe's Orc-equivalents is Shadowmen, and...yeah, maybe you get the point by now.
* Literature/PeterPaysTribute has the Gray God, god of revenge.
* The Dark Faery court from Melissa Marr's ''Literature/WickedLovely'' series. Although, this is possibly a subversion - they are more cruel than evil and need to be to survive. They are essencially emotional parasites, but Irial truly loved Niall and Leslie (although he was very cruel to them, using Leslie as an emotional conduit and stripping her of emotion and free wiil and allowing his servants and guards to both phsically and sexually abuse Niall), and although Gabriel comes into the 'abusing Niall' category, although only physical, he was NOT one of the fey who raped Niall - this is a common misunderstanding - and can be incredibly kind to his halfling children. Niall himself comes more under DarkIsNotEvil, although the injustices of the past push him more and more towards the moral grey area Iri and Gabe occupy.

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* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Blood Pact'', the presence Some of the blood wolf causes the street lights to go out as it races by.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the BigBad is called the Dark One (there
[[BigBad Rhianna's]] minions in ''Literature/LastMage'' are also other names, but Dark One is the most common one) black [[EldritchAbomination otherworldly things]], others are shadows, and the evil side, i.e. everyone and everything associated with the Dark One is referred to as Shadow. Human servants of the Shadow her own [[EvilIsSexy black dresses]] are called Darkfriends, one name for the creatures that command the universe's Orc-equivalents is Shadowmen, and...yeah, maybe you get the point by now.
* Literature/PeterPaysTribute has the Gray God, god of revenge.
* The Dark Faery court from Melissa Marr's ''Literature/WickedLovely'' series. Although, this is possibly a subversion - they are more cruel than evil and need to be to survive. They are essencially emotional parasites, but Irial truly loved Niall and Leslie (although he was very cruel to them, using Leslie as an emotional conduit and stripping her of emotion and free wiil and allowing his servants and guards to both phsically and sexually abuse Niall), and although Gabriel comes into the 'abusing Niall' category, although only physical, he was NOT one of the fey who raped Niall - this is a common misunderstanding - and can be incredibly kind to his halfling children. Niall himself comes more under DarkIsNotEvil, although the injustices of the past push him more and more towards the moral grey area Iri and Gabe occupy.
described lovingly.



* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', the continual imagery for Satan and other demons is unadulterated darkness.
-->''No light, but rather darkness visible''
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword", the high priest, having deduced the story of a demon is not AllJustADream, says, "Mitra guard us against the powers of darkness!"
* In ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'', Darkness is one of the two "supra-elements", surrounding and infusing the four elemental magics. The dark aspect of each mage's power tempts him or her to abuse it, and must be mastered with training and meditation. [[spoiler: On top of that, it is possible to become a hoshek, a mage aligned with Darkness itself. This grants access to all four elements, but WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.]]



* Both averted and played straight in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}!'' Literature/{{Discworld}} [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarfs]], spending so much time underground, have a whole mythology around spirits of darkness, some of which are evil and [[DarkIsNotEvil some of which aren't]] - the BigBad of the story is [[EldritchAbomination the Summoning Dark]].
* The [[TheFairFolk court that comes out]] during the dark of the moon in ''Literature/WildwoodDancing.''
* Mr. Hood and his "family" in ''Literature/TheThiefOfAlways,'' though they don't seem dark at first...
* The BigBad in the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series is sometimes called "The Darkness".
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword", the high priest, having deduced the story of a demon is not AllJustADream, says, "Mitra guard us against the powers of darkness!"

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* Both averted The villain of ''Literature/ShamanBlues'' has all the walls in her house painted black, and played straight no windows to shine light into. And that's not to mention all this dried blood from the sacrifices.
* Played with
in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}!'' Literature/{{Discworld}} [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarfs]], spending so much time underground, have a whole mythology around spirits ''Literature/ShatteredTwilight''; in the backstory (before the Shattering), the god of darkness, some of night was a benevolent and powerful ally in holding evil at bay. In the current age, however, his total disappearance during or after the Shattering has made night incredibly dangerous. The setting also has a strong association between darkness and demons, which are evil and [[DarkIsNotEvil some of which aren't]] - portrayed as writhing, moving darkness.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'',
the BigBad of vampires. Their influence on their prey is even called the story is [[EldritchAbomination the Summoning Dark]].
* The [[TheFairFolk court that comes out]] during the dark of the moon in ''Literature/WildwoodDancing.''
*
dark.
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Mr. Hood and his "family" in ''Literature/TheThiefOfAlways,'' though they don't seem dark at first...
* The BigBad in the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series is sometimes called "The Darkness".
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword", Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Blood Pact'', the high priest, having deduced presence of the story of a demon is not AllJustADream, says, "Mitra guard us against blood wolf causes the powers of darkness!"street lights to go out as it races by.



* Averted in Diana Henstell's NEW MORNING DRAGON, where the Devil insists on wearing white suits at all times.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', the vampires. Their influence on their prey is even called the dark.
* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', the continual imagery for Satan and other demons.
-->''No light, but rather darkness visible''
%% * The Dark Casters from ''Literature/TheCasterChronicles''.
* In ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'', Darkness is one of the two "supra-elements", surrounding and infusing the four elemental magics. The dark aspect of each mage's power tempts him or her to abuse it, and must be mastered with training and meditation. [[spoiler: On top of that, it is possible to become a hoshek, a mage aligned with Darkness itself. This grants access to all four elements, but WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.]]
* ''Literature/AnEmberInTheAshes'': Is it any coincidence that the Nightbringer is the greatest threat to the Scholar nation?
* Umbra Domini (Latin for "The Shadow of the Lord"), a right-wing reactionary Catholic group whose members are the main antagonists in ''Literature/TheGenesisCode''
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', downplayed. Still shadow powers belong to evil characters.
* Played with in ''Literature/ShatteredTwilight''; in the backstory (before the Shattering), the god of night was a benevolent and powerful ally in holding evil at bay. In the current age, however, his total disappearance during or after the Shattering has made night incredibly dangerous.
** The setting also has a strong association between darkness and demons, which are portrayed as writhing, moving darkness.
* The Maelshadow from ''Literature/TheBadUnicornTrilogy'', and most of the characters who work for it. Even the place where the Maelshadow is from, a world called the Shadrus, is this.
* Some of [[BigBad Rhianna's]] minions in ''Literature/LastMage'' are black [[EldritchAbomination otherworldly things]], others are shadows, and her own [[EvilIsSexy black dresses]] are described lovingly.
* The First-Born in ''Literature/JohnCarterofMars'', who can only be described as [[TabletopGaming drow]] '''[[RecycledINSPACE ON MARS]]''', are a dark-skinned race of pirates and raiders that regularly enslave outsiders and also practice cannibalism. Interestingly, their archenemies are the White Martians (who represent LightIsNotGood) and both factions are introduced as antagonists but once John Carter dethrones the First-Born's mad tyrant, they become friendlier.
* The villain of ''Literature/ShamanBlues'' has all the walls in her house painted black, and no windows to shine light into. And that's not to mention all this dried blood from the sacrifices.

to:

* Averted in Diana Henstell's NEW MORNING DRAGON, where the Devil insists on wearing white suits at all times.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the vampires. Their influence on their prey BigBad is even called the dark.
* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', the continual imagery for Satan and
Dark One (there are also other demons.
-->''No light,
names, but rather darkness visible''
%%
Dark One is the most common one) and the evil side, i.e. everyone and everything associated with the Dark One is referred to as Shadow. Human servants of the Shadow are called Darkfriends, one name for the creatures that command the universe's Orc-equivalents is Shadowmen, and...yeah, maybe you get the point by now.
%%* Literature/PeterPaysTribute has the Gray God, god of revenge.
* The Dark Casters Faery court from ''Literature/TheCasterChronicles''.
* In ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'', Darkness
Melissa Marr's ''Literature/WickedLovely'' series. Although, this is possibly a subversion - they are more cruel than evil and need to be to survive. They are essencially emotional parasites, but Irial truly loved Niall and Leslie (although he was very cruel to them, using Leslie as an emotional conduit and stripping her of emotion and free wiil and allowing his servants and guards to both phsically and sexually abuse Niall), and although Gabriel comes into the 'abusing Niall' category, although only physical, he was NOT one of the two "supra-elements", surrounding fey who raped Niall - this is a common misunderstanding - and infusing the four elemental magics. The dark aspect of each mage's power tempts him or her to abuse it, and must can be mastered with training and meditation. [[spoiler: On top of that, it is possible to become a hoshek, a mage aligned with Darkness itself. This grants access to all four elements, but WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.]]
* ''Literature/AnEmberInTheAshes'': Is it any coincidence that the Nightbringer is the greatest threat to the Scholar nation?
* Umbra Domini (Latin for "The Shadow of the Lord"), a right-wing reactionary Catholic group whose members are the main antagonists in ''Literature/TheGenesisCode''
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', downplayed. Still shadow powers belong to evil characters.
* Played with in ''Literature/ShatteredTwilight''; in the backstory (before the Shattering), the god of night was a benevolent and powerful ally in holding evil at bay. In the current age, however, his total disappearance during or after the Shattering has made night
incredibly dangerous.
** The setting also has a strong association between darkness and demons, which are portrayed as writhing, moving darkness.
* The Maelshadow from ''Literature/TheBadUnicornTrilogy'', and most
kind to his halfling children. Niall himself comes more under DarkIsNotEvil, although the injustices of the characters who work for it. Even past push him more and more towards the place where the Maelshadow is from, a world called the Shadrus, is this.
* Some of [[BigBad Rhianna's]] minions in ''Literature/LastMage'' are black [[EldritchAbomination otherworldly things]], others are shadows,
moral grey area Iri and her own [[EvilIsSexy black dresses]] are described lovingly.
*
Gabe occupy.
%%*
The First-Born in ''Literature/JohnCarterofMars'', who can only be described as [[TabletopGaming drow]] '''[[RecycledINSPACE ON MARS]]''', are a dark-skinned race of pirates and raiders [[TheFairFolk court that regularly enslave outsiders and also practice cannibalism. Interestingly, their archenemies are comes out]] during the White Martians (who represent LightIsNotGood) and both factions are introduced as antagonists but once John Carter dethrones dark of the First-Born's mad tyrant, they become friendlier.
* The villain of ''Literature/ShamanBlues'' has all the walls
moon in her house painted black, and no windows to shine light into. And that's not to mention all this dried blood from the sacrifices.''Literature/WildwoodDancing.''



* ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos'': Among the many [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm avatars]] of the evil god Nyarlathotep are the Black Man and the Black Pharaoh. No, not someone with an African appearance. His skin is described as ''literally'' looking pitch black, like the light was sucked out of it.

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* ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos'': Among %%* Averted in Diana Henstell's NEW MORNING DRAGON, where the many [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm avatars]] of the evil god Nyarlathotep are the Black Man and the Black Pharaoh. No, not someone with an African appearance. His skin is described as ''literally'' looking pitch black, like the light was sucked out of it.Devil insists on wearing white suits at all times.
%%* The Dark Casters from ''Literature/TheCasterChronicles''.
17th Dec '17 10:19:41 AM MajinAkuma
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** Black Goku, Goku's EvilTwin, is probably the best example, [[ColorMotif heavily associated with the color black]]. His outfit is black, his KiAttacks and BattleAura are black, and he can assume a LivingShadow form.

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** Black Goku, Goku Black, Goku's EvilTwin, is probably the best example, [[ColorMotif heavily associated with the color black]]. His outfit is black, his KiAttacks and BattleAura are black, and he can seemingly assume a LivingShadow form.form. His nickname comes from his clothing, after all.
11th Dec '17 5:09:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' "Max Bubba" story, Bubba's Vikings all wear black armor. The ([[DeliberateValuesDissonance somewhat]]) more good Vikings that side with Johnny have rather paler armor and weapons.

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* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
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In the ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' "Max Bubba" story, Bubba's Vikings all wear black armor. The ([[DeliberateValuesDissonance somewhat]]) more good Vikings that side with Johnny have rather paler armor and weapons.weapons.
** ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The Dark Judges are undead lawmen from an AlternateDimension who are obsessed with destroying all life. When they took over Mega City One during the "Necropolis" arc, their allies the Sisters of Death blacked out all sunlight in the city to make it as cold and dark as their black hearts.



* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The Dark Judges are undead lawmen from an AlternateDimension who are obsessed with destroying all life. When they took over Mega City One during the "Necropolis" arc, their allies the Sisters of Death blacked out all sunlight in the city to make it as cold and dark as their black hearts.
19th Oct '17 7:51:05 AM BeerBaron
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** Mannimarco is an infamous and highly [[TheDreaded dreaded]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]][=/=]{{Necromancer}} who appears in several games in the series. He is quite recognizable in each appearance as ObviouslyEvil - wearing a black BadassLongRobe (often with skull motifs) and leading the [[TheOrder Order of the Black Worm]], who as the name suggests, dress all in black as well.
18th Oct '17 11:17:19 PM carkaroth
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* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' uses this trope extensively, right down to the title. It's even a core gameplay mechanic: the monsters get stronger when your torch is doused (though you also get more rewards). In the lore, TheCorruption around the manor is strongly associated with darkness in the [[PosthumousNarration Ancestor's]] dialogue, and the [[spoiler: BigBad EldritchAbomination is called the "Heart of Darkness]].

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* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' uses this trope extensively, right down to the title. It's even a core gameplay mechanic: the monsters get stronger when your torch is doused (though you also get more rewards). In the lore, TheCorruption around the manor is strongly associated with darkness in the [[PosthumousNarration Ancestor's]] dialogue, and the [[spoiler: BigBad EldritchAbomination is called the "Heart of Darkness]].Darkness"]].
18th Oct '17 11:10:21 PM carkaroth
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* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' uses this trope extensively, right down to the title. It's even a core gameplay mechanic: the monsters get stronger when your torch is doused (though you also get more rewards). In the lore, TheCorruption around the manor is strongly associated with darkness in the [[PosthumousNarration Ancestor's]] dialogue, and the [[spoiler: BigBad EldritchAbomination is called the "Heart of Darkness]].
18th Oct '17 2:53:06 PM Carliro
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%%** Yokai from ''Disney/BigHero6''

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%%** ** Yokai from ''Disney/BigHero6''''Disney/BigHero6'', which dresses up in black and uses dark-colored robotic swarms, that make him look as if he controls darkness itself.



%%* The Boggans in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.

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%%* * The Boggans in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'', which are dark coloured and associated with death, as opposed to the [[LightIsGood light-associated]] protagonists.


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* While ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' thrives on GreyAndGrayMorality, darkness is still representative of the gods' worst side. Gods who fall to fear or hatred become demonic creatures covered in purple or black worms (who can infect humans and manifest as dark energy on them), the apes are black with red eyes, and the Shishigami becomes a creature made of darkness [[spoiler:once his head is ripped off]]. There are no positive spiritual aspects of darkness seen on screen.
15th Oct '17 9:49:47 PM ZippyBunny
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* A borderline example occurs in the synoptic Gospels' (Matthew, Mark and Luke) descriptions of the crucifixion, with the sky darkening as Jesus dies.
8th Oct '17 10:32:37 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Mother Gothel of ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has dark hair, dark grey eyes, a deep red dress and a black cloak (which is even more noticeable in contrast to Rapunzel, with her blonde locks, bright green eyes and bright purple dress). She's even shown blocking out the tower's natural light sources and snuffing out candles Rapunzel had lit during her VillainSong.

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** Mother Gothel of ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has dark hair, dark grey eyes, a deep red dress and a black cloak (which is even more noticeable in contrast to Rapunzel, [[LightIsGood Rapunzel]], with her blonde locks, bright green eyes and bright purple dress). She's even shown blocking out the tower's natural light sources and snuffing out candles Rapunzel had lit during her VillainSong.
6th Oct '17 12:02:27 PM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' and Dark Samus. The universe where Dark Samus came from is crawling with evil, nasty races, as well.
*** A subversion. Dark Samus actually has nothing to do with the dark world or darkness, and didn't come from Dark Aether. The reality may be worse, however.

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** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' has [[DarkWorld Dark Samus. Aether]]. The universe where planet itself is a darkly-lit dimension whose very atmosphere is toxic to things from the light dimension, while its shadowy Ing inhabitants are AlwaysChaoticEvil. The ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy'' also has [[EvilDoppelganger Dark Samus came Samus]], though ironically, her design from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' is crawling with evil, nasty races, as well.
*** A subversion. Dark Samus actually has nothing to do with the
noticeably less dark world or darkness, and didn't come from Dark Aether. The reality may be worse, however.in appearance despite her being even more evil in that game.
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