Created By: Gravityman on April 10, 2012

Literally Black People

A person whose skin is pitch black.

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A person who is not "black" as in "a shade of brown," this person's skin is coal black. This often signifies that there's something supernatural about this person. Will often be combined with other tropes involving an unusual lack of color.
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  • April 10, 2012
    ... I have only ever seen one example of this in a supernatural African god being. I don't think there is enough examples for this to work.
  • April 10, 2012
    Mr. Popo from Dragon Ball Z is somewhere between this and Black Face.
  • April 10, 2012
    How close to human does the person have to be to qualify for this trope? Many human-shaped beings in fiction have pitch-black skin, but they're usually demons, spirits, or some other kind of monster. Among beings treated as people, this may be too rare to trope.
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  • April 10, 2012
    There's a race of people like this in Discworld. . . I think. Someone will have to back me up on that.
  • April 10, 2012
    The Drow, no?
  • April 10, 2012
    The Salamanders chapter of Space Marines from Warhammer40000 have pitch-black skin and glowing red eyes.
  • April 11, 2012
    The Ariane in the Talislanta rpg.
  • April 11, 2012
    Uriel from The Salvation War.
  • April 11, 2012
    The Black martians in the John Carter Of Mars novels.
  • April 11, 2012
    The human avatars of Nyarlathotep from the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • April 11, 2012
    Tabletop RPG
    • Call of Cthulhu supplement Fragments of Fear, adventure "Valley of the Four Shrines". When the PCs explore the South Shrine they can find a magic item that looks like a beige cylinder. If anyone touches it, the skin where they touch it turns a dull total black color. If they hold onto it, the color will slowly spread. If the color covers their entire body (which takes an entire day) they gain the ability to use the cylinder's powers.