Important: This seems to actually cover three tropes: Wearing black to look cool (or at least attempt to), wearing black to show a character is an oddball (like goths or Ian Malcolm of Jurassic Park), and black as an Anti-Hero color (like Blade). Should I split this into those?
Note: Since this doesn't rely on Willing Suspension of Disbelief, this will not be listed under Rule of Cool. It will be listed under The Utterly and Completely Definitive Guide to Cool though.
One of the ways to show a character is cool, or is trying to be cool
, is to dress that character largely in black.
Why? Well it could be because black represented evil and danger
, but some people think Evil Is Cool
. Or it could be because some nonconformists like to wear that color, and others saw those people as cool.
Whatever the reason, black is now often ways to make people look cool, especially black Cool Shades
and a black Badass Longcoat
or rebellious teen usually dresses in black because of this trope. A Woman in Black
often follows this trope. As do The Men in Black
This is often the reason for the trope Movie Superheroes Wear Black
A Sister Trope
to Black Cloak
, Black Bra And Panties
, (such clothes being considered sexy), Little Black Dress
(a dress that is considered always stylish), Black Swords Are Better
Compare Purple Is Powerful
, Red Is Heroic
Constrast Woman in White
, Man in White
Please do not list characters that just wear black, and you think are cool.
- The character Blade wears all black.
- This shows up a lot in The Matrix series.