You, only [[DarkerAndEdgier cooler, edgier, and often ruder]]. A Darker Me is generally the person you would be if you weren't the more cautious, inhibited and [[ThisLoserIsYou boring]] person you actually are. Most online personas include at least a little bit of A Darker Me, and some, most notably the {{Troll}}, include a lot of it. A Darker Me is like the {{GIFT}} in that it allows people to say things they would never say in real life, but is not limited to profane or offensive statements.

A Darker Me is one of the main appeals of the Internet in that it allows users to leave behind their normal fears and speak their minds. Most posters eventually learn that too much A Darker Me by those involved derails even the most steadfast discussions and begin to revert to their mundane selves, in action, if not persona.

It should be noted that A Darker Me is not limited to the Internet, as most people do the same thing when they are talking to strangers -- albeit generally to a lesser extent, since the stranger can still punch them in the face if they go too far.

See also: {{GIRL}}, {{GIFT}}, BeneathTheMask, {{Troll}}, {{Griefer}}, and MeanCharacterNiceActor. Closely [[StealthPun related to]] WhatYouAreInTheDark. Compare BecameTheirOwnAntithesis and MaddenedIntoMisanthropy. Not to be confused with the [[RaceLift other kind of Darker You]]. Or the ''other'' [[EvilTwin other kind]] for that matter.

!!General examples:

* Many internet {{troll}}s. Do not get us started on [[Website/FourChan Anon]], [[Website/SomethingAwful SA Goons]], and various others.
* The ResidentFreak may not be entirely lying about the crazy things they do and believe - which just makes them even weirder.
* Pretty much the entire purpose of VideogameCrueltyPotential; you can choose to be a complete and total, uninhibited psychopath, with no consequences.
* {{Griefer}}s and {{Munchkin}}s. This is pretty much everything that motivates/enables both types.
* In FanFiction, overlap this with a failed AuthorAvatar and you get a MarySue. A JerkSue or possibly even a VillainSue, if they're heavy on the "darker" and/or "ruder" parts; emphasizing the "cooler" part can result in any kind of Sue.
* Very common in music genres, for instance metal and gangsta rap, where someone will put on a persona of being evil and tough in their songs, because they are too nice to do it in real life.

!!Media examples:


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/XXXHolic'' featured a sub-story about a woman in Hideki's school who, thanks to a winged parasite, slowly lost her inhibitions. Instead of being nice and sociable, she became progressively more angry and violent until she nearly killed a person.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' has a group of players of the eponymous {{MMORPG}} that go around killing other players. What makes this a lot worse is that all of the players are [[WinToExit stuck in the game until they beat it]] or die, which would [[KilledOffForReal kill them in real life]]. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Kirito remarks that online players [[{{GIFT}} act very different]] from how they would in real life.
** [[spoiler: That said, a couple of the [=PKers=] end up becoming murderers IN real life. Turns out, they weren't just GIFTS after all...]]


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''ComicBook/AVoiceInTheDark'', when Zoey goes to a costume party dressed as Cleopatra she deliberately makes herself unrecognizable so she can observe the party without being recognized. She acts different as well, flirting with boys, making small-talk, and dancing. This is all in stark contrast to her normal reserved nature.
* After its second retcon, the ComicBook/{{Venom}} symbiote makes its hosts more aggressive and less inhibited, which can range from being [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown a little rough]] on crooks to outright [[IAmAHumanitarian devouring them]].


[[folder: Film ]]

* The red pills of ''Film/TheMatrix''. Before their introduction to the Real World, they were hackers, geeks and other freaks. This makes it obvious why, when they go back into the Matrix, they all wear [[BadassLongcoat longcoats]] and [[CoolShades sunglasses]].
* The Dark Princess in ''Film/MirrorMask''.


[[folder: Literature ]]

%% * Harry Dresden from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has had several chats with his subconscious. They tend to be surprisingly civil conversations.
* Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** Perdita is this to Agnes Nitt in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' and later books. [[Discworld/LordsAndLadies Originally]] just a silly AwesomeMcCoolname she adopted, she turns into a full-formed split personality by ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''.
** The Hiver in ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'' is an EldritchAbomination that is considered extremely dangerous to the humans whose minds it possesses. It actually tries to help them gain [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor what they wish for]], but it doesn't understand the difference between dark desires that are suppressed because the person knows they are not right and those that the person on the whole really wants fulfilled. Its victims are eventually driven insane and destroyed, but before that, they will presumably have become darker themselves, so to speak.
* In the ''Literature/Gameknight999Series'', Herobrine also griefs just like [=Gameknight999=] did, but on a more massive scale.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* On ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', New Cap City is a virtual environment built around this concept along with VideoGameCrueltyPotential, where the whole point of the game is to have fun without getting killed by someone else's idea of fun. Everyone gets access to the guns, drugs, cash, and sex they could want, and the only major consequence being that if you're too slow, you die and can never return.
* In ''Series/{{Screenwipe}}'', Charlie outright admits that his default comic persona, a misanthropic ManChild, is one of these, and while there are traces of his real self in it, his real personality is much more nice and boring. He admits this in character.
* Several Doctors in ''Series/DoctorWho'' incorporate the actor's personality into the basic personality of the Doctor, but with the quirks exaggerated heavily and generally darker and more dramatic. A few which heavily incorporate this are the Third, Eleventh and Twelfth, although the Fourth is probably the most extreme example. Creator/TomBaker heavily identified himself with the character - and sometimes definitely [[LostInCharacter overidentified with him]] - and insisted on playing the Doctor as an exaggeration of his own personality and little else, to the point where a common fan detraction of the Fourth Doctor from people who dislike the character is that quite often Tom Baker is not even bothering to act, relying entirely on his own natural force of personality to sell the performance. When appearing as 'himself', Baker usually adopts a very similar personality to the Doctor's - in some cases close enough that it's even ambiguous whether he's appearing as the Doctor or not (see his links for the BBC's Doctor Who 40th anniversary celebrations and the "Shada" reconstruction, where the character he played even became something of a CanonImmigrant Doctor later) - although he will occasionally appear with a more toned-down persona that is presumably a lot closer to his real self.


[[folder: Manhwa and Manhua ]]

* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod:'' Baam's new identity Viole. It is because he fears things worse than death.
* Lan, who is a fairly normal girl in real life in ''Literature/HalfPrince'', is infamous in the game world for being a bloodthirsty maniac.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
** Cloud, new to a big city and shed of all his prior identity, spends the first few hours of the game acting like a rude, aloof, cooler-than-cool, violent asshole - something that's even an act ''within'' the context of his [[TheMentallyDisturbed delusions]]. Later we find out that he thinks of his real personality as weak and boring, even though what we see of it is quite friendly and sweet (if awkward and self-flagellating).
** Red XIII. When we first meet him, he's being used as a research specimen by Hojo. He makes a point of acting like an impossibly old, alien being with some cool DeadpanSnarker moments - using complicated language and refusing to give his real name to the party, suggesting they call him by what Hojo designated him. Then you return to his hometown where it turns out that, despite being 48, his long-lived species means he's actually about 15 in human years. Oh, and he still lives with his beloved grandfather. After completing his quest, he drops the act and his speech patterns and attitude become a lot more childish - in the Japanese he even changes to a [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns childish pronoun]].
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/WeaponsShopDeOmasse'', where PirateGirl Malibu acts in person with the intimidating, butch, LargeHam personality you'd expect from a lady pirate, but her posts on the {{Twitter}}-{{Expy}} [[LevelGrinding Grindcast]] are written in a ValleyGirl style and mostly about her love life.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Creator/JamesRolfe, WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, is a similar example to Maddox. A lot of people fail to realize that the AVGN is just a character and [[MeanCharacterNiceActor Rolfe is actually a normal, pleasant person.]]
** Same goes for Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses crew. Doug, Noah, Lewis and Lindsay are all much nicer and much more well-adjusted compared to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]], [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, respectively.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': When the Tiger Talisman splits Jakie between Yin and Yang, his "bad half" is closer to ADarkerMe as a BloodKnight JerkWithAHeartOfGold.