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->''"From the world of darkness I did loose demons and devils in the power of scorpions to torment."''
-->--'''[[AxCrazy Charles Manson]]'''

Darkness is associated with evil, ugliness, scary monsters, and super creeps. This is the reason for the naming of TheDarkSide and why EvilCounterpart characters and certain {{Underground Monkey}}s often have 'dark' in front of their names. Like all ColourCodedForYourConvenience[=/=]GoodColorsEvilColors examples, this is common, but not universal, and will vary from culture to culture.

The logic behind the trope is as follows: [[PrimalFear most humans fear the dark]], at least to some degree; our sight is the sense we depend on the most, and we cannot see well in darkness, therefore a lack of light makes us feel very vulnerable to danger.[[note]]Leopards, one kind of predator our ancestors had to deal with on the African plains, prefer to hunt on moonless nights so that they can sneak up on their prey. Humans that ''weren't'' afraid of the dark probably became leopard chow.[[/note]] Furthermore, the fact that it's so hard to see in darkness (well, for humans, anyways) has caused some of us to associate darkness with deception. Evil is associated with deception as well, so, from Star Wars to cowboy movies, a lot of bad guys wear black hats. If you want to be even more obvious about it, give the bad guy a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast name]] that has something to do with darkness.

If a character has darkness-based powers, see CastingAShadow.

Stories where Dark Is Evil and LightIsNotGood are commonplace to show that the light can be just as foul as darkness.

Why EvilIsNotWellLit, and why [[CueTheSun having the sun vanish is a bad sign]]. See also LightIsGood, BadPowersBadPeople, and ObviouslyEvil.

A SuperTrope to EvilWearsBlack. Black is the favorite color of the CardCarryingVillain, as it is associated with the color of death in the western world. Vampires, witches and necromancers are also traditionally seen in black garb.

DarkIsNotEvil is the inversion and the good counterpart of this trope. Another one is TheSacredDarkness, where Dark may or may not be evil, but is just as important as Light.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Most of Frieza's abilities either have references to darkness or are dark colored.
** Turles, Goku's EvilCounterpart, is a straight example. He wears all black and has much darker skin than Goku to match the armor.
** Evil Buu. Its color is dark gray, and has soulless white eyes within black sclera which originated the BlackEyesOfCrazy trope.
* The [[GodOfEvil Godhand]] from ''{{Berserk}}'' are the {{Big Bad}}s of the series. All of them are [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Black Angels]] (or Demons).
** Subverted with [[DarkMessiah Femto]], as his human self, [[spoiler: Griffith]], has [[LightIsNotGood various connections with the light.]]
* The homunculi from ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'' all wear black and have dark hair.
** Interestingly subverted with the leader of the homunculi, [[BigBad Father]], [[LightIsNotGood who wears all white.]] Eventually played straight [[spoiler: with his true form, an EldritchAbomination LivingShadow with evil eyes all over the place.]]
* ''GGundam's'' Devil Gundam was renamed "Dark Gundam" in an edited English dub.
* In ''{{Hellsing}}'' [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant Alucard]] the vampire has darkness powers. He's also [[spoiler: '''COUNT DRACULA''']] himself.
* [[HighSchoolOfTheDead Koichi Shido]] wears black, complete with ScaryShinyGlasses and pale white skin.
* [[Manga/BlackButler Sebastian]] isn't called the kuro shitsuji[[note]] Black Butler, duh[[/note]] for nothing!
* Howl's night-black bird-monster form from ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' is said to be wrecking his soul, even when he does have a good reason to fight.
* From ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha A's'', while the Book of Darkness herself is a textbook case of DarkIsNotEvil, the [[EnemyWithout Darkness of the Book of Darkness]] is an OmnicidalManiac EldritchAbomination.
** Ditto with the Ruler of Darkness, Hayate's completely EvilTwin that was formed from the remnants of the Darkness of the Book of Darkness during the climax of the ''Battle of Aces'' video game.
* ''MaiOtome'': the main antagonists use dark-themed [=GEMs=]. [[spoiler:Nina Wang]] has an Ultimate Black Diamond, which is said to be representative of her "extreme and mostly selfish" bonds with [[spoiler:[[ParentalIncest Sergay]] and Arika]], which is the opposite of the selfless bond between Master and Otome exemplified by the original Pure White Diamond. [[spoiler:Tomoe]] and the rest of the Valkyries use Cursed Obsidians of the Darkness, and Schwartz, named after the German word for black, is evil.
* ''MobileSuitGundam00'''s Johan Trinity pilots The Dark Based Eins Gundam.
* ''OnegaiMyMelody'': the BigBad is simply called "The Spirit of Dark Power", and anyone possessed by it will say the word "dark" as a VerbalTic.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': both men who have Dark-related Devil's Fruit powers, Blackbeard (Darkness ala Black Hole) and Gecko Moria (Shadows) are, indeed, not pleasant people.
* One should note that in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', none of the main protagonists own Dark-type Pokemon. ''Finally'' subverted [[spoiler:as Ash's egg hatches into a Scraggy (Dark/Fighting) in episode 17 of ''Best Wishes!'']].
** Played straight with the Iron-Masked Marauder's [[TheCorruption Dark Balls]] in ''Pokemon4Ever.''
* The '''Dark''' Kingdom and the '''Black''' Moon Clan in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
* ''SaintSeiya'' has The Black Saints.
** [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades]] and his Specters.
* Unlike VillainProtagonist [[LightIsNotGood Light Yagami]], [[{{Yandere}} Misa Amane]] from ''Manga/DeathNote'' fits this trope. So do most of the Shinigami, especially Ryuk.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Darkness/Nightshroud twists these [[DarkIsNotEvil tropes]] for all they're worth. Since dark in the Yu-Gi-Oh universe is stated to be a form of raw potential that is moulded by human hearts, Darkness/Nightshroud is implied to be created from TheSacredDarkness specifically ''because'' humanity thinks that Dark Is Evil.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** A cursebite that Orochimaru leaves on Sasuke during the Chunin exams is black, and the expanded marks when he wakes up are also black.
** The Akatsuki members, for that matter, wear black garbs.
** Black Zetsu is a pitch-black shadow thing [[spoiler:responsible for all of the suffering throughout ninja history.]]
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': Black follows traditional "evil" aspects, like death, necromancy, demons, poison, plague, etc. However, the staff puts a lot of effort stating that [[DarkIsNotEvil Black itself isn't evil]]. It's just that 90% of the things associated with it are.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* {{Darkseid}} (pronouned "dark side") in TheDCU.
* In the ''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.
* Among the various differently colored forces in GreenLantern, there are several who tend to favor evil methods, such the Sinestro Corps, the Red Lantern Corps, and Agent Orange. However, the worst by far is the [[BlackestNight Black Lantern Corps]], an army of ZombieMooks who can all regenerate FromASingleCell. Their ultimate goal is TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, with "the world" in this case being every living thing in the entire universe. They are [[EvilerThanThou so evil]] that every other color, good and bad, [[StrangeBedfellows teamed-up]] to stop them.
** It's somewhat of a subversion: WordOfGod has described the Black Lanterns as being AboveGoodAndEvil. To them, they're simply fighting off the light, which they see as intruding in the universe (hey, no life, no wars, right!). It's more [[OrderVersusChaos Darkness is Order and Light is Chaos]], really.
* Marvel has [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Dormammu and Umar]], rulers of the Dark Dimension. It's been implied that the Dark Dimension is something of a {{Fisher King}}dom, however, and millennia of Dormammu's rule has made it into the nasty place it is today.
** Despite the name, the Dark Dimension is a colorful AcidTripDimension.
* [[TheIncredibleHercules Amatsu-Mikaboshi's]] true form is a mass of infinite darkness, specifically the PrimordialChaos kind that preceeded all of reality, and is an OmnicidalManiac.
* Black Mamba.
* Blackheart, the "son" of Marvel devil-figure Mephisto. He's a monstrous jet-black abomination spawned from the collected evil of a WretchedHive.
* ''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 notably blacked out all sunlight in the city to make it as cold and dark as their black hearts.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Thunderstorm, one of the most competent villains in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''[='=] largely-harmless RoguesGallery, wears a black lab coat and has jet-black hair. It's even {{lampshaded}}:
--> '''Socrates:''' Wow, this guy is ''obsessed'' with black.
** Ironically, the negative figment of Socrates (faced [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind inside his mind]]) also fits this trope.
* The Shadows from ''FanFic/OjamajoDoremiRiseOfTheShadows'' are dark in nature and come from a realm hidden in the darkness. They are portrayed as evil and self-serving.
* Darkheart from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan fiction ''FanFic/TheReturnOfChaos''. This one should be a no-brainer, as she is ObviouslyEvil from her introduction.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Some Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon villains have this:
** ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'': Pictured above is Chernabog. Appropriately enough, his name means "Black God".
** ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': Queen Grimhilde initially has only a black cape, then she wears a black cloak in her old hag disguise. One of her potion's ingredient is also ''the black of night''.
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': Maleficent, who wears a black wardrobe and turns into a black dragon for her OneWingedAngel.
** The bear from ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' has black fur.
** The Horned King from ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''.
** ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Professor Ratigan has a black suit, which contrasts with Basil's brighter outfit.
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Jafar is dressed in black and red, the latter of which is another typically evil color.
** Scar from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. He has black Mane, and dark fur.
** [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades]] from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''.
** ''Disney/TheHunchBackOfNotreDame'': Frollo is an odd case, wearing all black, but otherwise representing LightIsNotGood.
** Mother Gothel of ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' dark hair, dark grey eyes, 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.
* Likewise, some of Creator/DonBluth's villains (at least those that don't go [[BrightIsNotGood extravagant]]): [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh Jenner]] is the only ostensibly black furred rat and wears [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple]] clothes (though strangely other characters embody DarkIsNotEvil to a T), [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime Sharptooth]] is of a very dark green/bluish hue and spends most of the movie in poorly lit conditions, the owls from ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' ''want to snuff out the Sun'', [[WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark Gnorga]] wears black and purple and has evil purple magic, [[WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}} Rasputin]] blatantly claims to use dark magic, et cetera. Even the [[WesternAnimation/TitanAE Drej]], beings made of pure [[LightIsNotGood light]], have a very dark blue colour.
* The Boggans in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.
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[[folder:Films-- Live-Action]]
* The Dark Side in ''Franchise/StarWars''. Darth Vader wears a dark costume in the original trilogy and Darth Sideous wears a cloak so his face is in shadow. WordOfGod is that Luke wears a light costume and it gets progressively darker as he goes from innocence to accepting the dark side as something that exists and overcoming it as opposed to avoiding or destroying it. In the prequels, Anakin favors darker clothing than the rest of the Jedi Order, even before his turn to the Dark Side.
* Frank from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''. He always wearing dark and black clothes, and that is perfectly adjusted to his extreme evilness.
* ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' has a pale villain, but he wears a dark coat and needs darkness to survive. [[NewerThanTheyThink It's from this film]] that all modern legends of vampires and daylight not going together stem. In the [[Literature/{{Dracula}} original novel]], {{Dracula}} was able to walk around in human form in the daylight.
* The Cowboy Western genre tradition of having the bad guys wear the black hat was not as [[LostInImitation common as later writers would think]]. However, some certainly held to it, such as ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' and ''{{Shane}}'', and you'd probably never imagine Creator/LeeVanCleef without one.
* In ''Film/ErikTheViking'', Halfdan the Black got his nickname from being evil.
* Deconstructed sharply in Spike Lee's biopic of ''Film/MalcolmX''. In the prison library scene, Charles Dutton's character gives a monologue about the implicit association of darkness with evil and lightness with good in the English language, which has a profound effect on the man who would later name himself X.
* Also deconstructed in ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''. Elijah Price (played by SamuelLJackson) lectures a buyer in his comic art gallery on the appearance of a {{supervillain}} as opposed to a {{superhero}}, including the DarkIsEvil trope. [[spoiler:After TheReveal where Elijah turns out to be a mass murderer, the implication is that Elijah convinced himself he was a supervillain because of how he resembled this and other VillainTropes.]]
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'': Surely, a group called the League of Shadows will do nothing but good deeds, right? Right...?
* Judge Doom, the BigBad from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', is totally dressed in black: black cape, black suit, black hat, and black cane.
* ''Darkness'', a US-Spanish coproduction from 2002, plays this trope straight, if you couldn't guess from the title straight away.
* From ''Film/{{Legend}}'', the demonic villain Darkness is a personification of the concept and wants to extinguish all life so he can subsist in the dead icebound world.
* In "How to Murder your Wife", Jack Lemmon's Italian bride stays up late watching American movies on TV and keeps asking "Which are the good guys, the white hats or the black hats?" I think that whatever she knows or doesn't know about America, that's one concept she would certainly have learned in Italy.
* In ''Film/RiseOfTheGuardians'', Pitch Black is the main villain (he's also known as the [[spoiler:Boogeyman]] and the Nightmare King. He is basically the [[spoiler:living essence of fear]], and has dark grey skin, black hair, and black nightmare sand.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'':
** The bad guys' starship, the ''Vengeance'', has a jet black hull.
** The villainous Harrison dresses in black clothing.
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', all of Zod's technology is a metallic black.
* The Up Top Transworld employees in ''Film/UpsideDown'' tend to wear darker colors. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by Bob Boruchowitz.
* The eponymous character of ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' initially plays the trope straight, but simultaneously [[ZigzaggedTrope fluctuates]] between it and DarkIsNotEvil. [[spoiler: She ultimately pulls a HeelFaceTurn and goes with the latter.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Dark Lord Voldemort from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
** Dark Creatures or "Demons" (as explained in FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem) consists of any creature that can use magic and mainly uses said magic for malicious intent. Dementors are the most promenent members in the books.
* The Dark Lord Sauron in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
-->''One for the DarkLord on his dark throne''
** And before him was his own master, Morgoth (which means "The Dark Enemy of the World"). Some of Tolkien's unpublished writings imply that dark is associated with evil because Morgoth's [[OmnicidalManiac ultimate goal]] is to tear down the world until it is reduced to the original primordial void.
** Averted with Tolkien's Dark Elves, the Moriquendi. While "Dark Elf" has come to mean evil in nearly every subsequent HighFantasy, the Moriquendi are simply Elves that never went to Aman and never saw the light of the Two Trees of Valinor. They're just as good, if not better, than any other group of Elves and are even represented by one of the most popular Elves ever, Legolas.
* 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.
* PeterPaysTribute has the Gray God, god of revenge.
* The Dark Faery court from Melissa Marr's ''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.
* Prevalent in MadeleineLEngle books, starting with ''AWrinkleInTime'', where the Black Thing covers the world of Camazotz and threatens the planet Earth. In later books, the Echthroi (repeatedly refered to as "the powers of darkness") also gain an association with a horrible sound and a disgusting smell.
* The ''Literature/OldKingdom'' series is an example of both Dark Is Evil and DarkIsNotEvil, as necromancers and the SealedEvilInACan that they represent are the main antagonists, but then again, the protagonists also use Free Magic (which tends to be pretty nasty) to fight it.
* In ''Literature/TheRapeOfTheLock,'' Umbriel (whose name means "Shadowy") goes to the Underworld (the pit of Ill-Humor) to bring up a bag of temper tantrums to create even more chaos.
* 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 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/WarriorCats'', when villains die, they go to a forest of pure darkness.
** Also, most of the main villains have been dark brown tabby toms, for some reason. Even Thistleclaw, a gray and white cat, accidetally got described as dark brown a couple times. Once fans pointed this out, villains began to have different pelt colors: Sol and Mapleshade are torties and Dark Forest cat Snowtuft is white.
* Averted in Diana Henstell's NEW MORNING DRAGON, where the Devil insists on wearing white suits at all times.
* In 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.]]
* Umbra Domini (Latin for "The Shadow of the Lord"), a right-wing reactionary Catholic group whose members are the main antagonists in ''Literature/TheGenesisCode''
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* {{Glee}}, [[ClicheStorm obviously]], makes use of this, although with an interesting variation; every single '''male''' character who is an asshole wears black. The [[DarkIsNotEvil only]] [[LightIsNotGood exceptions]] are the jock bullies, who wear [[BrightIsNotGood typical jock attire]], and the occasional AntiHero. The ([[DepravedHomosexual usually]]) unambiguously heroic Kurt Hummel does wear [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack dark purple]], but he does so less and less, so the DarkIsNotEvil factor probably decreased.
* On ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the outfits of many vamps take on this trope. Also, The Bringers, servants of the First Evil, all wear black robes.
* On ''{{Lexx}}'', His Divine Shadow might as well wear a placard around his (black-clad) neck announcing that he is an EvilOverlord. Between the title, the black robe, and the decor of his planet-sized EvilTowerOfOminousness, it's pretty obvious.
* ''{{Lost}}'': an extremely blatant example--[[spoiler:Jacob]] wears white and [[spoiler:the Man in Black/smoke monster]] [[CaptainObvious wears black]].
* In a TV movie on the making of the Vietnam Memorial in DC, people kept objecting to it because it's black and therefore bad and makes their sacrifice seem bad. A black army officer stands up and reminds him of his years of service and that if anyone makes another comment on how "black is bad" they are going to take it outside.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', the Psi Cops wear all-black uniforms, the Nightwatch wear black armbands, and the Shadows' ships are blacker than the darkest night. Londo's costume also [[EvilCostumeSwitch subtly darkens]] as he becomes more involved with the forces of chaos.
* Morgana Pendragon in ''{{Merlin}}'' started dressing like Bellatrix Lestrange in season four. In season five she strays from the Bellatrix look, but continues to wear black from head to toe.
** Agravaine wears black.
** Uther Pendragon is usually dressed in dark clothing as well.
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', this is played straight.
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[[folder:Music]]
* BlackMetal bands that don't have {{Satan}} or [[ReligionRantSong Religion Rant Songs]] as their main lyrical theme tend to find a way to invoke this trope in a different matter, either through misanthropy or dark myths.
* "Dark Light" from Kiss' ''Music/MusicFromTheElder'' combines this with LightIsNotGood.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* In Zoroastrianism, the demon Ahriman is often associated with darkness.
* Literature/TheBible
** Hell is described as the "outer darkness" in Matthew 8:12. However, this is largely both a mixture of mistranslations and SadlyMythtaken. The words used for "hell" in the NT, "Gehenna" and "Sheol" ("Hades" in greek) [[DarkIsNotEvil refer]] [[TheSacredDarkness to a neutral, non evil underworld]] where all souls will wait until the end of all things foretold in the apocalypses of Daniel and John, in the case of sheol. Gehenna is just a dump where garbage and dead bodies are burned. The closest description to a wicked punishing "hell" the Bible gives is [[LethalLavaLand a river of fire and sulfur]] which hades/sheol will be thrown into, along with all those judged unworthy to leave it and live in the world to come.
** Inverted, [[SadlyMythtaken of all things,]] [[{{Satan}} with Satan/Lucifer]], aka ''[[LightIsNotGood the Morning Star.]]'' As well as by (the false idol?) Moloch, which is appropriately identified as a [[ThePowerOfTheSun solar deity]].
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[[folder:Sport]]
* [[http://www.npr.org/2012/04/26/151383136/power-dis-play-teams-in-black-draw-more-penalties?sdf One study]] found that NationalHockeyLeague teams that wore black were more likely to be penalised for aggressive fouls. The same likely applies to other sports.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The drow ("dark elves") in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', except Drizzt.
* Dark Elves and Dark Eldar from ''WarhammerFantasy'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' respectively.
** The Black Legion of traitor SpaceMarines belonged to the Primarch Horus, and was the first to follow him in his fall.
* The Ebon Dragon in ''{{Exalted}}''. A fifty-mile-long dragon made of the shadows of everything, he's also the inventor and embodiment of the concept of being a [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder treacherous]], sadistic, [[ForTheEvulz needlessly cruel]] [[MagnificentBastard scheming asshole]]. In his case, Dark is so evil that it even predates the codified concept of Evil (which in Exalted is best described as 'acting like the Ebon Dragon'). Before becoming the Ebon Dragon, he existed as an entity referred to as the Dragon's Shadow.
* Inverted in the beliefs of the [[ProudScholarRaceGuy Zykhee]] from VORTheMaelstrom - being evolved from a nocturnal species, their culture believes that Dark Is Good and Light Is Evil.
* ''VampireTheMasquerade'' gives us the Lasombra, the clan that leads [[ReligionOfEvil the Sabbat]] and has the unique Discipline of [[CastingAShadow Obtenebration]]. Not only is the darkness most often wielded by wicked people, but it's implied to be wicked itself - the clan's founder, a right bastard himself, is said to have merged with the Abyss that powers Obtenebration, and things can occasionally be called out of it that serve as twisted mirrors of a vampire's sense of morality.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The Queen of the Night in Mozart's opera ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* {{Bionicle}} plays this straight, but also subverts it: every character in the Matoran Universe has an inner balance of light and shadow. Those characters that tap into their dark side or are drained of their inner light turn evil as a result, gaining shadow-based powers and becoming darker in their coloration. At the same time, thanks to ColorCodedElements, some element-based good guys also sport dark colors and a handful are almost completely black.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Creator/{{Nintendo}} loves this trope.
** A few examples from the ''SuperMarioBros'' series: dark enemies in ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' are more evil and powerful, Bowser's ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' castle is located in Dark Land, ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'''s Shadow Mario is evil, etc., etc..
** ''{{Kirby}}'' {{Final Boss}}es Dark Matter, Dark Mind, and Dark Nebula. They're not related to each other.
*** Well, Dark Mind seems to be the [[AlternateUniverse Mirror World's]] version of Dark Matter.
** ''MetroidPrime 2'' and Dark Samus. The universe where Dark Samus came from is crawling with evil, nasty races, as well.
** Dark Link is an evil counterpart of Link in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''.
** In the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Time/Darkness/Sky'', [[spoiler: the first BigBad is known as Darkness Dialga. The US version instead translated it as [[PrimalFear Primal Dialga]]]]. The [[spoiler: BadFuture]] is also distinctly associated with darkness.
*** [[spoiler:[[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Darkrai_(Mystery_Dungeon_2_character) Darkrai]]. Freaking Darkrai. Did I mention he tells you to go kill yourself?]]
*** Also, "Dark", the English name of one of the 18 elements common to all Pokémon, was localized directly from "Evil", as the type is known in Japanese. This explains why many moves of the Dark-type involve [[CombatPragmatist doing immoral things like stealing or lying]] or having "bad thoughts". Though the type had relation to darkness even in the original games, such as Eevee evolving into Umbreon at night.
*** It's frequently subverted, though, as every species of Dark type Pokemon is shown to be capable of being good natured, contrary to what their Pokedex entries may imply. They do, however, often require more effort to max out their happiness then some other species of Pokemon.
** ''KidIcarus'' generally follows this trope, perhaps {{Anvilicious}}ly.
** While it can be that DarkIsNotEvil in later games, the Dark Magic in FireEmblemJugdral and the people who use it, the [[ReligionOfEvil Lopt Sect]], are very evil, although in Thracia 776, you can recruit an ex-clergyman.
* The Dark Elves are the evil guys in ''VideoGame/ZanZarahTheHiddenPortal'', though there is an additional distinction between Darkness and Chaos [[spoiler:and TheManBehindTheMan is of the LightIsNotGood variety]].
* ''{{Opoona}}'' follows this quite heavily, to the point that most people can't even enter true darkness without serious damage to their mind and body. [[spoiler:Justified in that it's actually TheCorruption, created by the ultimate BigBad of the setting, though not the game itself.]]
* [[EldritchAbomination All]] of the [[BigBadDuumvirate Prime Evils]] and Lesser Evils of ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' are this. They are all full of evil and that is just a topping.
** [[TheLeader The Leader of the Angiris Council]] and [[TheGrimReaper Archangel of Death]] Malthael is ''darker'' than Diablo and is considered ''more sinister'' than any of the Demons by Blizzard ''itself.''
* In the ''JakAndDaxter'' series, the titular character is an AntiHero with a SuperpoweredEvilSide, but that's the extent of any DarkIsNotEvil overtones. The world's magical PsychoSerum is black and purple '''DARK''' Eco, [[spoiler:Precursors]] [[TheCorruption corrupted]] by it become '''DARK''' Makers, [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Metal Heads]] literally live off of it, and the first game's [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bads]] turned into [[OmnicidalManiac Omnicidal Maniacs]] after being exposed to it for too long. Out of the five people who underwent the Dark Warrior Program, only Jak got out alive... because he's [[TheChosenOne special]]. Not to mention the fact that both Jak ''and'' Daxter's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide dark alter-egos]] are AxCrazy.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'':
** The TheHeartless are the manifestations of the darkness in capured hearts.
** Even after [[spoiler: Riku reverses his FaceHeelTurn]] and uses darkness in heroics, his darkness is, thematically, the "Way to the Dawn".
* AlanWake. Deary me, AlanWake.
* The FatalFrame series of games almost always involve some failed ritual releasing an evil, corrupting presence known simply as the "Malice" or the "Dark".
* While Ragna from ''VideoGame/{{BlazBlue}}'' follows the [[DarkIsNotEvil opposite of this trope]], the [[EldritchAbomination Black]] [[{{Orochi}} Beast]] responsible for the CrapsackWorld [[spoiler: and the source of Ragna's power]] embodies it. In Jubei's own words, it was "evil, the likes of which the world has never seen".
** In the sequel, it is revealed that [[BigBad Hazama]] / Terumi Yuuki is this as well by virtue of his [[BadassInANiceSuit nice, black suit]]. [[RobotGirl Mu]]-[[YouAreNumberSix 12]], who calls people by expository titles, refer to Hazama as "The True Evil", indicating that he is even worse than the Black Beast itself. (Those who have played the story up until that point probably gloss over this as a LateArrivalSpoiler, though, because they've already seen what Hazama [[BreakingSpeech is capable of]] [[BreakTheCutie first hand]].)
* In {{Minecraft}}, enemies spawn in any dark areas (whereas non-enemy animals spawn on grass in the light).
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Shadow the Hedgehog. Subverted in that he's more of an AntiHero ([[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor most of the time]]).
** Played straight with [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Mephilies the Dark]].
* In VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic, you can't learn Dark spells, and the few swords imbued with the dark element aren't really strong. Furthermore, Skeletons, Ghouls, Undeads, Wraiths, and Demons have the Dark Element with them.
** The RPG series notes that Dark magic isn't evil ''as such'' - it is how you use it that is important - but it includes spells whose casting can be called evil no matter the circumstances (sacrificing a hireling for a temporary advantage!) and is associated with the Path of Dark, a religion/philosophy that nigh-universally seems to attract cruel people that want to do bad deeds.
* The ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' mod ''BlackSnow'' takes things to extremes: light, warm areas keep out the ''thing'' that's chasing you around the research center. [[spoiler:It turns out that the thing is a predatory strain of fungus that can thrive in any environment ''but'' well-lit ones.]]
* The first ''[[VideoGame/FableI Fable]]'' has this in spades, with dark clothing giving you [[KarmaMeter evil points]] and [[LightIsGood bright clothing giving you good points]] and evil characters morphing to have darker features. The sequels ease up on it, but it's still present.
* The Darkspawn of ''Franchise/DragonAge''. The Taint that created them originated from the corrupted Golden City in the Fade, now known as the Black City. Subverted slightly in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'' with the appearance of intelligent Darkspawn, but even then, the more antagonistic faction of the awakened Darkspawn wear black armor.
* The Franchise/FinalFantasy series uses this along with its [[LightIsNotGood sister trope.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' has [[spoiler: the Emperor of Hell, though the emperor of Heaven [[LightIsNotGood isn't any better.]]]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' gives us the Cloud of Darkness, but it's actually a subversion. Part of the game's backstory is [[LightIsNotGood how there was a flood of overwhelming light]] 1,000 years ago, requiring four Warriors of the ''Dark'' to save it.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Golbez]] is a BlackKnight who serves as the main antagonist in IV. [[spoiler: [[DarkIsNotEvil Not really.]] He's BrainwashedAndCrazy and under the control of the true BigBad, who plays this trope straight.]]
*** This deserves further clarification--the original IV equates dark-elemental abilities with TheDarkSide, even having the dark-elemental protagonist's "Spirit" score drop as he levels up and becomes more hardened. As part of the plotline, he's eventually required to give up his powers and LevelDrain with light-elemental abilities. ''FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' goes a more balanced route--having been unable to completely purge his dark side, the hero is ultimately forced to accept and control it. ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' takes this all the way to DarkIsNotEvil.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath]] has ThePowerOfTheVoid.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', [[spoiler: God!Kefka]] qualifies. Though depicted as an angel, he has purple skin, and underneath the angel wings are a pair of demonic wings.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth.]] He wears black and has a black wing.
*** Also, in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', he has dark-based moves, such as Shadow Flare and Octaslash.
* LeagueOfLegends: Morgana is a fallen angel, [[LightIsGood in contrast with her sister, Kayle.]]
** Katarina wears black. [[CardCarryingVillain She makes no secret of the fact that she's a villain, and even enjoys it.]]
** Nocturne. He'd give VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon's [[spoiler: Darkrai]] a serious run for his money.
** Viegar may or may not be a HarmlessVillain, but he certainly fits the bill, due to use of Darkness spells and the wearing of Purple and Black.
** Malzahar, like Exdeath of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', uses a variation of the [[PowerOfTheVoid Void.]]
** While Swain doens't wear any dark colors, he does turn into a Demonic Crow.
** And of course Zed. [[CastingAShadow Controls shadow minions]], has an ''EvilLaugh'', wields two double bladed serrated [[BladeBelowTheShoulder wrist blades]] and is dedicated to destroying the order preserving balance on Ionia.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] in DarkSouls. The [[PlayerKilling Darkwraiths of Kaathe]] act as the polar opposite of the helpful Warriors of Sunlight, but the [[SerialKillerKiller Darkmoon Covenant]] opposes the wraiths as well. Likewise, the looming apocalypse to be prevented is the Age Of Dark [[spoiler: though if Kaathe is believed, it will actually be a GoldenAge for human kind, and is being postponed by the dying (former) Lord Of Sunlight]]. The Abyss and it's connection to humanity/[[HumanResources Humanity]] is generally unclear, though typically [[EldritchAbomination inconceivably horrific]]. The "Artorias of the Abyss" DownloadableContent reveals [[spoiler:just how bad things get if humans lose control of their inner darkness aka humanity. As in, HumansAreCthulhu bad.]]
* ''Videogame/DarkSoulsII'' doesn't make things any less ambiguous. While [[spoiler:the Children of the Dark spawned from the fragments of Manus' soul]] are horrific abominations that are anathema to all life, players can now wield the power of darkness themselves in the form of Hexes. The Gravewarden Fenito Agadyne claims that humans once lived in peace in the dark, until the gods forced them to live in the light.
* The Hel element in ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' is always evil. Period. While it ''can'' be used for good, it's implied to be much weaker (since it is the power of hatred), and there is the constant chance that it will corrupt it's user for good which only gets higher each and every time it's used.
--> '''[[TheFatalist Sabata:]]''' The dark gives me power... but it hurts me... eats away at my soul...
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* TheBeastLegion: [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-02-page-01-the-attack-begins the villain Dragos and his Shadow Nexus embody darkness.]]
* BirdBoy: [[http://bird-boy.com/volume-1-page-1 the villain stole all the light in the world.]]
* The ''Webcomic/ImprintChronicles'' main villain dresses in an all-black tuxedo. The scene gets considerably darker when he appears, and even his name is Mr. Black.
* In ''ImpureBlood'', the {{Mooks}} [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue3/ib072.html wear black armor]]. (And are killing people and have already destroyed one town.)
* It's still up in the air where ''{{Sinfest}}'' falls in regards to this--devils aren't always evil, but the capital-D devil definitely is, and his influence is highly corruptive. (Then again, LightIsNotGood is in effect as well--the most moral characters are the ones who seek some form of balance.)
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4098 Though, when Satan tries to bring a book back under his influence, he reminds it that it's of night and of shadows and tells it to banish light.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3288 Satan destroys light.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfShanShan'', [[http://shanshan.upperrealms.com/view.php?pageid=023&chapterid=1 the monster]], except for its GlowingEyesOfDoom, is pitch black.
* In ''SoulSymphony'', the villain Tom Mustaine is always seen wearing a black shirt, black wristbands, and sunglasses. But that may just be because he's a {{Metalhead}}.
* In ''Webcomic/TheRedStar'', Marcus's instincts cry out the something is wrong with the {{Psychopomp}} [[http://www.beyondrealitymedia.com/the-red-star/issue-3/page-21/ who appears to him]]. [[http://www.beyondrealitymedia.com/the-red-star/issue-3/page-20/ What we see is that he is dark]] and the being who appears to appears [[http://www.beyondrealitymedia.com/the-red-star/issue-3/page-23/ to dispute for his soul]] is [[http://www.beyondrealitymedia.com/the-red-star/issue-3/page-24/ bright]].
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* [[TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man]] wears a [[BadassInANiceSuit pitch-black suit]], is nigh-invisible in the dark ([[DaylightHorror and most of the time, the day too]]) has black CombatTentacles and [[TheBlank about as much expression as]] TheQuestion. It surprises no one at all that he's evil.
* In Aelan mythology from WebOriginal/UstalNaror islands, bad times are often dark.
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* The main villain from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Aku, is essentially a giant shadow demon, and things under his control are often artistically depicted as being wrangled by black veins. There's another element to his darkness as well, with robot enemies having [[BloodlessCarnage black thick oil instead of blood]], and his effect on the corrupting effect on the world is a pollution of it in some cases.
** Aku takes it to the [[UpToEleven logical extreme]] in that he is essentially dark and evil ''itself'' [[MadeOfEvil incarnate]]. This actually serves as a weakness for him: He's completely incapable of doing anything remotely good, to the point that it makes him predictable and even [[HoistByHisOwnPetard bites him in the behind]] when doing good would have benefited him more yet he couldn't help but be evil.
* Both subverted '''and''' played straight with Raven from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. ''She's'' not evil, but she ''is'' part demon, and that's the side of the family her powers come from. This means she has to maintain incredibly strict self-control, especially while ''using'' said powers, lest she lose control of them or, worse, unleash her SuperpoweredEvilSide.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', this is the first clue Jet (synonym for "black") is not such a good guy.
** From ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', there are the dark spirits and Vaatu, who is, as of The Guide, the true BigBad of book 2.
* In ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhgOAR4Xq4Y Allegro Non Troppo 1]]'', all the animals are brightly colored and cartoony, except for [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters those jerk-face apes]] with [[BlackEyesOfCrazy red eyes and black sclera]] [[spoiler: who wreck the planet as they become human but remain vicious animals on the inside]]. Averted in the beginning with the black proto-blob, unless [[spoiler: evolving out of human trash]] counts as evil.
* Nightmare Moon from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' played this very straight, being a jet black MadGod who usurped Princess Celestia and plunged the world into eternal night. While her true self, Princess Luna, [[DarkIsNotEvil isn't evil]], WordOfGod confirms that the rest of Equestria is still afraid of her partly because of her actions as Nightmare Moon and partly because they still believe in this trope. King Sombra takes this trope even further. He is described as having a "heart as black as night" and was able to subjugate an entire empire on his own with dark magic.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' episode featuring Chthon (a grey, wrinkled, vaguely demonic man with claws, pointy teeth, and glowing eyes)...
-->'''Iron Man''': So, what's your prognosis, Doctor?
-->[''Doctor Strange sizes up Chthon, who is cackling and rubbing his hands'']
-->'''Doctor Strange''': [[ObviouslyEvil He's evil]]...?
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'', BigBad SorcerousOverlord Mumm-Ra is usually a grey, red-eyed, withered little HumanoidAbomination in ShapeshifterDefaultForm, but his personal [[TankGoodness tank]] and the weaponry and armor he possesses in OneWingedAngel form are deep black and chased with TronLines.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has Kevin Levin, who wears dark colored clothing, however after his HeelFaceTurn as a teenager in black, this trope is more like DarkIsNotEvil.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', practically every major villain is a dark magic practitioner.
** The Trix have darker color schemes and use dark magic frequently. It's even Darcy's specialty. They wish to take over the Magic Dimension by using the powerful Dragon Flame.
** Lord Darkar's body is pure black, and he's encased in dark red armor. He wants to take over the Magic Dimension with the power of the Realix, and is willing to hurt anyone is his way.
** The Wizards of the Black Circle, in addition to having black in their group name, all wear black or dark grey clothes. They wish to take over Earth and imprison all the Earth fairies.
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