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->''"From the world of darkness I did loose demons and devils in the power of scorpions to torment."''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/CharlesManson'''

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, ObviouslyEvil, DarknessEqualsDeath, and NiceDayDeadlyNight.

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.



[[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.
** 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. His nickname comes from his clothing, after all.
* The [[GodOfEvil Godhand]] from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' are the {{Big Bad}}s of the series. All of them are [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Black Angels]] (or Demons).
** The white-haired and morally ambiguous Griffith turned into the black-winged demon [[DarkMessiah Femto]] when he gave himself completely to evil. Although he appears in his old human body as Griffith, with [[LightIsNotGood various connections with the light]], Femto is his true form underneath this mask.
** The Beast of Darkness, the entity that constantly pressures Guts towards acts of inhuman butchery, is a monstrous hound made out of black shadows that lives in the darkest part of Guts subconscious.
* The homunculi from ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'' all wear black and have dark hair, and are sociopaths to boot.
** 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.]]
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'''s Devil Gundam was renamed "Dark Gundam" in an edited English dub.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant Alucard]] the vampire has darkness powers. He's also [[spoiler: '''COUNT {{DRACULA}}''']] himself.
* [[Manga/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 ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', 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.
* ''Anime/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.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'''s Johan Trinity pilots The Dark Based Eins Gundam.
* ''Anime/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.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Dark-type Pokemon are common with antagonists and a rarity amongst the protagonists, though Ash does own a Scraggy and a Greninja (both part Dark-types).
** Played straight with the Iron-Masked Marauder's [[TheCorruption Dark Balls]] in ''Anime/Pokemon4Ever.''
* The '''Dark''' Kingdom and the '''Black''' Moon Clan in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
* ''Manga/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 molded 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.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[BigBad Yhwach]] is the only Quincy that covers up his white uniform with a jet black cloak. It makes him look like he's permanently enclosed in shadow. It's strongly implied that the reason the Quincies war with the Shinigami is his doing rather than it being a natural thing for the two sides to do.
* Taken UpToEleven in ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'' with the Blackholians, a race with black holes for heads (quite literally as dark as you can get) [[spoiler:that set the entire series in motion so they could [[LiteralMetaphor break Luluco's heart]] ForTheEvulz.]]
* In each season of ''Franchise/PrettyCure'', the BigBad always has a [[CastingAShadow darkness]] motif that puts [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Ansem]], '''[[MemeticMutation Seeker of Darkness!]]''' to shame; to the point that the [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure first]] BigBad was often put in {{Fansub}}s and even the short-lived English dub as the Dark King. [[note]] His actual name is the Jaaku King, and he rules the Dusk Zone in the original Japanese version [[{{Woolseyism}} but some agree that the new title is more fitting]][[/note]]. Though that does not rule out some DarkIsNotEvil allies (mostly those through HeelFaceTurn), like [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Cure Passion]] and [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Cure Beat]].

* As depicted in ''Art/TheLastSupper'', Judas, the traitor Jesus is alluding to, is framed in shadow to distinguish him from the just apostles in the light.
* It's easy to find where Judas is in the Art/SistineChapel's version of the ''Last Supper'', you just need to pick out the apostle with the black beard, dark clothes, and shadow-framed face.

[[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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} (pronounced "dark side") in Franchise/TheDCU.
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
** 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.
** ''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.
* Among the various differently colored forces in Franchise/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 [[ComicBook/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 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.
* [[ComicBook/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.
* From ''ComicBook/AstroCity,'' Aubrey Jason was already evil to begin with, but later acquires dark energy powers to become Lord Sovereign.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "The Smurf Menace", the Gray Smurfs wear darker clothes to show that they are EvilTwin versions of the original Smurfs.

[[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.
* Parodied in ''Total Pokemon Redux'' with Gengar's Mega Evolution. When he transforms, he becomes something like a [[LargeHam hammy]] Saturday morning cartoon villain.

[[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'': [[LadyOfBlackMagic 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 a 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}}'' has dark hair, dark grey eyes, a deep red dress and a black cloak (which is even more noticeable in contrast to [[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.
** Yokai from ''Disney/BigHero6'', which dresses up in black and uses dark-colored robotic swarms, that make him look as if he controls darkness itself.
* 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), [[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}}'', which are dark coloured and associated with death, as opposed to the [[LightIsGood light-associated]] protagonists.
%%* Xibalba from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', who represents the negative side of the afterlife. Plus, he's the BigBad.
%%** Also Chakal (The True BigBad of the film) and his bandit minions.
* The Vikings from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells''
* 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.

[[folder:Films-- Live-Action]]
* Played with in the (very MindScrew) movie adaptation of ''Film/UnderTheSkin''. The aliens (who kidnap humans and [[spoiler:remove their insides, leaving only the skins]]) are throughly associated with darkness: the room to which the men are lured is black, the liquid that traps [[spoiler:and processes them]] is a black oil, most of their illumination comes from [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red lights]], and their real forms [[spoiler:are black skinned humanoids with yellow eyes]]. However, it's also subverted, as not only does the protagonist seem to develop a conscience, but she also only reveals her real form at the very end, well past her ostensible HeelFaceTurn.
* 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 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.
* Deconstructed in ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''. Elijah Price (played by Creator/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/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'': Surely, a group called the League of Shadows will do nothing but good deeds, right? Right...?
* Judge Doom, the BigBad from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', is 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 1985}}'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', Pitch Black is the main villain (he's also known as the [[spoiler:Boogeyman]] and the Nightmare King. He is 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.]]
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': The black background of the [[http://m.cdn.blog.hu/ae/aeonflux/image/201603/x-men_apocalypse_poster_04_a.jpg "Destroy" poster]] (which promotes the villains) signifies this.
* {{Enforced}} in many movies because all those CGI monsters need to look ''real''. It's easier to cheat realistic CGI in a dark scene where you're not able to scrutinize every single pixel of the creature.

* 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".
* Dark Lord Voldemort from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
** Dark Creatures or "Demons" (as explained in ''Literature/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 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'':
** The Dark Lord Sauron 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''
** 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 [[OurElvesAreBetter 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.
* 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.
* Prevalent in Creator/MadeleineLEngle books, starting with ''Literature/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 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.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', the vampires. Their influence on their prey is even called the dark.
%%* Mr. Hood and his "family" in ''Literature/TheThiefOfAlways,'' though they don't seem dark at first...
* 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/WarriorCats'', when villains die, they go to a forest of pure darkness. And when they fight the Clans, there is a prophecy that describes the Dark Forest/Place of No Stars as "the darkness that lasts forever".
** 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.
** Also seen with the characters' names: Darkstripe is evil, Darktail is evil, Blackstar [[HeelFaceTurn starts out]] as evil, and Blackclaw isn't a particularly nice cat and tends to support Hawkfrost. [=ShadowClan=] cats have the worst record for having evil cats, and Secrets of the Clans made their founder Shadow the aggressive and unpleasant one of the original four leaders, though ''Literature/WarriorsDawnOfTheClans'' makes it more complicated.
* 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.
%%* The [[TheFairFolk court that comes out]] during the dark of the moon in ''Literature/WildwoodDancing.''
* In ''Literature/WingsOfFire'', even the nocturnal and darkness-associated [[=NightWings=]] think that DarkIsEvil, meaning that when Arctic complains about Foeslayer's name for her son (Darkstalker) being NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, she responds that it shows him as a hero fighting the darkness. The [=NightWings=] themselves [[DarkIsEvil can]] [[DarkIsNotEvil vary.]]
%%* Averted in Diana Henstell's NEW MORNING DRAGON, where the Devil insists on wearing white suits at all times.
%%* The Dark Casters from ''Literature/TheCasterChronicles''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Played straight in ''Series/DoctorWho'', where there are the White Guardian and the Black Guardian. The White Guardian is the epitome of good and dresses in white clothing, the Black Guardian is the epitome of evil and dresses in black clothing.
* ''Series/{{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 ''{{Series/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.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': an extremely blatant example--[[spoiler:Jacob]] wears white and [[spoiler:the Man in Black/smoke monster]] 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 ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' 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.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** House Bolton members dress themselves in black and grey armor, in contrast to their [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire book counterparts]] who dress in [[RealMenWearPink pink and red]]. Their sigil is [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver a red flayed man in a black background,]] rather than pink like in the books.
** Tywin Lannister favours black leather even though his family colours are red and gold. His daughter, Cersei, adopts his style of dress when [[spoiler: she, an already unpleasant person, descends over the MoralEventHorizon and into complete irredeemable evil and kills hundreds of people in the burning of the Sept of Baelor]].
** Drogon has black-and-red scales and is the most aggressive and blood-thirsty of the three dragons.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Wilson Fisk primarily wears all-black suits for the first part of season 1. He later starts wearing an even fancier gray suit after he begins a relationship with [[LightIsGood Vanessa, who is often wearing a white dress to contrast Fisk.]] Likewise, Fisk is fond of a painting of a white background which he says embodies his loneliness.

* 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.

* In UsefulNotes/{{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]].
* A borderline example occurs in the synoptic Gospels' (Matthew, Mark and Luke) descriptions of the crucifixion, with the sky darkening as Jesus dies.

* [[http://www.npr.org/2012/04/26/151383136/power-dis-play-teams-in-black-draw-more-penalties?sdf One study]] found that UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague teams that wore black were more likely to be penalised for aggressive fouls. The same likely applies to other sports.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The drow ("dark elves") in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', except Drizzt.
* Dark Elves and Dark Eldar from ''TabletopGame/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.
** Pretty much an InvokedTrope with the Night Lords. Even before they fell to Chaos, their renegade behaviour and shocking psychopathic and sadistic tendencies earned them summary destruction.
* The Ebon Dragon in ''TabletopGame/{{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 ''TabletopGame/VORTheMaelstrom'' - being evolved from a nocturnal species, their culture believes that Dark Is Good and Light Is Evil.
* ''TabletopGame/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.

* The Queen of the Night in Mozart's opera ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''.

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* In ''Theatre/PoseidonsFury'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], darkness can be expected whenever the attraction's villain, Lord Darkenon, shows up (as his name would imply). In contrast, Poseidon always carries a bright aura around him.

* 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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..
** ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' {{Final Boss}}es Dark Matter, Dark Mind, and Dark Nebula. Other antagonists Nightmare and Necrodeus are also associated with darkness, particularly the latter.
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' has [[DarkWorld Dark Aether]]. The 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]], though ironically, her design from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' is noticeably less dark in appearance despite her being even more evil in that game.
** Dark Link is an evil counterpart of Link in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. Ganondorf also spells this trope to full effect in both ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess''.
*** The shadow in ''Twilight Princess'' turns Link into his wolf form, which has to be combated by the holiness of the Master Sword when [[spoiler: Link gets cursed by Zant]]
** ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
*** Dark, the English name of one of the 18 elements in the series, was localized directly from "Evil", as the type is known in Japanese (hence why many Dark moves involve [[CombatPragmatist doing immoral things like stealing or lying]] or having "bad thoughts"). It's frequently subverted, though, as Dark-types are shown to be capable of being good natured, contrary to what their Pokédex entries may imply[[labelnote:*]]such as Spiritomb being 108 spirits bound to a stone for misdeeds, Hoopa Unbound being a large and brutish thief, and Yveltal being the ''harbinger of death''[[/labelnote]]. They do, however, often require more effort to max out their happiness then some other species of Pokemon. [[note]]Other adaptations though give the Dark-types AdaptationalVillainy, like Yveltal being an AxCrazy BigBad in ''Anime/PokemonDiancieAndTheCocoonOfDestruction'', or Darkrai even being a {{Sadist}} while the BiggerBad in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'' [[/note]]
*** Dark-type Pokémon are commonly used by evil teams, and are often a BigBad's trump card (such as [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghet]][[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 sis's]] Hydreigon and [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Lysandre's]] Mega Gyarados).
*** In the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Time/Darkness/Sky'', the first BigBad is known as Darkness Dialga. The US version instead translated it as [[PrimalFear Primal Dialga]]. The BadFuture is also distinctly associated with darkness.
*** Then there's the BigBad, [[spoiler:Darkrai]], who is the polar opposite of [[DarkIsNotEvil his main series counterpart]].
** Giygas from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is a swirling skull looking creature made out of red lines and the background behind It is black.
** ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' generally follows this trope, perhaps {{Anvilicious}}ly.
** While it can be that DarkIsNotEvil in later games, the Dark Magic in ''VideoGame/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]].
* ''VideoGame/{{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 ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' series, Jak 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]] 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]]. Both Jak ''and'' Daxter's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide dark alter-egos]] are AxCrazy.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** 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".
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'':
** The titular character along with the Umbra Witches, [[DarkIsNotEvil avert]] this, but the demons they work with play it straight. In fact, every witch makes a [[DealWithTheDevil pact]] with a demon in order to gain power, but when the witch dies [[DraggedOffToHell Inferno claims their soul]]
** The Angels of the franchise [[LightIsNotGood are just as bad as the demons]]. So in hindsight, [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks BOTH light AND dark are evil!]] Though the Lumen Sages have been on good terms with the Angels and at least one of them [[LightIsGood is good]]
* In ''VideoGame/AlanWake'', the darkness ''is'' the main antagonist.
* The ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' series 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]].) [[spoiler: It's pretty noticeable when Terumi re-assumes his true form after taking back the Susanoo unit in the fourth game, and it's literally pitch black in every area with the only alternate colors being his green highlights.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{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 Mephiles 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 [[DarkIsNotEvil 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.
** Also Daria, Alleron's evil sister has dark hair and dark sexy clothes.
* The ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' GameMod ''VideoGame/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/{{Fable|I}}'' 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. ''VideoGame/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. ''VideoGame/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.
*** In a strange subversion, his true form, Safer Sephiroth, is the [[LightIsNotGood inverse.]]
** While there is talk about maintaining the Balance between Light and Dark in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIV'', the actions taken by the Ascians [[spoiler:who worship the god of Darkness Zodiark]] have caused so much bloodshed and sorrow throughout history that it's hard to see them as anything but evil.
* ''VideoGame/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 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 [[CreepyCrows Demonic Crow]].
** And 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 ''VideoGame/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 its 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...
* ''[[Videogame/{{Fallout3}} Fallout 3]]''
** The Enclave. Unlike the Brotherhood of Steel, who are in grey power armor, most of theirs are black.
** Zigzagged with the Brotherhood outcasts. While they left the Brotherhood of Steel to form their own group, and painted their armor black and red, they are more on the gray scale.
** The Talon Mercs that hunt down the player should he/she have good karma as well, they have black clothing.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** From the series' primary CreationMyth comes Padomay, TheAntiGod [[AnthropomorphicPersonification personification]] of the forces of change, chaos, and darkess. He is the [[CainAndAbel twin brother]] to Anu, the GodOfGods personification of the forces of [[OrderVersusChaos stasis, order, and light]]. While not an inherently evil force, Padomay was [[DrivenByEnvy jealous]] that Nir (the female personification of "creation" who came to be out of Anu and Padomay's interplay) favored Anu. Padomay killed Nir and shattered the 12 worlds she created. Anu would wound Padomay and then put the pieces of the worlds together to create one world: Nirn. Padomay returned and wounded Anu, so Anu [[TakingYouWithMe pulled Padomay and himself outside of time]] to end Padomay's threat to creation.
** Sithis, referred to as a "[[PowerOfTheVoid great void]]", is a force representing chaos, change, and limitation. In some religious traditions, Sithis is related to or may even be what is left of Padomay. Sithis is associated with darkness and is described as a "great void", and those who worship him are almost universally seen as evil or at the very least extremely amoral.
** The Dark Brotherhood is an illegal [[MurderInc organization of assassins]] whose membership mostly takes a [[PsychoForHire sadistic glee]] in killing and who practice a ReligionOfEvil in which they worship Sithis. Their their outfits also tend to contain a lot of [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver black and red]].
** As a whole, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]], associated with the darkness of Padomay, are AboveGoodAndEvil, operating within their own spectrum of BlueAndOrangeMorality. Still, they range from being considered "evil" to being considered JerkassGods to most civilizations throughout Tamriel. However, a few of the malevolent Daedric Princes fit this reputation, such as Molag Bal (Daedric Prince of [[TheCorrupter Corruption]] and the closest thing the series has to a true GodOfEvil) and Vaermina, the Daedric Prince of [[YourWorstNightmare Nightmares]], who may only be second in brutality to Molag Bal himself. For more on the Daedric Princes, see the [[Characters/TheElderScrollsDaedra series' "Daedra" subpage]].
** 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.
** Alduin the World Eater is a colossal black [[DragonsAreDemonic dragon]] who it is said will "[[BeastOfTheApocalypse eat the world]]" at the end of the current cycle of time. He serves as the BigBad of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', returning in an attempt to ''rule'' the world rather than eat it.
* A running theme of the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' quadrilogy: dark is evil and is [[MoreThanMindControl likely responsible for humanoid races doing irrational things.]] In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', a GuestStarPartyMember who uses wide arrays of dark magic (in a setting where no good guy is capable of doing so) turns out to be more than he seems.
* The Wizard in ''VideoGame/{{Tsioque}}'' is actually pitch black and evil, his only features appearing being his eyes and his mouth when he speaks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'' introduces to the series the concept of Dark Magic, the source of power of the Pirate Master, a HumanoidAbomination who was the Scourge of Sequin Land before the genies sealed him in the past. In addition to being inherent to the Pirate Master, Dark Magic could also be created from Light Magic if the latter was used for evil.
* The ''Videogame/FireEmblem'' series uses this often alongside LightIsGood, especially in the earlier games in the series. Dark mages/sorcerers/shamans often serve as the the series' villains, especially so in ''Videogame/FireEmblemJugdral,'' where there's an entire {{cult}} of evil dark mages, from which the game's BigBad hails from, bent on resurrecting their dark god in order to bring an era of suffering upon the continent. And in combat, dark mages most often [[ElementalRockPaperScissors take extra damage from light magic being used against them]], and deal less damage to light magic users in return.
* Agent 47 from the VideoGame/{{Hitman}} series is defined by his signature black suit and red tie. Of course it can be changed via disguise, but it's that suit which makes him most iconic. Indeed he's a very dark character, who can kill effortlessly and get away with it without batting an eye.
* ''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"]].

* ''Webcomic/TheBeastLegion'': [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-02-page-01-the-attack-begins the villain Dragos and his Shadow Nexus embody darkness.]]
* ''Webcomic/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 his name is Mr. Black.
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', the {{Mooks}} [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue3/ib072.html wear black armor]]. (And are killing people and have already destroyed one town.)
* In ''Webcomic/MonsterLands'', one of the villains is Exris. He's a black, shadowy creature in a dark purple robe.
* It's still up in the air where ''Webcomic/{{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 ''Webcomic/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]].
* In ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'', the man-eating, AlwaysChaoticEvil Nightmares are pitch black.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[Franchise/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]] ComicBook/TheQuestion. It surprises no one at all that he's evil.
* In ''Podcast/KakosIndustries'', they play this trope as satirically as possible. They regularly hold a Darkest Universe Festival in which they use collective Evil thoughts to lure someone into commiting an atrocious act and apparently everything is made out of a material called Dark Mega.
-->'''Corin Deeth The III''':They say there's no use crying over spilled ink because everything you own is black anyway.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Unlike [[DarkIsNotEvil Keela]], Kaila's demonic look and [[CastingAShadow powers]] are played straight.
** The Master of the Dammed, being the one who created Kaila and gave Keela her powers, is an obvious example. He's a living skeleton who rules over [[DarkWorld the Unworld]] and can turn people into demons.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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 [[HoistByHisOwnPetard bites him in the behind]] when doing good would have benefited him more yet he couldn't help but be evil.
* Zigzagged 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. [[spoiler:Even then, the comics show that he actually UsedToBeASweetChild, but his constant [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer treatment]] by the other Crystal Ponies and [[TomatoInTheMirror his discovery of being an]] EldritchAbomination eventually made him snap and invoke ThenLetMeBeEvil]].
* 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/ThunderCats2011'', 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/Ben10'' 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.