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Purgatory has a flame, and it has scorched the skin of this character. This usually is depicted as an even tan across the entire body (there are no tan lines). Note, this person doesn't have to be ''evil'' per se, but they will have a grim origin or power source.

Can have UnfortunateImplications; so sometimes instead of being "black" or "brown", they're sometimes other spectrums of darker colors.

Do not confuse with someone who is merely sporty or blue-collar; such as the DarkSkinnedRedhead, that is just the effect of natural sunshine and outdoor work. The DarkSkinnedBlond tends to be an exotic racial characteristic. Contrast UndeathlyPallor.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Sailor Pluto from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''; while she's the soldier of time, not necessarily a [[BadPowersBadPeople bad power]] in itself, she is a WellIntentionedExtremist in one arc, she gives off a mysterious and wise aura and is suspected to be thousands of years old, and her powers have a lot of forbidden aspects that could tear the timeline apart. Thank goodness for {{Stable Time Loop}}s. It's also notable that a common [[EpilepticTrees theory]] based upon one line in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] suggests that she's a demigoddess.
* Victor and [[spoiler:Kazuki as Victor III]] from BusouRenkin
* Archer from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Especially noticable in that [[spoiler:his past self, Shirou, did not have this tan; it's a side effect of pushing his powers past their limits so much.]]
** For that matter, "Black Ilya" aka Kuro from ''{{Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya}}''.
* Akio (and Anthy) from ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
* Urd from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', and her mother Hild; the Queen of [[{{Hell}} Nifleheim.]]
* Angol Moa from ''KeroroGunsou''.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'': Rudger Godwin, following his death and rebirth as a Dark Signer.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Depictions of the Devil in the 19th century often described him as a figure all in black; including swarthy skin, as if blackened by soot; NathanielHawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" is a good example.
* In the short story "The Wild Asses of the Devil" by Creator/HGWells, a demon turns up in the form of a charcoal burner, complete with soot-darkened skin.

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[[folder: Mythology ]]

* Hades, aka Pluto, god of the Underworld, was often described as dark-skinned.
* {{Satan}}, in typical FireAndBrimstoneHell BigRedDevil depictions, has red skin from the fire below.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The Drow or Dark Elves from ''DungeonsAndDragons'' are dark-skinned; sometimes blue to avoid the UnfortunateImplications.
** This is also true for the duergar or deep dwarves, a degenerate and evil offshoot of dwarves who also live in the Underdark.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[BloodKnight Akuma]] of ''Franchise/StreetFighter''.
** [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Evil Ryu]] as well. It's likely an effect of the [[KillingIntent Satsui no Hadou]]'s [[TheCorruption influence]].
* Ansem/Xehanort from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''.
* Carona aka "Another Marona" from ''PhantomBrave''.
* Rozalin from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' takes on this characteristic when [[spoiler:she reverts back to [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Overlord Zenon]]]].
** [[CuteAndPsycho Princess Sapphire]] in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}''.
** And now [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Fenrich]] from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}''.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Zimmy from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has a strange ashy grey skin color in addition to her eyes covered in black gunk and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily. It's unclear whether this is supposed to be an ''unnatural'' feature in-universe, as it's not that far from a few other characters' skin tones.
* Rose from ''{{Homestuck}}'' turns grey when she [[spoiler:[[GoMadFromTheRevelation makes the mistake of asking the magic cueball whether the Horrorterrors are evil]] and develops a case of TouchedByVorlons. She gets better.]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Raven's demonic parentage from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' makes her blue-ish gray.
* Dr. Drakken from ''KimPossible'' is blue. We're not entirely sure why; but it's related to his being evil; apparently, as Ron Stoppable turned evil one episode and also turned blue. Okay, he's not nearly as BadAss as the rest of these examples; but that's what [[HarmlessVillain evil]] is in the ''KimPossible'' universe.
* Oleander, VillainousGlutton on ''SushiPack'', has lavender-shaded skin for no explained reason.
* Hades in Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has pale ashen skin, but on the episode where he steals the sun, he develops a tan worthy of George Hamilton.

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