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->''"Make him more tactical, make him look, uh... let's go with black."''
-->-- '''Raymond Sellars''', ''Film/RoboCop2014''

When superheroes get their chance in the big screen, there's usually someone who ends putting more black and/or leatherish texture in their attires, and often simplifying the design while they're at it. This isn't necessarily to make the characters DarkerAndEdgier (though it can), but simply because colorful superhero costumes don't always translate well in live action, [[Series/{{Batman}} unless you're not bothered about being serious]]. The most oft-cited example is {{Wolverine}}. Badass in the comics, but his standard yellow costume (or the brown one he wore for awhile) would look ridiculous in real life.

Usual justification is to make the suit actually practical or add a sense of realism to it, as spandex isn't known for stopping bullets or providing protection, so usually heroes, even ones whose suits are stated to be bullet proof, will be given something that could reasonably be protective. Sometimes though, it's just for the hell of it.

Recently, this trope has started to be played differently; while the costumes often retain the colours and general look of their comic basis, they now are given an overhaul to look more like a practical set of gear. The MarvelCinematicUniverse is a notable example of this, as noted bellow; with some exception, they all wear their classic colours, but now they actually look like what someone would wear if they were going to go out fighting bad guys.

SisterTrope to SpandexLatexOrLeather. Related to CivvieSpandex and NotWearingTights. For female characters, this can often lead to AdaptationalModesty. An example of DarkIsNotEvil. Related to ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames.

Contrast EvilWearsBlack (and these tropes are mutually exclusive).


[[folder: Comic Books]]

* Yes, this can happen in comics, too, as seen by ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'', which gave several of the characters altered costumes to make them resemble a more realistic, movie-style version of their classic selves. Fitting, given that its written and designed as if its a movie adaptation of ''Film/TheAvengers'', and likely why many of the examples in the film section draw from the Ultimates. Most notable examples are Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} (goes from purple and blue suit with mask and loincloth, to a black and red sleeveless outfit that includes sunglasses), Comicbook/TheWasp (goes from [[UnlimitedWardrobe a variety of different outfits]] that are usually brightly coloured, to a black and yellow two piece leather number, which she alters repeatedly over the course of the sequels), [[Comicbook/AntMan Ant-Man/Giant-Man]] (goes from a brightly coloured outifts that usually include red, black, yellow, or blue with a large helmet, to an orange/oxblood red outfit with a simple mask), and even Iron Man (who retains his colour scheme, but his suit is bulkier).
** Miles Morales, the [[AffirmativeActionLegacy second]] Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan, also wears a black suit, but this has less to do with resembling a movie costume and more to do with distinguishing him from [[Comicbook/SpiderMan his predecessor]].
* [[DCComics DC's]] ''{{New 52}}'' and [[MarvelComics Marvel]]'s ''MarvelNOW'' relaunch feature redesigns for most of the characters in both universes, usually along the lines of armored or leather suits designed to resemble film outfits (including Superman, whose outfit looks somewhat like segmented armor). Averted in some cases, such as ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' (who retains his usual red outfit due to the popularity of his ongoing series, which is intended to step away from DarkerAndEdgier territory), the X-Men (with exception of Cyclops' new Uncanny team, they all retain their usual outfits), Hawkeye (who already went through a redesign to be more film like), and a few other examples, usually ones whose outfits wouldn't need much altering to pass into films.
** Notably, during the second wave of ''Marvel NOW!'', Woverine, who had kept his previous ''Astonishing'' era costume during the initial relaunch (largely because, unlike some examples, his suit at the time didn't need updating since it looked reasonable enough as it was), switched to a black and gold armoured suit designed by the ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' in order to compensate for him being BroughtDownToNormal.
** Speaking of such, ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' saw this trope played straight ''twice''. First, he's introduced using a black-and-red suit with claws, defined lenses on the eyes, and a more menacing general appearance; as he was a darker figure, it helped to reflect that he wasn't as heroic or moral as Peter Parker. Later, as he descends further into his villainous tendencies, his suit was altered once more, now becoming almost entirely black, save for a creepy red spider-like chest symbol of sorts and his mask, along with spider leg-like mechanical appendages and generally looking more practical, though also more intimidating; as he was, at this point, an actual VillainProtagonist, this helped to make him look more like a villain, so that when Peter Parker returns, his return to the classic, heroic costume would stand out far more.
* Jessica Jones, former Comicbook/SpiderWoman Jessica Drew and [[Comicbook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] all wear plain clothes in the [[DarkerAndEdgier Marvel MAX]] {{Comicbook/Alias}} series. For action sequences, they tend to favor [[BadassLongcoat overcoats.]]
-->'''Jessica Jones''': Not wearing your costume?
-->'''Jessica Drew''': Made my ass look big.
-->'''Jessica Jones''': I hear you. Thank god for TheMatrix huh?

-->'''LukeCage''': I'm not about the tights and shit. Never was.
* Very briefly after his [[TheDeathOfSuperman return from the dead]], Superman sported an all black spandex suit with a metallic S-shield, and a mullet. He went back to the trademark blue and red tights before the story's end, although the mullet remained for a couple of years. This led to some confusion (on both sides) when a time warp occurred in the mid-1990s and various [[{{Batman}} Batmans]] from the character's then-55-year history began showing up in Metropolis. The first Batman that Superman comes across is the one from the 1970s, and at first he doesn't realize this isn't the modern Batman.
-->'''Seventies Batman:''' ''[looking at Superman's mullet]'' Not going "hippie" on us, are you?
-->'''Superman:''' "Hippie"?!
** Incidentally, there was an in-story explanation for the black suit: it was designed to help him absorb sunlight faster, as he was still recovering from the fight that seemingly killed him at the start of the arc.
* BuckyBarnes, when he became the new Captain America, donned a modified suit that was largely black, with a shiny blue mask and chest piece, along with covering his ears. It was mentioned that the suit was designed InUniverse by TheWasp, as she had felt like Cap's suit needed an update. For the most part, the suit served to distinguish him from Steve Rogers' Captain America identity, but also helped reflect how Bucky wasn't quite a paragon like Steve was.

[[folder: Film]]
* The big-screen ''Film/{{Batman}}'' is the TropeMaker, ditching the classic blue-and-gray comic/TV suit for the rubber-molded black one, although the final [[Film/BatmanForever two]] [[Film/BatmanAndRobin sequels]] went with dark blue and silver.
** Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} routinely wears black rubber or leather in all of [[Film/BatmanReturns her]] [[Film/{{Catwoman}} film]] [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises incarnations]]. That includes Creator/HalleBerry, too. Prior to the first Creator/TimBurton ''Batman'' movie, and for a while afterwards, comic book Catwoman tended towards purple spandex or dresses.
** Chris O'Donnell's Robin wears a suit not dissimilar from Bruce's, with a slightly modified bat emblem (actually the {{Nightwing}} emblem [[ShoutOut from the comics]]) on the front. His first costume was somewhat inspired by the Tim Drake Robin suit, and would ironically be, sans nipples, the New 52 design for the default Robin attire.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' Batsuits are also black but take things a step further in that they don't even have a yellow circle around the bat-symbol.[[note]]Though in the comics, Batman's costume has been quite flexible with the yellow circle coming and going and the coloration changing from blue-and-grey to black-and-grey to all-black over the years depending on the artist.[[/note]]
* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' movie didn't tone down the heroes' colors, but gave them padded, techier-looking suits. Interestingly, later series like ''Ninja Storm'', ''SPD'' and ''Operation Overdrive'' would outfit the heroes in black leather when they weren't in full multicolored Ranger form.
* Film/{{Daredevil}}'s movie outfit is oxblood red rather than its red comics counterpart. Elektra in the same movie wears an all-black leather ensemble rather than the red leotard from the comics. This even applies to the movie's version of Bullseye; even though Bullseye's costume is mostly black to begin with, here he doesn't have anything you'd call a costume at all. He apparently wants to get into wearing one though.
** Note that [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk ''The Trial Of The Incredible Hulk'' TV movie]] featured Daredevil in a black costume and this was around the time ''Film/{{Batman}}'' hit the cinemas
* All the {{GI Joe}}s in ''[[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra The Rise Of Cobra]]'' were put in black {{spy catsuit}}s for the movie, rather than each having a distinct, unique, and colorful uniform as they have in other adaptations.
** While each character did get a distinct look in previous versions, the default Joe uniform had always been an olive green army suit. The show's writers even referred to nameless extras as "greenshirts." Snake Eyes was the only guy who got to wear a black catsuit, [[SendInTheClones until the movie.]]
* Creator/KevinSmith's and later Creator/TimBurton's ''{{Franchise/Superman}} Lives'' project from the nineties would've shown Supes in black and silver; early [[http://screenrant.com/tim-burton-superman-lives-pictures-mikee-85389/ concepts]], show it more of a bluish-silver because producer Jon Peters thought the blue-and-red suit was "[[HeteronormativeCrusader too faggy]]". The comic book story on which it was based ''did'' have Superman wearing a black and silver outfit at the story's climax. It was [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the Nineties]].
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'' changed the suit color to a muted blue, with a burgundy cape. Supposedly, the bright red color would have interfered with the digital effects. Also, when we first see him in his space ship, he's got a silver uniform that looks black.
* The ''Film/ManOfSteel'' movie sees Superman in a darker rendition of his classic suit. The trademark red trunks are also removed and some detailing is added to make the suit seem more "alien", though this ties with the current comics, where recently they've been ditched. Also, during an induced hallucination/dream/whatever, Superman wears a black costume with a silver S.
** This is averted in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' by Superman himself, where he has a brighter suit on. Played straight with ComicBook/WonderWoman, however. The red is now extremely dark, closer to brown than anything. The gold looks bronze, and her underwear is switched out for a war skirt.
* This is pretty obvious in the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie, where Ozymandias' purple robes are replaced with a form fitting dark purple and gold body armor (that homaged/parodied the Batman nipple-suits). Silk Spectre and Nite Owl's costumes get a similar overhaul as well. However, The Comedian's outfit still has quite a bit of yellow in it.
* ComicBook/NickFury wore a black uniform rather than his traditional blue in the ''Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD'' TV movie. His portrayal in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse gives him a [[BadassLongcoat black leather trenchcoat]] which comes from his portrayal in ''TheUltimates'' where he was Creator/SamuelLJackson in ComicBookFantasyCasting.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** {{Lampshaded}} in ''Film/XMen1'' (see quote at the top of the page). And while it isn't the first recorded instance of this, it's certainly the TropeCodifier and is generally what people immediately think of when this trope comes up. Notably, a short clip is on the first movie DVD in which Hugh Jackman runs around the set in a comic-accurate Wolverine costume, and absolutely nobody is taking it seriously.
*** The movie costumes still contain some subtle nods to the comics. Wolvie's outfit has yellow highlights, and Storm's has a cape and white highlights.
** This is an AvertedTrope with ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' which has the X-Men back in yellow suits, inspired in equal part by the team's uniforms during their earliest comic appearances and the ''New X-Men'' suits. Though, they're made of more practical material than the spandex/cloth look of the comics, and there are no masks. Magneto also appears at the end with his trademark red costume and helmet.
** Averted and played straight in ''Film/TheWolverine''. Harada ([[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames Silver Samurai in the comics]]) wears a practical black outfit for most of the movie, but [[spoiler: Yashida dons a suit of silver PoweredArmor in the finale]].
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
*** The BadFuture X-Men wear practical black body armor.
*** Young Magneto wears a costume that's a cross between his red comic book outfit and the black suit Creator/IanMcKellen wore in the original trilogy.
* {{Frank Miller}}'s adaptation of ''Film/TheSpirit'' saw the titular hero swap his blue CoatHatMask from the comics for a black variation of the same ensemble. Then again, the entire ''world'' seemed to have made a swap of a black variation of their ensemble.
* The ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' also averts this, although early designs had various black and red ensembles.
** Of course, [[Film/SpiderMan3 the third film]] obviously saw him in an all-black costume which was eventually worn by Venom. Unlike the black costume from the comics, it's literally just the regular Spider-Man costume but black -- webs and all, not a trace of the white Venom symbol to be found.
*** Though if you look closely, the spider symbol does gradually grow more aggressive looking - while its still not the venom symbol at least they still stuck to the general interpretations (spidey symbol = good, changed spidey symbol on black suit = bad)
** The third movie also has Harry Osborn as "the New Goblin." All black, no green to be seen.
** ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' has Spidey wear a suit with darker shades of red and blue and made of a rougher material, as part of the film taking more cues from the Ultimate continuity. In its sequel, though, the colors become brighter and the eyes become larger.
** In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', Electro wears [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11/113509/3165278-ultimate+electro.png a black and blue outfit]] rather than his colorful [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/6/61625/1523194-ditko_pose.jpg green tights]] from the comics.
* ''Film/IronMan'' averts this with Iron Man's armor being his usual gold and red. Explained by the suit being made out of a gold titanium alloy and Tony being an AttentionWhore who doesn't mind looking outrageous.
** Some of the villains and allies play with this trope. Comicbook/WarMachine's armor is black and gray in ''Film/IronMan2'', but the updated model he sports in ''Film/IronMan3'' is given a red, white and blue color scheme and rechristened Iron Patriot.
** The Mandarin has a deep green outfit, just a bit less eye-catching than that of his comic book counterpart. [[spoiler: It's deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by Aldrich Killian, who hires an actor to play a RedHerring -- we have yet to see how the real Mandarin dresses in this continuity.]]
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' averts this, as Cap first wears a faithful translation of his comic counterpart's costume during the USO stage tour sequence, and then gets a more utilitarian version of the familiar costume (which is really just the 616 look and the Ultimate suit combined) later in the movie.
** Also played straight. The HYDRA troops wear green and yellow uniforms in the comics, but had black body armor in the movie.
** And of course, [[BuckyBarnes Bucky]] wears military gear instead of the colorful red-and-blue uniform and DominoMask he wore in the GoldenAge comics. Notably, though, its still coloured blue rather than look like traditional military colours, so it still looks, for the most part, like the Bucky costume.
* ''Film/TheAvengers'' movie is pretty faithful to the comics with the exception of ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} who wears a dark leather suit with no mask as opposed to his purple SuperHero costume, though this is basically Ultimate Hawkeye's costume anyway. 616 Hawkeye started wearing something like the movie costume shortly before the movie's premiere, although it's still pretty purple. Also, while {{Film/Thor}} wears a battle suit, it's still much darker than his comic costume and has the appearance of leather in some places.
** Oddly enough, while ComicBook/BlackWidow is wearing a costume faithful to her comic counterpart, she is still wearing an all black leather catsuit, making this a JustifiedTrope.
*** This was actually ''inverted'' when she appeared in ''Film/IronMan2'', as she wears a dark blue outfit instead of black.
** This trope is outright [[DefiedTrope defied]] for Captain America. Rogers asks if his original stars-and-stripes costume is too old-fashioned. Coulson replies that with the current situation, people might need a little "old-fashioned". His new suit retains all its coloring, but is more armored than the comic counterpart. It also changes the buccaneer boots, and the head wings cling to the helmet's surface instead of extending from it.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' has Cap ditch his colorful costume from ''Film/TheAvengers'' in favor of a darker suit reminiscent of his [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/f57cbe9e3919cce338a5c245bce88fab/tumblr_mgc3hjQ6Fc1r2egjko1_r1_500.jpg Commander Rogers outfit]] from ''SecretAvengers''. This eventually turns out to be subverted; the dark outfit was just for the nighttime stealth mission at the start of the movie and a later chase. For the climactic battle he [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece steals a replica of his World War II outfit from a museum]].
** TheFalcon wears a black and gray outfit similar to his [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] look, rather than his classic red and white costume (which Anthony Mackie who played Sam Wilson in the film was reportedly actually disappointed by. In a rare change, he was looking forward to wearing the red and white spandex). The Winter Soldier himself has a more practical face mask and goggles rather than his DominoMask from the comics.
* Captain America's new costume in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' is similar to his ''Winter Soldier'' outfit, but reincorporates the patriotic imagery from the first ''Captain America'' movie. Overall, it looks more utilitarian than his first ''Avengers'' suit, and has a much darker shade of blue, making it something of a mix between all three of his costumes so far. [[https://static.squarespace.com/static/51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de/51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79/51ce61e3e4b0d911b44a49aa/1315069322053/1000w/Avengers%20setnewfull8.jpeg The red gloves and boots]] are also [[https://24.media.tumblr.com/6810c627c755b3c35859a53fd953459b/tumblr_n3ixkgpqVG1sr6nbko5_500.jpg replaced with brown leather]].
** TheVision looks very close to his comic counterpart, but the green and red on his design are a ''much'' darker hue, and his UnderwearOfPower has been done away with.
** Hawkeye also once more doesn't wear his classic purple duds, but does wear a BadassLongcoat that greatly resembles his Ronin costume from the comics, and incorperates some details from his classic suit. It also comes with giving him more purple, despite being largely black. Similarly, both Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver ditch their costumes from the comics, and instead wear CivvieSpandex that evokes their usual costume aesthetics. However, [[spoiler: Scarlet Witch dons a full superhero costume of red leather reminiscent of her Ultimate look at the end of film after joining the Avengers]].
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' changes Ronan's robes from green to black. Star-Lord simply wears a BadassLongcoat and a helmet rather than anything resembling a costume, though he was given an almost identical ensemble to wear in the comics to tie into the film more, largely to make him more recognizable.
** Though the modern incarnation of the Guardians on which the film is based features most of the cast (barring [[WalkingShirtlessScene Drax]] and [[DarkActionGirl Gamora]]) wearing pseudo-military uniforms rather than personalized outfits, so it's a bit less of a stretch.
* The ''{{Gatchaman}}'' movie retained the basic elements of the costumes, but with very muted color schemes. Jun's [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np2/char1/jun-tvc1.jpg pink skirt]] was also replaced with a [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/8650f813708761556c17ced6838f095a/tumblr_ml4dfnNhLP1qa69wso1_1280.jpg more practical-looking set of dark purple armor]].
* In ''Film/KamenRiderTheNext'', KamenRiderV3's [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131201020900/kamenrider/images/c/c2/Kamen_Rider_V3.jpg outfit]] goes from [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120208142701/kamenrider/images/9/96/V3rebootsuit.jpg green to black]], and gains a more leathery texture.
* The ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' comic strip had the character in a fairly bright blue bodyglove accessorized with oversized yellow shoulder decorations and badge, along with lurid green boots, knee and elbow pads, gloves and utility belt (complete with a red, white and blue American Eagle buckle). Both movies keep the basic outfit (in a rather darker blue or black) but the accouterments are transformed into more realistically sized versions in silver metal or black leather. It's possible the accessories were downsized to avoid [[RealityEnsues problems moving in the costume]] (see also: Batman).
* Spectacularly averted by ''Film/ThePhantom''.
** He couldn't escape from the silk-screened skull motifs, though.
** And he didn't wear the [[UnderwearOfPower striped purple briefs]].
** The other thing about The Phantom's costume in the movie is that it's designed to "change" color depending on the lighting. It can shift from bright to dark purple, red, grey, or blue in a ShoutOut to how various publishers over the world change the color of his costume based on preference.
* ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' features its hero wearing a black and green suit (made by his mother). Amazingly enough, it's a comedy. Allegedly.
* Justified with ''Film/GhostRider'' and ''Film/{{Blade}}'', both of whom were wearing black leather in the comics around the time the movies came out. Though, Blade's original costume was a hideous red and green ensemble, and Johnny Blaze's biker jacket was arguably blue.
* The 90's live-action ''Manga/CatsEye'' movie had the sisters wearing black vinyl outfits (influenced by Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} from ''Film/BatmanReturns'') rather than their colorful leotards from the anime.
* Averted by the ''Film/FantasticFour'' movies, where the costumes looked a great deal like the comics, only a bit darker.
** The [[Film/FantasticFour2015 reboot]] has them in darker "containment suits" designed to regulate their powers, though the Nerdist site claims claims the heroes will don their blue costumes by the end of the movie.
* Entirely averted by the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk in all his movie incarnations. Of course the Hulk rarely, if ever, wears any sort of costume in the comic books anyway, so there's really not much to change.
** The purple britches only showed up as a single gag in the ContinuityReboot, and since then it's just been whatever pants Bruce had on when he hulked out; in the climaxes of both ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' and the ''Film/TheAvengers'', they happened to be black.
* Initial leaked photos from ''Film/RoboCop2014'' have him in what appears to be a generic black suit of angular pads--the helmet even replaces the iconic slot-visor with a black droplet-shape that covers the top two-thirds of his face. A leaked script even claims that "Robocop 1.0" is shown to be pretty close to the original... but is scrapped after focus groups compare him to a "toy from the 80s". The newer trailers show that the costume design now hews much closer to the original [=RoboCop=] suit, but at some point in the film, it gets a redesign to become black with a glowing red visor slot, to make Robocop look "more tactical". The final film has it that he starts with a suit that is chrome blue and more like the original, but an InUniverse decision is made to turn it into the black redesign. [[spoiler:At the end, they go back to the blue.]]
* None of the characters wear their [[StreetFighter video game]] outfits in ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi''. BigBad M. Bison even wears a black business suit instead of his red costume and cape from the games.
* The LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/SpeedRacer'' had Racer X wear a black leather suit in lieu of the white and red one he wore in the anime; in a move highly similar to the X-Men movies.
* ''Film/TheGreenHornet'' averts this, since their original clothes are a green suit and a black chauffeur's outfit, [[CoatHatMask but with masks]].

[[folder: {{Literature}}]]
* This is discussed in the novel ''ComicBook/NewAvengers: Breakout'', which is partially inspired by the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, and ComicBook/SpiderWoman all wear colorful outfits, while Black Widow, ComicBook/LukeCage, and Hawkeye all either wear black leather or ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} gear. When Black Widow sings the praises of black {{Spy Catsuit}}s and wonders aloud why superheroes even bother with colorful costumes that make stealth impossible, Iron Man retorts by saying that the colors help with "branding"; the heroes ''want'' the bad guys to know exactly who is coming to kick their asses.

[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Superman wore a black BadassLongcoat for a year or so, along with black pants & shirt with silver logo. He switches to a red jacket the next season (also the last season), as a way of showing Clark is both getting closer to becoming Superman, and also to show he's moving past the anger that prompted him to briefly abandon his identity of Clark Kent that lead to the black coat in the first place.
** On the same series, ComicBook/GreenArrow wears a jade-colored vinyl hoodie and sunglasses instead of the usual tunic. It goes without saying that he wields a military-grade composite bow.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' plays with this concerning [[Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} Deathstroke]]. When he first appears, his trademark blue and orange costume has been changed to black body armor, though his mask remains half-orange. However, it turns out that this ''isn't'' Deathstroke, but rather his former partner, Billy Wintergreen. The ''real'' Deathstroke, Slade Wilson, at first wears gray and black fatigues, but [[FaceHeelTurn when he becomes Deathstroke]] later, he switches to dark blue armor with orange markings and a more metallic mask, similar to his costume from the comics.
** ComicBook/{{Huntress}} also wears a black [[SpyCatsuit catsuit]] rather than her purple and white costume from the comic books. The purple is kept, and she is shown asking for it specifically when [[spoiler:Ollie]] designs it.
** Oliver himself still wears his iconic green outfit, but it's a very dark shade of green. Later, Roy Harper's costume when he becomes Arsenal is basically a red version of Oliver's, though with a bit more black rather than incorporating any yellow like he did in the original.
** ComicBook/BlackCanary wears black leather, [[JustifiedTrope just like in the comics]], but she notably wears ''more'', as she wears leather pants instead of fishnet stockings.
** The Atom has a more muted colour scheme than his comic counterpart, but it's still more colourful than the other heroes on the show. It even retains the atom logo and the BroughtToYouByTheLetterS ChestInsignia.
* The short-lived ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' TV series had ComicBook/{{Huntress}} wearing a black leather trenchcoat rather than an actual costume and mask.
* Played with heavily in ''The Gerosha Chronicles''. The series ''Series/BloodOverWater'' inverts this. The videos have Sleet Mountain employees wearing some [[UnderdressedForTheOccasion awfully civilian-like clothes]]. They are given more-standardized business-casual uniforms for the Cataclysmic Gerosha book adaptations, [[DressCodedForYourConvenience consisting of black tops and khaki pants with black shoes]]. Keep in mind...Sleet Mountain workers are the ''villains''.
** Ciem in ''Cataclysmic Horizons'' keeps the orange outfit, though orange hues are dimmed a bit from previous adaptations and the accent colors are given a little more emphasis.
** Emeraldon's suit between adaptations goes from a near-all-green traditional FlyingBrick suit to a tougher material that is black - with a sort of green "Matrix" pattern accenting it.
** The Earwig is justified in this, as her outfit has always been black with red trims.
** Mukade averts this, keeping her Japanese flag red-on-white scheme. (Even though she's moved to Toklisana from Japan, and has never been a CaptainPatriotic.)
** Jackrabbit normally hops around in civilian form. But his Cataclysmic Gerosha form has been shown to occasionally wear a black hat and sunglasses on more-dangerous missions.
* The 60's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series had Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} in a black leather [[SpyCatsuit catsuit]]. In the comics at the time (and indeed for decades afterwards), the character usually favored purple outfits. [[RetCanon It wasn't until the 21st century that she adopted black]] as her primary color scheme in the comics.
* Mike Peterson, the only vaguely "superhero-ish" character from Season One ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', wears a black ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}-issued bodysuit.
** Averted when [[spoiler: he is maimed and rebuilt as Deathlok. His new design has a lot of red and blue coloring]].
** Blackout's "costume" is basically a black shirt with a black duster.
** AvertedTrope for Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}} in Season 2, who wears a blue tactical outfit that looks very similar to her costume from the comics.
* The Netfix-original Marvel-produced ''[[{{Series/Daredevil2015}} Daredevil]]'' series took some flak when it revealed he would wear a black suit modelled after an outfit designed by John Romita Jr during his and Creator/{{Frank Miller}}'s influential Daredevil run. ''However'', this is only his ''first'' costume, and in the in the final episode of the first season he dons the traditional red outfit, though it still has black parts in the torso and arm areas.
* ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' was the first SuperSentai series to feature the heroes in leather outfits instead of the traditional spandex, though the costumes do still contain a lot of color in addition to the black. Allegedly, this was done to appeal to American audiences when the show was inevitably adapted into a ''PowerRangers'' installment, though in a twist of {{Irony}}, it turns out that ''Go-Busters'' was passed over, due to low toy sales in Japan.
* While not black, the Flash's costume in the [[Series/TheFlash2014 2014 series]] is much darker than the comic book version, mainly because of difficulty with filming bright red colors in RealLife, along with reducing the yellow elements. When [[EvilCounterpart the Reverse-Flash]] shows up, his costume is partially yellow, but actually ''does'' have black for its bottom half and gloves.
** The Flash seen in the future newspaper and very briefly in a flashback/forward (depending which character you mean) has a brighter red costume and a white insignia rather than a red one. When Cisco sees this, he is enthusiastic about the changes.
** Similarly, the metahumans in the show have primarily worn casual clothes or black tactical gear. The actual costumed villains Captain Cold, Heatwave, and Pied Piper have at least worn costumes of sorts, albeit CivvieSpandex that resemble their comic book attire, with the latter switching from green and black to just black.

* In keeping with its attempts to look like a Hollywood movie, ''VideoGame/DMCDevilMayCry'' replaces Dante's classic white and red colors for his hair and trench coat with black. His classic color scheme does however return when he enters his Devil Trigger form.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' goes the way of the ''Dark Knight'' movies. No yellow anywhere...

* The DVD-only [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] "comic book movie" refers to this as "Leatherquest 2000."
-->''"People may buy that our character has radioactive powers, or is from another planet, but a colorful spandex costume?! Are you crazy?! No audience will accept that! Nope, it's one color, head-to-toe leather for our hero!"''

* The ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' cartoon has taken a nod from the films and given Batman an armored black costume. {{Katana}} as well (though she has since adopted a black costume in the {{New 52}} continuity. At the time the show began production however, she still had her old red and yellow color scheme).
* Dick Grayson's Comicbook/{{Robin}} suit in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has all of the green parts colored black instead. This goes for [[LegacyCharacter Tim Drake]] as well, though he at least does have several red and black costumes in the comics.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' has ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} wearing his black leather outfit from [[Film/TheAvengers the movie]], rather than his traditional purple costume.
* ''XMenEvolution'' had most of the cast in black or dark-blue uniforms. Justified though in that the X-Men usually go back and forth between dark uniforms and colorful costumes. {{Wolverine}} is notable for starting off in his classic orange costume and then transitioning to a black, maskless outfit in the later seasons. {{Magneto}} notably also sports a darker outfit. Instead of his traditional red and purple, he now has a mostly black outfit with red plates over the torso.