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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 ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. Badass in the comics, but his standard yellow costume (or the brown one he wore for a while) would look ridiculous in real life.

Usual justification is to make the suit actually practical or add a sense of realism, since spandex isn't known for stopping bullets. Even heroes stated to be bulletproof might be given something that at least ''looks'' as though it serves as protection. Sometimes, though, it's just [[RuleOfCool for the hell of it]]. ''Film/XMen'' producer Lauren Shuler Donner even said the black leather helped the characters blend into the night given most scenes weren't at daytime.

Recently, this trope has started to be played differently; while the costumes often retain the colours and general look of their comic basis, they're overhauled to be more practical - adding straps and coloured panels to suggest the old costume, for example, or having cowls and helmets whose ornamental flourishes contain disguised gadgets where they were previously just ornamental. The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is likely responsible for popularising this approach, as noted below; with few exceptions, the suits all wear their classic colours, but now they actually look like what someone might reasonably wear if they were going to go out fighting bad guys.

Superheroes are the most likely to take on this trope, but it can happen regardless of moral alignment. Super villains and {{Wild Card}}s count as long as the character wears a colorful outfit outside of live action.

SisterTrope to SpandexLatexOrLeather. Related to CivvieSpandex, NotWearingTights, and MarqueeAlterEgo. 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]]

* ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'' gives several of the characters altered costumes to make them resemble a more realistic, movie-style version of their classic selves. 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
** Miles Morales, the [[AffirmativeActionLegacy second]] Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan, 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]] ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' and [[MarvelComics Marvel]]'s ''Comicbook/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!'', Wolverine, 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?

-->'''ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}''': I'm not about the tights and shit. Never was.
* Very briefly after his [[ComicBook/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 [[Franchise/{{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.
* ComicBook/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 - Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', being an adaptation of ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' arc, has Superman wearing the black suit from the comics, with the same explanation; that it absorbs solar power, and he's still recovering from his "death". Presumably, he switches back at the end.
* Inverted for ''Disney/BigHero6''. Honey Lemon wore a black bra and leggings in the comics, with a red leather jacket. The film gives her a more colorful pink number with a skirt over purple tights. [=GoGo=] had a yellow and purple costume in the comic but the purple was changed to black for the film (though yellow is still the predominant color). The others wore their comic accurate costumes.

[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* 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 ComicBook/{{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]]
** In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' the Caped Crusader wears the traditional black-and-gray suit as well as a suit of gray PoweredArmor; both of which appear to be heavily influenced by the character's appearance in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''. Similarly; Comicbook/WonderWoman's suit is still red and blue, but the colors are significantly more muted. Her red and white ThighHighBoots have also been replaced with armored gold boots with red on the sides.
* 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 dark oxblood red rather than its bright 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.
* ''[[Series/TheIncredibleHulk The Trial Of The Incredible Hulk]]'' TV movie features Daredevil in a black costume and this was around the time ''Film/{{Batman}}'' hit the cinemas
* All the {{GI Joe}}s in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' were put in black {{spy catsuit}}s for the movie, rather than each having a distinct, unique, and colorful costume as they have in other adaptations.
* 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 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.
* ''Film/XMen'' film franchise:
** {{Lampshaded}} in ''Film/XMen1'' when Cyclops quips that Wolverine might prefer "yellow spandex" instead of his black leather. 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.
** Averted in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' - with justification, given it's a OriginStory. The X-Men wear kevlar-like yellow and blue suits reminiscent of the comics, The villains (aside from Emma Frost) do wear black, even if Shaw has a white tux at a certain point. Magneto adopts his red and purple costume for the ending (but this was changed for the next film due to a {{Narm}} reaction from fans).
** 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.
** ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}''[='s=] title character averts this, as he wears what's pretty much an exact replica of the classic red spandex costume he has in the comics. He straight up lampshades this trope in both the actual movie and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glEcKXvgPs4 this test footage/trailer]]:
--->'''Deadpool:''' [[BreakingTheFourthWall "Oh, hello there.]] I bet you're wondering why the red suit? Well that's so bad guys can't see me bleed. Let's hope [[{{Mooks}} these guys]] [[BringMyBrownPants brought their brown pants!"]]
*** Negasonic Teenage Warhead plays this straight ''and'' averts it. As a goth, her civilian gear consists of black leather, but she also wears a yellow X-Men uniform that looks like it came straight out of a comic book. It's probably the most comic-accurate X-Men uniform since the ones seen in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
*** Ajax and Angel Dust play this straight. Weasel even jokes about how they look like they're going to a midnight showing of ''Film/{{Blade II}}''.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' plays both sides. In some cases it averts it altogether, particularly in the case of Comicbook/{{Psylocke}}: Betsy's costume is practically a right-off-the-page recreation of the 90s Jim Lee [[ThongOfShielding Thongkini]]. Likewise, Comicbook/{{Jubilee}} gets to wear wear her classic bright yellow coat, jeans, big hoop earrings, and pink sunglasses, while Apocalypse is blue and draws inspiration from his classic look including tubes running along his head. Both averted and played straight with the X-Men themselves. They start off in black body armor similar to the uniforms from the original movies (actually flight suits they take from a military base), [[spoiler: but the final scene shows them all in colorful costumes straight out of the comics. Nightcrawler even has his trademark red outfit]].
* {{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.
** Miller is known to prefer the black and white reprints over the original color comics. Some think it adds an extra bit of noir to the more dramatic stories.
* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Harry Osborn as "the New Goblin" is in 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.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'':
*** The HYDRA troops wear green and yellow uniforms in the comics, but had black body armor in the movie.
*** And of course, [[ComicBook/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.
*** Captain America's comic outfit (complete with the funny-looking wings on the sides of the head) is used as Steve's USO costume. When he's actually on the job, his outfit is still patriotically-themed but far less gaudy (his helmet being a modified soldier's helmet and his clothes being combat gear complete with various pouches and holster straps).
** ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' 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.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'':
*** Cap ditches his colorful costume from ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' in favor of a darker suit reminiscent of his [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/f57cbe9e3919cce338a5c245bce88fab/tumblr_mgc3hjQ6Fc1r2egjko1_r1_500.jpg Commander Rogers outfit]] from ''ComicBook/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]].
*** ComicBook/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 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.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' changes Ronan's robes from green to black.
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': Hawkeye once more doesn't wear his classic purple duds, but does wear a BadassLongcoat that greatly resembles his Ronin costume from the comics, and incorporates some details from his classic suit. It also comes with giving him more purple, despite being largely black. Similarly, both ScarletWitch 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]].
** In ''Film/AntMan'', the titular suit is recolored mostly black with red highlights on the torso. This is even referenced in the film proper when Scott at first thinks the costume is an old leather motorcycle suit. The helmet has also been redesigned to cover the entire face, and the cartoonish antennae are now reduced to a pair of small prongs protruding straight up from the sides of the helmet. [[spoiler: When Hope's [[TheWasp Wasp]] armor is unveiled at the end, it's shown to have black leggings but a lot of yellow and some red as well.]]
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' is a mixed bag. Captain America once again dons a red, white and blue outfit similar to the one he wore in ''Avengers: Age of Ultron'', however the white from the arms is removed. Falcon's outfit has been redesigned to include more red and silver, while Hawkeye now has a completely new costume that's mostly covered in purple and appears closer to his original 616 comic design. Scarlet Witch also has a red costume now. This trope is surprisingly inverted with Comicbook/BlackPanther, whose costume is given silver detailing that actually makes it look ''more'' colorful than what he usually wears in the comics.
** ComicBook/{{Thanos}} plays with this trope as well, since he is the BiggerBad of the whole MCU. While he does retain his blue and gold color scheme from the comics, it's much more muted than it is in the comics. In addition, Thanos' costume is much more armored than it is in the comics, possibly because his blue and gold spandex costume [[PragmaticAdaptation looks too ridiculous on live action]].
* The ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman 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://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--q3hqbvzN--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/18xltagvxvi2ojpg.jpg more practical-looking set of dark purple armor]].
* In ''Film/KamenRiderTheFirst'' and ''Film/KamenRiderTheNext'', the original three Riders' costumes go from cloth to leather, and use more subdued colors overall; compare [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/3/32/V3.png the original 1973 version]] of KamenRiderV3 to [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/f/f5/Kamen_Rider_Hopper_Version_3.png "Hopper Version 3"]] from 2006. The same happens over the course of the two movies, as [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/a/ad/Img_first01.jpg Hongo]] and [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/5/5c/Kamen_Rider_2_The_First_Version.png Ichimonji]]'s suits faded in the two-year interim, becoming [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/a/ae/Kamen_Rider_1_The_Next_Version.png much]] [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/8/86/Kamen_Rider_2_The_Next_Version.png/revision/latest?cb=20160120113918 darker]] (with Hongo's suit outright changing from dark blue to dark green.
* 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 in silver metal or black leather.
* ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' features its hero wearing a black, grey and green suit (made by his mother).
* 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.
* ''Film/RoboCop2014'' has the title cyborg go through a redesign, from chrome color similar to the design from the first film to a black coloration.
* 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.

[[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/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, 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]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Superman wears 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.
** 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}}''
** The show plays with this concerning Comicbook/{{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.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** Mike Peterson, the only vaguely "superhero-ish" character from Season One , wears a black ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}-issued bodysuit before switching it.
** Blackout's "costume" is basically a black shirt with a black duster.
* ''[[{{Series/Daredevil2015}} Daredevil]]'': in the first season, the title character wears various black outfits, usually including civilian clothing and a black hood. This is based a black outfit designed by John Romita Jr during his and Creator/{{Frank Miller}}'s influential Daredevil run. He's frequently referred to as "the man in black." At the end of the season, he gains his trademark suit and name, though his suit has noticeably more black in it than his comic version.
* ''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 noticeably darker than the comic book version, mainly because of difficulty with filming bright red colors in RealLife, and has reduced yellow elements and a red ChestInsignia. When [[EvilCounterpart the Reverse-Flash]] shows up, his costume is largely yellow, but actually ''does'' have black for its bottom half and gloves.
** Outright averted with the future version of the Flash seen in the 2024 newspaper article and very briefly in a flashback/forward (depending on which character you mean); he has a brighter red costume and a white insignia rather than a red one, darn near identical to the comic book costume. 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.
** Played straight with Zoom, the BigBad of Season Two. However, this likely has less to do with thinking his comic outfit looks too silly and more to do with wanting to differentiate him from the Reverse-Flash, who, like the comic version of Zoom, wears a yellow costume.
* Downplayed if not averted in ''[[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} Supergirl]]'', where Kara wears a traditional red, blue, and yellow costume. The colors are a little less bold than in the comics, but it's still a lot more colorful than Superman's ''Man of Steel'' outfit.

* In keeping with the game's grungier style and the protagonist's rougher origin and personality, ''VideoGame/DMCDevilMayCry'' replaces Dante's long white hair and bright red longcoat with punkish shaven black and battered black leather with red lower sleeves, lining and collar, respectively. His old color-scheme returns super-saturated when he's in Devil Trigger form, and at the end of the game [[spoiler:his hair has turned white]].

* 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. ComicBook/{{Katana}} as well (though she has since adopted a black costume in the ''ComicBook/{{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/TheAvengers2012 the movie]], rather than his traditional purple costume.
* ''WesternAnimation/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. ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is notable for starting off in his classic orange costume and then transitioning to a black, maskless outfit in the later seasons. ComicBook/{{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. Mystique starts off wearing her traditional white costume, before switching to a skimpier black one in Season 2.