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->''"I know you want your identity safe, but think 'low profile', not 'ringwraith'."''
-->-- '''Tip''', ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''

One of the oldest required dress codes by the Forces of Darkness. A Black Cloak villain sometimes even [[CardCarryingVillain refers to himself as "Evil" or "Dark."]] The higher-up Black Cloaks may be supernatural beings patterned after TheGrimReaper. [[EvilMinions Lesser]] Black Cloaks are often {{cult}}ists of some kind belonging to a SecretCircleOfSecrets or ReligionOfEvil.

The black cloak may have sleeves (making it technically a robe). A [[InTheHood hood]] that conceals the face is often a required matching accessory.

Often Black Cloaks will wander around in public. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Nobody ever seems to question]] the people who are obviously concealing their identities. As with Stormtrooper armor, it's very easy for good guys to [[DressingAsTheEnemy steal the uniform and walk around undetected]] in enemy territory, at least for a little while. Wearing a black cloak also signifies if a hero is dallying with TheDarkSide, or is an AntiHero.

This is sometimes paired with a [[MalevolentMaskedMen Malevolent Mask]] for extra creepiness.

Can overlap with OminousOperaCape.

A SubTrope of EvilWearsBlack. See GoodColorsEvilColors.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Used in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' whenever the characters need to go undercover.
* The protagonist's disguise in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' involves a helmet that completely hides the face and a black cloak. [[strike:Though it remains a mystery if he really is a good person, or is just wanting power for himself.]] [[spoiler:As of the series finale, he is officially a good guy - one might even call him "Christlike..." For obvious reasons.]]
** In [[Manga/CodeGeassLelouchOfTheRebellion the manga series]] that's most faithful to the anime, Lelouch actually does wear a black cloak before having Zero's costume made.
* Nekozawa from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' wears one of these partially to be mysterious, and because he is extremely photosensitive. He even wears a black wig over his normally blonde hair. Oddly for this trope [[DarkIsNotEvil he's not evil.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has the Akatsuki, who have painted very stylish red clouds on their Black Cloaks, which, in a minor subversion, don't come with hoods (though they do have conical straw hats).
** Not to mention that the Akatsuki's robes apparently have speakers in them, as whenever they appear for the first time in an episode you hear a [[OminousLatinChanting chorus]] intoning something that sounds like "DESHTOOOOOOOOOY, SEPHOIREEEEEEEEE..." Somehow, that just makes them even ''more'' badass.
** You can tell when an Akatsuki is about to die, because they will generally throw off their cloak or it'll be burnt or destroyed.
*** And for the ones who ''have'' died, [[spoiler:when [[FanNickname Kabuchimaru]] revives them with Edo Tensei, he so very thoughtfully provides them all with hooded black cloaks, playing the trope dead on.]]
** There's a recent couple of panels in the manga in which Sasuke and Tobi are just sitting around in a tea house with no disguise other than a black robe. Seriously.
* The so-called-by-the-heroes "Black Cloaks" from the second story arc of the [[Anime/WorldMasterpieceTHeater Japanese Peter Pan animated series.]]
* Lord Ashram from ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar''.
* In ''Anime/{{Macross}}'', there's [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Exedore/Exsedol's]] redesigned form in ''[[Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove Do You Remember Love?]]'' and ''Anime/Macross7'': his entire body below the neck is shown as a black cloak with retractable tendril-like arms, but he's a fairly nice guy who serves as TheSpock instead of being a villain.
* In fitting with mage theme, ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' gave us the definitely final boss by the [[RedBaron title]] of "Mage of the Beginning" who wore one of these [[UltimateEvil to emphasize his mysteriousness]].
* Wiseman aka Death Phantom, BigBad of the second season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is a skeleton in a black cloak.
* Shinigami from ''Manga/SoulEater'' seems as if he's wearing one of these, though it's hard to tell if it's clothing or his actual body. When wearing his black robes and skull mask, Death the Kid looks like a miniature of his father (the first time it looked like it ''was'' until the perspective changed).
* Almost all of the Dark Signers in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' don black clocks. Those that do are typically shown hooded before they officially reveal themselves to the protagonists, ditching the hood for all subsequent appearances thereafter.
** The Rare Hunters in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' wear these.
** Aki also briefly wore one on-screen twice before officially joining the heroes.
* Guts is known as the Black Swordsman because of his cloak in the early volumes of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.
* In ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'', England wears a black cloak whenever he tries to put a curse on someone.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Hooded One in ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'''s longtime foe the Phantom Blot
* In Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} story ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'', villainous sorcerer Nightflame wears a black-and-red cloak.

* The Scottish Widow life insurance ads, although she's a goodie. We think. Being a widow at that age leads to questions...
** [[AllThereInTheManual The company was originally set up to provide for war widows]], who'd typically be quite young (at the time, [[DoubleStandard it was normal for men to marry]] [[ChristmasCake much younger wives]]).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': The members of the Questioning Order wear these as part of their usual outfit, along with a [[WhiteMaskOfDoom blank white mask]].
* In ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'', members of the secret society of gamers whom Gaz encounters in Episode 18 all wear hooded black cloaks. Their leader the Grandmaster of Gaming spices things up a bit by having gold trim on his.
** In Episode 19, Norlock suggests Zim wear one of these, along with a red ceramic mask, as a disguise when he starts [[spoiler: building his [[EnemyCivilWar rebellion]] against the Empire]], in order to create a mystique that'll gain the attention of his potential followers.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Yokai from ''Disney/BigHero6'' wears a long black trench coat with a sort of suit underneath covering his head.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In his progression from innocent farmboy to Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker started in a white outfit (''Film/ANewHope''), underwent most of his training in a grey flight suit (''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'') and wore a black jumpsuit under the traditional brown robe when he proclaimed himself a full Jedi Knight (''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''). Also, at the end of [=RotJ=], note that he comes to the celebration at the end with the front of his tunic partly unzipped... resulting in a patch of gray, surrounded by the dark. (The [[ExpandedUniverse comics and novels]] that take place afterward state that he had stained himself with the Dark Side quite a bit by then, but they were primarily written after the fact and may be considered a {{Retcon}}.)
** Almost all the [[TheDarkSide Sith]] [[CardCarryingVillain wear black cloaks]], including [[BloodKnight Darth Maul]], [[TheDragon Vader]] and [[BigBad Palpatine]]. [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels Dooku]] wears a brown cape, but he does wear [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience black clothing]], fitting for a [[FaceHeelTurn fallen Jedi]].
*** The Emperor/Senator Palpatine/Darth Sidious, who shows up this way in the original trilogy, the prequels, and the AnimatedAdaptation, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''. Anakin, his protege, originally omits the cloak from his personalized leather Jedi attire, but as he gets darker, he starts donning it as well. He upgrades to the signature black cape and [[VaderBreath life-support system]] of Darth Vader after losing to Obi-Wan.
** Lucas has [[AllThereInTheManual explained this phenomenon in interviews]]. In Star Wars, warm colors and Earth tones symbolize "humanity" (in the inclusive sense) while pure black and pure white both symbolize impersonality. Hence the Empire is entirely black-and-white to signify that it is coldly institutional. Luke wears black to signify that he has become more reserved and withdrawn from daily tumult with his Force training. (However, in the prequels, the Jedi wear earth tones but are some of the most impersonal characters in the series.)
*** The explanation was made years before the prequels came out. In fact, it has been revealed that originally the Jedi were all supposed to wear black in the prequels, but this plan was ditched because they didn't want the viewers to be confused who's who, and wanted to make Obi-Wan and the rest of the Jedis immediately recognisable as such. Since the original trilogy had established brown cloaks for the Jedi by accident, they had to stick by that to retain the iconic style they had unconsciously created.
*** Occam's Razor explanation: [[BringMyBrownPants brown cloaks don't show the dirt]].
* Those damn Ephors from ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300.]]''
* Appropriately worn by Death in ''Film/DeathTakesAHoliday''.
* Mostly inverted in ''Film/TheMatrix'' where the good guys were identified by their distinctive black leather trenchcoats. On the bad guys' side, The Twins in particular not only wore white trenchcoats but were themselves albino.
** And it fits within the setting considering the main characters are computer hackers and other varieties of Internet geeks, who of course are going to give their avatars cool outfits with long flowing black cloaks.
* ''Film/HotFuzz'' where the [[spoiler:Neighbourhood Watch]] wear black hooded cloaks when committing their murders, but also when holding their meetings which, along with OminousLatinChanting, is done for no other purpose than to spoof this trope.
* In the film version of ''Film/AngelsInAmerica'', Prior wears a sort of modernized cloak (almost a hoodie, but not quite) in each scene after he takes the book (except [[spoiler:the one post-TimeSkip]].) It's quite an attention-grabber when compared to the normal people he walks past. (The play creates a similar effect with a black coat and a scarf that's draped like a hood.)
* The killers from ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' films wear black cloaks along with the signature Scream-masks.
* In the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films, the Dementors are almost intangible (to avoid looking too much like Nazgûl), while the Death Eaters are basically the wizard KKK with their robes the opposite colour.
* ''Film/{{Cthulhu}}'' (2007). The protagonist sees a line of cloaked and hooded figures coming across the bridge towards him, and is so freaked out he steals a boat to avoid them.
* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', [[spoiler: the Red Skull]] is seen wearing a grim reaper-esque cloak for his new role as [[spoiler: the keeper of the Soul Infinity Stone]].

* Prince Vladimir, the BigBad MagnificentBastard in the ''Literature/NightfallSeries'' often wears one.
* The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' by Creator/CharlesDickens, published in 1843, is a rare example of a good (though still scary) guy being a Black Cloak.
* The Ringwraiths in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** Averted by Saruman the White, who became Saruman of Many Colours after his [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]].
** Lampshaded in ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings''.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Voldemort's Death Eaters and the Dementors. [[DarkIsNotEvil Snape]] always wears one, even on balls and parties. The Dementor's cloak is all we ever actually see of them; when Harry asks Lupin what's under the hood, he's told that no-one knows for sure, because the only time they lower their hoods is when they [[FateWorseThanDeath suck out someone's soul through their mouth]]. [[spoiler: When they try to Kiss Harry, he sees an EyelessFace with a toothless, sucking mouth.]]
** Not quite played straight, though, because Hogwarts students also wear black robes and cloaks, as their school uniform.
* The Geki in ''{{Literature/Valhalla}}'' always appear as black cloaks, and as of Book 1 may in fact not have anything inside.
* In ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' famous people traveling incognito wear black sashes, anyone who recognizes them is supposed to ignore them while they are wearing the sashes.
* Subverted in ''Literature/DonQuixote'', when the titular ingenius hidalgo mistakes a group of Benedictine friars for evil wizards.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels, the followers of Nuitari, the God of BlackMagic, wear hooded black robes... [[spoiler: [[MagnificentBastard Raistlin]]]] among them.
* Literature/{{Dracula}} himself. In his journal entry for 12 May, Jonathan Harker sees the count climbing face down the wall of the castle like a lizard, "his cloak spreading out around him like great wings." Its color isn't specified by Harker; black is likely given Dracula's sartorial choices elsewhere in the novel. Lampshaded in "Film/LoveAtFirstBite."
* In ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'':
** The AntiHero protagonist Kvothe receives one from a powerful Fae, woven from [[InsubstantialIngredients shadows and moonlight]] and imbued with defensive magic. He can also resize it with a thought, which he finds rather handy.
** Haliax, {{the Faceless}} leader of the [[ShroudedInMyth Chandrian]], wears a hooded black robe when Kvothe sees him. It's redundant, since his body is [[DarkIsEvil shrouded in impenetrable shadow]] even in full sunlight, but even {{omnicidal|Maniac}} {{Time Abyss}}es need to keep the rain off.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', an experienced con man is annoyed that his underling thinks hurrying through city streets in a voluminous black cloak avoids attention.
---> '''TheIgor:''' Allow me to take your highly notithable hooded black cloak thur.
** The Auditors, cosmic enemies of TheEvilsOfFreeWill, physically manifest as gray hooded robes... with nothing inside them.
** Also parodied (of course) in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' by the Mysterious Ancient Brotherhood of ... something, complete with passwords, magic rituals, and much debate between members of the circle.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the [[ShadowWalker shadow-walking]] HumanoidAbomination Myrddraal wear black cloaks that don't move in the wind. The countries near {{Mordor}} tend to outlaw hooded cloaks and other face-concealing clothing because of this: they want to double-check that everyone is human.
* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' comes at this trope from both sides. To the Kingdom of Isles, the black-robed Tsurani magicians were the most horrible monsters, maintaining the portals that made the war possible and occasionally bringing their unheard-of power directly to the battlefield with terrifying results. On the other side, the magicians were hardly evil and considered themselves loyal citizens, selflessly serving their empire (which itself isn't TheEmpire after all). And the black robes weren't meant to be ominous - it's just their uniform.
* The {{Necromancer}}s Cowl and Kumori in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' use black robes to conceal their identities, and magically deflect the {{Muggle|s}} attention it could bring. This doesn't stop Harry from mocking their fashion sense at every chance:
-->''"Touche, oh dark master of evil bathrobes."''\\
''"I told these guys yesterday I didn't want to buy a ring."''\\
''"Bring it, Darth Bathrobe!"''
* Several characters and organizations in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' wear them - the Kir Monks, [[EvilSorcerer Sinistrad]], the necromancers of Abarrach, and sometimes [[AntiVillain Lord Xar]]. Not all these characters are evil, but all have some connection to death or darkness (such as the Kir, a TrueNeutral religion of creepy but largely harmless death-worshippers).
* Inverted in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' with the Night's Watch. Instead of being evil, they guard Westeros from threats.
* In ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'', TheEmpire's Steel Inquisitors wear them as their official uniform within the CorruptChurch's hierarchy. Unusually, they normally keep their hoods down, so their victims can see their faces- particularly, the giant SpikesOfVillainy pounded ''through their eyes''.
* Richard of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series acquires one of these. Slightly subverted as it's magic camouflage.
* As Gilbert of ''Literature/TheWitchWatch'' notes, 'Why don't cults ever wear yellow robes? It would catch people off guard'
* In ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun'', torturers - including the protagonist Severian - wear hooded cloaks of Fuligin, "the color that is darker than black". This makes Severian almost invisible in the dark, but attracts unwelcome attention in his home city, so that he has to cover up the cloak. The resultant visit to a costume shop kicks of several major plot threads.
* The ''Duuk-tsarith'' from ''Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy'', also known as Warlocks, are the enforcers of the local CorruptChurch, wear all-black robes that obscure their faces, and say very little. Most are unnerved by their very presence.
* ''Many'' villains in the ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series. The Warlock Lord and his Skull Bearer lieutenants from ''The Sword of Shannara'', their successors the Mord Wraiths from ''The Wishsong of Shannara'', and the powerful demon called the Reaper from ''The Elfstones of Shannara'' are the most traditional examples. In ''Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara'', [[StateSec the Seekers]] (an organization that is actually a front for [[TheHeartless the Shadowen]]) usually wear these as part of their uniform, but their leader [[BigBad Rimmer Dall]] actually usually keeps his hood down and face visible, in contrary to most examples. In ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'', the Ilse Witch and her mentor [[EvilSorcerer the Morgawr]] wear hooded ''grey'' cloaks that convey the same general look.
* [[spoiler: Gaithim]] of ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' wears one of these, marking him as a [[spoiler: hoshek, or mage of [[DarkIsEvil Darkness]].]]
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': There is a band of rogues that ''call themselves'' the Black Cloaks, and use codenames like "Dark Staff" and "Dark Axe". Their purpose in ''Literature/AMagesPower'' is to kidnap Ataidar's princess for their mysterious boss.
* In ''Literature/TheRulesOfSupervillainy'', the protagonist has a Sith-robe like artifact called the Reaper's Cloak.
* The Crippled God from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' usually covers himself in dark-coloured rags, rather than an actual cloak, but the look is very similar. He mainly uses the rags to hide his malformed body, but still forgoes a proper cloak since he made imperfection and sickness his motto.
* The AlwaysChaoticEvil kif from the ''Literature/ChanurNovels'' all wear hooded black robes. Being completely color blind they ''used'' to wear robes whose color was just determined by whatever color fabric was cheapest, until a mahendo'sat merchant, as a practical joke, sold some kif fabric with patterns made from violently clashing garish colors, causing those kif to lose face when laughed at by non-color blind species. The thing is, in kif society losing face can be ''deadly'', so to avoid such a thing in the future all kif decided to wear black, since they ''can'' tell the difference between black and non-black.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Most of Daenerys' outfits in Season 7 are black cloaklike dresses with ShouldersOfDoom.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' had Duncan being attacked in his dreams by a Black Cloak. He went to a mystic who specialized in this, who gave a lot of psychobabble about the darkness within, and told Duncan not to fight it and try to understand it. It turned out that the mystic ''was'' the Black Cloak, and it was a scheme to get Duncan to drop his guard.
* Typical villains in various ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episodes.
* The Ghouls from ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''.
* In ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'', the protagonist falls for the trope when he sees a Black Cloak attacking an old man. As it turned in, it was just [[TheGrimReaper death]] doing his job, which he had to pay up for.
* The new-series ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The End of the World" has a group of Black Cloaks who, at one point, seem to be behind the EvilPlan; however, they're really a decoy for the true villain.
** The winders in "The Beast Below".
** The Headless Monks in "A Good Man Goes To War''.
** Even the classic series didn't shy away from doing this: TheMaster, the Doctor's ArchEnemy, wore one of these during "The Deadly Assassin" and "The Keeper of Traken", when his final incarnation's body was just a decaying husk, and was only alive because of ThePowerOfHate.
* His Divine Shadow in ''{{Series/Lexx}}''.
* Although the {{Man Eating Plant}}s are hardly trying to conceal their identity, the 2009 remake of ''Film/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' clearly draws on the creepiness of this trope by giving the Triffids purple cowl-like hoods which they unfurl cobra-like before striking.
* Inverted in ''Series/BabylonFive'' - the Rangers wear black cloaks, but they're good.

* Music/{{Disturbed}}'s {{Mascot}} The Guy tends to get depicted this way an {{JustForFun/egregious}} amount [[http://www.amazon.com/Disturbed-Skull-22X34-Poster-Death/dp/B002TI9X7W%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAIZGCAPHV6AFOSQYA%26tag%3Dws%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB002TI9X7W on]] [[http://disturbed.shop.bravadousa.com/Product.aspx?cp=12754_13160&pc=BGCTDB12 their]] [[http://disturbed.shop.bravadousa.com/Product.aspx?cp=12754_13160&pc=BGCTDB52 merchandise]] (which may have to do [[InTheHood with his trademark hoodedness]]).
* The members of the band ''Music/SunnO'' wear black robes.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The cult members in Music/LinkinPark's music video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1zVmfan32U "One Step Closer"]] dress like this. Partially subverted, since curious onlookers ''do'' notice a Black Cloaked individual's strange garb and decide to follow him to his hiding place. HilarityEnsues.
* Mystery Skulls's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdPupUIncgc "Paralyzed"]] centers around some kind of shadowy basketball cult, with every player dressed in shapeless black cloaks.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Archangel Dominic from ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' is well known for wearing a black cloak that conceals all and even blocks perceptive supernatural powers directed at him. Whether he's a KnightTemplar, a genuine good guy with a really hard job (he's the Archangel of Judgment, responsible for keeping the angelic host free of corruption) or secretly outright evil is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation up to the individual GM]].
* ''MagicTheGathering'' is chock full of these. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=190575 Warlocks]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=136205 wraiths]] are no strangers to dramatic cowls, and ''Magic'''s [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=183418 specters]] are literally nothing but black cloaks.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** The page picture is the uniform of Organization XIII, though they tend to pull down their hoods and show their faces unless they're being intentionally mysterious. Said coats have darkness-resistant properties, and while Organization XIII mostly just wears them for the effect, characters such as Riku and Mickey wear them to protect their hearts from being worn away by the darkness.
** Oddly and ironically enough, Roxas is explicitly told that Organization members should keep a low profile, and make attempts to not be noticed. Odder still is that the kids of Twilight Town don't seem to find anything suspicious or off about a teenage boy their age wearing a black cloak, or that two people in black cloaks (one an adult, and the other the aforementioned boy) are interrogating them.
** Of course, from every game after ''II'', every character that's meant to have a mysterious, unknown identity has worn these cloaks, so as to keep a vibe of confusion around the entire series, [[RuleOfDrama whether it makes sense for them or not]], such as [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded Data Riku]] and the Unknown.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX'' reveals that the cloak was first worn by the Master of Masters, the original Keyblade Master. He may have even been the one to invent the design.
* The Shadowlords from ''VideoGame/UltimaV''.
* The Black Cloak Society from ''VideoGame/KingsQuest''.
* The Sephiroth clones from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', though they're more innocent victims forced to take after their namesake, only doing evil when directly manipulated by him.
* ''Arcanum''[==]'s final boss [[spoiler:Kerghan ]] is a Black Cloak (well, the cloak is red and gold, but its the same idea) as are most of the Molochean Hand assassins trying to murder you.
* A few of the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games have a BigBad wearing a ''[[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple]]'' cloak.
** Also, all dark magic users, even good ones, wear cloaks of this kind, though of varying and often nondark colors (normal enemy shamans wear red, for instance).
* Los Illuminados of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''.
* Tyrael from ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' is a ''brown'' cloak, and oddly enough, he's one of the good guys.
** Although the brown-cloaked figure seen in the cinematics is actually [[spoiler:Baal ''pretending'' to be Tyrael]]. And he's definitely ''not'' one of the good guys.
** And there's the Dark Wanderer, dressed similarly in ''almost'' black, although he doesn't much bother to hide his face with the hood. Maybe because [[DemonicPossession it's not his, anyway]].
* The [[UncannyValley Seekers]] from ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}} 2''. Xardas the necromancer also wears black robes, but [[DarkIsNotEvil he's on your side.]]
* [[spoiler:Princess Zelda]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. In this case, it's a cloak of mourning for [[spoiler:her fallen kingdom]].
* The Ethereals of ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'' take them in orange. The image under their autopsy research entry is the only time we see their faces. Subversion: Without the cloaks, they don't look very badass.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', when monsters are shown on the overworld it is as a blue/black cloaked figure.
* The Cult of the Damned, as well as Putress, from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. In fact, most cultists in the game, including the Twilight's Hammer and mortals serving the Burning Legion. Best to say that anyone rocking the Black Cloak look in the game is not the sort of person you invite over for tea, even if they're technically on your side.
** Putress' attire is actually the warlock tier 8 armour set. Warlock armour often goes for this look.
* [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Darth Revan]] sports one of these, as well as a face-concealing mask, hakama-pants, and complex armor. Darth Nihilus's costume is all in black and also includes a hooded cloak; Traya as well. Most other Sith in those games aren't quite so concealed - Dark Jedi mooks have hoods and cloth covering their noses and mouths, but no capes.
** Of course, the ''real'' reason for Darth Revan's mask was [[spoiler: that he/she's your player character]] and you're not supposed to find out about that just because of a few visions.
* Purge in ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Part 2'' wears a Black Cloak, although he ditches it later.
* Members of the Black Hand in the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] in the video game ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' wear black cloaks and hoods, as do necromancers. Oddly, even brand new black hand robes appear to have significant green staining.
** Yeeeah, new... did you not notice the [[spoiler:'''naked''' upside-down mutilated corpse]] when they handed you the robe?
* ''VideoGame/TheHauntedMansion'' features a ghost powered by terror incarnate that wears one.
* [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Malthael]], in contrast to the other angels of the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' universe, wears a very sinister-looking black hooded cloak. He was originally the head of the [[CouncilOfAngels Angiris Coucil]] as Wisdom, but the Sin War Trilogy and [[VideoGame/DiabloIII Reaper of Souls, the expansion to the third game]], make a case for his portfolio actually being Death instead of Wisdom.
* The [[StateSec Black Robes]] of Novaya Russia in ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'' are this with eastern crosses and laser guns.
** ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' has a few characters in long black garb.
** Rodrigo Borgia in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', for most of the story, sports a cloak with [[InTheHood a hood covering his head]]. His face is not entirely concealed, but it gives his eyes a sinister glow at times that make him look like a male version of [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Kasumi Goto]]. He stops using it after he [[spoiler: becomes Pope Alexander VI]].
** Ezio can also do this if you dye his clothes black in one of the shops. Altair's Armor is also a black coat of sorts.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'': Jacob and Evie Frye's Assassin Robes are black by default.
* In ''VideoGame/NightmareRealm'', an eerie, fiery-eyed, taloned entity in tattered black robes abducts a little girl from her home.
* In Creator/ArtixEntertainment games there is always the Mysterious Stranger, a being who leads the shadowsycthe organization(s) and desires to bring DOOOOOOOOM upon the world.
* Although it's white, not black, Albedo's cloak (complete with wings used for gliding!) from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has pretty much the same effect as a black cloak.
* ''[[VideoGame/KikiKaiKai Pocky & Rocky]]'' has the villain Black Mantle.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has the Ascians, who combine this with [[MalevolentMaskedMen face-concealing masks]] and [[CastsNoShadow nonexistent shadows]] for maximally [[ObviouslyEvil obvious evil]].
* The Cabal Fanatics in ''Videogame/{{Blood}}'' wear hooded black robes. The somewhat more common Cultists wear brown robes instead.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Toonstruck}}'', you need a black cloak to enter Seedy's bowling alley in the Malevolands.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The [[BigBad Big Bad]] of ''WebAnimation/TrueTail,'' named Eldritch the Necromancer wears a black cloak.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied multiple times in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}!''. In one case, a character has both this ''and'' is sitting in complete obscuring darkness; when asked why, she states that she really needs to get around to replacing some lightbulbs.
* A long, black, face-conceling cloak is worn by one of the ''protagonists'' of ''Webcomic/NegativeOne'', Adele, to hide the fact that she is not human.
* Used and justified in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. The protagonists use this disguise against guards on the lookout for Agatha. The guards recognize it as suspicious immediately, and arrest them. Too bad the heroes expected it, and had dressed up Zeetha in the clock instead, just to check if Agatha could sneak in with such a disguise.
* Aldran, the protagonist of ''Webcomic/AntiHeroes'' always has a black cloak on and [[TheFaceless the hood completely obscures his face]].
* Minister Malack, a LizardFolk cleric of Nergal in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' wears one. Given the presence of ''Franchise/StarWars'' references in the arc in which he features, his outfit might be a ShoutOut to the typical Sith-wear.
** And/or another traditional dark-cloak wearing [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0871.html creature...]]
* ''Webcomic/BeyondTheCanopy'': [[BigBad The Baron]] wears one, as does his right-hand man, Shambles.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'',[[spoiler: Noah]] wears this along with a [[InTheHood hood]] to conceal his identity as the one fans refer to as the [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-10-18 "The Child Left Behind."]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'', [[spoiler:Azeel]] has taken to make this his dress code after he CameBackWrong, so it takes a while for [[spoiler:Corrick]] to recognize who he really is.
* In ''Webcomic/DearChildren'', the figures in the graveyard and the figure in Cail's dream both appear to be wearing some kind of black cloak, in addition to their [[MalevolentMaskedMen masks]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfTaras The Chronicles of Taras: Red Dementia]],'' Ghost, a five-foot-three-inch high Albino girl, wears this kind of clothing to protect her from the sub-freezing temperature of the black desert and the bright sunlight.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', both the Totenkopfs and the clerics of the dark god Mardük wear black cloaks, and neither faction is nice.
* Lord Carruthers' Shadow in the ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'' [[SeasonFinale season 1 finale]], "lonelygirl15 Season Finale".
** Lord Carruthers himself (and [[spoiler:Sarah]]) in series 3.
* The aptly-named Cloakar from the web fiction serial ''Literature/DimensionHeroes''.
* The BigBad of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', [[spoiler: Lear Dunham]], sports one of these.
* The {{supervillain}}ess Hekate's 'Master', so horrific that even she is scared of him, in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse stories.
** Jinn when going around on Campus as Shroud has one (and being a autonomous telekinetic construct possesing Objects she also technicaly IS the Cloak)
* The servant of the Death God in ''{{Literature/Tasakeru}}'' is a black, hooded cloak with nothing underneath but a column of smoke and [[GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath glowing white eyes]].
* ''WebVideo/StuffYouLike'''s ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' review opens with thunder, weird lighting and a face-obscuring BlackCloak:
--> Sursum Ursa: Greetings, [[BadBoss minions]]. Welcome to hell.
* Members of the league of evil villains opposed to Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM all wear these.
* In ''Literature/TheGraystoneSaga,'' Lady Gray wears one whenever she's out in public, and prefers to keep her hood up. Considering the sort of reaction she inspires in people when they realize who she is, it's hard to blame her.
* Parodied in [[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/3083396/1/Psychronicles Psychronicles]] with the introduction of the main characters. It was mainly Rina's idea due to them belonging to a shady agency of supernatural specialists.
* ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' features some of these as supporting antagonists. They even refer to themselves as "Cloak Number X".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A skeleton from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' wears a black cloak.
* The evil Wizard named [=NoHeart=] from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Care Bears|1980s}}'' children's cartoon was a Black Cloak.
* Skeletor is depicted this way, especially in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002''.
** In the newer version he spends half of the first episode just in a black cloak with his face hidden in the shadows, presumably for dramatic effect, even thought ''everyone'' watching knows exactly who he is and approximately what he's going to look like.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', worn by the mysterious Hooded Chicken.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Luna Eclipsed", Princess Luna arrives wearing one. It dissolves into ''living bats'' when she wants to take it off.
* The Hooded Claw from ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''.
* Raven from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is technically heroic, but as a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demon]] destined to destroy the world, she qualifies as "[[DarkIsNotEvil dark.]]"
** Perhaps ironically, when she is corrupted by [[spoiler: a dragon trapped in an ancient tome]], she switches to a ''white'' cloak.
*** She also wears white when [[spoiler: she's gone reclusive and insane in a BadFuture.]] LightIsNotGood much?
*** But to counterbalance these, she also wears white after she takes down [[spoiler: Trigon and restores all the petrified people to life]].
*** She also wears white when she unites the disparate parts of herself to take down Trigon within her own mind. White symbolizes her having attained "full power" or something like that. There's probably a psychological aspect to it, Raven being psychic/magical and all.
*** Also white is the color of light before refracted by the atmosphere and divided into color.
* Scavenger's first appearance in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' has him wearing a cloak that hides most of his body. Why does a robot have a cloak?
** [[RuleOfCool Same reason]] [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Lockdown]] has a poncho.
* Jack Spicer in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' wears one of these.
* Zuko in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' wears one from time to time.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'': The killer wears a black cloak and a black mask covering his head.
* Dr. Destiny's mental avatar in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' wears a black cloak. In his cameo in JLU, he's physically wearing one.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': Aku worshippers in the BadFuture, such as the alien girl in the pilot episode and the Daughters of Aku, usually don black cloaks to emulate his appearance. Aku himself doesn't wear a cloak--he ''[[VoluntaryShapeshifting is]]'' [[VoluntaryShapeshifting the cloak]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Most outfits that conceal your identity will probably make you stick out like a sore thumb. It might be possible to accomplish with a hat and pair of sunglasses, but you would still look pretty shady.
* TruthInTelevision for the full habit of most Catholic priests, especially those in the religious orders of the Benedictines, the Redemptorists, and the Congregation of Holy Cross (to name a few). The Dominicans are called "the Black Friars" for this reason.
* French footballer Nicolas Anelka thought it was a good idea to wear a black cloak after he was expelled for shaming reasons. Well, maybe it kept him from being recognized by other passengers, but he looked really silly when hordes of journalists filmed and interviewed him. Real life subversion?
* Ivan the Terrible's secret police, the Oprichniki, were easily recognizable for wearing black, hooded, monk's robes.