Purgatory has a flame, and it has scorched the skin of this character. This usually is depicted as an even tan across the entire body (there are no tan lines). Note, this person doesn't have to be evil
per se, but they will have a grim origin or power source.
Can have Unfortunate Implications
, so sometimes instead of being "black" or "brown", they're sometimes other spectrums of darker colors.
Do not confuse with someone who is merely sporty or blue-collar; such as the Dark-Skinned Redhead
, that is just the effect of natural sunshine and outdoor work. The Dark-Skinned Blond
tends to be an exotic racial characteristic. Contrast Undeathly Pallor
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Anime and Manga
- Sailor Pluto from Sailor Moon; while she's the soldier of time, not necessarily a bad power in itself, she is a Well-Intentioned Extremist in one arc, she gives off a mysterious and wise aura and is suspected to be thousands of years old, and her powers have a lot of forbidden aspects that could tear the timeline apart. Thank goodness for Stable Time Loops. It's also notable that a common theory based upon one line in the manga suggests that she's a demigoddess.
- Victor and Kazuki as Victor III from Busou Renkin
- Archer from Fate/stay night. Especially noticable in that his past self, Shirou, did not have this tan; it's a side effect of pushing his powers past their limits so much.
- Akio (and Anthy) from Revolutionary Girl Utena.
- Urd from Ah! My Goddess, and her mother Hild; the Queen of Nifleheim.
- Angol Moa from Keroro Gunsou.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds: Rudger Godwin, following his death and rebirth as a Dark Signer.
- Depictions of the Devil in the 19th century often described him as a figure all in black; including swarthy skin, as if blackened by soot; Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" is a good example.
- In the short story "The Wild Asses of the Devil" by H. G. Wells, a demon turns up in the form of a charcoal burner, complete with soot-darkened skin.
- The Drow or Dark Elves from Dungeons & Dragons are dark-skinned; sometimes blue to avoid the Unfortunate Implications.
- This is also true for the duergar or deep dwarves, a degenerate and evil offshoot of dwarves who also live in the Underdark.
- Raven's demonic parentage from Teen Titans makes her blue-ish gray.
- Dr. Drakken from Kim Possible is blue. We're not entirely sure why; but it's related to his being evil; apparently, as Ron Stoppable turned evil one episode and also turned blue. Okay, he's not nearly as Bad Ass as the rest of these examples; but that's what evil is in the Kim Possible universe.
- Oleander, Villainous Glutton on Sushi Pack, has lavender-shaded skin for no explained reason.
- Hades in Disney's Hercules has pale ashen skin, but on the episode where he steals the sun, he develops a tan worthy of George Hamilton.