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- 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 Sgt. Frog.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Rudger Godwin, following his death and rebirth as a Dark Signer.
- Humanized fanarts of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's character Luna (or her evil alter-ego Nightmare Moon) usually depict her with a tanned skin (when she is not depicted with her usual dark blue skin). Strangely enough, she is supposed to be the Princess of the Night, while her sister Celestia — the Princess of the Day — is usually depicted with an ivory skinnote .
- 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.
- H.P. Lovecraft described Nyarlathotep as having jet-black skin.
- Akuma of Street Fighter.
- Dark skin is a common feature of the various incarnations of Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts.
- Carona aka "Another Marona" from Phantom Brave.
- Rozalin from Disgaea 2 takes on this characteristic when she reverts back to Overlord Zenon.
- Cia, Big Bad of Hyrule Warriors, is heavily tanned with white hair. This seems to be a direct result of Ganondorf's influence, as Lana, her good side made manifest, has pale skin, as does Cia herself in the DLC costume that depicts her pre-possession.
- The Dunmer of The Elder Scrolls series. Their dark skin and red eyes are the result of a curse placed upon the entire race when the Tribunal slighted Azura by using the Heart of Lorkhan to attain godhood and (allegedly) murdered her champion, Nerevar, when he tried to stop them.
- Zimmy from Gunnerkrigg Court has a strange ashy grey skin color in addition to her eyes covered in black gunk and More Teeth than the Osmond Family. It's unclear whether this is supposed to be an unnatural feature in-universe, as it's not that far from a few other characters' skin tones.
- Rose from Homestuck turns grey when she makes the mistake of asking the magic cueball whether the Horrorterrors are evil and develops a case of Touched by Vorlons. She gets better.
- 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 badass 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 (though it changes to a tan shade whenever he gets angry), but on the episode where he steals the sun, he develops a tan worthy of George Hamilton.