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Hades Shaded
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.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga  

     Literature  

  • 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.

     Mythology  

     Tabletop Games  

  • 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.

     Video Games  

     Web Comics  

     Western Animation  

  • 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.


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