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 colored with 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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  • 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.


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  • 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.