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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 UnfortunateImplications, 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 DarkSkinnedRedhead, that is just the effect of natural sunshine and outdoor work. The DarkSkinnedBlond tends to be an exotic racial characteristic.

Contrast UndeathlyPallor.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Sailor Pluto from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''; while she's the soldier of time, not necessarily a [[BadPowersBadPeople bad power]] in itself, she is a WellIntentionedExtremist 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 Loop}}s. It's also notable that a common [[EpilepticTrees theory]] based upon one line in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] suggests that she's a demigoddess.
* Victor and [[spoiler:Kazuki as Victor III]] from ''Manga/BusouRenkin''.
* In every adaptation of ''Manga/DevilMan'', Akira Fudo ends up having a tan after being posessed by [[BigRedDevil Amon]].The ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby'' adaptation has something similar with Miko. [[FridgeBrilliance Fitting]] considering the setting, really.
* Archer from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Especially noticable in that [[spoiler:his past self, Shirou, did not have this tan; it's a side effect of pushing his powers past their limits so much.]]
** For that matter, "Black Ilya" aka Kuro from ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya''.
*** Also in ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', [[spoiler: Miyu's brother]] has a patchy and incomplete version of this covering part of the face and arms.
*** And now in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' we have [[spoiler: Assassin EMIYA. No, no Shirou, but Kiritsugu.]]
* Akio (and Anthy) from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
* Urd from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', and her mother Hild; the Queen of [[{{Hell}} Nifleheim.]]
* Angol Moa from ''Manga/SgtFrog''.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'': Rudger Godwin, following his death and rebirth as a Dark Signer.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Humanized fanarts of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''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 [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation 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 skin[[note]]this representation was likely unconsciously chosen by the artists to keep a better [[SolarAndLunar Dark/Light]] dichotomy in their color palettes over the logic of having their tans in accord with their actual relation to the Sun, plus Celestia is already [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine white]] as an alicorn[[/note]].

[[folder: 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; NathanielHawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" is a good example.
* In the short story "The Wild Asses of the Devil" by Creator/HGWells, 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.

[[folder: Mythology]]
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hades]], aka Pluto, god of the Underworld, was often described as dark-skinned.
* {{Satan}}, in typical FireAndBrimstoneHell BigRedDevil depictions, has red skin from the fire below.
* Surt from Myth/NorseMythology is frequently depicted with black skin.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Humanoids from the Underdark, such as Duergar and Drow, are dark-skinned. Sometimes they are blue to avoid the UnfortunateImplications.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* [[BloodKnight Akuma]] of ''Franchise/StreetFighter''.
** [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Evil Ryu]] as well. It's likely an effect of the [[KillingIntent Satsui no Hadou]]'s [[TheCorruption influence]].
* Dark skin is a common feature of the various incarnations of [[BigBad Xehanort]] in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''.
* Carona aka "Another Marona" from ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''.
* Rozalin from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' takes on this characteristic when [[spoiler:she reverts back to [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Overlord Zenon]]]].
** [[CuteAndPsycho Princess Sapphire]] in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}''.
** And now [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Fenrich]] from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}''.
* Cia, BigBad of ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', is heavily tanned with [[WhiteHairBlackHeart white hair]]. [[spoiler:This seems to be a direct result of [[HijackedByGanon Ganondorf's influence]], as Lana, [[LiteralSplitPersonality her good side made manifest]], has pale skin, as does Cia herself in the DLC costume that depicts her pre-possession.]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has the Dunmer (Dark Elves), with ashen gray skin and blood red eyes. They were once the Chimer, close relatives of the Altmer (High Elves), with pale golden skin. However, the [[GreatOffscreenWar Battle of Red Mountain]] ended with the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwemer]] [[RiddleForTheAges disappearing]] and the Chimer in possession of the [[CosmicKeystone Heart of Lorkhan]]. The [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric]] patron of the Chimer, Azura, commanded the Chimer to never attempt to use the Heart. [[RashomonStyle Though the exact details of what happened next are recounted differently by all of the surviving parties]], her champion (and the leader of the Chimer), Lord Nerevar, was killed (likely murdered) and his top advisors (as well as a [[FaceHeelTurn former advisor turned enemy]]) tapped into the Heart to become {{Physical God}}s, collectively known as the Tribunal. According to legend, Azura then punished the Tribunal and the Chimer people by cursing them into their current appearance, turning them into the modern Dunmer.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Zimmy from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has a strange ashy grey skin color in addition to her eyes covered in black gunk and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily. 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 ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' turns grey when she [[spoiler:[[GoMadFromTheRevelation makes the mistake of asking the magic cueball whether the Horrorterrors are evil]] and develops a case of TouchedByVorlons. She gets better.]]

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Raven's demonic parentage from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' makes her blue-ish gray.
* Dr. Drakken from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' 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 [[HarmlessVillain evil]] is in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' universe.
* Oleander, VillainousGlutton on ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'', has lavender-shaded skin for no explained reason.
* Hades in Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has [[UndeathlyPallor 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.