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->'''Jyrras:''' Remember that time you thought Alexsi went evil because she wore a black dress?\\
'''Dan:''' Oh come on! I was twelve!\\
'''Jyrras:''' The other time.\\
'''Dan:''' Hey! I was very drunk!\\
'''Jyrras:''' No, Dan. The other time.
-->-- ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_749.php #749]]

A specific form of EvilCostumeSwitch, one that requires no effort whatsoever on the part of the newly evil party.

See, your TransformationTrinket, your EmpathicWeapon, and your costume aren't too happy with your FaceHeelTurn. Being inanimate objects, though, the only way they can express their disapproval is [[ConvenientColorChange to turn black and evil-looking]] -- goodbye FrillsOfJustice, hello SpikesOfVillainy. The transformation usually, if not always, happens right before your eyes and those of your astonished friends, just for [[RuleOfCool dramatic]] [[EvilIsCool flair.]]

A possible variant is when a character happens to be [[StarfishCharacter split between good or evil]] or gain an EnemyWithout (sometimes just for a MirrorMatch); the EvilTwin (or both) might immediately get ColorCodedForYourConvenience in the process. In visual media, it naturally [[RuleOfPerception helps the viewer telling apart the good guy and the bad guy]].

A SubTrope of ConvenientColorChange and EvilMakeover.

Compare EvilWearsBlack.

This trope is [[TropeNamer named]] for Music/TheRollingStones song "Paint It Black", although the song itself is completely unrelated to the trope. For the Creator/NancyACollins novel (also named after the song), see ''Literature/SonjaBlue''. It is also unrelated to RonTheDeathEater, formerly known as the ''other'' thing named after the same song ("Paint the Hero Black"), which involves more than a costume change.

'''Important Note:''' Please read the trope description before adding any new example. It is NOT about characters getting a new black (or even darker) outfit. It's about a costume/color change being ''spontaneous''. Unfitting examples will be removed.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Sara in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' flashes back to [[spoiler:her FreakOut that [[ThrowawayCountry destroyed the Indian Ocean]] and killed Kaito's parents]]; she used to have bright red hair, but once she embraces her hatred and fear, her hair and [[TransformationTrinket pearl]] (and, in the manga, costume) turn black.
* [[spoiler:Messenger Nia]] in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' gets this with TronLines.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** Brainwashed Tuxedo Mask fights by throwing black roses. In some IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight scenes in the anime, the rose in his hand is flickering between red and black.
** The normally black-clad antagonist [[CatGirl Sailor Tin Nyakano]] only gets partially purified by Sailor Moon, resulting in a half-black and half-white costume.
* The Devil Suit in ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' is an insta-corrupted Angel Suit.
* Inverted in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' -- Ichigo's normal outfit is black and his EnemyWithin is a completely white version of himself with black sclera. While Ichigo's SuperMode turns his sword black, [[FanNickname "Hichigo"]]'s version turns it white. Justified in that white is the color most associated with death in Japan.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** [=ShineGreymon=] Ruin Mode (a berserk, corrupt power-up), in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', is a darker, duller palette swap of [=ShineGreymon=] Burst Mode (the true power-up), though, in this case, the dark version occurs first.
** Also, in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', Ken forces Agumon to become Metal Greymon when under the control of a MindControlDevice, and when he does, he's gray instead of his usual orange (if you take the card game as canon, this means he's a Virus type instead of a Vaccine type now -- think of it as Digimon's version of ElementalRockPaperScissors), though his Agumon form remains unchanged.
* In ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'', in the latest chapters, [[spoiler:Sasazuka]] gets this along with his (partial) FaceHeelTurn. [[MrFanservice Cue fangirl drooling.]]
* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', [[spoiler:Nina's]] Robe, school uniform and transformation silhouette all change to darker colors following her FaceHeelTurn.
* [[spoiler: Trisha Elric]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has brown hair, but in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], when she is [[spoiler:"resurrected" as a [[OurHomunculiAreDifferent homunculus]]]] named Sloth, her hair is jet black. Black hair and paler skin seem to be a general effect on the homunculi of the anime. Lust's human form was Ishvalan, and they're all mostly middle-eastern in appearance.
* In ''{{Manga/Hellsing}}'', after Seras finally drains a human to death and unlocks her full power as a vampire of Alucard's line, her yellow Hellsing uniform turns red. Or maybe that had to do with the scenes both before and after her transformation, where it liberally soaked in blood.
* In ''VisualNovel/ElevenEyes'', [[spoiler:when Lisette becomes Liselotte, her ElegantGothicLolita outfit changes from white to black.]]
* In ''Transformers: Kiss Players'', when [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Starscream]] possesses Atari Hitotonari, her uniform turns black.
* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', an unwilling [[spoiler: Irisviel]] has this, [[spoiler: when her mind gets absorbed by all the Evils in the World - Angra Mainyu.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'':
** Pretty much a staple of any Gemini Saint who has a case of SplitPersonality: Saga, Aspros, Paradox...
** In ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'', [[SplitPersonality Gemini Paradox]]'s light blue hair turns black when her more violent personality takes over. Her lipstick also goes from coral to dark purple.
* Inverted in ''Anime/KillLaKill'': the QuirkyMinibossSquad's uniforms changing color from white to black indicates that they've joined the good guys.
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': When [[spoiler:[[http://31.media.tumblr.com/253ffeee548b5093713fe7291623544f/tumblr_n14pxsDX1q1rfp5pbo1_500.gif Konoha]] is [[DemonicPossession engulfed by the Wide-Eyes Snake and possessed]] -- becoming [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130902071017/vocaloid/images/6/6f/Kuroha.PNG Kuroha]] -- his hair, shirt, boots and trousers are all black when the possession is complete]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Shazam}}'': Mary Marvel's white costume switched to black when she received Black Adam's powers in ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' -- which had the side effect of [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil turning her evil]].
* Inverted for ComicBook/{{Raven}} of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', who usually switches from her dark-blue to a white outfit when her demon father Trigon's influence becomes too great.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Supergirl Vol 5]] #3'', Supergirl was exposed to black kryptonite and she was split into her normal self and an evil (and oversexed) alternate personality that wore a black-and-silver version of her normal costume. The black costume returned in a later ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' storyline where a battle with the Omega Man accidentally reawakened the Dark Supergirl persona within her.
** This was based on a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] story in which Kara was exposed to a piece of ''red'' kryptonite that created [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Satan_Girl_(Pre-Zero_Hour) Satan Girl]], who likewise wore a black outfit. Her version had a cowl and no S-symbol, because her identity was originally a mystery.
* ''Franchise/XMen'':
** ComicBook/JeanGrey[=/=]Phoenix. When she first becomes Phoenix, the new suit is just there, and when she becomes Dark Phoenix, it turns red. Later in the original Phoenix arc, she can tell how close she is to losing control by what she sees her costume is doing. In the ''Endsong'' storyline, she frequently changes from green to red as her personality shifts between "Jean with Phoenix powers" and "cosmic destroyer". When her issues are finally resolved, it becomes ''white''. (The white suit has its own meaning, which, like all things Phoenix, is needlessly complicated.) [[note]]When Jean reassembles all of the lost pieces of the Phoenix Force, her costume is white and gold and she becomes the White Phoenix of the Crown, the most complete Force/Host combination. However, we'd seen the outfit once before - in a flashback sequence to her after her HeroicSacrifice at the end of the original Phoenix story. DependingOnTheWriter, she was, at the time, either Phoenix with a bit of Jean's soul, Phoenix impersonating Jean but ''absolutely completely not her,'' or Jean with some of the Phoenix Force in her. So...enjoy the pretty new suit and don't think too hard on it. [[MST3KMantra Trust us on this one.]][[/note]]
** Another Phoenix example is when ComicBook/EmmaFrost briefly possesses the Phoenix Force during ''Endsong'', her normally white costume becomes black and gold [[{{Stripperiffic}} and ''more'' slutty. Yes, it's possible]].
** Every Phoenix host seems to get a new Phoenix-ified version of their outfit. Even Spider-Man, [[spoiler: though he wasn't ''actually'' a Phoenix host at the time, [[FridgeLogic so where'd the outfit come from?]]]]
* Evil Sonic (a.k.a. Scourge) from [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie comics]] eventually goes green and vile-looking when he absorbs enough energy from the Master Emerald, which also helps drive him a bit mad and he becomes even more evil when Sonic points out their similarities. In the end, this leads to his using his super form, a bizarre inverse of his usual color scheme with purple hair, black eyes with red pupils and even a slight outfit change, with the red and green parts becoming purple and blue. It's a surprisingly creepy looking form, fitting for how crazy he's become.
* Smurfette in ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' originally had black hair, as she was a creation of Gargamel, but when Papa Smurf changed her into a real Smurf, her hair became blonde. In [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs the cartoon show]] episode "Smurfette Unmade", the spell that Gargamel casts unto her to undo the spell that made her into a real Smurf causes her hair to turn black as she reverts to her "un-Smurfy self". In ''Film/TheSmurfs2'', Smurfette's skin also changes to pale grey as she turns back into a Naughty, although this only occurs in a dream sequence.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Inverted in ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'' where Jafar's outfit turns white after he uses his first wish to become Sultan. Then again, he was already evil in the first place, and the white outfit seems like the traditional color for male Agrabah royalty.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', Human Twilight absorbing all the magic stored in her device grants her an instant EvilMakeover as Midnight Sparkle, with ominous black wings, a sexy DarkMagicalGirl outfit, a glowing horn and magical emanation around her eyes, as well as her skin taking a darker purple hue.

* In ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'', Bastian's coat turns black when he attacks Atréju.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Sansa abruptly dyes her hair black and slips into a new black dress to match her new attempt to play the game of thrones at the end of Season 4.
* Dark Mercury in ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', whose Dark TransformationSequence is [[EvilIsCool much cooler than her good one]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** As Willow powers up for her homicidal FreakOut, the {{phlebotinum}} involved turns her [[GoodHairEvilHair hair]] and [[GoodEyesEvilEyes eyes]] black in front of an astonished Anya.
** Also inverted in the finale, where Willow's good use of magic turns her hair white and makes her glow. That only lasts for a few seconds, though, and she goes right back to being a redhead afterwards.
** Anya did this when she became a demon again.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** "The Keeper of Traken": kind, generous, good Counsel Tremas, with his white beard, hair, and robes, sees an odd-looking grandfather clock in the middle of the room. He goes over to touch it. OhCrap. Bad plan. It's TheMaster's TARDIS, and out comes the Master, cackling "[[GrandTheftMe A new body, at last!]]" Tremas de-ages, his hair and beard shortening and turning black, and gets a spiffy new black outfit. Why hello there, new Master.
** This was Creator/ColinBaker's idea for the Sixth Doctor's outfit, which was to have him wearing a velvet black coat to symbolize the fact that his incarnation was DarkerAndEdgier. But showrunner John Nathan-Turner instead went with the horrid [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes multicolor coat of colors]], and the rest is history.
*** However, there is a bit of a silver lining to this, as Baker's idea for a black ensemble would eventually happen in the form of the Ninth Doctor's outfit, which was a black ensemble, complete with a leather jacket. And the Ninth Doctor is arguably the darkest incarnation of the Doctor, as seen in episode like "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek]]". Ironically, "Dalek" was adapted from a Sixth Doctor Big Finish audio story called "Jubilee", which has been widely acclaimed by fans, and is by all means, a dark story ([[OverlyLongGag Unless if you're talking about his coat of colors]]).
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'', it was first played straight in dreams: first, Kit is attacked by a black-clad version of himself, and in another one, Kit dreams of taking Xaviax's DealWithTheDevil and going through a ''second'' TransformationSequence, transforming into the black suit, before hunting down and taking out his teammates. He was, needless to say, not too enthusiastic when first presented with a real-life version of the black armor.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'', Yuusuke Godai's black SuperMode originally comes from a serious mad-on and threatens to make him a DestructiveSavior. However, when powered by his sense of justice, "Ultimate Kuuga" is... still black, but the eyepieces go from black to their usual red. In ''Series/KamenRiderDecade,'' the black-and-gold but ''much'' more evil-looking Rising Ultimate Kuuga form, with SpikesOfVillainy, is bestowed upon Yuusuke ''Onodera'' by the LegionOfDoom when they brainwash him. You get the black eyes until he gets de-brainwashed, and again, they become their normal red.

* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** It's very common for Hasbro and Takara to re-release an existing toy model with a black repaint. This business model is common enough that it has [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Spontaneous_recoloration its own page]] at the [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]] which explains these changes as "Spontaneous Recoloration". ''{{Webcomic/Shortpacked}}'' frequently [[TakeThat takes shots]] at this. Often, though, the change isn't good/evil, but a powerup that leaves the character's personality alone.
** There's also the [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Black_repaint Black Repaint]] page at [=TFWiki=], which covers when toys are specifically recolored black. In a great many cases, the recolors are issued as {{Evil Twin}}s, especially if it's a version of Optimus Prime (although some black Optimus Primes are simply cases of Optimus Prime wearing black). Again, though, if the recolored toy represents the same character as the original version, it generally doesn't affect the character's personality.
* The gold parts of Takanuva's armour turn black when his light is partially drained in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In Wii's [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/VideoGame/PunchOut Punch-Out!!]], both Don Flamenco and Mr. Sandman change from rather vibrant colors to predominantly black outfits in Title Defense mode. Both lost their titles to Little Mac and were ''furious'' about it.
* ''{{VideoGame/Metroid}}'':
** Samus' suit changes in ''Metroid Prime 3'' if you get corrupted. It's implied the suit has a psychic and biological link to Samus.
** Although it's not evil, Samus' Phazon Suit in the first ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' does count, as it's her normal suit mixed with deadly blue stuff.
** In ''Echoes'', EVERY Ing-possessed enemy. Be they bugs, bad guys, or even robots, if an Ing's in charge, expect black-and-purple enemies, maybe with {{Spikes of Villainy}}.
** Inverted in ''Metroid Fusion'' with the [[EvilTwin SA-X]]. It looks no different from Samus' original appearance, while the real Samus sports a mangled and scrawny blue suit which resulted when the federation ''surgically removed her infected power armor''. Said armor ''became'' the SA-X, by the way.
* When [[spoiler:Aribeth]] renounces Tyr and swears fealty to Morag in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', her armor immediately turns darker in colour. (The model doesn't change, but apparently the spikes on it become [[SpikesOfVillainy villainous]] by default.)
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', Wander's hair becomes darker and his skin becomes paler as you progress through the game, and then at the end, [[spoiler:you become the new embodiment of Dormin, which kind of explains everything.]]
* Aya, the poster girl of the Japanese fan-made fighting game ''Hinokakera'', undergoes a radical transformation when the mental blocks on her massive psychic powers are shattered. In addition to a personality change from timidity to a berserk aggressiveness, she gains a new black outfit that is [[{{Stripperiffic}} much less conservative]] than her usual attire.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'', committing enough cruel acts (which is difficult) turns your armour black.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'''s [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Evil Ryu]] takes his standard white karate gi and turns it a dark shade of gray.
* In the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games, characters' appearances change when falling to the DarkSide, include their underwear inexplicably darkening to black and switching from normal brown Jedi robes to grey-black Sith robes. Also, the Handmaiden in the second game switches from red lipstick to black lipstick while on the dark side.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' players expected the worst when, in the game's third act, Anders' robe turned black. They were right.
* In ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}'', Cole gets more scars on his body and red lightning the more evil deeds he does. Also, it's possible to get black lightning by going full evil and making a turn to good at the last moments of ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS 2}}''.
* [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds The Unbreakable Darkness]] of ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'', whose clothes go from white and pink to [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity whenever she loses control of her powers]].
* [[LadyOfWar Tsubaki]] of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' changes into a black costume with {{red eyes|TakeWarning}} after her MindRape-induced FaceHeelTurn during the story of ''Continuum Shift''. To drive this home, in the third game ''Chrono Phantasma'' the black costume is her default one, and once she [[HeelFaceTurn recovers]] she goes back to her white costume in ''Central Fiction''.
** This happens to the [[spoiler:[[PowerArmor Susanooh Unit]]]] at the climax of ''Central Fiction'', when [[spoiler:[[BigBad Yuuki Terumi]] kills [[WorldsStrongestMan Hakumen]] (specifically his soul) and [[GrandTheftMe takes it over]], changing the normally-white Susanoo into a black form with a SicklyGreenGlow and [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily lots of teeth]]]]. Strangely though, [[spoiler:this form is actually what the Susanooh Unit ''really'' looks like since Terumi is the original host; in other words, this is what [[AllMythsAreTrue the god Susano'o himself]] [[GodOfEvil actually looks like]]]].
* In VideoGame/PuyoPuyo 7, [[spoiler:while Arle is possessed by Ecolo,]] her outfit has a dark color scheme. When Ringo and her gang [[spoiler:drives Ecolo out of her body, her clothes turn back to normal. Though some fans were shocked when she was not wearing her usual blue.]]
* In several ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' fighting games, if Vegeta is wearing one of his armored outfits when he is transformed into Majin Vegeta rather than the blue jumpsuit like he was in canon, the armor turns black.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': [[spoiler:Saber Alter]]. And even more notable, her master: [[spoiler:Dark Sakura]]. [[spoiler: Berserker]] gets the same treatment, becoming a vaguely human-shaped cloud of black tendrils.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** When [[spoiler:Miko Miyazaki loses her Paladin powers]], her white and blue armor becomes grey and tan. [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] says this is because the armor is magically enchanted only to work for a Paladin.
** Inversely, when [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0058.html Belkar gets a temporary Wisdom increase]], his shirt turns white and his cape a lighter green.
** The most striking example being, of course, when [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius acquires ultimate arcane power through a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with three fiends]]. [=His/Her=] normally red cape turns black (along with instant hair extensions and pointy teeth). Bonus: the strip title is [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0635.html "I See a Red Robe and I Want to Paint it Black"]]. Lampshaded by Elan after the situation ends. "You're alive! And less scary!"\\\
Played with in the middle of the V incident. When Haley freaks out about Vaarsuvius, Belkar snaps at her, and asks her what she would do if Elan thought she had turned evil because she was wearing her dark and edgy Resistance armor. She backs off. Then it turns out Belkar was messing with her and really does think V's evil -- he's just okay with it, since [[TokenEvilTeammate he's evil too]].]]
** And then, When Malack [[spoiler:reanimates Durkon as a Vampire, his armor instantaneously become dark grey and black, his Holy Symbol becomes gold and black, his eyes red, and his skin and beard get paler.]]
* Bael from ''Webcomic/{{Suppression}}'' does this when he finds his [[NiceHat hat]] [[spoiler:while possessing General Victus]]. He decides it doesn't match his current outfit and [[LovecraftianSuperpower sprouts tentacles that dye both red]].
* Spoofed in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', when Angelika [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0307.html dones a Cloak of Charisma]] that immediately gives her a DarkerAndEdgier look. Her familiar concludes that she must have turned evil.
-->'''Norveg:''' ... Oh great. The cloak is cursed and it turned you evil.\\
'''Angelika:''' I don't '''feel''' any eviller.\\
'''Norveg:''' That doesn't prove anything.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/SailorNothing'' takes this as one of its main targets of {{Deconstruction}} by having it happen to the heroine, who is not evil, just disowned.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* Omi in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
** When a Polymorphic Clone takes Ulrich's appearance in episode "Revelation", it has gray skin and a black samurai outfit with orange highlights. This is solely for the viewer's benefit of telling it apart from the true Ulrich during the following MirrorMatch, since, before, the Clone had been identical to Odd, up to the color.
** William goes through a full EvilCostumeSwitch in "Final Round", but this is more XANA altering his avatar than a spontaneous change.
* Happens in reverse for ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''' Raven: normally, she's under her father's influence but in control of herself, and her costume is dark blue, but when she's in a very good mood or completely free of her father's control, her outfit turns white.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Bad Boy", in which Ron accidentally stole Drakken's "evil energies", you could tell what the balance of good and evil in Ron and Drakken was with their skin color. Drakken's grew to be a disturbing pinkish tone and Ron's became Drakken's usual evil shade.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'':
** when Starscream possesses Waspinator, his Predacon emblem changes to the Deception emblem.
** When Rhinox is reprogrammed as a Predacon, his normally-brownish hide gains a purplish hue, and his gold accents become silver. Once he's restored as a Maximal, he returns to his original colors.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', after being gaining the symbiote, Peter's costume is changed to how it looked in the [[Film/SpiderMan3 third movie]]--a black and silver version of it's regular appearance. Then as the symbiote exerts more control over Peter's behavior, the suit gradually transforms into it's design from the comics, with the webbing fading away and the spider insignia becoming larger.