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Red and Black and Evil All Over
"Our race is marked by jet black and crimson skin. Just like you..."
Black and red. In western culture, these are the two most sinister colors, as red typically conveys the meaning of blood and black of darkness or death
. Being a very visually striking combination, they can also convey a sense of power. Together they additionally give the impression of burning coal or wood. Sticking to these two colors is common for designers who want to create something as sinister as possible.
A favorite color for villainous characters to dress in. For example, most Ominous Opera Capes
are a case of this: black on the outside, red on the inside (which is really
common with vampires
). Also common for the covers and credit sequences of horror
books, films, and games, to show that a work is Darker and Edgier
. It's not uncommon for cases of this to be juxtaposed with a group of characters represented by blue and white. If the hero is represented by the colors blue and white The Rival
or an evil counterpart may have the black and red color scheme
Dark Is Not Evil
can also apply with Anti Heroes
and even Villain Protagonists
heavily using a red and black color scheme as a visual reminder that these people, no matter how much we are supposed to identify with them, are not "good guys
". Or that the concepts associated with this color scheme, such as darkness, blood or fire, are not that evil to begin with
. Can also be used to benefit from Evil Is Cool
without resorting to actual evil. If a heroic character wears this they may be an example of a Terror Hero
, or of Good Is Not Nice
at the bare minimum.
of Good Colors, Evil Colors
A Sister Trope
to Evil Wears Black
Compare Dark Is Evil
, Red Eyes, Take Warning
, Red Filter of Doom
, Obviously Evil
Contrast Gold and White Are Divine
, Heavenly Blue
, Red Is Heroic
, Movie Superheroes Wear Black
and Primary-Color Champion
where blue takes the place of black.
Compare or Contrast Dark Is Not Evil
for anti-hero/anti-villain examples.
Note: This trope mostly applies to villains and anti-heroes.
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Anime And Manga
- Heathcliff from Sword Art Online has red armor with black cloths underneath and turns out to be the Big Bad Akihiko Kayaba.
- The Guren from Code Geass is red, orange and black... and part of a Well-Intentioned Extremist faction.
- The Homunculi from Fullmetal Alchemist have black and red as their primary colour palette.
- In Infinite Stratos, Laura's IS is also this color scheme, possibly as a Shout-Out to Elzam, as the series likes to reference other mecha anime. And she does a Heel-Face Turn as well (sort of).
- Most of the shots of the Big Bad in the 4th credit sequence in Soul Eater are coloured Red, Black, Grey, and inspired by insanity.
- This was also done in the Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei parody of James Bond to mark the villain.
- Kyoko Sakura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica first appears as a sadistic, uncaring, egocentric nightmare of a magical girl. She's also a Fiery Evil Redhead who wears a primarily blood-red outfit with some black in it.
- Ai Enma from Hell Girl has this twice: she has black hair with red eyes and her standard costume is a black sailor uniform with a red collar. She also happens to be a Villain Protagonist.
- Yuuko Ichihara from Xxx HO Li C has long black hair and red eyes, but she is definitely not evil. She does operate outside standard ideas of "good", though, such as granting wishes knowing that they may lead to the person's death.
- Alucard from Hellsing. The guy has black hair and red eyes, wears a black suit with a long red coat and hat, and it's all usually drenched in blood.
- This can be seen in both of Setsuna Higashi's forms, though, while Eas plays it straight, Cure Passion subverts it.
- Regina from Doki Doki Pretty Cure initially plays this straight, then subverts it by wearing black and purple while brainwashed and switching back to the black and red color scheme after her Heel-Face Turn.
- Bleach: Ichigo's Hollow reiatsu is black with a red outline, and whenever he entered his Bankai form, he drew upon it to use his Sword Beam, risking letting it take him over. He later learns to control it as a Mask of Power... mostly.
- Princess Kraehe (and, by extention, the Monster Raven and Raven!Mytho) from Princess Tutu. The red part is mostly due to Red Eyes, Take Warning.
- In After War Gundam X, the Frost Brothers' personal Gundams, in differing proportions; older brother Shagia's Virsago is predominantly crimson with plenty of black accents, while younger brother Olba's Ashtaron is mostly black with some red accents.
- Likewise, Clotho Buer's Raider Gundam in Gundam SEED, as well as Stella Loussier's Gaia Gundam and the Dark Dagger L from Gundam SEED Destiny, and the 105 Slaughter Dagger from Gundam SEED C.E.73 Stargazer.
- Subverted by Deathscythe Hell from Gundam Wing; it's black and red, and it sure looks evil thanks to its bat motif, but its pilot is a pretty friendly Lancer compared to the stoic hero (who has an angel motif) and most definitely a hero.
- Char Aznable starts out with a red and black Zeon uniform but years later as Quatro it gets subverted but then played straight again in Char's Counterattack with his new red and black outfit and his Sazabi.
- Some of Char's Clones fit.
- Full Frontal having a red and black outfit and his Sinanju is red and black.
- Zechs with his red and black uniform he later pilots the red and black Gundam Epyon.
- Zeheart Galette is an Anti-Villain, wears a red coat and black clothes underneath, and pilots red mobile suits. Likewise, Captain Ash dresses predominantly in red and black and pilots a black-and-red Gundam, but is definitely not evil.
- The very evil Titans in Zeta Gundam use this color scheme, as does the Psyco Gundam, which has a tendency to drive its pilots insane. The heroes even repaint a black Gundam Mk-II white after stealing it from the Titans.
- Gundam Build Fighters plays this straight. After Tatsuya Yuki is forcibly brainwashed by Mashita in the final round of the Gunpla World Tournament, his Amazing Exia is redesigned to look much more sinister, complete with a black and red paint job. While Tatsuya himself wore an all black outfit during the tournament, he is given a slightly different one featuring a crimson scarf to go with it.
- Femto from Berserk is Black with Red Eyes But as Griffith the colors of The Trope are inverted
- Judar from Magi - Labyrinth of Magic follows this color scheme to a T. He's the Darker and Edgier Foil to Aladdin, and Artistic License often gives him glowing red eyes when he's using black Rukh.
- In Tenchi Universe, Kagato Jurai's Laser Blade is black with a red outline to contrast Tenchi's, which is blueish white.
- Black Mist/ No. 96 from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is primarily black, red and teal.
- Lyrical Nanoha
- The Akatsuki from Naruto wear long black coats with a red cloud pattern on them.
- Tekkaman Blade has a main rival sports this color theme. Bonus points for being named Tekkaman Evil.
- The King of Braves GaoGaiGar features a mech that is colored Red and Black and is even feared as a God of Destruction by its enemies. However this is subverted as a case of Dark Is Not Evil; narration tells us at length that destruction is necessary as nothing new will come without the old first being destroyed.
- An inversion in Kill la Kill. You have Ryuko Matoi, who has black hair with a red streak, wears a predominantly black and red outfit... and is the main character and firmly Chaotic Good, though she is an Anti-Hero. Meanwhile, the antagonists all wear traditional "good guy" colors: Satsuki's Kamui is white, Nui wears a cutesy pink lolita outfit, and Ragyo's outfits are also predominantly white and usually also shining with all colors of the rainbow.
- This is actually a recurring motif in the series. The protagonist's various forms begin to look increasingly demonic as the series progresses, adding spikes, devil horns, and other Obviously Evil signifiers. She still remains good until being exposed to More Than Mind Control and getting sewn into Satsuki's white Kamui.
- In Pokémon, Tepig's former trainer, who abandoned it because he deemed it weak, wears a black jacket with red accents and calls his team the "Fire Warriors".
- Paperinik New Adventures: Xadhoom's clothes. subverted in that she has a very good reason to want, and eventually cause, a genocide...
- Inverted by Hellboy, who certainly looks the part but is (usually) the good guy.
- Deadpool's red suit with black stripes and matching red and black hood. Subverted in that he's not evil (usually). He's just crazy.
- Deadpool's suit very strongly resembles Spider-Man's original costume, which was red and black. Later the black became black with blue highlights and then blue with black shading.
- Superboy (Conner Kent) uses this color scheme in regards to Superman's trademark "S". This is especially true for his New 52 incarnation, where his costume is completely red-and-black. While Superboy is a hero, the opening issue of his comic (as well as the rebooted Teen Titans comic) uses the color scheme to make him seem sinister.
- The Red Lantern Corps has this coloration and they are raging berserkers.
- Seems to be popular with Batman-spinoff characters these days. While Batman and his protege are heroic, they use the color scheme to appear sinister and intimidating or to achieve Villain Cred when they need to, making this an Invoked Trope.
- Nightwing has donned a red-and-black outfit in the New 52 to reflect the new, grittier Nightwing.
- Tim Drake (known as "Robin" or "Red Robin" depending on the time period) uses this color scheme. He's been wearing red and black since after his dad was mutually killed by Captain Boomerang in Identity Crisis. Before that, he used the standard-issue Robin palette of red and green with yellow cape (though Tim's cape was only yellow on the inside).
- Batwoman also has black-and-red digs.
- As does the Red Hood (Jason Todd, formerly the second Robin).
- The Joker's sidekick Harley Quinn wears a black and red playing card motif.
- Before all of these examples, Jean Paul-Valley changed his armoured Batman costume into a red-and-gold version colour scheme just before confronting Bruce Wayne as the "real" Batman, indicating that he's already jumped off the slippery slope.
- The second Batman in Earth 2 wears a Batsuit that is black with red trimmings. He is not evil, but compared to the previous Batman, he is more an Anti-Hero.
- Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope has Luke and Han on Coruscant, encountering the red-robed Imperial Guard. In standard canon they are commando-stormtroopers, which is bad enough, but in this they are armed with lightsabers.
Han: "They're wearing red robes, Luke. Tell me what it means when they wear red suits, Luke..."
Luke: "I think it means trouble."
- Nightcrawler's costume is red, black and white, which enhances his demonic appearance. Despite this, he's very much The Cape, just with a sense of drama that makes him want to look his most Badass.
- In the New 52's Blue Beetle, Blue's Evil Counterpart Blood Beetle has a red and black color scheme, in contrast to Blue Beetle's blue and black color scheme.
- Though definitely not villains, the new X-Force team Cyclops assembled (including Deadpool, Warpath and Wolverine), which was created to do missions none of the... "regular" teams were up to, all wore black and grey ...and for some reason all had red tinted lenses in their masks.
- Dormammu has a black Badass Longcoat with large red plates, as well as a red Battle Aura and the small fact that his head is on fire.
- Many Grendel comics are three-colour, using only black, white and red highlights. The symbolism is quite deliberate.
- Introduced as a Spider-Man villain but later turned an Anti-Hero, Morbius the Living Vampire's Iconic Outfit is red and black, as are his eyes.
- Judge Dredd: The alternate reality Earth which later became Deadworld had an order of Judges that was already basically an Evil Counterpart to Megacity One's Judges before it was taken over by four undead Dark Judges who declared all life illegal. It was even more violent and prone to attracting sadists and psychopaths than its main universe's counterpart. To emphasize the difference, their uniforms are solid black leather with red shoulder pads, whereas the main Judges' uniforms from Dredd's reality are dark blue leather with gold shoulder pads.
- The so-called "brainwashed Superman" who was working for Darkseid in Earth 2 has a red-and-black uniform.
Films — Animated
- Jafar from Aladdin wears black with red trim.
- In The Swan Princess, the hag magically disguised as Princess Odette wears a black and red dress. This makes her easy for viewers to distinguish from the real Odette, who wears white and green.
- The whole army of the One-Eye from The Thief and the Cobbler uses these colors to overkill.
- Cruella DeVil, the villain of 101 Dalmatians, primarily wears a white fur coat with a red underside over a black dress and red gloves. Her car is also colored red and black.
- Scenes featuring Lord Shen in Kung Fu Panda 2 tend to feature a lot of red and black. There's also a lot of white, but that's a different trope.
- The black-haired Mother Gothel from Tangled wears a red dress and often a black cape over that too. Her color combination sharply contrasts with that of her "daughter" Rapunzel's golden hair and lavender dress.
- Lord Business when he dons his villain outfit. Heck, even his robot secret police enforce this trope.
- Completely averted in How to Train Your Dragon 2. Toothless is a pitch black dragon with a red replacement tail fin, yet he's completely loyal to the friendly and amicable Hiccup, whose new outfit is also the same colors as his dragon companion.
- Averted as well in The Incredibles, red and black are the heroes' colors (along with a touch of gold). The villain Syndrome goes for the black and white contrast (which in this case, despite what Good Colors, Evil Colors tells you, does not represent neutrality).
Films — Live-Action
- In X-Men: The Last Stand, the Juggernaut wears a maroon outfit with black highlights.
- X-Men: First Class:
Azazel, a member of the Hellfire Club (which in the comic version goes for black and white costumes), wears black. His naturally red skin compliments his suit.
And at the end of the movie, Erik Lehnsherr has adopted a red vest and helmet with black pants and cape, as his Evil Costume Switch to become Magneto.
- In The Matrix, the Machines and their pods emit red or sickly pink glows, and their physically metallic bodies (such as those of the sentinels) are very dark (though this could be due to the general poor lighting). Taken to an extreme in the The Animatrix short "Matriculated", where machines emit a warm, peaceful green glow when they turn good, and seem less dark.
- The uniforms, flags, and other props used in Ian McKellen's excellent 1995 film adaptation of Richard III are like this, due to the film's use of parallels to Nazi Germany in its 1930s-era Setting Update.
- The Norsefire Party in the film version of V for Vendetta uses a black and red logo, specifically in order to imply a similarity to the Nazi party.
- The basic color scheme of the neo-Nazis in Pink Floyd's The Wall? Black with red detail.
- Most Sith Lords in Star Wars dress in black and wield a red lightsaber.
- In Return of the Jedi, The Emperor's guards wear these colors.
- Emperor Palpatine himself wears black and has red eyes and deathly pale skin.
- Darth Maul (pictured above), who made full-body, red-and-black Sith tattoos popular. You'll find them on lots of Expanded Universe characters (not to mention the original Sith species, which has naturally red skin).
- Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin adopts this color scheme instead of her regular red-and-green motif.
- Sleepy Hollow: The Hessian Horseman's outfit is black with red and silver accents. Almost unnoticeable when he's dead and rotten all over. Action figures show it better
- The villains of TRON and TRON: Legacy are all colored black with red Tron Lines.
- The Master's robes in "Manos" The Hands of Fate are black with a red hand motif.
- Ultraman Belial (accoriding to Ultraman Mebius) turned into this after completely fusing with Alien Reiblood in Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends
- In some of the Hammer Dracula films Christopher Lee wears a black outfit with red piping on the cape.
- The Mutos from Godzilla (2014) are black with glowing red markings.
- Ra One is an invoked example, as the (video game escapee) villain Ra.One was deliberately designed to be as cool and menacing as possible, with spiderweb-like black armor, black cowl, red Heart Light, and glowing red eyes.
- Count Dracula pretty much has black and red
- The Volturi from Twilight.
- The Custodes Fidei note order in the Deryni works have black robes with red belts and trim. Officially, the red is supposed to suggest allegiance to and protection for the House of Haldane. Guarding the Faith from what? From Deryni and their sympathizers, of course.
- The order's name can also call to mind the famous Latin question, "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"note Since they are an aspect of the corruption in the church, this is justified.
- In The Lord of the Rings, Sauron's forces use black banners and an insignia marked with a red eye.
- Russian Tolkien fanfiction loves portraying Feanorians dressed in these colors.
- In Heathers, these are the school colors. This makes the antagonistic cheerleaders wear red and black.
- The seventh room in Edgar Allan Poe's Masque of the Red Death is black with red stained-glass windows.
- In The Spiral Labyrinth, the magic system is color-coded; each wizard has a major and a minor color. The Big Bad uses black and red.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: Red and black are the colors of House Targaryen, former ruling house of Westeros. Kings like Maegor the Cruel and Mad King Aerys played this trope quite straight.
- The TV adaptation gives this treatment to the cruel and opportunistic House Bolton, whose colours in the books are pink and red, and their banner a bright red flayed person on a pink field. In the show, the pink is exchanged for black. Y'know, in case people can't pick up the fact that the Boltons are bad from the flayed person.
- Raksha in Tales of Kolmar are always red and black.
- In The Wheel of Time, Moridin, most powerful and evil of the Forsaken, explicitly refers to black and red as his colors; he always wears them himself, forces his servants to do so, and they predominate the decorating of his fortress. Mazrim Taim, who is a rather sinister fellow despite nominally being on the sign of good, also likes the colors, hinting at a possible connection between them. Sample chapters from the final book reveal that Taim is indeed The Mole and a Darkfriend.
- In Honor Harrington, the PRH State Sec uniforms have red coats and black pants.
- The inmates of one StateSec prison world refer to them as the Black Legs, partly from the uniforms and partly to have a word for the enemy that didn't include the Havenites who were their fellow prisoners.
- Pryrates in Memory Sorrow And Thorn always wears bright red robes with black lining (red in particular is so strongly associated with him that he's often called "the Red Priest or "the Red Wizard). He's also the most purely evil character in the series- even the Big Bad (a hate-filled undead Omnicidal Maniac) is played with more sympathy than Pryratesnote .
- In the Old Kingdom trilogy, the necromancer Hedge, one of the chief villains of the second two books, usually wears a suit of black chainmail with red plates. As he falls increasingly under the power of his master, Orannis the Destroyer, Hedge himself gradually transforms from a fairly normal-looking man to a creature of flame and shadow, thereby bringing the aesthetic into his own body as well.
- The Parshendi of The Stormlight Archive have marbled red and black skin, and may be the embryonic forms of demons.
- This◊ Terran Empire logo in Star Trek.
- Black and red are dominant colors of Klingon culture. They use it in buildings, flags, decorations, weapons, ships... basically everywhere.
- Oddly inverted by the design of the Enterprise's bridge in Star Trek: The Original Series, which uses red and black prominently. There may have been practical reasons for this: since Star Trek was originally broadcast when TV was transitioning to color, the set design would need to look visually interesting in color while also providing contrast for viewers who still had black and white TV sets.
- In V, red and black are the signature colors of the fascistic reptilian Visitors, with almost all their uniforms and even their flag featuring some combination of the two.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Villain turned Anti-Hero Spike often wears a black Badass Longcoat with a red shirt underneath. Angelus also uses these two colors.
- Invoked on Burn Notice - when trying to intimidate some Cartel gangsters by playing an enigmatic Louis Cypher figure who can apparently make Stuff Blow Up with a snap of his fingers, Michael dresses in a black suit and shades with blood-red shirt, tie and pocket square.
- Cole's demon form Belthazor in Charmed.
- Farscape's Peacekeepers used black and red in their uniforms and decor.
- In the Doctor Who TV Movie, the Master "drezzzes for the occasion" in a red, black, and gold cloak; in the revival series, he shows up in the classic red-lined black opera cloak, although this is a subversion since the outfit was a deliberate Call Back to an identical cloak worn by the Third Doctor.
- In Noob, the players of the Coalition, the enemy faction to the protagonists, are very prone to wearing red and black according to the webseries and comic. They also happen to be the faction that got saddled with the red cursor while the two other ones got yellow and green.
- Slovenian art-rockers Laibach love their red and black.
- Inverted with Steam Powered Giraffe: While their clothing is a red on black scheme, they are not evil robots.
- The Toy Soldier (Doctor Steel's fan club) color scheme, until around 2011, was black with red (and yellow) accents. Somewhat justified, as they are a deliberate parody of evil organizations. (Since the Doctor's retirement, use of red has been diminished.)
- The PV for the Vocaloid song Red Shoe Parade is animated in a shadow-puppet style, with the parade's red shoes showing clearly.
- Blue Oyster Cult's album Tyranny and Mutation had its album sides titled "the Red" and "the Black", and the band was known to play with dark themes (and did quite a bit on that particular album as well).
- Also (and on the above album), the song "the Red and the Black":
Canadian Mounted baby, police force that works/ red and black, it's their color scheme/ get their man in the end/ ...you kill you maim, you kill you maim
Myths & Religion
- Satan, in most of his modern depictions, is usually colored this way. The closest thing to this description in The Bible is a red dragon, which is described as "orange."
- All of Kane's outfits throughout his tenure in the WWE prominently feature this color combination.
- In the Ravnica setting of Magic The Gathering, the Cult of Rakdos relies on red and black mana, and has a Circus of Fear theme throughout.
- Interestingly they have none of the grand schemes that the other guilds do. The problem is that their parties turn everyone involved into a Combat Sadomasochist. Survivors are implied to have themselves lobotomized in order to forget what they've done.
- The combination of black and red mana in general tends to be dangerous to be around - with black the colour of selfishness, and red the colour of emotion, you tend to get very poor self-control and a remarkable appetite for cruelty. It's not universal - you can sometimes get a black-red character who uses their Red devotion to their loved ones to offset the selfishness of Black - but the major black-red groups in Magic's history have included the bloodthirsty vampires of Innistrad, the Cult of Rakdos, the barbaric minotaurs of Theros, the Mongol-esque Mardu Horde (who offset it with a dash of community-focused white mana, giving them at least in-group compassion), and a fair chunk of two Shards of Alara - the barbaric Jund and the deathly Grixis. Black-red planeswalkers include Sarkhan Vol at his lowest point, Nicol Bolas, and - in his duel deck - the theoretically mono-red Tibalt splashes black to represent his fairly overt sadistic tendencies. However, it is inverted in Lorwyn boggarts and Tetsuo Umezawa, two fine examples of Dark Is Not Evil.
- Warhammer 40,000, grimdark universe that it is, absolutely loves this color scheme, and you can expect to find some variation of it in every Codex regardless of the faction's supposed 'goodness'.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!, there's an entire series of monsters called "Dark ——", consisting of Evil Counterparts of existing monsters, and as part of this gimmick they've each undergone an Evil Costume Switch. Guess the predominant colors◊ on them now.
- Subverted in Mutant Chronicles. Red and black are worn by high-ranking Brotherhood Inquisitors. While the Inquisition has done a lot of very shady things, they are ultimately a force for good.
- The Scorpion Clan of Legend of the Five Rings have Card-Carrying Villainy as their hat, so naturally they wear red and black clothing and always wear masks. Being Obviously Evil is their job, and as samurai they take their duites very seriously.
- Black and red are the official colors of Cheliax in the Pathfinder campaign setting. The nation's current power is based largely on their alliances with hell itself.
- Some productions of Hamlet have the title character dressed in red and black. However, Hamlet (probably) isn't evil.
- The Tabloid Junkies in Michael Jackson ONE dress in black and/or red.
- This is the main color-scheme of several bad guy BIONICLE sets: Makuta Teridax, Icarax and Antroz, Kalmah, warrior and elite class Skrall, Sidorak, Vultraz and Radiak. Subverted with the benevolent Turaga Dume — his set represents the evil Teridax masquerading as him, but the real Dume has these colors too. Interestingly, the Maxilos robot that Teridax's spirit possessed for a while also had these colors...
- LEGO's other themes were also aware of this trope: The Spyrius faction from LEGO Space, Ogel's evil organization from LEGO Alpha Team, Vladek and co. from Knights' Kingdom and various other villainous groups from LEGO Castle, including witches, a dragon and the Bat Lord, all had red and black as part of their uniform color schemes.
- In Ninjago's 2013 line the Stone Army follows this, in contrast to the Skeleton Army and Nindroids being black and purple.
- Artix Entertainment has some examples:
- In AdventureQuest, The'Galin, the god of uncreation, is first represented with red with dark shadows, as seen with his moon and Omega. However, his actual manifestation has a Gold and White Are Divine design.
- In MechQuest, when becoming a vampire, the player character dons red and black vampire clothing.
- Gravelyn from AdventureQuest Worlds has a black cape and red armor, and red and black are the primary color scheme of her Shadowscythe Empire.
- The Black Version Artix Figure has black armor and a red cape the black version even shows up in Gravelyn's Dream which may foreshadow an event where Artix has that armor.
- In Dragonfable The Vampiric Ghouls have corrupted evil versions of the heroic Guardian armor of the "good guys" with Spikes of Villainy and a black and red color scheme instead of the normal white/silver and gold.
- The cover of the PC version of Resident Evil 4.
- The Brotherhood of Nod in Command & Conquer wear black and red uniforms.
- Similar to the above example, Soviets in Red Alert also often wore these colors.
- From the Sonic the Hedgehog series:
- Shadow the Hedgehog has always been black and red, the universal colours of badassery. Before his Heel-Face Turn it screamed 'bad guy', and even afterwards he's an Anti-Hero.
- The race he was created from, the Black Arms, are red and black a lot.
- Golbez of Final Fantasy IV has his attire vary Depending on the Artist, the color of his armor and cape ranging various shades of blue, but he's also commonly depicted wearing black armor and a black cape with a red lining. Cecil also has his depiction vary, but as a Dark Knight he wears dark blue or black armor with red markings. A case of Dark Is Not Evil as Cecil is a good man, but the powers of darkness he wields are still said to be tools of evil, which is why he class changes to The Paladin.
- Final Fantasy VI, in keeping with Putting on the Reich, Gestahl wears a red and black robe and the imperial banners are red with a black emblem.
- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Genesis wears a red longcoat with black pants and a shirt.
- Ultimecia of Final Fantasy VIII wears a red dress with black edgings on the bottom with black wings and a black feather ruffle.
- All of the Judges in Final Fantasy XII wear a red Archadian seal on their black capes. Suitably imposing? Oh yes.
- Kingdom Hearts, Master Xehanort and Ansem, Seeker of Darkness wear black longcoats with red linings, while Xemnas wears a black cloak and wields red Laser Blades as his weapons. Ansem furthermore features the Heartless symbol as a Chest Insignia, the Heartless symbol being universally associated with the creatures and appearing as a black heart with a red lining and cross over the center.
- Vanitas, Master Xehanort's apprentice, wears a red and black outfit looking disturbingly like exposed muscle matter, and his Void Gear Keyblade is red and black.
- In his Dark Mode, Riku wears a variation of Vanitas's attire but features blue and white more prominently. When possessed by "Ansem", the Keyblade he wields is an Evil Counterpart to Sora's Kingdom Key, with a black shaft and red handguard. Before he completed his Heel-Face Turn and became a Yin-Yang Bomb, Riku's normal weapon was the Soul Eater, a sword shaped like a black and red bat wing. Subverted in that in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Riku can switch to his Dark Mode despite having learned his lesson from dabbling in evil.
- While not evil, Terra is an Anti-Hero and thus two of his unique keyblades that symbolize his darker tendencies, the Darkgnaw and Chaos Ripper, are prominently black with red markings.
- The Blox in coded, acting as representations of infected data caused by the existence of Sora's Heartless, are red and black.
- Serves as a sort of foreshadowing for Dream Drop Distance. Sora's outfits have always been predominantly red, yellow, white and black, but his 3D outfit is almost entirely red and black. By the end of the game, it's revealed he's been targeted as a Xehanort vessel, and he's so corrupted by darkness that Riku has to engage in a Battle in the Center of the Mind with Sora to free him.
- For his cameos in the series, Sephiroth of Final Fantasy VII gets red linings added to his trademark black coat.
- In RuneScape, red and black are the colors of Zamorak, the evil god of chaos.
- In The Last Story, the Gurak have a black-and-red theme going on, as opposed to the Human's white-and-blue color scheme.
- Legacy of Kain: Kain wears numerous outfits over the course of the two Blood Omen games, most all of them being some type of armor almost always colored red and black. His iconic attire for the series is his clothing in the Soul Reaver / Defiance era, black leather pants with a red cape wound over his chest like a sash.
- Associated colors of the Inferno faction from Heroes of Might and Magic V were black and red.
- The Saboteur: All Nazi controlled areas are in black and white, except for the red from the blood or the swastikas.
- Impossible Thief extraordinaire Carmen Sandiego frequently pairs her striking red coat and Nice Hat with an all-black getup underneath.
- As part of being a Char Clone, Elzam of Super Robot Wars paints his robots black with red bits (along other tweaks). He eventually gets his own robot, the Aussenseiter, which is also in this costume. Although, Elzam himself is a subversion as while starting out as an Aloof Big Brother antagonist, he's closer to a Noble Demon/Hero Antagonist whose 'Heel' status was merely because he's on the Divine Crusaders side for complicated reasons. He eventually does an official Heel-Face Turn, though (and it's only after that he gets his Aussenseiter)... then we get to see that his true personality is anything but 'Evil All Over' (in fact a little goofy that it embarrasses his little bro)
- Team Rocket from Pokémon is often associated with the colors red and black. Their logo is even a red "R" on a black background. Team Magma is also associated with Red and Black. In contrast, Team Aqua is Blue and White.
- Ghetsis's outfit in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 is primarily black with his red eye patch from the previous games.
- Giratina, described as a very violent and aggressive Pokémon, has black and red stripes running down its whole front side and black wings with red claws. He also has red eyes.
- Quite a few Dark type (Also known as the Evil type in Japan) Pokemon demonstrate this, though the "evil" part is subverted with some examples of each species.
- Sneasel has a single red ear and a red tail to go with its black body. Its evolved form of Weavile turns its other ear red, and also adds red hair and a red collar. Both have a reputation for trickery and ganging up on others.
- Darkrai, despite only being evil in some continuities, is completely black with a massive red collar.
- Pawniard and Bisharp possess a red and black color scheme and are said to brutally attack others as a group.
- Hydreigon, a species that is described as savagely destructive, has black hair, and black and red eyes. Also, while its official artwork depicts the inside of its frills, the stripes on its belly, and the underside of its tail as being pink, they're instead made to be red in the anime and most of the spin-off games, presumably for the sake of making it look more sinister.
- Yveltal, the legendary of Pokemon Y, which happens to also be a Dark-type, is known as the Destruction Pokémon, has an ability called Dark Aura and knows a move called "Oblivion Wing".
- The Black Knight from Fire Emblem Tellius wears black armor and a red Ominous Opera Cape. In the sequel, he gets a red inside/black outside cape instead.
- Also the Black Knight's alter ego Zelgius wears a full suit of red armor. So it can be said that the character is both a red and black knight.
- Although he himself is colored green, many of Bowser's insignias are a red face on a black background.
- In Lego Adaptation Games, red and black objects can only be manipulated by evil characters (Sith in Star Wars, dark wizards in Harry Potter, Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean, etc).
- Split Dynasty ships in the X-Universe games have rust-red armor panels with gray/black unarmored sections. The Split aren't particularly evil, but they have a burning hatred for the peaceful Boron Kingdom. The Xenon fleet, a bunch of rogue terraforming robots, have pitch black hulls and exposed internals glowing blood red.
- The Phantoms in Star Ocean The Last Hope are soulless red and black silicon constructs that act as the combat forces of the Grigori, and take the shapes of the various alien species that had their data assimilated.
- The Terran Dominion of StarCraft, which despite the name is The Empire, is a stylized arm holding a whip. Sometimes the arm is red on a black background, other times it's black on a red background.
- The opening and ending credits of the first Gabriel Knight game are in red text over a black screen. If you use higher resolution settings, you get illustrations in the style of old wood carvings, also in black and red. This is used to make the credits more ominous, as it is a horror game.
- Bayonetta: Both Bayonetta herself and Jeanne have this color motif. Each is also an Anti-Hero. Meanwhile, the Angels use Gold and White Are Divine, but are definitely not good.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Black and Red are associated with the Chaos faction while Law takes White And Blue. Subverted since neither side is that much worse than the other.
- BlazBlue: Ragna the Bloodedge wears his black vest and pants on his red jacket. He's an Anti-Hero who wields the power of life-sucking darkness... and is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold at best. And he actually has no qualms of killing innocent people who get in his way.
- Space Pirate ships in Naev use these colors.
- In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, the Borgia soldiers are characterized by wearing red and black. The Big Bad, Cesare Borgia, a silver armor with red cape and black pants, and his hair and beard.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the corrupted Twili beings have a consistent motif of black with a red (slightly magenta) core and Tron Lines to match. The Twili beings that aren't corrupted still have a motif of black, but they have a core and Tron Lines of blue or green.
- Also, Ganondorf's basic colors are often black and red, or close. Twilight Princess is the most obvious example.
- The Triforce of Power, while not inherently evil in and of itself, is usually in the hands of Ganondorf and is strongly associated with the color red.
- In Skyward Sword, Ghirahim wears a big black collar/cape cross with crimson patterns and gold trim, though he dismisses it when he's fighting link - in addition, his body turns from pale white to a sinister crimson-black hue more and more throughout the game. His final boss form is a fire-shaded black Chrome Champion, and his master Demise is shadow-black with flaming hair.
- The Terran Republic in PlanetSide 1 have blood red and black gas-mask toting infantry, and the "republic" is an oppressive military state run by an oligarchy. 2 drops most of the black in favor of gray, which coincides with their shift to being more of a benign state.
- The Gohma from Asura's Wrath are black with red lava-like veins to show they are the embodiment of the earth's rage. Their creator, Chakravartin, has a final form where is face is black with red eyes, with a quite body fitting robe that looks like a skeleton, just to add on more evil points.
- In the 2008 remake of Splatterhouse, around Phase Five, you'll start running into more powerful enemies wearing this scheme.
- In Civilization V, this is the color scheme of the Always Chaotic Evil barbarians.
- The standard color scheme for all things Shivan in Freespace.
- The evil Inquest scientists in Guild Wars 2 favor this color combination in their clothes.
- From The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:
- Red and black are the Dark Brotherhood's colors of choice and it shows on both their armor sets and robes.
- In Dawnguard, the armor worn by the vampires of Clan Volkihar is red and black, though a gray variant also exists. If they win the war with the Dawnguard, they also gain the ability to turn the Sun black and red, defusing its vampire-harming effects.
- Most of the Dremora, which are more or less The Elder Scrolls equivalent of demons, are entirely covered in demonic black armor with glowing blood-red accents.
- In City of Heroes, Requiem, Reichsman, and the 5th Column in general; Praetorians Infernal (the Primal Infernal is a Dark Is Not Evil subversion) and Dominatrix.
- Arachnos favors black and red (or very dark blue and red sometimes) as well.
- The main unifying element of the God-Generals' outfits in Tales of the Abyss is black. Most of them also pair it with red. The biggest exception is Sync, who goes for black and green instead, probably to associate him with Ion, who wears white and green. Asch is probably the best example of the trope as he's also an Evil Redhead, and yet he also subverts it because he's way too complicated to be Obviously Evil.
- Redau from Tales of Xillia 2 wears a red and black striped suit that's just one part of his Obviously Evil appearance.
- Generic rebels in most Paradox Interactive games (such as Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings) use a red and black flag reminiscent of that used by anarcho-syndicalists in real life.
- Most of the Desperado cyborgs in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance have a red and black color scheme. The fact that Sam does not possess said color scheme is an indicator that he's a lot more different than the other bosses. Similarly, Armstrong's nanomachines turn his body black with red veins.
- In border inspector simulation Papers, Please, the totalitarian dictatorship the player works for heavily uses black and red in its insignias and iconography.
- Killzone, the Helghast like painting everything in black and red. Their flag has the Nazi color scheme.
- Near the end of inFAMOUS, Cole finds the Ray Sphere, an artifact that gave him electrical powers at the cost of several thousand human lives. He has two options, to destroy it or activate it again, enhancing his powers. Doing the latter permanently locks your Karma Meter on the lowest end and changes Cole's lightning to black with a red outline to further demonstrate that it was an irredeemably evil deed.
- Alpha Protocol averts this with G22, who despite favouring this colour scheme are actually the closest to True Neutral around.
- In Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Belltower Spec Ops wear red and black uniforms.
- Played straight for the Knights Templar in Deus Ex: Invisible War who are arguably the most evil faction in the game and wear red and black, but subverted with the Order, who wear red and black, but are more morally gray.
- In Homeworld Cataclysm, The Beast, an Eldritch Abomination that's corrupted a part of the player's Mothership, has changed the blue and white paint of the Kuun-Lan into red and black (well, ok, it's really more of a grey, but the Meat Moss growing on it is red and black), a color scheme all its units share.
- Battle Garegga has Black Heart, the last boss before entering the enemy stronghold. It is primarily black with red trim (red like a heart).
- In Fallout: New Vegas, Caesar's Legion wear red and black uniforms, and are arguably the most evil of the four main factions you can join in that game.
- In the first Metroid Prime, Samus' ultimate suit, the Phazon Suit, is a mix of red, black and grey, in stark contrast to her usual orange/purple Varia/Gravity Suit. Both Dark Is Evil as its counterpart apply, as Samus is obviously good, but the Phazon her suit is corrupted by is evil in nature.
- In Saints Row IV the Xin's architecture is usually black with red Tron Lines. Opposing this, in areas controlled by The Boss the constructs change to blue and the Saints' vehicles are purple and white.
- Darius from League of Legends is a minor case. Hailing from the City-State of Noxus who held on the philosophy of Social Darwinist to near-extreme that it's usually pegged as the 'evil villain' faction, he is a fearsome general with penchant of decapitating people with his trusty axe or splitting people in half, distaste for weakness, and predictably, he wears a grey/black-red armor to contrast with his Demacian counterpart Garen (wears blue and white-gold armor). While he certainly is just merely patriotic and just wants the best for his hometown rather than outright evil, Darius is also pretty notorious in the fanbase that his kit can be abused for kill steals, which isn't a very good thing to do in a team-based game (and toxic noobs tend to abuse it), so it kind of counts.
- Murdered: Soul Suspect: The soul-sucking demons in the game are easily identifiable by their red and black coloration, in direct contrast to the blue hue of generic ghosts.
- Drakengard: Has Caim fullfilling this trope in the second game, wearing a black long sleeved shirt with a huge red glyph. His sword got a make over and now it's red and black, add the fact that his iconic pose with Angelus was redrawn by the series artist and has a darker feel to it. And to make matters worse, in the first game he wore a white and blue armor and his primary sword was a shining silver... Not that it mattered in the game or canon anyways.
- And then there's Giygas, he of EarthBound infamy, who's about as literal with this trope as you can get (though as shown in Mother he wasn't always this way).
- Poor Sakura Matou from Fate/stay night. She never chose to become a villain. It was all due to The Corruption that was FORCED on her for ELEVEN YEARS.
- Gilgamesh has some red and black on his street clothes (and red eyes) , his armor is gold with some black parts and his cloth parts are red even his sword has black and red.
- Saber Alter.
- For its prequel, we have Berserker, who is a Black Knight with a red visor, and any weapon he touches becomes just as black and red as he is. Subverted, as Berserker's true identity is Lancelot, who really just wanted to atone for his sins and figured the best way to do it was to have his king kill him.
- Angra Mainyu, aka Avenger.
- Many of Zoophobia's residents of Hell have this color scheme, and also commonly have it as their speech bubble color.
- Red and black is technically the theme of Hell (with some exceptions).
- Usually subverted in the "evil" aspect of this trope.
- The black spirits from Off-White have red eyes and Tron Lines. The evil part is frequently averted, however.
- Played straight and lampshaded in-universe by Umbria/Zaedalkaah from book 1 of Our Little Adventure. When she joined the Souballo Empire later she eventually started wearing their colors, though.
- In Drowtales, the resident Living Doll Collector, Kharla, seems to like the Red/Black combo.
- These are also the colors most often worn by Syphile, Ariel's abusive caretaker.
- And Luliane switches to this outfit after the timeskip, because she's been possessed by Khaless, also qualifying this for Evil Costume Switch.
- In the last two cases, a more innocuous reason for the colors are because they are the Sarghress clan colors, along with this trope.
- Rich Burlew uses red/black word balloons for several demonic characters.
- Redcloak's most distinguishing features are his, well, red cloak and black armor.
- Played with in Bandette, which is about a Classy Cat-Burglar. Bandette's costume is mostly red and black, because she's a criminal, but it's lightened with the primrose-yellow lining of her cape, which shows that she isn't actually evil.
- Hilariously subverted in Darths and Droids, which has the very Obviously Evil Darth Maul turn out to be a private detective working for Palpatine (who is in the side of good here), and he was only fighting the Jedi in self-defense because they thought he was a bounty hunter.
- The uniforms of Doctor Steel's Army of Toy Soldiers are black with red (and some yellow) accents. (Although since Dr. Steel's retirement, red is still an official color but liberal use of it is discouraged, possibly to avoid their being confused with Nazis.)
- Evil Coop from Megas XLR pilots a black and red mech.
- The main colors of the generally antagonistic Fire Nation in Avatar The Last Airbender are red and black.
- This color scheme continues to apply to all Fire Nation people, regardless of alignment, in The Legend of Korra. It's subverted when it's used to make Asami seem more insidious than she actually is.
- Vaatu, the Dark Spirit, has a variation on this, having a bright orange eye amidst a sea of various shades of dark reds. It's in fact a neat inversion◊ of the color scheme of Raava, the Light Spirit.
- The only major antagonist to dress like this in Book 3 is P'Li, the Red Lotus's firebending human cannon. However, in the finale, the Red Lotus mooks wear black and red clothes, which come in two forms: an externally black cloak with red inside (worn by the metalbender that poisoned Korra with mercury), and an arabic-looking black tunic with a red turban (worn by the guards keeping an eye on the captive airbenders).
- The Cyclonian empire in Storm Hawks is associated with these colours.
- Zelda's evil doppelganger in The Legend of Zelda looked identical to her, save for her top being black with a red vest instead of purple with a white vest.
- Kabuto, the villain of Tokyo Mater, is a mean Japanese racecar who sports mainly black and red paint. His paint gets stripped off his body after losing to Mater at the end of the short, but for some reason reobtains it in Cars 2.
- In Teen Titans, Trigon the Terrible is the most evil villain on the show, and is a gigantic red demon with black stripes on his arms, legs, and torso. Season 3's Big Bad, Brother Blood, normally wears white and gold robes, but the fighting outfit he wears underneath is red and black (with some silver) as is his whole body after he's upgraded himself with cybernetics.
- XANA's primary colours in Code Lyoko are red and black.
- The Son from Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the embodiment of the Dark Side of the Force, and has grey skin, with red paintings on his face, black sclera with red pupils, and his armor is predominantly red and black.
- The Inquisitor from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels series is Darth Vader's enforcer in charge of hunting down Jedi fugitives, and is an Expy/Suspiciously Similar Substitute of the Son, with grey skin, red Facial Markings, black armor and a double-bladed red lightsaber.
- Jack Spicer in Xiaolin Showdown dresses all in black, with red eyes and hair and red accessories. Of course, there are some doubts about how evil he really is.
- Omi briefly becoming evil led to an Evil Costume Switch that turned his robes black with red trim.
- Reboot: Chaotic Evil villain Hexadecimal wears red and black.
- King Sombra in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has this for his color scheme in corporeal form.
- The mysterious figure seeking "revenge" on Mike Chilton in Motorcity. He's given the nickname "Red."
- In The Flight of Dragons, Bryagh (who is The Dragon as well as a literal dragon) is mostly black and red with grey streaks, and is extremely bloodthirsty and sadistic. His boss, Ommadon the Red Wizard dresses mostly in various shades of red with no black, but his One-Winged Angel form is a hydra-like beast which shares Bryagh's coloration.
- Ben 10:
- Ben and the Galvans' primary colors are black and green, so a lot of villains are black and red to oppose this. Vilgax is a prime example of this.
- Albedo's Ben form after Ben damages his imitation Omnitrix has heavy focus on red and black, as well as white hair. The coloration spreads to his transformations in Omniverse.
- Ship, a Galvan Mechamorph, turns red when he's controlled by the Forever Knights in an episode of Alien Force.
- In Omniverse Malware, another Mechamorph, starts off half-finished and colored black and yellow, then when he gets upgraded he turns black and red. Dr. Psychobos' Nemetrix is black and red as well.
- Lord Hater and his mooks from Wander over Yonder are adorned in these colors as well as a bit of yellow.
- The Duke from Gawayn wears an exclusively red and black outfit.
- Aku from Samurai Jack is mostly colored like this, with a touch of dragonscale green for his mouth, and is quite literally evil all over.
- Averted in Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. The titular hero's ninja outfit is completely black with dark red streaks (complete with red scarf), yet he's firmly on the side of good.
- Brick of The Rowdyruff Boys.