"You will have the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood."Well, Everyone Loves Blondes, Heroes Want Redheads, and of course there's the sensual Brunette. But for men, there seems to be one main perceived ideal: Tall, Dark, and Handsome. Sometimes, it's a Tall, Dark, and Handsome Stranger. Tall, Dark, and Handsome Stranger was a pulp fiction trope, particularly in mystery novels. Romance novels still play it straight sometimes. This then led to a Tall, Dark, and Handsome casting trope for leading men: Clark Gable, etc. This is also one of the defining attributes of the Latin Lover stereotype. A tall and handsome black man can be described as such too, though anyone with the height and dark hair can pull it off. Being one of the oldest tropes in the book, it's nowadays more often used in subversions and deconstructions. The actual invocation of the trope Tall, Dark, and Handsome Stranger is often parodied, or might be played straight but usually isn't highlighted if it is. See Aloof Dark-Haired Girl for the Distaff Counterpart and Tall, Dark, and Snarky when combined with Deadpan Snarker or Gentleman Snarker.
Examples when the trope is invoked, parodied and/or subverted:
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- Best known example (and, maybe, the Ur-Example) would be a Roma fortune teller prophesizing that her female customer will meet a tall, dark and handsome stranger.
Anime and Manga
- Gilbert Nightray from Pandora Hearts physically fits the description. Psychologically, though, he's a wubbly mess and often behaves very childishly. The other characters (and the mangaka) enjoy picking on him mercilessly.
- Gilbert Durandal in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. However, he is a Well-Intentioned Extremist Magnificent Bastard.
- Neil Dylandy, the first Lockon Stratos from Mobile Suit Gundam 00, might fit, however, he is a revenge-obsessed individual. His Backup Twin Lyle might fit more.
- Inspector Shiratori, Makoto Kyougoku, and the local One-Scene Wonder Jinpei Matsuda, from Detective Conan.
- Both Mori and Kyoya use this intentionally as part of their Mr.Fanservice on Ouran High School Host Club.
- Reiji Marco of Eyeshield 21 fits the description, but underneath the expensive suits and suave demanour is a panicky geek, and a Manipulative Bastard, to boot.
- Sebastian Michaelis aka the "Black Butler".
- In Magi – Labyrinth of Magic Sinbad is this trope in spades. He's got the Tall, Dark and Handsome points that bring all the scantily-clad ladies to the yard.
- Bertolt Hoover from Attack on Titan. He physically meets the standards, towering over his classmates with tanned complexion and black hair, dark Green Eyes, and a classical Roman nose. His personality couldn't be further from it, being a self-described Extreme Doormat that constantly looks nervous. However, this has resulted in his status as a memetic Moe woobie in the fandom.
- Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-'s Kurogane.
- Magic Knight Rayearth has Zagato and Lantis who are both this trope personified.
- Ranma ˝ Tatewaki Kuno has dark hair(black in the manga and dark brown in the anime), is one of the tallest characters in the cast and is very Hunky in appearance. In the watermelon chapter and its anime adaptation, Kuno even introduces himself as "Strikingly handsome, dark and tall." Despite Kuno's own thoughts, he's actually the Lord Error-Prone rival to the led.
- World Trigger's Reiji Kizaki and not to mention that he's also muscular and a great cook.
- Koutarou Amon from Tokyo Ghoul is repeatedly noted for both his exceptional height and good looks, especially when dressed in uniform. Unfortunately, he's a workaholic with serious daddy issues and regularly ends up falling victim to his Troll of a partner. He deals with his attraction to her by doing pushups on her balcony all night while berating himself.
- As noted above, the director of the original King Kong (1933) truthfully promised Fay Wray that she would be working with the "tallest, darkest" leading man in the world. Although a bit of a stretch: the actual Kong ligature used for most scenes was only about sixteen inches tall.
- The Man with the Golden Gun: One of Fransisco Scaramanga's associates describes him in this way to Bond. Bond remarks that his aunt matches that description, too.
- Loki from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This serves to mildly emphasize the differences between him and the rest of his family. Where they are muscular, swarthy and light-haired, Loki is lithe, black-haired and pale.
- From Dusk Till Dawn : While at 5'1l" George Clooney might not be quite as tall as others in the trope, Seth Gecko is handsome and mysterious, with a Dark and Troubled Past. Word of God on the DVD commentary points out that Robert Rodriguez, the film's director, deliberately shot Clooney from underneath, to make him look heroic. This is a subversion in that he's not a romantic lead. The head vampire wants to either eat or enslave him, and Kate makes an overture that is quickly shot down.
- Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger parodies this trope in the title.
- Thorin Oakenshield, played by 6' 2" tall Richard Armitage, which explains why he's quite tall for a Dwarf. Kíli is almost as tall as his uncle, as Aidan Turner is 6' 0".
- Played with in Dragon Bones, Alizon, the king's half-brother is described as very handsome, tall and slender like a wolf, and, occasionally, dark-haired. (He dyes his hair, which is apparently already going grey, and seems fond of trying out new colours)
- In Good Omens, Anathema Device hoped that the man she was prophesized to meet would be a Tall, Dark, and Handsome stranger. Turned out, the stranger in question was Newton Pulsifer, who's tall (in a thin, rolled-out sort of way) and dark-haired, but not particularly handsome. She decided that she could live with two out of three. Crowley is a straighter example, although he's also a bit Tall, Dark, and Snarky.
- Anne of Green Gables:
- Our heroine, who has read too many nineteenth-century romance novels, expresses a desire for this kind of man. And for a year and a half, she has one (did we mention the guy's filthy rich as well?), until she realizes how empty a life with him would be, for he's also dull as powder (to borrow a term from Little Women).
- Hilariously, the man she had rejected once before but ultimately ended up marrying—Gilbert Blythe—was constantly described in the books as being tall, dark, and handsome.
- Smasher, a puppy from the Dick King-Smith book of the same name, asks whether his father was like this. His mother says yes, and that Smasher is going to be just like him. However Smasher is actually really ugly and described as looking like the offspring of the Hound of Baskerville.
- In Victoria Hanley's Light of the Oracle, the love interest of the main character Kiran fits the tall and dark like an animal until he gets a makeover, becoming so handsome that he goes from being snubbed by the Rich Bitch Clea to being pursued by him.
- In the Aunt Dimity series, Bill Willis was introduced with a beard, a paunch and thick horn-rimmed glasses when Lori first met him. He later lost all three, and Lori subsequently describes him as being "quite literally, tall, dark and handsome."
- In Alien in a Small Town, the phrase is lampshaded to describe Tendai Tamsanga. Notable that, even by African standards, his skin is very dark.
- Harry Potter: Snape is an aversion; he's tall and dark, but the author never describes him as handsome, even emphasizing his greasy hair and other less-than-desirable features. After the casting of Alan Rickman as Snape in The Movie of the Book however, he got his share of rabid Fan Girls who do see him this way.
Live Action TV
- Phoebe from Charmed occasionally describes her love interest Cole this way.
- Smallville: instead of using their names, Lois describes Clark (at least) once as "tall, dark, and bumbling" and on another occasion as "tall, dark, and single" and Davis/Doomsday as "tall, dark, and scary".
Clark: Davis must have done something to her. Chloe would never lie to me if she weren't trapped.Oliver: Either that, or she just can't resist tall, dark and Doomsday.
- John Reese from Person of Interest, though given that he's inhabiting a World of Snark, he's just as likely to be described as "Tall, Dark and Deranged" by the likes of Detective Fusco. In later seasons he gets some grey in his hair, so the Silver Fox trope is used instead.
- The Professional. Thus spoke Bodie: "I believe in me because I was born tall, dark and beautiful... and engagingly modest of course."
- Heart did a song called Tall Dark Handsome Stranger which is actually a deconstruction of this trope, taking a rather negative view, all about how much better a Nice Guy is. Disturbingly, a search of Youtube shows that this song is being used to celebrate the Tall Dark Handsome Stranger
- 19th century tunesmith Henry Clay Work's Buckskin Bag of Gold comes complete with a fortune teller and has great fun taking the wind out of the trope's sails.
- When they first met, Dean Martin told Jerry Lewis that people would call him “the Boy with the Tall, Dark, and Handsome Voice.”
- Garfield: Jon Arbuckle once asked his cat if he was this. Garfield responded: "Maybe if you stand on a chair, turn off the lights, and squint." A variation was "stand on a chair, turn off the lights, and lie".
- Prince Devitt was one of the most popular foreign wrestlers in Japan but despite being the definition of tall, dark, and handsome he was put under a mask and the second Pegasus Kid. When he unmasked, it wasn't too long before he joined the evil Control Terrorism Unit in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. However, in some other promotions he was allowed to both use his real Irish identity and remain a beloved crowd favorite, but New Japan was the biggest promotion during his stay there he ended up founding so most people know evil Devitt. He ended up leaving the CTU stable and becoming part of a face tag team for a few years, so NJPW fans know the babyface also, but then he turned heel again and formed the Bullet Club at the end of his tenure. Then he went to WWE NXT and became the Good Is Not Nice / Dark Is Not Evil babyface demon king Finn Bálor.
- Parodied in SpongeBob SquarePants, where Pearl, in "The Chaperone", refers to her ex-boyfriend as "long, tan and handsome". Yes, he does turn out to be a complete dork.
- In Disney's Aladdin, when Jasmine distracts Jafar by pretending to be mind-controlled into loving him, she describes Jafar as "tall, dark...well dressed..." Apparently, calling Jafar handsome would just be too suspicious.
Examples when the trope is played straight: (WARNING: Highly subjective!)
Anime And Manga
- All of the darker-haired males in the Sohma family of Fruits Basket. Except most of them are pale in skin color.
- Ren Tsuruga from Skip Beat!. He has rather long legs, is very handsome, and has dark hair. Even though he used to be a blond.
- Kuroudo Akabane from Get Backers — when he's not killing people.
- Sebastian from Black Butler.
- Earl Vincent Phantomhive, Ciel's deceased father.
- And Claude from the second season.
- And how could we forget William?
- Susumu, Hijikata, and Yoshida from Peacemaker Kurogane.
- Code Geass loves this trope. Lelouch in particular stands out.
- No mention of Li Xingke?◊
- Suzaku kinda fits, since he's a bit short compared to other males but is still quite tall for a Japanese male.
- Allelujah Haptism, Johann Trinity, and Hong Long from Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Setsuna F. Seiei catches up in the second season.
- A good amount of the male cast in Katekyō Hitman Reborn! fit under this trope, all being either Italian or Japanese.
- Naruto has Sasuke, Neji, and Itachi, among others.
- Arguably, you could count Kankuro without his make-up.
- YuYu Hakusho:
- Kurama, Yusuke, and Karasu.
- Kuronue was also in the possession of a very Nice Hat, which really just cemented the deal.
- Guts and Roderick from Berserk.
- In Sailor Moon:
- Usagi's father Kenji, although much more subdued. Her mother does use these exact words to describe him when he was younger, though.
- Mamoru and Saphir both. They resemble each other. A lot. And resemble Lantis from Magic Knight Rayearth. Actually, the resemblances between Mamoru and Lantis are a bit too much (and not only in appearance - armor too).
- Tyki Mikk and Yu Kanda from D.Gray-Man.
- Tamahome from Fushigi Yuugi. Sue me.
- Byakuya Kuchiki from Bleach along with Shuhei Hisagi and Shunsui Kyouraku
- Glen Baskerville from Pandora Hearts fits better than the aforementioned Gilbert. As Oswald, to be precise.
- Don't forget Age from Heroic Age!
- Ichise of Texhnolyze.
- Hei of Darker Than Black.
- Alucard of Hellsing.
- Shoei Jinnai of Desire Climax.
- Inugami of Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest.
- Both Sen and Swordfish of Under Grand Hotel.
- Sinbad from Magi – Labyrinth of Magic, and how. Not only does he exhibit all of the aesthetic features of this trope, his presence itself constantly attracts beautiful girls to the point where just sitting still for a second will get him a harem. This does not go unnoticed by the other, less tall, dark, and handsome characters.
- Izaya of Durarara!!.
- Colonel Roy Mustang: while "tall" may be slightly questionable (not short, but both Havoc and Falman are about a head taller), he certainly is dark, and as for handsome, well, he's the series' major Mr. Fanservice.
- Luka of Betrayal Knows My Name.
- Jonathan of Legend of the Blue Wolves.
- Yamato of Karakuridouji Ultimo.
- Lantis from Magic Knight Rayearth seems to define this trope. Black haired, handsome, and a height of 1.98m/6'6" (neck breaker much?).
- This is CLAMP...tall, dark, and handsome is their specialty.
- Hagi from Blood+ is the epitome of this as well. In the novels, Kai muses to himself that even guys like him wouldn't be able to deny how attractive Hagi is.
- Roger Smith from The Big O has got the look, the personality and the charm that constitutes this character type down pat.
- Shinya Kōgami from Psycho-Pass.
- Hijikata◊ Toshizo◊ in various incarnations such as Hakuouki or Peacemaker Kurogane, as in real life, he was known to be quite a handsome man.
- Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl has the tall, dark, handsome Ragamuffin, in his human form.
- Corto Maltese.
- Bruce Wayne, Batman. Money is not the only reason Bats is surrounded by women.
- Blacksad: John Blacksad is tall, a black cat, and constantly being eyed by most females. Add to that his mysterious nature and you have an archetypal tall, dark, and handsome character.
- Superman: despite all that Clark Kenting he does to make himself look geeky and awkward, the true Superman is quite a hunk.
- Lobo, as of the New 52, much to the chagrin of his fans.
- Often Sherlock Holmes in romantic fics, on both sides of the coin.
- Holmes is explicitly described as boyish several times in Mortality, sometimes from Mrs. Hudson's Point of View (who sees him as a surrogate son).
- Played very straight by the same author in the collab series Children of Time with Beth Lestrade, in a case of Love Before First Sight and Love at First Sight (not to mention Eating the Eye Candy). If Beth is to be believed, Sherlock Holmes is a very beautiful man.
- In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, as a result of being aged up to 15 years old, Ash is now at least as tall Brock was in the original timeline (not to mention taller than Delia) and implied to have a more muscular build. This combined with his black hair and swarthy skin makes him pretty good-looking in the eyes of several female characters.
- Charles Boyer in Algiers with Hedy Lamarr.
"Come with me to the Casbah. We'll make beautiful music together.
- Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind is the Trope Codifier.
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
- The More the Merrier has Joel McCrea. 'Nuff said.
- Omar Sharif is the epitome of this trope in Doctor Zhivago (where his multiple love interests are the center of attention, so female fans can spend the entire movie shipping) and Lawrence of Arabia (where he was a literal Ensemble Dark Horse because of this trope), both David Lean films. It helps that he's Egyptian.
- Sir Michael Redgrave exemplified this trope (frequently coupling it with a refined charm) for much of his film career: see, for example, The Lady Vanishes, Thunder Rock, "the Ventriloquist's Sequence" in Dead of Night and Secret Beyond the Door.
- Ladies man Murdoch Glourie as played by the sexy Robert Donat in The Ghost Goes West.
- Philip Boynton on Our Miss Brooks.
- Melvyn Douglas played this sort of character in Theodora Goes Wild. And probably every other film ever.
- Daniel Day-Lewis as Hawkeye in Last of the Mohicans. Eric Schweig as Uncas too for that matter.
- Colin Farrell in The New World and Miami Vice epitomizes the "Black Irish" sort.
- The Chronicles of Narnia:
- Pretty much all the James Bonds, except for Daniel Craig. The Internet Backdraft that ensued after he was cast in Casino Royale (2006) is a good indicator on how pervasive this trope was and still is.
- Letter from an Unknown Woman Stefan, played by Louis Jourdan, is beautifully dark, tall, and handsome. That's why he's The Casanova.
- The Phantom in the Joel Schumacher version of The Phantom of the Opera (2004) as long as he keeps his mask on. Handsomeness goes out of the window at that point—and, for some reason, he also becomes fair.
- Because he was wearing a dark wig over his wispy, light brown hair. You see him putting on the wig right while he sings "Seal my fate tonight" before Don Juan Triumphant opens, and we see it fall off as Christine unmasks him.
- The date doctor, Alex Hitchens, is referred to as this.
- Notorious ladies' man Catcher Block in Down with Love.
- Denzel Washington, especially in The '90s when he was considered to be a sex symbol, and even won Sexiest Man of the Year at one time. Films like Mo Better Blues, Ricochet, and The Pelican Brief helped this image.
- Nod from Epic.
- X-Men Film Series:
- Hugh Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine certainly qualifies, although the comic book did not depict him this way. He's dark, broody, dangerous, and mysterious.
- Colossus is the tallest X-Man, and he also happens to be a brunette and good-looking.
- Magneto as a younger man when played by Michael Fassbender in the First Class trilogy.
- DC Extended Universe:
- Prince Vladimir from the Nightfall Series fits all three criteria.
- Jerin in A Brother's Price. He is handsome - even women who don't lust after him, for example his kindly former schoolteacher, warn him that he needs to wear a veil in public, as his good looks could attract kidnappers. His dark hair goes well over his shoulders, so he's also a Long-Haired Pretty Boy. The text implies he's tall as well; he is able to manhandle an adult soldier out of a brook and onto a horse.
- Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings - although when we first meet him, he is said to 'look foul and feel fair.'
- While he is described as "grim" when we first meet him, as the book continues, he is constantly described as "noble", with standard Númenórean good looks. The grimness refers more to his demeanour as a Ranger. Not to mention, of course, that he caught the eye of Arwen, who is supposed to be as beautiful as her ancestor who was the most beautiful elf to ever exist, so he definitely cleans up nicely. And when we first meet Strider in the book, he is a subtle Tall, Dark, and Snarky.
- Faramir, Boromir, Imrahil and young Denethor all fit this trope. Actually, the Dúnedain of in general are tall and dark with a little elvish touch.
- Any dark haired elf would qualify and there are many, particularly in The Silmarillion.
- Harry Potter:
- Sirius Black is definitely tall, dark, and handsome. The book constantly reminds us of it.
- Voldemort/Tom Riddle in his teenage years. Of course, he was also evil.
- After Bella of Twilight is knocked off her motorcycle she looks up at Native American Jacob Back and says that he is kind of beautiful.
- Mentioned above, Gilbert Blythe is described in the books as being very handsome, with dark, curly hair and hazel eyes. He is tall with a lean build.
- Walter, his and Anne's second son, is the epitome of this trope. With "finely modelled features" and expressive gray eyes, the girls fall all over him from childhood onward. Walter, however, is kind of a Clueless Chick Magnet and spends more of his time writing poetry than wooing women.
- Tales of the Frog Princess gives us Prince Garrid, who is tall and noted to be extremely handsome. He is pale and fair-haired, but the "dark" bit still fits with his mysterious nature.
- In Loyal Enemies, Veres is, according to Shelena, dark (black hair, olive skin) and tall but decidedly not handsome as she's not attracted to this type of men. After spending a lot of time together and Veres healing after being beaten almost to death, though, Shelena has to admit that he ain't all that skinny anymore and most certainly handsome. He even turns out to be a match for Shelena in snarkiness.
- In Darkness Visible, William Marsh is six feet tall, black haired, and so annoyingly gorgeous that even the protagonist's mother wants him.
- The Dresden Files:
- While few detailed descriptions of his appearance are given, 6'9" Harry Dresden probably counts.
- Thomas, who is mentioned as being only slightly shorter than him and a White Court Vampire, definitely counts.
- Gale of The Hunger Games shares Katniss' dark hair, olive skin, and grey eyes and is said to be over six feet tall by Katniss because when they met in the woods when he was only 14, she stated he was already that height. Muscular and good-looking, girls flock to him - Katniss herself says that Gale would have no trouble finding a wife because he's handsome and strong.
- Alec Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments, he shares his mother's good looks and Clary describes him having long limbs like a dancer.
- In the Tortall Universe Jonathan of Conte is described as being very handsome, with black hair and piercing blue eyes, and for a time he and Alanna the Lioness were lovers. One woman in The Immortals lampshades it, saying that most women around the palace are in love with him to one degree or another.
- Joseph Carrion from the Mediochre Q Seth Series. When Charlotte Johnson (the viewpoint character) first meets him, he is explicitly noted to be tall, handsome and dark-haired. It contrasts with Mediochre, who is short and weedy.
- Demetri Belikov from Vampire Academy is described to be extremely tall (2,01 meters/6'7") with chocolate-brown eyes and long, dark hair which he wears in a ponytail. He is also described to be very handsome and rugged in physical appearance with God-like angular, masculine features. In terms of his physique, he is lean, well-built and muscular.
- Kuroki in Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note is the tallest of the main cast with black hair and jet-black eyes, and is officially noted to be handsome. The Charmer traits adds to his appeal.
- The Daemon from The Hearts We Sold is tall, dark-haired, well-dressed, and oddly charming, in his own, otherworldly way. It's suggested he's more of a Pretty Boy than handsome in a traditional, masculine way, however; Dee describes him as "beautiful" in her narration.
- Arrowverse has Ray Palmer, played by Brandon Routh. He's 6'3", muscular, and very good looking.
- Game of Thrones: All (true) Baratheon males share this trait.
- Philip Boynton, on Our Miss Brooks.
- Constable Benton Fraser, played by actor Paul Gross, on Due South fits the ideal image of what a Mountie should be, including being handsome, tall and physically fit.
- The character is, in some ways, homage to and a deconstruction of the popular depiction of the Mounties, such as the cartoon "Dudley Do-Right" and Sgt. Preston◊ of the Yukon.
- Detective William Murdoch on Murdoch Mysteries is a classically handsome Badass Bookworm.
- Justin Russo from Wizards of Waverly Place. The bookworm type.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: When Buffy first met Angel, he called himself a friend and she said that he was dark, gorgeous in an annoying sort of way. In Angel Cordelia calls him "tall, dark, and broody".
- The X-Files:
- Agent Fox Mulder. Tall, a well-built body (he works out!), brown hair and sad green Puppy-Dog Eyes, tanned complexion, nose... Yes, he's got it all. Being a Deadpan Snarker doesn't hurt.
- Alex Krycek. A double agent and a dirty rat boy who charms and eventually betrays everyone must be fit and handsome to pull it all off. He has very dark eyes and black hair. Tall, dark, mysterious and very handsome.
- Assistant Director Skinner is an older sexy guy. Tall and physically fit.
- Don Draper of Mad Men.
- Chuck Bartowski.
- Jason from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
- Remington Steele, played by Pierce Brosnan, is handsome and mysterious.
- In the second episode of the first season of Smallville, Clark smiles down at Chloe and she says, "It's amazing how far that Kent charm will get you."
- Lancelot from Merlin, whose colouring makes him a perfect visual counterpoint to golden-haired, blue-eyed Arthur.
- Gwaine, too.
- Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H, although over the seasons his raven hair gradually became salt-and-peppered until it was almost completely gray.
- Gomez Addams from The Addams Family. Suave, mustachioed, passionately devoted to his wife...and just as much a crazy, weird Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant as the rest of his family. Not quite the tallest one there, of course, but still.
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes most definitely qualifies. In real life, he's ginger.
- Apollo from both versions of Battlestar Galactica. Anders, Gaius and Helo from the re-imagining version also qualify.
- Ponch from CHiPs.
- David Starsky from Starsky & Hutch.
- Johnny Gage from Emergency!
- The titular character (played by Gil Gerald) from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
- Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.
- Harmon Rabb in JAG.
- Quinn Mallory in Sliders.
- Horatio Hornblower:
- Sailor Horatio Hornblower has got it all: a tall slender figure, brown curly hair, dark eyes, tanned complexion, and a handsome manly face. However, he's really fairly skinny and by no means a Hunk.
- Captain Pellew has a tall and well-built figure (appropriate for a naval captain), dark eyes and dark hair, his complexion is tanned and slightly weather-beaten (he spends his life aboard a ship after all), and his facial features are very fine. In addition, he's as Officer and a Gentleman. Delightful man.
- Lieutenant William Bush is an attractive manly man. His amazing blue eyes contrast nicely with his dark brown hair. His actor Paul McGann said that he's in fact quite little and needed a Scully Box, but Mr Bush is tall enough.
- Stefan and Damon from The Vampire Diaries. They are both sinfully handsome, with dark hair. And they are both of Italian origins.
- Highlander's Duncan MacLeod, in contrast to shorter, dirty-blond Connor MacLeod.
- Dr Harry Cunningham from Silent Witness, although as a pasty-faced Englishman he's far from tanned.
- White Collar: Neal Caffrey, played by the beautiful Matt Bomer.
- Hades, Dionysus, and Thanatos from Classical Mythology were usually depicted as this; Apollo, as well, arguably, since he was described as having black hair. Don't expect modern works to show this, however; Hades and Thanatos are generally literally demonised (never mind his seduction of Persephone, the goddess of spring), while Dionysus is often depicted as ugly, and Apollo is more often than not blond.
- "Sweet Rosie Jones" by Buck Owens (1968) has the narrator lose the love of the title character to a "tall dark stranger." A year later Owens recorded a spinoff/sequel actually called "Tall Dark Stranger" that explored the trope even further.
- Jin Kazama from Tekken.
- Final Fantasy:
- Terra from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
- Mr. Darcy in Matches and Matrimony
- Yuri Lowell in Tales of Vesperia.
- Sol Badguy and Slayer in Guilty Gear.
- Kagura Mutsuki in BlazBlue, meant to contrast Jin Kisaragi.
- Shang Tsung with his youth restored in Mortal Kombat 9, except for the tall part. Ditto for Liu Kang and Kung Lao. Johnny Cage, Kenshi and his son Takeda, and Fandom Bicycle Sub-Zero II all play the trope completely straight, as does Jax as they're all canonically at least six feet tall.
- Susabi and Tamamo no Mae from Onmyōji. The latter's case is made even more evident when he loses his Cool Mask. Ichimokuren also becomes one when his skin is applied, though he's not as tall as Susabi.
- Guy from Final Fight and Street Fighter. Ibuki refers to him as a hunk, and it's not hard to see why.
- Duo Lon from The King of Fighters. Mai actually uses the trope name word by word to describe him.
- Prince Alexander from King's Quest, by way of being an unironic Prince Charming. His father King Graham also qualifies in his younger days, though he often leans more into Tall, Dark, and Snarky territory.
- Maxi and Z.W.E.I. from the Soul Series.
- Apollonius of Fairy Fencer F - very tall, dark hair and outfit, quite dashing.
- Some slideshows came up that show this trope is very much alive in the minds of some women. Just read the comments.
- Ares in Thalia's Musings. His half-brothers lean more toward Bishōnen.
- Menelaos in Greek Ninja, although he's mostly tall. Very tall.
- The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Mr Rochester is Tall, Dark and Mysterious. He's not super handsome, but he's a bit of a muscular Hunk with funky striped socks, expensive clothes and watch, mysterious tattoos and Perma-Stubble. Jane, your viewers will crush on your boss pretty soon.
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries:
- William Darcy. Emphasis on tall. Mentioned several times as Damned by Faint Praise. Needless to say, Darcy is Tall, Dark and Handsome in all versions.
- Bing Lee. Race Lift give us an Asian version of this trope. Even male viewers expressed their man crush on Bing. He was considered adorable and cute, thanks to dating Jane and being Sickeningly Sweethearts.
- Fitz Williams, a black and gay version. He's fun character and lacks the brooding or mysterious part of the appeal.
- Destroyer of Light and other webcomics by A-gnosis play this straight with regard to the gods that are supposed to be Tall, Dark, and Handsome. Though Hades' attractiveness is a bit undermined by the fact that he constantly looks as if he's not getting enough sleep.
- Lackadaisy has Mordecai Heller, who is drawn as a tall, anthropomorphic tuxedo cat. Asa refers to Mordecai as "swarthy" due to his black fur. The way several women react to Mordecai suggests that he's considered attractive in-universe. His human form definitely qualifies as dark and handsome.
- South Park:
- A really, really subtle example is Stan. Subtle, because he's a piece of crappy cartoon. Stan is the calm, collected one in his group, has dark hair, and even joins the Goth kids in one episode. Plus, he's the only one who has had a stable girlfriend for a very long time. It helps that he is South Park's best example of a Cute Shotaro Boy.
- Another example is Craig. It was speculated that Craig was actually number one on the real list of cutest boys that the 4th grade girls made. He has black hair, too, and even more, he is a true, stoical Deadpan Snarker. He wears high-waisted black pants, making him look taller, and his legs look longer than the other children's. It has been implied in one episode that Craig is actually older than the other kids: that's why they made him look taller.
- Thomas "Tom" Sloane from Daria is a good example of this as well.
- The Dark Ace of Storm Hawks IS this trope. *swoon*
- All but one of the Prince Charmings in the Disney Animated Canon have black or brown hair and are, of course, handsome and fairly tall. Beast's human form is the only exception, as he has red hair.
- Xiaolin Showdown's Chase Young.
- Zuko, Jet, Ozai, and all the firelords from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Mako from The Legend of Korra, to the point where even his voice actor admitted so.
- Teen Titans:
- Although he is not tall when he's a teenager, Robin, is definitely dark and handsome. He also becomes tall in his thirties as Nightwing.
- The Newly re-designed Aqualad certainly qualifies. The girls instantly fall for his dashing good looks.
- Vince from Recess (according to Word of God).
- In Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Gaston's three blonde admirers (triplets?) describe him in song as "such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute".
- Professor Utonium of The Powerpuff Girls fits quite nicely. And by this Logic, Samurai Jack also qualifies.
- Tadashi Hamada◊ of Big Hero 6 is a widely appreciated example of this trope.