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[[caption-width-right:233:Creator/ClarkGable himself. Accept no substitutes.]]

->''"You will have the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood."''
-->-- '''Merian C. Cooper''' invoking ExactWords to Fay Wray, prior to working on ''Film/KingKong1933''

Well, EveryoneLovesBlondes, HeroesWantRedheads, 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 novel}}s still play it straight sometimes. This then led to a Tall, Dark, and Handsome casting trope for leading men: Creator/ClarkGable, etc. This is also one of the defining attributes of the LatinLover 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, [[DeadHorseTrope 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 AloofDarkHairedGirl for the DistaffCounterpart and TallDarkAndSnarky when combined with DeadpanSnarker or GentlemanSnarker.

!!Examples when the trope is invoked, parodied and/or subverted:


* Best known example (and, maybe, the UrExample) would be a Roma fortune teller prophesizing that her female customer will meet a tall, dark and handsome stranger.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Gilbert Nightray from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. However, he is a WellIntentionedExtremist MagnificentBastard.
* [[spoiler:Neil Dylandy, the first]] Lockon Stratos from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', might fit, however, [[spoiler: he is a {{revenge}}-obsessed individual. His BackupTwin Lyle might fit more]].
* Inspector Shiratori, Makoto Kyougoku, and ''the'' local OneSceneWonder Jinpei Matsuda, from ''Manga/DetectiveConan''.
* Both Mori and Kyoya use this intentionally as part of their Mr.Fanservice on ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''.
* Reiji Marco of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' fits the description, but underneath the expensive suits and [[AffablyEvil suave demanour]] is a panicky geek, and a ManipulativeBastard, to boot.
* Sebastian Michaelis aka the "Manga/BlackButler".
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' [[MrFanservice Sinbad]] is this trope in ''spades''. He's got the Tall, Dark and Handsome points that [[SexyManInstantHarem bring all the scantily-clad ladies to the yard]].
* Bertolt Hoover from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. He physically meets the standards, towering over his classmates with [[AmbiguouslyBrown tanned complexion]] and black hair, dark GreenEyes, and a classical Roman nose. His personality couldn't be further from it, being a self-described ExtremeDoormat that constantly looks nervous. However, this has resulted in his status as a memetic Moe woobie in the fandom.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'''s Kurogane.
* ''Anime/MagicKnightRayearth'' has Zagato and Lantis who are both this trope personified.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' Tatewaki Kuno has dark hair(black in the manga and [[AdaptationDyeJob dark brown in the anime]]), is one of the tallest characters in the cast and is very {{Hunk}}y in appearance. In the watermelon chapter and its anime adaptation, Kuno even introduces himself as "Strikingly handsome, dark and tall." Despite Kuno's [[WrongGenreSavvy own thoughts]], he's actually the LordErrorProne rival to the led.
* ''Manga/WorldTrigger'''s Reiji Kizaki and not to mention that he's also muscular and a great cook.
* Koutarou Amon from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' is repeatedly noted for both his exceptional height and [[FairCop good looks]], especially when [[BadassInANiceSuit 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 [[CrowningMomentOfFunny doing pushups]] on her balcony all night while berating himself.

* All ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fanfic writers make Craig Tucker this in all fanfics and fanarts, especially in the AU High School fics.
* "Fairground Gypsy fortune teller" variant parodied in [[http://www.fos-ff.net/viewstory.php?sid=17745 this]] ''Film/ReAnimator'' fanfic. [[SlashFic It's Dan, for a given value of handsome]].

* As noted above, the director of the original ''Film/KingKong1933'' [[ExactWords 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.
* ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'': One of Fransisco Scaramanga's associates describes him in this way to Bond. Bond remarks that his aunt matches that description, too.
* [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] from the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''. 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.
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' : While at 5'1l" Creator/GeorgeClooney might not be quite as tall as others in the trope, Seth Gecko is handsome and mysterious, with a DarkAndTroubledPast. WordOfGod on the DVD commentary points out that Creator/RobertRodriguez, 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.
* Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/YouWillMeetATallDarkStranger'' 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 ''Literature/DragonBones'', 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 ''Literature/GoodOmens'', Anathema Device hoped that the man she was prophesized to meet would be a TallDarkAndHandsome 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. [[NobleDemon Crowley]] is a straighter example, although he's also a bit TallDarkAndSnarky.
* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'':
** 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 ''Literature/LittleWomen'').
** 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 Creator/DickKingSmith 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 [[Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles 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 RichBitch Clea to being pursued by him.
* In the ''Literature/AuntDimity'' 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 ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown,'' the phrase is lampshaded to describe Tendai Tamsanga. Notable that, even by African standards, his skin is very dark.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': 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 Creator/AlanRickman as Snape in TheMovieOfTheBook however, he got his share of rabid {{Fan Girl}}s who do see him this way.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Phoebe from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' occasionally describes her love interest Cole this way.
* ''Series/{{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/[[spoiler: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 [[BreadEggsMilkSquick tall, dark and Doomsday]].
** When Lois watches a video from her MissingMom (played by a [[Series/LoisAndClark former Lois Lane]]), she is told that she will meet someone special, and her mother guesses he will be tall, dark, and handsome.
* John Reese from ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', though given that he's inhabiting a WorldOfSnark, he's just as likely to be described as "Tall, Dark and Deranged" by the likes of [[TheNicknamer Detective Fusco]]. In later seasons he gets some grey in his hair, so the SilverFox trope is used instead.
* ''Series/TheProfessional''. 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 NiceGuy is. Disturbingly, a search of Youtube shows that this song is being [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys used to]] [[MisaimedFandom celebrate the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTfSTEV0NRA&feature=related 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, Creator/DeanMartin told Creator/JerryLewis that people would call him “the Boy with the Tall, Dark, and Handsome Voice.”

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{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".

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt 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 Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling. 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 Wrestling/BulletClub at the end of his tenure. Then he went to Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} and became the GoodIsNotNice / DarkIsNotEvil babyface demon king Finn Bálor.[[/folder]]

* During the music video of ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'':
--> "Sunflower" "I know your type: tall, dark and dead"
* There's a trophy in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' that makes fun of this trope.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsX'': [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsX Celric Obsidian]] holds a classy and courtesy impression to X-Cross members when they met him for the first time. [[spoiler: Of course, his original character should be like this, but once he's fallen into the paws of Ende, everything went downhill for him]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/1734.htm Invoked]] in ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace''
* Jyu Viole Grace from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', where Pearl, in "The Chaperone", refers to her ex-boyfriend as "long, tan and handsome". Yes, he does [[spoiler: turn out to be a complete dork]].
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{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!)

[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* All of the darker-haired males in the Sohma family of ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Except most of them are pale in skin color.
* Ren Tsuruga from ''Manga/SkipBeat''. He has rather long legs, is ''very'' handsome, and has dark hair. [[spoiler: Even though he used to be a blond.]]
* Kuroudo Akabane from ''Manga/GetBackers'' -- when he's not killing people.
* Sebastian from ''Manga/BlackButler''.
** Earl Vincent Phantomhive, Ciel's deceased father.
** And Claude from the second season.
** And how could we forget William?
* Susumu, Hijikata, and Yoshida from ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane''.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' loves this trope. Lelouch in particular stands out.
** No mention of [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/largeAnimePaperscans_Code-Geass_Hay.jpg 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. Setsuna F. Seiei [[FanservicePack catches]] [[ShesAllGrownUp up]] in the second season.
* A good amount of the male cast in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' fit under this trope, all being either Italian or Japanese.
* Manga/{{Naruto}} has Sasuke, Neji, and Itachi, among others.
** Arguably, you could count Kankuro without his make-up.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** Kurama, Yusuke, and Karasu.
** Kuronue was also in the possession of a very NiceHat, which really just cemented the deal.
* Guts and Roderick from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Usagi's father Kenji, although [[HollywoodHomely 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 ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. Actually, the resemblances between Mamoru and Lantis are a bit too much (and not only in appearance - armor too).
* [[EvilIsSexy Tyki Mikk]] and [[TallDarkAndSnarky Yu Kanda]] from ''Manga/DGrayMan''.
* Tamahome from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. Sue me.
* Byakuya Kuchiki from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' along with Shuhei Hisagi and Shunsui Kyouraku
** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tensazangetsu_3185.png Tensa Zangetsu]].
* Glen Baskerville from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' fits better than the aforementioned Gilbert. [[spoiler:As Oswald, to be precise.]]
* Don't forget Age from ''Anime/HeroicAge''!
* Ichise of ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}''.
* Hei of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''.
* Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''.
* Shoei Jinnai of ''Desire Climax''.
* Inugami of ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest''.
* Both Sen and Swordfish of ''Manga/UnderGrandHotel''.
* [[MrFanservice Sinbad]] from ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', 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 [[SexyManInstantHarem harem]]. This does not go unnoticed by the other, less tall, dark, and handsome characters.
* Izaya of ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}''.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': 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 MrFanservice.
* Luka of ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName''.
* Jonathan of ''Anime/LegendOfTheBlueWolves''.
* Yamato of ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo''.
* Lantis from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' seems to define this trope. Black haired, handsome, and a height of ''1.98m/6'6"'' (neck breaker much?).
** This is ''Creator/{{CLAMP}}''...tall, dark, and handsome is their specialty.
* Hagi from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' 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 ''Anime/TheBigO'' has got the look, the personality and the charm that constitutes this character type down pat.
* Shinya Kōgami from ''Anime/PsychoPass''.
* [[https://animangamania.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/hijikata-toshizo.png Hijikata]] [[http://i40.tinypic.com/23mmr9k.jpg Toshizo]] in various incarnations such as ''VisualNovel/{{Hakuouki}}'' or ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'', as in real life, he was known to be quite a handsome man.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/LenoreTheCuteLittleDeadGirl'' has the tall, [[SealedEvilInACan dark]], handsome Ragamuffin, in his human form.
* ComicBook/CortoMaltese.
* Bruce Wayne, ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Money is not the only reason Bats is surrounded by women.
* ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'': John Blacksad is tall, a black cat, and constantly being eyed by most females. Add to that his [[DarkAndTroubledPast mysterious]] nature and you have an archetypal tall, dark, and handsome character.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': despite all that ClarkKenting he does to make himself look geeky and awkward, the true Superman is quite a {{hunk}}.
* ''SelfDemonstarting/{{Lobo}}'', as of the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, [[InternetBackdraft much to the chagrin of his fans]].

* Often Literature/SherlockHolmes in romantic fics, on both sides of the coin.
** Holmes is explicitly described as ''boyish'' several times in ''[[Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries Mortality]]'', sometimes from Mrs. Hudson's PointOfView (who sees him as a surrogate son).
** Played very straight by the same author in the collab series ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' with [[AscendedFangirl Beth Lestrade]], in a case of LoveBeforeFirstSight ''and'' LoveAtFirstSight (not to mention EatingTheEyeCandy). If Beth is to be believed, Sherlock Holmes is a ''very'' beautiful man.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', as a result of being [[AgeLift 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 [[AdaptationalCurves 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.
* Kedar from the ''Frozen'' fic ''Fanfic/TheAlphabetStory'' is described as "tall, with his father's dark hair but his mother's strong chin". Elsa, however, isn't interested in him. She's interested in his twin ''sister''.

* Creator/CharlesBoyer in ''Film/{{Algiers}}'' with Creator/HedyLamarr.
-->''[[BeamMeUpScotty "Come with me to the Casbah]]. We'll make beautiful music together.''
* Creator/ClarkGable in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' is the TropeCodifier.
-->Frankly, my dear, [[PrecisionFStrike I don't give a damn]].
* ''Film/TheMoreTheMerrier'' has Creator/JoelMcCrea. 'Nuff said.
* Omar Sharif is the ''epitome'' of this trope in ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' (where his [[LoveDodecahedron multiple love interests]] are the center of attention, so [[MrFanservice female fans]] can spend the entire movie {{shipping}}) and ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' (where he was a ''literal'' EnsembleDarkHorse because of this trope), both Creator/DavidLean films. It helps that he's [[FakeNationality Egyptian]].
* Sir Creator/MichaelRedgrave exemplified this trope (frequently coupling it with a refined charm) for much of his film career: see, for example, ''Film/TheLadyVanishes'', ''Thunder Rock'', "the Ventriloquist's Sequence" in ''Film/DeadOfNight'' and ''Film/SecretBeyondTheDoor''.
* Ladies man Murdoch Glourie as played by the sexy Creator/RobertDonat in ''Film/TheGhostGoesWest''.
* Philip Boynton on ''Film/OurMissBrooks''.
* Creator/MelvynDouglas played this sort of character in ''Film/TheodoraGoesWild''. And probably every other film ever.
* Creator/DanielDayLewis as [[SupportingLeader Hawkeye]] in ''Film/LastOfTheMohicans''. Creator/EricSchweig as Uncas too for that matter.
* Colin Farrell in ''The New World'' and ''Film/MiamiVice'' epitomizes the "Black Irish" sort.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** Film/PrinceCaspian. Susan even [[spoiler: develops a crush on him]].
** Adult/teenager Edmund Pevensie fits the description quite well. He's also a veritable DeadpanSnarker, starting from ''Prince Caspian''.
* Pretty much all the Film/{{James Bond}}s, except for Creator/DanielCraig. The InternetBackdraft that ensued after he was cast in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' is a good indicator on how pervasive this trope was and still is.
* ''Film/LetterFromAnUnknownWoman'' Stefan, played by Louis Jourdan, is beautifully dark, tall, and handsome. That's why he's TheCasanova.
* The Phantom in the Joel Schumacher version of ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004'' 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, [[Film/{{Hitch}} Alex Hitchens]], is referred to as this.
* Notorious ladies' man Catcher Block in ''DownWithLove''.
* Creator/DenzelWashington, especially in TheNineties 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'', ''{{Film/Ricochet}}'', and ''Film/ThePelicanBrief'' helped this image.
* Nod from ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** Creator/HughJackman's portrayal of Wolverine certainly qualifies, although the comic book [[AdaptationalAttractiveness 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 Creator/MichaelFassbender in the First Class trilogy.
* Film/DCExtendedUniverse:
** Superman and Bruce Wayne certainly qualify courtesy of Creator/HenryCavill and Creator/BenAffleck. Affleck,at 6'4",is in fact the tallest actor to play Bruce Wayne to date.

* Prince Vladimir from the ''Literature/NightfallSeries'' fits all three criteria.
* Jerin in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. 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 LongHairedPrettyBoy. 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 ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' - 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 [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up nicely]]. And when we first meet Strider in the book, he is a subtle TallDarkAndSnarky.
** 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 ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Sirius Black is definitely tall, dark, and handsome. The book constantly reminds us of it.
** Voldemort/Tom Riddle in his teenage years. Of course, [[BeautyIsBad he was also evil]].
* After Bella of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' is knocked off her motorcycle she looks up at Native American Jacob Back and says that he is kind of beautiful.
* Mentioned above, [[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables 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 CluelessChickMagnet and spends more of his time writing poetry than wooing women.
* ''Tales of the Frog Princess'' gives us [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Prince]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse 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 ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', [[MagicKnight Veres]] is, according to Shelena, dark (black hair, olive skin) and tall but [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial decidedly not handsome]] as she's [[HasAType 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 [[LoveEpiphany has to admit]] that he ain't all that skinny anymore and most certainly handsome. He even turns out to be a match for [[FirstPersonSmartass Shelena]] [[TallDarkAndSnarky in snarkiness]].
* In ''Literature/DarknessVisible'', William Marsh is six feet tall, black haired, and so annoyingly gorgeous that even the protagonist's mother wants him.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** 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 [[HornyDevils White Court Vampire]], ''definitely'' counts.
* {{Franchise/Zorro}}.
* Gale of ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' 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 ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', he shares his mother's good looks and Clary describes him having long limbs like a dancer.
* In the Literature/TortallUniverse Jonathan of Conte is described as being very handsome, with black hair and piercing blue eyes, and for a time he and [[Literature/SongOfTheLioness Alanna the Lioness]] were lovers. One woman in ''Literature/TheImmortals'' lampshades it, saying that most women around the palace are in love with him to one degree or another.
* Joseph Carrion from the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries''. 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 ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' 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 ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'' is the tallest of the main cast with black hair and jet-black eyes, and is officially noted to be handsome. TheCharmer traits adds to his appeal.
* The Daemon from ''Literature/TheHeartsWeSold'' is tall, dark-haired, well-dressed, and oddly charming, in his own, otherworldly way. It's suggested he's more of a PrettyBoy than handsome in a traditional, masculine way, however; Dee describes him as "beautiful" in her narration.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}'' has Ray Palmer, played by Creator/BrandonRouth. He's 6'3", muscular, and ''very'' good looking.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': All (true) Baratheon males share this trait.
* Philip Boynton, on ''Series/OurMissBrooks''.
* Constable Benton Fraser, played by actor Paul Gross, on ''Series/DueSouth'' 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 [[http://www.covernk.com/Covers/L/S/Sergeant%20Preston%20of%20the%20Yukon/sergeantprestonoftheyukon21.jpg Sgt. Preston]] of the Yukon.
* Detective William Murdoch on ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' is a classically handsome BadassBookworm.
* Justin Russo from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. The bookworm type.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': 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 ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Cordelia calls him "tall, dark, and broody".
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Agent Fox Mulder. Tall, a well-built body (he works out!), brown hair and sad green PuppyDogEyes, tanned complexion, nose... Yes, he's got it all. Being a DeadpanSnarker 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.
* Series/{{ER}} had a trifecta of them, each playing pretty much the same role. First Doug Ross (played by Creator/GeorgeClooney), then Luka Kovac (played by Goran Visnic) and then Tony Gates (played by John Stamos).
* Don Draper of ''Series/MadMen''.
* Series/{{Chuck}} Bartowski.
* Jason from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
* Series/RemingtonSteele, played by Pierce Brosnan, is handsome and mysterious.
* In the second episode of the first season of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark smiles down at Chloe and she says, "It's amazing how far that Kent charm will get you."
* Lancelot from ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', whose colouring makes him a perfect visual counterpoint to golden-haired, blue-eyed Arthur.
** Gwaine, too.
* Hawkeye Pierce from ''Series/{{MASH}}'', although over the seasons his raven hair gradually became salt-and-peppered until it was almost [[SilverFox completely gray]].
* Gomez Addams from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''. Suave, mustachioed, passionately devoted to his wife...and just as much a [[CrazyAwesome crazy]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} weird]] NightmareFuelStationAttendant as the rest of his family. Not ''quite'' the tallest one there, of course, but still.
* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch as [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Sherlock Holmes]] most definitely qualifies. In real life, he's [[DyeHard ginger]].
* Apollo from both versions of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}''. Anders, Gaius and Helo from [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 the re-imagining version]] also qualify.
* Ponch from ''Series/{{CHiPs}}''.
* David Starsky from ''Series/StarskyAndHutch''.
* Johnny Gage from ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}''
* The titular character (played by Gil Gerald) from ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''.
* Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in ''Series/PrideAndPrejudice''.
* Harmon Rabb in ''Series/{{JAG}}''.
* Quinn Mallory in ''Series/{{Sliders}}''.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'':
** 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 OfficerAndAGentleman. Delightful man.
** Lieutenant William Bush is an attractive manly man. His amazing blue eyes contrast nicely with his dark brown hair. His actor Creator/PaulMcGann said that he's in fact quite little and needed a ScullyBox, but Mr Bush ''is'' tall enough.
* Stefan and Damon from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. They are both sinfully handsome, with dark hair. And they are both of Italian origins.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'''s Duncan [=MacLeod=], in contrast to shorter, dirty-blond Connor [=MacLeod=].
* Dr Harry Cunningham from ''Series/SilentWitness'', although as a pasty-faced Englishman he's far from tanned.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Neal Caffrey, played by the beautiful Matt Bomer.

* Hades, Dionysus, and Thanatos from Myth/ClassicalMythology 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 [[EverybodyHatesHades literally demonised]] (never mind his seduction of Persephone, the [[SeasonalBaggage 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Jin Kazama from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Zack Fair, Reeve Tuesti and Vincent Valentine from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
** Squall Leonheart and [[spoiler:his father]], Laguna Loire, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
** Noel Kriess from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''.
* Terra from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''
* Mr. Darcy in ''VideoGame/MatchesAndMatrimony''
* Yuri Lowell in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''.
* Sol Badguy and Slayer in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''.
* Kagura Mutsuki in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', meant to contrast [[SissyVillain Jin Kisaragi]].
* [[EvilSorcerer Shang Tsung]] with his youth restored in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', except for the tall part. Ditto for [[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang]] and [[WeaponizedHeadgear Kung Lao]]. [[TheFightingNarcissist Johnny]] [[CoolShades Cage]], [[BlindWeaponmaster Kenshi]] and his son [[WhipItGood Takeda]], and Fandom Bicycle [[AnIcePerson Sub-Zero]] [[LegacyCharacter II]] all play the trope completely straight, as does [[TheBigGuy Jax]] as they're all canonically at least six feet tall.
* Susabi and [[GenderFlip Tamamo no Mae]] from ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]''. The latter's case is made even more evident when he loses his CoolMask. Ichimokuren also becomes one when his [[CharacterCustomization skin]] is applied, though he's not as tall as Susabi.
* Guy from ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. Ibuki refers to him as a hunk, [[http://streetfighter.wikia.com/wiki/Guy and it's not hard to see why.]]
* Duo Lon from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. Mai actually uses the trope name ''word by word'' to describe him.
* Prince Alexander from ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', by way of being an unironic PrinceCharming. His father King Graham also qualifies in his younger days, though he often leans more into TallDarkAndSnarky territory.
* Maxi and Z.W.E.I. from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries''.
* Apollonius of ''VideoGame/FairyFencerF'' - very tall, dark hair and outfit, quite dashing.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Some [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imXdYuyafEA slideshows]] came up that show this trope is very much alive in the minds of some women. Just read the comments.
* [[WarGod Ares]] in ''Literature/ThaliasMusings''. His half-brothers lean more toward {{Bishonen}}.
* Menelaos in ''Literature/GreekNinja'', although he's mostly tall. Very tall.
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': 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 PermaStubble. Jane, your viewers will crush on your boss pretty soon.
* ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'':
** William Darcy. Emphasis on tall. Mentioned several times as DamnedByFaintPraise. Needless to say, Darcy is Tall, Dark and Handsome in all versions.
** Bing Lee. RaceLift 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 SickeninglySweethearts.
** Fitz Williams, a black and gay version. He's fun character and lacks the brooding or mysterious part of the appeal.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/DestroyerOfLight'' and other webcomics by Creator/AGnosis play this straight with regard to the gods that are supposed to be TallDarkAndHandsome. Though Hades' attractiveness is a bit undermined by the fact that he constantly looks as if he's not getting enough sleep.
* ''Webcomic/{{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 [[http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=373 human]] [[http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=184 form]] definitely qualifies as dark and handsome.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** 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 DeadpanSnarker. 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' is a good example of this as well.
* The Dark Ace of ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' IS this trope. *swoon*
* All but one of the {{Prince Charming}}s in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon have black or brown hair and are, of course, handsome and fairly tall. [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast's]] human form is the only exception, as he has red hair.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'''s Chase Young.
* Zuko, Jet, Ozai, and all the firelords from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* Mako from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', to the point where even his voice actor admitted so.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' (according to WordOfGod).
* In Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Gaston's three blonde admirers (triplets?) describe him in song as "such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute".
* Professor Utonium of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' fits quite nicely. And by this Logic, WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack also qualifies.
* [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20141107180205/disney/images/0/05/Tadashi_pose.jpg Tadashi Hamada]] of ''Disney/BigHero6'' is a widely appreciated example of this trope.