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Wonder Girl: You're not a villain.
Arrowette: I am. And it's gonna stink. I'm not going to get to win anymore. All my friends will hate me. Oh God... I'll have to get a tight, skimpy black leather outfit that shows off my cleavage. Oh God... I'll have to get cleavage.

The most dramatic way to show that the protagonist has gone to The Dark Side is to give them a new costume. This outfit's coolness is sometimes inversely proportional to the coolness of the original, but is just as often much cooler, more flattering, and (for females) sexier as it bares more skin and curves, with a new hairdo and costume colors to complete their Evil Makeover and look. A character who returns to the side of good usually ditches the entire costume.

Sometimes, a character will split into a Good Twin and an Evil Twin, with the latter wearing one of these costumes. If so, the Good Twin will often wear a more "good" version of the costume, with lots of white and, usually, gold. And, of course, if the character already wears dark colors, the switch is often to a creepy, funeral/ghost style of white.


This trope is arguably most prevalent among Superheroes, where outfits are iconic.

Why does this costume almost always look better than the hero's original? Why, that's because Evil Is Cool and/or sexy (either that, or because it was designed second).

If the newly evil look is entirely spontaneous, requiring no shopping of new clothes for the character, then it is the sub-trope Paint It Black.

Often overlaps with Evil Wears Black (as in the new costume will be that color) or Good Colors, Evil Colors. Sometimes overlaps with Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains (as in the new costume will be skimpier) and Dressed Like a Dominatrix (the new costume is obviously inspired by dominatrix outfits).

A Sub-Trope of Significant Wardrobe Shift. Compare Adaptive Armor. Contrast Good Costume Switch. Not to be confused with an Evil Twin dressing as his/her good twin.



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  • This trope sort of shows up in the Ah! My Goddess! movie, when Keiichi is possessed by Belldandy's old mentor, Celestine. However, although the resultant flowing robes and markings are cooler, he also looks...significantly more righteous and 'good', with the evil only actually being visually hinted at by possessed-Keichi's facial expressions at times.
    • Shows up better in the Lord of Terror arc; whenever the LoT Body Surfs to someone else, they get an Evil Costume Switch. Egregious in Keichi's case because the evil costume literally materializes out of thin air.
      • Not only that, he even grows his hair out and dyes it blond in a matter of seconds! The latter of which (dying it blond) only appears in the manga, though. In the anime, his hair is still black when it grows, but unlike the manga, mysteriously goes back to being short after the Lord of Terror is defeated and removed from Keiichi, although the costume still remains on Keiichi (cue his shocked remark at it in the manga).
    • The Angel Eater arc is also a great example: Belldandy, while implanted with the devil by Hild, gains a tight and revealing outfit and demon wings.
  • A temporary example in Assassination Classroom. Following Chapter 128, in which she attempts to kill Koro-sensei with her tentacles and reveals her true identity to the rest of her class, Kaede Kayano/Akari Yukimura switches to a new look where she lets her hair down and wears a black dress and heels as well as a red scarf. Once her tentacles are removed, she reverts back to her previous outfit as part of Becoming the Mask.
  • Battle Spirits Shonen Toppa Bashin:
    • When J Sawaragi becomes a member of Numbers Elite, he changes to an identical version of his outfit in black.
    • Though an antagonist from the start, when Number Nine is revealed as the true Big Bad, he also changes the color of his outfit and nothing else. This time, he wears red.
  • In Berserk, upon making his Face–Heel Turn by making a Deal with the Devil to become the fifth member of the Godhand, Femto, Griffith's outfit is a darker, more sinister, and skin-tight version of the warrior armor that he wore with the original Band of the Hawk. Then he decides to get what he wants and uses less obvious clothing, reminiscent of his old armor while becoming a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • After his Face–Heel Turn, Tousen in Bleach eventually changes his outfit by throwing out all black elements: while initially he keeps his shihakusho and drops his haori with a white sleeveless coat, he later dons with a sleeveless tunic, and switches his white boots with the usual Arrancar black tabi footwear. He also changes his goggles and orange scarf for a visor and an orange rope.
    • Played with Aizen (Evil All Along) and Ichimaru (The Mole): the former dons a white longcoat coat over his Shihakusho, but eventually switches the black robes with a white Arrancar-style outfit plus a pink sash; and the latter dons a white long-sleeved robe first over his Shihakusho, and later over his own Arrancar clothing.
    • Orihime pulls one after Aizen forces her to make a truly Sadistic Choice.
    • Inverted with main protagonist Ichigo, whose default outfit is predominantly black while his inner hollow has a white version of his clothes and sword.
    • When Uryuu joins the Vandenreich, he gets their classic uniform. That has almost no difference to his old costume theme. Now he wears a Badass Long Robe and looks like a soldier. It symbolizes that he has lost his individuality.
  • In the anime version of Chrono Crusade, Sister Rosette Christopher starts wearing all black when she falls under Aion's influence.
  • Code Geass gives new costumes to Lelouch and Suzaku once they undergo their (pretend) Face–Heel Turn late in the series. Of course, these new outfits are predominantly white. Slightly subverted in Suzaku's case as he wore white even before that. It does lean to being more skimpy than his previous outfit however.
  • When Haruna is Brainwashed and Crazy in Corrector Yui, her Corrector uniform turns black.
  • When he fell under the control of the Digimon Emperor in Digimon Adventure 02, MetalGreymon gained a more sinister appearance.
  • Regina from Doki Doki Pretty Cure was already evil when she was introduced. She underwent a Heel–Face Turn later, but still had her Red and Black and Evil All Over costume. The episode after her Heel–Face Turn, her father King Jikochuu brainwashed her, and the red parts of her costume has become purple. It's an even More Evil Costume Switch!
  • Juvia of Fairy Tail, while under the control of Vidaldus Taka, gets a much more revealing outfit.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Ling Yao switches his brightly colored clothes out for an all-black ensemble with a Badass Longcoat upon accepting a Philosopher's stone from Father and becoming Greed. It's later played with: while he sticks with this ensemble for the remainder of the series, it kind of loses the evil part after Greed pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • During the Kodoku arc of Fushigi Yuugi, Tamahome wears a sophisticated black suit to match his nun-chucks, complete with a blue bandanna and belt to replace his red belt, as well as a red earring that, apparently, helped with brainwashing.
  • In the Galaxy Angel Beta manga based on Galaxy Angel Moonlit Lovers, instead of simply being mistaken for evil as she was in the game, Chitose actually goes evil, changing not only her costume but the paint job on her ship.
  • Male (insert joke here) example from Get Backers: when Kazuki is Brainwashed and Crazy, he trades his oversized androgynous t-shirts for a form-fitting black tank top with a cross-like design. Amusingly, his shirt starts out tucked into his jeans but ends up baring his midriff by the time the final battle rolls around. Also averted later on: when Juubei, Toshiki, and Sakura are Brainwashed and Crazy, they are given white uniforms—although Sakura's does show her cleavage.
  • Subverted in Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny. When Kan'u Unchou goes to Sousou and later fights Hakufu, she is shown in a dark, revealing costume. However, she's still loyal to Ryuubi, though it may seem otherwise. Plus her Sailor Fuku was super stripperiffic already.
  • In K: Return of Kings, when Saruhiko Fushimi leaves his Clan and joins Jungle, he switches from wearing his uniform to wearing a mostly black ensemble with a black fur trim on his hood (that echoes the crow-feather look of his hair), and a beaded necklace that looks rather sexy with his V-neck t-shirt. Pair with punky monochrome-British-flag design sneakers and a fizzle of green electricity from his new powers, and we have a surprisingly good example of this.
  • Kill la Kill.
    • Inverted. The villains are more covered and wear white, while the heroes are Stripperiffic in black. As a result, a Heel–Face Turn results in former villains stripping down into black, while a Face–Heel Turn results in former heroes covering up in white. When Brainwashed and Crazy, Ryuko dons the white Junketsu and looks far more modest than when she wears her normal Stripperiffic Senketsu. When Satsuki and the Elite Four join forces with Nudist Beach, they go from wearing modest white uniforms to strategically-placed black belts and little else.
    • Played straight with Mako: she normally wears a white and blue Sailor Fuku, but during episode 7, she changes to a black and red Badass Longcoat, Nice Hat, and geta sandals when she becomes the Fight Club President (though she still wears her Sailor Fuku). It doesn't last long, though.
  • One of the dubious appeals of a Dark Magical Girl is cute little girls in black leather outfits. See Fate Testarossa in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, who was actually created for the fanboys; however, Fate keeps the black when she turns good (though she does get a white cape once she grows up).
  • When Roll is infected with a virus in Mega Man Battle Network to turn her evil, she gains fangs, a whip, and six-inch heels, in addition to becoming more...shapely. Um...she's, like, twelve...
  • Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch had Sara, who, besides exchanging her orange frilled dress for a black diva outfit (in the manga; in the anime, she just wore her "civilian" clothes all the time), also changed her hair colour. This form, actually the first form in which we see her, is fanonically dubbed Black Sara.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, the crew of the Albion changes into the uniform of the newly established Titans team. If you've seen Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, you know what this means.
  • When Shizuru had her Face–Heel Turn late in My-HiME, she stopped wearing her standard-issue school uniform for a short while and swapped it out for a dark purple kimono. She is seen wearing it again right before her last fight with Natsuki, where she's back to her uniform. When she and Natsuki are revived after their Murder-Suicide, both are in their school uniforms.
  • My-Otome:
    • Tomoe gets this treatment with her old Robe replaced with a suit of black plate armor.
    • Nina's Transformation Sequence after her Face–Heel Turn gave her a black silhouette instead of a blue one. There were a few times when she didn't activate it on her own. Other than that, she wore basically the same uniform as before, only darker.
  • In Naruto, when Sasuke is inspired to do a Face–Heel Turn, he is wearing a different, black one-piece suit. This is compounded after the time skip when he starts dressing like a gay pirate.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion contains a subtle male example. After Yui "dies," Gendo switches from his white lab coat and '80s-style prescription glasses to a black version of the typical NERV uniform and orange sunglasses. Even more subtly, Gendo stops shaving and doesn't zip up the front of his military uniform, showing that he more or less stopped caring what he looked like after losing his wife.
    • Rei usually wears a white plugsuit, but in Rebuild of Evangelion, Seele's new Rei clone wears a black one. Shinji also trades in his classic blue and white plugsuit for a black variant after betraying Misato and siding with his father.
      • Evangelion Unit 13 starts off with purple and green coloring, but the color scheme changes to white and red during Instrumentality.
    • Also in the Rebuild movies, in a case of Eviler Costume Switch, when Gendo pulls the rug out from Seele and starts manipulating the Instrumentality and fall of mankind himself, he ditches his trademark orange sunglasses for a crimson-red version of Chairman Keel's ominous, futuristic visor.
    • Yet again from the Rebuild films, Misato's colder, more distant (and Gendo-like) demeanor is accompanied by a commander's hat, sunglasses, shiny black boots, and a more militaristic version of her red coat (which she now actually buttons up).
  • The anime version of Prétear had Sasame changing his simple outfit for an incredibly elaborate black and purple one, complete with a demon larva logo, after he joined the Princess of Disaster. Both of them revert to normal at the end, though.
  • Pretty Cure:
  • In Princess Tutu, when Mytho's heart is poisoned with Raven's blood, he gains a new costume that is all black with raven feathers. Rue's outfit as Princess Krahe might also count, although it is more a case of Dark Magical Girl.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, Homura first gets a frilly Gothloli gown when she becomes a Witch, and then a skimpier black dress after stealing Madoka's power and ascending as the devil of a new universe. The fact that her dress resembles Princess Kraehe's ensemble is probably significant.
  • In Queen's Blade Rebellion, several members of the old cast get costume switches, but Elina's and Ymir's especially reflect their change from being on the side of the "good guys" to being on the side of the "bad guys". Goodbye tiger-striped amazoness costume with blue bra-armor for Elina, goodbye pink and white doll dress for Ymir, hello black leather with metal protrudings and red and grey off colors. Claudette also switches out her amazon costume in favor of a regal white getup.
    • In the original anime, Listy gets this in a big way when she is brainwashed by Aldra. She goes from a revealing but still rough-around-the-edges brown leather outfit with a tousled hairdo to a silky black jumpsuit sporting Absolute Cleavage and slick, straightened hair worn long. Aldra herself goes through this in reverse between the first series and rebellion, going from an outfit that's all intimidating sharp edges to the garb of a housewife.
  • Rage of Bahamut: Genesis has Jeanne after she is left to burn at the stake gaining a darker/more revealing armor out.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Tuxedo Mask's much cooler "Prince Endymion" armor is first seen out of flashback when he is captured and brainwashed by the Dark Kingdom.
    • Sailor Mercury gets a costume upgrade when she becomes Dark Mercury in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. Her Transformation Sequence also improves, although that's more likely a case of the special effects crew honing their skills as the series progressed.
    • Little Chibi-Usa/Rini, whose face-heel turn involved transforming from a cute little girl into a twenty-something seductress in a slinky black dress. Apparently, evil isn't only cooler; it's also sexier. More, she even tries to seduce her own father in the manga. In the anime, she hates him and her mom and tries to kill them both. The enemy still tries to brainwash her mom from the future with similar imagery, but they fail.
  • In Saint Seiya, in the Asgard saga, when Polaris Hilda is a good person, she wears a light blue dress. When she is possessed by the Nibelungen Ring and forced to do evil, she starts wearing a crimson and black colored war dress with a black cape. After she's freed from the ring, she returns to her light blue dress.
  • Shakugan no Shana, Snake of the Festival Sakai Yuuji. He even gets a new hairdo aside from black armor.
  • Katsumi Liqueur of Silent Möbius obtains a black cloak and tight leather clothes when possessed by the demonic sword Medium.
  • Slayers:
    • A villain from the first season suffered a full-body burn at the hands of Lina Inverse. He never bothers to remove the bandages (which make him look like a Mummy) until after his Heel–Face Turn.
    • What's more, an evil priestess who wears a full-on black-leather-with-cleavage-and-spikes ensemble is shown in flashbacks wearing a white robe. Why she made the change, since she never admits to being evil, is uncertain.
  • Justin Law in Soul Eater. The crosses on his priest's robes get replaced by the three eyes of the Kishin. Kid gets a minor version of this following his...encounter in the Book of Eibon: his black and white colour scheme stays, but his suit's all black except for white stripes and a cravat (?).
  • When Cellaria in Soul Link reveals her true intentions as The Mole, she spends the rest of the series wearing a black, very stripperiffic costume that stands in sharp contrast to the green military uniform she was wearing before. She also lets her hair down and crushes her glasses, apparently taking a page from the book of Bleach's Aizen.
  • Nia in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has to change her typical white dress for a tight, black outfit after being taken over by Anti-Spirals.
  • In episodes 21-23 of Tiger & Bunny, we see that both the fake Wild Tiger and Barnaby (though, in his case, it's symbolic of antagonism towards Kotetsu, not 'evil') are sporting black versions of their suits. Barnaby goes back to his usual suit halfway through ep. 23, after regaining his memories and siding with Kotetsu once more.
  • Tokyo Ghoul plays with this.
    • Kaneki undergoes an Anti-Hero version of this trope, changing from a mousey young man in either baggy clothing or a waiter's uniform to favoring a sleek, black battle suit with cutouts. Even in casual clothing, his style has shifted to favoring monochrome, flattering looks.
    • In the sequel, :Re, Seidou Takizawa's transformation has seen him go from dark-haired in conservative suits to white-haired with black lips and nails, and creepy black robes with bare feet.
  • Transformers Armada features Wheeljack (no relation to the more famous Transformer with the same name). Originally a white Autobot, he performed a Face–Heel Turn and joined the Decepticons, and the next time he was seen, he'd started "wearing" a black sports car as his alternate mode.
  • X/1999 has this when Subaru makes his Face–Heel Turn and switches his white coat for black.
  • During Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Doma Arc, Mai Kujaku's previously white halter top was replaced with a black one to reflect her new evil status. She also got a pair of thigh-high, black leather boots.
    • During the Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City story arc, immediately after Malik's subconscious dark side takes over and he becomes even more villainous than before, in the very next scene, only minutes later, he has traded his lilac vest and black pants for a black shirt, beige pants and a purple cape.
    • Played with Yugi and his good Superpowered Evil Side. Sometimes, Yami Yugi throws his jacket over his shoulders and wears it like a Coat Cape, demonstrating that "Evil Is Cool".
  • In the second season of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, the bad guy's team's color is white because of the religious overtones of his cause of destroying the world and rebuilding paradise, and all the brainwashed members of his cult wear white. In the episode when his first convert returns to normal, Jun swaps the white trenchcoat for his traditional black one — and his normal outfit underneath inexplicably reappears along with it. In addition, Kaiser Ryo dons a black trenchcoat after his Freak Out and Judai wears a black full-body armor after being taken over by his Superpowered Evil Side. And under Yubel's possession, Johan wears a sleeveless outfit that otherwise resembles bondage gear, cranking up the Ho Yay with Judai to even more ridiculous levels.
  • A popular trend in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, as performed by both Carly, after coming back after being killed by being thrown off a building, and Misty, wanting revenge against Aki/Akiza for killing her brother, each gaining new black outfits, black colored eyes, and facial markings.
    • Sherry gets a new black and white outfit after she becomes allies with Zone.
  • III Arclight from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal. During Episode 47, the middle of a mini-arc and his duel with Yuma Tsukumo, he gains gladiator-type armor, complete with cape and helmet and everything. Definitely marked that he was getting serious, considering that right after, he took away Yuma's 'kattobingu', essentially making him lose all self-confidence and will to win. Not even mentioning how in Episode 48, he killed Astral, Yuma's best friend. While he did help revive him in Episode 49... It marked a serious change from III's normal personality.

    Comic Books 
  • Spider-Man:
    • When Peter first found his black costume during the Secret Wars (1984), it just gave him unlimited web-shooters. It was later retconned into granting the wearer superhuman strength and agility. Eventually, Spidey discovered that it was the cause of his fatigue, taking his body out at night while he was sleeping. Reed Richards figured out that the suit was actually a symbiote trying to permanently bond with him. His rejection hurt it and it tried to fight back. After he got rid of it, it found Eddie Brock, turning him into Venom and giving them both the means to fight Spider-Man. In a way, Spider-Man's black costume is an inversion: the costume turned him evil (or just amplified his aggression to feed off his adrenaline, depending on the explanation).note 
    • Done again when Otto Octavius steals Peter's body and becomes the Superior Spider-Man. He replaces all of the blue coloring on the classic costume with black, and adds claws to the hands and feet. After he seemingly purges the rest of Peter's soul from his body, he modifies the costume again, ditching the original look altogether for a more sinister look, complete with four waldoes that, in a way, mimic his old tentacles.
    • Ai Apaec, the impostor Spider-Man from the Dark Avengers (succeeding Mac Gargan in the role), wears a black Spidey outfit inspired by the original symbiote costume. For some reason, it turns his normal form (giant spider from the waist down) into a six-armed human body.
    • At the beginning of the All-New Marvel NOW! Amazing Spider-Man, Black Cat switches out the white in her costume for black and added a lot of metal belts (or something), and is acting as the Woman Scorned to Spidey for what Doc did to her as the Superior Spider-Man.
  • A partial occasion of this is Rose and Thorn a DC Comics character with a dual personality. Rose wore modest outfits, and her alter ego Thorn, if not evil, was definitely more mischievous and dark. She, of course, wore the quasi-Stripperiffic outfit.
  • Shazam!:
    • Mary Marvel was traditionally treated as the "kid sister" of The DCU and wore a white tunic-and-skirt combo. When she lost her powers, hijacked Black Adam's, and went evil, she traded in her traditional costume for a black, body-hugging number with a mini-can-that-even-count-as-a-skirt. Note that the trope image is not this costume. Mary once ran into a kinky evil twin in an alternate universe, which was Played for Laughs.
    • Later, when she goes full-on evil (actually possessed by Desaad) in Final Crisis, she trades the black miniskirt for an even trashier latex outfit. This one comes complete with thigh-high boots, a cleavage window, and a shaved head (except for a pair of pink pigtails).
    • In Justice Society of America, she gives Billy the same powers, and he becomes Captain-Marvel-As-Biker-Punk. See it here.
  • Fantastic Four:
  • Supergirl:
    • Post-Crisis Supergirl, Kara Zor-El, did this twice.
      • The first time was in The Supergirl from Krypton (2004), when she is captured by Darkseid and turned into one of his Furies. This was very brief, but during that time she wore, essentially, skintight red-and-black pants and a black bra.
      • The second time was when she was hit with black kryptonite in Supergirl Volume 5 #3, causing an evil duplicate to suddenly emerge from her body... already wearing a black version of her normal costume. Apparently, evil kryptonite clones have black clothing as part of their very nature. This trope was also lampshaded an issue later, when evil Supergirl switched her costume with the original's at superspeed, in an attempt to fool Batman and Superman as to who was the evil clone. The black costume returned in a later Justice League of America storyline where a battle with the Omega Man accidentally reawakened the Dark Supergirl persona within her.
      • Death And The Family: When Kara becomes possessed by the evil spirits of Silver Banshee's Clan, her Supergirl suit transforms into a sinister, tattered, white-and-black version. To drive the point home, her hair becomes black and white and her face chalk white.
    • This was based on a Silver Age story in which Supergirl was exposed to a piece of red kryptonite that created Satan Girl, who likewise wore a black outfit. Her version had a cowl and no S-symbol because her identity was originally a mystery.
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton Kara flies off the handle and becomes a Red Lantern (Red Lanterns are berserk anti-heroes at best, and evil jerkasses at worst). She starts wearing a red-and-black version of her costume, complete with a red domino mask and a different Chest Insignia.
    • The Matrix-Supergirl was a shapeshifter, who would periodically go Brainwashed and Crazy or just plain crazy and shift her costume into something sleeveless with spiked bands around her arms.
  • X-Men: During Inferno (1988), Madelyne Pryor, having just undergone a Face–Heel Turn (into her own Stripperiffic costume) and now calling herself The Goblin Queen, brainwashed Havok into becoming her Goblin Prince. His duties included wearing this costume. According to X-writers at the time, this particular ensemble was supposed to symbolize the evil in his soul. Basically it was made by throwing razor-sharp glass at his normal costume until it looked suitably evil.
  • While not specifically an evil costume change, Speedball post-Civil War dropped his bright orange, yellow, and blue spandex in favor of a new name, "Penance" (dubbed "Bleedball" by fans), and an accompanying outfit that was black and red with metal armor and spikes. LOTS of spikes. On the INSIDE. Which served a dual purpose: he needs to feel pain in order to activate his incredibly destructive powers, and when he found the guy who really blew up Stamford, he put the costume on him.
  • Nightwing:
    • During his fake Face–Heel Turn, he wore a red and black costume instead of his typical blue and black one. No one was fooled for a second.
    • And an evil future Nightwing, called Deathwing, initially wore a pointier version of the disco costume, before switching for a costume that includes shoulder spikes, a plunging neckline, and a nipple ring. Although it was eventually revealed that he was just some guy with Fake Memories.
    • The red and black came back for the New 52 reboot, with the idea to have all the former Robins in red. Fans were initially not happy, citing that he either looks like his evil self or Terry from Batman Beyond. After implementation, it's gradually settled to more of a Broken Base.
    • In Nightwing (Rebirth) he goes back to the blue-and-black ... and a variant of the red-and-black costume is worn by the Rebirth incarnation of Deathwing.
  • Looker, from DC's Outsiders, was known, among other things, for having a spectacularly ugly costume. When she became a vampire, that pink, black, white, and powder blue eyesore was mercifully dropped, and she now wears a surprisingly more sensible black Badass Longcoat in most continuities.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe comics taking place after the movies, Luke Skywalker undergoes Sith apprenticeship in order to explore the Dark Side (as well as convert other dark-siders over to his side, and sabotage the newly-cloned Emperor's plans). Naturally, the Emperor takes it upon himself to make a "better", more Darth Vader-like artificial hand for Luke, and he gets an ominous-looking cape and glowing eyes. His costume is very Vaderesque.
    • A reversal: an issue of Star Wars Infinities, that verse's For Want of a Nail series, has Darth Vader, after going through the same betray-the-Emperor-to-save-his-child thing as in the movie, survives, possibly because Leia was there too. At the very end of the comic, we see him again, as one of the good a costume basically identical to the old one, just white and with a little more cloth, a little less armor. Considering how little space was left, this might just have been shorthand for "Hey, Vader's part of the Rebellion now!" since readers might not have known otherwise. The costume is memetic now and has its own action figure.
  • During the final few issues of Power Man and Iron Fist, Iron Fist switched to a red variant of his classic costume after his guilt over accidentally causing K'un-Lun's near destruction temporarily turned him evil. The red costume made a comeback in a later Black Panther storyline where Iron Fist was corrupted by Chiantang and forced to fight the Panther.
  • As part of AXIS, several characters get new costumes after the Inversion causes their Character Alignment to change to an opposite of what they normally are. Scarlet Witch sports a darker variation of her red outfit, while Iron Man gets a new suit of all-silver armor. Meanwhile, several villains undergo a Good Costume Switch.
  • A lot of examples crop up in the X-Men comics:
    • After being branded as terrorists and fugitives in the aftermath of Avengers vs. X-Men, Cyclops, Emma Frost and Illyana Rasputin wore black outfits. Cyke's visor is basically a big 'X' across his head since he's trying to start a revolution and is basically using the X-Men's X as a gang sign. Magneto, after a long stint as an anti-hero, started wearing white but switched to black at the start of his ongoing. He went back to wearing white during the 2019 relaunch, where he is once again allied with the X-Men.
    • Emma previously switched to a black costume during her brief stint as a member of Norman Osborn's Dark X-Men during the Utopia crossover with Dark Avengers.
    • The Marvel comic New Mutants had a cover depicting the team as evil/good variations. In a time-slipped story, two NMs see the others as future villains possessed by Amahl Farouk or members of the Hellfire Club. Basically, 1980s colored punk hairstyles, leather and denim cut-offs, chains, tattoos, and smoking. However, when girl-werewolf Wolfsbane reverts to her human shape, she is wearing a rather nice green evening gown.
    • A notorious example is Jean Grey/Phoenix's switch to Dark Phoenix in X-Men, which was marked by her green costume turning red. (Otherwise, it looked exactly the same; Dark Phoenix is so evil that she does not need to be Stripperiffic!) There are subtler changes in the Phoenix's costume that have been ignored in later Phoenix stories: when she first gets her powers, the phoenix symbol on the costume's black neckpiece is small, about the size of the phoenix symbol that nowadays appears over Rachel's eye when she uses her powers. By the time she starts acting Anti-Hero-ish and being unapologetic about it, the phoenix symbol fills the neckpiece. When Wyngarde's More Than Mind Control pushes her over the edge and the red suit debuts, the neckpiece is gone, the phoenix symbol now being so large that it covers her torso - a continuation of the idea that the symbol's growth means an increase in how much Jean is Not Herself. Later artists forget, and though Dark Phoenix's symbol is always torso-covering, the good Phoenix's chest symbol always fills the neckpiece. Amusingly, a later host of the Phoenix, Rachel Summers, once showed up in the red costume, immediately alarming her teammates until she explained that she just didn't like green.
    • Whenever Apocalypse transforms an existing character into one of his Horsemen, he usually gives them a Darker and Edgier makeover to compliment their new alignment. Examples include replacing Angel's amputated wings with metallic blades and giving him a skull mask after turning him into Death, causing Sunfire's entire body to become covered in atomic flames after making him into Famine, and dressing the Incredible Hulk in a suit of spiky armor and a black mask after turning him into War. When Gambit was made into Death, not only does his hair turn white and his skin blue-black (say it with me: Uhhh!), but he finally gets the memo that black cloaks are cooler and wears a black bondage cloak instead of his usual, shabby trenchcoat.
  • Phil Foglio's What's New? with Phil and Dixie has Dixie undergoing a literal lampshaded costume switch, complete with the Most Common Super Power.
    • Happens instantaneously to Fea in Yamara, when Dark Natasha sneaks up behind the heroes and slip a Helm of Opposite Alignment over her head. Next panel, Fea's gone from ditzy faerie to black-clad biker chick, complete with viper tattoo.
    • Fea's toad familiar tries to do a costume switch of his own, with sharp false teeth and a spiked leather collar but is told by Fea not to be ridiculous.
  • In the third issue of Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors, it's revealed Maggie from Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare is either Brainwashed and Crazy or simply The Mole (her Face–Heel Turn has yet to be adequately explained). After revealing her true colors, she lets her hair down, loses the glasses, and trades in her power suit for a tight, black, biker-esque leather outfit that's pretty much the definition of Absolute Cleavage. Also, she gets twin gloves like her father's, though they have fingers tipped with razor blades instead of knives.
  • It was more Anti-Hero Costume Switch, but during Knightfall, when Azrael donned the mantle of the Batman, he started out wearing the classic suit. The warning signs of Azrael's unfitness to wear the costume of Batman came when he decided to switch the normal gloves for clawed gauntlets that fired shuriken, then ditched the classic costume all together for a blade-sporting armor (and, briefly, a utility belt on his leg in addition to the normal one). By the time the story ended, he'd altered the armor as he went more and more off the deep end, with the Batman-blue being replaced by Azrael-red as a result of his own actions (namely, firing off a flamethrower after being soaked in diesel).
  • Green Lantern:
    • Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, and everybody else Parallax has possessed gets armor reminiscent of both their costume and the entity's natural form.
    • Every dead character who returns as a Black Lantern in Blackest Night gets an evil version of their old costume.
  • A Young Justice storyline involved time changing so the YJ team lacked the three founders and was much more Chaotic Neutral. Arrowette wore exactly the costume from the page quote.
  • Another Teen Titans example: when Raven had a Face–Heel Turn due to Trigon's influence, she started wearing a bikini under her cloak. She then implanted demonic souls into several Titans, including Changeling (Beast Boy), who wore a version of his red-and-white costume in red-and-black, Matrix-Supergirl, who reverted to the sleeveless spiky outfit mentioned above, and Deathwing, also above, who started wearing a red shirt and a leather vest with even more spikes.
  • The Plutonian from Irredeemable changes his costume after his Face–Heel Turn from a white suit with a red cape to a red suit with no cape.
  • When Daredevil finally snaps in Shadowland, he begins wearing an all-new black costume with longer horns, red lining, and wrist blades. When Spider-Man shows up to call him out on the whole psychosis thing, he lampshades this whole trope. Subverted in Daredevil Issue 598: DD sports the black costume again, but he's not evil, he's wanted because Mayor Fisk is evil.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics), Fiona Fox originally wore a one-piece jumpsuit. After her Face–Heel Turn, she traded it in for a black pants/tank top ensemble. She also either tied up or cut her hair - either way, it's considerably shorter as a villain than as a Freedom Fighter.
  • In All Fall Down, Pronto gets one of these in his new identity as the Modern Prometheus.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, those that are part of Superman's Regime change their costumes accordingly. Some, like Superman, are subtle. Some, like Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, are massive (GL's case is that he lost his Green Lantern Power Ring and switched up for a Sinestro Corps ring.)
  • Cyborg Superman from the "Reign Of The Supermen" story arc in the Superman comic book titles in 1993, who was already evil, ended up dropping all pretense of being Superman in Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey when he commandeered an Apokoliptian robotic body and refashioned it for his use to terrorize the planet Apokolips.
  • Omega, the Big Bad of Batman: Last Knight on Earth is revealed to be the original Bruce Wayne, having become a Fallen Hero after being tortured and traded in the traditional Batsuits for a suit with a face-concealing mask and invoking Red and Black and Evil All Over.

    Fan Works 
  • The climax of Loved and Lost has a downplayed example in a sense that the already villainous characters who change their attires become more unlikely to commit a Heel–Face Turn. When King Jewelius decides to slaughter all of Ponyville's inhabitants along with the heroes, he and two of his top minions, Vivian and Commander Hildread, replace their normal attires with battle armors. The final minion, Lieutenant Shackle, retains her normal uniform, and she's the only one who sees the error of her ways during the final battle and helps the heroes save the day. Even though Jewelius is the only one of the four villains who has absolutely zero qualms about the attack, Vivian remains devoted to Jewelius, while Hildread chooses her delusions over her conscience.
  • In the Hero: The Guardian Smurf story "The Dark Hero", Hero's gold-colored outfit becomes black when Gargamel's reversal spell (which was originally intended for Smurfette but ended up affecting Hero instead) takes its full effect, changing Hero into an evil "un-Smurf" that served Gargamel.
  • Played for Laughs in the Miraculous! Rewrite story "Anansi"; when Chat Noir is brainwashed to play the part of the villain by the titular akuma's Reality Warper powers, his outfit as a civilian is changed to include a black leather jacket, messy hair, and Creepy Shadowed Undereyes.
  • Heavily downplayed in Harry and the Shipgirls when it comes to Masamune-no-Kotegiri. She is The Dreaded because if she busts out a kimono that was given to her by her first master, it means she has been given Carte Blanche by the Emperor of Japan to execute those who would threaten Japan's people, by any means necessary.

    Films — Animation 
  • Jafar from Aladdin, during his Villain Song near the end, when he's tossing Aladdin around and becoming an all-powerful sorcerer/genie. In that one song, he changes his costume style about three times in less than two minutes. In this case, his evil costume becomes even more evil. Interestingly, his powerful wizard form is wearing his old outfit, so he switches outfits to power up (becomes sultan) and then switches outfits back to power up again. The only difference in the costumes is that the hat and shoulders are more pointy and his snake-staff's mouth is open, representing that his magic is now aggressive like a snake's bite, as opposed to passive, like a snake's hypnotic eyes. Then, he becomes a genie and really changes clothes.
  • Barbie movies:
  • In The LEGO Movie, President Business demonstrates a taste for the theatrics when he goes from a simple but sophisticated grey suit and red tie to an all-out ensemble of massive stilt boots, red cape (note: it's shaped like a tie) and a helmet that spurts fire (note: yes, those are coffee cups on his helmet, I'm not joking) whenever he adopts his evil persona of Lord Business. A lot of it symbolises his power and dominance over others, especially prominent in intimidation to any of his lackeys (Good Cop Bad Cop suffers the worst, though), but the climax reflects the fear he can truly instill in his enemies when he's in this state.
  • In the 2012 adaptation of The Lorax, the Once-ler starts out in a simple Depression-era cheap suit while he's simply trying to improve the world. When he finally opens his own business, though, he switches to a flamboyant dollar-bill-green outfit that's a cross between a pimp and a steampunk factory owner.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • While possessed by The Dark Side in Spider-Man 3, Peter is actually seen going into a clothing store and buying more black.
  • In Legend (1985), Mia Sara's character, Princess Lili, does a Face–Heel Turn (not really) and gets a whole new outfit plus Gothy makeup and a hair dye job. If the Lord Of Darkness (Tim Curry) could come up with all this while living in a cave complex, he's probably now in Japan selling to the EGL crowd and rich-rich-rich.
  • Star Wars:
    • Most of the Jedi knights dress in earthy-colored (brown, green, ivory) natural fabrics. From Attack of the Clones onward, Anakin Skywalker leather. In-Universe this had more than a few Jedi worried about his mental state and intentions.
    • Anakin actually wears very dark brown robes in the second movie, which inexplicably become black after he kills the Tusken Raiders.
    • They even lampshaded this in the toys; you can buy lightsabers that switch colors for when you "turn to the dark side".
  • MirrorMask: After she's brainwashed by the Dark Queen into playing her daughter (Helena's double) she gets dressed in the Dark Princess' garb, which includes dark lipstick, a black dress and getting her hair drawn into a severe style. Last of all, her eyes go black.
  • When Dana Barrett becomes Zuul in Ghostbusters (1984), her outfit suddenly becomes a diaphanous dress which shows lots of shoulder and leg.
    Venkman: That's a new look for you isn't it?
  • When Sam Rockwell's character does his Face–Heel Turn in the Charlie's Angels film, he goes from a "shy, rumpled guy" look to a slick, black, and stylish outfit.
  • Robert the Bruce in Braveheart wears a very bulky and intimidating "dark knight" armor after betraying William Wallace in favor of King Edward "Longshanks". At least he has a reason to do it - namely, obscuring his identity from the Scottish forces.
  • In Warriors of Virtue, Elysia goes from a high-neck, long-sleeved white dress with a cloak to a sleeveless orange dress with exposed cleavage after her betrayal.
  • Exaggerated and justified trope when it comes to TRON Lines. A Program's circuitry color identifies its alignment, identity, and position in the system.
  • The Stinger of Green Lantern (2011) shows Sinestro undergoing this as he puts on the yellow ring.
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: When we're introduced to Dr. Elsa Schneider, she's wearing feminine outfits of the time. But once it's revealed she's allied with the Nazis, she starts wearing more masculine clothing, wearing a military-style riding outfit, complete with black tall boots and black leather gloves, in the final act. This outfit proves to be fashion over function since she clumsily trips over her boots twice during the grail temple's earthquake and the leather glove slips from Indy's hold when she tries reaching for the grail.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men: First Class: After completing his Face–Heel Turn, Magneto dons his iconic Evil Overlord costume that he wore in the first issues of the comic book. Also, Mystique performs an Evil Costume Ditch after siding with the Brotherhood.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: All four of Apocalypse's Horsemen are presented with new outfits after joining his cause.
      • Erik Lehnsherr ditches his civilian clothing, reasserts his Magneto identity, and is gifted with red Bling of War.
      • Ororo Munroe is given black armor with silver highlights, and her new code name is Storm.
      • Psylocke receives a form-fitting purple leotard.
      • Angel's bird-like wings are grafted to metal, he is provided with a suit of silver-and-dark-grey armour, and he adopts a new persona called Archangel.
  • In Dracula Untold, when Vlad launches his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, he dons the armor he wore as "Lord Impaler" for the Ottomans.
  • In Trail Street, one lawman in a white hat switches to wearing a black hat when he sides with the outlaws.
  • Get Out (2017): Once Rose is revealed to be an eager participant in her parents' scheme, she switches from cute, modern outfits to an old-fashioned, button-up white shirt.
  • In The Final: The outcasts all switch into macabre versions of their costumes after they drug the partygoers. Ravi's clown costume becomes a Monster Clown, Andy switches from a SWAT uniform to an SS uniform, Jack switches from a Raggedy Andy doll to a scarecrow, Emily drops her butterfly costume in favor of a black leather smock and gloves (reminiscent of Asami from Audition), and finally, Dane changes out of his welder's costume and into a gas mask and a Badass Longcoat.
  • When Dom goes rogue in The Fate of the Furious, he's often shown wearing an all-black outfit.
  • Virginal Jessica wears white dresses in The Thing That Couldn't Die. When she falls under the undead sorcerer's power, she switches to a black dress with significant cleavage. (No one seems to notice this drastic change in her personality).
  • In one of the fastest and latest examples, the Love-Interest Traitor in Decoys loses her green sweater for a black top with bared midriff and cleavage minutes before the film ends. Justified in that she was using his Victory Sex for a Post-Climax Confrontation for her breeding purposes, and her alien species has reproductive organs coming out where her belly button would be.
  • Ajnabee: After Vicky is revealed to be evil, he starts wearing dark clothes and Cool Shades.
  • In Jurassic World when Dr. Henry Wu shows up, your first clue that he's up to no good is that he's wearing a black turtle-neck under his labcoat rather than the soft-gray polo shirt he war in the original film, reflecting how before he was accidentally doing wrong but is now deliberately doing wrong.

  • In Dragonlance, when Raistlin switches allegiance from the Red Robes of neutrality to the Black Robes of evil, he naturally starts wearing a black robe. There's at least one point in which he's wearing a red robe which other characters think gets darker the more evil he's being.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Eternal Love: Yi Huai starts wearing dark colours and black eyeshadow after he decides to usurp the throne.
  • Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms: Xuan Nu starts out wearing bright colours, but switches to darker clothes after becoming a traitor and marrying Li Jing.
  • Princess Agents: Yan Xun starts wearing black clothes and dark eyeshadow after his Face–Heel Turn.
  • In the fourth series Blake's 7 episode "Assassin", the female assassin pretends to be a slave and spends most of the episode in frumpy clothes, blubbing. Naturally, when the truth is revealed, she stops to change into a rather stylish little black number and redo her hair.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • A variation of this happened in early season 2: Drusilla was introduced as a Virgin in a White Dress to exemplify her child-like mentality and vulnerability. After she got her power restored, thus became more actively evil, she dressed in much darker colors like red and black.
    • Dark Willow is the Power Dyes Your Hair version. Wishverse Willow is an Alternate Universe vampire who dresses in a black leather corset. Lampshaded when Willow has to do some Dressing as the Enemy.
    • In the episode where Vampire Willow first appears, there was also Vampire Xander, with his leather pants.
    • Similarly, Angel's switch to Angelus on Buffy or Angel was usually accompanied by wearing a lot more leather. A lampshade was hung on this in season 2 of Angel, when the possibility of Angel turning evil made Lorne consider the great benefits of Angel in leather.
    • Also lampshaded in "Eternity", where Cordelia says that she knows he's still Angel because Angelus would never wear the outfit Angel had on.
    • Really, any time someone mainly wears leather, they're going to be evil. Other than Buffy herself, who has worn some pretty hot leather pants while still kicking evil's collective ass.
    • When Anya is introduced, she has brunette hair. She colors it blond after becoming human, then goes back to brunette when she becomes a vengeance demon again. When she turns human for the second time, she goes back to blond.
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: When Seladon becomes the new All-Maudra, all the negative comparisons to her mother drive her to renounce the crown and deck herself with a new black crown and gown. Naturally, her new regalia is compared to those of the Skeksis, whom she had pledged her undying allegiance to.
  • Heroes:
    • Eden, after being revealed as a mole, spends a lot of time wearing black leather.
    • There's also Sylar, who apparently got contacts when he went insane and decided to go around stealing people's brains, not to mention trading in his unfashionable knitwear for a more stylish, predominantly black wardrobe. In one of the alternate futures, he is shown wearing glasses again when he becomes good and stops using his powers.
  • Lexx had the Brunnen-G, who wore very bright colors. When Kai, last of the Brunnen-G, became an undead assassin for His Divine Shadow, his clothes became a blackened version of the same outfit. This was slightly subverted when Kai joined forces with our "heroes", and his clothes remained black for the rest of the series.
    • Well, he is still undead. The dead do not need colors.
    • And then, he was dressed in those clothes, as opposed to choosing himself. The whole point of making undead assassins was that The Order tried (and mostly succeeded) in taking everything from their new servants, including their memories and sense of identity. This was supposed to be doubly ironic in Kai's case, being the one predicted to destroy His Shadow, and turned into a tool of the villain, while his purpose was supposed to be removed, along with his identity (this last part mostly succeeded). It didn't go too well on the destiny part, though...
  • Kamen Rider loves to color-code alignments with this. Bussines suits are usually a good sign of someone being evil or turning evil, Kamen Rider Drive being an exception.
    • Kit Taylor/Kamen Rider Dragon Knight is an interesting subversion as he had nightmares about turning evil, complete with a dark Palette Swap of his usual red armor, but his alignment did not change after receiving it. Yes, he is slightly less nice than before, but that's because of the things that has been heaped on him over the course of the story and not even a significant change.
    • Eiji Hino/Kamen Rider OOO starts out wearing bright, garish colors, but midway through the show, he gains a Deadly Upgrade that slowly begins turning him into a Greeed. Just like all of the other Greeed wear colors in their human guises matching their monstrous forms, Eiji soon starts wearing almost exclusively purple, black, and white to match his own.
    • Mitsuzane Kureshima of Kamen Rider Gaim starts out with light blue Team Gaim hoodie and formal school uniform as a part of his dual life. His progress through darker shirts and sweaters, ending with a black business suit, mirrors both his increasingly awful decisions and his scattering marbles.
    • By the end of the first season of Kamen Rider Amazons, protagonist Haruka has gone from wearing a pristine white shirt to one that's red and black as he's lost his innocence and embraced his savage nature.
    • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid's Hiiro Kagami changes from his white doctor's coat to a black business suit after being enticed into working for the Big Bad. Kiriya Kujo wears a black leather jacket when he makes a similar heel turn, as well as gaining a new Rider form that features far more black and uses the black Proto Gashats as power-ups, which give him dark monochromatic armor. Both characters switch back to their original clothes upon turning face again, but the latter keeps his new gear.
  • Parodied in How I Met Your Mother. Barney's backstory reveals that he became the womanizer he is today due to being rejected by one woman. Classic trope style, Barney shaves, aggressively pulls on his sleeves, then the camera pulls away to reveal his new, entirely black suit.
  • In a Charmed Mirror Universe, the gals' alternate versions are dressed in black. In an episode where Piper temporarily becomes evil, her look changes to what Television Without Pity's recapper aptly described as "Dungeon Mistress Barbie". And then there's the time Prue went undercover as "Ms. Hellfire".
  • In the first season of Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, when the Iron Enforcer became the Dark Enforcer, Stan Lee gave him a new (almost entirely black) outfit.
  • In season 4 of Breaking Bad, Jesse swapped out his brightly coloured hip-hop ensemble for black pants, a leather jacket, and a shaved head after he kills another meth cook that Gus was planning to replace him and Walter with.
  • At one point in Red Dwarf, the ship and its crew acquire dark and light versions of themselves. The Light Crew, predictably, dress in white and gold, while the Dark Crew look like every stereotype you've ever seen of goth S&M freaks.
    • Especially Rimmer.
      • Also, when Rimmer is infected by the holo-virus, just LOOK at his clothes! He's in a red and white checked gingham dress and army boots with a penguin puppet he calls Mr. Flibble.
  • A less extreme version occurs in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, where the holographic Doctor's data back-up boots up in an alien museum and finds that history has painted the Voyager crew as villains. Their uniforms already being mostly black, the main difference was the inclusion of black leather gloves, although Chakotay had a larger tattoo on his face and Seven was still Borg. The undershirts were black instead of the usual grey, as well.
    • In the original Mirror Universe episode, the Imperial Starfleet wore a more gaudy uniform than the originals, with gold sashes and lots of decoration. Kirk's uniform top was a metallic vest, and female crewmembers wore midriff-exposing vests. The Deep Space Nine mirror episodes went for the leather.
  • In an episode of Lois & Clark, where Clark suffers Grand Theft Me, his hijacker dresses him in leather pants and a black lycra shirt. Quoth Lois: "Change out of that stupid outfit, honey."
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Sailor Mercury dresses noticeably more fashionably and in darker colors when she's brainwashed by Kunzite. Her sailor uniform gains dark accents and a black tulle bow on the back.
  • Smallville:
    • Clark wears blacks, greens, and reds when evil instead of his usual blues, reds, and yellows. Subverted in season 9, where his superhero costume is black and silver, but he is still goodnote .
    • Chloe is once affected by some parasites that makes her go crazy over Clark and doesn't miss the chance to mock Lana on the way about it; she wears only black compared to the varied colours she normally wears. She even dyed the tips of her hair black. The other time was a bit awkward as she happens to be wearing black when Lionel persuades her to turn against Clark.
    • In "Wrath", Lana also wears only black after she gained Kryptonian abilities and went psycho.
  • Possibly the subtlest is Londo on Babylon 5, whose clothing slowly turned darker and more militant over the course of the first two seasons, without ever changing the basic style. Lampshaded by Vir: "...there's no question the ambassador is going through changes. He even LOOKS different."
  • In an episode of Flash Gordon, Dale is possessed by a witch and dons a vampy red dress and lipstick. Confusingly for the viewer, this makes Dale look like Princess Aura, who has similar facial features to Dale but is distinguished by...her red dress and lipstick.
  • In the BBC's Robin Hood, both Allan and Isabella start wearing copious amounts of black leather immediately after their Face Heel Turns. Lampshaded by the sheriff after Allan shows him several of Robin's secret routes into the castle: "Upgrade this boy to leather."
  • Not that he wasn't already kind of evil to begin with, but once the Dean gives him the go-ahead to take out the remaining players, in the Community episode "Modern Warfare", Senor Chang changes to an outfit similar to that worn by The Killer.
  • 24:
    • Done to Tony Almeida by having him switch to a shaved head, a beard, and a black leather jacket when he's working with the terrorists at the beginning of season 7. But it actually gets zig-zagged: Almost immediately it's revealed that Tony is actually undercover and secretly working with Bill Buchanan and Chloe O'Brien to stop the terrorists, but later on three quarters into the season it then reveals he's working with another set of terrorists. By the time Tony's done this, he's actually lost his leather jacket by that point. Of course, in the end, he's actually on a rogue vendetta thing targeting the leader of the other group of terrorists... it's complicated. But during a season where he's mostly presented to us as someone we can't trust, his look reflects it.
    • Jack's armored-up appearance from one of the final episodes could potentially be seen as this.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In the Patrick Troughton story "Power of the Daleks", the Doctor notices that the character Bragen has changed into a black, dictatorial uniform and realises that it means he's about to do something awful.
    • At the climax of "The Robots of Death", Dask reveals his real identity by showing himself to the others wearing Uncanny Valley Makeup, a wavy hairstyle, and clothes that make him resemble one of the robots in the setting.
    • Over the course of the 3-part Series 9 finale, the Doctor undergoes a Protagonist Journey to Villain (specifically Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds / The Unfettered) thanks to a Trauma Conga Line "highlighted" by the death of his companion/sweetheart Clara. Thus in the Season Finale "Hell Bent", he discards his red velvet Crombie coat in favor of a dusty black overcoat in the early going; when a character points out that this isn't very "Doctor-y", he says "I can't be the Doctor all the time." Eventually he has his Heel Realization and repents, so the episode ends with him receiving a new red velvet coat, among other things.
  • Queen Regina in Once Upon a Time evidently went through this when she transformed from the sweet girl she was into the Evil Queen.
  • Game of Thrones:
  • The Flash (2014): In the season 4 episode "Gone Rogue," XS swaps out her white and purple suit for black leather when she joins the Young Rogues. They lampshade that just changing your clothes doesn't say much about your morality, but admit the red Glowing Eyes of Doom are a lot more impressive.
  • Done for laughs in a parody of Agatha Christie on That Mitchell and Webb Look. The Poirot expy knows that he has found the killer when a mousy, frumpy woman he has accused starts doing 'the evil voice', using a cigarette holder, wearing sexy lipstick, and showing more cleavage even though she is ostensibly still wearing the same dress.

  • The premise of the song "Want You Bad" by The Offspring.
  • This happens in The Wall—the 1980 tour, the 1982 motion picture, the 1990 Berlin show, and (mostly) the 2010 tour—when Old Pink turns into "Dark Lord Pink". In the original tour, Roger Waters wore an over-the-top, rhinestone-studded trenchcoat; in the movie, Bob Geldof got an Oswald Mosley-esque makeover; in Berlin, RW wore a Field Marshal's costume; and in 2010, RW sometimes uses nothing more than black clothing with a crossed-hammer armband, but at other venues, the costume is a bit more elaborate.

  • When the Sequinox girls get sent to the Mirror Universe in episode 10, the whole team find themselves in dark, sinister, and revealing costumes rather than their usual outfits. Notably, any instance of a rose on their costumes has been replaced by a cutout of a star - as in, the symbol of the Stars that they've been fighting.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Hulk Hogan's Face–Heel Turn to Hollywood Hogan in WCW involved a switch from his trademark red-and-yellow tights to black tights with lightning airbrushed on them. He also started wearing black and white feather boas, and white-rimmed sunglasses, and grew a 5-o'clock shadow and dyed it black (which looked rather odd and sinister next to his platinum-blond hair and mustache).
  • Many WWE superstars who do a Face–Heel Turn or a Heel–Face Turn also get a change in intro music and outfit.
  • Michelle McCool switched from long tights to shorts after turning heel in December 2008.
  • In CHIKARA, when Shane Storm went bad, he went from this to the Rudo known as STIGMA.
  • The Usos ditched their colorful face paint and shorts for monochromatic hoodies and black pants, and replaced their upbeat entrance theme with a self-sung Boastful Rap. All this remained after they turned face again.
  • Neville ditched the cape and started wearing a darker version of his usual ring gear.
  • Seth Rollins: For the large part, averted. Apart from a couple Authority-esque suits he has come down to the ring in, Seth continues wearing his Shield uniform (sometimes complete with the Shield patch!) even weeks after defecting. They could just as easily have him wear his old trunks or Underwear of Power, raising suspicions that someone is a troll. Eventually started to play this straight, wearing leather tights that look like they could fit on an X-Men villain.
  • Randy Savage actually went the opposite direction during his 1989 Face–Heel Turn. He switched from trunks to elaborate tights, often wore vests or shirts in the ring, and switched his headbands and sequinned ponchos for his crown (later cowboy hats) and jackets with tassels on the sleeves, which he retained when he turned face again. Perhaps justified since Savage had just come off steroids at the time and was trying to hide his loss of definition. By the time he got to WCW, he had toned up enough to go shirtless again but kept the tights.
  • Roman Reigns: After his Face–Heel Turn in 2020, he wrestles without his vest and wearing a golden glove on his right hand.

  • In Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues, Simon is usually modest in his choice of turtlenecks and trousers. His evil personality, the Dark Dragon, hates Simon's sense of fashion and gets rid of it as soon as he takes over their body, replacing it with an all-black ensemble that includes No Shirt, Long Jacket.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Warhammer 40,000, Space Marines who turn to Chaos get Spikes of Villainy on their Powered Armor, and also have different-looking backpacks for some reason. In particular, the War Hounds (better known as the World Eaters) originally had blue and white Powered Armor. However, they were so ferocious in battle that their armor would always be drenched in blood which made maintenance quite the chore. After their turn to Chaos, the World Eaters now wear scary blood-red armor. Said armor is actually their original white armor (with the requisite spikes added) — the only difference is that they no longer bother to clean off the blood.
  • Magic: The Gathering has the twin cards Chosen of Markov, a Vampire Vannabe, and Markov's Servant, the same person after being turned. She goes from a simple white dress to a skin-tight black gown, cut to below the navel.

  • At the start of the second act of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore (in productions that don't bump it up to the first act curtain), Robin Oakapple, following his Face–Heel Turn at the end of the first act, reappears as Bad Baronet Ruthven Murgatroyd; originally, his faithful steward Adam was to have changed his name to Gideon Crawle to suit his new appearance as the evil henchman, but this name change was undone during the original run except for one line that Gilbert missed.
  • Wicked:
  • In Tanz der Vampire, the vampires in the cast swap out their centuries-old clothing for more Gothic attire. In some productions, everyone switches to wearing black, modern-day Gothic clothing. Even Abronsius. Mostly, this has been set as Rule of Cool, but it could also represent the vampire's successful takeover of the world.
  • In the second act of Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna, the Peacock Goddess and her backup dancers switch to Goth-esque black and silver outfits with spiky headdresses.
  • As the SQUIP gains more and more control over Jeremy in Be More Chill, he changes his wardrobe to include darker colors with less individuality. When it is finally defeated, he changes back into a geeky t-shirt and "lame" shoes with a Hello Kitty decal.

    Video Games 
  • Extrapower:
    • EXTRAPOWER Attack of Darkforce: Cross Crow, as a part of his evil brainwashing, replaces his usual outfit with a stark black and white ensemble.
    • EXTRAPOWER Star Resistance: Valkyries are all brightly dressed with forms and colours that reflect their element. Valdiora, a former valkyrie who has gone demon, dresses in all-black armour punctuated by red, and swings around a similarly black-with-red sword and flail.
  • After it's revealed in Six Rules that Yukiri was plotting the main character's demise all along, she next shows up in a fancy black-and-gold kimono in contrast to her earlier white one.
  • As soon as he reveals his Big Bad status, the Big Bad of Jade Empire trades in his robes for a black suit of armor. From some of the flashback cinematics, it's clear that this is very similar to what he wore before he started pretending to not be a Manipulative Bastard.
  • Common in the Star Wars verse, where a shift to the Dark Side is indicated by a switch to black robes and a red lightsaber
    • If you remove Dark Bastila's robes in the first Knights of the Old Republic, you'll find she's also changed her underwear). The facial features also tend to become more twisted. Inevitably, female Dark Siders look like Goth dominatrixes, while Dark Side males look like George Romero rejects.
    • In fact the player character's underwear changes if you go dark side too. This is due to the developers not bothering to give varying dark side skin tones to the body models (since you're rarely unclothed anyway) and instead you get a full-body black suit with red Sith symbols.
    • Kreia does this late in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, as shown in a cutscene right after the Exile arrives on Malachor V.
    • Word of God reveals that Atris and her handmaidens were meant to change their white robes to black after Atris' Face–Heel Turn, but it seemed implausible for them to keep black robes around. The Last Handmaiden, who joins a Male!Exile after they leave the Telos academy, will still use a black version of her default white clothing if she falls to the dark side, however.
    • The main character's underwear will change too, but oddly, the Dark Side underwear is actually more conservative, basically consisting of a full body stocking. Those Siths. Such prudes...
    • In a scrapped Star Wars: Battlefront sequel, there was supposed to be a Sith version of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Of course, there was a costume change that gave him a lot of similarities to the Emperor.
  • In the Rumble Roses games — all-woman wrestling titles — every character has a face and heel persona. Most of the heel costumes follow the pattern, except for the characters that start as heels. Race queen Reiko becomes a biker chick, cowgirl Dixie turns into a Stripperiffic cop, and conversely punk-rock schoolgirl Candy Cane becomes a strait-laced student/cheerleader.
  • In La Pucelle: Tactics, the character Eclair develops a "Dark" side, which appears to wear nothing but black lingerie, especially when compared to the dress she normally wears. Prier gets one also, scoring a new outfit similar to the one Succubi wear.
  • In the Heaven's Feel scenario of Fate/stay night:
    • Sakura drops her rather plain pastel outfit and goes with a form-fitting black dress with red trimmings instead. Since the dress is made of pure magic, she's technically naked.
    • Saber also gets one of these upon going bad.
  • Lunar: The Silver Star:
  • In Neverwinter Nights, the heroic paladin Aribeth turns into an evil blackguard about halfway through the game. Since her original costume was pretty revealing anyway, all she has to do is Paint It Black and get a wilder hairdo. She also gets a neat blood-red light emanating sword.
  • Anders in Dragon Age II changes from his old, light blue-grey and light brown robes into a black and grey costume once he loses any hope of improving the mages' lot peacefully. He doesn't turn into an outright villain but certainly embraces his Well-Intentioned Extremist side.
  • In Disgaea, Flonne gets a new red-trimmed outfit after becoming a demon. She also gets a pointy tail and little demon wings to go with it. Slightly subverted in that this is treated more like a change of career than character and her personality doesn't change at all — she's still the same cheerfully adorable Love Freak she always was and about as evil as a raspberry sundae.
  • In Jeanne d'Arc, all of the Transformations tend to look somewhat evil. Additionally, when Roger pulls a Face–Heel Turn and is overtaken by the Reaper within him, he doffs his traveling clothes and wears a dark, menacing suit of armor. Subverted when he still wears it when he's a guest with you, and you still can see him wearing it.
  • Schirach in Romancing SaGa, especially her Human form.
  • Most of the signature heroes in City of Heroes have Mirror Universe Evil Counterparts who typically favor darker colors and spikes and such. The two exceptions are the Dark Is Not Evil Infernal and already deeply disturbed Malaise; tellingly, their Praetorian counterparts share their names as well as their costumes.
  • Prince Arthas, in Warcraft III, after taking up the soul-stealing sword and becoming evil, also manages to pick up armour with a lot of skull motifs and a long purple cloak. Also, his skin and hair turn deathly white. Apparently, he's able to stroll right back into his father's throne room looking like this without raising anyone's suspicions.
    • Any corrupted character in the Warcraft franchise really. Sylvanas retrieves her body, now wearing the exact same outfit as when alive but in black. Illidan grows demon horns and hooves. Alexandros Mograine ditches his blue-ish armor for a dark grey and red one, and even his sword "Ashbringer"'s gemstone becomes a skull, which goes back to its old look upon purification.
  • Castlevania:
    • In the "bad ending" route of Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, Richter's girlfriend, Annette, gets turned into a vampire/succubus by Dracula and ends up wearing skanky black succubus lingerie.
    • In the second Castlevania Pachislot game, the dancer/sorceress Angela gets turned into Dracula's minion and goes from wearing white and blue frills to a barely-there red-and-black leather one-piece. Being Ms. Fanservice, both her good and evil outfits are actually equally Stripperiffic.
  • In Resident Evil 5, Jill Valentine is dosed with Psycho Serum and ends up the Brainwashed and Crazy Dragon of series Big Bad Wesker. She ends up with blonde hair and wearing a purple-and-black leather catsuit. She still wears the costume after you rescue her, but it's justified since she has no time to switch to normal clothes due to the fate of the world being at stake.
  • Resident Evil 6 features a rather subtle one: your first clue that Ada Wong has become a full-fledged villain is that she wears blue instead of her trademark red outfit. Of course you find out this Ada is an Evil Twin named Carla Radames, and the real Ada Wong wears her typical red.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, whenever you see Kratos after The Reveal, his outfit has switched from his usual purple skin-tight thing to a white jumpsuit with more belts than is really necessary. He swaps back to purple when he rejoins the side of good. If you pick him over Zelos, you can get the white belted outfit as an alternate costume.
  • In Arc Rise Fantasia, when it's revealed that Adele is the Real Diva, she swaps outfits so that she wears a shiny red dress that looks like it's weaved out of oversized ribbons, and gets a funky tornado-like head-dress to match.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Princess Peach gets one when she is possessed by the Shadow Queen. As part of her Evil Makeover, her pink dress turns black, and the blue jewels turn red. She has a cape and a collar that goes behind her head in a fan-like way. Also, her skin is white, gets a new hairdo and she has purple/pink eye shadow, making her a cross between Maleficent and the Evil Queen. This also appears as an alternate costume for Peach in Project M; some of her moves now have a darkness status effect.
  • Humorously played in the fifth episode of Sam & Max: Freelance Police Season 2. Just before the Soda Poppers battle the heroes, they switch into demon outfits. Whizzer and Peepers wear black versions of their Soda Poppers uniforms with flame decals. Specs, on the other hand, changes into black leather S&M wear with decorative spikes and chides the others on their lack of imagination.
  • In Tales of Monkey Island, when Elaine is turned into Lechuck's Demon Bride, her usual attire is replaced by a black gown and a spiky black tiara. Interestingly, she never changes back, even after Guybrush manages to undo her demonic transformation.
  • The Wii version of Punch-Out!! takes this trope Up to Eleven in Title Defense Mode. It takes every single opponent in the entire game, gives them all a badass makeover (with a few exceptions; Glass Joe will never, ever, EVER look badass), and makes them all horribly, HORRIBLY harder than they are normally. Some of the makeovers have practical purposes, namely, Glass Joe's headgear and King Hippo's...uh...manhole cover, but for the most part, they just make them look different and distinguishable from their weak counterparts, not to mention Darker and Edgier.
  • In Kingdom Hearts, when Riku opens his heart to the darkness, his usual clothes are transformed into a shirt that looks like it's made of black and red muscle tissue with a Heartless emblem on the chest and what looks like a hula skirt.
    • In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Repliku changes between the two costumes depending on how much of a Jerkass he's being to Sora at the moment.
      • In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Sora is an unwitting and downplayed case of this. While at no point does he willingly turn evil, unlike the now-fully-redeemed Riku, who's associated with light yellow and sky blue, Sora's new clothes are primarily black, red, and magenta. Most importantly, the X on his Sleeping Worlds clothes, the Recusant's Sigil, is planted by Xehanort to track him, guide him to where he and his cohorts want him, and shatter his heart to turn him into his 13th and final vessel and only narrowly thwarted at the very last second. Even then, Sora still falls to darkness and has to be saved from it.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • The original trilogy has Godot. While he isn't evil, he had black hair with a red shirt while a defense attorney and mentoring Mia. After his poisoning, he became a bitter and petty prosecutor. His hair was bleached as a side effect of the poison, he uses a visor due to eye damage, and wears a green shirt rather than red because he can no longer see the color.
    • The Big Bad of Spirit of Justice also does this. When Ga'ran goes full Judge, Jury, and Executioner as the prosecutor of the final trial, she changes out of her queenly attire for a dark purple outfit and Femme Fatalons that makes her look like more like an Evil Sorceress.
  • The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series games have Dialga's normally turquoise coloured pattern turn a kind of orange-red after becoming Primal Dialga. The blue gem on its chestplate also turns red.
  • Happens in Pokémon Ranger a few times. Most notably Kincaid, upon revealing himself as The Dragon for Dim Sun, he...twirls around a few times and changes into a black suit and cape with Dim Sun's logo on it. He also gets a pair of completely black sunglasses, which resemble Blake Hall's. It's from then on he tries to murder you at every opportunity. In Guardian Signs, Edward ditches his white suit for a black one when revealed as the Big Bad...until Purple Eyes shows up.
  • Team Plasma in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 also does this, changing from the white Knight in Shining Armor uniforms in Pokémon Black and White to black modern military uniforms in the sequel. It's a subversion as Team Plasma was evil in both, except in the original they were Straw Hypocrites, while in the sequel they are Obviously Evil.
    • Some members of the old Team Plasma have become The Atoner and kept the white uniform, standing in contrast to the black uniforms the evil Team Plasma wears; this makes it a kind of Good Costume Switch, without actually changing clothes.
  • Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem has Hardin switch from a simple white turban and cloak to a menacing suit of red armor after he falls under Gharnef's control. In the original game, he somehow switches back once he dies; in New Mystery, he keeps the evil outfit but loses his glowing red eyes.
  • Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals: when Iris, a modest dressing priestess in white, transforms into the Sinistrals of Death, Erim, she suddenly wears a black dress sporting Absolute Cleavage.
  • NieR: Devola and Popola have ditched the apron portion of their costumes when you meet them in the Shadow Lord's Castle. Cue cleavage.
  • During the transition from Final Fantasy IV to Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Kain switches from his blue armor to a dark red one. Kain is already an Anti-Hero, but the sequel changes his sprite to emphasise he's turned into a bad guy due to a Literal Split Personality problem. The good and real Kain is hiding around in a disguise of a Hooded Man.
  • In Blaz Blue Chrono Phantasma, Tsubaki Yayoi is permanently using her 'dark version', which consist of her costume going black, thus counts as having one. On the other hand, Litchi Faye-Ling averts this. Despite joining NOL, she never gets an NOL-custom uniform and still fights with her Stripperiffic red garb and also wearing her doctor outfit occasionally. It may symbolize her dislike towards the organization and she's just in there because there's no other way if she wants the cure she's looking for.
  • Jacqueline and Marienbard in Soulcalibur IV wear light-colored clothes when they fight (and lose) to Raphael. After he "malfests" them, they change to black dresses (that look like maid uniforms).
  • In Tekken Jun Kazama changes from a white top and jeans to a martial arts gi with Creepy Crows, to signify that she is if not evil then certainly a Darker and Edgier death maiden.
  • Mortal Kombat has several notable examples:
  • In Super Robot Wars: Original Generation "The Inspector" storyline, when Excellen is captured, her clothes don't change, but her mecha does, going from the simplistic Weissritter to the more demonic Rein Weissritter. She keeps it even after returning to the good guys.
  • Django gets a minor one in Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django when he shifts to his vampire form: his colors become darker and bolder, he wears his goggles over his eyes, and his scarf takes on the shape of bat wings.
  • Pikmin: In the first game, there is a rare enemy called the Puffstool which blows out purple gas. If the player character's Pikmin touch this gas, they will turn purple, gain white eyes, and have their flower/bud/leaf replaced with a red mushroom. This shows that those Pikmin are not on the player character's side anymore.
  • The Street Fighter series has a few examples, including Evil Ryu, Oni (who's basically a MORE corrupted version of Akuma), and a revived Charlie Nash. Inverted with Cammy, who started out as a fully-clothed, brainwashed baddie and later made a change to become a scantily-clad hero character.
  • Brütal Legend reveals one about a third of the way into the game. After being shunned by her friends due to a misunderstanding, Ophelia leaves the group, and disappears for three months. As it turns out, she went seeking the Sea of Black Tears, to literally drown her sorrows. She comes back looking like this and has a new kickass guitar, becoming the villain for the second act. Though it turns out that Drowned Ophelia is really an Evil Knockoff created by the Sea of Black Tears, which still has the real Ophelia trapped in it.
  • In Splatoon 2, a heel-turned (actually Brainwashed and Crazy) Callie switches out her slightly flattering but still tasteful sequined pop-star outfit for a midriff-baring black leather ensemble, complete with belly tattoo and shorts.
  • The Remnants of Despair from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair underwent this after becoming Brainwashed and Crazy, usually wearing dramatic outfits befitting their talents. After his conversion into Izuru, Hajime gains bright red eyes with radar symbols, a black suit, and extraordinarily long, black hair.
  • Kratos from the God of War series was already pretty close to a Villain Protagonist at the beginning of the series, but he was ostensibly a champion of the Olympians. But when he is the made the new God of War, his despair over being denied respite from the memories of killing his family and the realization that the Olympians are responsible for taking his mother and younger brother away from him drives him to madness. When God of War II begins, he starts wearing a suit of godly armor eerily similar to the armor Ares wore. And just like Ares, Kratos has begun a campaign of destruction and conquest of Greece.
  • Monster World IV: Over the course of the game, various people are slowly corrupted by dark forces. As Queen Praprill XIII is particularly affected and outright turns murderously evil, in the 2021 remake she switches to a black, skimpy outfit.
  • At first, Penelope of the Sly Cooper franchise wears overalls and presents herself as a Wrench Wench Meganekko to win the trust of the Cooper Gang. She later swaps to a yellow Spy Catsuit in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, reflecting her true nature as a cruel, ambitious sociopath who abused and exploited Bentley for his skills.

  • A small example occurs in MegaTokyo, where Miho's Endgames character is not seen wearing Miho's synonymous hair ribbons until just after betraying Pirogoeth (he/she is even seen putting them in shortly after this happens).
  • 8-Bit Theater: after White Mage concludes she spreads nothing but pain and misery in her wake, she trades her traditional white robe for a gray one. Of course, being the most good character in the entire comic, she isn't very good at it.
  • Technically, Erfworld's Wanda Firebaugh was already evil before, but in a sympathetic, Villain Protagonist way, and she rocked the Evil Is Sexy look. In Book Two, however, she started dressing as a hideous The Rocky Horror Picture Show reject with pale makeup and big, puffy hair with a Skunk Stripe, which has significantly reduced her Draco in Leather Pants status among fans.
    • She later changed back into something sexier.
  • Homestuck:
    • Gamzee Makara's Face–Heel Turn is first demonstrated by a change in his typing quirk, which goes from aLtErNaTiNg CaPs to alternating between all lowercase AND ALL CAPS; considering that, earlier, he said that typing in any way not lIkE tHiS feels unnatural, it serves to cement the fact that something has Gone Horribly Wrong. Additionally, his clown makeup is smeared and cracked, and, at one point, he wore Equius's shades and Nepeta's cap, trophies from the two trolls he murdered (and he managed to look positively in both).
    • With the use of the Tiaratop, Her Imperious Condescension brainwashes Jane, switches the colors of her godtier outfit to Betty Crocker red and white, makes her skin even more pale than usual, turns her eyes black with red irises, and makes her text color (except for her name) turn red.
    • This trope is combined with Villain Protagonist when Aranea Serket wears Mindfang's pirate dress when she decides to defeat Lord English on her own, how many people get hurt as a result be damned.
  • In El Goonish Shive, during the period in which Ellen was trying to be evil, she wore a suit to school.
  • Sarah, in The Princess, has a bad day and turns up dressed " Eeyore barfed on Alice in Wonderland!" Her best friend snaps her out of it immediately.
  • When Kendra chooses to become a villain in To Prevent World Peace, her halo grows spikes and her magical girl costume disappears completely. So, of course, she has to get a new outfit made by a villain fashion designer.
  • In Drowtales, Lulianne starts off the series in a fairly conservative suit of armor that leaves only her face exposed, but after being possessed by the demon Khaless switches to a red and black outfit with very low pants, a bare midriff and a Cleavage Window.
  • Not quite evil, but in Kevin & Kell, Kell changes from peach-colored business outfits to dark red ones when she becomes CEO of Herd Thinners. Then again, CEO of Herd Thinners is more of a Necessarily Evil position, given the nature of the Kevin and Kell universe, and Kell is much more fair than her predecessor was.
    • And now she's switched to a more neutral green now that she's set up a rival company to Herd Thinners with funding from the decidedly more corrupt Rabbit Council.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • During the Soul Splice, Vaarsuvius' red robes turn black and their hair becomes long and wild. Haley catches onto this when they're reunited, but Belkar convinces her otherwise, citing that the dark leather clothes she wore during her time as leader of a resistance movement could have been considered to be evil-looking. Once Haley is out of earshot, Belkar welcomes V to "the deep end of the alignment pool."
    • In strip 474, a hypothetical one-panel Fantasy Sequence of Roy having turned into a vampire shows his armour having turned dark and his boots reddish.
  • Sebastian gets one in True Villains, as well as a cool haircut.
  • Nebula: Pluto's spacesuit changes to something much spikier and bulkier after he physcially joins Black Hole in the void, with threatening-looking tubes making his shoulders seem larger, the markings on his arms changing from blue to red, and a Cool Helmet hiding his face.
  • In New Sonic Adventures the Chaos Emeralds' radiation transforms Eggman physically as well as mentally, turning his lab coat into a villainous outfit.
  • Seen among angles in Kill Six Billion Demons, although mostly in the form of being implied to having happened already. Angels manifest in the physical world in armour-like artificial bodies. While angels in general aren't particularly good, two groups have turned clearly bad, and their armour reflects this, suggesting they must have made a costume change as they turned. The Petal Knights have abandoned the Law altogether and become nasty, violent hedonists, and their armours are vaguely sensuous and have colours like pinks and purples as opposed to the standard greyish tones. Meanwhile, the Holy Thorn Knights are extremists who want to see the universe destroyed, and they've adopted armours with lots of Spikes of Villainy.

    The closest to seeing such a change in action is when White Chain is offered the chance to become a Thorn Knight and shown a Thorn Knight version of their current armour. Defied because they don't accept the offer, even though they still end up working for the offerer.

    Web Original 
  • Played straight in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. After joining the Evil League of Evil, Billy switches from his white outfit to a red one, with black gloves.
  • The Nostalgia Critic showed his desire to conquer the world in Kickassia by dressing up as M. Bison.note  To a lesser extent, The Nostalgia Chick went from normal clothes and acting disinterested to dressing like Sarah Palin and trying to kill the Critic every five minutes. There's also Handsome Tom, who changed his "hero" shirt into one that says "villain".
  • Pop Quiz Hotshot also treated Critic's normal clothes as this trope, when he goes from a lonely kid in a Transformers t-shirt to a suited adult who will force people to be his friends by kidnapping them.
  • Generator can't resist playing with this trope in the Whateley Universe every time she gets to play a supervillain in the holographic simulations. The first time, in Team Tactics class, she goes for the Dragon Lady look with a cheongsam. In "Ayla and the Mad Scientist" when she is asked to play 'the team member who has gone Dark Phoenix' in the holographic simulation, she goes with glowing black eyes, Kirby Crackle, and a black and purple minidress with Absolute Cleavage.
  • Anyone who joins the oWn Cult of Personality gets a black uniform, but the lieutenants and the leader himself have more unique outfits after defecting, namely more elaborate hats and clothing.
  • At the end of the Puffin Forest video D&D Story: We Were Just Making Everything Worse, Ben has an Imagine Spot where his character Aligaros and the other members of his party are villains in another party's campaign. In it, Aligaros has switched from his green shirt, blue vest, black pants, and BFS, to being dressed like an evil sorcerer or priest in a red and yellow robe with a spiky high collar and a skull amulet.

    Western Animation 
  • The "Justice Lords", Alternate Universe Knight Templar versions of the Justice League, all wore redesigned costumes with much more black and monochrome. Except for Justice Lord Superman, that is, whose costume was mostly white, reflecting his more black-and-white view of morality than "our" Superman. Note that Wonder Woman's famously Stripperiffic outfit becomes extraordinarily conservative for her evil version, either inverting Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains or reflecting the moralizing Knight Templar philosophy. Batman's outfit is also slightly brighter and boasts a silvery sheen, as this one no longer operates in the shadows (Gotham under the Justice Lord's reign is a bright, pristine police state).
  • Used extensively in Teen Titans:
    • Robin: when he dons the Red X costume in order to catch Slade, entering Knight Templar territory. And again, when he becomes Slade's apprentice, wearing another black costume with armor plates and a spikier mask.
    • Raven always wears the dark leotard-under-cloak costume in the series, but once she is briefly seen with a red cloak and the four eyes of Trigon - never a good sign. This one shows up again in the comic; a red-skinned Raven is seen when she's under the influence of her demonic father, and a white-cloaked version appears after she's purified of said influence. Inverted when Malchior is teaching Raven dark magic, whereby Raven's robes turn white.
    • When Cyborg goes undercover in the Villain School, he designs a "villain" costume for the occasion, along with his disguise (as himself without cybernetics): himself with rock skin.
    • The rather late origin story episode featured Starfire with a much blacker, more armored costume (identical to the one worn by her sister, Blackfire), along with an alien and less-than-girly princess crown. She was a villain for about half the episode, during which she was very badass.
    • Beast Boy...doesn't actually get an evil costume, unless you count his shapeshifting into The Beast, then yes, all the Titans had an Evil Costume at some point or another.
    • Terra also gets an evil costume switch or, rather, two. The first time we see her, she's wearing a fairly normal-looking outfit. Then, when she leaves and returns later, she's wearing a cooler, but out-of-character, black outfit. Then, when she becomes overtly evil, she gets this much uglier, metallic-looking body armor.
  • Kim Possible:
    • When the HenchCo made Mood Reverser was accidentally used on Ron, he simply continued to wear a fictional villain's costume for the rest of the episode, and while said villain outfit was, in fact, quite lame, his regular clothes turned to a Fonzie-style badass look. Also, his skin turned blue as a result of getting an infusion of blue-skinned Dr. Drakken's evil, while Drakken's reverted to pink flesh tone.
    • During the second appearance of the Mood Reversal device, there wasn't any costume switching. However, when a person was hit, they would glow Red for evil or Blue for good. The only real change that could be noticed was that evil was less cowardly and Ron Stoppable was competent.
    • Shego began dressing in a Teacher uniform after being hit by the Moodulator. Good Costume Switch?
    • Averted with the Face–Heel Turn in Shego's backstory; her current costume is the same one she wore when she was part of Team Go.
    • When Drakken manages to put Kim under Mind Control, she wears one of Shego's outfits.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • Professor Impossible makes the switch following his Face–Heel Turn with Phantom Limb.
    • Although technically always a villain as soon as Henchman 21 stopped being a Minion with an F in Evil he changed his humorously nonthreatening costume for one with ripped sleeves and a retractable knife.
    • Dr. Henry Killinger made Rusty a new costume during his failed attempt to turn him into a villain.
  • In South Park, Butters adopts the name Professor Chaos and a costume when he wishes to do evil.
  • The Spectacular Spiderman:
    • Doctor Octopus' first battle against Spider-Man is fought in the civvies he wore during his Freak Lab Accident. The fight is soon cut short when his tentacles run out of power. He plans to get another, longer-lasting power source, but when he next confronts Spidey, he's also undergone quite the Evil Makeover, having donned a Badass Longcoat and replaced his Nerd Glasses with equally badass Cool Shades (eschewing the usual goggles derived from the comics).
    • As mentioned under Comics, Spider-Man himself with the symbiote. In an interesting twist, in this series, it starts out as just his normal suit in black (a la Spider-Man 3). As the symbiote asserts more control, it starts looking more and more like his classic black suit.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Done straight, then reversed. For all of Season 1, Zuko wore fairly standard villain wear for the show. Lots of militaristic red, Shoulders of Doom, the whole enchilada. Season 2 had him "on the fence", so he wore mostly nondescript clothes, in the greens and browns of the Earth Kingdom, whose members we had seen both as heroes and villains. After his subverted Heel–Face Turn in the season finale, we see him wear the full black-and-red military garb of Fire Nation royalty, the same as Azula. After he has a real Heel–Face Turn for real, he gets a red-and-gold costume that isn't nearly so intimidating...though it still looks cool.
    • Also, Ozai in the finale, kind of. He switches to more regal looking robes when he declares himself Phoenix King and goes off to obliterate the Earth Kingdom. In this case, it's more of an Eviler Costume Switch.
  • Code Lyoko: after being possessed by XANA and falling in the Digital Sea, William gains a fully evil (and skintight) costume of black and red spandex with what is sometimes described as a corset (maybe to symbolize his servitude to XANA). His sword also gets a full change, with a prominent Eye of XANA and evil-looking black veins all over.
  • Danny Phantom:
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • One episode had Timmy wishing to do the opposite of whatever his parents tell him to do in order to escape their overbearing nature. Unfortunately, they tell him to "be good", which immediately transforms him into a sinister villain with a long black cloak, classic top hat, and an evil glint in his eye.
    • In yet another episode, when Golden Locks, the Crimson Chin's fiance, transformed into Hair Razor as a result of Timmy's wish, she goes from wearing a short dress to becoming a leather-clad bitch.
  • In Gargoyles, when Elisa went undercover to infiltrate Dracon's protection racket, she changed into a low-cut belly top and leather jacket and trousers to seem more criminal-like.
  • Princess Jasmine gets one of these in Aladdin: The Series, thanks to Abys Mal and a flower that causes Laser-Guided Amnesia. In her new identity as "The Scourge of the Desert", she wears a dark-blue version of her usual clothes, a hooded cape, her hair in a ponytail (just like how she wore it when she was Jafar's slave in the original movie), and wields a whip. Interestingly, after getting her memory back, she keeps the outfit (and the whip), wearing it as a Spy Cat Suit when Aladdin & Co. infiltrate Mozenrath's city.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: When Barnacle Boy turns to The Dark Side, he gains a villainous cape and his overall appearance grows darker.
  • When Shockwave from Transformers Animated is still disguised as Longarm Prime, he is mostly colored blue and gray, but when all of the Autobots find out that Longarm is actually Shockwave, he actually changes to purple and white (the same colors as G1 Shockwave) to show that he is indeed a Decepticon.
    • From the same show, the Constructicons go from more neutral colors (pale yellow and grey) to their G1 colors (neon green and purple) after they are branded as Decepticons. Their personalities don't really change, however. They've just chosen a different playing field.
  • Happens quite a bit in Beast Wars, along with Good Costume Switch.
    • When Megatron made Rhinox into a Predacon, his brown hide turned purple and the gold plating turned silver.
    • Subverted in the first episode when Dinobot goes from being a Predacon to a Maximal, then played straight a couple of seasons later when Megatron resurrects him as a Predacon, though justified since Megatron is using Transmetal technology.
    • Justified in season 3 when Black Arachnia turns from Predacon to Maximal due to the Transmetal driver.
  • When Grune from Thundercats 2011 reveals himself to be a traitor, he discards his Thunderian armor and dons gold raiments emblazoned with the symbol of Mumm-Ra.
  • Jane Porter has actually dressed as Queen La at least twice in The Legend of Tarzan when La turned her evil.
  • Young Justice:
    • When Aqualad fakes a Face–Heel Turn, he trades his red and blue swimsuit for a suit of black Powered Armor.
    • Artemis dons one as Tigress (a reference to her villainous comic book counterpart) when she fakes her death and becomes The Mole alongside Aqualad. Her outfit consists of a dark orange and black armored bodysuit and a mask. A glamour charm from Zatanna makes her look like a brunette. Subverted in the finale, as Artemis decides to continue being Tigress as a hero, albeit with her natural hair color.
  • When Omi briefly turned evil in Xiaolin Showdown, his robes turned black with red trim and belt.
  • TRON: Uprising demonstrates this retroactively with Paige, a medic turned elite soldier. As a medic, she had green Tron Lines and wore a common civilian gridsuit with long sleeves and low-heel boots. As a soldier, her shoulders are exposed and she has Combat Stilettos, in addition to the recolored red Tron Lines. We also see that Dyson kept his soldier's attire, but his lines changed from User-loyal white to User-hostile orange-red.
  • An episode of The Powerpuff Girls has Bubbles take a brief Face–Heel Turn after losing her memory and believing herself to be Mojo Jojo. She promptly heads to his lair, steals his clothes while he's showering, and wears them for the rest of the episode.
  • Dexter's Laboratory played with this a bit. In the first few seasons, Mandark was a fairly serious threat, but dressed like a typical non-threatening nerd; after suffering Villain Decay later on, he became a Card-Carrying Villain and started wearing a screamingly obvious black-and-red cape to prove it.
  • Metalocalypse: Toki goes all dark and evil, forsaking his childlike ways, and to illustrate the point, wears blood and lots of big spikes.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Trixie dons a dark cloak in lieu of her purple magician's costume when she obtains the Alicorn Amulet, which turns her crazy and evil. Once the protagonists remove it from her, she eventually returns to her usual costume and personality.
    • Way before that, Princess Luna swapped her crown and necklace for slightly dominatrix-y armour as part of becoming Nightmare Moon. She also turns her coat black and makes herself the size of her sister.
  • In Trollz, the brainwashed heroines' costumes are actually less revealing than their normal outfits, being more like MIB suits.
  • "Turf Wars", the last episode of the 2006 revival of Biker Mice from Mars, had Vinnie's old girlfriend Harley, who sided with the Nomad Rats because of the mistaken belief that the Biker Mice abandoned her, doing this. She trades in her beige coat, green shirt, and green pants for black tights and a purple mask to hide the scars she sustained during the Plutarkian invasion.
  • The Ice Dancers in Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race swap their purple outfits for black ones for one episode when they decide to become villains.
  • In the Donald Duck cartoon "Donald's Crime", Donald adopts a black coat and hat when he starts imagining himself as a criminal.
  • In Rick and Morty, President/Evil Morty does this. When we first meet him, he's wearing a normal business suit and tie. When he has power and eliminates the Shadow Council of Ricks, he's donned a black suit with red tie.
  • At the end of the Ducktales 2017 episode "The Duck Knight Returns!", after he escapes into the sewers, the purple dye in Jim Starling's Darkwing Duck costume bleeds out, making it a combination of yellow and red and solidifying his Sanity Slippage and transformation into Negaduck.
  • All akuma victims in Miraculous Ladybug get an evil makeover, but this trope applies to those who are akumatized while wielding a Miraculous: Queen Bee's predominantly yellow costume with black stripes is inverted to yellow on black as Queen Wasp; Rena Rouge and Carapace are (like all of Scarlet Moth's victims) turned red as Rena Rage and Shell Shock; and Chat Noir becomes the white-clad Chat Blanc.


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Ghostbusters (1984)

After becoming possessed by Zuul, Dana Barrett greets Peter Venkman wearing only a diaphanous, flowing crimson dress which reveals a lot of skin.

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