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"Our race is marked by jet black and crimson skin. Just like you..."
Black Doom, Shadow the Hedgehog
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Black and red. In western culture, these are the two most sinister colors, as red typically conveys the meaning of blood or anger, and black is that of darkness or death. Being a very visually striking combination, they can also convey a sense of power. Together, they additionally give the impression of burning coal or wood, i.e. "fire and destruction". Sticking to these two colors is common for designers who want to create something as sinister as possible.

A favorite color for villainous characters to dress in. For example, most Ominous Opera Capes are a case of this: black on the outside, red on the inside (which is really common with vampires). It should be noted that this trope is not just a list of villains wearing black and red; it can apply to non-character elements as well. For example, this is common for the covers and credit sequences of horror books, films, and games, to show that a work is Darker and Edgier.

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Dark Is Not Evil can also apply with Anti Heroes and even Villain Protagonists heavily using a red and black color scheme as a visual reminder that these people, no matter how much we are supposed to identify with them, are not "good guys". Or that the concepts associated with this color scheme, such as darkness, blood, or fire, are not that evil to begin with. Can also be used to benefit from Evil Is Cool without resorting to actual evil. If a heroic character wears this, they may be an example of a Terror Hero, or of Good Is Not Nice at the bare minimum. It's not uncommon for cases of this to be juxtaposed with a group of characters represented by blue and white. If the hero is represented by the colors blue and white, The Rival or an Evil Counterpart may have the black and red color scheme.

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A Sub-Trope of Good Colors, Evil Colors. A Sister Trope to Evil Wears Black.

Compare Dark Is Evil, Grayscale of Evil, Red Eyes, Take Warning, Red Filter of Doom, Obviously Evil, and Putting on the Reich, as well as Big Red Devil. Contrast Gold and White Are Divine, Heavenly Blue, Red Is Heroic, Movie Superheroes Wear Black, and Primary-Color Champion, where blue takes the place of black. Compare or Contrast Dark Is Not Evil and Red Is Violent for anti-hero/anti-villain examples.

See also White and Red and Eerie All Over, which is portrayed as ghastly in addition to being sinister.

Note: In case of characters, this trope mostly applies to villains and anti-heroes.


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    Advertising 
  • This ad for Virtual Boy Wario Land depicts Wario in this manner while showing him laughing maniacally and sneaking through a cave. It is also meant to mirror the red-and-black graphics of the Virtual Boy.
  • An early TV ad for the LEGO Star Wars toyline showed a kid building a ship out of LEGOs, followed by Darth Maul's voice asking "Got anything in red and black?", after his own use of these colors, as seen in the film section.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Heathcliff from Sword Art Online has red armor with black cloths underneath and turns out to be the Big Bad Akihiko Kayaba.
  • Downplayed with the Guren from Code Geass: red, orange and black... and part of a Well-Intentioned Extremist faction.
  • The Homunculi from Fullmetal Alchemist have black and red as their primary colour palette.
  • In Infinite Stratos, Laura's IS is also this color scheme, possibly as a Shout-Out to Elzam, as the series likes to reference other mecha anime. And she does a Heel–Face Turn as well (sort of).
  • Most of the shots of the Big Bad Ashura in the 4th credit sequence in Soul Eater are colored Red, Black, Grey, and inspired by insanity.
  • This was also done in the Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei parody of James Bond to mark the villain.
  • Kyoko Sakura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica first appears as a sadistic, uncaring, egocentric nightmare of a magical girl. She's also a Fiery Evil Redhead who wears a primarily blood-red outfit with some black in it. Subverted later on when she does a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Ai Enma from Hell Girl has this twice: she has black hair with red eyes and her standard costume is a black sailor uniform with a red collar. She also happens to be a Villain Protagonist.
  • Yuuko Ichihara from ×××HOLiC has long black hair and red eyes, but she is definitely not evil. She does operate outside standard ideas of "good", though, such as granting wishes knowing that they may lead to the person's death.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- has Kurogane, the resident badass Ninja. His default outfit is almost completely black only with a little red, he has black hair, red eyes and dark skin, and is the only one of the main characters not associated with the Big Bad. Funny how his partner is his complete opposite.
  • Alucard from Hellsing. The guy has black hair and red eyes, wears a black suit with a long red coat and hat, and it's all usually drenched in blood.
  • Fresh Pretty Cure!: This can be seen in both of Setsuna Higashi's forms, though, while Eas plays it straight, Cure Passion subverts it by becoming good.
  • Regina from Doki Doki Pretty Cure initially plays this straight, then subverts it by wearing black and purple while brainwashed and switching back to the black and red color scheme after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Princess Kraehe (and, by extension, the Monster Raven and Raven!Mytho) from Princess Tutu. The red part is mostly due to Red Eyes, Take Warning.
  • The various Gundam series have multiple examples of this...
    • In After War Gundam X, the Frost Brothers' personal Gundams, in differing proportions; older brother Shagia's Virsago is predominantly crimson with plenty of black accents, while younger brother Olba's Ashtaron is mostly black with some red accents.
    • Likewise, Clotho Buer's Raider Gundam in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, as well as Stella Loussier's Gaia Gundam and the Dark Dagger L from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, and the 105 Slaughter Dagger from Gundam SEED C.E.73 Stargazer.
    • On a larger scale, there's the Dominion from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED - it's the sister ship to the heroic Archangel, but flying the flag of the villainous anti-Coordinator 'Blue Cosmos' organization... so of course it trades in the Archangel's dashing white-red-blue color-scheme for black-and-red with gold accents. Just to make sure nobody's going to get confused about which ship the good guys are on, even if they're otherwise identical.
    • Subverted by Deathscythe Hell from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing; it's black and red, and it sure looks evil thanks to its bat motif, but its pilot is a pretty friendly Lancer compared to the stoic hero (who has an angel motif) and most definitely a hero.
    • Char Aznable starts out with a red and black Zeon uniform but years later as Quatro it gets subverted but then played straight again in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack with his new red and black outfit and his Sazabi.
      • Some of Char's Clones fit.
      • Full Frontal having a red and black outfit and his Sinanju is red and black.
      • Zechs with his red and black uniform he later pilots the red and black Gundam Epyon.
      • Zeheart Galette is an Anti-Villain, wears a red coat and black clothes underneath, and pilots red mobile suits. Likewise, Captain Ash dresses predominantly in red and black and pilots a black-and-red Gundam, but is definitely not evil.
      • Subverted by Johnny Ridden, whose Ace Custom colors are crimson and black; by all accounts, he was a good person, even though he fought for Zeon.
    • The very evil Titans in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam use this color scheme, as does the Psyco Gundam, which has a tendency to drive its pilots insane. The heroes even repaint a black Gundam Mk-II white after stealing it from the Titans.
    • Gundam Build Fighters plays this straight. After Tatsuya Yuki is forcibly brainwashed by Mashita in the final round of the Gunpla World Tournament, his Amazing Exia is redesigned to look much more sinister, complete with a black and red paint job. While Tatsuya himself wore an all-black outfit during the tournament, he is given a slightly different one featuring a crimson scarf to go with it.
  • Femto from Berserk is black with red eyes, but as Griffith the colors of this trope are inverted.
  • Judar from Magi: Labyrinth of Magic follows this color scheme to a T. He's the Darker and Edgier Foil to Aladdin, and Artistic License often gives him glowing red eyes when he's using black Rukh.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion depicts Gendo Ikari, a ruthless commander and abusive parent, wearing a black coat over his red clothing, with a pair of orange shades thrown in for good measure.
  • In Tenchi Universe, Kagato Jurai's Laser Blade is black with a red outline to contrast Tenchi's, which is blueish white.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! had two frequently recurring dragons, which subverted this. One was Kaiba's majestic-looking Light-Attribute Blue-Eyes White Dragon, which he had the only three existing copies of (originally, there were four, but he destroyed the last one solely so it could never be used against him, while also increasing the value of the remaining three). The other was the slightly weaker Dark-Attribute counterpart, Red-Eyes B. Dragon, which, as the name implies, is an evil-looking black dragon with red eyes. Red-Eyes was used primarily by Joey Wheeler, one of the heroes, whereas Blue-Eyes was used by Seto Kaiba, an Anti-Hero, who doubles as a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk. While Kaiba isn't evil per se, he isn't really good either. Ironically, When Joey was Marik's mind slave and forced to fight Yugi in a duel to the death, Yugi was the one using Red-Eyes, hoping to get through to Joey and make him snap out of Marik's mind control.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:
    • Astral's Evil Counterpart Black Mist/No. 96 is primarily black, red, and teal.
    • Chaos Number 39: Kibou'ou Hope Ray V subverts it. His armor and swords are black/dark purple and red/dark magenta (depending on how you look it), making him look sinister. Given that this form is the Barian version of Hope's Chaos forms, the sinister-looking colors are invoked to make the connection to the Barians more obvious. Dark Is Not Evil comes into play, as Hope Ray V is not only a LIGHT monster, but also not evil on his own. The one time he plays it straight, it's a case of My Master, Right or Wrong.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Supreme King Dragon Z-ARC subverts this by being green and black, rather than red and black (although his eyes are red). His color scheme still takes the spirit of this trope, as his glowing green marks covering his black body still make him look very evil.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • The Akatsuki from Naruto wear long black coats with a red cloud pattern on them.
  • Tekkaman Blade has a main rival who sports this color theme. Bonus points for being named Tekkaman Evil.
  • The King of Braves GaoGaiGar features a mech that is colored Red and Black and is even feared as a God of Destruction by its enemies. However, this is subverted as a case of Dark Is Not Evil; narration tells us at length that destruction is necessary as nothing new will come without the old first being destroyed.
  • An inversion in Kill la Kill. You have Ryuko Matoi, who has black hair with a red streak, wears a predominantly black and red outfit... and is the main character and firmly Chaotic Good, though she is an Anti-Hero. Meanwhile, the antagonists all wear traditional "good guy" colors: Satsuki's Kamui is white, Nui wears a cutesy pink lolita outfit, and Ragyo's outfits are also predominantly white and usually also shining with all colors of the rainbow.
    • This is actually a recurring motif in the series. The protagonist's various forms begin to look increasingly demonic as the series progresses, adding spikes, devil horns, and other Obviously Evil signifiers. She still remains good until being exposed to More Than Mind Control and getting sewn into Satsuki's white Kamui.
  • In Pokémon, Tepig's former trainer, who abandoned it because he deemed it weak, wears a black jacket with red accents and calls his team the "Fire Warriors".
    • Most members of Team Rocket wear black suits with red Rs on the fronts...plus, a lot of their equipment tends to be red and black. Jessie and James are really the only exceptions, seeing as their suits are white. But then, most of the time, they are less evil.
  • The Chevaliers in Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! have black uniforms with red and gold trim.
  • Dragon Ball Super introduces Goku Black, Goku's Evil Doppelgänger, who wears black clothing with a red sash, and has a Super Mode that turns his hair pink.
    • After Goku Black performs a Fusion Dance with Future Zamasu, the result wears black Kaioshin-style clothing with red trim.
  • Sword of the Stranger movie has the Ming Squad, a group of Chinese warriors who chase Kotaro to use his blood as an ingredient of an immortality elixir. They wear red capes and rather dark conical hats and clothes. The notable exception is their leader, Bai-Luan who wears a white and gold robe.
  • In Miracle Wanda, the Bugmin, who are Brainwashed and Crazy versions of the friendly Promin, are recognizable by their signature red, black, and gray color schemes.

    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: Subverted in BoBoiBoy Thunderstorm's debut. When he appeared, his outfit turned black with red glowing highlights and lightning insignias. He was unlocked out of rage and he first wore a red-eyed Death Glare. However, he was only "evil" because the villains exploited his weakness - the longer the elementals were split up, the worse his memory became - and claimed they were his friends. His memory and good allegiance eventually return by the end of the episode.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: The villain Wolnie is a dark gray wolf who wears red clothes.

    Comic Books 
  • Inverted by Hellboy, who certainly looks the part but is (usually) the good guy.
  • Deadpool's red suit with black stripes and matching red and black hood. Subverted in that he's not evil (usually). He's just crazy.
  • Spider-Man:
  • Superman: Most of the members of the Superman family wear blue-and-red-and-yellow costumes. However, ambiguous or evil versions of the Super-family generally go for red and black.
    • Supergirl: In Red Daughter of Krypton Supergirl became a Red Lantern -Red Lanterns are raging berserkers-, and although she was not evil, she was definitely darker, edgier and angrier. And she wore a red-and-black costume.
    • Black Zero, an evil alternate version of Superboy (Kon-El/Conner Kent) wears a black bodysuit with a red sash and red cape.
    • Superboy uses this color scheme in regards to Superman's trademark "S" for his New 52 incarnation, where his costume is completely red-and-black. While Superboy is a hero, the opening issue of his comic (as well as the rebooted Teen Titans comic) uses the color scheme to make him seem sinister.
    • The Cyborg Superman has made a few bodies with this color scheme, notably his Apokolipian-based body when he hopped off of Doomsday in Hunter/Prey and his Sinestro Corps War body.
    • Composite Superman combines Superman's and Batman's costumes, resulting in a mixture of red, black, blue, and yellow. This oddly combines this trope with Primary-Color Champion. For a more fitting combination of tropes, his skin is green.
  • Green Lantern: The Red Lantern Corps has this coloration and they are raging berserkers.
  • Seems to be popular with Batman spin-off characters these days. While Batman and his protege are heroic, they use the color scheme to appear sinister and intimidating or to achieve Villain Cred when they need to, making this an Invoked Trope.
    • Nightwing has donned a red-and-black outfit in the New 52 to reflect the new, grittier Nightwing.
    • Tim Drake (known as "Robin" or "Red Robin" depending on the time period) uses this color scheme. He's been wearing red and black since after his dad was mutually killed by Captain Boomerang in Identity Crisis. Before that, he used the standard-issue Robin palette of red, green, and yellow with more emphasis on green than any other Robins.
    • The Red Hood wears primarily black and red. Both of them, The Joker before he went all smiley and Jason Todd after he comes back as a murderer. Jason later subverts this after his Heel–Face Turn.
    • The Joker's sidekick Harley Quinn wears a black and red playing card motif.
    • Before all of these examples, Jean Paul-Valley changed his armored Batman costume into a red-and-gold version color scheme just before confronting Bruce Wayne as the "real" Batman, indicating that he's already jumped off the slippery slope.
    • Bane wears a black costume and his mask is often drawn with red eyepieces.
    • The second Batman in Earth 2 wears a Batsuit that is black with red trimmings. He is not evil, but compared to the previous Batman, he is more an Anti-Hero.
    • Simon Dark isn't actually affiliated with Batman, but he's a Gotham based anti-hero who wears red and black stripes and is far less opposed to killing than the Bats.
  • Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope has Luke and Han on Coruscant, encountering the red-robed Imperial Guard. In standard canon, they are commando-stormtroopers, which is bad enough, but in this, they are armed with lightsabers.
    Han: They're wearing red robes, Luke. Tell me what it means when they wear red suits, Luke...
    Luke: I think it means trouble.
  • X-Men:
    • Mr. Sinister is a Mad Scientist with chalk-white skin and red eyes. He wears black clothing.
    • While under the control of the Hellfire Club, Jean Grey wore a black Stripperiffic outfit which when combined with her red hair gave her this aesthetic.
    • Jean's clone Madelyene Pryor took to wearing black after Face–Heel Turn. She also has red hair just like her progenitor.
    • Nightcrawler's Archnemesis Dad Azrael is a demonic-looking Mutant with red skin and black hair. His clothing is also black.
  • In the New 52's Blue Beetle, Blue's Evil Counterpart Blood Beetle has a red and black color scheme, in contrast to Blue Beetle's blue and black color scheme.
  • Though definitely not villains, the new X-Force team Cyclops assembled (including Deadpool, Warpath and Wolverine), which was created to do missions none of the... "regular" teams were up to, all wore black and grey ...and for some reason, all had red-tinted lenses in their masks.
  • Doctor Strange foe Dormammu has a black Badass Longcoat with large red plates, as well as a red Battle Aura and the small fact that his head is on fire.
  • Many Grendel comics are three-colour, using only black, white, and red highlights. The symbolism is quite deliberate.
  • Judge Dredd: The Judges' uniforms in the Alternate Universe that became Deadworld was solid black leather with red shoulder pads, whereas the Judges' uniforms from Judge Dredd's universe are dark blue leather with gold shoulder pads. Unsurprisingly, they were much more brutal and prone to wanton executions than their counterpart even before the Dark Judges took over.
  • The so-called "brainwashed Superman" who was working for Darkseid in Earth 2 has a red-and-black uniform.
  • During the Red Hulk's incarnation of the Thunderbolts, the entire team wore red and black, including both The Punisher and Agent Venom, who are noted for wearing black and white. When Deadpool calls Venom a suck-up for changing his colors with the rest of them, the former soldier strangles Deadpool, telling him that keeping the same color means there's less of a chance for Friendly Fire.
  • A number of characters in The Beano and its imitators wear red and black with the 'anti-hero protagonist' connotation, such as Dennis the Menace, his Distaff Counterpart Minnie the Minx, and Manipulative Bastard Roger the Dodger.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • In Volume 1, Sensation Comics and Comic Cavalcade in the 'verse that would later be termed "Earth-Two" the sadistic Saturnian Emperor and his agents all wear red and black, have horns, and parts of their skin are splotched/patterned with red.
    • In his manifestation as Mars, the War God Ares trades his signature blued armor for red armor and keeps his shadowed face and glowing red eyes. During the Greg Rucka run, his appearance was a blonde man with red eyes and black clothing.
    • There is also Dark Angel, an evil version of Donna Troy from another Earth who has black hair and wears a red dress and boots.
    • The New 52 and DC Rebirth depict the sorceress Circe as an Evil Redhead who often wears black.
  • Jupiter Jet: Pluto, the Big Bad, wears a black outfit with red lining.
  • Red Skull has a red skull for a head, and usually wears black. He's as evil as they come.
  • Ultimate Marvel
    • The Ultimates: While her mainstream counterpart is a hero, the Black Widow is an Evil Redhead who (like her main counterpart) wears black. She is revealed to be a traitor to the team in the second volume.
    • Ultimate X-Men: In contrast to the strictly red 616 Juggernaut, this Juggernaut's outfit is primarily black, but with lots of red dots/lights on it.

    Fan Works 
  • The Mirror Universe Smurfs in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Smurfed Behind: The Other Side Of The Mirror" are mostly red-skinned and wear black clothing and are constantly evil — the opposite of the good blue-and-white Smurfs of the normal universe. Its Papa Smurf is red-skinned and wears blue, while its version of Empath wears white clothes with black stars on it, however.
  • In chapter 1 part 11 of SilfofinaDragon's Sengoku Basara fanfic Finally Home, Toyotomi Hideyoshi's tragically wicked daughter Hitomi Kira appears in a black kimono, described with having red flowers on it.
  • Downplayed in the Junior Officers chapter "The Undersea Twister"; Deborah wears red and black because she's angry.
  • Son of the Sannin: Played with in the case of Fugaku Uchiha whose Susanoo is red and black (even wielding a dual bladed-katana as a full Shout-Out to Darth Maul, seen below). While he was an antagonist when he was alive (and even then he was at most an Anti-Villain rather than outright evil), he doesn't use this ability until the Fourth Ninja War as an Edo Tensei zombie, and by then he's not even a willing antagonist anymore.
  • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: UnChloe wears a pretty black dress, has a black crown decorated with garnets and long red hair. She's also a sadistic manifestation of a child's worst impulses.
  • We Can Be Heroes! (Steven Universe): Val Kazkani is a brutal Hopkoblin mob boss who wears a snazzy red and black pinstripe suit, and rules the port town of Krapton with an iron fist.

    Films — Animated 
  • Unsurprisingly, this is the color scheme of a lot of Disney villains, though it has also been given to some non-villanous characters.
    • Jafar from Aladdin wears black with red trim, and has a black beard. His cobra form has a black upperside with stripes and the underside of his hood being red. His genie form is a muscular red devil with a black topknot and black beard.
    • This applies to the red and black Queen Of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.
    • Cruella DeVil, the villain of 101 Dalmatians, primarily wears a white fur coat with a red underside over a black dress and red gloves. Her car is also colored red and black.
    • The black-haired Mother Gothel from Tangled wears a red dress and often a black cape over that too. Her color combination sharply contrasts with that of her "daughter" Rapunzel's golden hair and lavender dress.
    • Professor Ratigan, the arch-villain of The Great Mouse Detective, wears a black suit with a red Ominous Opera Cape.
    • Gaston from Beauty and the Beast is a black-haired, muscle-bound hunter who wears a blood-red shirt and black trousers, and he goes from an amusing Small Name, Big Ego character to being the main villain of the film.
    • Scar from The Lion King (1994) is an evil lion with reddish-orange fur and a black mane.
    • Peter Pan's nemesis, Captain Hook, wears a red jacket with a red pirate hat and has black hair.
    • Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame wears a mostly black and purple suit, but with small red adornments.
    • The Incredibles inverts the trope with the titular Parr family, who are given Super suits of red and black colors (along with a touch of gold). The villain Syndrome and some of his Mooks go for the black and white contrast (which in this case, despite what Good Colors, Evil Colors generally tells, does not represent neutrality). The final Omnidroid, on the other hand, plays the trope straight by having a bright red eye to match its black metal body.
    • The Duke of Weselton wears red and black colors in Frozen and his Establishing Character Moment is him muttering darkly about how he plans to exploit Arendelle. While he does play a minor antagonistic role, in that he orders his two henchmen to take out Elsa if presented the opportunity, he turns out to actually be more of a Red Herring for Hans.
    • Te Kā in Moana is a large volcanic entity, and thus there's plenty of red and black in her body to go against her fiery eyes. However, her villainy is subverted. She is actually Te Fiti, overcome with rage at having her Heart stolen from her. As soon as the Heart is returned, she reverts to being the gentle island entity she normally is - and, notably, she turns green.
  • DreamWorks Animation plays with this trope around a bit:
    • Lord Farquaad, the Big Bad of Shrek, is a straight example. His normal outfit is mostly red and black with some gold.
    • Scenes featuring Lord Shen in Kung Fu Panda 2 tend to feature a lot of red and black. It's also combined with White and Red and Eerie All Over in that Shen himself has a white and red color scheme.
    • Inverted in How to Train Your Dragon 2. Toothless is a pitch-black dragon with a red replacement tail fin, yet he's completely loyal to the friendly and amicable Hiccup, whose new outfit is also the same colors as his dragon companion.
    • Red and black is the signature color scheme of the Rock Trolls in Trolls: World Tour, although most of them don't dress with it (their leader Queen Barb is the only relevant example); instead, it's the coloration of their home and appliances. Their villainy is subverted by the end of the movie, though.
  • In The Swan Princess, the hag magically disguised as Princess Odette wears a black and red dress. This makes her easy for viewers to distinguish from the real Odette, who wears white and green.
  • The whole army of the One-Eye from The Thief and the Cobbler uses these colors to overkill.
  • The LEGO Movie: Lord Business when he dons his villain outfit. Even his robot secret police enforce this trope.
  • Ruber from Quest for Camelot is an Evil Redhead who wears a black cleavage and trousers with red armor, boots, belt, wrist cuffs, and shoulder pads. Much later on towards the end of the film when Ruber bonded Excalibur to himself, his mechanical right arm has ascending shades of black to red all over.
  • In Gandahar, the genocidal Metal Men are jet black robots with red "eyes".
  • In Rock-A-Doodle, The Grand Duke of Owls wears a black and red cape.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • X-Men Film Series
    • In X-Men: The Last Stand, the Juggernaut wears a maroon outfit with black highlights.
    • X-Men: First Class: Azazel, a member of the Hellfire Club (which in the comic version goes for black and white costumes), wears black. His naturally red skin complements his suit. And at the end of the movie, Erik Lehnsherr has adopted a red vest and helmet with black pants and cape as his Evil Costume Switch to become Magneto.
  • In The Matrix, the Machines and their pods emit red or sickly pink glows, and their physically metallic bodies (such as those of the sentinels) are very dark (though this could be due to the general poor lighting). Taken to an extreme in the The Animatrix short "Matriculated", where machines emit a warm, peaceful green glow when they turn good and seem less dark.
  • The uniforms, flags, and other props used in Ian McKellen's excellent 1995 film adaptation of Richard III are like this, due to the film's use of parallels to Nazi Germany in its 1930s-era Setting Update.
  • The Norsefire Party in the film version of V for Vendetta uses a black and red logo, specifically in order to imply similarity to the Nazi party.
  • The basic color scheme of the neo-Nazis in Pink Floyd's The Wall? Black with red detail.
  • Most Sith Lords in Star Wars dress in black and wield a red lightsaber.
    • In Return of the Jedi, The Emperor's guards wear these colors.
    • Emperor Palpatine himself wears black and sometimes red robes. Also, the decor of his office is almost all red.
    • Darth Maul (pictured above), who made full-body, red-and-black Sith tattoos popular. You'll find them on lots of Expanded Universe characters (not to mention the original Sith species, which has naturally red skin).
    • The Force Awakens continues the trend with The First Order and their Nazi-inspired red-and-black aesthetic (their fleet is even commanded by a black-clad Evil Redhead).
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999): The Hessian Horseman's outfit is black with red and silver accents. Almost unnoticeable when he's dead and rotten all over. Action figures show it better
  • TRON:
    • In the original film, Sark and his underlings were given red Tron Lines to distinguish themselves from Kevin Flynn, Tron, and the more benign programs, who had blue Tron Lines. However, the color of their suits was grey as opposed to black.
    • Come TRON: Legacy and the villains are all colored black with bright orange Tron Lines (Except for CLU, who is yellow). When Rinzler (actually Tron Brainwashed and Crazy and Reforged into a Minion) performs a Heel–Face Turn, his lines switch to the blue-white from before as he sinks into the data ocean.
    • Downplayed in the franchise's Expanded Universe. Red and black are the color of the System Guard (essentially the military). They're often, but not always antagonistic, such as in TRON 2.0 where they're attacking the Player Character because they mistakenly believe he's responsible for a viral attack. Once they realize he's on the same side, they call it off and work with him during the assault on Thorne's server. And in TRON: Uprising, the System Guard is on Clu's side. However, they range from the outright amoral (Pavel) to the Lawful Evil type (Dyson, Tesler), to Anti-Villain (Paige).
  • The Master's robes in Manos: The Hands of Fate are black with a red hand motif.
  • In some of the Hammer Dracula films Christopher Lee wears a black outfit with red piping on the cape.
  • Godzilla:
    • The Mutos from Godzilla (2014) are black with glowing red markings.
    • The version of Godzilla himself in Shin Godzilla is black and red glowing rashes all over his body.
  • Ra.One is an invoked example, as the (video game escapee) villain Ra.One was deliberately designed to be as cool and menacing as possible, with spiderweb-like black armor, black cowl, red Heart Light, and glowing red eyes.
  • The Pteranodons from Jurassic World have primarily red and black color schemes and are fairly aggressive predators. Some of them have different color schemes, however (some of them have blue where others have red).
  • The Thuggee cult in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom wear these colors to match their volcanic hideout.
  • The Lord of the Rings has the entire country and society build around that trope. Mordor is a black land with red lava and the mountain of Mount Doom which has a red peak. This is completed by the main tower, Barad-Dur, which is all-black and on top, we have the red and flaming giant Eye of Sauron (unlike the book, the movie implies this is Sauron's actual current form).
  • The 1973 Jesus Christ Superstar film has the high priests Caiaphas and Ananias who wear all-black. In the climax where Jesus is sentenced to death, they also wear red capes.
  • In Kick-Ass 2 the clothes of the superheroes are mixed. But almost all of the supervillains wear clothes that are red and black.
  • In Heathers, these are the school colors. This means the antagonistic cheerleaders wear red and black.
  • In The Last Starfighter the invading Kodan fleet all wore uniforms of red with black touches (Xur wore all black, but he was a traitor from Rylos working with the Kodan).
  • Subverted in Dracula Untold: While he wears exclusively black and red as part of his costumes and earned a sinister reputation as "Lord Impaler", he shows shame for his previous actions and uses his powers to defend his family and his people.
  • The Dark Knight Rises: During the stock exchange heist, Bane sports a red motorcycle helmet as part of his deliveryman disguise.
  • Saw just by chance: the hooded robe that the Jigsaw Killer/John Kramer (as well as his disciples, including Amanda Young and Dr. Lawrence Gordon) wears is black with blood-red silk lining to it.
  • Face/Off: While Castor Troy mostly averts this, the scene just before the first action setpiece (the airport gun battle) sees his dark red suit and red dress shirt complemented by a billowing black Badass Longcoat.
  • John Wick: Viggo's dark gray suits are usually accompanied with red dress shirts.
  • Cropsy in The Burning, due to the combination of his disfigured red skin, and black wardrobe.
  • Fred Fenster of The Usual Suspects is more of the Affably Evil variety, but still counts: his main outfit is a black suit with a red and always unbuttoned dress shirt underneath.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Captain America: The First Avenger: HYDRA uniforms are black and their emblem is red. Applies even more to Red Skull, as the skin on his face mutated after taking Dr. Erskine's serum.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: Wanda Maximoff is a dark-haired girl who wears black dresses paired with red jackets or shawls, her magic glows red, and she works for the bad guys until she pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), Dr. Robotnik wears a black suit and a black coat with red linings inside for most of the film. Near the climax, he switches to a red and black flight suit more in line with his traditional outfit.

    Literature 
  • Count Dracula has black and red. He's the Trope Codifier for what the description talks about this trope and vampires in their capes.
  • The Custodes Fidei note  order in the Deryni works have black robes with red belts and trim. Officially, the red is supposed to suggest allegiance to and protection for the House of Haldane. Guarding the Faith from what? From Deryni and their sympathizers, of course.
    • The order's name can also call to mind the famous Latin question, "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"note  Since they are an aspect of the corruption in the church, this is justified.
  • In the Modesty Blaise novel I, Lucifer, Lucifer dresses entirely in red and black as part of his Devil Complex.
  • In The Lord of the Rings, Sauron's forces use black banners and an insignia marked with a red eye.
    • Russian Tolkien fanfiction loves portraying Feanorians dressed in these colors.
  • The seventh room in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" is black with red stained-glass windows.
  • In The Spiral Labyrinth, the magic system is color-coded; each wizard has a major and a minor color. The Big Bad uses black and red.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Played with by Targaryens, who, while as a whole not any more good or evil than any other house, have a tendency, when evil, to be REALLY evil, and often Ax-Crazy. When these folks (Maegor The Cruel, Aerys "The Mad King") wear their house colors, they play this trope straight (or possibly subvert it, because in-universe meaning of these colors is different - depending on your point of view). Then again, decent members of the house often wear these colors too. Then there's the fact that the first king of this house could be alternatively seen as a Young Conqueror or as an Evil Overlord. Because you can't conquer the whole continent, especially with the aid of giant fire-breathing monsters, and be nice about it.
    • House Blackfyre, on the other hand, played it straight. They are a Targaryen offshoot house that descended from Daemon Blackfyrenote , and their colors are inverted Targaryen colors (a black three-headed dragon on red field). They have instigated five rebellions against the Iron Throne.
    • Euron Greyjoy wears a red cloak and black armor in The Winds of Winter preview chapters, which is significant because the armor is made of Valyrian steel.
    • Drogon, the largest and wildest of Daenerys' three dragons, has black scales, red horns, spinal plates, and eyes, bleeds black blood, and breathes black fire tinged with red. He is said to be the second coming of Balerion, the dragon ridden by Aegon the Conqueror, who had the same traits.
  • Raksha in Tales of Kolmar are always red and black.
  • In The Wheel of Time:
    • Moridin, most powerful and evil of the Forsaken, explicitly refers to black and red as his colors; he always wears them himself, forces his servants to do so, and they predominate the decorating of his fortress. Mazrim Taim, who is a rather sinister fellow despite nominally being on the sign of good, also likes the colors, hinting at a possible connection between them. Eventually it is revealed that Taim is indeed The Mole and a Darkfriend.
    • This theme is also reflected in the Aes Sedai ajahs: the Black Ajah is the secret darkfriend fifth column within the Aes Sedai, with members in all of the seven official ajahs, whereas the Red Ajah, while a legitimate subdivsion within the Aes Sedai with their own official mandate to track down and "gentle" male channelers, tends to produce the largest number of well-intentioned extremists, bigots, and power-mad idealogues (which itself is a part of a recurring theme of the series that where members of different genders don't interact and lean on each other, stagnation and dysfunction soon follow—do with that as you will). Virtually every outright antagonist character among the Aes Sedai is a member of one or both of these two groups.
  • In Honor Harrington, the PRH State Sec uniforms have red coats and black pants.
    • The inmates of one StateSec prison world refer to them as the Black Legs, partly from the uniforms and partly to have a word for the enemy that didn't include the Havenites who were their fellow prisoners.
  • Pryrates in Memory, Sorrow and Thorn always wears bright red robes with black lining (red in particular is so strongly associated with him that he's often called "the Red Priest or "the Red Wizard). He's also the most purely evil character in the series- even the Big Bad (a hate-filled undead Omnicidal Maniac) is played with more sympathy than Pryratesnote .
  • In the Old Kingdom trilogy, the necromancer Hedge, one of the chief villains of the second two books, usually wears a suit of black chainmail with red plates. As he falls increasingly under the power of his master, Orannis the Destroyer, Hedge himself gradually transforms from a fairly normal-looking man to a creature of flame and shadow, thereby bringing the aesthetic into his own body as well.
  • The Parshendi of The Stormlight Archive are human-looking beings with marbled red and black skin, who have been embroiled in a war of extinction against the Alethi after assassinating their king for no known reason. They are also the setting's legendary Voidbringers, who can channel the power of Odium. Most of them aren't too pleased about this.
  • Simultaneously used and subverted in the League Of Princes series. Ruffian dresses in red and black, because he knows that bounty hunters tend to get color-based nicknames, and he wants to be "Ruffian the Black" or "Ruffian the Red". But he's such a sad sack that he just gets called "Ruffian the Blue".
  • In the Wizard in Rhyme books, the diabolical Sorcerous Overlord of Ibile uses red and black for his colours, symbolizing blood and grief.
  • The Brothers Lionheart: Evil Overlord Tengil always wears black armor and a helmet with a crest of red feathers.
  • Journey to Chaos: Governor Caffour makes his first appearance as a villain wearing a red and black suit. It blends well with his new necrocraft.
  • In Harry Potter, the Big Bad Lord Voldemort is described as having red, cat-like eyes and wearing black robes.
  • In The Chronicles Of Fid, the eponymous supervillain Doctor Fid describes his own powered armor as follows: The armor was form-fitted and so thoroughly non-reflective that I seemed a silhouette, a six-and-a-half-foot man-shaped hole in the world. There were stars visible inside that blackness, pinpricks of light and color; looking upon my was gazing into the clearest night sky, entire galaxies encompassed within my being. Only at the armor's seams were any hint of a three-dimensional figure offered: from there an angry red glow seeped, as though something infernal was trapped inside.
  • Played With in Mo Dao Zu Shi. Wei Wuxian's usual colors are red and black, and he has possibly the highest bodycount in the story and a pitch-black reputation to match (plus, there's the fact that he singlehandedly invented the entire practice of Necromancy). But as the story goes on, Wei Wuxian repeatedly shows himself to be a much better person than 90% of the cultivation world, who essentially pigeonholed him into being a villain because he wouldn't conform as they wished.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • Villain turned Anti-Hero Spike often wears a black Badass Longcoat with a red shirt or scarf underneath. Angelus also uses these two colors. Drusilla is often a Lady in Red but produces this trope because of her black hair.
    • A different take in "Tough Love". Glory does an Action Dress Rip, tearing off her red dress to reveal a black nightie underneath.
  • Invoked on Burn Notice - when trying to intimidate some Cartel gangsters by playing an enigmatic Louis Cypher figure who can apparently make Stuff Blow Up with a snap of his fingers, Michael dresses in a black suit and shades with blood-red shirt, tie and pocket square.
  • Cole's demon form Belthazor in Charmed.
  • The Defenders (2017): The Hand primarily associates with the colors of red and black.
    • Daredevil (2015). The title character starts wearing these colors in Season 2; he starts off as a Man in Black, then adds red after taking on his 'Devil' appellation.
      • The Hand's ninjas wear uniforms that are all black, while their masks have red inner lining. In season 1, when Nobu is tricked by Wilson Fisk into fighting Matt, Nobu wears robes with an inversion of that color scheme (red robes with black inner liner), which might just be ceremonial or reserved for higher-ranking Hand members like Nobu. In The Defenders proper, Elektra's comics-compliant costume is red, and accompanied with a long black coat.
      • Season 3 of Daredevil provides a non-Hand example with Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter, when he wears a copy of the red-and-black Daredevil armor and commits terrorist attacks for Fisk, first attacking the New York Bulletin to smear Matt's reputation and get rid of Jasper Evans, and later going after Karen at the Clinton Church to avenge the death of James Wesley.
    • Iron Fist (2017): Despite at first seeming like a peaceful retreat for New York City kids with nowhere else to turn for help, the compound run by Colleen Wing's sensei Bakuto is actually just another faction of the Hand. A sharp-eyed viewer will have picked up the connection long before Danny realizes it by noticing that Bakuto and most of the other students wear red t-shirts, black pants, and black leather jackets.
      • In season 2, Davos sports dark black coats (owing to the cold weather) and after he steals the Iron Fist from Danny, and his fists glow red (symbolic of his corrupted chi).
  • Doctor Who:
    • Sutekh the Destroyer has a red and black color scheme.
    • The Master:
      • In the TV Movie, the Master "drezzzes for the occasion" in a red, black, and gold cloak.
      • Although the Master usually favors all-black, the Gordon Tipple Master's nehru jacket came with red motifs. More recently, the John Simm Master was, in "The Sound of Drums"/"Last of the Time Lords", given a black suit with a black overcoat with red lining, as a nod to the Third Doctor's subversion of this trope.
  • Farscape's Peacekeepers used black and red in their uniforms and décor.
  • The Flash (2014):
    • The Reverse-Flash may wear a yellow suit, but his gloves and boots are black, his eyes glow red, and he produces red lightning when he runs.
    • The Rival wears a black suit and he also leaves behind red lightning when he runs. He also has dark orange highlights on the said suit.
    • Played with in the Season Three finale. Savitar's dark suit of armor has been glowing blue for the entire season, but it switches to red when Barry takes control of it. Barry beats down Savitar with the suit and is clearly tempted to kill him for all the trouble he put him through, but he relents and destroys the armor.
  • Game of Thrones gives this treatment to the cruel and opportunistic House Bolton, whose colors in the books are pink and red, and their banner a bright red flayed person on a pink field. In the show, the pink is exchanged for black. Y'know, in case people can't pick up the fact that the Boltons are bad from the flayed person.
    • Even during the "Battle of the Bastards" this is reflected. All the Bolton soldiers wear a black leather armor with a red flayed man on their chests and black helmets with the same thing on it. Ramsay is dressed all-in-black while his second-in-command, Smalljon Umber, all-in-dark red.
    • Viserys Targaryen is dressed all in black, with a red dragon in the center of his outfit. Admittedly, according to the books, that is how Targaryens often dressed.
    • Averted with Drogon. He is a dragon with red and black scales but belongs to one of the protagonists. He is, however, the largest and most aggressive of the three.
      • But ultimately, played straight when Daenerys performs Face–Heel Turn and burns the whole city down on his back.
    • Cersei Lannister, dons dark red and black dress in the final two episodes she appears in.
  • The demon Crowley in Good Omens first appears in his serpent form, which is a huge black snake with a red belly. We see in episode 3 that his human form has been wearing black clothes for centuries, and in the present day, the red collar on his black blazer becomes a minor plot point when Aziraphale turns it tartan. Crowley isn't nearly as evil as some of the other demons, but he is better-dressed.
  • Knight Rider: Inverted with the benevolent KITT being a black Trans Am with a red scanner light and a red voice modulator display. Played straight by pure happenstance with KARR’s first appearance in season 1, as the production simply used one of the other KITT cars to portray him - although a yellow voice modulator display was used for the character. (In KARR’s next appearance, he did have a yellow scanner light to match his voice modulator.) Coincidentally played straight again in the episode “Killer KITT”; wherein KITT is stolen and reprogrammed for nefarious purposes.
  • The Musketeers: Cardinal Richelieu exclusively wears either entirely black robes or (for more formal occasions) bright red ones.
  • Power Rangers:
  • Star Trek
    • This Terran Empire logo (the Evil Counterpart of the Federation in the Mirror Universe).
    • Black and red are dominant colors of Klingon culture. They use it in buildings, flags, decorations, weapons, ships... basically everywhere. Even their interior lighting usually has a red tinge.
    • Oddly inverted by the design of the Enterprise's bridge in Star Trek: The Original Series, which uses red and black prominently. There may have been practical reasons for this: since Star Trek was originally broadcast when TV was transitioning to color, the set design would need to look visually interesting in color while also providing contrast for viewers who still had black and white TV sets.
  • Stranger Things: The Mind Flayer is often shown with its black form backlit with an ominous red light.
  • Supernatural: In "Hammer of the Gods", the goddess Kali wears a red dress and a black skirt. And underneath, a black bra and panties. Rrrraw!
  • Both the Locos (Season 1) and the Technos (Season 4) in The Tribe wear red and black.
  • Ultra Series
    • Most Ultramen are red and silver, but Ultraman Belial, one of the major Big Bads of the franchise and archenemy of Ultraman Zero, had the silver parts of his body turn black as a result of merging with the Humanoid Abomination Reiblood.
    • Ultraman Geed is a subversion. His default form is a nasty-looking combination of red, black, and silver due to being Belial's son and directly channelling a share of Belial's power; and the people are suspicious of him due to the resemblance. But Geed ultimately proves himself as genuinely heroic despite his heritage and appearance.
    • Before Belial, there was Dark Zagi, the Big Bad of Ultraman Nexus, complete with soulless red eyes.
  • In V (1983), red and black are the signature colors of the fascistic reptilian Visitors, with almost all their uniforms and even their flag featuring some combination of the two.

    Music 
  • Slovenian art-rockers Laibach love their red and black.
  • Inverted with Steam Powered Giraffe. While their clothing is a red-on-black scheme, they are not evil robots.
  • The Toy Soldier (Doctor Steel's fan club) color scheme, until around 2011, was black with red (and yellow) accents. Somewhat justified, as they are a deliberate parody of evil organizations. (Since the Doctor's retirement, use of red has been diminished.)
  • The PV for the Vocaloid song Red Shoe Parade is animated in a shadow-puppet style, with the parade's red shoes showing clearly.
  • Blue Öyster Cult's album Tyranny and Mutation had its album sides titled "the Red" and "the Black", and the band was known to play with dark themes (and did quite a bit on that particular album as well).
    • Also (and on the above album), the song "the Red and the Black":
      Canadian Mounted baby, police force that works/ red and black, it's their color scheme/ get their man in the end/ ...you kill you maim, you kill you maim
  • Pagan/Viking Metal Bands Varg and Turisas use black and red "warpaint" instead of Black Metal's black and white Corpse Paint.
  • Poets of the Fall:
    • Hamartia, the jester mascot of Twilight Theater's album art, wears a typical Harlequin red and black diamond motley, but the flap of his Happy Harlequin Hat terminates in a snake head instead of bells, and he has a nasty Slasher Smile, both of which mark him as a Monster Clown.
    • Downplayed with Hamartia's reappearance as a jealous, vengeful Orcus on His Throne figure in the video for "Daze," as the motley is replaced by a subtler color scheme in his royal costume, with black hair trimmed with black feathers, black pants, an elaborate red leather jacket, and deep maroon lipstick and face paint, all of which fit with the decadent Masquerade Ball over which he presides.
  • In A Sound Of Thunder's song "The Queen of Hell", the titular Villain Protagonist sings "Red and black our banners wave/ As we march across the land."
  • Blurryface, the character from Twenty One Pilots lore who represents the "dark side" of Tyler Joseph (namely, his insecurities, self-doubt, and struggles with mental illness) dresses in red and black, and his presence is indicated by black paint on Tyler's hands and neck and red eyes. This is also reflected in the color scheme for the Blurryface album (in which the character features prominently).
    • Another of Blurry's incarnations, the Bishop "Nico" (an elderly man who appears in the videos for "Jumpsuit" and "Nico and the Niners") also sports the color scheme, in the form of a flowing red cloak and black paint on his hands and lower face.
  • British folk punk group The Men They Couldn't Hang invoke this in "The Ghosts of Cable Street", a song about a riot that broke out in 1936 between the British Union of Fascists and the heroic antifascist demonstrators.
    This is the British Union with its flag of black and red
    A flag that casts a shadow in Berlin and in Madrid

    Mythology & Religion 

    Professional Wrestling 

    Sports 
  • Canadian figure skater Roman Sadovsky wore a blood-red-and-black costume for his short program during the 2017-2018 competitive season (which is set to Peter Gundry's "The Vampire Masquerade") in order to convey to the audience that he was portraying a vampire who attempts to seduce his intended victim with an elegant waltz.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Ravnica setting of Magic: The Gathering, the Cult of Rakdos relies on red and black mana, and has a Circus of Fear theme throughout.
    • Interestingly they have none of the grand schemes that the other guilds do. The problem is that their parties turn everyone involved into a Combat Sadomasochist. Survivors are implied to have themselves lobotomized in order to forget what they've done.
    • The combination of black and red mana in general tends to be dangerous to be around - with black the color of selfishness and red the color of emotion, you tend to get very poor self-control and a remarkable appetite for cruelty. It's not universal — you can sometimes get a black-red character who uses their Red devotion to their loved ones to offset the selfishness of Black — but the major black-red groups in Magic's history have included the bloodthirsty vampires of Innistrad, the Cult of Rakdos, the barbaric minotaurs of Theros, the Mongol-esque Mardu Horde (who offset it with a dash of community-focused white mana, giving them at least in-group compassion), and a fair chunk of two Shards of Alara - the barbaric Jund and the deathly Grixis. Black-red planeswalkers include Sarkhan Vol at his lowest point (he gets better), Nicol Bolas, and - in his duel deck - the theoretically mono-red Tibalt splashes black to represent his fairly overt sadistic tendencies. However, it is inverted in Lorwyn boggarts and Tetsuo Umezawa, two fine examples of Dark Is Not Evil.
  • Warhammer 40,000, grimdark universe that it is, absolutely loves this color scheme, and you can expect to find some variation of it in every Codex regardless of the faction's supposed 'goodness'.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!, there's an entire series of monsters called "Dark ——", consisting of Evil Counterparts of existing monsters, and as part of this gimmick they've each undergone an Evil Costume Switch. Guess the predominant colors on them now.
  • Both played straight and subverted for two different factions in Mutant Chronicles:
    • Subverted: Red and black are worn by high-ranking Brotherhood Inquisitors. While the Inquisition has done a lot of very shady things, they are ultimately a force for good.
    • Played straight: the sigil of the Dark Apostle of War, Algeroth (used in promotional materials to symbolize the Dark Legion as a whole), is a red dagger-like cross on a black field, and Algeroth's army leaders, Nepharites, are depicted as hulking red-skinned giants in spiked black armor.
  • The Scorpion Clan of Legend of the Five Rings have Card-Carrying Villainy as their hat, so naturally they wear red and black clothing and always wear masks. Being Obviously Evil is their job, and as samurai, they take their duties very seriously.
  • Black and red are the official colors of Cheliax in the Pathfinder campaign setting. The nation's current power is based largely on their alliances with hell itself.
  • In the early BattleTech sourcebooks and the early novels, the Draconis Combine was depicted as a brutal and repressive dictatorship, which was solidified by a black-and-red dragon national symbol and parade colors. Toned down in later works, which reworked the Combine from Imperial Japan in space to Feudal Japan In Space with an emphasis on honor. Otherwise averted and zigzagged; heroic Private Military Contractors like the Kell Hounds used neon red and pitch black battlemech paint.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Zariel the Fallen Angel is the new Archdevil who rules Avernus, the first layer of the Nine Hells of Baator. She wears black armor and has burning red wings and eyes.

    Theatre 
  • Some productions of Hamlet have the title character dressed in red and black. However, despite being a morally ambiguous character, Hamlet (probably) isn't evil.
  • The Tabloid Junkies in Michael Jackson ONE dress in black and/or red.

    Theme Parks 

    Toys 
  • This is the main color-scheme of several bad guy BIONICLE sets: Makuta Teridax, Icarax, and Antroz, Kalmah, warrior and elite class Skrall, Sidorak, Vultraz, and Radiak. Subverted with the benevolent Turaga Dume — his set represents the evil Teridax masquerading as him, but the real Dume has these colors too. Interestingly, the Maxilos robot that Teridax's spirit possessed for a while also had these colors...
  • LEGO's other themes were also aware of this trope: The Spyrius faction from LEGO Space, Ogel's evil organization from LEGO Alpha Team, Vladek and co. from Knights' Kingdom and various other villainous groups from LEGO Castle, including witches, a dragon, and the Bat Lord, all had red and black as part of their uniform color schemes. One exception is M-Tron, which flew black-and-red spaceships against black-and-white craft flown by the evil Blacktron II. Both sides used greenish-yellow windshields in the 1991 Lego catalog, so this "glass" did not ensure M-Tron's goodness.
  • The Stone Army in Ninjago's 2013 line follow this trope, in contrast to the Skeleton Army and Nindroids being black and purple.

    Visual Novels 
  • These are the theme colors of Danganronpa's Big Bad Mascot Villain Monokuma, whose body is half-white, half-black with a single red eye. There’s also (by extension) Junko Enoshima, with her strawberry-blonde hair being the only exception, and some white thrown in to better represent her control over Monokuma.
  • Dark Sakura from Fate/stay night wears a black dress with red lines all over due to The Corruption.
    • Gilgamesh has some red and black on his street clothes (and red eyes), his armor is gold with some black parts and his cloth parts are red; even his sword has black and red.
    • Saber Alter wears black armor with faint red eyes and a visor with more visible red eyes, again symbolizing The Corruption.
    • Archer A.K.A Heroic Spirit EMIYA falls into the anti-hero version with his black bodysuit and red semi-coat. At least until Unlimited Blade Works where he betrays the party and tries to kill Shirou.
    • For its prequel, we have Berserker, who is a Black Knight with a red visor, and any weapon he touches becomes just as black and red as he is. Subverted, as Berserker's true identity is Lancelot, who really just wanted to atone for his sins and figured the best way to do it was to have his king kill him.
    • Angra Mainyu, aka Avenger, specifically in Fate/hollow ataraxia whenever he’s in control of Shirou; his skin grows dark, he gains black tattoos all over, and his only clothes are red.
  • In Sunrider, PACT’s ships and mecha are painted red with black trimming, their officers and leaders wear red-and-black uniforms with gold detailing, and even their emblem is red and black, likely to symbolize their communist leanings. Unsurprisingly, they’re the primary antagonists of the series.
  • The nue in Wizardess Heart have huge black kimonos and black fur around their heads, as well as big red jewels on their necklaces. They also appear as black shadows.

    Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • The Insurrectionists are a team of black-and-red clad soldiers who oppose Project Freelancer. Subverted, as they're just protecting UNSC property from the Freelancers, who are Obliviously Evil.
    • Played straight with Sharkface, a former Insurrectionist who returns in Season 13, who has no problem with assisting in the genocide of an entire planet in order to avenge his fallen comrades.
  • RWBY:
    • Adam Taurus is a violent and genocidal leader of the White Fang, who hates all of humanity for oppressing the Faunus and so wants to kill them all. He dresses entirely in red and black, and his hair is vivid red, except for two tufts that appear to be black horns. His sword has a long, red blade and when he uses his power, the entire world around him seems to turn to black silhouettes against a blood-red sky. He invented the white masks the White Fang wear to hide their identities, using the Grimm as inspiration so as to strike fear into the hearts of humans. The leaders of the White Fang, of which he is one, have red designs patterning the masks to make them stand out from the crowd.
    • The Creatures of Grimm are jet black animalistic monsters with glowing red eyes that trail red light as they move. They are covered in bone white armour and whenever they open their mouths, the insides are as red as their eyes. Not much is known about the origin of the Grimm in-universe, but they swarm the air, the ground, and the oceans, making it extremely difficult for both humanity and Faunus to survive and thrive. What people do know is that the Grimm do not attack animals, they only attack people, and are attracted to negative emotions. They don't kill people to survive, they appear to hate the very existence of humanity. Unknown to most of the world, the Grimm are led by a humanoid queen who can control them, and whose appearance is exactly that of the Grimm: although she looks human, her skin and hair are bone-white and covered in black-tinted red veins. Her sclera are black and her eyes glow as red as the Grimm. She dresses entirely in red-trimmed black robes and lives in a realm surrounded by oily-looking, ink-black pools from which the Grimm are born. As the show's Big Bad, she seeks the destruction of humanity itself in a secret shadow war with the show's Big Good that has been going on for thousands of years.
  • DSBT InsaniT: The Darkness counterparts are all black, except for their red eyes.

    Webcomics 
  • Played with in Bandette, which is about a Classy Cat-Burglar. Bandette's costume is mostly red and black because she's a criminal, but it's lightened with the primrose-yellow lining of her cape, which shows that she isn't actually evil.
  • Hilariously subverted in Darths & Droids, which has the very Obviously Evil Darth Maul turn out to be a private detective working for Palpatine (who is in the side of good here), and he was only fighting the Jedi in self-defense because they thought he was a bounty hunter.
  • The demons from Deities have this color scheme, as well as the setting of Hell.
  • In Drowtales, the resident Living Doll Collector, Kharla, seems to like the Red/Black combo.
    • These are also the colors most often worn by Syphile, Ariel's abusive caretaker.
    • And Luliane switches to this outfit after the timeskip, because she's been possessed by Khaless, also qualifying this for Evil Costume Switch.
    • In the last two cases, a more innocuous reason for the colors is because they are the Sarghress clan colors, along with this trope.
  • EVIL is a webcomic about villains, and aside from white, ONLY uses the colors red and black.
  • Jagganoth, the seventh Demiurge from Kill Six Billion Demons has deeply ashen skin that looks almost black and red eyes. His Key is also red and he commonly wears red and gold, including a signature red helmet. He is also set up as the Big Bad of the series, featuring most prominently in the final book Breaker of Infinities.
  • Mr. Bones, the villain of Kukuburi gleefully adopts this color scheme, contrasting with the Big Good's predominantly blue color scheme.
  • This makes up Dark Star's entire color scheme in L's Empire, including their text boxes.
  • The black spirits from Off-White have red eyes and Tron Lines. The evil part is frequently averted, however.
  • The Order of the Stick uses red/black word balloons for several demonic characters, and Redcloak's most distinguishing features are his, well, red cloak and black armor.
  • Played straight and lampshaded in-universe by Umbria/Zaedalkaah from Book 1 of Our Little Adventure. When she joined the Souballo Empire later she eventually started wearing their colors, though.
  • Slightly Damned: Pretty much any demon with a red and black color pattern (mostly fire demons) qualifies. Azurai and Dakos, however, take the whole cake and eat it, too.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: The Encyclopedia Exposita version of the map of the Known World has full-on Silent World areas, which have fallen to the Plague Zombie monsters, colored in black. The cleansed areas, which were technically reclaimed by some of the few human survivors but are actually closer to buffer zones between the Silent World and settlements, are colored in red.
  • Inverted with Star Impact's Phoebe. Her boxing getup is predominantly black and red, but she's one of the protagonists.
  • Many of Zoophobia's residents of Hell have this color scheme, and also commonly have it as their speech bubble color.
    • Red and black is technically the theme of Hell (with some exceptions).
    • Usually subverted in the "evil" aspect of this trope.

    Web Original 
  • In Noob, the players of the Coalition, the enemy faction to the protagonists, are very prone to wearing red and black according to the webseries and comic. They also happen to be the faction that got saddled with the red cursor while the two other ones got yellow and green.
    • The novels and Neogicia reveal that these are the official Coalition colors. In addition, the brother and Necessarily Evil Psycho Sidekick of the Empire's leader wears clothes with this combination.
  • The uniforms of Doctor Steel's Army of Toy Soldiers are black with red (and some yellow) accents. (Although since Dr. Steel's retirement, red is still an official color but liberal use of it is discouraged, possibly to avoid their being confused with Nazis.)
  • The Auditor, the Big Bad of Madness Combat, is a pitch-black Living Shadow with glowing red eyes. When he claims Jesus' Holy Halo to wear, it turns dark red as well

    Western Animation 
  • In The Mitchells vs. the Machines, the Pal MAX Prime robots are clad in black armor plating and have glowing red innards and a single glowing red eye, and are by far and away the deadliest servants of PAL.
  • Evil Coop from Megas XLR pilots a black and red mech. Evil Kiva was an Evil Redhead dressed in black.
  • Subverted with Cybersix, who dresses very prominently in black with a partly red cape, but is the heroine. In the comics the series sprung from, this is explained by her stealing these clothes from a prostitute. When it comes to marking who is evil, this series revels in a different trope.
  • Also subverted in Batman Beyond, where the Batsuit envelops the wearer entirely and is solid black except for the glider wing lining and the Bat-symbol on the chest, both red. Stolen from an old man in a cave, instead. Since Batman is all about the power of fear, adopting more threatening colors for a Crapsackier Gotham just makes sense. Again, similarly to Cybersix, contrasting this is Batman's Arch-Enemy the sickly green Blight.
  • While there are several demonic members of the Jackie Chan Adventures villain gallery, two of them, Moon Demon Tso Lan (who is part of the second season's Big Bad Duumvirate) and Oni King Tarakudo (who is the Big Bad of the fourth season), play this trope straight with their color schemes when they appear in full form (Tso Lan also mixes this with Purple Is the New Black).
  • The main colors of the generally antagonistic Fire Nation in Avatar: The Last Airbender are red and black.
    • This color scheme continues to apply to all Fire Nation people, regardless of alignment, in The Legend of Korra, but is picked up by the Equalists (who ditch the Fire Nation's gold highlights for touches of industrial gray and stark white). It's subverted when it's used to make Asami Sato seem more insidious than she actually is.
    • Vaatu, the Dark Spirit, who is the Big Bad of Book 2 and the Greater-Scope Villain of the franchise as a whole, has a variation on this, having a bright orange eye amidst a sea of various shades of dark reds. It's, in fact, a neat inversion of the color scheme of Raava, the Light Spirit. Much like the Tso Lan example above, Vaatu also mixes this with Purple Is the New Black when he attacks and gets released from his prison.
    • The only major antagonist to dress like this in Book 3 is P'Li, the Red Lotus's firebending human cannon. However, in the finale, the Red Lotus mooks wear black and red clothes, which come in two forms: an externally black cloak with red inside (worn by the metalbender that poisoned Korra with mercury), and an Arabic-looking black tunic with a red turban (worn by the guards keeping an eye on the captive airbenders).
  • The Cyclonian empire in Storm Hawks is associated with these colours.
  • Zelda's evil doppelganger in The Legend of Zelda looked identical to her, save for her top being black with a red vest instead of purple with a white vest.
  • Kabuto, the villain of Tokyo Mater, is a mean Japanese racecar who sports mainly black and red paint. His paint gets stripped off his body after losing to Mater at the end of the short, but for some reason reobtains it in Cars 2.
  • In Teen Titans, Trigon the Terrible is the evilest villain on the show and is a gigantic red demon with black stripes on his arms, legs, and torso. Season 3's Big Bad, Brother Blood, normally wears white and gold robes, but the fighting outfit he wears underneath is red and black (with some silver) as is his whole body after he's upgraded himself with cybernetics. And Slade, the Big Bad of the series as a whole, has an iconic red and black mask, as well as an army of black robotic footsoldiers with a red mark at the center of their faces. Red X also has a red and black costume, but is Robin going undercover in his first appearance, and someone who stole the suit and identity in subsequent appearances.
  • XANA's primary colors in Code Lyoko are red and black.
  • The Son from Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the embodiment of the Dark Side of the Force, and has grey skin, with red paintings on his face, black sclera with red pupils, and his armor is predominantly red and black.
  • The Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels is Darth Vader's enforcer in charge of hunting down Jedi fugitives, and is an Expy/Suspiciously Similar Substitute of the Son, with grey skin, red Facial Markings, black armor and a double-bladed red lightsaber.
  • Xiaolin Showdown:
  • ReBoot: Chaotic Evil villain Hexadecimal wears red and black.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • King Sombra has this for his color scheme in corporeal form.
    • And Trixie in "Magic Duel" before The Reveal.
    • And, of course, Lord Tirek, in "Twilight's Kingdom" has this as his natural coloration. They weren't going for subtle here.
  • The mysterious figure seeking "revenge" on Mike Chilton in Motorcity. He's given the nickname "Red."
  • Transformers:
  • In The Flight of Dragons, Bryagh (who is The Dragon as well as a literal dragon) is mostly black and red with grey streaks and is extremely bloodthirsty and sadistic. His boss, Ommadon the Red Wizard dresses mostly in various shades of red with no black, but his One-Winged Angel form is a hydra-like beast which shares Bryagh's coloration.
  • Ben 10:
    • Ben and the Galvans' preferred colors are black, white, and green, so a lot of villains are colored black and red to oppose this as red is the inverse of green on the color wheel, with Vilgax and Hex being prime examples. Other antagonists such as Charmcaster, Zs'Skayr, and Eon instead opt for purple due to it being another secondary color.
    • Albedo's Galvan form has red eyes and black and red clothing. In his first appearance, Ben damages his imitation Omnitrix, causing Albedo's Ben transformation to take on his true form's colors and develop white hair, while all of his other transformations have red eyes. His Ultimatrix is similarly red when he's using it, compared to green when Ben's using it.
    • Ship, a Galvan Mechamorph, is ordinarily black and green but turns red when he's controlled by the Forever Knights in an episode of Alien Force.
    • In Omniverse, Malware, another Mechamorph, starts off half-finished and colored black and yellow, then when he gets upgraded, he turns black and red. Dr. Psychobos' Nemetrix, created to counter each of Ben's aliens, is also black and red. Maltruant, the show's ultimate villain, is gunmetal gray and red.
    • In the reboot, Kevin, being a Composite Character of his original self and Albedo, possesses another counterpart to the Omnitrix known as the Antitrix, which is black and red-orange with similar red-eyed transformations.
  • Lord Hater and his mooks from Wander over Yonder are adorned in these colors as well as a bit of yellow.
  • The Duke from Gawayn wears an exclusively red and black outfit.
  • Aku from Samurai Jack is mostly colored like this, with a touch of dragonscale green for his mouth, and is quite literally evil all over. In fact, the more of this colorization a character shares the more evil they will be, and having all of these colors likely means they're the big guy himself in disguise.
  • Averted in Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. The titular hero's ninja outfit is completely black with dark red streaks (complete with red scarf), yet he's firmly on the side of good.
  • Averted with the heroine of Miraculous Ladybug, whose outfit is red with black spots because she's modeled after the ladybug, bringer of good luck. Played straight with her Evil Knockoff Antibug, though, with an inverted color scheme.
  • Doc Terror, the Big Bad of Centurions, is a Mad Scientist whose cyborg half is entirely red, while his human half wears a red outfit with black highlights.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • HIM wears a red lady's jacket and skirt, has red skin and lobster-like claws, wears a black belt and thigh-high boots, has a black beard and hair, and has black lipstick on his lips.
    • Brick of the Rowdyruff Boys wears a red shirt, red cap and black pants and shoes.
    • Sedusa has black hair with red-maroon highlights. Her outfit consists of dark red long gloves-mittens and thigh-high boots, leotard, red fishnet stockings, and black pantyhose which she wears under the fishnets.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: This appears to be the high-ranking Horde uniform, in contrast to the red and white worn by cadets (and which Adora keeps after she defects) or the plain reddish-purple of officers like Scorpia. Hordak wears a black tabard/dress thing with the red Horde bat-wing symbol, offset with a giant reddish-purple cape, plus has red eyes and fangs. Shadow Weaver dresses entirely in reddish-purple, wreathed in shadow and with long black hair. Catra, in late season 3, goes for her usual reddish outfit but with a black leather jacket or black void corruption, and shifts in season 4 to combine reddish-purple with a small black jacket with one long sleeve. Averted with Horde Prime, though, who combines a stark white Ascetic Aesthetic with green accents, including his own eyes and fangs.
  • Avengers, Assemble! has Iron Skull, Red Skull in a black Iron Man armour with red detailing lines, as well as his eponymous red head.
  • Cad Lackey of Underdog sports a red shirt, plus black pants and shoes.

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