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"I have seen the night torn into thin darkling strips and woven into shapes too bleak for dreams."
― Crovax (Strands of Night, Magic: The Gathering)
"The shadows betray you, because they already belong to me!"
― Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)
"It shall begin soon... Darkness will pour forth from the doors of hell... a darkness to swallow all the world's light."
― Mard Geer Tartaros (Fairy Tail)
"What's the matter!? Afraid of the dark!?"
― Raven (Teen Titans)
"Darkness is a friend, an ally. Darkness allows us to understand others, to see what they value when they believe no one else is looking. It allows us to be honest with ourselves, to express those values that we would disavow in the light. The light blinds us. It is only in the dark that we see clearly, and there is a great dark hidden among these worlds"
― Darth Revan (Star Wars)
"But once again you have it all wrong, Eraqus. Darkness is a beginning, you see, not an end. At birth, every one of us emerges from darkness into a world of light, do we not?"
― Master Xehanort (Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep)

The power to manipulate darkness/shadows. Opposite to Light Manipulation.

Also Called

  • Blackness Control/Manipulation
  • Darkness/Shadow Element Control
  • Darkness Control
  • Erebokinesis
  • Obtenebration
  • Shadow Bending/Control/Manipulation
  • Shadow Matter
  • Umbrakinesis

Capabilities

User can create, shape and manipulate darkness and shadows. By itself, darkness is mostly used to cloud everything into total darkness, but by accessing a dimension of dark energy it can be channeled to a variety of effects, both as an absence of light and a solid substance: one can also control and manipulate the beings that exist there, create and dispel shields and areas of total darkness, create constructs and weapons, teleport one's self through massive distances via shadows, etc.

Applications

Techniques

Variations

Associations

Limitations

  • Distance, mass, precision, etc. depend upon of the knowledge, skill, and strength of the user, and their power's natural limits.
  • Light Manipulation and Light Generation are especially effective against this power.
    • As shadow is a dark area produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface, light may strengthen shadow magic or may even be a requirement in some universes.
  • Umbrakinetic Immunity.
  • May be unable to create darkness/shadow, being limited to manipulating only from already existing sources.
  • May have to be in sync with darkness, whether their own or the source of their power.
  • May become affected/corrupted through extended exposure.

Known Users

See Also: Casting a Shadow.

Darkness

Comics

Literature

  • Ungoliant (The Silmarillion)
  • Solomon Wreath (Skulduggery Pleasant)
  • Lord Vile (Skulduggery Pleasant)
  • Thantos (Twitches)
  • The Darkling/Aleksander Morozova (The Grisha Triology)
  • Moonchild (Wild Cards)
  • Brian Laborn/Grue (Worm)

Manga/Anime

  • Yami Sukehiro (Black Clover)
  • Rood Chrishi (Black Haze)
  • The Dark (Cardcaptor Sakura)
  • Koichi Kimura (Digimon Frontier); via Spirits of Darkness
  • Brain/Zero (Fairy Tail)
  • Jellal Fernandes (Fairy Tail)
  • Jose Porla (Fairy Tail)
  • Simon (Fairy Tail)
  • Macbeth (Fairy Tail)
  • Freed Justine (Fairy Tail)
  • Mirajane Strauss (Fairy Tail); via Satan Soul
  • Anubis/Cale (Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers/Ronin Warriors)
  • Ajimu Najimi (Medaka Box); via Dark Elbow (Magic Skill)
  • Marshall D. Teach/Blackbeard (One Piece); via the Yami Yami no Mi
  • Beatrice (Re: Zero)
  • Abzu (Saint Seiya Omega)
  • Pisces Amor (Saint Seiya Omega)
  • Pegasus Kouga (Saint Seiya Omega)
  • Mars (Saint Seiya Omega)
  • Hornet Sonia (Saint Seiya Omega)
  • Izraf (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Demon Clan (The Seven Deadly Sins)

Folklore/Mythology

  • Satan/Lucifer (Christianity)

Video Games

  • Mr. Scratch (Alan Wake)
  • The Shadow (Amnesia: Dark Descent)
  • Ragna the Bloodedge (BlazBlue)
  • Oryx (Destiny)
  • Duskmon (Digimon)
  • JagerLoweemon (Digimon)
  • Loweemon (Digimon)
  • Velgemon (Digimon)
  • Nero the Sable (Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII)
  • Maxwell (Don't Starve); via Codex Umbra
  • Lu/Ciel (Elsword)
  • Cloud of Darkness (Final Fantasy III/Dissidia)
  • Henry (Fire Emblem Awakening)
  • Ansem, Seeker of Darkness (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Riku (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Terra (Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep)
  • Vanitas (Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep)
  • Master Xehanort (Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep)
  • Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Sho Minazuki (Persona 4 Arena Ultimax)
  • Malefor (Skylanders)
  • The Darkness (Skylanders)
  • Dark Skylanders (Skylanders)
  • Dark Gaia (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Mephiles the Dark (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Rumia (Touhou Project)
  • Dark Mystic (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Polar Night (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Aimi Yoshida (X-Men: Destiny); depending on player's choice of actions
  • Grant Alexander (X-Men: Destiny); depending on player's choice of actions
  • Adrian Luca (X-Men: Destiny); depending on player's choice of actions

Cartoons

  • Count Spankulot (Codename: Kids Next Door)
  • Users of the Spell of Absolute Darkness (Kaijudo: Rise/Clash of the Duel Masters)
  • Vaatu (The Legend of Korra)
  • Black Velvet (Loonatics Unleashed)
  • Nightingale (Static Shock)
  • Darcy (Winx Club)

Web Animation

  • Kage (TF2 Freak)
  • Dr. Robograden (TF2 Freak)

Shadow

Comics

  • Analay (Avatar: The Last Airbender - New Recruits)
  • Trigon (DC Comics)
  • Raven (DC Comics); New 52
  • Obsidian (DC Comics)
  • Shadow Walker (DC Comics)
  • Mandarin (Marvel Comics)
  • Knull (Marvel Comics)
  • Reflejo (Tower of God)

Movies

  • Jadoo (Krrish series)
  • Dr. Facilier (The Princess and the Frog)

Literature

  • Mrs. O'Leary (Percy Jackson and The Olympians)
  • Nico di Angelo (Percy Jackson and The Olympians)
  • Hades (Percy Jackson and The Olympians)
  • Necromancers (Skulduggery Pleasant)
  • Shadowbinders (A Song of Ice and Fire)

Live Television

  • Woogyman (Charmed)
  • Vashta Nerada (Doctor Who)
  • The Shadow Master (Round the Twist)

Manga/Anime

  • The Shadow (Cardcaptor Sakura)
  • Nagi Arisuin (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)
  • Rui Hachiouji (Code:Breaker)
  • Saechika Hachiouji (Code:Breaker)
  • Kurumi Tokisaki (Date a Live)
  • Sir Isaac Ray Pelham Westcott (Date A Live)
  • Rogue Cheney (Fairy Tail)
  • Kageyama (Fairy Tail)
  • Shade (Fairy Tail)
  • Father (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Pride (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Yuzuki Mikage (Hell Girl: Three Vessels)
  • Connla (Highschool DxD)
  • Junk (Junk the Black Shadow)
  • Ajimu Najimi (Medaka Box); Via Shadow Step
  • Nara Clan (Naruto)
  • Gekko Moriah (One Piece) via the Kage Kage no Mi
  • Beatrice (Re: Zero)
  • Betelguese Romanee-Conti (Re: Zero)
  • Natsuki Subaru (Re: Zero)
  • Makora (Samurai Deeper Kyo)

Video Games

  • Dawn (Contrast)
  • Anna Schwagerin (Dies Irae)
  • Zato-1 (Guilty Gear); Via Forbidden Beast, Eddie
  • Zed (League of Legends)
  • Zor (Sonic The Hedgehog)
  • Shadow (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Shadow Magician (Valkyrie Crusade)

Cartoons

  • Farabu the Caretaker (Aladdin: The Animated Series)
  • Mirage (Aladdin: The Animated Series)
  • The Makuta species (Bionicle)
  • Shadow Matoran (Bionicle)
  • Takanuva (Bionicle); temporarily
  • Fang (BoboiBoy)
  • Luci (Disenchantment)
  • Magica De Spell (Ducktales Reboot)
  • Lord Garmadon (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Shade (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • The Miller sisters (Moonbeam City)
    • Pizzaz Miller
  • King Sombra (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Stygian/Pony of Shadows (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Ebon (Static Shock)
  • The Beast ("Over the Garden Wall")

Both

Cartoons

  • Toa of Shadow (Bionicle)
  • Bill Cipher (Gravity Falls)
  • The Overlord (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Unicron (Transformers)
  • Lord Darkar (Winx Club)
  • Black Velvet (Loonatics Unleashed)

Comics

Movies

  • Pitch Black/The Boogeyman (Rise of the Guardians)
  • The Rider/The Dark (The Seeker)

Folklore/Mythology

  • Erebus (Greek Mythology)
  • Nyx/Nox (Greco-Roman Mythology)
  • Hades/Pluto (Greco-Roman Mythology)

Literature

  • Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses series)
  • Grace McKnight (The Eidolon Saga)
  • Children of Hades (Percy Jackson and The Olympians/Heroes of Olympus)
    • Bianca di Angelo
    • Nico di Angelo
  • Nightwielder (The Reckoners)
  • Necromancers (Skulduggery Pleasant)
    • Valkyrie Cain
    • Lord Vile/Skulduggery Pleasant
    • Solomon Wreath
  • Shaidar Haran (The Wheel of Time)
  • Cynthia Andrews (The Young Guardians)

Live Television

  • Phoebe Frady (Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters)
  • Some Chromatics (Mutant X)

Manga/Anime

  • Darkus Bakugan (Bakugan)
  • Ai Enma (Hell Girl)
  • Alucard (Hellsing)
  • Ajimu Najimi (Medaka Box); Via Dark Elbow And Shadow Step
  • Fumikage Tokoyami (My Hero Academia)
  • Zaruchim and Raushin Mo (Zatch Bell!)

Video Games

  • Aragami (Aragami)
  • Emily Kaldwin (Dishonored 2); via Shadow Walk, Doppelgänger and Far Reach
  • Wilfre (Drawn to Life)
  • Arlon the Serene (Kid Icarus Uprising)
  • Hades (Kid Icarus Uprising)
  • Medusa (Kid Icarus Uprising)
  • Pandora (Kid Icarus Uprising)
  • Zed (League of Legends)
  • Mr. Dark (Rayman)
  • Nox (Smite)
  • Noob Saibot (Mortal Kombat)
  • Most Dark-type Pokémon (Pokémon)
  • Pandora (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Aisha (Elsword)

Known Objects

  • Darkinator (Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • The Kanohi Kraahkan (Bionicle); the Great Mask of Shadows
  • Beelzebub (Date A Live)
  • Night Reflection (Highschool DxD)
  • Kage Kage no Mi (One Piece)
  • Yami Yami no Mi (One Piece)

Gallery

Comics

Literature

Manga/Anime

Television

Video Games

Cartoons

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