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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 Rivan (Star Wars)

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

Essential

  • 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.

Optional

  • 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

  • Darklight (DC Comics)
  • Richard Swift/The Shade (DC Comics)
  • Cloak (Marvel Comics)
  • Gorr the God Butcher (Marvel Comics)
  • Jordan Lewis (Marvel Comics)
  • Dark Neo the Hedgehog (The Inseparable Friends)
  • Fay (Lettix Club)
  • Sophia (Lettix Club)
  • Elina (Lettix Club)
  • Maya (Lettix Club)
  • Mara (Lettix Club)

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

  • 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)
  • Izraf (Nanatsu no Taizai)
  • Demon Clan (Nanatsu no Taizai)
  • Ajimu Najimi (Medaka Box); Via Dark Elbow (Magic Skill)
  • Marshall D. Teach/Blackbeard (One Piece); via the Yami Yami no Mi
  • Abzu (Saint Seiya Omega)
  • Pisces Amor (Saint Seiya Omega)
  • Pegasus Kouga (Saint Seiya Omega)
  • Mars (Saint Seiya Omega)
  • Hornet Sonia (Saint Seiya Omega)
  • Rood Chrishi (Black Haze)
  • Beatrice (Re: Zero)
  • Alucard (Hellsing)
  • Yami Sukehiro (Black Clover)

Folklore/Mythology

  • Satan/Lucifer (Christianity)

Video Games

  • Mr. Scratch (Alan Wake)
  • The Shadow (Amnesia: Dark Descent)
  • Malefor (Skylanders)
  • The Darkness (Skylanders)
  • Dark Skylanders (Skylanders)
  • Ragna the Bloodedge (BlazBlue)
  • Oryx (Destiny)
  • Duskmon (Digimon)
  • JagerLoweemon (Digimon)
  • Loweemon (Digimon)
  • Velgemon (Digimon)
  • Nero the Sable (Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII)
  • 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 (Legend of Zelda)
  • Sho Minazuki (Persona 4 Arena Ultimax)
  • Dark Gaia (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Mephiles the Dark (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Rumia (Touhou Project)
  • Dark Mystic (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Polar Night (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Maxwell (Don't Starve); via Codex Umbra
  • 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

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

Web Animation

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

Shadow

Comics/Webcomics

  • Analay (Avatar Comic - New Recruits)
  • Trigon (DC Comics)
  • Raven (DC Comics); New 52
  • Obsidian (DC Comics)
  • Shadow Walker (DC Comics)
  • Mandarin (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)

Manga/Anime

  • The Shadow (Cardcaptor Sakura)
  • Rui Hachiouji (Code: Breaker)
  • Saechika Hachiouji (Code: Breaker)
  • Kurumi Tokisaki (Date a Live)
  • Rogue Cheney (Fairy Tail)
  • Kageyama (Fairy Tail)
  • Shade (Fairy Tail)
  • Father (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
  • Pride (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
  • Ajimu Najimi (Medaka Box); Via Shadow Step
  • Nara Clan (Naruto)
  • Gekko Moriah (One Piece) via the Kage Kage no Mi
  • Yuzuki Mikage (Jigoku Shoujo: Mitsuganae)
  • Nagi Arisuin (Rakudai Kishi No Eiyuutan)
  • Makora (Samurai Deeper Kyo)
  • Sir Isaac Ray Pelham Westcott (Date A Live)
  • Beatrice (Re: Zero)
  • Betelguese Romanee-Conti (Re: Zero)
  • Natsuki Subaru (Re: Zero)
  • Tokoyami (My Hero Academia)
  • Junk (Junk the Black Shadow)

Video Games

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

Cartoons

  • Farabu the Caretaker (Aladdin: The Animated Series)
  • Mirage (Aladdin: The Animated Series)
  • The Makuta species (Bionicle)
  • Shadow Matoran (Bionicle)
  • Takanuva (temporarily) (Bionicle)
  • Fang (BoboiBoy)
  • 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)

Both

Cartoons

  • Bill Cipher (Gravity Falls)
  • Toa of Shadow (BIONICLE)
  • The Overlord (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Unicron (Transformers)
  • Lord Darkar (Winx Club)

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

  • 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)
  • Grace McKnight (The Eidolon Saga)

Live Television

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

Manga/Anime

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

Video Games

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

Known Objects

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

Gallery

Comics

Literature

Manga/Anime

Television

Video Games

Cartoons

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