Darkness is primordial, darkness is perpetual. Darkness is powerful.
Anime has several characters who are able to successfully wield this power of darkness. Some characters utilize dark energy from another dimension, while others use the darkness within themselves.
From manifesting dark dragons and hellfire, to creating mini black holes that delete enemies and light, here are the top 15 strongest dark users in anime of all time!
15Zaruchimo and Raushin – Zatch Bell!
Zaruchim is a demon creature called mamodo, and Raushin Mo is a thief who partners up with him. Both of them collectively form strong antagonists, especially in the third arc of the anime and manga, Zatch Bell!
They are practitioners of Dark Magic, and use a number of dark spells to manipulate darkness and shadow energy.
The Dark Harpoon Spell turns darkness into sharp arrows to attack an opponent, while the Jiborou Shidon spell summons a huge creature of darkness that has with blades for arms.
14Dark Magician – Yu-Gi-Oh!
The Dark Magician is card as well as the character manifestation of the card in the series Yu-Gi-Oh. The Dark Magician is a Dark Spellcaster type card and is the Ace or signature card used by the protagonists Yugi Muto and Yami Yugi.
The Dark Magician is the ultimate wizard in terms of attack as well as defense.
If you control the Dark Magician, you can control spell cards like Dark Burning Magic, that destroys all of your opponent’s cards, and Dark Magic Attack which attacks opponents with beams of inverted light, i.e., darkness. It takes away all their spells or traps.
13Ai Enma – Hell Girl
Jigoku Shoujo or Hell Girl is the protagonist of the dark supernatural fantasy series, Jigoku Shojo: Girl from Hell. This girl is as dark as darkness manipulators go – taking people to hell is literally her daily business.
She creates illusions for the sole purpose of instilling fear in her targets, before she sucks their lives away and escorts them to hell.
Jigoku Shoujo can also generate dark energy in the form of physical blasts of power, fueled by pain, rage, and hatred. She can create and manipulate fire, teleport and disappear easily, and also see into the past of any human.
12Alessi – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
One of the villains and Stand users from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Alessi is a mercenary whose Stand, Sethan, is bound to his shadow.
Sethan, supposedly named after the Set, the Egyptian god of storms and violence, can turn back the age of his opponents.
Anyone who touches Alessi’s shadow – or is touched by it – instantly gets reversed into a thumb-sucking child, or even in one case, a fetus.
It’s not just a physical reversal of age, but a mental one too. Also, he can make the opponent’s Stand abilities vanish, if he reverses their age back to before they had acquired it.
11Ren Ashbell – Bladedance of Elementalers
Ren Ashdoll, also known as the Darkness Elemental Lord, is actually just an alias borrowed by the protagonist Kamito Kazehaya.
Ren creates and contracts the spirit Restia Ashdoll, who is part of the Otherworldy Darkness, and using her, becomes a Dark type Blade Dancer.
She can issue black flames that eat up her enemies alive and can also blast dark energy that can consume them whole.
She is capable of generating black thunder called the Hell Blast, which is the most powerful form of dark spirit magic. She can destroy not just humans, but also souls. Ren, using Restia, can become a dark storm herself, using her black wings to incinerate demons.
10Ichibē Hyōsube – Bleach
Ichibe is a Shinigami or a soul, who is the leader of the Zero Division of the Royal Guard. After acquiring an immeasurable quantity of ink from the Court of Pure Souls, or Seireitei, he gains total control of darkness.
Using his soul-cutter blade or Zanpakuto, the Ichimonji, he unleashes this ink. Whatever the ink touches, loses its power and identity.
What’s more, Ichimonji can steal the color black from anything alive or dead, which means he can control the color black across the entire universe.
He uses this power to take away any darkness in his opponent, including their blood and bones, in addition to their name.
9Pride – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Pride is the first homunculus or artificial human ever created. His true form is the incarnation of darkness and all that is evil – a shadow made of multiple eyes and mouths.
If there are shadows around him, he can create long thin appendages that act like extensions of his arms. These are invulnerable and can slice through almost anything.
Alternatively, he can also imbue himself into any existing shadow, allowing himself to see and hear everything.
Pride becomes stronger by eating just like any other living creature, except what Pride eats ranges from humans to homunculi.
What’s more, he can assimilate any skills and powers of those he consumes. What’s particularly creepy is that Pride manifests as a small innocent boy.
8Fumikage Tokoyami – My Hero Academia
Fumikage Tokoyami is one of the strongest students of Class 1-A of My Hero Academia. Fumikage’s Quirk or superhuman ability consists of manipulating the Dark Shadow, which essentially serves as his offence as well as defense during battle.
He can cause Dark Shadow to envelop him in a super move called Black Abyss. His strength is enhanced by darkness and Fumikage’s own rage, so much so that he can destroy even the mightiest enemies.
Dark Shadow can carry Fumikage and fly, trap and imprison targets, and shoot black claws at his enemies at an extremely swift speed.
7Rogue Cheney – Fairy Tail
Rogue Cheney is mage and dragon slayer from the series Fairy Tail. Rogue uses Shadow Dragon Slayer Magic to transform himself into the Shadow Dragon.
This gives him tremendous speed, sharp reflexes, and enhanced endurance. He can wrap himself around his target in his shadow form, and release a burst of shadows from his mouth, hands, and feet.
Using Shadow Drive, Rogue can unleash the full power of his Shadow Dragon abilities. What makes Rogue stand out is his ability to combine his Shadow Dragon Slayer Magic with his swordsmanship to amplify his skills and hit rate.
So, if his enemy isn’t slashed by his actual sword, it will definitely be hit by his even more impactful shadow sword.
6Patolli – Black Clover
Patolli, the antagonist-turned-good-guy from Black Clover is most known for his Light Magic. But after being engulfed by his negative emotions, he transforms into a Dark Elf.
In this form, Patolli’s magical abilities become even more enhanced, which means he can easily decimate all the humans living in the Clover Kingdom.
His speed is also increased – Patolli already has the advantage of his lightning speed due to his Light Magic, but in Dark Elf form he is something else.
This magic is called Demon Light Magic, and takes care of all the things his Light Magic couldn’t, like fighting magic and spells from the underworld. This black light is denser than usual light and doubly powerful.
5Blackbeard – One Piece
Blackbeard is the only character in One Piece to possess the power of two Devil Fruits – Yami Yami no Mi and the Gura Gura no Mi.
While the Gura Gura no Mi allows him to generate earthquakes, the Yami Yami no Mi gives him power of darkness. He can reduce anything to nothing.
He can basically turn into a black hole of smoke – sucking, absorbing, and trapping a target for an indefinite length of time.
In addition to this terrifying power of the void, Blackbeard can also take away powers that the Devil Fruit may have given his enemies. He can make it so that the person never had any ability at all. Blackbeard deems himself invincible – I, for one, sure wouldn’t want to disagree.
4The Dark – Cardcaptor Sakura
The Dark is one of the original Clow or magical cards in Cardcaptor Sakura. The Dark card – yup, you guessed it – grants the power of darkness. It is governed by Yue and the Moon, and uses the Eastern type of magic.
The Dark can speed up time to bring the night, and can also generate a kind of black hole using dark or shadow magic.
Since The Dark is sisters with The Light, they cannot be used, sealed, or transformed separately.
The Dark also is immune to any attack that is physical. Like other Clow Cards, The Dark can also foretell the future to those who use the card.
3Yami Sukehiro – Black Clover
Yami is the captain of a Magic Knights squad, so obviously he possesses great power. Yami is probably one the most famous Dark energy manipulators.
He uses darkness through his katana and with it, makes up – more than well, for the low speed of dark magic. He is a master magic swordsman, and with his katana he can channel his dark magic to the fullest.
Apart from using it with his weapon, Yami’s Dark Magic can also bind his enemies using huge shadowy tentacles. His Dark power allows him to nullify Light Magic, along with absorbing any light spells cast towards him. Dark Magic is the only magic that can block Devil magician Black Clover.
2Melodias – Seven Deadly Sins
Melodias, captain of the Seven Deadly Sins, former head of the Ten Commandments, and eldest son of the Demon King, presents as a cute, blonde-haired child. But he’s no kid; Melodias is easily over 3000 years old.
Melodias can issue black flames called Hellfire and uses it to engulf his sword to carry out attacks. He can also use his dark power to reattach limbs and to fly. He uses dark energy to hurl powerful balls of blackness at the pervious Demon King.
Yami, who’s on number 3 on my list, could take on Melodias in all his demon forms, including Assault Mode and Post Purgatory Form. But Melodias is way too powerful as Demon King.
Melodias absorbs all ten commandments, and due to his Original Power, becomes the new Demon King. He becomes so powerful that it is deemed unsafe for him to stay in the mortal world.
1Alucard – Hellsing
The strongest dark user in anime is the protagonist of Hellsing Ultimate, Alucard. He is an immortal vampire who can regenerate and manipulate blood and darkness.
After consuming Schrodinger’s blood, Alucard becomes omnipotent and much too powerful for reality itself.
Alucard already possesses extrasensory perception and superhuman strength, speed, endurance, and durability. He can walk through walls, absorb souls, perform hypnosis, and control the weather.
He is also capable of telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation. If you think the list of his abilities is unending, you’re right.
Since Alucard is a demon, and a vampire at that, it’s only natural that he should be able to control darkness.
He is composed of an otherworldly black substance that he can manipulate into any form. He is invulnerable to any attack when he takes on the form of his signature reddish black mist. All in all, a pretty terrifying dark user.