"You can't control The Darkness. You cower in fuckin fear of it, an' you pray it goes away!." - Johnny Powell
Powers & Abilities Edit
The Darkness is a being of pure dark. He has various powers, such as God-like strength, creating black holes, creating guns out of darkness, and even move like shadow to hunt down his enemies. He also has the ability to create a giant demon arm to impale enemies, move objects and take out light sources to refuel Jackie's energy.
His main weapons are two serpent heads , which can devour the hearts of enemies killed to regain some health and Dark Essence. Using The Darkness drains the host's energy and the only way to replenish his energy is to stand in shadow. In The Darkness II, he gains a few new tricks, such as spitting out green fumes that eat away at enemy's flesh, or infusing his guns with Dark Essence, causing the guns to never run out of ammo and do more damage to enemies.
In the beginning, there was The Darkness. Then God let the light in and The Universe was created. It began as planets and suns, then Humans began to form. The Darkness was enraged and began inhabiting one Human host after another all through the ages, each host thinking that they were The Darkness's master. At some point during World War I, The Darkness possessed Anthony Estacado and has been passed through the Estacado bloodline ever since.
The Darkness is a purely malevolent bio-organism of some kind and is clearly a sociapathic creature which only gets pleasure from Jackie's negative emotions, killing any non innocent human being, and the sexual appeal of some human females; As observed by one of its quotes in a rather perverted fashion.
The way The Darkness likes to kill its "Enemies" and how it does it is what gives the games (and the character) so much controversy. For better or for worse for the series, the Darkness prefers methods of Mutilation, Dissection, Vivisection, Constriction, Strangling, Impalement and more to further Jackie's goals and for its own personal enjoyment.
Despite all of this however, he does have some form of empathy towards Jackie. As proven when you die in the games, he "Revives" you several times. How many is up to the player but story wise in The Darkness, Jackie dies three times.
- Once in the orphanage after Jenny's death at the hands of Paulie Franchetti....
- Twice in the Trinity church, after a bomb exploded and killed Captain Eddie Shrote and his lackies.
- After the death of Paulie Franchetti.
- The Darkness can only have a male host, while its opposite, The Angelus, requires a female host.
- The Darkness is voiced by Mike Patton.
- In the comics, the host of The Darkness dies when he concieves a child, passing The Darkness to his next host. In the video game series, Jackie's father is shown to have been alive over five years after Jackie was born. Why and how this is, is unknown.
- The voice of the Darkness in The Darkness 2, was made out to be more aggressive, assertive and sociapathic, with more than three times the "Shouting" than in The Darkness.
- The Darkness is shown to have a potent degree of Creator-like authority over Hell.
- The Darkness has small demons called Darklings which The Darkness has power over.
- The two serpent heads that protrude from Jackie's shoulders bear striking resemblances to the Viper Fish, or "Dragon Fish".
- This deep sea creature has bioluminescent organs called photophores, similar to what The Darkness uses to change the colour of its neck while possessing Jackie. These are called "Colour Filters"
- In the wild, they have an average lifespan of around 35 years in almost complete darkness, but in captivity, they can just barely survive for 1 hour!
The Darkness and the Darkness 2 QuotesEdit
The voice of the Darkness is easily one of the character's most defining qualities. Many players thoroughly enjoy the actor's ability to fluctuate between a high-pitched, nasally voice to a low, bestial rage. In the Darkness 2, it's animosity and sociapathy is escalated to inhuman proportions in some sections of the sequel (These are noted in bold text). Some of the Darkness' most memorable quotes from both games, follow.
"Black is the face of my souuull..."
"She reeks of innocence..."
"Stay in the shadows, Jackie!"
"Ignore them. They hate you, Jackie... They always lie."
"Succumb to Darkness."
"You need me, Jackie" (slowly)
"Remembering something, Jackie?" (at the orphanage)
"Too late, Jackie... Love dies..."
"Aww...what did they do to Jenny? (cackles)"
"She was a burden; THIS IS FREEDOM!"
"NOO... CAN-not...m-MUST NOT!" (as Jackie prepares to shoot himself after Jenny's death)
"I have fixed your broken head-ball... You have passed my test. No more dreaming."
"We. shall. face. e-TER-ni-TY to-GE-ther."
"We do not die."
"They burn, Jackie...all the little ones... Such...delicate torture of the body and soul!" (as the orphanage burns)
"One of the Four"
"They came from the blackest of existance, can you feel them Jackie?
"Human misery...suFFERing...disease of the mind and heart festers here. It's a good place to die."
"Hell is other people."
"I'll destoy you. I'LL PUT YOUR TEETH TO THE GRINDSTONE, I'LL TEAR YOU MIND, I'LL BOIL YOUR EYES.
"God has abandoned you."
"The sun grows ever darker" (Regarding the Eclipse)
"She's mine, Jackie...(chuckles)... Jenny is mine, now."
"DO NOT INTERFEEEERE!!!!!!!! ONLY THE DARKNESS WILL PREVAIL!!!!!......You'll be alone forever Jackie......"
"Ordinary, dull, pointless, MAGGOTS!"
"Torture and kill; TORTURE AND KILL!!!"
"JACKIE. THIS IS NOT A PLACE YOU CAN BEND TO YOUR WILL!!!!!!
"Defience means nothing"
"YOU INSULTED MY LEGACY. NOW I'LL TEACH YOU A LESSON!!!!!!!!!!!"
"This is NOT YOUR LIFE ANYMORE!!!!!!, surrender to the Darkness......"
"I have fixed your broken head ball. You have passed my test. NO MORE DREAMING."
"The flame of life shall be put in shadow"
"Why this place? Filthy church..."
"I am yours to control....for now.......but Jackie.......WITH EACH LIFE YOU TAKE, I GROW CLOSER TO OWNING YOUR SOUL!"
"Kill him, and lose your soul to me!"
"Bury your soul"
"She's dead... Jenny, JennyJennyJenny...(cackles)
"Protect ussss!" (pitifully)
"All men are cattle"
"You have done well, Jackie. I was always on your side, this was just a test. You should never have been here"
"NO! Half truths and lies! I'll pro-TECT YOu JaCKIE!"
"Your gift, your heritage, your burden"
"Jackie, go back, or be lost forever. Worse than HELL"
"Go no further, Jackie"
" Finish Him!" (A direct reference to the character "Scorpion" from Mortal Kombat)
"This is a mistaaaaake"
" At last, I FEEEEEEEEEEEED!!!!!!!!!" (After the darkness is able to grasp some control over Jackie in the Darkness 2 prologue.)
"Kill it! Maim it! Wrend its WINGS!" (to Jackie regarding the Angelus; unused clip)
"Take the Syphon! It will MAKE US COMPLEEETE!!!!!" (To Jackie regarding the syphon of the darkness)
" Her soul is MINE!! You will do MY BIDDING!!!!"
" GIVE IT TO MEEEEEE!!!!!!!" (Referring to the syphon)
" Take your REVENGE!!!!!!!"
" 'mmmmm yeeeeesss" (Said in a perverted tone in the strip club in The Darkness 2)
" You MUST have YOUR REVenge!"
" Jackie, SHE BUUUUURNS"
"TAKE THE SYPHON. GIVE ME IT'S POWEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
" NOOOOOO. YOU DARE DEFY MEEEEE????!!!!!
" YOU ARE OF NO CONSEQUENCE!!!!!"
"YOU ARE NOT WELCOME!!!!"
" IT WILL NOT BE SET FREE" (Referencing the Angelus)
" YOU DOOM YOURSELF" (A reference to the fact that once Jackie frees Jenny, the Angelus would possess her and seal Jackie in the Underworld AKA Hell)
"ACCEPT THAT YOU ARE NOTHING!!!!!!"
" GUILT CONSUMES YOU, SHE WILL NEVER LEAVE HERE."
"YOU KNOW NOT WHAT YOU DOOOO!!!!!!"
" YOU WILL NOT HAVE MY POWER!!!!"