The Darkness is the ultimate force behind all evil in the Skylanders series. It is depicted as a large mass of dark, onimous storm clouds.
Despite being an evil force, The Darkness and its sinister magic can be controlled. Spyro is the only known Skylander so far to use The Darkness and combine its power with his own to become Dark Spyro, eventually being able to control his power and using the dark magic to fight evil, but always runs the risk of being consumed by the darkness.
The Darkness isn't effective on its own. It must channel itself through the weak, and in some cases, the idiotic.
No one knows what The Darkness is or where it came from. Some believe that the benevolent Ancients once took their magical experiments too far and were responsible for letting The Darkness into Skylands. It played a role in wiping out Voodood's entire tribe when they marched to battle the evil force, but Voodood was the only survivor. When The Darkness attempted to corrupt the Core of Light, its influence nearly consumed Spyro, and it was Master Eon's timely spells that saved the young dragon from a horrible fate.
The Darkness also destroyed Boom Jet's hometown, but not before the Air Skylander managed to save all of the inhabitants. It was also one of the storms the storm chicken, Free Ranger, encountered. He was about to boldly leap into The Darkness (as he does with other storms to spin inside them or ride lightning), but was stopped by Master Eon just in time.
Elves who chose to be evil and embraced the effects of The Darkness are called Drow, but they retained their love for nature.
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
For generations, the Core of Light repelled The Darkness until Kaos returned from his exile and destroyed the Core, allowing him to use The Darkness for his own gain to take over and rule Skylands as its emperor. After the Core of Light was restored, The Darkness was repelled once more.
In the 3DS version of Spyro's Adventure, The Darkness came to the Radiant Isles and brought in Hektore, who then proceeded to capture the Mystic Seekers and forced them to create the Dark Mirror that will later shroud the Radiant Isles from the rest of Skylands. After Hektore was destroyed, The Darkness was driven away.
- The Darkness bears similarities with the Maelstrom of the now retired MMO LEGO Universe.