The Black Saints (also known as Ankoku Saints in the anime adaptation, ankoku being a Japanese word for darkness) were former Saints who were stripped from their title and Cloth for using their strength for personal gain, turning to a life of crime and violence.
Those renegade Saints used the Death Queen Island as a home base, and managed to produce copies of Athena's Cloths, but as they lacked the knowledge and the permission of the Goddess, those Black Cloths are somewhat inferior to the original Cloths, being easily shattered by a blow of a Bronze Saint.
Although theroetically there is a Black Saint counterpart for each one of the 88 constellations, Kurumada featured prominently only four in his manga, the dark equivalents of the protagonists: Black Pegasus (暗黒ペガサス Burakku Pegasasu?), Black Andromeda (暗黒アンドロメダ Burakku Andoromeda?), Black Dragon (暗黒ドラゴン Burakku Doragon?) and Black Swan (暗黒スワン Burakku Suwan?).
They were regarded as the most powerful among the Black Saints and were collectively known as The Black Four (暗黒四天王 Burakku Fō?). Their Cloths and techniques are counterparts to the ones from Pegasus Seiya, Dragon Shiryū, Andromeda Shun and Cygnus Hyōga. Although there is only one counterpart of each Cloth, in the manga the Black Dragon Saint has a blind brother that helps him to fight.
The four Black Saints were commanded by Jango until he was defeated and banished by Ikki in the manga (in the anime, Jango appeared at a far later point in the story). They were commanded by Ikki to attack the Bronze Saints and recover the hull of the Sagittarius Gold Cloth. However, they are defeated by their equivalents, and in the manga they are later killed by the Silver Saints, who were meant to kill the Bronze Saints, but mistook them due to an illusion created by Aries Mu.
Additionally, there are also several Black Phoenix Saints, who refer to themselves as Ikki's shadows, although in the anime one of them appears as the strongest one (Black Phoenix).
In the anime, after Ikki's departure from the island, Jango assumed the leadership of the Black Saints, until the Phoenix returned and killed him. After that, the Order of the Black Saints seems to be terminated.
- Black Pegasus
- Black Dragon
- Black Dragon's Brother
- Black Swan
- Black Andromeda
- The Black Phoenix
- Black Whale
Saint Seiya Online:
18th Century (Lost Canvas)
|Leaders||Jango • Phoenix Ikki|
|Black Four||Black Swan • Black Pegasus • Black Andromeda • Black Dragon|
|Others||Guilty • Esmeralda • Black Dragon's Brother • Black Phoenix Ritahoa|
|Locations||Death Queen Island|
|Geist Saints||Dolphin Saint • Sea Serpent Saint • Jellyfish Saint|
| Berserkers of Ares|
|Commanders||Phobos • Deimos • Enyo • Anteros|
|Battalions||Flame • Fire • Fear • Disaster|
(The Lost Canvas)
|Jamadhar Hema • Bhuj Kókalo • Unnamed flame berserkers|