Shade, A.K.A. Richard Straid, is Gemma's older brother (See "Gemma"). He's the leader of the Seablite Gang, who has been wanted for stealing from government ships. After escaping from Seablite five years before they couldn’t live topside because of a “lack of social skills” according to Shade himself. However, it is only said that he is Gemma's brother towards the end of Darklife.

   Shade has a Dark Gift, something that allows him to change the color of his skin whenever he feels he needs or wants to. He is one of the few people subsea who have the special gift. According to the books the entire Seablite Gang has been in the Seablite Reformatory. They all have Dark Gift’s as well.

   Shade is very muscular, with tattoos marked along his shoulders and neck. Although, his tattoos are a sign. If they start moving, it would mean that he's about to change his skin color. Although, many people believe that he's just a regular albino. He got his name from the dark lenses he wears over his eyes.