- "The shadows have drawn me once more to my criminal ways."
- ―Shade in LEGO DC Super-Villains
Richard Swift is a young English gentleman who lost his memories following a tragic incident. As a group of swindlers take him in to recover, their attempt to reveal themselves and rob him results in his shadow-manipulating powers reflexively being unleashed and killing them. After wiping out the last of their kin decades later, Swift began travelling the world as the criminal known as The Shade, with his powers also granting him immortality.
- Shade's appearance resembles his portrayal in the DCAU.