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 many things for many years. However, it is only said that he is Gemma's brother towards the end of the book.
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.
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.