the devil is not so black as he is painted

The devil is not so black as he is painted (Prov. No one is as bad as people say he is. {Implies that people are saying too many bad things about someone.}) — Не так страшен черт, как его малюют

(as) black as one is painted (as evil as described) {Usually negative}

not as black as one is painted (if people or situations are not as black as they are painted, they are not as bad as people say they are)

I've met him a few times. He's not as black as he's painted. (CID)

I can't believe that actress is as coldhearted as the gossip columns say she is. The devil is not so black as he is painted. (McGraw-Hill Dict)

Young people are rarely black as they are painted in the media.

The landlord is not as black as he is painted. He seems quite generous to me. (McGraw-Hill Dict)