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** Many sock firms try to get away with selling socks that are merely [[FatherTed very, very, very, very, very dark blue]].

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** Many sock firms try to get away with selling socks that are merely [[FatherTed [[Series/FatherTed very, very, very, very, very dark blue]].
25th Feb '16 6:58:36 PM kouta
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the color of a character's anima banner (combined with their castemark for celestials) will tell you both their Exalt type and caste.
26th Nov '15 7:36:19 PM nombretomado
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* Most of SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Scourge the Heretic'' is set on a world where only royalty wear red. An Inquisition operative raised on another world whose faith considered red a holy color and always wore it compromised by buying red underwear.

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* Most of SandyMitchell's Creator/SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Scourge the Heretic'' is set on a world where only royalty wear red. An Inquisition operative raised on another world whose faith considered red a holy color and always wore it compromised by buying red underwear.
24th May '15 5:00:05 PM nombretomado
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* Traditionally, the Vatican has had a strict dress code about people who met with the pope--among the rules was that women always had to wear black, except for female Catholic monarchs and the wives of male Catholic monarchs, who could wear white (a rule called ''privilège du blanc''). Following this code is no longer obligatory, though Cherie Blair (wife of former UK Prime Minister UsefulNotes/TonyBlair, noted for both being a Catholic and leftist with republican, anti-monarchy tendencies) caused some controversy when she chose to wear white (both as a possible violation of protocol--though she was Catholic, Tony wasn't yet--and a slap in the face to the [[TheHouseOfWindsor Queen]]--as Tony wasn't head of state but rather head of government).

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* Traditionally, the Vatican has had a strict dress code about people who met with the pope--among the rules was that women always had to wear black, except for female Catholic monarchs and the wives of male Catholic monarchs, who could wear white (a rule called ''privilège du blanc''). Following this code is no longer obligatory, though Cherie Blair (wife of former UK Prime Minister UsefulNotes/TonyBlair, noted for both being a Catholic and leftist with republican, anti-monarchy tendencies) caused some controversy when she chose to wear white (both as a possible violation of protocol--though she was Catholic, Tony wasn't yet--and a slap in the face to the [[TheHouseOfWindsor [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Queen]]--as Tony wasn't head of state but rather head of government).
18th May '15 5:22:17 AM Ansela
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* Chinese Emperors were the only people permitted to wear all-yellow clothes in China. The color association, and the implications of wearing yellow were so strong, that Emperors were frequently referred to as "the Yellow one" and wearing it was to imply imperial power. Occasionally he would allow close family members to wear something yellow - if you weren't given this dispensation, you could shortly expect exile or death.

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* Chinese Emperors were the only people permitted to wear all-yellow clothes in China. The color association, and the implications of wearing yellow were so strong, that Emperors were frequently referred to as "the Yellow one" and wearing it was to imply imperial power. Occasionally he would allow close family members to wear something yellow - if you weren't given this dispensation, you could shortly expect exile or death.
7th Jan '15 9:43:45 AM hbi2k
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Often, you can tell who is in charge by the colours they wear. This can apply to [[RoyalBlood royalty]], [[BlueBlood nobility]], [[BlingOfWar military leaders]], and even just the town mayor. Plus, this can apply to all of the clothes they wear or just a sash worn over a fancy suit (as long as they aren't the only one wearing it).

This largely started because certain colours were highly expensive and thus, only the most wealthy could afford them. Then the patrician class in Rome declared that the dye [[PurpleIsPowerful Tyrian Purple]] would be [[DressCode exclusively for them]] (at least, within Roman territory), hence the trope name. (Note that "purple" is actually kind of misleading as a translation; the actual colour was more what we'd describe as purplish-red. Don't expect to see this reflected in TV and movie depictions of Roman patricians unless they're being very, very scrupulous with their research.)

Other expensive dyes included royal blue, vermilion (a type of bright red), or gold. And that is why, in paintings of royalty, their [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia Royal Robes]] are almost always these colours. Despite this, this does not have to be the ErmineCapeEffect; ModestRoyalty can use these colours to ensure people know who they are.

Thus, in fiction, who is in charge, or closely related to those in charge, can often be indicated by wearing colours distinct from everyone else.

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Often, you can tell who is in charge by the colours colors they wear. This can apply to [[RoyalBlood royalty]], [[BlueBlood nobility]], [[BlingOfWar military leaders]], and even just the town mayor. Plus, this can apply to all of the clothes they wear or just a sash worn over a fancy suit (as long as they aren't the only one wearing it).

This largely started because certain colours colors were highly expensive and thus, only the most wealthy could afford them. Then the patrician class in Rome declared that the dye [[PurpleIsPowerful Tyrian Purple]] would be [[DressCode exclusively for them]] (at least, within Roman territory), hence the trope name. (Note that "purple" is actually kind of misleading as a translation; the actual colour color was more what we'd describe as purplish-red. Don't expect to see this reflected in TV and movie depictions of Roman patricians unless they're being very, very scrupulous with their research.)

Other expensive dyes included royal blue, vermilion (a type of bright red), or gold. And that is why, in paintings of royalty, their [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia Royal Robes]] are almost always these colours. colors. Despite this, this does not have to be the ErmineCapeEffect; ModestRoyalty can use these colours colors to ensure people know who they are.

Thus, in fiction, who is in charge, or closely related to those in charge, can often be indicated by wearing colours colors distinct from everyone else.



* They have to wear these colours, not simply use something distinctly coloured.
* Even though most common colours are purple, blue, red, and gold, any colour will do as long as those not in charge don't wear it.

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* They have to wear ''wear'' these colours, colors, not simply use something distinctly coloured.
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* Even though the most common colours colors are purple, blue, red, and gold, any colour color will do as long as those not in charge don't wear it.



Compare PrincessesPreferPink, ColourCodedCharacters, ColourCodedMultiplayer, GoldAndWhiteAreDivine.

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Compare PrincessesPreferPink, ColourCodedCharacters, ColourCodedMultiplayer, ColorCodedCharacters, ColorCodedMultiplayer, GoldAndWhiteAreDivine.



* In ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'', the main eight nobles families and the provinces they rule are named after colours. The royal house is purple and the Emperor's regalia is in the appropriate colour.

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* In ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'', the main eight nobles families and the provinces they rule are named after colours. colors. The royal house is purple and the Emperor's regalia is in the appropriate colour.
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** Incidentally, this colour choice is [[ShoutOut echoed]] in the Play Within A Play of ''ShakespeareInLove.''

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** Incidentally, this colour color choice is [[ShoutOut echoed]] in the Play Within A Play of ''ShakespeareInLove.''



* Most of SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Scourge the Heretic'' is set on a world where only royalty wear red. An Inquisition operative raised on another world whose faith considered red a holy colour and always wore it compromised by buying red underwear.
* In ''TheWindSinger'', the citizens of Aramanth must wear a colour denoting their social status: grey (lowest), maroon, orange, crimson, or white (highest...until Kestrel and Bowman run into the Emperor, who wears blue).

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* Most of SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Scourge the Heretic'' is set on a world where only royalty wear red. An Inquisition operative raised on another world whose faith considered red a holy colour color and always wore it compromised by buying red underwear.
* In ''TheWindSinger'', ''Literature/TheWindSinger'', the citizens of Aramanth must wear a colour color denoting their social status: grey (lowest), maroon, orange, crimson, or white (highest...until Kestrel and Bowman run into the Emperor, who wears blue).



* In the ''{{Deryni}}'' novels, Haldane rulers (Brion, Kelson, et.al.) wear red (unce Duke Alaric Morgan puts aside the black for other colours, he won't wear red because his king does). Prince Nigel Haldane, Duke of Carthmoor (Brion's brother and Kelson's uncle) wears royal blue.

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* In the ''{{Deryni}}'' ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' novels, Haldane rulers (Brion, Kelson, et.al.) wear red (unce Duke Alaric Morgan puts aside the black for other colours, colors, he won't wear red because his king does). Prince Nigel Haldane, Duke of Carthmoor (Brion's brother and Kelson's uncle) wears royal blue.



* According to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The Deadly Assassin'', the majority of Gallifrey's political power is held by the Prydon Chapter, who are signified by their scarlet and orange ceremonial robes, while all the other chapters wear various other colours. This distinction seemed to be lost when the new series brought them back, although WordOfGod was that it was supposed to be unity during the time war.
* In ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', The Emperor of the Centauri Republic wears all-white. All other Centauri wear various different colours.
** Purple too has a special status, being allowed only for the clothes of nobles (that wear it alongside other colours) and [[PurpleIsPowerful for the paintjob of the second most powerful warships of the Younger Races]].

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* According to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The Deadly Assassin'', the majority of Gallifrey's political power is held by the Prydon Chapter, who are signified by their scarlet and orange ceremonial robes, while all the other chapters wear various other colours.colors. This distinction seemed to be lost when the new series brought them back, although WordOfGod was that it was supposed to be unity during the time war.
* In ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', The Emperor of the Centauri Republic wears all-white. All other Centauri wear various different colours.
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** Purple too has a special status, being allowed only for the clothes of nobles (that wear it alongside other colours) colors) and [[PurpleIsPowerful for the paintjob of the second most powerful warships of the Younger Races]].



* The colour called Tyrian purple actually looks more like maroon than your typical violet; the finest-grade dye was often described as 'dried blood'. It came from the mucus of a certain kind of Mediterranean seashell, the Murex, and required so many of them to make even the smallest amount of dye that it was worth twice its weight in silver. Expensive stuff, due its high cost there were legal limits on the amount anyone could wear at one point to prevent lavish waste. Cheaper purples were possible, by overdying a blue with a red, but they tended to be muddy and not very colorfast.

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* The colour color called Tyrian purple actually looks more like maroon than your typical violet; the finest-grade dye was often described as 'dried blood'. It came from the mucus of a certain kind of Mediterranean seashell, the Murex, and required so many of them to make even the smallest amount of dye that it was worth twice its weight in silver. Expensive stuff, due its high cost there were legal limits on the amount anyone could wear at one point to prevent lavish waste. Cheaper purples were possible, by overdying a blue with a red, but they tended to be muddy and not very colorfast.



* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Although most photos are in black and white, colour ones show he normally wore a plain light brown uniform before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. After the war broke out, he wore black trousers and a grey tunic with no rank badges. Hitler also normally only wore his Iron Cross and Wound Badge he earned in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI along with his Nazi Party Pin (in gold), while everyone around him wore multiple metals.
* Chinese Emperors were the only people permitted to wear all-yellow clothes in China. The colour association, and the implications of wearing yellow were so strong, that Emperors were frequently referred to as "the Yellow one" and wearing it was to imply imperial power. Occasionally he would allow close family members to wear something yellow - if you weren't given this dispensation, you could shortly expect exile or death.

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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Although most photos are in black and white, colour color ones show he normally wore a plain light brown uniform before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. After the war broke out, he wore black trousers and a grey tunic with no rank badges. Hitler also normally only wore his Iron Cross and Wound Badge he earned in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI along with his Nazi Party Pin (in gold), while everyone around him wore multiple metals.
* Chinese Emperors were the only people permitted to wear all-yellow clothes in China. The colour color association, and the implications of wearing yellow were so strong, that Emperors were frequently referred to as "the Yellow one" and wearing it was to imply imperial power. Occasionally he would allow close family members to wear something yellow - if you weren't given this dispensation, you could shortly expect exile or death.
6th Jan '15 1:13:58 PM nombretomado
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* In PoulAnderson's Literature/TimePatrol story "Ivory, and Apes, and Peacocks", none of the famous purple dye is visible for sale at Tyre. Everard reflects on how its expensiveness caused that, and led to this trope.

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* In PoulAnderson's Creator/PoulAnderson's Literature/TimePatrol story "Ivory, and Apes, and Peacocks", none of the famous purple dye is visible for sale at Tyre. Everard reflects on how its expensiveness caused that, and led to this trope.
31st Dec '14 10:51:07 AM nombretomado
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* In JasperFforde's ''Literature/ShadesOfGrey'', the entire society is arranged according to what color a person can see - Purples form the highest class. Additionally, wealthy people can show their money and devotion to their color by wearing artificially colored clothes.

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* In JasperFforde's Creator/JasperFforde's ''Literature/ShadesOfGrey'', the entire society is arranged according to what color a person can see - Purples form the highest class. Additionally, wealthy people can show their money and devotion to their color by wearing artificially colored clothes.
29th Dec '14 9:45:05 AM nombretomado
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* In DorothyLSayers's ''Theatre/TheEmperorConstantine'', trying to depose an emperor is described as trying to have the purple off him.

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* In DorothyLSayers's Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''Theatre/TheEmperorConstantine'', trying to depose an emperor is described as trying to have the purple off him.
28th Dec '14 12:41:31 PM nombretomado
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* In DavidEddings' ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]'' and ''Malloreon'', only the Emperor is allowed to wear a gold toga in Tolnedra. The heir to the empire is allowed a gold border on his toga.

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* In DavidEddings' Creator/DavidEddings' ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]'' and ''Malloreon'', only the Emperor is allowed to wear a gold toga in Tolnedra. The heir to the empire is allowed a gold border on his toga.
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