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7th Mar '17 10:01:29 AM Leporidae
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* Exuberantly and extensively used in the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI serial ''ComicBook/GoldenEyesAndHerHeroBill'':
-->"At the rearing slope of a shell hole, where the roots of a stricken tree, stone and wrecked, earth made a wild heap, they lifted their stealthy lengths, and looked over the crest..... and the moon looked down for a quiet moment and saw—the statue—still, frozen figures of a listening girl and dog, a slim girl and a collie-dog."[[note]] Translation: Hidden in the debris of a bomb crater, a girl and her dog crouch silently, listening.[[/note]]
** A JustifiedTrope, in that it was the style back then (the 1910's) and the author & artist [[Creator/NellBrinkley Nell Brinkley's]] style was nothing if not emblematic of the period.
** Though even the chapter told from the point of view of a dog is told eloquently:
---> '''Uncle Sam''': And at last in the first, faint gray and rose of the dawn, in the blue-gray ghostly mist of the woods with the faint pink shining through loop-holes, in a smother of snow, we found him.[[note]] Translation: We found him at daybreak, buried in the snow.[[/note]]
5th Mar '17 10:07:14 AM nombretomado
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* A relatively short example, but the MarvelComics adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' features a rather lengthy explanation of how the Dinobots came in to save the day... from ''[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Purple_sludge.jpg Sludge]]''. The Dinobot who, in every other depiction, is the ''[[DumbMuscle stupidest]]'', ''[[HulkSpeak most inarticulate]]'' member of the team, and he even gets a "Good thinking, Sludge" response from Kup! Incidentally, Ralph Macchio, who wrote all those {{Introdump}}s in the first issue of [[Comicbook/TheTransformers the main series]], wrote the movie adaptation as well.

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* A relatively short example, but the MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' features a rather lengthy explanation of how the Dinobots came in to save the day... from ''[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Purple_sludge.jpg Sludge]]''. The Dinobot who, in every other depiction, is the ''[[DumbMuscle stupidest]]'', ''[[HulkSpeak most inarticulate]]'' member of the team, and he even gets a "Good thinking, Sludge" response from Kup! Incidentally, Ralph Macchio, who wrote all those {{Introdump}}s in the first issue of [[Comicbook/TheTransformers the main series]], wrote the movie adaptation as well.
17th Feb '17 1:29:46 AM LancelotG
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* Wirt from ''[[WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall]]'' slips into overwrought amateur poetry in moments of strong emotion.
--> ''It must be the Beast out there. The obsidian cricket of our inevitable twilight singing our requiem.''
--> ''Is the dove never to meet the sea for want of the odious mountain?''
14th Feb '17 5:50:57 PM TheDapperArsonist
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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H-_ThqZrRk Encounter the long range combatant whose sole purpose is to be used by bragging idiots]]

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** [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H-_ThqZrRk com/watch?v=QjolATKvvuA Encounter the long range combatant whose sole purpose is to be used by bragging idiots]]
27th Jan '17 12:30:44 AM Xtifr
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* Parodied deftly in the sixteenth chapter of Creator/JamesJoyce's ''{{Ulysses}}'', known as the Eumaeus episode, where every sentence comes with a long string of tired cliches. The effect is rather like reading bad HenryJames.

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* Parodied deftly in the sixteenth chapter of Creator/JamesJoyce's ''{{Ulysses}}'', known as the Eumaeus episode, where every sentence comes with a long string of tired cliches. The effect is rather like reading bad HenryJames.Creator/HenryJames.
21st Jan '17 6:24:58 PM nombretomado
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* AnneRice, especially in her ''Sleeping Beauty'' books. Like Lovecraft and Howard, [[TropesAreNotBad she is rather good at it]].

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* AnneRice, Creator/AnneRice, especially in her ''Sleeping Beauty'' books. Like Lovecraft and Howard, [[TropesAreNotBad she is rather good at it]].
19th Jan '17 2:45:59 PM StFan
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** AlanMoore could be especially bad with this, particularly in his early work. One early issue in his ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' run went so far as to compare a sunset with ''slashed wrists''.

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** AlanMoore * Creator/AlanMoore could be especially bad with this, particularly in his early work. One early issue in his ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' run went so far as to compare a sunset with ''slashed wrists''.



** TheOfficialFanfictionUniversityOfMiddleEarth parodied it with "urple", a disgusting color that covered everything at the university and couldn't be gotten rid of.

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** TheOfficialFanfictionUniversityOfMiddleEarth parodied ''Fanfic/TheOfficialFanfictionUniversityOfMiddleEarth'' parodies it with "urple", a disgusting color that covered covers everything at the university and couldn't can't be gotten rid of.



* {{Fanfic/Moon Daughter}} is full of this, with the narrator going into painstaking detail about almost every outfit worn by anyone. The other narration is also like this sometimes.
-->"The sun died a million deaths in red [[{{RougeAnglesOfSatin}} exposions]]."
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/980776/chapters/1931119 This]] ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' fanfic does it intentionally pretty much any time it switches to [[LargeHam Eridan's]] POV. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance it could really be considered]] ''[[StealthPun Violet]]'' [[StealthPun Prose]].
* ''FanFic/HomestuckHigh'' uses multi-syllable words at every opportunity, never in the correct context. We're talking "eviscerated" for "said" and "luggaged" for "walked". The similes are no better:

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* {{Fanfic/Moon Daughter}} Fanfic/MoonDaughter'' is full of this, with the narrator going into painstaking detail about almost every outfit worn by anyone. The other narration is also like this sometimes.
-->"The sun died a million deaths in red [[{{RougeAnglesOfSatin}} [[RougeAnglesOfSatin exposions]]."
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/980776/chapters/1931119 This]] ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fanfic does it intentionally pretty much any time it switches to [[LargeHam Eridan's]] POV. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance it could really be considered]] ''[[StealthPun Violet]]'' [[StealthPun Prose]].
* ''FanFic/HomestuckHigh'' ''Fanfic/HomestuckHigh'' uses multi-syllable words at every opportunity, never in the correct context. We're talking "eviscerated" for "said" and "luggaged" for "walked". The similes are no better:



* Invoked in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', though the story itself typically averts this. Whenever Demonish is translated for the reader, it's quite flowery and dramatic. [[AllThereInTheManual Background material]] indicates that it's also pretty much all {{Woolseyism}} too, since Demonish is [[StarfishLanguage basically impossible for humans to even speak]] (let alone translate). This trope is also deliberately invoked whenever a character prays to Maledict or Allysion, with plenty of religious references to go with it.
* Though ''FanFic/ChlorineGrownRoses'' is mainly written in BeigeProse, characters' clothing is often described in this. It doesn't help that the author devotes entire paragraphs to describing all of the characters' outfits.

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* Invoked in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos'', though the story itself typically averts this. Whenever Demonish is translated for the reader, it's quite flowery and dramatic. [[AllThereInTheManual Background material]] indicates that it's also pretty much all {{Woolseyism}} too, since Demonish is [[StarfishLanguage basically impossible for humans to even speak]] (let alone translate). This trope is also deliberately invoked whenever a character prays to Maledict or Allysion, with plenty of religious references to go with it.
* Though ''FanFic/ChlorineGrownRoses'' ''Fanfic/ChlorineGrownRoses'' is mainly written in BeigeProse, characters' clothing is often described in this. It doesn't help that the author devotes entire paragraphs to describing all of the characters' outfits.



* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10853644/1/The-Start-of-a-Habit The Start of a Habit]]'' is a ''{{RWBY}}'' fanfic that invokes this trope deliberately; Blake, eight years old and starved halfway to death, is offered a sandwich and the narrative switches into flowery over-descriptive FoodPorn for a paragraph to describe said sandwich.

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10853644/1/The-Start-of-a-Habit The Start of a Habit]]'' is a ''{{RWBY}}'' ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fanfic that invokes this trope deliberately; Blake, eight years old and starved halfway to death, is offered a sandwich and the narrative switches into flowery over-descriptive FoodPorn for a paragraph to describe said sandwich.



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-->'''Perky:''' What's another word for... engorged?
-->'''Secretary:''' (deadpan) I'll look it up.

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-->'''Perky:''' What's another word for... engorged?
-->'''Secretary:''' (deadpan)
engorged?\\
'''Secretary:''' ''[deadpan]''
I'll look it up.



* Subject to slight SeinfeldIsUnfunny in the ''SherlockHolmes'' stories. In-universe, Holmes frequently accuses Watson's stories of being this, and while a modern reader may feel this criticism to be accurate, if overly harsh, Doyle's writing was generally far ''less'' purple than almost all authors of his period (his clarity was part of the reason the stories were so popular), so Holmes's accusations were originally intended to be far more unreasonable than they seem now.
* DespoilersOfTheGoldenEmpire uses its purple prose to great effect, using lots of scientific and poetic language to help establish it as a science fiction story. [[spoiler: It isn't.]]

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* Subject to slight SeinfeldIsUnfunny in the ''SherlockHolmes'' ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' stories. In-universe, Holmes frequently accuses Watson's stories of being this, and while a modern reader may feel this criticism to be accurate, if overly harsh, Doyle's writing was generally far ''less'' purple than almost all authors of his period (his clarity was part of the reason the stories were so popular), so Holmes's accusations were originally intended to be far more unreasonable than they seem now.
* DespoilersOfTheGoldenEmpire ''Literature/DespoilersOfTheGoldenEmpire'' uses its purple prose to great effect, using lots of scientific and poetic language to help establish it as a science fiction story. [[spoiler: It isn't.]]



* Parodied by MarkTwain in a paragraph of "A Double-Barreled Detective Story":

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* Parodied by MarkTwain Creator/MarkTwain in a paragraph of "A Double-Barreled Detective Story":



* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' where Joey 'bigs' up a letter of recommendation by using the thesaurus on Chandler's laptop on every single word, leading to a description of Chandler and Monica being people with big hearts being described as them being 'humid prepossessing homosapiens with full-sized aortic pumps'.
** At the end of the letter, he signs his name "Baby Kangaroo Tribbiani".

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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' where Joey 'bigs' up a letter of recommendation by using the thesaurus on Chandler's laptop on every single word, leading to a description of Chandler and Monica being people with big hearts being described as them being 'humid prepossessing homosapiens with full-sized aortic pumps'.
**
pumps'. At the end of the letter, he signs his name "Baby Kangaroo Tribbiani".



* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' - Played hilariously straight by "Leo", Sheldon's "recovering drug-addicted cousin" (who's actually a theater minor) when he starts to described how he "was [[FreudianExcuse abused by a chaplain]] during his teens." [[TheDitz Penny]] still buys it, though.

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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' - ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Played hilariously straight by "Leo", Sheldon's "recovering drug-addicted cousin" (who's actually a theater minor) when he starts to described how he "was [[FreudianExcuse abused by a chaplain]] during his teens." [[TheDitz Penny]] still buys it, though.



* ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' - E.B. Farnum and Alma Garret spout almost nothing but purple prose. Thankfully, Al Sweringen is there to balance it out.
** So do Merrick, Cy Tolliver, Calamity Jane (albeit very dark purple)...hell, the show practically runs off the stuff.

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* ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' - ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'': E.B. Farnum and Alma Garret spout almost nothing but purple prose. Thankfully, Al Sweringen is there to balance it out.
**
out. So do Merrick, Cy Tolliver, Calamity Jane (albeit very dark purple)...purple)... hell, the show practically runs off the stuff.



-->Frasier: (reading) 'Though summer at the lake seems but a vapid, vacuous experience, it is a necessary tonic for my troubled youth..' Niles, how old were you when you wrote this?
-->Niles: Almost nine. Which explains the redundancy. 'Vapid' and 'Vacuous'
-->Frasier: Well..
-->Niles: By ten, my writing had gotten considerably tighter.
-->Frasier: Amongst other things.

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-->Frasier: (reading) 'Though -->'''Frasier:''' ''[reading]'' "Though summer at the lake seems but a vapid, vacuous experience, it is a necessary tonic for my troubled youth..' youth..." Niles, how old were you when you wrote this?
-->Niles:
this?\\
'''Niles:'''
Almost nine. Which explains the redundancy. 'Vapid' "Vapid" and 'Vacuous'
-->Frasier: Well..
-->Niles:
"Vacuous".\\
'''Frasier:''' Well..\\
'''Niles:'''
By ten, my writing had gotten considerably tighter.
-->Frasier:
tighter.\\
'''Frasier:'''
Amongst other things.



* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' the group switches to fancy words mid conversation to confuse a foreigner. Resulting in this exchange of dialogue.
-->Barney: Within a triad of solar periods, you'll recognize your dearth of compatibility with your paramour and conclude your association.
-->Robin: My journey was transformative, and I reassert my commitment to both the aforementioned paramour, and the philosophies he espouses.
-->Gael: What are we talking of? Baseball?
-->Barney: This is all going to return to masticate you in the gluteals. Support my hypothesis, Ted.
-->Ted: I'm just jubilant my former paramour is jubilant.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{iZombie}}'', Liv [[OurZombiesAreDifferent eats the brain]] of an artist and becomes unable to describe things in anything but the most flowery terms, the kind that a passionate artist might use when describing a scene. When Clive asks her to just tell him what color shirt the guy is wearing, she replies "cerulean", causing him to look at her like she's insane. After all, any normal person would just say "blue".[[note]]That line also counts as a genius bonus for artists: The range of hues that most people call blue, artists split into two colors, cyan and true blue. Cerulean is a specific hue between the two, which also happens to be one of the major pigments used by painters. To an artist, its essentially the difference between saying something is red-yellow-ish and saying its orange.[[/note]]

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* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' the group switches to fancy words mid conversation mid-conversation to confuse a foreigner. Resulting foreigner, resulting in this exchange of dialogue.
-->Barney:
dialogue:
-->'''Barney:'''
Within a triad of solar periods, you'll recognize your dearth of compatibility with your paramour and conclude your association.
-->Robin:
association.\\
'''Robin:'''
My journey was transformative, and I reassert my commitment to both the aforementioned paramour, and the philosophies he espouses.
-->Gael:
espouses.\\
'''Gael:'''
What are we talking of? Baseball?
-->Barney:
Baseball?\\
'''Barney:'''
This is all going to return to masticate you in the gluteals. Support my hypothesis, Ted.
-->Ted:
Ted.\\
'''Ted:'''
I'm just jubilant my former paramour is jubilant.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{iZombie}}'', ''Series/IZombie'', Liv [[OurZombiesAreDifferent eats the brain]] of an artist and becomes unable to describe things in anything but the most flowery terms, the kind that a passionate artist might use when describing a scene. When Clive asks her to just tell him what color shirt the guy is wearing, she replies "cerulean", causing him to look at her like she's insane. After all, any normal person would just say "blue".[[note]]That line also counts as a genius bonus for artists: The range of hues that most people call blue, artists split into two colors, cyan and true blue. Cerulean is a specific hue between the two, which also happens to be one of the major pigments used by painters. To an artist, its essentially the difference between saying something is red-yellow-ish and saying its orange.[[/note]]



* The documentary ''Victory at Sea'' is drenched with this.



* Symphonic metal band Bal-Sagoth is a rare musical example. A sample from "Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule":
--> And nine stars illumine the northern heavens, a vast cosmic sigil with the silvern moon at its centre...
-->Blazing argent light fills the chamber, engulfing the hewn walls of elder ice,
-->These ancient carvings in a time-veiled tongue, (etched into the primeval ice
-->countless aeons ago, now bathed in diaphanous incandescence by this storm of
-->lucent stellar power, their mindsearing meaning at last becomes known to me...
-->Their cosmic secrets unfold...
-->The ice-throne is encased by a shimmering wall of writhing cerulean flame,
-->A lambent flame far colder than the frozen surface upon which it dances...
** Most of their lyrics are like that. They also have a love of the LongTitle.
* Almost all BlackMetal lyrics, and any attempts these bands make at philosophizing in the album liner notes.
** This has also become very common with TechnicalDeathMetal, particularly the more melodic acts. There's a good chance that if a band plays tech death, their lyrical approach is going to boil down to vaguely philosophical/metaphysical rambling with lots and lots of this trope.

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* Symphonic metal band Bal-Sagoth is a rare musical example.Most of their lyrics are like that. They also have a love of the LongTitle. A sample from "Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule":
--> And -->''And nine stars illumine the northern heavens, a vast cosmic sigil with the silvern moon at its centre...
-->Blazing
centre...\\
Blazing
argent light fills the chamber, engulfing the hewn walls of elder ice,
-->These
ice,\\
These
ancient carvings in a time-veiled tongue, (etched into the primeval ice
-->countless
ice\\
countless
aeons ago, now bathed in diaphanous incandescence by this storm of
-->lucent
of\\
lucent
stellar power, their mindsearing meaning at last becomes known to me...
-->Their
me...\\
Their
cosmic secrets unfold...
-->The
unfold...\\
The
ice-throne is encased by a shimmering wall of writhing cerulean flame,
-->A
flame,\\
A
lambent flame far colder than the frozen surface upon which it dances...
** Most of their lyrics are like that. They also have a love of the LongTitle.
dances...''
* Almost all BlackMetal lyrics, and any attempts these bands make at philosophizing in the album liner notes.
**
notes. This has also become very common with TechnicalDeathMetal, particularly the more melodic acts. There's a good chance that if a band plays tech death, their lyrical approach is going to boil down to vaguely philosophical/metaphysical rambling with lots and lots of this trope.



* ProgressiveRock tends to follow this trope. Bands such as Music/{{Yes}} and Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer are often criticized for their pretentious lyrics, though in Yes' case it's more for their [[WordSaladLyrics incomprehensibility]]. However, many bands such as Music/{{Rush}} and Music/{{Genesis}} write in high prose yet do it very well.
** Music/{{Marillion}} had a few cases of purple prose in their early days that strayed into {{Narm}} territory, and no song of theirs has been more accused of this than "Grendel". Exhibit A:
--> ''Midnight suns bid moors farewell, retreats from charging dusk''
--> ''Mountains echo, curfews bell, signal ending tasks''
--> ''They place their faith in oaken doors, cower in candlelight''
--> ''The panic seeps through bloodstained floors as Grendel stalks the night''

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* ProgressiveRock tends to follow this trope. Bands such as Music/{{Yes}} and Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer are often criticized for their pretentious lyrics, though in Yes' case it's more for their [[WordSaladLyrics incomprehensibility]]. However, many bands such as Music/{{Rush}} and Music/{{Genesis}} write in high prose yet do it very well.
**
well. Music/{{Marillion}} had a few cases of purple prose in their early days that strayed into {{Narm}} territory, and no song of theirs has been more accused of this than "Grendel". Exhibit A:
--> ''Midnight -->''Midnight suns bid moors farewell, retreats from charging dusk''
--> ''Mountains
dusk\\
Mountains
echo, curfews bell, signal ending tasks''
--> ''They
tasks\\
They
place their faith in oaken doors, cower in candlelight''
--> ''The
candlelight\\
The
panic seeps through bloodstained floors as Grendel stalks the night''



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* The documentary ''Victory at Sea'' is drenched with this.
* The public speeches of [[ThoseWackyNazis a certain set of Third Reich dignitaries]] (one of them being Heinrich Himmler) are uncannily purple. This contrasts both the way [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Führer]] spoke (grandiloquent, but still in a language the common citizen could understand and relate to) and the tone of the newspapers (from dry and official, to humorous and familiar). Some speeches by Himmler sound like written by Creator/HPLovecraft himself.
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* Innumerable character descriptions on ''{{Furcadia}}''. Use [[http://nine.frenchboys.net/thesauritis.php this generator]] to see some good examples of the type of descriptions many players endow their furries with, and try not to let out the contents of your stomach: "You see refractive colorless orbs flash with innocence 'neath cilia of ivory. The lamia rotates 'pon husky limbs... audionts alert and oculars a-ripple... fervid canvas of ruby tinge shimmers o'er her hale frame." [[note]]Probably it means something like: "You see her innocent eyes flash beneath their lashes. The beast-woman turns on muscled legs ... ears alert and gaze mobile, her red hair shimmering on her healthy body."[[/note]]\\
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* Innumerable character descriptions on ''{{Furcadia}}''.''VideoGame/{{Furcadia}}''. Use [[http://nine.frenchboys.net/thesauritis.php this generator]] to see some good examples of the type of descriptions many players endow their furries with, and try not to let out the contents of your stomach: "You see refractive colorless orbs flash with innocence 'neath cilia of ivory. The lamia rotates 'pon husky limbs... audionts alert and oculars a-ripple... fervid canvas of ruby tinge shimmers o'er her hale frame." [[note]]Probably it means something like: "You see her innocent eyes flash beneath their lashes. The beast-woman turns on muscled legs ... ears alert and gaze mobile, her red hair shimmering on her healthy body."[[/note]]\\
\\
"[[/note]]\\\



* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' - Install the [=FlagRSP=] or [=MyRolePlay=] addon, login to any role-playing server, and look at player character descriptions. A lot of them fall into either short and badly written without a single word spelled right, or a PurpleProse laden opus about luscious bosoms, voluptuous curves and delicate eyelashes, especially if you happened to look for players in areas frequented by [[MarySue Mary Sues]], such as Goldshire, Stormwind's Cathedral Square, or Silvermoon.\\
\\
There're at least two blogs [[http://community.livejournal.com/warcraftsues/ here]] and [[http://roleplayerslament.com here]] devoted to poking fun at such descriptions. However, "[[http://i39.tinypic.com/zvr721.jpg almost]]" is the key word there.\\
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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' - ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Install the [=FlagRSP=] or [=MyRolePlay=] addon, login to any role-playing server, and look at player character descriptions. A lot of them fall into either short and badly written without a single word spelled right, or a PurpleProse laden opus about luscious bosoms, voluptuous curves and delicate eyelashes, especially if you happened to look for players in areas frequented by [[MarySue Mary Sues]], such as Goldshire, Stormwind's Cathedral Square, or Silvermoon.\\
\\
\\\
There're at least two blogs [[http://community.livejournal.com/warcraftsues/ here]] and [[http://roleplayerslament.com here]] devoted to poking fun at such descriptions. However, "[[http://i39.tinypic.com/zvr721.jpg almost]]" is the key word there.\\
\\
\\\



* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has free-text character descriptions built in. They fall into either short and badly written without a single word spelled right, or a PurpleProse about luscious bosoms, voluptuous curves and delicate eyelashes -- same as RPG servers in ''World of Warcraft''
* ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' - Everything Luke Atmey says. Ever. To the point that Phoenix has to translate his overly-dramatic, verbose ramblings to poor Maya, who's invariably left in the dark.
** Redd White too:
-->'''Redd White:''' Allow me to furnish you with the title of my personage.

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* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has free-text character descriptions built in. They fall into either short and badly written without a single word spelled right, or a PurpleProse about luscious bosoms, voluptuous curves and delicate eyelashes -- same as RPG servers in ''World of Warcraft''
* ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' - Everything Luke Atmey says. Ever. To the point that Phoenix has to translate his overly-dramatic, verbose ramblings to poor Maya, who's invariably left in the dark.
** Redd White too:
-->'''Redd White:''' Allow me to furnish you with the title of my personage.
Warcraft''.



-->'''The Magic Pot Clamors for an Elixir!'''\\

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-->'''The --->'''The Magic Pot Clamors for an Elixir!'''\\



** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' - Maechen's long-winded lectures on the history of Spira were met with similar complaints by some fans.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' - If you wanted OneHundredPercentCompletion in you had to listen to every single word of Maechen's long-winded and rather purple lectures, without pressing anything on your controller to advance the dialogue on-screen, even during the long pauses where the game prompts you to interject!

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' - ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Maechen's long-winded lectures on the history of Spira were met with similar complaints by some fans.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' - ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'': If you wanted OneHundredPercentCompletion in you had to listen to every single word of Maechen's long-winded and rather purple lectures, without pressing anything on your controller to advance the dialogue on-screen, even during the long pauses where the game prompts you to interject!



* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' - Sain speaks purple prose as his second language, especially around women. He mostly does it to show off.

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' - ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'': Sain speaks purple prose as his second language, especially around women. He mostly does it to show off.



** The original VideoGame/GoldenSun and The Lost Age suffered from the same problem; not to mention a tendency for Kraden to prance about NarratingTheObvious.
** Golden Sun and TLA have scripts that, between them, come out to something like two or three times the wordcount of Metal Gear Solid.
* Perhaps fittingly, [[VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo Katawa Shoujo's]] Hisao seems far more vividly descriptive on Rin's route than on other routes.

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** The original VideoGame/GoldenSun ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' and The ''The Lost Age Age'' suffered from the same problem; not to mention a tendency for Kraden to prance about NarratingTheObvious.
** Golden Sun ''Golden Sun'' and TLA ''TLA'' have scripts that, between them, come out to something like two or three times the wordcount of Metal ''Metal Gear Solid.
* Perhaps fittingly, [[VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo Katawa Shoujo's]] Hisao seems far more vividly descriptive on Rin's route than on other routes.
Solid''.



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* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' - Utilized effectively with the deliberate goal of provoking a response of [[ShoutOut comedic]] [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings familiarity]] in the audience, alongside a [[LampshadeHanging conscious acknowledgment]] of purple prose in the role of an artistic device, within the [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1631.html hereby linked]] strip.

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* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' - ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'':
** Everything Luke Atmey says. Ever. To the point that Phoenix has to translate his overly-dramatic, verbose ramblings to poor Maya, who's invariably left in the dark.
** Redd White too:
--->'''Redd White:''' Allow me to furnish you with the title of my personage.
* Perhaps fittingly, ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'''s Hisao seems far more vividly descriptive on Rin's route than on other routes.
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* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'':
Utilized effectively with the deliberate goal of provoking a response of [[ShoutOut comedic]] [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings familiarity]] in the audience, alongside a [[LampshadeHanging conscious acknowledgment]] of purple prose in the role of an artistic device, within the [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1631.html hereby linked]] strip.



* ''VatsyAndBruno'' - The unscrupulous journalist Vatsy resorts to this. One paragraph from the rejection letter that serves as an introduction reads:

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* ''VatsyAndBruno'' - ''Literature/VatsyAndBruno'': The unscrupulous journalist Vatsy resorts to this. One paragraph from the rejection letter that serves as an introduction reads:






* Doc Venture in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' does this in an episode where he's trying to find a lost wreck using an underwater robot. He's narrating into a tape recorder everything that happens, making everything as grandiose as possible, including rewinding the tape and recording over something that he felt wasn't elaborate enough. Almost all of his lines from the episode are purple prose.\\
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Phantom Limb is also somewhat fond of this -- so much so that [[spoiler: Baron Ünderbheit]] suggests they rename their new villain's union [[LampshadeHanging The Purple Prose]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
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Doc Venture in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Venture does this in an episode where he's trying to find a lost wreck using an underwater robot. He's narrating into a tape recorder everything that happens, making everything as grandiose as possible, including rewinding the tape and recording over something that he felt wasn't elaborate enough. Almost all of his lines from the episode are purple prose.\\
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prose.
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Phantom Limb is also somewhat fond of this -- so much so that [[spoiler: Baron [[spoiler:Baron Ünderbheit]] suggests they rename their new villain's union [[LampshadeHanging The Purple Prose]].



-->'''Jamie''': Where art thou, my sweet scorching sunbeam? I read thine letter and I understand. Thou hast returneth mine heart! Garnet, you like my hair just as I adore yours. Come to me Garnet!
-->'''Steven''': ''Jamie''!
-->'''Jamie''': Ah, young master Steven. Pray thee, where is Lady Garnet?

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-->'''Jamie''': -->'''Jamie:''' Where art thou, my sweet scorching sunbeam? I read thine letter and I understand. Thou hast returneth mine heart! Garnet, you like my hair just as I adore yours. Come to me Garnet!
-->'''Steven''': ''Jamie''!
-->'''Jamie''':
Garnet!\\
'''Steven:''' ''Jamie''!\\
'''Jamie:'''
Ah, young master Steven. Pray thee, where is Lady Garnet?


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* The public speeches of [[ThoseWackyNazis a certain set of Third Reich dignitaries]] (one of them being Heinrich Himmler) are uncannily purple. This contrasts both the way [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Führer]] spoke (grandiloquent, but still in a language the common citizen could understand and relate to) and the tone of the newspapers (from dry and official, to humorous and familiar). Some speeches by Himmler sound like written by Creator/HPLovecraft himself.
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*Noted by John in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' after he and Paul read a rather overwritten brochure for the Flying Island of Tipaan resort.
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* Many of the lines in ''{{Arcanum}}'' fit. Justified, given the [[SteamPunk setting]].

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* Many of the lines in ''{{Arcanum}}'' ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' fit. Justified, given the [[SteamPunk setting]].
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10853644/1/The-Start-of-a-Habit The Start of a Habit]]'' is a ''{{RWBY}}'' fanfic that invokes this trope deliberately; Blake, eight years old and starved halfway to death, is offered a sandwich and the narrative switches into flowery over-descriptive FoodPorn for a paragraph to describe said sandwich.
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