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4th Feb '17 1:35:00 AM Doug86
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* In ''PennyDreadful'', Doctor Frankenstein dresses [[BrideOfFrankenstein Lily]] entirely in white as a way of projecting his poetic, Romantic tendencies onto her. He also mentions that he's never seen Vanessa wear white, to which she replies that it's "not my colour".

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* In ''PennyDreadful'', ''Series/PennyDreadful'', Doctor Frankenstein dresses [[BrideOfFrankenstein Lily]] entirely in white as a way of projecting his poetic, Romantic tendencies onto her. He also mentions that he's never seen Vanessa wear white, to which she replies that it's "not my colour".
22nd Jan '17 2:07:11 PM SwiftSeraph
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** Asuna is a nonmalicious example of this trope. She wears a white uniform with red trim after joining the Knights of the Blood Oath. Her ALO avatar wears a similar outfit, but with blue trim instead of red.
** [[spoiler: Yui]] is this as well. She wears a white dress and [[DoesNotLikeShoes goes barefoot]] in her human form. Averted when she's in her [[ExpositionFairy Navigation]] [[FairyCompanion Pixie]] form.

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** Asuna is a nonmalicious example of this trope. She wears a white uniform with red trim after joining the Knights of the Blood Oath. Her ALO avatar wears a similar outfit, but with blue trim instead of red.
** [[spoiler: Yui]] is this as well.this. She wears a white dress and [[DoesNotLikeShoes goes barefoot]] in her human form. Averted when she's in her [[ExpositionFairy Navigation]] [[FairyCompanion Pixie]] form.
21st Jan '17 11:50:37 AM eowynjedi
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Wearing white is also identified with women's rights. When women began marching for temperance in the United States, the symbolic purity of white clothing refuted accusations that women marching ''in'' the streets were women ''of'' the streets. The tradition continued into the women's suffrage movement when women marched for votes.



* Captain Janeway of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' occasionally dons an all-white ensemble when she's out of uniform. When the crew travels to 90's Earth, she wears a neat white pantsuit. When trapped in the holodeck and programmed with the role of nightclub owner and Resistance leader, she wears a fantastic glittery white tux. In both cases, this may be to make her stand out as TheCaptain to the audience while she's without her pips.

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* Captain Janeway of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' occasionally dons an all-white ensemble when she's out of uniform. When the crew travels to 90's Earth, she wears a neat white pantsuit. When trapped in the holodeck and programmed with the role of nightclub owner and Resistance leader, she wears a fantastic glittery white tux. In both cases, Given her status as the first woman to headline a ''Star Trek'' series[[note]]though not the first female captain shown in the franchise or chronology[[/note]] this may be is likely a nod to make her stand out as TheCaptain to the audience while she's without her pips.suffragettes' habit of wearing white.
14th Dec '16 9:23:27 PM jamespolk
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* Melie, heroine of noir film ''Rider on the Storm'', is dressed in white through the entire movie. It works symbolically, as relates to her character; but since the actress is a gamine dark-skinned brunette, it's also rather odd.

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* Melie, heroine ''Film/{{Ugetsu}}'': Part of noir film ''Rider on Lady Wakasa's beautiful but unsettling look is the Storm'', is dressed in white through the entire movie. It works symbolically, as relates all-white dress and hat she's wearing when she first meets Genjuro. She turns out to her character; but since the actress is a gamine dark-skinned brunette, it's also rather odd.have been DeadAllAlong.
7th Dec '16 7:34:36 AM upupandaway42
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* In ''Film/{{Batman}}'', Vicki Vale wears an all-white ensemble during the final showdown between Comicbook/{{Batman}} and Comicbook/TheJoker, as part of the overall Gothic style of the scene.
6th Dec '16 8:56:03 AM Pichu-kun
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* Sally Bones from ''Literature/VarjakPaw'' is a cat version of this trope. She's completely white furred, very mysterious, and everyone is utterly afraid of her.
5th Dec '16 10:53:19 AM captainpat
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Contrast PrincessesPreferPink, LittleBlackDress. Compare/Contrast ManInWhite, EvilAlbino, WomanInBlack, and the more explicit about significance GoldAndWhiteAreDivine.

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Contrast PrincessesPreferPink, LittleBlackDress. Compare/Contrast ManInWhite, EvilAlbino, WomanInBlack, and the more explicit about significance GoldAndWhiteAreDivine.



* In the ''Anime/SaintSeiya'' franchise, the BarrierMaiden who is the incarnation of the Goddess Athena tends to wear white. The prequel ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' gives us Sasha aka the Athena from the [=17th=] century, and in the original series there is Saori Kido aka the Athena of the modern times. The Asgard Saga of the anime adds Princess Freya, while her sister Princess Hilda goes back and forth between TrueBlueFemininity or WomanInBlack depending on whether she's BrainwashedAndCrazy or not.

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* In the ''Anime/SaintSeiya'' franchise, the BarrierMaiden who is the incarnation of the Goddess Athena tends to wear white. The prequel ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' gives us Sasha aka the Athena from the [=17th=] century, and in the original series there is Saori Kido aka the Athena of the modern times. The Asgard Saga of the anime adds Princess Freya, while her sister Princess Hilda goes back and forth between TrueBlueFemininity or WomanInBlack woman in black depending on whether she's BrainwashedAndCrazy or not.



* Nina of ''Film/BlackSwan'', in contrast to [[{{Foil}} Lily]]'s WomanInBlack.



** At the masque for the peerage of Kusheth, Phèdre is dressed in nothing but white gauze and diamonds and put on a leash. It causes quite the stir at the party that she's showed up practically naked beside Melisande's [[WomanInBlack rich black gown]].

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** At the masque for the peerage of Kusheth, Phèdre is dressed in nothing but white gauze and diamonds and put on a leash. It causes quite the stir at the party that she's showed up practically naked beside Melisande's [[WomanInBlack rich black gown]].gown.



** Buffy wears white in the TwoPartEpisode [[VirginInAWhiteDress where she loses her virginity]]. When she decides to stop moping over Angel's SexFaceTurn and start kicking ass again, she's [[WomanInBlack Back to Black]].

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** Buffy wears white in the TwoPartEpisode [[VirginInAWhiteDress where she loses her virginity]]. When she decides to stop moping over Angel's SexFaceTurn and start kicking ass again, she's [[WomanInBlack Back to Black]].Black.



* Helena from ''Series/OrphanBlack'', in contrast to [[WomanInBlack Sarah]]. She spends the first season in a white tank top, and is put in a wedding dress in season two. The typical symbolism is inverted, with Helena as the AntiVillain and Sarah as the AntiHero. '

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* Helena from ''Series/OrphanBlack'', in contrast to [[WomanInBlack Sarah]].Sarah. She spends the first season in a white tank top, and is put in a wedding dress in season two. The typical symbolism is inverted, with Helena as the AntiVillain and Sarah as the AntiHero. '



* In ''PennyDreadful'', Doctor Frankenstein dresses [[BrideOfFrankenstein Lily]] entirely in white as a way of projecting his poetic, Romantic tendencies onto her. He also mentions that he's never seen Vanessa wear white, to which she replies that it's "not my colour" - she's more of a WomanInBlack.

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* In ''PennyDreadful'', Doctor Frankenstein dresses [[BrideOfFrankenstein Lily]] entirely in white as a way of projecting his poetic, Romantic tendencies onto her. He also mentions that he's never seen Vanessa wear white, to which she replies that it's "not my colour" - she's more of a WomanInBlack.colour".



* The unnamed girl from the PetShopBoys video [[http://youtu.be/ik2YF05iX2w Domino Dancing]] first appears in a white short dress. When [[spoiler:her position as the FemmeFatale in a fatal LoveTriangle is established]], though, she's seen as a WomanInBlack too, though she later shows up in the white dress again.

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* The unnamed girl from the PetShopBoys video [[http://youtu.be/ik2YF05iX2w Domino Dancing]] first appears in a white short dress. When [[spoiler:her position as the FemmeFatale in a fatal LoveTriangle is established]], though, she's seen as a WomanInBlack too, though she later shows up in the white dress again.established]].



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* The first woman in [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Carciphona-Tango-366822792 this]] Website/DeviantArt image. Interestingly enough, the other woman is a WomanInBlack.
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* Although it's well known that the Victorian era had a predominance of using blacks and shades of gray as mourning colours, what's less well known is that it had been traditional to wear white as a mourning colour. This started dying out during the Victorian era but continued to be a colour worn to funerals and to visit the graves of loved ones right up until UsefulNotes/WW1. However, Queen Victoria, who always wore [[WomanInBlack mourning black]] while in Britain, would change to [[WomanInWhite all-white attire]] when visiting France due to the tradition of white being the mourning colour of French royalty.

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* Although it's well known that the Victorian era had a predominance of using blacks and shades of gray as mourning colours, what's less well known is that it had been traditional to wear white as a mourning colour. This started dying out during the Victorian era but continued to be a colour worn to funerals and to visit the graves of loved ones right up until UsefulNotes/WW1. However, Queen Victoria, who always wore [[WomanInBlack mourning black]] black while in Britain, would change to [[WomanInWhite all-white attire]] when visiting France due to the tradition of white being the mourning colour of French royalty.
1st Dec '16 6:26:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* At the end of the first issue of a ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' series, an Asian woman in white called "White Canary" has shown up. Given her {{Badass}}itude, two possibilities for who she is spring to ComicBook/BlackCanary's mind: Cassandra Cain or Lady Shiva. OhCrap...She turns out to be [[spoiler:the sister of the Twelve Brothers in Silk, who Black Canary fought years ago, and in a bit of FridgeBrilliance, wears white in mourning for her brothers, who she killed to uphold their father's honor after their defeat]].

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* At the end of the first issue of a ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' series, an Asian woman in white called "White Canary" has shown up. Given her {{Badass}}itude, badassitude, two possibilities for who she is spring to ComicBook/BlackCanary's mind: Cassandra Cain or Lady Shiva. OhCrap...She turns out to be [[spoiler:the sister of the Twelve Brothers in Silk, who Black Canary fought years ago, and in a bit of FridgeBrilliance, wears white in mourning for her brothers, who she killed to uphold their father's honor after their defeat]].
16th Nov '16 7:10:53 PM LadyNorbert
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* Lilli appears at a party in pure white gown in ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleofTerror'', which is visually striking as no one else does this. Plot-wise, it also spurs memories of her mother (it was her gown once), which makes her father nostalgic and sends her stepmother straight into labor.

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* Lilli appears at a party in pure white gown in ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleofTerror'', ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleOfTerror'', which is visually striking as no one else does this. Plot-wise, it also spurs memories of her mother (it was her gown once), which makes her father nostalgic and sends her stepmother straight into labor.



Count so that the city of Justice, Illinois in the United States, there is a ghost that haunts the region of Resurrection Cemetery. This is the spirit of a young lady killed in the 30s, which always appears dressed in a white dress party, on the street, hitchhiking. Who stops to the "girl" usually stops as she asks, in front of the cemetery, where she literally disappears!

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Count so that the city of Justice, Illinois in the United States, there is a ghost that haunts the region of Resurrection Cemetery. This is the spirit of a young lady killed in the 30s, 1930s, which always appears dressed in a white dress party, on the street, hitchhiking. Who stops to the "girl" usually stops as she asks, in front of the cemetery, where she literally disappears!



* The Iron Sisters from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', wear long white gowns that blend in with the mists of their home, so when summoned they look like they appear out of nowhere.

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* The Iron Sisters from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' wear long white gowns that blend in with the mists of their home, so when summoned they look like they appear out of nowhere.



** There are also all the girls in white nightgowns who get killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek, or the girl in the white hospital gown who caused people in her town to act out fairy tales... Let's just say that women wearing white on Supernatural are either going to be the victim or the villain.

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** There are also all the girls in white nightgowns who get killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek, or the girl in the white hospital gown who caused people in her town to act out fairy tales... Let's just say that women wearing white on Supernatural ''Supernatural'' are either going to be the victim or the villain.



* "VideoGame/EYEDivineCybermancy" has the Synicle. A form of the Mestastreumonic force which takes the form of a woman in a white hood and 'dress'.

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* "VideoGame/EYEDivineCybermancy" has the Synicle. A Synicle, a form of the Mestastreumonic force which takes the form of a woman in a white hood and 'dress'.



* In ''VideoGame/ThePath'', a girl literally named Girl In White by the game developers leads you back to the path to Grandmother's house if you stay still long enough. Some speculate that she is a spirit who wants to protect the granddaughters from meeting their Wolves while others suggest she is a long-lost sister to the granddaughters or perhaps the grandmother herself. Curiously, while the Girl in White does indeed wear all white and is young, her skin tone and hair color are fairly dark.
* Zelda in her Shrine Maiden dress in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''.

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* In ''VideoGame/ThePath'', a girl literally named Girl In White by the game developers leads you back to the path to Grandmother's house if you stay still long enough. Some speculate that she is a spirit who wants to protect the granddaughters from meeting their Wolves Wolves, while others suggest she is a long-lost sister to the granddaughters or perhaps the grandmother herself. Curiously, while the Girl in White does indeed wear all white and is young, her skin tone and hair color are fairly dark.
* Zelda in her Shrine Maiden dress in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''.
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** Jasmine from ''Videogame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' is notorious for wearing a white knee-length dress and white sandals that crawl up her legs. She's very shy and kind, so we can assume the outfit represents purity here. This trope stopped applying in the remakes, though, with her change of clothes.

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** Jasmine from ''Videogame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' is notorious for wearing a white knee-length dress and white sandals that crawl up her legs. She's very shy and kind, so we can assume the outfit represents purity here. This trope stopped applying in the remakes, though, with her change of clothes.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', the young future Empress wears an all white outfit, symbolizing both her royal status, [[spoiler:and her as a prize every powerful man in the world is plotting and scheming to possess and control for their own ends.]]
* Princess Zelda from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' as well as False Zelda in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl''.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', the young future Empress wears an all white all-white outfit, symbolizing both her royal status, [[spoiler:and her status and [[spoiler:her position as a prize every powerful man in the world is plotting and scheming to possess and control for their own ends.]]
* Princess Zelda from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' as well as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess,'' who combines this trope with GracefulLadiesWearPurple.
** Zelda in her Shrine Maiden dress in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''.
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False Zelda in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl''.''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' also falls under this.
12th Nov '16 6:09:20 PM SwiftSeraph
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** Asuna is a nonmalicious exampl of this trope. She wears a white uniform with red trim after joining the Knights of the Blood Oath. Her ALO avatar wears a similar outfit, but with blue trim instead of red.
** [[spoiler: Yui]] is this as well. She wears a white dress in her human form. She even goes barefoot. Averted when she's in her [[ExpositionFairy Navigation]] [[FairyCompanion Pixie]] form.

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** Asuna is a nonmalicious exampl example of this trope. She wears a white uniform with red trim after joining the Knights of the Blood Oath. Her ALO avatar wears a similar outfit, but with blue trim instead of red.
** [[spoiler: Yui]] is this as well. She wears a white dress and [[DoesNotLikeShoes goes barefoot]] in her human form. She even goes barefoot.form. Averted when she's in her [[ExpositionFairy Navigation]] [[FairyCompanion Pixie]] form.
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