Created By: EarnestJuly 29, 2010

Halo There

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It's just a frond. Lots of those in a jungle.

A stylistic visual technique where a character's head will be put in front of or seemingly "below" a Holy Halo.

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  • July 29, 2010
    This troper recalls a literary political satire in which a US politician with an approval rating lower than Hitler attempts to improve his image by getting visual FX artists to add subliminal haloes to his TV appearances. IIRC it backfires when one of the haloes slips and looks like a noose round his neck.
  • July 29, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Deliberate style choice in Star Wars The Phantom Menace. Most of Queen Amidala's costumes and background settings create a circular halo around her head.
  • July 29, 2010
    Occurs in Dilbert episode "The Shroud of Wally" with a disc in a Last Supper parody.
  • July 29, 2010
    In History Of The World Part I when Jesus has The Last Supper (with Mel Brooks as a waiter), Leonardo Da Vinci comes in to paint a commemorative portrait - Brooks holds his silver platter up behind Jesus to look like a halo.
  • August 4, 2010
  • August 4, 2010
    We are covering artistic techniques now? I'd approve, just wondering if they really count as "tropes".
  • August 4, 2010
    Ra's outfit in Stargate invokes a halo behind him.
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  • August 4, 2010
    I'm not sure how to answer you Vree. I think this is used as a trope, since I see it used in movies every so often to convey that a character is The One or a Friend To All Living Things, not just in art.

    A friend once pointed out this technique was inverted in The Shining, with Jack shown with a black chandelier over his head, an "anti Halo", after he went crazy.
  • August 4, 2010
    @Vree: It convays something to the viewer. Of course it's a trope.
  • August 4, 2010
    I think Vree may be thinking this about showing an actual halo, as in main paintings of saints. This is about a director/writer/artist putting something behind a character to simulate that effect. The audience knows it's not a halo, but it (either overtly or subliminally) gives the effect of one.
  • August 4, 2010
    Related to Crucified Hero Shot.

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