Created By: wanderlustwarrior on May 27, 2012 Last Edited By: DAN004 on July 30, 2014
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Gold Colored Superiority

If something is gold-colored or has a gold-colored version, it will often be stronger than others.

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Sometimes Red Ones Go Faster. Sometimes, though, golden ones do.

This is Law of Chromatic Superiority applied to the gold color. This has to do with the assumption that gold, as the metal, is rare, and thus something golden is standing for wealth and power.

This could be by a gold Sixth Ranger being equal to or better than the Red Ranger, an already Red character turning gold as an upgrade, a gold tier above other tiers, or something else. Whatever the case, Gold is simply the best.

Chrome Champion, Bling-Bling-BANG! and Bling of War are related, but are not part of the same Metallic Motifs purpose of "just better" as the Law of Chromatic Superiority. note 

Compare Power Glows, Gold and White Are Divine and Golden Super Mode, as well as Gold Beats Iron for when the metal gold is considered better, even when it's not logically practical.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In Digimon Tamers, Takato's red digivice is destroyed, but his replacement is gold. His and his partner's Super Mode, Gallantmon Crimson Mode, does stick with traditional red, though.
  • Char Aznable of Gundam fame changes his usual color from red in the original Mobile Suit Gundam to gold in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam where he fights for the AEUG, piloting the Hyaku-Shiki under the alias of Quattro Bajeena The idea being that the Gold paintjob as actually an anti-beam coating. He goes back to using red for Char's Counterattack though. Even more iconic about this change is that Char caused an entire trope in part about his normal color scheme.
  • The gold cloths of Saint Seiya, seeing how all the gold saints are extremely powerful. The full breakdown in Saint Seiya is Bronze < Silver < Gold < God. This last one is used only by Gods, though there is an important exception late in the Hades Saga. It's also worth noting that five Bronze saints, basically Mooks / Red Shirts for the good guys, manage to fight their way up that chain all the way up to god and beat their opponents throughout the course of the series.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam... the Shining Gundam has a Turns Red Super Mode early on, but when it gets upgraded to the God Gundam, it instead gets a GOLDEN Super Mode. This is much more powerful since it's powered by Inner Peace, while the original, red super-mode was just powered by Unstoppable Rage.
  • Dragon Ball Goku's original power multiplier was the Kaioken which had him Turn Red and maxed out at 20x base power. When that wasn't enough to beat Frieza he transformed into a Gold Super Saiyan, 50x base power.
  • In Bleach, Don Kanouji seizes gold for his Sentai color after the rest of the team spends an entire episode arguing over who gets to be red. They eventually settled on two reds in addition to his gold.

Comics
  • In Metal Men Gold is the leader, not counting Dr. Magus (Da Chief).
  • Iron Man is often called "The Golden Avenger" even though he's mostly red nowadays (although he once had a fully golden armor).

Film
  • The Wiz: The Emerald City starts green, but then an announcement from the Wizard changes everything red. "I thought it over and green is dead / 'Till I change my mind, the color is red" The residents turn red and sing its praises, and then there's another announement: "How quickly fashion goes down the sink. / Last week when you all was wearin' pink / Already for me red was old. / The ultimate brick is gold." It remains gold for the rest of the film.

Literature
  • Golden dragons are considered a myth in The Witcher universe, but they actually exist and are the most powerful (and rarest) kind of dragon, preferring to disguise themselves as humans, as the Limit of Possibility short story demonstrates.
  • In Last Legionary, Altern, aka The One, is The Dragon to The Warlord. He comes decked out in a massive golden exoskeleton, which allows the otherwise crippled Altern to not only walk, but defeat nearly any adversary in combat.

Live-Action TV

Music

Tabletop Games

Toys
  • BIONICLE: The Golden Kanohi allows the Toa Mata to call upon all their mask powers they have obtained without the need to switch between them.

Video Games

Visual Novels
  • In Umineko no Naku Koro ni, in addition to the red text, which speaks an absolute truth (from the point of view of the speaker at least), the Game Master - the witch who "writes" the scenario of the current game - can use golden text, which indicates that they fully understands the rules of the game, and can be superior to the red. After reaching the truth of Beatrice's game, Battler uses the golden truth to confirm that Kinzo is definitely Deader Than Dead, when his position prevents him from saying it in red without proof.

Real Life
  • Author Sir Terry Pratchett remarked that he had a unique Death's Head signet ring made in silver. Then fans started ocpying it and the licenced merchandising company marketed a replica. So it wasn't unique any more. So he had a version made in gold. This was unique until the first gold versions appeared for fans with more disposable income. Terry has since considered upping the ante to platinum. He speculates that when platinum Discworld rings start to appear, he should move to something which is so unique it'll be practically unwearable, perhaps one cast in solid mercury that has to be kept in a physics lab freezer at minus 100%, or perhaps one in plutonium that nobody, including the author himself, would dare wear...
  • The UK emergency services operate a Gold-Silver-Bronze command structure, with the most senior officer in charge of an incident response designated as the "gold" commander.
  • Gold Medals, which are awarded for first place finishes in the Olympics and other sporting events.
  • Gold Records used to be this, awarded for 1,000,000 record sales, but then came Platinum (1,000,000 while Gold was reduced to 500,000) and Diamond (10,000,000).


Community Feedback Replies: 100
  • May 30, 2012
    Noah1
  • May 30, 2012
    chicagomel
    • Pokemon : Red in the first game, who was the champion if you played Red, becomes the Bonus Boss, the highest leveled boss in any game to date, in HeartGold and SoulSilver (not sure about the original Gold and Silver). Not sure if it counts, but it might.
  • May 31, 2012
    AP
    • Iron Man started off in an all gray armor before switching to an all gold armor. Sometime, he is also called the Golden Avenger even though he's mostly red nowadays.
  • May 31, 2012
    AP
  • May 31, 2012
    raven2785
    • Char Aznable of Gundam fame changes his usual color from red in the original Mobile Suit Gundam to gold in Zeta Gundam were he fights for the AEUG, piloting the Hyaku-Shiki under the alias of Quattro Bajeena(The idea being that the Gold paintjob as actually an anti-beam coating) he goes back to using red for Char'sCounterattack though
  • May 31, 2012
    raven2785
    • The gold cloths of Saint Seiya are a good example of this, seeing how all the gold saints are extremely powerful
  • May 31, 2012
    BlackDragon
    Mobile Fighter G Gundam... the Shining Gundam has a Turns Red Super Mode early on, but when it gets upgraded to the God Gundam, it instead gets a GOLDEN Super Mode. This is much more powerful since it's powered by Inner Peace, while the original, red super-mode was just powered by Unstoppable Rage.
  • May 31, 2012
    Earnest
    ^^To elaborate, the full breakdown in Saint Seiya is Bronze < Silver < Gold < God. This last one is used only by Gods, though there is an important exception late in the Hades Saga. It's also worth noting that five Bronze saints, basically Mooks / Red Shirts for the good guys, manage to fight their way up that chain all the way up to god and beat their opponents throughout the course of the series.

    Possible indexes: Amazing Technicolor Index and Colour Coded For Your Convenience.
  • May 31, 2012
    Stratadrake
    It is important to note that this is about "gold" as a color, not as a material or currency. In that light, this definitely needs a better title.

    AND it needs a laconic text. No YKTTW is complete without one.
  • May 31, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    In the original Battlestar Galactica, ordinary Cylons were silver/chrome but special commander Cylons were gold.

  • May 31, 2012
    DarkConfidant
    Let's not forget the most famous example: Super Saiyans in Dragon Ball Z.
  • May 31, 2012
    DracMonster
    Maybe Gold Is Top Tier or Gold Outranks Everything? This sort of thing is usually for "tiers" of rarity or power. (Or rank)

    Or maybe Gold Is The Most Au-some. ("Au" is the periodic table symbol for gold.)

    Also, I cant remember specific examples right now, but I think platinum color is sometimes used as an S Rank above gold. In fact, the Rank Inflation page even mentions it!

    Actually I'm wondering if this would work better as a Sliding Scale type page for how different metallic colors rank.
  • May 31, 2012
    raven2785
    Seeing how most of the examples of this are people and/or things that go Up To Eleven, shouldn't the name be Golden Upgrade instead
  • May 31, 2012
    Generality
  • May 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Metal Men Gold is the leader, not counting Dr. Magus (their Professor X/Zardon equivalent).
  • June 1, 2012
    Stratadrake
    it's almost too bad we can't call it Gold Leader.
  • June 2, 2012
    wanderlustwarrior
    I'm out of my usual country right now, so I won't be able to respond too easily, but I do intend to catch up on this when I get back in 10 days. I will roll updates when I do though, so still, No Launching Please.
  • June 22, 2013
    wanderlustwarrior
    Well I dropped the ball there. But I'm back now!

    I don't think the pokemon example is an example.

    Gold Standard might also be a useable name. I'm incredibly partial to Gold Is Most Au Some, though. good suggestion.... That'll be the lead for now.
  • June 23, 2013
    acrobox
    A more direct example of the Pokemon example. The primary game of the first generation is Pokemon Red, the primary game of the second generation is Pokemon Gold. In early beta version the second generation was just called Pokemon 2.

    Also is this strictly limited to Gold being an upgraded Red, or more broadly Gold has Chromatic Superiority over Red. In that case things like Golden Fleece, Gold Medals, Gold Trophies, Gold Mushrooms Golden Bananas Super Saiyans etc
  • June 23, 2013
    acrobox
    Even in the case of Dragon Ball you can say that
    • Dragon Ball Goku's original power multiplier was the Kaioken which had him Turn Red and maxed out at 20x base power. When that wasn't enough to beat Frieza he transformed into a Gold Super Saiyan, 50x base power.
    • As an homage to Dragonball Sonic The Hedgehog's Super Sonic form has him Turn Gold instead of Turn Red

  • June 23, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized the example work titles.
  • June 23, 2013
    lakingsif
    In Iron Man, Tony was going to paint his Iron Man suit all-gold until he thought it might look a bit gaudy and added the red.
  • June 23, 2013
    Koveras
    See also Metallic Motifs.
  • June 23, 2013
    Lyendith
    Visual Novels:
    • In Umineko No Naku Koro Ni, in addition to the red text, which speaks an absolute truth (from the point of view of the speaker at least), the Game Master - the witch who "writes" the scenario of the current game - can use golden text, which indicates that they fully understands the rules of the game, and can be superior to the red. After reaching the truth of Beatrice's game, Battler uses the golden truth to confirm that Kinzo is definitely Deader Than Dead, when his position prevents him from saying it in red without proof.
  • June 23, 2013
    KingZeal
    • In Bleach, Don Kanouji seizes gold for his Sentai color after the rest of the team spends an entire episode arguing over who gets to be red.
  • June 25, 2013
    wanderlustwarrior
    I don't think just golden versions of an object, without it being any better, would be a case of this.
  • June 25, 2013
    acrobox
    In the Mario Kart series, regular red mushrooms gives one Nitro Boost. The rare Gold Mushroom gives infinite Nitro Boosts for about 10 seconds, and usually only shows up when you're falling way behind, (or playing as Toad/Toadette in Double Dash)
  • June 26, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    Au is the symbol for the metallic element gold on the periodic table (Latin: aurum). The trope is about the color, not the metal. Bad name.
  • June 26, 2013
    Someoneman
    In the Call Of Duty games with selectable camouflages for weapons, golden camouflage is one of the harder unlocks to get. Starting with Call Of Duty Black Ops 2, however, it is not top-tier since unlocking gold camouflage for all weapons in a category unlocks diamond camouflage for that particular category.
  • June 27, 2013
    AgProv
    in Dr Who, the rank structure of the Daleks places Golden Daleks high in the heirarchy.
  • June 27, 2013
    AgProv
    Author Sir Terry Pratchett remarked that he had a unique Death's Head signet ring made in silver. Then fans started ocpying it and the licenced merchandising company marketed a replica. So it wasn't unique any more. So he had a version made in gold. This was unique until the first gold versions appeared for fans with more disposable income. Terry has since considered upping the ante to platinum. He speculates that when platinum Discworld rings start to appear, he should move to something which is so unique it'll be practically unwearable, perhaps one cast in solid mercury that has to be kept in a physics lab freezer at minus 100%, or perhaps one in plutonium that nobody, including the author himself, would dare wear...
  • June 27, 2013
    wanderlustwarrior
    ^What, seriously? That's pretty damn funny.

    ^^^^I saw your sense of humor on the side of a milk carton today.
  • June 29, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    You think that name is funny? Hm :) I don't get the joke, it just seems wrong. It is like making a pun about the fruit orange in the name of a trope page about the color orange. Weak. Any of the alternate titles is better.
  • June 30, 2013
    wanderlustwarrior
    It isn't just about the color. It's part of Metallic Motifs.

    I wonder how you remove the "better name" tag, because the one put up already has support from more than just myself, and there are already options, which no one has suggested are any better, and htey havent' suggested any others.
  • June 30, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    "In the original Star Trek TV show, the captains wore gold uniforms."

    Nitpick: the command uniforms were originally a greenish shade close to chartreuse. But the color came out on many people's TV sets as yellowish, so eventually the producers threw in the towel and changed them to gold.
  • June 30, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Gold Is Most Awesome should probably be a redirect for this. Because while "AU-some" is a clever pun, it won't be getting many hits.
  • July 2, 2013
    wanderlustwarrior
    ^Fine by me.

    ^^Will add.
  • July 5, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    1. A Sister Trope to Gold Makes Everything Shiny and Gold Silver Copper Standard.

    2. This should have The Gilded Index on the index bar.

    3. Since this is about the color (why it's just related to the other gold tropes), then the name really is off. Heck, some might use Square Peg Round Trope if the title doesn't make it clear it's about the color gold.

    EDIT: Or some might think the "AU" stands for Alternate Universe.
  • July 5, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    Oh yeah, this is a Super Trope to Golden Super Mode.
  • July 5, 2013
    AgProv
    speaking of gold in the context of milk, Gold Top (named for the colour of the foil on the bottle cap) was for a long time the "gold standard" for milk in the UK: full fat and full cream. This is now obsolescent with the advent of homogenised milk which has had the cream pre-removed.
  • July 5, 2013
    DAN004
    You might like to use the Useful Notes for gold for reference.
  • July 8, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Nice to see some brainstorming on titles. I don't like the current pun either. Glorious Gold maybe?
  • July 8, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Still doesn't say this is about the color, not the metal.
  • July 8, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
  • July 8, 2013
    DAN004
  • July 8, 2013
    Stratadrake
    @DQZ: It's about the color? What?

    Well, that makes the current title even worse because "Au" is widely known as the symbol for the metal, not the color.
  • July 8, 2013
    dragonquestz
    ^ Actually, I looked at the OP again, and this includes the metal, but also the color. Yet the context does fit looking gold most importantly, so yeah, that name is still bad.
  • November 10, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
  • November 11, 2013
    KarjamP
    The title's also bad because it violates No New Stockphrases.
  • November 11, 2013
    DAN004
  • November 11, 2013
    KZN02
    BIONICLE: The Golden Kanohi allows the Toa Mata to call upon all their mask powers they have obtained without the need to switch between them.
  • November 11, 2013
    wanderlustwarrior
    ^^^How?

    ^What media type would that best be classed under?
  • November 11, 2013
    sbahnhof
    Is there no rule against Incredibly Lame Pun titles? If they're funny then sure, use them, but "Gold Is Most Au-some" is more confusing than amusing. I'd go for something simple like Gold Outranks Everything or The Gold One Is The Best.
  • November 11, 2013
    DAN004
  • November 11, 2013
    randomsurfer
    [deleted by poster]
  • November 11, 2013
    DAN004
    Title crowner plz?
  • November 12, 2013
    BOFH
    Video Games
  • November 12, 2013
    Koveras
  • May 19, 2014
    sbahnhof
    I changed to one of the alternative titles, "Gold Outranks Everything", as a "Better Name" had been requested. The former title was "Gold Is Most Au-Some".

    How much more work is needed before this page is ready to launch?
  • May 19, 2014
    randomsurfer
    The Wiz: The Emerald City starts green, but then an announcement from the Wizard changes everything red. "I thought it over and green is dead / 'Till I change my mind, the color is red" The residents turn red and sing its praises, and then there's another announement: "How quickly fashion goes down the sink. / Last week when you all was wearin' pink / Already for me red was old. / The ultimate brick is gold." It remains gold for the rest of the film.
  • May 19, 2014
    partner555
    Based on the title, are you sure no one might get confused as to whether this is about the colour or the metal? I know I was before seeing the description.

    And even then, I'm not sure if this is just about the colour and not the metal.
  • May 19, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ why not both?

    Compare Golden Super Mode and Gold Silver Copper Standard.
  • June 17, 2014
    acrobox
    Yeah what happened to this. Ready to launch
  • June 17, 2014
    DAN004
    I still can't see the importance of red here.
  • June 17, 2014
    acrobox
    I think it could mention it at least once. Maybe not once per paragraph. Just that Red is usually the first/best. Gold will outrank red along with everything else.

    Should I edit the description to also loop in the Gold Beats Iron thing too
  • June 17, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    I'm suprised Gold Colored Superiority wasn't chosen considering it specififies this is about gold as a color rather than material.
  • June 17, 2014
    AmbarSonofDeshar
    In Last Legionary, Altern, aka The One, is The Dragon to The Warlord. He comes decked out in a massive golden exoskeleton, which allows the otherwise crippled Altern to not only walk, but defeat nearly any adversary in combat.
  • June 17, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^ There was a Gold Beats Iron YKTTW and acrobox argued that they can be lumped together. Thing is, Gold Beats Iron is also tropable.

    I neither agree nor disagree with lumping ATM. What about you?
  • June 17, 2014
    DAN004
    @ acrobox: Red Ones Go Faster isn't always the rule. Gold can exist without red, and can still beat any other color.
  • June 17, 2014
    Chabal2
    • Warhammer 40 K: The Blood Angels chapter use a predominantly red color scheme. The Sanguinor, an angelic psychic manifestation called "the Exemplar of the Host", is almost entirely gold.
  • June 18, 2014
    acrobox
    @DAN 004

    I think its soft split. Or solved by defining what kind of example it is.

    There's Gold as a color beats other colors. Such that Gold Rangers or Gold colored weapons/armor/equipment, or Gold super modes are either upgrades or just better than other colors. Whether or not Red means anything in the universe. But you give a nod to red in the description because we have Chromatic Superiority which is about red being better already.

    And there's Gold as a metal is better than other metals to forge with - even if in real life that wouldn't hold true. Since most shows dont go into detail about the forging process it really boils down to something that appears gold to the audience (like the above color specific version) are just better.

  • June 18, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Thing is, Chromatic Superiority isn't really about red, it's about someone who goes with a different color will be powerful and stand out more. Red Ones Go Faster - and this ykttw - are subtropes of that.

    Btw compare Gold And White Are Divine
  • June 18, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ so my comparison makes sense after all.

    Red Ones Go Faster, but Gold Ones Are Superior(Gold Colored Superiority).
  • June 18, 2014
    acrobox
    Oh okay. Yeah agree with above
  • June 18, 2014
    DAN004
    Who's managing this, anyway?
  • June 19, 2014
    CrypticMirror
    • The UK emergency services operate a Gold-Silver-Bronze command structure, with the most senior officer in charge of an incident response designated as the "gold" commander.
  • June 19, 2014
    DAN004
  • June 19, 2014
    acrobox
    dunno. OP hasn't posted since November.
  • June 19, 2014
    DAN004
    Can I grab this? I guess we should keep Gold Beats Iron too, just in case.
  • June 29, 2014
    DAN004
    Okay, I decided to keep this about the gold color.
  • June 29, 2014
    wanderlustwarrior
    Well, I am still around... And do believe I'd said No Launching Please. Had to get back to life for a bit, though.
  • June 30, 2014
    Arivne
    ^ As acrobox pointed out, you hadn't posted here since November 11, 2013. On January 11, 2014 this proposal became Up For Grabs, which meant that any previous statement you made - including No Launching Please - was no longer in effect and anyone could take it over and launch it.

    Now that you're back you can take it over again.
  • June 30, 2014
    DAN004
    So...?
  • July 3, 2014
    wanderlustwarrior
    ^^Alrighty then, I'd like to take it over again, thank you. I wasn't aware there was a two month rule.
  • July 3, 2014
    Larkmarn
  • July 3, 2014
    macjohnson
    Video Games

    In Halo Combat Evolved, the deadliest elites you can fight are the ones in golden armour, as they carry energy swords capable of killing you in one hit on heroic difficulty and up. They also take an absurd amount of bullets to kill in comparison with less golden elites...
  • July 3, 2014
    wanderlustwarrior
    ^^People shot down my original attempt to use the name for the element, "Gold is most Au-some"
  • July 3, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ we need "color" in the title because this isn't aboit the actual metal gold.
  • July 12, 2014
    DAN004
    This was improperly launched, I guess
  • July 19, 2014
    DAN004
    Okay, can I launch this?
  • July 21, 2014
    rodneyAnonymous
    The laconic is currently "If something is gold-colored or has a gold-colored version, it will be stronger than others." Please change "will be" to "is often" or something similarly softened from the absolute. Note that it is also common for there to be levels above gold color, such as platinum or diamond.

    ETA: I made that change. I forget that anyone can edit YKTTW drafts. A clearer edit history would encourage more of that.
  • July 21, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ kay, kay.
  • July 25, 2014
    DAN004
    Final bump.

    Which indices would this go to? I only know of The Gilded Index.
  • July 26, 2014
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
  • July 26, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Real Life:
    • Gold Medals, which are awarded for first place finishes in the Olympics and other sporting events.
    • Gold Records used to be this, awarded for 1,000,000 record sales, but then came Platinum (1,000,000 while Gold was reduced to 500,000) and Diamond (10,000,000).
  • July 26, 2014
    acrobox
    Metallic Tropes potentially
  • July 26, 2014
    RabidTanker
    Here's 3 video game examples: the gilded Egg Knight Sonic Heroes had more health than the standard Egg Pawn. And the Golden Beanie in Mario & Luigi: Super Sar Saga had higher stats thanstnard Beanie. Mario a Luigi Partners in Time had a golden version of a early mook that apppears halfway through the game. Although this one has lower health than the orighinal, it compensates by having a higher defense and attack power.
  • July 27, 2014
    Chernoskill
    Videogames

    • Averted in Mech Warrior Online, where you can buy golden Clan Mechs as vanity items for about 400 USD (!), although they have no better stats than the normal models.
  • July 30, 2014
    wanderlustwarrior
    Has there been a consensus on the current title? I'd still be supportive of something along the lines of As Good As Gold or Gold Standard, so long as they aren't too confused with another trope and don't sound too unclear.
  • July 30, 2014
    rodneyAnonymous
    I like Gold Standard. Current is boring and awkward. Just didn't like the reference to "Au".
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