Created By: DragonQuestZ on December 21, 2011 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on January 10, 2012
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Purple Is Powerful

Purple being a color on someone cool and/or in power.

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Formerly "Purple Is Pimp".

Just to let you know this is one badass Jedi.

Purple being used to symbolize the power and/or coolness of a character, whether the character is Badass or of Royal Blood.

This trope existed at least as far back as Ancient Rome, where only the Patrician class was allowed to wear the color Tyrian Purple. Then purple became a common color for royal robes in Europe.

Then, for some reason, purple fell on the evil side of Good Colors, Evil Colors (like The Joker and Galvatron). But for those that thought Evil Is Cool, it just helped purple be seen as a cool color. Then it became a stereotypical color for pimps, hence the trope name.

This trope comes into play if it's clothing or an item on the cool or powerful character, whether it's a hat, weapon, or Badass Cape.

Now purple is also seen as one of the "girly" shades. If that comes into play, then this trope overlaps with Real Men Wear Pink.

This is not just when any character who isn't a wimp wears purple. It has to represent power or coolness.

Compare Gold Tooth, Purple Is Pretty, Purple Is Pink On Steroids.

Examples:

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  • December 21, 2011
    Sligh
    The Purple Dragons are the valiant knights of Cormyr in the Forgotten Realms Dungeons And Dragons Campaing Setting.
  • December 21, 2011
    SKJAM
    I'd go with Purple Is Regal, myself.
  • December 21, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
  • December 21, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ This isn't limited to royalty. See the picture.
  • December 21, 2011
    Sligh
    "Everyone Looks Stronger in Purple?" "Purple-Colored Badass?"
  • December 21, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    • The Joker is often depicted wearing a purple suit.
      • From the 1989 film:
        Vicki Vale: Mr. Joker, you say such beautiful things. Oh, you're so powerful. And purple! Oh, I love purple.
  • December 21, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Already mentioned.
  • December 21, 2011
    AP
    Comics
  • December 21, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Not sure villain should count, as the OP mentions they fall more under Good Colors Evil Colors.
  • December 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    On Gor only Ubars (city rulers) and their family may wear purple. Ironically in the Sardar Mountains, the lair of the Priest-Kings (the gods of Gor), it is the slaves who wear purple.
    "Why do the slaves wear purple?" I asked Misk. "That is the color of the robes of a Ubar."
    "Because it is a great honor to be the slave of Priest-Kings," said Misk.
  • December 21, 2011
    GovernorExplosion
    • Ozymandias in Watchmen.
    • The Announcer and Miss Pauling in Team Fortress 2.
    • The Boss in Saints Row (at least in Saint's Row 3, your default shirt and emblem are purple).
  • December 21, 2011
    JonnyB
    Agree with SKJAM and Sligh. Ditch the word "pimp." It might mean "cool" now but it carries a LOT of unnecessary baggage with it from when it only meant "someone who abuses women and treats them as a commodity." (Some of whom, true, wore purple, but that's neither here nor there.)
  • December 21, 2011
    Sligh
    "Purple is Awesome"? "Purple Awesomeness"?
  • December 22, 2011
    Tuomas
    Yeah, "pimp" is a bad word to use in this regard. Purple Is Cool would be the most obvious name choice, I think.

    Anyway, a Real Life example:
    • Purple is the signature colour of Prince, and he has typically associated it with being cool or bad (as in the slang meaning of "bad"). He even has the Fan Nickname "His Purple Badness".
  • December 22, 2011
    TonyG
    How about Purple Is Badass?
  • December 22, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That would just confuse it for another sub trope of Badass.

    And if we switch the name, it has to indicate it's about symbolizing power and/or coolness. Otherwise people would just slap on any instance of a character they like who wears purple.
  • December 22, 2011
    cityofmist
    In Real Life, purple dye used to be ridiculously expensive, which was why it was restricted to royalty and the very wealthy, and became associated with them, hence this trope.
  • December 22, 2011
    Bisected8
  • December 22, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Then it's not an example.
  • December 22, 2011
    JonnyB
    ^^^^ Well "pimp" doesn't symbolize power OR coolness, to me.
  • December 22, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Purple Worms in Dungeons And Dragons. One of the most dangerous kind of monsters in the series. Also, Spyro The Dragon
  • December 22, 2011
    EgregiousEric
    I think "Purple Is Power" would sound good and simple.
  • December 22, 2011
    SKJAM
    Purple Is Power sounds good for the Alliterative Appeal. Purple Is Regal doesn't confine it to royalty, but is because people wearing purple are doing so because of the "royalty" "wealth" "in charge" connotations.
  • December 22, 2011
    Sligh
    I like Purple is Power!
  • December 22, 2011
    Dawnwing
    I vote Purple Is Power too.

    Literature
    • In Saga by Conor Kostick, everyone in Saga is ranked according to color based on their financial status, with the majority of the population being red and orange. The higher the color, the nicer the buildings such as malls/parks/etc you get to enter, and you have more say in the city's laws. The highest-ranking people hold violet cards, and get to wear purple to represent their status.
  • December 23, 2011
    AgProv
    Real Life - here Oop North, women of a certain age disparagingly refer to a particular colour as prostitute purple, implying that women wearing it are no better than they should be and are looking to use wiles or worse to get benefits from susceptible men. This fits the "pimp" (ie, other half of prostitute) aspect of the trope?
  • December 23, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That might fit better on a trope like "Tarty Colors". This trope is NOT about ANY meaning of purple.

    And I can support Purple Is Power.
  • December 23, 2011
    HeartBurnKid
    • Truth In Television: There is a particular shade of purple known as "Imperial Purple" specifically because it was the official color of Phoenician royalty.
  • December 23, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    This trope entire is Truth In Television. Your post is a Real Life example.

    Yes, that difference is important.
  • December 24, 2011
    aurora369
    Please remove the word "pimp". Many people take it literally and think the trope is about sex industry managers.
  • December 24, 2011
    blueflame724
    Samus has the purple gravity suit, which in a couple games is the strongest suit
  • December 24, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Already supported another name, that you can see in the replies.

    But I'll switch it out.
  • December 24, 2011
    Ryuuma
    In Japanese Kabuki, purple make up is used to indentify the character as a royal or a nobleman.
  • December 24, 2011
    miru
    Blaze the Cat from the Sonic The Hedgehog series.
  • December 25, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    The two purple paints used for Games Workshop (producers of Warhammer 40000) miniatures are named Liche Purple and Warlock Purple respectively.
  • December 25, 2011
    deuxhero
    While Dungeons And Dragons is never really clear on Adamantite's color, licensed works based on the franchise typically give it a dark purple appearance.
  • December 27, 2011
    Chabal2
    Ganondorf uses purple fire attacks.
  • December 27, 2011
    CharacterInWhite
    Guild Wars depicts Mesmer mind screwery as various forms of purple light.
  • January 10, 2012
    Snoninja12
    Samuel L. Jackson requests for his characters to have something purple in most, if not all, of his movies. Over here is where you can find some of the purple things his characters have had. It's the second solid paragraph under Trivia.

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