Created By: Sligh on December 21, 2011 Last Edited By: Sligh on February 9, 2012

Purple is Pink on Steroids

Pink is a for girls. Purple is for Darker And Edgier girls.

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As eveybody knows , Pink Means Feminine. But some Action Girl 's have something to say about it! Abandoning the more traditional pink color (too linked to Girly Girls, they now use purple as a way to show that they are both feminine AND strong at the same time.

Authors generally use it as a way to either avoid the stereotypical pink for The Chick or to contrast a more traditionaly feminine character (who wears or use pink themes in some way) to a stronger/more action oriented one.

Bonus points if a more traditional Pink Means Feminine trope is found next to it, though not required. Any instance of purple being the color for a Darker and Edgier girl is enough to evoke this trope.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Code Geass, the cutesy and peaceful princess Euphemia has pink hair, and her much more belligerent elder sister Cornelia has purple.
  • In Naruto , the extroverted Inno's purple clothes contrasts Sakura's pink hair and Shrinking Violet nature.

Comic Books
  • Huntress from DC Comics.
  • In X-men comicbooks, Psylocke's powers are represented by purple energy, as opposed to Jean's pink.

Film

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Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • December 22, 2011
    aurora369
    In Code Geass, the cutesy and peaceful princess Euphemia has pink hair, and her much more belligerent elder sister Cornelia has purple.
  • December 22, 2011
    Cider
    Ultraviolet had its lead change her colors every two minutes. I'm not really buying it. Beth Phoenix and Natalya have both worn pink during their anti Barbie/Model campaign. Victoria wore pink during her psycho gimmick. Then again I don't by most of these "Woman In Black" "Tropes" but that's something for the repair shop I guess.
  • December 22, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    How about calling this Action Girls Like Purple?

    Oh, and would Catwoman count, since here costume in the comics is purple?
  • December 22, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Tristan in Angel Moxie wears dark purple in her battle outfit, while Alex wears pink.
  • December 22, 2011
    Sligh
    Dragon Quest: I don't mind changing the name, but I think marking the difference with pink would be important. I guess Catwoman qualify.

    Cider: I'll edit out Ultraviolet. I've never really seem the whole movie (and probably wouldn't), so you're likelly right! And who the hell are Beth Phoenix and Natalya? Who the hell is Victoria?

    Also, this is not your random "woman in black" trope. It's specifically using purple to mark a strong woman because it is pink, only Darker And Edgier !
  • December 22, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Also compare a couple ykttws I made, Purple Is Pimp, and Purple Is Pretty (both of which I linked to this ykttw).

    And does this trope require a pink contrast? If so, I'm not sure the X Men example counts, since Jean is not really more girly than Betty, no matter what some seem to think of the team.
  • December 22, 2011
    Cider
  • December 22, 2011
    Generality
  • December 22, 2011
    sgamer82
    Maybe Tomboy Purple to go along with Tomboy And Girly Girl
  • December 22, 2011
    Ryusui
  • December 22, 2011
    Sligh
    Dragon Quest Z: As noted in the description, it is about purple being used to denote that female character is an action girl. This may or may not be the express reasoning for choosing the color, but the trope is so built in people's minds that sometimes they don't even realize the choice. The most common way it appears is in contrast with pink, but it's not required.

    The reason I'd like to include the pink contrast in the title is because it's probably the best way to showcase that this is not about some random girl in purple.

    Also, I beg to desagree. Jean is much, much more "girly" than Betsy in many ways. She does not fight phisically, has more stable relationships, is more of a Team Mom, etc. Also, she is The Heart.

    Cider: Can you explain how exactly they apply to the trope? I've no knowledge of this work.
  • December 22, 2011
    Chabal2
    [[{{Touhou]] Yukari Yakumo]] is the most powerful person (borderline goddess) in Gensokyo, and is associated with purple.

  • December 22, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    "The reason I'd like to include the pink contrast in the title is because it's probably the best way to showcase that this is not about some random girl in purple."

    That makes the trope seem narrower than it is. That's going to make people avoid putting legit examples, due to thinking those wouldn't count when they do.

    If all you need is purple for an action girl, that is all that is needed in the title.

    Pink one a girly girl comparing with purple on an action girl, would make a different trope.
  • December 22, 2011
    Sligh
    It's not just purple for an action girl, though. It's more like purple for an action girl as means to show she's not your standard girly girl. Usually this is donne by contrast with a girly girl in pink, but not always. The character could comment on it, could be word of god, or could even be just perceived by the fandom.

    If this is just to complex, then I'd rather have the Purple/Pink contrast trope you proposed, since it's more interesting then just "Purple for action girl" (though it's also a thing). But the original idea is that the POINT of many action girls wearing purple is to either contrast pink or at the very least differenciate from it. Some feminist movements even use this in Real Life (at least in latin america).
  • December 22, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Yeah, the contrast would be better, since purple is often still thought of as girly (as the ykttw I linked earlier shows).
  • December 22, 2011
    Sligh
    What do you guys think? Can I keep the more complex trope? I think it wouldn't be the harder trope to understand by any strech.
  • December 22, 2011
    Cider
    Well Natalya is a Hart, who all wear pink. Natalya even said there is nothing more humbling than getting your butt kicked by someone in pink and as seen above her current campaign against all the "pretty princesses" hasn't stopped her from wearing it. Basically their saying that the women who don't live up to their standards of toughness don't deserve to wrestle but wearing pink is not against their standard and no discussion or lampshading is made on the color choice, which makes me question if this is a trope.
  • December 22, 2011
    blueflame724
    Don't quite know if this counts, but in the Metroid series, Samus' purple gravity suit is quite iconic.
  • December 23, 2011
    Sligh
    Blueflame: If you're not sure I couldn't tell. I don't know the work.

    Cider: The fact that some people don't agree (I particularly do not think that any color implies masculinity or femininity) with something common in media does not mean it's not a trope. You could add this girl as an invertion, actually.
  • December 24, 2011
    TBeholder
    Purple Is The Dark Pink?
  • January 2, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Just letting you know I launched Graceful Ladies Like Purple.
  • January 5, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
  • February 7, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Or Pink Feminine Purple Feminine.

    And if this is symbolic, I remembered an interesting one.

    When the members of Ouran High School Host Club crossdressed, Tamaki wore a pink and red dress, while Kyouya wore dark purple.
  • February 7, 2012
    KZN02
  • February 9, 2012
    HumanaUox
  • February 9, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Psylock from X Men. BE WARNED. I AM COLORBLIND. I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S ACTUALLY PURPLE.
  • February 9, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Is, but she's already mentioned, and it's not sure if she's this trope (she's not really contrasting anyone, as there are other telepaths with other colors anyway). She fits other purple tropes though.
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