Created By: SentaiToku on January 22, 2013

Color Failure Plot

Restoring/ coloring a somehow decolored/ already colorless setting

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The protagonists either have to put color back or they just color some setting which had no color before

Examples include the Enemy Mime episode from The Powerpuff Girls
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  • January 22, 2013
    A longer, more descriptive introduction would be nice; could you add to what you've got there?


    Video Games
    • This is the entire premise of De Blob.
  • January 22, 2013
    • Turgor is set in a surreal space where colors are a limited resource so everyone fights for their possession.
  • January 22, 2013
    Often happens in Rainbow Brite, as the Big Bad's raison d'etre is getting rid of color.
  • January 22, 2013
    • Happens in Pleasant Ville as the protagonists Trapped In TV Land gradually break open the conservative suburban society and thus bring more and more color into the black-and-white world.
  • January 22, 2013
    Sonic Generations the two Sonics restore color to the world by running really fast.
  • January 22, 2013
    I think this kind of happens in an episode of Doctor Snuggles.

    have to check...
  • January 22, 2013
    Doesn't Epic Mickey have something like this? I know it had a paintbrush but I'm just grasping at straws.

    I'm also pretty sure some generic shooter that Zero Punctuation reviewed had something like liberated lands becoming more colorful, which he liked just because it broke up the Real Is Brown monotony. Damn, I'll have to go back and rewatch old Z Ps.
  • January 22, 2013
    ^ The Saboteur, probably. I think it was also a plot element in the 2008 Prince Of Persia.
  • January 22, 2013
    Yes! Pretty sure it was The Saboteur. I'll double check after work.
  • January 23, 2013
    See also Color Failure (which may have examples to move).
  • January 23, 2013
    Western Animation
    • William Hanna's first credited cartoon "To Spring" concerns underground gnomes working to pump colors back into the surface world to displace the drabness of winter.

    • Don Bluth's Rock-A-Doodle had the villain put the entire valley under a gloom of rainclouds. The rooster Chanticleer defeated the villain, which broke the cloud cover and brightened the valley considerably.
  • January 23, 2013
    Video Games: De Blob is about a resistance force against the INKT, a military police force who have drained the color out of the world. (I see the example's already there, but here's more detail.)

    Film: Pleasantville is set in ann idyllic black-and-white 50s sitcom. The main characters, who come from the real world in the present, introduce more realistic concepts, issues, and values into the world (such as racial discrimination and premarital sex), and the town gradually gets colorized as people learn about and understand them.
  • January 23, 2013
    The first level of The Unfinished Swan takes place in a completely white landscape which you have to splatter with black paint to navigate through.
  • January 23, 2013
    Web Original:

    Video Games:

    By the way, you should probably add something about the Art Initiates Life trope to the description.
  • January 23, 2013
    If there is a villain in the work, they are usually responsible for the lack (or loss) of color in the world.
  • January 23, 2013
    Western Animation:
    • One episode of Dragon Tales has a heavy rainstorm wash all the color off of Dragonland. The cast has to repaint the place.
  • January 24, 2013
    • An episode of The Powerpuff Girls featured a clown turning into a mime and draining the world of color.
    • The second level of the Fido Dido video game involves collecting drops of color to gradually bring color to the level.