Created By: NoirGrimoir on July 23, 2011 Last Edited By: NoirGrimoir on November 16, 2012

Violet Haired Girl

Girls with purple hair are the Ojou or Shrinking Violet Kuuderes

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I'm making this a more general trope, like Rose-Haired Girl. Still, this isn't a dumping ground for purple haired characters, they have to fit one of the descriptions.

Animation uses impossible natural hair colors to help differentiate characters who who may otherwise look quite similar. Some of these hair colors are indicative of certain things about those characters. Purple hair is no different and is the intersection of two opposite hair-color tropes: Shy Blue-Haired Girl and Rose-Haired Girl. Violet-haired girls can favor either the passion of a Fiery Redhead, or the manner of a cool Ice Queen.

Purple Haired Girls can be associated with royalty and all the things that come with it, including wealth, status, sophistication and sometimes arrogance. With this association they may be princesses, or act as if others should treat them as such. Being Posh, Vain, Snobbish or Superior are also common. On the other hand however, they can be Elegant, Modest, and Kind. It's essentially the difference between a Royal Brat and Princess Classic. It's not uncommon for such characters to have a Noblewoman's Laugh, or speak in a very formal manner. A Hime Cut, is also very common for such characters, the hair-cut itself one associated with nobility and royalty in Japan.

Purple Haired girls can also be associated with the Shrinking Violet, this is such a well known phrase in the west that often purple-haired characters in Western Animation will be meant to allude to it. In this case the characters may be a quiet Kuudere or Emotionless Girl, or have No Social Skills, fearful of interaction with other people. Peek-a-Bangs are a common associated hair style, as well as speaking in a quiet voice, or not speaking much at all.

Purple hair also tends to be a common Mary Sue trait as well. Why? Because it's cool and unusual, probably.

Purple hair is also strongly related to Tall, Dark and Bishoujo, because Purple Is the New Black. As black is very difficult to render on screen, characters whose hair would be understood as black hair if it were in Real Life, may be colored purple. Likewise if a character has black hair in another media, when it is being adapted to animation it's hair may suddenly be purple.

A Subtrope of You Gotta Have Blue Hair. Compare Shy Blue-Haired Girl and Princesses Prefer Pink. Contrast Rose-Haired Girl. Has nothing to do with Elderly Purple Haired Ladies.


Anime and Manga
  • Hitagi Senjogahara from Bakemonogatari has bright purple hair in the anime, she has a very superior attitude and messes with the main protagonist's head for her own amusement, and is an Ojou and something of a School Idol.
  • Yoruichi from Bleach, who is from a noble house and is treated like royalty by the servants of the Shihoin family, such as Soifon, but otherwise acts like more of a Rebellious Princess except that she's so competent it's less rebelling and more she just gets her way.
  • Queen Nehellenia from Sailor Moon, who is a Queen, not to mention a very haughty villain. Sailor Mars has Shiny Midnight Black hair with purple highlights and happens to be The Ojou, as she is rich and goes to a private school.
  • Konan from Naruto, who is the only Kunoichi in the Akatsuki and Pein's right hand girl, she is the Yamato Nadeshiko type.
  • Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop has purple hair and is quite full of herself, and pretty much demands that everyone treat her like a refined lady, not that she acts like one.
  • Tenchi Muyo! has Princess Ayeka from the planet Jurai, who has purple hair. Not to mention Tenchi's grandfather and her brother who also has purple hair.
  • Henrietta in Zero no Tsukaima is a Princess, later a Queen, but more of a princessClassic, Yamato Nadeshiko type.
  • Kyouka Kanejou from B Gata H Kei, who is an actual ojou as well.
  • Himemiya Chikane in Kannazuki no Miko. Sometimes her hair looks dark blue and other times it looks straight up purple, but she is The Ojou.
  • Natsuki Kuga from Mai-HiME another one whose hair oscillates between dark blue and purple depending on the picture.
  • Ogasawara Sachiko from Maria-sama ga Miteru who is an Ojou, though most characters in it are Ojous.
  • Sylia Stingray from Bubblegum Crisis, has the dark-blue hair in the original series, and light blue-hair that sometimes looks lavender in one of the newer series as well as being The Ojou.
  • Anthy Himemiya from Revolutionary Girl Utena is an actual princess but she subverts most other princess tropes, except for this one.
  • Dalian from The Mystic Archives Of Dantalion, who has Princess Curls along with her purple hair. She is a Tsundere who orders around a Lord and is herself a mystic library of lovecraftian-grimoires.

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Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • July 23, 2011
  • July 24, 2011
    ^I'm pretty pretty sure she doen't qualify at all.

    Also, can we please get info on those character's personalities? Many of the examples read like "X Just X, also a princess" which isn't what this trope/ trope collection is looking for.

    Additionally, the trend seems to be to split trope pages that are actually a bunch of tropes that share a physical clue, see TRS for eye colour tropes for instance. For that reason, if there actually are more purple hair tropes than just one (as there seems to be), to avoid problems of a PSOC name and a possible speed-TR Sing, I suggest you split the tropes while they're still here in YKTTW. How about Purple Hair Of Introversion and Purple Haired Alpha Girl for names?
  • July 24, 2011
    ^^I think you are splitting hairs with those subsets. Also, it could be argued that Hit Girl is like a dark, twisted, foul-mouthed, violent version of a princess, as she is surely daddy's little girl, with special abilities that set her apart from her peers. Plus she is emotionaless. I am sure the creators of the comic book are aware on some level of this anime type that you speak of. Since Hit Girl is the first person many might think of when seeing the trope name, you may want to explain how she does or does not fit it so as to clarify your trope.
  • July 24, 2011
    ^and that's why Purple Haired Girl is a bad name. Whether or not Hit Girl fits or not, we're not creating a list of characters that are girls and have purple hair.
  • July 24, 2011
    I didn't add hit girl, because I don't think she has any of the qualifications. Also purple is not her natural hair color. Also I'm open to suggestions for anything. I've just definitely noticed a trend in girls who have purple hair. I thought about not including the Shrinking Violet types, but it seemed there weren't as many of them so they might as well be grouped in.
  • July 24, 2011
    You really need a more specific name than just the hair colour. We're cracking down on these sort of vague appearance tropes and trying to clean them up. We don't need another one. People end up just listing everyone with purple hair.
  • July 25, 2011
    I think this should be split into the two character types. Shrinking Violet With Violet Hair and Royal Purple Hair (or Royal Princess With Purple Hair)
  • July 26, 2011
    And, of course, that first one could be Shrinking Violet Hair, but people might think it's the hair that's shrinking.
  • July 27, 2011
    Megatokyo's Miho, a mysterious Elegant Gothic Lolita and probable Dark Magical Girl, has dark purple hair. Some of the official artwork suggests this may be due to Purple Is The New Black, while others indicate her hair really is purple.
  • July 11, 2012
    This might best be split. Also, Graceful Ladies Like Purple is related.
  • July 11, 2012
    • The beautiful woman Mad Madame Mim from Disney's The Sword In The Stone has long purple hair. It's both exotic and gives her the illusion of being the pretty princess type.
  • July 11, 2012
  • July 12, 2012
    Patchouli Knowledge of the Touhou series, who in Fanon is a Hikikomori and not exactly the most social youkai in Gensokyo.
  • July 12, 2012
    Violet in The Incredibles. Pretty much the shrinking violet until late in the film when she gains some confidence.
  • July 12, 2012
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  • July 12, 2012
    Leela in Futurama has purple hair. But again, so what? She doesn't fit squarely into any of the characteristics you mention, which is an accomplishment since it's described so broadly. I don't think these assocations are as universal as you think; if it's a trope at all, it may be strictly an Anime trope.
  • July 17, 2012
    Do we really have to have a trope for every different kind of hair and eye color combination out there? They always end up being "characters with X hair/eye color have these character traits... except when they don't." The tropes should be about the character traits themselves, not the colors.
  • July 18, 2012
  • July 18, 2012
    The purple-haired characters that come to mind for me are science fiction heroines.

    Samus Aran had purple hair in the Super Metroid comic (but was blonde in the game). Galactic Commander from Math Blaster had purple hair in her second and third incarnations. And Turanga Leela from Futurama.
  • September 25, 2012
    Wouldn't Hinata count as well?
  • November 15, 2012
    I'm not seeing a trope here. What I'm seeing is

    "Girls with purple hair may be any one of:
    • princesses, or of similar high-status,
    • elegant
    • refined,
    • shy
    • emotionless,
    • socially unskilled or awkward
    • special snowflakes,
    • Rule Of Cool
    • beautiful,
    • it's really black hair, but it's rendered as purple."

    In other words, Purple hair doesn't carry any additional information to the audience, because it could mean almost anything or it could mean nothing at all. That's not a trope, it's just a coincidence

  • November 15, 2012
    This might actually be two tropes. Purple Haired Princess and Lavender Haired Loner (Or something like those.)
  • November 15, 2012
    Just as the Rose Haired Girl has to have a rosy personality I think this should have a regal personality. Most of the description talks about being a princess anyway. The Other Wiki says on the purple page "In human color psychology, purple is also associated with royalty and nobility (stemming from classical antiquity when Tyrian purple was only affordable to the elites)."
  • November 15, 2012
    It looks like you already included enough of "associated tropes" to catch every other girl in anime. Are you sure it's not strained? :]
  • November 16, 2012
    @lexicon he has to either restrict this to girls that fit that, or split it into more than one page.

    Put it this way: "Character has red hair" is Not A Trope. However Evil Redhead, Fiery Redhead, Red Headed Hero and Red Headed Stepchild are tropes, but they are SEPARATE tropes, because their meanings are (mostly) unrelated.
  • November 16, 2012
    Konan's hair is blue, not purple...

    And yes, the description seems to include way too many different character types.
  • November 16, 2012
    <Mod Hat>

    This trope can not be launched as is and especially not with this title. Rose Haired Girl needs to go through TRS for being used for any character with pink hair. This will end up as the same thing.

    Your current description is certainly broad enough that you could shove anyone into it.