Created By: SotiCoto on August 31, 2011

Mexico is Orange

A scene is shown to be taking place in mexico by applying orange lighting.

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(Can't really put it better than the laconic version. It just strikes me as a bit predictable that when you see a scene all lit up in orange in some american television show, it is pretty much always meant to be set in Mexico then and there.)
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  • August 31, 2011
    wanderlustwarrior
    ...I think you're on to something.

    Arrested Development, for one.
  • August 31, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    I think there's a trope here, but it could probably bear to be broadened. The orange lighting is probably a visual shorthand for a hot environment, since most of Mexico is desert. By contrast, scenes set in, say, Russia, are blue lit to show that they're cold.

    This isn't true, actually only the northern states in mexico have deserts. There are really cold places in Mexico as well, and there is more of a tropical and humid weather than it is hot and dry.
  • August 31, 2011
    azul120
    The film Traffic.
  • August 31, 2011
    JonnyB
    This is Color Wash.
  • August 31, 2011
    Generality
    I'd say it's a more specific form of Color Wash. Whether that's tropeworthy, let's see.
  • August 31, 2011
    Speedball
    I've definitely seen this specific form of Color Wash applied an awful lot.
  • August 31, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    I know WoW does this. Watching my brother do Ice Crown was sleep-inducing.
  • August 31, 2011
    Abodos
    Maybe rename this to something like Temperature Based Color Wash. It could still work as a Sub Trope of Color Wash, in the same way that Orange Blue Contrast is basically Color Wash but common enough and with enough of its own nuances to be a separate trope. Or maybe Environmentally Induced Color Wash, in case you want to broaden it out to include swamps with a green color wash, volcanic areas with a red color wash, and similar examples.
  • August 31, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^ That sounds sensible.
  • August 31, 2011
    Earnest
    As a Mexican, I am offended by this trope!

    Mexico isn't orange, it's you who all live in a blue world. And all day and all night and everything you sees is just blue like you, inside and outside.
  • August 31, 2011
    JonnyB
    I think this is the reason they do it in CSI Miami, to show how hot it's supposed to be.
  • September 1, 2011
    MinotaurWarrior
    Earnest... you just blue my mind! I'll never listen to that song the same way again!
  • September 1, 2011
    Earnest
    ^Thanks! Nice use of blue yourself.

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