Created By: KDreader02 on April 12, 2018 Last Edited By: Arivne on 9 hours ago


When a character's sensory inputs cross.

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Synesthesia is a real life condition in which a person relates a sense to something else. Some people see people in colors, or with flavors. It is similar to Tastes Like Purple, but is not fantasy based or temporary. It's something they are born with, and doesn't just go away.

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  • In Secret Series, The Midnight Sun targets children who has synesthesia.

  • In Space Boy, Amy sees people as having different flavors. She sees her mother as mint, and her father as hot chocolate. The reason Oliver makes her curious is because he doesn't have a flavor.

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • April 12, 2018
    Tastes Like Purple is used for synesthesia across the wiki. And as far as I know, it was not restricted to being temporary or only fantasy... so this is covered.
  • April 12, 2018
    The beginning sentences for Tastes Like Purple is: “Momentary tasting colors/ temporary synesthesia. This is where a character, due to magic, poison, drugs, blow to the head, etc. starts tasting/smelling/hearing colours or other variations.” If I interpreted wrong, that’s on me, but I meant for this to be a condition that isn’t fantasy based or temporary like Tastes Like Purple seems to imply.
  • April 12, 2018
    I think either the trope isn't restricted to that, or it's expanded in the way it is used since the page was written. From examples across the wiki, it certainly seems to be any instance of synesthesia.
  • April 13, 2018
    Tastes Like Purple indicates artificially influenced synesthesia. This one, which probably doesn't, has a lot of potential but really needs to be expounded upon.
  • April 13, 2018
    What's the narrative importance of synesthesia? After all, we don't have a trope for "People With Red Hair", but we do have Fiery Redhead and Heroes Want Redheads and a bunch of other pages about the narrative significance of red hair.

    Just from the two examples you already have, it seems like maybe you could make this "Synesthesia Is Magic" or something like that—where it marks a character as otherworldly in some way, or could even be a form of True Sight.
  • April 14, 2018
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  • April 16, 2018
    Comic Books
    • In Top Ten, Synesthesia Jackson uses her synesthesia to help her with detective work. In one case, she identifies a murderer by matching the music given off by their perfume to the music that she smelled on a victim.
  • April 16, 2018
    Maybe this counts?
    • X Men: Dazzler's mutant ability is to transform soundwaves into harmful bursts of light. She usually prefers to transform music and songs, as they'll produce beautiful, brilliant light shows.
  • April 16, 2018
    • House Of Anubis: Robert Frobisher-Smythe had Synesthesia, allowing him to hide one of the third season's treasures behind a capsule that required having Synesthesia to open, due to the color combinations being invisible without it. KT, his great-granddaughter, managed to open it by dulling her other senses and awakening her own Synethesia.
  • April 20, 2018
  • April 20, 2018
    Live-Action TV
    • In the final season of the original run of Heroes, the character Emma Coolidge demonstrated that her ability to see sound in the form of bright colors. However, her ability was to be able to manipulate the sound, using it to entice people and such.
  • 9 hours ago
    Live-Action TV
  • 9 hours ago
    Not to be confused with Synthesia.