Created By: Earnest on January 17, 2011 Last Edited By: Earnest on March 19, 2011
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Color Changing Conversion

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When a cast is Color-Coded for Your Convenience, and even if it isn't, some clothes, armor, weapons, vehicles, and even cities will change their color scheme to match that of the current owner as soon as picked up. Kind of like a high tech/magical mood ring. Mecha-Mooks that get hacked will spontaneously change the color of any lights on their chassis, even if they were solid state bulbs rather than screen.

See also Fisher Kingdom and Dress-Coded for Your Convenience.

  • In Tron: Legacy, vehicles change to the color of whatever program is piloting it. Also, programs that are reprogrammed (or deprogrammed) may change color.
  • In Erf World, raiment has similar properties. It changes color and even symbol depending on who a unit serves. So when Wanda uncroacks or Decrypts a unit, its raiment immediately changes to her or Parson's symbol.
  • Magic weapons in Goblins are explicitly said to glow with the aura color of their wielder, and change depending on who wields them.
  • Gears of War: The light on guns change to either blue or red depending upon which side picks them up.
  • The security bots in Bioshock change from red-light to green-light when you hack them.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • January 17, 2011
    Medinoc
    Didn't the laser guns of GI Joe act like this?
  • January 21, 2011
    Earnest
    I can't remember. We'd have to find a case of a Joe or Cobra stealing the other guys' weapon and it switching color afterwards.
  • January 21, 2011
    Sandor
    • Gears Of War: The light on guns change to either blue or red depending upon which side picks them up.
  • January 24, 2011
    Earnest
    Name ideas?
  • March 18, 2011
    OurGLORIOUSLeader
    New name: Convenient Color Change?
  • March 18, 2011
    Stratadrake
    This tends to be a staple of strategy games if different players have the same units and structures at their disposal, because you do need a way to tell your forces apart from your opponents'.

    See also Color Coded Multiplayer.
  • March 19, 2011
    Arivne
    Video Games
    • In Dune II, when an Ordos Deviator tank hit an opposing unit and put it under Ordos control, the unit's color changed to Ordos green.
  • March 19, 2011
    Koveras
    In Nanoha StrikerS, Subaru receives her sister's magical Device from her for the Final Battle. At first, it remains purple (her sister's signature color) but when she is preparing a powerful spell, it turns blue (Subaru's color), just like her own twin Device.
  • March 19, 2011
    Jokubas
    When buildings are captured in Command And Conquer games, they change to the color of the team that captured them.

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