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In RealLife people can turn pale when ill or shocked. In {{anime}} they can go grayscale. These events are always played for comedy and characters once grayscale they can be unresponsive or completely frozen in place.

See also BlueWithShock, an artistically different and most of the time less extreme version of this, common with BlankWhiteEyes. SisterTrope to BlankFaceOfShame. Compare DeliberatelyMonochrome. Common side effect of a CornerOfWoe. Not to be confused with when the colors look wrong on something due to artistic oversight.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Happens a lot to Yato in the ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'' anime.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', Sae (and Hiro) do this when Yuno and Miyako first mention that [[OneOfTheKids Yoshi]][[LoveableSexManiac noya]] is their teacher.
** Yuno gets one when she gets the results of an English exam back.
* ''SchoolRumble'': Harima does this after a rush to complete one of his manga, in a ShoutOut to a certain boxing anime.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Poor Chiyo-Chan gets like this after one ride with Yukari, who DrivesLikeCrazy, and it basically shows that she's gone through a very traumatic experience. She goes white again the first time the "Yukari-mobile" gets mentioned after the aforementioned trip. Then, in the third year, Kaorin takes the ride and ends up similarly.
** Yukari does it when she is informed that she just effervesced into the wrong class.
** Kagura, upon realization that there are actually quite a few grades on the test that ''far'' surpass her own.
** After Minamo is reprimanded by ''Yukari'', of all people, for interfering with the girls' studies, she [[CornerOfWoe sits in the corner]] with her knees to her chest and without color for the rest of the evening.
* ''KOn'' shows this many times with Mio, and once with the entire band.
* ''FruitsBasket''
* ''KyouranKazokuNikki'': Teika does it out of shock/surprise.
* ''OuranHighschoolHostClub'': usually to Tamaki, but most of the characters have had one of these moments.
** One episode (the one with the GenreSavvy "reverse harem" girl) had ''all of them'' do this after she calls them so.
* ''{{FLCL}}'': Parodied, as one character's strong emotions sends them through the whole rainbow of colors.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'': Hiyori whites out and slowly dissolves away after staying up all night to beat a deadline.
** And Anime Tencho turns Minoru white in a Lucky Channel segment. This is a pun, as a literal translation of "Shiraishi" is "Whitestone."
** The entire group of four main characters has a MassOhCrap version of this when Tsukasa asks why a certain dog command is called "chin-chin" (Chinese children's word for penis).
* Happens to Yuki and his sister and father in the ''Manga/{{Gravitation}}'' anime when Shuichi shows up in a hideous dress and makeup, pretending to be Yuki's fiancee.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Index and Aisa do this (plus [[ThunderShock Thunder Rage]]) when Komoe starts [[{{squee}} happily]] talking about how Touma was a naughty boy, and how "various things" happened. "[[UnwantedHarem Another one]]?" "That bastard."
** Komoe-sensei gets another one (pictured above) when she sees her class wrecked after a fight.
* ''SoulEater'': When Excalibur arrives in the Death Room in episode 46, several seconds pass of Shinigami, Yumi and Spirit in color failure...until they turn back to normal and promptly resume their assessment of the ongoing mission, ignoring Excalibur's repeated statements of "Fool!".
** Earlier on in the series, Black*Star goes through this multiple times while trying to overcome a jar of water that sucks out your soul.
*** Also when he is the victim of a GroinAttack.
** Even earlier on in the series - more specifically, the first episode - Soul and Maka go through this after realizing that Blair's soul didnt turn Soul into a Death Scythe.
* This frequently occurs for comedic effect in the ''{{Mahoromatic}}'' series.
* At one point, Nako and Uruka of ''SteelAngelKurumi 2'' are being chased by a giant statue of Buddha. ItMakesSenseInContext. Sort of.
* This happens to Taiga a few times in ''LightNovel/ToraDora!'', such as when she see her crush Kitamura naked. Also, all the boys in class 2C end up this way when the person who led their campaign to unite and outvote their competition on what to do for their school festival ruined the very same campaign by doing a lottery draw instead of majority vote.
* It happens to Itsuki in ''{{Shuffle}}'' when the main character gets a higher test score than him.
* This happens a few times in ''ChronoCrusade''. In one instance, Chrono does this when Rosette calls Sister Kate an "ugly old hag", in another Rosette does this when Chrono [[MarshmallowHell faints into Satella's breasts]].
* Kurimu in ''SeitokaiNoIchizon'', lampshaded.
* Happens a lot in ''NininGaShinobuden'', usually to Kaede.
* In ''{{Naruto}}'', Sakura does this when Pakkun notes that they use the same shampoo.
* ''KeroroGunsou'' has this happen to Dororo whenever he's driven to the CornerOfWoe. It also happens to Keroro in episode 3 when he uses the "Space Plant Dreaming Alpha" to generate some pleasing hallucinations. The latter is lampshaded in the dub, when Tamama remarks that one of the side effects of the plant is "pigment loss".
* In the first episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', Kaname exhibits this when Sousuke reveals that he took the gang leader's kid brother hostage.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': When Garp reveals the uh... family circumstances of the Monkey family, then remarks he probably said a bit too much, he asks everyone to ''please forget what he just said'', every marine there, the entire Strawhat crew and everyone nearby simply freezes and goes white with shock.
* America in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' after he finally gets a look at his own weight.
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' has this happen when Suiseiseki [[spoiler: steals Hina Ichigo's strawberry]]. Suiseiseki turns around and claims that Hina Ichigo stole from her. Cue Hina Ichigo turning white as Suiseiseki starts fake crying to gain sympathy.
* In some of its more comedic moments, the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime does this often. One good example was when Marilyn (who's obsessed with cute Pokémon) didn't think Dawn's Piplup was cute. Piplup ended up pulling an example of this trope and ''staying like that'' for the rest of the scene.
* In ''{{Eureka 7}}'', protagonist Renton not only suffers color failure, but emits a color failure ''field'' extending about a foot around his body when his crush's adopted children brutally cut down his "compatibility" with her - in front of her.
* In ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' it's standard fare for nearly everyone to get this, sometimes even combined with BlueWithShock.
* A common reaction of anyone who hears trivia from a [[http://www.youtube.com/user/mameshibavideos#p/u/19/mjmQw3JaTsE mameshiba]]
* In ''LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai'', Makabe, one of the game research club members, suffers a particularly brutal/hilarious one after Sena, one of the other members, blurts out that she has no trouble fantasizing about {{Yaoi}}, and then says that she dreamt about Makabe [[spoiler: getting gang-raped by the entire club the night before.]] While it shocks the entire club upon hearing that, poor Makabe turns completely white, and a few scenes later, still hasn't recovered from it.
* Every time Gilbert sees a cat in ''PandoraHearts''.
** Oz gets one after Elliot spoils him on his favorite book.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys''
** The boys' reaction when Mei finds Tadakuni using her skirt (plus a few other items) in ''High School Boys and Skirts''.
** Again in Episode 2 when Tadakuni and Yasunori discover Nago [[SheCleansUpNicely can look pretty in a convex mirror]].
** Yanagin discovered in ''High School Girls are Funky -- Ramen'' that NAGO didn't even knew it was ''her'' who was making a duel--despite winning over Yanagin ''twice''.
* This also happens in the ''Manga/FairyTail'' anime, sometimes with blue lines coming out of the characters who turned white.
* At the end of episode 3 of ''[[DominionTankPolice New Dominion Tank Police]]'', Britain ends up like this. What should've been his CrowningMomentOfAwesome for pulling off a very difficult shot with his revolver turns into this when he ends up ''centimeters'' from being run over by a huge truck. He'd been literally scared stiff.
* OreShura: When Masuzu tells Eita that she likes him, he turns white, followed by the entire class.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'': In episode 7, when Mahiro tells Nyarko "I don't like you", she collapses on the beach, turning white and muttering {{Madness Mantra}}s straight out of the CthulhuMythos. After Mahiro is convinced to apologize and take Nyarko on a date, she starts invoking this trope deliberately to get him to do certain things with her (though he draws the line when she tries to drag him into a sex museum, even saying "Turning white's not going to work this time!")
* HunterXHunter: [[MonsterClown Hisoka]], of all people, gets this [[spoiler: upon finding out that Chrollo, his target, could not use Nen due to Kurapika's Judgement Chain.]] All after stripping his shirt [[spoiler:(and false tattoo)]] and getting pumped up with Nen, ready to fight.
* In ''{{Bakuman}}'', there are a few examples.
** When Hattori sees the main characters' designs for shonen heroes, and says "These all suck!"
** When Mashiro and Takagi are meeting with Miura to discuss what to do after hearing that [[spoiler:Detective Trap got cancelled]]. Miura takes note of it and suggests that it's too soon for them to make a decision.
* In the ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' manga, Yukari has this reaction when she overhears that Miho [[spoiler:will be disowned if she does not win against Pravda]].
* In [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima Negima's]] GagSeries, Ayaka and Makie have a RunningGag, wherein if [[GenkiGirl Makie]] is even ''slightly'' less bubbly than normal, Ayaka will call her out on it and say she fails at "being Makie!" Makie goes white with shock and a big, stone-textured "CRUSHED" in Japanese falls on her head. She stays this way for the scene and everyone else ignores it, whether by themselves or when someone else prompts them to.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'' has an epic one. It also doubles as a HeroicBSOD.
* ''Bandit Queen'' has a scene which washes out to nearly all white during a scene with the Queen exacting some revenge on the Thakur.
* This is generally the effect of the arsenal of the Blue Meanies in WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine.
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' featured a variation of this: Whenever [[TheDragon Molt]] is frightened, his exoskeleton will turn white and fall off his body.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', one retired officer forgets the name of the Green Ranger, who is immediately shown black and white and crouching in the CornerOfWoe.
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', the villain kills a maidservant by draining the life out of her, resulting in this.
* ''FatherTed'':- Bishop Len Brennan immediately after being kicked up the arse.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the victims of the reaper have their eyes and skin turn gray as their life is drained in [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E12Faith "Faith"]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Weaponised'' by [[BigBad Wilfre]] in [[DrawnToLife Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter]]. ItsALongStory

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Happens to The Cheat while watching a [[ScareEmStraight 'shock-u-mentary']].
* This is a common reaction of those who hear whatever random trivia the [[http://dogatch.jp/mameshibaworld/video.html Mameshiba]] have to give them.
** Such as when a [[MeetTheMeat suddenly animated pistachio]] informs a woman crying in her cocktail that [[TruthInTelevision chameleons turn white when shocked]].

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Samson from [[http://DestinyFailsUs.com Destiny Fails Us]] loses his color when he embarrasses himself in front of Lily.
* During the Birthday Party in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Nanase does [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-06-30 this]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-08-26 twice]] after discovering that Ellen knows that it's her who picked out Ellen's outfit for the party. Shortly afterwards it happens to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-08-07 Tedd]], when he learns the party theme was for his benefit, and Grace is now blaming herself for not realizing he wouldn't be comfortable.
* The normally tough Aeris from ''Webcomic/VGCats'' has a color failure when she looks at Franchise/DonkeyKong [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=80 for too long]].
* Rhea from ''SlightlyDamned'' [[http://www.sdamned.com/2005/10/10102005/ does this sometimes]]. Looks perfectly {{justified|Trope}}.
* Herbert from {{Sinful}} [[http://www.fanelorn.net/SINFUL/archives/42 constantly]] [[http://www.fanelorn.net/SINFUL/archives/113 suffers]] [[http://www.fanelorn.net/SINFUL/archives/511 from]] ColorFailure, usually when he's just been hit by the Clue Bat.
* ''{{Poharex}}'' becomes pale after accidentally activating his healing power for the first time. He then passes out, as using this power had exhausted his energy.
* [[http://sand.smackjeeves.com/ .:Sandbox:.]]: Yosie has one of these in [[http://sand.smackjeeves.com/comics/582373/spam-dump-1/ the first Spam Dump]].
** This happens again in the much more recent [[http://sand.smackjeeves.com/comics/1456731/sdd-134-perversion-test/ Perversion Test]] comic.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Used and even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' when [[BigBad Discord]] [[TheCorruption corrupts]] the protagonists into acting in ways opposite to their respective Elements of Harmony (e.g. [[WillNotTellALie Applejack]] begins telling BlatantLies).
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Raven does this when beaten in a game of chess. Her opponent, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cyborg]], had recently had an upgrade.
* In the 1947 Creator/TexAvery cartoon ''Lucky Ducky'', during one chase scene the two hunters and the duck they're chasing run past a "[[NoFourthWall Technicolor Ends Here]]" sign, beyond which everything instantly turns monochrome. It takes them a couple of seconds to notice this.
* The 1956 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuUuGTW3YRE The Slap-Hoppy Mouse]] features Sylvester losing his black coloration after being [[OhCrap mildly surprised]] to see the baby kangaroo in the basement (where he expected a mouse). This also happens when he encounters the same kangaroo in "Cats A-Weigh".
** The same thing happens to Wile E. Coyote in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u7LrBvbYsY Stop! Look! And Hasten!]]" when his Burmese Tiger Trap turns out [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin to have caught a Burmese Tiger]]. ("''Surprisibus! Surprisibus!''")
* [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy Edd went monochrome]] [[WeaksauceWeakness simply by smelling a piece of rotten cheese.]]
* Optimus Prime turns charcoal gray upon death in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'', and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Starscream in TransformersTheMovie does as well, after Galvatron incinerates him with a blast from his plasma cannon mode.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' references this, when Megatron ponders when Optimus will "fade to gunmetal gray" as he's dying.
*** He does upon dying from his wounds from the assault on the base in Jasper.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', this happens to [[NewAgeRetroHippie Mr. Small]] whenever he hears [[TyrannosaurusRex Tina]] [[TheBully Rex's]] name. The color from his tye-die shirt doesn't just disappear, it flows in liquid form in a puddle around his ankles, combining it with [[BringMyBrownPants another trope entirely.]]
** Darwin and Anais experience color failure [[DrivesLikeCrazy when being driven around by Richard]] in "The Bumpkin", with the color splattering on the walls of the car and them picking it back with their hands when getting out.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode "Special Delivery", [[EvilGenius Psyphon]] sees [[NightmareFace Toepick's]] [[TakeOurWordForIt hideous face]] and is reduced to a whimpering mess; turning completely white in the process.
** Anyone who sees Toepick's face seem to do this.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' episode "Valley of the Unicorns," the unicorns suffer this when their horns are stolen.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Smurfette's Dancing Shoes", Grouchy turns completely white when he falls victim to a harmless trap in Dreadful Hollow without realizing it.
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