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->''"Ah! Senpai turned white again!''"
-->-- '''Megumi''', ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma''

In RealLife people can turn pale when ill or shocked. In animation, they can go grayscale or pure white. These events are usually 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.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Happens [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/3e5c3459f95f68d5a21cef7a4833873a/tumblr_inline_mz729aGr5j1r60wo8.gif 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.
* ''Manga/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.
* ''Manga/KOn'' shows this many times with Mio, and once with the entire band.
* ''LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki'': Teika does it out of shock/surprise.
* ''Manga/OuranHighschoolHostClub'': usually to Tamaki, but most of the characters have had one of these moments.
** One episode (the one with the "reverse harem" girl) had ''all of them'' do this after she calls them so.
* ''Anime/{{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.
* ''Manga/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 ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' series.
* At one point, Nako and Uruka of ''Anime/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 ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' when the main character gets a higher test score than him.
* This happens a few times in ''Manga/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 ''LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon'', lampshaded.
* Happens a lot in ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'', usually to Kaede.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Sakura does this when Pakkun (a dog) notes that they both use the same shampoo.
* In the TV anime of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'', this occurs to Daniel J. D'Arby during his FreakOut when Jotaro makes outrageous raises in their poker game. It's gradual: first, he loses all the color in his hair, then in the moments before he passes out, he loses the rest of his color.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' 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 to use as leverage against Kaname's own kidnappers.
* ''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 Straw Hat crew and everyone nearby simply freezes and goes white with shock.
** In general, Oda tends to do a smaller version of this whenever someone's shocked or scared, namely, an ''Eye Colour Failure''. It's notable because whenever someone with dark eyes does it, they go nearly white.
** A little earlier, Nami and everything around her in about a one-meter radius was black-and-white to reflect her deep depression. At the time, she thought all their belongings, especially the ''mikan'' trees from her hometown, had been lost to Aqua Laguna.
** [[http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/274/7/a/shocked_sanji_by_jasonpictures-d816yud.png Sanji]] makes this one when he heard Zoro saying he and Duval, whose ugly face matches the ugly drawing of his wanted poster, to be 'like two peas in a pod'.
* 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 ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', 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/{{Oreimo}}'', 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.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'':
** Every time Gilbert sees a cat.
** 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 ''[[Anime/DominionTankPolice New Dominion Tank Police]]'', Britain ends up like this. What should've been his SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome 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.
* ''LightNovel/{{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 Franchise/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!")
* ''Manga/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.
* ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'':
** 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.
* ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' has Tomoko take this UpToEleven rather frequently by going beyond grayscale to completely transparent.
* Manako in ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' goes into shock after hearing that a 100+ cm bra was too small for Centorea. Grasping the air in front of her own flat chest.
* In ''Manga/ShamanKing'' anime this sometimes happens, but it's played with. It happens when [[PungeonMaster Chocolove]] tells an IncrediblyLamePun, so it seems less like shock and more like disappointment.
* In ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'', Mirai's Petit'gguy punches a rival's Anime/TurnAGundam right in the [[GroinAttack Core Fighter]], causing this in the pilot, announcer, and [[ShareTheMalePain half the audience]].
* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'''s Konishi tends to turn white when thinking about his [[ClubStub club's outlook]]. Lampshaded by Megumi.
-->'''Soma:''' Splash water on him!


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'': In the adaptation of the TV episode "Raffle Ruckus" (issue #4, Nov. 1972), Botch observes that Peevly always turns chameleon green whenever the superintendent calls.

* ''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.
* The Boov from ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'' turn white when extremely shocked, as opposed to yellow for merely scared.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Trolls}}'': It's eventually revealed why Branch is not nearly as colorful as everyone other troll. [[spoiler: Trolls become grey when they become depressed. It eventually happens to every troll when they all get captured.]]
* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', when [[spoiler: Thanos kills Vision a second time by ripping the Mind Stone out of his head, he loses his vibrancy]].

[[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.
* ''Series/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"]].
* Inverted in one episode of ''Series/BigBadBeetleborgs'', when Count Fangula learns that a member of a legendary clan of vampire hunters is coming to the mansion, his normally deathly pallor becomes flushed. Mums observes, "Fangie's so scared the colors going ''into'' his face!"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Weaponised'' by [[BigBad Wilfre]] in ''[[VideoGame/DrawnToLife Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter]]''. ItsALongStory.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'' when you feed a Mii their most hated food, followed by them [[ImMelting melting into a puddle]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', the Great Deku Tree turns gray when he dies.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam'', all paper enemies become gray and turn into shreds when they are defeated or, in the case of [[BossBattle bosses]], before the typical boss-exploding animation.

[[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]].
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'''s third season, the [[GenkiGirl normally-exuberant]] Nora Valkyrie undergoes this when she [[MotorMouth rapidly]] explains what would happen if her team loses the upcoming Vytal Festival Tournament and [[MadeMyselfSad makes herself sad]]. While this seems like one of the cartoony gags the series sometimes engages in, as Volume 4 reveals, [[spoiler:Nora's teammate (and love interest) Lie Ren has the ability to suppress negative emotions to hide people from [[EmotionEater creatures of Grimm]], which manifests by his targets' colors turning washed-out. So Nora's Color Failure wasn't a sight gag, it was Ren trying to calm her down.]]
** After losing the doubles round against Yang and Weiss, the colorful and vibrant Neon Katt appears with muted colors like Nora when she realizes they lost. She quickly regains her colors when she cheers up and gushes over how amazing Team RWBY is.

* Samson from [[http://DestinyFailsUs.com Destiny Fails Us]] loses his color when he embarrasses himself in front of Lily.
* ''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. She had been a bit bolder than she might otherwise be when choosing Ellen's outfit because she assumed it would just be blamed on Susan. Finding out that wasn't the case was a bit embarrassing.
** 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.
** In another arc, Tedd goes white with shock when he discovers that the man who had been hitting on him earlier [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1880 was straight, and thought he was a girl.]] Previously, he had simply assumed that the guy was gay.
* 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 ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' [[http://www.sdamned.com/2005/10/10102005/ does this sometimes]]. Looks perfectly {{justified|Trope}}.
* Herbert from Webcomic/{{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.
* ''Webcomic/{{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.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Rain}}'', Rain's [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1073316/its-a-small-world-after-all/ reaction]] to Gavin asking her if she happened to be familiar with his childhood friend, [[SecretIdentity Ryan Flaherty.]]
* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', this happens to Peridot when it seems that Almond has forgotten about her.

[[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).
** Pinkie Pie's color becomes desaturated whenever she [[SanitySlippage reverts to her depressed "Pinkamena" personality]].
** In the pilot, Princess Luna's colors, after reverting from her Nightmare Moon form, are more muted than in her later appearances. According to Creator/LaurenFaust, this was due to her being reborn with low magic levels. However, when she surrenders her magic to Twilight in the Season 4 finale, her colors remain unchanged.
** In the Season 5 premiere, [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil as seen in the teaser trailers]], [[spoiler: the Mane Six's colors become washed-out after having their cutie marks replaced with equals signs.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Raven does this when beaten in a game of chess. Her opponent, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cyborg]], had recently had an upgrade.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** In both ''Cats A-weigh!'' and ''The Slap-Hoppy Mouse'', Sylvester loses his black coloration after being [[OhCrap mildly surprised]] to see Hippety Hopper in the basement (where he expected a mouse).
** The same thing happens to [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner Wile E. Coyote]] in ''Stop! Look! And Hasten!'' when he leaps into the Burmese Tiger Trap he has dug, only to learn that, rather than the Road Runner. he's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin caught a Burmese Tiger]]. ("''Surprisibus! Surprisibus!''")
** This happens to WesternAnimation/PorkyPig (and his horse) in ''Porky's Phoney Express'', when he sees a horde of Indians chasing him.
** In ''[[WesternAnimation/CensoredEleven Uncle Tom's Bungalow]]'', the [[{{Expy}} expies]] of Little Eva and Topsy briefly switch skin colors when they get scared.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Edd went monochrome [[WeaksauceWeakness simply by smelling a piece of rotten cheese.]]
* Optimus Prime turns charcoal gray upon death in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'', and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Starscream in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' 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.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'' episode "Black and White" makes it ''the focal point of the episode'', as Mickey is scared out of his color, which manifests as an entity which he must chase back.
* In the [[WesternAnimation/{{Talkartoons}} Talkartoon]] short ''WesternAnimation/MinnieTheMoocher'', WesternAnimation/BettyBoop and Bimbo both get scared and have their monochromatic colors inverted.