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->''"You see dimensions in two,\\
State your case with black or white"''
-->-- '''The Fixx''', "One Thing Leads to Another"

Sometimes, the less we say, the more gets said. Despite and because of its simplicity, complexity, [[{{Chiaroscuro}} stark contrast]] and cultural cachet, Black and White movies and stand-alone TV episodes have remained popular in a few genres and story niches. Its uses vary, but these works are [[PaintingTheMedium deliberately desaturated]] to help the [[EnvironmentalSymbolism general mood and theme]] of the {{Film}}.

While no genre has a lock on B&W, the likeliest to use it are FilmNoir, detective stories and historical films or paying homage to historical films. The themes that can be expressed or heightened with B&W are generally moral ambiguity, {{Zeerust}}, mystery, drama and tragedy.

There are a few common variants: Desaturation, Limited Palette, and SplashOfColor.

'''Desaturating''' the color of a film can also be used to [[{{Retraux}} mimic the look of older films]], particularly colorized black-and-white films or faded prints of color films. This has led to use of Sepia tones ([[RealIsBrown browns]] and tans that mimic faded photographs) [[FlashbackEffects to indicate the scene in question is a flashback]]. It's worth noting that combining a Desaturated picture with Splash of Color can result in a Limited Palette.

A '''Limited Palette''' is a work completely in Black and White except for one or two recurring colors, shown in full vibrancy and linked to an important character or object. It's as if someone was making a "Paint by Numbers" movie with only two colors available. The net effect of these strategic and recurring uses of color in a B&W film may help to draw the viewer's attention; whether it’s to the MacGuffin, the FemmeFatale or ChekhovsGun. The colors themselves also inform roughly what emotions or themes are present in the work. Whereas Splash of Color is usually just a visual grab, a Limited Palette with colors like red or blue means the world is violent or sad, and that the character or object is somehow more alive or real than the world they're in. This is why a common FlashbackEffect is to use a limited palette of warm colors to signify [[HappyFlashback happy and old memories.]] Until [[TroubledBackstoryFlashback the tragedy kicks in]], anyway.

A '''SplashOfColor''' is much like the above, but appears only once or twice throughout the entire film as opposed to throughout.

In [[AdvertisingTropes infomercials]], Deliberately Monochrome signifies the "old-fashioned" (and usually inferior) way of doing things. [[TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket The woman tangled in a mess of cling wrap or cutting her fingers off while paring potatoes with a knife]] will usually be in black-and-white, while the woman easily covering leftovers with a Covermate or "peeling" a potato with the Handy-Peel will be in full color.

See also {{Retraux}}, RealIsBrown. A MonochromePast is this trope limited to a {{flashback}}.
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!!Pure Black and White

[[folder:Advertising]]
* Most "comparison" shots for diets, acne medicine, and other cosmetic applications will happen to have the "before" shot in black and white, and the "after" in color.
* There was an advert in the 1980s for Courage Best beer that was deliberately shot in the style of a 1930s film -- they actually got a cinematographer from the '30s involved to ensure authenticity. The advert is known as "Gercha"; it's supposed to hearken back to an era where Courage Best was apparently served in every pub across the land. Or perhaps it's supposed to show that Courage Best is timeless. Either way, "Gercha" is the name of the Chaz & Dave song that plays during that advert, and in fact Chaz & Dave did do more jingles for other, similar Courage Best adverts in the 1980s.
* The Trope TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket is in turn practically built around ''this'' trope.
* Most attack ads during political campaigns do this, usually with the candidate they don't like. Magical colors reappear when the candidate they ''do'' like comes on screen.
* Ads for kids show the boring world in black and white before the introduction of the new product that gives everything color.
* A commercial for Duracell batteries from the 1980s featured toys of Creator/LaurelAndHardy in a getaway motorcycle powered by the newer Duracell battery being chased by a police car powered by the older Duracell. The commercial is done entirely in black and white with dialogue cards in place of spoken dialogue (save for the Duracell logo at the end).
* While the first part of a two-part commercial for Energizer batteries featuring ''Film/KingKong'' is shown in color, the second part is shown in black and white.
** A more straight example from Energizer is a commercial parodying ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'', as it is shown entirely in black and white.
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[[folder:Anime]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' starts out like this, before Tomoya [[FirstGirlWins meets Nagisa]]. By the same company that made ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu]]''.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' has an entire arc where suitably monochrome scenes indicate the past.
* ''Franchise/DotHack'' depicts the [[RealLife real world]], as opposed to The World of the on-line VR games, in grainy black and white... ''except'' in the very final scene, where two of the players joyfully meet up in real life for the first time.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', [[FacelessMasses people that don't really have any plot importance tend to be grey]].
* In episode 10 of the ''Manga/GekkanShoujoNozakiKun'' anime, the scene where Kashima tries to sing is rendered in black and white, in the style of an old film reel. This is to demonstrate her [[HollywoodToneDeaf tone deafness]].
* The last episode of ''Anime/GunBuster'', just cause it's so angsty. What do you expect, it's a GainaxEnding (the angsty version, not the budget one - though to be fair, the limited budget that remained to finish the show played a role in the decision too).
* When Iori is telling ghost stories to Makoto and Yukiho at the beach during the night in the anime version of ''Anime/TheIdolmaster''.
* Episode 7 of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' displays the witch's realm this way, but takes it a step further. Everything but the background is either pitch black, blank white, or splattered red with blood (the blood is only visible in in the HD Bluray version).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''Batman Black and White'' series has stories where it's in, you guessed it, black and white! [[spoiler:Except for the last story in the last volume, which has splashes of red]]. One story features a villain, the Black and White Bandit, who is colorblind and whose {{idiosyncrazy}} involves things that are black and white -- adding a bizarre level of meta.
* ''Comicbook/TheCrow'' is done entirely in black and white.
* The German version of ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'', when drawn by Mike Mignola.
* The two prequel books to ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' webcomic -- ''On the Origins of [=PCs=]'' and ''Start of Darkness'' -- are in grayscale. Best explained by the author, Rich Burlew:
-->You may be wondering why on earth this book is in greyscale, when ''OOTS'' has always been in glorious full color. Clearly, it is to give that "nostalgic" feeling, so that you really feel like you are peering into the past. After all, these are the "home movie" of the ''OOTS'' characters, and so black-and-white seemed appropriate. [[SarcasmMode I was outraged]] to learn that it was, in fact, less expensive and faster to produce, and insisted on paying the printer the full cost for a color book, simply to appease my conscience. That's just the kind of guy I am.
* Most of ''ComicBook/SinCity''; taken UpToEleven in that it's ''entirely'' black and white, i.e., no gray. Starting with "That Yellow Bastard," certain characters are highlighted in color, falling somewhere between the other two versions of this trope.
* ''The Tower'' by François Schuiten and Benoit Peeters has the building maintainer Giovanni live in an homonguous Tower (like the tower of Babel) which looks abandoned, and which is slowly falling apart around him. He intends to seek out "the pioneers" who are in charge of the building work at the highest level. The book is kept in black and white except for a series of old paintings about the Tower, shown to Giovanni during a fortuitous encounter at an inhabited sector. Finally he [[spoiler: reaches the outside at ground level at the end of the book and emerges into a colored environment - in between the front lines of some military confrontation. His face, however, stays black and white throughout.]]
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': While Sunday strips were ordinarily in color, one used an surreal ArtShift in which Calvin saw the world in a bizarre patchwork of heavy monochrome blotches (not resembling the ''necessarily'' monochrome daily strip format). Color returns only for the last panel:
-->'''Dad:''' The problem is, you see everything in terms of black and white.\\
'''Calvin:''' ''Sometimes that's the way things are!!''
* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' once published a color Sunday strip entirely in black and white. The strip had Mike and Zonker discussing their distaste for "colorized" editions of black and white movies.
* Brazilian comic strip ''Urbano, o Aposentado'' (Urban, the Retiree) once featured a sunday story featured the titular character utilizing a new brand of soap flakes at his washing machine the made the whole last panel colorless.
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[[folder:FanWorks]]
* The credits’ scene in ''WebVideo/DiamondsCut'', which makes it look cool in spite of the budget limitations.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7913356/19/Deafening-Silence Deafening Silence]]'' a Muggle color photo of Harry and Snape taken during their wedding was changed to black and white for some unspecified reason.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Similar to the example above is the shot of the White Rabbit's watch being smashed in ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
* For a brief scene in the original ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', the screen goes black and white after MickeyMouse hacks the broom in the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment.
* In ''WesternAnimaion/MaryAndMax'', Mary's world is shown in sepiatone, whilst Max's world is in black and white. There are occasionally shades of red that stand out, a la ''Schindler's List''.
* ''{{Persepolis}}'' (except for scenes in the present day).
* The Creator/MamoruOshii film ''[[Anime/JinRohTheWolfBrigade The Red Spectacles]]'' pulls a reverse ''Wizard of Oz''; the opening sequence is in color, while the next 90% of the film (which may very well [[spoiler: take place entirely in the protagonist's head]]) is in black and white.
* While the art of the French TheFutureIsNoir film ''Film/Renaissance'' is purely black and white, its story is told in [[BlackAndGrayMorality shades of gray]].
* The opening scenes of ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'' (a.k.a. ''Belleville Rendez-vous''), done as a pastiche of early 1930s cartoons.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', this is how the Turtles Prime world, a.k.a. the original Mirage Comics Turtles, is entirely black and white. The only exceptions are the characters and things from the 1980s world and the 2000s world.
* Similarly to ''Young Frankenstein'' and ''Ed Wood'', ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}} Frankenweenie]]'' is shot in monochrome to give it a 50's B Movie atmosphere.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AndreiRublev'', where the only color sequence is the ending montage of the title character's paintings. This is in line with director Creator/AndreiTarkovsky, who usually only used color as a specific visual device.
* ''Film/AngelA"'': Luc Besson's film was shot in black-and-white.
* ''Film/TheArtist'': This 2011 film is not only shot in black and white, but is [[SilenceIsGolden silent]] as well.
* ''Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}}'': The rock concert sequence is in black and white, perhaps to mimic the look of mid-1960s television. Logical, since Britain's two main networks didn't get color until 1969.
* ''Bonjour Tristesse'': Has present-day scenes in black-and-white and flashbacks in color.
* ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'': In the timeline where Evan was caught in the explosion and rendered a quadruple amputee, ironically, this ended up being the one reality where everyone ''else'' had the perfect life. Because of this, Kayleigh, Lenny and Tommy are all shown in much [[ColorWash stronger colours]], while Evan is heavily desaturated and appears almost grey.
* ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'':
** The 2005 movie is deliberately done not only in black and white but as a silent movie.
** The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society also did an adaptation of ''Film/TheWhispererInDarkness'' which was shot in black and white in homage to a 1930's talkie.
* ''Film/CasinoRoyale'': The opening sequence of the 2006 film, prior to Bond receiving his 00 rating, is shot in black and white.
* ''Casshern'': Has scenes with liberal use of color, and scenes reduced entirely to black and white. The point is contrast -- black and white is only used for scenes taking place in Zone 7, where the war is going on.
* ''Film/{{Clerks}}'': While the first film used black and white film to save money, ''Film/ClerksII'' has brief scenes shot in black and white as a CallBack to the first movie.
* Creator/ClintEastwood: His films ''Film/FlagsOfOurFathers'' and ''Film/LettersFromIwoJima'', though filmed in color, are shot and lit as if done in black and white, giving it the same effect. Adding to this, the volcanic rock of Iwo Jima is really not a very colorful place.
* ''Film/ComputerChess'': It's filmed in grainy black and white for almost the entire film, save an acid trip sequence in which Papageorge is hunting for his drug money at his mother's house. (The narration informs us that sometimes computers get stuck in an endless cycle, which is a metaphor for Papageorge's drug addiction, hinting that 30 years later, he's ''still'' desperately looking for his drug money to buy pills.)
* ''Comrade Stalin's Trip to Africa'': This Georgian film was shot in black and white. It uses a lot of stock footage, especially of Stalin and his victory parade, and the new footage matches. (There's also a little color stock footage.)
* ''Control'': This biopic of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, was shot entirely in black-and-white to recreate the appearance of '70s band photography. Particularly those taken by the film's director, Anton Corbijn, a photographer for NME, Rolling Stone and other magazines.
* ''Film/DeadMenDontWearPlaid'': This is a FilmNoir parody-homage that contains a mixture of recycled footage from real films noir and new footage shot in black-and-white to match.
* ''Film/{{Defiance}}'': At the beginning of this film, we see black-and-white film footage of German soldiers rounding up Jews. We cut to a scene which you swiftly realise is not contemporary footage, which then turns into color. At the end of the film, things return to black-and-white.
* DownByLaw (1986)was shot in Black and White which compliments the gritty DeepSouth scenery.
* ''Film/EdWood'' (1994): This was shot on real black and white film because it made it easier to recreate the spirit of Creator/EdWood's 1950s monster movies, and it made the actors look more convincing as people (Vampira, Creator/BelaLugosi, etc.) whose iconic images were always black and white. It was also felt that it just wouldn't be right to make a movie about Ed Wood in colour.
* ''Film/TheElephantMan'': Done to make the environment seem more old fashioned.
* ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1810864/ L'Élève Ducobu]]'' (2011): Every ImagineSpot of Ducobu being sent to a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors is in black and white, to accentuate how dreary he thinks it would be.
* ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'': David Lynch's earlier film does this as well, in order to facilitate NothingIsScarier.
* ''Music/FlamingLips'' (''Christmas on Mars''): This is mostly in black and white to emphasize the dreariness of life in an abandoned Mars colony, with more fantastical or just plain MindScrew sequences in vivid color.
* ''Film/{{Following}}'': Nolan's feature debut is filmed this way.
* ''Film/FrancesHa'': This is filmed entirely in black-and-white.
* ''Film/{{Friday}}'': Smokey's flashback scenes were black and white.
* ''Film/LeGendarmeDeSaintTropez'': The opening of this French movie, set in a small village of the French Alps, is in black and white. Then it switches to color with the arrival in the much more colorful town of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Tropez Saint-Tropez]].
* ''Film/TheGirlCantHelpIt'' (1956): Starts in B&W and narrow screen, but this lasts only a few moments (which include the 20th Century-Fox sign-on). When Tom Ewell appears at the start of the opening credits to mention that the movie is in Technicolor and Cinemascope, the screen adjusts accordingly.
* ''Film/GirlOnTheBridge'': Patrice Leconte's film was shot in black-and-white.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'': ''Film/{{Gojira}}'' was shot in black and white, not because it couldn't be shot in color, but because it was decided that black and white would send the message better, and because although it was possible to shoot film in color, doing so would have poor quality (see ''Film/{{Rodan}}''), and also because it is easier.
* ''Film/TheGoodGerman'': This film was shot in color (because this allowed the use of faster film than currently available in black-and-white, and the ability to use "green screen" techniques), but the color was then converted digitally to a grainier black and white, in order to recreate a 1940s ''film noir'' style, and blend with carefully restored period archival footage.
* ''Film/GoodNightAndGoodLuck'': This made the black and white footage of the real Senator Joe [=McCarthy=] in the film integrate very well visually.
* ''Film/LaHaine'': This French movie by Mathieu Kassovitz. The scenes shot in the inner city of Paris were originally intended to be shot in colour, to create a more stark contrast with the black and white scenes shot in ''les banlieues'', but the budget wouldn't run to it.
* ''Film/{{Help}}'': The Beatles' second film, made a big deal of being in color - then, at the beginning, the scene shifts from a death-cult sacrifice being cut short to the band playing the title tune in black-and-white...turns out it's a film the cult is watching.
* ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062830/ The Hotshots]]'' (''Les Cracks''): The beginning of this film with [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0100186/ Bourvil]] (a 1968 movie, but set in 1901) is not only in Black & White, but filmed like a silent movie. But it switches to sound and vibrant colors at the start of the [[TourDeFrance first Paris-San Remo race]].
* ''Film/{{If}}'' (1968): Some scenes are in black and white. Many people have tried to find the "pattern"; some think that the black and white scenes are fantasy or dreams, but others think that the color scenes are. Star Creator/MalcolmMcDowell claims that some of the scenes would have taken too long to light properly if they had been shot in color, and then other scenes were shot black and white to add "texture". But another view is that the filmmakers ran into money troubles halfway through shooting and so had to shoot the rest of the scenes in black and white.
* ''Film/IvanVasilievichChangesProfession'': The beginning and the end of this Soviet classic are in black-and-white, while the rest of the movie is in color. This serves to indicate that the monochrome scenes are [[spoiler:the mundane RealLife]], while the color scenes are [[spoiler:AllJustADream]].
* ''Film/JMenForever'' (1979): This comedy consists of clips from Republic serials from the 1940s and 50s, edited together and [[GagDub re-dubbed for comic effect]]. In order to frame the resulting incoherent story, creators Philip Proctor and Peter Bergman act in [[MrExposition scenes]] as the Chief of the J-Men and his bumbling sidekick Barton. The scenes are naturally filmed in B&W to match the rest of the footage.
* ''Film/KillBill'': Parts of this film. Allegedly to fudge around censorship rules, due to the sheer amount of graphic bloodletting in the infamous battle royale with the Crazy 88. The second film as well, but as an artistic choice. It was a homage to the old westerns such as High Noon as well as an emulation of their themes. They went beyond just black and white: the first reel of the film (the part that is black and white) is actually recorded and distributed on an older form of film made out of vinyl instead of plastic. A real pain for the projectionists, and vinyl film scratches about ten times easier than modern plastic films.
* ''Film/TheLastPictureShow''
* ''Film/TheLongestDay'': This 1960 [[AllStarCast Star-Studded]] epic is in black and white to give it a documentary feel.
* ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra'': This film is in black and white, being an AffectionateParody of 50s B monster movies.
* ''Film/ManBitesDog'': The low-budget SerialKiller BlackComedy ''C'est arrivé près de chez vous'', translated as ''It Happened in Your Neighborhood'' and marketed as ''Man Bites Dog'', is filmed as black-and-white [[{{Mockumentary}} documentary]].
* ''TheManWhoWasntThere'': This is an interesting case; the film was shot in color, made monochrome for the US releases but released with the color in Europe due to the contract. The black and white is presumably an homage to old noir films.
* ''Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story'': This Philippine action film from 2011 was shot in black and white.
* ''Marathon'': This 2002 film, aside from being a "SilenceIsGolden" adherent, was also shot in black and white.
* ''Film/AMatterOfLifeAndDeath'': Earth is in color and Heaven is in black and white -- a deliberate inversion of expectations. At one point one of the Heavenly characters actually lampshades this by remarking, "One is so starved for Technicolor up there."
* ''Film/{{Memento}}'': The series of scenes that occur in chronological order, as well as the flashbacks contained within them, are filmed in black and white to distinguish them from the scenes that are shown in reverse chronological order.
* ''TheMist'': The DVD has two discs: one with the film in color as theatrically released, one with the film deliberately monochrome.
* ''Nadja'' (1994): This vampire movie.
* ''Nickleodeon'': Peter Bogdanovich wanted to film this 1976 homage to early movie-making in black and white but the studio insisted on a more commercial color release. The film was released in a black and white director's cut version on DVD in 2009.
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'': The second film has two such cases. One has young UsefulNotes/AlCapone, whom the BigBad uses as one of his [[TheDragon Dragons]], and Capone's {{Mooks}}. Also, when the protagonist and UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart are escaping from {{Mooks}}, they enter the famous UsefulNotes/WorldWarII victory photo ([[TheVJDayKiss the one with the kiss]]), where everything but them appears monochrome.
* ''Film/TheNotoriousBettiePage'': This film is mostly black and white, but changes to lush 1950s style color in order to convey the sense of release the main character feels when visiting Miami.
* ''Film/PaperMoon'': Set in the Great Depression.
* ''Paris brûle-t-il ?'' (''Film/IsParisBurning''): This French movie was shot in B&W in 1966 (save for the final view of modern Paris). It allowed the StockFootage of the actual liberation of Paris to mix more seamlessly with the film. Also, hanging red Nazi flags in Paris wasn't allowed by the French authorities, even for a movie; the flags had to be gray instead.
* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'': This 2004 movie includes several black and white scenes. In this case, these are the "present day" scenes, and the past is shown in full color. There's also a SplashOfColor moment at the end -- the rose on Christine's grave.
* ''Film/{{Pi}}'': Creator/DarrenAronofsky's first film, was notorious for combining extremely high-contrast B&W with his "hip hop montages" to show the character's distorted world.
* ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'': Released in 1945, was shot in black and white, but Dorian's title portrait is shown twice in three-strip technicolor.
* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'': Black-and-white films were common in 1960, but seven of Creator/AlfredHitchcock previous eight films were in color.
* ''Film/RagingBull'' is a legendary example of a fully black-and-white film.
* ''Disney/TheReluctantDragon'': The first half is in black and white, with the main character [[LampshadeHanging commenting on the switch to color]].
* ''Film/{{Revolution 1967}}'': This short is in black and white. It had to be a deliberate choice, because colour in films had become the norm by the 1960s.
* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'': This film was supposed to be in black and white until the first chorus of ''The Time Warp'', signifying the entrance into the new, colorful world of the Transylvanians.
* ''Film/RomanHoliday'': Used black and white film because director Creator/WilliamWyler feared that if they filmed it in color, the viewers would spend too much time admiring the Roman landmarks to focus on the story.
* ''Film/SchindlersList'' (1993): This was filmed in black and white to make it "timeless", and to fit [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the period]], with a few exceptions: A girl's red coat is shown in full color twice in the film, and the flames of the Sabbath candles symbolically fade to black and white early in the film, returning to color later. The effect wasn't so much to fit the period, as much as it was to emphasize the four different scenes that do have color.
* ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'': Creator/BillyWilder and Ingmar Bergman mostly directed black and white films until the 1970s. Wilder's film was shot in black and white because the make-up used to drag-up Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon looked too garish on color film.
* In ''Film/{{Stalker}}'', the characters' home town is black and white while the Zone is in color.
* Creator/StanleyKubrick: In the late 1950s and early 1960s, many directors such as Kubrick choose to stick with black and white film despite the rapidly rising popularity of color film, precisely for these reasons (not to mention at the time black and white still had an edge in picture clarity and contrast, and B-movies used B&W for budget reasons). Arguable examples include Creator/MarilynMonroe's last film ''The Misfits'', the original ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma'', and ''Film/DrStrangelove''.
* ''Film/SympathyForLadyVengeance'': There is a version of this film called ''Fade to Black and White'' in which the movie starts in full color, but the color gradually fades until the last scenes are completely monochrome. Even the regular version has a similar effect: The locations and outfits in the first few scenes make use of very bright colors, but towards the end, the bright colors are replaced by pastels, greys, and black and white. Park had planned to film ''Film/SympathyForMrVengeance'' this way, but the idea was scrapped due to budget limitations.
* ''Film/TaskForce'' (1949): Has the early parts in black & white to match existing footage; once it reaches WWII, the movie switches to color to match that footage.
* ''Film/TetsuoTheIronMan'' (1989)
* ''Film/ThirteenDays'': Done a couple of times, probably to mimic the TV coverage of the time.
* ''Film/TheThreeStooges'': Most of the [=1960s=] films, done as an homage to their more popular [=1930s=] and [=1940s=] shorts.
* ''Three to Get Ready'': This 1987 Music/DuranDuran documentary was shot in black and white to highlight the ''cinema verite'' aspect of the documentary, which chronicles the band's first attempts at managing themselves while also promoting the album ''Notorious'' and preparing for an accompanying tour.
* ''Film/VanHelsing'': The opening scenes of this film, in homage to the old monster movies of the 30s and 40s.
* ''Film/TheWhiteRibbon'' (2009): This was originally shot in color and then altered to black and white in post-production in order to [[WordOfGod create a distance from a false naturalism that suggests we know exactly what happened]] in that village set right before UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* ''Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf'': This was shot in black and white mainly because the makeup to turn Creator/ElizabethTaylor (then in her early 30s) into a woman in her fifties looked unconvincing in color.
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': The opening was deliberately filmed in B&W to highlight its transition to the then-new color filming. It was one of the first movies to use three-strip Technicolor. In the book, Kansas is gray, just like a black and white movie. In the movie (non-TV prints), Kansas is [[RealIsBrown sepia and white]]. Presumably it's supposed to echo old photographs.
** A few years later, this inspired the makers of the first film adaptation of ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'' to use the same technique, contrasting the brilliant life of the restored garden with the glum drabness of the surrounding estate.
* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'': In order to better parody the old Frankenstein movies. (As Mel Brooks himself puts it in the trailer, "In black and white! No offense!") According to Creator/MelBrooks, he refused to shoot the film in color and took the project to a different studio when the first was too chicken to release a B&W movie then.
* The short film ''Film/TheBloodyOlive'' is shot in b&w as an homage to the classic FilmNoir genre.
* The Czech director Creator/KarelZeman did this multiple times:
** ''The Deadly Invention'' is in black and white to evoke the original engravings from Creator/JulesVerne's books.
** ''Baron Munchausen'', ''The Stolen Airship'', and ''On the Comet'' has live-action elements filmed in black and white, but also has color animation, [[ColorWash color washes]], and [[SplashOfColor splashes of color]] all added for stylistic reasons. The resulting effect is rather like a 19th-century hand-colored postcard (''The Stolen Airship'' and ''On the Comet'' even [[LampshadeHanging lampshade that similarity]] a couple of times) or one of those cool old tinted and hand-colored films from the early silent era (think the EarlyFilms featured in ''{{Film/Hugo}}'').
** ''A Jester's Tale'' is in black-and-white, but an article written during filming claimed that it would include color washes like the three films immediately above; ExecutiveMeddling or MoneyDearBoy (or both) may have prevented this effect from being carried out.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Though its absence isn't indicated until far into the book, the majority of ''Literature/TheGiver'' takes place InAWorld where color (and music... and [[NoSexAllowed sex]]...) have been eliminated -- or, rather, most people have been genetically engineered and drugged not to see it. This is employed in the film adaptation as well; it starts out in monochrome, but more colors emerge as [[spoiler:Jonas receives memories that feature the full human color spectrum.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': A reference to being in Italy in the 1950s cuts to a Creator/FedericoFellini-style flashback (lasting some three seconds) of Spike and Drusilla drinking espresso in black turtlenecks and sunglasses, saying nothing but "Ciao".
* A wine-tasting task on ''[[Series/BigBrother Big Brother Celebrity Hijack]]'' was broadcast in black and white at the behest of that day's celebrity Big Brother, Malcolm [=McLaren=].
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' did a NoirEpisode in black and white.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}''
** Phoebe can see the future. To the audience, these visions are in black and white, but apparently she sees them in color. Later, [[MonochromePast she can see the past, and it is in black and white]]. Even later, she starts getting visions in color.
** An episode that is set in a [[FilmNoir ninety-thirty-esque noir novel]] written by a couple of teenage witches. It is in black and white.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' imitates the production values of the periods they flashback to, and anything beyond 1950 or so ends up black and white. This includes when we get flashes of the {{Time Shifted Actor}}s during present day scenes, which ends up looking sort of creepy.
** One episode began in full old-photo sepia and appeared to take place in the early 1800s. Then a car full of people pull up. It was 2006, in Amish country.
** Also, in episode about bank robbery, flashbacks also are black and white despite being set in 2000 -- to imitate security footage.
* ''Series/{{Community}}''
** In the episode [[Recap/CommunityS3E14PillowsAndBlankets "Pillows and Blankets"]], Britta's rather inept and pretentious war-photography is all in black-and-white. The narrator of the episode is not impressed:
-->'''Narrator:''' Unfortunately for Britta, and millions of photographers like her, just because something's in black and white doesn't mean it's good.
** The season 3 episode [[Recap/CommunityS3E19CurriculumUnavailable "Curriculum Unavailable"]], which parodied [[ClipShow clip shows]], had flashbacks to "unseen episodes", one of which involved a Prohibition-style paintball game. Those segments were in black and white.
* The first color daytime episode of ''{{Concentration}}'', in November 1966, had the first couple of minutes in black and white, similar to ''The Wizard of Oz''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The opening scene of ''Doctor Who: The Two Doctors''.
** "The God Complex" gives us a creepy hotel. You know it's watching you when it's monochrome.
** ''Recap/DoctorWhoS18E5WarriorsGate'': Some of the weirder parts of the story, for thematically-appropriate but difficult-to-summarize reasons.
* The TV remake for ''Fail Safe'' (the one starring GeorgeClooney) was shot in black and white, imitating the original.
* ''Frank Sidebottom's Proper Telly Show'' (titled ''Frank Sidebottom's Proper Telly Show In b/w'' on-screen around adbreaks) had its first run in a week shown in monochrome ("so you don't have to adjust the color on your telly") and subsequent repeats shown in color.
* The {{pilot}}s of the TV Comedies ''Series/GetSmart'' and ''Series/HogansHeroes'' were in black and white, all of the other episodes were in color.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' made use of this trope several times, in particular during {{Christmas Special}}s such as "Extraordinary Merry Christmas", which has an [[ShowWithinAShow in-story special]] directed by one of the characters and shot completely in black and white. In-universe, the purpose is for it to resemble the 1963 JudyGarland Christmas Special. Off-universe, that and probably making sure the viewers know that the special is a parody of the [[TheFifties days gone by]] and thus avoid UnfortunateImplications, especially that [[UnusualEuphemism Holiday Roommates]] [[QueerPeopleAreFunny Are Funny]]. Notice that Finn's lightsaber is a nice shade of blue, making it a SplashOfColor.
** The special of the following season, "Glee, Actually", uses this in Artie's ItsAWonderfulPlot subplot, perhaps in order to emphasize how worse things would have been if he wasn't paralyzed.
** Outside of this Christmas specials, this was also used in the {{Shot For Shot Remake}}s of the music videos for "[[Music/{{Madonna}} Vogue]]" in season 1 and "[[Music/MichaelJackson Scream]]" in season 3.
* Referenced in ''Series/TheGoodies''' episode "The Movies", where Bill believes that black and white films were made using black and white sets, costumes and makeup. This pays off in the surreal "movie" that forms the last few minutes of the episode.
* Both ''Series/LoisAndClark'' and ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' have done film noir tribute episodes in black and white.
* The "Interview" episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' was shot in black and white to look like an authentic 1950s TV interview show. It even includes a brief voiceover from Alan Alda at the start of the episode informing the audience that the episode was deliberately filmed in black and white, presumably to keep people from thinking their TV was busted.
* ''{{Matlock}}'' has a B&W episode about Matlock's father.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has an episode, "Mr. Monk and the Leper", which was shown separately in both color and B&W (and heavily publicized as such).
* ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' has a B&W episode. Introduced by Orson Welles, no less.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Before every commercial break or at the end of the episode, the scene fades to black-and-white. One episode plays with this when Tony shows Ziva a picture he took in Paris, and she comments that it would look better in black-and-white. Cue the fade.
* In one episode of ''Series/NightCourt'', [[ItsAWonderfulPlot Harry is shown the world if he'd never become a judge]], which is in black and white. Harry concludes that his absence would literally drain all color from the world, but his guide, an angel in the form of Mel Torme, explains that he's just doing it for effect, knowing that Harry is a film buff.
* The "Rome" episode of ''Series/NoReservations'' is deliberately shot in monochrome, as Anthony Bourdain explains how his impressions of the city were formed from old '50s Italian movies, which were generally shot in B&W.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has a Land Without Color, as a reference to the ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' films, as Dr. Frankenstein came from [[TheMultiverse that world]].
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** In the "Dark Wish" three-parter of ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' this effect was used to show a world where the Mystic Rangers never existed.
** The ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' episode "It Came from Angel Grove", in order to pay homage to old black-and-white horror films.
** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': One episode featured a monster with the power to rob people and everything else out of their colors, making them black and white.
* The Season 3 finale of ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' uses this device, contrasting a B&W police-occupied Liberty Avenue to its truer colorful and celebratory self (a rainbow flag being waved is the first item to regain color).
* ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' once did a show shot in Black and White with themselves in tuxedos as part of their theme to demonstrate the artistic advantages of black and white film.
* ''Series/SmallWonder'' did this in the episode "Big 'J', Private Eye".
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': The holoprogram ''The Adventures of Captain Proton!'' is black and white as it's based on 1930s/50s serials like ''[[Film/FlashGordonSerial Flash Gordon]]'' and ''Commando Cody''. When the holographic Doctor walks onto the holodeck, Harry Kim quickly tells the computer to "adjust the Doctor's spectral frequency" whereupon the Doctor turns monochrome too, much to his annoyance.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' had "Monster Movie" filmed in B&W as an homage to 1930s monster movies.
-->'''Dean:''' It's about time the Winchesters got back to tackling a straightforward, black and white case.
* In ''Series/TinMan'', when DG meets the first Dorothy Gale, she enters a black and white landscape resembling ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' Kansas.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' was intentionally always shot in black in white (they could have used color if they wanted to), to add to the feeling and theme of the show.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** The episode "The Post-Modern Prometheus" was black & white in homage to old Frankenstein movies and, presumably, the Deliberately Monochrome ''Film/TheElephantMan''. Only the very beginning and the last shot is in colour, but animated, presenting the episode as a comic book story.
** "Tithonus" used a special effect to mark people who were about to die. Alfred Fellig could sense it, and he saw those people in black and white on otherwise normally coloured background. It's visually stunning, and appropriately ominous.
* The ending credits of ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'' uses footage from the episode in black and white, as well as slightly cranked and with the grainy quality you'd expect from start-of-the-20th-century films.
* ''{{Community}}'' - one of the Dean's more outlandish costumes had him in 1950s sitcom housewife drag, dressed and made up completely in black and white.
* ''Series/TheWeakness'', a series about vampires in Pittsburgh, is filmed entirely in black-and-white with occasional splashes of red for blood. Season 2 Episode 2 features color during a segment set in the spirit world.
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[[folder:Music- Album Covers]]
* Music/TheBeatles: The album covers of ''Music/WithTheBeatles'', ''Music/AHardDaysNight'' and ''Music/{{Revolver}}''.
* Music/{{Bjork}}: The album cover of ''Music/{{Debut}}''.
* Music/TheClash: The album cover of ''Music/LondonCalling''.
* Music/LeonardCohen: The album cover of ''Songs Of Love And Hate''.
* Music/JohnColtrane: The album covers of ''Music/BlueTrain'' and ''Music/ALoveSupreme''.
* Music/MilesDavis: The album cover of ''Tutu'' is a close-up of Miles' face.
* Music/BobDylan: The album cover of ''Music/TheTimesTheyAreAChangin''.
* Music/FleetwoodMac: The album cover of ''Rumours''.
* Music/PJHarvey: The album cover of ''Music/RidOfMe''.
* Music/JoyDivision: The album covers of ''Music/UnknownPleasures'' and ''Music/{{Closer}}'', but this fits the mood of the gloomy music.
* Music/LedZeppelin: Their debut album: ''Music/LedZeppelin1969''.
* Music/JohnLennon: The ''Double Fantasy'' album cover.
* Music/{{Nirvana}}: The album cover of ''Music/{{Bleach}}''.
* Music/ElvisPresley: The album cover of ''Music/ElvisPresleyTheAlbum''.
* Music/TheRamones: The album cover of their debut ''Music/{{Ramones}}''.
* Music/PattiSmith: The album cover of ''Music/{{Horses}}'', which was shot by Creator/RobertMapplethorpe, who always worked in black-and-white.
* Music/SonicYouth: The album cover for ''Goo'' is a black-and-white drawing.
* Music/BruceSpringsteen: The album cover of ''Born To Run''.
* Music/TheStrokes: The album cover of ''This Is It''.
* Music/VelvetUnderground: Their self-titled third album from 1969.
* Music/DavidByrne's self-titled 1994 album. In fact, other than a bit of tan on the album spine, all the liner notes are just black-and-white photos and text.
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Black & white videos were a ''huge'' fad in the 80s. In fact, virtually every significant musical act from the period has at least one. The most famous is undoubtedly the mega-hit "Every Breath You Take" by Music/ThePolice.
** Music/MichaelJackson: The non-musical segments of ''Music/{{Bad}}'' are in black-and-white.
** Music/{{Madonna}}'s music videos for her songs ''Express Yourself'' and ''Vogue'' are done in black-and-white to evoke a glamorous Hollywood atmosphere from the 1920s and 1930s.
* Music/LindseyStirling's work:
** This is used at the beginning and end of the ''[[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Phantom of the Opera]]'' piece ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCL94-MsxYc here]]), along with artificial aging to make it look like the film is old. Color is introduced when the texture and tempo pick up as the band appears.
** The entirety of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGCsyshUU-A Shadows]]" is done this way, since it is about the shadow and color isn't needed. It adds to the surreality of that video.
* Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonite".
* *Music/{{NSYNC}}'s music video for their song "Gone" is filmed entirely in black and white, while inserting a 1920's silent-movie storyline filmed in sepia tones in between shots of the band singing and at a party.
* In Music/PepeDeluxe's "Go Supersonic" video, the scenes in the real world are black and white, while [[MushroomSamba the hallucination]] is in color. Initially, the color is somewhat washed-out, but as the dream gets trippier, the colors become more vivid.
* Clan of Xymox's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdGgUtg5zE4 Stranger]]".
* Music/RoyOrbison's appropriately titled concert film, "A Black and White Night".
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Centaur}}'' is noted for its use of black and white throughout the cabinet, backglass, and playfield art. The only other color used is red, with a few small green lights and the ambient amber of the lamps.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* During the entrance of [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Willow The Wisp]], [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} the Impact Zone]] is filmed in black and white.
* Leah Von Dutch is fond of black and white video packages. She's even overtaken the Shine logo at times.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* As the ShowWithinAShow in the musical ''Theatre/CityOfAngels'' is supposed to be a 1940s FilmNoir, its costumes and sets are in black and white.
* In ''Theatre/TwiceCharmed'', the black-and-white ball near the end is like this; the costumes and sets are black, white, and grey.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* A few UsefulNotes/BBCMicro games, including ''Cholo'', ''PlanB'' and ''Spellbinder'', have graphics in black-and-white. To be sure, there were technical reasons for this (MODE 4 offered fairly high resolution while not tying up over half of the Model B's RAM as video memory), but it's not that color graphics were impossible on the system or that monitors would only accept monochrome output.
* ''VideoGame/{{1000 Amps}}'' uses grayscale graphics.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Aether}}'', each planet begins in black-and-white and as you go on your adventure they get filled with more and more colour. [[spoiler: And as it gets more bright and coloured, the Earth progressively shrinks, until it completely dissappears by the end of the game. This is meant as a metaphor for protagonist's fantasy world overtaking his real life.]]
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' does this version on a couple of occasions. [[spoiler: Such as when the Girl that looks like Asura's Daughter dies, and when Yasha does one final attack before Dying standing up.]]
* Parts of the epilogue of ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' take place in a monochrome environment, [[spoiler: particularly flashbacks to when Booker [=DeWitt=] sold his daughter Anna to Zachary Comstock to pay off a debt and then tries to get her back.]]
* There's a neat use of this in an obscure {{P|layStation2}}S2 game called ''VideoGame/BloodWillTell'' from Sega. Set in medieval Japan, the player's character had most of his body parts stolen by demons as a baby (then replaced with magical substitutes by a friendly wizard), so the main quest involves tracking down those demons and defeating them to get your real body back a piece at a time. The first couple of levels are in Black and White, but after an hour or two of gameplay you get to fight and kill the demon who had taken your eyes. At that point you get your "real" eyes back, and the game switches to glorious color. It's a surprisingly effective moment.
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' Zombie mode, when playing on ascension, the screen is in black and white until you turn the power on, after that it shows a momentary (about 2 seconds) sepia tint, then it goes to full on color.
* ''VideoGame/CelDamage'' has a character named Fowl Mouth, who, along with his car, appears entirely in monochrome, due to him originating from the 1930's.
* The original version of ''Videogame/{{Closure}}'' uses only black and white color. Playstation 3 version has some shades of gray in between.
* In ''VideoGame/ComicJumperTheAdventuresOfCaptainSmiley'', the manga-based world of "Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids" is done entirely in black and white, complete with screen-tone shading like in a real manga.
* ''VideoGame/DeBlob'' starts out so because of the Inkie invasion. It's up to the player to destroy them and restore the world to its vibrant state.
* In the original ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' and ''Doom 2'' the player's vision changes to inverse monochrome (i.e. black shows as white and vice versa) when the Invulnerability powerup is active.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' has the DarkWorld, which despite its name doesn't really fit the trope; it's no more evil or sinister than the normal world, and it's visually and geographically identical to the island from which you enter it except that it's all in shades of gray: gray grass, gray sky, gray water, gray enemies (who are slightly harder to beat than their in-color counterparts), etc. It makes it surprisingly hard to get around and find stuff, although treasure chests are still in color, and show up even better against gray grass than green. Your party is also still in color, and the townsfolk (who are all in black and white) comment on how funny-looking you are, being in color and all.
* In the bonus ending of ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', the protagonist falls through a dimensional rift into an alien dimension where everything is in black and white. That realm happens to be modern-day Tokyo; the black and white is to emphasize the otherness of that dimension to Caim and his dragon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Evoland}}'' is in black and white for the few minutes it takes to find the chest containing 16-color mode.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', at one point the player is put in a ZeeRust LotusEaterMachine which shows a black and white version of a sunny 1950s suburb where the player is a child for some reason. To be exact, you're a kid, the old man in control of the thing is a [[GenderBender little girl]] and [[spoiler: your dad is a dog.]]
* The host of ''VideoGame/TheHiddenObjectShow'' is in black and white while everything else is in full color.
* ''VideoGame/TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction'' has unlockable black & white and sepia settings.
* The Timeless River in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', which [[{{Retraux}} deliberately emulates the look of 1920s Disney shorts]] for time travel purposes. The only colored elements are in the HUD, and even those are desaturated.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is black-and-white.
* A level in Rainbow Resort from ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'' for the NES has an all-B&W level, as a [[NostalgiaLevel throwback]] to ''Kirby's Dream Land'' for the original Game Boy.
* In ''VideoGame/LANoire'' there is an option to play the game in black and white, for that FilmNoir feel. If you choose to play in color, the screen gradually changes to black and white when you're injured -- the closer you are to a GameOver, the less color there is. In addition, every case starts black and white at its title card, with color introduced shortly.
* Being badly injured in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' to the point where you will die when incapacitated makes the screen go this, as a warning.
* The Twilight areas of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. According to the early trailers, the Twilight was originally supposed to be ''completely'' monochrome, but the development team decided to make it more sepia-like with lots of bloom, possibly as one of Nintendo's many {{Take That}}s against the [[RealIsBrown "realistic" graphics]] on competitor systems.
** Also, ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'', with the rerun bosses in Ganon's tower.
*** [[spoiler: Hyrule Castle]] in Wind Waker is also monochrome (and frozen in time) before you get the [[spoiler: Master Sword]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Limbo}}'' has a foreground that's entirely in black silhouettes except for the protagonist's MilkyWhiteEyes, and a greyish, shadowy background.
* In ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'', you can set up a monochrome filter on your custom stage.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minubeat}}'' is made up of simple, black-and-white contour graphics. Or white-and-black (you can invert the colors.)
* ''VideoGame/TheMisadventuresOfPBWinterbottom'' uses this with SilenceIsGolden to invoke an old B&W silent film theme.
* Indie game ''[[http://monochromagame.com/Monochroma/indexEN.html Monochroma]]'' has even the title telling its palette, with just some red along with the shades of gray.
* ''VideoGame/ThePunisher'' for Xbox was considered too violent, and the game turns to black & white whenever you use one of the special interrogations to kill somebody. It's generally discouraged, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential but c'mon, you know you want to see a drill through that guy's face...]] This is actually a good thing, as the game is a last gen game. The PC version doesn't have the B&W happen, and it looks pretty silly, but the console versions make the blood look like blood in B&W instead of pixels.
* Characters in ''VideoGame/RogueLegacy'' can be "born" with various random traits. If they have nostalgia, the entire game world will be shown in sepia, while color-blindness means everything is in black and white.
* The vaporware Wii Gothic horror title ''VideoGame/{{Sadness}}'' is supposed to be presented entirely in black and white.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shift}}'' is completely in black and white to clearly show where you can shift into. When the character shifts into the black squares, he becomes white and vice versa. Whenever you die, though, a [[LudicrousGibs bunch of full-color blood appears]].
* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCell Conviction'', hiding in shadows turns the screen black and white. This is to reduce HUD elements and has a fair bit of realism as you do see in black and white in darkness in real life, although they don't adjust that fast.
* World 6-3 from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' However it was actually colorized in the SNES remake.
** Several enemies, who are BossInMookClothing, at the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' are shown without any colors due to the fact that they are being produced at a factory and have not fully finished in their build yet.
* The "How to play" movies for the official maps in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' are black and white.
* While rarely depicted in-game, ''VideoGame/TeslasTowerTheWardenclyffeMystery'' took place in a world whose inhabitants had lost the ability to see color due to a sabotaged experiment.
* Indie title ''VideoGame/TowerOfHeaven'' was done in the style of an original Game Boy title, using shades of green rather than gray. [[spoiler:The ending sequence is in color.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series of games include optional black and white and sepia filters.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has the Sha, monstrous beasts of negative emotion introduced in ''Mists of Pandaria''; their black and white figures stand in stark contrast to the colorful land of Pandaria. The Sha of Fear has some color, but it only reaches Limited Palette with a mix of purple and red.
* ''[[Creator/{{Nitrome}} Yin and Yang]]'' is essentially two games in one -- one with everything black on a white background, and one with everything white on a black background. The two are kept separate, each with their own main character who can't directly interact with the other main character.
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' two Japanse-style pagoda/temple training levels are this. The first is caused by a glitch, that makes it look like an old flickering movie, the second is actually made to be [[InvokedTrope deliberately monochrome.]]
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The "Old-Timey" universe from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. Partially averted with the Valentine's Day episode, "in [[color:pink:A COLOR!]]"
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'': For SomethingCompletelyDifferent, the comic's format was switched to black and white for a month, citing "budget cuts" as the reason.
* ''Webcomic/TheDailyDerp''. The characters are all white, the backgrounds are [[http://dailyderp.tumblr.com/post/22490363320/daily-derp-resources-by-tetrapony-wanna-create various shades of grey.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DreamKeepers Prelude'' [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=143 some contemplation]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'' was originally done in black and white, except the covers.
* A comic called ''Webcomic/Flick'' is about a series of miniature universes, each of which has a specific set of rules that pan out to different genres. One of them is film noir, which is entirely monochrome and very 40s-esque in style.
* ''Webcomic/FrankieAndStein'' is done in only black and grey.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' rendered Dr. Disaster's space battle [[HardLight simulation]] in black and white.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' proper, grayscale is used to display darkness [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0076.html seen through Darkvision]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Parallels}}'', [[http://www.mightymartianstudios.com/2012/11/18/parallels-sci-fi-webcomic-badlands/ black and white is used while the artist works on making color work better.]]
* ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit'' uses shades of gray and white instead of colors, unlike the rest of the Website/PlatypusComix series.
* Not only is all of ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' done in black and white, but the entire website is. Whenever something with color appears on the front page, it's either a guest comic or a new print to buy.
* The dark and serious superhero webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Shades}}'' takes this further. When someone has a minor flashback, the images are "actual" photographs, including polaroids for the 70s and B&W for WWII. The WWII fighter pilot has a longer flashback entirely in B&W, while a flashback to the middle ages is drawn as if on parchment (black on dust-yellow). Sadly, the flashback to 3000 B.C. was not drawn as a cave painting.
* In ''Webcomic/SoulSymphony'', scenes in the real world are depicted in black and white. Scenes in the "Soul World" are depicted in full-color.
* ''Webcomic/TallyRoad'' started in computer-generated grayscale, briefly flirted with color and crosshatched black and white, and returned to grayscale, deliberately -- but this time, using ink wash. Definite noir influence, both artistically and thematically.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', which is ''usually'' in black and white, except for [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/leave/ a few special occasions]].
* ''Webcomic/YumeHime'', as well as its entire website, is done in black and white with screentones.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[Creator/SciFiChannel SyFy]]'s ''WebVideo/TheMercuryMen'' is filmed in black and white, reminiscent of ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' and old [[TheFifties Fifties]] serials.
* ''WebVideo/PistolShrimps'' had their ''The Slap'' video done entirely in black and white, to parody older films and the {{exaggerated}} misogyny of the time.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': SCP-316 is a camera that induces this effect on people.
* The [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]][=/=][[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] crossover review of ''ComicBook/{{Warrior}}'' #4 uses this at the end, after counteracting the effects of the comic on reality by aggressively not caring, and going slightly overboard with it.
* In ''WebVideo/DemoReel'', behind-the-scenes scenes are shot this way, while "filmed" scenes are in color. ''WebVideo/BradJonesDemoReel'' did this as well.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'''s "BMO Noire", as it is a parody (and homage) to mystery film noirs.
* All of the film and television images in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' are in black and white, most noticeably in the episodes "Beware the Grey Ghost" and "Almost Got 'Im".
* The ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Sabotage" has the trope [[DiscussedTrope directly referenced]]. Damage to the Supercomputer is causing lots of bugs on Lyoko, including one that makes Ulrich's Avatar lose all colors. Playing along, he starts fighting a Tarantula ''[[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Three Musketeers]]''-style with his katana.
-->'''Ulrich:''' Since I am in black and white, let's do this old style. ''En garde!''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' has a noir parody episode done in B&W. In another where the cast travels to a caricatured 1950s milieu, the scene turns black and white; Cornfed remarks that they do not approve of people of color.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
** An episode switches to black and white for most of the story; it is a parody of gritty Dick Tracy-style detective stories.
** Also in the episode when Timmy stays with his grandfather and wishes to transform the world into a 30s cartoon everything turns black and white and in the style of the era.
** When Timmy wished everyone on Earth to look the same, Cosmo and Wanda turned the world and everyone on it grey.
* The first segment of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Reincarnation", done in the style of an early-'30s FleischerStudios cartoon.
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldSpecials''
** ''Garfield: Babes and Bullets'', a noir spoof that features colors only when Garfield is out of his fantasy.
** ''GarfieldHis9Lives'' has a B&W life when Garfield is a stunt cat for ComicStrip/KrazyKat.
** The first scenes of ''Garfield in the Rough'' were deliberately on Black and White and it even started with a warning telling the viewers not to adjust the TV's color set.
* The series finale of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' [[spoiler:and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'']] feature black and white ''flash forwards'' [[spoiler:that is actually just Terry imagining what he'll do after LukeYouAreMyFather-ing Bruce.]]
* The bonus [[PixarShorts Cars Toon]] ''Mater: Private Eye'', which is exclusive to the DVD version. However, it's revealed at the end that some of the characters are actually indeed colorful.
* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' features a "contemporary noir" spoof, although only the flashbacks are black and white.
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', when the boys become detectives and wear "detective makeup" to make themselves look like they came out of a FilmNoir.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' features an EnemyMime who can absorb the colors (as well as sounds) of anything he touches, turning part of Townsville in grayscale.
* An entire episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' was done in black and white, involving a story in which Gretchen is discovered for vandalism and explains via flashbacks to another student of how and why [[HowWeGotHere she ended up in that room in the first place]].
* The "King Homer" segment in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Treehouse of Horror III", a parody of ''Film/KingKong''.
* Scenes at the title camp in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s "The Death Camp of Tolerance".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has the episode "Everybody Comes to Hank's" where Dermott's mother being late to pick him up from work launches Hank into a Noir plot entirely in black and white (the other threads are done in color) where Hank picks up the clothing, lingo and mannerism of a 1930's private eye to solve the mystery of who is Dermott's dad. He even provides noir style narration for his investigation. The Alchemist, bored out of his mind, decides to tag along and help. Every other character they meet acts like a classic noir archetype until the mystery is finally solved. [[spoiler:As it turns out, Dermott's dad is Rusty and the woman he was always told was his sister was really his mother.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wunschpunsch}}'' episode "Colorless Chaos" featured the evil wizards casting a spell that made the town black and white.
* TexAvery's MGM cartoon "Lucky Ducky" had two canine duck hunters chasing a small wiseacre duck when suddenly everything turns black and white after crossing a boundary line. The three walk back to the line and see a sign: "Technicolor Ends Here."
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!!Limited Palette

[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=YMy_--iNqKQ Nuprin]]. Little. Yellow. Different. Better.
* Many ads use Limited Palette; a good example being the Gatorade "Is it in you?" series, in B&W except for any liquid, which is in one of Gatorade's colors.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Anime]]
* ''Manga/{{Shigurui}}'' makes use of this to great effect through the recurrence of red in an otherwise-washed out/dark palette -- Irako's lips, Iku's nipples, and blood, lots of it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/BlackOrchid'' (painted by Creator/DaveMcKean), people and everything man-made were black-and-white (or blue-and-white or brown-and-white in some scenes), while superbeings were in full color, as was nature and everything natural. So you'd have a color flower in a black-and-white room with black-and-white people, or orange firelight on a black-and-white face.
* The Hunter Rose issues of the ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'' comic uses a palette of black, white, and red.
* One of the cornerstones of ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' with heavy shadows and scarce highlights. Our red hero really stands out.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' is printed in normal color. But whenever the Holiday Killer strikes, it switches to a Limited Palette (black, white, and blood-red) with Holiday's calling card as a non-red SplashOfColor.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The "Rhapsody in Blue" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'' is done primarily in tones of blue, as well as bluish greens and purples, with the occasional red and yellow for emphasis. With the help of computer-controlled coloring, every pixel has some blue in it. The reds and yellows are just very red purples and very yellow greens.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin (''Tales from the Gimli Hospital'', ''The Saddest Music in the World'') uses a mixture of black and white, film tinting, and individual scenes done in two-strip color to invoke the look of silent and early sound films.
* The 90s ''Film/DickTracy'' detective film has famously done that.
* ''Film/TheElementOfCrime'', notable because the movie was filmed in colors, and the reel was not altered afterward: instead, all the sets were lit only with low pressure sodium vapor lamps. Other gas discharge lamps are used sparingly to throw an occasional stain of red or blue.
* In Erich von Stroheim's 1924 film ''Film/{{Greed}}'', a number of objects related to the eponymous theme were hand-painted yellow to appear golden.
* The 2009 film ''{{Ink}}'' uses this. While the real world appears in normal colors, the dream/other world the Storytellers and Incubi inhabit can be told apart by how it is washed out and only one or two colors actually appear vibrantly.
* Creator/JossWhedon's adaption of Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing is shot in black and white to make it easier on the budget to set up and light shots.
* ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'' has the eponymous TrappedInTVLand world in B&W, but as the brother and sister introduce CharacterDevelopment into the static world, elements of color enter to represent it as well.
* The 1983 film ''Literature/RumbleFish'' is in B&W, except for the eponymous fish, which are in colour.
* ''Film/SinCity'' even uses key bits or red and yellow... albeit, this might have something to do with being faithful to the source material. The movie has noticeably more color than the comic books. The titular character in The Yellow Bastard is yellow in both the book and the film, but the film--which is an adaptation of The Yellow Bastard, The Hard Goodbye and The Big Fat Kill-- shows red blood, blue eyes, green eyes, red lips, a red bed, an orange pill bottle, red tail lights and a full color (though slightly desaturated) bar as well. The comic version of the story has no color whatsoever save for the "yellow bastard". Usually in the comics color is used to signify a character or item of importance, while the movie follows the Rule of Cool.
* In the 2009 film ''Film/ASingleMan'', most of the sequences are filmed in color, but all the colors are flat, grey, and monochrome. The whole movie is filmed like this, except for the scenes when George experiences an emotional connection with another character or has a flashback, when the color scheme suddenly becomes brighter and tinted with red, blue, or yellow.
* In ''Film/{{Tron}}'', the computer scenes were shot in black and white, with the only color being the glowing highlights and edges of the computer world, mostly red, blue and yellow.
* ''TheTingler'' is in black and white, except for the blood red in a scene where the mute woman with a fear of blood is being scared to death.
* AlfredHitchcock's ''{{Spellbound}}'' is black and white, but near the end, when [[spoiler: the head of the mental hospital is identified as the killer, he turns the incriminating gun on himself and fires,]] the blast being a moment of bright red.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* Some versions of ''Literature/TheBible'' print Jesus' dialogue in [[color:red:red]].
* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' is printed in three colors, although there are some variations between the different versions of the book. Normal text is printed in black, the word "[[color:blue:house]]" appears in blue, [[color:red:references to mythology]] or [[strike:[[color:red:struck out passages that are vaguely threatening to the reader]]]] appear in red. In addition, there are a few instances of the color purple, including the phrase [[color:purple:A Novel]] on the cover, the [[color:purple:edition number]], and one instance of a [[strike:[[color:purple:struck-out purple phrase]]]] in Chapter XXI. "[[color:red:Minotaur]]" may or may not be struck out, depending on whether it's used during one of the aforementioned mythology references.
* A similar colored-text method is used in ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'', to distinguish scenes in Bastian's world from those within the realm of Story. In the paperback version, ''italics'' are used instead.
* The various characters of ''Literature/ShadesOfGrey'' are blind to most colors, and have organized themselves into a hierarchy based on which colors they can see. The low-ranking protagonist can only see red.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Music/{{aha}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3ir9HC9vYg&ob=av3e The Sun Always Shines on TV]] is completely monochrome for most of the video, then highlights the band members' faces and parts of the scenery towards the end.
* Music/MariahCarey's performance in the 2005 MTV Movie Awards. Everything was in black and white, except the singer and her red dress.
* Georgian pop group Ucnobi had the music video to their song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf1VbUNGbqU "Vagoni miqris"]] shot in grayscale with red highlights. May have to do with red and white being the national colors of Georgia.
* The clip for "Seven Nation Army" by Music/TheWhiteStripes uses only White, Black and Red, the colors most often worn by the group.
* The performance scenes in Music/SuicideCommando's "Die Motherfucker Die" video are monochrome except for the performers' red shirts.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Pale Realm in ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''. Everything, beside Alice, the Meta Essence and weapons, is in black and white. After all, the place is a chess-themed palace. Guess which chess pieces live there.
** ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' has Alice enter [[SuperMode Hysteria]] when her health is down to a [[CallHitPointASmeerp single rose]]. Everything is black and white except for blood. It remains a red as ever.
* ''VideoGame/{{Badland}}'' uses exclusively black and yellow palette. Interestingly, there are no grays, even while there are shades of yellow.
* The Skies Afire spell in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. The sky turns blood red, and all colour disappears except for shades of grey, red and orange.
* In the Creator/AdultSwim game ''VideoGame/DeathVegas'', each character has only one item (or pair of items) with color.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' uses a strongly saturated monochrome of gold colors as both a nod to the "golden age" of its setting as well as the FilmNoir genre. Other colors, such as red and greens, serve as a SplashOfColor. In-universe, it's because you're looking from behind Adam's yellow sunglasses. When the camera cuts outside his POV, it's much less yellow. To a much lesser extent, the previous two games did this, the original ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' using electric blue and ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' using purple.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' has all kinds of levels with a limited palette. You've got the obvious sunset levels where the foreground and all objects are in black barring DK's tie, the factory level in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMSRo2cNnyE trailer]] where the foreground and DK are black at the front of the screen, then become a kind of mauve colour in the background (and the objects become really faint) and a Rambi level from the same trailer where all characters and foreground objects are black bar DK's tie (and maybe Diddy Kong's hat), while the background is all vibrant orange and purple.
* ''VideoGame/GobletGrotto'' has its first couple of levels in dusty greyscale, but later levels all have their own Limited Palettes. The swamp-like level is in shades of brownish-red, the racetrack level and insides of a King is in dark blue, the Criminal Hive is treacle-like black, etc.
* ''TheLostCrown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure'' falls somewhere between this and the Splash Of Color option, using black & white (or black & green, for night-vision camera views) as a base, but highlighting occasional elements of a scene with color to convey mood or make bloodstains apparent. It also {{lampshade|Hanging}}s itself, when Nigel remarks that Dr. Black's paintings "lack color".
* The Wii game ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' is in stylized black and white with red blood to emphasize the ludicrous violence. And yellow for the map icons, and [[spoiler: blue alien blood.]]
* One GameMod of ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'', ''RED'', has a level consisting almost entirely of sandy brown textures titled "Jagermeister's Nightmare", intended as a TakeThat at a player named Jagermeister, who thought the game's color palette was too RealIsBrown.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this]]. Each of the five acts has one distinct (and often thematic) color and the maps conform to a palette around that color, as if it were being used as a white balance. The Middle East in Act 1 is brown, South America in Act 2 is blue during night maps and green during day maps, Eastern Europe in Act 3 is yellow, Shadow Moses in Act 4 is a blinding white, and Outer Haven in Act 5 is grey.
* Environments in ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' are predominately rendered in one color -- usually light blue, but it varies a bit -- with important objects highlighted in red. In the city itself everything that hasn't been highlighted is often simply just white or grey, ''even the trees and other vegetation''.
* The first half and the antepenultimate chapter of ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}'' have predominately orange colour scheme.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Space Paranoids is mostly black-and-white with the only colors coming from the TronLines found throughout the world [[spoiler: and from the MCP]]. This also results in Sora and his friends having [[{{UndeathlyPallor}} cyan skin/feather/fur tones]], and with limited color on their [[{{TwentyFourHourArmor}} armor]], though this can be subverted if Sora uses [[{{Retraux}} Limit Form]], which results in the TronLines on his armor to take on the colors of his [[{{CallBack}} original outfit]].
** Zigzagged with The Grid in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', which also has limited colors, but is far more colorful than Space Paranoids.
* The Japanese adventure game ''VideoGame/{{Nostalgia 1907}}'' paints its period setting in sepia tones.
* When using the demon morph SuperMode in ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'', Daniel's vision becomes black and white, with enemies tinted red and black.
* Fully Nazi-controlled areas in ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'' are in a Limited Palette -- black and white, with some reds and yellows and the occasional blue. In areas where their control has been loosened and the resistance has a foothold, it's in full-color. The border between liberated and occupied areas is Desaturated.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', the Pictochat stage is largely black and white (by extension, the Pictochat software on the DS is also mostly monochrome), although the characters are still colored. In addition, flashbacks in the Adventure mode cutscenes are black and white.
* ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''
** The general setting of Castle Bleck. While the enemies and characters are in color, the entire OminousFloatingCastle, possibly to show it's in the void, is completely monochrome.
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' also has this in one area, namely the Boggly Woods and the Great Tree contained therein. Well, the backgrounds and creatures fit this bill anyway -- the ground is more like an [[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield Amazing Technicolor Carpet]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* MonochromePast was part of the basis of Detective Tyrell Badd's design in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations''. Since he appeared in a flashback case, the artist decided to make him desaturated and give him a grey skin tone in addition to giving him the look and attitude of a FilmNoir detective. The only bright things about him are his [[RealMenWearPink red handmirror and pink lollipop.]]
* Despite the locations being full colour, the character sprites in ''HotelDuskRoom215'' and its sequel ''VideoGame/LastWindow'' are almost entirely in black and white, likely to add a FilmNoir feel to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kyle Hyde's]] investigations.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', all of Shiki's flashbacks are done in a sepia tone. This is done in part to disguise a plot point, [[spoiler:mainly the identity of which of the twins Kohaku and Hisui he met and when -- the two are identical apart from eye color]] and the flashbacks later switch to color once this is revealed.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' does this intentionally with a few notable exceptions, [[{{Gorn}} and blood, lots and lots of blood]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'', except for when the protagonist deliberately goes out of his way to [[RealityWarper manifest]] something colorful into existence - most notably Snuffy the Pooch, a purple dog.
* ''Webcomic/AmericanBarbarian'': [[http://www.ambarb.com/?p=197 All blue and black in the dark.]]
* ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow''
** Used in two flashback arcs, namely the two arcs that feature Literature/JeevesAndWooster as prominent characters. While the first one technically goes under Desaturation, the more current arc fits this to a T: the comics is done in a sepia tone, and the only colors used are for Alucard's vampire eyes... and the fangirls.
--->'''Alucard:''' What ''is'' this thing, and why does it get to be in color?
** Another comic in the same universe, ''The Eagle of Hermes'', does this as well: the comic is in black and white, and the only color given prominence is, again, red...except for one peculiar instance on a title page where the ''blue'' of [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon's]] tie is highlighted.
* Variation in ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire'', where the Christmas comics are drawn only in green and red.
* This was how the Roaring Twenties were portrayed in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'': all in black and white, with the four modern day time travelers being the only ones in color. It even got lampshaded when Zexion started to sell stocks ([[{{Jerkass}} in the month right before the Great Depression began]]):
-->'''Zexion:''' I'll take 4000 shares, my colorful friend.
* ''Webcomic/BeyondTemptation'' pulls this off with black, white and red.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'', during a PensieveFlashback, Liz's memories are rendered entirely in purple and magenta.
* ''Webcomic/CountYourSheep'', starring a young girl named Katie, is usually colored in shades of blue. Flashback episodes featuring her mother Laurie as a girl are in shades of mauve. In a strip where Laurie was pregnant with Katie the strip switched from mauve to blue the moment Laurie went into labor.
* ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'' is nearly entirely in grayscale, except for [[ProfessionalKiller Monday's]] red CoolShades; and Lizzie's bandana and [[DreamSequence mental landscape.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Dissonance}}'' colors anything yellow that should be yellow, but everything else is some shade of grey.
* ''Webcomic/{{Footloose}}'': [[http://www.footloosecomic.com/footloose/pages.php?page=267 The sword and the lightning]].
* Every chapter of ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia'' is done in black, white, and a few shades of one color. This color changes with every chapter.
* ''Webcomic/GirlsInSpace'' After an explosion in the 'Greyverse', all colour is drained from the normal universe making the [[http://www.girlsinspace.co.uk/comic/colourblind-cover/ Colourblind]] story appear in Black and White.
* The comic ''Webcomic/TheIntrepidGirlbot'' is shaded in bright, warm colors, mostly orange.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', only red gets coloured in. It fits in with the DarkerAndEdgier/Dark comedy fairy-tale style. Also lampshaded, a little girl notices [[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood Red's]] signature cape, and comments that it's a "funny colour".
* ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'' for the FilmNoir setting, [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2004/01/13/ except for dialog]].
* ''Webcomic/PlanetOfHats'', a ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' comic uses colour only for the Starfleet uniforms, the clothes of civilians, and occasionally blood.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-04-01 Slick confront the new, green succubus in a scene where everything except him, and an explosion in one panel, is shades of green, followed by evening scenes where everything but him is shades of blue.]]
* Used in ''Webcomic/SoreThumbs'', in one story arc where [[spoiler: Cecania is shipped off to Guantanamo Bay]]. Cecania has pink hair, and it is the first time the audience gets to see it. The guard mentions "I find I enjoy the color of your hair. [[LampshadeHanging I was unaware that more than two colours existed.]]"
* ''Webcomic/SouthBrook'' does this very thematically.
* ''Webcomic/WallyAndOsborne'': The only colors employed are black, white, blue, orange, and mixtures thereof. Rather impressively, the strip even managed to depict ''[[http://www.wallyandosborne.com/comic/polar-bear-training/ a rainbow]]'' in limited colors.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''VideoGame/ColourMySeries'' takes place in a world where almost everything is black and white. Color and emotions are forbidden. However, the protagonist, who has found love, can use color to manipulate things within the world. Clicking on certain objects will fill spots with color sometimes, too.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' does this in some of the shorts set before color films (Babblin Bijou, Newsreel of the Stars, etc) -- the only color found would be the Warners' noses.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** In the first season finale, the world goes red and then grayscale when the Moon Spirit is endangered and then killed. The only exceptions are fireblasts, the blue Avatar magic of [[FanNickname Koizilla]], and the still-blue eyes of Yue, which signify that a bit of the Moon Spirit survived in her, and [[HeroicSacrifice can be returned]].
** Aang's childhood memories, of the Air Temple, are heavily yellow and glowy, to show nostalgia. To a lesser degree, the same is true of Zuko's. Sokka and Katara, not so much.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' has this happen in the 13th episode. It's a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind where most of the episode is a flashback in black and white but with the Spider-Man suit in full color. The mental fight [[spoiler: with the [[EnemyWithin Venom symbiote]]]] is like this too, until Peter imagines his TrueCompanions and many other characters from the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters which is in color, and then it returns to reality.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The Color Smurfy", the world becomes black-and-white with the only color existing being Smurf blue when the Smurflings accidentally destroy Spectra's color wheel. The only place where color still exists is the Rainbow Pool, which the Smurfs must go to in order to get liquid light so they could restore Spectra.
[[/folder]]

!!Desaturation

[[folder:Advertising]]
* Several US companies are doing commercials with faded color. Not really monochrome or sepia, but just faded enough to stand out. Or at least they would stand out, if every other advert wasn't doing it now.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Anime]]
* ''Anime/BoogiepopPhantom'', justified because almost all the series is a gigantic {{Flashback}} (just see the borders of the screen for an extra clue). The last episode features vivid colors and full-screen image.
* The first ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime series used either very mild desaturation or a muted color palette when depicting what lay on "the other side of the Gate." This had the end result of making the other side of the Gate seem less "fantastic" or "alive". [[spoiler:Note, for instance, that Noah has more realistic hair colors than Rose in TheMovie.]] This is made even more poignant when it's revealed that "the other side of the Gate" is [[spoiler:''our'' world]] and that ultimately, [[spoiler:the Elrics become stranded in our reality, forced to see history unfold and unable to return]].
* The first establishing shots of the first (chronological) episode of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' are another example, presumably in the mundane/nonmundane contrast vein. Everything suddenly gets a lot more colorful once the narrator meets the title girl.
* The beautiful anime short ''Anime/{{Kigeki}}'' is almost completely desaturated (giving it an appropriately Gothic feel) making certain vivid colours like the little girl's GreenEyes and the [[RainOfBlood copious amounts of blood]] stand out.
* The DownerBeginning of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' anime applies a desaturation variety to mark Haruka's progressive, downward spiral of [[BreakTheCutie broken-ness]] that was brought by a [[{{telepathy}} power]] that [[PowerIncontinence she couldn't turn off]]. Her first meeting of Manabe at 10:38 [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/K-s-1-shatter_8830.jpg shatters]] this desaturation filter.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' not only does almost all flashbacks in sepia, but they're slightly blurred, presumably to simulate the distortion of human memory.
* Borderline: ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' intentionally had a low-key, brownish-grey color palette with very little use of strong colors to enhance its atmosphere as a realistic, psychological thriller.
* Possibly unintentional example: the original (and international) video releases of ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion: Death & Rebirth]]'' and ''The End of Evangelion'' contained a muted color palette and a radiant "glow" effect, giving them an appropriately dreamlike atmosphere. The ([[NoExportForYou Japan-only]]) ''Renewal'' edition contained a brighter color palette.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
** The first episode was very low in coloration, as it took place underground, where there was little light. As soon as they get to the surface, the rest of the series is filled with color. Episode 5 was the same way, except even moreso, to the point of being nearly black-and-white, as it took place in an underground village with even ''fewer'' resources and less light.
** Gainax also made various close-up shots of characters desaturated (Often going to completely black and white), usually because they were doing something epic and/or dying.
** The "Celestial Being" [[ShowWithinAShow movie within the movie]], which is basically a big Gainax homage with bits of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' thrown in, had a monochrome close up of Setsuna.
** The brawl between Simon and the Anti-Spiral at the climax of ''Lagann-Hen'' also has a desaturated palette, though some colors are added for emphasis (Red for blood, green for the glow of Simon's drill)
* The Nue arc (Episodes 8 & 9) of ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'' uses desaturation and color in a very unique way. The arc revolves around the smell of incense; to simulate this without having to go into verbal descriptions, when the characters inhale the incense, the entire scene gains full colour momentarily before fading into monochrome once more. When the legendary incense is lit at the end, the mansion in which the story is set becomes brightly coloured and the wall murals come to life. [[spoiler:But the smell quickly fades away, revealing that the entire building was just an uninhabited ruin under enchantment.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The short-running ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comic ''Hearts of Steel'' takes place in the 1860s rather than the usual modern-day setting, and uses faded colors and a general sepia-toned color scheme to reflect the time period. Might also qualify as RealIsBrown.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' uses drab colors for the living world. The world of the dead, however, is bright and colorful.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' contrasts the gloomy [[MonsterTown Halloween Town]] and Christmas Town this way.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/TimBurton has always been a fan of this trope, to fit with the general gloomy nature of his films. Many of the examples below involve him in some role or the other. To show how deep the connection goes, his first two shorts, the stop-motion ''Vincent'' and live-action ''Frankenweenie'', already used this trope.
* Most of ''Film/{{Avalon}}'', a film about a virtual reality {{M|assivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame}}MORPG in a dystopian future, is deliberately shot in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TTgzumaI0w murky sepia]]. The movie switches to normal color and lighting at the end, when [[spoiler:the protagonist arrives in the level "class real", which looks much like our world]].
* The Tim Burton’s ''Film/{{Batman}}'' films come pretty close at times.
* In ''Film/TheBookOfEli'' many scenes have their colours bleached for the sake of maintaining the post-apocalyptic appearance.
* ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' uses sepia thrice: in the intro, in a travel {{montage}} and the finale... [[spoiler:[[BolivianArmyEnding you know it...]]]]
* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' is desaturated before the factory proper -- or maybe oversaturated after.
* ''Film/{{Cypher}}'' is shot predominantly in a heavily desaturated, high contrast and near-monochrome world of drudgery, suits and concrete. It's only at the end, [[spoiler: when Sebastian has realised his true identity and is sailing with Rita,]] that true colour returns.
* In ''[[Creator/StephenKing Dolores Claiborne]]'', scenes set in the present are desaturated and faintly blue-tinted to give a cold look. Flashbacks are in full color with reds and yellows emphasized.
* ''Film/DoubleJeopardy'' employs mild desaturation at the beginning of the film, with the color saturation increasing through the movie, in order to subtly heighten the audience's suspense as the chase continues.
* Not B&W per se, but the first sequence of ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' shows a huge set painted in monochrome tones, with the scientist played by Vincent Price as the only bright color character.
* Mexican film ''Film/LaLeyDeHerodes'' uses sepia tones and era music for its set on the 1940s.
* The Creator/DolphLundgren vehicle ''Film/MissionaryMan'' (2007) is an accidental example: the film stock was ruined during processing, so they decided to desaturate it. The effect, however, suits the film's modern-western theme well.
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' (the one starring John Hurt) wasn't desaturated, but it used bleach bypass, which produces a different kind of harsh, bleak look.
* The scenes ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' are all thoroughly desaturated.
* Creator/MelGibson's mobster flick ''Film/{{Payback}}'' is shot in faded colors for most of the film, representing the present day. However, flashbacks to the past are in full color, while flashforwards are in [[TheFutureIsNoir black and white]]. [[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism The film's tone is not a happy one]].
* In ''Film/TheRoad'' the colors are bleached to give a bleak, desolate, post-apocalyptic scenery.
* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' desaturated almost the entire movie for a grittier feeling. This results in a very gray D-Day.
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' was desaturated then resaturated to make it dreamlike, more like a painting than a photorealistic movie. Real {{Zeerust}}.
* The film version of ''Sir Henry at Rawlinson End'' was shot in slightly sepia-tinted monochrome, allegedly to imitate the look of an Creator/EalingStudios comedy and ''not'' because the budget wouldn't stretch to color....
* ''Film/SleepyHollow'', has all its colours bleached and only the blood is brightly hued.
* In ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' even the cheerful and sunny beach is sparsely colored, it is practically a relief to see all that bright, happy red blood liven things up.
* The shooting at the end of ''Film/TaxiDriver'' has been desaturated by director Creator/MartinScorsese to turn down the violence.
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* In the 5th season episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', after the characters find [[spoiler:Kutner dead]] much of the rest of the episode is darkly lit and desaturated to reflect the somber mood.
* Vladimir Bortko's miniseries adaptation of ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita'' portrays the "Soviet" segments of the original novel in sepia and the "Yershalaim" and "Woland's party" segments in color.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' has two examples. First, they've shown (Reenacted, obviously) Civil War footage in near-monochrome. As if that wasn't silly enough, they switch to a desaturated/faded color look for their flashbacks. Apparently modern color technology was invented sometime after 2003, as their flashbacks always end up looking like 60s movies.
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* A couple examples from the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series: when your character is wounded, his vision will wash out to black and white (with the exception of some encroaching red mist). However, this is played straighter in ''Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare'' when one character [[spoiler: emerges from his downed chopper after being caught in a nuclear blast.]] The resulting reddish-brown-tinted hell you witness can verge on horrifying.
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R. 2]]'' does this with both its own nuclear aftermath and a few of Alma's hallucinations. It's less brown than Call of Duty's version, and it doesn't just ''verge'' on the nightmare fuel.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' uses various shades of brown when playing as a special infected in VS mode to visualize on how a zombie's eyes would work. The sepia tone reverts to normal colors when the infected player is killed.
* In corrupted areas in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'', everything is shown in dull, faded colors -- sometimes taken to the point of nearly being genuine monochrome -- except for the lead characters. Healing an area makes its colors varied and vibrant.
* The "Old Movie" filter in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' uses this.
* Most of the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series does this, along with using an old movie-style noise filter.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' uses sepia for all flashbacks in the story, including one flashback to a scene you played through normally.
** In ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'', the island of Iluya is rendered in shades of grey [[spoiler:after being hit by the Kooluk's [[{{BFG}} BF]] [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Rune Cannon]]]].
* ''VideoGame/TheCatLady''[='s=] graphics are predominantly dark and desaturated.
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* ''Webcomic/BetweenFailures'' used black and white colors with shades of gray, [[spoiler: until comic #229, then changed to full color due to the protagonist seeing the world in shades of grays only up to that point]].
* ''Webcomic/DreamKeepers Prelude'': [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=157 a fantasy]] FilmNoir.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/fcd-01/#.T293s9m6SuI used for]] [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/fcd-02/#.T293mdm6SuI the evening scene]].
* In ''Webcomic/FarOut'', the colors are heavily shifted toward orange.
* The first volume of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' used to be uncolored. It was upgraded since then, though, and now makes extensive use of this trope. The first pages are in grayscale with a few colored spots (notably the heroine's GreenEyes), but once Agatha loses her [[OrphansPlotTrinket locket]], it gains desaturated tones. Except when she gets mad -- then the colors shortly become vibrant. [[spoiler:This reflects the Spark-suppressing properties of the locket, which are slowly fading away until the start of volume 2.]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has the WholeEpisodeFlashback chapter Ties, which is sepia-toned. There's also Zimmingham, in which the characters appear normally-colored -- although the humanoid Nobodies that live there are rather desaturated -- but the city itself (and the {{Imaginary Enem|y}}ies that presumably come out of it) has a rather limited and predominantly greyish-brown palette.
* ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' is made in sepia tones to resemble pictures from TheRoaringTwenties, since that's when the comic takes place.
* ''Webcomic/{{Memoria}}'': [[http://memoria.valice.net/?p=311 Starlight Valley]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Newheimburg}}'' is drawn entirely in grey hues.
* ''Webcomic/{{Parallels}}'' has a [[http://www.mightymartianstudios.com/ pale blue planet -- with a little yellow.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheThingThatWouldNotLeave'' is entirely in sepia.
* In ''Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil'', [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch04-pg22/ by moonlight]]. [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch05-pg17/ And again]].
* The Greyzones of ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' cause desaturation. The sequel, ''The Way of the Metagamer 2: InNameOnly'', is monochrome with the occasional SplashOfColor.
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* Used beautifully in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', in which recess is canceled indefinitely. As the kids' days get less and less interesting, the color slowly drains out of the picture until it finally becomes pure black & white. Of course, when recess is inevitably restored, the color returns.
* In ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s Season 3 finale, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Magical Mystery Cure]]", the colors are desaturated during Twilight's BSODSong to reflect the mood.
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* Many cities or homeowners' associations limit the colors with which houses can be painted as well as the color of objects placed in front of the house.
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* Played with in the ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' movie, where places [[AlienInvasion directly struck by the Pict]] are ''literally'' drained of their color, leaving behind a monochrome shell of their former selves.
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* In one Sunday ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'' strip, Carmen and Winslow are sitting on a butte, in grayscale. In the second panel, Winslow hugs Carmen; the background is sunshine yellow and all the panel yellow tinged. The third panel has reverted to full color, with a blue and purple and cloudy background.
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* ''Film/TheGiver'': Because humanity has lost the ability to see color, the first part of the film is initially in black and white, save for [[SplashOfColor splashes of color]] when Jonas "sees beyond." When he is given the memory of color red tones begin to show (as his first color was red). By the time he regains more memories the film is in full color. When he leaves the Community it is once again shot in black and white until [[spoiler: Jonas manages to return the memories, at which point it's shot in color again]].

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* The {{HBO}} TV movie ''Film/TheCatsMeow'' takes place during TheRoaringTwenties and is about the TriangRelations between William Randolph Hurst, his actress mistress Marion Davies, and Creator/CharlieChaplin [[spoiler: who Hurst tries to kill but winds up mortally wounding another guy instead]]. Because all the characters are involved in the silent movie business their [[GorgeousPeriodDress fancy clothes]] are black, white, and grey (which makes it look like a live-action Creator/EdwardGorey story) and [[spoiler: the victim's funeral]] is in black and white.
* In ''Series/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'', the episode "1968" is filmed in black-and-white on Earth (where things are [[CrapsackWorld going to hell in a handbasket]].) Meanwhile, Apollo 8 up in space is filmed in color, reflecting the telegram read after their successful lunar orbit which stated "You saved 1968."
* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' has many of the battles with everything but red heavily desaturated (with [[DarkestHour the desperate Battle of Bastogne]] being practically monochrome, due to all the snow), with the more peaceful scenes away from the fighting being in beautiful natural colors.
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* ''Super VideoGame/MeatBoy'' likes to play with colors. Some of the levels and one chapter is entirely black and white where only your character and their stains leave color. Other levels, which are more common in DarkWorld levels, have limited monochrome or dischromatic color palette and sometimes only silhouette can be seen.
* In ''[[VideoGame/MedalOfHonor Medal Of Honor: Airborne]]'', [[InterfaceScrew the player's vision temporarily turns grayscale]] when [[TapOnTheHead meleed by an enemy]]. Nearby explosions cause [[RedFilterOfDoom red-out]] and [[ShellShockSilence tinnitus]]. The red filter is also used as a CriticalAnnoyance.
* In ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessEnchantedJourney'', the Bogs drain color from Snow White's world, and you must restore the color.
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* ''Webcomic/AllRosesHaveThorns'' starts off being completely in gray tones, save for blood and eye colors. But as time goes on and it gets closer to modern day, it slowly grows more saturated with colors. To the point that by the 19th century the comic is now nearly full-color.
* ''Webcomic/{{Archipelago}}'' is black-and-white on the whole, but uses multiple colors to accentuate magical effects. The character will be monochrome, but when they cast a spell, or when their [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul is torn from their body,]] their colors are revealed. Also, dramatic events like flashbacks are portrayed in full color.
* ''Webcomic/{{Derelict}}'' uses desaturation, except for the pinwheel, which is in full and brilliant color.
* In ''Webcomic/DragonMango'', most strips are in black and white. Some are in color. [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter05/dm05-34.htm Some are mostly black and white with fillips of color.]]
* ''Webcomic/NextTownOver'' sometimes uses [[http://squidbunnies.com/nto/?p=4 desaturation with a splash of color.]]
* ''Webcomic/QuestionDuck'': black shading to white, or red, or yellow -- not invariably.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Strays}}'', [[http://www.straysonline.com/2012/11/page-249/ Meela's story is desaturated, with splash of red.]]
* Color in the otherwise black-and-white world of ''Webcomic/{{Zelfia}}'' indicates magic. There are also full color [[FlashForward flashforwards]] that serve as [[MilestoneCelebration Milestone Celebrations.]]
* In ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'', the entire plot is based around this concept. The world is being taken over by "Monochromes" and it's up to June to become a MagicalGirl and defeat them. Whenever there's a color shift of any kind, something big is bound to be going down and the fact that the world is in monochrome by default shows just how bad the situation on Earth is.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Hexenringe}}'', characters from the dimension of Maragan known as Imagina tend to be black and white if they are manga characters. They stay that way even if they cross over to Mundana (our dimension).
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