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[[caption-width-right:260:[-It's certainly lovely on these {{Princess}}es.-] ]]

->''This is ''my'' apartment and I ''like'' it! This is a '''girls[='=]''' apartment! That [Chandler and Joey's] is a boys' apartment! It's dirty and it smells! This is '''pretty'''! It's so pretty! And look, it... and it's ''purple''!''
-->-- '''Rachel Green''' voicing her refusal to leave Monica's apartment, ''Series/{{Friends}}'', "The One With the Embryos"

A lady wearing purple as a sign of her femininity, whether she is girly and sweet, or graceful and mature.

For millennia, purple was the traditional color of nobility because it was one of the most difficult (and [[ConspicuousConsumption thus expensive]]) colors to make with naturally occurring dyes. In fact, the Romans actually made it a crime for anyone not of the nobility to wear purple in public, cementing its status in many cultures as the color of TheBeautifulElite. This changed some time after the IndustrialRevolution kicked into high gear, when synthetic dyes became the norm rather than the exception. So formerly expensive purple dye was now just as affordable as any other color, and thus lost much of its association with wealth.

Then as colors began to take on their [[PinkGirlBlueBoy now-familiar gender connotations]], purple found itself increasingly on the feminine side of the gender divide because it was considered a [[PinkMeansFeminine pinker]] version of [[TrueBlueFemininity blue]]. This trope is thus a merger of two associations: purple with nobility, and purple with femininity.

This color is fairly common to see on a young girl, elderly matron, SpiritedYoungLady, or princess (even if PrincessesPreferPink).

Now even though this color can be worn by girls of any age, older feminine women are more likely to wear this color long after a girl who wore pink grew out of that color.

This also tends to be a popular color among some {{Mary Sue}}s.

'''Just being a woman in purple isn't enough. It has to be a clearly feminine lady.'''

A SisterTrope to PinkMeansFeminine (and can overlap with colors like fuchsia), TrueBlueFemininity.

Compare PurpleEyes, PrincessPhase, WinterRoyalLady, ProperLady, PrincessClassic, PrincessesPreferPink, PurpleIsPowerful (and can overlap with some {{Action Girl}}s), SupernaturalIsPurple.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Sumire of ''SakuraTaisen'' wears purple as her main color, in both her uniform and regular outfit. Although her "graceful" aspect is just as often overridden by her being the TeamPrimaDonna.
* Zakuro Fujiwara in ''TokyoMewMew'', a mature, refined model, has a purple-colored Mew Mew outfit (and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair purple hair to match]]).
* Sylphiel Nels Lahda of ''{{Slayers}}'' wears a mostly purple outfit, fitting for her [[ProperLady proper, polite and demure]] behavior.
* Angel Salvia in ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' wears purple both in her {{Simple| Yet Opulent}} FairytaleWeddingDress and her MiniDressOfPower.
* While Anthy Himemiya of ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', the Rose Bride, generally wears a red dress (or white in the movie), her hair is purple, and purple itself is a symbol for royalty and, appropriately, magic and mystery (both which make up Anthy's mystique and outer personality). Most of her outside artwork, namely monochrome drawings, utilize purple.
* Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' wears purple as her main outfit theme.
** In the opening of one of the movies, Venus is trying on different outfits at a store, including a long purple fur coat, where she poses like a movie star.
* LadyOfWar Yuri Tsukikage/Cure Moonlight from ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' has purple hair in both forms and a violet-accented Cure outfit.
* Ayeka of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' has purple hair and is a proper princess. However, it's slightly cheating, since [[spoiler:WordOfGod states that [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair her hair is actually blue]] and she altered it to be purple in order to attract her half-brother/fiance Yosho.]]
* A few of MarieAntoinette's dresses in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' are purple in the anime.
* Princess Elizabeth of ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' wears a purple waitress uniform as her standard outfit.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Psylocke of ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' is a former supermodel, whose motifs are butterflies, and is often depicted as a elegant LadyOfWar in a purple leotard, although for a time she fit PurpleIsPowerful more than this trope.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Bianca from ''TheRescuers'' dons purple often, including in her IconicOutfit with the bow.
* Meg from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has purple eyes and a lavender dress.
* Rapunzel of ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' wears a purple and lavender dress.
* Ariel of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' wears a purple {{seashell bra}} as a mermaid, and in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', she wears a purple PimpedOutDress.
* In a lot of TheMerch, Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is shown wearing the purple BareYourMidriff dress she wears towards the end of the movie, rather than her usual blue outfit.
* Esmeralda from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has a predominant scheme of white, teal, gold, and purple--with purple standing out the most as the color of her skirt.
* Shanti from ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
* ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'''s Eilonwy wears dress that is a mixture of purple, pink, and white.
* Jane from ''[[Disney/PeterPan Peter Pan: Return to Neverland]]''.
* One of Disney/{{Mulan}}'s outfits in ''Mulan II''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAChristmasCarol'', Eden wears a purple nightgown and SleepMask, while Catherine in [[BadFuture a possible future]] wears a purple dress as an EvilCostumeSwitch (her present dress is pink and white).
* In ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', Queen Elsa wears a purple [[PimpedOutCape cape]] as part of her [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning coronation]] [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia regalia]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''HarryPotter'' series, women only seem to wear purple for formal occasions. The colour Lavender is always the specific shade. Madam Maxime typically wears black but wears a flowing gown of lavender silk for the Yule Ball. Additionally Hermione wears lavender for Bill and Fleur's wedding. It's presented as a SheCleansUpNicely moment too.
* A minor subplot in Gary Jennings Literature/{{Aztec}}. When Mixtli meets Zyanya and Beu Ribe, they are wearing blouses decorated with a "rich and permanent purple" dye. At that point, Mixtli explains that purple had been harvested from insects that lived on a certain crop and it could only be harvested once a year (and faded after numerous washings). Their [[DisappearedDad father]] had gone to find out the source of the permanent purple, which led Mixtli on the same quest, to better albeit bittersweet results. Much later [[spoiler: after Mixtli marries Zyanya]] he sells some of his stock to Tenochtitlan's elite, but his wife has more purple garments than even the Queen.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Ambassador Delenn in ''Series/BabylonFive'' loves purple robes and wears them when handling interstellar crises' or blowing bad guys up.
* Lady Morgana wears a lot of purple on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' whilst she's living in Camelot's court, and Guinevere's coronation gown is purple.
** In fact, Morgana gets no less than ''four'' purple gowns, two of silk and two of velvet: [[http://oi47.tinypic.com/hv79xi.jpg one]], [[http://oi46.tinypic.com/riywya.jpg two]], [[http://oi46.tinypic.com/1114bk9.jpg three]], [[http://oi48.tinypic.com/10f3vx1.jpg four]].
* The dowager countess, Maggie Smith's character on ''DowntonAbbey'', is named Violet and wears lots of purple.
* [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Princess Aurora]] in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' wears a lavender gown.
* The titular mother in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is wearing a purple sundress when first introduced to the audience. And when she finally meets Ted, she's wearing a purple dress under her raincoat.
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[[folder:Music]]
* [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UBnHiVQsXec/T1eT8B1T0dI/AAAAAAAAA0Q/xuyOFMpmuQ8/s1600/jasmine+you+2.jpg Jasmine You]] of Music/{{Versailles}} took full advantage of this trope as part of [[WholesomeCrossdresser his]] [[VisualKei image]].
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* WWE Diva Ivory's favourite colour was purple and nearly all her outfits were purple. She also had her trademark purple scarf which she carried to the ring with her. She often referred to herself as a lady, calling the rest of the Divas sluts and skanks.
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[[folder:Poetry]]
* Jenny Jones has a [[SubvertedTrope different take]] on wearing purple in ''Warning''...
-->When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
-->With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
-->And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
-->And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
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[[folder:PuppetShows]]
* On TheMuppetShow, Miss Piggy is never seen without a pair of lavender OperaGloves. She is the very definition of delicate, graceful femininity, and will punch out the lights of anyone who says otherwise.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Several outfits {{Franchise/Barbie}} has worn have been purple, as well as several characters in the DirectToVideo movies.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Shirley Primer from ''VisualNovel/CrimsonRafflesia'' wears and is commonly associated with the color purple, and she is the most feminine, graceful and soft-spoken girls of the cast.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ActionGirl Virginia's fuchsia PimpedOutDress in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}''.
* Blaze the Cat from the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series.
* Morrigan of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is a LadyOfBlackMagic who mostly wears [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple and black]]. Violet is often emphasized with her in official artist's depictions, as well as occasionally being the color of her magic.
* ''KatamariDamacy'''s Velvet wears purple as a sign of her maturity and haughtiness.
* Ivy Valentine of ''SoulCalibur'' wears purple dominatrix suits and is the most...womanly character in the game.
* The more recent depictions of [[Franchise/TheLegendofZelda Princess Zelda]] often tend to show her in a purple dress.
* [[RealityWarper Yakumo Yukari]] from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' wears purple dresses. Also overlaps with PurpleIsPowerful.
** Her name even means violet.
* Princess Schala of Zeal in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' wears a purple robe.
* Alisa Bosconovitch of ''{{VideoGame/Tekken}}'' wears a dress that is mostly purple.
* Jaina Proudmoore wore a long hooded purple mantle decorated with runes in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', along with white clothing. By ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', she had switched that outfit for a more elegant purple and white robe befitting her status as the ruler of Theramore.
* In ''KingdomHearts'' [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Princess Aurora's]] normally blue (or pink) dress is colored purple on her stained glass window.
* ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series: Played straight by Purple Heart and Purple Sister, natch. Also Nepgear (the non-SuperMode Purple Sister) to a lesser extent. Subverted by Neptune (non-super Purple Heart), who wears the most actual purple in her outfit, but is a chronically unmotivated [[TheSlacker slacker]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The DisneyPrincess site offers several purple {{Pimped Out Dress}}es in the VirtualPaperDoll game.
* Toki used to be drawn in a purple dress or in something that is purple, as can be seen here: [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Lady-Toki-at-her-finest-285584418?q=gallery%3AAkaiChounokoe%2F34256865&qo=223]]. Also doubles metaphorically with PurpleIsPowerful, seeing that is she very wealthy and is seen of high status, being called "Lady Toki" or something of the like. Interestingly, it is also a ColorMotif, seeing the purple, besides being the color of royalty and materialism (in which wealth is associated), is also the color of insanity, fitting since she is mentally ill.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Rarity, the most feminine main character in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', has a violet mane and tail, and even her white coat had slight lavender tint to it. Her choices in outfits for herself also tend to be biased towards purple and blue.
** She even wears purple ''[[HighlyVisibleNinja camouflage]]'' at one point, ''while dragon-watching'', which the others call her out on. She doesn't seem to mind.
** Minor antagonist Trixie usually wears a purple cape and hat. As she is a stage magician, this also ties into SupernaturalIsPurple.
* Yue, the princess of the Northern Water Tribe ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', wears purple, when all the other water tribes wear blue (although a play involving her portrays her [[PrincessesPreferPink wearing pink]]).
* This is one of the most common colors worn by Daisy Duck of the ''ClassicDisneyShorts''.
** In ''MickeysChristmasCarol'', where she played Isabelle, her second outfit (including dress, {{parasol| of prettiness}}, and [[PrettyInMink fur cape]]) were shades of purple.
* Fallon of ''PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders'' wears purple and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair has purple hair]].
* In the FairyTale episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' Jean was a {{Princess}} and wore purple and pink.
* The Ashleys in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' have a tradition around this color. When they first met in kindergarten, they were coincidentally all wearing purple, and every anniversary of that day is "Purple Day", where the girls only wear the color purple. The episode which introduced this began with their leader, Ashley A., arriving late, but accidentally wearing yellow. She, for a brief moment, is kicked out of the club.
* Marzipan from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' wears a purple dress... or her body is purple and just looks like a dress.
* Princes Clara in ''DrawnTogether'' wears a simply purple frock.
* Luciana in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsTheIslandPrincess'' wears a purple dress.
* Sofia from SofiaTheFirst wears a purple princess gown. Even before she became a Princess she wore purple.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'': Princess Glimmer has purple in her outfit and lavender hair.
* ''{{Sym-Bionic Titan}}'': Princess Ilana wears a purple dress when she escapes Galaluna and lands on earth. [[UnlimitedWardrobe She doesn't wear it for the rest of the show.]]
* Zoe Trent, the diva dog from ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'', is a purple spaniel.
* Fifi La Fume from ''TinyToons'' is a purple skunk.
* In ''SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' when Gem is auditioning for the role of [[RomeoAndJuliet Juliet]] she wears a purple period gown. Notably when Sabrina plays the role, the dress she wears is pink. Also Aunt Hilda, the more feminine and fashionable of the two aunts, has a purple dress as her default outfit.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' series, Courtney, during the Fairytale Challenge of Season Two, is wearing a purple dress.
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