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[[caption-width-right:220:[-A pimp saber, for a badass Jedi.-] ]]

->'''Boss:''' We're gonna' have to do something about the pink.\\
'''Oleg:''' You'd prefer a more manly shade, like purple?\\
''[Pierce, Shaundi, and the Boss all give Oleg approving looks]''
-->-- ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''

This is purple being used to [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolize]] the power and/or coolness of a character, whether the character is {{Badass}}, of RoyalBlood, or something else.

This trope existed at least as far back as AncientRome, where only [[ColorCodedPatrician the Patrician class]] was [[DressCode allowed to wear]] the [[ConspicuousConsumption expensive color]] called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrian_purple "Tyrian Purple"]]. Then purple became a common color for [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia royal robes]] in Europe.

Some time later, purple became associated with either femininity, or fell on the evil side of GoodColorsEvilColors (like [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Joker]]). But for those that thought EvilIsCool, it just helped purple be seen as a cool color. Then it became a stereotypical color for pimps, and it was definitely cool again. Can be considered a YinYangBomb when you consider that purple is red and blue combined.

This trope comes into play if it's clothing or an item on the cool or powerful character, whether it's a hat, weapon, or BadassCape.

Now purple is also seen as one of the "girly" shades. If that comes into play, then this trope overlaps with RealMenWearPink.

'''This is not just when any character who isn't a wimp wears purple. It has to represent power or coolness.'''

In an odd coincidence, of the visible colors, violet is the highest frequency, and thus the most energetic and most powerful, per photon.

Compare GoldTooth, GracefulLadiesLikePurple (and can overlap with some {{Action Girl}}s), PurpleIsTheNewBlack, PurpleEyes, SupernaturalIsPurple, RedIsHeroic, HeavenlyBlue.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* A reasonable contender for TropeCodifier, [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva Unit 01]] is 900 foot of pure purple fury, and has firmly cemented its reputation as a {{Badass}} EldritchAbomination among fans and non-fans alike, even outstripping others of its kind (even the [[RedIsHeroic red]] [[DeconstructedTrope one]]) in this respect. Unit 01 is also given special attention and a fair degree of preferential treatment by NERV's Commander Gendo in-universe, as well, [[spoiler: though that's understandable, as his wife's soul serves as the monster's consciousness, and he has special plans for it/ her with regards to the [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality Project]]]].
* In his fight with Sasuke at the Valley of the End, {{Naruto}} uses a purple variation of the Rasengan.
* In ''{{Berserk}}'', the Empire of Tudor has several themed armies that are identified by both a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color]] and an [[AnimalThemeNaming animal]], such as the Black Rams and Blue Whales. The name of their most powerful and esteemed army? The Purple [[RhinoRampage Rhinos]].
* In the tv series of ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'', Insane Black★Rock Shooter [[PowerBornOfMadness has a purple flame]] instead of the titular character's blue. She is also NighInvulnerable to the conventional fights of the series.
* Pretty much [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch vi Britannia]] in Anime/CodeGeass: his suit worn as part of his Zero outfit is predominantly purple (and subsequently, his [[spoiler: imperial Britannian robes]] have noticeable purple highlights as well).
* DragonballZ has several examples of this trope.
** Future Trunks wears purple jacket and has purple hair. Both, Trunks and his father Vegeta, have a violet BattleAura.
** Piccolo wears purple outfit and has [[AlienBlood purple blood]]. His pupil, Son Gohan,, also wears purple.
** Ginyu, captain and most powerful member of the Ginyu Force, has purple skin.
** Freeza has a purple color scheme. Same goes for King Cold and Cooler.
*** His minions have also a purple BattleAura, Freeza himself has actually blue, but it's sometimes purple when he fights with 100% of his power.
*** A lot of Freeza's attacks are pink or purple.
** Cell and Buu, who are far more powerful than Freeza, have [[AlienBlood purple blood]].
** The first (besides Garlic Jr.) canon movie villain Beers, the most powerful villain in the history of Z, has purple skin. He's so powerful that he [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] [=SSJ3=] Goku, [=SSJ=] Gotenks, Good Buu and Ultimate Gohan. Heck, he even defeats Goku as a [[spoiler:'''Super-Saiyajin God''']].
* Tieria Erde from ''MobileSuitGundam00'' pilots the Gundam with the WaveMotionGun.
** Angelo Sauper from MobileSuitGundamUnicorn pilots purple machines. [[spoiler:his Rozen Zulu is even more powerful it took down lots of federation suits]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Yugi's trademark monster Dark Magician and related cards of the archetype wear purple. Throughout the franchise Fusion monsters use a purple card background, and include some of the strongest monsters in the game, such as Thousand-Eyes Restrict (which absorbs an enemy monster to use its power, prevents other monsters from attacking, and had to be ''banned'' in the real-life game) and the Five-Headed Dragon (a.k.a. Mythic Dragon, which has the highest stats of any monster out there, and can't be destroyed by battle with most monsters even if they ''do'' somehow become stronger than it is.)
** Among his assortment of [[BadassLongcoat cool coats]], [[TheRival Seto Kaiba]] has a few purple colored ones, most prominently wearing one during the Duelist Kingdom arc.
* In ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'', the eight main noble families are named after colours, and the royal house is purple.
* In ''{{Anime/Noir}}'', purple is mainly associated with antagonists, including [[BigBad Altena]], [[KnifeNut Chloe]] and [[MafiaPrincess Silvana "Intoccabile" Greone]], all of whom prove to be highly dangerous.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Homura's color scheme is purple, and she's significantly more powerful than the other magical girls. However, WordOfGod says that she would only be the strongest if the other girls don't know about her abilities; he says that either Mami or Kyoko are the strongest MagicalGirl [[spoiler:besides [[PhysicalGod Ultimate Madoka]]]].
* ''Anime/VividredOperation'': Zigzagged. Rei (a mix between [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Homura Akemi]] and [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Fate Testarossa]]) has purple color scheme, but she doesn't have a Palette Suits of her own. However, she's a particularly extreme BadassNormal.
* [[ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]: [[BigBad Berg Katse]] always dresses in purple, unless s/he's in an outright disguise.
* ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'':
** [[TheBigBad Jaaku King]] is completely purple and he's LargeAndInCharge. [[spoiler:In the sequel, [[DragonAscendant Baldez']] body becomes completely purple in the final episode because he ''is'' Jaaku King and he has transformed into a small version of Jaaku King. When he transformed completely into Jaaku King, he's more purple than in first season.]]
** The [[MonstersOfTheWeek Zakennas]] are the largest monsters in the entire ''Anime/PrettyCure franchise''. And their spirits are purple.
** [[TheDragon Illkubo]] uses often purple (dark) energy, and later [[spoiler:he fuses with a [[MonsterOfTheWeek Zakenna]] and changes into a purple (than silver) monster. He nearly kills the Precures, but Jaaku King kills him because Illkubo ''could'' damage the [[MacGuffin Prism Stones]]]].
** [[TheDragon Belzei]] [[TheStarscream Gertrud]] is the leader and the strongest warrior of the [[TerribleTrio Seeds of Darkness]] and he has purple as his theme color.
** The Dotsuko Zone in general is associated with purple.
* [[TheLancer Cure Egret alias Cure Windy]] from ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' has [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair purple hair]] and [[PurpleEyes eyes]]. Especially as Cure Windy, she is more associated with the color purple and is stronger than her Egret form.
* Certain characters who wear purple in ''[[{{Franchise/Anpanman}} Sorieke! Anpanman]]'' often represent they're either magical or powerful in some way. Nazobo since he teleported to the dream word, Yuyakeman since he paints the sunset once the day's done, Princess Durian since she's royalty, and Mrs. Dokudami since she makes healing herbs.
* The SixthRanger Milky Rose from ''Ani,e/YesPrettyCure5GoGo'' has incredible physical strength compared to the other five girls. She's also the only one who represents the blue rose which is equal to the five red roses represented by the Precures. Her theme color and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair her hair]] and is purple.
** [[TheHeroine Cure Dream]], the strongest of the five Cures has PurpleEyes, but has pink as her theme color.
** [[BigBad The Director]] in ''Yes! 5 [=GoGo=]!'' has a purple [[BadassCape cape]] [[spoiler:which is actually a pair of wings]].
* [[TheBigGirl Cure Berry]] from ''Anume/FreshPrettyCure'' has [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair purple hair]], despite having blue as her theme color. Well, there is only one Cure in her team who has matching hair and theme colors. Her kicks are the strongest among the team.
* [[TheSmartGirl Cure Moonlight]] from ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' has actually silver as her theme color, but purple is also a dominating color of hers. Of course, being at least three years older than the other three girls and being a Precure veteran have made her the strongest Precure of the group.
* Subverted with [[TheBigGirl Cure Beat]] and [[TagalongKid Cure Muse]] from ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure''. Both of them have a different theme color (blue and yellow, respectively), but Beat has [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair purple hair]] and Muse's Fairy Tone Dodory is purple, the only transformation Fairy Tone that doesn't have the same color that matches the color of the Cure costume. Both, Beat and Muse have powers that differ the powers of the main duo [[TheHeroine Cure Melody]] and [[TheLancer Cure Rhythm]]. And Cure Beat's ''Beat Sonic'' and ''Beat Barrier'' are purple, too.
* Both, [[BigBad Pierrot]] and [[TheDragon Joker]] are the strongest villains in ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' and have purple as their theme color.
* [[TheLancer Cure Sword]] from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' is also a (one month) veteran and she's the best fighter of the four girls at all ([[spoiler:not counting [[TheBigGirl Cure Ace]] who is stronger than all of them]]), only rivaled by [[TheHeroine Cure Heart]] with her finisher moves, and rivaled by [[TheChick Cure Rosetta]] in hand-to-hand combat. Sword's costume, [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair hair]], [[CurtainsMatchTheWindow eyes]], attacks, BattleAura and MentorMascot are all purple.
** [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Regina]] wears a costume that was once RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver, but due to her [[EvilCostumeSwitch More Evil Costume Switch]], the red parts became purple. She also easily defeats the four Precures.]]
* [[AloofAlly Cure Fortune]] of ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' is stated in-series to be the strongest of the four main Cures, who are stated to be the strongest in the world, and is purple-themed. However, the series seems to give hints that Cure Fortune's powers are ''not hers'', but [[TakeUpMySword her sister's, Cure Tender]], who was one of many Cures struck down and captured by the powerful [[TheDragon Phantom]]. A combination of MyGodWhatHaveIDone, HeroicSacrifice, HeroicSecondWind and MidSeasonUpgrade ends up ramping up her power.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', [[TheGrimReaper Sailor Saturn]] is heavily associated with the color purple: her uniform has purple accents, her [[PurpleEyes eyes are purple]], even her [[SupernaturalIsPurple magic is purple]]. She only awakens when there is a planet to destroy, a civilization to wipe out, or an [[EldritchAbomination Elder God]] to kill, [[OneManArmy solo.]] In her entire active history, she has only ever failed ''once.''
* Sieglinde Jeremiah of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', [[WorldsStrongestMan the strongest teenager in all dimensions]] who had never lost a fight, is shown to generally wear purple and black. Also, way back in the original series, [[BigBad Precia]] [[EvilMatriarch Testarossa]], who is in the running as one of the strongest characters in the franchise, had a purple color theme, including her magic and her outfit.
* In ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear G'', [[spoiler:Miku]] gets her own Symphogear which is purple. She has the largest arsenal and she is way stronger than other Symphogear users.
* ''[[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Tsubasa]]'' 's Fai is a very powerful mage - even with his [[PowerLimiter power suppressing tattoo]] - and his magic is a very light purple. And it kicks serious ass once he decides to use it. He can travel between dimensions more than just once which other than him only [[{{XxxHOLiC}} Ichihara Yuuko]] and [[BigBad Fei Wang Reed]] can do. His magic can also grow infinitely which means he might one day be the ''most powerful mage ever in existence''. It also ties in with the "Royalty wears Purple" aspect that pops up a lot as he is, technically, a prince of not just one but two worlds [[spoiler: though one has no inhabitants anymore and the other gets destroyed.]]
* Stocking, of ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''.
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[[folder:{{Comics}}]]
* Psylocke, the badass ninja of the ''ComicBook/XMen'', wears purple (in addition to [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair her purple hair]]).
* {{Magneto}}'s costume is (royal) purple and red (for the blood of the victims he saw die in Auschwitz and afterwards).
* The ComicBook/{{Huntress}}, a part of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics' Bat Family, is almost always depicted wearing purple. She's one of the only members of the Bat Family that doesn't wear all black.
** The third [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl]], Stephanie Brown, also has purple on her costume, and as Spoiler it's the primary color. She seems to fit the "feminine" aspect of this trope.
** Barbara Gordon's Batgirl uniform as of the [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2011}} 2011 reboot]] also has purple accents, though considerably less than Stephanie's.
** ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} occasionally wore purple as a part of her SpyCatsuit.
** Talia al Ghul, similar to Catwoman, is an on-again, off-again lover of Batman who is a sometimes a hero and sometimes a villain, and occasionally wears purple as the primary color of her costume.
* Starfire of the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' wears bejeweled purple leotards and monokinis.
* {{Galactus}}. He is viewed differently by all races, and it is stated that humans see him in a purple attire because we link the colour to royalty.
* TheHulk has purple shorts
* ComicBook/BlackOrchid, a super-powered detective, wears an all-purple superhero costume.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias' trademark colours are purple and gold.
* TheJoker, with his notorious purple tuxedo and tails, is feared throughout TheDCU's underworld.
* ''ElfQuest'': The mighty Djun in the "Hidden Years" and "Shards" storylines wears lots of purple.
* MarvelComics villain the Purple Man's MindControl powers are tied into his color scheme.
* Played with in Kate Bishop (ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} of the ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'') -- she's [[TheTeamNormal the only one on both incarnations of the team]] without a fantastic or supernatural power, backstory, or enhancement [[note]]at least until a depowered [[ComicBook/{{XMen}} Prodigy]] comes along, but even he had all the knowledge he accumulated as a mutant to back him up[[/note]], but this doesn't stop her from being one of the best marskmen in the world. She's also the only character to dress head-to-toe in purple.

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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* [[GodSaveUsFromtheQueen The Evil Queen]] from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' primarily wears a purple dress along with her [[EvilWearsBlack black]] [[OminousOperaCape cape]].
* Yzma from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' has purple as her main colour. Everything and every place that belongs to her is purple.
* Randall from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' actually is purple. Though he looks it, he's no wimp; despite his scrawny little arms, Randall would have succeeded in suffocating the brawnier Sully were it not for Mike's intervention. Randall also appears to have the most powerful skills out of the monsters seen in the film, as he is lithe, fast, silent, possibly skilled in engineering, and able to blend like a chameleon.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Elsa's coronation cape is purple.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Mace Windu wields a purple lightsaber in ''AttackOfTheClones''. It's the only purple lightsaber seen in the ''StarWars'' films, which helps set him apart as an important Jedi. The StarWarsExpandedUniverse simply states that the purple crystal is extremely rare and hard to get. Creator/SamuelLJackson requested a purple lightsaber so he could see himself more easily in group battles. It's also the color of Mara Jade's lightsaber, down to hinting that it is in fact Windu's. KnightsOfTheOldRepublic has Revan use one, and the color is treated as somewhere between a Jedi Guardian and the red color mainly used by Sith.
* ''Film/KickAss'': Hit-Girl wears a purple wig as well as a heavily purple-accented costume.
* The 1973 Sentinels in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. Also Blink's BattleAura and FacialMarkings.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''[[Literature/TheAvatarChronicles Saga]]'' by Conor Kostick, everyone in Saga is [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience ranked according to color]] based on their financial status, with the majority of the population being red and orange. The higher the color, the nicer the buildings such as malls/parks/etc you get to enter, and you have more say in the city's laws. The highest-ranking people hold violet cards, and get to wear purple to represent their status.
* In ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' only Ubars (city rulers) and their family may wear purple.
** {{Inverted}} in the Sardar Mountains, the lair of the Priest-Kings (the gods of Gor), it is the slaves who wear purple.
-->"Why do the slaves wear purple?" I asked Misk. "That is the color of the robes of a Ubar."\\
"Because it is a great honor to be the slave of Priest-Kings", said Misk.
* In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', the demigods in Camp Jupiter wear purple shirts.
* In ''Literature/TheSeventhTower'', violet is the most powerful color in the [[ColorCodedWizardry light magic spectrum]]. Not coincidentally, it's also the color of the highest of the seven orders of [[TheMagocracy the Chosen]].
* In ''TheCatWhoSeries'', the character Euphonia Gage believed this to be true and wore a lot of purple.
* Invoked by the Unicorn club in the ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' spinoff series ''Sweet Valley Twins'': a clique of budding {{Alpha Bitch}}es, the Unicorns adopt purple as their signature color because it's the color of royalty and power.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Dolohov's signature spell involves purple fire. When cast non-verbally, this [[GamebreakingInjury severely]] injured Hermione even after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries ended. We never see it cast properly, but as Dolohov killed [[spoiler: Lupin]], it may well have been this spell that did it.
* Willy Wonka wears "a tail coat made of a beautiful plum-colored velvet" in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', a fitting color for a LivingLegend SupremeChef GadgeteerGenius MadScientist member of the FictionFiveHundred.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', members of the Senior Council of Wizards are given purple stoles to wear to signify their rank and power. The Gatekeeper takes it a step further, wearing robes of a "purple so deep it is almost black."
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Mia, the owner of the inn which Lorelai manages, always appears in purple.
* Franchise/KamenRider has been playing with this trope, particularly after MultiformBalance was introduced:
** ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga's'' Titan Form is the purple one, and the MightyGlacier.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', the sociopathic Takeshi Asakura/Kamen Rider Ouja wears purple armor, and remained the greatest threat in the Rider War for much of the series.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDenO's'' Gun Form is the purple one, and powered by a purple demon named Ryuutaros through DemonicPossession, which for some reason needs ''three other demons'' to free the host. And not without reason, as he's also a PsychopathicManchild.
** ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' homages ''Kuuga'' above with Dogga Form, another purple MightyGlacier.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has the Joker Gaia Memory, which is more of a black/dark purple. While it's usually one half of Double, usually paired up with Cyclone, this is what Shoutaro defaults to when he fights solo and he can fight quite well on his own.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'', the purple Core Medals power both the hero's SuperMode and the series' BigBad. [[spoiler:They are also the only thing capable of destroying the other Core Medals.]] However, those Core Medals are just as bad as Ryuutaros as the form it becomes, [=PuToTyra=], ''won't'' stop with the enemy.
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'''s [[TheMovie movie]] introduced Fusion Meteor States, which combines Cosmic States with Kamen Rider Meteor's power. It stays purple when the movie crossover with ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' brings back Nadeshiko and adds her to the mix as Fusion Meteor Nadeshiko.
* From ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Wolzard from ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger''/Koragg the Knight Wolf from ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce''; TheDragon and a BlackKnight that could have killed the Rangers several times over if [[NobleDemon his honor]] hadn't led him to rationalize that they're NotWorthKilling. [[spoiler:Though when he has a HeelFaceTurn at the end, his armor goes from purple to red.]]
** In ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger''/''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', the first of the team's two {{Sixth Ranger}}s is colored purple (and incidentally also wolf-themed like Wolzard/Koragg is).
** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' features the violet mecha Plezuon, whose power is so great, the villains FREAK when they find it's coming back to Earth.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', ''evil'' magic is a purple mist. Also, ''The Evil Queen's'' dark magic is purple. The magic for different characters is color coded (Cora is blue, Zelena is green). [[spoiler:Regina's good magic (which is implied to be far more powerful) is white]].
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' the Centauri invoke this: among them only nobles can wear purple, their secret files are called "Purple Files", and their ships are painted purple. It's also played straight by Londo (as a noble he wears purple, and he's an AcePilot, a master swordsman and, when sufficiently motivated, an hell of MagnificentBastard) and the Centauri warships (a near match for Minbari ships of similar size. The Minbari have the advantage of that stealth of theirs and thicker armour, but Centauri ships have showed comparable if not superior firepower, and only the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien First Ones]] can take that level of firepower and survive).
* The Fourth Doctor's Season 18 outfit in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is usually referred to as burgundy by fans but it's actually a purplier red that the costume designer called 'plum' - she claims she used it because it existed between the extremes of red and blue, and because of its associations with Roman patricians (and hence Lordliness). Season 18 took the Doctor's character in a far more noble and patriarchal direction than he'd gone in before then.
* Pops up a few times in ''{{Series/Charmed}}'':
** The potion to vanquish Belthazor - a powerful upper-level demon (and his {{Expy}} Sykes) - is purple.
** In "Charmed & Dangerous" Piper makes a potion to replicate her exploding power. She remarks that when it turns purple, it's a mark of how strong it is.
** Gideon, a powerful [[spoiler: and evil!]] Elder has purple orbs - as opposed to the standard blue and white.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Purple is the signature colour of {{Prince}}, and he has typically associated it with being cool. He even has the FanNickname "His Purple Badness".
** Before him the group probably most associate with purple probably would've been The Temptations.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In Creator/SternPinball's ''Pinball/{{Transformers}}'', the Decepticons are represented by "Decepticon violet" on the indicator lights and the playfield, even extending to the cabinet in some of the Limited Edition tables.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* TheUndertaker wore purple gloves and ankle guards during the early to mid nineties.
* JohnCena wore a purple shirt around late 2010 to mid 2011.
* Many wrestlers wore purple wrestling gears from time-to-time such as {{Edge}}, {{Christian}}, ChrisJericho, ChrisBenoit, EddieGuerrero, ReyMysterio, TripleH, RandySavage, UltimateWarrior, etc.
* WWE Diva Ivory overlapped this with GracefulLadiesLikePurple as while she called herself a lady, she was also very Badass. 95% of her outfits were purple and she even carried a purple scarf to the ring with her in her early career.
* [[ZackRyder WOO WOO WOO, You know it!]]
* Wrestling/SashaBanks adopted a few purple outfits after christening herself "The Boss".
* After winning the WWE Divas' Championship, {{Wrestling/Paige}} swapped her usual black and grey outfit for one that was black and purple.
* Around 2003, Wrestling/TrishStratus wore a lot of purple wrestling outfits. She won her fourth Women's Championship (matching a record held by The Fabulous Moolah) while wearing a metallic purple singlet.
* Wrestling/MickieJames showed a lot of fondness for purple outfits in the year 2009, when she held the WWE Divas' Championship.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* The Purple Dragons are the valiant knights of Cormyr in the ForgottenRealms ''DungeonsAndDragons'' Campaign Setting.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', Indigo and Violet are way high up on the security clearance spectrum, just below [[LightIsNotGood Ultraviolet]].
* Averted in Warhammer40K fanon, where purple (or orange) is considered to be [[HighlyVisibleNinja a sneaky color]] by orks, definitely not a color the strongest ork would wear (red is faster, blue is lucky, black is tough, yellow is MoreDakka, etc.). Why is it considered sneaky? Well, have ''you'' ever seen an ork in purple warpaint? [[InsaneTrollLogic Of course not, that's how sneaky it makes them.]]
* ''[[Tabletop/{{Greyhawk}} The World of Greyhawk]]'' D&D setting has Boccob, the Greater God of Magic, who favors the color purple for his priesthood.
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[[folder:{{Theatre}}]]
* In Japanese Kabuki, purple make up is used to identify the character as a royal or a nobleman.
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[[folder:{{Toys}}]]
* In ''{{Transformers}}'', [[BigBad Galvatron]], and a number of other Decepticons. Heck, the ''Decepticon insignia itself'' is traditionally purple.
** Megatron of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is very purple, very cunning, and very powerful. Ironically, his purpleness decreased every time he became stronger.
*** Shockwave.
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s Onepu is the only good guy set that has this color, and although he is "just" a [[{{Hobbits}} Matoran]], he counts as a BadassNormal for being the captain of the Ussalry regiments and a champion Ussal racer.
** Shadow Kraata, colored purple, represent the "highest" and most dangerous form of the evolution of Kraata slugs.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* In many games with [[RandomDrops color-coded loot systems]], purple loot signifies rare or unique items. ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' does this, with most other [=MMOs=] following suit such that "phat purps" has become slang.
** A different meaning of 'powerful': for a while, a somewhat higher number of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' guild masters were Warlocks, whose class is represented by the color purple. [[note]]Why Warlocks? In Vanilla WoW (i.e. pre-''The Burning Crusade'') almost every other class had some secondary non-DPS combat role to play in the major raids (Priests, Druids, Shamans, and Paladins had to heal, Warriors had to tank, Hunters had the skills to pull groups of enemies to a group without dying, etc). Warlocks did not, leaving some free to take a more supervisory role.[[/note]]
** Dalaran is home to many of the most powerful wizards on Azeroth, and its architecture and banners are predominantly purple in color. Their keep is even called the Violet Citadel.
* Creator/ArtixEntertainment has some examples
** In ''VideoGame/DragonFable'', Drakath subverts this trope [[spoiler:until he becomes a strong purple dragon]] and Nythera plays it straight.
** In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', Chaos itself is purple. Drakath is The Champion of Chaos and has purple armor, some of The Chaos Lords are purple as well, as are some who are infected with chaos. Desoloth is powerful and is purple [[spoiler:until he became Desolich (but he did have purple eyes)]]. Nythera and her dragon form are purple.
** In ''VideoGame/MechQuest'' Has The Chrono Corrupter Mech which is more overpowering and purple.
* Purple is the gang color of the [[BadassCrew Third Street Saints]] in the ''Franchise/SaintsRow'' series.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowGatOutOfHell'' also has the supernatural arms Johnny and Kinzie pick up have purple glowing runes all over them.
* ''EVERY'' piece of technology built by [[{{Halo}} the Covenant]] [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Empire]] is purple, from their vehicles to their starships.
* [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Endermen]] are the most powerful, naturally spawning enemies in the Overworld. Their eyes glow purple, as does their particle effects.
** Obsidian is purple and is the strongest destroy-able block in the game, takes longer to mine even with the best pick, and is the hardest to obtain in the overworld.
* ActionGirl Virginia's fuchsia PimpedOutDress in ''VideoGame/WildArms3''.
* The Administrator and Miss Pauling in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. This is especially [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience significant]], given that the mercenaries all belong to RED or BLU and wear the appropriate colour - The Administrator and Miss Pauling control both of them, and so wear a combination of both colours.
* [[BadassPrincess Blaze the Cat]] from the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series.
** Also, [[LightningBruiser Knuckles]] has had purple eyes since 1999.
* The fuchsia outfit worn by the showgirl in ''VideoGame/BloodyGoodTime''.
* Magus from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' wears a combination of purple and (depending on the artwork) a red or blue cape.
* The final and most powerful weapon in ''Quake IV'' is the Dark Matter Gun, whose ammo and shots glow with a purple aura.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', the Master Sword has a purple hilt and is much more powerful than its previous Goddess Sword forms. The color purple also seems to be associated with the goddess Hylia, as it is a feature of various items and artifacts that are linked to her throughout the game; Goddess Cubes, Walls, Crests and Plumes, as well as [[spoiler:the Gates of Time and the accessories worn by Zelda when she's relocated by Link]], all have the same glossy purple coloration.
* Throughout ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', the Behemoth, infamous EliteMook, is purple.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' has Purple as the highest accessible level of melee weapon sharpness in the main series. The only games that really subvert this are the PC games, though occasionally there will be the odd main game that only reaches up to White sharpness, the level immediately below Purple. Purple is typically reserved only for the final tier or upgrade of weapons, and will occasionally require an additional armour skill to unlock, though some weapons will never reach Purple no matter what you do.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', in remakes the Lunar Eidolon {{Bonus Boss}}es are purple and blue. Dark Kain, Kain's EnemyWithout, wears purple armor [[spoiler:since he transforms into Lunar Bahamut]], and in some depictions the normal Kain wears purple armor himself. BigBad Zemus wears a long purple robe.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', a lot of the powered-up monsters in the new Bonus Dungeon in the Gameboy Advance remake are purple and pink. Terra's [[SuperMode Esper form]] is pink in sprites, but artwork and her ''Dissidia'' design depict it as purple. Kefka's [[AGodAmI god form]] is a purple FallenAngel.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', Kuja's iconic {{Stripperific}} attire is various shades of purple, including his hair.
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', as mentioned there is Terra's Esper form, as well as all four outfits of TheEmperor.
* If there is a purple monster in ''{{Nethack}}'', it is invariably the most powerful in its class: demon lords, titans, gnome and dwarf kings, elven kings, mind flayers, killer bee queens, Croesus, and almost all Quest nemeses.
* SpyroTheDragon is purple, and in ''TheLegendOfSpyro'' continuity it's a sign of legendary power and being able to learn [[AllYourPowersCombined all]] ElementalPowers, not just one.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** The Yakumo "family" uses ColorfulThemeNaming to sort its three members in order by power, corresponding to the color's light frequency: Chen (orange) is the weakest, Ran (indigo) is stronger, and Yukari (violet) is not only the most powerful of the trio, but one of the most powerful beings in Gensokyo.
** A lesser example is Patchouli Knowledge, with her lavender hair and matching robes, hat, and shoes. She's an extremely talented magician, and the master of the seven elements of the Japanese calendar.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Wario is a massively strong FatBastard who regularly breaks through solid stone; he's probably the strongest human in the series. He wears purple overalls.
** [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Waluigi}} Everything is purple today.]] [[Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily Purple is a color.]]
* While unintentional, the strongest element in the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series is Jupiter (wind+lightning), which is associated with the color purple and strong against 80% of the enemies and bosses. Even the GameBreaker in [[GoldenSunDarkDawn the third game]] is affiliated with Jupiter. This is in contrast to mainprotagonists' element Venus (earth+nature+darkness); while intended to be the strongest element[[note]]strongest weapon unleash[[/note]] the same bunch of monsters have high resistance against it, rendering Venus-based offenses and therefore the main protagonists ''useless'' most of the time.
* In the [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', the main color of the god Zaros is purple, and Zaros is generally thought to be one of the most powerful beings in the game.
* Lord Dearche from ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable'', who has a purple aura, wears a purple outfit, uses the Tome of the Purple Sky, and generally comes with a purple motif. She's also one of the most powerful characters in the series, capable of destroying planets [[spoiler:or reviving them]]. Yuri Eberwein, known as the Sovereign of the Purple Sky [[spoiler:and the one Lord Dearche was created for the purpose of regulating her powers]], is even stronger, with her mere presence causing the fluctuations in time and space that allowed the CrisisCrossover of ''Gears of Destiny'' to happen.
* Speaking of purple dragons, the most dangerous dragon in ''HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' games is the fairy dragon, who is purple. This cute abomination can cast very high level spells before your army can even move.
* [[OlympusMons Mewtwo]] from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' is colored purple, as opposed to Mew's (Mewtwo's [[CloningBlues template]]) pink.
** Genesect from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''.
** Dragon-types are represented with purple on official type charts(though Poison is a different purple) and are the strongest in the games.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Guardian Signs'', Purple Eyes is the strongest of the Pokemon Pinchers' admins[[spoiler: and ultimately usurps the position of the BigBad, taking control of the aforementioned Mewtwo]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'': The Gravity Suit, which is often the final suit, is also purple.
* Many [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPGs]] use a color coding system to convey the rarity and power of objects in the game. Worthless items are grey, uncommon ones are green, rare items are blue, and "epic" items--the most powerful items that the average player can hope to obtain--are purple.
** VideoGame/StarTrekOnline uses it not only for actual ''items'', but also for Bridge Officers (though since the only real thing it decides is which skills they ''start'' with, and you can use Bridge Officers to train the ones you already have instead of recruiting them, that doesn't necessarily mean very much in the long run) and Duty Officers (where it means a great deal, since the rarer the Duty Officer allocated, the greater a bonus to success rates ''and'' rewards for Doff assignments you get).
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' the champion Varus' bow glows for a while after he kills something, increasing his attack speed. For an ordinary death it glows red, but when he kills a champion the attack speed bonus is greater, lasts longer, and his bow glows purple.
** More generally, the champions associated with raw, unstoppable power tend to have a purple colour scheme, including Ryze, Dr. Mundo and Syndra.
* Caius Ballad from ''FinalFantasyXIII2''
* The emperor's robes in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''
* Grolla Seyfarth from ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'', the MagicKnight and one of the stronger girls in the RKS, has an overall purple motif. Purple hair, [[CurtainsMatchTheWindow purple eyes]], purple teleportation magic...even her battle song is called "Dark Purple Moon"!
* In ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', the main antagonist, Count Waltz, wears a crown and robes that are mostly a royal shade of deep purple.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} 2'', Purple Pikmin are the strongest types. They're not only 10 times heavier then a Pikmin of any other color, they are also 10 times as strong and when thrown, they have a chance of stunning the enemy. They are {{Game Breaker}}s if used correctly.
* Queen Catalina in ''{{VideoGame/Trapt}}'' wears a purple outfit.
* In ''Videogame/EternalDarkness'', the three [[EldritchAbomination elder gods]] Xelotath, Ulyaoth, and Chattur'gha exist in a state of ElementalRockPaperScissors, and are associated with the colors green, blue, and red, respectively. The fourth god, Mantorok, is associated with the color purple, and can overpower or out-strategize any of the three other gods.
* In ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'', Kerrigan, after [[spoiler:de-infested at the end of [[VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty the previous game]], travels to the Zerg homeworld of Zerus and reacquires her Queen Of Blades body, this time with full control of herself. Whereas her old, evil version had glowing yellow eyes and powers, her new "Primal Queen" form, which is stated to be ''vastly'' more powerful, has a purple color scheme]].
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma'', every [[SNKBoss Unlimited character]] has a magenta aura on their character portrait.
%%** Two words: [[ColonelBadass Kagura]]. [[CastingAShadow Mutsuki]].
* ''Ultima Forever'', the remake of ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'', replaced Lord British with Lady British (due to rights issues), and she wears a CoolCrown and [[PrettyInMink ermine-trimmed]] [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia robe]] that are largely colored purple.
* In the final stage of ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}} II'', the final stage's enemy ships have purple accents, unlike enemies in previous stages.
* In ''The VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead 4'', [[TheDragon The Star]] fires purple bursts of energy.
* The original ''VideoGame/ReflecBeat'' has a user interface with heavy emphasis on purple coupled with gold, making the game look very bold and high-class. Its sequels, which are LighterAndSofter in theme, drop the use of purple in their [=UIs=].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Espgaluda}} II''[='=]s console-exclusive Arrange mode, there are three colors of bullets: red, blue, and purple. Red and blue bullets can be shot away, but purple shots cannot.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'':
** One of Fossil Maiden's subweapons is a double sword. The purple blade does more damage than the yellow blade, at the expense of penetration.
** Luna chips--the ones that recharge your Luna meter, keeping your firing quantity high, are purple.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series feature the protagonists Neptune, Nepgear, and Plutia all wearing purple. This is even more apparent in their SuperMode as Purple Heart, Purple Sister, and Iris Heart respectively.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Ingress}}'', levels for items and portals are color-coded--yellow (Level 1) is weakest, red (Level 4) is moderate, and purple (Level 8) is the most powerful.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' (SNES) has a LifeMeter that starts out "full" and green, and can be filled up more, turning the meter blue and ultimately purple at maximum health.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'':
** The game uses a tiers of colors for item quality with purple being reserved solely for Legendary items, weapons that have the highest possible stats and completely unique appearances. Similarly, Legendary enemies have a purple border on their unit picture.
** During the Breachmaker battle Scarlet created various colored holograms. The final and most powerful was the Ultraviolet Hologram.
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* Complains Of Names from ''{{Goblins}}'' has purple IME. It becomes really badass after [[spoiler:he becomes part demon and his IME contains a huge purple demon tail.]]
* Tristan of ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'' wears a dark violet BadassLongcoat.
* In ''{{Homestuck}}'', purple is literally power, since the upper classes of troll society have [[AlienBlood purplish blood]]. Feferi and her ancestor [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Her Imperious Condescension]] are the only two trolls whose blood is tyrian purple and are as high as it gets.
** The Hero of Rage clothes are purple-ish.
* Among the clans in ''{{Drowtales}}'' the Sharen are among the only ones to wear purple, befitting their status as rulers of the Empire. The [[spoiler:former]] Empress Diva'ratrika in particular is fond of it, as is her eldest daughter, Snadhya'rune.
* The Touched and [[BigBad The Sovereign]] appear with purple energy and purple lined text in CaptainSNES.
* In ''BobAndGeorge'', [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000501c the Author sprite is recolored purple (and blue).]] And you don't get much more powerful than a DeusExMachina.
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** When Rarity plays a princess in a play, she wears a [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia purple royal gown]].
** The main character Twilight Sparkle is a purple unicorn who's a magic user who won the SuperpowerLottery and isn't limited to a specialized discipline like other unicorns; her discipline is magic itself. She's also been chosen by the ancient superweapons known as the Elements of Harmony to be the Element of Magic. Princess Celestia, resident god-empress of Equestria, says she has never seen as much raw power in one pony in her long, presumably immortal, life. Purple Is Powerful, indeed. [[spoiler: And then as of the end of season three she becomes [[PhysicalGod an]] [[WingedUnicorn alicorn]]]]
** "The Great and Powerful" Trixie wears a purple RobeAndWizardHat as part of her airs of being a great sorceress. She also has PurpleEyes.
** When Rarity plays a princess in a play, she wears a [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia purple royal gown]].
** Shining Armor, Twilight's brother, wears guard armor that is purple in color. He's no slouch in terms of power, either, since he can create and keep up a ForceField huge enough to englobe the capital of Equestria and strong enough to keep out an invading army. [[spoiler:Or, if the army is already in, [[ATwinkleInTheSky blast it away]].]]
* Skeletor of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' wore purple clothing and a purple hood over his skull-face, certainly falling on the evil side of the trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', ActionGirl Starling has a purple-glowing weapon, making her stand out visually; most [[PowerGlows weapon colours]] in the series tend to be blue, red, or yellow.
** BigBad Master Cyclonis, who is royalty and an EvilSorceress, is also associated with purple.
* The eponymous hero of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' wears a purple outfit. Although it seems to be more of an InvokedTrope, as he only follows this trope about [[LetsGetDangerous half the time]].
* Goliath from WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} is purple and leader of his clan.
* Dark Energon from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' glows purple, strengthens [[BigBad Megatron]], can be used as a poison, and can create NonHumanUndead. It's also the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Unicron]].
** A [[BeastWars certain other Megatron]] had a purple dinosaur for an altmode, and is widely regarded as one of the best incarnations of the character ever.
** The Deceptibrand is traditionally purple (As is their laser fire) and most members of the faction have at least some purple in the color schemes (Shockwave, Cyclonus, Blitzwing, etc.). Perhaps the biggest exemplifier is G1 Galvatron. Immensely more powerful than he was as Megatron, as demonstrated by his incinerating Starscream with a single blast from cannon mode.
* In the fourth season of ''KimPossible'', after her original mission outfit is destroyed, Kim tries several times to find a replacement before finally getting a permanent new one with a purple top.
* Raven Queen in ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'', her magic glows in purple, and she happens to be a daughter of an evil queen, fortunately she isn't like her mother but her power can get out of control and do some unexpected damages.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JemAndTheHolograms'' has the rival band The Stingers wearing purple. Riot declares himself music royalty.
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* The coronation robes of the UnitedKingdom are purple.
* In the nineteenth century, the invention of the cheap synthetic purple dye mauveine changed this: suddenly everyone could buy purple clothes, sparking a brief fashion craze. Because of this, purple was used as a colour by some republican and feminist groups, because "what had once been only the province of royalty is now available to all the people, and the same should be true of political power".
* Because of this trope, purple is a color that job seekers sometimes wear in order to appear confident and powerful. On the other hand, this can sometimes come off too strongly.
* In the Middle Ages purple was a colour reserved exclusively to the royalty. It could be seen as treasonous for anyone else to wear anything purple.
** Actually dates back to Roman times. Tyrian Purple was made from certain shellfish and only a certain area knew how to make it. Therefore, only the Emperor and certain royals could wear any.
** When the Emperor Justinian was considering fleeing from Constantinople at the height of the Nika Riots in January 532, his wife Theodora [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodora_(wife_of_Justinian_I)#The_Nika_riots refused to go with him]], saying, "The royal purple is the noblest shroud". Her speech convinced Justinian to stay in Constantinople and use military force to regain control of the city.
* The two highest ranked ''gyōji'' (referees) in professional sumo, [[LegacyCharacter always named]] [[DaChief Kimura Shounosuke]] and [[NumberTwo Shikimori Inosuke]] (for the higher- and lower-ranking of the two, respectively; family name spoken first, according to Japanese tradition), wear kimono and use fans adorned with purple rosettes and tassels. Inosuke's rosettes and tassels are purple and white, while Shounosuke's are solid purple.
* Somewhat averted in Roman Catholicism; monsignors and bishops wear purple as a sign of their high rank, but the higher-ranked cardinals wear red and ThePope [[ManInWhite dresses in white]].
** Played straight in the Anglican Church however, where all bishops (including the Archbishop of Canterbury, the primate and head of the Anglican Communion) don purple.
* Averted by national flags, as the only nations to use purple on theirs are Dominica and the Northern Mariana Islands, both of them tiny nations most people haven't even heard of.
* Purple trim on the graduation robes of graduate-degree recipients indicates a Law or Jurisprudence degree. Judges always hold a lot of authority, and ''lots'' of powerful politicians are lawyers.
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