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->''"The disemboweled mercenary crumpled from his saddle and sank to the clouded sward, sprinkling the parched dust with crimson droplets of escaping life fluid."'' \\
'''Crow:''' You mean blood? \\
'''Mike:''' Let's not jump to conclusions.\\
--''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'' [[http://www.bmsc.washington.edu/people/merritt/books/Eye_of_Argon.html MST]]
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There are times within the life of any teller of tales in which they are faced with a situation most dire: the writing, while not lacking in such delightful virtues as a sturdy coherent plot or rich characterization, is supremely dry and uninteresting to read.

In response, the writer chooses to indulge in the writing technique known to gentlefolk as PurpleProse, wherein the writing becomes much more florid, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle eschewing quotidian sentences for elaborate concatenation of phrases and clauses. On occasion, such racks of ornament can be despicable, with the scintillating adjectives bewildering the reader and obscuring the subject.]][[note]]Even looking words up in a dictionary doesn't always help: perpetrators of purple prose are notorious for {{Malaprop|er}}ism, especially when they trust their thesauri.[[/note]] In the worst case scenario, such prose will reduce readers to skim reading for fear of trudging through pages and pages of mundane description slowly and painfully, just as violet-tinted patches on a garment incompatibly hued are agonizing for a human being's photon detectors.

The writing style is named after a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_prose#Origins quote]] by Roman poet Horace (65-8 BC, making this OlderThanFeudalism), who compared writing such prose to sewing purple patches to clothing. This practice was a common means to show pretentiousness in wealth, since purple dye was an expensive rarity. "Purple Patches" is used when the writer only occasionally breaks into purple, like scintillating arrays of diamonds appearing incongruously in mire, which can make much of the text more readable but less consistent, so the reader is jolted from one style to the other. (Consistent purple prose at least lets the reader get into the swing of things.)

Several excellent examples, things of beauty and confusion, can be found on the [[Quotes/PurpleProse quotes page]]. This trope does not cover works in a ''florid'' but not ''intrusive'' style -- the sacrifice of Utility on the altar of Eloquence is an essential feature of Purple Prose. It should also be noted that PurpleProse usually pairs flamboyant vocabulary with fairly plain grammar (that can get outright primitive in extreme cases) which differentiates it from true SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Bear in mind that TropesAreTools. Some of the examples below are intentional: the Purple Prose is a stylistic choice, a comedic turn or in aid of characterisation.

Compare contrastingly with the phenomenon given the appellation of BeigeProse. Seek furthermore the silicon entries known as: WallsOfText, SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, and MeaninglessMeaningfulWords. MillsAndBoonProse is a SubTrope; furthermore, that affliction known as SaidBookism is a customary peculiarity of this mode of communication. Some communications open on the traditional [[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight Dark And Stormy Night]]. When narrators characterise their visual appearance via a DescriptionInTheMirror, the resultant prose oftentimes can be purple. See also NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom, for when this is applied to names.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* InUniverse example in ''LightNovel/{{R15}}'': Taketo's porn writing is pretty much universally overdone.
* Gustav St. Germain in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' speaks in purple prose.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''TheTriganEmpire'' - The writing style was very purple. Probably not since Robert E. Howard wrote that ''ConanTheBarbarian'' was destined to "Tread the Jewelled thrones of the world beneath his sandalled feet" has there been more overblown verbiage in a piece of popular entertainment. Certainly, not many characters in modern comics "slake their ravening thirst" at waterholes or "feel the icy fingers of terror course down their spines"; but maybe the world of comics, and the English language, are the poorer for it.
* ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers Legends]]: ComicBook/TheKorvacSaga'' - A foreword contributed by Ralph Macchio for the 1991 collected edition was a fairly pale shade of purple, in which [[JimShooter writer Jim Shooter's]] time writing the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} book prior to this story is referred to as "distinguished scrivening", and every [[CrisisCrossover big storyline]] which had occurred in superhero team comics had been "mere prelude" to this one. It's actually quite effective, considering all the purple prose which is actually in this story.
* The narration of the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse four-part series]] about [[StarWars Biggs Darklighter]], Luke's friend, sure does love overwrought metaphors. It usually works all right, but now and again [[http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/8443/blz07.jpg gets]] [[http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/5131/blz10.jpg a]] [[http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1857/blz11.jpg little]] [[http://community.livejournal.com/wraithsquadron/83177.html ridiculous]].
-->"The next morning, Tatooine's sky is the venue of a fateful encounter. As blasters fire and men die, a desperate message is sent. A message that will transform the lives of those on the planet below."
-->''-- The Tantive IV is boarded. Leia's droids flee in an escape pod.''
-->"Screaming engines rip apart the air. Like blood to a body, a gleaming transfusion of pure hope runs from ground to sky to the waiting frigate. For a moment, dead comrades and missing limbs are forgotten, as G-force slams them without touching their weightless spirits. This is triumph, hard won. The best kind."
-->''-- Rebels steal X-Wings and fly them to a frigate to take to Yavin.''
* ''What The?!'' - Spoofed no less than four times this parody comic from Marvel, during a battle between Man-Thang and Swamp-Thang. First, the narrator's description of the swamp included a reference to changing a cat's litter box on a hot day; second, Man-Thang chased off after a hot white-haired young woman in a tight dress before the narrator could finish; thirdly, "whoever knows overwriting burns at the touch of the Man-Thang", and finally, the narrator's incredibly long final send-off is ended by a submerging Man-Thang [[TalkingWithSigns pulling out a "SHUT UP" sign]].
* Rorschach's journal in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is very flowery, especially compared with his near-HulkSpeak. This stems from it being a StreamOfConsciousness -- and having poetic elements. Rorschach is nothing if not... layered.
* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' - Lo, the Caged Demonwolf doth speak in a hue most violet! Adam Warren writes his dialogue with the aid of a thesaurus.
* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' - The purple prose in the ''Jaka's Story'' and ''Reads'' arcs is intentional. In ''Jaka's Story'', it's meant to be written by an Creator/OscarWilde CaptainErsatz. The prose in ''Reads'' is a slightly more snarkified version of Sim's own writing; where it is not purple, it can be suffocatingly verbose.
* In [[http://ru.wikifur.com/w/images/2/2d/SpaceJamMovieAdaptationscan0023.jpg this page]] from a comic book adaptation of ''Film/SpaceJam'', [[BugsBunny Bugs]] poetically describes Lola as he lusts over her:
--> The rabbit of my dreams! Muscles of steel, fur soft as silk, brave as a lion! I love her! I *choke* love her!
* A relatively short example, but the MarvelComics adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' features a rather lengthy explanation of how the Dinobots came in to save the day... from ''[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Purple_sludge.jpg Sludge]]''. The Dinobot who, in every other depiction, is the ''[[DumbMuscle stupidest]]'', ''[[HulkSpeak most inarticulate]]'' member of the team, and he even gets a "Good thinking, Sludge" response from Kup! Incidentally, Ralph Macchio, who wrote all those {{Introdump}}s in the first issue of [[Comicbook/TheTransformers the main series]], wrote the movie adaptation as well.
* Creator/ChrisClaremont was rather infamous for this kind of writing during his entire long run on ''ComicBook/XMen'', sometimes describing even simple actions with long-winded and verbose caption boxes.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* It is to great and heart-rending dismay that much [[FanFiction amateur fiction based in the universes of other writers]] is plagued by this. Even otherwise good stories are brought down to the level of others with the insistence of throwing in little bits of violet verbiage ('eyes' as 'orbs', for one small example).
** ''Especially'' when fanfic writers attempt a sex scene- they tend to describe every action in excruciating detail, use increasingly bizzare euphemisms for 'penis' and very often lapse into MillsAndBoonProse, even when the rest of the story is normally written, or even [[BeigeProse beige]].
** Some Buffy fan fiction by an otherwise excellent author who uses [[MillsAndBoonProse purple prose only in their sex scenes]], referring to "pulsating manhoods", "throbbing mounds" and, oddly enough both breasts and buttocks as "firm globes." Go figure. Then again, it's also suspected that, due to the amount of purple prose found even in non-MarySue fan fiction, there is indeed a reason why most of these people are writing 600,000+ words of never-to-be-compensated ''Buffy'' (''Star Wars''/''Lost''/''Sailor Moon''/etc.) fan fiction rather than, you know, a real novel.
** The Kingdom Hearts fan fiction is worse. "Vertical. Meat. Pistol." ''Fanfic/ThoseLackingSpines'' parodies such over(ab)used description with the Overly Detailed Purple Description Mode[[TradeSnark ™]].
** ''Series/TheSentinel'' fan fiction is rife with descriptions of Blair's "cerulean orbs".
** ''Final Fantasy VII'' fan fiction authors do the same thing with Cloud and the cerulean orbs. And if I hear about Sephiroth's flowing, molten silver tresses or blazing emerald orbs one more time. Just for fun, take a drink every time you see the word "orbs" describe eyes in a fic. You'll get blasted out of your mind in an hour, tops.
** Many fan fiction writers in ''Series/TheMagnificentSeven'' create very violet prose for the dialogue of Ezra Standish. While his character did have a larger vocabulary than the rest, many writers make him sound like he swallowed a thesaurus.
* Also prevalent in online roleplaying forums, particularly the sort where characters are animals. Try to find an online wolf or horse who ''doesn't'' describe his eyes as "orbs". These characters tend to be played by [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls the same teenage girls who are writing all the erotic fanfiction]]. To make matters worse, some even penalize those who don't adopt this style, by claiming the author is illiterate. Some offer helpful synonym lists, including such brilliant entries as [[YouFailBiologyForever "talon" for "hoof"]].
* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'', where the author describes the details of every outfit to the "blud-collord lace" but then goes to IKEAErotica for all the sex scenes?
* Spoofed to death in [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/2006-gokulytton-awards.php The 2006 Goku-Lytton Awards]].
* ''Fanfic/TokyoMewMewNoHopeLeft'' has little tidbits here and there. It's usually just BeigeProse, though. Being set in a WorldOfHam helps.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfiction, there are very specific words that absolutely scream "Purple Prose!" Some of the worst examples: orbs, obsidian, chocolate (when they refer to Light and not to Mello), honey, raven (as a noun) and panda. Yes, panda. Most people should not be sure why L is a panda, but many people call him one anyway. And while some just say he has panda eyes, others outright call him a freakin' panda.
* The ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fic ''Fanfic/SpacedustAndChaosARequiem'', which is trying to become even more of a MindScrew than its source material.
* Two other ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''/''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'' CrossOver fics ''Fanfic/AeonNatumEngel'' and ''Fanfic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' are the examples of well handled PurpleProse. Most of the time.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4376401/1/Fallen_Love_Queen_Of_Thy_Hearts Fallen Love: Queen Of Thy Hearts]]'' absolutely wallows in it.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5567629/1/Stand_of_the_Exiles Stand of the Exiles]]'', [[SatelliteLoveInterest Vindicator]] [[PurityStu Alexei's]] complexion is compared to a "spring sky" no less than three times.
* ''The Chihuatlan Chronicles'' - [[http://gargoyles.settiai.com/viewstory.php?sid=43 Chihuatlan Razortalon]] has "golden orbs" for eyes, and hair like "multicolored shade of brown silk." Then again, she's a MarySue of epic proportions.
* Those who write ''GossipGirl'' fanfiction have an odd obsession with nagging on about the characters hair color. "The blonde went and did so and so while the brunette did something else". Especially jarring since Nate is always referred to as a blonde when he is in fact a brunette. But it's just so much more poetic to call Nate and Serena "the two blondes" and Chuck and Blair "the brunettes".\\
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Fan writers also just love to describe Nate and Serena as being like "two adorable golden retriever puppies". Failed attempts at drama abound.
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' fanfiction writers never call Thor and Loki by their actual names. Always "the blond", and "the brunet". Sometimes the other characters (cough [[CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] cough) will get this too, but never as badly as Thor and Loki.
** Loki gets targeted for a lot of purple prose regarding his eyes as well. Creator/TomHiddleston does in fact have very bright, intriguing eyes, but the amount of time many writers spend on describing Loki's "emerald orbs" is inordinate.
** Thor and Loki (and any other Asgardian characters) also tend to get [[IncrediblyLamePun hammered]] with this, too. These characters often speak in very convoluted, semi-old-fashioned speech similar to ye olde medieval, but many writers make them incomprehensible. Of course, it doesn't help at all that even various comic book writers can't decide on a consistent voice, either.
* The Official Fanfiction Universities [[note]]A Fanfiction University is a type of fanfiction in which the fangirls and fanboys who write poor fan fiction are rounded up to be taught better writing.[[/note]] play this trope vindictively. Their generally clueless badfic students sign up with a physical description of their in-universe persona, usually give it their typical Purple treatment, and the staff proceeds to give it a LiteralGenie spin. This has resulted in a [[{{Redwall}} squirrel with leaves and fruit growing out of his fur]], and one character with ''actual gold orbs'' instead of eyes.
-->"I think whoever dealt with our forms must be really good with magic and really, really bad with metaphors."
** Another such university had a student who signed up with "creamy skin". Excruciating BodyHorror ensued.
** TheOfficialFanfictionUniversityOfMiddleEarth parodied it with "urple", a disgusting color that covered everything at the university and couldn't be gotten rid of.
* ''Fanfic/MyInnerLife''. The author seems to have an extremely unhealthy obsession with Link's blue eyes.
* The Star Wars fanfiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3054756/1/Shadows_of_the_Future Shadows of the Future]]'' spends an unhealthy amount of time on this. A long chapter is spent describing Obi-Wan's fall into the lava of Mustafar. This fall, in real time, most likely would have taken two seconds. An interesting drinking game can be played by taking a shot every time Obi-Wan asks, in his head, why Anakin hates someone.
* ''FanFic/TakamachiNanohaOf2814'' deliberately uses Purple Prose to describe how Vita [[BodyguardCrush views]] Hayate (i.e., like a literal goddess). The author states that doing so was rather painful for him, and that he can't possibly understand how fan fiction writers can stand using this so often, reasoning that they have some sort of "anti-talent".
* Creator/CoriFalls is ''obsessed'' with describing the hair and eye colors of her favorite characters, and [[AuthorVocabularyCalendar always with the same color variations]].
* Far too many ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfics insist on using as many different adjectives as possible to describe the colour of eyes and hair. Harry's eyes are always "jade" or "emerald" rather than green. Hermione's hair is always "chestnut" rather than "brown".
** That said, chestnut is a recognised hair colour that's too red for "brown" and too brown for "red". So, people with brown hair shouldn't be described as "chestnut" whereas people with genuine "chestnut" hair wouldn't be examples of this trope.
** Similarly, there was an ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfic where, in the space of a single chapter, Zuko's eyes were golden, amber, honey-colored, flame, and golden again. But never yellow, nope.
* The ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' fanfics relating to Gwen and Kevin tend to have PurpleProse, either how [[PossessionSue smoking hot]] Gwen is (while she is pretty in universe, Kevin has never called her smoking hot) or how [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys hunky Kevin Levin is]], [[DemotedToExtra Ben Tennyson]] the main character of the show isn't even described with purple prose!
* ''FanFic/ThirtyHs'' is essentially nothing but this, including such gems as "wrought from the silver heart of heaven's false promise" and "their hundreds of sweaty simian dongs trailing a now-fetid memory in the rape ape's watering eye". It somehow makes it even more awesome.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfiction authors have a thing about changing the color of character's eyes. Obi-Wan's have went from gray (but not ''just'' gray, ''silver''), blue ("cerulean"), gray-blue ("storm-colored"), green ("emerald"), and hazel. Xanatos, from the Jedi Apprentice series, has eyes that change from black to blue to green. Boba Fett gets this a bit too, his eyes almost always being referred to as hazel. In actuality, they're dark brown.
* ''Series/ICarly'' fanfic which is normally known for being very simple at the best of times, had a bizarre outbreak of this in anticipation of the episode ''iThink They Kissed''. It eventually got a DeconstructionFic: [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5371614/1/Transcending_The_Definitions Transcending The Definitions]] and the trend died out after the episode aired.
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2217444/1/A_Mary_Sue_Alphabet A Mary Sue Alphabet]]'' [[ParodySue parodies]] this, along with many other MarySue tropes:
-->'''P''' is for '''Paris'''
-->Just swimming in prose!
-->Her lips weren't pink only
-->They bloomed like a rose!
-->Like wheat in the sunshine
-->The gold of her hair
-->Her eyes, how they sparkled
-->As clear as the air!
-->Her skin was as white
-->As the robe of a saint
-->And it's that lack of iron
-->Keeps making her faint
* A ''Star Wars'' fanfiction called [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7086034/1/bA_b_bBroken_b_bCircle_b A Broken Circle]] has this ''in spades''. The protagonist, [[MarySue La'Ana Shaddem]] is constantly described as having "forest-green eyes", or, occasionally, "forest-green eyes with flecks of gold". Another Original Character with the ridiculous name "Clah'Diem" is described as having "gold-coin eyes". This ridiculousness reaches a peak when La'Ana and Qui-Gon are going to a dinner. A short paragraph is spent with Qui-Gon internally monologuing about how the outfit La'Ana has chosen is "beautiful in its simplicity". (La'Ana's response to this is "I think it makes me look fat".) La'Ana is also constantly described in the utmost detail (but she's ''not'' pretty ''at all'', the author wants you to know. ''Not one bit''.)
* A novelized, humanized version of the WALLE film, titled ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5467423/1/WALLY_The_Novelization_Humanized WALLY: The Novelization, Humanized!]]'' is so heavily detailed that in some places it takes over 30 lines type just to describe how a character looks. This isn’t helped by the fact that the story contains nudity, sex, gore, and a boatload of other horrors that can only be described by a purple prose master. It makes you glad that they used robots instead in the actual film. Depending on your preferences, once you get past the vivid descriptions, [[LoveItorHateIt it can be quite enjoyable.]]
** There is an [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6098618/1/ edited version]], that cuts most of the purple prose.
* Almost the entire ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/23955 Floreat Dudley]]'' series uses this, as well as appearing to be set about a hundred and fifty years before the Literature/HarryPotter books are set. (Which admittedly makes a nice change from [[PresentDayPast twenty years after]].) The general effect is if Thomas Hardy had decided to write Harry Potter fanfiction, and although the prose isn't bad in and of itself, it does feel a trifle out of place in Rowling's world.
* The ''Manga/ElfenLied'' fanfic Robo Bando uses extreme purple prose to describe how Bando brutally or as the story would said 'awesemely' kills his enemies, yet spends no time describing where the plot takes place or character interactions.
* Any InvaderZim fanfiction labelled as angst and/or romance will likely be plagued by this.
** Heck, half of all angst and romance fanfiction, particularly those that are labeled as both, is rife with this.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' has [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight's]] cringe-worthy ancient book on law, which comes with gems such as ''"[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Smithe thy prosecuting knave and make the whelp feel thy wrath of the glorious voice of justice]]"''.
-->'''Twilight:''' Alright... maybe it's a little outdated...\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Spike]]:''' A ''little'' outdated?
* ''Fanfic/{{Brainbent}}'' parodies this, with [[EmoTeen Eridan's]] writing. One character reads some of it and mentions "pages and pages of bad descriptions of boobs", and what we see of it [[GiftedlyBad corroborates that]]. Even his thoughts are written like this.
* {{Fanfic/Moon Daughter}} is full of this, with the narrator going into painstaking detail about almost every outfit worn by anyone. The other narration is also like this sometimes.
-->"The sun died a million deaths in red [[{{RougeAnglesOfSatin}} exposions]]."
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/980776/chapters/1931119 This]] {{Homestuck}} fanfic does it intentionally pretty much any time it switches to [[LargeHam Eridan's]] POV. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance it could really be considered]] ''[[StealthPun Violet]]'' [[StealthPun Prose]].
* ''FanFic/HomestuckHigh'' uses multi-syllable words at every opportunity, never in the correct context. We're talking "eviscerated" for "said" and "luggaged" for "walked". The similes are no better:
-->"No Rosa..." Sollux abatemented and he toke of his glasses to reveal the eyes of a worm lordess who crathed the fleash of the billium rectations of lacing china silk and his sockets were emptyed with aluminiem tissues made from the pancreus of god
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[[folder:Film]]
* Miss Perky's novel in ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' is a hilarious send-up of this.
-->'''Perky:''' What's another word for... engorged?
-->'''Secretary:''' (deadpan) I'll look it up.
* In ''Film/TheCore'', the CaptainErsatz Creator/CarlSagan character frequently dictates purple prose into his tape recorder for the book he's writing about their adventures. He even does so when [[spoiler:he and his tape recorder are both trapped in a cabin that's about to be blown up by a nuclear bomb 3,000 miles inside the Earth until he suddenly stops, asks the very apt question, "... What the [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] am I doing?" and starts laughing until the bomb explodes.]]
* This is Geoffrey Chaucer's job in ''AKnightsTale''.
* Criswell's bizarre narration in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.
-->"Future events like these will affect you ... [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment in the future]]!"
* This is one of the cornerstones of ''AudioPlay/WizardPeopleDearReader''; cranked UpToEleven for purposes of satire.
* The original script for ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'' had a ton of it, but thankfully director Michael Curtiz insisted the dialogue be made more natural. We get to hear a sample in the DVD commentary.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Doc Brown occasionally breaks into purple prose:
-->'''Doc:''' Look, there's a rythmic, ceremonial ritual coming up!
-->'''Marty:''' Of course! The "Enchantment under the Sea" dance!
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Awoken}}''. Anything regarding Cthulhu/[[spoiler: Riley]], is rendered in a mix of this and TotallyRadical, and especially if it concerns [[KaleidoscopeEyes his eyes]]. Or rather, to put it in the author's words, his "two glistering orbs of eternity except on a cyclopean creature of wonder".
* ''Literature/MyAntonia'' is positively '''rife''' with this.
** Cather does it skillfully, however, and her florid descriptions generally add to the story rather than distracting from it.
* ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' has Mr Nutt, an erudite goblin/[[spoiler: orc]] who uses purple prose as his main form of speech. Being a PTerry book this is played for laughs
** A good example is when Trev Likely is trying to write a poem for Juliet (which is going along the lines of, "I think you're really fit, want to go out on a date? (No [[UnusualEuphemism Hanky Panky]], promise) and gets Nutt to help him make it more poetic. Nutt writes a 3 page poem about her beauty, which Juliet can't make heads or tails of so she gets her friend Glenda (who Nutt has a crush on) to translate it (which she does to Trev's original piece). Glenda suspects though that [[BatmanGambit Nutt anticipated this]] and that the long flowery poem was meant for her.
** A few of the early Discworld works feature a paragraph or two of metaphor, describing the Disc in some way before the narrator losses track of the metaphor and it becomes a BrickJoke for the rest of the book.
* ''Literature/TheSecretRiver'' mostly plays this straight, but also parodies it with the letter to Lord Hawkesbury (giving us such phrases as "the pillow of compassion") and Loveday ("we must grasp the nettle, painful though it may be, or else surrender this country to treacherous savages"). The latter isn't even much purpler than most of the text, it's only comic because most of the other characters are far more succinct than the narrator.
* ''TheEyeOfArgon'' - As you might imaginably discern from this epigraph. Such protracted occurrences, unfortunately transcribed to ink-utterances through means of a character-based codex, were no doubt influenced by the minutely less prosaic and infinitely superior Creator/RobertEHoward. People do not find themselves in possession of eyes in ''The Eye of Argon''; they possess "organs of sight" or "orbs". Ears are "auditory organs."
* ''[[Literature/{{Illuminatus}} Nature's God: The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles, Vol. III]]'' by RobertAntonWilson. The following is a quotation: [[note]]Maria had been reading a chryselephantinely overwritten book called ''Literature/MollFlanders'' in the coach, and very definitely she thought the somber, passionate, tragicomic and picaresque story was most absorbing, and certainly presented the dark, sinister, underground side of English life in a vivacious and veridical manner that carried conviction, but she wished Mr. Defoe were not so in love with ornamentally excessive adjectives and long, stentorian, and somewhat inchoate sentences that, even by the standards of the time, seemed to twist and turn through curlicues and arabesques and wind on and on through ever-increasing clauses and sub-clauses, including abrupt changes of subject and total non sequiturs, even if he did seem to be making a unique effort to understand a woman's perspective on the world, which was all to the good, of course, and it was less monochromatically monotonous (she had to admit) than the other one he wrote with virtually nobody in it but that one ingenious mechanic on the island, living in total isolation until he found that mute but ineluctable footprint; and yet it could all be told as well and be more pleasant to read if those sentences did not get so totally out of control and sprawl all over the page so often in positive apotheosis of the lugubrious style, and then she wondered if reading so much of such labyrinthine and arabesque prose for so long in the hot carriage had affected her own mind and she were starting to think like that herself, instead of just enjoying the shade of the oak trees and resting from thought in the dense cool quiet of the mid-afternoon English summer."[softreturn][softreturn] If you do not want to slog through that, she's criticizing the book she's reading for its excessive use of purple prose. It's all one sentence, and at the end she finds herself thinking in flowery language too. Chryselephantinely is a PerfectlyCromulentWord -- by the time he reaches it he's making fun of the trope. Most of the time his vocabulary is fairly ordinary, but the concepts and scenarios he builds expect that the ViewersAreGeniuses[[/note]]
* Creator/EdwardBulwerLytton, whom we recognize for the infamous introduction to ''Paul Clifford'', the first words of which a certain entry on the very wiki you are reading is christened in reference to, namely the one known as ItWasADarkAndStormyNight. He got his own writing contest out of this- the winner is the writer who can come up with the most painful opening sentence for a fictional novel. See it in all of its potato-triumphing, cloud-watching glory [[http://adamcadre.ac/lyttle.html here]]. In all justice we must concede that 'It was a dark and stormy night' is not all that bad as an opening line - it's the rest of the paragraph that raises it above awful.
* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' - While the extracts from the private memoirs of Ciaphas Cain are themselves intriguing and entertaining material for the perusal of the common reader, the editor thereof, Inquisitor Amberley Vail has seen fit to intersperse his narrative with extracts from the autobiographical ''magnum opus'' of Lady General Jenit Sulla, who reports her early service under the aforesaid Commissar Cain. Her personal reminisces are inundated with meticulously detailed accounts of her devoted service to the Imperium and that of the women and men who serve under her. Vail, of course, does so with extreme trepidation (and often an apology beforehand), the prosaic nature of these passages being somewhat distanced from her own preferences.\\
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The very first Cain short story begins with a quote from his official memoirs, just before Cain describes those memoirs as "pious humbug and retrospective arse-covering":
-->'Like any newly-commissioned young commissar I faced my first assignment with an eagerness mixed with trepidation. I was, after all, the visible embodiment of the will of the Emperor Himself; and I could scarce suppress the tiny voice which bade me wonder if, when tested, I would truly prove worthy of the trust bestowed on me. When the test came at last, in the blood and glory of the battlefield, I had my answer; and my life changed forever.'
* ''The {{Literature/Inheritance|Cycle}} [[TrilogyCreep Cycle]]'' is simply filled with such a profuse amount of prose with red-blue coloration. A typical example occurs on Page 27 of Brisingr:
-->'''Narration:''' The branch Roran had added to the fire burst asunder with a muted pop as the coals underneath heated the gnarled length of wood to the point where a small cache of water or sap that had somehow evaded the rays of the sun for untold decades exploded into steam.
** Paolini would never say "Saphira flew for a day and a night" when he could instead write: "She flew nonstop until the sun had traversed the dome of the sky and extinguished itself behind the horizon and then burst forth again with a glorious conflagration of reds and yellows."
** A drinking game based on Inheritance has been floating around the Internet for a while: One shot per outlandish simile, two shots per AccidentalInnuendo and three for for every simple thing described in great detail. To quote "scary_viking" on Impish Idea: "It would be dangerous even with water - your electrolytes would deplete and you'd die. Might be survivable with Propel, though."
* The queen of purple prose was the [[SmallNameBigEgo entertainingly deluded]] author, AmandaMcKittrickRos. Her works were ridiculed at the time for being so purple as to be incomprehensible.
-->"Do not sit in silence and allow the blood that now boils in my veins to ooze through cavities of unrestrained passion and trickle down to drench me with its crimson hue!"
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::We can attest that is our hope that the speaker here is not referring to an urgent and pressing need for the aid of a good physician due to the untimely departure of copious amounts of circulatory fluid.
* Creator/HPLovecraft. Concerning [[EldritchAbomination the things he is writing about, this should not come as surprising]]. But TropesAreNotBad, and at least he had the decency to be genuinely good at it. Furthermore, Lovecraft often deliberately used arcane and obscure terms -- such as 'eldritch' and 'shewn' instead of 'shown' -- in order to add to the creepy, antiquated feel of his stories. He also liked to think of himself as an 18th century gentleman stuck in the 20th century. He deliberately invoked this trope in ''The Case of Charles Dexter Ward'', where the villain uses 17th century expressions and spelling in the 18th century, and later in the 20th century to hint at his true age.
** Indeed, HPL is evidently capable of a different style - take the conversation segment in Pickman's Model, confirming this is for effect. Also, he was writing in an age of voluminous prose, and while he was elaborate,by the standards of his day he was less so - a reader of [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]], for example, would view Lovecraft as only mildly more extreme, and often less so (compare the ''Call of Cthulhu'' to ''Nicholas Nickelby'' or ''Little Dorrit'') and is often maligned.[[note]]Dickens was paid by the word.[[/note]]
* ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' - As Lovecraft was to horror, Creator/RobertEHoward was to fantasy (not to mention a great deal of other genres). Conan of Cimmeria always "tread the jeweled thrones of the earth beneath his sandalled feet" as opposed to "[[WalkingTheEarth walked around]]". Howard's poetic prose is famous in readers of fantasy literature, and like Lovecraft, he was really good at it. Fittingly, Lovecraft and Howard were co-correspondents, and Conan himself fought an {{Expy}} or two of Lovecraft deities.
* Creator/PoppyZBrite, at least his first couple of novels. He not only acknowledges this, but briefly ran a zine called "Purple Proze", and has since publicly called himself out on the usage of such overblown language. Done on purpose in ''Calcutta, Lord of Nerves'', in which an Indian-American wanders through a [[SceneryGorn wrecked, but somewhat functioning Calcutta]] overrun by [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombies]]. (in other words, nothing's changed. Except that zombies roam the streets.) A) He wrote it as if the main character was on one of those old style travel novels, B) The narrator ''fucking'' '''loves''' Calcutta.
* Creator/EEDocSmith's science fiction, including his ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series, tended to fall into this trap. Doc Smith was well aware of this, and wasn't above poking fun at himself. In ''Children of the Lens'', one of the protagonist's cover identities was a writer of SpaceOpera whose prose was even purpler than Smith's own. Given that he was born in 1895, he could perhaps be excused for having a writing style which was somewhat archaic. It became rather jarring when he would, for no apparent reason, slip out of purple prose in the narration. In among phrases like "indescribably incandescent beams of literally unthinkable power," you have the narrator facetiously {{Handwaving}} the deaths of millions of people with a "what the hell?"
* "Fall of the House of Usher" by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe. It took longer for him to describe it than it did for the house to actually fall down. All tongue-in-cheek, though. Poe - who had more of a sense of humor than you might expect - [[LampshadeHanging mocks this trope]] in his short story ''How to Write a Blackwood Article'' (and its followup, ''A Predicament''):
-->''"...Above all, study innuendo. Hint everything--assert nothing. If you feel inclined to say 'bread and butter,' do not by any means say it outright. You may say any thing and every thing approaching to 'bread and butter.' You may hint at buck-wheat cake, or you may even go so far as to insinuate oat-meal porridge, but if bread and butter be your real meaning, be cautious, my dear Miss Psyche, not on any account to say 'bread and butter'!"''
* Justified in the first trilogy of ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' - it's written from the point of view of Phedre, who would naturally talk that way because of her upbringing. Sidonie snarks in a love letter to Imriel that she was trying to write him in the style of great love poetry, but couldn't pull it off.
* Even the great Creator/CharlesDickens wasn't immue to this trope, although being paid for each installment probably didn't help in his case. Nell's death in ''The Old Curiosity Shop'' was mocked by OscarWilde when he stated "It would require a heart of stone not to laugh at the death of Little Nell." Others have picked up this opinion too. It even shows up in ''Series/DoctorWho'', when the Doctor tells Dickens that section always cracks him up.
** If you take all the purple prose out of ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'', the book would be about 50 pages long.
** In ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', the reader is constantly told how beautiful Estella is every time she appears. We get it, Dickens -- Estella is really beautiful. We heard you the first time.
* For a wonderful rendition of Purple Prose to rival ''Eye of Argon'' for sheer awfulness, check out the introduction of ''Blood and Roses'', a vampire story anthology. Anything that features the phrase [[http://lederhosen.livejournal.com/169389.html "ruptures the hymen of midnight"]] is gonna be gold.
* Lavyrle Spencer. [[http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2236122&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1 This "comedy goldmine" thread]] regarding ''November of the Heart'' explains it all.
* AnneRice, especially in her ''Sleeping Beauty'' books. Like Lovecraft and Howard, [[TropesAreNotBad she is rather good at it]].
* ''{{Dragaera}}'' - Perhaps it was rather inevitable that the inestimable author Steven Brust has fallen into this dark abyss, [[AntiquatedLinguistics albeit intentionally]]. Paarfi of Roundwood is apt to compose long rambling sentences full of metaphors that flow away like rivers, falling down hills and curving through fertile plains before they, at last, reach the sea of consciousness. [[SophisticatedAsHell And you don't remember what the hell the whole thing was about in the first place]].
* Tracy Hickman, one of the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' original trilogy authors, was known during the days of writing ''RavenLoft'' as "the master of purple prose" and had everything as being either "heavy" or "looming". According to the annotations in, well, ''Annotated Dragonlance'', his editor once found the phrase "loomed heavily" and came straight to his office to strangle him.
* Quoth Creator/GeorgeOrwell: "I wanted to write enormous naturalistic novels with unhappy endings, full of detailed descriptions and arresting similes, and also full of purple passages in which words were used partly for the sake of their own sound. And in fact my first completed novel, ''Burmese Days'', which I wrote when I was thirty but projected much earlier, is rather that kind of book."
* Creator/ThomasHardy is an excellent writer, but when he does fall into this, he falls ''hard''. Especially in the scenes he describes Eustacia in ''The Return of the Native''
-->"Her presence brought memories of such things as Bourbon roses, rubies, and tropical midnight; her moods recalled lotus-eaters and the march in Athalie; her motions, the ebb and flow of the sea; her voice, the viola. In a dim light, and with a slight rearrangement of her hair, her general figure might have stood for that of either of the higher female deities. The new moon behind her head, an old helmet upon it, a diadem of accidental dewdrops round her brow, would have been adjuncts sufficient to strike the note of Artemis, Athena, or Hera respectively, with as close an approximation to the antique as that which passes muster on many respected canvases."
* Stella Gibbon's book ''ColdComfortFarm'' is a parody of writers like Thomas Hardy. In an author's note she says that especially verbose passages have been marked with one, two or three asterisks like a travel guide would mark places of interest.
* Creator/BillBryson thought this applied to the "most exasperating" Australian historian Manning Clark:
--> "(Clark) is an extraordinary stylist at the best of times - a man who would never call the moon 'the moon', when he might instead call it 'the lunar orb".
* E. R. Eddison and Mervyn Peake are the uncrowned kings of purple prose. The former because his faux-rennaissance style gave his endless battles, intrigues, murders, and subversions [[note]]the distressed damsel escapes before any of the male protagonists have even heard she's in trouble? WTF?[[/note]]. The latter because his solid wall of images and metaphors gave insights into his deeply strange characters that almost nothing else would have pulled off.
* Tim Rogers. He either believes himself to be the second coming of Creator/HunterSThompson, or he is gaming journalism's biggest prank. His writing is a fine tapestry of {{Author Filibuster}}s couched in language like this.
** The truth is a bit of both. Rogers has two "personas" which he uses both in real life and in his writing: "Games Journalist" Tim, a semi-fictionalized persona, is a [[SmallNameBigEgo narcissistic]] JerkAss gaming-{{Otaku}}/hipster who writes the verbose, ranting, sardonic articles for which he has become [[LoveItOrHateIt famous/infamous]] among fans and proponents of New Games Journalism. "Real" Tim (known mostly to his friends and dedicated fans) shares many qualities with his fictionalized counterpart, but is (slightly) more restrained as a writer and allegedly a decent (if self-centered and/or crazy) guy.
* ''Literature/FoucaultsPendulum'' had a pathological aversion to describing simple action. The other novels by Creator/UmbertoEco, and some of his essay books, are no better.
* The quintessential counterexample to this lamentable ineptitude would indubitably be the short story ''Spawn'', scriven by the incomparable P Schuyler Miller.
* And now, the lesson learned from reading R.A. Salvatore's description of [[TheLegendOfDrizzt Catti-brie]]: no female character should ever be said to have "thick waves of rich, auburn hair". Or eyes that make men spill secrets by their very... deep... blue-ness. Hell, even the male lead had a "thick mane" of varying descriptions. After awhile he started to sound downright hairy. Makes you wonder what's with Salvatore and [[AuthorAppeal hair]]...\\
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In his other big series, ''The Demon Wars'', mentioned the female lead as having blond hair you could lose a hand in, it's so thick. Admittedly, that is impressively thick.
* ''Literature/TheConfusionsOfYoungTorless''. The plot sounds interesting at first, and it isn't very long, but even the basic fact that these two young boys liked to sleep with a prostitute was stretched out for pages. And pages. And pages.
* Donna Gillespie, in ''The Light Bearer''. As wonderful a novel as it is, the (multiple) sex scenes read like a stoned poet's wet dream. In some places, it in no way even resembles sex.
* DavidEddings can write in Purple Prose (and, indeed, write a variety of accents, dialects, and styles to spice it up), and he can do it well, but he's not above poking fun at it--the biggest example was in the third book of the ''{{Elenium}}'', ''The Sapphire Rose'', where a goddess brings the party to ''her'' domain to give them an emotional boost and some information. They wake up in her place, which is fantastically beautiful and contains nothing but peace, and all the animals there are gentle and beautiful. The descriptions are solid purple, and when the Goddess begins speaking to the party--mostly a bunch of straightforward, plain men ... see the quotes page for the [[Quotes/PurpleProse text.]]
** More generally, scenes that relate to fate, prophecy, or the Gods in some way tend to be purple.
** He mocks it in ''TheBelgariad'' and ''The Mallorean'' as well. Any time someone starts using ''thee'' and ''thou'' a lot, it's like the character's brain temporarily rewires itself into a [[HonourBeforeReason Mimbrate]] resulting in them waxing lyrical about the most mundane things. It's taken to such RunningGag lengths that, at one point, even ''[[TheEmperor Zakath]]'' is afflicted by the "curse".
* ''AtlantaNights'' carries this to extremes. Although this is 100% intentional, as the book was intended to be atrocious. Phrases like "the stark, plain, severe starkness of the unadorned walls" can hardly be taken seriously.
* ''Literature/TheSheik''. Though it's a romance novel written in 1919, so that's kind of to be expected.
* Mike [=McQuay=]'s deplorable novel ''Pure Blood'' would, it seems, have us believe that it will rain flaming ''pâté de foie gras'' AfterTheEnd:
-->"[The rain] bloated the sky full like a fat goose, and when it fell, it was as if some celestial knife had slit the fat goose belly and splashed the innards onto the land in monstrous [[YouKeepUsingThatWord conflagration]]."
* HermanMelville was accused of this in most of the original 1851 reviews of ''Literature/MobyDick''. Seventy years later, just after the world woke up from hurling itself down a path psychologically similar to the novel's captain, critics began [[VindicatedByHistory revising their opinion]] slightly. However, the verisimilitude of the artistic theme does not alter the hue of the text. {{Justified|Trope}}--Ishmael, the narrator, is implied to be a former school teacher, which explains his overtly intellectual language.
* ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}''. The damn book would have been at least half as short if someone would translate that god-awful PurpleProse into respectable English. Mary Shelley's ''original'' text was perfectly clear and readable. It was her husband Percy (who was by trade a poet, not a novelist) who convinced her that it had to be purpled up.
* ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' seriously Corrine takes forever explaining about her family's wealth. She actually takes up three pages describing how rich her family is. They do have a long train journey but still...
** Which becomes hilarious in the [[Film/FlowersInTheAttic film adaptation]] where Corrine just uses two sentences to do this. But when she comes to describe the attic itself, that's where the Purple Prose comes in. And funnily enough she didn't use it in the book.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' and its constant description of Edward's perfect, marble, crystalline, Adonis-like beauty, seductive, velvety-smooth voice and liquid-burning-piercing-gold-topaz eyes. Also, Bella's transformation scene in ''Breaking Dawn'', which takes seventeen pages. Take out all the purple prose and all you have left is the occasional BeigeProse and complaining about Forks' bad weather and residents that aren't magical beings.
* In Elizabeth Taylor's ''Angel'', fictional novelist Angelica Deverell writes much purple prose, and, though reviled by critics, is hugely successful, if only for a while. Elizabeth Taylor herself, however, is much more restrained.
* ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'' is a justified example: the purple prose is Humbert's, who is trying to make himself seem sympathetic. The PurpleProse is really ridiculous at times -- he manages to make ''picking a wedgie ''seem elegant and gorgeous.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is usually given a free pass for any purple hue for being a classic. Many of his unfinished/unreleased works that were later published by his son in anthologies like ''Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth'' suffer far more from the syndrome; some even come with footnotes for all the archaic words, and many of them are quite tedious to read.
** ''The Lord of the Rings'' also played around with the concept. Text written from the perspective of the Hobbits is notably simpler in vocabulary and structure than those centering around Aragorn, Gandalf, the Elves, and others, reflecting their simpler origins compared to the "grander" Elves and Men.
** [[Creator/JRRTolkien J.R.R. Tolkien]] begins ''Literature/TheHobbit'' by describing Bilbo Baggin's home and his family history. Acceptable, until you discover that the description goes on for over three pages.
* ''Travels in Arabia Deserta'' - Charles M. Doughty wrote this lengthy account of his travels in the Arabian Desert in the 1880s. The first sentence is as follows:
-->A new voice hailed me of an old friend when, first returned from the Peninsula, I paced again in that long street of Damascus which is called Straight; and suddenly taking me wondering by the hand "Tell me (said he), since thou art here again in the peace and assurance of Ullah, and whilst we walk, as in the former years, toward the new blossoming orchards, full of the sweet spring as the garden of God, what moved thee, or how couldst thou take such journeys into the fanatic Arabia?"
** Justified in that Doughty in that book was consciously modelling the rhythms and idioms of his language on those of classical Arabic. Or so we're told.
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'': Parodied and Lampshaded. Cervantes achieved the rare miracle of having a florid style that is clearly understandable. But he recognized and denounced this trope: In the Chapter I Part I, Cervantes explains us that Alonso Quijano [[BrownNote went crazy]] [[ImpossibleTask because he tried to understand ]] the purple prose found in the [[ChivalricRomance chivalry books]]:
-->"where he often found passages like "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment the reason of the unreason with which my reason is afflicted so weakens my reason that with reason I murmur at your beauty;"]] or again, "[[MeaninglessMeaningfulWords the high heavens, that of your divinity divinely fortify you with the stars]], [[MindScrew render you deserving of the desert your greatness deserves]]."
::Another example that uses a style perhaps not as exaggerated as some examples of purple prose, but certainly is overdeveloped and fancy. In Chapter II, Part I, Don Quixote begins his adventure getting up early and riding Rocinante through the countryside of Montiel. Obviously, this brief description is very boring and short. So [[GlorySeeker Don Quixote imagines]] how some wise wizard [[FamedInStory will write]] the beginning of his adventure:
-->'Scarce had the rubicund Apollo spread o'er the face of the broad spacious earth the golden threads of his bright hair, scarce had the little birds of painted plumage attuned their notes to hail with dulcet and mellifluous harmony the coming of the rosy Dawn, that, deserting the soft couch of her jealous spouse, was appearing to mortals at the gates and balconies of the Manchegan horizon, when the renowned knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, quitting the lazy down, mounted his celebrated steed Rocinante and began to traverse the ancient and famous Campo de Montiel;'
::The translation doesn't do justice to the sheer purpleness of the Spanish original, though.
* Ron Miller's ''Bronwyn Book Two: Silk and Steel'' has gained a measure of infamy on the internet with [[http://www.crackerboxpalace.com/verypurple.jpg this scan.]]
* Creator/MattStover's work generally contains a fair amount of this. He likes to get philosophical, and in each of his Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse books he expands on TheForce as vast and mysterious, and what using it feels like to a powerful Jedi or Sith. This always involves extended metaphors, like ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' with its life-as-stars and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'''s TheForce-as-water.
* Creator/VictorHugo. The man spends at least thirty pages describing the detailed history of every stone in the cathedral in ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', not to mention the spider-and-the-fly metaphor he wants to bash into our heads. ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has even more of it.
* Creator/GeorgeEliot takes aim at this in ''Literature/SillyNovelsByLadyNovelists'', in particular citing a work entitled ''Adonijah''.
-->''instead of being written in plain language, it is adorned with that peculiar style of grandiloquence which is held by some lady novelists to give an antique colouring, and which we recognise at once in such phrases as these:–"the splendid regnal talents undoubtedly possessed by the Emperor Nero"–"the expiring scion of a lofty stem"–"the virtuous partner of his couch"–"ah, by Vesta!"–and "I tell thee, Roman."''
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' spends quite a few pages simply cataloging the sea life the protagonists encountered.
* PlayedWith in ''Literature/MadameBovary''. Creator/GustaveFlaubert used PurpleProse to convey the characters' overly romantic hopes and dreams before describing in a much more caustic tone how they inevitably come crashing down when confronted with reality.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''SplinterOfTheMindsEye'' has occasional stretches where the characters suddenly get very, very verbose. There's this part, where Leia and Luke have been captured by Imperials who are talking amongst themselves.
--> "I don't like this, Leia."
--> "You have this wonderfully evocative way about you, Luke, of reducing the most excruciatingly uncomfortable circumstances to the merely mundane."
--> Luke looked hurt.
* Creator/AleisterCrowley [[InvokedTrope wrote in this style intentionally]] [[GenreSavvy in the hopes that his writings would be remembered.]]
* In dialogue Creator/RudyardKipling and Creator/HRiderHaggard tend to render the language of Westerners in colloquial and the language of non-westerners in PurpleProse . This can come out with such amusing oddities as a StreetUrchin like {{Kim}} jeering at people with "thees" and "thous".
* [[http://badromancenovelquotesandcovers.tumblr.com/ This]] has some nice examples of romance novels making use of it.
** In fact, it is an unwritten rule of the romance novel genre that this must be used. Some authors pull it off with aplomb. Others... don't.
* This is one criticism ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' can't counter. It might have been justified by the Narrator, but speakers from various educations and countries all use the same style.
* [[AnitaBlakeVampireHunter Laurell K. Hamilton]] slips in and out of this both before and after JumpingTheShark, particularly whenever she describes Anita's clothing or an attractive person, male or female. Sometimes the results are [[SnarkBait hilarious]], such as one scene in ''Narcissus in Chains'' where she says, "I could feel his fear like a fine champagne." Take your time analyzing that one, folks.
* The ComedicHero of ''Scoop'', the 1938 satire by Evelyn Waugh, uses the line in a country column he writes -- "Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole".
* When Creator/RayBradbury gets carried away, he can pile on about ten similes per sentence, each more stream-of-consciously bizarre than the last. [[TropesAreNotBad He's quite good at it]].
* Sometimes used deliberately, and to great effect, in ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''. Bertie Wooster, our narrator, loves to embellish what he's saying, which becomes hilarious when he starts [[SophisticatedAsHell shoving in the]] BuffySpeak. The other characters aren't averse to this trope, either:
--> '' ' ... The early fall,' said Gussie, who is a bit of a poet in his way, 'is vaudeville's springtime. All over the country, as August wanes, sparkling comediennes burst into bloom, the sap stirs in the veins of tramp cyclists, and last year's contortionists, waking from their summer sleep, tie themselves tentatively into knots. [[LaymansTerms What I mean is, this is the beginning of the new season, and everybody's out hunting for bookings]].' ''
* Creator/GeneStrattonPorter, especially in the SceneryPorn bits. Or this:
-->''Parting the wild roses at the entrance was beauty of which Freckles never had dreamed. Was it real or would it vanish as the other dreams? He dropped his book, and rising to his feet, went a step closer, gazing intently. This was real flesh and blood. It was in every way kin to the Limberlost, for no bird of its branches swung with easier grace than this dainty young thing rocked on the bit of morass on which she stood. A sapling beside her was not straighter or rounder than her slender form. Her soft, waving hair clung around her face from the heat, and curled over her shoulders. It was all of one piece with the gold of the sun that filtered between the branches. Her eyes were the deepest blue of the iris, her lips the reddest red of the foxfire, while her cheeks were exactly of the same satin as the wild rose petals caressing them. ''
* When Pat Garrett decided to write "The Authentic Life Of Billy The Kid" he employed journalist Ash Upson to help him along. The unfortunate result is passages of Garrett's dry writing interspersed with terrible flowery writing from Upson, making the whole thing a rather painful read. (Some of Upson's passages are quoted in the ''YoungGuns'' movie.)
* Creator/RogerZelazny often used this to great effect in his stories, switching to florid, purple prose to describe the more fantastic parts, then back to beige prose to make his characters seem more real and identifiable. He also liked to juxtapose purple and beige prose for humorous effect, much like the SophisticatedAsHell effect.
* Was a hallmark of Romantic Era and Enlightenment Era literature. Not really surprising, considering that the authors and their target audiences were educated in Classical Greek and Roman literature, which could be ''very'' florid in their descriptions.
* Creator/CatherynneMValente's writing is made of purple prose, in particular to create a dreamlike effect in ''Literature/{{Palimpsest}}'', recreate the vivid imagery of oral storytelling in ''Literature/TheOrphansTales''.
* Kei Shigema's ''Lunar Silver Star Story: The Call of the Wind'', an adaptation of the LunarTheSilverStar game, is rife with this. As an example:
--> " Directly below the spacious empyrean, a silver spring of flawless clarity spread out in front of the party of four, imitating the effect of a vividly colored daguerreotype, and mirroring the heavens’ pristine sapphire and the trees’ uncounterfeitable emerald in its placid waters."
* ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' uses this which clashes with unbelievably crass sexual language.
-->'''Anastasia''': (inner monologue) I flushed. My inner goddess is down on bended knee with her hands clasped in supplication, begging him.
-->'''Anastasia''': I like your kinky fuckery.
* Parodied deftly in the sixteenth chapter of JamesJoyce's ''{{Ulysses}}'', known as the Eumaeus episode, where every sentence comes with a long string of tired cliches. The effect is rather like reading bad HenryJames.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''TheLegendOfSunKnight''. Given the LightNovel format, the regular narration lacks this, but because the main character is expected to praise the God of Light in every statement he makes, even a simple thank you can take up a thick paragraph. When in private or around people who know about his act, he will mercifully switch to less insane speech patterns-unless he wants to annoy someone into submission.
* CassandraClare's [[Literature/TheMortalInstruments writ]][[Literature/InfernalDevices ing]] is on the borderline of this. She seems to be [[TropesAreTools completely aware of this]], and occasionally uses it for comic effect or to [[GoshDarnitToHeck skirt around curse words]]. Prime example:
-->"Jace suggested that the cast of GilligansIsland could go do [[GoshDarnitToHeck something anatomically unlikely]] with themselves."
* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' sometimes plays it straight and sometimes LampShades it. ''The Happy Return'' has Hornblower mentally describing the morning view of the ocean as "argent and azure" and then laughing at himself because he's been using those exact words every day for the past two weeks. In ''Lieutenant Hornblower'', Forester purple-proses a pulley-and-tackle platform just to point out how much Bush would ''not'' see it that way. And in most books, there will be at least a few paragraphs that go into detail about just how beautiful and awesome tall ships look when under sail with no attachment to characterization at all.
* Subject to slight SeinfeldIsUnfunny in the ''SherlockHolmes'' stories. In-universe, Holmes frequently accuses Watson's stories of being this, and while a modern reader may feel this criticism to be accurate, if overly harsh, Doyle's writing was generally far ''less'' purple than almost all authors of his period (his clarity was part of the reason the stories were so popular), so Holmes's accusations were originally intended to be far more unreasonable than they seem now.
* DespoilersOfTheGoldenEmpire uses its purple prose to great effect, using lots of scientific and poetic language to help establish it as a science fiction story. [[spoiler: It isn't.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' where Joey 'bigs' up a letter of recommendation by using the thesaurus on Chandler's laptop on every single word, leading to a description of Chandler and Monica being people with big hearts being described as them having 'full sized aortic pumps'.
** At the end of the letter, he signs his name "Baby Kangaroo".
* ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' - Judging from the samplings at the beginning of every episode, Garth Marenghi's writing is full of this. Of course, Marenghi doesn't seem to have a very large vocabulary, leading to an awful lot of repeated words (e.g., padding out a passage by repeating "blood" over and over.) (And bits of sick). By his own admission he is one of the few people you meet who've written more books than they've read.
* ''TheBigBangTheory'' - Played hilariously straight by "Leo", Sheldon's "recovering drug-addicted cousin" (who's actually a theater minor) when he starts to described how he "was [[FreudianExcuse abused by a chaplain]] during his teens." [[TheDitz Penny]] still buys it, though.
* The Australian comedy show ''Full Frontal'' had a skit where a romance novelist arrived at a police station to report a theft, which she proceeds to describe in full purple prose. While the cop is trying to work out what "sylph-like" means, another police officer enters saying they've arrested a suspect, whom he describes in the exact same purple prose.
* The writers of ''Series/TheXFiles'' were very fond of giving Mulder and Scully convoluted, over-worded monologues, even when the monologue was supposed to be the text of an official case report. They also enjoyed cramming it with FauxlosophicalNarration for good measure. One has to wonder how their bosses felt about having to read those things.
* ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' - E.B. Farnum and Alma Garret spout almost nothing but purple prose. Thankfully, Al Sweringen is there to balance it out.
** So do Merrick, Cy Tolliver, Calamity Jane (albeit very dark purple)...hell, the show practically runs off the stuff.
* An early episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' plays this for laughs, with Radar taking a correspondence course in writing and producing purple reports (done in voiceover).
-->'''Potter:''' Radar what is this cow flubdubbery? All this "miracle medical mortals" hooey. What are you doing to my duty log?
* The characters of ''Series/{{Californication}}'' refer to an in-universe short story as "too purple", and even spend a minute arguing on the degree of purpleness. One can only assume they're referring to this trope.
* Frasier Crane, from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' and ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', often speaks in elaborate prose. His brother Niles Crane and his radio host co-worker and restaurant-reviewer Gil Chesterton also speak in a similarly long-winded and overly-indulgent manner.
-->Frasier: (reading) 'Though summer at the lake seems but a vapid, vacuous experience, it is a necessary tonic for my troubled youth..' Niles, how old were you when you wrote this?
-->Niles: Almost nine. Which explains the redundancy. 'Vapid' and 'Vacuous'
-->Frasier: Well..
-->Niles: By ten, my writing had gotten considerably tighter.
-->Frasier: Amongst other things.
* Whenever ShigesatoItoi showed up as a guest judge on ''IronChef'', he was dubbed in such a way that gave him the most over-the-top PurpleProse elaboration possible on how good the food was.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' the group switches to fancy words mid conversation to confuse a foreigner. Resulting in this exchange of dialogue.
-->Barney: Within a triad of solar periods, you'll recognize your dearth of compatibility with your paramour and conclude your association.
-->Robin: My journey was transformative, and I reassert my commitment to both the aforementioned paramour, and the philosophies he espouses.
-->Gael: What are we talking of? Baseball?
-->Barney: This is all going to return to masticate you in the gluteals. Support my hypothesis, Ted.
-->Ted: I'm just jubilant my former paramour is jubilant.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In his 2001 song "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" Elton John sings a line about PurpleProse. The song's lyrics detail John's coming to terms with getting older, and his admission that he has "put one over" on his fans because he was unable to feel the music he was giving to them.
* EMF's "Unbelievable": "The things/ You say/ Your purple prose just gives you away/ The things/ You say/ You're unbelievable.''
* Symphonic metal band Bal-Sagoth is a rare musical example. A sample from "Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule":
--> And nine stars illumine the northern heavens, a vast cosmic sigil with the silvern moon at its centre...
-->Blazing argent light fills the chamber, engulfing the hewn walls of elder ice,
-->These ancient carvings in a time-veiled tongue, (etched into the primeval ice
-->countless aeons ago, now bathed in diaphanous incandescence by this storm of
-->lucent stellar power, their mindsearing meaning at last becomes known to me...
-->Their cosmic secrets unfold...
-->The ice-throne is encased by a shimmering wall of writhing cerulean flame,
-->A lambent flame far colder than the frozen surface upon which it dances...
** Most of their lyrics are like that. They also have a love of the LongTitle.
* Almost all BlackMetal lyrics, and any attempts these bands make at philosophizing in the album liner notes.
** This has also become very common with TechnicalDeathMetal, particularly the more melodic acts. There's a good chance that if a band plays tech death, their lyrical approach is going to boil down to vaguely philosophical/metaphysical rambling with lots and lots of this trope.
* Music/LedZeppelin. Justified, since usually whenever their songs go towards purple prose it's because they are referencing LordOfTheRings.
* MariahCarey's lyrics are mostly purple prose. She heavily abuses pretty thesaurus words like "inevitably", "sublime" and "splendor". She also has a cheeky romance with the words "nice", "festive" and "bleak".
* Creator/AlanMoore's spoken word album ''The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels'' features lyrics that are downright baroque, describing subjects and references that are equally arcane.
* ProgressiveRock tends to follow this trope. Bands such as Music/{{Yes}} and Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer are often criticized for their pretentious lyrics, though in Yes' case it's more for their [[WordSaladLyrics incomprehensibility]]. However, many bands such as Music/{{Rush}} and Music/{{Genesis}} write in high prose yet do it very well.
** Music/{{Marillion}} had a few cases of purple prose in their early days that strayed into {{Narm}} territory, and no song of theirs has been more accused of this than "Grendel". Exhibit A:
--> ''Midnight suns bid moors farewell, retreats from charging dusk''
--> ''Mountains echo, curfews bell, signal ending tasks''
--> ''They place their faith in oaken doors, cower in candlelight''
--> ''The panic seeps through bloodstained floors as Grendel stalks the night''
* Online music magazine ''Pitchfork Media'' is frequently mocked for this, with a common criticism being that the reviewers' writing often overshadows the actual album being reviewed. The most famous parody is Creator/DavidCross's [[http://pitchfork.com/features/guest-lists/6044-david-cross-albums-to-listen-to-while-reading-overwrought-pitchfork-reviews/ Albums To Listen To While Reading Overwrought Pitchfork Reviews]], partly written in response to their review of his CD ''It's Not Funny''.
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[[folder:Other]]
* The documentary ''Victory at Sea'' is drenched with this.
* The public speeches of [[ThoseWackyNazis a certain set of Third Reich dignitaries]] (one of them being Heinrich Himmler) are uncannily purple. This contrasts both the way [[AdolfHitler the Führer]] spoke (grandiloquent, but still in a language the common citizen could understand and relate to) and the tone of the newspapers (from dry and official, to humorous and familiar). Some speeches by Himmler sound like written by Creator/HPLovecraft himself.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' - The 1st Edition ''Player's Handbook'' and ''Dungeon Master's Guide'', penned by Mr. Gygax himself, are rife with what is endearingly known as High Gygaxian: "While as strict in their prosecution of law and order, characters of lawful good alignment follow these precepts to improve the common weal." [[FanHater It's a major point of contention between diehard 1st Edition fans and everybody else who plays the game]]. Possibly we can see the effect of Mr Gygax's deep admiration of Creator/JackVance.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''CyranoDeBergerac'': In the ShowWithinAShow, ‘’La Clorise’’, [[ShoutOut a real play written at]] TheCavalierYears by one of [[FanDumb les Précieuse’s]] [[DeaderThanDisco favorite authors, Balthazar Baró]], GiftedlyBad actor Montfleury [[TakeThat declaims the first lines… ]] [[JerkAss before being interrupted by Cyrano]]:
-->'''Mountfleury:''' ''"Thrice happy he who hides from pomp and power''\\
''In sylvan shade or solitary bower;''\\
''Where balmy zephyrs fan his burning cheeks "''
* Don Armado, the "braggart" from ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'', speaks (and writes) in a combination of this and DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Innumerable character descriptions on ''{{Furcadia}}''. Use [[http://nine.frenchboys.net/thesauritis.php this generator]] to see some good examples of the type of descriptions many players endow their furries with, and try not to let out the contents of your stomach: "You see refractive colorless orbs flash with innocence 'neath cilia of ivory. The lamia rotates 'pon husky limbs... audionts alert and oculars a-ripple... fervid canvas of ruby tinge shimmers o'er her hale frame." [[note]]Probably it means something like: "You see her innocent eyes flash beneath their lashes. The beast-woman turns on muscled legs ... ears alert and gaze mobile, her red hair shimmering on her healthy body."[[/note]]\\
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This is perhaps a rather desperate attempt to avoid the BeigeProse sexual descriptors that clog up most sex scenes. No happy medium exists, apparently. Many writers avoid sex scenes or truncate them for this very reason: they end up being dull, silly, or dull and silly.
* Sadly, this trope is common in just about every role-playing chat-room. Usually the worst perpetrators are young girls (aged 13-21), playing [[MarySue oh so beautiful and perfect characters]]. In any given chat, 50% of the people will make perfectly comprehensible posts, 25% will write with [[RougeAnglesOfSatin so many typos, misspellings and so much text speak that their posts are almost incomprehensible]], and 25% will write with prose so purple that it seeps into the ultraviolet.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' - Install the [=FlagRSP=] or [=MyRolePlay=] addon, login to any role-playing server, and look at player character descriptions. A lot of them fall into either short and badly written without a single word spelled right, or a PurpleProse laden opus about luscious bosoms, voluptuous curves and delicate eyelashes, especially if you happened to look for players in areas frequented by [[MarySue Mary Sues]], such as Goldshire, Stormwind's Cathedral Square, or Silvermoon.\\
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There're at least two blogs [[http://community.livejournal.com/warcraftsues/ here]] and [[http://roleplayerslament.com here]] devoted to poking fun at such descriptions. However, "[[http://i39.tinypic.com/zvr721.jpg almost]]" is the key word there.\\
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It is possible to write a multi-paragraphed description of a character without being overly-purple - simply being detailed, considering the unfortunate limitations in the game engine for significant character customization (such as scars, detailed equipment/supplies, or any customization of pets/mounts). It's simply not common to see.
* ''CityOfHeroes'' has free-text character descriptions built in. They fall into either short and badly written without a single word spelled right, or a PurpleProse about luscious bosoms, voluptuous curves and delicate eyelashes -- same as RPG servers in ''World of Warcraft''
* ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' - Everything Luke Atmey says. Ever. To the point that Phoenix has to translate his overly-dramatic, verbose ramblings to poor Maya, who's invariably left in the dark.
** Redd White too:
-->'''Redd White:''' Allow me to furnish you with the title of my personage.
* Many of the lines in ''{{Arcanum}}'' fit. Justified, given the [[SteamPunk setting]].
* ''FinalFantasy'' series
** ''FinalFantasyTactics'' was rereleased on PSP. They retranslated the [[BlindIdiotTranslation Engrish]] translation into this. [[SoBadItsGood Many fans of the original translation]] deride it for replacing the failed drama charm with YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe; others deride it just for being overwrought. And yet others like it or think that its excesses are [[SoBadItsGood as amusing as the original's]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has a generally straightforward, albeit poetic script. But the Bestiary entries are horribly, horribly guilty of this, especially the OneHundredPercentCompletion alternate texts that delve into Ivalician culture and history. The help box when going against the magic pot turns its basic claims "Gimme Elixir" into hammy Shakespearean dialogue:
-->'''The Magic Pot Clamors for an Elixir!'''\\
'''The Magic Pot is Outraged!'''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' - Maechen's long-winded lectures on the history of Spira were met with similar complaints by some fans.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' - If you wanted OneHundredPercentCompletion in you had to listen to every single word of Maechen's long-winded and rather purple lectures, without pressing anything on your controller to advance the dialogue on-screen, even during the long pauses where the game prompts you to interject!
* ''[[DawnOfWar Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War]]'' - ''Indeed'', that's the way the narrator and everyone else in the series speaks. Such speech is usual in the setting. ''Indeed'', everyone speaks in purple, except the Orks.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' - As a character, Max talks normally. While doing [[PrivateEyeMonologue narration]], Max loves this.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' - Andrew friggin' Ryan.
* ''FireEmblemElibe'' - Sain speaks purple prose as his second language, especially around women. He mostly does it to show off.
** ''[[FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon]]'''s localisation in general leaned very much in this direction, especially compared to its predecessors. While generally very entertaining, some parts and characters (like [[TheStoic Navarre]]) speaking in such a way sort of feel out of place.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' for the Nintendo DS is an overly talky RPG that will take 10-minutes to present a cutscene that could have easily been reduced to a line or two without losing a single bit of relevant information. It's an enjoyable enough game otherwise.
** The original VideoGame/GoldenSun and The Lost Age suffered from the same problem; not to mention a tendency for Kraden to prance about NarratingTheObvious.
** Golden Sun and TLA have scripts that, between them, come out to something like two or three times the wordcount of Metal Gear Solid.
* Perhaps fittingly, [[VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo Katawa Shoujo's]] Hisao seems far more vividly descriptive on Rin's route than on other routes.
* The description of Tenuto Village from ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' is so much of this.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', necromancers will write books, [[ItsAllAboutMe often about themselves]], and the book can be described with "the writing is excessively ornate".
* ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' is usually filled to the brim with these but perhaps the most notable and most cryptic is the text that appears at the end of the Rex Cavalier battle.
* ''DearEsther'' has rather florid narration, which helps contribute to the MindScrew of it all. Also {{Lampshaded}}:
-->'''Narrator''': "If the subject matter is obscure, the writer’s literary style is even more so"
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''IrregularWebcomic'' - Utilized effectively with the deliberate goal of provoking a response of [[ShoutOut comedic]] [[TheLordOfTheRings familiarity]] in the audience, alongside a [[LampshadeHanging conscious acknowledgment]] of purple prose in the role of an artistic device, within the [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1631.html hereby linked]] strip.
* [[http://xkcd.com/483 This]] ''webcomic/Xkcd'' strip (more of a graph really) mocks the use of PurpleProse and made up fantasy words in fiction
* Rocky of ''{{Lackadaisy}}'' frequently, and randomly, lapses into Purple Prose -- or poetry. Rocky, however, is arguably the strangest and quirkiest of the webcomic's characters, and his launching into such monologues emphasizes that. Prime example [[http://www.lackadaisycats.com/comic.php?comicid=14 here]].
* The news section of ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' is often full of purple prose about Tycho's current thoughts on gaming, mainly in the form of very convoluted metaphors. He sometimes [[ViewersAreGeniuses depends]] on readers being quite literate. Sometimes he does give out some helpful links explaining what he's talking about.
* Vaarsuvius in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' talks like this to the bereavement of his/her companions whenever he/she feels strongly about anything.
* PurpleProse is practically the first language of Rose Lalonde of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', who extensively uses it (both literally and [[VisualPun figuratively]]) when talking over the IM client Pesterchum. A notorious instance is her wizardly writing journal [[spoiler:(later a popular book series post-ResetButton)]], [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003752 "Complacency of the Learned"]], written ''[[VisualPun entirely in purple text]]'' Or as she would put it, [[InsistentTerminology "velvet".]] Another outstanding example is her GameFAQs walkthrough for [[TheGamePlaysYou Sburb]]. [[ColonyDrop The game is trying to kill you]]! Your audience could be DEAD by the time they get through your longwinded introduction! And this is after she went to the effort of keeping it "short".
** Colonel Sassacre's Daunting Text of Magical Frivolity and Practical Japery is literally heavy with this.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=001982 The]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002207 introductions]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002344 of]][[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004888 each]] character slip into this, for comedic purposes. Lampshaded with [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003904 Karkat's introduction]]
** Author AndrewHussie seems very fond of it in general, at least on the web. Reading his blog, complete with [[MundaneMadeAwesome an epic struggle with online spam messages to obtain a free meal at Olive Garden]], should give you a great idea.
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3006 Slick goes for extended metaphor when approaching Monique]].
* [[http://mind-numbinglyboringwebcomic.smackjeeves.com/comics/1403320/strip-number-one/ This webcomic seems to exist just to parody purple prose.]]
* [[SueDonym Suzanne de Nîmes]], the purported writer/editor of ''Webcomic/JetDreamAndHerTGirlCounterSpies'', writes with the bombast and alliteration of a transgender StanLee in both stories and letter columns.
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[[folder:Web Game]]
* ''VideoGame/TheCompanyOfMyself'' WebGame not only contains such PurpleProse, because even the preloader and the volume control have it.
* ''[[http://jayisgames.com/games/pirouette/ Pirouette]]'' conveys most of the conversations through this.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''VatsyAndBruno'' - The unscrupulous journalist Vatsy resorts to this. One paragraph from the rejection letter that serves as an introduction reads:
--> We do not regret to inform you that this submission is unusable, unintelligent and frequently illegible. We do not regret that your mental seepage, poured in such an ungainly fashion on your half-cent-per-thousand-sheet paper, will not be gracing this or any future publication of the Writer's Guild World Newsletter. We do not regret that you will most probably [[DyingAlone die alone]], penniless, unloved and foul-smelling.
* ''[[http://hasrataidenn.deviantart.com/art/MH-Promise-not-to-Tell-1-115343798 Promise not to Tell]]'' - The lead character is so full of it, his eyes are varying degrees of purple. Literally. Note that this is just one part of a chapter of an entire book devoted to this style. Her original writing was not as intense, but through revisions and alterations it became the purple-people-eating monster it is today.
* Here's an excerpt reads like a mixture of ADD and synesthaesia: [[http://vandonovan.livejournal.com/1088311.html?#cutid1 "Her face had the fragrance of a gibbous moon.]] The scent of fresh snow. Her eyes were dark birds in fresh snow. They were the birds' shadows, they were mirrors; they were the legends on old charts. They were antique armor and the tears of dragons. Her brows were a raptor's sharp, anxious wings. They were a pair of scythes. Her ears were a puzzle carved in ivory. Her teeth were her only bracelet; she carried them within the red velvet purse of her lips. Her tongue was amber. Her tongue was a ferret, an anemone, a fox caught in the teeth of a tiger." This wonderfully purple excerpt of ''Silk and Steel'' goes on like that for ''[[SerialEscalation two pages]]''. Someone [[http://vandonovan.livejournal.com/1088311.html?thread=11352887#t11352887 illustrated her]]; the page image is part of this.
* Virtually everything written on ''Blog/SongunBlog'' (with a touch of {{Engrish}} thrown in for good measure). It's a wonder the author was able to keep it up for so long.
* Far too many a {{Main/Creepypasta}} read as though their author just browsed through a dictionary while coming up with the dialogue and text.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBu83-0vJbg This]] edit of "Meet the Spy".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuVfT5Bt2AA A Delightful Interview with the Expert of Explosives Manufacture and Detonation]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbxT4F5LOnU An Introduction to the Demolitions Class]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H-_ThqZrRk Encounter the long range combatant whose sole purpose is to be used by bragging idiots]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouERs5oe6a8 Meet the Prestigious and Well-Mannered Soldier]]
* The essays at the Music/MichaelJackson fansite Inner Michael sometimes slip into a combination of this and MeaninglessMeaningfulWords in trying to describe Jackson's brilliance as an artist and a person and how most of the world (especially the media) didn't understand that. An example from [[http://www.innermichael.com/2012/08/humming-fire-blinded-by-the-light/ one essay]]:
--> Imagine the sensitivity of an artistic child; imagine the light, the talent -- a geyser erupting from inside, rising in crescendo and its shower of brilliance cascading down and nourishing everything it comes into contact with. ''That kind of exuberance.'' Imagine a child's innocence and naivete of knowing only the Source of that light and desiring only the joy of sharing it. Unscripted, unsolicited, unencumbered and sheer joy. Imagine the delight. Imagine the Source-ness of it. Imagine an orange in the peak of the season that as you bite, drips the very essence of the sun as it runs down your chin. ''That kind of sweet, succulent delight.''
* The traffic and sponsor sections of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' veer into PurpleProse quite often, as well as [[TheNarrator Cecil's]] florid descriptions of [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Carlos's]] hair.
* Brutally parodied in the intentionally SoBadItsGood FetishRetardant poem, [[http://naamah-darling.dreamwidth.org/122098.html "Hortus Conclusus"]] (very, very NotSafeForWork, or anywhere else, really). Any work that compares [[spoiler: an erect penis to a swollen pustule]] is really trying too hard.

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A small gag on ''HeyArnold'' when Rhonda writes Curly a fake love letter (with the elegant prose she usually speaks in cranked up to eleven) ...using a purple pen. [[spoiler:And it's the colour of her pen that becomes her ultimate downfall]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' had an episode entitled "Riders of the Purple Prose", which showed Creator/WilliamShakespeare and other historical authors as [[MakesSenseInContext hard-ridin' cowboys]].
* ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' - Mojo Jojo. Some of his dialogue is this; other times it just ''sounds'' like it because of the DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment.
* Stewie from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' used to talk like this. Lampshaded in one time travel episode.
* Doc Venture in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' does this in an episode where he's trying to find a lost wreck using an underwater robot. He's narrating into a tape recorder everything that happens, making everything as grandiose as possible, including rewinding the tape and recording over something that he felt wasn't elaborate enough. Almost all of his lines from the episode are purple prose.\\
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Phantom Limb is also somewhat fond of this -- so much so that [[spoiler: Baron Ünderbheit]] suggests they rename their new villain's union [[LampshadeHanging The Purple Prose]].
** This doubles as a StealthPun, as they were also '''pro'''fessional villains who wore purple.
* Optimus from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' takes his time to make every line sound as grandiose and verbose as possible, even in the heat of battle. In one scene, him saying the single word "No" as a response to a question was used as a gag. However, many fans are of the opinion that this makes him seem more like an unintentionally comedic caricature of Optimus Prime.
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