%% '''Please refrain from telling areas where a movie or show transitions to color. This trope is about colored objects/people within a primarily %% black and white setting.'''

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Sometimes, in a DeliberatelyMonochrome work, you'll see an object with a different color. [[PaintingTheMedium Usually to indicate something important]].
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Note that when (present day) commercials are shot in black-and-white except for the sponsor's product being in color, the effect is common enough that it's known as "splash of color".
* De Beer's diamonds are the only thing that sparkle in a gray world!
* Nuprin filmed their commercials in black and white, except for the "splash of color" which were the two yellow pills falling out of the bottle into the person's monochrome hand.
** Parodied in ''Film/WaynesWorld'': "Little. Yellow. Different."
* Done to the point of overuse in highlights clips for the BBC's 2008 Olympic Games coverage.
* The "Meet the Buttertons" ads for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter feature a typical [[TheFifties 1950s]] family filmed in black and white, except for the bright yellow of the ridiculous amounts of butter they put in their food.
* The commercials for Chase bank follow this trope, with the only color being the Chase logo.
* TD Canada Trust, which are monochromatic except for the green of the bank's logo. The intention is invoke [[NostalgiaFilter simpler times]].
* Both movie posters for JossWhedon's adaptation of ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'' (which was filmed in black and white) use this. One has the movie's title in hot pink letters between the black-and-white faces of Beatrice and Benedick. The other shows Claudio mostly submerged in a pool, holding a cocktail glass in his hand; the cocktail is bright orange (with an orange slice) and the movie title appears in orange letters above Claudio's head. (In the movie itself, the cocktail appears in black-and-white like everything else.)
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'':
** During a [[MonochromePast monochrome flashback]] showing Winry's parents death during the Ishval Civil War. All is in black and white except for the blue eyes of the amestrian soldiers and the blue eyes of Winry's parents.
** Used in the first episode during the scene in which the Freezing Alchemist is killed.
* Like most manga, ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' is mostly drawn in black and white. However, this trope was used in Chapter 52 during the flashback that shows how [[PosthumousCharacter Wilfried Jeremiah met Olivie Sagebrecht]], with the latter's eyes being colored [[MismatchedEyes red and green]] as the former describes them in narration.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The Deluxe Edition reprint of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' has the flashbacks sequences in black and white with a different red object, progressively standing out more, to build up to the reveal of [[spoiler:the Red Hood becoming The Joker.]]
* ''ComicBook/SinCity: That Yellow Bastard'' had Junior (and his blood) constantly colored yellow after the prologue. Other stories, like "Blue Eyes" and "The Babe Wore Red" featured similar use of color. The movie added splashes of color to stories that didn't have them in print.
* ''ComicBook/WetMoon'' has no color in the actual stories, but the cover art depicts each individual character with a single thematic color, in their clothing and usually [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair dyed hair]].
* Done in ''ComicBook/SoftDesire'', which is a black and white comic with some color objects.
* ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective'' uses this as well, most notably in ''Crystal Blue'' for the eponymous FantasticDrug.
* In the CaptainAmerica elseworlds miniseries ''The Chosen,'' the modern day middle east, including the soldiers stationed there and all of the locals are all depicted in [[RealIsBrown shades of brown.]] This is meant to make CaptainAmerica stand out when he finally appears, as he is still wearing his primarily blue costume even in that setting.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The emotional climax of ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', where Moses meets with Ramses after his firstborn son is slain, was deliberately rendered in black and white with just a few hints of blue.
* At the end of ''TwiceUponATime'', we see a balloon in the DeliberatelyMonochrome land of Din turn yellow.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* This was done on occasion in SilentFilms, when Technicolor was in its early, experimental stages.
** The 1925 version of ''Theater/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' is almost all black and white, with the exception of the masked ball scene.
** In ''Film/BattleshipPotemkin'', the red flag was colored by hand.
** In '''1903''' in ''Film/TheGreatTrainRobbery'', again hand-colored, for the gun smoke and some clothing.
** In the 1925 version of ''Literature/BenHur'', all the scenes with Jesus are shot in color (even though he is not shown), as is Ben-Hur's triumph and the final scene.
** Simiarly, in the 1927 Jesus movie ''Film/TheKingOfKings'', the first scene shows Mary Magdalene lounging around with the Romans in color, and at the end of the film Jesus walks out of his tomb in color.
* Early sound film ''Film/HellsAngels'' has the fancy dress ball scene in color. This is the only color footage of JeanHarlow's career.
* The pre-titles sequence of ''Film/CasinoRoyale''. The first splash of color in the film is the blood from the BondGunBarrel (which is moved to the end of that sequence and integrated into the plot -- it's the POV from the gun of one of [[Film/JamesBond Bond's]] targets).
* In ''Film/SchindlersList'', Spielberg uses red to highlight a single Jewish girl's coat -- once as she's being taken to a ghetto, and again as her body is being taken to a mass grave. The candle flames are also in color when the Jews celebrate the Sabbath for the first time since being hauled out of the ghettos and into concentration camps.
** Spielberg may have lifted this visual idea from Dutch film ''Het meisje met het rode haar'', The Girl With The Red Hair (1981). The only thing in colour in the movie is Resistance heroine Hannie Schaft's red hair - everything else about grim wartime Holland is in grey.
* ''Samurai Fiction'', a spoof of traditional samurai epics striving towards art-film stylism, is black and white except for splashes of color used for dramatic effect.
* The 2005 remake of ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' has a purple flower that appears near the end of the film.
* The 1987 Wim Wenders film ''Wings of Desire'' has most scenes filmed in black and white or sepia, except for a few scenes featuring only the female lead, which are supposedly not from the point of view of the angels.
* ''Film/TheSpirit'' is in black and white (though some scenes are so gray they might just be desaturated) except for the Spirit's signature red tie and a handful of other things like yellow police tape and a few closeups with red lipstick.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Spellbound}}'' is filmed entirely in black and white, except for a couple of frames of red inserted at the climax when [[spoiler:the villain commits suicide]].
* In ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'', a brother and sister travel back to a 1950s town, which is originally in black and white. Their influence leads people to develop color as they learn to think for themselves.
* Person-specific example: In ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'' Scrooge dresses entirely in monotone. When he goes out at the end of the film he puts on a red scarf given to him by Beaker, showing his changed personality.
* The 1939 ''Film/TheWomen'' is presented in black and white, except for the FashionShow sequence, shot in color.
* The 1945 ''Film/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' is shot in b&w, except for the titular portrait, shown in color.
* Likewise for 1948's Film/PortraitOfJennie.
* ''Film/RagingBull'' is shot in b&w except for Jake [=LaMotta=]'s home movies, in color.
* In TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Film/RumbleFish'', the titular fish are the only things shown in color.
* The FilmOfTheBook of ''Film/TheSecretGarden'' that was made in the forties is entirely in black and white except for the titular garden once the kids restore it.
* William Castle's ''Film/TheTingler'' is in black and white, but one segment shows red blood in the sink and [[BloodBath bathtub]] in an otherwise b&w shot.
* Nicolas Roeg's ''Film/DontLookNow'' is a color film but shot in very subdued, dark, dingy tones. A red child's coat is made extremely vivid by contrast, and has plot significance.
* The 1956 film version of ''The Solid Gold Cadillac'' is a black-and-white movie until the very final shot.
* In the black and white Creator/AkiraKurosawa film ''Film/HighAndLow'', smoke from a smokestack, which was turned pink due to a chemical hidden in evidence that a criminal disposed of, is shown in color.
* The film adaptation of ''Film/SinCity'' makes heavy use of this technique (see Comics).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Every time the word [[color:#0000FF:house]] appears in ''HouseOfLeaves'', it is coloured blue.
* Some of DrSeuss' earlier books.
* An in-universe version appears in ''TheGiver''; Jonas first starts seeing color by noticing red for the first time, when everyone else is unable to see anything other than black and white.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''WakingTheDead'': [[spoiler:"Skin" with some red parts for a tattooing scene, where a guy deliberately infects four neo-Nazis with HIV.]]
** Also from some episodes with FlashBack scenes during WorldWarTwo.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Stottlemeyer's case-solving (which is normally black and white) is showing purple napkins, which were at both places.
* In the short-lived series ''Series/JohnDoe'', the protagonist is colorblind, so the things shown from his point of view are shown in black and white. However, in the pilot, when he sees the news about a missing girl, her face shows color and Doe is convinced the girl is related to him somehow. She wasn't, but every other time the "warning colors" appeared during the series, they were things related to him (like the woman in the green scarf, or the [[BigBad Phoenix]] statue).
* ''{{VR5}}'' played all sorts of games with color during the VR sequences. Typically, unimportant objects were desaturated, while important ones were supersaturated.
* ''Hi Honey, I'm Home!'' was a reversal of TrappedInTVLand featuring the Neilsons, a family from a [[TheFifties 50's]] sitcom that has been canceled. They are relocated to the [[RealLife Real World]], in a typical 90's suburb. [[ColdSleepColdFuture When overwhelmed by the complexities of the world in which they now live]], they seek comfort by using a device known as a [[AppliedPhlebotinum Turnerizer]], which causes themselves and their home environment to [[GoodOldWays revert to monochrome]]. The outside world (as seen through open doors, etc.), as well as anyone ''from'' the outside world, are unaffected.
* Used extensively in the TV version of HalfMoonInvestigations for scenes showing how the Crime Of The Week was actually commited (black-and-white otherwise), most notably with spot colour on the pink clothes worn by the Pinks and a yellow jacket that was a Clue. Never two different colours in the same scene, though.
* Season 2 of ''Series/BreakingBad'' featured several {{Cold Open}}s which foreshadowed an accident scene, with hazmat-besuited men sifting through debris. The only thing in colour was a [[EmpathyDollShot pink teddy bear]] (with an unsettling likeness to [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 Lotso]]...)
* ColdCase episode Forever Blue does this. All of the flashbacks to the time the murder took place are set in black and white outside of the red colour on the police car and the white/yellow glow from certain lighting (candles in the church and a lamp)
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Dr. Frankenstein's world is in black and white, but the visiting Rumplestiltskin (and the gold he gives Frankenstein) are in color.
* Inverted in the Velma Mulholland sketches on ''Series/InLivingColor''. Velma is a 1940's film noir-type character and was always shown in black and white, while everything else is in color. Even her apartment and her car are in black and white.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Italian singer/songwriter Gala's video for Faraway has this.
* {{Queen}}'s video for "I'm Going Slightly Mad" is nearly all B+W, but there is a feathery cape that Freddie Mercury flings near the end that is in vivid rainbow colors.
* The video for "The Perfect Drug" by NineInchNails shows everything in blue-tinted monochrome, except for one green drink of absinthe. The ensuing [[DisneyAcidSequence trip]] switches to a green tint.
* The video for "[[AutoTune Blame It]]" by Jamie Foxx shows everything in red-tinted monochrome, except for white camera flashes and blue drink glasses.
* The video for Music/OfMonstersAndMen 's "Little Talks" is all in black and white except for the girl made of sunshine and rainbows, who is in every colour. At the end, so are the beings from her domain.
* The video for Music/EltonJohn 's "Sad Songs Say So Much" has everything in black & white except Elton himself and a few neon signs.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'': As seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69WpCBLrdSQ#t=2m50s here]], the 2011 revival's staging of "Brotherhood of Man" puts Mrs. Jones, the only woman in the scene, in a bright red dress which stands out vividly amongst the black and grey suits of the men.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''TheSaboteur'', the eponymous protagonist sets about World War II Paris giving the people the will to fight back. Upon restoring a given district's willpower, it will go from black-and-white to dazzling color. Until this happens, however, the only color at all is the bright red on Nazi symbols and the occasional bit of blue on your allies.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Wizball}}'', you played a wizard boarding a green bouncing/flying orb with a face in order to bring color back to the various worlds. At first, the worlds were in drab monochrome, but once you directed your cat's own orb to catch enough paint you returned to the lab, after which one of the three colors of that particular world was restored.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', when you first visit [[spoiler: Hyrule castle after it's frozen in time]], it's completely in black and white. Notable because it's a very sharp contrast to the bright, cel-shaded graphics in the rest of the game, and to Link himself as he is still in color as he runs around.
* This was originally planned for the BonusLevel of ''[[Franchise/TombRaider Tomb Raider 2 Gold]]'', with everything but Lara in black and white and with Lara herself wearing a garish leopard print outfit. ExecutiveMeddling caused this idea to be scrapped (and Lara to be returned to her standard IconicOutfit.)
* ''ShadowOfDestiny'' revolves around the use of time travel to change your fate-- each era you travel to has a different color tone. The modern day is in bright, normal colors, slightly older is a bit off, the turn of the century is black and white, and the 16th century is sepia tone. Oddly enough, your character ''doesn't'' change color when he travels, and stands out against the background.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest The 11th Hour]]'' normally plays in color, but has an option to play instead in black and white, with only the puzzles and cutscenes in color. For an added touch, this mode also adds an artificial film grain.
* ''[[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy Katamari Forever]]'' casts several stages in monochrome, gradually adding color to show which items you're able to collect as your katamari grows bigger.
* In BrutalLegend, when the Skies Afire spell is active, the color pallette switches from full-color to black, white, and orange.
* MadWorld is always DeliberatelyMonochrome, except for the bits of yellow in the player's HUD and the [[WrittenSoundEffect onomatopoeia]] that show up on-screen. And red. [[{{Gorn}} Lots and lots of red.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', when entering the DarkWorld your party and Empyrea are in color. [[ElementalPowers Fire and water]] are also in color.
* Mario/Luigi in World 6-3 in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros''. The SNES remake, on the other hand, had this level colored normally, which in turn defeats this purpose.
* The cutscenes in ''{{VideoGame/Prototype 2}}'' are entirely black and white, except for virus powers and the lights on Blackwatch technology, which glow red and blue respectively.
* In ''VideoGame/MutantMudds'', traveling through the secret V-Land and G-Land gates turns the backgrounds DeliberatelyMonochrome (grey for G-Land, and blood-red for V-Land), while leaving the color palettes of Max and the Mudds untouched.
* Found in VideoGame/EverydayTheSameDream, where everything is monochrome save for three objects.
* VideoGame/NeverendingNightmares uses an Creator/EdwardGorey-inspired black-and-white art style, but highlights interactive objects [[spoiler:and blood]] with color.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/BalladOfAnEveningButterfly'' is completely monochrome save for the colour red, which shows up in Chou's eyes and blood.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'''s two-page [[ShoutOut tribute]] "Franchise/MetalGear Theatre" is in sketchy black-and-white, except for a pink sunrise and a red exclamation mark.
** When Annie uses the blinker stone to see into the Ether, any non-magical people and objects are shown in black and white. So, when looking through Ether-vision, the Court becomes grey with some splashes of color, while Gillitie Wood becomes far more colorful.
*** [[spoiler: Renard/Reynardine]]'s original body is also in greyscale, [[spoiler: since it's waiting for his soul to come back from Annie's plushie]]. See [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=680 here]].
* ''{{Webcomic/Lackadaisy}}'' is colored in the sepia tones of faded 1920s photographs. The only color that ever shows up is red - be it blood, [[http://www.lackadaisycats.com/comic.php?comicid=121 flames]], or the [[http://www.lackadaisycats.com/comic.php?comicid=129 flowers]] that sometimes show up on people's suits.
* ''[[http://dreamers.com/lovecraft/ El Joven Lovecraft]]'' is almost completely B&W with very few exceptions like blood.
* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'' is black-and-white except for a few uses of the color red (roses, Literature/LittleRedRidingHood's cloak).
* ''{{Fans}}'' had this recently when they needed to point out for plot reasons that two characters (one a parody and therefore inferrable, but the other entirely original) had the same hair color. This came after over ten years of nobody caring.
* ''Webcomic/OwMySanity'' has the Delta Green symbol and some magic effects, while everything else is black pencil.
* The first part of {{Juathuur}} is in black and white, save for the occasional color page and [[spoiler: Mijuu's blood in chapter 22.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' does this occasionally.
* ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'' uses this, all pages are black and white except for the red of Liz's bandana and Monday's shades. Pages that depict the realm of Liz's subconscious are shown in full colour.
* In ''NipAndTuck'', the ShowWithinAShow ''Rebel Cry'' [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00678.html has]] [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Green Chicks]] in otherwise black and white scenes.
** [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00693.html And purple lightning]]
* {{Archipelago}} has only magic spells-including telepathic communication-and the cover pages colored.
* ''TerminalLance'' is drawn in black-and-white, with the exceptions of reflective belts, which appear a bright vivid yellow.
* ''WapsiSquare'' is almost exclusively in black and white. However, color is used in Shelly's [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/missing-the-poin/ "boiler room" mental landscape.]] Unearthly color, but color none-the-less. This is probably to represent the alien, existing on multiple levels of reality nature of the place.
* The ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' and also its SpinOff ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' are black and white... except for covers and specials. If you see color in the regular pages it's probably there for a reason like in the panel of [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-181-Tomorrow-254371528 James' speech]] about second chances got a fully colored sunrise.
* The flashback sequence of ''Webcomic/{{Remus}}'' is drawn in greyscale with spots of color for certain eyes, blood, and gunfire.
* The comic Webcomic/{{Namesake}} uses this. Because the artist does not have time to make the comic fully in color, she limits colors to significant scenes/elements. Ex: Red for the poppies in Oz. To some this is actually part of the appeal of the comic
* Savu0211 combines this trope with ColorCodedForYourConvenience in his webcomic [[http://savu0211.deviantart.com/gallery/40747543 Behind the Woods]]. Almost the entire comic is drawn in black and white to reflect the dark tone, the character's eyes are colored to indentify them. This really helps, considering the fact that the characters [[OnlySixFaces look exactly alike otherwise.]]
* ''{{MegaTokyo}} is a black-and-white comic, to the point that a major character changes her hair color twice and we have to be informed of this both times, but occasionally the {{Magical Girl}}s' SupernaturalGoldEyes will be shown in their proper color, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1306 like]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1307 here]].
* The only time color has been used in the main comic of ''Webcomic/EarsForElves was for [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/632 blood drips from a dark elf]]. They are spattered across the page, making it more ominous.
* Color in the otherwise black-and-white world of ''Webcomic/{{Zelfia}}'' indicates magic.
* ''Webcomic/TheColorOfTheCrystal'' has colored panels mostly to indicate genuine romantic moments between the main couple.
* ''Webcomic/PennyBlackfeather'' mainly uses color to indicate magical items, evens and people.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The {{asdfmovie}} series are entirely black and white apart from when blood and rainbows are involved, which is often.
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'' has Snuffy the Pooch, imbued with a purple color in the greyscale world.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** Animation "Sickly Sam's Big Outing", presented in "a color!" (pale pink)
** Inverted in "20X6 vs. 1936" where The Homestar Runner is still gray in Stinkoman's otherwise completely colorful world.
* In ''WebVideo/ATrailerForEveryAcademyAwardWinningMovieEver'', when Lead Female's actress is introduced (as Academy Award Winning Actress), she's filmed in black-and-white, only her shirt is bright red.
* ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' started as monochrome with three important exceptions: Jebus's yellow halo, the green skin of the zombies, and [[{{gorn}} blood. Lots of blood]]. In later episodes, red also serves as the AlienSky, and more yellow was added for the ATP units' AlienBlood.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The season 1 finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' uses a ''very'' dramatic version when [[spoiler:Zhao killed the moon]]. First red light spreads like a bloodstain [[spoiler:once the moon spirit/koi is captured]] and then the entire city loses all color when [[spoiler:Zhao kills the moon spirit]]. Only firebending attacks [[spoiler:and Princess Yue's blue eyes]] are shown in color.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' in which Timmy wishes everything is the same turns everything gray and blobby, leading to Cosmo and Wanda being unable to find Timmy. However, since before the grayification, [[LethalChef Timmy's mom]] tried to make a pink souffle and it [[EndangeredSouffle collapsed and turned gray]], blob-Mom's souffle collapses and turns pink, allowing Timmy to make his signature pink hat and unwish the wish.
** In another episode Wanda disappears and Timmy wishes everything was like a black-and-white noir film, but Cosmo missed a corner of one room.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a fair share of B&W segments, in all of which the Warners still retain their red noses.
** Including one literal use of this trope: a documentary style interview with an old star about the Warners back in the day has her mention that the Warners would go around "painting the town red, literally". Cut to a shot of them splashing red paint all over a black and white city.
* The Disney short ''WesternAnimation/{{Paperman}}'' (released with the feature ''Film/WreckItRalph'') is in B&W, except for the pretty girl's lipstick (and the imprint it leaves on a paper), which is in red.
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