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->''Radiating from the book was the light that lies on the far side of darkness, the light fantastic. It was a rather disappointing purple colour.''
-->-- '''Creator/TerryPratchett''', ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic''

Whether it's magic, psychic energy, or wizard clothing, purple is often the color that represents these.

It's not the only mystical color, but in fiction, it's one of the most common, regardless of whether the color shows up on the good guys or the bad guys (although the latter is a bit more common thanks to GoodColorsEvilColors and PurpleIsTheNewBlack).

This is one reason purple is one of the CommonMarySueTraits (and GracefulLadiesLikePurple).

Can often overlap with PurpleIsPowerful, PurpleEyes.

A SisterTrope to GravityIsPurple.

Compare GoldAndWhiteAreDivine and EmeraldPower.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* in ''Anime/{{K}}'', the Clansmen have powers that manifest in the colors of their Clans, but the Colorless Clan's powers appear purple, as opposed to white - [[spoiler:possibly to distinguish them, since a former Colorless Clansman joins the Silver Clan (''hakugin'', or "white-silver", in Japanese), and uses both colors at separate times]].
* In ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', Shouta is the only human with purple hair... and also the only human with a superhuman power, being a ChildMage.

* ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange'' uses magic in many colors, but purple is one of his more common hues (after yellow, blue, and red).
%%* ComicBook/{{Raven}} from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans''.
* Taken quite literally in the 1990 looseleaf edition of ''Who's Who in the Franchise/DCUniverse'', which color-coded the borders of the entries. Heroes got red trim, villains were in black, supporting cast in blue, technology in yellow, and geography in green. Supernatural items and characters...were purple.
* ComicBook/{{Psylocke}} of ''ComicBook/XMen'' has purple clothing, [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair purple hair]], and psychic aura that is purple. However, it turns out that she dyes her hair; she was born a blonde, the same as her brother ComicBook/CaptainBritain.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', the Mardi Gras colors were used to represent different characters: green for [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Tiana]] and [[LadykillerInLove Naveen]], gold for [[BigGood Mama Odie]], and purple, as the most "unnatural" color, used for [[WitchDoctor Dr. Facilier]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the TV adaptation of Literature/{{Discworld}}'s ''Film/TheColourOfMagic'', the magic is represented as purple, and Rincewind's blue eyes suddenly turn this sheen as a sign of the spell trying to take him over. In the books, the color of magic is actually the [[FictionalColor fictional 8th color, octarine]], but it's noted in the book to be outside the visible spectrum, so a visible color was chosen.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''. Not something ''in'' the movie--the whole movie ''itself'' is suffused with a purple aura for this very reason.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': En Sabah Nur's consciousness and his teleportation sphere are a luminous purple.
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': The Power Stone glows a bright shade of purple and even produces purple explosions. Downplayed, however, in the context of the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: the other five Infinity Stones are all different colors.

* Octarine, the colour of magic in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, is "a sort of [[FictionalColor greeny-purple]]."
* In ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'', all of the dragons have violet eyes. Also, if any human is mentioned as having violet eyes, you can bet that human is integral to the plot.
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', the form of '''Magyk''' used by the [=ExtraOrdinary=] Wizards is purple, unlike the green of more generic Magyk.
* ''Literature/TheSeventhTower'''s primary magic system relies heavily on HardLight and ColorCodedWizardry, with violet being the most powerful color and, by extension, the color of the highest caste of [[TheMagocracy the Chosen]]. Furthermore, whoever can master the magic of [[CosmicKeystone the Violet Keystone]] is, by extension, the rightful Emperor/Empress of the Chosen [[spoiler:as [[TheHero Tal]] finds out when it turns out the sunstone he's been carrying around and using to fuel his magic for most of the series ''is'' the lost Keystone...]].
* Alanna and her twin Thom from ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' have particularly powerful magical gifts that come in the colour purple, and matching eyes. There's also the Constellation Cat, a magical sort-of-deity that comes to help mortal heroes in the form of a talking, black furred, purple-eyed cat. When he appears in ''Literature/ProvostsDog'', the first thing anyone notices about him is the eyes.
* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', Nanaki [[ISeeDeadPeople can see spirits]] and marks the franchise's [[TheSeriesHasLeftReality inclusion of paranormal themes]]. He's also the only person with purple hair and eyes.
* In Stephen Woodworth's ''Literature/ThroughVioletEyes'', people born with the ability to channel the dead have violet eyes.
* Creator/DennisWheatley, author of atmospheric horror stories such as Literature/TheDevilRidesOut, asserted that purple or magenta light heralded the manifestation of spirits of evil. As he was an associate of Creator/AleisterCrowley, it can be assumed he learned this from the Master.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} Paladin of Souls]]'', those with second sight perceive sorcerous attacks as "violet lines of light".

* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}''
** Merlin had a purplish shirt for a while, now it's sometimes different colors. Morgana favored purple dresses in the beginning of the series, but her clothes have gotten darker since her FaceHeelTurn.
** The Lady of the Lake has a purple dress.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime''
** Magic often involves impressive billows of purple smoke.
** As did Lamia and Alator, a magical enemy and ally, respectively.
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', where purple is the color of the liquid used to neutralize supernatural objects. Certain extremely-dangerous objects (such as Creator/SylviaPlath's typewriter, causing anyone looking at it to commit suicide) are perpetually dosed in the liquid.
* [[Creator/DavidTennant Kilgrave]] in ''Series/JessicaJones'' is accompanied by the color purple no matter where he is, be it his predominately purple wardrobe or appearing with a flash of purple light when he's inside his victim's minds.


* In an issue of ''Magazine/{{InQuest Magazine}}'', there was a joke article speculating if ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' added a sixth color, and it was purple, supposing a place and people even more mystical and mysterious than the places in {{Canon}} at the time.

* A line in "A Machine Spiritual (In the People's Key)" by Bright Eyes mentions that "in the jungle there are columns of purple light," which sounds mystical and mysterious, especially since it's framed by lines about history "stepping aside" and the human race starting over.

* Occurs a few times in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The Eldritch Blast of the Warlock is always colored purple in the various books' art. Several of the Warlock's powers are shown to glow purple.
** In 4th Edition, the Devas (reincarnating angels who have taken a mortal form) have purple skin and eyes.
** Much of the art of the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' depicting Mystra, the goddess of Magic, show her avatar (or mortal self) wearing a significant amount of purple. In addition, the default god of Magic, Boccob, is depicted in purple robes with gold runes on them.
** The Eladrins in 4th edition tend to favor purple in their clothing in much of the art.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' artwork, [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple is occasionally used to signify black mana]], especially where it would be inconvenient to use black in the art instead.
** Some Blue and White spells are also purple.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Malifaux}}'': The MassEmpoweringEvent covered the eyes of those empowered with swirling silver-and-purple mist. The color is also associated with the Neverborn, who are all magical beings.

* In ''VideoGame/{{Angband}}'', the given color of multi-hued monsters is purple.
* In ''VideoGame/AtlasReactor'', the {{Nanomachine}}-enhanced WarriorMonk Asana has purple skin, and the Omni Trust (which focuses on nanotechnology, transhumanism and recreating the works of the [[DeusEstMachina Titans]]) has purple and white uniforms.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'', Rachel's [[SNKBoss Unlimited form]] is distinguished by a purple glow.
* In the ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' series, warp anomalies (and chaos magic in general) look like purple flames.
* Conjuration magic in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is purple, along with most everything related to it, especially soul gems and the Soul Cairn.
* In ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', each Ancient's energies are color-coded, with the most powerful one, Mantorok, imbuing its magicks with a purple glow.
* ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'': The Magic element is represented with purple orbs.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' and its sequels, Jupiter (wind elemental) Adepts are [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience strongly associated with the color purple]], and frequently have [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair purple hair]] or [[PurpleEyes eyes]]. Jupiter is also the element most associated with extrasensory PsychicPowers, such as precognition and telepathy.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', the fortune-telling sisters in Harapa dress mainly in purple, and oracular ShrineMaiden Himi wears the traditional garb of her station accented with purple sashes and hair decorations. Meanwhile, Karis subverts the above Jupiter association, being a purple-eyed, purple-wearing Jupiter Adept with no extrasensory abilities ([[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead for which she's grateful]]).
* In ''VideoGame/MightAndMagicClashOfHeroes'', the three factions most inclined towards the supernatural ([[TheLegionsOfHell Inferno]], [[TheUndead Necropolis]], and [[TheMagocracy Academy]]) all use purple as one of their troop colors.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has this. Nether portals are made from dark purple volcanic glass and are filled with some sort of purple glowing stuff. They also [[SuckingInLines suck in purple smoke]], as do Endermen, whose eyes glow purple. Their dimension is also home to the Enderdragon, whose eyes and mouth glow purple, and floating pink and purple crystals that heal the dragon.
* The [[MachineCult Vanu Sovereignty]] in both of the ''VideoGame/PlanetSide'' games is a faction of humanity that effectively worship the nearly-magical [[PreCursors ancient Vanu]] technology as they futilely try to understand it. Their units and soldiers are painted [[HighlyConspicuousUniform bright purple]] with cyan and grey highlights.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'', purple represents ghost type Pokemon, and in the card game, psychic is represented by purple, whereas in the game, Psychic is represented with pink.
* The [[{{Macguffin}} Mysterious Fragments]] in ''VideoGame/SirYouAreBeingHunted'' are a dark purple similar to that of obsidian in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''. Also, if any item is Mysterious (such as the Mysterious Fragments), the text denoting that fact is purple.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'', purple represents the Magic element. This almost certainly has to do with the fact that the most well-known character, VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon, is both a magic-type and known for his purple color.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Black Knight]]'', the sorceress Merlina has a purple cape [[spoiler:and purple hair when she becomes [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the Dark Queen]].]].
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', some Sith display glowing purple eyes whilst drawing heavily on the Dark Side. The Sith Inquisitor, in particular, demonstrates this whenever this Sith uses Force Walk ability to [[{{Necromancer}} bind Force Ghosts]] to him.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series has [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]], [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mewtwo]], and Crazy Hand's evil attacks appear with a purple flame effect.
* ''VideoGame/TrickAndTreat'': Charlotte is a witch and dresses in purple colors. And so does her grandmother. ''VideoGame/TheWitchesTeaParty'' as well, as it features both of them still being witches and wearing purple.
* In ''VideoGame/WarOfOmens'', the Endazu are the most magical of all the factions, and their cards are coloured purple.
* ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', spells of the Arcane school have animations that glow light purple (with Shadow spells being darker purple, though that might be more a case of PurpleIsTheNewBlack). And Epic items (the second-most powerful class of items in the game, below only Legendary items) have their titles in purple.
** In ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'', both purple factions (The Nation of Dalaran on the Alliance side and the Twilight's Hammer Clan on the Horde side) are known for their magic users.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' and ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' represent the usage of various psionic powers of both your and enemy soldiers as weird, tentacly shapes of purple and black something, and uses the combination of purple and black as a universal stand-in for "related to psionics." Soldiers who develop psionic powers also gain PurpleEyes [[LockedIntoStrangeness along with]] MysticalWhiteHair, though you can revert this on the character customization screen. The [[MagicKnight Templars]] in the ''XCOM 2: War of the Chosen'' expansion default to a vivid purple uniform color, and the trope is even {{Lampshaded}} by one of the titular Chosen.
-->'''The Hunter:''' If it's purple, it must be psionic.

* In ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'', purple seems to be a go-to color for non-elemental magic, as Provenance, Ruby's DemonicPossession and Alchemist's powers are all purple.
* In ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', Nimue always wears purple. That said, Merlin wears orange and Morgan le Fay, like the rest of her family, wears green.
* In ''Webcomic/TheGlassScientists'', Jasper's wolfsbane poisoning that causes the instability of his werewolf form manifests as glowing purple foam at his mouth.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** [[LadyOfBlackMagic Rose Lalonde]] types PurpleProse in purple text, has PurpleEyes, and often wears purple clothing. She has a deep interest in [[EldritchAbomination The Noble Circle of Horrorterrors]] and dual-wields [[MagicWand magic knitting needles]] that have a prominent purple aura.
** Eridan Ampora wears a purple cape, has a purple tuft in his hair, and has [[AlienBlood purple blood]]. He has quite an interest in wizards, even becoming a practitioner of BlackMagic (though he claims magic isn't real and insists on referring to it as "white science" given his ArbitrarySkepticism and typing quirk).
** The Horrorterrors kind of fit this trope. They're giant [[{{EldritchAbomination}} eldritch abominations]] and their [[{{AlienBlood}} blood]] is purple.
* In ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'', Elia's {{Necromanc|er}}y is indicated by purple light. Her eyes glow purple when her magic is active, providing a cue when she's transferred her spirit to one of her minions.

* [[http://longforgottenhauntedmansion.blogspot.com/2013/06/stroll-around-grounds-until-you-feel-at.html This blog post]] discusses the use of purple with [[SicklyGreenGlow green]] at ''Franchise/TheHauntedMansion'' to create a supernatural atmosphere.
* The main logo for ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', about a small town where the supernatural is an everyday occurrence, is mostly purple. While descriptions of characters are kept deliberately vague, most fan-art will give depict them as having purple hair, tattoos, [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation skin]] or third-eyes.

* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', cosmic energy of Avatar State (or at least how Aang sees it in his visions) is purple.
* Gwen from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'', the Wiztastics, a magic-based tribe, are purple with dark blue highlights.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Twilight Sparkle is a student of magic. Her {{Unicorn}} powers are purple, her [[PurpleEyes eyes are purple]], her coat is light purple, and her mane and tail are dark purple (with a fuschia stripe down the center).
** Trixie wears a purple RobeAndWizardHat as part of her airs of being a great sorceress (even though she can do some magic). She also has PurpleEyes.
* Dark Energon in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is purple. It's also the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Unicron]], and capable of all ''kinds'' of nasty stuff, including the creation and control of [[NonHumanUndead Terrorcons]].

* A lot of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' merchandise includes purple on the product and/or packaging. For example, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans often come in purple packages.
* Violet and purple is frequently used in neopagan, magical, and new age websites.
* The crown chakra, which is supposed to relate to one's psychic ability, is often associated with the color violet.
* There is a small political party in Germany focusing on spirituality and esoterica. Its name is ''Die Violetten'', "The Violets."

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Violet (which purple resembles) is the most intense color in the spectrum perceivable by humans. As such, violet/purple glow is exceedingly rare in nature and indicates extremely high energies and temperature. For example, the brightest stars in the universe emit primarily blue light; there are no stars bright enough to emit primarily violet light.
* Meanwhile, purple and magenta, which often are substituted for violet, ''do not exist in the light spectrum''. They are transitional colors invented by our brains in an attempt to bridge two non-overlapping parts of the spectrum. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Then again...]]
* Surprisingly, stars that emit magenta light, most likely, do exist; but this has nothing to do with high energies, it's just a combination of blue and red spectral lines. Those stars are, in fact, the dimmest of all visibly glowing stars, the T-dwarfs.