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->''"Make it blue!"''
-->-- '''Merryweather''', ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''

Blue is a common color to represent femininity. Thus a girl or woman wearing blue is a sign that she is fair and gentle.

This could have started at least as far back as ancient Greece and Rome, and why the Virgin Mary is often depicted in [[HeavenlyBlue a blue robe]]. The logic was that blue symbolizes peace, serenity, kindness, and other such aspects that were considered womanly virtues. (In the Mediterranean, it was also a sign of high rank, as the [[RealLifeWritesThePlot dye/paint color had to come from indigo, woad, or lapis lazuli]] which must be imported from a great distance and was therefore quite expensive).

From the early to mid 20th century, some argued that blue should be the color for girls, and red should be the color for boys. Yet even though we ended up with PinkGirlBlueBoy after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, putting a woman in blue is still considered a sign of her femininity, if not as obvious as colors like [[PinkMeansFeminine pink]] and [[GracefulLadiesLikePurple purple]].

Blue has other meanings, such as sadness and loneliness. These can overlap with this trope (as in representing both femininity and sadness). Or that she is gentle (with blue representing peace and serenity). This can apply to any feminine woman at any age, some more than others, like a WinterRoyalLady.

A SubTrope of TertiarySexualCharacteristics.

A SisterTrope to PinkMeansFeminine, PrincessesPreferPink, GracefulLadiesLikePurple, HeavenlyBlue.

Compare ShyBlueHairedGirl, WomanInWhite, PrincessClassic.

Contrast WomanInBlack and LadyInRed.


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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Minto Aizawa/Mew Mint from ''Anime/TokyoMewMew''.
* Hikaru Makiba from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' -one of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' series- was feminine, gentle and caring and wore a blue uniform. On contrast, [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl her best friend]], Maria was a tomboyish {{Tsundere}} and usually wore red or pink.
* While more action oriented princess Allura/Fala of ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''/''Anime/GoLion'' wore pink, Romelle/Amue wore a blue dress while she was less active, and switched to a pink MinidressOfPower when she took an active role.
* ''Manga/KOn'''s Mio's character color happens to be this. GenkiGirl Jun too, even though she has teal.
* One too many blue Anime/{{Pretty Cure}}s, [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Cure Marine]] and [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Cure Beat]] being the only notable exceptions. This even applies in Curefics sometimes; [[FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureDragon Cure Fortune]] is one such Cure that comes to mind. Note that the [[Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure real Cure Fortune]] plays [[PurpleIsPowerful a different trope.]]
* Mikuru Asahina from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' has her moments, most notably when she reveals her true colors to Kyon during the SOS Brigade's first "Magical Mystery Patrol" in one of the "Melancholy" episodes and with her festival yukata in at least one Endless Eight episode.
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura: TheMovie'' has Tomoyo wear a blue {{Qipao}} to contrast nicely with Sakura's pink Chinese-style jacket and trousers.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'''s Lucy is introduced in a standard bluish outfit, complimenting the red waistcoat Natsu wears, though she's more feisty than most examples. Juvia also wears blue, initially to reflect her early characterization as a sad, gloomy girl loved by no one, though she also has some fiery moments and later brightens up altogether.
* [[YamatoNadeshiko Belldandy]] from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' wears blue robes.
* Both Ayeka and Ryoko of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' tends to wear blue outfits. Ryoko's as far away from femininity as you can imagine and Ayeka has a short fuse.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** Notably Sailor Neptune is color-coded with turquoise and blue. She is the LipstickLesbian in contrast to Sailor Uranus's butch. She's also a CulturedWarrior. Not to mention that her hair is blue too. Also references [[MakingASplash her elemental powers]].
** Sailor Mercury is a demure ShrinkingViolet who often acts as TheHeart to her team - her hair and costume are blue. This is more pronounced in the [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live action]] where the character receives a GirlinessUpgrade.
** Downplayed with Sailor Venus but still there. She's a GirlyBruiser who dreams of becoming an IdolSinger (and actually is one in [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon the live action]]). Although her signature colour is orange, she has a blue bow on her costume. And her Sailor V costume is coded with a blue skirt.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* When ComicBook/JeanGrey first appeared in ''ComicBook/XMen'' #1, she was wearing a blue dress, jacket, and hat. She's worn many colors and costumes (mostly being associated [[RedheadInGreen with green]]), but blue has also been included (notably her gold and blue outfit in [[WesternAnimation/XMen the 90s cartoon]].)
* Originally averted in Hawk and Dove, where Dove represented many traditionally feminine qualities and had a primarily blue suit, but was himself male. When the first Dove died, the trope was played straight by his female successor.
* The ComicBook/{{Dazzler}} switched from a white costume to a blue one in the 1980s.

[[folder:Films - Animated]]
* Princess Kida of ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' plays with this. She does indeed wear blue throughout the whole movie, and switches to a darker shade of blue at the end [[spoiler: when she is crowned Queen]]. But then again Kida is a TomboyPrincess and all the other Atlanteans wear blue as well.
* Several outfits {{Franchise/Barbie}} has worn have been blue, as well as several characters in the DirectToVideo movies. Ro's standout dress in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsTheIslandPrincess'' is mostly blue, including part of the [[FluffyFashionFeathers feathers]] on the [[PeacockGirl peacock tail]].
* Sally Carrera from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' is portrayed as a light blue Porsche 911 Carrera. Other female blue cars include [[ViewerGenderConfusion a racecar sponsoring RevNGo]] and the Queen of England.
* The princess in ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsAdventureInWonderland'' has a light blue dress, though she's never seen wearing it (it's worn by Alice in training to impersonate her).
* This is perhaps the most common dress color for the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es, even more than pink. The first three involve blue in their {{Pimped Out Dress}}es, while later ones more often use them in their non-fancy dresses.
** Disney/SnowWhite's dress, though mostly yellow, has a blue bodice and sleeves.
** The Blue Fairy from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.
** Disney/{{Cinderella}}'s dress is only blue in products from the "Disney Princess" line. The dress is supposed to be silver (although the [[NiceShoes glass slippers]] were always blue tinted), but DigitalDestruction caused her dress to become silvery-blue, a problem that still exists in the blu-ray release[[note]]Along with her hair, which is supposed to strawberry-blonde, but is pure blonde in the aforementioned "Disney Princess" products, as well as both the DVD and the aforementioned blu-ray version[[/note]]. However, her nightgown was definitely blue. Her sweet and kindly FairyGodmother also wears a blue dress
* Lady from ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' was given a blue collar.
* In ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', Anita is usually seen wearing blue. Perdita, like Lady, wears a blue collar. In the animated movie, all her daughters have blue collars (In the live action film, the boys have blue, and it's mixed up in the TV show). In the series, Cadpig and Two-Tone both wear blue collars.
* In an inversion of PinkGirlBlueBoy, Wendy Moira Angela Darling from ''Disney/PeterPan'' is portrayed as wearing a long, blue nightgown with a blue hair ribbon, while her youngest brother Michael is portrayed as wearing pink footie pajamas.
* ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' played with this by making two of the fairies have a [[EditWar bit of a war]] over the color of Aurora's dress. It is blue for most of the movie, including the iconic kiss, despite being pink in merchandising.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ariel wears a blue ribbon in her hair and a dress that is no less than ''three'' different shades of blue in the scene where Eric gives her a tour of his kingdom. Her dress at the end when [[spoiler:Triton grants her wish]] and she emerges from the sea is a shimmering silvery-blue number.
* Belle's simple blue dress and white apron in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is perhaps the most familiar of her outfits aside from her golden ballroom gown.
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Jasmine's main outfit is turquoise, a greenish shade of blue, accompanied by a blue jeweled headband.
* The dress Disney/{{Mulan}} wore to infiltrate the invaded palace, disguised as a courtesan. The rest of the men, disguising themselves as women, also wore blue dresses.
* Tiana briefly borrows a fancy blue dress in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. On a side note, since it took place in TheRoaringTwenties, that color would have been seen as more feminine than the rest of [[PrincessesPreferPink Charlotte's wardrobe]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'': Merida has a turquoise silk dress as part of her royal attire, though she's more seen and much more comfortable with her dark green cotton one. This is likely being invoked by her mother, who resents Merida's tomboyish nature and wishes for her to be more ladylike.
* The blue skirt on WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'s dress.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Elsa pretty much wears exclusively blue dresses, save for the green dress in ''Disney/FrozenFever''. Anna inverts this, as most of her dresses are green, save for the blue [[StylishProtectionGear winter dress]] (paired with [[PrincessesPreferPink the pink cape and hat]]) she wears when trying to find Elsa.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* In ''Film/TheCourtJester'', Princess Gwendolyn wears a SimpleYetOpulent blue dress and a matching [[PimpedOutCape cape]] trimmed with [[PrettyInMink ermine]].
* In ''FerrisBuellersDayOff'', Sloane, the kinder and gentler of the [[LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine two female leads,]] wears blue and [[WomanInWhite white.]]
* In ''Film/PitchPerfect'', the Bellas' primary color is blue (the other being yellow and white). Their uniform is a navy blue flight-attendant like attire, while TheLeader's pitch pipe (which symbolizes her authority) is baby blue.
* In ''Film/LaBelleEtLaBete'', Belle wears a deep blue dress for her dance with the Beast.
* Yvaine chooses a blue gown when she boards Captain Shakespeare's ship in ''{{Film/Stardust}}'' and it also coincides with her and Tristan falling in love. She completes the image with a blue travelling cloak. Tristan's mother [[spoiler: Princess]] Una also wears a blue dress - she's much nicer and calmer than her brothers.
* Literature/BridgetJones is gentle-hearted and very girly, along with favoring blue in her wardrobe, which is likely chosen to [[WhatBeautifulEyes match her eyes.]]
* In ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'', Ella mostly wears blue and her ball gown is blue too, rather than silver like in [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} the animated film]]. Most likely because it's blue in the Franchise/DisneyPrincess merchandise. Could also be to distinguish it from the Fairy Godmother's silvery-white dress (which amusingly was ''blue'' in the animated film).
* When the titular character from ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'' goes to her daughter's wedding, she wears a blue dress. She feels uncomfortable in it - given that she's normally a rock star - probably because of this trope. It's still a SheCleansUpNicely moment however.
* Pauline wears a glamorous gown of royal blue to her film premiere in the 2007 film of ''Literature/BalletShoes''. She's played by Emma Watson, which is hilarious if one looks at the ''Harry Potter'' example below.

* Alice's dress in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', and so it's often the same color in adaptations.
* The Farival twins in ''TheAwakening'' are described as wearing the "Virgin's colors, blue and white, having been dedicated to the Blessed Virgin at their baptism".
* Dorothy Gale from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' (and especially in [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the film adaptation]]) is traditionally shown wearing a blue gingham dress.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn:'' When a lady wears blue it is consistently referred to as '(Virgin) Mary's color'. When the Arch Bishop sees [[IronLady Emerganda]] or [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Alienor]] wearing it he scoffs at the hypocrisy because (in his mind) they are anything but 'fair and gentle'.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' Hermione's BeautifulAllAlong moment comes when she's dressed in a periwinkle blue gown for the Yule Ball. This is only in the book as the dress is pink in [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire the film]] (and the fandom had a collective fit over it). Padma Patil is likewise described as wearing bright turquoise to the Yule Ball.
* [[Literature/TheBelgariad Polgara the Sorceress]], when not wearing gray wool travel garbs, prefers blue reserved for special occasions.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Prairie Dawn, Abby Cadabby, and Rosita from ''Series/SesameStreet''. The former two have pink skin and fur, respectively, while the latter has light blue fur.
* Although most ''Franchise/SuperSentai''/''Franchise/PowerRangers'' Blue Rangers are male, the few times they are female, this comes into play. True to trope rules, when the female Ranger is blue it's of a considerably lighter and softer shade than her male counterparts (with the notable exceptions of the very first female blue ranger, ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'''s Blue Dolphin, who was more or less the same color as the previous blue rangers and the blue ranger from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger''/''Alien Rangers'' who wears a light cyan costume despite being male). Both canon female Blue Rangers, [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Tori]] and [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Madison]], are very feminine characters. In Tori's case, she's TheChick and Madison is the GirlyGirl contrasted with her {{Tomboy}} sister Vida (who ironically is the {{Pink|MeansFeminine}} Ranger).
* Guinevere from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has a number of pastel dresses, but in series four especially, she was frequently seen in pale blue.
* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Lady Sybil Crawley (later Branson) has many blue outfits, possibly to represent her role as the youngest and most innocent of the family [[spoiler:and ultimately TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth.]]
* Daenerys Targaryen from ''Series/GameOfThrones'' starts to prominently wear a heavily-blue outfit starting in the show's third season.
* In the ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus series]]'', Lucretia's body slaves seems to be required to be clad in blue, as seen with Melitta and Naevia. The other women in the show regularly dressed in blue as well.
* On an episode of ''[[Series/{{QI}}]]'' discussing male/female dynamics and oddities Stephen brought up that the PinkGirlBlueBoy trope used to be reversed, as well as specific reasons why. The panelists seem quite stunned at just the sheer oddity of the reversal to the trope.
-->'''Stephen:''' For a long while, the colors would be pink for a baby boy, and blue for a baby girl.\\
'''Jack Dee:''' How did they get it wrong for so long?

* Among the ''{{Vocaloid}}'', Miku Hatsune has hair that [[GreenIsBlue fluctuates between green and blue]], and when dressed formally wears blue more often than any other color.
* ''Music/MysterySkulls'' features Vivi in the animated music video for ''Ghost''. She is blue all over, and even her skin tone is a cool shade.
* '' Music/DepecheMode'' has a song called "Blue Dress" about a seductress in blue.
---> Put it on
---> And don't say a word
---> Put it on
---> The one that I prefer
* ''Music/CrowdedHouse'' also has a song called "Into Temptation" in which a girl in a blue dress appears at his door.
---> You opened up your door
---> I couldn't believe my luck
---> You in your new blue dress
---> Taking away my breath

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Lucy Van Pelt of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' usually wears a blue dress, although she's typically ''anything'' but "fair and gentle".

* DamselInDistress Miss Polly of ''Pinball/CactusCanyon'' wears a modest blue dress.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Alexa Bliss, the CuteBruiser and fan-described "fairy princess" of NXT, was colour-coded with blue. All her outfits were either blue or [[GracefulLadiesLikePurple purple]], and her titantron was given blue graphics. Additionally she had blue tips in her hair.
* {{Wrestling/Bayley}}'s first recognisable outfit was a light shade of baby blue, to reflect her innocence as TheIngenue. While she eventually wore more colours, she frequently has plenty of blue on her gear as well.

* As mentioned above, the Virgin Mary is often depicted dressed in blue. Another explanation for this convention is that medieval artists wanted to dress the Mother of God in the most valuable they could think of, and ultramarine (which is made of ground-up lapislazuli) was the most expensive dye. St. Peter is also usually shown dressed in blue, but usually a lighter shade (i. e. with little or no ultramarine in it) or in blue and orangey yellow.

* Edward Albee's ''Tiny Alice'' has the OriginalCastPrecedent of Alice wearing blue. As theatre critic Otis L. Guernsey pointed out, though many people took this as symbolic, "nowhere does the ''Tiny Alice'' script specify that Miss Alice wear blue, though it does describe her boudoir as 'Feminine, but not frilly. Blues instead of pinks.'"

* In ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'', all the Toa/Matoran of the Water element are female and have blue armor. The female elements of Lightning and Psionics also have blue as their main color.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Rinoa in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' wears a blue coat, and is perhaps the most feminine of the female player characters (aside from Selphie, who is more perky).
* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'':
** Elli from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'' is the granddaughter of Ellen from the first game. She is a gentle baker who wears a blue dress and apron. In all subsequent appearences besides ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonTreeOfTranquility'' she is based on her ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'' appearance, who is now a nurse but keeps the same attire.
* In ''VideoGame/ShiningInTheDarkness'', the bodice of Princess Jessa's dress is blue.
* Rosalina from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series primarily wears a SimpleYetOpulent cyan gown, which goes along with her elegant character.
* Alisa Bosconovitch of ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' wears an outfit with blue flowers and blue jewels.
* Yurika Kirishima of ''[[VideoGame/RivalSchools Project Justice]]'' wears a bright blue dress, and is [[{{Ojou}} very]] [[ElegantGothicLolita clearly]] the most feminine character in her series.
* While the many incarnations of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda's'' titular Zelda have run a gamut of colors over the series, her ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' incarnation dons a blue dress. Furthermore, she is also the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom in a lot of entries in the series, which is usually associated with blue.
* [[NamesToTrustImmediately Amitie]] Florian of ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'' generally wears blue clothes that reflect her kind and friendly demeanor. It also matches well with her sister's very [[PinkMeansFeminine pink motif]].
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Saber [[spoiler:([[KingArthur Arturia Pendragon]])]] wears blue armor thus combining this trope with LadyOfWar.
* In ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', Elizabeth at first wears a blue skirt with a white shirt that has blue details. She then changes into a long blue skirt and blue shrug (which are a replica of clothes Lady Comstock wore who also is an example of this trope). Here the blue symbolizes sadness, peace and isolation.
* In ''Disney's VideoGame/GuiltyParty'', the matron Olivia Dickens wears [[SimpleYetOpulent a long blue evening dress]] as an ensemble with [[PrettyInMink her white fur coat]].
* Aqua from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. She has blue hair, matching blue eyes, wears blue in her outfit, and is [[LadyOfWar graceful in battle]] and a motherly figure to the lost boys and Ventus.

* The Dream Oracle from ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'' is head-to-toe blue.
* Jigsaw and Daisy's Team Andromeda uniforms in ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' are this combined with stripes of RedIsHeroic, although that's admittedly as feminine as the outfit gets. In contrast, Team Corvus wears a darker navy blue.
* Yihwa Yeon's outfit in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' consists of a royal blue sweater and some shorts over stockings. Mainly because fighting in a dress seems rather inconvenient. It also displays perfectly that all the females (aside from Nare and Miseng) are [[LadyOfWar asskickers first and women second]]. Maria, however, is truly blue feminine and a PrincessClassic, if one can believe Koon's twisted memories.
* Both Jade Harley and Jane Crocker from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' almost always wear blue, although Jade is more commonly associated with the color green.
* In ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'', kind and quiet Edith wears blue and has blue as her Suit's colour.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' cartoons, Nell wears a blue dress. She is an innocent girl and frequent {{damsel in distress}}.
* Sarah Phillips from ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids''.
* Charlotte of ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' is ''completely'' blue. Her skin, eyes, clothes and hair are all blue.
* Bubbles of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', the girliest of them, is color-coded with a blue dress.
* Princess Sally Acorn of ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' media wears blue boots and vest. She's feminine, but strong, even giving (G-rated) cusses to Robotnik.
* Gretchen from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' usually wears a blue dress with a pink bow tied around it. Although she's a brainiac without much like for girly things, this does show that she has a small girly side to her. Notably for getting her school pictures taken, she wears another blue dress. When she gets a makeover from Ashley A, the two are both wearing blue skirts. Additionally this is Ashley Q's signature colour.
* Ariel of ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian'' wears a blue LeotardOfPower.
* Chromia from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' is colored blue, as opposed to Arcee's (usually) pink. In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Arcee is blue with pink highlights.
* Inverted with [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]]. She has a blue coat, and part of her mane is blue, but she's the least feminine of the main characters. Played mostly straight with Princess Luna, whose coat is very dark blue, as is most of her mane and tail. Princess Cadance is, largely, an example of PrincessesPreferPink and PinkMeansFeminine, but her cutie mark prominently displays a blue crystal heart, she used to wear a blue bow in her mane, and her magical aura is light blue (as opposed to her husband Shining Armor, whose primary color scheme is white and blue, yet his cutie mark has pink in it and his magic aura is the same color as his sister Twilight's (magenta)).
* Bloom of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''. All of her fairy forms are primarily blue.
* [[MakingASplash Lapis Lazuli]] of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' combines this with AmazingTechnicolorPopulation- not only is she featured wearing a skirt and top in shades of blue, but her hair, eyes, and even skin are shades of blue as well. Along with [[PosthumousCharacter Rose Quartz]] and Sapphire she's the only Gem thus far whose primary outfit features a long skirt.
** [[spoiler: Sapphire, as well, who is the [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Girly Girl to Ruby's Tomboy]]. And like Lapis, she also combines it with blue skin and hair (though Sapphire does have patches of white in her outfit)]]
** Steven's friend Connie Maheswaran wears a blue dress in some episodes as well as in the first title sequence.