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!!!For the Wilkie Collins novel and related works, see ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite''.

->"''A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry. And as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in. And on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all. But I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I hadn't thought of that girl.''"
-->-- '''Bernstein''', ''CitizenKane''

There's something about a Woman In White that just draws the eye and sets the imagination alight. Not just a blouse or skirt, but a completely white ensemble. We're talking shoes, dress, scarf, purse, hat, lipstick and sometimes even [[MysticalWhiteHair hair]].

Maybe they're eccentric, mad, evil (this one especially), possibly [[StringyHairedGhostGirl even already dead]], but they're always important to the plot, usually powerful in one way or another. And most importantly: they've got ''style''.

All the [[ColorMotif symbolism behind the color white]] may be involved, but it might just be fashion. If it's just fashion, then it implies a fastidious neatness, and an ability to "keep clean" even if one is not, usually by "not getting their hands dirty". If symbolism is to be had, it can range from purity to death.

{{Chiaroscuro}} may be used to make the white even more vivid.

Age is not important; even quite young girls may feature as the WomanInWhite, which tend to make them the CreepyChild as well. And while this trope is almost AlwaysFemale, lately, there are [[ManInWhite more and more male characters that fit in as well]]. Compare to LadyInRed and LittleDeadRidingHood, where the age difference produces a very different trope.

In line with her purity theme, she may go [[DoesNotLikeShoes barefoot]], complete with FootprintsOfMuck if it is trying to emphasize the creepiness.

A WinterRoyalLady is often a WomanInWhite, as is a woman in a traditional FairytaleWeddingDress.

The woman in white is usually the before of the BloodSplatteredWeddingDress. WhiteShirtOfDeath is also possible. The BedsheetGhost is related. Ghosts are often portrayed as silent women in white, known as Grey Ladies.

Compare PinkMeansFeminine, TrueBlueFemininity.

Contrast PrincessesPreferPink, LittleBlackDress. Compare/Contrast ManInWhite, EvilAlbino, WomanInBlack, and the more explicit about significance GoldAndWhiteAreDivine.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise has three Precures who has white as their theme color. [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Cure]] '''[[CaptainObvious White]]''', [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Cure]] [[{{Expy}} Egret]], and [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Cure Rhythm]], all three of them being [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Girly Girls to Tomboys]]. The [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Heartcatch Pretty Cures]] wear white costumes when they activate [[SuperMode Super Silhouette]].
** Also [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure The Queen]], [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo Flora]], [[spoiler:[[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Mugen]] [[FusionDance Silhoutte]]]] [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Aphrodite]], [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Royale Queen]] and [[spoiler:[[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Royale Candy]]]].
** Cure Angie and Cure Echo from a NonSerialMovie.
* When portayed in color, Athenas [[TheDragon personal assistant]] Nike in ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' is always dressed in white and is blond as well.
* Sawako of ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' dons a white dress, pretending to be a ghost during her school's courage test. Combined with her pale skin, black hair, and semi-creepiness/fierce determination to make her peers happy, she manages to look like [[{{Ringu}} Sadako]].
* Lind in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''.
* ''[[Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi]]'': Arumi wears a white summer dress when she isn't decked out in some crazy, alternate-dimension local attire. As the more mature, down-to-earth co-protagonist, she doesn't really fit the typical WomanInWhite persona, but the white dress does bring out her dark complexion.
* Lua Klein in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. Although the reason why she does so is because her AxCrazy fiancee insists. Y'know, so the blood (from his [[PsychoForHire victims]]) will show up better.
* There's a scene at the end of Kotomi's arc in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' in which she wears a white dress.
** Also, the Girl from the Illusionary World/[[spoiler:Ushio Okazaki from an AlternateUniverse]] is shown only in a white dress.
* Aura, from ''Franchise/DotHack''. She's got the white hair, too. It's actually a very pale lavender but it's close enough.
** Helba as well. She takes the darker forms of this trope. Within the setting, she's an infamous hacker, though she is portrayed as one of the protagonists as, unlike most of CC Corp, she actually knows and cares what's going in in The World (the game the series takes place in) and takes it seriously and works to find a true solution rather then just shutting the game down. Her name is also pulled from the Queen of Darkness in the Epic poem The World is based on.
* At one point in ''Manga/FairyTail'' Erza Scarlet has a dream that she's dead and during the time she's wearing a pure white gown (notable one of the only times she wears white in the series)
* ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' [[spoiler:and Margaret]], final episodes, ''the white cocktail dress''.
* The evil Society of Light in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has both male and female members.
* The Wili Maiden in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', the ghost of a woman who [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]] and now tries to bring young men into the afterlife, dresses in an all-white tutu with white tights. Of course, she's based on a character from a ballet which shares the name of the episode--"Giselle".
** Princess Tutu herself wears white, contrasting with DarkMagicalGirl Kraehe's WomanInWhite clothes.
* Athena in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'', who Misaki refers to as "the white angel".
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The arrancar wear a white uniform to contrast with the black shinigami uniforms. As a result, the female arrancar fall into this trope. The white uniforms symbolise evil and, therefore, death, as a somewhat ironic contrast to the "death spirits" (Shinigami) who actually protect life, or at least the ability of souls to continue being reborn into new lives.
** When forced to go to Hueco Mundo by the Arrancar, Orihime Inoue is given a white dress as well. She wears it until she's fully released and then Aizen's definitive defeat.
** Rukia Kuchiki's Zanpakuto Spirit, Sode no Shirayuki, being based off of a Yuki-Onna, has this appearance, having pale skin, silver hair, and a white kimono. [[spoiler:Rukia herself takes on this appearance in Bankai, as it's an externalization of her spirit, much like Ichigo's BadassLongcoat.]]
* Rei Ayanami from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* Tomoe from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', whose signature kimono is white.
* [[spoiler:Shiho Munakata]] from ''Anime/MaiHime'', as [[spoiler:the girl clad in a bridal kimono.]]
* ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' '''loves''' the trope, since the 2001 series has ''several'': [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Artemis]], [[BlondesAreEvil Hera]], Princess Ixquic, little Arisu and three of the five Pu'Awak sisters (Aphros, Deena and Daphne).
* Sailor Cosmos from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' is a sailor senshi from a future where [[spoiler:Chaos has destroyed nearly everything and she is the last hope. She transforms into Sailor Chibi-Chibi to assist Sailor Moon in the present to prevent her bleak future from occurring. Sailor Cosmos is actually Sailor Moon in the future]]. Her costume is all white, including her hair. Of course, this isn't the case in the anime.
* C.C. from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Until she wears black. Then she wears white again.
* The titular character of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has a white Barrier Jacket which looks like a dress. Her elementary school uniform is also a white dress. However, most fans refer her as the "[[FanNickname White Devil]]".
* Pretty much every girl in ''Manga/{{ARIA}}''.
* Kirakishou from ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' originally had white hair and a white dress, though sometimes she is also shown with a pale pink dress, pale pink hair or both.
* Miyu from ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' usually wears a white short kimono with an either red (OAV) or lilac (TV series) sash.
* Meiko "Menma" Honma of ''Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay''. She's a CuteGhostGirl, and she was wearing a white dress when she drowned and died. She even has white-blonde hair!
* Madoka Kaname from ''PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' wears a white dress towards the end of the series, where she [[spoiler: not only becomes a MagicalGirl (she [[PinkisFeminine wears pink]] at first), but ascends to God-hood.]]
* Oriko Mikuni of ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', at least in her MagicalGirl outfit.
* Kanzeon Bosatsu from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is a Man/Woman in white.
* Horribly subverted in a {{filler}} ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' case, where the WomanInWhite is the actress Akiko Kinoshita... who only wears white clothes either when performing her StarMakingRole as the traditional "Yuki Onna" ghost, or when her lifeless body is found [[SnowMeansDeath buried in the snow]]. [[spoiler:She was murdered by Yoko Asanuma, her [[DrivenByEnvy envious]] BodyDouble, who also briefly wears white while impersonating Akiko and making everyone believe she was still alive.]]
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': [[spoiler:Angela]] wears a TrueBlueFemininity {{Meido}} outfit in her first few appearances. After TheReveal ([[spoiler:that [[OurAngelsAreDifferent she's an angel]]]]), her wardrobe shifts to white and remains so in all her subsequent appearances.
* In ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'', although male, [[TheShinsengumi Okita Souji]] plays the woman in white when out-of-uniform, using [[JapanesePronouns feminine speech patterns]] and invoking the innocence aspect of white with his cute pet pig and a fondness for sweets and playing with children. Of course, to those who know him it's a double-entendre of sorts, with the death-and-mourning aspects of white evoking his deadliness as a swordsman.
* Seika "Mariana" Akishima from ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}''. When she and her friends became {{Time Travel}}ers stuck in the Amakusa area before the Shimabara rebellion, she was wearing a white PimpedOutDress instead of their [[{{Joshikousei}} school uniforms]], so said white gown becomes her trademark clothing.
* [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Austria's]] Nyotalia form is often portrayed as one, in contrast to Fem!Prussia who is more of a [[MagicSkirt miniskirt-wearing]] tomboy.
* ''LightNovel/DenpaOnnaToSeishunOtoko'': Erio often wears a lacy white, sleeveless dress (when she isn't wrapped in a futon, that is). To represent her unearthly beauty and pure, childish personality.
* Hana Mutō from ''Anime/CaptainEarth'' has been seen wearing a white dress, which adds to the mystery of whether she is 17 years old or not.
* In the SaintSeiya franchise, the BarrierMaiden who is the incarnation of the Goddess Athena tends to wear white. The prequel SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas gives us Sasha aka the Athena from the [=17th=] century, and in the original series there is Saori Kido aka the Athena of the modern times.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Formerly known as "The White Queen", ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'s'' Emma Frost is seldom seen costumed in any color that isn't white. Civilian clothes are a different matter ([[{{Flanderization}} or at least used to be]]).
** This was probably her dress preference long before becoming the White Queen of the Hellfire Club, which is why the uniform of office suited her for over a decade. Other White Queens also fit the trope.
* More MarvelComics examples:
** SilverSable's costumes are pale enough to pass for white, only slightly darker than her hair.
** Dagger from ''Comicbook/CloakAndDagger'' wore all white in contrast to Cloak's black.
** In recent appearances, [[{{Agent13}} Sharon Carter]], Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., has taken to wearing an all-white [[SpyCatsuit spy suit]] for missions.
* Done with Elisa Cameron, the protagonist of the Dark Horse comic ''Ghost''.
* At the end of the first issue of the new ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' series, an Asian woman in white called "White Canary" has shown up. Given her {{Badass}}itude, two possibilities for who she is spring to Black Canary's mind: Cassandra Cain or Lady Shiva. OhCrap...She turns out to be [[spoiler:the sister of the Twelve Brothers in Silk, who Black Canary fought years ago, and in a bit of FridgeBrilliance, wears white in mourning for her brothers, who she killed to uphold their father's honor after their defeat]].
* WonderWoman, in her "New Wonder Woman"/"Diana Prince" stories from the early '70s, frequently (though not invariably) wore all-white outfits, including a SpyCatsuit that came to visually define that version of the character. She owned a mod clothing boutique in these stories, so it was probably a fashion statement.
* The Stunt-Girl Counterspies of ''Comicbook/JetDream'' wear all-white jumpsuits on the job.

* ''Manga/LadySnowblood'', who inspired ''Film/KillBill'''s O-Ren Ishii.
* The Dangerous Woman in ''Film/APrairieHomeCompanion'' wears a white trenchcoat.
* Asami Yamazaki in ''Film/{{Audition}}'' is shown dressed in white throughout the film, [[spoiler:although during the torture scene, she is wearing a black leather apron and gloves, but other than that she is still dressed in white]].
* Lucy in ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.
* The 1988 film ''The Lady in White'' features a ghostly [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin woman in a white flowing gown]].
* Diane from ''Film/SayAnything'' tends to wear white.
* ''Film/CoolWorld's'' Holli Would dresses in white (albeit her clothes are quite {{Stripperiffic}} as a cartoon); besides being slutty as hell, she is the closest to a villain we get.
* Averted with Switch in ''Film/TheMatrix''. All of the other human characters dress in black inside the Matrix, but Switch doesn't play any particularly important role (other than her death).
* Mirana, the White Queen in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', not only wears all white, but has pale white skin and long white hair.
* Princess Tamina, the resident BarrierMaiden of ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'', dresses in white.
* Princess Leia Organa from ''Franchise/StarWars'':
-->'''Carrie Fisher''': It's not really possible to write out a list of Princess Leia's likes and dislikes. I do know her favorite color, though, it's white. She wears white all the time.
* Melie, heroine of noir film ''Rider on the Storm'', is dressed in white through the entire movie. It works symbolically, as relates to her character; but since the actress is a gamine dark-skinned brunette, it's also rather odd.
* In ''Film/DeadEnd'', a mysterious woman in a white dress repeatedly appears to a family lost in the woods on vacation.
* Nina of ''Film/BlackSwan'', in contrast to [[{{Foil}} Lily]]'s WomanInBlack.
* Esmeralda wore a long, white dress at the end of Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'':
** Tiana imagines herself in a classy white dress during her IWantSong. When she actually gets her restaurant, however, she wears green in reference to her and Naveen's froggy adventure.
** Mama Oddie.
* Iris in ''TheNatural'' wears a white dress and a huge white hat to watch Roy play against the Cubs. He's in a bad slump, but in his last at-bat, he turns around and glimpses her standing in the brilliant afternoon light. Naturally (ha), he smacks a home run into the scoreboard clock and the papers the next day read ''The Knight and the Lady in White''.
* Juliet in ''WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'', until after her wedding to Romeo. She also dies wearing a white dress.
* Michael Myers in ''Film/HalloweenII2009'' has visions of his mother in white, accompanied by a white horse, urging him to reunite with Laurie.
* Elysia is like an angel in ''Film/WarriorsOfVirtue''.
* Helen Mirren in the 2010 movie ''Film/{{RED}}''.
* The armory sirens in ''Film/TronLegacy'', specifically Gem.
* Dame JudiDench's character in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''.
* Debbie Salt in the climax of ''Film/{{Scream 2}}''. [[spoiler:The very scene she reveals herself as the killer and confronts [[FinalGirl Sidney]].]]
* Lilli appears at a party in pure white gown in ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleofTerror'', which is visually striking as no one else does this. Plot-wise, it also spurs memories of her mother (it was her gown once), which makes her father nostalgic and sends her stepmother straight into labor.
* The heroin of ''Valerie and Her Week of Wonders'' wears a white dress for the entire movie.
* [[FishOutOfWater Sil]] from ''{{Film/Species}}'' wears a white puffy dress to attract males. You can see it in her [[http://lovleyprincess.wikia.com/wiki/Sil Princess Wiki page]].
* One of the most striking images from the extended edition of ''Film/TheReturnOfTheKing'' is Éowyn, the White Lady of Rohan, standing on a balcony in a flowing white gown with her blonde hair fluttering in the wind. As noted in the literature section, however, white is a bit impractical for things like killing the Witch-King and generally kicking ass on the battlefield, so she's not ''always'' in white.
* Queen Frigga's main outfit in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is a white dress.
* Valerie in ''Film/ValerieAndHerWeekOfWonders'' with her white smock symbolizing her innocence.
** More dramatically, Babicka, who often is covered up in a white Victorian dress with white gloves (her skin and hair are also whitish).
* Emma Frost in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' wears a variety of revealing white ensembles throughout the movie. She looks good.

* Princesses of TheFairFolk often come in this form. They [[{{Understatement}} do not always]] have the protagonist's best interest in mind.
* La Llorona, a Mexican myth about a crying ghost, is also called this.
** Just about every Spanish-speaking country has mythology related to La Llorona, even Spain. Generally speaking, though, the story is usually the same: she was a beautiful young mistress who tried to permanently win the heart of the man she loved by [[OffingTheOffspring drowning her own children]] because she knew he wasn't all that fond of kids. It wasn't until he called her out on it that she [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realized how horrifying her actions were]] and promptly drowned herself in an effort to find her children. Naturally, she's a ghost said to haunt riversides calling for her children.
* There is another myth about white dressed women, it's about the Mulher de Branco (it means exactly the trope name), in Brazilian North / Northeast. She is the ghost of a bride that died (mostly killed) before entering the church to marry, and now, searches for her groom near the place she died, usually in a dark, creepy forest. If she finds a man she thinks is like her groom, she takes him to the world of dead with her... Unless said man runs like hell, which they promptly do.
* A more recent one was "la rubia de Kennedy" ("blonde woman of Kennedy Avenue"). In TheSeventies, a young Chilean woman named Martha Infante died in an accident in said Avenue, and for several years, her ghost supposedly haunted the corner where she perished. The "ghost" was a blonde girl wearing a white coat who would ask for a ride, then tell the driver 'please don't drive so fast' and vanish.
* Newark, NJ has a local legend about a lady in white haunting Branch Brook Park. Story goes that a car accident killed a girl whilest her boyfriend/fiance/husband/prom date was driving and she haunts the place to this day.
* The standard description for female ghosts in the Philippines is a woman all in [[StringyHairedGhostGirl white with long black hair that obscures her face]]. Often believed to be virginal and the subject of a violent death (probably rape), she's commonly known as a "White Lady". It has been the subject of many horror films, including a recent one appropriately entitled ''White Lady''.
* In Oberlin, Ohio, there is a story of a woman in white that haunts the lake in a local park.
* In Bohemia, there's the legend of the [[http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%ADl%C3%A1_pan%C3%AD White Lady]], the ghost of [[http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perchta_z_Ro%C5%BEmberka Perchta of Rožmberk]].
* In the Netherlands, there are legends of Witte Wieven, "White Women". They're spirits of women who were kidnapped by other Witte Wieven. Depending on where the story is set, they're either AlwaysChaoticEvil or just want to be left alone. A version of the tale this city girl was told tells of a drunk farmer walking home through the forest when he meets a woman dressed in white, and he asks her to dance. Which she does, all night long, until daybreak rolls around and the farmer drops dead at her feet.

* Galadriel in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is described as "wholly clad in white" by Tolkien, and faithfully depicted as such in the films.
** There's also Éowyn, the White Lady of Rohan. (Though the films show her, sensibly enough, wearing plainer, dull-coloured clothes sometimes for practical reasons.)
** Aredhel in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', also called 'The White Lady of the Noldor'.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''{{Narnia}}'' series, the White Witch.
* Lanfear in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' usually wears white.
* In the novel of ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'', Misaki is introduced wearing all white.
* ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'' is the title of Creator/WilkieCollins's [[VictorianLondon Victorian]] [[MysteryFiction mystery novel]], the plot of which revolves around a mysterious woman in white.
* In ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'', Mary wears white. This is because her mother has died, and her guardian finds black too much for such a young child. (In Victorian times, children could wear white, though no colors, in mourning.)
* In Creator/GKChesterton's ''The Tales of the Long Bow'', Owen Hood fell in LoveAtFirstSight with a woman he met in the woods, wearing white. When he sees her again, coming out of a tea-room, in blue, it is a shock to him to realize that she could wear blue (and be seen out of the woods).
* Ravenclaw's house ghost in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', [[spoiler:Helena Ravenclaw]], known as The Grey Lady.
* Admiral Ar'alani of ''OutboundFlight'' by Timothy Zahn isn't strictly all in white. She wears a white admiral's uniform, contrasting to the other Chiss - politicians wear their family colors, other members of the Defense Force wear black - which is implied to have the standard decorations. Plus, she's a Chiss, with blue skin and [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] [[MonochromaticEyes eyes]]. Interestingly, she's an [[AscendedFanboy ascension]] of Ari Roselani, a fan who first met Timothy Zahn while dressed as Thrawn, a (male) Chiss admiral all in white.
* In Jim Butcher's ''DresdenFiles'' novel ''Turn Coat'', Harry observes that when they meet Madeline, she is "of course" all in white.
** Not to mention [[FemmeFatale Lara Raith]]. Though it almost seems to be Lady in White.
** They're Vampires of the White Court. If it's not white or silver, they're probably not wearing it. [[DistractedByTheSexy Which ''is'' part of their appeal.]]
** There's also [[TheFairFolk Queen Mab]], THE Lady in White. She pulls this off especially well when appearing for the first time.
* ''The Ghost In The Third Row'' by Creator/BruceCoville features a ghost called the Woman In White, an actress who had been murdered in the theater fifty years ago. The fact that the protagonists in the book were putting on the play of her origin story gets her attention...
* Lily Weatherwax in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' always wears white as part of her plan to cast herself as "the good one."
* Lydia, the mother of Rosilda and Arild [[spoiler:and Carolin]] in Maria Gripe's ''...och de vita skuggorna i skogen'' ("...and the White Shadows in the Forest") only ever dressed in white or black, depending on her mood (a trait she took over from her mysticist mother), and usually carried a bouquet of white roses as well. [[spoiler:The "white shadows" Rosilda sees in the forest around the castle turn out to be Lydia, who is watching over her children after faking her own death.]]
* Kahlan Amnell of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series. She is introduced as a very mysterious woman who is obviously very important, matching the archetype. It is later revealed that a white dress is the official dress code of the Mother Confessor, the most powerful woman in the Midlands.
* Sephrenia, in the ''{{Elenium}}'' trilogy by DavidEddings, always wears a white robe, somewhat clerical in nature. As she eventually explains, she ''is'' a member of the clergy, being the High Priestess of the Styric goddess Aphrael.
* Camilla from ''Literature/TheSecretHistory'' is mentioned as often wearing white, in contrast to everyone else at Hampden, who generally wears black. (She frequently borrows [[ManInWhite Charles']] [[{{Twincest}} clothes]], too. The two are described at one point as looking like "long-dead celebrants from some forgotten garden party".)
* There's that poem/ghost story - I think it was by Creator/LordByron, but he might have just been reciting it - about a woman in white.
* Bradamante of ''OrlandoFurioso'' wears pure white ''[[ActionGirl armor]]''.
* Perdina and Voile Tricante in ''Literature/BuryingTheShadow'' both wear white all the time, helping their CreepyTwins image.
* Arpazia in ''Literature/WhiteAsSnow'' when Coira first realizes how much she loves her mother. This is the first of Arpazia's three important gowns, symbolizing [[TheHecateSisters the maiden]]. Coira herself later takes the role of the maiden and wears white on two key occasions.
* Lissar in her deerskin dress and [[MysticalWhiteHair white hair]] in, of course, ''Literature/{{Deerskin}}''. The effect is enough to make people think she's not quite human, or even a goddess called the Moonwoman.
* Phèdre does this at least three times in ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' at Midwinter Masques.
** At Cereus House's celebration when she is ten years old, she and the other Cereus fosterlings are dressed in white as part of the winter theme that Cereus House always has. Prince Baudoin singles her out as joy-bearer and kisses her for luck.
** At the masque for the peerage of Kusheth, Phèdre is dressed in nothing but white gauze and diamonds and put on a leash. It causes quite the stir at the party that she's showed up practically naked beside Melisande's [[WomanInBlack rich black gown]].
** One masque that she attends with Imriel has the whole Montrève household dressed in white as Skaldic gods. Because everyone else is dressed in bright colors, they definitely stand out.
* Kolabati is actually referred to as The-Woman-In-The-White-Dress in ''[[Literature/RepairmanJack The Tomb]]'', to emphasize how her presence utterly dominates the restaurant.
* When Isabel is in mourning in ''Literature/KingdomOfLittleWounds'', she wears white. She's no longer slim and pretty enough to be ethereal, but she's still mad and it leaves an impression.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' has Rebecca Horne, Amanda's mentor.
* The [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E01Pilot pilot episode]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' features a WomanInWhite.
** There are also all the girls in white nightgowns who get killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek, or the girl in the white hospital gown who caused people in her town to act out fairy tales... Let's just say that women wearing white on Supernatural are either going to be the victim or the villain.
* ''Series/TheCrowStairwayToHeaven'' [[TheLostLenore Shelly Webster's]] primary costume is the floaty white dress she was wearing for her commitment ceremony to Eric, during which she was brutally attacked and killed.
* ''{{Dollhouse}}''. Dr. Saunders (technically [[spoiler:Whiskey]]) in [[spoiler:Epitaph One]].
* ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'':
** Although usually a LadyInRed, Head-Six wears white on Kobol (home of the Gods) and in the Opera House visions.
** D'Anna (the Cylon 'Three' model) wears white in the Season 3 episodes where she becomes obsessed with the connection between life and death. Eventually, her religious fervour, plus her forbidden inquiries about the Final Five, cause her entire line to be boxed.
* [[GalacticConqueror Servalan]] in ''Series/BlakesSeven'' always wears white until late S2, when they changed the costume designer.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** A mysterious woman wearing all white and credited only as "The Woman" appears in "The End of Time", giving mysterious messages mostly to Wilfred Mott. [[spoiler:She is eventually seen among the Time Lords who turn out to be behind the near-disaster the episode is named for, as one of the two who voted against it. After the last meeting with her, Wilfred mentions her, and the Doctor looks significantly toward Donna. However, WordOfGod said she was originally planned to be the Doctor's mother - and that we should also pay attention to the ''other'' Time Lord who voted against the plan.]]
** River Song, the mysterious woman hinted to play a hugely important role sometime in the Doctor's personal future, first appears in the two-parter "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" dressed in a white spacesuit. She ends the two-part story dressed in a white gown.
* When we first see Monica, the main character of ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', she's barefoot and wearing a simple white dress.
* A one-shot character in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has white skin, hair, and clothes...and turns out to be the bad guy.
* ''{{Smallville}}'', Season 10, episode 12, ''Collateral'': [[spoiler:Chloe Sullivan]] returns, seemingly with magical powers, dressed all in white. As it turns out, the cast are actually [[spoiler:trapped in a virtual world]] and her white-clad status indicates that she is hacking in from the outside.
** That version of [[spoiler:Chloe Sullivan appears to herself in ''Masquerade'', but this time as an illusion of Desaad preying on her [[SevenDeadlySins sin]] of {{Pride}}.]]
* In ''Series/TrueBlood'', Sookie Stackhouse in season one (particularly before she sleeps with Bill for the first time) is often dressed in white. Her waitress uniform includes a white t-shirt (where she first meets Bill and frequently afterward); in episode two, where she and Bill take a walk together and share their first kiss, she wears a white dress; during both of her dream sequences about Bill, her night gown is white (and so is her dress within one of the dreams); the night of her grandmothers funeral, just before losing her virginity to Bill, she removes her black funeral dress and puts on a long white one. A few days prior to this she and Bill go to Fangtasia, the local vampire bar, and she meets her other love interest Eric Northman. On the ride over to the bar, Bill says she "looks like vampire bait". She is wearing a white and red floral dress.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Snow White often wears ivory outfits.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Prince Arthur sees the spirit of his mother Queen Igraine wearing a very, ''very'' pale gold dress - it's practically white, and the costume colour was no doubt chosen to acknowledge the supernatural aspects of this trope.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Olivia.
* ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'':
** Buffy wears white in the TwoPartEpisode where she loses her virginity. When she decides to stop moping over Angel's SexFaceTurn and start kicking ass again, she's [[WomanInBlack Back to Black]].
** She also wears a white prom dress when confronting the Master in "Prophecy Girl", and likely for the same symbolic reasons. As a VirginSacrifice, Buffy's 'death' allows the release of an evil monster.
** Drusilla's adornments while still bedridden.
* The ghost in ''Film/TheStoneTape'' as she's [[JacobMarleyApparel dressed as a maid from the 19th century]] which gives one character fleeing the ghost gets a nasty shock when he runs into a female character dressed in her LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine.

* Lights in the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPLRkyGU3cM&ob=av3e Second Go]]. Until she gets covered in paint, anyway
* A curly-haired, barefoot WomanInWhite (allegedly played by Susanne Muller-Pi) is seen dancing and singing in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovyq19v5Y94 Peter Schilling's video "Different Story"]]
* In the concept album TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway, there's a character called "Lilywhite Lilith" who falls into this trope. It's implied that she's not even human, but rather some kind of cave creature.
* Lucia in her mad scene in (traditional productions of) ''Lucia di Lammermoor'', justified as it was her wedding night/dress.
* [[{{Evanescence}} Amy Lee]] loves this.
* The unnamed girl from the PetShopBoys video [[http://youtu.be/ik2YF05iX2w Domino Dancing]] first appears in a white short dress. When [[spoiler:her position as the FemmeFatale in a fatal LoveTriangle is established]], though, she's seen as a WomanInBlack too, though she later shows up in the white dress again.
* In the music video for "Diary of Jane" by BreakingBenjamin, the titular Jane wears a white dress. [[spoiler:She was DeadAllAlong]].
* ''AkikoShikata'' poses in a white dress in most of her album covers. Quite fitting for the atmosphere of said albums, where there are a lot of songs about nature and magic. On the cover of ''Turaida'' she even holds a white instrument.

* Vicki Vale appears entirely in white in Creator/DataEast's ''[[Pinball/BatmanDataEast Batman]]'' pinball, mirroring her church tower scene from the movie.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* "VideoGame/EYEDivineCybermancy" has the Synicle. A form of the Mestastreumonic force which takes the form of a woman in a white hood and 'dress'.
* Liara T'Soni wears a rather stunning white combat outfit during and after ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', simple white and grey robes are the standard uniform for imprisoned [[OutWithABang Ardat-Yakshi]].
* Namine in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series.
* Yorda in ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'' is a good example of this trope, even if her dress does have brown accents. Also, Mono in ''Ico'''s spiritual successor/prequel ''ShadowOfTheColossus'' to an extent - again, despite non-white accents on her dress.
* In the game ''{{Summoner}}'', there is a mysterious Woman In White who turns out to be [[spoiler:Flece's mother and the Empress of [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Orenia]]]]. In her first appearance, King Belias mistakes her for a ghost.
* Merrill's upgrade outfit in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is white and polished silver.
* ''VideoGame/HotelDuskRoom215'': Mila, pictured above.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', Rinoa's first appearance is in a short white dress.
* In one of the endings of ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'', one of the names of the End Boss is Women in White.
* KAEDE Smith in ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'', with the Carmilla Smiles being some twisted variant of that. [[spoiler:They are both examples, as Garcian below is, of the theme that white tainted with red is the sign of a traitor.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ThePath'', there's a mysterious girl in white who inhabits the woods.
* "Scarlett O'Hara" in ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}''. [[spoiler:(Yep, evil ghost.)]]
* [[spoiler:Schala]] in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.
* [[spoiler:Saya in Ragna's flashbacks]], and conversely [[spoiler:Noel]] when we first see her in the prologue of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'''s storymode.
* Fina from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''.
* Let us not forget the lovely Kirie from ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'', as well as the second game's Sae [[spoiler:somewhat- she's got quite a bit of blood on her...]]
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fan game ''VideoGame/ConcealedTheConclusion'', the final battle with [[spoiler:Reimu]] has her dressed in white, mainly because [[spoiler:Gensokyo is her dream, and she's waking up, causing DreamApocalypse]].
* In ''VideoGame/ThePath'', a girl literally named Girl In White by the game developers leads you back to the path to Grandmother's house if you stay still long enough. Some speculate that she is a spirit who wants to protect the granddaughters from meeting their Wolves while others suggest she is a long-lost sister to the granddaughters or perhaps the grandmother herself. Curiously, while the Girl in White does indeed wear all white and is young, her skin tone and hair color are fairly dark.
* Zelda in her Shrine Maiden dress in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''.
* Mildred Avalon of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', also a case of LightIsNotGood.
* The Nameless Sister from ''VideoGame/{{Turgor}}''.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has numerous examples:
** Rena, Elice and Maria in ''Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light / Mystery of the Emblem''.
** Edain, Tailto, Lana (or her expy Manna), Deirdre, Julia, and Linda in ''Geneaology of the Holy War''.
** Safy, Selphina and Linoan in ''Thracia 776''.
** Ellen in ''The Sealed Sword''. Also, when Lilina is promoted to Sage, her sprite changes into a WomanInWhite one, despite official artwork showing that she's dressed in red and blue instead.
** Ninian, Isadora and Lady Eleanora in ''The Blazing Blade''.
** Natasha and L'Arachel in ''The Sacred Stones''.
** Leanne in ''Path of Radiance'', and Micaiah in ''Radiant Dawn'' after her second class change.
* Gardevoir from ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' resembles a beautiful young woman wearing a long, flowing white dress. Subverted by the fact that Gardevoir can actually be both genders.
** Diantha is a human example from [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Pokemon X and Y]]. She's a famous actress that the villanous leader (unsuccessfully) tries to convert to his side. [[spoiler: And guess which Pokemon is her strongest?]]
* One shows up in ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'' from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_Kmb6Ud6Vw#t=5m07s time]] to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4xFAyuwzUE time]].
* Princess Peach in the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' game, but only because of technical limitations. She was always meant to be seen wearing her (now) trademark pink dress. ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' uses Peach's original in-game dress colors for Fire Peach.
* The Boss in ''MetalGearSolid3'' wears a mostly-white sneaking suit that makes her look like a ghost in several scenes. In this case, white probably symbolizes [[spoiler:her impending death]], but it also foreshadows the field of white flowers where you will [[spoiler:fight and kill her]] at the end of the game.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' we have the human form of [[spoiler:Lost Property 771]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'' Kainé wears a white negligee which sets off her silver hair and pale skin.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution's'' Megan Reed fits the trope to a tee, up to and including her ambiguous loyalties.
* In ''{{Dishonored}}'', the young future Empress wears an all white outfit, symbolizing both her royal status, [[spoiler:and her as a prize every powerful man in the world is plotting and scheming to possess and control for their own ends.]]
* Princess Zelda from ''LegendOfZelda: Twilight Princess'' as well as False Zelda in SuperSmashBrothers Brawl.
* Estellise Sidos Heurassein in ''TalesOfVesperia''.
* In the second KnightsOfTheOldRepublic game, Atris and her Handmaidens are practically built on this trope.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'''s Dahlia Hawthorne wears an all-white outfit, including a semi-transparent shawl and a parasol, in stark contrast with her red hair.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Ilyasviel von Einzbern is a [[ArtificialHuman homunculus]] EvilAlbino / HeroicAlbino ElegantGothicLolita. Normally, she wears purple, but her [[MagicWand magical]] [[PimpedOutDress Dress of Heaven]] is white. Her mother, Irisviel, had the same wardrobe in ''FateZero''.
* Arcueid a.k.a. The White Princesses of Shinso in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' is particularly fond of white clothes for a vampire.
** [[HornyDevils White Len]] also fits, following the CreepyChild variant.
* Saya in ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'' is a young-looking girl who shows up in a white sundress.
* In ''VisualNovel/BalladOfAnEveningButterfly'', Chou is clad in baggy, white clothes which seem to add to her enigma and mysterious personality. It also contrasts Yoru who's completely in all black.
* Rena, from ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', dresses like this when she's not in her school uniform.
* Clair Vauxof Bernard in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' serves as the narrator of Beatrice's story in Episode 7. She is dressed in a white dress, white gloves, white boots and has greenish white hair. This appearance was a "prototype" for the original appearance of the Golden Witch.

* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', there's a ghost lady in white haunting the Annan River.
** [[ArcWords "...she died and we did nothing."]]
** Lately, Ms. Jones has been seen wearing white. [[spoiler:And busting down retaining walls while wearing white, too.]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the Geisterdamen (German for "ghost maiden") are a race of female monsters (it's not mentioned how they reproduce) who are entirely white, including hair, skin and clothing.
* ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'''s Adina is literally a glowing, white and blue angel.
** Completely subverted and contrasted with [=KayCee=].
* [[http://www.antiheroforhire.com/d/20040510.html Melissa]] in ''AntiHeroForHire''.
* As in [[Comicbook/JetDream the original]], the [[GenderBender T-Girls]] of the RemixComic version of ''Webcomic/JetDream'' wear all-white outfits. Harmony Thunder doubly so, as she is also often represented by artwork from the "Diana Prince, WonderWoman" stories (see above).
* In ''TheWaterPhoenixKing'', Commander Corva's usual working clothes, which are her vestments as a priestess of a storm god, make her this; the outfit also has a [[NiceHat ''very'' nice hat.]] Off-duty, she tends to wear earth tones.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Gwynn's counterpart in "the Dimension of Lame" mostly wears a white robe (and when she does, that's almost invariably the entirety of her outfit that you can see), which goes with her status as a good wizard of sorts whose power still came [[PowerAtAPrice at a price]].
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/brothersister-26/ The murdered queen]] in "Brother and Sister" at {{Erstwhile}}.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Lapse}}'' there is a ghost who, because the main character doesn't know her name, is just referred to as The Girl in White.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'':
** [[MeaningfulName Weiss Schnee]] wears white, has white hair, and is snowflake-themed. She's also the heiress to a very powerful company that mines the [[PowerCrystal Power Crystals]] that power their world's magic, and specializes in the use of these crystals herself.
** A woman in a white cloak fluttering over a grave Ruby visits in the Red trailer seems to hold the key to the mystery of Ruby's past and possesses white rose symbolism.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The first woman in [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Carciphona-Tango-366822792 this]] DeviantArt image. Interestingly enough, the other woman is a WomanInBlack.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven becomes this from time to time.
* There's also [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rarity]], whose coat is a very light gray, emphasizing her refined nature as well as her cleanliness.
** Celestia is also white coated, as she is a princess/goddess.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* EmilyDickinson became something of a local celebrity in her town, as during the few times she [[ReclusiveArtist ever left her house]], she would always wear completely white outfits.
* Death is considered to wear white in some places in Asia. White is also the traditional colour of mourning in Islam.
* People who want to enter into Yoruba and Santeria "priesthood" must wear white clothes for a full year (minimum) before being officially invested, the only color element being their necklaces. Albeit this is done for both sexes, but women stand out more.
* Mary Queen of Scots was famous for her frequent use of white within her wardrobe. This is thought to be in part because she was often in mourning for either her father in law, mother, husband or second husband, and in part that she looked very good in white (and apparently wanted to marry her first husband Francis in it, during a time when white was not commonly worn in weddings, red being the preferred choice, long before she entered her period of mourning.
* Both St. Bernadette and the kids at Fatima, Portugal initially reported seeing "a beautiful young lady all in white". Considering all these legends about terrible ghost women, it's no wonder their parents got upset, although some people figured Bernadette was seeing a harmless ''revenant'' spirit.
* Although it's well known that the Victorian era had a predominance of using blacks and shades of gray as mourning colours, what's less well known is that it had been traditional to wear white as a mourning colour. This started dying out during the Victorian era but continued to be a colour worn to funerals and to visit the graves of loved ones right up until WW1. However, Queen Victoria, who always wore [[WomanInBlack mourning black]] while in Britain, would change to [[WomanInWhite all-white attire]] when visiting France due to the tradition of white being the mourning colour of French royalty.
** White was resurrected for royal mourning in 1938, when the then Duchess of York (Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, best known to us as [[TheHouseOfWindsor the Queen Mum]], or as [[TheKingsSpeech Bertie's wife]]) was scheduled to make a visit to France five days after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecilia_Bowes-Lyon,_Countess_of_Strathmore_and_Kinghorne her mother]]'s death. Norman Hartnell remade her dresses in a fortnight; they became known as the white wardrobe.
* The White Tights of Russian urban legend: An AmazonBrigade of blonde, white-clad [[ColdSniper expert snipers]] with a hate-on for the Russians. They have been rumored to be fighting for the enemy side in almost every conflict Russia has been involved in for the last several decades.