It was octarine, the colour of magic. It was alive and glowing and vibrant and it was the undisputed pigment of the imagination, because wherever it appeared it was a sign that mere matter was a servant of the powers of the magical mind. It was enchantment itself. But Rincewind always thought it looked a sort of greenish-purple.
The Fictional Colour is a color described in a work of fiction that doesn't exist in Real Life
, and would be impossible to create or obtain.
The Fictional Colour is usually found in Speculative Fiction
. It may indicate the presence or influence of magic. Sometimes it can only be seen by certain species or types of people. When not associated with magic, used to give some sort of descriptor to concepts that cannot be expressed by actual colors visible to the human eye, especially when it comes to energy. For example, any sort of infrared or ultraviolet vision changes things to a form we can comprehend. Because of works like The Incredible Hulk
have caused gamma energy to be associated with green.
In any event, it is almost always confined to non-visual forms
of storytelling, for obvious reasons.
Attempts to describe the Fictional Color will often result in Purple Prose
The Parody Sue
sometimes has eyes of this color.
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- The color of Vivio Takamachi's magic in the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series is best described as "iridescent". According to the manual, it is known as "Kaiserfarbe" note and is strongly associated with the extinct Saint King bloodline.
- In Luminosity, Bella is pleasantly surprised that vampires can see in the ultraviolet; later Elspeth is quite disoriented by vampire memories that include that color.
- In The Official Fanfiction University of Middle-earth, urple. It's described as a combination of pink and purple in the worst possible way.
- Inspired by this fanwork was another parody, a Pokemon story called "The Official Fanfiction University of Kanto." It features "blorange," which (of course) is blue and orange combined in the same worst possible way.
- The Protectors of the Plot Continuum have documented a large number of impossible colors. Among the ones they've discovered are bismange, blello, hreen, purite bledangle, rolky-mose, smood gred and wilver.
- SCP Foundation
- SCP-558 Strange Contact Lenses. When the red contact lenses are worn and used to view infrared light, the wearer sees it as a distinctly new color that they lack the language to describe properly.
- SCP-616 The Vessel and the Gate. In Interview A the survivor says that when the door opened there was light coming from outside that was a haze of "...colors, but they weren't colors...".
- SCP-712 "The Impossible Colors". SCP-712-a and SCP-712-b are two impossible colors outside the visible spectrum created by a complicated piece of apparatus. Viewing them can cause migraines and/or grand mal seizures.
- The first series episode Madness is a Strange Colour of The BBC Radio Four sitcom Nebulous features the newly discovered colour "garrow", which drives people insane. It's described as "a sort of yellowy-black, but with more of a pinky-green feel". The imaginarynote colour "battleship mauve" is also frequently mentioned.
- On the Edge, the radio show hosted by Negativland member Don Joyce, once featured a show where cultural reviewer Crosley Bendix (played by Joyce) discussed the color squant at length. It's the fourth primary color, and it even has its own scent.
- Call of Cthulhu
- The Colour Out Of Space (based on the HP Lovecraft story) is an Energy Being made up of colors outside the known spectrum.
- Curse of the Chthonians, adventure "The City Without A Name". The Scepter of Iram has a gem of a color not of our spectrum.
- Masks of Nyarlathotep, Shanghai section. Sir Aubrey's rocket is made of an alien metal that gleams with sickening alien colors.
- Rolemaster campaign setting Shadow World. When creatures of the Void cast spells, it creates a rainbow of impossible colors.
- Polaris. The dawn's first appearance is described in the gamebook: "Light coming up from the edge of the sky, colors redder than stars, new shades that had never been seen, yellow and green and golden through the icicle walls, burning out the stars from the sky, brilliant and impossible and beautiful and alien."
- Carcosa: Weird Science-Fantasy Horror Setting. The planet Carcosa has three additional colors: ulfire, jale and dolm. Ulfire is "wild and painful", jale is "dreamlike, feverish and voluptuous". Dolm has the same relationship to jale as green has to red: it's a mixture of ulfire and blue.
- In one of the Icecrown missions in World of Warcraft, a gnome technician gives you a pair of "infra-green" goggles so you can find their secret base on one of the citadel's spires. This might be a Shout-Out to the TV show The Green Hornet, whose car the Black Beauty has infra-green headlights (although those technically used polarized light).
- When learning about dyes in WildStar, you help a Protostar representative retrieve an order of "Plurbinum" dye, a copyrighted color developed by their Mega Corp..
- In Fallen London, there's a whole spectrum of them. There is Irrigo, the unremembered color, which causes people to forget things the longer they are exposed to it. There is also Violant, described as the color of necessary but troublesome connections.
- In Bob and George, Bass claims to see lots of new colors when his eyes are upgraded to see a wider range of EM frequencies.
- In Arthur, King of Time and Space both Olympians and fairies can see into the ultraviolet. The fairies have names for ultraviolet colours, which surprises Hercules.
- This article in Orion's Arm actually tries to do the math.
- Roll To Dodge: Savral features the color octarine, named after the Discworld color. Octarine acts as in indicator of eldritch magic, and the fact it is never described in terms of other colors highlights its otherness.
- There is mention of a color called Blurple.
- Fry's description of an amazing, indescribable thing he saw that day at the beginning of "I Dated A Robot":
Fry: I just saw something incredibly cool. A big floating ball that lit up with every color of the rainbow, plus some new ones that were so beautiful I fell to my knees and cried.
Amy: Was it out in front of Discount Shoe Outlet?
Amy: They have a college kid wear that to attract customers.
- In the episode "Reincarnation", an exploding comet creates a rainbow with an extra color never seen before. However, since that particular segment was Deliberately Monochrome, that new color just looks gray to the audience.
- As reported in Scientific American and the other wiki citing Science, through various bits of optical illusion type gimmickery, people can see and recognize a Fictional Colour - two, in fact: the color that is a blend of blue and yellow that is not green, and the color that is a blend of green and red that is not ick brown.
- It is possible for many animals and even some humans to see ultra-violet light. In the case of humans, this typically occurs if the lens of your eye is lost or replaced; it ordinarily absorbs UV light, but those who have had their lenses removed can see a short distance into the UV spectrum. This is less exciting than it sounds in the case of humans, because it is picked up by our ordinary rods and cones; the light appears as a washed-out violet.
- Similarly, some animals have four color cones, as do some humans (see below).
- Being a combination of colors on two opposite ends of the light spectrum, the color magenta doesn't actually exist. It is what happens when your eyes detect both red and violet light, and your brain mashes them together.
- There are multiple alleles for the various color receptor genes in the human eye; some humans have two alleles for the same colors, and thus end up with a pair of close but not identical color receptors in their eyes. They are tetrachromats, but exactly how their vision differs from a normal person's is still being investigated - they do not see a whole new world of colors, but there is some evidence that they may be slightly better at distinguishing colors from each other.