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Pink Means Feminine

Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman!

"I'm always in a pink mood!"
Barbie, Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse episode "The Upgradening"

For many modern cultures, the color pink has become the color meaning femininity, in all its forms. This means that the more feminine a woman is the likely she is to wear pink in fiction. It's also why it's thought girls appreciate pink things more than other colors.

The form of the pink is best done with elegant clothing (like the walls on her bedroom and the furniture), but even something "manly" being colored pink would count for this trope. Heck, even a dress that's not normally pink, like a Fairytale Wedding Dress, could be either colored pink (for being non-traditional, but still feminine), or have pink trimmings (usually in the form of a bouquet with pink flowers). A woman wearing sexy pink clothes can look naughty and nice at the same time.

This trope is Newer Than They Think. Pink is a shade of red, and red (being the color of blood) was considered masculine (though this hasn't always been the case; though pink as a feminine colour is recent, a Lady in Red is Older Than Dirt). Blue was the feminine hue (because it was associated with the Virgin Mary), and still is in some parts of the world.

The strong association of pink and a girly sort of womanhood makes this a delicate trope to navigate. For instance, a Tomboy will refuse to wear pink and her opposite, the Girly Girl, will insist on it. A favorite twist is to bring the "feminine and delicate" connotations into hard contrast with an Action Girl's rough, tough, and indelicate career. Expect the Girly Bruiser to wear pink while kicking ass. Real Men Wear Pink also plays on the contrast (often humorous) which comes up when a "manly" man is shown to enjoy "girly" pursuits.

By the way, this can include any shade of pink, even those that cross with other colors (like fuchsia, a purple and pink color). This is why the Graceful Ladies Like Purple trope exists.

A Sub-Trope of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.

A Super Trope to:

A Sister Trope to Graceful Ladies Like Purple (and can overlap with colors like fuchsia), True Blue Femininity.

Compare Long Hair Is Feminine, Woman in White, Lady in Red, Girls Love Stuffed Animals, Hair Decorations, All Girls Like Ponies, Pimped-Out Dress, Princess Phase.

Examples (not covered in the sub tropes):

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Black Butler's Lizzy on more than one occasion makes the manor look like a dragon puked pink all over the inside. Also, when Ciel crossdresses, he wears an absurd amount of pink.
  • Bubblegum Crisis:
    • Sylia Stingray, the brilliant if flighty and eccentric leader of the Knight Sabers - whose day job is running a clothing outlet - uses this trope to humiliate her tomboyish singing biker teammate Priss Asagiri by forcing Priss to wear and be photographed wearing an ugly pink dress when Priss loses a bet with her, much to the amusement of everyone else (it made more sense in the original Japanese version than in the English dub). Naturally this came back to bite Sylia and the team in the ass when Sylia's ugly secrets came out, prompting Priss to tell Sylia and the team to go to Hell and leave them for a short spell.
    • Pink is a prominent color in Nene's hard suit. 2040 indicates that she and Linna have some pink unmentionables.
  • All of the chosen girls' Digimon have pink heavily featured in most of their forms. Sora's Yokomon and Biyomon are both pink all over though the Champion and Ultimate forms change to red/maroon. Mimi's Palmon has a pink flower for hair while her Ultimate form Lillymon is entirely pink, as is her Mega form Rosemon. Kari's Gatomon isn't pink in any of her early forms but Angewomon has a pink shawl and her Heaven's Charm attack creates a heavenly wave of pink energy. One of her Mega forms Magnadramon is also a pink dragon. Plus the crests of Love and Light (Sora's and Kari's) are represented by rose pink and pale pink respectively.
  • From Doraemon Shizuka's signature colour is pink, and in most places she is represented by the colour pink. Also her regular dress is pink.
  • In the Gundam franchise, there are multiple examples of female pilots whose mobile suits have pink paintjobs and/or pink pilot suits. It's not true of every female pilot, but enough to be notable. Some of the notable examples of this include the Strike Rouge, whose suit takes on a pinkish hue when its Phase Shift armor is active, Lacus Clyne, who wears a pink flight suit, her replacement Meer Campbell, who is ferried around in a pink ZAKU Warrior and Kirara, who controls a pink Gerbera Tetra.
  • Played With throughout the Lyrical Nanoha franchise: the title character herself, a rather feminine young woman, has pink as the default color of her magic... which she usually uses to deliver a world of pain to her prospective friends and family. Then, we have Signum, a Lady of War who sports luscious waist-long pink hair... and is widely regarded as the manliest character in the series. Lastly, Caro Ru Lushe, whose hair and magic are pink... is a Girly Girl (and one of the most obviously heterosexual ones in this Les Yay-laden franchise, to boot), merrily playing this trope straight, even though she can summon dragons and huge dragons.
  • In the Magic Knight Rayearth art and series, Emmeraude's outfit is white, and Alcyone's outfit is red. In Rayearth OVA, their outfits are pink.
  • Though one of the Pokémon anime's more tomboyish cast members, Misty's got enough of a girly streak to rock a pink cardigan in Pokémon 2000.
  • As a "girl power" series, Pretty Cure loves the color pink, and the main girl of each series will always have some pink in her outfit. Notably, the girl in pink isn't always a Girly Girl — while that was the case in some other seasons, the earlier seasons and one of the later ones have the tomboy wear pink instead.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, each girl has a different Magical Girl costume with its own color scheme that matches with their hair and eyes. Naturally, Madoka, easily the nicest and most vulnerable of the main cast, has pink as her main color.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena examines, deconstructs and plays with this trope. The main character Utena is heavily associated with pink, having pink hair, occasionally wearing pink dresses and associated with pink roses. It's one of the very few concessions to femininity in an otherwise Tomboyish character, thus seemingly subverting the stereotype. However, it's played straight and deconstructed as Utena wears pink dresses when she acts/becomes more feminine. The deconstruction comes in that she's wearing pink and acting feminine because people manipulated her into doing so, taking advantage of her naive and trusting nature to subtly force her into a "princess" role. Yea it's that kind of anime.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • The title character usually wears red, white, blue, and yellow in her fuku, however her "aura" color appears to be pink, as whenever she's using an attack, pink is usually her main color. Her bow is also pink in the musicals and the live-action drama.
    • Sailor Chibi Moon's fuku always has pink, not to mention that her hair is pink.
    • Sailor Jupiter's dominant colour is light green but has pink for an accent colour, possibly since despite being the group's resident Tomboy she's also the most skilled at the traditionally feminine domestic arts like cooking.
    • It should be noted that in the case of Sailor Moon herself, pink does not necessarily mean feminine. Sure, there's a reason why she's caught some flak from groups that oppose stereotypical femininity, but compared to some other characters (Naru Osaka, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Neptune come to mind) she's somewhat of a tomboy herself, a trait which was particularly alluded to in early seasons.
  • Ichigo Momomiya/Mew Ichigo, the leader of the Mew Mews from Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • Wedding Peach has the color appearing in several places, from the weapons to Transformation Sequences (and that's not even taking Momoko's hair into account).
  • Kyoko from Heat Guy J, both her hair and her usual outfit. It also (along with a strand of Idiot Hair) symbolizes her innocence compared to the other characters; she is the only main character who comes from an intact and relatively normal family.
  • In Card Captor Sakura, Clow Reed designed the staff that Sakura uses as her Magic Wand with a young girl in mind. Even after Sakura transforms it, it's still pink. Also, some of her outfits are pink, most memorably the rubber dress-and-pinafore she wore to catch the Thunder Card.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The school uniforms of the Domino High School has the Blue Boy Pink Girl dynamic; the girls wear pink blazers with blue skirts, while the boys wear completely blue uniforms.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: Subverted. The female students in Yuma and Kotori's year wear uniforms with the color pink, but the girls in Shark and Rio's year wear uniforms with the color turquois.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:
    • Yuzu is one of the girlier versions among her Identical Strangers, having two shades of pink as her hair color, a pink Duel Disk, pink shoes, a deck composed of singing fairies with a flower motif, and she even draws a pink light during her Destiny Draw. Coincidently or not, since her school uniform have either a pink necktie or a pink ribbon as an accessory, she wears a pink necktie as part of her Non-Uniform Uniform.
    • Rin, one of Yuzu's counterparts, is at least as obsessed with the color pink as Yuzu, despite she has two shades of green hair. However, all of Rin's clothes include the color pink and her D-Wheel is completely pink and white. Her fondness of the color becomes so convenient when Yuzu happens to borrow some of her outfits and her D-Wheel. This might be justified, since both of them are portrayed to be the most similar counterparts.

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    Films — Animated 
  • In Big Hero 6, Honey Lemon's battle suit is largely pink, tying in to her personality. Also, when she first appears in the movie, she demonstrates her "chemical metal embrittlement" experiment, which turns a large ball of tungsten-carbide pink before reverting it into dust.
  • Dola, the leader of the Sky Pirates in Castle in the Sky, likes pink and has long hair in Girlish Pigtails.
  • Megara from Hercules wears a light pink dress with a slit on the side with a dark pink sash around the waist.
  • Mulan's matchmaker dress is colored pink while she is given tips about being a House Wife.
  • In Sleeping Beauty Flora and Merriweather row over what colour Aurora's dress is to be. Naturally the more feminine Flora insists that it must be pink, though the dress spends most of the film blue.
  • Charlotte LaBouff from The Princess and the Frog is obsessed with the color pink, since she never grew out of her Princess Phase, and because Princesses Prefer Pink.
  • Kim in The Care Bears Movie has a pink hair bow and sweater.
  • Clara from The Nutcracker Prince has a pink bow and pink fur-trimmed winter coat.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Bond Girl Plenty O'Toole wore bright pink panties with light blue/purple lace when stripped of her purple dress in Diamonds Are Forever.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Hermione Granger wore an airy pink dress (with a purple sash around the waist) to the Yule Ball in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It's used to show her make a girl-into-woman Cinderella entrance fans were neither happy nor impressed).
    • Hermione again gets a pink dress, albeit of different design, for a brief Christmas Party gathering in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • Sharpay Evans of High School Musical is a drama queen and high school diva who wants everything to be fabulous which results in a lot of pink.
  • Legally Blonde: Elle wears pink to stand out from the rest of the crowd and to emphasise her femininity.
  • Mean Girls. The Plastics have these rules surrounding the color pink, which they must wear every Wednesday. Tomboy Janis owns nothing pink while Ambiguously Gay Damian of course has a pink polo shirt.
  • In Suzie Q, Suzie wears a pink evening dress, and her mother comments that she finally got her daughter to wear fancy clothes. Possibly also an Actor Allusion, since in at least one film, Suzie Q was played by Amy Jo Johnson, a former Pink Power Ranger who (for a time) was quite annoyed by her time in pink.
  • In The Sound of Music Marta enthusiastically says she wants a pink parasol for her birthday. Maria agrees and says that pink is her favourite colour too.
  • Glinda's outfit in The Wizard of Oz.

  • Subverted in the Vorkosigan Saga where the eight-foot-tall Cute Monster Girl, Sergeant Taura had been told that pink would make her look less intimidating. Because of this, most of her civilian wardrobe is a nearly fluorescent pink that does NOT work on her. One of the running gags in Winterfair Gifts is the efforts of the rest of the cast to correct her of this fallacy.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Dolores Umbridge surrounds herself with pink, to try to cover up her Jerkass nature.
    • As well, when the Weasley twins open their shop in Diagon Alley, they have a range of items marketed to girls which are all pink.
  • April Devereux from Half Moon Investigations had a "Pink Club", which turned out to be a cover for a club determined to get girls a good education and will go to any measure to do so.
  • In Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Action Girl protagonist Evie has a rhinestone-studded pink taser named Tasey, wears killer pink boots, and refuses to carry a knife until she is given one that is, you guessed it, pink.
  • A minor running gag in the Discworld books. Monstrous Regiment mentions that girls of around seven are magnetically attracted to the color pink, however they feel about it later. Brought up again in Making Money where Adora Belle Dearheart says that every girl of approximately eight years of age loves the color pink. This is used to rule out that the Cabinet of Curiosity at Unseen University could have been designed for a little girl, since it contains nothing pink.
  • The books of Angelina Ballerina, and its cartoon adaptations, put Angelina in a pink tutu.
  • Cindy, Chris and Cathy's very girly adopted daughter in the Dollanganger series, notes that "I love pink, really adore pink," and has a bathroom decorated in pink with gold and green accents.
  • Allriane Cett in Mistborn: The Original Trilogy is frequently described only by her pinkness.
  • The Hunger Games: Madge Undersee wears a pink hair ribbon with her white dress to the reaping of the 74th Hunger Games.
  • In Danse Macabre: Overture, the narrator remarks that- even offstage- the ballet dancer Collette "swathed herself in more baby pink than most parents did their newborn girls."

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Chick in Super Sentai shows would usually wear pink (which also influenced similar shows, such as GoLion, and any parodies, such as the Axem Rangers of Super Mario RPG). Carried over into Power Rangers, of course, where Pink Rangers usually get pegged as the Girly Girl.
    • Played with in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. The gimmick of copying previous Rangers already mixes up the Gendered Outfit thing, but in the Gavan crossover movie, the entire team briefly uses pink Ranger Keys. However, it was ultra rare for someone not the Pink Ranger to wear pink. That all-pink morph may have been the first time.
    • Played with in Power Rangers Mystic Force, where Vida the Pink Ranger is about as un-feminine as you can get and was pissed at getting stuck with the pink suit with the pop-out butterfly wings. (This is a hilarious reversal of its parent sentai, too, where Magi Pink was Kawaiiko squared.) During Turbo / In Space, the more girly fashion-conscious Ashley is the Yellow Ranger, while the (slightly) more brash, tomboyish musician Cassie was Pink.
    • Averted in Time Force. Pink is Jen, a Badass with a vengeful streak and The Leader of the team (Red gets the usual standing-in-center priveleges because that's the rule, though.) There wasn't a Girly Girl that year at all. Yellow is a girl with Super Strength who loves to use it. However, Katie's more sentimental side comes out a lot more than Jen's.
    • Played with in Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger, where the Rangers are distinguished more by number than colour. They still have 'default' colours but can swap them around, including the default pink and red trading places.
    • Averted in Shuriken Sentai Ninninger with the first pink member of a Ninja-themed Sentai, Kasumi/MomoNinger. She's actually the The Smart Girl of the team, who works on all their technology. It's Fuka/ShiroNinger, the white Ninninger, who fulfills the role of The Chick.
  • In the Firefly episode "Shindig", Kaylee wears a pink Pimped-Out Dress as part of her Princess for a Day.
  • The Female Changeling, the bigger bad from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, wears a flowing pink garment in her humanoid form.
  • Prairie Dawn from Sesame Street.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In the WWF the original Women's title had a pink strap on it, that the revived FCW Divas' title also is modelled after. The WWE Divas' Championship is also designed pink and the Divas' logo is pink.
  • Mighty Molly (Molly Holly as the Hurricane's superhero sidekick) wore a pink and black outfit.
  • In a way Natalya Neidheart defied this trope whenever she wore pink as it was a reference to her Hart family lineage, whose colours are pink and black. So Nattie never comes across as feminine when she's seen wearing pink ring gear.
  • Hailey Hatred has complained about this trope, as she loves pink and once randomly expressed desire for an all pink room, which she kept suppressing out of fear it would chase away all the pink hating boys.
  • When CZW acquired long term rival WSU, the locker room section of the later was signified by pink on their website, as WSU had become an all women's promotion by then. CZW is still willing to use pink tape for the ring itself even when no females are present though.
  • When they have to promote a Diva's match with a graphic, there's always some pink in the background and the text is normally pink as well.


  • Barbie has been wearing pink since at least the "Enchanted Evening" doll, and even has a copyrighted color of "Barbie Pink".
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The body of the original toy release of Princess Celestia in the Hasbro toy line was pink colored and not white as in the show, apparently to appeal to little girls. It was however changed when the "bronies" complained.
  • Similarly for the Power Rangers Dino Charge toyline, the Pink Ranger's Triceratops zord was initially indigo in the toyline in an effort to appeal to young boys, despite it being pink in the show. But due to fan outrage it was changed back to Pink.
  • In 2013, Nerf Brand started producing and selling a line of pink, white, and purple blasters, called the Nerf Rebelle line. Most of the toys are 'reshells,' using the same internal components of existing toys, just with a much smoother, less rugged or militaristic outer design, such as the Zombie Strike "Hammershot" becoming the "Sweet Revenge" or the "Firestrike" becoming the "Star Shot". At least they had the good taste to reshell several of the better, more popular guns to begin with. The only one that can claim much in the way of actual originality is the "Heartbreaker Bow," but unfortunately it is one of the most Reliably Unreliable Guns of the product line. The "Secrets and Spies" sub-line retains a more feminine design aesthetic and even includes entirely new, non-reshelled weapons, but favors purple instead of pink and having its main gimmick being red lens decoder darts.

    Video Games 
  • Maria's dress in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
  • Referenced in Dungeons of Dredmor, where the Razor Sword for Her is described as "pink and costing twice as much."
  • Vanille's pink top in Final Fantasy XIII. Serah, who also has pink hair also dresses almost entirely in pink, in nearly all her outfits save for the Mass Effect cosplay DLC and the Style and Steel cosplay, which are both black instead.
  • The Lamias in Final Fantasy IX act really dainty (save for attacking the party) have pink scales, pink hair, and pink Fluffy Fashion Feathers for their headdress and Giant Poofy Sleeves.
  • Final Fantasy VII has Aerith's iconic pink dress and matching hair ribbon.
  • Sveta from Golden Sun: Dark Dawn dresses in an outfit of mostly pink and purple, while she beats people to death with her bare hands.
  • The Queen of all Cosmos in Katamari Damacy.
  • Kairi's outfit in Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Mass Effect introduces the character Ashley Williams in a pink uniform. Since it's a uniform, and Femshep doesn't wear pink, the color probably indicated unit affiliation rather than gender or fashion choice, and Ashley's lost unit all wore pink. It could also be a manufacturer's mark, since all armour made by that particular manufacturer is in the same pink-and-white colour scheme.
  • Bad Girl of No More Heroes wears pink, but given her Badass nature, this seems to be just to keep up her Sweet Lolita image.
  • The entire menu and user interface of Persona 3 is changed from blue to pink in the PSP version's female protagonist route.
  • Flora, Professor Layton's adopted daughter, prefers this palette. She's first seen in a formal portrait, wearing a red velvet gown; later she wears a white dress with dark pink accents, and in the second and third games of the series she wears a peach-pink dress with dark pink or red accessories.
  • Claire in the second Puppet Princess game, and Etoile's sprite in the first game.
  • Natalie's pink armor in Radiata Stories.
  • Momo Karuizawa in Rival Schools.
  • Sakura of Sakura Wars tends to wears pink, whether it's a kimono, a dress, or her uniform. Even her mecha is pink.
  • The pirate captain Clara in Skies of Arcadia wears pink and decorates her ship pink and her crew wears pink uniforms. They are the girliest pirates you'll ever see. Aika says the cabins look like 'a honey moon suite'.
  • Something series:
    • The Rip Van Fish are female in Something because they are pink and their Zs are replaced with hearts.
    • The Pokeys are female in Something Else because they have large pink lips and their spikes are also pink.
  • Amy Rose, the first playable female in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, doesn't wear pink. She is pink. Wherever possible she also incorporates pink into her vehicles and stage design.
  • Almost every Star Fox character that's female so far has either worn pink, or is pink. Two didn't; Miyu and Fay from Star Fox 2 wore clothes just like the rest of Star Fox. However, their game was cancelled and they never got to see the light of day, so if they count is debatable.
  • In addition to Peach, the Super Mario Bros. series has Wendy Koopa and Toadette.
  • Josephine of Suikoden V.
  • Some ladies in Tekken wear pink:
    • Ling Xiaoyu's outfit in 5 is mostly pink, save for the white shorts and white feathers.
    • Alisa Bosconovitch's outfit is half pink half blue.
  • Princess Zelda wears pink in a few of her incarnations, most notably The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • Virginia's dress in Wild AR Ms 3 is purple in artwork, but fuchsia in-game.
  • Annie in Wild Guns wears a pink dress by default.
  • The Fairy-Type from Pokémon are represented by pink, and many Pokémon of its type are usually female when caught in the wild and are pink in color.
  • Ember from Spyro the Dragon is an Amy Rose expy and has pink scales. In comparison, the males Spyro and Ember are purple and red. She's presented as a Girly Girl who has unrequited affections for Spyro.


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    Real Life 
  • The Gulabi Gang, a women's movement against domestic violence, child labour and dowry demands and such, wear bright pink saris.
  • Angie Harmon wore a pink Pimped-Out Dress with a feather skirt to the 2011 SAG awards.
  • There's an anti-pink campaign run by some people who are sick of girls being "'pinked' to death". Pink Stinks Here is a Synopsis of it.
  • An Exploited Trope use of this is making pink the color for breast cancer research. Although it's not an exclusively female disease, is has helped in getting attention for cancer treatment.
  • This trope is explained here.
  • Jayne Mansfield loved this color, and had a lot of her house colored pink, and even had furs dyed pink.
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics frequently rewards its top salespersons with pink cars. The Mary Kay/pink association was lampshaded in a Bloom County arc where Opus tries to locate his mother among the test animals at Mary Kay's cosmetics labs, only to be cornered by the Mary Kay Commandoes; "Even their Uzis are pink!"
  • Before the forties it was Inverted with pink being a boy's color and blue being a girl's color.
  • ‘Pink’ is sometimes used as a slang term for, ahem, a certain part of the female anatomy.

Alternative Title(s): Pink Is Girly, Pink Is Feminine