Purple Is Powerful

A pimp saber, for a badass Jedi.

Boss: We're gonna' have to do something about the pink.
Oleg: You'd prefer a more manly shade, like purple?
[Pierce, Shaundi, and the Boss all give Oleg approving looks]

This is purple being used to symbolize the power and/or coolness of a character, whether the character is Badass, of Royal Blood, or something else.

This trope existed at least as far back as Ancient Rome, where only the Patrician class was allowed to wear the expensive color called "Tyrian Purple". Then purple became a common color for royal robes in Europe.

Some time later, purple became associated with either femininity, or fell on the evil side of Good Colors, Evil Colors (like The Joker). But for those that thought Evil Is Cool, it just helped purple be seen as a cool color. Then it became a stereotypical color for pimps, and it was definitely cool again. Can be considered a Yin-Yang Bomb when you consider that purple is red and blue combined.

This trope comes into play if it's clothing or an item on the cool or powerful character, whether it's a hat, weapon, or Badass Cape.

Now purple is also seen as one of the "girly" shades. If that comes into play, then this trope overlaps with Real Men Wear Pink.

This is not just when any character who isn't a wimp wears purple. It has to represent power or coolness.

In an odd coincidence, of the visible colors, violet is the highest frequency, and thus the most energetic and most powerful, per photon.

Compare Gold Tooth, Graceful Ladies Like Purple (and can overlap with some Action Girls), Purple Is the New Black, Purple Eyes, Supernatural Is Purple, Red Is Heroic, Heavenly Blue.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In his fight with Sasuke at the Valley of the End, Naruto uses a purple variation of the Rasengan.
  • In Berserk, the Empire of Tudor has several themed armies that are identified by both a color and an animal, such as the Black Rams and Blue Whales. The name of their most powerful and esteemed army? The Purple Rhinos.
  • In the tv series of Black★Rock Shooter, Insane Black★Rock Shooter has a purple flame instead of the titular character's blue. She is also Nigh Invulnerable to the conventional fights of the series.
  • Pretty much invoked by Lelouch vi Britannia in Code Geass: his suit worn as part of his Zero outfit is predominantly purple (and subsequently, his imperial Britannian robes have noticeable purple highlights as well).
  • Dragon Ball Z has several examples of this trope.
    • Future Trunks wears purple jacket and has purple hair. Both, Trunks and his father Vegeta, have a violet Battle Aura.
    • Piccolo wears purple outfit and has purple blood. His pupil, Son Gohan,, also wears purple.
    • Ginyu, captain and most powerful member of the Ginyu Force, has purple skin.
    • Freeza has a purple color scheme. Same goes for King Cold and Cooler.
      • His minions have also a purple Battle Aura, Freeza himself has actually blue, but it's sometimes purple when he fights with 100% of his power.
      • A lot of Freeza's attacks are pink or purple.
    • Cell and Buu, who are far more powerful than Freeza, have purple blood.
    • The first (besides Garlic Jr.) canon movie villain Beers, the most powerful villain in the history of Z, has purple skin. He's so powerful that he curb-stomps SSJ3 Goku, SSJ Gotenks, Good Buu and Ultimate Gohan. Heck, he even defeats Goku as a Super-Saiyajin God.
  • Tieria Erde from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 pilots the Gundam with the Wave Motion Gun.
    • Angelo Sauper from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn pilots purple machines. his Rozen Zulu is even more powerful it took down lots of federation suits
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yugi's trademark monster Dark Magician and related cards of the archetype wear purple. Throughout the franchise, Fusion monsters use a purple card background,and include some of the strongest monsters in the game, such as Thousand-Eyes Restrict (which absorbs an enemy monster to use its power, prevents other monsters from attacking, and had to be banned in the real-life game) and the Five-Headed Dragon (a.k.a. Mythic Dragon, which has the highest stats of any monster out there, and can't be destroyed by battle with most monsters even if they do somehow become stronger than it is.)
    • Among his assortment of cool coats, Seto Kaiba has a few purple colored ones, most prominently wearing one during the Duelist Kingdom arc.
  • In Saiunkoku Monogatari, the eight main noble families are named after colours, and the royal house is purple.
  • In Noir, purple is mainly associated with antagonists, including Altena, Chloe and Silvana "Intoccabile" Greone, all of whom prove to be highly dangerous.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura's color scheme is purple, and she's significantly more powerful than the other magical girls. However, Word of God says that she would only be the strongest if the other girls don't know about her abilities; he says that either Mami or Kyoko are the strongest Magical Girl besides Ultimate Madoka.
  • Vividred Operation: Zigzagged. Rei (a mix between Homura Akemi and Fate Testarossa) has purple color scheme, but she doesn't have a Palette Suits of her own. However, she's a particularly extreme Badass Normal.
  • Gatchaman: Berg Katse always dresses in purple, unless s/he's in an outright disguise.
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure:
    • Jaaku King is completely purple and he's Large and In Charge. In the sequel, Baldez' body becomes completely purple in the final episode because he is Jaaku King and he has transformed into a small version of Jaaku King. When he transformed completely into Jaaku King, he's more purple than in first season.
    • The Zakennas are the largest monsters in the entire Pretty Cure franchise. And their spirits are purple.
    • Illkubo uses often purple (dark) energy, and later he fuses with a Zakenna and changes into a purple (than silver) monster. He nearly kills the Precures, but Jaaku King kills him because Illkubo could damage the Prism Stones.
    • Belzei Gertrud is the leader and the strongest warrior of the Seeds of Darkness and he has purple as his theme color.
    • The Dotsuko Zone in general is associated with purple.
  • Cure Egret alias Cure Windy from Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star has purple hair and eyes. Especially as Cure Windy, she is more associated with the color purple and is stronger than her Egret form.
  • The Sixth Ranger Milky Rose from Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO! has incredible physical strength compared to the other five girls. She's also the only one who represents the blue rose which is equal to the five red roses represented by the Precures. Her theme color and her hair and is purple.
  • Cure Berry from Fresh Pretty Cure! has purple hair, despite having blue as her theme color. Well, there is only one Cure in her team who has matching hair and theme colors. Her kicks are the strongest among the team.
  • Cure Moonlight from HeartCatch Pretty Cure! has actually silver as her theme color, but purple is also a dominating color of hers. Of course, being at least three years older than the other three girls and being a Precure veteran have made her the strongest Precure of the group.
  • Subverted with Cure Beat and Cure Muse from Suite Pretty Cure ♪. Both of them have a different theme color (blue and yellow, respectively), but Beat has purple hair and Muse's Fairy Tone Dodory is purple, the only transformation Fairy Tone that doesn't have the same color that matches the color of the Cure costume. Both, Beat and Muse have powers that differ the powers of the main duo Cure Melody and Cure Rhythm. And Cure Beat's Beat Sonic and Beat Barrier are purple, too.
  • Both, Pierrot and Joker are the strongest villains in Smile Pretty Cure! and have purple as their theme color.
  • Cure Sword from Doki Doki Pretty Cure is also a (one month) veteran and she's the best fighter of the four girls at all (not counting Cure Ace who is stronger than all of them), only rivaled by Cure Heart with her finisher moves, and rivaled by Cure Rosetta in hand-to-hand combat. Sword's costume, hair, eyes, attacks, Battle Aura and Mentor Mascot are all purple.
  • Cure Fortune of Happiness Charge Pretty Cure is stated in-series to be the strongest of the four main Cures, who are stated to be the strongest in the world, and is purple-themed. However, the series seems to give hints that Cure Fortune's powers are not hers, but her sister's, Cure Tender, who was one of many Cures struck down and captured by the powerful Phantom. A combination of My God, What Have I Done?, Heroic Sacrifice, Heroic Second Wind and Mid-Season Upgrade ends up ramping up her power.
  • Certain characters who wear purple in Sorieke! Anpanman often represent they're either magical or powerful in some way. Nazobo since he teleported to the dream word, Yuyakeman since he paints the sunset once the day's done, Princess Durian since she's royalty, and Mrs. Dokudami since she makes healing herbs.
  • In Sailor Moon, Sailor Saturn is heavily associated with the color purple: her uniform has purple accents, her eyes are purple, even her magic is purple. She only awakens when there is a planet to destroy, a civilization to wipe out, or an Elder God to kill, solo. In her entire active history, she has only ever failed once.
  • Sieglinde Jeremiah from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vi Vid, the strongest teenager in all dimensions who had never lost a fight, is shown to generally wear purple and black. Also, way back in the original series, Precia Testarossa, who is in the running as one of the strongest characters in the franchise, had a purple color theme, including her magic and her outfit.
  • In Senki Zesshou Symphogear G, Miku gets her own Symphogear which is purple. She has the largest arsenal and she is way stronger than other Symphogear users.
  • Tsubasa 's Fai is a very powerful mage - even with his power suppressing tattoo - and his magic is a very light purple. And it kicks serious ass once he decides to use it. He can travel between dimensions more than just once which other than him only Ichihara Yuuko and Fei Wang Reed can do. His magic can also grow infinitely which means he might one day be the most powerful mage ever in existence. It also ties in with the "Royalty wears Purple" aspect that pops up a lot as he is, technically, a prince of not just one but two worlds though one has no inhabitants anymore and the other gets destroyed.
  • Stocking, of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
  • Ayeka Jurai of Tenchi Muyo! fame has purple hair and also happens to be the crown princess to the galaxy's most powerful royal family.

  • Psylocke, the badass ninja of the X-Men, wears purple (in addition to her purple hair).
  • Magneto's costume is (royal) purple and red (for the blood of the victims he saw die in Auschwitz and afterwards).
  • The Huntress, a part of the Batman comics' Bat Family, is almost always depicted wearing purple. She's one of the only members of the Bat Family that doesn't wear all black.
    • The third Batgirl, Stephanie Brown, also has purple on her costume, and as Spoiler it's the primary color. She seems to fit the "feminine" aspect of this trope.
    • Barbara Gordon's Batgirl uniform as of the 2011 reboot also has purple accents, though considerably less than Stephanie's.
    • Catwoman occasionally wore purple as a part of her Spy Catsuit.
    • Talia al Ghul, similar to Catwoman, is an on-again, off-again lover of Batman who is a sometimes a hero and sometimes a villain, and occasionally wears purple as the primary color of her costume.
  • Starfire of the Teen Titans wears bejeweled purple leotards and monokinis.
  • Galactus. He is viewed differently by all races, and it is stated that humans see him in a purple attire because we link the colour to royalty.
  • The Hulk has purple shorts
  • Black Orchid, a super-powered detective, wears an all-purple superhero costume.
  • In Watchmen, Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias' trademark colours are purple and gold.
  • The Joker, with his notorious purple tuxedo and tails, is feared throughout The DCU's underworld.
  • ElfQuest: The mighty Djun in the "Hidden Years" and "Shards" storylines wears lots of purple.
  • Marvel Comics villain the Purple Man's Mind Control powers are tied into his color scheme.
  • Played with in Kate Bishop (Hawkeye of the Young Avengers) — she's the only one on both incarnations of the team without a fantastic or supernatural power, backstory, or enhancement note , but this doesn't stop her from being one of the best marskmen in the world. She's also the only character to dress head-to-toe in purple.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs primarily wears a purple dress along with her black cape.
  • Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove has purple as her main colour. Everything and every place that belongs to her is purple.
  • Randall from Monsters, Inc. actually is purple. Though he looks it, he's no wimp; despite his scrawny little arms, Randall would have succeeded in suffocating the brawnier Sully were it not for Mike's intervention. Randall also appears to have the most powerful skills out of the monsters seen in the film, as he is lithe, fast, silent, possibly skilled in engineering, and able to blend like a chameleon.
  • In Frozen, Elsa's coronation cape is purple.
  • Joaquin from The Book of Life, wears a purple top and is the wielder of the Medal of Everlasting Life. Until the end, were he willingly gives it up.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Mace Windu wields a purple lightsaber in the Prequel Trilogy. It's the only purple lightsaber seen in the Star Wars films, which helps set him apart as an important Jedi. The Star Wars Expanded Universe simply states that the purple crystal is extremely rare and hard to get. Samuel L. Jackson requested a purple lightsaber so he could see himself more easily in group battles. It's also the color of Mara Jade's lightsaber, down to hinting that it is in fact Windu's. Knights of the Old Republic has Revan use one, and the color is treated as somewhere between a Jedi Guardian and the red color mainly used by Sith.
  • Kick-Ass: Hit-Girl wears a purple wig as well as a heavily purple-accented costume.
  • The 1973 Sentinels in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Also Blink's Battle Aura and Facial Markings.
  • Anyone possessing the infinity stone in Guardians of the Galaxy gains glowing purple eyes.

  • In Saga by Conor Kostick, everyone in Saga is ranked according to color based on their financial status, with the majority of the population being red and orange. The higher the color, the nicer the buildings such as malls/parks/etc you get to enter, and you have more say in the city's laws. The highest-ranking people hold violet cards, and get to wear purple to represent their status.
  • In Gor only Ubars (city rulers) and their family may wear purple.
    • Inverted in the Sardar Mountains, the lair of the Priest-Kings (the gods of Gor), it is the slaves who wear purple.
    "Why do the slaves wear purple?" I asked Misk. "That is the color of the robes of a Ubar."
    "Because it is a great honor to be the slave of Priest-Kings", said Misk.
  • In The Heroes of Olympus, the demigods in Camp Jupiter wear purple shirts.
  • In The Seventh Tower, violet is the most powerful color in the light magic spectrum. Not coincidentally, it's also the color of the highest of the seven orders of the Chosen.
  • In The Cat Who... Series, the character Euphonia Gage believed this to be true and wore a lot of purple.
  • Invoked by the Unicorn club in the Sweet Valley High spinoff series Sweet Valley Twins: a clique of budding Alpha Bitches, the Unicorns adopt purple as their signature color because it's the color of royalty and power.
  • In Harry Potter, Dolohov's signature spell involves purple fire. When cast non-verbally, this severely injured Hermione even after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries ended. We never see it cast properly, but as Dolohov killed Lupin, it may well have been this spell that did it.
  • Willy Wonka wears "a tail coat made of a beautiful plum-colored velvet" in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a fitting color for a Living Legend Supreme Chef Gadgeteer Genius Mad Scientist member of the Fiction 500.
  • In The Dresden Files, members of the Senior Council of Wizards are given purple stoles to wear to signify their rank and power. The Gatekeeper takes it a step further, wearing robes of a "purple so deep it is almost black."
  • In the Septimus Heap series Marcia Overstrand, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, is always dressed in her bright purple official wizard robes. Her shoemaker keeps a special purple snake to make her shoes out of its skin, much to his dismay.

    Live Action TV 
  • In Gilmore Girls, Mia, the owner of the inn which Lorelai manages, always appears in purple.
  • Kamen Rider has been playing with this trope, particularly after Multiform Balance was introduced:
    • Kamen Rider Kuuga's Titan Form is the purple one, and the Mighty Glacier.
    • In Kamen Rider Ryuki, the sociopathic Takeshi Asakura/Kamen Rider Ouja wears purple armor, and remained the greatest threat in the Rider War for much of the series.
    • Kamen Rider Den-O's Gun Form is the purple one, and powered by a purple Imagin named Ryuutaros through Demonic Possession, which, due to having been subtly possessing the main hero for quite some time, needs three other Imagin to free the host. And not without reason, as he's also a Psychopathic Manchild.
    • Kamen Rider Kiva homages Kuuga above with Dogga Form, another purple Mighty Glacier.
    • Kamen Rider Double has the Joker Gaia Memory, which is more of a black/dark purple. While it's usually one half of Double, usually paired up with Cyclone, this is what Shoutaro defaults to when he fights solo and he can fight quite well on his own.
    • In Kamen Rider OOO, the purple Core Medals power both the hero's Super Mode and the series' Big Bad. They are also the only thing capable of destroying the other Core Medals. However, those Core Medals are just as bad as Ryuutaros as the form it becomes, PuToTyra, won't stop with the enemy.
    • Kamen Rider Fourze's movie introduced Meteor Fusion States, which combines Cosmic States with Kamen Rider Meteor's power. It stays purple when the movie crossover with Kamen Rider Wizard brings back Nadeshiko and adds her to the mix as Meteor Nadeshiko Fusion States.
  • From Super Sentai and Power Rangers:
  • In Once Upon a Time, evil magic is a purple mist. Also, The Evil Queen's dark magic is purple. The magic for different characters is color coded (Cora is blue, Zelena is green). Regina's good magic (which is implied to be far more powerful) is white.
  • In Babylon 5 the Centauri invoke this: among them only nobles can wear purple, their secret files are called "Purple Files", and their ships are painted purple. It's also played straight by Londo (as a noble he wears purple, and he's an Ace Pilot, a master swordsman and, when sufficiently motivated, an hell of Magnificent Bastard) and the Centauri warships (a near match for Minbari ships of similar size. The Minbari have the advantage of that stealth of theirs and thicker armour, but Centauri ships have showed comparable if not superior firepower, and only the First Ones can take that level of firepower and survive).
  • The Fourth Doctor's Season 18 outfit in Doctor Who is usually referred to as burgundy by fans but it's actually a purplier red that the costume designer called 'plum' - she claims she used it because it existed between the extremes of red and blue, and because of its associations with Roman patricians (and hence Lordliness). Season 18 took the Doctor's character in a far more noble and patriarchal direction than he'd gone in before then.
  • Pops up a few times in Charmed:
    • The potion to vanquish Belthazor - a powerful upper-level demon (and his Expy Sykes) - is purple.
    • In "Charmed & Dangerous" Piper makes a potion to replicate her exploding power. She remarks that when it turns purple, it's a mark of how strong it is.
    • Gideon, a powerful and evil! Elder has purple orbs - as opposed to the standard blue and white.
  • On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Dominion's primary color is purple.

  • Purple is the signature colour of Prince, and he has typically associated it with being cool. He even has the Fan Nickname "His Purple Badness".
    • Before him the group probably most associate with purple probably would've been The Temptations.

  • In Stern Pinball's Transformers, the Decepticons are represented by "Decepticon violet" on the indicator lights and the playfield, even extending to the cabinet in some of the Limited Edition tables.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Undertaker wore purple gloves and ankle guards during the early to mid nineties.
  • John Cena wore a purple shirt around late 2010 to mid 2011.
  • Many wrestlers wore purple wrestling gears from time-to-time such as Edge, Christian, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Triple H, Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, etc.
  • WWE Diva Ivory overlapped this with Graceful Ladies Like Purple as while she called herself a lady, she was also very Badass. 95% of her outfits were purple and she even carried a purple scarf to the ring with her in her early career.
  • WOO WOO WOO, You know it!
  • Sasha Banks adopted a few purple outfits after christening herself "The Boss".
  • After winning the WWE Divas' Championship, Paige swapped her usual black and grey outfit for one that was black and purple.
  • Around 2003, Trish Stratus wore a lot of purple wrestling outfits. She won her fourth Women's Championship (matching a record held by The Fabulous Moolah) while wearing a metallic purple singlet.
  • Mickie James showed a lot of fondness for purple outfits in the year 2009, when she held the WWE Divas' Championship.

    Tabletop Games 

  • In Japanese Kabuki, purple make up is used to identify the character as a royal or a nobleman.

  • In Transformers, Galvatron, and a number of other Decepticons. Heck, the Decepticon insignia itself is traditionally purple.
    • Megatron of Beast Wars is very purple, very cunning, and very powerful. Ironically, his purpleness decreased every time he became stronger.
      • Shockwave.
  • BIONICLE's Onepu is the only good guy set from the original series that has this color, and although he is "just" a Matoran, he counts as a Badass Normal for being the captain of the Ussalry regiments and a champion Ussal racer.
    • Shadow Kraata, colored purple, represent the "highest" and most dangerous form of the evolution of Kraata slugs.
    • From the new sets, Onua has a good amount of purple on him. He also has noticeably larger arms and a giant hammer.

    Video Games 
  • In many games with color-coded loot systems, purple loot signifies rare or unique items. World of Warcraft does this, with most other MMOs following suit such that "phat purps" has become slang.
    • A different meaning of 'powerful': for a while, a somewhat higher number of World of Warcraft guild masters were Warlocks, whose class is represented by the color purple. note 
    • Dalaran is home to many of the most powerful wizards on Azeroth, and its architecture and banners are predominantly purple in color. Their keep is even called the Violet Citadel.
    • The Warsong Clan were the strongest warriors in Thrall's Horde in Warcraft III, and they also wore purple.
    • Balnazzar, the strongest of the Dreadlords in The Frozen Throne, also wore purple.
  • Artix Entertainment has some examples
    • In Dragon Fable, Drakath subverts this trope until he becomes a strong purple dragon and Nythera plays it straight.
    • In AdventureQuest Worlds, Chaos itself is purple. Drakath is The Champion of Chaos and has purple armor, some of The Chaos Lords are purple as well, as are some who are infected with chaos. Desoloth is powerful and is purple until he became Desolich (but he did have purple eyes). Nythera and her dragon form are purple.
    • In MechQuest Has The Chrono Corrupter Mech which is more overpowering and purple.
  • Purple is the gang color of the Third Street Saints in the Saints Row series.
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell also has the supernatural arms Johnny and Kinzie pick up have purple glowing runes all over them.
  • EVERY piece of technology built by the Covenant Empire is purple, from their vehicles to their starships.
  • Endermen are the most powerful, naturally spawning enemies in the Overworld. Their eyes glow purple, as does their particle effects. Also, Obsidian is purple and is the strongest destroy-able block in the game, takes longer to mine even with the best pick, and is the hardest to obtain in the overworld.
  • Action Girl Virginia's fuchsia Pimped-Out Dress in Wild ARMs 3.
  • The Administrator and Miss Pauling in Team Fortress 2. This is especially significant, given that the mercenaries all belong to RED or BLU and wear the appropriate colour - The Administrator and Miss Pauling control both of them, and so wear a combination of both colours. And Unusuals, the best quality a hat (or weapon, in Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker's case) can get, are marked with purple text.
  • The fuchsia outfit worn by the showgirl in Bloody Good Time.
  • Magus from Chrono Trigger wears a combination of purple and (depending on the artwork) a red or blue cape.
  • The final and most powerful weapon in Quake IV is the Dark Matter Gun, whose ammo and shots glow with a purple aura.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the Master Sword has a purple hilt and is much more powerful than its previous Goddess Sword forms. The color purple also seems to be associated with the goddess Hylia, as it is a feature of various items and artifacts that are linked to her throughout the game; Goddess Cubes, Walls, Shield, Crests and Plumes, as well as the Gates of Time and the accessories worn by Zelda when she's relocated by Link, all have the same glossy purple coloration.
  • Throughout Final Fantasy, the Behemoth, infamous Elite Mook, is purple.
  • Monster Hunter has Purple as the highest accessible level of melee weapon sharpness in the main series. The only games that really subvert this are the PC games, though occasionally there will be the odd main game that only reaches up to White sharpness, the level immediately below Purple. Purple is typically reserved only for the final tier or upgrade of weapons, and will occasionally require an additional armour skill to unlock, though some weapons will never reach Purple no matter what you do.
  • Final Fantasy IV, in remakes the Lunar Eidolon Bonus Bosses are purple and blue. Dark Kain, Kain's Enemy Without, wears purple armor since he transforms into Lunar Bahamut, and in some depictions the normal Kain wears purple armor himself. Big Bad Zemus wears a long purple robe.
  • Final Fantasy VI, a lot of the powered-up monsters in the new Bonus Dungeon in the Gameboy Advance remake are purple and pink. Terra's Esper form is pink in sprites, but artwork and her Dissidia design depict it as purple. Kefka's god form is a purple Fallen Angel.
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy, as mentioned there is Terra's Esper form, as well as all four outfits of The Emperor.
  • If there is a purple monster in NetHack, it is invariably the most powerful in its class: demon lords, titans, gnome and dwarf kings, elven kings, mind flayers, killer bee queens, Croesus, and almost all Quest nemeses.
  • Spyro the Dragon is purple, and in The Legend of Spyro continuity it's a sign of legendary power and being able to learn all Elemental Powers, not just one.
  • Touhou:
    • The Yakumo "family" uses Colorful Theme Naming to sort its three members in order by power, corresponding to the color's light frequency: Chen (orange) is the weakest, Ran (indigo) is stronger, and Yukari (violet) is not only the most powerful of the trio, but one of the most powerful beings in Gensokyo.
    • A lesser example is Patchouli Knowledge, with her lavender hair and matching robes, hat, and shoes. She's an extremely talented magician, and the master of the seven elements of the Japanese calendar.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • While unintentional, the strongest element in the Golden Sun series is Jupiter (wind+lightning), which is associated with the color purple and strong against 80% of the enemies and bosses. Even the Game Breaker in the third game is affiliated with Jupiter. This is in contrast to main protagonists' element Venus (earth+nature+darkness); while intended to be the strongest elementnote  the same bunch of monsters have high resistance against it, rendering Venus-based offenses and therefore the main protagonists useless most of the time.
  • In the MMORPG RuneScape, the main color of the god Zaros is purple, and Zaros is generally thought to be one of the most powerful beings in the game.
  • Lord Dearche from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha As Portable, who has a purple aura, wears a purple outfit, uses the Tome of the Purple Sky, and generally comes with a purple motif. She's also one of the most powerful characters in the series, capable of destroying planets or reviving them. Yuri Eberwein, known as the Sovereign of the Purple Sky and the one Lord Dearche was created for the purpose of regulating her powers, is even stronger, with her mere presence causing the fluctuations in time and space that allowed the Crisis Crossover of Gears of Destiny to happen.
  • The most dangerous dragon in Heroes of Might and Magic games is the fairy dragon, who is purple. This cute abomination can cast very high level spells before your army can even move.
  • Pokémon:
    • Mewtwo is colored purple, as opposed to Mew's (Mewtwo's template) pink.
    • Genesect from Pokémon Black and White .
    • Dragon-types are represented with purple on official type charts(though Poison is a different purple) and are the strongest in the games.
    • In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Purple Eyes is the strongest of the Pokemon Pinchers' admins and ultimately usurps the position of the Big Bad, taking control of the aforementioned Mewtwo.
    • The Master Ball is a purple Poké Ball. It's also the most effective kind of Poké Ball there is, with a 100% catch rate.
  • Metroid:
  • Many MMORPGs use a color coding system to convey the rarity and power of objects in the game. Worthless items are grey, uncommon ones are green, rare items are blue, and "epic" items—the most powerful items that the average player can hope to obtain—are purple. Star Trek Online uses it not only for actual items, but also for Bridge Officers (though since the only real thing it decides is which skills they start with, and you can use Bridge Officers to train the ones you already have instead of recruiting them, that doesn't necessarily mean very much in the long run) and Duty Officers (where it means a great deal, since the rarer the Duty Officer allocated, the greater a bonus to success rates and rewards for Doff assignments you get).
  • In League of Legends:
    • Purple is the color of dark/chaotic magic and is also associated with Void energy.
    • Dark magic users — Syndra, Morgana, Hecarim, LeBlanc, Nocturne, Lulu, and Ryze (the last two more chaotic than dark).
    • Void energy users — Malzahar, Varus, Kassadin, Vel'Koz, others.
  • Caius Ballad from Final Fantasy XIII-2. His hair, clothes, and BFS are all a dark shade of purple.
  • Edea from Final Fantasy VIII. Like Caius, her whole color scheme is purple and black and specializes in powerful sorcery.
  • The emperor's robes in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Grolla Seyfarth from RosenkreuzStilette, the Magic Knight and one of the stronger girls in the RKS, has an overall purple motif. Purple hair, purple eyes, purple teleportation magic...even her battle song is called "Dark Purple Moon"!
  • In Eternal Sonata, the main antagonist, Count Waltz, wears a crown and robes that are mostly a royal shade of deep purple.
  • In Pikmin 2, Purple Pikmin are the strongest types. They're not only 10 times heavier then a Pikmin of any other color, they are also 10 times as strong and when thrown, they have a chance of stunning the enemy. They are Game Breakers if used correctly.
  • Queen Catalina in Trapt wears a purple outfit.
  • In Eternal Darkness, the three elder gods Xelotath, Ulyaoth, and Chattur'gha exist in a state of Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors, and are associated with the colors green, blue, and red, respectively. The fourth god, Mantorok, is associated with the color purple, and can overpower or out-strategize any of the three other gods.
  • In StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Kerrigan, after de-infested at the end of the previous game, travels to the Zerg homeworld of Zerus and reacquires her Queen Of Blades body, this time with full control of herself. Whereas her old, evil version had glowing yellow eyes and powers, her new "Primal Queen" form, which is stated to be vastly more powerful, has a purple color scheme.
  • In BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, every Unlimited character has a magenta aura on their character portrait.
  • Ultima Forever, the remake of Ultima IV, replaced Lord British with Lady British (due to rights issues), and she wears a Cool Crown and ermine-trimmed robe that are largely colored purple.
  • In the final stage of Raiden II, the final stage's enemy ships have purple accents, unlike enemies in previous stages.
  • In The House of the Dead 4, The Star fires purple bursts of energy.
  • The original Reflec Beat has a user interface with heavy emphasis on purple coupled with gold, making the game look very bold and high-class. Its sequels, which are Lighter and Softer in theme, drop the use of purple in their UIs.
  • In Espgaluda II's console-exclusive Arrange mode, there are three colors of bullets: red, blue, and purple. Red and blue bullets can be shot away, but purple shots cannot.
  • In Hellsinker:
    • One of Fossil Maiden's subweapons is a double sword. The purple blade does more damage than the yellow blade, at the expense of penetration.
    • Luna chips—the ones that recharge your Luna meter, keeping your firing quantity high, are purple.
  • The Neptunia series feature the protagonists Neptune, Nepgear, and Plutia all wearing purple. This is even more apparent in their Super Mode as Purple Heart, Purple Sister, and Iris Heart respectively.
  • In Ingress, levels for items and portals are color-coded—yellow (Level 1) is weakest, red (Level 4) is moderate, and purple (Level 8) is the most powerful.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (SNES) has a Life Meter that starts out "full" and green, and can be filled up more, turning the meter blue and ultimately purple at maximum health.
  • Guild Wars 2:
    • The Color Motif of the Mesmer class is purple, and of all the magic professions, they are the ones stated to be using magic in its most raw and basic state, granting them the power to warp reality.
    • The game uses a tiers of colors for item quality with purple being reserved solely for Legendary items, weapons that have the highest possible stats and completely unique appearances. Similarly, Legendary enemies have a purple border on their unit picture.
    • During the Breachmaker battle Scarlet created various colored holograms. The final and most powerful was the Ultraviolet Hologram.
  • The Purple Man, for lack of a better name, from Five Nights at Freddy's 2 not only killed at least five children, but he also managed to stop Freddy from saving the children. Keep in mind that Freddy is a very powerful robot for the game's setting, and yet when the Purple Man touches Freddy, the game crashes and "you can't" will appear. It's also implied he could be a security guard. He also managed to somehow get away with murder, not being caught by the police and only being taken down when he was crushed alive in the Springtrap suit. Even that didn't stop him, since he's still somewhat alive in Five Nights at Freddy's 3.
  • In the Rocket Knight Adventures series, Axel Gear, Sparkster's Evil Counterpart, wears a suit of dark purple armor in each of the games (barring Rocket Knight (2010), where he wears a suit of red armor instead). Axel Gear serves as The Dragon to whoever the game's Big Bad is, and his abilities rival those of Sparkster himself.
  • Lilac from Freedom Planet has purple-colored skin and is the main heroine of the game. She wallops the game's Big Bad, Lord Brevon, with a super-charged Dragon Boost after defeating him at the Final Dreadnought.
  • The Wonderful 101: Rival Prince Vorkken utilizes his own version of the hero's Unite Morph weapons, called Unify Morphs. In addition to mimicking the hero's weapons, he can also morph up replicas of the game's enemies and both he and his Dragon Chewgi have their own Morphs unique to them. All of them save Chewgi's Unify Naginata (which is brown) are purple with yellow edges, and it's implied that the Unify Morphs are stronger than the Unite Morphs.


    Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The main character Twilight Sparkle is a purple unicorn—a magic user who won the Superpower Lottery. She isn't limited to a specialized discipline like other unicorns: her discipline is magic itself. She's also been chosen by the ancient superweapons known as the Elements of Harmony to be the Element of Magic. Princess Celestia, resident god-empress of Equestria, says she has never seen as much raw power in one pony in her long, presumably immortal, life. Purple Is Powerful, indeed. And then as of the end of season three she becomes an alicorn
    • "The Great and Powerful" Trixie wears a purple Robe and Wizard Hat as part of her airs of being a great sorceress. She also has Purple Eyes.
    • When Rarity plays a princess in a play, she wears a purple royal gown.
    • Shining Armor, Twilight's brother, wears guard armor that is purple in color. He's no slouch in terms of power, either, since he can create and keep up a Force Field huge enough to englobe the capital of Equestria and strong enough to keep out an invading army. Or, if the army is already in, blast it away.
  • Skeletor of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) wore purple clothing and a purple hood over his skull-face, certainly falling on the evil side of the trope.
  • In Storm Hawks, Action Girl Starling has a purple-glowing weapon, making her stand out visually; most weapon colours in the series tend to be blue, red, or yellow.
  • The eponymous hero of Darkwing Duck wears a purple outfit. Although it seems to be more of an Invoked Trope, as he only follows this trope about half the time.
  • Goliath from Gargoyles is purple and leader of his clan.
  • Dark Energon from Transformers Prime glows purple, strengthens Megatron, can be used as a poison, and can create Non-Human Undead. It's also the blood of Unicron.
    • A certain other Megatron had a purple dinosaur for an altmode, and is widely regarded as one of the best incarnations of the character ever.
    • The Deceptibrand is traditionally purple (As is their laser fire) and most members of the faction have at least some purple in the color schemes (Shockwave, Cyclonus, Blitzwing, etc.). Perhaps the biggest exemplifier is G1 Galvatron. Immensely more powerful than he was as Megatron, as demonstrated by his incinerating Starscream with a single blast from cannon mode.
  • In the fourth season of Kim Possible, after her original mission outfit is destroyed, Kim tries several times to find a replacement before finally getting a permanent new one with a purple top.
  • Raven Queen in Ever After High, her magic glows in purple, and she happens to be a daughter of an evil queen, fortunately she isn't like her mother but her power can get out of control and do some unexpected damages.
  • An episode of Jem and the Holograms has the rival band The Stingers wearing purple. Riot declares himself music royalty.
  • Black Knight from Generator Rex fits the trope (Even when the name would probably throw you off) as she eventually is in charge of Providence and leads the place with more effciency than White Knight would have dreamed of. This is taken even further with her E.V.O. form and later with her meta-nanite form.
  • Steven Universe has Garnet, the leader of the gems, with a distinctly magenta color scheme that even shifts more towards purple later in the series. She's also the tallest of the current Crystal Gems, and both extremely strong and a Seer. The element of red and blue combined is also significant in that she is a fusion of the very red Ruby and the very blue Sapphire, who compliment and match each other to such a degree that Garnet is basically a perfect fusion.
    • Incidentally, Amethyst of the same team has a violet color scheme, but isn't distinguished as particularly powerful- implications are even made that she's not as strong as she should be.

    Real Life 
  • The coronation robes of the United Kingdom are purple.
  • In the nineteenth century, the invention of the cheap synthetic purple dye mauveine changed this: suddenly everyone could buy purple clothes, sparking a brief fashion craze. Because of this, purple was used as a colour by some republican and feminist groups, because "what had once been only the province of royalty is now available to all the people, and the same should be true of political power".
  • Because of this trope, purple is a color that job seekers sometimes wear in order to appear confident and powerful. On the other hand, this can sometimes come off too strongly.
  • In the Middle Ages purple was a colour reserved exclusively to the royalty. It could be seen as treasonous for anyone else to wear anything purple.
    • Actually dates back to Roman times. Tyrian Purple was made from certain shellfish and only a certain area knew how to make it. Therefore, only the Emperor and certain royals could wear any.
    • When the Emperor Justinian was considering fleeing from Constantinople at the height of the Nika Riots in January 532, his wife Theodora refused to go with him, saying, "The royal purple is the noblest shroud". Her speech convinced Justinian to stay in Constantinople and use military force to regain control of the city.
  • The two highest ranked gyōji (referees) in professional sumo, always named Kimura Shounosuke and Shikimori Inosuke (for the higher- and lower-ranking of the two, respectively; family name spoken first, according to Japanese tradition), wear kimono and use fans adorned with purple rosettes and tassels. Inosuke's rosettes and tassels are purple and white, while Shounosuke's are solid purple.
  • Somewhat averted in Roman Catholicism; monsignors and bishops wear purple as a sign of their high rank, but the higher-ranked cardinals wear red and The Pope dresses in white.
    • Played straight in the Anglican Church however, where all bishops (including the Archbishop of Canterbury, the primate and head of the Anglican Communion) don purple.
  • Averted by national flags, as the only nations to use purple on theirs are Dominica and the Northern Mariana Islands, both of them tiny nations most people haven't even heard of.
  • Purple trim on the graduation robes of graduate-degree recipients indicates a Law or Jurisprudence degree. Judges always hold a lot of authority, and lots of powerful politicians are lawyers.