has just told you that you have to retrieve the legendary golden sphere
from the ancient dragon
. Legends say he's in the Cave of Horrors
. To find out where that is, you'll have to ask The Town Sage
...Yeah, you've all seen this. Important words and phrases are highlighted for your convenience
in at least one different color. While the exact first game to implement this is unknown, certain games like Ultima VI
(using links in the dialogue to introduce topics of conversation), Final Fantasy I
, and the opening scroll to Star Wars: A New Hope
(putting the DEATH STAR in all caps) come to mind.
This happens mostly in video games, especially those that lack voice acting, but can occur in comics and other media from time to time. The World Wide Web, especially, invokes this for identifying hyperlinks (well, usually). Also common in subtitled anime, to differentiate characters.
See also: Painting the Medium
, Bold Inflation
, Notice This
. Contrary to what one might expect, this is not the binary opposite of Black Speech
. Text of this kind lends itself very well to a Dramatic Reading
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- Spider-Man's foe Delilah had an odd speech pattern; some of her words would be colored purple and written in a formal, flowery looking font.
- In the SLG Gargoyles comics, sound effects produced by gargoyles ("ROAR!", "SNIFF!". etc.) would be rendered in the color of the gargoyle making the noise.
- In Divided Rainbow, whenever the story shows a direct POV 'flashback' from one of the Swapped Five's "past", the font color switches from black to purple.
- It seems that Pete's Dragon has colored closed captioning, and there are little gags whenever certain words are said. For example, the titular dragon's growly noises are all in green, money words in yellow, angry words in red...
- House of Leaves always has the word house in blue, Minotaur in red (and crossed out), and a few significant words in purple.
- Many versions of The Bible print all of Jesus's utterances in red font.
- And in many other versions LORD is the translation of Yahweh whilst Lord is just your bog standard godly title.
- The Neverending Story actually used this to distinguish Bastian reading the book (red) from the actual adventures in the book (green). Only certain editions of the book do this (namely hardcover versions), while the others (paperback) simply use italics.
- Penn & Teller's book Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends has everything printed in red being a lie.
- Done in-universe in The Light Fantastic: As Rincewind reads aloud the Eight Spells, the words appear in various bright colours. A mispronounced word appears a dirty brown.
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- On the internet, certain words are blue. This means they are links you can click on. If it's red, it's a dead link.
- On some forums, blue is used for sarcasm and green for innuendo.
- >implying imageboards did not know about this trope (Imageboards like 4Chan).
- On the Penny Arcade forums, an alternative to 'quoted for truth' (QFT) is 'limed for truth', in which the quoted post is lime coloured.
- Time Cube uses this all over the place and seemingly at random.
- A lot of conspiracy theorist sites in general—or any site that is an online Room Full of Crazy—will do this. Expect ALL-CAPS and flashing text and GIFs as well.
- Some moderators on internet forums use a different "ex cathedra" color or font for posts in their capacity as moderators. E.g. red in RPGNet, where it's sometimes called "mod voice".
- Various subsets of The Slender Man Mythos use this; for example, there's A Lack of Lexicon, which has each character speak in a different font; at one point, the font actually changes in colour as it reveals one character (jokingly) masquerading as another.
- These instructions for a the thing s. It is a good to read the mALL!
- Oh Internet does this in their article about a Rozen Maiden character's Verbal Tic. This article needed moar desu anyway.
- this DK Vine article about Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. It has all the Batman & Robin inspired ice puns highlighted in light blue.
- Cue Retro Studios at E3 2013 to deliver the ultimate chill pill. Donkey and Diddy are back for another adventure, this time in glorious High Definition ("HD", I like to call it; I just made that up off the top of my head but you can use it yourself if you like), but they better stay frosty as they battle yet another new slew of enemies: a cold-hearted Viking crew!
- Ace Attorney highlights hints and key evidence in orange. It also plays a 'ping!' noise when a hint is displayed. Also, the protagonist's inner monologue is presented in blue, and witness testimony during the cross-examination stage is a nice green.
- Socrates Jones Pro Philosopher, which is heavily inspired by the Ace Attorney series, uses blue and green the same way, while using purple for notifications like "New statement added."
- Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth adds light green for leads that are added to Miles' logic page. Which is used masterfully. By making logic a gameplay mechanic, the player doesn't have to work so hard to deduce what happens by themselves as they had to in other games. This is when they subvert this trope by specifically not highlighting any text and therefore not adding it to the logic page. There is quite a few points where Miles realizes all the important things he missed, which flashbacks to the text, this time highlighted in green, and getting a logic overload that's harder than usual to work out because of the large amount of possible connections that you may drain your life by trying to work out, encouraging the player to try to draw connections that Miles himself doesn't catch on to by looking at wherever this trope is averted for possible leads.
- Danganronpa uses different colored text like Ace Attorney but also has the Re:ACT system wherein you could press Triangle once purple text appears to interrupt and inquire further about purple text. The Non-Stop Debates also use Orange text for possible contradictions and purple for chatter.
- Umineko: When They Cry features Rainbow Speak as a plot point. In it, anything said in red is guaranteed to be true, while things said in blue are used for theories of possible explanations of events. This carries over to the anime adaption, making it possibly the only non-textual example.
- As of Episode 5, Umineko has a third colour: gold. It's used for making statements that use Beato's rules as a basis for deduction.
- And on the final Episode, there's purple, which is functionally the same as the red truth, except that anyone can use it, and only the culprit may lie using it.
- Ballad Of An Evening Butterfly: Red menacing-looking text appears several times in the visual novel to set the creepy and suspenseful mood.
- Closed captions sometimes give different characters different colors.
- Subtitles for anime often use different colours for the different characters, especially while several are talking over each other (including background conversations); and plain white or yellow for translations of text (signs, newspapers, etc.)
- For movie and TV scripts, as well as aspiring authors writing their synopses, it is common practice to put the first instance of each character name in all caps. This is used both to denote importance and to help the agent/publisher in case they need to reference back who a character with a certain name is.
—In loving memory of CAD
, who fell off the face of the earth shortly after proposing this trope, and the colour mark-up, which used to frolic around this page before being disabled. May they forever exist in the memory of children everywhere. Good Night, Sweet Prince