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True Blue Femininity

"Make it blue!"
Merryweather, Sleeping Beauty

Blue is a common color to represent femininity. Thus a girl or woman wearing blue is a sign that she is fair and gentle.

This could have started at least as far back as ancient Greece and Rome, and why the Virgin Mary is often depicted in a blue robe. The logic was that blue symbolizes peace, serenity, kindness, and other such aspects that were considered womanly virtues. (In the Mediterranean, it was also a sign of high rank, as the dye/paint color had to come from indigo, woad, or lapis lazuli which would be imported from a great distance.)

From the early to mid 20th century, some argued that blue should be the color for girls, and red should be the color for boys. Yet even though we ended up with Pink Girl, Blue Boy after World War II, putting a woman in blue is still considered a sign of her femininity, if not as obvious as colors like pink and purple.

Blue has other meanings, such as sadness and loneliness. These can overlap with this trope (as in representing both femininity and sadness). Or that she is gentle (with blue representing peace and serenity). This can apply to any feminine woman at any age, some more than others, like a Winter Royal Lady.

A Sub-Trope of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.

A Sister Trope to Pink Means Feminine, Princesses Prefer Pink, Graceful Ladies Like Purple, Heavenly Blue.

Compare Shy Blue-Haired Girl, Woman in White, Princess Classic.

Contrast Woman in Black and Lady in Red.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Minto Aizawa/Mew Mint from Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • Hikaru Makiba from UFO Robo Grendizer -one of the Mazinger Z series- was feminine, gentle and caring and wore a blue uniform. On contrast, her best friend, Maria was a tomboyish Tsundere and usually wore red or pink.
  • While more action oriented princess Allura/Fala of Voltron/Go Lion wore pink, Romelle/Amue wore a blue dress while she was less active, and switched to a pink Minidress of Power when she took an active role.
  • K-On!'s Mio's character color happens to be this. Genki Girl Jun too, even though she has teal.
  • One too many blue Pretty Cures, Cure Marine and Cure Beat being the only notable exceptions. This even applies in Curefics sometimes; Cure Fortune is one such Cure that comes to mind. Note that the real Cure Fortune plays a different trope.
  • Mikuru Asahina from Haruhi Suzumiya has her moments, most notably when she reveals her true colors to Kyon during the SOS Brigade's first "Magical Mystery Patrol" in one of the "Melancholy" episodes and with her festival yukata in at least one Endless Eight episode.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie has Tomoyo wear a blue Qipao to contrast nicely with Sakura's pink Chinese-style jacket and trousers.
  • Fairy Tail's Lucy is introduced in a standard bluish outfit, complimenting the red waistcoat Natsu wears, though she's more feisty than most examples. Juvia also wears blue, initially to reflect her early characterization as a sad, gloomy girl loved by no one, though she also has some fiery moments and later brightens up altogether.
  • Belldandy from Ah! My Goddess wears blue robes.
  • Both Ayeka and Ryoko of Tenchi Muyo! tends to wear blue outfits. Ryoko's as far away from femininity as you can imagine and Ayeka has a short fuse.

    Comic Books 
  • When Jean Grey first appeared in X-Men #1, she was wearing a blue dress, jacket, and hat. She's worn many colors and costumes (mostly being associated with green), but blue has also been included (notably her gold and blue outfit in the 90s cartoon.)
  • Originally averted in Hawk and Dove, where Dove represented many traditionally feminine qualities and had a primarily blue suit, but was himself male. When the first Dove died, the trope was played straight by his female successor.
  • The Dazzler switched from a white costume to a blue one in the 1980s.

    Films - Animated 
  • Kida of Atlantis: The Lost Empire wore blue, which matched nicely with her large blue eyes. Her tattoos were also blue. In this case it's the 'sadness' version.
    • The color arrangements for her two outfits swap two shades of blue: she normally wears a dark blue sarong with pink and gold stripes on it with a light blue sash hanging down from the front (her bra is also light blue), but wears a long, flowing light blue dress at the end with a dark blue sash with pink chevron patterns, a vertical gold stripe down the middle, and gold outlines hanging down from the front (we only get to see part of it in the film, the full dress and its sash can be seen in this illustration).
    • Kida is listed elsewhere as a Tomboy Princess. Not to mention, all of the Atlanteans have blue eyes and wear blue clothing.
  • Several outfits Barbie has worn have been blue, as well as several characters in the Direct-to-Video movies. Ro's standout dress in Barbie as the Island Princess is mostly blue, including part of the feathers on the peacock tail.
  • Sally Carrera from Cars is portrayed as a light blue Porsche 911 Carrera. Other female blue cars include a racecar sponsoring RevNGo and the Queen of England.
  • The princess in The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland has a light blue dress, though she's never seen wearing it (it's worn by Alice in training to impersonate her).
  • This is perhaps the most common dress color for the Disney Princesses, even more than pink. The first three involve blue in their Pimped Out Dresses, while later ones more often use them in their non-fancy dresses.
    • Snow White's dress, though mostly yellow, has a blue bodice and sleeves.
    • The Blue Fairy from Pinocchio.
    • Cinderella's dress is only blue in products from the "Disney Princess" line. The dress is supposed to be silver (although the glass slippers were always blue tinted), but Digital Destruction caused her dress to become silvery-blue, a problem that still exists in the blu-ray releasenote . However, her nightgown was definitely blue.
  • Lady from Lady and the Tramp was given a blue collar.
  • In 101 Dalmatians, Anita is usually seen wearing blue. Perdita, like Lady, wears a blue collar. In the animated movie, all her daughters have blue collars (In the live action film, the boys have blue, and it's mixed up in the TV show). In the series, Cadpig and Two-Tone both wear blue collars.
  • In an inversion of Pink Girl, Blue Boy, Wendy Moira Angela Darling from Peter Pan is portrayed as wearing a long, blue nightgown with a blue hair ribbon, while her youngest brother Michael is portrayed as wearing pink footie pajamas.
  • Sleeping Beauty played with this by making two of the fairies have a bit of a war over the color of Aurora's dress. It is blue for most of the movie, including the iconic kiss, despite being pink in merchandising.
  • In The Little Mermaid, Ariel wears a blue ribbon in her hair and a dress that is no less than three different shades of blue in the scene where Eric gives her a tour of his kingdom. Her dress at the end when Triton grants her wish and she emerges from the sea is a shimmering silvery-blue number.
  • Belle's simple blue dress and white apron in Beauty and the Beast is perhaps the most familiar of her outfits aside from her golden ballroom gown.
  • In Aladdin, Jasmine's main outfit is turquoise, a greenish shade of blue, accompanied by a blue jeweled headband.
  • The dress Mulan wore to infiltrate the invaded palace, disguised as a courtesan. The rest of the men, disguising themselves as women, also wore blue dresses.
  • Tiana briefly borrows a fancy blue dress in The Princess and the Frog. On a side note, since it took place in The Roaring Twenties, that color would have been seen as more feminine than the rest of Charlotte's wardrobe.
  • Merida has a turquoise silk dress as part of her royal attire, though she's more seen and much more comfortable with her dark green cotton one.
  • The blue skirt on Thumbelina's dress.
  • In Frozen, Elsa pretty much wears exclusively blue, and the dress Anna wears for the majority of the film is primarily blue. What makes this odd in Anna's case is that her preferred color seems to be green as evident when she wears attire in the castle.

    Film - Live Action 
  • In The Court Jester, Princess Gwendolyn wears a Simple Yet Opulent blue dress and a matching cape trimmed with ermine.
  • In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sloane, the kinder and gentler of the two female leads, wears blue and white.
  • In Pitch Perfect, the Bellas's primary color is blue (the other being yellow and white). Their uniform is a navy blue flight-attendant like attire, while The Leader's pitch pipe (which symbolizes her authority) is baby blue.
  • In La Belle et la BÍte, Belle wears a deep blue dress for her dance with the Beast.
  • Yvaine chooses a blue gown when she boards Captain Shakespeare's ship in Stardust and it also coincides with her and Tristan falling in love. She completes the image with a blue travelling cloak. Tristan's mother Princess Una also wears a blue dress - she's much nicer and calmer than her brothers.
  • Bridget Jones is gentle-hearted and very girly, along with favoring blue in her wardrobe, which is likely chosen to match her eyes.

    Literature 
  • Alice's dress in Alice in Wonderland, and so it's often the same color in adaptations.
  • The Farival twins in The Awakening are described as wearing the "Virgin's colors, blue and white, having been dedicated to the Blessed Virgin at their baptism".
  • Dorothy Gale from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (and especially in the film adaptation) is traditionally shown wearing a blue gingham dress.
  • Song at Dawn: When a lady wears blue it is consistently referred to as '(Virgin) Mary's color'. When the Arch Bishop sees Emerganda or Alienor wearing it he scoffs at the hypocrisy because (in his mind) they are anything but 'fair and gentle'.
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Hermione's Beautiful All Along moment comes when she's dressed in a periwinkle blue gown for the Yule Ball. This is only in the book as the dress is pink in the film (and the fandom had a collective fit over it).
  • Polgara the Sorceress, when not wearing gray wool travel garbs, prefers blue reserved for special occasions.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Prairie Dawn, Abby Cadabby, and Rosita from Sesame Street. The former two have pink skin and fur, respectively, while the latter has light blue fur.
  • Although most Super Sentai/Power Rangers Blue Rangers are male, the few times they are female, this comes into play. True to trope rules, when the female Ranger is blue it's of a considerably lighter and softer shade than her male counterparts (with the notable exceptions of the very first female blue ranger, Choujuu Sentai Liveman's Blue Dolphin, who was more or less the same color as the previous blue rangers and the blue ranger from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger/Alien Rangers who wears a light cyan costume despite being male). Both canon female Blue Rangers, Tori and Madison, are very feminine characters. In Tori's case, she's The Chick and Madison is the Girly Girl contrasted with her Tomboy sister Vida (who ironically is the Pink Ranger).
  • Guinevere from Merlin has a number of pastel dresses, but in series four especially, she was frequently seen in pale blue.
  • In Downton Abbey, Lady Sybil Crawley (later Branson) has many blue outfits, possibly to represent her role as the youngest and most innocent of the family and ultimately Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
  • Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones starts to prominently wear a heavily-blue outfit starting in the show's third season.
  • In the Spartacus series, Lucretia's body slaves seems to be required to be clad in blue, as seen with Melitta and Naevia. The other women in the show regularly dressed in blue as well.

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    Religion 
  • As mentioned above, the Virgin Mary is often depicted dressed in blue. Another explanation for this convention is that medieval artists wanted to dress the Mother of God in the most valuable they could think of, and ultramarine (which is made of ground-up lapislazuli) was the most expensive dye. St. Peter is also usually shown dressed in blue, but usually a lighter shade (i. e. with little or no ultramarine in it) or in blue and orangey yellow.

    Theatre 
  • Edward Albee's Tiny Alice has the Original Cast Precedent of Alice wearing blue. As theatre critic Otis L. Guernsey pointed out, though many people took this as symbolic, "nowhere does the Tiny Alice script specify that Miss Alice wear blue, though it does describe her boudoir as 'Feminine, but not frilly. Blues instead of pinks.'"

    Toys 
  • In BIONICLE, all the Toa/Matoran of the Water element are female and have blue armor. The female elements of Lightning and Psionics also have blue as their main color.

    Video Games 
  • Rinoa in Final Fantasy VIII wears a blue coat, and is perhaps the most feminine of the female player characters (aside from Selphie, who is more perky).
  • In Shining in the Darkness, the bodice of Princess Jessa's dress is blue.
  • Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy primarily wears cyan.
  • Alisa Bosconovitch of Tekken wears an outfit with blue flowers and blue jewels.
  • Yurika Kirishima of Project Justice wears a bright blue dress, and is very clearly the most feminine character in her series.
  • Princess Zelda has run a gamut of colors over the series, starting with red (Zelda and Zelda II), then blue (A Link to the Past), pink (Ocarina of Time and most games), and more recently purple (Twilight Princess). She is also the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom, which is usually associated with blue.
  • Amitie Florian of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny generally wears blue clothes that reflect her kind and friendly demeanor. It also matches well with her sister's very pink motif.
  • In Fate/stay night, Saber (Arturia Pendragon) wears blue armor thus combines this trope with Action Girl.
  • In Bioshock Infinite, Elizabeth at first wears a blue skirt with a white shirt that has blue details. She then changes into a long blue skirt and blue shrug (which are a replica of clothes Lady Comstock wore who also is an example of this trope). Here the blue symbolizes sadness, peace and isolation.
  • In Disney's Guilty Party, the matron Olivia Dickens wears a long blue evening dress as an ensemble with her white fur coat.

    Webcomics 
  • The Dream Oracle from Cucumber Quest is head-to-toe blue.
  • Jigsaw and Daisy's Team Andromeda uniforms in Last Res0rt are this combined with stripes of Red Is Heroic, although that's admittedly as feminine as the outfit gets. In contrast, Team Corvus wears a darker navy blue.
  • Yihwa Yeon's outfit in Tower of God consists of a royal blue sweater and some shorts over stockings. Mainly because fighting in a dress seems rather inconvenient. It also displays perfectly that all the females (aside from Nare and Miseng) are asskickers first and women second. Maria, however, is truly blue feminine and a Princess Classic, if one can believe Koon's twisted memories.
  • Both Jade Harley and Jane Crocker from Homestuck almost always wear blue, although Jade is more commonly associated with the color green.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Dudley Do-Right cartoons, Nell wears a blue dress. She is an innocent girl and frequent damsel in distress.
  • Sarah Phillips from Liberty's Kids.
  • Charlotte of Making Fiends is completely blue. Her skin, eyes, clothes and hair are all blue.
  • Bubbles of The Powerpuff Girls, the girliest of them, is colour-coded with a blue dress.
  • Princess Sally Acorn of Sonic Sat AM media wears blue boots and vest. She's feminine, but strong, even giving (G-rated) cusses to Robotnick.
  • Gretchen from Recess usually wears a blue dress with a pink bow tied around it. This is Ashley Q.'s signature color.
  • Ariel of Thundarr the Barbarian wears a blue Leotard of Power.
  • Chromia from Transformers is colored blue, as opposed to Arcee's (usually) pink. In Transformers Prime, Arcee is blue with pink highlights.
  • Inverted with Rainbow Dash. She has a blue coat, and part of her mane is blue, but she's the least feminine of the main characters. Played mostly straight with Princess Luna, whose coat is very dark blue, as is most of her mane and tail. Princess Cadance is, largely, an example of Princesses Prefer Pink and Pink Means Feminine, but her cutie mark prominently displays a blue crystal heart, she used to wear a blue bow in her mane, and her magical aura is light blue (as opposed to her husband Shining Armor, whose primary color scheme is white and blue, yet his cutie mark has pink in it and his magic aura is the same color as his sister Twilight's (magenta)).
  • Bloom of Winx Club. All of her fairy forms are primarily blue.

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