: Whoever's in charge wears colors distinct from what everyone else wears.
- Straight: The mayor of Greenvale wears a bright yellow overcoat, causing him to stand out from the other townsfolk, who prefer more earthy tones.
- Exaggerated: Greenvale's mayor is known for his yellow coat; the local militia leader always wears bright red; King Sable is known for his black and purple garb, while Queen Satine is known for always wearing purple and red and daughters Velvet and Chiffon for wearing all purple and pink, respectively.
- Downplayed: The mayor of Greenvale wears a yellow scarf, while everyone else wears red scarves.
- The yellow robe comes with the office of Mayor of Greenvale and must be worn when fulfilling the duties of his office, much as a judge must wear his robes while presiding over a courtroom.
- It is important for every one to recognize their superiors at a moment's glance, therefore they must wear distinct colors to be more recognizable.
- Inverted: The underlings are forced to wear distinct colors and the superiors can wear what they like.
- Subverted: Greenvale's mayor wears the same thing as everything else in town, making it hard for Hiro and his friends to find him at first.
- Double Subverted: ...However, when they finally track him down, they learn his trademark yellow coat was being washed. He immediately dons it and always has it on from that point onward.
- Parodied: Inhabitants of Greenvale will defer to the authority of anyone wearing yellow.
- Zig Zagged: In the long line of Mayors of Greenvale, some liked to wear distinct colours, while others did not.
- Averted: Everybody's outfit is unique and nobody stands out.
- Enforced: "We have to make the important people more distinct, so the audience can see them at a glance in crowd scenes. How about making authority figures are wear bright colours?"
- Lampshaded: "He always wears colors different than us!"
- Invoked: The mayor picks out the most elaborate outfit to stand out from the rest.
- Exploited: Knowing that the invading Empire's forces will be going for whoever wears the Mayoral yellow coat, the Mayor arranges for a body double to be dressed in a yellow coat that day, while he himself wears an earthy brown.
- Defied: Despite being given a distinct uniform, the mayor insists to wear what everyone else is wearing.
- Discussed: "You know, the bright yellow coat of the Mayor really makes him look silly. I mean, he looks like a duck!"
- Conversed: "Huh...why do authority figures in fiction always wear bright colours? Does power remove good taste?"
- Deconstructed: Since he's the only guy in town who wears something so bright, it's easy for the invading Empire's forces to immediately single him out and pick him off.
- Reconstructed: The Mayor is fully aware of this and actually chose his coat based on that idea — wanting to show both the enemy and his people that he isn't afraid of becoming a target.
- Played For Laughs: Everyone is horrified by how horrendously gaudy the mayor's beloved yellow coat is and how much it clashes with everything else, but he's such a cheerful and Nice Guy that nobody has the heart to tell him how awful it looks.
- Played For Drama:
- The yellow coat is a ploy to make everyone notice the outfit rather than his worsening medical condition.
- An assassin is told to kill the man in the yellow coat, when the mayor finds out he gives the coat to a political rival.
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