Playing With / Woman in Black

Basic Trope: A menacing, usually outright evil woman in a black outfit.
  • Straight: Melinda, a Dark Action Girl, dresses in black.
  • Exaggerated: Melinda is a villain, and her wardrobe consists of black, black, and more black. She refuses to wear even a hint of any other colour.
  • Downplayed: Melinda, an Obstructive Bureaucrat, wears a primarily black outfit with a white blouse and some tasteful grey accessories.
  • Justified:
    • Melinda's part of an evil army, and the uniform's all black.
    • Melinda works in an organization where black suits are the dress code
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: On the surface, at least. Turns out, there's a certain side of her she keeps hidden...
  • Parodied: The heroes' plan to neutralize Melinda is to get her to change her clothes. And it works.
  • Zig Zagged: Melinda wears a completely black outfit, but she seems to be a nice person. Then we find out she's simply Affably Evil. Halfway through the series, she does a Heel–Face Turn and switches to brighter colours. But after a while, she decides black suited her better and starts wearing it again, even though she's turned good.
  • Averted: Melinda doesn't wear black.
  • Enforced: The show has Dark Is Evil as one of its themes.
  • Lampshaded: "She only wears black from head to toe...I bet she's a bitch."
  • Invoked: "People need to know beforehand Melinda is evil. Dress her in a black gown or something similar."
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "Black makes me look pasty. Give me red or white any day."
  • Discussed: "Hm, if I wear black today, people may think I'm evil, but they'll take me more seriously than if I wear pink...but I do so love pink...nah, I'll go with black."
  • Conversed: "Why must all evil bitches wear black?"
  • Deconstructed: Melinda, a hero, wears all black as a sign of defiance against the establishment of white as a symbol of good...
  • Reconstructed: But after her fall to evil, she continues to wear black because she finds people take her more seriously as a villain when she wears dark colors.

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