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This can also apply even with GrayAndGrayMorality. Just because you don't know which side is really the bad guys, doesn't mean you can't still tell one side from the other.

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This can also apply even with GrayAndGrayMorality.GreyAndGrayMorality. Just because you don't know which side is really the bad guys, doesn't mean you can't still tell one side from the other.


* In the BBC adaptation of ''Series/TheWhiteQueen'', Elizabeth Woodville is generally wearing white whereas Margaret Beaufort nearly always wears red.


* In the BBC adaptation of ''[[Series/TheWhiteQueen]]'', Elizabeth Woodville is generally wearing white whereas Margaret Beaufort nearly always wears red.

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* In the BBC adaptation of ''[[Series/TheWhiteQueen]]'', ''Series/TheWhiteQueen'', Elizabeth Woodville is generally wearing white whereas Margaret Beaufort nearly always wears red.


* In ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'', when TheBigBad decides to take over the Vampyre High Coucil, she changes her colourful wardrobe for skin-tight revealing black dresses. It's also a case of SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains and she has FemmeFatalons to complete the look.

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* In ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'', when TheBigBad the BigBad decides to take over the Vampyre High Coucil, she changes her colourful wardrobe for skin-tight revealing black dresses. It's also a case of SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains and she has FemmeFatalons to complete the look.


* In the BBC adaptation of ''[[Literature/TheCousinsWarSeries The White Queen]]'' the different families are given three distinct colour-schemes: the Rivers wear blue, the Tudors wear red and the Nevilles wear green. This extends to the three central women of the drama, in which Elizabeth Woodville (the titular White Queen) wears white and gold, whilst Margaret Beaufort wears red and Anne Neville sticks with green.

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* In the BBC adaptation of ''[[Literature/TheCousinsWarSeries The White Queen]]'' the different families are given three distinct colour-schemes: the Rivers wear blue, the Tudors wear red and the Nevilles wear green. This extends to the three central women of the drama, in which ''[[Series/TheWhiteQueen]]'', Elizabeth Woodville (the titular White Queen) wears is generally wearing white and gold, whilst whereas Margaret Beaufort nearly always wears red and Anne Neville sticks with green.red.


* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'' trilogies both use uniquely designed armour so that combatants are easy to tell apart in a fight. Naturalistic Art Nouveau shapes were used for elves, sharp angles and geometric designs represented the dwarves, Nordic and Viking-like designs were attributed to the Rohan, and Roman-esque armour with seabird motifs were used by Gondor. For the villains, dark armour with horns and fur and a general slapped-on look were used for orcs, and Uruk-hai and Sauron's "Uber Orcs" had armour was still crude but felt more solid to show that they weren't messing around.

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'' trilogies both use uniquely designed armour so that combatants are easy to tell apart in a fight. Naturalistic Art Nouveau shapes were used for elves, sharp angles and geometric designs represented the dwarves, Nordic and Viking-like designs were attributed to the Rohan, Rohan (going with Tolkien's idea of the Rohirrim as, essentially, Horse Vikings), and Roman-esque armour with seabird motifs were used by Gondor.Gondor (going with the striking parallels between Gondor and the Byzantine Empire, being a rump of a once-great empire, but one which retained considerable naval skill). For the villains, dark armour with horns and fur and a general slapped-on look were used for orcs, and Uruk-hai and Sauron's "Uber Orcs" had armour was still crude but felt more solid to show that they weren't messing around.


* ''Series/BabylonFive'' takes a rather literal [[PlanetOfHats Planets of Hats ]]approach to this. The Centauri dress like the [[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Prussian military]], the Narn favour leather oddments dyed and visibly stitched together, the Minbari go for priestly robes, and later, we see the warrior caste use somewhat more functional clothing. The humans start in the same outfits, but then splinter and argue over the clothing bin.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' takes a rather literal [[PlanetOfHats Planets of Hats ]]approach to this. The Centauri dress like the [[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Prussian military]], the Narn favour leather oddments dyed and visibly stitched together, the Minbari go for priestly robes, and later, we see the warrior caste use somewhat more functional clothing. The humans start in the same outfits, wearing high-collared tunics for the military (not entirely dissimilar to some current forces' uniforms) and weirdly-modified 90s clothing for civilian wear (the print patterns and preference for band collars for men are particularly {{Zeerust}}y), but then splinter and argue over the clothing bin.bin--leading the early-90s Zeerust to expand to the military side.


* Literature/NineteenEightyFour: Members of the Outer Party, such a the protagonist Winston Smith, wear blue overalls. Members of the Inner Party wear black overalls. Children belonging to the Youth League wear red handkerchiefs, gray shirts, and blue shorts.

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* Literature/NineteenEightyFour: Members of the Outer Party, such a as the protagonist Winston Smith, wear blue overalls. Members of the Inner Party wear black overalls. Children belonging to the Youth League wear red handkerchiefs, gray shirts, and blue shorts.

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'' trilogies both use uniquely designed armour so that combatants are easy to tell apart in a fight. Naturalistic Art Nouveau shapes were used for elves, sharp angles and geometric designs represented the dwarves, Nordic and Viking-like designs were attributed to the Rohan, and Roman-esque armour with seabird motifs were used by Gondor. For the villains, dark armour with horns and fur and a general slapped-on look were used for orcs, and Uruk-hai and Sauron's "Uber Orcs" had armour was still crude but felt more solid to show that they weren't messing around.


[[caption-width-right:330:[-In [[LotusEaterMachine The Matrix]], a BadassLongcoat = [[LaResistance Freedom Fighter]], while Clean-Cut Hair, Earpiece and [[SharpDressedMan a Suit]] = Evil Tool of TheMan.-] CoolShades are universal. ]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:[-In [[LotusEaterMachine The Matrix]], a BadassLongcoat = [[LaResistance Freedom Fighter]], while Clean-Cut Hair, Earpiece and [[SharpDressedMan a Suit]] = Evil Tool of TheMan.-] CoolShades are universal. universal.-] ]]


[[caption-width-right:330:[-In [[LotusEaterMachine The Matrix]], a BadassLongcoat = [[LaResistance Freedom Fighter]], while Clean-Cut Hair and [[SharpDressedMan a Suit]] = Evil Tool of TheMan.-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:[-In [[LotusEaterMachine The Matrix]], a BadassLongcoat = [[LaResistance Freedom Fighter]], while Clean-Cut Hair Hair, Earpiece and [[SharpDressedMan a Suit]] = Evil Tool of TheMan.-] CoolShades are universal. ]]

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* This is a popular trope in video games, particularly first- and third-person shooters. This is because the player needs to be able to quickly distinguish enemies from allies


* Terry Pratchett averts this trope on multiple occasions, most notably with Lady Margolotta from ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' . Fluffy pink cardigans are not standard vampire wear, not even when patterned with a bat motif.

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* Terry Pratchett averts this trope on multiple occasions, most notably with Lady Margolotta from ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' . Fluffy pink cardigans are not standard vampire wear, not even when patterned with a bat motif.motif, but Margolotta's manner of dress is almost certainly [[ObfuscatingStupidity deliberately designed to make the unwary underestimate her]].


* Some RTS games, such as ''AgeOfEmpiresIII'', will avoid using two of the same nation in randomized skirmishes to avoid confusion when not using the [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience trinary color option]]. For a non-opposing example, upgrading your units gives them significant cosmetic changes that allow skilled players to identify the tech level of opposing units on sight. For example, upgrading ''AgeOfMythology'''s Ulfsarks to the highest rank makes their [[HeadHat bearskin hats]] vividly white, as opposed to the usual brown.

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* Some RTS games, such as ''AgeOfEmpiresIII'', ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'', will avoid using two of the same nation in randomized skirmishes to avoid confusion when not using the [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience trinary color option]]. For a non-opposing example, upgrading your units gives them significant cosmetic changes that allow skilled players to identify the tech level of opposing units on sight. For example, upgrading ''AgeOfMythology'''s ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'''s Ulfsarks to the highest rank makes their [[HeadHat bearskin hats]] vividly white, as opposed to the usual brown.

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* ShabbyHeroesWellDressedVillains

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