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* ProgressiveRock tends to follow this trope. Bands such as Music/{{Yes}} and Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer are often criticized for their pretentious lyrics, though in Yes' case it's more for their [[WordSaladLyrics incomprehensibility]]. However, many bands such as Music/{{Rush}} and Music/{{Genesis}} write in high prose yet do it very well. Music/{{Marillion}} had a few cases of purple prose in their early days that strayed into {{Narm}} territory and no song of theirs has been more accused of this than "Grendel". Exhibit A:

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* ProgressiveRock tends to follow this trope. Bands such as Music/{{Yes}} and Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer are often criticized for their pretentious lyrics, though in Yes' case it's more for their [[WordSaladLyrics incomprehensibility]]. However, many bands such as Music/{{Rush}} and Music/{{Genesis}} Music/{{Genesis|Band}} write in high prose yet do it very well. Music/{{Marillion}} had a few cases of purple prose in their early days that strayed into {{Narm}} territory and no song of theirs has been more accused of this than "Grendel". Exhibit A:

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* ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/18954007/chapters/45003436 Tales of a Warless World]]'', a VideoGame/{{SUGURI}} and VideoGame/{{Sora}} fanfic, sometimes delves into this when describing the mundanities of everyday life.
-->It was a lazy Sunday. Well, it would have been. It was a curious phenomenon; before Suguri met Hime, every Sunday was a lazy Sunday. It was the only flavour of Sunday available. You could perhaps make a call to the manager of the Sunday store and ask her to stock new and innovative varieties of Sunday, and she would simply push up her metaphorical glasses and say, “Our consumer data says that Lazy Sundays are the best selling Sunday by far. Do you know how many Lazy Sundays are being consumed worldwide? In fact, we have a 100% takeup rate. Why would we stock anything else, given that everybody loves Lazy Sundays so much?” Well, you would say, Lazy Sundays are very nice and nobody is denying that, but a change is as good as a rest, isn’t it? There’s nothing wrong with trying just a little something new every once in a while to see if you like it. The store manager would look at you, check the data on her phone (which looks suspiciously not like actual data and more like a candy-based puzzle game) and say, “Sorry, but it just wouldn’t be profitable for us. If you want Sundays, you’ll just have to abide by the ones we have, or check with one of our competitors. By the way, the only ones we have are lazy ones, and our competitors don’t exist.”


* Creator/AnneRice, especially in her ''Sleeping Beauty'' books. Like Lovecraft and Howard, [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools she is rather good at it]].

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* Creator/AnneRice, especially in her ''Sleeping Beauty'' books. Like Lovecraft and Howard, [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools she is was rather good at it]].


* The writing style in ''ComicBook/TheTriganEmpire'' was very purple. Probably not since Robert E. Howard wrote that ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' was destined to "Tread the Jewelled thrones of the world beneath his sandalled feet" has there been more overblown verbiage in a piece of popular entertainment. Certainly, not many characters in modern comics "slake their ravening thirst" at waterholes or "feel the icy fingers of terror course down their spines"; but maybe the world of comics and the English language are the poorer for it.

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* The writing style in ''ComicBook/TheTriganEmpire'' was very purple. Probably not since Robert E. Howard Creator/RobertEHoward wrote that ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' was destined to "Tread the Jewelled thrones of the world beneath his sandalled feet" has there been more overblown verbiage in a piece of popular entertainment. Certainly, not many characters in modern comics "slake their ravening thirst" at waterholes or "feel the icy fingers of terror course down their spines"; but maybe the world of comics and the English language are the poorer for it.


* ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'' has the narration of Green Goblin's death.
-->So do the proud men die: Crucified. Not on a cross of gold, but on a stake of humble tin.


-->''”You shall not shan’t doeth no more harm” Azura callethed out all in the native tongue of her foe most formidable. Hecate could only screech, screecheth did she, for the screeching did worseneth…''

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-->''”You -->''"You shall not shan’t doeth no more harm” harm" Azura callethed out all in the native tongue of her foe most formidable. Hecate could only screech, screecheth did she, for the screeching did worseneth…''worseneth…''\\
''Twice have I tarried at Tannebrack, yet 'ere have I kept my troth to thee Azura''


* A relatively short example, but the Creator/MarvelComics adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' features a rather lengthy explanation of how the Dinobots came in to save the day... from ''[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Purple_sludge.jpg Sludge]]''. The Dinobot who, in every other depiction, is the ''[[DumbMuscle stupidest]]'', ''[[HulkSpeak most inarticulate]]'' member of the team, and he even gets a "Good thinking, Sludge" response from Kup! Incidentally, Ralph Macchio, who wrote all those {{Introdump}}s in the first issue of [[ComicBook/TheTransformers the main series]], wrote the movie adaptation as well.

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* A relatively short example, but the Creator/MarvelComics adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' features a rather lengthy explanation of how the Dinobots came in to save the day... from ''[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Purple_sludge.jpg Sludge]]''. The Dinobot who, in every other depiction, is the ''[[DumbMuscle stupidest]]'', ''[[HulkSpeak most inarticulate]]'' member of the team, and he even gets a "Good thinking, Sludge" response from Kup! Incidentally, Ralph Macchio, who wrote all those {{Introdump}}s in the first issue of [[ComicBook/TheTransformers the main series]], ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMarvel'', wrote the movie adaptation as well.


* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', where Alistair Grout complains in one of his audio logs that his fellow vampires have an annoying habit of talking like this for reasons unknown.

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* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', where Alistair Grout complains in one of his audio logs that his fellow vampires have an annoying habit of talking like this for reasons unknown. [[GotMeDoingIt Then catches himself doing it.]]


* Invoked on Wiki/ThisVeryWiki when describing Creator/AmandaMcKittrickRos, to parody her own prose going beyond purple into the nearest ultraviolet octave's red.


* It is to great and heart-rending dismay that much amateur fiction based in the universes of other writers is plagued by this. Even otherwise good stories are brought down to the level of others with the insistence of throwing in little bits of violet verbiage ('eyes' as 'orbs', for one small example).
** ''Especially'' when fanfic writers attempt a sex scene- they tend to describe every action in excruciating detail, use increasingly bizarre euphemisms for 'penis' and very often lapse into MillsAndBoonProse, even when the rest of the story is normally written, or even [[BeigeProse beige]].
** One ''Buffy'' fan fiction by an otherwise excellent author who uses [[MillsAndBoonProse purple prose only in their sex scenes]], referring to "pulsating manhoods", "throbbing mounds" and, oddly enough both breasts and buttocks as "firm globes." Go figure. Then again, it's also suspected that due to the amount of purple prose found in fanfiction, there is indeed a reason why most of these people are writing 600,000+ words of never-to-be-compensated ''Buffy'' (''Star Wars''/''Lost''/''Sailor Moon''/etc.) fan fiction rather than, you know, a real novel.
** The Kingdom Hearts fan fiction community is worse. "Vertical. Meat. Pistol." ''Fanfic/ThoseLackingSpines'' parodies such over(ab)used description with the Overly Detailed Purple Description Mode[[TradeSnark ™.]]
** ''Series/TheSentinel'' fan fiction is rife with descriptions of Blair's "cerulean orbs".
** ''Final Fantasy VII'' fan fiction authors do the same thing with Cloud and his "cerulean orbs". Even more cringe-worthy writing usually involves Sephiroth's flowing, molten silver tresses or blazing emerald orbs. Just for fun, take a drink every time you see the word "orbs" describe eyes in a fic. You'll get blasted out of your mind in an hour, tops.
** Many fan fiction writers in ''Series/TheMagnificentSeven'' create very violet prose for the dialogue of Ezra Standish. While his character did have a larger vocabulary than the rest, many writers make him sound like he swallowed a thesaurus.
* Also prevalent in online roleplaying forums, particularly the sort where characters are animals. Try to find an online wolf or horse who ''doesn't'' describe his eyes as "orbs". These characters tend to be played by [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls the same teenage girls who are writing all the erotic fanfiction.]] To make matters worse, some even penalize those who don't adopt this style, by claiming the author is illiterate. Some offer helpful synonym lists, including such brilliant entries as [[ArtisticLicenseBiology "talon" for "hoof".]]



* In ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfiction, there are very specific words that absolutely scream "Purple Prose!" Some of the worst examples: orbs, obsidian, chocolate (when they refer to Light and not to Mello), honey, raven (as a noun) and panda. Yes, panda. Most people should not be sure why L is a panda, but many people call him one anyway. And while some just say he has panda eyes, others outright call him a freakin' panda.



* Those who write ''Series/GossipGirl'' fanfiction have an odd obsession with nagging on about the characters hair color. "The blonde went and did so and so while the brunette did something else". Especially jarring since Nate is always referred to as a blonde when he is, in fact, a brunette. But it's just so much more poetic to call Nate and Serena "the two blondes" and Chuck and Blair "the brunettes".\\
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Fan writers also just love to describe Nate and Serena as being like "two adorable golden retriever puppies". Failed attempts at drama abound.
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' fanfiction writers never call Thor and Loki by their actual names. Always "the blond", and "the brunet". Sometimes the other characters (cough [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] cough) will get this too, but never as bad as Thor and Loki.
** Loki gets targeted for a lot of purple prose regarding his eyes as well. Creator/TomHiddleston does, in fact, have very bright, intriguing eyes, but the amount of time many writers spend on describing Loki's "emerald orbs" is inordinate.
** Thor and Loki (and any other Asgardian characters) also tend to get [[IncrediblyLamePun hammered]] with this, too. These characters often speak in very convoluted, semi-old-fashioned speech similar to ye olde medieval, but many writers make them incomprehensible. Of course, it doesn't help at all that even various comic book writers can't decide on a consistent voice, either.
* In fact, any HairContrastDuo is likely to fall to the above effect, to the point where light-haired characters who are not necessarily blond but rather brown-haired will be dubbed as blonds. In Fandoms where YouGottaHaveBlueHair instead, fanfic writers will take the word brunette and use it to invent new words to describe hair colors such as "the bluenette" and "the silverette".
* The Official Fanfiction Universities [[note]]A Fanfiction University is a type of fanfiction in which the fangirls and fanboys who write poor fan fiction are rounded up to be taught better writing.[[/note]] play this trope vindictively. Their generally clueless badfic students sign up with a physical description of their in-universe persona, usually give it their typical Purple treatment, and the staff proceeds to give it a LiteralGenie spin. This has resulted in a [[{{Literature/Redwall}} squirrel with leaves and fruit growing out of his fur]], and one character with ''actual gold orbs'' instead of eyes.
-->"I think whoever dealt with our forms must be really good with magic and really, really bad with metaphors."
** Another such university had a student who signed up with "creamy skin". Excruciating BodyHorror ensued.
** ''Fanfic/TheOfficialFanfictionUniversityOfMiddleEarth'' parodies it with "urple", a disgusting color that covers everything at the university and can't be gotten rid of.

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* Those who write ''Series/GossipGirl'' fanfiction have an odd obsession with nagging on about the characters hair color. "The blonde went and did so and so while the brunette did something else". Especially jarring since Nate is always referred to as a blonde when he is, in fact, a brunette. But it's just so much more poetic to call Nate and Serena "the two blondes" and Chuck and Blair "the brunettes".\\
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Fan writers also just love to describe Nate and Serena as being like "two adorable golden retriever puppies". Failed attempts at drama abound.
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' fanfiction writers never call Thor and Loki by their actual names. Always "the blond", and "the brunet". Sometimes the other characters (cough [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] cough) will get this too, but never as bad as Thor and Loki.
** Loki gets targeted for a lot of purple prose regarding his eyes as well. Creator/TomHiddleston does, in fact, have very bright, intriguing eyes, but the amount of time many writers spend on describing Loki's "emerald orbs" is inordinate.
** Thor and Loki (and any other Asgardian characters) also tend to get [[IncrediblyLamePun hammered]] with this, too. These characters often speak in very convoluted, semi-old-fashioned speech similar to ye olde medieval, but many writers make them incomprehensible. Of course, it doesn't help at all that even various comic book writers can't decide on a consistent voice, either.
* In fact, any HairContrastDuo is likely to fall to the above effect, to the point where light-haired characters who are not necessarily blond but rather brown-haired will be dubbed as blonds. In Fandoms where YouGottaHaveBlueHair instead, fanfic writers will take the word brunette and use it to invent new words to describe hair colors such as "the bluenette" and "the silverette".
* The Official Fanfiction Universities [[note]]A Fanfiction University is a type of fanfiction in which the fangirls and fanboys who write poor fan fiction are rounded up to be taught better writing.[[/note]] play this trope vindictively. Their generally clueless badfic students sign up with a physical description of their in-universe persona, usually give it their typical Purple treatment, and the staff proceeds to give it a LiteralGenie spin. This has resulted in a [[{{Literature/Redwall}} squirrel with leaves and fruit growing out of his fur]], and one character with ''actual gold orbs'' instead of eyes.
-->"I think whoever dealt with our forms must be really good with magic and really, really bad with metaphors."
** Another such university had a student who signed up with "creamy skin". Excruciating BodyHorror ensued.
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''Fanfic/TheOfficialFanfictionUniversityOfMiddleEarth'' parodies it with "urple", a disgusting color that covers everything at the university and can't be gotten rid of.



* Cori Falls is ''obsessed'' with describing the hair and eye colors of her favorite characters, and [[AuthorVocabularyCalendar always with the same color variations]].
* Far too many ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfics insist on using as many different adjectives as possible to describe the colour of eyes and hair. Harry's eyes are always "jade" or "emerald" rather than green. Hermione's hair is always "chestnut" rather than "brown".
* There was an ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfic where, in the space of a single chapter, Zuko's eyes were golden, amber, honey-colored, flame, and golden again. But never yellow, nope.
* The ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' fanfics relating to Gwen and Kevin tend to have Purple Prose, either how [[PossessionSue smoking hot]] Gwen is (while she is pretty in-universe, Kevin has never called her smoking hot) or how [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys hunky Kevin Levin is]], [[DemotedToExtra Ben Tennyson]] the main character of the show isn't even described with purple prose!



* ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfiction authors have a thing about changing the color of character's eyes. Obi-Wan's have went from gray (but not ''just'' gray, ''silver''), blue ("cerulean"), gray-blue ("storm-colored"), green ("emerald"), and hazel. Xanatos, from the Jedi Apprentice series, has eyes that change from black to blue to green. Boba Fett gets this a bit too, his eyes almost always being referred to as hazel. In actuality, they're dark brown.



* A novelized, humanized version of the WALLE film, titled ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5467423/1/WALLY_The_Novelization_Humanized WALLY: The Novelization, Humanized!]]'' is so heavily detailed that in some places it takes over 30 lines type just to describe how a character looks. This isn’t helped by the fact that the story contains nudity, sex, gore, and a boatload of other horrors that can only be described by a purple prose master. It makes you glad that they used robots instead in the actual film. Depending on your preferences, once you get past the vivid descriptions, it can be quite enjoyable.
** There is an [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6098618/1/ edited version]], that cuts most of the purple prose.

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* A novelized, humanized version of the WALLE film, titled ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5467423/1/WALLY_The_Novelization_Humanized WALLY: The Novelization, Humanized!]]'' is so heavily detailed that in some places it takes over 30 lines type just to describe how a character looks. This isn’t helped by the fact that the story contains nudity, sex, gore, and a boatload of other horrors that can only be described by a purple prose master. It makes you glad that they used robots instead in the actual film. Depending on your preferences, once you get past the vivid descriptions, it can be quite enjoyable.
** There
enjoyable, and there is an [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6098618/1/ edited version]], version]] that cuts most of the purple prose.



* Any ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' fanfiction labelled as angst and/or romance will likely be plagued by this.
** Heck, half of all angst and romance fanfiction, particularly those that are labeled as both, is rife with this.


* The traffic and sponsor sections of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' veer into Purple Prose quite often, as well as [[TheNarrator Cecil's]] florid descriptions of [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Carlos's]] hair.

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* The traffic and sponsor sections of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' veer into Purple Prose quite often, as well as [[TheNarrator [[CharacterNarrator Cecil's]] florid descriptions of [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Carlos's]] hair.


* Creator/MattStover's work generally contains a fair amount of this. He likes to get philosophical, and in each of his Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse books he expands on TheForce as vast and mysterious, and what using it feels like to a powerful Jedi or Sith. This always involves extended metaphors, like ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' with its life-as-stars and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'''s TheForce-as-water.

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* Creator/MattStover's work generally contains a fair amount of this. He likes to get philosophical, and in each of his Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse books he expands on TheForce the Force as vast and mysterious, and what using it feels like to a powerful Jedi or Sith. This always involves extended metaphors, like ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' with its life-as-stars and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'''s TheForce-as-water.the Force-as-water.


* Virtually everything written on ''Blog/SongunBlog'' (with a touch of {{Engrish}} thrown in for good measure). It's a wonder the author was able to keep it up for so long.

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* Virtually everything written on ''Blog/SongunBlog'' (with a touch of {{Engrish}} Engrish thrown in for good measure). It's a wonder the author was able to keep it up for so long.


* Almost all BlackMetal lyrics, and any attempts these bands make at philosophizing in the album liner notes. This has also become very common with TechnicalDeathMetal, particularly the more melodic acts. There's a good chance that if a band plays tech death, their lyrical approach is going to boil down to vaguely philosophical/metaphysical rambling with lots and lots of this trope.

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* Almost all BlackMetal lyrics, and any attempts these bands make at philosophizing in the album liner notes. This has also become very common with TechnicalDeathMetal, particularly the more melodic acts. There's a good chance that if a band plays tech death, their lyrical approach is going to boil down to vaguely philosophical/metaphysical rambling with lots and lots of this trope. Death-Doom classic ''Transcendence Into the Peripheral'' by Disembowelment fits into this as well, [[IndecipherableLyrics if only it could be understood under the guttural growling]].


->''Steer clear of “thee” and “thou” and “waxing wroth” unless you are a genius, and use adjectives as if they cost you a toenail. For some reason adjectives cluster around some works of fantasy.''

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->''Steer clear of “thee” "thee" and “thou” "thou" and “waxing wroth” "waxing wroth" unless you are a genius, and use adjectives as if they cost you a toenail. For some reason adjectives cluster around some works of fantasy.''



The writing style is [[TropeNamers named after]] a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_prose#Origins quote]] by Roman poet Horace (65-8 BC, making this OlderThanFeudalism), who compared writing such prose to sewing purple patches to clothing. This practice was a common means to show pretentiousness in wealth since purple dye was an expensive rarity. "Purple Patches" is used when the writer only occasionally breaks into purple, like scintillating arrays of diamonds appearing incongruously in mire, which can make much of the text more readable but less consistent, so the reader is jolted from one style to the other. (Consistent purple prose at least lets the reader get into the swing of things.)

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The writing style is [[TropeNamers named after]] a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_prose#Origins quote]] by Roman poet Horace (65-8 BC, making this OlderThanFeudalism), who compared writing such prose to sewing purple patches to clothing. This practice was a common means to show form of [[ConspicuousConsumption displaying pretentiousness in wealth wealth]], since purple dye dye-- sourced from a very specific type of snail-- was an expensive rarity.rarity in those days. "Purple Patches" is used when the writer only occasionally breaks into purple, like scintillating arrays of diamonds appearing incongruously in mire, which can make much of the text more readable but less consistent, so the reader is jolted from one style to the other. (Consistent purple prose at least lets the reader get into the swing of things.)



* Online music magazine ''Pitchfork Media'' is frequently mocked for this, with a common criticism being that the reviewers' writing often overshadows the actual album being reviewed. The most famous parody is Creator/DavidCross's [[http://pitchfork.com/features/guest-lists/6044-david-cross-albums-to-listen-to-while-reading-overwrought-pitchfork-reviews/ Albums To Listen To While Reading Overwrought Pitchfork Reviews]], partly written in response to their review of his CD ''It's Not Funny''.

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* Online music magazine ''Pitchfork Media'' is frequently mocked for this, with a common criticism being that the reviewers' writing often overshadows the actual album being reviewed. In fact, this very trait is what brought the site to prominence, when its flowery review of ''Music/KidA'' became one of the first to be published in the wake of the highly-anticipated album's release. The most famous parody is Creator/DavidCross's [[http://pitchfork.com/features/guest-lists/6044-david-cross-albums-to-listen-to-while-reading-overwrought-pitchfork-reviews/ Albums To Listen To While Reading Overwrought Pitchfork Reviews]], partly written in response to their review of his CD ''It's Not Funny''.

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