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In basic complementary color theory, Color Contrast (a Super Trope) refers to use of any two polar opposite colors on the wheel. When such colors are put together in a single image, with almost no other color presence, the effect is called popping, or standing out heavily. This, in turn, colors films to have a strong contrasting palette. It is seen regularly in Orange and Blue, sometimes in Red and Green, and, though not technically colors, even in Black and White.
As the closest colors to black and white in terms of their difference, this is the strongest contrast on any colorspace. Thus it is used to indicate darkness and light, moon and sun, night and day, Good Colors, Evil Colors, royal factions, or any other Color-Coded Characters that can be imagined (compare the aforementioned).
Warning signals are almost always indicated by some shade of yellow or gold. Positively, it is used to signify spirit, spirituality, and a sense of warmth. Negatively, it is used to signify body neglect (such as Gold Tooth), cowardice, and greed. Among others, blondes and physical power can go in either direction.
The supernatural tends to be indicated by purple or violet. Positively, it is used to signify wisdom, depth, and balance (particularly between the Onis). Negatively, it is used to signify poison, dark magic, or excessive pride. Either way, Purple Is Powerful (and / or graceful), too.
Important: When adding examples, both colors have to interact at the forefront, in one manner or another. Otherwise, it's not this trope.
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Anime and Manga
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Eriol deliberately created Spinel Sun to be a contrast to Kerberos. While Kerberos has a golden body with white wings and red highlights, Spinel Sun has a black/purple body with blue highlights. - Zero-Context Example - What significance do the gold and purple have in regard to the characters as per the Description above? See the examples below for what must be included.
- Very deliberately used in the seventh season of How I Met Your Mother. In the episode where Ted finally decides he wants to let go of Robin, the entire cast is seen wearing purple for the episode. However, in the end, after Ted makes his decision, he steps outside to a sea of people— all of them sporting the Mother's iconic yellow umbrella, symbolizing how moving on from Robin was the only way for Ted to fall in love with his future wife.
- Just as Mario and Luigi from Super Mario Bros. share a Red/Green Contrast, their rivals Wario and Waluigi share a Yellow/Purple one. Wario's yellow applies nicely to his greed and desire for gold and money. Waluigi's dark purple goes in likeness to his vanity, sense of pride and brooding nature.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- When going on Friendship Missions, purple-coated Twilight Sparkle and yellow-coated Fluttershy go along. Both are shy but intellectual ponies, with Twilight as an socially awkward yet analytical Bookworm, and Fluttershy as a timid yet a great animal caretaker.
- Mane-wise, blonde Applejack and violet-haired Rarity, though polar opposites, go together on Friendship Missions with Applejack providing hard work, strength, and integrity, and Rarity providing style, charisma, and a sense of charitability.
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