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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 regularly seen through Red and Green, Orange and Blue, and, though not technically colors, even Black and White.
By virtue of being closest to black and white in terms of their difference, this is the strongest contrast on the color wheel. It is not unheard of in works involving royalty.
The sun and the light are almost always indicated by some shade of yellow or maize. Positively, it is used to signify cheerfulness and a sense of warmth. Negatively, it is used to signify fear and cowardice. Among others, Supernatural Gold Eyes can go in either direction.
The supernatural and the darkness tend to be indicated by purple or violet. Positively, it is used to signify wisdom and balance (particularly between the Onis). Negatively, it is used to signify poison or dark magic. Either way, Purple Is Powerful, too.
Individually compare Purple Is the New Black and Gold and White Are Divine. Also compare Color Motifs, Color-Coded for Your Convenience, and, for both colors at once, Solar and Lunar and Good Colors, Evil Colors.
- In VeggieTales, Larry's superhero alter ego, Larry-Boy, has a purple-and-yellow costume. His theme song (from "Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space!") even lampshades it: "Purple and yellow / he's one super fellow!"
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