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In many western and European societies, the colors gold and white are associated with goodness and divinity. White and gold invoke images of Heaven and angels, and embody purity and incorruptibility. White shines brighter than any other light, and in modern times we know it to be a pure combination of all other shades, while gold never tarnishes, rusts or corrodes, is associated with the sun, and of course is one of the most valuable minerals on Earth, especially in ancient times. The color white is also associated with the other big precious metal, silver.

Thus in works of media, you're likely to see divine beings clad in white and gold. As white and gold can represent the sky as part of their association with Heaven, blue may also be featured. The deities may be associated with the colors beyond clothing, and thus have silver/white or golden hair, with pale or bronze skin. Even with gods that are not good, the colors still reflect their divinity. The colors may also feature on their relics. Mortals who are connected to the gods, or wish to appear as divine figures, will also wear white and gold.


A Sub-Trope of Good Colors, Evil Colors and Color-Coded for Your Convenience.

Compare Color-Coded Patrician, Light Is Good, Light Is Not Good, Ethereal White Dress, Gold-Colored Superiority, Golden Super Mode, Supernatural Is Purple, Heavenly Blue. Contrast White and Red and Eerie All Over, Red and Black and Evil All Over, Evil Wears Black, Villain in a White Suit.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Ah! My Goddess, the signature colors of Belldandy's goddess "uniforms" are blue, white and gold. As depicted in The Movie, the Heavens consist of futuristic white marble buildings with gold trim and lots of trees throughout.
  • Blue Exorcist's Arthur Auguste Angel, the current Paladin of the True Cross Order, dresses in white and has blond hair... and is probably one of the most jerkiest characters in the series.
  • In Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, the Student Council, who wear white and gold Custom Uniforms, play with this. They not only view themselves as a rarefied elite, but seem to be viewed in the same way by most of the students. When they transform into their Magical Boy forms, they become Evil Wears Black.
  • Digimon, numerous Angel Digimon are colored white, gold and blue. Angemon and Angewomon are probably the most famous.
  • Made In Heaven from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a Stand that resembles a two-legged, two-armed centaur with a white and gold aesthetic. It's also, fittingly enough, a priest's Stand, namely, that of Enrico Pucci (who is anything but a saint) and its existence is a vital piece in his plan to reach 'Heaven' using its ludicrously powerful ability to speed up time till it resets the universe.
  • In Kamigami no Asobi, a Crossover Cosmology "reverse" harem series, Apollon and Balder both have white and gold costumes in their god forms. It fits them, as the God of the Sun and God of Light, respectively, but it isn't true across the board. Dionysus, God of Wine, has a purple costume; Susano'o, God of the Sea, has a blue costume, Hades and Anubis, Gods of the Underworld, have black costumes, etc. But their school uniforms are mostly white and gold - not that all of them wear the right uniform (Susano'o and Loki wear mostly-black athletic jackets).
  • Knight Carim Gracia of Lyrical Nanoha. High Priestess of the Saint Church with a magic color of gold.
  • The cast of Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God are all Egyptian gods, as the name implies, and their designs all share the same color palette of gold, white and black.
  • Enel from One Piece dresses in mostly white while having a lot of gold around him (including his bo staff), in addition to being blond, and rules a Sky Island called Skypeia as its 'God'. He's mostly a subversion. While it's later revealed that 'God' is merely a title for Skypeia's administrative head by the previous God (who doesn't wear the associated colors, out of modesty), Enel - having vast electrokinetic abilities, deluded himself into being a literal one. One of his regular duties is smiting outsiders or anyone that "blashpemes" against him. He's also technically immortal, which doesn't help matters.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Madoka's Magical Girl forms have always had a white motif, but becoming a goddess lands her a pair of Supernatural Gold Eyes on top of it.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • As the daughter of Queen Serenity (who was known as Selene on Earth) and her own personal power, Usagi has definitely this in both of her 'Serenity' forms.
    • Sailor Venus is the only one of the Sailor Senshi to be regularly called a goddess (specifically, she's been alternatively referred as the Goddess of Love and War), and is notable for wearing a mostly white outfit while being blonde and and carrying golden weapons.
  • In Saint Beast, the head god Zeus wears a white chiton with gold accessories while the angels dress in a variety of colours in comparison.
  • The Gold Saints in Saint Seiya. Divine? Definitely. Good? Well, not all of them.
  • In Saiyuki, Genjyo Sanzo has golden hair and dresses in white, as did his mentor Koumyou Sanzo, and his previous incarnation Konzen Douji. None of them are exactly traditional in their divinity, but a Sanzo priest is the highest rank there is, and Konzen was a minor noble in Heaven.
  • Rio in DEVILMAN crybaby was born into a tribe of dark-skinned South American natives but has pale skin and blonde hair due to being reincarnated from an angel. This might be kinda racist but then again that angel is Lucifer.

  • Sistine Chapel:
    • While the rest of the field is shrouded in darkness, the victory of the small, but just David over the towering villain Goliath is framed against a white and gold tent. This is in a tradition of associating David's victory with the divine victory of Christ over sin, something Michelangelo knows from his most famous sculpture, David.
    • The two keys to the kingdom of Heaven, both in Perugino's Delivery of the Keys and Michelangelo's The Last Judgement, are respectively gold and silver to represent their power from Heaven and their authority on Earth.

    Audio Drama 
  • In the Big Finish Doctor Who audio Paradise 5, Paradise 5 is a holiday resort space station with a heavenly theme (and, this being Doctor Who, a Dark Secret). The uniforms, fixtures and fittings are all done up in immaculate white with gold highlights, at least "front of house".

    Comic Books 
  • For the first time in decades, Iron Fist switched the colours of his suit towards the end of the first arc of New Avengers Vol 2. At time of writing, his costume is gold and white, rather than the green and yellow that it usually is. Note that this wasn't entirely explained in-universe.
  • The White Martians in Warlord of Mars consider themselves as divine beings, intermediaries between their goddess Issus and the other Martian people and are associated with these colors, but in reality, neither of them are divine.
  • During Wonder Woman's stint as the Goddess of Truth in Wonder Woman (1987), she traded in her signature red, white and blue swimsuit for a white Grecian dress and her silver bracers for gold ones. A Superman/Wonder Woman tie in to The New 52: Future's End saw her taking on a white and gold outfit after becoming the Goddess of Peace.
  • The Phoenix in X-Men. Normally green and yellow (same colors as Jean Grey's outfit immediately prior to becoming Phoenix, in the comics), turning red when she becomes Dark Phoenix. However, the most perfect melding of Phoenix Force and host is the "White Phoenix of the crown," in which the suit becomes white and gold. We've seen this form on extremely rare occasion, at least, until after her permanent bonding with the Phoenix, when this becomes her default form. When Emma Frost gained a piece of the Phoenix in Avengers Vs X Men, her costume consisted of a golden Leotard of Power and white boots, gloves and a cape.

    Fan Works 
  • Child of the Storm depicts future versions of Harry (who is the demigod son of Thor) wearing these colours, and his dress robes for the Yule Ball are white (threaded with silver and mother-of-pearl) and embroidered around the edges and cuffs with gold, along with a gold crown of ivy set with a gem of white starlight. The effect startles him for a few moments, before he comes to terms with it - he is a demigod Prince, after all, and this is just another part of him (even if he is generally more comfortable in scruffy jeans and a t-shirt)
    • They're also worn by Lily Potter as the White Phoenix of the Crown.
  • When the group of heroes meet up with Zeus at the end of Hellsister Trilogy's first story arc, he is wearing white robes and sitting on a golden throne.
    On a golden throne with thunderbolt-carved armrests atop a tier of marble stairs sat Zeus, red-bearded and white-robed, the force of his presence daunting even at a distance.
  • Latius from Kaleidoscope has blond hair and wears a white costume. His namesake is Zeus, the top god of Classical Mythology, and his costume is patterned after Yuri!!! on Ice’s Agape costume.
    Victor: Agape… unconditional love. Like God’s love.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Nana Shimura becomes Lady Inanna in "A World of Smiles'', wearing gold, white, and silver as the world's Symbol of Peace and answers to the name of an ancient goddess of war.
  • In RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse, gold and to a lesser extent white are the colors associated with Corona, and are hence all but universally rejected.
  • The Heralds of Dawn and their apprentice Coera in Re:Flection Scenario all wear white outfits trimmed with gold, including Souzi's 24-Hour Armor. "Holiness" is an important motif of their's, and it establishes them as visual foils to other villains like Organization XIII.
  • In Through Darkness And Mirrors, Elena's "White Rabbit" attire in Act 5 has her in a white flowing dress with golden trim and two golden "rabbit ears" perched on her head.
  • In TRON: Endgame Scenario, Benevolent A.I. Ma3a is described as having gold and white robes and a gold mask covering her face. Fitting as she's something of The High Queen of the Encom system and even more fitting, as she's technically Lora Baines-Bradley, a human trapped in the system, and technically a Physical God over the Programs.


    Film—Live Action 
  • Roy Batty in Blade Runner. In his final scene and the film's climax, he gives an enlightened monologue and is established as a divine, pure being - despite being a replicant - because of his understanding of the world. Whilst he gives it, he is bathed in very bright, white light.
  • The gods featured in the 2010 Clash of the Titans, especially Zeus's sparkly getup.
  • Inverted in the 2005 film Constantine. Lucifer (generally defined by specifically NOT being God) wears an all white suit; making him a Villain in a White Suit.
  • Allanis Morissette as God in the film Dogma wore a white and silver outfit.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the Sovereign are a race of gold-colored people, who consider themselves superior to everyone else. In one scene they make a grand entrance in a winter planet, wearing gold capes with white fur. But it turns into a Failed Attempt at Drama.
  • John Hammond in the first Jurassic Park wears white and has a white beard and hair; and is playing god by bringing to life, and trying to control, an extinct species.
  • Florence Fallon, in The Miracle Woman, wears white to invoke this trope, and make others believe that she's a saintly person. She's anything but.

  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Shadows In The Moonlight", the demi-god and god Olivia dreams of are blond and pale skinned:
    They were pressing about one bound to a pillar: a slender white-skinned youth, with a cluster of golden curls about his alabaster brow. His beauty was not altogether human—like the dream of a god, chiseled out of living marble.
  • In Dante's The Divine Comedy, a griffin is identified with Jesus by its gold and white coloring. The eagle's skyward facing wings are gold to represent Christ's kingship as God, while his white body touching the Earth represents Jesus of Nazareth's Incorruptible Pure Pureness as a sinless man.
  • Played with in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. Fallen angels that since their fall have chosen Throne have wings tinged with silver, the ones that have sided with Lucifer have wings tinged with gold and only the ones that remained without allegiance have wings that are purely white.
  • Mentioned in Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Saga. In Tsurani culture the Emperor (known as the Light of Heaven) has White and Gold as his house colours. Expanded on in the Empire trilogy co-written with Janny Wurts.
    • Ashen-Shugar is a being of divine power, but in his case this is not an indication of his morality. A member of an Above Good and Evil Proud Warrior Race, who only gained traits beyond bloodlust and greed after a Mind Meld with a human. And even then his more positive traits are an extension of his greed - he will fight to protect what he sees as his because nobody else is allowed to have it.
  • In The Satanic Verses, after Ayesha of Titlipur receives a revelation from the Archangel Gibreel (Gabriel), her hair changes colour to white flecked with gold, and she is surrounded at all times by golden butterflies. Ultimately though she serves as an example of Light Is Not Good, as she increasingly veers towards ruthless and insane fundamentalism.
  • Played with in The Stormlight Archive; of the three Shards that serve as Roshar's gods, the one who uses these colors as his motif is... Odium, the Big Bad, resulting in a serious case of Light Is Not Good (though Odium's appearance and demeanor seem calculated to invoke classic Grandpa God imagery to put the people he's manipulating more at ease). Of the other two Shards on Roshar, Honor favors blue and Cultivation prefers green in their motifs.
  • In The Supervillainy Saga by C.T. Phipps this is the uniform of Supergirl Expy Ultragoddess. Given she replaces her father (Ultragod) as the Big Good of the setting, this is appropriate.
  • Darken Rahl, the Big Bad from the first book of The Sword of Truth series, was wearing white with a narrow band of gold, and a knife in a golden scabbard. He was worshiped like a god, tried to obtain godlike powers through an ancient artifact, and served the devil.
  • In L. Jagi Lamplighter's The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, the colors of the Eternal Flame, tended by Vestal Virgins and harming only the wicked.
  • In the Worm universe, Scion, the first superhero, is a golden figure wearing a white jumpsuit. We later learn that 'he' is actually an extraterrestrial interdimensional alien who took that form to invoke the trope.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Angel the local direct agents of The Powers That Be were at one point represented by gold-fleshed humanoids in white togas.
  • Aziraphale in Good Omens dresses in pale blues and tans, but when he's discorporated and involuntarily returned to Heaven, he ends up wearing a pure white replica of his usual suit. Complete with bow tie. The angelic robe we see him wearing in Eden is also white with gold trim.
  • In Kamen Rider Wizard, the White Wizard's color scheme is gold and... well... white. While the White Wizard isn't by any means a God, his power compared to the other Wizards and Phantoms is incomparable. Goodness on the other hand...
  • Averted in Supernatural where the angels are almost always sporting black business suits (Sans Castiel, who, while not only wearing a suit, also wears a light brown trench coat)
    • Played straight with Chuck, who is confirmed to be THE God by...well, Word of God and wears a pristine white suit in his most important appearance.

    Music Videos 
  • "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler: The angelic backup singers dance around wearing white dresses with a bit of gold around the collars and the edges in the music video.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • The Bible:
    • The original expression, "a land flowing with milk and honey", is a reference in the Hebrew Bible to the agricultural abundance of the Land of Israel. The phrase is used by God in the Book of Exodus during Moses' vision of the burning bush (Exodus 3:1–22). Another name for Israel is the Promised Land or Holy Land and since milk is white and honey is gold...
    • The mysterious figure named "Lord of Lord and King of Kings" (Revelation 19:15-16) along with the angels in the Book of Revelation are also dressed in white. Some interprets the figure as Jesus himself after his Second Coming.

    Tabletop Games 
  • in Dungeons & Dragons, yellow, gold, and white are the favored colors of Pelor, the most generically good of the various good-aligned gods.
  • The Unconquered Sun and his chosen Solar heroes in Exalted tend to radiate a lot of Glorious Golden Power. That said, this game subverts almost all of the preconceptions of a standard fantasy world, so expect plenty of Light Is Not Good, Good Is Not Nice, Good Is Not Soft, and other such tropes in play. Also, there's much more variation in the coloring; Solar auras include not just gold and white, but also the reds and violets of sunrise and sunset.
  • In Halt Evil Doer!, the local Superman-expy is Divinos, who has a gold-and-white costume and a bit of an angelic theme.
  • In Magic: The Gathering, Angels, humanoid manifestations of (normally white) mana, tend to favor gold and white clothing. Angels with different mana alignment tend to have more varied outfits.
  • From Warhammer 40,000, the man known only as The Emperor of Mankind plays with this trope and its implications in many ways.
    • Back in his days among the living, the Emperor wore an ornate suit of golden power armor, and many parts of the Imperium of Man took the same aesthetic. He was so powerful that he even glowed gold, artwork often depicting it as a halo; though when he needed to make an impression, he was known to turn it up bright enough to permanently blind certain populations.
    • As for how this trope was Zig-Zagged, he certainly used his look and aura to invoke an air of majesty and power. However, it warped into a holy motif much against his wishes. Also, the Emperor was a coldly pragmatic and ruthless man, utterly dedicated to preserving humanity at any cost; and for all of his knowledge, power, and experience, he was still fallible, at times tragically so. With humanity's ultimate fate at stake, he couldn't be concerned with ethics and morals or his own sense of humanity, and he firmly straddled the line between The Messiah and Dark Messiah.
    • Eventually, the Emperor was struck down during a civil war and interred on the Golden Throne, a mysterious device retrofitted into a life support machine. Among other very important things, the throne artificially keeps him alive, and should it fail, the Imperium would effectively end in multiple, simultaneous ways. Though the good news is that his soul is exercising its power to support the Imperium wherever and however it can, effectively becoming the deity of the Imperium. Having become the God-Emperor of Mankind, he's now the silent, nominal leader of a bloody empire that's still humanity's best hope in a galaxy trying to snuff them out.
  • Many Fairy-type and Light-attribute monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!, including high-ranking Fairies The Splendid Venus, Athena, Tethys Goddess of Light, and the Airknight Parshath line. The "Lightray" archetype is designed around the idea of Good Counterparts of existing monsters (an earlier archetype featured Evil Counterparts), and their outfits are recolored white, gold and blue. The "Lightsworns" also feature white armor with gold details.

  • Cirque du Soleil has used this a few times.
    • Nouvelle Experience and Alegría both have sets of characters known as "Angels"; each set wears gold-and-white outfits.
    • Another character in Alegria, the friendly, clownish Tamir, also wears gold and white; his sinister Foil Fleur is Red and Black and Evil All Over.
    • In Dralion, the Ame-Force singers (representations of harmony) dress in white for Act One and gold for Act Two. The Little Buddha, who will eventually become an Ame-Force, is always dressed in gold.

  • In BIONICLE Takanuva, Toa of Light, wears white and gold armor. Subverted with the Matoran tribe of Light; they too have natural white-and-gold armor but can use their power over light to change how it appears, making it look any color but white and gold.
    • Later on, Mata Nui would provide the most literal version of this trope in the series: he has entirely gold and white armor in The Legend Reborn's novelization. In all other depictions, though, he partially averts it by having gold and black armor.
    • Averted by Irnakk, a figure from Skadi folklore. His golden head and spine are his most recognizable features, but he's essentially the Devil of their mythology, to the point that the Piraka Hakann went into a panic attack when he realized the monster that was coming towards him had the same colors as a being from myth.

    Video Games 
  • Shinkoku officials abuse this trope (along with some silver) in Asura's Wrath. They set themselves up as immortal cyborg demigod saviors, but in reality they are exploiting the people for their Mantra.
  • Angels and Lumen Sages in Bayonetta generally use predominantly white and gold color schemes. Doesn't stop them from being evil at times, though.
  • Sirius, your one ally for most of Bomberman 64, wears white and gold armor, and he completes the angelic look by housing his rockets in a set of mechanical wings. It turns out he wants the Omni Cube for himself to gain godlike powers for real.
  • Breath of Fire III and IV, Ryu ends up with blonde hair and white-clothing whenever he transforms into his "final" form (Kaiser in III and God-Ryu in IV, respectively). Fou-Lu also counts if he absorbs Ryu in the non-canonical ending. Also, Infinity in IV, Fou-Lu's transformation if he absorbs Ryu, is a palette-swap of Tyrant Dragon, with white and gold skin, and blue divine wings.
  • In Darksiders, this is the color scheme of most of the angels and their angelic gryphon mount that the protagonist steals from them.
  • Dark Souls:
    • Gwynevere, Princess of Sunlightappears as giant, beautiful woman with bronze skin, clad in elegant (if revealing) white clothing trimmed in gold. Rather this is what she actually looks like, or is an idealized version her shaped through Gwyndolin's illusion is subject to debate.
    • Knight Lautrec of Carim wears the Armor of the Embraced: a set of golden armor that represents Fina, the goddess said to possess "fateful beauty". Lautrec is anything but noble, and Fina herself is implied to be a few shades darker than her title suggests...
  • DC Universe Online has the Celestial powerset, which come in different colors depending on your faction. For heroes, the powers are colored Gold and White, very much invoking Light Is Good and other angelic and celestial imagery.
  • The High Heavens of the Diablo universe primarily have a gold-and-white motif, and many angels have a gold-and-white motif to their armor or weapons.
  • Most angels of the Disgaea series.
  • The Omniknight from Dota 2 is a pious paladin in service to an all-seeing God. Not only is he dressed primarily in white with golden hair, all his spells are also colored either white or gold.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Zig-Zagged by the White-Gold Tower on the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. How it plays this trope depends on the time period in question and the in-universe point of view. One of eight metaphysical "Towers'' constructed by the ancient races of Mer (Elves) in emulation of the Adamantine Tower (itself constructed by the surviving Aedra to hold "convention" after creating the mortal world), the White-Gold tower was constructed by the Ayleids ("Wild Elves") of Cyrodiil using the "Chim-el-Adabal" (said to have been created from the crystallized blood of Lorkhan, collected as it traveled across Tamriel to its resting place in Morrowind) as their "Stone". Following the Alessian Revolt (a revolt of their human slaves), the tower would be taken by the Nedes (ancestors to most of the modern races of Men in Tamriel). After capturing the Tower, Alessia, leader of the Nedes, would forge a pact with Akatosh, the Top God of the Aedra and Dragon God of Time. Akatosh gave to Alessia and her descendants the Amulet of Kings (whose centerpiece was the Chim-el Adabal), as well as the Dragonfires of the Imperial City. So long as the Empire maintained its worship of Akatosh and his kin, and so long as Alessia's heirs bore the Amulet of Kings, Akatosh and his divine kin would maintain a strong barrier protecting Mundus. The White-Gold Tower itself would serve as the Imperial Palace of all the various Cyrodiilic Empires in Tamriellic history. Though not without its flaws, the Cyrodiilic Empires have generally been rather liberal and well-meaning (though don't get most of the races of Mer talking about them...). This, of course, came to an end during the Oblivion Crisis when Martin Septim, last in Alessia's metaphysical line, shattered the Amulet of Kings and sacrificed himself to end the Crisis. The White-Gold Tower itself still serves as the palace of the Mede Dynasty, which holds together the last vestiges of Septim Empire before it.
    • In Skyrim, the driving force behind the Civil War between the Imperial-supporters and the secessionist Stormcloaks is the White-Gold Concordat, the name given to the peace treaty that was forged between the Imperials and the Thalmor, which, as part of the agreement, stipulates that the Imperials needed to outlaw the worship of Talos. The Thalmor do consider themselves to be a superior, divine race, charged with the extinction of every other race, be they human, elf or beast.
  • fine of Ensemble Stars! usually wear white outfits with gold accents and have a heavenly, angelic theme, reflecting both their image as a good and pure idol unit (despite the reality being very different), as well as their enormous level of power.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • The "Light Emperor" of Final Fantasy II represents the "good half" of Big Bad Emperor Palamecia, rules over Heaven, and wears light yellow and gold robes with lavender and white details, a gold crest and white wings. Turns out he's no more good than his other half.
    • Cecil of Final Fantasy IV has, Depending on the Artist, gold, white and blue armor as a Paladin.
    • Crisis Core has Minerva, the game's Bonus Boss, who appears as an angelic woman clad in gold, blue and white armor. Her exact nature is unclear, but she has some connection to The Lifestream and Genesis at the very least believes her to be a goddess.
    • Final Fantasy XIII, Galenth Dysley wears a white robe with gold and blue colorings. His title in the Japanese version of the game is even "Great Pope", and so he looks the part. Zigzagged by his true form Barthandelus, which at first appears almost entirely black with sparse white and gold details, but lightens to silver and white with more prominent gold colorings in subsequent battles.
      • In the same game, Orphan appears as a gold and white being.
      • Hope wears the same colors in Final Fantasy XIII-2, probably as a conscious decision by the character designers to denote he serves a similar role in society.
    • The sin eaters in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers are overwhelmingly white and the more powerful among them also have golden highlights to further emphasize their "holy" appearance.
    • Page picture provided by Cosmos of Dissidia Final Fantasy, the game's Big Good and Goddess of Harmony. In the same game her protector and leader of the heroes and all-around shining paragon of light, the Warrior of Light, wears primarily blue armor with khaki and white.
  • In Fire Emblem:
    • Manaketes of the Divine Dragon tribe are either white or gold in their dragon forms. some of them are: Gotoh, Naga, Tiki, Xane, Mila, Duma, Fae, Idoun, a Female!Morgan mothered by Tiki, etc. It's not confirmed whether Nowi and Nah belong here too, but the fandom assumes they do.
    • The royal family of the herons have long gold hair, white wings and dress exclusively in white and gold. They are compared to and framed as angels more than once. The tribe has been said to be closer to the goddess than others. A more subtle example in the same setting, Micaiah's combination of silver hair and gold eyes are a sign of her ability to wake the goddesses and act as the vessel for one of them.
    • Queen Mikoto from Fire Emblem Fates has a special customized Priestess sprite with a gold and white color scheme (and if Sakura promotes into Priestess, she'll have a similar one). Likewise, Duke Izana has white-blond hair and a golden hair clip, and has the ability to directly talk to the Gods.
    • The prince and princess of Fire Emblem Heroes dress this way, and they are able to summon a hero who can summon all the heroes from all the games; making their world a Portal Crossroad World. Likewise, it would appear that the prince and princess in Fire Emblem Warriors are similar.
  • God of War:
    • Zeus wears a white robe with gold armor.
    • Helios is an interesting case in that he wears normally a golden armour complimented by a white toga, but he has a crimson cape as well.
  • In Hades, Top God Zeus, War God Ares and Goddess of Knowledge Athena wear gold-and-white clothing. Nyx, Anthropomorphic Personification of Night, wears gold-and-purple to fit her role, but her pale skin means she still has plenty of gold-and-white highlights.
  • The Downloadable content from Injustice 2 contains the God and Demon shading for all characters. The God Shading changes the characters' outfits to be a combination of white and gold, as well as shining white eyes. On the flipside, the Demon Shading gives them black and red outfits, as well as Black Eyes of Evil.
  • Pit in Kid Icarus: Uprising. He's an angel who defends the heavens with a magic bow, dressed in a white tunic with gold bracelets and a golden wreath crown in his hair. Also from the same game is Palutena, the Goddess of Light. While her hair is a deep green, she wears a white robe adorned with gold trimmings, and has on lots of gold jewelry, including a huge gold necklace.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • In the Monster Rancher series, the Gali is an invisible creature represented by a gold mask and white cape, with high intelligence and mild temperament, and the flavor text suggests it to be an actual divine being. All monsters with the Gali subtype gain its coloring and personality traits, making the Gali a good mix for monsters that are normally stubborn and harder to train.
  • In Mortal Kombat 11, Kronika is a being far more older and powerful than even the Elder Gods. She and her army has this metallic color scheme to show for it. Considering she is the Greater-Scope Villain for the whole franchise however, this is a case of Light Is Not Good.
    • In most of the game's ladder endings where characters take control of the Hourglass and become a Physical God, they will don white and gold clothing/armor that symbolizes their newfound divinity.
  • The Big Bad of the Onimusha series is the God of Light, Fortinbras. As such he always appears in gold, silver or white colors. His divinity is unquestioned, but his goodness is certainly non-existent.
  • While Mercy from Overwatch is not technically a deity, she does have an angelic theme and serves as a healer.
  • Pokémon:
    • Arceus. It is mostly white with what appears to be a gold wheel around its mid-section and gold hooves. However, depending on the plate it is holding, the gold parts change color to match the color of the plate and the typing.
    • The Aether Foundaton from Pokémon Sun and Moon exist to protect and preserve Pokémon, especially those stolen by the villainous Team Skull, and to study the dire threat posed by the Ultra Beasts. Aether Paradise serves as a preserve for particularly endangered Pokémon. They're also completely nuts, with their president serving as the game's Big Bad.
      • Ultra Necrozma, which appeared as a golden angelic dragon, particularly fits the 'divine part': Before it became the light-eating prism monster that it is now, Necrozma was a benevolent deity-like being.
  • Kaileena of the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time trilogy. By the beginning of The Two Thrones, she has ditched her Lady in Red look from Warrior Within and gone for a more Stripperific gold-and-white attire, giving away the hint that she is the Empress of Time, whose body is turned into the Sands of Time upon getting killed.
  • Fina's dress in Skies of Arcadia.
  • The Protoss of Starcraft achieve this effect by being naturally pale and wearing golden armor (except the Dark Templar). Taken even further in the sequel, where their combined forces are known as the Golden armada.
  • The Prester Zuul in Sword of the Stars II, who made a Heel–Faith Turn to Catholicism, favour this colour scheme.
    • Notably, that's actually a Taoist Prester Zuul, hence the yin-yang symbols on his helmet and those of his female retinue — Catholicism was a big enough influence on the early Prester Zuul that even those who don't follow it tend to adopt some of its trappings.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, Yggdrasill has long, golden hair and dresses in a white bodysuit with gold decorations. He's the leader of Cruxis, the game's organization of angels. He's also the Big Bad.
  • Ultima: The Avatar, a near-Physical God by the end of the series, is commonly shown in white and silver armor with a gold ankh on the chest and blonde hair.
  • Warframe:
    • Invoked by the long-fallen Orokin Empire, who loved to use white and gold in combination with artistic designs for just about everything, creating an angelic image. At the height of their power they controlled the entire solar system and have created technological marvels. One of the present day factions in the game even sees their technology as divine and worships it. However, after we learn more about the Orokin, this is a good indicator of their vanity rather than good nature, since they were hideously abusive towards the rest of humanity.
    • Also many of the prime versions of warframes are artifacts (or reproductions thereof) that date back to the Orokin, and have the same white and gold color scheme as the default. The white is not as common in the primes that were released later, but all have the gold trim.
  • The Holy Light of World of Warcraft is associated with this, and its paladins and priests (e.g. Tirion Fordring and the Prophet Velen) are often seen in said colors (Heavenly Blue is a common tertiary color, but purple (especially among draenei) and red (especially among blood elves and the Scarlet Crusade) also occur somewhat frequently).
  • Xenoblade has the god of the Bionis, Zanza, who wears a predominantly white-and-gold outfit for a good extent of their appearance within the game as befitting their status. That said, he may be divine enough for the color scheme, but he's not benevolent at all; in fact, he's the Big Bad.


    Web Original 
  • In Minilife TV, Legondo's resident god, Goshua, wears a white robe and a white and gold headdress.

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    Real Life 
  • This trope can be traced back to the ancient statues of gods which were covered with ivory and gold, such as the statue of Zeus at Olympia, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This was so common that there is a term, "chryselephantine", used solely to refer to such statuary.
  • Apollo's weapons are referred as silver or gold interchangeably.
  • Most swans have mainly white bodies with golden head and nape feathers (best seen in mute and trumpeter swans). That added to their divine reputation, and connected them further to sun gods.
  • The clothing of many gods from Egyptian Mythology is white with gold trim, particularly the ones that wear kilts like Anubis.
    • Gold itself was considered the skin of the gods in ancient Egypt. Pharoh death masks were made of the stuff to symbolize the formerly mortal king joining the ranks of godhood.
  • The Pope, of course, and numerous symbols of Christianity, including the Keys to Heaven, a gold and a silver key overlaid.
  • The Catholic Church invokes this trope at Christmas.
  • In the Eastern Orthodox Church, gold and white are the liturgical colors (the colors of the priests' vestments and the church's hangings) on the main feasts of the year (except for Easter, which has red, though some traditions have white for it as well), symbolizing God's glory and God's light respectively. There are some variations, but usually gold is for Sundays and feast days of prophets, apostles and holy hierarchs, and white is for the Easter matins, Christmas, the Baptism of Jesus, the Ascension, the Transfiguration, the Circumcision, Lazarus Saturday, Holy Saturday, and feast days of Angels, John the Baptist and John the Evangelist.
  • The flags and arms of the Kingdom of Jerusalemnote  and Vatican Citynote  are the only ones allowed to use gold and white/silver together—normally the rules of heraldry forbid putting two metal colours together—precisely because it is seen as exceptional and holy.
    • Catholic churches in general like to fly white and yellow flag, and in Germany road signs noting the hours of worship in a nearby Catholic church show a stylized yellow church on white.
    • There were and are a few other places using yellow and white flags, e. g. the duchy (later kingdom and Prussian province) of Hanover (yellow over white, still used today in those parts of Lower Saxony that used to belong to Hanover) and the Prussian province of Silesia (white over yellow).
  • LaVeyan Satanism has adopted black and silver as its colors precisely because it's more or less the inversion of this trope.
    • Though people specialising in Solrath and/or Moloch tend to use black and gold. And some use white anyway.


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