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"This is my apartment and I like it! This is a girls' apartment! That [Chandler and Joey's] is a boys' apartment! It's dirty and it smells! This is pretty! It's so pretty! And look, it... and it's purple!"
Rachel Green (voicing her refusal to leave Monica's apartment), Friends, "The One With the Embryos"

A lady wearing purple as a sign of her femininity, whether she is girly and sweet, or graceful and mature.

For millennia, purple was the traditional colour of nobility because it was one of the most difficult (and thus expensive) colours to make with naturally occurring dyes. In fact, the Romans went so far as to make it a crime for anyone not of the nobility to wear purple in public, cementing its status in many cultures as the colour of The Beautiful Elite. This changed some time after the Industrial Revolution kicked into high gear, when synthetic dyes became the norm rather than the exception — as it so happens, one of the first colors made by coal-based dyes was mauve. So formerly expensive purple dye was now just as affordable as any other colour, and thus lost much of its association with wealth.

Then as colours began to take on their now-familiar gender connotations, purple found itself increasingly on the feminine side of the gender divide because it was considered a pinker version of blue. This trope is thus a merger of two associations: purple with nobility, and purple with femininity. Due to the historical significance of violets and lavenders in LGBTQ+ circles, purple can also be associated with lesbianism.

This colour is fairly common to see on a young girl, elderly and sophisticated matron, Spirited Young Lady, or princess (even if Princesses Prefer Pink). Expect the Dark Feminine in a Light Feminine and Dark Feminine pair to have deep purple colors as part of their color palette, in lieu of strictly black.

Now even though this colour can be worn by girls of any age, older feminine women are more likely to wear this colour long after a girl who wore pink grew out of that colour.

This also tends to be a popular colour among blondes as the yellow/gold of the hair and the purple of the dress complement each other.

Just being a woman in purple isn't enough. It has to be a clearly feminine lady.

A Sister Trope to Pink Means Feminine (and can overlap with colours like fuchsia), True Blue Femininity.

Compare Princess Phase, Winter Royal Lady, Proper Lady, Princess Classic, Princesses Prefer Pink, Purple Is Powerful (and can overlap with some Action Girls).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Noelle Silva from Black Clover. She wears a short purple dress under her blazer and purple stud earrings, and is an aloof, feminine young lady from a noble family.
  • Cat's Eye: Rui Kisugi is the most elegant of the three sisters, and wears a dark purple catsuit during heists.
  • The Imperial Princesses in Code Geass wear a lot of purple, as do their brothers, some of whom, like Lelouch, are quite feminine (and he also wears a purple dress at his school's crossdressing festival). The two oldest princesses, Cornelia and Guinevere, have purple hair as well.
  • Renamon from Digimon Tamers has purple as part of her color motif. After yellow it's the second most prominent color of her design and showcases her mature, feminine side.
  • Pretty Cure:
    • Yuri Tsukikage/Cure Moonlight from HeartCatch Pretty Cure! has purple hair in both forms and a violet-accented Cure outfit, and is a Lady of War admired by her teammates for her elegance.
    • Makoto Kenzaki/Cure Sword of Doki Doki! PreCure is one of the more girly members of the team, being a famous idol and actress, and has a very purple Cure outfit.
    • Riko Izayoi/Cure Magical of Maho Girls Pretty Cure!, the studious witch who wants to be a teacher, is dressed head-to-toe in purple regardless of what form she's in.
    • Yukari Kotozume/Cure Macaron from KiraKira★Pretty Cure la Mode has purple hair in both forms and wears a mostly purple Cure outfit, and she is an elegant, mature Cure, who also serves as the catlike Girly Girl to the doglike tomboy Akira.
    • Asumi Fuurin/Cure Earth of Healin' Good♡Pretty Cure, who is waifish and elegant, has purple eyes, and gets purple hair and a purple dress as a Cure.
  • Hinata Hyuga in Naruto, heiress to the Hyuga clan and user of the Gentle Fist, which relies on speed and grace rather than power. Her signature colour also happens to be purple/lavender.
  • One Piece: During the Marinford Arc, Boa Hancock wore a purple dress and purple high heel pumps. Overlaps with Purple Is Powerful because of how strong she is.
  • In Patalliro!, Etrange is a reigning king's mother and a Proper Lady. In anime version, she wears purple clothes, has purple hair and purple eyes.
  • While Anthy Himemiya of Revolutionary Girl Utena, the Rose Bride, generally wears a red dress (or white in the movie), her hair is purple, and purple itself is a symbol for royalty and, appropriately, magic and mystery (both which make up Anthy's mystique and outer personality). Most of her outside artwork, namely monochrome drawings, utilize purple.
  • A few of Marie Antoinette's dresses in The Rose of Versailles are purple in the anime.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn has purple as her main outfit colour, and she's a kind and demure young girl. However, her powers as an Apocalypse Maiden make her fit Purple Is Powerful more than this.
    • Rei Hino has purple hair in most manga illustrations, Crystal and in the latest Sera Myu. In those three incarnations she is a graceful Ojou and her femininity is part of her characterization, especially when contrasted to Minako's spunky and ditzy personality (They pretty much play Tomboy and Girly Girl in the manga). Bonus point for having purple as her secondary colour and purple eyes as well.
  • Princess Elizabeth of The Seven Deadly Sins wears a purple waitress uniform as her standard outfit.
  • Sylphiel Nels Lahda of Slayers wears a mostly purple outfit, fitting for her proper, polite and demure behavior.
  • Madoka Kaguya/Cure Selene of Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure is a talented, serene lady who always wears a lot of purple regardless of form.
  • The beautiful gravekeeper Scar from Sunday Without God is polite, soft-spoken, and purple is her main color, and it's not just her clothes that are purple, but also her hair and eyes.
  • Ayeka of Tenchi Muyo! has purple hair and is a proper princess. However, it's slightly cheating, since Word of God states that her hair is actually blue and she altered it to be purple in order to attract her half-brother/fiance Yosho.
  • Zakuro Fujiwara in Tokyo Mew Mew, a mature, refined model, has a purple-colored Mew Mew outfit (and purple hair to match).
  • Sango Suzumura/Cure Coral of Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure is the most feminine in the team, and always wears a ton of purple.
  • Rinne Berlinetta from ViVid Strike!, an Ojou (via adoption) and both her casual outfit and Barrier Jacket heavily feature purple.
  • Roxana of The Way to Protect the Female Lead's Older Brother is an aloof aristocratic beauty and she wears almost exclusively purple dresses post-timeskip. Bonus points for being blonde.
  • Angel Salvia in Wedding Peach wears purple both in her Simple Fairytale Wedding Dress and her Mini Dress Of Power.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Mai Valentine wears purple in all of her outfits.

    Comic Books 
  • The second Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, is a Lady of War who combines mad fighting and archery skills with frequently donning dresses, and all of her hero costumes are purple.
  • Psylocke of X-Men is a former supermodel, whose motifs are butterflies, and is often depicted as a elegant Lady of War in a purple leotard, although for a time she fit Purple Is Powerful more than this trope.
  • Allure of Relative Heroes had her feminine traits supernaturally enhanced as an infant when her mother made a deal with the Greek god Eryx and wears a pastel purple dress when acting as a superhero.
  • Starfire is a beautiful alien princess who wears purple outfits.
  • All the girls of W.I.T.C.H. had purple as one of the colors of their costume (the other was turquoise). Seems to be a color they consciously use to portray the magical female characters in, since Orube, Elyon and Nerissa also had purple as part of their designs (or wore purple clothes at one point).
  • Wonder Woman (1987): Hippolyta, the graceful queen of the Amazons, usually wears purple. Even her armor is decked in purple, with the undergarments, pteruges, and crest all in the color.

    Comic Strips 

    Eastern European Animation 
  • Masha and the Bear: Masha most often wears a purple traditional Russian dress, a purple head scarf and purple sneakers. It all underlines her girliness.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 13 Going on 30: Jenna Rink wears quite a few feminine purple outfits and is quite a girly Fashionista.
  • Annie: Lily St. Regis wears a stylish dark purple dress throughout the film.
  • Back to the Future: Lorraine wears a few purple outfits for school.
  • In Beaches, Hillary Whitney wears a lavender and white colored dress, when she is introduced at the beginning of the film as a child.
  • Big Business (1988): Rose and Sadie Ratliff wear several purple dresses and are nice women out to save the jobs of their neighbors.
  • In Cold Mountain, Southern Belle Ada Munroe wears a few purple gowns, reflecting her privileged lifestyle.
  • Enchanted: Gisele wears a slim, violet gown to the city's "Fairy Tale ball".
  • In Footloose, Genki Girl Rusty wears a lot of dark purple shirts and sweaters, and even wears a dark purple dress to the prom.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes: Ruth Jamison wears a few lilac dresses, which signifies that she's the more feminine character, in contrast to her tomboyish counterpart, Idgie.
  • The Goonies: At the beginning of the film, Andy Carmichael wears a purple windbreaker jacket during cheerleading practice.
  • In The Greatest Showman, Anne wears a violet circus costume, and she is the most feminine of all the main performers.
  • Hocus Pocus: Sarah Sanderson's dress has a dark purple skirt and lavender bodice. Plus she wears a dark purple cloak with it.
  • A Knight's Tale: Christiana wears a few purple robes. As Jocelyn's lady in waiting she would be expected to be quite ladylike herself.
  • In Little Women (2019), Proper Lady Meg wears a gorgeous violet gown when going to the Moffats; likewise, shy and sweet Beth wears a few lavender dresses as well.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Arwen wears quite a few beautiful, purple dresses.
  • Newsies, Medda wears a violet gown, along with a matching hairpiece and fan, during the "My Lovey Dovey Baby" number.
  • In The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Clara wears a light purple gown at the start of the film, when she attends the party- and when she first enters the magical realm. Likewise, the Sugar Plum Fairy wears an ornate purple gown, with matching eye makeup.
  • Revenge of the Sith: Padme wears a lot of purple gowns.
  • Scream (1996): The more sympathetic and nervous girl from the Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults scene wears a purple sweater and has a purplish shade of lipstick.
  • 'Sixteen Candles'': Caroline, the popular girl, wears a lilac colored dress throughout the majority of the film.
  • West Side Story: Anita wears a violet dress during the dance, and in the famous "America" number.

  • In the Harry Potter series, women only seem to wear purple for formal occasions. The colour lavender is always the specific shade. Madam Maxime typically wears black but wears a flowing gown of lavender silk for the Yule Ball. Additionally, Hermione wears lavender for Bill and Fleur's wedding. It's presented as a She Cleans Up Nicely moment too. There's also a pretty girl character named Lavender Brown, although she's a Smitten Teenage Girl and The Ditz rather than a graceful lady.
  • A minor subplot in Gary Jennings Aztec. When Mixtli meets Zyanya and Beu Ribe, they are wearing blouses decorated with a "rich and permanent purple" dye. At that point, Mixtli explains that purple had been harvested from insects that lived on a certain crop and it could only be harvested once a year (and faded after numerous washings). Their father had gone to find out the source of the permanent purple, which led Mixtli on the same quest, to better albeit bittersweet results. Much later after Mixtli marries Zyanya he sells some of his stock to Tenochtitlan's elite, but his wife has more purple garments than even the Queen.
  • Played with in Betsy-Tacy high school years, where Fashionista, cook, dancer, and "excellent back lot football player" Tib has touches of purple in every piece of clothing she owns, all scented with lavender.
  • Scarlett and Tella's grandmother owned a gorgeous purple dress in Caraval.
  • Hilda of Hilda and Richie is an anthropomorphic fox living in a luxurious mansion; she is shown through most of the story plus other artwork wearing an elegant purple dress complete with a purple hand fan.
  • The second Perfectly Princess is Isabel, the Purple Princess, a Black and Nerdy girl aiming for first place at a school competition.
  • In Chrysanthemum, Mrs. Twinkle, the music teacher everyone admires, wears a beautiful purple dress.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5: Ambassador Delenn loves purple robes and wears them when handling interstellar crises or blowing bad guys up.
  • Batman (1966): Batgirl's costume is a dark, sparkly blue-purple, but her Batcycle is definitely purple. And has Frills of Justice. No, really.
  • Breaking Bad: Marie Schader, has purple as her favourite colour, frequently wearing purple clothes. She might not be exactly graceful due to her shoplifting disorder, and she only wore black or white after her husband Hank's murder.
  • Bridgerton: Lady Agatha Danbury and Kate Sharma are famously often seen in purple dress, reflecting their fearless and feisty traits.
  • Cobra Kai: Samantha LaRusso predominantly sports purple/maroon/red or blue patterned outfits. She tends to wears those colors whenever things are happening between her and Miguel, blue being the color of Miyagi-Do (Samantha) and red being the color of Johnny's Cobra Kai/Eagle Fang (Miguel). Their relationship is literally the glue between the dojos, and so her wardrobe colors are the mixture of these two colors.
  • Doctor Who: When Rose Tyler has her body stolen by the vain skin-flap Lady Cassandra, she quickly doffs her blue track jacket in favour of her purple-patterned blouse underneath. While certainly being more mature and graceful than Rose, Cassandra is a rather dark example. She is something akin to the Femme Fatale archetype with some extreme-right white supremacist mixed in.
  • Downton Abbey: Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham (played by Maggie Smith), is quite feminine (in a Grande Dame sort of way) and is hardly ever seen in any colour but purple except when in mourning or in her nightgown. Her daughter-in-law and granddaughters also favour the colour on occasion; in particular, from Series 4 onward, Lady Mary is fond of a muted purple/lavender (as that colour is acceptable in half-mourning, and in Series 4 she is a widow just recovering from the death of her husband Matthew).
  • How I Met Your Mother: The titular mother wears a purple sundress when first introduced to the audience. And when she finally meets Ted, she's wearing a purple dress under her raincoat.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): Grace de Pointe du Lac, an upper-class Proper Lady, wears two different purple dresses in "In Throes of Increasing Wonder...": the first is when she eats breakfast with her family, and the second is when she and Louis discuss their brother Paul while relaxing at the gazebo in their backyard.
  • In The Legend of Zhen Huan, Shen Meizhuang is ladylike and wears purple.
  • Merlin:
    • Lady Morgana wears a lot of purple whilst she's living in Camelot's court. In fact, Morgana gets no less than four purple gowns, two of silk and two of velvet: one, two, three, four.
    • When Guinevere is crowned queen, her coronation gown is purple. Additionally when she was still a servant, she had a few purple dresses too. Notably she started wearing more purple once she became Arthur's love interest.
  • Once Upon a Time: Princess Aurora wears a lavender gown. And overlapping with Purple Is Powerful, Cora favours gowns with purple on them. On the flipside, Regina occasionally dons a purple gown when she's trying to differentiate herself from the Evil Queen persona.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Deanna Troi often wears a purple uniform when she's not wearing teal or red.
  • Stranger Things: Nancy Wheeler wears a few light purple outfits, including a violet flannel dress when she serves as a chaperone at her brother's school dance.
  • That's So Raven: Raven wears quite a few purple outfits in Season 1, being The Fashionista that she is.


  • Jenny Jones has a different take on wearing purple in Warning...
    When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
    With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
    And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
    And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
And this poem was the inspiration for the Red Hat Society, a social organization for women 50 and older, combining this trope with a playful touch of "Screw the (Fashion) Rules, I'm a Senior!".

    Pro Wrestling 
  • WWE Diva Ivory's favourite colour was purple and nearly all her outfits were purple. She also had her trademark purple scarf which she carried to the ring with her. She often referred to herself as a lady, calling the rest of the Divas sluts and skanks.
  • Alexa Bliss was initially colour-coded with blue, but also had a set of purple outfits. She was portrayed as a Cute Bruiser who loved everything sparkly. When she turned heel and dropped that gimmick, she switched to red.
  • Trish Stratus in her 2002-2004 period - notably when she was trying to move away from her Ms. Fanservice status - wore lots of variations of purple and blue on her gear. She never seemed to like pink, so purple was the most feminine colour she wore. And funnily enough, she teamed with Ivory a few times in this period.

    Puppet Shows 
  • On The Muppet Show, Miss Piggy is never seen without a pair of lavender High-Class Gloves. She is the very definition of delicate, graceful femininity, and will punch out the lights of anyone who says otherwise.
  • Sesame Street:
    • Julia is a cute, quirky girly-girl, who is often shown wearing a violet jumper dress.
    • Ovejita is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl lamb with lavender wool.

  • Several outfits Barbie has worn have been purple, as well as several characters in the Direct to Video movies.
  • Lego Friends, the girl-oriented spin-off of LEGO, has purple as its primary colour. Most of the sets are purple and pink.

    Video Games 
  • Chrono Trigger: Princess Schala of Zeal wears a purple robe.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: Morrigan is a Lady of Black Magic who mostly wears purple and black. Violet is often emphasized with her in official artist's depictions, as well as occasionally being the colour of her magic.
  • Fire Emblem:
  • Galaxy Angel: Forte Stollen is a zigzagged example. She has purple as her main color, but despite being the oldest and most mature of the Angels, she's also the least feminine, being a tomboy with short hair and a love for firearms. On the other hand, when she dresses up for the Fargo ball, she picks a purple dress that definitely fits for the "mature and elegant" type of beauty associated with this trope.
  • Genshin Impact:
    • Lisa, the librarian of the Knights of Favonious, is a graceful witch who's default outfit is purple.
    • Ninggong, the de facto head of state of Liyue, as an alternate outfit of a purple gown.
    • Ei, the Raiden Shogun, is dressed head to toe in various shades of purple, befitting the Electro Archon as purple is the color associate with Electro.
  • Katamari Damacy's Velvet wears purple as a sign of her maturity and haughtiness.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Princess Aurora's normally blue (or pink) dress is coloured purple on her stained glass window.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Some depictions of Princess Zelda show her in a purple dress. Especially notable is her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, where her regal purple, ivory, and gold outfit befit her status as reigning monarch of Hyrule.
  • Mind Your Manors: as an example in the fourth secret ending of the game, the hardest to reach. By successfully collecting the four hidden purple orbs, the protagonist is prevented from fleeing the Mansion and is forcibly transformed in the new Madam of the Manor, sporting a gorgeous dress in various shades of purple.
  • Mortal Kombat:
  • Neptunia series: Played straight by Purple Heart and Purple Sister, natch. Also Nepgear (the non-Super Mode Purple Sister) to a lesser extent. Subverted by Neptune (non-super Purple Heart), who wears the most actual purple in her outfit, but is a chronically unmotivated slacker.
  • Persona 5: Haru is a wealthy girl that dresses in a regal fashion, with her commenting on her "Beauty and Grace" in game. Her outfits and general aesthetic are purple.
  • Rune Factory 4: Lin Fa is a gentle, albeit clumsy and unlucky woman in a dress that combines this trope, alongside Pink Means Feminine and True Blue Femininity.
  • Sakura Wars: Sumire wears purple as her main colour, in both her uniform and regular outfit. Although her "graceful" aspect is just as often overridden by her being the Team Prima Donna.
  • Songs Of Wuxia: Ling-ju, the Girly Bruiser martial artist player protagonist, wears a light purple dress, complete with flowing violet ribbons. No other characters in the game have purple as their attire.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Blaze the Cat has light-purple fur and is a composed and mature princess from another dimension with a poised fighting style comprised of graceful spins and twirls.
  • Soul Series: Ivy Valentine wears purple dominatrix suits, and is a British Countess with quite the Noblewoman's Laugh.
  • Story of Seasons (2014): Iris is a Proper Lady whose elegant dress is predominantly purple.
  • Super Mario: There is viral video in every social media of Luigi saying that Princess Peach likes pink, and Princess Daisy likes purple. (Or as he says with his Italian accent, PORPOL!) We all probably thought Daisy's favorite color is orange before that video became viral.
  • Tekken: Alisa Bosconovitch wears a dress that is mostly purple.
  • Temtem: Vental is dark purple, and according to the Tempedia, Lady Catherine of Properton popularised it among fashionable tamers.
  • Touhou Project: Yakumo Yukari wears purple dresses, and is one of the more elegant ladies in the series. Her name even means violet. Also overlaps with Purple Is Powerful.
  • Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore wore a long hooded purple mantle decorated with runes in Warcraft III, along with white clothing. By World of Warcraft, she had switched that outfit for a more elegant purple and white robe befitting her status as the ruler of Theramore.
  • Wild ARMs 3: Virginia wears a fuchsia Pimped-Out Dress.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner: Marzipan wears a purple dress... or her body is purple and just looks like a dress.

  • Last Res0rt features HRH Adharia Kuvoe — a pink-furred blonde lion-taur whose uniform's colours are purple, lavender, and silver.
  • The Weave: The Protagonist, Tally, has worn two different purple dresses for the larger part of the comic so far, and she's a sweet, quite feminine sort of girl.
  • Your Throne: Medea is a cultured woman who wears elaborate purple gowns that match her purple hair and eyes.

    Web Original 
  • The Disney Princess site offers several purple Pimped Out Dresses in the Virtual Paper Doll game.
  • Toki used to be drawn in a purple dress or in something that is purple, as can be seen here: [1]. Also doubles metaphorically with Purple Is Powerful, seeing that is she very wealthy and is seen of high status, being called "Lady Toki" or something of the like. Interestingly, it is also a Color Motif, seeing the purple, besides being the color of royalty and materialism (in which wealth is associated), is also the color of insanity, fitting since she is mentally ill.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Princess Calla often wears a lilac colored gown, which represents that she's a free-spirited young woman of royal status.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks Jeanette is often clad in purple and his the most feminine of the Chipettes.
  • Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series: Diana - who is more gentle and feminine, in contrast to the tomboyish Anne - is often clad in a lavender dress, with a matching hair ribbon.
  • Arcane: As both a child and an adult, Caitlyn wears purple garb that serves to emphasize her composure and elegance, as well as her noble lineage as the heir of House Kiramman.
  • Arthur: Muffy Crosswire's signature outfit is a purple jumper dress, with matching hairbows.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Yue, the princess of the Northern Water Tribe, wears purple, when all the other water tribes wear blue (although a play involving her portrays her wearing pink).
  • Beverly Hills Teens brought us Tara Belle, who is the most ladylike of all the girls, and wears a lavender dress as her main attire.
  • Classic Disney Shorts: Purple is one of the most common colours worn by Daisy Duck.
  • Drawn Together: Princess Clara wears a simply purple frock.
  • The Fairly Oddparents: Trixie Tang, the most popular girl in school, wears a lilac sweater and matching headband.
  • Fancy Nancy: Bree is often shown wearing a lilac dress, and has a lot of other outfits that are purple.
  • Gravity Falls: Purple is Pacifica Northwest's signature colour, and she is the daughter of the richest family in town, and is presented, at least at first, to be a stereotypical Girly Girl.
  • Invader Zim has Gaz, who is mostly an aversion of this trope; she has purple hair and reddish-purple tights/leggings, but she's tomboyish and gruff rather than feminine or delicate. However, she does sleep in pink, winged footie pajamas and sport a skirt with her regular attire in the comics (as well as a dress in the original show). She's also been shown to possess otherworldly powers in situations where she's angry or determined. This series also gives us Tak, another character who's an aversion of the trope; her color motif is purple, though she's a Dark Action Girl who, like Gaz, isn't particularly feminine.
  • Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Tracy is a feminine and kind-hearted violet jet plane.
  • Jem and the Holograms: Shana is a feminine fashionista with purple hair, who wears a purple dress under her white jacket.
  • Josie and the Pussycats: Valerie wears a purple vest and skirt as part of her street clothes. But nobody wears purple in space as the Rock Trios space suits are all Yellow.
  • Little Einsteins: June is a six year old ballet dancer who wears a purple dress.
  • Mighty Mouse: Pearl Pureheart, the main love interest of the titular hero, often wore a purple dress.
  • Molly of Denali: Inverted. In season one, Layla wore a purple shirt underneath her overalls, as well as purple sneakers, but isn't all that feminine. She's instead an Action Mom.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
    • Rarity, the most feminine main character, has a violet mane and tail, and even her white coat had slight lavender tint to it. Her choices in outfits for herself also tend to be biased towards purple and blue. She even wears purple camouflage at one point, while dragon-watching, which the others call her out on. She doesn't seem to mind.
    • Trixie usually wears a purple cape and hat.
    • Princess Cadance, while mostly pink, has a lot of purple in her design. Of the established princesses, she's the one who mostly closely fits the Princess Classic model, though she can fight when she has to.
  • PB&J Otter: Jelly is a purple otter. While she is mostly tomboyish in personality, at times she is shown to have a more feminine side.
  • The titular character from Pepper Ann wears a purple T-shirt every single day.
  • Ready Jet Go!: Part of Lillian's dress is purple and she is definitely graceful, as she takes gymnastics classes.
  • Recess: The Ashleys have a tradition around this colour. When they first met in kindergarten, they were coincidentally all wearing purple, and every anniversary of that day is "Purple Day", where the girls only wear the colour purple. The episode which introduced this began with their leader, Ashley A., arriving late, but accidentally wearing yellow. She, for a brief moment, is kicked out of the club.
  • In Sabrina: The Animated Series when Gem is auditioning for the role of Juliet she wears a purple period gown. Notably when Sabrina plays the role, the dress she wears is pink. Also Aunt Hilda, the more feminine and fashionable of the two aunts, has a purple dress as her default outfit.
  • Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat: Mama Miao wears a purple collar, which signifies her noble, matronly status as a mother cat in the magistrate's palace

    Real Life 
  • Eleanor Roosevelt wore a lilac suit, on the day of her husband's inauguration in 1933.