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"I'm always in a pink mood!"
Barbie, Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse episode "The Upgradening"

For many modern cultures, the color pink has become the color meaning femininity, in all its forms. This means that the more feminine a woman is the more likely she is to wear pink in fiction. It's also why it's thought girls appreciate pink things more than other colors.

The form of the pink is best done with elegant clothing (like the walls on her bedroom and the furniture), but even something "manly" being colored pink would count for this trope. Heck, even a dress that's not normally pink, like a Fairytale Wedding Dress, could be either colored pink (for being non-traditional, but still feminine), or have pink trimmings (usually in the form of a bouquet with pink flowers). A woman wearing sexy pink clothes can look naughty and nice at the same time.

This trope is Newer Than They Think. Pink is a shade of red, and red (being the color of blood) was considered masculine (although this hasn't always been the case; though pink as a feminine colour is recent, a Lady in Red is Older Than Dirt). Blue was the feminine hue (because it was associated with the Virgin Mary), and still is in some parts of the world.

The strong association of pink and a girly sort of womanhood makes this a delicate trope to navigate. For instance, a Tomboy will refuse to wear pink and her opposite, the Girly Girl, will insist on it. A favorite twist is to bring the "feminine and delicate" connotations into hard contrast with an Action Girl's rough, tough, and indelicate career. Expect the Girly Bruiser to wear pink while kicking ass. Real Men Wear Pink also plays on the contrast (often humorous) which comes up when a "manly" man is shown to enjoy "girly" pursuits.

By the way, this can include any shade of pink, even those that cross with other colors (like fuchsia, a purple and pink color). This is why the Graceful Ladies Like Purple trope exists.

A Sub-Trope of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.

A Super-Trope to:

A Sister Trope to Graceful Ladies Like Purple (and can overlap with colors like fuchsia), True Blue Femininity.

Compare Cheery Pink, Long Hair Is Feminine, Lady in Red, Girls Love Stuffed Animals, All Girls Like Ponies, Pimped-Out Dress, Princess Phase. Also compare Psycho Pink.

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  • A commercial for Navy Federal Credit Union shows a tough-as-nails marine describing the Not so Dire situation of walking into the rough situation of...his daughter painting her new bedroom pink. He's uncertain at first, but rolls with it.
    "So she's a princess. You got a problem with that? OO-RAH!"
  • In Tales Of The Road, the female characters in the two "Boy" ads are designated by their pink shirts. The one "Girl" add instead opts for True Blue Femininity.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Black Butler's Lizzy on more than one occasion makes the manor look like a dragon puked pink all over the inside. Also, when Ciel crossdresses, he wears an absurd amount of pink.
  • Bleach has Rangiku Matsumoto who wears a pink scarf and is very girly.
  • Bubblegum Crisis:
    • Sylia Stingray, the brilliant if flighty and eccentric leader of the Knight Sabers - whose day job is running a clothing outlet - uses this trope to humiliate her tomboyish singing biker teammate Priss Asagiri by forcing Priss to wear and be photographed wearing an ugly pink dress when Priss loses a bet with her, much to the amusement of everyone else (it made more sense in the original Japanese version than in the English dub). Naturally, this came back to bite Sylia and the team in the ass when Sylia's ugly secrets came out, prompting Priss to tell Sylia and the team to go to Hell and leave them for a short spell.
    • Pink is a prominent color in Nene's hard suit. 2040 indicates that she and Linna have some pink unmentionables.
  • Dola, the leader of the Sky Pirates in Castle in the Sky, likes pink and has long hair in Girlish Pigtails.
  • Daimos: Common for the Baam-seijin women.
    • Princess Erika wears a pink dress after being rescued from Earth and taken back to the Undersea Castle.
    • Margarete wears pink robes and a sash, even in her youth.
    • Raiza's clothes shirt and skirt are pink. This doubles with Pink Is Erotic as she's the show's Miss Fanservice.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Nezuko, a former Yamato Nadeshiko turned Cute Monster Girl, wears a pink kimono, a pink hair tie, and also has pink eyes that become larger and clearer after her transformation into a demon.
  • Digimon:
    • All of the chosen girls' Digimon have pink heavily featured in most of their forms. Sora's Yokomon and Biyomon are both pink all over, though the Champion and Ultimate forms change to red/maroon. Mimi's Palmon has a pink flower for hair while her Ultimate form, Lillymon, is entirely pink, as is her Mega form Rosemon. Kari's Gatomon isn't pink in any of her early forms but Angewomon has a pink shawl and her Heaven's Charm attack creates a heavenly wave of pink energy. One of her Mega forms, Magnadramon, is also a pink dragon. Plus the crests of Love and Light (Sora's and Kari's) are represented by rose pink and pale pink respectively.
    • The more feminine a human girl is, the more heavily pink will be featured in her design. Mimi wore a pink hat in Adventure and dyed her hair pink in the sequel series. Kari wore pink pants in Adventure and wore a pink top, gloves and boots in 02. Suzie from Digimon Tamers wore a pink cheongsam-style vest. Zoe in Digimon Frontier wore pink clothing in both human and Digimon form. Even Sora wore an all-pink outfit in the remake as a subtle foreshadowing of her Girliness Upgrade per canon.
  • From Doraemon Shizuka's signature colour is pink, and in most places she is represented by the colour pink. Also her regular dress is pink.
  • Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur have Nobita becoming the owner of a pair of dinosaur twins of different genders, named Kyu and Myu, which are respectively born green and pink. Go on, guess which colour is the girl.
  • In Dragon Ball:
    • Chi-Chi's armor is blue. Her boots, gloves, and helmet are pink.
    • Mai is the only female member of Pilaf's group and uses a pink Pilaf machine.
    • Gine and Fasha, the two female Saiyans who had been part of Bardock's team, both wore pink.
  • In Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Leona and Maam wear pink.
  • In Flowering Heart, while all the girls are girly to some degree, Jean is the only one explicitly interested in feminine things, and her hair and outfits are pink.
  • Rabbit Team from Girls und Panzer paints their M3 Lee pink prior to their training match against St. Gloriana Women's Academy for this reason. They switch back to green for the National Tournament, with the only pink remaining being their Killer Rabbit logo.
  • In the Gundam franchise, there are multiple examples of female pilots whose mobile suits have pink paintjobs and/or pink pilot suits. It's not true of every female pilot, but enough to be notable. Some of the notable examples of this include the Strike Rouge, whose suit takes on a pinkish hue when its Phase Shift armor is active, Lacus Clyne, who wears a pink flight suit, her replacement Meer Campbell, who is ferried around in a pink ZAKU Warrior and Kirara, who controls a pink Gerbera Tetra.
  • Hello! Sandybell: Sandybell usually wears pink and white clothing, and her signature outfit is a hot pink outfit with blue ruffles and a white apron. In contrast, Alpha Bitch Kitty usually wears blue.
  • Idol Densetsu Eriko: She wears a pink Sensual Spandex dress as an idol. Even the bows in her hair are pink, and her room has pink walls and her default outfit is a pink and white striped shirt.
  • Isabelle of Paris: Isabelle's Ojou dress is mainly white but has pink highlights. Her Versailles dress also has a pink ribbon.
  • Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair: The titular Jeanie has long blonde hair tied into bunches held by red ribbons, and wears a pink dress with a white apron.
  • Lady!!: Lynn Russell's default outfit is a little pink dress with a frilly white apron, and pink shoes. The bows in her hair are also pink as are most of her dresses.
  • Played With throughout the Lyrical Nanoha franchise: the title character herself, a rather feminine young woman, has pink as the default color of her magic... which she usually uses to deliver a world of pain to her prospective friends and family. Then, we have Signum, a Lady of War who sports luscious waist-long pink hair... and is widely regarded as the manliest character in the series. Lastly, Caro Ru Lushe, whose hair and magic are pink... is a Girly Girl (and one of the most obviously heterosexual ones in this Les Yay-laden franchise, to boot), merrily playing this trope straight, even though she can summon a skyscraper-sized dragon.
  • In the Magic Knight Rayearth art and series, Emmeraude's outfit is white, and Alcyone's outfit is red. In Rayearth OVA, their outfits are pink.
  • Mischievous Twins: The Tales of St. Clare's: Patricia wears her hair in a ponytail with a pink scrunchie, and Isabel wears her hair down with a hot pink hairband.
  • In Naruto
    • Sakura has pink hair
    • Pre-timeskip Tenten wears a pink blouse.
    • Temari's first outfit is pink.
    • Haku also wore a pink kimono when he found Naruto in the forest.
  • Persia, the Magic Fairy: Persia wears pink sailor senshi outfit with white highlights, with a heart at the chest point and a hot-pink skirt.
  • Though one of the more tomboyish cast members of Pokémon: The Series, Misty's got enough of a girly streak to rock a pink cardigan in Pokémon 2000.
    • Before the concepts of Shiny Pokémon and gender differences were introduced, the Pink Butterfree was created with this trope in mind, as otherwise she would look exactly like all the other Butterfree. With Ash's Butterfree, she forms a Blue Boy, Pink Girl dynamic. The movie Pokémon: I Choose You! and the final episode of Pokémon Journeys finally depict her with the gender difference that mark her as female.
  • Pokémon Heroes: Annie is the girlier of the villainous sisters and has a pink sleeve on her Hell-Bent for Leather outfit, while the more focused Oakley has a purple one for her outfit (although her personality doesn't quite qualify her for Graceful Ladies Like Purple). Annie also wears a pink dress while traveling through town.
  • Pollyanna: All of Pollyanna's clothes are pink, but she's a Tomboy with a Girly Streak. She'll gladly wear the colour but enjoys playing rough and her best friend is a boy.
  • As a "girl power" series, Pretty Cure loves the color pink, and the main girl of each series will always have some pink in her outfit. Notably, the girl in pink isn't always a Girly Girl — while that was the case in some other seasons, the earlier seasons and one of the later ones have the tomboy wear pink instead.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, each girl has a different Magical Girl costume with its own color scheme that matches their hair and eyes. Naturally, Madoka, easily the nicest and most vulnerable of the main cast, has pink as her main color.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena examines, deconstructs and plays with this trope. The main character Utena is heavily associated with pink, having pink hair, occasionally wearing pink dresses and associated with pink roses. It's one of the very few concessions to femininity in an otherwise Tomboyish character, thus seemingly subverting the stereotype. However, it's played straight and deconstructed as Utena wears pink dresses when she acts/becomes more feminine. The deconstruction comes in that she's wearing pink and acting feminine because people manipulated her into doing so, taking advantage of her naive and trusting nature to subtly force her into a "princess" role. Yea it's that kind of anime.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • The title character usually wears red, white, blue, and yellow in her fuku, however her "aura" color appears to be pink, as whenever she's using an attack, pink is usually her main color. Her bow is also pink in the musicals and the live-action drama.
    • Sailor Chibi Moon's fuku always has pink, not to mention that her hair is pink.
    • Sailor Jupiter's dominant colour is light green but has pink for an accent colour, possibly since despite being the group's resident Tomboy she's also the most skilled at the traditionally feminine domestic arts like cooking.
    • It should be noted that in the case of Sailor Moon herself, pink does not necessarily mean feminine. Sure, there's a reason why she's caught some flak from groups that oppose stereotypical femininity, but compared to some other characters (Naru Osaka, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Neptune) she's somewhat of a tomboy herself, a trait which was particularly alluded to in early seasons.
  • In Samurai Pizza Cats (Kyatto Ninden Teyandee), Polly/Pururun wears pink armor.
  • Ichigo Momomiya/Mew Ichigo, the leader of the Mew Mews from Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • Wedding Peach has the color appearing in several places, from the weapons to Transformation Sequences (and that's not even taking Momoko's hair into account).
  • Kyoko from Heat Guy J, both her hair and her usual outfit. It also (along with a strand of Idiot Hair) symbolizes her innocence compared to the other characters; she is the only main character who comes from an intact and relatively normal family.
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura, Clow Reed designed the staff that Sakura uses as her Magic Wand with a young girl in mind. Even after Sakura transforms it, it's still pink. Also, some of her outfits are pink, most memorably the rubber dress-and-pinafore she wore to catch the Thunder Card.
  • In Who's Left Behind? Kayoko's Diary, young Kayoko Nakane wears pink for most of the movie. Even if her civilian clothing isn't pink, she makes up for this with a pink nightdress.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The school uniforms of the Domino High School has the Blue Boy, Pink Girl dynamic; the girls wear pink blazers with blue skirts, while the boys wear completely blue uniforms.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: Subverted. The female students in Yuma and Kotori's year wear uniforms with the color pink, but the girls in Shark and Rio's year wear uniforms with the color turquoise.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:
    • Yuzu is one of the girlier versions among her Identical Strangers, having two shades of pink as her hair color, a pink Duel Disk, pink shoes, a deck composed of singing fairies with a flower motif, and she even draws a pink light during her Destiny Draw. Coincidently or not, since her school uniform have either a pink necktie or a pink ribbon as an accessory, she wears a pink necktie as part of her Non-Uniform Uniform.
    • Rin, one of Yuzu's counterparts, is at least as obsessed with the color pink as Yuzu, although she has two shades of green hair. However, all of Rin's clothes include the color pink and her D-Wheel is completely pink and white. Her fondness of the color becomes so convenient when Yuzu happens to borrow some of her outfits and her D-Wheel. This might be justified, since both of them are portrayed to be the most similar counterparts.
  • In YuYu Hakusho it's revealed to fake Kuwabara that Hiei has a sister. He calls her ugly and imagines her looking just like Hiei, only wearing pink instead of black. Made all the more funnier because the audience knows Yukina is Hiei's sister, and Kuwabara doesn't.

  • The Swing: The idly beautiful woman at the center of the painting is decked in an elegant pink frock and mounted on the titular swing. She's very much a Girly Girl, openly flirting with a man below her and ever so delicately throwing her show away.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes, Sweet S. is the only female of the main team of Supermen, and her outfit is mostly pink. Her personality is somewhat feminine, as she's the kindest of the Supermen and regularly takes up cooking (not that her food impresses many people).
  • Kung Fu Wa: When Tee Yang transforms into Kung-Fu Girl her skin and hair turn pink and wears a pink mini-dress with fuschia and purple accents.
  • Noonbory and the Super 7 zigzags this. Jetybory is a pink girl who's a total tomboy, and Cozybory is a Girly Girl who wears pink, but she is more commonly associated with purple. However, Kikibory and PinkAru play this straight.
  • Pakdam Pakdai: Gender-Inverted with the pink-furred Doggy Don, although he can be pretty feminine nonetheless.
  • Simple Samosa:
    • Jalebi, the sole female of the four main characters, wears a pink dress and earrings.
    • In the episode "Tutti Frutti", when Samosa goes with Vada to find the mayor's runaway daughter, Tutti Frutti, he goes to the entirely pink-colored town of Bubblegumpur under the assumption that, since Tutti Frutti is a girl, she would probably want to go somewhere pink.

    Comic Books 
  • Wolverine/Doop: Wolverine and the unstranslatable floating green bean, Doop, investigate the missing Pink Mink artifact (a robe-like vestment) that has been stolen. While doing so, they discover the Pink Mink is tied to and summons a female entity named Pink Lady, who is a nude woman with hot pink skin and magenta-ish hair.

    Fan Works 
  • The Nickelodeon Fanon series Y-Guy has Hearty, who's literally a pink heart.
  • One-off character Maria from Calvin & Hobbes: The Series wears a pink sweater and hairband.
  • Young Discworld Witch Rebecka Smith-Rhodes, when fighting off an Eldritch Abomination, is a little bit put out that the defensive barrier she has called into being is glowing bright pink, as "it's such a girly colour".
  • The New Look Series has several examples of this.
    • Princess Peach.
    • The dresses that Peach forces Link to wear.
    • The girly outfit that Gwen forces Ben to wear in Ben's New Look.
  • In Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles, Hermione, being depicted as a model of femininity, always wears fetching pink dresses and skirts.
  • Fallout: Equestria - The Chrysalis: Sickle is a very heavy inversion. She's got a pink coat and mane, and is a flat-out Brute who somehow manages to be even less feminine than Rainbow Dash.
  • New Beginnings (Smallville): When Oliver Queen notices Kara's starship is pink, he assumes its owner must be real girly.
    Clark burst out of the water a minute later with a large pink ship held under one arm.
    "Pink? Could your cousin be a little more girly?" joked Oliver.
  • Nui Harime in Natural Selection is the most feminine and girly of the Kiryuin sisters and she's heavily associated with the color pink. She's so dedicated to this trope that she even embroiders her name into Sanageyama's new uniform in hot pink letters and redesigns all the Goku Uniforms at Honnouji to have her pink coloration.
  • Celadon's New Blossom is about Ash being Disguised in Drag in order to be accepted as Erika's apprentice, since her gym is female-only. As he adapts to his new life as a girl, he starts wearing a lot of pink clothes, accessories and make-up.
  • Misery Loves Company: Thanks to one of Hecate's spells, Gaz ends up wearing a pink blouse, pink hair ribbons, pink skirt and pink ballet slippers, a girly outfit she absolutely hates.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Big Hero 6, Honey Lemon's battle suit is largely pink, tying in to her kind and awkward personality. Also, when she first appears in the movie, she demonstrates her "chemical metal embrittlement" experiment, which turns a large ball of tungsten-carbide pink before reverting it into dust. By contrast, GoGo, the tomboy to her girly girl, goes for dark outfits in civilian wear and bright yellow in superheroics.
  • This trope is less common for Disney princesses than their merchandise would have us believe, but it still shows up in the Disney Animated Canon now and then:
    • In Cinderella, Cinderella originally plans to wear her mother's pink dress to the ball, which the mice and birds fancy up for her, but the stepsisters rip it to shreds.
    • In Sleeping Beauty, Flora and Merryweather row over what colour Aurora's dress is to be. Naturally, the more feminine Flora insists that it must be pink, though the dress spends most of the film blue.
    • Maid Marian's costume in Robin Hood (1973) is pink and lavender.
    • In The Black Cauldron, Eilonwy's skirt is pink.
    • In The Little Mermaid, Ariel wears a pink gown to her first dinner at Prince Eric's castle and sleeps in a pink nightgown.
    • In Beauty and the Beast, Belle wears a pink dress during the "Something There" sequence.
    • Megara from Hercules wears a light lavender-pink dress with a slit on the side with a dark pink sash around the waist.
    • Mulan wears a pink dress to visit the matchmaker while she is given tips about being a House Wife.
    • Charlotte LaBouff from The Princess and the Frog is obsessed with the color pink, since she never grew out of her Princess Phase, and because Princesses Prefer Pink.
    • In Tangled, Rapunzel spends most of the film in a lavender dress, but wears a pink one in the final scene.
    • This trope is used for a joke in Wreck-It Ralph. The castle in Sugar Rush is very pink, much to the annoyance of King Candy (who desperately insists to Ralph that it's clearly salmon). It also serves as handy foreshadowing, since the castle was originally supposed to belong to a girl, Princess Vanellope Von Schweetz.
  • Kim in The Care Bears Movie has a pink hair bow and sweater.
  • After Violet's Character Development in The Incredibles, her attire starts to include pink, particularly with her headband and top.
  • Clara from The Nutcracker Prince has a pink bow and pink fur-trimmed winter coat.
  • In Turning Red, Mei wears a pink shirt, pink socks, a pink watch, shoes with pink laces and soles and carries around a pink Tamagotchi.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 2-Headed Shark Attack: Brainless Beauty Liza and Kirsten (the Girly Girl half of a Tomboy and Girly Girl duo) are the only characters who wear any noticeable amount of pink in the movie.
  • Isabel wears a lot of flattering pink outfits throughout Bottoms, befitting a pretty cheerleader. In one of the scenes where she isn't wearing pink (the first history class), she's carrying several pink school supplies.
  • Bond Girl Plenty O'Toole wore bright pink panties with light blue/purple lace when stripped of her purple dress in Diamonds Are Forever.
  • Friday the 13th (2009):
  • Harry Potter:
    • Hermione Granger wore an airy pink dress (with a purple sash around the waist) to the Yule Ball in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It's used to show her make a girl-into-woman Cinderella entrance. Fans were neither happy nor impressed as the dress was clearly stated to be blue in the book, leading to assumptions that the costume designer didn't read the book(s) and thought Hermione was a Girly Girl.
    • Hermione again gets a pink dress, albeit of different design, for a brief Christmas Party gathering in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • Sharpay Evans of High School Musical is a drama queen and high school diva who wants everything to be fabulous, which results in a lot of pink.
  • It's a Wonderful Knife (2023): Winnie is a very feminine girl, and pink's apparently her favorite color.
  • Legally Blonde: Elle wears pink to stand out from the rest of the crowd and to emphasise her femininity.
  • Mean Girls. The Plastics have these rules surrounding the color pink, which they must wear every Wednesday. Tomboy Janis owns nothing pink while Ambiguously Gay Damian of course has a pink polo shirt.
  • In Susie Q, Suzie wears a pink evening dress, and her mother comments that she finally got her daughter to wear fancy clothes. Possibly also an Actor Allusion, since in at least one film, Suzie Q was played by Amy Jo Johnson, a former Pink Power Ranger who (for a time) was quite annoyed by her time in pink.
  • In The Sound of Music Marta enthusiastically says she wants a pink parasol for her birthday. Maria agrees and says that pink is her favourite colour too.
  • Glinda's outfit in The Wizard of Oz.
  • Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the sequel Shock Treatment has her wearing multiple pink outfits until she gets her Little black Dress.
  • Jules Van Patten in St. Elmo's Fire is a high-class girl who wears a pink, strapless dress in one of the first scenes of the film, and has a fancy apartment with pink walls.
  • Claire Standish in The Breakfast Club wears a pink top throughout the film.
  • Matinee: Girly Girl Sherry's dresses and bedroom wallpaper are bright pink, and she is also intrigued by pink ocean coral.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: Nancy starts off the franchise as a Girl Next Door type of character and wears pink sweaters and jackets in several scenes, especially before taking a level in badass. She's also shown to have pink underwear during a brief Toplessness from the Back scene.
  • Chrissy in Now and Then wears a lot of pink outfits, and has a room with pink walls and a pink canopy bed.
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019): Ruth is a Girly Girl who wears pink dresses in almost all of her scenes.
  • In Steel Magnolias, Shelby's favorite color is pink, and she even wears an elegant, pink skirt and blazer right after her wedding reception.
  • Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man wears pink, flowery outfits during several iconic action scenes in the movie, including all her encounters with Spider-Man, highlighting her role as the Girl Next Door Love Interest and Damsel in Distress.
  • Liz Toomes in Spider-Man: Homecoming wears a dark pink dress for the Homecoming dance.
  • Dirty Dancing:
    • Baby wears a hot pink dress during her first competitive dance scene with Johnny, and later wears a light pink dress at the end of the film.
    • Likewise, Penny often wears hot pink dresses for various dance competitions.
  • Ma Vie En Rose: One sign of Ludovic's gender nonconformity as an assigned male child is a love for pink things, such as dresses or dolls. The film title translated to "My life in pink".

  • Subverted in the Vorkosigan Saga, in which the eight-foot-tall Cute Monster Girl Sergeant Taura is told that pink will make her look less intimidating. Because of this, most of her civilian wardrobe is a nearly fluorescent pink that does not work on her. One of the running gags in Winterfair Gifts is the efforts of the rest of the cast to correct her of this fallacy.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Dolores Umbridge surrounds herself with pink, even painting the DADA instructor's office the color in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, to try to cover up her Jerkass nature.
    • As well, when the Weasley twins open their shop in Diagon Alley, they have a range of items marketed to girls which are all pink.
  • April Devereux from Half Moon Investigations had a "Pink Club", which turned out to be a cover for a club determined to get girls a good education and will go to any measure to do so.
  • In Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Action Girl protagonist Evie has a rhinestone-studded pink taser named Tasey, wears killer pink boots, and refuses to carry a knife until she is given one that is, you guessed it, pink.
  • A minor running gag in the Discworld books. Monstrous Regiment mentions that girls of around seven are magnetically attracted to the color pink, however they feel about it later. Brought up again in Making Money where Adora Belle Dearheart says that every girl of approximately eight years of age loves the color pink. This is used to rule out that the Cabinet of Curiosity at Unseen University could have been designed for a little girl, since it contains nothing pink.
  • The books of Angelina Ballerina, and its cartoon adaptations, put Angelina in a pink tutu.
  • Cindy, Chris and Cathy's very girly adopted daughter in the V. C. Andrews Dollanganger Series, notes that "I love pink, really adore pink," and has a bathroom decorated in pink with gold and green accents.
  • Allriane Cett in Mistborn: The Original Trilogy is frequently described only by her pinkness.
  • The Hunger Games: Madge Undersee wears a pink hair ribbon with her white dress to the reaping of the 74th Hunger Games.
  • In Danse Macabre: Overture, the narrator remarks that- even offstage- the ballet dancer Collette "swathed herself in more baby pink than most parents did their newborn girls."
  • The protagonist of Robin Jarvis' Deptford Mice trilogy, a mouse girl named Audrey, always wears a pink ribbon in her hair.
  • Journey to Chaos: Kallen implies that she dropped out of the Royal Academy of Magical Learning because she didn't like wearing the girl's uniform which was very pink.
  • Monster of the Month Club: Played to extremes with Sweetie Pie, the pink-furred February Selection, who loves everything pink (including her food).
  • Invoked in the children's book Sugarpink Rose - the female elephants are told to eat only anemones and peonies that grow inside a fenced enclosure all of their lives to get and maintain the desired smooth, 'sugarpink rose' colored skin and wear pink booties and ribbons to accentuate their pinkness.
  • Zia in Teddy And Co is pink all over, save for the black stitches going down her tummy.
  • In The Worst Thing About My Sister, Melissa wears pink and is very stereotypically feminine.
  • I Am Jazz: Jazz's favourite colour is pink, and she cites that as a sign she's a girl.^
  • In Tales of the Magic Land, the Rose Land, with pink houses and pink garments, is ruled by the very feminine good witch Stella. Moreover, Stella's guards, all dressed in pink, are an Amazon Brigade.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Fellow Travelers: While pregnant, Lucy Fuller (a traditional 1950s housewife) wears a pink maternity dress where the top half has a floral print of pink roses, and she also accessorizes with pink earrings.
  • In the Firefly episode "Shindig", Kaylee wears a pink Pimped-Out Dress as part of her Princess for a Day.
  • Game of Thrones: The dress Roose Bolton's men find for Brienne to wear whilst at Harrehal is a very loud shade of pink. She looks like she's just waiting for the opportunity to murder whoever put her in it the entire time she's wearing it. In the books, Jaime surmises it's a form of psychological warfare on Bolton's part. House Bolton is known across the Seven Kingdoms as a House of torturers who get at their victims by playing on their weaknesses, and there's nothing that would infuriate Brienne more than being made to wear not just an ugly dress, but an ugly pink dress.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022):
    • While digging through a box for his cassette player, Daniel Molloy removes a pink teddy bear and a pink bicycle helmet which used to belong to his two daughters when they were children.
    • Claudia is a girly girl with a pink coffin and some of her clothing is pink (she has at least two different pink dresses, a pink cardigan, pink overalls, a pink-and-white checkered shirt, and pale pink pyjamas).
  • LazyTown: Stephanie has pink hair, wears a pink headband, and all her clothes are pink.
  • Our Miss Brooks: In the penultimate episode of the television series, "Principal for a Day", Miss Brooks is principal for a day of Mrs. Nestor's Private Elementary School. Miss Brooks' decides to make the school more attractive to mothers visiting the school and thinking of enrolling their children; she decorates the school with a lot of chintz. Including the animal cages of the science room. She goes so far as to paint Vice Principal Mr. Munsee's desk and office a "shocking pink".
  • Played for laughs in The Punisher (2017). Frank Castle goes to steal weapons from an Arms Dealer, only to find the only gun he has in stock is a special order a mob leader requested for his daughter's sweet sixteen: a pink Ruger Mini-14. Frank takes the gun anyway, but he makes it pretty clear that he has no desire to use it ever.
  • Readalong: Pretty was a pink shoe, and looked as feminine as a pink shoe can.
  • Prairie Dawn from Sesame Street. Subverted with Zoe, however - despite wearing a pink tutu, she's a Tomboy.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Female Changeling wears a flowing pink garment in her humanoid form.
  • The Girly Girl in Super Sentai shows would usually wear pink (which also influenced similar shows, such as GoLion, and any parodies, such as the Axem Rangers of Super Mario RPG). Carried over into Power Rangers, of course, where Pink Rangers usually get pegged as the Girly Girl.
    • Played with in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. The gimmick of copying previous Rangers allows them to mix up the Gendered Outfit thing, but pink is easily the rarest colour used by someone else. There was exactly one all-pink morph in the show's run, and that was the Gavan crossover movie.
    • The sleep-inducing Monster of the Week Somnibot in Power Rangers Zeo wears a pink nightcap and her eyes glow pink for a few seconds in some Ohranger footage.
    • Played with in Power Rangers Mystic Force, where Vida the Pink Ranger is about as un-feminine as you can get and was pissed at getting stuck with the pink suit with the pop-out butterfly wings. (This is a hilarious reversal of its parent sentai, too, where Magi Pink was Kawaiiko squared.)
    • During the latter half of Power Rangers Turbo and then Power Rangers in Space, the more girly fashion-conscious Ashley is the Yellow Ranger, while the (slightly) more brash, tomboyish musician Cassie was Pink.
    • Averted in Power Rangers Time Force. Pink is Jen, a badass with a vengeful streak and The Leader of the team (Red gets the usual standing-in-center privileges because that's the rule, though.) There wasn't a Girly Girl that year at all. Yellow is a girl with Super-Strength who loves to use it. However, Katie's more sentimental side comes out a lot more than Jen's.
    • Played with in Ressha Sentai ToQger, where the Rangers are distinguished more by number than colour. They still have 'default' colours but can swap them around, including the default pink and red trading places.
    • Averted in Shuriken Sentai Ninninger with the first pink member of a Ninja-themed Sentai, Kasumi/MomoNinger. She's actually The Smart Girl of the team, who works on all their technology.
    • The most complete aversion is in Avataro Sentai Donbrothers, as it has the first male Pink Ranger in the franchise. He may have fewer overly-masculine traits than average (he's a Ridiculously Average Guy Salaryman and kind of clumsy in battle — unless you hurt his wife, mind you), but he's not particularly effeminate either.

    Music Videos 
  • Tears for Fears: For the birthday party scene in the "Mad World" music video, the red-haired woman's dress and pom-poms are pink.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The original WWE Women's Championship had a pink strap on it, that the revived FCW Divas' Title also is modelled after. The WWE Divas' Championship is also designed pink and the Divas' logo is pink. When they have to promote a Diva's match with a graphic, there's always some pink in the background and the text is normally pink as well.
  • Mighty Molly (Molly Holly as the Hurricane's superhero sidekick) wore a pink and black outfit.
  • In a way Natalya Neidhart defied this trope whenever she wore pink as it was a reference to her Hart family lineage, whose colors are pink and black. So Nattie never comes across as feminine when she's seen wearing pink ring gear.
  • Hailey Hatred has complained about this trope, as she loves pink and once randomly expressed desire for an all pink room, which she kept suppressing out of fear it would chase away all the pink hating boys.
  • When CZW acquired long term rival WSU, the locker room section of the later was signified by pink on their website, as WSU had become an all women's promotion by then. CZW is still willing to use pink tape for the ring itself even when no females are present though.
  • When SHIMMER was around everything was red or grey but after it broke off Ring of Honor initially settled on purple when it decided to give the women of honor their own logo, then pink was increasingly used in video packages.note 
  • Allysin Kay, a staple of the aforementioned WSU, SHIMMER and WOH, has at times been muzzled when not in matches, ala Hannibal Lecter. This safety precaution differs from his, of course, by being pink.
  • Davey Richards, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly all took up mouth guards after debuting for ROH but only Kelly Klein's was pink, which makes it look like she simply has no teeth when she glowers for poster photos. The actual ROH Women of Honor Championship belt defies this, going for a queenly purple.

  • One female misfit among the protagonists in Michael Jackson: ONE, Shy, wears pink.
  • Steel Magnolias (a stage play before it was a movie):
    Shelby: Pink is my signature color.
  • In Wicked, Glinda wears a pink dress to the Ozdust Ballroom party and in her subsequent bonding scene with Elphaba in Act I ("Pink goes good with green"), in which she sings the ultimate Lovable Alpha Bitch anthem "Popular". Though surprisingly, unlike in The Wizard of Oz, pink isn't used as her signature color throughout – in fact her gown that corresponds to the film Glinda's iconic pink one is True Blue Femininity instead.
  • Prior to the drastic rewrites in 2018, Pearl the Observation Car from Starlight Express was decked in pink, complete with long, bright pink hair.

  • Barbie has been wearing pink since at least the "Enchanted Evening" doll from 1960, and even has a copyrighted color of "Barbie Pink".
  • In Polly Pocket, Polly doesn't always wear pink, but she is certainly not adverse to wearing pink. Most of her play sets are incredibly pink.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The body of the original toy release of Princess Celestia in the Hasbro toy line was pink colored and not white as in the show, apparently to appeal to little girls. It was however changed when the "bronies" complained.
  • Similarly for the Power Rangers Dino Charge toyline, the Pink Ranger's Triceratops zord was initially indigo in the toyline in an effort to appeal to young boys, despite it being pink in the show. But due to fan outrage it was changed back to Pink.
  • In 2013, Nerf Brand started producing and selling a line of pink, white, and purple blasters, called the Nerf Rebelle line. Most of the toys are 'reshells,' using the same internal components of existing toys, just with a much smoother, less rugged or militaristic outer design, such as the Zombie Strike "Hammershot" becoming the "Sweet Revenge" or the "Firestrike" becoming the "Star Shot". At least they had the good taste to reshell several of the better, more popular guns to begin with. The only one that can claim much in the way of actual originality is the "Heartbreaker Bow," but unfortunately it is one of the most Reliably Unreliable Guns of the product line. The "Secrets and Spies" sub-line retains a more feminine design aesthetic and even includes entirely new, non-reshelled weapons, but favors purple instead of pink and having its main gimmick being red lens decoder darts.
  • This trope shows up a lot with Supergirl merchandise. Even though her costume is red, blue, and yellow like Superman's, you'll find a lot of costumes that look like this.
  • Clue gained another female character in 2016, Dr. Orchid (at the expense of Mrs. White), who has a pink Color Motif.
  • Flowertchi of Tamagotchi is pink (in Japan, anyway; she was recolored purple for international releases) and is characterized as being an Innocent Flower Girl and a Caring Gardener.

    Visual Novels 
  • The Eden of Grisaia: Makina admits that when she can't settle for a color when buying clothes she always goes for something pink, when Thanatos provides the girls with untraceable black-colored mobiles she complains about the boring color, Thanatos takes note, so when Makine is provided with a sniper rifle, it is colored bright pink, though she admits that this is not exactly what she had in mind.

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    Web Original 
  • Neopets changed the Altador Cup team colours of Faerieland from pink and purple to green and purple/pink to symbolise the land's landing (it was airborne previously), but also to make it less of a "target group 5-year-girls" team.
  • Doki's signature color is pink and her pet cat's collar and bow is pink and Britani's color is also pink. So is Vielle's
  • Subverted by JAMIEvstheVOID, who continued to use shades of pink in his work, even after coming out as transmasculine.
    Jamie in an Instagram post on December 21, 2020: Fun fact, I used to hate the colour pink as a kid (to the point where I pretended to have an allergy to it, no joke) because I didn't want to be grouped in with society's idea of a girl. Now I just see it as another cool colour I can play with, without having any gender stereotypes attached. It's just a colour yo. (sic)

    Web Videos 

    Real Life 
  • The Gulabi Gang, a women's movement against domestic violence, child labour and dowry demands and such, wear bright pink saris.
  • First Lady Jackie Kennedy is most famous for wearing a pink outfit, especially in the assassination of her husband in 1963.
  • Angie Harmon wore a pink Pimped-Out Dress with a feather skirt to the 2011 Screen Actors Guild awards.
  • There's an anti-pink campaign run by some people who are sick of girls being "'pinked' to death": Pink Stinks. Here is a synopsis of it.
  • An Exploited Trope use of this is making pink the color for breast cancer research. Although it's not an exclusively female disease, it has helped in getting attention for cancer treatment.
  • This trope is explained here.
  • Jayne Mansfield loved this color, and had a lot of her house colored pink, and even had furs dyed pink.
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics frequently rewards its top salespersons with pink cars. The Mary Kay/pink association was lampshaded in a Bloom County arc where Opus tries to find his mother among the test animals at Mary Kay's cosmetics labs, but is cornered by the Mary Kay Commandoes: "Even their Uzis are pink!"
  • Before the 1940s, it was inverted: Pink was a boy's color and blue was a girl's color.
  • Pink is sometimes used as a slang for vaginas.
  • When asked what color lightsaber she would like, Daisy Ridley answered "sparkly pink."
  • The predominantly Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, main colors are "Apple Green" and "Salmon Pink" and members wear 20 pearls to represent the founders of the sorority. Members being diverse as Brandy, Loretta Devine, and Kamala Harris. Their goals are:
    To cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of "Service to All Mankind".


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