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Boss: We're gonna have to do something about the pink.
Oleg: You'd prefer a more manly shade, like purple?
[Pierce, Shaundi, and the Boss all give Oleg approving looks]

This is purple being used to symbolize the power and/or coolness of a character, whether the character is badass, of Royal Blood, or something else.

This trope existed at least as far back as Bible Times, where the purple dye Tekhelet was mostly limited to Tabernacle tapestries and high priests' robes in Israel thanks to how hard it was to procure— it could only be sourced from certain species of predatory sea snails. This more famously bled over into Phoenicia and The Roman Empire, whose own "Tyrian Purple" could only be worn by government officials and the exorbitantly wealthy. Purple later became a common color for royal robes in Europe, where the legacy and romanticizing of Western Rome was deeply felt after its fall. It was also the color worn by cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, before this was changed to the more familiar scarlet.


Some time later, purple became associated with either femininity, or fell on the evil side of Good Colors, Evil Colors (like The Joker). But for those that thought Evil Is Cool, it just helped purple be seen as a cool color. Then it became a stereotypical color for Pimp Duds, and it was definitely cool again. Can be considered a Yin-Yang Bomb when you consider that purple is red and blue combined.

This trope comes into play if it's clothing or an item on the cool or powerful character, whether it's a hat, weapon, or Badass Cape.

Nowadays, purple is often on the border of masculinity and femininity for the aforementioned reasons. If the latter comes into play, then this trope overlaps with Real Men Wear Pink.

Many Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games use a color coding system to convey the rarity and power of objects obtainable in the game. Worthless items are grey, uncommon ones are green, rare items are blue, and "epic" items — the most powerful items that the average player can hope to obtain — are purple. World of Warcraft does this, with most other MMOs following suit such that "phat purps" has become slang.


This is not just when any character who isn't a wimp wears purple. It has to represent power or coolness.

Incidentally, of all the visible colors on the color spectrum, violet has the highest frequency (courtesy of having the shortest wavelength), and thus the most energetic and most powerful, per photon.

Compare Gold Tooth, Graceful Ladies Like Purple (and can overlap with some Action Girls), Purple Is the New Black, Red Is Heroic, Blue Is Heroic, Heavenly Blue, Gold-Colored Superiority.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Berserk, the Empire of Chuder has several themed armies that are identified by both a color and an animal, such as the Black Rams and Blue Whales. The name of their most powerful and esteemed army? The Purple Rhinos.
  • In the TV series of Black★Rock Shooter, Insane Black★Rock Shooter has a purple flame instead of the titular character's blue. She is also Nigh Invulnerable to the conventional fights of the series.
  • Invoked by Priscilla in Claymore, as her awakened form carries a purple color-scheme while also being the most powerful entity in the setting, sans Teresa.
    • Also, Isley, who is the strongest of the Deep Ones, sees a violet aura when he uses his powers, even if he is not seen in his awakened form in the anime.
  • Invoked by Lelouch vi Britannia in Code Geass: his suit worn as part of his Zero outfit is predominantly purple (and subsequently, his imperial Britannian robes have noticeable purple highlights as well).
  • Dragon Ball Z has several examples of this trope.
    • Future Trunks wears a purple jacket and has purple hair. Both Trunks and his father Vegeta have a violet Battle Aura.
    • Piccolo wears a purple outfit and has purple blood. His pupil, Son Gohan, also wears purple. When Gohan stops training and grows rusty with his fighting skill, he noticeably stops wearing the color.
    • Ginyu, captain and most powerful member of the Ginyu Force, has purple skin.
    • Frieza, one of the most formidable villains in the series, has a purple color scheme, and several of his attacks are either purple or pink. Same goes for King Cold and Cooler. His minions have also a purple Battle Aura, Frieza's is blue, but it's sometimes purple when he fights with 100% of his power.
    • Cell and Buu, who are, or used to be far more powerful than Frieza, have purple blood.
    • The first canon movie villain Beerus, the most powerful villain in the history of Z, has purple skin. He's so powerful that he curb-stomps SSJ3 Goku, SSJ Gotenks, Good Buu and Ultimate Gohan. Heck, he even defeats Goku when the latter becomes a Super-Saiyan God.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, Universe 6's most powerful mortal fighter is Hit, who has purple skin. Not only is he physically strong enough to match and potentially defeat Vegeta and Goku post-obtaining their Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan power-up, he's also in possession of one of the most broken powers around: Time-stopping.
  • Nao Kadena of Great Teacher Onizuka and GTO: The Early Years is a Badass Driver / Biker Babe and Ms. Fanservice. Her car is purple, her gang is called "Purple Haze", her hair has a purple tint, and she sometimes wears purple.
  • Austria of Hetalia: Axis Powers invokes this. He not only has purple eyes and wears purple a lot of the time, but has Blue Blood influences thanks to the Habsburgs, managed to build a powerful empire through alliances and marriages alone, was the boss of Spain, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia among others, and was The Man Behind the Man to the Holy Roman Empire. Though in the present he is out of shape and dependent on Germany, Germany points out that his style of fighting was "magnificent," and it's indeed Truth in Television.
  • Laughing Under the Clouds: A good part of the main cast belongs to the Fuma clan, known for their white hair and purple eyes. They are not albinos from birth, however. The hair and eyes are a result of the rigorous training they go through to become full members of the clan.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (2004), based on The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Vio wears a purple outfit, is the smartest of the four copies of Link, is an expert archer, and is the only one to decisively beat another counterpart in a fight.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • Lucoa from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid is a former goddess and her magic circles are purple. Tohru's father also purple magic and is called "The Emperor of Demise".
  • The Black Tri-Stars from Mobile Suit Gundam pilot the Zaku II and Dom and utilize the Jet Stream Attack to dispatch their enemies through teamwork. The both suits have purple and black color scheme, which is unique for the Zaku II and standard for the Dom. Way until Amuro showed up, they were proven to be a serious threat to the Earth Federation.
  • Tieria Erde from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 pilots the Gundam with the Wave-Motion Gun.
  • Angelo Sauper from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn pilots purple machines. His Rosen Zulu is even more powerful — it took down lots of federation suits.
  • Gundam Build Fighters Try:
    • The Mega-Shiki is a purple-themed Hyaku Shiki from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam that has a Mega Rider/Mega Bazooka Launcher backpack attached to it. It proves its stuff by taking out Gyanko's R-GyaGya, its beam saber cutting through the metal-constructed shield.
    • There's also the Denial Gundam, which has purple accented additions on its gray body and unleashes purple energy with its attacks. Its pilot, Junya Inose, uses it to pummel the Try Burning Gundam to a pulp using various martial art techniques he's "stolen" since leaving the Jigen Haoh School.
  • Naruto:
    • In his fight with Sasuke at the Valley of the End, Naruto uses a purple variation of the Rasengan, as a result of the blue sphere of chakra being enveloped and supercharged by his red Tailed Beast aura.
    • Sasuke himself also possesses a purple Susanoo armor after he upgrades to Mangekyo Sharingan.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Humongous Mecha Unit 01, is coloured mostly head-to-toe in a shade of bright violet. While it goes without saying that a beast of that size would be a force to be reckoned with, Unit 01 surpasses all other giant mechas in the series, curb-stomping foes others find impossible to even scratch, shrugging off nuclear-level explosions, and even using its godlike powers to cause a Class 5 or Class 6 apocalypse because it's actually powered by the mind of the protagonist's mother, and the world had upset her son, so she went ballistic.
  • In Noir, purple is mainly associated with antagonists, including Altena, Chloe, and Silvana "Intoccabile" Greone, all of whom prove to be highly dangerous.
  • Onpu from Ojamajo Doremi was, for a while, the most capable Apprentice, and her theme color is purple. She remains skilled at magic in the later seasons.
  • One Piece:
  • PandoraHearts has Alice, also known as the Blood-Stained Black Rabbit, who is one of the most powerful Chains in the manga. In the anime, the protagonist's eyes also turn violet when Alice briefly takes over his body after their Magically Binding Contract. There is also the Will of the Abyss, Alice's twin sister, who combines the trope with Mystical White Hair. She inherited both traits from their father Levi, a.k.a. Glen Baskerville, who controls five incredibly powerful Chains and is in charge of protecting the Abyss.
  • Mewtwo in Pokémon: The First Movie has purple eyes and is not only one-of-a-kind, but has psychic powers far greater than those of any other pokémon, (with the possible exception of Mew).
  • All over the Pretty Cure metaseries:
    • Futari wa Pretty Cure:
      • Jaaku King is completely purple and he's Large and in Charge. In the sequel, Baldez' body becomes completely purple in the final episode because he is Jaaku King and he has transformed into a small version of Jaaku King. When he transformed completely into Jaaku King, he's more purple than in the first season.
      • The Zakennas are the largest monsters in the entire Pretty Cure franchise. And their spirits are purple.
      • Illkubo uses often purple (dark) energy, and later he fuses with a Zakenna and changes into a purple (than silver) monster. He nearly kills the Precures, but Jaaku King kills him because Illkubo could damage the Prism Stones.
      • Belzei Gertrud is the leader and the strongest warrior of the Seeds of Darkness and he has purple as his theme color.
      • The Dotsuko Zone in general is associated with purple.
    • Cure Egret alias Cure Windy from Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star has purple hair and eyes. Especially as Cure Windy, she is more associated with the color purple and is stronger than her Egret form.
    • Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO!:
      • The Sixth Ranger Milky Rose has incredible physical strength compared to the other five girls. She's also the only one who represents the blue rose which is equal to the five red roses represented by the Precures. Her theme color and her hair and is purple.
      • Cure Dream, the strongest of the five Cures has purple eyes, but has pink as her theme color.
      • The Director in Yes! 5 GoGo! has a purple cape which is actually a pair of wings.
    • Cure Berry from Fresh Pretty Cure! has purple hair, despite having blue as her theme color. Well, there is only one Cure in her team who has matching hair and theme colors. Her kicks are the strongest among the team.
    • Cure Moonlight from HeartCatch Pretty Cure! actually has silver as her theme color, but purple is also a dominating color of hers. Of course, being at least three years older than the other magical girls and being a Precure veteran have made her the strongest Precure of the group.
    • Subverted with Cure Beat and Cure Muse from Suite Pretty Cure ♪. Both of them have a different theme color (blue and yellow, respectively), but Beat has purple hair and Muse's Fairy Tone Dodory is purple, the only transformation Fairy Tone that doesn't have the same color that matches the color of the Cure costume. Both Beat and Muse have powers that differ the powers of the main duo Cure Melody and Cure Rhythm. And Cure Beat's Beat Sonic and Beat Barrier are purple, too.
    • Both Pierrot and Joker are the strongest villains in Smile Pretty Cure! and have purple as the theme color.
    • Doki Doki Pretty Cure:
    • Cure Fortune of HappinessCharge Pretty Cure! is stated in-series to be the strongest of the four main Cures, who are stated to be the strongest in the world, and is purple-themed. However, the series seems to give hints that Cure Fortune's powers are not hers, but her sister's, Cure Tender, who was one of many Cures struck down and captured by the powerful Phantom. A combination of My God, What Have I Done?, Heroic Sacrifice, Heroic Second Wind and Mid-Season Upgrade ends up ramping up her power.
    • Cure Magical of Maho Girls Pretty Cure! is this only by the virtue of having more experience with magic (but not that much) prior to meeting her partner.
    • Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure has Cure Selene, with her hair, outfit, and a few variations of her bow being purple. She's the only member capable of fighting and beating Galorge.
  • Luea's human form in Jewelpet: Magical Change has purple hair and enhances both her physical strength and magic power. She also has a purple Laser Blade.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura's color scheme is purple, and she's significantly more powerful than the other magical girls. However, Word of God says that she would only be the strongest should the other girls not know about her abilities; he says that either Mami or Kyoko is the strongest Magical Girl besides Ultimate Madoka.
  • Reborn! (2004): The Cloud Flame and Mist Flame are purple and indigo, respectively. Fittingly, Tsuna's two strongest Guardians are the Cloud Guardian Hibari and the Mist Guardian Mukuro.
  • In Sailor Moon, Sailor Saturn is heavily associated with the color purple: her uniform has purple accents, her eyes are purple, even her magic is purple. She only awakens when there is a planet to destroy, a civilization to wipe out, or an Elder God to kill, solo. In her entire active history, she has only ever failed once.
  • Saori Kido in Saint Seiya is the reincarnation of the Goddess Athena, with all the power that it entails, and she has long, flowing purple hair.
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: Berg Katse always dresses in purple, unless he's in an outright disguise.
  • Certain characters who wear purple in Sorieke! Anpanman are thus represented as either magical or powerful in some way — Nazobo since he teleported to the dream world, Yuyakeman since he paints the sunset once the day's done, Princess Durian since she's royalty, and Mrs. Dokudami since she makes healing herbs.
  • The Kaiju Anti of SSSS.GRIDMAN seemed to be a subversion, as in spite of his Power Copying ability being meant to allow him to counter whatever Gridman used, after one victory, he kept losing subsequent battles. Ultimately played straight, as following a Heel–Face Turn, he got one heck of a Redemption Promotion, as he became Gridknight, a second Gridman.
  • In The Story of Saiunkoku, the eight main noble families are named after colours, and the royal house is purple.
  • Symphogear:
    • In G, Miku gets her own Symphogear which is purple. She has the largest arsenal and she is way stronger than other Symphogear users.
    • Symphogear GX gives us Carol Malus Dienheim, who primarily wears purple when using the Faust Robe of Dur da Blá, and was shown to be capable of fighting against all six Symphogear Candidates at the same time, while they were using the X-Drive. Symphogear XV sees her return and continue to prove her strength while fighting on the side of the heroes, capable of going one on one with Shem-Ha Mephorash and coming close to defeating her.
  • Ayeka Jurai of Tenchi Muyo! fame has purple hair and also happens to be the crown princess to the galaxy's most powerful royal family. She's actually cheating - her hair's actually blue as she dyed it to impress her brother, Yosho, who actually does have purple hair.
  • Tsubasa 's Fai is a very powerful mage - even with his power suppressing tattoo - and his magic is a very light purple. And it kicks serious ass once he decides to use it. He can travel between dimensions more than just once which other than him only Ichihara Yuuko and Fei Wang Reed can do. His magic can also grow infinitely which means he might one day be the most powerful mage ever in existence. It also ties in with the "Royalty wears Purple" aspect that pops up a lot as he is, technically, a prince of not just one but two worlds though one has no inhabitants anymore and the other gets destroyed.
  • Vividred Operation: Zigzagged. Rei (a mix between Homura Akemi and Fate Testarossa) has a purple color scheme, but she doesn't have a Palette Suits of her own. However, she's a particularly extreme Badass Normal.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yugi's trademark monster Dark Magician and related cards of the archetype wear purple. Throughout the franchise, Fusion monsters use a purple card background and include some of the strongest monsters in the game, such as Thousand-Eyes Restrict (which absorbs an enemy monster to use its power, prevents other monsters from attacking, and had to be banned in the real-life game) and the Five-Headed Dragon (a.k.a. Mythic Dragon, which has the highest stats of any monster out there, and can't be destroyed by battle with most monsters even if they do somehow become stronger than it is).
    • Among his assortment of cool coats, Seto Kaiba has a few purple-colored ones, most prominently wearing one during the Duelist Kingdom arc.
    • Marik, the Big Bad of the Battle City arc, wears a purple sleeveless hoodie. His Split Personality Yami Marik wears a purple cape.
    • Mai Kujaku/Mai Valentine wears purple outfits and is a pretty strong duelist even in duels she doesn't win.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Yuya and his Alleged Lookalikes all have a Dragon with a different summoning method as their ace method. While Yuya's Odd Eyes Pendulum Dragon, Yuto's Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, and Yugo's Clear Wing Synchro Dragon all have 2500 ATK, Yuri's Starve Venom Fusion Dragon has 2800. Starve Venom is primarily purple in reference to purple-colored Fusion Monster cards.
  • The second Yo Kai Watch movie introduces King Enma, the king of the yokai world and most powerful yokai in existence. Naturally his medal is colored a unique metallic purple.
  • In Zatch Bell! the main antagonist Zofis fits the "Royal"(or "Wannabe Royal", because his origin is unknown) part of this trope. Besides his big strength and having more powers than most demons, Zofis wears a robe, speaks politely, likes to command, created an army for himself, used ancient castle as a base and nicknamed himself "Lord". In the anime Zofis' spellbook, spells, clothes and even his body are purple. In the manga only his spellbook is purple, but it's darker than in the anime and very close to "Tyrian Purple".

    Asian Animation 
  • Kula, the main antagonist of the Mole's World animated series, is a powerful mage whose color motif is purple. The purple extends to the color of his eyes.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • The Huntress, a part of the Bat Family, is almost always depicted wearing purple.
    • The third Batgirl, Stephanie Brown, also has purple on her costume, and as Spoiler it's the primary color. She seems to fit the "feminine" aspect of this trope.
    • Barbara Gordon's Batgirl uniform as of the 2011 reboot also has purple accents, though considerably less than Stephanie's. Her original costume in the Silver Age was also sometimes purple, as it was in the TV series.
    • Catwoman occasionally wore purple as a part of her Spy Catsuit. Originally, from the Golden Age to decades after, until the catsuits/spysuits became the permanent costume, her traditional outfit was a purple dress. In Catwoman: Year 2, she specifically switches from her gray Year One suit to become "dark royalty".
    • Talia Al-Ghul, similar to Catwoman, is an on-again, off-again lover of Batman who is a sometimes a hero and sometimes a villain, and occasionally wears purple as the primary color of her costume.
    • The Joker, with his notorious purple suit and tails, is feared throughout The DCU's underworld.
  • ElfQuest: The mighty Djun in the "Hidden Years" and "Shards" storylines wears lots of purple.
  • Galactus: He is viewed differently by all races, and it is stated that humans see him in purple attire because we link the colour to royalty.
  • The Incredible Hulk has purple shorts. They are the only part of clothing that remain intact when he transforms.
  • Magneto's costume is (royal) purple and red (for the blood of the victims he saw die in Auschwitz and afterwards).
  • Teen Titans: Starfire bejeweled purple leotards and monokinis. She is a also a powerful Warrior Princess.
  • Black Orchid, a super-powered detective, wears an all-purple superhero costume.
  • As the mainstream Venom looks very dark blue, Ultimate Marvel's Venom looks dark purple.
  • In Watchmen, Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias' trademark colours are purple and gold.
  • X-Men:
    • Psylocke, the badass ninja, wears purple (in addition to her purple hair).
    • On the villain side, the Sentinels' main color is purple.
  • Hawkeye has always had Purple as his signature color. In the Fraction/Aja series, this is taken to the extreme. He's always wearing something purple and his entire apartment seems to be purple, and while Clint Barton doesn't have any powers, Hawkeye is one of the mainstay and most popular Avengers and has single handedly beaten people like Abomination, She-Hulk, Alkhema or the Wrecking Crew, and even entities like The Grandmaster, The Collector and even the multiverse threatening Krona.
  • Played with in Kate Bishop (Hawkeye of the Young Avengers) — she's the only one on both incarnations of the team without a fantastic or supernatural power, backstory, or enhancement note , but this doesn't stop her from being one of the best marksmen in the world. She's also the only character to dress head-to-toe in purple.
  • Marvel Universe villain Zebediah Killgrave, the Purple Man. His Mind Control powers are tied into his color scheme, as we've seen in Alias. He also has a daughter, Kara, who can do the same. Her name's the Purple Woman.
  • Green Lantern:
  • X-Wing Rogue Squadron: Tomboy Princess Plourr Ilo always wears an element of purple while at court. The longer she's there and the more power she wields the more purple her outfit is, starting with a white gown and a purple sash in The Warrior Princess and ending with wholly purple ensembles by Masquerade.
  • Aquaman:
    • Garth, the original Aqualad. His purple eyes were initially considered a bad luck omen but were later revealed to be a mark of his royal heritage as a prince of a fallen Atlantean colony. The New 52 retconned purple-eyed Atlanteans into living indexes and historical records.
    • Hila, Mera's evil sister, has purple hair and is a sorceress just like her sister.
  • Circe, long time enemy of Wonder Woman has sometimes been drawn as either having purple hair or wearing a purple cloak. Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons also wore purple dresses and purple accented armor during the Perez run.
  • Thanos the Mad Titan has purple skin and is one of the most powerful and dangerous villains of the Marvel Universe.
  • Medusa is the queen of the The Inhumans and wears a purple outfit.
  • Wonder Man can transform into a purple being of "ionic" energy. In Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ben Grimm gains a similar transformation after his powers evolve.
  • Nicole the Holo-Lynx from Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) wears a predominantly purple outfit. As an AI, she's the most powerful when she's in the digital world.
  • The Guardians from W.I.T.C.H., in every iteration of their team, always wear purple as part of their costumes (alongside teal). They're stated often to be the five most powerful magical creatures in the entire Universe.
  • Donatello of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wears a purple mask and is The Smart Guy of the team. His intellect has saved the day numerous times and he's skilled with a bo staff.
  • Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld wears purple. The magic of her House is purple, too.
  • Wakandan Vibranium is increasingly depicted in the modern era as having a purple glow when energized.

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    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Purple is the penultimate color which Godzilla and Mothra's synchronized bioluminescence cycles through when they're powering up via their symbiosis.
  • Jonathan Joestar, The First JoJo: Jonathan has purple hair and clothing, and is a pretty formidable Hamon user.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Right after awakening her Element of Magic, Xvital's new magic is violet-colored.
  • Purple Days: Every time he dies, Prince Joffrey Baratheon is struck by agonizing pain, as his vision is consumed by purple light. He refers to the force behind his revival as "the Purple".
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters: Nimue's magic, which is more powerful than that of most other magic users shown, is colored purple.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Alexis Lois "Lexi" Luthor tends to dress in a purple and green business suit like her grandfather Lex Luthor once did. She also wields tremendous financial and political power, is a Teen Genius fluent in multiple languages, and a brilliant inventor who could easily change the world if she ever felt like it. Her first encounter with Izuku, a Kryptonian, ends up scaring him so thoroughly that he passes out in the snow after she drives away.
  • Roman's Empire: The biggest mob boss in Vale is named Violet Kincaid. She's feared throughout the criminal underworld and can even fight three armed men at once and come out unscathed. When she wears a purple dress to a party, Roman even says that it's the color of royalty, implying a connection.
  • In RWBY: Reckoning, there's a mysterious figure on the side of Cinder. All we really know about them is they have purple eyes, and are immensely powerful, able to beat Darrel both physically and mentally.
  • In Amazing Fantasy, the purple-clad Prowler is a master thief skilled enough to go toe-to-toe with Spider-Man and evade the clutches of All Might.
  • Any magic cast by one of the titular spellcasters in The Awakening of a Magus is purple (aside from an Avada Kedavra, which is always green). This can lead to a case of Cover-Blowing Superpower, but Snape teaches Harry an incantation to make any spell a simple white (Death Eaters need it as part of their disguise). In addition, Harry's Animagus forms have some purple in them.

    Films — Animated 
  • Joaquin from The Book of Life wears a purple top and is the wielder of the Medal of Everlasting Life... until the end, where he willingly gives it up.
  • Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove has purple as her main color. Everything and every place that belongs to her is purple - including her skin.
  • Frozen and Frozen II: Every queen wears purple. Queen Elsa's dresses when she's not wearing ones made out of ice usually are purple-based. It's also the color worn by Queen Iduna. Anna also has a purple sash in her Harvest Festival dress and the color is later incorporated into the outfit she wears as Queen in the epilogue.
  • Violet from The Incredibles and Incredibles 2: her name gives it away. As part of her motif, her force fields are purple, as well as some of her items of clothing. Even her hair and eyes are a shade of purple.
  • Randall Boggs from Monsters, Inc. actually is purple when he's not using his chameleon ability for stealth. Though he looks it, he's no wimp; despite his scrawny little arms, Randall would have succeeded in suffocating the brawnier Sully were it not for Mike's intervention. Randall also appears to have the most powerful skills out of the monsters seen in the film, as he is lithe, fast, silent, and possibly skilled in engineering.
  • The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs primarily wears a purple dress along with her black cape.
  • Lady Amalthea, the titular last unicorn from The Last Unicorn, has purple as her color motif after white, the former presented by her purple eyes. She's the supposed last of her kind and has enough power to bring the dead back to life.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Godzilla:
    • Godzilla Vs Spacegodzilla: Spacegodzilla is bluish indigo in color and one of the most challenging monsters Godzilla has ever encountered.
    • Godzilla vs. Destoroyah: Destoroyah's carapace is clad in hues of purple and red, has a purple beam weapon that penetrates anything it comes in contact with, and it is one of Godzilla's most powerful and vile foes ever fought in the Heisei era.
    • Godzilla vs. Megaguirus: Megaguirus is the Hive Queen of the Meganulons, and most of her carapace is bright purple, save for some yellow and red highlights. She's also a formidable foe against Godzilla, thanks to her agility.
    • Godzilla 2000: The Millenium Godzilla has purple highlights on his spikes and not only is he physically strong, he's smart enough to plan his attacks. For example, in Godzilla 2000, when Orga is preparing to absorb Godzilla's DNA, he rammed his head into Orga's mouth and blasted him from the inside-out with his Atomic Breath, and in Godzilla Vs Megaguirus, he tricked Megaguirus into stinging his face so he can catch her stinger and break it with his jaws.
    • Shin Godzilla: In his final form, Godzilla is able to fire his trademark energy beam, but instead of blue, it's purple this time. This is taken a step further where Godzilla fires multiple energy beams out of his spine, including a beam fired from his tail. Frickin' Laser Beams indeed.
    • Godzilla vs. Kong: The hi-tech and villainous Apex Cybernetics' Hong Kong headquarters has red and blue lights which create an overall purple hue. Meanwhile, in the room where Ghidorah's decapitated skull, the still-living telepathic neurons of which are being used as Mechagodzilla's neural network; the cables wired into the skull are producing a deep purple light which saturates the room. Symbolically, the fake purple light of Apex's hallways emphasizes how Apex think they're the real masterminds who are in control of everything while the true purple light of the Ghidorah skull shows it's really Ghidorah who's the true threat.
  • Kick-Ass: Hit-Girl wears a purple wig as well as a heavily purple-accented costume.
  • Mace Windu wields a purple lightsaber in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. It's the only purple lightsaber seen in the Star Wars films, which helps set him apart as an important Jedi. Star Wars Legends simply states that the purple crystal is extremely rare and hard to get. Samuel L. Jackson requested a purple lightsaber so he could see himself more easily in group battles. It's also the color of Mara Jade's lightsaber, down to hinting that it is in fact Windu's. Knights of the Old Republic has Revan use one, and the color is treated as somewhere between a Jedi Guardian and the red color mainly used by Sith.
  • In The Roving Swordsman, the hero, Shen-yi, is a master swordsman and the best killer in the martial arts world, who spends most of the film wearing purple robes.
  • A Taste Of Cold Steel: The plot of this martial arts film revolves around a band of warriors fighting for the Purple Light Sword, a weapon whose blade can emanate a purple glow that illuminates a radius of several meters. The wielder of this weapon is invincible and practically indestructible.
  • In yet another Shaw swordplay film, Twelve Deadly Coins, there is Rung-erh, the daughter of a powerful martial arts clan, who spends the whole film wearing purple robes and a velvet cape. She is also the best fighter of the entire film, taking plenty of names single-handedly.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past:
      • The 1973-era Sentinels; they are programmed to eliminate mutants and they have a purple coat of paint.
      • Blink's Battle Aura and Facial Markings. She's either the second-to-last or the last mutant left standing when the X-Men and the Free Mutants directly confront the Future Sentinels.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse:
      • In his natural gaseous form, the god-like Apocalypse is purple, and his teleportation "bubble" also has a purple tint. The walls of Cerebro glow purple when Xavier is possessed by him.
      • The highlights in Psylocke's hair, her Horseman leotard and her psionic blade are purple, and she's very dangerous.
      • Mystique's risqué dress is shiny and purple, and she's the most effective combatant at the cage match.
      • The wormhole produced by Nightcrawler's teleportation ability is a luminous purple.
      • In a shot of Jean Grey screaming in the astral plane, a purple filter was used over her face, and it's a sign that her Phoenix powers are being unleashed.
      • Inverted with Professor X, who is wearing a lilac (which is a pale shade of purple) shirt when he's Apocalypse's prisoner, and he's weaker than the god-like mutant.
    • Deadpool 2: Yukio has purple hair when in her hero costume, and kicks some serious ass in the climax.
  • Warcraft (2016): the mages forming the council of Kirin Tor, the wizard city, all have purple-glowing eyes.
  • Mrs. Zimmerman, in The House With a Clock in Its Walls, is extremely partial to the color purple and wears it almost exclusively, and is an exceptionally skilled witch.
  • Descendants: Mal has purple hair and wears mostly purple, and she's the most powerful of the main characters by virtue of being the only one who actually uses magic on a regular basis.
  • The Dark Crystal: The eponymous giant power gemstone is purple, and its rays, which feed the Skeksis' Magitek, are purple.
  • Mars Attacks!: The Martian leader wears a purple cloak that helps distinguish him.
  • Inverted in the first and third films of the Eastrail 177 trilogy, Unbreakable and Glass (2019). All three main characters are Colour-Coded for Your Convenience, with Elijah's color being a rich royal purple. Elijah is specifically the only of the three leads to not have superpowers, to the point of being incredibly fragile and ill most of his life.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Anyone possessing the Power Stone gains glowing purple eyes.
    • Black Panther (2018): T'Challa's suit turns purple as it absorbs kinetic energy, which he can release in an area blast. Raw Vibranium, the Unobtainium in the suit and most other Wakandan technology, also appears purple.
    • Avengers: Infinity War: Thanos himself, one of the most powerful beings in the universe, is purple; so are the Power Stone and any attacks which use the Power Stone for their basis. Notably, it briefly knocks Doctor Strange's soul out of his body, something that only sorcerers were previously shown to be able to do.

  • Subverted in The Four Gospels. At his crucifixion, Jesus was dressed with a purple robe and was given a crown made of thorn by the Romans, both of which are symbols of royalty, but their purpose was to mock him. However, considering what exactly he is and what happened to him later on, this is ultimately played straight.
  • The Avatar Chronicles: In Saga by Conor Kostick, everyone in Saga is ranked according to color based on their financial status, with the majority of the population being red and orange. The higher the color, the nicer the buildings such as malls/parks/etc you get to enter, and you have more say in the city's laws. The highest-ranking people hold violet cards, and get to wear purple to represent their status.
  • The Cat Who... Series: Book #15 (The Cat Who Went Into the Closet) reveals that Euphonia Gage believes this and wears a lot of purple.
  • Cradle Series: Every member of the Akura clan that rules the continent has striking violet eyes. They might have something to do with the bloodline ability passed down by their Matriarch; stronger members of the family have more striking eyes.
  • In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka wears "a tail coat made of a beautiful plum-colored velvet," a fitting color for a Living Legend Supreme Chef Gadgeteer Genius Mad Scientist member of the Fiction 500.
  • In The Dresden Files, members of the Senior Council of Wizards are given purple stoles to wear to signify their rank and power. The Gatekeeper takes it a step further, wearing robes of a "purple so deep it is almost black."
  • In Dune, purple is the faction color of the Padishah Emperor.
  • Dying Earth: Spellbooks left behind by Phandaal, last of Earth's legitimately-great sorcerers, are bound in purple.
  • In Gor:
    • Only Ubars (city rulers) and their family may wear purple.
    • Inverted in the Sardar Mountains, the lair of the Priest-Kings (the gods of Gor), it is the slaves who wear purple.
    "Why do the slaves wear purple?" I asked Misk. "That is the color of the robes of a Ubar."
    "Because it is a great honor to be the slave of Priest-Kings," said Misk.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Dolohov's signature spell involves purple fire. When cast non-verbally, this severely injured Hermione even after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries ended. We never see it cast properly, but as Dolohov killed Lupin, it may well have been this spell that did it.
    • Albus Dumbledore is one of the most powerful wizards in the world. He's described as wearing a purple cloak or purple robes several times, and in the memory of him visiting Tom Riddle in order to deliver the Hogwarts acceptance letter, his younger self is wearing a flamboyantly cut suit of plum velvet.
  • In The Heroes of Olympus, the demigods in Camp Jupiter wear purple shirts.
  • One Nation, Under Jupiter: Emperor Piissimus is never seen without a purple suit.
  • In the Septimus Heap series Marcia Overstrand, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, is always dressed in her bright purple official wizard robes. Her shoemaker keeps a special purple snake to make her shoes out of its skin, much to his dismay.
  • In The Seventh Tower, violet is the most powerful color in the light magic spectrum. Not coincidentally, it's also the color of the highest of the seven orders of the Chosen. At one point, Milla ponders why the Chosen light attack technique, the Red Ray of Destruction, uses red, which is the second weakest light after white. She promptly finds out upon experimentation that a Purple Ray of Destruction, while exceptionally potent, refuses to dissipate on impact as the red version does, leaving her and her allies dodging around the room for some time as the attack repeatedly bounces off the walls.
  • Invoked by the Unicorn club in the Sweet Valley High spinoff series Sweet Valley Twins: a clique of budding Alpha Bitches, the Unicorns adopt purple as their signature color because it's the color of royalty and power.
  • In Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey series society is organized based on what color people can see with those who can see purple at the top of society.
  • In The Seichi Chronicles, Britan Westwood, who must become the strongest Hunter to have any hope of killing a certain Asager Shell, has naturally purple hair.
  • The Ultra Violets, true to its title, does this frequently. Not only does Iris’ sudden purple hair indicate the first signs of the girls’ powers, but she also later gains the ability to shoot purple rays out of her hands. Additionally, the chemical that gave the girls their power in the first place was purple.
  • In the Humanx Commonwealth series, the chiton of elderly thranx turns from a youthful blue-green to purple as they age. As the intelligent insects' traditions and social order invariably afford high status to their elders, this means that their most powerful Hive-mothers, scientists, and government or military officers tend to be so deep a purple as to border upon black.
  • In the Kingdom of Jackels, worldsingers (wizards) snort a special snuff derived from purple flowers to enhance and focus their magic. Status within the order of worldsingers is indicated by tattoos of these same purple blossoms on the forehead: the more flowers, the stronger and higher-ranked the wizard.
  • In The Zombie Knight, Field Marshal Sanko has violet eyes (her only feature that's visible behind her gargoyle mask), along with being one of the Vanguard's nine oldest and strongest servants and quite possibly the most powerful integration-type servant in the world.
  • Sholan Alliance has telepaths wearing purple.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Members of House Targaryen tend to have violet eyes, and they were the ruling house of the Seven Kingdoms for almost three centuries. They were a family from Valyria, which used to rule the world for thousands of years. The violet eyes are actually a sign of Valyrian ancestry, though, so they are not necessarily a noble trait. For example, while only nobles of Volantis have violet eyes, most people from Lys have them, including the smallfolk.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Babylon 5 the Centauri invoke this: among them only nobles can wear purple; their secretfiles are called "Purple Files"; and their ships are painted purple. It's also played straight by Londo (wears purple as a noble, and is an Ace Pilot, a master swordsman and, when sufficiently motivated, an hell of a Magnificent Bastard) and the Centauri warships (a near match for Minbari ships of similar size. The Minbari have the advantage of that stealth of theirs and thicker armour, but Centauri ships have showed comparable if not superior firepower, and only the First Ones can take that level of firepower and survive.) The beam weaponry of the Shadow ships is also purple, and cut through the Younger Races' typical vessels like butter.
  • Walter White's sister-in-law Marie Schrader in Breaking Bad, who always wears purple and surrounds herself with objects in the color, is a subversion, as her obsession with the color represents her snobbishness and sense of entitlement which she does not warrant whatsoever.
  • Pops up a few times in Charmed:
    • The potion to vanquish Belthazor — a power upper-level demon (and his Expy Sykes) — is purple.
    • In "Charmed & Dangerous" Piper makes a potion to replicate her exploding power. She remarks that when it turns purple, it's a mark of how strong it is.
    • Gideon, a powerful and evil! Elder has purple orbs - as opposed to the standard blue and white.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Fourth Doctor's Season 18 outfit is usually referred to as burgundy by fans, but it's actually a purple sort of red which the costume designer called 'plum' - she claims she used it because it existed between the extremes of red and blue, and because of its associations with Roman patricians (and hence Lordliness). Season 18 took the Doctor's character in a far more noble and patriarchal direction than he'd gone in before then.
    • The season nine episode "The Woman Who Lived," in which a stream of energy emanating from a dying character's chest in this color causes the Doctor to gasp, "Purple... the colour of death!" This could be a callback to the fact that mauve, a shade of purple, is considered the universal danger color instead of red in the universe of the new series, as referenced in season one's "The Empty Child"...or it could just be an extraordinary coincidence.
  • In TV coverage of Formula One racing in 2020, green indicates a better lap time, and purple is the best lap time.
  • In Gilmore Girls, Mia, the owner of the inn which Lorelai manages, always appears in purple.
  • In Hawkeye (2021), Kate Bishop, certified Action Girl and bound to follow the title character as the greatest archer in the world, is very often in purple, most importantly in her costume (a sheer contrast for the original Hawkeye dropping purple for black - and even then, he accepts Kate's suggestion to don a purple suit in time for their last stand).
  • Kilgrave in Jessica Jones is never called the "Purple Man" like his Comics counterpart. However, his wardrobe is primarily composed of purple colors. In addition, the appearance of purple in any shot almost always indicates his arrival or the presence of one of his agents. Whenever Jessica has a flashback to her time under Kilgrave's control her memories tend to be tinted purple, and it is a good indication whether someone's dealing with trauma from an encounter with him, as Hope's prison attack makes clear.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • If an antagonistic Rider shows up and they're wearing purple armor, they're probably The Heavy and very dangerous. The list includes Ouja in Kamen Rider Ryuki, Rogue in Kamen Rider Build, Horobi in Kamen Rider Zero-One, and Calibur in Kamen Rider Saber; as well as an enemy who isn't a Rider, Mashin Chaser in Kamen Rider Drive. The fact that most of these Heel–Face Turn and become Anti-Heroes — Mashin Chaser even becomes the heroic Kamen Rider Chaser — doesn't detract from their power.
    • Some of the heroic Riders have purple-colored alternate forms. With both Kamen Rider Kuuga and Kamen Rider Kiva, the purple form is the Mighty Glacier with the most brute strength and toughest armor. Kamen Rider Den-O's purple form, and the Imagin ally that grants it, is the most destructive and reckless.
    • In Kamen Rider OOO, the purple Core Medals power both OOO's Super Mode and the series' Big Bad Dr. Maki. They are also the only thing capable of destroying the other Core Medals. Even in OOO's hands, they're not safe, as both his and Maki's sets are gradually turning them into inhuman monsters; and using them in battle drives OOO into a berserker fury that he continually struggles to keep under control.
  • In The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, the Ducks wear purple jerseys and they're the strongest team in Minnesota youth hockey.
  • Odd Squad:
    • The Management department's theme color is purple, with its symbol being a purple octagon. Odd Squad Directors, who wear predominantly purple in their uniforms and have power that surpasses their agents to incredible degrees, comprise the department.
    • Oprah, more commonly known by her title of "Ms. O" prior to her promotion to the Big O at the end of Season 2 (where she wears white and not purple), wears a purple undershirt, purple Converse shoes, and a purple two-beaded necklace. She's also a Pintsized Powerhouse who is far and away the strongest agent out of the thirteen main characters, able to take down bears, chop fruit, lift up cars, and much, much more.
    • Olive is no slouch when it comes to strength either — after becoming a Director herself in "O is Not For Over", she undergoes training with Oscar that includes taking on his twenty-five Oscarbots in their Combining Mecha form, and it's implied that she won.
    • Upon becoming temporary co-Directors in "O for a Day", Orla and Omar both wear Director uniforms (the ones made for boys, despite the fact that Orla is female). Omar has been seen to be The Lightfooted with high agility and high stamina in battle, while Orla is a Child Soldier who is the strongest of the Mobile Unit.
    • An aversion to this trope concerning Odd Squad Directors is Arctic Mr. O, who, despite wearing mostly purple, is incredibly weak and has very little battle proficiency. He's also not the brightest agent in the organization.
    • The Odd Squad Timekeeper and her apprentice Olaia, introduced in "Off the Clock", both wear purple. They control all of the clocks and all time around the world.
  • In Once Upon a Time, evil magic is a purple mist. Also, The Evil Queen's dark magic is purple. The magic for different characters is color coded (Cora is blue, Zelena is green). Regina's good magic (which is implied to be far more powerful) is white.
  • In The Outer Limits (1963) episode "Soldier", the titular character comes from a Bad Future where the ruling class is called "The Purple".
  • Shakespeare Unwrapped - a dramatization of King Lear color codes the sisters. Goneril, the oldest and most power-hungry, wears a purple sash around her dress.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Dominion — the series' Greater-Scope Villain and eventual Big Bad — has purple as their primary color.
  • Star Trek: Picard: For the Season 1 recaps on the official Star Trek site, Elnor's promo pic is the only one with a deep purple tint, and that's because he's the strongest, the most agile and the most talented combatant on La Sirena's crew.
  • From Super Sentai and Power Rangers:
  • Word of Honor: Gu Xiang usually wears purple and is a powerful martial artist.

  • Purple was the signature color of Prince, and he had typically associated it with being cool. Before him the group probably most associated with purple probably would've been The Temptations.

    Professional Wrestling 

  • Canadian figure skater Joseph Phan wore an elegant purple costume for his long program during the 2019-2020 competitive season because he performed to "Emperor Concerto", and since purple is the colour of royalty, it conveys to the audience that he's portraying an emperor who is "dancing" at his court.
  • In this television promo which aired in Canada, figure skater Nicolas Nadeau is presented with purple background lighting, and the light which reflects off the ice surface has a purplish hue. He's tall and fairly large for a singles skater note , and he moves with a lot of power and speed across the rink, so his triple Axel jumps are among the highest and biggest in the sport. Because he's known as a showman with rock star-like charisma (he has performed to Elvis Presley and Depeche Mode for his long programs note ) who can get the audience at the arena to scream like fangirls at a concert, the purple colour further emphasizes his coolness factor.
  • The Minnesota Vikings wear purple uniforms. In the 1970s, they were among the most dominant teams in the league and were dubbed "The Purple People Eaters".

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The Purple Dragons are the valiant knights of Cormyr in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting.
    • The abovementioned knights originally based their symbol on Thauglorimorgorus, aka Thauglor the Mighty, an ancient black dragon so old that his scales had turned violet with age - and since age equals power with dragons, Thauglor was one of the most powerful dragons in Faerun for a time.
    • The World of Greyhawk, AKA: The default setting for Dungeons And Dragons, has Boccob, the Greater God of Magic, who favors the color purple for his priesthood.
    • Added to the titular Dragons in one of the Dragon magazine issues, and put into the official Dragon Compendium are the Purple Dragons. One of the three "lost" Chromatic Dragonsnote , the Purple Dragons are notable for being one of the only two Chromatic dragons who can grow to Colossal sizenote  and are also amongst the smartest of all dragons, and often taking over entire kingdoms. They're also unique in the fact that, unlike the metallic dragons who often have 2 different breath weapons, and the chromatics which have one, the Purple dragons have a breath weapon with three different types: a cone of searing energy, a burst of blinding power, or a deadly blade of pure energy.
    • The Deep Dragons, first described in the Monsters of Faerûn book, were primarily a dark purple. Most players would rather face an angry Red dragon than a Deep Dragon because of the Deep Dragon's abilities, including the dreaded Level Drain. In fact, 4th Edition put the Dragon Magazine Purple Dragons on a bus and renamed the Deep Dragons to Purple Dragons, adding them to the Chromatic Dragon roster for that edition.
  • In Paranoia, Indigo and Violet are way high up on the security clearance spectrum, just below Ultraviolet. Some Ultraviolets worry that a Violet conspiracy is pulling off Dragon-in-Chief by tampering with their communications.
  • In the Mōdiphiüs Entertainment published game Unity by Zensara Studios, monsters with "elite status" are much more powerful than their Danger Levels indicate (an elite monster can take on 4 PCs that are of equal Danger Level to it). Elite monsters like Vampire Lords and Carnivex demons have their names on a purple colour bar, while normal monsters are just in red.
  • Averted in Warhammer 40,000 fanon, where purple (or orange) is considered to be a sneaky color by orks, definitely not a color the strongest ork would wear (red is faster, blue is lucky, black is tough, yellow is More Dakka, etc.). Why is it considered sneaky? Well, have you ever seen an ork in purple warpaint? Of course not, that's how sneaky it makes them.
  • In Citadels, the best district cards (classified as the Special districts) have a purple colour code.

  • In Japanese Kabuki, purple makeup is used to identify the character as a royal or a nobleman.

    Theme Parks 

  • Megatron of Beast Wars is very purple, very cunning, and very powerful. Ironically, his purpleness decreased every time he became stronger.
    • Onepu is the only good guy set from the original series that has this color, and although he is "just" a Matoran, he counts as a Badass Normal for being the captain of the Ussalry regiments and a champion Ussal racer.
    • Shadow Kraata, colored purple, represent the "highest" and most dangerous form of the evolution of Kraata slugs.
    • From the 2015 sets, Onua has a good amount of purple on him. He also has noticeably larger arms and a giant hammer.
  • Transformers: Galvatron and a number of other Decepticons. Heck, the Decepticon insignia itself is traditionally purple.

    Video Games 
  • In AdventureQuest Worlds, Chaos itself is purple. Drakath is The Champion of Chaos and has purple armor. Some of the Chaos Lordsare purple as well, as are some who are infected with chaos. Desoloth is powerful and is purple until he became Desolich (but he did have purple eyes). Nythera and her dragon form are purple.
  • Azur Lane:
    • Purple-eyed Enterprise was the most powerful character, and even after suffering power creep in subsequent years, she is still high-tier.
    • Averted in character and item rarities, however. While purple is higher than white/grey and blue, it still falls below Gold, which is where equipment tops out, and equipment boxes have red and black above gold, while characters have rainbow above gold.
  • In Azure Striker Gunvolt, Nova Tsukiyomi has purple hair, wears a purple uniform, and his powers are mostly colored purple at first. He's also one of the strongest Adepts in the setting and one of the few stronger than Gunvolt, with his powerset including the ability to drop giant meteors on his enemies.
  • In BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma every Unlimited character has a magenta aura on his/her character portrait.
  • The fuchsia outfit worn by the showgirl in Bloody Good Time.
  • Magus from Chrono Trigger wears a combination of purple and (depending on the artwork) a red or blue cape.
  • In the Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 expansion pack Yuri's Revenge, the titular Big Bad's forces are purple.
  • In crossbeats REV., the hardest chart difficulty, Unlimited, is represented by the color purple.
  • In the Crusader Kings games, purple is associated with emperors, the highest tier of playable ruler. The borders of emperor character portraits in Crusader Kings 2 have purple bands around them (as opposed to gold for kings, silver for dukes and copper for counts), and a special trait called "Born to the Purple" (available only to children of the Roman Emperor born after they've come to powernote ) provides bonus prestige, opinion, and marks the character as a favourite successor to the Eastern Roman throne.
  • Dead or Alive: Ayane is a ninja with purple hair and purple outfits. She is a deadly martial artist and killer despite her youthnote  and can keep up easily with the likes of Ryu Hayabusa in the asskicking department. Her most powerful technique in Ninja Gaiden is "Art of the Raging Mountain God" which unleashes an explosion of purple energy.
  • Anna Gray, in the Detectives United series, has powerful supernatural abilities (particularly Time Travel) and wears purple in every appearance.
  • In Dragon Age II cutscenes, the different mages have different colors manifest in their spells. Bethany, Hawke's younger sister, notably demonstrates a wispish purple in her magic; in games where Hawke is not a mage, she is identified as one of the strongest mages in Kirkwall, with impressive mastery of her powers.
  • In DragonFable, Drakath subverts this trope until he becomes a strong purple dragon and Nythera plays it straight.
  • Dragon Quest XI: The True Final Boss has a purple body when his Battle Aura is active and he is an immensely powerful evil god. Removing the aura reveals that his skin is actually green underneath.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • The Emperor's robes in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. They're clad in purple and the Emperor ruled all of Tamriel until his death.
    • Legendary Dragons from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's DLC, Dawngaurd, are clad in purple scales and markings, and they have stronger stats than Alduin, making them the strongest dragon breed. Not only can they breathe fire or frost, they can drain the player's health, magicka, and stamina with the Drain Vitality dragon shout, which cannot be countered with spell absorption or spell resistance. Thanks to their high level of 75, Legendary Dragons have a chance to drop Daedric gear or other high-quality loot.
  • In Espgaluda II's console-exclusive Arrange Mode, there are three colors of bullets: red, blue, and purple. Red and blue bullets can be shot away, but purple shots cannot.
  • In Eternal Darkness, the three Elder Gods Xelotath, Ulyaoth, and Chattur'gha exist in a state of Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors, and are associated with the colors green, blue, and red, respectively. The fourth god, Mantorok, is associated with the color purple and can overpower or out-strategize any of the three other gods.
  • In Eternal Sonata, the main antagonist, Count Waltz, wears a crown and robes that are mostly a royal shade of deep purple.
  • Throughout Final Fantasy, the Behemoth, infamous Elite Mook, is purple.
    • Final Fantasy II has main antagonist The Emperor, with very pretty purple eyes (he's always had them, but considering the graphical format of the game, it's been hard to tell until Dissidia). In both games he is a very powerful sorcerer and chessmaster, so it fits the trope...but it's also likely to have been chosen simply because of how well it goes with the rest of his mostly-golden-with-purple-accents character design.
    • Final Fantasy IV: In remakes the Lunar Eidolon Bonus Bosses are blue and purple. Dark Kain, Kain's Enemy Without, wears purple armor since he transforms into Lunar Bahamut; and in some depictions the normal Kain wears purple armor himself. Big Bad Zemus wears a long purple robe.
    • Final Fantasy VI: A lot of the powered-up monsters in the new Bonus Dungeon in the Gameboy Advance remake are purple and pink. Terra's Esper form is pink in sprites, but artwork and her Dissidia design depict it as purple. Kefka's god form is a purple Fallen Angel.
    • Final Fantasy VII: Cloud Strife wears a First Class SOLDIER uniform, which is purple.
    • Final Fantasy VIII: Edea's whole color scheme is black and purple and she specializes in powerful sorcery.
    • Dissidia Final Fantasy: As mentioned, there is Terra's Esper form, as well as all four outfits of The Emperor.
  • William Afton, originally known as Purple Man, from Five Nights at Freddy's 2 not only killed at least five children, but he also managed to stop Freddy from saving them. Keep in mind that Freddy is a very powerful robot for the game's setting, and yet when Afton touches Freddy, the game freezes and prompts "You can't" before exiting to desktop. It's also implied he could be a security guard. He also managed to somehow get away with murder, not being caught by the police and only being taken down when he was crushed alive in the Springtrap suit. Even that didn't stop him, since he's still somewhat alive in Five Nights at Freddy's 3.
  • In Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, Funtime Freddy has a white and purple color scheme. It also hints that there was more than one Purple Man, and that the one that became Springtrap was in fact William.
  • Lilac from Freedom Planet has purple-colored skin and is The Heroine of the game. She wallops the game's Big Bad, Lord Brevon, with a super-charged Dragon Boost after defeating him at the Final Dreadnought.
  • In God Of War 2018, enemies/bosses who are multiple levels above Kratos' level (and therefore extremely difficult to fight) will have their health bars coloured purple.
  • While unintentional, the strongest element in the Golden Sun series is Jupiter (wind+lightning), which is associated with the color purple and strong against 80% of the enemies and bosses. Even the Game-Breaker in the third game is affiliated with Jupiter. This is in contrast to main protagonists' element Venus (earth+nature+darkness); while intended to be the strongest element note , the same bunch of monsters have high resistance against it, rendering Venus-based offenses and therefore the main protagonists useless most of the time.
  • Gradius Gaiden introduces the Falchion Beta, a Cool Starship with purple highlights and weapons. It's also the most offensive-oriented fighter out of the four. Its weapons are: Rolling Missiles, grenades that split into two missiles that slide horizontally; Auto-Aiming, a machine gun that fires a stream of bullets above and behind the fighter in a 180 degree angle, and Gravity Beam, a laser that fires giant purple orbs that quickly mow down bosses.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Ballas, the Grove Street Families' rival gang, rock purple colors and are one of the most powerful gangs in Los Santos.
  • Guild Wars 2:
    • The Color Motif of the Mesmer class is purple, and of all the magic professions, they are the ones stated to be using magic in its most raw and basic state, granting them the power to warp reality.
    • The game uses a tier of colors for item quality, with purple being reserved solely for Legendary items, weapons that have the highest possible stats, and completely unique appearances. Similarly, Legendary enemies have a purple border on their unit picture.
    • During the Breachmaker battle Scarlet created various colored holograms. The final and most powerful was the Ultraviolet Hologram.
  • Halo: Every piece of technology built by the Covenant Empire is purple, from their vehicles to their starships.
  • Hellsinker:
    • One of Fossil Maiden's subweapons is a double sword. The purple blade does more damage than the yellow blade, at the expense of penetration.
    • Luna chips — the ones that recharge your Luna meter, keeping your firing quantity high, are purple.
  • One of the most dangerous dragons in Heroes of Might and Magic games is the fairy dragon, who is purple. This cute abomination can cast very high-level spells before your army can even move.
  • Hiveswap: All the purple-blooded trolls are pretty powerful, as they are in Homestuck, even Karako Pierot, who is young and considered a runt for his caste.
  • In House of the Dead 4, the Star fires purple bursts of energy.
  • In Ingress, levels for items and portals are color-coded — yellow (level 1) as weakest, Level 4 (red) as moderate, and Level 8 (purple) the most powerful.
  • Jak and Daxter: All over the place, most of the examples being related to the Dark Eco. This class of Eco is colored black with purple hue and is stated to be the most powerful and dangerous of them all, demonstrated in the first game's intro cutscene. In the second game, the experiments on Jak with Dark Eco grant him Super Mode, which is accompanied by him surrounded with purple lighting and dishing out powerful, purple-colored attacks. The most powerful gun/gun class is the Peacemaker, a purple Dark Eco-powered BFG with homing balls of lightning that hit multiple enemies at once. The third game introduces the most menacing foes our heroes face: the Dark Makers, whose technology is clad in black with purple highlights, best exemplified by the Dark Satellite and the Terraformer. Also in the third game is the Peacemaker's upgrades, such as the Mass Inverter, a gravity-defying gun, and the Supernova, a rocket launcher that destroys everything in the area with nukes.
  • League of Legends:
    • Purple is the color of dark/chaotic magic and is also associated with Void energy.
    • Dark magic users — Syndra, Morgana, Hecarim, LeBlanc, Nocturne, Lulu, and Ryze (the last two more chaotic than dark).
    • Void energy users — Malzahar, Varus, Kassadin, Vel'Koz, others.
  • Zizou of The Legend of Dark Witch games primarily has purple as her colour motif, and is a Physical God capable of going toe-to-toe against powerful foes without having to rely on Syega.
  • Rean Schwarzer The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III ends up getting a purple aura when he loses control of his Superpowered Evil Side and annihilates the corrupted beast guarding one of the seven treasures of the goddess Aidios. This is reflected in his Rush attack where instead of it being normally red, it turns purple.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: The purple Dark Link of the GBA remake is the last "Dark Link" to be fought, is the most resilient, and can copy all of the real Link's sword techniques.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the Master Sword has a purple hilt and is much more powerful than its previous Goddess Sword forms. The color purple also seems to be associated with the goddess Hylia, as it is a feature of various items and artifacts that are linked to her throughout the game; Goddess Cubes, Walls, Shield, Crests and Plumes, as well as the Gates of Time and the accessories worn by Zelda when she's relocated by Link, all have the same glossy purple coloration.
    • Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess mixes this trope with Graceful Ladies Like Purple, as the bodice of her distinctive gown is a rich purple color. This particular incarnation of Zelda is a bit older than some of the others, and is shown to have unusual powers.
  • The LEGO Star Wars series has an unlockable red brick power-up called "Super Lightsabers". Doing this causes the blades to turn purple.
  • Lord Dearche from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable , who has a purple aura, wears a purple outfit, uses the Tome of the Purple Sky, and generally comes with a purple motif. She's also one of the most powerful characters in the series, capable of destroying planets or reviving them. Yuri Eberwein, known as the Sovereign of the Purple Sky and the one Lord Dearche was created for the purpose of regulating her powers, is even stronger, with her mere presence causing the fluctuations in time and space that allowed the Crisis Crossover of Gears of Destiny to happen.
  • In maimai, the two hardest chart difficulties, Master and Re:Master, are color-coded as purple.
  • In MechAssault, energy weapons turn purple after getting fully upgraded, and the second game introduces Plasma PPCs, which fire devastating black and purple energy orbs that home onto enemies, along with the Alpha Strike: a devastating Charged Attack similar to Plasma PPCs, except they kill almost any Battle Mech in one hit, and the few mechs that survive it will be dying. The Alpha Strike is exclusive to assault mechs, such as the Atlas, Prometheus, Blood Asp, and Star Adder, Battle Mechs that are considered by many to be high-tier, although the mech's weapons have to be fully upgraded to use the Alpha Strike and firing it significantly overheats the mech for a while. Also in the second game is the Spider Tank boss, which not only fires giant Plasma PPCs, it also fires a purple Wave-Motion Gun as one of its strongest attacks.
  • MechQuest has the Chrono Corrupter Mech, which is more overpowering and purple.
  • In MechWarrior Living Legends, the Heavy Particle Projector Cannon Lightning Gun, Heavy Large Laser, and the Heavy Gauss Rifle railgun are all purple and have booming, bassy firing noises. Their lesser counterparts (PPC, Large Beam Laser, Gauss Rifle) have blue effects and deal significantly less damage, but are more well-rounded.
  • Metroid:
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (SNES) has a Life Meter that starts out full and green, and can be filled up more, turning the meter blue and ultimately purple at maximum health.
  • Minecraft:
    • Endermen are the most powerful naturally-spawning enemies in the Overworld. Their eyes glow purple, as do their particle effects.
    • Obsidian is deep purple and the strongest destructible block in the game, takes longer to mine even with the best pickaxe, and is the hardest to obtain in the Overworld.
    • The Ender Dragon has glowing purple eyes, and breathes purple acid.
    • All enchanted items have a purple "glint" around them.
    • Exceptionally-rare items that can only be obtained via commands, such as the Barrier and Command Block, have their names in purple text.
  • Monster Hunter has Purple as the highest accessible level of melee weapon sharpness in the main series. The only games that really subvert this are the PC games, though occasionally there will be the odd main game that only reaches up to White sharpness, the level immediately below Purple. Purple is typically reserved only for the final tier or upgrade of weapons, and will occasionally require an additional armour skill to unlock, though some weapons will never reach Purple no matter what you do.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs wore purple pants in Mortal Kombat 3.
    • Rain who is the son of the Edenian god Argus and has command over water and lightning.
    • Sindel is The High Queen of Edenia. She also wears purple outfits and shoots purple energy projectiles.
    • Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance introduced Li Mei, a purple-clad fighter from a village the titular Deadly Alliance had enslaved to construct a palace. She displayed her skills by besting Kano.
  • The Neptunia series features the protagonists Neptune, Nepgear, and Plutia all wearing purple. This is even more apparent in their Super Modes as Purple Heart, Purple Sister, and Iris Heart respectively. Uzume is the only exception, having orange as her colour motif.
  • Ninja Gaiden:
    • The aforementioned Ayane from Dead or Alive is one of Ryu's allies and the most consistently competent Action Girl in the games.
    • Ryu wears a purple outfit in chapters one and two of the first Xbox Ninja Gaiden game.
  • If there is a purple monster in NetHack, it is invariably the most powerful in its class: demon lords, titans, gnome and dwarf kings, elven kings, mind flayers, killer bee queens, Croesus, and almost all Quest nemeses.
  • Nuclear Throne:
  • In Pikmin 2, Purple Pikmin are the strongest types. They're not only 10 times heavier then a Pikmin of any other color; they are also 10 times as strong and, when thrown, have a chance of stunning the enemy. They are Game Breakers if used correctly. They’re also the only Pikmin who can hurt the otherwise invincible Waterwraith.
  • All things related to souls and your Watcher powers are tinged purple in Pillars of Eternity.
  • Pokémon:
    • Mewtwo is colored purple, as opposed to Mew's (Mewtwo's template) pink.
    • Genesect from Pokémon Black and White.
    • Dragon-types are represented with purple on official type charts (though Poison is a different purple) and are the strongest in the games.
    • In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Purple Eyes is the strongest of the Pokemon Pinchers' admins and ultimately usurps the position of the Big Bad, taking control of the aforementioned Mewtwo.
    • The Master Ball is a purple Poké Ball. It's also the most effective kind of Poké Ball there is, with a 100% catch rate.
  • In the later Purple Moon PC CD-ROM games, Rockett Movado (the protagonist) started to wear dark purple to symbolize that she was succeeding in integrating into the social structure; the purple sweater outfit in particular ended up eclipsing her former iconic outfit. She's also surrounded by Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane happenings such as seeing apparitions of her best friend that she brushes off as just her imagination.
  • In Puyo Puyo Tetris, Tee has a prominently purple color scheme to fit how the T-shaped tetromino is purple in its modern appearances. As captain of the S.S. Tetra and the current Tetris King, Tee is also the strongest member of his crew.
  • The final and most powerful weapon in Quake IV is the Dark Matter Gun, whose ammo and shots glow with a purple aura.
  • In the final stage of Raiden II, the final stage's enemy ships have purple accents, unlike enemies in previous stages.
    • The same series also has the Plasma Laser, a homing laser that can lock on and curve onto targets and is widely regarded by the fanbase as a Game-Breaker.
  • The original Reflec Beat has a user interface with heavy emphasis on purple coupled with gold, making the game look very bold and high-class. Its sequels, which are Lighter and Softer in theme, drop the use of purple in their UIs.
  • In the Rocket Knight Adventures series, Axel Gear, Sparkster's Evil Counterpart, wears a suit of dark purple armor in each of the games (barring Rocket Knight (2010), where he wears a suit of red armor instead). Axel Gear serves as The Dragon to whoever the game's Big Bad is, and his abilities rival those of Sparkster himself.
  • Grolla Seyfarth from RosenkreuzStilette, the Magic Knight and one of the stronger girls in the RKS, has an overall purple motif. Purple hair, purple eyes, purple teleportation magic... even her battle song is called "Dark Purple Moon"!
  • In the MMORPG RuneScape, the main color of the god Zaros is purple and Zaros is generally thought to be one of the most powerful beings in the game. Also, dragonstones are the third-rarest and third-most powerful gemstone, and they are purple in color.
  • Purple is the gang color of the Third Street Saints in the Saints Row series, who go from Gangbangers to an N.G.O. Superpower and finally to the ruling government of humanity.
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell: The supernatural arms Johnny and Kinzie pick up have purple glowing runes all over them.
  • Senran Kagura: Leo has purple eyes, and she's the leader of the Zodiac Guiding Star Association, as well as an extremely wealthy celebrity socialite.
  • Shantae: Shantae has purple hair and she is a very powerful fighter, with both her transformations and said hair at her disposal.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Espio the Chameleon is this for Team Chaotix, having studied in the ways of ninjutsu.
    • Knuckles the Echidna sports purple eyes and is shown to have incredible powers.
    • Blaze the Cat has purple fur and wears mostly purple - she's a princess, protector of the Sol Emeralds and controls fire.
    • Big the Cat also has purple fur. Despite being a Gentle Giant, he is the strongest character in the franchise, being able to lift up a car as if it was a toy.
  • Ivy Valentine of the Soul Series wears purple outfits and is one of the strongest characters in the game.
  • Spyro the Dragon is purple, and in The Legend of Spyro continuity, it's a sign of legendary power and being able to learn all Elemental Powers, not just one.
  • In StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Kerrigan, after de-infested at the end of the previous game, travels to the Zerg homeworld of Zerus and reacquires her Queen Of Blades body, this time with full control of herself. Whereas her old, evil version had glowing yellow eyes and powers, her new "Primal Queen" form, which is stated to be vastly more powerful, has a purple color scheme.
  • Stardew Valley:
    • The most powerful tier of items is purple. The best tools are iridium tools, the best quality is iridium quality, and the best weapons are the purple galaxy weapons.
    • And the Wizard, who seems to be fairly adept at magic, has purple hair and clothes.
    • Also, the most valuable mushroom is the purple mushroom. Eating a purple mushroom of iridium quality gives more energy than any prepared meal, and is in fact one of the most nutritious items in the game.
  • In Star Ocean: The Last Hope, resident badass party member Arumat wears an outfit that is largely colored plum purple and his default / cutscenes Sinister Scythe has a glowing purple blade.
    • There's also Albel from the previous installment of the series, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. A proficient and ruthless warrior, and a high-ranked military commander, wearing a purple sarong with matching leggings.
  • Star Trek Online uses it not only for actual items, but also for Bridge Officers (though since the only real thing it decides is which skills they start with, and you can use Bridge Officers to train the ones you already have instead of recruiting them, that doesn't necessarily mean very much in the long run) and Duty Officers (where it means a great deal, since the rarer the Duty Officer allocated, the greater a bonus to success rates and rewards for Doff assignments you get).
  • Street Fighter:
    • Akuma enriches his style with the power of the Satsui no Hadou, which gives his ki a purple hue (compared to Ryu, Ken, or Gouken, whose ki is blue-colored). When Ryu messes with it his also becomes purple.
    • Rose is a fortune teller with purple hair. Her apprentice Menat also dresses in purple.
    • Bison's powers have a purple aura.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Wario is a massively strong Fat Bastard who regularly breaks through solid stone; he's probably the strongest human in the series. He wears purple overalls.
    • Waluigi: Everything is purple today. Purple is a color.
  • The Administrator and Miss Pauling in Team Fortress 2. This is especially significant, given that the mercenaries all belong to RED or BLU and wear the appropriate colour — The Administrator and Miss Pauling control both of them, and so wear a combination of both colours. And Unusuals, the best quality a hat (or weapon, in Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker's case) can get, are marked with purple text.
  • Inverted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. Purple foot soldiers are the lowest of all the mooks. All they have are martial arts and a grabbing move while all other colored soldiers carry a weapon.
  • Touhou Project:
    • The Yakumo "family" uses Colorful Theme Naming to sort its three members in order by power, corresponding to the color's light frequency: Chen (orange) the weakest, Ran (indigo) stronger, and Yukari (violet) not only the most powerful of the trio, but one of the most powerful beings in Gensokyo.
    • A lesser example is Patchouli Knowledge, with her lavender hair and matching robes, hat, and shoes. She's an extremely talented magician, and the master of the seven elements of the Japanese calendar.
  • Queen Catalina in Trapt wears a purple outfit.
  • Tekken:
    • Nina Williams' outfits are usually deep blue or purple. She is also a dangerous and renowned assassin who frequently gets the better of her sister Anna.
    • Kazuya's adoptive brother and rival Lee Chaolan wears purple in at least one of his outfits in every game. He also has his own robotics company.
    • One of Kazuya's alternate outfits is a purple tux.
    • Jin Kazama wears a blue and violet hoodie as a secondary costume in Tekken 5. DarkResurrection recolors it plum.
    • Jinpachi Mishima, the father of Hiehachi, is the Final Boss of Tekken 5. He is predictably large and powerful and is surrounded by a purple Battle Aura.
    • Azazel is the Final Boss of Tekken 6. He is large and powerful god of destruction and is surrounded by a purple aura.
    • Alisa Bosconovitch wears light and dark purple ombre dress with a slanted split down the front that ends in a back skirt.
  • Total War: Warhammer: Regiments of Renown — unique variants of regular units with better stats and additional abilities — are marked by their unit icons being purple instead of the regular tan. The Regiment of Renown Jabberslythe and Troglodon, the Vorbergland Broodmother and the Pale Death, are also recolored purple from the basic creatures' green — the Broomother is violet from head to tail, while the Pale Death is lilac mixed with reddish purple.
  • Tyke & Sons Lumber Co. has Seabill, a purple seagull who is a Manipulative Bastard who creates homicidal machines. This is quite reminiscent of a certain key character in Five Nights at Freddy's, the inspiration for this game, who wears purple and builds murderous robots...
  • Ultima Forever, the remake of Ultima IV, replaced Lord British with Lady British (due to rights issues), and she wears a Cool Crown and ermine-trimmed robe that are largely colored purple.
  • The UDamage/Double Damage item in the Unreal games surround the player, or its weapon, with a purple forcefield-like aura. This is also represented in-game with a purple light from the player's feet.
  • In Undertale, a purple, white, and gold color scheme is associated with the royal family, who are some of the toughest and most story-important boss battles in the game: Asgore, Toriel, and Asriel.
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul: The best pieces of craftable equipment have their names in purple text. Less good pieces are green and blue.
  • In The Walking Dead: Season Two, Clementine is dressed head to toe in purple. Her shoes, shirt, sleeves (striped white and purple) and the accessories she wears in her hair are all purple. The only things she wears that aren't purple are her pants (grey) and possibly her hat (which seems to be a bluish color but it's too dark to be sure). As for the powerful part: man, have you seen the rest of the page? In Season 1 Episode 1, if you listen to Clementine and Katjaa talking long enough, Clementine will mention that purple is her favorite color.
  • Warcraft has a few other powerful purples aside from the WoW loot system:
    • A different meaning of 'powerful': for a while, a somewhat higher number of Warcraft guild masters were Warlocks, whose class is represented by the color purple. note 
    • Dalaran is home to many of the most powerful wizards on Azeroth, and its architecture and banners are predominantly purple in color. Their keep is even called the Violet Citadel.
    • The Warsong Clan were the strongest warriors in Thrall's Horde in Warcraft III, and they also wore purple.
    • Balnazzar, the strongest of the Dreadlords in The Frozen Throne, also wore purple.
  • Action Girl Virginia's fuchsia Pimped-Out Dress in Wild ARMs 3.
  • Wizard101: The Storm school who’s main color consists of purple.
  • The Wonderful 101: Rival Prince Vorkken utilizes his own version of the hero's Unite Morph weapons, called Unify Morphs. In addition to mimicking the hero's weapons, he can also morph up replicas of the game's enemies and both he and his Dragon Chewgi have their own Morphs unique to them. All of them, save Chewgi's Unify Naginata (which is brown), are purple with yellow edges, and it's implied that the Unify Morphs are stronger than the Unite Morphs.
  • In Wynncraft, Rare items are labeled in magenta text to set them apart from Unique items, and Mythic items are labeled in deep purple to set them apart from all other tiers.
  • Yakuza
    • Yakuza 0:
      • Hiroki Awano, who constantly sports a purple suit jacket. In the fight against him promptly before he got killed by Lao Gui, he's revealed to have a Charles Atlas Superpower when he managed to shatter a wall with just his bare fists, surprising Goro Majima (or caving his fucking head in if he wasn't fast enough). Originally, he had a yellow jacket, but his actor Riki Takeuchi suggested that Awano wears purple to match the Bubble Era of Japan.
      • To a lesser extent, the Rush and Breaker Styles display a sort of Pinkish-Purple aura around them, and they're considered to be one of Kiryu's strongest styles and Majima's most fun to use styles respectively.
    • Goro Majima's default aura is a distinctive Purple, and he is basically the most unpredictable character in the entire Video Game industry, and one of the strongest protagonists in the franchise.

    Visual Novels 
  • "Oni no Fukuchou" Hijikata in Hakuouki has purple eyes to display his strength and charisma as the vice commander of The Shinsengumi.

    Web Animation 
  • In Nazo Unleashed, Nazo's Ki Attacks and Battle Aura turn purple with black mixed in once he uses the Chaos Emeralds to become "Perfect Nazo", absolutely manhandling Super Sonic and Super Shadow when before they were roughly equal.
  • Red vs. Blue: Zero has Phase, a purple-and-black armored super soldier who loves to slash people with throwing knives, that also enable her to do some Teleport Spam.
  • RWBY:
    • Blake is an exceptionally gifted fighter, who was one of the few students able to enter Beacon Academy without having first gone through years of preparatory combat schooling. She is also the daughter of the man who originally created the White Fang and who currently leads the people of Menagerie. Her family name is Belladonna, and her personal symbol is the belladonna plant, which is a purple flower the same colour as her Aura. She always accents her clothing with purple as a result.
    • Tyrian Callows is one of Salem's inner cohort of villains, initially tasked with hunting for the Spring Maiden but transferred to tracking down and kidnapping Ruby. He possesses the speed and strength required to be able to fight Qrow to a stalemate. His name refers to a shade of purple and when he and Qrow shatter each other's Aura, his Aura is purple-toned. The poison contained within his scorpion tail is also purple. When Ruby blows it off it bleeds a purple substance that burns through stone. When his poison infects Qrow, it slowly turns Qrow's blood purple.

    Web Video 
  • The Minecraft streamer/YouTuber Purpled is named after the colour purple on the Internet, wears a purple hoodie on his Minecraft skin, and is quite good at PvP, being known for playing the Hypixel minigame Bed Wars.
    • His character counterpart on the Dream SMP is no slouch either, being a highly competent mercenary and warrior, with skills courtesy of the content creator that plays him.

  • In Agents of the Realm both Provenance, which used to keep the two Realms together, and Alchemist's magic, which broke the Provenance, are purple.
  • The Jokers of Alice and the Nightmare, elite force of Diamonds that no-one mocks, have purple as their colour.
  • Tristan of Angel Moxie wears a dark violet Badass Longcoat.
  • In Bob and George, the Author sprite is recolored purple (and blue). And you don't get much more powerful than a Deus ex Machina.
  • The Touched and the Sovereign appear with purple energy and purple-lined text in Captain SNES: The Game Masta.
  • In Cyanide & Happiness there's the Purple-Shirted Eye Stabber, a serial killer who goes around gouging people's eyes out.
  • In Champions of Far'aus, Leilusa, a goddess of shadow, has a predominantly purple colour scheme.This also applies to her friend and co-owner/ruler of the Hyperia pantheon, Hyperion, a god of light, although he has much less purple in his colour scheme.
  • Among the clans in Drowtales, the Sharen are among the only ones to wear purple, befitting their status as rulers of the Empire. The former Empress Diva'ratrika in particular is fond of it, as is her eldest daughter, Snadhya'rune.
  • Complains Of Names from Goblins has purple IME. It becomes really badass after he becomes part demon and his IME contains a huge purple demon tail.
  • In Homestuck, purple is literally power, since the upper classes of troll society have purplish blood. Feferi and her ancestor Her Imperious Condescension are the only two trolls whose blood is tyrian purple and are as high as it gets. As such, the Hero of Rage clothes are purplish, and Eridan (a violet blood) single-handedly murdered Kanaya and Feferi, and several seemingly invincible angels.
  • Each pantheon of gods in The Order of the Stick has an aura of a different color. The new god of the goblins has a purple aura, different from any of the others. The Snarl being made up of four colors, one from a pantheon which no longer exists, cannot be harmed by the other gods, but The Dark One's purple aura may lead to the defeat of the Snarl and salvation for the Order's world.
  • In String Theory (2009), Abel's Psychic Powers manifest with purple light, and he's elevated his Mind over Matter abilities to "demigod"-level Reality Warping.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: Of the seven God Emperors who rule The Multiverse, Solomon David leans heavily on this aesthetic — his Holy Halo, robes, throne room wall hangings,eyes, and speech bubbles are all rich purple. Though he's not the strongest of the Demiurges, he is the embodiment of Pride and the one whose image is based on being The Ace.
  • Emergency Exit: In terms of power, Nefarious stands head and shoulders above the apartment kids. His defining features are huge size, a 'crown' of horns, ... and giant purple wings.
  • The defunct parody comic Sev Trek had Mulder and Scully as Roman agents investigating the resurrection of Jesus. The sinister Cigarette Smoking Man wears purple robes, indicating he's actually the Roman emperor.
  • In Crimson Knights Queen Olda's royal guard all wear purple cloaks which makes them stand out from the other soldiers.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Tedd, the only notable character with purple hair, turns out to be a well of power and for those who can see it his aura is blinding.

    Western Animation 
  • In the unsuccessful Adult Swim pilot Captain Sturdy: The Originals, it is shown that Captain Sturdy's enemy Dr. Destructo wore a purple costume during his heyday.
  • The eponymous hero of Darkwing Duck wears a purple outfit. Although it seems to be more of an Invoked Trope, as he only follows this trope about half the time.
  • In the DC Animated Universe to the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, Lois Lane wears purple very often, along with having violet eyes. Both traits are now regular in the comic books also (Depending on the Artist). It codifies her as both a Badass Normal and Superman's iconic partner.
  • Raven Queen in Ever After High, hermagic glows in purple, and she happens to be a daughter of an evil queen. Fortunately she isn't like her mother, but her power can get out of control and do some unexpected damages.
  • Final Space: Both Ash (one of the main heroes) and the Big Bad Invictus (an Eldritch Abomination Satanic Archetype) respectively have a purple theme to their powers which produce a purple glow, and it's revealed in Season 3 that Invictus' true form is black and purple. Cementing this as an evil color is the revelation that Ash's powers come from Invictus, essentially making her The Antichrist.
  • Goliath from Gargoyles is purple and leader of his clan.
  • Black Knight from Generator Rex fits the trope (even when the name would probably throw you off) as she eventually is in charge of Providence and leads the place with more efficiency than White Knight would have dreamed of. This is taken even further with her E.V.O. form and later with her meta-nanite form.
  • Skeletor of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) wore purple clothing and a purple hood over his skull-face, certainly falling on the evil side of the trope.
  • The Hollow: The Weird Guy is very powerful, and the most mysterious character in the show, and his skin is fully purple.
  • Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers has the Silencerz, a mysterious group with silver and purple colored cars that are technologically decades ahead of other teams. Among the abilities their cars can perform include: Invisibility Cloak, disguising as the cars of other teams, and EMP devices.
  • In Invader Zim, the titular "Tak: The Hideous New Girl" is an Irken whose eyes and PAK are purple. She's also what Zim would be if he was actually competent, and her technology is not only more advanced when compared to her peers' (such as using a hologram cloak to make a convincing human disguise, and a Sapient Ship with an AI system based on her own personality), all of her tech is self-customized.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Parts of Tso Lan the Moon Demon's robes are purple, his gravity powers produce dark-purple energy, and in terms of innate elemental magic he's arguably the most powerful of the eight Demon Sorcerer siblings.
  • An episode of Jem and the Holograms has the rival band The Stingers wearing purple. Riot declares himself music royalty.
  • In the fourth season of Kim Possible, after her original mission outfit is destroyed, Kim tries several times to find a replacement before finally getting a permanent new one with a purple top.
  • In The Legend of Korra, Vaatu fires purple laser beams in Season 2. In Season 4, harnessing the vast amounts of energy contained within the spirit vines causes a purple glow.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The main character Twilight Sparkle is a purple unicorn—a magic user who won the Superpower Lottery. She isn't limited to a specialized discipline like other unicorns: her discipline is magic itself. She's also been chosen by the ancient superweapons known as the Elements of Harmony to be the Element of Magic. Princess Celestia, resident god-empress of Equestria, says she has never seen as much raw power in one pony in her long, presumably immortal, life. Purple Is Powerful, indeed. As of the end of season three she becomes an alicorn.
    • "The Great and Powerful" Trixie wears a purple Robe and Wizard Hat as part of her airs of being a great sorceress. She also has purple eyes.
    • When Rarity plays a princess in a play, she wears a purple royal gown.
    • Shining Armor, Twilight's brother, wears guard armor that is purple in color. He's no slouch in terms of power, either, since he can create and keep up a Force Field huge enough to englobe the capital of Equestria and strong enough to keep out an invading army. Or, if the army is already in, blast it away.
    • Season 5 introduces Starlight Glimmer, a unicorn with a purple mane. She doesn't seem very threatening at first, until we learn that she knows a special magic spell that removes cutie marks from ponies, and has used it to take control over a society of ponies under the false guise of harmony and equality, as well as stripping the Mane Six of their powers. When she returns for another go around in the Season 5 finale, her skills and powers have increased to the point where she can take on Princess Twilight Sparkle head to head. The Mane Six took notice of Starlight's immense magical power and potential, which is why she is taken in as Twilight's apprentice after her defeat and Heel–Face Turn.
  • Ninjago:
    • The Element of Destruction in the series is presented as one of the two most powerful elements, counterplaced to the Element of Creation. It is also represented by black and purple colors. Many villains in the series employ it as their element. Notably Lord Garmadon, the initial Arc Villain, is always portrayed as a big threat in his tenures as a villain thanks to his mastery over the destruction element.
    • The Overlord is the most powerful and dangerous of all villains as the embodiment of destruction and ruin, and he is colored black and purple in all his forms, even as the Golden Master.
    • The Anacondrai were The Dreaded for both Elemental Masters and Serpentine thanks to their element-immune abilities and strength. When Master Chen, the Arc Villain of Season 5, empowers himself and his warriors with the Anacondrai's essence taken from Pythor they become a threat big enough that the Masters have to summon the spirits of the cursed Anacondrai Generals to banish the otherwise unstoppable army to the Cursed Realm.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes:
    • On the Heroes' "side" there's T.K.O, K.O's corrupted angry form which is powerful enough to curb-stomp foes such as Boxman Jr., who was able to take down both Carol and Mr. Gar. When either TKO takes control or he and KO work together, they're able to surpass even that limit.
    • The Villains' side has Professor Venomous, a purple-skinned villain with a power level of -7. Unlike Boxman, his silliness does not detract from the threat he can pose to the heroes. But even he is nothing next to Shadowy Figure, another villain with a similar level who proves to be the series' vilest and deadliest villain. And it doesn't help that Shadowy is his Superpowered Evil(er) Side.
  • On Star Trek: The Animated Series, Klingons were seen wearing purple uniforms, likely due to the show's limited animation.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Garnet, the leader of the gems, with a distinctly magenta color scheme that even shifts more towards purple later in the series. She's also the tallest of the current Crystal Gems, and both extremely strong and a Seer. The element of red and blue combined is also significant in that she is a fusion of the very red Ruby and the very blue Sapphire, who complement and match each other to such a degree that Garnet is basically a perfect fusion.
    • Incidentally, Amethyst of the same team has a violet color scheme, but isn't distinguished as particularly powerful — implications are even made that she's not as strong as she should be.
  • Storm Hawks:
    • Action Girl Starling has a purple-glowing weapon, making her stand out visually; most weapon colours in the series tend to be blue, red, or yellow.
    • Big Bad Master Cyclonis, who is royalty and an Evil Sorceress, is also associated with purple.
  • The Tale of the Great Bunny: Abigail is given a wishing egg, which is purple, and has the power to grant wishes (provided they're not selfish ones).
  • TeenTitans: Raven, unlike her comic book counterpart, has purple hair. Also, Starfire in this series also wears purple, though it's a skirt, knee-high boots and a halter rather than monokini.
  • Transformers: Prime:
    • Dark Energon glows purple, strengthens Megatron, can be used as a poison, and can create Non-Human Undead. It's also the blood of Unicron.
    • A certain other Megatron had a purple dinosaur for an altmode, and is widely regarded as one of the best incarnations of the character ever.
    • The Deceptibrand is traditionally purple (As is their laser fire) and most members of the faction have at least some purple in the color schemes (Shockwave, Cyclonus, Blitzwing, Lugnut, etc.). Perhaps the biggest exemplifier is G1 Galvatron. Immensely more powerful than he was as Megatron, as demonstrated by his incinerating Starscream with a single blast from cannon mode.
    • G1's green-and-purple Devastator was the first combiner in the franchise, and is a towering brute with colossal strength.
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: Some of the heroes the trio meets wear purple and are highly important. Some of those heroes are:
    • Leonardo da Vinci wears a purple hat and robe.
    • The Bronte Sisters, specifically Emily Bronte, wears a purple dress.
    • Eleanor Roosevelt is dressed head-to-toe in purple.
    • Marie Owens wears a purple tie.
    • Harriet Tubman wears a purple bandana, which doubles as her relic.
    • Ella Fitzgerald wears a purple dress and shoes.
    • Carol Burnett wears a pale purple sweater, pants and shoes.
    • Celia Cruz wears a shirt that has frilly sleeves and one of those frills is purple. Same thing with her frilly skirt and wears purple shoes.

    Real Life 
  • The coronation robes of the United Kingdom are purple.
  • Several ancient universities in the United Kingdom, most notably Oxbridge, maintain a complicated system of colours, styles and trappings of gowns, caps and hoods for academic dress, with its own associated hierarchy; the higher the status of the degree you graduate in, the fancier the gown and hood you wear. If you graduate with a Ph.D in Oxford, your gown is purple and red, as opposed to the black with coloured hoods of undergraduates. The hood for the Bachelor of Music degree, which is actually a doctorate-level degree that is usually done after you already have an exceptionally good degree in music, has a purple hood to signify its superior status to other 'Bachelor' degrees.
  • In the nineteenth century, the invention of the cheap synthetic purple dye mauveine changed this: suddenly everyone could buy purple clothes, sparking a brief fashion craze. Because of this, purple was used as a colour by some republican and feminist groups, because "what had once been only the province of royalty is now available to all the people, and the same should be true of political power".
  • Because of this trope, purple is a color that job seekers sometimes wear in order to appear confident and powerful. On the other hand, this can sometimes come off too strongly.
  • In the Middle Ages purple was a colour reserved exclusively to the royalty. It could be seen as treasonous for anyone else to wear anything purple.
  • When the Emperor Justinian was considering fleeing from Constantinople at the height of the Nika Riots in January 532, his wife Theodora refused to go with him, saying, "The royal purple is the noblest shroud". Her speech convinced Justinian to stay in Constantinople and use military force to regain control of the city.
  • The two highest ranked gyōji (referees) in professional sumo, always named Kimura Shounosuke and Shikimori Inosuke (for the higher- and lower-ranking of the two, respectively; family name spoken first, according to Japanese tradition), wear kimono and use fans adorned with purple rosettes and tassels. Inosuke's rosettes and tassels are purple and white, while Shounosuke's are solid purple.
  • Averted in Roman Catholicism; monsignors and bishops wear purple as a sign of their high rank, but the higher-ranked cardinals wear red and The Pope dresses in white. Played straight in the Anglican Church however, where all bishops (including the Archbishop of Canterbury, the primate and head of the Anglican Communion) don purple.
  • Averted by national flags, as the only nations to use purple on theirs are Dominica and the Northern Mariana Islands, both of them tiny nations most people haven't even heard of.
  • The flag of the Eurasianist movement, a sort of neo-Soviet ideology popular in the former USSR that seeks to bring Russian, Central Asian and some Eastern European countries together once again, on the grounds of them belonging to ''both'' Europe and Asia. The most popular symbol of that movement is the purple flag with an eight-pointed star, and it is quite obvious that, should Russia follow with their plan, the resulting empire will be indeed quite powerful. This Russian website offers a very interesting explanation behind the meaning of this trope, at least in so far as it applies to them. Red was the traditional colour of The Roman Empire, while blue, representing the sky, was traditionally used for the flags of the Mongols. Russia, through the Byzantines and the Golden Horde respectively, considers itself a successors of both: the purple colour represents the fact that it is both The Empire and The Horde.
  • Purple trim on the graduation robes of graduate-degree recipients indicates a Law or Jurisprudence degree. Judges always hold a lot of authority, and lots of powerful politicians are lawyers.
  • The purple martin is the largest North American swallow, formidable enough to dogfight birds of prey in defense of its breeding colonies.
  • As electromagnetic waves increase in energy and power, their colour turns more purple.


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Hollow Purple

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