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Wolf looked up at her, his eyes still bright. "An excellent choice, Pol," he said admiringly. "Blue has always been your best color."
"Do you like it?" she asked, holding out her arms and turning almost girlishly so that they all might see how fine she looked.
The Belgariad: Pawn of Prophecy

Blue is a common color to represent femininity. Thus a girl or woman wearing blue is a sign that she is fair and gentle.

This could have started at least as far back as ancient Greece and Rome, and why The Virgin Mary is often depicted in a blue robe. The logic was that blue symbolizes peace, serenity, kindness, and other such aspects that were considered womanly virtues. (In the Mediterranean, it was also a sign of high rank, as the dye/paint color had to come from indigo, woad, or lapis lazuli which must be imported from a great distance and was therefore quite expensive.) It also represents truth and purity, hence its association with children... and the reason why brides traditionally wore blue dresses (not white) to their weddings (still retained in Old, New, Borrowed and Blue).

From the early to mid 20th century, some argued that blue should be the color for girls, and red should be the color for boys. Yet even though we ended up with Pink Girl, Blue Boy after World War II, putting a woman in blue is still considered a sign of her femininity, if not as obvious as colors like pink and purple.

Blue has other meanings, such as sadness and loneliness. These can overlap with this trope (as in representing both femininity and sadness). Or that she is gentle (with blue representing peace and serenity). This can apply to any feminine woman at any age, some more than others, like a Winter Royal Lady.

Also, blue is an ideal color for all skin tones, as human skin has a base color of orange.

Often overlaps with Water Is Womanly.

A Sub-Trope of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.

A Sister Trope to Pink Means Feminine, Princesses Prefer Pink, Graceful Ladies Like Purple, Heavenly Blue.

Compare Shy Blue-Haired Girl, Virgin in a White Dress, Princess Classic.

Contrast Lady in Red and Red Hot Masculinity.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Belldandy from Ah! My Goddess wears blue robes.
  • Sakuraba Aoi of Ai Yori Aoshi. Her name "Aoi" means "blue", her hair and eyes are blue, she often wears indigo blue kimonos, and is an example of the ideal Japanese woman.
  • Black Clover:
    • The Blue Rose Knights are a Magic Knight squad of mostly women, with the males serving as errand boys. Their captain, Charlotte Roselei, is a coldly elegant woman whose roses formed by her Briar Magic are blue.
    • Secre Swallowtail/Nero is calm, graceful, and has a dark blue grimoire and her black hair and dress is given a blue tint in the anime.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura:
    • The Movie has Tomoyo wear a blue Qipao to contrast nicely with Sakura's pink Chinese-style jacket and trousers.
    • Also, Feimei, one of Syaoran's older sisters, wears one. According to the guidebook, the colors of the girls' dresses help to distinguish them.
  • Fairy Tail: Lucy is introduced in a standard bluish outfit, complimenting the red waistcoat Natsu wears, though she's more feisty than most examples. Juvia also wears blue, initially to reflect her early characterization as a sad, gloomy girl loved by no one, though she also has some fiery moments and later brightens up altogether.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi, the ceremonial outfit for the Priestess of Seiryuu is blue. This is because Seiryuu's color is blue and his element is water.
  • GoLion: In contrast to the more action-oriented Princess Fala, who wore pink, her younger sister, Princess Amue, wore a blue dress while she was less active. Amue switched to a pink Minidress of Power when she took an active role.
  • Mikuru Asahina from Haruhi Suzumiya has her moments, most notably when she reveals her true colors to Kyon during the SOS Brigade's first "Magical Mystery Patrol" in one of the "Melancholy" episodes and with her festival yukata in at least one Endless Eight episode.
  • K-On!'s Mio's character color happens to be this. Genki Girl Jun too, even though she has teal.
  • Naruto:
  • Pretty Cure: Blue is a common color for Magical Girls of the series, and often the one dressed in blue would be associated with water and/or ice, with a matching personality. Blue Cures are traditionally a secondary partner for the pink-clad leader; it wouldn't be until Hirogaru Sky! Pretty Cure that a blue Cure took on the leader role.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Sailor Mercury is a demure Shrinking Violet who often acts as The Heart to her team - her hair and costume are blue. This is more pronounced in the live action where the character receives a Girliness Upgrade.
    • Notably, Sailor Neptune is color-coded with turquoise and blue. She is the Lipstick Lesbian in contrast to Sailor Uranus's butch. She's also a Cultured Warrior. Not to mention that her hair is blue too. Also references her elemental powers.
    • Downplayed with Sailor Venus but still there. She's a Girly Bruiser who dreams of becoming an Idol Singer (and actually is one in the live action). Although her signature colour is orange, she has a blue bow on her costume. And her Sailor V costume is coded with a blue skirt.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew: Minto Aizawa/Mew Mint's signature color is blue (both her hair and outfits are blue) and she's the most ladylike of the Mew Mews. She's also a ballet dancer and her main weapon is a bow and arrow, named the MinTome Arrow.
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle: There is no way around it, blue is Krulcifer Einfolk's favorite color. All her dresses feature blue in some way, blue is used to identify her in advertisements, even her eyes and hair are blue.
  • UFO Robo Grendizer: Hikaru Makiba was feminine, gentle, and caring and wore a blue uniform. By contrast, her best friend Maria was a tomboyish Tsundere and usually wore red or pink.
  • When Marnie Was There: Marnie favors wearing blue dresses. Her style of dress could be foreshadowing to the fact she's not a modern-day child. She is a sweet, outgoing Girly Girl in contrast to the shy and somewhat tomboyish Anna.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
      • Anzu Masaki's Domino High school uniform is a combination of this and Pink Means Feminine. Her coat is pink while her tie and skirt are blue.
      • Black Magician Girl wears a blue outfit with pink accents.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The Obelisk Blue girls uniform which consists of a white and blue top and blue skirt. In fact, all girls are in Obelisk Blue. Rei Saotome averts this by wearing the Osiris Red uniform despite actually belonging to the Blue dorm.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: Rio Kaneshiro has dark blue hair and light blue bangs.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: In her Avatar form, aptly named Blue Angel, Aoi Zaizen has blue hair and a white and blue outfit similar to that of a Magical Girl. Her other two avatars, Blue Girl and Blue Maiden, continue the trend, but less magical in favor of more practical outfits.

  • Circe Invidiosa: The painting tells the story of a woman's jealousy and blue is the color scheme that permeates the composition. The enchantress Circe is wearing a blue dress, standing over a blue pool, and her love rival is also turning into a blue monster.
  • The Kiss (Hayez): The medieval lady-love in two of three versions (including the most famous and publicly available one) is wearing an elegant blue gown.

    Comic Books 
  • Hawk and Dove: Originally averted, as Dove represented many traditionally feminine qualities and had a primarily blue suit, but was himself male. When the first Dove died, the trope was played straight by his female successor.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Dazzler: Dazzler switched from a white costume to a blue one in the 1980s.
    • Fantastic Four: The Invisible Woman wears the blue uniform of the Fantastic Four and is very feminine.
    • X-Men: When Jean Grey first appeared in The X-Men #1, she was wearing a blue dress, jacket, and hat. She's worn many colors and costumes (mostly being associated with green), but blue has also been included (notably her gold and blue outfit in the 90s cartoon.)
  • The Smurfs: The blue-skinned Smurfette is the only female Smurf in existence — she was originally created by Gargamel with the purpose to infiltrate the Smurf village and destroy it by creating discord among the other (male) Smurfs destroy themselves. When she was caught and tried for her misdeeds, Smurfette decided she didn't want to be an evil minion of Gargamel anymore and repented, after which Papa Smurf used magic to turn her into a real Smurf.
  • Supergirl wears a blue costume, and has traditionally been depicted as a sweet, kind-hearted, upbeat and beautiful woman.

    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts:
    • Lucy Van Pelt usually wears a blue dress, although she's typically anything but "fair and gentle". She likes to think of herself as beautiful and adorable, though.
    • Sally Brown, on the other hand, is a very fair and gentle character who wears a light blue dress. Though she wears pink in The Peanuts Movie.

    Fan Works 
  • In Beyond Heroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium, blue is noted to be the color most associated with Bethany Hawke, as she's partial to it in her wardrobe. Overlaps with Blue Is Heroic.
  • In the Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfic Walking in Circles, Evelyn Trevelyan is a noble-born mage whose personality can be summed up as kind, protective, and motherly. Aside from being compared to flowers, Evelyn often wears blue to the point that when Solas needs to find her, he always looks for a blue robe and dark hair. In the Redcliffe future, Fen'Harel dresses her in a blue nightgown before seeking her out in the night, and his murals depict her in blue. Evelyn's personality later changes to a more negative interpretation of this trope, with her being engulfed in sadness and even icy ruthlessness as she becomes Solas's partner in his plan for changing (a.k.a destroying) the current world.

    Films — Animated 
  • In the first installment of An American Tail, Tanya's dress (which looks very similar to Snow White's dress) has a blue bodice and sleeves, paired with a yellow skirt and a pink babushka.
  • In Anastasia, the titular character's Girliness Upgrade is completed when she changes from her ragged yellow cossack tunic into a light blue dress Dimitri bought for her. From then on she frequently wears blue or blue-trimmed outfits: blue pajamas during the sea voyage, a blue-trimmed white sailor dress in her Dream Sequence, a short blue dress through part of "Paris Holds the Key to Your Heart," a dark blue evening gown to the ballet, and a blue sash with her golden gown at the climax. Even before her makeover, she imagines herself wearing a blue sash and hair ribbon with her yellow ballgown during "Once Upon a December," and wears a blue costume as a child at the party in the prologue. Blue and yellow are effectively her two signature colors.
  • Princess Kida of Atlantis: The Lost Empire plays with this. She does indeed wear blue throughout the whole movie, and switches to a darker shade of blue at the end when she is crowned Queen. But then again Kida is a Tomboy Princess and all the other Atlanteans wear blue as well.
  • Several outfits Barbie has worn have been blue, as well as several characters in the Direct to Video movies. Ro's standout dress in Barbie as the Island Princess is mostly blue, including part of the feathers on the peacock tail.
  • The princess in The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland has a light blue dress, though she's never seen wearing it (it's worn by Alice in training to impersonate her).
  • Sally Carrera from Cars is portrayed as a light blue Porsche 911 Carrera. Other female blue cars include a racecar sponsoring RevNGo and the Queen of England.
  • This is perhaps the most common dress color for the Disney Princesses, even more than pink. The first three involve blue in their Pimped Out Dresses, while later ones more often use them in their non-fancy dresses.
    • In Aladdin, Jasmine's main outfit is turquoise, a greenish shade of blue, accompanied by a blue jeweled headband.
    • Belle's simple blue dress and white apron in Beauty and the Beast is perhaps the most familiar of her outfits aside from her golden ballroom gown.
    • Brave: Invoked. Elinor, who resents Merida's tomboyish nature and wishes for her to be more ladylike, puts her in a tight turquoise silk dress as part of her royal attire before and during the contest. Merida doesn't take it well, preferring her darker and less restrictive dark blue dress. The end of the movie sees both of them in a dress of a similar shade, indicating that they've both accepted their differences and similarities.
    • Cinderella's dress is only blue in products from the "Disney Princess" line. The dress is supposed to be silver (although the glass slippers were always blue-tinted), but Digital Destruction caused her dress to become silvery-blue, a problem that still exists in the blu-ray releasenote . However, her nightgown is definitely blue, her servant dress has turquoise sleeves, and with it she wears a blue ribbon in her hair. Her sweet and kindly Fairy Godmother also wears a blue dress.
    • Frozen uses blue as the series iconic color, in contrast to the Disney Princess line using a Pink Product Ploy.
      • In Frozen, Queen Elsa pretty much wears exclusively blue dresses, from the nightgown when we first see her as a young girl, to her teal coronation dress, to her ice-blue snow queen dress. This symbolizes many things, from her loneliness growing up, to her being more reserved compared to her sister, though she only becomes slightly less reserved once she opens up herself. Mostly the blue is because she's An Ice Person.
      • Though Elsa makes a green dress in Frozen Fever, as it's her sister's birthday, in Olaf's Frozen Adventure she wears a dark blue Happy Holidays Dress, that nicely contrasts the silver snowflake designs and white fur trim on her neckline.
      • Princess Anna is mostly a Redhead In Green, but she swaps her greens for a blue winter dress (paired with a pink cape and hat) from Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna and spends most of the remainder of the first movie in that. Turquoise-blue also the most prominent color in her Frozen Fever birthday outfit. In addition, Olaf's Frozen Adventure depicts her wearing a light blue dress for the holidays.
    • In The Little Mermaid, Ariel wears a blue ribbon in her hair and a dress that is no less than three different shades of blue in the scene where Eric gives her a tour of his kingdom. Her dress at the end when Triton grants her wish and she emerges from the sea is a shimmering silvery-blue number.
    • The dress Mulan wore to infiltrate the invaded palace, disguised as a courtesan. Chien-Po also wears a blue dress when he, Yao, and Ling disguise themselves as women.
    • Tiana briefly borrows a fancy blue dress in The Princess and the Frog. On a side note, since it took place in The Roaring '20s, that color would have been seen as more feminine than the rest of Charlotte's wardrobe.
    • Sleeping Beauty played with this by making two of the fairies have a bit of a war over the color of Aurora's dress. It is blue for most of the movie, including the iconic kiss, despite being pink in merchandising.
    • Snow White's dress has a blue bodice and sleeves, though the skirt is yellow and the sleeves are accented with red.
    • Lady from Lady and the Tramp was given a blue collar. Her owner's son has an extremely pink wardrobe so the colors are probably used in the older "Blue=Feminine, Pink=Masculine" way.
    • The Blue Fairy from Pinocchio is dressed in blue.
    • In 101 Dalmatians, Anita is usually seen wearing blue. Perdita, like Lady, wears a blue collar. In the animated movie, all her daughters have blue collars (In the live-action film, the boys have blue, and it's mixed up in the TV show). In the series, Cadpig and Two-Tone both wear blue collars.
    • In an inversion of Pink Girl, Blue Boy, Wendy Moira Angela Darling from Peter Pan is portrayed as wearing a long, blue nightgown with a blue hair ribbon, while her youngest brother Michael is portrayed as wearing pink footie pajamas.
    • Miss Kitty's (a female dancer/showgirl mouse) showgirl outfit in The Great Mouse Detective is blue.
    • Alice in Wonderland has Alice in her blue dress throughout the film and still retaining her proto-feminine behavior.
    • In Oliver & Company, Spoiled Sweet Jenny Foxworth is first seen wearing a blue school uniform, and her signature outfit consists of a light blue turtleneck dress, with dark blue leggings.
  • The Ingenue Thumbelina from Thumbelina primarily wears a dress with a blue skirt.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Debbie, the sweet "it girl" in American Graffiti wears a blue dress, with a matching hairbow and pair of shoes throughout the film.
    • Likewise in the sequel, Eva (the beautiful Icelandic girl) wears a teal top and a dark blue skirt, which match her blue eyes.
  • Pauline - the most beautiful, charismatic and feminine of the Fossil sisters - wears a glamorous gown of royal blue to her film premiere in the 2007 film of Ballet Shoes. She's played by Emma Watson, which is hilarious if one looks at the Harry Potter example below.
  • In Beauty and the Beast (2014), Belle wears a deep blue dress for her dance with the Beast.
  • Bedazzled (2000): Elliot claims that his love interest Allison looks particularly good whenever she wears blue. Most of her costumes throughout his wishes are either primarily blue or have blue accents. This also has the added bonus of contrasting her with the Devil, the other woman Elliot frequently interacts with, who dresses in either red or black.
  • Bridget Jones is gentle-hearted and very girly, along with favoring blue in her wardrobe, which is likely chosen to match her eyes.
  • In Cinderella (2015), Ella is color-coded with soft blues to emphasise her nurturing femininity. The beautiful dress she wears for the ball is of course blue as well. This is in stark contrast to the bold and loud colours her stepfamily wear. Her stepmother is occasionally shown wearing bold blue dresses, which makes perfect sense once it's revealed she was once similar to Ella, marrying for love and becoming bitter and cynical after her husband died - effectively making her a Foil for her stepdaughter.
  • In The Court Jester, Princess Gwendolyn wears a Simple, yet Opulent blue dress and a matching cape trimmed with ermine.
  • The Dark Knight Rises: In the ending, Selina Kyle wears a blue dress, as opposed to the black dresses she wore in previous scenes. It is meant to symbolize that she has left the Catwoman identity behind and has started a peaceful new life with Bruce Wayne.
  • Averted in Devil in a Blue Dress. Daphne Monet is no innocent as the title makes clear, though whether she's a true Femme Fatale is debatable. She's certainly well aware of her attractiveness to men however and doesn't hesitate to use it to her advantage.
  • In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sloane, the kinder and gentler of the two female leads, wears blue and white.
  • French Kiss: Luc calls Kate a "goddess" when she wears an expensive blue dress to seduce her ex-fiancé Charlie.
  • Carreen O'Hara in Gone with the Wind wears a light blue dress to the Wilkes' barbecue, which signifies that she is the most kind and gentle of the O'Hara sisters.
  • The Karate Kid: Ali first shown wearing a blue swimsuit on the beach at the start of the film. Then, she later wears a blue shirt when she goes on her first date with Daniel.
  • The Karate Kid Part II: Kumiko wears a blue kimono (with an ocean design), during her famous dance scene.
  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires: Action Girl Mai Kwei wears a blue outfit and is very refined in a Silk Hiding Steel way.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a few examples;
  • In the film adaptation of The Outsiders, popular Soc girl Cherry Valance generally wears blue outfits, which signifies that she's one of the kinder and approachable one of the Soc gang.
  • In Pitch Perfect, the Bellas' primary color is blue (the other being yellow and white). Their uniform is a navy blue flight-attendant like attire, while The Leader's pitch pipe (which symbolizes her authority) is baby blue. This is to highlight their femininity and contrast with the all-male (and red-clad) Treblemakers.
  • Ricki and the Flash has the titular Ricki donning a baby blue dress for her son's wedding. As she's a rock star who's usually seen in leather and jeans, she's a little uncomfortable at the change. But the dress marks her motherly side coming out a lot more, particularly as she reassures her depressed daughter Julie.
  • Yvaine chooses a blue gown when she boards Captain Shakespeare's ship in Stardust and it also coincides with her and Tristan falling in love. She completes the image with a blue travelling cloak. Tristan's mother Princess Una also wears a blue dress - she's much nicer and calmer than her brothers.
  • Kate Davies in Valentine wears blue at turbo dating, Max's exhibition, first questioning session with Detective Vaughn and Dorothy Wheeler's party, this color associates with her kind and gentle personality.
  • Wonder Woman (2017): Diana wears a blue gown while infiltrating a gala to kill Ludendorff. She stole it from a German noblewoman.

  • The Maiden with Turquoise Hair/Blue Fairy from Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio is never specified in the text itself as wearing blue dresses, but colored illustrations and most adaptations give her that clothing to go along with her blue hair. It also helps that she's meant to be an expy of the Virgin Mary.
  • Alice's dress in Alice in Wonderland is never specified in the text as being blue, but at least one early colorized version of John Tenniel's original black-and-white illustrations made it blue, and blue it became in the popular imagination – probably because this trope makes blue seem especially well-suited to Alice's polite, refined nature. It's often the same color in adaptations too.
  • In the Aubrey-Maturin series, Diana Villiers is most frequently outfitted in shades of blue, symbolizing her sad and frustrating search for a man she can trust.
  • The Farival twins in The Awakening are described as wearing the "Virgin's colors, blue and white, having been dedicated to the Blessed Virgin at their baptism".
  • The Belgariad: Polgara the Sorceress, when not wearing gray wool travel garbs, prefers blue reserved for special occasions. Blue is also the color of Aldur, the god who founded the order of sorcerers of which Polgara is a member, but she's been the epitome of style for much of the world for several thousand years, so her fashion sense has definitely rubbed off.
  • Chalion: The Daughter's (or Lady of Spring's) color is blue, symbolizing youthful femininity, among other things.
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has the Yule Ball, essentially the Hogwarts version of a High-School Dance. Hermione - who is best known for her bushy hair and no concern with her appearance - stuns everyone by pulling a She Cleans Up Nicely. The image is completed with a dress in periwinkle blue - showing that Hermione does have a girly side to her. But this is only in the book, as the dress is pink in the film.
  • Hilda from Hilda and Richie is also shown wearing a light blue dress complete with a hand fan when not wearing a purple dress; she is shown in the story to be living in a luxurious mansion, displaying her wealthy Proper Lady status.
  • In Little Women, Amy is the March sister who most aspires to be a Proper Lady, and her favorite color is blue.
  • Song at Dawn: When a lady wears blue it is consistently referred to as '(Virgin) Mary's color'. When the Arch Bishop sees Emerganda or Alienor wearing it he scoffs at the hypocrisy because (in his mind) they are anything but 'fair and gentle'.
  • These Broken Stars: Tarver first sees Lilac wearing a ballgown in navy blue. At this time, unknown to him, she's essentially Alone in a Crowd thanks to her father controlling her life, echoing the sad and lonely side of the trope. She's wearing the same colour, a dressing gown this time, in the final scene. This time she's fresh from standing up to her father and is free to openly be with the man she loves.
  • Dorothy Gale from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (and in the film adaptation) wears a blue and white gingham dress. This becomes a plot point in the book: as blue is the Munchkin color and white is only worn by witches, the Munchkins initially mistake her for a witch, but a good one who intends to be friends with the Munchkins, when her house comes out of nowhere and flattens the Wicked Witch of the East. She's an empathetic character who convinces all three of her True Companions to pursue their dreams and goals, and is also a Friend to All Living Things – in short, a ladylike spirit, even if she is a farm girl.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Diana's main attributes in Anne with an E are her beauty and her kindness, and she dresses almost exclusively in blue.
  • Bridgerton: Season 1's main heroine, Daphne Bridgerton, famously wears pastel blue that matches her graceful and suave traits. Season 2's, Kate Sharma, frequently wears teal that matches her bold and assertive traits.
  • In the Charite hospital, the deaconesses wear uniformly dark blue dresses and the nurses wear light blue smocks with white aprons.
  • In Doctor Who, Clara Oswald, a companion who is introverted and lonely, but usually very compassionate and kind, is fond of wearing articles of clothing in various shades of blue. Given its sheer frequency throughout her entire run, it's probably her subconscious favourite colour. Outside of the original Clara, this habit even extends to some of her time paradox spawned doubles in different eras, especially the Victorian governess one. Possibly a symbol of loss too, as she lost her mother in her teens, which affected her rather profoundly. She's also occasionally seen in a predominant red or green from time to time, reflecting other sides of her personality. When she wears blue, she's mostly quiet and thoughtful, green-clad Clara is an adventurer, pragmatist and tends to be crankier, and wearing red clothing often coincides with her showing a 'cheery romantic dreamer' streak.
    • Rose Tyler wears a blue jacket at the beginning of the "New Earth" story until she later gets possessed by Lady Cassandra, who later strips it off in order to expose Rose's purple blouse underneath. These are considered to be Rose's most Iconic Outfits by many fans. The blue represents Rose's caring, humble and gentle personality in contrast to Cassandra's darker, haughty and sultry character.
  • In Downton Abbey, Lady Sybil Crawley (later Branson) has many blue outfits, possibly to represent her role as the youngest and most innocent of the family and ultimately Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In Season 1, Sansa is seen wearing a romantic ice blue gown. In Season 6, she switches back to the mainly blue clothing like her mother used to do, which underlines her coming back to the North and the Northern ways.
    • Daenerys Targaryen starts to prominently wear a heavily-blue outfit starting in the show's third season.
    • Margaery Tyrell is often seen wearing blue in seasons 2 and 3.
    • Cersei Lannister has a few blue dresses in seasons 1 and 2 before she switches to reds and golds.
  • Jessica Jones (2015): Jessica's theme color is blue, with blue being very prevalent in a lot of her clothes. In The Defenders (2017), scenes focused on Jessica are shown with a blue filter.
    • Trish's wardrobe in The Defenders is primarily made of blues.
  • In Mad Men this is the beauty-focused and traditional Betty Draper Francis's favored color along with white, given how it highlights her Grace Kelly-esque beauty, Teutonic coloring (light skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes). Not only does it serve a purpose in highlighting her looks, it also highlights her role as housewife and mother.
  • Constance and Queen Anne from The Musketeers occasionally wear blue.
  • On an episode of QI discussing male/female dynamics and oddities Stephen brought up that the Pink Girl, Blue Boy trope used to be reversed, as well as specific reasons why. The panelists seem quite stunned at just the sheer oddity of the reversal to the trope.
    Stephen: For a long while, the colors would be pink for a baby boy, and blue for a baby girl.
    Jack Dee: How did they get it wrong for so long?
  • Prairie Dawn, Abby Cadabby, and Rosita from Sesame Street. The former two have pink skin and fur, respectively, but wear blue dresses, while the latter has light blue fur.
  • In the Spartacus series, Lucretia's body slaves seem to be required to be clad in blue, as seen with Melitta and Naevia. The other women in the show regularly dressed in blue as well.
  • Although most Super Sentai/Power Rangers Blue Rangers are male, the few times they are female, this comes into play. True to trope rules, when the female Ranger is blue it's of a considerably lighter and softer shade than her male counterparts (with the notable exceptions of the very first female blue ranger, Choujuu Sentai Liveman's Blue Dolphin, who was more or less the same color as the previous blue rangers and the blue ranger from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger/Alien Rangers who wears a light cyan costume despite being male). Both canon female Blue Rangers, Tori and Madison, are very feminine characters. In Tori's case, she's The Heart and Madison is the Girly Girl contrasted with her Tomboy sister Vida (who ironically is the Pink Ranger).
  • In Westworld, Dolores, the standard "girl-next-door" in Sweetwater, wears a blue dress.

  • Crowded House also has a song called "Into Temptation" in which a girl in a blue dress appears at his door.
    You opened up your door
    I couldn't believe my luck
    You in your new blue dress
    Taking away my breath
  • Depeche Mode has a song called "Blue Dress" about a seductress in blue.
    Put it on
    And don't say a word
    Put it on
    The one that I prefer
  • Devin Millar has an animated girl character named Millicent. She wears a bright blue puffy-sleeved shirt and a dark blue skirt.
  • Vocaloid: Hatsune Miku is the most well-known blue-color-scheme character (and the most well-known overall). Of the female Crypton characters, her official personality is the most traditionally feminine, in contrast to Rin (yellow), or the "cool" and mature Luka (pink) and Meiko (red). She is often used for songs that do not fit the "gentle feminine girl" theme, but in these cases, any art associated with the song usually changes her coloring to something darker or redder.

    Music Videos 
  • Mystery Skulls features Vivi in the animated music video for "Ghost". She is blue all over, and even her skin tone is a cool shade.
  • Tears for Fears: In the "Mad World" music video, the young girl staring sadly at a candle is garbed in a blue dress.

    Myths & Religion 
  • As mentioned above, The Virgin Mary is often depicted dressed in blue. Another explanation for this convention is that medieval artists wanted to dress the Mother of God in the richest clothing they could think of, and ultramarine (which is made of ground-up lapis lazuli) was the most expensive dye. St. Peter is also usually shown dressed in blue, but usually a lighter shade (i.e. with little or no ultramarine in it) or in blue and orange-y yellow.


    Pro Wrestling 
  • Alexa Bliss in her Face incarnation was a cute 'Fairy Princess' who loved sparkles - making her one of the most feminine of the NXT women. Almost all of her outfits were blue, as were the graphics in her titantron. She also had blue tips in her hair. Notably when she underwent a Face–Heel Turn, her costumes and hair became red.
  • The Beauty Pair of Zenjo, the first breakout stars of joshi puroreso or the Japanese women's pro wrestling circuit, usually dressed in blue, when they weren't wearing black anyway, or blue with black stripes or black with blue stripes. Anyway, they were a fairly "feminine" pair by pro wrestling standards, almost as well known for their singing, dancing, and fashion as they were for their take downs and pins. As a result, wrestlers have since worn blue(or black) when expressing their femininity.
  • Bayley's first recognisable outfit was a light shade of baby blue, to reflect her innocence as The Ingenue. While she eventually wore more colours, she frequently has plenty of blue on her gear as well.
  • When WSU became an all women's company, purple and blue became its primary colors, on the logo and the title belt plates, respectively. In this case, they symbolized bruising more than grace or peace. When CZW took over the promotion was increasingly signified by pink, however.

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  • In the Neighborhood of Make Believe of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Henrietta Pussycat, the fashionable yet caring cat, sometimes wore a blue dress.

  • A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder: Phoebe D'Ysquith is described by Monty as "noble and pious" and is an Innocent Soprano. Naturally, her wardrobe consists mostly of dresses in various shades of blue.
  • Dinah the Dining Car from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express dons a blue dress, often with matching accessories.
  • Edward Albee's Tiny Alice has the Original Cast Precedent of Alice wearing blue. As theatre critic Otis L. Guernsey pointed out, though many people took this as symbolic, "nowhere does the Tiny Alice script specify that Miss Alice wear blue, though it does describe her boudoir as 'Feminine, but not frilly. Blues instead of pinks.'"
  • The iconic glittering "good witch" gown that Glinda ultimately wears in Wicked (at least in the original production and its replicas) is pale blue – a change both from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, where it's white, and the classic film, where it's pink.

  • In BIONICLE, all the Matoran/Toa/Turaga of the Water element are female and blue colored. The female elements of Lightning and Psionics also have blue as their main color. This is solely averted with Orde, created by the Great Beings as the first Toa of Psionics. His first task was to soothe the savage Zyglak, but due to his temper, he only worsened matters. As a result, all subsequent Matoran and Toa of Psionics were made female because Women Are Wiser.
  • In Rainbow High, first wave character Skyler Bradshaw's signature color is blue, and she is also an aspiring fashion designer.

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  • Disciples of the exclusively-female Holy Water Palace in Age Of Wushu wear all-blue uniforms that pair nicely with their yin-based, water-themed, softness-damage martial arts.
  • In Bioshock Infinite, Elizabeth at first wears a blue skirt with a white shirt that has blue details. She then changes into a long blue skirt and blue shrug (which are a replica of clothes Lady Comstock wore who also is an example of this trope). Here the blue symbolizes sadness, peace, and isolation.
  • Body Blows: Azona is a blue-clad warrior woman who competes in the series' second tournament, Body Blows Galactic, which pits fighters from various planets against each other to determine the greatest fighter in the universe. Worth noting that her choice of color for her attire is fitting within the context of this trope given that her, and Kai-Ti's, home planet, Feminon, has a matriarchal society.
  • Dead or Alive has Kasumi and Helena. The former's trademark outfit is a blue ninja tunic while the latter's outfits include a blue dress, a blue tailcoat, and a black-and-blue catsuit.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition:
    • Josephine fits this trope, wearing a regal ensemble of blue and gold. She is a sweet Proper Lady and skilled diplomat who gets along with just about everyone.
    • Empress Celene of Orlais is also only seen wearing a deep blue ballgown with gold accents. She is certainly regarded as a paragon of fashion, diplomacy, and elegance; however, unlike Josephine, she's not a particularly nice person.
  • Rinoa in Final Fantasy VIII wears a blue coat, and is perhaps the most feminine of the female player characters (aside from Selphie, who is more perky).
  • In Disney's Guilty Party, the matron Olivia Dickens wears a long blue evening dress as an ensemble with her white fur coat.
  • Harvest Moon:
    • Elli from Harvest Moon 64 is the granddaughter of Ellen from the first game. She is a gentle baker who wears a blue dress and apron. In all subsequent appearances, besides Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility, she is based on her Harvest Moon: Back to Nature appearance, who is now a nurse but keeps the same attire.
    • Muffy from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life switches from her red dress to a more conservative, light blue dress when you marry her in the Playstation 2 version (Special Edition). She's the most stereotypically feminine of the bachelorettes, not really liking getting her hands dirty and wearing make-up.
  • Aqua from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. She has blue hair, matching blue eyes, wears blue in her outfit, and is graceful in battle and a motherly figure to the lost boys and Ventus.
  • While the many incarnations of The Legend of Zelda's titular Zelda have run a gamut of colors over the series, her A Link to the Past incarnation dons a casual blue dress (though her princess attire is pink), and both her regal and traveling outfits in Breath of the Wild are predominantly blue (with the similarly blue Non Uniform Uniforms that Link and the other Champions wear stated in "The Champions' Ballad" to have been sewn by her). Furthermore, she is also the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom in a lot of entries in the series, which is usually associated with blue.
  • Amitie Florian of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny generally wears blue clothes that reflect her kind and friendly demeanor. It also matches well with her sister's very pink motif.
  • Sona from League of Legends is a blue-haired, sweet and calm mute songtress whose beautiful blue dress covers her esbelt body. Her skillset revolves around helping allies by damaging, debuffing and stunning enemies while also healing, shielding and buffing allies, thanks to her etwahl.
  • In Mega Man Star Force, Luna almost always wears a blue uniform while remaining into stereotypically girly things like plushies.
  • Kitana from Mortal Kombat II (and all subsequent appearances) wears blue, has from her very first appearance. The only times she hasn't has been in the film, where she wears a dark bluish/black outfit, and her Dark Empress skin from Mortal Kombat X, which is also a blackish-navy blue color.
  • The Velvet Room attendants from the Persona series. They all dress in blue to match the room they reside in and as they are typically the opposite sex of the current protagonist, all but one are female.
  • Brionne and Primarina, Popplio's evolutions in Pokémon Sun and Moon are very feminine and very blue Pokemon based on sirens/mermaids.
  • Rulue from Puyo Puyo sports a head of flowing blue hair, and her outfit typically has blue accents on it. She serves as the girly-girl rival to tomboyish Arle and is identified by having a mad crush on Satan, despite him being more interested in Arle.
  • Yurika Kirishima of Rival Schools' Project Justice wears a bright blue dress, and is very clearly the most feminine character in her series.
  • In Shining in the Darkness, the bodice of Princess Jessa's dress is blue.
  • Posthumous Character Maria Robotnik from Sonic The Hedgehog wore a blue dress, blue shoes, and a blue headband. She was a sweet, Friend to All Living Things ill girl who had a sibling-esque relationship with Shadow. It's possible that her blue attire is supposed to date her, as she died 50 years ago, though what this means in the series is unknown (her flashbacks are very technologically advanced compared to the real 1950s so it's unknown if the Sonic series takes place 20 Minutes into the Future or if their world is just advanced).
  • Street Fighter:
    • Chun-Li wears blue outfits as her main clothing in the games, particularly a blue Qipao.
    • R. Mika wears a bright teal blue wrestling outfit that shows a lot of skin especially her breasts and buttocks.
  • Rosalina from the Super Mario Bros. series primarily wears a Simple, yet Opulent cyan gown, which goes along with her elegant character.
  • Alisa Bosconovitch of Tekken wears an outfit with blue flowers and blue jewels.

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  • Played with in El Goonish Shive. Susan has black-blue hair and usually is seen in blue clothing when strips are colored. She's definitely feminine, and the head of her school's feminist club, but demure doesn't factor in - withdrawn, due to her various traumas, feels like the word to use. Or raging with a magic hammer in her hand.

    Web Original 
  • Looming Gaia: Out of the three female Freelance Good Guys, the only one who doesn't have blue in her design most of the time is the masculine warrior Elska. Linde is The Fashionista and often wears blue to go with her ice magic, and Alaine has blue hair due to being a mermaid and often wears blue as well.

    Western Animation 
  • Blinky Bill: The clothes in Daisy Dingo's standard outfit (a knotted top, jeans, and high heels) are all coloured in different shades of blue (although they eventually gained a teal tint due to season 3's slight Art Evolution).
  • BoJack Horseman: In her youth as a debutante, Beatrice Horseman wore a blue dress with white dots, along with a light blue cardigan sweater and navy blue high heels. She also wore light blue eyeshadow.
  • In the Dudley Do-Right cartoons, Nell wears a blue dress. She is an innocent girl and frequent Damsel in Distress.
  • Sparkles in The Grossery Gang webseries is a light blue soda can, while also being the only girl of the team. While she's a bit more rough-and-tumble and sarcastic than most girls, she has the most tact and sympathy for others out of the gang as well, acting like a big sister to Egghead, while also being the grounding force to Pizza Face's riskier ventures.
  • Sarah Phillips from Liberty's Kids.
  • Emily on Little Bear generally wears a blue dress.
  • Charlotte of Making Fiends is completely blue. Her skin, eyes, clothes, and hair are all blue. She's the epitome of a Cheerful Child.
  • MeteoHeroes: Patty Storm/Pluvia wears a blue jumpsuit as her superhero costume and Su Pa Sin/Nix has a cyan color scheme.
  • XJ-9 from My Life as a Teenage Robot is a teenage robot girl who has blue hair and has blue-colored body parts to resemble teenage fashion. Many sub-plots focus on her struggles as a high school student who wants to fit in with her flesh-and-blood classmates.
  • My Little Pony: Action Girl Megan from the original generation, who wore blue overalls in the show.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rainbow Dash is an aversion because she's the least feminine of the main characters.
    • Princess Ember, a female dragon from the season six episode "Gauntlet of Fire", is one of few female dragons on the show and bright cobalt blue.
  • Bubbles of The Powerpuff Girls, the girliest of them, is color-coded with a blue dress.
  • Downplayed with some characters from Ready Jet Go!. Celery, Dr. Skelley, and Dr. Rafferty all wear blue, but they're not stereotypically feminine. Out of all of them, Dr. Rafferty would likely be the most feminine.
  • Rosie's Rules: The artsy Crystal wears a blue denim jacket. Her mother, Liz, also wears blue. In fact, almost all of the girls and women wear blue, even Jun.
  • While in the comics she wears a variety of clothes, the sweet and feminine Sabrina in Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies mainly wears a blue dress.
  • Princess Sally Acorn of Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) media wears blue boots and vest. She's feminine, but strong, even giving (G-rated) cusses to Robotnik.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil plays with this trope regarding the title character Star Butterfly, The Underestimated. She often wears dresses in various shades of blue, but despite her appearance, her actions are not that feminine. Played straight with her mother Moon Butterfly, The Undaunted, whose default outfit is a very feminine blue dress. She also has blue hair. However, there are times when she can fight, but she's usually more graceful than Star.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Lapis Lazuli combines this with Amazing Technicolor Population — not only is she featured wearing a skirt and top in shades of blue, but her hair, eyes, and even skin are shades of blue as well. Along with Rose Quartz and Sapphire she's the only Gem thus far whose primary outfit features a long skirt.
    • Sapphire, as well, who is the Girly Girl to Ruby's Tomboy. And like Lapis, she also combines it with blue skin and hair (though Sapphire does have patches of white in her outfit.)
    • Steven's friend, Connie Maheswaran, wears a light turquoise-green dress in some episodes as well as in the first title sequence. This initially connects with her shy, lonely, and studious demeanor, as her parents were overbearing and strict, but it's ultimately downplayed as she gradually comes out of her shell thanks to her friendship with Steven. While she still enjoys feminine interests, her overall personality is more masculine compared to Steven, with her outfits changing to reflect this.
    • Blue Diamond is the most traditionally feminine member of the Diamond Authority, being a demure, melancholic, and soft-spoken Gem who wears figure-hugging gowns and cloaks to emphasize her curvy features. And of the four Diamonds, she's the only one associated with water, as she has reverse empathy that emits a blue aura when used, bluish-white energy manipulation, and a blue psychic aura that flows like water. She also oversees a court that's entirely composed of blue-colored Gems; according to Rebecca Sugar, blue Gems are "mainly diplomats".
    • Blue Pearl, who is Blue Diamond's servant and closest associate, fits the stereotype of Pearls as emotionless, pretty dolls for nobles, wearing a dainty, ballerina-like dress while her hair completely covers her eyes. She also speaks softly like her mistress does.
  • Downplayed with True from True and the Rainbow Kingdom. She has blue hair, and is pretty girly; But blue is probably her natural hair color.
  • Winx Club:
    • Many of Bloom's fairy forms are primarily blue. Also her civilian outfit (her first outfit is a teal crop top with dark blue trim and pale yellow sleeves with blue slightly flared jeans that have stars on the bottom of the legs) with the exception of her pink top in season 4.
    • On the villain side, the witch Icy is the Dark Feminine type.