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For the Wilkie Collins novel and related works, see The Woman in White.
Mystery beckons.

"A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry. And as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in. And on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all. But I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I hadn't thought of that girl."
Bernstein, Citizen Kane

There's something about a Woman In White that just draws the eye and sets the imagination alight. Not just a blouse or skirt, but a completely white ensemble. We're talking shoes, dress, scarf, purse, hat, and sometimes even hair.

Maybe they're eccentric, mad, evil (this one especially), possibly even already dead, but they're always important to the plot, usually powerful in one way or another. And most importantly: they've got style.

All the symbolism behind the color white may be involved, but it might just be fashion. If it's just fashion, then it implies a fastidious neatness, and an ability to "keep clean" even if one is not, usually by "not getting their hands dirty". If symbolism is to be had, it can range from purity to death.

Chiaroscuro may be used to make the white even more vivid.


Age is not important; even quite young girls may feature as the Woman in White, which tend to make them the Creepy Child as well. Teen girls in white run a risk of becoming The Ophelia, so not-of-this-world that their minds suffer for it. And while this trope is almost Always Female, lately, there are more and more male characters that fit in as well. Compare to Lady in Red and Little Dead Riding Hood, where the age difference produces a very different trope.

In line with her purity theme, she may go barefoot... but for a creepy touch, she may do it in places and contexts where no common person would want to go unshod. If her imagery definitely tilts toward the macabre, she might leave behind Footprints of Muck.

A Winter Royal Lady is often a Woman in White, as is a woman in a traditional Fairytale Wedding Dress. See also Virgin in a White Dress.


Wearing white is also identified with women's rights. When women began marching for temperance in the United States, the symbolic purity of white clothing refuted accusations that women marching in the streets were women of the streets. The tradition continued into the women's suffrage movement when women marched for votes.

The woman in white is usually the before of the Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress. White Shirt of Death is also possible. The Bedsheet Ghost is related. Ghosts are often portrayed as silent women in white, known as Grey Ladies. She may also become a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl.

Compare Pink Means Feminine, True Blue Femininity, Man in White, Wight in a Wedding Dress and the more explicit about significance Gold and White Are Divine.

Contrast Princesses Prefer Pink, Little Black Dress and Evil Albino.


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  • .hack:
    • Aura. She is the "Ultimate AI" whom Harald Hoewick created to be his "perfect daughter" with Emma Wielant. Her white hair, pale eyes, and all-white dress gives her an ethereal look, and she is appropriately referred to as the Goddess of The World in the game's later versions.
    • Helba as well. She takes the darker forms of this trope. Within the setting, she's an infamous hacker, though she is portrayed as one of the protagonists as, unlike most of CC Corp, she actually knows and cares what's going in in The World (the game the series takes place in) and takes it seriously and works to find a true solution rather then just shutting the game down. Her name is also pulled from the Queen of Darkness in the Epic poem The World is based on.
  • Seika "Mariana" Akishima from Amakusa 1637. When she and her friends became Time Travelers stuck in the Amakusa area before the Shimabara rebellion, she was wearing a white Pimped-Out Dress instead of their school uniforms, so said white gown becomes her trademark clothing.
  • Meiko "Menma" Honma of Ano Hana The Flower We Saw That Day. She's a Cute Ghost Girl, and she was wearing a white dress when she drowned and died. She even has white-blonde hair!
  • When portayed in color, Athenas personal assistant Nike in Appleseed is always dressed in white and is blond as well.
  • Pretty much every girl in ARIA.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia: Austria's Nyotalia form is often portrayed as one, in contrast to Fem!Prussia who is more of a miniskirt-wearing tomboy.
  • Lua Klein in Baccano!. Although the reason why she does so is because her Ax-Crazy fiancee insists. Y'know, so the blood (from his victims) will show up better.
  • Momo, the main character of Ballad Of A Shinigami is a white haired Grim Reaper who wears all white dress. She is also noted to be the Token Good Teammate of all the shinigami.
  • Black Butler: Angela wears a True Blue Femininity Meido outfit in her first few appearances. After The Reveal (that she's an angel), her wardrobe shifts to white and remains so in all her subsequent appearances.
  • Bleach:
    • The Arrancar wear a white uniform to contrast with the black shinigami uniforms. As a result, the female Arrancar fall into this trope. The white uniforms symbolise evil and, therefore, death, as a somewhat ironic contrast to the "death spirits" (Shinigami) who actually protect life, or at least the ability of souls to continue being reborn into new lives.
    • When forced to go to Hueco Mundo by the Arrancar, Orihime Inoue is given a white dress as well. She wears it until she's fully released and then Aizen's definitive defeat. Later Urahara trolls her into putting on a very stripperiffic outfit, which is also white save for a blue collar.
    • Rukia Kuchiki's Zanpakuto Spirit, Sode no Shirayuki, being based off of a Yuki-Onna, has this appearance, having pale skin, silver hair, and a white kimono. Rukia herself takes on this appearance in Bankai, as it's an externalization of her spirit, much like Ichigo's Badass Longcoat.
  • In Candy Candy, the female school uniform in the Boarding School Candy, her friends and the Alpha Bitch attend is white and looks a lot like a Sailor Fuku. Unless in certain days, where the girls are required to wear black dresses instead.
  • Hana Mutō from Captain Earth has been seen wearing a white dress, which adds to the mystery of whether she is 17 years old or not.
  • Detective Conan:
    • Horribly subverted in a filler case, where the Woman in White is the actress Akiko Kinoshita... who only wears white clothes either when performing her Star-Making Role as the traditional "Yuki Onna" ghost, or when her lifeless body is found buried in the snow. She was murdered by Yoko Asanuma, her envious Body Double, who also briefly wears white while impersonating Akiko and making everyone believe she was still alive.
    • In several openings and endings of the anime, however, Ran is seen wearing white dresses and playing the strope straight.
  • At one point in Fairy Tail Erza Scarlet has a dream that she's dead and during the time she's wearing a pure white gown (notable one of the only times she wears white in the series)
  • Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl: Erio often wears a lacy white, sleeveless dress (when she isn't wrapped in a futon, that is). To represent her unearthly beauty and pure, childish personality.
  • Athena in Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer, who Misaki refers to as "the white angel".
  • Sawako of Kimi ni Todoke dons a white dress, pretending to be a ghost during her school's courage test. Combined with her pale skin, black hair, and semi-creepiness/fierce determination to make her peers happy, she manages to look like Sadako.
  • The titular character of Lyrical Nanoha has a white Barrier Jacket which looks like a dress. Her elementary school uniform is also a white dress (the former is actually based off of the latter in-universe). However, most fans refer her as the "White Devil". Vita's Barrier Jacket also turns white (with black trim) when she unisons with Reinforce Zwei.
  • Madlax and Margaret, final episodes, the white cocktail dress.
  • Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi: Arumi wears a white summer dress when she isn't decked out in some crazy, alternate-dimension local attire. As the more mature, down-to-earth co-protagonist, she doesn't really fit the typical Woman in White persona, but the white dress does bring out her dark complexion.
  • Shiho Munakata from Mai-HiME, as the girl clad in a bridal kimono.
  • Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion invokes the trope by wearing a white plug suit.
  • The Will of the Abyss from Pandora Hearts have white hair and dresses in all white, and has a "white rabbit" motif to counter Alice's "Black Rabbit". She's child-like, mysterious, and downright insane.
  • In Peacemaker Kurogane, although male, Okita Souji plays the woman in white when out-of-uniform, using feminine speech patterns and invoking the innocence aspect of white with his cute pet pig and a fondness for sweets and playing with children. Of course, to those who know him it's a double-entendre of sorts, with the death-and-mourning aspects of white evoking his deadliness as a swordsman.
  • The Pretty Cure franchise has three Precures who has white as their theme color. Cure White, Cure Egret, and Cure Rhythm, all three of them being Girly Girls to Tomboys. The Heartcatch Pretty Cures wear white costumes when they activate Super Silhouette.
  • Princess Tutu:
    • The Wili Maiden, the ghost of a woman who committed suicide and now tries to bring young men into the afterlife, dresses in an all-white tutu with white tights. Of course, she's based on a character from a ballet which shares the name of the episode—"Giselle".
    • Princess Tutu herself wears white, contrasting with Dark Magical Girl Kraehe's Evil Wears Black clothes.
  • Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica wears a white dress towards the end of the series, where she not only becomes a Magical Girl (she wears pink at first), but ascends to God-hood.
  • Oriko Mikuni of Puella Magi Oriko Magica, at least in her Magical Girl outfit.
  • Kirakishou from Rozen Maiden originally had white hair and a white dress, though sometimes she is also shown with a pale pink dress, pale pink hair or both.
  • Tomoe from Rurouni Kenshin, whose signature kimono is white.
  • Sailor Cosmos from Sailor Moon is a sailor senshi from a future where Chaos has destroyed nearly everything and she is the last hope. She transforms into Sailor Chibi-Chibi to assist Sailor Moon in the present to prevent her bleak future from occurring. Sailor Cosmos is actually Sailor Moon in the future. Her costume is all white, including her hair. Of course, this isn't the case in the anime.
  • In the Saint Seiya franchise, the Barrier Maiden who is the incarnation of the Goddess Athena tends to wear white. The prequel Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas has Sasha aka the Athena from the 17th century, and in the original series there is Saori Kido aka the Athena of the modern times. The Asgard Saga of the anime adds Princess Freya, while her sister Princess Hilda goes back and forth between True Blue Femininity or woman in black depending on whether she's Brainwashed and Crazy or not.
  • Kanzeon Bosatsu from Saiyuki is a Man/Woman in white.
  • Sword Art Online
  • Miyu from Vampire Princess Miyu usually wears a white short kimono with an either red (OAV) or lilac (TV series) sash.
  • The evil Society of Light in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has both male and female members.
  • Kaori, the main heroine of Your Lie in April always had white colored one piece dress as part of her violin performance attire as seen in epiosde 2, episode 4, and also her "imagined" final duet performance with Kousei in episode 22.
  • Ragyo from Kill la Kill dresses almost exclusively in self-designed gaudy white dresses, and has white skin and (partially) white hair to boot. Her assistant Rei dresses in a white suit jacket to mimic her boss. Rei discards it in the OVA after she pulls a Heel–Face Turn and Ragyo dies.

    Comic Books 
  • Formerly known as "The White Queen", X-Men's Emma Frost is seldom seen costumed in any color that isn't white. Civilian clothes are a different matter (or at least used to be).
    • This was probably her dress preference long before becoming the White Queen of the Hellfire Club, which is why the uniform of office suited her for over a decade. Other White Queens also fit the trope.
    • Jean Grey can also fit this trope when she wears her White Phoenix costume.
  • More Marvel Comics examples:
    • Silver Sable's costumes are pale enough to pass for white, only slightly darker than her hair.
    • Dagger from Cloak & Dagger wore all white in contrast to Cloak's black.
    • In recent appearances, Sharon Carter, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., has taken to wearing an all-white spy suit for missions.
  • In her "default form", Mystique usually wears an all-white ensemble.
  • Done with Elisa Cameron, the protagonist of the Dark Horse comic Ghost.
  • At the end of the first issue of a Birds of Prey series, an Asian woman in white called "White Canary" has shown up. Given her badassitude, two possibilities for who she is spring to Black Canary's mind: Cassandra Cain or Lady Shiva. Oh, Crap!...She turns out to be the sister of the Twelve Brothers in Silk, who Black Canary fought years ago, and in a bit of Fridge Brilliance, wears white in mourning for her brothers, who she killed to uphold their father's honor after their defeat.
  • Wonder Woman, in her "New Wonder Woman"/"Diana Prince" stories from the early '70s, frequently (though not invariably) wore all-white outfits, including a Spy Catsuit that came to visually define that version of the character. She owned a mod clothing boutique in these stories, so it was probably a fashion statement.
  • The Stunt-Girl Counterspies of Jet Dream wear all-white jumpsuits on the job.
  • In Shazam, Mary Marvel eventually gets a white costume. Originally, she had a red costume like Billy, while Freddy's was mostly blue.
  • Before the events of Death Vigil, Bernadette appeared in all-white to new Vigil recruits. She laments that everyone dubbed her "Bernie the White", so she switched back to a darker outfit.
  • The High Madame of the Religion of Crime in Batwoman has an almost entirely white ensemble, paints her face white, and has blonde hair. Since she believes she's Alice Pleasance Liddell and runs an evil cult, she is mad, eccentric, and evil. Also, she is Beth Kane, whom Batwoman believed dead

    Fan Fiction 
  • In Child of the Storm, Lily Potter, the White Phoenix of the Crown, is depicted as wearing a white dress, with a golden phoenix and a golden girdle upon it.
  • In The Horsewomen Of Las Vegas, Charlotte Flair makes it a point of wearing all white outfits, with gold accessories. When she first took over as head of the Flair crime family, people jokingly called her "The White Queen". She chose to embrace the title and began cultivating her image accordingly.
  • Lusie from the Return of the Guardians trilogy wears all white clothes, highlighting her nobility, purity, and, combined with her black Rapunzel Hair, yin-yang imagery. She has a lot of pretty outfits since Changing Clothes Is a Free Action when they're made of life energy specks called Ether, rendering them, as described by Jack's narration, "so bright and clean they shimmered with rainbow colors."
  • In All This Sh*t is Twice As Weird, the Lady Inquisitor Victoria receives new form-fitting armor, which is made of dragon leather and is dyed white and gray. The Lord Inquisitor Mahanon notes that she's going to stand out in battle; the notion amuses her, and she says she wants the enemy to develop the mindset that "the woman in white is a holy terror." (She does, and they do.)

    Film - Animation 
  • Cool World's Holli Would dresses in white (albeit her clothes are quite Stripperiffic as a cartoon); besides being slutty as hell, she is the closest to a villain we get.
  • The Princess and the Frog:
    • Tiana imagines herself in a classy white dress during her "I Want" Song. When she actually gets her restaurant, however, she wears green in reference to her and Naveen's froggy adventure.
    • Mama Odie.
  • Esmeralda wears a long white dress at the end of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Subverted in that this is her execution robe - the dress she was given to wear as she was burned at the stake for witchcraft.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • Lady Galadriel fits this description, most noticeably in the scene where she rescues Gandalf in The Hobbit, but also featured in the trailer for the Battle of Five Armies.
    • One of the most striking images from the extended edition of The Two Towers is Éowyn, the White Lady of Rohan, standing on a balcony in a flowing white gown with her blonde hair fluttering in the wind. As noted in the Literature section, however, white is a bit impractical for things like killing the Witch-King and generally kicking ass on the battlefield, so she's not always in white.
  • Lady Snowblood, who inspired Kill Bill's O-Ren Ishii.
  • The Dangerous Woman in A Prairie Home Companion wears a white trenchcoat.
  • Asami Yamazaki in Audition is shown dressed in white throughout the film, although during the torture scene, she is wearing a black leather apron and gloves, but other than that she is still dressed in white.
  • Lucy in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • The 1988 film The Lady in White features a ghostly woman in a white flowing gown.
  • Diane from Say Anything... tends to wear white.
  • Averted with Switch in The Matrix. All of the other human characters dress in black inside the Matrix, but Switch doesn't play any particularly important role (other than her death).
  • Mirana, the White Queen in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010), not only wears all white, but has pale white skin and long white hair.
  • Princess Tamina, the resident Barrier Maiden of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, dresses in white.
  • Princess Leia Organa from Star Wars:
    Carrie Fisher: It's not really possible to write out a list of Princess Leia's likes and dislikes. I do know her favorite color, though, it's white. She wears white all the time.
    • Mon Mothma also qualifies. It fits nicely with her role as the the formal leader of the Rebel Alliance
  • Ugetsu: Part of Lady Wakasa's beautiful but unsettling look is the all-white dress and hat she's wearing when she first meets Genjuro. She turns out to have been Dead All Along.
  • In Dead End, a mysterious woman in a white dress repeatedly appears to a family lost in the woods on vacation.
  • Prominently worn by Joan Crawford in the deconstructionist western Johnny Guitar, where her character Vienna wears a white dress and plays a piano in her saloon when the Big Bad Emma Small enters the place. Since this movie is a parody of the Western, the white dress worn by Crawford signifying her as good and the black dress worn by her enemy is an ironic reversal, since by usual Western codes Vienna is a "bad girl" (a former prostitute turned Saloon Owner) while Emma Small (a virgin cattle baron's daughter turned Knight Templar) is a "good girl".
  • Iris in The Natural wears a white dress and a huge white hat to watch Roy play against the Cubs. He's in a bad slump, but in his last at-bat, he turns around and glimpses her standing in the brilliant afternoon light. Naturally (ha), he smacks a home run into the scoreboard clock and the papers the next day read The Knight and the Lady in White.
  • Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, until after her wedding to Romeo. She also dies wearing a white dress.
  • Michael Myers in Halloween II (2009) has visions of his mother in white, accompanied by a white horse, urging him to reunite with Laurie.
  • Elysia is like an angel in Warriors of Virtue.
  • Helen Mirren in the 2010 movie RED.
  • The armory sirens in TRON: Legacy, specifically Gem.
  • Dame Judi Dench's character in The Chronicles of Riddick.
  • Debbie Salt in the climax of Scream 2. The very scene she reveals herself as the killer and confronts Sidney.
  • Lilli appears at a party in pure white gown in Snow White: A Tale of Terror, which is visually striking as no one else does this. Plot-wise, it also spurs memories of her mother (it was her gown once), which makes her father nostalgic and sends her stepmother straight into labor.
  • The heroine of Valerie and Her Week of Wonders wears a white dress for the entire movie.
  • Sil from Species wears a white puffy wedding dress to attract males. You can see it in her Princess Wiki page.
  • Pet has Holly, who qualifies for multiple variants, including fragile, evil, and linked to death. And thanks to being played by Ksenia Solo, she has the pale skin and platinum-blonde hair as well.
  • Queen Frigga's main outfit in Thor is a white dress.
  • Valerie in Valerie and Her Week of Wonders with her white smock symbolizing her innocence.
    • More dramatically, Babicka, who often is covered up in a white Victorian dress with white gloves (her skin and hair are also whitish).
  • Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class wears a variety of revealing white ensembles throughout the movie. She looks good.
  • Claire of Jurassic World wears an all-white business dress that gives her a clean, scientific, and distant appearance compared to Owen's more colorful, dirty, and field-worky look. Possibly a Call-Back to Man in White John Hammond from the first film.
  • Sound of My Voice: Maggie, the cult leader, wears white robes and a shawl, which mirror the white bedsheet she supposedly wrapped herself in after waking up in a hotel room with amnesia. The white robes also blend with the white scrubs she has her followers wear when they meet with her.
  • In Love & Mercy, Melinda Ledbetter is almost always dressed in white. She plays a large role in saving Brian Wilson from his abusive therapist.
  • Aside from her first scene when her all-black outfit represents her initial antagonism towards Bond, and a later scene in the villain's lair, the Bond Girl of Spectre, Madeline Swann, epitomizes this. The symbolism is really heightened at the end,, when she's standing there in a white coat, representing Bond's chance to leave MI6 and live a happy, peaceful life.
  • Always: Hap, the angel who sets Pete on his course, is always seen wearing an all-white outfit.
  • The Wailing: While investigating a crime scene, Officer Jong-goo meets a strange woman wearing a white robe who throws rocks at him and tell him that the strange Japanese man living alone in the woods is the culprit, before disappearing. She turns out to be some kind of local deity trying to protect the village against the stranger, who might be The Devil himself, to no avail.
  • In Batman (1989), Vicki Vale wears an all-white ensemble during the final showdown between Batman and The Joker, as part of the overall Gothic style of the scene.
  • King of the Zombies: The stately but silent Alyce Sangre is dressed all in white when she slips into Bill and Mac's bedroom. Her appearance is so sudden and so silent that Jeff mistakes her for a ghost.
  • In Pacific Rim: Uprising, Liwen Shao is introduced as a coldly imperious corporate executive in an elegant white suit, who refuses a handshake and exploits a tragedy to promote her business. When she joins forces with the protagonists to help save the world, she warms up and gets an Adrenaline Makeover to more practical clothes — albeit still in white.
  • Paired with Badass in a Nice Suit in So Close by Lynn during her first assassination.
  • Addams Family Values: Debbie Jellinsky favours all white outfits, the better to contrast with the rest of the Addamses who dress in black. Wednesday even describes her as "a woman in a white uniform" to the other kids at summer camp. Seeing as Debbie is an Ax-Crazy Black Widow she definitely fits the "mad and evil" aspects of this trope.

  • The Ghost of Resurrection Cemetery - Justice, Illinois, USA. Supposedly the spirit of a young lady killed in the 1930s, who always appears dressed for a white dress party. When offered a ride she usually asks to be dropped off at the cemetery on Archer Road. When they get closer, however, she disappears. This, incidentally, has happened for decades and often still does, especially with people who are not from the city and do not know the story of Mary, as she is called.
  • Princesses of The Fair Folk often come in this form. They do not always have the protagonist's best interest in mind.
  • La Llorona, a Mexican myth about a crying ghost, is also called this. Just about every Spanish-speaking country has mythology related to La Llorona, even Spain. Generally speaking, though, the story is usually the same: she was a beautiful young mistress who tried to permanently win the heart of the man she loved by drowning her own children because she knew he wasn't all that fond of kids. It wasn't until he called her out on it that she realized how horrifying her actions were and promptly drowned herself in an effort to find her children. Naturally, she's a ghost said to haunt riversides calling for her children.
  • There is another myth about white dressed women, it's about the Mulher de Branco (it means exactly the trope name), in Brazilian North / Northeast. She is the ghost of a bride that died (mostly killed) before entering the church to marry, and now, searches for her groom near the place she died, usually in a dark, creepy forest. If she finds a man she thinks is like her groom, she takes him to the world of dead with her... Unless said man runs like hell, which they promptly do.
  • A more recent one was "la rubia de Kennedy" ("blonde woman of Kennedy Avenue"). In The '70s, a young Chilean woman named Martha Infante died in an accident in said Avenue, and for several years, her ghost supposedly haunted the corner where she perished. The "ghost" was a blonde girl wearing a white coat who would ask for a ride, then tell the driver 'please don't drive so fast' and vanish.
  • Newark, NJ has a local legend about a lady in white haunting Branch Brook Park. Story goes that a car accident killed a girl while her boyfriend/fiance/husband/prom date was driving and she haunts the place to this day.
  • The standard description for female ghosts in the Philippines is a woman all in white with long black hair that obscures her face. Often believed to be virginal and the subject of a violent death (probably rape), she's commonly known as a "White Lady". It has been the subject of many horror films, including a recent one appropriately entitled White Lady.
  • In Oberlin, Ohio, there is a story of a woman in white that haunts the lake in a local park.
  • In Bohemia, there's the legend of the White Lady, the ghost of Perchta of Rožmberk.
  • In the Netherlands, there are legends of Witte Wieven, "White Women". They're spirits of women who were kidnapped by other Witte Wieven. Depending on where the story is set, they're either Always Chaotic Evil or just want to be left alone. A version of the tale this city girl was told tells of a drunk farmer walking home through the forest when he meets a woman dressed in white, and he asks her to dance. Which she does, all night long, until daybreak rolls around and the farmer drops dead at her feet.

  • Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings is described as "wholly clad in white" by Tolkien, and faithfully depicted as such in the films.
    • There's also Éowyn, the White Lady of Rohan. (Though the films show her, sensibly enough, wearing plainer, dull-coloured clothes sometimes for practical reasons.) The epithet could refer to her skin colour, though, as she is compared to a white lily quite often. She does appear in white at two occasions: Once when she bids Aragorn farewell at Dunharrow, and later when she is reconvalescent in the House of Healing, encountering Faramir.
    • Aredhel in The Silmarillion, also called 'The White Lady of the Noldor'.
  • In C. S. Lewis's Narnia series, the White Witch.
  • Lanfear in The Wheel of Time usually wears white.
  • In the novel of Welcome to the N.H.K., Misaki is introduced wearing all white.
  • The Woman in White is the title of Wilkie Collins's Victorian mystery novel, the plot of which revolves around a mysterious woman in white.
  • In The Secret Garden, Mary wears white. This is because her mother has died, and her guardian finds black too much for such a young child. (In Victorian times, children could wear white, though no colors, in mourning.)
  • In G. K. Chesterton's The Tales of the Long Bow, Owen Hood fell in Love at First Sight with a woman he met in the woods, wearing white. When he sees her again, coming out of a tea-room, in blue, it is a shock to him to realize that she could wear blue (and be seen out of the woods).
  • Ravenclaw's house ghost in Harry Potter, Helena Ravenclaw, known as The Grey Lady.
  • Admiral Ar'alani of Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn isn't strictly all in white. She wears a white admiral's uniform, contrasting to the other Chiss - politicians wear their family colors, other members of the Defense Force wear black - which is implied to have the standard decorations. Plus, she's a Chiss, with blue skin and glowing red eyes. Interestingly, she's an ascension of Ari Roselani, a fan who first met Timothy Zahn while dressed as Thrawn, a (male) Chiss admiral all in white.
  • In Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files novel Turn Coat, Harry observes that when they meet Madeline, she is "of course" all in white.
    • Not to mention Lara Raith. Though it almost seems to be Lady in White.
    • They're Vampires of the White Court. If it's not white or silver, they're probably not wearing it. Which ''is'' part of their appeal.
    • There's also Queen Mab, THE Lady in White. She pulls this off especially well when appearing for the first time. Sometimes, though, she wears black. When she does, be afraid. Be very, very afraid.
  • The Ghost In The Third Row by Bruce Coville features a ghost called the Woman In White, an actress who had been murdered in the theater fifty years ago. The fact that the protagonists in the book were putting on the play of her origin story gets her attention...
  • Lily Weatherwax in Witches Abroad always wears white as part of her plan to cast herself as "the good one."
  • Lydia, the mother of Rosilda and Arild and Carolin in Maria Gripe's ...och de vita skuggorna i skogen ("...and the White Shadows in the Forest") only ever dressed in white or black, depending on her mood (a trait she took over from her mysticist mother), and usually carried a bouquet of white roses as well. The "white shadows" Rosilda sees in the forest around the castle turn out to be Lydia, who is watching over her children after faking her own death.
  • Kahlan Amnell of the Sword of Truth series. She is introduced as a very mysterious woman who is obviously very important, matching the archetype. It is later revealed that a white dress is the official dress code of the Mother Confessor, the most powerful woman in the Midlands.
  • Sephrenia, in The Elenium trilogy by David Eddings, always wears a white robe, somewhat clerical in nature. As she eventually explains, she is a member of the clergy, being the High Priestess of the Styric goddess Aphrael.
  • Camilla from The Secret History is mentioned as often wearing white, in contrast to everyone else at Hampden, who generally wears black. (She frequently borrows Charles' clothes, too. The two are described at one point as looking like "long-dead celebrants from some forgotten garden party".)
  • There's that poem/ghost story - I think it was by Lord Byron, but he might have just been reciting it - about a woman in white.
  • Bradamante of Orlando Furioso wears pure white armor.
  • Perdina and Voile Tricante in Burying the Shadow both wear white all the time, helping their Creepy Twins image.
  • Arpazia in White as Snow when Coira first realizes how much she loves her mother. This is the first of Arpazia's three important gowns, symbolizing the maiden. Coira herself later takes the role of the maiden and wears white on two key occasions.
  • Lissar in her deerskin dress and white hair in, of course, Deerskin. The effect is enough to make people think she's not quite human, or even a goddess called the Moonwoman.
  • Phèdre does this at least three times in Kushiel's Legacy at Midwinter Masques.
    • At Cereus House's celebration when she is ten years old, she and the other Cereus fosterlings are dressed in white as part of the winter theme that Cereus House always has. Prince Baudoin singles her out as joy-bearer and kisses her for luck.
    • At the masque for the peerage of Kusheth, Phèdre is dressed in nothing but white gauze and diamonds and put on a leash. It causes quite the stir at the party that she's showed up practically naked beside Melisande's rich black gown.
    • One masque that she attends with Imriel has the whole Montrève household dressed in white as Skaldic gods. Because everyone else is dressed in bright colors, they definitely stand out.
  • Kolabati is actually referred to as The-Woman-In-The-White-Dress in The Tomb, to emphasize how her presence utterly dominates the restaurant.
  • When Isabel is in mourning in The Kingdom of Little Wounds, she wears white. She's no longer slim and pretty enough to be ethereal, but she's still mad and it leaves an impression.
  • The Iron Sisters from The Mortal Instruments wear long white gowns that blend in with the mists of their home, so when summoned they look like they appear out of nowhere.
  • Marina from Carlos Ruiz Zafón's Marina wears a bright white sundress at her first apparition, a motif which is described by the protagonist as came from a Joaquín Sorolla picture.
  • Sally Bones from Varjak Paw is a cat version of this trope. She's completely white furred, very mysterious, and everyone is utterly afraid of her.
  • In the Land of Oz books, white is the color associated with witches, so both Glinda and the Good Witch of the North fall into this trope... though of course the classic film averts this by dressing its version of Glinda in a now-iconic pink gown instead.
  • In The Kingkiller Chronicle, Adem mercenaries have distinctive red armour, so Kvothe is briefly confused to meet an Old Master who wears white instead. He then realizes that it's a sign of her skill: while the rank and file wear red to hide their wounds, anyone who's actually capable of landing a hit on her deserves to see it.
  • Teddy And Co has Clara the doll.
  • Nina Tanleven: In The Ghost in the Third Row, the titular ghost is called the Woman in White, and was an actress who had been murdered in the theater fifty years ago. The fact that the protagonists in the book were putting on the play of her origin story gets her attention...
  • In the novel Boring Girls, one of the protagonists' idols in the world of metal music is a woman named Marie-Lise who bleaches her hair bright white and dresses all in white for concerts. Fern bleaches her hair and wears white too, in honour of her, but by the end of the book has been putting red streaks in it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Highlander: The Series has Rebecca Horne, Amanda's mentor.
  • The pilot episode of Supernatural features a Woman in White.
    • There are also all the girls in white nightgowns who get killed by the Monster of the Week, or the girl in the white hospital gown who caused people in her town to act out fairy tales... Let's just say that women wearing white on Supernatural are either going to be the victim or the villain.
  • The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Shelly Webster's primary costume is the floaty white dress she was wearing for her commitment ceremony to Eric, during which she was brutally attacked and killed.
  • Dollhouse. Dr. Saunders (technically Whiskey) in Epitaph One.
  • Battlestar Galactica:
    • Although usually a Lady in Red, Head-Six wears white on Kobol (home of the Gods) and in the Opera House visions.
    • D'Anna (the Cylon 'Three' model) wears white in the Season 3 episodes where she becomes obsessed with the connection between life and death. Eventually, her religious fervour, plus her forbidden inquiries about the Final Five, cause her entire line to be boxed.
  • Servalan, the Big Bad military commander (and later, military dictator) in Blake's 7, always wears white until late S2, when they changed the costume designer.
  • Ultra Series
    • Ultraman Mebius features a silent woman in white with an Overly Long Tongue and supernatural abilities who confronts Mirai in the first few episodes. The Monsters of the Week are terrified of her. She's the human form of the series' Arc Villain, the Villainous Glutton kaiju Bogal.
    • Ultraseven X has a mysterious woman dressed in white appear throughout the series, repeatedly telling protagonist Jin that he needs to save the world from some unspecified threat and there is a dark secret hidden underneath all the alien encounters in the series. Ultimately revealed to be Jin's girlfriend Saeki, who sacrificed Jin's memories to let Ultraseven save his life from The Conspiracy.
  • Doctor Who:
    • A mysterious woman wearing all white and credited only as "The Woman" appears in "The End of Time", giving mysterious messages mostly to Wilfred Mott. She is eventually seen among the Time Lords who turn out to be behind the near-disaster the episode is named for, as one of the two who voted against it. After the last meeting with her, Wilfred mentions her, and the Doctor looks significantly toward Donna. However, Word of God said she was originally planned to be the Doctor's mother - and that we should also pay attention to the other Time Lord who voted against the plan.
    • River Song, the mysterious woman hinted to play a hugely important role sometime in the Doctor's personal future, first appears in the two-parter "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" dressed in a white spacesuit. She ends the two-part story dressed in a white gown.
    • Romana wears a fur-lined white dress in "The Ribos Operation", her first adventure with the Doctor. The fur is because they've just been sent to a Medieval-style world with Arctic temperatures. Averted in later stories, when she sometimes wears white but for no symbolic reason.
  • When we first see Monica, the main character of Touched by an Angel, she's barefoot and wearing a simple white dress. In fact, the angels in general tend to dress in white no matter what, with Monica and Tess as the biggest examples.
  • A one-shot character in Farscape has white skin, hair, and clothes...and turns out to be the bad guy.
  • Smallville, Season 10, episode 12, "Collateral": Chloe Sullivan returns, seemingly with magical powers, dressed all in white. As it turns out, the cast are actually trapped in a virtual world and her white-clad status indicates that she is hacking in from the outside.
    • That version of Chloe Sullivan appears to herself in "Masquerade", but this time as an illusion of Desaad preying on her sin of Pride.
  • In True Blood, Sookie Stackhouse in season one (particularly before she sleeps with Bill for the first time) is often dressed in white. Her waitress uniform includes a white t-shirt (where she first meets Bill and frequently afterward); in episode two, where she and Bill take a walk together and share their first kiss, she wears a white dress; during both of her dream sequences about Bill, her night gown is white (and so is her dress within one of the dreams); the night of her grandmothers funeral, just before losing her virginity to Bill, she removes her black funeral dress and puts on a long white one. A few days prior to this she and Bill go to Fangtasia, the local vampire bar, and she meets her other love interest Eric Northman. On the ride over to the bar, Bill says she "looks like vampire bait". She is wearing a white and red floral dress.
  • In Once Upon a Time, Snow White often wears ivory outfits.
  • In Merlin, Prince Arthur sees the spirit of his mother Queen Igraine wearing a very, very pale gold dress - it's practically white, and the costume colour was no doubt chosen to acknowledge the supernatural aspects of this trope.
  • Scandal: Olivia.
  • Buffy:
    • Buffy wears white in the Two-Part Episode where she loses her virginity. When she decides to stop moping over Angel's Sex–Face Turn and start kicking ass again, she's Back to Black.
    • She also wears a white prom dress when confronting the Master in "Prophecy Girl", and likely for the same symbolic reasons. As a Virgin Sacrifice, Buffy's 'death' allows the release of an evil monster.
    • She is wearing a white shirt when she sacrifices herself again in "The Gift".
    • Drusilla's adornments while still bedridden, presumably due to her being The Ophelia and Spike's vampire love interest. When she recovers, she changes to a Lady in Red (in contrast to then-virginal Buffy).
  • Angel. When Darla, previously an evil vampire, comes back from the dead as a ghost sent by the Powers That Be, she wears white to show that this time she's on the side of the angels (also in contrast to Cordelia, subject to Demonic Possession and wearing black).
  • The ghost in The Stone Tape as she's dressed as a maid from the 19th century, which gives one character fleeing the ghost a nasty shock when he runs into a female character dressed in her Labcoat of Science and Medicine.
  • Helena from Orphan Black, in contrast to Sarah. She spends the first season in a white tank top, and is put in a wedding dress in season two. The typical symbolism is inverted, with Helena as the Anti-Villain and Sarah as the Anti-Hero. '
  • Captain Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager occasionally dons an all-white ensemble when she's out of uniform. When the crew travels to 90's Earth, she wears a neat white pantsuit. When trapped in the holodeck and programmed with the role of nightclub owner and Resistance leader, she wears a fantastic glittery white tux. Given her status as the first woman to headline a Star Trek seriesnote  this is likely a nod to suffragettes' habit of wearing white.
  • In Penny Dreadful, Doctor Frankenstein dresses Lily entirely in white as a way of projecting his poetic, Romantic tendencies onto her. He also mentions that he's never seen Vanessa wear white, to which she replies that it's "not my colour".
  • On Raising Hope, Lucy wears a white dress during her near-death experience in the electric chair. She walks down a hallway towards Fluffy Cloud Heaven, where she is greeted by a celebrity angel and then rejected from Heaven for being a Serial Killer. Satan appears to bring her to Fire and Brimstone Hell, but she manages to escape Hell and death itself by sheer willpower. She then wakes up on a gurney in the prison where she was (supposedly) executed, knocks out a few guards, and escapes.
  • Supreme Commander Servalan, the Big Bad of Blake's 7 wore white as a deliberate inversion of Evil Wears Black, but also to give her character a sense of power and glamour that contrasted well with the black-clad thugs and colourless bureaucrats that made up the Federation. She changed to black in Season C, but by that time her character had already been well established.
  • Rebecca in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season 3 comes back with an Evil Costume Switch like this:
    My hair is dark because I'm evil, and I'm wearing white 'cause it's ironic.

  • Lights in the video for Second Go. Until she gets covered in paint, anyway
  • A curly-haired, barefoot Woman in White (allegedly played by Susanne Muller-Pi) is seen dancing and singing in Peter Schilling's video "Different Story"
  • In the concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, there's a character called "Lilywhite Lilith" who falls into this trope. It's implied that she's not even human, but rather some kind of cave creature.
  • Lucia in her mad scene in (traditional productions of) Lucia di Lammermoor, justified as it was her wedding night/dress.
  • Amy Lee loves this.
  • During the early days of the Velvet Underground, Nico wore white outfits onstage, to contrast the all-black outfits the others wore.
  • The unnamed girl from the Pet Shop Boys video Domino Dancing first appears in a white short dress. When her position as the Femme Fatale in a fatal Love Triangle is established.
  • In the music video for "Diary of Jane" by Breaking Benjamin, the titular Jane wears a white dress. She was Dead All Along.
  • Akiko Shikata poses in a white dress in most of her album covers. Quite fitting for the atmosphere of said albums, where there are a lot of songs about nature and magic. On the cover of Turaida she even holds a white instrument.
  • Taylor Swift does this in a lot of her music videos, especially the early ones. Examples include Fifteen, Love Story, the end of You Belong With Me, Change, Safe and Sound, and Mine.
  • In her Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Lindsey Stirling dons a few dresses, one of which is an all-white dress, with her wearing white wig and make up as well.
  • In the Avantasia music video Moonglow, Candice Night appears high on a cliff wearing a white dress. Special effects erase the bottom half of her body, replacing it with misty fog for a mystical effect.
  • "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler: Bonnie is definitely this in the music video when she's singing on the edge of the Grand Canyon. She also wears a gray dress over her white nightgown.

     Music Videos 
  • Pamela Anderson in the video for Miserable wears little more than a white bikini with black trim in her roll as a [[giantess]] that lets the band use her buttocks, hip, knee, and other Male Gaze-y body parts as performance spaces. However, she proves to be less than "pure" an more of a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing when starts gobbling all the band members up.

  • Vicki Vale appears entirely in white in Data East's Batman pinball, mirroring her church tower scene from the movie.

  • Every female (and male) player in Wimbledon has to wear a white tennis uniform as a part of the tradition, and it's so Serious Business that apparently even their underwear must be white.

  • Fantine in Les Misérables is infamously known to fill this trope at the end of the musical. Her spirit comes to greet the dying Jean Valjean wearing the pure white nightgown she died in, making her appear truly angelic.
  • Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera wears white at significant moments. Made more obvious in the movie adaptation of the musical where she’s almost always seen wearing white. This can also apply to her in the musical's very contested sequel Love Never Dies, especially in the London production.
  • Johanna in Sweeney Todd, pretty much the only genuinely innocent character in the whole play, is always wearing white in every stage adaptation. In the film, however, her wardrobe is True Blue Femininity.
  • Sarah Chagal in Tanz Der Vampire spends the entire musical wearing a white nightgown or being naked (what? She’s taking a bath!), until she comes in during Tanzaal with a blood-red Pimped-Out Dress.
  • Eva Peron in Evita wears white in key moments in the musical.
  • Maria in West Side Story wears a white dress to the dance where she and Tony fall in love. She complains about this, since she would rather wear a red dress to look more "grown up."
  • The title character in Madame Butterfly wears a white robe throughout the long love duet with Pinkerton on her wedding night. Many productions have her wear the same robe again in the final scene.
  • Ragtime: Mother's song "Back to Before" contains several mentions of "women in white" as part of her description of the earlier status quo. Going along with this, some performances have Mother starting out the show wearing white and transitioning to wearing colors as part of her Character Development.

    Video Games 
  • Black Mirror III: Last Fear, has a local legend of a white lady who wanders the woods in search of her child. (This is Mordred’s wife, Maria, looking for her lost child.)
  • "E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy" has the Synicle, a form of the Mestastreumonic force which takes the form of a woman in a white hood and 'dress'.
  • Liara T'Soni wears a rather stunning white combat outfit during and after Lair of the Shadow Broker in Mass Effect 2.
  • Namine in the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • Yorda in ICO is a good example of this trope, even if her dress does have brown accents. Also, Mono in Ico's spiritual successor/prequel Shadow of the Colossus to an extent - again, despite non-white accents on her dress.
  • In the game Summoner, there is a mysterious Woman In White who turns out to be Flece's mother and the Empress of Orenia. In her first appearance, King Belias mistakes her for a ghost.
  • Merrill's upgraded outfit in Dragon Age II is white and polished silver.
    • Religious iconography in the franchise, particularly in Dragon Age: Inquisition, usually depicts Andraste (the setting's resident Crystal Dragon Jesus) as being gowned in pure white following her death and ascension.
  • Hotel Dusk: Room 215: Mila, pictured above.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, Rinoa's first appearance is in a short white dress.
  • In one of the endings of Silent Hill, one of the names of the End Boss is Women in White.
  • KAEDE Smith in killer7, with the Carmilla Smiles being some twisted variant of that. They are both examples, as Garcian below is, of the theme that white tainted with red is the sign of a traitor.
  • In The Path, there's a mysterious girl in white who inhabits the woods.
  • "Scarlett O'Hara" in Uninvited. (Yep, evil ghost.)
  • Schala in Chrono Cross.
  • Saya in Ragna's flashbacks, and conversely Noel when we first see her in the prologue of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger's storymode.
  • Fina from Skies of Arcadia.
  • Let us not forget the lovely Kirie from Fatal Frame, as well as the second game's Sae somewhat- she's got quite a bit of blood on her...
  • In the Touhou fan game Concealed The Conclusion, the final battle with Reimu has her dressed in white, mainly because Gensokyo is her dream, and she's waking up, causing Dream Apocalypse.
  • In The Path, a girl literally named Girl In White by the game developers leads you back to the path to Grandmother's house if you stay still long enough. Some speculate that she is a spirit who wants to protect the granddaughters from meeting their Wolves, while others suggest she is a long-lost sister to the granddaughters or perhaps the grandmother herself. Curiously, while the Girl in White does indeed wear all white and is young, her skin tone and hair color are fairly dark.
  • Mildred Avalon of Arcana Heart, also a case of Light Is Not Good.
  • The Nameless Sister from Turgor.
  • Fire Emblem has numerous examples:
  • Pokémon:
    • Jasmine from Pokémon Gold and Silver is notorious for wearing a white knee-length dress and white sandals that crawl up her legs. She's very shy and kind, so we can assume the outfit represents purity here. This trope stopped applying in the remakes, though, with her change of clothes.
    • Gardevoir from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire resembles a beautiful young woman wearing a long, flowing white dress. Subverted by the fact that Gardevoir can actually be both genders.
    • Diantha from Pokémon X and Y is a famous actress that the villanous leader (unsuccessfully) tries to convert to his side. And guess which Pokémon is her strongest as champion?
    • Lusamine and Lillie from Pokémon Sun and Moon also count. Lusamine is covered with white skin and wears white stockings and a white top. However this to show her as an Evil Albino due to her being the most evil Pokemon villain yet. Lillie on the other hand is to show that Light Is Good and is extremely kind in contrast to Lusamine. Lillie is dressed in a white top to start with white skin and even after she changes into her Z-Move outfit this is still the same.
  • One shows up in The 7th Guest from time to time.
  • Princess Peach in the original Super Mario Bros. game, but only because of technical limitations. She was always meant to be seen wearing her (now) trademark pink dress. Super Mario 3D World uses Peach's original in-game dress colors for Fire Peach.
  • The Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater wears a mostly-white sneaking suit that makes her look like a ghost in several scenes. In this case, white probably symbolizes her impending death, but it also foreshadows the field of white flowers where you will fight and kill her at the end of the game.
  • In Hellsinker we have the human form of Lost Property 771.
  • In NieR Kainé wears a white negligee which sets off her silver hair and pale skin.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution's Megan Reed fits the trope to a tee, up to and including her ambiguous loyalties.
  • In Dishonored, the young future Empress wears an all-white outfit, symbolizing both her royal status and her position as a prize every powerful man in the world is plotting and scheming to possess and control for their own ends.
  • The titular princess of The Legend of Zelda tends to be associated with pink nowadays, but a few of her outfits fall under this trope instead:
    • Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess wears a long gown which is mostly white with purple and gold accents. Likely this is meant to further the contrast between Zelda and Midna, the eponymous Twilight Princess, who wears almost all black.
    • Zelda in her Shrine Maiden dress in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It's particular fitting, given that this Zelda is a mortal reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's memory sequences, Zelda wears a white ceremonial dress (strongly resembling a sleeveless variant of the one from Skyward Sword) when trying to unlock her divine ancestral magic. She ends up wearing it for 100 years as she's keeping Calamity Ganon sealed inside Hyrule Castle with her.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney's Dahlia Hawthorne wears an all-white outfit, including a semi-transparent shawl and a parasol, in stark contrast with her red hair. Likewise, Maya Fey wears a mostly white channler robe in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, which signifies her more mature character compared to her younger self in past games where she wore mostly purple and was more of a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • In Fate/stay night, Ilyasviel von Einzbern is an albino homunculus Elegant Gothic Lolita. Normally, she wears purple, but her magical Dress of Heaven is white. Her mother, Irisviel, had the same wardrobe in Fate/Zero.
  • Arcueid a.k.a. The White Princesses of Shinso in Tsukihime is particularly fond of white clothes for a vampire.
  • Saya in Saya no Uta is a young-looking girl who shows up in a white sundress.
  • In Ballad of an Evening Butterfly, Chou is clad in baggy, white clothes which seem to add to her enigma and mysterious personality. It also contrasts Yoru who's completely in all black.
  • Rena, from Higurashi: When They Cry, dresses like this when she's not in her school uniform.
  • Clair Vauxof Bernard in Umineko: When They Cry serves as the narrator of Beatrice's story in Episode 7. She is dressed in a white dress, white gloves, white boots and has greenish white hair. This appearance was a "prototype" for the original appearance of the Golden Witch.
  • Amara of Fleuret Blanc wears a white jumpsuit. This is likely related to her role as The Perfectionist, as well as her fastidiousness.
    • There's a scene at the end of Kotomi's arc in which she wears a white dress.
    • Also, the Girl from the Illusionary World/Ushio Okazaki from an Alternate Universe is shown only in a white dress.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Weiss Schnee wears white, has white hair, and is snowflake-themed. She's also the heiress to a very powerful company that mines the Power Crystals that power their world's magic, and specializes in the use of these crystals herself.

  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, there's a ghost lady in white haunting the Annan River.
  • In Girl Genius, the Geisterdamen (German for "ghost maiden") are a race of female monsters (it's not mentioned how they reproduce) who are entirely white, including hair, skin and clothing.
  • Zoophobia's Adina is literally a glowing, white and blue angel.
    • Completely subverted and contrasted with KayCee.
  • Melissa in Anti Hero For Hire.
  • As in the original, the T-Girls of the Remix Comic version of Jet Dream wear all-white outfits. Harmony Thunder doubly so, as she is also often represented by artwork from the "Diana Prince, Wonder Woman" stories (see above).
  • In The Water Phoenix King, Commander Corva's usual working clothes, which are her vestments as a priestess of a storm god, make her this; the outfit also has a ''very'' nice hat. Off-duty, she tends to wear earth tones.
  • In The Noordegraaf Files, a mysterious, winged lady in a white strapless dress and glowing white eyes has been seen in multiple side art projects, and has been stated to be an upcoming character with a major role in the story. Time will tell if she's a friend, foe, or something else entirely
  • In Sluggy Freelance, Gwynn's counterpart in "the Dimension of Lame" mostly wears a white robe (and when she does, that's almost invariably the entirety of her outfit that you can see), which goes with her status as a good wizard of sorts whose power still came at a price.
  • The murdered queen in "Brother and Sister" at Erstwhile.
  • In Lapse there is a ghost who, because the main character doesn't know her name, is just referred to as The Girl in White.
  • In Agents of the Realm, Filoni appears in white dress in Norah's dreams and what happened to her to change her from Red Oni into scared and worried dream vision is still a mystery.
  • In Rhapsodies, Deidre the psychopomp dresses in all white outfits when on duty.
  • In Wilde Life, Zulime always appears in flowing white gowns, even when out in the wilderness. Tears and stains probably aren't an issue for a witch of her caliber, though.
  • In Erma, both the titular Erma and her mother Emiko are the Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl variant of this, though "Spirit's Bloom" reveals Emiko wore more varied colors before her faked death and imprisonment by her father.

    Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rarity whose coat is a very light gray, emphasizing her refined nature as well as her cleanliness.
    • Celestia is also white coated as she is a princess/goddess.
  • Steven Universe's Rose Quartz, in her every appearance thus far, appears in a full-length white dress. She also has far more shading and highlighting than the other characters, and goes barefoot, further playing up the ethereal appearance. Not only is she a character who gave up her physical form to give birth to Steven, she was the extremely powerful leader of a group of magical aliens, as well as a healer.
  • In Teen Titans, Raven from time to time switches her dark blue cloak with a solid white one. The implications are either "brighter mood" or "holiness" such as when she exorcised her demonic father.

    Real Life 
  • Emily Dickinson became something of a local celebrity in her town, as during the few times she ever left her house, she would always wear completely white outfits.
  • Death is considered to wear white in some places in Asia. White is also the traditional color of mourning in Islam.
  • People who want to enter into Yoruba and Santeria "priesthood" must wear white clothes for a full year (minimum) before being officially invested, the only color element being their necklaces. Albeit this is done for both sexes, but women stand out more.
  • Mary Queen of Scots was famous for her frequent use of white within her wardrobe. This is thought to be in part because she was often in mourning for either her father in law, mother, husband or second husband, and in part that she looked very good in white (and apparently wanted to marry her first husband Francis in it, during a time when white was not commonly worn in weddings, red being the preferred choice, long before she entered her period of mourning).
  • Very common in reported Marian apparitions. I.e St. Bernadette Soubirous and the kids at Fátima (Portugal) initially reported seeing "a beautiful young lady all in white"; the people from Knock (Ireland) described Mary as wearing "a white cloak, hanging in full folds and fastened at the neck"; considering there were folk legends about terrible ghost women, it's no wonder their parents got upset, although some people figured Bernadette was seeing a harmless revenant spirit.
  • Although it's well known that the Victorian era had a predominance of using blacks and shades of gray as mourning colours, what's less well known is that it had been traditional to wear white as a mourning colour. This started dying out during the Victorian era but continued to be a colour worn to funerals and to visit the graves of loved ones right up until WW1. However, Queen Victoria, who always wore mourning black while in Britain, would change to all-white attire when visiting France due to the tradition of white being the mourning colour of French royalty.
    • White was resurrected for royal mourning in 1938, when the then Duchess of York (Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, best known to us as the Queen Mum, or as Bertie's wife) was scheduled to make a visit to France five days after her mother's death. Norman Hartnell remade her dresses in a fortnight; they became known as the white wardrobe.
  • The White Tights of Russian urban legend: An Amazon Brigade of blonde, white-clad expert snipers with a hate-on for the Russians. They have been rumored to be fighting for the enemy side in almost every conflict Russia has been involved in for the last several decades.
  • In the Western world, a large, pristine white gown, paired with jewelry and veil, is universally recognized as a woman's bridal attire. Weddings, and brides especially, are seen as special and good, so if a bride in her full gown is crossing a public space to reach her wedding celebrations, she can expect a lot of strangers to notice, stare, and probably yell "Congratulations!" Queen Vicki started this one with her white bridal gownnote . Prior to that, brides often wore blue (stability), green (fertility) or any bright festive color, even rednote .
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton wore pure white to the 2016 Democratic National Convention on the night she accepted the Democratic nomination for President. In her case, the color was a deliberate homage to the suffragists who won women the right to vote and ultimately propelled her to her current position, along with carrying the more traditional bridal associations and the symbolism of power.


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