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Basic Trope: Purple is used as a stand-in for black for depictions of either darkness or evil.

  • Straight:
    • Shade's Shadow Bolt spell is mostly purple in color despite being implied to be manipulation of darkness.
    • Lady Amethyst is a darkness-themed villain who wears mostly purple.
    • The Black Knight wears purple armor with a dark motif rather than a black armor, but still gets called the Black Knight.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every single darkness spell, including manipulation of literal shadows, is purple in color instead of black.
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    • Lady Amethyst's castle, minions, and monogrammed towels are also purple.
  • Downplayed:
    • Shade's Shadow Bolt spell has a slight tinge of purple.
    • Lady Amethyst's most iconic accessory is a purple amulet, but she doesn't restrict herself to wearing purple.
    • Despite wearing purple armor, The Black Knight only uses black and red darkness.
  • Justified:
    • Shade's Shadow Bolt is partially poisonous. The poison in the spell is represented by its purple color.
    • For whatever reason, darkness and shadows in that world are purple.
  • Inverted: Brighton uses Smite, a light spell strikes down the foe with a fiery orange blast rather than the bright yellow/white color audiences are used to.
  • Subverted: Shade's Shadow Bolt is named only after its appearance; it is actually a poison spell.
  • Double Subverted: ...Except Shade's Shadow Bolts are empowered by actual dark magic.
  • Parodied:
    • The black color itself is not referred as "black" by characters, but as "dark dark purple".
    • The Shadow Bolt spell is vibrant magenta, and yet Shade still manages to use it in dark areas as a sneak attack.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes the bolts appear purple, sometimes black.
  • Averted: Shade's Shadow Bolts are completely black.
  • Enforced: It's an animated show. As noted in the main page, the purple color does the job of representing objects that are supposed to be 3-dimensional much better than the actual black color as purple allows visible contours.
  • Lampshaded: "You'd expect things based on darkness would be black, darknesses actual colour or would that make too much sense?"
  • Invoked:
    • Building on the Justified example, Shade adds an extra touch of poison to his spell to increase its power and get a more powerful-looking purple hue.
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    • Lady Amethyst deliberately adds more purple to her wardrobe because Purple Is Powerful.
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