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I didn't see it in the examples, but...Ace Pilot Kallen from Code Geass? And of course the titular geass itself, which manifests in the form of one eye glowing red when activated.
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Aside from being a case of "This Troper," the veterancy studs don't fit what the trope is about. I don't know if we have a trope for stuff that denotes experience or veterancy. Tropes about military rank wouldn't fit, I think, because rank doesn't always mean the soldier with the higher rank has more experience; in the U.S. military "Mustang" is used to refer to officers who started as enlisted men, rather than a "thoroughbred" who entered the armed forces as an officer.
This was a rambling piece of natter in response to a Guild Wars example. The troper who added it even agrees that black is the most expensive dye in the game right off the bat (which was the whole point of the Guild Wars example—black dye signifies having monetary clout), but then rambles about how the armor it's applied to changes the meaning.
It doesn't. Yes, putting the most expensive paint job on the most expensive gear would certainly mean the guy has a lot of monetary clout, but that's beyond the purpose of this trope.
The image linked to in the examples—"Rules of Super Robot Anime"◊—is broken. Is there a proper version of it around? :S
The story about the American fighter planes with alternating colors on their prop spinners is TRUE. The unit was the 23rd Fighter Group (successor to the 1st American Volunteer Group, Flying Tigers) under Robert Lee Scott. The practice is described in both Scott's memoir GOD IS MY CO-PILOT and in the unit history FLYING TIGERS by John Toland.
—Stephen Bierce [sbierce(AT)hotmail.com]
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How well does it match the trope?