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Posted by KnightlyVengence

Hey doesn't Lex Luthor have some kind of weird purple green power suit thingy???

Posted by Media_Master

yeah, they forgot that one

Posted by Crimson Orchid

I think it's just basic colour theory.  Different colours make you feel different things.

Both Green and Purple are secondary colours, and both tend to be darker on the spectrum.  Pick any two of the three secondary colours, and they will probably look alright together.  But orange tends to be too happy of a colour for a villain (It's a colour that really stands out, so it would be used on a loud and/or obnoxious type of character).  
When I think of green, I think envy, greed, money, power, etc...
When I think purple I think vanity, pride, royalty, and again, power, and etc...

So, I think they use the green and purple combo because:

  • they coexist well together and create appeal
  • they are darker colours and, let's face it, you see that combo and you think "Villain".
Posted by Red L.A.M.P.

@Crimson Orchid.

Well said!  I think you are spot on.

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Edited by Crimson Orchid

Hahaha, thanks man.  ^_^
Guess my part-time job in the paint department is paying off.  XD

Oh, and the discussion just kinda reminded me of this:

Posted by cbishop

@Crimson Orchid: 
Actually, the purple/green combo has to do with the old style "four color press."   I'll confess that I don't really know why they called it "four color," since there seemed to be more than that (and I'm going to be lazy, and not Google search it), but the idea was that the heroes wore one color scheme, so the villains wore a color scheme that contrasted to the hero.  Superman and Spider-Man wore the red and blue, so Lex Luthor and Green Goblin wore the green and purple. 
 
(I'm assuming everyone already knew this, but I'm just putting it out there in case some of you didn't.)    

Posted by X-23_2513

i didnt really notice that untill now green and purple.

Posted by Decept-O

Man, it was great re-visiting this video again. Unless he's been operating covertly on the site, I do miss Red L.A.M.P. here.

I recall mentioning about the Skrulls when this was posted but that comment must have been removed somewhere along the line I guess.

Skrulls...super villains with green skin and ( usually ) purple costumes.

Posted by Decept-O

Man, it was great re-visiting this video again. Unless he's been operating covertly on the site, I do miss Red L.A.M.P. here.

I recall mentioning about the Skrulls when this was posted but that comment must have been removed somewhere along the line I guess.

Skrulls...super villains with green skin and ( usually ) purple costumes.

Posted by G-Man

@decept_o: a lot of comments on the old videos got lost when we switched to a new video player. Something like that happened. RedLAMP isn't working with CV anymore but he has been keeping busy.

Posted by Renchamp

Your list basically matched the FF book, including the Hulk. Not bad.

And I miss Ian as well, for all his wiki-intensiveness.

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Edited by Teerack

It's because they aren't prime colors. Heroes wear prime colors like red, yellow, and blue because our brains for whatever reason are wired to process them with positive thoughts. Spider-Man, Superman, captain america, iron man, etc, even classic batman wore blue.

Edited by jojjimbo

It's because those two colors were on sale. ; )

Posted by iceslick

@g_man: Wow, Tony you look so young! 0__0 lol and who the hell is Red Lamp? *Looks up his wiki and he seems to be arch nemesis who worked for comic vine* interesting. lol Good video Tony, it was pretty interesting and funny.

Posted by iceslick

@g_man: Wow, Tony you look so young! 0__0 lol and who the hell is Red Lamp? *Looks up his wiki and he seems to be arch nemesis who worked for comic vine* interesting. lol Good video Tony, it was pretty interesting and funny.

Posted by iceslick

@g_man: Wow, Tony you look so young! 0__0 lol and who the hell is Red Lamp? *Looks up his wiki and he seems to be arch nemesis who worked for comic vine* interesting. lol Good video Tony, it was pretty interesting and funny.

Posted by iceslick

@g_man: Wow, Tony you look so young! 0__0 lol and who is the Red Lamp? *Looks up his wiki and he seems to be arch nemesis who worked for comic vine* interesting. lol Good video Tony, it was pretty interesting and funny.

Posted by Decept-O

@g_man: I see. Was curious. Should have figured that happened.

Yes, Sir, I know but it'd be cool if he did still work for CV. He's quite entertaining...like you...but more...hrrmm...evil..

Posted by lifeofvibe

What about gray?

Edited by WestfriesianMan

Green is the color of Lucifer

Purple is the color of Royalty, especialy Tyrian Purple

Edited by Mrnoital

so if hawkeye and green arrow team up, will they naturally be villains?

Posted by WestfriesianMan

In Europe and America, purple is the color most associated with vanity, extravagance, and individualism.

Edited by The Stegman

Purple is associated with vanity and royalty, thus, it appeals to many villains' egos. Green is the color of greed, envy and money, which appeals to a villain's motives.

Edited by Oscuro

Purple is my 2nd favorite color after black and I'm neither vain nor royalty. Maybe it's my inner villain trying to escape