Created By: lu127 on February 16, 2012 Last Edited By: lu127 on July 16, 2012

Heroic Red Team

The main character\'s organisation/team is red.

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[[red:Red]]. One of the most commonly used colours in fiction and very popular for protagonists. But what do you do when The Hero belongs to a team? Why, make the whole team red!

Heroes Belong In Red refers to the tendency for the hero's team, house, or organisation in general, to hold the colour red as its emblem. Maybe it's because the colour has accumulated varied symbolic meanings over the years, or because it's vivid and draws attention. Or maybe, it's just cool to look at.

Traditionally, red is associated with love, blood and sacrifice. However, in this case, it's most likely to be chosen because of its association with heroism and courage. If elements are used in the story, the organisation using red will almost invariably signify fire.

Note that this has to include an entire team or organisation using [[red:red]] and various shades as a symbol, not just one character. In Boarding School settings, it may involve red uniforms as well.

A subtrope of Colour-Coded for Your Convenience. Related and may sometimes overlap with The Law Of Chromatic Superiority and Red-Headed Hero. See also Heroes Prefer Redheads.

Examples

Anime and Manga

  • Jaden Yuki of Yugioh GX is put in Slifer Red dorm at the beginning of the series. Contrary to The Law Of Chromatic Superiority, Slifer Red is the weakest of the three dorms in Duel Academy.
  • The Leaf village in Naruto is the military of the Land of Fire, and the only place where Fire jutsu are used. Although only the Hokage dresses in red, the Leaf symbols and the Hokage's tower (an iconic sight of the village) are also red whenever they are coloured.
  • In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the symbol of the Gurren group is done entirely in shades of red.

Literature

  • Harry Potter is a member of Gryffindor House, whose emblem is the lion, while its banners and Quidditch uniforms are red. Qualities asked of a Gryffindor? Courage, loyalty and chivalry. It's interesting to note he chose it, since the Sorting Hat told him he could have done great things if he had been put in what ended up being the rival house.
  • The House of Haldane in the Deryni works wears red (from the field of the family coat of arms), including Kelson and his pages and squires. His uncle Nigel wears Haldane red when acting as Regent or otherwise standing in for Kelson (such as when he bestowed Kelson's knightly accolade).

Live Action Television
  • In A New Hope Luke belongs to the Red Team going after the Death Star. They don't really wear red, it's more of a radio code name.
  • In Star Trek: The Original Series, crewmembers wore red, yellow, or blue, but starting with the second film, the senior officers wore red jackets over their shirts.

Video Games

  • Played with in Soul Calibur 3. In Chronicles of the Sword, the main character starts as a young cadet under the red flag of the Grandall Empire. However, after chronicle 15, Grandall is proven to be corrupted and run by an Evil Overlord. The hero then switches to the blue flag of Arthias, his own resistance force.

Webcomics

  • In Drowtales, protagonist Ariel is a member of the Sarghress Clan, whose color is red. However, Ariel's color is purple, so she stands out amung her clanmates.

Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • February 16, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Often overlaps with Red Headed Hero. See also Heroes Want Redheads.
  • February 16, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    • The House of Haldane in the Deryni works wears red (from the field of the family coat of arms), including Kelson and his pages and squires. His uncle Nigel wears Haldane red when acting as Regent or otherwise standing in for Kelson (such as when he bestowed Kelson's knightly accolade).
  • February 17, 2012
    wanderlustwarrior
    Leaf isn't the only place where Fire jutsu are used, but the main place.

    I'd say make this an organizational thing, because when it's specifically the hero, that seems to be Law Of Chromatic Superiority.
  • February 17, 2012
    lu127
    It is an organisational thing. It just has to be the hero's organisation. If it's the strongest organisation, then it's The Law Of Chromatic Superiority.

    Also, Konoha is the only place where actual Fire jutsu are seen. Other places have Lava Kekei Genkai variants. They are never seen using Fire jutsu.
  • February 17, 2012
    Hareoic
    • Discussed in Shinesman by the main character, who turns out to be the only one who picks a 'normal' color for a super sentai hero.
  • February 17, 2012
    deuxhero
    Generally averted when a work features Color Coded Armies, as the player is generally blue with enemies red.
  • February 17, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Misty Knight of Marvel Comics wears a red battle suit.
    • The Flash and many of his clan tend to wear red with yellow accents.

  • February 17, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    If this is a whole team, then it needs to state that in the name. It looks like just The Hero wears red (or a redirect to Heroes Want Redheads).
  • February 17, 2012
    Generality
    In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the symbol of the Gurren group is done entirely in shades of red.
  • February 17, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Live Action Television:

    Webcomics:
    • In Drowtales, protagonist Ariel is a member of the Sarghress Clan, whose color is red. However, Ariel's color is purple, so she stands out amung her clanmates.
  • February 18, 2012
    CurlyWurly
    In Advance Wars, the main team is Orange Star, although the appear red.
  • February 18, 2012
    Autumncomet
    In Yu Gi Oh 5 Ds, the original signers of the Crimson Dragon (which itself is red) all are associated with red--Yusei has a red motorcycle, Jack has Red Dragon Archfiend, Aki's entire color scheme is about red and pink, not to mention her rose motif, and Luna/Ruka has a red T-shirt.

    Truth in television
    • During the Cold War, this was played straight by the Soviet Union and subverted by the United States, because red is associated with communism.
  • February 20, 2012
    lu127
    Problem noted, DQZ. Any better now?
  • February 20, 2012
    Autumncomet
    Maybe "Heroes Belong With Red" so that the implication isn't that the hero must be in red himself, just his organization red. Like Naruto, who wears orange but Konoha itself is red.
  • February 20, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Captain Marvel's costume is predominantly red. He isn't called The Big Red Cheese for nothing.

    EDIT: the whole Marvel Family have red with yellow accents as their color scheme.
  • February 21, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
  • February 21, 2012
    lu127
  • February 21, 2012
    Ghilz
    Mario, Obviously

    TNG Era Star Trek captains wear red.

    Spider Man and Iron Man, as well as Thor with his red cloak.

    Optimus Prime of Transformers.

    Spirou wore a red hotel bellboy outfit and is still generally dressed in red.
  • February 21, 2012
    Autumncomet
    Heroes Belong With Red, Red Is A Heroic Team Color, Heroic Red Team. All work with me. Maybe the second one, since a few of the examples are focusing on individual characters and not the teams or groups they're a part of. Something with the word "team" in at, at any rate. So Mario wouldn't count, since as far as I know he's not a member of a red-themed organization.

    Also, are you cool with us adding to the examples list? I'm not really sure what the YKTTW custom is for that.
  • February 22, 2012
    lu127
    YKTTW custom says it's rude to edit someone's YKTTW.

    At this time, it would be nice to have an alt.title crowner...:/
  • February 22, 2012
    DougSMachina
    Funny, I thought you'd get more heroes in blue and enemies in red, especially in American works.
  • February 22, 2012
    Autumncomet
    ^^Okay. Making sure. The YKTTW on Wiki Customs begs to differ, but that makes more sense. You can create a crowner in the sandbox (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/Sandbox/[Insert Title Here]) if you want.

    ^Maybe. Is that tropable or just an inversion of this?
  • February 22, 2012
    lu127
    In eastern works, heroic traits and teams are associated with red, because it's considered the colour of the hero, traditionally.

  • February 22, 2012
    MorganWick
    YKTTW O Ps are supposed to be "working drafts" that anyone can edit, but no one does.
  • March 8, 2012
    DrStarky
    If this is only supposed to apply only to teams, the name should really indicate that better. Heroic Red Team works.

    Making The Hero red might be have some merit of a trope of it's own but it's own but it's not this.
  • July 11, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    "Making The Hero red might be have some merit of a trope of it's own but it's own but it's not this."

    Well I can make that. Give me a little bit.

    EDIT: And it's here.
  • July 11, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In A New Hope Luke belongs to the Red Team going after the Death Star. They don't really wear red, it's more of a radio code name.
  • July 16, 2012
    lu127
    I really let this slide...but now I'm back on it.
  • July 16, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    I launched Red Is Heroic. So it would be this trope's Super Trope.
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