Created By: acrobox on July 30, 2014 Last Edited By: Basara-kun on June 9, 2017
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Energetic Outstanding Orange

Orange can symbolize energy and vitality (passion of red, happiness of yellow) and characters with these traits tend to associate with it.

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Hot-Blooded and full of passion, just like the game he comes from.
Orange is a bright vibrant color. It can represent optimism, vitality and zest for life ("joie de vivre"). Characters with this color are often spirited, fun loving or Hot-Blooded. On the positive side these characters are playful, social, active, and warm. On the other hand, negative associations are cheapness, obtrusiveness, boasting and noisiness.

In short a passion that's less intense than red, and a happiness that's not as meek as yellow. Since orange is a color mixed of red and yellow, it combines the attributes of both colors. Either by personality or their abilities, they're sure to stand out from the crowd. Sometimes orange is used explicitly for the purpose of standing out alone.

Also, just like the red, characters that have superpowers and wear orange, usually are vinculated with Playing with Fire. Associated character tropes at Plucky Comic Relief, Kid-Appeal Character, Genki Girl, Keet, Hot-Blooded and The Social Expert.

In the case of animals, this trope is part of the Animal Stereotypes for orange-colored animals. Foxes are usually seen as cunning and sneaky, but they are sometimes seen as cute and playful, especially younger ones. Tigers may be seen as this trope simply because of how big and powerful they are.

Sub-Trope of An Index Orange. As all the color tropes, this is related to Color-Coded Characters and Color-Coded for Your Convenience.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Dragon Ball
    • The Kame Sennin school of martial arts has orange uniforms, symbolizing the goodness and vitality of Master Roshi and of course making good hearted, funloving, Idiot Hero Son Goku the poster child for this trope in shonen anime. The rival Crane school is more cunning and conniving and they wear green.
    • Son Goten, who resembles his father more than Son Gohan does, has an very orange gi. It's noticably a more neutral or yellow orange, than Goku and Gohan's red orange, and he's arguably a flanderized kid Goku.
  • Naruto
    • The titular character has his iconic orange outfits. He's the Ninja, known as the number one hyperactive knuckle head ninja.
    • Lampshaded by himself, since his father is the Yellow Flash and his mother is the Blood-red Habanero, he calls himself the "Orange Hokage".
  • Digimon
    • In Digimon Adventure, Taichi Yagami has the Crest of Courage, which is orange-colored, and he's the charismatic and Hot-Blooded leader of the Chosen Ones. Likewise, his Agumon has an orange Battle Aura, and his Digivolutions have yellow or orange skin.
    • Masaru Daimon and his Agumon from Digimon Savers have orange-colored Battle Auras. Not surprising, since he's Taichi's Expy. Masaru himself is ridiculously powerful for a human and Hot-Blooded as hell, being able to punch Ultimate level Digimon, who are about 20 metres tall, just to get his Battle Aura.
    • Agumon is the leading Digimon of the group in both Adventure and Savers, associated with the Crest of Courage, and as such (along with Playing with Fire) he's mainly colored orange to reflect his spirit and determination, just as their tamers (Taichi and Masaru). His evolutions are all also colored mainly orange.
  • In Katekyo Hitman Reborn! the Dying Will Flame of the Sky, the flame of leadership, is orange-colored. The Hero Tsunayoshi Sawada has this flame and his eyes turn orange when he uses his Hot-Blooded Dying Will Mode and cool and calm, but more powerful Hyper Dying Will Mode. Due to his Vongola Blood, he's different than other non-Vongola characters with the Dyning Will Flame of the Sky and he possess abilities which only the Vongola Primo possessed in the past.
  • Bleach
    • Hot-Blooded Ichigo Kurasaki has orange hair, and he was bullied because of it. He's the character with the biggest potential of the series and is a Pirate Ninja Zombie Robot in that setting.
    • Mila-Rose Franceska has an orange-colored Battle Aura and an orange-colored Cero. She's also one of the two Hot-Blooded Fracciones of Harribel. She's also more aggressive and wilder than Apacci, mostly because Mila-Rose has some relations with lions.
  • Akane Hino/Cure Sunny from Smile Pretty Cure! has either orange or red as her theme color and fire as her ElementalPower. It's more likely the former. "Hot-Blooded Power" is even her Catch-Phrase. She's also the only one with a Kansai Regional Accent.
  • The titular character of Toriko has an orange outfit. It's only one of his iconic outfits, but he has a red iconic outfit, too, meaning he plays both tropes straight. He's an Experienced Protagonist, being one of the four most powerful Gourmet Hunters and is considered as the most charismatic Gourmet Hunter.
  • In-Universe, Kokoa Shuzen from Rosario + Vampire season II has apparently orange-colored hair, but it looks more like red. Though, some artworks depict her hair color has orange. She's the Hot-Blooded of the four sisters and implied that her physical strength is greater than of her other superpowerful sisters.
  • Ritsu Tainaka from K-On! tends to get thrown back and forth between yellow and orange as her theme color. The third Tankobon has her on the cover backed by a light-orange background, and she's most assuredly the Genki Girl of the main group.
  • One Piece: Nami is given orange as her color code. Aside from referencing the orange fruit (which her foster mother farmed), it also signifies her youthfulness and cheerfulness.
  • Minako from Sailor Moon is codified with the color orange, which fits her status a Genki Girl and Passionate Sports Girl.

    Comic Book 
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Michelangelo's iconic color has been orange since the 1987 show. He's often the most funloving, outgoing, and human of the turtles. They also note that despite being a slacker, his natural athleticism makes him able to stand next to his brothers even without training as often. If he were to take his training more seriously he would be the best fighter by far.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Subverted in Scrubs, when Ted wears an orange-colored necktie, everyone just wants to hurt him because orange makes other people aggressive.

    Video Games 
  • Elsword. Downplayed with Ara, who has a mainly orange theme and yet is presented as clumsy and unassertive - although as she grows up she also gains her resolve. Her fighting style is also the fastest out of all the characters, and you can expect her to move a lot.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Tails, a young fox who is Sonic's sidekick and Kid-Appeal Character, naturally has bright orange fur, although some games make it more yellowish.
    • Sticks the Jungle Badger, introduced in Sonic Boom, is one of the first playable orange themed characters. She's appropriately an energetic Wild Child.
  • Angry Birds: Bubbles the Orange Bird is noted to be cheerful, a prankster and a Sweet Tooth, as well as a Kid-Appeal Character.
  • BlazBlue: Makoto Nanaya primarily wears orange, and she's a highly spirited Genki Girl who's the "life of the party", especially for her closest friends.
  • Aggressors of Dark Kombat is the Market-Based Title for this game outside Japan, in this country, the real name of the game is Tsuukai GANGAN Koushinkyoku, translated as "Thrilling Intense March". Joe Kusanagi wears a Japanese schoolwear entire of orange, color that represent energy and excitement, which not just fits Joe but the entire game too. Also, a lot of orange can be seen in the game apart of Joe, as the logo itself and even the lifebars.
  • Daisy's color scheme in the Mario series consists of orange and yellow. To exemplify her energetic and easygoing personality.
  • Chen from Touhou, whose name apparently means orange in Chinese, and is generally considered by the fandom to induce Cuteness Proximity both in and out of verse.
  • RosenkreuzStilette: Luste Teuber has orange hair and her main magic attack (Lustatem) is colored orange. She's also the most hyperactive and childish of her group, the RKS, who thinks of everything as a game.
  • Night in the Woods: Gregg, who appears to be a fox, has orange fur, and is the most energetic of the main cast. However, he secretly harbors depressed thoughts.

    Web Video 
  • The Annoying Orange is a hyperactive Talkative Loon who, well, annoys everyone around him because of his hyperactivity.
  • Smosh Games: Lazercorn, arguably the most crazy and energetic member of the team, spent a month with his hair dyed bright orange. While it was done on a bet, later he decided to dye it orange again because he actually liked it.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Nickelodeon, the "First Kid's Network" is known for its orange logo and splatter designs.
  • Frank Sinatra had a love for the color orange, once saying “Orange is the happiest of colors."
  • Orange is a very popular color in the world of sport with American football teams including Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, and baseball teams including the San Francisco Giants having their primary color as orange.
  • An orange vehicle apparently says you are a fun loving and trendy person.
Community Feedback Replies: 49
  • August 11, 2014
    acrobox
    bump for the clean version
  • September 22, 2014
    DAN004
    Buuuuuump
  • January 1, 2015
    DAN004
    This isn't Orange Is Powerful so I'm deleting the bad examples
  • January 18, 2015
    DAN004
    I believe you're still there, acrobox
  • January 18, 2015
    robinjohnson
    This is really, really just going to be a list of characters who wear orange.
  • January 18, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ and/or color coded with orange.

    So what? We do have Red Is Heroic or Wind Is Green.
  • February 12, 2015
    DAN004
    bump
  • February 12, 2015
    acrobox
    i'm still here but you can have it Up For Grabs
  • February 13, 2015
    robinjohnson
    Ok, what do prison jumpsuits have to do with this concept? Again, this is entirely the problem: it's a list of orange costumes, with tenuous or nonexisent links between them except that they're orange. The requirement of "energetic" is so nebulous that literally any character will fit if you can find a speck of orange on them. And the Nickelodeon logo? That isn't even a character. It's just an orange thing. GAAAAH.
  • February 13, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ gotta delete dat prison example then (it was from the older ykttw)

    Nickelodeon still fits tho
  • March 9, 2015
    Chabal2
    Chen from Touhou, whose name apparently means orange in Chinese, and is generally considered by the fandom to induce Cuteness Proximity both in and out of verse.
  • March 10, 2015
    acrobox
    Color symbolism is definitely a trope, whether it applies to costumes, logos, or Color Coded Characters / Color Coded For Your Convenience
  • March 10, 2015
    GiorgioDaneri
  • March 10, 2015
    MorningStar1337
  • April 22, 2015
    Rjinswand
  • April 22, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ What? :O
  • April 22, 2015
    Rjinswand
    ^ It's an example, sorta
  • April 22, 2015
    Lord-Jaric
    Not sure if this counts

    Franchise/Jak and Daxter: Daxter calls himself Orange Lightning
  • April 22, 2015
    Rjinswand
    Web Video
    • Smosh Games: Lazercorn, arguably the most crazy and energetic member of the team, spent a month with his hair dyed bright orange. While it was done on a bet, later he decided to dye it orange again because he actually liked it.
  • April 22, 2015
    DAN004
    ^^^ I know it's an example, but ppl who Orange called will answer "Wut", right? :P
  • April 22, 2015
    Rjinswand
    ^ Ah, haha, I thought you were confused :)

    Knife
  • April 22, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ YEEEAAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGHH
  • February 4, 2016
    TonyG
    Wander Over Yonder: The orange-furred Wander is highly optimistic and energetic, in contrast to light blue Sylvia, who is more cynical, and the hot headed Lord Hater, who is Red And Black And Evil All Over.
  • June 25, 2016
    DAN004
    Bump
  • July 28, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    Is this trope the reason why so many cat protagonists are orange tabby's?
  • July 28, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ I don't exactly know much about cats, so... are orange tabbies energetic in some way?
  • July 28, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    ^ Colors don't have to do with personality or temperament, but I guess you could say tabbies are energetic in fiction.
  • July 29, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ perhaps you meant that a protagonist is usually active and energetic, and for cats, orange tabby works because of the color?
  • April 30, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    I've noticed most colour-based YKTTW's end up discarded nowadays. Apparently there's too mant colour trope, or something.
  • May 1, 2017
    Getta
    ^ Someone's just having a ridiculous case of trigger, I think
  • May 28, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^^Not all of them, this one is very promising and have enough hats to be released, also DAN is taking this, so I think this should work, IMO

    Video Games:
    • Aggressors Of Dark Kombat is the Market Based Title for this game outside Japan, in this country, the real name of the game is Tsuukai GANGAN Koushinkyoku, translated as "Thrilling Intense March". Joe Kusanagi wears a Japanese schoolwear entire of orange, color that represent energy and excitement, which not just fits Joe but the entire game too. Also, a lot of orange can be seen in the game apart of Joe, as the logo itself and even the lifebars.

    Sorry if I wrote this bad, you can rewrite this as you wish
  • May 28, 2017
    Getta
    Where's this DAN 004 guy?
  • May 29, 2017
    Malady
    Is this just drawing connections that haven't been explicitly identified anywhere?

    It's a pattern, but could it be said to be on purpose? ... It makes sense, it just seems less certain than others. For example: Red Is Heroic:

    The reason is that red is the color of fire and blood, hence the color of action. Thus it conveys that the heroes are people of action as well (regardless of exactly how the heroism is presented in the show).

    I'd accept Rose Haired Sweetie more than this, because it's got Rose = Feminine = Sweet... It's got historical backing.
  • May 28, 2017
    TheFarmboy
    Video Game:

    • Daisy's color scheme in the Mario series consists of orange and yellow. To exemplify her energetic and easygoing personality.
  • May 29, 2017
    Arivne
  • May 29, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^Oh, I see. Well, since this seems more than ready to be released, maybe I should just add the examples that left and press the "launch" button after all...
  • May 29, 2017
    Malady
    Look at my cleaned up post, 4 posts above this one...

    Also, I'd like some mention of how Orange is connected to Fire, which is Energetic...
  • May 29, 2017
    Getta
    ^ definitely, I've seen some orange heroes that use fire and they're all energetic.

    Just for one:
    • Digimon Adventure: Agumon (Taichi's Digimon) is the leading Digimon of the group, associated with the Crest of Courage, and as such (along with Playing With Fire) he's mainly colored orange to reflect his (and Taichi's) spirit and determination. His evolutions are all also colored mainly orange.
  • May 29, 2017
    Getta
    ^ oops, sorry, it's already there...
  • May 31, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^Don't worry, Agumon it's just mentioned, not explained. I'm sure this can be added as well here ;)

    EDIT: Added as another entry and individualized instead being just Taichi's digimon (since Masaru from Savers is already mentioned too). Thanks!!

    EDIT 2: Added Joe Kusanagi's pic from Aggressors Of Dark Kombat as the main for this trope, since... you know, he dresses in all-orange.
  • June 1, 2017
    Getta
    • Rosenkreuzstilette: Luste Teuber has orange hair and her main magic attack (Lustatem) is colored orange. She's also the most hyperactive and childish of her group, the RKS, who thinks of everything as a game.
  • June 1, 2017
    Malady
    Can we get some links to Red and Yellow as energetic, to make this make sense in trope terms?

    In short a passion that's less intense than red, and a happiness that's not as meek as yellow. Since orange is a color mixed of red and yellow, it combines the attributes of both colors. Either by personality or their abilities, they're sure to stand out from the crowd. Sometimes orange is used explicitly for the purpose of standing out alone.
  • June 1, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^Sure, those will be added as links ;)
  • June 1, 2017
    DrNoPuma
    Another Sonic The Hedgehog example:
    • Tails, a young fox who is Sonic's sidekick and Kid Appeal Character, naturally has bright orange fur, although some games make it more yellowish.

    And another video game example:
  • June 1, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^ and ^^^^ are added to the examples ;)

    @Malady: I just noticed there's no tropes related to energy/passion with yellow and red, the closest one is Red Ones Go Faster for the latter, so I just linked the main indexes for both colors instead.
  • June 1, 2017
    DrNoPuma
    ^ Thanks!

    Maybe you could add part of this to the description, but my two examples made me wonder if this trope is part of the Animal Stereotypes for orange-colored animals. Foxes are usually seen as cunning and sneaky, but they are sometimes seen as cute and playful, especially younger ones. Tigers may be seen as this trope simply because of how big and powerful they are.

    That reminds me:

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  • June 1, 2017
    Malady
    ^^ - Doesn't that mean there's sort of a problem with linking red and yellow to energy, as we have to basis for it, other than their being 'hot' colors? ... Should we just cut that stuff?
  • June 1, 2017
    Getta
    ^ It's the "color theory", I think Wikipedia has it
  • June 1, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^That's true. Both colors also represent energy as orange, with the difference only this one is mentioned in TV Tropes. Hmmm, maybe those color tropes should be made in a future...

    ^^^That's a good point, but I don't know in which part I should add it (in description or maybe as another example)
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