Created By: maslego on December 19, 2012

Earth is Yellow

Earth is Yellow

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We already have Fire is Red, Water is Blue, and Wind is Green, how do we not have Earth is Yellow yet?

Examples: Most Tokusatsu with elemental themes have the yellow member control earth (Shinkenger/Samurai, Hurricanger/Ninja Storm, Kamen Rider Wizard)

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  • December 19, 2012
    acrobox
    • Quest64: Earth is represented by a yellow gem
    • Golden Sun: Venus adepts, earth elemental, are yellow. Even though wind is purple in this series.

    Side note a think the reason we dont have this is because Lightning is also usually Yellow. but I suppose it might be as tropable as the other 3 elements, just for sake of Chromatic Arrangement
  • December 19, 2012
    voxhumana3327
    In Lost Kingdoms and its sequel, cards of the earth element have yellow borders, and earth is represented as yellow in diagrams of the games' Elemental Rock Paper Scissors.
  • December 19, 2012
    FantasyLiver
    Hufflepuff, JK Rowling says is based on the element Earth, while Gryffndor is fire, Slyttherin is water, and Ravenclaw is air. Hufflepuff's color is yellow.
  • December 20, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    JK Rowling got it messed up then. Slytherin's colors are green and silver.
  • December 20, 2012
    acrobox
    yeah they switched water and air for some reason.
  • December 20, 2012
    lakingsif
    Not so in Avatar:The Last Airbender, where Air and Earth have switched again. I'd have always assumed that air would be yellow and earth green - like in Harry Potter, too. You could make a note that Air and Earth can be interchangeable, almost logically, too.

    Real Life: The syllabus of the South Korean martial art Tae Kwon-Do requires all practitioners above 10th kup (white belt) to know that the yellow belt (and the yellow on the yellow tag belt) represents the earth.
  • December 20, 2012
    acrobox
    The typical scheme is usually
    • Western Symbolism/Media: Fire Red, Water Blue, Earth Green, Air Yellow.
    • Eastern Symbolism/Media: Fire Red, Water Blue, Earth Yellow, Air Green.

    but thats not too too strict since there are examples from both cultures that switch, or that use purple for something, or white, or Yellow for Lightning etc. etc. And of course Western Media set in the East and Eastern Media set in the West and other complications.

    Whats weird about the Harry Potter example is that Green was Water, which is near unheard of. Water Is Blue and Fire Is Red are the two most consistent pieces of the set up.
  • December 20, 2012
    EdgeOfDreams
    What about when Earth is Brown, though?

    Fire = Red and Water = Blue are much more consistent across media. Maybe this trope could be expanded to "Color Symbolism: Earth" or something like that?
  • December 20, 2012
    lexicon
    I think that earth should always be represented with brown but I can't think of any examples. If all the examples we have a for earth being yellow then that's what we can go with.
  • December 21, 2012
    lakingsif
    ^That's the thing: they're not. With the exception of my Real Life example, all earth-symbolising-colours are green. Earth is green, except for the dusty ancient ground of South Korea. And the fact that Earth is known as 'the little blue planet', referencing the 79% water coverage but also the land and its altitudes as seen from outside the atmosphere, which would be blue; and its about Earth, anyway.
  • January 20, 2013
    SoItBegins
    This is one of those annoying ones. A lot of things use 'Earth is Green' instead. Recommend toss.
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