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The primary colors, based on light as opposed to physical pigments, are red, green, and blue. Many writers and character designers seem to know this, as characters that are ColorCodedForYourConvenience tend to be gathered in the order of red (or pink), blue, and green at the beginning of the series. Green counts as it is a primary color of light, but not pigments. Just look at an older TV! (This may also be related to the fact that yellow rarely looks good on anyone.)

Furthermore, it is usually the case that [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Red]] is [[TheHero the main]] [[TheLeader character]], Blue is the [[TheLancer serious/uptight one]], possibly TheSmartGuy, and Green is the [[TheHeart gentle/laid-back one]], possibly TheBigGuy. Other team members may come later and in other colors, but red, blue, and green are always first.

Because Yellow is the third primary color of pigment, ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opponent_process and the fourth primary color of light according to some theories]]) it's fairly common to see a yellow fourth member, or to have yellow replace green. Sometimes, however, the yellow member may be a yellow-orange as, again, yellow rarely looks good on anyone.

Additionally, Green is rarely replaced by black, and sometimes red is softened to a red-orange color [[PinkMeansFeminine (or replaced by pink if it's a girl.)]]

A SubTrope of ColorCodedCharacters.

Compare RainbowMotif, which this trope has a tendency to grow into, and RedOniBlueOni, which sometimes uses red and blue to mark the characters.

([[IThoughtItMeant This means something rather different]] in the world of {{Music|Tropes}}; you'd have to RearrangeTheSong with a ChordProgression involving more sharps and flats.)
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' - Takato (red), Ruki (blue), and Jianliang (green) were met in that order and quickly became the PowerTrio and main characters. Five more came in the second half of the series, some of whom were shoved into the roles thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, but the main trio remain quite clearly the focal characters (the next most important Tamer after them, Juri, fits in that her Digivice was yellow). The trio even has their own image song called ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXoMVjaLOsY Primary Colors]]''.
** Later, in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'', the partner Digimon of the Xros Heart PowerTrio fit the yellow variant of the arrangement: Shoutmon (red), Gumdramon (blue), and Damemon (yellow). Their partners' X Loader colours don't fit, sadly - while Taiki and Yuu do have red and yellow respectively, Tagiru's Loader is also red, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot instead of the obvious partner-matching choice]].
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' has Alice for red, Gil for blue, and Oz for both yellow and green combined. This also applies for the Pre-Tragedy of Sablier Trio: [[spoiler:Lacie]] (red), Glen (blue), and Jack (green and yellow)
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'': The three primary colors are used extensively: Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu have red, blue, and green eyes and school uniforms, respectively (hair colors mostly match, but Fuu is blonde and Hikaru's hair in the manga is pink), while the three Rune Gods are set up the same way.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' - Ichigo, Minto, and Retasu are introduced in that order, and also awakened as Mew Ichigo (pink), Mew Mint (blue), and Mew Lettuce (green) in the same order. They are then joined by Bu-ling (yellow) and Zakuro (purple), and a Japan-only PlayStation game includes a red Mew Mew, Ringo. The anime allows for some filler between these three episodes and the introduction of the others, but the first three are clumped together.
* Same with ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'': [[TheDitz Lucia]] (pink), [[TheChick Hanon]] (aqua), and Rina (green), all in the first three chapters, and also in the first three episodes of the anime, although, in that, Rina didn't transform until the fourth episode. In the manga, Hanon was even called "blue" by mistake when the three were gathered (she's officially designated "aqua" to distinguish her from Noel, who's dark blue). Following them are Noel (dark blue/indigo), Caren (purple), Coco (yellow), and Sara/Seira (orange).
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' can loosely fit. Moon, although her outfit is red and blue, is, according to WordOfGod, pink. Then comes blue, then...another red. Green is next, though, and, even in the manga, comes a few chapters before the last (at the time) member.
** If you take Moon out of the equation then the four Inner Senshi are Blue, Red, Green, and Yellow/Orange, since again straight yellow usually doesn't look good on people.
* ''Manga/ShugoChara'' does this with ''one person'' - well, one person and her FusionDance split personalities: Ran (red), Miki (blue), and Suu (green), "born" in that order. Yellow and white come later, following a long string of misunderstandings, [[HeroicBSOD self-doubt]], and [[HeelFaceTurn side]] [[FaceHeelTurn switching]] in the fourth volume.
* ''Anime/YesPrecure5'' averts the usual red-blue-green order, opting instead for something close to the typical rainbow spectum order - pink (Nozomi), red (with orange hair) (Rin), yellow (Urara), green (Komachi), blue (Karen), [[spoiler:and a purple SixthRanger (Milk)]].
** One gets this trope if one goes by the characters' first ''lines'' instead of their proper introductions (pink, red, blue, green), but that might be stretching it.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' mixes it up a bit but still follows the basic convention. Syaoran wears green and brown, Kurogane red and black, and Fai wears blue and white. Sakura, who begins the series as TheChick and wears pink, doesn't count as part of the fighting trio. [[spoiler:She gets to kick ass later, though.]]
* In ''[[BubblegumCrisis Bubblegum Crisis 2040]]'', Nene wears a red suit, Priss blue, and Linna a green one.
* The school uniform ribbon colors in ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' are green for first year, red for second year, and blue for third year. Of the characters who go to school and wear the uniform, second-year Nayuki is introduced first, then third-year Mai, and finally first-year Shiori.
** ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' uses the same color scheme for its students.
* While [[DemotedToExtra the two males got displaced]] after the first season, the original three protagonist mages of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' were Nanoha (pink aura), Yuuno (green aura), and Chrono (blue aura), with Fate (yellow aura) only pulling a HeelFaceTurn near the end of the season.
* Somehow or other, ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' managed to slip out of this list until now.
** Wait, but the only time this ever really seems to happen is with the LoveTriangle, in which Sheryl is red, Alto is blue, and Ranka is green whenever [[AppliedPhlebotinum Fold Quartz]] is involved (USUALLY, though apparently, this was a distinction that the writers actually applied halfway into the series rather than from the beginning). Wait, this actually makes sense. Alto is the only one who can competently fly a Valkyrie, Ranka can cook and worked at a restaurant originally, and Sheryl led them both to accomplish their dreams. Whoa.
*** Actually, the Hero Team pilots are color-coded like this too. Alto's red (school tie, light-show vapor, black/white/red mecha markings), Michel's blue tie/vapor/mecha, Luca's green tie/vapor/mecha. The original Macross did something similar with Hikaru and his eventual underlings.
* ''Model Warrior Lily Cure'', the one-off MagicalGirl [[TheParody parody]] on ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', had Chiri in blue, Kafuka in pink/red, and Meru in green.
* The ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga, the first character to be introduced is Red, as one would expect, but due to the games and how they were released in the West, the character formerly known as Green (who was introduced next) became Blue, and the third character, formerly Blue, became Green. So, the Japanese release averts this and the American translation utilizes this. (Yellow came later, too.)
* In the anime, Team Rocket forms a trio as Jessie (red) James (blue) Meowth (yellow) in that order of introduction during their motto performance. Also forms a team of four with the hair color of their counterparts Cassidy (yellow) and Butch (green.)
* ''AkazukinChacha'' (red), Riiya (green), Shiine (blue).
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The top tier of the Straw Hat Pirates: Luffy, the leader, red; Zoro, the strongest, green; Sanji, the smartest (of the three, as shown in Skypea and Enies Lobby when he brings down Enel's ship and opens the gates, respectively), blue.
** The 3 Captains: Kidd (red; the most aggressive with the then highest bounty among Supernovas), Luffy (blue; the good guy) and Law (yellow; the laid-back) who made brief alliances outside the Slave Auction House during Sabaody Archipelago arc.
** The three pre-timeskip Admirals even have that as their codenames: '''Ao'''kiji (Blue Pheasant; [[AnIcePerson uses ice]] and is [[ReasonableAutorityFigure reasonable]]), '''Ki'''zaru (Yellow Monkey; [[LightEmUp light user]], relentless) and '''Aka'''inu (Red Dog; [[MagmaMan living volcano]], Jerkass KnightTemplar).
* The PowerTrio of ''BBSenshiSangokuden'': Ryuubi (blue...well, "RX-78 colored", but a lot of blue), Kanu (green), and Chouhi (red).
* [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Those three bad guys]] from ''Manga/KishinDoujiZenki'': Gulen (red), Gaula (blue), and Anju (green).
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': during the Buu saga, the saiyans that infiltrated Babidi's ship were noticeably Red (Red/Orange Goku), Blue, (Vegeta), and green (Gohan). And After Gohan's [[ClothingDamage fight with Dabura]], he was wearing all black.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - the ''Live For You'' OVA has Haruka (red), Chihaya (Blue), and Miki (Green) as the main stars.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' - In the first episodes, Inuyasha (red), with no problem being the Leader and the Big Guy simultaneously, Kagome (green)/Shippo(u) (green), who are both the Sweet Ones, and Miroku (blue), Chivalrous Pervert and the Smart Guy tied into one, travel together, and the color scheme continues. Sango joins and the colors are thrown off a bit, but not irrevocably. Her outfit is pink (close to red) and blue (a little), which is interesting because she's a mixture of the Brawn and the Calm One, and her cat's red... Not too shabby.
* ''Anime/VividredOperation'' - the four main characters each possess a key of red, blue, green, or yellow, which materalize magical girl outfits of the same color.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}''
** ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'' has Akari (pink), Miria (green) and Sara (blue), plus two less important guys who, while considered part of the team, have no specified color.
** ''Happiness'' has Chiari (pink), Nene (green) and Ruruka (blue). While they don't wear the colors in their everyday attire, they do in the ED, and they have some personal objects of those colors.
* ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'' has this with the 3 main characters: Fumina has a yellow color scheme, Yuuma a blue one, and Sekai a red one. This palette is also shared by their respective Winning, Lightning and Build Burning Gundams.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* Most {{Collectible Card Game}}s with color coded factions use Chromatic Arrangement. The rest and change use a Light/Dark dichotomy. How much of this is due to [[MagicTheGathering the grandaddy]] using both is up for debate.
** Magic uses white, blue, black, red, and green. Blue is TheSmartGuy. Red fits more with TheLancer (to white) than TheHero, though. Green can be TheBigGuy, since green's only way of dealing with creatures is a contest of sheer power, or TheChick, because its mana acceleration is faster than any other color and bleeds into other colors.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''' Customizable Card Game. The first three factions were Federation (blue), Klingon (red), and Romulan (green).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'', though their costumes are far from monochromatic, the writers generally use green, red, and blue as shorthands for Robin, Impulse, and ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, respectively.
* Donald Duck's nephews Huey, Louie and Dewey wear red, green and blue caps.
* DieAbrafaxe from the German comic magazine ''ComicBook/{{Mosaik}}'' are a trio consisting of Abrax (the active one, blond) usually wearing red, Brabax (the smart one, red-haired) green, and Califax (the laid-back cookery expert, black hair) blue.
* ''Comicbook/{{Planetary}}'': [[KnightInSourArmor Elijah Snow]] wears a [[ManInWhite Mark-Twain-style white suit]], [[ActionGirl Jakita Wagner]] wears a black and red SpyCatsuit and [[CloudCuckooLander The Drummer]] wears [[RainbowPimpGear mismatched, brightly colored]] street clothes.
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[[folder:Eastern European Animation]]
* In ''Animation/SonOfTheWhiteHorse'', yellow is for Fanyűvő, blueish-green for Vasgyúró, red for Kőmorzsoló, and the same for their respective princesses.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': the three good fairies are Flora (red), Fauna (green), and Merryweather (blue).
** Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' where it turns out there ''was'' a fourth fairy, Miss Nettle (yellow), although she was a former pupil of the three mentioned until [[spoiler:she became [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil too ambitious]]]].
* All ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' merchandise, including the special edition [=DVDs=], was color-coded by film. Fellowship is green, Two Towers is red, and Return of the King is blue. Except, irritatingly, the Complete Recordings soundtracks: Fellowship is red, Towers blue, King green.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', the cover posters for the Special Editions (painted by Drew Struzan) followed this trope explicitly. ''Film/ANewHope'' was colored a reddish orange, ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' was a purplish blue, and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' was a yellowish green. It even practiced ''character'' arrangement, as all of the primary heroes were on the first poster, the villains on the second, and the ancillary heroes on the third. They can be seen [[http://www.drewstruzan.com/img/home/Star_Wars_Trilogy_850.jpg here]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': Buzz's voice buttons are in this arrangement.
* ''TheThreeCaballeros'' are Panchito (red), José Carioca (green), and DonaldDuck (blue). Panchito leads, but only because it's his third of the movie.
* WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} wears blue, Miss Spink wears green, and Miss Forcible wears pink in the Other World circus scene.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' both plays this trope straight and subverts it. Hero Lightning [=McQueen=] is red, racing legend Strip "the King" Weathers is blue, and villain Chick Hicks is green. The subversion occurs when they're introduced by the race announcers in the beginning of the movie, with The King introduced first and Lightning, being a rookie, introduced last.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'':
** The three dresses Mulan wore in her film are actually colored like this. In order of appearance, her first dress (also her default outfit, barring her training uniform and battle armor) is mostly green [[note]] Technically, it's a multicolored dress composing of a light green bodice and sleeves (the collar is a darker shade of green), a blue corset, a red sash, and a light yellow skirt[[/note]], her second dress (worn by her during her failed visit with the Matchmaker) is mostly pink [[note]] Technically, it's actually a dress made up of different shades of pink, which composes of a light blue undershirt, a light pink bodice and sleeves, a blue corset, a pink sash, a dark pink overskirt, and a pale pink underskirt[[/note]], and her third and last dress (worn by her during the final battle against Shan Yu) is mostly blue [[note]] Technically, it's a dress made up of different shades of blue, which composes of a dark blue bodice and overskirt with red outlines, light blue sleeves, a pale blue underskirt, and a pink sash[[/note]].
** Also, the three soldiers she befriends: Yao always wears red, Chien-Po always wears blue, and, as Mulan apparently fills the green quota in her soldier outfit, Ling always wears yellow.
** Princesses Su, Mei, and Ting-Ting from the sequel wear a different arrangement of colors: Su in yellow, Mei in magenta, and Ting-Ting in purple.
* In ''GnomeoAndJuliet'', the two opposing sides are represented by red (for the Capulets) and blue (for the Montagues). The abandoned lot where the two main characters meet in secret is predominantly green, and the first character to approve of the union is Nannette the frog, also green.
* Edgar Wright's "Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" of films utilizes this trope with the [[ProductPlacement Cornetto ice cream]] the characters buy. ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' uses red (strawberry flavor), ''Film/HotFuzz'' uses blue (Classic flavor), and ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' uses green (mint flavor).
* ''AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'' has Max as red, PJ as blue, and Bobby as green. Though Max and PJ have been wearing red and blue respectively since ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', Bobby was not wearing green in the first movie but white, and was also less apparently connected to the other two. Max is the main character, Bobby is completely laid-back, and PJ is the serious one.
* Done in ''Film/SpeedRacer'' (according to WordOfGod), e.g. Speed - Blue, Pops - Red, Trixie - Pink, Racer X - Black
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' derivative ''{{Dragonlance}}'' fantasy series employs this trope in a rather bizarre (but amusing) manner. The cover art color schemes of trilogies written by primary authors Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis are always red for the first book, blue for the second book, and green for the third. Individual books and series of books written by other authors, set in the same world, are immune to this trope. This made sense in the first trilogy in that Red=Autumn, Blue=Winter, and Green=Spring.
* In ''[[XWingSeries Starfighters Of Adumar]]'', the four pilots of Red Flight pick [[http://darthfar.deviantart.com/gallery/#/dirkmq four sets]] of Adumari formalwear for their first public appearance. The leader, Wedge, is partly in green. The noble intellectual one, Tycho, is mostly in blue. The team's cynic, Hobbie, is in many clashing colors but predominantly red, and their showoff, Wes, has a purple cloak.
* In the ''{{Belgariad}}'', each of the seven gods and anything associated with them are a specific colour. Not surprisingly, [[GoodColorsEvilColors the most explicitly good god is blue, and the evil god is red]]. Their father is white.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]] is blue, [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Oliver]] is green and [[TheFlash Bart]] is red.
* The Babylon stations themselves in ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', with the eponymous B5 blue, Babylon 4 green, and the original station red. The other two stations were never shown onscreen, though WordOfGod is that that B2 was orange and B3 was yellow.
* ''Big Bad {{Beetleborgs}}'' used this for the first set of powers the heroes had, with Blue Stinger as the leader, Green Hunter, and Red Striker.
** Also, the villains. The Magnavores are Typhus (green), Noxic (blue), and Jara (red). When the series became ''Metallix'', we had the Crustaceans: Nukus (red), Horribelle (green), and Vilor (blue).
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' used this, believe it or not - Science blue, Engineering red, and Command green. Due to color technology of the time, the "green" showed up as the famous "Command gold" on television, and so it has been remembered ever since, but a relic of this can be seen both in Kirk's famous [[http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x02hd/charliexhd002.jpg wraparound shirt]] and in TOS-era [[http://img2.tfd.com/wiki/7/79/KirkDressUniform.jpg dress uniforms]] (a la the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial Court Martial]]").
** Dropped in the TOS movies in favor of the less silly looking red uniforms.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and later series picked this back up (although several flashbacks indicate it as a recent development, with Picard wearing the red uniform of the TOS movies in his own cadet days) but with Red designated for command and Gold for engineering and security.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' moved into a more subtle use, with most of the uniform in black and/or grey and the shoulders and neck in color to designate the specialty. Most fans have agreed this looks less silly than the uniforms of TOS or Next Gen, but still keeps the beloved color coding intact.
* The numbers on the title card of ''Series/ThreeTwoOneContact'' are designed this way.
* ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' has the main trio of Agito, G3 and Gills, though this is only when Agito is in his red "SuperMode" as his default colour is yellow.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', which has photography as one of its running motifs, sticks to this trope most of the way. Decade's armor is primarily magenta, while TheRival Diend's is cyan. No green Rider ever came along, and by the end, [[spoiler:Rising Ultimate Kuuga]] took the trope back into pigments by being gold (yellow) and black, while [[spoiler:Kivaala]] added white for good measure.
* The evil wizards from ''NickArcade'' are Merlock (blue), Scorchia (red), and Mongo (green).
* When ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' series have a PowerTrio starting setup, said trio is always a Red Ranger, a Blue Ranger, and a Yellow Ranger. And for the more common FiveManBand setup every series will have Red, Blue, Green (or Black), and Yellow rangers, with the [[PinkMeansFeminine fifth being pink.]] Notably, very few will have a Green and a Black ranger active at the same time.
** Doctor Hinelar from ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' has three subordinates whose main color fit this to T: [[DarkChick Shibolena]] is blue, [[TheDragon Yugan]][[TheBrute de]] is green and [[EvilGenius Bibidebi]] (main color) is red (and white). ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' substitutes Shibolena and Bibidebi with Astronema (who usually has blue hair) and Elgar (whose outfit is mainly red).
** The three Highness Dukes from ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' fit: Shuten is red, Ura is green, and Rasetsu is blue. Naturally, their ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' counterparts, the Org Generals, also fit: Retinax is red, Nayzor is green, and Mandilok is blue.
* In seasons 4 and 5 of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', the three Swamp dwellers are Hawkeye Pierce (wears a red robe), BJ Hunnicutt (wears a blue robe) and Frank Burns (rarely seen out of standard-issue army green).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Franchise/{{Pokemon}} is all about this. The three starter pokémon of every game, as well as three generations of the games, are all based upon red (Fire), blue (Water), and green (Grass). The first gen also added a yellow fourth with Pikachu.
** And, of course, the original first generation games were called either Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green for Japan or Red, Blue, and Yellow for America. The third generation, for the GameBoy Advance, continues that theme with Ruby (red), Sapphire (blue), and Emerald (green).
** The first of Eevee's evolutions, the legendary birds, Generation II's roaming beasts, generation III's weather trio, and the lake trio in Generation IV are red, blue, and yellow or, for the weather trio, red, blue, and green.
** The Striaton City Gym Leaders in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' are a PowerTrio of triplets who follow this trope, and their signature monkey Pokemon do, too.
** Pokemon X and Y continue the use of this trope with X and Y version and their respective mascots being blue and red. The logical direction for a possible third installment to Generation VI would be Z version and [[spoiler: the third of the legendary trio is Zygard, who just so happens to be green.]]
* The Wright Anything Agency from ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' is made up of the attorneys Phoenix Wright (blue), Apollo Justice (red) and Athena Cykes (yellow).
* The three trap books of {{Myst}} are blue, red, and green. Sirrus (red) and Achenar (blue) blame each other for the death of Atrus, and neither want you to touch the green book, which they claim is a trap to prevent them from being freed...because [[spoiler: Atrus is trapped in the green book, and Sirrus and Achenar were working together.]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is another franchise that embraces it. Its pantheon is composed of three goddesses represented by the three colors, and the PlotCoupons (and often other items) that you have to find are always either only these colors or you have to find these colors first. Din, goddess of power, is red and representative of Ganon, the BigBad. Farore, goddess of courage, is green and representative of Link, the [[HeroicMime protagonist]]. Nayru, goddess of wisdom, is blue and representative of Zelda, princess of Hyrule and DistressedDamsel. Originally, green--the Triforce of Courage--was not included in the game. It could be argued they originally represented RedOniBlueOni first.
* ''{{Franchise/Fire Emblem}}'' also uses this at the beginning of most games with the main lords wearing blue, followed by a pair of red and green knights. Other examples that don't fit that mold:
** The three Pegasus Sisters of the Akaneia series are Catria (blue) Palla (green) and Est (Pink)
** The three lords of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'' were colored in this way (in their hair). Eliwood, red; Hector, blue; Lyndis, green.
*** Lyn and Hector are swapped in terms of stereotypes, though, with Lyn being the closest to the Smart One and Hector being TheBigGuy.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'' subverts the lord and two knights of does this with Ike (blue), the green knight Oscar, and his brother a red axe fighter, Boyd. By the time the proper red knight, Kieran, appeared, both he and Oscar were [[DemotedToExtra minor characters.]]
*** However Ike, the commander, Soren, the tactician, and Titania, the deputy commander continue to represent [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue,]] [[WindIsGreen green]], and [[FieryRedhead red]] respectively, as the leaders of the Greil Mercenaries. Mist is a Yellow fourth by the color of her dress and as the only other Greil mercenary character to continue to even show up in cut-scenes by the end of the game.
** ''Awakening'' after the first four main characters that always show up in cut-scenes are introduced, the next four regular characters are Sully ([[FieryRedHead red]]), Virion ([[BlueBlood blue]]), Stalh ([[OnlySaneMan Green]]) and Vaike ([[BoisterousBruiser Yellow]]) in that order.
* The OriginalGeneration copilots in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'' stick to this, owing to their FanNickname "The Powerpuff Girls." Similar to the FireEmblem example above, Katia and Melua switch roles, (gameplay and story wise) with [[FragileSpeedster Katia Grineal]] being the uptight one, and [[MightyGlacier Melua Melna Meia]] being a bit quieter. [[FieryRedhead Festenia]] [[LightningBruiser Muse]] plays her role straight though.
* In many FirstPersonShooter games and most RealTimeStrategy games, the default colors are red and blue. If there's a third team (generally a neutral team or a computer-controlled ally), they are green.
** Averted in the original ''Command & Conquer'': Nod had red buildings and blue units, but the GDI was yellow; ''Tiberian Sun'' and ''Tiberium Wars'' cut blue out almost entirely (although blue made a cameo in TS as a Nod splinter group commanded by a GDI double agent); and Yuri's faction and the Scrin in ''Yuri's Revenge'' and ''Tiberium Wars'', respectively, were purple. Green was never used at all for a faction color in any of the C&C games (''Generals'' isn't really a C&C game).
** In ''StarCraft'' (one), other than randomly assigned team colors, Zerg were purple-brownish, Terrans were silvery chrome, and Protoss were golden.
** In ''Star Trek Armada II'', the Federation is represented on the minimap by white, Borg by dark green, and Romulans by light green.
** In the ''Red Alert'' series, the Allies are always blue and the Soviets are, well...[[RedScare take a wild guess...]]
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Generals'' pits the USA (blue) and China (red) against the GLA (green). A minor subversion, in that blue and red are atypically fighting together against the third party.
** A more typical example is in ''DuneII'', which inspired VideoGame/CommandAndConquer - the blue Atreides, red Harkonnens, and green Ordos all fight each other. Even though the original book specifically states that the Harkonnens are blue and the Atreides are green or red. But then we can't have blue bad guys and red good guys, can we? [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience That's not allowed]].
*** Red, cubist Harkonnens are featured in the [[{{Dune}} Mini-series]] as well, though House Corrino is Gold and Blue and Atreides is Green and Brown.
* ''AdvanceWars'': the heroes of the Orange Star army are introduced in order of Andy (Red), Max (Blue), and Sami (Green).
** [[ColorCodedArmies The nations also usually follow this order in the campaigns.]] Player one is red, 2 is blue, 3 is green, 4 is yellow, 5 is black (only in the third game, and there are a only 4 players max.; the turn order stays that way). Days of Ruin, on the other hand, ditched green for black.
** ''Quake Team Fortress'' is one of the few [=FPSes=] supporting more than two color-coded teams. The actual number of teams is based on the map design, and since most maps are two-team affairs, red and blue are the most commonly seen colors. However, the conventional colors of the third and fourth team are, of course, green and yellow. The first map to use this convention was 4fort4.
*** ''Unreal Tournament'' follows the same scheme.
** ''Supreme Commander'' has the green Aeon, the red Cybran, and the blue UEF. Further, in multiplayer, you're allowed to choose your color...except in ranked 1-on-1 matches, in which one player is red and one is green. Finally, a game that understands proper color opposition...
* These are the selectable colors for characters in Team battles in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series.
* The [[ElementalRockPaperScissors magic system]] of ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' and other NipponIchi titles is based on this: Fire (Red), Wind (Green), and Ice (Blue)
** And in the first game, the main characters themselves follow this: Laharl primarily wearing red, Etna wearing black, and Flonne having blue here and there on her outfit. (though from the second game onward, they're all red.)
* Blue P1, Red P2 has been the standard for both cooperative and vs. games since the NES era. When N64 caused a need to stretch this convention to four players, they added green and yellow, though there are more examples of RBYG order than there ever was of BR order.
* The Koei series ''Dynasty Warriors'' assigns the three colors to Wu, Wei, and Shu: red, blue, and green respectively.
* ''KingdomHearts'': when leveling up, the characters are represented by the colors that they most frequently wear: Sora is red, Donald is blue, and Goofy is green. Sora also came first, with Donald and Goofy following. (And Donald even fell onto Sora's back in their first meeting a split-second before Goofy did!) The additional characters are always represented as yellow.
** Riku's costumes have a good amount of [[RedOniBlueOni Blue to contrast with Sora's Red]], but they also always prominently feature yellow possibly following this trope.
** A subtle aversion: in ''Birth by Sleep'', Terra is red-orange, Ventus is green, and Aqua is blue. The aversion is that the order in which the stories should be played (according to WordOfGod) is Terra -> Ventus -> Aqua, so red-> green-> blue.
* In ''Darius Twin'', when you're playing 2-player co-op, Player 1 is Red and Player 2 is Blue. In Single-player mode, the player is Green.
* The three artifacts in ''EternalDarkness'' are Red, Blue, and Green. That's also the generally agreed upon progression of difficulty levels (based on how early or late you get the healing spell).
* In The ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Death Knight runes are Blood (red), Frost (blue), and Unholy (green).
** The Alliance is blue and the Horde is red. Confusingly enough (at least for Horde players), this doesn't correspond with the name coloring for players and [=NPCs=] that show their status, ranging from blue (can't attack or be attacked) to red (hostile).
** Each class has a color associated with it, such as white for priests, purple for warlocks, or brown for warriors.
*** Back when the Shaman and Paladin were single-faction only, their color was pink. When both sides got access to both classes in ''The Burning Crusade'', the Shaman changed to dark blue.
** Spell icons tend to reflect their origin. Paladin spells often heavily feature yellow (holy) while Warlock spells tend to be focused on red/orange (fire), dark purple (curses, souls) and green (demonic energies).
** Instance portals are color-coded depending on what they lead to, purple for group content and green-blue for raids.
* The Toad Brigade in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' follows this arrangement. The red toad is the leader, the blue toad is TheSmartGuy, and the green toad performs various supporting tasks. There's also a yellow toad and a purple toad, but they don't do that much; the yellow toad pretty much just [[HeavySleeper sleeps everywhere]], while the purple toad mainly delivers mail.
** The three princess characters from the ''SuperMarioBros'' series games as a whole actually wear dresses that correspond to the subtractive colors of light: Peach wears a magenta dress, Daisy wears a yellow dress, and Rosalina wears a cyan dress.
** Back to ''Galaxy'', we also have the banners surrounding the planets Mario fights [[BigBad Bowser]] on at the end of all three Bowser levels. In "Bowser's Star Reactor", the banners are red; in "Bowser's Dark Matter Plant", the banners are green; and in "Bowser's Galaxy Reactor", the banners are blue.
* SonicTheHedgehog is Blue, Knuckles is Red, and Tails is Yellow. However, there are rare occasions when the trio is Sonic, Knuckles, and Shadow (black).
** This is taken to ridiculous levels in VideoGame/SonicHeroes. All playable trios are color coded based on their power; Blue (for speed), Yellow (for flight), and Red (for power) after Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles
*** Where Team Hero is a Primary Pigment Color trio, Team Chaotix is a Primary Light Color trio terms of their auras Vector (Green), Espio (Blue) and Charmy (Red)
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' is blue, Proto Man is red, and Bass is black.
* Also, in Marble Madness, the Left Player (P1) was blue, the Right Player (P2) was red, and the enemy marble was black.
* The {{Lufia}} series, displaying this trope most strongly in the earlier games. Red-haired hero, green-clothed tough guy, blue-haired somber magic users. The third installment, The Legend Returns, seems to have [[LampshadeHanging noticed this]] and turned it into an [[ColorCodedElements aspect of gameplay]] which, oddly, didn't often correspond to character color themes.
* Your first three party members in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' are Garlot ([[BrokenHero protagonist]], red), Siskier (TheHeart, aqua green), and Jenon (TheSmartGuy, blue).
* The ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi]]'' series does this: The three main types of ships are Red (straight-forward shot), Green (turning shot), and Blue (wide shot). This extends to the playable characters of ''[=DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou=]'' as well.
* ''Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire'' has Sapphire White (blue, obviously), Charotte Syphon (orange/purple), Helena Evangelin (green) and Jasmin Willoung (red), each with hair, suit and ship in the same colors.
* The three protagonists of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, and Athena Cykes, wear outfits that are mostly blue, red, and yellow respectively.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' has the poster boy trio of Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura and Maeda Keiji wearing blue, red and yellow coats respectively, as well as having matching [[PowerGlows power auras]] to go with them.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' has the three main Asuran Colleges which have a signature color: Dynamics (Blue), Statics (Red/Pink), and Synergetics (Green).
* The main trio in the ''VideoGame/SlyCooper'' games follow this, with Sly being blue, Bentley being Green, and Murray being red-pink. Strangely, the trio don't seem to act their colors: Sly is the main character, and serves as the field one, Bentley is the smart one [[spoiler: (and the leader)]], and Murray is the strong one.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'' has its characters follow this set up: the Prince of Lorasia wears blue, the Prince of Cannock wears green, and the Princess of Moonbroke wears (a dark shade of) pink.
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* ''[[http://www.transstellar.llamaslap.com TransStellar]]'' does this in its second issue, with Jamen having a red coat and a leading personality, Dari having blue skin and probably the highest IQ in the cast, and Zartes usually wearing green camo-pants and having an obsession with food. This troper, being the author of Transstellar, was surprised, as he did that without being consciously aware of this trope.
* The main characters of ''Webcomic/FallCityBlues'' have chromatic hair colors. Lex has red (well, pink), Lucy has blue (well, teal), and Eiffel has proper green.
* In ''EverydayHeroes'', Summer, Carrie, and Uma [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=162511 tend to wear different colors]], although [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=177849 the exact arrangement may vary.]]
* If one counts Zee Captain's purple goggles as red, or uses instead the color of [[AmbiguousGender his/her]] hatband and mug, then ''Webcomic/RomanticallyApocalyptic'' follows this trope to a T.
* The FreudianTrio of ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' have yellow (Arthur), blue (Guenevere), and red (Lancelot). Unusually, Arthur is the leader (although he's ''also'' the gentle, laid-back one). Also, Lancelot is uptight and Guenevere is volatile, reversing the usual RedOniBlueOni symbolism. (Secondary characters also have distinctive colours, meaning the entire main cast would have a RainbowMotif if we ever saw all of them together.)
* In RescuingDara, Chivai is green, Dara is red, and Zilch is blue.
* Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'s original set of kids are one of these -- John is blue, Dave is red, and Jade is green -- but unusually, their fourth, Rose, is purple, and John and Dave have switched the roles generally associated with their colours by this trope.
* In OHumanStar, the characters don't wear the colors themselves, but scenes from Al's perspective are tinted blue, Brendan's are tinted red, and Sulla's will probably be green judging by some of the bonus art.
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* LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys fall into this while playing ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'', with LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} being the red, LetsPlay/ProtonJon being the blue, and LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun being the green (with LetsPlay/JoshJepson filling in as the yellow fourth member).
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup -- always in that order. Pink, sky-blue, and neon-green, respectively.
** Their {{Spear Counterpart}}s are blood-red, ocean-blue, and emerald-green.
** And this remains true in the anime spin-off ''DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'', as well.
*** Princess was a self proclaimed Yellow [[SixthRanger fourth]] Powerpuff Girl who ended up becoming a [[SixthRangerTraitor villanous]] [[PrivilegedRival rival]] by the end of her first appearance.
*** The canonical "fourth Powerpuff Girl" is Bunny, who was created by the girls themselves. They didn't do as good a job of it as the Professor did, and Bunny, while well-intentioned, was much larger than the girls, very dumb, and somewhat clumsy. She was also unstable, and exploded at the end of the episode she was created in. She wore light purple.
* ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' features Alvin (red), Simon (blue), and Theodore (green).
** Also applies to their {{Distaff Counterpart}}s Britney (red/pink), Jeanette (blue/purple), and Eleanor (green).
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': Huey (red), Dewey (blue), and Louie (green).
** And true to form, when ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'' gave the trio slightly divergent personalities, Huey became [[TheLeader the "leader"]], Dewey became [[TheSmartGuy the smartest]], and Louie [[TheBigGuy the laid-back one.]]
** Early appearances of the trio had Dewey wearing orange.
* The Warner Brothers and the Warner Sister in ''Animaniacs'' carry this out somewhat: Dot wears pink, Wakko wears a blue turtleneck (and a red hat), and although Yakko usually wears brown slacks, his accent colour for props and such is green.
* Related to the ''KingdomHearts'' example above; in the old cartoons starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy, Mickey would always dress primarily in red and Donald in blue. Goofy's signature color is orange, but he's often depicted as wearing green as well. Given that Sora is essentially a stand-in for Mickey, ''Kingdom Hearts'' is essentially following traditions at this point.
* {{Peanuts}}: The three main characters of the Peanuts gang are Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy. Yellow, Red and Blue respectively.
* The "Steam Team" from ''ThomasTheTankEngine''. James is colored red; Thomas, Edward, and Gordon are colored blue; and Henry, Percy, and Emily are colored green (though the last one is colored in a much darker shade of green). This leaves out Toby, who is colored brown.
* Wilson, Brewster, and Koko from ''{{Chuggington}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' sees a variation in blue [[MakingASplash Waterbender]] Korra as TheHero, red [[PlayingWithFire Firebender]] Mako as serious uptight TheLancer, while green [[DishingOutDirt Earthbender]] Bolin remains laid back, but within the confines of their [[FictionalSport pro-bending]] team the Fire Ferrets, Mako has TheLeader role as team captain.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has Grandpa Max in red and Gwen in blue. While Ben doesn't wear green clothing, green is the Omnitrix's signature color.
** In Alien Force the main trio is Ben (Green) Gwen (Pink/Red) and Kevin (Blue)
* The Spanish kids cartoon "The Triplets" (Anna, Teresa and Helena) ("Las tres mellizas" in the original version"). [[http://toonbarn.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/11-14-11.triplets.jpg Here a pic]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'' has the GirlPosse named Portia (blue), Gwen (red), and Penny (green).
* The Rescue Bots from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' consist of Heatwave (red), Chase (blue), Boulder (green), and Blades (yellow).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Marge Simpson, with her iconic green dress, and her two older twin sisters, Patty (pink dress) and Selma Bouvier (blue dress).
* ''WesternAnimation/BadSeeds'' features Harvey with his blue feathers, Fee (red/magenta fur and hair), and her brother Foo (Orange fur).
* ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi'' features the members Milli (pink dress/red hair), Geo (blue hair and clothes), and Bot (a green robot).
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* Political parties are usually color coded in polling news. '''In general''', left-wing parties will be coloured red, right-wing parties will be coloured blue, liberal/libertarians/centrists yellow, [[CaptainObvious green parties are green]], and the far-right typically get brown colours. Independent and non-partisan candidates are various shades of grey.
** The big major exception is, of course, the US. Before 2000, television networks on ElectionNight assigned red and blue arbitrarily and this would vary from channel to channel. However, after the giant catastrofuck that was the Florida count in 2000, that year's imagery of blue for Democrats and red for Republicans was firmly ingrained into the American political culture and hasn't shifted since.
*** However, news organizations still lack a consistent color standard for "independent", "polls still open, no results yet", and "too close to call".
** In Canada, though, the Conservative Party is the standard blue, the centrist Liberal Party is red, and the democratic socialist New Democratic Party is orange. Green has also been a popular colour for right-wing parties, forcing the Green Party to use a very bright green to identify themselves. The separatist Bloc Quebecois is a light blue.
** Irish politics, on both sides of the border, is more to do with history than economics. In the Republic, Labour uses red, the Christian-democratic Fine Gael uses blue, and the populist pro-business Fianna Fáil uses green. In Northern Ireland, republican parties use Irish colours and unionists use blue. The non-sectarian Alliance Party, as would be expected, use yellow.
** In France, the Socialist Party (the largest left-wing party) uses pink, rather than red, as red is used by the actual Communist Party.
** In Greece, the leftist party use green, to distinguish it from the communists, who use red.
** Purple is a non-aligned colour and usage is split between centrist parties, issue parties, and, recently, traditionalist parties.
* Sweden's second biggest newspaper, "Svenska dagbladet", uses this trope. News is blue, economy and finances are red, and culture/entertainment is green.
* The Sunday edition of the San Francisco Chronicle has a partial version of this (or used to) as well: with The Sporting Green (sports news printed on [[CaptainObvious green paper]]) and the Datebook (entertainment news, printed on pink paper, popularly known as "[[FanNickname The Pink Section]]").
* Communism descended from Socialism (which was usually red), so communist countries chose red, and this led to the RedScare.
* Speaking of additive color (we were, way back at the beginning), when TV first went to color, red-green-blue [[VanityPlate network idents]] popped up ''everywhere''. It helped that there were so many [[Creator/{{NBC}} networks]] [[Creator/{{CBS}} with]] [[Creator/{{ABC}} three]]-[[TheBBC letter]] [[{{ITV}} names]]. Oddly enough, [[Creator/{{PBS}} NET's]] logo was red-yellow-blue (although this is hard to tell from the surviving copies on [=YouTube=]).
* At least in Germany, most producers colour-coded the three basic varieties of chocolate thusly: red - plain, blue - milk, green - with nuts.
* American milk packaging is color-coded: typically, red is whole milk (about 3% butterfat), blue is 2% butterfat, yellow or green is 1% butterfat, and pink or light blue is skim. (Chocolate milk is of course coded brown.) Though some companies use purple for 1% instead.
** Half-and-half is also usually packaged in purple.
** Relatively-uncommon strawberry-flavored milk is oftentimes sold in pink packaging, at least in the US.
** Whereas, in the UK, red is skimmed milk, green is semi skimmed (2% fat), and blue is whole milk. 1% fat milk is a fairly new phenomenon and colour varies by shop.
** In Australia, full-cream milk is blue, and skim milk is either green or red. Other varieties of milk aren't really a thing and hence have no associated colours.
* The basic Bic pen comes in three colors (besides black) - red, green, and blue.
** Nearly every four-pack of pens or markers features these four colors.
* In Australia, potato chips are usually colour coded as such: blue = plain, purple = salt and vinegar, yellow = cheese, green = chicken. The last two are a little more variable though. Brown is also generally honey soy flavour.
** In the UK it's generally: red = plain, blue = salt and vinegar and green = cheese and onion, except for Walkers for which (annoyingly) the latter two are swapped.
* Jif peanut butter lids comes in red for creamy, blue for chunky, and green for reduced-fat. The labels are vertically striped with the same colors from left to right.
* The red-yellow-green-blue color scheme in any arrangement is practically Google's corporate trademark, using it in most of its products' logos in some arrangement or another for brand coherence.
* ...Which was a bit awkward given that Microsoft was already using it in much the same way; the logos of Windows, Office, and MSN all used this scheme until recently. The MSN butterfly, which was always more of an orange-yellow-green-blue anyway, is the last one to retain this scheme.
** And now Microsoft's own logo is just an arrangement of four-colored squares next to its name.
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