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->''"Besides, everyone knows that red robots are always the good guys."'''
-->-- ''Anime/TransformersArmada''

Red shows up a lot when it comes to the heroes of a story, usually the color of their clothing. As their main color motif, it could also be their hair color, gear, BattleAura, or body parts for robots and non-human characters. This could be limited to the main protagonist, or be as wide as an entire BadassArmy. Some ChromaticArrangement trios have the [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority leader wear red.]]

The reason is that red is the color of [[HotBlooded 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).

In Japan this was traditional in old Kabuki plays and the like. It's made to represent the hero bathed in the blood of his enemies. It is much less common in America due to the association with red as the color of the country's enemies (redcoat British in the Revolutionary War, {{Red Scare}}s and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar in the 20th century), but gets a pass if it's paired with [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead white]] and/or [[PrimaryColorChampion blue.]]

'''Keep in mind that since not all heroes wear red (for example, [[BlueIsHeroic Blue is also very common]]), and other characters don't avoid that color, there isn't much point in listing aversions to this.'''

A SuperTrope to PrimaryColorChampion and PinkHeroine. A SubTrope of GoodColorsEvilColors. A SisterTrope to FireIsRed and BlueIsHeroic.

Compare HeroesWantRedheads, BringMyRedJacket, HeroesPreferSwords, ColorCodedCharacters, PurpleIsPowerful, LawOfChromaticSuperiority, SatanIsGood.

Contrast RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver, RedEyesTakeWarning, EvilRedhead, BigRedDevil, a literal RedShirt (and RedShirtArmy), CharClone, EvilWearsBlack, GreenAndMean.

Compare AND contrast RedIsViolent, its EvilCounterpart (even when sometimes both tropes overlaps).


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Asuna from ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' starts out with a red vest, and some of her later outfits have some red, but as an Undine she ditches the red for blue.
** Heathcliff is mostly dressed in Red Armor while his Knights of Blood has only minor amount of red in their clothing. [[spoiler:However, it's subverted with Heathcliff (who turns out to be Akihiko Kayaba, the BigBad) and Kuradeel (who turns out to be a member of Laughing Coffin).]]
* Kaneda from ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' is an example with his iconic all red biker outfit and souped up red power bike.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki both plays this trope straight and subverts it, his coat in Bankai form is red on the inside and gives his spirit energy a red tint to it and his Hollow Mask has red markings on it and his hollow uses a red Cero.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' it is discussed when they act the "Peach boy" legend. Conan is told he can't be the hero because he wants to wear blue, his color code, but the kids say the hero wears red.
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward Elric is often seen wearing a red coat. It's even commented that Edward must be a hero because he wears red. He responds that he's no hero - he just thinks that the color looks badass.
* It is discussed in ''Manga/LoveHina'' about ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''.
* In the ''Mazinger'' series, all heroes of the trilogy -''[[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]'', ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]]'' and ''[[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer Duke Fleed]]''- wear red outfits. Also, Mazinger and Great Mazinger's iconic chesplates are red.
* Keith/Akira of ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''/''Anime/GoLion'' wears red and is the leader of the team. Oddly, his mecha (which [[LeaderFormsTheHead forms the head and torso]]) is black, while the red mecha is ridden by [[TheLancer Lance/Isamu]], who wears blue.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': The titular mecha is nearly completely red. TheHero Jordy also wears black and red armor and bodysuit.
* In the ''Anime/RobotRomanceTrilogy'', Hyoma Aoi and Ken'ichi Gō from ''Anime/CombattlerV'' and ''Anime/VoltesV'', respectively, also wear red. Likewise, ''Anime/{{Daimos}}'' titular robot is red and white.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': TheHero Seiya wears a red shirt. Also, when he wears his armor, the clothes under it are red. This is only in the anime, though: in the manga, he and everyone else wears white under the Cloth.
* In ''Anime/RedPhotonZillion'', [[TheHero J.J.'s]] uniform includes a red shirt that he always wears. Reinforced trope, because the word is in the freaking ''title''.
* Most ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' protagonist {{Mons}} are red (or orange, which is close enough to establish a pattern): Agumon (both ''Adventure'' and ''Savers'' versions), Guilmon, Agnimon, and Shoutmon; plus their evolutions. Gatchmon is mostly grey, but he has a big red helmet and evolves into mostly-red forms. The exceptions are Veemon (blue) and Gumdramon (purple), both justified since they each share a continuity and screentime with one of the above red/orange characters and have to set themselves apart.
** When Takato is designing Guilmon in the dub of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', he comments that red is "definitely a power color."
* ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]'', it's even in the title ("Gurren" comes from ''guren'', an intense shade of red, which Wiki/TheOtherWiki - in Japanese - likens to "infernal flames").
* In the parody anime ''Manga/SpecialDutyCombatUnitShinesman'', where the heroes are all businessmen by day, the protagonist is asked what color he'd be as a hero and, remembering his brother's words that heroes wear red, he answers "red" and gets hired and promoted to team leader. ''Based on that.''
* In both the ''Yu-Gi-Oh! GX'' [[Anime/YuGiOhGX anime]] and [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]], Judai likes the color red, even though Osiris Red is the lowest ranking dormitory. In the manga, it's also the color his idol Koyo Hibiki favors. He ultimately shows up for [[spoiler:his duel with Koyo]] in the DistantFinale wearing his school uniform.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', Yuya is an AllLovingHero with red eyes and partly red hair, a red shirt and shoes and his ace Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon is a red dragon. It's a bit more complicated as [[spoiler:Yuya is an ApocalypseMaiden with his ace once willingly destroying a dimension.]]
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'' series spots Getter 1/Dragon/Shin Getter-1 (leader's unit) with red as the main color.
** Oddly, the Getter Robo Go/Neo Getter-1 is ''blue'' with red markings. Its Getter Robo Shou/Neo Getter-2 that's red. Still heroic, though.
* Vash the Stampede (or Stampeed, depending on your source) from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' wears a large red coat and is the most heroic of all the characters.
* The title hero of ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' wears a red superhero uniform. One of his allies, Shokupanman, has red as his accent color for his uniform. This is taken to the extreme in the movie ''Ruby's Wish'', where Ruby, the red Aurora Girl automatically believes Anpanman is the best superhero ever just because he wears red, even before seeing his heroic deeds.
* It's still in the red spectrum, but the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' leaders all wear pink (or in the case of Cure Black and Cure Bloom, have pink highlights). ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' (Cure Rouge), ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' (Cure Passion), ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' (Cure Sunny), ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' (Cure Ace), and ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' (Cure Scarlet) do have a member who sports red (though, in the case of ''Smile'', it's arguable as Cure Sunny is orange ''and'' red), and in ''Anime/MahoGirlsPrecure'', the continuity's two Cures, Miracle and Magical (the former being the continuity's pink Cure), have an alternate form called "Ruby Style" that dresses the two in red.
* Maka, the heroine of ''Manga/SoulEater'', wears a red skirt as a part of her primary outfit and also wields a red scythe.
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': Invoked and discussed by Ayano, [[spoiler: to convince her adoptive siblings Kido, Seto and Kano that [[RedEyesTakeWarning their red eyes aren't monstrous]], but marks of heroism]]. It's also the reason why she wears her [[IconicItem iconic red scarf]]. It's no coincidence that Shintaro also wears red [[spoiler: at least, in the timelines where he manages to move on with his life]].
** [[spoiler: Shintaro wears the the red jacket because [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Ayano thinks it suits him]].]]
* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' sports a red ensemble, though despite being the main character [[VillainProtagonist there's very few people that'd call him a hero.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has a strange love/hate relationship with this trope as characters wearing red or Mobile Suits sporting mostly red are designated TheRival. However, many Gundams tend to carry red ''shields'', especially in the Universal Century. One suit that plays this trope straight is the Build Burning/Try Burning/Kamiki Burning Gundam of ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry''
* ''Anime/{{Daitarn3}}'': Banjo's combat suit is dark-red. He also wears a red jacket.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Asuka wears a red plugsuit and pilots a red HumongousMecha. She's not the main character, and an AntiHero as opposed to a regular one, but she's one of the heroes nonetheless.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Goku typically wears clothing in shades of either red or dark orange, the Kaioken and [[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Super Saiyan God]] transformations are both red, and he's TheHero of the series.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': Saya Otonashi, the main protagonist, has [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] and, after a one-year TimeSkip, wears a [[BringMyRedJacket maroon-colored coat]].
* ''Anime/InuYasha'': Inuyasha, the main AntiHero of the series, wears a red robe. While he started out as a borderline VillainProtagonist, CharacterDevelopment soon mellows him out.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Kokoa Shuzen, one of the protagonists, is a FieryRedhead.

* One of the central figures in [[Creator/RaphaelSanzio Raphael]]'s ''The School of Athens'', Plato, is seen wearing a bright red that distinguishes him and his metaphysical ideals from the muted world at his fate.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}} is a PrimaryColorChampion, including his iconic red cape.
* Superman's cousin ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' is another PrimaryColorChampion. Kara's Supergirl costume includes a red cape, pants and boots. In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' she wears red clothes even when she is not wearing her costume. When she joined the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lanterns]] in ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', her Red Lantern uniform was red and black.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange wears black with red accents since his 2011 redesign. His former look (and the costume most closely associated with him) included a distinctive and showy red cloak.
* On that note, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor's]] red cape is an iconic part of his costume, and a good indicator of his heroic status.
* Though their costumes change constantly, the ComicBook/{{Robin}}s are often drawn with predominantly red costumes ([[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] being the most notable one, especially after ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' [[spoiler:when his father died]]). And of course, there's Tim Drake as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Red Robin]].
* During the New 52, ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} replaced his traditional blue trim with red trim. While still a hero, it also reflected him going through a DarkerAndEdgier phase, and he later switched back to blue.
* FieryRedhead Barbara Gordon -the first and most widely-known ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}''- is one of the crimefighters who protect Gotham.
* In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'' the two main characters count: Supergirl wears read cape and boots, and Batgirl is a redhead.
* ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'' is a redhead ActionGirl whose costume is equal parts black and red.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] (aka "Shazam")
** For that matter, [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell the other Captain Marvel]] (aka Mar-Vell).
** And both their {{Distaff Counterpart}}s, Mary Marvel and ComicBook/MsMarvel (Carol Danvers) respectively, have worn red GenderedOutfit versions of the males' costumes at times. (At other times, Mary Marvel wears a white version instead, while Ms. Marvel is better known for a black costume and since taking the "Captain" title herself has switched to a mainly-blue one.)
* ComicBook/TheFlash, aka "[[SuperheroSobriquets the Scarlet Speedster.]]"
* ComicBook/SpiderMan
** Also ComicBook/SpiderWoman.
** ComicBook/ScarletSpider, natch.
* Comicbook/IronMan's standard color scheme is red and gold, although some of his "specialised" suits buck the trend.
* ComicBook/RedTornado, if the name wasn't a hint.
* ComicBook/AntMan's standard costume is primarily red.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's ally Comicbook/TheFalcon, (and his faithful [[NonHumanSidekick bird]], "Redwing").
** Captain America himself can qualify, though it's worth pointing out that he's associated with red as much as he is with white and blue for [[CaptainPatriotic obvious reasons]].
** However, Cap's arch-enemy is the Red Skull.
* ComicBook/ScarletWitch (as an [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avenger]], anyway) wears a flowing red mantle, a red headdress, and a red LeotardOfPower, which she often pairs with a pink bodysuit for femininity.
** Although she already wore that costume when she still was one of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants led by Magneto, who by preference dresses in red and purple.
** And her teammate/lover ComicBook/TheVision, who has artificial red skin.
* Franchise/WonderWoman
* ComicBook/WonderMan
* Crimson Avenger
* ComicBook/PlasticMan
* ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'s original costume was mostly ''yellow'', but his classic look is all-red.
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} has red ''skin''.
* Deadman is a ghost with chalk-white skin in a red outfit.

* Let's save a lot of time and say that most ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfics carry Asuka's association with the color red over from the anime.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'':
** Super-hero and main character Taylor “Wonder Red” wears a red suit, jacket and scarf.
** Her friend and partner Emma "Wonder Star" also wears a red-and-white super-hero outfit.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': Ahakon Maradoza, an addition to Tsukune's group who first appears in Act III, is a ChildMage who has red hair and wears a red [[BadassCape cape]].

* ''Franchise/StarWars''' [[LaResistance Rebel Alliance]], with their famous "red bird" emblem. On that note, their elite team of {{Ace Pilot}}s is code-named "Red Squadron" (although later renamed "Rogue Squadron").
** The striping on Han Solo's pants, known as Corellian Blood Stripes, comes in two colors, one of which is red. They are an award given by the Corellian military for conspicuous gallantry.
* The TimeMachine used by Lewis and Wilbur in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' is painted red. The TimeMachine used by [[BigBadDuumvirate the Bowler Hat Guy and DOR-15]] is pale blue.
* In ''Film/{{Kagemusha}}'' Shingen Takeda's fiery lieutenant Yamagata Masakage aka "Fire" and the contingent under his command are dressed in bright vermillion red.
* In ''Film/TheHobbit'', Bilbo wears a red jacket throughout the film. Also Balin, one of the most outwardly virtuous and heroic of the dwarves, wears red robes.
* Sophie Scholl the anti-Nazi activist in ''Film/SophieSchollTheFinalDays'' dresses this way.
* In ''Film/WarmBodies'', R wears a distinctive red hoodie that makes him visually stand out from the greyish zombies around him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** Maria’s dress is red and she's the one who [[spoiler:rallies the townspeople to stand against Chakal.]]
** La Muerte wears a red dress and is the BigGood.
** The Adelita Twins both wear predominately red clothes and are heroic characters based on La Adelita, the Mexican cultural icon of a strong and patriotic Mexican woman.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'': Race car Lightning [=McQueen=] is red and the central character of the whole franchise, though it's played straighter after his HeelFaceTurn.
* Simba from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is a lion with a red mane. His father Mufasa qualifies too. Pumbaa is a red-brown warthog, but fits perfectly. Downplayed with Timon, as the only red is a small tuft of hair on his head.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Red is one of the colors of Gryffindor house, which is associated with bravery and chivalry.
** The red-feathered Phoenix is also commonly used in the books as a symbol of nobility and heroism (hence Fawkes the Phoenix with his healing tears, and the Order of the Phoenix).
** The disarming charm Expelliarmus is one of the few unambiguously defensive spells, and lets out a red light when used. It's also considered Harry's signature attack.
** The entire Weasley family has easily-recognizable red hair, and they treat Harry more like family than any of his living relatives (particularly Ron, his first and best friend). For bonus points, they're all in Gryffindor.
* In the Literature/{{Deryni}} works, the kings of the House of Haldane wear red (as do their liveried servants, pages, and squires), and the coat of arms features a golden lion on a red field.
* Laeshana in ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' wears a red robe through most of the book, and she is one of the three primary heroes.
* Shallan Davar of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' has bright red hair and is a Lightweaver, the Radiant order associated with garnets. In addition, [[spoiler: when she summons Pattern in his Blade form in ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', it glows with red TronLines]].
* Scarlet Benoit of the ''Literature/TheLunarChronicles'' not only has her first name, but has red hair and wears a favorite red hoodie throughout the series.
* The redheaded Lord John Roxton in ''[[Literature/TheLostWorld1912 The Lost World]]'' by Creator/ArthurConanDoyle. A GentlemanAdventurer and connoisseur of South American culture, he's made numerous trips up the Amazon, and encountered the natives being oppressed by slavers - all of whom he has personally made war against (adding a notch to his rifle his rifle for every slaver he [[PayEvilUntoEvil shoots]]), while the grateful natives refer to him as "The Red Chief." Although there's a little bit of MightyWhitey at work, Roxton is nevertheless a decent guy who goes above and beyond in his heroics, and the fact Doyle mentions his red hair frequently suggests this trope is very much at work.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' / ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** The Red Ranger is always TheHero and almost always TheLeader to boot, to the point of being a potential TropeCodifier. At the end of ''Super Sentai'''s 25th anniversary movie, the previous Reds showed up out of nowhere to donate their power to the current team's mecha. The 10th ''Power Rangers'' anniversary was celebrated with all nine Red Rangers to date[[note]]not counting Rocky, who inherited the original Red Ranger powerset after Jason left[[/note]] teaming up, plus a red-colored SixthRanger to round things out (pictured above).
** ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger,'' the 30th anniversary Super Sentai series, introduced a completely new Red Ranger not related to any previous series: [=AkaRed=]. He returned five years later for ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and again for the 40th Anniversary series, ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger.''
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** The Rider franchise has swung this way in recent years, especially the modern Heisei era. Not ''every'' leading Rider is red [[SwissArmyHero in their default form]], but most are: Riders that are primarily red include Stronger, Kuuga, Ryuki, Kabuto, Den-O, Kiva, Wizard, and Drive. A few more come in red-''like'' colors and fill the role that red would in a ChromaticArrangement color scheme: Hibiki (purple with red trim), Decade (magenta), Ghost (orange, and he gets an upgraded version of that form that ''is'' red), and Ex-Aid (hot pink). Build is a PrimaryColorChampion and ''half-''red (the other half is blue).
** When the production staff of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' wanted their hero to be something ''other'' than red, they had to fight for it; doing so by making his primary form green and black, then arguing to Toei's bigwigs that those were the colors of [[Series/KamenRider the original Kamen Rider]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' takes it a step further in the Legend Rider mini-episodes, where he gets a form which draws upon the power of all the Heisei Riders; naturally, it's red with white accents.
* [[Franchise/UltraSeries Most Ultra Warriors]], starting with [[Series/{{Ultraman}} the original]], tends to use a red and silver color scheme.
** There are silver (Ultraman, [[Series/ReturnOfUltraman Ultraman Jack]], [[Series/UltramanAce Ultraman Ace]], [[Series/UltramanEighty Ultraman Eighty, Yullian (a woman)]], etc.) and red Ultras ([[Series/UltraSeven Ultraseven]], [[Series/UltramanTaro Ultraman Taro]], [[Series/UltramanLeo Ultraman Leo and Astra]], [[Series/UltramanMax Ultraman Max]], [[Series/UltramanMebius Ultraman Mebius]], etc.), classified according to how much red is in the costume. These red Ultras tend to be more powerful than their silver counterparts.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', the knights of Camelot look quite dashing their [[http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/29400000/knights-of-Camelot-the-adventures-of-merlin-29410041-618-411.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/the-adventures-of-merlin/images/29410041/title/knights-camelot&h=411&w=618&sz=97&tbnid=275BxGbNuEZF8M:&tbnh=90&tbnw=135&zoom=1&usg=__ViLqsJ16QT-ThbNXgtLtnoZvP-w=&docid=gL9-riZObSK0fM&sa=X&ei=Lfc5UYCIOLCn0AGu-IHIAg&ved=0CGEQ9QEwBw&dur=20 red capes.]] Ironically, in the earlier seasons before the Round Table was established, this also marked them out as RedShirts.
** King Arthur is always seen wearing the color red, whether it's a shirt or his Pendragon cape.
** Merlin often wears red combined with blue.
* The eponymous hero in ''Series/BIMASatriaGaruda'' has a color scheme dominated by red.
* Roy Harper in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', both [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130221131854/marvel_dc/images/d/dc/Roy_Harper_Arrow_TV_Series_002.png before]] and [[http://cdn.screenrant.com/wp-content/uploads/Roy-Harper-Arsenal-in-Arrow-Season-3-570x757.jpg after]] becoming Arsenal.
* ''Series/{{Once Upon A Time}}'': Main character Emma Swan is iconic for her red leather jacket. It appears in most every episode of Season 1 and the show's initial advertisements. Additionally, she dons an all red gown and bright red lipstick for her first official ball in Season 3.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'' and ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': Red is the color associated with Matt Murdock, although it isn't until the end of season 1 that he gets his iconic red devil costume.

* In Creator/SternPinball's ''Pinball/{{Transformers}}'', the Autobots are represented by "Autobot crimson" on the indicator lights and the playfield, even extending to the cabinet in some of the Limited Edition tables.

* The Red Shadow from ''Theater/TheDesertSong''.
* The song "Red and Black" from ''Theater/LesMiserables''. Red symbolizes the blood of martyrs, the dawning of a new age, and passionate love, while black is the darkness and night of the [[CrapsackWorld status quo]], and the despair of loneliness. Similarly, the red vest of student leader Enjolras symbolizes his heroic character.

* In almost every heroic ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' team, the red character, always associated with fire, is the hero and leader. Villain teams, on the other hand, mix it up a bit.
** The same goes for William Furno of ''Bionicle'''s successor, ''Toys/HeroFactory''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Blood Angels are one of the noblest (for [[CrapsackWorld this setting]]) of the Space Marine Chapters, a group of optimists who genuinely fight for the people of the Imperium. Unfortunately, thanks to a flaw in their [[BioAugmentation gene-seed]], they might devolve into AxCrazy [[TheBerserker berserkers]] during combat and end up killing the people they're trying to protect. When this happens, their armor is ritually [[PaintItBlack painted black]] and they join the Death Company. This is inverted, however, with the [[AxCrazy World]] [[BloodKnight Eaters]] and [[SinisterMinister Word Bearers]] Chaos Marine Legions.
* Red and other similar warm colors adorn several of the 'good' factions in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', most notably the heroic mercenary units Wolf's Dragoons and the Kell Hounds. The Warden Wolves are known for their prominent red and brown colors, and they are among the most restrained and protectively-minded of the Clans, especially after accepting an invitation to protect part of the Inner Sphere. On a much smaller level, the famous ''Centurion'' [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:Cn9-ylw.png Yen-Lo-Wang]] is pearl-white with a brilliant red sunburst covering its body (and a blood red helmet) and is most known for being piloted by two of the most heroic and talented warriors in the setting, Justin Xiang Allard and his son Kai.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The main character of the NES PlatformGame ''Kabuki: Quantum Fighter'' is a notable example as a military agent whose computer avatar is a kabuki actor with [[PrehensileHair long red hair that they use as a whip]].
* In many games with a multiplayer feature, especially arcade games, [[ColorCodedMultiplayer player 1 will be colored red]]. In games featuring this where the player, in a single-player game, cannot switch to the other player slots, the player character becomes this trope.
* Apollo Justice of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', with "a passionate heart burning RED!" Oh, and it's also his favorite color.
* Dante from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' wears a long, red trench coat.
** During development Dante was becoming too much antiheroic for Japan's taste. To make him more heroic they gave him a red coat.
* Any Creator/NipponIchi main character will have some sort of red on them whether it's the color of their hair or an article of clothing.
** The main protagonists of the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games wears some form of red ScarfOfAsskicking.
** Amongst the main characters, [[VideoGame/BattlePrincessOfArcadias Plume]] easily takes the cake. Her entire character design is made up of various tints of red whether it be her hair, her dress, or even her sword.
* Mario of the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series has worn red in some form since ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', usually a red shirt and [[NiceHat cap]].
* The main character's army in most ''VideoGame/NintendoWars'' games.
* Lloyd Irving of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' wears a distinctive double-breasted red jacket (distinctive enough that it's used to identify him when he becomes wanted by the Desians.)
* Luke in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is a redhead, but he gets into this when the party wears their SuperSentai parodying ''Abyssman'' costumes and he gets the red ranger costume.
-->-- Luke:''"Agent of Justice-Abyss Red!"''
* [[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Shepard's]] [[IconicOutfit iconic]] [=N7=] armor has a red stripe running down the right arm.
** Wrex, the most heroic Krogan we meet, wears red armor, has red flairs on his headcrest, and possesses [[RedEyesTakeWarning blood-red eyes]]. It all helps to build a fearsome and distinctive appearance that stands out from the general browns of your standard Krogan.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' is canonically named "Red" (the player [[HelloInsertNameHere has the option]] of other names or entering their own) and dresses accordingly. Similarly his rival is (again, canonically, since the player could choose their name as well) called "Blue" or "Green".
** In fact, almost all of the player characters from the core games have red somewhere on their person.
* Red Okonogi, the superhero Player Character from the first ''VideoGame/SaGaFrontier'' RPG.
** The same game also has a PC sorcerer named Blue whose [[EvilTwin twin brother]] is named Rouge (French for Red)- and he's actually nicer than Blue!
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance'' has Juste Belmont, who wears a red coat.
* [[Franchise/FinalFantasy The fighter class]], which was probably intended for a main character role. He's even redheaded in the NES incarnation.
* Luso Clemens from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' was specifically designed with this in mind, according to WordOfGod.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX's'' Zero might have been designed with this in mind, as he was intended to be the protagonist. They decided to go with an expy of the original ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' however, and Zero ended up being the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor, [[{{Deuteragonist}} Deuteragonist]] instead. He fits this trope in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero series'', however.
* VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe, as a reference to the trope's prevalence in Tokusatsu.
* Diddy Kong from the ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' games, wears a red shirt and a red Nintendo hat and he's associated with the color red in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''. Although the Sidekick, this may be an InvokedTrope since he dreams of becoming a hero like his uncle. He fits this trope fully in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'' and ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'' though.
** Donkey Kong himself might qualify as he wears a red tie.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight'':
** Guy wears a bright red outfit.
** Similarly, Maki in the second game. She is also the FragileSpeedster {{Ninja}} of the team, like Guy in the first one, taking it one step into ColorCodedForYourConvenience.
* Dart in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''. This overlaps [[PlayingWithFire with his element]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': While Sonic is [[BlueIsHeroic primarily blue]], his red shoes are one of his most iconic items. Knuckles subverts this though, as like Protoman, he's a foil and [[TheRival rival]] to Sonic.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': Starting with the second game, Liu Kang has always worn a red headband, and his pants have red trim.
** Best example in line with the trope is in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'', where Liu Kang also wears a red tanktop.
* Similar to the previous example, Ryu from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' wears a red headband as one of his iconic items. Also when he was younger, he wore red gloves and had reddish hair (not to mention the red kung fu shoes he wore in the first game). Even though Ken wears a red gi, it's Ryu who is TheHero, while Ken is TheLancer.
** Inverted with [[BigBad General Vega (or M. Bison)]] and his red [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi-esque uniform]], while his sworn enemy and series {{tritagonist}} Guile wears green fatigues.
* Stocke of ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria''.
* Eddie of ''VideoGame/{{Nostalgia}}'' wears a long red coat.
* In ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', the protagonist generally wears white with red trim. In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' however, the red is swapped out with blue, probably due to the British Redcoats being one of the primary enemies in the game.
* On the covers of ''VideoGame/CthulhuSavesTheWorld'', Cthulhu wears a red kilt.
* Although "heroic" [[OnlyInItForTheMoney isn't that accurate a description]], this trope is likely why for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' the "Meet the Team" video, cover art (both standalone and as part of the Orange Box), and numerous promotional art all feature the RED team much more heavily than the BLU team.
* ''VideoGame/{{RefleX}}'' has the player ship, the Phoenix, which is red. [[spoiler:Subverted when it becomes the ZODIAC Ophiuchus and its collateral destruction of the planet turns it into a NominalHero.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has Reimu Hakurei, the central protagonist of the series, who wears a red uniform and head accessories. This is downplayed in the PC-98 games, where only her skirt and bow are prominently red; her top is white instead.
* Ironically, Film/{{TRON}} in the UsefulNotes/{{Intellivision}} version of ''VideoGame/TronDeadlyDiscs'', since it was in development before the movie was released.
* In the ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' series, Tyris wears red in ''II'' and Sarah in ''III''
* In the EnhancedRemake of ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI: So You Want To Be A Hero'' the main character and latest graduate of the Famous Adventurer's Correspondence School who answers a newspaper ad from the valley of Spielburg, which is in dire need for a hero, wears a red cape (it's black in the original EGA game).
* The main character and assigned team leader in ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'' is Wonder-Red, in homage to tokusatsu and sentai shows.
* [[SeriesMascot Red]], the leader of the flock and first playable character in the mobile game VideoGame/AngryBirds
* In ''VideoGame/LuxarenAllure'', [[TheHero Karuna]] wears red.
* Kat in ''VideoGame/GravityRush'' has bright red eyes (which make her look rather cute) and glows red when she uses her powers (which makes her look like some sort of terrifying, radioactive zombie).
* In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', the Swords of Sanghelios, who are the Good Counterparts to [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Covenant]], paint their armor and vehicles crimson. Their equipment also tends to be tougher and more survivable than standard Covenant technology.
* ''VideoGame/Persona4'' has this with three of the main protagonists. Yukiko Amagi wears a red sweater and hair band, Rise Kujikawa is a redhead, and Teddie's bear costume is predominantly red from the neck down.
** While in [[VideoGame/Persona3 its predecessor]], [[TheSmartGuy Mitsuru]] has red hair, [[TheBigGuy Akihiko]] always wears red (A red vest most of the year, a red shirt in the summer, and a red scarf in the winter), and [[TeamPet Koromaru]] has red eyes.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' features two heroic [[FishPeople Zora]] siblings, Mipha and Sidon, who have predominantly red skin. Mipha was chosen as the Zora Champion who would pilot Divine Beast [[AnimalMecha Vah Ruta]] in the fight against Ganon, and she was also skilled with healing magic and spear combat. Her younger brother Sidon is also skilled with the spear, has a reputation for helping both Zora and Hylian alike against monsters, and helps Link neutralize and board the corrupted Vah Ruta.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'':
** Claire Redfield wears a red shirt in ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica Code: Veronica]]'' and a red leather jacket in ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2 Revelations 2]]''; in both games, she's the primary protagonist.
** Ada Wong serves as an AntiHero in the series, and often wears red shirts or dresses.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': Sora, TheHero of the series, almost always wears some form of red.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' protagonist Battler Ushiromiya boasts bright red hair.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' protagonist Shirou Emiya also has visibly-red hair, and has made it his life's vision to become a "hero of justice." The Servant Archer, despite falling more into AntiHero / WellIntentionedExtremist territory, is also primarily decked in red robes, [[spoiler: which makes sense considering he's Shirou's alternate-universe self]].
** Archer's Master, Rin Tohsaka, can also arguably qualify, despite her {{Tsundere}} and [[ItsAllAboutMe ego problems]].
** In the prequel, ''LightNovel/FateZero'', the Servant Rider (i.e. UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat) is probably the most affable, reasonable and heroic among the Servants.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': [[ColorCodedCharacters Remnant has a tradition of naming children after colors, and people tend to dress at least partially in whatever color they were named after]]. The name of the main character? Ruby Rose of course, who dresses in black and red clothing, with a [[FairyTaleMotifs Red Riding]] [[LittleRedFightingHood Hood-esque cape and hood]].

* ''Webcomic/{{Redd}}'' is about a girl named [[MeaningfulName Vicky]] [[CharacterTitle Redd]], who fights {{super villain}}s with [[AppliedPhlebotinum bionic]] [[FloatingLimbs floating hands]] that are custom-colored red. [[SarcasmMode She’s rotten to the core.]]
* Commander Badass of ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings''
* Jigsaw and Daisy of ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'', as members of Team Andromeda, are the only team that includes red in their color scheme. [[BringMyRedJacket Matching ascots were added later]] after Daisy started getting self-conscious about her neck, adding a further splash of red.
** The unaffiliated Players Mob wears red as well, but theirs is more in the RedShirt sense.
* Webcomic/{{Dasien}} originally wore a red costume.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Karkat and Dave are both red-themed heroes, as is Karkat's ancestor, who's a CrystalDragonJesus.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' and ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Launchpad wears a red pilot's jacket. He also has carroty orange hair.
** Also in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Huey, who is generally considered the leader of the triplets, wears red.
* Blossom of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' wears pink, but is this trope more than PinkMeansFeminine. More in line with the trope is the large red bow she wears on her head.
* In early promo images for ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', the only character [[http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/1210/13/avengersassemble.jpg without any red on their person]] was [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk the Hulk]]. Possibly in order to mix up the color palette a little, the artists changed ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}'s chest emblem to purple in post-production.
* [[http://centralcitytower.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/character-introduction-zahara/ Zahara]] of ''Spider Stories'' was designed with this trope in mind, foregoing being a full PrimaryColorChampion
* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', Optimus Prime is red and blue. Rodimus Prime is red and yellow. And Autobots in general tend to have more red than the Decepticons do.
** In an episode of ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', a boy comments that the red robots are always heroes.
** The Autobot logo in all continuities is almost always red and the Decepticon logo is almost always purple. Notably, in ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass'' where the Autobots are evil and the Decepticons are good, they keep the logos but switch colors so the good guys are still red and the bad guys are still purple.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy Turner's favorite superhero is "The Crimson Chin".
* The protagonists of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' sport red robes.
* [[TheHero T.J.]], the leader of the main six on ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', is almost never seen without his red baseball hat. Also, [[CuteBruiser Spinelli]] always wears a red oversized shirt/dress, red bands to keep her pigtails up, and part of her tights have red stripes.
* Wilt from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' is a tall, red imaginary friend who is [[NiceGuy kind and helpful to everyone he meets]].
* Marinette from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' wears a red costume with black dots as Ladybug.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Every member of the Pines family wears a shade of red as their "main" color. For Dipper and Mabel it is orange/salmon and pink respectively, while Stan and [[spoiler: Ford]] wear dark red/maroon.

* [[UsefulNotes/TheRedCross The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement]].
* The French Resistance, with their red Cross of Lorraine emblem.
* UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar also used a flared red cross as their official symbol. Though their portrayal in fiction varies depending on interpretations, the group's stated purpose was at any rate heroic from their own perspective.
* A common visual cue in military traditions (not limited to the obvious Worker and Peasant's Red Army, the original name of the [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Soviet military]]) where solid colors aren't always used. The German and Japanese Imperial armies, the post-Civil War Chinese, Vietnamese and North Korean armed forces, and a number of armies in Latin America, if they used a color-coding system in military dress, used the color red both politically and/or as a 'heroic' color. At a certain point, it's probably the norm rather than the exception in color-coded military forces.
** The British Army also wore redcoats for a time (and in the case of the Royal Guards, still do).
** It's been said that using red helped to make the Communists more popular during the Russian Civil War, since red was traditionally considered a "good" color in Russian culture (a common saying even went with "The redder, the better"). Plain Red was also the traditional color of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, as opposed to the blue-white-red and yellow-black-white flags used by the imperial family.
** The famed Tuskegee Airmen decorated their P-51 Mustangs with bright red empennage.[[note]]the entire tail assembly, including both vertical and horizontal stabilizers[[/note]] Red markings in general have long been popular for military aircraft, such as ''the'' RedBaron and his all-red Fokker Dr.I and D.VII fighters.
* Samurai warriors in the army of warlord Ii Naomasa were required to wear a uniform of all-red armor and under-kimonos. This introduced the concept of uniform to Japanese warfare. Naomasa's men were known as "the Red Devils" for their appearance and fighting skill.
* Actors playing a hero role in Aragoto theater had [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumadori red face make-up]].