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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. This could be limited to the main protagonist, or be as wide as an entire BadassArmy. Some ChromaticArrangement trios have the leader wear red.

The reason is that red is the color of fire and blood, hence the color of action. Thus it conveys that the heroes are people of action as well (regardless of exactly how the heroism is presented in the show). Red is, along with blue and white, one of the three colours of the star-spangled banner, so any US superhero that feels like [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead Wearing A Flag On His Head]] will likely use a combination of these colors.

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 white and/or 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 SubTrope of GoodColorsEvilColors.

A SuperTrope to RedHeadedHero, PrimaryColorChampion.

A SisterTrope to FireIsRed and BlueIsHeroic.

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

Contrast RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver, RedEyesTakeWarning, BigRedDevil, RedShirt, CharClone, EvilWearsBlack, GreenAndMean.

[[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 its 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.
* Red of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''
* 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.
* ''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 Ippei Mine from ''Anime/CombattlerV'' and ''Anime/VoltesV'' 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.
* 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, Shoutmon, and the bulk of their evolutions. 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."
** [[BadassPacifist Mimi]] & [[LadyOfWar Rosemon]] both wear red predominantly.
* ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]'', it's even in the title ("Gurren" comes from ''guren'', an intense shade of red, which TheOtherWiki - in Japanese - likens to "infernal flames").
* In the parody anime ''Shinesman'', 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.
* ''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 ''{{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 ''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) and ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' (Cure Ace) do have a member who sports red (though, in the case of ''Smile'', it's arguable as Cure Sunny is orange ''and'' red.)
* Maka, the heroine of ''Manga/SoulEater'', wears a red skirt as a part of her primary outfit and also wields a red scythe.
* ''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''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Superman}} is a PrimaryColorChampion, including his iconic red cape.
* 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]].
* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'s [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/5/51/Nightwing_0006.jpg most recent costume]] replaces his traditional blue trim with red trim. Uncomfortably, this makes him resemble his ''BatmanAndRobin'' look quite strongly.
* ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]
** For that matter, [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell the other Captain Marvel]].
** And both their {{Distaff Counterpart}}s, Mary Marvel and ComicBook/MsMarvel respectively, have worn red GenderedOutfit versions of their own 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
* ComicBook/SpiderMan
** Also ComicBook/SpiderWoman.
** ComicBook/ScarletSpider, natch.
* Comicbook/IronMan
* ComicBook/RedTornado
* ComicBook/AntMan's standard costume.
* 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
* WonderMan
* Crimson Avenger
* ComicBook/PlasticMan
* ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}
* Comicbook/{{Deadman}}

* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Asuka nearly always wears read. Often she is seen wearing a scarlet dress, her old and new mechas are red, her bathrobe is red... after seeing her wrapped in a red bathrobe and towel, Shinji compared her with a "ruby cat".
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Asuka pilots a red HumongousMecha, her suit is red and she always wears her iconic red hair clips.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] wears a red [[LatexSpaceSuit costume]] and her Eva has red highlights: [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/960252/017/ Here is an example]].
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': In this story Shinji is ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' and wears his iconic red cape. His girlfriend Asuka wears a red plugsuit when she is piloting her red robot and [[spoiler:a red uniform when she dons her ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' identity.]]
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': When she is acting as HumongousMecha pilot, Asuka wears a red tight suit and red hair clips (and pilots a red robot). When she is acting as ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' she wears red cloak and boots and a red S-shield on her chest.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': AntiHero example. When Shinji saw Asuka's HumongousMecha was red he found it fitting since she is a ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Khornate berserker]]''. She always wears red. And later [[spoiler:when her body is undergoing a transformation caused by her new powers, her skin becomes crimson-red.]]

* ''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.
* 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.
* The [[CharacterTitle eponymous]] ''Film/SophieScholl''.
* 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.

* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', red is one of the colors of Gryffindor house.
** 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 right light when used. It's also considered Harry's signature attack.
* In the {{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]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, and thus ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', have long put TheHero in the Red Ranger suits, 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).
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has swung this way in recent years, especially the 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, Decade[[note]]magenta; close enough for the pattern[[/note]], Wizard, and Drive.
** When the production staff of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' wanted their hero to be something ''other'' than red, they had to fight for it; they did so by making his primary form green and black, the arguing to Toei's bigwigs that those were the colors of the original Kamen Rider.
* [[Franchise/UltraSeries Most Ultra Warriors]], starting with [[Series/{{Ultraman}} the original]], tends to use a red and silver color scheme.
** There are silver (Ultraman, Ultraman Jack, Ultraman Ace, Ultraman Eighty, Yullian (a woman), etc.) and red Ultras (Ultra Seven, Ultraman Tarou, Ultraman Leo, Astra, Ultraman Max, 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 colour 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.

* 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 ''Theatre/TheDesertSong''.
* The song "Red and Black" from ''Theatre/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 ''Franchise/{{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, ''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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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 favourite colour.
* 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 cap.
* The main character's army in most 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 RedHeadedHero, 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.
* The canon protagonist[[note]]In the Blue or Green version of the game the colors are reversed, but the Red version is the "canon" one.[[/note]] of ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' is called "Red" and dresses accordingly (the player had the option of other names or entering their own). 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 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. Also fits RedHeadedHero in the NES incarnation, but is more this trope as later incarnations give him brown hair.
* 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 an intentional EnsembleDarkhorse HeelFaceRevolvingDoor. He fits this trope in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', however, and as Model Z/Giro in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX''. X himself has a red forehead light, unlike the original.
** Proto Man, in [[VideoGame/MegaMan both]] [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork his]] incarnations, subverts this as he's only colored red as a foil to Mega Man's blue.
* VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe, as a reference to the trope's prevalence in Tokusatsu.
* In ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' games, Diddy Kong wears a red shirt and a red Nintendo hat. Donkey Kong himself might qualify as he has a red tie.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight'': Guy wears bright red.
** 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 primarily blue, his red shoes are one of his most iconic items. Knuckles subverts this though, as like Protoman, he's a foil 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 M. Bison/ General Vega]] and his red uniform, while his sworn enemy and series {{tritagonist}} Col. 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''

[[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. AlexanderTheGreat) is probably the most affable, reasonable and heroic among the Servants.

* ''Webcomic/{{Redd}}'' is about a girl named [[MeaningfulName Vicky]] [[CharacterTitle Redd]], who fights {{super villain}}s with [[AppliedPhlebotinum bionic]] [[RaymanianLimbs 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Launchpad wears a red pilot's jacket. This overlaps with RedHeadedHero , as he also has carroty orange hair.
* 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 {{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]].

* [[UsefulNotes/TheRedCross The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement]].
* The French Resistance, with their red Cross of Lorraine emblem.
* 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-revolution 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.
* Samurai warriors in the army of warlord Ii Naomasa were required to wear a uniform of all-red armour 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.