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-->--'''Orks''', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

Red things just seem to go faster. In fiction, make something red and you can almost guarantee it'll move quicker, as if the ''colour itself'' [[ArtisticLicensePhysics reduces drag, lowers inertia and increases forward momentum]]. A visual shorthand for getting the point across that an object is zippy.

TruthInTelevision: Red apparently [[http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/color-red.html promotes adrenaline release]] and [[http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/color_red.htm feelings of excitement or intensity,]] which can certainly give the ''appearance'' that a red object is moving faster, as well as possibly encourage the drivers of red vehicles to push the envelope more. Also, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppler_Effect Doppler Effect]] makes things red-shifted if they're moving ''away'' from you at a high speed (read: significant fraction of ''the speed of light''). Don't expect there to be any evolutionary basis for this, however, as it's unlikely any human would ever get to see it with the naked eye.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not at all related]] to RedHerring or RedShirt.

SubTrope of LawOfChromaticSuperiority and ColorCodedForYourConvenience. Compare GoldColoredSuperiority for another color that is considered greater than others (sometimes even red).



[[folder: Advertising ]]

* "Red goes faster" is the car salesman's mantra. [[spoiler:Followed closely by "The red one costs about 5000 more, but it's worth it! Just look at that sheen~"]]


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Played with in ''Manga/BakusouKyoudaiLetsAndGo'', Retsu's red Sonic cars are definitely one of the faster, [[CripplingOverspecialization but at cornering instead of max speed]]. The speedy cars his brother own, meanwhile, has red as a secondary color.
* While there are earlier examples, the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series not only become enamored with this trope, but also act as a TropeCodifier in Japan. In the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam original Gundam]], the only way one could tell apart [[AcePilot Char Aznable]], the [[RedBaron Red Comet's]] [[AMechByAnyOtherName mobile suit]] from any other was because it was [[AceCustom painted red and was three times faster than other suits]][[note]]Char liked to slap larger engines onto his suits, and his fighting style also took full advantage of a mobile suit's legs by using them to "jump" off enemy battleships while attacking them point-black for an extra speed boost. For the movie trilogy version the speed increase was retconned to only ''one third'' faster, as triple the speed of a standard Zaku is an insane performance boost that was one of the anime's holdovers from the SuperRobot genre.[[/note]] (which would otherwise be identical in appearance). This, coupled with Char's [[MagnificentBastard magnetic personality]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse sheer popularity]], has managed to [[MemeticMutation immortalize]] red suits as belonging to [[TheRival Rivals]] in other Gundam series. See LawOfChromaticSuperiority and CharClone for further details.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' revisits this concept with the Trans-Am mode, which turns the suit red and three times faster.
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', if the Cures douse themselves with red perfume made from Heart Seeds, they get a red aura and a speed boost.
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', [[SuperSpeed speed-based fighter]] Fate Testarossa-Harlaown typically wears Barrier Jackets with red belts crisscrossed all over it, while her adopted son and fellow speedster Erio Mondial primarily wears red for his Barrier Jackets and has red hair. And most importly, her [[WhatBeautifulEyes beautiful,]] [[MemeticMutation sad eyes]] are [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]].
** The redheaded Nove is faster than her sister Subaru because her [[RollerbladeGood Jet Edge is lighter than Subaru's Mach Caliber]].
** Deed, who has red eyes and red magic color, is also one of the fastest Numbers.
** Chantez Arpinion has red Knight Clothing and her skill is translated either as "SuperSpeed", "Agile Speed", "Dreadful Speed" or etc.
** Vita, the red Knight of the Iron Hammer, subverts this. She's not particularly slow, but is a MightyGlacier.
* The Manga/OutlawStar is said to be the fastest ship in the galaxy. When asked about the color, Gene had 'em paint it red.
* The main antagonists ''Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened'' are a group of Genesect. Their leader, a Shiny Genesect, knows [[ActionInitiative Extreme Speed]].
* In the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' anime, Ranma gets a huge increase in speed in his [[GenderBenderSuperpower female form]], who has red hair instead of black. For female martial artists, red wunz go fasta.
* Anime/SpeedRacer's car has red features.
* One episode of ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' had Zarkon recruit an elite pilot to defeat the Voltron Force, who demanded a ship customized to his exact specifications for the job. The specifications were about high-speed performance and painting it red.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* All of ComicBook/TheFlash's costumes are predominantly red. (Except [[KidSidekick Kid Flash]], which was yellow & red.)
* The Eternal Makkari from Creator/MarvelComics.


[[folder: Film -- Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'': [=McQueen=] is red and, as seen in the page image, he's very fast.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': When Experiment 626 steals a police cruiser to escape, of course he takes the red one. {{Lampshaded}} by his (now former) captors. The [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]] explicitly states that it is the fastest of the police cruisers.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/ANewHope'', the Battle of Yavin consists of two squadrons of Rebel fighters and bombers attacking the AchillesHeel of the Galactic Empire's battle station, the planet-destroying Death Star. There's Gold Squadron, which is made of slow Y-wing bombers, and Red Squadron, which is made of X-wing starfighters, which are much faster. Said X-wings are decorated with a red band.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Red Hare, Lü Bu's horse from ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. Said to be as quick as any rabbit and famed for being a horse among horses during the era of the Three Kingdoms, it is described in the novel as "uniform ashen red, with not a hair of another colour" and "capable of travelling 1,000 li (approximately 500 km) in a day". In the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series of games, it is also the fastest horse that one could get.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', there is an episode where the Chigs are shown to have specially modified fighters that can skip across the event horizon of a black hole. They look exactly like regular Chig fighters except that they are red.
* The power of the Red Ranger in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' is super speed.
* Hiromu Sakurada/Red Buster of ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' also has super speed as his power.
* Series/KamenRiderDrive's Type Speed is his red base form that happens to be faster than his other two basic forms, as the name would suggest.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In ''Comicbook/ThePerishers'', Marlon was convinced his soapbox cart was faster once Wellington painted a red stripe on it.
-->'''Wellington''': Well, if it makes you happy to think so.
-->''(Marlon leaves)''
-->'''Wellington''': What's ''in'' this paint?


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is the TropeNamer:
** [[Characters/Warhammer40000Orks Ork]] vehicles go faster when they're red because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Orks think they do]] (technically Orks are a little bit psychic, but don't know it, and the mass belief causes a small alteration in the engine's reality. One assumes if enough colour-blind orks formed an army, then GREEN ones would go faster...). This is reflected in-game; for a small extra deployment cost, you can give any Ork model with a red paintjob a bonus to its move radius. [[RealityWarper Orks believe really, really good.]] In previous editions this was the only upgrade that actually mandated you to use a specific color (It's no longer a requirement by a strict reading of the rules, but if you can successfully convince someone that your not-red car is really red, it would be a feat worthy of an Ork).
** The Blood Angels [[Characters/Warhammer40000Astartes Space Marines]] are noted for wearing red armor. Their vehicles are able to be outfitted with extra strong engines that give them additional movement distances each turn. They are also able to field a specific jump pack equipped unit that receives extra movement compared to other Space Marine jump pack troops.
** Saim-Hann, the [[Characters/Warhammer40000Eldar Eldar]] craftworld that makes most use of jetbikes and fast skimmers, also uses red as their primary colour.
** Averted by [[Characters/Warhammer40000TauEmpire Tau]] commander Farsight's custom red battlesuit, which is not in fact three times faster than a regular one (it's considerably better in combat, though).
* Inverted in TabletopGame/{{Iron Kingdoms}} in the case of Khador, whose Warjacks are painted red, and are among the slowest in the game.
* Red creatures in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are likely to have speed abilities such as haste and first strike. Red decks are also the most likely to rely on a quick start and burning through their hand to kill their opponent before the enemy deck can bring out its powerful abilities.


[[folder: Tropes ]]

* The RedOniBlueOni duo defines the "Red Oni" character as quicker to jump into something than the more relaxed "Blue Oni".


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/PacMan'' has Blinky, the red ghost. While he's no faster than the other ghosts at first, after a certain amount of dots have been eaten, he speeds up to be faster than the other ghosts. After a few more, he speeds up even more to the point where he's ''faster than Pac-Man himself''. Considering that he's also programmed to be TheDeterminator, this generally makes the final stretch of each level much more difficult as it takes much more effort to shake him off your tail.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': The Orcs vehicle speed upgrade is called "Da Red Wunz go Fasta."
* Link's Loftwing in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is said to be the fastest in all of Skyloft. It's known as the Crimson Loftwing. [[CaptainObvious Guess what color it is?]]
** Before, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', Epona is the fastest horse on Lon Lon Ranch. How can you tell? Because she's red. Her ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' incarnation has some of the best stats of all the potential mounts, though only if you use amiibo.
** And before even then, in ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', your Boomerang can be upgraded so that it flies farther and faster. Not only does it turn red, it trails [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkles]] behind it.
* ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame'' has this as one of the many collectible Video Game Cliches.
** Subtly notable in ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'' in which Bart's Ferrini, the hover bike and the open-wheel UsefulNotes/FormulaOne car have some of the highest acceleration and speed stats of the game.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioKart7'', one of the customizable tire sets that can be used on a kart is the Red Monster wheels, which have a slightly higher acceleration than the normal Monster Wheels, which are blue.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' has two temporary examples: the Dash Pepper turns Yoshi red and gives him enough speed to run up walls and on water, and the Rainbow Star increases Mario or Luigi's speed and turns them red as opposed to the flashing multicolored version from [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy the first game]] though still leaves multicolored [[SpeedEchoes duplicates to emphasize their speed]].
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has an achievement named after this: "Why? Because it's red." It refers to the rarest of the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj mounts - the red one. (It doesn't actually go faster though.)
* {{Inverted}} in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. While Knuckles is colored red, and he is quite fast, he pales in comparison to other characters like Sonic and Tails. However Sonic's trademark choice of red footwear is very much this trope played straight.
** Played mostly straight with the springs in the early 16-bit games in the series. The yellow-colored springs provide a slight speed and height boost when bounced upon, and the red ones make Sonic jump much higher and move much faster. ''VideoGame/KnucklesChaotix'' added blue springs in certain stages, which were even more powerful than the red ones.
* In both ''VideoGame/{{Tomba}}'' games, Tomba can equip different colored pants to increase his speed. Both times, the pants that give the greatest speed boost are red.
* While there are plenty of other red robots from VideoGame/MegaMan that aren't considered very fast, the red [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 Quick Man]] was built to be the fastest robot in the series. Also, ''VideoGame/MegaManX's'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManZero's'' Zero is quite the LightningBruiser.
* In ''Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters'', the red MechaMooks act like the ordinary white ones, except that they move considerably faster.
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'': Foxy the Pirate Fox has a red suit, and he's able to run from his cove to your office in mere seconds.
* A secret EasterEgg camouflage in ''[[Videogame/MechWarrior MechWarrior Living Legends]]'' for the Uziel paints the entire battlemech a dark red, with [[NoseArt yellow eyes and teeth]]. The Uziel is one of the most agile Medium mechs, as it is usually paired with either a JumpJetPack or [[NitroBoost MASC]]. The Sparrowhawk aerospace fighter - an extremely agile scout plane -- has a gunmetal gray fuselage with red stripes and [[NoseArt shark teeth]].
* Driver M.Rossi in the ''Videogame/ForzaMotorsport'' series. He's not necessarily faster, but he is a ''much'' more aggressive driver than the other AIs. And unless the car he's driving has an ad-festooned livery, it will be painted ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosso_corsa rosso corsa]]''.
* In the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' series, Split Dynasty ships are painted a rusty red and are with only a few exceptions the [[FragileSpeedster fastest and least shielded]] ship in their class. Pirate ships are modified with sweet flame NoseArt and are, for most the part, faster than the original Argon, Teladi, and Split ships they are based on.
* In ''VideoGame/LegoIsland'' Nubby will sometimes ask the player if red cars are faster than blue cars. He then asks if it's the colors that make the car run faster. Very strange coming from him since he's supposed to be a ''mechanic''.
* One of the Adornments in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' is a red chocobo chick that says the trope title word for word.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Given a LampshadeHanging in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0817.html this]] ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strip when Tarquin describes his fastest FlyingCarpet.
--> '''Tarquin''': This is my fastest FlyingCarpet, Elan. You'll note both its red color as well as its racing stripes.
* ''Space Blood'' inverts this with Zalda Len's Space Destroyer and Space Fighter, Which are [[PurpleIsPowerful Purple]] and move three times faster than the mass produced red versions as mention [[http://space-blood.thecomicseries.com/comics/15 here]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Route Of All Evil", Cubert and Dwight take over Planet Express, rename it Awesome Express and repaint the ship red and give it flame decals for this very reason.
-->'''Cubert:''' Leela, help me put these decals I got in my cereal on the ship. They'll make it go faster.\\
'''Leela:''' Really? What's your scientific reasoning for that?\\
'''Cubert:''' I'm twelve.
* Although there are multiple colors represented, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Rainbow Dash, wielder of the red MineralMacGuffin, and red is the predominant color when she is doing one of her super speed stunts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', Chan's road racer is painted red.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Randy argues that painting a pinewood derby car red was the main reason it went faster-than-light. Of course, the real reason is because he stole a magnet from the Large Hadron Collider and put it in the car.
* In ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'', Alura specifies to Keith the the Red Lion is a little faster than the other four.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

%% Fact check to see whether insurance companies charge higher rates due to cars being red.
* Red cars are often more likely to be cited for speeding tickets than other colors. This is [[CaptainObvious probably due to]] the tendency of people in red cars to go faster than anything directly caused by the color.
** Also, red tends to be a lot more visible on the road, meaning they're more likely to be spotted by cops.
** Red is an incredibly popular color for supercars, to the point that non-red ones actually depreciate (price-wise) at a quicker rate. Enforced Trope?
* The Midland Railway and its successor, the LMS Railway, painted passenger engines red, such as [[http://www.nrm.org.uk/globalmedia/CD050127_2.png No. 1000]] and the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fa/Duchess_of_Hamilton_streamlined_-_2009-05-19.jpg Duchess of Hamilton.]]
* The most successful UsefulNotes/FormulaOne racing team is Scuderia Ferrari, 16 titles with their trademark red cars. [=McLaren=] also won most of its titles using a white and red scheme inspired by sponsor Marlboro.
** [=McLaren=] used to have a different color scheme, until they averted the trope by removing paint from the car which [[BoringButPractical made it faster]].
* The 1971 Spa 24 Hours ended up as if an Ork racing team had gone rampant. The Mercedes-Benz tuner AMG took the biggest luxury sedan below the Rolls-Royce league in those days, the Mercedes 300 SEL and turned it into a monster nicknamed [[http://www.car137.com/2010/04/mercedes-benz-300sel-red-sow.html "Red Sow."]] The already humongous 6.3-liter V8 was rebored to 6.8 liters and 420hp, the interior was left as-is except for the rollcage, and the entire ride was painted red. Despite its weight and frequent pit-stops, it was fasta than everything else except one BMW 2800CS. It was heavy, cumbersome, ugly, not to mention built from wreckage before the Spa race, [[TimTaylorTechnology it consumed insane amounts of gas and tires, but it was RED and FAST]].
* Some studies suggest that signals from red cones in the eyes -- photoreceptors that detect the red/orange end of the spectrum -- are processed more quickly by the brain's visual cortex than signals from green or blue cones. Thus, ''seeing'' red literally happens faster than seeing other colors.
* Early in the twentieth century, ''silver'' cars were widely thought to go faster, mainly because silver paint was incredibly uncommon so the colour generally meant that the car wasn't painted, which both reduced weight and indicated that the car was a dedicated racer.
* Buses of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empresa_Municipal_de_Transportes_de_Madrid Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid,]] the company that operates almost all the public bus lines of the city of UsefulNotes/{{Madrid}}, Spain, were painted [[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Emt-madrid-15.JPG red with white stripes]] until the late 2000s when they changed it for [[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Madrid_-_Autobús_EMT_8824_-_121212_145920.jpg blue]] instead, on the grounds the latter is a more relaxing color than red as explained much above.[[note]]Seats and handrails were red too, later changed to blue, green (for seats reserved for disabled/elderly people and the like) and yellow respectively for the same reason.[[/note]][[AvertedTrope They still are as fast as a public transit bus can be despite the color change]].