Blue Is Heroic

While a lot of heroes tend to use red as their primary or differentiating color, there is another color that is used arguably just as often. And that color is blue.

While red is usually used to convey a hero of active action and energizing leadership (usually out of its association with fire), blue on the other hand usually conveys one that is more down to earth, cool-headed and may use his wits and intelligence to lead others (usually out of its association with water).

Where red gets associated with heroes because it's passionate and intense, blue gets associated with heroes because it's trustworthy and resolute.

Blue, especially the lighter-to-medium tones or combined with white, is often associated with calmness, kindness of heart and connection with the heavens, making it one of, if not the most common color to convey good. Thus, when the hero and the villain are color-coded to differentiate them from one another, the hero usually gets blue in some form (ironically enough, villains get red instead).

Another common way of invoking this trope is by, rather than applying the color to the costume, doing it in other iconic features, like Frickin' Laser Beams, Battle Aura, Laser Blade, Sword Lines, Sword Beam, and other forms of Power Glows. This is particularly common in anime, where color coding using the costumes is not used that often. Sometimes, also portraying the hero in an Unnaturally Blue Lighting has a similar effect.

In Video Games that involve some kind of team work (either with other human players, NPCs or controlling all the units directly), blue is also usually the to-go color to indicate the party controlled by the player, in contrast with red for enemies and green/yellow for allies. Specially if said party is supposed to be a heroic one.

May overlap with You Gotta Have Blue Hair in Japanese media, Pink Girl, Blue Boy for contrasting a male hero with his Love Interest, and True Blue Femininity in heroines.

A Sub-Trope of Good Colors, Evil Colors.

When Blue Is Heroic and Red Is Heroic are both applied to the same character you get a Primary-Color Champion.

A Sister Trope to Water Is Blue, Heavenly Blue and Red Is Heroic.

Compare Innocent Blue Eyes, Red Oni, Blue Oni, Heroes Prefer Swords, Color-Coded Characters, Purple Is Powerful and Law of Chromatic Superiority.

Contrast Creepy Blue Eyes, Occult Blue Eyes and Blue with Shock.

Examples

Anime and Manga:
  • Most of the heroes from the Dragon Ball franchise usually portray their Ki Manipulation with this color (Although occasionally some studios have used yellow instead). The most iconic examples, the legendary Kame Hame Ha wave, which is always this color, as well as the Spirit Bomb.
  • Blue and red are the heroes' favorite colors in the Mazinger universe:
  • Kenshin Himura is usually portrayed in an Unnaturally Blue Lighting when he's executing his techniques, while his opponents do in different colors.
  • Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach zigzags between this and Red Is Heroic. His spirit pressure in his normal Shinigami stage has a light blue color, as well as his Getsuga Tenshou technique. When he activates his Bankai, however, it turns black and red. However, when he activates his Final Getsuga Tenshou, it turns black and blue.
  • Played with in Naruto with Sasuke Uchiha. Before the Time Skip, he was usually associated with blue due to his costume. However, after his Face-Heel Turn, he drops that color almost completely. Even when he gets his most powerful attacks, his Chakra turns purple..
  • Seiya from Saint Seiya, whose Cosmos and attacks all glow in this color. The Pegasus armor usually gets a blue hue as well, which is specially prominent in the manga. The anime tends to go for a Primary-Color Champion by mixing with some red clothes under the armor and some yellow ornaments.
  • Death Note has L as a Hero Antagonist version of this trope. L is usually associated with the blue color, while Light Yagami is associated with red. This usually represented in the lighting they get.
  • Saber, from the Fate/stay night franchise. She wears a blue Battle Ballgown. The Visual Novel also usually depict her attacks with blue Sword Lines (as seen in the trope image). The ufotable anime adaptation of Fate/Zero, as well as the upcoming remake of the original Stay Night, also feature that. (The exception would be the Excalibur attack, which power is symbolized by a golden light.)
  • Shinji Ikari, the main protagonist from Neon Genesis Evangelion, whose pilot suit is blue in contrast with the other pilots (white for Rei, red for Asuka, black for Kaworu and pink for Mari).
  • Simon, main character of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, whose clothes are prominently blue. Including his hair and his eyes for good measure.

Comic Books:
  • As part of his Primary-Color Champion status, Superman's suit is prominently blue. Specially after the New 52, where he dropped the red underwear. Although the big red cape is just as prominent, the blue suit conveys more Superman's gentle and kind nature. A Fan Nickname for Superman is "The Big Blue Boyscout".
  • Captain America. Albeit his costume is supposed to represent the American flag, blue is by far the most prominent color. This helps to drive home his straight leadership in The Avengers.
    • His fellow Avenger Hawkeye even wears a combination of blue and (royal?) purple, but does not that often appear in a leadership role.
  • The Fantastic Four. Full stop. All four of them wear iconic blue skin-tight jump suits. They started out with sky blue suits offset by black gloves and boots, under John Byrne the got dark blue (almost black) suits with white gloves and boots, and from then on the look changed again now and then.
  • Nightwing's traditional costume uses a prominent blue trim, symbolizing his more level-headed attitude in comparison to Batman.
  • Cyclops, the team leader of the X-Men, is usually depicted in a blue spandex in more modern versions. Another iconic example in the same series would be the Beast, with his blue fur, which matches his intelligence and kind nature. Iceman has been known to wear white-sky blue combinations, and one of Jean Grey's least-loved costumes was the blue-orange combo she got from Jim Lee.
  • Batman sometimes has a blue batsuit (especially the cape and cowl) in some iterations. He tends to be more... stable, when he's depicted in that one (albeit not always).
  • Dr. Manhattan, from Watchmen, is a pretty unique tragic, borderline Anti-Hero example.
  • Miracleman, AKA Marvelman. Partly because he was originally a Captain Ersatz of superhero Captain Marvel, and by extension, an Expy of Superman.
  • Despite his name, Black Lightning's costume sports a dark blue costume with prominent bright blue trims.
  • A-Bomb, Rick Jones's mutated form, resembles the Hulk villain Abomination with the exception of being colored blue. Though he resembles the Abomination, A-Bomb is more heroic than his green colored villainous counterpart and is an ally of Hulk.
  • Spider-Man has a largely blue costume, although the shade changed over time. In his very first appearance in Amazing Fantasy the costume was more red and black, but soon after the black (with blue highlights) became blue (with black shading). It should be noted that in his darker days, he has been known to wear a black costume to reflect just how mean he's gonna get.

Fan Works

Film - Live Action:
  • Probably the most iconic example in the medium is the blue lightsaber from the Star Wars series, usually associated with the Jedi, in contrast with red lightsabers for the Sith. With the exception of Return of the Jedi, when green was used instead due to technical difficultiesnote , the main heroes have always used a blue one more often than not.
    • Played with in the prequel trilogy with the the laser beams from the Clone army, and during the Anakin Vs Obi-Wan duel. Considering how blue is used prominently as the color of good in this series, this helps to establish the morally messed-up situation of the Clone Wars. Especially in the duel.
  • The Noble Savage Humanoid Aliens Na'vi from Avatar are blue skinned.
  • The Master of Disguise subverts this, as it's actually the villainous Devlin Bowman whose surroundings are often lit with blue lighting, and he wears blue shirts under his white suits. Word of God was that this was a stylistic choice to have seens with Bowman feel cold and menacing (as opposed to the Disguiseys' world which had lots of warmer colors like red and gold).

Film - Animation:
  • Played with in Wreckit Ralph. Fix-it Felix Jr., the Adorkable Nice Guy is dressed all in blue, in opposition to Ralph's red. In the "Fix-It Felix" game, they're The Hero and the Big Bad respectively. However, the story of the movie itself is about Ralph trying to move away from his role as a villain and trying to become a hero of his own. Felix, on the other hand, moves to a Lancer role, but without loosing any of his heroic traits.

Literature:

LiveActionTV:
  • Batman, in his TV series days, was definitely on the bluer end of grey. Not in vain, this is one of the... happier... versions of the character.
  • In Star Trek: The Original Series, Spock and McCoy wear blue. In Spock's case, it probably represents his coolness and rationality, while for McCoy, it signifies his gentleness and kindness.

Mythology
  • The heroic god Vishnu and his avatars from Hindu Mythology are blue skinned.

Video Games:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog. His blueness represents freedom and clear blue skies, as well as his generally easygoing nature. This is put in contrast with Eggman's redness as well as Knuckles' intense red and Shadow's red accents.
  • Mega Man, also known as the "Blue Bomber" because of the color of his body, which is mostly blue. Same goes through his other incarnations in the Sequel Series. Notably, they always tend to be innocent or noble-minded in contrast to other characters, although it never stops them from getting stronger.
    • Downplayed in Mega Man Star Force, where Omega-Xis (the Mega Man incarnation of the series) had more selfish motives, at least at first, and he seems to be quite a brash Blood Knight.
    • Subverted in Mega Man Zero: The hero Zero is red, and the Big Bad Copy X is blue (and the antithesis of real X in almost every way).
  • Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series. His sneaking suits are usually dark greyish-blue, specially in Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
  • The Alliance campaign of Warcraft III gives you blue-armored units (unlike Warcraft II and Starcraft, there are no faction-specific colors).
  • Raynor's Raiders in the Starcraft games are blue-armored (in the first one. You sometimes play as the red Sons of Korhal, but go back to blue once you leave them after their Face-Heel Turn).
  • The Fire Emblem series. With a couple of exceptions, the main protagonist is always depicted with a distinguishable blue hair, with blue clothes to boot.
  • The main hero from Persona3 is associated with dark blue.
  • Kasumi, main heroine of the Dead or Alive franchise. Her most iconic outfit is a blue kimono.
  • Though he's associated mostly with green, Link from the The Legend of Zelda series usually gets blue as a prominent secondary color by the Master Sword, whose hilt is purplish-blue, and all his forms of Sword Lines, Sword Beam and such, light blue. Also, the Hylian Shield.
  • Cloud Strife, from Final Fantasy VII displays a blue Battle Aura in the compilation works.
  • Beck from Mighty No. 9 has a predominant color of blue in his color scheme partly due to being the Spiritual Successor of Mega Man.
  • Elsword: Chung, one of the playable characters, is color coded with blue, and unlike the main protagonist Elsword, Chung is more heroic, noble and innnocent (being a prince helps).
  • The generally-heroic Ultramarines of Warhammer 40K, as their name indicates, have blue armor. To a lesser extent, the Space Wolves (who use grey-blue) who are more Chaotic Good.
  • The Knights of Justice from Black Moon Chronicles use blue everywhere, to the point where they all use You Gotta Have Blue Hair in a Medieval European Fantasy.
  • Sparkster, the main protagonist of the Rocket Knight Adventures series, has a light blue armor which is put in contrast with his Evil Counterpart, Axel Gear, who wears a suit of dark purple armor (Red in the 2010 game, Rocket Knight), as well as the green armor of Emperor Devligus Devotindos' Pig Soldiers in the original game, and the purple armor of King Gedol's Lizard soldiers in the Genesis sequel, Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2.
  • Shulk from Xenoblade, by the blue Laser Blade of the Monado (both the original and the replica) and, specially, the intense blue glow of his eyes each time he has a vision of the future. This eye glow eventually evolves into a full-fledged blue Battle Aura.
  • In Highborn, the Highborn army and buildings they control are blue. It's even Lampshaded by some of the characters, who occasionally say something to the effect of "Oh, he's blue, so he's on the Highborn side". When you play as the Decay in the third chapter, they become blue and the enemy Highborn become red instead.

Western Animation:

Real Life:
  • A lot of police forces around the world choose some shade of blue as the primary color for their uniforms.