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Color Character

A superhero and masked hero naming convention where the hero has a colour as part of their name.

Generally, this colour is incorporated into their powers, their appearance, or their costume in some way. Expect it to be pointed out if it isn't. Most names of this type take the form of Colour Noun.

A Sister Trope to Something Person, where the hero or villain has his power or defining trait as part of his code name. May or may not be Color-Coded for Your Convenience. Wanders into Added Alliterative Appeal on occasion.

Different colours tend to signify different things. A few of these characters are from the Cold War era and are coloured red because they come from, or represent, a communist nation. Black can indicate a Captain Ethnic or an Anti-Hero.

See also Colourful Theme Naming, All Your Colors Combined.


Examples:

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    Pink 

Comic Books
  • Pinky (sidekick to Mr. Scarlet) - Fawcett Comics

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

    Red 

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Literature

Live-Action TV

Mythology and Legends

Radio

Tabletop Games

Theatre

Video Games

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

    Orange 

    Yellow/Gold 

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Web Comics

Web Original

    Green 

Comic Books

Literature
  • Green Ghost - Pulp series

Radio

Video Games

Web Comics

Web Original

    Blue 

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Film

Live-Action TV
  • While Blue Senturion from Power Rangers Turbo is an example of this, his Sentai counterpart, Signalman, isn't.
  • On Smallville, the media begins referring to Clark Kent's superhero identity, not as Superman, but as the "Blue Blur" (or "the red-and-blue blur," or just "the Blur").

Video Games

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

    Purple 

Comic Books

Live-Action TV

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

    Brown 

Comic Books

Web Comics Western Animation

    Black
(colour) 

Anime

Comic Books

Literature

Live-Action Television

Professional Wrestling

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

    Black
(Used by a Black Captain Ethnic) 

Comic Books

Webcomics
  • Averted in Spinnerette: Tiger is a large black super hero, but his name is just "Tiger". The reason this comes up is because everyone always calls him "Black Tiger".
    "It's just Tiger, damnit!"

Western Animation

    Silver 

Comic Books

Web Original

Western Animation

    Grey 

Comic Books

Literature
  • The Grey Lady, Fenrir Greyback - Harry Potter
  • Gandalf the Grey, also known as "Mithrandir" which is Sindarin elven for "Grey Wanderer." - Lord of the Rings
  • The Gray Lensman - Lensmen

Web Original

Western Animation

    White 

Anime

Comic Books

Live-Action TV

Tabletop Games

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Web Original
  • The Great White Hunter, Fuoco Bianco ("White Fire", an Italian supervillain), White Dragon, Whiteout, White Rabbit, White Owl, Bai Hou ("White Monkey, a Chinese Spider-Manesque martial artist), and El Halcon Blanco ("White Falcon", a Mexican ice-blaster) — Global Guardians PBEM Universe
  • White Witch - Whateley Universe

Western Animation
  • White Pantera - El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera

    Spectrum 
A form of Theme Naming when most or all of the cast is named after colors.

Anime and Manga

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Literature

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Puppet Shows

Video Games
  • Disgaea has the Prism Rangers, themselves a parody of Power Rangers and Super Sentai.
  • The Yakumos have a colour theme doubled with Bilingual Bonus - namely, Chen means orange, Ran means indigo and Yukari means violet. This gets VERY meaningful - Yukari is the most powerful of the 3, Chen is the weakest, and THAT'S just the game of their introduction. In the 8th game, Yukari is half of the border team, the other half being the predominantly red-wearing Reimu, making the team name very meaningful.
  • Main heroes of The Wonderful 101 are Wonder-Red, Wonder-Blue, Wonder-Green and so on.

Web Comics

Web Original
  • In the Whateley Universe stories about Silver Ghost, she gets involved with SPECTRUM, the superhero group of Cincinnati. They have theme naming (Green Witch, Yellow Knight, Azure, etc), which really ticks off Tawny - she'd rather have a name like Lioness.
    • There's also the Iron Legion, a group of Powered Armor mercenaries whose code names (and armor) are Color-Coded for Your Convenience...Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet all wear armors in colors that match their names.
    • The White Legion, a group of white-supremacist superheroes. All of them have "white" in their names.

Western Animation

    Referenced 

ChiaroscuroAmazing Technicolor IndexColor-Coded Armies
Code NameSuperhero TropesComes Great Responsibility
Code NameNaming ConventionsThe Danza
Colon CancerAdded Alliterative AppealColor-Coded Characters
Bring My Red JacketColour-Coded for Your ConvenienceColor-Coded Armies
Red TornadoImageSource/Comic BooksRising Stars

alternative title(s): Colour Character
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