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-> ''"I even had this red carpet imported from the Fire Nation! You know, they make the '''best''' [[SinglePaletteTown red stuff]] over there!"''
-->-- '''Varrick''', ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''

A common trope in works that make use of ElementsOfNature -- especially in video games that feature ElementalPowers -- is that every element will have a color associated with it. This way, you know that anything red is related to fire, blue to water, etc.

This can manifest in many ways. Some common ones are enemies and weapons being the color of their element, element-resistant armor having that element's color, and elemental spells being color coded in menus.

A few common examples of this trope follow. There are occasions where other colors are used for these elements, and these are by no means the only elements that get color coded.
* '''[[PlayingWithFire Fire]]''': Almost exclusively [[FireIsRed red]] or orange.
* '''[[MakingASplash Water]]''': Almost exclusively [[WaterIsBlue blue]].
* '''[[BlowYouAway Air / Wind]]''': Green in [[WindIsGreen most Asian works]], yellow otherwise. Sometimes white or a shade of gray, rarely blue or purple. Occasionally red and brown if Autumn-themed.
* '''[[DishingOutDirt Earth]]''': Yellow, brown, grey, and orange are all common. Green if nature is not separate or if yellow is already taken.
* '''[[AnIcePerson Ice]]''': In settings where water and ice are distinct, water will tend to be a darker blue, while ice tends toward lighter blues, cyan or even white.
* '''[[ShockAndAwe Electricity / Lightning / Thunder]]''': When this element is treated as a separate element (sometimes, it gets lumped with air/weather), it's pretty much always yellow. In the rare cases it isn't yellow, it will be electric blue, purple (thunder clouds), or white. See YellowLightningBlueLightning.
* '''[[GreenThumb Nature / Plants / Wood]]''': Usually green, perhaps with other earth tones. If dealing specifically with flowers, it will usually be pink.
* '''[[ExtraOreDinary Metal / Steel]]''': When treated as a distinct element (rather than a subset of earth), metal is usually a metallic gray, silver, or white (particularly in Wu Xing-inspired works).
* '''[[PoisonousPerson Poison]]''': [[TechnicolorToxin Green in Western works, purple in Eastern ones]].
* '''[[LightEmUp Light]]''': Usually [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine white or a bright yellow/gold]]. Pink, if ThePowerOfLove is a major aspect.
* '''[[HolyHandGrenade Holy]]''': Usually pure white.
* '''[[CastingAShadow Darkness]]''': Usually black, though [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack dark purple]] is also very common. Dark greens if it is also centered on poison.
* '''[[GravityMaster Gravity]]''': Usually [[GravityIsPurple purple]]. Black if associated with UsefulNotes/BlackHoles or darkness in general.
* '''[[MagnetismManipulation Magnetism]]''': Usually red for positive charge, and either black, gunmetal gray or blue for negative charge. White for neutral charge.
* '''[[PureEnergy Energy]]''': Pretty much any color, depending on the type.

A SuperTrope to ElementalHair and ElementalEyeColors. A SubTrope of ColourCodedForYourConvenience. A SisterTrope to ColorCodedWizardry (the wizards themselves being color coded).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Many of the Clow Cards in ''Anime/CardcaptorSakura'' are [[ElementalEmbodiment Elemental Embodiments]], and follow this rule. The Windy, one of Sakura's first cards, is light yellow, which is odd for an Asian work, but sometimes her wind manifests in shades of green and she has a green crown. The Firey is various shades of orange, red, and yellow. The Wood is all green and looks like a dryad, while The Earthy is brown but also has some green accents in her outfit. The Watery is various shades of blue, while The Freeze, one of the anime-exclusive cards, is light blue. The Thunder manifests as a wolf-like creature composed of electric blue lightning. To round it off, The Light and The Dark, who are sisters, dress in all-white and all-black respectively, but have some accents in the opposite color in their outfits.
* ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' has Battle Lover Cerulean (water) = blue, Battle Lover Epinard (wind) = green and Battle Lover Sulfur (earth) = yellow. The other two Battle Lovers are Scarlet (light) = red and Vesta (flame) = pink, which would work if they switched.
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' has Cure Blossom [[note]]and, to a certain extent, [[spoiler:Cure Flower]][[/note]] (Earth/Nature) = pink; Cure Marine (Water/Sea) = blue; Cure Sunshine ([[ThePowerOfTheSun sunlight]]) = yellow; Cure Moonlight (well, just look at [[{{Lunacy}} her name]]) = silver/purple.
* In ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', fire powers are red, water powers are blue, and wind powers are green. Note that the three main characters were already colour-coded red, blue, and green before getting magic, and then got the associated element.
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', Denki Kaminari controls electricity and has blond hair, matching his powers. Shoto Todoroki's design features white hair for the half of his body that controls ice, and red hair for the half that controls fire, while inverting the color scheme for his eyes. Fumikage Tokoyami has a living shadow and is very darkness-themed, while his design features both black (for himself) and dark purple (for his shadow) heavily. Side character Tetsutetsu Tetsutesu can coat his body in steel and has silver hair with grayish, quirky eyebrows. Ibara Shiozaki can control plants and has green hair (her hair actually being the plants she controls).
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'' has several characters whose elemental powers can be matched with the colors in their physical appearance, most notably the Admirals. Kizaru can control light, and wears a yellow suit. Akainu controls magma, and wears a crimson red suit. Aokiji controls ice, and wears a blue dress shirt underneath a white vest. Fujitora controls gravity, and wears a purple yukata and cloak.
* Used in ''Anime/RoninWarriors'': red = fire, cyan = water, green = light, blue = air, and orange = earth.
* Directly used in ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie''. Although the world doesn't particularly focus on elemental colors, at one point, Louie directly invokes this trope when he has to place five colored orbs in place to represent the five elements. The tricky part is, as this page shows, there's no universally accepted set of colors, so he has some trouble, mostly over if blue represents air or water.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' follows almost all of these rules. [[PlayingWithFire Sailor Mars]] has a red fuku, Sailor Mercury has ice- and water-based powers and a blue fuku (Sailor Neptune has both sea green hair and fuku and controls the sea); Sailor Jupiter has lightning, wind, and GreenThumb powers, with a green fuku and pink accents. Sailor Uranus is the Soldier of Flight[=/=]Wind and has wind-related powers. Although her main colour is dark blue, the secondary colour of her uniform is gold. Sailor Pluto's powers are time related and her fuku is black, although the accent color is a dark brown/red color. Sailor Saturn, whose powers are all about death and destruction, has a dark purple fuku.
* ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' has Cure Happy (Light) = pink; Cure Sunny (Fire) = orange/red; Cure Peace (Thunder) = yellow; Cure March (Wind) = green; Cure Beauty (Ice) = blue. [[spoiler:Also, Royale Candy (Light) = white]].
* Xyz Summoning in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' and ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. The six Attributes are colored in six different colors: yellow for LIGHT, purple for DARK, red for FIRE, blue for WATER, green for WIND and brown for EARTH. Whenever monsters overlay, they shine in one of those colors representing their current Attribute. The Overlay Units of an Xyz Monster have the color of the Xyz Monster's Attribute.
* In the fourth season of ''Digimon'', ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', the Chosen Children, and a few antagonists, had some elemental powers of there own. Each were represented by given spirits, symbols, and colors. Red and gold were fire, white and navy were light, white and green were ice, pink and purple were wind, blue and yellow were thunder, brown and blue were earth, brown and green were wood, gray and blue were water, green and silver were metal, and black, maroon, and bronze were darkness.
* Most, if not all of the Mamodo in ''Anime/ZatchBell'' that are elemental-themed feature color schemes related to their powers. From the blond main character controlling lightning to minor characters who control plants being mostly green. The very first enemy features the color blue heavily on his design, and controls ice.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/CloudedSky'', there are temples dedicated to each Pokémon type, and the acolytes of the temples dress in colors that correspond with the type their temple represents (Fire Temple = Red, Water Temple = Blue, etc.).
* In ''Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements'', each Energy Keeper wears silver, Water Keepers wear blue, Fire Keepers wear red and orange, Earth Keepers wear green, and Air Keepers wear white.
* In ''Fanfic/PowerRangersGuardiansOfGaia'', each of the Rangers draw on a different element and are color coded to each one, [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience as is the norm for]] PowerRangers. Red Ranger uses fire, Green Ranger uses wind, Blue Ranger uses water, Orange Ranger uses earth, Violet Ranger uses lightning, [[spoiler: Wizard Ranger (who is mostly colored yellow and gold) uses light, and Indigo Ranger uses darkness]].

* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'' the four stones that are collected represent each element and when opened glow a specific elemental color: red = fire, blue = water, yellow = air and green = earth.

* In Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series the dedicates of the Living Circle take vows to gods of one of the four elements and then wear habits colored to one of the four elements: red = fire, blue = water, yellow = air and green = earth.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'' has a color associated with the element involved in each of the six types of furycrafting: fire is red, water is blue, earth is green, air is also green, metal is gray, and wood is brown. Each element also has its own symbol, which is on the covers of some editions of the books.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series: red = fire, blue = air, yellow = earth, green = water.
* In ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' elemental magic is employed in this way, and mages wear the color of the element of magic with which they are aligned. Aeshes, fire mages, wear red; shamais, water mages, wear blue; ruahks, air mages, wear silver; and aretzes, earth mages, wear green. [[spoiler: Also shows up in the actual magic of orahs (light aligned) and hosheks (dark aligned), which are gold-white and purple-black versions of the regular elements, respectively. For example, aesh-fire is the same color as regular fire, but orah-fire is pure white and hoshek-fire is dark purple]].
* Taken to extremes in Allen L. Wold's ''The Eye In The Stone'', in which magic derives from an energy-field called the Lattice. Different aspects of the Lattice have different colors, arranged like a triple spectrum (pale, medium, and dark shades of magenta through crimson, plus white and black at the ends) for a total of ''twenty-two'' ColorCodedElements. When magic is used, the auras and sparks produced by spell-casting match the color(s) of the aspect being used, and several of those aspects correspond to elements.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Some minor color variations used in the Filipino fantasy series ''Encantadia'': Air is white/blue, Water is green, Earth is brown, Fire is the more conventional red.
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' has shades of this trope with the Core Medals: Green is Lightning, Yellow is Light, Gray is Gravity, Red is Fire, Blue is Water, and Purple is Ice/Void.
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has the main rider's canon states all colored, and modeled after given elements, as well as being immune to them. Gold is electriciry, red is fire, silver is magnetism, and cyan is cosmic energy. Each of the astroswtiches that activate their respective states are all multiples of 10, and are in the same color as that state (with the exception of the N Magnet and S Magnet switches, which are 30 and 31, and are colored red and blue respectively).
** In ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', Wizard's elemental [[MultiformBalance Styles]] are color-coded: Flame is red, Water is blue, Land is yellow, and Hurricane (wind) is green. Infinity Style is either white, silver, or clear.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai''/''Franchise/PowerRangers'' teams (who already are ColorCodedForYourConvenience) that feature elemental powers use these in different ways:
** ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'': Red uses fire, Green uses wind, Blue uses water, Yellow uses lightning, and Pink uses...flowers. (''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' lacks the powers but still keeps bits of the elemental motifs.)
** Seen in the theme of the mecha of ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive''/''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'': (Using the ''Rangers'' names:) Haz Rescue is yellow and a mining truck (Earth), Aero Rescue is green and a helicopter (Air), Pyro Rescue is Red and a fire truck (Fire), Aqua Rescue is blue and a truck with water cannons (Water), Med Rescue is Pink and an ambulance (Life). The Max Solarzord is silver and light blue (Light).
** ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger''/''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'': Red uses wind, Blue uses water, Yellow uses earth, Crimson and Navy (dark red and dark blue) use thunder.
** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger''/''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'': Red [[spoiler:and their/his father, also in red armor post HeelFaceTurn,]] uses fire, Yellow uses lightning, Blue uses water, Pink uses wind, and Green uses earth/nature. Their gold-armored mentor uses light and their/the Red Ranger's white-clad mother uses ice (also an ally/their mentor's apprentice wields the power of the moon and wears purple).
** ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''/''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'': Red uses fire, Blue uses water (see a pattern?), Pink uses wind, Green uses nature, Yellow uses earth, and Gold uses light.
** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger''/''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'': Red and Pink use Air, Yellow and Black use Earth/Nature, and Blue [[spoiler:(and Green)]] uses Water. The metallic-colored SixthRanger can use [[AllYourPowersCombined any element]], but it's implied that his original element was Earth.

* Music/LindseyStirling's music video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf6LD2B_kDQ Elements]]" uses this a lot, with water, earth, fire, and air having different dominant colors. For fire and water, she also uses face paint/makeup in blue or red.
* The Music/SpiceGirls did this in the videos for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFBWbH5CeRE Holler]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtczIm5XrNo&feature=relmfu Let Love Lead The Way]]", using white for wind instead of yellow.
** In the former, Mel B represents fire (she wears a red dress and is surrounded by fires in grates); Mel C represents earth (she's meditating on some dry ground that becomes covered in grass); Victoria represents wind (she wears a white catsuit and is standing in a wind tunnel); and Emma represents water (she wears a blue dress and blue shades, and is standing under a fish tank).
** In the latter, the elements are swapped round. Victoria represents fire (she wears a red catsuit and is standing on a burning wasteland); Emma represents earth (she wears a green dress and green eyeshadow, and is lying in some grass); Mel B represents wind (she wears a white top and trousers, silver eyeshadow and is in a white room); and Mel C represents water (she wears a blue outfit and blue eyeshadow, and is sitting in some kind of fountain).
* {{Franchise/Tsukipro}}'s Alive and SQ series are made up of bands based on the elements - Solids is fire, Quell is water, Soara is air, and Growth is earth. The members have individual image colors, but the bands also have image colors - red for Solids, dark blue for Quell, light blue for Soara, and green for Growth.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* The five tattvas of Hindu esotericism and tantrism: Air is a blue circle, Earth is a yellow square, Fire is a red triangle, Water is a silver crescent shape.
* In Wicca, Earth is associated with the color green, Air with yellow, Fire with red and Water with blue.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The six elements in ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'' are coded (at least by human standards) mostly this way with a few exceptions: fire is red, wind is yellow or colorless, ice is purple or light blue, water is blue, rock/stone is orange and humus(earth and plants as well as all living things) is represented by earthen colors, but usually by green.
* Each of the five elements in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is associated with a colour of Jade - the standard Red for Fire and Green for Wood, but a slightly more unusual matchup of White for Earth, Blue for Air, and Black for Water.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is all about this; the entire resource system is based around mana coming in five different colors, each associated with a different land feature and set of elements: white for plains, law, order, and [[LightIsNotGood (the literal sense of)]] light; blue for islands, water, wind, and intellect; black for swamps, death, [[DarkIsNotEvil (again, the literal sense of)]] darkness, and ambition; red for mountains, chaos, fire, and lightning; and green for forests, life, growth, and wildness. There are also [[NonElemental colorless]] artifacts (and occasionally other things) with more generic abilities.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', elemental magic comes in winds of different colours. [[LightEmUp Light powers]] come from the White wind, [[ExtraOreDinary metal powers]] come from the Yellow wind, [[GreenThumb life powers]] come from the Green wind, [[ShockAndAwe sky powers]] come from the Blue wind, [[CastingAShadow darkness powers]] come from the Gray wind, [[SoulPower death powers]] come from the Purple wind, [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] come from the Red wind, and [[TheBeastMaster animal based powers]] come from the Brown wind.
** When these winds are in their unrefined form, all mixed up, it's BlackMagic, while when they are refined to their maximum potential, they become [[WhiteMagic High Magic]] (manifesting as either silver or as a rainbow).
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' famously has the chromatic and metallic dragons, whose abilities can be identified by the color of their scales. Black, green, and copper dragons specialize in [[PoisonousPerson poison]] and [[HollywoodAcid acid]]. Blue and bronze dragons specialize in [[ShockAndAwe lightning]]. Red, brass, and gold dragons get the classic [[PlayingWithFire fire]] powers. White and silver dragons specialize in [[AnIcePerson cold]].

* This trope is one of the main aspects in Franchise/{{LEGO}}'s Toys/{{Bionicle}} and its related lines, {{Toys/Slizers}}, Toys/RoboRiders, and, to an extent, Toys/HeroFactory. Especially in Bionicle, there are confusingly many combinations and exceptions, but generally characters that are mainly red are fire, blue are water, green are air or jungle, white are ice, black are earth/rock, brown/yellow/orange/tan[[note]]Originally all "Stone" sets were Brown, then after the Metru Nui arc they started changing to other colors[[/note]] are stone or sand. Some elements can change their colors, and numerous colorful characters don't even have elements, making the whole thing even more difficult. Then, there are secondary elements that use the pre-established colors of main elements as either ''their'' main or secondary colors! And this is just Bionicle![[labelnote:If you want specifics (Mainly for Matoran/Toa/Turaga)]]Fire-element characters are predominantly Red with Orange, Yellow or Black as secondary colors; Ice-element characters are predominantly White, with blues and grays as secondary colors; Water-element characters are predominantly Blue, with white, lighter blue and lime-green as secondary colors; Earth-element characters are predominantly Black, with dark gray, tan, or purple as secondary colors; Stone-element characters are predominantly Brown(pre-2006)/Yellow/Orange/Tan(post-2006), with tan, grey, or black as secondary colors; Air-element characters are predominantly Green, with blue or yellow-green as secondary colors. For the secondary elements: Light-element characters are predominantly White, with gold as a secondary color; Shadow-element characters are predominantly Black, with any dark color as secondary colors; Sonic-element characters are predominantly Gray, with black as a secondary color; Gravity-element characters are predominantly purple, with black as a secondary color; Plasma-element characters are predominantly Orange, with white as a secondary color; Magnetism-element characters are predominantly Gunmetal grey, with black as a secondary color; Jungle/The Green-element characters are predominantly Green, with blue as a secondary color; Lightning-element characters are predominantly Blue, with white as a secondary color; Iron-element characters are predominantly Metallic gray, gold, or bronze, with burnt orange as a secondary color; Psionic-element characters are predominantly Blue, with gold as a secondary color.[[/labelnote]]
* Franchise/{{LEGO}} also does this in their WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}} line. Fire is red, black or gray is earth, white or silver is ice, blue is lightning, green is energy, and maroon and light-blue are water.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' has the characters divided into tribes based around elements. As such, each tribe has their own color scheme, even the ones that are based on offbeat elements. Infernites are red, Cragsters are dark grey and gold, Electroids are yellow, Fang Gang (based around both wood and biting) are brown, Frosticons are blue, Flexers (elasticity) are orange and black, Glorp Corps (slime) are green, Spikels are tan and silver, Wiztastics are purple, Orbitons (space-themed) are light green, white, and gold, Glowkies are navy and aqua with off-yellow for eyes, Klinkers (steampunk) are brown, gold, and silver, Lixers (tongues) are yellow and orange, Weldos (construction) are yellow and grey, Munchos (food) are purple and lavender, the MCPD (police) are red, white and blue, Medivals (knights) are different shades of brown, gold and silver, Mixies (music) are yellow and purple, the MCFD (firefighters) are red, blue, and yellow, Pyrratz are gray, brown, green, and gold, Medix are white and aqua, Trashoz are green and yellow, Nindjas are a different shade of orange and black, and Newzers are black, blue, red, and yellow. To follow this, the Nixels, the uncreative enemies of the Mixels, are simple black and white.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Bomberman 64: The Second Attack'' has different elements for different bomb upgrades you can get. You start out with [[color:#ff4000:Fire]], the traditional bomb with a cross shaped explosion, and can upgrade to [[color:#0080ff:Ice]], [[color:green:Wind]], [[color:#bc00bc:Lightning]], [[color:brown:Earth]], which is more of a magma bomb, [[color:#d8d8d8:Light]], and [[color:#770077:Dark]]. Each enemy takes damage differently from each bomb; for example, metallic enemies aren't harmed at all by the [[color:#d8d8d8:Light]] bomb, aquatic enemies are fine with [[color:#0080ff:Ice]], etc.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' uses orange for fire, blue for shock (lightning), green for acid, and yellow for explosives. The sequel adds a fifth element, "slag", which is represented by purple and serves as a debuff; the interquel ditches it for an ice element, which gets a light blue color.
* ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'' plays with this for its four main heroes. Green is poison and blue is ice, but red is lightning and yellow-orange is fire.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' skips naming the elements directly and just uses colors for elemental affinities. Red is fire and heat, Blue is water and ice, Green is air and nature, Yellow is earth and electricity, Black is shadow and gravity, and White is light and celestial bodies.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDenpaMen'', Denpa Men come in 12 different colors, 9 of them tied to elements. They're all pretty standard: Fire is red, Water is blue, Wind is green, Earth is orange, Electric is yellow, Ice is light blue, Light is white, Dark is purple, and NonElemental is black. Of note is that the color of a Denpa Man determines his or her elemental resistances, ''not'' their powers -- any Denpa Man can only have one "spell", and a yellow Denpa Man's spell can easily be Earth or Wind type, for instance. Also, many Denpa Men of every color have non-combat spells, or no spells at all.
* In the ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' games, we have Fire (red), Ice (light blue), Lightning (yellow), Darkness (purple), and Light (green; sometimes referred to as Sanctity instead).
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/DistortedTravesty'' with Fire, Earth, Wind, and Water for elemental techniques. (Unfortunately, the brown looks too much like red).
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Red = Fire, Blue = Water, White/Light Blue = Ice, Yellow = Lightning. This is important for a late-game boss, [[BarrierChangeBoss who switches his elemental attacks/strengths/weaknesses]] based on how the coloured nodes on wheels behind him line up (however, this is rendered moot by using Scan and coordinating your elemental attacks and element-nullifying magic accordingly).
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', light blue = ice, red = fire, yellow = thunder/lightning, medium blue = water, orange-brown = earth. Also has reddish pink = physical attacks and purple = non-elemental magic.
* In ''[[VideoGame/StreetPassMiiPlaza Find Mii/StreetPass Quest]]'', the Miis' shirts correspond to their attack. Most of them have these (a few don't). Black Miis [[CastingAShadow darken rooms]], White Miis [[LightEmUp light up rooms]], Blue Miis [[MakingASplash cast water spells]], Red Miis [[PlayingWithFire cast fire spells]], Yellow Miis [[DishingOutDirt create sandstorms]], Purple Miis [[PoisonousPerson poison enemies]], and Cyan Miis [[AnIcePerson freeze enemies]].
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'', the color of a spellbook is determined by what element it is. Bright yellow for light (or pale purple in the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Tellius]] games, or light blue in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''), black for dark (or purple in ''Awakening''), red/orange for fire, green for wind, blue for ice, and yellow for thunder. The last four are lumped as "anima" in the GBA games, making them quite multicolor compared to light and dark.
* Dragon breeding sim ''VideoGame/FlightRising'' has eleven elements that affect their corresponding flights in terms of deities and dragon eye colour: Shadow is purple, Wind is light green, Nature is green, Light is pale yellow, Earth is brown, Lightning is cyan, Water is royal blue, Arcane is pink, Ice is light blue, Plague is red and Fire is orange.
* ''Gauntlet:Legends'' and ''Gauntlet: Dark Legacy'' had the following scheme for shot-power and magic potion power-ups: ''Red'' was Fire, ''Blue'' was Lightning, ''Yellow'' was Light, and ''Green'' was acid. Knowing which element your shot power was could tell if it boosted attack power or didn't against a boss.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' makes it easy to identify Adepts, as they'll usually wear colors associated with their element, or even have ElementalHair or eye colors. Mars (Fire) tends toward reds and oranges. Mercury (Water/Ice) is inevitably blue, usually cyan. Venus (Earth and Plants) can be gold, green, and/or brown. Jupiter (Wind/Electric/Telepathy) tends to be [[WindIsGreen green]] or [[SupernaturalIsPurple light purple]].
** ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' [[spoiler: adds two new powers to the scene. Darkness uses [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack dark purple]], and Light uses [[SupernaturalGoldEyes pale gold]]]]. Himi also breaks the pattern by wearing [[ShrineMaiden red and white for her day job]], instead of dressing for her element (she's a Venus Adept).
* In ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'', the numbers that represent the damage dealt by characters are color-coded, which reflect a character's element. Red (Fire), Blue (Water), Brown (Earth), Green (Wind), Yellow (Light), and Purple (Dark). Additionally, numbers colored White represent the Plain Damage property.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' color-coded all the elements thusly: Fire is red, Water is light blue, Wind is green, Earth is gold, Darkness is indigo, Light is yellow (though the Dragoon is White-Silver), and Thunder is violet.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'', the colors of the elements come from the colors of the Links in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords Four Swords]]''. WindIsGreen, Fire is red, and Water is blue, as usual, but Earth is purple.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' uses yellow for light, green for forest and wind, red for fire, blue for water and ice, orange for spirit, and purple for shadow. [[RainbowSpeak Text,]] for some reason, switches to cyan for light and yellow for spirit.
* In ''Videogame/LordsOfMagic'', each element is associated with a faith, which fills the role of races or civilizations in other games. Each faith's units have color schemes that fit the above trends.
* ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'' color-codes all ten elements thusly: blue for water, green for life, gold for shield, pale blue for cold, purple for lightning, red for arkane, brown for earth, and orange for fire. If you haven't memorized all of them by position yet, chances are you'll be reading the key based on the colors rather than the pictures.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManStarforce'', [[strike:Fire]] Heat is associated with Red, [[strike:Water]] Aqua is associated with Blue, [[strike:Electric]] Elec is associated with Yellow, and [[strike:Nature]] Wood is associated with Green.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', Fire is associated with Red, Water/Ice is associated with Blue, Electric/Wind is associated with both Green and Yellow, and Non-elemental is associated with Purple.
* ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'' in all its four (and more) games has shown: Lightning (navy), Fire (fire red), Wind (green), Ice (powder blue), Earth (orange), Light (gold) and Air (sky blue). The Dark element appears, but as an alternative name for [[ShockAndAwe Lightning]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' slightly mixes up the colors with its various "Wall" skills. [[FireIsRed "Red Wall" resists fire]] and [[WindIsGreen "Green Wall" resists wind]], but "Blue Wall" resists electricity and "White Wall" resists ice.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' usually associates a color to an element by form of the Pikmin resistant to it, with red being for fire, yellow for electricity, and blue for water. Aside from the Pikmin themselves, this shows up on enemies related to the element. Fiery Blowhogs have red snout-tips, they shoot fire. Anode Beetles have yellow on their backs, they pair up and make electric links. Poison from the second game is an exception to the Pikmin linking up to it -- it's maroon, the Dweevil that spits it out is pink, yet the Pikmin resistant to it is white. Crystal, a material introduced in the third game, is often either rendered as clear or white, yet the Pikmin species that's immune to being crushed by it and can break it is dark gray.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' generally follows a skin color scheme based on the element of the Pokémon: Fire pokémon having lots of red or orange, Water pokémon having lots of blue and so on...at least, in the first couple of games. The later generations also featured color-coded icons for each type, though many of them have two colors (e.g., the Dragon-type is half-red, half-blue). Later games updated the icons to all be single-colored (so Dragon is now royal blue).
* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon FireRed]]'' [[GameMod ROM Hack]] ''VideoGame/PokemonSweetsVersion'': Other than a few overlaps, each types is allocated into a color: Vanilla and Marshmallow are white, Cherry, Strawberry and Apple are red, Orange is orange, Banana, Honey and Lemon are yellow, Lime and Mint are green, Blueberry is blue, Grape is purple, Raspberry is pink, Molasses is black, and Chocolate, Caramel, Cinnamon, Coconut, and Peanut are brown.
* The orbs in ''VideoGame/PuzzleAndDragons'' are color-coded for each elemental attack: FireIsRed, WaterIsBlue, Wood (which encompasses Wind and Earth as well) is green, Light is yellow, and Dark is purple. Then health recovering Hearts are pink, non-elemental Jammers are black, Poison skulls are white with purple highlights, and damaging Bombs are gunmetal with red highlights.
* ''VideoGame/{{Quest 64}}'' has [[FireIsRed fire portrayed as red]], [[WaterIsBlue water as blue]], earth in a orange-brown, and [[WindIsGreen wind as green]]. Many enemies also vaguely follow this color scheme as well.
* In ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', all the spells of a given school, which are element-based, have the same color scheme.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' does something similar, although the colors are different: Green is nature, Purple is ice, Blue is both wind and water, Red is fire, Yellow is electricity, and Silver is both life and death. Each of these color-elements is governed by an appropriately colored WeirdMoon.
* The four Spellstones in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' are color-coded according to which of the two Force Point Temples they are to be taken to: Red for the Volcano one and blue for the Ocean one.
* World 6-F1 (RGB Factory) in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioFusionRevival'': This fortress level takes place in a high-tech factory with three distinct areas: a red area (lava and fire), a green area (overrun with plant life), and a blue area (a swimming area). This is a key hunt level with a central hub that leads to a boss fight with Dobkeratops of R-Type fame.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', the color of the magic circle that appears when an ally or enemy is casting a spell changes depending on the element. Red for fire, blue for water, green for wind, bright blue for ice, brown-orange for earth, black for dark, white for light, and purple for lightning.
* The six elements in ''VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic'': [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] is red, [[AnIcePerson Water]] is navy blue, [[DishingOutdirt Earth]] is green, [[ShockAndAwe Air]] is light blue, [[LightEmUp Light]] is pure white, and [[DarkIsEvil Darkness]] is black.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has Fire as red/orange, Ice/water as blue, Holy as yellow, Shadow as black/purple, Nature as green and Arcane as pink/purple.
* ''VideoGame/ZanZarahTheHiddenPortal'''s [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Table of Effectiveness]] lists Nature as green, Stone as grayish brown, Water as blue, Fire as orange, Air as white, Light as yellow, Darkness as purple, Chaos as burgundy red, Ice as whitish-bluish-cyanish-something, Energy as violet/bright purple, Psi as cyan, and Metal as steely gray.
* ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'' features Chroma, a MechanicallyUnusualClass that turns this trope into a gameplay mechanic. Drawing inspiration from the chromatic and metallic dragons of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', Chroma's energy color, as represented by the RGB color model, determines the element that his powers use. Red-dominant shades give him [[PlayingWithFire Heat]] damage, green-dominant shades give him [[PoisonousPerson Toxin]] damage, and blue-dominant shades give him [[ShockAndAwe Electricity]] damage; colors that are roughly balanced between all three give him [[AnIcePerson Cold]] damage.
* In ''VideoGame/ElementalStory'', fire is red, water is blue, wood is green, light is yellow and dark is violet.
* To acquire one of the needed offerings in ''VideoGame/BarrowHill'', you need to light candles at a small pagan shrine in the correct order. The candles' colors represent elements of nature plus Spirit, and information about how to light them correctly can be found [[spoiler: in a pamphlet at the petrol station plus the notebook of a previous visitor to the shrine]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}'', the four main elements in the interface have the standard colors (Earth is brown, Air is pale green, Water is blue, and Fire is red), but elementally-attuned monsters (such as Piwis, Kwaks, Scaraleaves, Jellies, and Blops) may or may not follow that exact pattern - for example, Earth-attuned Piwis are yellow, and Air-attuned Scraleaves are white. Dreggons have their own elemental and color scheme based on what element they're ''weak'' to rather than what element they use: Sapphire (blue) is weak to Water, White is weak to Earth, Gold (yellow) is weak to Air, and Black is weak to Fire.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has its own set of weird elements, and its own coloring scheme - one of the few uses of color in the game, in fact. Hot damage is listed in red text, Cold damage is blue, Spooky damage is grey, Stench damage is green, and Sleaze damage is purple. There's also the pseudo-elements[[note]]WordOfGod is that they're not real elements because they're not part of the ElementalRockPaperScissors that the main elements are[[/note]] Shadow (dark grey), Slime (dark green), and Supercold (pale blue). Bad Spelling (yes, that's actually an element in this game) has no special color.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has all players given a class and element, in the style of Hero of Element. There are many different classes, each of which can interpret elements in different ways and titles aren't immediately intuitive. The three thus far shown Heroes of Light all have drastically different abilities. However, elements typically can be loosely defined.
** Breath ([[BlowYouAway Wind]]) is associated with blue, ranging from a pale sky blue to darker navy.
** Light ([[WindsOfDestinyChange Luck]]) is associated with yellow and orange.
** [[TimeMaster Time]] is associated with red.
** [[RealityWarper Space]] is associated with black and to a lesser extent, green.
** Mind (unclear abilities; suggested to be emotional bonds and decisions) is associated with teal.
** Heart (SoulPower) is associated with pink.
** [[HealingHands Life]] is associated with vibrant green and beige.
** Void ([[PowerOfTheVoid Nothingness]]) is associated with dark blue.
** Hope (unclear abilities; suggested to be knowledge and [[HolyHandGrenade holy light]]) is associated with golden yellow.
** Doom (unclear abilities; possibly fate and prophecy) is associated with dark muddy green.
** Blood (unclear abilities; only the broadest strokes of the element are known with hints of ThePowerOfFriendship) is associated with rust brown and blood red.
** [[UnstoppableRage Rage]] is associated with purple.

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* ''Roleplay/{{Alanna}}'' uses the standard red/blue/yellow for fire/ice/lightning, and adds black for summoned creatures.
* ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'' has the elemental essences: Fire (red), Water (blue), Air (light green), Earth (brown), [[spoiler: and Aether (black)]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', clothing is color-coded by nation and the wielders of ElementalPowers therein. Air Nomads wear oranges and yellows, Earth Kingdom citizens wear greens and browns, Fire Nation citizens wear reds and blacks, and members of the Southern and Northern Water Tribes wear blues, whites, and purples. This also extends to the colors of Team Avatar's members, since they're essentially an in-universe FiveTokenBand. There are some exceptions; for instance, [[TheOrder The Order of the White Lotus]] consists of citizens from all the different Nations, and they have one type of uniform which, while dark-blue like some Water Tribe clothing, is distinct from any one Nation's style shown in the series and Azula's famous blue fire as opposed to the traditional [[FireIsRed red-orange]] that all other character use. The map showing the different nations also uses an specific color for each landmass; red for the Fire Nation, green for the Earth Kingdom, blue for the Water Tribes and white for the Air Nomads.
** {{Downplayed| Trope}} in SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' with the advent of the multicultural United Republic.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}}'', the Planeteers' rings have different colors based on the element the ring's power represents: fire is red, water is blue, air is yellow, earth is green and heart is pink.

* The colours of the five Chinese elements (Wu Xing) are assigned as follows: '''Wood''' ([[UsefulNotes/GreenIsBlue green/blue]]), '''Fire''' (red), '''Earth''' (yellow), '''Metal''' (white), '''Water''' (black).