Having been influenced by Sentai, many Magical Girl shows are Color-Coded for Your Convenience. And in these shows the protagonist and/or leader of the team is often the one in pink. For a character to fall under this trope, they must meet two requirements:
- The character must be a magical girl/boy or superhero
- The character must be the protagonist OR the leader of their team.
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Anime and Manga
- In the Pretty Cure franchise, the protagonist of each series is almost always decked out in pink.
- Futari wa Pretty Cure and Futari Wa Pretty Cure MaX Heart: Although Cure Black's theme color is, well, ...black, her secondary color is pink.
- Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star: Cure Bloom/Bright begins the trend of having the heroine of the show decked out in pink, with a primarily magenta uniform.
- Yes! Pretty Cure 5 and Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo: Cure Dream manages to top Cure Bloom by having pink hair as well as a pink uniform.
- Fresh Pretty Cure!: Cure Peach manages to top Cure Dream by having a name that alludes to the color pink (Momozono/Peach), two shades of pink in her uniform, and even pink eyes.
- Pink hair, however, is reserved for Cure Passion, whose theme color is otherwise red.
- Heart Catch Pretty Cure: Cure Blossom manages to top Cure Peach by having all of her design points (two shades-of-pink uniform, pink-alluding name, and pink eyes), along with pink hair.
- Her predecessor and grandmother, Cure Flower, also had an equally as pink design.
- Suite Pretty Cure ♪: At this point, it's easier to just name aspects of the lead that AREN'T pink. The only aspect of Cure Melody that isn't pink are her eyes, which are blue. Interestingly, Cure Rhythm's color scheme is the inverse of Melody's (white with touches of pink).
- Smile Pretty Cure!: Cure Happy manages to top all the previous heroines by having pink hair and eyes both transformed and untransformed (although it's a much darker pink untransformed).
- DokiDoki! Precure: Cure Heart is the first Cure to get less pink when she transforms, with her pink hair turning blonde (although she keeps her pink eyes).
- Happiness Charge Pretty Cure: Cure Lovely's uniform is comparatively less pink than previous Cures, though it's still her theme color. Her hair and eyes are also pink.
- Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Like Cure Heart, Cure Flora's hair turns blonde when she transforms - unlike Heart, however, she gains pink streaks in her hair. Her outfit is also pink.
- Maho Girls Precure: Cure Miracle's outfit is bright pink (except the skirt, which is a lighter shade of pink), she wears a pink bow in her hair, and her hairband has a small pink witch hat.
- Kira Kira Precure A La Mode: Cure Whip has magenta eyes in both Cure form and civilian form, her hair turns bright pink, and her white dress has a dark pink frill accent, a pink bodice, a hot pink bow on her left hip, pink boots and a magenta choker.
- Sailor Moon
- All of Usagi's transformation sequences involve pink ribbons swirling around her. Her first, second, and fourth brooches are also heavily pink. Her standard uniform is actually equal parts red and royal blue., though it was often a pink shade of red. Her eternal form also has big pink puffy sleeves. And in the first manga artbook, Usagi is associated with the color pink. Some of her early designs also show her with pink hair. This was subverted as the series went on, as Usagi came to be associated more with white/silver while her future daughter becomes heavily associated with the color pink.
- Both Chibi Moon's transformation and uniform are predominantly pink. Like Usagi, she also has her own guardians that protect her, which also makes her the "center" of her group. Her pink hair and red eyes are meant to evoke the image of an albino rabbit's ears and eyes, and possibly the idea that Princesses Prefer Pink.
- All mages in the Lyrical Nanoha series have a "magic color": the default tint of their released magical energy. The title character's is pink.
- In Wedding Peach, the main character has pink hair, a pink themed name (Momoko, meaning "Peach"), and a pink frill at the bottom of her dress in her Wedding Angel form. In the manga, her Fighter Angel outfit is pink as well, though the anime makes it red.
- In Tokyo Mew Mew, team leader Mew Ichigo has pink hair and eyes while transformed, as well as a pink dress and weapon.
- The main character of Ojamajo Doremi retains an entirely pink color scheme throughout her outfit, which changes between seasons.
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch: Main character Lucia's tail as a mermaid is pink, and her idol form outfit consists of a pink dress, pink gloves, and pink boots.
- Card Captor Sakura's wands are pink. Her most iconic costume is also the pink dress and cap from the first opening of the anime. And when the Clow Cards are converted into Sakura Cards, they become pink. The predominance of pink in her design is likely due to her name meaning "cherry blossom" in Japanese.
- Chocolat of Sugar Sugar Rune's witch dress is hot pink, complete with hot pink hat.
- The online avatar of Corrector Yui's default outfit, her fairy corrector suit, is pink.
- Yuna from Yuki Yuna Is a Hero is a redhead. Her magical girl appearance has pink hair and an equally pink attire.
- Kaname Madoka, the principal mahou shoujo of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, has pink hair and, when transformed, wears pink and white though when she goes Goddess near the end of the anime, her costume is a pure white and her eyes are gold.
- Utena of Revolutionary Girl Utena has pink hair and turns into a pink car at the end of Adolescence of Utena. In the beginning of the manga, her school jacket was pink (although her hair was strawberry blonde).
- When Cutey Honey officially became a magical girl in Cutey Honey Flash, her firey red hair was changed to hot pink. This change stuck in all future incarnations.
- In the Magic Knight Rayearth manga, the protagonist, Hikaru, has pink hair.
- The heroine of Prétear, Himeno, has both pink hair and pink eyes.
- The protagonist of Kaitou Saint Tail's costume is pink and black.
- Magical Princess Minky Momo's trademark pink hair stays with her no matter what form she takes. Her name, Momo, means peach in Japanese, which is typically associated with the color pink.
- Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA: The protagonist, Illyasviel von Einzbern, wears a very frilly, pink outfit as a magical girl.
- Ahiru of Princess Tutu has pink-orange hair and a pink and white ballet outfit.
- Like her Western Animation counterpart, Momoko of Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z wears a pink dress, a pink belt, a pink waistcoat and pink-banded gloves in her Hyper Blossom form. Also, her eyes are pink, she wears a pink bow, and her name means "peach".
- Karin of Ai to Yuuki no Pig Girl Tonde Buurin transforms into a pink pig.
- Tsubomi of Papillon Rose - her outfit is pink, her hair is pink, and her Lingerie Soldier name means "Pink Butterfly".
- Ririka from Nurse Angel Ririka SOS wears a very pink Magical Girl outfit. Even in casual attire she often wears pink.
- Amu from Shugo Chara! has a largely pink color scheme (and hair), and her default form, Amulet Heart, is the pink one.
- Riko Mikogami, the lead character in Animal Detectives Kiruminzoo has, in her transformed state, the powers of a large, noticeably pink, cat.
- Cure Rosa from Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy. Her outfit is white with pink lining, her boots are pink, her hair is pink, her theme is the pink rose, her Cure name is Spanish for "pink" and she's the main heroine.
- Princess Elodie from Long Live the Queen has bright pink hair, the option to learn magic, and the outfit you unlock for leveling up her magical powers is a frilly, pink affair.
- Sakura-nyan from Acedemy Sugoi Seiun.
- Princess Love Pon from the comic of the same name wears a white and pink-outfit.
- Iris in LoliRock tends to wear pink even when not transformed, but her Magical Girl form is pink and white as well as giving her pink hair.
- Blossom, leader of The Powerpuff Girls, sports a pink dress as well as pink eyes.
- Will from W.I.T.C.H. wears a combination of pink and red, wields the pink Heart of Kandrakar, has a pink transformation sequence, and gains the power of pink lightning. That said, she's a tomboy and not a hugely feminine girl.
- Double-subverted in Winx Club, where the main character Bloom is primarily associated with the color blue. As the series goes on she starts adding more and more pink to her outfits. However Flora remains the main source of pink among the team.
- The little superheroine Atomic Betty sports a pink dress.
- Happy Ness, the main protagonist in Happy Ness: The Secret of the Loch, is pink in color.
- The lead singer and protagonist of Jem is pink-haired and often pink-clad. In her civilian identity, Jerrica Benton, she is a blonde but still tends to wear pink.
- Steven Universe:
- This show plays with this trope. Having been hugely influenced by the magical girl genre, the main character is indeed the one with the pink shirt and gem... the twist is that the protagonist is a boy.
- Steven's late mother appeared to be the traditional pink heroine; her hair, gem (which Steven would later have), weapons, and even her name (Rose Quartz) are a light pink. She was also the leader of the Crystal Gems.
- In most of Barbie's movies, you can expect her to be the one decked out in pink.