"Red, blue, yellow... Primary, but it works in a superhero-ish kind of way."We know that Red Is Heroic. And sometimes even Blue Is Heroic. There's almost no better way to say your character is a hero than giving them a costume that is primarily red, blue and sometimes yellow for good measure. If you see a character wearing both red and blue prominently, chances are they are The Hero, the main character, or at least playing for the good guys' side. With blue typically symbolizing heroic resolve and caring, while the red stands for righteous passion and strength, it is a good visual shorthand to the audience that this is a person you can trust. Red and blue are both strong colors that balance well and are commonly paired together. Usually blue below the belt and red above whether wearing armor, dresses, superhero tights, or as simple as blue jeans and a red t-shirt. Yellow is the go to for a third color (besides black and white). The other typical set up is that most of costume will be blue, an iconic piece of it (such as a hat or a cape) will be red, and yellow will be used for accents, trims, buttons, logos, and other accessories. Sometimes a heroic institution may make a point of giving its members red, blue and yellow uniforms. If it's just a small group, however, you may be looking for Chromatic Arrangement or Color-Coded Characters. This trope may have stemmed from the early days of comicbooks in which heroic characters typically had color schemes that sported Primary Colors (Red, blue, yellow, like Superman) while villains typically had secondary colors (Purple, green, orange, gray - think The Joker, Green Goblin or Lex Luthor's iconic Powered Armor). A Sub-Trope of Good Colors, Evil Colors, Red Is Heroic and Blue Is Heroic. Contrast Red and Black and Evil All Over. The inverse is a Secondary Color Nemesis.
— Lana Lang, Superman: The Animated Series
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- Almost every single main character's Gundam has a blue body, red boots, and yellow accents (such as its head crest). This serves not only to identify a hero in the broad sense by invoking the trope, but also to make each new hero the 'new version' of the iconic Amuro and his RX-78-2 Gundam (part of this page's image above) in Mobile Suit Gundam. You find this color arrangement with the Gundam Mk-II and Zeta Gundam, ZZ Gundam, Gundam F91, GP-01 "Zephyranthes", Victory Gundam, Shining Gundam, Wing Gundam, Captain Gundam and his human companion Shute, the Gundam X, Gundam Ground Type, Turn A Gundam, Strike Gundam, Impulse Gundam, Gundam Exia, AGE-1, G-Self and Gundam Barbatos. Most of their upgrades and titular Gundams follow suit. This was originally an Enforced Trope - creator Yoshiyuki Tomino wanted the RX-78-2 to be all-white like a Star Wars Stormtrooper, but was overruled by the producers, who felt that primary colors would sell more toys. This is possibly referenced in the case of Exia - while it has the traditional blue/white/red color scheme, its original colors seen in flashbacks were entirely white and very light gray; this is likewise paralleled with the 0 Gundam in the same series, which was entirely white and light gray in its first appearances, and is recolored in the traditional blue/white/red colors for the final battle of Gundam 00's second season.
- Sailor Moon: while other characters typically only had one prominent color and analogous color for accents, Sailor Moon had two: a blue skirt, red boots and gloves and bows, also complimented by the standard yellow tiara and her yellow hair. Word of God states her representative color was pink, and manga art, certain anime art, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal makes the red a pink-red.
- Beyblade: Takao Kinomiya wears a red jacket over a yellow t-shirt, with blue shorts or jeans. His trademark baseball cap is also red and blue.
- Cubix: Robots for Everyone: Conner wears mostly white but has red and blue trims on his shirt and pants. He's the hero that finally activates and bonds with Cubix.
- Detective Conan: Conan himself wears a blue jacket, red tie, white undershirt.
- Digimon: Like the Gundam example, most of the goggle boys and almost all of their partners have this design, if only in their final forms. Sometimes the result of a Fusion Dance of a Red Oni, Blue Oni pair. This applies to Omnimon as a result of fusion between The Hero and The Lancer, Davis, and most of the Veemon line, the heroes from day one, have it as well. Susanoomon is another hero/lancer fusion, the Emperorgrermon top half was red, and Magnagarurumon bottom half was blue. Shinegreymon gets it in his final two forms, and then Taiki and Tagiru and the entire Gumdramon line have it in the next series.
- Goku of Dragon Ball is a pseudo-example, wearing orange and blue, but a noticeably redder shade of orange than a few other characters with the same costume (like Goten). Of course when he turns Super Saiyan, his hair becomes golden yellow. And then there's the higher level of Super Saiyan Blue, where you can guess what his hair's color becomes.
- Kenshiro, the hero of Fist of the North Star, wears blue with a red undershirt.
- For most of the series, the hero Hayato Kazami from Future GPX Cyber Formula wears a blue racing suit with red trimmings and yellow parts (except for his Sugo Winners suit). His team's logo also has red, blue and yellow colors in it.
- The various incarnations of the iconic Asurada is a white car with blue and red trimmings on it, along with the Garland series, a blue and white car with red trimmings.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Jotaro Kujo's ensemble in Part 3 was a blue school uniform and cap with a red undershirt as well.
- Nanoha Takamachi's Magical Girl costume has been intentionally colored white, blue, red, and yellow to resemble a classic Gundam.
- My Hero Academia: All Might's main hero costume is blue with red accents, and bright yellow gloves and boots, all accented by his blond hair. This is consistent with the manga artist's desire to model All Might after American comic book heroes.
- One Piece: Luffy wears a red jacket, blue shorts, and a yellow hat. He's the happy-go-lucky captain of the Straw Hat Pirates, and the lead character.
- Ash Ketchum of Pokémon typically wears a red cap and a blue-and-white shirt/jacket. Depending on the season, he may also wear blue pants and/or red sneakers. Additionally, the bright yellow Pikachu was chosen over Clefairy to be the show's main Pokemon for this very reason.
- Ronin Warriors: Ryo's Wildfire armor is primarily red, but has some blue elements plus the yellow crest. The other warriors' armor are typically one analogous color(such as Hardrock being orange and brown).
- Phoenix Ikki in Saint Seiya (anime version, first form of Phoenix Cloth, as well as his regular clothes). Notable in that he's not The Hero or The Protagonist of the series. He's still one of the good guys, though.
- Speed Racer wears a blue shirt, red shoes and yellow gloves. His 'M' logo is also red. He's of course the titular character and hero.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Simon, The Hero, wears a blue jacket with red accents in the first season, and has more yellow accents after the timeskip. Also wears red and yellow goggles.
- Similarly, Kamina, the Supporting Leader, has his blue hair and copious amounts of red in his glasses and cape.
- Most Super Robots from the 70s and 80s used these kind of color schemes:
- The respective titular Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, and UFO Robo Grendizer are all black and silver with red and blue parts.
- The original heroic Getter Robo uses some combination of red, white, and yellow in all three of its forms.
- The lead robots of the Robot Romance Trilogy all have primary color schemes. Combattler V and Voltes V are mainly blue with some red and white accents, while Daimos is mostly red with some white and black.
- Raideen, the titular hero is red and blue with some yellow bits.
- Daitarn 3: The titular robot is mainly blue and white with some red and yellow parts (helmet, chestplate and holsters are red).
- Gekiganger3, being THE Affectionate Parody of 70's robot shows, also sports the blue/red/yellow combo, along with some gray parts.
- Yugi Mutou wears a blue school uniform with the golden Millenium Puzzle, and he also has magenta and yellow highlights in his black hair.
- In The Apotheosis of Washington, Lady Freedom is set apart from the beige-brown brutes of tyranny by her red cape, blue tunic, and yellow dress that complement her patriotic red, white, and blue shield.
- In The Last Supper, Jesus is portrayed as the Messiah through his striking red and blue robe he wears while surrounded by his more muted, flawed Apostles.
- Raphael Sanzio: The Catholic devotion to the Virgin Mary and her unique goodness is obvious from the Disputation of the Holy Sacrament from her red and blue robes.
- Superman: Blue tights, red cape, briefs and boots, yellow belt and accents on his logo. The modern Trope Codifier if not the Trope Maker. As the most iconic, quintessential super hero, his 75+ years of publication have pushed the prominence of this trope.
- Most of the other members of the Superman family follow suit, including Supergirl and most versions of Superboy. Power Girl's costume is mostly white, but has red/blue/yellow accents.
- Supergirl: Supergirl has changed costumes constantly since her creation, but most times she keeps the blue-and-red color scheme. Most of her costumes can be seen here (although her New 52, Red Lantern and Supergirl (Rebirth) costumes are missing from that List). In the original The Supergirl from Krypton story, Kara's costume was made by her mother in imitation of the blue-and-red Superman's outfit so he would believe Kara is Kryptonian.
- Ambiguous or evil versions of the Super-family generally go for Red and Black and Evil All Over. Examples are New 52 Superboy and Red Daughter of Krypton Supergirl, who are edgier heroes. Notable exceptions who keep the primary color scheme are Ultraman and Cyborg Superman.
- For the opposite trope, when Lex Luthor battles Superman personally he uses green-and-purple Powered Armor. Other villainous colors worn include Brainiac (purple and green), Mr. Mxyzptlk (purple), Parasite (purple), Metallo (silver), and Darkseid (navy blue).
- Wonder Woman: A red and blue Leotard of Power, blue on bottom, red on top, yellow accents such as the WW logo, belt and golden lasso. Her New 52 design replaced the yellow accents with silver ones, but the red and blue (being the primary component of the trope) are always present.
- Classic Captain Marvel wears a red costume, with a yellow belt and logo, and a white cape with gold trim. Mary Marvel's traditional costume has the same color scheme, while one of her later costumes is mostly white and gold. Captain Marvel Jr. has a costume identical to Cap's, but with the red replaced with blue and the white cape replaced with red. New 52 Shazam has the same color scheme, but his chest emblem is now mostly white and glowing, and he adds a white hood to the cape.
- Spider-Man: Red and blue body suit. The legs have more blue, the torso has more red. Being Marvel's most popular hero has also done a lot to promote this trope. In contrast, many of his Rogues Gallery (including the Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, Electro, Mysterio, the Lizard, the Vulture, the Jackal, etc.) favor green and/or purple. Venom is mostly Deliberately Monochrome (though his Ultimate version wears purple), and Carnage is Red and Black and Evil All Over.
- Captain America, leader of The Avengers and definitely the Big Good of the Marvel Universe, also wears blue and red. Many All-American heroes, such as Patriot and Miss America, invoke this as red and blue are two of the USA's colors, along with white.
- The Falcon's classic costume is red and white, but his 2017 look fits this trope, likely to reflect the years he spent as Captain America. It's predominantly dark blue with red highlights and goggles, and a gold headpiece.
- The X-Men dress code changes it up a bit by being blue and yellow with red accents (such as the X insignia or just leaving out their red hair.) Notably three of the most prominent characters all do this in some way, Wolverine typically has a red belt. Cyclops has the red bar in his visor, and is sometimes depicted with his reddish brown hair out. Jean Grey also does the yellow and blue costume, red hair variation before she becomes the Phoenix. Then she trades the blue with green as she drifts into Villain / Anti-Hero territory.
- Red Tornado: A red android with a blue cape and yellow arrow designs down his arms and head. His evil sibling Reds don't have blue capes, so it's easy to tell the heroic one at a glance.
- Stargirl: wears a blue costume with red and white trim (representing America) but carries a yellow staff and is almost always depicted with flowing blonde hair (representing heroism.)
- When Ms. Marvel took a promotion to Captain, she started wearing a mainly blue costume with red accents and yellow trim. The next Ms. Marvel followed her lead in this color scheme.
- The Mighty Thor: Blue armor, a red cape, and blond hair. He's the hero and king of Asgard. His sometimes enemy Loki wears green.
- The Flash
- Jay Garrick, the original Flash, offsets his red costume with blue pants. The more iconic future Flashes opted for a primarily red costume with yellow lightning bolts.
- Inverted with Savitar. He wears blue pants with bits of red and gold armor, but he's steadfastly evil.
- Inverted with the Incredible Hulk, who is usually green with purple pants, highlighting how the character is more monstrous than the usual hero. Also inverted with Red Hulk, where the primary-colored character is the villain, while the secondary-colored character (the original Hulk) is the hero.
- The Smurfs: Papa Smurf. Red suit, white beard, blue skin. He's the Big Good and father figure to all the little Smurfs who just wear white.
- Tony Stark's Iron Man armor is a downplayed example as it is red and gold, but the light that comes out of its chest and eye area, as well as his iconic repulsor rays, are frequently depicted with a light blue tint, so he manages to barely fit the trope with this technicality.
- Etrigan has yellow skin and red eyes, and wears a red leotard and blue cloak. In the original run by Jack Kirby, he was more of a heroic character, but depictions since have played up his demonic nature to the point that this is a subversion.
- Doctor Strange wears a blue uniform with a yellow belt and a red cape (often with yellow lining) with the golden Eye of Agamotto as a clasp.
- The Atom's default look is a mix of blue and red.
- Downplayed with the Martian Manhunter. The green skin is what probably draws the eye, but his classic outfit consists of a blue cape and shorts with yellow buckles and red straps across his chest. His modern look covers him up some more with a black suit, but retains bits of all three primary colors.
- British superheroine Geek Girl wears a red outfit with a yellow cape, gloves and boots.
- In Power Girl fanfic A Force of Four:
- Power Girl's costume is white, blue and red.
Power Girl wore a white leotard, cut high on the thighs and low on the chest...a great distraction for evildoers, and any other males past puberty. Her feet were hidden in blue buccaneer boots, she wore blue gloves (none of that stupid bare-handed stuff for her; Kal's leaving fingerprints had gotten him in trouble more than once), and had a red belt with a gold buckle slung low on her hips (she had it and wasn't afraid to show it).
- Wonder Woman's daughter Fury's hero costume is red and golden:
She made a short trip to Paradise Island in her mom's Robot Plane, had an Amazon tailor and an armorer help her create an outfit, swore them to secrecy, and came back in her "working clothes." A red leotard cut thigh-high, a red tiara with a gold jewel at the forehead, a gold-metal half-breastplate, an ornate belt of the same metal, golden boots and gloves and a cape, and that was it. She didn't bother with a mask.
- Power Girl's costume is white, blue and red.
- Last Child of Krypton: In this crossover Shinji is Superman and wears his iconic blue and red outfit.
He opened his eyes, blinked once. The shadow was over them still. A chunk of debris hovered over them in the air. He stared at it, jaw slack, and then followed it down to the ground. He saw the hands, first, young hands like his own, pressed into the gray stone among rebar that hug down like twisted roots in a clump of earth. Those hands belonged to a boy, a boy his own age in red and blue. The sun was behind him so that he shone, and his face was in shadow. On his chest was an emblem, like an English S, angular and stylized in a diamond-shaped red field on the expanse of his blue chest. He held the stone over their heads for just a moment and then tossed it aside, brushed his hands together to clean them of dust, and offered Toji a hand.
- Reinforced in Superman story Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation. Per tradition, Kal-El's costume passes from father to son. Kara Zor-El's costume wasn't inherited but all Supergirls wore a blue, red and yellow outfit anyway.
The costume she wore was red, blue, and yellow. She was not wearing a cape, and she had a headmask that covered all but her eyes, nose, and mouth, with an opening at the back for part of her blonde hair to hang through. She wore red boots and gloves and a yellow belt. There was some yellow trim on the boots and gloves, but otherwise the outfit was all blue.
Except for the shield on her chest, which bore a familiar S-shape.
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Asuka’s pilot costume is mainly red with orange and black parts. Her Power Girl costume is white with blue and red parts. Finally, her Supergirl costume is blue and red and is based on the Post-Crisis Supergirl outfit:
She was blond, and wore a red mask that looked identical to the one Power Girl wore, through which sky blue eyes peeked out at him. Her tight blue shirt made her not inconsiderable curves very apparent, and the yellow and red shield emblem with the "S" inside it on her chest only served to draw the eye to that area. The long sleeves disappeared into the red gloves she wore, but the shirt left her toned midriff bare. A red miniskirt was held up with a yellow belt, and soon yielded to a pair of lithe legs that, from Shinji's perspective, seemed to go on forever. A pair of scarlet boots completed the ensemble.
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Amazing Amazon: Rei's uniform as Wonder Girl is the classic Wonder Woman outfit: A red and blue Leotard of Power, blue on bottom, red on top, and golden accents such as the WW logo on her chest, her belt, tiara and the Lasso. The fact that it resembles the flag of the United States (which looks a bit odd on Rei considering she's a Japanese superheroine) is lampshaded as the result of Hepaestus having designed it during the height of The Space Race, when he was impressed with America's advancements in aerospace technology.
- In Wonderful, Emma's -a. k. a. Wonder Star- Sentinel Suit is red and white.
- In Thousand Shinji, Shinji’s Unit-01 is blue and gold. Asuka’s Unit-02 is red and golden.
- Pokémon: Nova and Antica: Ash's new outfit predominantly features red and blue with a little black for good measure.
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel, Buffy recognizes Supergirl for her blue-and-red costume.
By that time, the figure was no longer in motion. Buffy looked at her, taking her in as quickly as possible. A very pretty blonde woman in her late twenties or early thirties, in a blue and red outfit with a red cape. But she didn’t have to rack her memory files very hard for an I.D. Everybody knew who this woman was. Even if you were an out-of-towner.
Films — Animated
- The Emperor's New Groove:
- Although he's pretty much of a brat in the beginning of the Movie, Emperor Kuzco is clad in red and gold, with bright blue earrings. When he is turned into a llama, he has red fur unstead. In contrast, Yzma, the Big Bad of the Movie, is clad in purple and even has pale lilac skin.
- Inverted with Pacha, who is clad in green despite being one of the protagonists. However, this might be due to contrast him from the red-colored Kuzco, and symbolize their differences in personalities.
- Zig Zagged with Kronk, who wears yellow, blue and purple. The purple indicates that he is working for Yzma, but the more prominant yellow and blue colours in his outfit shows his hardly evil nature.
- Invoked and inverted with Beauty and the Beast's Gaston. Although he serves as the main antagonist, he wears a bright red shirt with yellow lapels, and later adds a blue cape. He is regarded as a hero by everyone in town except Belle and her father Maurice.
- Pocahontas: The Powhatan tribe members wears yellow-beige clothing with some red or blue details. Most of the settlers, especially John Smith, are dressed in blue. And among them are the purple-clad Governor Ratcliffe, already showing his true colors...
- Toy Story: Sheriff Woody, Andy's favorite toy and leader of the gang, wears blue jeans, and a yellow with red plaid shirt. Also wears a red ascot. In contrast The Rival and later The Lancer Buzz Lightyear wears green and purple. Whether he is heroic or not is highly arguable in the first movie, but the later films play it completely straight.
Films — Live-Action
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- Captain America wears a blue costume with red highlights around the waist, as he did in the comics.
- The most common color scheme for Iron Man's suits is red and gold, and the energy from his Arc Reactor is pale blue.
- Invoked in Iron Man 3, where "focus groups" ensure that Rhodey's gray Powered Armor is repainted with the colors of the American flag. He goes back to gray in subsequent films.
- Doctor Strange begins wearing a blue uniform after becoming an apprentice of Kamar-Taj, later adding the red Cloak of Levitation to it. By the last stinger of his own film, he takes to wearing yellow gloves.
- Spider-Man wears his traditional colors from the comics as well. The "Iron Spider" suit Tony makes for him adds gold to the mix.
- According to concept art, Carol Danvers' Captain Marvel suit is straight out of the comics.
- DC Extended Universe:
- Superman wears his traditional red, blue and yellow costume, although they are depicted in darker shades.
- The same goes for Wonder Woman. In her origin movie, the colours are noticeably brighter to reflect how fresh and idealistic she is compared to the present.
- The Flash has his traditional red and yellow suit, and his body releases blue lightning as he runs.
- Although he's more of an Anti-Hero, Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean wears a blue waistcoat and a red bandana, while his arch-nemesis Hector Barbossa wears an orange-brown waistcoat and a green bandana.
- Discussed by Mr. Glass in Unbreakable, that heroes are in primary colors and villains in secondary. Not played straight, though, as both hero and villain in the film wear secondary colors.
- Gipsy Danger from Pacific Rim is dominantly blue with a yellow visor, yellow turbine, and small red markings here and there.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Roger wears red overalls with yellow buttons and a blue patch, and a blue tie with yellow polka dots. His wife Jessica is a Lady in Red, with red hair to boot.
- In the first Jurassic Park film, protagonist Alan Grant wears a blue denim shirt and a red bandana. Tim wears the same colors as a reflection of his idolization of Grant, and heroine Ellie Sattler's layered shirts are similar-but-feminized shades of pink and purple.
- The version of Zatoichi seen in the 2003 film wears blue clothing under his black coat and carries a red Sword Cane.
Live Action TV
- In every Star Trek production, the Starfleet uniforms are some variation of black and a primary color, from TOS's colored sweaters over black shirts to Enterprise's blue jumpsuits with colored piping.
- Super Sentai / Power Rangers:
- Red, blue, and yellow Rangers are constantsnote while Rangers of other colors may or may not be there. This is especially noticeable in seasons when the initial team before Sixth Rangers is a Power Trio instead of a Five-Man Band, so those three colors are all there are.
- While most Green Rangers are heroic, the green-clad Dragon Ranger from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger was a villain before turning good. Same for the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Green Ranger, whose intro arc was even titled "Green with Evil".
- Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger and Power Rangers Ninja Storm had a trio in primary colors and The Psycho Rangers (at first) in crimson and navy blue. Ninja Storm hung a lampshade when one of the Rangers questioned which of the nearby enemies to fight and another answered "anyone not wearing a primary color".
- Lampshaded again in Power Rangers RPM. When Ziggy (Green) attaches his Zord to the core trio's Megazord, Flynn complains that it "throws the 'primary colour' balance off."
- On rare occasions, you can get a Ranger or allied hero that sports all three colors at once: AbareMax/Triassic Ranger (red with yellow trim and bits of blue), and MagiShine/Solaris Knight (blue and gold armor with a red cape). Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger has another one in one of its tie-in movies (navy blue with yellow and red accents), but unfortunately, it's a case where darker colors equal villainous; his name is Deathryuger.
- Smallville has Clark Kent's main color scheme that of red and blue, where he used to almost always wear a red jacket over a blue t-shirt, or a blue jacket over a red t-shirt. He would also wear a red or blue flannel plaid shirt with occasionally white variants. This is mainly due to his farming duties. When he starts doing heroic things in Metropolis all people see is a red and blue blur. When Chloe first meets Kara before she becomes Supergirl she says, "I should have known you were Clark's cousin from all the primary colors."
- Doctor Who:
- The Sixth Doctor wore a red coat, yellow trousers and hair, and blue accessories (a neck ribbon and watch chain). This leads to an absolutely eye-searing effect, which was part of the point of dressing him like this - it's supposed to represent his massive ego and tastelessness.
- Altogether more subtly, the Twelfth Doctor often wears a navy blue Crombie coat with red lining.
- The hero, Takua, zigzags this. In his first appearance in the Game Boy Advance game Quest for the Toa, he has a blue mask, yellow torso, arms and eyes and red feet. In the game's sequel, the Mata Nui On-Line Game, his torso and arms are red and his feet are yellow. His toy ditched yellow for even more blue, and had no eye colors. The Mask of Light movie gave him yellow eyes again and a yellow Heart Light. Upon transforming into a Toa, however, he became gold and white.
- The Kardas Dragon has plenty of red, blue and yellowish gold on its body, along with black and silver.
- Super Mario - blue overalls, red shirt and hat, yellow buttons. He was designed as the hero of Donkey Kong after Shigeru Miyamoto lost the rights to use Popeye. Since then, he's gone on to become the most iconic hero, and character period, in gaming. Essentially the Superman of his medium.
- Princess Peach wears a pink dress, blue jewelry and has blonde hair. Likewise, Toad's most common outfit consists of a blue vest with yellow outlines and red-spotted mushroom cap.
- Heroes wear primary, villains wear secondary: Bowser has green (and sometimes orange), while Wario and Waluigi both feature purple (and green and orange each, respectively). Wario however also wears yellow, alluding to his status as an Anti-Hero.
- There's an interesting mix with Luigi—Green cap and shirt with blue overalls. Kind of makes sense once you discover how some games allude to Luigi's Dark Side.
- Similarly, Yoshi is primarily green with a white underbelly and orange shoes. Since Yoshi isn't exactly unique due to an entire species of them existing, you can have a Yoshi in red or blue as well, along with red or blue shoes on other Yoshis. Plessie, which looks like a mix of a Yoshi and the Loch Ness Monster, is primarily orange, but has a red scarf and blue head fins and it helps Mario and his friends in a few levels.
- Although Link is typically associated with green, his iconic Hylian Shield has a red bird and yellow Triforce against a blue field.
- Link and Ganondorf make an interesting double subversion of the trope. Link is (mostly) dressed in green, and Ganondorf in red and gold, which is the original subversion. However, Link's outfit has white accents, while Ganondorf's has black ones. Also, as exampled above, Link's shield has primary colors, and in Ocarina of Time he wears a red belt. Ganondorf on the other hand frequently uses purple magic blasts, and have deep green skin.
- Princess Zelda, the namesake of the series, plays this straight with her disguises. Sheik not only has blonde hair, but wears blue and white clothing with a red Shiekah eye on the chest. Tetra is also blonde and wears a blue vest with a red kerchief and belt.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild changes it up by having Link wear a blue tunic instead of his traditional green one since blue is a sign of royalty in the game's story, which makes sense since he was Zelda's personal knight/bodyguard. The green tunic can be obtained however. The Hylian Shield is also hidden and it still retains its traditional colors.
- Invoked and inverted in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Agahnim saved Hyrule from disasters with his magic, and he wears a red cloak with a blue Shiekah eye and gold details. However, he used the trust he gained from his "good deeds" to usurp the throne of Hyrule and break the seal leading to the Dark World to free Ganon, his original self.
- Chrono Trigger: Crono - Fiery red hair, a blue tunic, and a yellow kerchief ensures you won't lose sight of him. He's the hero, and for most of the game a required party member.
- Dillon's Rolling Western: Dillon, the old west hero and titular character, is a yellow armadillo with a bright red shell and blue scarf. The scarf has some thin yellow patterns on it too.
- Almost every Fire Emblem Lord wears this color scheme too. Usually blue clothes with a yellow trim, and a red cape (at least on the inside of it). Marth kickstarted the trend, followed by Celice, all four Elibe Lords. Ike sported this color scheme as the Hero of Tellius, despite not being a noble like previous heroes. Micaiah wears it as well in much sublter fashion. Chrom only wears desaturated and darker blue clothes with a yellow trim, however his usual sword and its scabbard are red. In addition to being the main characters, they also cause an instant game over if they die, so it's important to watch them on the map.
- Captain Falcon of F-Zero - blue body suit, red helmet, yellow boots and nipples. Despite having a very loose plot, he's the series' most iconic character, default choice for player one, and the Smash Bros. representative. The anime adaptation makes it that 'Captain Falcon' is a mantle, not an individual, making the color scheme even more relevant.
- Despite Venus adepts association with the color yellow, Isaac the hero of Golden Sun wears a blue outift with a red breast plate. The only yellow on him are his Scarf Of Asskicking and blonde hair.
- His son Matthew in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn wears a blue jacket, red shirt, and a scarf so similar to Isaac's that fans often say it is the same one.
- Captain Olimar from Pikmin has a yellow spacesuit with red accents. In the third game, he even has two blue buttons on his suit. This trope is even further supported by the red, yellow and blue Pikmin types he has been assisted by since the series' beginning.
- Olimar's companion Louie has a similar spacesuit, but with blue accents instead of red.
- The enemies in the series don't have any special color scheme, showing how the world in the game works as an ecosystem rather than a world about good and evil. However, the Emperor Bulblax is green-coloured with an (in)famous purple tongue, and being the final boss from the first game, it is widely considered by fans to be Olimar's archenemy.
- Kingdom Hearts: Being a Mickey Mouse stand-in, Sora's costumes are primarily red, yellow, and black. However to invoke this trope as the hero, he does have bright blue eyes, a blue stripe near the hilt of his sword and subtle blue accents on most of his costumes. Usually the belt, hood, or undershirt.
- Mega Man is usually just blue, but some incarnations will give him red and yellow accents. MegaMan.exe and Geo Stelar are the straightest examples.
- Originally averted in Metroid as Samus' armor is orange and yellow with green accents. However when they finally codified her under armor Zero Suit, it's blue, with a pink design on the back and red scrunchie, and offset by her long yellow blonde hair. Under her hard exterior is an iconic hero.
- All three of the MOTHER main protagonists wear this color scheme. Ninten and Ness, the first two heroes, wear nearly identical clothes. A red and blue baseball cap, and a blue and yellow striped shirt, among other elements.
- It's played with Lucas and Claus. Claus wears the iconic blue and yellow striped shirt, and has bright red hair instead of a cap. He's much more heroic and extroverted, which leads to his downfall. This leaves Lucas, the more timid brother, to grow into the main hero. He wears a red and yellow shirt and blue jeans, invoking the trope in a different way than the heroes before him.
- Lucas' partners, Kumatora and Duster, both feature blue and red in their designs as well.
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, Phoenix Wright, the titular character and main hero, wears a blue suit and magenta tie, with a yellow pin and chain. This can also be extended to the Wright Anything Agency as a whole—Phoenix being the blue aspect, Apollo the red aspect, and Athena the yellow aspect.
- Pokémon protagonists tend to feature primary colors with blacks and whites in their wardrobes. Some of the female ones replace red with pink. In further contrast, villains favor black, white, and grey (except for Team Flare, who almost all wear eye-searingly bright red).
- In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the player can act in movies, including a superhero series. In these movies, the player is cast as the hero and is dressed up in bright primary colors; while Brycen, as the villainous Brycen-Man, wears purple with green accents.
- Raphael/Phantom R of Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure wears a blue suit with red trim (and matching red tie and hair).
- Shyna from Silhouette Mirage wears a half-red half-blue get-up that looks kind of similar to what a witch would wear, minus the wings on her hat. Plus she's a blonde, so that's the yellow part down. This is actually important, since in her game every living thing is either "Silhouette"(blue) or "Mirage"(red). Her having both so prominently in her outfit emphasizes her status as a Yin-Yang Bomb in the world.
- Sonic the Hedgehog is blue and wears red shoes. Also, the current modern Sonic design has yellow buckles on the red shoes.
- Also, the Power Trio of Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles are primarily blue, yellow, and red, respectively.
- One of the trailers for Super Smash Bros. makes a point to compare four big mascots in terms of their primary colors: Mario representing Red, Sonic and Mega Man each representing Blue, and the newly-revealed Pac-Man representing Yellow.
- Surprisingly, Monster Hunter features this with two of the Four Mascots of Monster Hunter X, Dinovaldo and Gamuto. The forme is the monster described as The Leader of the Elite Four (ie: The Hero) is a primarily red Brute Wyvern, with blue highlights and a yellow underbelly; The latter is a massive mammoth-like fanged beast with fur covering its huge body that is mostly bluish, with white and red on its trunk, legs, back and underside.
- Banjo and Kazooie themselves qualify in an unique way. Banjo has a blue backpack and wears yellow shorts while Kazooie is a red bird with some yellow feathers. Considering how important the team aspect is to the games, they end up fitting as this.
- Mumbo Jumbo, who helps the duo out on several occasions, also qualify. He has a yellow skull-shaped head, large blue eyes, bright pink skin, and red feathers atop his head.
- Conker is a red squirrel who wears a blue hoodie and dark blue-yellow sneakers. Not that he is heroic or anything, but he is at least less worse than most people he meets.
- In Undertale, Undyne, considered the underground's greatest hero, has blue skin, red hair, and yellow eyes.
- Furthermore, throughout the game, the protagonist wears a blue and magenta striped shirt. If you get the "genocide" (bad) ending, it reveals that the ultimate villain, the 'Fallen Child', looks nearly identical to the protagonist, but wears a yellow and mint green shirt of similar design.
- Street Fighter:
- Both Ryu and Ken, especially the latter with his red gi, blonde hair and blue Hadoukens. Ryu has his red bandanna and gloves plus the same blue Hadoukens, but no yellow. This is relevant as Ryu tends to flirt with his Dark Side every now and then whereas Ken doesn't have this problem.
- Subverted with the three main members of the villainous Shadaloo organization: M. Bison, Balrog and Vega. They all wear red and blue, with varying degrees of yellow as well (depending on the series' entry). In Bison's case, the blue on his clothes has become darker as the series went on, almost making him Red and Black and Evil All Over.
- Duke Nukem is a Primary-Color Champion, with red tanktop and blue jeans punctuated with a golden upside-down trefoil belt buckle and blonde hair. His gold-plated 1911 pistol is an optional accessory.
- Falco Lombardi from Star Fox is a blue bird with red facial marks and a yellow beak. He is also The Ace of the team, although not The Leader.
- In Kantai Collection, we have Iowa. Being an American battleship, she has reds and blues throughout her costume and riggings.
- The titular Homestar Runner has a red shirt and 'blue soles glued to the bottom of his feet.' His hat is also blue with a red brim.
- Subtly done with SpongeBob SquarePants. Although he wears brown and white, his yellow body is complemented with blue eyes and a red tie. His white socks also have red and blue bands.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang takes after Son Goku by being associated with orange, yellow and blue. He has a blue arrow tattoo, and starts off with orange and yellow clothing. This is later replaced with a dark orange robe.
- Captain Planet: Blue body, red 'clothes' with a yellow emblem. He's the nature loving campy hero summoned when all the kids' powers combine.
- Discussed, but not enforced, in Danny Phantom. Danny's costume is black with white accents. In one episode he accidentally splits himself in half; one half is his goofy, slacker side, and the other half is his dedicated, heroic side. The heroic side begins acting like a stereotypical comic book hero, and insists that his costume should have a cape and be in bright primary colors.
- Donald Duck: Blue suit and hat with red bowtie (black on some cartoons) and white and yellow accents. For a time he was featured in many more shorts than even Mickey, and spawned a lot of duck themed spin offs in the 90s especially.
- Fat Albert: Red shirt, blue jeans. While it's just regular clothes, he's the only kid to wear these colors, and the titular main character.
- Freakazoid!: Red underwear, blue skin, yellow logo. The series is a satire of superhero conventions, so its natural that the main character would sport the most recognizable color scheme.
- Even comedy is not immune. Fry from Futurama wears a red jacket and blue jeans.
- Bart Simpson also wears a red T-shirt, blue shorts, and is drawn with stark yellow skin (because of the art style), though whether he or Homer (usually clad in blue pants and white shirt) is the main character depends on the particular episode.
- Arnold from Hey Arnold! wears a bluish teal sweater and blue jeans, with a red with yellow plaid button down shirt that hangs out from under his sweater like a skirt. He also has a blue cap and wild blond hair. He's the moral center of the kids at PS 118, and of course the main character.
- Jimmy Neutron wears a red T-shirt with a yellow logo on it, and blue shorts/jeans. Again the main character, and usually the leader of his group of friends.
- Zahara of Spider Stories was nearly a full on blue bottom, red top before foregoing becoming closer to just being red to invoke this trope as the princess and main character.
- Thunder Cats: Lion-O wears a blue costume and a yellow/gold gauntlet. Both are accented by the red Thundercats logo, and his big bright red mane of hair. He's the chosen lord of the Thundercats.
- Transformers: Each and every incarnation of Optimus Prime, whose G1 self is part of the trope image. In fact, the Autobot logo is usually red and many Autobots are primary colors, while the Decepticons have purple as a signature color and the Constructicons specifically are known for being purple and green. Having the good side in red and the bad side in purple places them in the opposites of the spectrum, so not only they're differentiated by primary and secondary colors, but also by "hot" and "cold" colors (darker blue for bad guys, light orange for good guys).
- The GoBots tended to subvert this. The Machine Robo toys were all heroic, and their color schemes weren't changed when Tonka chose some to be GoBot villains. So, for example, Cy-Kill, leader of the villainous Renegades, was red, white, blue, and gold; his minion Cop-Tur was blue, white, and gold; and his other minion Crasher was originally white with sky-blue decals (though she got a villainous black and red re-color for the animated series). The toyline later gave Cy-Kill a more evil-looking black/gray/green coloration, while the heroic Guardian commander, Leader-1, went from plain gray to playing this trope straight with a blue and white body with red and yellow stickers, though neither color change ever made it to the cartoon.
- Young Justice: Kaldur, the new version of Aqualad designed specifically as The Leader of this version of DC's teen heroes (as opposed to the traditional Robin), wears blue pants and a red shirt with a yellow belt buckle. He also has blond hair. In the comics his pants are darker, almost black, but he has more yellow decals on his shirt.
- The Star Tugs from TUGS are all painted yellow, with red, white, and blue smokestacks. A few of them even wear red or blue hats as well.
- Steven Universe:
- The title character (The Hero) wears blue jeans, red sandals, and a red (tending towards pink) t-shirt with a gold/yellow star. All of his powers are pink.
- Garnet (The Leader) is mostly red, but she has yellow stars on her gauntlets. For double points, one of her three eyes are red, another is blue. And for triple points, she is a fusion of Ruby and Sapphire, who are red and blue respectively. Her second outfit switches the palette more towards Purple Is Powerful.
- On the other hand, the emblem for the villainous Diamond Authority is white, yellow, and blue and formerly pink.
- The Swiss Guard originally wore the Della Rovere blue and yellow but later added the Medici red to their uniforms. Considering they held off the Nazis with halberds...yeah.
- Any country that has blue and red as part of its national colors to its people. Especially during international sporting events like the Olympics or World Cup.
- Particularly played up by uber patriotic Americans and parodies thereof. Including the 'world police' meme. Oftentimes, a golden fringe is added to the flag to provide the yellow.