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-->--'''Orks''', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

Red things just seem to go faster. In fiction, make something red and you can almost guarantee it'll move quicker, as if the ''colour itself'' [[ArtisticLicensePhysics reduces drag, lowers inertia and increases forward momentum]]. A visual shorthand for getting the point across that an object is zippy.

TruthInTelevision: Red apparently [[http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/color-red.html promotes adrenalin release]] and [[http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/color_red.htm feelings of excitement or intensity]], which can certainly give the ''appearance'' that a red object is moving faster, as well as possibly encourage the drivers of red vehicles to push the envelope more. Also, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppler_Effect Doppler Effect]] makes things red-shifted if they're moving ''away'' from you at a high speed (read: significant fraction of ''the speed of light''). Don't expect there to be any evolutionary basis for this, however, as it's unlikely any human would ever get to see it with the naked eye.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not at all related]] to RedHerring or RedShirt.

SubTrope of LawOfChromaticSuperiority and ColorCodedForYourConvenience. Compare GoldColoredSuperiority for another color that is considered greater than others (sometimes even red).


* "Red goes faster" is the car salesman's mantra.

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* While there are earlier examples, the Franchise/{{Gundam}} series not only become enamored with this trope, but also act as a TropeCodifier in Japan. In the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam original Gundam]], the only way one could tell apart Char Aznable's [[AMechByAnyOtherName mobile suit]] from any other was because it was painted red and was three times faster than other suits (which would otherwise be identical in appearance). This, coupled with Char's [[MagnificentBastard magnetic personality]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse sheer popularity]], has managed to [[MemeticMutation immortalize]] red suits as belonging to [[TheRival Rivals]] in other Gundam series. See LawOfChromaticSuperiority for further details.
** Gundam 00 revisit this concept by giving the Trans-Am mode, which turn the suit red and three times faster.
* Anime/SpeedRacer's car has red features.
* in the ''RanmaOneHalf'' anime Ranma gets a huge increase in speed when [[GenderBenderSuperpower he turns female]], and also Red Hair instead of his male black. For female martial artists, red wunz go fasta.
* The OutlawStar is said to be the fastest ship in the galaxy. When asked about the color, Gene had 'em paint it red.
* The 16th {{Pokemon}} movie will feature a group of five Genesect, with the 'leader' of them being Shiny--or red instead of purple. While they all appear to have the newly introduced Extremespeed Forme, the red one seems to be faster going by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MeFEAA4JvaM this trailer.]]
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', [[SuperSpeed speed-based fighter]] Fate Testarossa-Harlaown typically wears Barrier Jackets with red belts crisscrossed all over it, while her adopted son and fellow speedster Erio Mondial primarily wears red for his Barrier Jackets and has red hair. And most importly, her [[WhatBeautifulEyes beautiful,]] [[MemeticMutation sad eyes]] are [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]].
** The redheaded Nove is faster than her sister Subaru because her [[RollerbladeGood Jet Edge is lighter than Subaru's Mach Caliber]].
** Deed, who has red eyes and red magic color, is also one of the fastest Numbers.
** Chantez Arpinion has red Knight Clothing and her skill is translated either as "SuperSpeed", "Agile Speed", "Dreadful Speed" or etc.
** Vita, the red Knight of the Iron Hammer, subverts this. She's not particular slow, but is a MightyGlacier.
* Played with in ''BakusouKyoudaiLetsAndGo'', Retsu's red Sonic cars are definately one of the faster, [[CripplingOverspecialization but at cornering instead of max speed]]. The speedy cars his brother own, meanwhile, has red as a secondary color.

* All of TheFlash's costumes are predominantly red. (Except [[KidSidekick Kid Flash]], which was yellow & red.)
* Averted by MarvelComics. Quicksilver is a speedster, but his costume has not contained red.
** Played straight by the Eternal Makkari, though.

[[AC:{{Film}} -- WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'': [=McQueen=] is red and, as seen in the page image, he's very fast.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': When Experiment 626 steals a police cruiser to escape, of course he takes the red one. {{Lampshaded}} by his (now former) captors. The [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]] explicitly states that it is the fastest of the police cruisers.

* Red Hare from ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. Said to be as quick as any rabbit and famed for being a horse among horses during the era of the Three Kingdoms, it is described in the novel as "uniform ashen red, with not a hair of another colour" and "capable of travelling 1,000 li (approximately 500 km) in a day". In the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series of games, it is also the fastest horse that one could get.

* In ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', there is an episode where the Chigs are shown to have specially modified fighters that can skip across the event horizon of a black hole. They look exactly like regular Chig fighters except that they are red.
* The power of the Red Ranger in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' is super speed.
* Hiromu Sakurada/Red Buster of ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' also has super speed as his power.

[[AC: NewspaperComics]]
* In ''Comicbook/ThePerishers'', Marlon was convinced his soapbox cart was faster once Wellington painted a red stripe on it.
-->'''Wellington''': Well, if it makes you happy to think so.
-->''(Marlon leaves)''
-->'''Wellington''': What's ''in'' this paint?

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is the TropeNamer:
** [[Characters/Warhammer40000Orks Ork]] vehicles go faster when they're red because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Orks think they do]]. This is reflected in-game; for a small extra deployment cost, you can give any Ork model with a red paintjob a bonus to its move radius. [[RealityWarper Orks believe really, really good.]] In previous editions this was the only upgrade that actually mandated you to use a specific color (It's no longer a requirement by a strict reading of the rules, but if you can successfully convince someone that your not-red car is really red, it would be a feat worthy of an Ork).
** The Blood Angels [[Characters/Warhammer40000Astartes Space Marines]] are noted for wearing red armor. Their vehicles are able to be outfitted with extra strong engines that give them additional movement distances each turn. They are also able to field a specific jump pack equipped unit that receives extra movement compared to other Space Marine jump pack troops.
** Saim-Hann, the [[Characters/Warhammer40000Eldar Eldar]] craftworld that makes most use of jetbikes and fast skimmers, also uses red as their primary colour.
** Averted by [[Characters/Warhammer40000TauEmpire Tau]] commander Farsight's custom red battlesuit, which is not in fact three times faster than a regular one (it's considerably better in combat, though).

* The RedOniBlueOni duo defines the "Red Oni" character as quicker to jump into something than the more relaxed "Blue Oni".

* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': The Orcs vehicle speed upgrade is called "Da Red Wunz go Fasta."
* Link's Loftwing in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is said to be the fastest in all of Skyloft. It's known as the Crimson Loftwing. [[CaptainObvious Guess what color it is?]]
** Before, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', Epona is the fastest horse on Lon Lon Ranch. How can you tell? Because she's red.
** And before even then, in ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', your Boomerang can be upgraded so that it flies farther and faster. Not only does it turn red, it trails [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkles]] behind it.
* ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame'' has this as one of the many collectible Video Game Cliches.
** Subtly notable in ''TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'' in which Bart's Ferrini, the hover bike and the open-wheel FormulaOne car have some of the highest acceleration and speed stats of the game.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioKart 7'', one of the customizable tire sets that can be used on a kart is the Red Monster wheels, which have a slightly higher acceleration than the normal Monster Wheels, which are blue.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' has two temporary examples: the Dash Pepper turns Yoshi red and gives him enough speed to run up walls and on water, and the Rainbow Star increases Mario or Luigi's speed and turns them red as opposed to the flashing multicolored version from [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy the first game]] though still leaves multicolored [[SpeedEchoes duplicates to emphasize their speed]].
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has an achievement named after this: "Why? Because it's red." It refers to the rarest of the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj mounts - the red one. (It doesn't actually go faster though.)
* {{Inverted}} in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. While Knuckles is colored red, and he is quite fast, he pales in comparison to other characters like Sonic and Tails. However Sonic's trademark choice of red footwear is very much this trope played straight.
** Played mostly straight with the springs in the early 16-bit games in the series. The yellow-colored springs provide a slight speed and height boost when bounced upon, and the red ones make Sonic jump much higher and move much faster. ''VideoGame/KnucklesChaotix'' added blue springs in certain stages, which were even more powerful than the red ones.
* In both ''VideoGame/{{Tomba}}'' games, Tomba can equip different colored pants to increase his speed. Both times, the pants that give the greatest speed boost are red.
* While there are plenty of other red robots from VideoGame/MegaMan that aren't considered very fast, the red [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 Quick Man]] was built to be the fastest robot in the series. Also, ''VideoGame/MegaManX's'' and ''MegaManZero's'' Zero is quite the LightningBruiser.
* In ''Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters'', the red MechaMooks act like the ordinary white ones, except that they move considerably faster.
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'': Foxy the Pirate Fox has a red suit, and he's able to run from his cove to your office in mere seconds.
* A secret EasterEgg camouflage in ''[[Videogame/MechWarrior MechWarrior Living Legends]]'' for the Uziel paints the entire battlemech a dark red, with [[NoseArt yellow eyes and teeth]]. The Uziel is one of the most agile Medium mechs, as it is usually paired with either a JumpJetPack or [[NitroBoost MASC]]. The Sparrowhawk aerospace fighter - an extremely agile scout plane -- has a gunmetal gray fuselage with red stripes and [[NoseArt shark teeth]].

* Given a LampshadeHanging in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0817.html this]] ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strip when Tarquin describes his fastest FlyingCarpet.
--> '''Tarquin''': This is my fastest FlyingCarpet, Elan. You'll note both its red color as well as its racing stripes.

* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Route Of All Evil", Cubert and Dwight take over Planet Express, rename it Awesome Express and repaint the ship red and give it flame decals for this very reason.
-->'''Cubert:''' Leela, help me put these decals I got in my cereal on the ship. They'll make it go faster.\\
'''Leela:''' Really? What's your scientific reasoning for that?\\
'''Cubert:''' I'm twelve.
* Although there are multiple colors represented, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Rainbow Dash, and red is the predominant color when she is doing one of her super speed stunts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', Chan's road racer is painted red.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Randy argues that painting a pinewood derby car red was the main reason it went faster-than-light. Of course, the real reason is because he stole a magnet from the Large Hadron Collider and put it in the car.

* Red cars are often more likely to be cited for speeding tickets than other colors. Partially as a corollary, car insurance companies often charge marginally higher rates for red cars. Both of these are [[CaptainObvious probably due to]] the tendency of people in red cars to go faster than anything caused by the color.
** Also, red tends to be a lot more visible on the road, meaning they're more likely to be spotted by cops.
** Red is an incredibly popular color for supercars, to the point that non-red ones actually depreciate (price-wise) at a quicker rate. Enforced Trope?
*** Insurance companies actually don't take the color of the car into consideration, and most don't even require the color to be disclosed. The fact that sports cars are so often painted red is why this comes into effect - sports cars make up most of the red cars on the market, and have higher rates because of the perception that drivers will want to speed more often.
* The Midland Railway and its successor, the LMS Railway, painted passenger engines red, such as [[http://www.nrm.org.uk/globalmedia/CD050127_2.png No. 1000]] and the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fa/Duchess_of_Hamilton_streamlined_-_2009-05-19.jpg Duchess of Hamilton]].
* The most successful FormulaOne racing team is Scuderia Ferrari, 16 titles with their trademark red cars. [=McLaren=] also won most of its titles using a white and red scheme inspired by sponsor Marlboro.
** [=McLaren=] used to have a different color scheme, until they averted the trope by removing painting from the car which [[BoringButPractical made it faster]].
* The 1971 Spa 24 Hours ended up as if an Ork racing team had gone rampant. The Mercedes-Benz tuner AMG took the biggest luxury sedan below the Rolls-Royce league in those days, the Mercedes 300 SEL and turned it into a monster nicknamed "[[http://www.car137.com/2010/04/mercedes-benz-300sel-red-sow.html Red Sow]]": The already humongous 6.3-liter V8 was rebored to 6.8 liters and 420hp, the interior was left as-is except for the rollcage, and the entire ride was painted red. Despite its weight and frequent pit-stops, it was fasta than everything else except one BMW 2800CS. It was heavy, cumbersome, ugly, not to mention built from wreckage before the Spa race, it consumed insane amounts of gas and tires, but it was RED and FAST.
* Some studies suggest that signals from red cones in the eyes -- photoreceptors that detect the red/orange end of the spectrum -- are processed more quickly by the brain's visual cortex than signals from green or blue cones. Thus, ''seeing'' red literally happens faster than seeing other colors.
* Early in the twentieth century, ''silver'' cars were widely thought to go faster, mainly because silver paint was incredibly uncommon so the colour generally meant that the car wasn't painted, which both reduced weight and indicated that the car was a dedicated racer.