Red Oni Blue Oni: Film


Film - Animated

  • Charlotte and Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. They also fit the Tomboy and Girly Girl mold as well, with Charlotte being the loud, over-dramatic, ditzy, Spoiled Sweet dreamer and Tiana being the quieter, more down-to-earth working girl. Also, one scene has Charlotte in a pink ballgown with Tiana in a (borrowed) blue dress.
    • Tiana and Prince Naveen also fit the description to a T, with Tiana being a Workaholic and Naveen being overly laid back and lazy.
  • Lightning McQueen and Doc Hudson from Cars. Appropriately their respective colors are red and blue.
  • Also by Pixar, Russell and Carl from Up.
  • In Pocahontas The British Settlers and The American Indians this was cemented during the song "Savages."
  • In The Prince of Egypt, the Distant Duet "The Plagues" has Moses in orange light and Ramses in blue shadows at the end of the song. Their clothing choices throughout the film follow the same color scheme. It fits their overall personalities as well, with Moses being the impulsive and exuberant one that gets them both into trouble, and Rameses being the overly thoughtful, in-control type hailed as a great leader. (Though ultimately, Moses’s passionate nature results in empathy and compassion and enables him to save his people; whereas Rameses’s analytical, rule-following stoicism makes him cold and ruthless and causes his greatest fear—ruining his father’s legacy—to come to pass.)
    • Moses' siblings, Aaron and Miriam, are a good beta example of this trope: Aaron is cautious and comes off as cold and uncaring while Miriam is passionate, warm and impulsive. Like many other pairs, their clothes are a reflection of this.
  • Yao and Chien Po from Mulan. Mushu and Cri-kee also qualify. Both pairs are Colour-Coded for Your Convenience.
    • The sequel shows Mulan and Shang in this dynamic.
  • Genie and Carpet from Aladdin. Energetic and boisterous Genie is the red to Carpet's blue.
  • The title characters from Mr. Peabody & Sherman (not in that order): Sherman's hair is conveniently reddish no less.
  • In Frozen, sisters Anna and Elsa. Anna is energetic, impulsive and headstrong; Elsa is distant, reclusive and cautious. Anna has red hair and Elsa primarily dresses in blue.
  • Big Hero 6
    • Hiro is reckless while his older brother Tadashi is very mature. After Tadashi dies, Baymax becomes the blue oni owing to his trait of being EXTREMELY calm.
    • Cheerful and outgoing Honey Lemon contrasts Go Go Tomago's quietude and snarkiness.
    • Fred is just a total whack-a-doodle, while Wasabi has Super OCD.
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, destined enemies Po and Shen. Po is the action-loving, clumsy and buffoonish but good-hearted hero. While Shen is his elegant, sharp-tongued and cunning villainous opposite.
  • Rise of the Guardians has three good examples:
    • North and Bunny who are also Colour-Coded for Your Convenience, the former wears a red coat and is boisterous and loud, while the latter has bluish grey fur and is more stoic and meticulous.
    • The chatty and flighty Tooth (red) and the quiet and laid-back Sandy (blue).
    • Jack is the mischievous, fun-loving and impulsive hero (red), and Pitch is the cold, cunning and suave villain (blue).

Film - Live Action

  • Peter son's Middle-earth universe:
    • In the film characterization of Lord of the Rings:
    • Then comes the film characterization of The Hobbit:
      • Bilbo (red) and Thorin (blue), since Bilbo is excitable and somewhat silly whereas Thorin remains dignified. It especially helps that the two wear their distinctive colors.
      • Also, Dwalin (red) and Balin (blue).
      • Kíli (red) and Fíli (blue) can fit this trope as well.
      • There's also Tauriel and Legolas in the last two films. Tauriel can also be paired with Thranduil, who is also blue.
  • RedTails: The primary character conflict is between Hero/Lancer duo Easy and Lightning. Blue and Red respectively.
  • In the Hellboy series, the title character (sloppy, hot-tempered demon dating a human flamethrower) and Abe Sapien (studious, slightly prissy gillman) are actually addressed as "Red" and "Blue" respectively; although this is due to, y'know, their actual skin color, the association still fits. Hellboy and Krauss, too, particularly when Krauss is possessing that Golden Army trooper in the final scene - all his glowy bits go blue. They fit the personality portions of this trope to a T.
  • Star Wars
    • The Sith and the Jedi fits this trope to a T. The Sith wield red lightsabers and are defined by their passions and their ambitions. While the Jedi typically wield blue or green lightsabers and are presented as more intellectual and steeped in tradition.
    • On a more individual level, the master/apprentice relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker during the prequel trilogy. Obi-Wan is the more cautious and thoughtful blue Jedi and Anakin, being younger and more ambitious, represents the passionate red. Of course, this speaks volumes about the paths the men choose by the end of the end of said trilogy.
    • Later (or earlier, depending on how you look at it), the trope is played with by Han and Luke. They switch roles as Character Development ensues: Luke starts out as the impulsive idealist to Han's world-weary cynic, while by the third film Luke is the disciplined and determined warrior and Han is the emotionally driven one.
    • Franchise-wise, the prequel trilogy is the red oni to the original trilogy's blue oni.
    • The iconic factions can be seen this way: The Rebel Alliance were the unprepared, unethical, luck-relying red oni to the militarized, orderly, and prim blue oni, Galactic Empire.
      • The same for the Clone Wars, The Separatist Droid Army were the red oni to the Galactic Republic's Clone Army blue oni.
  • In the movie version of L.A. Confidential, Edmund Exley is a near-perfect example of a blue oni (and nearly always dresses in a blue suit to boot), while Bud White is very much a red oni (complete with brown/maroon suit).
  • In Men In Black, Agent K is the serious, deadpan blue oni mentor while Agent J is the wisecracking, impulsive red oni rookie.
  • James Ellroy seems to love this trope; the two detectives at the center of his The Black Dahlia are even referred to explicitly as Mr Fire (red) and Mr Ice (Blue).
  • The Will Ferrell movie Blades of Glory has Chazz Michael Michaels, the improvisational, womanizing idiot Red Oni, and Jimmy Macelroy, the technical, thoughtful man-child Blue Oni. This is even reflected in their "Fire and Ice" costume.
  • From Watchmen, Rorschach/The Comedian/Ozymandias to Dr. Manhattan. Actually, everybody is a Red Oni compared to Dr. Manhattan.
    • A better example might be that Rorschach is Red Oni and Nite Owl II is Blue Oni.
  • Every Die Hard movie has one or more elements of this. John McClane, the hot headed runner and gunner always goes up against a calculating intellectual Big Bad. The first two movies also have a subplot involving McClane's "Red Oni" tactics budging up against the "Blue Oni" by-the-book style of the authority.
  • The Henke and Genji clans in Sukiyaki Western Django.
  • X-Men:
  • Underworld 'verse has raging werewolves versus cold, calculating vampires.
  • Hard Core Logo has the intense, impulsive Joe Dick and the quieter, more calculating, ambitious Billy Tallent.
  • In Serenity, Mal is a red oni of the heroic type and the Operative is a blue oni of the villainous type. Mal wears warm tones while the Operative dresses in blue.
  • Ferris Bueller and Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  • Del Griffith and Neil Page in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
  • Fight Club: Tyler is impulsive and rash, whereas the Narrator is a calm and cool businessman. Their different personalities are, of course, all mixed-up in the heat of the fight.
  • Trading Places has Billy Ray Valentine and Louis Winthorpe III.
  • The Back to the Future movies have Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown. In Part I, he also played red oni to his father George's blue oni in 1955.
  • Top Gun has the brash/hot-headed Maverick play Red Oni to the Blue Oni of his level-headed copilot Goose and their more by-the-book fellow pilot Iceman.
    • Of course, Goose and Maverick's helmets are a subversion.
  • Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumber, as illustrated by their Tacky Tuxedos.
  • Indiana Jones is the red oni to his father Henry Sr.'s blue oni in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
    • In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Jones is the blue oni to Mutt's red oni, with good reason: Mutt is really his son.
    • In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Belloq is the blue oni to Indy's red oni. This ties into their preferred methods for acquiring artifacts. Indy is hands-on and collects them personally. Belloq hires other people to do the dirty work while he stands off to the side acting sophisticated.
  • Osmosis Jones has this with a color inversion. Ozzy is the Red Oni and Drix is the Blue Oni. This is despite Ozzy being blue and Drix being red.
  • It could be said that Buffalo Bill is the red oni to Villain Protagonist Hannibal Lecter's blue oni.
  • In Sense and Sensibility references it in the title and has a few examples.
    • Straight-laced and collected Elinor is blue, while the flighty and passionate Marianne is red.
    • The men who court Marianne: Willoughby is fun and dashing, but false. Colonel Brandon is reserved but true.
    • Charlotte Palmer is bubbly and easily excitable, while her husband Mr. Palmer is quiet and sour.
  • Thor and Loki from Thor and The Avengers are the epitome of this trope. Although, given their colour schemes, it's more like Red Oni, Green Oni.
    • Another Avengers example would be Iron Man & Captain America. The brash and arrogant antics of the red-clad Iron Man really don't sit too well with the humble-natured and calm Captain America, who wears blue.
    • In the regular Iron Man films, James Rhodes is the blue Oni to Tony's red. And, like Rogers, he is usually seen wearing blue.
    • Another member of the Avengers who embodies both Onis is mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner and his alter-ego the Hulk, who is literally a raging id.
  • In William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, the Montegue men are Anglo guys in Hawaiian shirts who seem to be a bit more loose and rough. The Capulets are angrier, sharply-dressed Latinos.
  • In the 2011 film Warrior: Tommy is red, Brendan is blue. Their gloves are color-coded for your convenience.
  • Pulp Fiction zig zags this trope with Jules and Vincent. On the surface, the former is hotheaded and the latter is calmer, if not outright aloof. As the film progresses, it's quite clear that Jules is the one with the more level head and that his "Bad Motherfucker" tendencies appear only when someone (usually Vincent) says or does something really stupid. Vincent, on the other hand, is a bumbler, needlessly starting a brief argument with the Wolf when presented with advice to solve a problem he started and leaving dangerous stuff around for people to find (Mia with the drugs, Butch with the sub-machine gun) .
  • Lethal Weapon has Riggs as the Red and Murtuagh as the Blue.
  • The two burglars in Home Alone: Harry is the blue oni and Marv the red oni.
  • In Pacific Rim, Newt and Gottlieb are red and blue respectively.
  • In Rush, the hardcharging partyboy James Hunt is the red oni to his rival Niki Lauda's cool, cerebral blue oni.
  • In Viva Maria!, trigger-happy Bardot!Maria and cerebral Moreau!Maria.
  • In The Legend of Frenchie King, aggressive and impatient Maria versus calculating and relaxed Louise.
  • In Blonde in Black Leather, Claudia starts out as idealistic and naive, with Monica passing for cool and street-smart (they're also dressed in the respective colors). They switch roles as the movie goes on, with Claudia becoming savvier and more down-to-earth while Monica comes off as something of a manic-depressive.
  • Maiko Haaaan!!! combines this with the traditional kabuki hero/villain colour schemes. The protagonist, Onizuka Kimihiko, is very excitable and is driven by his passions while the antagonist, Kiichiro Naito, is much more reserved and collected. Unless he's drunk.
  • The Sister Act films have an interesting example of Red Oni, Blue Oni pairs. Deloris/Sister Mary Clarence and Sister Mary Patrick are Reds. Sister Mary Lazarus and Sister Mary Robert are Blues.

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