Fire/Red beats everything:

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1 FOFD2nd Dec 2013 10:39:26 AM , Relationship Status: Heisenberg unreliable
Level 9999
No, not Pokemon.

It seems like the RED Team/The Red Oni/The color red/Fire element tend to come out on top in video games, or are often portrayed in a superior light to the BLU Team/The Blue Oni/Ice element/blue-affiliated characters.

Is there a trope for this?


  • In Team Fortress, RED team usually comes out victorious during the Meet the Team segments.
  • In Red vs Blue, Red Team has the advantage in numbers and firepower.
  • In Mortal Kombat, Scorpion (Fire) is not only more popular then his Blue Oni counterpart Sub Zero, but he's also killed Sub-Zero in MK 9, avoided disembowelment by Kratos during the trailer, and even made cameos in other games.
  • In Twisted Metal, Sweet Tooth (Red ears, red polka dots, red hair, red color theme) has been the only contestant to successfully screw over Calypso not only once, but three times. He's also their mascot. Calypso's eyes glow blue in Twisted Metal Head-On, and that's the game where Screw Tooth royally screws him over.
  • Dante is a demon-hunting Bad Ass whose signature outfit is a bright red coat. His rival is Vergil, who wears blue clothing, and Vergil loses to Dante.
    • Similarly, Kratos's swords glow bright red, as does his aura. His enemy, and eventually victim, is Zeus, whose eyes tend to glow aqua blue. A bit of a subversion, since Zeus's lightning is usually colored yellow/gold/white, and Kratos uses the Sword of Olympus, which glows a pristine blue color, to battle Zeus.
  • Dante's Inferno, the main character, Dante, has a blood red tapestry on his chest, and the final boss is Lucifer, who is frozen waist-deep in ice. His eyes also glow blue. Subversion, his eyes glow orange-red, though in the anime they are blue.


  • Cole/Evil Cole in inFamous. Cole's affinity is blue/white if he follows the good, martyrish path. Evil Cole, who's in it for himself, glows red/orange.
  • In Onimusha, Samanosuke wears red armor and 'was' the main hero, until the fourth game, where the main character spot was given to Soki, who wears blue armor, and is a far superior fighter to Samanosuke (Tenkai) who wears red armor and a mask in that game.
  • In Disgaea, Laharl has blue hair combined with a red scarf, and is ridiculously powerful with no blue-affiliated enemy (except for in D2 perhaps). However, his servants are all cobalt-colored monsters known as Prinnies. Further however, however, in one game, a Prinny is turned into the main character, and has a bright red scarf to distinguish this.
    • Etna, a red-haired double agent and Laharl's vassal, tends to disobey him, to the point where she was temporarily in control of his Netherworld. She's probably even more significant as the series mascot then the Prinnies or Laharl himself.

edited 2nd Dec '13 10:47:22 AM by FOFD

"This is John Crichton. Somewhere in the universe."
This sounds like an aimless gush post. Couldn't you have added this to another forum? Or maybe to the discussion page of Color-Coded for Your Convenience.

Also, why is green good and red bad?

edited 2nd Dec '13 10:41:07 AM by Trollblade69

Yes, I am the guy who refused to call Magikarp Power "not worth the effort"
3 SaintDeltora2nd Dec 2013 10:41:17 AM from The Land Of Racial And Cultural Mixture , Relationship Status: Abstaining
The Manliest Street Fighter
[up][up]You might want to spoil the Tenkai part.

edited 2nd Dec '13 10:41:45 AM by SaintDeltora

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4 FOFD2nd Dec 2013 10:42:28 AM , Relationship Status: Heisenberg unreliable
Level 9999
That was fast.

Just For Fun? Yack Fest? It Just Awes Me?


More to point out and observe if anyone thinks that it's true, or if there are several more examples of blue-affiliated characters coming out on top.

edited 2nd Dec '13 10:48:57 AM by FOFD

"This is John Crichton. Somewhere in the universe."
5 TommyFresh2nd Dec 2013 10:47:17 AM , Relationship Status: Halfway to Pon Farr
If you are actually looking to see if this is a trope, I think you are supposed to go to Lost and Found.
6 RainingMetal2nd Dec 2013 10:50:14 AM from Eagleland Canada
This doesn't apply in The Patriot.
Pachter, Summerwill, Rodriguez...all must die!
7 neobowman2nd Dec 2013 10:58:04 AM from Unidentified Proxy , Relationship Status: Tsundere'ing
つ ◕_◕ ༽つ HELIX
Red team doesn't have Caboose
8 EvaUnit012nd Dec 2013 01:38:13 PM , Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Back to the Basics
In the same vein as Dante and Vergil, BlazBlue has their borderline expies Ragna and Jin.

Actually, reminds me of an anime/game archetype of "light-haired badass in red". InuYasha, Dante, Ragna the Bloodedge, Fenrich, Vash the Stampede, Sanger Zonvolt, probably at least another one or two I can't think of...

Wait a sec, isn't this basically Law of Chromatic Superiority or whatever that trope is?
9 Demongodofchaos22nd Dec 2013 06:11:11 PM from Reality , Relationship Status: 700 wives and 300 concubines
I am become death, Destroyer of worlds
[up] Space Adventure Cobra probably started in Anime/ Japanese games, I think.
I don't fight for good, and I don't fight for evil, I JUST FIGHT!

10 TotemicHero2nd Dec 2013 07:20:19 PM from the next level , Relationship Status: Abstaining
Up and at 'em
Red Is Heroic. Discussion over. Thank you for playing. Have a nice day. tongue
11 VeryMelon2nd Dec 2013 07:32:26 PM from United States , Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
The system doesn't know you right now, so no post button for you.
You need to Get Known to get one of those.

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