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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': Everything significant to gameplay that comes in two forms, with the exception of the black and white test chamber walls themselves, is blue and orange (or blue and yellow): the two ends of the portal; the propulsion and repulsion gels; the pushing and pulling states of the excursion funnels; the off and on states of the lights indicating a connection with the {{Big Red Button}}s; the highlights and eyes on Atlas and P-Body; even the "eyes" of SelfDemonstrating/{{Wheatley}} and SelfDemonstrating/{{GLaDOS}}. The test chambers in ''Portal'' were deliberately made mostly cool blues in contrast to the warm oranges of the behind-the scenes-areas.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': Everything significant to gameplay that comes in two forms, with the exception of the black and white test chamber walls themselves, is blue and orange (or blue and yellow): the two ends of the portal; the repulsion and propulsion and repulsion gels; the pushing and pulling states of the excursion funnels; the off and on states of the lights indicating a connection with the {{Big Red Button}}s; the highlights and eyes on Atlas and P-Body; P-body; even the "eyes" of SelfDemonstrating/{{Wheatley}} and SelfDemonstrating/{{GLaDOS}}. The test chambers in ''Portal'' ''VideoGame/{{Portal|1}}'' were deliberately made mostly cool blues in contrast to the warm oranges of the behind-the scenes-areas.



* The ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' series uses [[CoveredInGunge covering everything in neon ink]] as a main gameplay mechanic, so ColorContrast is essential between teams. While there are many combinations the games, blue and orange is the most featured pair for the original game, being used in trailers, promotional artwork, and the box art. The orange Inkling girl and blue Inkling boy are even considered the poster children for the franchise, being the default representatives when appearing in other games such as ''VideoGame/MarioKart8'' and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate''. In a more practical use of the pair, activating color lock mode forces all team colors to orange and blue, since those two provide the most contrast for most colorblind people. In ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'', however, the default colors are instead green and pink. In ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon 2}}'', the Octo Expansion also uses the classic blue and orange ink from the first game in [[spoiler:the boss fight with [[BonusBoss Inner Agent 3]].]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has blue colored attacks which will only damage you if you move while it moves through you and orange attacks which will damage you if you don't move.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' series uses [[CoveredInGunge covering everything in neon ink]] as a main gameplay mechanic, so ColorContrast is essential between teams. While there are many combinations the games, blue and orange is the most featured pair for the original game, being used in trailers, promotional artwork, and the box art. The orange Inkling girl and blue Inkling boy are even considered the poster children for the franchise, being the default representatives when appearing in other games such as ''VideoGame/MarioKart8'' and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate''. In a more practical use of the pair, activating color lock mode forces all team colors to orange and blue, since those two provide the most contrast for most colorblind people. In ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'', ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon 2}}'', however, the default colors are instead green and pink. In ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon 2}}'', ''Splatoon 2'', the Octo Expansion also uses the classic blue and orange ink from the first game in [[spoiler:the boss fight with [[BonusBoss Inner Agent 3]].]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has blue colored blue-colored attacks which will only damage you if you move while it moves through you and orange attacks which will damage you if you don't move.



* Days and nights on Pandora in all ''Franchise/{{Borderlands}}'' games are only differentiated by the color filter (orange for daytime, blue for nighttime). More subtly, there's the reddish-orange and dark yellow of Jakobs (marked Western-inspired NostalgiaFilter, high base damage, no elemental effects) contrasting the cobalt blue of Maliwan ([[EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture futuristic and sleek]], low base damage, always elemental)[[note]]less pronounced in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' and on, when brands aren't just a PaletteSwap of one another, but still noticeable most of the time[[/note]].

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* Days and nights on Pandora in all ''Franchise/{{Borderlands}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' games are only differentiated by the color filter (orange for daytime, blue for nighttime). More subtly, there's the reddish-orange and dark yellow of Jakobs (marked Western-inspired NostalgiaFilter, high base damage, no elemental effects) contrasting the cobalt blue of Maliwan ([[EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture futuristic and sleek]], low base damage, always elemental)[[note]]less pronounced in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' and on, when brands aren't just a PaletteSwap of one another, but still noticeable most of the time[[/note]].


In the modern context, this trope has gone beyond simple colour grading and into set and costume design for the grading later. For example, a room might have blue walls and a brown cabinet with an amber lamp while the female lead is in a yellow dress, all of which can be colour-graded to create the [[TitleDrop OrangeBlueContrast]]. If the female lead has orange hair, expect the male lead to often wear blue clothing to contrast with it. If you wish to die of alcohol poisoning, take a shot every time the set and costume design dovetail to force the contrast.



** The Turtle School gi, most famously worn by Goku, fits this color scheme. In the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' it was red and black rather than yellow-orange and blue, but over the course of ''Z'' it shifts to a middle-ground of sorts with red-orange and dark blue. Additionally, it contrasts with his first gi and his ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' gi, both of which are blue (heck, Goku's original gi fits under this as well, fluctuating between light blue and yellow-orange in the manga's full-color illustrations).
** Heck, this trope even applies to the colours Goku and his [[TheRival rival]] Vegeta wear (orange and blue respectively).

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** The Turtle School gi, most famously worn by Goku, fits this color scheme. scheme: orange overshirt and pants with blue undershirt, wristbands and shoes. In the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' ''Anime/DragonBall'' anime, it was red and black rather than yellow-orange orange and blue, but over in the course of ''Z'' switch to ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' it shifts to a middle-ground of sorts with red-orange and dark blue. the modern colour scheme. Additionally, it contrasts with his first gi and his ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' gi, both of which are blue (heck, blue.[[note]]As for [[Manga/DragonBall the manga itself]], the colour scheme differs from the anime because Toriyama wasn't sure what colour Goku's original starting gi fits under this as well, fluctuating between light blue and yellow-orange was. This resulted in the manga's full-color illustrations).
anime going with blue based on what little coloured chapters existed at the time, while the modern Full Colour print uses orange to fit with Toriyama's modern intent.[[/note]]
** Heck, this trope even applies to the colours Goku and his [[TheRival rival]] Vegeta wear (orange and blue respectively). As for Vegeta himself, he has long been associated with blue undersuits and armour with a yellow trim.



* This is ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s original color scheme. After the TimeSkip, he swaps the blue for black, which then becomes his default look.

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* This is ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''s original color scheme. After the TimeSkip, he swaps the blue for black, which then becomes his default look. Deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoked]] as the author based the colour scheme off of Goku's from ''Dragon Ball''.


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* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' and its sequel ''[[Film/JurassicWorldFallenKingdom Fallen Kingdom]]'' exploit this trope heavily. For example, Dr. Wu's lab in the former is graded blue so that it contrasts with the orange of the famous amber mosquitos. Claire Dearing has red hair that contrasts with Owen Grady's blue shirt, and when Claire isn't around, Owen tends to wear a brown vest over his shirt.
** Some releases of ''Film/JurassicPark'' feature this as well, thanks toa [[DigitalDestruction modern colour grade]] being applied to the 2013 Blu-Ray release, [[GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion among other changes]].


The one thing you will almost always have in a film is people. Human skin runs from pale pinkish yellow to dark brown, all of which are shades of orange. The color that contrasts best with orange is blue. So you turn up the shadows to the cyan end and the highlights to the orange.

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The one thing you will almost always have in a film is people. Human skin runs from pale pinkish yellow to dark brown, all of which are shades of orange. The color that contrasts best with orange [[AnIndexOrange orange]] is blue.{{blue|tropes}}. So you turn up the shadows to the cyan end and the highlights to the orange.


%% * ''Website/NeoPets'': "The Faeries' Ruin" had orange Kougra Brynn, an upstanding Brightvale castle official, and {{foil}} Hanso, a blue Ixi rogue and thief. When they were selected to host the 2018 Games Master Challenge, their respective teams were known as the Knights and the Raiders. (Note: this example may need a little more context.)

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%% * ''Website/NeoPets'': "The Faeries' Ruin" had orange Kougra Brynn, an upstanding Brightvale castle official, and {{foil}} and Hanso, a blue Ixi rogue / thief, as the leads and thief. {{foil}}s. When they were selected to host as "captains" for the 2018 Games Master Challenge, their respective teams were known as the Knights and the Raiders. (Note: more context might be required for this example may need a little more context.entry.)

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%% * ''Website/NeoPets'': "The Faeries' Ruin" had orange Kougra Brynn, an upstanding Brightvale castle official, and {{foil}} Hanso, a blue Ixi rogue and thief. When they were selected to host the 2018 Games Master Challenge, their respective teams were known as the Knights and the Raiders. (Note: this example may need a little more context.)


* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Pearl's main outfits utilize a golden yellow/peachy pink and teal color scheme, so it comes off as a pastel variation on this trope.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Pearl's ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
**Pearl's
main outfits utilize a golden yellow/peachy pink and teal color scheme, so it comes off as a pastel variation on this trope.trope.
**The Quartz soldiers encountered in "The Zoo" are mostly Amethysts from the Prime Kindergarten and are purple. However, many of them are Jaspers or Carnelians from the Beta Kindergarten and are consequently orange or reddish-orange.


* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsForgottenFriendship'': The duo of Sunset Shimmer and Trixie Lulamoon have sharply contrasting colors, with Sunset's red-and-yellow hair, amber skin, orange top and maroon skirt compared with Trixie's white hair, pale blue skin, dark blue clothes and purple skirt. This emphasizes their differences and complementary aspects when standing side-by-side.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsForgottenFriendship'': The duo of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':
** In [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013 the first movie]], the [[HeelFaceTurn then]]-BigBad
Sunset Shimmer is a primarily orange and red character with some yellow hues. The main heroine Twilight Sparkle, on the other hand, is colored lavender, violet and blue.
** In ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'', [[BigBad the Dazzlings]] have the contrast between themselves -- the lead Adagio Dazzle is yellow/orange, while her bandmates Aria Blaze and Sonata Dusk are in teal and purple color schemes.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsForgottenFriendship Forgotten Friendship]]'' has Sunset Shimmer (again)
and Trixie Lulamoon Lulamoon, who have sharply contrasting colors, with Sunset's red-and-yellow hair, amber skin, orange top and maroon skirt compared with Trixie's white hair, pale blue skin, dark blue clothes and purple skirt. This emphasizes their differences and complementary aspects when standing side-by-side.



** This is especially visible in Luna and Celestia's {{Superpowered Evil Side}}s, Nightmare Moon and Daybreaker. Nightmare moon is clad in blue armor, has a mane consisting of a flowing, navy-blue star field and eyes with light blue scleras and teal irises, and is drawn with a blue outline. Daybreaker is clad in orange armor, has a blazing orange and yellow inferno for a mane and eyes with burnt-brown scleras and glowing yellow irises, and is drawn with an orange outline.
** This is visible with Starlight and Sunburst, two old friends who are often star in shared episodes and who played important roles in each others' backstories, as well as their respective parents, who are heated rivals and often butt heads. Starlight and her family tend towards blue-spectrum colors, whereas Sunburst and his tend towards oranges and other fiery colors. Starlight is purple, with a cyan streak in her mane and tail and the same color prominently displayed in her cutie mark; her father is purple, with a green mane and tail. Sunburst is light orange with a darker orange mane, while his mom has a burnt orange coat and a reddish mane. His dad, although only seen in flashbacks, has a yellow coat and orange mane.

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** This is especially visible in Luna and Celestia's {{Superpowered Evil Side}}s, Nightmare Moon and Daybreaker. Nightmare moon Moon is clad in blue armor, has a mane consisting of a flowing, navy-blue star field and eyes with light blue scleras and teal irises, and is drawn with a blue outline. Daybreaker is clad in orange armor, has a blazing orange and yellow inferno for a mane and eyes with burnt-brown scleras and glowing yellow irises, and is drawn with an orange outline.
** This is visible with Starlight Glimmer and Sunburst, two old friends who are often star in shared episodes and who played important roles in each others' backstories, as well as their respective parents, who are heated rivals and often butt heads. Starlight and her family tend towards blue-spectrum colors, whereas Sunburst and his tend towards oranges and other fiery colors. Starlight is purple, with a cyan streak in her mane and tail and the same color prominently displayed in her cutie mark; her father is purple, with a green mane and tail. Sunburst is light orange with a darker orange mane, while his mom has a burnt orange coat and a reddish mane. His dad, although only seen in flashbacks, has a yellow coat and orange mane.



** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':
*** In the first movie, the BigBad Sunset Shimmer is a primarily orange and red character with some yellow hues. The main heroine Twilight Sparkle, on the other hand, is colored lavender, violet and blue.
*** In ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'', the antagonist band the Dazzlings have the contrast between themselves -- the lead Adagio Dazzle is yellow/orange, while her bandmates Aria Blaze and Sonata Dusk are in teal and purple color schemes.


Unlike other pairs of complementary colors, fiery orange and cool blue are strongly associated with opposing concepts -- fire and ice, earth and sky, land and sea, day and night, invested humanism vs. elegant indifference, good old fashioned explosions vs. futuristic science stuff. It's a trope because it's used on purpose, and it does something. Especially in theater orange and blue are sometimes referred to as amber and teal in this context.

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Unlike While other pairs of complementary colors, colors ''are'' associated with specific concepts, fiery orange and cool blue are strongly associated with opposing ''opposing'' concepts -- fire and ice, earth and sky, land and sea, day dawn and night, dusk, invested humanism vs. elegant indifference, good old fashioned explosions vs. futuristic science stuff. It's a trope because it's used on purpose, and it does something. Especially in theater theater, orange and blue are sometimes referred to as amber and teal in this context.


* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' is a walking orange-blue contrast; a creature with orange fur wearing nothing but blue pants.

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* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot'' is a walking orange-blue contrast; a creature with orange fur wearing nothing but blue pants.

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* Plenty of sceneries in ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' feature a lot of contrast between orange and blue, such as dim orange lighting inside Grineer galleons and [[UnderwaterBase sealabs]] supplemented with blue light coming through the windows, {{terraform|ing}}ed Mars having brown canyons under clear blue sky or blue Corpus platforms floating through Jupiter's orange atmosphere.


* In the DarkerAndEdgier variant of Music/{{Lights}}' Ice, this is indicated by the Franchise/MortalKombat-like energy bursts used by each character: orange for the heroine, blue for the villain.

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* In the DarkerAndEdgier variant of Music/{{Lights}}' Ice, "Ice", this is indicated by the Franchise/MortalKombat-like energy bursts used by each character: orange for the heroine, blue for the villain.

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* In the DarkerAndEdgier variant of Music/{{Lights}}' Ice, this is indicated by the Franchise/MortalKombat-like energy bursts used by each character: orange for the heroine, blue for the villain.


* ''The starting areas of VideoGame/HollowKnight'', Howling Cliffs, Dirtmouth and Forgotten Crossroads, all have a similar dark blue color scheme, which makes the orange [[ZombieApocalypse Infection]] stand out as something abnormal compared to the rest of the environments. [[spoiler:This becomes even more pronounced once the Forgotten Crossroads becomes the Infected Crossroads.]]

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* ''The The starting areas of VideoGame/HollowKnight'', ''VideoGame/HollowKnight'', Howling Cliffs, Dirtmouth and Forgotten Crossroads, all have a similar dark blue color scheme, which makes the orange [[ZombieApocalypse Infection]] stand out as something abnormal compared to the rest of the environments. [[spoiler:This becomes even more pronounced once the Forgotten Crossroads becomes the Infected Crossroads.]]

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* ''The starting areas of VideoGame/HollowKnight'', Howling Cliffs, Dirtmouth and Forgotten Crossroads, all have a similar dark blue color scheme, which makes the orange [[ZombieApocalypse Infection]] stand out as something abnormal compared to the rest of the environments. [[spoiler:This becomes even more pronounced once the Forgotten Crossroads becomes the Infected Crossroads.]]


Has a vague resemblance to the LoudnessWar; in both cases, something is pushed UpToEleven in post-production, removing all subtlety from the sound or picture. Can be a factor in DigitalDestruction.

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Has a vague resemblance to the LoudnessWar; in both cases, something is pushed UpToEleven in post-production, removing all subtlety from the sound or picture. Can be a factor in DigitalDestruction.
DigitalDestruction. See also RedGreenContrast.

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