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What a fantastic color!
Blue, the color of the heavens, the color of a knight's armor. The color of life-giving water, and an innocent child's eyes. The color of a policeman's uniform, and, in the US and Britain, the color of anti-communist soldiers and patriots. For all these reasons and more, the color blue has an association with goodness, such that a blue Color Motif is often a visual shorthand for The Hero or the good guys.
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Often times this goes along with a more old-fashioned or cerebral type of heroism. While red-clad heroes tend to be Hot-Blooded, since Blue Is Calm blue heroes tend to be more disciplined and reserved, whether due to a code of honor, more training, a focus on brains and strategy, or simply a calmer personality. It's common for red- and blue- themed heroes to be paired together as The Hero and The Lancer in a Red Oni, Blue Oni setup.

There are a few requirements for this trope:

Must be a hero:

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Must be consistent:

  • Blue should be a consistent part of the character design, whether for the Superhero Team Uniform or for an individual. If a character has an Unlimited Wardrobe and wears blue one time, that's not an example, unless the blue appears at an especially symbolic moment such as a climactic confrontation or promotional art.
  • Blue should have a consistent association with heroism throughout the work. If Alice the Hero, Bob the villain, and Carol the Heel–Face Revolving Door are all associated with blue, that's not an example.

See also True Blue Femininity and Pink Girl, Blue Boy for other blue tropes, and Primary-Color Champion when blue, red, and yellow are all used together to signify heroism. Also see Color-Coded Armies, Color-Coded Characters, and Color-Coded Wizardry for other uses of contrasting character colors.

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Overlaps with Good Colors, Evil Colors when paired with an antagonist in a contrasting color (often red and black or a secondary color).

See the Analysis page for discussion of real life reasons for this trope.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Blue Exorcist has this trope right on the title, with Rin Okumura being the Anti Anti Christ who becomes an exorcist and battle his father, Satan, while having a strong affinity with blue fire that engulfs him whenever he unleashes his sword.
  • Death Note has L as a Hero Antagonist version of this trope. Great Detective L is usually associated with the blue color, while Villain Protagonist and serial killer Light Yagami is associated with red. This usually represented in the lighting they get.
  • Saber, from the Fate/stay night franchise, a Knight in Shining Armor based off of King Arthur. She wears a blue Battle Ballgown. The Visual Novels also usually depict her attacks with blue Sword Lines, as do Fate/Zero, and the remake of the original Stay Night. In both Fate/zero and Fate/Stay Night she is the Servant of the protagonist of the story, and together they face off against a number of more sinister or less idealistic foes to take possession of the Holy Grail. In Zero her knightly idealism frequently clashes with Kiritsugu's utilitarian anti-heroism.
    • Likewise, her Master Emiya Shirou wears a lot of blue during the three main routes of their story. This signifies his own Wide-Eyed Idealist nature compared to the pragmatism of his enemies. This contrasts with his future self and archenemy Archer, especially in the Unlimited Blade Works route where they clash.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Phantom Blood: Jonathan Joestar is the kindhearted and noble hero of the series, and the story's original hero. During the final arc of Phantom Blood, he wears a blue tank top.
    • Stardust Crusaders: The main hero, Jotaro Kujo, wears blue clothing.
  • Shinji Ikari, the main protagonist from Neon Genesis Evangelion, whose pilot suit is blue in contrast with the other pilots (white for Rei, red for Asuka, black for Kaworu and pink for Mari). When it comes to the main trio of the pilots, Shinji is the most levelheaded one (though he is also somewhat ineffectual due to his timidness), compared to the action-oriented and passionate but also impulsive Asuka, and the cold and logical Rei who is also completely obedient and lack any instincts towards self-preservation.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters: Yugi is the main hero of the series. His primary outfit includes a blue outfit and blue pants. Yugi regularly saves the world by defeating villains in a magic card game.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Yusei is the main protagonist of the series and the one who always ends up fighting the main villain in the end. He wears a blue jacket.
    Arts 
  • One of the central figures in Raphael's The School of Athens, Aristotle, is cloaked in a vibrant blue that marks who the Philosopher is in this assembly of great and holy minds.
  • Blue is also the signature color in Christian art for Mary, mother of God and one of the most holy figures, part because blue paint was very expensive before chemical dyes (made by ground up lapis stones), and artists wanted to make sure the top-shelf paint was reserved for her.

    Comic Books 
  • Aquaman often has its heroic characters wear blue.
    • The titular character wore blue in a miniseries during the 80s.
    • Garth the original Aqualad, wore blue shorts originally. His depictions in the Teen Titans and Young Justice animated shows had him wearing black and blue despite his outfit in the comics being red and black. He currently wears blue in the comics following the New 52 reboot.
    • Koryak, Aquaman's half-Inuit son and sidekick during the Peter David run, also wore blue.
    • Lorena Marquez, the second Aquagirl, wore a blue outfit.
  • Batman:
    • Batman sometimes has a blue batsuit (especially the cape and cowl) in some iterations. He tends to be more... stable, when he's depicted in that one (albeit not always).
    • Nightwing's traditional costume uses a prominent blue trim, symbolizing his more level-headed attitude in comparison to Batman.
  • Despite his name, superhero Black Lightning's costume sports a dark blue costume with prominent bright blue trims.
  • Blue Devil is a stuntman turned crime-fighting demon with blue skin.
  • The Blue Marvel wears an all-blue power suit and even uses "blue" in his superhero name.
  • Captain America. Albeit his costume is supposed to represent the American flag, blue is by far the most prominent color. This helps to drive home his straight leadership in The Avengers.
  • Leander from Democracy is The Hero of the story and he wears a blue loincloth.
  • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, both title heroes wear blue: Supergirl's outfit is sky-blue and Batgirl's suit is dark-blue (and her first Batgirl costume was indigo).
  • The Fantastic Four. Full stop. All four heroes wear iconic blue skin-tight jump suits. They started out with sky blue suits offset by black gloves and boots, under John Byrne they got dark blue (almost black) suits with white gloves and boots, and from then on the look changed again now and then.
  • Superman
    • As part of his Primary-Color Champion status, Superman's suit is prominently blue. Especially after the New 52, where he dropped the red underwear. Although the big red cape is just as prominent, the blue suit conveys more Superman's gentle and kind nature.
    • Supergirl wears a female version of the Superman costume. She has worn many different costumes through the decades, but they are always blue (with two exceptions: one of the Linda Danvers' outfits and her Red Lantern uniform). In Krypton No More she wears her "hot pants" seventies blue costume.
    • Superboy may be less of a boy scout than Kal-El but from his first breaths he was most interested in saving people than anything else and within his first month of life he was already risking his own life and powering through debilitating pain and injuries to help others. His association with blue died down following his resurrection however.
    • Downplayed with Power Girl, Supergirl's Alternate Self. She wears blue gloves and boots along with a white Leotard of Power and a red cape.
  • Zig-zagged in The Snow Cat Prince. Syv and his six older brothers are all cats with blue and white fur, but Syv is the only one who went on the quest for the betterment of their kingdom.
  • Usagi Yojimbo: The eponymous Usagi is a heroic rabbit Samurai who wears a blue kimono.
  • X-Men:
  • Wonder Woman:
    • The titular superhero's secret identity Diana usually wears either blue briefs or a skirt.
    • Nubia has since taken to wearing a blue outfit following her return to prominence in DC Rebirth. She wears a blue outfit in the stories that focus on her in Immortal Wonder Woman.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Thor's eyes and electrical powers are blue, and he's a fierce protector Titan. Manda has a blue coloration, and despite being a baby is already displaying noble personality traits.
  • The Apprentice, the Student, and the Charlatan features hero protagonist Nova Shine, whose coat is white, but is noted for his rather strikingly bright blue mane, tail, eyes, and magical resonance, as well as a deep blue cloak that he picks up later.
  • In Beyond Heroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium, blue is the color most frequently associated with the Inquisitor, Bethany Hawke. She is the hero of the story and of the entire continent of Thedas, and "the sanest and sweetest person" the narrator (Varric) knows. Overlaps with True Blue Femininity.
  • Lady Delphine is sometimes called "the woman in blue" due to her choice of dress, and she is the Big Good of New Orleans in The Bug Princess.
  • In the Avengers of the Ring series, Steve Rogers becomes known as ‘the Blue Runner’ to warriors on both sides during his time in Middle-Earth, inspiring fear in Sauron’s forces and hope for the people of Gondor.
  • In What You Already Know, after Daniel Jackson acquires psychic abilities and the alias of ‘Dan’Yar’ among the Jaffa, he occasionally visits the Jaffa wearing his blue robes from Vis Uban, as the blue looks dramatic and it distinguishes him from his colleagues in the SGC.
  • Last Child of Krypton: In this crossover Shinji Ikari is Superman (both the Hero Protagonist of their own works) and wears his iconic blue outfit.
  • The Portal features protagonist Thomas Smith, who is transformed into a dragon with blue scales after he enters the titular portal to the Dragon Realms. He later ends up leading the fight to protect the Academy from Zobek.

    Films — Animation 
  • Adventures in Zambezia: The main character, Kai, is a Peregrine Falcon with blue feathers, a trait he inherited from his dead mother.
  • In Aladdin, the creators intentionally used the color blue to symbolize good characters (primarily Jasmine and the Genie), opposed to red for evil (Jafar and Iago) and purple for "good, but flawed" (Aladdin, Abu). When Jafar himself becomes a genie, he's bright red.
  • A Bug's Life: The main protagonist of the film is Flik, a blue ant. He is at first viewed as a nuisance by the rest of his colony (most of whom are also blue ants) but ultimately proves his worth by leading them to overthrow their grasshopper oppressors.
  • Encanto: Mirabel's skirt is made of various shades of blue, and she's the hero of the story.
  • The Incredibles: Mr. Incredible is a superhero and the patriarch of the Parr family. He starts out wearing a black and blue suit before switching to a red one created by his friend Edna Mode.
  • Rodney Copperbottom in Robots has a blue color scheme and serves as the main protagonist and hero.
  • Played with in Wreck-It Ralph. Fix-it Felix Jr., the adorkable Nice Guy is dressed all in blue, in opposition to Ralph's red. In the Fix-It Felix Jr. game, they're The Hero and the Big Bad respectively. However, the story of the movie itself is about Ralph trying to move away from his role as a villain and trying to become a hero of his own. Felix, on the other hand, moves to a Lancer role, but without losing any of his heroic traits.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 300: Rise of an Empire: The brainy Athenians wear blue capes in a stark contrast to the red-clad, brawnier Spartans, and serve as protagonists of the movie who fight together with the Spartans against the Persians.
  • Bright: Agent Kandomere wears a stylish blue suit and literally has blue hair and serves as the story's Big Good.
  • In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the heroic title character's Breath Weapon is blue, and he often radiates a blue glow, with blue lighting often foreshadowing his arrival. The movie also emphasizes Godzilla's aquatic nature, with a lot of blue-tinted underwater scenes. Notably, when he is in danger of melting down and destroying all of Boston, the blue changes to a fiery, volcanic red, signaling that he is no longer a protective force, only changing back to his signature blue when he regains control. Likewise, Godzilla's ally Mothra has a peaceful bluish-green glow as her Color Motif.
  • Jurassic World: Zig-Zagged with the Velociraptor Blue, who is named for her distinct blue-ish color scheme. She can be as dangerous as any other raptor when provoked or hungry, but she's the closest thing the franchise has demonstrated to a truly heroic raptor, saving the main humans' lives whilst fighting the Indominus rex and the Indoraptor in either of her respective movie appearances.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe costumes many of its heroes in blue, while neither of the villains likes this color even when their comic counterparts do:
    • Iron Man 2: Black Widow wears a dark blue Spy Catsuit.
    • While the costumes of one of the founding Avengers, Captain America have red and white elements, blue is his signature color. However his costume in Avengers: Infinity War is very dark signifying his fall from grace since Captain America: Civil War.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: Quicksilver (who has a blue aura and clothes) subverts this for half the movie but plays it straight after his Heel–Face Turn. He even makes a Heroic Sacrifice. His sister Wanda wears red.
    • Thor: Ragnarok: Loki briefly wears a blue costume to blend in better on Sakaar, but is primarily featured in it in promotional materials (posters, art books e.t.c) after Avengers: Infinity War whenever they need to refer to his more redeeming side. Thus in the "Marvel Studios Visual Dictionary" he is dubbed "villain and hero" and shown in green to the left (as a villain) and in blue to the right (as a hero).
    • Black Panther: The Border Tribe wear blue capes and serve as guardians for Wakanda's borders, while their leader W'Kabi served T'Challa as his best friend and second-in-command. Inverted when they all willingly side with Erik Killmonger (who also wears blue)'s genocidal scheme and become his mooks in contrast to the Dora Milage in their red attire, whom serve whoever is king out of duty and clearly dislike serving Killmonger. This was intentional as Klaw wears blue as well, Ryan Coogler wanted blue to symbolize corrupt law enforcement.
    • Captain Marvel: The titular character has two costumes: the "evil" one is mostly green and the "heroic" one is mostly blue with some red elements and golden decorations.
    • Loki: The Big Bad, a Variant of Kang the Conqueror, is deprived of his signature blue colour and is merely a Secondary Color Nemesis, because unlike Marvel comics, in the MCU villains are not associated with blue.
  • Probably the most iconic example in the medium is the blue lightsaber from the Star Wars series, usually associated with the Jedi, in contrast with red lightsabers for the Sith. With the exception of Return of the Jedi, when green was used instead due to technical difficultiesnote , the main heroes have always used a blue one more often than not.
    • Played with in the prequel trilogy with the the laser beams from the clone army, and during the Anakin vs Obi-Wan duel. Considering how blue is used prominently as the color of good in this series, this helps to establish the morally messed-up situation of the Clone Wars. Especially in the duel. General Grievous, who is absolutely evil, uses blue and green lightsabers, but this is justified by the fact that he takes these from the Jedi he kills. In fact, he has a whole collection of them.
    • Subverted in a crapload of non-movie material. Lightsaber blades come in many colors, not just blue, green, or red. Yellow, orange, gold, even black and white have been seen in the novels, comics, video games, and television series.
  • The Allied Nations troops fighting against a dictator in the live action Street Fighter film have blue helmets and gear.
  • In the TRON universe, the User-believer (heroic) Programs (and protagonist Users) have bright cyan Tron Lines. Becomes a plot point in the filmed sequel where after being Reforged into a Minion, Tron's circuitry is bright red. When he breaks free of Clu's corruption, his circuits revert to their original blue
  • Troy has the Trojans identified primarily with blue colors in contrast to the Achaeans who favor grey. Played with in that they are hero antagonists trying to defend their homeland from conquering invaders, that just so happened to be our protagonists.
  • X-Men Film Series: Blue is commonly tied to gentleness, tranquility and intelligence, which are the hallmarks of Professor Charles Xavier—the franchise's Big Good—so naturally it's part of his Color Motif. Fittingly for a man with an androgynous disposition, blue is also linked to masculinity and femininity; his parental authority is rooted in the blend of his Team Dad and Team Mom aspects. In his very first on-screen appearance, he wears a blue suit. In X-Men: First Class, Charles is introduced as a scholarly kid in blue-and-white pajamas whose instinct is to be charitable towards a starving mutant girl, laying the foundation of his future ascent into an All-Loving Hero and a Guile Hero. As an adult, blue is routinely incorporated into his apparel, and he's the Allegorical Character for serenity. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, his past self is subjected to a Palette Swap that marks the return of his familiar blues and greys to designate that he has taken up the mantle of being a hero again. In X-Men: Apocalypse, he's only garbed in blue after he concludes his transition from a schoolteacher to a leader of mutantkind.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Ace Lightning: The Lightning Knights, interdimensional superheroes and guardians of the Sixth Dimension, all wear blue jackets, and their leader, Ace Lightning, also shoots blue lightning.
    Mythology and Religion 
  • The heroic god Vishnu and his avatars from Hindu Mythology are blue skinned.
  • The Virgin Mary, Mother of God and a highly revered figure in Catholicism, is typically seen in blue in apparitions. Our Lady of Lourdes (1858) appeared to Bernadette wearing a simple gown and mantle of white with a blue sash. Our Lady of Guadalupe (1531) appeared to Juan Diego wearing a gown of rose and a mantle of blue with gold stars. Our Lady of Pontmain (1871) had a loose-fitting dark blue dress with no sash and gold stars. Blue has been a color associated with royalty, peace, and nature.
    • Averted with Our Lady of Fatima (1917) who appeared to the children wearing a gown and mantle of white with gold trim. The crown often seen in her iconography was added to her statues and paintings after the fact. Lucia said the only ornament she ever seemed to have were small dazzling earrings.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Warhammer 40,000:
    • The Ultramarines, lauded as the most honorable of Space Marine Chapters, have — guess — ultramarine shade of blue as their primary color.
    • Inverted with Tzeentch, whose main color is blue and who's a Smug Snake-esque God of Evil.
    • The World Eaters, now feared as a force of Ax-Crazy Blood Knight berserkers, used to be gray-blue before their Face–Heel Turn. Their armor is now entirely red and brass, the colors of the Blood God Khorne. In-universe, it's rumored to symbolize or even be the blood of their victims that they never washed off.
    • The Space Wolves, among the most heroic (by modern standards) Chapters, have armor that's somewhere between light blue and grey.

    Theatre 
  • Hamilton: The Continental Army that the protagonists belong to wears blue uniforms with tan accents, while their enemies the Redcoats wear, well, red.

    Video Games 
  • Castle in the Darkness: The protagonist is a knight in bright blue armour out to save the Kingdom of Alexandria from monsters.
  • Dead or Alive: Kasumi is the main protagonist of the games. She is a heroic Ninja dressed in blue who opposes the machinations of the evil DOATEC organization.
  • Devil May Cry: Nero, the main hero of Devil May Cry 4 and Devil May Cry 5 wears a blue Badass Longcoat. This is in notable contrast to Dante, the original hero of the franchise who wears a red coat. Nero's outfit has a bit of red in it symbolizing how he combines the best aspects of Dante and Vergil who is his father.
  • Dragon Age: Despite their name, the Grey Wardens are depicted wearing blue-colored uniforms from the second game onward, which is ironic because they wore grey/brown outfits in the original game. In either case, the Wardens serve as one of the greatest defenders of Thedas against the Blight masses. However, the lengths they are willing to go are can easily force them to go into Knight Templar territory.
  • Elsword: Chung, one of the playable characters, is color coded with blue, and unlike the main protagonist Elsword, Chung is more heroic, noble, and innocent (being a prince helps).
  • In Fairy Godmother Tycoon, the different factions are Color-Coded for Your Convenience to show how well their business is operating in different parts of the kingdom. As the hero of the game, your color is blue.
  • The Fire Emblem series:
    • With a couple of exceptions, the main protagonist is always depicted with a distinguishable blue hair, with blue clothes to boot. In addition, the player's units are color-coded blue to contrast the enemy's red. This trope applies since most of the player kingdoms or factions are usually on the good side.
    • Marth, the protagonist of the first game, becomes the best example of the franchise, as he has blue hair and outfit, and is also unambiguously one of the most heroic of the Fire Emblem protagonists, if not the most. His design becomes standard for most of the protagonists of the following games.
    • Being a descendent of Marth, Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening also has blue hair, and his outfit is also predominantly blue with white accents. While a more complicated character than his ancestor, he is still a heroic man. The same goes for his daughter, Lucina, who even adopts the name of "Marth" when disguised, as well as any other children he sires, who all inherit his blue hair.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
      • The protagonist Byleth has blue hair and eyes, and, while very quiet and sullen-seeming, is a Badass Teacher who looks out after their students and the soldiers they lead. Their hair and eyes changes to pale green about halfway through the game.
      • Dimitri hails from the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, and both he and his kingdom are predominantly associated with the color blue. On the Azure Moon route, he is the hero trying to save the continent from a power-hungry warlord.
  • Ginger Beyond The Crystal: Ginger is a blue-skinned individual who's on a quest to restore the land, and the world crystal.
  • Gradius: While the Vic Viper is predominantly white, the snake-themed fighter has blue accents on its wings, dorsal tail, and prongs. In some games, its usually orange Options will also be colored blue. Either way, the Vic Viper is a heroic fighter whose pilots (James Burton being the first to pilot the Vic Viper) battle the Bacterions for countless generations, ensuring peace for planet Gradius and the universe after each victory.
  • Guilty Gear:
    • Ky Kiske is primarily associated with blue and he's the more straight-up heroic (to a fault) out of the two main protagonists.
    • Ky's son Sin plays this straighter than his dad being more innocent.
    • There's also Axl Low who's a time traveling pacifist and Vemon a noble and compassionate assassin who wears blue with his white.
  • In the world of League of Legends, the two most important nations are Noxus and Demacia. Noxians, who wear red, value strength in any form and see brutal ambition as positive thing. Demacians value justice, benevolence and selflessness. They wear blue.
  • Janos Aldron in Legacy of Kain is an blue-skinned Ancient Vampire, and is arguably the most unambiguously heroic vampire among the cast who are either Magnificent Bastards or Knight Templars.
  • Link, the hero of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda series, who in each game saves the kingdom from the evil Ganon:
    • Although he's associated mostly with green, he usually gets blue as a prominent secondary color by the Master Sword, whose hilt is purplish-blue, and all his forms of Sword Lines, Sword Beam and such, light blue. Also, the Hylian Shield has a lot of blue in it. In Twilight Princess, he has very blue eyes and, in his animal form, is often identified as "the blue-eyed wolf."
    • Played completely straight in Breath of the Wild. Albeit the player can put different clothes, blue is by far the most common color in Link's wardrobe, and he is shown with the Champion's Tunic, a blue shirt, in both promotional material and flashbacks. Zelda and the other Champions also wear their own Non-Uniform Uniform variants with the same blue motif.
    • Princess Zelda herself, who is a Big Good for Hyrule in every game where she appears, is frequently associated with the color blue. The official artwork for some games (A Link to the Past, Breath of the Wild) depicts her in blue outfits. She also often has blue eyes and/or blue jewels in her crown, such as in Twilight Princess. Moreover, as the wielder of the Triforce of Wisdom, she serves the goddess Nayru, who is associated with the color blue as well.
  • In Madoushi Lulba, protagonist Cyber Cat and his companion Haagen Duck both wear blue. Averted for Lulba, who is most certainly not heroic.
  • Mortal Kombat: While the main hero Liu Kang prefers red, the color blue is more common among the heroes than any other color. Johnny Cage, Kitana, Sub-Zero II, Raiden, Nightwolf and Stryker have all worn blue. The two notable exceptions to this are the original Sub-Zero who still had some good in him before he was killed and revived as a revenant and Frost, Sub-Zero II's Deceptive Disciple.
  • Ninja Battle Heroes: Hero Protagonist Saizo Kirigakure, has a blue outfit.
  • Ninja Gaiden: Ryu Hayabusa wears a dark blue ninja uniform in the original NES games. The blue outfit can be unlocked in Sigma by beating the game on normal and in Sigma 2 by beating 10 Team Missions.
  • Pankapu: Pankapu's Wizard robe when he's equipping The Faith Aegis is blue, he has blue eyes, and he's the warrior created by Iketomi to stop the Hya'Nagi from invading.
  • In PlanetSide 1, the New Conglomerate freedom fighters deck out all their equipment in blue trimmed with gold highlights. In comparison, the oppressive Terran Republic has black and red equipment and the fanatical Precursors-worshiping Vanu Sovereignty uses purple and cyan. Averted in the sequel which trends towards Grey-and-Gray Morality, where the NC are backed by Mega Corps and Private Military Contractors only in it for the profit margins, and the Terran Republic is a democracy forced into drastic measures.
  • Sparkster, the main protagonist of the Rocket Knight Adventures series, has a light blue armor which is put in contrast with his Evil Counterpart, Axel Gear, who wears a suit of dark purple armor (Red in the 2010 game, Rocket Knight), as well as the green armor of Emperor Devligus Devotindos' Pig Soldiers in the original game, and the purple armor of King Gedol's Lizard soldiers in the Genesis sequel, Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2.
  • Skeleton Boomerang: Hunter wears a blue jacket, and is on a quest to save the world from Mr. Saturday and his skeleton army, as well as lift the curse Mr. Saturday placed on his family bloodline.
  • In Skies of Arcadia, there are two factions of pirates: Blue Rogues and Black Pirates. Despite both of them being in Black-and-Gray Morality, the members of the former act more like heroic Robin Hood and only plunder armed ships, most of which belong to evil Valua Empire anyway. They'll also spare lives if possible. In contrast, the Black Pirates attack their victims indiscriminately, and are straight up cutthroat evils. The heroic protagonist, Vyse, also has blue color scheme.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog. His blueness represents freedom and clear blue skies, as well as his generally easygoing nature. This is put in contrast with Eggman's redness as well as Knuckles' intense red and Shadow's red accents.

    Webcomics 
  • Homestuck: The Leader of each Cast Herd is strongly associated with blue, though this gets played with as the story progresses:
    • John has blue eyes, types in blue text, and is overall associated with blue, due to his wind powers and association with the sky. After Act 5 he always wears his sky blue god-tier Heir of Breath pajamas. He's the protagonist of the story, the leader of the Beta Kids, takes a major role in saving everyone after the Game Over timeline, and ultimately deals the final blow against the story's main villain. He starts off as a naïve goofball and one of the least cynical characters, and as the story progresses he becomes more emotionally numb and muted.
    • Vriska is also associated with blue, having blue text and blue blood. While personality-wise she's more of an Anti-Hero (and how sympathetic she is is hotly debated), she thinks of herself as the real hero of the story and usurps various other characters' role of actively opposing the villain. She singlehandedly goes up against the Disc-One Final Boss at the end of Act 5, and at the end of the story leads a massive ghost army against the Big Bad.
    • Subverted with with Jane. She has a light blue eyes and text and once she gets god-tier powers her Maid of Life magic is also blue, and is introduced as fitting John's role, with the assumption that she will be the Hero Protagonist of Act 6. While Dirk insists she's the leader of their team, due to the nature of their void session she doesn't end up doing much leading. Although the hero aspect is subverted, she fits some of the personality aspects, being analytic, old-fashioned, and proper.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Roy, sword-bearing leader of the Order of the Stick, a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who quest to defeat the evil sorcerer Xykon and, eventually, prevent the destruction of the world, wears primarily blue armor. His fellow team member Elan, The Heart of the party, the team's moral compass, and the most pure-hearted, unambiguously Good member, also has a blue motif, wearing a blue cape and then a blue vest and eventually an all-blue outfit. None of the other team members, all of whom who are more morally ambiguous or less inclined to lead, ever wear blue.
    • Azure City is heavily blue-themed, as most inhabitants wear blue and many have blue hair. The few exceptions are Azurites who are outright villainous (like Tsukiko and Kubota) or morally grey, like Therkla. Their entire society is built around The Sapphire Guard, an order of paladins whose secret mission is to protect the Gates, a Cosmic Keystone whose destruction would lead to the end of the world. Blue is the uniform color of the Sapphire Guard, who become important allies of the Order. While not everyone in Azure City is necessarily heroic, it's an entire society in which the ideal of The Paragon is deeply ingrained.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: The Series 5 team wear white and blue uniforms for the most part. Shane, the closest the team gets to an anti-hero, sometimes has an all-black outfit, however.
  • Finn, the main character of Adventure Time, wears a light blue shirt and dark blue pants. He spends much of the story serving as Princess Bubblegum's main bodyguard/knight and fighting the evil Lich. Although he definitely has the sense of righteousness, his personality is pretty much the opposite of "calm".
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise:
    • Blue is color of the Water Tribe, the nation with the greatest number of prominent heroic characters. In fact the concept of bad Water Tribe members only really comes to fruition (excluding Hama) with the Northern Water Tribe in the Sequel Series.
    • This trope is used to full effect in the Grand Finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender, in the scene where Aang takes Fire Lord Ozai's bending away, both enter in a Throat Light state, being Aang's light blue and Ozai's red.
    • In the The Legend of Korra, where the Avatar enters the Avatar State, their eyes glow light-blue. It was explained in Book 2: Spirits that this is the manifestation of Raava, the Spirit of Light, who is this color in opposition of Vaatu, the Spirit of Darkness, who is dark red.
    • Additionally, the titular heroine not only naturally wears the color because it's her homeland's, but even wears a darker blue than she previously wore in the latter half of Book 4 once she's properly back in action.
  • The Dinosaucers all wear shades of blue and green in their armor, to contrast with the Tyrannos and their villainous red and orange.
  • Final Space: Some of the Infinity Guard's uniforms are blue, notably those worn by some of their heroic officers such as Quinn and John Goodspeed.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: The eponymous hero is an Adventure Archaeologist who often wears a blue shirt and fights crime lords, demons, evil sorcerers and all manner of villains who threaten the innocent. While Jackie would rather live a peaceful, quiet life as a researcher and antique shop owner, he is more than capable of stepping up and saving the day when needed.
  • Justice League Unlimited: Superman. While he does have the red cape to signify "action", his costume is predominantly blue. The intro background for Superman's card is blue. He's usually the voice of reason, especially when paired with Batman (dark red background), or even Wonder Woman, who occasionally wears a blue cape over her predominantly red costume.
  • Megas XLR: The titular robot is piloted by the main protagonist Coop. The robot is the last line of defense against the Glorft, alien race that seeks to conquer humanity and were actually the ones who created Megas. We don't see what Megas looked like before it was taken by Kiva but it was likely like the rest of the Glorft's mechas.
  • Tooey from Molly of Denali wears a completely blue outfit, and is one of the show's heroes. His blue outfit also contrasts with Molly's red outfit.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Jenny is a teenage blue robot who divides her time between saving the world, going to school and hanging out with her friends.
  • Perry from Phineas and Ferb is a blue-furred platypus who is a secret agent working for the O.W.C.A. trying to stop Dr. Doofenshmirtz from taking over Danville.
  • ReBoot: Bob's Guardian uniform is predominantly blue (hell, his skin is blue too). Enzo receives a similar uniform during the season 2 finale.
  • Robotboy: The eponymous character is a heroic blue Robot Kid who fights the evil Dr. Kimakazi.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars plays with this trope while playing it straight:
    • Straight: As in the movies, Anakin, Obi-Wan and a lot of the other Jedi wield blue lightsabers. Aayla Secura also has blue skin. And in the uncancelled season 7, Ahsoka's lightsabers, previously green and yellow, are blue when returned to her before the Siege of Mandalore.
    • Now, here's where the Playing with a Trope comes in:
      • As time goes on, the Separatists, whose military is certainly evil, gain an increasing number of blue-and-white-painted vehicles, whereas Republic vehicles tend to have a white-and-red colour scheme.
      • The 501st Legion, the most commonly appearing clone unit in the series, has blue markings as their unit colour. Now, while almost every individual member of the unit who gets characterization (Rex, Fives, Jesse, Kix, etc.) is heroic (except for the Lawful Stupid Dogma), Star Wars fans will be aware that, after the execution of Order 66, the 501st is led by Anakin/Vader to storm the Jedi Temple in Revenge of the Sith, after the clones' Manchurian Agent control chips have been activated. And increasingly, as the series goes on, the red-clad Coruscant Guard is shown as sinister, being the clones who, by the nature of being stationed on the Republic's capital planet, are the most often unwittingly directly helping to further Palpatine's evil scheme.
  • The main hero of Static Shock wears a blue longcoat and boots as part of his superhero costume.
  • In Supernoobs Tyler's battleball is colored blue, and his hair becomes blue when he puts on his battle armor, which he uses when leading the team in fighting against a virus threatening the planet.
  • Whyatt, the leader of the superhero group "Super Readers" from Super Why! wears a dark blue polo shirt and has blue eyes. While Super Why's outfit is primarily green, it does have blue accents.
  • Leonardo, the leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His blue bandana (introduced in the 1987 series) is indicative of his calmness, spirituality and reliability.
  • While Autobot leadership and the Autobrand are defined by red in Transformers, most leaders are supported by composed, coolheaded lieutenants like Ultra Magnus, Strongarm, or Red Alert who are decked out in blue. Further, while many continuities portray Decepticons with red eyes, most give the Autobots calm, blue eyes.

 
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