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The heavens are blue. Therefore, heavenly beings, whether gods or angels or saints, use blue — usually sky blue — to show their relationship, as do beings associated with them. Much more likely to be Good than Evil (in the former case, see Blue Is Heroic). May be used only as an accent in Gold and White Are Divine, or use white and gold as an accent. Innocent Blue Eyes may invoke this.

Often a major color in Fluffy Cloud Heaven.

Compare Purple Is Powerful, True Blue Femininity, Bluebird of Happiness, Gold and White Are Divine, Blue Is Calm, White Is Pure.

Contrast Big Red Devil, Red and Black and Evil All Over, and Red Eyes, Take Warning.


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  • Alexandre Cabanel's The Fallen Angel: The general lighting and shading of the painting are blue because it's that time of dawn when the sun hasn't raised yet (the so-called blue hour). As its name indicates, this artwork depicts Christian angels (as perceived by the Neoclassicism) — Lucifer, newly expulsed from Heaven and still retaining most of his angelic beauty, as well as a number of blue-tinted, background angels who are worshipping God.

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  • In Happy Heroes, Kalo's energy flames are blue, correlating to his title of "God of War Legend" to his fellow Adelians.

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  • In Magic: The Gathering, several White spells manifest a bluish glow, which can be either hilarious or confusing because Blue magic exists and is much different. Conversely, some Blue spells have a yellowish glow. In either case, Light Is Not Good is often present.

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  • Though the X-Men go through a lot of outfit designs, Angel/Archangel often wears white and light blue. (Surprisingly, this outfit's red recolor isn't an Evil Costume Switch.)
  • Most of Zephyr's costumes in Harbinger combine blue with either white or a lighter shade of blue.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the Harry Potter movies, the Patronus spell has a soft blue light accompanying it.
  • In Star Wars, blue is the most typical color of a lightsaber in the Jedi Order, which is the most significant force for good in their galaxy.
    • Those who have become one with the Force upon death can even manifest to the living as spirits that visibly glow blue.
  • User-Believer Programs in TRON have blue circuitry. The titular character has very elaborate neon-blue circuits compared to his fellow believers, possibly marking him as that world's equivalent of a Paladin.
  • The Wiz has Glinda, whose wardbrobe and character draw inspiration from the Virgin Mary. As such, she wears long blue clothing adorned with stars.

  • In Lisa Shearin's All Spell Breaks Out, The Paladin Mychael uses attacks that have blue side-effects.
  • In Artemis Fowl, healing magic causes blue sparks to appear over the injury.
  • Anything associated with the side of good in The Belgariad, including the god Aldur, his various disciples, and the all-powerful Orb. They prefer blue in their clothing, tend to have blue eyes, and occasionally glow in that color as well.
  • In The Children of Man, the powerful blue mages serve as the direct mouthpieces of that setting's incarnation of the Christian God.
  • Cradle Series: The Way Between Worlds is described in shades of blue, and several of the Abidan Judges have blue power effects. And blue light is the special signature of Suriel the Phoenix, the Judge who specializes in healing and restoration and probably the greatest force of benevolence in the series.
  • Gods and Warriors: When Hylas is rescued by dolphins in the first book, the sea glows in phosphorescence. The characters call it the blue fire because they believe it's the shadow of the goddess who's called the Lady of the Wild Things in Akea and the Great Goddess in Keftiu.
    Pirra: Sometimes the Goddess summons dolphins to do Her bidding. They swim so close that they're splashed with Her burning blue shadow. Her shadow, Hylas. That's the blue fire.
  • In The Silmarillion, Manwë, chief of the gods, has blue as his symbol, adorning himself and his servants.
  • The Stormlight Archive:
    • The Kholin house have blue as their signature color and are by far the most heroic.
    • Windrunners, who are both by far the most honorable of the Radiants and connected to the physical element of air, have blue as their color. When Kaladin summons Syl as a living Shard in Words of Radiance, she glows blue.
    • Stormlight, the power of Honor, is a pale blue-white.
  • In The Supernaturalist, the pain-easing parasites are light blue.
  • Discussed in Tales of Pirx the Pilot. Pirx suggests that the belief that astronauts are Always Lawful Good stems from the heavenly blue color of the sky.
  • In The Wish List, Heaven is portrayed as being bright blue with Hell being red.

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  • In Charmed, Whitelighters (the guardian angels of good witches) and Elders (the Whitelighters bosses) have a teleporting ability called "orbing." This is usually accompanied by them disappearing and reappearing in a burst of blue and white light.
  • The Doctor's TARDIS is still a tall, blue police box even after all these years; within the show, that exterior has become a symbol of hope across the Cosmos.
  • In the final episode of Poirot, "Curtain'', Hercule Poirot wears navy blue nightclothes during the time that he is very ill and bedridden, up to the time of his death by heart condition. There is a bit of symbolism here, as his navy blue symbolizes that he is a good Catholic on the brink of judgment who is afraid of what will happen to his soul after he dies; who wonders whether God will truly ever forgive him for his deeds (since he has killed the murderer he could not bring to justice through proof) and, if God is merciful, will allow him entry into heaven (dark blue can be heavenly, after all, like light blending in with darkness).
  • The Handmaid's Tale: The Wives wear blue in honor of the Virgin Mary.

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  • In Egyptian Mythology, Ra is often described with a hair of lapis lazuli. Blue in general is associated with the gods. Lapis lazuli was very expensive—as was another blue stone they liked, turquoise—and the Ancient Egyptians went crazy trying to find a pigment matching its color—even vaguely. They found a reasonable substitute.
  • The Blessed Virgin Mary is generally depicted, iconographically, in blue, which may be the source of True Blue Femininity.
    "Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel ascended; and they saw the God of Israel: under His feet was the likeness of a pavement of sapphire, like the very sky for purity."
  • In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the Ajna, the Light Chakra, is blue (blue is often attributed to the Vishuddha, or "sound" chakra, but it's mostly cyan).
    • Also, blue is associated with various forms of Vishnu, most notably Krishna.
  • In some western esoteric traditions, blue is stated to be the true colour of the Sun. Truth in Television, after a manner of speaking: the Sun is actually more or less white, but Rayleigh scattering in the atmosphere separates out light emitted in the blue part of the visible spectrum, causing the sky to appear blue and making the Sun itself appear yellow.
  • Melek Taus in the Yezidi faith. Particularly justified as his sacred animal is the Indian peacock, which is famous for its iridescent blue neck and tail-eyes.
  • In Turkic mythology, light blue is a sacred color since it's the color of the sky. The color blue is so closely associated with divinity that the name of the Göktürks, a confederation of Turkic nomads in the early Middle Ages, is translated either as "Blue Turks" or "Celestial Turks".
  • In the mid-20th century, priests—especially rural priests—in Quebec would play on this by saying Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge —"Heaven is blue, Hell is red"—to voice their support for the conservative Quebec-nationalist (but not separatist) Union Nationale: the Union Nationale took blue as its main party colour, while the opposition Liberals used red.

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