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"Girls that wore pink
And boys that wore blue
Boys that always grew up better men
Than me or you."
Joe Jackson, "Real Men"

In fiction, and sometimes in Real Life, we tend to differentiate between "girly" colors and "boyish" ones. It is clearer with babies, when we are prone to see girls dressed in pink and boys in light blue.

Prior to the industrial revolution and the development of synthetic dyes, colors were limited and the high costs rarely spent on children's clothing outside the upper classes. The main colors closer to natural hues. However, by the 1880s it was established that pink was generally for girls, while blue was for boys in Anglo-Saxon countries. Prior to WWII, a family's economic status was likely to affect color choice more than actual preference. However, at the same time, the Germanic countries tended to view the opposite: pink was associated with baby boys, because it's derived from red, which is considered a good masculine color. Blue can be feminine (and True Blue Femininity often still applies), as it was associated with the Virgin Mary. note 


Note that lots of female characters have had a pink motif that they wear with pride and sheer badassery. Male characters as well, because Real Men Wear Pink. However, pink is sometimes considered too childish and disrespectful, especially to an adult woman, so red may be substituted.

If there are Two Girls to a Team and one is represented by pink, the other girl will usually be represented by purple. A purple girl can be a goth, tomboy, or Proper Lady, while the pink girl is usually The Chick and/or a Genki Girl. Purple has a variety of associations, not limited to Purple Is Powerful and Graceful Ladies Like Purple — it's indicative of nobility and, by extension, nobility of character.

Can crop up in many Boys' Love and Girls' Love stories; the active partner (Seme in BL, tachi or Onee-sama in GL) is unlikely to wear "girly" colors such as pink, but the passive partner (Uke, neko) frequently does, and (especially in GL but sometimes in BL) may even have pink hair.


A Sub-Trope of Pink Means Feminine, Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, Color-Coded Characters.

Compare Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, Red Oni, Blue Oni, Colour-Coded for Your Convenience, Pink Is for Sissies, Group-Identifying Feature, Princesses Prefer Pink.

Not to be confused with Blue Boy.


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  • Several Pull-Ups commercials have depicted boys wearing blue shirts and girls wearing pink shirts.
  • The second Snuggie commercial featured the generic grandfather, father, and son (and dog) with dark blue snuggies. The grandmother, mother and daughter had pink snuggies.
  • This British Telecom commercial has an old woman discussing the trope of blue and pink being considered boy and girl colors respectively while complaining about her daughter choosing to have her own daughter wear blue. Eventually, the grandmother decides to apologize to her daughter and compromise by suggesting that her granddaughter wear yellow.
  • A Canadian campaign for Rice Krispies pitted Snap, Crackle and Pop against Ms. Pink, a marketing executive who was insistent of changing the blue cereal boxes pink, much to the horror of the boys. A campaign was created for the commercials to vote whether the boxes would stay the same or change colors. Blue won out.

    Anime and Manga 
  • In Battle Spirits Shonen Toppa Bashin, this is applied to Card Sensei and Masako, the protagonists' male and female teachers, in their younger days. Flashbacks show Masako wearing Card Sensei's signature blue sweatsuit, but in pink. These are also their eye colors.
  • In Berserk, Puck is a blue male elf and Ivalera is a pink female elf.
  • Beyblade Burst has Nika, who has pink hair, while her twin brother, Toko, has blue hair.
  • Bleach: During the final two arcs, Toshiro Hitsugaya and his female lieutenant Rangike Matsumoto both wear scarves. Toshiro's is turquoise (a mixture of pale blue and green) while Rangiku's is pink. Toshiro's ice blasts are blue as well.
  • In Chaos;Head, Rimi has pink hair and Takumi has blue.
  • In Chou Kuse ni Narisou ("I'll make a habit of it"), Nagisa Shiratori (pink hair) and her Love Interest, Nosaka (blue hair).
  • Deltora Quest: Jasmine wears red tights, while Lief wears a blue tunic and has a blue cloak.
  • Digimon:
    • Digimon Adventure - Gabumon and Biyomon are a male blue-furred reptile and a female pink-feathered bird respectively. There are also Angemon and his Distaff Counterpart, Angewomon; the former has blue cloth on his sleeves and pants and the latter wears a pink shawl. In Digimon: The Movie, their Mega forms are an angel in blue armor and a dragon with pink fur respectively. On the human side, we have Tai who wears a blue shirt and Mimi who wears a pink hat and even dyes her hair pink in the sequel show. Tai's little sister Kari also has some pink in most of her clothing.
      • When it comes to Angemon, when they both are in their ultimate rank Magnaangemon is purple.
    • Digimon Adventure 02: Davis and TK have blue Digivices and clothing respectively while Yolei and Kari have red and pink clothing respectively. Yolei also has purple hair and in the epilogue is married to Ken who has blue hair.
    • Digimon Tamers: Henry and Suzie Wong have green and pink digivices respectively. Also, Henry has blue hair while Suzie wears a pink cheongsam-style vest.
    • Digimon Frontier: Koji and Zoe wear blue and pink in human form, and their Digimon forms are also all decked out in blue and pink.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • From the start, Bulma was introduced in her iconic pink dress while kid Goku wore his blue Gi (before changing to red/orange later). It's worth noting Bulma was given blue hair in the anime-perhaps alluding to her tomboy nature as it clashes with her pink outfits, but she has purple hair in the original manga and Dragon Ball: The Path to Power. The contrast with Goku is clear.
    • Fasha (Selypa) the The Squadette of Bardock's team and the only female Saiyan warrior we see in the franchise, she wears a pink leotard under her amour. Which contrasts with the green/blue clothes of Bardock and Tora. It's also very weird seeing a pink-wearing Great Ape.
    • Android 18 has pink Ki blasts and in the Budokai games, her Destructo Disc is also pink, none of which lessens her fame as badass Femme Fatale turned Action Girl/Mom. Also when Trunks was talking about Androids 17 and 18 they are represented in red and blue
      • All males hero Ki Blasts and auras are usually blue or yellow, as purple is the color of death in Japan, so naturally reserved for the villains.
    • Videl often wears pink outfits while Gohan wears blue or green, and when she becomes Great Saiyanman 2 she has a big pink cape and helmet.
  • In Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Leona and Maam wear pink. Dai wears blue.
  • Takuto and Meroko from Full Moon (the anime). Takuto is blue and Meroko is red (in the manga she wears black) but she keeps the pink hair. Averts the trope of happy pink girl×stoic blue boy because they are not a couple, (no matter how much Meroko wishes it).
  • Gurren Lagann played absolutely straight with Yoko and Kamina.
  • Romeo and Juliet in this manga cover.
  • Shows up frequently in Godannar with just about each of the couples/partners' pilot suits, notably Goh and Anna. Even the more masculine of the two American female robot pilots were darker colors than her cohort (whose pink-and-white costume barely qualified as clothing).
  • Pops up a lot in Gundam:
    • In the original Mobile Suit Gundam and in Gundam SEED, The Federation had blue uniforms for male enlisted personnel and pink for females (officers wore brown or white regardless of sex). Later in the latter series, Cagalli gets a pink Gundam of the same type as Kira's(Blue-On-White) first suit.
    • In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, the protagonist's fighting uniform is black with red, yellow, and blue highlights. His girlfriend's suit is predominantly pink.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny has Shinn mostly piloting blue Gundams and his eventual girlfriend Lunamaria piloting a pink-ish Ace Custom until their respective Mid Season Upgrades (well, Passing the Torch in case of the latter, who inherits the former's Gundam).
    • Both Cosmic Era shows feature the blue-haired Athrn Zala engaged to a rose-haired girl. After he and original fiancee Lacus Clyne calls off their engagement, she eventually settles for Athrun's best friend Kira Yamato, who as The Hero of the series, pilots the (mostly) traditionally blue Gundam(s).
    • In Gundam 00, Soma Peries got a pink mobile suit in season 1 and Nena Trinity wore a pink pilot's suit. In season 2, they switch to red and purple, respectively. Played straight by Louise Halevy and Saji Crossroad in season 1, as well as Setsuna F. Seiei and Feldt Grace in season 2. Setsuna and Feldt get bonus points for piloting blue Gundams with matching blue pilot suit and being a Rose-Haired Sweetie respectively.
  • Hayate and Hinagiku from Hayate the Combat Butler. It's especially noteworthy as it completely subverts the girly pink-haired girl/stoic blue-haired guy dynamic (just don't tell that to Hinagiku) as Hayate is quite emotional at times and is noted for being very girly while Hinagiku is generally pretty tough and acts more boyish. Like the above example, Hina proves that girly pink can be very badass and Hayate shows that being a slightly feminine Bishōnen is also no handicap on that front.
  • The Faceless Masses in Hidamari Sketch are often colored this way, whether they're hairless and limbless, shaped like restroom signs, or detailed in the outline but still a solid color.
  • In various seasons of Jewelpet, there is the couple of Ruby and Granite. Both have wholly white fur, with the insides of their ears and accessories being pink and blue, respectively. Eye colors sort of count; Ruby's are red while Granite's are blue.
  • Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama has two notable instances of this trope.
    • The twin Cocotamas Saline and Paline are respetively a pink female and a blue male.
    • Two members of the Noratama Trio are a magenta female named Yurano and a male with dark blue fur named Tokumaru.
  • In the original Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha mini-scenario of the Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever Lyrical fanbox, Nanoha and Chrono were rivals that became an Official Couple, with Nanoha having a pink motif and Chrono having a blue motif. These motifs were retained in The Anime of the Game even though the two of them weren't the Official Couple there anymore. Chrono's blue motif eventually led to him becoming An Ice Person. Meanwhile, Nanoha's pink motif...well, the anime producers had way too much fun with Nanoha's pink motif by turning her into a pink Person of Mass Destruction with a pink Wave-Motion Gun that fires giant pink beams that create huge pink explosions that have left many people metaphorically crapping their pants as they stare into her pink glowy light. Girly pink is badass.
  • Magi: Labyrinth of Magic has Aladdin's parents blue-haired Solomon and his eventual lover pink-haired Sheba.
  • Naruto:
    • Sakura (pink-haired, dresses in pink and red) and Sasuke (blue-black hair, dresses in shades of deep blue). Naruto also wears blue along with his signature orange in Part I as a contrast to Sakura.
    • Gender Inverted with Naruto and Hinata in Part II. Hinata's signature color is purple, which clashes with Naruto's orange.
    • Also Gender Inverted with Jiraiya and Tsunade — Tsunade wears blue and green, while Jiraiya wears red.
    • Rin wore a pink apron, while both Obito and Kakashi wore blue.
    • Downplayed with Naruto's parents, Minato and Kushina. While Kushina does have red hair to contrast with Minato wearing blue, she also primarily wears green, a color closer to blue than pink.
  • One Piece:
    • As the Strawhats are color coded this comes in, Nami often wears pinks and reds and Robin wears purples while Luffy has blue shorts, Sanji wears blue and Franky has blue hair.
    • Tashigi wears pink which contrasts to Smoker (blue), the same goes for Smoker and Hina.
    • Koala and Sabo.
    • The Vinsmoke family, eldest daughter "Poison Pink" Reiju and second son "Electric Blue" Niji.
  • Pokémon:
    • Jessie and James of Team Rocket wear red and blue hair respectively. Their disguises often follow the same pattern, with James dressing at the blue end of the spectrum and Jessie at the red, though sometimes (as seen in "The Misty Mermaid") they'll switch ends.
    • Misty is red haired and wears red suspenders while Ash wears a blue jacket and pants.
      • Continued with May (red) Dawn (pink), Iris (pink bow and stripes around her clothes), and Serena (red and pink).
      • While Lillie usually wears all white (though her backpack is pink), her Ultra Guardian uniform is pink while Ash's is blue, continuing the trend.
  • In case of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, it's more like The Chick wears pink and the Tomboy wears blue.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Cheery, perky Sailor Moon has pink, silver, white, or yellow hair in the original manga. Her predestined lover Tuxedo Mask has, depending on the image, dark black, blue, green, or purple hair. When he is married to Sailor Moon, he has pastel purple hair, which appears to be a symbol of his healing due to being with her. As far as costuming is concerned, though, Sailor Moon herself wears white and blue while Tuxedo Mask wears black and red.
    • The 1990s anime's Transformation Sequences for the Sailor Starlights involved the background and their bodies changing from blue to pink as they changed from their male disguises to their true female forms.
  • Shugo Chara!:
    • Amu is a Pink Heroine with a very pink costume and hair color. On the other hand, Ikuto wears blue and has blue hair.
    • Nagihiko's Guardian Characters, the very pink and (sort of) girlish Temari and the very blue and boyish Rhythm.
    • Also, Seiyo Academy's school uniforms follow the pattern as well, with the girl uniforms being red and the boy uniforms being blue.
  • Toyed with in the Slayers franchise in regards to the two model couples: for Lina and Gourry, the latter wears blue while the former wears a light shade of magenta. For Zelgadis and Amelia, the latter is a princess who has both a pink dress for diplomatic duties and a modest traveling outfit with some pink touches, while the former is a chimera who literally has blue (or blue-green) colored skin.
  • In both the anime and The Movie, Speed Racer typically wears blue and white, while his girlfriend Trixie dons pink and red. However, on formal occasions in the anime, Trixie would wear a blue dress while Speed wore a red blazer.
    • This tradition continued in several other Tatsunoko productions, including Time Bokan (Tanpei blue, Junko pink), Superbook (Sho/Christopher blue, Azusa/Joy pink), The Littl' Bits (Belfy/Lillabit red or pink, Rirubitto/Willibit blue), and Paul's Miraculous Adventures (Paul blue, Nina pink). Interestingly the latter three had the same character designer (Akiko Shimomoto).
  • The 1980 anime version of Maurice Maeterlinck's The Blue Bird has Tyltyl in a blue jacket and white shirt and Mytyl in pink overalls/dress over a white shirt.
  • In Spider Riders, this applies to the male and female lead, Hunter Steele and Corona. They wear a lot of blue and pink respectively in their battle armor, and each have a spider partner in these colors.
  • A BL example are the title characters of Sukisho - with the uke having pink hair and eyes, while the seme has blue.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew:
    • Anyone who couldn't see the Official Couple of Tokyo Mew Mew coming may have ignored this fact. Not only do Ichigo and Masaya have pink and blue hair, respectively (only in the manga, though; the anime changes them to red and black), but their last names are Momomiya and Aoyama! (meaning "peach" and "blue" in Japanese respectively.)
    • Even more ironic, the whole Tokyo Mew Mew team is female and all the aliens are male. In the final battle, where Ichigo blasts her final attack, and Deep Blue releases the Mu Aqua, you can clearly see a clash of pink and blue.
  • The Mu children in Toward the Terra have pink dresses for girls and blue jumpsuits for boys. The adults all wear purple.
  • If you look at colored manga pages, or often the anime uses this motif, for Wandering Son you'll notice it's not uncommon for male characters to wear blue and females pink. Considering the series is themed around gender, it makes sense.
  • In Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Narumi is the pink girl to her boyfriend Hirotaka’s blue. Narumi has light pink hair while Hirotaka has dark blue hair and their attire reflects their respective color motifs.
  • Inverted in Trigun with Vash and Meyrl.
  • The school uniforms in Yu-Gi-Oh! have the boys wearing blue jackets and pants and the girls wearing pink blazers.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Yugo and Rin have this dynamic when wearing their street clothes. Yugo has a blue t-shirt while Rin has a pink top.
    • The 6th ending of the series gives us this shot, can you make out the blue and pink sillhouettes on the bottom? those are Zarc and Ray respectively the "originals" from whom the dimensional counterparts all got split from

    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes, the ambassadors of Dog Planet and Cat Planet have kids that attend school with the Supermen on Planet Xing. Keke the female cat wears pink clothes and Lele the male dog wears white clothes with prominent blue accents.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, the male Weslie is associated with the color blue and the female Tibbie is associated with the color pink.
  • Yamucha's Kung-Fu Academy features Miko the blue boy and Nao the pink girl.

  • Lampshaded and played within a stand-up routine by Israeli comedian Uri Hezkiah. In Hebrew, almost every word grammatically has to have a gender, depending on who is spoken of or who is doing the speaking. Uri muses that since babies all look the same, the only way to know whether you should pick up your friend's baby and say "That's a cute baby boy" or "That's a cute baby girl" is whether it's dressed in blue or pink. He then says "But imagine you find a baby dressed in orange. What do you do? You can't risk offending your friend". After some thought, he picks up an imaginary baby and says "Why, that's a cute... organism!"

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU
    • Wonder Woman often wears reds, while in the Justice League of America her male colleagues dress in blue.
      • Wonder Womans' Big Bad, Ares is traditionally decked out in blue armor to Diana's bright reds.
    • Batman's cape and cowl in 80s to 90s was always colored blue (until he changes to black) while Catwoman wears her purple catsuit.
    • In 2010, Selina has Robin-esque Side Kick called "Catgirl" who has pink on her costume.
    • Nightwing nearly always wears blue and his love interests: Batgirl, Starfire and Supergirl all have worn either pink, red or purple at some point.
    • Green Lantern: Pink Lanterns who literally use The Power of Love, have (and consist of) female leaders while the Blue Lanterns (Power Of Hope) are led by males.
    • Inverted with the Hank Hall and Dawn Granger incarnations of Hawk and Dove. Hank's costume is red while Dawn's is blue.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • While Spider-Man has both red and blue in his costume while living as Peter Parker, Spidey often just wears blue which of course goes with scarlet-haired and dressed Mary Jane Watson. Best showcased in their teen make-out session in Ultimate
    • Jean Grey is known for her vibrant red hair and red outfit as Dark Phoenix, and Cyclops and Wolverine (her love interests) always had blue in their costumes in early days.
    • Usually averted with Gambit (pink) and Rogue (green), but played straight with the jumpsuits they wore in Anartica.
    • In The Avengers Black Widow's red hair clashes with the bright blue outfit of Captain America, continued in the MCU.
    • The mutant twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch often wear blue and red costumes respectively, although Quicksilver's first costume was green. Their powers are also color-coded, with Scarlet Witch having the red aura and Quicksilver the blue aura.
  • Invincible played utterly straight with the titular hero and his love interest turned-wife Atom Eve.
  • The stars of Sunnyville Stories display this trope in color artwork; Rusty wears blue (or red) while Samantha wears pink.
  • Cleopatra in Space: Cleo is associated with pink and purple, as are her weapons. Anthony wears blue, and his weapons are have blue energy.
  • The Secrets Of Willowmyst: Alex wears a pink dress, and Tavin is first seen in blue.

    Comic Strips 
  • Conversed in The Family Circus, January 28, 2008:
    The Pink Panther is a girl. If he was a boy he'd be the Blue Panther.
  • In colored printings of Sherman's Lagoon, Sherman (a male great white shark) is gray — slightly bluish, depending on the inks used — and his wife, Megan, is purplish-gray.

    Fan Works 
  • Inverted to a degree by Ryan Lee and Susan Chan in Futari wa Pretty Cure Dragon; the manly martial artist Ryan wears pink, and the Ojou and Lady of War Susan wears blue.
  • Played with by Haruhi and Itsuki in SOS Pretty Cure; Shorttank Haruhi's theme color is actually red, and Ambiguously Gay Itsuki's is purple. Played straight with Mikuru and Kyon; Mikuru's theme color is pink, and while Kyon's theme color is a dull brown (it even shows in his Cure costume), his aura as a Cure is blue.
  • In Rhythmic Pretty Cure, at the karate school Hitomi and Tsumugi go to on Mondays and Thursdays, the boys' karategi is blue, and the girls' karategi is pink.
  • In Harry Potter, Tonks usually went around with spiky pink hair. We don't see much of her son, Teddy in the books, but Fanon has largely agreed that his hair should be blue.
  • Defied in Power Rangers: Shuriken Force, where there is a Blue and a Pink Ranger, only Blue is a woman and Pink is a man. It's quite explicit as The Mentor personally gave them their colors.
  • In Motherly Scootaloo, as a Continuity Nod to the theme of the canon episode Baby Cakes, Lightning has a blue set of baby pajamas, courtesy of Ponyville General Hospital. Also, a number of the furnishings of his room are blue.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Supergirl wears red cape, boots and skirt, and her love interest Dev-Em wears a dark blue suit.
  • My Inner Life: Link has Navi, who is colored blue, and Jenna gets a new fairy named Lilly, which is coloured pink.
  • Single Parents Night:
    • Like in canon, Amy is a pink hedgehog while Sonic is a blue hedgehog.
    • Inverted with Amy's parents. They are a pink male hedgehog and blueish-grey female elephant.

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney
    • Because Disney dates to the early decades of the 20th century, the idea that blue was feminine and pink/red was masculine did appear in several of their earlier characters.
      • Minnie Mouse has been seen in many colors, but for most of her early color appearances, she wore blue as a contrast to Mickey's standard red shorts. The all-pink wouldn't emerge until the late Pluto cartoons. In modern animated appearances, Minnie bounces back and forth the most between wearing soft blue to contrast Mickey, or red to match him. The merchandise puts her in pink.
      • Snow White wears a blue bodice while her prince wears a red cape.
      • The Blue Fairy from Pinocchio and the Coachman’s red sweater.
      • Wendy from Peter Pan wears a blue nightdress, while her youngest brother Michael wears pink pajamas.
      • In Lady and the Tramp, Lady has a blue collar and Tramp gains a red collar at the end of the movie.
      • In 101 Dalmatians, Pongo sports a red collar while Perdita who sports a blue one.
      • Aurora spends most of her movie in blue. The three good fairies weren't sure how to color code Aurora, as blue was the traditional feminine color while pink was the emerging feminine color. Prince Phillip brings a red cape and hat to the party. Disney Princess-gear Aurora always wears pink because Cinderella always wears blue.
      • Jasmine from Aladdin wears blue (except for her Go-Go Enslavement outfit) while Aladdin wears purple, which is derived from red.
      • Captain Amelia wears a blue jacket while Dr. Doppler wears a red jacket.
      • In Fantasia 2000, Donald wears a red robe while Daisy wears a blue one.
      • Cars:
      • In Cars, where hero Lightning McQueen is a red race car, while his love interest Sally is a blue Porsche 911 Carrera. Also inverted with two of the background race cars where the pink race car sponsoring Tank Coat is actually male, and the blue race car sponsoring RevNGo is actually female.
      • Played straight with Finn McMissile and Holly Shiftwell from the sequel. As with the kissing couple seen on the bridge in Paris.
      • In Finding Nemo where we have Marlin, an orangey-red clownfish, and Dory, a blue regal tang.
    • In a sequence in “Human Again” from Beauty and the Beast , Belle wears a pink dress and Beast wears a blue shirt and cape.
    • In Tangled, where Rapunzel wears pink (and mostly lavender) while Flynn wears blue.
    • In A Bug's Life, all the female ants are lavender, while all the male ants are blue.
  • The first two cars to be crushed to death during the song "Worthless" from The Brave Little Toaster are actually a male blue car and a female pink car, respectively.
  • Trolls: Poppy is a pink Troll and her eventual love interest, Branch, turns out to be a blue troll but he faded into grey from his grandmother's death.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In one of the Xanth novels, the male and female main characters had switched bodies due to a magic spell gone wrong. When they manage to acquire clothes from a clothes tree, they take colors according to their mental gender, much to the confusion of their semi-sentient horse.
  • Stephen King's The Dark Tower series features the sentient monorail Blaine and his 'sister', Patricia. They feature the reversed color scheme: Patricia is blue, and Blaine is pink.
  • Journey to Chaos: The uniforms for the students at the Royal Academy of Magical Study follow this convention: girls wear long pink dresses hemmed with gold and collars of darker pink while boys wear blue floor-length robes outlined in silver and dark blue ascots.
  • Little Women is cited as popularizing this trope in Americans. When twins are born, the boy is put in blue and the girl is put in pink. This is stated to be "French fashion" (which refers to how, by the 1840s, this trope was already becoming commonplace in France).
  • Time To: In "Time to Pee!", the signs that read, "Boys can stand" are blue, while the signs that read, "Girls should sit" are in pink.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffyverse
    • Willow usually dressed in red to match her hair while Xander wears blues or greens, seen here.
    • In one instance Darla wears a red dress while Angel and his leather jackets get blue highlights under stage lighting.
  • Doctor Who: In "Forest of the Dead", Donna's children Josh and Ella exhibit this, with him wearing blue and green and her wearing pink and red. This might be a hint at their virtual nature.
  • Made fun of in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where Ashley asks how they could tell from the sonogram if Vivian's baby was a boy or a girl.
    Hilary: Oh, Ashley, you are so naïve. If it's a boy, it's blue!
  • In Friends Faded Salmon is confused for being pink, and thus not a color for guys to wear.
  • Gladiators: The Gladiator uniforms followed this pattern with the female Gladiators in pink uniforms while the male Gladiators wore blue.
  • LazyTown's two main characters fit this trope. Stephanie wears pink and Sportacus wears blue.
  • In one episode of the American version of The Office an employee brings her baby boy to the office (dressed in pink). Pam tells the mother "she's so cute" only to have her say he's a he. When Pam explains she thought the baby was a girl because of the pink clothing the mother responds with "Pink is his favorite color."
  • Used In Raven's Home whenever Raven or Booker have visions. The former's are pink with hints of purple and red, while the latter's are shades of blue, gold and white.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • While they were never lovers (though they came close) Rimmer has the blue officer outfit while Kochanski came back to the series in a sexy red outfit.
    • In "Camille", Rimmer's ideal love is dressed in red.
  • The Game Show Scrabble did this with its contestants' nametags.
  • In earlier seasons of Smallville, Lana always wore pink and Clark always wore blue.
  • Stranger Things, subtle example Nancy wears a red jacket and Jonthan has a blue sweater.
  • Super Sentai / Power Rangers:
    • Pink Rangers are always female. Blue Rangers are often male, but have been female a number of times. Out of the most common suit colors (Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Green, Black, and White), Black is the only all-male color so far (except in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, see below), although there's only been one full-time female Green as of Kyuranger.
    • Also, while the Pink Ranger is usually The Chick, some seasons have been subverting this (starting with Mirai Sentai Timeranger and Power Rangers Time Force, where Pink is the real team leader even if Red gets the official recognition). The most common inversion comes on teams with two girls, where Pink will be the level-headed Cool Big Sis while Yellow will be the The Ditz
    • Interestingly, this also extends to Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, where the Rangers have the power to assume the forms of their predecessors (complete with Distaff Counterpart costumes where necessary). Thus far, Pink Ranger Ahim is the only person to use any Pink Ranger Keys, while every other color has been used by people of both genders (except, again, for Green).
    • This is averted once in the Gokaiger Vs. Gavan movie, where the whole team change into pink Sentai warriors.

  • The song You're a Pink Toothbrush applies this trope to romance between inanimate objects.
  • Referenced in the first stanza of Joe Jackson's song "Real Men".
  • This video.
  • The more well-known Vocaloid characters are differentiated by hair and/or outfit color; true to the trope, pink-haired Luka is a girl and blue-haired Kaito is a boy. Inverted with Miku, who has light blue hair and is a girl.
  • The music video for Stromae's Tous Les Mêmes is about a couple having an argument and ultimately breaking up, with Stromae playing both sides of the relationship. The video uses pink lighting to denote a "female" point of view and green to denote a "male" point of view.
  • Used in Benny's Little Game video, where girls and boys are dressed in their respective colors, and forced into gender-approved behaviors. By the end of the video, they're all covered with blue and pink.

    Puppet Shows 

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Game of Life board game is an example of this. Boy pegs are blue, girl pegs are pink. Interestingly, the rules say you have to put a second peg in your car when you get married, but they don't say what color the peg has to be.

  • In Dorf Quest, boys are default black, girls are pink, gods are blue, and goddesses are purple.

  • Sanrio's ''Little Twin Stars'' is a classic example: just look at their hair.
  • In all LEGO products, the boys's sets are advertised in blue boxes and the girls's sets are in pink boxes and consist of pink bricks. This has caused multiple complaints from girls and grown women alike, saying Lego shouldn't discriminated in their products
  • Inverted in BIONICLE. The females still retain the "pink" personality, but the majority of the female main characters are blue. And while there are no pink characters, the red ones are all male.
  • Fisher-Price:
    • Fisher Price's Little People toys and playsets usually avert this, with characters wearing whatever they realistically would. However, Fisher-Price has started making all-pink sets. What makes this stupid is that they are simply recoloring old molds, usually ones with normal colors. So now girls can buy a pink (instead of yellow) bus or dump truck, and a pink (instead of white and blue) plane. And a pink house, which is identical to the normal house in mold, except pink. It's borderline condescending and, since the main difference between the two molds is one is entirely pink, completely insulting.
    • And not just Little People. If you look through the F-P toy line, you'll also see blatant examples of this. The Laugh and Learn Puppy plush comes in both "regular" and "pink" versions (where the only difference is that the plush fur and ears is pink- thankfully, they're fixing that- by giving Puppy a sister who has pink ears and likes the colors pink and purple). Heck, even their ill-fated PowerTouch reader system came in silver and blue for boys, and pink and purple for girls.
  • All Malibu toys sell Barbie toys in vibrant pink.
  • Many toys from V-Tech usually also fall squarely into this trope- many toys come in both pink for girls and blue for boys, and the only difference is the toy color. Other toys from the company tend to come in regular non-pastel shaded colors for boys, but still have a pink version aimed squarely at young girls.
  • Variant used in Leap Frog toys: Green for boys and purple for girls.

    Video Games 
  • Super Mario Bros.: Although he is associated with the color red because of his hat and shirt, Mario's outfit also includes blue overalls, and his love interest, Princess Peach, wears pink. note 
  • Maria Luna of Backyard Sports loves the color pink and plays better when she wears it. In an aversion, Jocinda Smith loves blue.
  • In Binary Land, Gurin is a blue penguin and Malon is a pink penguin, in the Famicom version.
  • Bubble Bobble:
    • One of the original two is the underdog Bob, who is a male human-turned-blue bubble dragon. His apparent partner in Bubble Symphony (in cutscenes, she is always beside Bob) is Coro, a female human-turned-magenta bubble dragon and one of the new group of two. Extended with green for Bub (a boy) and orange for Kulu (a girl), who are also beside each other in cutscenes.
    • Bubble Bobble Part 2: In the NES version's intro, the protagonist who soon gets cursed wears (light greenish) blue, and the soon to be Damsel in Distress wears pink with a matching color bow.
  • Cave Story, Curly and Quote both wear red, but their guns are color-coded. Quote's starting pistol Polar Star is blue while Curly's machine is red, and PC remastered achievement calls it a Girly Gun.
  • Metal Gear Solid Snake is highlighted in blue while Meryl has red hair.
    • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Mistral has dark red hair and red/purple aura while Raiden has blue lighting and sword sword streaks. Until he becomes Jack the Ripper again.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Inverted with Liu Kang and his love interest Kitana. He usually wears red while she wears blue.
    • Played oddly-straight with Rain and Mileena. They're both associated with the color purple, but his outfits are a more bluish purple while hers are more red/magenta.
  • Inverted in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin: Jonathan's outfit is red, while his menu items are red or pink. Charlotte's outfit (including underwear!) are blue, as are her menu items.
    • Played straight with Richter (Blue Boy) and Maria (Pink Girl) in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. Later subverted in Symphony of the Night as while Richter still wears blue, Maria changed her pink dress to a green one.
  • Command & Conquer: Generals has an... extreme variation on this trope amongst the USA faction: Normally, the faction's superweapon is a blue Pillar of Light being reflected off a satelite to form a Kill Sat system. But play as the female general from their faction, and the beam turns a lovely shade of pink.
    • Said general is titled the "Superweapon General" however, so it is possible to handwave the color change as being part of some prototype technology.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • In Dragon Quest II, the Princess of Moonbrooke wears pink. The Prince of Midenhall wears blue.
    • Dragon Quest V has the Hero's children Parry and Madchen. Parry's outfit is entirely blue, while Madchen wears a dark pink/purple cape, and official art shows her white robe has a very light pinkish tinge to it.
  • Ice Climber: Popo wears a blue parka while Nana wears a pink/red one.
  • In Resident Evil 2, the main playable characters are also color coded in this way, with Leon in a blue uniform and Claire in a pink/light red 'biker' outfit as seen this awesome wallpaper. Claire wears red for the rest of her games and Leon wears blue in Resident Evil 6 respectively.
    • Ada also wears red in all her appearances to contrast to Leon.
    • In Resident Evil 5, Chris wears green military fatigues while his female partner Sheva Alomar wears a purple tank top.
    • In the aforementioned Resident Evil 6, Leon's female companion is Helena Harper. Earlier in the game she wears a lilac short-sleeved shirt while Leon wears a black jacket and blue jeans. During the China mission, Helena switches to a burgundy shirt over a white tank top while Leon wears a blue shirt under a black vest.
  • Adventures of Lolo: Lolo and Lala play this trope straight. Lala even wears a bow.
    • Kirby: Lolo and Lala's Dream Land-dwelling Expies, Lololo and Lalala, are naturally also guilty of this. However, the title character of their series is a pink boy.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Half-Identical Twins Palom and Porom wear blue and pink, respectively. Porom even has pink hair, despite Palom and her younger self both having brown hair.
    • Final Fantasy VI Terra wears red/pink while Locke and Edgar wear blue.
    • Final Fantasy VII has a subtle one with Cloud and Tifa, apart from clothing, Tifa has red eyes while Cloud has (mako infused) blue ones.
      • The less subtle example is Aerith and the SOLIDER boys (Zack and Cloud) as she has her iconic bright pink dress while Zack and Cloud have the bluish SOLIDER-uniforms.
    • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance has Marche (the Blue Boy) and Ritz (the Pink Girl).
    • Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah in pink (and white, with lots of revealing holes) and Noel in blue for their original costumes.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, the under-leveled recruit Amelia wears pink in her portrait, yet wears blue in battle scenes. At least, until she achieves higher ranks, in which case she wears pink armor even as a general.
    • In Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, the blue-haired and armored Hero Samson ends up in the services of the pink-armored General Sheena. They end up becoming Love Interests to each other. Also applies in the remake in regards to the General class: male Generals don blue armor in battle, while female Generals wear pink armor.
    • In Fire Emblem Heroes, the Askr royal duo are color-coded. Alfonse has dark blue hair (with gold tips), his sword Fólkvangr is decorated with a light blue gemstone, and his special attacks surround him with a blue aura. Sharena, on the other hand, has blonde hair with pink tips (though it's hard to tell), has a pink gemstone in her spear Fensalir, and is surrounded by pink energy when she unleashes a special attack.
  • In Golden Sun, all three pairs of villains (with the possible exception of Agatio, who looks more green than blue) are dressed like this. There's also Jenna and Piers from the second game.
  • Monster Hunter:
    • One of the three subspecies of Rath (including the general red/green variant), manifests itself in the Azure Rathalos and Pink Rathian.
    • In an inversion, the red-and-pink Teostra are male, while the blue Lunastra are female.
  • Shovel Knight: Straight example with the titular hero and his partner Shield Knight (although, as noted above, she wears red instead).
  • NiGHTS into Dreams..., another SEGA franchise from Sonic Team, has Claris (pink hair and eyes) and Elliot (blue hair and eyes), both examples of Curtains Match the Window as well. And then NiGHTS itself is mostly purple and nobody can tell which gender it is.
  • In Parodius, TwinBee and WinBee from TwinBee, the sunfish Mambo and Samba, Option and Multiple, and the babies Upa and Rupa, from Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa, are blue and pink. Vic Viper's theme is blue, and Lord British's theme is pink. Pentarou and Hanako would be blue and pink, but Hanako appears more as an orange-red. Doitsu and Soitsu are both male, and appear blue and pink, though Soitsu may be red. The fairies Memin and Sue are blue and pink, and both female. Dracula and Kid D are blue and pink, but Kid D's gender is not known.
  • Persona 3:
    • Persona 3 Portable has different color-coded menu screens depending on the gender the player selects for their protagonist — naturally, pink for the girl and blue for the guy.
    • The first two party members to join the MC follow this theme as well; Yukari is almost never seen without wearing something pink, and Junpei, apart from his blue shirt, never takes off his blue hat.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Princess Zelda, in Ocarina of Time, predominantly wears pink (like many of her ancestors and descendants). When disguised as the male-looking Sheik, however, she wears blue.
    • Notably subverted in some of the games, however. Zelda wears blue and white in A Link to the Past, purple and white in Twilight Princess, and blue (like Link) in Breath of the Wild. Additionally, both the Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild Zeldas have white ceremonial garb.
    • The BOTW Link actually both plays this straight and averts this. In his native games his Zelda wears blue alongside him but in Smash the Zelda in that game wears pink. If supplemental material is to be believed he is just as willing to protect that Zelda as he is his own.
  • Legendary Wings has Michelle Heart note  and Kevin Walker.
  • Subverted in Panel de Pon; Sharbet and Elias both have primarily blue color schemes and are both female, like the rest of the fairies.
  • Pokémon:
    • Inverted with the Nidoran family. Male members are pink and purple. Female members are blue. The shiny versions, however, play the trope straight (with the exception of Nidoqueen, whose shiny version is predominantly green).
    • Latias and Latios (twin dragons and legendary Pokemon) are red/female and blue/male, respectively.
    • Starting from the third generation onward, the font color on certain game menus (like the save screen) will be either blue or red/pink depending on whether the player character is male or female, respectively. In the fourth-generation games, the Poketch and the Pokegear are similarly color-coded. Also, the text of NPCs in FireRed and LeafGreen will change color depending on their gender - red for girls, blue for boys, black for Pokemon and computers.
    • Pokémon Black and White has the Water/Ghost jellyfish Jellicent. Males are blue with a large mustache, while females are pink, lack a mustache, and have lipstick and eyelashes. The same goes for their pre-evolution forms, Frillish, which are blue when male and pink when female.
    • The Team Skull grunts in Pokémon Sun and Moon follow this. Female grunts have pink hair while males have blue hair.
    • In Pokémon Puzzle Challenge, during the end credits, the female Japanese developers' names are highlighted in pink. This isn't the case for the non-Japanese people though (maybe because English speakers would be more likely to recognize their genders from their names).
  • Portal 2: Using the franchise's color scheme of blue and orange instead of blue and pink. Female voiced GLaDOS has an orange eye, and male voiced Wheatley has a blue eye. Also applies to the robots in the Cooperative Testing Initiative - Atlas has a more masculine body shape and a blue eye, while the more feminine shaped P-body has an orange eye.
  • Professor Layton's young companions fit the trope. His apprentice, Luke, wears a blue hat and blue sweater, while his adopted daughter Flora wears a pink hair ribbon and either a white and pink (Professor Layton and the Curious Village) or pink and brown (the other games) dress.
  • In Rod Land, Rit has pink hair while Tam has blue hair.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • The titular character is a male hedgehog with blue fur, while Amy Rose is a female hedgehog with pink fur. Since the Dreamcast era, Amy has been wearing all red to go with her pink fur.
    • The two playable characters of the Sonic Rush games are Sonic and Blaze. The latter is a lavender-furred cat with a purple tailcoat. Her fur turns pink and her coat red when she becomes Burning Blaze.
    • The default Extreme Gear for male Xbox Live Avatars in Sonic Free Riders is blue, while its female equivalent is pink. The description of the latter lampshades it.
    This model from Accelovice's women's line is a favorite among female riders. The fact that it's pink doesn't hurt!
  • Jacques (the Blue Boy) and Aila (the Pink Girl) from Suikoden III.
  • The exclusive robots of the protagonists of Super Robot Wars Advance. Axel Almer gets the blue Soulgain, whereas Lamia Loveless gets the pink Angelg.
  • Tales of Phantasia has pink-haired Arche and her blue-haired boyfriend Chester.
  • Inverted in Tales of Symphonia: Colette, chosen of Sylverant, wears a blue and white robe. Zelos, the chosen of Tethe'alla, wears pink.
  • Milla and Jude, the dual protagonists of Tales of Xillia are colour-coded this way, reflected in both their outfits and the colour of the game menu depending on which of their routes is currently being played. Inverted by the Big Bad Duumvirate, in a deliberate attempt to contrast them with the heroes: Muzet wears light blue and white to contrast Jude's dark blue and black outfit, and Gaius wears dark red and black to contrast Milla's pink.
    • Also inverted by Milla and Jude themselves in the sequel, where Jude wears a red shirt under his lab coat and Milla's white outfit has blue accents.
  • Twin Cobra II: Player 1's helicopter is blue and is piloted by a male, Player 2's helicopter is red and is piloted by a female.
  • In Twinbee, the blue Twinbee and the pink Winbee (which also has a heart-shaped cockpit) are piloted respectively by Light and his girl cousin Pastel, who wear the same colors as on their ships.
  • In Ultima III on the NES, played straight with the blue Alchemist, Druid, Fighter and Wizard, and pink Cleric, Illusionist, Lark and Paladin. Averted with the pink Barbarian, Thief, and Ranger.
  • This is the colour scheme most often given to Akari and Ricky in 1080 and Wave Race. They are also implied to be a couple.
  • In A Witch's Tale, Gretel wears pink while Hansel wears blue. Subverted since both are girls.
  • Inverted in Dragon Ball Online, in which male Majin's are pink and females are blue. Player character Majins can switch it though, or be gray. Continued in 'Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • Both Mega Man Battle Network and Mega Man Star Force have the main character (Mega Man) decked out in blue and a close female friend (Roll and Sonia/Harp Note respectively) who wears pink.
  • In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, the boys' dorm rooms have blue sheets and the girls' rooms have pink sheets. Chihiro Fujisaki has blue sheets despite having presented himself as a girl until his murder, providing a hint to his true biological sex if you finish his Free Time Events.
  • Generic residents of Towa City in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls are represented as featureless coloured silhouettes. Typically, females are pink and males are blue.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III plays this straight with both Juna Crowford being the pink girl to Kurt Vander's blue boy, with their hair colors.
  • Pixel and Chisel from Stay Tooned! are sister and brother cats who have pink and blue fur, respectively.
  • Donkey Kong:
  • Tomato Adventure: The player character, DeMille, is a boy who wears blue clothes. His girlfriend, Patharan, wears pink clothes.
  • Tomodachi Life has several instances:
    • Babies can wear blue or pink if they are confident, depending on their gender. During their birth when their gender is revealed, the "boy/girl" text is color coded to blue or red, respectively.
    • Done more literally with sleeping couples: the husband wears blue pajamas, while the wife wears pink pajamas.
    • Male travelers wear blue shorts with their uniform; female travelers wear a red skirt.
    • As you are helping a Mii propose to their sweetheart, their subtitles are color-coded; the boy's are blue, while the girl's are red.
  • Super Sized Family plays this straight for the babies, where Jessica has a pink pacifier and Jonathan has a blue one, but downplays it for the toddlers, where Sullivan has a blue shirt and Virginia has a pink dress but with a blue flower on it.
  • In the two games made by Dreaming Games, Dreaming Mary and (the currently in-development) Blue Dreams, heavily emphasizes on the colors pink for the female protagonist in the former game and, well, blue for the male protagonist in the latter.
  • Tamagotchi:
    • The Mesutchi (girl) and Osutchi (boy) toys initially came in pink and blue, respectively.
    • On the m!x, since all of the teens are available in both genders they have the same sort of coloration patterns in their base forms.
  • Dance Dance Revolution: Player 1 is represented by a male character (e.g. Boldo as preset character in 3rdMix, Train as tutorial dancer for Beginner difficulty) and the color blue, while Player 2 is represented by a female character (e.g. Tracy as preset character in 3rdMix, Bus as tutorial dancer for Beginner difficulty) and the color pink.
  • Mr. Hopp's Playhouse 2: Besides Mr. Hopp wearing blue pants, there is Mr. Stripes wearing a blue tie and Ms. Bo with a pink bow, pink pants, and pink markings.

    Web Animation 
  • In TheOdd1sOut, James briefly wears a blue shirt and his sister is in a pink one in his video "My Poetry Teacher".
  • Mystery Skulls Animated: Inverted; Vivi has blue hair, eyes and clothes and is in a relationship with Lewis, who has purple hair, eyes and clothes, though unlike Vivi his attire also throws some black and white into the mix.
  • DSBT InsaniT: This is done using hair-colors with brother-and-sister Bill and Whitney.
  • The OMG most Original fanfic Idea EVER pairs up the blue furred Sonic the Hedgehog with a pink female counterpart originally named "Pinky".

  • Bad Machinery: Shauna acquires a strange "dog".
    Jack: How can you tell it's a boy?
    Shauna: The obvious way. He prefers BLUE.
  • Used in Bittersweet Candybowl, where Lucy, the heroine, wears a pink ribbon, while Mike, the male hero, wears a blue scarf.
  • In Diamond and Dazzle, the female Diamond's coat is pink in contrast to the male Dazzle's blue collar.
  • In El Goonish Shive, an extra switches from wearing a pink shirt to a blue one when they are gender flipped.
  • Inverted in Fan Dan Go where a male character, Zephyr, has candyfloss pink hair, while his female compatriot, Sarin, has sky blue hair.
  • In Homestuck, the first two protagonists introduced are John, who types in blue, and Rose, who types in pink. However their sprites, Nanna and Jaspers, invert the trope, and in troll society, fuschia-blooded trolls are always female.
  • Commented on by Millie in Ozy and Millie; one about her needing to 'staple pink frilly stuff' to herself to remind Stephan that she's a girl, and another where she thinks pink is a bit of a girly colour for herself. The pink here is her own skin after being hit with the defoliation Running Gag that Simpson had set up. As far as fur colour is concerned, Ozy is white-grey (Arctic fox), while Millie is red-orange (red fox). Make of that what you will.
  • Zig-zagged in The Princess: the title character, Sarah, plays this straight by seeming to move about in a cloud of pink glitter and sparkles. Inverted with her father, who is often seen in a pink shirt while her mother prefers blue. An ironic lampshading, given that Sarah is a transgirl.
  • In Question Duck, it's one of the questions.
  • In Sinfest, the brainwashing at the Dudebro factory shows the masculine side in blue and feminine in pink.
  • Gets a reference in Sodium Eyes here.
  • Star Impact inverts this trope with Aster, who frequently wears blue, and Puck, who frequently wears pink. What's more, those are their hair colors as well.
  • Used in VG Cats with Leo (who wears blue and has grey fur) and Aeris (who wears mainly purple-pink clothes and has pink fur).
  • In Wizard School, when the students play Transmogritus, Celeste turns pink and Merrill turns blue.
  • Zoophobia's Tentadora and Styx have pink hair (plus dress, heels and eyes) and blue...fur(?) respectively.

    Web Original 
  • Taken to the logical extreme in JeongMee Yoon's series of pictures.
  • Take a close look at the icons used by Snopes sometime. For the categories involving urban legends centered on certain people, the males get an icon of a blue-haired boy while the females get an icon of a pink-haired girl.
  • This youtube video combines this concept with Girls Have Cooties for a cute little short.
  • The website Girls Ask Guys uses this scheme to differentiate between male and female users, by highlighting their username, their 'rank', and, if asking the question, their rating stars with the respective colour. If the user has not yet chosen an avatar, they sport a silhouette of their gender with the corresponding shade, too.
  • The two authors of Cinnamon Bunzuh! distinguish their text from one another by having one in pink and the other in blue.
  • Meredith Gran, who does the webcomic Octopus Pie, also did a little animated cartoon about a boy and a girl up in the Arctic.
  • On the Fanfiction website Archive of Our Own, one of the colored boxes next to the story's title specifies the genders of the main pairing: Blue for Slash, red for femslash, purple for Het.
  • The "Grammatical gender" article on Wikipedia is illustrated by a cartoonish image of a male and female cat; they look exactly the same, but the former wears a blue bow on its tail and the latter, pink.
  • The earliest episodes of Kids React has the wallpaper of the room changed accordingly to match the gender of the featured kid. The notable exemptions were (the original) Morgan and Marlhy, who both mainly appeared in the blue room during their earliest episodes before eventually "complying" with the theme.
  • Discussed in The Nostalgia Chick's analysis of the original The Transformers cartoon, referring to both Arcee and Elita One. Elita One was the Distaff Counterpart of Optimus Prime, and so (leader/girl) pink to his (leader) red and (boy) blue coloring. Elita One's Amazon Brigade otherwise had nothing with the trope, her soldiers appearing in all kinds of colours. Arcee, being the one girl starting the third season, was pink, and so was her (intended) love interest Hot Rod in a magenta shade ("aging" to red when he became Rodimus Prime). From there, the trope gets interesting in that pink is a noticeable colour choice among the Autobot females, but also among the Decepticon males (though not much in the cartoon because that ended long before the toyline did). Hun-Grrr, Misfire, the Seacons, Skullcruncher, Spinister, Fangry, Gaihawk, Barricade, Roller Force, and Horri-Bull, among others, all sport a good level of pink. Blue is more equally divided between the factions.
  • In this vlog a young girl unboxes a pair of rabbit fur coats her parents bought her, one dyed pink and the other blue. The blue one is a size too small so they have to send it back. Her dad jokes they should just give it to her little brother.
  • SuperMarioLogan
    • In "Cody's Sister!", Cody is revealed to have a twin sister named Katy. Katy wears a pink shirt and hat while her brother wears a blue shirt and hat.
    • In "Jeffy's Sister!", Jeffy's imaginary sister, Feebee wears a pink shirt and helmet, while Jeffy wears a blue helmet and a yellow shirt.
  • Used in the Cream Heroes merchandise to differentiate Coco (male) and Lala (female) more easily. Coco key chains will sport a pale blue hat while the Lala keychains will wear a pink one.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • From the episode "The Silent King", regarding a blue mirror, "And it's painted baby blue, boy style!"
    • In terms of the show, Finn is a Blue Boy to the Pink Girl Bubblegum. Also red/yellow flame Princess.
      • Also, Ice King and Princess Bubblegum.
    • Inverted in "Fionna and Cake", however, which has Fionna as the Blue Girl to Prince Gumball's Pink Boy.
  • Subverted in Arthur as two of Arthur's classmates, Buster and Maria, wear both pink and blue.
  • Avatar The Last Air Bender: Inverted. Katara wears blue Water Tribe clothes while Zuko wears red Fire Nation clothes. They end up being the Designated Parents of Team Avatar despite not becoming an Official Couple.
  • Inverted with AJ and Gabby in Blaze and the Monster Machines. He wears red, while she wears blue.
  • The Fairly Oddparents:
    • Timmy Turner's clothes are all pink in-universe because his parents were expecting a girl. In reality, Butch Hartman had intended for them (or at least his hat) to be blue, but when his blue marker ran out before he could finish, he had to use a pink one instead.
    • "Dream Goat!" gives us Chompy's boy and girl goat kids, who wear the respective colors.
  • Inverted in Castlevania Trevor wears red colors while Sypha has a blue robe.
  • In the episode of Pocoyo where he meets an alien, when the alien's parents turn up, the Narrator addresses the pink alien as the "Mummy Alien". The Alien then gives an angry look at the screen and the Narrator corrects himself, realizing it's the "Daddy Alien".
  • Blue's Clues zigzags this - Blue is blue and female, but Magenta, who is pink, is also female. Their male friend Periwinkle is blueish-purple (a shade of blue).
  • Rick and Morty: Summer wears a pink shirt while Morty wears blue pants.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures, Buster is a blue bunny, and Babs is a pink one, and (even though they say that they're not related) sometimes they'll even break out matching props.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy, Sarah wears a pink tank top while her friend Jimmy wears a light blue sweater.
  • Yin and Yang from Yin Yang Yo! are a pink bunny and a blue bunny respectively as well.
  • Flavio and Marita the hip-hippos from Animaniacs are blue and pinkish-purple respectively.
  • Played straight in Lilo & Stitch: The Series, where Stitch is blue and Angel (#624 and his love interest) is pink.
    • Lilo also has the red Hawaiian dress while Stitch is blue.
  • In Dragon Tales, the main cast of dragons (assuming you count Quetzal as supporting) is certainly this way. Ord is blue; Cassie is pink. Zak and Wheezie, who are a two-headed dragon, are divided colorwise down the middle: the Zak half is green, while the Wheezie half is purple.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • Harold and Helga, who are the two main bullies of the fourth grade, are represented with blue and pink, respectively. However, Helga often calls Harold "pink boy" in reference to his ruddy skin tone.
    • Arnold is also regularly associated with blue, due to his jumper and hat. Helga has a crush on him and they're arguably the two main characters.
  • Dottywot and Spottywot, respectively, in the British preschool series The Wotwots.
  • Gumball and Anais, the lead character and his little sister in The Amazing World of Gumball. The color motif is inverted with their parents, Richard and Nicole.
  • Regular Show: Mordecai is a blue jay and Margaret is a red-breasted robin (filling in for Pink).
  • The Christmas Elves from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • Inverted and played straight with Charlotte in Making Fiends. She's a stereotypical, over-the-top caricature of everything adorable and annoying about the archetypal American little girl, but has baby blue as her color and motif. Still, she seems to love pink as much as expected, as almost all of her possessions are pink.
  • Molly and Gil from Bubble Guppies. Bonus points for being not only the two characters featured most prominently, but also an extremely played with Puppy Love.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • Prior to her repaint in Season 21, Rosie was a female pink tank engine. This was especially noticeable when she was seen with Thomas, a blue tank engine.
    • Thomas also has a similar dynamic with Ashima, an Indian tank engine prominently featured in The Great Race, due to the latter also being pink.
  • In Gargoyles, the gargoyles' eyes will actually glow a different color depending on that gargoyle's gender: females' eyes glow red, while males' glow white. Inverted with the clones, however. There's a good reason why all the females have glowing red eyes: originally, Demona was going to be the only red-eyed gargoyle, but since the show's writers did not want to make her role as the villain more obvious, they changed it so that every single female gargoyle has red eyes and not Demona.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Princess Cadance and Shining Armor as one of the few canon couples in the series.
    • When the newborn Cake twins are introduced, their swaddling clothes are blue for colt Pound Cake and pink for filly Pumpkin Cake.
  • In Jelly Jamm, Rita and Mina fit the "pink girly girl, blue tomboy" subtrope. Averted with the male characters, however, as two are purple and one is red.
  • Contact and Live Wire (No, not that one), and Charge from British TV series The Lampies.
  • Inverted in the TV series Krazy Kat; Ignatz Mouse (the boy) is pink while Krazy Kat (the girl) is blue. They were similarly colored in the original comic strip but, as Krazy's gender was ambiguous, this trope did not come into play at all.
  • In South Park Stan wears a blue hat with a red poofball on top. His girlfriend Wendy wears a pink beret.
  • In Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends pink girl Berry falls in love with blue boy Bloo.
  • In The Transformers: The Movie and following episodes of The Transformers, Arcee is a pink girl next to blue Ultra Magnus.
  • Inverted on Total Drama, where Geoff wears a pink shirt while his girlfriend Bridgette wears a blue hoodie.
  • Seth MacFarlane seems to love this as evidenced by the characters in his shows through their Limited Wardrobe:
    • Family Guy:
      • Meg's clothes are pink and her brother Chris wears blue.
      • Both Peter and Lois’ signature wardrobe features green. However, Peter has blue pajamas and Lois a pink nightie.
      • Parodied in a cutaway gag where a talking blue car is hitting on a pink car but realizes that it's his buddy, whose owner gave him a paint job. Though, at the last second of that particular Cutaway Gag, it is implied that the pink car is gay/bi, at least.
    • American Dad! has Francine wearing a pink sundress and her husband Stan wearing a navy blue suit.
    • The Cleveland Show has Kendra who wears a pink top and her husband Lester who wears denim pants and vest.
  • Mr. Bogus wears a pair of blue shorts, while his less-recurring cousin, Bogetta, wears a pink dress.
  • Grojband has Corey Riffin and his Big Sister Bully Trina, who have blue hair and pink hair respectively.
  • Inverted in Steven Universe, in which Steven's associated colour is pink, while his friend Connie's associated colour is blue.
  • Downplayed in Rugrats with Phil and Lil, the DeVille twins. Phil wears blue shoes and has a pair of blue shorts under his overalls, while Lil wears pink shoes and a pink bow on her head.
  • The titular character's parents from Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?. Dad Unit is colored blue while Mom Unit is pink.
  • SheZow inverts this: the titular hero wears a overwhelmingly-pink and feminine dress while his Distaff Counterpart DudePow wears a blue, masculine-looking bodysuit.
  • The Biker Mice from Mars episode "A Scent, A Memory, A Far Distant Cheese" featured a giant monster couple named Gorgonzola and Munsterella. Gorgonzola was male and aqua, while Munsterella was female and magenta.
  • Oh Yeah! Cartoons simultaneously played the trope straight and inverted it in the short "Twins Crimson and Those Amazing Robots". Bene is a boy with blue hair and a blue shirt who also wears a pink scarf, while his twin sister Beckette has pink hair and a pink dress in addition to wearing a blue ribbon in her hair.
  • In Unikitty!, Unikitty herself is pink, while her younger brother, Puppycorn, is blue.
  • In the original Fireman Sam series, James wore a dark blue sweater, blue jeans and blue shoes, while his twin sister Sarah wore pink dungarees and pink shoes.
  • The title character of Terrytoons' Sidney the Elephant shorts was a male elephant who was blue. He falls for a pink elephant girl named Hortense at the end of the short "Sidney's Family Tree".
  • In Clifford's Puppy Days, Zo wears a pink collar while her brother Flo wears a blue one.
  • In Ready Jet Go!, Sean and Sydney usually wear green and grey, respectively, but in the winter episodes, Sean wears a blue jacket while Sydney wears a pink jacket.
  • Uniqua the pink Cartoon Creature and Pablo the blue penguin from The Backyardigans.
  • The Crumpets has Caprice the pink girl and Marylin the blue boy, mostly from their nose and clothing colors (Caprice also has a pink hair streak).
    • Inverted between Pfff and Cassandra on nose colors at least. Pfff isn't anymore pink while Cassandra's hair and clothes have shades of blue.
  • In Gravity Falls, Dipper wears a blue and white hat and a blue vest; Mabel isn't as consistent but frequently wears pink/purple/red clothes.
    • In "Irrational Treasure", when Dipper and Mabel "break in" the Gravity Falls Museum of History, the woman working at the front door gives them free day passes as well as two balloons; she hands a pink one to Mabel and a blue one to Dipper.
    • Dipper and Mabel's beds are sometimes shown with a blue blanket and a pink blanket, respectively.
  • W.I.T.C.H.: Will and her boyfriend Matt. Will has red hair and wears a pink shirt as part of her Guardian uniform. Matt has blue hair and wears a green vest when he becomes Shagon.
  • Young Justice: Inverted with the Battle Couple of Jade Nguyen and Will Harper, the Roy Harper clone. Jade wears green while Will wears red and has red hair.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: While posing as the female-presenting Flutterina, the non-binary Double Trouble's skin is pink; while impersonating the male-presenting Peekablue, their skin is blue.
  • In the Looney Tunes cartoon "Bewitched Bunny", Hansel and Gretel appear. Hansel wears blue lederhosen, while Gretel wears a pink dress and pink hair-bow.
  • Inverted in Final Space where Quinn's space suit is blue, while Gary's is red.
    • Played straight with Little Cato (whose mohawk is dyed cyan) and Ash Graven (who has purple hair).

    Real Life 
  • Luvs once marketed pink and blue diapers for girls and boys respectively. The color-coding was more for the parents' convenience; the diapers' design differed between the ones for boys and the ones for girls: there was more absorbent material either in front (for boys) or beneath (for girls) depending on which one they were intended for. They don't do this any more, possibly for the manufacturer's convenience.
    • Huggies Pullups and other absorbent training pants, on the other hand, continue to be colored in pink and blue, because toilet training tends to coincide with the time when children develop gender roles.
    • This seems to have been a general thing of the nineties: both Huggies and Pampers (the two biggest brands in the UK) had this through all their range, with only newborn and prem size nappies in unisex green and white. Both dropped it later for single forms packaged in green, yellow or orange (possibly because new materials meant that they no longer have big pads of cotton wadding in them- like ladies' pads, they all now have a gel core).
  • Older Than Radio in Real Life (and well before most other Real Life cited examples of this): The following comes from historian Tamara Plakins Thornton in a book on the history of handwriting instruction. Because eighteenth- and nineteenth-century etiquette recommended teaching different handwriting styles to people of different genders and social ranks (so that one could tell at a glance whether a letter came from a woman, from a member of the lower classes, or from someone socially important), at least one author of handwriting textbooks for the American upper/midle classes color-coded the books by gender. "In 1845[,] writing master James French issued two copybooks, a Gentlemen's Writing Book, bound in blue, and a Ladies ' Writing Book, bound in pink. In the former, French's male students practiced their mercantile running hand [a script style used by 18th- and 19th-century American and English businessmen] ... while their female counterparts rehearsed the ladies' epistolary [a more delicate and ornamented writing style, taught to women and girls of the era instead of the styles considered proper for males] ... " Source: Handwriting in America: A Cultural History by historian Tamara Plakins Thornton, 1998, p. 43. This early American example of Pink Girl Blue Boy is apparently also the sole pre-20th-century example.
  • In the Netherlands, it's traditional for parents and older siblings to serve rusk topped with muisjes—little sugar-covered aniseed sprinkles—to visitors, colleagues, and classmates to celebrate the birth of a newborn. While initially only available in a pink/white mix, a blue/white mix became available in the early 90's and is now generally used when a boy is born. Since 1938, an orange/white mix has been produced for the short period after a royal birth, and with the "birth" of the new pope in 2005, some Catholic institutions handed out rusks topped with a yellow/white mix, though these were not widely sold in supermarkets, if at all.
  • In the 1920s, pink was deemed more appropriate for boys due to its close associations with red. Blue was assigned to girls since it was more “delicate and dainty” and had close ties to the imagery of the Virgin Mary. This practice continued until the 1940s, when the gender colors were reversed and became the stereotypes that we are still familiar with today.
    • Before this, babies were usually seen in white or undyed clothes- possibly to symbolise innocence, also possibly because families in those days tended to be large and cloth was more expensive, so parents wanted clothes that would only be worn for a few months to be useful on all their children.
    • Just before this trope come into force, Jerome K. Jerome wrote an anguished (but very funny) article of how, now it was suddenly the social convention for babies to actually be brought out in polite company, it had given rise to the social minefield of randomly guessing what pronouns to use for 'baby', and the offence it caused if one got them wrong.
  • You can buy pink stocks and grips for a number of guns, including the AR-15 and AK-47.
  • Many restroom signs are pink for women and blue for men. This may even go as far as the restroom's wall color, and some bathrooms take it even further. Pink and blue toilets for their respective bathrooms, pink or blue sinks, pink or blue dryers/paper towel dispensers (although, thankfully, the paper inside is still white or brown), and yes, even pink or blue liquid soap.
    • In some regions of France, the colours never got switched, and pink is still male while light-blue is female. Another thing is that on municipal campsites the restrooms are sometimes only indicated by colour. Cue outsiders used to this trope accidentally walking into the wrong bathroom.
    • Sometimes, while the female restroom retains its pink color scheme, the male restroom could also be green.
  • The cere (the small patch of skin above the beak) of a male parakeet is blue. That of the female is brown.
  • Germany's outfits the 2012 Olympic Games Parade of Nations.
  • The Pink and Blue Project, an artwork in South Korea.
  • In Russian, "pink" is a slang term for lesbians, and "light blue" is a slang term for gay men.
  • When the European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) is in adult breeding plumage, the colour at the base of the lower mandible can be used as part of a series of visual cues to estimate the sex of the bird: the male usually has a bluish or bluish-grey base whereas the female usually has a pinkish base.
  • Some LGBT+ pride flags use pink and blue to represent femininity and masculinity:
    • There are several different lesbian pride flags, but most of them heavily feature pink, frequently in multiple shades which represent femininity, among other things.
    • Among the designs for the gay male pride flag (not to be confused with the "rainbow" gay pride flag, which is increasingly used to represent homosexuality regardless of gender, or sometimes the LGBT+ community as a whole), most of them use shades of blue.
    • The transgender pride flag has light blue stripes representing trans men and pink stripes representing trans women (as well as a white stripe representing non-binary people).
    • The pansexual pride flag has a magenta stripe representing attraction to women, and a cyan stripe representing attraction to men, sandwiching a yellow stripe representing attraction to people who identify as neither male nor female.
    • The polysexual flag, similarly to the pansexual flag, has a pink stripe representing attraction to women, a blue stripe representing attraction to men, and a green stripe representing attraction to non-binary people.
    • In some other pride flags, such as the bisexual, non-binary, and intersex flags, purple, which is a mix of blue and pink, is used to represent a mixture of masculinity and femininity. However, that's not always the case; for example, the purple in the asexual pride flag represents community and has nothing to do with gender.
  • In Roman Catholic art, it's not uncommon to invert this trope with Jesus and Mary, with the two being given red and blue clothing, respectively. Red is a color heavily associated with Christ, considering its symbolism with both blood and love.

Alternative Title(s): Pinky And The Blue Boy, Blue Boy Pink Girl


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