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"Besides, everyone knows that red robots are always the good guys."

Red shows up a lot when it comes to the heroes of a story, usually the color of their clothing. As their main color motif, it could also be their hair color, gear, Battle Aura, or body parts for robots and non-human characters. This could be limited to the main protagonist or be as wide as an entire Badass Army. Some Chromatic Arrangement trios have the leader wear red.

The reason is that red is the color of fire and blood, hence the color of action. Thus it conveys that the heroes are people of action as well (regardless of exactly how the heroism is presented in the show).

In Japan, this was traditional in old Kabuki plays and the like. It's made to represent the hero bathed in the blood of his enemies. It is much less common in America due to the association with red as the color of the country's enemies (redcoat British in the Revolutionary War, Red Scares and the Cold War in the 20th century), but gets a pass if it's paired with white and/or blue.

Keep in mind that since not all heroes wear red (for example, Blue is also very common), and other characters don't avoid that color, there isn't much point in listing aversions to this.

A Super-Trope to Primary-Color Champion and Pink Heroine. A Sub-Trope of Good Colors, Evil Colors. A Sister Trope to Fire Is Red, Blue Is Heroic and Good Wears White.

Compare Redheads Are Ravishing, Bring My Red Jacket, Heroes Prefer Swords, Color-Coded Characters, Purple Is Powerful, Law of Chromatic Superiority, Satan Is Good, and Red Oni, Blue Oni.

Contrast Red and Black and Evil All Over, Red Eyes, Take Warning, Evil Redhead, Big Red Devil, a literal Red Shirt (and Red Shirt Army), Char Clone, Evil Wears Black, Green and Mean, Little Dead Riding Hood.

Compare AND contrast Red Is Violent, which is sometimes used as its Evil Counterpart and sometimes its Good Is Not Soft counterpart. (In the latter case, expect overlap.)

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  • In William-Adolphe Bouguereau's Dante and Virgil in Hell, Dante can only really be identified by the fact that he's wearing a red hat and red robes, marking him as the main character of The Divine Comedy. This is in keeping with a long tradition of painting Dante in red clothing.
  • The Kiss (Hayez): The man is implied to be a patriot fighting for Italy, indicated by his bright red outfit.
  • The Lady of Shalott (Waterhouse): The focal figure of the painting, Lady Elaine, is redheaded, and draped over her is a reddish tapestry. The Lady is more of a Tragic Heroine whose heroism stems from her bravery in the face of a fatal curse. Even if she knows she's doomed, she still embarks on a boat and does her damnedest to get to her Love Interest, which is the moment the painting captures.
  • Raphael Rooms: One of the central figures of "The School of Athens" is Plato, who wears a bright red that distinguishes him and his metaphysical ideals from the muted world of his fate.
  • Seven Virtues: "Fortitude's" red mantle is a symbol of courage, which is associated with the virtue she embodies. Or, in this context, the strength that one must have when overcoming hardship.
  • Thor's Fight with the Giants: Thor, who is metaphorically ridding the world of evil, is wearing a red robe.

    Asian Animation 
  • The eponymous character of GG Bond wears a mostly red costume with yellow accents. He's a superhero pig who fights villains to save the day.
  • In Happy Heroes, Happy S. is the leader of the heroes and is mostly red in color.
  • Tobot Galaxy Detectives: Tyler, the main human of the show, wears a red jacket. When he activates V Transformation and transports into the cockpit, he also gains a red and white uniform and helmet.

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  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Monster X produces autumn-colored lightning, in contrast to its genetic source Ghidorah's YellowLightning, and its attitude towards humans is almost the polar opposite of that of its omnicidal sire. The heroic Titan Thor produces blue lightning, but his body is mostly red.
  • In Wonderful (Mazinja):
    • Super-hero and main character Taylor “Wonder Red” wears a red suit, jacket, and scarf.
    • Her friend and partner Emma "Wonder Star" also wears a red-and-white super-hero outfit.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: Ahakon Maradoza, an addition to Tsukune's group who first appears in Act III, is a Child Mage who has red hair and wears a red cape.
  • Let's save a lot of time and say that most Neon Genesis Evangelion fanfics carry Asuka's association with the color red over from the anime.
  • In Supergirl fanfic Hellsister Trilogy, Legion of Super-Heroes member Dev-Em is a redhead.
  • The 4th installment of the Tales of the Undiscovered Swords is narrated by Kiriha Sadamune, a Long-Haired Pretty Boy with red pigtails.
  • In The Portal, there are quite a few dragons who have red scales and are good:
    • First of all, there's Sansa, the Fear Guardian.
    • The new Fire Guardian, Blaze, also has red scales, being a fire dragon.
    • There's also Scorcher, a fire dragon who is roughly the same age as main character Blizzard.
    • Similar to the above, there's Solaris, who almost looks like a red version of Spyro.
    • Finally, Blizzard's father, John, is transformed into a dark red dragon when he is pulled into the Dragon Realms along with his wife.
  • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: The heroes of the story are called the Red Lotus Trio consisting of Chloe Cerise, Atticus and Lexi. In Arc 2, the three become identified with a red item on them:
    • Chloe is the one most associated with red due to her red hair, her future red wolf cloak and her Red Baron being "Chloe of the Vermillion".
    • Atticus's crown has a red dome.
    • Lexi initially starts without any red on him, but Chloe gives him a red headscarf during their expedition in the Cyan Desert Car.
    • Amelia, the Sixth Ranger, decides to join the Trio by pinning a red origami flower to their chest.
  • In Twinkling in the Dark, Sailor Earth Cure August has a red colour scheme, primarily to contrast the green colour scheme of her sister, Cure March.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses, Princess Blair, who steals a horse from one of the evil guards to fetch the doctor for her dying father, wears a garnet-red dress.
  • The Book of Life:
    • Maria's dress is red and she's the one who rallies the townspeople to stand against Chakal.
    • La Muerte wears a red dress and is the Big Good.
    • The Adelita Twins both wear predominately red clothes and are heroic characters based on La Adelita, the Mexican cultural icon of a strong and patriotic Mexican woman.
  • Cars: Race car Lightning McQueen is red and the central character of the whole franchise, though it's played straighter after he Tooks A Level In Kindness.
  • The Incredibles: The Parr family's supersuits are all predominantly red. Edna designed them, after all.
  • Simba from The Lion King (1994) is a lion with a red mane and red eyes. His father Mufasa qualifies too. Pumbaa is a red-brown warthog, but fits perfectly. Downplayed with Timon, as the only red is a small tuft of hair on his head, and he's a cowardly Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • The Time Machine used by Lewis and Wilbur in Meet the Robinsons is painted red. The Time Machine used by the Bowler Hat Guy and DOR-15 is pale blue.
  • In Turning Red, Mei primarily wears red clothes, has red hair in both her human and panda forms, and is the main protagonist of the movie.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • DC Extended Universe
    • Superman's cape, of course.
    • Wonder Woman's chest piece is red, not that she needs much protection. Diana also wears a red dress at Lex Luthor's party in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    • Naturally the Flash in Justice League, as the "Scarlet Speedster".
  • In The Hobbit, Bilbo wears a red jacket throughout the film. Also Balin, one of the most outwardly virtuous and heroic of the dwarves, wears red robes.
  • In Kagemusha Shingen Takeda's fiery lieutenant Yamagata Masakage aka "Fire" and the contingent under his command are dressed in bright vermillion red.
  • Kong: Skull Island:
    • One of the Sky Devils, Slivko, wears a red headband throughout the mission. He spends most of the movie stuck with Conrad, Weaver and Marlow instead of his comrades, whom are stuck with Randa and Packard, and he's the very first soldier to turn his gun away from the heroes and onto Packard once it's clear that the latter has gone insane and is endangering everyone.
    • The natives of Skull Island, whom are non-hostile and decidedly nothing but helpful to the main cast in this version, wear burgundy shawls.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Iron Man, as Tony Stark himself says to Jarvis when designing his Powered Armour.
      "Throw a little hot rod red in there."
    • James Rhodes a.k.a. War Machine has a red eye-lights on his helmet and red arc reactor.
    • Aside from her hair, Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow also has red in her outfits and casual clothes.
    • Thor has a red cape and other red highlights in his outfit, in contrast to his brother and sister, who wear green. In Thor: Ragnarok, the God of Thunder has even more red in his costume, even on his face. Odin, Thor's father, also wears a red cape and is for the most part benevolent.
    • Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America has red in almost all his outfits; ironically when working for S.H.I.E.L.D., he wears all blue, and S.H.I.E.L.D. turns out to be HYDRA. However, in Avengers: Infinity War, the red in Cap's costume has either been ripped peeled off or faded, symbolizing his status as an undercover fugitive and his fall from grace since Captain America: Civil War.
    • Hawkeye has red in his outfit in The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but changes to purple in Civil War matching his comic book counterpart.
    • After her Heel–Face Turn in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Scarlet Witch dons a red leather jacket and aura, though she's arguably more of an Anti-Hero.
    • Sam Wilson a.k.a. the Falcon's costume is very red; he even names his Robot Buddy "Redwing".
    • Hank Pym and Scott Lang as the Ant-Man have red outfits, as did Janet Van Dyne when she was the Wasp. However, Hope (Hank and Janet's daughter) changes it up by having yellow in her costume instead, which is accurate to most comic book depictions of the Wasp.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): At least when they all wore the red Ravager outfit, Peter Quill wears red all the time, and Drax has red tattoos.
    • Red is the most consistent color across all of Spider-Man's outfits, with only two of them (the Stealth suit from Spider-Man: Far From Home and the Gold suit from Spider-Man: No Way Home) forgoing it entirely.
    • Doctor Strange has the magnificent dark maroon Cloak of Levitation, which literally kicks more ass than he does.
    • Intentionally invoked with Okoye and the rest of the Dora Milaje in Black Panther (2018); in fact, at the end, they set against the Border Tribes men who wear blue.
    • The heroic android Vision is originally created with red Vibranium skin, though he later gets a peach-colored skin in order to blend in with humans. His red skin comes out when he uses his special powers, or whenever he's relaxed.
  • Piranha 3D: Danni wears red swimsuits throughout the movie and is quick to agree to the plan to rescue Jake's siblings from danger.
  • Sophie Scholl, the anti-Nazi activist in Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, dresses this way.
  • Star Wars' Rebel Alliance, with their famous "red bird" emblem. On that note, their elite team of Ace Pilots is code-named "Red Squadron" (although later renamed "Rogue Squadron").
    • Similarly, the Tantive IV has red markings on it. This gets expanded on in the Star Wars Legends lore for The Phantom Menace, where the Radiant VII in the opening is painted all-red; the Republic would paint their ships red to mark that they were diplomatic and thus not to be fired upon. Not that this helps either vessel.
    • The striping on Han Solo's pants, known as Corellian Blood Stripes, comes in two colors, one of which is red. They are an award given by the Corellian military for conspicuous gallantry.
    • In addition, in the original trilogy, the starfighters used by the heroes often fired red lasers, compared to the green ones fired by TIE fighters. In addition, Rebel blasters tended towards red while stormtroopers had blue or green blasts, though this was somewhat less universal.
  • In Warm Bodies, R wears a distinctive red hoodie that makes him visually stand out from the greyish zombies around him.
  • The British soldiers and officers in the Battle of Rorke's Drift in Zulu all wear red tunic jackets, with the exceptions of the noncombatants and auxiliaries.

  • In the Deryni works, the kings of the House of Haldane wear red (as do their liveried servants, pages, and squires), and the coat of arms features a golden lion on a red field.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Red is one of the colors of Gryffindor house, which is associated with bravery and chivalry, and Godric Gryffindor himself is garbed in red and has a red beard in his depictions. Also blood red rubies are encrusted into Gryffindor's sword to drive the point home even further.
    • The red-feathered Phoenix is also commonly used in the books as a symbol of nobility and heroism (hence Fawkes the Phoenix with his healing tears, and the Order of the Phoenix).
    • The disarming charm Expelliarmus is one of the few unambiguously defensive spells and lets out a red light when used. It's also considered Harry's signature attack.
    • The entire Weasley family has easily-recognizable red hair, and they treat Harry more like family than any of his living relatives (particularly Ron, his best friend). Other good guy redheads include Harry’s mother Lily and Dumbledore when he was younger. For bonus points, they are/were all in Gryffindor...
  • The redheaded Lord John Roxton in The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. A Gentleman Adventurer and connoisseur of South American culture, he's made numerous trips up the Amazon, and encountered the natives being oppressed by slavers — all of whom he has personally made war against (adding a notch to his rifle for every slaver he shoots), while the grateful natives refer to him as "The Red Chief." Although there's a little bit of Mighty Whitey at work, Roxton is nevertheless a decent guy who goes above and beyond in his heroics, and the fact Doyle mentions his red hair frequently suggests this trope is very much at work.
  • Scarlet Benoit of the The Lunar Chronicles not only has her first name but has red hair and wears a favorite red hoodie throughout the series.
  • Laeshana in The Quest of the Unaligned wears a red robe through most of the book, and she is one of the three primary heroes.
  • Ruby the Red Fairy of Rainbow Magic, the Team Mom of the Rainbow Fairies and one of the most famous fairies in the franchise (fitting, since she was the first one).
  • Shallan Davar of The Stormlight Archive has bright red hair and is a Lightweaver, the Radiant order associated with garnets. In addition, when she summons Pattern in his Blade form in Words of Radiance, it glows with red Tron Lines.
  • Fritti Tailchaser is the titular orange tabby protagonist of Tailchaser's Song. The book is about how he became a Living Legend.
  • The Wheel of Time: Rand al'Thor, The Chosen One destined to save the world, is a redhead who comes to favor red and gold clothes when he claims his title. He also uses a red-and-gold dragon as a personal sigil, inherited from his previous incarnation.

  • In Stern Pinball's Transformers, the Autobots are represented by "Autobot crimson" on the indicator lights and the playfield, even extending to the cabinet in some of the Limited Edition tables.

  • The Red Shadow from The Desert Song.
  • The song "Red and Black" from Les Misérables. Red symbolizes the blood of martyrs, the dawning of a new age, and passionate love, while black is the darkness and night of the status quo, and the despair of loneliness. Similarly, the red vest of student leader Enjolras symbolizes his heroic character, and the red flag used in "One Day More" and "The Final Battle" is bright red.

  • In almost every heroic BIONICLE team, the red character, always associated with fire, is the hero and leader. This is subverted in 2006 with Jaller, who while being the leader of his team, isn't the hero of the Voya Nui saga, nor does he get the most spotlight. That honor goes to Chosen One Matoro, who is a Toa of Ice clad in white armor.
  • Downplayed with BIONICLE's Spiritual Successor, Hero Factory. William Furno is initially the red-colored main hero, but he's only a rookie and the white-armored Preston Stormer is the experienced leader of the team. As the line continues and Furno loses his rookie status, the spotlight shifts to the gold-colored cadet Rocka.
  • Transformers:
    • Optimus Prime is red and blue. Rodimus Prime is red and yellow. And Autobots in general tend to have more red than the Decepticons do.
    • In an episode of Transformers: Armada, a boy comments that the red robots are always heroes. Even Starscream pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
    • The Autobot logo in all continuities is almost always red and the Decepticon logo is almost always purple. Notably, in Transformers: Shattered Glass where the Autobots are evil and the Decepticons are good, they keep the logos but switch colors so the good guys are still red and the bad guys are still purple. Many of the characters get similarly repainted: the evil Optimus Prime is purple instead of red, while the heroic Megatron is white with red highlights.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Red and other similar warm colors adorn several of the 'good' factions in BattleTech, most notably the heroic mercenary units Wolf's Dragoons and the Kell Hounds. The Warden Wolves are known for their prominent red and brown colors, and they are among the most restrained and protectively-minded of the Clans, especially after accepting an invitation to protect part of the Inner Sphere. On a much smaller level, the famous Centurion Yen-Lo-Wang is pearl-white with a brilliant red sunburst covering its body (and a blood red helmet) and is most known for being piloted by two of the most heroic and talented warriors in the setting, Justin Xiang Allard and his son Kai.
  • In Warhammer 40,000, the Blood Angels are one of the noblest (for this setting) of the Space Marine Chapters, a group of optimists who genuinely fight for the people of the Imperium. Unfortunately, thanks to a flaw in their gene-seed, they might devolve into Ax-Crazy berserkers during combat and end up killing the people they're trying to protect. When this happens, their armor is ritually painted black and they join the Death Company. This is inverted, however, with the World Eaters and Word Bearers Chaos Marine Legions.

    Visual Novels 
  • Apollo Justice of Ace Attorney, with "a passionate heart burning RED!" Oh, and it's also his favorite color.
  • Fate/stay night protagonist Shirou Emiya also has visibly-red hair, and has made it his life's vision to become a "hero of justice." The Servant Archer, despite falling more into Anti-Hero / Well-Intentioned Extremist territory, is also primarily decked in red robes, which makes sense considering he's Shirou's alternate-universe self.
    • Archer's Master, Rin Tohsaka, can also arguably qualify, despite her Tsundere and ego problems.
    • In the prequel, Fate/Zero, the Servant Rider (i.e. Alexander the Great) is probably the most affable, reasonable, and heroic among the Servants.
  • Umineko: When They Cry protagonist Battler Ushiromiya boasts bright red hair.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • Ruby Rose, the main heroine, wears a red hooded cloak as a reference to Little Red Riding Hood. She is the most optimistic and dedicated to heroism of the main four.
    • Qrow Branwen, the Cool Uncle to Ruby and Yang, wears a red, tattered cape.
    • Pyrrha Nikos has red hair and wears a brown and red outfit. She is characterized as kind and loyal almost to a fault.
    • Nicholas Schnee was an honest businessman and honorable Huntsman and is depicted in the show's world-building series "Word of Remnant" with a red scarf. The Schnee family is typically associated with the color white, to the extent that the current patriarch, Jacques, adopted the colour when he married into the family. The family these days has a reputation for ruthless business dealings and unethical labor practices but Nicholas forged a reputation as a compassionate leader who looked after his men and worked hard to lift the people of Mantle out of poverty. He is the only member of the family currently associated with red as the dominant color motif.

  • The bunny protagonist of Blue Moon Blossom has mostly red fur, or is wearing some kind of floor-length red garment with specially shaped sleeves in the hood covering their ears and a hole for their tail. The red is also a bright shade that doesn't really appear anywhere else in the comic.
  • Coga Nito: Main protagonist Eric's Piece form is the appropriately-named Red Special. Niko even mentions that she's jealous that Eric gets to be red, and favors wearing a red jacket in her human form.
    • Mentioned more directly later on when a character does a tarot-style reading using collectible cards themed after anime tropes, one of which is the 'Hero In Red'.
  • Dasien originally wore a red costume.
  • In Homestuck, Karkat and Dave are both red-themed heroes, as is Karkat's ancestor, who's a Crystal Dragon Jesus.
  • Jigsaw and Daisy of Last Res0rt, as members of Team Andromeda, are the only team that includes red in their color scheme. Matching ascots were added later after Daisy started getting self-conscious about her neck, adding a further splash of red.
  • Muted: Camille, the heroine, has bright red hair. The kind, caring Leroux family has a tendency to produce redheads.
    • The unaffiliated Players Mob wears red as well, but theirs is more in the Red Shirt sense.
  • Commander Badass of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things
  • Redd is about a girl named Vicky Redd, who fights super villains with bionic floating hands that are custom-colored red. She's rotten to the core.
  • The titular maiden in The Selfish Beast and the Selfless Maiden has red hair as a human, and red scales as a dragon.
  • Airstrike of Wake of the Clash has a cape and helmet which are both red. This fits with her desire to stand out and make a splash, but also reflects the idea that she is the most traditionally heroic of the main trio.
  • Though the strip is in black and white, when we do see the characters colored, Bob in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! almost always wears a red turtleneck. He has a whole closet full of them.

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    Western Animation 
  • The titular protagonist of American Dragon: Jake Long has a red jacket in human form and his dragon form is red.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: A recurring motif in the series are the red and blue dragons. While the blue one is often associated with deceit and evil (and Azula's blue fire), the red is associated with honor and goodness (like Roku or Iroh).
  • In early promo images for Avengers Assemble, the only character without any red on their person was the Hulk. Possibly in order to mix up the color palette a little, the artists changed Hawkeye's chest emblem to purple in post-production.
  • Some of Ben's alien transformations from Ben 10 are red, such as Fourarms, Heatblast, Waybig, Jetray, Water Hazard, Overflow, Astrodactyl, Ultimate Big Chill, Bloxx, Ultimate Wildmutt and Jury Rigg.
  • Carmen Sandiego in the 2019 Netflix series. While every other incarnation of the character is a villain — albeit a rather tame one in some depictions — this one is a hero who fights against the criminal organization V.I.L.E. And of course, she wears her iconic red coat and hat. Her partners Zack and Ivy are redheads.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Numbuh 1 wears a red sweater, while Numbuh 5 has a red hat.
  • Detentionaire: Protagonist Lee has partially-red hair, and he's often assisted by the school's red Tatzelwurm.
  • Dinotrux: Ty Rux is a red-colored Tyrannosaurus Trux (half-Tyrannosaurus rex, half-excavator) and he's main protagonist of the series.
  • In DuckTales (1987) and Darkwing Duck, Launchpad has red hair and wears a pilot's jacket that (in the latter) looks reddish-brown.
    • Also Huey, who is generally considered the leader of the triplets, wears red.
  • Extreme Dinosaurs: Bullzeye is a maroon red Pteranodon and is one of the titular heroes.
  • In The Fairly OddParents!, Timmy Turner's favorite superhero is "The Crimson Chin".
  • Gary Goodspeed's outfit in Season 1 of Final Space. Also, his casual wear (which he wears for the rest of the series) has him sporting a red shirt underneath his brown coat.
  • Wilt from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is a tall, red imaginary friend who is kind and helpful to everyone he meets.
  • Futurama:
  • Gargoyles has Eliza Maza who wears a red jacket and Brooklyn who is a red-skinned gargoyle.
  • Gravity Falls: Every member of the Pines family wears a shade of red as their "main" color. For Dipper and Mabel, it is orange/salmon and pink respectively, while Stan and Ford wear dark red/maroon.
  • Kim Possible:
    • The titular heroine has red hair.
    • The Wego Twins of Team Go, Shego's former superhero team, wear red and using their powers manifests a red glow. They also have red hair.
  • Legend of Korra:
    • Mako wears a red scarf that belonged to his dead father. He later gives it to his maternal grandmother.
    • Asami usually wears a gray and red jacket. Crosses over with Lady in Red when she wears a red dress for formal functions.
  • Llama Llama: Llama Llama has a red shirt and is a friendly llama and is the main protagonist of the series. Downplayed in the beginning, where he’s more of a Bratty Half-Pint.
  • In The Long Long Holiday, everyone in the Morteau family is a redhead, and all are connected with the French resistance by the end of the series.
  • The Loud House: Downplayed with Lynn Jr. She is at best an anti hero.
  • Mickey Mouse, who is considered to be the main leader of the Sensational Six, primarily wears red shorts and is an all-around nice guy.
  • Marinette from Miraculous Ladybug wears a red costume with black dots as Ladybug.
  • Molly of Denali: Molly wears a red summer parka and is the headstrong heroine of the show.
  • My Goldfish is Evil: Beanie has red hair and is the one thing standing between Admiral Bubbles and world domination.
  • Blossom of The Powerpuff Girls wears pink, but due to her leadership skills, she is this trope more than Pink Means Feminine. More in line with the trope is the large red bow she wears on her head, as well as being the red-headed one among the three girls.
  • T.J., the leader of the main six on Recess, is almost never seen without his red baseball hat. Also, Spinelli always wears a red oversized shirt/dress, red bands to keep her pigtails up, and part of her tights have red stripes.
  • The heroic Rupert's Limited Wardrobe prominently features a solid red sweater.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Adora wears a red cape as She-Ra, like in the original series, and a red jacket as part of her everyday ensemble. Inverted however, with the Horde, whose uniforms are various shades of red, much like the robes of their resident sorceress Shadow Weaver.
  • The Simpsons: Radioactive Man has a predominately red costume.
    • Bart and Lisa typically wear red clothes, not to mention Bart's lucky red hat.
  • Theodore Tugboat: Foduck The Vigilant is the official Safety Inspector of The Big Harbour, with fire fighting equipment and recognizable by his red Fire Fighter's Helmet. He's also the only Tug to have a Red Lifeboat.
  • James the Red Engine in both The Railway Series and Thomas & Friends is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • Another example from Thomas & Friends is Jack the Front Loader.
    • And also Skarloey and Rheneas, who each have saved their railway from closure on sepperate occasions, getting their trains home, despite suffering from heavy wear and tear, and simply refusing to give up. .
  • Zahara of Spider Stories was designed with this trope in mind, foregoing being a full Primary-Color Champion.
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: The time travel trio all wear varying shades of red. Xavier has a red hoodie, Brad wears a red cape, and Yadina has pink overalls.
  • The protagonists of Xiaolin Showdown sport red robes.

    Real Life 
  • The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
  • The French Resistance, with their red Cross of Lorraine emblem.
  • The Knights Templar also used a flared red cross as their official symbol. Though their portrayal in fiction varies depending on interpretations, the group's stated purpose was at any rate heroic from their own perspective.
  • Catholic art usually portrays Jesus in red. Often, he wears white with a red sash, but a red robe with a white or blue sash is common, too. Symbolically, it represents his shed blood, but also arguably The Power of Love. One of the most famous Catholic paintings, "The Divine Mercy," portrays Jesus with red and white/blue rays coming from his heart, representing his lost blood and water. This also neatly contrasts his mother, the Virgin Mary, who is often portrayed in blue.
  • In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, red symbolizes God's love for humanity and is the liturgical color (the color of clerical clothing and hangings in the church) for the forty-day period from Easter (the main feast of the calendar) till the Ascension. Overlapping with Red Is Violent, it is also the color on martyrs' feast days.
  • A common visual cue in military traditions (not limited to the obvious Worker and Peasant's Red Army, the original name of the Soviet military) where solid colors aren't always used. The German and Japanese Imperial armies, the post-Civil War Chinese, Vietnamese and North Korean armed forces, and a number of armies in Latin America, if they used a color-coding system in military dress, used the color red both politically and/or as a 'heroic' color. At a certain point, it's probably the norm rather than the exception in color-coded military forces.
    • The British Army also wore redcoats for a time (and in the case of the Royal Guards, still do). Although back before modern dyes, older red coats would be varying shades of pink, depending on how often they'd been washed.
      • The British Army's Military Police wear red berets, and are colloquially known as Redcaps.
    • It's been said that using red helped to make the Communists more popular during the Russian Civil War since red was traditionally considered a "good" or "beautiful" color in the Russian culture: there are popular sayings like "Even death is red (nice) when there is one's community around" or "the red price" — the highest price a seller can receive). The Red Square in Moscow is called this exactly for this reason.
    • Soviet and later Russian military cartographers have used red to denote friendly forces and blue to denote opposing forces. Their NATO colleagues use the reverse scheme. It looks like in the Tsarist military, it was also customary to use red for enemies (see [1] and the entire pre-revolutionary military atlas [2] for examples), but the Bolsheviks flipped the colors since red became associated with the Red Army.
    • The famed Tuskegee Airmen decorated their P-51 Mustangs with bright red empennage.note  Red markings in general have long been popular for military aircraft, such as the Red Baron and his all-red Fokker Dr.I and D.VII fighters.
  • Samurai warriors in the army of warlord Ii Naomasa were required to wear a uniform of all-red armor and under-kimonos. This introduced the concept of uniform to Japanese warfare. Naomasa's men were known as "the Red Devils" for their appearance and fighting skill.
  • Actors playing a hero role in Aragoto theater had red face make-up.
  • Firetrucks are generally red (though other colors do pop up), and both they and police vehicles often have red and white light bars. In some locales, red helmets denote line officers in a fire department.
  • The burgundy beret of the Israeli paratrooper unit of the IDF is well known for denoting what is often perceived as an elite unit.

Alternative Title(s): Red Headed Heroine, Red Headed Hero


BSDD: Shunta's transformation

The Horse Exseed Hero

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