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Red is a color that represents many things, like energy, love and passion. But it also represents the color of rage, anger and violence, often represented by other red colored things that comes with all of that: fire and blood. This trope is all about that: violence and aggressiveness identified by this color. Don't be confused: violence does not necessarily mean evil; violence also comes with the good side, mostly seen in anti-heroes and some Hot-Blooded heroes. Also, being paired with a calm/aloof character that wears blue usually makes Red Oni, Blue Oni.

Sub-Trope of Colour-Coded for Your Convenience and a Super-Trope for Fiery Redhead, Red Eyes, Take Warning, Turns Red and Bull Seeing Red. Compare and contrast Red Is Heroic. See also Red and Black and Evil All Over (which adds black and evil to the mixture) and Bring My Red Jacket (that overlaps A LOT this trope). If used in conjunction with Light Is Not Good, you'll get White and Red and Eerie All Over. Also compare the deadly sin of wrath, which is often symbolized by this color. Not to be confused with Dirty Communists.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Hanamichi Sakuragi from Slam Dunk is a Hot-Blooded Fiery Redhead who also was a Japanese Delinquent in the past but later he falls in love with a girl and basketball, joining Shohoku team and wearing its official red sportswear, a convenient outfit for him. Also, a kind of invoke of this trope, Shohoku members (mostly the main ones, Sakuragi included) are good at fighting and even having an ex-yankii leader in their team: Hisashi Mitsui.
  • Berserk
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, there's Asuka Soryuu Langley, an aggressive Fiery Redhead Blood Knight with red as her main color, mostly seen in her plugsuit and EVA-02.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica has Kyoko Sakura, an expy of Evangelion's Asuka, only as a Magical Girl Warrior and something of an antagonist at first. She has a similar personality and red color scheme (red hair, costume and weapon, along with red eyes and a red Soul Gem), to emphasize the blood that was spilled when her father killed her entire family, including himself, and led her to become so cynical.
  • Dragon Ball
    • In Dragon Ball Z, one of the new techniques Son Goku learns to defeat Nappa and Vegeta is the Kaioken, a power that can level up his strength and speed by X depending how much energy the carrier will use (Goku took it to the extreme against Vegeta), always accompanied by a red aura. Kaioken is also more brutal than most of Goku's transformations as he shattered Nappa's spine when he used it against him.
    • Garlic Junior has red Ki attacks which is pretty rare for villains who commonly have purple energy, (purple is the color of death in Japan).
      • Android 13 also has red energy and aura, fitting since 13 is one of the most brutal movie villains.
    • In GT Super Saiyan 4 gives Son Goku and Vegeta red fur, eyelids and tails, this form even changed Son Goku’s Kamehameha from blue to red. SSJ4 was so intimidating Pan had to ask Goku if he was evil or not when she first saw it.
    • Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods introduced Super Saiyan God which makes Goku's eyes, hair and aura red though Goku is not particularly violent in this form compared the first time he went Super Saiyan. Ironically the next "god" transformation is blue.
    • Jiren's aura in Super is red which Jiren showcased when he caught Son Goku's Ultra Instinct punch.
  • Inuyasha from Inuyasha wears the Robe of the Fire-Rat: a bright red suit of clothes that has incredible flame-retardant powers and functions as full body armor. Accordingly, his method of solving problems is usually to attack them with his Cool Sword and ask questions later. The other members of his group wear black, blue-on-blue, or a school uniform from 5 centuries in the future.
  • Alucard from Hellsing who basically dresses in red and he's extremely violent especially because he IS Dracula.
    • Seras Victoria usually wears a light brown military tunic (blue in the Gonzo anime) but when Pip is killed and she drinks his blood and becomes a true vampire her clothes permanently become red and she gets the same red and black aura as Alucard her sire.
  • Death Note: Light Yagami is a serial killer who uses the titular Artifact of Doom to kill anyone he perceives as evil. He is appropriately often shown under red light. It even extends to his allies, Misa Amane gains red Shinigami Eyes, and the Shinigami Ryuk often eats red apples.
  • One Piece
    • Similar to Kaioken, Luffy’s Second Gear has red aura surrounding him when he uses it and boosts his speed and power up at the cost of damaging his body.
      • Continuing from Second Gear, Luffy’s Gear Four gives him red highlights on his body.
    • While red is not their designated color Zoro and Sanji (green and Blue) are given red aura during two of their respective big battles in the anime, Sanji during his rage on Thriller Bark and Zoro when fighting Indigo in Strong World.
    • Fleet Admiral Sakazuki aka Akainu who wore in a red suit pretimeskip and whose alias literally means Red Dog is a very powerful General Ripper murdering any pirates or people dumb enough to get in his way with his Magma powers.
    • "Sparking Red" Vinsmoke Icihji (his hair and suit match his name) is particularly violent, cruel and strong Ichiji can even generate small explosions when he punches his target.
  • Being the Evil Counterpart of his former friend Shotaro Kaneda, Tetsuo Shima from AKIRA started to use a red cape in the moment he embraces his newly powers and acts like a god.
  • Vita from Lyrical Nanoha is a Fiery Redhead whose magic color is red, is occasionally referred to as the "Crimson Iron Rider", and goes into battle wearing a bright red dress. She also has the most explosive temper among the cast.
  • Black Butler: Grell Sutcliff's first action after the reveal of her true nature is to attack one of the protagonists with a chainsaw while gushing about painting her victims with their own blood. Her second action is to murder her partner-in-crime for refusing to kill her own nephew, berate her for 'not being fit to wear red', and steal a red coat off her corpse.
    • Said partner-in-crime, Angelina Dalles, is also a Serial Killer with the literal nickname of "Madam Red".
  • Akudama Drive: Brawler has red dreadlocks and has it as his main color, and he is the incredibly strong Dumb Muscle of the group.
    • While Cutthroat's main color is white, his love for the color red (like blood) is dangerously obsessive. He calls the blood spurting out of a body whose head just blew up pretty.

    Comic Books 
  • Green Lantern
    • To start, in the War of Light saga, there's the prophecy of all colors of the spectrum fighting between themselves, and then the Blackest Night will start when the dead will rise. One of these colors is the red, that represents rage and anger and has the particularity of changing the blood of the carrier to a corrosive plasma close to lava that can spit from the mouth, apart of the proper powers of a Lantern Ring. Also, his heart is replaced by this ring, so removing the ring means killing the carrier.
    • Atrocitus, a retconned old villain of GL Hal Jordan, is covered with this color and has a lot of rage for the massacre of his complete sector by the Manhunters, time before Guardians created the GL Corps. He's also one of the starters of the War of Light creating the Red Lantern Corps and being particularily Arch-Enemy of Green Lanterns, and later Blue Lanterns, the only Corps that can stop them (and remove their rings without dying the carriers).
    • Although he's not evil, GL Guy Gardner is a Fiery Redhead who also is impulsive and sometimes with a violent nature, especially in the beginnings. Then for the Blackest Night event and onwards, he certainly becomes a Red Lantern, first against their will and later controlling it by the War of the Green Lanterns saga.
      • And about Guy Gardner, after he quit to the Green Lanterns in The '90s, he tried to come back as a superhero, or at least as a vigilante. First, he got Sinestro's Yellow Ring, but later he got depowered when Parallax awoke in Hal Jordan. Later on an expedition to the Amazon with some obscure superheroes, Gardner found a chalice of the Warrior Water. He drank from it, and this activated alien DNA that had been implanted in his bloodline a millennium ago by a space-traveling race called the Vuldarians. He discovered new, shapeshifting abilities and which would allow him to resume his role as a superhero. This version of him, self-called as Warrior shown him mostly covered in red and it's the '90s Anti-Hero version of Gardner.
    • Supergirl became a Red Lantern in the Red Daughter of Krypton story arc. Although she was not evil -she joined the Guy Gardner squad and despised Atrocitus-, she was more violent, more aggressive and more short-tempered than her usual Hot-Blooded self. She also wore a mostly red uniform during her time with the Red Lanterns.
  • Red Hulk is a more violent and ravaging than the normal one being The Rival of the big emerald one, with the difference he can transform at will and can superheat his body to the point that he is hot to the touch. Also counts for Red She-hulk, who has similar origins than Red Hulk (and even they're relatives).
  • Although the color isn't part of their attire, Red invokes this trope. The story is about a Retired Badass agent that was attempted to be murdered by the same govenment he worked for. After killing savagely all his possible murderers, he went out of his retire putting himself back on red status, and then he'll make a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against all the ones who wanted him dead, no matter the position.
  • Hellboy himself, who's a demon's child raised by United States govenment to be a paranormal agent working for the B.P.R.D. and later by his own count.
  • Batman
    • Jason Todd, after coming Back from the Dead, he made a Face–Heel Turn and became a more violent vigilante than Batman himself under the name of Red Hood. Although he's back to the good side, Jason stays with this identity and his violent ways.
    • In the alternate universe of Flashpoint (and in the animated adaptation), Batman is Thomas Wayne, father of Bruce, in which universe the dead is the son instead the parents, becoming him into Batman, but in a more cruel and ruthless way than Bruce, able to kill his enemies to stop menaces, being only compared with Marvel's Punisher. This version of Batman incorporated the red to the costume, mostly in the cape, the symbol and the red eyes.
    • There's also Batman of Zur-En-Arrh (who dresses in red and purple), who was an uninhibited alter ego that Bruce Wayne had constructed to protect himself in the event that his base psyche was under attack.
      I'm what you get when you take Bruce out of the equation...
    • And from Battle for the Cowl saga, one of the men who wants to take Batman's legacy is the ruthless Two-Face, who wears a Batman costume splitted in two colors as his normal motif, having one side black/dark blue and the other one red.
  • Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the most impulsive of the four turtles and also wears the color red, who was properly given to him by Splinter.
  • During the 90's Superman Red/Superman Blue storyline, Superman was seperated into two seperate beings with different personalities. One of them had red energy powers, while the other had blue energy powers. The red Superman was the more impulsive of the two, often rushing into battle without thinking.
  • Good part of the outfits of the '90s Anti-Hero characters uses red in at least some part of their clothes. Some examples are Spawn, Azrael, X and even an aggressor version of Doctor Fate called just as "Fate".
  • Raptors: Drago and Camilla usually dress in all-red, stripperiffic leather combat outfits while taking out hordes of mooks. As they're vampires, this simultaneously serves as a visual metaphor for their bloodlust.
  • Ultimate Marvel
    • All-New Ultimates: The cover of #3 features Scourge. It is completely red.
    • The Ultimates
      • There is a brief flashback of the time that Hulk fought Spider-Man. The scene is in red, contrasting with the natural colors of the mundane scene of Banner and Fury just having a lunch.
      • When Pym had a success in turning himself into a giant (while Banner keeps failing to recreate the super soldier formula), there is a brief glimpse of Hulk's eyes. Of course, in red.
  • Despite wearing red in all of his identities as Speedy, Arsenal and Red Arrow, Roy Harper didn't fit this trope until he lost his arm and his daughter to the villain Prometheus in Justice League: Cry for Justice. After this, he became a brutal, murderous antihero.
  • Elektra fluctuates between being a hero and a villain but the one thing that stays consistent is her using violence to solve her problems.
  • X-Men:
    • The Juggernaut, the Trope Namer for The Juggernaut, wears red armor, reflecting the Crimson Gem of Cytorrak that empowers him. Also, when he was reduced to nothing but his skeleton, helmet, gums, and teeth, his skeleton was shown to glow red from the mystical energies that gave him his power.
    • Phoenix hosts tend to be colour-coded. Green Phoenix is fine, pretty much normal and stable. White Phoenix is a sign that they've pretty much transcended and control the entire Phoenix Force. Third and finally, they switch to a red variant on the classic suit when they go Dark Phoenix, as originally demonstrated in The Dark Phoenix Saga, becoming much more violent and unstable. It was enough of a warning sign that Excalibur all went Oh, Crap! when they saw Rachel, then a Phoenix host, appear in the Dark Phoenix's duds. Thankfully, it turned out that she just preferred the colour scheme. Additionally, Cyclops wore a primarily red and black suit as leader of the Phoenix Five in Avengers vs. X-Men, and eventually had a reddish-black suit when he became the Dark Phoenix.

    Fan Works 
  • Child of the Storm has the three standard colours of Phoenix hosts as different aspects of the Phoenix's role: Green is the Healer/Creator, Red is the Fighter/Destroyer, and White is Transcendent. So, someone in what's otherwise the classic Dark Phoenix gear isn't necessarily insane and about to destroy you; they could just be gearing up to take up something big and bad that threatens the universe. However, when a Phoenix host does go bad, they start with the Red gear.
  • In The Parselmouth of Gryffindor, insane, murderous Barty Crouch Junior takes to wearing crimson robes to distinguish himself from the other Death Eaters, whom he now commands. The papers refer to him as the "Crimson Heir" of Voldemort. (Cue jokes about ginger Voldemort.)

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Godzilla King of the Monsters, Rodan is depicted as a red-tinted (there are certain shots that suggest his body actually is red, but the lighting can make him appear darker in complexion) pterosaur-like Kaiju who levels an entire Mexican town just by gliding over it, and dismantles MONARCH's fighter jet squadron through such means as grabbing a jet with his talons and tearing the cockpit portion off (with the pilot still inside) with his beak and later destroying the surviving jets with his massive wings via a barrel roll.
  • In Star Wars, the Dark Side users (like Darth Vader, Palpatine, and Kylo Ren) who advocate giving into hate and anger tend to use red colored lightsabers. Darth Maul and Kylo Ren exemplify this the most, with their violent personalities and brutal fighting styles. Maul also has red tattoos all over his face, and both of them have larger lightsabers than average (Maul's is double-bladed while Ren's has three blades in a cross shape, with the main one being longer than usual.)
    • The plains of Crait in The Last Jedi are red crystals covered in salt. The red is completely obscured when the battle begins, but every action exposes more of it, until the fight concludes with the area looking like it's been drenched in blood.
  • Mars Attacks!: The Martian Ambassador wears a red cloak and is very violent. Than again, all the Martians are violent no matter what they wear.
  • TRON: Red circuitry marks the System Guard, who are Mooks of the crazed administrator Programs in both films. They are, mostly, treated as Red and Black and Evil All Over. The first line of the franchise even addresses this with Sark being called "brutal and needlessly sadistic" and Sark thanking Master Control for the compliment. In TRON: Uprising, characters like Dyson and Paige changed their original circuit colors to bright red once they signed on with Clu's faction. And then there's "Rinzler" in TRON: Legacy - a red-circuited, black-suited combat champion Clu uses as his enforcer. Clu changed the color of "Rinzler's" circuits, but not the pattern - the "T" identifier gives away the horrible truth . With Tron 2.0, the ICP System Guard are single-minded about stopping a threat, even if it means wiping out entire sectors, civilians and all, and killing the protagonist, but they aren't really evil, just extreme about doing their jobs.

    Light Novels 

  • In The Divine Comedy, the bright-red planet of Mars is the ground upon which Dante meets all the holy warriors and martyrs who ascended to Heaven either the violence they have justly done or the violence they have had done unto them for justice.
  • In Paradise Lost, the angelic guard lead by Gabriel transitions from dialoging with the Devil to preparing to battle him by exploding into a fiery red form exposing the fullness of divine wrath.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Good Omens (2019) War of the Four Horsemen is constantly clad in red, as it is the color of spilled blood. She's introduced with bright red hair and red outfits, which she later upgrades to a snazzier red ensemble as the apocalypse draws nearer. She also has Aziraphale's Flaming Sword. As Armageddon gets underway, the color spreads to blood-like splatters on her skin.
  • On Gotham, both the liquid and gaseous versions of the Tetch Virus are deep red. This could be justified as the virus being derived from Alice Tetch's blood, except that the antidote comes from her brother Jervis's blood, and is blue.
  • One of the few characters that fits this trope and its counterpart Red Is Heroic is Cole Evans a.k.a. Red Lion Ranger from Power Rangers Wild Force, an orphan that was Raised by Natives and becomes a kind of Wild Man that eventually uses red and becomes the leader of the Rangers, even when he has no previous experience.
  • Star Trek: Picard: The logo of the Romulan Free State is a stylized red raptor, and despite being smaller and weaker than its predecessor, the Romulan Star Empire, this new government is no less aggressive, and it's willing to commit genocide. It sanctioned the mass murder of the xBs at the Romulan Reclamation Site, and it has a weapon that can sterilize all life on a planet. The inhabitants of Coppelius almost became the Free State's latest victims.
  • Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Cosmos also fit this trope. While both combine this trope with Red Is Heroic, Cosmos specifically changes to his red and silver Corona mode when attempting to calm his opponent down doesn't work, if the opponent he's fighting is genuinely evil, or if he's really pissed off.

  • Nautilus Pompilius: In the song "Red Leaves", red is not only a foliage color — but the color of murdered people's blood.

    Religion and Mythology 
  • According to Jewish tradition, King David was a redhead. When the prophet Samuel saw this, he was reluctant to anoint him as king, since he interpreted this to mean that he would shed a lot of blood. God responded that yes, because David was going to slay a LOT of Israel's enemies.
    • Less flatteringly, medieval Christian legend popularly depicted Cain, the first murderer, as a redhead.

    Tabletop Games 
  • One of the five color factions of Magic: The Gathering is the red one, symbolized by a fireball. This color is usually associated with evil (but not much as the black one) but in general is the color of rage and blood, having violent (but not necessarily evil) races as Goblins and Orcs, as well raging humans as Barbarians (especially Balduvians) and Warriors in general (except army ones aligned to colors like white or blue). Also, this color can make direct damage to creatures as well the player and destroy lands (fountain of mana for the player). Players that use red often are more aggressive ones than the other colors and tends to be more impulsive at playing. Also, given that it is the color of emotions, creativity and passion in general, in more recent years its non-violent aspects have been explored, like The Power of Love.
  • In general in role-playing games (included the RPG genre in video games), there's The Red Mage, a kind of mage that usually combines white and black magic and has been trained to fight instead just making magic spells.
  • As the colour of fresh blood, red stands alongside brass and bone as one of the favoured colours of Khorne, the Chaos God of violence, murder and warfare in Warhammer, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000. As such it is rare for Khorne’s insane followers not to include some shade of red in their colour schemes. In fact, the World Eaters were batshit murderers even before they fell, but wore blue-and-white armor, leading to a widespread belief that they never repainted their armor, simply not bothering to wash the blood off (and completely untrue, as looking at dried blood will show).
  • In Paranoia, getting a fellow citizen busted for treason is a common way to get promoted to Red clearance. Many of the really violent ones are assigned to the Troubleshooters, armed and tasked with rooting out more traitors.

    Video Games 
  • The Turns Red trope is in general about this, after getting the half of the energy (or after the second round) of the Boss or the Monster of the Week, the menace becomes more violent and difficult to defeat.
  • The names of Impostors in Among Us are in red, albeit with this only being visible to Impostors themselves. The screen that announces you’re an Impostor is also red, instead of the light blue that announces you’re a Crewmate. And in fan works, Red (as in, the red-colored character) is almost always portrayed as the Impostor, to the point where some claim players have become biased towards Red and view them as inherently more suspicious.
  • Portal
    • The Anger Core from the first Portal game. It has a bright red eye, and contrary to the other cores, who babble complete nonsense, it snarls and growls like a rabid dog.
    • Played with during Wheatley's Face–Heel Turn in Chapter 5 of Portal 2. Wheatley himself doesn't change colors, but when he becomes Drunk with Power, a red light shines up from below him, and the camera lenses in the walls turn from sky blue to bright red. This also marks the moment where he switches from Innocently Insensitive to downright sadistic.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ganondorf is consistently associated with the color of red, and he is the perennial Big Bad.
  • Dante from Devil May Cry franchise wears red in all his outfits in the game (included the alternate universe version), having an aggressive fighting style and he Turns Red with his Devil Trigger mode, which becomes even more violent.
  • The Red Mage is a pattern for general RPG games, started by Final Fantasy, especially the first game, in which mages can use white and black magic as well can fight as the warriors.
  • Both protagonists of Arc System Works's fighting games, Sol Badguy and Ragna the Bloodedge, are Hot-Blooded guys that usually wear the red.
    • Guilty Gear: Sol Badguy usually wears in red, has a brass and rude personality and also has fire powers. He's not a bad person at all, known as the Anti-Hero of the series.
    • BlazBlue: Ragna the Bloodedge wears red and is a violent, perpetually angry guy who's a criminal and mass-murderer. But not only he's the protagonist, he's also a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Pokémon has many species like this, due to the sheer number of Pokémon species out there, quite a few of which are of the Fire-type. A few of them:
    • Pokémon Red and Blue have Charizard. While it's usually more of an orange color, it's the mascot of Pokémon Red and FireRed (matching its Pokédex color classification) and is a fire-breathing dragon noted for its Blood Knight tendencies. In the anime, Ash's Charizard starts out as a lazy jerkass when it evolves and frequently sics its fire breath on Ash out of annoyance, but becomes the most ferocious fighter on Ash's team once he wins the big lizard's respect.
    • Pokémon Gold and Silver introduce Shiny Pokémon, and with them, the plot-important Red Gyarados, a member of a species known for its Hair-Trigger Temper and destructive manner.
    • Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire have Blaziken, the series' first Fire/Fighting starter with the violent, flashy moves and animations to go with it, especially compared to its contemporaries Sceptile and Swampert. They also introduce Groudon, a Legendary Pokémon who can cause great tremors, and Kyogre, a large Orca who can cause dangerous floods, to the franchise. While Groudon is a lot more blatant about it, both have Red on their design and were the cause of conflict in Emerald.
    • Pokémon X and Y has Yveltal, a Red and Black and Evil All Over Legendary Pokémon whose domain is death. They also introduce Tyrantrum, the series' first Tyrannosaurus rex Pokémon with reddish-brown scales and the ferocity to match.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon have Incineroar, an extremely manly red and black bipedal tiger with the personality of a Boisterous Bruiser heel wrestler. It's also a Fire/Dark type that specializes in unfair tactics and intimidation in battle.note 
    • A few human characters also fit the trope as well, for different reasons:
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Street Fighter
  • Another example in which this trope and Red Is Heroic overlaps is the Red Bird (a.k.a. "Red") from Angry Birds, mostly seen in Toons and The Movie.
  • Mass Effect uses a Karma Meter to determine Commander Shepard's moral reputation. The Renegade meter is colored red, and such choices usually advocate violence, intimidation, blackmail and doing petty, immoral things to achieve a greater goal. It also promotes human dominance rather than peaceful cooperation between species.
  • Mega Man X: While Zero the red robot is heroic, he's also more violent and won't hesitate on taking down enemies compared to his partner X. And before he becomes heroic, his past had him being an Ax-Crazy robot who murdered other robots on sight until Sigma (back then a good guy) stopped him - in X5, one of the plot point that Sigma (now the Big Bad) is pushing is trying to turn Zero back into his violent self; you know you're getting the bad ending if that actually happens, as he's now hell-bent on destroying X and the world, and you (as X) have to destroy him.
  • The King of Fighters series has a lot of good examples of this:
  • Zip, the protagonist of Fling Smash, turns red and growls to indicate when he is at full strength.
  • The Mantis from FTL: Faster Than Light are a race of aggressive insectoid aliens whose ships have bloody red paintjobs (except for the B and C variants of the playable Mantis cruiser, which have paintjobs in shades of blue). The skintone of the Mantis themselves however ranges from green to gray to blue.
  • The Red Veil from Warframe is a group of fanatic extremists who seek to purge corruption from the Origin System at any cost. It should go without saying that they like fire symbolism and the colour red very much.
  • Little Red Riding hood from SINoALICE, as befitting of her namesake, wears mostly red and has her concept being "Brutality" on top of having more than a few screws loose. To her, all her violence and bloodshed is nothing but a harmless game. And as her Half-Nightmare job makes terrifyingly clear, this includes up and to disemboweling herself.
  • Kratos, the brutal and thuggish main protagonist of God of War, has a red tattoo going down the majority of his upper body and up to his face. What little clothing he wears typically consists of a red loincloth and red greaves.
  • In Hades, red is the colour of Ares. His boons are exclusively offence- and damage-related and Ares is presented as a Blood Knight who delights in Zagreus' carnage.
  • Rugrats: Royal Ransom: Meanie Genie, a villain, is red. He attacks with boulders.


    Web Original 
  • Sarge, the mean and bloodthirsty leader of the Red Team in Red vs. Blue, wears standard issue red armor throughout the entire series.
  • In the Dinosaur series of Pinkfong, the Tyrannosaurus rex is represented as a red dinosaur with blue stripes and seeing in the series as the great menace of the Dino World as his real counterpart.
  • The Call of Warr: The flashback of Prince murdering a soldier is accompanied by the lighting turning red when he makes the killing blow. Similarly, and fitting with the color theme, Prince also carries a red handkerchief, and is the most violent of the group.

    Western Animation 
  • BIONICLE: Tahu, the first generation of Fire Toa, is bright crimson, has flame powers, and is the most passionate and prone to anger of the Toa.
  • Ruby from Steven Universe is shown to be passionate and quick to anger and violence, compared to the blue Sapphire, who is serene and keeps her feelings under control 24/7.
  • Downplayed with Lynn Jr from The Loud House. She isn't murderous but she loves pushing people around, espacially her brother Lincoln and has somewhat of a small temper.
  • Teen Titans: Brother Blood wears red underneath his white robes, his energy is red, and in the season 3 finale when he becomes a cyborg himself, his implants are red to contrast with Cyborg's blue.
  • Red is a common color scheme among Autobots in The Transformers, so naturally it's played straight by some of the more violent members of the team, like Cliffjumper, Sideswipe, and Warpath. Averted however by the most famous red Autobot, Optimus Prime. He's a reluctant warrior who takes up arms only to defend others from Megatron's tyranny.

    Real Life 
  • Being surrounded by too much of the color red can cause to become irritated, agitated and ultimately angry. Too little and become cautious, manipulative and fearful.
  • Drivers of red cars should take note! A small survey made a few years ago showed that drivers of red cars, including females, said they felt quite aggressive behind the wheel of their red car.
  • Bull Seeing Red: according to popular belief, bulls get into a violent frenzy from the color red. In reality, bulls are color-blind; they are irritated by motion, not color.
  • Mongol armies tended to fight under colour-coded banners to denote intention. White banners — Tsagaan Sulde — indicated that they were open to negotiating with their enemies. Black banners — Kara Sulde — indicated they had come for war and victory. However, red banners — Ulaan Sulde — meant that they intended to slaughter armies, cities and entire peoples down to the last man, woman and child and even animal.
    • Pirates used black and red flags to send similar messages during the Golden Age of Piracy. If they had raised a black flag, that meant they were willing to let you go relatively unscathed, as long as you cooperated by surrendering the cargo (and prisoners) they wanted. Red flags were generally only raised if the pirate crew wasn't in a merciful mood, as red meant "No quarter", i.e. no one gets spared, and no prisoners will be taken.
  • An indirect example but red is an appetite stimulant, and since eating invariably requires killing plants or animals, this trope applies.
  • This is why the planet Mars is named after the Roman god of war.


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Ikari Gozen

Her primary color is red and she's dangerously aggressive throughout her appearance.

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