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"Orange is the happiest color."

The color orange is associated with joy, warmth, encouragement, success, stimulation, determination, fun, energy, excitement and enthusiasm, and sweetness and zestiness much like the fruit it is named from. It can also be associated with tigers, foxes, monarch butterflies, orangutans, goldfish, redheads, warm summers, blazing autumns, and Halloween.

In Asian symbolism, the color of transformation, purity, illumination, and the highest state of perfection. Naturally, fiction features a number of characters whose extraversion comes with having orange as a Color Motif. They could wear orange clothing, have orange hair or even have orange skin. Other examples of this trope could be the color joy simply being expressed as being orange.

Of course, being extroverted isn't without its negative qualities. Orange Extroverts can be impulsive, pushy, unserious, loud, obnoxious, oblivious and obsessed with attention. It is also possible for an Orange Extrovert to actually be a Stepford Smiler, with their vibrant exterior being a mask for their pain and sorrow. In color psychology, orange increases energy in people and it's also said to have an effect on arousal, making people excited or alert.

Sub-Trope of Colour-Coded Emotions. Compare Shy Blue-Haired Girl and Blue Is Calm. Can overlap with Orange/Blue Contrast.

Note: Any example of a character featuring orange in their design must list whatever personality traits they have that makes them qualify for this trope. Otherwise, it is a Zero-Context Example.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Asteroid in Love: Mira Konohata is an orange-haired girl with an energetic, curious, plucky, and impulsive demeanor. On top of that, she's paired with the blue-themed Deuteragonist Ao.
  • Bleach:
    • Orihime has orange hair. She is initially presented as a cheerful and plucky character but becomes rather solemn as we see more of her Dark and Troubled Past and the trauma of being abducted during the Arrancar Arc gets to her. She returns to her original upbeat personality in the final two arcs.
    • Rangiku is a Hard-Drinking Party Girl and Lovable Sex Maniac. She is a blonde in the manga but has orange-tinted hair in the anime.
    • Yoruichi is playful, witty and likes teasing or flirting with others. She wears an orange over-shirt.
    • Ichigo and Orihime's son Kazui has orange hair just like his parents and is quite an energetic and curious little kid.
  • Bucchigiri?! features a dubious establishment called Nyan Nyaight Love, whose orange-haired receptionist operates with an unabashedly happy-go-lucky Honest John's Dealership routine.
  • Digimon:
    • Digimon Adventure: Taichi Yagami is energetic and adventurous. His Digivice turns orange during Transformation Sequences and his Crest of Courage is colored orange.
    • Digimon Data Squad: Masaru Daimon wears an orange-red shirt, has an orange Digivice and generates an orange Battle Aura. He is also a loud and brash street fighter with determination and passion in abundance. Which is pretty useful given that Digimon's power is fueled by human emotion.
  • Dragon Ball: Goku wears an orange gi and is friendly, adventurous, and always excited for a challenging fight.
  • High Card: Danny Wesley uses his Card, the Queen of Hearts, "Sonic Move", to establish himself as a local superhero, complete with an orange Sensual Spandex, all while being a cheerful keet.
  • Inazuma Eleven: Endou Mamoru is a very cheerful and optimistic goalkeeper who knows how to keep his teammates' morale high. He wears an orange headband and almost all the goalkeeper uniforms of the teams he plays for contain some orange.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind: Narancia Ghirga has orange as his theme color (and is even named after the Italian word for orange, arancia), and is the most excitable and energetic member of Team Bucciarati.
  • K-On!: Ritsu Tainaka has yellow and orange as her signature colors, and she's also the main source of jokes and pranks within the band. The third volume of the manga has her on the cover backed by a light-orange background.
  • Love Live!:
    • Three of the franchise's main protagonists, Honoka Kosaka, Chika Takami, and Ai Miyashita are usually associated with the color orange, having it as their image color. They are also known for their extroverted, excitable, and determined demeanor, and their great passion for music. Honoka and Chika also have orange hair.
    • This is Subverted with Kanon Shibuya, who shares Honoka and Chika's hair color and all three's image color of being orange, but is otherwise introverted and is actually really nervous about performing.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Tohru, the titular Dragon Maid, is identified by her bright orange hair and bubbly, enthusiastic personality. As the main source of comfort and warmth for the protagonist, Kobayashi, the orange in Tohru's design particularly pops due to the backgrounds of the series being comprised of more muted whites and cool colors, allowing that orange to have a stronger presence.
  • Naruto: The eponymous main character is a mischievous and playful kid who wears an orange jumpsuit and has a taste for practical jokes. This is actually an Invoked Trope; Naruto grew up hated and ignored by the other villagers for being the human vessel of the demon fox. His pranks and even the color of his outfit are deliberate acts to make people take notice of him.
  • Ponyo is the pluckiest Plucky Girl, boisterous and fearless even with the literal apocalypse around her, and has bright orange hair.
  • Pretty Cure:
  • In The Quintessential Quintuplets, the titular sisters are Stylized for the Viewer by giving them different hair colors. Yotsuba, the fourth one, is depicted with bright orange hair, being the most outgoing, friendly, and athletic of the five.
  • Reborn! (2004): The Sky Flame is characterized for having an orange color and representing harmony. Due to that, people with the Sky Flame are very charismatic and gather people with different Dying Will Flames around them, which is why they are all leaders of their own groups. The personalities of Sky Flame users come in a lot of varieties, but determination and charisma are the most common traits they share. Tsuna in particularly is also very friendly, even towards former enemies, which is why even they come to aid him, despite a few of them having Sky Flames themselves.
  • Sailor Moon: Minako's signature color is orange, befitting her status as a Genki Girl and Passionate Sports Girl.
  • Symphogear: Hibiki Tachibana has an orange Symphogear and an orange Battle Aura. She is outgoing, friendly, and overwhelmingly optimistic.
  • Sawyer Tomura, the protagonist of Tousouchuu: The Great Mission, usually wears orange clothes and is both a Spirited Competitor and a Nice Guy.
  • Toriko: The titular character is a boisterous, hammy Chef of Iron who wears an orange jumpsuit.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds: Crow Hogan has orange hair and a daring, impulsive attitude that pushes him to face any challenge head on and prove he is no pushover.
  • Zombie Land Saga: Of the girls of Franchouchou, Saki Nikaido's assigned color is orange, which coincides with her incredibly Hot-Blooded and headstrong personality.

    Asian Animation 
  • Lamput from Lamput is orange, lively, cheerful, and energetic, being quite quick in running from the docs.
  • Noonbory and the Super 7: Lukybory is primarily orange and yellow in colour. He is also impulsive, energetic, and brash.
  • Simple Samosa: The orange-colored Vada is the most hyperactive and excitable member of Samosa's gang.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • Justice Society of America: Cyclone has orange hair and a bubbly, talkative characterization.
    • Teen Titans: Starfire is an alien princess with orange skin. She is optimistic, friendly and exuberant, which is quite impressive given how traumatic her life has been what with her sister selling her into slavery, losing two home worlds and her often tumultuous relationship with her boyfriend Dick Grayson.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Michelangelo wears an orange mask and is the "party dude" of the team.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW): Downplayed with Tangle the Lemur. Her outfit has orange accents and she is a fearless Boisterous Bruiser.

    Fan Works 
  • Everyday Craziness In Pontypandy:
    • Gabby wears an orange hoodie with magenta stripes, and is generally associated with the colour orange. She's tomboyish, extraverted, and not afraid to speak her mind.
    • Inverted; Freya has curly orange hair and wears orange flared pants, but is very reserved and introverted.
  • Gargoyles: This Storm Hawks fanfic features an outgoing, energetic character named Fraggle who loves the color orange. He fantasizes about having a team emblem painted on the side of the ship in "bright screaming orange". When the team is talking about their favorite colors, he agrees that his is "a danger warning sign kinda orange".
  • Junior Officers:
    • Ichiro is a young fox with orange fur. He is also a hyper, affectionate Cheerful Child.
    • As per canon, Kwazii has orange fur and is very cheerful and energetic, in contrast to his protégé Sarabi, who is more of an angry Fiery Redhead.
  • Vow of Nudity: Fiora is the most mischievous, energetic, and cheerfully impulsive Guest-Star Party Member Haara ever teams up with, and this is reflected in her bright orange hair and eyes. (The black highlights suggest her questionable morality and ultimate untrustworthiness.)

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    Films — Live Action 
  • The Fifth Element: Leeloo has bright orange hair and is a playful, innocent young woman.
  • Kick-Ass: Inverted. The crime boss Frank D'Amico is cold and calculating, but most of his clothes and possessions include shades of orange. The hero Kick-Ass wears mostly green, but is naive and emotional.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Big and Small: Small is energetic compared to Big and is orange.
  • Breaking Bad: Scenes set in Albuquerque, which are mostly based on intrigue and drama, are colorized normally. Out in the desert, which is often the setting for action and mayhem in the show, the colors are tinted a deep orange.
  • Doctor Who: The Fifteenth incarnation of the Doctor is shown wearing an orange jumper to match his flamboyant and energetic personality. He's also shown wearing a burnt orange double-breasted leather trenchcoat in "The Church on Ruby Road".
  • Odd Squad:
    • Opal is a Genki Girl who Jumped at the Call for adventure and leads the Mobile Unit agents with passion up until her departure in the middle of the season. As per her department's theme color, she wears some orange on her uniform.
    • Omar is a Pollyanna who is a bit of a ditz but is very kind and optimistic. Like his partner, he too wears some orange on his uniform as part of his department's theme color.
  • Sesame Street:
    • Ernie has orange skin and is an extroverted, enthusiastic prankster in contrast to his serious friend Bert.
    • Zoe has orange fur and is pretty much a Distaff Counterpart of Elmo, being lively and playful.
  • Boris from Through the Dragon's Eye is the orange Keeper of the Veetacore. He's the most jovial and energetic, being keen on playing sports, namely tennis and cricket.


    Video Games 
  • Aggressors of Dark Kombat: Joe Kusanagi wears orange attire and is a cocky martial artist who seeks worthy challenges.
  • Angry Birds: Bubbles is an orange-feathered bird with a cheerful smile as a default expression and a love of sweets.
  • Animal Crossing:
    • Some of the overly excitable Peppy villagers are predominantly orange of various shades, notably Anabelle, Audie, Bubbles, Bunnie, Tabby, and Tangy.
    • There are also the fitness-focused but friendly Jock villagers Billy, Boone, Drift, Flip, Inkwell, Kevin, Rory, Rowan, Sheldon, Teddy and Tiansheng.
  • BlazBlue: Makoto Nanya is an energetic, silly and whimsical demi-human who wears an orange top, skirt and boots.
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Selkie is a very energetic and playful character, with a large streak in her otherwise blonde hair. While the color of the streak varies in the main game, the DLC story and spin-off material depicts it as orange, which is also one of the rarest colors for it in the main game.
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Trevor's color icon is reddish-orange and he is defined by his shamelessness and his violent impulses, he's the most combative and erratic of the 3 main protagonists.
  • Guilty Gear: May is a cheerful, openhearted Sky Pirate with an abundance of love and loyalty to her captain and savior Johnny. Her outfit includes an orange coat, boots and hat.
  • Hades: As the messenger god, Hermes is speedy and has a Motor Mouth and an upbeat, chipper personality to match. Naturally, his boons in game are all colored orange and orange is his character's Color Motif (he wears an orange scarf, and the wings on his head and ankles are orange).
  • Jak and Daxter: Daxter is loud, excitable and hammy. He had orange hair as a human and has orange fur as an ottsel.
  • Night in the Woods: Gregg has orange fur and is the most energetic and excitable of the main cast. However, he secretly harbors depressed thoughts.
  • Overwatch: Fragile Speedster Tracer has an upbeat and optimistic personality, is constantly giggling and zipping from place to place. Her default outfit has her wearing orange goggles and an orange bodysuit.
  • RosenkreuzStilette: Luste Teuber has orange hair and her main magic attack (Lustatem) is colored orange. She is the most hyperactive and childish of her group, the RKS, to the point of thinking of everything as a game.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Charmy Bee is the hyperactive, scatterbrained kid member of the Chaotix Detective Agency. His attire includes an orange vest, shoes and goggles.
    • Sonic Rush Adventure: Marine is an orange-furred raccoon. She is energetic, carefree and very talkative.
  • Splatoon: The Inklings as a species are very competitive and enjoy turf wars as a hobby. The light-skinned orange female Inkling with the "Hippie" hairstyle and wearing a White Tee and Pink Trainers (Studio Headphones optional) takes front and center in most artwork and several trailers for the first game, and is the series' representative in other Nintendo franchises like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros..
  • Super Mario Bros.: Starting with the fourth Mario Party game, Princess Daisy has had orange featured heavily in her color scheme. It was also in this game that her loud, energetic and tomboyish personality was established.
  • Tekken: Ling Xiaoyu is a peppy girl with a love of theme parks. Most of her appearances have her wearing an orange Qipao. While Tekken 5 changes the qipao to pink, her secondary outfit has her wearing orange bracelets and hairbands.
  • Undertale: Papyrus the Skeleton mainly dresses orange (boots, gloves and cape) and is a flamboyant, energetic, overconfident, larger-than-life goofball who aspires to capture a human and be accepted into the Royal Guard, but in truth is a very kindhearted guy who wants to make friends.

    Web Animation 
  • The Annoying Orange: The eponymous orange is hyperactive, talkative and attention-hungry much to the annoyance of anyone in his proximity.
  • RWBY: Downplayed. Though no major character is associated with the color orange, a few exhibit vibrant personalities while working orange into their color scheme:
    • Though the excitable and extroverted party girl Yang Xiao Long's associated color is yellow, she commonly wears complimenting orange garments such as belts, socks, gloves, and her signature orange scarf.
    • Nora Valkyrie is an optimistic, energetic fighter whose bright orange hair compliments her personality, even though she rarely wears orange.
    • Penny Polendina is an honorable, outgoing hero with energy to spare. Though she does not wear orange clothing, she has bright orange hair that, regardless of style, makes her stand out.
  • Pump from Spooky Month has an orange pumpkin for a head as part of his costume; like his friend, Skid, he's very cheerful and energetic.

    Web Video 

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • The page quote is from musical legend Frank Sinatra, whose favorite color is orange.
  • Since 1984, Nickelodeon's signature color has been orange. The channel is known for its wacky sitcoms targeted at kids and its commercials and ads often emphasize over the top comedy. Its logo was likely changed to orange to be more eye-catching to its young target demographic.
  • In the US, road construction signs are colored orange to raise the alertness level of the driver to the danger in the road posed by the presence of workers and equipment.
  • Blaze orange is the required color on safety gear for deer hunters, both because it's highly visible to other humans (hopefully preventing negligent homicides from misidentified targets) and unlike most other bright colors it's largely invisible to deer, making them easier to track.
  • A lot of personal development companies or self-improvement apps choose bright orange as their primary color to drive home their sunny disposition and supportive 'you-can-do-it' attitude. Some examples are the fitness program Orangetheory and the coaching app GrowthDay, which has its own trademarked shade of "GrowthDay orange."