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In real life, earth (referring to soil) consists of various shades of brown, and can also be red, yellow, green, black, or gray depending on the composition. Earth (the planet) is blue due to the high percentage of water, and the air molecules bouncing off blue light.
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However, in certain works, colors like yellow or green are used to display earth-related powers. How earth is portrayed as yellow or green can depend on the region the work is from.

Yellow earth is commonly seen in Eastern works because the color is considered culturally significant. China sees yellow as a very important color; it has historically been worn only by emperors and Buddhist monks, it represents earth in their element system, and it's the color of the soil deposits that come from the Yellow River, which is the cradle of Chinese civilization. In real life, sand in deserts and some beaches is a light tint of yellow, and soil can be a golden yellow if iron oxide is present. Yellow ochre, which contains iron oxide, is extracted from that soil for pigment — it's the earliest example known to be used by mankind.

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Alternately, green is used as a color for earth because of its association with nature and environmentalism; using green can overlap with Green Thumb and Emerald Power. In Western works, earth is usually portrayed in green, while air is portrayed in yellow or white.

If yellow and green are taken, brown is optimally used, yet will emit either a yellow or orange aura because it's impossible to make brown light, and "brown" light is essentially orange.

See also Fire Is Red, Water Is Blue, Wind Is Green, Blue Means Cold, Gold Is Yellow, Gravity Is Purple, and Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning for more Color-Coded Elements.

Note: Kindly provide a detailed context on how earth is colored with yellow, green, or any other color, lest it is merely labeled under Color-Coded Elements.


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Yellow Earth (can include ochre and golden brown)

    Anime and Manga 
  • Fairy Tail: "Iron Rock" Jura is a wizard who specializes in Earth Magic and most of his spells have a yellow aura. In the anime proper, Instant Runes circles associated with Earth spells have a yellowish-golden color.
  • Transformers Cybertron: After absorbing the energies of the Earth Cyber Planet Key, Starscream gains the ability to lift rocks out of the ground and use them as weapons. Both Starscream and the affected rocks glow yellow when he uses this power.
  • The Yellow Lion of Voltron was symbolic of rocks/the Earth and was yellow (as its name suggests)

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU: Siblings Brion (Geo-Force) and Tara (Terra) Markov have the power to control earth; this ability is usually marked with a yellow glow.

    Live Action TV 

    Literature 

    Mythology 
  • In Chinese Mythology, especially for The Four Gods, the color yellow is associated to earth (water is black, wood is blue/green, metal is white and fire is red). The associated divine beast is Huang Long, the Yellow Dragon.

    Toys 
  • In 2006 and 2007, some stone-themed BIONICLE characters were yellow, and Carapar (who didn't have stone powers but fit that role in the color scheme) had golden-brown armor.

    Video Games 
  • Chantelise: Things aligned with the Earth element, like its elemental crystals, Earth-type monsters, and the Terran Ruins, are colored yellow.
  • In almost all Final Fantasy incarnations, the Earth Crystal is represented in yellow, and Earth magic emits a yellow light.
  • The Fossil Fighters franchise features earth type Vivosaurs, uncovered from yellow fossils. Additionally, their icons feature yellow accents, and many of them incorporate yellow into their design.
  • Genshin Impact: The element of Geo is coloured in goldenrod, and its Elemental Nation is the Fantasy Counterpart Culture of China.
  • Golden Sun: Venus Psynergy, the power of earth and plant life, is represented with a yellow orb in menus and its spells'/attacks' particle effects are depicted in yellow and golden brown. Venus Djinn, though, are straight brown and tan. Strangely, the Venus Lighthouse is purple, and the light of its beacon is green.
  • Inazuma Eleven: A few goalkeeper techniques, such as God Hand and Majin the Hand, have a different-coloured aura depending on the player's element: golden-yellow for earth in contrast to blue for wood and red for the fire variations. Aside from that, earth is mostly associated with orange in the games, such as the colour of the icon seen in the Earth-type characters' info.
  • The Legend of Dragoon: While the Earth element is colored brown, and yellow is used for Light, the Dragon and Dragoon associated with said element are golden colored, while the Light Dragoon is pearly white/silver.
  • In Lost Kingdoms and its sequel, cards of the earth element have yellow borders, and earth is represented as yellow in diagrams of the games' Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors.
  • Pokémon: With earth being split into Ground and Rock types, the menu icon of the former is shown in a light muted tan, while the latter is golden brown.
  • Quest 64: Earth is represented by a yellow gem.
  • Recettear: Earth Crystals are yellow.
  • This Starry Midnight We Make: The color of Earth-aspected stars. For example, the basic Yellow Star has its Catalogue entry be:
    A Seed Star with a yellow tinge due to the influence of Earth.
    Slightly soft to the touch.

    Western Animation 
  • Teen Titans has blonde Terra, who emits a golden light when she does her geokinesis.
  • Wakfu: In the OVA, the dragon of Earth Terrakourial has yellow scales and has laid the Ochre Dofus.

    Real Life 
  • The syllabus of the South Korean martial art Tae Kwon-Do requires all practitioners above 10th kup (white belt) to know that the yellow belt (and the yellow on the yellow tag belt) represents the earth.

Green Earth (can include yellow accents)

    Comic Books 

    Literature 
  • An Elemental Motif example for A Song of Ice and Fire: House Tyrell, who govern the Reach and are known for their great harvests and association with flowers, have green and gold as their house colors and a rose as their sigil.
  • The Wheel of Time: The One Power comprises the four classical elements plus Spirit, which can be used individually or combined into "Weaves" with various effects; threads of Earth are coloured green to people who can sense the Power.

    Live Action TV 

    Toys 
  • In BIONICLE, while the earth element is more closely associated with black and grey color schemes, most earth characters in the Mata Nui and Metru Nui story arcs have green eyes. This includes Onua, Whenua, Nuhvok (as well as Nuhvok Va and Nuhvok-Kal), and Tehutti. In Mata Nui Online Game, Onua's earth powers are represented by bright green energy during the battle against Makuta. In the canceled BIONICLE: The Legend of Mata Nui, where each Toa's Energy Spheres are color-coded to their elements in the most recent beta build, Onua's Energy Spheres are green.

    Video Games 
  • In Dragon Project, the Earth element is represented as a green leaf, and a majority of Earth-elemented Behemoths are green. In fact, all Earth-elemented Magis are colored in various shades of green. Even Earth-elemented attack numbers are dark green.
  • In the Jade Cocoon series, Earth-type mons have green color schemes and Field Power Effects that strengthen earth turn the terrain green.
  • The Legend of Spyro: Earth Breath and its many variations across all three games are associated with the color green (while yellow is for lightning). More evident in the first two games, where Earth Breath includes power over soil, nature and wind, while the third game Spyro's attack are more earth/rock related and are a mix of green and brown.
  • Musashi Samurai Legend: The Sword of Earth is bright orange with a green handle, and the Maiden of the Earth wears mostly in green and her powers have a green hue. Fittingly enough, the sword is kept in a rocky valley in the middle of a confusing forest.
  • Tactics Ogre: Earth magic and its attacks and buffs are represented in green, and its symbol is a green M-shaped chevron resembling mountains.
  • Warriors of Might and Magic: Earth-elemental magics and creature are marked by the color green.

    Western Animation 
  • The Earth Kingdom in Avatar: The Last Airbender has its nation, symbols, and people portrayed in various shades of green with yellow accents.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers has Kwame, whose Earth ring emits a green light whenever he controls the rocks and soil around him and whenever he starts the roll call for summoning Captain Planet.

    Real Life 
  • Green soil is possible in real life, with glauconite minerals giving the soil a green appearance. Such soil is utilized as a pigment, and was used by Medieval painters for underpainting skin.

Yellow and Green Earth

    Tabletop Games 
  • In The Dark Eye, Earth is divided between "Stone" and "Soil". The former is associated to the color orange, while the latter is represented by earthen colors (usually green).

    Video Games 

    Western Animation 
  • W.I.T.C.H.: Cornelia is the Guardian of Earth and her Transformation Sequence background is greenish yellow, save for her first transformation which was green. Her Guardian uniform has a green top and the Auramere of Earth varies between yellow and green.

Brown/Orange Earth and Other

    Live Action TV 
  • Ryo Ogami/Kamen Rider Buster from Kamen Rider Saber has the power over grayish brown earth, right down to having his sword, the Dogouken Gekido, being powerful enough to destroy rocks.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Pokémon card games, Fighting type Pokemon, which include Ground and Rock types, are labeled brown with a fist icon. Their Energy card emit an orange glow.
  • Subterra attribute Bakugan are usually brown or beige.

    Toys 
  • For the first five and a half years of its existence, all stone-themed BIONICLE sets were brown. In 2006 and 2007, Hewkii, Toa of Stone, was given a yellow-based color scheme (the only other stone character in that time period was the yellow Dekar; Carapar, although fitting the color scheme, had no Elemental Powers). In 2008, Pohatu, Toa of Stone, was orange. 2009 had the Sand Tribe, with a tan color scheme, though they lacked elemental powers. In the early years, one Matoran of Earth (Nuparu) had an orange mask, though the rest of his body was black.

    Video Games 
  • Epic Battle Fantasy: The Earth element is connected to the color brown:
  • In Toukiden, the Earth element is portrayed as a light brown rock, and a vast majority of Earth-elemented Onis are clad in various shades of brown or orange.
  • In City of Heroes Stone powers generally had either a brownish-yellow or brownish-red color for their power icons.
  • Soil Meteos are orange.
  • The icons for the Ground and Rock types in Pokémon are always a shade of brown, with Ground typically being more of a beige color.
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