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Basic Trope: Certain colors are better than other colors in a particular setting.

  • Straight:
  • Exaggerated:
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    • Your car goes through a complete rainbow from purple to red, and each upgrade changes the hue a little bit.
    • By virtue of wearing Red, Alice is the only person in the universe to have any sort of authority.
  • Downplayed:
    • The machine has higher stats than normal, but the red paint isn't very bright.
    • The machine is painted red, but it only performs a little higher than average.
    • Alternatively, the machine has a higher speed, but a lower acceleration.
    • Alice is The Leader, but the others get their moments too.
  • Justified:
    • Red generally provokes people into using more aggressive tactics. It's nothing inherent in the machine, just that Your Mind Makes It Real.
    • Alice is the only one of the Five-Man Band with actual leadership skills, and people are used to Red being the leader.
    • The cars, or characters, are Color-Coded for Your Convenience according to well-defined criteria.
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  • Inverted: Machines painted red are actually weaker than ones painted other colors.
  • Subverted: Both the slowest and the fastest car are yellow - the color hierarchy circles around back to yellow after red.
  • Double Subverted: There's a hidden unlockable car which is red, and is the actual fastest car.
  • Parodied:
    • The final, fastest car is called "The Red Rocket" and has a rocket decal and flame decals. The first, slowest car is called "The Yellow Snail", with a decal of a slow yellow snail.
    • Bob can't get a date, so he paints himself red and now all the ladies love him.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob drives a red car that does well in urban settings, but when it's off-road, it's no better than any other normal car.
  • Averted: There is no correlation between color and performance/power.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Let's choose the red car. You know the red car is always the fastest."
    • "Guys? Why are you all following my orders?... It's because I'm wearing Red, isn't it?"
  • Invoked: Alex, Bob's rival, drives a car with the same stats as Bob, and his performance seems to increase after he gives it a black paint job. Bob gives his car a red paint job, and it performs even better than Alex's car.
  • Exploited: Drag racers purposely paint their cars yellow, so their opponents will under-estimate them.
  • Defied: Bob drives a race car that has much higher stats than the others, but refuses to paint it red because it's current paint job is his favorite color.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: "I guess painting his car red made a difference after all"
  • Deconstructed: Bob drives a red car that's a Super Prototype, but claims it's just a normal car. After seeing him come in first place for 10 races in a row, all of his rivals believe that the color is what makes the car better, and in the next race, all the other cars are red. Bob may drive the superior car, but he doesn't have a unique color.
  • Reconstructed: After that race, Bob either reveals that it's a Super Prototype, or he jumps in another car of a different color and wins a rematch, proving that color has nothing to do with it.

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