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A superhero and masked hero naming convention where the hero has a colour as part of their name.

Generally, this colour is incorporated into their powers, their appearance, or their costume in some way. Expect it to be pointed out if it isn't. Most names of this type take the form of Colour Noun.

A Sister Trope to Something Person, where the hero or villain has his power or defining trait as part of his code name. May or may not be Color Coded for Your Convenience. Wanders into Added Alliterative Appeal on occasion.

Different colours tend to signify different things. A few of these characters are from the Cold War era and are coloured red because they come from, or represent, a communist nation. Black can indicate a Captain Ethnic or an Anti-Hero.

See also Colourful Theme Naming, All Your Colors Combined.

Examples of Color Character include:


Pink

Comic Books

  • Pinky (sidekick to Mr. Scarlet) - Fawcett Comics

Web Original

Red

Comic Books

Literature

Live-Action TV

Mythology and Legends

Radio

Tabletop Games

Theatre

Video Games

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation


Orange

Web Original


Yellow/Gold

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Web Comics

Web Original


Green

Comic Books

  • Green Arrow - Green Arrow
  • Green Falcon - Archie Comics
  • Green Flame (then Green Fire, now simply "Fire") - DC Comics
  • Green Ghost - Invincible
  • Green Ghoul - Archie Comics
  • Green Giant - Pelican Publications
  • Green Goblin - Spider-Man
  • Green Lama - Prize Comics
  • The Green Lanterns - Green Lantern. However, the mythology has expanded so that the franchise now fits under "Spectrum", below.
  • Green Knight - Harry "A" Chesler
  • Green Mask - Fox Features
  • Green Sorceress - Novelty Press
  • Green Turtle - Rural Home
  • Jade - Green Lantern

Literature

  • Green Ghost - Pulp series

Radio

Web Comics

Web Original

Blue

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Film

Live-Action TV

Video Games

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation


Purple

Comic Books

Live-Action TV

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation


Brown

Comic Books

Web Comics

Western Animation


Black (colour)

Comic Books

Live-Action TV

Web Original

Western Animation


[[folder:Black
(Used by a Black Captain Ethnic)]]

Comic Books

Web Comics

  • Averted in Spinnerette: Tiger is a large black super hero, but his name is just "Tiger". The reason this comes up is because everyone always calls him "Black Tiger".

 "It's just Tiger, damnit!"

Western Animation


Silver

Comic Books

Web Original

Western Animation


Grey

Comic Books

Literature

Western Animation


White

Comic Books

Tabletop Games

Web Original

  • The Great White Hunter, Fuoco Bianco ("White Fire", an Italian supervillain), White Dragon, Whiteout, White Rabbit, White Owl, Bai Hou ("White Monkey, a Chinese Spider-Manesque martial artist), and El Halcon Blanco ("White Falcon", a Mexican ice-blaster) -- Global Guardians PBEM Universe
  • White Witch - Whateley Universe

Western Animation

  • White Pantera - El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera


Spectrum

A form of Theme Naming when most or all of the cast is named after colors.

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Live-Action TV

Video Games

  • Disgaea has the Prism Rangers, themselves a parody of Power Rangers and Super Sentai.
  • The Yakumos have a colour theme doubled with Bilingual Bonus - namely, Chen means orange, Ran means indigo and Yukari means violet. This gest VERY meaningful - Yukari is the most powerful of the 3, Chen is the weakest, and THAT'S just the game of their introduction. In the 8th game, Yukari is half of the border team, the other half being the predominantly red-wearing Reimu, making the team name very meaningful.

Web Comics

Web Original

  • In the Whateley Universe stories about Silver Ghost, she gets involved with SPECTRUM, the superhero group of Cincinnati. They have theme naming (Green Witch, Yellow Knight, Azure, etc), which really ticks off Tawny - she'd rather have a name like Lioness.
    • There's also the Iron Legion, a group of Powered Armor mercenaries whose code names (and armor) are Color Coded for Your Convenience...Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet all wear armors in colors that match their names.
    • The White Legion, a group of white-supremacist superheroes. All of them have "white" in their names.


Referenced

Notes

  1. though he was only revealed to be black ten years after his introduction
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