View Full Version : Green = Evil/Bad?

07-13-2008, 02:12 PM
This is mainly related to Marvel comics characters, but I figured I'd put it out here since I'm sure it's not just Marvel-specific.

Anyway, why is it that color green is associated with bad guys so often? I was messing around with the Marvel Unlimited video game a little and it dawned on me - all the bad guys are green!

Dr. Doom
Dr. Octopus
The Lizard
Hulk (considered bad by some people)
Lady Sif
Quicksilver's original costume
Fin Fang Foom
Hydra outfits are green
Didn't Jack Russell (Werewolf) wear green pants?
and of course.... SKRULLS!

So what's up with that? And I'm sure I'm missing a boat-load of people not to mention other companies.

The Dag
07-13-2008, 02:25 PM
wasnt there a thread like this about purple?

Nick Kerklaan
07-13-2008, 02:26 PM
According to the DC Guide To Coloring And Lettering, or whatever it's called, most heroes are done in "warm" colours (reds, blues, etc), while most villains are done in cool ones (green, purple, and what-have-you). The obvious exception is antihero type characters (Batman, Martian Manhunter), who are done in cool colours as well to give them that "dark" edge.

Due to the limited colour pallete early comics had to work with, a lot of villains from those times are either green or purple, or, like, black.

Eugene Selassie
07-13-2008, 02:27 PM
I remember reading somewhere Stan Lee said that they didnt resort to doing stuff like that. Then the author cites almost 3 dozen examples of it.

Tickled my funny bone.

07-13-2008, 02:34 PM
I'd say it's tied to press limitations of the time. If your hero wore a red-and-blue costume, like Spider-Man, you couldn't have him battling a foe in (primarily) red or blue. If you did, it would created an inky mess, with Spider-Man's blue leg merging with the villain's blue torso.

Therefore, many of Spider-Man's early villains all wore green.

The Incredible Hulk, of course, originally was gray but became green because of difficulties maintaining the gray coloring.

Like Spider-Man, Thor wore blue and red, necessitating villains in contrasting costumes.

I'm not sure about Quicksilver's original costume. It may have had something to do with the Brotherhood fighting the X-Men, who wore yellow-and-blue costumes. (If you notice, no one in the Brotherhood wore blue; of course, the cover of X-Men #4 gets both Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch's costume colors wrong.)

Eugene Selassie
07-13-2008, 02:38 PM
of course, the cover of X-Men #4 gets both Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch's costume colors wrong.)


Never noticed that until now.

07-13-2008, 04:23 PM
Man, pose a kinda goofy observation and people start gettin' all technical with their coloring wizardry and what not.

I say it's because you're all Skrulls and are trying to take the heat of yourselves.

Eugene Selassie
07-13-2008, 04:33 PM
Hey, I don't make excuses when I draw or color something wrong.


07-13-2008, 05:12 PM
...i notice that many of the "green" heroes came out of the golden age:

The Green Archer (1940)
Green Arrow (1941)
Green Giant (1940)
Green Hornet (1936)
Green Lama (1940)
Green Lantern (1940)
Green Mask (1939)

Green Spider (1968)
Green Flame (1984)
Green Lance (1984)


Eugene Selassie
07-13-2008, 05:15 PM
I thought the motif was green and purple for the villains...

Green Goblin.
Lex Luthor (battlesuit).
The Mandarin.
The Joker.
Kang the Conqueror.

Nick Kerklaan
07-14-2008, 01:23 AM
Sure, but there's lots of green heroes too.

Fun game: try to come up with as many heroes and villains as you can for as many colours as possible.

Eugene Selassie
07-14-2008, 09:58 AM

Purple villains.....



J. Alexopoulos
07-14-2008, 10:32 AM

Eugene Selassie
07-14-2008, 10:54 AM

Mark Bertolini
07-14-2008, 11:56 AM
Kool-Aid Man (depending on the flavour)

07-14-2008, 12:07 PM
Hey! I like Prince - he's no villain!

Eugene Selassie
07-14-2008, 12:25 PM
Kool-Aid Man (depending on the flavour)

I find the newest salvo of Kool-Aid commercials incredibly offensive.

Eugene Selassie
07-14-2008, 12:52 PM
Hey! I like Prince - he's no villain!

Anybody up for a game of...basketball?

Nick Kerklaan
07-14-2008, 01:49 PM
You guys all lose:


The Purple Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Purple_Man).

Eugene Selassie
07-14-2008, 01:52 PM
You guys all lose:


The Purple Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Purple_Man).

Galactus or Devilance would eat him like a French Fry

Nick Kerklaan
07-14-2008, 01:54 PM
Wait - I actually didn't explain the game properly now, I realize. You have to come up with a hero or villain that has the colour in their name.

Otherwise it's like the World's Easiest Game.

EDIT: Or hardest, depending on how much of a completist you are.

J. Alexopoulos
07-14-2008, 07:31 PM
Anybody up for a game of...basketball?

skins VS blouses?

Eugene Selassie
07-15-2008, 10:37 AM
skins VS blouses?

"Yo Prince, its hot out here. Can we get a towel or somethin' bro?"

"Why don't you go purify yourselves...in the waters of Lake Minnetonka?"

Mark Bertolini
07-15-2008, 07:18 PM
I find the newest salvo of Kool-Aid commercials incredibly offensive.

Really? What have I been missing?

07-16-2008, 12:14 AM