Traits like “good” or “evil” do not map to the color wheel, since every color has ways in which it can be either. What sorts of things are likely to land flat. The enemy colors white and black combine to form tribalism — the “us versus them” mentality. A world without red lacks a different sort of fire — it’s a world that has wanting, but no passion…only a base and selfish grasping, with no real spark behind it. Black, on the other hand, sees only unclaimed resources waiting to be exploited. What about a ______ one? Can I predict how this person’s colors will influence the way they do this project? Question. But color identity isn’t about what you can and can’t do, it’s about where you tend to live. [1][2] As R&D has lessened the number of effects that care about color, this ability isn't used much these days.[3]. It is capable of cooperation and alliance, but only consequentially, as in game theory; at its core, black is amoral, not immoral, since it doesn’t think morality is even really a Thing. Often, a person who’s three colors won’t draw evenly from all three — for instance, someone who’s blue-black-red might identify heavily with blue-black’s growth mindset and red’s sense of presence and passion, but not particularly resonate with “creativity” or “independence.” But for the sake of argument, you could imagine a balanced trio as [the sum of its two-color connections] and [the absence of whatever the two remaining colors agree upon]. You can treat them as a perfect balance, or as one color tinged by the other, or as something more like “Color A scaffolded with Color B.” Rorschach, for instance, uses black methods to achieve white ends, whereas Machiavelli uses white methods to achieve black ends, and Harvey Dent/Two-Face from Batman simply switches back and forth between all-white and all-black.). Note also that there’s nothing limiting color identities to one or two colors — Captain America, for instance, is (appropriately) red/white/blue, and Dr. Jekyll swaps from blue/red to red/green as he transforms into Mr. Hyde (or possibly blue/black/red to red/black/green). Some of the institutions above may lean in the direction of red or blue, but they’re primarily green/white. A black/red agent asks the question how do I get what I want? Creature 1. Blue seeks perfection, and it tries to achieve that perfection through the pursuit of knowledge. It’s not caring about getting your hands dirty, because there’s literally no other way to get the job done. All people contain all five colors to one degree or another; all people are capable of acting from any combination. Now what do we do with it? White and blue both agree that structure is important — white because it reduces the risk of conflict, and blue because it makes possible deep investigation and long-term or delicate optimization. A sampling of how one might use color wheel thinking: My Boyfriend’s Family Was Not a Replacement for My Own. A blue/red agent asks the question what can be achieved? Central examples of white characters from pop culture include Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones, Ozymandias from Watchmen, Superman, McGonagall from Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, and Marge from The Simpsons. The key recognition is that all of these ways of being are okay. mono-red is not necessarily less complex than a person who’s e.g. Black/green is the combination that gets down in the dirt with rot and filth and maggots and worms, the combination that embraces the cycle of life and death and rebirth. The comparison to Tony Stark is maybe starting to wear thin, but in point of fact Elon Musk’s endeavors are one of our strongest examples of blue/red mentality in today’s society. (You may be noticing echoes of criticisms, such as blue and black each harboring similar dissatisfactions with green. Effective Altruism is also a white/blue movement, though it makes efforts to reach out to red (compassion) and black (taking the long view on self-interest). A blue one is going to want to talk it over and figure out exactly what’s wrong. In the first Star Wars film, Han Solo was a sympathetic black character, whereas in Game of Thrones Cersei Lannister is a black villain. A green agent, when presented with a decision or quandary, asks how are these things usually done? I’m trying to grow as a person. A white/black agent asks the question who’s in my circle of concern? In the end, it’s all shorthand, and clear-opinions-lightly-held. A black/green agent asks the question what costs must be paid to achieve the ideal? What’s left is pleasant, but there’s no soul at the core of it — nothing that burns with the hunger for something more. Rarely do you see someone who equally embodies each of four or five colors, even though many people are capable of embodying any, in a pinch. A black agent might try to create a strip mine; a green agent is more likely to build an animal sanctuary. Merlin is a classic blue character, as are Spock from Star Trek and Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen. Hufflepuff House from Harry Potter is a green/white institution, and Akela from The Jungle Book is a green/white archetype. Each color has a central goal, and a default strategy. White and blue are the enemies of red, which they see as unfettered and chaotic. This is where I get the greatest benefit from the color wheel, myself — in interpreting how and why people have the reactions they have to various stimuli, and in predicting what they’ll do next. More than any other color, blue represents what makes humanity different from other animals, other species — without it, we sink back into the present and lose our bridge to the future. Defeat, on the other hand, feels like having no ground beneath your feet, like being cut off from your tribe and family, like watching fair and fragile goodness being crushed underfoot and having everything you thought was true called into question. For instance, I had a friend once who was suffering from a fairly serious bout of depression, to the point that they found themselves frequently having suicidal thoughts. Green is the color of nature, wisdom, stoicism, taoism, and destiny; it believes that most of the suffering and misfortune in the world comes from attempts to cast off one’s natural mantle, step outside of one’s natural role, or fix things which aren’t broken — it’s the color of Chesterton’s Fence. Obviously, it’s good to be able to paint with all the colors of the wheel, and to have in your own personal toolkit access to the strengths and perspectives of all five (just as it’s good to embody the virtues of every Hogwarts house, and to be able to access every chakra). A blue agent, when presented with a decision or quandary, asks what course of action makes the most sense, where “sense” is determined by careful thought and the application of knowledge and expertise. Black seeks satisfaction, and it tries to achieve that satisfaction through ruthlessness. Victory for a blue agent feels like clarity, revelation, actualization, conclusion — a final puzzle piece clicking into place, or the last note of a perfect symphonic performance. Who gets to change the colors of things now? I claim that the Magic system, which was designed to be resonant and trope-y and archetypal, does a lot of the same good work that naming things does, and is a richer intuition pump than other popular wrong-but-usefuls like Enneagram or MBTI or chakras or the integral theory colors. Red and white disagree on questions of structure and commitment. All of the colors can be polite, but white does so out of pro-sociality, whereas black does so transactionally.). It’s solemn, but without sadness; joyful, but without ego. What would a good person do? The color wheel is a more limited tool on purpose, just like sorting people into Hogwarts Houses (where you have to pick one). To make peace with the parts of the situation they’re not going to be able to change. Victory for a black agent feels hefty, exultant, and satisfying, like a bag of gold coins or a heavy hammer — it’s the feeling you have when you know that the game is won, even if you haven’t yet crossed the finish line. “Beach,” they said finally. The archetypal white organization would be a church, and a white dystopia would be a fascist regime such as the one in George Orwell’s 1984, or a stagnant society like the one in Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Heaven's Gate(any number of target creatures) Blue/black characters are often intelligent, clever, arrogant, and aloof — notable examples include Odysseus from The Odyssey, Sherlock Holmes, Lex Luthor, and Quirinus Quirrell from HPMOR.