What is Your Character’s Favorite Color? — by Pat Bertram

Because colors have meaning, a character’s favorite color can tell us a lot about him or her. Red for an ambitious extrovert. Pink for an affectionate, compassionate person. Yellow for an optimistic artist. Green for a benevolent humanist. Blue for a cool, confident conservative. Purple for an intuitive, spiritually oriented person. Brown for a down-to-earth type.

So, what is your character’s favorite color? You can either choose a color from the following list and create the character accordingly, or you can check the list of attributes to see what color a character with that personality would like.

Red — Ambitious, energetic, extroverted

Pink — Affectionate, compassionate, romantic

Maroon — Sensuous, friendly, emotional

Orange — Fun-loving, action-oriented, competent

Peach — Gentle, charitable, enthusiastic

Yellow — Optimistic, expressive, people-oriented

Mint green — Modest, insightful, kind-hearted

Apple green — Innovative, adventuresome, self-motivated

Green — Benevolent, service-oriented, scientific

Teal — Idealistic, faithful, sentimental

Light blue — creative, perceptive, imaginative

Dark Blue — Intelligent, responsible, self-reliant

Mauve — Delicate, reserved, sensitive

Purple — Intuitive, spiritual, insightful

Beige — Practical, well-adjusted, steadfast

Brown — Down to earth, honest, supportive

Black — Disciplined, strong-willed, opinionated

White — Individualistic, lonely, low self-esteem

Gray — Passive, noncommittal, stressed

Silver — Honorable, chivalrous, romantic

Gold — Idealistic, noble, successful


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.”


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14 responses to “What is Your Character’s Favorite Color? — by Pat Bertram

  1. dellanioakes

    Pat, I like your take on this subject. I agree that colors can add a lot to a story, but can be overdone. Anyone who has read “The Scarlet Letter” knows how much color symbolism Hawthorne put into that story. (I tend to side with the folks who say it was overkill.)

    I use a lot of color imagery & symbolism in my writing, but like you, try to keep it minimal. Too much color and the reader is drowning in a rainbow. Also, if too much color is used, the importance gets lost. The impact of a particular color bleeds in and blends with the rest.

  2. This post immediately caught my attention–I have been writing for as long as I can remember, and I have never once stopped to think what their favourite colours are! Thanks so much for helping give my characters added dimension.

  3. Interesting blog, Pat. I haven’t thought much on using color to add subtle complexity to a character, but now I think I should.

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  5. Color can also be a mistake. In Cold Water Conscience, the book I am working on at the moment, a purple suit is definitely not the best of ideas. The suit doesn’t do what a young man’s first suit should do. It doesn’t help to propel him away from childish things and into the new frontier of adulthood. Was he expecting too much out of so much cloth? Probably. But there is a certain amount of arrogance or hubris that goes with the color purple whether he ever knew it or not.

    I guess it comes from the Ancient Greek idea that only the gods and the special servants of the gods are supposed to dress in purple or have anything to do with that color.

    There is a story about a great king who sacrificed one of his daughters in order to eventually win a great battle. Well, when he got back to his city his wife unrolled this purple carpet for him to step upon. In his ignorance and possibly his arrogance he did so and soon after she murdered him. He went to the gods in defiance of them which is not a good way to go. His other daughter, Electra, avenged him and that is where we get the Electra complex in psychology.

    This being closer to a god or the gods is also the reason why popes and other higher-ups in the Catholic Church have a tendency to wear purple. Maybe this is where the idea of purple being spiritual comes from.

    As for insightful, well, it puts me in mind of another Ancient Greek story about a young woman one of the gods took a fancy to but she didn’t take a fancy to him. Well the god gave her insight but also made it so that she would not be believed. Can you imagine a disaster about to happen but your warnings of it go unheeded? So insightful with strings attached isn’t so great.

    • A modern day Cassandra could make for an interesting character. So would a character who got murdered for wearing the wrong color.

      • dellanioakes

        Pat, I remember about an election held in (I believe) New Mexico many years ago. Wherever it was, there was a large population of illiterate voters, so they color coded the candidates. The one whose color was red lost by a landslide, because in their culture, red was an evil color. The one who was blue won by virtually 100% because blue was the color of good.

    • dellanioakes

      Yes, that was Agamemnon asking for fair winds to Troy. He killed his daughter, Iphigenia. And the only reason I know all that is because I was a theatre major in college and we had to read Electra and Oedipus Rex. Cassandra was the woman you’re referring to, I believe. She had a tough time, that one.

      Funny the information we retain, isn’t it?

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  7. dellanioakes

    Reblogged this on Cereal Authors.

  8. I have over two hundred characters. It’d take me hours for me to sit there and ponder what the favorite color is of each character but I have done it for my main ones.

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