The joker is by far and away the epitome of a red black villain. He is insane, creating a cruel immoral joke that only he can laugh at. He doesn’t understand the cruelty of his actions and promotes chaos and suffering for no viable reason
I want to know what you think of the color pie!
Evil and good can appear in all colors!
Color Pie Philosophies: A Textual Breakdown
After some working at it, I finally came to a conclusion as to the core philosophies of each color in Magic, both alone and interacting with one another. It is as follows:
Blue = Trying to Take Over the World
White = The Government
Red = Doing its Own Thing
Black = For Personal Gain
Green = For Nature
The Government for Nature
The Gov’t Trying to Take Over the World
Trying to Take Over the World for Personal Gain
Doing its Own Thing for Personal Gain
Nature Doing its Own Thing
Trying to Take Over the World for Nature
Personal Gain for Nature
The Government Doing its Own Thing
The Government of Personal Gain
Doing its Own Thing to Take Over the World
The Government Trying to Take Over Nature
The Gov’t Trying to Take Over the World for Personal Gain
Doing its Own Thing for Personal Gain to Take Over the World
Nature Doing its Own Thing for Personal Gain
The Government of Nature Doing its Own Thing
MtGFan here. I don’t agree with most of the above.
Blue, by itself, isn’t trying to take over the world. That’s just wrong. Blue, in an interview with Mark Rosewater, says this:
I believe in potential. I believe that anyone and anything has the ability to change for the better. Thus, my philosophy is simple: strive to be the best that you can be. Once you understand that you have the capacity to do anything, to be anything, all that stands in your way is your own self-doubt.
I HIGHLY recommend you guys read Mark Rosewater’s Making Magic articles about the color pie, all linked together here. Just work your way forward through the Mark Rosewater archives to find the other shards from Shards of Alara as well.
To understand what two enemy colors have in common, we always begin by examining the core conflict between them. For Red and Blue, it’s a classic conflict: emotion vs. intellect (a.k.a. the head vs. the heart, thinking vs. feeling, speculative vs. intuitive, the mind vs. the gut). On one side we have Red. Red is the color of impulse. It follows its heart. It does what feels right. It lets its emotions be its guide. Blue, on the other hand, is the color of the intellect. Blue likes to think. A lot. About everything. Blue makes its decisions on logic and forethought.
Their styles could not be more different. Red acts impulsively in the moment. Blue waits until it has examined every side of the issue before it gets involved. Red comes out swinging. Blue avoids conflict, if it can. Red acts. Blue reacts. Red is focused on the present. Blue is focused on the future. Each color acts in a way that is the antithesis of the other.
So how does a guild encompass both sides? Easy. By taking aspects of each. Red/Blue is a thinking guild, but unlike other guilds with a Blue element, Red/Blue embraces the tools of emotion. They think, but they think passionately. Their emotion allows them to leap to ideas and thoughts that their logical cousins would never encounter. They find rationality in the heart of irrationality. They make intuitive leaps. They slay sacred cows. They connect things that no one else would think to connect. In short, they embrace creativity.
You see, creativity mixes elements of logic and emotion. It finds connections in things that most people wouldn’t have given a second look. But Red/Blue lives to find those connections. To them, life is about seeking knowledge and freedom. And how better than by examining the knowledge that no one else will explore. Thinking things that no one else would dare think. They search for the knowledge that cannot rationally be discovered.
In addition, the two colors find that they have some similar tools. For example, both colors enjoy messing with the opponent. Blue tends to do it more out of trickiness while Red does it out of playfulness, but in the end, Blue and Red are the two colors that most mess with other players’ spells. Red/Blue is tricky/playful and creative. As you will see, this is a potent combination.
I don’t know how Red/Blue isn’t me tbh
Mess with the opponent? Don’t mind if I do!