I started playing Among Us when it was rapidly gaining popularity all the way back in September 2020 and I’ve been hooked ever since. One of the most interesting features of this indie game is the ability to customize your character, including choosing your color. Most players will have a strong preference for one color above all others and will strive to choose that one where possible.
After lobby sizes were increased to 15 in the June 2021 update, even more colors were added, so this Among Us character colors guide will cover everything available, as well as tips about cosmetic items, and which colors are considered the most sus.
What You Need to Know Right Away
- Original Colors: Red, blue, yellow, green, orange, brown, black, purple, pink, white
- Added Colors: Cyan, lime, maroon, coral, rose, banana, gray, tan
- Most Sus Colors: Red, cyan, lime
- Least Sus Colors: Orange, pink, rose
- Most Popular Color: Red
- Least Popular Color: Tan
- Total Number of Colors: 18
Why Should You Play Among Us?
If you like detective-style games, then Among Us should be right up your street. Set in space, you’ll play as either a crewmate or an impostor, and your objective will be different depending on that. Crewmates work together to complete tasks, whilst also trying to figure out who the impostor is. The impostor tries to sabotage the crew, killing them off where possible, but making sure to avoid detection. The game requires tactical thinking, observational skills, and a healthy amount of deception.
The great news is, you don’t actually have to be particularly good at detecting. You can just play and enjoy the tasks, and pay close attention to others during meetings. There are other detective games out there, but most of them are either really easy or too complex. Among Us strikes a healthy balance between the two, whilst allowing you to play with people all over the world.
Due to its huge popularity, lobbies will fill up fast, and you won’t have to wait too long between games. It’s a social experience as well as having fun gameplay, and can appeal to kids and adults alike. You can even team up with your friends in private lobbies if you don’t want to match with random players.
All the Available Colors
There are 18 total colors available in Among Us (as of February 2022), and I’ll list each of them here, as well as giving the pros and cons of that color, and some accessories that look good with them. Most of the hats are free, although I will include some paid ones if I think they look particularly good. Skins used to be a paid feature, but now there are a good number of free ones available too. There are a small number of visor cosmetics available for free, but most of them are paid content.
All pets are paid content. It’s worth noting that if you’re playing the PC version then all outfits are free (although you still pay for pets). When giving cosmetic recommendations, I’ll try to include a good number of free and paid options, so you can customize your character according to your budget. I know some players are happy to pay for outfits, whereas others like to stick to just free accessories, and both preferences are valid.
A primary color, red is very striking and vibrant to look at. It’s one of the more popular colors in the game, and you’ll rarely find a full lobby without it. However, there’s a downside to it. In the game, red is the color of the Impostors, and so many players will subconsciously associate the two. Because of this, red players tend to be considered more ‘sus’.
Some accessories that look good with red are the Beanie (hat), Cherry on Top (hat), Generally Speaking (hat), and Airship Mechanic (skin). Red was included in the original release of the game.
Surprisingly, there’s only actually one shade of blue in Among Us, which is interesting because several other colors have different variants available. You’d have thought that blue would be an easy one for them to include various shades of, but for whatever reason, they chose to stick to just this one. It’s a vibrant shade of dark blue, bright enough so as not to resemble navy, but not something that would be confused as light blue.
Technically cyan could be considered similar, but that depends whether you see it as being closer to green or blue. For me, cyan is so split between the two that I see it very much as its own separate color. Blue is one of those colors that is neither considered suspicious nor innocent and instead, players will be judged pretty much solely on their actions.
Some fun accessories that work well are Got My Eye on You (visor cosmetic), Caitlyn’s Cap (hat), A Real Wiz (hat), and Doggy (pet). Blue was included in the original release of the game.
The final primary color (at least of the main ones, as there are various shades of primary colors available), yellow tends to be less popular. It’s often one of the colors that I’ll default into if I join a full lobby. Just like with blue, yellow neither casts suspicion or suggests innocence, so it’s another neutral one.
Here’s something interesting about yellow – when you’re watching the admin map, all the players will appear as yellow when they show up on your screen, regardless of which player you’re actually watching. The best cosmetics for yellow are Bein Cheesy (hat), Innocence (hat), I’ll Fix It (skin), Clownin’ Around (visor cosmetic), and Squig (pet). Yellow was included in the original release of the game.
For some reason, green is always pretty sus. It’s not the most sus, but people tend to be less likely to believe green players. There’s probably some deep psychological reasoning for this rooted in color theory, but unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to explain it. But the long and short of it is that if you choose to play as green, be prepared for people to question you a bit more than usual. Perhaps this is why green is one of the least popular color choices in the game.
A fun fact about green is that along with orange, it’s one of the two colors used on the ‘Discuss’ screen after an emergency meeting is called or a dead body is reported. The best cosmetics are Militant (hat), Planted (hat), General Galeforce (skin), Charles Chopper (pet), and Blocks Toxics (visor cosmetic). Green was included in the original release of the game.
I think the shade of orange that Innersloth chose for Among Us is utterly lovely, and I don’t understand why it isn’t more popular. It’s not necessarily unpopular, but it rarely seems to be a first choice for people. In terms of how other players will perceive you, orange seems to be one of the more trusted colors.
This is perhaps to do with its warm vibrancy, or perhaps people who like orange happen to be more honest people in general, but regardless, you’re unlikely to have much unjust suspicion cast on you when you play as orange. Some cosmetic items that look good with this color are Hazmate (skin), Magmate (pet), Corrupted Official (hat), Carrot Nose (visor cosmetic) and Cap-tain (hat). Orange was included in the original release of the game.
Unsurprisingly, brown seems to attract a lot of immature players who use poop jokes as their username. It’s a game played by lots of kids, so honestly, you just learn to expect that kind of thing. As with blue and yellow, brown is pretty neutral when it comes to trustworthiness. Something worth noting about brown is that due to how dark of a color it is, it can be pretty hard for players to identify you if they only see you for a split second whilst you’re venting or something.
If they only get a brief glimpse, they may mistake you for another similar color such as black, maroon, or tan. This is especially true if you’re wearing cosmetics that hide your color, although in that scenario they may be able to identify you by what you’re wearing. Some of the best accessories are Chocolate Scoop (hat), Done D (hat), Enforcer Armor (skin), and Deitied Guy (pet). Brown was included in the original release of the game.
You’d think that a color this dark would suggest dark intentions, but in reality playing as black doesn’t seem to evoke any more suspicion than any of the other colors. Just like with brown, black benefits from being hard to process if someone only gets a quick glance. As such, it may be easier to get away with killing if a person just sees the last split-second of you venting away.
Some of the better accessories for black are Crane Operator (hat), Cool Katie (hat), Chaos Containment Crewmate (skin), Dig Down (visor cosmetic), and a n g e r y (visor cosmetic). Black was included in the original release of the game.
I love purple. Whilst it isn’t my favorite, I still consider it a strong backup if my preferred color is taken. It’s a dark shade which I’m sure was intended so it would appeal to both genders, but personally, I think I’d like this one more if it were more vibrant. However, it’s still got a pretty strong hue and looks great. Whilst I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s one of the more popular colors, it’s definitely got several fans.
I’ve been in plenty of lobbies where someone’s joined and asked to have purple (if someone else has it when they join) because they refuse to play as any other color. I’ve noticed that purple is considered slightly more sus than average, but it’s not as bad as some other colors. The best accessories are Note 2 Self (visor cosmetic), I Vant to Keel (skin), Aquatic Apparatus (hat), Crowned (hat), and Frankendog (pet). Purple was included in the original release of the game.
Out of all the colors, pink is my number one favorite. It’s bright and vibrant, it’s a wonderful shade, and it showcases my personality perfectly. I played as pink in my very first game of Among Us and I never looked back. If I’m feeling particularly picky, I’ll even leave a new lobby if pink isn’t available! Not only does it look beautiful, but it’s also one of the most innocent colors in the game. People rarely suspect pink players unless they’re doing something noticeably dodgy.
The only issue with pink is that you can sometimes get falsely accused. The color rose was added in the June 2021 update, and since then there have been cases of mistaken identity. Some careless players (this only ever seems to happen in random lobbies) won’t make a distinction between rose and pink, and will insist they saw pink kill when in actual fact rose is the impostor (and vice versa).
That can lead to you being voted out if the other person doesn’t correct their mistake, so it’s worth taking that into account. The best cosmetics for pink are Floaty Flamingo (hat), I heart u (hat), Magical ‘Corn (hat), Fairy Godcrewmate (skin), and Bushfriend (pet). Pink was included in the original release of the game.
I know lots of people love white more than any of the other colors, but honestly, I think it’s pretty boring. At least with black the darkness creates some contrast, but white is just so plain! Maybe that’s why some people like it, though, maybe they’re not ready to commit to liking any of the other colors, so they stick with white which is nice and safe. It’s also very unassuming, white reveals nothing about their personality.
Usually white has connotations with purity and innocence, but that doesn’t seem to apply in Among Us. Perhaps other players see white as trying too hard to look innocent, and that’s the very thing that makes them suspicious. White isn’t overly sus, don’t get me wrong, it’s about average, but it’s not considered as innocent as you might expect.
Some awesome accessories for white are Header (hat), Funky Fusion (hat), Doctor (skin), Astronaught (skin), and Great Goalie (visor cosmetic). White was included in the original release of the game.
If I had to choose one color that seemed to always get accused for no reason, it would be cyan. There’s just something about it that screams suspicion. Cyan is somewhere between blue and green, and that in itself is very shady (pun intended). Like, why won’t it commit to one or the other? Sus. In all seriousness, though, cyan genuinely does seem to get voted out an awful lot, even when the player is innocent.
Despite this, it’s a really popular choice and is usually found in most lobbies. I suppose because it’s such a pretty color people can overlook the fact it makes them more at risk of being voted out. Some cool accessories for cyan are Freshly Showered (hat), Exotic Flower (hat), C4 (hat), and Icicle Tears (visor cosmetic). Cyan was included in the 2019 update of the game.
Beaten only by cyan, lime is probably the second most sus color in the game. I couldn’t tell you why, as statistically it’s no more likely to be an impostor than any other color. However, it’s undeniable that lime is often disbelieved during meetings, and players find themselves the target of undue accusations.
Shade-wise, it’s a very vibrant light-green, and in fact, many new players will refer to lime as ‘light-green’ when talking about them. Just like with rose and pink, lime suffers from being mixed up with green by careless players.
However, in this case, it usually works in their favor, as someone might see lime kill but say that it was green. Some great cosmetic items for lime are Daisy Me Rollin’ (hat), Hooded Figure (hat), Headslug (hat), Cozy Sweater (skin), and Janitorial Duties (skin). Lime was included in the 2019 update of the game.
Added in the June 2021 update where lobby sizes were increased from a maximum of 10 to a maximum of 15, maroon is the first of the newer colors. It’s a cross between red and brown but is distinct enough from both of them that it shouldn’t get mixed up unless a player only gets a brief glimpse of maroon. Considered more trustworthy than most, maroon generally slips under the radar unless they’re openly acting weird.
If you’re an impostor, you can use the similarity to brown to your advantage (assuming there is indeed someone playing as brown), and sow the seeds of mistrust against them during meetings. That way, even if someone sees you by a dead body, they might think they saw brown as long as you vent away quickly enough.
Some accessories that suit maroon are Hole in One (hat), Important Documents (hat), Bedcrab (pet), Dark Scientist (skin), and Jinx’s Goggles (visor cosmetic). Maroon was included in the June 2021 update.
Somewhere in between red and pink, coral is a beautiful shade visually. However, it’s also one of the most confusing, as it bears similarities to four different colors – red, pink, rose, and maroon. Perhaps this is why it’s one of the least popular color choices in the game, often being one of the options left behind once everyone has finished customizing.
Coral is slightly above average when it comes to suspicion, but it’s not too high. If you’re smart, you can use the similarity to the other colors to your advantage. Some excellent cosmetic choices are Peach Drink (hat), One in the Hand (hat), Digging Kid (skin), I Want my Mummy (skin), and That’s a Wrap (visor cosmetic). Coral was included in the June 2021 update.
A paler shade of pink, I approve of rose being added to the game. Although I don’t choose to use it myself, it means there’s less competition for the regular pink color, which I adore. This is still a pretty color though, as it’s a soft baby pink. The gentleness of the shade clearly gives off an impression of innocence, as rose is very rarely the subject of undue accusations. In fact, rose players can sometimes get away with murder (literally) as some players still haven’t come to terms with the new color names, and will call this one ‘pink’ in meetings.
But nobody would call the regular pink ‘rose’, so you wouldn’t even have to deal with any negative effects from people getting mixed up. All in all, it’s a pretty solid choice if you’re hoping to play as an impostor. Some fun accessories for rose are Digging Helmet (hat), Crewbo the Clown (skin), Floaty Flamingo (hat), Mini Crewmate (pet), and Dig Down (visor cosmetic). Rose was included in the June 2021 update.
I don’t know why they called this one banana. Banana is a food, not a color. And yes, I suppose technically you could say the same thing about orange, but that’s different. Orange is well-established as a color, whereas nobody has referred to a shade of yellow as being banana. It’s not even the same hue as the fruit, the banana in Among Us is pretty much beige, with a slight hint of yellow in there. Confusion aside, this one is pretty middle-of-the-pack when it comes to popularity.
It’s slightly more sus than other colors, but like coral, it’s not bad enough that it should be a deterrent to you choosing it. If you do decide to play as banana, some excellent cosmetics for you are Muenster (hat), Mysterious Vagabond (hat), Land Here (skin), Business Skirt (skin), and Dadgum (visor cosmetic). Banana was included in the June 2021 update.
One of the least popular colors, coming in at 15th, gray is pretty boring. It’s not black and it’s not white, gray is just an indecisive middling color whose name is literally used as a synonym for monotony. However, if subtlety is your thing, then don’t let me be the one to rain on your parade. I fully support anyone picking gray… It leaves more of the decent colors for the rest of us! In a lobby, gray is kinda just there, and people don’t tend to pay much attention to them unless they’re acting obviously sus.
They’re not considered overly trustworthy either, but as long as you give a persuasive argument, color will only make so much difference. In terms of recommended accessories, why not try out My Name Chef (hat), Mr. Macbeth (hat), Guarding the Wall (skin), and Ghostly Moustache (visor cosmetic). Gray was included in the June 2021 update.
Here’s something you might not know about tan – it was actually included in the original release of the game! However, it was removed shortly after launch as it was deemed to be too similar to brown. It’s interesting that Innersloth clearly changed their minds about that decision, as they brought it back when they increased lobby sizes to 15 players. However, it would seem that players might have been happier when it didn’t exist, as tan comes stone cold last in popularity.
A paler shade of brown, it bears similarity to both brown and gray, and could be mistaken for either if someone only caught a brief glimpse of them. Some good cosmetic items are Mask, the Monster Mask (hat), Knighted (hat), Rock Solid (skin), Ro-Bot (pet), and Great Goalie (visor cosmetic). Tan was included in the June 2021 update.
Question: What is Fortegreen?
Answer: Fortegreen is the color that you’ll always default to before you’re assigned a proper value. It’s named after ForteBass, the username for Forest Willard, one of the developers for Innersloth. If your game is particularly slow, you may see several players in your lobby appearing as fortegreen before your device fully processes their actual color.
It’s also used by hackers to avoid detection, and if you see a fortegreen player on the map, the chances are that they’re a hacker. A fortegreen player’s name will appear as ‘???’.
Question: Why did Among Us get popular?
Answer: The massive success of Among Us is largely attributed to Twitch, and other similar streaming sites. Although the game released in 2018, it did not see particularly impressive growth for the first two years. However, in 2020, several large streamers discovered the game and started playing it, prompting many others to follow. The game became a hit, presumably due to the interactivity element, and before long, it had hundreds of millions of monthly users.
The hype has died down somewhat, but it’s still really popular, and new players are discovering it all the time. It’s not clear exactly why streamers picked the game up when they did, but I’m sure Innersloth are glad about it!
Question: Are certain colors more likely to be impostor in Among Us?
Answer: There’ve long been rumors that certain colors are more likely to be impostor than others. Some popular candidates for these conspiracy theories are red, purple, and cyan. However, none of this has been proven true, even by data miners, and the fact of the matter is that you can’t increase your likelihood of getting impostor just by choosing one color over another.
However, you are more likely to be impostor if you’ve just been impostor in the previous round. So if you enjoy being an impostor and you’ve just played as one, don’t quit the game, and instead play another round, as chances are you could get to be impostor again! Bear in mind, though, that although the odds will increase, you’re still pretty likely to be assigned as a crewmate.
As you can see there are plenty of colors to choose from, and each has their advantages or disadvantages. However, the only metric that you should really take into consideration is how much you like each color. You want to make sure that you enjoy playing with your character, and so finding the perfect customization for your preferences is crucial.
However, bearing in mind any inherent issues with how others may perceive you will help you play the game more tactically. I also hope I’ve been able to give you plenty of ideas for how to dress your character. Have fun