In multiplayer matches, players cannot choose their own color before a game starts.
In Brood War two of the colors bring special variations into the game. Player 6 appears as Atlas Wing instead of Omega Squadron, and on Desert tileset it uses the Green color instead of Brown. Player 7 appears as Cronus Wing instead of Alpha Squadron, and on Ice tileset it uses the Green color instead of White.
In the original StarCraft manual the Color of Omega Squadron "the Death's Head Legion" is Black instead of Brown. Also Purple is associated with the Nova Squadron instead of Antiga, and every Teal factions appear as Green in the manual.
In the manul the Aqua color appears as the Militia Color of the Umojan Protectorate, but it is not used ingame.
|Player Number||Color||Terran Name||Zerg Name||Protoss Name|
|1||Red||Elite Guard||Tiamat Brood||Ara Tribe|
|2||Blue||Mar Sara||Surtur Brood||Sargas Tribe|
|3||Teal (most common hero color)||Kel-Morian Combine||Fenris Brood||Akilae Tribe|
|4||Purple||Antiga||Jormungand Brood||Furinax Tribe|
|5||Orange||Delta Squadron||Garm Brood||Auriga Tribe|
|6||Brown (Green on desert maps)||Omega Squadron (StarCraft), Atlas Wing (Brood War)||Grendel Brood||Venatir Tribe|
|7||White (Green on ice maps)||Alpha Squadron (StarCraft), Cronus Wing (Brood War)||Baelrog Brood||Shelak Tribe|
|8||Yellow||Epsilon Squadron||Leviathan Brood||Velari Tribe|
Players areThe Umojan Protectorate able to choose their color before a custom match starts.
As of Patch 3.3.0, players are able to choose what colors appear for the player's, allied, neutral and enemy units for ladder and unranked matches.
There are eight player colors available in games of less than 7 players: red, blue, teal, purple, yellow, orange, green and white. More colors are available in games with 8 players. Colors are changed depending on the tileset as to not impact
In single-player missions, colors are not explicitly associated with force names, but red terrans are usually The Dominion, blue are Raynor's Raiders, and pink Mira's Mercs. Moebius Corps and the Covert Ops Crew are both black terran, but the Covert Ops Crew uses a different skin set. The Tal'darim protoss faction are teal/aqua in the Wings of Liberty campaign, dark blue in Heart of the Swarm, and given their own red skins in Legacy of the Void. Kerrigan's Swarm is consistently colored purple in the single player campaigns, with feral zerg usually being colored orange and Amon Brood being colored red.
In the Legacy of the Void campaign, player controlled protoss Daelaam are colored blue, Purifiers are colored orange, and Nerazim are green. Both Tal'darim and corrupted Khalai are red, but the Tal'darim use a different skin.