Among Us character lore, colors & pictures 2021

Who are the Among Us characters, and what are their playable roles and backstory? An introduction to the cute humanoid space explorers.

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As Among Us keeps rising in popularity, there are a ton of questions regarding the story behind the game and especially its characters, the little cute creatures running around to save or sabotage their spaceships, space stations, Mira's HQ, and last but not least, the Airship. Among Us is a 2018 multiplayer online video game based on teamwork and… betrayal, as its developer Innersloth states.

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Among Us remains a very popular online game. Sources: &

Who are the Among Us Characters

Firstly, the characters in the space-themed social deduction game Among Us are the crew members of a spaceship or alien imposters disguised as crewmembers.

In Among Us, game rounds consist of 4-10 players connected online or on LAN. In each round, the goal of the crewmates is to save the spaceship and guarantee a safe trip back home. Each round also includes 1-3 alien imposters (aka Impostors) whose goal is to kill all other crew members. Players can hold emergency meetings and vote to throw another player out of the spaceship.

The characters in Among Us look identical to one another, with their uniform color being the only exception. They are seemingly humanoid creatures (humans & humanoid aliens), wearing full-body spacesuits and carrying small oxygen tanks that look like backpacks.

The crewmembers' tasks vary depending on the map, including throwing out the spaceship's garbage, performing a med scan on another crew member, fixing the spaceship's shields, destroying asteroids, fixing electrical wiring, aligning the engine output, or diverting power from one mechanism to another and more.

If you want to jump into Among Us, I recommend you read our ultimate Among Us guide.

The Among Us characters and their abilities

The Among Us characters don't have any backstories, nor any names. At the same time, the players can input their characters' names. Among Us also offers some character customization features beyond changing a character's name.

You can change your character's color of the space bodysuit or add cosmetics, including hats, skins, and pets, in the lobby area before starting a game.

The only role distinction in Among Us is that of the crew and the imposter(s). Similarly, each specific role provides the individual character with different actions.

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List of all 18 Among Us Characters in 2021

The only way to distinguish Among Us characters is the color of their spacesuits. Since there are 18 available spacesuit colors, there are 18 Among Us characters.

Since the June 15 patch in 2021, Among us supports 15-player lobbies. To cover the requirement for at least 15 different character colors, Innersloth added 6 new colors to the original 12′ tan, gray, banana, rose, maroon, and coral.

Here is the list of the 18 characters/colors available right now:

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In-game Among us character appearance and animations

Firstly, if the character is a Crewmate, all characters will display their names in white above their heads. If the player is chosen as an Impostor by RNG, then other Impostors will see their names (including their own) as colored red while crewmates will see them as white. Players can pick character names before the game starts in the lobby.

Additionally, if a player is eliminated by normal gameplay, they will turn into a ghost. Ghosts look the same as living characters, with a ghost tail instead of legs, transparent. Also, their currently chosen skin and cosmetics will not be visible.

On the other hand, if a player is murdered, all that will be left behind at the scene of the murder will be a decapitated corpse. In particular, the corpse will feature only the bottom part of the body and the spine sticking out of it.

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The simplistic design of Among Us has raised a ton of questions around the characters and the game's lore.

Are Among Us characters humans or aliens?

The Among Us characters are designed as humanoids, but they are missing arms in all their appearances. Whether that is just part of aesthetics and the game's fans read too much it, or there is a story behind this design choice remains to be seen.

Despite appearing to be armless, a lot of the tasks each Among Us character can perform imply humanoid abilities and the use of hands. While their hands are not visible when not in use, they show up in certain scenarios, floating mid-air, and can even appear and disappear at will. On the other hand, that's just how animations work.

Personally, I believe these creatures are just humans or were meant to be, designed this way for simplicity and cuteness (win-win). This is a question similar to whether Super Mario is a human or a dwarf, and I don't believe the developers originally expected to dig that deep.

However, many official Twitter posts from Among Us developers debase the theory that Crewmates are humans. Riding the buzz?

How do I change my Among Us character?

When you join an Among Us game in the pre-game lobby, you will find a laptop that allows you to change and customize your character's appearance. You can select any color not used by someone else and decide which cosmetic items you want to dress your character with. That's the only way to do change your character's looks.

Can I always be the Impostor in Among Us?

No, you cannot control this decision. However, there is a theory that you can increase the odds by constantly changing character colors until the game starts.

What are among us crewmates called?

The crewmates don't have individual names other than the ones selected by players before the game starts. They are collectively referred to as “the Crew.”

Can you make your own Among Us character?

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Among Us avatar Source: Among Us Avatar Creator

No, but you can use the Among Us avatar creator website to create unique avatars to use in the game and beyond it.

Among Us Characters Popularity Rankings [Original 12 Colors]

Time for some popularity rankings, which include the original colors as the introduction of extra 6 is relatively fresh at this point. So, here is the Among Us character popularity list. Red is the most popular character in the Among Us game. Kinda sus:

  1. Red
  2. Black
  3. White
  4. Cyan
  5. Yellow
  6. Blue
  7. Pink
  8. Purple
  9. Orange
  10. Lime
  11. Brown
  12. Green


With “Among Us” popularity still spiking among multiplayer games, there is definitely potential for the appearance of new characters in the game, so stay tuned for more. Protection Status