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Colour identity is not only the colours in the casting cost, but any mana symbols that appear in the rules text (but not the reminder text!). Are there any legendary creatures that have a different colour identity to their card colour?

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There are. The color identity rules were purposefully changed in 2010 to allow these legendary creatures to be played as commanders:

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  • Out of curiosity, how did you find the cards in answer?
    – Ivar
    Commented Jan 10, 2014 at 19:43
  • @Ivar Sheldon listed them in the rules change announcement. (Follow my first link and read the last couple of paragraphs.)
    – Alex P
    Commented Jan 10, 2014 at 19:44
  • Do you know if there are any others that have been printed since that rules change announcement?
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jan 10, 2014 at 23:54
  • @Cascabel As far as I can tell, as of the writing of this answer in 2014 that was a complete list, no additions between 2010 and 2014, in the past 6 years though that list has grown quite a bit.
    – Andrew
    Commented Jan 25, 2021 at 17:44
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While most cards color identity is in the casting cost, there are many cards that have an identity that does not match their colors. This is true for legendary creatures too and there are many commanders with identities outside the card color. The most common reason is the card has an ability with different colored mana costs, some of the more common ones:

A less common reason is double faced cards, the color of the back face is part of the identity1 of the commander:

And finally there are two possible 0 mana value commanders:

  • Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar - like any card with no mana cost printed, Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar cannot be cast normally. Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar has an ability that will give it an alternate cost (and that alternate cost could put it under the first category too) but as this card has no colors from its mana cost, it relies on the color indicator to set the card color, which also is part of what sets a commander's color identity.
  • Rograkh, Son of Rohgahh - Rograkh has a mana cost of 0, and unlike Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar does not have any abilities with a colored cost. Because of this Rograkh's card color and color identity is completely set by the color indicator circle on the card's type line.

  1. This also applies to cards in the 99, which is why the colorless Elbrus, the Binding Blade can only be in decks that include black, the back side counts for identity and must be included on the commander.
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If you are interested in finding a commander with certain colour/colour identity, ScryFall is a powerful search.
You can search for cards that can be your commander (is:commander), and filter them by colour identity (id=WUBRG) and colour (c=WUBRG). It also supports <, >, <=, and >= symbols.

e.g.
Find all commanders with colour identity WUBRG, but with fewer card colours.
Find all colourless commanders with colours in their colour identity.

There seem to be two cycles of commanders of fewer colours than their identity:

  • Fate Reforged had a cycle of monocoloured legendary creatures, each with an ability including a cost of hybrid mana of two other colours.
  • Unsanctioned (a joke set) had a cycle of monocoloured legendary creatures, each with an ability cost of an enemy colour.
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The following Scryfall query reveals that there are, at time of writing, sixty such commanders.

is:commander ((c:0 id>0) or (c:1 id>1) or (c:2 id>2) or (c:3 id>3) or (c:4 id>4))

Ten of them are silver-bordered, leaving the number legal in ordinary Commmander (append f:c to the query) at 50.

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