Good-to-Bad color scale without green

I’m new to the community but I was wondering if you guys could help me out. Typically when someone want to display a scale of good-to-bad they show something like:

red to green color gradient

Red is bad and green is good, with yellow being somewhere in between. What I am faced with however is that all options are bad, so I cannot use green. I also have a wide range of levels of bad with the low end being somebody being rude and the upper end being murder. I was thinking about maybe using purples or blues to increase the spread, but, being completely new to any graphic design, I’m unsure. Like this:

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The colors would never be displayed directly next to each other, so a perfect gradient isn’t necessary. Any tips or help at all is appreciated!


@Lucien has the right of it. If you need only a color scale (and not a graphic scale) then perhaps a red to yellow stepped blend or a solid red to transparent blend.

It seems to me that any color other than red (bad) to yellow (caution) will not translate to different degrees of “bad”.

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