History Main / RedHeadedStepchild

16th May '18 7:54:31 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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[[folder: Fairy Tales]]
* In some picture books, ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' is illustrated as a red-head, thus she would be a literal example of this trope. Even [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} the Disney version]] has slightly reddish hair, although [[AdaptationDyeJob it's a more yellow blond in merchandise.]]
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[[folder: Fairy Tales]]
* In some picture books, ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' is illustrated as a red-head, thus she would be a literal example of this trope. Even [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} the Disney version]] has slightly reddish hair, although [[AdaptationDyeJob it's a more yellow blond in merchandise.]]
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13th May '18 4:11:02 PM GingaFan404
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* [[http://animaltracks.today.com/_news/2011/09/16/7792779-owner-of-a-lonely-heart-albino-seal-left-to-fend-for-himself An albino seal pup]] was abandoned by its mother because of its unusual coloring, which gave it ginger-colored fur. Luckily, there's a happy ending: it was rescued and taken back to a dolphinarium.

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* An [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythrism erythristic]] [[http://animaltracks.today.com/_news/2011/09/16/7792779-owner-of-a-lonely-heart-albino-seal-left-to-fend-for-himself An albino seal pup]] was abandoned by its mother because of its unusual coloring, which gave it ginger-colored fur. Luckily, there's a happy ending: it was rescued and taken back to a dolphinarium.
26th Apr '18 8:58:48 PM rjd1922
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUhLIjlTNSk&feature=related Also parodied]] in ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow''. (Creator/CatherineTate is a redhead.)

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUhLIjlTNSk&feature=related com/watch?v=bUhLIjlTNSk Also parodied]] in ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow''. (Creator/CatherineTate is a redhead.)



* The titular protagonist of ''VisualNovel/{{Cinders}}'' gains points for being both a re-imagining of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}} and a literal red-headed stepdaughter. Her nickname was specifically given to her because of the color of her hair.

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* The titular protagonist of ''VisualNovel/{{Cinders}}'' gains points for being both a re-imagining of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}} ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' and a literal red-headed stepdaughter. Her nickname was specifically given to her because of the color of her hair.



* In ''{{Webcomic/WildeLife}},'' [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Cliff]] is a literal example: he's a ginger (and some of the other wolves make cracks about that) and has a strained relationship with his stepfather. He's really close to his mother and brother, though. (His brother is adopted and black, incidentally, so it's not like ''Cliff'' is the one who stands out in this family.)

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* In ''{{Webcomic/WildeLife}},'' ''Webcomic/WildeLife,'' [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Cliff]] is a literal example: he's a ginger (and some of the other wolves make cracks about that) and has a strained relationship with his stepfather. He's really close to his mother and brother, though. (His brother is adopted and black, incidentally, so it's not like ''Cliff'' is the one who stands out in this family.)
17th Mar '18 9:25:11 AM Pichu-kun
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* As shown above, Annie from ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' suffered mockery for her curly red hair. The SettingUpdate film ''Film/{{Annie 2014}}'' {{race lift}}s Annie into being a little back girl with curly hair for a similar effect in modern culture.

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* As shown above, Annie from ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' suffered mockery for her curly red hair. The SettingUpdate film ''Film/{{Annie 2014}}'' {{race lift}}s Annie into being a little back black girl with curly hair for a similar effect in modern culture.
23rd Feb '18 6:07:04 PM AgProv
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* This is inverted in the ''{{Discworld}}'' fics of Creator/AAPessimal. The Dmith-Rhodes family has, over the years, unconsciously selected for red hair. Red hair and freckles have therefore become the family's dominant gene. Every so often, a family member might marrry somebody without red hair. But red is still dominant. Johanna Smith-Rhodes-Maaijande, the daughter of a red-blonde mother and a blonde father, has hair which is mainly blonde with a hint of red - the classic strawberry-blonde look. And no freckles. This makes her stand out in the wider family.[[note]]This also causes further headaches to the traditional enemy of White Howondaland, who realise the latest Smith-Rhodes Assassin has combat skills as good as her two aunts - but lacks their red hair and therefore cannot be called ''The Red Death''. the Zulu Empire is stuck on a name for her. ''The Pink Death'' is held not to cut it in terms of gravitas. And the person who suggested ''The Raspberry Ripple Death'' has been dealt with for not taking it seriously. Young Johanna exploits this uncertainty by deliberately adding stylish pink-dyed streaks to her hair, just to make the point.[[/note]] Her cousin Ruth Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons is the younger sister of two striking redheads who take after their mother. but Ruth takes her look from her father, wizard Ponder Stibbons. She is therefore slight and has her father's very dark brown, almost black, hair. People do not immediately register she is the daughter of respected Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes. Ruth herself wonders why she is so physically unalike to her two sisters and wishes she had their red hair...

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* This is inverted in the ''{{Discworld}}'' fics of Creator/AAPessimal. The Dmith-Rhodes Smith-Rhodes family has, over the years, unconsciously selected for red hair. Red hair and freckles have therefore become the family's dominant gene. Every so often, a family member might marrry somebody without red hair. But red is still dominant. Johanna Smith-Rhodes-Maaijande, the daughter of a red-blonde mother and a blonde father, has hair which is mainly blonde with a hint of red - the classic strawberry-blonde look. And no freckles. This makes her stand out in the wider family.[[note]]This also causes further headaches to the traditional enemy of White Howondaland, who realise the latest Smith-Rhodes Assassin has combat skills as good as her two aunts - but lacks their red hair hair, and therefore cannot be called ''The Red Death''. the The Zulu Empire is stuck on a name for her. her: ''The Pink Death'' is held not to cut it in terms of gravitas. And the person who suggested ''The Raspberry Ripple Death'' has been dealt with for not taking it seriously. Young Johanna exploits this uncertainty by deliberately adding stylish pink-dyed streaks to her hair, just to make the point.[[/note]] Her cousin Ruth Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons is the younger sister of two striking redheads who take after their mother. but But Ruth takes her look from her father, wizard Ponder Stibbons. She is therefore slight and has her father's very dark brown, almost black, hair. People do not immediately register she is the daughter of respected Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes. Ruth herself wonders why she is so physically unalike to her two sisters sisters, and wishes she had their red hair...
23rd Feb '18 6:04:38 PM AgProv
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* This is inverted in the ''{{Discworld}}'' fics of Creator/AAPessimal. The Dmith-Rhodes family has, over the years, unconsciously selected for red hair. Red hair and freckles have therefore become the family's dominant gene. Every so often, a family member might marrry somebody without red hair. But red is still dominant. Johanna Smith-Rhodes-Maaijande, the daughter of a red-blonde mother and a blonde father, has hair which is mainly blonde with a hint of red - the classic strawberry-blonde look. And no freckles. This makes her stand out in the wider family.[[note]]This also causes further headaches to the traditional enemy of White Howondaland, who realise the latest Smith-Rhodes Assassin has combat skills as good as her two aunts - but lacks their red hair and therefore cannot be called ''The Red Death''. the Zulu Empire is stuck on a name for her. ''The Pink Death'' is held not to cut it in terms of gravitas. And the person who suggested ''The Raspberry Ripple Death'' has been dealt with for not taking it seriously. Young Johanna exploits this uncertainty by deliberately adding stylish pink-dyed streaks to her hair, just to make the point.[[/note]] Her cousin Ruth Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons is the younger sister of two striking redheads who take after their mother. but Ruth takes her look from her father, wizard Ponder Stibbons. She is therefore slight and has her father's very dark brown, almost black, hair. People do not immediately register she is the daughter of respected Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes. Ruth herself wonders why she is so physically unalike to her two sisters and wishes she had their red hair...
19th Jan '18 6:32:31 PM somestrangecircus
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* The titular protagonist of ''VisualNovel/Cinders'' gains points for being both a re-imagining of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}} and a literal red-headed stepdaughter. Her nickname was specifically given to her because of the color of her hair.

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* The titular protagonist of ''VisualNovel/Cinders'' ''VisualNovel/{{Cinders}}'' gains points for being both a re-imagining of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}} and a literal red-headed stepdaughter. Her nickname was specifically given to her because of the color of her hair.
19th Jan '18 6:31:56 PM somestrangecircus
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* The titular protagonist of ''VisualNovel/Cinders'' gains points for being both a re-imagining of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}} and a literal red-headed stepdaughter. Her nickname was specifically given to her because of the color of her hair.
4th Nov '17 10:50:29 AM rjd1922
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* WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy:

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* So Red hair only happens if both your parents have a gene. A family with the gene can go generations without red hair occurring due to no one having babies with someone who also has the genes. Now imagine you're back when this stuff wasn't known, and you or your wife has a child with red hair, despite neither you or your wife having red hair, and she swears to god on her life she did not cheat on you. What do you assume has happened? Probably that the child's a demon or has been replaced with a [[ChangelingTale fairy]].

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* So Red red hair only happens if both your parents have a gene. A family with the gene can go generations without red hair occurring due to no one having babies with someone who also has the genes. Now imagine you're back when this stuff wasn't known, and you or your wife has a child with red hair, despite neither you or your wife having red hair, and she swears to god on her life she did not cheat on you. What do you assume has happened? Probably that the child's a demon or has been replaced with a [[ChangelingTale fairy]].
24th Jul '17 12:00:39 PM Divra
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* Besides being plot important, ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'' has a good explanation for the prejudice. The hero has fiery red hair, the result of an affair between one of the traditionally red-headed kings of {{Ruritania}} and a female member of his traditionally dark-haired family. Thus, his appearance is a [[HeroicBastard reminder of illegitimacy]].

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* Besides being plot important, ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'' has a good explanation for the prejudice. The hero has fiery red hair, the result of an affair between one of the traditionally red-headed kings of {{Ruritania}} and a female member of his traditionally dark-haired family. Thus, his appearance is a [[HeroicBastard reminder of illegitimacy]].that the family's current claim to their title is illegitimate]].
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