History Main / RedHeadedStepchild

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]].
28th Jun '17 4:55:36 PM StarTropes
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* Referenced a few times on ''Series/WorldsDumbest'', usually involving Danny Bonaduce.
--> '''Mike Trainor:''' Oh, Danny! He's beating you literally like a red-headed stepchild!
8th May '17 11:34:48 PM JoeMerl
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* Apparently averted in ''{{Webcomic/Wildelife}}''. Though Cliff is literally a red headed step-child, his mother at least is very loving. We have yet to see his step-dad, though.

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* Apparently averted in ''{{Webcomic/Wildelife}}''. Though Cliff In ''{{Webcomic/WildeLife}},'' [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Cliff]] is literally a red headed step-child, 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 at least and brother, though. (His brother is very loving. We have yet to see his step-dad, though.adopted and black, incidentally, so it's not like ''Cliff'' is the one who stands out in this family.)
8th May '17 11:29:31 PM JoeMerl
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Fanfic/LikeARedHeadedStepchild.'' In this world, [[Franchise/HarryPotter Harry]] inherited his mother's red hair instead of his father's black. As a result, everyone just assumes he's a Weasley, and the Weasleys, for their part, [[AdoptedToTheHouse just kind of go along with it]].
17th Jul '16 6:21:55 AM jormis29
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* There's also the myth that red hair is the mark of [[CainAndAbel Cain]], which serves to very visibly brand redheads as [[InTheBlood his descendants]]. Like redheads didn't already have [[AcceptableEthnicTargets enough problems]]. Although that does pose the question of whether or not all of a redheads' ancestors who ''didn't'' [[FridgeLogic have red hair happened to be of Cain's lineage]] and, if they aren't, how the hell that works. Perhaps [[DidntThinkThisThrough all redheads are actually adopted]].

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* There's also the myth that red hair is the mark of [[CainAndAbel Cain]], which serves to very visibly brand redheads as [[InTheBlood [[TheDescendantsOfCain his descendants]]. Like redheads didn't already have [[AcceptableEthnicTargets enough problems]]. Although that does pose the question of whether or not all of a redheads' ancestors who ''didn't'' [[FridgeLogic have red hair happened to be of Cain's lineage]] and, if they aren't, how the hell that works. Perhaps [[DidntThinkThisThrough all redheads are actually adopted]].
15th Jul '16 2:33:16 AM Morgenthaler
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** According to Cartman, ginger children do not have souls and are likened to the undead. The parents of three ginger children act terrified when the boys talk to them about it and imply they may be [[ChangelingTale changelings]]. Kyle, though, is a RedHeadedHero. (Cartman calls him a "[[Franchise/{{Blade}} Daywalker]]," on the grounds that his hair makes him "half-ginger.")

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** According to Cartman, ginger children do not have souls and are likened to the undead. The parents of three ginger children act terrified when the boys talk to them about it and imply they may be [[ChangelingTale changelings]]. Kyle, though, is also a RedHeadedHero.redhead. (Cartman calls him a "[[Franchise/{{Blade}} Daywalker]]," on the grounds that his hair makes him "half-ginger.")
15th Jul '16 2:32:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[RedHeadedHero Will Vandom]] averts this in the original ComicBook/{{WITCH}} comics when her mother marries her history professor, Dean Collins. Will was ecstatic when the engagement was announced and she and Dean get along fairly well as it's her biological mother she actually fights with while her real father [[spoiler: tried to blackmail his ex-wife--while also trying to use Will against her.]]
15th Jul '16 2:12:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* Kyo Sohma from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' could probably qualify as this ''and'' a RedheadedHero -- and is certainly unwanted by his (biological) father.

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* Kyo Sohma from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' could probably qualify as this ''and'' a RedheadedHero -- and is certainly unwanted by his (biological) father.
8th Jul '16 6:57:53 PM ScotieRw
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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]].
2nd Jul '16 9:07:58 AM rjd1922
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* ''[[Film/CheaperByTheDozen Cheaper by the Dozen]]'' has Mark, the redhead with glasses who got his nickname, FedEx, because his siblings tease him by saying the Fed-Ex truck dropped him off.

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* ''[[Film/CheaperByTheDozen Cheaper by the Dozen]]'' has Mark, the redhead with glasses who got his nickname, FedEx, [=FedEx=], because his siblings tease him by saying the Fed-Ex truck dropped him off.
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