Created By: Thecommander236 on March 24, 2013 Last Edited By: Thecommander236 on March 27, 2013
Nuked

Mysterious Red-Head

A red-headed character is important to the story, but has vague characterization.

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Trope
"I'm terribly sorry, but I don't seem to remember your name."
"Oh, my name is--" (Cut-away)
"Red-Haired Guy"

In fiction, it seems that they are a lot of characters that have No Name Given. There is also a lot of red heads. Then, for some reason, these characters become, at the very least, Mauve Shirts or a Mook Lieutenant. However, these characters will rarely be named or it will take a long time for them to be named. The character is usually Only Known by Their Nickname or has Only One Name. Expect this character to be called "Scarlet" or "Red". In a few extreme cases, a lot of mauve shirts will be killed and yet this character makes it through. These characters often have a Mysterious Past and occasionally have Identity Amnesia.

Examples:

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  • Charlie Brown's perpetual off-stage crush The Little Red-Headed Girl.
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
  • TwoKinds has "Red-Headed Guy" who is only called "Red". He has a name, but it's a Running Gag that there is always something that interrupts him giving it. He is a decent fighter and a friend of the main hero.
  • MS Paint Masterpieces has a red-haired soldier that is part of the Fodder Force Uber Team. The entire time has been slowly wiped out... besides the red-head is back from the dead thanks to Dr. Light.
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Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • March 24, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Need a LOT more examples... hair color tropes are really, really, really played out.
  • March 25, 2013
    Arivne
    You'd also need to show that either (a) there aren't examples of people with blond or dark hair with these characteristics or (b) there's something special about redheads that fit the description.
  • March 25, 2013
    Thecommander236
    Indeed. I'm waitint to see how it plays out and I'm playing the trope by ear. This is one of my lesser idea I have in my head, so I figure I'll see where this one goes before I do something else.
  • March 25, 2013
    Duncan
    Charlie Brown's perpetual off-stage crush The Little Red-Headed Girl.
  • March 26, 2013
    Thecommander236
    Motion To Discard came fast. Give a two days. If no one can think of another example, I'll nuke it.
  • March 26, 2013
    lexicon
    It's not examples that it needs so much as a connection between red hair and mysteriousness.
  • March 26, 2013
    Thecommander236
    Mysterious is kind of a misnomer in this case. The character can be mysterious or simply have a lack of characterization or back story, but is STILL important.
  • March 26, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Video Games
    • Tales Of Symphonia: Kratos, a mysterious mercenary hired to protect Colette, who is later revealed to be an important character being Loyd's father and a Double Agent for the Big Bad, but he's mysterious because even by the end of the game there's still some lingering questions we never get answers for about him.
  • March 26, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I just don't think there's any real evidence of redheads being more mysterious than any other hair color, and I'm fairly certain you could cull a list of just as many, if not more, of any hair color.
  • March 26, 2013
    lexicon
    This is another one that reminds me of Mystical Redhead. There was also Psychic Redhead. As acrobox said in that discussion, it does seem that Theres Something About Redheads.
  • March 27, 2013
    Thecommander236
    Righto. Any one else have something to say?
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