Soul of Fiery Redness


(permanent link) added: 2008-07-28 23:31:59 sponsor: Glenn Magus Harvey (last reply: 2010-03-16 15:15:10)

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The following sets of traits are often seen together:

  • a character who is associated with fire in some way (or associated with something else that's associated with fire)
  • a character with an impetuous and/or driven and/or aggressive personality, sometimes portrayed as overconfident or overdoing it (occasionally to disastrous results)
  • the character is associated with the color red--be it in clothing, hair color, armor, etc.

I discussed this in chat, and the following articles were suggested: Hot-Blooded, Hair Colors, Colour-Coded for Your Convenience, and Red-Headed Hero. None of them seem to quite fit this--the first is merely about heroic force of will, the second doesn't name cases where it's not a redhead, the third is practically not this topic, and the fourth misses the personality traits.

Does this already exist? I thought it would, as I thought this was a really obvious trope. But then again, I only really started thinking about it since I've been trying to create one such character.

Examples:

  • Asuka Langley Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion: red clothing, red mecha, personality traits of aggression and impetuousness, although not associated directly with fire (and she has red hair, but only in the animĂ©)
  • Nola Falacci from Law & Order: Criminal Intent: red hair, and a forceful, confrontational, aggressive personality (though of course her clothing is realistic)
  • Jenna from Golden Sun: associated with fire, more driven, outgoing, and sometimes emotional than other members of the cast, has red-purplish hair and red/purple clothes
  • Hikaru from Magic Knight Rayearth: associated with fire, wears red and has red hair, is the most tomboyish of the three Magic Knights, has the highest attack power in the RPG version of the plot
  • Lance from Voltron (Voltron 3D, in particular): associated with Red Lion (which is associated with fire), wears red (in V3D, but possibly only because that's his Lion's color), and has somewhat of a more rule-defying and aggressive personality that would sometimes clash with his commander (Keith) and high command which led to his getting arrested and jailed during a pretty dramatic story arc

(Note: Lance from cartoon Lion Voltron has a different personality and appearance, despite still piloting Red Lion. First, he wears blue. Second, more importantly, he instead has the calm sarcastic/snarky commentator personality.)

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Other examples given by commenters and one of my real-life friends:

  • Mega Man Battle Network: Hino Ken, Fireman, Heatman (courtesy of Caphi)
  • Golden Sun: Garet (courtesy of Some Guy)
  • Lord of the Rings: Gandalf? based on "I am a servant of the secret fire, wielder of the Flame of Anor" and on his carrying the ring of fire Narya. (courtesy of unknown troper) However, another troper has noted that he is careful and controlled in his actions. (courtesy of Coriander)
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Vita. Badly-tempered, agressive, red-headed Wolkenritter with a very red Elegant Gothic Lolita outfit. (courtesy of Servbot)
  • Shakugan no Shana: Shana. Heck it's her freaking name! "Flame-Haired Burning-Eyed Hunter" She got the red hair, the fire, and the temper (Tsundere). (courtesy of Sackett, who nominates this to be the trope picture)
  • Avatar: the Last Airbender: Azula, the Fire Lord, Zuko (courtesy of Sackett)
  • Pokémon: Ash's Charmeleon, Ash's Charizard? These seem to be pretty much stock-characters that were drawn out of the warehouse in order to serve as personality for these minor characters. (courtesy of my friend M.J.S.)

Other tropes considered: Personality Powers, {{Red Oni Blue Oni}

My comments: This might possibly be considered a subtrope of Personality Powers, but I haven't thought this one through yet. However, it seems that Red Oni Blue Oni applies to the contrast between two characters, and I'm inclined to agree with Sackett that this trope could apply for when the point is the character himself/herself, as opposed to the comparison.
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