Created By: Glenn Magus Harvey on July 28, 2008

Soul of Fiery Redness

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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.


  • 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 animé)
  • 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.)


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.
Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • July 25, 2008
    Hino Ken in Mega Man Battle Network and the anime adaptation. Also, Fireman and Heatman, both Navis of his. Flameman less so, because Flameman is lame.
  • July 25, 2008
    Glenn Magus Harvey
    Bump because I'm pretty sure there are more examples out there that I haven't thought of, and I want to get more input (as well as possibly find an actual trope page of this, if there exists one).
  • July 25, 2008
    Some Guy
    Oh, I quite agree this is common enough trope. I'm just trying to remember if its on the site or not. I know I've heard it defined at least once or twice before reading this YYKTW, but it might not have been here. It certainly warrants a split from Hair Colors, in any case. Red hair is, without a doubt, the type most likely to determine a character's overall personality.

    I'd say Garet embodies this more than Jenna, by the way.
  • July 25, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Gandalf wields powers associated with fire. Confronting the Balrog, he tells it "I am a servant of the secret fire, wielder of the Flame of Anor". It's not until the end of the book (not in the film) that we discover that Gandalf is the wielder of Narya, the Ring of Fire, one of the Three Rings of the Elves.
  • July 25, 2008
    Yeah, but Gandalf goes out of his way to avoid falling into the personality tropes listed above. He's cautious, thoughtful and slow to act. Also, he doesn't have red hair... or clothes... [1].

    And fiery souls with power over flame are covered in Personality Powers.
  • July 25, 2008
    Sounds like the red oni from Red Oni Blue Oni
  • July 25, 2008
  • July 25, 2008
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  • July 25, 2008
    Supposedly the Sith use red-bladed lightsabers because red symbolizes passion and aggression.
  • July 25, 2008
    Vita of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Badly-tempered, agressive, red-headed Wolkenritter with a very red Elegant Gothic Lolita outfit.
  • July 25, 2008
    The Sith use red lightsabers because everything in Star Wars is Color Coded For Our Convenience. In-universe, it's because that's just what the color of the synthetic crystals they make is.
  • July 25, 2008
    Shana from Shakugan No Shana Heck it's her freaking name! "Flame-Haired Burning-Eyed Hunter" She got the red hair, the fire, and the temper (Tsundere).

    In fact, if this becomes a trope, I nominate her image to go on the page as the picture representation of this trope.
  • July 25, 2008
    Have to agree with The Wanderer. This is the Red Oni half of Red Oni Blue Oni.
  • July 25, 2008
    Should Red Oni Blue Oni refer only to when they are paired, and have this be for when the Red Oni appears alone?

    Or does the addition of flame make this different?

    PS: Avatar The Last Airbender: Azula, the Fire Lord, and Zuko all fit this.
  • July 28, 2008
    Hmm... Ranma from Ranma One Half might fit this, has the personality, and is almost always wearing red, but instead of Fire is associated with the Soul Of Ice. A subversion?
  • July 29, 2008
    Hino Rei/Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon?
  • August 6, 2008
    Glenn Magus Harvey
    ykttw bump, to see if there are fresh faces to look at this trope before I launch it.
  • September 1, 2008
  • September 1, 2008
    I think this is worth counting as its own trope, intersecting with but distinct from Red Oni Blue Oni. Red Oni Blue Oni implies a pair of characters with contrasting characteristics, while this is just a passionate "red" character who doesn't necessarily have a foil. Note that this is a significantly more common type, with a greater tie to the color it's associated with, than an isolated "blue oni" type. It may help if we get some more examples that aren't from anime or anime-influenced stuff. What about Wheeler from Captain Planet And The Planeteers?
  • September 2, 2008
    Black Charizard
    Seems to be a subtrope of Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance. Is this splittable?
  • July 9, 2009
    So.... This is Red Oni? as a subtrope of Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance and needs a note that often the Red Oni is paired with a Blue Oni
  • July 10, 2009
    Vita doesn't fit. She's not associated with fire in any way. That's Signum, who's a stoic badass with a pink outfit.
  • July 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Chandra Nalaar from Magic the Gathering fits this to a tee.
  • July 10, 2009
    @Smokie: If that is the case, then Asuka and Nola, the first two examples given by the trope proposer, does not fit either as they are not assciated to fire besides having a fiery personality. Seems like the proposed trope covers both the metaphorical fire as well as the literal fire.

    Of course, Fiery Redhead Agito of the Nanoha franchise has both the metaphorical and literal fire.

    Also, Mahou Sensei Negima has Negi's Fiery Redhead, fire mage of a childhood friend, Anya.

    By the way, if this is launched, Fiery Redhead this should probably be linked to Fiery Redhead as well.
  • July 11, 2009
    Can't believe the poster missed this one.

    Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Everyone.
  • July 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Lina Inverse from The Slayers
  • July 11, 2009
  • March 16, 2010
    This is an old YKTTW of mine that doesn't seem to have been launched yet.

    I think, in the time since I last visited this discussion, I found a trope that actually corresponds to this, but I don't remember what it is. Maybe someone can think of it once I bump it with this reply?