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Mystical Redhead
Redhair as a sign of otherworldliness


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In the early 1600ís, at the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the belief of Pixies (aka fairies) emerged in southwest England. They were then and have since been strongly associated with red hair for their mischievousness and otherworldly talents.

In fiction the character isn't necessarily magic, but might be strongly associated with unnatural forces. A magic using group of any kind might be entirely made up of redheaded creatures to give off an eerie feeling like the Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette does. It animation it tends to be a mystical carrot-top or orange haired character.

If the character does do magic and the red hair is a sign that he's intimidatingly powerful then he's a Great Redheaded Sorcerer (still in YKTTW).

For other "magical" minorities, see Magical Negro, Heroic Albino, Disability Superpower. Compare Red-Headed Stepchild.

Examples

  • Ichigo of Bleach has bright orange hair; he's often accused of dying it, which contributes to his reputation as a delinquent. He also has an abnormal power level and affinity with Soul Reaper powers.
  • Ms. Frizzle of The Magic School Bus appears to be one of these, as it's implied that she may be the source of the bus's magic.
  • Once someone said about FBI special agent Dana Scully of X Files, "Like, her hair was red, but it was a little too red, y'know?" While she is very much human, Scully does have a seriousness and intensity to her while she investigates cases involving paranormal phenomena.
  • Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles has all fire witches have red hair.
  • In the Book of Amber, all the red haired siblings were the sorcerers: Brand, Bleys, and Fiona.
  • Antimony Carver from Gunnerkrigg Court. She is the odd one in her class, as she seems to be a magnet for the supernatural and weird.
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