Created By: Scrapperlock on February 1, 2013 Last Edited By: Scrapperlock on February 11, 2013
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Psychic Redhead Girl

A woman with red hair and psychic powers

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So the heroes have a Fiery Redhead girl on their team. She might have some an ability related to fire, but if she doesn't chances are she'll have some kind of psychic powers. Chances are made all the more likely if she has Exotic Eye Designs.

The archetypal psychic redhead girl would be Jean Grey, from the X-men, who is one of the most powerful psychics in the Marvel universe. She's prolific enough to have spawned a number of expies, such as Sister Psyche from the long-running MMO City of Heroes.

Also keep in mind that her psychic powers may be more subtle, or may only be one of her abilities. Erza Scarlet, from Fairy Tail, fights like a sword wielding Action Girl, but is considered a wizard because of her telekinetic powers that she uses to switch out and levitate her weapons.
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  • February 1, 2013
    Chabal2
    Sarah Kerrigan used to be one, now she's just extremely psychic, her hair having been replaced by chitinous antennae.

  • February 1, 2013
    lexicon
    This is a more specific version of Mystical Redhead. Note that a mod discarded it. I don't see how we can have a sub-trope of something that isn't allowed to exist.
  • February 1, 2013
    Scrapperlock
    Mystical is a character trait, whereas psychic powers are an ability that often mostly or completely define the character.
  • February 11, 2013
    Chabal2
    Warhammer 40 K: Some Eldar Farseers are depicted with red hair.
  • February 11, 2013
    Larkmarn
    "Warhammer 40 K: Some Eldar Farseers are depicted with red hair." - That sounds about as chairs as you can get.
  • February 11, 2013
    Desertopa
    I think it's a shame that Mystical Redhead was discarded, since I can think of a number of works where red hair is treated as a sign of magical power, not just something that happens to coincide with magical power in some characters. We already have other hair/trait tropes, like Hair Of Gold Heart Of Gold, for where there exists actual association instead of mere coincidence.
  • February 11, 2013
    acrobox
    Hair Of Gold Heart Of Gold is so much more broad though.

    Instead of nitty grity stuff why not just have a broad trope like or Theres Something About Redheads. That would cover redheads being magic, or mystic, or strong, or lead characters, or socially awkward.

    I feel like Red hair is just used to make people stand out, and unusual traits make people standout, so theyre often paired. Whether any of the the specific standouts are common enough for their own seperate page is up for debate.

    Personally i feel like the magic one isn't in itself special enough to merit one.
  • February 11, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    We are most definitively not aiming at having more such broad tropes where appearance is associated with several unrelated things.
  • February 11, 2013
    troacctid
    I'm not convinced this is tropeworthy.
  • February 11, 2013
    nitrokitty
    Ugh, not another hair color trope. As if we didn't have enough problems with the existing ones as it is.

    The only way I'd support this trope is if there is an explicit link in universe between red hair and psychic powers. Otherwise, it falls victim to the same problems that all the other hair color tropes do, namely, that there's a trope for every type of personality out there, with "X hair" tacked on to it.
  • February 11, 2013
    StarSword
    ^A similar YKTTW, Great Redheaded Sorcerer, was thrown out for exactly that reason.

    We've already got Fiery Redhead and Significant Green Eyed Redhead, the latter of which seems to cover this to some extent.
  • February 11, 2013
    Cassis
    ^^In the Darkover novels I think there is a specific genetic link between red hair and psychic powers. But one work does not a trope make.
  • February 11, 2013
    MissKitten
    We have problems with Appearance tropes in general not just hair color tropes(eye color tropes get misused as well). Likewise I see this trope being a magnet for people just putting in characters with red hair that uses magic/psychic powers.
  • February 11, 2013
    shimaspawn
    <Mod Hat>

    This sort of appearance thing is not a trope. There are female psychics of every possible hair colour and most of the impossible ones too. This is not a trope. It will be discarded. Do not recreate it.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=yrujv4lq7b3r0oy9plqnb238&trope=DiscardedYKTTW