Created By: DesertDragon on November 24, 2011 Last Edited By: DesertDragon on December 8, 2011
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Scarlet Fever

Characters named Scarlet, often mysterious women.

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"Scarlet" as a name has always invoked an air of sensuality and mystery. Usually a female-oriented trope, the name "Scarlet" often denotes a woman with a fiery, indomitable personality and complicated morality. If she's a hero, she'll be on the aggressive side. If she's a villain, a Heel–Face Turn is never out of the question. As one can expect, she is often a Lady in Red and/or a Fiery Redhead, especially if "Scarlet" is actually a nickname or codename.

While male examples exist (Captain Scarlet and The Scarlet Pimpernel come to mind), they usually have a much different feel, playing up the boldness of the color red rather than any direct sexualization.

Examples:

  • Scarlet O'Hara from Gone with the Wind, possibly the Trope Codifier.
  • The Scarlet Witch from Marvel Comics.
  • Scarlett, the most well-known female hero from G.I. Joe. Her backstory is an homage to Gone with the Wind, as her birth name is Shanna O'Hara and she's from Atlanta.
  • The sultry Miss Scarlet from Clue.
  • Miss Scarlet from Perry Moore's Hero, a superheroine with fire powers to match her temper.
  • On The Critic, Jay's boss Duke meets Alice's Southern Belle sister Miranda at a costume ball and is instantly smitten with her, nicknaming her Scarlet.
  • The vampires Remilia and Flandre Scarlet from the sixth Touhou game, Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
  • Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail. Her last name was chosen for her by Jellal because of her red hair.
  • The Scarlet Empress, one of the primary villains in Exalted.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • November 24, 2011
    cityofmist
    What distinguishes this from 'list of people with "scarlet" in their names'?
  • November 24, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    Scarlett (it's spelled with 2 t's) from GI Joe's real name is Shanna O'Hara so yes it is definitely a Shout Out
  • November 24, 2011
    peccantis
    Fever is a Loaded Trope Word... People will assume the title means preference for red-skinned or something like that. Compare Yellow Fever and Matzo Fever.
  • November 24, 2011
    DomaDoma
    Me, I thought it was the disease. Comes up enough in relation to nineteenth-century America in fiction.

    But yeah, Scarlet is a sexy, badass kind of name across the board.
  • November 24, 2011
    DesertDragon
    @ Cityofmist: The name is uncommon enough that it's almost always thematic when a character has it. As for "Scarlet Fever" as the trope name, it was an attempt at being punny on my end, but I'm certainly open to other ideas.
  • November 24, 2011
    DesertDragon
    The vampires Remilia and Flandre Scarlet from the sixth Touhou game, Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
  • November 24, 2011
    DesertDragon
    Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail. Her last name was chosen for her by Jellal because of her red hair.
  • November 24, 2011
    BooleanEarth
    "Being named Scarlet" is Not A Trope. If you can narrow it down to what the name often signifies, that would be tropable.
  • November 24, 2011
    DomaDoma
    We did that, Boolean.
  • November 24, 2011
    DesertDragon
    In fairness, I can take out Scarlet Johansson as an example, since it really is her birth name and any trope similarities are coincidental. Besides that, it is all there in the description.
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