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Like most character design decisions in anime, colors are often chosen to reflect personalities more than to be realistic depictions. Although dark skin is not a particularly alien choice, it's more often used to reflect a bouncy, energetic, fiery personality than actual nationality. This probably has roots back to the ideal of Japanese beauty including pale skin, as opposed to the chain of association with tanned people being outdoorsy, and thus lively and adventurous. Add in Western associations with [[FieryRedhead red hair]], and you get a boisterous adventure-seeker. Bonus points if they have gold eyes.

Naturally, this includes {{Hard Drinking Party Girl}}s and {{Trickster}}s of both genders. The most common combination with this skin tone is a vibrant and noticeable light color. Red is very popular, associated with all sorts of playful Japanese spirits as well as the kabuki wig, so it's also a common (and deliberately unusual looking) palette choice for demons and [[CatGirl Cat Girls]]. Red's a popular hair color for [[HeroesWantRedHeads other reasons]] as well, of course.

Note, dark skinned characters with ''dark'' hair (olive, purple, black) tend to have muted personalities.

This trope can be TruthInTelevision in some Asian countries, like Pakistan, where dying hair red with henna dye is common (natural redheads in Pakistan - and there are many - usually have light skin). Dark skin with natural red hair is common in Oceania, especially Vanuatu. In Japan, teenagers will sometimes dye their hair red after bleaching it. This therefore applies to the more tanned characters.

Sister trope to DarkSkinnedBlond. Contrast EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette and RavenHairIvorySkin. Usually a type of RedHeadedHero. Also quite likely to be AmbiguouslyBrown. But sometimes. YouGottaHaveBlueHair.

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* The immature ranker Quant from ''TowerOfGod''. [[http://images.wikia.com/towerofgod/images/0/07/Tower-of-god-epic_battle.jpg Here's]] [[http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/5898/wondert.png proof.]] Fellow family member Quaetro, and likely the rest of the family, count too.
* Pictured to the right: Gene Starwind from ''Anime/OutlawStar''.
* Perhaps ''the'' prototypical DarkSkinnedRedhead, Kei from ''[[LightNovel/DirtyPair The Dirty Pair]]''.
* Marie and several other characters from ''[[JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu Haré+Guu]]''.
* Shayla-Shayla from ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''.
* Daisuke/Davis Motomiya from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' unlike his sister and mother so he might have a tan.
* Tanya from ''BattleAthletes'' gets the dark skin and straight red hair treatment. Despite the Olympic-like premise of the series explicitly telling us she's supposed to be African, she actually [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kerai/1140050694078.gif comes off more as]] a quasi-{{Cat Girl}}.
* Ed from ''CowboyBebop'', whose behavior is all over the map. She could be of Turkish descent, as her father's name translates into Turkish, and her real first name is French (no doubt a tradition started at the Napoleonic Wars, which involved the Ottomans).
* ''PetitePrincessYucie'''s demon princess Greta fits the typical description, but has ''lavender'' hair, since she's also an {{Ojou}}.
* Similarly, Anthy Himemiya from ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' has dark skin and deep purple hair. She's the "muted personality" type. It's implied that she and her [[DarkSkinnedBlond brother]] are from India.
* A male version of this trope is Tasuki from ''FushigiYuugi'', the energetic [[PaperFanOfDoom fire-fan-wielding]] bandit.
* Karen Joshua from ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'''s OVA ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam The 08th MS Team]]'', the fiery CPO of the titular military unit.
* Resident martial-artist and GentleGiant Kanna Kirishima of ''SakuraTaisen''. She hails from Okinawa and, in later games and series, losses some of her darker complexion and bright red hair.
* Winia Chester from ''ScrappedPrincess'' is a more subdued version of this, though she perks up quite a bit around Pacifica.
* The princesses Tatra and Tarta in ''MagicKnightRayearth''.
* Naruki Gelni from ''LightNovel/ChromeShelledRegios''. She's usually fun-loving and friendly, though she takes her job ''very'' seriously.
* Kirche, the [[{{Gainaxing}} bouncy]] [[TheVamp vamp]] from ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima''.
* There was [[http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d56/Magus6666/Other/Joy2.jpg an "athletic" Nurse Joy]] in ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' like this, with a tan/dark skin as an indicator of her personality ''not'' being like the others. That and [[AmazonianBeauty muscles]].
* Yoko Nakajima from ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' upon returning to the Twelve Kingdoms from Japan. In her case, she is a "taika", a person from the Twelve Kingdoms world who got carried away to Japan, and thus a shell was covering her to make sure she resembled her "parents". To be fair, the novels specifically mention that she starts out much paler, but after roughing it for several months without shelter, her skin's gotten a very dark tan. The same transformation also gives her [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead green eyes]].
* Akane Karasuma, aka Sailor Lead Crow, 5th season villain[=/=]QuirkyMiniBossSquad member from ''Anime/SailorMoon''. As she's an Alien, it's impossible to tell if this combo is the norm for her people. The only other people from her world are Phobos and Deimos, who aren't this.
** Also, Elza Gray, a one-episode character from the ''Sailor Moon'' anime. She was an old rival and friend of Haruka's and [[spoiler: introduced her and Michiru to each other]].
* Jeannie from ''RuneSoldierLouie'', though she's actually TheStoic. She is, however, a very physical warrior type, so she's not too far off.
* Exedore/Exsedol's original design from {{Macross}}/{{Robotech}} had the colors, but his personality is the opposite of the usual type, being {{The Spock}} instead.
* Sousou (Caocao) from ''IkkiTousen'', though his personality is [[SuperpoweredEvilSide quite darker and more conflicted]] than the standard. Besides, he starts as a brunet and is only shown with red hair in the second season (''Dragon Destiny''). In ''Great Guardians'', also, [[spoiler: when Saji Genpou (Zuo Ci) drops his Saji facade and retakes his true identity of Ouin Shishi (Wang Yun), his blond hair turns into a blazing red.]]
* Kintarou Tooyama from ''ThePrinceOfTennis''.
* Karui from ''{{Naruto}}'' was shown to have red hair in a recent color page.
** When using her Curse Seal, Tayuya also became this. With horns and black sclera.
* Kougaiji from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is a [[NobleDemon noble bad guy]] and seems to deliberately be in color contrast to his [[EvilOverlord Evil Empress]] stepmother, Gyokomen Koshu (who is pale skinned with green hair). Possibly to emphasize that their personalities are complete opposites - Kougaiji is devoted to his nakama, while Koshu is prone to killing her followers on a whim. Rather than having a fiery personality, he's matched to the element and uses mostly [[ElementalPowers fire attacks]].
** Gojyo could also be considered an example, since he's rather tan compared to the others. Also has bright red hair.
* One of the female pirates in VanDread: the Second Stage has red hair and tanned skin. It's implied that she's a high-ranking officer and didn't come along on the Nirvana because she and her crew had business on Majer. She shows up just in time to spring the crew from jail. I believe her name was "Vera" or something like that.
* Libra Dohko from SaintSeiya [[IWasQuiteALooker was a *gorgeous* one]] [[http://www.pobladores.com/data/pobladores.com/jp/ey/jpeyote/channels/saint_seiya_lycos/images/3691799dohko4.jpg when young]]. [[spoiler: And he still is. Since his old form is actually a SleepModeSize, once he recovers his youth...{{Squee}}!]]
** It shall be noted that Dohko was originally [[TallDarkAndHandsome a tall and equally gorgeous brunet]] in the original manga. He's only a DarkSkinnedRedhead in the anime version,
* [[http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp6/fotoworld23/largeAnimePaperscans_Meine-Liebe_Ne.jpg Ed]] from MeineLiebe.
* ''[[RurouniKenshin Rurouni Kenshin]]'' is an interesting case. In the TV series, he's not shown with particularly dark skin, but his hair is ''explicitly'' red. People actually ''say'' that his hair is red, instead of it just being a visual design element. In the OVA series, he's closer to a DarkSkinnedRedhead in a way that's fairly accurate for a Japanese person. (Dark red hair is very rare but does occur among native Japanese.)
* [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Raphael]] from ''TenshiNiNarumon'' has red hair and a fairly dark skin (especially when contrasted with Mikael's) and a matching bouncy and energetic personality, although he's not really hotblooded. In fact, he is pretty mellow, [[spoiler: maybe because he wasn't doing much in the series, besides playing guitar and molesting Mikael]].
* Kyou Sohma in the anime version of ''FruitsBasket'', though the dark-skinned part is pretty much just in comparison to the other characters. It's presumably due to the amount of time he spends outside, and his hair color is a result of the curse.
* ''TrinityBlood'': Lilith Sahl.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'': KateBush from [[AmazonBrigade the Shrike Team]]
* Rami of the Unemezoku from ''Manga/ArataKangatari'' has pinkish-hair paired with tan skin.
* [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs Toujou Hidetora]] from Manga/{{Beelzebub}} has ginger hair and a darker skintone than most of the cast.
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* Alicia Masters was portrayed as one of these in the Heroes Reborn ({{Dork Age}}) version of the ComicBook/{{Fantastic Four}}.
* Ember from ''ElfQuest''. Dark skin and auburn hair is seen in quite a few elves of the Sun Folk, including Leetah (Ember's mother), Shenshen, their mother Toorah, and Behtia. This does not seem to be connected to characterisation, though.
* Jezebel Jet, from ''Franchise/{{Batman}} R.I.P.''
* Marvel villainess Mystique - dark blue skin, red hair. (Same in the movie version.)
* "F***ing" Oyuki-chan from ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' has light brown skin and red-orange, despite being one of the few Asian characters. She's tomboyish and free-spirited, but being raised in a ninja clan since early childhood has made her highly disciplined with a strict code of honor. She's foul-mouthed and socially-inappropriate to the point of creepiness.
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* Another non-anime example is [[BitchInSheepsClothing Sikozu]] from the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' movie, though her series form doesn't count.
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[[folder:{{Literature}}]]
* Many of the Aiel from ''TheWheelOfTime''.
** The Aiel aren't naturally dark skinned, they are tanned. The parts of their skin covered by the Caidin'sor are actually very pale.
* Finnegan Hob from ''Literature/{{Abarat}}''.
* Brier Iron-thorn in P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' is an example in Western fantasy fiction. A big, strong warrior woman raised among soldiers in the sun-drenched south, she's permanently tanned dark from those long years in the sunlight and her hair is a "sullen red", an indicator of the passions and hatreds and intensity of her innermost nature, under the stern exterior.
* Holly Short from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''.
* Alia, Leto, and Ghanima Ateides from ''{{Dune}}''
* Ce'Nedra from ''Literature/The Belgariad'' is a dryad, and so has red hair and olive skin.
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera: Cursor's Fury'', Invidia Aquitaine disguises herself as a slave with deep, red-brown skin, and coppery hair. It's justified, though, since this is a world where anyone with sufficient talent at watercrafting (magic using elemental spirits present in water) can change their appearance. And, well, the slave she was supposed to be wasn't exactly the kind you used for sweeping stables...
* ''Literature/ZonesOfThought'': Phan Nuwen is a grey-skinned redhead with epicanthic folds, "a product of post-terrestrial evolution".
* Quite a few of the mortok tribe in Literature/{{Phenomena}} has red hair according to [[AscendedExtra Jolsah's]] [[{{Spinoff}} spin-off]] series. Jolsah himself has purple with red stripes, and his great-great-grandfather had a dark purple.
* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', the Ghiscari of Slaver's Bay have a dark complexion, but many have a mixture of black and red hair, like a tortoise shell cat.
* Vincent Katherinessen from Elizabeth Bear's novel ''Carnival''.
* Josepha Walsh from the ''Literature/VenusPrime'' series has dark skin and red hair, the result of her mixed heritage.
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* Teyla from ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' is dark-skinned with auburn hair to portray her alienness.
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[[folder:NewspaperComics]]
* Although most screen adaptations have portrayed her as more fair-skinned, the original NewspaperComics version of Princess Aura from ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' was one of these. Of course, most Mongonians were portrayed as slightly dark-skinned, so it would have been odd if she had had a light complexion.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* Given how [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair certain parts of the setting]] of ''{{Exalted}}'' operate, it's not uncommon to find these types in the South. Dark-skinned types with hair colors that range from mahogany to copper to straight-up fire engine red aren't uncommon sights in cities like Chiaroscuro or Gem.
* DependingOnTheAuthor (or rather, the artist) [[MagicTheGathering Chandra Nalaar.]] She's definitely a redhead, but whether she's dark-skinned or just exceptionally freckled depends on who's drawing her at the current time.
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[[folder:Troper Works]]
* Literature/{{Eclipse}} has Kyrie Dreyvor, whom is often called a DarkSkinnedRedhead in the story itself.

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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* An option in pretty much any game with a "Create-A-Character" mode. Even the rare ones like ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' that have a setting for race don't restrict hair colors based on it.
* Ganondorf and the Gerudo from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series. Midna from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' takes it UpToEleven.
* The beast-taming bandit Moses from ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia''.
* Reid Hershel of ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' is a Dark Skinned Redhead of the tanned variety, with his skin colour reflecting his athletic, outdoorsy disposition; his skin tone may ''also'' be a deliberate attempt to visually set him apart from other Inferians, of whom one of the distinguishing traits is pale skin.
* Jaffar from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]'', Tethys from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Fire Emblem 8]]'', and Fiona from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem 10]]''.
* ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi'' has Gingerelle, an arrogant beauty queen and captain of the Thirstquencher Empire. While not so much the [[GenkiGirl energetic type]], she did have a powerful presence and [[AlphaBitch tended to lord it over]] her little sister most of the time.
* [[PhysicalGod Almalexia]], a non-anime example from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', has dark ''gold'' skin and red-hair.
* Lucia from ''VideoGame/{{Devil May Cry}}''.
* Psyme from SigmaStarSaga is a ''purple''-skinned redhead.
* Asad in ''SuikodenTierkreis''.
* Akuma (aka Gouki) of the ''StreetFighter'' series is a [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty martial artist]] with dark skin and wild red hair. His "Shin Akuma" form in ''Capcom vs. SNK'' takes it even further, with dark red skin and pure white hair.
** Crimson Viper, from ''Street Fighter IV'', is darker-skinned than the other girls in the game, but not to the same degree as Akuma.
* Shauna - a bandit leader and the Hero version of the Gypsy class - from ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''.
* In a rare western example, Ronny and Sally Dobbs from ''BackyardSports''.
* Nym from ''BlackSigil'' is a [[WildChild wild child]] with dark skin and red hair.
* Early concept art shows [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Alyx Vance]] as one of these.
* Jin of ''{{Yo-Jin-Bo}}'', complete with spunky personality.
* Maria Torres from ''[[TraumaCenter Trauma Team]]''. She's a FieryRedhead, too.
* As of ''DynastyWarriors 6'', Sun Quan has an element of this, as compared to the rest of the pasty cast, he is quite swarthy.
* Half-Calishite (a FantasyCounterpartCulture mishmash of Arabs, Ottoman Turks, and others depending on who you ask) Khalid of ''BaldursGate'' is shown to have short red hair if you remove his helmet.
* {{Pirate}} boss and snarky [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] [[FieryRedhead Adept]] Eoleo in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' fits perfectly, being the tannest player character in the series to date, implicitly from a lifetime of doing [[BuffySpeak pirate-y things]], since he and his parents had a lighter complexion in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSun The Lost Age]]''.
* Every character in ''VideoGame/EvilZone'' is an AffectionateParody of a manga/anime genre or archetype; CuteBruiser Midori is the DarkSkinnedRedhead.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' has Mistral. In her case, she's a maniacal BloodKnight who states that she only feels alive in battle.
* One of the dancing girl sprites from the "Beat it & Eat It!" level of ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures''.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': Elisa Flores, the Federation player character's XO starting with Season 8, has dark red hair and tanned skin. Coupled with her name and [[FieryRedhead attitude]], she comes off as a SpicyLatina.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* Marena of ''KeychainOfCreation'' [[spoiler: and her sister, Karen.]] Marena is definitely a fiery, emotional, out-there woman, who flaunts her sexuality.
* Ellen in older QuestionableContent strips ([[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=318 exhibit A]]); now that the other characters aren't so pale, Ellen's skin is not significantly darker ([[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=788 exhibit B]]). Tai, on the other hand, is a more straight (no pun intended) example, [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1398 as seen here]]. Later on it's revealed that [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2361 she dyes her hair]] and she even [[{{Lampshade Hanging}} lampshades]] the improbability of that color hair with her skintone.
* ''WapsiSquare'' is in black and white, but we know from coloured artwork by the author that Monica Villarreal is supposed to to be a DarkSkinnedRedhead, due to her Mexican as well as Irish ancestry.
* Guy from ''TwoGuysAndGuy''.
* Although there are many people that dye their hair red in ''{{Drowtales}}'' (mostly the Vloz'ress), Nel'ralka & Genani[[note]]both Sarghress)[[/note]] both seem to be natural redheads, there's another unnamed Sarghress in chapter 30[[note]]page 29[[/note]], to name but a few.
* In ''Webcomic/DragonMango'', [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter08/dm08-01.htm there are more than one -- a fact exceedingly annoying to a character who thought "dark-skinned redhead" ought to be an identifying trait.]]
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* In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Texan hero Firedrake is a black man with pumpkin-orange hair. It's a side-effect of his powers.
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'': Evolution gives us [[WrenchWench Holly Chapman]], who fits. The tan part, according to her profile, is from living in the desert for most of her life, while the red hair comes from a habit of dying it and it just so happened that she was abducted while it was red.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* Ms. Sara Bellum from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Sari_Sumdac Sari Sumdac]] from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. She also appears to have red eyes for some reason. Eventually justified since [[spoiler: she's not fully human.]]
* [[EvilRedhead Wuya]] from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.
* Anna Maht from ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfQuest''.
* Starfire from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. And she's actually an alien.
* KimPossible in "Graduation, Part 2". [[http://caps.kpfanworld.com/images/graduation2/0696.jpg]] [[http://caps.kpfanworld.com/images/graduation2/0919.jpg]]
* Lua from ''WesternAnimation/KongTheAnimatedSeries''.
* Kiva Andru from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''.
* Max from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', whose hair is dyed pink.
* Kelly from ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}''.
* Saffi, from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* Otto, from ''RocketPower''. Well, same goes for his sister, Reggie. Most of the characters are some shade of orange with bright hair and could fit into this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}} ''gives us post-episode 22 [[spoiler:Sadlygrove]]. He goes through the sunburn from hell first, though, among [[BreakTheCutie other]] [[TookALevelInBadass things.]]
* Yoko from ''WesternAnimation/TeamGalaxy'' has red hair with blonde streaks.
* Megara from ''{{Disney/Hercules}}''. If you look very closely, you can easily tell that Meg's hair is actually a dark red color, and that her skin is slightly darker than that of Herc's.
* The GirlOfTheWeek in the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "Buffoon Lagoon".
* Darren and Ginger's baby, in the last episode of ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''.
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