[[quoteright:262:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/little-red-riding-hood.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:262:Art by [[http://www.carmens-attic.com/ Carman Ignat]]]]

->''You were too easy to spot with that hood on your head, why don't you just wear a target instead? It was almost too easy, should not be allowed, if only you hadn't stood out from the crowd!'
-->-- [[TheBigBadWolf The Wolf]] mocking Red Riding Hood before attempting to devour her in ''Red (The The Red Riding Hood Musical)''

'''Attention, Parents:''' For God's sake, [[GenreSavvy do not dress your tiny daughters in red.]] Particularly not red coats. Particularly if the daughters are blondes. Awful, awful things will happen.

Often, this is clearly an intentional invocation of Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, signalling an [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent]] heading into danger. It is a very popular element of {{Grimmifi|cation}}ed works. To increase the association with the fairy tale, the red garment is often a coat, a cape, or something with a hood.

Red is, of course, the colour of blood, and as such it carries ancient associations with sexuality (as in LadyInRed) and danger (as in RedShirt). It is also simply a very strong, eye-catching colour. Anyone wearing head-to-toe red is marked out, highly visible and memorable - not only to the audience but also to anyone who may wish to harm her. When that person is a little girl, she is bound to seem especially exposed and vulnerable.

This is OlderThanSteam, considering that some of the older endings for ''Little Red Riding Hood'' really ''do'' end with the wolf killing and eating her, notably the 1697 Charles Perrault telling that predates the more popular (and less grim) Grimm Brothers version. (Ironically, another early version of the story where the protagonist survives was one written in 1890 by Andrew Lang called "The True History of Little Goldenhood". As the name suggests, she does not wear red at all, and what makes it ironic is, she is saved by the golden hood itself, which is enchanted. Lang's narration explicitly states that the earlier story had been mistold.)

It can be considered an AlwaysFemale version of BringMyRedJacket. [[WomanInWhite Dressing all in white]] is often a dangerous choice for girls and women, too. Contrast LittleRedFightingHood, where the blood and danger associations are meant for her enemies.
----
!!Examples

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Averted/Subverted in ''DetectiveConan''. During the bus hijacker case, Haibara wears a red coat. Then she feels the presence of a member of the Black Organization, pulls her hood up, and spends the rest of the case scared out of her wits. At the end, she's convinced that she only attracts evil and tries to commit suicide on the exploding bus. Conan comes and saves her and gives her one of his "Suicide is bad, don't give up" speeches.
* [[spoiler:Christina Sierra, Anew Returner, Nena Trinity and Wang Liu Mei]] from ''{{Gundam 00}}''. Yes, 00 ''loves'' this trope.
* Lampshaded constantly in ''Anime/JinRohTheWolfBrigade'', which quotes from the original Little Red Riding Hood tale. The protagonist Fuse hesitates at shooting a young girl in a red hood who's carrying a terrorist bomb. After she blows herself up, he finds himself drawn to her sister, also wearing red [[spoiler:who is actually a terrorist-turned-police-informant. And as in the original fairy tale, the girl in the red hoodie is killed by the 'wolf' at the end.]]
* Rin in ''{{Inuyasha}}'' was wearing red when she was introduced.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/DontLookNow''. A little blond girl in a hooded red coat. She drowns. And the ghost of her is seen as such... [[spoiler:turns out to be a dwarf murderer in a coat.]]
* ''SchindlersList''. A little blond girl in a red coat. Murdered in the Holocaust. Creator/StevenSpielberg wanted to use red because of the association with blood, and because Oskar Schindler really did see a toddler dressed in red. The girl's red coat is also one of the only color imagery used in the film.
* The paedophile murderer in ''ThePledge'' preys ''only'' on little blond girls in red dresses.
* ''HardCandy'' ends up inverting this. The red hoodie that she wears when ''she'' goes hunting was initially chosen without this trope in mind. Same as the Oasis example from ''[[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance Sluggy]]'' below.
** According to filmmakers while this trope does fit it wasn't intentional until post-production when they changed the orange shirt to red in editing.
* ''{{Carrie}}'' by Creator/StephenKing. Well, it was a red prom dress, but that's fairly close... Definitely at least qualifies for the blood-shade color-coding in the related trope BringMyRedJacket.
** "It's pink, Mama."
* ''Film/{{Cthulhu}}'' (2007). Julia (a blonde girl in a red top) the liquor store clerk who tries to warn the protagonist and ends up [[ChainedToARock tied to a bitthead with barbed wire]] as a sacrifice to the Deep Ones. There's also a scene where she panics when the protagonist stops his car on a backwoods road at night -- clearly she has a [[GenreSavvy justifiable phobia]] about TheLostWoods.
* ''{{Freeway}}'', a parody of Little Red Riding Hood - starring Reese Witherspoon in a red leather jacket and Kiefer Sutherland as creepy pedophile Bob Wolverton.
* ''Film/TrickRTreat'' has the innocent, virginal girl among her group of more experienced friends who've forced her to dress as Red Riding Hood. She's on her way to their party deep in the woods when she's attacked by, apparently, a vampire. The friends at the party hear her scream and see a red-cloaked body crash to the ground, [[spoiler:but it turns out to be a subversion: the cloaked figure is the "vampire", who was a normal human, albeit a serial killer, and Red and her friends are lycanthropes (her "virgin" status comes from not having killed anyone yet). She then proceeds to eat him alive as he lies helpless and screaming, while she and her friends [[TransformationSequence turn into werewolves]].]]
* In ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' [[spoiler:Shosanna is wearing a red dress when she and Zoller shot each other.]]
* Miette in ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren'', although [[spoiler: averted in that she lives.]]
* Robin (also note the name) wears a red coat in ''Film/TheWoodsman''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* Lampshaded in the Literature/DarkestPowers series, when Chloe is wearing a red windbreaker while out scouting the woods. She is found by an AxCrazy ghost whom she (and her [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend friend]]) pissed off earlier. He taunts her, "That's a pretty red coat you're wearing. Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, all alone in the woods at night. Where's your big bad wolf?" Then he tries to [[{{Telekinesis}} stone her to death]].
* Consequently, like in Schindler's List, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel's autobiography ''Night'' depicts his youngest sister Tzipora wearing a red coat the last time Elie ever saw her (and their mother) again.
* In the TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms story ''Beauty and the Werewolf'', Belle is wearing a red cloak while visiting the old woman who lives in the woods with a basket of goodies. On her way back, she is bitten by a werewolf. Given that in this series The Tradition (which forces the repeating of fairy tales) is a major part of how the world works, it was pretty obvious that this was going to happen.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when Buffy herself (blonde) shows up in a red coat, and particularly vulnerable [[spoiler:because she has lost all her slayer powers.]] A vampire taunts her by saying, "Why did you come to the dark of the woods? (opens Buffy's bag of weapons) To bring all these sweets to grandmother's house?"
** Invoked in another episode, "Fear Itself", where Buffy goes to a Halloween party dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. She's feeling emotionally vulnerable at the time, and ends up facing a demon that makes you face your worst fears, leaving her trapped in a basement, being dragged down into the ground by zombies. [[spoiler:Of course, she gets over her fear and saves the day, because she's the Goddamn Slayer!]]
*** Her [[LittleRedFightingHood basket is full of weapons]].
** Although she isn't wearing red, JossWhedon refers to the scene in "Hush" where Tara, a new and innocent character, goes out into the night to see Willow and gets attacked by the Gentlemen as the "little girl lost in the woods".
* The ''RedRiding'' trilogy - well, it's there in the title. A little blond girl in a hooded red coat. Abducted, murdered.
* Blonde [[Series/DoctorWho Rose Tyler]] wears a red hoodie in at least one episode prior to her switch to ActionGirl. Perhaps intentional - [[spoiler:she is the Bad Wolf]]...
** Red-haired Amy Pond also owns a red hoodie, including in "The Pandorica Opens", when [[spoiler:she is fatally shot by Rory.]] She also wears it earlier in the episode "Flesh and Stone", which completes the symbolism by having her walk alone through a forest avoiding monsters.
* The classic ''Franchise/StarTrek'' RedShirt. That is all.
** Ironically, though, only one ''actual'' female Red Shirt was ever killed in the Original Series. All other female crew members who died over the course of the show were either Gold or Blue shirts.
* Though not blonde, Piper of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ended up in a hood and eaten by a wolf-shape shifter in a Fairy Tale themed episode. She eventually blasts her way out, blowing the wolf up.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Bedtime Stories", a little girl in a red jacket [[spoiler:literally takes the place of Little Red Riding Hood, as a ghost is making the inhabitants of the town reenact fairy tales. Her grandmother is killed, and she is abducted by a man with a Wile-E Coyote tattoo, but Dean saves her.]]
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'': Annie Cartwright wears a bright red dress, while walking in a forest, before being attacked by Vic Tyler.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' Morgana runs away to the forest in a bright red hooded cloak and is attacked by giant scorpions.
* The "Big Bad Wolf" villain in the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' went after young women walking or jogging in red clothing as his modus operandi. The color does something to Blutbaden instincts. Juliette, in addition to [[HeroesWantRedheads having red hair]], wears the color red a lot, and Nick is shown to be uncomfortable about it in early episodes, though he doesn't say anything to her about it since she didn't know about TheMasquerade yet.
* A GenderFlip from ''Series/TeenWolf'': Scott is wearing a faded red hoodie the night he's bitten by a werewolf.
** He also wears a red hooded shirt the night he's almost killed by [[spoiler: Mrs. Argent]]. Also, an inversion, because this time he's the wolf in danger.
* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Epidemiology", Annie shows up at the Halloween party dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. After the guests start turning into zombies, [[spoiler: Annie gets bitten and becomes one. She gets better.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Inversion: Baby Bonnie Hood from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''. Little blond girl in red dress and hoodie. [[PsychoForHire Bounty hunter]] [[LittleRedFightingHood and possible mass murderer]].
* ''ThePath'' is all about this trope, in both straight and inverted ways.
* [[spoiler:Princess Ovelia]] from ''FinalFantasyTactics''.
* Its closer to pink than red, but the unnamed little girl in the trailer for ''VideoGame/DeadIsland''.
* Princess Ran runs afoul of this trope in ''TwinkleStarSprites'', where the otherwise peaceful Nonja Monja creatures attack [[BerserkButton only one thing]] -- little girls in red dresses. Fortunately [[ActionGirl she can defend herself]].
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII'' subverts this as Little Red Riding Hood makes it through the game completely unscathed. Possum, her counterpart in the FanRemake, [[spoiler: becomes a vampire. Surprisingly, this is portrayed as a ''positive'' outcome.]]
* Invoked by Paz in ''MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', a cute young girl who wears a red raincoat during her first meeting with Snake in order to inspire his pity and sympathy, with the aim being to make [[TheMagnificentSevenSamurai his mercenary army easier for her community to hire]]. Her mentor Galvez even explains to Snake that she had been tortured, allowing the player some CostumePorn interactions where they can zoom in on her clothes and look through them to see the scars from this abuse. Even though she is deliberately putting on the Red Riding Hood act and Snake sees straight through the cheap emotional manipulation (while also allowing it to work), when we meet the villain of the game later, he has a head tattoo of a wolf. Also played with as the game uses a form of GoodColorsEvilColors to code the protagonists with bright yellow and the antagonists with red - Paz's association with red suggests she may not be all she seems.
* ''VideoGame/{{Claire}}'' wears a red hoodie in the present day. One of her younger selves also wears a red shirt, while the very youngest version of Claire we see has a pure white nightgown on instead.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Similar to the ''HardCandy'' example: Oasis's trademark hoodie during the "Phoenix Rising" arc of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v4 character Carol Burke is usually seen wearing a red hoodie. Said character is a WideEyedIdealist in a KillEmAll type story. This trope has actually been [[WordOfGod confirmed by her handler]].
* There's one video by ''Dirty Doll Creations'' called [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/299838 ''Little Red Riding Hood'']].
* {{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'s EstablishingSeriesMoment is subverting this trope. The first trailer opens with a red-cloaked teenage girl wandering a snowy plain alone at night. Inevitably, a pack of about fifteen wolf-demon...things surround her and start attacking. It's at this point that the girl whips out a [[SmallGirlBigGun huge gun]][[SwissArmyWeapon -]][[SinisterScythe Scythe]] and starts shooting. It would be hilarious if it weren't so awesome.
[[/folder]]

----