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[-[[caption-width-right:350:My, Mr. Wolf, what gruesome bullet wounds you have!]]-]

->''"When the little girl opened the door of her grandmother's house she saw that there was somebody in bed with a nightcap and nightgown on. She had approached no nearer than twenty-five feet from the bed when she saw that it was not her grandmother but the wolf, for even in a nightcap a wolf does not look any more like your grandmother than the [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer Metro-Goldwyn]] lion looks like UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge. So the little girl took an automatic out of her basket and shot the wolf dead."''

->''(Moral: It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be.)''
-->-- [[http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/quotes/picnicba.html "The Little Girl And The Wolf"]] by Creator/JamesThurber

In her original fairy tale incarnation, Literature/LittleRedRidingHood was a naive, helpless little girl who was at the mercy of [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a vicious predator]]. The story has become so ingrained into Western culture that any time we see a little girl dressed in a red hooded coat on television, [[LittleDeadRidingHood it is reasonable to expect that something terrible is going to happen to her]].

However, given the popularity of the FracturedFairyTale, it was inevitable that this story would recieve modern updates. Modern versions of "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood" tend to have a feminist vibe, making her tough, streetwise, and able to take care of herself, thank you very much. This updated version will almost always be named "Red."

A popular, [[{{Grimmification}} Grimmified]] variant is to give her a gun, an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] or some other weapon and have her hunt down the "wolf" (Who [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent may]] or [[AnimalMotifs may not]] be a literal wolf) herself. This variant will feature a [[AgeLift teenage or adult Red]], who will naturally be HotterAndSexier, making her double as a LadyInRed. If she says "What big eyes you have" it will be a PreMortemOneLiner right before putting one right between said eyes.

A more subtle version simply has a young woman entering a dangerous situation dressed in a red jacket, seemingly to invoke LittleDeadRidingHood, only to then subvert it by revealing her toughness. This lacks the {{Narm}}y vibes of the other works, as the {{Fairy Tale Motif|s}} is limited to the coat only.

Note that, despite the title, Red does not have to be an ActionGirl to qualify as this trope. Any "updated" version of the character who is shown to be capable of taking care of herself is valid.

See also: FairyTaleMotifs, FracturedFairyTale, {{Grimmification}}, LittleDeadRidingHood, BringMyRedJacket, {{Xenafication}}, LittleMissBadass.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/FairyMusketeers'' has Riding Hood, Snow White and the Sleeping Beauty as a MagicalGirl PowerTrio.
* ''Manga/AkazukinChaCha'' an earlier show with riding hood as magical girl (especially the Anime). With one of her sidekicks being a wolf-boy.
* Ringo Akai from ''LightNovel/OokamiSan'' is a Japanese version of Red Riding Hood, carrying weapons in her basket and often showing a BattleAura of malign power. She acts as support to the fighters in the group.
* In ''Manga/LudwigRevolution'', she is a badass hitman named Lisette who went AxCrazy [[SelfMadeOrphan on her parents]].
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'' ''Grimoire'' has Zara who is a demon hunting Riding Hood who survive being eaten by the wolf, and gains HealingFactor powers.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This is one of Sophie's figments of the imagination she meets in the Immateria in ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}''. Notably she criticizes Sophie for drawing her guns poorly while fighting humanity's subconscious fear of wolves.
* Mark Texeira's re-imagining of the tale for Penthouse Comix. "Red" is a werewolf hunter who catches her quarry by posing as a prostitute and... you can probably figure out the rest.
* Red Hood in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Crimson}}'', a comic book about vampires (and other monsters) there was a badass female who wore a red hood named Scarlet (obviously). While in the story she fought with and against, mostly vampires, her origin centered around fighting werewolves (obviously).
* ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' first introduces Red Riding Hood as a courageous survivor of [[EvilOverlord the Adversary's]] conquering legions and the love of [[BewareTheNiceOnes Boy Blue]]'s life. The story in which she's introduced shows that she [[spoiler:[[{{Irony}} willingly stays behind to fight to the death at his side, unaware that a plan had been put in place to let him escape and be with her]]]]. Later she appears under similar conditions and [[spoiler:turns out to be Baba Yaga in disguise, acting as a spy for the Adversary (a deception which he saw through fairly quickly)]]. After Boy Blue's rampage across the homelands to find her [[spoiler:he discovers that the first one he met was also a disguised spy (apparently she's an easy subject for producing doppelgangers) and the real one has never met him, but he ends up bringing her back to Fabletown anyway.]] She is shown to adjust to her new life surprisingly quickly, and is not a fighter but is nonetheless strong and self-reliant, and is the active party in pursuing a romantic relationship with [[spoiler:[[Literature/TheFrogPrince Flycatcher the Frog Prince]]]].
* One issue of ''ComicBook/TarotWitchOfTheBlackRose'' has Raven Hex wandering through a bunch of fairy tales and putting her over-sexed spin on them, including turning Little Red Riding Hood into a gun-toting vigilante.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', if Red Puckett even thinks you're trying to harm her, you should probably [[DontAskJustRun start running]]. The Wolf learns this the hard way:
-->'''[[GreatDetective Nicky Flippers]]:''' So, you really took a beating[[{{Beat}} ...]] [[IWasBeatenByAGirl from a little girl]]?
-->'''[[IntrepidReporter The Wolf]]:''' Hey!
-->''[Whip-pan across to Red proudly standing next to a photo of herself in a martial arts uniform with the caption "Red Puckett: Forest Regional Karate Champion".]''
* ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'' has a Red Riding Hood who cameos as one of the villains.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Freeway}}'' features Creator/ReeseWitherspoon as a street-wise girl who encounters a rapist named Bob Wolverton while driving to her grandmother's house. [[spoiler: She shoots him in the face.]]
* ''Film/RedRidingHood'' features Creator/AmandaSeyfried in the title role who ends up arming herself and going out to kill the werewolf terrorizing her village.
* ''Film/HardCandy'' has a teenage girl with a [[IconicOutfit red hoodie]] being lured into a confrontation with a child predator she met online. The twist is that she knows he's a dangerous pedophile, and [[PayEvilUntoEvil wants to do terrible things to him]].
** This symbolism is the result of a lucky coincidence, however, as the hoodie was actually orange and only turned red in color correction. The film makers swear up and down [[FauxSymbolism this was not meant to be symbolic]].
* In ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', Giselle claims [[PerspectiveFlip what really happened]] is that Red was evil and tried to kill the Wolf with an ax before Pip saved him.
* Red, in ''Film/AvengersGrimm'', is actively hunting down The Wolf with bow and sword.
* Invoked by Serge Wells in ''Film/DogSoldiers''
-->'''Sergeant Harry Wells:''' If Little Red Riding Hood should show up with a bazooka and a bad attitude, I expect you to chin the bitch.
* Creator/TheAsylum film ''Film/LittleDeadRottingHood'' has the red cloak be the uniform of the Protector of the Forest, bane of werewolves.

* Little Red Riding Hood was walking in the woods one day when the Big Bad Wolf jumps out from behind a tree and says, "Little Red Riding Hood I'm going to rape you." Little Red Riding Hood looks at the wolf, reaches into her basket and pulls out a .44 magnum, sticks it right to the Wolf's nose, thumb-cocks it and states, "No you're not, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar you're going to eat me like the book says...]]"

* Creator/RoaldDahl's retelling from ''Literature/RevoltingRhymes'':
-->The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
-->She whips a pistol from her knickers.
** She puts in a reappearance in "The Three Little Pigs", and by the end:
-->Not only has ''two'' wolfskin coats,
-->But when she goes from place to place,
-->She has a pigskin travelling case.
* The very earliest versions of the folktale didn't include the hunter, killed the grandmother off for real, but had Red Riding Hood escape the wolf by herself, if she wasn't eaten. Perhaps we have a CyclicTrope on our hands?
* Creator/AngelaCarter, known for making updated, modernized versions of fairy tales (many of them collected in ''Literature/TheBloodyChamber''), has two short stories involving this to varying degrees. In Werewolf, the little heroine is attacked by a werewolf on her way to her grandmother's place and [[LittleMissBadass cuts off its paw with a knife]]. Upon arrival, she finds her grandmother delirious and missing her hand. The grandmother is subsequently stoned to death and the little girl inherits her things. In the other story, The Company of Wolves, the girl meets a charming young man on the way. When she arrives at the house, she finds that the young man is actually [[PaperThinDisguise a wolf in disguise]], who has already killed her grandmother. Her reaction is to [[DissonantLaughter laugh at the standard "What big eyes you have"]] routine and promptly hop into bed with him.
* In ''Literature/ThePrincessSeries'', Roudette, the Lady of the Red Hood, was a well-known and feared assassin. Her cloak either protected her from magic or turned her into the Big Bad Wolf, depending on whether she wore it fur in or fur out. [[spoiler:After her death at the hands of one of Talia(Sleeping Beauty)'s Fairy Godmothers, the cloak is claimed by Talia (herself a talented fighter thanks to applying the gift of grace to martial arts), who actually ''prefers'' being thought of as Little Red Riding Hood than being recognized as Sleeping Beauty.]]
* The entire point of ''Sisters Red'' by Jackson Pearce. One of the two main characters, [[MeaningfulName Scarlett]], obsessively hunts [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Fenris]] down and kills them. Her grudge against them comes from being attacked by one as a small child; she managed to [[LittleMissBadass kill it]] in order to defend her sister, but not before the wolf killed their grandmother and ripped off half of her face and her [[EyeScream right eye]], leaving her [[ScarsAreForever horrifically scarred]].
* Marissa Meyers' [[Literature/LunarChronicles Scarlet]] knows how to handle both a shotgun and the handgun she carries with her, and takes matters into her own hands regarding her grandmother's disappearance.
* In Mercedes Lackey's fairy tale-inspired ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' novels, the Red Riding Hood character grows up to be a MagicKnight monster hunter.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Creator/{{Syfy}} [[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie original movie]], ''Red'', starring Creator/FeliciaDay as a werewolf hunter variant.
* A similar take on the Riding Hood story is created in the finale of Syfy's ''Series/FaceOff''. One of the final character makeups is a werewolf huntress in a red cloak based directly on the fairy tale (as required by the competition).
* Played with in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when Buffy dresses up as Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween.
-->'''Xander:''' (''wolf-like'') "What you got in the basket, little girl?"
-->'''Buffy:''' "Weapons."
-->'''Xander:''' "Oh."
** In the opening of "Earshot" when [[DecoyDamsel Buffy is pretending]] to be a VictimOfTheWeek to lure out a demon, she's wearing a red hoodie.
* Red Riding Hood and her Granny in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' are scary in a fight (Granny packs a crossbow), [[spoiler:and that's even ''without'' the family lycanthropy curse kicking in]].

[[folder: Music]]
* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxPHYp6G4ow video]] for Music/TheBirthdayMassacre.
* Music/MCFrontalot's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwqxhTTgjKI "Start Over"]], where Red herself kills the wolf with an axe.
-->Next up, wood axe swinging.
-->That's how it happened, that's what I'm singing.

* [[MeaningfulName Rosa]] in the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho020LoupsGaroux "Loups-Garoux."]]

* Red in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' is pretty much a SociopathicHero. The work goes in a different direction than the norm though as part of the CharacterDevelopment involves her learning morality.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' features Red Hunting Hood, who is Red Riding Hood all grown up and now hunting wolves with an axe.
* Bulleta (dub name Baby Bonnie "B.B." Hood) from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' (pictured above), the resident LittleMissBadass [[BadassNormal Normal]], AxCrazy, BountyHunter, CreepyChild, FauxAffablyEvil and DarkActionGirl [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon with Psycho Weapon]]. And she's noted in canon as being [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters "a human with such darkness in her heart that even lower level Makai monsters shake in fear from meeting her gaze".]]
* The video game ''Fairytale Fights''.
* ''VideoGame/LittleRedRidingHoodsZombieBBQ''. [[MundaneMadeAwesome Yes, really.]]
* Red is portrayed this way whenever she's a playable character in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' video game. Namely ''VideoGame/Shrek2'', ''VideoGame/ShrekSuperSlam'', and ''Shrek: Smash n Crash Racing''.
* Annie from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has a Little Red skin, which barely qualifies her, but if Bulleta counts, so does she.
* ''VideoGame/ArenaOfFate'' has Little Red Ridding Hood as a playable hero. She is armed with a huge sword while fighting the Big Bad Wolf Fenrir.
* The cancelled MOBA ''VideoGame/{{Dawngate}}'' had Freia, the Survivor. She was once a courier who happened to deliver the wrong package to a certain Harkund Fenmore--an incognito, wolf-themed warlord with the recently-acquired ability to control *ravenous ghost wolves*. She let it slip that others had seen her with the package in question. She was repaid by the rest of her village being slaughtered by said ghost wolves to hide the info trail--finding out she had literally [[DoomedHometown doomed her own hometown]], and was now the only survivor of her village. Her pure rage--at circumstances, Fenmore, and herself--attracted the and let the Spirit of Rage bond to her. As a Shaper, she wears her bloodstained cloak and wields her fallen woodcutter brother's axes. She has one goal in mind: get the power to murder Fenmore bloodily and repeatedly until the end of time.
* Amusingly subverted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', where a girl named Velouria looks almost exactly like a slightly older version of the trope... save for how ''she's an actual werewolf''.
* ''VideoGame/LobotomyCorporation'': One of the [[EldritchAbomination abnormalities]] you have to manage is Little Red Riding Hooded Mercenary, who may or may not be the original Little Red Riding Hood grown up into a bounty hunter with a vendetta against [[BigBadWolf The Big And Might Be Bad Wolf]].
** One thing to note about her, though. She can actually take on bounties for the facility, as she can be hired to track down any abnormalities that get out. However, if she and The Big And Might Be Bad Wolf are within a certain proximity of each other, she'll drop whatever she's doing and start hunting him.
* ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDate: Lost Alice'' [[GenderFlip gender-flips]] Red into a gun-toting young man who shot the [[TheBigBadWolf wolf antagonist]]'s father. Funnily, Hansel claims that he got his name not from the color of his cloak but from his tendency to [[LuminescentBlush blush]] ''very'' easily and often.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Ruby Rose, the first of the four main protagonists of Creator/MontyOum's ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', is [[FairyTaleMotifs inspired by]] Red Riding Hood. In the trailer featuring her, she wipes out an army of werewolves using a [[FriendlySniper sniper rifle]]/[[SinisterScythe scythe]] [[SwissArmyWeapon hybrid]] called [[ICallItVera Crescent Rose]], which she built herself. However, the motif has become less and less prominent as the series goes on.
** PlayedForLaughs in Episode 12 of ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' when Ruby casts herself as the lead in a stage adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood, while still armed with Crescent Rose.

* Red in ''Webcomic/EverAfter'' is a particularly AxCrazy version of one of these, armed with the second little pig's wood saw. The comic starts with her breaking out of containment, again. And vivisecting some guards.
* "Red" in ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked''. Hunts wolves (and any other "clever beasts" she comes across, given half a reason) with an ax. Flashbacks reveal that she seemed to be the traditionally innocent young girl of the fairytale before her meeting with the wolf, which broke her so badly she ended up like she is in the current story.
* Similar to the ''Film/HardCandy'' example: Oasis's trademark hoodie during the "Phoenix Rising" arc of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood in the Creator/TexAvery shorts is no helpless waif when it comes to fending off wolves.
* Little Red Riding Hood from ''WesternAnimation/SuperWhy''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "The Trial of Mr. Wolf" has the Wolf tell [[PerspectiveFlip his version of events]], in which Red and Grandma conspire to kill him for his fur coat. Unfortunately for him, his story is so farfetched, that it's clear the jury - despite being composed entirely of wolves - doesn't buy it.
* The [[WesternAnimation/SabrinaAndTheGroovieGoolies Groovie Goolies]] musical number "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrfGhS7rSoM Where You Going Little Ghoul]]?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Aku makes a hilarious SelfInsertFic that results in this, and he keeps his EyeBeams in the fic.
* The ''WesternAnimation/HelloKittysFurryTaleTheater'' episode "Little Red Bunny Hood" moves the story to TheWildWest. When Red is attacked by the wolf (who just wants to eat her lunch), she yells, "[[VerbThis Eat this!]]" and rams her bouquet of flowers into his face, which knocks him into a well after he sneezes from them. She then pulls him out in exchange for him helping her. Later, Red and the wolf help foil a bank robbery.
* The Colombian animated short [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJGr0O3SyVY "Red"]] portrays the Little Red Riding Hood as a BadassAdorable girl who is able to kill the Big Bad Wolf using only a knife. [[spoiler:In fact, the end reveals her hood is red because it is tainted with the wolf's blood.]]
* ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'': In "Little Red Riding Princess", Princess Toadstool decides to visit her grandmother with a basket of goodies, and wears a red cloak and hood for warmth because it is snowy. King Koopa ambushes her by disguising himself as her grandmother (after beating up the Big Bad Wolf who had the same idea). When he reveals himself, she actually does a good job of fending him off with her basket and other improvised weapons, then leads him on a chase through the woods. She is finally captured when Koopa reveals his troops holding her grandmother hostage. Eventually, Mario, Luigi, Toad, and the Big Bad Wolf (who wanted revenge for Koopa attacking him) rescue the two.