"Scarlet" as a name has always invoked an air of passion and sensuality. Usually a female-oriented trope, the name "Scarlet" (sometimes with two T's) 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, she's almost never straightforwardly evil. As one can expect, she is often a LadyInRed and/or a FieryRedhead, especially if "Scarlet" is actually a nickname or codename.

It's very likely for the woman to be a SouthernBelle and be some kind of {{homage}} to Scarlett O'Hara of ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''.

While male examples exist (Series/{{Captain Scarlet|AndTheMysterons}} and Literature/TheScarletPimpernel come to mind -- also, Franchise/TheFlash is often nicknamed "The Scarlet Speedster"), they usually have a much different feel, playing up the boldness of the color red rather than any direct sexualization.

See also HeroesWantRedheads. This trope has nothing whatsoever to do with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlet_fever deadly contagion.]]
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Scarlett from the film ''Anime/{{Steamboy}}''.
* Erza Scarlet from ''Manga/FairyTail''. [[spoiler: Her last name was chosen for her by Jellal because of her red hair.]]
* ''Manga/{{Freezing}}''[='s=] Dr. Scarlet Ohara, who's willing to do anything to save the world including [[spoiler: knowingly (if extremely reluctantly) setting up her teenage human test subjects to die to ensure funding for her ''real'' project]].
* Scarlet aka Angel Salvia from ''Manga/WeddingPeach''.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ComicBook/ScarletWitch from Marvel Comics.
* The PirateGirl Scarlet Fever from ''ComicBook/LadyRawhide''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Obviously, Scarlett O'Hara from ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind''. And despite what many assume, she was actually a brunette in the book and film.
* Miss Scarlet from Perry Moore's ''Literature/{{Hero}}'', a superheroine with [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] to match her temper.
* While not the name of a person, ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' invoked this trope in its title as far back as 1850.
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* The Glasgow-based TV soap ''River City'' has a character called Scarlett Mullen who ticks all the boxes. However as her maiden name actually was O'Hara she was, in universe, clearly named after the GWTW heroine.
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[[folder:Music]]
* ''Scarlet's Walk'' is an album by Music/ToriAmos where the character, Scarlet, travels the U.S. post 9/11.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* The sultry [[ColourfulThemeNaming Miss Scarlett]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}''.
* The Scarlet Empress, one of the primary villains in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Scarlett, the most well-known female hero from ''Franchise/GIJoe''. Her backstory is an homage to ''Gone with the Wind'', as her birth name is Shanna O'Hara and she's from UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* The vampires Remilia and Flandre Scarlet from the sixth ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' game, ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil''. Best displayed by the former, who has many attacks that involve the manipulation of a scarlet BattleAura, including wreathing herself in a [[PillarOfLight giant]] [[CreepyCoolCrosses cross-shaped one.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s Scarlet, who is a mid-level villainess, a CorruptCorporateExecutive and a LadyInRed.
* ''Videogame/FireEmblemFates:'' Scarlet is a HotBlooded and tough ActionGirl, as well as a [[DragonRider Wyvern-riding]] freedom fighter, whose ultimate goal is to free her occupied city of Cheve from Nohrian control. Both her English and her Japanese name, Crimson, invokes the color red to symbolize her passionate, fiery, and active nature.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Jay's boss Duke meets Alice's SouthernBelle sister Miranda at a costume ball and is instantly smitten with her, nicknaming her Scarlet.
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[[folder:RealLife]]
* Real Life example: Famed [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold sex worker advocate]] Carol Leigh, aka "Scarlot Harlot"
* Team colors of Boston University, which is [[ItWasHisSled why]] the {{mascot}} is a Boston terrier named [[Film/GoneWithTheWind Rhett]].
* Creator/ScarlettJohansson, who's not a redhead but has [[ComicBook/BlackWidow played one]].
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