Red Puckett is a teenage girl and the most important of the six protagonist characters. She claims to get her name from the red hooded cloak she wears. In the first movie, she is the first of the four suspects to be interviewed by Flippers.
- Action Girl: Oh HELL yes.
- Aside Glance: Multiple examples throughout her story in the first movie.
- When she throws a magazine over the side of her treehouse and causes a car to crash into a tree. At the sound of the crash, she blinks and gives a startled look at the camera.
- When she is retrieving Granny's recipe book from the vault, the woodpecker asks her, "Are they gonna get your recipes?" Red turns and says "Not today," to the bird. The camera is positioned in such a way that it looks like she is speaking to the camera.
- When Japeth denies having just spoken normally, she gives a dissatisfied look to the camera.
- Bound and Gagged: In Boingo's cable car in the first one. At a couple of instances in the second movie as well.
- Brick Joke: Red's story is the setup for a couple of these. For instance, during "Be Prepared" while in the mine cart, Red is nearly collected by an avalanche that turns out to have been started by Granny.
- Broken Pedestal: In-Universe, Red does not really like it when she discovers Granny has hidden her own double life as an extreme sports athlete from her.
- Cassandra Truth: Sort of. When Red calls Granny from Japeth's shack, Granny slips on something and emits a yell in pain, causing Red to figure something's wrong, so when the call hangs up:
Red Puckett: Mr. Goat, my granny's in trouble! I've got to find a way around the mountain, fast!
Japeth: [singing] Well you came to the right goat! [pops off his rocking horns]
Red Puckett: Oh, good! More singing....
- Crazy-Prepared: Even though Red could not have anticipated the encounter with the Wolf after she falls from the cable car, for some odd reason, she carries a can of "Wolf-Away Spray".
- Cut Song: Not exactly cut so much as truncated, but "Great Big World," Red's song, is much longer on the soundtrack - the first verse, the chorus, then a second verse and a refrain of the chorus. In the film, we see all of the first verse (shots of Red riding her bike), but as soon as Red is carried across a stream by hummingbirds, the scene cuts to her on her bike overlooking a valley and the song's refrain. The first run of the chorus and the second verse were animated fully and can be viewed in context on the deleted scenes (the chorus is sung by some beavers riding a log downstream as Red rides on the shore, while Red sings the second verse while she makes deliveries).
- Cute Bruiser: As the Big Bad Wolf finds out the hard way.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Red is a black belt.
- Flat "What.": Gives one when she sees Japeth with helicopter horns. She gives a Big "WHAT?!" when the Wolf is revealed to be a reporter.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Besides the Wolf-Away bit, there's the text of that magazine Red is reading in the treehouse, and a foreshadow to the reveal that Boingo is the bandit - he tries grabbing for her basket at the moment she slips from the cable car and falls.
- Friend to All Living Things: Parodied. Creatures in the forest all greet Red by first name, Boingo and others included, when they see her. According to Flippers, the only crime Red has ever committed has been flying a swarm of hummingbirds over a river without a license. The Wolf is seen observing that bit of "Great Big World" from a bush, and comments, "Whoa! Creepy!" Red would be a full version of this trope if not for the fact that in the Wolf's story, there's a scene where she viciously beats him up, which in Red's defense would be reasonable self-defense since she thinks he's trying to kill her.
- Funny Background Event: When Red is in the treehouse, she throws her magazine away in exasperation. It lands on a passing car, startling the driver, who drives right into a tree. Before impact, the scene cuts to a close-up of Red's face. You can see her freeze up and give a startled glance to the camera while a tree can be seen shaking in the distance.
- Genre Savvy: She takes the threatening note the vandal throws through Granny's store's window seriously, and acts on her own judgment rather than what others tell her to do. Also, right before she falls out of the tram, Red correctly guesses what the Bandit's plan is, although not realizing that the Bandit happens to be Boingo, the only other person in the car with her. And unlike other versions of the tale, she clearly is not fooled by the Wolf's Granny disguise for a second (the first thing she says upon seeing him is, "What? Who are you?").
- Ink-Suit Actor: Some say that Red's face, to some extent, bears some of Anne Hathaway's face qualities.
- "I Want" Song: "Great Big World"
- Ironic Echo: In two consecutive scenes.
- When calling Granny at the roadside payphone:
Granny Puckett: A trip up the mountain is too dangerous for a little girl.
Red Puckett: I'm not so little anymore!
- In the very next scene, when Red is in the treehouse:
Woodpecker: Are you going somewhere far away?
Red Puckett: No, the world is too dangerous for me! [Throws her arms up in the air, exasperated, and unwittingly tosses her magazine... onto a passing car's windshield]
- Ironic Echo Cut: Gets one in her first call with Granny.
Red Puckett: [voiceover] With the Goodie Bandit on the loose, recipes were becoming an endangered species. I decided to call Granny. If anyone would know what to do, she would.
[Cuts to Granny sewing while on the phone]
Granny Puckett: I don't know what to do. I'm just a tired old lady.
Red Puckett: Your recipes are the most famous in the whole forest, Granny! What if they get swiped? It could wipe you out! Maybe I should bring you the recipe book, just for safekeeping!
- Jump Scare: Twice in her retelling of the first encounter with the Wolf.
- Little Red Fighting Hood: There's a reason why there's a picture at Granny's house of Red in a martial arts uniform, with the caption "Red Puckett: Forest Regional Karate Champion".
- MacGuffin Delivery Service: Red transporting her granny's recipe book is the basis for her story.
- Meaningful Name: Lampshaded:
Red Puckett: They call me "Red" because of this red hood I wear.
Nicky Flippers: What about when you're not wearing it? (beat)
Red Puckett: (quietly) I usually wear it.
- Medium Awareness: When Red is singing "Great Big World", depending on your perspective, she may be singing to herself, to the creatures she passes, to the police detectives who are interviewing her, or to the camera.
- No Flow in CGI: The directors went for a Stop Motion look and feel in order to justify this inevitability. Red only has four fingers and the likeness of a doll.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Has one episode confronting Boingo at the end. When she arrives at the top tram terminal, Red is still hanging on to the side of the car and watching Boingo and Dolph. They start walking away. She is not seen again until Boingo tells Dolph, "You ask yourself, 'Where do I see me in five years?'" and she replies, "How about behind bars?" at which point we see Red now standing at the bottom of the ramp, despite us not seeing her walking over from where she was hiding a moment earlier.
- Oh, Crap: Several moments for Red. Namely, her reaction to the Wolf unmasking himself, for one. Then there's her reaction during the treehouse scene to a glass window being shattered, which leads her to discover the break-in at Granny's store. Also, her face right before the mine cart crashes at the end of "Be Prepared".
- Only Sane Man: Red is this during the entire mine cart scene with Japeth.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When introducing herself to Flippers, Red says she pretty much always wears her red cloak/cape thing. After her Broken Pedestal moment with Granny, she removes it. She is not seen wearing it again until when Granny uses it during the tramway rescue.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Red escapes from the Wolf by handing her hooded cloak off to some hummingbirds, who fly it away. The Wolf takes the bait and chases it off a cliff into a river. This despite the fact that the Wolf's retelling of the scene shows him chasing Red's cloak, and from his POV, you can clearly see there are no legs under it, nor is it imitating the motions of a running person.
- Pensieve Flashback: When Red retells the confrontation with the Wolf at Granny's house to Flippers, he tries to trick her and asks if Kirk burst in right after the "what big facial qualities" bit. Immediately, the scene cuts to that part of the meeting. Red is on the opposite side of the Wolf and Granny from wear she is in the original scene, and has her hands out in a brace position when Kirk comes in. After a few seconds of the Wolf reacting, Red waves her hands and says, "No! No! Not yet!" and all of the on-screen action freezes in time. With a dismissing wave of her hand, the scene rewinds.
Nicky Flippers: And then the Axeman Cometh?
Red Puckett: You got it.
(Inside the flashback, Kirk bursts through the window)
Red Puckett: Only, he was screaming.
Kirk: [weakly] Aargh? [Red glares at him]
Red Puckett: Like a maniac!
- Skirt over Slacks: In the first movie, Red wears a blue skirt over blue jeans. In the second movie, she ditches the skirt. Justified, because anyone who has lived or hiked in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Montana or Wyoming (where the high alpine environments and vegetation are similar to the settings of the movie) knows that it's a good idea to wear pants to protect your knees from mosquito bites or avoid scraping your knees on rocks. Red obviously knows this.
- Slow-Motion Pass-By: Red gives a very disgusted Death Glare at the Wolf as she leaves from her questioning and passes him, on the way to his questioning. Topped with an overdone dramatic soundtrack.
- Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Lampshaded wonderfully by Stork when Red finds out that Granny is living a secret life as an extreme sports athlete:
Granny Puckett: Honey, don't look at your granny like that.
Det. Bill Stork: Awkward! [awkwardly side-steps out of the room]
Granny Puckett: You're being ridiculous, Red.
Red Puckett: I'm being ridiculous?! You're off living... La Vida Loca, risking your life for some dumb thrills! And I'm supposed to stay home and be your happy little delivery girl?!
Tommy: I have a...
Nicky Flippers: Coffee break, anyone?
Chief Grizzly: Uh, yeah. [Everyone files out except for Red and Granny]
Det. Bill Stork: Who's got my keys?
Raccoon Jerry: You think Granny would mind if I went through her garbage?
Chief Grizzly: Excuse us.
[Everyone exits, leaving Granny alone with Red]
- Waif-Fu: Red is a proficient martial artist (she's a black belt and the region champion, and even has a photo of herself in a martial arts uniform on the wall in Granny's house). Too bad her moves are ineffective against rabbit ears.
- Was It All a Lie?: Red found out about her Granny's double life. She felt betrayed because Granny never lets her do anything. Granny thought Red was happy and it was important that she deliver her goodies as their ancestors had done. Granny realized she deserves more in life.