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->''"Those whose hair is red, of a certain peculiar shade, are unmistakably vampires."''
-->-- ''Literature/MalleusMaleficarum''

Some heroes [[RedIsHeroic are redheads]] and we all know that HeroesWantRedheads. By contrast, there are also Evil Redheads. These are characters who are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. (Not to imply that [[FoeYay heroes]] [[DatingCatwoman can't want]] [[EvilIsSexy evil redheads.]])

This trope is OlderThanTheyThink - [[FieryRedhead red hair]] was supposedly a mark of a witch and favored by Satan himself. In the Balkans, people unfortunate enough to be born with red hair were said to be doomed to rise as vampires when they died, if they weren't vampires already. In some parts of Eastern Europe, babies born with red hair were once common targets of ''infanticide''.

Bullies in school media often have red hair because of the [[FieryRedhead temperamental redhead stereotype]]. Note the dovetailing with the ViolentGlaswegian, though that seldom overlaps. Contrast RedheadedStepchild, wherein the redhead is despised but not ''necessarily'' evil, as well as the growing tendency over the past few decades for [[HeroesWantRedheads heroes to have red-haired romantic interests]], especially [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead green-eyed ones]].

May be used to visually [[{{Foil}} demonstrate the difference]] between this character and the blond or dark-haired hero.

Compare EvilAlbino. Also see ASinisterClue, another indicator of evil stemming from an ancient superstition.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Iczer-2 is one in the original ''Anime/{{Iczer}}''. However, [[spoiler: she does a HeelFaceTurn in the sequel.]]
* Yuriannu Faithful from ''Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron'' is one for the villain team, who also engages in purposeful FoeYay with the hero, has a SexySecretary alterego, and has a definite EvilIsSexy vibe.
* While not so much evil as "egotistical", flame-haired Maaya Nanako of ''Manga/KenkoZenrakeiSuieibuUmisho'' claims to be leading male Kaname's UnluckyChildhoodFriend. His memories of her are not at all pleasant.
* FieryRedhead Princess Rubina from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' -one of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' series- subverts the trope. She was the loyal daughter of BigBad, so you would expect she would fulfill the trope, right? Wrong. She was loyal to her father but she did not approve of his actions either, and she was [[CallingTheOldManOut the only person ever called him out on it]]. She also tried to convince both sides to stop the war and find a peaceful solution to the conflict. [[Tearjerker/UFORoboGrendizer Unfortunately, it did not work very well for her]]...
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** VillainProtagonist Light's hair would turn stylistically blood red when he was at his most sinister. He's also the only Japanese person in the series to have light brown hair - which frequently turns red, depending on the, er, light.
** There's also [[OneSceneWonder Matt]], though whether or not he's really evil [[GreyAndGrayMorality depends on whose side you're on]]. But only in {{Fanon}}; in the anime series, Matt's hair is [[BrainyBrunette brown]], in a video game it's light blue, and in the manga, his hair color is undefined.
* Jessie, the self-appointed leader of Team Rocket's TerribleTrio in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime (although she doesn't qualify as ''evil'', just hot-tempered).
* Nao Yuuki of ''Anime/MaiHime'', being an IneffectualLoner and DarkMagicalGirl, also counts, though she's more "amoral" than outright evil.
** In the third volume of the [[Manga/MaiHime manga]], Nao actually assists the other [=HiMEs=] by luring Nagi into a trap after their escape from a cavern deep underneath Fuuka. Of course, she says [[IWasJustPassingThrough she's not doing it for]] ''[[IWasJustPassingThrough them]]''.
* In ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', the first shown member of every QuirkyMinibossSquad is a redhead (Izuuru, Sheshe, Fuku). Also twisted with Sara, whose natural colour was bright orange but [[PaintItBlack changed to black]].
** Aside from Fuku (who never attacks the Mermaid Princesses directly, anyway), the first real member of Michel's Winged Ones who shows up is [[VillainousCrossdresser La]][[KissOfTheVampire dy]] [[EvilIsSexy Ba]][[LesbianVampire t]], who also has burgundy red hair.
* While not necessarily on the [[BigBad enemy]] side, ''Manga/BreakBlade'''s Girge is a full on SociopathicHero. Not to mention his golem's [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color]], and BloodKnight title. What's wrong with this guy?
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' pulls this one on multiple occasions.
** The Dark Kingdom arc[=/=]Classic season's BigBad, Queen Beryl.
** The Black Moon arc[=/=]R season's first member of the QuirkyMinibossSquad, Rubeus.
** The Infinity arc[=/=]S season's Kaolinite, Eudial, Mimete, and Cyprine, all from the Witches 5.
** The Dream arc[=/=][=SuperS=] season's [=VesVes=] the Tamer. At least she has the excuse that the QuirkyMinibossSquad to which she belongs is themed after the colours of the senshi. Strangely, though, the exception is [=CereCere=] the [[MasterOfIllusion Illusionist]], who is given pink instead of orange. [[spoiler: She also {{Heel Face Turn}}s into Sailor Vesta in the manga.]]
** The Stars arc[=/=]Sailor Stars season's Akane Karasuma, aka Sailor Lead Crow. Also a DarkSkinnedRedhead.
** Her boss Galaxia has gold-blonde hair...which fades into blood red.
* Ali Al-Saachez, Nena Trinity (though she's more ''[[CuteAndPsycho batshit insane]]'' than anything else), and Patrick Colasour (though being more of an IneffectualSympatheticVillain than truly evil) from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''.
** Bring Stabity and Devine Nova fits this trope to a T.
%%* Sir [[BloodKnight Luciano]] [[AxCrazy Bradley]], the Knight of Ten, from ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
* Vita and Nove of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', who are shown to be vicious, aggressive foes [[spoiler:before their {{Heel Face Turn}}s - then they become vicious, aggressive allies]].
** [[AntiVillain These two aren't really evil, you know.]] Nove is more of a PerpetualFrowner while Vita is just [[{{Tsundere}} really heavy on the Tsun side of the scale]].
** Arnage of Huckebein from ''Force'' plays it straighter (thus far?).
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** There are six red-headed villains to date: Gaara (before his HeelFaceTurn), Jiroubo, Tayuya, Sasori, Pain ([[spoiler:which includes both Yahiko, who was a good guy when he was alive [orange], and Nagato, the actual controller [blood red]]]), and [[spoiler:Madara]] (after [[spoiler:becoming the Ten Tails host]])
** Though she's not as evil as the other villains, [[DarkChick Karin]] could qualify as well.
* Recoome of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Ginyu Force]] and movie villain Bojack from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. When the latter transforms, his hair actually gets redder.
** Subverted by Android 16, a red-mohawked Friend To All Living Things (but Goku).
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s Claire Stanfield straddles the line between this and redheaded AntiHero, as a red-headed AxCrazy Heroic Sociopath in a BlackAndGreyMorality universe. It doesn't help that he's a complete WildCard.
%%* Koros from ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}''
* [[spoiler:Goki]], TheMole from the manga series ''Manga/KagerouNostalgia''. A nearly [[TheStoic emotionless]] killer completely in thrall to the BigBad, he convinces the heroes that [[spoiler: he is one of them (not hard given his status as the {{Reincarnation}} of one of their former allies) and proceeds to murder their leader]] before defecting back to the villains. He appears to have some regrets about this now.
%%* Principal Gakuencho from the first ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' OVA.
%%* [[ApocalypseMaiden Mayo Sakaki]] from the 3rd ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' OVA.
* Eustass Kidd in ''Manga/OnePiece''. The argument that he was just a Jerkass and not evil can be thrown out once you learn he has [[spoiler: [[AxeCrazy impaled people with glee]] once he's in the New World]].
* Momomi Minoi, the CuteAndPsycho YakuzaPrincess from ''Anime/MezzoForte'' fits quite well. One of her recreational activities seems to be casually murdering her father's employees when they fail to meet her expectations...and that's just when she's having fun. If someone actually tries to get in her way, she will do her best to ensure that they experience [[FateWorseThanDeath far worse.]]
* [[Manga/FutureDiary Gasai]] [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] has bright pink hair. [[spoiler:Subverted]] in the ending, but before that, [[strike:God]]Deus help you if you [[AxCrazy try to separate her from her Yuki]].
%%* [[DepravedHomosexual Genkaku]] from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland''. He killed his love interest's pregnant wife.
* Kakyoin from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' was one at first, but Jotaro 'snapped him out of it'. [[spoiler:Later on, Dio tries to confuse the heroes through one of his assassins, a shapeshifter, into thinking Kakyoin went back.]] There are a couple of other characters or so, though: Midler in the video game is depicted as a redhead and BigBad Diavolo's hair is coloured magenta. Or something.
%%* Sa Sakujun from ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is...not a nice person. At all.
* Lucy from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' could possibly count as a [[AxCrazy homicidally ]] TragicVillain [[VillainProtagonist Protagonist]] example of this trope. Though she is more specifically, a hot-pink head.
* The ''Anime/RanmaOneHalf'' anime gets an episode full of this trope. When Happosai splits [[GenderBender Ranma's male side and female side]] into two different people, the female side turns out to be evil to the core. The glowing eyes, floating red hair, and supernatural powers certainly don't hurt in making her seem any less sinister.
%%* [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin]] when he was the Battousai. [[MustMakeAmends He turned away from that life, though]].
* [[BearsAreBadNews Akakabuto]] from ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' is named for the red patch of fur on his head. Heck, his name even means "Red Helmet"!
* Played with by Kyouko in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. She's the only redhead in the cast, and is easily the most amoral and violent, but Sayaka's influence causes her to evolve into more of an AntiHero. She was originally [[spoiler:an overtly heroic person like Sayaka, until her DealWithTheDevil convinced her religious father that she was an evil witch, and he killed himself and the rest of her family]]. After that, she decided to be completely selfish to avoid hurting people she cared about...by not having any.
* Touga Kiryuu in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. [[spoiler: He tricks his sister Nanami into thinking that they were not blood siblings and that he never loved her, even though they were just merely adopted by into the same family and Nanami was too young to be able to remember. Also, he gets his friend Saionji expelled from school [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and burns the exchange diary right after Saionji entrusted it to him]]]]
%%* [[FourEyesZeroSoul Amon Garam]] from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.
%%* Sawa Nakamura from ''[[Manga/AkuNoHana Flowers of Evil]]''.
%%* Q-vier from ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator''.
* UsefulNotes/HattoriHanzo of ''Manga/Brave10'' has red hair, [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] and is the primary villain in the first series, with a particularly sadistic streak to him.
* Ilulu from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' has magenta hair and was the first genuinely antagonistic dragon in the series (though she latter undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and becomes more of a RoseHairedSweetie).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/XMen''
** Dark Phoenix is simply redheaded Comicbook/JeanGrey (a founding example of HeroesWantRedheads) on [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity too much power]] or [[TouchedByVorlons a confused godlike being]], depending on the story/{{retcon}}/[[CanonDisContinuity ret-retcon]]. The way she's thought of more for that one arc than for her ''decades'' of being a hero before and after it is [[NeverLiveItDown a trope of its own.]]
** Not to mention her clone, Madelyne Pryor, who became the Goblyn Queen.
** Also in ''X-Men'', Cain Marko, aka Juggernaut, is a redhead, though it's rarely explicitly shown thanks to his signature helmet of [[LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe psi blockage.]]
** Then there's Belasco, the red-haired, devil-horned sorcerer who stole Illyana Rasputin's childhood.
** And the shape-changing ComicBook/{{Mystique}}, whose default body is a combination of [[DarkSkinnedRedhead blue skin and red hair]]. Her adoptive daughter, auburn-haired Rogue, starts out as a villain (the Scarlet Witch's hair has pretty much the same shade).
** Aversion: Thomas is the evil member of the Cassidy family. Sean and Theresa are redhaired and heroic, while Black Tom has black hair.
* In ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** Pamela Isley, alias Poison Ivy, is a villainous RedheadInGreen (usually).
** Also, Hush, one of Bruce's childhood friends, introduced rather recently (and has taken TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou route as of ''Detective Comics'' #846).
** The Scarecrow and The Riddler can be redheads depending on the artist.
** [[spoiler:Jason Todd]] was retconned[[note]]Actually re-retconned, as in the pre-Crisis continuity he was a redhead who dyed his hair black.[[/note]] into being a redhead. [[spoiler: Batman apparently made him dye his hair black to hide the fact that the role of Robin had gone to someone else.]]
* ComicBook/LexLuthor usually has red hair, when he has hair. In fact, he didn't lose his hair until his fifth generation.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s enemy Blackstarr -whom the titular heroine fought in ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} her second solo book]]''- is a redhead, Nazi super-villain.
* Lightning Lord, older brother of the Ranzz siblings of ''[[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Legion]]'' fame...although his more iconic look is from after his hair has turned [[WhiteHairBlackHeart white]].
* From Franchise/SpiderMan's milieu:
** ComicBook/{{Carnage}}'s alter ego Cletus Kasady has red hair.
** [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Norman]] and Harry Osborn, the first and second Green Goblin, are described as having reddish-brown hair.
* 'Red' Gurdy Pickens, the recurring VillainSue of B.A.'s campaigns, in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''.
* [[{{Satan}} Lucifer's]] hair is red most of the time in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' and [[Comicbook/{{Lucifer}} in his own comic.]] Of course he isn't exactly evil in them, but more like a rather amoral AntiHero.
* Based on the cover art and the video game, ComicBook/ScottPilgrim's ex-girlfriend Envy is one, though they made her blonde in the movie. To be fair, [[spoiler:her "evilness" isn't so clear-cut, as we learn what an UnreliableNarrator Scott is]].
%%* Commander Winter from ''ComicBook/LadyMechanika''.
* When ComicBook/RedSkull still had his original body he was a red head. Now he's a ''literal'' version of this trope. His daughter, Sin, is also a red head and completely AxCrazy.
* Bera from the comic "Helheim" who effectively destroys an entire village in her war with a rival witch.
* Chastity is the redhead of all of ''Chaos Comics''' band of Heroic Sociopaths.
* Giganta, supervillainess with growing powers and foe of WonderWoman, is a red head.
%%* ''ComicBook/TheIncredibles'' has Mezmerella.
* [[spoiler:Lillie [=McGurty=]]] in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', though her villainy didn't really start until after her hair had turned grey. Ironically, one of the biggest victims of her obsession turned out to be herself, as her machinations in the present were ultimately responsible for the events in 1907 that caused her to become bitter and lonely in the first place.
* Clash from ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' has MulticoloredHair with red as the main color. She is not "evil" but she's currently the character who has done the most violence, [[spoiler:attempting to seriously injure Jem]], which [[EvenEvilHasStandards even The Misfits disagreed with]].
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'': One of the female assassins in the Wallenquist mob is a FemmeFatale redhead named Mariah. Much like her colleague Blue Eyes, [[SplashOfColor that trait is highlighted]] in the otherwise black and white comic.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
%% * [[spoiler:BigBad Raflesina]] in ''FanFic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy''.
* Kainatrol in ''Fanfic/FutariWaPrettyCureBlueMoon'' has deep red hair and a red colour scheme, and is probably one of the more evil members of the Etherium and certainly the least likable. Even the first on-screen victim of her MindControlEyes, Mia, had red hair.
%%* [[CreepyChild Fiona]] from ''FanFic/KiraIsJustice''.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfics that have [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith the Kyuuubi assume a human form]] almost invariably have it appear as a [[HeroesWantRedheads beautiful red-headed woman]].
** The fact that the Kyuubi's fur is actually ''orange'', not red, is never acknowledged.
* In fanfiction, [[Franchise/HarryPotter Ginny]] will get this treatment. Ron, too, [[RonTheDeathEater but that goes without saying]].
%%* Far to many portrayals of OC!Scotland in Hetalia are this.
%%* Mr. Cosmo from ''Fanfic/SinfulBehaviors'' has red hair.
* The evil alchemist and serial killer Harmonia Pie in "Fanfic/HisRecipeForLove" not only has red hair, but of the exact shade of red as her decidedly NiceGirl descendant, Pinkie Pie.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsMovieIIANewGeneration'', [[BigBad Dark Heart's]] human form is a boy with bright red hair. (A form of ColorCodedForYourConvenience, since he also has red clothes and [[RedEyesTakeWarning eyes]], red being the main color of whatever form he takes.) He makes a HeelFaceTurn at the end, though.
* We get the "evil step-sister" Anastasia in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. She later commits a HeelFaceTurn (except in the ''{{Franchise/Kingdom Hearts}}'' series...).
* [[spoiler: Prince Hans]] in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. [[HairColorDissonance Probably]]. It's a bit vague on whether it's brown or red.
* Buddy, aka Syndrome, the main villain of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', had bright red hair that was styled in a flame-esque way.
* Kent Mansley, the paranoid government agent in ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', has red hair and blue eyes.
* Both [[AlphaBitch Sunset Shimmer]] [[spoiler:(pre-HeelFaceTurn, anyways)]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' and [[EvilDiva Adagio Dazzle]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks''.
%%* Sheila Broflovski in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerandUncut''.
%%* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', the Stabbington brothers.
* From the perspective of players of ''Fix-It Felix Jr.'', Disney/WreckItRalph is this, though [[MeanCharacterNiceActor outside his day job]] he's a NiceGuy.
* ''Disney/TheRescuers'' features SignificantGreenEyedRedhead Madame Medusa as the BigBad.
* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' has the BigBad Ruber with shoulder length reddish-orange hair [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead and green eyes]]

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'': The Red Queen. The Mad Hatter subverts the trope; he can certainly be pretty menacing at times, but he's unquestionably one of the good guys.
%%* Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace from ''Film/AugustRush'', played by Creator/RobinWilliams with [[DyeingForYourArt a lot of hair dye]].
%%* Malachai, the blood-thirsty teen from ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984''.
%%* Chucky from the ''Film/ChildsPlay'' franchise.
%%* Scut Farkus from ''Film/AChristmasStory''.
* In ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', there's a scheming female boss who tries to seduce Billy and is a JerkAss to Kate. She ends up being trapped in Spider Gremlin's web! Guess who saves her bacon...
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' -- so evil she's even immune to Film/JamesBond's legendary [[SexFaceTurn bedroom charms!]]
** Gustav Graves from ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.
* Lil from ''Film/RedHeadedWoman'' is a [[GoldDigger gold-digging]] [[TheVamp vamp]] who breaks up marriages withouth the slightest pang of conscience.
%%* Magenta from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' certainly applies.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Emperor Palpatine. Especially apparent in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', in which he has ginger eyebrows, probably because Creator/IanMcDiarmid is (was?) ginger in RealLife.
** There's also General Hux from ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.
* Randal Graves of Film/TheViewAskewniverse could fit in here somewhat. Although he isn't ''technically'' evil, he thinks nothing of spitting water in customers' faces, ordering porno titles in front of children, [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating his best friend into horrible but brilliant verbal traps]], indirectly destroying several of said friend's romantic relationships, and generally causing chaos and frustration wherever he goes. And when he's not in black and white, he is titian-haired (dirty red-blonde).
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** Mystique, in her true form. [[spoiler: Until she's cured, that is.]]
** Jean Grey as the Dark Phoenix in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''.

* A joke where a man wearing a hat sells his soul to the devil in exchange for all his earthly desires to be granted. Years later, the devil returns to collect, only for the man to remove his hat, revealing a magnificent flame-red mane. The joke, of course, being that [[DisabilityImmunity gingers have no souls]].
** Which is entirely untrue. Most gingers have plenty of souls - they gain a freckle each time they steal one.

* In ''Literature/DragonBlood'', the wizard known as Jade Eyes has red hair to go with his green eyes, and he's [[{{Understatement}} rather nasty.]] But [[EvilIsSexy he is said to be very good-looking, with that unusual colour combination.]] Averted with other villains, who have more common hair colours.
* Pictured above: Melisandre of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is an marginal example. As a KnightTemplar priestess who worships a fire-themed god and often recommends human sacrifice by burning, she's regarded by many characters as an EvilChancellor. However, she's also firmly committed to fighting the overtly evil [[OurLichesAreDifferent Others]], believing that the brutal actions she recommends are necessary for the greater good of humanity. Ultimately, her morality is somewhat debatable. The series as a whole averts this, though.
%%% There's no female villain in 'The Woman In White'. Were you thinking of 'Armadale'?
%%% * In ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'', the female villain is red-haired, and she's stated to have a bit of a FreudianExcuse due to having always been considered ugly because of it.
%%* Jack Merridew from ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''.
%%* All Shades from the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' have red hair.
* Roussette in Madame d'Aulnoy's ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/aulnoy/1892/princessbelleetoile.html Princess Belle-Etoile]]'' is a redhead with two younger sisters - [[BlondeBrunetteRedhead one brunette and one blonde]]. Roussette becomes jealous of her sisters because they married princes while she only married an admiral, leading her to make a FaceHeelTurn and side with her sisters' [[ObnoxiousInLaws evil mother-in-law]].
** Grognon from ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/aulnoy/1892/gracieuse.html Graciosa and Percinet]]'' is even worse. Unlike Roussette, Grognon is bad from the start, and she becomes the WickedStepmother of Graciosa, and repeatedly tries to get rid of her - using methods such as ordering her to be beaten, abandoning her in the woods, and imprisoning her. Grognon is also a {{Gonk}} (also differing from Roussette, who is beautiful like her sisters).
* Creator/AnneRice's ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' has many red-haired vampires. Most notably, Maharet and her scary-as-hell sister Mekare - though the yandere-like Armand arguably fits the bill too. Maharet, however, is nothing approaching evil (apart from being a vampire, which she was made into against her will).
* In the ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy, Satan prefers redheads and they explore this trope in depth.
** Well, it's a reference to old folk-beliefs. It works because the Black Mass participants believe it should. In an inversion, one of the participants is a protagonist who is taking his first steps in his path away from social conventions towards illumination. He and the redhead get some good sex out of the deal and get to meet [[spoiler:Malaclypse the Elder disguised as]] Satan disguised as Billy Graham.
* Both used and averted in ''Talking to Dragons'', Book 4 of Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles''. [[FirstGirlWins The first girl the protagonist meets]] (and [[HeroesWantRedheads his eventual love interest]]) is a redheaded fire-witch who's rude and temperamental, but basically good. Later, they meet another redheaded fire-witch (fire-witches in general are prone to red hair) who likes turning people into statues and uses [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] to power her spells.
* {{Lampshaded}} in the short story "Nobody Here But-" by Creator/IsaacAsimov where the protagonist suspects his girlfriend is bitchy just because she has to live up to her red hair.
* Celia Madden of ''The Damnation of Theron Ware''. (Though perhaps "evil" might be a bit strong, as "bitchy" serves just as well. But it still counts.)
* The ghost of Peter Quint from the Victorian novella ''Literature/TheTurnOfTheScrew'', who the main character thinks has come back from the dead to try and corrupt the small boy she's been charged with watching over. Of course, the ghost [[spoiler:may just be in her head]]. Apparently, at the time the novel was written, it was quite common for red-haired characters to be portrayed in this villainous way.
* Lumiya from the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse -- formerly known as [[HeroesWantRedheads Shira Brie]], as well as Admiral Natasi Daala. Also, judging by the images of his clones, plus some earlier life picture, Emperor Palpatine himself was one. Mara Jade counts, at least until she gets married to Luke Skywalker.
* SO averted in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Creator/JKRowling [[AuthorAppeal must like redheads]].
** Congrats, it's WordOfGod'd!
* Brand from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', who wanted to destroy the universe and remake it in his own image. And his redheaded siblings, Bleys and Fiona, are also fairly morally dubious. To be fair to Brand, the ''rest'' of the family had its own moral issues, though by the end, some of the others had made some progress toward outgrowing it.
* In ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids'', the protagonist is fired upon without provocation by a nameless gang leader with red hair. He later shows up in an armoured vehicle as 'Torrence', representing a despotic feudal 'government' trying to extend its influence over Britain.
* In the Creator/AndrewVachss novel ''Strega'', unlicensed private eye Burke does a job for the titular character, the crazy flame-haired relative of a Mafia boss, who wields a mysterious power over men. [[spoiler:It later turns out the Mafia boss molested her as a little girl; when Strega told her father, she was beaten for telling 'lies', teaching her an early lesson in power that she later puts to use.]]
* The [[{{Satan}} Lone Power]], from the Literature/YoungWizards series, often appears as a young man with red(dish) hair.
%%* [[DoesNotLikeMen Violent misandrist]] Adept Red of the Literature/ApprenticeAdept series.
%%* Victoria from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''
%%* ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheCorn'' has Malachi.
* In ''I, Coriander'', Arise insists Coriander must be evil because of her red hair - "All these curls, red as the flames of Satan! This is vanity, this is pride."
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens,'' a woman first introduced as [[MeaningfulName Scarlett]] and later Carmine "Red" Zuigiber is a FieryRedhead who deals in weapons and seems to cause violence through her mere presence. She's eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:the AnthropomorphicPersonification of War, first of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Four Horsepeople of the Apocalypse]]]]. Averted with [[{{Tomboy}} Pepper]], one of [[AntiAntiChrist Adam's]] friends.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/OperationChaos'', the genie tries to invoke this, abusing Ginny for having "hair like hell". She ignores it.
* ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'': Ruin, the personification of entropy, chaos, and destruction - while usually either shapeless or impersonating people - physically manifests as a redheaded man. Notably, the mind of Ruin (separate from the power) was actually once a man named Ati, and a note in ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' indicates that Ati was a nice guy before he became bonded to the power and it warped his mind. So his evil had nothing to do with being a redhead and his physical body was essentially completely irrelevant. [[spoiler: We don't even get to see his physical form until he was already dead.]]
* In ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'', this is one of the reasons Jeeves advises Bertie to steer clear of Bobbie Wickham.
--> "I would always hesitate to recommend as a life's companion a young lady with quite such a vivid shade of red hair. Red hair, sir, in my opinion, is dangerous."
* Morgan Le Fay in ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt''. The narrator, when explaining why she imprisoned and tormented a man:
--> He had said she had red hair. Well, she had; but that was no way to speak of it. When red-headed people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.
* In Ian Fleming's ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'', Hugo Drax had red hair that really underscored his startling appearance.
%%* Foxface in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''... for a certain value of evil.
%%* Mr. Croup from Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}.''
* ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'':
** Elliot from ''Marked'' is a pretty big asshole and later he becomes an undead Fledgling.
%% ** [[spoiler:Neferet]]
* Fagin, the ruthless leader of a gang of child thieves in ''Literature/OliverTwist''.
* ''Literature/MySweetAudrina'': Vera, Audrina's cousin [[spoiler:and half-sister]] is a very unpleasant person, even as a child; she is constantly trying to get Audrina in trouble and is an AttentionWhore, is a good example of [[TheVamp a Vamp]], and for extra evil [[spoiler:orchestrated Audrina's rape]].
* Isosceles, one of the evil witches from ''Literature/WarrenTheThirteenth'', has long red hair.
* Attorney Arcinas of ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'' borders on this. His hair is dyed nearly raspberry-red, although he's less ''evil'' and more of an arrogant GloryHound who is willing to risk lives in his quest for fame.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
%%* ''Series/{{Dexter}}''--The title character, a sociopathic serial killer.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': A fanart of Melisandre from the books provides the trope image. She's a KnightTemplar priestess of a fire-themed god who practices blood magic, advocates human sacrifice by burning, and generally serves as an EvilChancellor to Stannis. However, she seems to believe her actions are necessary to save humanity from the BiggerBad White Walkers, and from what we've seen of them, she may in fact be ''right''.
%%* The Dream Masters on ''Series/{{Sliders}}''. Very ginger and very evil.
* Played with Lydia on ''Series/TeenWolf'', particularly in "Lunatic." Way to blatantly manipulate Allison and Scott.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', one of the most vicious female characters to date (and definitely the youngest vicious character), Eve, is played by redheaded actress Aviva. Fiona comments that she's the first natural redhead she's seen since leaving Ireland.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has some red-haired [=UnSubs=], like Karl Arnold, aka The Fox.
* Edna from ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', who manipulates everyone she meets (but doesn't fool Mrs. Hughes for a second).
* Both adaptations of ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' have this going on: [[Film/{{Dune}} David Lynch's has a strawberry-blond Feyd-Rautha]] (played by an enthusiastic Sting in brass underpants) and [[Series/{{Dune}} the miniseries features Ian [=McNiece=] as a Baron Harkonnen]] rocking the henna look. Followed up by Susan Sarandon playing the villainous redheaded Princess Wensicia in the Sci-Fi Channel's Children of Dune.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'''s Kerry Weaver, although she's ''generally'' more a pain in the ass than actually evil.
%%* Joey Caruso from ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''.
%%* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', we have Saffron. Or Yolanda. Or Bridget. [[IHaveManyNames No one's sure what her real name is]], we just know she has red hair.
* ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' has the hero battling evil Scotsmen, with his own hair turned red after a killer bagpipe attack. Fortunately, his personality is not affected (probably because he's already a bigoted JerkAss).
%%* Peggy from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' - according to Al, at least.
%%* Kimberly Mancini and Sydney Andrews from the original ''Series/MelrosePlace'', and Violet from the 2009 remake.
* In ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', [=McGee=] is wooed by a [[spoiler: North Korean-employed red-haired assassin, played by Lindy Booth. Booth seems to have the seductively evil redhead down pat.]]
%%* Budnick from ''Series/SaluteYourShorts''.
%%* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' has Catherine Weaver.
%%* Sharona in ''Series/SonnyWithAChance''.
* Jimmy Murtha (played by Creator/JoePantoliano) from the short-lived ''Series/EZStreets'' is a violent redheaded mobster.
%%* Timmy Kirk from ''Series/{{OZ}}'' is very evil and very redheaded.
* Spellbinder Ashka from, well, ''{{Series/Spellbinder}}'' was a redhead and also a power-hungry, cunning, vicious bitch.
%%* Seska, the manipulative Cardassian spy from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** [[spoiler: [[MeaningfulName Anna Milton]], who ends up fighting the blonde Mary Winchester in]] ''The Song Remains The Same''. This was, however, a rather sad addendum to her original HeroesWantRedheads function (which was perhaps subverted in that the redhead wanted the hero!).
** Abaddon, the last of the Knights of Hell, throws Hell into a civil war because she wants demons to stop bribing mortals for their souls and just outright take over the world.
** Then there's Rowena, a powerful centuries-old witch and abusive mother [[spoiler: to the boy who would grow up to be Crowley]].
%%* Kitty Monroe in ''Series/TrueJackson''.
* Semi-averted in ''Series/WaterlooRoad''. The show's only redhead, Danielle, hangs around with Aleesha, who is pretty evil (sabotaging ''Park Side Story'', tricking Karla into the whole petition thing). However, Danielle, to her credit, has balked at many of Aleesha's more evil schemes and actively refuses to take part in them.
%%* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' "All Souls", [[spoiler: Aaron Starkey]].
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': three brunettes, one ginger, all [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist unpleasant]]. Still, guess which one is the most violent and destructive.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the old-school serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E6TheKingsDemons The King's Demons]]'', the king's champion has red hair.
** In the revival episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E7AmysChoice Amy's Choice]]," the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]] is played by red-haired actor Creator/TobyJones. And considering that he's [[spoiler:a twisted manifestation of the Doctor's self-loathing, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor it looks like the Doctor got to be ginger after all]].]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Prior to her HeelFaceTurn, AntiVillain and WellIntentionedExtremist [[DarkActionGirl Tess Mercer]] is this. [[spoiler: Her brother]] ComicBook/LexLuthor is technically also this, though due to an accident he's actually BaldOfEvil.
%%* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The Goa'uld Hathor inhabits the body of a red-haired woman.
%%* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has mother-killing carny Jerome Valeska.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' had the [[BanditClan Crowes]], an extended [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether family]] of [[EvilPoacher poachers]], smugglers, and ne'er do-wells, most whom had red or at least red-tinged, hair. Individual members included IneffectualSympatheticVillain Dewey, his [[OpportunisticBastard opportunistic]] thug of a cousin, Daryl, Daryl's [[AmoralAttorney crooked paralegal]] sister, Wendy, and their [[AxeCrazy psychopathic]] brother [[KnifeNut Danny]], whose actor joked Season 5's message was "don't mess with gingers."

%%* Dave Mustaine of Music/{{Megadeth}}, at least in his songs.
* Music/{{Garbage}}'s Shirley Manson sings in a rather EVIL fashion.
** Well, she DID get tapped to play [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles Catherine Weaver]], as mentioned above.
* Before Garbage, this was [[Music/OingoBoingo Danny Elfman's]] stage persona. He looks so cheerfully demonic that you have to wonder why he wasn't cast as ComicBook/TheJoker.
* The sinister [[NaziNobleman Thin White Duke]] from ''Music/StationToStation'' had red hair, like many of Music/DavidBowie's other stage personas (including less nasty characters like [[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars Ziggy Stardust]] and Music/AladdinSane). How scary was the Thin White Duke? Ultimately, he turned out to be Bowie's ''last'' stage persona because the guy got LostInCharacter and started losing his grip on reality. In other words, the Thin White Duke became an honest-to-God EnemyWithin, and Bowie decided to give up AlterEgoActing (along with cocaine) because he didn't want to risk that happening again. Also note that in contrast with the usual stereotype of the FieryRedhead, the Thin White Duke was creepy in part because he was so inhumanly cold.

[[folder:Religion & Mythology]]
* It's a common folk belief that many evil figures in Literature/TheBible, most notably Cain and Judas Iscariot, had red hair, despite there being no textual evidence of this. In Medieval times, when most of the population was illiterate, stained-glass windows in churches would tell various stories from the Bible in picture form and red hair was used as a shorthand for evilness, since it evoked the image of fire and Hell.
** Averted -- actually, inverted -- in Robert Graves' ''King Jesus,'' where ''Jesus'' has red hair, this being one of the eight "signs of royalty".
** Also averted with most depictions of Mary Magdalene, who is generally portrayed with red hair.
** To quote ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'', "Judas is carrot".
** Straight-up subverted by David, whom Samuel was reluctant to appoint king because of his red hair, which was associated with violence and bloodshed, until God told him that David would shed much blood, but it would be that of Israel's enemies.
** According to some translations of the Bible, the devil has [[FelonyMIsdemeanor curly red hair]].
* OlderThanDirt: the ancient [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian]] pantheon has the god Set, best remembered for hacking his brother Osiris into bits and scattering the pieces about the world. He was depicted as being a redhead -- or at least red-furred, since he was usually depicted with the head of an unidentifiable animal.
** And then there was the [[FoeYay attempted schtupping of Horus]]...sheesh.
** There is some speculation about what kind of animal Set is often shown as, but it resembles an aardvark -- which don't have much fur on their heads anyway.
* Loki, the god of mischief in Myth/NorseMythology, in contrast to the much more masculine Thor. In Norse tradition, those born with red hair and blue eyes were thought to possess supernatural strength and were more likely to be [[FieryRedHead harbingers of battle]]. The modern depiction of Thor with blond hair is wrong on multiple levels, as blonds were considered to be calmer and more strategic in battle, hence Odin's coloration.
* Rumour has it that red hair was considered a positive factor in selection to become a druid - this may account for the malign reputation of red-headedness amongst those cultures that were hostile to Celts. (And probably among the Christian missionaries too.)
* At least one painting of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Pandora]], the first-woman whose curiosity brought diseases into the world, gives her fiery red hair and a scary look on her face.
** A few pre-Raphaelites depicted Salomé as a ginger, too.
* Averted with King Menelaos of Creator/{{Homer}}ic legend, always depicted as a redhead, because his name is Menelaos Xanthos, which means "Menelaos the Blond". Yeah, it's that sensible.

* Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/MataHari'' pinball depicts the title character as a redheaded German spy.
* In ''VideoGame/PsychoPinball,'' the "Trick or Treat" table has a WickedWitch with a full head of (unkempt) red hair.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* El Maestro, manager of La Artilleria Pesada and Lady Demonique of the New Wrestling Stars invasion in WWC.
* Miss Maulie, a pinup lady [[RedBaron affectionately nicknamed]] "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Man's Ruin]]".
* Sweet Nancy died her hair red for her {{rud|o}}a run in the International Wrestling Association
* Veda Scott, Wrestling/MariaKanellis, Scarlett Bordeaux, and Taeler Hendrix are just the examples Wrestling/RingOfHonor has had at the same time. Bob Evans too, [[BaldOfEvil if you were looking at his eyebrows]]. With the exception of a few like Wrestling/ElGenerico[[note]] Until his face/heel turn at TLC in 2017[[/note]], almost all their regular redheads are evil.[[/folder]]

* ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'':
** Thomas, the most loathsome human in Hell, has red hair. [[spoiler:Which means that, as for all redheads in the setting, there are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephilim Nephilim]] somewhere in his family tree.]]
** It's hinted that {{Satan}} himself is one; given that [[spoiler:all descendants of angels are redheads,]] it stands to reason that all angels are as well. Satan himself claims that only the junior angels have red hair, and he had golden hair as an archangel-but of course he's been demoted quite a lot since then.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Ashnod the Uncaring, from ''''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''.
* Lelith Hesperax of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', along with a number of both Eldar and Dark Eldar.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', Chelaxians born with bright red hair are considered to have some sort of fiendish influence. Given the kind of country Cheliax is, this is usually treated as a gift. The most noteable example is Ileosa Arvaxni, later Arabasti, who ended up becoming a genocidal tyrant and all around monster.
* In the Warrior Trilogy ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' novels, Romano Liao was stated to have red hair and green eyes. This was apparently EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, since every depiction of her and the rest of her family after that gave them more common Chinese hair and eye colors.

* ''Theatre/{{Heathers}}'': Heather Chandler, in the original off-broadway production at least.
* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'': Given their origin, the "dead butcher and his [[LadyMacbeth fiendlike queen]]" are generally portrayed as redheads.
* ''Theatre/SweeneyTodd'':
** Sweeny Todd was a redhead in the book. Modern depictions tend to run more toward [[LooksLikeCesare Looking Like Cesare]], though.
** Many depictions of {{Yandere}} StepfordSmiler Mrs. Lovett have her as a redhead.
* Because of the association with Judas, Shylock of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' was originally portrayed as a redhead, and this was generally a common trait of "evil Jew" characters.
%%* ''Redhead''.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Lady Luck and Jack the Clown from Universal's Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sepulchure in ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' doesn't have official art of him without the mask, but [[WordOfGod the game's lead artists]] all draw him with long red hair. [[VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds His daughter, Gravelyn,]] has it too.
%%* Id from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''.
* Kuja from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' when in his trance form.
** Kuja gets [[WhiteHairBlackHeart two evil]] [[EvilRedhead hair tropes]] for the price of one.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Ganondorf (and a few forms of his more bestial side, Ganon) in the various ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games.
** All the Gerudos, actually, but they're just thieves[[note]]and are implied to be {{Punch Clock Villain}}s if not BrainwashedAndCrazy[[/note]], whereas Ganondorf is out-and-out evil.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' has Chancellor Cole, who has red hair and is found out to be evil pretty early in the game.
** He's not explicitly stated to be evil, [[note]]since there isn't much canon information about him[[/note]] but there's something just plain ''off'' about the Happy Mask Salesman of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Especially noticeable when you tell him you can't give him Majora's Mask yet.
** Yuga of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' sports fancily-curled red hair, and is an EvilSorcerer who goes around turning people into paintings for his EvilPlan. Makes sense, since he is apparently the Lorulean counterpart of Ganon(dorf). Fittingly enough, [[spoiler:he even [[FusionDance fuses with Ganon]] and bequeaths his red locks to the latter.]]
** [[spoiler:Demise]], the BiggerBad of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''. His hair is literally ''flaming''.
** Zant, the villain from VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess is also revealed to be this, but most of it is obscured by his balaclava.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'': [[spoiler:Aribeth]] has reddish hair (much more apparent from her portrait than her character model), though she is only evil for about half of the first campaign and you get to [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor choose whether she stays evil]] in ''Hordes of the Underdark''.
* Tactical {{RPG}}s like ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' portray the enemy units as having red armor and hair.
** For a specific ''Fire Emblem'' example, [[EvilPrince Prince Julius]] is a redhead possessed by the evil dragon god Loptyr. He approves of [[spoiler:abducting and sacrificing children to Loptyr]] and other such fun. He got his hair color from his father Arvis, who is more of an AntiVillain.
* Bowser from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' Despite being a Koopa, he still has some hair. But he's also unwittingly contradicted his evilness at times [[EnemyMine helping his enemies as an excuse to get HIS way]].
* Dr. Eggman from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' with his [[BadassMoustache badass auburn moustache]].
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Silver, TheRival in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''/''Crystal'', is a JerkAss who bullies the player. He gets nicer by the end though.
** Maxie, the leader of Team Magma in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Ruby]]''/''Emerald'' (in ''Sapphire'', the latter helps the player). His entire team is themed red.
** From ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''/''Platinum'' there's Mars, a female member of Team Galactic's QuirkyMiniBossSquad. Jupiter may also count, although her hair is more of a purple shade.
** The remakes ''VideoGame/PokemonHeartGoldAndSoulSilver'' updates the sprite design for the Team Rocket executives and gives them all names. One of the female execs, named Ariana, is red-haired.
** Lavanna and the Team Dim Sun admins in ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Shadows of Almia'' all had red hair.
** The Team Plasma grunts (male and female) from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' are all redheads. [[spoiler: Some do a HeelFaceTurn after the group fragments, but the remaining grunts are still redheads, they just wear different costumes from before.]]
** Most members of Team Flare in ''Videogame/PokemonXAndY'' have red hair. [[spoiler:Lysandre]] in particular has a massive mane that makes him look like [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]] if he discovered Rogaine.
* Erol in ''[[VideoGame/JakAndDaxter Jak II]]'' [[spoiler: and ''Jak 3'']], although, most of the time, his hair is hidden by his helmet.
* Tiamat from ''[[http://www.indiegames.com/blog/articles/index.php?c=rp&y=2007&gid=4 Last Scenario]]'' (although she [[spoiler:was a good person before an [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity ancient power took over her mind]]]]).
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** Walter Bernhard from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence''. And damn, does he ever have fun with the 'evil' part.
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'': Stella and Loretta are redheaded twins (though occasionally coloured with violet hair), but they're just BrainwashedAndCrazy.
** Partially subverted in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness''; Isaac is completely nutters, but [[spoiler:it's heavily implied that, half the time, Dracula is driving or at the very least co-piloting him. Isaac's a willing 'passenger', but still...]]
* Another subversion: Axel Almer of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. He's an honest Evil Redhead in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'', as well as the GBA version of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2''. However, in the subsequent remakes, he's more or less a NobleDemon, not outright evil...then he pulls a HeelFaceTurn.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Axel, who eventually develops into an AntiVillain.
** His predecessor Reno certainly counted in the original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Guy was a ''bastard'' to fight if you were underlevelled on that bloody pillar.
* [[spoiler: Lara's evil doppelganger]] in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld''.
* Late in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Zelos Wilder was a spy all along.]] However, just prior the boss fight, [[spoiler:he defects back to the heroes' side.]] If you choose to talk to Kratos in an event prior to this revelation, though, [[spoiler:you kill Zelos instead and Kratos takes his place.]]
* Asch from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is an example, although he's much closer to an AntiVillain or even an AntiHero.
%%* Creed Graphite, the "scarlet-haired devil" from ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts''.
* ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'' is a Heroic Sociopath who enjoys the cruelest and most brutal means of exterminating monsters. If the kill animations weren't indicators, her dialogs with her enemies don't do much to distinguish her from them.
* Triumph Studios seems to love playing with this trope in their ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' series of games, as Rose, one of the mistresses from ''Overlord'', is a redhead. In ''VideoGame/OverlordII'', all three mistresses have hair colors that are various shades of red. However, Rose and Kelda (the most redheaded of the mistresses) are actually non-evil (Rose believes in Order and Kelda is the VictoriousChildhoodFriend) and arguably the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Women]] of the setting.
%%* Sandra the gem thief from ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Marisa Kirisame during Story of Eastern Wonderland. That is, when she was still evil. Or redheaded.
* In ''VideoGame/TraumaTeam'', [[spoiler:the "Raging Bomber" is revealed to be a woman named Sandra Liebermann. When the player finally sees her in person, she's holding an airport hostage with bombs strapped to her chest, and her general appearance can only be described as "AxCrazy UpToEleven".]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''[='s=] ''Tribunal'' expansion has Almalexia, the redheaded former member of the Dunmeri [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]]. She undergoes a FaceHeelTurn as [[GoMadFromTheRevelation her sanity deteriorates from the loss of her godhood]]. She reaches full blown AxeCrazy status by the end of the expansion's main quest.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Cicero, the lunatic jester/deadly assassin in the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] questline, has red hair under his jester's hat.
*** The [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Draugr]], undead cursed thousands of years ago for serving the dragons and dragon cults, tend to have red hair and beards.
* Crimson Viper, from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''.
** Akuma is a subversion. While his appearance just screams ObviouslyEvil and his powers are very much of demons, Akuma does have a code of honor when it comes to killing opponents, albeit a very skewed one. Not that he's a nice guy in the slightest, however.
%%* Giygas from VideoGame/EarthBound appears to be this [[spoiler: literally]].
* In ''Videogame/GrandiaII'', the wings of the evil god Valmar get implanted into the golden-haired Ellena, creating her red-haired SuperPoweredEvilSide, Millenia. Subverted in that Millenia isn't really evil so much as TheUnfettered, and she [[PetTheDog pets enough dogs]] to qualify as fully good by the end of the game.
* Etna of ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' has red hair, and being not just a demon but one of the crueller and more irresponsible demons at that, probably qualifies as "evil" no matter how amusing she is about it. Especially if you ask her beleagured minions, the Prinnies, who she regularly uses as impromptu artillery.
* Bob Page, the BigBad of ''Videogame/DeusEx'' (and {{Greater Scope Villain}} of its prequel games). Oddly, in ''Videogame/DeusExMankindDivided'', his hair appears to be black, though this could be due to in-game lighting- his concept art still has very dark auburn hair.
* Moira O'Deorain, one of the playable ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' characters, has red hair. She's a geneticist who does everything ForScience and doesn't worry about ethics. She's currently working for the terrorist organization Talon.


[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''
** [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne]] in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations''. She directly killed 2 people, tried to kill 3 more and drove a man to suicide, all to either cover-up her earlier crimes or take revenge for being stopped from commiting them.
** Then we have [[spoiler:Mimi Miney]] from the previous game. [[spoiler:It turns out, her and Dahlia have a bit more than a thing or two in common, in fact.]]
** There's also [[spoiler: Souta Sarushiro]] from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth 2''.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'': Neither is entirely ''evil'' per se, but [[spoiler:Vermilion Akiha and Kohaku]] are both red haired, {{yandere}}, psychopathic characters, and both have rather unsavory goals. [[spoiler:Akiha]] is 'evil' here precisely ''because'' her hair is red, even. [[spoiler:Kohaku]] is essentially the poster girl for StepfordSmiler, BreakTheCutie, EmotionlessGirl, and WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.
* Miho from ''VisualNovel/LiarLiar'' is a redheaded serial killer and the accomplice (and [[spoiler:eventual girlfriend]]) to the VillainProtagonist.
* Subverted with Rena from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. In the first arc ''Onikakushi-hen'' she seems like an example as she [[StalkerWithoutACrush stalks]] and tries to murder Keiichi however [[spoiler:it's later shown Keiichi was [[UnreliableNarrator paranoid and hallucinating]] Rena was after him.]] Rena is normally a sweet girl unless [[spoiler:under the HatePlague]] or if you ''seriously'' [[BewareTheNiceOnes mess with her loved ones]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* PsychoForHire Valentino from ''Webcomic/{{Marilith}}''. To her defense, she was made a psycho killer in a gulag.
* Lysinda and Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Particularly emphasized with Lysinda, who sports red hair even when the rest of the strip is in black and white.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''[='s=] Belkar Bitterleaf generally looks bald in most panels, but look at the close-ups or his feet: He's a stubbly ChaoticEvil redhead. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0483.html He does have hair.]] Not much of it, though.
** Pompey, Vaarsuvius' second EvilCounterpart in the Linear Guild has bright red hair - part of his being an evil opposite to V involves the fact that V wears red and has purple hair while Pompey wears purple and has red hair.
** While he's only made a few appearances in the comic, the Norse deity Loki is a literal FieryRedhead and identified as being ChaoticEvil. On the other hand, he [[AffablyEvil seems pretty nice]] and [[FriendlyEnemy gets along well with Thor]].
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''[='s=] Player 2. He's entierly red, but his actual hair is ginger. Also the only Player with a BeardOfEvil.
** [[ManipulativeBastard Christian]] has dark-reddish-brown hair and a soul patch to boot.
%%* Mal from ''Webcomic/HeadTrip'' probably counts, although she isn't completely heartless.
%%* Webcomic/EvilDiva has the red hair of the character she's supposed to have. WhiteSheep, unfortunately for her.
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': While it may not be Cerise's natural hair color (she dyes it), the trope most definitely applies. From the moment the Hellrunes transferred to [[AllGirlSchool Artemis]], her actions have become progressively darker - from merely [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/i_am_shipping_those_two plotting to take over the Coven]], to trying to take over their new school. Which culminates in [[spoiler: Cerise betraying Melissa and Jacqui by outting them as witches, then [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/little_miss_lives_a_lot trying to kill them along with the student council]]]].
* Bob, of ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', is a LITERAL fiery redhead: his hair is red, his powers are fire-based, and when he's really pissed off, his hair tends to burst into flames. His place in the comic tends to swing between HeroicComedicSociopath and outright villain.
* Hwa Ryun from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. While she is a pretty laid back person who can even forgive Baam for cutting out her eye in self-defense, she is part of the conspiracy. That means she was well aware of the cruelties that lay ahead of out cute little protagonist and even contributed to these plans.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', pretty much the entire extended Valois family have been seen to have the same shade of red hair. Although not all of them are quite as evil as others, most fall into this category one way or another just because of their scheming and backstabbing. Out of the confirmed redheads:
** Aaronev is a former redhead (considering someone mistook his redhaired son for him) who has killed multiple girls, including [[FridgeHorror his own daughter]], in an attempt to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051116#.VvcG_uKLTIU download the mind of his former love interest into a new body]].
** Martellus has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130603#.VvcHTeKLTIU kidnapped Agatha and altered her bodily chemistry]] so she is forced to stay near him at all times, so that he can force her to marry him, and tried to kill Tarvek and Gil multiple times.
** Xerxsephnia [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130701#.VvcHaeKLTIU isn't quite so bad]] but is still triple-crossing Martellus, Gil and Agatha, so she can discredit Agatha and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140502#.VvcHneKLTIU trick Gil into marrying her]].
** Tarvek is technically a protagonist but is still not exactly the best role model, having [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060526#.VvcIheKLTIU double-crossed and betrayed]] multiple protagonists and antagonists, with most of his "good" actions being [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110211#.VvcJNuKLTIU calculated to his benefit]].
** Violetta is the WhiteSheep of the family but is still a trained assassin and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110907#.VvcJ-OKLTIU isn't too shabby at political intrigue]] either.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Duchess [[spoiler:[[VisionaryVillain Vaetris L'andariel]]]] of the [[TheLegionsOfHell Eastern]] [[HornyDevils Horde]] and her sister [[FemmeFatale Nina]] are quite evil and ambitious villainesses who have red hair. It runs in the family.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'':
** Melina Frost of V3.
** While not an actual redhead, [[EvilBrit Maxwell Lombardi]] has dyed red streaks in his hair. And given that he is one of the few killers in v4 to actually ''enjoy'' killing...well, he fits.
* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' - [[spoiler: Lear Dunham. His son Gabriel also has a reddish tint to his hair, at least in some lights.]]
* The [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures MS Paint]] [[InteractiveComic Fan Adventure]] ''Alanna'' has Tristan, primary antagonist and confirmed murderer. [[spoiler:Later in the story, Alanna finds a half-empty bottle of red hair dye.]]
* [[SpiderPeople N'Ktane]] in ''{{Literature/Tasakeru}}'' fits the bill. [[spoiler:So does Hanami, whose hair changes color when N'Ktane [[DemonicPossession possesses her.]]]]
%%* Toys/MonsterHigh: AlphaBitch catgirl, Torelei Stripes.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': {{Jerkass}} and resident bully Cardin Winchester. Also notorious criminal Roman Torchwick, whose hair is closer to a dark orange.
* One ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' customer refuses to be served by a waitress wearing a pentagram necklace. The (black-haired) waitress goes to the back, removes the necklace and comes to find the customer all smiles, going on about that horrid red-haired heathen who just tried to serve them. [[HenpeckedHusband The customer's husband]] just looks tired, evidently going through this scene any time they eat out.
* In the audio drama ''Zoolaplex'', antagonist and [[JerkAss irredeemable scumbag]] [[MagnificentBastard Charles Wickman]] has spiky red hair.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Vicky, the {{babysitter from hell}} from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''. Chip Skylark writes a song about her titled [[TakeThat "Icky Vicky"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' did an entire episode, "Ginger Kids", where Cartman was convinced that "gingers" (pale, freckled, red-headed kids) were monstrous, Children of the Corn-like abominations. In what would have been a surprising example of HypocriticalHumor were we speaking of anyone other than Eric Cartman, after his friends tried teaching him a lesson by making him up to look like a "ginger" while he slept, Cartman soon decided that "his people" were the master race. And since this ''is'' Cartman we're talking about, he was attempting genocide before the end of the episode.
** The Ginger kids return in the 200th and 201st episode and demand the town hand over Muhammad so they could obtain his ability to not get ripped on. It is revealed a now AxCrazy Scott Tenorman is their leader. He justifiably wants revenge on Cartman for making him eat his parents. He puts him through an ordeal much like the one the Joker put Commissioner Gordon through in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''.
* Death Watch member Bo-Katan from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' (since her first un-helmeted in Season 5's Eminence). Bounty hunter Aurra Sing features a red topknot on an otherwise [[BaldWomen bald head]].
%%* The Boss from ''WesternAnimation/DanVs''.
%%* Eva Medal, the BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfAtlantis'' had bright scarlet hair.
* Jack Spicer from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Hotstreak from ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', and Montana Max from ''Tiny Toon Adventures'', all voiced by redhead Danny Cooksey, who also played red-headed antagonistic jerk Budnick on ''Series/SaluteYourShorts''. Perhaps Danny Cooksey himself is evil, too. Nobody knows.
** If he is, he's bound to be harmless. He also lends his voice to the heroic-but-cowardly Dave from ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' (who, notably, is not redheaded--but his more aggressive sisters ''are''). This overlaps with Jack's notable cowardliness, so we've little to worry about from Mr. Cooksey if he's a villainous type.
*** Aaand subverted with Keef on ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', who is terrifyingly nice.
%%* And back to ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Wuya's true form has red hair.
* The Wicked Witch in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' has ''bright, flaming red'' hair. In fact, it could be considered ''orange.''
%%* Kelly from ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}''.
* Princess Morbucks from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', who is probably the best example of ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney. Blossom's two {{Evil Counterpart}}s, Brick of the Rowdyruff Boys and Berserk of the Powerpunk Girls (who is a comic-only character) also count..
%%* Lee and Sarah from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
* Subverted in the direct-to-DVD followups of Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': [[spoiler: Anastasia]], who was a RichBitch in the original movie, is now less evil and more like a [[WellDoneSonGuy Well Done Daughter Girl]].
%%* Demona, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.
* Mertle Edmonds from the ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' franchise. There's also Experiment 627, who has red fur all over him and is designed to be incapable of turning good.
%%* [[VainSorceress Spectra's]] human form in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' is a redhead.
%%* Vanessa Warfield from ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}''.
%%* Ed Wuncler III from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Yosemite Sam.
* WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}: Dr. Badvibes is a maniacal scientist who makes diabolical machines and gadgets for Big Boss's gang of Crooks.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' TheMusicMeister is a redhead. And of course, one or two characters from the comics, like Poison Ivy, fit as well.
%%* Sideshow Bob from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
%%* Queen Ariana in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsTheIslandPrincess'' plots revenge on King Peter and his family.
* Randall Weems, Ashley Q., Mundy, Kurst the Worst, and Gelman from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
%%* Cousin Mel from ''WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer''. Just one of the many things fans like about [[EvilIsSexy her.]]
%%* Abraham Kane from ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Scarlett
** Two seasons prior to Scarlett, ''Revenge of the Island'' has [[ManipulativeBastard Scott]].
* Subverted with The Hex Girls from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheWitchsGhost''. Thorn's black hair is highlighted red and Luna is a DarkSkinnedRedhead. Shaggy and Scooby originally feared they were evil vampires however it turns out they're just [[DarkIsNotEvil normal]] {{Perky Goth}}s.