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[[caption-width-right:350:A [[TheHero hero]] [[HeldGaze gazes lovingly]] with his [[PrettyInMink beautiful]] {{Redheaded Hero}}ine on this [[SnowMeansLove snowy night]].[[note]]EyeBeams kept firmly in check of course.[[/note]]]]

->''"I wanna live\\
with a cinnamon girl\\
I could be happy\\
the rest of my life\\
With a cinnamon girl."''
-->-- '''Music/NeilYoung''', "Cinnamon Girl"

LoveInterests have always been ColourCodedForYourConvenience. Traditionally, the hero's significant other would usually be a [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold blonde]], to [[{{Foil}} contrast with]] the brunette [[TheVamp Vamp]] or FemmeFatale. But today, the passive DamselInDistress and SatelliteLoveInterest have been replaced by the sassy, bold, brash, sharp-tongued ActionGirl and WellExcuseMePrincess -- easily compatible with the "spunky FieryRedhead" stereotype.

The hero's redhead is actually calm, [[BewareTheQuietOnes at least most of the time]]. When she is fiery, she will probably be making him work to win her over for a long time or [[RomanticFalseLead he won't realize that she's the one for him until the end]].

Considering that less than 1% of the world's population have red hair (mainly in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Scandinavia, and among Eastern European Jews), there is a disproportionate number of red-haired female characters out there, and an inordinate number of them are The Hero's winning {{Love Interest|s}}. (On top of that, she is also inordinately likely to have [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead green eyes]] to go with it.)

Naturally, it's quite common for the Veronica in a BettyAndVeronica LoveTriangle to be a redhead; the Betty will be a blonde.

One possible source is Creator/RobertAHeinlein's fondness for hypercapable redhaired heroines (he had a red-haired wife).

In European comics, the high proportion of redheads among the main protagonists has been explained by some authors by the simple fact that, since redheads are rare, they're easier to spot in the panels -- especially true for crowd scenes.

Look out for the large number of {{Dark Skinned Redhead}}s in Anime.

Perhaps surprisingly to outsiders, given the (''relatively'') higher proportion of UsefulNotes/{{Ir|eland}}ish redheads, this trope does not seem to exist in Ireland. Redheaded female leads do appear, of course, but they are heavily outnumbered by the more common blondes and brunettes. This may be that, unlike almost everywhere else, red hair is not really seen as especially "exotic" in Ireland and Irish made media reflects this.

There isn't always a reason for this; if there is, sometimes, the [[http://girlswithredhair.blogspot.com/ red hair]] is symbolic of love and romantic desire, or the author just finds girls that look like that appealing.

There are some cases where the redhead actually ''is'' TheHero. Please note that not every romance involving a red-head falls under this trope. A RedHeadedHero will probably end up with someone. Only when he is heroic, perhaps a superhero or her personal hero from something, and ends up with a girl with red hair, or has multiple LoveInterests to choose from but the redhead fits best with him, and/or the blonde or brunette express an extra attraction to their partner's red hair is the trope in effect.

Oh, and this can apply to EvilRedhead, overlapping with DatingCatwoman.

Compare EveryoneLovesBlondes, RedHeadedHero, RedIsHeroic.

Contrast RedHeadedStepchild.


* Issei from ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', while he has no shame in admitting he wants to have his own harem, it's also rather blatantly obvious the one girl who has the biggest hold over his feelings is Rias Gremory, the very one who [[spoiler: brought him back to life as a devil]] and made said dream possible in the first place. Issei, upon first seeing Rias at school, even remarked to himself just how beautiful her deep crimson hair is. Said feelings are requited, [[spoiler:and they finally become a couple in Volume 10, after Issei's harem encouraged him to confess to her.]]
* While it's left to your imagination what really happened, [[TheHero 25th Baam]] and Hwa Ryun from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' travelled together for five years between the first two seasons.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' wins points by having fiery red hair, with an emphasis on the fire. Her hair color is actually part of her ''name''.
* Asuka Langley Soryu, of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', has a very interesting EveryoneCanSeeIt BelligerentSexualTension relationship with Shinji Ikari. The two share similar backgrounds and are clearly attracted to and want to get closer to one another, but their ''very'' different ways of handling their social shortcomings (Asuka in an aggressive and head-on manner pushes people away because she is afraid of getting hurt; Shinji in a passive and withdrawn fashion runs away people because he is also afraid of getting hurt) leads to numerous misunderstandings and resentment, especially on Asuka's part, between them. The very end of ''End of Evangelion'' implies that they have reached some kind of understanding, at least.
* ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': Although Duke was interested in Hikaru, he [[spoiler:was engaged with Rubina, daughter of the BigBad, and he loved her openly.]] [[StarcrossedLovers It ended in tears]], but not for the reasons you might think of (she was not an EvilRedhead at all). The other heroes of the ''[[Anime/{{Mazinger}} trilogy]]'', though, avoided the trope: ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]'' preferred brunettes, and ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]]'' favored raven-haired babes.
* Mayla from ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' develops a crush on Lan Hikari throughout the series (and they eventually get married in the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' games).
* Mamori Anezaki of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' was a brunette for the first manga volume, but the author quickly changed her hair to an orangey-red color to make her stand out more. Deuteragonist, Hiruma Yoichi, ends up being her (sorta) love interest.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Tatewaki is a [[WindmillCrusader Don Quixote]] whose Dulcinea is Ranma's sexy redheaded female form. And his [[StalkerWithACrush fangirls]] still [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer chase]] after him too, even in this form.
** Originally, Kuno calls female Ranma "The Pigtailed Girl". In the Latin American dub, however, he calls her "Flame-Haired Girl".
* Princess Sakura in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', who has red-tinted hair in the manga, but is something between a brunette and a bleached blonde in the anime.
** In the Tsubasa OVA entitled ''The Magician's Message'', Princess Sakura is a pure redhead. However, the OVA animators were not the same animators who did the previously mentioned Tsubasa anime.
* Kushina Uzumaki, Manga/{{Naruto}}'s mother, to her husband, [[spoiler:the Fourth Hokage, who said he loved her for her red hair]].
** [[spoiler:Sasuke marries and has a daughter with pink-haired Sakura.]]
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'': Both Lantis and Eagle want {{Redheaded Hero}}ine Hikaru.
* Lina Inverse of the ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' universe. Gourry chose her over his black-haired [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] Sylphiel, after all.
* Male subversion in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': when given the chance, the heroine Miaka chose the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue-haired]] Tamahome over the redheaded Tasuki in the OAV. Though, to be honest, [[FirstGirlWins Tasuki had it lost from the start...]]
** Not to mention the straighter subversion of this trope. Miaka is a brunette, but some people think she's a redhead.
*** Actually, in the second arc of the manga, her name is said to be written with the kanji for "beautiful red". In the OVA, which spans over the second arc of the manga, her hair is turned into an auburn color.
* Yoko of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' garnered interest from at least three heroic men. Though the true protagonist, Simon, ends up seeing her as more of an older sister/good friend character and pairs up with Nia, whose hair is...well, AnimeHair.
** It was played straight between her and Kamina, who seemed to be the protagonist [[spoiler:right up until the moment he died and apparent sidekick Simon was elevated to the role of hero.]]
** Could be played straight since Simon had an obvious huge crush on Yoko. He practically had an emotional breakdown when he saw her and Kamina kissing.
* Maruko from ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' is arguably a subversion of this trope, as she's somewhat off-putting towards some of the characters (including the main character) and it may be partially the author's intention to convey that to the audience. Quite a bit of the audience aren't listening, though, and as far as they're concerned, she's a straight-up trope example.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' has a few examples. Amuro's [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] Frau Bow has reddish-brown hair and Lt. Matilda is a full-on redhead who is [[HelloNurse lusted after by every male member of the White Base crew]]. Then there's Margaret Blair, Char's love interest in the 3rd volume of the novelization. The fact that she's a chubby, GirlNextDoor type secretary who manages to bed an AcePilot whose other love interests have all been mysterious, waifish girls with tragic pasts is a testament to the awesome power of the trope.
** Jump forward about sixty years and you get Cecily Fairchild, who has [[GundamF91 an entire movie]] centered around the hero's quest for her.
* Flay Allster of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'' may have been the Scrappy, but Kira had a crush on her at the beginning of the series and it grew into something more. They [[spoiler:have sex, even if she was manipulating him]], and it's clear he still cares greatly for her at the end of the series. Also, she ''did'' come to care for him after her CharacterDevelopment, [[spoiler:but ends up dead.]]
** And, to a greater extent, Lacus Clyne (although she has pink hair rather than red).
*** In fact, by the end of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Destiny]]'', all three main heroes end up paired with redheads: Kira, with Lacus, Athrun, with [[spoiler:Meyrin]], and Shinn, with [[spoiler:Lunamaria]].
* Mikuru Asahina, the [[{{Moe}} Moe-blob]] in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', has reddish brown hair (or brownish red hair? ''Orange''? [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow We may never know]]) and might be Haruhi's closest competition for Kyon's heart. Not 100% love interest, but Kyon is still very fond of her [[spoiler:and she triggered Haruhi's second unconscious universe warping when she thought Mikuru and Kyon were ''too'' close.]]
** Not to forget, [[BlackComedyRape Haruhi]] definitely has a [[DepravedBisexual thing]] for Mikuru too.
* The main OfficialCouple in ''Anime/BrainPowerd'' is Yuu and Hime...and Hime is a red-haired {{Tsundere}}!
* LesYay example in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' with [[FieryRedhead Teana]], who [[GenkiGirl Subaru]] isn't shy about [[TheGlomp expressing her affection for]], much to [[{{Tsundere}} Teana's embarrassment]].
** In fact, both of the other major LesYay pairings ([[ImprobablyFemaleCast not that there's a shortage]]), Nanoha[=/=]Fate and Hayate[=/=]Vita, involve a redhead of some shade. Whether this is coincidence [[AuthorAppeal or not]], though, is entirely a matter of speculation.
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'': [[RedheadedHero Noa Izumi]] shares a close bond and [[EveryoneCanSeeIt a lot of chemistry]] with her partner, Asuma Shinhara, but he doesn't [[TheyDo hook up with her]] [[DistantFinale until years after]] the OVA's conclusion.
* Kenshin from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is also a redhead - despite his Japanese origins. He's pursued by both Kaoru and Megumi. [[spoiler:The first wins.]]
* Keitaro Urashima of ''Manga/LoveHina'' has the red-headed Naru Narusegawa ([[UnwantedHarem among others]]), although he's not much of a hero. [[TookALevelInBadass Initially]].
** Of course, this is subverted in the anime, where Naru's hair is less red/orange and more straight brown.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Every heroic member of Negi's UnwantedHarem fall prey to this, as Negi is a redhead.
** Kotarou's one female love interest right now? Natsumi. Haircolor? ''Red''.
* Kenshiro's fiancee, Yuria, in the ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' anime, was the unrequited love interests of other characters as well (namely Shin, Toki, Raoh, and even her half-brother Juza), while her look-alike Mamiya attracted the attention of Rei and Yuda. It should be noted that both women were originally dark-haired brunettes in the manga.
* Inverted in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', where EvilRedhead Kyoko Sakura is implied to have a [[LesYay one-sided crush]] on blue-haired heroine Sayaka Miki, who is straight. Of course, over the time Kyoko [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold turns out to be not so evil after all]] and Sayaka drifts into AmbiguouslyBi territory, so in ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' this trope seems to be played straight.
* ''Anime/FruitsBasket'': Kyo has orange hair and he most likely has black hair naturally. His orange hair comes from the fact that he harbors the spirit of the orange cat. All of the Sohma family probably have black hair but it changes due to the animal spirits (Yuki = white mouse, Kisa = orange tiger, etc).
* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' heroine Aya Mikage had the choice between the sandy brown-haired Yuuhi Aogiri or maroon-haired (''honestly''. Just live with it, okay?) Tooya. Not only does she get the redhead, they also fall into [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter]].
* Katerose von Kreutzer in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', as prior to her introduction, the only romantic interest introduced for [[spoiler:Julian Minci]] is the older of Alex Czellenu's daughters.
* Ennis in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has realistic, dark rust-colored hair, and even though she's an ArtificialHuman, [[TheHero Firo]] has enough of a thing for her to wait fifty years to marry her.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' has this trope in spades. If [[TheHero Gai]] and {{Mi|ssionControl}}koto and [[TagAlongKid Mamoru]] and [[ToyShip Hana]] aren't enough, FINAL strongly hints that [[TheLancer Soldat J]] and [[ActionGirl Renais]] had become a BattleCouple or are on their way to it. Does red and pink hair remind them of their hearts burning with courage or something??
* Although he hasn't made his fondness for her known vocally in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', pink-haired Hinagiku Katsura clearly holds his interest.
* Sanji from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is enamored with the flame-haired Nami, though he's enamored with anything female that isn't a complete Gonk.
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'': [[DoNotCallMePaul Okarin]]...Kyouma, spends a MindScrew-worthy amount of time trying to save his {{Childhood Friend|s}} Mayuri. He decides all his effort should be thrown away, when the choice comes to save either her...or the redhead.
** Except, in the game, Kyouma can give up for whatever reason before then for the sake of one of the other girls' happiness, though the route the anime took certainly is the true ending. There's also the fact that she's only a redhead in the anime: in the game, she has brown hair.
* Technically, the Tai/Sora/Matt LoveTriangle from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' is all about which guy gets Sora (who has auburn hair and therefore is a Red Head)...unless, of course, you [[HoYay ship the hypotenuse]].
** Mimi Tachikawa has a light-reddish hair color [[HairColorDissonance depending on the scene]] and is often shipped with so many characters and in-universe has gross digimon crushing on her.
** Auburn-haired Juri fulfills this trope in ''Anime/DigimonTamers.''
* While not the hero, Naoki Shinjyo from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' has a love interest in Miki Jounouchi, who has reddish-brown hair for most of the series.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' does this with Yusei Fudo, "TheHero", and Aki Izayoi the psychic/(psycho) powered red head. Not that there was much competition aside from Sherry [=LeBlanc=], the blonde rival to Aki in this sense. Yusei basically confirms this trope in the final episode of the series.
* In ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'', the first thing that [[HandsomeLech nymphomaniac lesbian Alielle]] says when she sees the fiery priestess Shayla Shayla? ''"Red haaaaair!"'' Afterwards, she puts TheGlomp on Shayla at every opportunity.
* In {{VideoGame/Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream}}, there's Aira Harune, Hye In, and [[spoiler:Bell Renjouji]].
* In the anime adaptation of ''Manga/DNAngel'', Daisuke Niwa has two potential love interests in Risa Harada, the brunette girl who he initially has feelings for, and her twin sister, Riku Harada, the redhead who Daisuke develops feelings for as the series progresses. Guess which one he ends up with.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Mary Jane Parker, main love interest of ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', and OfficialCouple during most of the character's run. She's arguably, not only the TropeCodifier for comic books, but also THE most iconic example in all of Western popular culture.
** Highly unpopular love interest for Peter, Carlie Cooper, is subject to a ''severe'' case of DependingOnTheArtist for almost every subsequent appearance she's made. She's been depicted as a redhead twice now to the point where, in the second occurrence, certain fans weren't sure if Peter had gotten back together with Mary Jane or not, until Carlie's name came up in the text.
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}' longtime love interest was ComicBook/JeanGrey, who's even nicknamed "Red". The first time he thought she was dead, he married her (obviously redheaded) clone, Madelyne Pryor. After she [[GoMadFromTheRevelation went crazy from that and committed suicide]], he dated Jean for a number of years before she proposed to him and they married. Meanwhile, {{Wolverine}}'s fixation on Jean Grey is apparently the latest in a long line of redheads going back to his childhood, where his first love, Rose, was a dead-ringer for Jean.
* All of [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark's]] most significant romantic relationships: Pepper Potts, Bethany Cabe, [[Comicbook/BlackWidow Natalia Romanoff]]. Redheads. Although Bethany [[DependingOnTheArtist sometimes appeared as a brunette]] and Natasha originally had black hair that was later retconned to red.
* King Mob of ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' ends up in a relationship with the red-haired Ragged Robin.
* Becky Burdock, Vampire Reporter, is the potential love interest for ''ComicBook/JackStaff''. She's clearly stated to be a redhead in the early black and white issues, and is naturally depicted as such when it moved into colour.
* When Yvonne Craig portrayed Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} on the old Creator/AdamWest [[Series/{{Batman}} live-action series]], Barbara Gordon had short-cropped brunette hair. Batgirl's long red tresses were part of her cowl, part of her identity-concealing costume, and the same technique is currently used for Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}, whose extraordinarily long flaming red hair (so long that Batman actually advised her to cut it, since any {{mook|s}} could grab it in a fight) is actually a wig over her ''much'' shorter, darker, real hair.
* Several of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s LoveInterests such as Vicki Vale, Linda Page, and Jezebel Jet.
* Jason Todd. [[RetCon Some of the time.]]
* [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest Cheryl Blossom]], who steals [[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie's]] heart from BettyAndVeronica.
* Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'s on-again, off-again wife, Mera. (Note that white-haired Dolphin didn't last too long as his belle and was eventually paired off with Tempest, formerly Aqualad.)
* ComicBook/EMan has Nova Kane. (Eventually, she gained energy powers like his own.)
* Looker of the '80s and '90s Comicbook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders was portrayed as highly attractive and desirable, even when she wasn't literally hypnotizing bad guys into doing her bidding.
* Another male example, Green Arrow's sidekick, Roy Harper (formerly known as "Speedy" and "Red Arrow", known now for the second time as "Arsenal"), has always been a ladies' man.
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/{{Powers}}''; when a philandering superhero is found dead in bed as a result of [[OutWithABang bedroom-related complications]], the police find a little black book with the names all of the women he tried it on with and have to go and interview all of them. ''Every single one of them'' is a redhead.
* The marvelous, much sought after Mina in ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' is a redhead, though her character in the original ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' novel is blonde.
* Despite having a great many "sweethearts", Comicbook/ConanTheBarbarian seemed to always hold a special place in his heart for Comicbook/RedSonja, to the point of being ready to abandon his wife, children and throne to go adventuring with her in ''Conan The King #28''.
* Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}'s two major canon love interests are both red-heads; Barbara Gordon ([[ActionGirl Batgirl]] / [[HandicappedBadass Oracle]]) and [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Koriand'r]] ([[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Starfire]]). And if that counts, GirlOfTheWeek Cheyenne was a red-head. Nightwing has even stated himself that he has a thing for red-heads when first meeting the new Batwoman in ''52''. And in the 2011 series, his love interest is Raya Vestri. Guess what color her hair is. For bonus points, his two HeterosexualLifePartners pre-New 52, Roy Harper and Wally West, are redheaded as well.
* ''Comicbook/{{Madman}}'''s love interest Joe (Josephine).
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Static}}'' comics, Frieda Goren is Virgil's first love interest. She's also caught the eye of Hotstreak - so much so that he really goes out of his way to capture her - and she has a boyfriend named Larry Wade, who is one of Virgil's friends. In [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock the cartoon]], she's still Virgil's first love interest and Hotstreak still has the hots for her AND two boys named Jimmy and Nick really like her, too; Jimmy's and Nick's attraction to Frieda fuels Nick's bullying of Jimmy and Jimmy's feeling like no one really cares about him, which leads to the climax of the episode when Jimmy brings a gun to school. In the first episode, she lists off how many boys have asked her to the dance as Virgil is trying to ask her out.
* ComicBook/{{X-Factor}}'s Rictor has exclusively dated Rahne and Shatterstar, two very violent redheads.
* ComicBook/LanaLang, Franchise/{{Superman}}'s high school sweet heart, is traditionally a red head. Which inverts the trope when Superman chooses the brunette Lois over Lana.
* Sally, from ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', is a redhead. Fiona, too.
* Comicbook/ScottPilgrim's romantic life consists of Kim (redhead), Natalie, a.k.a. "Envy" (redhead), Knives (temporarily had red highlights), and Ramona (her hair ''was'' red for a time, [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair but it changes often]]). More obvious in the Game [[spoiler:where his ending involves him dating Kim, Envy, and Knives all at once, and all three are pictured with him, and they all have red hair]].
* The prevalence of redheaded heroines, villainesses and love interests in superhero comics is neatly summed up by [[http://d13pix9kaak6wt.cloudfront.net/background/dulcedereyes_1358734018_23.jpg this image]], showing [[Comicbook/{{Gen13}} Caitlin Fairchild]], [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Jean Grey]], Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Medusa]], [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Poison Ivy]], [[Comicbook/TeenTitans Starfire]], [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Mystique]], Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}, [[ComicBook/{{X-Factor}} Siryn]], [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends Firestar]], and [[Franchise/SpiderMan Mary-Jane Watson]]. Notably missing Comicbook/BlackWidow, oddly.
* The original ComicBook/SpiderWoman, Jessica Drew, had a "roommate," Lindsey [=McCabe=], who was a redhead. Considering the colossal amount of [[LesYay lesbian subtext]] (it was pretty clear that the writer, Chris Claremont, would have portrayed them as a lesbian couple if Marvel would have let him) between them, this is at least an honorable mention.
* Comicbook/{{Captain Atom}}'s first and second wives, [[DeathByOriginStory Angela Adam]] and [[DatingCatwoman Bette Sans Souci]], were both redheads (or maybe strawberry blondes). In between, he dated women with different hair colors, but both of the women he married were redheads.
* Some of the many characters not named above include Dawn, Hawkwoman/Hawkgirl, [[ComicBook/PatsyWalker Hellcat]], [[Comicbook/PowerPack Julie Power/Lightspeed]], [[Characters/SupermanVillains Maxima]], and Lady Medusa.
** Maxima is actually an inversion: Redheads Want Heroes. She pursued Superman relentlessly as a potential consort, even though he had no romantic interest in her at all.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Naturally, any ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' Shinji/Asuka fanfic will invoke this trope. Some examples:
** ''Fanfic/TheIkaris'': They [[AccidentalMarriage got accidentally married]] in the first episode.
** ''Fanfic/MyEnemyMyFriend''
** ''Fanfic/NobodyDies''
** ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Shinji pretty much states he is irrevocably in love with Asuka.
** ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': Shinji finds himself in a LoveTriangle with Asuka and Rei. He sincerely loves both [[spoiler:but he finally ends up choosing Asuka.]]
** ''Manga/ReTake''. In an scene [[spoiler:Ghost-Asuka]] theorizes Shinji noticed her because her hair is red.
** ''Fanfic/ScarTissue'': It is mentioned several times by several characters -including Shinji myself- that Shinji is obsessed with Asuka's red hair (and actually he was able to spot one of her hair strands floating in the Blood Red Sea).
** ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Shinji and Asuka are sent to the past after surviving on their own several years in the post-Third Impact world. Throughout that time they managed to get over their traumas, fall in love and got married [[spoiler:and got a child.]]
** ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': As soon as he saw Asuka for first time Shinji could not keep his hands off her.
** ''Fanfic/WalkingInTheShadowOfDreams''
** ''Fanfic/HigherLearning''
** ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] is the only woman that Shinji has been with and -according him- the only one that he has ever loved and will probably ever love.
* ''Fanfic/PokemonMaster'': Ash NEVER got over Misty, not matter what he said himself and everyone. He ''finally'' understands this at the second-to-last episode.
* ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'': Reshek Gaarra admits to still being attracted to SignificantGreenEyedRedhead Kanril Eleya, despite the fact she's his CO and them being in a relationship is against regulations.
* Seems to be the case with Viole and Hwa Ryun in Dei Fabula.
** Though to be frank, it hasn't been outright stated as of yet. Knowing the writer, however, and the subtle hints dropped every so often, it's a very safe guess that this trope is being played straight.

* Korben hooks up with Leeloo in ''Film/TheFifthElement''.
* Princess Sorsha (Val Kilmer's required love interest) in ''Film/{{Willow}}'' was auburn haired. Rather too scary to be generally desirable, but very pretty and, obviously, Madmartigan wants her.
* Film/JamesBond has slept with four redheads and only killed one of them! [[Creator/SeanConnery Connery's]] Bond stated in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' that he did really like redheads. Other Bonds' opinions on the matter are unknown.
* Elastigirl/Helen Parr of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''; at least, when she was younger.
* And while we're on the topic of Creator/{{Pixar}} films, Buzz Lightyear seems to hold a torch for Jessie in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. [[spoiler:Not just a torch anymore after their relationship upgrade in the third movie.]]
* Screatte (a red Sabertooth Squirrel) to Scrat from ''[[WesternAnimation/IceAge Dawn of the Dinosaurs.]]''
* In the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'', Creator/KirstenDunst [[DyeingForYourArt dyed her blonde hair]] to play the redheaded love interest Mary Jane. Ironically, in ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Bryce Dallas Howard dyed her red hair to play the blonde rival love interest Gwen Stacy.
* Gwyneth Paltrow dyed her hair red to play Pepper in ''Film/{{Iron Man|1}}''. In [[Film/IronMan2 the sequel]], Creator/ScarlettJohansson dyed her hair red to play Black Widow.
* Princess Fiona in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''.
* ''Film/TheQuietMan'': Creator/JohnWayne's love interest? The quintessential redhead, Creator/MaureenOHara.
* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie has Kirk rolling around with a GreenSpaceBabe with red hair (instead of black).
** That same Green Space Babe later plays Scarlett in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', who is lusted after by Ripcord (who is black).
* Jay in ''Film/SkyBlue''. The events of the film are seen mainly through her eyes.
* Layla in ''Film/SkyHigh''
* The redheaded Lucy in Creator/FrancisFordCoppola's ''[[Film/BramStokersDracula Dracula]]'' is pursued by three suitors who all turn heroic by the end of the film. In the original novel, the character is a brunette. Sadie Frost (who played Lucy) dyed her natural brown hair red because she and Creator/WinonaRyder looked too similar.
* Sally from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
* Jessica Rabbit from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* Andrea Beaumont in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm''.
** And then there's the revelation that Bruce eventually became involved with Barbara Gordon at some point in the future.
* It's redheaded April who ends up with Will in ''Film/DefinitelyMaybe''.
* Both of Benjamin's romantic relationships in ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'' involve redheads.
* Satine in ''Film/MoulinRouge''.
* In the Franchise/{{Terminator}} series, Catherine Brewster, introduced in the third film, becomes John Connor's wife (and mother of his child) in the future war.
* In ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', Rose finds a hero in Jack.
* Music/ElvisPresley woos Ann-Margret in ''VivaLasVegas''.
* Music/TaylorSwift's character, [[http://www.animationmagazine.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Audrey-voiced-by-Taylor-Swift-in-DR.-SEUSS-THE-LORAX.jpg Audrey]], in ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax''. She's not in the book; she's an [[CanonForeigner inserted]] love interest for Creator/ZacEfron's character, who is the guy who finds the Once-ler.
* Creator/CateBlanchett's character in ''Film/{{Bandits}}'' has [[TriangRelations two]] [[OddCouple very different]] [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] who want her.
* ''Film/FarAndAway'': Joseph takes quite a liking to Shannon, an Irish immigrant with unsurprisingly red hair. At least a couple of the more minor characters are attracted to her as well.
--> '''Coniff:''' I think the prettiest girl in this factory, the one with the prettiest eyes, and the prettiest red hair, is Joseph's sister [[note]]They're only pretending to be brother and sister.[[/note]]- if you don't mind me saying so, Joseph.
--> '''Joseph:''' Well, you can say what you like, lad. But I warn you, [[FieryRedhead that redhead has a bite that stings]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'', Nod falls in love with MK.
* ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' : Victoria is a redhead, and presented as a {{Love Interest|s}}. [[spoiler:It turns out that both her and Jack are repeatedly cloned and made to work together.]]
* Pretty much a trademark of MichaelPowell: see Deborah Kerr in ''TheLifeAndDeathOfColonelBlimp'' and ''BlackNarcissus'', Kathleen Byron in ''Narcissus'' also, and Moira Shearer in ''Film/TheRedShoes1948'' and ''Film/PeepingTom''.
* In the ''Film/XMen'' films, Wolverine falls for Jean Grey.

* Averted in ''Literature/DragonBones'': The protagonist Ward notices that a pretty redhead smiles at him, and blushes when he smiles back. He ... goes on adventuring, and she's not mentioned again. The woman who fascinates him has a more common hair colour.
%% * Fiona of ''Literature/TheGiver''.
* Ginny Weasley of ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Harry, of course, follows in the footsteps of his father James, who loved Lily Evans. Dumbledore also had red hair when younger. Creator/JKRowling has stated she likes redheads. Funnily, the other two main characters end up together; brunette Hermione ends up with redhead Ron, brother of Ginny.
* Clarissa [=MacDougal=] Kinnison, of Creator/EEDocSmith's ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' saga, is not merely a redhead -- she's the Penultimate Human Woman, the unknowing culmination of millennia of a secret alien breeding program, and being a redhead is ''a distinguishing feature of that line going back to the Fall of {{Atlantis}}''. She's '''destined''' to be the hero's One True Love -- since he's the ''male'' Penultimate.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Shira Brie and Mara Jade were both Luke Skywalker's love interests, and the latter became his wife. [[spoiler:And remained with him until her death in ''Sacrifice''...thought to have been at the hands of the other, interestingly, until it was revealed to have been Jacen who killed her.]]
** Dani! The Bantam era preferred brown hair, but he ultimately got a redhead. As well, as a Zeltron, she had red ''skin''...
** Jacen Solo and Tenel Ka (who is a QUEEN, to boot).
** Apparently, Skywalkers have a thing for redheads (this next comment applies to the ''Legacy'' comic series); Cade (one of the two remaining descendants of Luke and Mara) has a new love interest in the form of a former childhood friend, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Azlyn_Rae Azlyn Rae]]. It's far too early for confirmation, but it does seem to be going somewhere...
*** Except Anakin Skywalker, it seems.
*** Why limit the "red things growing out of the girl's head" to hair? Cade also hooks up with a Darth Talon.
**** As if to drive the point home, [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe red twi'lek]] are rare because their red skin is the result of a mutated gene. Likewise, red hair is rare and results from a mutated blonde hair gene. She's as close to a redhead as a hairless alien babe can get.
* The title character of ''Literature/RichardTheThirdInTheTwentyFirstCentury'' falls for redheaded Sarah Levine.
* Ygritte, a wildling woman who becomes Jon Snow's TemporaryLoveInterest in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Wildling society as a whole favors redheads, believing them to be "kissed by fire". Jon also thinks of Melisandre (another woman with red hair [[note]] along with red eyes and always red clothing[[/note]]) as very beautiful, if a little cold. And he's not the only POV character to take interest in redheads. At the beginning of the series, Ned Stark is happily married to auburn-haired Catelyn Tully and their daughter Sansa (who took after her mother) ends up being married to [[spoiler:Tyrion Lannister]] who admits that he is very attracted to her. Jaime Lannister, another POV character, found Catelyn's sister (that has the typical Tully coloring) rather pretty and Catelyn herself interesting as a teenager. There's also Rohanne Webber with whom Duncan, the protagonist of the [[{{Prequel}} Dunk&Egg tales]], is infatuated.
** In poor Sansa's case though this is mostly averted to Villains (or Anti-Villains in Sandor's case) Want Redheads, as out of her two biggest admirers, one is a bitterly cynical BloodKnight, the other a {{Yandere}} MagnificentBastard.
* Red hair is one of the most common colors among the Aiel in the [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]], so one of Rand's three is a redhead, as is Chiad (though that relationship is very minor and very complicated).
** Actually, ''two'' of Rand's "three" are redheaded - the other one is strawberry blonde.
%%* Dr. Isis Proserpina [=McDonald=] of the '' Literature/BabylonRising'' series. (And she's Scottish, to boot!)
* Dave from ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' ends up with a girl with copper-colored hair.
* Garion, of ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', has Ce'Nedra...and their partnership is an exciting one, given her temper.
** Again from Eddings, Dweia in ''the Redemption of Althalus'' is a redhead.
* Almost all members of the ruling class of the planet ''Darkover'' have red hair because all characters with red hair in Marion Zimmer Bradley's series have psychic powers. Also, the original colonists of Darkover were from the Scottish highlands, Ireland, and the Basque country, so this is really just an attention to detail. Since every single offworlder hero or heroine who arrives on Darkover ends up hooking up with a member of the ruling class...
** Toward the end of the timeline, we do get a Spunky Blonde instead.
** Then, there is the averting blond Ridenow clan. Of course, they get their ladies the old-fashioned way...they STEAL them!
* Many, many heroes (and many, though fewer, heroines) from the Scottish-set breed of historical romance novels. Getting distinct vibes of ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' and Diana Gabaldon here...
%%* The complete works of [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Robert Anson Heinlein]]. This is to be laid at the feet of Virginia Gerstenfeld Heinlein (and, some have said, at those of Leslyn [=MacDonald=] Heinlein).
* In ''Still Life with Woodpecker'' by Creator/TomRobbins, both the "hero" and his love interest have red hair.
%%* Clare in ''The Time Traveler's Wife''.
* Renn, the female lead of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness'', is red-haired.
* Anne from ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' is an example, though it may not be immediately obvious because she complains so much about having red hair. She is proposed to five times in ''Anne of the Island'', [[spoiler:twice by Gilbert Blythe, whom she eventually marries.]]
* Eilonwy in Creator/LloydAlexander's ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain Prydain Chronicles]]''. Her hair is actually described as "reddish gold", but yeah, it's the same idea.
* Inverted in the Falco series by Creator/LindseyDavis set in Ancient Rome. Informer (private eye) Marcus Falco has a strong dislike of redheads, either stemming from his much-loathed military service in Britain or the fact that his father ran off with one
* ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. {{Colonel|Badass}} 'Lizard' Tirelli, the protagonist's love interest -- may be one of several deliberate Creator/RobertAHeinlein references in this sci-fi series.
* Starting with ''The Titan's Curse'', the titular character of the series ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' has two main love interests: blonde Annabeth and redhead Rachel. Eventually subverted in the final book, as Rachel [[spoiler:dumps him (when they weren't going out in the first place, no less) in favor of becoming the new Oracle of Delphi. [[FirstGirlWins He gets Annabeth in the end.]]]]
** Ironically enough, the only red headed goddess, Artemis (The Goddess of virgins) is the second most popular god on fanfiction.net based on the amount of stories tagged with her name (Only beaten by her brother Apollo), with tons of stories with her having red haired children....
* April Rose, Literature/MackBolan's {{Love Interest|s}} throughout the 1980's when he worked for [[HeroesRUs Stony Man]].
* Nearly every hero in Terry Brooks's Shannara series fits this trope. Wil Ohmsford and Amberle Elessedil in ''Literature/TheElfstonesOfShannara'' (but this is subverted when, [[spoiler:following Amberle's transformation into the Ellcrys tree, Wil marries the black-haired Eretria]]), Par Ohmsford and Damson Rhee in the ''Literature/HeritageOfShannara'' quadrilogy, Bek Ohmsford and Rue Meridian in the ''Literature/VoyageOfTheJerleShannara'' trilogy, and Panterra Qu with Prue Liss in the ''Literature/LegendsOfShannara'' duology.
* Male example: Edward Cullen from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' has reddish-brown hair, as does his infamous [[spoiler:daughter.]]
* Male/male example: Ash Trine is the primary love interest of Kieran Trevarde in ''Literature/TheGodEaters''.
%%* Another male example: Marcus Flutie from ''Sloppy Firsts''.
* In Kristin Cashore's ''Fire'', there are certain beings called "monsters" with brightly colored hair in unusual shades, who are extraordinarily attractive and entrance people with their appearance. The titular heroine is one of these monsters and has shimmering hair in multiple shades of red, with occasional strands of pink and orange that make it look like a sunset. Like all other monsters, she is seen by everyone around her as incredibly beautiful. Her father, also a monster, had gleaming silver hair with hints of blue, making him a WhiteHairBlackHeart - [[spoiler:the evil kind.]]
* In the ''Literature/TheLiesOfLockeLamora'' and ''Red Seas Under Red Skies'', the main character, Locke, is hopelessly in love with a woman named Sabetha. One of the only traits revealed about her is that she is a redhead.
* Somewhat subverted with Karen in ''Literature/TheThreeWorldsCycle''. Karen, a redhead, is technically a hero, but her love interest Llian is something of a bumbling klutz. He does turn out to be a bit of a hero in the end, though, so I guess it's alright eventually...
* ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'', widely considered to be the first SuperHero, was married to the red-headed Marguerite.
* In Creator/JackVance's ''Literature/TheDemonPrinces'', Kirth Gersen's final love is the orange haired Alice Wroke.
* Alanna in [[Literature/TortallUniverse Alanna: Song of the Lioness]], being a hero herself, was romantically pursued by the three greatest heroes in the story; namely, her WarriorPrince (Jonathan), The King of Thieves (George), and The Shang Dragon (Liam).
%%* Sylvia Romano from the ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'' books.
%%* Over the course of the first Literature/TimeScout book, Malcolm Moore falls for Margo Smith. Hard.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Bert Navarro wants Kathryn Lucas, who has red hair. ''Weekend Warriors'' had Jack Emery hanging out with a redhead, who turned out to be his sister-in-law, and he did that just to make his blonde girlfriend, Nikki Quinn, jealous. Ted Robinson really likes redheads, if his relationship with Maggie Spritzer is anything to go by.
* In ''Literature/TheSelection'', Prince Maxon has a choice of 35 girls and takes a liking to America, the only redhead in the competition. America is also in the middle of LoveTriangle between Maxon and her first love, Aspen.
* All of the princesses of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' are noted to have hair of "the royal red". [[spoiler: Jerin ends up marrying them all.]]
* In ''[[Literature/FirebirdLackey Firebird]]'', Ilya finally falling for [[spoiler: the Firebird]] at the end.
%%* Well, Johnny of ''Literature/TheTruthOfRockAndRoll'' isn't exactly a hero, but still...
* Redheads of all sorts figure prominently in the SagaOfRecluce, and this trope is frequently played straight, inverted, and subverted, sometimes all in the same book.
* Played with in [[Literature/{{Reckless}} The Mirrorworld Series]] with [[spoiler: Jacob and Fox]]. Even though she's obviously in love with him, he doesn't seem to display much more than a platonic attachment to her. [[ShipTease Yet]].
* In the male/male romance ''Hot Head'', Griff's red-headedness is repeatedly presented as highly desirable, though it isn't so much his hair that gets people's attention as his very white skin.
* Mina Duplessis of ''Literature/MrBlank'' and [[Literature/GetBlank the sequel]] is a redhead. And a plus-sized model. And the agent of a feminist conspiracy.
** Paul Tallutto, the head of the [[HollywoodSatanism First Reformed Church of the Antichrist]] is an inversion, as he's a villain who wants redheads. And lots of them.
* In the ''Literature/CityOfDevils'' universe, maiden witches tend to have red hair and [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead green eyes]]. It's subverted, as Hexene Candlemas and Lily Salem both have a little romantic tension with Nick Moss, he doesn't actually end up with either one.
* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', when the opening steps of a marriage between high noble Adolin Kholin and red-headed ImpoverishedPatrician Shallan Davar are set in motion in the first few chapters [[spoiler: and they quickly fall for each other once they actually meet up.]]
* Jonas from ''Literature/TheGiver'' has his Stirrings for Fiona, who has red hair.
* Maira in ''Literature/{{Archvillain}}'' has red hair and is the ImpliedLoveInterest of both [[VillainProtagonist Kyle]] and [[TheCape Mike]]. It's implied that she will end up with Mike.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': This trope, combined with their SlapSlapKiss dynamic, is what happened between Jack Bauer and Agent Renee Walker [[spoiler:a few minutes before she was killed]].
* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'': Andy Taylor's long-time girlfriend (and eventual wife) [[HotTeacher Helen Crump.]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': A flashback episode had a character bringing this up, mentioning this trope. Though it seems that Angel and The Doctor share tastes. After all, his romantic interests have almost all been blonde (Kate, Nina, Buffy, Darla), and it was said that he and Spike slept together once (offhanded comment by Spike in S5 implied it was ONLY once).
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'': President Laura Roslin is a redhead and has no shortage of male admirers in spite of her age, health, and position. She is also a change for partner Bill Adama, whose previous interests in flashbacks have been blondes.
* ''Series/TheBill'': In one episode, DC Banks and DC Webb have a tough interview with a suspect, who is aided by a red-haired solicitor. Webb comments he'd like to sleep with her. It's established that Banks does sleep with her - she's his wife, using her maiden name for work.
* ''Series/BombGirls'': Betty with Kate.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Would Willow Rosenberg be a case of Werewolves and Lesbian Witches want Redheads? Also, annoying potential slayers and occasionally Xander. And a demon/robot.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Almost every important woman in Richard Castle's life is a redhead, from the 'one who got away' to his first ex-wife, even his mother and his daughter. Seemingly averted by Kate Beckett, his {{Love Interest|s}} in the show -- until you realize that her brown hair is a curiously red shade of brown.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Troy and Abed [[GenreSavvy avoid]] the LoveTriangle fight over the redhead librarian with a surprisingly un-ZanyScheme.
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'': Orson Hodge had a wife, a mistress, and a second wife, all red heads. Even lampshaded when wife #1 (who'd vanished before he met and married Bree, the second wife) reappeared.
-->'''Alma:''' So what is it with you and red heads?
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the MadeForTVMovie, the Doctor's love interest Grace Holloway is a redhead.
** Not to mention the Tenth Doctor's...relations with Queen Elizabeth I.
** Amy Pond's fiancé, Rory, since [[spoiler:he spent two thousand years, without so much as a magazine to read, guarding her while she was in kinda-stasis, kinda-death so that the Doctor could use the powers of the TimeyWimeyBall to bring her back to life after he was reincarnated as a killer robot.]]
** And of course good old whacky Eleven Doc himself, who has undying love for his ginger Amelia Pond.
** In Amy's Choice this trope is specifically referenced where the [[EnemyWithin Dream Lord]] mockingly says "Naughty Doctor likes a redhead."
* ''Series/{{Engrenages}}'': Pierre with Joséphine.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Has Saffron, which is a SubvertedTrope by Mal not showing any initial interest in her. [[spoiler:Flipped on it's head when she appears to seduce him and then flipped right back into subversion again when she knocks him out and reveals herself to be a conwoman, then almost flipped back into played straight when she reappears and, after a successful, heist they seem to have a "moment", and then bounced right back to subverted when she double crosses him.]] Saffron was, of course, played by Christina Hendricks, as mentioned for ''Mad Men''. There's also Nandi.
* ''Series/FraggleRock'': [[FieryRedhead Red]] would be a case of "redheads want heroes".
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Juliet, the lead character Nick's girlfriend. Rosalee and Angelina are also redheads. Rosalee and Monroe from the show's BetaCouple, and Angelina was Monroe's ex.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'': Lucy. SubvertedTrope, Lucy freely admitted that she was not a natural red head on the show and in real life.
* Creator/JaymaMays: This Beautiful redhead has been this in all of her parts. She was wanted by the Hiro on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Will on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', and an episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies''. Even ''Paul Blart: Mall Cop'' wanted her. InvertedTrope on '' Series/UglyBetty'', where she was an EvilRedhead.
* ''Series/LieToMe'': Almost every important woman in Cal Lightman's life is redheaded, too. His daughter Emily has long red hair, his mother (in flashbacks) is shown to have had an auburn shade, and his [[MostImportantPerson partner]] Gillian is a strawberry-blonde (though it's not natural, unless her dark hair in the "Sweet Sixteen" flashbacks was dyed).
* ''Series/MadMen'': Notably an AvertedTrope; the hero dates brunettes, marries a blonde, and is the only (straight) man on Earth who's apparently ''oblivious'' to [[HelloNurse Joan Holloway]] (played by the...''voluptuous'' Christina Hendricks), one of the greater redheads of this or any time. Avoided by Don. Roger Sterling and Paul Kinsey, who certainly agree with the trope.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Gibbs has been married four times and all of his wives were redheads. His first wife Shannon was killed while they were still married and the other three wives are ''ex''-wives. He's also had an affair with his (redheaded) boss and was dating a redheaded Army investigator. And everyone else recognizes it. When he first met the investigator, the other team members noted the growing attraction and pointed out the red hair as proof it was inevitable. Tony even said that "Gibbs just met his fourth ex-wife". Possibly hereditary - his father had Betty Grable painted on the nose of his P-51, but Gibbs' mother was a redhead.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': Pam, who not only is part of the OfficialCouple with Jim, but, early on, was part of a LoveTriangle with her in between two guys. She is also considered the office hottie with several of the other guys attracted to her. The show also has Meredith, who is widely considered to be a gross LadyDrunk, yet somehow also ReallyGetsAround.
* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'': [[ShipTease Possibly]] Tommy and Hayley. The writers left it open in case they wanted to bring back Catherine Sutherland as Kat, but Tommy and Hayley certainly flirt quite a bit.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Emma in the episode "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E15Home Home]]". Back in the day, she was Miles Matheson's highschool fiance. [[spoiler: Then she ends up revealing that she cheated on him with Sebastian Monroe and gave birth to Monroe's son]].
* ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'': Seems to have firmly established Maid Marian (or Marion, if you will) in the collective unconscious as a feisty redhead.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Lionel Luthor has shown an attraction to redheads -- his wife, mistress, and Martha Kent all have or had red hair. Though the 'hero' part is [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor rather questionable]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Had the gorgeous Dr. Beverly Crusher, who Picard has been in love with for years; [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]] had Major Kira Nerys, who Odo had been after for six years before finally getting her in "His Way"; and then, of course, there's Chakotay's blatantly obvious feelings for Captain Kathryn Janeway in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
* ''Swingtown'': Everyone, [[LesYay including women]], wants Susan.
* ''Series/That70sShow'': He's not exactly a hero, but this show had main character Eric Forman's love interest be the red haired Donna. Forget the last few seasons where she was blonde. We all try to. After winning over Donna, Eric Foreman became ''my'' hero.
* ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'': AvertedTrope. The main character, Todd, continually spurns the advances of the redheaded science geek who has a massive crush on him, focusing all his energy on Jenny, his would-be {{Love Interest|s}}.
* ''Series/UglyBetty'': InvertedTrope with Charlie.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'': Someone behind the scenes, probably Creator/AaronSorkin, has a thing for redheads. CJ, Zoey, Margaret, Mallory, Andy, Abby, Joey, Ginger, and Jenny are all some shade of red.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Scully. Scully's redhair became a trademark for the show, as did the UST between Mulder and Scully.
* ''Series/SleepyHollow'': Ichabod Crane's wife Katrina is a FieryRedHead HotWitch.

* Music/NeilYoung's "Cinnamon Girl".
* Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Red-Headed Woman". Dedicated to/inspired by Patti Scalfa, no doubt.
* In Music/DollyParton's "Jolene", the eponymous temptress is described as a incomparable beauty, with "flamin' locks of auburn hair", who has bewitched the hapless speaker's husband. She's got [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead green eyes]] to boot.
* Music/RichardThompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning":
-->''"Said James, 'In my opinion,\\
There's nothing in this world\\
Beats a '52 Vincent\\
And a redheaded girl."''
** Doubles as VillainsWantRedheads, since the protagonist of the song is a petty criminal.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Princess Aura from ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', at least in her early appearances. (Later in the strip's run, she somehow became a blonde...and her skin color changed from [[YellowPeril "Oriental yellow"]] to Caucasian white. Queen Desira of Tropica is also a striking redhead.
* In the ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' arc where Roger writes ''[[HerCodenameWasMarySue His Codename Was]] [[TropeNamers the Fox]]'', his (blond) wife gets particularly upset over the fact that "Agent Fox" has a fling with a redhead.
* The Little Red-haired Girl from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''.
** Brenda Starr, who's older than The Little Red-Haired Girl, but younger than Princess Aura.

* Of all of Spider-Man's romantic interests from the ComicBooks, Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' pinball only features redheaded Mary Jane.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Hmm, the list of redheaded Wrestling/{{Lita}}'s suitors - Wrestling/DeanMalenko, Wrestling/MattHardy, Wrestling/{{Kane}}, and Wrestling/{{Edge}}. Two of these, Hardy and Adam "Edge" Copeland, were in RealLife as well.
* [[Characters/WWEDivas Maria Kanellis]] really got around as a redhead - Wrestling/SantinoMarella, Wrestling/DolphZiggler, The Great Khali, Wrestling/MattHardy, and, um, [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Candice Michelle]].
* Eugene to red-haired Christy Hemme.

* While brunette Sarah is the one desire of vampire lord Count von Krolock in the Austrian musical ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire'', it's the redheaded serving wench Magda who has all of the village wanting her.
* While JerkJock Brett has a BettyAndVeronica with a blonde and brunette in ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'', our hero Evan is trying to date cute redhead Patrice.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* ''Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' has the iconic Auction scene with the pirates being more interested in the redhead more then any of the other women up for bid.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/SakuraWars Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love]]'', Gemini Sunrise is the main romantic option.
* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** Leliana in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is wanted not just by the heroes, [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer but by the heroines, as well]]. [[BiTheWay Not that she minds.]]
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': in Act I, Hawke can attempt to initiate a {{romance|Sidequest}} with another Orlesian redhead, Aveline Vallen, but she ultimately rejects him/her for [[spoiler:Guardsman Donnic]] in Act II.
** In the ''Mark of the Assassin'' DLC, however, the red-haired Tallis can be romanced, although this is more of a short-term fling instead of a serious romantic engagement, and nothing happens if Hawke is already in a romance with another party member.
** In ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'', The Iron Bull admits that he's got a thing for redheads and the fact that Leliana is your spymaster was why he did some research on her and the Inquisition.
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' has an interesting inversion. Many players decide to join the evil side because they like [[DaddysLittleVillain Gravelynsdesing]]. Try to guess what color her hair is.
* The orange-haired redhead [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Princess Daisy]] is said to be Luigi's answer to Mario's Peach, and various indications in sports games have been shown to support this.
* Aika from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''.
* Leena from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is a seeming subversion as she had the misfortune of being Serge's [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]], and thus loses out to the blond girl. However, the [[MultipleEndings Good Ending]] pushes a reset button that erases Serge's memories of the blonde and puts her back to the top of the list, until the credits roll and we learn that [[StrangledByTheRedString Serge ended up with the blond anyways]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' did it, naturally - Snake had the lovely redheaded [[FauxActionGirl Meryl]]. And Johnny Sasaki, who, after a massive amount of [[TookALevelInBadass level grinding]], swept her off her feet and married her in the 4th game.
* One of the romance options for Shepard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Yeoman]] Kelly Chambers, your [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead green-eyed redheaded]] [[BridgeBunnies personal assistant]]. As is the default female Shepard, to further float your boat.
* Marin from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', and possibly Malon from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and Cremia from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' as well.
** Not surprising because they're all pretty much ''the same person''. It's a well-known fact that the cast of Majora's Mask is almost completely comprised of Ocarina of Time {{exp|y}}ies, and the creators acknowledged that Talon and Malon were {{exp|y}}ies of Tarin and Marin from Link's Awakening.
** As well as Midna from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''.
** Also, though frequently forgotten thanks to her gradual blondification, ''Princess Zelda herself'' was red-haired in the original NES games. (Or should we say both Princess Zeldas, since the one in the second game was a relative of the one from the first.)
*** This might be more be because of the limited palette of the NES -- note that even Princess Peach was a redhead in the first Super Mario Bros. game.
** The Sleeping Zelda has red hair in her artwork, so it's intentional. The first Zelda, however, had [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/images/5/53/PrincessZeldaLoZArt.png blond hair]], as evident in her Japanese artwork and her sprite; but, in the west, she has two different artworks, one with her being [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/images/b/b5/Original_Zelda.png blond]] and the other where she's a [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/images/b/b6/Princess-Zelda.png brunette]].
* Kairi of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series. Sora (and possibly Riku) falls for her.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'':
*** In ''Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals'', the redheaded male lord Roy can have ''six'' different possible brides (and one of them, the dancer Lalam, is a redhead as well). In the prequel, ''Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword'', his also redheaded father Eliwood can have three possible girlfriends (but no redheads this time).
*** In ''Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword'', the redheaded Cavalier named Kent has three possible love interests, the [[FragileSpeedster Pegasus Knight]] [[PromotionToParent Fiora]], her {{Tsundere}} sister Farina, and ActionGirl heroine Lyn.
*** For a traditional female version, look no further than WhiteMagicianGirl[=/=]MagicKnight [[{{Ojou}} Priscilla]], who has three official love interests (though she only gets to keep one of them, the others have to go) and arguably has chemistry with two other guys.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'':
*** One of Princess Eirika's four suitors is a redhead male, [[CrutchCharacter Seth]] [[TheLancer the Silver Knight]]. This support/ending is also ridiculously easy and fast to get.
*** Another male inversion: Natasha can support and have a happy ending with ''two'' redheads. Interestingly, they form a BettyAndVeronica dynamic, with Joshua being a gambling addict and Seth being [[TheLancer Seth]], though the triangle never comes up.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'':
*** Red-haired Titania has ShipTease with [[TheHero Ike]], [[HotBlooded Boyd]] and [[TheMedic Rhys]], though she can't actually pair with them. If you like your LesYay, secondary hero Mist has this with Jill.
** Averted by ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' with red-haired Cordelia and Chrom: She can't even ''support'' with him, much less marry him! Can be played straight with Chrom and the female Avatar if one makes said Avatar a redhead. Not to mention the Avatar can also marry a variety of redheads: Anna and Cordelia for a male and Gaius, Gregor and Ricken for a female. Chrom can also marry Sully, a red-haired {{Ladette}}.
* Not exactly a hero, but the main character in the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games has almost always a redhead as one of the potential brides to choose.
** To be precise: Ann from SNES, her descendant also named Ann from 64. Ann appears again in Back To Nature, Friends of Mineral Town, and DS (FOMT Ann's descendant). Katie in Save the Homeland (and Lyla who has pink hair). Nami from A Wonderful Life, A Wonderful Life Special Edition, and DS (AWL Nami's descendant). SNES Ann appears in Magical Melody (though that may be her descendant), and Katie apparently moved to Flower-Bud. Melody, Lynette, and Lara have pink hair (well, Lara's is almost violet), from Rune Factory 1. Chelsea, Julia, and Natalie from Island Of Happiness and Shining Sun and Friends. Cecilia from Rune Factory 2. Maya and Selena from Tree of Tranquility and Wakuwaku Animal March.
** Don't forget the invert with [[DistaffCounterpart "Claire"]], and [[FanNickname "Jill"]]/"Pony". Both females have red headed love interests in Cute, Rick, Grey, and Cliff (though, he's more of a brownish-red). Also, Basil and Blue in Magical Melody, for Tina.
* Elly from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' is a redhead and the love interest of the hero.
** Her hair is a slightly different color [[spoiler:in each incarnation]], but it still always is some shade of red.
** Though she originally had purple/black hair, but you could argue that that's not really Elly.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' has [[TheWoobie Neeshka]] and [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Bishop]]; while neither is an "official" {{Love Interest|s}}, they were intended to be so, and there's enough remnants of their romantic dialogue to imply ''something'' was going on between them and the [[PlayerCharacter Knight-Commander]] if s/he rejected Elanee or Casavir.
** One could also say this is an example of [[FanPreferredCouple Gamers Want Redheads]], seeing how popular the two of them are and how many mods exist to fix their uncompleted romances.
* Though the main heroine is a blond, most of the heroines of VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}, and a few non-heroines as well, are redheads. Since the hero can score with any of the heroines, an overwhelming majority would make this game fit this troupe.
** Akiha, Hisui, Kohaku, Aoko; that's half of them. More, if you don't count [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Sion]].
*** Akiha's kind of a subversion. She only has red hair when [[spoiler:[[SuperpoweredEvilSide her demonic blood is expressing itself]],]] something that makes Shiki (and everyone else, for that matter) extremely nervous.
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has two "romance" options (in quotation marks because the game doesn't really consummate the relationships). The one you can get farthest with, giving a deep and passionate kiss to, is the redhead Annah.
* Both the heroine and her love interest are redheads in ''VideoGame/LauraBow 2: The Dagger of Amon Ra''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', [[spoiler:Jimmy and Zoe end up together at the end of the game]].
* Riza in ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra''.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' positively overflows with red haired "love" interests to the point where you can safely assume it's possible to sleep with a woman if she has red hair. The game even features a BettyAndVeronica triangle where ''both'' women are red-heads.
* Coh Cott in ''[[VideoGame/TheBizarreAdventuresOfWoodruffAndTheSchnibble Woodruff and The Schnibble of Azimuth]]''.
* Kyrie from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4''.
* Iria Animi from ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence''.
* Inverted: Ritz, the literal red head (who actually has white hair) from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', has some feelings for Marche. So, it's the red head who wants the hero.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', the vampiric player character has the option to acquire a red-headed, green-eyed love interest pretty early on by saving her life and turning her into his or her devoted 'ghoul' (vampires mostly don't have sexual relations, but the 'blood bond' that arises between a vampire and his ghoul is described in-game as one of the most intense emotional sensations it is possible to experience), who will then provide perks, money, blood, conversation, and generally keep house while he or she is away on missions.
* Of course, fans debate exactly which hero wants Kumatora in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', but [[LovableRogue Duster]] [[FanPreferredCouple seems to be the popular choice.]]
* [[ActionGirl Elaine]] [[PirateGirl Marley]] from the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series. It's worth noting that, [[AdaptationDyeJob originally, her hair was dark-brown-to-black in color]], but the pressure of this trope led to her becoming a redhead in most of the sequels. And that wasn't all: even after Elaine's hair [[RetCon became fixed as red]], her eye color shifted from blue to green, most likely due to the common association in fictional media of red hair with GreenEyes.
* Mitsuru Kirijo from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is one of several love interests. Yukari Takeba's hair color is an auburn that's closer to brown than red, but there's definitely some red in there. The latter is also the closest the game has to a default romantic interest.
* Rise Kujikawa from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. She's only one of several romantic options, but she's the only one who falls for the protagonist whether you choose to date her or not. Redheads Want Heroes?
** Of the more ginger variety (though, given that this is Japan, probably everyone is dyeing), Ai Ebihara of the Moon Arcana.
* [[VideoGame/KingsQuest Valanice]] is auburn-haired.
* It depends on your video card and your PlayerCharacter, but [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Carth Onasi]] appears to be auburn-haired under high-end graphics cards. Oddly enough, none of the PlayerCharacter options are gingers.
* [[VideoGame/StarCraft Jim Raynor]] wanted Sarah Kerrigan, who was a redhead pre-infestation.
* Luke fon Fabre from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. Just ask [[DefrostingIceQueen Te]][[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan ar]].
** As well as Asch, just asked [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise Nata]][[AllGirlsWantBadBoys lia]].
* Olivia Dickens, the wife of Commodore Dickens and the matriarch of the detective family in ''Disney's GuiltyParty''.
* Tsubaki Yayoi from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is a redheaded lady and the love interest for [[{{Jerkass}} Jin Kisaragi]] (and, by extension, Hakumen).
* ''Laura Bow The Dagger Of Amon Ra'' has the titular hero fall in love with the hunky redheaded stevedore/art student.
* In ''MARDEK'' Chapter 3, [[spoiler:Emela and Deugan]] play this pretty straight. Actually, nearly everyone in the royal guard wants Emela. Gloria, for her part, apparently attracts the lust of the entire male population of Canonia. Averted in that she only has eyes for a certain stammering TechnicalPacifist inventor, who reciprocates her affections.
* Both Haru and Yuzu in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', both of whom show interest in the protagonist.
* ''VideoGame/AtlantisTheLostTales'': Seth and Anna.
* In the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games, Isaac, the player character from the first game has {{official couple}} status with [[FieryRedhead Jenna]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/AsagaoAcademyNormalBootsClub'' averted this trope since you can't romance the only redhead in the game, Mai.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has a gender reversal version of this, with Saber ([[spoiler:being KingArthur gets you Hero status]]) and Shirou Emiya (our [[RedHeadedHero Red Headed Protagonist]]).
* Dahlia Hawthorne in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Phoenix's college love interest, is a redhead.
** Also subverted in that [[spoiler:Dahlia's "twin" sister, Iris, who seems to have naturally black hair, is who he was actually dating.]]
* Hisao from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' can invoke this by choosing to go out with Rin Tezuka.

* Blonde bard Elan is dating redhead thief Haley in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
* Jade, and later Miranda, from ''Webcomic/{{PVP}}''.
** And Marcy. ALL of the regular female cast members are redheads.
* Kate, from ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''.
* Tycho's wife from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', though Tycho isn't exactly heroic...
** Given that the wives are just their real-life wives in comic form, this is more of a RealLife example than a webcomic example.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan: Oracle For Hire'': the minor characters' love interests have red hair (Pam for Gregory, Jayden for Milov/Siegfried), while the ''main'' character's girlfriend, Luna, is the traditional blonde. However, it's interesting to note the shifts in the artist's coloring from the early days, when color strips were rarer; early pictures of Luna had redder hair (and Gregory, now a solid redhead, was fairer-haired).
* Nanase, from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', is an odd example. She briefly dated the hero, before dumping him. He's dating a blonde now...And Nanase? Well, she's in a relationship with the hero's ''OppositeSexClone''.
** Though Ellen now has drifted from Opposite Sex Clone to a different person entirely due to magical intervention which aged her soul. ''El Goonish Shive'' is really complex. And weird.
* Surma Carver from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': her love life prior to Antimony's birth is one of many unresolved (so far) mysteries. Annie's a RedHeadedHero herself, with [[WeirdnessMagnet too many other problems on her plate]] to think about romance for now.
* [[PunnyName Anne Onymous]], protagonist of ''Webcomic/TheWotch'', is a red head, as are a few side characters. The (blond) Jason has a ''huge'' redhead fetish...so much so that he has a "[[SpiderSense Red-Head Sense]]". Also, whenever he is [[GenderBender turned into a girl]] (which is fairly often), he's red-haired (and calls himself Sonja). Ironically, his one true love is a brunette.
* Guinevere in ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace''.
* White Mage from ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. Black Mage comments on this when she first appears.
* Daisy Archanis and Damien Vaeo from ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt''. Arguably, Geisha too, although he's more a ''red body'' than anything...
* Tai and Ellen from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', the latter a supporting character's ex-girlfriend, the former a college [[HotLibrarian librarian]] in an all-girl LoveDodecahedron.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' has Ginny Smith. Nothing did come out of it for a long time, but after a TimeSkip, she is now [[spoiler:married to Erwin.]]
* Though not apparent, both Erika Hayasaka and Largo of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' have red hair.
* Princess Voluptua in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''. Granted that her human form is an illusion and she is actually a giant alien butterfly - which Bob knows and which prevents any possible relationship between them - but even her butterfly form has those same long flowing locks of (presumably red) hair.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dr. [=McNinja=]'s old girlfriend, Hortense, is a redhead.
* Chel, from ''Webcomic/AlienDice'', is the heroine of the story and Lexx's love interest. True to the trope, Chel is fiery and independent, and it's her stubborn nature which brings them together and prompts Lexx to fall in love with her. He finds her hair color strange (but pretty).
* In ''Day By Day'', Sam, the engineer/podcast host is a [[BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Redheaded Republican Sex Kitten]] and married to Spec Ops sniper Zed.
* In ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', the heroic Cale falls for the hot redheaded [[AllTrollsAreDifferent (possibly hybrid or pureblood) troll]] Benny.
* [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=2105#comic This]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' manages to combine this trope for women with RedHeadedStepchild for men.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Penny in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' has red hair.
* Although they are never seen in the series without their helmets, this may be the case with Church and Tex from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. Virtually every piece of fanart that shows them without helmets depicts Tex as a redhead. It helps that Luke [=McKay=], who originally put forth the concept in his artwork, has now become an AscendedFanboy, working for Rooster Teeth officially, making the idea {{Fanon}} in a way.
* All of Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses wants [[Creator/AllisonPregler Lup]]a. Except the [[WebVideo/{{Benzaie}} ones]] who want WebVideo/{{Marz|Gurl}}[[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Gurl]].
* In the webtoon "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vErJFmUF7DM Geraldine]]", after the red-haired male protagonist somehow transforms into a female, guys become attracted to him (or "her").
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Stalwart is hot for red-headed [[TheFairFolk Fey]], but so is most of the campus. {{Averted|Trope}} in the cases of Lancer and Phase, who both pursue brunettes.
* The trope goes both ways with Ralph and Molly from ''WebOriginal/TheWarComms''. Also Joe, Maxie and Stephanie.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood'' may be the TropeCodifier in the animation world.
* Starfire of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone's]] wife, Wilma.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s Peter Griffin is (most of the time) a hero to his wife, Lois.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'''s Shayera, aka Hawkgirl.
* On ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'', Abe spent most of his time in love with black-haired Cleopatra, but, in the last episode, realized he was in love with magenta-haired Joan of Arc.
* Molotov Cocktease of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', a semi-heroically sociopathic [[RedScare Commie]] redhead.
** In an episode of ''The Venture Brothers'', Phantom Limb freezes a courtroom and gives Dr. Orpheus a hypnotic suggestion to testify against the Monarch, then he'll get an archvillain like he always wanted. When the room unfreezes, Dr. Orpheus is wistfully muttering "I hope they'll get me a girl villain. A redhead..."
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', Daria's little sister, Quinn Morgendorffer is the teen queen of this trope, as almost every guy who sees her is immediately hypnotized by her bouncy carrot-top (and ''tiny, cute pores!'').
* In the 80's ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'', redheaded intelligence officer Scarlett was vaguely presented as a love interest for the heroic male lead, Duke. In the comics, she was the main squeeze of primary character Snake-Eyes.
* April O'Neil, yellow-jumpsuited friend of the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, was an object of the boys' affection in both the cartoon and the movies (especially for Mikey) and for Casey Jones. Especially in [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 series]]. There, she was far more of a redhead than she's ever been in any other media series up until then.
* Teela, from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. In a planned but never made sequel series starring He-Man's adopted son, Adam and Teela were actually married and ruling Eternia together.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when Bender becomes a woman, [[http://theinfosphere.org/Yivo shkle]] calls herself Coilette and has red hair (or whatever robots have).
** Fry is the [[RedHeadedHero main character]], but Leela is a hero and likes him. [[spoiler:In her AdventuresInComaland, she imagines loads of crying women at his funeral.]]
*** Also, when they encounter versions of themselves from an alternate universe (who are basically just PaletteSwap versions of them), the alternate Leela and Fry are married, and the alternate Leela is a redhead.
* [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown's]] Crush is a little redheaded girl.
* On the animated show ''WesternAnimation/{{Huntik|SecretsAndSeekers}}'', there are two female heroines: the sultry, raven-haired Asian beauty, Zhalia, and the fiery redhead British hottie, Sophie. Guess which one is the main character's love interest?
** The main character's childhood crush, Scarlet, is also redheaded. Meanwhile, Sophie spends the first half of the series much more interested in the main character's mentor, Dante Vale, who also has red hair.
* Roxanne for Max in ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie''. Sylvia for Goofy in the sequel.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'', Alexis is a one time love-interest of Superman's, [[spoiler:although somewhat ruined by her Heel Face Turn.]] Not to mention the Princess of the Amazons in an issue of the spinoff comic. Plus, if people with orange hair count, Triplicate Girl is this to Bouncing Boy, or so it's implied.
* Firestar of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' was at times the crush of both Spidey and Iceman. Considering that Firestar (who was originally created exclusively for the show) is actually based off of Mary Jane Watson, to the point where she is practically a clone of the original John Romita design but with superpowers...
* Princess Sally Acorn from ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''. The gang is picked up by a Anime/CaptainHarlock {{Expy}} (but is really more of a {{Jerkass}} than a hero) who immediately starts hitting on Kiva. We don't know, though, that the guy has a thing for redheads until Kiva finds a portrait gallery filled with paintings of all his old, strictly redheaded girlfriends...[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar and one redheaded dude]]. Played straight when, [[spoiler:in the BadFuture, Jamie and Kiva get together.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}'': Kimmy, object of Nitz's affections, is a red head.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' features Mac, Bloo, a Prince Charming friend, and a pizza boy all falling for the red-headed Frankie, in addition to her own date. Another episode featured two nerdy guys falling for her as well. Mac continues to have a long time crush on her throughout the series.
* A canine example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'', where the wolf-dog's love interest is Jenna, a husky with red fur.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' is a subversion/aversion, as while Mary Jane does appear and is originally built up as if she's going to be his love interest...She makes it clear the next time they see each other that they're just friends and then refuses to date anyone seriously, until Mark Allen/Molten Man shows up anyway. WordOfGod has stated that they try to draw mostly from the roots of the franchise, so MJ was relegated to her original role as a {{Foil}} for Gwen, the primary {{Love Interest|s}}.
* Emma, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}''. However, [[{{Jerkass}} Reef]] is an aversion!
* The short lived ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'' includes a fish-themed variant, with Gill's main {{Love Interest|s}} being the diner waitress Pearl, who has red scales and fins.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'': Shane was attracted to his teammate, [[RedHeadedHero Niko]], but it was implied that he also shagged the crime boss [[EvilRedhead Daisy O'Mega]] during "Renegade Rangers". And Shane wasn't the only one with a thing for redheads. Zach's wife, Eliza, was auburn-haired - making this trope one of the few things TheHero and TheLancer had in common!
* A good deal of UnresolvedSexualTension and out-and-out flirting existed between Linka and the red-haired Wheeler on ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', though this is a gender inversion.
* A sort of inversion in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', where the titular hero is the redhead and her main {{Love Interest|s}} in her best friend/sidekick.
* Redhead Kid Flash/Wally in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has a crush on the equally redheaded Miss Martian. Who is interested in Superboy. Aqualad has a crush on his friend Tula, but [[spoiler:she is already in a relationship with his other friend, Garth.]] And then there's Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing, who is FriendsWithBenefits with his ChildhoodFriend Barbara Gordon/Batgirl.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold!'': Arnold's two longest crushes have been Ruth McDougal, who has auburn hair, and Lila Sawyer, who had red hair until halfway through Season 4, when it became closer to auburn-brown. Averted as WordOfGod has said that Arnold will eventually end up with Helga, a blonde.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarchaserTheLegendOfOrin''. Orin and the red-headed governor's daughter, Aviana, end up together at the end of the film.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Jack Darby's main crush is the redheaded Sierra, a schoolmate of his and captain of the cheerleading squad.
* Dipper has something of a PrecociousCrush on the red-haired Wendy in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}!'': The Warden exhibits unrequited love for red-haired Alice (a male-to-female transsexual).
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans'': Male heroes Jay and Archie paired with redheaded heroes Theresa and Atlanta respectively.
* Morty of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' has the hots for Jessica, a redhead in his math class.
* This is subverted in the WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse short "WesternAnimation/GoofysFirstLove". It at first appears that Goofy is in love with a red-haired waitress, but the end of the short reveals that [[spoiler:he was actually in love with the sandwich the waitress was carrying.]]