Basically, this is when the main outfit of a redhead or auburn-haired character is green. This trope can sometimes be used to hint that somebody is of Irish descent, but sometimes, illustrators use it as a traditional pair of complementary colors
or because they just feel like it. Bonus points if the character in question has nature-themed abilities
The trope comes from a long-standing tradition among fashionistas that red hair contrasts best against green or blue attire, which is one reason redheads are encouraged to wear green to make a striking visual appearance.
See Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
for a similar theme.
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- The current spokeswomen for Wendy's, the real Wendy the hamburger chain was named after and a representative of the girl on the logo, are both vibrant redheads who frequently wear green.
Anime and Manga
- Kyou Ryu. The trope fits so well, it's almost surprising Elle didn't throw a net over her to steal her Pot o' Gold◊.
- Brief from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
- The one "fancy" civilian outfit Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion wears (on her offscreen "Date") is entirely green in about 3 shades.
- Kurama from YuYu Hakusho loves this trope. He has long, bright red hair, and large green eyes. In some instances, he is seen wearing an olive green Chinese outfit. Those bonus points may also be rewarded—he is a master at controlling plants.
- Misaki from K wore a long-sleeved green shirt in his younger days.
- Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon has a variation of this. Altough Makoto's hair color is inconsistent in the manga of Sailor Moon, as it ranges from brown to auburn to pink and even blond in some illustrations, in Sailor Moon Crystal her hair is definitely pink and her outfit is green.
- Popular interpretation of the Batman villain Poison Ivy.
- Sometimes, The Riddler. The hair varies, but it frequently comes back to red to complement that green Riddler suit.
- Once the X-Men started putting on individual costumes instead of blue and yellow uniforms, Jean Grey put on green (usually complemented by yellow/gold) most of the time. Banshee and Siryn wear costumes that combine green with yellow and black. Auburn-haired Rogue is also usually dressed at least partially in green. Hope and Rachel Summers, both redheads (And one is an alternate future daughter of Jean) wear green, although Rachel generally prefers to wear red.
- Maxima, Superman's adversary and would-be mate, had bright red hair and a predominantly green outfit.
- Spider-Man character Jackpot wore a green and white costume with red hair (actually a wig). She later changed the costume to one with a red-black color scheme, though.
- Norman Osborn has red hair, although his costume hides it.
- In the Justice Society of America, redhead Cyclone's outfit is predominately green.
- Guy Gardner, resident Fiery Redhead of the Green Lantern Corps.
- Miss Martian of the Teen Titans and Young Justice has red hair, but doesn't wear green. Instead, her skin itself is green!
- Gen13's Caitlin Fairchild has passed through numerous incarnations and numerous costumes; every one of them has been mostly green.
- Werewolf by Night: Redhead Jack Russell really likes his green pants. Taken up to eleven during the full moon when (depending on the artist) he turns into a red-furred werewolf and his green, ripped-up pants are all that remain of his clothing.
Films — Animation
- Disney Animated Canon
- Peter Pan, has Peter Pan as a redhead wearing (of course) green. While all Peter Pans wear green, being a redhead was not a given (and still isn't—a youthful blonde is also popular).
- Robin Hood is a strange example, being an anthrophormopic red fox, therefore having orange fur, and of course any incarnation of Robin Hood is going to be wearing Lincoln green.
- Taran from The Black Cauldron.
- Ariel from The Little Mermaid has a green mermaid tail in contrast with her bright red hair. This was actually one of the reasons the directors of the film decided to make her into a redhead in the first place.
- Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- Anna, who is technically blonde but with a reddish tone, from Frozen is assigned green as her identifying color, and her "princess" dress is primarily green.
- Danny from Cats Don't Dance.
- Fiona from Shrek. The fact that, at the end of the first movie, she becomes an ogress permanently and gains green skin as well doesn't help matters.
- Hiccup and Stoick from How to Train Your Dragon.
- Roxanne from A Goofy Movie wears a turquoise shirt as part of her default clothing. A straighter example occurs in the sequel, with Sylvia Marpole and her bright green disco outfit.
- The Ghost of Christmas Present in Barbie in A Christmas Carol is a redhead who wears a green Happy Holidays Dress (and the skirt is even Christmas Tree-themed).
- Coraline: Ms. Spink, whose hair is turning a faded pink and always wears an emerald dressing gown. All of the posters of her (and Ms. Forcible) as a young woman and her Other-self show her with bright red hair and a green outfit.
Films — Live-Action
- Maxima from Smallville.
- Team Jaime and Cara (who are both redheads) on Season 14 of The Amazing Race. Ditto for Rachel Reilly from Season 20.
- In A Brother's Price redhead Odelia wears a green shirt when Jerin first meets her. She is also depicted like this on the cover of the book.
- One is featured on the cover of Finnish gothic metal band Poisonblack's Escapexstacy.
- The Simpsons:
- That one Irish guy featured in the "Whacking Day" episode. He's shown up a few more times since then.
Bart: People of Springfield, Whacking Day is a sham! It was started in 1924 as an excuse to beat up the Irish.
Irish Guy: 'Tis true, I took many a lump, but 'twas all in good fun!
- Sam from Totally Spies!
- Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy wears a green jacket and is revealed to be a redhead.
- Local nut case Izzy from Total Drama not only wears all green with her red locks, but also has green eyes.
- Tinker from Speed Buggy.
- Presto from Dungeons & Dragons.
- Jenny Trent from The Cattanooga Cats segment "Around the World in 79 Days".
- Suki of Avatar: The Last Airbender has auburn hair and blue eyes (somehow, despite being from Fantasy Isolationist Japan) and is introduced wearing the green uniform of the Kyoshi Warriors.
- Daria Morgendorffer, in her eponymous series, has reddish hair and wears a green jacket. However, in her originating series, Beavis and Butt-Head, she had clearly brown hair and wore different jackets, none of which were green.
- Kyle from South Park has a red Jewfro typically completely covered by his Ushanka. The hat is green, his mittens are green, his pants are a dark green, and his orange jacket has some green on it.
- Lila Sawyer, from Hey Arnold!.
- Neil Goldman, from Family Guy.
- Jean Grey from X-Men: Evolution wears a black X-Men uniform with a green stripe down the front and back.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Grinch is an inversion.
- Jessie Bannon in Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures is a Significant Green-Eyed Redhead who wore a green shirt in the first season as part of her Limited Wardrobe before switching to pink in the second season.
- Julie Kane in Motorcity, although her hair appears to be black that reflects red.
- Wendy Corduroy in Gravity Falls.
- Red Menace in League of Super Evil.
- Saffi in Jimmy Two-Shoes
- Slighty averted with Roger Klotz and his mother on Doug, red-heads with green skin.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends has Frankie Foster, a redhead who normally wears a green jacket (although has taken it off on several occasions).
- McCracken's newer show Wander over Yonder has the titular character, a red-furred . . . thing who wears a large green hat.
- Detentionaire has a few; Red-Headed Hero Lee Ping, Jenny Jerkins, and VP Victoria, who basically looks like a toned-down version of Jessica Rabbit in a green dress.
- As noted in the description, green and red are complementary colors, and many redheads are fond of green clothes and accessories as a result. The inverse also probably has something to do with it; redheads also frequently have pale or pinkish skin. Cool colors, such as blue, green, and purple are complimentary whereas warmer colors like red, pink, orange, or yellow can look harsh and unflattering (of course, nobody looks good in yellow.)
- The Irish, who are stereotypically seen as very likely to have natural red hair in some countries, also have a strong association with the color green. This viewpoint can create Unfortunate Implications when it comes to portraying Irish characters.