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Redhead in Green


Basically, this is when the main outfit of a redhead or auburn-haired character is (at least mostly) 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.
  • Lucky, the leprechaun mascot for Lucky Charms cereal, dresses all in green and has red hair clearly visible under his hat.

    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. Now he wears green cargo pants.
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • 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, with her light copper hair, from Frozen is assigned green as her identifying color, most of her wardrobe is made of shades of green. The only exception is actually her most iconic outfit, her traveling clothes, which are blue and pink.
    • Zootopia's Nick Wilde is a red fox who wears a green shirt for the majority of the movie.
  • 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 
  • Kate Loughlin in The Callback Queen, an (Irish) redhead in a green dress on the movie's poster.
  • Layla in Sky High, fitting with her plant-control powers.
  • Winifred from Hocus Pocus.
  • Tauriel from "The Hobbit" , is a very significant example of this trope.
    • Bombur the dwarf has red hair and beard, and is clad in green.
  • Drop Dead Fred has a positively verdant wardrobe.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • Robert A. Heinlein is a big fan of redheads in his stories, and often has them in green outfits. This is taken to its limit in The Number of the Beast, where a spaceship with multiple red-headed crewmembers is mentioned as devoting a significant portion of its cargo capacity to their many, many green outfits.
  • Vera in ''My Sweet Audrina returns to Whitefern in a glamorous and expensive looking dress, ready to ruin everything for Audrina.

  • One is featured on the cover of Finnish gothic metal band Poisonblack's Escapexstacy.

    Video Games 
  • Bowser from the Super Mario Bros. franchise has fiery red hair and a green-hued head and shell. Green is also one of his representative colors.
    • The same goes for his son, Bowser Jr.
    • Even though she isn't dressed prominently in green, Princess Daisy have a fondness of green jewelry.
    • Taking it very literally with Petey Piranha. He is a plant monster with a red-colored head, while the rest of his skin is green. However, the only piece of clothing he wears is a pair of red underwear, so this isn't a very straight example.
  • Mira from Knights of the Old Republic II has red hair and a light green top. In addition her leather jacket and pants are also tinted a dark green.
  • Rosa Blackwell from The Blackwell Series is a redhead that usually wears green or cyan.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Valanice in some of her appearances in King's Quest.
  • Kaeli from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.
  • Lady Priscilla from Fire Emblem Elibe.
  • Axel from Crazy Taxi is an inversion.
  • Sofia Sartor from Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
  • Hong Meiling and Rin Kaenbyou from Touhou.
  • In BlazBlue, one of Ragna the Bloodedge's alternate colour schemes is this. This may be to tie him to Rachel Alucard, as she has a rose theme, and that particular colour scheme greatly resembles the look of a rose given Ragna's Badass Longcoat and spikey hair.
  • More than a few examples in The Witcher, including both potential love interests: Shani only ever wears her small green dress, while Triss appears in a mind-blowing long backless dress throughout chapter three. Both ladies are obviously aware of this trope.
  • Betilla in Rayman Origins, and Barbara in Rayman Legends.
  • Angela Pleasant from The Sims 2 is a redhead and starts the game off in a green sundress.
  • Aran Ryan in the Punch-Out!! franchise, have chestnut-red hair and green shorts (and gloves, in the Title Defense mode in the Wii game).
    • Also, Von Kaiser has auburn hair and is wearing olive green cargo pants and gloves.


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  • 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 frequently have pale skin or a pinkish color to their skin, so cooler colors (such as blue, green and purple) are complimentary colors. By contrast, warmer colors (like red, pink, orange and yellow) can look unflattering (but not always). Actually, hardly anyone 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.