Redhead in Green

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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.


Examples

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    Advertising 
  • 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 
  • Misaki from K wore a long-sleeved green shirt in his younger days. Now he wears green cargo pants.
  • The one "fancy" civilian outfit Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion wears (on her offscreen "Date") is entirely green in about 3 shades.
  • Brief from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica gives us Kyoko Sakura, who offers a variation on the trope. Her signature civilian/street outfit is a green hoodie to contrast against her red hair and eyes, but her Magical Girl outfit is a dark-red dress.
  • 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.
  • From Shadow Skill, 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.
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU
    • Batman:
      • Popular interpretation of the villainess Poison Ivy. Her primary clothing is green, and her skin color has also become green in some depictions, but she is always a red head.
      • Sometimes, The Riddler. The hair varies, but it frequently comes back to red to complement that green Riddler suit.
    • Maxima, Superman's adversary and would-be mate, had bright red hair and a predominantly green outfit.
    • In the Justice Society of America, redhead Cyclone's outfit is predominately green.
    • Guy Gardner, the resident Fiery Redhead of the Green Lantern Corps.
  • Miss Martian of the Teen Titans has red hair, but doesn't wear green. Instead, her skin itself is green! It's actually white however she passes herself as a green martian instead of a white martian.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • 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.
    • Spider-Man:
      • 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.
  • 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 from Frozen has strawberry-blonde hair, and most of the dresses in her wardrobe are made of shades of green. The only exception is actually her most iconic outfit, her traveling clothes, which are blue and magenta.
    • Zootopia's Nick Wilde is a red fox who wears a green shirt for the majority of the movie.
  • Pixar:
    • Merida in Brave. Scottish rather than Irish, but still a Celtic background.
  • 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 wears a long green dress to contrast with her red hair.
  • 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 the eponymous Fred in an almost entirely green wardrobe.
  • Black Narcissus features Sister Clodagh wearing them in her Happy Flashbacks to her youth in Ireland. Her red hair is usually covered by her nun's habit but in the flashbacks we see it loose and free, covered by a green scarf in one Christmas scene. In another she's wearing a pale green evening gown as her grandmother presents her with a pair of emerald earrings.

    Literature 
  • Nightfall Series: Armida wears green dresses a lot.
  • 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 green dress, ready to ruin everything for Audrina.
  • Pam from ghostgirl is first described as "a girl sporting long, curly orange-red locks and a bright Kelly green majorette outfit".

    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.
  • Joan from Mad Men is a redhead, and it's almost even money in any given episode that she will be wearing green.
  • Rita/Gilda from iZombie is a redhead and she's introduced sitting in a bright green dress.
  • Endora from Bewitched usually wore a green cloak or dress.

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

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Eva Marie, a Dark-Skinned Redhead, occasionally has a green ring outfit. She was also featured wearing green in a promo for Total Divas.
  • Becky Lynch dyed her hair red and came out entirely in a green costume to go with her initial Oireland gimmick. When she changed tack to a Steam Punk inspired look, she still had a few green outfits and favoured green eyeshadow.

    Toys 
  • G.I. Joe: When Scarlett joined Ninja Force, she put on A Green and yellow outfit.

    Video Games 
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Bowser 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.
  • Terra from Final Fantasy VI 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.
  • Lyralei the Windranger from Dota 2 is this, sice she is the guardian of the woods and all that.
  • Angela Pleasant from The Sims 2 is a redhead and starts the game off in a green sundress.
  • Punch-Out!!:
    • Aran Ryan has chestnut-red hair and wears 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.
  • Lieutenant McCollum in Medal of Honor: Vanguard, justified, as he is a soldier.

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    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • Jenny Trent from The Cattanooga Cats segment "Around the World in 79 Days".
  • Terry Bouffant from ChalkZone starting from season two. In her first appearance in season one's "The Wiggies", she wore gray.
  • 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.
  • Slighty averted with Roger Klotz and his mother on Doug, red-heads with green skin.
  • Detentionaire has a few; redheads Lee Ping, Jenny Jerkins, and VP Victoria, who basically looks like a toned-down version of Jessica Rabbit in a green dress.
  • Presto from Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy wears a green jacket and is revealed early on to be a redhead (his head "stubble" is black, but the one time he styled his hair it turned out to be red). Kevin also has red hair and usually wears a lime green T-shirt.
  • Neil Goldman, from Family Guy.
  • Fairly OddParents' antagonistic babysitter Vicky has red hair and a green t-shirt which are darker shades of the titular Fairy Godparents pastel pink and green color themes.
  • 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).
  • Wendy Corduroy in Gravity Falls. Her standard attire is green.
  • Lila Sawyer, from Hey Arnold!. Usually because of the Limited Wardrobe. The Campfire Lass is this as well.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Grinch is an inversion.
  • Saffi in Jimmy Two-Shoes.
  • 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.
  • Kim Possible's Iconic Outfit is a green crop top and blue khakis. Thanks to aversion of Limited Wardrobe, this outfit eventually stopped appearing.
  • Red Menace in League of Super Evil.
  • Julie Kane in Motorcity, although her hair appears to be black that reflects red.
  • Daemona Prune from Phantom Investigators. She's a redhead who wears green in both her regular outfits- her hoodie while dressed casually, and her jacket and mask while on the job as a Phantom Investigator.
  • Robin Hood from Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood is dressed in Green and has red hair.
  • In Rocket Power, Otto has red dreadlocks and wears a green headband around his head. Also, his best friend Twister is a redhead himself and wears green cargo shorts.
  • Chuckie from Rugrats is a redhead who wears green shorts.
  • 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!
  • 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. Another example from the same show is Darryl Weathers, the Pissed Off White Trash Redneck Conservative who incessantly screams about how "THEY TOOK OUR JOBS!"
  • Tinker from Speed Buggy.
  • Sam from Totally Spies! when she is in her green spy outfit.
  • Local nut case Izzy from Total Drama not only wears all green with her red locks, but also has green eyes. Also her swimwear is green.
  • McCracken's newer show Wander over Yonder has the titular character, a red-furred . . . thing who wears a large green hat.
  • In X-Men: Evolution:
    • Jean Grey wears a black X-Men uniform with a bright green stripe down the front and back.
    • Rahne/Wolfsbane is a Scottish girl who has short red hair and is usually seen wearing a green cut-out shoulder, turtle neck top.
    • Rogue, who has auburn hair, can also qualify for this. In one of her civvies outfits, she wears a green mesh top over her black halter. And her X-Men battle uniform has a green armor platelet that goes over her chest area.

    Real Life 
  • 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 (and not entirely without basis; although most Irish have brown/black hair, the only country with a greater proportion of natural redheads than Ireland is Scotland), also have a strong association with the color green.

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