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Redhead in Green

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 aubrum 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.
  • 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.

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    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.

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

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    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 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.

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