Red Headed Bully

A subtrope of Evil Redhead. While the Jerk Jock or the Alpha Bitch will usually be a blond, it's very common, especially in American media, to give the school bully red hair.

Red hair stereotypically indicates a fiery temper, which most bullies often have in order to be abusive. Redheads also tend to have freckles, which makes them look more childish, mischievous, and conniving.

Averted for the most part in real life, as in real life, somebody with red hair is more likely to get bullied himself/herself.

Contrast Heroes Want Redheads and Red-Headed Hero.

Examples:

Comics
  • Strawberry-blond Flash Thompson was Peter Parker's tormentor in high school, although they became friends later in life.
  • Cain Marko was this to Charles Xavier in his youth.
  • One Far Side strip has a young Jekyll use his chemistry set to terrorize the neighborhood by turning into a large red-haired bully known as "that Hyde kid".

Fan Fiction
  • Carl in Black Crayons. But he quickly learns that Annabelle doesn't get scared, she gets mad.

Film

Literature
  • The red-haired Beckram in Dragon Bones bullies his cousin, Cute Mute Ciarra. He gets better.
  • Joe Guire in How To Eat Fried Worms.
  • Emma Barnes in Worm

Live-Action TV

Music
  • The titular character in Something Corporate's "If You C Jordan".

Video Games
  • Groose starts off as this towards Link in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
  • Mido from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is this to Link.
  • Aran Ryan from Punch-Out!!. In the Wii version, he is an especially nasty character.
  • Dan Wilson, Wade Martin and Russell Northrop in Bully. Picking a different hairstyle for the tough but slightly-nicer protagonist Jimmy Hopkins shows that his normal hair color is a deep strawberry blond, making him a milder example of both trope elements.

Webcomics

Web Original

Western Animation