Rose-Haired Sweetie

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A face as fresh as flowers.

Just like blue-haired girls are often withdrawn and anxious, pink-haired girls are often cheery and optimistic or sweet and romantic. There's a high chance that, if a series has a Five-Man Band, a girl with pink hair is The Chick. It's also a popular hair color for protagonists of Magical Girl series. If she's the main heroine, then she's also a Pink Heroine.

Bonus points if she has a blue-haired love interest. She may also have Innocent Blue Eyes, both to reinforce the impression of innocent sweetness and to provide a distinctive visual contrast.

This trope doesn't count just for general pink hair. Other shades like magenta or salmon also count, but purple certainly does not. Pink-haired boys can also be examples.

Sub-Trope of You Gotta Have Blue Hair and Pink Means Feminine. For animals with pink fur, go see Amazing Technicolor Wildlife.

Sometimes in anime it can overlap with Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. The pink-haired girl being designated as a Yamato Nadeshiko may be a Dead Unicorn Trope.

Compare Heroes Want Redheads and Fiery Redhead.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bleach: Pink-haired, hyperactive, Yachiru is the cheerful and optimistic version, always smiling, especially when Kenpachi is enjoying his fights.
  • Marika from Bodacious Space Pirates has pink hair with the cheery and optimistic personality.
  • When alone with her few confidantes, Mina Tepes from Dance in the Vampire Bund often qualifies. The problem is that being a 400 year old Vampire Monarch with vicious political rivals obliges her to take other roles.
  • Kiko from Darker Than Black certainly fits the Genki Girl stereotype. However, considering that most of the cast have realistic hair colors and she's a Cosplay Otaku Girl, it's quite possible she dyed it to fit this trope.
  • Nono of Diebuster has long pink hair and is optimistic, cheerful, strong, and passionate.
  • Mimi from Digimon Adventure dyes her hair pink in 02 to fit her sweet and girlish personality. Going to live to New York and experiencing new fashion tastes must have helped in her decision to change her hair.
  • Toa from Dragonaut: The Resonance with Curtains Match the Window set of pink eyes as well. Akira has hot pink hair.
  • Elfen Lied: Nyuu, Lucy's Split Personality. Her hair has a more reddish tint in the anime whereas the manga has it as bright pink. Either way, Nyuu is cheerful (and dumb as a post). This is in direct contrast to Lucy's antisocial, solemn and occasionally psychotic personality. However, Lucy/Kaede does have a sweet and kind side; it's just been buried under years of rage and pain.
    • Nana, the other Diclonius main character of the series, also plays this trope straight (well, in the anime; the manga gave her purple hair). She's a total sweetheart, compassionate and cheerful (most of the time).
  • Yuno Gasai from Future Diary has some pretty pink hair and is very cheerful and romantic around her beloved Yukki, but she's definitely not as sweet when it comes to anyone else...
  • One of the two protagonists of Go! Go! Ichigo is a trans girl named Ichigo who has pink hair. She's quite bubbly and perky, though not a Genki Girl.
  • A rare male example: Shuichi from Gravitation. He fulfils the optimistic side of the trope, doubling as a Keet.
  • Inori from Guilty Crown has pale pink hair. While she's not at all a Genki Girl, she does share the "pure" personality shown by many other characters on this page; she's one of the most loyal and caring characters in Guilty Crown and becomes something of a Messianic Archetype in the final episode. She also becomes more passionate near the end of the show.
  • Mallow from Happy Happy Clover while she doesn't have hair. Her entire body and fur is a light and dark colored shades of pink. Her romantic side doesn't kick in until a later story in the first volume and comes back again in volume 5 after she hears an accidental love confession from Shallot.
  • Hinagiku Katsura from Hayate the Combat Butler. She fits the cheery subtype and the romantic one, and she has a blue-haired (clueless) love interest.
  • Lucky Star:
    • Pink-haired meganekko Miyuki Takara is the nicest and sweetest character in the main cast.
    • Akira Kogami, who can act cheery until something angers her, at which point, it doesn't take a whole lot for the fiery aspect of her personality to surface.
  • The Lyrical Nanoha series plays this absolutely straight with Caro Ru Lushe, a gentle and kind-hearted White Magician Girl of the Riot Force 6's Forward team, yet inverts it to hell and back with Signum, a Stoic and no-nonsense swordswoman with an Old Soldier attitude. There is also Sette, the Emotionless Girl among Dr. Scaglietti's twelve Combat Cyborgs by the virtue/misfortune of having been designed to have the least emotional capacity among the sisters.
  • Magical Princess Minky Momo is a Cute Witch with pink hair.
  • From Mahou Sensei Negima!, Makie Sasaki and the Narutaki twins have all been depicted with either pink or red hair. The first anime switches them all from pink to red hair about halfway through. They also all fit the "cheery girl" stereotype.
  • Lacus Clyne from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, a peace-loving Idol Singer and daughter to the chairman of ZAFT that is nicknamed the "Pink Princess". However, she's also a Yamato Nadeshiko that intentionally allows people to mistake her gentle nature and idealism for weakness, prior to revealing herself to be a brilliant politician with an iron will and knack for winning people over to her side. By the conclusion of the sequel, she has become the new chairwoman of ZAFT and one of the few remaining political leaders in the world.
    • Sisters Lunamaria and Meyrin Hawke, from Destiny. Both have magenta hair, though Lunamaria is The Chick among the ZAFT pilots while Meyrin is compassionate and kind.
  • Haman Karn of Zeta and Double Zeta has pink hair, but is only cheerful and optimistic as a young girl in the Char's Deleted Affair manga set after the One Year War.
  • Subverted in My Monster Secret with Akari's senpai at the maid café, who wants to help Akari be more "feminine". She's short, with Girlish Pigtails, a sweet demeanour, and a cute beaming smile that never leaves her face. And we mean never, no matter the circumstances. As a result, she comes off as far more scary than cute (not to mention she's a former delinquent like Akari).
  • Sakura Haruno from Naruto, who can be kind when she is not angry. She is hopelessly in love with Sasuke, but his Face–Heel Turn hurts her so much that she is not sure if she still loves him or not. She somehow goes back and forth between wanting him to return or to kill him, but she cannot bring herself to stop loving him.
  • Coby from One Piece. However, he is a rare male Shrinking Violet, and in direct contrast to the usual Pink-Haired teenager, he often has a nervous outlook on life - even after taking a small level in Badass.
  • Himeno Awayuki in Prétear, the cheerful and optimistic heroine. Also a type B Tsundere to Hayate, the aloof blue haired knight.
  • Most pink-haired girls from the Pretty Cure franchise are either cheerful, sweet or romantically in love with someone, but all of them are All-Loving Heroines.
  • School-Live!:
    • Yuki Takeya is one of the sweetest characters, and while she's not romantic, that's because she's the most childish of the group. Too bad she doesn't fit in that world.
    • Megu-nee is the pink haired Sensei-chan. She's sweet and mature. She's also quite protective as even as a zombie she hid herself away because she didn't want to hurt the children.
  • In Sword Art Online, there's Rika Shinozaki, AKA Lisbeth, who has natural brown hair, but her in-game avatars have pink hair, and is a cheerful girl who gets along with just about everybody she meets in a short amount of time.

    Comic Books 
  • Megan Gwynn (Pixie) from New X-Men fit the definition for a good while, until Magik (or Magik's demonic clone) got to her. Depending on the Artist, her hair's now either mostly black with pink streaks or mostly pink with black streaks, but either way, she was heavily affected by having bits of her soul ripped out and is suffering some serious overall disillusionment with the X-Adults.
  • Devi from I Feel Sick definitely fits 'passionate and strong' and wishes she fit 'romantic'.

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    Literature 
  • Trapped on Draconica: Daniar is the strong and passionate type.
  • Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games, who can be optimistic and effervescent to an almost manic degree. Her wig is pink in the first book (and in her first scenes in the movie), so it's the one she's most associated with, along with the color pink in general.

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    Web Comics 
  • Cupcake from Cassiopeia Quinn comes from a planet full of these.
  • Cybele from But I'm a Cat Person, though she's a shapeshifter, almost invariably takes forms that are (a) pink-haired and (b) adorable.

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Alternative Title(s): Cheery Rose Haired Girl, Rose Haired Girl

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