aka: Rose Haired Girl
blue-haired girls are often withdrawn and anxious, pink-haired girls are often cheery and optimistic or sweet and romantic.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, Red-Headed Hero and Fiery Redhead.
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- Pictured above: Akari Mizunashi from ARIA. She is notable in the series that even in a world that almost exclusively populated by idealists (who are at worst grumpy and tired), Akari stands out among them, which gets pointed out in several occasion.
- 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.
- To Love-Ru has all 3 (naturally they are sisters). Lala is cheerful and optimistic, Nana is the Fiery Red Head and Momo is the sweet and romantic one (although her idea of romantic is rather broad).
- Cheza from Wolf's Rain is the sweet, low-key romantic subtype. For bonus points, the guy who created her has blue hair, not to mention the more tomboyish Action Girl Blue.
- Magical Princess Minky Momo is a Cute Witch with pink hair.
- Himeno Awayuki in Prétear, the cheerful and optimistic heroine. Also a type B Tsundere to Hayate, the aloof blue haired knight.
- Momoko from Wedding Peach, one of the most upbeat characters and also the heroine.
- 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.
- Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, showcasing her innocent nature.
- 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.
- Louise from The Familiar of Zero. She's closer to a Fiery Redhead, but over time she becomes less tsun-tsun and more dere-dere to Saito and comes to fit the romantic subtype better.
- 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.
- Soul Eater: There's also Crona, whose hair was pink in the manga but was changed to lavender in the anime, but s/he's more of a Shrinking Violet.
- Moka Akashiya's outer self in Rosario + Vampire, who is kind, naive and romantic in direct contrast to her cold inner self.
- Princess Euphemia li Britannia and Anya Alstreim from Code Geass. Euphy's personality fits with what's expected for this trope, being a Wide-Eyed Idealist in a series known for its Black and Gray Morality. Conversely, Anya is an Emotionless Girl...although she wasn't always like that.
- Fairy Tail:
- Sherry, a total Love Freak. Bonus points for her original love interest Lyon, who has light-blue hair.
- There's also the docile and kind Stellar Spirits Virgo and Aries.
- Meredy is a cute little girl, but is very much The Stoic. She becomes a full-blown example after the timeskip.
- Chelia, Sherry's cousin, who is also a Love Freak and very cheerful and friendly.
- 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.
- A rare male example: Shuichi from Gravitation. He fulfils the optimistic side of the trope, doubling as a Keet.
- Mizuki Himeji from Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts. Pretty, nice and a mishmash of wacko.
- YuYu Hakusho: Genkai, at least, in her younger days, is an example of the "fiery" sort. It grayed over time, though. However, in the manga, her hair was strawberry-blonde.
- Bleach: Pink-haired, hyperactive, Yachiru is the cheerful and optimistic version, always smiling, especially when Kenpachi is enjoying his fights.
- Cheerful and energetic - that definitely describes Haruko Haruhara from FLCL.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nono of Diebuster has long pink hair and is optimistic, cheerful, strong, and passionate.
- Cosette, Ropponmatsu II (partially), and Excel's good conscience in Excel Saga.
- Toa from Dragonaut: The Resonance with Curtains Match the Window set of pink eyes as well. Akira has hot pink hair.
- Marika from Bodacious Space Pirates has pink hair with the cheery and optimistic personality.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- The titular pink-haired Utena from Revolutionary Girl Utena is a passionate and optimistic Action Girl.
- 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.
- 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.
- Misaki Hoshino from An Angels Marshmallow fits this trope, in the colour pages, at least.
- 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.
- 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'.
- In the Death Note fic Point Of Succession Matt is a Rose-Haired Boy-right before Mello was abducted by a Serial Killer he had caused Matt to have a hair dye "accident" dying his hair an embarassing shade of bright pink. Matt has resolved he's not going to dye it back until they've got Mello back.
- Pacific: World War II U.S. Navy Shipgirls has Mahan.
- 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.
- Estelle from Tales of Vesperia is a rather interesting example. While she's definitely the sweet, demure, chick of the group, she's also a royal that actually does something and fights in battle with a sword and shield.
- The Ojou Princess Micaiah in Mica: Apoptosis has very pale pink/purple hair, and is kind and feminine.
- Final Fantasy:
- Lenna in Final Fantasy V (in her sprites, at least; Amano artwork has her as blonde). Her element is water, which signifies devotion, and she's a Friend to All Living Things princess who treats everyone with kindness and worries very much over the world's welfare.
- Final Fantasy XIII has Serah Farron, a cheerful and big-hearted girl who's a Foil to her stoic soldier sister. Vanille (who veers more into a salmon-shade) comes as bubbly and optimistic as they come until it's revealed she's faking it. But even after this, she's still the most upbeat of everyone. Lightning herself is a subversion; while her hair is pink, she is not a sweetie, even though she does level up in kindness during the game.
- Yuyuko Saigyouji from the Touhou series, due to her cherry blossom theme and her cheerful and optimistic personality.
- The Standard Branch of the Tokimeki Memorial series has a good number of Rose-Haired Girls. Tokimemo 2 has the Shirayuki twins, Miho and Maho, as well as Ensemble Dark Horse Kaori Yae (who happened to be a Genki Girl before the events that made her the Broken Bird she is at the start of the game, and gradually returns to her former Genki Girl self after she overcomes her painful past, thanks to the Power of Love).
- Serra from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade and Ethlin from Geneaology of the Holy War are Genki Girl examples, while Linoan from Thracia 776 is the docile Proper Lady variety.
- Olivia in Awakening, except she's a Shrinking Violet. And though the player really have to push it, she can marry the blue-haired Chrom. Cherche, too, as a Proper Lady variant. (Though she can't marry Chrom due to appearing after the Time Skip).
- Also, when a male Player Character marries either Cherche or Olivia, their Genki Girl daughter Morgan will possess pink hair. Similarly, if said male character is given pink hair, then his non-Morgan son/daughter will be rose-haired too... meaning one can potentially have a family with several rose-haired people. (And if the mom is Olivia or Cherche, a whole rose-haired family.
- Fire Emblem Fates has several examples, with the most outstanding ones being Princess Sakura of Hoshido (a Nice Girl type whose children will inherit her pink hair) and an Avatar of either gender who is given pink hair.
- Mayu Uzaka from Lightning Legend: Daigo no Daibouken. She's of the cheery, strong, and passionnate type, being a Tomboy fighting for justice.
- Liebea from RosenkreuzStilette. Bonus points for being a Proper Lady who's prone to crying.
- Imoen in Baldur's Gate. Somehow, she dyed her hair pink in the sequel. She's a mage and is very cheerful despite all the bad things that happened to her.
- Elphelt Valentine of Guilty Gear Xrd has pink hair. She's also obsessed with romance and marriage, to the point where her win animation consists of her running over, producing a marriage contract from her cleavage and trying to convince her beaten up opponent to sign it.
- Harvest Moon:
- Nina from Harvest Moon Original Series and Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is the optimistic, happy daughter of the local flower shop owner.
- Her granddaughter, Popuri from Harvest Moon 64 and Harvest Moon: Back To Nature is much like Nina. She has the same passion for flowers in 64 but in most incarnations is a chicken farmer, though is still heavily associated with flowers.
- Lyla from Save the Homeland and Magical Melody is a flower shop owner with a permanent smile. She's usually happy and friendly however it's noted just because she is smiling doesn't mean she's happy.
- Averted by Poison from Final Fight. She's got a giant mane of bright pink '80s Hair but she's a fanservicey thug working for the Mad Gear street gang. She turned over a new leaf when she was moved to Street Fighter but she's as crude as ever.
- Kohaku and Hisui from Tsukihime. Kohaku is cheery, while Hisui is docile.
- Misha from Katawa Shoujo is of the cheery, energetic type. Except she actually dyes her hair and she's not as cheery as you'd think.
- Rose Haibara, protagonist of Rose Guns Days, is of a generally kind and understanding nature, making everyone love her. However she can speak strongly when there is something she cannot accept.
- Elodie from Long Live the Queen, who starts out as a sweet, innocent, and somewhat naive fourteen-year old princess who just inherited the throne on her mother's death. Depending on how you play (and whether she survives), she can continue to play out the stereotype, or turn into one hell of a subversion.
- Kendall Flowers from don't take it personally babe, it just ain't your story, a charismatic, outspoken, terrifyingly intelligent and occasionally rather insensitive teenage girl.
- Cupcake from Cassiopeia Quinn comes from a planet full of these.
- Princess Bubblegum of Adventure Time has many of these traits, except for the romantic part.
- Dolce from Angels Friends is of the cheery and optimistic type.
- Molly of Bubble Guppies is most often the cheery and optimistic kind. She also has a blue-haired love interest.
- Aelita of Code Lyoko qualifies, being a genuinely sweet and good-natured person most of the time and while her love interest, Jeremie, doesn't have blue hair, he is associated with the color blue.
- Kimber Benton from Jem has shockingly pink '80s Hair, and is the most friendly and cheerful of their group, easily befriending Stormer from their rival band The Misfits. She also has the most romantic entanglements aside from Jem herself.
- Many characters from My Little Pony.
- Patch, Clover and Sweetheart from My Little Pony Tales; Patch and Clover are Genki Girl examples while Sweetheart is the docile version.
- Fluttershy from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is the docile version, while Pinkie Pie is both the "cheery and optimistic" version and an extreme Genki Girl. In both cases however, you don't want to mess with their friends. Celestia is also depicted with rose hair 1000 years ago, though speculation about what her personality was like back then is just that.
- Sweetie Belle as well- the "sweetie" part is even in her name!
- Jinmay from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, the cute and sweet Robot Girl and girlfriend of The Hero Chiro.
- Starfire from Teen Titans Go! is usually very optimistic and cheerful.
- Rose Quartz from Steven Universe has big, curly pink hair. She's often said to have been very sweet and caring.