Hm...I feel there's something
here. Red hair is the
most rare hair color, and green eyes are the rarest eye color (excusing abnormalities like violet eyes), and yet they're extremely popular combinations.
Compare the live-action film to the literature, anime, western animation, and video games sections—it's much smaller in comparison because it's much harder to find red-haired, green-eyed actresses. Two are from Maureen O'Hara
(probably the most famous green-eyed, red-headed actress ever), and one of them is digital and cosmetic make-ups and wigs.
My point is that it's not a random trope. They don't seem to be selecting any old hair color or any old eye color, there's a disproportionately large amount of creators who favor this
color combination, and it's noticeable. The reason seems to be how striking it looks. If I had to guess, it's also that, since the colors are so rare, it makes the character
look more unique.
Still, I'm not sure how to form it into a more structured trope.
...Also, considering the Image Pickin'
thread is not resolved, it was a bit out of line to zap the Real Life
section. I agree it should go, but we talk, then zap.
edited 31st Dec '11 4:47:35 PM by helterskelter