Hmm, thinking a bit about the trope name and the definition. the problem definitely is definition.
it's focused on "sexy", when the trope actually is "Red X Marks the Hero
" (or in this case,
female who both the characters and audience must notice).
Let's analyze a few examples:
Take Chris de Burgh
's Lady in Red
. check out the lyrics:
- I never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight
- I never seen you shine so bright...mm hmm
- I never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance
- Looking for a little romance
- Given half the chance
- I have never seen that dress you're wearing
- Or the highlights in your hair...they catch my eye
- I have been blind
- Lady in red is dancing with me...cheek to cheek
- There's nobody here
- It's just you and me
Now, what were the lyrics about? does it say anything
about sexuality at all? it doesn't. It does say, however, that the woman who wore red stood out, shone in the ballroom, looked romantic
Now, let's take the Lady in Red
of The Matrix
. Why was she added as a part of Neo's training? She was there as a distraction
, meant to stick out
. Both for the audience and Neo. She wasn't Ms. Fanservice
. She was Miss Direction
, for that scene at least.
Now, lets take, ironically Little Red Riding Hood
. While she's the main character and the only one we should mainly be focused on, her Red Hood pretty much sets her up as Wolf Lunch. It foreshadows danger, blood
, death. EDIT: Hence Little Dead Riding Hood
My point here, is that the trope is actually "making a woman wear red in order to mark her as important
Tell me, in my cited examples, had it been Blue, or Yellow, or Black, or White. Out of context of the rest of the lyrics, what would you guess the song will be about? say Lady In Blue
? A Broken Bird
maybe? how about Lady In Black
? A Femme Fatale
On The Matrix
, had she wore anything than red, cool colors would not stand out as much (they also recede especially in daytime and when raining)among the suits people were wearing, any other warm would stand out but wouldn't have much impact or symbolism.
Had Little Red wore blue, aside from having a different name, would it really have been the same story?
Red has lots of symbolism involving energy, passion, romance, and most importantly: standing out.
EDIT: damn indentation.
EDIT: minor corrections.
edited 15th May '14 9:10:23 AM by ShanghaiSlave