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  • Abominable. Stephanie mentions the redhead Finn's hot temper right off the bat, right before we get to see his response to Timothy trying to pick a fight with him. He flash steps right up to Timothy, delivers a quick Badass Boast that doubles as a death threat, calls the grown man an insolent child and then tells the guy to get out of his sight.
  • Ben and Me: Red, a mouse who accompanies Thomas Jefferson in the same way Amos does Benjamin Franklin, has reddish fur and a passionate temperament that can erupt in rhetoric or in physical confrontation.
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  • Redhead Cate Hendrickson of Paradise Rot fits the bill. Sarcastic and Irish as it is possible to be.
  • In the Tales of the Branion Realm series by Fiona Patton, the royal family of an alternate Britain is literally this. The sovereigns are the Jesus-style avatars of a fire god, and they commonly have red hair. They also have tempers, which is not surprising given that effectively having a fire god inside you is not good for your mental stability. Justified by the presence in their family tree of Danes, Welsh and Irish.
  • The Ashtown Burials series, by N.D. Wilson, has the reddish-brown haired Diana Boone. She doesn't have a particularly quick temper, but she is a skilled warrior and ace pilot, and you don't want to be on the wrong side of her when she does get angry.
  • In Shaman of the Undead, Zofia, aptly nicknamed Redhead, has Hair-Trigger Temper, especially when around Brittle or Ida, and is annoyed when others aren't as professional about their jobs as she is.
  • Star Wars
    • Mara Jade Skywalker, Luke's redheaded wife and Deadpan Snarker extraordinaire. She can get very nasty if you hit her Berserk Button.
    • As is her redhead son, Ben Skywalker. The striking similarities between the two (particularly their personalities) are brought up fairly often in profic, especially in Sacrifice, and a LOT in fanfic. To be honest, probably the only notable physical feature he inherited from Luke are his blue eyes.
  • Ygritte, a wildling, from A Song of Ice and Fire. All redheads are believed to be "kissed by fire" in the wildling culture and have a reputation for spirit. Zig-Zagged in Westeros proper, where red hair is associated with the more genteel Tullys; however, of the Tullys we meet most of them turn out to be quite Hot-Blooded - particularly Catelyn Tully/Stark, whose Proper Lady demeanour conceals a raging temper that tends to flare up at moments of crisis. Rickon Stark, however, inherited the Tully red hair and is the most aggressive of his siblings, although this may be due to his youth. Robb Stark also has the red hair and quite a temper. This trope is however firmly averted in the case of their sister Sansa.
  • Anne of Green Gables: Justified with Anne Shirley, whose temper was at its fieriest when she was teased about her red hair (being one of the few characters whose fire is connected to their coloring). She chewed out the neighborhood busybody and also responded to being called "Carrots" by breaking her slate over a schoolmate's head. Nobody ever teased her about her red hair again, after the social snubbing Gilbert got for five or so years. Ironically, they end up marrying. note  Anne never quite gets over her dislike of her red hair. She didn't even like it when her children inherited it. When Jem is born and the nurse tells her his hair will be red, Gilbert reports to Marilla that "Anne is furious with her, and I'm tickled to death!"
  • The Chronicles of Prydain:
    • Princess Eilonwy is the extremely temperamental Tsundere Action Girl with long red/gold hair whose temper is feared even by her friends, and especially her love interest.
    • The boisterous redhead King Smoit, who is jolly and personable with his friends, but unleashes a warrior's temper on those who anger him.
  • Aviendha (and, to a lesser extent, all redheaded Aiel women) from the Wheel of Time series behave like this. They are quite proficient with the spears and knives they threaten men who make unwanted advances with.
  • Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's daughter Longstocking, from the Pippi Longstocking series (and subsequent adaptations). Don't mess with this redhead tank of a little girl.
  • Herrenna the Henna-Haired Harridan, a side character in The Light Fantastic has red hair (per her title) and absolutely no patience or pity for either Rincewind or Twoflower. Oh, and she has a very big sword.
  • Pepper from Good Omens is a hot-headed, outspoken, tomboyish young girl who is said to be the most formidable fighter out of the gang of children known as "The Them". War, the red Biker of the Apocalypse and Pepper's Evil Counterpart, might also count. She is usually more low-key and seductive, but pumps up her hamminess levels as the end of the world approaches.
  • Alanna of Trebond of Song of the Lioness (the first book in the Tortall Universe) has bright red hair and a temper to match. Her squire later remarks how she's known for her sharp edges—sword, knife, and tongue.
  • Ditto with Tris, a redhead in Tammy's Circle of Magic series. She's very prickly from years of verbal abuse and abandonment. She does eventually warm up to her new friends, but she's still quick to sarcasm and doesn't tolerate fools gladly.
  • Ce'Nedra from David Eddings's Belgariad. Not just her husband Belgarion, not just their royal court, the entire kingdom of Riva is focused on keeping the flame-tressed Queen Ce'Nedra happy. Because the alternative is just too grisly to contemplate.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • Squirrelflight is the most notable example. She's been explicitly compared to fire on multiple occasions, and has the feisty, stubborn personality to show for it. However, she eventually developed into a calmer and more mature adult.
    • There's also Red, who defies her father's wishes to pursue a romance with her Star-Crossed Lover.
    • Squirrelflight's mother, Sandstorm, was one as well, especially in her youth. She has a light, almost cream-colored, orange pelt and can be quite snappy and stubborn.
  • Maedhros, Amrod, and Amras from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion are the only elves to be described as redheads who fit the personality type. They're fierce, rash, more violent than is really healthy, and not particularly wise or patient... but then so are all their darker-haired siblings. A lot of fans assume their mother Nerdanel's also redheaded, thought the author only ever said her father Mahtan is, and both of their personalities are the complete opposite: calm, soft-spoke, patient, and wise. They also had the sense not to join the rebellion of the Noldor, which is why they're still alive.
  • Karen in The Three Worlds Cycle. Specifically in the first quartet, where she appears as a main character. She takes on Rulke, for Io's sake, and harasses every main character through the whole quartet. And she just happens to be described as having "extremely fiery red hair"...
  • Sarah in Tales of an Mazing Girl has long red hair down to her waist and is pretty firey in the right circumstances, if she often keeps her sass to herself.
  • Red in Aaron Allston's Galatea in 2-D; not only does Penny play Women Are Wiser in their Battle Couple, when Penny is dying and only their boss can save her, Red clearly has to fight to keep begging him to do so instead of attacking him.
  • Terry Brooks' Voyage of the Jerle Shannara introduces Rue Meridian, a redhead who steals airships single-handedly and kills lizard-men, and you had better not tell her she can't.
  • The redhead Bronwyn in Bronwyn's Bane. Living with a serious curse increases her anger management issues.
  • The redheaded Fire-witches in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles deserve special mention: when they get angry enough (which is often), their hair explodes.
  • Margot Maynard in Elinor M Brent-Dyer's Chalet School series. Her hair is constantly described as 'reddish-gold' and she has an absolutely rotten temper, which she blames on her 'demon'. She tries to control it, but it often gets the better of her, culminating in her nearly killing a girl with a bookend in The Chalet School Triplets. Her cousin Sybil Russell also qualifies, at least as a child, until an accident with a kettle and her younger sister has a drastic effect on her personality.
  • I, Robot has engineer Mike Donovan, described as possessed of perpetually unkempt red hair, a short temper, and a generally Hot-Blooded personality, in contrast to his calmer dark-haired work partner Gregory Powell.
  • Felicity of the American Girls Collection is a spunky, spritely redhead colonial girl, full of energy and independence.
  • Princess Elizabeth of The Royal Diaries' Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor is a redhead who can swear up a storm when she wants to.
  • The main character of the Dear America book A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska complains about everything about her looks except her red hair. At one point, she suddenly remembered that she was her mother's fiery redhead and started yelling at her ungrateful husband with a list of the things she does for him.
  • 'Red' Blaze from the Civil War and Floating Outfit novels of J.T. Edson. Blaze is the most hotheaded and impetuous of Edson's heroes.
  • In Death series: Feeney has ginger hair. He may seem rather calm, but he can be explosive when he's angry.
  • The princesses of A Brother's Price are all noted for having red hair, referred to as "the royal red" at a few points. Each princess has a different personality and none are exactly mercurial, but strength and passion are part of all of them.
  • Jessie in High Society by Ben Elton. Her hair colour (dark auburn/reddish-brown) is referred to only once, but combined with her strong personality she is an obvious example of this trope.
  • Kaylana the redhead druid in Villains by Necessity. Living up to the trope by answering any attempts to approach her with a staff knocked over the poor man's head.
  • The redheaded Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments is easily upset and often lashes out at people.
  • The main protagonist of the Cronus Chronicles, the redhead Charlotte is the grumpy variety.
  • Simona Ahrnstedt
    • She gives us the redhead Beatrice Löwenström in her debut novel Överenskommelser. She's intelligent, competent and assertive. But alas, many people in this era (the 1880s) prefer quiet and subservient women. And being at the mercy of her abusive uncle, who bullies her into a marriage with a man, who treats women like dirt under his shoes, she finds that out the hard way. But she's not afraid to call her oppressors out on what creeps they are, even if that only makes them even angrier with her...
    • Averted with Beata Jensdotter in "De skandalösa". Despite being a redhead, she's less fiery than the brunette protagonist Magdalena.
  • A Mage's Power: The Bladi Clan is Playing with a Trope. They all have red hair as a dominant trait but their temperaments vary.
    • Basilard is only fierce in battle. Otherwise he's mellow.
    • Mia is closer to Rose-Haired Sweetie with her kind nature
    • Raki is a rude and aggressive dual wielder.
  • Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy is a brunette with some tinges of red in her hair, described to be extremely strong-willed, stubborn, passionate, feisty, fiery, proud and impulsive.
  • Kristen Börstrom from MARZENA is a Swedish redhead ex-cop turned into super killer assassin. Although red is not her natural color, it does seem to match her temper.
  • Malediction Trilogy: Cecile de Troyes has just turned seventeen. Her hair is very red, she is outspoken and passionate, she cannot tolerate injustice - and has a tendency towards bouts of temper.
  • The Girl from the Miracles District: the Big Bad is aggressive, overly emotional and red-haired.
  • The Stormlight Archive: The redheaded Shallan is this ironically mixed with non-confrontational behavior. She is passionate and free until she gets confronted, at which point she starts blushing and crying. Push her too hard, though, and she turns into a stone-cold killer.
  • The Spirit Thief: Miranda is very passionate about spirits, very easy to anger, and very red-haired.
  • Run: Bo Dickinson can have quite the temper, though part of it her having to deal with her family's reputation in Mursey. It's said that the red hair and attitude runs in the family.
  • Both Aleksander and Lydia of Carol Berg's Rai Kirah series, though unlike Aleksander Lydia seems to generally limit herself to words and (carefully aimed) thrown furniture, rather than physical torture and death threats (and not only threats).
  • The Shadow Campaigns: Jane Verity fits this trope to a tee, with her first actual scene being a fight. And then she transitions to an Evil Redhead.
  • Light a Penny Candle: Aisling's hair is described as "carroty", and she has a ferociously hot temper, lashing out at Johnny when he refuses to commit to her
  • Referenced and inverted in The Catcher in the Rye. The protagonist mentions that redheaded people are supposed to get mad easily, however he notes that his brother Alfie was very calm and nice.
  • Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles is an ever-angry gunslinger who gets quite annoyed whenever anyone makes the genius connection to her name and her hair. She was raised in France by her badass grandma, who taught her to shoot, after all.
  • Our Australian Girl: Nellie will call her employer's children spalpeens, argue with a priest and yell at Cook. She, of course, has red hair.
  • Phineas Finn and other novels by Anthony Trollope include the character of Lord Chiltern (aka Oswald Standish) who has a fiery temper and is described as having a close-clipped red beard, short red hair and a reddish complexion. At some point he challenges Finn to a duel (after Finn shoots into the air, Chiltern's second and the other men involved manage to talk him down and convince him he can't continue with the duel). Later Chiltern becomes Master of the Hunt and gets angry at landlords who set out traps or don't maintain habitat for foxes to breed in.
  • The Boisterous Bruiser Warrior Prince Fencewalker of Tailchaser's Song has shaggy red fur. He's very spirited and energetic.
  • Played with in the Fortunes of War books in regards to Sarda, the principal Vulcan character. His hair has a coppery color and luster, and due to his lack of training in the mental disciplines needed for fine emotional control he is much more emotional than a Vulcan would normally be, although in comparison to the non-Vulcan characters he's fairly subdued.
  • Red Sonya of Rogatino in The Shadow of the Vulture is a very feisty adventurer whose first lines out of her mouth is declaring her intent to kill her sister, who turns out to be the Sultana Hurrem and bickers with The Hero a lot (specially when he is drunk). It shouldn't come to a surprise she served as inspiration for the comic book character Red Sonja.
  • Averted with Princess Elisabeta from the Nyctophobia series. While the narrator dedicates more than one paragraph to describing her crimson hair, she is a Shrinking Violet. The colour's significance is more about the ancient superstition that red-haired women would rise as vampires after death, which she is.
  • Discussed in Patience and Sarah. When trying to give Sarah Lessons in Sophistication, Patience pretends to be a man talking to Sarah. One of the comments this hypothetical man says is that he doesn't like Patience because she's too plump for him, he doesn't like her brown eyes, and her red hair is a turn-off because redheads have a "mean disposition every time". Patience herself isn't an example because she's mild-mannered.
  • Hetty in Hetty Feather frequently defies her matrons at the Hospital and famously manages to get locked away in the Punishment Room after allegedly assaulting her teacher.
  • Villains by Necessity: Kaylana mostly averts the stereotype, but when greatly offended (usually by men crossing the line with her), she'll lash out in anger.


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