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Basically, this is when the main outfit of a redhead or auburn-haired character is (at least mostly) green. This trope can sometimes be used to hint that somebody is of Irish descent, but sometimes, illustrators use it for traditional Red/Green Contrast or because they just feel like it. Bonus points if the character in question has nature-themed abilities.

The trope comes from a long-standing tradition among fashionistas that red and orange hair contrasts best against green or blue attire, which is one reason redheads are encouraged to wear green, and sometimes blue, to make a striking visual appearance.

See Significant Green-Eyed Redhead for a similar theme.



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  • The current spokeswomen for Wendy's, the real Wendy the hamburger chain was named after and a representative of the girl on the logo, are both vibrant redheads who frequently wear green.
  • Lucky, the leprechaun mascot for Lucky Charms cereal, dresses all in green and has red hair clearly visible under his hat.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Noriaki Kakyoin, from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, wears a green school uniform. Combined with his pinkish-red hair, it makes him have the colour palette of a cherry.
  • Misaki from K wore a long-sleeved green shirt in his younger days. Now he wears green cargo pants.
  • The one "fancy" civilian outfit Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion wears (on her offscreen "Date") is entirely green in about 3 shades.
  • Brief from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica gives us Kyoko Sakura, who offers a variation on the trope. Her signature civilian/street outfit is a green hoodie to contrast against her red hair and eyes, but her Magical Girl outfit is a dark-red dress.
  • Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon has a variation of this. Altough Makoto's hair color is inconsistent in the manga of Sailor Moon, as it ranges from brown to auburn to pink and even blond in some illustrations, in Sailor Moon Crystal her hair is definitely pink and her outfit is green.
  • From Shadow Skill, Kyou Ryu. The trope fits so well, it's almost surprising Elle didn't throw a net over her to steal her Pot o' Gold.
  • Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho loves this trope. He has long, bright red hair, and large green eyes. In some instances, he is seen wearing an olive green Chinese outfit. Those bonus points may also be rewarded—he is a master at controlling plants.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU
    • Batman:
      • Popular interpretation of the villainess Poison Ivy. Her primary clothing is green, and her skin color has also become green in some depictions, but she is always a red head.
      • Sometimes, The Riddler. The hair varies, but it frequently comes back to red to complement that green Riddler suit.
    • Maxima, Superman's adversary and would-be mate, had bright red hair and a predominantly green outfit.
    • In the Justice Society of America, redhead Cyclone's outfit is predominately green.
    • Guy Gardner, the resident Fiery Redhead of the Green Lantern Corps.
    • Miss Martian of the Teen Titans has red hair, but doesn't wear green. Instead, her skin itself is green! It's actually white, but she passes herself as a green martian instead of a white martian.
    • Lilith Clay also a member of the Teen Titans is a red head who some times wore a green top and skirt. Her DC Rebirth outfit is a green hood.
    • Mera, Queen of Atlantis and longtime love interest of Aquaman.
    • Reformed Rogue and close friend of Wally West, Pied Piper/Hartley Rathaway. At least when he's not being drawn as blonde.
    • Wonder Woman
    • Knockout of Secret Six is a tall redhead who dresses in a green leotard.
    • Gloss a member of the The New Guardians had long red hair and wore a green leotard that exposed her cleavage and stomach. She was also a rare non-white example of this trope being Chinese.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Once the X-Men started putting on individual costumes instead of blue and yellow uniforms, Jean Grey put on green (usually complemented by yellow/gold) most of the time. Banshee and Siryn wear costumes that combine green with yellow and black. Auburn-haired Rogue is also usually dressed at least partially in green. Hope and Rachel Summers, both redheads (and one is an alternate future daughter of Jean) wear green, although Rachel generally prefers to wear red. Madelyne Pryor's debut appearance had her wearing a green bomber jacket.
    • Spider-Man:
      • Jackpot wore a green and white costume with red hair (actually a wig). She later changed the costume to one with a red-black color scheme, though.
      • Norman Osborn has red hair, although his costume hides it.
  • Gen¹³'s Caitlin Fairchild has passed through numerous incarnations and numerous costumes; every one of them has been mostly green.
  • Werewolf by Night: Redhead Jack Russell really likes his green pants. Taken up to eleven during the full moon when (Depending on the Artist) he turns into a red-furred werewolf and his green, ripped-up pants are all that remain of his clothing.
  • Nemesis, a recurring antagonist of the C.O.V.E.N. series, is a red-haired woman with green skin.
  • Dawn, a character created by artist Joseph Michael Linsner, is a redhaired woman who wears a green outfit and even has three green "tears" running from her left eye.

    Fan Works 
  • Parodied in X-Men: The Early Years when the male X-Men see the key-lime green bridesmaid dress Sarah Grey chose for her red-haired little sister and unanimously declare Jean Grey will look horrible on it.
  • In Batman fanfiction Dance with the Demons, red-haired Barbara Gordon wears a stunning green outfit during her first scenes.
    His daughter Barbara, redheaded and lovely in a green outfit, entered.

    Films — Animation 
  • The 3 Little Pigs: The Movie: Rublad, a red fox, wears a green vest. He even extends the aesthetic to his Cool Bike, with the Motorcycle being orange, and the sidecar, built to look like a shoe, being green.
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • Creator/Disney's incarnation of Peter Pan has red hair, and wears a green outfit intended to invoke leaves.
    • Likewise with Robin Hood. Any iteration of Robin Hood is bound to wear the iconic Lincoln green, which — combined with Disney's choice to adapt the character as an anthropomorphic red fox in a World of Funny Animals — leads to this trope.
    • Taran from The Black Cauldron.
    • Ariel from The Little Mermaid has a green tail in contrast with her bright red hair. This was actually one of the reasons the directors of the film decided to make her into a redhead in the first place. This is downplayed in Ralph Breaks the Internet in that her shorts are green, but her t-shirt is purple, likely a nod to her seashell bra.
      • While Ariel wore a pink dress in much of the film, merchandise would often portray her in seafoam green dresses, not just because the color complements her red hair, but also because Ariel in pink would get her confused with Aurora, who wears pink in merchandise but blue in film.
    • Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
    • Anna from Frozen has strawberry-blonde hair, and most of the dresses in her wardrobe are made of shades of green. The only exception is actually her most iconic outfit, her traveling clothes, which are blue and magenta. In Ralph Breaks the Internet her casual clothes include a green plaid shirt.
    • Zootopia's Nick Wilde is a red fox who wears a green shirt for the majority of the movie.
  • Pixar:
    • Merida in Brave wears a dark blue-green dress for most of the film, which stands out against her red hair. She's Scottish so she has the Celtic background down.
  • Danny from Cats Don't Dance.
  • Fiona from Shrek. The fact that, at the end of the first movie, she becomes an ogress permanently and gains green skin as well doesn't help matters.
  • Hiccup and Stoick from How to Train Your Dragon.
  • Roxanne from A Goofy Movie wears a turquoise shirt as part of her default clothing. A straighter example occurs in the sequel, with Sylvia Marpole and her bright green disco outfit.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Present in Barbie in a Christmas Carol is a redhead who wears a green Happy Holidays Dress (and the skirt is even Christmas Tree-themed).
  • Coraline: Ms. Spink, whose hair is turning a faded pink and always wears an emerald dressing gown. All of the posters of her (and Ms. Forcible) as a young woman and her Other-self show her with bright red hair and a green outfit.
  • The Stop Motion puppet animation Mad Monster Party has Francesca, a curvy redhead who's in a green dress for much of the film.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Kate Loughlin in The Callback Queen, an (Irish) redhead in a green dress on the movie's poster.
  • Sky High (2005): Layla, fitting with her Green Thumb.
  • Winifred from Hocus Pocus wears a long green dress to contrast with her red hair.
  • Tauriel from The Hobbit, is a very significant example of this trope. Bombur the dwarf has red hair and beard, and is clad in green.
  • Clue: Miss Scarlett has red hair, and wears a dark green dress.
  • Drop Dead Fred has the eponymous Fred in an almost entirely green wardrobe.
  • Black Narcissus features Sister Clodagh wearing them in her Happy Flashbacks to her youth in Ireland. Her red hair is usually covered by her nun's habit but in the flashbacks we see it loose and free, covered by a green scarf in one Christmas scene. In another she's wearing a pale green evening gown as her grandmother presents her with a pair of emerald earrings.
  • In Ingmar Bergman’s film of The Magic Flute, Papageno has red hair and wears a green jerkin.
  • Marissa Wiegler, the Big Bad pursuing Hanna, has red hair and then during the climactic chase where Hanna ends her, Marissa is wearing a green suit.
  • Song of the South: One of the villains from the animated segments, Brer Fox, is a red fox who wears a green jacket and pants.

  • Nightfall (Series): Armida wears green dresses a lot.
  • In A Brother's Price redhead Odelia wears a green shirt when Jerin first meets her. She is also depicted like this on the cover of the book.
  • Robert A. Heinlein is a big fan of redheads in his stories, and often has them in green outfits. This is taken to its limit in The Number of the Beast, where a spaceship with multiple red-headed crewmembers is mentioned as devoting a significant portion of its cargo capacity to their many, many green outfits.
  • Vera in My Sweet Audrina returns to Whitefern in a glamorous and expensive looking green dress, ready to ruin everything for Audrina.
  • Pam from ghostgirl is first described as "a girl sporting long, curly orange-red locks and a bright Kelly green majorette outfit".
  • While Star Wars character Mara Jade is frequently depicted in a catsuit, the Vision of the Future book cover (and a photoshoot with model Shannon McRandle depicting the same outfit) has her wear a green tunic.
  • Before being visually depicted in Halo: Escalation and Halo 5: Guardians as wearing customized tan armor, Linda-058 was depicted in the Halo novels as Significant Green-Eyed Redhead who wore the same Olive Drab MJOLNIR armor as all the other Spartans. Even her appearance in the animated adaptation for Halo: The Fall of Reach depicts her in an Olive Drab MJOLNIR armor but with a helmet that bares a resemblance to the one she wears in Halo 5.
  • The Belgariad: Ce'Nedra, and the rest of the dryads, tend to wear green a lot; Ce'Nedra's casual outfit in the first series is usually a short green tunic.
  • In The Black Spider, the devil takes shape of a red-haired, green-clad huntsman.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Maxima from Smallville.
  • Team Jaime and Cara (who are both redheads) on Season 14 of The Amazing Race. Ditto for Rachel Reilly from Season 20.
  • Joan from Mad Men is a redhead, and it's almost even money in any given episode that she will be wearing green.
  • Zelena aka The Wicked Witch of the West from Once Upon a Time in a similar vein to Poison Ivy, in that she is a redhead with green skin, although she mainly wears black.
  • Rita/Gilda from iZombie is a redhead and she's introduced sitting in a bright green dress.
  • Endora from Bewitched usually wore a green cloak or dress.

  • One is featured on the cover of Finnish gothic metal band Poisonblack's Escapexstacy.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Eva Marie, a Dark-Skinned Redhead, occasionally has a green ring outfit. She was also featured wearing green in a promo for Total Divas.
  • Becky Lynch dyed her hair red and came out entirely in a green costume to go with her initial Oireland gimmick. When she changed tack to a Steampunk inspired look, she still had a few green outfits and favoured green eyeshadow.

  • G.I. Joe: When Scarlett joined Ninja Force, she put on A Green and yellow outfit.

    Video Games 

  • Tamaura, the protagonist of Blindsprings often wears green. Her magical talent is a natural one (orphic, as opposed to the wizards in the same setting who created artificial magic, which everyone can learn.)
  • Shelley Winters from Scary Go Round often wears green clothes and always has (like many redheads) green eyes.
  • Lancelot from Wiglaf & Mordred wears green to match his fetish for plants. Green Eyes to go right along with it don't hurt.
  • The stunning Happily Ever After image of Sarine that adorns the cover of the Epilogue of Errant Story. (Green wasn't her main color for most of the story, but it probably will be for the next hundred years or so.)
  • Nin Wah the red panda from Commander Kitty almost always has an outfit with green. She starts out with a big green longcoat and slacks, though loses the former early on. Later, she gets a new costume with a prominent green jacket.
  • Princess Veronika in The Fourth
  • Simone from Luminary Children.
  • Sleipnir O'Hara of Girl Genius is a redhead who is introduced wearing a green jumpsuit and continues to show up in new green clothes every time she's seen in a new outfit, in Mechanicsburg it's a much more revealing green haltertop.
  • Anvil of Grrl Power seems happy to play to the trope. Her outfit when she goes out to dinner with the rest of her team is primarily green, as is her choker (which is quite significant in the comic). She's also introduced in a green T-shirt.
  • In The Adventures of Gyno-Star, Gynostar's sidekick, little Sappho, has red hair and wears a mainly green superhero outfit.

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    Western Animation 
  • Suki of Avatar: The Last Airbender has auburn hair and blue eyes (somehow, despite being from Fantasy Isolationist Japan) and is introduced wearing the green uniform of the Kyoshi Warriors.
  • Captain Sturdy's sidekick Ultra Boy has red hair and wears a green costume.
  • Jenny Trent from The Cattanooga Cats segment "Around the World in 79 Days".
  • Terry Bouffant from ChalkZone starting from season two. In her first appearance in season one's "The Wiggies", she wore gray.
  • Numbuh 86 from Codename: Kids Next Door has red hair and wears a green sweater. Fitting, seeing as she is from Ireland.
  • Daria Morgendorffer, in her eponymous series, has reddish hair and wears a green jacket. However, in her originating series, Beavis and Butt-Head, she had clearly brown hair and wore different jackets, none of which were green.
  • Played with in regards to Roger Klotz and his mother on Doug, red-heads with green skin.
  • Detentionaire has quite a few examples of redheads wearing green: protagonist Lee Ping; snarky outcast and later Ascended Extra Jenny Jergens; and Vice-Principal Victoria, who basically looks like a toned-down version of Jessica Rabbit in a green dress.
  • Presto from Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy wears a green jacket and is revealed early on to be a redhead (his head "stubble" is black, but the one time he styled his hair it turned out to be red). Kevin also has red hair and usually wears a lime green T-shirt.
  • Neil Goldman, from Family Guy has curly red hair and a green t-shirt.
  • The Fairly OddParents: Antagonistic babysitter Vicky has red hair and a green t-shirt which are darker shades of the titular Fairy Godparents' pastel pink and green color themes.
  • Norman Price of Fireman Sam has red hair, and his clothes are usually green in color.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends has Frankie Foster, a redhead who normally wears a green jacket (although has taken it off on several occasions).
  • Wendy Corduroy in Gravity Falls. Her standard attire is green, and she wears tiny jade earrings. Even in Dipper's dream of going on a date with her, he imagines her in a green dress. (Word of God has stated her eyes are also green.)
  • Laney Penn from Grojband has red Boyish Short Hair and wears a striped green t-shirt.
  • Lila Sawyer from Hey Arnold!. Usually because of the Limited Wardrobe. The Campfire Lass is this as well.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Grinch is an inversion.
  • Tulip from Infinity Train wears a green hoodie as part of her outfit, same color as her hairclip. She also wore a green shirt as a kid, as seen from her family photo from her vacation.
  • Saffi in Jimmy Two-Shoes. Bonus points as she's also got reddish-orange skin to go with her green dress.
  • Jessie Bannon in Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures is a Significant Green-Eyed Redhead who wore a green shirt in the first season as part of her Limited Wardrobe before switching to pink in the second season.
  • Kim Possible's two Iconic Outfits are a green crop top and blue cargo pants for civilian wear, and a black crop top with green cargo pants for missions. Thanks to aversion of Limited Wardrobe, the former stopped appearing eventually, while the latter was given a send off in a Post-Script Season episode.
  • Red Menace in League of Super Evil, despite what his name suggests, actually wears a green jumpsuit. "Red" in this case refers to his hair.
  • Julie Kane in Motorcity, although her hair appears to be black that reflects red.
  • Daemona Prune from Phantom Investigators. She's a redhead who wears green in both her regular outfits- her hoodie while dressed casually, and her jacket and mask while on the job as a Phantom Investigator.
  • Eggplant and Zerk from Ready Jet Go! are both redheads, and they both have green space-suits.
  • Robin Hood from Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood is dressed in Green and has red hair.
  • In Rocket Power, Otto has red dreadlocks and wears a green headband around his head. Also, his best friend Twister is a redhead himself and wears green cargo shorts.
  • Ed Bighead's wife, Bev, in Rocko's Modern Life is a green toad with red hair.
  • Chuckie from Rugrats is a redhead who wears green shorts.
  • The Simpsons:
    • That one Irish guy featured in the "Whacking Day" episode. He's shown up a few more times since then.
    Bart: People of Springfield, Whacking Day is a sham! It was started in 1924 as an excuse to beat up the Irish.
    Irish Guy: 'Tis true, I took many a lump, but 'twas all in good fun!
  • Kyle from South Park has a red Jewfro typically completely covered by his Ushanka. The hat is green, his mittens are green, his pants are a dark green, and his orange jacket has some green on it. Another example from the same show is Darryl Weathers, the Pissed Off White Trash Redneck Conservative who incessantly screams about how "THEY TOOK OUR JOBS!"
  • Tinker from Speed Buggy.
  • Sam from Totally Spies! wears a green spy catsuit while on missions and quite a few of her civilian outfits have some shade green as a featured color.
  • Local nut case Izzy from Total Drama not only wears all green with her red locks, but also has green eyes. Also her swimwear is green.
  • Wander over Yonder has the titular character, a red-furred...thing who wears a large green hat.
  • Wishfart: Dez naturally has red hair, being a leprechaun, so of course, he wears a green t-shirt to go with it. Other leprechaun characters, like his parents and Finnuala, are also redheads in green. His Evil Uncle Phil however has brown hair but still wears green.
  • Molly, Winston's best friend from Winston's Potty Chair is a red-haired girl who wears a green dress.
  • In X-Men: Evolution:
    • Jean Grey wears a black X-Men uniform with a bright green stripe down the front and back.
    • Rahne/Wolfsbane is a Scottish girl who has short red hair and is usually seen wearing a green cut-out shoulder, turtle neck top.
    • Rogue, who has auburn hair, can also qualify for this. In one of her civvies outfits, she wears a green mesh top over her black halter. And her X-Men battle uniform has a green armor platelet that goes over her chest area.

    Real Life 
  • As noted in the description, green and red are complementary colors, and many redheads are fond of green clothes and accessories as a result. The inverse also probably has something to do with it: redheads frequently have pale skin or a pinkish color to their skin, so cooler colors (such as blue, green and purple) are flattering for redheads. By contrast, warmer colors (like red, orange and yellow) can look unflattering (but not always). Actually, hardly anyone looks good in yellow.
  • The Irish, who are stereotypically seen as very likely to have natural red hair (and there is actually some truth to this—Ireland has the second highest percentage of redheads, only being beaten out by Scotland), also have a strong association with the color green.
  • In Argentina, the Pelirrojos Club (Redhead club) make gatherings where their redheaded attendants wear green t-shirts.


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