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Basically, this is when the main outfit of a redhead, auburn, or even a pink-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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    Advertising 
  • Lucky, the leprechaun mascot for Lucky Charms cereal, dresses all in green and has red hair clearly visible under his hat.
  • 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.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Kurama from YuYu 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.
  • Android 16 in Dragon Ball Z, though his green "armor" is apparently part of his body.

    Comic Books 
  • 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 who is the star of a comic by the same name, is a redhaired woman who wears a green outfit and even has three green "tears" running from her left eye.
  • 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 redhead.
      • 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 redhead who sometimes wore a green top and skirt. Her DC Rebirth outfit is a green hood.
    • Mera, Queen of Atlantis and longtime love interest of Aquaman, has flaming red hair and a green, scaly, skintight number.
    • Reformed rogue and close friend of Wally West, Pied Piper/Hartley Rathaway. His orange hair and bright green attire contrast well. 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, has long red hair and wears a green leotard that exposes her cleavage and stomach. She's also a rare non-white example of this trope, being Chinese.
  • Gen¹³'s Caitlin Fairchild has passed through numerous incarnations and numerous costumes; every one of them has been mostly green.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • X-Men:
      • 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 usually dressed at least partially in green.
      • Hope and Rachel Summers, both redheads (and one an alternate future daughter of Jean), wear green, although Rachel generally prefers to wear red.
      • Madelyne Pryor's debut appearance has her wearing a green bomber jacket. In later decades, her "sane and normal" look has her in a green flight suit.
    • 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, AKA the Green Goblin, has red hair, although his costume hides it.
  • Mélusine: Mélusine is a red-haired witch, and her standard outfit is mostly green (dress, hat and shoes) with some black underneath.
  • 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.
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    Fan Works 
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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).
  • Merida from 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 is a red-furred anthropomorphic cat who typically wears a green shirt.
  • Coraline: Ms. Spink, whose hair is turning a faded pink and who 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.
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • Disney's incarnation of Peter Pan has red hair, and wears a green outfit intended to invoke leaves.
    • Likewise with Robin Hood (1973). 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 is a redhead who wears a green vest and pants.
    • 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. Furthermore, while she wears a pink dress in much of the film, merchandise often portrays 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 has red hair and wears a green tunic.
    • 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.
  • A Goofy Movie:
    • Roxanne wears a turquoise shirt as part of her default clothing.
    • A straighter example occurs in An Extremely Goofy Movie, with Sylvia Marpole and her bright green disco outfit.
  • Downplayed somewhat in The Peanuts Movie. The Little Red-Haired Girl wears a bright teal dress with matching socks and hair ribbon.
  • Cousin Mel from Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer has red hair and wears a green square-neck blouse.
  • How to Train Your Dragon:
    • Downplayed with Hiccup. He has auburn hair, but one of his consistent cloth colors is green (i.e., green tunic, green pants, etc).
    • Hiccup's father Stoick is a straight example, as he has brighter red hair and, like his son, wears a green tunic.
  • The Stop Motion puppet animation Mad Monster Party? has Francesca, a curvy redhead who's in a green dress for much of the film.
  • 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.
  • Wolfwalkers:
    • Mebh is a Fiery Redhead who also wears a green dress. Not only is she Irish, her green dress also highlights her connection to nature as a Wolfwalker.
    • Downplayed with Mebh's mother Moll; she's also a redhead and part of her skirt is green, but she mainly wears purple.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Black Narcissus features Sister Clodagh wearing green clothes 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.
  • Kate Loughlin in The Callback Queen, an (Irish) redhead in a green dress on the movie's poster.
  • The Crazy Cat Lady in A Clockwork Orange is a redhead, and wears a green bodysuit top.
  • 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.
  • Marissa Wiegler, the Big Bad pursuing Hanna, has red hair, and during the climactic chase where Hanna ends her, she is wearing a green suit.
  • The Hobbit:
    • Tauriel is a very significant example of this trope, being an Elf with red hair who mainly wears green clothes.
    • Bombur the dwarf has red hair and beard, and is clad in green.
  • Winifred from Hocus Pocus wears a long green dress to contrast with her red hair.
  • In Ingmar Bergman's The Magic Flute, Papageno has red hair and wears a green jerkin.
  • Sky High (2005): Layla often wears green clothes to contrast with her fiery red hair, which is also fitting with her Green Thumb.
  • 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.

    Literature 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pam from ghostgirl is first described as "a girl sporting long, curly orange-red locks and a bright Kelly green majorette outfit".
  • 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 of 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.
  • Vera in My Sweet Audrina returns to Whitefern in a glamorous and expensive-looking green dress, ready to ruin everything for Audrina.
  • Nightfall (Series): Armida wears green dresses a lot.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Amazing Race:
    • Team Jaime and Cara (who are both redheads) on Season 14. Green was their team color and featured prominently in their wardrobes.
    • Ditto for Rachel Reilly from Season 20, who wore a sparkly green shirt.
  • Endora from Bewitched usually wears a green cloak or dress.
  • Rita/Gilda from iZombie is a redhead and she's introduced sitting in a bright green dress.
  • Joan from Mad Men is a redhead, and it's almost even money in any given episode that she will be wearing green.
  • Coquettish Mitch from Modern Family rather enjoys the combination as well.
  • 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.
  • Maxima from Smallville has bright red hair and wears a green dress.

    Pro 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.

    Toys 
  • G.I. Joe: When Scarlett joined Ninja Force, she put on a green and yellow outfit.

    Video Games 
  • Fire Emblem:
  • Monty from Kindergarten has ginger hair and wears a green jacket, which is pretty much the only garment of his that's clearly visible due to the game's artstyle. He also has green as his textbox colour.
  • Valanice in some of her appearances in King's Quest, as she's only a redhead in three games. In one of these instances, in King's Quest: Mask of Eternity, she wears green in a painting.
  • Mira from Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords has red hair and a light green top. In addition, her leather jacket and pants are also tinted a dark green.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Lieutenant McCollum in Medal of Honor: Vanguard, who, being a Lieutenant, wears a green military uniform.
  • Alex, the female player character from Minecraft, is a redhead who wears a green shirt.
  • Sonia from Pokémon Sword and Shield has red hair, while green is predominant in her outfit, in addition to being her eye color.
  • Punch-Out!!:
    • Aran Ryan has chestnut-red hair and wears green shorts (and gloves, in the Title Defense mode in the Wii game).
    • Von Kaiser has auburn hair and is wearing olive-green cargo pants and gloves.
  • Ally from Puyo Puyo has red hair (albeit a bit more orange than Ringo's) and wears a green dress.
  • Rayman:
  • Angela Pleasant from The Sims 2 is a redhead and starts the game off in a green sundress.
  • Stardew Valley has Leah, a female redhead artist who wears a green shirt and gravitates towards nature. She can be a love interest for the player farmer regardless of the player's gender. Additionally, Leah's ex-love interest in her story event is the same gender as the farmer's chosen gender.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Bowser has fiery red hair and a green-hued head and shell. Green is also one of his representative colors.
    • The same goes for his son, Bowser Jr.
    • Even though she isn't dressed prominently in green, Princess Daisy has a fondness for green jewelry.
    • Taken very literally with Petey Piranha. He is a plant monster with a red-colored head, while the rest of his skin is green. However, the only piece of clothing he wears is a pair of red underwear, so clothing-wise this isn't a very straight example.
  • The Zoologist from Terraria wears a green tanktop and has bright orange-red hair, which is apparently the result of the fox bite that turned her into a lycanthrope. During full moon or a blood moon, her entire body is covered in orange-red fur similar to a red fox.
  • Touhou Project:
    • Orange is an orangehead with green and yellow clothes.
    • Hong Meiling has pure red hair and wears olive-green Chinese clothing. Her design may have been inspired by Orange's.
    • Rin Kaenbyou has bright red hair and a black-and-green dress.
  • More than a few examples in The Witcher, including both potential love interests: Shani only ever wears her small green dress, while Triss appears in a mind-blowing long backless dress throughout chapter 3. Both ladies are obviously aware of this trope.

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    Webcomics 
  • Princess Veronika in The Fourth has bright red hair and a green dress with white accents.
  • 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 halter top.
  • Anvil from 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.

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    Western Animation 
  • Numbuh 86 from Codename: Kids Next Door has red hair and wears a green sweater. Fitting, seeing as she is from Ireland.
  • Daria Morgendorffer from Daria has reddish hair and wears a green jacket. However, in her originating series, Beavis and Butt-Head, she has clearly brown hair and wears different jackets, none of which were green.
  • Detentionaire has quite a few examples of redheads wearing green:
    • Protagonist Lee Ping's Limited Wardrobe consists of green shirts and jeans.
    • Snarky outcast and later Ascended Extra Jenny Jergens wears a green shirt and green jacket.
    • Vice-Principal Victoria, who basically looks like a toned-down version of Jessica Rabbit in a green dress.
  • Played with in regards to Roger Klotz and his mother on Doug, red-heads with green skin.
  • Presto from Dungeons & Dragons (1983) wears bright green mage's garb.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Ed wears a green jacket and is revealed early on to be a redhead (his head "stubble" is black, but the one time he styles his hair it turns out to be red).
    • Kevin also has red hair and usually wears a lime-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.
  • Neil Goldman from Family Guy has curly red hair and a green t-shirt.
  • 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 she 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 that her eyes are also green.)
  • Laney Penn from Grojband has red Boyish Short Hair and wears a striped green t-shirt.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • Lila Sawyer has red braids and wears a turquoise-and-mint-green dress. Usually because of the Limited Wardrobe.
    • The Campfire Lass is a redhead, and the Campfire Lass uniforms are green.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Grinch is an inversion. He's all green and wears a red Santa outfit.
  • 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 wears 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 an 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, has seemingly red hair and wears a green shirt. However, her hair actually 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.
  • Rocket Power:
    • Otto has red dreadlocks and wears a green headband around his head.
    • Otto's 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.
  • Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo traditionally wears a purple dress and usually includes a green scarf with it. During a brief redesign from 1998 to 2001, her look was changed to include a green shirt.
  • The Simpsons:
  • South Park:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wander over Yonder has the titular character, a red-furred... thing who wears a large green hat.
  • Molly, Winston's best friend from Winston's Potty Chair, is a red-haired girl who wears a green dress.
  • 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.
  • 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. Also, 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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