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A face as fresh as flowers.

Just like blue-haired girls are often withdrawn and anxious, pink-haired girls are often cheery and optimistic or sweet and romantic. There's a high chance that, if a series has a Five-Man Band, a girl with pink hair is The Chick. It's also a popular hair color for protagonists of Magical Girl series, hence Pink Heroine.

Bonus points if she has a blue-haired love interest. She may also have Innocent Blue Eyes, both to reinforce the impression of innocent sweetness and to provide a distinctive visual contrast.

This trope is most commonly found in anime and Animesque media. This is because it is not a natural hair color, which leaves it out of most live-action media, doesn't fit in most Western comics and animation that tend to have muted colors, and cannot be relied upon by most manga since they are printed in monochrome.


This trope doesn't count just for general pink hair. Other shades like magenta or salmon also count, but purple certainly does not. Pink-haired boys can also be examples.

Sometimes, Yandere characters who have pink hair can subvert the "sweetie" part, culminating to Psycho Pink.

Sub-Trope of Pink Means Feminine, and Cheery Pink. For animals with pink fur, go see Amazing Technicolor Wildlife. (Note that the two can overlap if anthropomorphism is in effect.)

Compare Heroes Want Redheads and Fiery Redhead. Contrast Psycho Pink.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Bleach: Pink-haired, hyperactive, Yachiru is the cheerful and optimistic version, always smiling, especially when Kenpachi is enjoying his fights.
  • Marika from Bodacious Space Pirates has pink hair with the cheery and optimistic personality.
  • One of the two protagonists of Go! Go! Ichigo is a trans girl named Ichigo who has pink hair. She's quite bubbly and perky, though not a Genki Girl.
  • A rare male example: Shuichi from Gravitation. He fulfills the optimistic side of the trope, doubling as a Keet.
  • Inori from Guilty Crown has pale pink hair. While she's not at all a Genki Girl, she does share the "pure" personality shown by many other characters on this page; she's one of the most loyal and caring characters in Guilty Crown and becomes something of a Messianic Archetype in the final episode. She also becomes more passionate near the end of the show.
  • Mallow from Happy Happy Clover while she doesn't have hair. Her entire body and fur is a light and dark colored shades of pink. Her romantic side doesn't kick in until a later story in the first volume and comes back again in volume 5 after she hears an accidental love confession from Shallot.
  • Satou Matsuzaka from Happy Sugar Life is a subversion. While she has bubblegum pink hair and acts like a friendly, bubbly girl in public, it's all an act; her real personality isn't sweet at all, and she's really a remorseless murderer and kidnapper.
  • Hinagiku Katsura from Hayate the Combat Butler. She fits the cheery subtype and the romantic one, and she has a blue-haired (clueless) love interest.
  • The unnamed protagonist of Humanity Has Declined. Part of its setup to look similar to a manga like Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, when in fact it is surreal and satirical; the protagonist is hence a subversion, she acts kind but is guileful and cynical.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Noriaki Kakyoin from Stardust Crusaders is a gender inverted example. While his hair is more red than pink, he's still shown to be one of the nicest members of the Crusaders, as well as the group's voice of reason.
    • Reimi Sugimoto from Diamond is Unbreakable is a kind Cute Ghost Girl with pink hair. Though this is only the case in the anime, whereas in the manga she had brown hair.
    • Trish Una from Golden Wind is a Mafia Princess with pink hair and a mostly pink Stand. While she puts on a spoiled, haughty front, underneath she proves to be a kind and compassionate girl who grows stronger and more courageous.
    • Yasuho Hirose from JoJolion, despite her anxiety, is a pink-haired girl whose kindness leads her to being one of the first people to befriend Josuke.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War has Chika Fujiwara, a bubbly, cheerful pink-haired girl who often serves as a foil to her best friend Kaguya's more serious, perfectionist tendencies. She's also a romantic, waxing poetic about love and marriage.
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise: Arata Minami is a male example. Portrayed on the color pages (including the cover of volume 2) as pink-haired, he's a Chick Magnet who is nonetheless happy to date Kuroe Akaishi despite the latter's Creepy Loner Girl appearance and lack of social graces because he sees that she's a kind girl.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: Li Raichi, whose pink hair is even styled in Girlish Pigtails, fits the sweet and cheerful mold of this trope, even having a playful side. In fact, even after she's revealed to be a member of YOMI, Kenichi is certain that someone who loves flowers like her cannot possibly be a killer. He turns out to be right, as Raichi only follows the Satsujinken out of necessity and loyalty to her father Li Tenmon (who is also her sensei), and she even ends up falling for him after they fight, showing the romantic side of the trope.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid:
  • Lacus Clyne from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, a peace-loving Idol Singer and daughter to the chairman of ZAFT that is nicknamed the "Pink Princess". However, she's also a Yamato Nadeshiko that intentionally allows people to mistake her gentle nature and idealism for weakness, prior to revealing herself to be a brilliant politician with an iron will and knack for winning people over to her side. By the conclusion of the sequel, she has become the new chairwoman of ZAFT and one of the few remaining political leaders in the world.
    • Sisters Lunamaria and Meyrin Hawke, from Destiny. Both have magenta hair, though Lunamaria is The Chick among the ZAFT pilots while Meyrin is compassionate and kind.
  • Haman Karn of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Double Zeta has pink hair, but is only cheerful and optimistic as a young girl in the Char's Deleted Affair manga set after the One Year War. As an adult and the dictator of Axis Zeon, she’s cold and cynical.
  • My Dress-Up Darling: The Inui sisters have both pink hair, but only the younger, Shinju, plays the trope straight. She's a Huge Schoolgirl Shrinking Violet who's easily flustered, but once she gets comfortable with people she's really sweet and friendly, and later chapters show she Took a Level in Cheerfulness once she gets into cosplay herself.
  • Mina Ashido in My Hero Academia is a Rose-Haired and Rose-Skinned Sweetie. She's a perky, friendly and sociable girl who makes friends with ease and is very popular among her classmates. She's also a bit of a Love Freak, getting very enthusiastic about seeing or talking about romance.
  • Subverted in My Monster Secret with Akari's senpai at the maid café, who wants to help Akari be more "feminine". She's short, with Girlish Pigtails, a sweet demeanour, and a cute beaming smile that never leaves her face. And we mean never, no matter the circumstances. As a result, she comes off as far more scary than cute (not to mention she's a former delinquent like Akari).
  • Sakura Haruno from Naruto. Kind, loving and has cherry pink hair.
  • From Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Makie Sasaki and the Narutaki twins have all been depicted with either pink or red hair. The first anime switches them all from pink to red hair about halfway through. They also all fit the "cheery girl" stereotype.
  • One Piece:
    • Coby is a rare male Shrinking Violet, and in direct contrast to the usual Pink-Haired teenager, he often has a nervous outlook on life — even after taking a small level in Badass.
    • Princess Rebecca from the Dressrosa arc, hot damn. She is Badass Pacifist, but unfortunately for her, she's more of a pacifist than being badass. She is too good-natured to be a warrior and is unable to hurt her opponents despite wielding a sword (for self-defense).
    • Mermaid Princess Shirahoshi is a Gentle Giant: she's huge, but incredibly kind, sweet, and very polite to everyone.
  • Himeno Awayuki in Prétear, the cheerful and optimistic heroine. Also a type B Tsundere to Hayate, the aloof blue haired knight.
  • Most pink-haired girls from the Pretty Cure franchise are either cheerful, sweet or romantically in love with someone, but all of them are All-Loving Heroines.
  • The titular pink-haired Utena from Revolutionary Girl Utena is a passionate and optimistic Action Girl.
  • Moka Akashiya's outer self in Rosario + Vampire, who is kind, naive and romantic in direct contrast to her cold inner self who has silver hair.
    • Interestingly, this seems to have been done for the anime, with Akihisa Ikeda then backporting it to the manga. In the early manga, Outer Moka has brown hair.
  • Akane Kashiwazaki (nicknamed 'Prince') from Run with the Wind is a male variant. He has pink hair, gentle and timid, and by all standards very dorky and cute. Being the Butt-Monkey he is, he's also surprisingly relatable.
  • Sabagebu! has as its protagonist the pink-haired Momoka Sonokawa, introduced as an ordinary schoolgirl in a typical Shoujo manga who gets scouted by a club president. She then turns out to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing of the most selfish and vindictive sort. Urara, already in the club, is also a subversion as she is a Psycho Lesbian who loves pain.
  • Chibi-Usa/Sailor Chibi Moon from Sailor Moon is a downplayed case; while she can be bratty and selfish at times, her pink hair still indicates that at her best, she's a Cheerful Child who ultimately has a good heart.
  • School-Live!:
    • Yuki Takeya is one of the sweetest characters, and while she's not romantic, that's because she's the most childish of the group. Too bad she doesn't fit in that world.
    • Megu-nee is the pink haired Sensei-chan. She's sweet and mature. She's also quite protective as even as a zombie she hid herself away because she didn't want to hurt the children.
  • Kuniko Hojo of Shangri-La. Also an Idiot Heroine;
    "No plan, no idea!"
  • Show by Rock!! has Moa, pink, curly-haired sheep girl as the band's Genki Girl. (She's practically a Pinkie Pie expy!) Oh, and she's also an alien.
  • Inohara Ran in Shuukan Shounen Hachi is always smiling, can instantly get along with anyone, and wants to draw as much fun out of every second of her life as possible. She's more mischievous and reckless than most examples, but nonetheless, there doesn't seem to be a negative bone in her body. In chapter 21, when she cries briefly, her friend Handa is actually shocked that she has "functional lacrymal glands".
  • Soul Eater: There's also Crona, whose hair was pink in the manga but was changed to lavender in the anime, but s/he's more of a Shrinking Violet.
  • SPY×FAMILY: Anya Forger is one of the youngest examples of the trope (she claims to be six years old, though she could be even younger), and despite all she's gone through she's a sweet Cheerful Child who loves spending time with her new parents.
  • The titular character of Steel Angel Kurumi. Despite being created for the purpose of being a weapon, she's more interested in serving and protecting her new master, fitting the romantic aspect of the trope, as well as being a Genki Girl who's always hyperactive and cheery.
  • Super Sonico has pink hair and a shy, innocent and kindhearted personality to match.
  • In Sword Art Online, there's Rika Shinozaki, AKA Lisbeth, who has natural brown hair, but her in-game avatars have pink hair, and is a cheerful girl who gets along with just about everybody she meets in a short amount of time.
  • Nana Hiiragi of Talentless Nana has pink hair styled in Girlish Pigtails and is a very sweet, kind, and friendly girl. Subverted when this turns out to be a calculated plot to deflect suspicion from herself and her true personality: a cold, calculating, and sociopathic Serial Killer who specializes in murdering superpowered "Talented" individuals.
  • Yuna from Yuki Yuna is a Hero is a redheaded girl whose hair turns pink when in "Hero" form. She's an optimistic and sweet Genki Girl who is in a school club revolving around community service.
  • YuYu Hakusho: Genkai, at least, in her younger days, is an example of the "fiery" sort. It grayed over time, though. However, in the manga, her hair was strawberry-blonde.
  • Zombie Land Saga: Sakura Minamoto. Her dark, rosy hair reflects her normally cheerful demeanor. Her cheerfulness doesn't last long after she gets turned into an amnesiac zombie, however. Episode 11 reveals that during her life, she had so many of her accomplishments ruined by bad luck that she became quite cynical and depressed before being inspired again by Iron Frill.

    Comic Books 
  • Devi from I Feel Sick definitely fits 'passionate and strong' and wishes she fit 'romantic'.
  • Megan Gwynn (Pixie) from New X-Men fit the definition for a good while, until Magik (or Magik's demonic clone) got to her. Depending on the Artist, her hair's now either mostly black with pink streaks or mostly pink with black streaks, but either way, she was heavily affected by having bits of her soul ripped out and is suffering some serious overall disillusionment with the X-Adults.
  • Wonder Woman (1942): Wonder Woman's Golden Age Venusian and Silver Age extradimensional ally Queen Desira is pink haired and compassionate, optimistic, generous, matronly and usually quite cheerful.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Kimi: The ending shows Angela's dyed her hair a bright pink, as she's overcome her agoraphobia and happily goes outside with her boyfriend.

  • Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games, who can be optimistic and effervescent to an almost manic degree. Her wig is pink in the first book (and in her first scenes in the movie), so it's the one she's most associated with, along with the color pink in general.
  • Evangeline Fox from Once Upon A Broken Heart, has rose gold hair. She is optimistic and good natured, capable of forgiving a lot.
  • Trapped on Draconica: Daniar is the strong and passionate type.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: In disguise, Poppy appears as a friendly but down-to-Earth nurse, but in her pink-haired Bugster form she's a bubbly and energetic girl who loves singing.
  • LazyTown: Stephanie is a very energetic girl with pink hair who is one of the most moral characters.

    Video Games 
  • AkaSeka, being an otome game, provides two male examples.
    • Mori Ranmaru is a pink-haired dorky and cute teenage guy.
    • Takenaka Hanbē's hair color is an even lighter pink than Ranmaru's, and he is a pacifist with a calm and gentle demeanor. He is also Delicate and Sickly to boot.
  • Animal Crossing:
    • Reese from Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a sweet, helpful alpaca with pink fur working at Re-Tail. She follows you around, buys things from you, and assists you whenever you want to buy or sell in the flea market. Her husband, Cyrus, has blue fur and is initially overprotective of Resse if you're male (and she's overprotective of him if you're female).
    • You have the option to start off as a pink-haired female character as the default.
  • Futaba from Ayakashi: Romance Reborn is a kindhearted, heroic onmyouji who saves humans and ayakashi alike.
  • Imoen in Baldur's Gate. Somehow, she dyed her hair pink in the sequel. She's a mage and is very cheerful despite all the bad things that happened to her.
    • An even bigger example is Alora. A halfling thief with an infinitely cheery Genki Girl persona, she encourages the entire party to play nice and do good things. She's pretty good at it too, managing even to get on Edwin's good side.
  • Battle Chef Brigade is full of subversions.
    • Pontida, the chef at the restaurant in Brigade Town, is pink-haired and kind, and grows adorably tongue-tied around Cezar. However, in her professional setting she an absolute taskmaster, and more of a Stern Teacher than a stereotypical sweetie.
    • Instructor Razel is mostly a Reasonable Authority Figure, but she doesn't hesitate to lay down the law when the situation calls for it.
    • Shiv is just a Jerkass, with few (if any) redeeming features.
  • Tori of Ensemble Stars! deliberately plays up this image, playing the role of the cute pink-coloured Cheerful Child. In reality, he is those things, but is also a selfish and demanding wannabe tyrant.
  • EXTRAPOWER: Attack of Darkforce has pink-haired Maria Gerstenbüttel, usually seen with a smile.
  • Subverted by Yuma Lau from Far Cry 4. Her hair is pink (dyed), but she's a sadistic evil warden and brutal enforcer even more vindictive than her foster brother Pagan Min.
  • Mash Kyrielight, from Fate/Grand Order definitely counts, being a Badass Adorable Stone Wall in combat as Chaldea's sole Shielder, but also providing plenty of dorky moments and always lights up with a Luminescent Blush whenever the Protagonist chooses a more flirtatious response to her dialogue, thanks to her pure hearted nature as an All-Loving Hero having sworn a Declaration of Protection over her Master and implied crush (i.e., you). She's always making sure the player is taking care of themselves, and always tries to find the good in an otherwise bleak situation. She even gives her life in a Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the first major story arc, going out with a smile using her Noble Phantasm to shield you from Goetia's Ars Almadel Salomonis. She's become as iconic a symbol of Grand Order as Artoria Pendragon (the original Saber) has from the parent Nasuverse work that started it all, Fate/stay night.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Lenna in Final Fantasy V (in her sprites, at least; Amano artwork has her as blonde). Her element is water, which signifies devotion, and she's a Friend to All Living Things princess who treats everyone with kindness and worries very much over the world's welfare.
    • Final Fantasy XIII has Serah Farron, a cheerful and big-hearted girl who's a Foil to her stoic soldier sister. Vanille (who veers more into a salmon-shade) comes as bubbly and optimistic as they come until it's revealed she's faking it. But even after this, she's still the most upbeat of everyone. Lightning herself is a subversion; while her hair is pink, she is not a sweetie, even though she does level up in kindness during the game.
  • Averted by Poison from Final Fight. She's got a giant mane of bright pink '80s Hair but she's a fanservicey thug working for the Mad Gear street gang. She turned over a new leaf when she was moved to Street Fighter but she's as crude as ever.
  • Serra from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade and Ethlyn from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War are Genki Girl examples, while Linoan from Thracia 776 is the docile Proper Lady variety.
    • While Mae's original appearance in Fire Emblem Gaiden saw her as little more than a Flat Character joining Celica's journey to help fill out her beginning party, the remake greatly expands on her character, showing her to be a thoroughly good-natured and optimistic young woman, as well as a ride-or-die friend.
    • Olivia in Awakening, except she's a Shrinking Violet. And though the player really has to push it, she can marry the blue-haired Chrom. Cherche, too, as a Proper Lady variant. (Though she can't marry Chrom due to appearing after the Time Skip).
    • Also, when a male Player Character marries either Cherche or Olivia, their Genki Girl daughter Morgan will possess pink hair. Similarly, if said male character is given pink hair, then his non-Morgan son/daughter will be rose-haired too... meaning one can potentially have a family with several rose-haired people. (And if the mom is Olivia or Cherche, a whole rose-haired family.
    • Fire Emblem Fates has several examples, with the most outstanding ones being Princess Sakura of Hoshido (a Nice Girl type whose children will inherit her pink hair) and an Avatar of either gender who is given pink hair.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses has Hilda, a sweet girly girl with both pink hair and pink eyes.
  • Elphelt Valentine of Guilty Gear Xrd has pink hair. She's also obsessed with romance and marriage, to the point where her win animation consists of her running over, producing a marriage contract from her cleavage and trying to convince her beaten up opponent to sign it.
  • Harvest Moon:
    • Nina from Harvest Moon and Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is the optimistic, happy daughter of the local flower shop owner (who also has pink hair).
    • Her granddaughter, Popuri from Harvest Moon 64 and Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is much like Nina. She has the same passion for flowers in 64 but in most incarnations is a chicken farmer, though is still heavily associated with flowers.
    • Lyla from Save the Homeland and Magical Melody is a flower shop owner with a permanent smile. She's usually happy and friendly, however it's noted that just because she is smiling doesn't mean she's happy.
  • Ribbon from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is a pink-haired fairy girl from Ripple Star with a sweet and cheery attitude who serves as Kirby's Fairy Companion and helps with gathering the Crystal Shards used to travel between worlds.
  • Saki from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a Rito woman with a tuft of pink "hair" on top of her head along with pink plumage all over her body. She's very polite with Link compared to her terse husband Teba and is one of the more pacifistic Rito characters, as evidenced by her worry over Teba taking their son Tulin to practice archery because the latter is "still so innocent."
  • Mayu Uzaka from Lightning Legend: Daigo no Daibouken. She's of the cheery, strong, and passionnate type, being a Tomboy fighting for justice.
  • The Ojou Princess Micaiah in Mica: Apoptosis has very pale pink/purple hair, and is kind and feminine.
  • Ashuku Nyorai of Namu Amida Butsu! -UTENA- is a Girly Girl with long curly pink locks, wears pretty pink clothes and likes cute things and fashion.
  • Neptunia:
    • Compa has strawberry blonde hair that is also referred as pink. She is a sweet, innocent, ditzy girl who is also The Medic.
    • Purple Sister has pink hair that does not look that much different from her human form's hair. Her personality is basically the same as Nepgear's: sweet, polite, and innocent.
    • White Sister Ram has pink hair, befitting of her human form's preference for the color pink. Her personality isn't much different from her human form's cheerful, mischievous and bratty attitude. It also contrasts with her docile and shy twin sister's blue hair.
    • Averted with The Stoic CFW Magic. Her neon-pink hair (and Girlish Pigtails) only adds a contrast to her overall dark design, which makes her overall creepier.
  • Claris Sinclair from NiGHTS into Dreams… She's a very cheerful & bubbly teenage girl. Bonus points for having a blue-haired love interest.
  • Shinatama from Oni has pink hair, and is the kindest, most helpful character in the entire game.
  • Despite being a living shadow of some sort, Vivian from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is rather shy and sweet.
  • Yancy in Pokémon Black and White 2 is a really sweet and cheerful pink-haired girl whom the (male) player character meets after finding her missing Xtransceiver, and from then on the two strike a friendship with each other. She's secretly the idol Nancy, as an accidental call reveals. After a few calls, her portrait shows her with Blush Stickers, implying that she's developed a crush on the player.
  • Averted by Raffina from Puyo Puyo. She has the pink hair and aspires to have her own prince, but spends a majority of her screen time being mean to everyone she comes across.
  • Liebea from RosenkreuzStilette. Bonus points for being a Proper Lady who's prone to crying.
  • Amy Rose of Sonic the Hedgehog is the very definition of this trope, if her last name doesn't spell it out enough. In addition to having pink fur/hedgehog spines, she is extremely energetic and excitable, incredibly optimistic and cheerful, very kind and friendly (moments of meanness notwithstanding), and is passionately in love with the titular Sonic, who is famously a blue hedgehog.
  • Toadette from Super Mario Bros. invokes this trait by having a mushroom cap that's pink in color and having Girlish Pigtails. She also has a braver, more upbeat personality then most other Toads, who are usually Lovable Cowards by default.
  • Cheria Barnes from Tales of Graces is the Team Mom of the party, involved in humanitarian efforts, and at one point shows mercy to someone who previously tried to kill her.
  • Estelle from Tales of Vesperia is a rather interesting example. While she's definitely the sweet, demure, chick of the group, she's also a royal that actually does something and fights in battle with a sword and shield.
  • Terraria:
    • The Party Girl is a cheerful, optimistic Genki Girl who loves parties, and has bubblegum-pink hair.
    • The Princess is an innocent Cheerful Child and Nice Girl whose hair is the same light pink as her dress.
  • The Standard Branch of the Tokimeki Memorial series has a good number of Rose-Haired Girls. Tokimemo 2 has the Shirayuki twins, Miho and Maho, as well as Ensemble Dark Horse Kaori Yae (who happened to be a Genki Girl before the events that made her the Broken Bird she is at the start of the game, and gradually returns to her former Genki Girl self after she overcomes her painful past, thanks to the Power of Love).
  • Yuyuko Saigyouji from the Touhou Project series, due to her cherry blossom theme and her cheerful and optimistic personality.
  • Frederica Aesfrost from Triangle Strategy is a graceful, soft-spoken, caring lady who seeks to benefit everyone else. Her pink hair is regarded in-universe as rare and unusual, a result of her Rosellan ancestry, and led to her getting bullied during childhood. She's very self-conscious about it, though Serenoa can compliment her for it.

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Alternative Title(s): Cheery Rose Haired Girl