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Basic Trope: Young characters — often girls — wearing red are marked for danger.

  • Straight: The teenage Scarlet, dressed in a red coat, is murdered by a Serial Killer on her way home.
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  • Downplayed: Scarlet is wearing a striking red necklace when she's attacked.
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  • Justified: Scarlet's bright red clothes are conspicuous and she's small, unarmed, and walking alone in a high-crime area.
  • Inverted: The killer is wearing red.
  • Subverted: Scarlet goes home alone, but despite her fear, nothing happens to her.
  • Double Subverted: The next time she puts on the red coat, she's killed.
  • Parodied: Scarlet's red coat has a Starfleet logo on it to call to mind the Red Shirt trope.
  • Zig-Zagged:
    • Some young women who wear red are killed violently, some are attacked but survive, and some aren't attacked at all.
    • Scarlet wears her red coat one day and nothing bad happens to her. The next day she wears it, somebody attacks her but she's unharmed. This pattern repeats a nonzero number of times and she may not die violently.
  • Averted: Nobody wears red, or if they do, they're in no great danger.
  • Enforced: The work draws heavily from Little Red Riding Hood in terms of imagery.
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  • Lampshaded: "You sure you'll be okay on the way home, Scarlet? Red's not really a lucky color..."
  • Invoked: The killer specifically targets girls in red.
  • Exploited: Scarlet's classmate Alice, who secretly hates her, gives her a red coat so that harm will come to her.
  • Defied: Scarlet refuses to wear the red coat.
  • Discussed: "You sure you'll be okay on the way home, Scarlet? In movies, girls who wear red tend to get in trouble..."
  • Conversed: "Hey, I'm worried about Scarlet in this film...will she make it home okay? The narrator specifically noted she's wearing red..."
  • Implied: A young victim is shown to have been wearing something red.
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