More Famous Cartoon Redheads
It seems that since I wrote the first article on cartoon redheads, a whole new crop has popped up. There were a few that I missed the first time around, as well, so I am rectifying that mistake here. Where should we start?
Darla, Finding Nemo
I guess we will start with the not-so-nice Darla from Disney and Pixar's Finding Nemo. I love this movie, and I am not sure why I missed this one. Darla was the mean little niece of the dentist who had a propensity for killing little fish. Poor Nemo was almost shaken to death by that little brace-faced, redheaded terror. I assure you, not all redheads are mean.
Myrtle, Lilo & Stitch
This next example does not support that, however...sorry. Another great Disney movie brings us another nasty redheaded girl, by the name of Myrtle. The bossy, mean little girl who picked on little Lilo in the movie Lilo & Stitch. She was always followed around by her little entourage of mean followers, and Lilo was on her own, until she found Stitch.
Jessie, Toy Story II
As I said, not all redheads are mean. The Toy Story movies show us that. In Toy Story II we are introduced to the sassy cowgirl, Jessie. It seems Woody was part of a group of toys that belonged together, and that included Jessie, a horse named Bullseye, and Stinky Pete the Prospector. Jessie is a real spitfire! She wins the hearts of the rest of the toys and continues on in the third installment in the series.
Sally, The Nightmare Before Christmas
I seemed to have forgotten a redhead from one of my favorite movies, The Nightmare Before Christmas. I have a strange love for Tim Burton movies. I can't help it. Besides, it's a great movie. Not too scary for the little ones, but still fun for the adults. Who could I be talking about from this movie? Sally, of course. The Frankenstein-esque doll that is constantly sewing herself back together, while trying to garner the attention of Mr. Jack Skellington himself. She is a calm, sensible voice to balance the impulsive nature of Jack.
Rosetta, The Tinkerbell Movie
Another cartoon redhead that I can't believe I forgot is Peter Pan!! I don't know how I forgot Peter Pan! I loved watching that movie as a child, and the several different versions that have been made since then. A favorite of mine is Finding Neverland, even though I know it isn't a cartoon. So what? Peter Pan has delighted children for generations with his playful antics and eternal childhood.
Closely related to Peter Pan is Tinkerbell. Now I know Tinkerbell isn't a redhead, unless you count Julia Roberts as Tink in the movie Hook, but again, it's not a cartoon. I'm not talking about Tinkerbell, but instead her dear friend Rosetta. She first appeared in The Tinkerbell Movie, and has since appeared in the sequels to it. Rosetta is a garden fairy, who is responsible for planting seeds, making things grow, and coloring all the beautiful flowers.
Princess Merida, Brave
It seems Disney is fond of redheads. More recent cartoon redheads to grace the big screen include the feisty Princess Merida, her father, and her triplet troublemaking brothers from the movie Brave. This movie is set in Scotland, so it makes sense that there are so many redheads in the movie.
Wreck-It-Ralph is another recent cartoon redhead, but it seems as if he isn't the only redhead in the movie. One of the go-cart racers, by the name of Jubileena, also makes an appearance in the movie.
Three More Animated Redheads
Other animated movie redheads of recent include, Audrey from The Lorax, which is based on the book by Dr. Seuss, Eep, the ambitious daughter from The Croods, and Lucy Wilde, the love interest of Gru in Despicable Me 2.
More Kid Stuff
Characters from kids' TV shows
It seems that this category was lacking last time, as well. There have also been a few new cartoon redheads that have popped up in the last few years that deserve attention. I will do my best to get to as many of them as I can, but again, suggestions are always welcome. It may be a few years before I get to all of the suggestions, but it will be done in time. I am going to condense two categories from the last hub, since this is running a little long.
Susan and Mary, Johnny Test
Let's start with Johnny Test. That show features a young boy who is the constant guinea pig for his two redheaded sisters, named Susan and Mary. The super-smart twins are always experimenting on Johnny, when he isn't breaking into their lab and trying things out on himself.
Pokemon is a long-running show that has had various incarnations. It came about after the popularity of the Pokémon trading card game, and video games. I was never a fan of the show or the games, but a few of my cousins were. Again, not being a fan of the show, I was unfamiliar with the character of Misty. She travels around with Ash on his adventures. I suppose this could fall into the later category of comics and anime, but since it's a kids show, I chose to put it here.
Dr. Benton Quest, Johnny Quest
A few older cartoons have included some redheaded characters that I seem to have missed. There was an old cartoon from the early-mid 1960s called Johnny Quest, not to be confused with Johnny Test, which we covered earlier. The title character's father, Dr. Benton Quest, had red hair, as well as a ginger beard and mustache.
Margaret, Dennis The Menace
The other older cartoon I seemed to have forgotten was Dennis The Menace. Everyone remembers Dennis! The little troublemaker. There have been several incarnations of the character, but I am talking about the short-lived animated series from the mid-1980s. The redhead in question here is Margaret, the sometimes annoying friend of Dennis and the group.
Sassette Smurf and Elmyra from the Smurfs and Tiny Toons
Rounding out this little group is Sassette Smurf. She appeared in later seasons of the animated show. She was a smurfy little Smurf, who had a habit of getting into trouble, and Elmyra, the little girl who terrorized Bugs and his pals on Tiny Toons.
Miss Frizzle, Milli, and Leo from The Magic Schoolbus, Team Umi-Zoomie, and Little Einsteins
Newer shows have also included their fair share of cartoon redheads. Some of these shows are aimed at a younger audience, such as Miss Frizzle from The Magic Schoolbus, Milli from Team Umi-Zoomie and Leo from Little Einsteins. All of these shows are education based shows for pre-school children.
Eliza Thornberry, The Wild Thornberrys
Shows aimed at a slightly older age group still have a few redheads that come to mind. Eliza Thornberry from the show The Wild Thornberrys comes to mind. She was the younger daughter of the Thornberry clan, who could secretly communicate with animals.
Wendy, Gravity Falls
A newer show, Gravity Falls, has a redheaded teen, named Wendy. She is the unrequited love of Dipper. She works as an employee at The Mystery Shack, and seems to get involved in Dipper and Mabel's strange adventures. My daughter loves this show, and it is a pretty good show. I have sat and watched it with her a few times.
Icky Vicky, The Fairly Oddparents
The last redhead in this category is another nasty one. Icky Vicky (as she is "affectionately" known) is the babysitter and enemy of Timmy Turner, and is always trying to cause him trouble and pain.
The Slightly More Grown-Up Set
Characters from adult TV shows
In this section I am going to cover comics, anime and other more grown-up cartoon redheads. Yeah, some comics are more for kids, but nowadays, these have become more popular with a slightly older age group...sometimes leading into adulthood. A lot of these I know very little about, so I went off suggestions by my readers. I had to do a little research to even understand who these people were. I apologize for any errors I might make, and hope that you will comment, so that corrections can be made. Thank you all for your help!
Groundskeeper Willie and Sideshow Bob, The Simpsons
I will start with a few characters I actually know something about. Both come from the same show, The Simpsons. This show has been around for a really long time. I remember when it first premiered on The Tracy Ullman Show! The two characters I am talking about here are Groundskeeper Willie, the grumpy Scotsman who is in charge of maintaining Springfield Elementary School, and Sideshow Bob, the evil clown, and former sidekick of Krusty, who is hell-bent on killing Bart Simpson. Bart always manages to foil his plans, with the help of Lisa, of course.
Starfire, Teen Titans
Anime and comics are not my area of expertise, so I had to do a little research. Again, I apologize if I may get a few details wrong here. Help me out if you can. Let's start with a show I have heard of and work our way from there. The show is called Teen Titans. It is based on the DC comics characters of the same name. Starfire is an alien who's hair is shown as either red or a purplish color. She has had several incarnations throughout the comics, television shows, etc.
Another character I am somewhat familiar with is Batgirl. She is sometimes depicted as a blonde, played by Alicia Silverstone in one of the Batman movies, but she is most often portrayed as a redhead. She is pretty self explanatory. She is the female counterpart to Batman.
Red Sonja and Dawn from Marvel Comics
Now onto the stuff I know a little less about. Bear with me. Another comic book character who sports flowing red locks is Red Sonja. She is the "She-Devil With a Sword", or so the Marvel comic claims. She is a fierce barbarian who is usually depicted in as little clothing as possible. Another scantily-clad comic book character with red hair is Dawn. She is the Goddess of birth and rebirth (seems kind of redundant to me). She is usually depicted as a young, scantily-clad woman with red hair, and three tears pouring down from one cheek. I don't really know much more.
Some Characters from the World of Anime
A couple redheads from the world of anime were also brought to my attention. Let's start with a show called Bleach. It features two characters who have reddish, strawberry blonde hair. They are Ichigo Kurosaki and Orihime Inoue. The other anime character with red hair is a character named Kenshin Himura from Rurouni Kenshin. He is a former assassin who wanders around a fictional Japan, helping those in need.
Inspired By My Readers
I can't take full credit for this article. I really can't and I will admit it. After the overwhelming response I have received from my previous article on the subject, I felt the need to put some of that to rest, by taking some of those suggestions, and adding in a few of my own for a whole new one on cartoon redheads. I was amazed at the number of suggestions and comments I received, listing the various cartoon redheads I seemed to have left out.
Some of those have already been added to the other one, but I soon realized that I would not be able to fit them all, so here we are...down this road again. Thank you to all who made suggestions, reminding me of characters I had left out, or suggesting ones I had never heard of. This could not be possible without all of your great comments, and amazing information. So, a big thank you goes out to my readers for all of your hard work, your wonderful comments, and just for supporting something I thought would never get the attention that it has.
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