5 Fictional Redheads in Literature to Obsess Over

While red hair is the least common hair color to have, many of my favorite fictional characters happen to be fiery, fierce redheads!

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Redheads often get a bad rap. We all know it. Some are stereotyped as having a bad temper or as being more feisty than the average person. While I don’t think redheads are any more likely to have these qualities than others, these five fictional redheads definitely have some spunk and personality. As we’ll see, more often than not, the authors who wrote these characters chose to play into many of the redhead stereotypes.

Without further ado, here are 5 of our favorite redheads in literature!

1. Rachel Elizabeth Dare from Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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Rachel is artistic, kind, and has a wonderful sense of humor. She is very open-minded to new ideas. I mean, she did, after all, not find it very hard to believe in monsters, demigods, gods, and goddesses. Rachel can also be very blunt. She says what she means and doesn’t care much for subtlety. She is also very stubborn with not wanting to accept help from others, which does happen to play into one of the common redhead stereotypes, but we love her for it!

2. America Singer from The Selection

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America has a fiery personality to match her fiery hair. Despite her own belief that she has no leadership skills, she is not afraid to speak her mind in front of people, even when it gets her in trouble. Part of the reason that Prince Maxon fell in love with her is because of her openness and her tendency to always say what she is thinking. America has a temper she inherited from her mother (or is her temper caused by her red hair?) and she values individuality and freedom above all else. She also will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves.

3. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables

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Anne Shirley is a girl with a wonderfully vivid imagination, and a love for all of the little beautiful things in life. She is basically the queen of “romanticizing your life.” She also singlehandedly perpetuates the stereotype of redheads having a short temper. Who could forget Anne smashing a slate over Gilbert’s head after he called her carrots? After wishing her bright red hair away for years, she eventually grows to appreciate it. She is creative, full of wonder, and looks to see the best in everyone and everything. She is also my favorite fictional redhead of all time!

4. Liz Buxbaum from Better Than The Movies

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Liz is creative, imaginative, artistic, and has her own very unique sense of style. Although she has certainly been through a lot (with losing her mom at such a young age), she is still cheerful and optimistic. She can often be stubbornly set on what she wants and can have a bit of tunnel vision once she has made her mind up. However, in the end she always realizes her mistakes, and she makes things right. Those characteristics earn her a spot on this list.

5. Lily Bloom from It Ends With Us

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Lily is kind, brave, and trustworthy. She has been through a lot in her life, and has had to make some difficult decisions. However, she is a fighter through and through. She ultimately always does what is best for herself and for her daughter, even when it is the hardest path to take. She is compassionate to everyone she encounters, and always believes in helping those in difficult situations, just like she did with Atlas when she first met him. For those reasons, she definitely makes our list for favorite fictional redheads!

While each of these fictional characters may have been written using some of the stereotypical qualities attributed to redheads, I think we can all agree that they are admirable women with many traits to strive for. 

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