It's no secret that red headed characters in film are in short supply. Everywhere you turn you have blonde, brown, black and even bald headed people strutting their stuff on screen, but rarely do the beautiful fiery red heads have their chance to shake their manes.
Sadly last week yet another blow was dealt to the carrot topped community, when it was announced that the main character in the live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid will not have red hair. In the original Hans Christian Andersen fairytale the mermaid was blonde, but of course most of us are more familiar with the Disney retelling of the story, in which Ariel had flowing red locks.
So without a red headed mermaid to look forward to in The Little Mermaid, I thought it was only fair to console myself with the loss of a fiery Ariel by compiling a list of the top 8 red headed females in film, take a look:
1. Leeloo - 'The Fifth Element'
The fifth element herself, Leeloo definitely deserves to be on any list of top red heads, even if technically she is a blonde (sorry Leeloo, those roots don't lie!). Much like Ariel, Leeloo has to quickly adapt to her new human frame and life, eagerly lapping up any and all information about the history of man, and more importantly, the food -- "chicken, good!"
2. Jessica Rabbit - 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'
She's not bad, she's just drawn that way! One of the most iconic cartoon sex symbols of all time, Jessica Rabbit with her flaming hair, sultry voice and revealing dress was undoubtedly the sexual awakening of many a pre-teen boy. To this day she remains a popular character for cosplayers the world over.
3. Black Widow 'The Avengers'
Black Widow a.k.a. Natasha Romanova is the femme fatale of the Avengers superhero team. As one of the few female superheroes in the group, Black Widow has definitely proven that she can keep up with guys thanks to her athletic skills, fast healing and intellect -- all while maintaining that mop. What a woman!
4. Princess Fiona - 'Shrek'
While Princess Fiona may have changed from human to ogre when the clock struck midnight, one thing that didn't change was her gorgeous red locks. With most of her childhood being spent locked in a tower, Fiona grew into an independent woman, though finally found her ideal partner in Shrek.
5. Jean Grey - 'X-Men'
One of the founding members of the X-Men, Jean Grey is no pushover! As an Omega-level mutant, this fiery superhero was born with telepathic and telekinetic powers -- watch out!
6. Merida - 'Brave'
Princess Merida is the headstrong Scottish princess from Brave. With her archery and sword skills, Merida is a rival for any human (or bear!). Merida's intelligence and willful personality (hey, she is red headed Scot after all!) make her an awesome character, not to mention she's a great role model after she goes on her journey of self discovery and forms a strong bond with her mother.
7. Dana Scully - 'The X-Files'
Dana Scully has to be one of the best female characters of '90s TV, she was strong, smart and sure of herself, a pretty damn good role model for anyone, really. One half of the famous Mulder and Scully duo, red headed Scully balanced out her "believer" partner with her skeptical and realistic nature.
8. Anna - 'Frozen'
Her sister, Elsa might have been blonde, but younger sister Princess Anna ended up with the gorgeous auburn locks. Of all the Disney characters I would have to say that Anna is probably the most kindhearted. After being orphaned, and a lifetime of being rebuked by her older sister (who, to be fair, was just trying to protect her), Anna still managed to stay happy and enthusiastic about life, and more than all that, still loved her sister above all else, aw!