Though I really enjoyed the Netflix ‘Jessica Jones’ series, I was very upset by one creative decision: The casting of a blonde Rachel Taylor as famously red-haired Patsy Walker, known to some as the happy-go-lucky Hellcat.  When I was a young’n, Hellcat was my one of my fave-raves, cementing my admiration of red-haired ladies who are also able to swing on a steel whip-line across the skies of New York City.  Sometime later, I became aware of the existence of Dark Phoenix, but then, every teenager has their dalliance with darkness, leading to today’s recessively chromosomal query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also make a strong case for Starfox, but doesn’t have the energy to try to counter the Innernets’ snark, asking: Who is your favorite redhead in all of fiction?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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8 Comments

  1. April 3, 2016 at 11:30 am — Reply

    There are many that have been around longer, but Mara Jade is just pure quick ass.

  2. April 3, 2016 at 11:33 am — Reply

    Willow Rosenberg. Massive crush.

  3. April 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    Feel free to completely judge me for this one.. But one of the biggest crushes of my youth was Misty from the original run of Pokemon. Maybe that’s the i tend to date bossy people that aren’t afraid to smack me on the head when I’m being dumb

  4. April 3, 2016 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    You nailed it Matthew with Patsy. I too was disappointed with the choice in Jessica Jones even though the actress was great. I’m hoping that if they decide to turn her into Hellcat they’ll go with a wig of some sort ala Batwoman.

  5. April 3, 2016 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    My favorite fictional redhead is still Ariel, the Little Mermaid. :)

  6. April 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    To me, it always goes back to Barbara Gordon, whether she’s Batgirl or Oracle. Scarlet of G.I. Joe is a close second though.

  7. Loudmouth Takashi Miike
    April 3, 2016 at 3:27 pm — Reply

    If dye jobs count then Rachel Leighton aka Diamondback.

  8. Cody
    April 3, 2016 at 6:39 pm — Reply

    I’ve gotta go with my first redhead crush April O’Neil from teenage mutant ninja turtles.

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