11 coolest redheads in pop culture

Let's take a look at 11 iconic and classic redheads we've all loved an enjoyed in pop-culture.


Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen)

Photo: Film Frame

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Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) Photo: Film Frame ©Marvel Studios 2018 /
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3. Jean Grey (X-Men)

Jean Grey, the crimson queen of the comic book world! Why do we adore her, you ask? Well, for starters, Jean is no ordinary redhead.

She's a powerhouse wrapped in a fiery mane, a beacon of strength, complexity, and sheer coolness in the X-Men universe. Imagine having the power to read minds, move objects with a mere thought, and then, just for kicks, occasionally transform into a cosmic entity with the power to consume stars. That's why she's amazing.

But it's not just her insane powers that make her iconic - it's her heart and the rollercoaster of her journey. Jean's struggle with her abilities and her transformation into the Phoenix (and Dark Phoenix) is the stuff of comic legend. She's like the superhero soap opera star you can't help but root for, even when she's setting the universe on fire - literally. Through her, we explore themes of love, loss, power, and the terrifying beauty of being more than human.

What truly cements Jean Grey as a timeless redhead in pop culture isn't just her fiery hair; it's her indomitable spirit. She's faced death more times than we can count and comes back each time, proving that you can't keep a good (or sometimes bad) Phoenix down. Jean Grey embodies the essence of the X-Men saga: resilience, the quest for understanding one's identity, and the eternal fight for a world that fears and hates them.

Plus, let's be real, she makes telekinesis look cooler than a polar bear in sunglasses.

4. Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Marvel)

Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, basically the coolest undercover spy you'll ever meet.

With hair as fiery as her combat moves, she dances through danger with the grace of a ballerina (literally, she was one) and the stealth of a cat. Portrayed by the drop-dead-gorgeous Scarlett Johansson, Black Widow isn't just a member of the Avengers - she's the heart and soul, the glue that holds these super-powered beings together with her sheer will, smarts, and, let's be honest, her ability to kick butt in a way that leaves us all cheering.

But Natasha's more than just her red hair and a set of impressive martial arts moves. She's got a backstory that could make even the toughest of us tear up a little. From her dark past as a KGB spy to her quest for redemption and the family she finds along the way with the Avengers, Black Widow shows us the power of resilience, proving that you can overcome your past and use it to fuel your fight for a better future. She's complex, layered, and utterly human despite her super-spy status. And let's not forget, in a universe filled with gods wielding hammers and billionaires in high-tech suits, Natasha stands out with nothing but her training, wits, and indomitable spirit. She's a testament to the strength of willpower and determination, making her not just an iconic redhead in pop culture, but a timeless symbol of heroism and humanity.

Black Widow is the redhead that proves you don't need superpowers to be a superhero, and that, folks, is why we love her. What an utter badass.