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)

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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now!
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5. Daphne Blake (Scooby-Doo)

If there was ever a Hall of Fame for redheads in pop culture, Daphne would be one of the first inductees, with her stylish purple outfit and that unmistakable fiery mane.

Let's be real, who among us didn't dream of solving mysteries with the gang, tiptoeing through spooky mansions, and unmasking villains, all while looking as fabulous as Daphne? Initially, she might have been the one who got caught in the villains' traps more often than not, but boy, did she grow from that. She evolved faster than a Pikachu with a thunder stone, transforming into a super detective with smarts and bravery that gave even Velma a run for her money.

What makes Daphne truly iconic isn't just her knack for getting out of tight spots or her mystery-solving skills - it's how she's inspired legions of fans to see the power in evolution. From the damsel in distress to a fearless leader, she's shown that you can be both glamorous and gutsy, breaking stereotypes faster than Scooby and Shaggy demolishing a sandwich. She's the kind of character who's equally likely to find the clue that cracks the case wide open as she is to give fashion advice, and that's why she's a solid addition to this list. Whether she's facing down ghosts, decoding cryptic clues, or simply being the voice of reason in a sea of chaos, Daphne does it with style and grace. And let's not forget, she's been doing it since the '60s, making her a beacon of redhead representation for generations.

Here's to Daphne, the fashion-forward, mystery-solving queen of Scooby-Doo, who's taught us all a thing or two about bravery, brains, and the power of a good hair day.

6. Ed Sheeran

Oh, Ed Sheeran, where do I even start with this ginger-haired maestro?

This guy burst onto the scene with his guitar, loop pedal, and a head full of flaming locks, and suddenly, music had a new redhead icon. It's not just his hair or awesome accent that make him stand out - it's those tunes that tug at your heartstrings and make you want to sing along at the top of your lungs. You know the ones – "Shape of You" gets me dancing like nobody's watching, and "Thinking Out Loud" has you slow-dancing in your living room, imagining you've got moves like Jagger (or at least hoping you do).

Sheeran is much like that best friend you've never met, sharing stories of love, heartbreak, and everything in between, all wrapped up in melodies that stick with you long after the song ends. His songs are the soundtrack to countless memories, from first dances at weddings to those long, soul-searching road trips. He's the ginger buddy in your ear, reminding you it's okay to feel all the feels.

And let's be real, Ed Sheeran's appeal goes beyond his music.

He's down-to-earth, incredibly talented, and seems like the kind of guy who'd be up for a laugh over a pint. His timeless charm isn't just because of his fiery hair - it's his ability to connect, to tell stories that resonate, making him a redhead icon in pop culture that we just can't get enough of. Whether he's serenading us with his latest ballad or popping up in cameo appearances (hello, Game of Thrones), Sheeran's got that magic mix of talent, charisma, and yes, that iconic red hair, making him a timeless figure we'll be talking about for generations to come.