Top 6 Red Characters

05 March 2019
Six roles (plus one) that demanded red.

His girlfriend calls him Red, we call him Deadpool. Or Wade Wilson. The foul-mouthed antihero is called Red for a reason: that superhero costume-suit-spandex-thing he wears. And with such crimson hues in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some of our other favourite characters in red before watching Deadpool AKA Wade Wilson AKA Red in your M-Net Sunday night movie, Deadpool 2.

Darth Maul

Red is traditionally the colour of a Sith Lord’s lightsaber, so if you see one in the Star Wars universe you could be in for a spot of bother. If the person wielding said red lightsaber is also red, then you’re really in trouble. That’s precisely the spot of serious bother a young Obi-Wan Kenobi and his mentor Qui-Gon Jinn find themselves in when they encounter Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. A Sith Lord who wields a red, double-bladed lightsaber, Darth Maul looks even more fierce thanks to a large daub of red face paint.

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We loved Guillermo del Toro’s film adaptation of the very red, very sweet half-demon, played with roguish relish by Ron Perlman. But we’re also really excited about this year’s reboot starring David Harbour. It’s directed by Neil Marshall who has two Game of Thrones’ episodes under his belt, so it’s safe to say we’re in good hands when it comes to this new fantastical adaptation of the crimson comic book character.

The Incredibles

You’ll notice a theme in this list: many of the characters either come from comic books or are superheroes, and this family is no exception. They first astounded us in 2004: super-strong Mr. Incredible, super-elastic Mrs. Incredible, and their children Violet and Dash who possess powers of invisibility and super-speed. In last year’s sequel, it was finally unveiled that baby Jack-Jack has powers too. And, of course, they all wear red suits with the all-important safety feature of NO capes.

Incredibles 2 airs on 17 March at 17:00 on M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104.

Iron Man

This superhero built his red superhero suit himself: Mr. Tony Stark AKA Iron Man. Although the character’s been portrayed on television since the ‘60s it wasn’t until 2008 that he received a live-action feature film. Portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the golden age of superhero cinema. Look out for the red-suited superhero in this year's Avengers: Endgame.

MORE HERE: Robert Downey Jr.'s top 7 roles.

Jean Grey

Like Tony Stark, Dr. Jean Grey AKA Phoenix been around for decades. The character made her live-action feature film debut in 2000 with X-Men. From donning a tailored red suit in the first movie to going full Phoenix in a villainous red in the third movie, the character was more than just flaming red hair. Played by Famke Janssen in the first three X-Men movies, as well as in X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Wolverine, her fiery feathers were handed down to red-haired Sophie Turner in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. This year, Turner will reprise the role in Dark Phoenix.

MORE HERE: 5 reasons you need to watch X-Men: Apocalypse.

Jessica Rabbit

A mash-up of live-action and animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit features the title character’s red-haired wife Jessica Rabbit looking svelte, sexy, and sultry in a red dress so memorable it’s landed her on our list. If you’ve never fallen in love with an animated character before, don’t feel bad. After all, she was drawn that way.  

Special Mention

Speaking of ladies in red, we can’t finish this list without a mention of the fleeting glimpse but lasting impression of the woman in the red dress in The Matrix. You can’t fail to spot her, but you might have missed that the extras hired for the crowd are mostly twins and triplets, who were hired to create a feeling of duplicated characters in a simulated environment.

MORE HERE: 10 terrific trilogies.

Watch Ryan Reynolds return to the role of the red-suited Deadpool in Deadpool 2, your #SundayNightMovie on 10 March at 20:30 on M-Net channel 101.

Want more? Find out why we think Hugh Jackman...(*reads note from manager*)...sorry, Ryan Reynolds, is awesome here

Learn 10 things about Deadpool here and get excited about the sequel here