History Characters / TheGoldenGirls

15th Oct '17 4:50:43 PM Lightning4119
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* ButtMonkey: Tends to have the worst luck when it comes to her personal life.

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* ButtMonkey: Tends to have the worst luck when it comes to her personal life. Dorothy is actually a deconstruction of this trope, as the poor treatment she gets at the hands of her roommates (and has gotten all her life from her mother) is a large factor of why she keeps getting back together with Stan despite how badly it always goes.



* CompressedVice: Dorothy has grappled with both cigarette smoking and a gambling addiction.

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* CompressedVice: Dorothy has grappled with both cigarette smoking and a gambling addiction. Notably, both vices were ones she had dealt with before, and the episode involved concerned falling back into the habit.



* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Blanche has no problem finding a man in spite of being a grandmother... although she sometimes makes her grandkids call her "Mom" or "Sis".

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* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Blanche has no problem finding a man in spite of being a grandmother... although she sometimes makes her grandkids call her "Mom" or "Sis". Her encroaching age and the menopause that came with it was the plot of an episode, but by the end of the episode (with help from a handsome vet) she was back to normal.
-->'''Dorothy''': She could be in a coma. Put a man within five miles of her, she'd roll over and shave her legs.




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* YourCheatingHeart: He dumped Dorothy for a woman half her age after 38 years of marriage. He confesses later on that it wasn't the first time he'd cheated on her.
11th Oct '17 9:48:49 PM gjjones
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* SouthernBelle

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* SouthernBelleSouthernBelle: She's from the DeepSouth and an upper-class rich girl. Another highlighted similarity between Devereaux and Rue [=McClanahan=], as the latter was originally from Oklahoma.
25th Sep '17 8:14:00 PM DrOO7
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** She's outraged to learn that Dorothys gay friend has a crush on Rose rather than her, those this could just be yet another indication of her self-centeredness.
25th Aug '17 11:03:44 AM Husk
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* FemmeFatale[=/=]TheVamp: No man over 45 (and some men under, too!) can resist the allure of Blanche Devereaux.

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* FemmeFatale[=/=]TheVamp: FemmeFatale [=/=] TheVamp: No man over 45 (and some men under, too!) can resist the allure of Blanche Devereaux.
25th Aug '17 11:02:24 AM Husk
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* [[DrowningMySorrows Eating My Sorrows]] / Heartbreak and Ice Cream]]: Showed a tendency toward this quite a few times. When she gave up sex briefly, she [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything sublimated her desire with Popsicles]]. In another episode, upon returning from a class reunion and seeing that everyone but her had gotten face lifts, she consoles herself with [[CutASliceTakeTheRest all but a slice]] of Sophia's lasagna...at 9:00 in the morning. In one episode, Dorothy walks into the kitchen and sees a distressed Blanche putting nearly everything in the fridge on the table. "Hungry, or suicidal?"

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* [[DrowningMySorrows Eating My Sorrows]] / Heartbreak and Ice Cream]]: HeartbreakAndIceCream: Showed a tendency toward this quite a few times. When she gave up sex briefly, she [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything sublimated her desire with Popsicles]]. In another episode, upon returning from a class reunion and seeing that everyone but her had gotten face lifts, she consoles herself with [[CutASliceTakeTheRest all but a slice]] of Sophia's lasagna...at 9:00 in the morning. In one episode, Dorothy walks into the kitchen and sees a distressed Blanche putting nearly everything in the fridge on the table. "Hungry, or suicidal?"
22nd Aug '17 6:11:46 AM VoxAquila
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* DarkSecret: Rose has one about her late husband Charlie...

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* DarkSecret: Rose has one about her late husband Charlie...[[spoiler: that he wasn't half the businessman that she played him up to be to her children.]]


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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When ''Rose'' has a snarky remark...
* PerverseSexualLust: Had a very hot and heavy affair with a Goofy performer from Disneyworld...that sizzled out when he took off the costume.
4th Aug '17 6:16:15 AM LentilSandEater
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** This is probably an example of TruthInTelevision, though: a lot of people who recover from addictions go on to live fully functional, substance-free lives; Rose's line about it being a lifelong condition is largely because drug addicts never fully physically become independent of them, but can remain free using self-control techniques.



** It's entirely possible that she is/was a natural blonde, but she has since gone gray, and they're both right (she does color her hair, but she colors it to the color she had before, thereby still being her "natural" color.) And with her [[AccidentalPun Scandinavian roots]], it's quite likely her bright yellow hair really ''is'' natural.



* PrecisionFStrike: Whenever she swears. Ironically, this is invoked to the point that she probably swears more than anyone else on the show.
** One episode's main plot was a feud between Dorothy and Blanche over a museum position. Rose walks into the room at the tail end of a heated argument between the two, and when she tries to tell her roommates that a dog she has been looking after seems to be ill, they both brusquely dismiss her and walk out. Rose, pretending the dog is talking to her says: "Don't explain, Rose. I used to live with a couple of bitches myself!"

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* PrecisionFStrike: Whenever she swears. Ironically, this is invoked to the point that she probably swears more than anyone else on the show.
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show. One episode's main plot was a feud between Dorothy and Blanche over a museum position. Rose walks into the room at the tail end of a heated argument between the two, and when she tries to tell her roommates that a dog she has been looking after seems to be ill, they both brusquely dismiss her and walk out. Rose, pretending the dog is talking to her says: "Don't explain, Rose. I used to live with a couple of bitches myself!"
4th Aug '17 6:14:30 AM LentilSandEater
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** Possible Fridge Brilliance: After losing George, she went back to her maiden name because the name Devereaux carried some painful memories. However, after the events of the pilot (where she nearly marries a con artist,) she was reminded just how much she loved her husband, and went back to Devereaux again.
4th Aug '17 6:09:47 AM LentilSandEater
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* AlphaBitch: Seems to have been one when she was a child if her stories are accurate.
** Of course, she grew up in a family of them. During Christmas one year, one of Blanche's sisters electrocuted her with the star of the Christmas tree, and then blamed her for the whole thing, which led their father to send her to her room and tell her that Baby Jesus was mad at her for ruining his birthday ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the electricity straightened her hair.]]) And let's not forget ''Vixen, Story of a Woman.''

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* AlphaBitch: Seems to have been one when she was a child if her stories are accurate.
** Of course, she
accurate. She grew up in a family of them. During Christmas one year, one of Blanche's sisters electrocuted her with the star of the Christmas tree, and then blamed her for the whole thing, which led their father to send her to her room and tell her that Baby Jesus was mad at her for ruining his birthday ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the electricity straightened her hair.]]) And let's not forget ''Vixen, Story of a Woman.''
4th Aug '17 6:08:34 AM LentilSandEater
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* LadyLooksLikeADude: Is sometimes mistaken for a man due to her voice. Many of Blanche and Sophia's insults are in this vein.
** Granted, Dorothy would use this to her own benefit as well. Once, when the girls were in jail and a woman tried to pick a fight with Blanche, Dorothy jumped in and said that the woman would have to go through her first, and she warned her that she'd done time in Attica. When the other woman mentioned that Attica is a men's prison, Dorothy said, "I know. I was there a year before they found out." The other woman backed off.

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* LadyLooksLikeADude: Is sometimes mistaken for a man due to her voice. Many of Blanche and Sophia's insults are in this vein. \n** Granted, Dorothy would use this to her own benefit as well. Once, when the girls were in jail and a woman tried to pick a fight with Blanche, Dorothy jumped in and said that the woman would have to go through her first, and she warned her that she'd done time in Attica. When the other woman mentioned that Attica is a men's prison, Dorothy said, "I know. I was there a year before they found out." The other woman backed off.



* DisproportionateRetribution: When Blanche was young she didn't win a beauty pageant and got awarded Miss Congeniality. What did she do? Had a riverboat captain she was dating help her fake her death.
** She was also pretty quick to suggest that someone should be hanged or horsewhipped for fairly minor things.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: When Blanche was young she didn't win a beauty pageant and got awarded Miss Congeniality. What did she do? Had a riverboat captain she was dating help her fake her death.
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death. She was also pretty quick to suggest that someone should be hanged or horsewhipped for fairly minor things.



* [[DrowningMySorrows Eating My Sorrows]] / Heartbreak and Ice Cream]]: Showed a tendency toward this quite a few times. When she gave up sex briefly, she [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything sublimated her desire with Popsicles]]. In another episode, upon returning from a class reunion and seeing that everyone but her had gotten face lifts, she consoles herself with [[CutASliceTakeTheRest all but a slice]] of Sophia's lasagna...at 9:00 in the morning.
** In one episode, Dorothy walks into the kitchen and sees a distressed Blanche putting nearly everything in the fridge on the table. "Hungry, or suicidal?"
* EthicalSlut: She loves sex, but she refuses to be a mistress and after an AIDS scare she always knows her partner's history and takes all the necessary precautions. She also was fiercely loyal to her husband during their marriage and was deeply hurt when it was revealed he fathered a child with another woman, saying the vows were sacred to her.

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* [[DrowningMySorrows Eating My Sorrows]] / Heartbreak and Ice Cream]]: Showed a tendency toward this quite a few times. When she gave up sex briefly, she [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything sublimated her desire with Popsicles]]. In another episode, upon returning from a class reunion and seeing that everyone but her had gotten face lifts, she consoles herself with [[CutASliceTakeTheRest all but a slice]] of Sophia's lasagna...at 9:00 in the morning. \n** In one episode, Dorothy walks into the kitchen and sees a distressed Blanche putting nearly everything in the fridge on the table. "Hungry, or suicidal?"
* EthicalSlut: EthicalSlut:
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She loves sex, but she refuses to be a mistress and after an AIDS scare she always knows her partner's history and takes all the necessary precautions. She also was fiercely loyal to her husband during their marriage and was deeply hurt when it was revealed he fathered a child with another woman, saying the vows were sacred to her.



* MeaningfulName: If Blanche Devereaux, the vain, man-hungry, aging Southern Belle isn't a reference to Blanche [=DuBois=], the vain, man-hungry, aging Southern Belle from Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire, I'll eat their wicker couch.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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If Blanche Devereaux, the vain, man-hungry, aging Southern Belle isn't a reference to Blanche [=DuBois=], the vain, man-hungry, aging Southern Belle from Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire, I'll eat their wicker couch.



* NobleBigot: Had a rough time accepting that her brother was gay, and an even rougher time accepting that he was getting married to a man.
** She was also very resistant to her daughter Rebecca getting artificially inseminated and having a baby without a man in her life.

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* NobleBigot: Had a rough time accepting that her brother was gay, and an even rougher time accepting that he was getting married to a man.
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man. She was also very resistant to her daughter Rebecca getting artificially inseminated and having a baby without a man in her life.
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