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11th Jan '18 11:25:33 AM Mdjj1996
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(When the blonde is ''innocent'' rather than stupid, that's [[HairOfGoldHeartofGold Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold]]. When the blonde is ''sexy'' rather than stupid, that's EveryoneLovesBlondes. If she is sexy ''and'' stupid, she's a BrainlessBeauty. And if she's in a FourTemperamentEnsemble, she's probably Sanguine.) Bonus points go to DumbBlonde characters who aren't real blondes. Especially watch out for a DitzyGenius or a ModernMajorGeneral. NoRealLifeExamplesPlease, as not every blonde person you come across is an idiot.

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(When the blonde is ''innocent'' rather than stupid, that's [[HairOfGoldHeartofGold Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold]]. When the blonde is ''sexy'' rather than stupid, that's EveryoneLovesBlondes. If she is sexy ''and'' stupid, she's a BrainlessBeauty. And if she's in a FourTemperamentEnsemble, she's probably Sanguine.) Bonus points go to DumbBlonde characters who aren't real blondes. Especially watch out for a DitzyGenius or a ModernMajorGeneral. NoRealLifeExamplesPlease, as Because not every blonde person you come across is an idiot.
idiot, NoRealLifeExamplesPlease
25th Dec '17 9:03:25 AM fearlessnikki
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* One of the earlier movie examples would be Creator/JeanHarlow's character, Kitty Packard, in ''Dinner at Eight''. When she mentions to Marie Dressler's character that "I was reading a book the other day," Dressler literally stops in her tracks in astonishment. [[ViewersAreGeniuses Her book is]] ''The Salvaging of Civilization'' by H.G. Wells, published about ten years earlier. The reference to machines taking the place of every profession is a dead giveaway.

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* One of the earlier movie examples would be Creator/JeanHarlow's character, Kitty Packard, in ''Dinner at Eight''. When she mentions to Marie Dressler's character that "I was reading a book the other day," Dressler literally stops in her tracks in astonishment. [[ViewersAreGeniuses Her book is]] ''The Salvaging of Civilization'' by H.G. Wells, published about ten years earlier. The reference to machines taking the place of every profession is a dead giveaway. Jean Harlow initially played vampy ShamelessFanserviceGirl characters, before the Hays Code forced her to switch her image for this instead.



* Cindy Campbell in the latter ''Film/ScaryMovie'' films; she is just as dim in the first two films, but was originally a brunette.
** Most of Creator/AnnaFaris' roles, most recently ''Observe and Report'', probably fall under this. At last count, she has played a dumb blonde in at least seven movies (three of them as the lead character) and a recurring dumb blonde on ''Series/{{Friends}}''. Faris doesn't ''only'' play ditzy blondes but she has a reasonable claim to be the (living) actress who most embodies this trope in her roles.
* Creator/MarilynMonroe in several of her roles; probably one of the most well-known is Pola in ''Film/HowToMarryAMillionaire''.
** Somewhat subverted in her role as Lorelei Lee in ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes'':
-->Mr. Esmond Sr.: Say, they told me you were stupid! You certainly don't seem stupid to me!
-->Lorelei Lee: [[ObfuscatingStupidity I can be smart when it's important, but most men don't like it]].
** Kim Novak plays a riffs off the Monroe's dumb blonde with her character Janis in ''Film/{{Phffft}}''!

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* Cindy Campbell Creator/AnaFarris plays these in most of her roles. Notably in the latter ''Film/ScaryMovie'' films; she is just as dim in the series, her first two films, roles were brunette but was originally a brunette.
** Most of Creator/AnnaFaris' roles, most recently ''Observe and Report'', probably fall under this. At last count, she has played a dumb
became blonde in at least seven movies (three of them as from the lead character) and a recurring dumb blonde on ''Series/{{Friends}}''. Faris doesn't ''only'' play ditzy blondes but she has a reasonable claim to be the (living) actress who most embodies this trope in her roles.
third film onward.
* Creator/MarilynMonroe was iconic as a dumb blonde, and it led to many assuming she was one in several of real life (she was pretty smart and made sure she studied drama before breaking into the movies). She plays with this image in ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes'', where her roles; probably one of the most well-known is Pola in ''Film/HowToMarryAMillionaire''.
** Somewhat subverted in her role as
character Lorelei Lee in ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes'':
-->Mr. Esmond Sr.: Say, they told me you were stupid! You certainly don't seem stupid to me!
-->Lorelei Lee: [[ObfuscatingStupidity I
is a GeniusDitz who says she can be smart when it's important, she wants to be but most men "men don't like it]].
** Kim Novak plays a riffs off the Monroe's dumb blonde with her character Janis in ''Film/{{Phffft}}''!
it".



* Many of Sarah Jessica Parker's roles before ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' consisted of playing airheaded blondes, including [=SanDeE* =] in ''Film/LAStory'', Sarah in ''Film/HocusPocus'', Natalie in ''Film/MarsAttacks'', and Shelly in ''Film/TheFirstWivesClub'' (an especially bad example as her character was an accountant and surely had to have finished college and a master's degree in order to achieve this).
** In her review of ''Hocus Pocus'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick asks why Parker [[TypeCasting always gets the role]] of the "hot airhead".

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* Many of Sarah Jessica Parker's roles before ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' consisted of playing airheaded blondes, including [=SanDeE* =] in ''Film/LAStory'', Sarah in ''Film/HocusPocus'', Natalie in ''Film/MarsAttacks'', and Shelly in ''Film/TheFirstWivesClub'' (an especially bad example as her character was an accountant and surely had to have finished college and a master's degree in order to achieve this).
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this). In her review of ''Hocus Pocus'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick asks why Parker [[TypeCasting always gets the role]] of the "hot airhead".



* Tatum Riley from the 1996 film ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'' falls into this category, [[spoiler:especially during her death scene]] - the prime example of this being that, [[spoiler:when confronted with the garage door as her only means of escape, she chooses to try to squeeze through the small pet-flap instead of simply lift the door and run away. And to top it all off, she doesn't even call for help until she's already trapped, with the garage door taking her upwards, moments from death]]!

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* Tatum Riley from the 1996 film ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'' falls into ''{{Film/Scream 4}}'' defies this category, [[spoiler:especially during her death scene]] - trope. Marnie is told by the prime example of this being that, [[spoiler:when confronted with the garage door as her only means of escape, she chooses to try to squeeze through the small pet-flap instead of simply lift the door and run away. And to top it all off, she doesn't even call for help until killer that she's already trapped, the "dumb blonde with the garage door taking her upwards, moments from death]]!big tits" who is [[SlashersPreferBlondes destined to be the first victim]]. Marnie responds that she has a 4.0 GPA.



* {{Justified| trope}} in ''Film/{{The Cabin in the Woods}}'': Jools' hair dye is treated with a chemical to make her stupider.

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* {{Justified| trope}} in ''Film/{{The Cabin in the Woods}}'': Jools' Woods}}'' - Jules dyes her hair dye is treated with a chemical blonde before the camping trip, and chemicals are used to make her stupider.into a dumb blonde. It's mentioned that she's a med student otherwise.



** Meanwhile, Dr. Elsa Schneider in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' subverts this trope for nearly the whole movie until [[spoiler: her death scene. First, she is directly warned not to take the Holy Grail, but she tries anyways only to destroy the temple. Then, as she hangs from Indiana over a chasm, she reaches for the grail with her free hand rather than get pulled to safety. Despite Indiana’s warnings that she is slipping, Elsa insists she can reach the grail, even though her hand comes up far short. Elsa foolishly continues reaching until the leather glove slips off her hand and she falls to her death.]]



* There are lots of [[DeadGuyOnDisplay heads on spikes]] who can vouch that [[TheDreaded Tywin]] [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Lannister]] is a ''major'' aversion. His son Tyrion averts it in a major way as well.
** His twins, Jamie and Cersei ... well, I guess ''someone'' has to perpetuate the stereotype. It later turns out that Jamie is smarter than he appears to be at first; Cersei, not so much.

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* There are lots of [[DeadGuyOnDisplay heads on spikes]] who can vouch that [[TheDreaded Tywin]] [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Lannister]] is a ''major'' aversion. His son Tyrion averts it in a major way as well.
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well. His twins, Jamie and Cersei ... well, I guess ''someone'' has to perpetuate the stereotype. It later turns out that Jamie is smarter than he appears to be at first; Cersei, not so much.



** Anya wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer in her early years.

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** Anya wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer in her early years.years, although she's shown to be very good with math.



* Inverted with Samantha Carter in the Franchise/StargateVerse (who isn't merely competent, but unquestionably TheSmartGuy).
** Later spoofed by Rodney [=McKay=]:

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* Inverted with Samantha Carter in the Franchise/StargateVerse (who isn't merely competent, but unquestionably TheSmartGuy).
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TheSmartGuy). Later spoofed by Rodney [=McKay=]:



* Harmony on ''Series/{{Angel}}''.

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* Harmony on ''Series/{{Angel}}''.''Series/{{Angel}}'' has this trait really cranked UpToEleven when she appeared on the spin-off. In the parent series she was merely an AlphaBitch and IneffectualSympatheticVillain.



** As well as Phoebe and Rachel themselves, to an extent.
* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', Lt. Jack Reese breaks a $400 ashtray (for submarines) to show Donna why it costs so much money. He wishes he hadn't done it and says to Donna (jokingly), "It's...'cause you're blond."
** As that quote implies, Donna neatly and completely subverts the trope through the entire series, often entering into heady debates with her boss and winning more than half the time because of [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass how smart Josh is about not-politics]].
* In ''Series/That70sShow'', Laurie Foreman is a dumb blond; might also be considered the skanky blonde.
** There was also [[SweaterGirl Midge]] Pinciotti and Annette, played by guest star Jessica Simpson.

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** As well as Phoebe and Rachel themselves, to an extent.
* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', Lt. Jack Reese breaks a $400 ashtray (for submarines) to show Donna why it costs so much money. He wishes he hadn't done it and says to Donna (jokingly), "It's...'cause you're blond."
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" As that quote implies, Donna neatly and completely subverts the trope through the entire series, often entering into heady debates with her boss and winning more than half the time because of [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass how smart Josh is about not-politics]].
* In ''Series/That70sShow'', Laurie Foreman is a dumb blond; might also be considered the skanky blonde.
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blonde. There was also [[SweaterGirl Midge]] Pinciotti and Annette, played by guest star Jessica Simpson.



** Also is played straight with Zack but subverted with Cody.
*** Actually it's made pretty clear that Zack's bad grades in school come from just simple laziness and if he focused like Cody he would get just as good grades.

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** Also is played straight with Zack but subverted with Cody.
*** Actually it's made pretty clear that Zack's bad grades in school come from just simple laziness and if he focused like Cody he would get just as good grades.



* Phoebe in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' went blonde in the third season and, while she was already a bit of a ditz, whenever she had a moment, Prue or Piper would call attention to her being a blonde. Paige - the ditziest of the sisters - went blonde in season 6, but nobody ever referenced it.

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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
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Phoebe in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' went blonde in the third season and, while she was already a bit of a ditz, whenever she had a moment, Prue or Piper would call attention to her being a blonde. Paige - the ditziest of the sisters - went blonde in season 6, but nobody ever referenced it.



* Jessica Simpson portrayed herself as one of these in MTV's ''Series/NewlywedsNickAndJessica''.
** Really, Jessica has played one of these in pretty much everything she's done.
** Yeah, 'played'...

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* Jessica Simpson portrayed herself as one of these in MTV's ''Series/NewlywedsNickAndJessica''.
** Really, Jessica has
''Series/NewlywedsNickAndJessica'' - notably with her famous "chicken or fish?" line. She's also played one of these in pretty much everything she's done.
** Yeah, 'played'...
numerous other dumb blonde characters - a big contrast to her wholesome image when she was a pop star.



* Terri on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', as well as her sister Kendra. The other main blond characters, Sue and Quinn, meanwhile, have fairly normal intelligences.
** Brittany had difficulty finding her right arm...
*** What, you mean the square root of 4 isn't rainbows?
*** And then there's that one time where she took all of her antibiotics at once and couldn't leave the choir room...
*** Everyone thought Brittany went on vacation during the summer, but she was actually lost in the sewers.
*** Brittany thinks her cat is reading her diary.
*** She also got mad at it when she thought it had started smoking again.
*** Brittany doesn't brush her teeth and instead rinses her mouth out with Dr. Pepper because she thought he was an actual doctor.
*** She doesn't know how to read a calendar.
*** Will had to teach her the second half of the alphabet because she felt M and N were too similar and got frustrated.
*** More examples of Brittany's dumb blondness can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVAUaocY0ec here]].
** An AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Brittany is that she's not actually dumb, she's ''completely insane'' and everything she does and says would make perfect sense if you were under the same delusions that she is. This interpretation is the one held by Heather Morris, the actress who plays her.
* Played oddly straight (though possibly accidentally) on ''Series/RobinHood'' with the TooDumbToLive Kate. Even more strangely, the actress was a natural brunette. For them to have actually ''dyed'' a woman's hair in order to make her a blonde, and then portray her as such an idiot that there was serious fan speculation that she had a mental disorder, led to several UnfortunateImplications.
** But also several moments of unintentional hilarity: when the outlaws are about to be burnt at the stake, an angry crowd begins chanting "burn them, burn them!" Kate joins in, but is slightly out of sync. Obviously two whole syllables were a bit much for her.
* Rose from ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' is a rare senior citizen example.
** Demonstrated perfectly in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tOjEm0nnVE&NR=1 this scene]].

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* Terri on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', as well as her sister Kendra. The other main blond characters, Sue and Quinn, meanwhile, have fairly normal intelligences. \n** Brittany had difficulty finding her right arm...
*** What, you mean
meanwhile is the square root of 4 isn't rainbows?
*** And then there's that one time where she took all of her antibiotics at once and couldn't leave the choir room...
*** Everyone thought Brittany went on vacation during the summer, but she was actually lost in the sewers.
*** Brittany thinks her cat is reading her diary.
*** She also got mad at it when she thought it had started smoking again.
*** Brittany doesn't brush her teeth and instead rinses her mouth out with Dr. Pepper because she thought he was an actual doctor.
*** She doesn't know how to read a calendar.
*** Will had to teach her the second half of the alphabet because she felt M and N were too similar and got frustrated.
*** More
ultimate ditz, examples of Brittany's dumb blondness can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVAUaocY0ec here]].
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here]].[[note]] An AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Brittany is that she's not actually dumb, she's ''completely insane'' and everything she does and says would make perfect sense if you were under the same delusions that she is. This interpretation is the one held by Heather Morris, the actress who plays her.
her.[[/note]]
* Played oddly straight (though possibly accidentally) on ''Series/RobinHood'' with the TooDumbToLive Kate. Even more strangely, the actress was a natural brunette. For them to have actually ''dyed'' a woman's hair in order to make her a blonde, and then portray her as such an idiot that there was serious fan speculation that she had a mental disorder, led to several UnfortunateImplications.
**
UnfortunateImplications. But also several moments of unintentional hilarity: when the outlaws are about to be burnt at the stake, an angry crowd begins chanting "burn them, burn them!" Kate joins in, but is slightly out of sync. Obviously two whole syllables were a bit much for her.
* Rose from ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' is a rare senior citizen example.
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example. Demonstrated perfectly in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tOjEm0nnVE&NR=1 this scene]].



* Amber from ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' tends to lean towards this trope, though it's shown that she IS pretty smart when it counts, and has come up with many ideas including the formation of Sibuna itself. She might be a case of [[BrilliantButLazy Brilliant but lazy]] or more likely the [[GeniusDitz Genius ditz]] as she is shown to be very skilled in fashion and often mystery related topics as well.

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* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
**
Amber from ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' tends to lean towards this trope, though it's shown that she IS pretty smart when it counts, and has come up with many ideas including the formation of Sibuna itself. She might be a case of [[BrilliantButLazy Brilliant but lazy]] or more likely the [[GeniusDitz Genius ditz]] as she is shown to be very skilled in fashion and often mystery related topics as well.



* ''Series/MadMen'': Meredith, the SCDP/SC&P receptionist starting in Season 5, seems to have all the awareness and intelligence of a cinder block.
** It's very startling given that all the other blonds of the show: Account Man and Writer Ken Cosgrove, Witty yet shallow former model and Anthropology major Betty Draper Francis, the smartass yet sensitive Sally Draper, calm and efficient Faye Miller, and the wise and loving Anna Draper and her priggish sister and free-spirited niece all show to be just as, or even more intelligent than the non-blonds on the show. In fact, Brunette Janie Sterling lacks common sense.

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* ''Series/MadMen'': Meredith, the SCDP/SC&P receptionist starting in Season 5, seems to have all the awareness and intelligence of a cinder block.
**
block. It's very startling given that all the other blonds of the show: Account Man and Writer Ken Cosgrove, Witty yet shallow former model and Anthropology major Betty Draper Francis, the smartass yet sensitive Sally Draper, calm and efficient Faye Miller, and the wise and loving Anna Draper and her priggish sister and free-spirited niece all show to be just as, or even more intelligent than the non-blonds on the show. In fact, Brunette Janie Sterling lacks common sense.



* Music/DollyParton has been quoted as saying that dumb blonde remarks don't bother her, "because I know I'm not dumb...and I also know I'm [[DyeHard not blonde]]."
** Music/DollyParton's first hit song was also titled, "Dumb Blonde."

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* Music/DollyParton has been quoted as saying that dumb blonde remarks don't bother her, "because I know I'm not dumb...and I also know I'm [[DyeHard not blonde]]."
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" Music/DollyParton's first hit song was also titled, "Dumb Blonde."



* Wrestling/KellyKelly was initially conceived as this, and the meaning behind her ring name was that she was "so stupid her parents had to name her twice". This got dropped pretty soon, and she was portrayed first as a GirlNextDoor and then a BewareTheNiceOnes wrestler.
* Inverted in Wrestling/LayCool - where Michelle was blonde and (while quite ditzy) was the more competent of the two. Dark-haired Layla was the ditzier of the two.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA9O4ZBA0Kw ''A Dim Christmas'']] shows a boy attempting to surprise his new girlfriend with a Christmas present - but it turns out she's quite dumb.



** Bubbles' DistaffCounterpart Boomer is certainly a dumb blonde. Well, he's certainly a CloudCuckooLander and designated ButtMonkey, but he generally comes off as less intelligent to the other characters.

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** Bubbles' DistaffCounterpart Boomer is certainly a dumb blonde.blond. Well, he's certainly a CloudCuckooLander and designated ButtMonkey, but he generally comes off as less intelligent to the other characters.
15th Dec '17 4:50:59 AM RicPot
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* Lauren Mallory from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' is a shallow, vapid AlphaBitch. Mike, the male blond, is a DumbJock who routinely skips homework and is pathetically jealous of Edward. Rosalie, the only blond female vampire who doesn't want to gut Bella (or at least refrains from trying) isn't stupid, but she's ''also'' pathetically jealous and vain. In fact, until minor characters Tanya and Kate appeared in ''Breaking Dawn'', the only blond in the series who wasn't an idiot, evil, or at least nasty was Carlisle.
** Tanya was also vilified and portrayed as shallow and vain in the narration, presumably for having a crush on the protagonist's lust interest.
30th Nov '17 9:33:21 AM hubakon1368
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* Most likely unintentional, but Krysta from ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'' certainly does come off as one.

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* Most likely unintentional, but Krysta from ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'' ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'' certainly does come off as one.
29th Nov '17 9:27:23 AM Jubileus57
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* In ''VideoGame/LeCoeurASesRaisons'', Megan Barrington-Montgomery is otherworldly stupid, [[PostModernism even by the show's standards]]. Highlights include her trying to apply sunscreen directly on the sun for a better efficiency in a deleted scene, failing to understand the simple phrase "Megan I have to talk to you" and three other variants and being frightened by the fact that one could cut a piece of paper with scissors. Ashley Rockwell also qualifies, but to a slightly lesser degree.
25th Nov '17 10:58:09 AM Gess
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[[folder:Jokes]]
* Three blondes are sitting in a caffee, discussing Michelangelo's place in Renaissance art. Suddenly one of them whispers:
- Guys are about to take the table next to us! Switching to celebrity gossip on my mark!
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18th Nov '17 10:19:12 AM AgProv
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[[folder:Puppetry]]
* Lavinia, the titular Little Witch of South African childrens' show ''Series/DieLieweHeksie'', is young, good-natured, blonde, and not terrifically bright or quick on the uptake. The original illustrated childrens' books make her even blonder.
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27th Oct '17 10:05:37 AM Luxray1000
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** She's apparently [[SubvertedTrope not blonde]] underneath her helmet, however.
--> '''Sister:''' Not on my head!
--> '''Grif:''' That doesn't even- [[PhraseCatcher Wait, what?]]
7th Oct '17 8:13:12 PM __Vano
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-->--'''Sailor Venus''', ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged''

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-->--'''Sailor Venus''', ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged''
''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged'' ep. 50
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* Male example with Park Gang-du from ''Film/TheHost'', who was intentionally given blond highlights to show that he's irresponsible and not very bright. At the end of the film, he gets rid of the blond highlights as a sign of him becoming a more responsible parent.
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