History Main / PeopleOfHairColor

1st Jun '17 7:39:58 PM nombretomado
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* Robert Jordan's ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' is full of these - notably, the tall strawberry blond Aiel and the short dark haired Cairhirenin. Jordan was effective in differentiating people based on geographical region, through appearance as well as speech patterns, dress, and customs.

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* Robert Jordan's ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is full of these - notably, the tall strawberry blond Aiel and the short dark haired Cairhirenin. Jordan was effective in differentiating people based on geographical region, through appearance as well as speech patterns, dress, and customs.
9th May '17 11:02:29 PM Golondrina
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* In ''NoSongsForTheDead'', [[http://nosongs.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/110906 all Lilim have blonde hair]], like their mother Lilith.
* In ''{{Unsounded}}'' Alderode has a caste system that divides people by hair color. People there are strongly suggested to marry within their own caste, preserving the visual distinction. WordOfGod [[http://glassshard.tumblr.com/post/102720820506/can-plats-have-children-with-other-races-if-a says]] [[http://glassshard.tumblr.com/post/102724819016/what-about-gold-any-aldish-caste-would-that that]] "if the castes are mixed - which is forbidden and hence rare - placement follows a certain formula, always trending towards the Bronze caste."

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* In ''NoSongsForTheDead'', ''Webcomic/NoSongsForTheDead'', [[http://nosongs.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/110906 all Lilim have blonde hair]], like their mother Lilith.
* In ''{{Unsounded}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' Alderode has a caste system that divides people by hair color. People there are strongly suggested to marry within their own caste, preserving the visual distinction. WordOfGod [[http://glassshard.tumblr.com/post/102720820506/can-plats-have-children-with-other-races-if-a says]] [[http://glassshard.tumblr.com/post/102724819016/what-about-gold-any-aldish-caste-would-that that]] "if the castes are mixed - which is forbidden and hence rare - placement follows a certain formula, always trending towards the Bronze caste."
16th Apr '17 8:25:55 PM nombretomado
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* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' retcons the Mandalorians into Nordic people, always blonde with blue eyes. Later episodes show a few dark haired people, but in groupshots of the populace everyone is blonde.

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* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' retcons the Mandalorians into Nordic people, always blonde with blue eyes. Later episodes show a few dark haired people, but in groupshots of the populace everyone is blonde.
8th Apr '17 2:20:57 PM Theriocephalus
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* In some countries of the world where the majority of the population is light-or at least brown-skinned, like Russia, this trope is actually TruthInTelevision,. For instance, the Russian word "cherniy" (which means "black"), when used to describe a person, actually refers to black-haired people, especially Caucasians (who, while somewhat tan, are still, well, [[ShapedLikeItself Caucasian]]), rather than Sub-Saharan Africans, who are called ''negry'' (the word "Negro"/"negr", while somewhat rude, is generally considered to be socially acceptable in Russia), if one wishes to sound more politically correct, ''afrikantsy'' ("Africans"). "Light" or "fair" too usually mean "blonde" rather than "white" in Russian.

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* In some countries of the world where the majority of the population is light-or at least brown-skinned, like Russia, this trope is actually TruthInTelevision,. TruthInTelevision.
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For instance, the Russian word "cherniy" (which means "black"), when used to describe a person, actually refers to black-haired people, especially Caucasians (who, while somewhat tan, are still, well, [[ShapedLikeItself Caucasian]]), rather than Sub-Saharan Africans, who are called ''negry'' (the word "Negro"/"negr", while somewhat rude, is generally considered to be socially acceptable in Russia), if one wishes to sound more politically correct, ''afrikantsy'' ("Africans"). "Light" or "fair" too usually mean "blonde" rather than "white" in Russian.
1st Apr '17 11:49:24 AM FarseerLolotea
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* Plays into the history of the Kymeran WitchSpecies in Nancy A. Collins's UrbanFantasy trilogy ''Golgotham'': Before [[{{Atlantis}} Kymera]] sank into the ocean, their hair was exclusively in [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair primary colors]] and rigidly coded to [[FantasticCasteSystem caste]]: blue for aristocrats, yellow for artisans, and red for peons. While the RacialRemnant who survived the crisis intermarried out of necessity (adding secondary colors to the range of possibilities), traditionalists still tend to hold [[FantasticRacism some degree of bias]] against anyone with warm-toned hair.

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* Plays into the history of the Kymeran WitchSpecies in Nancy A. Collins's UrbanFantasy trilogy ''Golgotham'': Before [[{{Atlantis}} Kymera]] sank into the ocean, their hair was exclusively in [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair primary colors]] and rigidly coded to [[FantasticCasteSystem caste]]: blue for aristocrats, yellow for artisans, and red for peons. While the RacialRemnant who survived the crisis intermarried out of necessity (adding secondary colors to the range of possibilities), traditionalists still tend to hold [[FantasticRacism some degree of bias]] against anyone with warm-toned hair. The only mention made of Kymeran skin tones is in reference to a specific individual; therefore, it's probably safe to say that the same variations (or lack thereof) exist among all three castes and their descendants.
29th Mar '17 8:21:23 PM FarseerLolotea
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* In ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'', the five tribes of man all have very specific physical traits that are rarely, if ever, deviated from: the Norsirai are pale, blond and blue-eyed; the Scylvendi have black hair and blue eyes; the Ketyai have dark hair, skin and eyes; and the Sotyothi are black-skinned and green-eyed,

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* In ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'', the five tribes of man all have very specific physical traits that are rarely, if ever, deviated from: the Norsirai are pale, blond and blue-eyed; the Scylvendi have black hair and blue eyes; the Ketyai have dark hair, skin and eyes; and the Sotyothi are black-skinned and green-eyed, green-eyed.
* Plays into the history of the Kymeran WitchSpecies in Nancy A. Collins's UrbanFantasy trilogy ''Golgotham'': Before [[{{Atlantis}} Kymera]] sank into the ocean, their hair was exclusively in [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair primary colors]] and rigidly coded to [[FantasticCasteSystem caste]]: blue for aristocrats, yellow for artisans, and red for peons. While the RacialRemnant who survived the crisis intermarried out of necessity (adding secondary colors to the range of possibilities), traditionalists still tend to hold [[FantasticRacism some degree of bias]] against anyone with warm-toned hair.
20th Feb '17 12:02:50 PM gb00393
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20th Feb '17 12:02:13 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''':
** This becomes a major plot point in Season 1 when the Baratheons' dominant tendency to black hair is enough to raise (perfectly correct) doubts about the parentage of King Robert's three ''blond'' children.
** The Lannisters are jerkass blonds.
** Platinum-white hair is the most distinctive feature of the bloodline the Targaryens practiced BrotherSisterIncest for hundreds of years to maintain.
** The trope is also subverted by families like the Starks, who are all shades: Ned, Arya, and Bran are brown; Jon Snow is black; Catelyn, Sansa, and Robb are red or reddish-brown; and Rickon is dark blond.
18th Feb '17 8:14:34 PM TotemicHero
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->''"The roving Scot and buccaneering Dane,\\
Whose red hair offspring anywhere remain."''
8th Feb '17 12:35:42 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** Similarly, references to the "Black Irish" refers not to skin color, but to particular sections of the Irish who live mainly in the Western part of the country who have much darker hair than most of the population, with one popular (but at this point mostly debunked) theory suggests the Black Irish are descendants of survivors of the Spanish Armada. Another theory, especially among the people themselves, is that it's an indication of more pure Gaelic ancestry, since light colored hair is generally considered an indication of Viking or Norman ancestry.

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** Similarly, references to the "Black Irish" refers not to skin color, colour, but to particular sections of the Irish who live mainly in the Western part of the country who have much darker hair than most of the population, with one popular (but at this point mostly debunked) theory suggests the Black Irish are descendants of survivors of the Spanish Armada. Another theory, especially among the people themselves, is that it's an indication of more pure Gaelic ancestry, since light colored coloured hair is generally considered an indication of Viking or Norman ancestry.ancestry.
** The same applies on the British mainland, where the word 'dark' has historically been used to refer to people with dark hair and dark eyes, who usually fall under a more mundane version of RavenHairIvorySkin. The theory runs that, as in Ireland, those with dark hair and dark eyes are descended predominantly from native Britons from prior to the Saxon invasions, or from the Normans. While it appears less these days than it once did, descriptions in Britain still tend to clarify whether they're referring to skin colour or not, where elsewhere it might be assumed that 'dark' was referring to skin colour.
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