Created By: DragonQuestZ on August 19, 2013 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on June 3, 2016
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Nice Blonde Bitchy Brunette

A pair of ladies where the blonde is kind, and the brunette is not so kind (if not outright evil).

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This might fall under Tropes In Aggregate, but I have seen it enough times.

Also, this came close to an alliterative title, but "benevolent" and "benign" were the the closest synonyms, and neither really fits the trope well.

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You have a pair of (usually) ladies, and you can tell the nice one because she is blonde, and the not nice (or evil) one because she is a brunette.

Why this is so can have various reasons. Perhaps it's because Everyone Loves Blondes. In The '80s, it might have just been follow the leader due the popularity of Joan Collins's role in Dynasty. For whatever reason, this is in a number of shows.

Also, how good and bad the characters are can vary. The blonde could be a Messianic Archetype who's a Friend to All Living Things, or just moderately more kind than the brunette. The Brunette could be an outright monster, or just a bit more spoiled and selfish than the blonde.

This often includes Light Feminine and Dark Feminine. Heck, this could even include a Dumb Blonde and Brainy Brunette.

Also, if this is part of a Blonde, Brunette, Redhead trio, the redhead could be anything, as long as the blonde and brunette fit their roles.

A Sub-Trope of Good Colors, Evil Colors, Good Hair, Evil Hair.

Compare Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold, Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette.

Contrast Blondes Are Evil.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Chibi Devi, the blonde Rai is compassionate and mature for his age, whereas Karin, who has mousy brown hair, tends to be selfish and bad-tempered.

Comic Books

Film

Live Action TV
  • Dynasty became this in the second season, with the arrival of Alexis Carrington, the Manipulative Bastard brunette first wife of Blake Carrington, compared to Krystle Grant Jennings, the beleaguered blonde second wife.

Western Animation
  • In Beverly Hills Teens, Brunette brat Bianca was always trying to get the better of not spoiled blonde Larke (although both were part of Fiction 500 families).
  • The eponymous blonde Princess of Lady Lovely Locks compared to the evil brunette Duchess Ravenwaves, who wanted Lovely Locks's hair, for it will allow her to conquer the kingdom.
  • Of the Powerpuff Girls, the blonde Bubbles is the sweet-natured but naive one, while the black-haired Buttercup is a tough-as-nails Tomboy Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Blossom, the redhead, is in between.

Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • August 20, 2013
    DAN004
    You know since bright colors equals good and dark colors equals bad... :P
  • August 20, 2013
    Marz1200
    • In the early seasons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, blonde Buffy and brunette Cordelia certainly apply. Cordelia started off as a vain Alpha Bitch in comparison to Buffy's selfless heroics. Subverted in that Cordelia goes through some major Character Development especially in the spin-off series Angel and becomes just as much a hero as Buffy while shedding her Alpha Bitch qualities.
  • August 20, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That's not a subversion. Changing a character is simply the trope not applying anymore.
  • August 20, 2013
    qazwsx
    • Series/Sherlock has a male example. Sherlock is rude, egotistic, and callous, while John is more caring and patient.
  • August 20, 2013
    captainpat
    Frequently overlaps with Light Feminine And Dark Feminine.
  • August 20, 2013
    SneakySquirrel
    • Of the Powerpuff Girls, the blonde Bubbles is the sweet-natured but naive one, while the black-haired Buttercup is a tough-as-nails Jerk With A Heart Of Gold. Blossom, the redhead, is in between.
    • In Chibi Devi, the blonde Rai is compassionate and mature for his age, whereas Karin, who has mousy brown hair, tends to be selfish and bad-tempered.
  • August 20, 2013
    lexicon
    Keep in mind that Light Feminine And Dark Feminine doesn't necessarily have anything to do with outward appearance. This page description says, "Perhaps it's because Everyone Loves Blondes," but that isn't about being nice, it's about being considered physically attractive.
  • August 20, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^^^ That was based on the books, so it's too incidental to even count in aggregate form (although being male isn't out of the question).

    ^^^, ^^ Yeah, will note those.

    ^ I Meant that in the context of why this trope might happen more than in terms of trope relations.
  • August 20, 2013
    Melkior
    This sounds like a hair-color variant of Betty And Veronica, and the literal Betty and Veronica are examples of this trope. I'm not sure the two are different enough to justify a new trope just for the hair color.
  • August 21, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That trope is about love triangles. So what makes you think this ykttw is about that, when it's not even in the description?
  • August 21, 2013
    MorganWick
    ^I'm guessing they're sister tropes and he mixed up Betty And Veronica for Light Feminine And Dark Feminine. Would a case where the Betty is blonde and the Veronica is a brunette (almost) always be a case of this trope?
  • August 21, 2013
    dragonquestz
    ^ Not always. I don't think that trope requires the "Verionica" be mean.
  • August 22, 2013
    Arivne
  • August 22, 2013
    Synchronicity
  • August 22, 2013
    FastEddie
    This is just a pattern that people imagine, not one that is really present. See The Vamp, where it mentions that the meaning of hair color just cycles around. There is no inherent meaning.
  • August 22, 2013
    KingZeal
  • August 22, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ That's why I stated this would fit in Trope In Aggregate, in the top of the description.

    ^ I already brought that up in the top of the description as well.
  • August 22, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Maybe you gonna take relevant examples in Hair Contrast Duo and put them here. :P
  • August 22, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    "A duo (often a romantic couple) whose contrasting hair colors signify their opposing world-views."

    If that's the basic definition, this is most certainly not the same as Hair Contrast Duo.
  • August 23, 2013
    Synchronicity
    Okay. It would certainly be related, though. Maybe some examples from Hair Contrast Duo actually belong in here.

    EDIT: Argh I wrote this at 12am. Sorry.

    Anime and Manga
    • Krista (gentler, sweeter blonde) and Ymir (moody, cynical brunette) from Attack On Titan. The two are always seen together, and it helps that Krista is a Living Emotional Crutch to Ymir and that there's heaping amounts of Les Yay on Ymir's part.

    Live Action TV
    • Brittany (blonde) and Santana (brunette) from Glee are introduced this way despite both being The Cheerleader, Brittany is a good-natured, well-meaning blonde while Santana is snarky, bitchy, and black-haired.

  • August 23, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ The first doesn't have enough context, and the second doesn't even state the work.
  • January 17, 2014
    TitoMosquito
    Film

    Western Animation
  • January 17, 2014
    Chabal2
    Dragon Quest V (the Updated Rerelease): There are three possible love interests: Bianca, the Victorious Childhood Friend (blonde), Flora the Shrinking Violet (blue haired), and Deborah the Rich Bitch / Lovable Alpha Bitch (brunette).

  • June 3, 2016
    shimaspawn
    Hair Contrast Duo

    Also, we don't need more arbitrary appearance tropes. Especially not ones like this where other hair colours are just as likely to be nice or bitchy. The blond Alpha Bitch often contrasts with the nice brunette for instance. This shall be discarded.
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