Created By: Lacey on January 11, 2013 Last Edited By: Lacey on January 12, 2013
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Power Blonde

Not all blondes are innocent, dumb, or evil; some are just kickass.

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Some blondes need all ten fingers to count to one. Other blondes want to destroy the world. There are even some blondes with hearts of gold.

This trope breaks those molds with a blonde who is intelligent without being either evil or overly pure.

Characters that fit into this trope are often strong, assertive, and powerful blondes. They could be an Action Girl or guy, an authority figure, or a character who knows how work a situation through intelligence.

They typically fit into three types, with some leeway and overlap.

Type I: There's the usually male "Aryan ideal" Power Blonde, who is physically strong and skilled in battle. He's usually a born leader by virtue of his confidence and energy.

Type II: Then there's the Always Female type that started as a subversion of the Dumb Blonde, or of "that hapless blonde chick who always gets killed in horror movies." The attractiveness and confidence of Everyone Loves Blondes is often part of her power, but it doesn't stop there: she's courageous and always ready to kick butt.

Type III: There's also the blonde power player who is skilled at political maneuvering or working within a system or organization. If female, this could be an Iron Lady leader with Power Hair to be blonde or not.

Power Blondes of all these three types are natural leaders: bold, outspoken, and strong-willed, but (usually) not as hot-headed as the Fiery Redhead.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Dragon Ball Z: All Saiyans gets stronger when they turn Super Saiyan. This makes them blonde....for some reason.
  • King Canute in Vinland Saga starts out as a blonde Shrinking Violet (most people, including the readers, mistake him for a girl). After a few years he has a beard, runs his country and murders opponents like nobody's business.

Film

Literature
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Daenerys begins as a frightened and abused teenager and becomes a powerful leader.
  • Rachel in Animorphs only appears to be a Dumb Blonde mallrat (to quote Marco, after she removed your kidney you'd realize your mistake). She is actually The Berserker and The Big Guy of the Animorphs, but does genuinely love shopping. In one story where she undergoes Literal Split Personality, the psycho personality is aggressive and incapable of planning ahead, whereas the cowardly personality plans shopping trips like a general planning an invasion.
  • Galadriel from Tolkien's books. Young Galadriel in The Silmarillion was quite Bad Ass. Old Galadriel in Lord of the Rings was one of the most powerful beings in Middle-Earth.

LiveActionTelevision
  • The fighter pilot Starbuck from the Battlestar Galactica reimagining was a no-nonsense, resourceful, tough and intelligent young woman who happened to be blonde. Although in one episode someone speculated that she wasn't a real blonde.
  • Talia Winters from Babylon 5 was fairly composed and professional most of the time in her role as station telepath. She also stood pretty firmly by her ethical principles related to the job, even standing up to Sheridan when he wanted her to breach them in one instance.
  • The Borgias: While Lucrezia begins as a Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold heroine, she develops into one of the more manipulative and influential characters purely through charisma and intelligence.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • The Closer: Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is an abrasive, intelligent, and calculating blonde who gets the job done.
  • Once Upon a Time: Like father, like daughter, Emma and her dad, Charming/David, are heroic and baddass leaders.
  • Detective Lilly Rush of the TV series Cold Case would also qualify, being the lead detective in tracking down murderers in reopened "cold cases".
  • Stargate SG-1's Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter, a certified genius who is the source of much technobabble and phlebotinum, as well as being an Action Girl more than capable of holding her own with her male teammates and, of course, once blew up a sun.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Like her mother, Liz, teenage Caroline Forbes is strong, intelligent, and a leader by nature. While Liz is the sheriff and a member of the town council, Caroline is an overachiever who often leads committees and organizations in school and the community.

VideoGames
  • Blonde Nord warriors (of either gender) in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim definitely exemplify the trope, especially if they're Dovahkiin.
  • Metroid: Samus Aran. Blond, bounty hunter, space pirate slayer, planet destroyer extraordinaire.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • January 11, 2013
    Lacey
    Since the original Power Blonde trope was deleted, I thought we could use another trope centered on blondes who are not evil, dumb, or pure, but are intelligent and assertive protagonists. I know this is probably too broad and could use a ton of editing/overhaul.
  • January 11, 2013
    StarSword
    Badass Blonde?

    TV:
    • Stargate SG 1's Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter, a certified genius who is the source of much technobabble and phlebotinum, as well as being an Action Girl more than capable of holding her own with her male teammates and, of course, once blew up a sun.
  • January 11, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Rachel in Animorphs only appears to be a Dumb Blonde mallrat (to quote Marco, after she removed your kidney you'd realize your mistake). She is actually The Berserker and The Big Guy of the Animorphs, but does genuinely love shopping. In one story where she undergoes Literal Split Personality, the psycho personality is aggressive and incapable of planning ahead, whereas the cowardly personality plans shopping trips like a general planning an invasion.
    • King Canute in Vinland Saga starts out as a blonde Shrinking Violet (most people, including the readers, mistake him for a girl). After a few years he has a beard, runs his country and murders opponents like nobody's business.
  • January 11, 2013
    Arutema
  • January 11, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    A big question: Is this just an aversion of the Dumb Blonde trope? If so, what is the connection between "power" and "blonde" that warrants this to be a trope? Being an aversion of another trope isn't a reason for something to be a trope.

    Thus, tagging as Tropeworthy?
  • January 11, 2013
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Film
  • January 11, 2013
    StarSword
  • January 11, 2013
    McKathlin
    Hmm...I think Power Blonde is potentially tropeworthy, but it's an odd case, kind of a combination of several tropes.

    Overall, I see Power Blondes of all these three types as being natural leaders: bold, outspoken, and strong-willed, but (usually) not as hot-headed as the Fiery Redhead.
  • January 11, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    Blonde Nord warriors (of either gender) in The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim definitely exemplify the trope, especially if they're Dovahkiin.
  • January 11, 2013
    lexicon
    shimaspawn already said that a powerful character isn't defined by hair color. I was the main one who tried to get the Power Blonde to stay. If you wanted it to stay you should have offered to write this before it was cut, but as it stands tropers don't like the title and it isn't going to be deleted just to be brought back.
  • January 11, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    The fighter pilot Starbuck from the Battlestar Galactica reimagining was a no-nonsense, resourceful, tough and intelligent young woman who happened to be blonde. Although in one episode someone speculated that she wasn't a real blonde.
  • January 11, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    • Metroid: Samus Aran. Blond, bounty hunter, space pirate slayer, planet destroyer extraordinaire.
  • January 11, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Talia Winters from Babylon 5 was fairly composed and professional most of the time in her role as station telepath. She also stood pretty firmly by her ethical principles related to the job, even standing up to Sheridan when he wanted her to breach them in one instance.
  • January 11, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Detective Lilly Rush of the TV series Cold Case would also qualify, being the lead detective in tracking down murderers in reopened "cold cases".
  • January 12, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Aversions to the old Dumb Blonde and Blondes Are Evil tropes seem to be becoming more and more common, actually--although both of those tropes are still (sadly) common as well.
  • January 12, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    Uh, what? "Blondes are A or not-A." The tropable parts of this are Action Girl With Blonde Hair or a subversion of Dumb Blonde, and the rest is chairs.

    I like Buffy too but there doesn't need to be a separate article for every possible combination of traits.

    Note: Not an aversion, btw. That is a trope not happening at all, it doesn't even start, and shouldn't be mentioned unless the trope is omnipresent or anyway really common. It would be correct but silly to call Average Brunette an aversion of Dumb Blonde. "Subversion" is it's set up but something different happens, it goes in some other direction than expected (maybe opposite).
  • January 12, 2013
    lexicon
    Shouldn't the fact that this very name and idea was cut mean that we should discard this?
  • January 12, 2013
    Lacey
    Like I said in my first reply to the topic after starting this, "Since the original Power Blonde trope was deleted, I thought we could use another trope centered on blondes who are not evil, dumb, or pure, but are intelligent and assertive protagonists." There is a category of blonde characters who do not fit within the current tropes but do share enough commonalities to fit into this one or a tweaked/narrowed down version of this one.

    I started this discussion so we could find a better title (as was said in the OP) and refine the trope itself into something solid. This shouldn't be discarding just because a similar idea that wasn't well defined was deleted previously.

    @Star Sword: I'm all for Badass Blonde
  • January 12, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Badass is a snowclone we are trying to get rid of.

    The problem is What is the connection between being blonde and powerful? How do these thing relate to each other?. And no, "it's the opposite of these other tropes" isn't enough.
  • January 12, 2013
    aurora369
    Galadriel from Tolkien's books. Young Galadriel in The Silmarillion was quite Bad Ass. Old Galadriel in Lord Of The Rings was one of the most powerful beings in Middle-Earth.
  • January 12, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Dragon Ball Z: All Saiyans gets stronger when they turn Super Saiyan. This makes them blonde....for some reason.
  • January 12, 2013
    Lacey
    @Septimus Heap: My point isn't just that this trope would be opposite to the others, it's that it will provide a trope that is currently not available for blonde characters that do not fit into the current molds. As can be seen in the current examples, there is a significant amount of blonde characters who fit this trope in being bold, outspoken, strong-willed, and able to wield power, either physical or political. There are other examples that could still be added.

    If it sounds like there is too much emphasis on this trope being different from others, we can delete or modify the first two paragraphs. I started with that because I noticed that Brainy Brunette, Red Headed Hero, and a few others begin similarly by establishing where this tropes sits in relation to others. But if it's been overemphasized it can be removed.

    Since Power Blonde and Badass Blonde don't work, does anyone have any other suggestions?
  • January 12, 2013
    StarSword
    Badass Blonde wasn't really a serious suggestion. Hair Of Gold Heart Of Steel is, though. (Unfortunately it's another snowclone.)
  • January 12, 2013
    InsanityPrelude
    There doesn't have to be a trope for "blonde characters who do not fit into the current molds." Like Rodney Anonymous said, you're describing Action Girl BUT BLONDE!, The Hero BUT BLONDE!, etc. Is their hair color actually being used to emphasize their awesomeness, or is it a coincidence?

    Note also that we're trying to avoid the "type I, type II" thing with new tropes.
  • January 12, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Also, we are not trying to find pages for every permutation of "blonde character + some trait". Look, just two things being together in some examples does not a trope make.
  • January 12, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
  • January 12, 2013
    lexicon
    I did read the original post and like I said, "shimaspawn already said that a powerful character isn't defined by hair color. I was the main one who tried to get the Power Blonde to stay. If you wanted it to stay you should have offered to write this before it was cut, but as it stands tropers don't like the title and it isn't going to be deleted just to be brought back." You can't just wait for something to be cut and then bring back the same concept that a bunch of people wanted to get rid of.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=935bhdsxaif8hx5163282bug&trope=DiscardedYKTTW