It seems whenever there's an odd couple
or lovely angels
with different hair colors, the blonde will be tanner while the brunette is of paler complexion
. Generally, this is due to the stereotypes associated with the hair colors. In fiction, blondes are more sociable/lively and trendy, thus they're tan from either always being out somewhere or from tanning. Similarly, the brainy brunette
is believe to be more studious and less fashion conscious (aka a "stay-at-home" person), giving them less reason to be tanned; either that or they're goth and actively tying for a light pallor.
In Japanese culture, the blonde-tan and pale-brunette contrast has an even stronger cultural cannotation; raven hair and pale skin are seen a sign of traditional beauty (pale brunettes are especially common amongst yamato nadeshiko
, thus a tanned woman (especially one with light hair) is thought to be either an athlete (swimmer usually comes to mind) or (more likely) a materialistic gal/ganguro.
Or course, the characters need not have the stereotypical personalities to fit this trope, sometimes the producer or artist just liked the visual contrast. In animation, it could simply be that a tanned brunette might be mistaken for ambiguously brown
rather then just a white (or Japanese) person with a tan and a pale-skinned blonde might look rather generic due to the hair of gold
trope being so old and well-known.
See Also: Dark-Skinned Blonde
, Black and White Beauty
and Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Peach Girl: The main character is a tan strawberry-blonde, while the libby is a pale brunette.
- The titular Panty and Stocking, though Panty isn't actually tan, she's a much more healthy-looking color then her ghostly pale goth sister.