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Stereotypically speaking, in fiction, [[DumbBlonde blondes are lacking in intelligence]], [[FieryRedhead redheads are lacking in feminine charm]], so, [[BlondeBrunetteRedhead out of the trio]], [[BeautyBrainsAndBrawn brunettes are all brain]]. Like the DumbBlonde, the brunette varies quite a bit. They can bashfully hide behind their books or [[{{Meganekko}} glasses]], with their hair done in pigtails or a bun or they can boldly use their smarts for their ambitions. Whichever it is, their knowledge is real--if she's on your side, then you can always count on her smarts in a fix. She may be a HotLibrarian, a HotScientist, or even a WrenchWench. If so, her SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and/or TechnoBabble will [[GeekyTurnOn turn people on]]. And she always has nice, thick, brown locks. What they don't (necessarily) have is strength, like the SquishyWizard (who may be TheSmartGuy himself), as they care more about their mind than their body. That's what makes a BadassBookworm so interesting, a rare combination.

This trope doesn't mean that blondes and redheads can't be [[TheSmartGuy the brains of the outfit]]. It's just more common for them to have brown hair, especially if they're female, though there are a couple of male examples.

If she's part of a FourTemperamentEnsemble, she's probably Phlegmatic.

Contrast DumbBlonde and FieryRedhead. And, as with both of them, this character can be either good or evil. Compare RedheadsAreUncool who might stand out as much as the brunette but have less confidence than even the bashful brainy brunette.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The Brown M&M seems to be this, with glasses and all.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' gives two examples with TheProfessor Gennosuke Yumi and his daughter, Sayaka. Although she is an ActionGirl, she is pretty smart and knowledgeable.
** Hikaru Makiba from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' was one in the ''MazingerAngels'' spin-off.
* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' gives us Shikamaru Nara, who is known for his 200+ IQ.
* [[ActionGirl Lita]] from ''Animerica'', in contrast to the blonde Janine and [[FieryRedhead red-headed Jessica]]. There's also Wendy, Ron's older sister, and his previous LoveInterest, [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Yukina]]. [[DeadpanSnarker Kasuse]] and [[GeniusBruiser Yusuke]] may count, as well as [[spoiler:Maya, Lita's CoolBigSis.]]
* Yomiko Readman from ''Anime/ReadOrDie''.
* ''{{Vandread}}'' gives us Parfait, who is a WrenchWench.
* Sheska from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''; an extreme bibliophile with a photographic memory of everything she reads.
* Chao Lingshen and Satomi Hakase from ''MahouSenseiNegima''. Also, Yue and Nodoka, [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair for a given value of "brunette"]].
* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'': Haruhi Fujioka. Though nobody in the host club is truly unintelligent, Haruhi is book smart to the point of being occasionally portrayed as a nerd, and possesses more common sense than most of them. Not to mention that everybody is gay for Haruhi.
* Yomi from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' fits this trope nicely. Excluding ChildProdigy, Chiyo, she's easily the smartest member of the group (with the possible exception of Sakaki).
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'''s Afura Mann, the wind priestess of Mt. Moldune. She's portrayed as the most intellectual of the three and, in ''The Wanderers'' series, she has her very own library!
* InsufferableGenius Seto Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh''.
* Hakkai from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is the trademark smart-guy.
* Light Yagami and L from ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* Leo Regulus from ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'', said and proven to be a battle genius.
* Although the ''Kodomo no Jikan'' manga can't decide on Mimi and Rin's hair colors, the anime has decided Mimi is a brunette. What shade is still undecided.
* MagnificentBastard Lelouch Lamperouge from ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
* ''Manga/GirlFriends'' has the bookish Mari, in contrast to her best friend, the BookDumb Akko.
* [[NationsAsPeople Lithuania]] from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is more serious than Germany, shown to be very efficient in battle smarts when he feigns a retreat and fools Prussia, and he's one of the ''[[PlentyOfBlondes very]]'' [[PhenotypeStereotype few Northern European countries]] with brown hair. It helps that his [[HeterosexualLifePartners former partner]] [[CloudCuckooLander Poland]] is an almost perfect {{Dumb Blond|e}}. Russia even lampshades this when the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth is partitioned and he drags Lithuania away, commenting that he looks smart.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Valerie from ''JosieAndThePussycats'' is a female MacGyver.
* LoisLane in ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' continuities where she's not a FieryRedhead. And where [[IdiotBall she's actually brainy]].
* From the ''ComicBook/XMen'': Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Moira [=MacTaggert=].
** As well as self-proclaimed "Goddess of Computers" Kitty Pryde.
* Marlene in ''Comicbook/JetDream'', who's described as "Powerful as a wrestler, but with a cool, precise Teutonic mind."
* Who could forget Peter Parker aka ''{{Spider-Man}}''. Especially now that [[Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan he's actually Otto Octavius]].
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* Both [[TheHero Vale]] [[CuteBookworm Whitaker]] and [[TheSneakyGuy Phlox]] from the HungerGames fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning''.
* Chihiro Toriumi, in ''Fanfic/GraduateMeetingOfMutualKilling''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Belle from Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is treated like an outcast in her village because she loves to read books. And yep, she's a brunette.
* Jane Porter from Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' is similar to Belle from above. She's a professor's daughter, who clearly has been encouraged to be intelligent. And yep, she's a brunette.
* Edna Mode from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
* Hiccup from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. He manages to figure out a way to make Toothless able to fly again.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the film version of ''Starter for 10'', the character of Rebecca is a brunette and intuitive. She holds various protests and is often seen informing the main character, Brian Jackson, of her ideas.
* Evelyn in ''[[TheMummyTrilogy The Mummy]]''. She's also a HotLibrarian.
* Mocked in ''Where The Truth Lies'':
-->'''Lanny:''' My favorite catches were the intellectuals. They'd be the ones in the straight black dresses, severe black hair. Your basic neurotic, eyeglasses, cool jazz, liberal, "I'll fuck any black guy as part of my personal apology for racism in America" type.
** The person reading his letter then looks across the room and sees a bookish-looking brunette. And you automatically imagine her doing one thing and one thing only...
* Jenny in ''AnEducation'' dreams of getting into Oxford, and she's got the brains to do it. She has a {{foil}} in DumbBlonde Helen.
* Inverted in ''Film/JennifersBody''. The brunette [[MeganFox Jennifer]] is a vapid AlphaBitch (both before and after she is [[DemonicPossession possessed]]), while the blonde [[Creator/AmandaSeyfried Needy]] is a HollywoodNerd, complete with [[NerdGlasses the glasses]].
* Ariadne in ''{{Inception}}''.
* There's magazine writer Summer from ''Film/DefinitelyMaybe''.
* Emma from ''NoStringsAttached'', who studied at MIT, is a doctor in Boston, and turned up to a pajama party in actual pajamas in her college days.
* The film ''Baby Mama'' paired Fey with blonde Amy Poehler. Guess what their characters' personalities were.
* The [[AdaptationDyeJob previously blonde]] Trillian became this in the film adaptation of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Charles Xavier when he still has hair in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' and ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''.
** Hank [=McCoy=] in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Hermione Granger from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is the cleverest student in her year, and she also is a brunette.
* Lessa from ''DragonridersOfPern'' qualifies as she is not only the one to figure out Threadfall patterns and trick a Dragonrider into challenging a Lord Holder to a death match, but she also figures out how to save the planet and then does it against the wishes of everyone else involved.
* Tiffany Aching of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books, who read the dictionary for fun when she was a girl, always pestered traveling scholars with difficult questions, and turned out to be very clever and talented for a witch her age.
** Another Discworld example is [[Discworld/GoingPostal Adora Belle Dearheart]] the city's leading golem expert. She even speaks their language, reputed to be very hard for humans to learn. She's also one of the series' biggest examples of DeadpanSnarker. And this is [[WorldOfSnark Discworld]]!
* Jo March in ''Literature/LittleWomen'' has thick chestnut hair, "her one beauty", and is a devoted writer.
* October "Toby" Daye in ''Rosemary And Rue'' is a tough and savvy private investigator who servers both mortal and faerie clients.
* Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish from ASongOfIceAndFire is an EeriePaleskinnedBrunette and is not only a financial genius but a MagnificentBastard who has the whole continent of [[CrapsackWorld Westeros]] dancing to his tune.
* Amelia Marsh in DarknessVisible borders on the black end of the spectrum and is very intelligent/educated for a woman of her era. She speaks French, paints beautifully, and, to Lewis's surprise, can play chess. [[SassySecretary Mrs Emiline Pound]] also counts, though her hair is going gray. It is her tireless work in the Warden's archives which [[spoiler:finally reveals the identity of the traitor among them.]]
* Claudia's sister Janine from BabySittersClub is an exaggeration with her AsianAndNerdy ways. Claudia feels bad when she compares herself to her genius sister.
* Anji Kapoor, from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures, is a genius or very close to it when it comes to economics, to the point of seeming to be [[BollywoodNerd a bit of a nerd]] when you get her started on the topic.
* The Baudelaire siblings from ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' since they are able to escape from many dangers relying only on their skills and knowledge.
* Jane Eyre, the title character of ''Literature/JaneEyre'' by Charlotte Brontë, shows us that this trope is at least OlderThanRadio. She's an intelligent woman with brown hair, who works as a teacher.
* Magdalena Swärd, the female protagonist in "De skandalösa" by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, is similar to Jane Eyre in both background, personality and appearance. So of course, she too is an intelligent woman with brown hair.
* Keladry, the protagonist of Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', is described as having mousy brown hair. She's a GeniusBruiser whose favorite subject is math, and her classmates frequently ask for her help. During the dull stretches of managing her refugee camp in the fourth book, she amuses herself with engineering projects.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Fred Burkle on ''Series/{{Angel}}''. She was adorable, sexy, funny, and her high intelligence was a great asset to the [[FanNickname "Fang Gang"]].
** Wesley, who was also one on ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' before upgrading to BadassBookworm.
* Speaking of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the BrainyBrunette for this series is, surprisingly, Xander Harris. Despite the fact that he hides behind a facade of being a goofball and a simple loser, he's actually one of the deepest of the main characters, and is much more talented than the rest of them at not only thinking outside of the box, but ignoring the existence of the box entirely.
** Double Subverted with Cordelia in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' where Cordelia was shown as an example of the BrainlessBeauty. Though, after exams, it was revealed that she actually had very good grades which she simply chose to hide from her peers, thinking it would make her less popular.
* ''{{Firefly}}'':
** Kaylee, the resident WrenchWench had very light brown hair, but it was still brown, and she was a mechanical genius. Simon fancied her, and she was a favourite with everybody.
** River Tam, who was a TeenGenius and a WaifProphet, though she was also [[AxCrazy completely nuts]].
** Simon Tam [[TheMedic has fierce knowledge of medicine]] and ability to organize a heist in one episode. Dark-haired.
** Inara may make her living with her body, but her brain is no slouch. She has a working knowledge of many subjects that a Courtesan would be expected to converse intelligently about. She's well-versed in human psychology and the arts physical, martial arts, swordplay, history, religion etc.
** Zoe is an expert on setting traps, organizing missions, and leading attacks, all of which were skills she picked up while serving in the military.
** Let's not sell the good captain short, here; Mal Reynolds shows moments of tactical genius, [[GuileHero cunning,]] deductive reasoning and an [[LetsGetDangerous at-times scary penchant for hyper-focus.]]
* SummerGlau's character Bennett Halverson on ''DollHouse''.
* Summer Glau as Orwell in ''TheCape''.
* [[OnlySaneEmployee Liz Lemon]] on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Emphasized by the fact that the show's two other female regulars are both {{Dumb Blonde}}s. In fact, every character ever played by TinaFey.
* Chuck in ''PushingDaisies'' has a great general knowledge and speaks seemingly every language known to man.
* Joey Potter on ''DawsonsCreek''.
* According to the series pilot of ''GilmoreGirls'', Rory Gilmore harbours a long-held dream to study at Harvard University, and it is for this reason she transfers from Stars Hollow public high school to the prestigious Chilton Preparatory.
* Sarah Mackenzie from ''Series/{{JAG}}''.
* ''{{Bones}}'':
** Temperance Brennan,
** They're all brunettes.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** Abby Sciuto. Underneath her punk groupie looks, she's a scientist and Mensa member.
** Ziva is clever, with her smart-ass comments, multiple languages, skill with weapons, and PhotographicMemory.
* Most of the brunettes in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' probably qualify; Sara Sidle definitely does.
** Carries over to {{CSI NY}} and probably CSIMiami as well. All the casts have several smart brunettes.
* At least in the later seasons, Chloe O'Brian in ''Series/TwentyFour''.
* Possible subversion in ''{{Privileged}}'': Megan, the Yale graduate, is shown as a redhead; however, in the first episode, we're told that she dyed it red and we never really learn her natural colour, so it's possible she's simply a BrainyBrunette in disguise.
* Blair Waldorf on ''GossipGirl''.
* Elena Gilbert on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.
** Also, Bonnie Bennett.
** Meredith Fell.
* Detective Kate Beckett from ''Series/{{Castle}}''.
* Lindsay Weir on ''FreaksAndGeeks''.
* Emily Prentiss from ''Series/CriminalMinds''. Her predecessor, Elle Greenaway, was also intelligent, but Emily gets more credit because she has yet to [[VigilanteExecution be dumb enough to kill someone in cold blood]]. [[TheWoobie Special Agent Doctor Spencer Reid]] also qualifies.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Zoe [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome can blow up a computer]] with her brain. And Romana I is repeatedly shown to be smarter than the Doctor. Of course, Barbara was the very first brainy companion, being a history teacher. And let's not forget widely beloved IntrepidReporter [[Creator/ElisabethSladen Sarah Jane Smith]], who is repeatedly shown both on ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' to be quite intelligent, considering she [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures saves the Earth]] roughly every week.
* Annie Edison on ''Series/{{Community}}''.
* Averted and played straight in ''NoOrdinaryFamily''. Stephanie is a world-class [[HotScientist research scientist]] who graduated from MIT and is blonde. Her nerdy yet attractive sidekick Katie, also shown to be very intelligent, is a brunette.
* George from ''Series/BeingHuman'' is described as having a brain like a "planet" and is said by several characters to be able to carry a much more prestigious job than hospital janitor if he wanted.
* ''Series/{{Carrusel}}'' has Valeria, Carmen, and Alicia, to a lesser extent. All 3 girls have jet black hair and are good students. Valeria is a talented painter. Carmen is very good with people. And Alicia is very mature and has common sense.
* Dr. Helen Magnus of ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', OmnidisciplinaryScientist extraordinaire, whose long brunette locks are a stark contrast to Creator/AmandaTapping's [[YouMightRememberMeFrom former role]] as the short-haired, blonde, and equally brainy astrophysicist Major Samantha Carter on ''Series/StargateSG1''. [[IAmNotSpock This was probably deliberate]].
* The younger Dunphy daughter, Alex, on ''Series/ModernFamily''.
* Maggie from ''Series/UnnaturalHistory''.
* Amy Farrah Fowler and Leslie Winkle (both Ph.Ds) from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.
* Rocky Blue from ''ShakeItUp''.
* Allison Argent from ''Series/TeenWolf''. She is smart, logical, capable, strong and she's of course a brunette.
* Prue Halliwell in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' 's big sister Ellie Bartowski.
* Sharon "Shaz" Granger from ''Series/AshesToAshes'', who despite having a low ranking in CID ([[TruthInTelevision as was actually the norm for woman in 1980s Britain]]) is far smarter than Ray or Chris and often provides valuable information when solving cases.
** As is shown by her [[spoiler: running after an armed shooter in 1x07]],[[spoiler: shooting down a bent copper in her wedding dress in 2x08]] and by her [[spoiler: disarming a armed criminal at gunpoint and turning his weapon against him in 3x08]] she can be just as much a brave Badass as Gene and the others.
* Diana from ''Series/TheSecretCircle''. She is the smartest one of the core group and often takes the lead because of her smarts and capability. Later on, Cassie seems to take the lead more often alongside Diana as Cassie begins to accept her witch ancestry.
* Spencer Hastings from ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' is a slight [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]]: She's extremely smart, but [[TheBGrade she can't tolerate even the slightest slip.]] Sometimes the pressure of being [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]] gets to her.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* Gaea from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', dark or lighter brown [[AdaptationDyeJob depending on the media]], local ManipulativeBastard.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Implied in ''Pinball/{{Genie}}'', as the wizard's apprentice is a dark-haired BedlahBabe.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* AlphaBitch Lucy from ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'' is a brainy brunette who uses her brains for [[TheChessmaster her own ends]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Jennifer Willis, from the original ''{{Splatterhouse}}''.
* Miranda Lawson from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
* The default player character from ADanceWithRogues has black hair and is really the only character who ever fits the role of TheSmartGuy on your team.
* Morrigan from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', whose intellect is beyond question (though she does seem to spend a lot of it on thinking up more ways to insult Alistair).
* Both April Ryan ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' and Zoe Castillo from ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney''. And the WordOfGod is that the stereotype played (possibly without realization) a role in their design.
* Angela Delvecchio of ''BackyardSports''.
* Rita from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' has Mia Fey (a defense attorney), Lana Skye (the Chief Prosecutor), and Ema Skye (Lana's younger sister, who is a police detective).
* Mei Ling and Naomi Hunter in ''Franchise/MetalGear''.
** Solid Snake (160-point IQ, speaks six languages) and Otacon (expert programmer, GadgeteerGenius, creator of Metal Gear Rex) are male examples (although Otacon's hair is more gray-brown than conventional brunet).
* Princess Zelda in her only remotely brunette incarnation, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', is noted by her former tutor to have been an excellent student. She's also the chosen disciple of the Goddess of Wisdom, so it's only logical.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', Lana and her {{expy}} Manna are kind, sensitive, and very intuitive {{White Magician Girl}}s. Also Oifaye, who was TheStrategist in the first part and then became the BigBrotherMentor to Celice's group.
* In the second ''Videogame/DarkParables'' game, Literature/{{Cinderella}} is implied to have been this, based on the fact that [[spoiler:her husband constructed a library in her memory.]]
* Stern, the [[TheSmartGuy Material of Wisdom]] from the ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable'' games. Unlike the light-haired Nanoha whose form she was based on, Stern's hair is dark brown.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Biologist Dr. Jean Poule in ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''.
* Emily, from ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', is a straight example. Julie also has plenty of brains and brown hair, but it's apparently [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0134.html not her real hair color]].
* In the RemixComic version of ''Webcomic/JetDream'', Marlene is even brainier, described as one of the best people in the Western world at [[ForScience Doing Science]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' has the bookish, raven haired Allyson.
* ''[[{{Webcomic/morphe}} morphE]]'' features Billy Thatcher a brunette chess champion who serves as the brains of the group and would probably be voted "Most likely to be shot by Amical" in the current seedling yearbook.
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* Parodied by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, who thinks she knows everything but is really a KnowNothingKnowItAll. Played straight by MsExposition BBF Nella and MadScientist Dr. Block.
* LaciGreen, pint-sized sex guru from the west coast.
* Thalia, Calliope, and the rest of the Muses in ''ThaliasMusings''.
** Also, Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, Crafting, and Battle Strategy.
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': Jane Eyre is portrayed by a dark-haired woman in this SettingUpdate adaptation. Jane says she has always been very good at school, loves books and reading and considers herself a smart girl. She's based on a very down-to-earth character.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Velma Dinkley of ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'': Throughout her various incarnations, Velma is usually portrayed as a highly intelligent young woman with highly specific interests in science (which in the Scooby and Scrappy Doo series leads her to pursue a career as a NASA research scientist) or merely being very well read on obscure fields, such as ancient Viking writing (as in the third Scooby Doo series ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies'').
* Jeanette of the [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Chipettes]] is both the brainy one and the brunette in the Chipette trio.
* Inverted on ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' where the red-headed Blossom is the brainy one, while the brunette Buttercup is the aggressive spitfire. (Bubbles is still the DumbBlonde, though.)
* Bushroot's HotScientist love interest Dr. Rhoda Dendron from his origin story on ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Morgana the successful businesswoman and scholar counts as well.
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* [[WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} Daria Morgendorffer]] is a combination of this trope and DeadpanSnarker. It helps make her a famous [[TheSnarkKnight Snark Knight]].
* [[TheDragon Azula]], from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', is [[MagnificentBastard terrifyingly]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy intelligent]] and a ManipulativeBastard par excellence. And [[TheLancer Katara]] isn't dumb, either, though her brother Sokka is [[TheSmartGuy "the Idea Guy"]] of the Gaang. Of course, all but one character in the show are or were dark-haired.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' has Noah (book smarts), Courtney (legal smarts), Cody ([[TechnoWizard mechanical smarts]]) and Alejandro ([[ChessMaster people smarts]]).
** Heather specifically lampshades this in ''Action'' where she was looking for new hair and said: "I'm too smart to be Lindsay blonde, but Courtney's hair would be perfect."
* Played mostly straight with the Kanker sisters in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. May (the blonde) is TooDumbToLive; Lee (the redhead) definitely has the attitude; and while Marie has [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]] and isn't overtly bookish, she comes up with the smartest ideas.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': an episode's B-plot focused on Lisa joining the debate team and ending up dyeing her hair brown to prove that they didn't take her seriously before, due to being blonde.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', Gretchen and Spinelli invert their typical hair tropes, as Spinelli (brunette) is fiery and Gretchen (redhead) is brainy. Gretchen ''did'' have black hair in the pilot, though.
** T.J. subverts this, as he's quite ditzy when it comes to academics, but is a genius when it comes to his schemes on the playground.
** Miss Grotke plays this trope straight.
* Mike Chilton in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''. He's a bit more subtle than other examples, but he is a strategic genius from his cadet training. He often relies on his IndyPloy, however.
* ''DanVs'':
** Elise is shown to have a very high intelligence, given that she is a secret government agent; however, she also has traits of a FieryRedhead.
** Dan himself also counts somewhat; he is shown to be [[BrilliantButLazy well read, but lacks any common sense]].
* Connie from Steven Universe, a black-skinned version.
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