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->'''Lyons''': Well, Miss Devereaux! And how is the fairest flower of the South?\\
'''Diana''': Senator Lyons, that's the prettiest thing been said to me since I left Louisiana. I sure been gettin' pow'ful homesick.\\
'''One of the Girls''': She sure is getting pow'ful Southern.
-->-- ''OfTheeISing''

A character archetype of an upper class rich girl from the DeepSouth -- or SweetHomeAlabama. She usually wears a PimpedOutDress to every [[DancesAndBalls dance or party]], carries a ParasolOfPrettiness in the daytime, and speaks in the most profound [[AmericanAccents Dixie]] [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench accent]]. May be subject to {{fainting}} or saying, "Well, I do declare!"

A {{trope}} that grew out of the South during TheAmericanCivilWar, there are two versions of the SouthernBelle: the '''[[ProperLady Bonne Belle]]''' ("good beauty" in French), who is loyal to her husband and family even as she sees them off to war, and the '''[[TheVamp Mauvaise Belle]]''' ("bad beauty" in French), who is selfish and vain and manipulates those around to her get what she wants.

The Southern Belle is generally now a DeadHorseTrope, usually limited to parody and historic romance novels.

Compare SouthernGentleman (the SpearCounterpart), YamatoNadeshiko, EnglishRose, PrincessClassic, ProperLady (the Japanese, English, royal, and general European counterparts of Bonne Belle).

In RealLife, they sometimes go by (according to TheOtherWiki) "Ya Ya Sisters," "Sweet Potato Queens," and "[[FunWithAcronyms GRITS (Girls Raised In The South)]]." [[note]]For people who don't get that one, grits is a popular porridge-like hot cereal/side dish made from maize that's particularly associated with the American South. Europeans in particular should think of thin polenta.[[/note]]

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* A [[AccentAdaptation southern accent]] turned [[{{Ojou}} Shizuru Fujino]] into one in ''{{Mai-HiME}}'' and ''{{Mai-Otome}}'''s English dub.
* The same goes for [[AlphaBitch Ranamon]] in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''.
* Kiel Heim & Lilly Borjarnon from ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' appear to have been designed after this archetype.
* In one episode of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'', James returns home to his blue-blooded family, who promptly inform him of [[spoiler:his engagement to]] a woman named Jessiebelle, a perfect example of this trope. Or at least she would if she wasn't such a domineering bitch - one of the reasons that led James to run away from home in the first place.

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* In Creator/TheFiresignTheater's album ''Everything You Know Is Wrong'' the wire recording of the medicine show features one of these. Celebrating that the South won the Civil War:
---> Beulah Belle: Think of those balls you'll have!
---> Dad: You're too young to think about that, Beulah Balls. Er, Belle.

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* [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Rogue]] in the hands of Creator/ChrisClaremont originally was an aversion, as her lower-class origins and tomboy youth on the Mississippi made her more similar to Huckleberry Finn than anything. In later story she still subverted the trope as she only dreamed of being a Scarlett O'Hara-type belle, while in her everyday life wearing pretty unladylike, sometimes masculine clothes and leading the life of a superhero.
* Bunnie Rabbot from the ''[[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics]]'' is said to be this. There was a scrapped plotline about her origins that would have revealed her real name as Scarlet O'Hare.
** While that went nowhere, it's become official canon that while the name has always been spelt "Rabbot", it's actually pronounced [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay "Rah-boh"]]. Nobody calls her that because A: it's only evident in Bunnie's Dixie-ish accent, B: it's spelt Rabbot, and C: her HollywoodCyborg nature makes "Rabbot" too much of a pun to pass up. Her uncle, also a HollywoodCyborg, notes his name got the same treatment.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Julie Marsden (BetteDavis) in ''{{Jezebel}}''. Very much mauvaise [[spoiler: until her HeelFaceTurn at the end.]]
* Everyone from Venus in ''Film/TheAmericanAstronaut'', seriously.
* Charlotte from ''{{The Princess and the Frog}}'', who serves as a {{foil}} to {{th
* Rosemary Bartlow in ''{{The Bad and the Beautiful}}''.
* Scarlett O'Hara is quite possibly the definitive example of the ''mauvaise'' in GoneWithTheWind.
** With Scarlett's [[TheRival rival]] Melanie providing the definitive example of the ''bonne''.
** Scarlett turns out to be a bit of a subversion later on, as after the war she shows qualities very unbecoming to a classic belle, such as readiness to do hard work herself and an almost Yankee-like business sense and enterprise.
* Phyllis in ''Film/{{Excision}}'' is a modern-day Southern housewife who aspires to this. She wants to enroll her daughter Pauline in cotillion classes in order to teach her how to be a "proper" lady.
* Calvin Candie's sister Laura in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of this type of character. While she does appear to be polite and dedicated to her brother, she is also approving of slavery and has a FateWorseThanDeath organized for a main character at the end, putting her in stark contrast to how she might otherwise be.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Melanie Hamilton (Bonne Belle) and Scarlett O'Hara (Mauvais Belle) in ''GoneWithTheWind''.
* Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker in ''TheGreatGatsby'' are Western Belles.
* Mary Johnson of ''Fellow Travelers''. She's rich, from New Orleans, and well-educated for the time period ([=McCarthy=]-era Washington). She's also strong-willed and independent, and like so many of the belles on this page, that gets her into trouble.
* William Faulkner is especially fond of this trope, although his characters tend to be deconstructions.
* Zin of ''Literature/{{Everwild}}'' is the inverted version of this.
* Claire Goodman of Lynn Austin's Refiner's Fire trilogy is a Mauvais Belle.
* Aramat Drawdes in one short novel in Caitlin R. Kiernan's ''Alabaster'' is an especially dangerous (and insane) Mauvais Belle.
* The short story ''Witch War'' by Richard Matheson describes a group of very young Southern Belles (all teen or pre-teen girls) who are sitting on a porch, drinking lemonade, gossiping and other such activities associated with the trope ... until it's revealed they are a secret weapon to be used against enemy soldiers, whom the girls rapidly massacre with horrifying powers of telekinesis. They then return to gossiping and giggling, with a murmur of "aren't we awful!"

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* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Sophie Devereaux pretended to be one in "The Two Horse Job."
* In ''TheDrewCareyShow'', Drew dates (marries? I'm not sure) a Southern Belle in the later seasons.
* Charlotte from ''PrivatePractice'' starts off as the mauvaise variation
** And [[ConsummateLiar continues]] and [[YourCheatingHeart continues]] and [[{{Jerkass}} continues]]...
* Blanche Devereaux on ''{{The Golden Girls}}''.
* The ladies of ''DesigningWomen''
* An episode of ''TheTwilightZone'' entitled ''Jess-Belle'', has examples of both. [[MeaningfulName Jess-Belle]] would be Mauvais, while her rival Ellwyn would be an example of Bonne.
* [[Series/{{Farscape}} Aeryn]] was one of these in an AU episode. It was freakin' ''terrifying''.
* Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Creator/KyraSedgwick) in ''Series/TheCloser''. She's a Southern Belle detective from Georgia who really stands out working in the Los Angeles police department. Her Southern charm and accent are actually a part of her interrogation tactic on suspects - although, as her husband Fritz points out, at heart she's "a bit of an old-fashioned girl."
* Maude Standish in ''Series/TheMagnificentSeven''- although, since she is a con artist, her credentials may be slightly suspect.
* Calleigh Duquesne from ''CSIMiami'' has elements of this.
** As does another character played by Emily Proctor - [[BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Ainsley Hayes]] of ''TheWestWing''.
* "Colonel Daddy's daughter" on ''HeeHaw''.
* Lemon Breeland on HartOfDixie.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harriet Sim's mother Lydia Beaumont Sims.
* One appears on ''GoodEats'', and shares her (breakfast) grits with an Italian man who is enjoying some polenta (which she calls "dinner grits.")

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* April Kane from ''TerryAndThePirates'' is a junior version.

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* GLOW once featured a team called the Southern Belles. Their names were Scarlett and Tara.

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* Mister Gently Benevolent posed as one in ''Radio/BleakExpectations''. Not a spoiler because he wasn't even bothering with the accent most of the time...
* ''I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again'' did a parody of ''SongOfTheSouth'' featuring Lady Constance as "a real Southern Belle", leading to the IncrediblyLamePun: "She shore is shaped like one!"

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* Miss Peach, a member of the ExtendedUniverse of the TabletopGame/{{Clue}}do series. While she pretends to be the Bonne Belle, most of Miss Peach's appearances point out that she is a pathological liar, and something of a temptress to rival Miss Scarlet, making her a true Mauvaise Belle.

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[[folder: Theater ]]

* Played with in ''AStreetcarNamedDesire''. Blanche is a SouthernBelle in the 20th century, a fading relic of a bygone age.
** Every Tennessee Williams play? Or at least every second Tennessee Williams play? In ''TheGlassMenagerie'' Amanda (mother) is a former washed-up Southern Belle.
* Diana Devereaux in ''OfTheeISing'', who was "the most beautiful blossom in all the Southland" until Wintergreen jilted her.
* Magnolia in ''ShowBoat''.
* Cindy Lou Bethany in ''{{Kiss the Boys Goodbye}}''.
* Cho Chang in ''AVeryPotterMusical'' and ''AVeryPotterSequel''.
** As is Miss Cooter in ''MeAndMyDick''. Same actress even.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Alche-Miss from ''FreedomForce'' is SouthernBelle crossed with Dirty Hippie in a hilarious manner.
* A horrible, horrible subversion greets you near the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}''.
* [[BackyardSports Billy Jean Blackwood]].
* {{Pokemon}} has [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Lilligant_%28Pok%C3%A9mon%29 Lilligant]], a ''plant'' Mon that looks like one. It's [[OneGenderRace always female]].
* VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing gives us "[[PunnyName Diving Belles]]", southern belles who drowned themselves and came back as zombies that roam the depths of the Marinara Trench. Parodies of Scarlett O'Hara, their most dangerous attack is kissing the player really hard after mistaking him for an ex-boyfriend.

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* Faye's mother in ''QuestionableContent'' is something of one (at least compared to her daughters, the elder of whom chose to make her life in darkest Massachusetts and the younger who came out as a lesbian not long after).

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* Luanne from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' is a modern take on the belle.
** Bill Dauterive's relatives qualify.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation'', Buster and Babs meet three Southern belle alligators. They all try to marry (and possibly eat) Buster.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Deep South", Fry meets a ''mermaid'' Southern belle in the ruins of the legendary lost sunken city of {{Atlanta}}. Fry settles in to enjoy his life with Umbriel, but upon encountering the MermaidProblem, he runs to try to catch his friends.
-->'''Fry:''' "Turns out I loved her, but I wasn't ''in love'' with her."
-->'''Amy''' (to Leela): "Trouble in the bedroom…"
* Penelope Pitstop, first in ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' and then in [[WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop her own series]].
* Clarice Cow in ''ScienceCourt''. Granted, Clarice is a puppet that one of the main cast uses for their in-universe children's show.
* Annabelle in ''[[WesternAnimation/EekTheCat Eek! The Cat]]''.
* Creator/TexAvery's RedHotRidingHood was depicted as a Southern belle in the cartoon "Uncle Tom's Cabana".
* [[MeaningfulName Tara Belle]] in ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens''.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends]]'', one of Bloo's {{Imagine Spot}}s portrays Frankie as one, much to her confusion.
* Truly from ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''.
** Cherry Jubilee from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.

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