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''Lady Lovely Locks'' is a MerchandiseDriven animated series from TheEighties. It debuted in 1987 and was produced by Creator/DICEntertainment.

The show told the tale of the pretty blonde-haired princess Lady Lovely Locks, her friends Maiden Fair Hair and Maiden Curly Crown, and her {{Fairy Companion}}s the Pixietails. Most of what they have to worry about comes from the evil Duchess Ravenwaves who wants to take over the land Lovely Locks rules. There's also a family of friendly dragons, a blind wizard, and a prince who turns into a dog.

Besides the cartoon and toys, tie-in books were made, as were a series of German [[http://ladylovelylocks.org/image/tid/59 audio dramas]] set in a different continuity than the cartoon.

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!!Tropes featured include:
* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://ladylovelylocks.org/image/tid/44 An Enchanting Fairy Tale Adventure]], the first tie-in book, reveals that Lady's status as an orphan was caused by Ravenwaves' mother, Grand Duchess Ravenhair. When Lady was born, Ravenhair sent a powerful tornado that sent everyone far away, including herself and Lady's parents. Lady only escaped because her crib was in another room.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Hairball changes sizes depending on his moods, looks like a living ball of hair in the show, and casts powerful magic.
* AlliterativeName: Lady Lovely Locks' name and title start with L.
* AlternateContinuity: The German [[http://ladylovelylocks.org/image/tid/59 audio dramas]] are set in a different continuity than the cartoon, with Ravenwaves and Strongheart having a secret past together, the witch that cursed Strongheart being in debt with Ravenwaves' father, and Lady and Strongheart marrying and having a child named Leilani. They're also DarkerAndEdgier than the show, with Lady and Strongheart nearly dying at some points.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: At the end of each story on VHS, a live-action version of Lady Lovely Locks talk about what she and/or other characters had learned, and how the viewers could also learn from their experiences. Unlike a number of shows that did this, where they would last 1 minute at most, the segments on this show ran for about 2 minutes or so. The end of the first story would even have her talk about a little bit about the next one just before the commercial break.
* {{Animesque}}: Production duties were shared by Japan and France, while animation was done in Japan exclusively, like many American cartoons of this time.
* {{Animorphism}}: Prince Strongheart was cursed to change into a dog.
* BigBadDuumvirate: The audio dramas had an alliance between Ravenwaves and the witch who cursed Strongheart, Lazulia. There was also a third villain, a snake named Snake Lee, who switched sides often.
* BlindSeer: Shining Glory, who is blind but knows many things about the land.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Lady Lovely Locks, Maiden Fair Hair, and Maiden Curly Crown, respectively.
* BondVillainStupidity: There are times when Ravenwaves and Hairball manage to create good opportunities to cut Lady's hair, but most of the time they're too busy gloating to cut it.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Episode 7 has Lady's powers weakened, and she does a lot of the work herself, especially in the final segment where she rides a sled and evades Hairball's magic.
* DamselInDistress: Nine times out of ten, the Pixietails save Lady Lovely Locks from whatever trouble she is in this week.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Sometimes Lady Lovely Locks is able to rescue herself, though usually in the middle of an episode rather than the end.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The audio dramas are more serious than the show, with Lady and Strongheart marrying and having a child named Leilani, several characters dying or nearly dying, and Ravenwaves' plans to take over going beyond cutting Lady's hair.
* ErmineCapeEffect: Lady Lovely Locks, by way of LimitedWardrobe.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Despite her title, Lady Lovely Locks is a princess.
* EvilCounterpart: Duchess Ravenwaves has the Comb Gnomes to Lady's Pixietails, Titan to Lady's horse Silkymane, and Messmutt to Lady's dog Silkypup.
* EvilFormerFriend: Hairball used to work under Shining Glory and knows some of his spells, as well as how to get into his manor.
* EvilSorcerer: Hairball worked under, then betrayed, Shining Glory and does most of the magic Ravenwaves requires.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: In the cartoon, Prince Strongheart is never able to tell Lady the truth of his situation. The audio dramas resolve the issue by freeing him from the curse.
* FairestOfThemAll: Ravenwaves plans to be the fairest ruler in the land by stealing Lady's hair.
* FemmeFatale: Duchess Ravenwaves uses her beauty to get what she wants at times.
* FisherKing: The Land of Lovelylocks is kept safe and happy as long as Lady is there to watch the Looking Room. In the first episode, Ravenwaves schemes to make Lady stay away for an extended period of time, plunging the kingdom into ruin.
* FreudianTrio: Lady Lovely Locks is the down-to-earth ego, coolheaded and intelligent Maiden Fair Hair is the superego, and comical and impulsive Maiden Curly Crown is the id.
* HeelFaceTurn: The final episode ends with a hint at this for Ravenwaves, as she's miserable over always losing and being alone. Lady tells her that being kinder to others can help, and she storms off to think things over.
* HiddenObjectGame: Illustration of TheMerch from books, puzzles, cards, etc. have hidden Pixietails to find.
* HypercompetentSidekick:
** The Pixietails have very strong magic and end up doing most of the work themselves, while Lady's only contribution is to summon them by shaking her hair.
** Shining Glory's magic ends up resolving the plot a lot. In instances where he's out of the picture the solution is usually to save him so he can save the day.
** Hairball has a wide knowledge of magic and is usually out in the field, while Ravenwaves is content to sit and watch from afar.
* IHaveYourWife: "The Wishing Bone" has Ravenwaves kidnap Shining Glory and hold him hostage for Lady's hair.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Hairball changes sizes depending on his moods, and can also shrink at will.
* InescapableNet: Dragon-hair nets are almost completely unbreakable and are resistant to most magic. Ravenwaves uses one to capture Shining Glory, while Maiden Fairhair uses one to stabilize the castle after a tunnel was dug underneath it.
* LeftHanging: The audio dramas end with the Pixietails saving Leilani and returning her to Lady, and wondering what will happen next when she wakes up in the morning.
* MacGuffin: Lady Lovely Locks' hair, which was her power source. Duchess Ravenwaves' goal was to cut it and obtain power over the land.
* MagicHair: Lady's hair summons the Pixietails and powers the Looking Room, which helps her see and heal troubles in the land.
* {{Motif}}: Hair. Besides the characters' names, several trees and plants look like hair, Lady's abilities revolve around her hair, and hair raises and lowers Castle Lovelylocks and grows underneath it as support.
* NearVillainVictory: Duchess Ravenwaves came ''very'' close to cutting Lady's hair at times, especially in "Vanished," where she held a Pixietail hostage, then ordered that ''all'' the Pixietails leave them alone, including the one she was holding. She was only foiled when a Pixietail too far away to hear the order snatched away her scissors.
* NonActionBigBad: Ravenwaves rarely took part in schemes personally, letting Hairball and the Comb Gnomes handle the dirty work.
* NonIndicativeName: Maiden [=FairHair=] is not fair-haired, having dark brown hair instead.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: For one thing, baby dragons look more like furry pigs. For another, they grow from a magical tree.
* OutOfFocus: With so many characters and only 10 minutes of runtime per episode, Maidens Fairhair and Curlycrown rarely get to do anything important.
* PimpedOutDress: Lady, the Maidens, and Ravenwaves all wear beautiful dresses.
* PollutedWasteland: Tangleland is a swampy, thorny area full of danger, in contrast to the beautiful land of Lovelylocks.
* PrettyInMink: Fur trimmed coats worn when they go someplace cold.
* PrincessClassic: Lady Lovely Locks is sweet, polite, and caring even in the face of danger.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Lady tends to wear pink.
* PrincessesRule: Lady rules her kingdom despite being a princess, not a queen. Justified as her parents are gone.
* PurpleIsPowerful:
** Duchess Ravenwaves wears dark purple and her doll has purple streaks in her hair.
** Shining Glory wears purple wizard robes.
* ReformedButRejected: This trope is discussed, but ends up averted in "The Bundle," with Hairball taking advantage of Lady's kindness to betray her. Lady feels awful that Hairball was lying, but says that if they did think he was causing trouble and he wasn't, they'd feel even worse.
* SceneryPorn: The show is lavishly animated, especially in dungeon scenes. The hand-painted backgrounds are especially pretty.
* {{Shapeshifter}}: In the second episode, Hairball disguises himself as the handsome Baron von Tress to win Lady's trust.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: The Pixietails, the Comb Gnomes, and the baby dragons.
* SubvertedSuspicionAesop: Played with in the episode where Hairball is kicked out of Ravenwaves' castle. He asks to work at Lady's castle, but only so so he can gather her hair and get back in Ravenwaves' good books. Maiden Fairhair is rightly suspicious of him, but when the truth is revealed Lady says that if he ''was'' serious about reforming and they didn't believe him they'd feel even worse than when he betrayed them.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands:
** Ravenwaves' spyglass let her spy on Lady no matter where she was.
** There's also a heroic version with Lady Lovely Locks' Looking Room, which let her see what was going on in the kingdom and acted as a conduit for her FisherKing powers, letting her repair damage done to it.
* TalkingAnimal: In the audio dramas Strongheart could speak in dog form. Averted in the cartoon, where he couldn't talk at all in dog form.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Shining Glory didn't get a toy. Inverted with Maiden Golden Waves, Maiden Misty Curl, the Curly Kittens and Lili Tops, who were in the toyline but not in the cartoon.
* TwoShorts: Each episode was about 11 minutes long.
* VagueAge: Lady, the Maidens and Duchess Ravenwaves all look like children, especially in the illustrations, but their voices and stations of authority suggest that they are young adults. The audio dramas add to the confusion by having Lady and Strongheart get married and have a child while the illustrations stay the same.
* VerbalTic: The Pixietails add "ix" to the end of every word they say, making most of their speech nigh incomprehensible.
* VileVillainLaughableLackey: Hairball is the Laughable Lackey to Duchess Ravenwaves.
* VillainBall: Ravenwaves and Hairball often have Lady captive, but spend too much time menacing her rather than getting her hair.
* WithLyrics: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHX_Jgh8o5k full opening]] and ending themes are the main theme with lyrics.
* WorldBuilding: The series had several details given about the fantasy world, including how Lady's looking room worked, how dragons were born, areas outside the kingdom, and one-off areas like the Lake of Reflections, Mirror Lake, and cryptic references to the Sea of Far Beyond. [[https://boardgamegeek.com/image/2261716/lady-lovely-locks-and-pixietails-seek-peek-game A tie-in board game]] showed even more locations, some of which were used in year 2 of the toyline.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: Hairball in the books and illustrations is a white-haired gnome, while in the show he's a living ball of brown hair. The only thing they have in common is the name and bushy mustache.
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