"Les Blondes" is a French comic
written and drawn by Gaby and Dzack. As the name implies
it is about Dumb Blondes
The humour involves a lot of slapstick and wordplay based on translating blonde jokes to a visual medium. Given most of the cast are drawn as gorgeous
suprisingly few of the jokes are based around sex, even when it comes to innuendo. While there are lots of one shot blondes characters who appear only for a single page gag the lead (and series mascot) is Vanessa, recognisable by her distinctive hairstyle. She's very sweet natured and likable and very pretty but incredibly foolish and permanently at odds with reality
. Other important characters include Vanessa's niece (exactly the same as her aunt but a pre-teen), fellow Dumb Blonde
Cindy and her good (and thankfully much smarter) non-blonde friends Kim, Chloe, Michelle and Anne.
The series currently has 20 volumes and has been adapted into an animated TV series.
Les Blondes provides examples of the following tropes:
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: While she goes through a lot of injuries (see Slapstick Knows No Gender below) Vanessa is never left with any lasting bruises or scars.
- Brainless Beauty: Vanessa herself and most of the other blondes (though there are exceptions.) Actually it seems to be literally true of Vanessa - in one album a baffled doctor shows her an x-ray of her empty cranium and explains he found nothing at all in her head. Vanessa is visibly delighted at the all clear.
- Cloudcuckoolander: All the blondes.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: One of Vanessa's defining traits. Thankfully for her she lives in a Beauty Is Never Tarnished universe.
- Dumb Blonde: As if the comic title wasn't a clue!
- Dumb Is Good: Airhead though she is Vanessa doesn't have a mean bone in her body. Several strips are based around her trying to help someone... with inevitable results.
- Hair Antennae: Vanessa's distinctive look.
- Hypno Fool: After learning hypnosis Vanessa tried to impress her friends. She accidently hypnotised herself.
- Idiot Heroine
- Improbably Female Cast: While there are certainly plenty of male extras and incidental characters like doctors or bosses almost all the core cast are female and several strips have only Vanessa and her niece or friends or two blondes together.
- In One Ear, Out the Other: A blonde is listening to some gossip on her cell phone and laughing out loud. Her equally blonde friend asks her what the gossip is and the first blonde tells her to stick her ear next to the first blonde's other ear, allowing her to listen in on the phonecall. It works.
- Only Sane Man: Vanessa's friends collectively and individually. Vanessa thinks she is one of these.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: And how! One of the most frequent reccurring jokes involve Vanessa friends visiting her in hospital to learn how she got her latest set of bandages.