Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
aka: Tall Dark And Bishoujo
The blackness of my hair tells you how I feel of your opinion.
The Aloof Dark-haired Girl
is a fairly common character type combining both appearance and personality. They will generally be taller
than their peers, more physically developed
, and their hair will be very long
and dark. Frequently, their skin will in contrast be very pale
. They look older and more beautiful and meet a certain classic ideal of feminine beauty
combining maturity, a quiet attitude and a combination of long hair and very pale skin.
The Aloof Dark-haired Girl will not merely look
older than her peers, however. Frequently, she will also act more reserved and aloof and thus seem more mature, which may earn her some younger female admirers. It is not uncommon for them to be fond of teasing their peers or acting as their big sisters, though in all cases they will still maintain their dignity. Occasionally, she will even look cold and distant
, but in this case she is still probably a nice person
deep down. Finally, it is essential to remember that despite the usual popularity of the girl in question, they do not seek it out. Instead, people simply gravitate towards them with admiration.
. May lead to Even the Girls Want Her
in the right sort of series.
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Anime and Manga
- Veronica in Archie Comics who tends to act aloof to her friends due to her social class. Her dad, a self-made man, said he sent her to Riverdale High specifically so she wouldn't end up a snob. It...kinda worked?
- X-23 is pretty, with long, dark hair. She's also very quiet and aloof with her friends and teammates, and when she does speak her words are generally short, precise, and to the point.
- Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments is described as a Statuesque Stunner with waist-length dark hair. She's also very proud and distant, as well as an accomplished Shadowhunter.
- China Sorrows from Skulduggery Pleasant is very much this trope: she's tall, beautiful, dark-haired, aloof, and can make men and women fall head-over-heels in love with her.
- Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games could qualify. She is aloof, dark-haired, and admired by many, whether it be her "fans" from the Capitol or some of her fellow soldiers and tributes in The Hunger Games.
- Fiona Coyne of Degrassi carried all the pinnings of this trope, just in a western setting. This includes the crossover with The Ojou and some Tall, Dark and Snarky for good measure. She's spent her whole run fighting boys off, even after she came out, and trouble is not of short supply. Her girlfriend even fits the Shrinking Violet (when it comes to their relationship) trope.
- Ziva David from NCIS is a tall, beautiful woman who is a definite Ice Queen to her teammates. She mellowed down considerably to the rest of the team by season 7, however.
- Lady Mary Crawley of Downton Abbey is a textbook example: a tall, dark-haired beauty, persistently frosty, haughty, and detached, with several suitors that we've seen, to say nothing of her sister Edith's persistent but almost entirely one-sided rivalry.
- In ''Supernatural, there is Tessa from "In My Time of Dying" (S02, Ep1).
- In the Heike Monogatari, an account of the Genpei War, Tomoe Gozen, a female samurai of the Minamoto clan, is described as "especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features". She was also recorded as being "a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot." She was one of the last warriors standing at the Battle of Awazu, even outliving her master who was struck down by an arrow during the fight.
- Ada Wong from Resident Evil.
- Shanoa from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is tall, shows little emotion, and even has some of the women she rescues flirting with her.
- Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4 is a subversion. She has long, black hair in a traditional Hime Cut and is very popular at school for her beautiful appearance. Her classmates admire her, but find her impossible to approach romantically since she rejects everyone. However, Yukiko is revealed to be an utter goofball who bursts into laughing fits when hearing silly jokes, instead of the seemingly perfect Yamato Nadeshiko she's thought to be. Not only that, but when she's comfortable with the people around her, she gets very excited about telling scary stories.
- Lulu from Final Fantasy X. She is cynical, stoic and snarky to boot. She initially appears detached from everyone other than Yuna, and acts dismissive even towards her childhood friend Wakka.
- Ikaruga from Senran Kagura. Physically she is the closest to the ideal of Yamato Nadeshiko beauty, she is the most mature of the Hanzo girls, and some family issues has made her some kind of a loner, or at least someone who have difficulties opening up to the others (she's already recovering by the beginning of the game, but remains somewhat aloof). Subverted in the anime, where the staff loved to make fun of her personnality.
- Orihime Tsukishima in Kara no Shoujo who is the tall, elegant, aloof, and refined Student Council President. She's also highly repressed and ends up starting a prostitution ring involving herself and girls that she knows who feel the same way.
- Little Busters! has Kurugaya, who styles herself as a sexy, competent Cool Big Sis who loves teasing her cute classmates.
- Azuma Hazuki in Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito, for whom the term was created, with Yuri Fans checking to see if anyone else fits the pattern.
- Tsugumi from Ever17 is tall, has long dark hair, and takes quite a while to warm up to the other characters.
- Kotonoha Katsura from School Days is a subversion; she looks the part (is tall, dark-haired, and buxom) and has a number of admirers (mostly male). People assume she's aloof and uncaring because she keeps to herself a lot, but the true reason she does so is due to a lack of self-confidence. It's also deconstructed a bit as well; her beauty, apparent aloofness, and popularity with her male admirers mean that most of her female classmates think that she's some sort of seductress out to steal "their" men, which spurs some of them to bully her using almost every trick in the book.
- Rin Tohsaka from Fate/stay night has long raven hair, is beautiful, elegant and intelligent, but mildly averts this trope by being rather infamously standoffish instead of cool and distant.
- Eerie Cuties: Layla Delacroix is the Defrosting Ice Queen variety, where she initially comes across as aloof and snarky, but her interactions with her best friend, Tiffany, reveals her softer side.
- Susan of El Goonish Shive is the tallest girl in the main cast, has dark blue hair (previously dyed, now permanent), and is generally aloof and composed.
- When Javert got gender flipped for a short time in Roommates he became this archetype. Tall (the tallest cast member), graceful, with long dark hair and aloof (at times snarky) personality, who was the voice of reason and maturity in the madness. Also many, many fangirls thought it was a shame, when the magic ended.
- Sandra on the Rocks: Zoť actually fits this trope very well, in both appearance (she's tall, fairly pale, and supermodel-grade beautiful) and manner (being aloof and controlled); she also has a few admirers, although she earns them by being very good at what she does. She comes at the trope from a slightly unusual direction, though, being Tall, Dark and Snarky and not treating many other members of the cast as friends. The only problem is that her aloofness is prone to being compromised when she loses her temper with other, less sensible characters.
- Azula, the imposing dark-haired princess of the Fire Nation from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Also Mai, who is tall, dark-haired and emotionless most of the time.
- It should be noted that Azula, while fulfilling the rest of the trope's criteria, would be considered a remarkably short example.
- Asami Sato from The Legend of Korra. She's beautiful, raven-haired, and much more calm and mature than the other members of the New Team Avatar.
- Shego from Kim Possible. She's tall, has long black hair, and a very imposing and aloof attitude.
- Ava aka White Tiger in Ultimate Spider-Man tends to act a bit more professional that the rest of the team. This because she needs to keep herself in control to prevent the Tiger amulet from taking her over, and turning her feral.
- Daria is dark-haired, aloof, and bases her personality on the dignity of being snarky and superior. According to her own self-image at least, she is much more mature than her peers (an easy claim to make at Lawndale High School) and that's why she has relatively few friends.