"'Above all black says: I don't bother you; don't bother me."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. Compare Onee-sama. May lead to Even the Girls Want Her in the right sort of series.
— Yohji Yamamoto
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- Kuroyukihime from Accel World. She's tall, a School Idol, very calm and graceful and has very long black hair.
- Futaba from Amanchu! is rather withdrawn, but as things look now, she may score cute Hikari as her girlfriend.
- Hourai Touko from Aphorism. Tall, beautiful, and Hinata's Aloof Big Sister.
- Akira in ARIA. She has a number of admirers, mostly female, and behaves in a composed lady-like manner, in front of costumers, anyway.
- Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan has shorter hair than usual, but otherwise fits this trope. There's a lack of female characters younger than her, but if there were, you'd be sure they'd be looking up to her. It's also a kind of a plot point: her black hair comes from her being one of the very few people of Asian ancestry in her Crapsack World...
- Sakaki in Azumanga Daioh is a subversion - her apparent aloofness is really because she's a Shrinking Violet, in spite of her physical appearance.
- Chane Laforet from Baccano! is dark-haired, pale-skinned, and acts as The Stoic most of the time.
- Princess Cornelia from Code Geass. Tall, good-looking, and a competent fighter, leader and strategist, with dark purple hair and eyes to match. She's reserved, arrogant and proud, but harbours a deep soft spot for her younger sister Euphemia.
- Ai Shinozaki from Corrector Yui is tall, dark-haired, and very aloof. She begins defrosting little by little, thanks to the titular Corrector Yui.
- Erika from Daimos is tall, with waist-length black-hair, and she is calm and rational.
- Jun Fudo in Devilman Lady anime is a shy and timid supermodel.
- Namie Yagiri from Durarara!! is tall, has long dark hair, and displays an extremely aloof and cold attitude towards anyone who isn't her brother.
- Isuzu 'Rin' Sohma from Fruits Basket fits this trope to a T. She's tall, has waist length black hair, and severe trust issues courtesy of her emotionally Abusive Parents. Bonus points for being, according to Word of God, "the character in charge of sexiness."
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Lust, who is tall, aloof, and as deadly as she is beautiful.
- Fasalina from GUN×SWORD is one. She's tall (especially compared to her love interest, Michael), has black hair, is very cool-headed and composed almost the entire show, and is very beautiful and seductive as well as respected by the people she's working with under The Claw to bring his plans to fruition.
- Konoe Tsurugi in Hanaukyō Maid Tai is the tall and stern head of the Security department for the main character's Maid Corps. She has long black hair and in the reboot her Adjutant, Yashima has a crush on her.
- The other Ai Shinozaki, from Hell Teacher Nube, has the looks and the admirers... and seems to have the attitude, but deep down she is more socially awkward than aloof. And desperately wants to have more friends, but since the other kids see her as a peerless beauty who shouldn't be approached lest she'll be tainted, she cannot fulfill this wish.
- Utaha Kasumigaoka of How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend has long black hair, is admired among many at her school, and acts cold and distant to most people.
- Kikyo from InuYasha. A woman who's very tall, very quiet (out of No Social Skills when alive, and out of deeply hurt feelings when she Came Back Wrong), referred to as incredibly beautiful, and a Broken Bird who after a brief yandere stint, keeps her constantly muddled emotions under control.
- Chifuyu Orimura from Infinite Stratos is the main character's tall, raven-haired sister. She's a stern and strict teacher who's also admired by most of her students in the academy.
- Chikane Himemiya in Kannazuki no Miko. She is tall, graceful, very popular among the girls of her school and has very long dark blue hair.
- Ran, titular character of Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran, is a textbook example of this trope, particularly in that she attracts trouble like a magnet (or is attracted to it?) and has a Moe Chinese Girl following her around most of the time. However, she dresses and acts in a masculine way, despite looking quite feminine; if she were ever taken for a boy (oddly, no one makes this mistake), she would be bounced right over into Bifauxnen territory.
- People are often in the dark about her gender until she starts talking, though.
- Satsuki Kiryuin from Kill la Kill ticks all the boxes. She has long black hair and pale skin and towers over all the other students, both in height as in presence. She is the Student Council President and she doesn't care about what other people think of her (or her body), but leaves her students in awe because of her beauty and massive charisma. She has a Sugar and Ice Personality, acting cool, distant and arrogant in public, staying in control of her emotions at all times, but allows herself to smile and relax a bit more among the select few she genuinely trusts and respects.
- Mio from K-On!, complete with an all-girl fanclub and also being the tallest of the main characters. However, she's a subversion who's quite similar to Sakaki in that she's painfully shy.
- Motoko Aoyama in Love Hina is tall, dark-haired, serious and aloof. Most of the time, though
- Micaiah Chevelle of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid has long, black hair and is one of the tallest females of the cast. As befitting her traditional Japanese Samurai motif, she is always calm, reserved, mature, and highly respected by other characters who often go to her for advice. Eventually, gets a Lampshade Hanging by Nove, who expresses surprise that Micaiah knows how to cry.
Nove: Micaiah-chan cries too? I just can't imagine that.
Micaiah: How rude! I may look like this, but I'm still a girl, you know? I cry when it's time to cry!
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- Akira Ookuchi is tall, very quiet and has very long dark hair.
- Mana is very tall, attractive, aloof and has long black hair.
- Setsuna tries to fit this trope, and manages it for a few chapters, but after a volume or two the facade cracks and she turns out to be Not So Above It All.
- Ogasawara Sachiko in Maria-sama ga Miteru is tall, has long purple hair, and is described as cold and aloof despite being universally admired throughout her school.
- Maki Izumi from Martian Successor Nadesico is something of a subversion of this. Physically speaking, she's quite attractive; however, she's always cracking bad puns, has a habit for playing the ukulele (terribly), and nobody seems sexually interested in her while she never shows any sexual interest in anyone else. At least, not until the episode where everyone's repressed personalities come to the forefront and her sexual side tries to convince both Akito and Akatsuki to have sex with her. Of course, this is also the episode where it's explained that she's repressed said sexual side because both of her fiancees died young and she's convinced if she opens up to anyone, they'll inevitably die as well and she'll just be alone and heartbroken again.
- One Piece:
- Nico Robin is the third tallest member of the crew, has long flowing dark locks, is widely considered to be the most attractive member of the crew, and has an austere and sophisticated personality.
- Boa Hancock, who is even taller, has long black hair, is extremely aloof to anyone who isn't Luffy and is considered the World's Most Beautiful Woman by both men and women.
- "Mona Lisa" Komabayashi and "Vampanella" Hoshino, membresses of the Sorority in Oniisama e.... Fukiko Ichinomiya are Rei Asaka are both Tall Blond And Bishoujo.
- Mariko Shinobu has the looks, but she's younger and more...troubled than the standard, but let's give her a few years. Her mother Hisako as well as Nanako's unnamed mom fit quite well, whereas Kaoru Orihara has some traits despite being The Lad-ette most of the time. And the grown-up Nanako from the last episode of the anime resembles the archetype VERY strongly.
- Suzuka in Outlaw Star is tall (almost six feet), has long black hair, the most attractive female in the main cast and even after joining Gene's crew she prefers to be left alone.
- Lt. Kanuka Clancy from Patlabor has long raven-black hair and acts cool and collected at all times. She's very much The Stoic.
- Pike Queen Lucy in the Pokémon anime. She's quite tall, especially for the series standards, has long ebony hair, and doesn't speak much, though she seems a lot nicer than most examples. This is in stark contrast to her videogame counterpart, where she's rather loud, and a bit of a Sore Loser.
- Mari from Prison School has long black hair, is the Student Council President of her school, has admirers, and is usually calm and reserved (usually).
- Private Actress:
- Shiho Kobayakawa is a tall beauty with long dark hair and a polite yet aloof attitude at school. She does show a warmer side, but it's not easy to see since she's an actress and many of her works have her playing one or another role in people's lives.
- Subverted by Mariko Soriarno, who has the looks and seems to have the attitude at first, but as soon as she befriends Shiho she's revealed to be a Naïve Newcomer instead.
- The black-haired Rikako Oryo from Psycho-Pass is the aloof, beautiful daughter of a celebrated painter. Her female classmates admire her beauty, elegance and talent in painting, but she happens to be a sociopathic Serial Killer.
- Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica has long dark hair and acts so aloof and cold that she appears as an Emotionless Girl. Subverted in that we see how she was in the past... as an adorkable Shrinking Violet who became an ADHG out of sheer trauma.
- Sailor Moon:
- Rei "Sailor Mars" Hino is black-haired with pale skin, but her characterization only appears in the manga. Whereas in the first anime she is a loud, fiery tsundere, in the manga she's cold, calculating and serious. Sailor Moon Crystal makes her closer to her original incarnation, but she still has some Not So Stoic moments.
- Setsuna "Sailor Pluto" Meiou has long, black hair with shades of dark green, and is one of the most imposing warriors as she's older than the rest. Personality-wise, she tends to be mysterious and detached—traits necessary as she's isolated guarding the gate of time. Still, when she does allow herself to show a kinder side, she's very sweet.
- Zakuro in Tokyo Mew Mew is tall, a famous model and actress, and has many admirers. She's also a loner who's the last member of the team to be introduced.
- Urusei Yatsura: Sakura, in addition to being the school nurse.
- Whenever Sunako Nakahara from The Wallflower gains enough confidence to break out of her Super-Deformed mode, she looks like a beautiful and tall dark-haired girl and is able to act very aloof and graceful.
- Kagari Ayaka from Witch Craft Works (pictured) has long black hair, and is at least a head taller than the protagonist and most of the other students at her school. Despite having an aloof and reserved personality she's the most popular person in her school and even has her own fan club.
- Kyouko from WORKING!! is noticeably tall, dark-haired, aloof, and pretty.
- 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?
- A large number of characters in the DC Comics:
- While depicted as a blonde in many media, Selina Kyle aka Catwoman is really raven-haired and is a Deadpan Snarker. Still, it doesn't stop Batman from usually having the hots for her despite her being a member of his Rogues Gallery at times.
- The Helena Bertinelli version of the Huntress is a tall beautiful woman who also happens to be a bitter and rude individual. She a Sociopathic Hero too. Even the Helena Wayne version (daughter of the aforementioned Catwoman and Batman), while not as sociopathic as Bertenelli, has an aura of aloofness in her.
- Lady Shiva has an aura of a hardened Lady of War, and she knows it.
- If she's not a Fiery Redhead, Lois Lane is usually portrayed as a poised brunette.
- Talia Al-Ghul, daughter of Ra's Al-Ghul, has jet black hair, is confident, poised, and desired by a number of characters (Depending on the Writer). She usually has her sights only for Batman though.
- Wonder Woman is commonly depicted as a calm and dignified Lady of War. For added bonus, she's surrounded by other women, being an Amazon and all.
- 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.
- The Hunger Games: Katniss Everdeen has dark hair and is rather emotionally distant and closed off from others, due to her numerous trust issues.
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe have tons of them.
- Peggy Carter, originally blonde in the comics, is portrayed in Captain America: The First Avenger as a brunette with a strong no-nonsense attitude who later becomes a Defrosting Ice Queen. In her own TV series, she gets some strong Les Yay vibes with her best friend Angie and roommate Coleen, and a Foe Yay with "Dottie Underwood" aka the 1940s Black Widow.
- Lady Sif from the Thor series possess a calm and distant demeanor, especially noticeable since most of her companions sans Hogun (who is also quite The Stoic) are Boisterous Bruisers.
- Scarlet Witch, at least in Avengers: Age of Ultron, is usually very aloof and distant to anyone except her twin brother. That said, she still have empathy on other people, and it directly leads to her and her brother pulling a Heel–Face Turn.
- Agent Maria Hill is usually depicted as poised or a Deadpan Snarker.
- Hope Van Dym in Ant-Man starts the film very cold towards The Hero Scott, and very detached towards her father Hank Pym. She eventually mellows.
- Pitch Perfect:
- The previous leader of the Bellas is a very blunt and rude raven-haired woman.
- In the first film, Becca started as distant and proud.
- Stacy fits the trope to a T physically - she's tall, raven-haired, always seems detached and Even the Girls Want Her. However, she turns out to be friendly and her "aloofness" is because she's mostly just clueless on what's going on around her.
- Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys, who now has dark brown hair, is very detached and hardened due to the alternate timeline where she was raised by a T-800 from childhood.
- 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.
- 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.
- Arrow: Laurel Lance is almost constantly snarky and stand-offish, particularly towards her ex Oliver and current boyfriend Tommy.
- Detective Rosa Diaz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The only emotion she frequently displays aside from her aloof exterior is a Hair-Trigger Temper, although after Season 1, she begins to openly show signs of other emotions, such as nervousness and a genuinely big smile.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Gives us Faith, though this may be a subversion as she does desperately wish to make friends, but a combination of trust issues, Darkand Troubled Past, and bad choices is what keeps her aloof. Still, dark hair, charming, though a loner, tries consistently to give advice to the titular character, plays Cool Big Sis with the Potential Slayers, and generally comes off more world weary than the Scooby Gang.
- 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.
- 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.
- Robin Scherbatsky in How I Met Your Mother is a tall and cynical raven-haired woman who has a Happily Married Ambiguously Bi friend who occasionally make a pass on her.
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues the trend in TV.
- Melinda May in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may not be tall, but she is dark-haired, aloof to the point of hostility, and pretty much every agent who attended the Academy is in awe of her.
- The titular Agent Carter (see Films above), though now mellowed, has gained the typical Les Yay vibes associated with this trope with her best friend Angie (who ironically is played by Lyndsy Fonseca who usually play these type of characters) and an In-Universe Foe Yay with her Evil Counterpart Dottie Underwood.
- The titular Jessica Jones may be the franchise's Trope Codifier. She's tall, beautiful, pale skinned, raven-haired woman who is very bitter, detached and foul-mouthed due to her traumatic Mind Rape at the hands of the Big Bad Killgrave during her stint as a superhero.
- 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. Her predecessor Caitlin Todd was not only also an Ice Queen, but was more of a Deadpan Snarker than Ziva ever was.
- General Lydia van Dyke in Raumpatrouille.
- 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.
(An excerpt from the Encyclopedia in Total War: Shogun 2)
- Advanced V.G. II: Kyoko Kirishima is a rare bifauxnen example. As a member of one of the Masuda Clan's branch families, she's a woman of distinction, and maintains her dignified manner even in the heat of battle.
- Kanae from Akatsuki Blitzkampf is a beautiful, dark-haired Action Girl with a height that's nothing to sneeze at (specially thanks to her gorgeous legs) and a serious, professional attitude.
- Shanoa from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is tall, shows little emotion, and even has some of the women she rescues flirting with her.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 personality.
- Tsugumi from Ever17 is tall, has long dark hair, and takes quite a while to warm up to the other characters.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chrysalis: Lady Ash is dark-haired and a calm, tall, and reasonable Sidhe.
- Eerie Cuties: Layla Delacroix is the most popular girl at Charybdis Heights, but is the Defrosting Ice Queen variety. 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.
- Magick Chicks: Tandy is an expy of Rin Tohsaka, from her dark hair, to her long, flowing twintails. As both a member of the Artemis student council and captain of their Ninja Club, she's well-known and respected around campus. But she rarely says a word more than she has too, unless she's with her best friend, "Gabby".
- 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: Zoé 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.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Azula, the imposing dark-haired princess of the Fire Nation.
- Mai, who is tall, dark-haired and emotionless most of the time.
- 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.
- Shego from Kim Possible. She's tall, has long black hair, and a very imposing and aloof attitude.
- 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.
- 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.