Blonde Republican Sex Kitten
"We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blond
Who comes on at five
She can tell you 'bout the plane crash
With a gleam in her eye
It's interesting when people die"
—Don Henley, "Dirty Laundry"
A character type that shows that not all Republicans/conservatives are stuffy old men and that not all women are Democrats/liberals.
Like it says on the label
, this character is female, attractive, and almost always blonde
. Usually portrayed as more "traditional" in her gender expression than her politically opposite peers, though the characterization is by no means universal.
She'll sometimes be portrayed unsympathetically, as either a Stepford Smiler
or a kind of grown-up, politicized Alpha Bitch
. In these cases, she functions as an extension of the Strawman Political
. Either way, since the emphasis is on her appearance rather than her views, it is a way to feature Republican characters without having anyone make Republican arguments, thus no risk of Strawman Has a Point
. In these cases there's a reasonably good chance that she'll undergo a High Heel-Face Turn
upon realizing her party bosses are evil, chauvinist pigs. Of course, by presenting an opponent as a hypersexualized hate object, the work embraces the very values it claims to be against
There is also a nice chance that the Blonde Republican Sex Kitten is a Magnificent Bastard
with a sharp mind that plays the "snobby feminine airhead" role because it's either convenient or expected
from her. In that case, it may be the cover of a particularly sneaky Femme Fatale
Since shows heavy in Political Strawmen
can overdo it by painting the other side as evil, this character can sometimes be a raging example of Evil Is Sexy
for an established character with opposing political views. The political dissonance can consequently ignite Belligerent Sexual Tension
between the two, leading to a Slap-Slap-Kiss
relationship, often involving arguments about contentious culture war issues as the making out gets heated. Sometimes the established character can find the kitten sexy because
they're so diametrically opposed to everything s/he stands for.
Often a Political Stereotype
even if she's not a strawman. There's a chance of this backfiring due to a Misaimed Fandom
or a case of Straw Man Has A Point
, especially with Poe's Law
in full effect. See also Fox News Liberal
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- The 2008 miniseries DC Universe: Decisions, written to cash in on the U.S. presidential election, has Lois Lane spilling Republican talking points (or at the very least, opinions that the libertarian wing of the Republican Party would endorse) while asking Clark who he plans to vote for. Given that DC likes to keep its heroes apolitical (besides the far-left Green Arrow and ultraconservative Hawkman, anyway), this will most likely be ignored in future stories. That said, it's not altogether inconsistent for a fairly wealthy army-brat who makes her living off of the personal freedom of the press to be interested in a moderate-Republican former soldier like John McCain. Counterpoint being that Lois Lane is a crusading seemingly liberal journalist with a primary focus on social issues. In the past, her opinion of the Republican Party has been shown to be quite negative. But generally as throwaway references, most of which are quite old: anger at "12 years of Republican administrations" was cited as one of the causes of the anger that enabled her Demonic Possession during the Eclipso: The Darkness Within crossover in the early 1990s. Arguably, since the actual lines Lois spoke in "Decisions" seem to largely be in line with libertarian-Republican views and not necessarily conservative-Republican views, it actually could still fit well with the Eclipso anecdote, as most libertarians generally resent social conservatism and have generally been unhappy with its prevalence within the GOP in recent decades.
- One issue of the 2000s revival of The Spirit by Darwyn Cooke features a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Coulter named "Mare Noltly" who unsuccessfully tries to seduce the hero when he questions her on a recent murder.
- Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars Trilogy has Phyllis Boyle, who fits this trope to a tee in the second book.
- Melissa Good's
Fan Fic completely original story, Tropical Storm, whose two lead female characters just happen to physically, emotionally and characteristically resemble another pair of female leads from a series that shall not be mentioned due to copyright law,note includes in its universe a woman by the name of Kerry, who is Blonde, Sexy, and a Republican (though of the Log Cabin variety).
- In Mira Grant's Feed, Representative Kristen Wagman (who also used to be a stripper) promises in her first election that for every thousand votes, she'll wear something else inappropriate to the floor. Obviously she won by a landslide for Congress, but lost the presidential candidacy.
- In Geoph Essex's Lovely Assistant: Carrie Raymond. Dear lord, Carrie Raymond.
- Ainsley Hayes (Emily Procter) from The West Wing, for whom this trope is named. At least two Procter fan-sites have this name. Unlike some of the other examples here, Procter's character is a goodie. She was also memorable for being introduced as a Blonde Republican Sex Kitten, Cousin Oliver, Minnesota Fats, Southern-Fried Genius, and Token Minority all at once.
- Joe Quincy as a male example. Donna even points out he's the male equivalent of Ainsley Hayes.
- Aaron Sorkin's next show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, gives us Harriet Hayes, who is a version of this trope, being an evangelical Christian. Goody. She's based on Kristin Chenoweth (in particular, her relationship with Sorkin), though Chenoweth self-identifies as a liberal Christian and unambiguously supports gay rights.
- Avery Jessup from 30 Rock is a blonde, sexy (she's portrayed by Elizabeth Banks), conservative talk-show host. In other words, a perfect match for Jack Donaghy.
- There's also Jenna's role in the TGS Fox News parody sketches: "Welcome back to Fox News. I'm Blonde."
- Marcy D'Arcy from Married... with Children was a hardcore Republican and a feminist (albeit perhaps more the Straw Feminist, particularly in the later seasons when every character on the show had their personalities Flanderized). The only things that made her a subversion of the trope was that Marcy was a brunette and enjoyed sex (which was later Flanderized into her being a sex maniac).
- Kitty Walker from Brothers and Sisters. Full name Katherine, making it two uses of a Meaningful Name. Also a goodie, but that show doesn't really have heroes and villains.
- Slight variation: Sharon Tyler from Wonderfalls perfectly defines this trope, even if she happens be a lesbian.
- Dr. Elliot Reid from Scrubs. Semi-subversion—she is young, attractive, conservative and has what she considers to be loose morals (though they are pretty normal for a TV character), but she is also extremely neurotic about all the premarital sex she has. Of course, she's extremely neurotic about everything. For most of the series, she hides the fact that she is even a Republican (or at least votes that way).
- Jane Halliday from L.A. Law, a beautiful blonde Fundamentalist Christian.
- Law & Order:
- One episode has Veronica Tandy, described by Detective Green as "the most hated bitch in America," as the intended victim of a shooting. Even other Republicans don't like her much, since she seems to be more successful at getting people mad than at actually conveying her ideals. This might be less of an example of the trope and more of an active Take That at Ann Coulter herself.
- ADA Abbie Charmicheal also counts, being a conservative Republican played by model Angie Harmon (who is a Real Life example of this trope herself).
- Yet another Coulter Expy called Judith Barlow. L&O likes to go to that well.
- Tracy Strauss on Heroes. However, thanks to Characterization Marching On, she's more or less grown out of this. In fact, a recent episode showed her trying to get that career back, but after heavy consideration, decided against it.
- Sarah Harding in the To Play the King section of House of Cards, who's also something of a Bastard Understudy to Urquhart, and his near-equal in guile: when he decides to have her killed off, he laments her "lovely intricate mind".
- On The Daily Show, Samantha Bee often plays a caricature of the Blonde Republican Sex Kitten.note
- Sarah Newlin on True Blood is certainly one. Plus she's a fundamentalist Christian.
- Although she's not as hot as some of the others on this page, almost everything else about Angela from The Office basically says this trope. A blonde, right-wing fundamentalist Christian who has affairs with two guys at the same time? Sounds like this. She even likes cats!
- Quinn's mother from Glee.
- One Saturday Night Live sketch parodied Fox News, where one of the guests was an attractive blonde lady called "Attractive Blonde Lady" (played by Abby Elliott) who served no purpose other than sitting there, looking pretty, and saying "God, it's like [X Presidential Administration] all over again!"
- The rather anvilicious Masters of Horror episode "Homecoming", had Jayne Cleaver, an obvious expy of Ann Coulter. Fallen soldiers return from the dead as zombies to vote in protest of unjust wars.
- Kirsten Cohen from The O.C. is an attractive blonde mom, and at one point in the series it's mentioned that she's a political conservative.
- Brought up in the Republican episode of Party Down where Roman is asking another man if it's true that Republican women are "maniacs under the sheets". The guy's girlfriend is blonde, coincidentally enough.
- Emma Messinger of The Thick of It, except replace "Republican" with "Tory" (well, probably Tory). Doesn't keep her from sleeping with (probable) Labour man Olly Reeder.
- Summer from Make It Or Break It.
- M*A*S*H's Margaret Houlihan is extremely conservative and uptight when it comes to sex...on the outside. In reality, she's quite promiscuous, and imagines she's fooling people with the outraged reactions to insinuations that she's sleeping with a married man.
- 24 implies Audrey Raines to be this, as she is the blond daughter of Secretary of Defense James Heller, who happens to serve for the Republican Keeler/Logan administrations.
- Season 6's Nadia Yassir also identifies herself as Republican.
- In Season 4 of Arrested Development, Lindsay Bluth-Fünke becomes this at the end of her story arc. She ends up abandoning her left-wing ideas to run for congress in Herbert Love's absence.
- Lauren in Faking It. Her step-mother, Farrah is an older version which is probably large part of why she gets along with Lauren better bthan she does her own daughter.
- The Family Guy episode "You May Now Kiss The...Uh...Guy Who Receives" had Chris attracted to a BRSK who wants him to join the Young Republicans to help ban gay marriage (which was set up as a distraction away from the fact that Mayor West spent the town's tax money on a gold statue of Dig 'Em the Sugar Smacks Frog). Sadly, the plot of Chris choosing between supporting Brian's belief in gay marriage and being a Young Republican so he can score some boob was never resolved.
- American Dad!’s Francine Smith, by association with her extreme Strawman Political Republican husband. (Occasionally, however, she does stand up to her husband and—if only temporarily—sways him to a feminist point of view.)
- After the show gave her more focus, this trope became increasingly subverted until she flat-out admitted that she doesn't vote because politics confuse her. She only goes to the polling booths to keep up public appearances.
- The Simpsons recurring character Lindsey Naegle (the network/business executive who keeps changing jobs because she's a sexual predator). She epitomizes everything that is wrong with the androgynous, padded-jacket mid-nineties business woman. Of course, she was also shown as part of the Springfield Democratic party on "E Pluribus Wiggum," so she may be a swing voter or the Simpsons writers screwed up—again. Or she may have lost her party the same way she did her job.
- Charlotte Pickles from Rugrats.
- The Ann Coulter character on The Boondocks plays this up for book sales, but is actually liberal personally. The way she sees it, it's either this or stripping. Also, Ann likes the dark meat.
- Luanne from King of the Hill is shown to be this on multiple occasions. While she seems to be a devout Christian, shown praying multiple times and having a Christian puppet show, it is also implied that she is sexually promiscuous—in one episode she makes out with a man she has just met at a bar, and her and Lucky's first date is in his truck in the Hills' diriveway.
- On the other hand, Luanne did once campaign for a Communist candidate.