"You may think I'm just a pretty blonde, well in this case, what you see is exactly what you get! Blondes are dumb as *honk*!"The stereotypical assumption is that blondes are dumb. These characters fit it. Perhaps no more than a Foil to the Brainy Brunette, but can also appear as The Fool, The Ditz, or even the Brainless Beauty. Extreme cases can make her the Cloudcuckoolander. Her character is otherwise flexible; the Dumb Blonde ranges from a Love Freak, to a sweet, wholesome blonde whose lack of interest in education only shows she is more concerned about people, to a vacuous, mean-spirited and often lazy bimbo, or less often to The Vamp. The Dumb Blonde may be less worldly-wise, or she may have decided to skate through life on her looks, leaving intellectual pursuits to her darker-haired counterpart because she does not want to spend the effort to cultivate her mind. It may be even a deliberately cultivated act, to appear in need of help before men. Whatever the reason, she tends to be scatter-brained and lacking in common sense. While the trope is Older Than Steam it really started to become popular in the 1940s and 50s with comic books, radio and movies cementing the idea of the pretty but foolish blonde. Very prone to subversion now, with the characters who assume the blonde is foolish paying for it dearly. This may be a form of Obfuscating Stupidity, with the blonde playing off the stereotype, or she may have both strengths and weaknesses, and the blonde hair causes characters to overestimate the weakness and underestimate the strengths. The stereotype seems to have originated from the fact that some Caucasian children have blond hair that darkens as they grow older — and, hopefully, wiser. Oddly enough, this trope seems to apply to bottle blondes more than natural ones. Perhaps dyeing her hair is a sign of her natural shallowness, or it's one of the ways that she tries to get out of doing any thinking, studying, or other action to develop her mind. This is sometimes referenced by another character who asks, "Has all that hair dye you use finally seeped into your brain?" (When the blonde is innocent rather than stupid, that's Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold. When the blonde is sexy rather than stupid, that's Everyone Loves Blondes. If she is sexy and stupid, she's a Brainless Beauty. And if she's in a Four-Temperament Ensemble, she's probably Sanguine.) Bonus points go to Dumb Blonde characters who aren't real blondes. Especially watch out for a Ditzy Genius or a Modern Major General. Because not every blonde person you come across is an idiot, No Real Life Examples, Please! Not quite Always Female, but almost so.
—Sailor Venus, Sailor Moon Abridged ep. 50
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- An Australian KFC Hot and Spicy ad campaign from the 90s had customers gain the ability to breathe fire after eating the spicy chicken. One commercial featured a guy tucking into a bucket of extra hot chicken while his attractive blonde girlfriend sitting beside him is completely absorbed in a very cliche sounding soap opera. Without taking her eyes off the screen she asks him what he is eating. He responds by leaning over and blowing softly in her ear causing a jet of flame to shoot straight out of her other ear. As he leans back she blinks, comments that it sounds nice and reaches for a piece herself, still without taking her eyes off the screen (see it here.)
- A 2014 Geico commercial averts this trope, as a blonde suggests the best way to escape a killer is to get into the running car.
- Subverted in a World War II "Careless Talk Costs Lives" poster, which showed a sexy blonde surrounded by off-duty forces personnel and the caption "Keep mum - she's not so dumb".
Anime and Manga
- Takuya from Animerica, whenever he's not being shy or badass.
- Poland from Axis Powers Hetalia is a quintessential example...he needed someone to turn the table while he was standing on it to screw in a lightbulb. He also talks like a Valley Girl and often pushes around a Brainy Brunet (Lithuania). Poland was still smart enough to buy time for Lithuania to pull his Moment of Awesome in the Battle of Tannenburg, doing so and remaining more or less calm while Prussia was pointing a sword at him. That, and the whole series pokes fun at stereotypes of all kinds; his supposed stupidity is actually Played for Laughs, and nations with other hair colors can be just as dumb (re: Italy, a brunet who's pretty much The Ditz) and almost every Northern European is blond anyway.
- Miria Harvent, dumb enough to be a poster girl.
- Her partner, Isaac, would be in this too, if not for the fact that he's not blonde (we're just not sure what hair color he actually has).
- Cutey Honey is a borderline case, because she's blond only in civilian ID (and not in live action). Ditziness (and whether it's real or Obfuscating Stupidity) will also vary depending on the version of the character.
- Misa Amane from Death Note. though her hair is dyed. Then again, next to L or Light, pretty much anyone would look dumb by proxy. Also, she's not so much "stupid" as "completely insane". She's fairly savvy and even cunning when she's being serious about things, but most of the time she's just too childish to be competent.
- Excel Saga: Excel Excel is Japanese and has no reason to be blond other than for this trope. The anime Flanderizes this in addition to giving her a lighter shade of blond than the manga, in which she's more often shown dirty to strawberry blond.
- Inverted in Great Teacher Onizuka with the Child Prodigy Urumi Kanzaki. Later on, it's implied that Urumi's dirty secret is that she was conceived from an American sperm donor based solely on his intelligence.
- Astraea in Heaven's Lost Property. Of course, it's not her fault — each Angeloid can only excel at two things and be bad at the third. She's good at fighting and emoting, so she lacks intelligence.
- Miki Hosokawa from Hell Teacher Nube is pretty street-smart and typically Genre Savvy enough to take advantage of situations(repeat: typically)...but she has an endless curiosity and just won't stop poking any Artifacts of Doom she comes across, testing Urban Legends, going into haunted places, or teasing the eldritch powers just for the fun of it. Or daring others to do the same.
- Played with in Hidamari Sketch: Miyako is a tall, busty blonde who often comes off as ditzy, flighty, or just plain weird, and is prone to making extremely poor decisions - but most of it seems to be the result of an extremely severe case of ADHD (which is actually presented in a surprisingly accurate fashion compared to most examples of Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!). Artistically speaking, she is by far the most talented of the main characters (all of whom go to a prestigious art school, mind you), she is quite a fair bit more knowledgeable than all of them (when it comes to strange and extremely obscure trivia) and she's such an academic genius that it's heavily implied she got accepted to the school on a full scholarship (because she appears to be dirt poor) and was actually exempted from having to do the academic portion of the entry exams.
- Eleanor Mercer in the Hentai series Honey Blonde is an american student in Japan... who is the only one in her class who can not speak English.
- I'm Gonna Be an Angel!: Noelle.
- Kaolla Su in Love Hina is utterly lacking in common sense, being the series' resident Cloud Cuckoo Lander. She's not exactly stupid, though; she constructs working mechanized toys of mass destruction on a regular basis.
- Ayaka plays with this trope in Mahou Sensei Negima!. She's a bit shallow and slow on the uptake, and quite dense when it comes to recognizing when people are in love (besides herself, of course), but actually gets good grades and is apparently a little smarter than average. This trope is than slammed to the ground and stomped on into a pulp by Evangeline and Arika.
- Naruto, zig-zagged. Naruto isn't the sharpest kunai in the pouch especially when it comes to social graces or booksmarts; however, he's surprisingly perceptive and a cunning battle tactician.
- Ouran High School Host Club: Tamaki Suoh acts like a ditz, but he effortlessly gets the second best grades in the second year classes behind only Kyoya.
- From Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Panty Anarchy, arguably. In the dub, Stocking has to correct her on the reading of "Les Diaboliques".
- Sailor Moon:
- Sailor Moon manages to get blond-pure and blond-ditz in the same character.
- Sailor Venus is this more in the anime than manga. In the manga, while she is terrible at school work, she is very knowledgeable about other topics and is usually the one that solves the problems the other girls create. Though in the early days of Codename: Sailor V, she played this a little straighter.
- Male example: Gourry Gabriev of Slayers. Played with a bit, though: he isn't wholly naive, having been a mercenary in his late teens, and has sharp observation skills (as shown in revealing Xellos as a high-level demonic being), good knowledge on swordplay, and high morals. He's more airheaded in regards to common sense and is Oblivious to Love. Also, due to his aformentioned background, he probably never had the chance to dive into magical knowledge and intensive literature, whereas Lina (from a family of sorcerers), Amelia (from a royal family that specializes in White Magic), and Zelgadis (raised by and was the follower of an extremely powerful priest) did. An interview with the creator Hajime Kanzaka revealed that his magic capacity rivals Lina's, but because he has such a poor memory he cannot learn spells.
- Strike Witches: Erica Hartmann has elements of this on the ground, although it's not so much dumbness as laziness and lack of proper military protocol. In the air, she is anything but incompetent.
- Mihoshi, the Dark-Skinned Blond from Tenchi Muyo! in most continuities.. In the OVA she's more of a Genius Ditz.
- Tiger & Bunny has Keith Goodman/Sky High, a superhero whose skill and popularity is eclipsed only by his amazing Ditziness.
- Trigun: Vash the Stampede pretends to be this as Obfuscating Stupidity.
- One Piece: Downplayed with Sanji—he's not stupid, but he is one of the ditziest Straw Hats, a bit of a sucker, and the one most likely to make bad decisions based on immediate emotions.
- This trope is endemic in German-speaking comedy. This is possibly due to the fact that the German word for dumb, "blöd", is spoken very similar to the word "blond". And, of course, "blauäugig" (blue eyed) is used as a synonym for "naive".
- This casts an entirely new light on the plan Those Wacky Nazis had for the "Master Race"...
- Chanel West Coast from "Ridiculousness".
- Double Subversion: a ventriloquist is performing a routine with his dummy, telling a series of dumb blonde jokes. Suddenly, a well-dressed platinum blonde business woman stands up and says "How can you judge people based on their hair color? It has no bearing on intelligence!" The ventriloquist says, "Lady, please, I just—" The blonde snaps, "You stay out of this! I'm talking to that jerk sitting in your lap!"
- A subversion was submitted to and read out on the Australian show Sunrise: A blonde goes into a bank and asks for a $10,000 loan. The bank manager asks what she will submit as collateral, to which she points outside to a new-looking Rolls Royce. The bank manager, thinking he's taken a sucker, gives her the loan, then drives the car into the secure lot underneath the bank, laughing all the way. Three days later, the blonde returns, and repays the $10,000, as well as the interest, which came to $7.81. As the bank manager drove the car up to meet the woman, he asks, "Ma'am, I noticed that you have over a million dollars in personal funds, as well as over $200,000 in investments. Why would you need a $10,000 loan?" Getting into her car, the blonde replies, "Where else can I park my car for three days for $7.81, and still expect it to be there when I return?"
- DC Comics example: Dumb Bunny of the Inferior Five is typical, but with superhuman strength.
- Chase from Runaways is a rare male example. Karolina from the same series gets treated like she's one, but she never really does anything to earn the reputation other than be blond and not a genius.
- The eponymous Cherry of Cherry Comics.
- In the German comic Werner: Günter Günzelsen's first wife, featured in Ouhauerha! and Das muss kesseln!
- The aptly titled French comic Les Blondes is entirely devoted to Dumb Blonde jokes, with the main character Vanessa embodying this trope.
- The '40s and The '50s saw an explosion of popularity in this trope with numerous pretty but dim blonde heroines including Suzie and Melody (Josie And The Pussy Cats) from Archie Comics, My Girl Pearl from Marvel Comics and Owen Fitzgerald's airheaded creation Moronica who appeared in comics like Starlet O'Hara and Dizzy Dames. This originally included Betty Coopers from the main Archie Comics, but with the rise of modern feminism, the writers took advantage of that to make her more distinctive from Veronica as a self-confident voice of common sense Wrench Wench among a myriad of other talents.
- Wendy Thornball, the aspiring actress roommate of Angel Love.
- In Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #1, Matrix Supergirl is very ditzy. At one point in a fit of anger she hurls away the device Luthor gave her to monitor the domes.
Matrix: Omigod! The gizmo! It found... whatever! I just threw away my only chance of ever getting off this world!
- Subverted in Valhalla: Freya can play the man-obsessed ditz to the hilt, and enjoys making the guys act like idiots, but is consistently shown to be a level-headed and shrewd planner, as well as very socially adept.
- Chiara/Cure Vanilla in Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy is blond and described as being "just clueless" by her sister Chloe. However, she matures a little through the course of the fanfic, becoming less ditzy but still retaining her genki girl status.
- Bebe from South Park is often flanderized into this for various different reasons.
- Kaede Mizuno in A Growing Affection deliberately invokes this trope pretending to be vain, vapid, and more concerned with her looks than she really is. Not that she is not proud of her appearance, but this is mostly a ploy to get people to underestimate her.
- Most likely unintentional, but Krysta from My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic certainly does come off as one.
- A male example, despite being called such, Max, subverts the trope in Bringing Me To Life. Max might be late sometimes, but he does everything he can to pass highschool.
- Three blondes are sitting in a caffee, discussing Michelangelo's place in Renaissance art. Suddenly one of them whispers:
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- One of the earlier movie examples would be Jean Harlow's character, Kitty Packard, in Dinner at Eight. When she mentions to Marie Dressler's character that "I was reading a book the other day," Dressler literally stops in her tracks in astonishment. Her book is The Salvaging of Civilization by H.G. Wells, published about ten years earlier. The reference to machines taking the place of every profession is a dead giveaway. Jean Harlow initially played vampy Shameless Fanservice Girl characters, before the Hays Code forced her to switch her image for this instead.
- When the main character is clothes shopping with her friends in the beginning of Legally Blonde the sales woman says to her co-worker, "There's nothing I love more... than a dumb blonde with daddy's plastic." It quickly turns out that Elle is not as dumb as she looks though. In fact, the entire film is about Elle subverting this stereotype — while she's certainly very preppy, very feminine, and very blonde, she proves to be an extremely competent lawyer against everyone else's expectations.
- Ana Farris plays these in most of her roles. Notably in the Scary Movie series, her first two roles were brunette but became blonde from the third film onward.
- Marilyn Monroe was iconic as a dumb blonde, and it led to many assuming she was one in real life (she was pretty smart and made sure she studied drama before breaking into the movies). She plays with this image in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, where her character Lorelei is a Genius Ditz who says she can be smart when she wants to be but "men don't like it".
- Jayne Mansfield was also extremely smart (she was a talented amateur violinist with an estimated IQ in the 160s) and got stuck with this in her roles.
- Judy Holliday frequently played this type. Two great examples are Born Yesterday, and It Should Happen to You.
- Blonde and Blonder, a female version of Dumb and Dumber starring Denise Richards and Pamela Anderson, the latter of whom is yet another actress who specializes in dumb blondes.
- Romy and Michele's High School Reunion: the two main characters are dim but loveable blondes with a snarky brunette foil.
- Karen Smith, by far the dimmest character in Mean Girls, is a blonde. In fairness, so is Regina George, who is fairly sharp - at least in terms of manipulation.
- Susan Alexander in Citizen Kane. Apparently, even the Greatest Movie of All Time isn't above this.
- Buttercup in The Princess Bride; she also has golden hair. But she's not nearly as dumb in the movie as she is in the book.
- Inverted in the movie version of My Favorite Martian: The vain, shallow Brainless Beauty is played by the brunet Liz Hurley while the smart, likeable, funny Girl Next Door love interest is played by the blond Daryl Hannah.
- Subverted in Superman III. Pamela Stephenson's character displays all the traits of a dumb blonde when other people are around. When she's alone, though, she likes to kick back and read philosophy. Interestingly, the actress herself tired of playing blond comedy bimbos and is now a psychologist.
- Nicole Kidman plays a rare outright villainous Dumb Blonde - admittedly only Book Dumb though - in To Die For. Rarer yet, she is also the main character.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Rocky Horror is a male example of this. He's also a nearly literal example of Brainless Beauty (he's only got half a brain, folks).
- Mia from Stan Helsing.
- Both Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy have had fun playing with their public image as ditzy blondes, and have played exaggerated versions of this trope in several films, including together in Scary Movie 3.
- "Cause I'm a Blond" from Earth Girls Are Easy sums up the stereotype quite nicely.
- Parodied with Lt. Tawny Madison in Galaxy Quest (the actress supposedly said that just putting the blonde wig on made her feel dumber).
- Many of Sarah Jessica Parker's roles before Sex and the City consisted of playing airheaded blondes, including SanDeE* in L.A. Story, Sarah in Hocus Pocus, Natalie in Mars Attacks!, and Shelly in The First Wives Club (an especially bad example as her character was an accountant and surely had to have finished college and a master's degree in order to achieve this). In her review of Hocus Pocus, The Nostalgia Chick asks why Parker always gets the role of the "hot airhead".
- To show that this doesn't just refer to women, look at just about every role Owen Wilson has had.
- The main character's college fiancée, Emily, in Definitely, Maybe doesn't know how to tell the man she cared about that she didn't want the same things as him any more so she admitted that she did it the most cowardly way possibly. Ever since then, she felt lost, especially when it came to relationships.
- Scream 4 defies this trope. Marnie is told by the killer that she's the "dumb blonde with the big tits" who is destined to be the first victim. Marnie responds that she has a 4.0 GPA.
- Lina Lamont from Singin' in the Rain. "What do they think I am? Dumb or something?"
- Inverted in 7 Zwerge. Since the Queen is blonde while her enemy, Snow White, is black haired, she insists on everyone telling jokes about dumb black-haired women.
- Justified in The Cabin in the Woods - Jules dyes her hair blonde before the camping trip, and chemicals are used to make her into a dumb blonde. It's mentioned that she's a med student otherwise.
- Played with in the spoof Loaded Weapon 1. Destiny Demeanor, Kathy Ireland's character, is a gorgeous blonde, comically Literal-Minded and, when the hero blows in one of her ears, the breeze snuffs out a lit candle beside her opposite ear but at the same time she's actually one of the saner, more Genre Savvy people in the film.
- Christina from Project Almanac is a downplayed example. She's not unintelligent but she lacks the science smarts of David or Adam or (to a much lesser extent) Quinn and she comes across as less perceptive and witty that Jessie. She is also The Watson of the group meaning if any concept or technology has to explained, it is mostly explained to Christina (“Can you guys speak English?").
- The infamous Howard the Duck has Beverly, a human being who on being asked what world they're on by an anthropomorphic duck responds with:
The planet's called Earth...I think.
- Played with in Bill & Ted. While neither of our heroes are especially bright, blond Bill (a male example) is the more pragmatic of the two, while brunet Ted is slightly dopier.
- Willie Scott in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. She spends an excessive amount of time shrieking and screaming at just about everything, which is a major source of criticism of the movie.
- Male example with Park Gang-du from The Host, who was intentionally given blond highlights to show that he's irresponsible and not very bright. At the end of the film, he gets rid of the blond highlights as a sign of him becoming a more responsible parent.
- In the novel The Godfather, Carlo Rizzi is a blond, blue-eyed Northern Italian (though he has brown hair in the film), and it is implied that his being a blond is connected with his less-than-stellar intellect.
- Joy Chant's Red Moon Black Mountain features an entire race of Dumb Blondes.
- Tawny the inept succubus from Succubus Dreams, the third book in the Georgina Kincaid series. Although, by the end of the book, it is revealed that at least some of her stupidity is an act.
- Subverted by Dr. Sarah Winchester, aka Trigger of the Seekers of Truth; being blond himself, the author wanted to make a blond woman the most intelligent member of the team.
- Olivia Ryan from The Clique.
- Inverted in the ColSec Trilogy: the one blond female character is Samella, who's The Smart Girl, an empath, a Wrench Wench, and described as unremarkable in appearance unless she's in an optimistic mood.
- Inverted by Annabeth Chase in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, who is probably the most intelligent of the main characters. It's even lampshaded. Heck, every single child of Athena is a genius, and nearly all of them are blondes.
- Inverted by Astrid Ellison in Gone, aka Astrid the Genius.
- Raziel, from Christopher Moore's books Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal and The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror. Biff, the narrator of the first book, says Raziel is the Ur-Example of the trope and the reason the world has dumb blonde jokes today.
- Samuel from Rolitania zig-zags this. He has decent grades, so he isn't necessarily Book Dumb, but he lacks basic common sense and social smartness, which causes him to be the Butt-Monkey.
- Georgina Talgarth in Sorcery & Cecelia is often referred to by her cousin Cecy and her sister Kate as a peagoose. In all fairness, she never challenges that perception.
- In John C. Wright's Fugitives of Chaos, a character describes a location as easy enough for Amelia — "blond brain" — to find. (He intends it as an insult; other characters have particularly marked her out as the clever one.)
- Keifer Porter of A Brother's Price: One of his wives says she's known dogs who were smarter. He was also very beautiful and cruel. His sisters, also blond, are much smarter. Cullen Moorland is an aversion. While a bit on the keet side, which is understandable in a 15-year-old boy, he's of at least average intelligence and can be rather crafty at evading rules and escorts when he wishes.
- Gloriously subverted by Rachel and David from Animorphs. Elfangor's Secret implies Melissa Chapman is a straight example.
- In Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus novel The Mark of Athena, Leo wonders where the dumb blonde type came about; ever since he met Annabeth he thinks of blondes as smart and dangerous.
- Star Wars Legends:
- Decidedly subverted by Tash Arranda in Galaxy of Fear. In the beginning of the series she's kind of naive but studious, but gradually starts adding her Force-Sensitivity to her wisdom score, and eventually takes a role quite similar to The Smart Guy. Her darker-haired Book Dumb brother, whose mechanical aptitude and better physical skills originally were more useful and then came to complement her talents, starts feeling useless and overshadowed.
- In I, Jedi, Leonia Tavira thinks this of Corran Horn, who dyed his normally brown hair blond as part of his cover ID.
- In Seanan McGuire's InCryptid novel Discount Armageddon, Verity objects to being treated as stupid — yes, she's blond, but that doesn't make her a dumb blonde.
- There are lots of heads on spikes who can vouch that Tywin Lannister is a major aversion. His son Tyrion averts it in a major way as well. His twins, Jamie and Cersei ... well, I guess someone has to perpetuate the stereotype. It later turns out that Jamie is smarter than he appears to be at first; Cersei, not so much.
- Harry Potter's cousin Dudley Dursley, though his hair is almost black in the movies.
- Inverted by Laeshana in The Quest of the Unaligned. Even among aeshes (whose secondary power is essentially a burst of superhuman knowledge about something they've been considering), Laeshana is brilliant. At the beginning of the story, she suspects that the theory of magic everyone's followed for the past eight hundred years is missing some major components. By the end of the story, she's been proven right.
- In American Psycho, all the blondes whom Patrick Bateman interacts with are as vapid and stupid as the rest of his friends, Evelyn and Courtney, primarily. Also, three models (Libby, Daisy and Caron) Patrick and his associates mingle with in a nightclub. In the book, when they're asked to name any of the planets, two guess the Moon, and the third one guesses Comet. In the film at least, this is deconstructed with one of the models lamenting this and saddened by how Bateman sees her as nothing but a brainless squeeze, suggesting there is more to her character, but she doesn't mind because she thinks Patrick is actually a nice person.
- The Infernal Devices:
- Subverted. While flouncy and just a tad spoiled, Jessamine Lovelace is a perfectly capable Shadowhunter in her own right.
- Very much averted with Camille Belcourt.
- Subverted with Caroline in The Giddy Death of the Gays and the Strange Demise of Straights and lampshaded by Caroline herself. Her blonde hair, occasional insecurity, and occupation as a bartender cause many to perceive her as this, but she's also a postgraduate student with a strong political and social awareness.
- Bess from Nancy Drew, who along with being "slightly plump", is consistently portrayed as easily frightened, ditzy, boy-crazy, and obsessed with clothes and makeup.
- Inverted in Damon Knight's Dio (also called The Dying Man). Claire, the player who falls in love with Dio, is blonde, but is more thoughtful and introspective than most people in her class. Her brunette friend Katha is a complete airhead.
- Occurs a few times in Discworld, both played straight and subverted:
- Played straight with Christine in Maskerade, a shallow bimbo opera singer who gets to be the leading lady purely because of her looks, even though she has no vocal talent whatsoever.
- Letitia in I Shall Wear Midnight, an inane upper-class girl and Tiffany's rival for Roland. Subverted when she and Tiffany turn out to be Not So Different, Letitia also being a young magically-talented woman who is dissatisfied with her lot in life. She and Tiffany become Fire-Forged Friends, and Tiffany ends up blessing hers and Roland's marriage.
- Game of Thrones: While Cersei isn't a complete moron, Tywin perfectly assesses her when he says that she is nowhere near as intelligent as she thinks she is. Her main flaw is that she continually underestimates people, and her level of misguided arrogance about her supposed political brilliance prevents her from seeing that she is wrong. She loses control of Joffrey almost immediately after he becomes king, and most of her attempts to dispose of Tyrion are laughable failures.
- Chanel's only role on Ridiculousness is to blurt out Non-Sequiturs for Rob and Steelo (and the audience) to laugh at. She's also there, like us, to giggle fiercely at the people getting hurt.
- Lilly, from Hannah Montana. Subverted in that she gets a scholarship to a prestigious university at the end of season 4, while Miley fails to get in (though it's due to Miley's lack of participating in extracurricular activities, which she was unable to attend due to having to work as Hannah Montana). Lilly might have her ditzy moments, but academically is of at least average intelligence.
Carly: She should be here four hours ago!
- The portrayal of Britney Spears expy Ginger Fox throughout "iFix a Popstar":
Ginger Fox: You said 2 o'clock.
Sam: It's 6 o'clock!
Ginger Fox: Well, I didn't know if you mean o'clock AM or o'clock PM.
Sam: You're o'mazingly stupid.
Ginger Fox: What did she say?
- In the first season, Carly's friend Sam was cast as a dumb blonde like when, in "iWin a Date", Carly is telling Shannon everything and Sam still says "Shhh. It could still work," but as time went on, she became more lazy and less stupid.
- Goldie Hawn on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
- Loretta Tortelli on Cheers is a well known example.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Buffy: Spell it out for me. I feel an attack of dumb blonde coming on."
- The show set out to subvert this trope with the titular character; she comes off on first acquaintance as a stereotypical Dumb Blonde, but turns out to be a clever, wisecracking Action Girl. On the other hand, many of the villains and minor characters (most notably Harmony) played the trope straight; and Buffy herself, though savvy and intelligent, was a mediocre student (of course, she never had much time to study) and not nearly as brainy as her redheaded friend Willow.
- Glory from the fifth season is another example and also the Big Bad.
- Anya wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer in her early years, although she's shown to be very good with math.
- On 30 Rock, Brainy Brunette Liz stands in contrast to dumb blondes Jenna and Cerie. Both Jenna and Cerie have occasional flashes of being smarter than they initially appear, but overall follow the trope.
- An unintentional but undeniable example is Claire from Heroes, whose stupidity and inexplicable vulnerability to serious injury would've resulted in her death long ago if not for her Healing Factor. While she occassionally has displays of actual competence, they are undermined by frequent disastrous decision making, culminating most recently in revealing the existence of the specials to the world on a whim, which has been shown (literally in previous seasons) to never end well. To be fair, almost no one on Heroes seems to possess the intellectual capacity to avoid making potentially world-ending choices.
- Chrissy on Three's Company. Also, Cindy, later on. Terri was more or less an aversion.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Generally averted with Sabrina and her aunts (though Hilda is Book Dumb), but the trope is invoked in some episodes.
Salem: I'm blonde! My IQ just dropped 20 points!Zelda: (Indicating the three witches in turn, then Salem) Blonde. Blonde. Blonde. ''Dead.''(Salem jumps off the table)
- In one episode, a cleaning spell goes wrong, resulting in the black-furred cat Salem turning white. The response:
- An episode has Sabrina getting hit with an airhead virus that turned her into the stereotypical dumb blonde.
- Kelly Bundy on Married... with Children. In fact, this Trope shows up in the show a lot.
- Inverted with Samantha Carter in the Stargate-verse (who isn't merely competent, but unquestionably The Smart Guy). Later spoofed by Rodney McKay:
McKay: I wish I wasn't so attracted to you. I've always had such a weakness for dumb blondes.Sam: (Looks shocked for a minute, then glares) Go suck a lemon. (Exits)McKay: Sexy. Very, very sexy.
- Also inverted in CSI: Miami, where brunette Natalia is less intelligent (relatively speaking) than blonde Calleigh.
- Inverted in Smallville with blonde Chloe Sullivan, who is easily the smartest recurring female character on the show and one of the smartest characters overall (though this might not be saying much all things considered). Meanwhile, brunette Lana Lang is definitely NOT brainy (despite what the writers would like you to think).
- Amanda on Ugly Betty.
- Harmony on Angel has this trait really cranked Up to 11 when she appeared on the spin-off. In the parent series she was merely an Alpha Bitch and Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
- Sketch actress Carol Wayne specialized in playing this type on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, as with the Matinee Lady in the "Art Fern Tea Time Movie" routines. Even on those occasions when she chatted with Johnny "as herself", she affected this persona.
- Erica the biological mother of Chandler and Monica's adopted kids and Rachel's sisters Jill and Amy from Friends.
- On The West Wing, Lt. Jack Reese breaks a $400 ashtray (for submarines) to show Donna why it costs so much money. He wishes he hadn't done it and says to Donna (jokingly), "It's...'cause you're blond." As that quote implies, Donna neatly and completely subverts the trope through the entire series, often entering into heady debates with her boss and winning more than half the time because of how smart Josh is about not-politics.
- In That '70s Show, Laurie Foreman is a dumb blond; might also be considered the skanky blonde. There was also Midge Pinciotti and Annette, played by guest star Jessica Simpson.
- Cheyenne and Barbra Jean from Reba both have plenty of "blonde" moments, though Cheyenne is pretty smart most of the time, whereas Barbra Jean embodies this trope to the point where most of the characters (usually Reba) make fun of her craziness and lack of intelligence.
- In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, this trope was deliberately subverted as Ashley Tisdale was asked to dye her natural brown hair blonde so they could provide an inversion of the Dumb Blonde, Smart Asian stereotypes. As such, London embodies every characteristic of the dumb blonde apart from the actual hair color while Maddie is a good student, very logical, and has the most common sense out of all the characters. One episode featured an alternate reality where things in the hotel were swapped around with Maddie being the heiress and London being the candy counter girl. Here, the trope was played straight with Maddie, so much that she made Zack and Cody's London a genius.
- Bridget in 8 Simple Rules. She has quite a few ditzy moments, such as Kerrie banging on the table and Bridget answering the door to find nobody there and remarking that it keeps happening. Bridget is shown to be quite a capable girl when it comes to things she's interested in, such as fashion and boys, but she's definitely a little spacey.
- Phoebe went blonde in the third season and, while she was already a bit of a ditz, whenever she had a moment, Prue or Piper would call attention to her being a blonde. Paige - the ditziest of the sisters - went blonde in season 6, but nobody ever referenced it.
- Billie sometimes uses Obfuscating Stupidity but, like Bridget above (played by the same actress), is shown to be capable enough.
- A season 6 episode had three evil blonde witches who were completely dim. Their entry in the Book of Shadows said there was no need to vanquish them because of how incompetent they were. One of them was indeed played by Jenny McCarthy
- Jessica Simpson portrayed herself as one of these in MTV's Newlyweds Nick And Jessica - notably with her famous "chicken or fish?" line. She's also played numerous other dumb blonde characters - a big contrast to her wholesome image when she was a pop star.
- On Saturday Night Live in the 1980s, Victoria Jackson frequently played this type.
- Terri on Glee, as well as her sister Kendra. The other main blond characters, Sue and Quinn, meanwhile, have fairly normal intelligences. Brittany meanwhile is the ultimate ditz, examples found here.note
- Played oddly straight (though possibly accidentally) on Robin Hood with the Too Dumb to Live Kate. Even more strangely, the actress was a natural brunette. For them to have actually dyed a woman's hair in order to make her a blonde, and then portray her as such an idiot that there was serious fan speculation that she had a mental disorder, led to several Unfortunate Implications. But also several moments of unintentional hilarity: when the outlaws are about to be burnt at the stake, an angry crowd begins chanting "burn them, burn them!" Kate joins in, but is slightly out of sync. Obviously two whole syllables were a bit much for her.
- Rose from The Golden Girls is a rare senior citizen example. Demonstrated perfectly in this scene.
- Inverted on All in the Family, where blonde Gloria is very smart and her brunette mother Edith is a scatterbrained dingbat.
- Dick Casablancas from Veronica Mars is pretty much the epitome of a male dumb blonde.
- Angelina, the season 5 winner from Canada's Worst Driver. Any of the contestants with yellow hair could apply due to shocking ignorance about simple rules of the road, but how else do you describe someone who doesn't know how to get the gas cap off? Yes, that was shown, and yes, the door over the cap was open. She returned for the all-star season 9 along with season 6 runner-up Dale, with neither one having gotten any better.
- Detective Ishihara of Trick is this in spades. The man is so off his rocker that he would have trouble holding down a job at McDonald's, let alone become a detective with the Tokyo police, even if he's in a comedy series. Then, in the season 2 finale, when the cast goes to a forest that makes hair grow, his natural black hair grows back, displacing what must be gallons of bleach, and he not only becomes competent, but downright intelligent. One can only imagine he started bleaching his hair after becoming a detective...
- Both inverted and played straight with the titular characters on Hope & Faith. Hope is blond, but has the most common sense out of anyone, Faith, on the other hand, fits the stereotype perfectly as she's so dense at times that she almost steps over the line into being an extreme ditz. She's also a bit of a Cloudcuckoolander.
- Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl.
- Paisley in A.N.T. Farm.
- Taken to its logical extreme on Arrested Development when Micheal romances a beautiful blonde who, unbeknownst to him, is actually mentally handicapped.
- In season 1 of Degrassi, Emma Nelson, while book smart, was introduced as lacking common sense and went on to be scatter-brained on multiple occasions and was always so narrow minded that she, in Sean's brother's words, would not understand that there are two sides to every story.
- Quendra on Community. It's made abundantly clear Jeff wants her in the study group only for her physical attributes.
- Inverted in Gilmore Girls with the intelligent and ambitious Paris Geller, who was played by actress Liza Weil who actually dyed her hair blonde to underline her character as a foil to Rory Gilmore, who, interestingly, is herself a Brainy Brunette.
- The producers of The Amazing Race manage to cast at least one ditzy woman in most seasons. They are usually, but not always, blondes:
- Subverted in Season 10, where the team of Dustin and Kandice, a pair of Beauty Queens (Miss California and Miss New York respectively), were immediately dismissed by everyone (fans and other teams) as dumb blondes, but then ended up being one of the most feared teams to ever run the race and even dominated a large portion of the All-Star season.
- Taken to new heights in Season 16, with Jordan Lloyd and Caite Upton.
- Subverted again in Season 17, with Brook, who, along with brunette Claire, were considered an airhead fodder team pre-race, but finished 2nd overall behind Doctors Nat (who was also blonde) and Kat.
- Penny from the The Big Bang Theory. She's not dumb (although she was in the pilot but that's pure Early Installment Weirdness), but is the only "normal" person amongst a group of friends that aside from her consists of all scientist. Not at all helped by the fact she frequently takes on the role of The Chick and enjoys reality TV. Subverted by Bernadette whom has a very Kawaii Ko personality and occasionally comes across as slightly dense, but earns her degree in Microbiology over the course of the show.
- Jools from Faith in the Future is a rare male example.
- House of Anubis:
- Amber tends to lean towards this trope, though it's shown that she IS pretty smart when it counts, and has come up with many ideas including the formation of Sibuna itself. She might be a case of Brilliant but lazy or more likely the Genius ditz as she is shown to be very skilled in fashion and often mystery related topics as well.
- Mick also counts as this, but it's shown that he does have the ability to be smart and he does try, he just struggles academically. When he does get help, his grades go up by a lot.
- Occasionally downplayed with Marlene in Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie; she's Book Dumb and a ditz, but she has manners and smarts that Street Smart Alice Avril doesn't.
- Farrah Arnold on the short-lived WB sitcom Twins
- One of Justin's love interests on the drama show Wizards of Waverly Place.
- Pretty Little Liars sees Hanna really play with this trope.
- Poppy on Frasier. Unusually for the trope her defining character trait is being an irritating Motor Mouth - her being stupid is incidental.
- Mad Men: Meredith, the SCDP/SC&P receptionist starting in Season 5, seems to have all the awareness and intelligence of a cinder block. It's very startling given that all the other blonds of the show: Account Man and Writer Ken Cosgrove, Witty yet shallow former model and Anthropology major Betty Draper Francis, the smartass yet sensitive Sally Draper, calm and efficient Faye Miller, and the wise and loving Anna Draper and her priggish sister and free-spirited niece all show to be just as, or even more intelligent than the non-blonds on the show. In fact, Brunette Janie Sterling lacks common sense.
- Jill Monroe in Charlie's Angels, particularly in early episodes. Although attempts are made to avert this by having Jill display unexpected insight and knowledge, there are still moments like in "Night of the Strangler" where Jill, for no reason whatsoever, asks about a suspect's astrological sign in the middle of a mission briefing (the same episode includes a joke that she's taking memory classes because she keeps forgetting things; Jill says she forgot to take the class). Jill (and her successor, Kris) also play up the stereotype as missions demand, as do (very rarely) Sabrina and Kelly as they attempt a "dumb brunette" variant.
- Played with in Arrow: Felicity at one point jokes that she "may be blonde, but...not that blonde" in reference to one of the ridiculous cover stories that Oliver and Diggle tried to fool her with; in fact, Felicity is a genius, but is also actually naturally a brunette and dyes her hair blonde. Her mother, however, who is a natural blonde, fits the stereotype to a much greater extent.
- Jo Grant from Doctor Who, the Doctor's UNIT assistant who only got the job because her uncle was able to pull strings, and whose role as The Watson was played up so much it seemed like she needed everything explained to her by the Doctor. A particularly ludicrous example is when she and the Doctor are investigating disturbances in the time stream causing figures from the past to appear in the present day. They hear the sound of an engine and the Doctor tells her it's a German plane from the Second World War. Her response: "What does it do?"
- Carol Cleveland played a lot of roles like this in Monty Python's Flying Circus, such as Vanilla Hoare, the stuck-up starlet in "Scott of the Sahara." In real life she is a redhead, by the way.
- The Dukes of Hazzard offered a male example. The younger (prettier, impulsive, blond) Duke boy Bo was forever getting the two into scrapes that his older (brunet) cousin Luke had to get them out of.
- Beatrice from Another Period is portrayed as very ignorant and clueless. She however is Obfuscating Stupidity and is in fact a Genius Ditz. She's great at math despite being illiterate, has an amazing opera voice, and can discuss ethics and politics quite well. A season 2 episode revolves around her being able to show her smarts off but she ends up choosing to continue acting dumb.
- Dirk from Bizaardvark, who is the host of a web series where he takes absurd dares. An entire episode's subplot of him being stuck in a storage room after being buried under junk from a shelf could've been easily solved had he used his phone to call for help instead of using it to record himself.
- Dead Set: "Do you even understand what is going on here, or is the whole world just colours and shapes and the occasional noise in your head?"
- In Le Cœur a ses Raisons, Megan Barrington-Montgomery is otherworldly stupid, even by the show's standards. Highlights include her trying to apply sunscreen directly on the sun for a better efficiency in a deleted scene, failing to understand the simple phrase "Megan I have to talk to you" and three other variants and being frightened by the fact that one could cut a piece of paper with scissors. Ashley Rockwell also qualifies, but to a slightly lesser degree.
- Julie Brown's "'Cause I'm a Blonde", notably featured in Earth Girls Are Easy.
I just want to say that being chosen as this month's Miss August is like a compliment I'll remember for as long as I can. Right now I'm a freshman in my fourth year at UCLA but my goal is to become a veterinarian 'cause I love children.
- Hoku's "Another Dumb Blonde" where she calls out an ex for thinking and her as a trophy to show off with no feelings or thoughts while he likely cheated on her.
- Dolly Parton has been quoted as saying that dumb blonde remarks don't bother her, "because I know I'm not dumb...and I also know I'm not blonde." Dolly Parton's first hit song was also titled, "Dumb Blonde."
- Bridgit Mendler mocks the trope in her song "Blonde."
- Kim Wilde "Love Blonde" definitely toys with the stereotype according to this snippet.
- Brazilian rapper Gabriel O Pensador calls them out in his song Loraburra", though it ends by saying there are dumb blondes "who don't own a drugstore partnership" and have different hair colors. In a later live version, he added a dig on a certain blonde ("Dumb blonde, are you even capable of killing your own parents?").
- One of the characters in America's Most Haunted is a blonde cheerleader who's too busy chewing bubble gum and videotaping herself to pay attention to the ghosts around her.
- In GLOW, the California Doll was portrayed as one of these.
- This is Little Jeanne's opinion of Brandi Wine. In fact her hatred is so great Jeanne applies this line thinking to all other blondes she meets, such as Mona.
- When Jillian Hall was in Ohio Valley Wrestling, she got breast implants and turned into a dumb blond, the storyline being that her implants leaked and the silicone went straight to her brain.
- The Beautiful People were shown to be this occassionally, especially the original two. Daffney, at the behest of Taylor Wilde and Roxxi, had began impersonating Sarah Palin and feigned interest in Angelina and Velvet. The latter takes the cake with this exchange.
Velvet: What's horse dung?Angelina: It's horse shit, Velvet! HORSE SHIT!
- Invoked in 2011 when Princesa Sugehit paraded around arenas in a shirt that had "bimbo" on it.
- Kelly Kelly was initially conceived as this, and the meaning behind her ring name was that she was "so stupid her parents had to name her twice". This got dropped pretty soon, and she was portrayed first as a Girl Next Door and then a Beware the Nice Ones wrestler.
- Inverted in LayCool - where Michelle was blonde and (while quite ditzy) was the more competent of the two. Dark-haired Layla was the ditzier of the two.
- Lavinia, the titular Little Witch of South African childrens' show Die Liewe Heksie, is young, good-natured, blonde, and not terrifically bright or quick on the uptake. The original illustrated childrens' books make her even blonder.
- The Trope Codifier for the beautiful Dumb Blonde might have been the enormously popular late 1940s/1950s radio sitcom My Friend Irma starring Marie Wilson as the very pretty but oh so dim Irma. The series would spin off into feature films, a television series in the early 1950s and a long running comic scripted by Stan Lee!
- Holly from both the movie and musical versions of The Wedding Singer is both slutty and slightly dim, if sympathetic. However, in the original movie, Julia herself was intelligent in contrast to Robbie's stupid brunet ex, Linda. The musical reverses Julia's and Linda's hair colors, with Julia a Brainy Brunette/Girl Next Door type and Linda an even bigger Dumb Blonde than Holly.
- Glinda from Wicked fits this trope, at first anyway. When Elphaba writes home and tries to find a word to describe her room-mate, all she can come up with is "blonde". In the song "Popular", however, she explains how her persona is actually hugely helpful, showing the first glimmer of how sharp her mind really is, which serves her well over the rest of the story's course.
Its not about aptitude/Its the way you're viewedSo its very shrewd to be/ Very very popular like me!
- Kendra from Thirteen trusts people like Lucy way too much, which leads to her downfall near the end of the show.
- Billie in Born Yesterday isn't a complete airhead, but still lacking enough smarts that she needs help to not seem like one. Also when she's asked if she's happy right now, she says that all she ever wanted was a mink coat, and now she has two.
- Cindy Lou Bethany in Kiss the Boys Good-bye by Clare Boothe has blonde curls and, by her own admission, is "pretty dumb." She goes against the stereotype, however, in being decidedly prudish.
- Leave it to Warhammer to make a Darker And Grittier example of the Dumb Blonde. In this case, it's a male Chaos Champion named Sigvald the Magnificent. The guy is a magically beautiful, bishonen blonde Viking who is into every and any form of debauchery. The dumb part comes from him having the Stupidity rule, which is something that's usually associated with mindless creatures (even low IQ creatures like Orcs and Ogres don't get that). In Warhammer, stupidity means you can be so stupid that you'll actually stop moving or fighting in the middle of a pitched battle (in his case, the warriors of his retinue cluster around him and hold their mirrored shields up so he can admire himself from every angle). Get close to him, however, and you'll find out exactly how the guy can behave like a fop and stay alive...
- Viva Piñata has an item called the Weathergirl Wig. It's a blond wig. The description says, "It decreases the wearer's intelligence by 50%, but apparently, [blondes] do have more fun."
- Colette from Tales of Symphonia, hardcore foolish Pollyanna Love Freak.
- AkaSeka: Natsume Sōseki. Just Natsume Sōseki. When he debuts, he says stuff like he finds birds pretty and then suddenly decides he wants to eat fried chicken. The heroes have a hard time conversing with him because he keeps leaving them in favor of his cats. Later, when he gets a serious moment talking about how radical Moral Guardians make his literary career hard, he totally ruins it by declaring he needs to save his cats.
Shōtoku-taishi: Is he really the chosen one?
- Angel Trainee Flonne from Disgaea, though she's more ditzy than stupid.
- Jennifer may look like this at first, but she turns out to be the Hypercompetent Sidekick instead.
- Miki Hoshii from The Idolmaster. When she gets serious, though...
- Berri the Chipmunk, Conker the Squirrel's girlfriend from Conker's Bad Fur Day, was a stereotype of this trope. She couldn't recognize Conker when all he was wearing was a caveman's hat. She does disable an alarm system toward the end of the game, though I think it was part of the Matrix parody heist level; she and Conker were the only two in the room at the time to use for the cutscene.
- Candy from Space Colony ticks all the boxes. Blonde? Yep. Cheerleader? Apparently. Obsessed with shopping? Yes. Dumb? Definitely.
- Rock from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life. He's, well, dumb as a rock. Muffy may count at times, but she's more naive than dumb.
- Harry the Handsome Executive is a male Idiot Hero example.
- Cassandra in the SoulCalibur series behaves in a slightly ditzy, clumsy, and purportedly cute manner. Her just as blonde older sister Sophitia, on the other hand, is quite a bit less silly...and also an Action Mom.
- Tess from Jak and Daxter acts like a typical ditzy yellow-haired bimbo, but she is a genius when it comes to building weapons.
- Nell from Atelier Iris 3 is a classic example: ditzy, very busty, and quite foolish.
- Tiffany Lords from Rival Schools, who mixes this with Genki Girl and Spoiled Sweet...and a huge dose of Foreign Fanservice.
- Septerra Core: Inverted. Led, the only blonde in the team, is almost as smart as Grubb.
- Only female blonde. Of course, Corgan isn't particularly dumb either. The Chosen princess toys with this, though.
- Male example: Daisukenojo "Beat" Bito from The World Ends with You. One particular example of this comes up when he helps Neku out despite being a Reaper. When Kariya says that he is walking on thin ice, his response? "Shibuya ain't cold for ice, stupid!". Also, he doesn't realise that other characters are insulting him and mistakingly takes it as a compliment until Neku points it out, causing him to be genuinely shocked.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : The Gears of Destiny has Yuri Eberwein, the blonde, Ditzy Sovereign of the Purple Sky, a trait that gets remarked on by Kyrie in Sequence X since she didn't expect her to be a natural airhead in contrast to how fatalistic she was as the Unbreakable Darkness.
- While, in her original game, Rikku was a subversion of this trope (being the party's Smart Wrench Wench with a dash of The Ditz), the sequel exaggerates her ditzy nature, turning her into this.
- In Corruption Of Champions, drinking Bimbo Liqueur will turn you into one. It's also possible to use Bimbo Liqueur to turn various NPCs, for example Rubi and Sophie, into Bimbos.
- Dragon Age: Origins: King Cailan, while not exactly dumb, comes off as naive and overly idealistic at Ostagar, and Loghain has to handle the tactical planning for the battle. His snarkier, more down-to-earth half-brother, Alistair, is basically a Palette Swap with light brown hair and hazel eyes. His wife Anora very, very, very much averts this.
- Noel Vermillion from BlazBlue combines this with Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold and, strangely enough, Fiery Redhead. While she's the most emotional of the Three Stooges of Torifune, she has to study extra hard to keep pace with her friends, and even then she tends to run on her impulses instead of thinking things completely through. Needless to say, this causes problems, and Jin Kisaragi doesn't help at all. But let's be fair to Noel; she's only five .
- So Blonde, an Adventure Game where you play Sunny, a clueless and stereotyped American blonde girl, with a slight British accent. As you progress in the game, there may be more than meets the eye, as she's shown to be capable of cleverness.
- In The Elder Scrolls series, this is a trait of the Aureals (aka Golden Saints), a form of lesser Daedra in service to Sheogorath, who have golden hair. However, unlike most examples of this trope, they're portrayed as "dumb" in the Dumb Muscle or Dumb Jock sense rather than being The Ditz. They don't always think things through and prefer to attack issues head-on, which, despite their power, isn't always the best course of action. This happens several times in Oblivion's Shivering Isles expansion, and they often need to be bailed out by the Champion of Cyrodiil.
- Sin Kiske from Guilty Gear. Given his pedigree, he should be brilliant (tactical genius for a father, bookworm for a mother, and two of his grandparents were scientists), but he's barely literate. This is mainly because he was raised by Sol, who half-assed his education.
- Marzipan, that limbless Granola Girl, from Homestar Runner. Of course, the Old Tymie Marzipan may be smarter.
- Vanderbroke, a Rich Bitch who ends up losing her money and forced to make ends meet on her own.
- Sister from Red vs. Blue would count as this to so many people. We don't see her with any hair, but she wears yellow armor, so close enough.
Sister: Not on my head!Grif: That doesn't even- Wait, what?
- She's apparently not blonde underneath her helmet, however.
- Barbie in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse is often depicted in the airhead stereotype, but given the metafictional aspects of the series (the characters know they're dolls, for example) this falls closer to the lampshading side of things.
- DSBT InsaniT: Kayla is quite the airhead, and pretty Literal-Minded too.
- Illumina in Sidekick Girl
- Carol in Suburban Tribe is actually a dumb redhead, but because most of the comics are uncoloured, many new readers mistake her for a blonde. This has been lampshaded.
- Gertrude from The KA Mics, although Word of God is that if he knew she would end up that dumb, he would have given her another hair color.
- Susan of El Goonish Shive is a heavy inversion. She is a natural blonde who dyes her hair black/blue/some dark colour and is, in fact, one of the smartest and most sensible people in the comic.
- However, a side character named Sandi is a straight example. The author has said that he doesn't feel particularly guilty about having her fit all the ditzy blonde stereotypes because she always seems to appear around perfectly intelligent blondes.
- Diane is a natural blonde and although a bit shallow and snooty, is clearly not dumb. Being Susan's Separated at Birth identical twin sister might have something to do with it.
- Inverted in an early The Wotch arc. A blonde schoolgirl complains about all these "blonde jokes" to her (also blonde) friend and wishes that the non-blondes would be the stupid ones. She says this within earshot of a genie who's currently unable to not grant any wishes she hears. Ironically, this happens just as Anne (the redhead) has found a way to stop the mayhem...which she promptly forgets. Even further, Robin wishes to gain powers like Anne has to fix things, except her powers require she be a girl, also making him/her become a bimbo. Jason saves the day by wishing specifically to become a blonde.
- In the Order of the Stick strip The Start of Darkness, when Xykon throws Lirian to the brain-eating zombies, he says that, being a blonde, she might not have brains enough for them.
- Elan would be a rare male version of the trope (a Dumb Blond).
- Oggie, a Cute Monster Boy in Girl Genius, may fall into this category.
"You cannot possibly be as stupid as you act.""Ken if I vants to be!"
- Also, see the time he tried to cover up for having knocked out Lars. He claimed that Lars had been hit by a falling brick and supported his argument by holding up a brick on which were written the words "I Hitt Mr Larz (Syned) A Brik".
- In all fairness, he's not like that because he's a blonde, he's like that because he's a Jager.
- In all fairness, his two constant companions are also Jaegers, and though they have their moments, they find him idiotic enough to remark on it often.
- Tobi's whole schtick in The Rifters
- In Misguided Light, Kerri, who has bleached blonde hair, is much stupider than her dark-haired sister, Terri.
- She's not actually dumb, but Cookie Jarr's extreme Totally Radical "teen slang" speech patterns can give that impression to grown-up "squares".
- To a degree, Laura in Collar 6, although it's partially just naivete about the lifestyle she's entering into.
- Bird Boy: While part of Bali's problem may be his youth, he certainly gets himself into foolish trouble very quickly.
- Footloose: I do not want to see you grow up as some blond idiot damsel in distress. which is frankly the way you're headed.
- Sarah from Las Lindas hovers dangerously close to the line between this trope and being The Ditz.
- In Sinfest,
- Cookie Jarr of Jet Dream isn't dumb, but might give that impression to people who aren't fluent in Totally Radical.
- Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic has "The DinSea Princess visits" arc... "There's no polite term for it".
Goldie: Wow! Look at all the trees! I wonder, if this is the forest!
- Katie of Bittersweet Candy Bowl, who manages to pull the trope off despite being a dog. All of her fur is blonde.
- Invoked by ShiShi from The Law of Purple. She's not actually dumb, although her cultural mindset and self-centered personality sometimes get in the way of thinking clearly.
- Amy Ravencroft of Life on the Fourth Floor combines this with Shameless Fanservice Girl.
- One of the main characters of Pacificators, Larima Torbern, is rather renowned for her beauty - and a lot of people certainly made this assumption about her. However, they quickly find out that she's a highly skilled Pacificator of Water, who holds the highest rank possible. Oh, and she's famous for her diplomacy skills.
- In 1977: The Comic, guitarist Jeff is the local example of this trope: amiable, attractive, friendly, but dim.
- The Wretched Ones both has this trope and subverts it. Sparkes is blonde and is shown to be fairly smart and quick witted while fellow blonde John is seen as ditzy and lacking common sense.
- Sarah of lonelygirl15 and LG15: the resistance is a subversion of sorts. While she can be pretty ditzy (e.g., holding maps the wrong way up), she also repeatedly shows herself to be competent, manipulative, and prone to being a Deadpan Snarker. She also frequently plays up the "dumb blonde" stereotype to her advantage.
- Survival of the Fittest: Charlene Norris is a blonde and noted to not be particularly intelligent, having needed tutors to pass classes at all before (out of both said lack of intelligence and partying all night). She also has been shown to make very unwise decisions on occasion.
- Clarabelle of Disney World Of War is this, but she has moments of being a Genius Ditz when her brain decides to kick in.
- Side character Aiofe of Notting Cove series.
- Aphrodite in Thalia's Musings, full stop. But she does have a certain shrewdness to the matters of heart. For example, she can see right through Apollo and Thalia.
- In Noob, Valentin, the dumb Casanova Wannabe happens to be blonde. Likely done on purpose considering the guy playing him in the webseries version is actually dark-haired and wears a wig for filming.
- Whateley Universe: Discussed, mentally, by Mrs. Carson in reference to a newsreader in Kayda 9.
a bleach-blonde newsreader who probably had never heard of South Dakota before it was on the teleprompter. Mrs. Carson caught herself with that thought; it wasn't fair to the woman that she looked like an airhead blonde.
- ''A Dim Christmas'' shows a boy attempting to surprise his new girlfriend with a Christmas present - but it turns out she's quite dumb.
- The Flesh and Thundergirl from All That, later KaBlam!!, and then Action League Now!.
- Francine Smith from American Dad!. Well, she's not as much dumb as she is eccentric and playful.
- As Told by Ginger: Courtney Gripling. She's more of a Brainless Beauty because she's so ditzy and spoiled she can come off as ignorant.
- The trope is lampshaded by Harley Quinn in one episode of Batman: The Animated Series, who denies being a dumb blonde, even telling Batman, "I'm not even a real blonde!" (Indeed, there are times when Harley seems to be Obfuscating Stupidity at least a little, and both fans and writers were originally divided on whether she earned her psychology degree or cheated her way through school in order to get it. Eventually, in her own series the writers settled on the former.)
- Played with in the Bob's Burgers episode "Tina Tailor Soldier Spy" when Linda dyes her hair blonde and starts feeling dumber, although Bob points out that it's because she hasn't been paying attention to anything but her new hair. Her friend Gretchen, who dyed Linda's hair in the first place, is a straight example; she dyes her hair brown and starts feeling like a Brainy Brunette, although she remains a ditz regardless. "You know what they say: Once you go brown, bye."
- Shriek from CatDog, though compared to fellow Greasers Cliff and Lube, she's vastly more intelligent.
- Madison from Class of 3000.
Photographer: Alright. Which one of you is the smart one?
- Dash Baxter and Star from Danny Phantom.
- Brittany from Daria, although she is smarter than her Dumb Jock boyfriend, Kevin. (He's a brunet, for the record.) Brittany's stepmother Ashley-Amber as well, though a tie-in book mentions she's managed to learn joint-property laws without her husband knowing.
- Dee Dee from Dexter's Laboratory is a mix of this and Cloudcuckoolander...though she has her moments.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy:
- Nazz is this. She's a bit smarter than she appears, but that isn't hard.
- Let's not forget May Kanker of the Kanker sisters.
- One episode implied Eddy might be blond. He's Book Dumb, though he has a talent for business.
- The Fairly Oddparents.
- Chester McBadbat, one of Timmy''s best friends, and Veronica.
- The popstar Britney Britney. Not very smart and she's also easily brainwashed.
- As is Jillian, Brian's ex-girlfriend from Family Guy.
Stewie: Now, why in the world would you be embarrassed about dating her?Jillian: Oh, my God, Brian, I was watching something on TV about this guy named Hitler - [gasps] somebody should stop him!Stewie: [to Brian] Are her parents brother and sister?
- Hilariously inverted with the titular Billy and Mandy, where redheaded Billy is the dumb one while blonde Mandy is the fiery one.
- Konnie from Grojband, although Word of God says she dyes her hair.
- Miss Information and Lucky Bob from Histeria!
- Bubbles on Jabberjaw
- The titular character of Jimmy Two-Shoes, though Depending on the Writer he may just simply be a naïve (but smart in an odd way) Cloud Cuckoolander.
- Johnny Bravo is one the first male variants in a cartoon. He was originally much smarter, but Flanderization settled in.
- Johnny Test on his worse days.
- Melody Valentine on Josie and the Pussycats. She got her start as this in the comic.
- In Kick Buttowski, Gunther Magnuson is helpful but easily distracted and confused.
- Kim Possible:
- Ron Stoppable is a variant. No, he's not nearly as intelligent (or coordinated) as his best friend/girlfriend, but he is at times remarkably Genre Savvy and resourceful. He's also a Supreme Chef, which requires brainpower.
- This trope is completely subverted with Vivian Francis Porter, who is one of the best robotics designer and most of her credit is stolen by Dr. Finn who may seems like a Brainy Brunette, but is actually a Dumb Brunette in contrast to her smart blonde.
- Luann Platter, Hank and Peggy's niece from King of the Hill. Though she didn't start off like that. And also Didi Hill.
- Leni Loud on The Loud House. Although not the only blonde in the family, she's certainly the least intelligent. She literally cannot chew gum and walk at the same time!
- Portia Gibbons from The Mighty B!.
- Millie Millerson, too.
- Posey in Mission Hill acts like a brainless, naïve hippie most of the time, but did show a startling flash of business acumen at least once.
- Nurse Bendy from Moral Orel shows a more depressing side to the stereotype in Season 3, which reveals that she's often mistreated (not to mention being possibly sexually abused) for being a pessimistic dumb blonde. It isn't until she is reunited with her equally unintelligent son, Joe, that she finally finds someone who accepts her for who she is in quite a heartwarming fashion.
- Although when she met her son, she told him she dyed her hair - it's really black like his.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Derpy, who is not just dumb, but also very klutzy and accident-prone. It just makes her all the more charming.
- The titular star of Pearlie. Though she isn't dumb, but pretty gullible and optimistic.
- The Powerpuff Girls:
- Bubbles plays just about every blonde stereotype perfectly straight, being both less intelligent than the other girls, being more upbeat and having more fun, on average. Of course, that doesn't mean she can't still be the heroine of the story. Bubbles appears to have gotten the short end of the subversion stick, as brawny Buttercup and brainy Blossom have hair to the opposite of their tropes...
- Bubbles' Distaff Counterpart Boomer is certainly a dumb blond. Well, he's certainly a Cloud Cuckoo Lander and designated Butt-Monkey, but he generally comes off as less intelligent to the other characters.
- To an extent, Mikey and Gus from Recess. However, Mikey's more naive and a Cloudcuckoolander than dumb, and Gus is just incredibly gullible and naive. The only real "dumb" member of the gang, T.J., is a brunette (Though some early drawings have him as a blonde).
- The Simpsons:
- Bart is portrayed as a dumb boy most of the time, but he's also more talented and smarter then he lets on sometimes despite Flanderization. At least the boy has an excuse... usually.
- Inverted with Lisa, but one episode played with the idea—she joined the debate team, but nobody treated her seriously because of this trope. Lisa is really upset while Bart doesn't care because he thinks this stereotype is exclusive to the women.
- Played straight with "Miss Springfield", Mayor Quimby's recurring mistress.
- Sally Avril from The Spectacular Spider-Man. A popular and bitchy cheerleader, but not very smart.
- Strawberry Shortcake's Lemon Meringue (though more in the 1980s incarnation than in the later two).
- The time-travelling Renet from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Total Drama:
- Lindsay is pretty much the definition of this trope. And she isn't even naturally blonde...
- Geoff isn't exactly the sharpest crayon in the box, but he acts like this sometimes.
- Dakota in "Revenge of Island" and Sugar in "Pahkitew Island"
- Owen, Geoff (again) and Rock from Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race. Geoff even moreso than his last appearance.
- Cal of Undergrads is a male example of the Clueless Chick Magnet type.
- Lemony from Yakkity Yak.
- The version of Lola Bunny featured in The Looney Tunes Show. Heavily implied, given her golden-ish fur.
- Stella in Winx Club isn't that stupid, but she is shown to be really thick at times, and it is mentioned several times that she always gets the lower grades at school. It's implied that this is more due to her not taking her schoolwork seriously rather than that she doesn't know it.