Cousin of the Dark-Skinned Redhead
, opposite of Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
and the Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
. If the series is matching Hair Colors
to personalities, the DSB is often a Dumb Blonde
if female (whereas the DSR is often hotheaded). The trope may have some relation to the Ganguro
fashion trend that took over Japan for part of the 90s
, consisting of bleached hair and an artificial tan. There are also many DSB males, though there aren't really any discernible stereotypes associated with them in Japanese works, except that bleached hair is often seen as a sign of delinquency.
The addition of a DSB in the cast often adds a foreign flavor to the show, and it is not uncommon for the DSB to be of uncertain or dubious origin. This appearance is also sometimes used for fantasy races or ethnic groups with no real-life equivalent. The fact that very few people in real life have this natural combination of hair and skin helps to create this impression, with the exception of surfers or others who spend lots of time in the sun, as the sun bleaches hair and darkens tans, sometimes to extreme degrees. It's also common for a DSB to be of mixed heritage
for some Real Life
examples—and have their appearance handwaved
through this, but more often than not, it just goes unexplained; light hair on dark characters is simply easier to draw and frames the face very well.
The trope also shows up with some frequency in Western works (either animated or live action), where it will either take the form of a very tan-skinned blond or a non light skinned person with bleached hair. These characters will often play the role of either The Ditz
or the Jerk Jock
; in fact, the "arrogant, tanned, blond villain" has been a stock character in Professional Wrestling
almost from its inception (see below).
Much in the same way that blonde hair and blue eyes have become the Phenotype Stereotype
for Caucasian people, DSB is becoming - perhaps over more realistic choices - common for characters who are supposed to be of Indian or Indonesian descent. Blond hair and dark skin does
occur frequently among children in the Aboriginal people of Australia and elsewhere in the South Pacific, due to a genetic mutation which arose independently from the one which causes blond hair in people of European descent
, but it usually darkens with age—see here◊
for a Real Life
Incidentally, any skin/hair combination darker than "peaches and cream" and lighter than "auburn" can go here. (Light brunettes with dark skin may also fit, but that's pushing it.)
See also Ambiguously Brown
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Anime and Manga
- Lieutenant Kitsurubami of FLCL (see above picture). Note that she shares her name with a shade of brown, referencing her skintone. She also has a visual Expy, Lal'C Mellk Mal from the later Studio Gainax series Diebuster.
- Triela of Gunslinger Girl, a girl of uncertain origin. The manga strongly implied that she was from Eastern Europe early on, but revealed she was from Tunisia. At the end of the manga her genetic daughter Speranza also has this coloring, and her paternity is left ambiguous.
- Loran, the protagonist of ∀ Gundam. His hair is technically white, though. From the same series Miashei and Guin are more straight examples.
- Integra Hellsing of Hellsing, explained (in the first anime series) by her being half-Indian. Also, Church Militant Alexander Anderson is one of these, and has his appearance Hand Waved via his uncertain origin (although it is possible that he may simply have a tan). The fact that he speaks with a Scottish accent in the English versions just makes this more confusing.
- Averted in the manga, where Anderson has grey/silver hair.
- Angol Mois of Sgt. Frog. It is revealed at one point that she modeled her non-magical form after a local roughneck/implied ganguro girl who'd left quite an impression on her.
- This is probably the main reason she speaks Spanish in the English dub; her tan complexion suggest Latin heritage to a Western audience.
- Kaolla Su of Love Hina, a girl from the island kingdom of Molmol, and her sister, Amalla Su. She's usually mistaken for Indian by other characters, but is in fact hails from an island somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Also, the blonde hair and other details show otherwise. She may also be partly based off of either the Californian or Australian surfer girl...and damn, they got it right!
- Mahya Blythe of Mai-Otome. Laula Bianchi, from the same series, has dark skin and cyan hair.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!
- Kuu Fei, an Expy of Kaolla Su and an Anime Chinese Girl, though whether anyone from China actually looks like her is a good question. Kuu Fei's skin coloring could be explained as a natural tan and her hair as a dye job, both of which is plausible for people from China to have.
- Zazie Rainyday is also worth noting. It's anyone's guess for this or any other characteristic of hers, though.
- Jack Rakan kind of counts.
- Possibly Sister Shakti. She hasn't been in any colored images, but her hair doesn't have any screentones, so...
- Third Imperial Princess, Theodora.
- Gorobei in Samurai 7 is black with stark white hair, despite not being the appropriate age for that hair color.
- The entire Kuramitsu family of the Tenchi Muyo! series, perfect examples of The Ditz, most notably Mihoshi. One of the supplemental novels makes it explicit that the Kuramitsu family are descendants of the pale red-headed Washuu. Though they all look like her (presumably long dead) ex-husband, with none of her own physical traits. And Mihoshi, for all her apparent stupidity, is actually much smarter than she seems.
- Bikky from FAKE, explained by his mixed heritage (Caucasian mom and African-American dad).
- Kalia of El-Hazard: The Magnificent World, who technically has white or silver hair but fits in with the trope.
- Athena Glory from ARIA is one of these, despite the fact that she has purple hair - she's a bit of a Genius Ditz, part Cloud Cuckoo Lander, and very much in line with the trope otherwise.
- Marik Ishtar in Yu-Gi-Oh!.
- Patty from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds
- Aisha Clan-Clan in Outlaw Star is a Dark-Skinned Blond Cat Girl...
- Liru in Magical Pokaan is a Dark-Skinned Blond Wolfgirl...
- Bleach: Tia Harribel, the Tercera Espada (third most powerful Arrancar) in the service of Lord Aizen.
- Hot Scientist Rakshata Chawla of Code Geass is officially from India but has blonde hair. This is never really explained, but considering that green and purple heads also appear in that universe without much explanation, it may not be such a big deal. Likewise, Ace Pilot Villeta Nu has pale blue hair and dark skin.
- Wendy Earhart of Read or Die looks like this because of her mixed English/Indian heritage.
- Kei from the anime version of Shin Shirayukihime Densetsu Prétear (his skin is lighter in the manga).
- Chelsea Muir from Coyote Ragtime Show, a ditzy ex-cop and sidekick to an Inspector Javert that looks like Angelina Jolie.
- Lisa Vanette from "Scoop Chase", episode 8 of the original Bubblegum Crisis, may be one of the earliest examples. While a city in Japan, MegaTokyo is a multicultural melting pot, and Lisa probably counts as a "foreigner" because she has both a French name and an uncle who is black (Chief Todo of the AD Police).
- Ron in King of Thorn, the dark-skinned guy who didn't die first, became this as a consequence of his transformation sequence being interrupted.
- Janet "Greenback Jane" Bhai of Black Lagoon, a blonde Indian woman who's also the resident Dojikko.
- Kahlua from Rosario + Vampire. She gets it from her mother.
- Monique from Blood+.
- Momo Adachi, the main character of Peach Girl. In fact, she's often bullied because people mistake her for a Ganguro (in reality, she's just bleached and tanned from swimming constantly).
- Variation on this trope: in the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, the Ishbalans/Ishvalans all have white hair, dark skin, and red eyes. In the first anime, they have black hair, but Scar's has turned white for some reason (strongly implied to be of traumatic origin).
- Another white-haired dark-skinned race are the Mushroom Tribe from Urusei Yatsura: The Final Chapter.
- Akio Ohtori from Revolutionary Girl Utena is a dark-skinned man with light lavender hair. His actual ethnicity is unknown, although he certainly fits in the definition of foreigner, in the truest sense of the word.
- Dios has this going on, too, though the reason for that should be obvious to anyone who's seen the series.
- Bu-ling from Tokyo Mew Mew in the anime (her hair gets a little bit darker when she transforms) as well as Ryou. The former is Chinese, the latter half Japanese and half white. In the manga, they're both lighter-skinned and Bu-ling's hair doesn't change.
- Tsume of Wolfs Rain pulls this off with white hair.
- Ho from Tower of God.
- Barbara, one of Anna's partners in the second season of Kaleido Star.
- Pyunma, aka Cyborg 008, from Cyborg009.
- Minato Ōba from Hyakko.
- In Naruto, Killer Bee, his brother the Raikage, and some other people from the Hidden Cloud Village seem to have dark skin and white hair. (Omoi, Killer Bee, and the Raikage are all depicted in color splash pages with pale blonde hair).
- Koshio Karako, self-proclaimed Proper Lady of Deadman Wonderland. It's safe to say her assessment is largely inaccurate.
- Sela D Miranda from Basquash!.
- Twellen from Toward the Terra.
- Urd of Ah! My Goddess, who's a half-demon Goddess. She bears an extremely strong resemblance to her mother, Hild, who also qualifies.
- Zafira of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, an alien Ridiculously Human Program. Hayate was able to pass him off as a foreign relative together with the other Wolkenritter.
- Gloria from Daphne in the Brilliant Blue.
- Atsuko Jackson from Michiko to Hatchin. Michiko calls her "Jambo", apparently to tease her for her dark skin.
- If we count white hair, then Noble Demon Crisaor Krishna from Saint Seiya certainly counts.
- Seiya's old rival Cassius is a VERY brutal, blood thirtsy version of this trope. But when he dies in a very tragic Heroic Sacrifice, he gets huge Alas, Poor Villain vibes.
- Leo Aiolia and his deceased brother and idol Sagittarius Aioros count as well, thought their hair is a bit darker than the standard.
- Kiddy Grade has A-ou, who is not just blond, but white-haired and dark-skinned.
- Midori Days, in an attempt to portray all American females (and then some), brings you Lucy Winladd, though her tanned skin color most likely comes from being outdoors a lot.
- Main character Seiji – bleached-blond delinquent – counts as well, particularly in the anime where his skin is quite tan compared to most other characters.
- Nijuku and Sanju from Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro. They're a little out there, but their age and relative innocence is the cause for that.
- In anime-based artwork, Rin Hirakoba from The Prince of Tennis looks like this sometimes.
- Sherry Cromwell in A Certain Magical Index. Apart from making her really stand out at a time that's not very convenient for her, it doesn't appear to mean much. It's also indicated that her parents were a mixed-race couple.
- Judia from Ragnarok The Animation.
- Easily explainable example: Angel Sanctuary has some demons, e.g. Kurai, which have natural dark skin and pale hair.
- Roy Focker from Super Dimension Fortress Macross, perhaps to make him look obviously foreign in a show with some extreme examples of Mukokuseki (just look at Misa Hayase and try to convince yourself she's Japanese. Yeah).
- Gupta from Haré+Guu has his hair dyed blonde up till the tenth episode of the series. Asio could also be considered a toned down version of the trope. The series generally only seems to use dark skin to imply someone is originally from or a descendant of someone not from the city.
- Jasdevi and Jasdero from D.Gray-Man have blond hair and grey skin, though they aren't human.
- Aion from Chrono Crusade, although he has white hair instead of blond.
- Mizusawa, the hot-headed player of the high school boys soccer team, from Onii-chan to Issho.
- Ouran High School Host Club has Mei Yasamura, a manga-only character. She's a ganguro girl (with less gaudy clothing choices), so her blonde hair and tan are fake.
- Black Butler's Agni is from India, but has blond hair anyway. Hannah Anafeloz in Black Butler II has dark skin and pale hair.
- Psyren gives us Kyle, though no explanation is given.
- From Fairy Tail we have Sho, a minor character from the Tower of Heaven and one of Erza's old True Companions.
- Brain, the leader of Oracion Seis, has dark skin and silver hair. Averted with his alter ego Zero, who's an Evil Albino.
- Saji Genpou from Ikki Tousen, though he's definitely NOT ditzy. In the anime, when he retakes his place as Ouin Shishi, he turns into a Dark-Skinned Redhead.
- Julie Makimoto of Bakugan Battle Brawlers and her entire family all have dark skin and white hair. Add the fact that she's from Eagle Land, looks black, and has a Japanese last name and...well...
- Silver-haired Iktidar from Harukanaru Toki No Naka De falls under this trope, since he is usually depicted as having noticeably darker skin than the rest of the Oni (all of whom are supposed to have blond/fair hair), and in some illustrations, his hair is shown as white, further emphasizing the contrast. The Oni Clan are foreigners, technically speaking, and sport a combination of typical blond-haired-blue-eyed "gaijin" appearance and Theme Naming of arabic/persian origins.
- Amri gets bullied by 2 of these alongside a Dark-Skinned Redhead in episode 2 of Durarara!!. They're all explicitly ganguro though.
- LADDER Vice Chairman Aga Mbadi in GUNNM: Last Order. With his buzz-cut, he's also (almost) a Bald Black Leader Guy.
- Captain Axe-Hand Morgan from One Piece is one of the less attractive examples of this trope.
- The title character of Canaan is from the Middle East and has darker skin than the primarily Asian cast and white-blond hair. Like the Archer example, this is not natural.
- There's one (as an unnamed background character) on the subway platform in the first episode of Gantz
- One of Itsuki's unnamed school friends in Togari is a dark-skinned blonde and is likely just following the ganguro fashion trend.
- In Soul Eater, Kilik's weapons, Fire and Thunder◊, are this.
- Kaname Kenjo from Strawberry Panic! — but only in the the manga and light novels. In the anime, she's an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette with a completely different overall appearance...and characterization, and role in the story.
- Phuan◊ from Yureka definitely fits, though rather than being ditzy, she is hot blooded and violent to the point of giving off some feral vibes (in Real Life, she settles for being a deinquent).
- Katsura "Tiger Cat" Rio from Ring x Mama, as the nickname implies she is just as wild as Phuan.
- Shaenando◊ from the manhwa Dark Air.
- Arisa from Imadoki.
- Pirotess of Record of Lodoss War in certain illustrations, while others make her hair seem more white than blonde. Given that the whole series is firmly grounded in Dungeons & Dragons (or Japanese interpretation thereof), she's probably supposed to be a drow.
- Tooru Amuro from Detective Conan.
- Also, a certain case involved four ganguro girls being attacked and beaten up by a mysterious person who sneaks behind them and hits them with clubs. One of them sustains fatal injuries.
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai La Verite. Yashima Sanae was the lieutenant to Head Security maid Konoe Tsurugi. She was slender, with dark brown skin and white hair. There was no information given in the anime about her origin.
- Ichiryuu from Toriko has fairly dark skin, blonde hair and an awesome blonde mustache to boot.
- The dark elf Cloe from the hentai as well as eroge Kuroinu: Kedakaki Seijo wa Hakudaku ni Somaru fits this category.
- Elite Four member Ira Gamagoori of Kill la Kill has very dark skin and blond hair. While his father's ethnicity is never stated, it is mentioned that he was an American soldier stationed in Japan.
- Rei Hououmaru is a borderline case, with brown skin and pale lilac hair.
- Riokku and Dinoponera from Arachnid have dark skin and white hair. The first is a hot-headed muscular man, while the latter is is a smarmy, violent girl.
- Green Arrow's son and temporary successor, Connor Hawke, is interracial (his mom is half-black and half-Asian) and originally had blond hair and very dark skin. Since then, careless artists have tended to draw him much paler, sometimes apparently just making him white, which goes over about as well as you'd expect.
- In post-One More Day Spider-Man comics, Harry Osborn's girlfriend, Lily Hollister.
- Ari the Gorgon is blond with bronzed skin—and, for some reason, a Southern Belle's accent.
- X-Men: Time-displaced X-Man Shard, though it could also be because she's ethnically Australian Aborigine, who, in RL, occasionally manifested blonde hair as children due to a recessive gene. Her mutant nature could have allowed her to retain her hair color even as an adult. Her older brother. Lucas Bishop, though, possesses the usual-colored black hair of their ethnic group.
- Also Storm. She is from Africa and her hair is white.
- Angel St. Grace/Devlin from Codename: Knockout.
- African-American superhero Thunder wore a blond wig for a while (to hide her identity), but she has since eschewed it.
- The titular character of Atavar.
- In keeping with the Animesque art style of the Ame-Comi Girls series, Natasha Irons (a.k.a. Steel) is given blond hair and blue eyes despite being African American.
- Infidel from Astro City is a black man with a platinum blond beard. This is a side effect of the "Empyrean Fire" that gave him his powers; his archenemy the Samaritan's hair is snow white because of this as well. When he uses his powers, his hair turns an emerald green much like the Samaritan's turns sapphire blue.
- In the 1990s, Batman and Robin were assisted in the Batcave not only by Alfred, but also by a mute dwarf named "Harold". Harold had actually been a former lackey of the Penguin whom Batman had rescued, and he worked as a mechanic on the Batmobile. Harold had very light brown hair (most would call it "auburn") but also relatively dark skin (though this could be due merely to the "shadowy" way the Batcave was inked and colored). He was later killed off during the Hush arc after confessing to Batman that he had betrayed him to help the eponymous villain.
- Frostbite of DV8 is a black man with blond hair — naturally. His hair turned blond when he became Gen-Active. Even his beard is blond; he basically looks like black Hulk Hogan. The Gods and Monsters miniseries has him with very short black hair, without in-story explanation.
- The brown-skinned Therons in Dan Dare had a large variety of hair colours. Volstar, Dan's closest friend among the Therons, was very blond indeed.
Film - Animated
- Mirage from The Incredibles, although she has white hair instead of blonde.
- Zak Young from FernGully; it contributes to his 'Surfer Dude' appearance and makes sense considering his outdoorsy nature. This is actually a bit of Fridge Brilliance when you consider that he's actually just very tanned.
Film - Live-Action
- Simon Phoenix, the Big Bad from Demolition Man.
- Iceman, as portrayed by Val Kilmer in Top Gun, is ridiculously tan but has frosted tips that are practically platinum.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show. "I've been makin' a man with blond hair and a tan, and he's good for relieving my... tension."
- Near the ending of Tropic Thunder, Kirk Lazarus broke character and yanked off his wig to reveal his blond hair, but his skin was still pretty dark.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal goes blonde at one point in Sherrybaby.
- Nobody in My Name Is Nobody is very tanned (emphasized by the light colors he wears) with hair somewhere between dark blond and sun-bleached light brown. Justified since he's a character in a Western who spends a lot of time out in the sun in a hot climate. Nobody also has some superficial Ditz traits, although he's savvier than he looks.
- Storm from the X-Men movies, although she's more like dark skinned girl with Mystical White Hair.
- Emberella from Witches Abroad. The text notes that this isn't uncommon in Genua (a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of New Orleans), which was known for being quite "easy going" with respect to genetic combination.
- The Clayr, a clan of seers in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series, are described as looking this way, partly due to living on a glacier and having their skin be nearly constantly tanned by reflected sunlight. Has the added bonus of further isolating Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette Lirael from everyone else she knows. She may be half-Clayr, but it's the Abhorsen look that shows up.
- In the Warworld anthology book series, there's an entire race of Dark Skinned Blondes, the Frystaaters, whose ancestors were mainly white Afrikaners who moved to a planet with such intense sunlight that they had to darken or die. Since their high-gravity planet also bred super-strength, most people don't tease them about it.
- Mona Aamons Monzano, a character in Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle. She's of Finnish and black West Indian ancestry.
- Cadence Drake in Holly Lisle's Hunting the Corrigan's Blood, due to her mother's gene splicing as political statement.
- Telemakos, main character of Elizabeth E. Wein's Mark of Solomon books, because his father's British and his mother African. Genetically speaking, this shouldn't be possible (especially as his hair is almost silver- it's that light), but there's no mention of this.
- The Folk in Eloise McGraw's The Moorchild are a species of Dark Skinned Blonds; the half-human, half Folk main character inherits the appearance, which becomes a point of teasing and persecution while she's living in a human village.
- The Angyar of Rokanon are an entire race/culture of these in Ursula K. Le Guin's Ekuman universe. The lower-caste Olgyior (of the same species) are pale-skinned brunettes.
- Eloise Pritchart in the Honor Harrington series has dark skin and "platinum" hair. Just for kicks, she also has topaz-gold eyes and is noted in-text as being extraordinarily beautiful.
- Daenerys Targaryen of A Song of Ice and Fire has a vision of what her stillborn son Rhaego would have been like as an adult. He is described as tall and copper skinned like his father Khal Drogo, and with long platinum blond hair like hers.
- Tacroy/Mordecai Roberts from Diana Wynne Jones's Chrestomanci series.
- Dona Sofia Salvara of The Lies of Locke Lamora in the Gentleman Bastard Sequence is described as having "skin like burnt amber and hair the colour of almond butter".
- Collan in Melanie Rawn's Exiles Series is noted for being darker than most natural redheads.
- In Michael Flynn's Spiral Arm series, the people of the planet Alabster have yellow hair and coal-black skin.
- In the ColSec Trilogy Samella Connel's complexion is described as "tanned." But shortly afterwards, she's revealed to have spent the past three years of her life indentured to an electronics firm (which doesn't seem like an environment conducive to suntanning).
- The Fantasy Counterpart Culture Vikings who end up colonizing northern Dalemark in Diana Wynne Jones's Dalemark series are Dark-Skinned Blonds.
- In Crawford Killian's Eyas, this seems to be the most common coloring among the title character's adopted culture.
- When he arrived in the WWF in 1986, Butch Reed (a black wrestler) was given the gimmick of "The Natural" and had his normally black hair bleached to blond. Roddy Piper lampshaded this in one edition of Piper's Pit, commenting how he loved Reed's "natural" blond hair and how he dyed the roots black. Reed got rid of the blond hair when he went to WCW a few years later.
- Shelton Benjamin dyed his hair to go with his self applied "gold standard" moniker.
- Roni Nicole is about as dark as Shelton and usually has blond hair or highlights.
- Samoa Joe is was known for dying his hair, particularly in UPW and Ring of Honor.
- Mercedes Martinez is a fan of this look.
- Since their introduction, the Drow in Dungeons & Dragons have all had white or silver hair and dark grey to black skin.
- The Garundi ethnicity have dark skin and hair that often goes prematurely white. While technically not quite this trope, it is probably close enough and the ultimate result looks very much the same.
- Seoni, the iconic sorcerer, has brown skin and platinum blonde (if often mistakenly rendered white) hair.
- The people of the Daevar ethnicity in Anima Beyond Fantasy, who have dark skin and white hair, looking quite Drow-like.
- Common to the Phandarians from Tales of Destiny. Prince Garr/Woodrow is dark-skinned with silver hair, while Mary is dark-skinned with red hair.
- In Tales of Eternia, the celestians fit this trope from time to time. Most notable with Max and Chat.
- The protagonist of Tales of Legendia, Senel Coolidge, has brown skin and white hair.
- Peony from Tales of the Abyss. General Frings, too, which suggests that tan skin and light hair might be a native phenotype of Grand Chokmah. Some of the NPCs in that city are also at least somewhat tan, and nearly all of them have blond hair, regardless of skin color.
- Rikku from Final Fantasy X. The dark skin is more noticeable in X-2 since there's, er, more of it on display.
- Tidus, although he might just be incredibly tanned.
- The protagonist of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, Dingo Egret, is an adult male with brown skin and white hair.
- Liquid Snake of Metal Gear Solid isn't noticeably dark-skinned in the game itself, but official artwork shows both him and Fortune (of Metal Gear Solid 2) looking like this. Liquid's colouring is enhanced by spending about ten years in the Middle East being bleached and tanned by the sun (his brother is paler due to living in Alaska); Fortune is your everyday naturally-blonde-and-blue-eyed black woman. Strangely enough she seems to inherit this trait from her father, who is also a black man with (barely noticeable) blonde hair. Drebin in Metal Gear Solid 4 is also black with blonde hair.
- Peppita Rossetti of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. She's an alien.
- Vanessa Lewis from Virtua Fighter
- The Kirschwasser realians in Xenosaga, who also possesses gold eyes, as does every single realian in the game.
- From the Fire Emblem series:
- Elena and Urien from Street Fighter III, though the latter is notably able to change the color of his skin and hair at will, such as at the beginning of a fight.
- Drow, as mentioned above, appear in Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark had a significant Drow presence in the second chapter and both games have a female Drow Love Interest somewhere (Viconia in BG and Nathyrra in NWN).
- Neverwinter Nights also has the module series A Hunt through the Dark, which is entirely focused on a drow raiding party.
- Boman Delgado from Rival Schools, an American who has his blond hair in a mohawk.
- Tetra, from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass. But only when she's Tetra, not Zelda.
- Sheik too, but it's hard to see in the N64 polygon graphics. Official artwork of the character makes it more obvious.
- Impa looks to have dark skin and blonde/white hair, though mostly only in her Skyward Sword incarnation.
- There's an entire culture of characters with dark skin and fair hair in Suikoden Tierkreis: the Magedom of Janam. Plotting the personalities and apperances of Manaril, Shams, Asad, and sundry supported characters between the DSB and the Dark-Skinned Redhead is an exercise left to the reader, but the end result is undeniable: Janam and its swarthy, light-haired natives seem downright ''otherworldly''.
- Nao Nao, partner of the equally dark-skinned Sota, in The World Ends with You. Of course, they're ganguro, and it makes sense, considering Shibuya is full of quirky fashions. The game's dialogue plays up her ditziness.
- Vaan from Final Fantasy XII.
- This is the default skin tone/hair color combination in Battlefield Heroes.
- Ayumi, the protagonist of X Blades.
- Bazooka Cafe, the Hentai game, has Cocoa the chef.
- Aisha (Sista A) from Rumble Roses.
- Raven from Tekken, which shouldn't be strange since he's based on Wesley Snipes - more exactly, his character from Demolition Man (see above).
- Volsung of Wild ARMS 5 has this going.
- Zevran and Velanna from Dragon Age: Origins. Coincidentally, they're also both Dalish (or at least part, in Zevran's case).
- Shania from the Shadow Hearts series is a Native American with dark skin and very light blond hair.
- Harvest Moon has a Fantasy Counterpart Culture that's ambiguously Middle Eastern, where all of the denizens have dark skin and brilliant white-blonde hair. Originally started with the Wizard from Animal Parade, later games introduced the recurring character Prince Amir, and later, a whole host of his countrymen.
- Non Player Characters in The Sims 2 tend to be these or Dark Skinned Redheads far more often than you'd expect in Real Life. It's not a very good look on most of them.
- Ophelia Nigmos and Dina Caliente from The Sims 2. This is also a common trait for NPC Townies, due to the way The Sims 2'' randomly generates genetics.
- Also, there is Lola Belle from The Sims 3 Late Night''. Her hair is obviously dyed though, as her roots are darker than the rest of her hair.
- The Pokémon Jynx is now apparently based on the Ganguro trend, though she originally resembled a Yama Uba (warning: bringing this topic up can be the case of Internet Backdraft). There's also the legendary Darkrai, who has white-ish hair.
- Gloria from Devil May Cry 4.
- Taokaka from Blazblue.
- The people of Escondido from Infinite Space, although the Basadre clan people have white hair. Also, Torlo.
- Dragon Quest IX: Stella, The Hero's Valley Girl Ninja Butterfly Fairy Companion. It's also possible to make a character with this trait.
- Xiatian from beatmania IIDX. The tan is completely legit (from living on a sunny island for several years); the hair, likewise (it's IIDX).
- The default Male Beast from Phantasy Star Portable 2 (who also appears in the intro) is a good example of this, although the player usually changes the character to look however they prefer.
- Elder McNamara in Fallout: New Vegas; considering he spends most if not all of his time in an underground bunker, it's probably not a tan.
- The player characters in this and Fallout 3 can be one as well.
- Your instructor in Pilotwings Resort. Possibly justified, since the entire game is set on a tropical island.
- From Nexus War, Angelic characters are an exaggerated version of this trope, with completely pitch black skin and bleach white hair.
- Myuu from Atelier Marie, who has sandy white hair, blue eyes, and brown skin, plays this straight for foreign flavour.
- Samantha Pearce in Backyard Sports.
- The female lead from Feel the Magic: XY/XX is depicted as just a black silhouette with light silver hair and a blue dress. According to one of the designers, the ambiguity of her character design is part of what made her endearing to many players, since she is ultimately a product of the viewer's imagination.
- Final Fantasy VI. Believe it or not, General Leo is supposed to be this trope. You can see he looks Ambiguously Brown on his in-game portrait, but his sprite makes him look very Caucasian.
- iPod/Phone App Chaos Rings
- Another Square Enix character, Escher, is a white-haired, brown-skinned guy, and is just about the most cruel hearted person in the entire tournament and, in a different storyline, an antagonist (mostly. He's selfish, an assassin, borderline evil for the majority of the game, even going so far as to threaten the two youngest competitors that even if they were kids, he'd still kill them, which he does, to his regret, however.)
The funny thing is, Escher is almost like a cross between Axel and Cloud, because he's a hired blade (Cloud), he has a sarcastic, sinister attitude (Axel), he has a very wierd stance (Axel), wields a very long sword with one hand (Cloud, though not original), and has only one person he cares for (both, although Cloud ends up getting more friends, and Axel does likewise).
And here's his picture◊ (on the right). And here's more of him in his Jerk Ass Anti-Hero glory
- Another interesting version of this is Zhamo, white-haired and black, arguably the nicest guy in the game.
- The default palettes of Ms. Fortune and, arguably, Cerebella from Skullgirls. Arguable in Cerebella's case because her default hair is green, rather than blonde, but most of her other palettes also give her dark skin and very light hair.
- Sheba from Golden Sun is one of the more tan player characters and comes from Egypt-like Lalivero.
- Also, it's hard to tell because of his hat, but Akafubu of Kibombo is apparently a black man with blonde hair. This makes him one of the only Mars Adepts outside the Mars Clan not to be a Fiery Redhead.
- Donkey Kong Country. Candy Kong definitely qualifies.
- From Jet Set Radio Future, we have Boogie (who is blonde) and Jazz (who has white hair).
- Kat from Gravity Rush has light blond hair, brownish skin and oddly enough Red Eyes.
- Lani from Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational.
- The Gofer Sisters in the Otomedius games. They don't exactly get it from their father, the giant alien head.
- Disco Kid in Punch-Out!!. Super Macho Man is theoretically of the "surfer with a tan" variety in the Wii version, though what's supposed to be silver-blonde hair just looks grey.
- Fierro from Eternal Eden as black skin and white hair, presumably to Foreshadow that he is actually from the World of Shadows.
- Archer in Fate/stay night, of the silver/white-haired variety, who, besides being of dubious origin, has another twist: he's the adult self of The Hero Shiro, a pale redhead. It has been mentioned that this is caused by the strain on his body from tracing, and overuse of magic and magical tampering in this series is known to change peoples' appearances. Sakura Matou should be black haired and blue eyed, like her sister, and Dark Sakura should be purple haired, yet it all goes white when she goes crazy.
- Interestingly, the antagonist of Fate/stay night, Gilgamesh, originates from Sumer/Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) yet is shown with blonde hair and light skin. This may also be due to the same reason why Archer looks different from his past self, Shiro.
- Damon Gant from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Klavier Gavin from Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Quercus Alba and Colias Palaeno from Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth.
- It should be noted that Gant and Alba's hair are light-colored not because they're blond, but because they're men in their 60's and 70's (respectively) whose hair has gone grey.
- Whereas Klavier has highly tanned skin to help with his rock-star appearance.
- Sakura Oogami in Dangan Ronpa. Interestingly, artwork shows that she was paler when she was younger, though she's always had the white hair.
- The angel Sariel in the webcomic Paradis exhibits this.
- Jones from Gunnerkrigg Court is olive-complexioned with "dirty blonde" hair. It's also heavily implied that she's not entirely human (though she is not a robot). Chapter 40 reveals that she in fact predates all life on the planet, including humanity.
- Shannon from Bloody Urban, who has strawberry-blonde hair and dark grey skin. Originally, he was much paler, leading to Shannon becoming a Memetic Tanning Addict.
- Judging by this Sunday strip, Dr. Haught-Sheik from Sluggy Freelance is one of these.
- Timothy, one of the recurring original characters from the Hellsing-based And Shine Heaven Now. (Word of God says he's Turkish.)
- Edgar from the Final Fantasy VI Webcomic is blond, blue-eyed, and very, very tan from living in the desert. This is artistic license, but the artist pulls it off nicely.
- Wiglaf is this as part of the author using him to make fun of Purity Sues. Word of God from one of the U Stream sessions is that it was to show just how much time he spends outside saving people, and that the fact there's Swedish surfers who look like Wiglaf does was her proof-of-concept.
- America and Australia in Scandinavia and the World. In America's case, his darkening skin is caused by his increasing racial diversity, and he's apparently been bleaching his hair blond even since he was a child.
- Minor character Tahlia from Cheer!.
- Elf Blood has the mercenary Carlita Delacroix, whose mixed race/species parentage probably contributes (she's a half-Cuban-feline-spirit-incarnum half-French-human).
- Kili of The Dragon Doctors has chocolate-black skin and white hair. One character describes him as "a delicious cup of mocha with whipped cream on top!"
- In Black Adventures, Dream World Landorus has dark orange skin and white hair. This is to tie in with the actual Pokémon with the same color combination. As of Dream World 5, Tornadus gets the same treatment, though with moss green skin and white hair.
- The Myranians from The Law of Purple are always natural blondes (although at least a few dye their hair) and some do have dark skin.
- In Jix Heleatra becomes black with white hair when turned into a human. (She's normally a white-furred alien with black skin)
- Girii in Genocide Man is a blonde eskimo, when first introduced she claims it's peroxide but Jacob quickly figures out she's genetically engineered, as are many others in her tribe.
- In The Gamers Alliance, the blond Thrax is from the dark-skinned desert elf clans of the Tronin Desert.
- Scary Black Man Bobby Jacks from Survival of the Fittest was an African-American with blonde hair. The reason for this was never explained.
- Roll in the Mega Ran video Here We Go Again.
- In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, Baltimore heroine Tao has skin the color of mahogany and platinum blonde hair. And it's her natural color.
- In Homestuck, Rose, once she goes grimdark, causing her skin to appear charcoal-colored, among other changes in appearance. The Strider-Lalonde family can also be this normally, as the white skin of all the human characters is intended as a "neutral" base and anyone can imagine them as any race.
- Sabastian, Lady Gray's self-appointed protector in The Graystone Saga, has a dark complexion and brown eyes, but light-colored hair.
- "Sunglasses" from the Creamsicle meme, a seeming trashy bimbo with orange-tinted fake tan and bleached blonde hair.
- Spyke from X-Men: Evolution (and his aunt Storm, though her hair is white and given a Hand Wave by saying that it's a distinguishing trait of her people).
- The alternate-universe Hermes from the Futurama episode "The Farnsworth Parabox" has blond hair, while "our" Hermes is a brunette. Most other characters have color differences in their respective universes in this episode.
- Patti Mayonnaise from Doug. Though this is a side-effect of the series' Amazing Technicolor Population more than anything else.
- Xandir from Drawn Together.
- Ren from The Pirates of Dark Water.
- Camille Leon from Kim Possible (combined with Blondes are Evil).
- Considering who her character is based on and the way she acts, it's very likely she just tans a lot.
- Valmont of Jackie Chan Adventures has platinum blonde/white hair and tanned skin. He's also British.
- Young Justice:
- Aqualad, who according to the tie-in comic has a white mother and a black father. His counterpart in the comics, Jackson Hyde, has black hair.
- Artemis, whose mother is Asian, is blonde like her Caucasian father. She's just white in the normal DCU.
- In Hey Arnold!, Nadine is Ambiguously Brown, and yet has blonde hair. This is actually shown in the parents' day episode when one of her parents is black.
- Goldilocks in the cartoon Happily Ever After Fairy Tales For Every Child was a blond Caribbean girl with dreadlocks.
- Queen La from The Legend of Tarzan. According to Wordof God, she is actually an Atlantean (the Atlanteans in the Disneyverse also have this color scheme) living in Africa.
- Princess Yue◊ from Avatar: The Last Airbender is a white-haired Inuit, due to Power Dyes Your Hair.
- Jervis Tetch in Batman the Animated Series, even before he dyed it "school-bus-yellow". Also known as the Mad Hatter he has unusually dark skin for an evil, British blond (as well as an accent that doesn't go with skin tone or teeth). Portrayed as an anti-social, lab-dwelling nerd, it's highly unlikely that he got out often enough to get a tan, either. (In the episode "The Worry Men", where he visits tropical Central America, he covers up with white gloves, sunglasses, and a straw hat.) It's possible the animators darkened his skin just to exaggerate how freakishly blond his hair is.
- Lorraine the CIA secretary from American Dad!.
- Clawdia Wolf from Monster High is a dark-skinned sunny blonde. Howleen's hair changes but is usually bright orange and yellow.
- There exists an episode of The Simpsons in which Homer panics over the possibility of his father marrying Marge's mother, convinced that this will make their own marriage incest, and therefore their children will be subject to the "horrifying" consequences of inbreeding. He then envisions them as three realistically-drawn children with blond hair, tanned skin, five fingers, and blue eyes. His reaction? He runs off screaming in terror.