Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
beautiful, good, young, and innocent. Sweet, wholesome, kind, and feminine tend to be included, and the innocence can range up to Virgin Power. If she fights, it's reluctantly and she tends to avoid violence where she can. Victorian literature would also use it to portray her as delicate and fragile, if not actually the Ill Girl—being, of course, Too Good for This Sinful Earth. This part is largely a Discredited Trope. (The only trace of this in Real Life is that blonde hair tends to be a feature of younger people—it tends to darken to 'mousy' brown or turn reddish throughout the bearer's early life.) Men falling under this trope are rarer, but the blond hero can also have Hair of Gold. Such a hero is more action-oriented than the Hair of Gold heroine, but he is also good, wholesome, kind to those weaker than himself, modest, and prone to be the Chaste Hero or Celibate Hero. Often paired with Innocent Blue Eyes. All inversions belong in Blondes Are Evil. Also compare the popular and fun-loving Everyone Loves Blondes. NOTE: Not all blondes belong in this list. Not even all good blondes. If the character does not match the personality type, she does not have Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold and should be listed only if she exploits the expectation.
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- A number of examples in Lyrical Nanoha:
- Fate Testarossa who, even during her tenure as a Dark Magical Girl, was depicted to be kind and innocent to the point of Love Martyrdom. She then grows up to become the most Lawful Good character in the series.
- Carim Gracia in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S has lush golden hair and is one of the Big Goods of the series and the honorable leader of the Church Knights, with the Saint Church being pretty much the only infallibly good authority left in the series.
- Vivio, also of StrikerS, is a young, cheerful, Mysterious Waif adopted by the main character and the aforementioned Fate.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vi Vid, the last Saint King of Belka, Olivie Sägebrecht (whose clone Vivio happens to be), is described to have been "bright as the sun, and subtle as a flower".
- Soul Eater has a very interesting version with its girls: Maka Albarn's blond hair has hints of silver (and she is the wisest), Liz Thompson has a caramel blond coloring (she is the most jaded, though remains optimistic), and Patti Thompson has cornsilk coloring and is the sweetest and most idealistic of the three (most of the time). Then again, there is Marie Mjolnir. Justin Law at first seems to follow this, being a chaste (or so we think) young death scythe. Unfortunately...
- In Stretch, Ran fits this quite nicely; although she teases Keiko a lot, that's just the way the dynamic between the two women works. Although the manga is black-and-white, the title pages to each chapter are in colour, and show Ran as having blonde hair.
- Project A-Ko: C-ko, who is a strawberry blonde, was described in one of the original Japanese promos as "innocence personified".
- Not even a demon can find much fault in Elizabeth in Black Butler, even if she did probably lose any Virgin Power she might have had.
- Ouran High School Host Club has Tamaki, a boy who has a very optimistic view on life, despite his own past and present hardships. He tries to see the good in people and, like a true romantic, thinks every woman is beautiful in her own way. Despite him being The Charmer, his views on love are quite innocent and old fashioned. Honey would fit this trope as well, especially considering he even LOOKS a lot like a child, although he's actually the oldest of the Hosts. He also carries around a bunny plushie and has a love for sweets—cake in particular.
- In A Certain Magical Index Vento of the Front is an interesting case, since her appearance is described as that of a holy virgin, but is ruined by her self-presentation.
- Reinhard von Lohengramm in Legend of Galactic Heroes subverts this trope beautifully: he's certainly an angelic-looking young man, he's viewed by people as a perfect hero but his methods firmly place him into the Anti-Hero territory. His sister Annerose, though, is a straight example.
- Alibaba from Magi – Labyrinth of Magic starts out as somewhat of a subversion, with greed and ass-kissing being his primary traits, but later chapters reveal his kindhearted and good nature. He goes on to become an All-Loving Hero for his home country and continues to get stronger for the sake of the entire world.
- Kotori from X/1999 has flowing golden locks in the manga. Her design seems to be inspired from Victorian aesthetics—a sweet, innocent, Ill Girl who is kind beyond measure and associated with white birds and feathers as symbols of purity.
- Ada from Pandora Hearts is a sweet girl who loves cats and wants nothing more than to bring her brother back from the Abyss. Turns out she was so inspired to rescue Oz that she did research into the occult and became quite fascinated with it, so much so that she managed to freak out Vincent, of all people.
- This trope even exists in the light-hearted Gag Series Daily Lives of High School Boys. Yoshitake is blond and is the single person of the cast who subscribes the most in True Companions.
- Sailor Moon herself tends to fit the trope most of the time, and despite her flaws, she is a good-hearted person who believes that she can work through every problem she faces to make the best situation for everyone.
- Mami from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the kindhearted, feminine Team Mom of the group. But, of course, she's a subversion: she's also very lonely and depressed, and angsty over the accident that killed her parents. And she takes Good Is Not Soft to excessive levels. In one timeline, after learning that magical girls eventually become witches, she decides they all need to die before they become monsters and kills Kyoko on the spot, forcing Madoka to take her out before she does the same to Homura.
- Goku, Gohan, Future Trunks, and Goten from Dragon Ball, when in Super Saiyan form.
- This only applies to Saiyans who are both naturally kind and docile in their base form and successfully mastered the Super Saiyan form. Goku when he first ascended and especially Gohan a Super Saiyan 2 both subvert this by regressing into a far more ruthless and even sadistic state of mind.
- Mrs. Brief, Bulma's mother, also qualifies. Sure, she's a Dumb Blonde, but she's a polite, good-natured woman.
- Inverted for Lunch. Her blue-haired side is sweet, but her blonde-haired side becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Yellow from Pokémon Special. She's sweet-tempered and quite a bit of a Martial Pacifist, not to mention a Friend to All Living Things as well. She's also the youngest out of the Kanto Dex Holders and is rather physically small for her age.
- Krista from Attack on Titan, who is young and pretty and is easily the most traditionally 'good', chivalrous, and caring character in the whole series. It's even deconstructed a little—her drive to be a good girl turns downright martyr-like at times in the worst possible ways.
- Armin is a more downplayed example; he's comparatively a Non-Action Guy, the sensitive guy in his Sensitive Guy and Manly Man combo, and is genuinely kind and caring towards his teammates especially in the beginning. Also subverted later on as he grows more and more into a Consummate Liar Chessmaster role. As a bonus, both of these characters have Innocent Blue Eyes.
- Princess Emeraude of Magic Knight Rayearth has the appearance of a young girl and is charged with upholding the eternal peace of the land of Cephiro through her prayer. During the story, she's often weeping Tender Tears at the thought of her land falling into ruin and guides the Power Trio through a Secret Test of Character. Even when she turns evil, it's from heartbreak over the death of her true love, and she begs the girls to kill her—which had been her intention all along, as she would rather die than end up destroying Cephiro.
- Rune Soldier Louie: Melissa is a priestess of the Mylee faith, who longed for the chance to serve a noble and just champion of the people, and do great deeds by his side. Instead, fate chose Louie for her. Regardless, she remained true to the path Mylee set forth for her, though it was against her will. So much so, that she refused to desert Louie during a cave-in and remained at his side, despite his insistence that she leave for her own safety. They eventually exit the cave together, both completely unharmed.
- Ai from Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi is sweet, kind, and optimistic, and wants to save the world. Most characters can't help but admire her innocence and determination, and she spends most of the series helping the people she meets.
- In the Child Ballad Sir Aldingar, one variant describes the innocent queen's hair as yellow:
They've putten her into prison strang,
A twalmon lang and mair,
Until the mice and wild rattens
Did tear her yallow hair.
- "The Twa Sisters" Child Ballad has a beautiful and innocent blond girl murdered by her evil sister. A harp is made of her bones, and her golden hair is used for the strings. The magic harp sings out an accusation of her murderer.
- Shelly in The Crow is a blonde (which may surprise fans who only know the Brandon Lee film in which Shelly was a brunette and suitably goth-ish partner to the film's characterisation of Eric as an indie rock guitarist), whose beauty, purity, good-heartedness and innocence are constantly emphasised.
- In Non Sequitur, the blond Kate is the more optimistic and less ambitious Foil to her black-haired sister, Danae.
- In Peanuts, Charlie Brown's little sister, Sally, fits this trope. When he accused her of "evading responsibility" by trying to avoid kindergarten, she responded with, "I don't know what you're talking about... I'm too young and innocent."
- Millie the Model is nice, young, and innocent, especially compared to her Fiery Redhead rival, Chili Storm.
- It's hard to tell because the comics are largely black and white, but Nancy Callahan of Sin City is canonically blonde. A young woman working herself through law school by working as a topless exotic dancer off hours, she's probably the kindest and most innocent character in the comics (Word of God calls her "an angel" living in a Wretched Hive). She's acquainted with a lot of the major characters, who protect her from abusive or downright evil men out to hurt her.
- X-Men: Before her corruption by Belasco, Illyana Rasputin was a sweet and innocent young child, with the malice she later struggled with entirely absent from her character.
- "Goldilocks" combines both the innocence and the folly associated with blond hair.
- "The Grateful Beasts" has a blond hero.
The youngest of the three brothers, whose name was Ferko, was a beautiful youth, with a splendid figure, blue eyes, fair hair, and a complexion like milk and roses.
- The eponymous heroine of Rhodopis is fair-skinned with hair that is described as golden and curly, which makes her look out of place as a Greek slave in Egypt, as well as kind-hearted and friendly with animals. It's because of this that she's discriminated against and ordered around by the servant girls in the household she works in, who are native Egyptian in contrast.
Films — Animation
- Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty is kind, friendly, polite and generous, and was blessed with the gift of beauty, which includes sunshine golden hair.
- Played straight with Rapunzel in Tangled, as she is sweet, kind and innocent. Subverted when we find out she is actually a natural brunette when her hair gets cut off.
- Miguel from The Road to El Dorado is a male version, despite being a thief for a living. His lack of actual innocence is made up for by his genuine sweetness and optimism about the world in general. Overall he's a really good person who isn't above using puppy eyes to get his way.
- Subverted, as pretty much all other fairy tale tropes, with the Shrek series. Prince Charming has blonde hair, a rugged masculine appearance and seems to be the bold hero. But, it turns out he is an extremely vain, self-centered, spoiled boy who turns out to be the Big Bad in Shrek the Third
- Strange Magic: Dawn, who is a Princess Classic. She's sweet and caring with her only flaws being overly obsessed with love and a bit air headed.
Films — Live-Action
- Aurora in Maleficent, unsurprisingly, as she's more or less the same person as in Sleeping Beauty.
- Following the frequent book descriptions as "fair-haired", in the 2003 and 2005 film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, the prettiest (and most innocent) Bennet daughter, Jane, is a blonde. She isn't a blonde in the 1940s film, though.
- In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Johanna is definitely one of these, fitting the innocent, child-womanish category almost to a T. Johanna got this from her mother, Lucy, who is described by Sweeney as "beautiful" and "virtuous" at the start of the whole thing, if something of a "silly little nit" according to Mrs. Lovett. Of course, in the stage play, Johanna gets one of the two kills that Sweeney doesn't get when she guns down the asylum keeper Jonas Fogg.
- Captain America of Captain America: The First Avenger, who is also a shining example of Incorruptible Pure Pureness.
- Amy Kane (Grace Kelly) in High Noon. Initially portrayed as innocent and naive, she proves to be the only person willing to help her husband fight the villains.
- Star Wars:
- Luke Skywalker, of course! Idealistic and able to see the goodness in most everyone, this personality trait is pointed out fairly often in the Expanded Universe and a lot in fanfic. note
- Luke's father, Anakin Skywalker, starts out as a good/-hearted blond in The Phantom Menace. However, by the time of the Mustafar duel in Revenge of the Sith, he's switched to Blond Guys Are Evil. Of course, it's not there for good, soon to be replaced with Bald (and Scarred) of Evil.
- Manon of Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources) is proud, beautiful, and no man's fool—but she is also good-natured at heart and righteous. Her role, in juxtaposition to the other characters, is basically purity personified.
- Rosemary in Shallow Hal is kind and generous with attractive inner beauty.
- In the movie Dear John, Savannah is naive, kind, and morally upstanding. A case of Adaptational Dye Job because she was a brunette in the book.
- Jesus in some film depictions, despite him being from the Middle East. See his portrayals in King Of Kings and Jesus Christ Superstar.
- Kim in Edward Scissorhands is a Double Subversion. She's first seen in a family photo where Peg describes her as her pride and joy. When we meet Kim, however, she seems like a bratty teenager. But as the film goes on and she warms to Edward, she is really kind and caring, thus fitting the trope.
- Katrina in Sleepy Hollow is an example from Tim Burton's movies, complete with an evil blonde foil. She is kind and guides the hero through the weird town. Although Burton is most associated with the Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette look, it appears he has some fondness for blondes as well.
- Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Alice is adult and returned to Wonderland. She's a good and heroic variety of blondes.
- Pretty much any character played by Annasophia Robb, but especially her roles in Bridge to Terabithia and The Way Way Back.
- Averted with her role as Violet Beauregarde in "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" when she was notably nastier than her book counterpart and stood out compared to the other child actors, claiming that she will always be a winner, calling Charlie a "loser" at one point, and showing off as she leaves the factory by cartwheeling.
- Virginal Winifred Goodman in Lemonade Joe has long fair hair and she's very sweet wholesome all-american girl, and admired by many. The villainous Horace Badman alias Hogo Fogo uses her good heart and compassion. He's disguised as an old blind man and kidnaps her. It's part of his plan to bring down her fiancé Lemonade Joe, and he has his private plans with Winifred.
Doug Badman: It makes me sick whenever I think about that dirty trick of yours with that pure and innocent girl.Horace Badman: Purity and innocence? What goodies for a pervert of my calibre!
- Kvetuska from Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet is the classical Ingenue. She lives with her old grandfather who she takes good care of. She very naive and innocent, and she and Nick Carter (America's greatest detective) fall in Love at First Sight. When Nick needs her help and asks her if she's a brave girl, she answers with determined "I am a daughter of Jan Zizka's nation", referring to a great military leader from the Hussite Movement.
- Grace in Short Term 12. A sort of female Andy Dufresne who bucks the system in order to help the troubled orphans whom only she seems to truly understand (due to her having been one herself).
- Lucy in Across the Universe. A peace activist during the Vietnam War, she turns on her fellow activists when they become violent.
- In C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, the innocent Lucy, who first finds Narnia and is closest to Aslan, is described (near the end of the first novel) as having blond hair. However, the illustrations by Pauline Baynes show her with black hair and pigtails. The only adaptation that actually has her as a blonde is the 1970s animated film.
- In The Clique novels, Claire Lyons has light blonde hair and is the nicest member of the Pretty Commitee.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: Hair color is no guarantee of characterization, but the trope is referenced when a bard writes a propagandized ballad about the Battle of Blackwater. The lyrics make a big deal of the handsome, young, golden-haired prince and equally golden-haired mother going up against his wicked, black-haired uncle.
- Prince Tommen and Princess Myrcella play this trope straight.
- Averted with their older brother Joffery in a nice contrast.
- Exploited by Tyene Sand along with Innocent Blue Eyes. She's described as beautiful, sweet, and pious-looking, and you'll believe that right until you realize she's already poisoned you.
- Evangeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin has golden hair and is an angelic mouthpiece for the author's anti-slavery message. For extra points, she's Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
- Little Lord Fauntleroy is famous for the titular character's blond, curly hair. He's a sweet but a bit precocious boy who lives up to his aristocratic heritage and his family expectations.
- In the The Demon Princes, Alusz Iphigenia Eperje-Tokay has dusty blond hair and Gray Eyes. She's beautiful, intelligent, gently bred and fatalistic.
- Emma Woodhouse of Jane Austen's Emma is interested in befriending a girl of lower social standing than herself, Harriet Smith, specifically because of Harriet's beauty. Harriet has Hair of Gold and big Innocent Blue Eyes, and her nature is very sweet, timid and affectionate. She's glad that so great a lady as Emma notices her and happily lets Emma lead and guide her.
- In Goblin Market, Laura's golden hair is a key part of the plot, because she buys fruit with "a golden curl" rather than with actual money. Using her hair this way leads to the loss of innocence (and, metaphorically, her virginity).
- Most of J. R. R. Tolkien's elves are dark-haired, so the golden ones stand out, and it tends to be symbolic. In The Silmarillion, this is the hallmark of the Houses of Ingwë and Finarfin, and they are of the High Elven houses the wisest, kindest, least rash, and (in the case of the Exiles) most friendly and helpful to mortals. One of those (Galadriel) even survived long enough to appear in Lord of the Rings.
- Ingwë, and his people (the Vanyar) in general, are noted as the wisest and most holy of the High Elves. They live exclusively in Valinor itself. Every one of them chose to come to Valinor instead of staying behind in Middle-earth, and only a small handful joined the rebellion of the Noldor. Which is why they get the least page-time of the three clans.
- Of the Noldorin royalty, Finarfin's family are the wisest, and he was the only major character who quit the rebellion and returned to Valinor to humbly ask the Valar for pardon before it was too late. Thus, they made him king of what was left of his people. His kids all continued with the rebellion but were the most reluctant to participate (other than Galadriel, who was just itching to leave).
- Galadriel's hair is literally luminescent, and said to have been like "a mesh of gold" with the light of Laurelin (a holy golden tree that served as a precursor to the sun) bound up in it. Her part in the Fall of the Noldor changed as Tolkien's concept of her character evolved—in most versions she's a leader of the rebellion and more eager than her brothers to leave Valinor. Later, Tolkien decided she was entirely innocent of any wrongdoing, and planned to change the stories to say she didn't participate in the rebellion, but only happened to leave Valinor at the same time.
- Averted with Celegorm the Fair, the only one of the seven sons of Fëanor to have blond hair, and quite possibly the worst of them.
- Maybeth, the third sibling in The Tillerman Family Series by Cynthia Voigt, is practically angelic by description, both in personality and appearance.
- Les Misérables:
- Fantine is noted for her beauty and particularly her long, angelic golden hair. She is presented as the model of motherly virtue, and at the beginning of her transition to Broken Bird she sells her beautiful hair to provide for her daughter Cosette.
- Cosette herself is described as brunette in the text, but in the musical and other adaptations is often played by a blonde actress because of this trope.
- Enjolras has Hair Of Gold and is explicitly a Chaste Hero.
- Lucy Westenra in the novel Dracula is blonde. Dr Seward makes a reference to her hair lying on her pillow in "sunny ripples", but after she becomes an evil vampire eyewitnesses describe her as having dark hair.
- A Brother's Price:
- Little Eldie Porter, five years old, has blonde, curly hair and entirely innocent in her parents' scheming. It does get dyed black by the end.
- Averted with her uncle, Keifer Porter, who had the same hair colour but was a jerk.
- Played straight with Cullen Moorland, who is a nice, a bit hyperactive and childish young man with honey-coloured hair.
- Prim and Mrs. Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Prim is a compassionate young blonde girl with blue eyes. She loves all living creatures. She was also a good healer at an early age, often helping her mother with patients. When Katniss leaves her family she doesn't bother suggesting that Prim learn to hunt because her attempts were disastrous. The woods terrified her and whenever Katniss shot something it would make Prim teary and she'd talk about how they might be able to heal it. Katniss is always amazed when her mother brought a wounded or sick patient: "she morphs from someone who calls her daughter to kill a spider to a woman immune to fear", Katniss says.
- Both Laurana and Goldmoon in the Dragonlance books are naive but kind beautiful blond princesses (elf and barbarian human, respectively). The former especially was naive and sheltered to the point of being an airhead while the latter was actually worshipped as a goddess by her tribe. They both grew out of it into an Action Girl and Messianic Archetype, respectively.
- Susan, Roland's Lost Lenore, in The Dark Tower, has blond hair. She's 16, innocent and noble. About the only thing we know about her appearance other than her beauty is that she has long blond hair. The villain of her story tries to hypnotize her into cutting it all off.
- Song at Dawn: Much is made of Alis' blond hair and 'Daddy's little angel' often follows it. She also has a frail constitution.
- Anna Karenina: Kitty is a beautiful, kind and feminine girly girl, greatly admired in society for her beauty and grace. When she gets disappointed in love by her suitor, she becomes an Ill Girl, but her parents take her to a spa and she recovers.
- In Gelsomino in Land of Liars, Gelsomino's golden hair corresponds with his character: sweet, kind-hearted and generally helpful. This is contrasted with Big Bad Jakomone, whose golden hair is fake.
- Clover from Entwined is blond and in no short supply of suitors and can barely say a bad word about someone.
- Werner Von Ebrannac in the World War II novella Le Silence de la mer is a soft-spoken Francophile Friend to All Children with naive hopes of amity with his unwilling French hosts who ends up suffering a Heel Realisation.
- In White as Snow, Coira dreams that her real mother is a beautiful young blonde woman who is kind and gentle and loving. She imagines that this woman died and Arpazia took her place.
- In Rachel Griffin, Nastasia Romanov, Princess of Magical Australia, is a gracious, gentle, ladylike, dutiful and kind Princess Classic, with very long ash-blond hair.
- In The Wee Free Men, Tiffany Aching, who has brown hair and brown eyes, notices that in the book of fairy tales her mother read to her, all the princesses and "good" characters had blond hair and blue eyes (or possibly red hair and green eyes), and that the best you could hope for otherwise was to be an inkeeper or a maid—or a witch.
- Celine Herondale from The Mortal Instruments, had blonde hair, and according to Jocelyn was sweet, lovely, and made everyone want to protect her.
- Vampire Academy:
- Lissa Dragomir is kind and blonde. She has angelic-looking blonde hair and typically goes out of her way to care for people and animals.
- Eddie Castile. Described as blonde and one of the nicest guys Rose knows. He is very kind-hearted and protective of his friends, even willing to sacrifice his own career opportunities to help them.
- In Dragon Bones, Ward's younger sister Ciarra has blonde hair. She's the most innocent character in the novel, being one of two people who are mentioned to never have killed before (she's too young and a girl, her brother Tosten is rather sensitive and earns his living as a bard). She's also a Cute Mute, and the victim of choice for a jerkass god who needs to take possession of someone to talk to the heroes. Even the Genius Loci of castle Hurog, Oreg, likes Ciarra, and protects her in subtle ways. She also seems to be the one person he has always been visible to. (Usually he can only be seen by his master, the owner of castle Hurog.)
- Kenneth Parcel from 30 Rock is a male example. He's innocent, idealistic, loves everyone, and shows Incorruptible Pure Pureness all throughout the series.
- All three daughters on The Brady Bunch have "...hair of gold, like their mother". This is because the four are the innocent girls, while all the boys have dark brown/black hair (they even colored Mike Lookinland's hair from its natural reddish for the first season).
- Diane Chambers of Cheers. During her years at the bar, she's essentially the Nice Girl and a Wide-Eyed Idealist who cares—deeply—for the others.
- Don "Doc" Dogoier of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger stands out among his crew of pirates for being kind, gentle, shy, cheerful, and peace-loving—even more so than supposed Token Good Teammate (and dark-haired) Ahim, who has proven herself to have a devious side that Don doesn't share.
- In Victorian flashbacks, Sanctuary's Helen Magnus has long, curly blond hair. She's also more soft-spoken, cheerful, and younger (obviously) than in the present. Sometime after discovering that her fiancé is Jack the Ripper and being contracted by the Crown to kill Adam Worth, she goes brunette. She also has red hair during World War II.
- Henry VIII sees Jane Seymour as this in The Tudors. In season 3, it becomes clear she has a little more depth, but Henry reacts aggresively to any indication that she doesn't agree with him. When she returns briefly in season 4, she's the only ghost Henry seems happy to see. Unfortunately for him, she is not as meek as before.
- The New Normal has Goldie, a straight ally to gay couple David and Bryan. She stands up to her bigoted grandmother for them, and carries their baby.
- Gabrielle in Xena: Warrior Princess, Xena's faithful companion and friend, even to the point where her hair got darker for a while as her character became less innocent.
- Cassiopeia in Battlestar Galactica, who decides to abandon her life as a Socialator to become a Med Tech. Other than her past life, she is sweet and kind, often looks after Boxey and even takes care of an ill-ridden Adama in "The Young Lords".
- Despite being a Cowboy Cop who along with his partner seems to get around, Ken Hutchinson fits the bill as a male example. Jokes were made about his hair, too—mainly by Starsky.
- In the Doctor Who episode The King's Demons, Hugh has this—a young knight valiant in his defense of his father.
- The X-Files: The Serial Killer in the episode "Elegy" targets very young and beautiful women who have blond hair and who were very kind. They were all friends with a mentally handicapped man who was in love with them.
- Degrassi has had three female characters that fit this mold.
- The first was Emma Nelson, who was a trusting Soapbox Sadie nature lover until reality happened and she fell off the path. She fit up until Season 3 or 4, when she suddenly went to all sorts of impure, corrupt places and it went downhill from there.
- Then came Maya Matlin, a cute innocent band geek. She still mostly fits the mold but she's shown to have some bite to her when pushed, but her intentions stay mostly good. And it didn't take much to put her back on track.
- The writers played with this when Becky Baker was introduced, the faithful Christian. She's a "playing with" example because several of her actions qualify as bigoted and evil, but at the same time her intentions were pure, just her reasoning and understanding was misguided. Once she learned better, she's just as optimistic and innocent as ever.
- Despite working for years in the worst slums of London's East End, Call the Midwife's young, lovely, devoted, soft-spoken Sister Bernadette remains as kind and hopeful as ever, her spirit shining as brightly as her seldom-seen golden hair. After enduring a crisis of faith over her calling when she falls in love with local physician Dr Turner, she comes out of it radiantly in love and determined to continue serving God as a wife, mother, and midwife.
- Lucrezia in The Borgias starts out this way, although between her abusive first marriage and scheming family it doesn't last.
- Murdoch Mysteries:
- Anna Fulford is a very young and very beautiful blonde with curly hair. She intuitively recognized that Detective Murdoch (suffering from Identity Amnesia) is a good man, even though he was pursued by men who claimed he's a killer, and she decided to help him. She's a bit livelier that this archetype tends to be but she fits the trope very well.
- Mrs Enid Jones is very young, beautiful, and generally sweet and kind. She looks very timid and feminine, but she can take a good care of herself and her son. She has curly blond hair.
- Jessica and Mary in Supernatural have long blonde hair. Both of these women are killed off in the Pilot, and the loss of these kind loved characters serves as motivation for Sam and Dean to hunt demons.
- Early on in The 100, Clarke is the only blonde character on the show, and (except maybe for Wells) she's by far the most moral and compassionate member of the 100. However, while she never gets any less blonde, the "heart of gold" aspect is quickly eroded by the harsh conditions on the Ground; by the time Episode 7 rolls around, and she's aiding in the torture/interrogation of a prisoner, it's fair to say the trope no longer applies.
- The girl described in Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" (actually his then-wife, and muse, Pattie Boyd).
She puts on her makeup and brushes her long blond hair...
- In the Pentangle song "Cruel Sister", the good, innocent sister who is "loved above all things" by the prince is repeatedly described as having bright golden hair. Her evil sister is repeatedly described as having black hair and being cold and dark. The story is taken from a Child Ballad called "The Twa Sisters".
- Demeter. She is about the only non-jerkass in the Olympian Pantheon. And explicitly described as a blonde. (Wheat-blond; after all, she's the wheat goddess)
- Enforced by the character morphing system of Fable: climbing to the good end of the Karma Meter turns the Hero's hair from chestnut brown to platinum blond.
- Final Fantasy
- Aria Bennett, one of the Guest Star Party Members in Final Fantasy III. She's a priestess of the water crystal, a Woman in White, and a White Mage. Whenever you talk to her, she says very nice things about how the party is blessed with the light.
- Krile of Final Fantasy V is a cute and sweet young girl who is a Friend to All Living Things with the ability to speak to them. She can also communicate with benevolent ghosts and plays the medium for her friends. She also becomes the youngest member of the party.
- Beautiful, young, good, and innocent? That's Amano's concept of Terra/Tina from Final Fantasy VI all over (the sprite gave her green hair instead—the cutscenes of the PS1 rerelease and Dissidia goes back to blonde), and applies to a lesser extent to Celes as well. And Relm (she really is a sweet girl, deep down... Really really deep down). Next tier has the heroic male characters Edgar, Sabin/Mash, and Locke, who was originally conceptualized with blond hair. If you really wanted, you could argue that General Leo fits this, though he really shines as a subverted Blond Guys Are Evil, foiling the blond Kefka. The world of Final Fantasy VI has no Canon Name, but we have reason to believe it's Blondania.
- Final Fantasy VII: Cloud Strife. Subverted in that he comes with a strong vein of Anti-Hero and Jerk to temper said gold. Double Subverted when it turns out he's not what he (and we) thought he was.
- Cosmos from Dissidia: Final Fantasy and its prequel. As part of her image as a deity of harmony, she is kind, beautiful, and vaguely motherly.
- Ventus from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. Blond hair, bright blue eyes, and a personality to match. Justified, however, since the darkness in his heart was taken by Master Xehanort.
- Lucas from Mother 3 has gold hair, an innocent personality, a pure mind, and, unlike Claus, stays good. Claus' hair, orange, could possibly be that way because of red (evil) mixing with blonde (purity).
- Another male example: Teddie from Persona 4 in his human form, where he appears as a blond, blue-eyed Bishōnen. Despite being very perverted and flirtatious, he cares a great deal about his friends.
- Bianca from Pokémon Black and White is pretty, kind, heroic, and idealistic.
- Spiritia Rosenberg from RosenkreuzStilette has flowing gold hair held in a huge ponytail and is a straightforward, honest, and kind girl whose moral convictions are second to none and who is greatly respected by others, including other soldiers of the Holy Empire. Iris also has gold hair, but unlike Tia, believe it or not, she only pretends to be kind and innocent to disguise her true, evil intentions. Both characters are reincarnations of the legendary Magus Rosenkreuz, whom the organization of RKS is named after—Tia got his soul and his ability to tap into the strength of others', and Iris was blessed with his magical prowess and the abundance of knowledge he had acquired over the course of his life.
- Wendy from Rule of Rose could have her picture describing this trope; a quiet, sickly little girl with a pretty smile and a blue sundress. Unfortunately, she's also a manipulative Yandere.
- Tales Series:
- The first example in the series is Mint from Tales of Phantasia. She's 90 pounds of Incorruptible Pure Pureness, a shy White Magician Girl, and completely devoted to healing.
- Colette from Tales of Symphonia, a foolish Messiah Pollyanna Love Freak.
- Princess Natalia from Tales of the Abyss. Aside from being a bit of a snob, she's a healer and Politically Active Princess who only wants what's best for her people.
- Super Mario Bros.: Princess Peach is constantly described as having the purest heart.
- The Lawful Good Ky Kiske in the Guilty Gear series. Especially in the "youthfully naive, angst-ridden and clueless" department.
- The Hero from Half-Minute Hero. His nobility earns him respect from a Time Beast (and an extra 10 seconds on a stage where you can't reverse time).
- Lady Aideen of Jungby and Father Claude of Edda from Fire Emblem Jugdral: both blonde, both calm, gentle and caring.
- Skies of Arcadia: Legends: Fina is a fair-haired Silvite madien and gentle soul, who's been tasked with gathering the six Moon Crystals and returning with them to the Silver Shrine, so their power to summon the Rains of Destruction can never be used again.
- Libra from Fire Emblem Awakening may carry an axe, but he is as kind and gentle and thoughtful as a Lucius expy ought to be.
- Chrom's sisters, Lissa and Emmeryn. Emmeryn's kindness as exalt is so well-known to even outsiders like Panne. Lissa is often described as one of the nicest people around and is down-to-earth despite her status as royalty.
- The Legend of Zelda
- Naturally, Link is a steadfast example, as he's The Hero of Hyrule and chosen wielder of The Master Sword; which only the pure of heart may draw from its pedestal.
- In most incarnations, Princess Zelda is the fair-haired benevolent ruler of Hyrule, and often aids Link in his quests to save the kingdom. Though in some appearances, such as Twilight Princess, she's a brunette instead; though she fully retains her nobility.
- Also from Twilight Princess is Ilia, who's Link's childhood friend. The game portrays her as selfless and giving - from tending to Epona for Link, to saving Prince Ralis when she found him collapsed on the road leading to Hyrule Castle Town.
- Subverted by Vert in Neptunia. On one hand, she has the requisite golden hair, many NPCs admire her grace and charm, and her subjects paint her as a good ruler. On the other, her appearance (blonde hair, blue eyes, big breasts) is a deliberate Phenotype Stereotype, she's politically aggressive (Ultradimension Vert is the only CPU to take shares by military action or directly convert people of interest to her side), and on a personal level she's a very open Yaoi Fangirl and her work ethic suffers from horrifying motivation issues. Re;birth1 dials some of her personality traits down a notch, though, and makes her play this trope straighter than her past incarnations.
- Kiel from Rune Factory 4 is a male example. He's a little Cute Bookworm and Ditzy Genius with Innocent Blue Eyes and a sweet Nice Guy personality to match. His sister Forte also has blond hair and a bit of Chronic Hero Syndrome (she'll accompany the protagonist into dungeons whether she likes them or not, while everyone else in town will only go if they're your friend), but has enough of a tough shell to disqualify her from the straight trope.
- Paz in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker acts exactly like this character type for 80% of the game. The last 20% reveals that she is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing consciously exploiting this trope for all it is worth.
- Jaina Proudmoore in Warcraft is a blondie with a heart of gold, as she continued to be one of the promotors of peace between The Alliance and The Horde. Until she broke due to the destruction of Theramore, in which her hair got bleached into 90% white and then she lost her peaceful attitude and becomes a warmonger out of grief.
- Ace Attorney:
- Regina Berry is so sweet and innocent that she actually doesn't understand the concept of death or the consequences of her naive but dangerous actions.
- Colias Palaeno has a near-constant smile and is ridiculously friendly to everyone he meets. Which is why Manny Coachen was able to manipulate him so easily.
- Komari from Little Busters! has short blonde hair with side twintails and is extremely innocent, cheerful, and childlike. Her route even deconstructs this a little, as she is innocent mainly because her brother tried to shield her from anything painful, meaning that she cannot encounter things like death without breaking down entirely. She also has a bit of Dumb Blonde to her, too.
- Deconstructed with Gilgamesh in Fate/stay night, who is only "Pure" in the sense that he has zero inhibitions.
- Played straight with Saber.
- Averted with Illya, assuming you accept the Word of God that says her hair is platinum blonde, not white.
- Red vs. Blue has platinum-haired Freelancer Agent North Dakota, who's the closest thing the Crapsack World of RvB has to a 100% genuine hero. He's such a kindly and nurturing Team Mom that he even gets given the most childlike of the project's AIs, which he acts like a proud parent towards. All of this is a deliberate contrast to his twin sister, who turns out to be an evil blonde with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder that leaves him and other Freelancers to die in various circumstances.
- Rolan and Zalanna of Ears for Elves have this. In the former case, it shows that he's a high elf, as well as being innocent and such. For Zalanna, straight blonde hair symbolises her status and how she embraces it, and provides contrast with the Rebellious Princess Tanna's messy and short(er) brown hair.
- His rare moments of Superpowered Evil Side Mad Scientist aside, Franken from Noblesse is very kind and patient.
- Elan in The Order of the Stick is apparently extremely attractive, in part due to this trope, although it's hard to tell from the stick-figure art. He also fits very well in terms of personality, being the sweetest and most innocent major character in the comic (as well as not too bright aside from his Genre Savvy).
- The angels in Sinfest. Annoying, mind you, but good.
- In Thistil Mistil Kistil, while she is a trifle uncanny, Sigyn is still a gentle and generous woman.
- Magick Chicks: Skye is a shy young animal telepath, who was formerly so pure of heart that Hecate was astonished to find her soul was utterly devoid of any malice. Which changed when she willingly tainted her soul in order to save Cerise's life; despite having been manipulated by her.
- Varden of Inverloch is secretly this (he dyes his hair so it doesn't show up in the dark). Although he starts off making a big deal about how he's only with them for his own convenience, he quickly comes to care about the group as friends, goes out of his way to save Acheron from a fighting ring, encourages Lei'ella to stand up to the Fantastic Racism, and can get very sentimental. Notably, his transition into this comes with the reveal that his hair is really blond.
- Janine from Animerica symbolizes this in the purest form imaginable, making her a direct contrast not just to her Love Interest, but to the black-haired Lita and the red-headed Malin. In fact, just about every blonde (except for Takuya and Shirogane) in the series symbolizes this.
- Apollo, Artemis, Aglaea, and Eros in Thalia's Musings. Apollo, though hardly a Chaste Hero, is one of the more moral gods in the Pantheon and renowned as a champion of moderate living. His twin sister, Artemis, is a sworn virgin. Both have healing powers, as does Aglaea, Apollo's granddaughter, who is a dedicated physician. Eros can make life difficult for his "victims", but he ultimately just wants everyone to find true love, something his parents never had.
- Mega-Girl of the Whateley Universe. Not only is she a beautiful Exemplar with flight and super strength, but she's extremely feminine and bubbly. She's also a virgin (she's only a high school sophomore) mainly because she doesn't have a vagina yet.
- Hanami of Tasakeru fits the bill: an Innocent Flower Girl with a shy nature and long blonde hair, the color of which is unique in the setting.
- Malachy in Moonflowers—he's polite and friendly, is taking care of his little brother due to their parents' deaths, and he makes friends easily with the female lead Alima. He's also Christian, making him a member of the Saintly Church. This contrasts with his friend Owen, a Tall, Dark and Snarky pagan who's extremely bitter from nearly getting killed by a homophobic mob. Brighid Brennan is another friend, who's also very friendly and works as both a veterinary and a human nurse. Later on, Persephone appears and is very firmly this as well.
- South Park
- Butters definitely qualifies for this. He's by far one of the most innocent characters on the show.
- Kenny (who was shown to be blond in The Movie) is a subvversion. He's more heroic than the three other main members of his gang, but isn't above excessive sex and drugs for his own amusement—and he's only ten. He also parodies this trope as "Princess Kenny" by using a long blonde female wig (badly) to dress up as a typical example of this trope (especially Princess Zelda), but turns out to be a villain in this persona in South Park: The Stick of Truth.
- Adventure Time:
- Underneath his hat, Finn has a glorious head of long, beautiful, shimmering golden hair. Bilingual Bonus as "finn" means "fair-haired".
- Jimmy Two-Shoes: Jimmy's blond hair is so pure and innocent (just like him), that it even induces niceness upon an Expy of Satan.
- Mikey and Gus from Recess, who are considerably the most innocent and pure among the main six.
- Total Drama's resident Granola Girl, Bridgette, is an apparently natural blonde.
- Lindsay also qualifies. Although she's a Dumb Blonde, she's one of the friendliest contestants.
- Beverly Hills Teens has Larke who is the nicest character of the group.
- Bubbles of The Powerpuff Girls. Friend to creatures great and small.