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Plenty of Blondes

Where characters with fair hair can be seen more frequently than expected for what should be a melting pot population. Specifically, you can see a disproportionate number of blondes for the setting when a show has no fewer than half of the female Caucasian cast being blonde. It can include the whole Caucasian cast. Similar to Blonde, Brunette, Redhead, but on the other end of the scale. The thing is that film casters believe the audience finds blond hair to be beautiful, so if you want to be a movie star, it helps to look good with fair hair. Usually, it's a white-yellow shade but sometimes darker. They can range from identical twins to a bunch of unrelated characters.

Any combination of the sweet, malicious, or dumb blondes becomes Plenty of Blondes because you can't contrast something with itself. Each can be Everyone Loves Blondes. Compare Monochrome Casting if it's one race in what should be a melting pot population, and Phenotype Stereotype when non-Caucasian media believes this is true of Caucasians. This may be justified if some of them explicitly dye their hair.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • The Kalos-era main cast of Pokémon features three blond characters, making Ash the only person in his group who isn't blond.
  • Plenty of characters in Axis Powers Hetalia that aren't of Asian or African descent are blond - justified as most of the characters are European. This is actually in keeping with both actual percentages of blond hair in Europe and national stereotypes - the Nordics, for example, are all blond.

Comic Books

Film

Literature
  • In Flowers in the Attic all of the Dollangangers have flaxen-blonde hair and they're our five main characters. The only character who doesn't have blonde hair is revealed to be wearing a grey-haired wig (though the movie gives her red hair). In this case it's something of a plot point since the two parents are actually brother and sister.
  • Three members of The Babysitters Club (Dawn, Stacey, and Shannon) are blonde, as are their families. Dawn believes that literally everyone from Southern California is blonde, which seems to be supported by the text. The entire "We <3 Kids Club" is blonde, along with Dawn's favorite California sitting charges and any Californians who happen to visit Stoneybrook.

Live-Action TV
  • Averted in Smallville. Chloe Sullivan is the only blonde main character for the most of the show. Although Kara appears in season seven, she rarely appears after that.
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody has four character in the younger generation. Two boys with shaggy blonde hair, Maddie with her wavy blonde locks, and an Asian. Their mother Carey has blonde hair in the first two seasons but dyes it brown midway through season 2.
  • Kyle XY has half of the female cast being applicable. It becomes more than half if you add Andy and her dark golden locks.
  • Six of the eight white women from Heroes, season three, are applicable. Four have bright blond hair and the two others have goldenrod hair. Lampshaded In-Universe by the blonde Meredith when she reunites with her ex, Nathan, and sees that he's accompanied by Tracy, who's also blonde.
  • Degrassi The Next Generation counts when you include the guys.
  • Emma, Rikki, Miriam, Byron, Bella, Will, and Lewis all from H2O: Just Add Water. Hell, it must be that Cleo is loved despite not being a blonde.
  • An absurdly extreme majority of named female characters in Supernatural are blonde. Starting with Mary and Jessica and including Jo and Ellen. Notably excluding Lisa. Also an improbable percentage of the random victims, and females in general. There are no redheads besides Anna.
  • Averted in White Collar as there are no blondes, at least any that get any air time/act as a romantic play. Alex Hunter is the closest, but far from blonde. Even random women that Neil flirts with are always have black hair with the exception of Bridgette from 'The Portrait' and that was for the job.
  • Not all at once but most of Angel's love interests/ Ship Tease women have been blonde. The main ones have been Buffy, Darla and Nina while Cordelia and his relationship didn't really hit it off until after she'd dyed her hair blonde towards the end of season 3. There's also a handful of one-episode characters. It's actually lampshaded in one episode where Angel has been the victim of a "Freaky Friday" Flip as well as being what clues the cast in about it.
    Cordelia: It is so like Angel to make out with a cheap blonde on his desk.
    Fred: It was a brunette.note 
    Cordelia: (beat) You're right, that's not like Angel.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch and her two aunts are all blonde haired. Oddly enough her father (their brother) is brunette and the third Aunt Vesta is redhead. It's parodied in one episode where a potion turns Salem's fur blonde.
    Salem: I'm blonde! My IQ just dropped 20%!
    Zelda: (points to herself) Blonde, (points to Hilda) Blonde, (points to Sabrina) Blonde, (points to Salem) Dead!
  • The producers of Charmed seemed to love making the normally brunette Halliwell sisters blonde at several points during the series. Each of them has been at one point. Piper wore a blonde wig to dress up as Glinda (who is red-haired in the movie) for Halloween. Prue's future self was blonde in "Morality Bites". Paige wore a blonde disguise in "Baby's First Demon" and had strawberry blonde hair for the majority of season 6. Phoebe meanwhile dyed her hair blonde in season 3 and also got it magically when she was turned into a Banshee, Love Goddess and Genie, and finally when she dressed up as Lady Godiva. Oddly enough we didn't get a blonde main character until season 8.
  • Bridget in 8 Simple Rules (who is blonde herself) invokes this in an episode where she's working as a life guard. She only pays attention to the blonde-haired girls in her swimming class while ignoring a lone brunette girl.
  • When Ferris Bueller's Day Off was adapted into a godawful teen sitcom in 1990, the three brunette leads became blondes. (This may or may not have had something to do with changing the setting from Chicago to Southern California.) To carry the reversal further, Jeannie Bueller, who had dark honey-blonde hair in the film, was made a dark brunette.

Music
  • S Club 7 started out with three blondes in the group, but moved up to five by the time they split up, which had downsized to six members by then.
  • Atomic Kitten went from the Blonde, Brunette, Redhead tandem to having all three members as blondes for two of their albums. They definitely fit the trope in the video for "It's OK".

Professional Wrestling

Real Life
  • Blondness as an inherited trait is caused by a cluster of mutations that all trace to Northern Europe. There are populations in Europe (particularly parts of Scandinavia) where the proportion of light-haired phenotypes comprises upwards of 80% of the population. This map shows where they are and also how this mutation has spread from its evolutionary epicenter.

Toys

Video Games
  • Big Boss's timeline in the Metal Gear Solid series has a ridiculously large proportion of plot-significant blonds — EVA, Volgin, Ocelot, The Boss, Elisa, Gene, Roy, Kaz, Paz, Cécile... Stretches plausibility when the blond, blue-eyed Kaz is half-Japanese and identifies as more Japanese than American, and Paz is depicted with blonde hair despite being Costa Rican and at one point mentioning in her dialogue that she has a darker complexion than "pale-skinned Anglo-Saxons". Since Big Boss has Unresolved Sexual Tension with most of these characters, the fandom just likes to joke that he's really into blonds.
  • Blondes seem to comprise a good third or so of Touhou's named characters.
  • In Barbie Super Model, most of the NPCs are blondes with a few people with light brown hair scattered here and there. And of course, Barbie, a pretty iconic blonde, is the main character.
  • Final Fantasy VI is almost entirely populated by people with light hair of some variety, although given the limited graphics it's not always clear whether it's blonde or brown. Even Terra's green hair is as light as most of the blondes'. Pretty much the only named character in the game with actually dark hair is Cyan.
  • Six of the eleven characters in the original Fatal Fury were blond: Terry and Andy Bogard, Duck King, Raiden, Billy Kane, and Geese Howard.

Webcomics
  • Most of the main group of friends in the BDSM webcomic Sunstone are redheads, prompting Lisa (also a redhead) to call them the "Red Legion" when they are first introduced.

WesternAnimation


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