While blondes are foolish
and redheads tend to be aggressive
, blue hair depicts a person being either shy or nervous, or even both. Either way, blue hair is very common in fiction
, particularly in anime
, and if the character has special powers, they are usually associated with water
. Because of this, they are often paired with, or contrasted with, a redhead or someone with fire powers or a very strong and passionate personality
Interestingly, these people also tend to be the most rational
in the group, perhaps because being socially timid is associated with bookworms. Sometimes, they seem very aloof and stoic, tending not to make any friends of their own. If they are, they are usually revealed as having a kind, friendly nature. In this way, they are the direct opposite of a Fiery Redhead
. A Red Oni, Blue Oni
pairing can be made with them by making the redhead brash, strong, and passionate, and the blue one calm, quiet, and down-to-earth.
of You Gotta Have Blue Hair
and Shrinking Violet
. A Super Trope
to Rei Ayanami Expy
. Compare True Blue Femininity
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Anime and Manga
- Ami Mizuno from Sailor Moon is probably the best known example of this trope. She meets many of the trope's key traits. Upon her introduction, she's the aloof genius girl rumored to have an IQ of 300 (and is, in fact, at the top of the Rankings in exams for the entire country). Upon actually revealing her character, it's also revealed she's not aloof, just shy, and because she's so smart, other people stay away from her instead of the other way around. The live-action has her come out of her shell by being befriended by Usagi and the others as a plot point. The fact that she has powers over water is just icing on the cake. She's also sort of paired up with the fiery (in more ways than one) Rei due to the fact that Rei is the 3rd member to join the team and the two are Usagi's only reliable allies until Jupiter joins the team about 10 episodes later.
- R season: first, in Bertier's Heel-Face Turn episode, the sponsor of a chess tournament speaks to Ami and notes how she used to be alone all the time, but now has made so many friends. Later, a Monster of the Week exploits Ami's secret insecurities to first frame her for cheating at exams (something that's serious business for her since she's the smartest girl in Japan), then try mind raping and brainwashing her into attacking her teammates. Finally, the R movie has her recalling how other kids used to trash talk her behind her back, thinking she was an Insufferable Genius - until Usagi came along and forced her out of her shell.
- In S, Ami is greatly upset at the prospect of being seen only as The Smart Guy of the group and needs Mamoru, Michiru, and Usagi's support to try to dispel it...and she becomes the target of the Monster of the Week, which is after Ami's Pure Heart Crystal. In a Tear Jerker scene, when the monster mocks Ami's loneliness, Usagi stands up for her and tearfully declares how important Ami is for her.
- In Stars, during her and Haruka's team-up, Ami remembers how, as a little girl, she wanted to play basketball, but the girls didn't dare to ask her join the team since she had too much to do, leaving her alone and sad. In a subversion, Ami later recalls how she became The Strategist of the team, which lets her find the Heroic Resolve to deliver the strategy that lets her and Haruka/Uranus win the fight.
- Averted with Smug Snake Cyprine from the S season (who still pretended to be one) and with Palla Palla from Super S, who was a very childish Genius Ditz.
- Although Lena's hair is actually green and Sara's is actually light purple, they both fit this trope as they are usually gentle and quiet-natured.
- Yuki, plays this trope very straight in the movie Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Her normal personality is more debatable. Though seemingly an Emotionless Girl, she has started showing some signs of emotion, including social awkwardness. Although some people claim her hair is a pale gray, it can also be seen as pale blue.
- In comparison, Asakura Ryoko has the hair and eyes, but her personality does not fit any of the traits above. Given that she, like Yuki, is an Artificial Human, perhaps this was an intentional contrast?
- Miki Kaoru from Revolutionary Girl Utena is a male example, being a gender-switched Expy of Ami Mizuno down to the same voice actress. Interestingly enough, his twin sister Kozue does not fit this trope.
- Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Aria from Sister Princess is probably the most shy of all her sisters.
- Akira Sakura from Naru Taru is about as shy as this trope can get, to the point of suicidal Deconstruction. It turns out that she is shy and nervous because of sexual abuse at the hands of her father combined with a crippling social phobia.
- For a male example, Ichijouji Ken of Digimon Adventure 02 fits - the boy genius becomes rather shy some time after his Heel-Face Turn.
- He gets better about this later, if the image songs and drama CDs are any indication.
- Same goes for Kimura Kouichi from Digimon Frontier.
- Eureka from Eureka Seven.
- Saya from Peacemaker Kurogane, though her being shy might also have something to do with the fact that she's mute and can't say anything, even if she wanted to.
- Hinata Hyuuga of Naruto.
- Due to an Adaptation Dye-Job, this is inverted with Yue Ayase in Mahou Sensei Negima!. Starting out in the manga, she has blue hair with a cynical personality obsessed with philosophy, but eventually moves farther towards shy once she begins getting closer to Negi and her hair is changed to purple.
- Nodoka Miyazaki in Negima!? gets blue hair (as opposed to the other series where she is a literal Shrinking Violet) and is really shy, a bookworm, and thinks with her head.
- From another of Ken Akamatsu's works, Shinobu Maehara of Love Hina.
- Aoi Sakuraba from Ai Yori Aoshi, appropriately enough.
- This is in contrast to her fiery guardian, Miyabi, who has purple/mauve hair.
- Chrome Dokuro from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. Though she shares her body with a man who is more psycho than shy...
- Brought up in the company of adults ever since he was young, Touya Akira from Hikaru no Go tends to be somewhat awkward and shy around peers his own age. Although his hair is green in the anime adaptation, the manga colouration tends toward a dark blue tint.
- Hiwatari Satoshi from D.N.Angel, another male example.
- Violette of Basquash! is the shy, busty Team Mom compared to her band and teammates, the excitable loli Citron and mildly Hot-Blooded Action Girl Rouge.
- In Lucky Star, Konata's mother, Kanata, fits this trope, in contrast with her daughter, who does not (due to her father's influence).
- Fairy Tail: Levy and Juvia both have blue hair. Levy is the smart and friendly type and Juvia has water powers, but also seems to be shy at times, at least around Gray.
- Wendy is another example, being very innocent.
- Yukino also fits this profile. Shy? Check. Intelligent? Check. Water powers? One of her Celestial Spirits is Pisces, the Fish. Blue hair? Check, though it is a much lighter shade of blue than Levy, Juvia, and Wendy.
- Shin from Saint Beast is a male example.
- Beginner from Mon Colle Knights has the blue hair and every opposite personality trait: extroverted, cheery, overly-relaxed in crisis situations, and the least intelligent member of the recurring cast. She can employ three out of the four cardinal elements, water being the exception.
- Rinna Charat from Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat.
- A potential male example: Simon from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. But given the nature of the show though, he quite Giga Drilled his way out of the mold pretty quickly.
- Sora in Sketchbook is so shy, most of her dialogue (all of it in the manga!) is Inner Monologue.
- Subaru Nakajima from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S may look like an inversion at first, but if you read the supplementary manga, you will discover that she actually started off as a textbook example of this trope and, over the years, developed into someone much more confident and outgoing, thanks to her idol, Nanoha, and her partner, Teana. As Nanoha Force flashbacks reveal, however, she still reverts to her people-shy ways when emotionally hurt.
- Zashiki Warashi in xxxHolic.
- Male example: Aichi from Cardfight!! Vanguard.
- Tsubasa Kazanari in the beginning of Senki Zesshou Symphogear is shown as a terribly shy girl that's nervous even before her concert, with her Fiery Redhead partner Kanade Amou doing most of the talking and action and encouraging her. Then Kanade dies in front of her, and Tsubasa does away with the shyness and becomes a stiff, serious, cold fish. Over the series, she began mellowing her cold phase and becomes a Cool Big Sis to her 'juniors' in the same vein of Kanade to her, but the shyness is completely removed.
- Yoshino from Date A Live, in addition to being An Ice Person, is extremely shy and soft-spoken. She deals with this by communicating through her hand puppet 'Yoshinon' whenever the situation calls for a more extroverted approach.
- Mizure Shirayuki from Rosario + Vampire; her is normally bluey-purple, but it does go full blue when she's An Ice Person.
- Nagisa from Assassination Classroom is a male example, albeit one who looks like a girl, even to the point of dressing up as one for a mission. He is a reserved, polite, and quiet boy, in stark contrast to his best friend and Fiery Redhead Karma in a Red Oni, Blue Oni sort of relationship. Nagisa is careful and contemplative versus Karma's brash, outgoing aggressiveness. Nagisa is also a phenomenally bloodthirsty assassin and hides it very well.
Films — Animation
- In The Incredibles, Violet is the only one in her family with black hair with plenty of blue highlights, and she's also the only one who is shy.
- Averted with Coraline, who is very outgoing. Her hair is naturally and originally brown, however.
- Feena of Ys is another Trope Codifier and was Japan's original shy girl with blue hair that you were supposed to feel protective of.
- Dizzy from the Guilty Gear series.
- Kusuha Mizuha from Super Robot Wars.
- Touhou has a number of blue/indigo-haired characters, but the kappa Nitori Kawashiro, a Gadgeteer Genius who wants to be friends with humans but is incredibly shy around them, is the one who plays this straightest...at least in her first appearance in the tenth game, Mountain of Faith. She's become increasingly more outspoken with each appearance she's made, becoming somewhat impatient in Subterranean Animism before taking a level in jerkass in Hopeless Masquerade.
- Neither Luna from Lunar: The Silver Star nor her Lunar: Eternal Blue successor Lucia, are shy, exactly, but they are objects of moe.
- Subverted by both Florina and Farina in Fire Emblem. Farina is blue haired, but is an outspoken Gold Digger. Florina is violet haired, but fits the shy Shrinking Violet part.
- The White Magician Girl Ninian, however, plays this almost perfectly straight. Her hair is more cyan than properly blue, but she is very humble and kind and has quite the problems interacting with people.
- Played a little straighter with a male: Seliph from Genealogy of the Holy War is quite the badass fighter, but is also extremely humble as a person and kinda scared of the prospect of being The Chosen One at the beginning.
- King Pelleas from Fire Emblem Tellius is very much a Rare Male Example. And boy, does he suffer for it.
- In Fire Emblem Awakening, this is averted. Outta the three prospect daughters for Prince Chrom, who will all inherit his blue hair, neither fit in: Cynthia is a Genki Girl, Kjelle is a Tomboy, and Lucina is more serious than shy. And if Lucina is the mother of girl!Morgan, she also averts it by being another Genki Girl.
- Boy!Morgan may fit in if he's fathered by either Chrom, Virion or Priam, though.
- If a blue-haired Avatar has daughters, only Noire will be a straightforward example. Though Yarne could potentially be a Rare Male Example, even if he only has a blue streak on his fur.
- Noire and Yarne might fit if either is fathered by Virion, too.
- Fuuka Yamagishi in Persona 3. Hers is more of a teal colour, though.
- Despite her hair color bordering on being black, Naoto Shirogane of Persona 4 is this as well, albeit very covertly. The Moe factor of her shyness combined with the female vote was enough to earn her the winning spot in the school's beauty pageant, despite the fact that she ditched right before the swimsuit portion!
- Pieda in Baten Kaitos Origins is an example of the "smart and friendly" variant, thus fitting this trope perfectly despite not really being that shy, except, arguably, by comparison to her True Companions.
- Flora (or Nera in the DS remake) from Dragon Quest V is this.
- Another subversion comes from Need for Speed : Carbon. Yumi from Bushido is blue-haired, yet has a cheery personality.
- Liara from Mass Effect. Although she has tentacles protruding from her head instead of actual hair, she could fit this trope indefinitely. Doubles as Fridge Brilliance in that although her entire race consists of blue/purple/green space babes, she is one of the few whose skin is a lighter shade of blue.
- March from Eternal Sonata.
- Harvest Moon games are pretty much guaranteed to have one of these, especially "classic" ones.
- Candace from Tree of Tranquility and Animal Parade is probably the biggest example.
- Pokemon Xand Y Evelyn from the battle maison the least confident of the four girls and has blue hair to match.
- Vera Misham in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney hardly speaks and doesn't leave the house if she can possibly avoid it.
- Issei Ryudo in Fate/stay night is a male example. He's blue-haired, the most rational of the normal characters, and while almost all of his appearances are with his best friend, Shirou Emiya, he's said to be very shy.
- Averted with Shizune Hakamichi from Katawa Shoujo, who is blunt and outspoken — despite being deafmute. Still worth noting, though, as when they're introduced, Hisao thinks she's one of these until she "opens her mouth," so to speak. The most shy girl in the cast, Hanako Ikezawa, has purple hair.
- Mio from Little Busters! is a very quiet, soft-spoken girl with an emotionless personality who is almost always found sitting and reading on her own at the back of the school before Riki comes across her. He even notes at one point that, in complete contrast to him who defines himself by his Childhood Friends, she seems to long to be truly alone, and her presence is so low that people often seem to forget she even exists. Her route provides an explanation for all of this.
- Araceli of Hazard's Wake is very much this, though the shyness probably comes from being locked in a tower for most of her life.
- Waterfall in Anti Hero For Hire. She's by far the nicest of her 5 girl band. Except when she isn't...
- Mai Saito in Mitadake Saga.
- Tedd Verres in El Goonish Shive is a perfect male version of this, although it's purple hair instead of blue. He was especially shy during his younger years, though he has opened up somewhat since then. He is the smartest of the group and is constantly inventing or experimenting on stuff. And, for bonus points, he frequently transforms himself into a girl for fun.
- Emily McArthur in Misfile is this to some degree. She has blue hair and is very intelligent, having already been accepted to Harvard before two years of her life were erased. She is only a little shy and it's not a large facet of her personality, but she definitely pairs well with Ash.
- Mecha Maid from Spinnerette, while outgoing in her superhero guise, is extremely reserved outside of it. It doesn't help that she is physically incapable of being very expressive without her suit. She is a genius researcher and inventor, and her superhero wig is purple.
- Kimiko Ross in Dresden Codak fits this trope to a T. She is easily one of the smartest people in an already highly advanced world, and is extremely logic-driven. She is constantly inventing crazy advanced technology, and even created several advanced prostheses for herself after getting half her body blown up. On top of that, she is very socially handicapped when it comes to new relationships, acting very clumsy and shy around boys she is interested in. And her hair is bluish black.
- Taken further by Cherry Trau of Superego. Each character has a Color Motif associated with them, and not only their hair but their bodies will be that color. Cherry's is, of course, blue, and she's very much a Shrinking Violet. In fact, she has Avoidant Personality Disorder.
- Jolene “Brooksie” Brooks of Between Failures. From the cast page: She is shy, yet can be outgoing once she gets comfortable with her surroundings.
- Marge Simpson, most notably during her college days.
- Mitsuki from Kappa Mikey.
- Sapphire from Trollz.
- Stormer and Shana from Jem certainly qualify. Aja, however, does not.
- W.I.T.C.H.: Taranee. Averted with Hay Lin.
- Little Miss Shy from the 'Mr. Men and Little Miss' books and TV series doesn't have blue hair, but her BODY color is blue.