Western Animation / Lady Lovely Locks


Lady Lovely Locks is a Merchandise-Driven animated series from The '80s. It debuted in 1987 and was produced by DIC Entertainment.

The show told the tale of the pretty blonde-haired princess Lady Lovely Locks, her friends Maiden Fair Hair and Maiden Curly Crown, and her Fairy Companions the Pixietails. Most of what they have to worry about comes from the evil Duchess Ravenwaves who wants to take over the land Lovely Locks rules. There's also a family of friendly dragons, a blind wizard, and a prince who turns into a dog.

Besides the cartoon and toys, tie-in books were made, as were a series of German audio dramas set in a different continuity than the cartoon.

Tropes featured include:

  • All There in the Manual: An Enchanting Fairy Tale Adventure, the first tie-in book, reveals that Lady's status as an orphan was caused by Ravenwaves' mother, Grand Duchess Ravenhair. When Lady was born, Ravenhair sent a powerful tornado that sent everyone far away, including herself and Lady's parents. Lady only escaped because her crib was in another room.
  • All Trolls Are Different: Hairball changes sizes depending on his moods, as well as sneaking around.
  • Alliterative Name: Lady Lovely Locks' name and title start with L.
  • Alternate Continuity: The German audio dramas were set in a different continuity than the cartoon, with Ravenwaves and Strongheart having a secret past together, the witch that cursed Strongheart being in debt with Ravenwaves' father, and Lady and Strongheart marrying and having a child named Leilani. They're also Darker and Edgier, with Lady and Strongheart nearly dying at one point.
  • Animesque: Production duties were shared by Japan and France, while animation was done in Japan exclusively, like many American cartoons of this time.
  • Animorphism: Prince Strongheart was cursed to change into a dog.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The audio dramas had an alliance between Ravenwaves and the witch who cursed Strongheart, Lazulia. There was also a third villain, a snake, who switched sides often.
  • Blind Seer: Shining Glory, who is blind but knows many things about the land.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Lady Lovely Locks, Maiden Fair Hair, and Maiden Curly Crown, respectively.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: There are times when Ravenwaves and Hairball manage to create good opportunities to cut Lady's hair, but most of the time they're too busy gloating to cut it.
  • Damsel in Distress: Nine times out of ten, the Pixietails save Lady Lovely Locks from whatever trouble she is in this week.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Sometimes Lady Lovely Locks is able to rescue herself, though usually in the middle of an episode rather than the end.
  • Darker and Edgier: The audio dramas are more serious than the show, with Lady and Strongheart marrying and having a child named Leilani, several characters dying or nearly dying, and Ravenwaves' plans to take over going beyond cutting Lady's hair.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: Lady Lovely Locks, by way of Limited Wardrobe.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Despite her title, Lady Lovely Locks is a princess.
  • Evil Counterpart: Duchess Ravenwaves has the Comb Gnomes to Lady's Pixietails, Titan to Lady's horse Silkymane, and Messmutt to Lady's dog Silkypup.
  • Evil Former Friend: Hairball used to work under Shining Glory and knows some of his spells, as well as how to get into his manor.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Hairball worked under, then betrayed, Shining Glory and does most of the magic Ravenwaves requires.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In the cartoon, Prince Strongheart is never able to tell Lady the truth of his situation. The audio dramas resolve the issue by freeing him from the curse.
  • Fairest of Them All: Ravenwaves plans to be the fairest ruler in the land by stealing Lady's hair.
  • Femme Fatale: Duchess Ravenwaves uses her beauty to get what she wants at times.
  • Fisher King: The Land of Lovelylocks is kept safe and happy as long as Lady is there. In the first episode, Ravenwaves schemes to make Lady stay away for an extended period of time, plunging the kingdom into ruin.
  • Freudian Trio: Lady Lovely Locks is the down-to-earth ego, coolheaded and intelligent Maiden Fair Hair is the superego, and comical and impulsive Maiden Curly Crown is the id.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The final episode ends with a hint at this for Ravenwaves, as she's miserable over always losing and being alone. Lady tells her that being kinder to others can help, and she storms off to think things over.
  • Hidden Object Game: Illustration of The Merch from books, puzzles, cards, etc. have hidden Pixietails.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick:
    • The Pixietails have very strong magic and end up doing most of the work themselves, while Lady's only contribution is to summon them by shaking her hair.
    • Shining Glory's magic ends up resolving the plot a lot. In instances where he's out of the picture the solution is usually to save him so he can save the day.
    • Hairball has a wide knowledge of magic and is usually out in the field, while Ravenwaves is content to sit and watch from afar.
  • I Have Your Wife: "The Wishing Bone" has Ravenwaves kidnap Shining Glory and hold him hostage for Lady's hair.
  • Inescapable Net: Dragon-hair nets are almost completely unbreakable and are resistant to most magic. Ravenwaves uses one to capture Shining Glory, while Maiden Fairhair uses one to stabilize the castle after a tunnel was dug underneath it.
  • Left Hanging: The audio dramas end with the Pixietails saving Leilani and returning her to Lady, and wondering what will happen next when she wakes up in the morning.
  • MacGuffin: Lady Lovely Locks' hair, which was her power source. Duchess Ravenwaves' goal was to cut it and obtain power over the land.
  • Motif: Hair. Besides the characters' names, several trees and plants look like hair, Lady's abilities revolve around her hair, and hair raises and lowers Castle Lovelylocks and grows underneath it as support.
  • Near Villain Victory: Duchess Ravenwaves came very close to cutting Lady's hair at times, especially in "Vanished," where she held a Pixietail hostage, then ordered that all the Pixietails leave them alone, including the one she was holding. She was only foiled when a Pixietail too far away to hear the order snatched away her scissors.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Ravenwaves rarely took part in schemes personally, letting Hairball and the Comb Gnomes handle the dirty work.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Maiden FairHair is not fair-haired, having dark brown hair instead.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: For one thing, baby dragons look more like furry pigs. For another, they grow from a magical tree.
  • Out of Focus: With so many characters and only 10 minutes of runtime per episode, Maidens Fairhair and Curlycrown rarely get to do anything important.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Lady, the Maidens, and Ravenwaves all wear beautiful dresses.
  • Polluted Wasteland: Tangleland is a swampy, thorny area full of danger, in contrast to the beautiful land of Lovelylocks.
  • Pretty in Mink: Fur trimmed coats worn when they go someplace cold.
  • Princess Classic: Lady Lovely Locks is sweet, polite, and high-class, as befits a princess.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Lady and her maidens tend to wear pink.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Duchess Ravenwaves wears dark purple and has purple streaks in her hair.
    • Shining Glory also has purple wizard robes.
  • Scenery Porn: The show is lavishly animated for its time, especially in dungeon scenes. The hand-painted backgrounds are especially pretty.
  • Shapeshifter: In the second episode, Hairball disguises himself as the handsome Baron von Tress to win Lady's trust.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: The Pixietails, the Comb Gnomes, and the baby dragons.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands:
    • Ravenwaves' spyglass let her spy on Lady no matter where she was.
    • There's also a heroic version with Lady Lovely Locks' Looking Room, which let her see what was going on in the kingdom and acted as a conduit for her Fisher King powers, letting her repair damage done to it.
  • Talking Animal: In the audio dramas Strongheart could speak in dog form. Averted in the cartoon, where he couldn't talk at all in dog form.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Shining Glory didn't get a toy. Inverted with Maiden Golden Waves, Maiden Misty Curl, the Curly Kittens and Lili Tops, who were in the toyline but not in the cartoon.
  • Vague Age: Lady, the Maidens and Duchess Ravenwaves all look like children, especially in the illustrations, but their voices and stations of authority suggest that they are young adults. The audio dramas add to the confusion by having Lady and Strongheart get married and have a child while the illustrations stay the same.
  • Verbal Tic: The Pixietails add "ix" to the end of every word they say, making most of their speech nigh incomprehensible.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Hairball is the Laughable Lackey to Duchess Ravenwaves.
  • Villain Ball: Ravenwaves and Hairball often have Lady captive, but spend too much time menacing her rather than getting her hair.
  • With Lyrics: The full opening and ending themes are the main theme with lyrics.
  • World Building: The series had several details given about the fantasy world, including how Lady's looking room worked, how dragons were born, areas outside the kingdom, and one-off areas like the Lake of Reflections, Mirror Lake, and cryptic references to the Sea of Far Beyond.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Hairball in the books and illustrations is a white-haired gnome, while in the show he's a living ball of brown hair. The only thing they have in common is the name and bushy mustache.