Western Animation / Lady Lovely Locks

Another Merchandise-Driven animated series from the 1980s. This one debuted in 1987 and was produced by DIC Entertainment.

The show told the tale of pretty blonde-haired Princess Lady Lovely Locks 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.

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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Blind Seer: Wizard 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 was able to rescue herself, though usually in the middle of an episode rather than the end.
  • 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.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Prince Strongheart is never able to tell Lady the truth of his situation.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Object Game: Illustration of The Merch from books, puzzles, cards, etc. have hidden pixie tales.
  • 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.
  • MacGuffin: Lady Lovely Locks' hair, which was her power source. Duchess Ravenwaves' goal was to cut it and obtain power over the land.
  • 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-Indicative Name: Maiden FairHair is not fair-haired.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: For one thing, baby dragons look more like furry pigs. For another, they grow from a magical tree.
  • Pimped-Out Dress
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: The Princess is supposed to be the ruler of her realm, but she doesn't actually do any ruling.
  • 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.
  • Small Annoying Creature: The Pixietails, the Comb Gnomes, and the baby dragons.
  • Vague Age: Lady, the Maidens and Duchess Ravenwaves all look very much like children, but their voices and stations of authority suggest that they are young adults.
  • Verbal Tic: The Pixietails added "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: A bad guy has the princess in his grasp, and spends too much time menacing her rather than getting her hair. Ravenwaves also has this problem.