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Stoogebie
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05:39:36 PM Apr 2nd 2013
So, did we have to rename another trope because everyone kept listing pretty much any blond character who wasn't totally freaking evil?
Telcontar
moderator
02:28:40 AM Apr 3rd 2013
Yep.
Candi
topic
05:50:04 AM Dec 14th 2012
Would The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry fit this trope? I'm not completely sure myself. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Prince) He is illustrated as blond, and his color scheme carried over to the TV series, but I'm not sure he fits the emotional/mental aspects of the trope.
captainpat
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02:04:51 PM Jun 6th 2012
edited by captainpat
Ok, some serious issues with the example section of this trope. We have zero context examples, shoehorned examples and quite a few falling under both. Please remember, this is a sweet, Innocent, and kind young woman with blonde hair. This is not just a good character with blonde hair nor is it about blonde hair being desirable.

If you see a zero context example here that does fit this trope please re-add it with some context that at least says something about the character's personality.

    Anime & Manga 

    Ballads 
  • Many Child Ballads describe the hero or heroine as having "yellow hair", at least in some variants:
    • The Twa Sisters — it is, in fact, used to string the harp.
    • The Lass of Roch Royal.
    • Walter Lesley belies his yellow hair; the heroine knows he married her for her money and wishes he had not "for a' his yellow hair".
    • Fair Janet in Tam Lin
    • In Sir Patrick Spens, the ladies may wait "Kembing down their yellow hair".
  • In some variants of Famous Flower of Serving Men, both the heroine's loves: the murdered husband ("And don't you think that her heart was sore as she laid the mould on his yellow hair") and the king ("they tangled all in his yellow hair").

    Comics 
  • Susan Storm Richards of the Fantastic Four.
  • Both versions of Supergirl.
  • Justice Society of America: Stargirl certainly fits the bill.
  • Power Girl, who uses different hair styles to obscure her double identity from the public.
  • Flare and her younger sister, Sparkplug.
  • Blond hair is very common in Marvel Comics due to inking — the easiest colors were blond (just use yellow), black, and red. Red hair tended to go to female love interests; black hair was somewhat more likely to go to bystanders and villains; brown hair, as it involved mixed inks, was fairly rare. Naturally, by now, this isn't an issue, but characters who've been around since the 1960s keep their old colors.
    • DC Comics (see below) averted this trope big time with the Big Two (Superman and Batman both have black hair), but it got a bit out of hand with the Justice Society of America: the Golden Age Hawkman (Carter Hall), Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson), and Green Lantern (Alan Scott) were all blond, as were Johnny Thunder and later members Dr. Mid-Nite (Charles McNider) and Mr. Terrific (Terry Sloane). Interestingly, the Golden Age Flash (Jay Garrick) has (almost) always been one of the rare brown-haired characters.
    • Consider The Avengers: out of the early roster, Hank Pym, Thor, and Captain America were all blonds. In Cap's case, this trope fully applies: he's wholesome, is a good man, and blushes at praise, but in others, it really makes little difference.
      • It's older than Marvel. The hair color problem has been around for as long as four-color "funny papers".
    • You forgot Hawkeye, Clint Barton, who showed off his blond hair when he became Goliath for a while. Of course, Clint's a former villain, a wiseass, and always saying he could lead better than Cap, so he's an inversion of the trope.
    • Clint Barton is addicted to Clairol. His hair has been every color from platinum blond to jet black.
      • Speaking of the Avengers, the Sentry also has Hair of Gold and keeps it long, in order to stand out amongst the other blond heroes (except for Thor, but he was dead at the time...).
  • Betty Cooper in Archie Comics.
  • Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash, has sunny blond hair. None of his descendants share that color; his children are redheads (is that possible?)*]]., his granddaughter is a dark brunette, and his grandson has auburn hair.
  • In the Marvel comic book adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "A Witch Shall Be Born", Queen Tamaris fits this trope. Her identical twin sister, the witch Salome, fits the Blondes are Evil trope.
  • Ginger Fox.
  • Cookie Bumstead, if not Blondie herself.
  • Honi in Hägar the Horrible.

    Fairy Tales 
  • The Fair Folk found blond hair so attractive that both babies and women with this color of hair were much more likely to be taken.
  • Occasional, fairy tales explicitly describe the heroines as blonde in the text, such as "The Myrtle", "The Goose Girl", and "Fair Goldilocks". But Victorian illustrators would depict them as blonde except when they were explicitly described as not blond in the text. Which is to say, "Snow White" didn't get drawn as blond (and, sometimes, even she does).
    • The Bulgarian folk fairy tale "The Golden Girl" has the main blonde heroine turn all golden.

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney is often accused of favoring blondes, even though the majority of Disney heroines are brunettes and, between 1959 and 2010, Disney never had a blond female lead.
    • Aurora from Sleeping Beauty is a straight example, her golden hair being a gift from a fairy.
    • Cinderella was actually titian haired in the original film, but merchandise usually makes her hair bright yellow.
    • Tinker Bell, but only in the Disney Fairies franchise. In Peter Pan, she is definitely not innocent.
    • Princess Eilonwy, in the film adaptation of The Black Cauldron, is given almost washed-out blond hair...despite the source material stating explicitly (and repeatedly) that she's a redhead.
  • Princess Melisande of The Flight of Dragons is a rather Disneyfied version of the trope.
  • Odette from The Swan Princess.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • And let's not forget about the Vanyar in general.

    Video Games 

    Western Animation 
baskervillechow
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08:07:34 AM Jan 9th 2011
Can somebody get rid of that Carpenters song quote? I hate the Carpenters, and for obvious reasons!
MadCormorant
05:50:33 PM Nov 5th 2011
I don't particularly hate them or love them, but the song seems to be misquoted, and would not fit the trope itself at all. I think the last two lines actually go "So they sprinkled moondust in your hair/ and golden starlight in your eyes of blue"...
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