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04:06:42 PM Mar 25th 2014
I removed the "Othar Tryggvassen" entry because he's from Norway specifically.

  • Othar Tryggvassen (, Gentleman Adventurer!) from Girl Genius is orignially from Norway. He's blond, blue-eyed, tall, strong and handsome. He is also utterly insane, genocidal and seemingly invulnerable.
07:27:21 AM Oct 7th 2010
I removed a bunch of examples that didn't seem to belong on the page. Just because a work mentions or is set in one of the Scandinavian countries, or has a Scandinavian character, it doesn't necessarily mean it's this trope. Especially not when the work in question is Scandinavian. And if we're going to list aversions of this trope in Scandinavian works, we'll have to list pretty much everything ever written or produced in Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland.

  • "The Lemming With the Locket" by Carl Barks has Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and the nephews visiting Norway to catch the titular rodent.
  • Very much averted in Wallander, a Swedish-set (and Swedish-made) police drama.
  • In Alias the protagonist at one point pretended to be Swedish. Her accent was awful, but mostly grammatically correct.
  • The Pusher series by writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn subverts the common stereotype of Norse/Scandinavian countries as blonde utopias by depicting the underworld of Copenhagen, filled with pushers, junkies, thugs, and immigrants.
  • Kamen Rider Spirits had a chapter occurring in north Norway.
  • Perhaps the major aversion, in US pop-culture, are the films of the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, which, while brilliant, often feature characters and settings which are grim, stoic and colorless. (Ironically, it is this aspect, along with supposed hard-drinking alcoholism, that are played up in Scandinavian jokes about themselves.)
  • The "gorgeous Swedish bikini team babe" may be ironically subverted in Real Life: supposedly Sweden has the lowest average cup-size in Europe.
  • 1970s pop group Abba made up of Agnetha Faltskog (blonde and Swedish) and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (brunette and Norwegian) and their bandmates/husbands.