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Mark Gottfried: She's got blonde hair, long legs, and she's a Republican, so she's—
Sam Seaborn: She's in show business.
Mark: Yeah.
Sam: A young, blonde, leggy Republican.
Mark: Yeah.
Sam: I thought it turned out they didn't know anything?
Mark: They don't.

A character type that shows that not all Republicans/conservatives are redneck dudes and stuffy old men, and that not all women are Democrats/liberals. As it says on the label, this character is female, attractive, and almost always blonde. She's also usually rather more "traditional" in her gender expression than her politically opposite peers. Though this characterization is by no means universal, the look has been noticed, described, and analyzed across – and outside of – the political spectrum as a kind of performative femininity.

She'll sometimes be portrayed unsympathetically, as either a Stepford Smiler or a grown-up Alpha Bitch. In these cases, she functions as an extension of the Straw Character. Either way, because the emphasis is on her appearance rather than her views, this is a way to feature Republican characters without having anyone make Republican arguments, thus no risk of Strawman Has a Point. In these cases, there's a reasonably good chance that she'll undergo a High-Heel–Face Turn upon realizing her party bosses are evil, chauvinist pigs. Of course, by presenting an opponent as a hypersexualized hate object, the work embraces the very values it claims to be against.

There is also a nice chance that the Blonde Republican Sex Kitten is a Magnificent Bastard with a sharp mind that plays the "snobby feminine airhead" role because it's either convenient or expected from her. In that case, it may be the cover of a particularly sneaky Femme Fatale.

Since shows heavy in Political Strawmen can overdo it by painting the other side as evil, this character can sometimes be a raging example of Beauty Is Bad for an established character with opposing political views. The political dissonance can consequently ignite Belligerent Sexual Tension between the two, leading to a Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship, often involving arguments about contentious culture war issues as the making out gets heated. Sometimes the established character can find the kitten sexy because they're so diametrically opposed to everything s/he stands for.

Often used as a political stereotype even if she's not a strawman. There's a chance of this backfiring due to a Misaimed Fandom or a case of Strawman Has a Point, especially with Poe's Law in full effect. See also Fox News Liberal, Strawman News Media, Black Republican, and Gay Conservative.


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    Comic Books 
  • The 2008 miniseries DC Universe: Decisions, written to cash in on the U.S. presidential election, has Lois Lane spilling Republican talking points (or at the very least, opinions that the libertarian wing of the Republican Party would endorse) while asking Clark who he plans to vote for. Given that DC likes to keep its heroes apolitical (besides the far-left Green Arrow and ultraconservative Hawkman, anyway), this will most likely be ignored in future stories. That said, it's not altogether inconsistent for a fairly wealthy army-brat who makes her living off of the personal freedom of the press to be interested in a moderate-Republican former soldier like John McCain. Counterpoint being that Lois Lane is a crusading seemingly liberal journalist with a primary focus on social issues. In the past, her opinion of the Republican Party has been shown to be quite negative. But generally as throwaway references, most of which are quite old: anger at "12 years of Republican administrations" was cited as one of the causes of the anger that enabled her Demonic Possession during the Eclipso: The Darkness Within crossover in the early 1990s. Arguably, since the actual lines Lois spoke in "Decisions" seem to largely be in line with libertarian-Republican views and not necessarily conservative-Republican views, it actually could still fit well with the Eclipso anecdote, as most libertarians generally resent social conservatism and have generally been unhappy with its prevalence within the GOP in recent decades.
    • Amusingly, "Decisions" shows Power Girl giving similar opinions during her cameo.
    • Cat Grant, a Superman supporting character introduced during the 1980s was reimagined as this during the 2000s.
  • One issue of the 2000s revival of The Spirit by Darwyn Cooke features a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Coulter named "Mare Noltly" who unsuccessfully tries to seduce the hero when he questions her on a recent murder.
  • In American Carnage, daughter of a wealthy white supremacist billionaire Wynn Morgan - Jenny Morgan, is presented as one. However, she's not entirely a strawman and is shown to be a complex character, who is clearly conflicted about her father's "cause", even if she helps it along.

    Fan Works 
  • The Jem Flash Forward Fic Starlight Is For Always presents Pizzazz as the "grown-up Alpha Bitch" variety. Gone is the loud rebellious rock star from the '80s. She's since become a born-again Christian and settled down with her former manager, Eric, but she's kept her temper. They run a conservative religious organization together. Pizzazz's certainly blonde and very conservative, but it's noted she looks off due to several plastic surgeries.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Trope Maker is probably Kay Thorndyke in the 1948 film adaptation of State of the Union. She's a hard-as-nails Republican Party power broker and newspaper publishing magnate who is determined to elect her lover, Grant Matthews, as President of the United States. She's also played by a young and gorgeous Angela Lansbury in a series of either tight business suits or sexy cocktail dresses, so the "blonde sex kitten" part is covered.
  • In Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, in the comedic half of the movie, Will Ferrell's character begins dating a blonde Republican who posed for Playboy.
  • The title character of Ninotchka is a blonde communist sex kitten whose eventual defrosting arguably makes her something of a Fox News Communist as well. Notably though, the movie doesn't portray the average citizen of the Soviet Union as bad, only the government—which is more surprising when you consider the movie was made in 1939.
  • Head of State has Blonde Sex Kitten Of Vague Party Affiliation, who is personnel in Mays' presidential campaign staff. She was a professional whore for presidential candidates, retained to prevent sex scandals by providing sex on an as-needed basis.
  • Love Actually famously had the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom state that he thought that his predecessor Margaret Thatcher was one of these (okay, Blonde Tory Sex Kitten, but still).
    The Prime Minister: You have this kind of problem? Yeah... of course you did, you saucy minx!
  • A French example is the daughter in Potiche. Her politics are in line with her conservative father and husband which puts her in contrast with her more-liberal thinking mother. Her conservative opinions later force her mother out of the CEO position of the family business.
  • Julia Roberts plays Joanne Herring, a spunky, red-haired version in Charlie Wilson's War. Her hyper-femininity is mostly a facade, as she's the third wealthiest person in Texas, who uses her money and connections to be politically active behind the scenes.
  • Tracy Flick in Election. While she doesn't voice GOP views, her mother writes to Elizabeth Dole on tips for becoming an accomplished woman for her daughter, and at the end of the movie, she works as an intern and has an affair with a Republican politician.
  • Bombshell, being about Fox News, discusses this trope ("Early on [Roger Ailes] realized for a network to stay on 24 hours a day you need something to hold an audience. That something is legs. There's a reason for clear desks."), features Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron playing two real-life anchors of that channel, and even one case that works behind the scenes of the network, Margot Robbie's Kayla Popsil.
  • Glass Onion: MRA streamer Duke Cody regularly uses his beautiful younger girlfriend Whiskey as eye candy in his videos. We see a brief snippet of them extolling boobs, with her touching her own and poutingly apologizing to feminists. Later in the film, it's revealed that Whiskey doesn't like this and is mainly with Duke to try and start her own brand.

  • Fun Jungle: Petra Olson, a suspect in Lion Down, is a spindly blonde and rabid hunter who hates the Endangered Species Act and says that God chose not to protect animals when he gave humanity guns.
  • Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars Trilogy has the Holier Than Thou profit-orientated Phyllis Boyle, who fits this trope to a tee in the second book.
  • Melissa Good's Fan Fic completely original story, Tropical Storm, whose two lead female characters just happen to physically, emotionally, and characteristically resemble another pair of female leads from a series that shall not be mentioned due to copyright law,note  includes in its universe a woman by the name of Kerry, who is Blonde, Sexy, and a Republican (though of the Log Cabin variety).
  • In the Newsflesh book Feed, Representative Kristen Wagman (who also used to be a stripper) promises in her first election that for every thousand votes, she'll wear something else inappropriate to the floor. Obviously she won by a landslide for Congress but lost the presidential candidacy.
  • The Gordon Korman book Born to Rock, which features a Young Republicans Club, does have one of the female members be blonde and a lust object for several of the male members, although she avoids most of the negative stereotypes associated with the trope.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Bree Van De Kamp from Desperate Housewives. Bar being blonde (she's a redhead instead), she ticks every possible box of the trope, even though she transgresses her principles every now and then.
  • The West Wing:
    • Ainsley Hayes (Emily Procter). At least two Procter fan-sites have this name. Unlike some of the other examples here, Procter's character is a goodie. She was also memorable for being introduced as this trope in addition to being a Cousin Oliver, Minnesota Fats, Southern-Fried Genius, and Token Minority all at once.
    • Joe Quincy is a male example. Donna even points out he's the male equivalent of Ainsley Hayes.
  • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip gives us Harriet Hayes, who is a version of this trope, being an evangelical Christian. She's based on Kristin Chenoweth (in particular, her relationship with writer Aaron Sorkin), though Chenoweth self-identifies as a liberal Christian and unambiguously supports gay rights.
  • Avery Jessup from 30 Rock is a blonde, sexy (she's portrayed by Elizabeth Banks), conservative talk-show host. In other words, a perfect match for Jack Donaghy.
    • Jenna's role in the TGS Fox News parody sketches: "Welcome back to Fox News. I'm Blonde."
  • Marcy D'Arcy (Rhodes) from Married... with Children was a hardcore Republican and a feminist (albeit perhaps more the Straw Feminist, particularly in the later seasons when every character on the show had their personalities Flanderized). The only things that made her a subversion of the trope were that Marcy was a brunette, the foil to Al Bundy's blue-collar chauvinism, and she enjoyed sex (which was later Flanderized into her being a sex maniac).
  • Kitty Walker from Brothers & Sisters. Full name Katherine, making it two uses of a Meaningful Name. Also a goodie, but that show doesn't really have heroes and villains.
  • Slight variation: Sharon Tyler from Wonderfalls perfectly defines this trope, even if she happens to be a lesbian.
  • Dr. Elliot Reid from Scrubs. Semi-subversion—she is young, attractive, conservative, and has what she considers to be loose morals (though they are pretty normal for a TV character) but she is also extremely neurotic about all the premarital sex she has. Of course, she's extremely neurotic about everything. For most of the series, she hides the fact that she is even a Republican (or at least votes that way).
  • Jane Halliday from L.A. Law, a beautiful blonde Fundamentalist Christian.
  • Law & Order:
    • One episode has Judith Barlow, described by Detective Green as "the most hated bitch in America," as the intended victim of a shooting. Even other Republicans don't like her much, since she seems to be more successful at getting people mad than at actually conveying her ideals. This might be less of an example of the trope and more of an active Take That! at Ann Coulter.
    • ADA Abbie Charmicheal also counts, being a conservative Republican played by model Angie Harmon (who is a Real Life example of this trope herself, albeit she's a brunette).
    • Yet another Coulter Expy called Alana Sanders. L&O likes to go to that well.
    • SVU also went to that well for a Coulter Expy named Martha Cobb.
  • Tracy Strauss on Heroes. She fits all the stereotypes, even though none of the politicians or political operatives on this show are portrayed as being members of any particular party. Thanks to Characterization Marching On, she's more or less grown out of this. In fact, a later episode showed her trying to get that career back, but after heavy consideration, decided against it.
  • Sarah Harding in the "To Play the King" section of House of Cards, who's also something of a Bastard Understudy to Urquhart, and his near-equal in guile: when he decides to have her killed off, he laments her "lovely intricate mind".
  • During her time on The Daily Show, Samantha Bee often played a caricature of this for parodies.note 
    • When Trevor Noah took over the show, Desi Lydic has sometimes parodied this. Jordan Klepper would also sometimes play a male version parody of this trope.
  • Sarah Newlin on True Blood is certainly one. Plus she's a fundamentalist Christian.
  • Although she's not as hot as some of the others on this page, almost everything else about Angela from The Office basically says this trope. A blonde, right-wing fundamentalist Christian who has affairs with two guys at the same time? Sounds like this. She even likes cats!
  • Glee
  • Saturday Night Live:
  • The rather anvilicious Masters of Horror episode "Homecoming" has Jayne Cleaver, an obvious stand-in for Ann Coulter. Fallen soldiers return from the dead as zombies to vote in protest of unjust wars.
  • Kirsten Cohen from The O.C. is an attractive blonde mom, and at one point in the series, it's mentioned that she's a political conservative.
  • Willa Ferreyra from Succession is an example but not through her own choice, as her marriage to billionaire Republican presidential candidate Connor Roy makes her not only a Republican by proxy (going against her comparatively liberal past as a sex worker-turned-playwright) but through what control he has over her Connor seems to be the cause of Willa's progressively more blonde hair as the series develops.
  • Brought up in the Republican episode of Party Down where Roman is asking another man if it's true that Republican women are "maniacs under the sheets". The guy's girlfriend is blonde, coincidentally enough.
  • Emma Messinger of The Thick of It, except replace "Republican" with "Tory" (well, probably Tory): She's posh, she's blonde, she's ambitious and she's a conservative. Doesn't keep her from sleeping with (probable) Labour man Olly Reeder.
  • M*A*S*H's Margaret Houlihan is extremely conservative and uptight when it comes to sex...on the outside. In reality, she's quite promiscuous and imagines she's fooling people with the outraged reactions to insinuations that she's sleeping with a married man. All of these traits were eventually toned down as part of her Character Development over the show's long run.
  • 24:
    • The show implies Audrey Raines to be this, as she is the blond daughter of Secretary of Defense James Heller, who happens to serve for the Republican Keeler/Logan administrations.
    • Season 6's Nadia Yassir also identifies herself as Republican.
  • In Season 4 of Arrested Development, Lindsay Bluth-Fünke becomes this at the end of her story arc. She ends up abandoning her left-wing ideas to run for congress in Herbert Love's absence.
  • Lauren in Faking It. Her stepmother Farrah is an older version which is probably a large part of why she gets along with Lauren better than she does her own daughter.
  • This is the archetype played into by the sexy youngish extreme-right politician Benedikte Nedergaard in the final season of Borgen, although despite being a Nordic racial nationalist she's dark-haired. She's also rather cleverer than average, as by the end of the series she's implied to be about to become the leader of her party.
  • Another Scandinavian example is Lise, the simpering conservative hate-vlogger in the third season of The Bridge (2011).
  • On New Girl, Schmidt pretends to be one of Mitt Romney's sons ("Tugg" Romney) in order to get with one of these.
  • Seventeen Moments of Spring has a Blonde Nazi Sex Kitten, in the person of Barbara. Barbara is blonde-haired and very attractive and a hardcore true believer in the Nazi cause. She is not at all thrilled to have Kat the Soviet agent stashed in her home, even if Kat has (supposedly) agreed to turn her coat and work for the Germans. She also casts bedroom eyes at Stirlitz while holding her mild-mannered partner Helmut in contempt.
  • The Nazi Germany variation also appears in Charité at War: Nurse Christel is young, blonde, and pretty. There is, however, a heavy emphasis on her political views — she's spying for her superiors, ratting on dissidents and homosexuals and ready to suspect just about anyone to be a Jew or a deserter in hiding.
  • The Handmaid's Tale: Serena Joy Waterford. She is ultra-conservative, her book "A Woman's Place" helped inspire a violent conservative revolution that ended women's rights and forced any woman still fertile into reproductive slavery. She is also beautiful (she is played by Yvonne Strahovski) and implied to have had a media career before the series began. However, she also counts as a deconstruction of this character type - the new society she helped create has also stripped her of her rights and she's going crazy for lack of anything to do, as she's not allowed to read or write anymore, there's nothing to occupy her time besides desperately hoping and preparing for a baby that may never come, and on top of that, her once-happy marriage with her husband (an egalitarian relationship based on a sincere, mutual practice of their faith) has devolved into a Sexless Marriage, all thanks to their participation in Gilead's rise.
  • Julie Musante is a high-ranking official in the Earth Alliance Ministry of Peace, assigned as the political officer of Babylon 5 in the Season 3 episode "Voices of Authority". A blond bombshell who isn't above using sex to influence the military governor of the station to toe the line, only the lack of explicitly named political parties keeps her from putting a checkmark in every box in the most horrifying ways.
  • Downplayed on Murphy Brown. Corky is blonde, attractive, more conservative than her co-workers, and was hired to appeal to a demographic that was turned off by the liberal politics of the other anchors. However, she mostly does non-political puff pieces and she's usually portrayed as too vapid to have any real serious political beliefs.
  • Will & Grace: In season 8, Out Tv, the network Jack works for, is bought by right-wing conservatives who Retool his show to push a less liberal agenda which includes giving him a co-host that seems to be a Blonde Republican Sex Kitten named Amber Louise. Subverted in that she is only pretending to be a BRSK and is actually a lesbian.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • "Image Consultant" Jillian Hall, became one while working for JBL's Cabinet, a stable lead by a Texas blowhard turned New York stockbroker who blamed the poor for the bank bailout.


    Web Animation 
  • Katie Killjoy from Hazbin Hotel has the looks, and she derisively tells Charlie that she doesn't touch "gays".


    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!’s Francine Smith, by association with her extreme Strawman Political Republican husband Stan. (Occasionally, however, she does stand up to her husband and—if only temporarily—sways him to a feminist point of view.) After the show gave her more focus, this trope became increasingly subverted until she flat-out admitted that she doesn't vote because politics confuse her. She only goes to the polling booths to keep up public appearances.
    • Francine also often takes up positions opposite her staunchly Republican husband, such as her defense of two married men’s right to raise a child.
  • Ann Coulter in The Boondocks plays this up for book sales but is actually liberal personally. The way she sees it, it's either this or stripping. Also, Ann likes the dark meat.
  • The Family Guy episode "You May Now Kiss The...Uh...Guy Who Receives" had Chris attracted to a BRSK who wants him to join the Young Republicans to help ban gay marriage (which was set up to distract from the fact that Mayor West spent the town's tax money on a gold statue of Dig 'Em the Sugar Smacks Frog). Sadly, the plot of Chris choosing between supporting Brian's belief in gay marriage and being a Young Republican so he can score some boob was never resolved. Although it's possible she broke up with him when his dog got Mayor West to approve gay marriage.
  • Luanne from King of the Hill is shown to be this on multiple occasions. While she seems to be a devout Christian, shown praying multiple times and having a Christian puppet show, it is also implied that she is sexually promiscuous—in one episode she makes out with a man she has just met at a bar, and her and Lucky's first date is in his truck in the Hills' driveway. On the other hand, Luanne did once campaign for a Communist candidate.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The recurring character Lindsey Naegle (the network/business executive who keeps changing jobs because she's — in her own words — a sexual predator). She epitomizes everything that is wrong with the androgynous, padded-jacket mid-nineties businesswoman. Of course, she was also shown as part of the Springfield Democratic party on "E Pluribus Wiggum," so she may be a swing voter or the Simpsons writers screwed up—again. Or she may have lost her party the same way she did her job.
    • Flanders made fun of this trope when he described his homebrewed coffee as "hotter than a Fox News weather skank."



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Alternative Title(s): Blond Republican Sex Kitten


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