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A pair of characters (either rivals, best friends, siblings, lovers, or an otherwise closely-related duo) are given contrasting hair colors to signify their opposing world-views. The hair colors are usually blond and black or dark brown, but it can just as well be red and black, or blond and blue—the important bit is the contrast. Their respective personalities are then typically defined as follows:

  • The fair-haired partner is the "good" one: younger, bright, hopeful, enthusiastic, naive, helpful, innocent, tends to follow the rules.
  • The dark-haired partner is the "bad" one: older, moody, testy, serious, cynical, often relishes in Angst and their Dark and Troubled Past, tends to break the rules and snap.

Of course, this isn't the only way the duo's contrasting personalities can be expressed. In Japanese Media, it is not uncommon to portray the blonde as a Western (especially American) Phenotype Stereotype or a delinquent with a wild streak—possessing frankness, openness, inventiveness, and ignorance of proper etiquette; while the brunette is a Proper Lady or gentleman, and is the more reserved, well-mannered, and manipulative of the two. It is also possible to invert the stereotype and have the fair-haired partner as the cool-headed and cynical one, and the dark-haired partner as the idealistic and cheerful one.

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The two of them oftentimes have a shaky and volatile relationship due to their great difference in temperament and worldview. The dark-haired partner may have an I Work Alone attitude and gets frustrated by the fair-haired partner's idealism and finds their hyperactive antics annoying, while the fair-haired partner may object to the dark-haired partner's lack of scruples, while grudgingly respecting the latter's competence. Ultimately, however, their differences would balance out each other's weaknesses, resulting in an Odd Couple.

Compare Light Feminine Dark Feminine and Noble Male, Roguish Male, which frequently employ this trope to distinguish the partners (the Light Feminine and Noble Male are frequently given fair hair, while the Dark Feminine and Roguish Male tend to have dark hair). Also compare Red Oni, Blue Oni and Cynic–Idealist Duo, which is how the pair's opposing personalities and philosophy may be manifested.

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Contrast Betty and Veronica, which is about romantic rivals with opposite personalities and physical traits, while this trope is specifically about duos/couples, not Triang Relations.


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     Anime & Manga 
  • Berserk: Gut is an uncivilized Byronic Hero with short, spiky black hair. In contrast, Griffith is a genteel Bishōnen with long, wavy white hair.
  • In Black Clover, the loud, excitable Asta has spiky ash blond hair while the quiet, composed Yuno, his best friend and rival, has messy black hair.
  • Bungou Stray Dogs has a few examples:
    • Brunette, manipulative, and suicidal Dazai and his ADA partner, blond, idealistic, rule-abiding Kunikida.
    • Silver-haired optimist Atsushi and his Mafia counterpart, black-haired pessimist Akutagawa.
    • Atsushi could also be paired with Dazai here, as well as with the quiet and stoic Kyouka.
    • Dazai and his former partner, Chuya, a Fiery Redhead who wears his heart on his sleeve and cares too much about his subordinates, as opposed to Dazai's more closely-guarded emotions and detached nature.
    • The leaders of the Armed Detective Agency and the Port Mafia, kind-hearted silver-haired Fukuzawa and Chessmaster black-haired Mori.
    • The duo of mysterious and quiet Lovecraft (deep blue hair) and apparently cheerful Steinbeck.

  • A Cruel God Reigns has Jeremy and Ian, the two protagonists who eventually end up in a relationship. Jeremy has very curly, shorter, black hair while Ian has blonde, stick-straight, long hair. Jeremy, who for the first half of the series is sexually and physically abused his stepfather and Ian's father, and falls into a pit of post-traumatic stress disorder, prostitution and drug addiction is the darker of the two. Ian, who is free-spirited and has trouble accepting the fact that his father abused his stepbrother, is the lighter of the air. The two also fall under the One Head Taller rule: Ian is over 6 ft while Jeremy appears to be around 5'5"-5'7".
  • Used in Haikyuu!! to highlight Foils:
    • Exuberant, inexperienced, friendly Hinata has orange hair, while aloof, prodigious, bad-tempered but otherwise collected Kageyama has black hair. These are notably the Karasuno team colors.
    • Team Dad captain Daichi has brown hair, while Team Mom vice-captain Suga has ash-blonde hair.
    • Managers Yachi (blonde) and Shimizu (brunette) form a Light Feminine Dark Feminine pair.
    • Stoic, demotivated Tsukishima is blonde, while his more personable childhood friend and constant companion Yamaguchi has dark hair.
    • Takeda (their dark-haired faculty adviser) and Ukai (their blonde coach) are a Sensitive Guy and Manly Man duo.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers has many examples, especially since there are Plenty of Blondes.
    • Germany and Italy embody this. Germany is a blond, Italy is a brunet, they are total opposites. Germany is a serious workaholic who always follows the rules, Italy is carefree and lazy, Germany is emotionally repressed, Italy is very emotionally open, Germany is tall, muscular and very masculine, Italy is effeminate and weak...you get the idea. They are a near Official Couple, confirmed to be at least one-sided on Germany's part. This Phenotype Stereotype has been lampshaded many times, such as a reference to the painting Italia and Germania, where the personification of Germany is depicted as an intelligent blonde, and Italy is depicted as a cheerful brunette.
    • England, a blond snarky tsundere wannabe-gentleman, and Japan, a male equivalent of a Yamato Nadeshiko.
    • Prussia, a white-haired Hot-Blooded jerkass with tremendous military experience and ability, and Austria, a dark-haired Princely Young Man Non-Action Guy.
    • Poland, a Cloud Cuckoo Lander Dumb Blond (most of the time) who often behaves like a Spoiled Brat, and Lithuania, a humble, painfully kind and patient Brainy Brunet who's even more serious than Germany.
  • Subverted in I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying. Kaoru and Hajime appear to have blonde and black hair respectively, but Kaoru actually dyes her hair (her natural color being a very dark blue).
  • i tell c: Ukon and Sakon Futatsuki are Polar Opposite Twins. Ukon, the older, is light-skinned and fair-haired and is shown to be cool and unflappable. Sakon, the younger, is dark-skinned and dark-haired, and is brash and enthusiastic.
  • K-On!: Mio (black) is graceful (most of the time) while Ritsu (light brown) is brash.
  • Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Phantom Blood: Jonathan Joestar (brunet) and his adoptive brother/enemy Dio Brando (blond) are strongly contrasted: Jonathan is a dorky Nice Guy All-Loving Hero born in an aristocratic family, while Dio is an ambitious evil since birth Card-Carrying Villain born to lower class. Jonathan wants to be "the perfect gentleman" and is willing to risk himself for strangers; Dio seeks to exploit and manipulate everyone for his own goals, culminating in his plan to take over the Joestar household (who willingly adopted him when his father died). As Jonathan and Dio gain supernatural powers, Jonathan wields Hamon to fight vampire Dio. Their appearances are further contrasted: Jonathan has Tareme Eyes and a blue shirt and is built like a Juggernaut, while Dio has Tsurime Eyes, red clothing and, in the anime, is more slender than Jonathan.
    • The sequel JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency has a heroic Bash Brothers version of this, with Joseph Joestar (brunet) and Caesar Zeppeli (blond). Joseph is a loud and hot-headed British guy with little training with Hamon but winging it for his purposes. On the other hand, Caesar is a sophisticated Italian lady-killer with plenty of training in Hamon and using it with finesse. It also goes deeper: Joseph may be rough, but he is actually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold (increasingly as series go on); meanwhile Caesar has deep issues with deaths in his family, which he keeps tightly under wraps unless he is pushed too far and he goes into Unstoppable Rage. Joseph's clothes tend to be dark, while Caesar has dominantly light, pastel-colored clothes.
  • The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED partners up the black-haired Daisuke Kambe—the titular "Millionaire Detective" who is cold, detached and often relies on his vast wealth to achieve his goals—and the auburn-haired Haru Kato, a Hot-Blooded police officer with a great sense of justice.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid:
  • In The Morose Mononokean, the blonde Abeno is a grumpy and antisocial misanthrope who values demons more than humans. His dark-haired assistant Ashiya has the optimism and cheerful personality of a hyperactive five-year old.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • Nice guy protagonist Midoriya has dark, green-tinged Messy Hair, while his foil, the hot-tempered, asocial Bakugo, has light blond Shonen Hair.
    • A fair example with the friendly, outgoing redhead Kirishima and the angry antisocial blonde Bakugo. They both have spikey hair, yet contrasting colors, which alludes to their similar yet wildly different personalities. This is later subverted when we find out in a flashback that Kirishima actually has naturally black hair that falls down his shoulders. His dark hair represents the angst and self-doubt surrounding his character in middleschool, and his feelings of being too plain. The change from his natural black hair to red spikes when he dyes and gels it is symbolic of his character change when he decides to say 'sayonara to his old pathetic self,' and move forward as a hero. However, it's clear those insecurities still haunt him after his fight with Rappa, just like how underneath that dyed and spiked hair is his same mop of black hair. Keeping that in mind, the contrast between Bakugo's blonde spikey hair and Kirishima's naturally soft, dark hair leads to a more classic example of this trope. The main difference being Bakugo's inate confidence and harsh attitude vs. Kirishima's self-doubt and more gentle nature.
    • The lazy, slovenly black-haired Aizawa to his old friend, the upbeat and energetic blond Present Mic, as well as the heroically blond All Might, with whom Aizawa forms a The Cowl / The Cape contrast.
    • Deadpan Snarker Jiro has dark hair, while her vitriolic best bud, the overall sillier Kaminari, has spiky blond hair.
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto and Sasuke in part 1 play this trope relatively straight, especially at the beginning of their rivalry: light-haired Naruto is hyperactive and impulsive, while dark-haired Sasuke is cold and calculating.
    • Naruto's hair also contrasts with the hair of the women in his life: bright yellow against Sakura's neon pink, spiky against Hinata's straight flowing hair. Even when it's supposed to be the same color (blonde) like with Tsunade, it's such a different style and tone.
    • Naruto's parents: "Yellow Flash" Minato and "Red Hot-Blooded Habanero" Kushina.
    • The previous generation had Kakashi and Obito, the first with white/silver hair and the second with black hair. Interestingly the dark-haired one started out as the warm, good person whereas the white-haired one was cold and calculating, but as adults, they have switched roles, with Obito being the main villain and Kakashi a main character and one of Naruto's biggest supporters.
  • Natsuneko does this in every single one of her mangas:
  • Killing Me!: Saki, who's serious and dedicated to her mission to kill vampires, has black hair, while the flirty, playful Miyoko has pink hair.
  • Sweet Blue Flowers has black haired Fumi and the redhead Akira, with Fumi being a shy crybaby and Akira being more assertive and perky.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Shinji Ikari (dark brown) and Kaworu Nagisa (silver), who are also contrasted by their blue eyes and red eyes respectively. Shinji tends to be depressed and unenthusiastic whereas Kaworu is always smiling and often expresses admiration for life and culture. Also contrasted by Shinji being a human, progeny of Lilith, and Kaworu being an Angel, progeny of Adam. There is a considerable amount of Ho Yay between the two.
    • Asuka and Rei are also examples of this trope, with the former being a Fiery Redhead and the latter a Shy Blue-Haired Girl.
  • One Piece has many, but no real romantic examples:
    • Longtime friends Shanks and Buggy are the literal Red vs Blue but also subverted as Buggy (Blue hair) is loud, aggressive and quick to anger while Shanks (Red Hair) is calm, easy going and friendly only becoming angry when his friends are endangered.
    • This trope applies strongly to the Strawhats with the exceptions of the dark-haired crewmates (Luffy, Usopp, Robin, and Brook) and fur-covered Chopper, the vibrant-haired crew-members fulfill this trope.
      • Zoro-Green (mellow, stubborn, driven).
      • Nami-Orange (fiery, greedy, alluring).
      • Sanji-Yellow (optimistic, loving, enduring).
      • Franky-Blue (positive, relaxed, loyal).
    • Really applies to Nami and Vivi (Les Yay suggestible) as Nami the Fiery Redhead and Vivi Shy Blue-Haired Girl.
    • Smoker's spiky short white hair to Tashigi's neat long black hair. Same goes for Zoro and Tashigi.
    • The Vinsmokes Sibling have this in full.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club, Haruhi's (brunette) a Deadpan Snarker Bifauxnen who's very down to earth, while Tamaki (blonde) is melodramatic, hyperactive and often comes up with Zany Schemes for the Host Club. Though in the anime, at least the romance aspect is only one-sided on Tamaki's part.
  • Common in Pretty Cure seasons with two protagonists. Nagisa and Saki (orange and light brown) are the outspoken tomboys, while Honoka and Mai (black and dark purple) are calmer and more elegant. On the other hand, HeartCatch Pretty Cure! inverts this and Suite Pretty Cure ♪ averts it.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Madoka's worldview is "happiness for everyone", while Homura's worldview is "happiness for a specific person named Kaname Madoka".
    • Kyouko's "for myself!" versus Sayaka's/Mami's "for justice!"
  • In Ron Kamonohashi: Deranged Detective, we have Ron, a black-haired Brilliant, but Lazy detective who spends most of his days slacking off when he's not working on a case, who gets paired with Toto, a hapless officer who is often considered a hindrance at his work place due to his incompetence. And while Kamo's skills and eccentric personality often comes across as insufferable, Toto is a Nice Guy who is always ready to help, despite his otherwise lack of wits.
  • Usagi and Mamoru from Sailor Moon: she's the perky blonde protagonist and he's her aloof, dark-haired love interest.
  • In Sei Juushi Bismarck, as well in its Macekred Gag Dub version Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, there're Shinji Hikari/Colt and Richard Lancelot/Saber Rider, which are friends and one of them is The Protagonist and the other is The Lancer, depends on the version you know.
  • Slayers has Xelloss and Filia. While not romantic (fandom aside), they contrast in most aspects of their designs, like hair (purple and yellow, complement colours), clothes (black and white), diametrically opposed species (demon and dragon), and their widely different personalities clash just about all the time they're on screen at the same time.

     Comic Books 
  • Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, complete with the romance angle. Harley (blonde) is bouncing off the walls with energy and chiefly interested in having fun, while Ivy (redhead) is snarkier, more cynical and generally a bit more goal-oriented. Of course, they're both supervillains stuck in the Heel–Face Revolving Door, so whether either of them is "good" is debatable.
  • Archie Comics, of course, has Betty and Veronica: Betty’s girl-next-door sweetness is matched by her blonde hair, while glamorous, spoiled Veronica has raven-black locks.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Blonde Lila Brown is the WAC secretary assigned to Major Steve Trevor while the brunette Diana Prince is the WAC secretary assigned to General Darnell. Lila can't stand Diana because she seems to be the only person to realize that Diana is highly suspicious and is definitely hiding something and because when Diana is at work and is not making up unverifiable excuses to bolt she is very prim, strict about regulations, enthusiastic and lighthearted while Lila is comparatively relatively laid back about rules and regulations and also far more cynical.

     Fan Works 
  • Bruce and Thomas Elliot in Batman: Melody for a Mockingbird are a hero/villain example that plays with the dynamics: Raven-haired Bruce is an altruistic hero under a troubled, sullen outer shell, while Elliot has golden blond hair, but the outward charm and friendliness is a Mask of Sanity hiding his true, monstrous nature. The latter contradicts the comics, where Elliot is an Evil Redhead.
  • Nova Shine and Twilight Sparkle in The Apprentice, the Student, and the Charlatan Nova's mane and tail are short, untidy, and a singular shade of blue. Twilight's is long, straight, and a neat navy-blue with streaks of purple and magenta in them. While both are intelligent, organized bookworms who are extraordinarily gifted in magical ability, they are at opposite ends of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, with Nova being a much more bitter, cynical, "dark"-haired Blue Oni, where Twilight is the optimistic, sweet, "fair"-haired Red Oni by comparison.
  • Chloe and Lexi from Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail. Chloe has long maroon hair that she usually kept in a braid prior to entering the Infinity Train but keeps loose. She is a Shrinking Violet getting out of her shell who feels like she's different from everyone in her life yet is shown to be sweet, loves Alice in Wonderland and also has a hidden love for the macabre. Lexi is a book with a paper "human" form that, after a makeover from Chloe, has short ashen grey hair yet is known to be a gentleman with a teasing side towards Chloe and a personal grudge against Grace and Simon.

     Films — Animated 

     Films — Live-Action 
  • Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.
    • Troubled, self-doubting Frodo (brunette) and upbeat, down-to-earth Sam (blonde).
    • Cool and elegant Legolas (blond), and an aggressive and hot-tempered Gimli (redhead).
  • Let Me In Owen has black hair, Abby has blonde hair. The stereotypes are reversed. As its the raven haired Owen who is a gentle, meek,shy boy, while blonde Abby is a ruthless vampire.
  • Scream (1996): Sidney (cynical and troubled brunette) and Tatum (care-free and bubbly blonde). Both actresses are natural brunettes, but Tatum's actress went blonde specifically to create the contrast.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe contrasts brothers Thor as the "good blond" and Loki as the "bad brunet".
  • Dark-haired, brooding Adam is contrasted with his blonde, optimistic wife, Eve, in Only Lovers Left Alive. Yin-yang symbolism is everywhere in this movie.
  • Peter Weir's classic Aussie war flick Gallipoli has the typical personality types in blond idealistic Archie (Mark Lee) and the more cynical Frank (Mel Gibson). NB: If you haven't seen this movie before, bring tissues!
  • The two rivalling main characters of The Legend of Frenchie King are the blonde Louise and the brunette Maria. Louise is coolheaded and sophisticated, while Maria is rough and hot-tempered.
  • A Knight's Tale has the heroic idealistic William as a blond, contrasted with the cynical villainous Ademar as a brunet.
  • Cinderella (2015) contrasts the good-hearted and idealistic Ella (blonde) with the cruel and cynical Lady Tremaine (redhead). To further this contrast, Ella's saintly biological mother and Fairy Godmother are both blondes too.
  • The Disney film version of Pollyanna. Pollyanna is positive and blonde, while Aunt Polly is cold and brunette. Notably light-haired characters - Nancy and Tilly - defrost quicker than darker haired characters - Angelica, Mrs. Snow.
  • In The Sound of Music, the free-spirited Maria is a blonde while the broken and detached Captain is a brunet.
  • There's Bruce Lee's Way of the Dragon which has his rival played by Chuck Norris, one of the most known rivalries in martial arts films history.
  • Screen adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, most notably the 1995 miniseries and the 2005 film, usually cast the clever, impertinent Deadpan Snarker Elizabeth as a brunette, and her sweet, ladylike, idealistic sister Jane as a blonde. The book never mentions either of their hair colors, but in adaptations this trope appears. The 1995 version also gives the friendly, easily-swayed Mr. Bingley golden brown hair, while the 2005 version makes him a redhead, both in contrast to the Tall, Dark, and Snarky Jerk with a Heart of Gold Mr. Darcy.
  • In Midnight Cowboy, the naive, not too bright, compassionate Joe Buck is blond, while sleazy Jerkass Woobie Ratso Rizzo has dark hair. They're also a classic Big Guy, Little Guy pairing.
  • Two examples in Les Misérables (2012):
  • In Maleficent and its sequel, we have Maleficent (the eerie brunette) and Aurora (the good-hearted blonde).
  • In Rags, Kadee's two best friends are a bubbly and Dumb Blonde, and a smarter, more alternative Brunette.

     Literature 
  • Thais (bronze-skinned Brainy Brunette of Cretan origins) and Aegesichore (fair-skinned blonde from Sparta) from Thaïs of Athens. Despite lots of Les Yay between them, they are really Just Friends, though.
  • Kind, gentle, peaceful Peeta (blond) and moody, brooding, unsociable Katniss (dark haired) in The Hunger Games.
  • Francis and Ross Poldark in both the Poldark book series and the show Poldark based on them. Their mutual aunt Agatha calls them "the Dark Poldark and the Fair Poldark" with dark-haired Ross as a broody Byronic Hero and light-haired Francis as his weak-willed cousin with self-confidence issues.
  • The Snow Queen: The pure-hearted heroine Gerda has "long flaxen ringlets," and while the Jerk with a Heart of Gold Robber Girl's hair color is never mentioned, she is said to have darker skin and black eyes, and illustrations almost always give her black hair too.
  • Raffles: cynical, aloof Raffles is dark-haired; his friend and partner in crime — the naive, emotional Bunny — is blond.
  • Little Women: Of the four March sisters, Jo and Amy are the two whose personalities clash the most. The brash, independent, hot-tempered tomboy Jo has chestnut hair (brunette with undertones of Fiery Redhead), while the vain, beauty-loving, aspiring Proper Lady Amy has blonde curls.
  • The Anderssons: Ida Sofia is a cynical, brooding and introverted brunette, while Greta is a cheerful, impulsive and extroverted blonde.
  • The Story of Valentine and His Brother has stubborn, hot-tempered, dark-haired Val and laid-back, hard-working, blond Dick.
  • Wuthering Heights has two hair-contrast households. The rugged inhabitants of Wuthering Heights are the Ambiguously Brown, black-haired Heathcliff and the brown-haired Earnshaw family (Catherine, Hindley, Hareton). In sharp contrast to them are the refined, blonde-haired Linton family of Thrushcross Grange (Edgar, Isabella, young Cathy, young Linton). These two groups clash with each other, yet are drawn to each other, throughout two generations.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - inverted personalities with blond Illya being the more solemn brooding one of pair.
  • Emily and Victoria from Revenge. The show plays with the above archetypes- Emily's blondness contributes to her Girl Next Door facade, whereas brunette Victoria's villainy is far more apparent.
  • Done the other way around in Once Upon a Time. Emma Swan is the cold, cynical blonde. Mary Margaret Blanchard is the optimistic, loving brunette.
  • In Korean Dorama Tamra, the Island, there's Ahn Kawamura, a Japanese bodyguard of young British nobleman William (which is the only blonde in the series), both survivors of a shipwreck close to the Tamra (actually Jeju) island, known in that time as a prison island. Also, there's Park Kyu, an undercover government official who's also in love with Jang Beo-jin (also a brunette), becoming the rival of William in a Love Triangle.

     Theatre 
  • Glinda (blonde, "good") and Elphaba (brunette, "bad") from Wicked. Although the hair contrast stands out less than Glinda's normal human skin tone vs. Elphaba's green skin.
  • (Often) Inverted with Death and Elisabeth. Death can be played as either coldly villainous or at the very least inhuman, with Mystical White Hair or White Hair, Black Heart. His main love interest is the Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette Rebellious Princess Sisi. note 
  • Since the Femme Fatale heroine of Carmen is a Hot Gypsy Woman and therefore almost invariably brunette, the Ingenue Micaela is often (though not always) cast as a blonde.
  • In La Bohème, the sweet, gentle Ill Girl Mimí is described as a brunette, so the feisty, sexy Musetta (whose hair color isn't mentioned in the libretto) is typically cast as a Fiery Redhead.
  • Productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream typically cast the Tsundere Hermia as a brunette and her Love Martyr best friend/romantic rival Helena as a blonde. The play text already implies that Hermia's skin tone is darker while Helena's is whiter, so it makes sense that their hair should contrast the same way.
  • Gypsy has the two Hovick sisters: blonde June is perpetually cast as the cute, perky, innocent little girl, while brunette Louise is the initially unassuming tomboy who grows up to be the glamorous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Truth in Television, as they really were blonde and brunette.

     Video Games 

     Visual Novels 
  • Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo:
    • Mai and Reo, with Reo being the hot-blooded Tsundere with the lighter hair color and Mai being the cool and more collected dark-haired girl.

     Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Blake and Sun: the Shadow and the Light. Blake is an aloof, moody, and reserved while Sun is overprotective, cheerful and outgoing. She is a black-haired, black-themed Faunus whose Semblance is based on defensive shadow-clones while Sun is a blond-haired, yellow-themed Faunus whose Semblance is based on offensive light-clones. She is an ex-White Fang member who still fights for Faunus rights but objects to mundane crimes such as petty theft; he views the White Fang as an unwanted, self-appointed cult who give Faunus a bad name, but enjoys engaging in petty theft for fun. Sun's role is to act as a counter to Blake, encouraging her to lighten up, loosen up and protect her back until she figures out her problems. In return, Blake encourages Sun to learn restraint and take responsibility for his actions. When they part ways in Volume 6 it's because they've both grown beyond the need for each other's support.

     Web Comics 
  • Mias and Elle from Mias and Elle are the typical examples of this trope. Mias is the "dark" (dark skin, black-hair) lecherous "bad boy" and Elle is the "light" (pale skinned, blonde haired) "good girl" he kidnaps, but it remains to be seen if they'll become a couple.
  • Conor and Simon from Dark Heaven fulfill this trope during their band days with the former being the dark-haired guitarist to the latter's light-haired vocalist.

     Web Original 
  • The Runaway Guys invert this with two of their members. Chugga, the cheerful and energetic one, has dark brown hair, while the more irritable and snarky Jon has blond hair.

     Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Hair Contrast Couple

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