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The character is a blonde. Therefore, obviously, she is young, beautiful, pure, kind, and innocent, and the innocence can range up to Virgin Power. If she fights, it's reluctantly and she tends to avoid violence where she can.

Victorian literature would also use it to portray her as delicate and fragile, if not actually the Ill Girl—being, of course, Too Good for This Sinful Earth. This part is largely a Discredited Trope. (The only trace of this in Real Life is that blonde hair tends to be a feature of younger people—it tends to darken to mousy brown or turn reddish throughout the bearer's early life.)

Men falling under this trope are rarer, but the blond hero can also have Hair of Gold. Such a hero is more action-oriented than the Hair of Gold heroine, but he is also good, wholesome, kind to those weaker than himself, modest, and prone to be the Chaste Hero or Celibate Hero.

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Often paired with Innocent Blue Eyes.

Compare and Contrast Mystical White Hair, where a pale hair color denotes arcane traits, with or without Incorruptible Pure Pureness. Also compare the popular and fun-loving Everyone Loves Blondes, and contrast White Hair, Black Heart, for when light hair is paired with an evil character.

NOTE: Not all blondes belong in this list. Not even all good blondes. If the character does not match the personality type, then they do not have Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold and should be listed only if they exploit the expectation.


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Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • A number of examples in Lyrical Nanoha:
  • Soul Eater has a very interesting version with its girls: Maka Albarn's blond hair has hints of silver (and she is the wisest), Liz Thompson has a caramel blond coloring (she is the most jaded, though remains optimistic), and Patti Thompson has cornsilk coloring and is the sweetest and most idealistic of the three (most of the time). Then again, there is Marie Mjolnir. Justin Law at first seems to follow this, being a chaste (or so we think) young death scythe.
  • The Touden siblings, Laios and Falin, from Delicious in Dungeon. Both are blonde as well as being friendly, kind, well-intentioned and selfless.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure quite a few.
    • The prominent female examples start off with Erina whose the pure and kind childhood friend turned wife of the equally good Johnathan Joestar, followed by Suzi Q the compassionate ditz who falls in love with the reckless Joseph Joestar and then finally Holy Kujo (the mother of Jotaro) daughter of Joseph and Suzi Q. The first JoJos really love their blondes.
    • Prominent male examples are: Robert E. O. Speedwagon (young) who goes from asshole to bosom buddy to Jonathan very quickly, ditto for Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli for Joseph in part 2 and Giorno Giovanna in part 5. Even though Giorno is the illegitimate son of DIO... who subverts this trope hard along with Yoshikage Kira.
  • In Stretch, Ran fits this quite nicely; although she teases Keiko a lot, that's just the way the dynamic between the two women works. Although the manga is black-and-white, the title pages to each chapter are in colour, and show Ran as having blonde hair.
  • Project A-ko: C-ko, who is a strawberry blonde, was described in one of the original Japanese promos as "innocence personified".
  • Berserk: Farnese de Vandimion when she stops being a Knight Templar and takes many levels in kindness becomes this as well as a Rebellious Princess. Plus she has some Virgin Power. It can also be argued Farnese's half brother Serpico is this as well as despite the cynical world that he resides in, Serpico is one of very few individuals to stand out as genuinely polite, gentlemanlike and sincere.
    • From the original Band of Hawk the light haired Judeau and Rickert can hold claim to this trope having kind personalities in contrast to the very dark protagonist.
    • Sonia would fit this trope to a T especially since she's a medium, but subverted as she serves and adores Griffith and therefore is one of the bad guys.
  • Asia Argento from High School D×D basically is this trope. She's so sweet and innocent (she used to be a nun, after all) that even Issei tries to stop himself from fantasizing about her. He's not hugely successful, but still.
  • Not even a demon can find much fault in Elizabeth in Black Butler, even if she did probably lose any Virgin Power she might have had.
  • Ouran High School Host Club has Tamaki, a boy who has a very optimistic view on life, despite his own past and present hardships. He tries to see the good in people and, like a true romantic, thinks every woman is beautiful in her own way. Despite him being The Charmer, his views on love are quite innocent and old fashioned. Honey would fit this trope as well, especially considering he even looks a lot like a child, although he's actually the oldest of the Hosts. He also carries around a bunny plushie and has a love for sweets—cake in particular.
  • In A Certain Magical Index Vento of the Front is an interesting case, since her appearance is described as that of a holy virgin, but is ruined by her self-presentation.
  • Reinhard von Lohengramm in Legend of Galactic Heroes subverts this trope beautifully: he's certainly an angelic-looking young man, he's viewed by people as a perfect hero but his methods firmly place him into the Anti-Hero territory. His sister Annerose, though, is a straight example — she wouldn't hurt a fly.
  • Alibaba from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic starts out as somewhat of a subversion, with greed and ass-kissing being his primary traits, but later chapters reveal his kindhearted and good nature. He goes on to become an All-Loving Hero for his home country and continues to get stronger for the sake of the entire world.
  • Kotori from X/1999 has flowing golden locks in the manga. Her design seems to be inspired from Victorian aesthetics—a sweet, innocent, Ill Girl who is kind beyond measure and associated with white birds and feathers as symbols of purity.
  • One Piece
    • Kaya may well be one of the poster girls for this trope, she's so pure tragedy makes her ill. Her only vague flaw is that she's kinda spoiled. After maturing Kaya decides to become doctor simply because she wants to heal people.
    • Conis... she's literally a goddamn blonde angel who plays a harp and helps the crew solely out of the goodness of her heart. Nuff said.
    • It appears Victoria Cindry was this when she was alive, even her undead corpse keeps her good nature as Chopper can make her Heel–Face Turn from Dr Hogback.
    • Marguerite from Kuja Tribe is first Amazon in Amazon Lily to trust Luffy a male and speaks up for him when Boa Hancock condemns him. Also one of the sexist examples.
    • Fishman Island's Queen Otohime gives previous examples a run for their money, not only doe she strive for peace between Fishmen and humans but Otohime is so good she can turn a Celestial Dragon into legitimately good human being just by spending time with him. Even when she was shot by Hody Jones, she did not hate him and pleaded her children to not hate him either.
    • Vinsmoke Sora is one of the most compassionate selfless individuals in the series which is saying something, Sora was willingly to take a drug that would kill her so long as her one of her sons would have humanity; for Sora it was Worth It.
      • Sora's third son Sanji (the one who the drugged worked on) at his very best takes after his mother closely though he acts like a lecherous jerk at times.
    • Other male examples include: Helmeppo (after he Took a Level in Kindness) Sabo, Kohza, Marco, Yorki, Igaram, Young Whitebeard and Rocinate.
    • Subverted hard with Axe-Hand Morgan, Miss Valentine, Bellamy, Enel, Kalifa, Absalom, Dellinger, Domflamingo, Jack and Judge.
  • Ada from Pandora Hearts is a sweet girl who loves cats and wants nothing more than to bring her brother back from the Abyss. Turns out she was so inspired to rescue Oz that she did research into the occult and became quite fascinated with it, so much so that she managed to freak out Vincent, of all people.
  • This trope even exists in the light-hearted Gag Series Daily Lives of High School Boys. Yoshitake is blond and is the single person of the cast who subscribes the most in True Companions.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Sailor Moon herself tends to fit the trope most of the time, and despite her flaws, she is a good-hearted person who believes that she can work through every problem she faces to make the best situation for everyone.
    • Sailor Venus too fits, as, in spite of her flaws, she's a superhero out of pure will of doing good, is a blood donor, and generally helps people whenever she finds trouble (even if she sometimes makes things worse due her ditziness and/or hot-bloodedness). In the third season of the first anime this led to a rather funny yet subtly creepy episode, when, not having been targeted by the enemy for a Pure Heart Crystal when her friends had, she tried to bait them, culminating in succeeding and this.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Mami is the kindhearted, feminine Team Mom of the group. She's also very lonely and depressed, and angsty over the accident that killed her parents. And she takes Good Is Not Soft to excessive levels. In one timeline, after learning that magical girls eventually become witches, she decides they all need to die before they become monsters and kills Kyoko on the spot, forcing Madoka to take her out before she does the same to Homura.
  • Seras Victoria from Hellsing, she standouts as the only unabashedly good and compassionate person in the whole franchise being very against drinking blood despite being a Vampire. Nonetheless the inherent Ax-Crazy nature is brought out of Seras by ultra violence, her mentor/sire Alucard, losing Pip and especially her Dark and Troubled Past. However unlike Alucard, Seras has the capacity the flip back into an optimistic bright attitude after heavy tragedy, she also has some Virgin Power which is what saved her dying at the start of the series.
    • Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing at her very best is this trope, moreover she uses Alucard as weapon against evil for betterment of humanity; so even though she is occasionally ruthless Intrega is still a good individual. Like Seras Integra also has Virgin Power, though that makes her blood all the more delicious to vampires.
  • Goku, Gohan, Future Trunks, and Goten from Dragon Ball, when in Super Saiyan form.
    • This only applies to Saiyans who are both naturally kind and docile in their base form and successfully mastered the Super Saiyan form. Goku when he first ascended and especially Gohan a Super Saiyan 2 both subvert this by regressing into a far more ruthless and even sadistic state of mind.
    • Mrs. Brief, Bulma's mother, also qualifies. Sure, she's a Dumb Blonde, but she's a polite, good-natured woman.
    • Inverted for Lunch. Her blue-haired side is sweet, but her blonde-haired side becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • Zigzagged with Android 18 on one hand she's pretty ruthless and cold (including being homicidal in the Bad Future) but on the otherhand she's wonderful wife and loving mother so after taking a level in kindness she is certainly is this trope. 18 and Krillin's daughter Maron plays this trope straight especially in GT when she's older.
  • Yellow from Pokémon Adventures. She's sweet-tempered and quite a bit of a Martial Pacifist, not to mention a Friend to All Living Things as well. She's also the youngest out of the Kanto Dex Holders and is rather physically small for her age.
  • Naruto essentially become this trope plus Messianic Archetype. Others who fit this bill are Minato (Naruto's dad), Tsuande, Ino and Temari after they Took a Level in Kindness. Naruto's son Boruto zigzags this trope, being more introverted than his father but still a good person underneath.
  • Attack on Titan
    • Krista who is young and pretty and is easily the most traditionally 'good', chivalrous, and caring character in the whole series. She even invokes this trope; her drive to live up to this image and be a good girl turns downright martyr-like at times in the worst possible ways.
    • Armin is a more downplayed example; he's comparatively a Non-Action Guy, the sensitive guy in his Sensitive Guy and Manly Man combo, and is genuinely kind and caring towards his teammates especially in the beginning. Also subverted later on as he grows more and more into a Consummate Liar Chessmaster role. As a bonus, both of these characters have Innocent Blue Eyes.
  • Princess Emeraude of Magic Knight Rayearth has the appearance of a young girl and is charged with upholding the eternal peace of the land of Cephiro through her prayer. During the story, she's often weeping Tender Tears at the thought of her land falling into ruin and guides the Power Trio through a Secret Test of Character. Even when she turns evil, it's from heartbreak over the death of her true love, and she begs the girls to kill her—which had been her intention all along, as she would rather die than end up destroying Cephiro.
  • Rune Soldier Louie: Melissa is a priestess of the Mylee faith, who longed to serve a noble and just champion of the people, and do great deeds by his side. Instead, fate chose Louie for her. Regardless, she remained true to the path Mylee set for her, though it was against her will. So much so, that she refused to desert Louie during a cave-in, despite his insistence that she leave for her own safety. They eventually exit the cave together, both completely unharmed.
  • Ai from Sunday Without God is sweet, kind, and optimistic, and wants to save the world. Most characters can't help but admire her innocence and determination, and she spends most of the series helping the people she meets.
  • Uchi no Musume ni Te o Dasu na!: This trope applies to Clara and her mother, Athena, who are both blonde superheroines. The first chapter lampshades it during a news broadcast, where the news anchor describes them as angels of beauty, virtue, and justice.
  • Kaori from Your Lie in April is one of the few characters who isn't a brunette or raven. She's a sweet, excitable violinist and is a sort of Manic Pixie Dream Girl to Kousei. In the anime, her hair and skin pale significantly, along with her Innocent Blue Eyes turning near grey, after her illness takes a turn for the worse.

    Ballads 
  • In the Child Ballad Sir Aldingar, one variant describes the innocent queen's hair as yellow:
    They've putten her into prison strang,
    A twalmon lang and mair,
    Until the mice and wild rattens
    Did tear her yallow hair.
  • "The Twa Sisters" Child Ballad has a beautiful and innocent blond girl murdered by her evil sister. A harp is made of her bones, and her golden hair is used for the strings. The magic harp sings out an accusation of her murderer.

    Comic Books 
  • Heroines in Archie Comics tend to fit this trope, especially Betty Cooper, whose most common characterization is the nicest, most innocent and pure-hearted girl in Riverdale, in contrast to the more savvy, black-haired Veronica Lodge (with whom Betty tries to be friends and avoid conflict). Other strong examples are Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Melody from Josie and the Pussycats.
  • Arthur Curry aka Aquaman can be this trope if he wants, when he gets the beard and long hair, he basically becomes water Jesus.
  • Shelly in The Crow is a blonde (which may surprise fans who only know the Brandon Lee film in which Shelly was a brunette and suitably goth-ish partner to the film's characterisation of Eric as an indie rock guitarist), whose beauty, purity, good-heartedness and innocence are constantly emphasised.
  • Despite being red headed in the myths, Marvel's Thor is very compassionate despite occasional arrogance. One of his nicknames is "Goldilocks".
  • Steve Rogers aka Captain America.
  • Golden Eyes, the titular heroine of the World War I serial "Golden Eyes" and Her Hero "Bill", combines this trope with Curtains Match the Window. She's shown to be a friend to children and animals (sells her Plunder to finance an orphanage and has a Heroic Dog companion), faithful to her sweetheart Bill (rejects all the suitors that try to seduce her while he's away, then follows him overseas to join the war effort as an ambulance driver), and reluctant even to harm the German officer who captures and menaces her.
  • Lady Death: Hope used to have blonde hair when she was a sweet young woman before turning into the eponymous protagonist and her hair fading to white and turning into a harsher person. Her half-sister Vandala, on the other hand, plays this straight, being a brave and valiant Valkyrie with golden hair.
  • Barry Allen aka The Flash is a standout male example, his Nice Guy status rivals Superman.
  • Millie the Model is nice, young, and innocent, especially compared to her Fiery Redhead rival, Chili Storm.
  • In Non Sequitur, the blond Kate is the more optimistic and less ambitious Foil to her black-haired sister, Danae.
  • In her original portrayal Carol Danvers aka Ms. Marvel was very much this trope, and held to the Thou Shall Not Kill rules.
  • In Peanuts, Charlie Brown's little sister, Sally, fits this trope. When he accused her of "evading responsibility" by trying to avoid kindergarten, she responded with, "I don't know what you're talking about... I'm too young and innocent."
  • It's hard to tell because the comics are largely black and white, but Nancy Callahan of Sin City is canonically blonde. A young woman working herself through law school by working as a topless exotic dancer off hours, she's probably the kindest and most innocent character in the comics (Word of God calls her "an angel" living in a Wretched Hive). She's acquainted with a lot of the major characters, who protect her from abusive or downright evil men out to hurt her.
  • Smurfette of The Smurfs, natch. Originally a creation of Gargamel with a black heart who hunts down the Smurfs for him, she reforms her devious ways and transforms into a golden-hearted Smurf with blonde hair to match, now becoming a member of our pint-sized blue buddies.
  • Supergirl: All versions of Supergirl—including her Earth-2 counterpart, Power Girl—have a single thing in common: they're kind-hearted, blonde girls who don't want to see anybody getting hurt and use their huge powers to help and protect people. Kara Zor-El may be short-tempered, angsty, have anger issues... but she'll always be a good person deep-down:
    • Pre-Crisis Kara was an absolutely sweet, innocent child. She stopped being gullible when she grew up, and her adult self had quite the temper, but she always was a nice, selfless person. In Krypton No More, she flies across a galaxy to save lives because it's the right thing to do.
    • In the beginning, Post-Crisis Kara behaved as an emo, self-centered, angry, bratty teen due to Kryptonite poisoning. However, she began dealing with her issues, got cured, and developed into a kind, compassionate and cheerful woman.
    • New 52 Kara was a lonely, insolated teen who had anger issues and Survivor Guilt due to losing her family and getting stranded in an alien world. Even so, she went out of her way to help people and risked her life to protect others. In the Red Daughter of Krypton storyline she confronted her anger issues and got over her rage, angst and confusion. When Supergirl (Rebirth) kicks off, she has become the kind of person who will stop criminals, send them to prison and try to help them.
  • Though she technically dyed her hair Dinah Laurel Lance aka Black Canary becomes this trope as much as Supergirl as well as being a loving wife to Oliver Queen the Green Arrow who counts in this trope as well.
  • X-Men: Before her corruption by Belasco, Illyana Rasputin was a sweet and innocent young child, with the malice she later struggled with entirely absent from her character.
  • Judge Dredd: Judge Anderson is a pretty blonde with psychic powers, and is always portrayed as the most kind-hearted of the Judges, especially compared to stoic hard-asses like Joe Dredd.
  • Gwen Stacy from Spider-Man was initially portrayed as a haughty ice queen, but ultimately she's remembered and beloved for her sweetness and loving heart.

    Fairy Tales 
  • "Goldilocks" combines both the innocence and the folly associated with blond hair.
  • "The Grateful Beasts" has a blond hero.
    The youngest of the three brothers, whose name was Ferko, was a beautiful youth, with a splendid figure, blue eyes, fair hair, and a complexion like milk and roses.
  • "The Egyptian Cinderella": Rhodopis, a Greek slave sold to Egypt, is fair-skinned with hair that is golden and curly, which sets her apart from the other servant girls in her master's household who ostracize her for her foreign looks. She is also kind-hearted and friendly with animals.
  • The innocent, pure, kind and very beautiful Rapunzel has hair "as fine as spun gold".
  • Snow White of "Snow-White and Rose-Red" is often depicted with blonde hair, both as a contrast with Rose Red and to distinguish her from another Snow White and her distinctive look.
  • Princess Diana (no, not her), the heroine of the Italian Fairy Tale "The Curse of the Seven Children", is a kind and pure-hearted girl with hair like gold.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Code Wings 3.0 has Georgina Markson, a sandy blonde woman who is such a sweetheart.

    Films — Animation 
  • Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty is kind, friendly, polite and generous, and was blessed with the gift of beauty, which includes sunshine golden hair.
  • Played straight with Rapunzel in Tangled, as she is sweet, kind and innocent. Subverted when we find out she is actually a natural brunette when her hair gets cut off.
  • Miguel from The Road to El Dorado is a male version, despite being a thief for a living. His lack of actual innocence is made up for by his genuine sweetness and optimism about the world in general. Overall he's a really good person who isn't above using puppy eyes to get his way.
  • Subverted, as pretty much all other fairy tale tropes, with the Shrek series. Prince Charming has blonde hair, a rugged masculine appearance and seems to be the bold hero. But, it turns out he is an extremely vain, self-centered, spoiled boy who turns out to be the Big Bad in Shrek the Third
  • Strange Magic: Dawn, who is a Princess Classic. She's sweet and caring with her only flaws being overly obsessed with love and a bit air headed.
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1979) had a blonde Lucy. Edmund also counts post Heel–Face Turn.
  • Cheri and, later, Toby in Unico in the Island of Magic.
  • There's also Lottie from The Princess and the Frog, who is incredibly spoilt but very sweet and enthusiastic.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Aurora in Maleficent, unsurprisingly, as she's more or less the same person as in Sleeping Beauty.
  • Following the frequent book descriptions as "fair-haired", in the 2003 and 2005 film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, the prettiest (and most innocent) Bennet daughter, Jane, is a blonde. She isn't a blonde in the 1940s film, though.
  • Rebecca "Newt" Jorden from Aliens though she has little PSTD after having her family get killed by the Xenomorpths remains a source of innocent in the film among flawed adults and nightmarish monsters.
  • In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Johanna is definitely one of these, fitting the innocent, child-womanish category almost to a T. Johanna got this from her mother, Lucy, who is described by Sweeney as "beautiful" and "virtuous" at the start of the whole thing, if something of a "silly little nit" according to Mrs. Lovett. Of course, in the stage play, Johanna gets one of the two kills that Sweeney doesn't get when she guns down the asylum keeper Jonas Fogg.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Steve Rogers aka Captain America of Captain America: The First Avenger who is also a example of Incorruptible Pure Pureness, however subverted over time as his hair darkens, grows a Beard of Sorrow and thanks to his actions becomes an Anti-Hero.
    • Thor Odinson is very good example especially when he takes a level in kindness, it helps that Thor is very attached to his golden locks and has a meltdown when Stan Lee is shearing them off. Out of Universe despite Chris Hemsworth being all for getting rid of the hair in Thor: Ragnarok, he joked that he kept the blonde wig for his wife.
      • Frigga's Thor and Loki's mother is very much this trope, Thor appears to have inherited her hair color, good looks, and kind nature... Loki got her sorcery and some of the aforementioned traits. Frigga's pure nature shows though her actions i.e forgiving Loki, ripping into her husband Odin for banishing Thor in a deleted scene, accepting Jane and sacrificing her life to save her from Malekith.
    • Maria Stark in contrast to the jerky qualities of her husband and son was an absolute angel and served as the glue keeping the family together. Maria's significance to her son Tony is especially felt when he beat the shit out of Bucky Barnes when Tony discovered he strangled Maria in 1991.
    • Black Widow bleaches her blonde while living off the grid as a fugitive in Avengers: Infinity War and she's still as compassionate as ever, probably helps blonde is Scarlet Johansson's natural hair color.
  • Amy Kane (Grace Kelly) in High Noon. Initially portrayed as innocent and naive, she proves to be the only person willing to help her husband fight the villains.
  • Star Wars
    • When young Anakin meets the heroes and brings them to his home in The Phantom Menace he volunteers to race in the Boonta Eve Classic podrace so that they could get the prize money. When his mother objects, Anakin reminds Shmi of her belief that people need to help one another, convincing her to allow Anakin to race for Qui-Gon Jinn. The boy has shaggy blonde hair.
    • Luke Skywalker was a literal poster boy for this trope in the Star Wars: A New Hope though his hair darkens over the course of the movies and he gets a Beard of Sorrow.
  • Manon of Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources) is proud, beautiful, and no man's fool—but she is also good-natured at heart and righteous. Her role, in juxtaposition to the other characters, is basically purity personified.
  • Rosemary in Shallow Hal is kind and generous with attractive inner beauty.
  • In the movie Dear John, Savannah is naive, kind, and morally upstanding. A case of Adaptational Dye Job because she was a brunette in the book.
  • Jesus in some film depictions, despite him being from the Middle East. See his portrayals in King Of Kings and Jesus Christ Superstar.
  • Kim in Edward Scissorhands is a Double Subversion. She's first seen in a family photo where Peg describes her as her pride and joy. When we meet Kim, however, she seems like a bratty teenager. But as the film goes on and she warms to Edward, she is really kind and caring, thus fitting the trope.
  • Katrina in Sleepy Hollow is an example from Tim Burton's movies, complete with an evil blonde foil. She is kind and guides the hero through the weird town. Although Burton is most associated with the Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette look, it appears he has some fondness for blondes as well.
  • Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010). Alice is adult and returned to Wonderland. She's a good and heroic variety of blondes.
  • Pretty much any character played by Annasophia Robb, but especially her roles in Bridge to Terabithia and The Way Way Back.
    • Averted with her role as Violet Beauregarde in "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" when she was notably nastier than her book counterpart and stood out compared to the other child actors, claiming that she will always be a winner, calling Charlie a "loser" at one point, and showing off as she leaves the factory by cartwheeling.
  • Virginal Winifred Goodman in Lemonade Joe has long fair hair and she's very sweet wholesome all-american girl, and admired by many. The villainous Horace Badman alias Hogo Fogo uses her good heart and compassion. He's disguised as an old blind man and kidnaps her. It's part of his plan to bring down her fiancé Lemonade Joe, and he has his private plans with Winifred.
    Doug Badman: It makes me sick whenever I think about that dirty trick of yours with that pure and innocent girl.
    Horace Badman: Purity and innocence? What goodies for a pervert of my calibre!
  • Kvetuska from Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet is the classical Ingenue. She lives with her old grandfather who she takes good care of. She very naive and innocent, and she and Nick Carter (America's greatest detective) fall in Love at First Sight. When Nick needs her help and asks her if she's a brave girl, she answers with determined "I am a daughter of Jan Zizka's nation", referring to a great military leader from the Hussite Movement.
  • Grace in Short Term 12. A sort of female Andy Dufresne who bucks the system in order to help the troubled orphans whom only she seems to truly understand (due to her having been one herself).
  • Lucy in Across the Universe. A peace activist during the Vietnam War, she turns on her fellow activists when they become violent.
  • The Hunger Games: Prim is a compassionate young blonde girl with blue eyes who loves all living creatures and becomes a good healer at an early age, often helping her mother with patients. When Katniss leaves her family she doesn't bother suggesting that Prim learn to hunt because her attempts were disastrous, since the woods terrified Prim and whenever Katniss shot something it would make Prim teary and she'd talk about how they might be able to heal it.
  • Princess Tilde in the Kingsman series is the Scandinavian love interest to Eggsy with blonde hair and shows her moral compass in her Establishing Character Moment when the Big Bad offers to participate her in his evil plan by calling him crazy. She shows to be also very good-natured when celebrating Eggsy's birthday alongside his normal friends, even when they rib on her lack of baking talent.

    Literature 
  • A rare older and male example in Less. Arthur Less (49) has pale blonde hair and bright blue eyes, and is described as "a man utterly without armor" against the often-harsh world he lives in. A major part of Arthur's character arc is attempting to reconcile his sweet nature with his personal failings, and eventually learning that he doesn't need to.
  • In The Little Prince, the Little Prince is depicted as having golden hair and is a symbol of innocence and childhood.
  • In C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, the innocent Lucy, who first finds Narnia and is closest to Aslan, is described (near the end of the first novel) as having blond hair. However, the illustrations by Pauline Baynes show her with black hair and pigtails. The only adaptation that actually has her as a blonde is the 1970s animated film.
  • In The Clique novels, Claire Lyons has light blonde hair and is the nicest member of the Pretty Commitee.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Hair color is no guarantee of characterization, but the trope is referenced when a bard writes a propagandized ballad about the Battle of Blackwater. The lyrics make a big deal of the handsome, young, golden-haired prince and equally golden-haired mother going up against his wicked, black-haired uncle.
    • Prince Tommen and Princess Myrcella play this trope straight.
    • Averted with their older brother Joffery in a nice contrast.
    • Exploited by Tyene Sand along with Innocent Blue Eyes. She's described as beautiful, sweet, and pious-looking, and you'll believe that right until you realize she's already poisoned you.
  • Evangeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin has golden hair and is an angelic mouthpiece for the author's anti-slavery message. For extra points, she's Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy is famous for the titular character's blond, curly hair. He's a sweet but a bit precocious boy who lives up to his aristocratic heritage and his family expectations.
  • In the The Demon Princes, Alusz Iphigenia Eperje-Tokay has dusty blond hair and Gray Eyes. She's beautiful, intelligent, gently bred and fatalistic.
  • Emma Woodhouse of Jane Austen's Emma is interested in befriending a girl of lower social standing than herself, Harriet Smith, specifically because of Harriet's beauty. Harriet has Hair of Gold and big Innocent Blue Eyes, and her nature is very sweet, timid and affectionate. She's glad that so great a lady as Emma notices her and happily lets Emma lead and guide her.
  • In Goblin Market, Laura's golden hair is a key part of the plot, because she buys fruit with "a golden curl" rather than with actual money. Using her hair this way leads to the loss of innocence (and, metaphorically, her virginity).
  • In the J. R. R. Tolkien's Legendarium:
    • Most of elves are dark-haired, so the golden ones stand out, and it tends to be symbolic. In The Silmarillion, this is the hallmark of the Houses of Ingwë and Finarfin, and they are of the High Elven houses the wisest, kindest, least rash, and (in the case of the Exiles) most friendly and helpful to mortals. One of those (Galadriel) even survived long enough to appear in The Lord of the Rings.
    • Ingwë, and his people (the Vanyar) in general, are noted as the wisest and most holy of the High Elves. They live exclusively in Valinor itself. Every one of them chose to come to Valinor instead of staying behind in Middle-earth, and only a small handful joined the rebellion of the Noldor. Which is why they get the least page-time of the three clans.
    • Of the Noldorin royalty, Finarfin's family are the wisest, and he was the only major character who quit the rebellion and returned to Valinor to humbly ask the Valar for pardon before it was too late. Thus, they made him king of what was left of his people. His kids all continued with the rebellion but were the most reluctant to participate (other than Galadriel, who was just itching to leave).
    • Galadriel's hair is literally luminescent, and said to have been like "a mesh of gold" with the light of Laurelin (a holy golden tree that served as a precursor to the sun) bound up in it. Her part in the Fall of the Noldor changed as Tolkien's concept of her character evolved—in most versions she's a leader of the rebellion and more eager than her brothers to leave Valinor. Later, Tolkien decided she was entirely innocent of any wrongdoing, and planned to change the stories to say she didn't participate in the rebellion, but only happened to leave Valinor at the same time.
    • Averted with Celegorm the Fair, the only one of the seven sons of Fëanor to have blond hair, and quite possibly the worst of them.
  • The Phantom of the Opera, Christine Daae is described as having golden blonde hair which matches her affectionate loving nature (given she can show pity the deformed Erik). The Musical and live action versions don't care for this however and make Christine brunette in almost all portrayals.
    • If we apply this trope's logic to the Broadway Musical, then Little Meg is very much this trope.
  • The teen hero Michael Vey who is one of the sweetest, nicest, Adorkable characters in the series. He has his Berserk Buttons and can be pushed, but he is very forgiving and despite growing more experienced and smarter over the series never loses his kind spirit and never crosses over to becoming the more cynical Pragmatic Hero.
  • Maybeth, the third sibling in The Tillerman Family Series by Cynthia Voigt, is practically angelic by description, both in personality and appearance.
  • Les Misérables:
    • Fantine is noted for her beauty and particularly her long, angelic golden hair. She is presented as the model of motherly virtue, and at the beginning of her transition to Broken Bird she sells her beautiful hair to provide for her daughter Cosette.
    • Cosette herself is described as brunette in the text, but in the musical and other adaptations is often played by a blonde actress because of this trope.
    • Enjolras has Hair Of Gold and is explicitly a Chaste Hero.
  • Lucy Westenra in the novel Dracula is blonde. Dr Seward makes a reference to her hair lying on her pillow in "sunny ripples", but after she becomes an evil vampire eyewitnesses describe her as having dark hair.
  • A Brother's Price:
    • Little Eldie Porter, five years old, has blonde, curly hair and entirely innocent in her parents' scheming. It does get dyed black by the end.
    • Averted with her uncle, Keifer Porter, who had the same hair colour but was a jerk. He's also Eldie's father, via Kij.
    • Played straight with Cullen Moorland, who is a nice, a bit hyperactive and childish young man with honey-coloured hair.
  • Prim and Mrs. Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Prim is a compassionate young blonde girl with blue eyes. She loves all living creatures. She was also a good healer at an early age, often helping her mother with patients. When Katniss leaves her family she doesn't bother suggesting that Prim learn to hunt because her attempts were disastrous. The woods terrified her and whenever Katniss shot something it would make Prim teary and she'd talk about how they might be able to heal it. Katniss is always amazed when her mother brought a wounded or sick patient: "she morphs from someone who calls her daughter to kill a spider to a woman immune to fear", Katniss says.
  • Both Laurana and Goldmoon in the Dragonlance books are naive but kind beautiful blond princesses (elf and barbarian human, respectively). The former especially was naive and sheltered to the point of being an airhead while the latter was actually worshipped as a goddess by her tribe. They both grew out of it into an Action Girl and Messianic Archetype, respectively.
  • Susan, Roland's Lost Lenore, in The Dark Tower, has blonde hair. She's 16, innocent and noble. About the only thing we know about her appearance other than her beauty is that she has long blonde hair. The villain of her story tries to hypnotize her into cutting it all off.
  • Song at Dawn: Much is made of Alis' blond hair and 'Daddy's little angel' often follows it. She also has a frail constitution.
  • Anna Karenina: Kitty is a beautiful, kind and feminine girly girl, greatly admired in society for her beauty and grace. When she gets disappointed in love by her suitor, she becomes an Ill Girl, but her parents take her to a spa and she recovers.
  • In Gelsomino in Land of Liars, Gelsomino's golden hair corresponds with his character: sweet, kind-hearted and generally helpful. This is contrasted with Big Bad Jakomone, whose golden hair is fake.
  • Clover from Entwined is blond and in no short supply of suitors and can barely say a bad word about someone.
  • Werner Von Ebrannac in the World War II novella Le Silence de la mer is a soft-spoken Francophile Friend to All Children with naive hopes of amity with his unwilling French hosts who ends up suffering a Heel Realisation.
  • In White as Snow, Coira dreams that her real mother is a beautiful young blonde woman who is kind and gentle and loving. She imagines that this woman died and Arpazia took her place.
  • In Rachel Griffin, Nastasia Romanov, Princess of Magical Australia, is a gracious, gentle, ladylike, dutiful and kind Princess Classic, with very long ash-blond hair.
  • In The Wee Free Men, Tiffany Aching, who has brown hair and brown eyes, notices that in the book of fairy tales her mother read to her, all the princesses and "good" characters had blond hair and blue eyes (or possibly red hair and green eyes), and that the best you could hope for otherwise was to be an inkeeper or a maid—or a witch.
  • Celine Herondale from The Mortal Instruments, had blonde hair, and according to Jocelyn was sweet, lovely, and made everyone want to protect her.
  • Vampire Academy:
    • Lissa Dragomir is kind-hearted and blonde. She has angelic-looking blonde hair and typically goes out of her way to care for people and animals.
    • Eddie Castile. Described as blonde and one of the nicest guys Rose knows. He is very kind-hearted and protective of his friends, and is even willing to sacrifice his own career opportunities to help them.
  • In Dragon Bones, Ward's younger sister Ciarra has blonde hair. She's the most innocent character in the novel, being one of two people who are mentioned to never have killed before (she's too young and a girl, her brother Tosten is rather sensitive and earns his living as a bard). She's also a Cute Mute, and the victim of choice for a jerkass god who needs to take possession of someone to talk to the heroes. Even the Genius Loci of castle Hurog, Oreg, likes Ciarra, and protects her in subtle ways. She also seems to be the one person he has always been visible to. (Usually he can only be seen by his master, the owner of castle Hurog.)
  • In The Dragon Hoard, Princess Goodness has hair "just the colour of summer sunlight" in the first chapter and "bright golden as a buttercup" in the last, and lives up to her name.
  • Subverted in, of all people, H.P. Lovecraft's Sweet Ermengarde, a parody of Melodrama. Ermengarde portrays herself as this, but the hair colour comes out of a bottle, and the heart isn't as innocent as she likes to pretend either...
  • Land of Oz:
    • Dorothy's hair colour is never mentioned in text but a large amount of illustrations depict her this way. She's an innocent, sweethearted child from Kansas who is always up to adventure and enjoys helping others.
    • The one time the young princess of Oz, Princess Ozma's, hair colour is mentioned, she's referred to as a blonde. Ozma is the sweetest person in Oz and is only matched by Glinda the Good for her beauty. In practice, however, illustrations consistently depict Ozma as a brunette.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Kenneth Parcel from 30 Rock is a male example. He's innocent, idealistic, loves everyone, and shows Incorruptible Pure Pureness all throughout the series.
  • Cassiopeia in Battlestar Galactica, who decides to abandon her life as a Socialator to become a Med Tech. Other than her past life, she is sweet and kind, often looks after Boxey and even takes care of an ill-ridden Adama in "The Young Lords".
  • Lucrezia in The Borgias starts out this way, although between her abusive first marriage and scheming family it doesn't last.
  • All three daughters on The Brady Bunch have "...hair of gold, like their mother". This is because the four are the innocent girls, while all the boys have dark brown/black hair (they even colored Mike Lookinland's hair from its natural reddish for the first season).
  • Despite working for years in the worst slums of London's East End, Call the Midwife's young, lovely, devoted, soft-spoken Sister Bernadette remains as kind and hopeful as ever, her spirit shining as brightly as her seldom-seen golden hair. After enduring a crisis of faith over her calling when she falls in love with local physician Dr Turner, she comes out of it radiantly in love and determined to continue serving God as a wife, mother, and midwife.
  • Diane Chambers of Cheers. During her years at the bar, she's essentially the Nice Girl and a Wide-Eyed Idealist who cares—deeply—for the others.
  • Degrassi has had three female characters that fit this mold.
    • The first was Emma Nelson, who was a trusting Soapbox Sadie nature lover until reality happened and she fell off the path. She fit up until Season 3 or 4, when she suddenly went to all sorts of impure, corrupt places and it went downhill from there.
    • Then came Maya Matlin, a cute innocent band geek. She still mostly fits the mold but she's shown to have some bite to her when pushed, but her intentions stay mostly good. And it didn't take much to put her back on track.
    • The writers played with this when Becky Baker was introduced, the faithful Christian. She's a "playing with" example because several of her actions qualify as bigoted and evil, but at the same time her intentions were pure, just her reasoning and understanding was misguided. Once she learned better, she's just as optimistic and innocent as ever.
  • In the Doctor Who episode The King's Demons, Hugh has this—a young knight valiant in his defense of his father.
    • One might argue that the Fifth Doctor belongs on this list. Peri thinks that he was sweet (a fact rebutted by the Sixth Doctor as more effete than sweet).
    • The kind and considerate Thirteenth Doctor seems to qualify as well.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • Subverted in Dead of Summer: Amy Hughes was initially presented as a sweet, wholesome blonde girl who just wanted to be friends with everyone. Then "Home Sweet Home" revealed that she was actually an Ax-Crazy sociopath who had been secretly responsible for every terrible thing that had happened thus far.
  • Elyse Keaton from Family Ties fits the trope being a loving mother, an Actual Pacifist due to her flower child background, and in general is a very kind-hearted and warm person.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Tommen and Myrcella are sweet, innocent, big-hearted blond children despite all the negative influences around them.
    • Daenerys' silver-blonde (ironically for the name of this trope) hair is one of her and her House's most iconic traits, and despite her ups and downs, she's one of the most fundamentally good-hearted and caring characters on the show.
  • Don "Doc" Dogoier of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger stands out among his crew of pirates for being kind, gentle, shy, cheerful, and peace-loving—even more so than supposed Token Good Teammate (and dark-haired) Ahim, who has proven herself to have a devious side that Don doesn't share.
  • Murdoch Mysteries:
    • Anna Fulford is a very young and very beautiful blonde with curly hair. She intuitively recognized that Detective Murdoch (suffering from Identity Amnesia) is a good man, even though he was pursued by men who claimed he's a killer, and she decided to help him. She's a bit livelier that this archetype tends to be but she fits the trope very well.
    • Mrs Enid Jones is very young, beautiful, and generally sweet and kind. She looks very timid and feminine, but she can take a good care of herself and her son. She has curly blond hair.
  • The New Normal has Goldie, a straight ally to gay couple David and Bryan. She stands up to her bigoted grandmother for them, and carries their baby.
  • In Victorian flashbacks, Sanctuary's Helen Magnus has long, curly blond hair. She's also more soft-spoken, cheerful, and younger (obviously) than in the present. Sometime after discovering that her fiancé is Jack the Ripper and being contracted by the Crown to kill Adam Worth, she goes brunette. She also has red hair during World War II.
  • Despite being a Cowboy Cop who along with his partner seems to get around, Ken Hutchinson from Starsky & Hutch fits the bill as a male example. Jokes were made about his hair, too—mainly by Starsky.
  • Jessica and Mary in Supernatural have long blonde hair. Both of these women are killed off in the Pilot, and the loss of these kind loved characters serves as motivation for Sam and Dean to hunt demons.
  • Henry VIII sees Jane Seymour as this in The Tudors. In season 3, it becomes clear she has a little more depth, but Henry reacts aggresively to any indication that she doesn't agree with him. When she returns briefly in season 4, she's the only ghost Henry seems happy to see. Unfortunately for him, she is not as meek as before.
  • The X-Files: The Serial Killer in the episode "Elegy" targets very young and beautiful women who have blond hair and who were very kind. They were all friends with a mentally handicapped man who was in love with them.
  • Gabrielle in Xena: Warrior Princess, Xena's faithful companion and friend, even to the point where her hair got darker for a while as her character became less innocent.

    Music 
  • The girl described in Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" (actually his then-wife, and muse, Pattie Boyd).
    She puts on her makeup and brushes her long blond hair...
  • In the Pentangle song "Cruel Sister", the good, innocent sister who is "loved above all things" by the prince is repeatedly described as having bright golden hair. Her evil sister is repeatedly described as having black hair and being cold and dark. The story is taken from a Child Ballad called "The Twa Sisters".
  • Claudy Debussy's composition "La fille aux cheveux de lin" (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair), from the First Book of Preludes.
  • COMMUNICATIONS: Stephanie Glass, who has platinum blonde hair and is genuinely nice.

    Musical Theater 

    Mythology 
  • Demeter in Classical Mythology is about the only non-jerkass in the Olympian Pantheon. And explicitly described as a blonde. (Wheat-blond; after all, she's the wheat goddess)
  • Lady Sif in Norse Mythology has beautiful blonde hair in the Norse Myths which may come as a surprise to those familiar with the brunette Marvel Universe portrayal. Sif hair appears represent fields of golden wheat, that she may be associated with fertility, family and wedlock... so of course Loki shears Sif's curls off.
  • "Lorelei": Inverted with Loreley, who sits at the top of her cliff combing her golden hair (with a golden comb to boot), and this is one of the reasons why the hapless skippers cannot take their eyes of her. Unfortunately Loreley is not as innocent or kind as she looks, because the ships which shatter on the river below seem not to bother her at all.

    Puppet Shows 

    Video Games 
  • Soul Series: Sophitia Alexandria is blonde and the epitome of gentleness and purity. She'll even say sorry when she knees you in the stones - gentle and kind as she is, she's a bona-fide Action Girl on a holy mission and she's not going to let you stop her.
  • Final Fantasy
    • Aria Bennett, one of the Guest Star Party Members in Final Fantasy III. She's a priestess of the water crystal, a Woman in White, and a White Mage. Whenever you talk to her, she says very nice things about how the party is blessed with the light.
    • Krile of Final Fantasy V is a cute and sweet young girl who is a Friend to All Living Things with the ability to speak to them. She can also communicate with benevolent ghosts and plays the medium for her friends. She also becomes the youngest member of the party.
    • Terra/Tina from Final Fantasy VI, though her sprites have green hair, her concept art has her with blonde hair note  she's a young, innocent, motherly, young woman who hates fighting, though she will fight to protect her friends and family. The game also has Celes, who is described as having a spirit as pure as snow, in spite of being a battle hardened soldier.
    • Cloud from Final Fantasy VII after he gets over his cocky "in for the money" attitude and becomes the compassionate (even occasionally goofy) leader for his friends, hell the jerk mercenary act is just a cover for how much he wants to be accepted and loved (plus he has Fake Memories). Cloud like Aeirth also has some Messianic traits i.e being raised by single mother with no father and being the chosen hero of the Gaia (the planet).
    • Zidane from Final Fantasy IX is very outgoing, generally friendly to those around him regardless of being a thief. Though he does lean towards being a Handsome Lech at times, though considering his otherwise good nature that makes Zidane more of a Chivalrous Pervert than anything else. Like Cloud he also tries to conceal his insecurities and fight them alone.
    • Final Fantasy X has Tidus and Rikku who are the most childish and tender-hearted members of The Team. Tidus like other male examples above hides pains behind a mask of cheeriness, when the situation turns sour Tidus goes above and beyond to protect his loved ones. Rikku though she is Yuffie-esque thief type, is highly compassionate and sabotages the Yuna's pilgrimage only because Rikku knows it will result in the Summoner's death.
      • Worth noting Tidus technically bleached his hair blonde but since his character is meant to represent the Sun anyway the trope is still in effect regardless.
    • Cosmos from Dissidia: Final Fantasy and its prequel. As part of her image as a deity of harmony, she is kind, beautiful, and vaguely motherly.
  • Ventus from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. Blond hair, bright blue eyes, and a personality to match. Justified, however, since the darkness in his heart was taken by Master Xehanort.
  • Lucas from MOTHER 3 has gold hair, an innocent personality, a pure mind, and, unlike Claus, stays good. Claus' hair, orange, could possibly be that way because of red (evil) mixing with blonde (purity).
  • Another male example: Teddie from Persona 4 in his human form, where he appears as a blond, blue-eyed Bishōnen. Despite being very perverted and flirtatious, he cares a great deal about his friends.
  • Pokémon
    • Bianca from Pokémon Black and White is pretty, kind, heroic, and idealistic.
    • Lillie from Pokémon Sun and Moon is another blonde character with an idealistic nature. The game opens up with her rescuing a mysterious Pokemon from the clutches of an organization. She initially hates the idea of Pokemon battles because she doesn't like the idea of them getting hurt.
    • Gladion from the same game comes off as tough and edgy at first, but he also shows great concern for others. It turns out that both Gladion and Lillie are siblings.
  • Resident Evil
    • Sherry Birkin fits this trope like glove (especially compared to her Mad Scientist parents), she is also an example of Children Are Innocent in RE2 being a Shout-Out to Newt from Aliens. Sherry is so pure that Derick Simmons the Big Bad of RE6 found her "overly-kind and ultimately naive, charitable nature" disgusting.
    • Ashley Graham from Resident Evil 4 while a little spoiled and childish is still good person caught in a very bad situation, she's also more importantly innocent.
    • Jill Valentine's hair is turned blonde in RE5 thanks to being put in cryostasis once she gets over the Brainwashed and Crazy status Wesker put her into, Jill can be considered this trope as her kind nature returns. It's still unknown if she got her brown hair back however.
  • Spiritia Rosenberg from Rosenkreuzstilette has flowing gold hair held in a huge ponytail and is a straightforward, honest, and kind girl whose moral convictions are second to none and who is greatly respected by others, including other soldiers of the Holy Empire. Iris also has gold hair, but unlike Tia, believe it or not, she only pretends to be kind and innocent to disguise her true, evil intentions. Both characters are reincarnations of the legendary Magus Rosenkreuz, after whom the organization of RKS is named; Tia got his soul and his ability to tap into the strength of others', and Iris was blessed with his magical prowess and the abundance of knowledge he had acquired over the course of his life.
  • Wendy from Rule of Rose could have her picture describing this trope; a quiet, sickly little girl with a pretty smile and a blue sundress. Unfortunately, she's also a manipulative Yandere.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog has Maria Robotnik, the granddaughter of Dr. Gerald Robotnik and cousin of Dr. Eggman. She was the only non-evil member of the Robotnik family and a surrogate sister to Shadow who's only wish was for the people of Earth to be happy; she also qualifies as being Too Good for This Sinful Earth since she's deceased before the start of the series.
  • Tales Series:
  • Super Mario Bros.: Princess Peach is constantly described as having the purest heart. In terms of coloring, however, she doesn't always fit the trope; her first appearances in the three NES games gave her deep red hairnote , and it's only in the more recent incarnations that she's depicted as blonde.
  • The Lawful Good Ky Kiske in the Guilty Gear series. Especially in the "youthfully naive, angst-ridden and clueless" department.
  • The Hero from Half-Minute Hero. His nobility earns him respect from a Time Beast (and an extra 10 seconds on a stage where you can't reverse time).
  • Fire Emblem:
    • The bishops Lady Edain of Jungby and Father Claude of Edda from Fire Emblem Jugdral: both blonde, both calm, gentle and caring.
    • The bishop Lucius of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade has long, blond Rapunzel Hair (as well as Innocent Blue Eyes), and he's one of the gentlest, most compassionate Nice Guys in the series, to the point that he immediately forgives the man responsible for killing his father and getting him sent to an Orphanage of Fear.
    • Libra the warpriest from Fire Emblem Awakening may carry an axe, but he is as kind and gentle and thoughtful as a Lucius expy ought to be.
    • Chrom's sisters, Lissa and Emmeryn, of Awakening. Emmeryn's kindness as exalt is so well-known to even outsiders like Panne. Lissa is often described as one of the nicest people around and is down-to-earth despite her status as royalty.
    • Princess Elise from Fire Emblem Fates. Sweet, cheerful, innocent, and one of the army's best healers. She's also the only royal sibling who never appears as a boss or an enemy on any of the three given routes, and during Birthright she defies her father and her siblings to help the player character and the Hoshidans by guiding them through the underground city and trying to convince Xander and Garon to lay down their arms. It fails miserably and she ends up dead.
  • Skies of Arcadia: Legends: Fina is a fair-haired Silvite madien and gentle soul, who's been tasked with gathering the six Moon Crystals and returning with them to the Silver Shrine, so their power to summon the Rains of Destruction can never be used again.
  • The Legend of Zelda
    • Naturally, Link is a steadfast example, as he's The Hero of Hyrule and chosen wielder of The Master Sword; which only the pure of heart may draw from its pedestal. In all incarnations besides the original two NES games, Link is a blond.
    • In most incarnations, Princess Zelda is the fair-haired benevolent ruler of Hyrule, and often aids Link in his quests to save the kingdom. In some appearances, such as Twilight Princess, she's a near brunette shade of dirty blonde; but she fully retains her nobility.
    • Also from Twilight Princess is Ilia, who's Link's childhood friend. The game portrays her as selfless and giving—from tending to Epona for Link to saving Prince Ralis when she found him collapsed on the road leading to Hyrule Castle Town.
    • And again from Twilight Princess, we have Agitha, the (self-proclaimed) Princess of the Bug Kingdom. She's ten years old and has golden curling pigtails, and is easily one of the sweetest and most innocent characters in the entire franchise. (Well, unless she thinks Link is holding out on giving up the golden bugs; then she gets a bit cross.)
  • Subverted by Vert in Neptunia. On one hand, she has the requisite golden hair, many NPCs admire her grace and charm, and her subjects paint her as a good ruler. On the other, her appearance (blonde hair, blue eyes, big breasts) is a deliberate Phenotype Stereotype, she's politically aggressive (Ultradimension Vert is the only CPU to take shares by military action or directly convert people of interest to her side), and on a personal level she's a very open Yaoi Fangirl and her work ethic suffers from horrifying motivation issues. Re;birth1 dials some of her personality traits down a notch, though, and makes her play this trope straighter than her past incarnations.
  • Kiel from Rune Factory 4 is a male example. He's a little Cute Bookworm and Ditzy Genius with Innocent Blue Eyes and a sweet Nice Guy personality to match. His sister Forte also has blond hair and a bit of Chronic Hero Syndrome (she'll accompany the protagonist into dungeons whether she likes them or not, while everyone else in town will only go if they're your friend), but has enough of a tough shell to disqualify her from the straight trope.
  • Paz in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker acts exactly like this character type for 80% of the game. The last 20% reveals that she is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing consciously exploiting this trope for all it is worth.
  • Jaina Proudmoore in Warcraft is a blondie with a heart of gold, as she continued to be one of the promoters of peace between The Alliance and The Horde. Until she broke due to the destruction of Theramore, in which her hair got bleached into 90% white and then she lost her peaceful attitude and becomes a warmonger out of grief. When she appears at Heroes of the Storm, they picked the time before that destruction and bleaching happened, and she's still 100% this trope.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Regina Berry is so sweet and innocent that she actually doesn't understand the concept of death or the consequences of her naive but dangerous actions.
    • Colias Palaeno has a near-constant smile and is ridiculously friendly to everyone he meets. This is why Manny Coachen is able to manipulate him so easily.
  • Three the Hard Way has Kanna, whose distinctive blonde hair and incredible beauty has been frequently commented on. And while she occasionally behaves in a suspicious manner, she's very gentle, helpful, polite, and is overall nicer than pretty much everyone else in the party.
  • The Dark Parables version of Rapunzel, first encountered in the seventh game, very much falls into this category. Her long golden hair is, of course, the stuff of legends, and she has healing magic which makes her a Friend to All Living Things, as well as a sweet disposition which leads everyone to love her (even her younger half-sister, Belladonna, who hates just about everyone). Judging by some memorials found in the game, it's apparently In the Blood; her mother, Queen Violante, was the same way.
  • Undertale plays with this with one character whose actions affected the whole story. Asgore, the King of Monsters, has hair and a beard that are a golden yellow and he is the sweetest person anyone could ever meet. When his children were killed by humans, he was filled with raged and stated that he'd have any human that fell into their world be killed so he could harvest their souls to gain power and break the barrier keeping his people imprisoned, thus they can get revenge. Asgore eventually calms down and realizes he doesn't have the heart to do the deed because he doesn't want to kill anyone, yet not going through with the plan would put his people in deep despair, so he has other people do the killing so he doesn't have to. In the end, he never wanted to kill anyone because he was too kindhearted to do so, but the circumstance he put himself in left him with no choice. In the Golden Ending, which is the only ending that he is alive in, he vows to redeem himself and make up for what he did.
  • Injustice 2: Much like her comic book counterpart, Supergirl is kind, sweet, pure and blond-haired, which makes her stand out among other Regime members, who happen to be dark-haired and are brutal and cynical. She initially serves as the Token Good Teammate for the group since she is Locked Out of the Loop about their previous crimes, but after learning about them, she promptly turns on them and joins the actual good guys.
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War plays with this trope with Eltariel, a female elf with blonde hair (though obscured by her hood) that serves as an enforcer to Galadriel and devoted to fight against Sauron and his armies. She has light-associated powers granted by her lady just like you'd expect from a character such as this. With that said, she does some morally questionable things in the name of her mission such as willingly becoming Celebrimbor's host to defeat Sauron and dooming Talion because he refused to follow his own plan to take over Middle-Earth after defeating their enemy, but to her credit, she deeply regrets this and seeks to atone for these deeds.

    Visual Novels 
  • Fate/stay night: Averted with Gilgamesh who is only "Pure" in the sense that he has zero inhibitions.
    • Played straight with Saber, the heroic knight and selfless king.
    • Averted with Illya, assuming you accept the Word of God that says her hair is platinum blonde, not white.
  • The Letter has Hannah Wright, a blond and beautiful woman who is nice to pretty much everyone (at least initially). Averted with Lady Charlotte, who, while also blond and beautiful, was a horrible person and whose actions were the very reason the mansion became haunted in the first place.
  • Little Busters!: Komari has short blonde hair with side twintails and is extremely innocent, cheerful, and childlike. she is innocent mainly because her brother invoked this trope. He tried to shield her from anything painful, meaning that she cannot encounter things like death without breaking down entirely. She also has a bit of Dumb Blonde to her, too.
  • In War: 13th Day, Arsenik is both a Princely Young Man and a well-meaning gentleman, who definitely has the look down pat.

    Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue has platinum-haired Freelancer Agent North Dakota, who's the closest thing the Crapsack World of RvB has to a 100% genuine hero. He's such a kindly and nurturing Team Mom that he even gets given the most childlike of the project's AIs, which he acts like a proud parent towards. All of this is a deliberate contrast to his twin sister, who turns out to be an evil blonde with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder that leaves him and other Freelancers to die in various circumstances.
  • Subverted by Yang Xiao Long in RWBY. She's actually a tough-as-nails Good Bad Action Girl, or at least as close as you can get in a PG-13 show. In her introduction trailer she plays the part of an innocent underage blonde girl wandering into a Bad-Guy Bar, and then interrogates a mob boss by clenching his crotch and then beating the hell out of him and all his goons on her own. However there is no question she is firmly on the side of good.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Autmn has orangish-blonde hair, and there isn't a mean bone in her body.

    Webcomics 
  • Rolan and Zalanna of Ears for Elves have this. In the former case, it shows that he's a high elf, as well as being innocent and such. For Zalanna, straight blonde hair symbolises her status and how she embraces it, and provides contrast with the Rebellious Princess Tanna's messy and short(er) brown hair.
  • His rare moments of Superpowered Evil Side Mad Scientist aside, Franken from Noblesse is very kind and patient.
  • Elan in The Order of the Stick is apparently extremely attractive, although it's hard to tell from the stick-figure art. He is the sweetest and most innocent major character in the comic.
  • The angels in Sinfest. Annoying, mind you, but good.
  • In Thistil Mistil Kistil, while she is a trifle uncanny, Sigyn is still a gentle and generous woman.
  • Magick Chicks: Skye is a shy young animal telepath, who was formerly so pure of heart that Hecate was astonished to find her soul was utterly devoid of any malice. Which changed when she willingly tainted her soul in order to save Cerise's lifedespite having been manipulated by her.
  • Varden of Inverloch is secretly this (he dyes his hair so it doesn't show up in the dark). Although he starts off making a big deal about how he's only with them for his own convenience, he quickly comes to care about the group as friends, goes out of his way to save Acheron from a fighting ring, encourages Lei'ella to stand up to the Fantastic Racism, and can get very sentimental. Notably, his transition into this comes with the reveal that his hair is really blond.
  • Alice of Alice and the Nightmare has blonde hair and is the sweetest, nicest person in the entire comic, being kind to people and refusing to participate in Fantastic Racism upon hearing about it for the first time.
  • Hannelore in Questionable Content is the kindest soul in the strip, and despite her weird OCD, maybe the emotionally healthiest main character after Marten. She even forgives an obsessive stalker because his story breaks her heart.
  • Sandra on the Rocks demonstrates the trope by its loss. When she first appears, Marie, a natural blonde, is a cheerful, likable girl; after her Face–Heel Turn, she apparently dyes her hair black.

    Web Original 
  • Janine from Animerica symbolizes this in the purest form imaginable, making her a direct contrast not just to her Love Interest, but to the black-haired Lita and the red-headed Malin. In fact, just about every blonde (except for Takuya and Shirogane) in the series symbolizes this.
  • Apollo, Artemis, Aglaea, and Eros in Thalia's Musings. Apollo, though hardly a Chaste Hero, is one of the more moral gods in the Pantheon and renowned as a champion of moderate living. His twin sister, Artemis, is a sworn virgin. Both have healing powers, as does Aglaea, Apollo's granddaughter, who is a dedicated physician. Eros can make life difficult for his "victims", but he ultimately just wants everyone to find true love, something his parents never had.
  • Mega-Girl of the Whateley Universe. Not only is she a beautiful Exemplar with flight and super strength, but she's extremely feminine and bubbly. She's also a virgin (she's only a high school sophomore) mainly because she doesn't have a vagina yet.
  • Hanami of Tasakeru fits the bill: an Innocent Flower Girl with a shy nature and long blonde hair, the color of which is unique in the setting.
  • Malachy in Moonflowers—he's polite and friendly, is taking care of his little brother due to their parents' deaths, and he makes friends easily with the female lead Alima. He's also Christian, making him a member of the Saintly Church. This contrasts with his friend Owen, a Tall, Dark, and Snarky pagan who's extremely bitter from nearly getting killed by a homophobic mob. Brighid Brennan is another friend, who's also very friendly and works as both a veterinary and a human nurse. Later on, Persephone appears and is very firmly this as well.
  • Diane, Duchess Tremontaine from Tremontaine exploits this trope to her advantage; she plays the role of a gentle, innocent Proper Lady eventually forced into power by her husband's tragic madness, but she's actually a Magnificent Bastard who also uses her beauty and sexuality to her advantage more discreetly, drove her husband insane by poisoning him with hallucinogens, and is actually an impostor who pulled a Kill and Replace on the real Diane years ago.

    Western Animation 
  • South Park
    • Butters definitely qualifies for this. He's by far one of the most innocent characters on the show.
    • Kenny (who was shown to be blond in The Movie) is a ambivalent example. Despite his perverted sense of humor, heavily swearing, drug use and being a sexually precocious 10 year old, he is also depicted as heroic (especially in his Mysterion persona),very empathetic when it comes to his friends and sister and smart. Many of his deaths have been acts of heroic self-sacrifice (like in The Movie when he wishes for everything to be back to normal despite knowing he'll go to hell in the process). He also parodies this trope as "Princess Kenny" by using a long blonde female wig (badly) to dress up as a typical example of this trope (especially Princess Zelda), but turns out to be a villain in this persona in South Park: The Stick of Truth.
  • Adventure Time:
    • Underneath his hat, Finn has a glorious head of long, beautiful, shimmering golden hair. Bilingual Bonus as "finn" means "fair-haired".
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Jimmy's blond hair is so pure and innocent (just like him), that it even induces niceness upon an Expy of Satan.
  • Mikey and Gus from Recess, who are considerably the most innocent and pure among the main six.
  • Total Drama's resident Granola Girl, Bridgette, is an apparently natural blonde.
    • Lindsay also qualifies. Although she's a Dumb Blonde, she's one of the friendliest contestants.
    • Geoff, Bridgette's boyfriend, and quite possible THE Nice Guy of the show. To a lesser degree, Owen.
    • Dawn and Sammy, the latter in contrast to her sister Amy
  • Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race ran on this trope: Owen, Rock, Carrie and Geoff were some of the sweetest and kindest contestants competing and even Jr, though a bit more reserved, was a very mature and genuine person. Really the only exception was Jacques and even he was the less evil half of the show's Big Bad pair.
  • Beverly Hills Teens has Larke who is the nicest character of the group.
  • Bubbles of The Powerpuff Girls. Friend to creatures great and small.
  • Hey Arnold!: The titular character is the absolute epitome of this trope. Arnold is easily the nicest, most understanding person in the entire show and will go out of his way to help those who need it, and rarely has a bad thought about anyone. Helga is secretly this as well, but goes out of her way to hide it beneath an over-the-top Jerkass Façade.
  • Courtney Gripling from As Told by Ginger counts as this, despite being the most popular girl in school, and despite being shallow, ditzy, and attention-hogging, which are more due to her rich, sheltered upbringing. Courtney feels real sympathy for people in less-than-enviable situations and is genuinely interested in the world outside her own, one of the reasons she befriended Ginger in the first place, and over the course of the series, becomes more and more of a friend to her. She's even proven on several occasions to be a better friend to Ginger than Dodie is.
  • Leni Loud, the second oldest sister of The Loud House is the sweetest and nicest of the kids, and is a platinum blonde. She is also The Ditz, which is more likely due to her good nature rather than her being a traditional Dumb Blonde, as she exhibits considerable Hidden Depths (being a skilled singer, lockpicker and carpenter) and is self aware enough that she knows how much of an airhead she is.
  • In the Regal Academy episode "Astoria and the Beanstalk," Astoria uses this trope to prove to the others that the giant is actually good, since he has long, blonde hair that he takes very good care of.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Applejack, a hardworking, honest, and dependable Cool Big Sis and Lovable Jock who is one of the friendlier and more well meaning ponies on the show, making her a case of Mane of Gold, Heart of Gold.
  • Patty Putty is depicted this way in the Garbage Pail Kids Cartoon. She has blonde hair as she does on her trading card and is also a very sweet girl.

Alternative Title(s): Hair Of Gold

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