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Basic Trope: A blond character is good and has a heart of gold.

  • Straight: A blond character is sweet, wholesome, and good, making her a big contrast from the witch who is out to get her.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The dirty-blond hair of the sweet, naïve team newbie (who's nonetheless a complex and dynamic major character) only particularly stands out because the rest of the central cast are dark-haired and/or shaven-headed.
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  • Justified: She grew up with love and affection because she's so pretty (and she knows this and is kind to those who did not get treated so).
  • Inverted: The evil blonde attacks the poor innocent brunet character.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Turns out she's a Punch-Clock Villain who leaves the villain at the first opportunity.
  • Parodied: A villain dyes her hair blond and undergoes an instant Heel–Face Turn. Her Mooks kidnap her and dye it bubble-gum pink. She reverts and kills them all for laying hands on her.
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  • Zig Zagged: She reveals that she dyes her hair. Cue the Costume-Test Montage as her younger self goes through a dozen hair styles and colors before settling on blonde. No one is really sure what her alignment is supposed to be now.
  • Averted: Hair color is not connected to morality; the good character can just as easily be a brunette or a redhead.
  • Enforced: How will the audience tell if they're not Color-Coded for Your Convenience?
  • Lampshaded: "Hair dye might do more to make the world a better place than all magic and fighting we do."
  • Invoked: "Trust me! I'm blond!"
  • Exploited: The character uses her blonde hair to look innocent and pure-hearted, when it's a facade.
  • Defied: "I'm not going to turn into some namby-pamby Incorruptible Pure Pureness because of my hair color!"
  • Discussed: "What, you expected me to save you idiots just because I'm blonde?"
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  • Conversed: ", I wonder which one is going to betray the bad guy?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • A character who treats a blond character as good is horribly betrayed by him.
    • Alternately, the blond character is so good and pure that she don't understand that other people are capable of being evil, so she routinely gets tricked by people with bad intentions.
  • Reconstructed: But she's rescued by another blond character, who reveals the first one dyed his hair.

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