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9th Oct '17 10:32:58 PM WillBGood
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* Creator/AgathaChristie seems to have believed this very much. If a handsome man is introduced in a book of hers, he will be either the killer, the accomplice or otherwise immoral. Note that this is restricted to men whose attractiveness is spelled out: other characters might be handsome too, but the fact being mentioned is a sure sign that we're looking at a gigolo, a blackmailer or just a bastard. This is so prevalent in her writing that in the ''one'' book where a handsome man isn't a complete bastard (he's loyal and caring, but he still ''might'' be a gigolo), the killer turns out to be [[spoiler: the other handsome man.]] This may be ''writer on board'' as Christie's first husband was a good-looking jerk.
** Averted, however, in [[spoiler:''Literature/DeathComesAtTheEnd'']], in which a handsome suitor to the heroine of the story is a good (though not faultless) man. [[spoiler:She ultimately realizes, however, that he is not the one she wants to marry. It's also notable that the murderer is the only one of the patriarch's sons ''not'' to be described in the story as handsome, although the other two handsome sons are jerks.]]

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* Creator/AgathaChristie seems to have believed this very much. If a handsome man is introduced in a book of hers, he will be either the killer, the accomplice or otherwise immoral. Note that this is restricted to men whose attractiveness is spelled out: other characters might be handsome too, but the fact being mentioned is a sure sign that we're looking at a gigolo, a blackmailer or just a bastard. This is so prevalent in her writing that in the ''one'' book where a handsome man isn't a complete bastard (he's loyal and caring, but he still ''might'' be a gigolo), the killer turns out to be [[spoiler: the other handsome man.]] This may be ''writer on board'' WriterOnBoard as Christie's first husband was a good-looking jerk.
** Averted, however, in [[spoiler:''Literature/DeathComesAtTheEnd'']], [[spoiler:''Literature/DeathComesAsTheEnd'']], in which a handsome suitor to the heroine of the story is a good (though not faultless) man. [[spoiler:She ultimately realizes, however, that he is not the one she wants to marry. It's also notable that the murderer is the only one of the patriarch's sons ''not'' to be described in the story as handsome, although the other two handsome sons are jerks.]]
9th Oct '17 10:11:21 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Red Surf'' which is about [[SurferDude surfers]] who also deal drugs to make a living and it shows the violence associated with the transfer of [[DrugsAreBad drugs]]. In one scene one of the dealers tells an attractive [[EveryoneLovesBlondes blonde female customer]] "Drugs and pretty girls go together." and she seems interested in buying. That scene from the film gives us the idea that pretty girls support [[TheCartel violent drug cartels]].
25th Sep '17 2:28:11 PM Gosicrystal
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* ''Breaking Ground'' shows Tye Dillinger telling Tino Sabbatelli that he already needs to do very little to get over as a {{Heel}} - precisely because he's so good looking and in such great shape that the fans will already be jealous of him.

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* ''Breaking Ground'' shows Tye Dillinger telling Tino Sabbatelli that he already needs to do very little to get over as a {{Heel}} - precisely because he's so good looking good-looking and in such great shape that the fans will already be jealous of him.



* One of the Hoenn-introduced Pokémon from ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' versions is Beautifly. Despite its appearance of a seemingly innocent butterfly, it has a much darker side. It drains other Pokémon's body fluids to survive. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Of course, this is not possible in game]].
** Also introduced in the same game, meet Gorebyss. Despite its elegant appearance, it aggressively chases its prey with its spear-shaped mouth into submission. After it catches its prey, it proceeds by draining the prey's bodily fluids with its mouth.
* Asura in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' is roughly handsome; his true form, Asherah, is a downright ''hot'' woman. They're also among the most horrible demons in the game.
** [[spoiler: Zelenin and Jimenez arguably qualify variation. Both start the story as attractive, and both have their [[ScienceHero good]] [[TrueCompanions sides]] and [[FantasticRacism bad]] [[OnlyInItForTheMoney sides]]. Both also undergo distinct FaceHeelTurn[=s=] by the end, where their bad sides get [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide far]] [[SocialDarwinist worse]], and they both get [[SpaceClothes much]] [[WalkingShirtlessScene sexier]]. Bonus points for it being ''Jiminez'' who gets the most {{Stripperiffic}} outfit too.]]

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* One of the Hoenn-introduced Pokémon from ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' versions is Beautifly. ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'':
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Despite its appearance of a seemingly innocent butterfly, it Beautifly has a much darker side. It drains other Pokémon's body fluids to survive. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Of course, this is not possible in game]].
** Also introduced in the same game, meet Gorebyss. Despite its elegant appearance, it Gorebyss aggressively chases its prey with its spear-shaped mouth into submission. After it catches its prey, it proceeds by draining the prey's bodily fluids with its mouth.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'':
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Asura in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' is roughly handsome; his true form, Asherah, is a downright ''hot'' woman. They're also among the most horrible demons in the game.
** [[spoiler: Zelenin [[spoiler:Zelenin and Jimenez arguably qualify variation. Both start the story as attractive, and both have their [[ScienceHero good]] [[TrueCompanions sides]] and [[FantasticRacism bad]] [[OnlyInItForTheMoney sides]]. Both also undergo distinct FaceHeelTurn[=s=] by the end, where their bad sides get [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide far]] [[SocialDarwinist worse]], and they both get [[SpaceClothes much]] [[WalkingShirtlessScene sexier]]. Bonus points for it being ''Jiminez'' who gets the most {{Stripperiffic}} outfit too.]]
25th Sep '17 2:25:29 PM Gosicrystal
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* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, nearly every female that other characters describe as "beautiful" turns out to be pure evil. Plenty of "good" female characters are considered attractive by the fandom--[[MostCommonSuperpower Mia Fey in particular]]--but it rarely comes up in the games themselves.
** Really, the rule is that every female who is ''[[RuleOfCute cute]]'' (frequently {{adorkable}}) is good, and those who are ''sexy'' are evil. There are only a few exceptions to this--the major ones are Mia, [[spoiler:Angel Starr, Lana Skye, and Desireé [=DeLite=]]]--and the latter of those is still morally suspect, just not a murderess.

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* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, nearly every female that other characters describe as "beautiful" turns out to be pure evil. Plenty of "good" female characters are considered attractive by the fandom--[[MostCommonSuperpower Mia Fey in particular]]--but it rarely comes up in the games themselves.
** Really, the rule is that
every female who is ''[[RuleOfCute cute]]'' (frequently {{adorkable}}) is good, and those who are ''sexy'' are evil. There are only a few exceptions to this--the major ones are buxom Mia, [[spoiler:Angel Starr, Lana Skye, and Desireé [=DeLite=]]]--and the latter last of those is still morally suspect, just not a murderess.
4th Sep '17 9:32:09 PM Peteman
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* Asuka Langley Soryu from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. In '''spades'''. However, in her case, it's a '''''brutal''''' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this trope: she's a hot bitch, yeah, yet not only doesn't she get away with her antics (Touji is annoyed to no end by her, Shinji puts up with it because he's deeply fucked up, Rei is indifferent most of the time, etc.), but she's subjected to an horrifying BreakTheHaughty process that reveals her terrible DarkAndTroubledPast.

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* Asuka Langley Soryu from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. In '''spades'''. However, in her case, it's a '''''brutal''''' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this trope: she's a hot bitch, yeah, yet not only doesn't she get away with her antics (Touji is annoyed to no end by her, Shinji puts up with it because he's deeply fucked up, Rei is indifferent most of the time, etc.), but she's subjected to an horrifying BreakTheHaughty process that reveals her terrible DarkAndTroubledPast.
26th Aug '17 10:50:16 PM Vox
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* Lord Voldemort, BigBad of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, was almost unbelievably handsome in his youth, and used it to manipulate those around him. Later on, not so much.

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* Lord Voldemort, BigBad of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, was almost unbelievably handsome in his youth, and used it to manipulate those around him. Later on, not so much. It's been noted that his younger self's good looks are more remarked upon than those of any other character in the series, including LoveInterests.
20th Jul '17 11:32:36 AM ChaoticNovelist
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Often, Beauty Is Bad appears alongside BeautyEqualsGoodness in the same work, especially in romantic situations, because of the DoubleStandard. The poor, working-class underdog will have rich pretty-boy rivals, all of whom have the personality of a toad. At the same time, the rich girl for whom he is competing will have a heart of gold despite being the most beautiful girl in school... UptownGirl and UglyGuyHotWife both run off "Beauty Is Bad, but only for men."

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Often, Beauty Is Bad appears alongside BeautyEqualsGoodness in the same work, especially in romantic situations, because of the DoubleStandard. The poor, working-class underdog will have rich pretty-boy rivals, all of whom have the personality of a toad. At the same time, the rich girl for whom he is competing will have a heart of gold despite being the most beautiful girl in school... UptownGirl and UglyGuyHotWife both run off "Beauty Is Bad, but only for men."" However, this not always the case. There are plenty of gorgeous {{Rich Bitch}}es in fiction too and a guy [[WrongGuyFirst might fall for originally her]] based on superficial beauty before moving on his less attractive (but still undoubtedly pretty) NiceGirl true love.
16th Jul '17 1:58:45 AM SideshowJazz19
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*** A promo for the finale of Total Drama World Tour says that Alejandro needs a shirt four times in both English and Spanish.
9th Jul '17 6:20:54 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' carries the "Lannister syndrome", from the books, but many of people outside of this family are both good-looking and morally good... -ish. A prominent non-Lannister example of this trope is Melisandre.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' carries the "Lannister syndrome", from the books, but books. The most kind-hearted adult Lannister is Tyrion, the least attractive. The increasing compassion of Jaime is relative to his increasing filthiness and wretchedness. Cersei, who is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Westeros, is cruel, treacherous and occasionally murderous, while her handsome son Joffrey is a horrific psychopath. However, Tommen and Myrcella would appear to avert this. Tommen is a decent boy, if easily swayed by others, and Myrcella is by all accounts a normal, well-adjusted girl. Furthermore, many of people outside of this family are both good-looking and morally good... -ish. A prominent non-Lannister example of this trope is Melisandre.
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