History Main / FreakinessShame

25th Jun '16 9:05:00 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted in ''BaldursGate II'', where Aerie suffers serious self-image problems because of losing her wings, since apart from the scarred back, this loss makes her look like an ordinary elf rather than the Avariel she is. Fully inverted if your PC is romancing Aerie: you can tell her that she is beautiful even without her wings to reassure her.

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* Inverted in ''BaldursGate II'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', where Aerie suffers serious self-image problems because of losing her wings, since apart from the scarred back, this loss makes her look like an ordinary elf rather than the Avariel she is. Fully inverted if your PC is romancing Aerie: you can tell her that she is beautiful even without her wings to reassure her.
8th Jun '16 11:36:19 PM gewunomox
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* Ciel from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' expresses in several routes that she's deeply ashamed of her body. Shiki doesn't really get why: apart from being {{Immortal}} she looks pretty much normal, beautiful even. The real reason is that [[spoiler:back when she was possessed by the vampire Roa, her body was used to rape and violate dozens if not hundreds of men and women.]] She's ashamed of it for that fact, not because of any physical defects.

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* Ciel from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' expresses in several routes that she's deeply ashamed of her body. Shiki doesn't really get why: apart from being {{Immortal}} [[{{Immortality}} immortal]] she looks pretty much normal, beautiful even. The real reason is that [[spoiler:back when she was possessed by the vampire Roa, her body was used to rape and violate dozens if not hundreds of men and women.]] She's ashamed of it for that fact, not because of any physical defects.
9th May '16 8:40:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WickedLovely'': Niall thinks that his excessive scarring is unattractive. Leslie (and the {{fangirl}}s) disagree with him.
* AnitaBlake: Asher, like in the example above, hates his scars. Anita has no problem with them, especially in sexual situations. They're "just another texture to play with" or something along those lines.

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* ''WickedLovely'': ''Literature/WickedLovely'': Niall thinks that his excessive scarring is unattractive. Leslie (and the {{fangirl}}s) disagree with him.
* AnitaBlake: Literature/AnitaBlake: Asher, like in the example above, hates his scars. Anita has no problem with them, especially in sexual situations. They're "just another texture to play with" or something along those lines.
7th May '16 2:14:18 AM StFan
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* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', Bruce Banner is deeply ashamed of his alter ego, The Hulk. Tony Stark, on the other hand, thinks the Hulk is awesome.

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* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Bruce Banner is deeply ashamed of his alter ego, The Hulk. Tony Stark, on the other hand, thinks the Hulk is awesome.
6th May '16 10:31:44 AM moviepyr0
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* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', Bruce Banner is deeply ashamed of his alter ego, The Hulk. Tony Stark, on the other hand, thinks the Hulk is awesome.
6th Apr '16 7:28:01 PM MasoTey
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* Geryon in ''Autobiography of Red'' is ashamed of his wings and often hides them under a trenchcoat. Much later, [[spoiler:Ancash marvels at them enough to even start the final sideplot to throw Geryon into a volcano and see if he lives]]. Literally or metaphorically.

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* Geryon in ''Autobiography of Red'' ''Literature/AutobiographyOfRed'' is ashamed of his wings and often hides them under a trenchcoat. Much later, [[spoiler:Ancash marvels at them enough to even start the final sideplot to throw Geryon into a volcano and see if he lives]]. Literally or metaphorically.
29th Mar '16 3:56:09 PM Eievie
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->'''Hitomi:''' And about wings... I really like them, Van. They're pretty.\\

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->'''Hitomi:''' And about wings... wings… I really like them, Van. They're pretty.\\



The most common explanation is that the character believes themselves to be some kind of "freak", thinks HumansAreTheRealMonsters, and is scared of being tracked down by a TorchesAndPitchforks mob and/or a MadScientist, [[ForScience for]] [[TheydCutYouUp obvious]] [[PlayingWithSyringes reasons]]. Sometimes it's justified when, say, a character now looks like the enemy or [[FantasticRacism another reviled species]], or their culture involves torching anyone with a tail. Only if these attitudes are consistent with the world they inhabit however - unless the point is that the character is being too pessimistic about people's capacity for tolerance. Sometimes they'll look for a "cure". Ironically, if they manage to remove the fantastic feature they [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome won't become happy]], and tend to feel like a BrokenAngel instead.

See also BeautifulAllAlong, FreakyIsCool and NightmareFetishist. Can be considered a DistaffCounterpart to BeastAndBeauty (although neither tropes is actually strict on which gender it can be applied to - see the quote above). Compare BeautyToBeast and the UncannyValley. Compare and contrast TransformationHorror.

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The most common explanation is that the character believes themselves to be some kind of "freak", thinks HumansAreTheRealMonsters, and is scared of being tracked down by a TorchesAndPitchforks mob and/or a MadScientist, [[ForScience for]] [[TheydCutYouUp obvious]] [[PlayingWithSyringes reasons]]. Sometimes it's justified when, say, a character now looks like the enemy or [[FantasticRacism another reviled species]], or their culture involves torching anyone with a tail. Only if these attitudes are consistent with the world they inhabit however - unless however--unless the point is that the character is being too pessimistic about people's capacity for tolerance. Sometimes they'll look for a "cure". Ironically, if they manage to remove the fantastic feature they [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome won't become happy]], and tend to feel like a BrokenAngel instead.

See also BeautifulAllAlong, FreakyIsCool and NightmareFetishist. Can be considered a DistaffCounterpart to BeastAndBeauty (although neither tropes is actually strict on which gender it can be applied to - see to--see the quote above). Compare BeautyToBeast and the UncannyValley. Compare and contrast TransformationHorror.
8th Mar '16 11:56:04 PM Pichu-kun
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* Beast from Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' certainly fits, at least for the fans; even outside of the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom, the general consensus is that the Beast's monstrous form is better and more attractive than his human form, so much so that it's easy to [[CompletelyMissingThePoint wrongfully declare]] the movie's [[BrokenAesop Aesop broken]], as a result.
** In a more traditional use of this trope, his eyes are [[WhatBeautifulEyes consistently portrayed as being attractive]] and after his transformation back to human, this is how Belle recognizes him.

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* Beast from Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' certainly fits, at least for the fans; even outside of the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom, the general consensus is that the Beast's monstrous form is better and more attractive than his human form, so much so that it's easy to [[CompletelyMissingThePoint wrongfully declare]] the movie's [[BrokenAesop Aesop broken]], as a result. \n** In a more traditional use of this trope, his eyes are [[WhatBeautifulEyes consistently portrayed as being attractive]] and after his transformation back to human, this is how Belle recognizes him.





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* Hanyuu from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has a complex about her horns, implied to be because [[spoiler:in her past she was ostracized and sacrificed due to people believing she was a demon.]] Luckily no one but the BigBad ever mentions them.
8th Feb '16 7:09:41 AM Furienna
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** This would be a subversion though, as there is no secret that Johnny only dates her because he finds her human form attractive. And he [spoiler: dumps her when he finds out that she has yet another problem: on Wednesdays, she will turn into a bald fat middle-aged man who collects stamps/spoiler]!

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** This would be a subversion though, as there is no secret that Johnny only dates her because he finds her human form attractive. And he [spoiler: dumps [[spoiler:dumps her when he finds out that she has yet another problem: on Wednesdays, she will turn into a bald fat middle-aged man who collects stamps/spoiler]!stamps]]!
8th Feb '16 7:02:30 AM Furienna
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** This would be a subversion though, as there is no secret that Johnny only dates her because he finds her human form attractive. And he [spoiler: dumps her when he finds out that she has yet another problem: on Wednesdays, she will turn into a bald fat middle-aged man who collects stamps/spoiler]!
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