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28th Mar '17 7:45:55 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* [[Series/{{Victoria}} Queen Victoria]] would have ''killed'' to be as lovely as Jenna Coleman - or Emily Blunt!

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* [[Series/{{Victoria}} ''Series/{{Victoria}}'': Queen Victoria]] Victoria would have ''killed'' to be as lovely as Jenna Coleman - or Emily Blunt!
28th Mar '17 7:43:28 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In Creator/JTEdson's ''Calamity Jane'' novels, UsefulNotes/CalamityJane is a stacked blonde who dresses in skintight buckskins. This is at odds with photographs of the historical Calamity Jane, who could charitably described as plain.
** This trope also applies to Edson's version of the outlaw Belle Starr.

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* In Creator/JTEdson's ''Calamity Jane'' novels, UsefulNotes/CalamityJane is a stacked blonde who dresses in skintight buckskins. This is at odds with photographs of the historical Calamity Jane, who could charitably described as plain.
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plain. This trope also applies to Edson's version of the outlaw Belle Starr.
28th Mar '17 7:41:05 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Another British officer to fall into this is the well-known (or notorious to the American side) was skilled and feared cavalry commander [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banastre_Tarleton Banastre Tarleton]]. Though in reality he was known to have red hair, a relatively pale complexion, and a generally effeminate appearance and mannerisms, even by 1700s standards, portraits of him cast him as much more masculine, with black hair and more pronounced features, as well as darker skin than in reality.

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** Another British officer to fall into this is the well-known (or notorious to the American side) was * The skilled and feared cavalry commander [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banastre_Tarleton Banastre Tarleton]]. Though in reality he was known to have red hair, a relatively pale complexion, and a generally effeminate appearance and mannerisms, even by 1700s standards, portraits of him cast him as much more masculine, with black hair and more pronounced features, as well as darker skin than in reality.
26th Mar '17 1:17:19 PM nombretomado
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** Special note goes to UsefulNotes/AkechiMitsuhide. Both ''Sengoku Basara'' and ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' portrayed him as a {{Bishonen}} (morality is another story), whereas... do you know one of the reasons he supposedly betrayed OdaNobunaga? Because the latter called him "kumquat head".

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** Special note goes to UsefulNotes/AkechiMitsuhide. Both ''Sengoku Basara'' and ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' portrayed him as a {{Bishonen}} (morality is another story), whereas... do you know one of the reasons he supposedly betrayed OdaNobunaga? UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga? Because the latter called him "kumquat head".
22nd Mar '17 10:02:53 AM Morgenthaler
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** This trope didn't work out quite so well when Elizabeth's father UsefulNotes/HenryVIII was shopping for a fourth wife. The famous painter Holbein did a portrait of Anne, a minor Princess of Cleves, which made the most of what beauty she did possess... but as Henry discovered when they met in person, that wasn't much. Henry had his aide Cromwell beheaded for screwing the situation up so badly. They did marry, but by Anne's own account the marriage was never consummated and she eventually consented to his offer of an amicable divorce. Ironically, this was ''great'' for Anne -- outside of the lack of attraction, she and Henry got along really well as friends. She was allowed to remain in England for the rest of her (long) life, was good friends with both of her former stepdaughters, and Henry treated her like a sister, giving her expensive gifts and inviting her to all the events at court. AND she didn't get beheaded! Which shows how well she came ahead of the other wives. And cycling back to this page's trope, in the TV series 'TheTudors' she is played by [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1510184/ Joss Stone]].

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** This trope didn't work out quite so well when Elizabeth's father UsefulNotes/HenryVIII was shopping for a fourth wife. The famous painter Holbein did a portrait of Anne, a minor Princess of Cleves, which made the most of what beauty she did possess... but as Henry discovered when they met in person, that wasn't much. Henry had his aide Cromwell beheaded for screwing the situation up so badly. They did marry, but by Anne's own account the marriage was never consummated and she eventually consented to his offer of an amicable divorce. Ironically, this was ''great'' for Anne -- outside of the lack of attraction, she and Henry got along really well as friends. She was allowed to remain in England for the rest of her (long) life, was good friends with both of her former stepdaughters, and Henry treated her like a sister, giving her expensive gifts and inviting her to all the events at court. AND she didn't get beheaded! Which shows how well she came ahead of the other wives. And cycling back to this page's trope, in the TV series 'TheTudors' 'Series/TheTudors' she is played by [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1510184/ Joss Stone]].
10th Mar '17 8:42:32 PM jormis29
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* Has happened many times with Creator/JohnnyDepp: he's played [[http://www.xomba.com/files/images/jung.preview.png George Jung]] in ''Film/{{Blow}}'', [[http://kjzz.org/news/arizona/archives/200906/johndillinger/johndillinger.jpg John Dillinger]] in ''Film/PublicEnemies'', [[http://rpmedia.ask.com/ts?u=/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/James_Matthew_Barrie00.jpg/200px-James_Matthew_Barrie00.jpg J.M. Barrie]] in ''Film/FindingNeverland'', [[http://image1.findagrave.com/photos250/photos/2009/6/15017132_123133453393.jpg Frederick Abberline]] in ''Film/FromHell'' and [[http://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/crime-files/donnie-brasco/biography/mainContent/0/image/Donnie-Brasco-%28200x200%29.jpg Joseph D. Pistone]] in ''Film/DonnieBrasco'', all of whom were arguably somewhat less attractive than the man himself. However, he bears a reasonable actual resemblance to other people he's played, including [[http://www.hollywoodcultmovies.com/assets/images/EdWood1.jpg Ed Wood]], and he's also always up for making himself less attractive in roles, like when he accurately portrayed John Wilmot's horrible death from syphilis in ''The Libertine.'' [[DoingItForTheArt He also wanted to have]] huge ears and a fake nose in ''Film/SleepyHollow'' and a badly-reattached nose in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl''. The studio execs said no in both cases, obviously understanding the box office power of having him be MrFanservice.

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* Has happened many times with Creator/JohnnyDepp: he's played [[http://www.xomba.com/files/images/jung.preview.png George Jung]] in ''Film/{{Blow}}'', [[http://kjzz.org/news/arizona/archives/200906/johndillinger/johndillinger.jpg John Dillinger]] in ''Film/PublicEnemies'', [[http://rpmedia.ask.com/ts?u=/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/James_Matthew_Barrie00.jpg/200px-James_Matthew_Barrie00.jpg J.M. Barrie]] in ''Film/FindingNeverland'', [[http://image1.findagrave.com/photos250/photos/2009/6/15017132_123133453393.jpg Frederick Abberline]] in ''Film/FromHell'' and [[http://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/crime-files/donnie-brasco/biography/mainContent/0/image/Donnie-Brasco-%28200x200%29.jpg Joseph D. Pistone]] in ''Film/DonnieBrasco'', all of whom were arguably somewhat less attractive than the man himself. However, he bears a reasonable actual resemblance to other people he's played, including [[http://www.hollywoodcultmovies.com/assets/images/EdWood1.jpg Ed Wood]], and he's also always up for making himself less attractive in roles, like when he accurately portrayed John Wilmot's horrible death from syphilis in ''The Libertine.''Film/TheLibertine.'' [[DoingItForTheArt He also wanted to have]] huge ears and a fake nose in ''Film/SleepyHollow'' and a badly-reattached nose in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl''. The studio execs said no in both cases, obviously understanding the box office power of having him be MrFanservice.
9th Mar '17 8:18:21 AM fearlessnikki
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* UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn also tends to get some judicious upgrading. While the famous reports of her gigantic mole and extra finger are now considered mostly disreputable, more reliable contemporary descriptions suggest that she was, at best, a mildly attractive woman with striking eyes. Her powerful personality seems to have been the real attraction.

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* UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn also tends to get some judicious upgrading. While the famous reports of her gigantic mole and extra finger are now considered mostly disreputable, more reliable contemporary descriptions suggest that she was, at best, a mildly attractive woman with striking eyes. Her powerful personality seems to have been the real attraction. She's been portrayed by screen beauties such as Genevieve Bujold, Creator/VanessaRedgrave, Creator/NataliePortman and Creator/NatalieDormer.



* ''Film/TheImitationGame'': Creator/BenedictCumberbatch and Creator/KeiraKnightley are considerably better looking than their characters' real-life counterparts (Alan Turing and Joan Clarke, respectively).

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* ''Film/TheImitationGame'': Creator/BenedictCumberbatch and Creator/KeiraKnightley are considerably better looking than their characters' real-life counterparts (Alan Turing and Joan Clarke, respectively). Alan Turing in particular was a bit of a slob rather than the SharpDressedMan he's depicted as in the film.



* ''Film/HiddenFigures'':
** Mary Jackson was HollywoodPudgy and not particularly stunning looking when she worked at NASA. Janelle Monae is slimmer and more attractive, which is especially notable when the real pictures of Mary appear at the end.
** John Glenn was also in his forties when he went up into space. Creator/GlenPowell was twenty-seven.
* ''Film/YoungBess'':
** UsefulNotes/CatherineParr was average looking and said to be "past her bloom" when Henry VIII married her, since she was in her early thirties. She's played by screen beauty Creator/DeborahKerr, who was a full six years younger than Catherine was.
** Tom Seymour portrayed by screen charmer Stewart Granger.



* Series/BoardwalkEmpire is guilty of this with a few historical gangsters (particularly the ones who are young "baby gangsters" when the series is set, in the 1920s). Arnold Rothstein now has fangirls. Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano are being paired up in [[HoYay slash fanfictions]]. Never mind what kind of fans UsefulNotes/AlCapone and Bugsy Siegel are attracting.

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* Series/BoardwalkEmpire ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' is guilty of this with a few historical gangsters (particularly the ones who are young "baby gangsters" when the series is set, in the 1920s). Arnold Rothstein now has fangirls. Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano are being paired up in [[HoYay slash fanfictions]]. Never mind what kind of fans UsefulNotes/AlCapone and Bugsy Siegel are attracting.



* ''Series/TheTudors'' is undisputed lord and master of this trope, with its parade of [[TheBeautifulElite pouty-lipped sexpots]] in GorgeousPeriodDress. In later seasons, when UsefulNotes/HenryVIII would have been well into fatass mode[[note]] By the time he met Anne of Cleves, he had developed leg ulcers (nasty sores caused by high blood pressure and the strain of carrying his own weight), suggesting he was ''at least'' 400 pounds.[[/note]], His Fictional Majesty looks just as he did when he met UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn, except for the beard. Fortunately, the producers had already stated they had no intention of even inviting realism for tea.
** Creator/KateBeaton [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=230 has fun with this.]]
** Justified in Henry's case: gaining the weight required or wearing a fat suit large enough to be even close to realistic would have been rather detrimental to Jonathan Rhys Meyers' health.
** Henry also didn't marry Anne Boleyn until he was nearly 42 in real life. In the series, he is portrayed as being young - twenties and early thirties - until he abruptly ages in the fourth season.

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* ''Series/TheTudors'' is undisputed lord and master of this trope, with its parade of [[TheBeautifulElite pouty-lipped sexpots]] in GorgeousPeriodDress. In later seasons, when UsefulNotes/HenryVIII would have been well into fatass mode[[note]] By the time he met GorgeousPeriodDress:
** Henry VIII didn't marry
Anne of Cleves, he had developed leg ulcers (nasty sores caused by high blood pressure and the strain of carrying his own weight), suggesting Boleyn until he was ''at least'' 400 pounds.[[/note]], His Fictional Majesty nearly forty two, but in the series he looks just as like he's in his late twenties or early thirties - until he did when he met UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn, except for abruptly ages in the beard. Fortunately, the producers had already stated they had no intention of even inviting realism for tea.
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fourth season. Creator/KateBeaton [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=230 has fun with this.]]
** Justified in Henry's case:
]] Of course gaining the weight required or wearing a fat suit large enough to be even close to realistic would have been rather detrimental to Jonathan Rhys Meyers' health.
** Henry also didn't marry Anne Boleyn until he was nearly 42 in real life. In the series, he is portrayed as being young - twenties and early thirties - until he abruptly ages in the fourth season.
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4th Mar '17 3:34:18 PM Xtifr
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* In ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' we are shown that the Third Servile War was fundamentally a conflict between TheBeautifulElite of UsefulNotes/TheRomanRepublic and their equally beautiful [[WorldOfMuscleMen gladiators]] and [[BeautifulSlaveGirl slaves]]. Even historical figures whose appearances are actually known, such as Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar (who was already an attractive man in real life) get major upgrades. The handful of actual ugly characters that appear in the show are almost always [[EvilMakesYouUgly minor villains]] that are sleazy even by the standards of evil on the show, such as pimps and pirates.

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* In ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' we are shown that the Third Servile War was fundamentally a conflict between TheBeautifulElite of UsefulNotes/TheRomanRepublic and their equally beautiful [[WorldOfMuscleMen gladiators]] and [[BeautifulSlaveGirl slaves]]. Even historical figures whose appearances are actually known, such as Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar (who was already an attractive man in real life) get major upgrades. The handful of actual ugly characters that appear in the show are almost always [[EvilMakesYouUgly minor villains]] that are sleazy even by the standards of evil on the show, such as pimps and pirates.
25th Feb '17 11:53:31 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/ClintEastwood's 1920s period piece ''Film/{{Changeling}}'' had Christine Collins, a very ordinary-looking woman, played by AngelinaJolie.

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* Creator/ClintEastwood's 1920s period piece ''Film/{{Changeling}}'' had Christine Collins, a very ordinary-looking woman, played by AngelinaJolie.Creator/AngelinaJolie.
17th Feb '17 8:09:34 PM bt8257
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A visual version of {{Woolseyism}}. A historical figure regarded as attractive by contemporaries is depicted as attractive according to modern standards, preventing his/her good looks from becoming InformedAttractiveness.

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A visual version of {{Woolseyism}}. A historical figure regarded as attractive by contemporaries is depicted as attractive according to modern standards, preventing his/her good looks from becoming InformedAttractiveness.
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