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3rd Jan '17 2:06:52 PM Lemia
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-->[[http://www.headinjurytheater.com/article70.htm Jared Hindman]]: I mean, not to say that I have some ugly friends, but... well, I have some ugly friends. I think we all know someone who's definitively less attractive than Gerard there and THEY don't wear a mask and bemoan their accursed fate.
2nd Jan '17 6:53:31 AM beanwilly6
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* ''Series/30Rock'': Liz Lemon is seen as unattractive and gross by most of the other characters on the show. This is despite being played by Tina Fey who is far from ugly in real life.
31st Dec '16 9:47:01 PM Lemia
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* The genre of [[http://www.dressupwho.com/makeover-games/ online makeover games]] fall hard into this trope. In them, your goal is to make a girl pretty with beauty products and makeup... but more often than not, the only things that make the girl "ugly" or "plain" to begin with are acne, unflattering clothes, and occasionally bad teeth. It's especially laughable in the makeover games featuring [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Disney princesses]] in which the pre-makeover girl is clearly a stock image of the already-beautiful Disney princess with some pimples and hairs drawn on their face, not to mention the makeover games in which the ''only'' criteria for the girl needing a makeover are that she has dyed hair and tattoos!

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* The genre of [[http://www.dressupwho.com/makeover-games/ online makeover games]] fall hard into this trope. In them, your goal is to make a girl pretty with beauty products and makeup... but more often than not, the only things that make the girl "ugly" or "plain" to begin with are acne, unflattering unfashionable clothes, and occasionally bad teeth. It's especially laughable in the makeover games featuring [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Disney princesses]] in which the pre-makeover girl is clearly a stock image of the already-beautiful Disney princess [[http://www.dressupwho.com/games/snow-white-makeover-salon/ with some pimples and hairs blemishes drawn on their face, her face]], not to mention the makeover games in which the ''only'' criteria for the girl needing a makeover are that she has [[http://www.girlsgogames.com/game/from-naughty-to-hottie dyed hair and tattoos!tattoos]]!
28th Dec '16 7:42:39 PM FlowerofMay
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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}: In the first season, Guinevere is a very plain servant girl; this is achieved by "plaining down" the lovely Angel Coulby. Starting with season 2, Gwen gets nicer outfits and less effort is made to hide the actress's natural beauty.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}: ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': In the first season, Guinevere is a very plain servant girl; this is achieved by "plaining down" the lovely Angel Coulby. Starting with season 2, Gwen gets nicer outfits and less effort is made to hide the actress's natural beauty.
28th Dec '16 7:40:16 PM FlowerofMay
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* Music/AshleyTisdale played a nerdy girl in ''Film/PictureThis''. One of the earliest shown pieces of 'evidence' that she's a nerd is a scene that makes a big deal about her wearing 'granny panties' Except, it's not grannie panties, it's clearly a thong; you can see the leg holes of it. It's a [[GoofyPrintUnderwear cartoon print thong]], but still a thong. The most the film does is give her {{tomboy}} looking clothes and big glasses.

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* Music/AshleyTisdale played a nerdy girl in ''Film/PictureThis''. One of the earliest shown please pieces of 'evidence' that she's a nerd is a scene that makes a big deal about her wearing 'granny panties' Except, it's not grannie panties, it's clearly a thong; you can see the leg holes of it. It's a [[GoofyPrintUnderwear cartoon print thong]], but still a thong. The most the film does is give her {{tomboy}} looking clothes and big glasses.


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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}: In the first season, Guinevere is a very plain servant girl; this is achieved by "plaining down" the lovely Angel Coulby. Starting with season 2, Gwen gets nicer outfits and less effort is made to hide the actress's natural beauty.
28th Dec '16 10:31:49 AM Lemia
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* The genre of [[http://www.dressupwho.com/makeover-games/ online makeover games]] fall hard into this trope. In them, your goal is to make a girl pretty with beauty products and makeup... but more often than not, the only things that make the girl "ugly" or "plain" to begin with are acne, unflattering clothes, and occasionally bad teeth. It's especially laughable in the makeover games featuring [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Disney princesses]] in which the pre-makeover girl is clearly a stock image of the already-beautiful Disney princess with some pimples and hairs drawn on their face, not to mention the makeover games in which the ''only'' criteria for the girl needing a makeover are that she has dyed hair and tattoos!
21st Dec '16 6:16:12 PM TheSinful
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* Implied in ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' when Theodora comments on how no man's ever given her a gift or asked her to dance. Unfortunately, Theodora is played by Creator/MilaKunis.
13th Dec '16 11:16:41 AM Lemia
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* In ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004'', Erik is ''supposed'' to be so hideous-looking that he used to be a circus freak attraction but thanks to one of the most infamous cases of AdaptationalAttractiveness, his unmasked self just looks like Gerald Butler with a mild rash on one side of his face.

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* In ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004'', Erik is ''supposed'' to be so hideous-looking that he used to be a circus freak attraction but thanks to one of the most infamous cases of AdaptationalAttractiveness, his unmasked self just looks like Gerald Gerard Butler with a mild rash on one side of his face.face.
-->[[http://www.headinjurytheater.com/article70.htm Jared Hindman]]: I mean, not to say that I have some ugly friends, but... well, I have some ugly friends. I think we all know someone who's definitively less attractive than Gerard there and THEY don't wear a mask and bemoan their accursed fate.
13th Dec '16 10:32:23 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''{{Literature/Carrie}}'''s first two adaptations manage to skirt around this with the titular character; in the original Sissy Spacek's character is said that she would look nicer if she made an effort, as demonstrated at the prom. And the 2002 remake has Angela Bettis go down the BeautyInversion route to be believable as an outcast. But the [[{{Film/Carrie2013}} 2013 version]] casts the beautiful Chloe Moretz as Carrie. Even if her hair is messed up, it's still fashionably layered with perfect highlights. She does at least work hard to make Carrie's attitude believable for a socially awkward girl.



* ''Film/JennifersBody'' stars MeganFox as a beautiful cheerleader (certainly plausible) and Creator/AmandaSeyfried as her "plain jane" best friend. ''[[http://www.freewebs.com/wildfire-fansite/Amanda_seyfried.jpg Amanda]] [[http://www.awardscircuit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/amanda-seyfried.jpg Seyfried!]]'' In the DVDCommentary, the writer and director admit that only in Hollywood would Seyfried be cast as the ugly one.
** Perhaps played with in a bit of narration early in the film. Jennifer told Needy (Amanda Seyfried's character) to "wear something cute." Needy's narration explains that this meant something very specific in "Jennifer Speak." She can't look "like a total zero," but she can't "upstage her either." Possibly implies both Jennifer and Needy are quite aware that Needy is just as beautiful as Jennifer, but doesn't put the effort into it that Jennifer does.

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* ''Film/JennifersBody'' stars MeganFox as a beautiful cheerleader (certainly plausible) subverts the trope while still exploiting it anyway. The titular Jennifer is the attractive AlphaBitch and Creator/AmandaSeyfried as Needy is her "plain jane" Jane" nerdy best friend. ''[[http://www.freewebs.com/wildfire-fansite/Amanda_seyfried.jpg Amanda]] [[http://www.awardscircuit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/amanda-seyfried.jpg Seyfried!]]'' In Needy is played by the DVDCommentary, stunning Creator/AmandaSeyfried. However it is mentioned that Needy has to dress herself down whenever she's out with Jennifer - so it seems the writer and latter is aware that Needy is a pretty girl who she doesn't want upstaging her. The director admit and screenwriter joke on the DVD commentary that only in Hollywood would Amanda Seyfried be cast as the ugly one.
** Perhaps played with in a bit of narration early in the film. Jennifer told Needy (Amanda Seyfried's character) to "wear something cute." Needy's narration explains that this meant something very specific in "Jennifer Speak." She can't look "like a total zero," but she can't "upstage her either." Possibly implies both Jennifer and Needy are quite aware that Needy is just as beautiful as Jennifer, but doesn't put the effort into it that Jennifer does.
unattractive one.



* ''Film/LovePotionNumberNine'': Even Hollywood isn't usually shameless enough to pass off Creator/SandraBullock as "ugly", but she is that town's go-to actress when they need an approachable, plain, GirlNextDoor type. "Usually" is the key word there, as she is supposed to be the ugly type in this film.
** They don't really go out of their way to make her "ugly", but merely extremely nerdy and uncaring about her appearance - no makeup, thick glasses, overbite, mousy hair, and unflattering clothes. Once she starts gaining confidence, she works on all these and her beauty shines through.

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* ''Film/LovePotionNumberNine'': Even Hollywood isn't usually shameless enough to pass off Creator/SandraBullock as "ugly", but she is that town's go-to actress when they need an approachable, plain, GirlNextDoor type. "Usually" is the key word there, as she is supposed to be the ugly type in this film.
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film. They don't really go out of their way to make her "ugly", but merely extremely nerdy and uncaring about her appearance - no makeup, thick glasses, overbite, mousy hair, and unflattering clothes. Once she starts gaining confidence, she works on all these and her beauty shines through.



* ''Film/MissCongeniality'' plays with the trope. Sandra Bullock has to get a makeover to become an UndercoverModel. While she's chosen to go undercover primarily ''because'' she looks like she could pass for a pageant contestant, the jaw-dropped reactions of her co-workers and the pageant director still feel a little overblown.



** In the 2005 movie, Lizzie Bennett, described by Mr. Darcy as 'tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me', is played by Creator/KeiraKnightley. While this is justified because Darcy is a jerk with {{BST}}, it's made clear older sister Jane is the beauty of the county while Elizabeth is fairly attractive but not stunningly beautiful - words that do not describe Kiera Knightley. It's even worse with Mary, who is [[http://austenacious.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/marybennet.jpg exceptionally plain.]] Once they get into their ballgowns, it becomes ridiculous to call her plain, or plainer than her sisters. [[http://www.freewebs.com/fourdancingprincessessotma/Bennet_sisters_sized.jpg She's one of the more attractive ones.]]

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** In the 2005 movie, Lizzie Bennett, described by Mr. Darcy as 'tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me', is played by Creator/KeiraKnightley. While this is justified because used to show Darcy is as a jerk with {{BST}}, jerk, it's made clear older sister Jane is the beauty of the county while Elizabeth is fairly attractive but not stunningly beautiful - words that do not describe Kiera Knightley. Keira Knightley.[[note]]What makes this especially odd is that Keira was nearly turned down for being too glamorous to be Lizzie.[[/note]] It's even worse with Mary, who is [[http://austenacious.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/marybennet.jpg exceptionally plain.]] Once they get into their ballgowns, it becomes ridiculous to call her plain, or plainer than her sisters. [[http://www.freewebs.com/fourdancingprincessessotma/Bennet_sisters_sized.jpg She's one of the more attractive ones.]]



* ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'': Mia is supposed to be an ugly duckling before her princess makeover. However, wearing glasses and having a bad perm isn't enough to make [[http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Anne-Hathaway-anne-hathaway-753353_1024_768.jpg Anne Hathaway]] look ugly. Sure, she looks a lot better after her princess makeover, but she never looks that terrible.

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* ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'': Mia is supposed to be an ugly duckling before her princess makeover. However, wearing glasses and having a bad perm isn't enough to make [[http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Anne-Hathaway-anne-hathaway-753353_1024_768.jpg Anne Hathaway]] look ugly. Sure, she looks a lot better after her princess makeover, but she never looks that terrible. She certainly doesn't warrant the massive wince Paolo gives when he first sees her.



* ''Film/ShesAllThat'': A teenage film take on the Pygmalion story involves a bet to get the "ugly" girl to win prom queen. After scanning the whole school, they settle on the obviously attractive Rachel Leigh Cook as the least likely to be named prom queen.

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* ''Film/ShesAllThat'': A teenage film take on the Pygmalion story involves a bet to get the "ugly" girl to win prom queen. After scanning the whole school, they settle on the obviously attractive Rachel Leigh Cook as the least likely to be named prom queen. She just wears glasses and paint-coloured overalls - not to mention being a bit of a clutz. A minor makeover is all she needs to become a prom queen.



** Doyle refers to himself as "homely"
** Another early episode had a monster that switched hosts through sex. It transferred from a male host who looked like an underwear model to a girl described as "Sarah plain and tall" that Cordy declared must be loaded to have such an attractive paramour. She's a gorgeous blonde girl who is no less attractive than anyone else on the show. Then again, this ''is'' before Cordy (fresh out of ''Buffy'' at the time, and still known for being rude and shallow) got some much-needed CharacterDevelopment.

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** Doyle refers to himself as "homely"
"homely" when he's played by the cute Glenn Quinn who just has odd fashion choices and the slightest hint of a beer belly.
** Another early episode had a monster that switched hosts through sex. It transferred from a male host who looked like an underwear model to a girl described as "Sarah plain and tall" that Cordy declared must be loaded to have such an attractive paramour. She's a gorgeous blonde girl who is no less attractive than anyone else on the show. Then again, this ''is'' before Cordy (fresh out of ''Buffy'' at the time, and still known for being rude and shallow) got some much-needed CharacterDevelopment. The demon then shows that it really knows how to make its hosts look good.
10th Dec '16 3:37:38 PM Lemia
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* ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' cast famous screen beauty Creator/OliviaDeHavilland as the "plain" Melanie. They get around this by giving her very simple dresses in contrast to the other ladies' elaborate finery. Still though it's

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* ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' cast famous screen beauty Creator/OliviaDeHavilland as the "plain" Melanie. They get around this by giving her very simple dresses in contrast to the other ladies' elaborate finery. Still though it's


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* In ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004'', Erik is ''supposed'' to be so hideous-looking that he used to be a circus freak attraction but thanks to one of the most infamous cases of AdaptationalAttractiveness, his unmasked self just looks like Gerald Butler with a mild rash on one side of his face.
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