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29th Apr '16 6:44:36 PM HeroGal2347
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* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E22Bounty Bounty]]", Murdock takes refuge with a female veterinarian named Kelly Stevens while escaping from a group of bounty hunters, and begins to fall in love with her. When Murdock says Kelly is a "pretty girl" and must have a boyfriend, she quickly dismisses it, saying she's never considered herself attractive. (Kelly is at worst the "girl next door" type.) Murdock then picks up a mirror to show her.



* An early ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode has a young lady whose head is swathed in bandages as the plastic surgeon laments that he was unable to do much for her. They remove the bandages to reveal she has a lovely face and is, in fact, quite beautiful. As the doctor and the nurses all gasp with dismay and disgust, the point of view pulls back to reveal they are all horribly disfigured by our standards, with ugly pig-snoutish noses. By their standards, she was the horribly disfigured one. The young girl sees her reflection in a mirror and bursts into tears at seeing herself as so ugly.

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* An early ''Series/TwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode has a young lady whose head is swathed in bandages as the plastic surgeon laments that he was unable to do much for her. They remove the bandages to reveal she has a lovely face and is, in fact, quite beautiful. As the doctor and the nurses all gasp with dismay and disgust, the point of view pulls back to reveal they are all horribly disfigured by our standards, with ugly pig-snoutish noses. By their standards, she was the horribly disfigured one. The young girl sees her reflection in a mirror and bursts into tears at seeing herself as so ugly.
29th Apr '16 6:31:29 PM WJTaylor4
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* PlayedForDrama in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. Batman and Batgirl have managed to corner a masked criminal who was attacking young models. The criminal herself was a model, but was forced out of the industry for being "too ugly." The police unmask her... and she's just as beautiful as the other models she's been targeting.

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* PlayedForDrama in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. Batman and Batgirl have managed to corner a masked criminal who was attacking young models. The criminal herself was a model, but was forced out of the industry for being "too ugly.old." The police unmask her... and she's just as beautiful as the other models she's been targeting.
11th Apr '16 10:43:02 AM Willbyr
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When a girl (or, in some cases, a guy), regardless of their looks, believes herself to be unattractive. Usually, it's because they're lacking in conventional beauty, but it's rare for them to actually be ugly. [[{{Tomboy}} Tomboys]] and GirlNextDoor types are especially prone to believing this when comparing themselves to other women, who have more [[LongHairIsFeminine feminine]] [[ProperLady qualities.]] At least, until someone [[SheCleansUpNicely dolls them up]], or helps them see that they're perfectly fine ''[[UnkemptBeauty as they are.]]''

[[AmazonianBeauty Amazonian]] types may feel the same way, because they often think guys [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon aren't into them.]] As are {{pettanko}}s, who may [[ACupAngst feel inferior]] to other girls' [[BuxomIsBetter endowments.]] While for others, it may have to do with being [[HollywoodPudgy over their 'ideal weight'.]]

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When a girl (or, in some cases, a guy), regardless of their looks, believes herself to be unattractive. Usually, it's because they're lacking in conventional beauty, but it's rare for them to actually be ugly. [[{{Tomboy}} Tomboys]] {{Tomboy}}s and GirlNextDoor types are especially prone to believing this when comparing themselves to other women, who have more [[LongHairIsFeminine feminine]] [[ProperLady qualities.]] qualities]]. At least, until someone [[SheCleansUpNicely dolls them up]], or helps them see that they're perfectly fine ''[[UnkemptBeauty as they are.]]''

[[AmazonianBeauty Amazonian]]
are]]''.

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types may feel the same way, because they often think guys [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon aren't into them.]] As are {{pettanko}}s, who may [[ACupAngst feel inferior]] to other girls' [[BuxomIsBetter endowments.]] While for others, it may have to do with being [[HollywoodPudgy over their 'ideal weight'.]]



* Male example: Natsume Takashi from ''Manga/NatsumeYuujinchou'' has been used to being ostracized or bullied most of his life because people considered him a CreepyChild. Thus, he's a bit surprised to find out that many of the kids at his high school consider him quite attractive
-->'''Natsume''': ...Good looks? Nobody's ever said ''that'' to me before.
-->'''[[ThoseTwoGuys Kitamoto and Yushimura]]''': ''Liar!''
-->'''Natsume''': Eh? Are you serious?

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* Male example: Natsume Takashi from ''Manga/NatsumeYuujinchou'' ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'' has been used to being ostracized or bullied most of his life because people considered him a CreepyChild. Thus, he's a bit surprised to find out that many of the kids at his high school consider him quite attractive
-->'''Natsume''': ...Good looks? Nobody's ever said ''that'' to me before.
-->'''[[ThoseTwoGuys
before.\\
'''[[ThoseTwoGuys
Kitamoto and Yushimura]]''': ''Liar!''
-->'''Natsume''':
''Liar!''\\
'''Natsume''':
Eh? Are you serious?
30th Mar '16 8:07:02 AM fearlessnikki
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* Lucy in ''Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' envies her older sister Susan's beauty and nearly casts a spell to become her. After having a vision where she had become Susan (and Lucy therefore no longer existed), Aslan gently scolds her for her vanity.



* Sara Crewe in ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' thinks she must not be pretty because she doesn't mesh with the beauty standards of late-nineteenth-century England, being small, skinny, black-haired, tanned, and green-eyed, but the author tells us that she's definitely pretty in her own way.

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* Sara Crewe in ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' thinks she must not be pretty because she doesn't mesh with the beauty standards of late-nineteenth-century England, being small, skinny, black-haired, tanned, and green-eyed, but the author tells us that she's definitely pretty in her own way. The key word in her description is 'interesting', as she compares herself to another child who's fair and blonde.



* Jo March of ''Literature/LittleWomen'' refers to herself as "ugly and awkward", as she's more of a {{Tomboy}} than her ladylike sisters. It doesn't stop her from attracting her childhood friend Laurie, and later Professor Bhauer.



* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' with [[Creator/SummerGlau Bennet Halverson]] concerned that Topher had just tried to taze her with a device that only works on Dolls. She has a hard time believing this because Dolls are beautif... oh.

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* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' with ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'':
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[[Creator/SummerGlau Bennet Halverson]] concerned that Topher had just tried to taze her with a device that only works on Dolls. She has a hard time believing this because Dolls are beautif... oh.oh.
** Mellie believes herself to be unattractive, when she's HollywoodPudgy at worst. [[spoiler: She's actually a Doll too, meaning she was chosen because her employers find her attractive]].



* When Bridget of ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' was playing AnneFrank in a school play, one of her lines was "I know I'm not very pretty". She bursts out laughing when she says this in rehearsals since she knows she is indeed stunning.

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* When Bridget of ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' was playing AnneFrank Anne Frank in a school play, one of her lines was "I know I'm not very pretty". She bursts out laughing when she says this in rehearsals since she knows she is indeed stunning.


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* ''Series/TotalDivas'' reveals that Eva Marie feels this way about herself. She's taken to do an exercise where she describes herself to an artist, who sketches a picture based on her description. Someone else then describes her, and a second picture is sketched. The first picture - how Eva sees herself - is notably heavier and less attractive than the second.
24th Jan '16 4:08:15 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' with [[SummerGlau Bennet Halverson]] concerned that Topher had just tried to taze her with a device that only works on Dolls. She has a hard time believing this because Dolls are beautif... oh.

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\n* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' with [[SummerGlau [[Creator/SummerGlau Bennet Halverson]] concerned that Topher had just tried to taze her with a device that only works on Dolls. She has a hard time believing this because Dolls are beautif... oh.



* [[MadMen Peggy Olson]] feels this way, especially in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Bl9-UxDeQ "The Suitcase"]]

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* [[MadMen [[Series/MadMen Peggy Olson]] feels this way, especially in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Bl9-UxDeQ "The Suitcase"]]
24th Jan '16 1:21:35 PM Abracadabrantes
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* General Thiébault repeatedly insists in his ''Mémoires'' that he lost any attractiveness he might have had after he turned thirty -- and nearly died of a lung infection. One particularly embarrassing incident involved Madame de Staël mishearing his name and "indulgently" referring to him as "the handsome general" [[note]]Since "Thiébault" sounds more or less like "Très beau"[[/note]], "which was patently untrue, especially with that superlative."

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* General Thiébault repeatedly insists in his ''Mémoires'' that he lost any attractiveness he might have had after he turned thirty -- and nearly died of a lung infection.infection that left him changed for the worst. One particularly embarrassing incident involved Madame de Staël mishearing his name and "indulgently" referring to him as "the handsome general" [[note]]Since "Thiébault" sounds more or less like "Très beau"[[/note]], "which was patently untrue, especially with that superlative."
24th Jan '16 1:21:10 PM Abracadabrantes
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* General Thiébault repeatedly insists in his ''Mémoires'' that he lost any attractiveness he might have had after he turned thirty -- and nearly died of a lung infection. One particularly embarrassing incident involved Madame de Staël mishearing his name and "indulgently" referring to him as "the handsome general" [[note]]Since "Thiébault" sounds more or less like "Très beau"[[/note]], "which was patently untrue, especially with that superlative."
16th Jan '16 10:42:04 AM ShorinBJ
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* Laura Ingalls, of the ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' books, despairs over the fact that she's an extremely short brunette, rather than "tall and willowy" (like Nellie Oleson), and blonde (like her sister Mary). In reality, she was quite a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder#mediaviewer/File:Laura_Ingalls_Wilder.jpg pretty]] girl -- just not by the conventional standards of her time. Somewhat Justified, however, because Caroline "Ma" Ingalls, herself a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Ingalls knockout]] who bore an uncanny resemblance to Creator/JessicaBiehl, discouraged vanity.

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* Laura Ingalls, of the ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' books, despairs over the fact that she's an extremely short brunette, rather than "tall and willowy" (like Nellie Oleson), and blonde (like her sister Mary). In reality, she was quite a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder#mediaviewer/File:Laura_Ingalls_Wilder.jpg pretty]] girl -- just not by the conventional standards of her time. Somewhat Justified, however, because Caroline "Ma" Ingalls, herself a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Ingalls knockout]] who bore an uncanny resemblance to Creator/JessicaBiehl, Creator/JessicaBiel, discouraged vanity.
6th Jan '16 12:54:58 AM Spindriver
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* The trope is effectively parodied in ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' in the character of Ingrid, a [[NordByNordwest stunning Swedish blonde]] (even by [[GenericCuteness the standards of a comic about the modeling industry]]) who claims that she's the only woman in her family who hasn't become a model because she's far too plain. This leaves two other characters gobsmacked.

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* The trope is effectively parodied in ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' in the character of Ingrid, a [[NordByNordwest [[NorseByNorsewest stunning Swedish blonde]] (even by [[GenericCuteness the standards of a comic about the modeling industry]]) who claims that she's the only woman in her family who hasn't become a model because she's far too plain. This leaves two other characters gobsmacked.
6th Jan '16 12:46:31 AM Spindriver
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* The trope is effectively parodied in ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' in the character of Ingrid, a [[NordByNordwest stunning Swedish blonde]] (even by [[GenericCuteness the standards of a comic about the modeling industry]]) who claims that she's the only woman in her family who hasn't become a model because she's far too plain. This leaves two other characters gobsmacked.
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