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7th May '17 5:20:03 AM Ninjabot
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* ''Webcomic/SwordPrincessAmaltea'': Thanks to the story being held in a {{Matriarchy}} world, with gender roles reversed, the females are the dominant gender, and while most of them are attractive, their looks are not such a big deal as their intelligence, cleverness and overall, pride and strenght. Male otherwise hold little to no power, especially if their not royal-born, and their good looks are all that matters, to the point they keep their manes long and are sometimes difficult to distinguish from the females.

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* ''Webcomic/SwordPrincessAmaltea'': Thanks to the story being held in a {{Matriarchy}} world, with gender roles reversed, the females are the dominant gender, and while most of them are attractive, their looks are not such a big deal as their intelligence, cleverness and overall, pride and strenght. Male Males otherwise hold little to no power, especially if their they're not royal-born, and their good looks are all that matters, to the point they keep their manes long and are sometimes difficult to distinguish from the females.


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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Sandy Cheeks is considerably stronger than [=SpongeBob=], who can at best be just WeakButSkilled enough to compete with her in karate. While [=SpongeBob=] himself isn't considered particularly "[[PrettyBoy pretty]]", he has a few noticeably girlish features, such as his [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics eyelashes]] and appears to be somewhat mindful of his appearance.

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21st Mar '17 2:15:21 PM Chabal2
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* ''{{Manga/Ooku}}'' is set in a feudal Japan where a plague has made women the dominant gender, men being reduced to communal babymakers and prostitues (and are generally considered too precious to waste on dangerous jobs like soldiering). The main exception is the capital, where the shogun gets a harem of men for her personal use, and while they're theoretically her bodyguard, they tend to be on the pretty side as well. Later one shogun gets the idea of using men in a fire brigade where their muscles can be put to better use.
9th Feb '17 8:40:19 PM _ballerina_
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* Lada and her brother Radu from 'And I Darken' invert this trope. Lada is strong and fast and cruel, and described by all who comment on her appearance as very ugly (except Huma, who says she could put in some effort and be prettier.) Radu is gentler and more academic, as well as shyer and weaker (though with the time skip he comes into his own, and it's probable that Lada's and his father's bullying made him more shy than natural) and extremely handsome.
27th Jan '17 4:23:13 PM JustKnown
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* The Music/BarenakedLadies song "What a Good Boy" quoted at the top of the page does not actually contain any good examples of this trope beyond the two opening lines. It's more of a meditation on cultural conservatism in general instead of the DoubleStandard.

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19th Dec '16 2:38:31 PM Discar
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In the last few decades there has been more of a push to create [[ActionGirl dynamic female characters]]. Unfortunately this often seems to come at the expense of the male characters they are paired with who are portrayed as incompetent and emasculated. It is a hard balance to strike, and difficult to imagine a [[InvertedTrope work]] in which a [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished beautiful]], [[VirginPower vir]][[AManIsNotAVirgin gin]] [[{{Bishonen}} male character]] is saved from peril by a [[{{Beastess}} grizzled]] [[ActionGirl female]] AntiHero who is [[LoveRedeems changed for the better]] by his [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure heart]], without the man seeming like a useless [[ARealManIsAKiller wussy-pants]] whose wuss-ness disqualifies him from being a man and, more importantly, from [[MenAreTheExpendableGender being saved]]. See ActionGirlfriend for the few couples who approach such a dynamic, like Zoe and Wash from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.

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In the last few decades there has been more of a push to create [[ActionGirl dynamic female characters]]. Unfortunately this often seems to come at the expense of the male characters they are paired with who are portrayed as incompetent and emasculated. It is a hard balance to strike, and difficult to imagine a [[InvertedTrope work]] in which a [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished beautiful]], [[VirginPower vir]][[AManIsNotAVirgin gin]] virgin]] [[{{Bishonen}} male character]] is saved from peril by a [[{{Beastess}} grizzled]] [[ActionGirl female]] AntiHero who is [[LoveRedeems changed for the better]] by his [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure heart]], without the man seeming like a useless [[ARealManIsAKiller wussy-pants]] whose wuss-ness disqualifies him from being a man and, more importantly, from [[MenAreTheExpendableGender being saved]]. See ActionGirlfriend for the few couples who approach such a dynamic, like Zoe and Wash from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
4th Dec '16 10:56:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* The [[CostumePorn many, many armor sets]] of ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' tend to abide by this trope. The male version will often look tough and hide the wearer's face, while the female version will generally focus on looking graceful, keep the wearer's face visible, and in some cases, boast a little {{Fanservice}}. The image up top is a more specific example: The male Aelucanth armor set is designed to invoke the image of an intimidating insect, while the female version strongly resembles a butterfly. Aesthetics aside, the game generally averts this trope with regards to the PlayerCharacter; both male and female hunters are equally as capable of becoming {{Badass}} G-rank hunters and neither have a gameplay advantage over the other.

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* The [[CostumePorn many, many armor sets]] of ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' tend to abide by this trope. The male version will often look tough and hide the wearer's face, while the female version will generally focus on looking graceful, keep the wearer's face visible, and in some cases, boast a little {{Fanservice}}. The image up top is a more specific example: The male Aelucanth armor set is designed to invoke the image of an intimidating insect, while the female version strongly resembles a butterfly. Aesthetics aside, the game generally averts this trope with regards to the PlayerCharacter; both male and female hunters are equally as capable of becoming {{Badass}} badass G-rank hunters and neither have a gameplay advantage over the other.
27th Nov '16 5:31:20 AM Morgenthaler
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27th Nov '16 5:30:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* PlayedWith in the original [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} the Marvel Family]]: all three members had Strength, Wisdom and Speed, but while Billy and Freddie also had Stamina, Power and Bravery, Mary's additional powers (which came from goddesses) were Beauty, Grace and Skill. {{Averted|Trope}} in the ComicBook/PostCrisis reimagining, where the three all had the same powers from the same (male) benefactors.
** [[MadScientist Doctor Sivana]]'s two non-evil kids are [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Beautia]], who [[MeaningfulName lives up to that name]], and [[MadDictatorsHandsomeSon Magnificus]], who is a BadassNormal.

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* This is the gender norm in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''--men are expected to bear arms and fight while women are expected to sit around and keep house. Arthur "[[RedBaron The Sword of the Morning]]" and Ashara Dayne, siblings whose deaths in the aftermath of Robert's Rebellion were much-romanticized as a result of this trope, exemplify this; Arthur was a MasterSwordsman and member of the Kingsguard while Ashara was WorldsMostBeautifulWoman at the time. Characters that subvert these expectations, such as Brienne of Tarth and Asha Greyjoy (both warrior women) are met with derision.

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* PlayedWith in the original [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} the Marvel Family]]: all three members had Strength, Wisdom and Speed, but while Billy and Freddie also had Stamina, Power and Bravery, Mary's additional powers (which came from goddesses) were Beauty, Grace and Skill. {{Averted|Trope}} in the ComicBook/PostCrisis reimagining, where the three all had the same powers from the same (male) benefactors.
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** [[MadScientist Doctor Sivana]]'s two non-evil kids are [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Beautia]], who [[MeaningfulName lives up to that name]], and [[MadDictatorsHandsomeSon Magnificus]], who is a BadassNormal.

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* This is the gender norm in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''--men are expected to bear arms and fight while women are expected to sit around and keep house. Arthur "[[RedBaron The Sword of the Morning]]" and Ashara Dayne, siblings whose deaths in the aftermath of Robert's Rebellion were much-romanticized as a result of this trope, exemplify this; Arthur was a MasterSwordsman and member of the Kingsguard while Ashara was WorldsMostBeautifulWoman at the time. Characters that subvert these expectations, such as Brienne of Tarth and Asha Greyjoy (both warrior women) are met with derision.

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27th Nov '16 12:45:17 AM eroock
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->''When I was born, they looked at me and said, what a good boy, what a smart boy, what a strong boy.''
->''And when you were born, they looked at you and said, what a good girl, what a smart girl, what a pretty girl.''
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I was born, they looked at me and said, what a good boy, what a smart boy, what a strong boy.''
->''And when you were born, they looked at you and said, what a good girl, what a smart girl, what a pretty girl.''
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13th Nov '16 10:30:32 AM AsherTye
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* Gets a lampshade hung on it in ''VideoGame/BookOfUnwrittenTales'''s sequel by protagonist Wilbur Weathervane. In a parody of the "Adventurer's Shop" found in most games he comes across two sets of armor. The male version looks decidedly badass, featuring plate coverings, spikes, and a really nice helmet. The female version... not so much, resembling more a platemail bikini with a tiara. When Wilbur asks the proprietor about the two sets, he is positively shocked to find they actually boast IDENTICAL defense and agility bonuses. Having a background in armoring and metalwork, he feels the need to point out the incongruity there, but fails to convince the shop owner. The lampshade is further hung when a female third character enters the shop and Wilbur asks for her opinion on the matter, hoping to get a natural ally in the argument. Unfortunately, she is of the gold digging persuasion and perfectly comfortable with using feminine wiles to get men to do what she wants, so the bikini makes perfect sense to her.

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* Gets a lampshade hung on it in ''VideoGame/BookOfUnwrittenTales'''s ''VideoGame/TheBookOfUnwrittenTales'''s sequel by protagonist Wilbur Weathervane. In a parody of the "Adventurer's Shop" found in most games he comes across two sets of armor. The male version looks decidedly badass, featuring plate coverings, spikes, and a really nice helmet. The female version... not so much, resembling more a platemail bikini with a tiara. When Wilbur asks the proprietor about the two sets, he is positively shocked to find they actually boast IDENTICAL defense and agility bonuses. Having a background in armoring and metalwork, he feels the need to point out the incongruity there, but fails to convince the shop owner. The lampshade is further hung when a female third character enters the shop and Wilbur asks for her opinion on the matter, hoping to get a natural ally in the argument. Unfortunately, she is of the gold digging persuasion and perfectly comfortable with using feminine wiles to get men to do what she wants, so the bikini makes perfect sense to her.
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