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12th Feb '18 12:45:08 AM ninjamitsuki2
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* Succubi were originally supposed to be ugly, but have evolved to be seductively beautiful. This also tends to correspond to how the legends have evolved -- initially, they were creatures who just raped men in their sleep (thus being the source of erotic dreams and nightime ejaculations). Over time, the legend changed to succubi having to actively lure their victims into intercourse -- thus, depictions shifted to depict more and more attractive creatures as logically, an ugly creature would have trouble getting a willing victim. The same thing happened to incubi.

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* [[HornyDevils Succubi and incubi]] were originally supposed to be ugly, but have evolved to be seductively beautiful. This also tends to correspond to how the legends have evolved -- initially, they were creatures who just raped men people in their sleep (thus being the source of erotic dreams and nightime ejaculations). Over time, the legend changed to succubi and incubi having to actively lure their victims into intercourse -- thus, depictions shifted to depict more and more attractive creatures as logically, an ugly creature would have trouble getting a willing victim. The same thing happened to incubi.
9th Feb '18 1:33:22 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The makeup job on Sandor Clegane becomes much less pronounced with each advancing season after 2, which coincides with his becoming a (marginally) more sympathetic character.
2nd Feb '18 5:08:32 PM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': An strange in-universe example with Elaine. She goes from a {{Gonk}} with crooked teeth and an overly large nose to having a super model-esque face through out the loops. What exactly causes it is not explained, but it is implied that Randal's interaction with her does it.
10th Jan '18 12:31:02 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has gone from skull-faced Lon Chaney to badly-scarred Creator/ClaudeRains ([[Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943 from the 1943 film]]) to slightly sunburnt Creator/GerardButler (from the [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004 2004 film]]. If you watch clips from the original film on Website/YouTube, at least one comment will say that Chaney is too ugly. In the original book, 'the Phantom' also works as a description of how his face actually looks: yellow skin, a few wisps of hair on his head, and ''no nose''.
* In the first two ''Film/ScaryMovie'' films Cindy Campbell is very much HollywoodHomely despite being played by the pretty Creator/AnnaFaris and the second movie in particular has near constant jokes about her plainness. The third and fourth movies had Faris ditch her brunette style (copying [[Franchise/{{Scream}} Neve Campbell]]) for a decidedly more glamorous blonde look (Faris' natural hair color... also adequate to imitate [[Film.TheRing Naomi Watts]]) and the appearance gags were dropped.

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* ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has gone from skull-faced Lon Chaney to badly-scarred Creator/ClaudeRains ([[Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943 from the 1943 film]]) to slightly sunburnt Creator/GerardButler (from the [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004 2004 film]]. If you watch clips from the original film on Website/YouTube, at least one comment will say that Chaney is too ugly. In the original book, 'the Phantom' also works as a description of how his face actually looks: yellow skin, a few wisps of hair on his head, and ''no nose''.
nose''. What's more is that the Phantom in the original book was born with his defect - and many adaptations have him starting out handsome but getting scarred in the prologue (though the musical and 2004 film restore the born defected backstory).
* In the first two ''Film/ScaryMovie'' films Cindy Campbell is very much HollywoodHomely despite being played by the pretty Creator/AnnaFaris and the second movie in particular has near constant jokes about her plainness. The third and fourth movies had Faris ditch her brunette style (copying [[Franchise/{{Scream}} Neve Campbell]]) for a decidedly more glamorous blonde look (Faris' natural hair color... also adequate to imitate [[Film.TheRing [[Film/TheRing2002 Naomi Watts]]) and the appearance gags were dropped.



* Aunt May in the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' films, first being played by a 75-year-old Creator/RosemaryHarris in [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy the Sam Raimi trilogy]], then by 65-year-old Creator/SallyField in ''[[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'' duology, and most recently cast 50-year-old Creator/MarisaTomei in the MCU version.

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* Aunt May in the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' films, first being played by a 75-year-old Creator/RosemaryHarris in [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy the Sam Raimi trilogy]], then by 65-year-old Creator/SallyField in ''[[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'' duology, and most recently cast 50-year-old Creator/MarisaTomei in the MCU version.Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse casts 51-year-old Marisa Tomei. The latter even has a few LampshadeHanging jokes from Tony Stark about how she looks younger and prettier than expected.



** Tiger Lily's attractiveness in the original is not commented on, but she's notably much cuter and more sexual in the Disney film. ''Film/PeterPan'' has her more in line with the book, but ''{{Film/Pan}}'' goes ahead and makes her a sexy adult woman.

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** Tiger Lily's attractiveness in the original is not commented on, but she's notably much cuter and more sexual in the Disney film. ''Film/PeterPan'' has her more in line with the book, but ''{{Film/Pan}}'' goes ahead and makes her a sexy adult woman. ''Series/OnceUponATime'' likewise keeps her as an adult ActionGirl.



* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''. In the show, Roseanne and Dan were hard working, blue-collar Midwesterners, and Roseanne was appropriately [[http://dunderbrain.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/lookalikeroseanne16496roseanne.jpg unconcerned with her appearance]]. By the later seasons, Roseanne the actress had several plastic surgeries, lost some weight, and began wearing more flattering hair and makeup, turning her into [[http://content2.myyearbook.com/zenhex/images/quiz68/337851/337851_res3_RoseanneConnor.jpg this.]] (And this was before the final season, where everything went off the rails anyway.)
** In the 8th season, the opening credits featured morphs of the main characters as they appeared in different seasons ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMVnzu35YfQ Roseanne's can be seen starting about 0:34]]). The general trend is upward, though the next to last one is a ''definite'' and dramatic step downward (though that's probably at least partly due to her expression, being the only one where she wasn't smiling and instead had a sour look on her face.)

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* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''. In the show, Roseanne and Dan were hard working, blue-collar Midwesterners, and Roseanne was appropriately [[http://dunderbrain.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/lookalikeroseanne16496roseanne.jpg unconcerned with her appearance]]. By the later seasons, Roseanne the actress had several plastic surgeries, lost some weight, and began wearing more flattering hair and makeup, turning her into [[http://content2.myyearbook.com/zenhex/images/quiz68/337851/337851_res3_RoseanneConnor.jpg this.]] (And this was before the final season, where everything went off the rails anyway.)
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) In the 8th season, the opening credits featured morphs of the main characters as they appeared in different seasons ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMVnzu35YfQ Roseanne's can be seen starting about 0:34]]). The general trend is upward, though the next to last one is a ''definite'' and dramatic step downward (though that's probably at least partly due to her expression, being the only one where she wasn't smiling and instead had a sour look on her face.)



** The Halliwell sisters started the first season out with fairly ordinary and normal clothes and rather plain hairstyles. Phoebe was the pretty one of the sisters, but even she wasn't that fashionable. Season 3 showed the clothes becoming far more fashionable, the girls frequently made up and far more flattering hairstyles. By Season 5, they were incredibly vampy. It's a joke among fans that Alyssa Milano's belly-button deserved top billing in the credits.

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** The Halliwell sisters started the first season out with fairly ordinary and normal clothes and rather plain hairstyles. Phoebe was the pretty one of the sisters, but even she wasn't that fashionable. Season 3 showed the clothes becoming far more fashionable, the girls frequently made up and far more flattering hairstyles. By Season 5, they were incredibly vampy. It's a joke among fans that Alyssa Milano's belly-button deserved top billing in the credits. This is apparently due to ExecutiveMeddling demanding "more skin".



* Inverted with Mary Margaret in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. In the first season she was presented as a wholesome school teacher, but still indulged in plenty of flattering clothes - normally by way of the SweaterGirl trope. {{Flanderization}} somehow led to her suddenly dressing extremely conservatively in the fourth season onward - to the point where fans were wondering why the character had become so frumpy.



* Most depictions of Jesus ignore ''Literature/TheBible's'' statement that he was actually very ugly to deter people from lusting after him.

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* Most depictions of Jesus ignore ''Literature/TheBible's'' statement that he was actually very ugly to deter people from lusting after him. Presumably due to BeautyEqualsGoodness.
4th Jan '18 9:47:49 AM DrOO7
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* ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has gone from skull-faced Lon Chaney to badly-scarred Creator/ClaudeRains ([[Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943 from the 1943 film]]) to slightly sunburnt Creator/GerardButler. If you watch clips from the original film on Website/YouTube, at least one comment will say that Chaney is too ugly. In the original book, 'the Phantom' also works as a description of how his face actually looks: yellow skin, a few wisps of hair on his head, and ''no nose''.

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* ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has gone from skull-faced Lon Chaney to badly-scarred Creator/ClaudeRains ([[Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943 from the 1943 film]]) to slightly sunburnt Creator/GerardButler.Creator/GerardButler (from the [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004 2004 film]]. If you watch clips from the original film on Website/YouTube, at least one comment will say that Chaney is too ugly. In the original book, 'the Phantom' also works as a description of how his face actually looks: yellow skin, a few wisps of hair on his head, and ''no nose''.
1st Jan '18 9:17:06 PM StarformDCX
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* Yarna d'al Gargan, the "fat, six-breasted exotic dancer" seen briefly in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', was apparently intended to be a glaringly ugly woman. Much of the fan fiction written about the inhabitants of Jabba's palace since then has turned this characterization completely on its head. While some writers still portray Yarna as a hideous AbhorrentAdmirer, most other writers have treated her ''much'' more sympathetically. Illustrations of Yarna now depict her as unquestionably female (if still fat) and try to avoid making fun of her. In a story by science-fiction author A. C. Crispin called "Skin Deep," Yarna's backstory is provided: she is an Askajian, or a member of an alien species from the desert world of Askaj. Askajians are said to only ''appear'' fat because their bodies have evolved to retain large quantities of water on arid planets; this explains why Yarna is fat on Tatooine. However, on moister or cooler worlds, members of this species are much more slender. Yarna's companion in this story, Sergeant Doallyn, even feels himself attracted (yes, sexually) to her - although he is an alien himself. Yarna also talks about how much it always hurt her to hear Jabba's henchmen refer to her as fat and ugly, even if Jabba himself was attracted to her. And in another ''Franchise/StarWars'' sourcebook, it is revealed that "Yarna" means "beautiful" in Askajian.

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* Yarna d'al Gargan, the "fat, six-breasted exotic dancer" seen briefly in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', was apparently intended to be a glaringly ugly woman. Much of the fan fiction written about the inhabitants of Jabba's palace since then has turned this characterization completely on its head. While some writers still portray Yarna as a hideous AbhorrentAdmirer, most other writers have treated her ''much'' more sympathetically. Illustrations of Yarna now depict her as unquestionably female (if still fat) and try to avoid making fun of her. In a story by science-fiction author A. C. Crispin called "Skin Deep," Yarna's backstory is provided: she is an Askajian, or a member of an alien species from the desert world of Askaj. Askajians are said to only ''appear'' fat because their bodies have evolved to retain large quantities of water on arid planets; this explains why Yarna is fat on Tatooine. However, on moister or cooler worlds, members of this species are much more slender. Yarna's companion in this story, Sergeant Doallyn, even feels himself attracted (yes, sexually) to her - although he is an alien himself. Yarna also talks about how much it always hurt her to hear Jabba's henchmen refer to her as fat and ugly, even if Jabba himself was attracted to her. And in another ''Franchise/StarWars'' sourcebook, it is revealed that "Yarna" means "beautiful" in Askajian.
30th Dec '17 8:30:18 AM Wyldchyld
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This shouldn't be confused with a design that happens to be [[FetishFuel very attractive]] to fandoms with certain kinks; that is more or less out of the original designer's hands. Nor when it's just [[ArtEvolution the artstyle itself is becoming refined,]] though it can overlap. This trope refers to the slow changes to make the character more marketable that happen over the course of a series or multiple adaptations, even if it feels detrimental to the character with their initial unusual design becoming more generic and less interesting-looking.in real life than their cha

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This shouldn't be confused with a design that happens to be [[FetishFuel very attractive]] attractive to fandoms with certain kinks; that is more or less out of the original designer's hands. Nor when it's just [[ArtEvolution the artstyle itself is becoming refined,]] though it can overlap. This trope refers to the slow changes to make the character more marketable that happen over the course of a series or multiple adaptations, even if it feels detrimental to the character with their initial unusual design becoming more generic and less interesting-looking.in real life than their cha
26th Dec '17 5:09:34 PM ninjamitsuki2
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* Joe Kidou from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' started out looking like your stereotypical skinny, pasty {{nerd}}. In [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]], he grows out his hair a bit but still looks rather scrawny and has a nonstandard face. Come ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' and he looks like a rather generic glasses wearing {{bishounen}}.

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* Joe Kidou from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' started out looking like your stereotypical skinny, pasty {{nerd}}. In [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]], he grows out his hair a bit but still looks rather scrawny and has a nonstandard face. Come ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' and he looks like a rather generic your bog standard glasses wearing {{bishounen}}.{{bishounen}} with the same facial proportions as everyone else.
26th Dec '17 5:06:36 PM ninjamitsuki2
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* Succubi were originally supposed to be ugly, but have evolved to be seductively beautiful. This also tends to correspond to how the legends have evolved -- initially, they were creatures who just raped men in their sleep (thus being the source of erotic dreams and nightime ejaculations). Over time, the legend changed to succubi having to actively lure their victims into intercourse -- thus, depictions shifted to depict more and more attractive creatures as logically, an ugly creature would have trouble getting a willing victim.

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* Succubi were originally supposed to be ugly, but have evolved to be seductively beautiful. This also tends to correspond to how the legends have evolved -- initially, they were creatures who just raped men in their sleep (thus being the source of erotic dreams and nightime ejaculations). Over time, the legend changed to succubi having to actively lure their victims into intercourse -- thus, depictions shifted to depict more and more attractive creatures as logically, an ugly creature would have trouble getting a willing victim. The same thing happened to incubi.
26th Dec '17 2:35:41 PM ninjamitsuki2
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* Joe Kidou from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' started out looking like your stereotypical skinny, pasty {{nerd}}. In [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]], he grows out of his hair a bit but still looks rather scrawny and has a nonstandard face. Come ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' and he looks like a rather generic glasses wearing {{bishounen}}.

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* Joe Kidou from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' started out looking like your stereotypical skinny, pasty {{nerd}}. In [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]], he grows out of his hair a bit but still looks rather scrawny and has a nonstandard face. Come ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' and he looks like a rather generic glasses wearing {{bishounen}}.
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