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18th Nov '16 12:53:15 AM leraluna
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* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' Edith is supposed to be the unfashionable PlainJane of her sisters, but as the series goes on and she works on her self-esteem and ambitions, she acquires a modern and flattering sense of fashion and turns out to be actually rather good-looking, although in an adorable-yet-discrete beauty, unlike the kind of beauty of resident MsFanservice [[FemmeFatale Mary]].
13th Nov '16 8:16:51 PM Red-Dead-Redeemer
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2'' with Claire Redfield, who starts looking rather [[http://i.imgur.com/Bn5ENG0.jpg haggard]].

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2'' with Claire Redfield, who starts looking rather [[http://i.imgur.com/Bn5ENG0.jpg haggard]].
13th Nov '16 7:25:07 PM Ragitsu
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' with Claire Redfield, who starts looking rather [[http://i.imgur.com/Bn5ENG0.jpg haggard]].

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2'' with Claire Redfield, who starts looking rather [[http://i.imgur.com/Bn5ENG0.jpg haggard]].
7th Nov '16 1:58:38 PM DavidCowie
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* Some film adaptations of ''Literature;TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'' have Hyde be more handsome than Jekyll or equally as handsome to keep with the EvilIsSexy trope. In the book and most early adaptations he was described as apelike and ugly, with hairy hands and an air of deformity and repulsiveness that characters could instinctively sense.

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* Some film adaptations of ''Literature;TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'' ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'' have Hyde be more handsome than Jekyll or equally as handsome to keep with the EvilIsSexy trope. In the book and most early adaptations he was described as apelike and ugly, with hairy hands and an air of deformity and repulsiveness that characters could instinctively sense.
6th Nov '16 4:05:38 PM Ragitsu
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' with Claire Redfield, who starts looking rather haggard.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' with Claire Redfield, who starts looking rather haggard.[[http://i.imgur.com/Bn5ENG0.jpg haggard]].
6th Nov '16 4:03:13 PM Ragitsu
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' with Claire Redfield, who starts looking like a haggard woman.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted] Inverted]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' with Claire Redfield, who starts looking like a haggard woman.rather haggard.
6th Nov '16 4:02:20 PM Ragitsu
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*[[InvertedTrope Inverted] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' with Claire Redfield, who starts looking like a haggard woman.
31st Oct '16 10:59:27 AM rafi
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* A mild example in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. At the begining Tomiko is made deliberately ugly to underline Aoki's odd taste in women. But as the series goes on, she actually cleans up a bit. Her face is still not exactly attractive, but tends to be drawn with softer, cuter expressions now, and it is revealed that she has a great body.



* ''The Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' has several cases of this.
** Marrow started as a creepy-looking girl who had craggy bones growing out all over her body and skin like a Shar Pei, but after her HeelFaceTurn, slowly became just an attractive girl with some cosmetic-looking bone attachments. An accident which involved an exploding card, a trip through the astral plane and an alien healing device made her pretty. Then Weapon X performed an experimental procedure on her to give her greater control over her powers that also happened to make her "beautiful" (their words). After she fell off the map completely, she somehow defaulted to somewhere between her "just about to join the X-Men" look and her "alien healing device" look.
** From the same team, ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}'s original source of angst was being fairly demonic looking in a superstitious {{Ruritania}}n hometown. When he first appeared in ComicBook/{{X-Men}} he was short and more "cute" than anything. When he was moved to ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}, Alan Davis purposefully drew him standing at six feet tall and modeled his facial features and personality after Creator/ErrolFlynn. Sure, he was still a blue elf but he was noticeably more charming than his earlier Dave Cockrum incarnation. Other artists have followed suit for the most part.
*** Even under Cockrum's art run, Kurt was often written as some flavor of {{Adorkable}}, BadassAdorable, and even ChickMagnet, so his charm wasn't a completely out of the (ahem) blue development.
*** He even had his own in-universe stuffed doll of himself, the [[http://www.comicvine.com/bamf-doll/18-56496/ BAMF doll]]. In the [[LettersToTheEditor X-Mail letter column]], they printed a few letters from people who desperately wanted one!
** Callisto was the leader of the Morlocks, a group of mutants with extreme physical mutations. Callisto never looked nearly as inhuman as the others as was best describable as 'butch' and was implied to be living with them less due to her appearance and more due to bad experiences with people. Due to the actions of fellow Morlock Masque, she is transformed into a pretty woman ... and many years later she's altered to have tentacles of varying length and thickness in the place of arms. She at once becomes prettier and more Morlockishly inhuman.
** Skin from ''ComicBook/GenerationX.'' He was explicitly shown and stated to be ugly in his first appearances, but by the end of the series, he was looking positively suave. This has an in-universe explanation, since before the series started he was shown to be able to influence his appearance by concentrating, but doing it too much would give him migraines. Later in the series it is pointed out that his appearance has been improving because he has been learning to control his powers. He can never do anything about the unnatural gray color of his skin, but by issue 50 or even earlier it is no longer hanging off him freakishly while he is conscious.
** ComicBook/{{Rogue}} originally started out as a rather homely, "butch" looking woman and a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. After her HeelFaceTurn she seemed to get progressively more attractive as her popularity increased, until she became the sultry southern belle she's known for being today (right around the time Jim Lee took over art chores, not-so-coincidentally). This one also has in-story explanation, since after the X-Men's rough battle with Nimrod that led to Nightcrawler and Rachel Summers going MIA, Rogue spent all night looking for them, but noticed that she looked like hell when passing a reflective window. Once the stores opened in the morning, she went to the mall for a makeover and liked how she looked. While her new clothes sadly [[DoomedNewClothes didn't last]], she most likely got in the habit of caring more about her appearance since then.
** When ComicBook/{{Gambit}} was first introduced, his appearance was rather sleazy and not all that attractive. Once Marvel decided that they'd keep him on as a good guy instead of having him turn out to be a villain, however, his appearance began to improve pretty quickly.
** When {{Wolverine}} was first introduced to the X-Men, he was about 5'4", quite unattractive, and apparently didn't like to bathe. [[EnsembleDarkhorse As]] [[BreakoutCharacter his]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad popularity]] [[WolverinePublicity grew]], he became less unattractive. Then the TallDarkAndHandsome Creator/HughJackman portrayed Wolverine in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'', and people seemed to forget that one of Wolverine's old nicknames was "dog face."
** Dead Girl from ''ComicBook/XForce'' looked quite wizened and mummified when first introduced (see the current image for RevenantZombie) but rapidly turned normal and hot except for her grey skin and deep-set eyes, even becoming an InUniverse sex symbol.
* Even more than the above, the classic Marvel example is the [[Comicbook.FantasticFour Thing]]. His irregular, monstrous appearance in FF #1 gradually normalized; by the second year, Ben looked like he does now. John Byrne felt that this took away from the tragedy of the character, and he had Ben regress to his original look, apparently intending it to be permanent. (Byrne's views were backed up by a fan letter complaining that the Thing was ugly now, when he used to be so ''handsome''.) Byrne ultimately restored the Thing to his iconic appearance, but would not by a long shot be the last writer to "uglify" Ben.

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!!!Franchise/DCU
* ''The Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' has several cases of this.
** Marrow started as a creepy-looking girl who had craggy bones growing out all over her body and skin like a Shar Pei, but after her HeelFaceTurn, slowly became just an attractive girl with some cosmetic-looking bone attachments. An accident which involved an exploding card, a trip through the astral plane and an alien healing device made her pretty. Then Weapon X performed an experimental procedure on her to give her greater control over her powers that also happened to make her "beautiful" (their words). After she fell off the map completely, she somehow defaulted to somewhere between her "just about to join the X-Men" look and her "alien healing device" look.
** From the same team, ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}'s original source of angst was being fairly demonic looking in a superstitious {{Ruritania}}n hometown. When he first appeared in ComicBook/{{X-Men}} he was short and more "cute" than anything. When he was moved to ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}, Alan Davis purposefully drew him standing at six feet tall and modeled his facial features and personality after Creator/ErrolFlynn. Sure, he was still a blue elf but he was noticeably more charming than his earlier Dave Cockrum incarnation. Other artists have followed suit for the most part.
*** Even under Cockrum's art run, Kurt was often written as some flavor of {{Adorkable}}, BadassAdorable, and even ChickMagnet, so his charm wasn't a completely out of the (ahem) blue development.
*** He even had his own in-universe stuffed doll of himself, the [[http://www.comicvine.com/bamf-doll/18-56496/ BAMF doll]]. In the [[LettersToTheEditor X-Mail letter column]], they printed a few letters from people who desperately wanted one!
** Callisto was the leader of the Morlocks, a group of mutants with extreme physical mutations. Callisto never looked nearly as inhuman as the others as was best describable as 'butch' and was implied to be living with them less due to her appearance and more due to bad experiences with people. Due to the actions of fellow Morlock Masque, she is transformed into a pretty woman ... and many years later she's altered to have tentacles of varying length and thickness in the place of arms. She at once becomes prettier and more Morlockishly inhuman.
** Skin from ''ComicBook/GenerationX.'' He was explicitly shown and stated to be ugly in his first appearances, but by the end of the series, he was looking positively suave. This has an in-universe explanation, since before the series started he was shown to be able to influence his appearance by concentrating, but doing it too much would give him migraines. Later in the series it is pointed out that his appearance has been improving because he has been learning to control his powers. He can never do anything about the unnatural gray color of his skin, but by issue 50 or even earlier it is no longer hanging off him freakishly while he is conscious.
** ComicBook/{{Rogue}} originally
ComicBook/BlackAdam started out as a rather homely, "butch" looking woman villain with a hooked nose, pointed chin and slightly Sinestro-esque facial features. As his character has matured into an anti-heroic/anti-villainous knight templar type, he retained a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. After her HeelFaceTurn she seemed to get progressively hooked nose and arched eyebrows, although they became less prominent, but his jaw got stronger and larger, and his features more handsome, and while his features still look appropriately cruel and proud, he is now generally accepted as being good looking, to the point of [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]] being cast to play him in the [[DevelopmentHell film adaptation]]. Incidentally, the change in features made Adam look a ''lot'' like Marvel's [[Comicbook/SubMariner Namor the Sub-Mariner]]. Their personalities are very similar to boot; it's a wonder Marvel didn't react to the new and improved Black Adam with a lawsuit.
* Duela Dent, aka "Joker's Daughter" (among her other aliases) stated out with a huge pointed chin and exaggerated, clown-like features when in costume, along with having a wild purple bouffant wig. When she was brought back by Devin Grayson and Phil Jimenez in ''JLA/Titans'', she only wore white face paint and looked much less exaggerated. Before her death in ''Countdown'', she was also depicted as being
attractive as ''in'' costume, along with her popularity increased, until she became the sultry southern belle she's known for hair now being today (right around the time Jim Lee took over art chores, not-so-coincidentally). This one also has in-story explanation, since after the X-Men's rough battle with Nimrod that led to Nightcrawler and Rachel Summers going MIA, Rogue spent all night looking for them, but noticed that red.
** When depicted out of costume initially,
she just looked like hell an average teenage girl with short hair. However, this trope got inverted for a while when passing George Perez drew her as a reflective window. Once plain, heavyset woman in her ''New Teen Titans'' cameo, with bad makeup and gaudy violet hair. A ''Team Titans'' cameo then showed her as a gaunt and haggard-looking mental patient, before Jimenez and other later artists would draw her to be an attractive young woman with a bob cut.
* The female Dove in ''ComicBook/HawkAndDove'' has been made of this since her introduction. In her opening miniseries, Creator/RobLiefeld infamously couldn't decide on her cup size, or even whether her costume had AbsoluteCleavage, but by
the stores opened time of her ongoing she subverted MostCommonSuperpower by having merely human-sized (large b-cup, with natural tear-drop shape!) breasts, something she was self-conscious about. Virtually every artist since has drawn her with larger breasts, however. Her human form's hair color has changed in ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' to match her costumed look, though this is more forgivable given that her team has two leggy blondes already.
* ''ComicBook/JonahHex'' in his first few Weird Western stories was a crouching, bulky gnomeish growler whose face wounds had tatters in places. A year later he's upright, statuesque and while the face is still disfigured the wounds are smaller and his filmy eye has gotten clearer. From Two-Face in a cowboy hat to Hollywood perfection with the mouth string thing.
* Sensor of the postboot ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' was a giant alien snake with the ability to create illusions, allowing her to appear as a beautiful woman. But that wasn't enough, apparently, as she was later "hyper-evolved" into a more human appearance. Incidentally, since she was originally a fairly attractive (apparently) snake alien, she considered her semi-humanoid form hideous.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Sinestro}}, from ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' mythos, used to be drawn as a skinny guy with a huge head. As he's become more prominent, he's bulkier now, and his head is average sized. His relatively recent shift to AntiHero has only magnified this.
* From ''Comicbook/SuicideSquad'', Amanda Waller, pre-Flashpoint: [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Amanda_Waller_(New_Earth)/Gallery?image=Amanda_Waller_001-jpg fat and menopausal.]] Amanda Waller, post-Flashpoint: [[http://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/tumblr_lrj8fd1iWV1qbujox-136x550.jpg not so much.]] (Also possibly subjected to ButNotTooBlack, though even her chunky middle-aged self's facial features varied with the artist.) After much fan grousing, Comicbook/DCRebirth made her fat again.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'':
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with ComicBook/{{Raven}}
in the morning, ''New ComicBook/TeenTitans'' run, where she went started out looking like a typical superheroine, and gradually her face got paler and sharper to the mall for a makeover and liked how point where she looked. While her new clothes sadly [[DoomedNewClothes didn't last]], she most likely got in even look human, much less attractive (from the habit neck-up, anyway). To hear Marv Wolfman and George Perez tell it, this was purely due to Perez's evolving skill and subconscious awareness of caring more about her appearance since then.
** When ComicBook/{{Gambit}} was first introduced, his appearance was rather sleazy
true nature, and not all that attractive. Once Marvel decided that they'd keep him on as a good guy instead of having him turn out to be a villain, however, his appearance began to improve pretty quickly.
** When {{Wolverine}} was first introduced to the X-Men, he was about 5'4", quite unattractive, and apparently
they almost didn't like notice themselves until they were ready to bathe. [[EnsembleDarkhorse As]] [[BreakoutCharacter his]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad popularity]] [[WolverinePublicity grew]], he bring in Trigon, whereupon it became less unattractive. Then a plot point. Played straight after Perez left the TallDarkAndHandsome Creator/HughJackman portrayed Wolverine title and Eduardo Barretto took over drawing Raven, although later artists would bring back her narrow features. After she was resurrected in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'', 00s era, Raven reverted to being more conventionally attractive and people seemed rounder-faced, and one moment even involved her getting a raven-shaped tramp stamp (which disappeared with later artists' depictions). To some of her fans' chagrin, she was also depicted with larger breasts in an attempt to forget make her look sexier, while George Perez had made it a point that one of Wolverine's old nicknames Raven was "dog face."
supposed to be smaller-chested as part of her dancer build.
** Dead Girl from ''ComicBook/XForce'' looked quite wizened and mummified when In another ''Teen Titans'' example, the first introduced (see the current image for RevenantZombie) but rapidly turned normal and hot except for her grey skin and deep-set eyes, even becoming an InUniverse sex symbol.
* Even
Terra was depicted as having exaggerated buck teeth, being more on the petite side, and having short feathered hair. Later flashbacks and her ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'' appearance tweaked her to have long hair, a taller and more shapely body, and no buck teeth to be seen.
* Franchise/WonderWoman's friend Etta Candy started out as visibly overweight, incredibly short (though her early appearances had her taller), and was drawn in a cartoonishly stylized manner. After she was re-introduced in the '70s, she was drawn to be of average height and she ranged from still being kind of chubby to more HollywoodPudgy. George Perez's take on Etta started out as overweight and plain (which made her jealous of Diana), though she gradually lost weight over his run and in Bill Messner-Loeb's stories, which led to a storyline about her being anorexic. She then regained weight and was depicted as either somewhat thicker
than Diana, or as heavyset as she was before. After she was brought into Gail Simone's run, Etta was revamped as a curvy blonde woman who [[DependingOnTheArtist sometimes]] appeared to be on the above, [[BigBeautifulWoman BBW]] side (her more athletic look was eventually implied to be from the classic Marvel example is training she got as a secret agent). Now in the [[Comicbook.FantasticFour Thing]].''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' continuity, Etta has been reimagined as an attractive [[RaceLift black woman]] who doesn't appear very chubby at all. Like Amanda Waller, DC Rebirth made Etta fat again, though Creator/GregRucka and the artists split the difference by keeping the Race Lift.

!!!Franchise/MarvelUniverse
* The Thing from ''Comicbook/FantasticFour''.
His irregular, monstrous appearance in FF #1 gradually normalized; by the second year, Ben looked like he does now. John Byrne felt that this took away from the tragedy of the character, and he had Ben regress to his original look, apparently intending it to be permanent. (Byrne's views were backed up by a fan letter complaining that the Thing was ugly now, when he used to be so ''handsome''.) Byrne ultimately restored the Thing to his iconic appearance, but would not by a long shot be the last writer to "uglify" Ben.



* The classic comic book example is, of course, Comicbook/SpiderMan. Drawn by Steve Ditko, Peter Parker was a skinny, thin-faced geek and Spider-Man was thin and more spider-esque. When John Romita, Sr, a former romance comic artist, took over the pencilling duties, Peter Parker became significantly more handsome and Spider-Man took on a more muscle-bound appearance. May be {{Handwave}}d in that when Ditko was drawing it, Spidey was a teenager, and as he got older and got real exercise to go with his superstrength, his frame may well have filled out naturally.
** The artists' notes in the first volume of ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' bear this out: in that series he's a high-schooler again, and he's drawn explicitly scrawnier and ganglier than the main universe version, with a note that he is supposed to be very thin, not having built up muscle from years of webslinging.
** Peter does look less spindly and more conventionally attractive even towards the end of Ditko's run.
** This is acknowledged in "Along Came a Child" from ''Marvel Comics Presents #120'', which features a teenager who turns out to be the boy who witnessed Peter climbing up a building in ''Amazing Fantasy #15''. Having figured out that Spider-Man is the same boy he saw years ago, he strikes a deal with J. Jonah Jameson, and the Daily Bugle publishes a police-sketch that accurately depicts Peter as he appeared in ''AF #15''. Of course, Peter no longer looks like that.
** Also, surprisingly enough, Gwen Stacy. In her early appearances, as drawn by Steve Ditko, she had highly, angular eyebrows, pinned up hair, a constant haughty expression, and fairly modest clothing; her features were sharp and angular and although she could occasionally pull off a nice pout, the fact that lots of characters [[InformedAttractiveness called her pretty]] was the only hint to the fact that she actually was so. But when John Romita took over the drawing, Gwen was softened, her features became more angelic, she let her hair down, gaining her iconic bangs and headband, and she dressed in much sexier clothes.
** It even happened to ''Aunt May'' for a few issues when Romita took over! Luckily, the fans complained she looked too young and she was soon back to her old appearance.
* Songbird from the Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}} is both this trope and its inverse. When she was first the villain Screaming Mimi, she was drawn anywhere from being a KISS reject to a new wave albino. Once she ditched the heavy makeup and dyed her hair mostly red, her natural good looks started shining through. This hit its peak with the Warren Ellis run, where the art direction simultaneously softened her features and refined her chin and cheekbones. The artist also gave her bright blue eyes. However after she was made a warden at the Raft, she got a butch hair cut and a somewhat more square jawline.



* Doris Husselmeyer of ''ComicStrip/{{Ernie}}'' started out so ugly she gave people heart attacks and went from good-looking enough that dating Arnold Arnoldski was a step down for her to getting hit on by handsome bodybuilders on the beach. Possibly because of ExecutiveMeddling.
* In issue #1 of ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'', Katchoo is very flat-chested and Francine's slightly overweight. By the time we come to the final issue, both women are bustier, much thinner and even have longer legs. This is evidenced by comparing the [[BookEnds first and last]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_man3hcaPMk1rnhr86o1_1280.jpg covers.]]
** Katchoo's hair also goes from [[MessyHair really curly]] to practically straight by the time the series ends.
** Terry Moore might as well be made of this trope. Many of SIP's other minor characters got Progressively Prettier as they stopped being caricatures and actual fleshed-out characters. Casey went from [[TheDitz ditzy]] SatelliteLoveInterest to [[EnsembleDarkhorse a kind of charming]] {{Ascended|Extra}} GenkiGirl.
* In her first appearance, Tabitha Smith (a.k.a. Boom-Boom, a.k.a. Meltdown) of Marvel's X-Titles was deliberately drawn to have a very plain face, and this was a plot point. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8e/Meltdown01.jpg This]] is modern Tabitha.
* ''ComicBook/JonahHex'' in his first few Weird Western stories was a crouching, bulky gnomeish growler whose face wounds had tatters in places. A year later he's upright, statuesque and while the face is still disfigured the wounds are smaller and his filmy eye has gotten clearer. From Two-Face in a cowboy hat to Hollywood perfection with the mouth string thing.
* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' - Inverted with Bigby Wolf who started off looking gritty but attractive but has slowly lost most of the features of a human face. Most noticeably he no longer seems to have eyes or a mouth. Beast swings wildly in appearance from handsome to bestial depending on how much Beauty still loves him, which usually isn't much.
* Comicbook/{{Sinestro}}, from DC Comics ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' mythos, used to be drawn as a skinny guy with a huge head. As he's become more prominent, he's bulkier now, and his head is average sized. His relatively recent shift to AntiHero has only magnified this.
* In the original ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' run Wolfsbane had short, fuzzy, unflattering red hair (implied to be unable to grow very long at all...when she's in her human form) and a flat chest and at times would express her unhappiness at not being as beautiful as her teammate Dani Moonstar. She was (early on) depicted with a snub, almost doglike nose, sharp fangs, narrow eyes; an animalistic cast to her shape that was lost even by the end of the first issue of the regular comic. Nowadays she varies in height, often has long flowing hair and, depending on the artist, is much bustier when she first turns up in ''New Mutants Vol. 2'' she's an outright [[HelloNurse bombshell]] though her run in Comicbook/{{X-Factor}} has put her back to her original appearance. Her teammate Karma, a Vietnamese girl, was also depicted in an unflattering way compared to her more modern depictions, with a pug nose, downturned mouth and unflattering hairstyle. At least part of why Rahne looked as she did was her own powers interacting with with her ''severe'' problems concerning body image (she wants to be pretty, doesn't think she can be, thinks she shouldn't care because vanity's a sin and thus feel guilty for it, then feels guilty for that... thanks a lot, [[TheFundamentalist Rev. Craig]].)
** Mind you, her appearance in X-Factor deviates from the standard attractive female look but is in no way ugly, she has some Annie Lennox kinda androgynous charm to it.
** When originally created, artist Bob [=McLeod=] intended Rahne to be fuller figured at 14 (issue 2), and Dani to be flat at 15. They are, too; for the first run. Rahne mostly envies Dani her long hair. '-it only grows when it's cut, and only t'this length...'
** For the aforementioned Karma, compare her [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8DzbMXBU9nc/T0YYkCEPG7I/AAAAAAAAAew/ehTuOI5Zo8I/s1600/NewMutants_Detail_GN.jpg original depiction]] with her [[http://keithkarabin.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Karma.jpg modern appearance.]]
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** ''Archie'''s enters into this with the former chubby, matronly moms of Archie & Betty suddenly getting a ''lot'' thinner, and previously hideous characters like Jughead's mom & Big Ethel getting much more normalized.
** In Archie's earliest appearances he was also pretty ugly. He was a scrawny, bucktoothed geek with bad acne. He later became the more handsome and athletic character we know today.
* The Creator/MilestoneComics heroine Donner was a muscular ButchLesbian in the original ''Shadow Cabinet'' series. When the Shadow Cabinet guest-starred in ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' after the Milestone characters were brought over into the DCUniverse, Donner was redesigned so that she was now much slimmer and more conventionally attractive, bordering on LipstickLesbian territory.
* Cleo, of ''ComicBook/WetMoon'', following an {{Animesque}} ArtShift has become somewhat slimmer and her facial features more anime. Considering creator Sophie Campbell's love of chubby chicks, this was probably done for strictly pragmatic reasons.
* Jenny Sparks, of Stormwatch and Comicbook/TheAuthority, was introduced as flat-chested (which had no effect on her active sex life). Whether a given artist will retain this characteristic is a crap shoot.
* ''Comicbook/IronMan'' - Happy Hogan was kind of like Mickey Rourke in reverse. He started out as an ugly-as-sin boxer (his IronicNickname stemming from the fact that [[PerpetualFrowner he always seemed to be frowning]]), but as TheSixties went on, he was drawn to appear more attractive so that he actually had a prayer with Pepper Potts. Pepper herself was originally a pug-nosed, freckle-faced GirlNextDoor to play up her envy of the beauty queens Tony Stark dated instead of her; she swiftly got a makeover meant to show that she was BeautifulAllAlong, but it somehow changed her facial features drastically.
* Sensor of the postboot ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' was a giant alien snake with the ability to create illusions, allowing her to appear as a beautiful woman. But that wasn't enough, apparently, as she was later "hyper-evolved" into a more human appearance. Incidentally, since she was originally a fairly attractive (apparently) snake alien, she considered her semi-humanoid form hideous.
* ComicBook/BlackAdam started out as a villain with a hooked nose, pointed chin and slightly Sinestro-esque facial features. As his character has matured into an anti-heroic/anti-villainous knight templar type, he retained a hooked nose and arched eyebrows, although they became less prominent, but his jaw got stronger and larger, and his features more handsome, and while his features still look appropriately cruel and proud, he is now generally accepted as being good looking, to the point of [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]] being cast to play him in the [[DevelopmentHell film adaptation]]. Incidentally, the change in features made Adam look a ''lot'' like Marvel's [[Comicbook/SubMariner Namor the Sub-Mariner]]. Their personalities are very similar to boot; it's a wonder Marvel didn't react to the new and improved Black Adam with a lawsuit.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' - Dream started out as looking kind of old and craggy when drawn by Sam Keith (he has been around since the first sentient life in the universe, you know), but most subsequent artists have him looking more or less like Robert Smith at the height of his career. Then again, since an Endless' appearance is affected by those perceiving them, this does make a degree of sense; his siblings similarly go up and down the scale of attractiveness throughout the series. Even Despair, who's supposed to be hideous, has a few appearances in the collage art for her entry in ''Endless Nights'' that look pretty nice if you're the sort who likes women with some meat on their bones.
* Duela Dent, aka "Joker's Daughter" (among her other aliases) stated out with a huge pointed chin and exaggerated, clown-like features when in costume, along with having a wild purple bouffant wig. When she was brought back by Devin Grayson and Phil Jimenez in ''JLA/Titans'', she only wore white face paint and looked much less exaggerated. Before her death in ''Countdown'', she was also depicted as being attractive ''in'' costume, along with her hair now being red.
** When depicted out of costume initially, she just looked like an average teenage girl with short hair. However, this trope got inverted for a while when George Perez drew her as a plain, heavyset woman in her ''New Teen Titans'' cameo, with bad makeup and gaudy violet hair. A ''Team Titans'' cameo then showed her as a gaunt and haggard-looking mental patient, before Jimenez and other later artists would draw her to be an attractive young woman with a bob cut.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'':
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with ComicBook/{{Raven}} in the ''New ComicBook/TeenTitans'' run, where she started out looking like a typical superheroine, and gradually her face got paler and sharper to the point where she didn't even look human, much less attractive (from the neck-up, anyway). To hear Marv Wolfman and George Perez tell it, this was purely due to Perez's evolving skill and subconscious awareness of her true nature, and they almost didn't notice themselves until they were ready to bring in Trigon, whereupon it became a plot point. Played straight after Perez left the title and Eduardo Barretto took over drawing Raven, although later artists would bring back her narrow features. After she was resurrected in the 00s era, Raven reverted to being more conventionally attractive and rounder-faced, and one moment even involved her getting a raven-shaped tramp stamp (which disappeared with later artists' depictions). To some of her fans' chagrin, she was also depicted with larger breasts in an attempt to make her look sexier, while George Perez had made it a point that Raven was supposed to be smaller-chested as part of her dancer build.
** In another ''Teen Titans'' example, the first Terra was depicted as having exaggerated buck teeth, being more on the petite side, and having short feathered hair. Later flashbacks and her ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'' appearance tweaked her to have long hair, a taller and more shapely body, and no buck teeth to be seen.
* The female Dove in ''ComicBook/HawkAndDove'' has been made of this since her introduction. In her opening miniseries, Creator/RobLiefeld infamously couldn't decide on her cup size, or even whether her costume had AbsoluteCleavage, but by the time of her ongoing she subverted MostCommonSuperpower by having merely human-sized (large b-cup, with natural tear-drop shape!) breasts, something she was self-conscious about. Virtually every artist since has drawn her with larger breasts, however. Her human form's hair color has changed in ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' to match her costumed look, though this is more forgivable given that her team has two leggy blondes already.
* As pointed out in [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics80.html this]] ''Stupid Comics'' entry, the title characters of British Girls' Comic ''The Four Marys'' got prettier and more similar-looking as time went by.
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl was a veritable {{Gonk}} in [[http://www.the-isb.com/images/SquirrelGirl02.jpg her debut.]] She's gotten [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SquirrelGirl.jpg much cuter]] since. Almost {{zigzagged|Trope}} in her case, as she went from a near-pinup in looks (as in [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_luomnyHMbS1r08pt9.jpg this page]] from ''New Avengers'') to [[http://nerdist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/543416bceebf3.jpg "funny-looking but still cute"]] in her current title ''ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl''.
* [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad Amanda Waller]], pre-Flashpoint: [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Amanda_Waller_(New_Earth)/Gallery?image=Amanda_Waller_001-jpg fat and menopausal.]] Amanda Waller, post-Flashpoint: [[http://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/tumblr_lrj8fd1iWV1qbujox-136x550.jpg not so much.]] (Also possibly subjected to ButNotTooBlack, though even her chunky middle-aged self's facial features varied with the artist.) After much fan grousing, Comicbook/DCRebirth made her fat again.
* Franchise/WonderWoman's friend Etta Candy started out as visibly overweight, incredibly short (though her early appearances had her taller), and was drawn in a cartoonishly stylized manner. After she was re-introduced in the '70s, she was drawn to be of average height and she ranged from still being kind of chubby to more HollywoodPudgy. George Perez's take on Etta started out as overweight and plain (which made her jealous of Diana), though she gradually lost weight over his run and in Bill Messner-Loeb's stories, which led to a storyline about her being anorexic. She then regained weight and was depicted as either somewhat thicker than Diana, or as heavyset as she was before. After she was brought into Gail Simone's run, Etta was revamped as a curvy blonde woman who [[DependingOnTheArtist sometimes]] appeared to be on the [[BigBeautifulWoman BBW]] side (her more athletic look was eventually implied to be from the training she got as a secret agent). Now in the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' continuity, Etta has been reimagined as an attractive [[RaceLift black woman]] who doesn't appear very chubby at all. Like Amanda Waller, DC Rebirth made Etta fat again, though Creator/GregRucka and the artists split the difference by keeping the Race Lift.
* As much as we love Creator/JackKirby ... and we ''do'' ... any character that he intended to be less good-looking than a movie star is likely to be much more attractive when drawn by someone else, because Kirby's concept of "mildly unattractive" was apparently somewhat akin to most people's notion of NightmareFuel. One example: [[http://www.funnybookbabylon.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/200px-dan_turpin_01.jpg Dan Turpin as drawn by Kirby,]] [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/b/b1/Dan_Turpin_Elseworld%27s_Finest_002.jpg Dan Turpin as drawn by Kieron Dwyer,]] [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081029133852/smallville/images/a/ac/Dan_Turpin_STAS.jpg Dan Turpin from the DCAU.]]

to:

* Doris Husselmeyer of ''ComicStrip/{{Ernie}}'' started out so ugly she gave people heart attacks and went from good-looking enough that dating Arnold Arnoldski was a step down for her to getting hit on by handsome bodybuilders on the beach. Possibly because of ExecutiveMeddling.
* In issue #1 of ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'', Katchoo is very flat-chested and Francine's slightly overweight. By the time we come to the final issue, both women are bustier, much thinner and even have longer legs. This is evidenced by comparing the [[BookEnds first and last]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_man3hcaPMk1rnhr86o1_1280.jpg covers.]]
** Katchoo's hair also goes from [[MessyHair really curly]] to practically straight by the time the series ends.
** Terry Moore might as well be made of this trope. Many of SIP's other minor characters got Progressively Prettier as they stopped being caricatures and actual fleshed-out characters. Casey went from [[TheDitz ditzy]] SatelliteLoveInterest to [[EnsembleDarkhorse a kind of charming]] {{Ascended|Extra}} GenkiGirl.
* In her first appearance, Tabitha Smith (a.k.a. Boom-Boom, a.k.a. Meltdown) of Marvel's X-Titles was deliberately drawn to have a very plain face, and this was a plot point. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8e/Meltdown01.jpg This]] is modern Tabitha.
* ''ComicBook/JonahHex'' in his first few Weird Western stories was a crouching, bulky gnomeish growler whose face wounds had tatters in places. A year later he's upright, statuesque and while the face is still disfigured the wounds are smaller and his filmy eye has gotten clearer. From Two-Face in a cowboy hat to Hollywood perfection with the mouth string thing.
* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' - Inverted with Bigby Wolf who started off looking gritty but attractive but has slowly lost most of the features of a human face. Most noticeably he no longer seems to have eyes or a mouth. Beast swings wildly in appearance from handsome to bestial depending on how much Beauty still loves him, which usually isn't much.
* Comicbook/{{Sinestro}}, from DC Comics ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' mythos, used to be drawn as a skinny guy with a huge head. As he's become more prominent, he's bulkier now, and his head is average sized. His relatively recent shift to AntiHero has only magnified this.
* In the original ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' run Wolfsbane had short, fuzzy, unflattering red hair (implied to be unable to grow very long at all...when she's in her human form) and a flat chest and at times would express her unhappiness at not being as beautiful as her teammate Dani Moonstar. She was (early on) depicted with a snub, almost doglike nose, sharp fangs, narrow eyes; an animalistic cast to her shape that was lost even by the end of the first issue of the regular comic. Nowadays she varies in height, often has long flowing hair and, depending on the artist, is much bustier when she first turns up in ''New Mutants Vol. 2'' she's an outright [[HelloNurse bombshell]] though her run in Comicbook/{{X-Factor}} has put her back to her original appearance. Her teammate Karma, a Vietnamese girl, was also depicted in an unflattering way compared to her more modern depictions, with a pug nose, downturned mouth and unflattering hairstyle. At least part of why Rahne looked as she did was her own powers interacting with with her ''severe'' problems concerning body image (she wants to be pretty, doesn't think she can be, thinks she shouldn't care because vanity's a sin and thus feel guilty for it, then feels guilty for that... thanks a lot, [[TheFundamentalist Rev. Craig]].)
** Mind you, her appearance in X-Factor deviates from the standard attractive female look but is in no way ugly, she has some Annie Lennox kinda androgynous charm to it.
** When originally created, artist Bob [=McLeod=] intended Rahne to be fuller figured at 14 (issue 2), and Dani to be flat at 15. They are, too; for the first run. Rahne mostly envies Dani her long hair. '-it only grows when it's cut, and only t'this length...'
** For the aforementioned Karma, compare her [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8DzbMXBU9nc/T0YYkCEPG7I/AAAAAAAAAew/ehTuOI5Zo8I/s1600/NewMutants_Detail_GN.jpg original depiction]] with her [[http://keithkarabin.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Karma.jpg modern appearance.]]
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** ''Archie'''s enters into this with the former chubby, matronly moms of Archie & Betty suddenly getting a ''lot'' thinner, and previously hideous characters like Jughead's mom & Big Ethel getting much more normalized.
** In Archie's earliest appearances he was also pretty ugly. He was a scrawny, bucktoothed geek with bad acne. He later became the more handsome and athletic character we know today.
* The Creator/MilestoneComics heroine Donner was a muscular ButchLesbian in the original ''Shadow Cabinet'' series. When the Shadow Cabinet guest-starred in ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' after the Milestone characters were brought over into the DCUniverse, Donner was redesigned so that she was now much slimmer and more conventionally attractive, bordering on LipstickLesbian territory.
* Cleo, of ''ComicBook/WetMoon'', following an {{Animesque}} ArtShift has become somewhat slimmer and her facial features more anime. Considering creator Sophie Campbell's love of chubby chicks, this was probably done for strictly pragmatic reasons.
* Jenny Sparks, of Stormwatch and Comicbook/TheAuthority, was introduced as flat-chested (which had no effect on her active sex life). Whether a given artist will retain this characteristic is a crap shoot.
* ''Comicbook/IronMan'' -
''Comicbook/IronMan''. Happy Hogan was kind of like Mickey Rourke in reverse. He started out as an ugly-as-sin boxer (his IronicNickname stemming from the fact that [[PerpetualFrowner he always seemed to be frowning]]), but as TheSixties went on, he was drawn to appear more attractive so that he actually had a prayer with Pepper Potts. Pepper herself was originally a pug-nosed, freckle-faced GirlNextDoor to play up her envy of the beauty queens Tony Stark dated instead of her; she swiftly got a makeover meant to show that she was BeautifulAllAlong, but it somehow changed her facial features drastically.
* Sensor of the postboot ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' was a giant alien snake with the ability to create illusions, allowing her to appear as a beautiful woman. But that wasn't enough, apparently, as she was later "hyper-evolved" into a more human appearance. Incidentally, since she was originally a fairly attractive (apparently) snake alien, she considered her semi-humanoid form hideous.
* ComicBook/BlackAdam started out as a villain with a hooked nose, pointed chin and slightly Sinestro-esque facial features. As his character has matured into an anti-heroic/anti-villainous knight templar type, he retained a hooked nose and arched eyebrows, although they became less prominent, but his jaw got stronger and larger, and his features more handsome, and while his features still look appropriately cruel and proud, he is now generally accepted as being good looking, to the point of [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]] being cast to play him in the [[DevelopmentHell film adaptation]]. Incidentally, the change in features made Adam look a ''lot'' like Marvel's [[Comicbook/SubMariner Namor the Sub-Mariner]]. Their personalities are very similar to boot; it's a wonder Marvel didn't react to the new and improved Black Adam with a lawsuit.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' - Dream started out as looking kind of old and craggy when drawn by Sam Keith (he has been around since the first sentient life in the universe, you know), but most subsequent artists have him looking more or less like Robert Smith at the height of his career. Then again, since an Endless' appearance is affected by those perceiving them, this does make a degree of sense; his siblings similarly go up and down the scale of attractiveness throughout the series. Even Despair, who's supposed to be hideous, has a few appearances in the collage art for her entry in ''Endless Nights'' that look pretty nice if you're the sort who likes women with some meat on their bones.
* Duela Dent, aka "Joker's Daughter" (among her other aliases) stated out with a huge pointed chin and exaggerated, clown-like features when in costume, along with having a wild purple bouffant wig. When she was brought back by Devin Grayson and Phil Jimenez in ''JLA/Titans'', she only wore white face paint and looked much less exaggerated. Before her death in ''Countdown'', she was also depicted as being attractive ''in'' costume, along with her hair now being red.
** When depicted out of costume initially, she just looked like an average teenage girl with short hair. However, this trope got inverted for a while when George Perez drew her as a plain, heavyset woman in her ''New Teen Titans'' cameo, with bad makeup and gaudy violet hair. A ''Team Titans'' cameo then showed her as a gaunt and haggard-looking mental patient, before Jimenez and other later artists would draw her to be an attractive young woman with a bob cut.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'':
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with ComicBook/{{Raven}} in the ''New ComicBook/TeenTitans'' run, where she started out looking like a typical superheroine, and gradually her face got paler and sharper to the point where she didn't even look human, much less attractive (from the neck-up, anyway). To hear Marv Wolfman and George Perez tell it, this was purely due to Perez's evolving skill and subconscious awareness of her true nature, and they almost didn't notice themselves until they were ready to bring in Trigon, whereupon it became a plot point. Played straight after Perez left the title and Eduardo Barretto took over drawing Raven, although later artists would bring back her narrow features. After she was resurrected in the 00s era, Raven reverted to being more conventionally attractive and rounder-faced, and one moment even involved her getting a raven-shaped tramp stamp (which disappeared with later artists' depictions). To some of her fans' chagrin, she was also depicted with larger breasts in an attempt to make her look sexier, while George Perez had made it a point that Raven was supposed to be smaller-chested as part of her dancer build.
** In another ''Teen Titans'' example, the first Terra was depicted as having exaggerated buck teeth, being more on the petite side, and having short feathered hair. Later flashbacks and her ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'' appearance tweaked her to have long hair, a taller and more shapely body, and no buck teeth to be seen.
* The female Dove in ''ComicBook/HawkAndDove'' has been made of this since her introduction. In her opening miniseries, Creator/RobLiefeld infamously couldn't decide on her cup size, or even whether her costume had AbsoluteCleavage, but by the time of her ongoing she subverted MostCommonSuperpower by having merely human-sized (large b-cup, with natural tear-drop shape!) breasts, something she was self-conscious about. Virtually every artist since has drawn her with larger breasts, however. Her human form's hair color has changed in ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' to match her costumed look, though this is more forgivable given that her team has two leggy blondes already.
* As pointed out in [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics80.html this]] ''Stupid Comics'' entry, the title characters of British Girls' Comic ''The Four Marys'' got prettier and more similar-looking as time went by.
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl was a veritable {{Gonk}} in [[http://www.the-isb.com/images/SquirrelGirl02.jpg her debut.]] She's gotten [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SquirrelGirl.jpg much cuter]] since. Almost {{zigzagged|Trope}} in her case, as she went from a near-pinup in looks (as in [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_luomnyHMbS1r08pt9.jpg this page]] from ''New Avengers'') to [[http://nerdist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/543416bceebf3.jpg "funny-looking but still cute"]] in her current title ''ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl''.
* [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad Amanda Waller]], pre-Flashpoint: [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Amanda_Waller_(New_Earth)/Gallery?image=Amanda_Waller_001-jpg fat and menopausal.]] Amanda Waller, post-Flashpoint: [[http://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/tumblr_lrj8fd1iWV1qbujox-136x550.jpg not so much.]] (Also possibly subjected to ButNotTooBlack, though even her chunky middle-aged self's facial features varied with the artist.) After much fan grousing, Comicbook/DCRebirth made her fat again.
* Franchise/WonderWoman's friend Etta Candy started out as visibly overweight, incredibly short (though her early appearances had her taller), and was drawn in a cartoonishly stylized manner. After she was re-introduced in the '70s, she was drawn to be of average height and she ranged from still being kind of chubby to more HollywoodPudgy. George Perez's take on Etta started out as overweight and plain (which made her jealous of Diana), though she gradually lost weight over his run and in Bill Messner-Loeb's stories, which led to a storyline about her being anorexic. She then regained weight and was depicted as either somewhat thicker than Diana, or as heavyset as she was before. After she was brought into Gail Simone's run, Etta was revamped as a curvy blonde woman who [[DependingOnTheArtist sometimes]] appeared to be on the [[BigBeautifulWoman BBW]] side (her more athletic look was eventually implied to be from the training she got as a secret agent). Now in the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' continuity, Etta has been reimagined as an attractive [[RaceLift black woman]] who doesn't appear very chubby at all. Like Amanda Waller, DC Rebirth made Etta fat again, though Creator/GregRucka and the artists split the difference by keeping the Race Lift.
* As much as we love Creator/JackKirby ... and we ''do'' ... any character that he intended to be less good-looking than a movie star is likely to be much more attractive when drawn by someone else, because Kirby's concept of "mildly unattractive" was apparently somewhat akin to most people's notion of NightmareFuel. One example: [[http://www.funnybookbabylon.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/200px-dan_turpin_01.jpg Dan Turpin as drawn by Kirby,]] [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/b/b1/Dan_Turpin_Elseworld%27s_Finest_002.jpg Dan Turpin as drawn by Kieron Dwyer,]] [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081029133852/smallville/images/a/ac/Dan_Turpin_STAS.jpg Dan Turpin from the DCAU.]]
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* ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'':
** Peter parker is a classic example. Drawn by Steve Ditko, Peter was a skinny, thin-faced geek and Spider-Man was thin and more spider-esque. When John Romita, Sr, a former romance comic artist, took over the pencilling duties, Peter Parker became significantly more handsome and Spider-Man took on a more muscle-bound appearance. May be {{Handwave}}d in that when Ditko was drawing it, Spidey was a teenager, and as he got older and got real exercise to go with his superstrength, his frame may well have filled out naturally.
*** The artists' notes in the first volume of ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' bear this out: in that series he's a high-schooler again, and he's drawn explicitly scrawnier and ganglier than the main universe version, with a note that he is supposed to be very thin, not having built up muscle from years of webslinging.
*** Peter does look less spindly and more conventionally attractive even towards the end of Ditko's run.
*** This is acknowledged in "Along Came a Child" from ''Marvel Comics Presents #120'', which features a teenager who turns out to be the boy who witnessed Peter climbing up a building in ''Amazing Fantasy #15''. Having figured out that Spider-Man is the same boy he saw years ago, he strikes a deal with J. Jonah Jameson, and the Daily Bugle publishes a police-sketch that accurately depicts Peter as he appeared in ''AF #15''. Of course, Peter no longer looks like that.
** Also, surprisingly enough, Gwen Stacy. In her early appearances, as drawn by Steve Ditko, she had highly, angular eyebrows, pinned up hair, a constant haughty expression, and fairly modest clothing; her features were sharp and angular and although she could occasionally pull off a nice pout, the fact that lots of characters [[InformedAttractiveness called her pretty]] was the only hint to the fact that she actually was so. But when John Romita took over the drawing, Gwen was softened, her features became more angelic, she let her hair down, gaining her iconic bangs and headband, and she dressed in much sexier clothes.
** It even happened to ''Aunt May'' for a few issues when Romita took over! Luckily, the fans complained she looked too young and she was soon back to her old appearance.
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl was a veritable {{Gonk}} in [[http://www.the-isb.com/images/SquirrelGirl02.jpg her debut.]] She's gotten [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SquirrelGirl.jpg much cuter]] since. Almost {{zigzagged|Trope}} in her case, as she went from a near-pinup in looks (as in [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_luomnyHMbS1r08pt9.jpg this page]] from ''New Avengers'') to [[http://nerdist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/543416bceebf3.jpg "funny-looking but still cute"]] in her current title ''ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl''.
* Songbird from the Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}} is both this trope and its inverse. When she was first the villain Screaming Mimi, she was drawn anywhere from being a KISS reject to a new wave albino. Once she ditched the heavy makeup and dyed her hair mostly red, her natural good looks started shining through. This hit its peak with the Warren Ellis run, where the art direction simultaneously softened her features and refined her chin and cheekbones. The artist also gave her bright blue eyes. However after she was made a warden at the Raft, she got a butch hair cut and a somewhat more square jawline.
* ''The Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' has several cases of this.
** Marrow started as a creepy-looking girl who had craggy bones growing out all over her body and skin like a Shar Pei, but after her HeelFaceTurn, slowly became just an attractive girl with some cosmetic-looking bone attachments. An accident which involved an exploding card, a trip through the astral plane and an alien healing device made her pretty. Then Weapon X performed an experimental procedure on her to give her greater control over her powers that also happened to make her "beautiful" (their words). After she fell off the map completely, she somehow defaulted to somewhere between her "just about to join the X-Men" look and her "alien healing device" look.
** From the same team, ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}'s original source of angst was being fairly demonic looking in a superstitious {{Ruritania}}n hometown. When he first appeared in ComicBook/{{X-Men}} he was short and more "cute" than anything. When he was moved to ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}, Alan Davis purposefully drew him standing at six feet tall and modeled his facial features and personality after Creator/ErrolFlynn. Sure, he was still a blue elf but he was noticeably more charming than his earlier Dave Cockrum incarnation. Other artists have followed suit for the most part.
*** Even under Cockrum's art run, Kurt was often written as some flavor of {{Adorkable}}, BadassAdorable, and even ChickMagnet, so his charm wasn't a completely out of the (ahem) blue development.
*** He even had his own in-universe stuffed doll of himself, the [[http://www.comicvine.com/bamf-doll/18-56496/ BAMF doll]]. In the [[LettersToTheEditor X-Mail letter column]], they printed a few letters from people who desperately wanted one!
** Callisto was the leader of the Morlocks, a group of mutants with extreme physical mutations. Callisto never looked nearly as inhuman as the others as was best describable as 'butch' and was implied to be living with them less due to her appearance and more due to bad experiences with people. Due to the actions of fellow Morlock Masque, she is transformed into a pretty woman ... and many years later she's altered to have tentacles of varying length and thickness in the place of arms. She at once becomes prettier and more Morlockishly inhuman.
** Skin from ''ComicBook/GenerationX.'' He was explicitly shown and stated to be ugly in his first appearances, but by the end of the series, he was looking positively suave. This has an in-universe explanation, since before the series started he was shown to be able to influence his appearance by concentrating, but doing it too much would give him migraines. Later in the series it is pointed out that his appearance has been improving because he has been learning to control his powers. He can never do anything about the unnatural gray color of his skin, but by issue 50 or even earlier it is no longer hanging off him freakishly while he is conscious.
** ComicBook/{{Rogue}} originally started out as a rather homely, "butch" looking woman and a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. After her HeelFaceTurn she seemed to get progressively more attractive as her popularity increased, until she became the sultry southern belle she's known for being today (right around the time Jim Lee took over art chores, not-so-coincidentally). This one also has in-story explanation, since after the X-Men's rough battle with Nimrod that led to Nightcrawler and Rachel Summers going MIA, Rogue spent all night looking for them, but noticed that she looked like hell when passing a reflective window. Once the stores opened in the morning, she went to the mall for a makeover and liked how she looked. While her new clothes sadly [[DoomedNewClothes didn't last]], she most likely got in the habit of caring more about her appearance since then.
** When ComicBook/{{Gambit}} was first introduced, his appearance was rather sleazy and not all that attractive. Once Marvel decided that they'd keep him on as a good guy instead of having him turn out to be a villain, however, his appearance began to improve pretty quickly.
** When {{Wolverine}} was first introduced to the X-Men, he was about 5'4", quite unattractive, and apparently didn't like to bathe. [[EnsembleDarkhorse As]] [[BreakoutCharacter his]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad popularity]] [[WolverinePublicity grew]], he became less unattractive. Then the TallDarkAndHandsome Creator/HughJackman portrayed Wolverine in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'', and people seemed to forget that one of Wolverine's old nicknames was "dog face."
** Dead Girl from ''ComicBook/XForce'' looked quite wizened and mummified when first introduced (see the current image for RevenantZombie) but rapidly turned normal and hot except for her grey skin and deep-set eyes, even becoming an InUniverse sex symbol.
** In her first appearance, Tabitha Smith (a.k.a. Boom-Boom, a.k.a. Meltdown) was deliberately drawn to have a very plain face, and this was a plot point. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8e/Meltdown01.jpg This]] is modern Tabitha.
** In the original ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' run Wolfsbane had short, fuzzy, unflattering red hair (implied to be unable to grow very long at all...when she's in her human form) and a flat chest and at times would express her unhappiness at not being as beautiful as her teammate Dani Moonstar. She was (early on) depicted with a snub, almost doglike nose, sharp fangs, narrow eyes; an animalistic cast to her shape that was lost even by the end of the first issue of the regular comic. Nowadays she varies in height, often has long flowing hair and, depending on the artist, is much bustier when she first turns up in ''New Mutants Vol. 2'' she's an outright [[HelloNurse bombshell]] though her run in Comicbook/{{X-Factor}} has put her back to her original appearance. Her teammate Karma, a Vietnamese girl, was also depicted in an unflattering way compared to her more modern depictions, with a pug nose, downturned mouth and unflattering hairstyle. At least part of why Rahne looked as she did was her own powers interacting with with her ''severe'' problems concerning body image (she wants to be pretty, doesn't think she can be, thinks she shouldn't care because vanity's a sin and thus feel guilty for it, then feels guilty for that... thanks a lot, [[TheFundamentalist Rev. Craig]].)
*** Mind you, her appearance in X-Factor deviates from the standard attractive female look but is in no way ugly, she has some Annie Lennox kinda androgynous charm to it.
*** When originally created, artist Bob [=McLeod=] intended Rahne to be fuller figured at 14 (issue 2), and Dani to be flat at 15. They are, too; for the first run. Rahne mostly envies Dani her long hair. '-it only grows when it's cut, and only t'this length...'
** For the aforementioned Karma, compare her [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8DzbMXBU9nc/T0YYkCEPG7I/AAAAAAAAAew/ehTuOI5Zo8I/s1600/NewMutants_Detail_GN.jpg original depiction]] with her [[http://keithkarabin.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Karma.jpg modern appearance.]]

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* As much as we love Creator/JackKirby ... and we ''do'' ... any character that he intended to be less good-looking than a movie star is likely to be much more attractive when drawn by someone else, because Kirby's concept of "mildly unattractive" was apparently somewhat akin to most people's notion of NightmareFuel. One example: [[http://www.funnybookbabylon.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/200px-dan_turpin_01.jpg Dan Turpin as drawn by Kirby,]] [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/b/b1/Dan_Turpin_Elseworld%27s_Finest_002.jpg Dan Turpin as drawn by Kieron Dwyer,]] [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081029133852/smallville/images/a/ac/Dan_Turpin_STAS.jpg Dan Turpin from the DCAU.]]
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** ''Archie'''s enters into this with the former chubby, matronly moms of Archie & Betty suddenly getting a ''lot'' thinner, and previously hideous characters like Jughead's mom & Big Ethel getting much more normalized.
** In Archie's earliest appearances he was also pretty ugly. He was a scrawny, bucktoothed geek with bad acne. He later became the more handsome and athletic character we know today.



* Jenny Sparks, of Stormwatch and Comicbook/TheAuthority, was introduced as flat-chested (which had no effect on her active sex life). Whether a given artist will retain this characteristic is a crap shoot.
* The Creator/MilestoneComics heroine Donner was a muscular ButchLesbian in the original ''Shadow Cabinet'' series. When the Shadow Cabinet guest-starred in ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' after the Milestone characters were brought over into the DCUniverse, Donner was redesigned so that she was now much slimmer and more conventionally attractive, bordering on LipstickLesbian territory.
* Doris Husselmeyer of ''ComicStrip/{{Ernie}}'' started out so ugly she gave people heart attacks and went from good-looking enough that dating Arnold Arnoldski was a step down for her to getting hit on by handsome bodybuilders on the beach. Possibly because of ExecutiveMeddling.
* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' - Inverted with Bigby Wolf who started off looking gritty but attractive but has slowly lost most of the features of a human face. Most noticeably he no longer seems to have eyes or a mouth. Beast swings wildly in appearance from handsome to bestial depending on how much Beauty still loves him, which usually isn't much.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' - Dream started out as looking kind of old and craggy when drawn by Sam Keith (he has been around since the first sentient life in the universe, you know), but most subsequent artists have him looking more or less like Robert Smith at the height of his career. Then again, since an Endless' appearance is affected by those perceiving them, this does make a degree of sense; his siblings similarly go up and down the scale of attractiveness throughout the series. Even Despair, who's supposed to be hideous, has a few appearances in the collage art for her entry in ''Endless Nights'' that look pretty nice if you're the sort who likes women with some meat on their bones.
* In issue #1 of ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'', Katchoo is very flat-chested and Francine's slightly overweight. By the time we come to the final issue, both women are bustier, much thinner and even have longer legs. This is evidenced by comparing the [[BookEnds first and last]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_man3hcaPMk1rnhr86o1_1280.jpg covers.]]
** Katchoo's hair also goes from [[MessyHair really curly]] to practically straight by the time the series ends.
** Terry Moore might as well be made of this trope. Many of SIP's other minor characters got Progressively Prettier as they stopped being caricatures and actual fleshed-out characters. Casey went from [[TheDitz ditzy]] SatelliteLoveInterest to [[EnsembleDarkhorse a kind of charming]] {{Ascended|Extra}} GenkiGirl.
* As pointed out in [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics80.html this]] ''Stupid Comics'' entry, the title characters of British Girls' Comic ''The Four Marys'' got prettier and more similar-looking as time went by.
* Cleo, of ''ComicBook/WetMoon'', following an {{Animesque}} ArtShift has become somewhat slimmer and her facial features more anime. Considering creator Sophie Campbell's love of chubby chicks, this was probably done for strictly pragmatic reasons.



* ''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 Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters are commonly mentioned as unattractive (it is pantomime tradition for the 1943 film]]) sisters to slightly sunburnt Creator/GerardButler. If you watch clips from be played by men after all). In Disney's ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' they are genuinely unsightly and the original film stepmother is quite old. Various retellings and adaptations make the sisters cuter - highlighting their ugly personalities rather than their appearance - and the stepmother usually looks much younger. Even in Disney's live action [[{{Film/Cinderella2015}} remake]], the stepmother is portrayed as an attractive redhead, while the sisters are just garishly dressed (the narration saying they were only ugly on Website/YouTube, at least one comment will say that Chaney the inside). The FairyGodmother is too ugly. another case; originally envisioned as a sweet grandmotherly type, she's become more of a FairySexy with a PimpedOutDress.
* The first ''Film/{{Halloweentown}}'' movie makes Luke, a [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblin]], look very strange in his true form (he spends most of the movie looking like a human).
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, sequel he still looks weird, but it's noticeably downplayed. And then he suffered from ChuckCunninghamSyndrome and ''no nose''.replaced by a handsomer {{Love Interest|s}} in the third and fourth films.



* Martha Cox, one of the side characters in the ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' series. In the first she's a one-off gag character, a stereotypical fat nerd girl who reveals she's also a talented rapper. Her role is expanded in the second film, and by the third she's slimmed down to HollywoodPudgy at best, her clothes have gone from dowdy to a Cyndi Lauper-esque "quirky '80s girl" look, and she seems to have gotten a lot more popular, too, becoming a cheerleader and head of the prom committee.



* ''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''.
* 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.



* The first ''Film/{{Halloweentown}}'' movie makes Luke, a [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblin]], look very strange in his true form (he spends most of the movie looking like a human). In the sequel he still looks weird, but it's noticeably downplayed. And then he suffered from ChuckCunninghamSyndrome and replaced by a handsomer {{Love Interest|s}} in the third and fourth films.
* 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.
* Martha Cox, one of the side characters in the ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' series. In the first she's a one-off gag character, a stereotypical fat nerd girl who reveals she's also a talented rapper. Her role is expanded in the second film, and by the third she's slimmed down to HollywoodPudgy at best, her clothes have gone from dowdy to a Cyndi Lauper-esque "quirky '80s girl" look, and she seems to have gotten a lot more popular, too, becoming a cheerleader and head of the prom committee.
* Some film adaptations of ''Literature;TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'' have Hyde be more handsome than Jekyll or equally as handsome to keep with the EvilIsSexy trope. In the book and most early adaptations he was described as apelike and ugly, with hairy hands and an air of deformity and repulsiveness that characters could instinctively sense.



* Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters are commonly mentioned as unattractive (it is pantomime tradition for the sisters to be played by men after all). In Disney's ''{{Disney/Cinderella}}'' they are genuinely unsightly and the stepmother is quite old. Various retellings and adaptations make the sisters cuter - highlighting their ugly personalities rather than their appearance - and the stepmother usually looks much younger. Even in Disney's live action [[{{Film/Cinderella2015}} remake]], the stepmother is portrayed as an attractive redhead, while the sisters are just garishly dressed (the narration saying they were only ugly on the inside). The FairyGodmother is another case; originally envisioned as a sweet grandmotherly type, she's become more of a FairySexy with a PimpedOutDress.

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* Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters are commonly mentioned as unattractive (it is pantomime tradition for the sisters to be played by men after all). In Disney's ''{{Disney/Cinderella}}'' they are genuinely unsightly and the stepmother is quite old. Various retellings and Some film adaptations make the sisters cuter - highlighting their ugly personalities rather of ''Literature;TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'' have Hyde be more handsome than their appearance - and the stepmother usually looks much younger. Even in Disney's live action [[{{Film/Cinderella2015}} remake]], the stepmother is portrayed Jekyll or equally as an attractive redhead, while the sisters are just garishly dressed (the narration saying they were only ugly on the inside). The FairyGodmother is another case; originally envisioned as a sweet grandmotherly type, she's become more of a FairySexy handsome to keep with a PimpedOutDress.the EvilIsSexy trope. In the book and most early adaptations he was described as apelike and ugly, with hairy hands and an air of deformity and repulsiveness that characters could instinctively sense.



* In the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko was not exactly conventionally attractive (although he did get his fair share of the fangirls), what with his death-white skin, constant scowl, bright red scar covering a quarter of his face and a quite frankly bizarre hairstyle choice, but as the show went on and he very slowly HeelFaceTurn-ed, his hair grew out and his skin tanned slightly, which had the added benefit of making his scar less noticeable, he went from scowling to moping and then smiling, and he even seemed to bulk up a little. His GoodCostumeSwitch helped as well.
** Katara gets an AdrenalineMakeover at the beginning of season three as part of her Fire Nation disguise. After the disguise is no longer needed, she continues to wear her hair down and has somehow acquired more aesthetically appealing Water Tribe clothes(as opposed to the frock she had in the first two seasons).
** From the [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra sequel series]], we have Tenzin's son Meelo. He was kind of ugly in season one with a big head, googly eyes, and several missing teeth. In season two he is much cuter as his head is more proportionate to his body, his eyes are more focused, and he has most of his teeth. The teeth at least can be justified as him having grown in new ones since he's a child. By Book 4, he's got all his teeth and has grown his hair out.



* Randy from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''. In the first season he looked older and more wrinkly than he does in the later seasons.
* Helga from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', for most of season 1 she is pretty ugly with an ape like face, a thicker unibrow, a big nose, and a big overbite, from season 2 onwards her features are made softer and she gets cuter as a result.
* Both Hank and Peggy from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' benefited from this. Peggy received some color in her skin, lipstick and more normal looking eyes. Hank, though never what you'd call handsome, had the excess lines vanish from his face so he looked like a guy in his forties and not a constantly angry old man.



* In the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko was not exactly conventionally attractive (although he did get his fair share of the fangirls), what with his death-white skin, constant scowl, bright red scar covering a quarter of his face and a quite frankly bizarre hairstyle choice, but as the show went on and he very slowly HeelFaceTurn-ed, his hair grew out and his skin tanned slightly, which had the added benefit of making his scar less noticeable, he went from scowling to moping and then smiling, and he even seemed to bulk up a little. His GoodCostumeSwitch helped as well.
** Katara gets an AdrenalineMakeover at the beginning of season three as part of her Fire Nation disguise. After the disguise is no longer needed, she continues to wear her hair down and has somehow acquired more aesthetically appealing Water Tribe clothes(as opposed to the frock she had in the first two seasons).
** From the [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra sequel series]], we have Tenzin's son Meelo. He was kind of ugly in season one with a big head, googly eyes, and several missing teeth. In season two he is much cuter as his head is more proportionate to his body, his eyes are more focused, and he has most of his teeth. The teeth at least can be justified as him having grown in new ones since he's a child. By Book 4, he's got all his teeth and has grown his hair out.
* Both Hank and Peggy from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' benefited from this. Peggy received some color in her skin, lipstick and more normal looking eyes. Hank, though never what you'd call handsome, had the excess lines vanish from his face so he looked like a guy in his forties and not a constantly angry old man.
* Randy from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''. In the first season he looked older and more wrinkly than he does in the later seasons.
* Helga from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', for most of season 1 she is pretty ugly with an ape like face, a thicker unibrow, a big nose, and a big overbite, from season 2 onwards her features are made softer and she gets cuter as a result.

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* The professor Palladium from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' InUniverse. In the first second season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko was not exactly conventionally attractive (although he did get his fair share of the fangirls), what with his death-white skin, constant scowl, bright red scar covering a quarter of his face and a quite frankly bizarre hairstyle choice, but as the show went on and he very slowly HeelFaceTurn-ed, his hair grew out and his skin tanned slightly, which had the added benefit of making his scar less noticeable, he went from scowling appears to moping and then smiling, and he even seemed to bulk up a little. His GoodCostumeSwitch helped as well.
** Katara gets an AdrenalineMakeover at the beginning of season three as part of her Fire Nation disguise. After the disguise is no longer needed, she continues to wear her hair down and has somehow acquired
be much more aesthetically appealing Water Tribe clothes(as opposed to the frock she had in the first two seasons).
** From the [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra sequel series]], we have Tenzin's son Meelo. He was kind of ugly in season one with a big head, googly eyes,
confident and several missing teeth. In season two he is much cuter as his head is more proportionate to his body, his eyes are more focused, and he has most of his teeth. The teeth at least can be justified as him muscular, having grown in new ones evolved his form since he's a child. By Book 4, he's got all his teeth and has grown his hair out.
* Both Hank and Peggy from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' benefited from this. Peggy received some color in her skin, lipstick and more normal looking eyes. Hank, though never what you'd call handsome, had the excess lines vanish from his face so he looked like a guy in his forties and not a constantly angry old man.
* Randy from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''. In the first season he looked older and more wrinkly than he does in the later seasons.
* Helga from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', for most of season 1 she is pretty ugly with
an ape like face, a thicker unibrow, a big nose, and a big overbite, from season 2 onwards her features are made softer and she gets cuter as a result.elf.
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* Neko Musume from ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro'' was really cutened up over the years. [[http://www.animenation.net/blog/2009/08/14/ask-john-how-did-kitaro-turn-moe/ An article was written about it.]]



* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'': Compare the way Mickey looks in the first issue of the manga to the way he looks a few issues later. He looks much more youthful in later issues.
* ''Young Manga/BlackJack'': The title character has been updated from his Tezuka look to be more {{Bishonen}} for an inversion. There's justification in that this is a prequel but because the first thing the anime shows is his [[FanservicePack scarred muscular body]] and not his surgical skills, it becomes obvious he's sculpted only for the sake of {{Fanservice}}.
* Albert Heinrich/004 in ''Manga/{{Cyborg009}}'' started out ''much'' stranger-looking than simply having MonochromaticEyes and a GlasgowGrin-level mouth; his early appearances had him sporting an unflattering bowl-cut hairstyle that gave his head a very mushroom-like cast, his nose was elongated and pointy (but still only second to 002's GagNose), and his facial structure amounted to mostly being a long narrow jawline. Ishinomori gradually drew him more normalized over the course of the manga with the ensuing ArtEvolution, to the point where he looked rather handsome in the final chapters of the manga.



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Before Gaara was rather mean and scary-looking because, well, he was mean and scary. After his HeelFaceTurn, he's been redesigned to look still gothic but much gentler (again, because he generally is).
** Whether it was ArtEvolution or an intentional choice to show him aging, Naruto in the earliest chapters is a scrawny looking kid whose collar is too large. Eventually he fills out and starts looking quite cute.
* Takatsuki from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' received this going from the manga to the anime. His goofy facial expressions from the manga were changed to better looking ones in the anime adaptation. In the manga itself, due to ArtEvolution certain characters such as Doi, Seya, and Mako became cuter and more attractive over time; though it's justified since they're getting older.
* The entire cast of ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' has had this happen to them, Madarame in particular has benefitted.



* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'': Compare the way Mickey looks in the first issue of the manga to the way he looks a few issues later. He looks much more youthful in later issues.

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* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'': Compare Vincent from ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' undergoes this as he [[spoiler: begins to awaken to his true nature as the way Mickey looks in the first issue of the manga to the way he looks a few issues later. He looks much titular superbeing]], starting off [[https://goodbyenavi.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/ergoproxy71.jpg looking rather soft and harmless-looking]] and [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/ergoproxy/images/4/46/Vincentlaw.png/revision/latest?cb=20100102054158 eventually turning more youthful in later issues.and more]] {{Bishonen}}.



* Neko Musume from ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro'' was really cutened up over the years. [[http://www.animenation.net/blog/2009/08/14/ask-john-how-did-kitaro-turn-moe/ An article was written about it.]]
* The entire cast of ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' has had this happen to them, Madarame in particular has benefitted.
* Hinagiku's mom in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is a premier example above and beyond the series' ArtEvolution. Her first appearance had her looking very definitely middle-aged easily, with some obvious wrinkles and a plain, realistic hair style. She came home the next day looking ten years younger. This is partly justified as she was introduced when Hinagiku brought Hayate home and he needed a place to stay for a couple days, took an instant liking to him, and apparently went to the salon the next day. It's almost become a RunningGag since then that she looks younger and prettier with each appearance, and by now she sports a cute hair style, a perky and energetic expression, and not a wrinkle in sight - she could easily be mistaken as Hinagiku's older sister these days, although she acts more like a younger sister most times...



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Before Gaara was rather mean and scary-looking because, well, he was mean and scary. After his HeelFaceTurn, he's been redesigned to look still gothic but much gentler (again, because he generally is).
** Whether it was ArtEvolution or an intentional choice to show him aging, Naruto in the earliest chapters is a scrawny looking kid whose collar is too large. Eventually he fills out and starts looking quite cute.



* Albert Heinrich/004 in ''Manga/{{Cyborg009}}'' started out ''much'' stranger-looking than simply having MonochromaticEyes and a GlasgowGrin-level mouth; his early appearances had him sporting an unflattering bowl-cut hairstyle that gave his head a very mushroom-like cast, his nose was elongated and pointy (but still only second to 002's GagNose), and his facial structure amounted to mostly being a long narrow jawline. Ishinomori gradually drew him more normalized over the course of the manga with the ensuing ArtEvolution, to the point where he looked rather handsome in the final chapters of the manga.

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* Albert Heinrich/004 In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, the characters in ''Manga/{{Cyborg009}}'' started out ''much'' stranger-looking than simply having MonochromaticEyes the Original Series were subject to this when flashbacks to their saga were reanimated to match the [[ArtEvolution newer art-style]] in ''Best Wishes'' for the episodes "The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion" and a GlasgowGrin-level mouth; his early appearances had him sporting an unflattering bowl-cut hairstyle that gave his head a very mushroom-like cast, his nose was elongated "Ash and pointy (but still only second to 002's GagNose), and his facial structure amounted to mostly being a long narrow jawline. Ishinomori gradually drew him more normalized over the course of Butterfree: Until We Meet Again".
* Takatsuki from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' received this going from
the manga with the ensuing ArtEvolution, to the point where he looked rather handsome anime. His goofy facial expressions from the manga were changed to better looking ones in the final chapters of anime adaptation. In the manga. manga itself, due to ArtEvolution certain characters such as Doi, Seya, and Mako became cuter and more attractive over time; though it's justified since they're getting older.



* Hinagiku's mom in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is a premier example above and beyond the series' ArtEvolution. Her first appearance had her looking very definitely middle-aged easily, with some obvious wrinkles and a plain, realistic hair style. She came home the next day looking ten years younger. This is partly justified as she was introduced when Hinagiku brought Hayate home and he needed a place to stay for a couple days, took an instant liking to him, and apparently went to the salon the next day. It's almost become a RunningGag since then that she looks younger and prettier with each appearance, and by now she sports a cute hair style, a perky and energetic expression, and not a wrinkle in sight - she could easily be mistaken as Hinagiku's older sister these days, although she acts more like a younger sister most times...
* Vincent from ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' undergoes this as he [[spoiler: begins to awaken to his true nature as the titular superbeing]], starting off [[https://goodbyenavi.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/ergoproxy71.jpg looking rather soft and harmless-looking]] and [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/ergoproxy/images/4/46/Vincentlaw.png/revision/latest?cb=20100102054158 eventually turning more and more]] {{Bishonen}}.
* ''Young Manga/BlackJack'': The title character has been updated from his Tezuka look to be more {{Bishonen}} for an inversion. There's justification in that this is a prequel but because the first thing the anime shows is his [[FanservicePack scarred muscular body]] and not his surgical skills, it becomes obvious he's sculpted only for the sake of {{Fanservice}}.
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, the characters in the Original Series were subject to this when flashbacks to their saga were reanimated to match the [[ArtEvolution newer art-style]] in ''Best Wishes'' for the episodes "The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion" and "Ash and Butterfree: Until We Meet Again".
31st Oct '16 10:31:13 AM siberia82
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* Professor X in the [[ComicBook/XMen X-Men comics]] is a middle-aged bald guy who is average-looking at best with no striking physical features (and considering that he's usually drawn with a severe facial expression, he could be deemed slightly below average). Creator/PatrickStewart was cast as the elderly version of the [[XMenFilmSeries/ProfessorCharlesFrancisXavier character]] in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' (Xavier is in his early-to-mid 70s in the original trilogy). Stewart is the trope image for BaldOfAwesome, and he's widely renown as being very handsome for an older bald man. The younger [[HotScientist Charles]] became a ''sex symbol'' within the film fandom after ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', which starred Creator/JamesMcAvoy, a PrettyBoy extraordinaire, and the studio had dictated that the actor conserve his thick, wavy tresses for the role. The filmmakers of ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' then surpassed this by making "[[FanNickname Professor Sex]]" an extremely young-looking 50-year-old[[note]][=McAvoy=] was 36 during principal photography and wasn't subjected to any ageing make-up[[/note]] LongHairedPrettyBoy who's glamorous like an '80s fashion model, plus he was lightly [[HotTeacher objectified]] for the first time in the movie franchise with a white shirt that had semi-transparent "stripes," and a thin lilac sweater that didn't exactly mask the contour of his pectoral muscles (or even his nipples, for that matter). The younger fangirls who weren't familiar with the comics and/or Stewart's performance genuinely became ''upset'' when [=McAvoy=]'s Xavier lost all of his hair in the third act.

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* Professor X in the [[ComicBook/XMen X-Men comics]] is a middle-aged bald guy who is average-looking at best with no striking physical features (and considering that he's usually drawn with a severe facial expression, he could be deemed slightly below average). Creator/PatrickStewart was cast as the elderly version of the [[XMenFilmSeries/ProfessorCharlesFrancisXavier [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier character]] in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' (Xavier is in his early-to-mid 70s in the original trilogy). Stewart is the trope image for BaldOfAwesome, and he's widely renown as being very handsome for an older bald man. The younger [[HotScientist Charles]] became a ''sex symbol'' within the film fandom after ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', which starred Creator/JamesMcAvoy, a PrettyBoy extraordinaire, and the studio had dictated that the actor conserve his thick, wavy tresses for the role. The filmmakers of ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' then surpassed this by making "[[FanNickname Professor Sex]]" an extremely young-looking 50-year-old[[note]][=McAvoy=] was 36 during principal photography and wasn't subjected to any ageing make-up[[/note]] LongHairedPrettyBoy who's glamorous like an '80s fashion model, plus he was lightly [[HotTeacher objectified]] for the first time in the movie franchise with a white shirt that had semi-transparent "stripes," and a thin lilac sweater that didn't exactly mask the contour of his pectoral muscles (or even his nipples, for that matter). The younger fangirls who weren't familiar with the comics and/or Stewart's performance genuinely became ''upset'' when [=McAvoy=]'s Xavier lost all of his hair in the third act.
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