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* Daimakaicho Hagall from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. When she first meets Hild, she's dressed in rags and looks like she's destitute. Hild takes her as her apprentice, gaining a tremendous boost in beauty and status.
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* Kurumi in ''Manga/HaouAiren'' fits very well in a {{Qipao}} and in a bridal gown.
* Louise in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''. [[SummonEverymanHero Saito]] always thinks Louise is cute (''physically'', anyway), but her attitude is [[{{Tsundere}} less tsun-tsun and more dere-dere]] at parties.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Akane gets Ranma ''but good'' twice, at the start and conclusion of the final story arc, when he sees her [[spoiler:in a wedding kimono (first instance) and then in a Western-style wedding dress]]. Of course, she dresses up in fancy dresses whenever she can and usually does look pretty good, it's just that those two are the most prominent.
** Also Ukyō in the Episode "Ukyō's Skirt, The Great Girly-Girl Gambit". Ukyō looks so stunning in a Fūrinkan girl's uniform that Kunō promptly decides to start courting her as well as Akane and "the pigtailed girl". Even Ranma only recognizes her because she's still carrying her giant spatula. Unfortunately for her, while all of the other guys at school wanted to date her, Ranma still didn't seem to get that what she wanted was to try and give their relationship a boost. Between that, and the fact it ended up in a contest where Ranma got beaten up by all of the other guys, she stopped wearing it out of remorse. She does occasionally dress up in more feminine garb, though the series has something of a LimitedWardrobe for her. She only wears the girl's uniform one other time, in her final appearance, and lampshades it in the original Japanese.
** A male example occurs with Ranma, in a brief storyline in which Kodachi brings him as her date, to be compared to her rival's date. When said rival sees Ranma for the first time, he'd just been run over by a herd of cows and hardly looked his best. When he shows up at the actual date, cleaned up and looking awesome in a suit, the rival actually is impressed.
** In the same arc, [[HypocriticalHeartwarming Akane becomes very offended]] when the rival insults Ranma. So, she helps make him look handsome for the date and mentally lampshades this trope while doing it.
---> '''Akane:''' I'll show her! When you dress Ranma up, he can be plenty cool!
* Similarly, in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': Ryūnosuke, who is easily the [[{{Bifauxnen}} most manly]] character in the show, has an episode dedicated to her struggle to become feminine. She really only wished to wear a sailor suit, but ends up [[WholeCostumeReference wearing Audrey Hepburn's iconic Ascot dress]] from ''Film/MyFairLady''. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryuunosuke1_4524.jpg Before]] and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryuunosuke2_8055.jpg After]].
* Misty of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fame has done this from time to time. The infamous example of her wearing a kimono at the [[FestivalEpisode Summer Festival]] and actually rendering Ash speechless comes to mind. She also looked particularly stunning in some later episodes as a LovelyAssistant and as a mermaid.
** Also, in one episode, Ash and Company met a girl who dresses and acts tough. At the end of the episode, when she invoked the trope, Brock reacted the way he usually does around beautiful girls, which prompted her into resuming her boyishness.
* Kaname of ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' does this to Sōsuke while posing as an older, married, and sexually frustrated woman. It works amazingly.
** She also pulls it with a kimono, shocking everyone.

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* Kurumi in ''Manga/HaouAiren'' fits very well in a {{Qipao}} and in a bridal gown.
* Louise in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''. [[SummonEverymanHero Saito]] always thinks Louise is cute (''physically'', anyway), but her attitude is [[{{Tsundere}} less tsun-tsun and more dere-dere]] at parties.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Akane gets Ranma ''but good'' twice, at the start and conclusion
''VisualNovel/AkaneIroNiSomaruSaka'' uses this. All of the final story arc, when he sees her [[spoiler:in a wedding kimono (first instance) and then in a Western-style wedding dress]]. Of course, she dresses up in fancy dresses whenever she can and usually does look pretty good, it's just that those two are the most prominent.
** Also Ukyō in the Episode "Ukyō's Skirt, The Great Girly-Girl Gambit". Ukyō looks so stunning in a Fūrinkan girl's uniform that Kunō promptly decides to start courting her as well as Akane and "the pigtailed girl". Even Ranma only recognizes her because she's still carrying her giant spatula. Unfortunately for her, while all of the other guys at school wanted to date her, Ranma still didn't seem to get that what she wanted was to try and give their relationship a boost. Between that, and the fact it ended up in a contest where Ranma got beaten up by all of the other guys, she stopped wearing it out of remorse. She does occasionally
girls dress up and appear, getting a vague response from the main character. Then his sister shows up (late to the entrance) and he's dumbfounded. She's squicked by this, and he's berated by his fiancée (part of the first group).
* Deunan of ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' stunned everyone when she turned up for Hitomi's birthday party
in a stylish dress, specially designed by [[http://chloeings.blogspot.com/2007/08/prada-designs-costumes-for-cartoon.html Muiccia Prada]]
** It was even lampshaded by one of the people present. Not surprising, considering the vast difference from Deunan's usual [[ActionGirl tomboy-ish]] looks.
* Kakeru from ''Manga/AreaNoKishi'' notices this when he reunites with childhood friend Seven. She appears far
more feminine garb, though the series has something of a LimitedWardrobe for her. She only wears the girl's uniform one other time, in her final appearance, and lampshades it in the original Japanese.
** A male example occurs with Ranma, in a brief storyline in which Kodachi brings him as her date, to be compared to her rival's date. When said rival sees Ranma for the first time, he'd just been run over by a herd of cows and hardly looked his best. When
than [[OneOfTheBoys he shows up at the actual date, cleaned up and looking awesome in a suit, the rival actually is impressed.
** In the same arc, [[HypocriticalHeartwarming Akane becomes very offended]] when the rival insults Ranma. So, she helps make him look handsome for the date and mentally lampshades this trope while doing it.
---> '''Akane:''' I'll show her! When you dress Ranma up, he can be plenty cool!
* Similarly, in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': Ryūnosuke, who is easily the [[{{Bifauxnen}} most manly]] character in the show, has an episode dedicated to her struggle to become feminine. She really only wished to wear a sailor suit, but ends up [[WholeCostumeReference wearing Audrey Hepburn's iconic Ascot dress]]
remembered]] from ''Film/MyFairLady''. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryuunosuke1_4524.jpg Before]] and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryuunosuke2_8055.jpg After]].
* Misty of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fame has done this from time to time. The infamous example of her wearing a kimono at the [[FestivalEpisode Summer Festival]] and actually rendering Ash speechless comes to mind. She also looked particularly stunning
their days in some later episodes as a LovelyAssistant and as a mermaid.
** Also, in one episode, Ash and Company met a girl who dresses and acts tough. At the end of the episode, when she invoked the trope, Brock reacted the way he usually does around beautiful girls, which prompted her into resuming her boyishness.
* Kaname of ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' does this to Sōsuke while posing as an older, married, and sexually frustrated woman. It works amazingly.
** She also pulls it with a kimono, shocking everyone.
elementary school.



* [[{{Tomboy}} Cagalli]] had this trope [[GenreSavvy deliberately]] invoked on her in the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'' first season. ''Twice''. She [[WellExcuseMePrincess wasn't really amused]] in any occasion.
* Continually subverted in ''Manga/TheWallflower'' -- whenever the guys trick/force Sunako-chan into some proper clothes, Kyohei knows she's still the same person, and is (frustratingly) not quite cognisant of any attraction to her no matter how good she looks.
* Even Amy Rose has done this on ''Anime/SonicX'', complete with the reaction from Sonic himself.

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* [[{{Tomboy}} Cagalli]] had this trope [[GenreSavvy deliberately]] invoked on her in the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'' Liechtenstein, Ukraine and Hungary from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. The first season. ''Twice''. She [[WellExcuseMePrincess wasn't really amused]] looks very cute [[http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-837.html in any occasion.
* Continually subverted in ''Manga/TheWallflower'' -- whenever
a blue ballgown]], the guys trick/force Sunako-chan into some proper second is quite a babe [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/11219211.html in her national dress]], and Finland got a picture of [[http://www.hetarchive.net/scanlations/hetastreeeem/xmas20113.php the third]] wearing a very elegant PimpedOutDress during the HetaliaBloodbath2010.
** Taiwan also [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/11597580.html looks very pretty in traditional clothing]].
** Not to mention the usual {{Shorttank}} Wy looks adorable [[http://www.geocities.jp/himaruya/mcr_1920.jpg all dressed up.]] In that same picture, ''all'' the male micronations (save for Nikko-Nikko) clean up alongside her, and they all look quite handsome.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Casca, who usually goes around in men's clothing, short hair and non-{{Stripperiffic}} armour, is seen for the first time in a very nice, feminine dress upon [[spoiler: Griffith's brief triumph after defeating Midland's king's rivals]]. [[http://www.mangareader.net/96-1128-163/berserk/chapter-8.html Guts' priceless blank stare]] upon seeing her dressed this way is one of the series' very rare [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments Of Funny]].
* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Kaori has sometimes put on a long wig and fooled her partner Ryo Saeba. In episode 137, an old friend of her buys Kaori fashionable
clothes, Kyohei knows she's still the same person, and is (frustratingly) not quite cognisant of any attraction to her no matter how good she looks.
* Even Amy Rose has done this on ''Anime/SonicX'', complete
and, with her wig, starts successfully dating Ryo at night. "Cinderella" was even the reaction from Sonic himself.French title.



* Hitomi in ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne''. When she borrows one of Millerna's {{Pimped Out Dress}}es, Van can't help but spend the entirety of the dinner conversation just gawking dumbly at her (or {{Dope Slap}}ping [[ClingyJealousGirl Merle]] for getting in the way of his gawking dumbly at her).
* ''VisualNovel/AkaneIroNiSomaruSaka'' uses this. All of the girls dress up and appear, getting a vague response from the main character. Then his sister shows up (late to the entrance) and he's dumbfounded. She's squicked by this, and he's berated by his fiancée (part of the first group).

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* Hitomi in ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne''. When she borrows one of Millerna's {{Pimped Out Dress}}es, Van can't help but spend the entirety of the dinner conversation just gawking dumbly at her (or {{Dope Slap}}ping [[ClingyJealousGirl Merle]] for getting Faye from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is not a slouch in the way of his gawking dumbly at her).
* ''VisualNovel/AkaneIroNiSomaruSaka'' uses this. All of
looks department to start with, being MissFanservice for the girls dress up show. But when circumstances in "Ballad Of Fallen Angels" call for her to drop her usual trashy outfit and appear, getting do up not only her hair but also makeup and wardrobe to pass for a vague response from high-class opera patron, the main character. Then his sister shows up (late to effect on her is impressive. Too bad the entrance) and he's dumbfounded. She's squicked by this, and he's berated by his fiancée (part BigBad was waiting for her with a bunch of goons anyway.
* Miranda Lotto in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. It was a shock for most readers when they saw her for [[http://read.mangashare.com/D.Gray-man/chapter-019/page004.html
the first group).time]]. Only for Miranda to become like [[http://read.mangashare.com/D.Gray-man/chapter-026/page017.html this]] after she gained her Innocence and self-confidence for the first time in her life.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' have [[FatGirl Nago]]--not that she had ''done'' that, but a convex mirror shows that she ''will'' look quite cute if she loses some weight.



* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'''s Haruhi cleans up nicely in the first chapter/episode going from frumpy and disheveled to a {{Bifauxnen}}. She's also dolled up during the Christmas ball to help get two fiancés back together, complete with a wig, dress, and makeup. She complains about it and states that her face feels heavy with all the makeup, and that it's hard to walk in the heels the boys gave her.
* Louise Halevy from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' puts on a nice pink kimono while visiting Japan. In the second season, she makes a ''really'' beautiful ElegantGothicLolita during a ball.

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* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'''s Haruhi cleans up nicely Used in a somewhat weird way in the first chapter/episode going from frumpy seventh ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' movie. [[spoiler: When Kazuha and disheveled Heiji were little, they visited Kazuha's family in Kyoto. Little Heiji ran off to a {{Bifauxnen}}. She's also temple, and while waiting for him little Kazuha was dolled up during in a kimono and got her hair done by her relatives. Little Heiji then saw her playing under the Christmas ball CherryBlossoms, but didn't recognize her... and "that girl from Kyoto" remained in his memory as "his FirstLove". Since the movie had a subplot in which Heiji was searching for the anonymous girl he once liked, it means Kazuha was jealous of... her dolled up little girl self. [[FirstGirlAfterAll And Heiji didn't find out until the end of the movie]], [[ChekhovsGun when he heard Kazuha sing a song that the "girl from Kyoto" was singing when he saw her]].]]
** Played straight when Conan sees Ran in a [[LolitaFashion sweet lolita]] [[PinkisFeminine pink]] dress. He was getting ready
to help get two fiancés back together, snark at her and Sonoko for [[SkewedPriorities putting on such clothes while in a case]], but when he ''actually'' sees Ran he's completely starstruck, complete with a wig, dress, and makeup. She complains about it and states that her face feels heavy with all the makeup, and that it's hard to walk in the heels the boys gave her.
LuminescentBlush.
* Louise Halevy from in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''. [[SummonEverymanHero Saito]] always thinks Louise is cute (''physically'', anyway), but her attitude is [[{{Tsundere}} less tsun-tsun and more dere-dere]] at parties.
* Kaname of ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' does this to Sōsuke while posing as an older, married, and sexually frustrated woman. It works amazingly. She also pulls it with a kimono, shocking everyone.
* [[{{Tomboy}} Cagalli]] had this trope [[GenreSavvy deliberately]] invoked on her in the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'' first season. ''Twice''. She [[WellExcuseMePrincess wasn't really amused]] in any occasion.
*
''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' 00]]'':
** Louise Halevy
puts on a nice pink kimono while visiting Japan. In the second season, she makes a ''really'' beautiful ElegantGothicLolita during a ball.



* In ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' Deedlit, wearing an extravagant white gown, walks down the stairs with Parn, who is having a LOT of trouble looking her in the eye. Subverted slightly as [[ObliviousToLove he spends most of the ball]] ignoring her advances and [[HoYay swooning]] [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee over a famous]] [[HeroWorshipper hero.]]
** And Deedlit herself is so uncomfortable with the PimpedOutDress that she whines quite a bit at first, too.
--> '''Deedlit:''' Ah, this dress is so tight! Seriously, I don't know how you court ladies can wear these things ever day...

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* In ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' Deedlit, wearing an extravagant white gown, walks down the stairs Happens during a FancyDinner scene in ''Anime/GunXSword'', with Parn, who is having Wendy borrowing a LOT of trouble looking fancy dress, taking her in the eye. Subverted slightly as [[ObliviousToLove he spends most hair out of the ball]] ignoring pigtails, and using makeup. Her dinner companion doesn't even recognize her advances and [[HoYay swooning]] [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee over at first. In context, his surprise may have a famous]] [[HeroWorshipper hero.]]
** And Deedlit herself is so uncomfortable
lot to do with the PimpedOutDress fact that she whines quite looks older--like a bit at first, too.
--> '''Deedlit:''' Ah, this dress is so tight! Seriously, I don't know how you court ladies can wear these things ever day...
young woman rather than a child--than she does in her usual clothing.
* Not that Chizuru in ''VisualNovel/{{Hakuouki}}'' wasn't already cute, even when disguised as a boy, but her [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/34300000/Kawaii-kawaii-anime-34343007-1280-720.jpg dolled up as a meiko]] in the OVA caused several of the captains, including [[TheStoic Saitou]] ''and'' [[SergeantRock Hijikata]], to stop and stare.
* Kurumi in ''Manga/HaouAiren'' fits very well in a {{Qipao}} and in a bridal gown.



* Subverted in ''Manga/PrivatePrince'', where female lead Miyako looks extremely good but is ''terribly'' uncomfortable and trips over her high heels and long dress... [[MeetCute in front of Will, the lead male.]]

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* Subverted In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' episode 23, everyone's got their eyes on [[{{Bifauxnen}} Itsuki]] after she first transforms into Cure Sunshine and later, when she first debuts in ''Manga/PrivatePrince'', where female lead Miyako looks extremely good clothing during the fashion club's trip in episode 25.
* Isao from ''Manga/InsideMari'' is a scraggly looking {{hikkikomori}} with MessyHair and a permastubble. When he [[spoiler:decided to get a part-time job]] he cut his hair and shaved his beard. It ended up making him look considerably younger.
* In ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' Tomoe has this reaction to Nanami after she gets some fashion help from Himemiko.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'': normally Sawako's look wavers between scary or rather plain (except when she smiles from the heart). After a surprise makeover and a [[HairDecorations butterfly hairclip]] from Yano and Chizu, though, she broke the pretty barrier.
* No one recognizes her,
but is ''terribly'' uncomfortable Sanae Dekomori in ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' actually turns out to be pretty good-looking when she has her hair down and trips over her high heels and long dress... [[MeetCute in front of Will, the lead male.]]acts like a normal person.



* Anna from ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' has come close to {{yandere}} status in her relations with Yuma, and a rare female case of SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp. Her tomboyish nature is even more evident in the original Japanese, where she uses "ore" (俺) when referring to herself (this is a pronoun that is predominantly used by males and very seldom used by females). Except at her mentor's wedding, that is. The flashback shows her in a nice white dress, and she pulls off the look quite well.

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* Anna ''Manga/NewGame'':
** In Chapter 23, Kou is forced to wear dressier clothes and do her hair for an interview. Aoba and Rin remark that she looks really cute that way.
** In the fourth volume Yun reveals she was pretty dorky when she was in school, complete with OpaqueNerdGlasses. The present-day version of her is quite a cutie in ElegantGothicLolita fashion (and no glasses).
* Koala in ''Manga/OnePiece'' was found by Fisher Tiger's crew, starting out like [[http://static4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120401095145/onepiece/images/2/22/Koala.png this]], understandable since she was previously a slave. After spending some time with them, she looked like [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/onepiece/images/6/6d/Koala_After_Living_with_Sun_Pirates.png this]]. Hatchan even lampshaded how she has changed.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'''s Haruhi cleans up nicely in the first chapter/episode going
from ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' frumpy and disheveled to a {{Bifauxnen}}. She's also dolled up during the Christmas ball to help get two fiancés back together, complete with a wig, dress, and makeup. She complains about it and states that her face feels heavy with all the makeup, and that it's hard to walk in the heels the boys gave her.
* In another male example, [[spoiler:Brief]] from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' cleans up [[{{Bishonen}} very]] nicely.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Misty
has come close done this from time to {{yandere}} status time. The infamous example of her wearing a kimono at the [[FestivalEpisode Summer Festival]] and actually rendering Ash speechless comes to mind. She also looked particularly stunning in some later episodes as a LovelyAssistant and as a mermaid.
** Also, in one episode, Ash and Company met a girl who dresses and acts tough. At the end of the episode, when she invoked the trope, Brock reacted the way he usually does around beautiful girls, which prompted her into resuming her boyishness.
* Subverted in ''Manga/PrivatePrince'', where female lead Miyako looks extremely good but is ''terribly'' uncomfortable and trips over her high heels and long dress... [[MeetCute in front of Will, the lead male.]]
* Madoka, of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', is considered to be fairly plain ([[GenericCuteness by the show's standard, anyway]]). Upon her [[spoiler: AbstractApotheosis]], she looks properly majestic (though the [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow hair]] and [[PowerGivesYouWings wings]] certainly help).
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Akane gets Ranma ''but good'' twice, at the start and conclusion of the final story arc, when he sees her [[spoiler:in a wedding kimono (first instance) and then in a Western-style wedding dress]]. Of course, she dresses up in fancy dresses whenever she can and usually does look pretty good, it's just that those two are the most prominent.
** Also Ukyō in the Episode "Ukyō's Skirt, The Great Girly-Girl Gambit". Ukyō looks so stunning in a Fūrinkan girl's uniform that Kunō promptly decides to start courting her as well as Akane and "the pigtailed girl". Even Ranma only recognizes her because she's still carrying her giant spatula. Unfortunately for her, while all of the other guys at school wanted to date her, Ranma still didn't seem to get that what she wanted was to try and give their relationship a boost. Between that, and the fact it ended up in a contest where Ranma got beaten up by all of the other guys, she stopped wearing it out of remorse. She does occasionally dress up in more feminine garb, though the series has something of a LimitedWardrobe for her. She only wears the girl's uniform one other time,
in her relations with Yuma, final appearance, and a rare female case of SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp. Her tomboyish nature is even more evident lampshades it in the original Japanese, where she uses "ore" (俺) Japanese.
** A male example occurs with Ranma, in a brief storyline in which Kodachi brings him as her date, to be compared to her rival's date. When said rival sees Ranma for the first time, he'd just been run over by a herd of cows and hardly looked his best. When he shows up at the actual date, cleaned up and looking awesome in a suit, the rival actually is impressed.
*** In the same arc, [[HypocriticalHeartwarming Akane becomes very offended]]
when referring to the rival insults Ranma. So, she helps make him look handsome for the date and mentally lampshades this trope while doing it.
---> '''Akane:''' I'll show her! When you dress Ranma up, he can be plenty cool!
* In ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' Deedlit, wearing an extravagant white gown, walks down the stairs with Parn, who is having a LOT of trouble looking her in the eye. Subverted slightly as [[ObliviousToLove he spends most of the ball]] ignoring her advances and [[HoYay swooning]] [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee over a famous]] [[HeroWorshipper hero.]]
** And Deedlit
herself (this is a pronoun so uncomfortable with the PimpedOutDress that is predominantly used by males and very seldom used by females). Except at her mentor's wedding, that is. The flashback shows her in a nice white dress, and she pulls off the look whines quite well.a bit at first, too.
--> '''Deedlit:''' Ah, this dress is so tight! Seriously, I don't know how you court ladies can wear these things ever day...



* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'': normally Sawako's look wavers between scary or rather plain (except when she smiles from the heart). After a surprise makeover and a [[HairDecorations butterfly hairclip]] from Yano and Chizu, though, she broke the pretty barrier.
* In ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'', even rival ManChild Jumbo is impressed with Miura's traditional dress and performance at the autumn matsuri.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Casca, who usually goes around in men's clothing, short hair and non-{{Stripperiffic}} armour, is seen for the first time in a very nice, feminine dress upon [[spoiler: Griffith's brief triumph after defeating Midland's king's rivals]]. [[http://www.mangareader.net/96-1128-163/berserk/chapter-8.html Guts' priceless blank stare]] upon seeing her dressed this way is one of the series' very rare [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments Of Funny]].
* Kakeru from ''Manga/AreaNoKishi'' notices this when he reunites with childhood friend Seven. She appears far more feminine than [[OneOfTheBoys he remembered]] from their days in elementary school.
* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Kaori has sometimes put on a long wig and fooled her partner Ryo Saeba. In episode 137, an old friend of her buys Kaori fashionable clothes, and, with her wig, starts successfully dating Ryo at night. "Cinderella" was even the French title.
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' episode 23, everyone's got their eyes on [[{{Bifauxnen}} Itsuki]] after she first transforms into Cure Sunshine and later, when she first debuts in female clothing during the fashion club's trip in episode 25.
* Miranda Lotto in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. It was a shock for most readers when they saw her for [[http://read.mangashare.com/D.Gray-man/chapter-019/page004.html the first time]]. Only for Miranda to become like [[http://read.mangashare.com/D.Gray-man/chapter-026/page017.html this]] after she gained her Innocence and self-confidence for the first time in her life.

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* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'': normally Sawako's look wavers between scary or rather plain (except In the first chapter of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kenshin remarked how different Kaoru looked in her formal, feminine kimono compared to when they first met and she smiles from was wearing her scruffy dojo uniform.
** At
the heart). After end of the anime-only Shimabara arc, the tomboyish Misao puts on a surprise makeover cute and a [[HairDecorations butterfly hairclip]] from Yano and Chizu, though, she broke the pretty barrier.
* In ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'', even rival ManChild Jumbo is impressed with Miura's traditional
frilly dress and performance at the autumn matsuri.
uses a ParasolOfPrettiness. Sanosuke doesn't recognize her.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Casca, who usually goes around Pai in men's clothing, short hair and non-{{Stripperiffic}} armour, is seen for the first time chapter of ''Manga/SazanEyes''.
* Played straight
in a very nice, feminine dress upon [[spoiler: Griffith's brief triumph after defeating Midland's king's rivals]]. [[http://www.mangareader.net/96-1128-163/berserk/chapter-8.html Guts' priceless blank stare]] upon seeing her dressed this way is one of the series' very rare [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments Of Funny]].
* Kakeru from ''Manga/AreaNoKishi'' notices this when he reunites with childhood friend Seven. She appears far more feminine than [[OneOfTheBoys he remembered]] from their days in elementary school.
* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Kaori has sometimes put on a long wig and fooled her partner Ryo Saeba. In episode 137, an old friend of her buys Kaori fashionable clothes, and, with her wig, starts successfully dating Ryo at night. "Cinderella" was even
''Manga/SekainohateDeAimashou'' chapter "Prom Boy" except the French title.
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' episode 23, everyone's got their eyes on [[{{Bifauxnen}} Itsuki]] after she first transforms into Cure Sunshine and later, when she first debuts
"girl" in female clothing during the fashion club's trip in episode 25.
* Miranda Lotto in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. It was
question is actually a shock for most readers when they saw her for [[http://read.mangashare.com/D.Gray-man/chapter-019/page004.html the first time]]. Only for Miranda to become like [[http://read.mangashare.com/D.Gray-man/chapter-026/page017.html this]] after she gained her Innocence and self-confidence for the first time in her life.reluctant involuntary GenderBender.



* Pai in the first chapter of ''Manga/SazanEyes''.
* Happens during a FancyDinner scene in ''Anime/GunXSword'', with Wendy borrowing a fancy dress, taking her hair out of pigtails, and using makeup. Her dinner companion doesn't even recognize her at first. In context, his surprise may have a lot to do with the fact that she looks older--like a young woman rather than a child--than she does in her usual clothing.
* Used in a somewhat weird way in the seventh ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' movie. [[spoiler: When Kazuha and Heiji were little, they visited Kazuha's family in Kyoto. Little Heiji ran off to a temple, and while waiting for him little Kazuha was dolled up in a kimono and got her hair done by her relatives. Little Heiji then saw her playing under the CherryBlossoms, but didn't recognize her... and "that girl from Kyoto" remained in his memory as "his FirstLove". Since the movie had a subplot in which Heiji was searching for the anonymous girl he once liked, it means Kazuha was jealous of... her dolled up little girl self. [[FirstGirlAfterAll And Heiji didn't find out until the end of the movie]], [[ChekhovsGun when he heard Kazuha sing a song that the "girl from Kyoto" was singing when he saw her]].]]
** Played straight when Conan sees Ran in a [[LolitaFashion sweet lolita]] [[PinkisFeminine pink]] dress. He was getting ready to snark at her and Sonoko for [[SkewedPriorities putting on such clothes while in a case]], but when he ''actually'' sees Ran he's completely starstruck, complete with LuminescentBlush.
* In another male example, [[spoiler:Brief]] from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' cleans up [[{{Bishonen}} very]] nicely.

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* Pai in the first chapter of ''Manga/SazanEyes''.
* Happens during a FancyDinner scene in ''Anime/GunXSword'', with Wendy borrowing a fancy dress, taking her hair out of pigtails, and using makeup. Her dinner companion doesn't even recognize her at first. In context, his surprise may have a lot to do with the fact that she looks older--like a young woman rather than a child--than she does in her usual clothing.
* Used in a somewhat weird way in the seventh ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' movie. [[spoiler: When Kazuha and Heiji were little, they visited Kazuha's family in Kyoto. Little Heiji ran off to a temple, and while waiting for him little Kazuha was dolled up in a kimono and got her hair
Even Amy Rose has done by her relatives. Little Heiji then saw her playing under the CherryBlossoms, but didn't recognize her... and "that girl from Kyoto" remained in his memory as "his FirstLove". Since the movie had a subplot in which Heiji was searching for the anonymous girl he once liked, it means Kazuha was jealous of... her dolled up little girl self. [[FirstGirlAfterAll And Heiji didn't find out until the end of the movie]], [[ChekhovsGun when he heard Kazuha sing a song that the "girl from Kyoto" was singing when he saw her]].]]
** Played straight when Conan sees Ran in a [[LolitaFashion sweet lolita]] [[PinkisFeminine pink]] dress. He was getting ready to snark at her and Sonoko for [[SkewedPriorities putting
this on such clothes while in a case]], but when he ''actually'' sees Ran he's completely starstruck, ''Anime/SonicX'', complete with LuminescentBlush.
the reaction from Sonic himself.
* Inverted in ''Manga/SoreGaSeiyuu''. When Creator/YuiHorie first shows up in Episode 5, she looks like she just got out of bed. The dissonance between that look and how she looks in public appearances is enough for Ichigo to have to call her Hoi Yurie just to process it.
* When Maka of ''Manga/SoulEater'' shows up in Soul's soul, wearing heels and a black ballgown. he's [[http://www.mangareader.net/157-10163-34/soul-eater/chapter-18.html rather]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/157-10163-35/soul-eater/chapter-18.html shocked.]] Also in chapter 111 during the battle.
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate - The Sagacious Wisdom of Cognitive Computing #3'' reveals that Okabe is capable of turning Kurisu into a red-faced, panting wreck of hormones with the right clothes.
* In another male example, [[spoiler:Brief]] ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': Ryūnosuke, who is easily the [[{{Bifauxnen}} most manly]] character in the show, has an episode dedicated to her struggle to become feminine. She really only wished to wear a sailor suit, but ends up [[WholeCostumeReference wearing Audrey Hepburn's iconic Ascot dress]] from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' cleans ''Film/MyFairLady''. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryuunosuke1_4524.jpg Before]] and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryuunosuke2_8055.jpg After]].
* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'': Emma is convinced to attend a ball, and is shown to clean
up [[{{Bishonen}} very]] nicely.nicely when she wears a ball gown and no glasses in comparison with her usual maid outfit and glasses.
* Hitomi in ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne''. When she borrows one of Millerna's {{Pimped Out Dress}}es, Van can't help but spend the entirety of the dinner conversation just gawking dumbly at her (or {{Dope Slap}}ping [[ClingyJealousGirl Merle]] for getting in the way of his gawking dumbly at her).
* Continually subverted in ''Manga/TheWallflower'' -- whenever the guys trick/force Sunako-chan into some proper clothes, Kyohei knows she's still the same person, and is (frustratingly) not quite cognisant of any attraction to her no matter how good she looks.



* When Maka of ''Manga/SoulEater'' shows up in Soul's soul, wearing heels and a black ballgown. he's [[http://www.mangareader.net/157-10163-34/soul-eater/chapter-18.html rather]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/157-10163-35/soul-eater/chapter-18.html shocked.]]
** Also in chapter [[http://mangafox.me/manga/soul_eater/v25/c111/9.html 111]] during the battle
* Liechtenstein, Ukraine and Hungary from ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]''. The first looks very cute [[http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-837.html in a blue ballgown]], the second is quite a babe [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/11219211.html in her national dress]], and Finland got a picture of [[http://www.hetarchive.net/scanlations/hetastreeeem/xmas20113.php the third]] wearing a very elegant PimpedOutDress during the HetaliaBloodbath2010.
** Taiwan also [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/11597580.html looks very pretty in traditional clothing]].
** Not to mention the usual {{Shorttank}} Wy looks adorable [[http://www.geocities.jp/himaruya/mcr_1920.jpg all dressed up.]] In that same picture, ''all'' the male micronations (save for Nikko-Nikko) clean up alongside her, and they all look quite handsome.
* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'': Emma is convinced to attend a ball, and is shown to clean up nicely when she wears a ball gown and no glasses in comparison with her usual maid outfit and glasses.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' have [[FatGirl Nago]]--not that she had ''done'' that, but a convex mirror shows that she ''will'' look quite cute if she loses some weight.
* No one recognizes her, but Sanae Dekomori in ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' actually turns out to be pretty good-looking when she has her hair down and acts like a normal person.
* Deunan of ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' stunned everyone when she turned up for Hitomi's birthday party in a stylish dress, specially designed by [[http://chloeings.blogspot.com/2007/08/prada-designs-costumes-for-cartoon.html Muiccia Prada]]
** It was even lampshaded by one of the people present. Not surprising, considering the vast difference from Deunan's usual [[ActionGirl tomboy-ish]] looks.
* In ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' Tomoe has this reaction to Nanami after she gets some fashion help from Himemiko.
* Played straight in the ''Manga/SekainohateDeAimashou'' chapter "Prom Boy" except the "girl" in question is actually a reluctant involuntary GenderBender.
* Madoka, of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', is considered to be fairly plain ([[GenericCuteness by the show's standard, anyway]]). Upon her [[spoiler: AbstractApotheosis]], she looks properly majestic (though the [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow hair]] and [[PowerGivesYouWings wings]] certainly help).
* Koala in ''Manga/OnePiece'' was found by Fisher Tiger's crew, starting out like [[http://static4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120401095145/onepiece/images/2/22/Koala.png this]], understandable since she was previously a slave. After spending some time with them, she looked like [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120531164003/onepiece/it/images/e/e3/Koala_elegante.jpg this]]. Hatchan even lampshaded how she has changed.
* Faye from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is not a slouch in the looks department to start with, being MissFanservice for the show. But when circumstances in "Ballad Of Fallen Angels" call for her to drop her usual trashy outfit and do up not only her hair but also makeup and wardrobe to pass for a high-class opera patron, the effect on her is impressive. Too bad the BigBad was waiting for her with a bunch of goons anyway.
* In the first chapter of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kenshin remarked how different Kaoru looked in her formal, feminine kimono compared to when they first met and she was wearing her scruffy dojo uniform.
** At the end of the anime-only Shimabara arc, the tomboyish Misao puts on a cute and frilly dress and uses a ParasolOfPrettiness. Sanosuke doesn't recognize her.
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate - The Sagacious Wisdom of Cognitive Computing #3'' reveals that Okabe is capable of turning Kurisu into a red-faced, panting wreck of hormones with the right clothes.
* Not that Chizuru in ''VisualNovel/{{Hakuouki}}'' wasn't already cute, even when disguised as a boy, but her [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/34300000/Kawaii-kawaii-anime-34343007-1280-720.jpg dolled up as a meiko]] in the OVA caused several of the captains, including [[TheStoic Saitou]] ''and'' [[SergeantRock Hijikata]], to stop and stare.
* Inverted in ''Manga/SoreGaSeiyuu''. When Creator/YuiHorie first shows up in Episode 5, she looks like she just got out of bed. The dissonance between that look and how she looks in public appearances is enough for Ichigo to have to call her Hoi Yurie just to process it
* Isao from ''Manga/InsideMari'' is a scraggly looking {{hikkikomori}} with MessyHair and a permastubble. When he [[spoiler:decided to get a part-time job]] he cut his hair and shaved his beard. It ended up making him look considerably younger.
* ''Manga/NewGame'':
** In Chapter 23, Kou is forced to wear dressier clothes and do her hair for an interview. Aoba and Rin remark that she looks really cute that way.
** In the fourth volume Yun reveals she was pretty dorky when she was in school, complete with OpaqueNerdGlasses. The present-day version of her is quite a cutie in ElegantGothicLolita fashion (and no glasses).

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* When Maka of ''Manga/SoulEater'' shows up in Soul's soul, wearing heels and a black ballgown. he's [[http://www.mangareader.net/157-10163-34/soul-eater/chapter-18.html rather]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/157-10163-35/soul-eater/chapter-18.html shocked.]]
** Also in chapter [[http://mangafox.me/manga/soul_eater/v25/c111/9.html 111]] during the battle
* Liechtenstein, Ukraine and Hungary from ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]''. The first looks very cute [[http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-837.html in a blue ballgown]], the second
In ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'', even rival ManChild Jumbo is quite a babe [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/11219211.html in her national dress]], and Finland got a picture of [[http://www.hetarchive.net/scanlations/hetastreeeem/xmas20113.php the third]] wearing a very elegant PimpedOutDress during the HetaliaBloodbath2010.
** Taiwan also [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/11597580.html looks very pretty in
impressed with Miura's traditional clothing]].
** Not to mention
dress and performance at the usual {{Shorttank}} Wy looks adorable [[http://www.geocities.jp/himaruya/mcr_1920.jpg all dressed up.]] In autumn matsuri.
* Anna from ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' has come close to {{yandere}} status in her relations with Yuma, and a rare female case of SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp. Her tomboyish nature is even more evident in the original Japanese, where she uses "ore" (俺) when referring to herself (this is a pronoun
that same picture, ''all'' is predominantly used by males and very seldom used by females). Except at her mentor's wedding, that is. The flashback shows her in a nice white dress, and she pulls off the male micronations (save for Nikko-Nikko) clean up alongside her, and they all look quite handsome.
* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'': Emma is convinced to attend a ball, and is shown to clean up nicely when she wears a ball gown and no glasses in comparison with her usual maid outfit and glasses.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' have [[FatGirl Nago]]--not that she had ''done'' that, but a convex mirror shows that she ''will'' look quite cute if she loses some weight.
* No one recognizes her, but Sanae Dekomori in ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' actually turns out to be pretty good-looking when she has her hair down and acts like a normal person.
* Deunan of ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' stunned everyone when she turned up for Hitomi's birthday party in a stylish dress, specially designed by [[http://chloeings.blogspot.com/2007/08/prada-designs-costumes-for-cartoon.html Muiccia Prada]]
** It was even lampshaded by one of the people present. Not surprising, considering the vast difference from Deunan's usual [[ActionGirl tomboy-ish]] looks.
* In ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' Tomoe has this reaction to Nanami after she gets some fashion help from Himemiko.
* Played straight in the ''Manga/SekainohateDeAimashou'' chapter "Prom Boy" except the "girl" in question is actually a reluctant involuntary GenderBender.
* Madoka, of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', is considered to be fairly plain ([[GenericCuteness by the show's standard, anyway]]). Upon her [[spoiler: AbstractApotheosis]], she looks properly majestic (though the [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow hair]] and [[PowerGivesYouWings wings]] certainly help).
* Koala in ''Manga/OnePiece'' was found by Fisher Tiger's crew, starting out like [[http://static4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120401095145/onepiece/images/2/22/Koala.png this]], understandable since she was previously a slave. After spending some time with them, she looked like [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120531164003/onepiece/it/images/e/e3/Koala_elegante.jpg this]]. Hatchan even lampshaded how she has changed.
* Faye from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is not a slouch in the looks department to start with, being MissFanservice for the show. But when circumstances in "Ballad Of Fallen Angels" call for her to drop her usual trashy outfit and do up not only her hair but also makeup and wardrobe to pass for a high-class opera patron, the effect on her is impressive. Too bad the BigBad was waiting for her with a bunch of goons anyway.
* In the first chapter of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kenshin remarked how different Kaoru looked in her formal, feminine kimono compared to when they first met and she was wearing her scruffy dojo uniform.
** At the end of the anime-only Shimabara arc, the tomboyish Misao puts on a cute and frilly dress and uses a ParasolOfPrettiness. Sanosuke doesn't recognize her.
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate - The Sagacious Wisdom of Cognitive Computing #3'' reveals that Okabe is capable of turning Kurisu into a red-faced, panting wreck of hormones with the right clothes.
* Not that Chizuru in ''VisualNovel/{{Hakuouki}}'' wasn't already cute, even when disguised as a boy, but her [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/34300000/Kawaii-kawaii-anime-34343007-1280-720.jpg dolled up as a meiko]] in the OVA caused several of the captains, including [[TheStoic Saitou]] ''and'' [[SergeantRock Hijikata]], to stop and stare.
* Inverted in ''Manga/SoreGaSeiyuu''. When Creator/YuiHorie first shows up in Episode 5, she looks like she just got out of bed. The dissonance between that look and how she looks in public appearances is enough for Ichigo to have to call her Hoi Yurie just to process it
* Isao from ''Manga/InsideMari'' is a scraggly looking {{hikkikomori}} with MessyHair and a permastubble. When he [[spoiler:decided to get a part-time job]] he cut his hair and shaved his beard. It ended up making him look considerably younger.
* ''Manga/NewGame'':
** In Chapter 23, Kou is forced to wear dressier clothes and do her hair for an interview. Aoba and Rin remark that she looks really cute that way.
** In the fourth volume Yun reveals she was pretty dorky when she was in school, complete with OpaqueNerdGlasses. The present-day version of her is quite a cutie in ElegantGothicLolita fashion (and no glasses).
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* Anna from ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' has come close to {{yandere}} status in her relations with Yuma, and a rare female case of SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp. Her tomboyish nature is even more evident in the original Japanese, where she uses "ore" (俺) when referring to herself (this is a pronoun that is predominantly used by males and very seldom used by females). Except at her mentor's wedding, that is. The flashback shows her in a nice white dress, and she pulls off the look quite well.


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A character who has been presented to the audience as not particularly attractive cleans up, puts on nice clothes (or fancy clothes) and is suddenly stunningly attractive.

If it's a female, she may be originally be dowdy, unfashionable, a {{Tomboy}} or WrenchWench, or simply not particularly attentive to her appearance. If it's a male character, he may be slovenly or sloppy. Either sex may be impoverished and therefore shabby in their normal appearance.

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A character who has been presented to the audience as not particularly attractive cleans up, puts on nice clothes (or fancy clothes) and clothes)and is suddenly stunningly attractive.

If it's a female, she may be originally be dowdy, unfashionable, a {{Tomboy}} or WrenchWench, or simply not particularly attentive to her appearance. If it's a male character, he may be slovenly or sloppy. Either sex may be impoverished and therefore shabby in their normal appearance.



* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Kaori has sometimes put on a long wig and fooled her partner Ryo Saeba. In episode 137, an old friend of her buy Kaori fashionable clothes, and, with her wig, starts successfully dating Ryo at night. "Cinderella" was even the French title.

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* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Kaori has sometimes put on a long wig and fooled her partner Ryo Saeba. In episode 137, an old friend of her buy buys Kaori fashionable clothes, and, with her wig, starts successfully dating Ryo at night. "Cinderella" was even the French title.



** In the fourth volume Yun reveals she she pretty dorky when she was in school, complete with OpaqueNerdGlasses. The present-day version of her is quite a cutie in ElegantGothicLolita fashion (and no glasses).

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** In the fourth volume Yun reveals she she was pretty dorky when she was in school, complete with OpaqueNerdGlasses. The present-day version of her is quite a cutie in ElegantGothicLolita fashion (and no glasses).



* Used in ''ComicBook/RapunzelsRevenge,'' by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale (no relation). It's a graphic novel that sets the fairy tale "Rapunzel" in the American Southwest, and turns the title character into a hair-lassoing cowgirl.

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* Used in ''ComicBook/RapunzelsRevenge,'' by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale (no relation). It's a graphic novel that sets the fairy tale "Rapunzel" in the American Southwest, Southwest and turns the title character into a hair-lassoing cowgirl.



* Loki's God of Stories incarnation was described in universe as ''scruffy'', this doesn't mean they can't rock the fashionable business woman or SharpDressedMan look when they need to, like when they're trying to [[ComicBook/VoteLoki run for president]].

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* Loki's God of Stories incarnation was described in universe in-universe as ''scruffy'', this doesn't mean they can't rock the fashionable business woman or SharpDressedMan look when they need to, like when they're trying to [[ComicBook/VoteLoki run for president]].



* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'', Literature/SherlockHolmes stares speechless at Beth Lestrade (whom he's only ever seen in modern or [[SweetPollyOliver street boy clothing]]) when she shows up in a dress. Cue further awe at two more elegant dresses later on...

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'', Literature/SherlockHolmes stares speechless speechlessly at Beth Lestrade (whom he's only ever seen in modern or [[SweetPollyOliver street boy clothing]]) when she shows up in a dress. Cue further awe at two more elegant dresses later on...



--->''It took Shinji a moment to realise who he was looking at. She was wearing her hair loose in ringlets instead of her usual pigtails, along with artfully-applied makeup that made her look a few years older. It was also the first time he'd seen Hikari out of her school uniform, and the rather adventurously-cut sundress and court heels were not the kind of thing he'd imagined the famously straitlaced Class Representative wearing at weekends.''

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--->''It took Shinji a moment to realise who he was looking at. She was wearing her hair loose in ringlets instead of her usual pigtails, along with artfully-applied artfully applied makeup that made her look a few years older. It was also the first time he'd seen Hikari out of her school uniform, and the rather adventurously-cut sundress and court heels were not the kind of thing he'd imagined the famously straitlaced strait-laced Class Representative wearing at weekends.''



* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Asuka lookes downright striking in her wedding gown:

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* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Asuka lookes looks downright striking in her wedding gown:



* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' plays this as a TearJerker when he appears dressed in his father's suit - because it means he now looks like a human gentleman instead of the boy raised by apes (and is therefore ready to leave his home in the jungle).

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* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' plays this as a TearJerker when he appears dressed in his father's suit - because it means he now looks like a human gentleman instead of the boy raised by apes (and is therefore is, therefore, ready to leave his home in the jungle).



* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' shows up for preparation to meet the Matchmaker all messy from her fast ride in. The washer woman even says "we are going to turn this sow's ear into a silk purse", and Mulan indeed looks very nice when dolled up. It's played with in the fact that Mulan is somewhat uncomfortable with dressing up like a bride. She gets a downplayed moment later when she and her friends disguise themselves as concubines to sneak into the palace - as she puts on a beautiful blue dress. It's notably the first time any of the men - including Shang - have seen her in women's clothes.

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* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' shows up for preparation to meet the Matchmaker all messy from her fast ride in. The washer woman washerwoman even says "we are going to turn this sow's ear into a silk purse", and Mulan indeed looks very nice when dolled up. It's played with in the fact that Mulan is somewhat uncomfortable with dressing up like a bride. She gets a downplayed moment later when she and her friends disguise themselves as concubines to sneak into the palace - as she puts on a beautiful blue dress. It's notably the first time any of the men - including Shang - have seen her in women's clothes.



-->'''Vanellope:''' [[spoiler:Aw, come on, Ralph. What are you talkin' about? ''This'' isn't me...(''glitches out of the princess get-up in to her regular clothes'') ''This'' is me!]]

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-->'''Vanellope:''' [[spoiler:Aw, come on, Ralph. What are you talkin' about? ''This'' isn't me...(''glitches out of the princess get-up in to into her regular clothes'') ''This'' is me!]]



* Dairine in ''[[Literature/YoungWizards Wizards at War]]'' goes from jeans and a t shirt to a gown and tiara using magic, also doubles as an involuntary flashing moment.

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* Dairine in ''[[Literature/YoungWizards Wizards at War]]'' goes from jeans and a t shirt t-shirt to a gown and tiara using magic, also doubles as an involuntary flashing moment.



--> '''Eldest''': "I don't know if I should let you out of the room dressed like that."
--> '''Jerin''': "I look silly."
--> '''Eldest''': "You look sensual, beautiful, and erotic. We'll be [[EatingTheEyeCandy beating women off of you]]."

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--> '''Eldest''': "I -->'''Eldest''': I don't know if I should let you out of the room dressed like that."
--> '''Jerin''': "I
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'''Jerin:''' I
look silly."
--> '''Eldest''': "You
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'''Eldest:''' You
look sensual, beautiful, and erotic. We'll be [[EatingTheEyeCandy beating women off of you]]."



* ''{{Series/Arrow}}'': The first few times Felicity removes her glasses and lets her hair down, it's presented this way [[ShesGotLegs Especially the first time]] when she goes from office work clothes with a ponytail to an evening dress with curls, and her crime-fighting partners Oliver and Diggle take a good few seconds to recognise her. [[HollywoodNerd Not that she wasn't attractive before]], so "cleaning up" becomes a common occurence from the [[AscendedExtra second season onwards]].
** Also shows up briefly with Sin, normally an androgynous {{Tomboy}} in gender neutral leather clothes. To pose as a hooker (it's a long story), she dons a figure hugging short skirt and heels (borrowed from Thea, no less) that show off [[ShesGotLegs her legs]].

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* ''{{Series/Arrow}}'': The first few times Felicity removes her glasses and lets her hair down, it's presented this way [[ShesGotLegs Especially the first time]] when she goes from office work clothes with a ponytail to an evening dress with curls, and her crime-fighting partners Oliver and Diggle take a good few seconds to recognise her. [[HollywoodNerd Not that she wasn't attractive before]], so "cleaning up" becomes a common occurence occurrence from the [[AscendedExtra second season onwards]].
** Also shows up briefly with Sin, normally an androgynous {{Tomboy}} in gender neutral leather clothes. To pose as a hooker (it's a long story), she dons a figure hugging figure-hugging short skirt and heels (borrowed from Thea, no less) that show off [[ShesGotLegs her legs]].



* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': One episode had this as a plot point for Jan, the middle sister. She's wondering why boys -- and one boy in particular -- don't show any interest in her, so she has one of her brothers ask the particular boy what he thinks of her. He casually answers, "She's a good [[TomBoy guy]]." Jan gets the picture, dolls herself up, and ends the episiode with a GrandStaircaseEntrance before the boy in her girly clothes.

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* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': One episode had this as a plot point for Jan, the middle sister. She's wondering why boys -- and one boy in particular -- don't show any interest in her, so she has one of her brothers ask the particular boy what he thinks of her. He casually answers, "She's a good [[TomBoy guy]]." Jan gets the picture, dolls herself up, and ends the episiode episode with a GrandStaircaseEntrance before the boy in her girly clothes.



** In the same episode, Buffy attempts to get Willow to do the whole "coming down the staircase" thing to impress Xander, albeit dressed as a hot goth rather than a fairytale princess. However, Willow backs out and chooses a traditional BedsheetGhost costume. At the end of the episode when Willow in ally works up the orange to show the outfit, the dressed-up look has the desired knock-out effect - not on Xander, but on imminent love-interest, Oz who spots her from his truck (in fact Oz catching sight of Willow in unusual outfits and being intrigued by her is something of a running joke in the run-up to their actual meeting)

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** In the same episode, Buffy attempts to get Willow to do the whole "coming down the staircase" thing to impress Xander, albeit dressed as a hot goth rather than a fairytale princess. However, Willow backs out and chooses a traditional BedsheetGhost costume. At the end of the episode when Willow in ally works up the orange to show the outfit, the dressed-up look has the desired knock-out effect - not on Xander, but on imminent love-interest, love interest, Oz who spots her from his truck (in fact Oz catching sight of Willow in unusual outfits and being intrigued by her is something of a running joke in the run-up to their actual meeting)



** Subverted again in "Inca Mummy Girl" in which the gang are having a world cultures themed costume party and Willow turns up wearing an eskimo costume and Xander of course only has eyes for the MonsterOfTheWeek Ampata dressed to the nines. Willow remarks that maybe she should have worn something sexy instead but Oz is playing on stage and this following exchange happens:
--->'''Oz''': Hey, that girl. Who is she?
--->'''Devon''': (talking about Ampata) She's an exchange student. I think she's from South America.
--->'''Oz:''' No, not her. The eskimo.

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** Subverted again in "Inca Mummy Girl" in which the gang are having a world cultures themed costume party and Willow turns up wearing an eskimo Eskimo costume and Xander of course only has eyes for the MonsterOfTheWeek Ampata dressed to the nines. Willow remarks that maybe she should have worn something sexy instead but Oz is playing on stage and this following exchange happens:
--->'''Oz''': Hey, that girl. Who is she?
--->'''Devon''':
she?\\
'''Devon''':
(talking about Ampata) She's an exchange student. I think she's from South America.
--->'''Oz:'''
America.\\
'''Oz:'''
No, not her. The eskimo.Eskimo.



** Martha compliments the Tenth Doctor a lot when he puts on a tuxedo in "The Lazarus Experiment", and they both compare his look to James Bond. Not that the fangirls mind his usual natty pinstripe-suit-and-[[WardrobeFlawOfCharacterization canvas-sneakers]] getup either.

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** Martha compliments the Tenth Doctor a lot when he puts on a tuxedo in "The Lazarus Experiment", and they both compare his look to James Bond. Not that the fangirls mind his usual natty pinstripe-suit-and-[[WardrobeFlawOfCharacterization canvas-sneakers]] getup get up either.



* ''Series/HanaYoriDango'': In this live action drama, Tsukushi originally comes to Shizuka's party, she's the only one ''not'' in a stylish dress. After getting pushed into a swimming pool, Shizuka dolls her up with much make-up, hair pampering and a beautiful dress. Needless to say, she finally gets everyone's attention.

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* ''Series/HanaYoriDango'': In this live action live-action drama, Tsukushi originally comes to Shizuka's party, she's the only one ''not'' in a stylish dress. After getting pushed into a swimming pool, Shizuka dolls her up with much make-up, hair pampering and a beautiful dress. Needless to say, she finally gets everyone's attention.



* ''Series/JohnAdams'': Abigail Adams spends most of the first few episodes in rather plain dresses. When she does the make-up hair and nice dress thing at Versailles, her husband is lost for words. TruthInTelevision, adorably enough! When Gilbert Stuart mentioned that he "wished to God he could have painted Mrs. Adams when she was young; she would have made a perfect Venus," Mr. Adams expressed emphatic agreement.

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* ''Series/JohnAdams'': Abigail Adams spends most of the first few episodes in rather plain dresses. When she does the make-up makeup hair and nice dress thing at Versailles, her husband is lost for words. TruthInTelevision, adorably enough! When Gilbert Stuart mentioned that he "wished to God he could have painted Mrs. Adams when she was young; she would have made a perfect Venus," Mr. Adams expressed emphatic agreement.



---> '''Miss Babcock:''' What's ''that''?
---> '''Mr. Sheffield:''' ''That's'' the nanny.

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---> '''Miss Babcock:''' What's ''that''?
--->
''that''?\\
'''Mr. Sheffield:''' ''That's'' the nanny.



* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Just get a load of Abby's MarilynMonroe getup for a Halloween event. For starters.

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Just get a load of Abby's MarilynMonroe getup get up for a Halloween event. For starters.



* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Meet Harper Finkle, a girl who makes her own outfits out of various objects. Fastforward to an episode parodying ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' in which she plays the titular character. Like in the original story, [[http://youtu.be/1U8404SEPjE her oddball outfit is transformed into a beautiful purple gown.]] Even the StudioAudience is pleased with the results.

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* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Meet Harper Finkle, a girl who makes her own outfits out of various objects. Fastforward Fast forward to an episode parodying ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' in which she plays the titular character. Like in the original story, [[http://youtu.be/1U8404SEPjE her oddball outfit is transformed into a beautiful purple gown.]] Even the StudioAudience is pleased with the results.



* Anyone remember Wrestling/MollyHolly? The HollywoodHomely self righteous prude who as a heel was always promoted as unattractive? Well [[http://img20.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=60178_Molly_Holly_122_218lo.jpg this]] is her at the 2009 Hall of Fame.
* WWE "[[InsistentTerminology Divas]]" such as Wrestling/BethPhoenix, Wrestling/TaminaSnuka, and Wrestling/{{Natalya|Neidhart}} are of noticeably different body shapes than the rest of the roster and so are not really pushed forward as the "sexy" divas. However when they do clean up, the result is jaw dropping. Tamina especially considering what wonders straightened hair and figure flattering clothes can do:

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* Anyone remember Wrestling/MollyHolly? The HollywoodHomely self righteous self-righteous prude who as a heel was always promoted as unattractive? Well [[http://img20.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=60178_Molly_Holly_122_218lo.jpg this]] is her at the 2009 Hall of Fame.
* WWE "[[InsistentTerminology Divas]]" such as Wrestling/BethPhoenix, Wrestling/TaminaSnuka, and Wrestling/{{Natalya|Neidhart}} are of noticeably different body shapes than the rest of the roster and so are not really pushed forward as the "sexy" divas. However However, when they do clean up, the result is jaw dropping. Tamina especially considering what wonders straightened hair and figure flattering clothes can do:



* While it's safe to assume most long time wrestling fans who saw Wrestling/{{Wrestlicious}} recognized Maria Toro as Wrestling/MercedesMartinez, there were a few whose heads it completely went over and most were surprised at how well she pulled off the bullfighter look.

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* While it's safe to assume most long longest time wrestling fans who saw Wrestling/{{Wrestlicious}} recognized Maria Toro as Wrestling/MercedesMartinez, there were a few whose heads it completely went over and most were surprised at how well she pulled off the bullfighter look.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' iconics example: [[http://pathfinderwiki.com/mediawiki/images/2/24/Seelah.jpg This]] is [[ThePaladin Seelah]] [[LadyOfWar as she usually appears]]. And [[http://oi48.tinypic.com/295pg8p.jpg this]] is Seelah in [[LadyInRed something quite different]].

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' iconics iconic example: [[http://pathfinderwiki.com/mediawiki/images/2/24/Seelah.jpg This]] is [[ThePaladin Seelah]] [[LadyOfWar as she usually appears]]. And [[http://oi48.tinypic.com/295pg8p.jpg this]] is Seelah in [[LadyInRed something quite different]].



* Subverted in, of all things, the musical ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' where Elphaba appears at the top of the stairs at a party and everyone turns to stare, before bursting out in raucous laughter at the hideous hat she's been tricked into wearing.

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* Subverted in, of all things, the musical ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' where Elphaba appears at the top of the stairs at a party and everyone turns to stare, before bursting out in into raucous laughter at the hideous hat she's been tricked into wearing.



-->''"Strange how a dress,''
-->''Can take a mess,''
-->''And make her nothing less than...''
-->''Beautiful to me...."''

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-->''"Strange -->''Strange how a dress,''
-->''Can
dress,''\\
''Can
take a mess,''
-->''And
mess,''\\
''And
make her nothing less than...''
-->''Beautiful
''\\
''Beautiful
to me...."''''



* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' where Lyn tells Eliwood in their B support that she's very uncomfortable whenever she tries to clean up nicely in the Caelin court. Understandable, since Lyn has been raised in the plains of Sacae and only arrived to Caelin during the last year.

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' where Lyn tells Eliwood in their B support that she's very uncomfortable whenever she tries to clean up nicely in the Caelin court. Understandable, since Lyn has been raised in the plains of Sacae and only arrived to in Caelin during the last year.



** Rasche actually says this word-to-word to Karen at the ending, thoug we never actually get to see her in the dress.

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** Rasche actually says this word-to-word to Karen at the ending, thoug though we never actually get to see her in the dress.



** As for Hao himself, the strict conductor with feelings for Sona, he tells her that she's always beautiful, after she nervously mentions to him that it feels weird to her too. Not before dropping all his sheet music in surprise though.

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** As for Hao himself, the strict conductor with feelings for Sona, he tells her that she's always beautiful, beautiful after she nervously mentions to him that it feels weird to her too. Not before dropping all his sheet music in surprise surprise, though.



** The trope appears in a very variant form when [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/terrified_of_me_again Gary finally notices that the lad-ette Zii is attractively feminine]] when she's walking around in a cosplay outfit (based on [[UruseiYatsura one of his favorite characters]]) that's essentially a [[FurBikini fur-trimmed bikini]].

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** The trope appears in a very variant form when [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/terrified_of_me_again Gary finally notices that the lad-ette ladette Zii is attractively feminine]] when she's walking around in a cosplay outfit (based on [[UruseiYatsura one of his favorite characters]]) that's essentially a [[FurBikini fur-trimmed bikini]].



* A rare male example in ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' - upon getting out of his armour, Kitten turns out to be one attractive piece of a SuperSoldier, like his "brothers" are.

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* A rare male example in ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' - upon getting out of his armour, Kitten turns out to be one attractive piece of a SuperSoldier, SuperSoldier like his "brothers" are.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' makes himself over to be "long, tan and handsome"[[note]]"long" being the underwater substitute for "tall"[[/note]] to chaperon Mr. Krabs' daughter Pearl to her prom, by way of a wig and stilts. Mr. Krabs even comments "Well he cleans up nicely" when he sees the new look.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' makes himself over to be "long, tan and handsome"[[note]]"long" being the underwater substitute for "tall"[[/note]] to chaperon chaperone Mr. Krabs' daughter Pearl to her prom, by way of a wig and stilts. Mr. Krabs even comments "Well he cleans up nicely" when he sees the new look.



** Also in "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown", Jackie, Marco's date. While she is usually a tomboyish skater girl, in her dress she (in Star's words) "look[s] like the ocean!"



* Katherine Middleton, or at least the press like to push this trope as part of her and Prince William's courtship. Apparently Wills first took a romantic interest in flatmate Kate when he saw her modelling a sheer, revealing dress at a charity fashion show.

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* Katherine Middleton, or at least the press like to push this trope as part of her and Prince William's courtship. Apparently Apparently, Wills first took a romantic interest in flatmate Kate when he saw her modelling a sheer, revealing dress at a charity fashion show.



* Possibly an example of real life NonIndicativeDifficulty, where taking time to spruce oneself up for a special occasion where formal dress is expected - a wedding, a party, a photo shoot - is in fact easier, especially for more socially awkward people, than simply being 'smart casual' every time you go outside.

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* Possibly an example of real life NonIndicativeDifficulty, where taking time to spruce oneself up for a special occasion where formal dress is expected - a wedding, a party, a photo shoot - is is, in fact fact, easier, especially for more socially awkward people, than simply being 'smart casual' every time you go outside.
5th Dec '16 6:27:09 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted in the ConanTheBarbarian story ''Literature/ThePeopleOfTheBlackCircle''. Conan kidnaps the queen of Vendhya so that he can ransom her for the lives of his men. During their escape he convinces her to change into the clothes of a common woman so that she won't stand out. After she ditches her royal robes for peasant clothing, Conan remarks with approval how much more attractive she is without her fancy garments.

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* Inverted in the ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story ''Literature/ThePeopleOfTheBlackCircle''. Conan kidnaps the queen of Vendhya so that he can ransom her for the lives of his men. During their escape he convinces her to change into the clothes of a common woman so that she won't stand out. After she ditches her royal robes for peasant clothing, Conan remarks with approval how much more attractive she is without her fancy garments.
23rd Nov '16 4:23:24 PM ultimomant
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': While Star is typically cute, her getting gussied up for a fancy ball is the first time her friend Marco compliments her looks. Star's demon ex-boyfriend Tom nails the trope's name upon seeing her later in the same episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':
**
While Star is typically cute, her getting gussied up for a fancy ball In "Blood Moon Ball" is the first time her friend Marco compliments her looks. Star's demon ex-boyfriend Tom nails the trope's name upon seeing her later in the same episode.episode.
** In "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown", Jackie and Star are left speechless when they see Marco dressed up for a high school dance.
23rd Nov '16 2:23:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* One girl comments that Eiji Hayashihara has cleaned up well between school years in [[http://www.redstring.strawberrycomics.com/?p=706 this]] ''RedString'' strip; even though all he seems to have done is lose the ponytail.

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* One girl comments that Eiji Hayashihara has cleaned up well between school years in [[http://www.redstring.strawberrycomics.com/?p=706 this]] ''RedString'' ''Webcomic/RedString'' strip; even though all he seems to have done is lose the ponytail.
15th Nov '16 6:48:34 PM Klavice
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** There's also Rainbow Dash whenever she dresses up for big occasions, most notable include the Grand Galloping Gala and Shining Armor and Princess Cadence's wedding. Fancy Pants has commented on Ponyville being "charmingly rustic" which means he's well aware of how country folk like Applejack and Rainbow Dash can look gorgeous. Cadence herself looks pretty beat up and defeated when we first meet [[spoiler: the real her]] but by the end, looks fabulous in her wedding gown.
27th Oct '16 9:44:49 PM DVB
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** Rasche actually says this word-to-word to Karen at the ending, thoug we never actually get to see her in the dress.
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