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30th May '17 1:57:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ephialtes from ''[[ThreeHundred 300]]''. Looks almost exactly like the Hunchback picture (top), showed the Spartan army the 'goats trail' that the Persians could use to flank them at the pass of Thermopylae, and asked to join the fight. King Leonidas's given reason for rejecting his aid is that his deformity makes him unable to form part of the Spartans' highly effective phalanx strategy ([[FridgeLogic which is plausible up until the point]] where [[HollywoodTactics everyone immediately breaks ranks to leap into single combat]]). After being denied the right to fight alongside the Spartans, he went to Xerxes and told him of the goat pass and switched sides -- which, one supposes, means [[BeautyEqualsGoodness his outer deformity eventually reflected his inner feelings of rejection and jealousy]]. That certainly fits with the ideology of [[MasterRace the Spartans]], who [[TruthInTelevision did in real life]] kill any children that were born deformed.

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* Ephialtes from ''[[ThreeHundred 300]]''.''ComicBook/ThreeHundred''. Looks almost exactly like the Hunchback picture (top), showed the Spartan army the 'goats trail' that the Persians could use to flank them at the pass of Thermopylae, and asked to join the fight. King Leonidas's given reason for rejecting his aid is that his deformity makes him unable to form part of the Spartans' highly effective phalanx strategy ([[FridgeLogic which is plausible up until the point]] where [[HollywoodTactics everyone immediately breaks ranks to leap into single combat]]). After being denied the right to fight alongside the Spartans, he went to Xerxes and told him of the goat pass and switched sides -- which, one supposes, means [[BeautyEqualsGoodness his outer deformity eventually reflected his inner feelings of rejection and jealousy]]. That certainly fits with the ideology of [[MasterRace the Spartans]], who [[TruthInTelevision did in real life]] kill any children that were born deformed.
24th Apr '17 8:48:28 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Another person who managed to work it well was Creator/RondoHatton, who became disfigured from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acromegaly acromegaly]] and put his twisted, brutish face to good use in a number of creepy BMovie roles.
18th Feb '17 6:45:46 AM Shadowgazer
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** In the original book by Gaston Leroux, Erik (the titular phantom) subverts this trope in two ways: First: He is not a GentleGiant, but a as PsychopathicManChild BastardBoyfriend. Second: Ironically, his VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil attitude lets him fit into society very well, as a TortureTechnician, ProfessionalKiller and succesful {{BlackMail}}er, because HumansAreBastards. The {{Narrator}} lampshades in the Epilogue that Erik, with an ordinary face, ''would have been one of the most distinguished of mankind''. However, even after his [[EvilCannotComprehendGood act of mercy]] he doesn't value human life, and talks casually about Count Phillipe's murder.

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** In the original book by Gaston Leroux, Erik (the titular phantom) subverts this trope in two ways: First: He is not a GentleGiant, but a as PsychopathicManChild BastardBoyfriend.PsychopathicManChild. Second: Ironically, his VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil attitude lets him fit into society very well, as a TortureTechnician, ProfessionalKiller and succesful {{BlackMail}}er, because HumansAreBastards. The {{Narrator}} lampshades in the Epilogue that Erik, with an ordinary face, ''would have been one of the most distinguished of mankind''. However, even after his [[EvilCannotComprehendGood act of mercy]] he doesn't value human life, and talks casually about Count Phillipe's murder.
29th Dec '16 11:22:48 AM nombretomado
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* Joseph Carey Merrick fit this trope to a tee, especially in DavidLynch's film adaptation of his life, ''TheElephantMan''.

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* Joseph Carey Merrick fit this trope to a tee, especially in DavidLynch's Creator/DavidLynch's film adaptation of his life, ''TheElephantMan''.
17th Dec '16 4:31:14 AM TherizinosaurusGlitter
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%*Let's leave the emotional stuff out and keep it straight-forward.
29th Nov '16 12:23:06 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Tyrion "the Imp" Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' definitely fits the bill, due to his dwarfism and other deformities. You can't help feel sorry for him in one scene where he tells his henchman Bronn to find him a prostitute but to make sure to tell her beforehand what he is and how he looks, so she isn't repulsed by his appearance. And then it gets eve worse: [[spoiler: he takes a sword slash across his face in the battle of King's Landing, losing a large chunk of his nose, twisting his lips, and very nearly costing him an eye]].

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* Tyrion "the "The Imp" Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' definitely fits the bill, due to his dwarfism and other deformities. You can't help feel sorry for him in one scene where he tells his henchman Bronn to find him a prostitute but to make sure to tell her beforehand what he is and how he looks, so she isn't repulsed by his appearance. And then it gets eve worse: [[spoiler: he takes a sword slash across his face in the battle of King's Landing, losing a large chunk of his nose, twisting his lips, and very nearly costing him an eye]].
29th Nov '16 12:22:43 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Tyrion Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' definitely fits the bill. He's a dwarf with a number of deformities, and his nickname is "the Imp." You can't help feel sorry for him in one scene where he tells his henchman Bronn to find him a prostitute but to make sure to tell her beforehand what he is and how he looks, so she isn't repulsed by his appearance. And then it gets eve worse: [[spoiler: he takes a sword slash across his face in the battle of King's Landing, losing a large chunk of his nose, twisting his lips, and very nearly costing him an eye]].

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* Tyrion "the Imp" Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' definitely fits the bill. He's a dwarf with a number of deformities, bill, due to his dwarfism and his nickname is "the Imp." other deformities. You can't help feel sorry for him in one scene where he tells his henchman Bronn to find him a prostitute but to make sure to tell her beforehand what he is and how he looks, so she isn't repulsed by his appearance. And then it gets eve worse: [[spoiler: he takes a sword slash across his face in the battle of King's Landing, losing a large chunk of his nose, twisting his lips, and very nearly costing him an eye]].
24th Nov '16 9:08:30 PM WillBGood
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* An uplifting example is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzie_Vel%C3%A1squez Lizzie Velásquez]], born with an unknown disfiguring condition. After being harassed online as the "world's ugliest woman," Velásquez began speaking out against bullying and earned a reputation for her positivity.

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* An uplifting example is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzie_Vel%C3%A1squez org/wiki/Lizzie_Velásquez Lizzie Velásquez]], born with an unknown disfiguring condition. After being harassed online as the "world's ugliest woman," Velásquez began speaking out against bullying and earned a reputation for her positivity.
24th Nov '16 9:07:51 PM WillBGood
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12th Nov '16 4:21:40 PM nombretomado
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* The title character in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''. A bit of a twist, though, in that -- being played by JohnnyDepp -- he's quite handsome. He simply has NoSocialSkills, and has the unfortunate tendency to cut things up by accident, due to being a golem with scissors instead of fingers.

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* The title character in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''. A bit of a twist, though, in that -- being played by JohnnyDepp Creator/JohnnyDepp -- he's quite handsome. He simply has NoSocialSkills, and has the unfortunate tendency to cut things up by accident, due to being a golem with scissors instead of fingers.
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