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21st Feb '16 3:51:10 PM Irrwisch
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*''Morgenstern'' by Music/{{Rammstein}}: A guy is begging the morning star to shine upon his ugly girlfriend to make her beautiful. Instead the star shines upon himself and he sees her with his heart and realizes that she really is beautiful.
30th Jan '16 3:18:20 PM 313Bluestreak
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* Done ''beautifully'' in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' where Johnny orders what is essentially a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar mail-order bride]]. Of course what he gets is ''hideous'' and all he wants is to get rid of her. He drags her to places like the monster truck rally and pro-wrestling trying to drive her away, but it turns out she's into all that stuff as well and falls for him harder. After everything is said and done, he has an epiphany about how "she isn't pretty, and she doesn't smell too good", but comes to the realization that she's the perfect woman for him and decides her looks don't mean anything. Unfortunately this leads to him trying to woo her with his ''typical'' Bravo charm, which [[StatusQuoIsGod very promptly disgusts her and makes her dump him]]. Poor guy.

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* Done ''beautifully'' in an episode of the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "To Helga and Back" where Johnny orders what is essentially a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar mail-order bride]]. Of course what he gets is ''hideous'' and all he wants is to get rid of her. He drags her to places like the monster truck rally and pro-wrestling trying to drive her away, but it turns out she's into all that stuff as well and falls for him harder. After everything is said and done, he has an epiphany about how "she isn't pretty, and she doesn't smell too good", but comes to the realization that she's the perfect woman for him and decides her looks don't mean anything. Unfortunately this leads to him trying to woo her with his ''typical'' Bravo charm, which [[StatusQuoIsGod very promptly disgusts her and makes her dump him]]. Poor guy.
12th Dec '15 6:12:57 PM DoctorCooper
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* Creator/DustinHoffman realized this when preparing for ''Film/{{Tootsie}}''. When made-up to look like a woman, Hoffman asked the make up artist to make him look more beautiful. The artist told him that's as good as he was going to look. Looking at himself as a woman he had an epiphany. In an AFI interview in 2002 he tearfully admitted there were too many interesting women he ignored before that moment because they didn't fit the standard of beauty that society had instilled in him.
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19th Nov '15 1:37:47 PM fearlessnikki
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* Used in ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' if not addressed directly. The "fairest of them all" in this case refers to Snow White because of her ''inner'' beauty. After years of being locked in a tower by her WickedStepmother, she remains good and kind at heart - her EstablishingCharacterMoment is to comfort another prisoner who's just brought into the tower. This puts her in direct contrast to Ravenna, who drains the youth from innocent women to maintain her great beauty.


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* Occurs in the Dick King Smith short story ''Baldilocks & the Six Bears''. A bald fairy goes on a quest to gain hair and when he finds out the only way to do that is to kill a bear, melt it down and rub the grease on his head - he can't bring himself to do it. Beforehand he'd kept bumping into a red haired fairy who he describes as having a kind face but not being particularly beautiful. At the end when he admits that he refused to go through with killing the bear, the other fairies mock him. The redhead fairy on the other hand says she's proud of him and likes his bald head. The narration then says that Baldilocks sees that she doesn't just have a kind face; she is beautiful.


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* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' does a Beauty & the Beast type episode. Cousin Susie visits and turns Harvey into a beast when she realises how much emphasis Sabrina places on looks. After failing to get Susie to reverse the spell, Sabrina eventually opts to just spend time with Harvey. She still has fun anyway and realises that she doesn't care what he looks like; she loves him for who he is. Cue Cousin Susie delivering the trope name and turning Harvey back.
11th Nov '15 1:51:53 PM R1ck
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* You ([[DistractedByTheSexy and not just on the inside]]).
** [[LiteralMinded I think your insides look pretty gross.]]
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7th Nov '15 7:11:34 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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[[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8r79Bokqeww This YouTube video]] depicts a cartoon duck [[LiteralMinded turning himself inside out so that he could be appreciated more]].

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* [[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8r79Bokqeww This YouTube video]] depicts a cartoon duck [[LiteralMinded turning himself inside out so that he could be appreciated more]].
22nd Aug '15 5:14:17 PM fruitstripegum
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameBurbankAnimation'', [[spoiler:Esmeralda told this to Quasimodo.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameBurbankAnimation'', [[spoiler:Esmeralda told this to Quasimodo.tells Quasimodo this.]]
10th Aug '15 7:04:29 PM DoctorCooper
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameBurbankAnimation'', [[spoiler:Esmeralda told this to Quasimodo.]]
28th May '15 4:30:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''SmilePrettyCure'', this is the MeaningfulName of Cure Beauty. When confronted with her Bad End form, who boasts that the world is only for the beautiful, she gets back up and retort that this trope is what matters, and true to her name, she will be protecting the beautiful hearts which is inside. Cue ass kicking.
* A mutual version shows up in the backstory of ''SpacePirateMito'': Fierce space pirate Mito initially dismissed gentle human gardener Kagero as a wussy doormat but came to love him for his caring decency. Kagero continued to love Mito even after she revealed her true alien form. Protagonist Aoi is the HalfHumanHybrid result of their InterspeciesRomance.

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* In ''SmilePrettyCure'', ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', this is the MeaningfulName of Cure Beauty. When confronted with her Bad End form, who boasts that the world is only for the beautiful, she gets back up and retort that this trope is what matters, and true to her name, she will be protecting the beautiful hearts which is inside. Cue ass kicking.
* A mutual version shows up in the backstory of ''SpacePirateMito'': ''Anime/SpacePirateMito'': Fierce space pirate Mito initially dismissed gentle human gardener Kagero as a wussy doormat but came to love him for his caring decency. Kagero continued to love Mito even after she revealed her true alien form. Protagonist Aoi is the HalfHumanHybrid result of their InterspeciesRomance.



* Played with in ''TopTen'': Irma (a plump, middle-aged PoweredArmor-wearing mother of two) and Joe Pi (a robot) discuss human appearance. Joe comments after meeting Irma's family, that he believes that Irma has an inner beauty. She replies "Yeah, I've got kidneys to die for".

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* Played with in ''TopTen'': ''ComicBook/TopTen'': Irma (a plump, middle-aged PoweredArmor-wearing mother of two) and Joe Pi (a robot) discuss human appearance. Joe comments after meeting Irma's family, that he believes that Irma has an inner beauty. She replies "Yeah, I've got kidneys to die for".



* ''{{Shrek}}'' did slightly better in that Fiona decided to become an ogre at the end, keeping the trope intact. Of course, she was a rather cute ogre, and was voiced by the even cuter (at the time) Cameron Diaz, which tended to deflate that, especially since Shrek was an ogre and one assumes he finds ogres attractive. [[MarsNeedsWomen Not that it's particularly easy to tell]].
** Taking both to their logical conclusion makes this a sort of a reverse "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" as it would mean that Shrek first fell in love with Fiona ''despite'' her human appearance once he discovered he and she actually shared a lot of things in common. It just so happens that her human form was one most audiences would consider beautiful.

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* ''{{Shrek}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' did slightly better in that Fiona decided to become an ogre at the end, keeping the trope intact. Of course, she was a rather cute ogre, and was voiced by the even cuter (at the time) Cameron Diaz, which tended to deflate that, especially since Shrek was an ogre and one assumes he finds ogres attractive. [[MarsNeedsWomen Not that it's particularly easy to tell]].
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tell]]. Taking both to their logical conclusion makes this a sort of a reverse "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" as it would mean that Shrek first fell in love with Fiona ''despite'' her human appearance once he discovered he and she actually shared a lot of things in common. It just so happens that her human form was one most audiences would consider beautiful.



* Ludmilla, the BigBad of ''{{Bartok the Magnificent}}'', ''thinks'' this is true about herself. Then she takes a potion designed to make its user "10 times what they are inside", expecting to be extremely beautiful as a result. [[OneWingedAngel She was WAY off!]]

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* Ludmilla, the BigBad of ''{{Bartok the Magnificent}}'', ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent'', ''thinks'' this is true about herself. Then she takes a potion designed to make its user "10 times what they are inside", expecting to be extremely beautiful as a result. [[OneWingedAngel She was WAY off!]]



* Oddly not mentioned in ''TheGraduate'', although the beautiful Mrs. Robinson is a depressed alcoholic who cheats on her husband and tries to force her daughter into an unhappy marriage, and Ben (who rescues the daughter) is played by Dustin Hoffman. Then again, Dustin Hoffman was cast at the last minute.
* In Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, we find out that Peggy Carter has a photo of Steve in her desk drawer. Not post-serum Captain America, but pre-serum, skinny runt from Brooklyn Steve Rogers. Just goes to show that she fell in love with him long before he became a Super Soldier, unlike the secretary who kisses Captain America just because he's just that - a Super Soldier - in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.

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* Oddly not mentioned in ''TheGraduate'', ''Film/TheGraduate'', although the beautiful Mrs. Robinson is a depressed alcoholic who cheats on her husband and tries to force her daughter into an unhappy marriage, and Ben (who rescues the daughter) is played by Dustin Hoffman. Then again, Dustin Hoffman was cast at the last minute.
* In Marvel ''Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, Film/AgentCarter'', we find out that Peggy Carter has a photo of Steve in her desk drawer. Not post-serum Captain America, but pre-serum, skinny runt from Brooklyn Steve Rogers. Just goes to show that she fell in love with him long before he became a Super Soldier, unlike the secretary who kisses Captain America just because he's just that - a Super Soldier - in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.



* This trope was [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in one of the ''{{Spellsinger}}'' books. One of the characters is despondent that a beautiful woman he loves won't even give him the time of day. When the protagonist gives the, "She should see you for what you are on the inside", the despondent character points out that in RealLife, looks '''do''' count. They are part of who you are. It might not be the most important, but they still are something. Not to mention that one of the reasons he wants her in the first place is for her looks, so it would be a DoubleStandard if he wanted her to ignore his ugliness.

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* This trope was [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in one of the ''{{Spellsinger}}'' ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' books. One of the characters is despondent that a beautiful woman he loves won't even give him the time of day. When the protagonist gives the, "She should see you for what you are on the inside", the despondent character points out that in RealLife, looks '''do''' count. They are part of who you are. It might not be the most important, but they still are something. Not to mention that one of the reasons he wants her in the first place is for her looks, so it would be a DoubleStandard if he wanted her to ignore his ugliness.



* ''UglyBetty'' is about this trope. At least, that's what the critics said when it debuted, as well as what America Ferrera said at an awards ceremony not long after the show debuted. But not very many actual episodes of the show mention this trope, and the eponymous character (Betty Suarez, played by America Ferrera) is usually treated as if nothing is wrong with her. Hooray for CharacterDevelopment!

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* ''UglyBetty'' ''Series/UglyBetty'' is about this trope. At least, that's what the critics said when it debuted, as well as what America Ferrera said at an awards ceremony not long after the show debuted. But not very many actual episodes of the show mention this trope, and the eponymous character (Betty Suarez, played by America Ferrera) is usually treated as if nothing is wrong with her. Hooray for CharacterDevelopment!



* ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' inverts this. The Phantom believes that it's his deformity that prevents Christine from loving him and when he abducts her at the end of the play, taunts her about how she's doomed to spend an eternity with a deformed freak like him. She coolly and calmly tells him that she's not longer repulsed by his mangled face, for, "it's in your soul that the true distortion lies". As in, she ''could'' have loved him, malformation and all, had he not been such a murderous psychopath. In the sequel ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'', however, this trope is played straight with songs like "Look With Your Heart" and "The Beauty Underneath" and the revelation that [[spoiler: she realized the ''murderous psychopath'' was the man she truly loved too late; when offered the chance to choose him again, she does so]].
* CyranoDeBergerac, the WarriorPoet with the big nose, is [[GrumpyBear too cynical]] to believe people actually believe this, despite what everyone else in the play tells him. Nevertheless, he invokes this trope at Act I Scene IV when Viscount De Valvert mocks his [[ImpoverishedPatrician poor clothes]]:

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* ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' inverts this. The Phantom believes that it's his deformity that prevents Christine from loving him and when he abducts her at the end of the play, taunts her about how she's doomed to spend an eternity with a deformed freak like him. She coolly and calmly tells him that she's not longer repulsed by his mangled face, for, "it's in your soul that the true distortion lies". As in, she ''could'' have loved him, malformation and all, had he not been such a murderous psychopath. In the sequel ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'', however, this trope is played straight with songs like "Look With Your Heart" and "The Beauty Underneath" and the revelation that [[spoiler: she realized the ''murderous psychopath'' was the man she truly loved too late; when offered the chance to choose him again, she does so]].
* CyranoDeBergerac, Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac, the WarriorPoet with the big nose, is [[GrumpyBear too cynical]] to believe people actually believe this, despite what everyone else in the play tells him. Nevertheless, he invokes this trope at Act I Scene IV when Viscount De Valvert mocks his [[ImpoverishedPatrician poor clothes]]:



* TheSimpsons jokes about this when Bart and Milhouse become [[Series/MythBusters Myth Crackers]].

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* TheSimpsons ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' jokes about this when Bart and Milhouse become [[Series/MythBusters Myth Crackers]].
25th Mar '15 6:16:20 PM MagBas
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* ''Film/ShallowHal'' has a character cursed with a very literal example of this trope: He is only capable of seeing a person's "true beauty" which, for most of the movie, seems to be personified by Gwyneth Paltrow. It's also an interesting hypocrisy, since Tony Robbins' real-life girlfriend is something of a "Perfect Ten;" however from his presentation of himself given in the film, his girlfriend should be a hideous girl with a heart of gold. Clearly, Dr. Tony doesn't follow his own orders. And to UnfortunateImplications, it's also worth adding that the movie played on the 300-pound Rosemary as an AcceptableTarget.

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* ''Film/ShallowHal'' has a character cursed with a very literal example of this trope: He is only capable of seeing a person's "true beauty" which, for most of the movie, seems to be personified by Gwyneth Paltrow. It's also an interesting hypocrisy, since Tony Robbins' real-life girlfriend is something of a "Perfect Ten;" however from his presentation of himself given in the film, his girlfriend should be a hideous girl with a heart of gold. Clearly, Dr. Tony doesn't follow his own orders. And to UnfortunateImplications, it's also worth adding that the movie played on the 300-pound Rosemary as an AcceptableTarget.
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