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7th Dec '17 11:48:06 PM annette12
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** The trope is discussed with the PatientOfTheWeek being a smoking hot woman married to a rather large guy. What does she see in him? He was the only guy there was, after she dated the attractive jerky guys. J.D. often gets accused of this by watchers of the show, but he's not actually ugly -- it's just Hollywood casting for hot girls that makes everyone a model.

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** The trope is discussed with the PatientOfTheWeek being a smoking hot woman married to a rather large guy. What does she see in him? He was the only guy there was, after she dated the attractive jerky guys.
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J.D. often gets accused of this by watchers of the show, but he's not actually ugly -- it's just Hollywood casting for hot girls that makes everyone a model.
7th Dec '17 11:32:24 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* In ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', Winston Smith, a 39 year old man, somewhat over the hill by Oceanic standards, physically bent out of shape, and sporting what is apparently a highly unsightly varicose ulcer, manages to have a 4-month affair with Julia, almost ten years younger, described as being in much better physical condition, notably possessing stunning hair and breasts. Considering that both suffer crushing sexual repression and have borderline nymphomaniac traits as well, they seem suited for each other. Julia's a member of a harsh chastity brigade, and sees sex as her best way of sticking it to TheMan. So she's not terribly picky.

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* In ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', Winston Smith, a 39 year old man, somewhat over the hill by Oceanic standards, physically bent out of shape, and sporting what is apparently a highly unsightly varicose ulcer, manages to have a 4-month affair with Julia, almost ten years younger, described as being in much better physical condition, notably possessing stunning hair and breasts. Considering that both suffer crushing sexual repression and have borderline nymphomaniac traits as well, they seem suited for each other. Julia's a member of a harsh chastity brigade, and sees sex as her best way of sticking it to TheMan. So she's not terribly picky. Winston even tries to ''discourage'' her from banging him, asking why she hasn't chosen somebody her age. Julia replies that honestly, she couldn't care less.
6th Dec '17 7:14:38 PM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Stumpy is considered in-universe to be absolutely hideous. His girlfriend Ursula is never shown onscreen, but the other characters all say she's very beautiful.
5th Dec '17 7:38:13 PM thecarolinabull01
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** The Patakis. Big Bob has a BigOlUnibrow, a big nose, gray hair (and by ''The Jungle Movie'', has a bald spot) and a bit of a gut, and like Oskar has a very unpleasant personality. Miriam is a blonde {{Meganekko}} who, despite being drunk as hell most of the time, [[SheCleansUpNicely is a total stunner when she tries]].
** The Wittenbergs. Jack is overweight, while his wife Tish is a good looking blond. It helps that they're both {{Competition Freak}}s and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerks with hearts of gold]].

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** The Patakis. Big Bob has a BigOlUnibrow, a big nose, gray hair (and by ''The Jungle Movie'', ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheJungleMovie'', has a bald spot) and a bit of a gut, and like Oskar has a very unpleasant personality. Miriam is a blonde {{Meganekko}} who, despite being drunk as hell most of the time, [[SheCleansUpNicely is a total stunner when she tries]].
** The Wittenbergs. Jack is overweight, while his wife Tish is a good looking blond. It helps that they're both {{Competition Freak}}s and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerks with hearts of gold]].gold]] who speak in {{malaproper}}.



** Luanne Platter is an attractive but mostly dumb blonde eventually married an ugly bucktoothed middle aged hillbilly known as Lucky.

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** Luanne Platter is an attractive but mostly dumb blonde who eventually married an ugly bucktoothed middle aged hillbilly known as Lucky.
29th Nov '17 1:48:45 AM Rowdycmoore
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* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': Chris is occasionally described as rather homely (though mostly by Dan, so Your Mileage My Vary), while Elise is a hot ActionGirl.
24th Nov '17 6:26:25 PM thecarolinabull01
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** The Patakis. Big Bob has a BigOlUnibrow, a big nose, gray hair and a bit of a gut, and like Oskar has a very unpleasant personality. Miriam is a blonde {{Meganekko}} who, despite being drunk as hell most of the time, [[SheCleansUpNicely is a total stunner when she tries]].

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** The Patakis. Big Bob has a BigOlUnibrow, a big nose, gray hair (and by ''The Jungle Movie'', has a bald spot) and a bit of a gut, and like Oskar has a very unpleasant personality. Miriam is a blonde {{Meganekko}} who, despite being drunk as hell most of the time, [[SheCleansUpNicely is a total stunner when she tries]].
19th Nov '17 2:20:05 PM DesertDragon
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* It's been observed multiple times on ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' that Claire was way out of Cliff's league. It didn't help that Phylecia Rashad was only in her mid-thirties at the start of the show, 12 years younger than Cosby. He may have been a more plausible age for an established obstetrician with a college-age daughter, but it didn't help the difference in their appearance one bit.
14th Nov '17 9:12:44 PM Nadim
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* ''Film/HorribleBosses'': Harken's wife is a very beautiful glamourous seductive blonde with a massive set of cleavage as opposed to him being very ugly walking on a hunchback semi-bald and very grumpy.
14th Nov '17 2:20:35 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Manga/AstroBoy'', Ochanomizu/[[DubNameChange Elefun/O Shay]] builds robotic parents for Astroboy. The mother is a tall, svelte, elegant 60s mother type. The father is a short, fat and buffoonish man with a large nose and lined face. This is downplayed in some later adaptations where the father is a little less goofy looking.
* As a TakeThat to the massive amounts of MrFanservice in most Main/YaoiGenre manga, a particular one-shot features a gay man who has had a penchant for ugly men since his youth, seemingly oblivious to society's take on beauty throughout. When the story begins he is fondly reminiscing ([[BishieSparkle Shoujo Sparkles]] and all) his first love (a towering, awkward, acne-faced sports freak of a teenager)... Not a few pages later, he runs into his said first love. Who has, amusingly, turned into a rather attractive beautician (''not'' heartstoppingly gorgeous; he seems to have gotten over his teenage awkwardness, instead choosing to be cheerful, and as a beautician, has certainly learned about style). Soon after, the main character has a FreakOut over how gross-looking his first love has become, and HilarityEnsues.

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* In ''Manga/AstroBoy'', Ochanomizu/[[DubNameChange Elefun/O Shay]] builds robotic parents for Astroboy.Astro Boy. The mother is a tall, svelte, elegant 60s mother type. The father is a short, fat and buffoonish man with a large nose and lined face. This is downplayed in some later adaptations [[AdaptationalAttractiveness where the father is a little less goofy looking.
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* As a TakeThat to the massive amounts of MrFanservice in most Main/YaoiGenre YaoiGenre manga, a particular one-shot features a gay man who has had a penchant for ugly men since his youth, seemingly oblivious to society's take on beauty throughout. When the story begins he is fondly reminiscing ([[BishieSparkle Shoujo Sparkles]] and all) his first love (a towering, awkward, acne-faced sports freak of a teenager)... Not a few pages later, he runs into his said first love. Who has, amusingly, turned into a rather attractive beautician (''not'' heartstoppingly gorgeous; he seems to have gotten over his teenage awkwardness, instead choosing to be cheerful, and as a beautician, has certainly learned about style). Soon after, the main character has a FreakOut over how gross-looking his first love has become, and HilarityEnsues.


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* In ''Manga/MiracleGirls'', Mr. Kageura ends up married in volume 5. He is a rather bland and a bit raggedy looking fellow with MessyHair and NerdGlasses. His wife on the other hand is gorgeous. Mikage is surprised by how pretty she is.
30th Oct '17 8:03:47 PM LadyNorbert
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* Many readers were dismayed when the unsturdly [[spoiler:Anthony]] married the lovely Elizabeth when ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' ended. Not to mention part of the surprise came because the strip (unlike the rest of examples) was drawn by a woman.

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* Many readers were dismayed when the unsturdly unstudly [[spoiler:Anthony]] married the lovely Elizabeth when ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' ended. Not to mention part of the surprise came because the strip (unlike the rest of examples) was drawn by a woman.



* ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has this between the titular [[MeaningfulName Beauty]] and [[PunishedWithUgly the Beast]], although it takes quite some time for Beauty to fall in love with him. Of course, this trope is subverted when the Beast changes into a handsome prince right after Beauty confesses her love for him or agrees to marry him, but it's still played straight in adaptations like ''Heart's Blood'' or ''Literature/RoseDaughter'' that portray the Beast's ugliness as something he was born with instead of magically cursed with or have him remain a Beast in the ending.

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* ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has this between the titular [[MeaningfulName Beauty]] and [[PunishedWithUgly the Beast]], although it takes quite some time for Beauty to fall in love with him. Of course, this trope is subverted when the Beast changes into a handsome prince right after Beauty confesses her love for him or agrees to marry him, but it's still played straight in adaptations like ''Heart's Blood'' or ''Literature/RoseDaughter'' that ''Literature/RoseDaughter,'' which either portray the Beast's ugliness as something he was born with instead of magically cursed with or have him remain a Beast in the ending.



* The movie ''Johnson Family Vacation''. Mr Johnson? Overweight and average looking Cedric The Entertainer. Mrs. Johnson? ''Miss America 1984'' Vanessa Williams.

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* The movie ''Johnson Family Vacation''. Mr Mr. Johnson? Overweight and average looking Cedric The Entertainer. Mrs. Johnson? ''Miss America 1984'' Vanessa Williams.



* {{Lampshaded}} all the time in the case of Film/AustinPowers. Austin has dorky glasses, bad teeth and an excessive CarpetOfVirility, but women treat him like a sex god. Mrs. Kenisington notes that physical perfection wasn't as important in the sixties, and it's Austin's personality that makes him so irresistible.

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* {{Lampshaded}} all the time in the case of Film/AustinPowers. Austin has dorky glasses, bad teeth and an excessive CarpetOfVirility, but women treat him like a sex god. Mrs. Kenisington Kensington notes that physical perfection wasn't as important in the sixties, and it's Austin's personality that makes him so irresistible.



* Subverted with ''Film/ShallowHal'', in which the schlubby Jack Black *thinks* he's the "Ugly Guy" because he sees his girlfriend Rosemary as the lovely and svelte Gywneth Paltrow, when in reality, she's considerably overweight. Played straight by Hal's disabled friend who has a sickly thin old woman for a girlfriend. She's actually pretty but rotten on the inside. Disabled isn't ugly, though, at least not the way the trope uses "ugly." Walt, the disabled character has spina bifida, but he actually isn't bad looking. He's very athletic, and while he's older than the woman he's dating, and probably than Hal, he's not bad-looking at all. He's stinking rich, too, [[GoldDigger which is why the woman is dating him]]. It's not the fantasy mismatch of the truly ordinary-in-every-way guy with the beautiful woman.
* ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh''. the ugly, creepy science teacher played by Vincent Schiavelli turns out to have an astonishingly hot wife (played by Lana Clarkson).

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* Subverted with ''Film/ShallowHal'', in which the schlubby Jack Black *thinks* ''thinks'' he's the "Ugly Guy" because he sees his girlfriend Rosemary as the lovely and svelte Gywneth Paltrow, when in reality, she's considerably overweight. Played straight by Hal's disabled friend friend, who has a sickly thin old woman for a girlfriend. She's actually pretty but rotten on the inside. Disabled isn't ugly, though, at least not the way the trope uses "ugly." Walt, the disabled character has spina bifida, but he actually isn't bad looking.bad-looking. He's very athletic, and while he's older than the woman he's dating, and probably than Hal, he's not bad-looking at all. He's stinking rich, too, [[GoldDigger which is why the woman is dating him]]. It's not the fantasy mismatch of the truly ordinary-in-every-way guy with the beautiful woman.
* ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh''. In ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'', the ugly, creepy science teacher played by Vincent Schiavelli turns out to have an astonishingly hot wife (played by Lana Clarkson).



--> '''Wahlberg:''' "WHY ARE YOU WITH HIM?! (beat) I meanů How did you two meet?"

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--> '''Wahlberg:''' "WHY ARE YOU WITH HIM?! (beat) I meanů mean... How did you two meet?"



* The ''Film/NationalLampoonsVacation'' films pair Chevy Chase with Beverly D'Angelo as Clark and Ellen Griswold. While Clark is no worse than average looking he definitely falls under both the 'dorky acting' and 'personality issues' elements being not only a BumblingDad but also Mr. SeriousBusiness when it comes to family events. Ellen on the other is not only very beautiful but a total sweetheart with a ''ton'' of patience.

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* The ''Film/NationalLampoonsVacation'' films pair Chevy Chase with Beverly D'Angelo as Clark and Ellen Griswold. While Clark is no worse than average looking average-looking, he definitely falls under both the 'dorky acting' and 'personality issues' elements elements, being not only a BumblingDad but also Mr. SeriousBusiness when it comes to family events. Ellen Ellen, on the other hand, is not only very beautiful but a total sweetheart with a ''ton'' of patience.



* ''Film/TheVictors'' suggests that Craig (Creator/EliWallach) had a fling with the French woman (Creator/JeanneMoreau) whose house he spent the night at. Craig isn't bad looking, but he's decidedly plain, and the French woman is very much out of his league.

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* ''Film/TheVictors'' suggests that Craig (Creator/EliWallach) had a fling with the French woman (Creator/JeanneMoreau) (Creator/JeanneMoreau), at whose house he spent the night at. night. Craig isn't bad looking, bad-looking, but he's decidedly plain, and the French woman is very much out of his league.



* In ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', Winston Smith, a 39 year old man, somewhat over the hill by Oceanic standards, physically bent out of shape, and sporting what is apparently a highly unsightly varicose ulcer, manages to have a 4 month affair with Julia, almost ten years younger, described as being in much better physical condition, notably possessing stunning hair and breasts. Considering that both suffer crushing sexual repression and have borderline nymphomaniac traits as well, they seem suited for each other. Julia's a member of a harsh chastity brigade, and sees sex as her best way of sticking it to TheMan. So she's not terribly picky.

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* In ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', Winston Smith, a 39 year old man, somewhat over the hill by Oceanic standards, physically bent out of shape, and sporting what is apparently a highly unsightly varicose ulcer, manages to have a 4 month 4-month affair with Julia, almost ten years younger, described as being in much better physical condition, notably possessing stunning hair and breasts. Considering that both suffer crushing sexual repression and have borderline nymphomaniac traits as well, they seem suited for each other. Julia's a member of a harsh chastity brigade, and sees sex as her best way of sticking it to TheMan. So she's not terribly picky.



** Short bandy-legged nomad Kring ends up with Ehlana's bodyguard, the AmazonianBeauty Mirtai.

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** Short Short, scarred, bandy-legged nomad Kring ends up with Ehlana's bodyguard, the AmazonianBeauty Mirtai.



* Mr. and Mrs. Delacour in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. The latter is descended from a humanoid species that take the form of the most beautiful women to walk the earth, whereas former is a plump, black-bearded, but pleasant.
** Initially averted completely with Fleur, their daughter who inherited her mother's looks, and her fiance Bill Weasley, who is actually pretty handsome. Later downplayed when he's slashed in the face in battle by a werewolf, and its curse means [[ScarsAreForever the scars will never fade]]. However, Fleur doesn't reject Bill because the scars mean nothing except "that [her] husband is brave", which is proof enough for the formerly wary-of-her Weasley family to accept her.

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* Mr. and Mrs. Delacour in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. The latter is descended from a humanoid species that take the form of the most beautiful women to walk the earth, whereas former is a plump, black-bearded, but pleasant.
pleasant everyman.
** Initially averted completely with Fleur, their daughter who inherited her mother's looks, and her fiance fiancé Bill Weasley, who is actually pretty handsome. Later downplayed when he's slashed in the face in battle by a werewolf, and its curse means [[ScarsAreForever the scars will never fade]]. However, Fleur doesn't reject Bill because the scars mean nothing except "that [her] husband is brave", brave," which is proof enough for the formerly wary-of-her Weasley family to accept her.



* Extreme example of Ugly Guy Hot Girlfriend in the Literature/{{Discworld}} Novel ''Thud!'' With exotic dancer Tawneee (yes, that's Tawneee with three E's,) and Nobby Nobbs, who requires signed papers from the Patrician to certify that he's ''human''[[note]]In all probability, and that only after affidavits from his doctor and midwife.[[/note]]. It's later explained that [[AttractivenessIsolation no man had ever asked her out before, all of them assuming she'd be out of their league, which led her to believe she was unattractive]]. Nobby on the other hand, is so used to rejection (as EVERYONE is out of his league) that he asks her out expecting rejection she's so desperate that she accepts. Despite this, she actually ''likes'' him. And he is later implied to have dumped ''her.''

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* Extreme example of Ugly Guy Hot Girlfriend in the Literature/{{Discworld}} Novel ''Thud!'' With exotic dancer Tawneee (yes, that's Tawneee with three E's,) and Nobby Nobbs, who requires signed papers from the Patrician to certify that he's ''human''[[note]]In all probability, and that only after affidavits from his doctor and midwife.[[/note]]. It's later explained that [[AttractivenessIsolation no man had ever asked her out before, all of them assuming she'd be out of their league, which led her to believe she was unattractive]]. Nobby Nobby, on the other hand, is so used to rejection (as EVERYONE is out of his league) that he asks her out expecting rejection she's so desperate that she accepts. Despite this, she actually ''likes'' him. And he is later implied to have dumped ''her.''



* ''Literature/SisterhoodSeries'' by Creator/FernMichaels: Played straight with Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fox and Cosmo Cricket. Lizzie is stunningly beautiful. Cosmo...well, he has feet as big as canoes (maybe even shaped like them), he has a big nose on a flat face, he has ears as round as pancakes, and he is apparently so fat or bulky that he needs to have his clothes tailored for him.

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* ''Literature/SisterhoodSeries'' by Creator/FernMichaels: Played straight with Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fox and Cosmo Cricket. Lizzie is stunningly beautiful. Cosmo... well, he has feet as big as canoes (maybe even shaped like them), he has a big nose on a flat face, he has ears as round as pancakes, and he is apparently so fat or bulky that he needs to have his clothes tailored for him.



** [[{{Hunk}} Robert Baratheon]] and [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Cersei Lannister]] didn't ''start out'' like this, but years of drinking, whoring, and laziness have taken their toll on Robert while Cersei retains her famed beauty despite their awful marriage. When Ned and Catelyn meet them for the first time in years, the contrast is not lost on them.

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** [[{{Hunk}} Robert Baratheon]] and [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Cersei Lannister]] didn't ''start out'' like this, but years of drinking, whoring, and laziness have taken their toll on Robert Robert, while Cersei retains her famed beauty despite their awful marriage. When Ned and Catelyn meet them for the first time in years, the contrast is not lost on them.



** Agent Van Alden, alias George Mueller, is in his late forties and has "a mug you don't forget," while his second wife is an attractive, young Norwegian woman he'd initially hired as a wetnurse for his illegitimate son.

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** Agent Van Alden, alias George Mueller, is in his late forties and has "a mug you don't forget," while his second wife is an attractive, young Norwegian woman he'd initially hired as a wetnurse wet nurse for his illegitimate son.
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