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19th Sep '16 10:03:48 PM ninjamitsuki2
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* Many fans didn't like Taku Komori cutting his hair during his route in [[VideoGame/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2]], and feel that he looked better with long hair.
19th Aug '16 12:36:54 PM fearlessnikki
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* As is the case with many adaptations of the story, ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' prompted a few fans who prefer the Beast to the Prince. Of course in this case, the Prince is his true form and it's not necessarily treated as ''better''. Belle indeed looks unsure of this and it isn't until she sees that the eyes are the same that she's happy. A deleted line would have her jokingly asking if he could grow a beard.
* In-universe in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': [[spoiler:Vanellope finds her princess makeover--which she gains after her identity as the true ruler of Sugar Rush is revealed--unnecessary as she prefers her regular clothes and the role of president.]]
* Many fans preferred Violet from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' when she had PeekABangs. Her character development involved her gaining more confidence and no longer hiding behind her bangs however she looked quite cute with her original hairstyle.
* One of Tootie's most notable characteristics in her original ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'' is her UglyCute appearance in that despite having a girlish pigtails, glasses, and teeth bracers, she nevertheless has a lot of fans. Tootie's adult appearance in ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' on the other hand, is widely considered to be unnecessary with virtually all aspects of her UglyCute appearance (Including her glassess) gone in addition to her GenkiGirl antics leaving her as just another NiceGirl SatelliteLoveInterest. It got to the point that a flashback to a live-action young Tootie is certainly a lot more recognizable than her adult appearance.
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* Mia Thermopolis in ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'' -- was making her movie-star gorgeous necessary, or did she just need to ditch the glasses?

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* Mia Thermopolis in ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'' -- is this for some viewers, feeling that Anne Hathaway was making still cute before losing her movie-star gorgeous necessary, or did she just need to ditch glasses and having her hair straightened. Mia herself still feels awkward about the glasses?makeover and tries to hide it from her classmates at first.



** More than a few people feel the same way about the Beast's transformation in the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Disney film]], with the most popular fanart on Website/{{DeviantArt}} for "Beauty and the Beast" being [[http://johnsu.deviantart.com/art/Beauty-and-a-Beast-55635672 this]]. It's also worth noting that Belle, while not reacting nearly as badly in canon to the Beast's princely form as in that fanart, was visibly uncertain of how to react to his sudden change until she recognized his eyes as the same as the Beast's.
*** The transformation is important to the plot and symbolically, showing that he succeeded in making a HeelFaceTurn and changed from a "Beast" to a human. (Contrast the Disney adaption of The Hunchback of Notre Dame where the ideas of what makes a "monster" and a "man" are played with, but neither of them were really conventionally attractive to begin with -- Frollo is old and skinny and Quasi is UglyCute.)



* Creator/RachaelLeighCook in ''Film/ShesAllThat''. The idea that she of all people needed a makeover was parodied in ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie''.
* In ''Film/EarthGirlsAreEasy'', Geena Davis' character is upset that her fiance is sexually disinterested in her; her best friend decides the answer is a makeover. For someone who looks like Geena Davis.
** Though the movie is half parody, and the best friend is incredibly ditzy AND thinks being blonde is the key to all happiness (which in this universe...it is), it fits. Note, she also encouraged her to stay with the cheating, jerky fiance.

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* Creator/RachaelLeighCook in ''Film/ShesAllThat''. The idea that ''Film/ShesAllThat'', and it's one of the many reasons the movie is prime SnarkBait these days. Laney is supposed to be unlikely to be prom queen just because she of all people needed a makeover was parodied in ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie''.
has glasses and paint-coloured overalls.
* In ''Film/EarthGirlsAreEasy'', Geena Davis' character is upset that her fiance is sexually disinterested in her; her best friend decides the answer is a makeover. For someone who looks like Geena Davis.
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Davis. Though the movie is half parody, and the best friend is incredibly ditzy AND thinks being blonde is the key to all happiness (which in this universe...it is), it fits. Note, she also encouraged her to stay with the cheating, jerky fiance.



* In-universe in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': [[spoiler:Vanellope finds her princess makeover--which she gains after her identity as the true ruler of Sugar Rush is revealed--unnecessary as she prefers her regular clothes and the role of president.]]



* Many fans preferred Violet from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' when she had PeekABangs. Her character development involved her gaining more confidence and no longer hiding behind her bangs however she looked quite cute with her original hairstyle.
* One of Tootie's most notable characteristics in her original ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'' is her UglyCute appearance in that despite having a girlish pigtails, glasses, and teeth bracers, she nevertheless has a lot of fans. Tootie's adult appearance in ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' on the other hand, is widely considered to be unnecessary with virtually all aspects of her UglyCute appearance (Including her glassess) gone in addition to her GenkiGirl antics leaving her as just another NiceGirl SatelliteLoveInterest. It got to the point that a flashback to a live-action young Tootie is certainly a lot more recognizable than her adult appearance.



** Similarly on BBCThree "makeunder" show ''Snog, Marry, Avoid'' -- most of the contestants start out as underdressed slappers with far too much fake tan, eyeshadow and hair extensions, but every so often someone with an obviously creative, unique taste in fashion and makeup is stripped of all originality for the sake of boring conformity.
*** On the other hand, a lot of contestants seem to have gradually performed this trope on ''themselves'', covering their real appearance in increasingly over-the-top layers of beauty products until they can't face the world without hours spent in preparation; they come to the show in search of re-learning how to look okay with a more ordinary level of grooming.
*** The high watermark in most episodes is the point where they have removed all the make up and fake tan, and the subject is just wearing a bathrobe. After that they proceed to make her (in most shows the subject is a young woman) look like a schoolteacher almost at retirement age.
* Elliot's makeover in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' wasn't all that big of a difference, just some new [[http://scrubs.wikia.com/wiki/File:3x1_Madeover_Elliot.jpg very aggressive bangs and A LOT more make-up]]. Yet it was treated as a shocking cosmetic difference when the biggest change was her being more assertive. It was lampshaded in the show itself, though: "Does this lipstick make me look like a clown?" "No! You look like a prostitute who caters exclusively to clowns."
** WordOfGod is that this was mandated by NBC because they wanted a sexier female character to market to the young male demographic. There's apparently even an extra on the season 3 [=DVDs=] about it. The extent of the make over was in fact dialed down pretty quickly, as well as her new aggressive personality. The reality was that Sarah Chalke is a hottie regardless and Elliot was already more well-kept than most of the other women in the hospital, even being a plot point when other staff members critique her on being ''too'' pretty to be respectable. The only real difference in the long run was that you never saw Elliot with her hair pulled up and the "framing" bangs after that change.

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* ''Series/SnogMarryAvoid'':
** Similarly on BBCThree "makeunder" show ''Snog, Marry, Avoid'' -- most Most of the contestants start out as underdressed slappers with far too much fake tan, eyeshadow and hair extensions, but every so often someone with an obviously creative, unique taste in fashion and makeup is stripped of all originality for the sake of boring conformity.
*** ** On the other hand, a lot of contestants seem to have gradually performed this trope on ''themselves'', covering their real appearance in increasingly over-the-top layers of beauty products until they can't face the world without hours spent in preparation; they come to the show in search of re-learning how to look okay with a more ordinary level of grooming.
*** ** The high watermark in most episodes is the point where they have removed all the make up and fake tan, and the subject is just wearing a bathrobe. After that they proceed to make her (in most shows the subject is a young woman) look like a schoolteacher almost at retirement age.
* ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'' treats Elliot's makeover in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' wasn't all at the start of Season 3 as a big deal. She decides to get an edgier haircut and a lot more make-up. Producers may have realised that big of a difference, just some new [[http://scrubs.wikia.com/wiki/File:3x1_Madeover_Elliot.jpg very aggressive bangs and A LOT more make-up]]. Yet it was treated too much, as a shocking cosmetic difference when she tones down the biggest change was her being more assertive. It was lampshaded in the show itself, though: "Does this lipstick make me look like a clown?" "No! You look like a prostitute who caters exclusively to clowns."
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as the season goes on. WordOfGod is that this was mandated by NBC because they the studio wanted a sexier female character to market to the young male demographic. There's apparently even an extra on demographic, hence the season 3 [=DVDs=] about it. The extent of the make over FanServicePack. Some fans still think turning Elliot into a MsFanservice was in fact dialed down pretty quickly, as well as her new aggressive personality. The reality was still a bit overdone, given that Sarah Chalke is a hottie regardless and Elliot was already more well-kept than most of the other women in the hospital, even being a plot point when other staff members critique her on being ''too'' pretty to be respectable. The only real difference in the long run was that you never saw Elliot with her hair pulled up and the "framing" bangs after that change.cutie.



* In ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', the first and the second season, Alex declares countless times how much she hates high-heels. In the third season, she wears ''only'' high-heels.
** Although, she was younger back then. Plus she doesn't get much taller either. This is not an uncommon occurrence in the lives of teens.
** To make this more bizarre, Alex already started out as a fashion-obsessed girly girl, and then became more tomboyish by the show's end.



** Or wardrobe just gradually forgot they were supposed to be doing anything different shopping for her clothes specifically. It happens.
* Rachel's makeover in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is acknowledged as one of these in-show, when Finn eventually tells her "I'm gonna say this as nice as I can, but you look like a... sad clown hooker".

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** Or wardrobe just gradually forgot they were supposed to be doing anything different shopping for her clothes specifically. It happens.
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Rachel's makeover in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is acknowledged as one of these in-show, when Finn eventually tells her "I'm gonna say this as nice as I can, but you look like a... sad clown hooker".



* This is also done in ''SeriS/ICarly'' with Sam. The boy likes Sam's new look, but reveals that he likes her neutral look even more.
* This is exactly the intended effect in a ''TwilightZone'' episode, "Number 12 Looks Just Like You", where everyone is required to get cosmetic surgery to make them look like identical models. One HollywoodHomely gamine, perhaps tomboyish for the day, shocks everyone and is sent to a psychiatrist when she questions whether the surgery is really necessary. [[spoiler: They end up performing the surgery against her wishes -- and she ends up [[{{Brainwashed}} very happy]] with the results.]]
** She also invokes it earlier, when she looks at a picture of her pre-surgery mother and thinks that she looked better that way. The mother, meanwhile, insists that she was "a fright" back then.

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* This is also done in ''SeriS/ICarly'' ''Series/ICarly'' with Sam. The boy likes Sam's new look, but reveals that he likes her neutral look even more.
* This is exactly the intended effect in a ''TwilightZone'' episode, "Number 12 Looks Just Like You", where everyone is required to get cosmetic surgery to make them look like identical models. One HollywoodHomely gamine, perhaps tomboyish for the day, shocks everyone and is sent to a psychiatrist when she questions whether the surgery is really necessary. [[spoiler: They end up performing the surgery against her wishes -- and she ends up [[{{Brainwashed}} very happy]] with the results.]]
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]] She also invokes it earlier, when she looks at a picture of her pre-surgery mother and thinks that she looked better that way. The mother, meanwhile, insists that she was "a fright" back then.



* Wrestling/EvaMarie has this reaction in the first episode of ''Series/TotalDivas''. Concerned that she resembles the Bella Twins too much, the office try to have her dye her hair blonde. Eva freaks out and, unable to go through with it, opts to dye her hair red instead. Some fans feel the red doesn't look good, but it's agreed to be relatively distinctive and "All Red Everything" became her CatchPhrase.
* A curse in ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' causes Virginia to suffer RapidHairGrowth to get RapunzelHair. Wolf takes a magic axe to it...and cuts her hair completely short. It was shoulder length originally, but Wolf cuts it to a pixie length. For a few fans, this was just too drastic a change. Especially since Virginia was shown to be very unhappy with the result.



* WWE Diva Aksana made the unwise decision to go from [[http://onlineworldofwrestling.com/pictures/a/aksana/04.jpg blonde]] to [[http://aksana-daily.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=138&pid=7577#top_display_media brunette]].
** This is a polarizing one, however, as just as many prefer her with dark hair as they do with blonde.

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* WWE Diva Aksana made the unwise decision to go from [[http://onlineworldofwrestling.com/pictures/a/aksana/04.jpg blonde]] to [[http://aksana-daily.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=138&pid=7577#top_display_media brunette]].
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brunette]]. This is a polarizing one, however, as just as many prefer her with dark hair as they do with blonde.
16th Aug '16 6:27:18 PM CyrenaPeleman
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* Former Music/{{tATu}} star Yulia Volkova [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/bc/8c/ec/bc8cec5aa6c364142bf02e8af7340512.jpg became unrecognizable]] after so much plastic surgery.
11th Aug '16 4:23:21 PM CharlesPhipps
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* ComicBooks/{{Vampirella}} infamously suffered one of these as her outfit began progressively skimpier under Harris Comics despite the fact she was already one of the most provocative and sensual heroines in comics. It got to the point her outfit's creator, Trina Robbins, called it "dental floss." Controversially, Dynamite has recently attempted to reverse the damage by actually putting her in a much more conservative training outfit and jacket.
8th Aug '16 9:06:35 PM EvilKid
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** Some fans also criticise him for advising Haruhi herself to cut her long hair.
30th Jul '16 12:18:23 PM nombretomado
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* In the 14th season of ''DancingWithTheStars'', Martina Navratilova going from a somewhat [[LesbianJock butch]] appearance to looking like a middle-aged HelloNurse entered this trope for some of her fans. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j_Znft4LR8 Just look]].

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* In the 14th season of ''DancingWithTheStars'', ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'', Martina Navratilova going from a somewhat [[LesbianJock butch]] appearance to looking like a middle-aged HelloNurse entered this trope for some of her fans. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j_Znft4LR8 Just look]].
30th May '16 2:52:02 AM thecarolinabull01
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* Music/MichaelJackson. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment That is all.]] Though not everything was his fault considering that he had vitiligo, lupus and various other health problems. Few will deny that he got carried away with plastic surgeries though.
11th May '16 8:34:42 PM rjd1922
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* [[DirtyDancing Jennifer Grey]] owed her movie role success in part to her big nose which made her a more convincing HollywoodHomely appearance. Unfortunately, she chose to have a rhinoplasty that went so sour she required a second rhinoplasty and reconstructive surgery to repair the damage to her face. Whether or not she was more attractive with the bigger nose, she didn't look like Jennifer Grey anymore with the smaller one. It was like trying to start her career over from scratch. Most people agree that she looked much better before all the surgery -- it would appear that she agrees. In her words, "I went in the operating room a celebrity -- and come out anonymous." In fact, her decision is given a nod bigger than the old nose in the short-lived ''It's Like, You Know...'' where she plays...herself, out of work because she got a nosejob.

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* [[DirtyDancing [[Film/DirtyDancing Jennifer Grey]] owed her movie role success in part to her big nose which made her a more convincing HollywoodHomely appearance. Unfortunately, she chose to have a rhinoplasty that went so sour she required a second rhinoplasty and reconstructive surgery to repair the damage to her face. Whether or not she was more attractive with the bigger nose, she didn't look like Jennifer Grey anymore with the smaller one. It was like trying to start her career over from scratch. Most people agree that she looked much better before all the surgery -- it would appear that she agrees. In her words, "I went in the operating room a celebrity -- and come out anonymous." In fact, her decision is given a nod bigger than the old nose in the short-lived ''It's Like, You Know...'' where she plays...herself, out of work because she got a nosejob.
11th May '16 8:33:17 PM rjd1922
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* Male example would be Otacon switching his glasses for contacts in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', because it makes him look "more handsome". General consensus was relief when he put his glasses back on and started looking [[NerdsAreSexy sexy and sophisticated]] again instead of mildly dorky.
* [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Xenosaga 2's]] new 'realistic' character models were so reviled by the fans, that the new, new characters in Xenosaga 3 were much closer to the first game (though not the same).

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* Male A male example would be Otacon switching his glasses for contacts in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', because it makes him look "more handsome". General consensus was relief when he put his glasses back on and started looking [[NerdsAreSexy sexy and sophisticated]] again instead of mildly dorky.
* [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Xenosaga 2's]] 2]]'''s new 'realistic' character models were so reviled by the fans, that the new, new characters in Xenosaga 3 were much closer to the first game (though not the same).



* The Cinematic Mod for ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' gave the old Source engine a serious kick in the pants, allowing for far more beautiful environments. While these were applauded, fans everywhere raged at the inclusion of the author's version of Alyx Vance. The mod replaces Alyx's down-to-earth, realistic appearance with a new model based on real-life supermodel Adriana Lima, wearing a midriff-baring shirt and exposing her cleavage. Later versions removed her bra, showing Alyx's nipples through her shirt. Many ''Half-Life 2'' fans revolted at the changes, because the entire reason she was popular was because she ''wasn't'' an Sports Illustrated pinup girl and more of a GirlNextDoor[[note]]Who just happens to be a skilled resistance member and hacker and have a giant robot dog[[/note]].

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* The [=FakeFactory's=] Cinematic Mod for ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' gave the old Source engine a serious kick in the pants, allowing for far more beautiful environments. While these were applauded, fans everywhere raged at the inclusion of the author's version of Alyx Vance. The mod replaces Alyx's down-to-earth, realistic appearance with a new model based on real-life supermodel Adriana Lima, wearing a midriff-baring shirt and exposing her cleavage. Later versions removed her bra, showing Alyx's nipples through her shirt. Many ''Half-Life 2'' fans revolted at the changes, because the entire reason she was popular was because she ''wasn't'' an Sports Illustrated pinup girl and more of a GirlNextDoor[[note]]Who just happens to be a skilled resistance member and hacker and have a giant robot dog[[/note]].



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5th May '16 2:16:22 PM aye_amber
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* When {{Shakira}} first broke into the English language market, she decided to bleach her [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qs2JhDk0Qvo/TjwXVQj20HI/AAAAAAAACqc/HF4yDDbfg_o/s1600/Shakira_Brunette.jpg dark brown hair]] [[http://www.topnews.in/light/files/Shakira.jpg blond,]] leading almost everyone to ask "Was that really necessary?" (especially American fans who were already dealing with a music scene drowning with PlentyOfBlondes at the time, as she debuted in the US after the "Blonde Pop Quartet" of Music/BritneySpears, Music/ChristinaAguilera, Music/JessicaSimpson, and Music/MandyMoore, which might help explain why she felt she needed to be blonde to compete.) Better yet, before the Anglo jump she was a redhead for almost two years but came back to her brunette self while claiming that keeping with the red dye was too much of a hassle, baffling people even more.

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* When {{Shakira}} Music/{{Shakira}} first broke into the English language market, she decided to bleach her [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qs2JhDk0Qvo/TjwXVQj20HI/AAAAAAAACqc/HF4yDDbfg_o/s1600/Shakira_Brunette.jpg dark brown hair]] [[http://www.topnews.in/light/files/Shakira.jpg blond,]] leading almost everyone to ask "Was that really necessary?" (especially American fans who were already dealing with a music scene drowning with PlentyOfBlondes at the time, as she debuted in the US after the "Blonde Pop Quartet" of Music/BritneySpears, Music/ChristinaAguilera, Music/JessicaSimpson, and Music/MandyMoore, which might help explain why she felt she needed to be blonde to compete.) Better yet, before the Anglo jump she was a redhead for almost two years but came back to her brunette self while claiming that keeping with the red dye was too much of a hassle, baffling people even more.
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