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20th Apr '16 12:47:58 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''ComicBook/WarlordOfMars: Dejah Thoris'': [[WickedWitch The Boora Witch]] lived for centuries by [[GrandTheftMe transferring her consciousness to other bodies]], specially favoring young and beautiful female ones, which is way she chooses [[MsFanservice Dejah Thoris]] as her next vessel and uses it to usurp Helium's throne for herself. She isn't particularly pick either, as one of her previous bodies used to be a monstrous looking Green Martian.

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* ''ComicBook/WarlordOfMars: Dejah Thoris'': [[WickedWitch The Boora Witch]] Witch lived for centuries by [[GrandTheftMe transferring her consciousness to other bodies]], specially favoring young and beautiful female ones, which is way she chooses [[MsFanservice Dejah Thoris]] as her next vessel and uses it to usurp Helium's throne for herself. She isn't particularly pick either, as one of her previous bodies used to be a monstrous looking Green Martian.
20th Apr '16 12:45:22 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''ComicBook/WarlordOfMars: Dejah Thoris'': [[WickedWitch The Boora Witch]] lived for centuries by [[GrandTheftMe transferring her consciousness to other bodies]], specially favoring young and beautiful female ones, which is way she chooses [[MsFanservice Dejah Thoris]] as her next vessel and uses it to usurp Helium's throne for herself. She isn't particularly pick either, as one of her previous bodies used to be a monstrous looking Green Martian.



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28th Jan '16 1:15:16 AM eleutherios
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* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', Danique is actually an old crone, but pretends to be a FemmeFatale using a youth charm. She's mightily pissed when Chloe shatters the PowerGem containing the spell.

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* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', Danique is actually an old crone, but pretends to be a FemmeFatale using a youth charm. She's mightily pissed when Chloe shatters the PowerGem containing the spell. All the models in her fashion show too - they all look beautiful, but their reflections show them as deformed and disfigured, concealing their defects with magic.
27th Jan '16 9:49:38 AM TrustBen
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* One of Fiona Goode's top priorities in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' - one that she'll kill or betray for - is to preserve her youth and beauty. When she learns that a spectral serial killer has been stalking her since childhood, she's only upset because he allowed her to get old.
10th Jan '16 5:31:56 PM merotoker
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* Taiitsukun from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' is not a Vain Sorceress, but is an interesting example of a magical old hag who has a beautiful true form. (Her true identity is actually that of [[spoiler:the Jade Emperor, the (male) ruler of Heaven.]])

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* Taiitsukun from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' is not a Vain Sorceress, but is an interesting example of a magical old hag who has a beautiful true form. (Her true identity is actually that of [[spoiler:the Jade Emperor, the (male) ruler of Heaven.]])Heaven]].)



** In the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], this was partially [[spoiler:an after-effect of said MagicMirror [[MoreThanMindControl putting the whammy on her]]. She started out as a [[ShelteredAristocrat vain yet mostly naive queen]] who [[GoMadFromTheRevelation totally lost it]] when the mirror showed her not only her ugly future self, ''but how everyone would abandon her when she lost her beauty''. By the end of Super S she was crazy and vain enough to choose being imprisoned in said mirror than losing her good looks, until Sailor Galaxia released her.]]

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** In the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], this was partially [[spoiler:an after-effect of said MagicMirror [[MoreThanMindControl putting the whammy on her]]. She started out as a [[ShelteredAristocrat vain yet mostly naive queen]] who [[GoMadFromTheRevelation totally lost it]] when the mirror showed her not only her ugly future self, ''but how everyone would abandon her when she lost her beauty''. By the end of Super S she was crazy and vain enough to choose being imprisoned in said mirror than losing her good looks, until Sailor Galaxia released her.]]her]].



* Amora, The Enchantress from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor''. Her vanity masses somewhere above the Gigaton range, as virtually everything in her immortal life hinges on her beauty in some fashion. Much of her magic is either dedicated to enhancing her appearance, or uses her beauty as a focus, or material component, such as her many versions of charm and mind-control spells. When recovering from injuries suffered in battle, her first and most driving need is to be sure her flawless face and perfect body have come through without permanent damage. In the event of injury or scarring, she has proven that she can repair the damage magically, though it seems to be power and time intensive.

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* [[Characters/TheMightyThor Amora, The Enchantress Enchantress]] from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor''. Her vanity masses somewhere above the Gigaton range, as virtually everything in her immortal life hinges on her beauty in some fashion. Much of her magic is either dedicated to enhancing her appearance, or uses her beauty as a focus, or material component, such as her many versions of charm and mind-control spells. When recovering from injuries suffered in battle, her first and most driving need is to be sure her flawless face and perfect body have come through without permanent damage. In the event of injury or scarring, she has proven that she can repair the damage magically, though it seems to be power and time intensive.



** It's implied that her Good Counterpart (or at least Less Evil Counterpart) Emma Frost uses her psychic powers to appear slightly more beautiful than she already is. Considering she's one of the few comic book characters to admit to plastic surgery this is certainly plausible, though with her looks it doesn't take too much effort to appear stunning.

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** It's implied that her Good Counterpart (or at least Less Evil Counterpart) Emma Frost Comicbook/EmmaFrost uses her psychic powers to appear slightly more beautiful than she already is. Considering she's one of the few comic book characters to admit to plastic surgery this is certainly plausible, though with her looks it doesn't take too much effort to appear stunning.



* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Rupert Giles's]] great-aunts Sophronia and Lavinia introduced in the ''Angel & Faith'' comicbook bartered their souls to demons in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. They were smart enough to include the condition that the demons would only get their souls at the first visible sign of aging (the demons weren't very bright). Unfortunately for them the end of magic restored the flow of time to them. Their first gray hairs were quickly followed by a bunch of demons looking to collect. Fortunately Angel and Faith were able to fight them off.

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* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Rupert Giles's]] Giles's great-aunts Sophronia and Lavinia introduced in the ''Angel & Faith'' comicbook bartered their souls to demons in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. They were smart enough to include the condition that the demons would only get their souls at the first visible sign of aging (the demons weren't very bright). Unfortunately for them the end of magic restored the flow of time to them. Their first gray hairs were quickly followed by a bunch of demons looking to collect. Fortunately Angel and Faith were able to fight them off.



* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', the Wicked Witch of the East is a hideous old crone, but spends most of the movie under a spell that makes her appear as a beautiful woman. [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by the Wicked Witch of the West, who refuses to hide her appearance because she wants Oz to see the monster he's turned her into.

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* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', the Wicked Witch of the East is a hideous old crone, but spends most of the movie under a spell that makes her appear as a beautiful woman. [[DefiedTrope Defied]] {{Defied|Trope}} by the Wicked Witch of the West, who refuses to hide her appearance because she wants Oz to see the monster he's turned her into.



* In the novel ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'', Howl himself is extremely vain about his appearance, claims to be thousands of years old, and has a reputation for seducing pretty girls and taking their souls [[spoiler:the stealing souls is figurative of him being TheCasanova and a rumor he spread himself, and he's actually a young guy from Wales in "our world".]]

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* In the novel ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'', Howl himself is extremely vain about his appearance, claims to be thousands of years old, and has a reputation for seducing pretty girls and taking their souls [[spoiler:the stealing souls is figurative of him being TheCasanova and a rumor he spread himself, and he's actually a young guy from Wales in "our world".]]world"]].



* All female Others in SergeyLukyaneko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' use simple spells to maintain their appearance instead of spending half an hour every morning applying makeup. Alisa ends up losing her magic in the second novel and has to resort to putting up makeup the old-fashioned way. In ''New Watch'', Svetlana reveals that she has stopped using magic outside their apartment in order to retain her humanity. It's strange that it's such a surprise for Anton, given that he ''had'' to have noticed her putting on makeup at some point (modern Russian women tend to try to look their best even when they're just stepping out for some milk). The only reason she uses it at home is because she hates ironing.

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* All female Others in SergeyLukyaneko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' use simple spells to maintain their appearance instead of spending half an hour every morning applying makeup. Alisa ends up losing her magic in the second novel and has to resort to putting up makeup the old-fashioned way. In ''New Watch'', Svetlana reveals that she has stopped using magic outside their apartment in order to retain her humanity. It's strange that it's such a surprise for Anton, given that he ''had'' to have noticed her putting on makeup at some point (modern Russian women tend to try to look their best even when they're just stepping out for some milk). The only reason she uses it at home is because she hates ironing.



** In the episode "The Tale of the Many Faces", a struggling model named Emma visits a strange woman named Madame Visage who gives her some powder that apparently helps her get a modeling job. (The powder didn't really do anything, considering that Emma was pretty to begin with) However, [[spoiler:its revealed that Madame Visage is a Vain Sorceress and the face powder has properties that keeps girls faces looking younger and the skin smooth. She wants the faces to be in peak condition so that she can steal them and use them as her own face as a way to keep herself looking younger.]]

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** In the episode "The Tale of the Many Faces", a struggling model named Emma visits a strange woman named Madame Visage who gives her some powder that apparently helps her get a modeling job. (The powder didn't really do anything, considering that Emma was pretty to begin with) However, [[spoiler:its revealed that Madame Visage is a Vain Sorceress and the face powder has properties that keeps girls faces looking younger and the skin smooth. She wants the faces to be in peak condition so that she can steal them and use them as her own face as a way to keep herself looking younger.]]younger]].



* The power of one ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' [[MonsterOfTheWeek Freak Of The Week]] was to absorb LifeEnergy to retain her youth. Like most villains with this ability, RapidAging eventually caught up with her.

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* The power of one the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' [[MonsterOfTheWeek Freak Of The Week]] in "Redux" was to absorb LifeEnergy to retain her youth. Like most villains with this ability, RapidAging eventually caught up with her.



* Brilliantly {{deconstructed}} with the Witch in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''. [[spoiler:She trades her powers in to get back her (rightfully) good looks, only to massively regret it later]]. She's not so much AxCrazy over being ugly as she is weary of being [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer treated like a freak]].

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* Brilliantly {{deconstructed}} {{deconstructed|Trope}} with the Witch in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''. [[spoiler:She trades her powers in to get back her (rightfully) good looks, only to massively regret it later]]. She's not so much AxCrazy over being ugly as she is weary of being [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer treated like a freak]].



* ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'' featured a minor villain, a witch living near a village of skinners and furriers. Their primary source of income was mink fur. She [[spoiler:turned children into...''minks'', somehow using that energy to remain not only young and beautiful but immortal.]]

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* ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'' featured a minor villain, a witch living near a village of skinners and furriers. Their primary source of income was mink fur. She [[spoiler:turned children into...''minks'', somehow using that energy to remain not only young and beautiful but immortal.]]immortal]].



** So allegedly that Deneb's "death quote" in both ''TacticsOgre'' games is more irritation than despair, and you can have her possess suitable hosts multiple times after dying in ''Tactic Ogre: Knight of Lodis''.

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** So allegedly that Deneb's "death quote" in both ''TacticsOgre'' ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' games is more irritation than despair, and you can have her possess suitable hosts multiple times after dying in ''Tactic Ogre: Knight of Lodis''.



** Said main character's mother sympathetic one, who's doing it so she'll still be at attractive to the main character's father, an immortal elf, [[spoiler:Too bad he's a JerkAss who doesn't care about her or his daughter.]]

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** Said main character's mother sympathetic one, who's doing it so she'll still be at attractive to the main character's father, an immortal elf, elf. [[spoiler:Too bad he's a JerkAss who doesn't care about her or his daughter.]]



* Oddly, its modern version in WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic features one as a ''protagonist'', and she's not even mean enough to qualify as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold! This is probably due to the fact that Rarity [[ForHappiness likes making other people as pretty as she is]], and she's not particularly egotistical, just proud.

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* Oddly, its modern version in WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features one as a ''protagonist'', and she's not even mean enough to qualify as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold! This is probably due to the fact that Rarity [[ForHappiness likes making other people as pretty as she is]], and she's not particularly egotistical, just proud.



* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''. While second season BigBad Nerissa starts out as a 60+ hag with almost viper like features, as soon as she has some power to spare she turns into a 20-something diva. Though in this case, the regaining of youth is presented as more of a side-affect of Nerissa's power boost (albeit one she's certainly pleased with) rather than her ''primary'' goal.
* Toyed with in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' - their version of Morgan Le Fay drains youth from random {{Muggles}}...but it's not really a case of vanity, since her costume covers up her entire body except for her hands. Mostly it seems to be for the benefit of her son, Mordred, whom she cast a spell on to grant eternal life and eternal youth. Evidently, it fixed him at that age and can't be broken or altered [[spoiler:without causing him to [[ThisWasHisTrueForm instantly turn into a withered old man]].]]

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* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''. ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' While second season BigBad Nerissa starts out as a 60+ hag with almost viper like features, as soon as she has some power to spare she turns into a 20-something diva. Though in this case, the regaining of youth is presented as more of a side-affect of Nerissa's power boost (albeit one she's certainly pleased with) rather than her ''primary'' goal.
* Toyed with in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' - their version of Morgan Le Fay drains youth from random {{Muggles}}...but it's not really a case of vanity, since her costume covers up her entire body except for her hands. Mostly it seems to be for the benefit of her son, Mordred, whom she cast a spell on to grant eternal life and eternal youth. Evidently, it fixed him at that age and can't be broken or altered [[spoiler:without causing him to [[ThisWasHisTrueForm instantly turn into a withered old man]].]]man]]]].






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10th Jan '16 4:03:42 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' features Lady Cassandra O'Brien Δ17 as a SciFiCounterpart who uses cosmetic surgery to retain her youth (although ironically, her schemes to avoid aging [[AgeWithoutYouth actually made her]] ''[[AgeWithoutYouth less]]'' [[AgeWithoutYouth attractive]]). She actually ''sabotages a space station'' so she can pay for more operations using the insurance and ransom money. In a later episode, she uses the tried-and-true method of [[BodySurf stealing younger bodies]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' features Lady Cassandra O'Brien Δ17 as a SciFiCounterpart who uses cosmetic surgery to retain her youth (although ironically, her schemes to avoid aging all those operations [[AgeWithoutYouth actually made her]] ''[[AgeWithoutYouth less]]'' [[AgeWithoutYouth attractive]]). attractive]], essentially leaving her as [[EvilCripple a face on a sheet of skin stretched across a wheeled metal frame]] with a BrainInAJar attached underneath). She actually ''sabotages a space station'' so she can pay for more operations using use the insurance and ransom money.money to pay for more surgery. In a later episode, she uses the tried-and-true method of [[BodySurf stealing younger bodies]].
10th Jan '16 4:01:06 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' features Lady Cassandra O'Brien Δ17 as a SciFiCounterpart who uses cosmetic surgery to retain her youth (although ironically, her schemes to avoid aging [[AgeWithoutYouth actually made her]] ''[[AgeWithoutYouth less]]'' [[AgeWithoutYouth attractive]]). She actually ''sabotages a space station'' so she can pay for more operations using the insurance and ransom money. In a later episode, she uses the tried-and-true method of [[BodySurf stealing younger bodies]].
1st Jan '16 1:29:55 AM rafi
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* Amora, The Enchantress from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor''. Her vanity masses somewhere above the Gigaton range, as virtually everything in her immortal life hinges on her beauty in some fashion. Much of her magic is either dedicated to enhancing her appearance, or uses her beauty as a focus, or material component, such as her many versions of charm and mind-control spells. When recovering from injuries suffered in battle, her first and most driving need is to be sure her flawless face and perfect body have come through without permanent damage. In the event of injury or scarring, she has proven that she can repair the damage magically, though it seems to be power and time intensive.
25th Dec '15 6:45:19 PM sorako
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* Inverted in ''[[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Slayers]]'': Lina Inverse, being something of a late bloomer, is always on the lookout for any magical item that will ''increase'' her apparent age (and with it, her bust and hip measurements).

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* Inverted in ''[[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Slayers]]'': ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Lina Inverse, being something of a late bloomer, is always on the lookout for any magical item that will ''increase'' her apparent age (and with it, her bust and hip measurements).



* Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=] from ''{{Negima}}'' normally has the appearance of a 10-year old girl (being a vampire, she doesn't age), but switches to a [[SexierAlterEgo sexy]] [[OlderAlterEgo adult woman]] form if she wants to be taken seriously - at least by adults - or wishes to flaunt her adult form's sex appeal (particularly to [[{{Shotacon}} 10-year-old Negi]], and often while '''naked'''; she seems to like seeing his flustered and embarrassed reaction).

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* Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=] from ''{{Negima}}'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' normally has the appearance of a 10-year old girl (being a vampire, she doesn't age), but switches to a [[SexierAlterEgo sexy]] [[OlderAlterEgo adult woman]] form if she wants to be taken seriously - at least by adults - or wishes to flaunt her adult form's sex appeal (particularly to [[{{Shotacon}} 10-year-old Negi]], and often while '''naked'''; she seems to like seeing his flustered and embarrassed reaction).
13th Dec '15 8:18:00 AM cococrisp
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* Sophia Leigh from ''VideoGame/TombRaiderIII'' is a modernized version. She's Really700YearsOld, a beauty-obsessed owner of a cosmetics company and of a magic sceptre, powered by a neatly-carved piece of MagicMeteor. It's implied that she uses that sceptre to meddle with her company's experiments, and picks the best results for herself. In the script she's described as "a woman who pays much attention to her looks".
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