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17th May '17 12:02:03 AM Trying2CIt
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Well... if you're a woman, the first thing you probably do is use your magic to make yourself look like a Vogue cover model. As villains tend to be defined by their vices, it's only natural then, that female villains would gravitate towards [[VanityIsFeminine vanity]].

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Well... if you're a woman, the first thing you probably do is use your magic to make yourself look like a Vogue cover model. As villains tend to be defined by their vices, it's only natural then, that female villains villainesses would gravitate towards [[VanityIsFeminine vanity]].



* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' adventure ''Feast of Goblyns'', the main female villain is a priestess who'd attempted to make herself more beautiful using corrupt sacrificial rituals. She'd already had a Charisma of 17, so must've been extremely vain not to have contented herself with being more attractive than ''almost'' any other human alive.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' adventure ''Feast of Goblyns'', the main female villain villainess is a priestess who'd attempted to make herself more beautiful using corrupt sacrificial rituals. She'd already had a Charisma of 17, so must've been extremely vain not to have contented herself with being more attractive than ''almost'' any other human alive.
6th Apr '17 11:05:44 AM Lightice
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* Winnowill from ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' is an elf, and subsequently her immortal beauty isn't something she needs to aspire for, but her obsession with absolute, serene perfection where nothing ever changes or decays is very much in the style of this trope. She would like nothing more than have her followers in eternal sleep in a timeless place, where she could control their dreams forever.
2nd Apr '17 4:41:30 PM Theriocephalus
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* Liliana Vess in ''Franchise/MagicTheGathering.'' She was once an "original" Planeswalker, essentially an immortal, godlike being, and had [[ImmortalityBeginsAt20 eternal youth]] to go with it. However, when a CosmicRetcon depowered the Planeswalkers and reduced them to being "merely" very powerful universe-hopping mages, she lost her power and began to age. When she, as an old lady, made a DealWithTheDevil (four demons, to be exact) to regain her powers, you can ''bet'' she asked for her youth and beauty back as part of the deal.

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* Liliana Vess in ''Franchise/MagicTheGathering.'' She was once an "original" Planeswalker, essentially an immortal, godlike being, and had [[ImmortalityBeginsAt20 [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty eternal youth]] to go with it. However, when a CosmicRetcon depowered the Planeswalkers and reduced them to being "merely" very powerful universe-hopping mages, she lost her power and began to age. When she, as an old lady, made a DealWithTheDevil (four demons, to be exact) to regain her powers, you can ''bet'' she asked for her youth and beauty back as part of the deal.



* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', even though Fall-From-Grace probably isn't of this type (despite being able to change her shape to appear as she desires), and as a [[HornyDevils Succubus]] there's no reason to think that her true form would be anything but beautiful, ActionGirl Annah frequently uses the idea to try to insult her. Pointedly, she does ''not'' try to hide the wings that mark her as a demon.
** Ravel, on the other hand, is a subversion; she keeps her ancient, shriveled hag appearance despite the fact that changing her looks is as easy as breathing to her. She does assume the appearances of your female companions to tempt you [[spoiler:and she reveals that she actually was three specific people you encountered at certain places in the Hive]] but resumes her old self after that.
*** The especially interesting thing about Ravel is that while she does have extensive shapeshifting powers, when she assumes the appearances of Grace and Annah it's only an illusion that doesn't extend past sight, as is revealed when she kisses you. [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe she's making a comment on the nature of beauty.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', even ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'':
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though Fall-From-Grace probably isn't of this type (despite being able to change her shape to appear as she desires), and as a [[HornyDevils Succubus]] there's no reason to think that her true form would be anything but beautiful, ActionGirl Annah frequently uses the idea to try to insult her. Pointedly, she does ''not'' try to hide the wings that mark her as a demon.
** Ravel, on the other hand, is a subversion; she keeps her ancient, shriveled hag appearance despite the fact that changing her looks is as easy as breathing to her. She does assume the appearances of your female companions to tempt you [[spoiler:and she reveals that she actually was three specific people you encountered at certain places in the Hive]] but resumes her old self after that.
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that. The especially interesting thing about Ravel is that while she does have extensive shapeshifting powers, when she assumes the appearances of Grace and Annah it's only an illusion that doesn't extend past sight, as is revealed when she kisses you. [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe she's making a comment on the nature of beauty.]]beauty]].
2nd Apr '17 4:39:10 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Hag Queens of the Dark Elves, notably Morathi and Hellebron, who regularly [[BloodBath bathe in blood]] to keep their eternal youth. Particularly relevant for Hellebron, who's only able to get a few days of youth every year. Morathi on the other hand invented the process, and retains her beauty at all times. The Hag Queens are a bit of a borderline case in that, except Morathi, they're not actually sorceresses, but rather frenzied blood cultists who worship a god of warfare and murder. In fact they actually despise magic users -- Morathi is just so powerful and influential she can flout the rules as she pleases. They still get the magical benefits of bloodbath-renewed youth, though, and the actual sorceresses of the Dark Elves play the trope straight as an arrow.

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* ** The Hag Queens of the Dark Elves, notably Morathi and Hellebron, who regularly [[BloodBath bathe in blood]] to keep their eternal youth. Particularly relevant for Hellebron, who's only able to get a few days of youth every year. Morathi on the other hand invented the process, and retains her beauty at all times. The Hag Queens are a bit of a borderline case in that, except Morathi, they're not actually sorceresses, but rather frenzied blood cultists who worship a god of warfare and murder. In fact they actually despise magic users -- Morathi is just so powerful and influential she can flout the rules as she pleases. They still get the magical benefits of bloodbath-renewed youth, though, and the actual sorceresses of the Dark Elves play the trope straight as an arrow.
2nd Apr '17 4:38:48 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Hag Queens of the Dark Elves in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', notably Morathi and Hellebron, who regularly [[BloodBath bathe in blood]] to keep their eternal youth. Particularly relevant for Hellebron, who's only able to get a few days of youth every year. Morathi on the other hand invented the process, and retains her beauty at all times.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
* The Hag Queens of the Dark Elves in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', Elves, notably Morathi and Hellebron, who regularly [[BloodBath bathe in blood]] to keep their eternal youth. Particularly relevant for Hellebron, who's only able to get a few days of youth every year. Morathi on the other hand invented the process, and retains her beauty at all times. The Hag Queens are a bit of a borderline case in that, except Morathi, they're not actually sorceresses, but rather frenzied blood cultists who worship a god of warfare and murder. In fact they actually despise magic users -- Morathi is just so powerful and influential she can flout the rules as she pleases. They still get the magical benefits of bloodbath-renewed youth, though, and the actual sorceresses of the Dark Elves play the trope straight as an arrow.



** The Hag Queens are a somewhat borderline case here, in that they're not actually sorceresses (except Morathi, who is so important she can casually disregard all the rules for her own benefit), but rather frenzied blood cultists who worship a god of warfare and murder. In fact they actually despise magic users. They still get the magical benefits of blood-bathing renewed youth though. And the actual sorceresses of the Dark Elves play the trope straight as an arrow.
** And a rare male example is to be had in Sigvald the Magnificent, although his vanity is serviced chiefly by being the spoiled favourite of an indulgent dark god, rather than his own magic. Narcissistic vanity is pretty much all there is to Sigvald.

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** The Hag Queens are a somewhat borderline case here, in that they're not actually sorceresses (except Morathi, who is so important she can casually disregard all the rules for her own benefit), but rather frenzied blood cultists who worship a god of warfare and murder. In fact they actually despise magic users. They still get the magical benefits of blood-bathing renewed youth though. And the actual sorceresses of the Dark Elves play the trope straight as an arrow.
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A rare male example is to be had in Sigvald the Magnificent, although his vanity is serviced preserved chiefly by being the spoiled favourite of an indulgent dark god, rather than by his own magic. Narcissistic vanity is pretty much all there is to Sigvald.Sigvald.
* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', many of the Dark Eldar are ancient even by Eldar standards and maintain the appearance of youth and vitality with their tech. Daemons and psykers can see the Dark Eldar for what they truly are: withered old monsters.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', many of the Dark Eldar are ancient even by Eldar standards and maintain the appearance of youth and vitality with their tech. Daemons and psykers can see the Dark Eldar for what they truly are: withered old monsters.



* This is also a running gag for the sorceress Marjolly, from the Creator/NipponIchi ''Marl Kingdom'' games (''VideoGame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure'') and cameos in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''.
** Same with "Beauty Queen" Etna.

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* This is also a running gag for the sorceress Marjolly, from the Creator/NipponIchi ''Marl Kingdom'' games (''VideoGame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure'') and cameos in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''.
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''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''. Same with "Beauty Queen" Etna.



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Nioi, [[HalfHumanHybrid human-skunk chimera]] sorceress, is a benign version -- she played with cosmetic use of {{shapeshifting}} magic, changing her skin color and making herself slightly younger. Maybe because of her [[SubordinateExcuse rather obvious crush]] on Lord Tedd. She also claimed as empirical knowledge that a younger soul in physically older body is a bad idea, but it's just fine if vice versa.

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Nioi, [[HalfHumanHybrid a human-skunk chimera]] sorceress, is a benign version -- she played with cosmetic use of {{shapeshifting}} magic, changing her skin color and making herself slightly younger. Maybe because of her [[SubordinateExcuse rather obvious crush]] on Lord Tedd. She also claimed as empirical knowledge that a younger soul in physically older body is a bad idea, but it's just fine if vice versa.



* 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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* Toyed with in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' - their ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
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version of Morgan Le Fay drains youth from random {{Muggles}}...{{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]]]].
17th Mar '17 8:34:11 AM 80sViewer
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* Both versions of ''Series/TBag'', though it's Tallulah who's the more directly vain of the two, with Tabatha being more power-crazed. Tallulah Bag will preface her name with "the great" when introducing herself and has increasingly outlandish tastes when it comes to clothes and hairstyles. Slightly subverted, as in fact she is on the verge of middle age and is actually around 500 years old according to the book ''The Amazing Adventures of T-Bag''. She has no magical way of staying young even though she constantly drinks enchanted tea, and in quite a few episodes feminine charm fails to work on people. She has to resort to the sorcery part instead.

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* Both versions of ''Series/TBag'', though it's Tallulah who's the more directly vain of the two, with Tabatha being more power-crazed. Tallulah Bag will preface her name with "the great" when introducing herself and has increasingly outlandish tastes when it comes to clothes and hairstyles. Slightly subverted, as in fact she is on the verge of middle age and is actually around 500 years old according (according to the book ''The Amazing Adventures of T-Bag''. She T-Bag'') and has no magical way of staying young even though she constantly drinks enchanted tea, and in tea. In quite a few episodes feminine charm fails to work on people. She has to resort to the sorcery part instead.
17th Mar '17 8:31:20 AM 80sViewer
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* Both versions of ''Series/TBag'', though it's Tallulah who's the more directly vain of the two, with Tabatha being more power-crazed. Tallulah Bag will preface her name with "the great" when introducing herself and has increasingly outlandish tastes when it comes to clothes and hairstyles. Though in fact she is on the verge of middle age and is actually around 500 years old according to the book ''The Amazing Adventures of T-Bag''. She has no magical way of staying young even though she constantly drinks enchanted tea, and in quite a few episodes feminine charm fails to work on people. She has to resort to the sorcery part instead.

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* Both versions of ''Series/TBag'', though it's Tallulah who's the more directly vain of the two, with Tabatha being more power-crazed. Tallulah Bag will preface her name with "the great" when introducing herself and has increasingly outlandish tastes when it comes to clothes and hairstyles. Though Slightly subverted, as in fact she is on the verge of middle age and is actually around 500 years old according to the book ''The Amazing Adventures of T-Bag''. She has no magical way of staying young even though she constantly drinks enchanted tea, and in quite a few episodes feminine charm fails to work on people. She has to resort to the sorcery part instead.
17th Mar '17 8:29:28 AM 80sViewer
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* Both versions of ''Series/TBag'', though it's Tallulah who's the more directly vain of the two, with Tabatha being more power-crazed. Tallulah Bag will preface her name with "the great" when introducing herself and has increasingly outlandish tastes when it comes to clothes and hairstyles. Though in fact she is on the verge of middle age and is actually around 500 years old according to the book ''The Amazing Adventures of T-Bag''. She has no magical way of staying young even though she constantly drinks enchanted tea, and in quite a few episodes feminine charm fails to work on people. She has to resort to the sorcery part instead.
31st Jan '17 3:09:41 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* In ''TheWitcher'' world it's so common that it not only gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, but outright {{deconstruct|ion}}ed. Virtually all the sorceresses are like this, at least in the Northern Kingdoms. This is due to the fact that while magical talent is distributed pretty evenly among population, it is, for all its {{Anachronism Stew}}s, a late Medieval period, when a woman's purpose in life was marriage and motherhood. So, only girls who had a chance to take up magic were the ones with the worst marriage prospects -- read, butt-ugly at best, if not outright cripples. Furthermore, there's a matter of prestige -- [[WeirdTradeUnion Mages Guild]] couldn't allow its members to soil its image by their ugliness, which leads to the Circle of Sorceresses consisting entirely of "... pseudo-pretty women with the cold, bitter eyes of ugly girls." [[DoubleStandard Wizards mostly go for the respectable, wizened look instead]]. But then, Sapkowski ''loves'' to deconstruct everything.

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* In ''TheWitcher'' ''Literature/TheWitcher'' world it's so common that it not only gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, but outright {{deconstruct|ion}}ed. Virtually all the sorceresses are like this, at least in the Northern Kingdoms. This is due to the fact that while magical talent is distributed pretty evenly among population, it is, for all its {{Anachronism Stew}}s, a late Medieval period, when a woman's purpose in life was marriage and motherhood. So, only girls who had a chance to take up magic were the ones with the worst marriage prospects -- read, butt-ugly at best, if not outright cripples. Furthermore, there's a matter of prestige -- [[WeirdTradeUnion Mages Guild]] couldn't allow its members to soil its image by their ugliness, which leads to the Circle of Sorceresses consisting entirely of "... pseudo-pretty women with the cold, bitter eyes of ugly girls." [[DoubleStandard Wizards mostly go for the respectable, wizened look instead]]. But then, Sapkowski ''loves'' to deconstruct everything.



** Catherine Madison from Season 1, who stole her own daughter's body to relive her high school glory days.

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** Catherine Madison from Season 1, 1's "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E3TheWitch The Witch]]", who stole her own daughter's body to relive her high school glory days.
22nd Jan '17 11:13:25 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** Her MOTHER, however, fits this trope in the [[GrandTheftMe body surfing]] variety.

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** Her MOTHER, mother Flemeth, however, fits this trope in the [[GrandTheftMe body surfing]] variety.


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* Aversa from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is a curious case, in that she's always shown as TheVamp but her actual VainSorceress traits only actually appear [[spoiler: when she has a HeelFaceTurn ''and'' the player not only recruits her, but deploys her in ''Hot Spring'' Scramble.]]
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