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8th Aug '16 3:03:32 PM siberia82
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Contrast RealWomenNeverWearDresses, and AgentPeacock, a {{bishounen}} badass whose vanity will not detract from their worth and respectability. Compare MenActWomenAre and MenAreStrongWomenArePretty.

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Contrast RealWomenNeverWearDresses, and AgentPeacock, a {{bishounen}} {{Bishonen}}/PrettyBoy badass whose vanity will not detract from their worth and respectability. Compare MenActWomenAre and MenAreStrongWomenArePretty.
3rd Aug '16 5:11:17 PM siberia82
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** Quicksilver checks his hair and teeth in the mirror of [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4euik8 this commercial,]] and he's a ManChild in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''. When Creator/EvanPeters was asked in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjjUuytaTZo this interview]] to describe his character in only three words, the actor replied, "Fast, cheeky, stylish," so preening is important to Peter Maximoff.

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** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'':
*** Vanity, thy name is Charles Xavier. Although his preoccupation with his looks is an aspect of his androgyny, unlike most other male examples, it's ''not'' presented as being demeaning to his character. Professor X's feminine side is his most valuable asset in the story, and because BeautyEqualsGoodness applies in his case, taking pride in his attractiveness is an extension of him being thoroughly at ease and joyful with his inborn empathy.
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Quicksilver checks his hair and teeth in the mirror of [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4euik8 this commercial,]] and he's a ManChild in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''.ManChild. When Creator/EvanPeters was asked in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjjUuytaTZo this interview]] to describe his character in only three words, the actor replied, "Fast, cheeky, stylish," so preening is important to Peter Maximoff.
1st Jul '16 8:01:19 PM nombretomado
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* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Warlock}}'' series, both heroines have brief moments of concern about their looks

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Warlock}}'' series, both heroines have brief moments of concern about their looks
28th Jun '16 12:48:16 PM Seanette
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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]]. Certainly no female is established as neglecting her physical appearance when she had any other option available. While 7000-year-old Belgarath appears as an old man (and in fact takes care to look like a vagabond), his 3000-year-old daughter Polgara appears eternally 20 -- by (subconscious[[note]]It involves shapeshifting and mental self-images[[/note]] -- the idea only comes up in ''The Malloreon, and it's explicitly just a theory) choice, since while an elderly ''male'' sorcerer may appear learned and formidable an elderly female sorceress would be seen as a crone. As a child she kept herself filthy and unkempt but after her sister's marriage she came out of her shell and went to the opposite extreme entirely; constantly bathing, preening, and dressing flatteringly.

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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]]. Certainly no female is established as neglecting her physical appearance when she had any other option available. While 7000-year-old Belgarath appears as an old man (and in fact takes care to look like a vagabond), his 3000-year-old daughter Polgara appears eternally 20 -- by (subconscious[[note]]It involves shapeshifting and mental self-images[[/note]] -- the idea only comes up in ''The Malloreon, ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', and it's explicitly just a theory) choice, since while an elderly ''male'' sorcerer may appear learned and formidable an elderly female sorceress would be seen as a crone. As a child she kept herself filthy and unkempt but after her sister's marriage she came out of her shell and went to the opposite extreme entirely; constantly bathing, preening, and dressing flatteringly.
11th Jun '16 4:05:46 PM siberia82
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When it comes to characterizing women, this trope takes two basic forms, although sometimes there is blendover.

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When it comes to characterizing women, this trope takes two three basic forms, although sometimes there is blendover.



** Quicksilver checks his hair and teeth in the mirror of [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4euik8 this commercial,]] and he's a ManChild in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''.

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** Quicksilver checks his hair and teeth in the mirror of [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4euik8 this commercial,]] and he's a ManChild in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''. When Creator/EvanPeters was asked in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjjUuytaTZo this interview]] to describe his character in only three words, the actor replied, "Fast, cheeky, stylish," so preening is important to Peter Maximoff.
9th Jun '16 8:39:58 AM siberia82
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** Quicksilver checks his hair and teeth in the mirror of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFMyEOuTfxY this commercial,]] and he's a ManChild in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''.

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** Quicksilver checks his hair and teeth in the mirror of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFMyEOuTfxY [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4euik8 this commercial,]] and he's a ManChild in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''.
27th Apr '16 12:50:56 PM siberia82
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** Quicksilver checks his hair and teeth in the mirror of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFMyEOuTfxY this commercial.]]

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** Quicksilver checks his hair and teeth in the mirror of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFMyEOuTfxY this commercial.]]commercial,]] and he's a ManChild in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''.
26th Apr '16 5:21:46 PM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMen'': Downplayed with Professor X, whose habit of always being [[AgentPeacock dapper]] isn't treated as a negative trait InUniverse. However, the attention he pays to his appearance does subtly distinguish his brand of [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide androgynous masculinity]] from the other two male leads in the franchise (namely the macho Wolverine and the manly Magneto).

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* ''Film/XMen'': ''Film/XMen'':
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Downplayed with Professor X, whose habit of always being [[AgentPeacock dapper]] isn't treated as a negative trait InUniverse. However, the attention he pays to his appearance does subtly distinguish his brand of [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide androgynous masculinity]] from the other two male leads in the franchise (namely the macho Wolverine and the manly Magneto).Magneto).
** Quicksilver checks his hair and teeth in the mirror of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFMyEOuTfxY this commercial.]]
23rd Apr '16 4:22:45 PM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMen'': Downplayed with Professor X, whose habit of always being [[AgentPeacock dapper]] isn't treated as a negative trait InUniverse. However, the attention he pays to his appearance does subtly distinguish his brand of [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide androgynous masculinity]] from the other two male leads in the franchise (namely the macho Wolverine and the manly Magneto).
28th Mar '16 4:59:19 PM Eievie
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A) Women are vain, and ''this is a bad thing''. Sometimes the trouble brought on by vanity will be strictly limited to comedy -- e.g., women will pack two week's worth of clothing for an overnight trip and primp and preen in front of any shiny surface they happen past. At other times it will cause more serious plot-related complications, as even the most level-headed female types will promptly turn into a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter if they are paid an appearance-based compliment by an antagonist. Women will also be tempted, ''far'' more than their male counterparts, by promises of youth and beauty at whatever cost. There's a reason the VainSorceress is an almost [[AlwaysFemale exclusively female]] character type. At the most misogynistic end of the scale, women being vain is linked directly to their own downfall and often the downfall of any men who fall for their [[TheVamp wiles]], thus presenting women as the inherently less moral sex and vanity as an inborn proclivity to sin that women must strive much harder to overcome if they wish to be truly virtuous. In such a narrative, a non-vain, or less-vain, woman is shown as a model of virtue (and often an UnkemptBeauty).

MakeUpIsEvil is often in full play, with vanity leading naturally to deceit, and in older works, reckless endangerment of health, perhaps with lead-based or arsenic-based makeup.

B) Women are vain, and ''this is the natural and correct state of affairs''. A shy girl who starts primping and preening might be said to have "[[SheCleansUpNicely come out of her shell]]". A tomboyish child who suddenly starts caring about high heels and lipstick will be "[[SheIsAllGrownUp growing up]]". This narrative to a degree reverses the notion of vanity-linked immorality, so while a vain woman may still be flawed, a woman who ''shuns'' vanity utterly may be seemingly "unnatural" (in the worst case scenario, ButchLesbian with all that implies). This kind of approach seemingly lends itself very easily to notions of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast, and in particular often likes to couple itself with the AllMenArePerverts trope -- all men want to look at women, but all women want to be looked at by men, so it all balances out in the end, right?

In historical settings (or [[DeliberateValuesDissonance other deliberately misogynistic settings]]), this trope is sometimes also played as a natural reaction to their circumstances. Women in these worlds obsess over their appearance because beauty and charm are considered "women's weapons" - possibly their ''only'' weapons in a world stacked heavily against them (or at least, the only culturally acceptable ones). When handled in this way, the message isn't that women are intrinsically vain, but that they behave that way because the structure of their society legitimately means their appearance can have a dramatic impact on their life.

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A) Women # '''Women are vain, and ''this is a bad thing''. thing''.''' Sometimes the trouble brought on by vanity will be strictly limited to comedy -- e.comedy--e.g., women will pack two week's worth of clothing for an overnight trip and primp and preen in front of any shiny surface they happen past. At other times it will cause more serious plot-related complications, as even the most level-headed female types will promptly turn into a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter if they are paid an appearance-based compliment by an antagonist. Women will also be tempted, ''far'' more than their male counterparts, by promises of youth and beauty at whatever cost. There's a reason the VainSorceress is an almost [[AlwaysFemale exclusively female]] character type. At the most misogynistic end of the scale, women being vain is linked directly to their own downfall and often the downfall of any men who fall for their [[TheVamp wiles]], thus presenting women as the inherently less moral sex and vanity as an inborn proclivity to sin that women must strive much harder to overcome if they wish to be truly virtuous. In such a narrative, a non-vain, or less-vain, woman is shown as a model of virtue (and often an UnkemptBeauty).

UnkemptBeauty). MakeUpIsEvil is often in full play, with vanity leading naturally to deceit, and in older works, reckless endangerment of health, perhaps with lead-based or arsenic-based makeup.

B) Women
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# '''Women
are vain, and ''this is the natural and correct state of affairs''. affairs''.''' A shy girl who starts primping and preening might be said to have "[[SheCleansUpNicely come [[SheCleansUpNicely "come out of her shell]]". shell"]]. A tomboyish child who suddenly starts caring about high heels and lipstick will be "[[SheIsAllGrownUp growing up]]".[[SheIsAllGrownUp "growing up"]]. This narrative to a degree reverses the notion of vanity-linked immorality, so while a vain woman may still be flawed, a woman who ''shuns'' vanity utterly may be seemingly "unnatural" (in the worst case scenario, ButchLesbian with all that implies). This kind of approach seemingly lends itself very easily to notions of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast, and in particular often likes to couple itself with the AllMenArePerverts trope -- all trope--all men want to look at women, but all women want to be looked at by men, so it all balances out in the end, right?

right?
#'''Women are vain, and this is not right or wrong so much as ''necessary''.'''
In historical settings (or [[DeliberateValuesDissonance other deliberately misogynistic settings]]), this trope is sometimes also played as a natural reaction to their circumstances. Women in these worlds obsess over their appearance because beauty and charm are considered "women's weapons" - possibly weapons"--possibly their ''only'' weapons in a world stacked heavily against them (or at least, the only culturally acceptable ones). When handled in this way, the message isn't that women are intrinsically vain, but that they behave that way because the structure of their society legitimately means their appearance can have a dramatic impact on their life.
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