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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?

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#'''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.
6th Mar '16 11:54:29 AM vifetoile
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* The Ancient Greeks were big on vanity in general - maybe it had something to do with their obsession with {{Hubris}} - but they often connected this specific trait to femininity. The most flagrant example is when the goddess [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Eris]] throws a golden Apple of Discord into the wedding of sea goddess Thetis, with a message inscribed: "For the Fairest." This caused an all-out ''brawl'' among all of the goddesses and female spirits at the wedding, and the fighting went on for years. By the time the married couple's first child had grown up into a great warrior, the bickering had finally died down to three of the most powerful goddesses of all: Hera, Queen of Olympus; Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty; and Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, who usually didn't seem to care about her reputation as a beauty. Suffice to say, when an outsider judge finally did pick one of them as the Fairest, the other two were not happy.
6th Mar '16 11:44:40 AM vifetoile
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In historical settings (or more misogynistic settings), it's sometimes also played as a natural reaction to their circumstances -- with women obsessing their on appearance because it is a "women's weapon" and one of the few culturally-acceptable tools available to them. 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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In historical settings (or more [[DeliberateValuesDissonance other deliberately misogynistic settings), it's settings]]), this trope is sometimes also played as a natural reaction to their circumstances -- with women obsessing circumstances. Women in these worlds obsess over their on appearance because it is a beauty and charm are considered "women's weapon" and one of weapons" - possibly their ''only'' weapons in a world stacked heavily against them (or at least, the few culturally-acceptable tools available to them.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.
21st Feb '16 8:29:03 AM Typos
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The implications of this trope tend to be even nastier when applied to men, as though the implied femininity of vanity is a grievous insult to a man's overall character. The audience may get an indulgent chuckle out of the sight of a manly man checking his hair in a store window, but a consistently and overtly vain man is a subject of ridicule and disdain. They will be foppish, cowardly, quite possibly gay in a narrative which makes clear this is a negative and undesirable thing. The SissyVillain owes much to this trope.

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The implications of this trope tend to be even nastier equally nasty when applied to men, as though the implied femininity of vanity is a grievous insult to a man's overall character. The audience may get an indulgent chuckle out of the sight of a manly man checking his hair in a store window, but a consistently and overtly vain man is a subject of ridicule and disdain. They will be foppish, cowardly, quite possibly gay in a narrative which makes clear this is a negative and undesirable thing. The SissyVillain owes much to this trope.
16th Feb '16 2:47:34 AM socialist-cokehead
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** In some versions of the tale he drowned while trying to [[GuyOnGuyIsHot make love to his own reflection]] and his body [[JustSoStory became the first Daffodil]] (scientific name Narcissus).

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** In some versions of the tale he drowned while trying to [[GuyOnGuyIsHot [[ScrewYourself make love to his own reflection]] and his body [[JustSoStory became the first Daffodil]] (scientific name Narcissus).
8th Feb '16 5:16:59 PM Paranoia
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Toph is a complicated case. After joining TheTeam, she was the only one who wouldn't join the morning grooming session. When Katara said that she was dirty, she called it a 'healthy coating of earth'. Despite this, she hides a side that wants to be pretty, was deeply hurt by girls mocking her appearance, and shared a bonding experience with Katara as they went to a spa.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Toph is a complicated case. After joining TheTeam, she was the only one who wouldn't join the morning grooming session. Being blind, she's less concerned with visual appearances than most people. When Katara said that she was dirty, she called it a 'healthy coating of earth'.earth' (which also makes sense since she's a [[DishingOutDirt Earth-Bending prodigy]] that [[DisabilitySuperpower relies on the sensory aspect of her powers to compensate for her lack of sight]]). Despite this, she hides a side that wants to be pretty, was deeply hurt by girls mocking her appearance, and shared a bonding experience with Katara as they went to a spa.
8th Feb '16 5:11:43 PM Paranoia
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* Narcissus of ancient Greek myth makes this OlderThanFeudalism. He is vain to the point of starving to death because he couldn't tear himself away from admiring his reflection.

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* Narcissus of ancient Greek myth makes this OlderThanFeudalism.OlderThanFeudalism, in fact as the root of the word "Narcissist" he might even count as the UrExample. He is vain to the point of starving to death because he couldn't tear himself away from admiring his reflection.
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