Created By: 18TillIDie on February 9, 2012 Last Edited By: 18TillIDie on February 22, 2012

World of Hotness

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Basically, a sister trope to World of Buxom, only not necessarily boob-centric. In a World of Buxom, every woman starts out at a G-cup around puberty and works their way up (see, Eiken) well this is similar. In a world of Hotness, the most average, plain girl-next-door looks like a Victoria's Secret model...the ACTUAL models look like you should be hearing harps and seeing a white light, presumably.

This is quite common, interestingly, in Anime due to the art style almost necessitating that a certain level of "basic prettiness" be included in character designs, such that even the "average" girls or girls perceived as unattractive are at best Hollywood Homely and at worst are average or unattractive in the same way that Rachel Leigh Cook was a "nerd" in She's All That (i.e., she wasn't). For example:

Full Metal Panic Where the LEAST attractive girl is still more attractive than most girls in the real world

Gunbuster Where even the chubby, nerdy girl is ostensibly sexy enough to cause traffic accidents walking down the street IRL.

Mermaid Melody Where, believe it or not, the busty blonde in the tight shirt in the middle was insecure about her breast size. Yes.

But this can pop up anywhere, not just Anime. The movie In Time, for example, used the everyone is immortal premise of the film as an excuse to conceive of a world where OLIVIA WILDE (for reference, imagine Lara Croft, but American) is just some faceless nobody in a slum. The women go UP from there.

Cleopatra 2525 predicted a future where, on the one hand, mankind is nearly extinct following a cyborg revolution but women are attractive enough that a former model from our time blends in inconspicuously (this is actually the plot, BTW).

Baywatch takes place in a world where, apparently, normal women don't exist and have since been replaced by amazonian fitness models-turned-lifeguards.

So does Last Action Hero, a plot point referenced by the kid from the movie, who points out there are literally no "average" women in Jack Slater's world--even the cashier at a Blockbuster looks like a Playmate.

Another example, outside of Anime but still a cartoon, would be Teen Titans wherein Raven, an insecure introvert who doesn't think she's very pretty, could easily be described as "a buxom, teenaged, gothic fetish doll" and more realistically described as "a Barbie doll that got shipped to Hot Topic by mistake".

Anyway, the idea basically is this:

It's a world where the basic women we see are not just more attractive than the average (that's expected) but significantly more.

While it MAY overlap with World of Buxom, these two things are not one and the same. Theoretically, these characters can be flat as a board, but still implausibly sexy or attractive, and it'd be just as valid--for example, on Sailor Moon, only Jupiter is ostensibly buxom but the show would still count because the most "plain" looking girl on the show is attractive enough to be a model, and the actual pretty girls (i.e., Mars, Venus, Jupiter) would turn heads in the real world so hard they'd cause whiplash.
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  • February 9, 2012
  • February 9, 2012
    Not really...The Beautiful People is ABOUT beautiful people, this is basically about the phenomenon of certain shows (mostly Anime and Cartoons granted) depicting a world where the "average" is skewed so high that it becomes somewhat ludicrous.

    Like, for example, none of the characters on Full Metal Panic are particularly stylish or perceived as being overly attractive in-universe, but looking at the female cast you'd be forgiven if you thought they were at a convention for former Teen Miss USA contestants who now inexplicably work in Special Ops.
  • February 9, 2012
    No, it isn't. The Beautiful People is about glamorous, rich elites. It is also likely to be renamed soon to better reflect this.

    Also, the description here is quite unacceptable. It is too long, the grammar and style is questionable, it isn't using any of the correct markup for such as Italics For Work Titles or Wiki Word for tropes. Also examples belong in the example section, not the definition.

  • February 9, 2012
  • February 9, 2012
    This is just a draft, I intend a full re-write if it launches. But that's my point, this isn't about glamorous or rich elites. These are the NORMAL people in this world, the standard people you meet there, they just happen to LOOK insanely pretty.

    That's what I mean, the whole point is that they're NOT models or movie stars or even rich or glamorous, like, in the Beautiful People example, it gives the X-men as an example. Correct, of course, but that's the thing: these aren't the X-men, these are the "nerdy girls" and "plain girls" in their world. An example FROM X-men would be Kitty Pryde who is the "girl next door" despite having a figure and skintight costume like her predictably sexy co-workers like Jean Grey or Rogue.

    See what I mean?

    Or like, Lucia from Mermaid Melody was afraid to even talk to a boy because she felt she wasn't pretty enough to win him over, and was jealous of an older (more buxom) girl; this is despite being attractive enough to be Ms Fanservice on another show. Raven was shocked when...dragon dude, whose name escapes me, called her pretty, despite the fact she is unambiguously so. And like I said the "chubby, nerdy girl in class with glasses" in Gunbuster could also practically be an Innocent Fanservice Girl in another series.

    That's what I mean. It's not about rich, glamorous elites...its about normal people in a world where "normal" and "gorgeous" are apparently roughly synonymous.
  • February 9, 2012
    Would this be Hollywood Homely, or something along that? Basically the suggestion that even the unattractive people are attractive.
  • February 9, 2012
    I think this is Generic Cuteness But More So
  • February 9, 2012
    It's closer to Hollywood Homely, I'm working on doing an actual full write-up for it with examples to show what I mean.

    The basic idea, I'd say, is closer to World Of Buxom which is what got me to thinking about this: the conceit of the series is that these are average, normal, even rather plain looking girls...despite the fact that they're incredibly attractive by real-life standards.

    I was thinking about Divergence Eve and how, for all practical purposes, these girls are all just normal teenagers plucked out of obscurity to be military pilots--even more so, by their world's standards, they're probably "jocks" or considered overly athletic due to their military training regimen. One of the characters, all of 25, even laments that she can't find a man to save her life. This, in spite of the fact that, logically speaking, these girls are ridiculously beautiful.
  • February 9, 2012
    It reads essentially Hollywood Homely, only with the focus on everyone else except the ugly person.
  • February 9, 2012
    Generic Cuteness pretty much covers the anime aspect of this. And I agree about how Hollywood Homely covers the casting bias toward casting attractive people.
  • February 9, 2012
    I still think it's Generic Cuteness: everyone is good-looking from the audience's perspective, regardless of how they're supposed to look from an in-universe perspective.
  • February 9, 2012
    Not only was it present in Last Action Hero, the boy lampshaded it, much to the dismissal of everyone else.

    Don't forget to use * list markup when organizing examples. The Edit button is your friend....
  • February 9, 2012
    The upcoming Comic Book series The Beauty has a sexually-transmitted disease that makes people prettier (for a Hollywood/fashion magazine value of "pretty") with almost no down side. As such, it spreads like wildfire and a time lapse sequence shows a street scene going from very varied levels of human attractiveness to almost everyone looking "hawt." The plot cuts in some years later when it turns out the Beauty does in fact have a severe down side.
  • February 9, 2012
    On Gor the plethora of Beautiful Slave Girls makes the most stunning beauty on Earth only slightly above average on Gor.
  • February 21, 2012
    I'm working on a new rewrite of this to put up in a few days, with at least a couple dozen examples.
  • February 22, 2012
    Make sure you keep in mind that attractiveness is more subjective than boob size.