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True Beauty Is On The Inside

(permanent link) added: 2010-01-02 10:36:28 sponsor: SomeGuy (last reply: 2010-01-05 12:39:16)

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Come on, we gotta have this one, right? I've just been catching all the pages directly around it this whole time?

One of the most common Aesops out there- we shouldn't judge people based on how they look on the outside but rather how they look on the inside. Looks are a shallow motivator and are almost always wrong.

Admittedly, this trope is most commonly known for how it's skewered unintentionally by the heavy presence of tropes like Hollywood Homely. As a rule, nearly everyone in visual media who purports this trope will either clearly be beautiful themselves or will become beautiful by the end of the movie. So...maybe a good idea to read some books instead and just pretend like they're ugly.

  • Appears in all the Beauty and the Beast adaptations as it is the crucial lynch-pin of the story- beauty must come to understand that just because beast is a hideous cruel monster doesn't mean he's a bad person.
  • Shallow Hal has a character cursed with a very literal example of this trope- he is only capable of seeing a person's "true beauty" which, for most of the movie, seems to be personified by Gwyneth Paltrow.
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