He stuns his opponents with the glistening of his skin.
Might as well give this a try. No good at writing summaries, need suggestions and examples.
''"Gotta keep the tan up. It's not a skin color, it's a lifestyle, Brian. You wouldn't know that because you're white as a ghost. You're haunting this house with your whiteness, Brian."
Stewie Griffin, Family Guy
While fair skin is usually a common beauty standard around the world, pale skin is usually seen as unattractive in North America and Europe.
This wasn't always so (and still isn't for many people around the globe)
. In ancient times, fair skin was a sign of nobility and tan skin was a sign of the working class, due to outside labor. Great lengths were taken maintain pale skin, including using lead and arsenic based makeup
and using parasols whenever going outside.
As fashions and lifestyles changed, tanned skin emerged as a new beauty standard sometime in the early 20th century. Tanned skin was a sign that someone spent a lot of time outside cavorting around and had money to spend to visit exotic sunny locations. Pale skin is now associated with people who don't do outside and get enough sunlight and sickness.
Usually this trope is Played for Laughs
at the expense of someone's "whiteness." This still does carry Unfortunate Implications
for people who are naturally fair-skinned, however the pale are still Acceptable Targets
See also Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
and Evil Albino
. Contrast But Not Too Black
- In an inversion,Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart from the Twilight movies have been praised for their pale looks and many hope they can lower the skin cancer rates for teens due to excessive tanning.
- Professional wrestler Sheamus plays up his Irish heritage (or at least, Irish gimmick) with his pale skin. This makes him stand out amongst every other Caucasian WWE wrestler who have tanned skin. Of course, Sheamus's skin is often poked fun at on wrestling online forums.
- 'Geeks', in particular, are often mocked as being pasty-white. I remember a strip from PVP Online where Francis (resident Teen Geek) takes off his shirt to affix a set of Dr. Octopus-style mechanical arms to his back, causing Marcy to collapse in paroxysms of laughter, and Deadpan Snarker Brent to stumble back, claiming that the glare was blinding him in spite of his permanently-attached shades...
- In one Teen Girl Squad comic in the Home Star Runner universe, when Cheerleader complains that she wanted to go to "Coach Conrad's Sit-Up Camp For Shirtless Boys" instead of ending up at "Cosplayover Camp," Science Fiction Greg says, "Oh, I can take my shirt off!" Cheerleader is instantly charred in the "Blinding Voip" that reflects off Sci-Fi Greg's pasty white skin.