A specific type of Audience Reaction
. For every Unnecessary Makeover
, you're bound to find the opposite. This is the case where a character in universe (usually female) gets some kind of makeover. Her friends are horrified that she would change at all and treat said makeover as something awful or else spend a good time talking about how much better she looked before. Normally because Status Quo Is God
the makeover will be gone and the character will be back to normal, though sometimes the friends may learn An Aesop
that the friend dresses for themselves and not to please them. However Fans Prefer The New Her (or him). Perhaps if it's an Evil Makeover
then it might result from Evil Is Sexy
? The scruffy guy might look good in a business suit, a Tomboy
might suit the Girliness Upgrade
, you get the picture. See also Unnecessary Makeover
, Beautiful All Along
and Just The Way You Are
which is what this trope is trying
Live Action TV
- The 2004 remake of The Stepford Wives has the clothing and appearances the wives are forced into treated as a demeaning and horrible change. In the original film it worked because the wives were forced into traditional 1950s housewife clothes with too much make-up. The remake however has all the women appear as dowdy and rather unattractive before they're brainwashed, especially Joanna who spends the whole film wearing unflattering clothes and a dowdy red bob that doesn't really suit her which makes the ballroom scene come across as She Cleans Up Nicely. Even more egregious is that the way the wives look in that state is the way the actresses Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler look normally when they're out in public.
- Similarly Roger the gay guy looks much better after his makeover without the loud mishmash of colours and clownish outfits.
- In the Freaky Friday remake Tess is repulsed by the makeover she is forced to get when Anna is in her body. Except she had a very unflattering hairstyle before said makeover and dressed all in black dowdy clothes that didn't seem to fit her. This appears to be just Tess's reaction as she gets a few looks from men as she walks down the street after the makeover and her fiancee seems to like it too.
- In The Hole Liz dyes her hair blonde to get Mike to notice her but freaks out at the result and dyes it back. Except actress Thora Birch is actually a natural blonde and the colour she gave herself suited her much better than the unflattering black/red colour she has for most of the film. An alternate ending actually featured Liz with her hair dyed blonde again.
- In V for Vendetta Evey is naturally furious at having her head shaved in prison yet Natalie Portman pulls off the bald look really well.
- Mika Boorem's makeover in Augusta, Gone is meant to symbolise her character properly going off the deep end and when she checks herself into a teen rehab centre, the psychologist forbids her from wearing her punk-rock/heavy metal clothes. Compared to the extremes some rocker chicks go for, Augusta looks quite tame and actually suits the look.
- Fred and Velma in the live action Scooby Doo movie get possessed by demons that think all humans dress like beach party kids and so they get made over accordingly which arguably suits them. In fact when Velma puts her glasses back on, she looks very nice indeed.