Fans Prefer The New Her
A character gets an in-universe Unnecessary Makeover; the audience disagrees
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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 to be.

Examples:

Film
  • 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.

Live Action TV
  • Elliott and Carla have this reaction in Scrubs when they meet a patient who just got plastic surgery after a car accident and wants to go back to the way she looked before
    "I know I had a big nose and droopy eyes but they were my big nose and droopy eyes"
  • The reality series Extreme Male Beauty has the presenter Tim revealing his new self to his wife and friends who are all repulsed by it and the end of the last episode has him going down to the pub to start reverting to his old self straight away. While admittedly what he had to go through to change was excessive (long hours in the gym, crash dieting etc) he didn't look nearly as bad afterwards as his friends were saying. What's even worse is that the first episode has him thinking his wife wants him to change and she insists she doesn't but he goes ahead with it anyway because he wants to change. So apparently the Aesop is "don't change yourself to suit other people but if they hate the change then change back immediately". What's more is that he had to get in shape in the space of eight weeks as opposed to at his own pace.
  • Similar case with the show Scene Stealers where teenagers from one scene were made over to try and pass as those from another (i.e. a plastic was made into a goth). Some of the teens that got made over suited the new styles quite well, especially Michaela a goth who became Mikki a plastic. She suited the plastic look much better than the girl who made her over. A rude girl Gemma also got made over into a posh look at looked better without all the extra jewellery etc.
  • In Party of Five the waitresses at the bar hate the new uniforms the owner makes them wear to attract more male attention and while you do feel sorry for all the ass pinchings they have to endure, the uniforms are still really sexy.
  • The reality show That'll Teach Em which saw modern teenagers sent to 1950s style school had all the boys receive a traditional short back and sides haircut, which did not make some of the long-haired rockers happy. One boy Brennon Gunston started out with long floppy blond hair and ended up leaving the series as a result of the Traumatic Haircut. Yet to some, the haircut looked nice on him.

Western Animation
  • In As Told by Ginger, Ginger's friends get really worried when she gets made over to look like Courtney Grippling and she results in learning An Aesop about being true to herself. But she looked quite nice with her hair done and wearing some of Courtney's clothes.
  • The Weekenders episode "My Punky Valentine" has Tino getting a punk rock makeover to try and get a girl's attention which his friends are not happy with. He actually suits the punk rock look but of course it's gone by the end of the episode.
    • Similarly Lor gets a Girliness Upgrade in another episode when she hears a boy likes her. Her friends have an Uncanny Valley reaction to the makeover and the guy says it freaked him out. The makeover itself wasn't as extreme as some other examples since all that was different was Lor wearing a skirt and a girlier hairstyle. Though admittedly she backed out when she heard she was supposed to get made over even more (including plastic surgery).
    • And a three-fer for The Weekenders. Tish gives herself a set of fuzzy buns on the side of her hair and the gang act as if it's the end of the world. It wasn't preferable to her old hair but it wasn't as hideous as they make it out to be.
    Tino: That hair looks like a squirrel that was run over by a truck. Repeatedly. And the squirrel was ugly to start with.
  • In Recess Spinelli enters a Beauty Pageant for kids and at the end refers to herself as "a painted up doll" implying she doesn't like being cleaned up. But she does look very nice in her evening gown with her hair done up.
  • The All Grown Up! episode "Bad Kimi" has Chuckie horrified when Kimi shows up with a pink streak in her hair because he takes it as a sign of her rebelling and it's gone by the next episode. The do in question? Kinda cute.
  • Marge Simpson is not happy when a plastic surgeon gives her breast implants by accident (yes, really) and spends the whole episode fretting about them which of course means they're gone by the end of the episode. This one probably doesn't need any further explanation.
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