Created By: FrodoGoofballCoTVApril 18, 2012 Last Edited By: willthisworkDecember 16, 2013

Embarrassed Beauty

A character is embarrassed or troubled by the fact they're considered attractive by others.

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Per this discussion, we thought it might be appropriate to expand and split Big Breasts Big Deal into more generalized tropes.

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A character who is embarrassed by the attention or compliments their beauty gets them from other characters.

These characters get a lot of stares, and not for bad reasons; however, they'd prefer to remain unnoticed. These characters can become very flustered by being the focus of attention. Interestingly, this embarrasment will often be the greatest when the character who is giving them unwanted attention is a character they are interested in romantically. "Please don't stare" is a common statement from this character.

While this trait is most often associated with young, innocent characters, it can also be due to shyness, modesty, inexperience, or a psychological condition such as High Functioning Autism. Typical character tropes likely to experience this include Reluctant Fanservice Girl, Shrinking Violet, Troubled But Cute, and Yamato Nadeshiko, but it might also happen to any attractive character. For example, an older woman who has not lost her youthful beauty might be embarassed by discovering that she's now considered more attractive by some suitors than when she was younger.

Examples:

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[[folder:Literature]]
  • Piper in The Lost Hero right after Aphrodite claims her as her daughter is given the goddess' blessing, instantly making her the most beautiful girl in camp, something she finds embarrassing to no end until it fades.
  • Jane Austen's Mansfield Park: When Fanny Price's uncle Sir Thomas returns from his oversea business, he comments on Fanny's newly acquired good looks and finds her very pretty. Her cousin, only friend and mentor Edmund, who she has a crush on, repeats her his admiration, and Fanny feels embarrassed. She gained a bit of confidence later when the story progressed.
    Edmund: You must really begin to harden yourself to the idea of being worth looking at. You must try not to mind growing up into a pretty woman.
    Fanny:Oh! don't talk so, don't talk so!
  • Lena from The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants is embarrassed by her beauty which causes her to be shy, especially when it comes to love. She is tired of being called beautiful, so she wants her outfits to be drawing away from her.

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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Naoto from Video Game/Persona4 has both male and female admirers due to her androgynous appearance. Despite her usual calm demeanor she does get embarrassed anytime she's complimented for her good looks. She manages to win her school beauty pageant despite not participating in the second round due to embarrassment.
  • From The Tales Series:
  • Mabinogi: Nao Mariota Pryderi is arguably the most well-endowed character in the game, and the only one subject to Jiggle Physics. She gets quite flustered when the subject is brought up; unlike Rua, below.
  • Fumi in Devil Survivor 2 remarks in response to comments about her chest that she doesn't appreciate the staring.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • Resident Psychopathic Manchild Melissa from The Doomy Adventures Of Irken Doominess, after becoming a baby became a adorable to everyone, although she becomes flustered and annoyed when referred to as cute.
  • In an Cartoon Network bumper that (naturally) crosses-over the Justice League and the Powerpuff Girls, as the Bad Guys are being taken away, Wonder Woman tries to cheer up the Girls by saying that soon they will soon develop into strong heroines; when this happens, Bubbles says "Someday we'll be as developed as you!". All the characters start to giggle at the double entendre as Wonder Woman slowly slides her hands up to cover her upper body.
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Community Feedback Replies: 78
  • May 13, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    From Big Breasts Big Deal:

    Anime and Manga

    Video Games
  • July 11, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Would it make sense to expand this to include 'Resentment and Embarrassment' -it would then include characters for whom attractiveness has definite drawbacks, but they don't quite fall into So Beautiful Its A Curse (because they don't wangst about it)?

    Possible Examples:

    • Yohko Mano from Devil Hunter Yohko. She's probably the most well - endowed character on the show, but unlike most of the rest of the cast, has terrible luck with relationships and can't figure out why, much to her distress. Good thing for everyone else, as it turns out her superhero - like fighting abilities are Virgin Powered.
  • July 11, 2012
    lexicon
    • Lena in Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, has striking good looks that contrast with her antisocial personality, and she feels that all people notice is how she looks.

    Resentment, embarrassment, and awkwardness... It all sounds pretty much the same to me.
  • July 11, 2012
    LittleLizard
    Im not sure about the name, i mean yes, it fits with the rest of the beauty tropes but i don't like it much.

    I may suggest to change this trope name (and all the other's beauty trope names to Actress X syndrome). For example: This should be Scarlett Johhansen Syndrome as she stated several times she doesn't know why nor likes being a sex symbol. And so on?
  • July 12, 2012
    kjnoren
  • July 12, 2012
    sigh824
    Miles Edgeworth of Phoenix Wright: "D-do I really inspire this sort of frothing desire among the female masses?"
  • July 12, 2012
    Jir
    Can I put an example of this but with cuteness instead of beauty?
  • July 16, 2012
    peccantis
    a living embodiment of Buxom Is Better

    No.

    A living embodiment of BIB is a character who won't shut up about how the breasts make a woman, how flat women are unattractive, how breasts just can't be too big etc.

    Anyways, I suggest mentioning that this trope is very much dissed in Fan Fiction circles and mostly considered a painful Mary Sue trait.
  • July 16, 2012
    nitrokitty
    When done badly, turns into So Beautiful Its A Curse
  • July 16, 2012
    TheMightyHeptagon
    • Faye from Questionable Content could be an example. According to other characters, a lot of her attractiveness stems from her curvy, rubenesque figure (her noticeably large rear end is frequently commented on), but this gives her a lot of angst, since she has body image issues and considers herself overweight.
  • July 16, 2012
    AP
    • The title character from Maicchingu Machiko Sensei often finds herself embarrassed when male characters finds her attractive. Of course, since all male characters find her attractive and she often finds herself disrobed in some way, it makes sense for her to be a little apprehensive.
  • July 31, 2012
    Jir
    Does this count?

    Web Original

  • August 1, 2012
    MsCC93
  • August 1, 2012
    MiinU
    ^@MsCC93 - example needs context.

    Also, not sure if the Haruhi Suzumiya example counts, since Kyon is the only one who's infatuated with Mikuru, while Haruhi treats her like a living prop. She's more timid, than awkward and no one, other than Kyon, takes notice of Mikuru's appearance one way or the other.
  • August 7, 2012
    sigh824
    @Jir If you're talking to me, sure.
  • August 19, 2012
    Rainbow
    Fluttershy from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic might count because it was her beauty and grace that lead her to become pressured into becoming a model, a job which she hated because of her shyness and dislike of the spotlight. It also didn't help that Photo Finish finds her shyness to add to her appeal rather than detracting from it.
  • August 19, 2012
    XFllo
    Literature
    • Jane Austen's Mansfield Park: When Fanny Price's uncle Sir Thomas returns from his oversea business, he comments on Fanny's newly acquired good looks and finds her very pretty. Her cousin, only friend and mentor Edmund, who she has a crush on, repeats her his admiration, and Fanny feels embarrassed. She gained a bit of confidence later when the story progressed.
      Edmund: You must really begin to harden yourself to the idea of being worth looking at. You must try not to mind growing up into a pretty woman.
      Fanny:Oh! don't talk so, don't talk so!
  • August 19, 2012
    Xtifr
    The name seems misleading. It suggests a beautiful klutz, like Rachel Weisz's character in The Mummy Trilogy, who manages to knock over every bookshelf in a library in her first scene. I'm pretty sure the current name will only encourage misuse.
  • August 20, 2012
    Arivne

  • August 20, 2012
    Jir
    @sigh824

    Technically I was speaking to the sponsor of this trope to see if they'd allow me to put a awkward cute example, since it's pretty much the same thing, but thank you for answering my question anyways.
  • February 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    This is similar to So Beautiful Its A Curse. It should at least get mentioned. The difference here is that the character is shy about it, rather than just generically disliking it. I'm not sure if that makes it needlessly redundant, but it certainly warrants a mention

    And yeah, needs a new name for Xtifr's reasons.

  • February 12, 2013
    lexicon
    There are quite a few example that have been suggested but not added. Will those be added later, were they forgotten about, or are they not good?
  • February 12, 2013
    captainpat
    Context is biggest problem. I can't tell in a lot of the suggested examples fit because the context isn't clear enough.

    Lena in Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants. Is she embarrassed that other people find her attractive? The Other Wiki says she's beautiful but doesn't want to be which sounds like So Beautiful Its A Curse.
  • February 13, 2013
    lexicon
    Usually, So Beautiful Its A Curse makes the character come across as either thankless or otherwise disconnected from reality, making them a bit unsympathetic. The character is showing Wangst. That's not Lena at all. Lena is embarrassed by her beauty which causes her to be shy, especially when it comes to love. She is tired of being called beautiful, so she wants her outfits to be drawing away from her. As they say in the movie, she doesn't wear jeans or bikinis or miniskirts or anything that might actually show she has a shape.
  • February 15, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Still not seeing how this trope is distinct from So Beautiful Its A Curse. I don't think "Less Wangst-y Version of the same trope" is enough to make it a separate trope, especially since the description for the latter does explicitly say that while it's often used for wangst, it often isn't.

    Tropes Are Flexible and all.
  • February 15, 2013
    captainpat
    Personally, I think So Beautiful Its A Curse is as it is poorly defined (TRS thread for anyone interested). I'd say the different between this and So Beautiful Its A Curse is that under the current definition of So Beautiful Its A Curse, a character is resentful of their beauty, where as Awkward Beauty simply gets embarrassed when it's pointed out. This type of character usually doesn't hate or resent the fact they're beautiful, they're just uncomfortable with it being pointed out.
  • February 15, 2013
    lexicon
    I think they're clearly different. Take the page quote on So Beautiful Its A Curse for example. Jessica Rabbit isn't awkward at all. She's confidently sexy but also a married woman. Somewhere on this page it should mention the difference between this and So Beautiful Its A Curse.
  • February 16, 2013
    captainpat
    ^ After we sort out So Beautiful Its A Curse.
  • February 17, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    I have to agree with Xtifr that the name could lead to confusion with Clumsy Cutie.
  • February 17, 2013
    captainpat
    How about Embarrassed Beauty?
  • February 17, 2013
    Tallens
    • Piper in The Lost Hero right after Aphrodite claims her as her daughter is given the goddess' blessing, instantly making her the most beautiful girl in camp, something she finds embarrassing to no end until it fades.
  • February 20, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    ^^ Works better.
  • February 28, 2013
    captainpat
    Alright, so So Beautiful Its A Curse has been expanded to just "a characters beauty is source of problems". While there's definitely going to be some overlap I think the key difference is that So Beautiful Its A Curse deals with the effects of their beauty while this is just their feelings on it. If that makes sense and doesn't sound like it's splitting hairs.
  • February 28, 2013
    lexicon
    That does sound like splitting hairs. I think if a character is going to say that her beauty is a curse, or even think it to herself, then she's not embarrassed by it. In this I think she can completely ignore it if everyone else just would, but in So Beautiful Its A Curse I think she's proud of her beauty she just doesn't want it to get in the way of other aspects of her life like her marriage, career, or friendships.
  • February 28, 2013
    captainpat
    ^ wait what?
  • March 1, 2013
    captainpat
    OK, after thinking about it, this does seems like something that would be covered by So Beautiful Its A Curse. I have no objections to discarding this.
  • March 1, 2013
    lexicon
    I don't see what your confusion is on my separation between the two. Jessica Rabbit, the one in the quote of So Beautiful Its A Curse, is not embarrassed by her beauty. She just doesn't want it getting in the way of her marriage. Elle Woods from Legally Blonde isn't embarrassed by her beauty but she's upset when it gets in the way of her career.
  • March 1, 2013
    captainpat
    ^ that's better worded. So Beautiful Its A Curse has been expanded to just a characters who's beauty is a source of problems for them so it would definitely cover cases where a character is embarrassed by the attention their beauty gets. I'm unsure whether or not it's worth a page for those specific cases.
  • March 1, 2013
    lexicon
    I think a curse is a lot stronger than an embarrassment. The embarrassed character is just shy and modest (as this page says). Her beauty isn't the source of actual problems. A curse would be where the character is hated by the same gender or so loved by the opposite gender that it interferes with her life.
  • March 2, 2013
    captainpat
    I don't think we have to take the name literally. Like I said it's been expanded to just a characters who's beauty is a source of problems. If a character is embarrassed by the attention their beauty gets them that's a problem. Like I said I'm unsure whether those characters should get their own page.

    You are right though characters under So Beautiful Its A Curse don't have to be embarrassed there beauty like Jessica Rabbit. It just cause to cause problems for them.
  • March 2, 2013
    Nocturna
    I agree with captainpat; I think this is redundant to (the new) So Beautiful Its A Curse, as I don't think it's sufficiently different to warrant being a subtrope (which is would be).

    Being embarrassed about one's beauty is a type of problem and thus falls under So Beautiful Its A Curse.
  • March 2, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    I have to agree with Lexicon. Embarrassment is at best an extremely wimpy curse.
  • March 2, 2013
    Nocturna
    The "curse" part in So Beautiful Its A Curse is not literal. Whether this fits under that shouldn't be judged how whether or not embarrassment is sufficiently curse-like, but on the actual definition, which explicitly mentions "unwanted attention" as falling under it.
  • March 16, 2013
    captainpat
    bump,

    This has been ready to launch for a good while but is being hung up on how it relates to So Beautiful Its A Curse. Please participate in this trs thread so we can decide on what to do with this
  • April 13, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
  • April 14, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    Elissandre DeVille, in TabletopGame.Gloom, is an illustrated lady too modest to take her clothes off and put her tattoos on display (one of several acts at Dark's Den of Deformity that are less-than-sensible business decisions).

    Definitely not a case of So Beautiful Its A Curse.
  • April 14, 2013
    unluckykillerchibi
    One of the girls from Hatsukoi Unlimited quit her school swim team due to her bust size growing and all the attention she got from it.
  • April 15, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Also, "attractiveness" might be better for the name than "beauty," as the latter seems a bit too specific.

    EDIT: Also, why is The Doomy Adventures Of Irken Doominess in both the role play and western animation folders?
  • April 15, 2013
    Tallens
    @HiddenFacedMatt: Do we really need that second bullet about Fluttershy? The mane example gets the point across just fine.
  • April 16, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    Matt: Quite the reverse, I think. Beauty is a very broad concept, whereas attractiveness necessitates that other people find them attractive. As well, a beauty is a person, whereas an attractiveness... isn't.
  • April 16, 2013
    lexicon
    That's what I was thinking. It doesn't translate gramatically. You can say, "She's a beauty," but Embarrassed Attractiveness doesn't have a person.
  • April 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Elissandre De Ville, in Tabletop Game.Gloom, is an illustrated lady too modest to take her clothes off and put her tattoos on display (one of several acts at Dark's Den of Deformity that are less-than-sensible business decisions). Unless you're leaving something out, this isn't this trope.

    Fluttershy, from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, in Green Isn't Your Colour, resents being considered attractive, as she hates all the attention she gets as a result as a model. This is just So Beautiful Its A Curse.

  • April 16, 2013
    lexicon
    You're right about the first one. How's Elissandre considered a beauty Noaqiyeum?
  • April 16, 2013
    captainpat
    Zero context examples, works mentioned twice, and examples moved from Big Breasts Big Deal despite not even fitting this trope. Who mess the example section like this?
  • April 16, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    How isn't it this trope? o_O (Are you familiar with the concept of the Illustrated Man / Lady?)
  • April 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    No I am not.

    Plus, it doesn't really make her seem "embarrassed by her beauty." It makes it seem like she doesn't want to disrobe in front of strangers.
  • April 16, 2013
    Tallens
    I'd have to agree. Modesty does not necessarily indicate embarrassment.
  • April 19, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Attractiveness can refer to cuteness, or sexiness, etc... while beauty is associated with more elegant forms of attractiveness. @ Noaqiyeum

    "Need" might be a bit too strong a word, but it is a somewhat interesting point to make, as it reflects interestingly on interpretation of the characters and of perceptions of this trope in real life. @ Tallens

    As far as I'm aware, there hasn't been consensus yet on the exact distinction anyway. At the very least, it hasn't been edited into the YKTTW itself. @ Larkmarn
  • April 19, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    ^ Oh, I see why you mean. I disagree with your definition of attractiveness, though - I understand it as a broader synonym for sexiness, which may overlap with but does not encompass the others. (And someone who is a beauty can be any of those.)

    ^^^ An illustrated man or lady is a performing dancer with tattoos all over his or her body. The movements and choreography are informed by the tattoos, designed to maximise the effect of their appearance, create the illusion of movement on the skin, and juxtapose them with each other in enchanting ways. The performer has to be a mixture of visual artist, dancer, mime, contortionist, and striptease.

    In other words, her beauty is a substantial part of the reason she was hired to disrobe in front of strangers, but it embarrasses her to do so.

    (Also noting the description: "While this trait is most often associated with young, innocent characters, it can also be due to shyness, modesty, inexperience, or a psychological condition such as High Functioning Autism.")
  • April 19, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Let's look at the actual definitions, then. Slight trace of circular definition aside (clicking "beautiful" from the latter leads back to "beauty") I think it's clear they're at the very least very similar.
  • May 10, 2013
    helterskelter
    Are there any outstanding reasons the trope can't be launched, or are we good to go?
  • May 10, 2013
    captainpat
    There's still the issue of whether or not this is covered by So Beautiful Its A Curse.
  • June 15, 2013
    lexicon
    The TRS was closed. Do we really want to discard something that has five hats? Should we have a crowner on whether to launch it?
  • July 11, 2013
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    I have made a crowner here.
  • July 12, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    This trope sounds like the One Direction song "What Makes You Beautiful" (complete lyrics here).
  • July 17, 2013
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
  • July 17, 2013
    Tallens
    Redefine? If we do that we might as well toss this and start from scratch.
  • July 17, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    Merging is currently "ahead" with three yays and two nays.
  • July 31, 2013
    lexicon
    Any more votes?
  • July 31, 2013
    DAN004
    To me, So Beautiful Is A Curse is when there's actual curse, or when the beauty starts endangering the female in question, while this trope is simply someone being embarrassed with their beauty.

    Simple enough, I think.
  • July 31, 2013
    Nocturna
    You'd probably get more attention on the crowner if you actually put it in the draft.
  • July 31, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    I agree with DAN 004.

    I also notice that, with respect to this sentence - "While this trait is most often associated with young, innocent characters, it can also be due to shyness, modesty, inexperience, or a psychological condition such as High Functioning Autism." - So Beautiful Its A Curse does not encompass any of these varieties, and this seems to be the only trope for modesty as a character trait.
  • July 31, 2013
    Larkmarn
    So Beautiful Its A Curse specifically mentioned "unwanted attention" and while it's sinkholed into Stalker With A Crush, that would certainly cover modesty.
  • October 30, 2013
    XFllo
    bump
  • October 30, 2013
    DAN004
    The Airmaster example contains Double Post.
  • October 30, 2013
    KantonKage
  • December 16, 2013
    Alucard
    Mio Akiyama in K On is a pretty extreme example of this.
  • December 16, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ Zero Context Example. how so?

    5 hats and an undecided page action? not ready for launch yet.

    btw, assuming this is kept, Embarassed Beauty ain't that good as it sound like someone feeling shy at that moment.

    Bashful Beauty, Sheepish Beauty roughly means the same thing but doesn't have that problem.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable