Created By: FallenLegend on December 22, 2011 Last Edited By: FallenLegend on July 5, 2012

Being Superficial Is Ok If You are Ugly

Ugly people have a free pass to be superficial

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Double Standard

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In fiction very often beautiful people are considered as shallow people that are unable to appreciate the inner beauty of others. It's no wonder that beautiful people are often also considered dumbor evil.

However as a Double Standard ugly people will be always presumed to be good and inteligent people capable of appreciating that True Beauty Is on the Inside. As such they have the right to be as superficial as they want and it will be ok.

This trope applies when it's only ok to care for external beauty if you aren't beautiful. While beautiful people will be judged as superficial in the same situation.

  • Beauty and the Beast Leprince de Beaumont's version. The beast gets attracted to her by her looks but she is only supposed to see his inner beauty.
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  • In the original version of Ugly Betty: Beatriz Pinzon falls in love with the Handsome Don Armando her boss. While she only likes him at first for his looks she is portrayed as The Woobie while the superficial ( at first) Don Armando is seen on a negatively light for not being attracted to her until he learns to apreciate her inner beauty.
    • A gender reversed example happens with her (equally ugly) best friend.
  • In Shallow Hal the titular protagonist it's called for being a very superficial man and obligated to see people's exterior beauty like their inner beauty. However Rosemary rejected an equally "beautiful on the inside" man and she gets a free pass to like Hal for his exterior looks.

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Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • December 22, 2011
    Do you have any examples?
  • December 22, 2011
    Yes but not much
  • December 22, 2011
    So list them. I think I'd have a better idea of what you mean with an example.
  • December 23, 2011
  • December 23, 2011
    I'm not sure that the Shallow Hal example counts. IIRC the eponymous character wasn't much of a looker himself.
  • December 23, 2011
    that's true but he was certainly above rosemary in the Sliding Scale Of Beauty acording to the movie
  • December 23, 2011
    A sepcific instance of Boomerang Bigot?
  • December 24, 2011
    I know I've seen a couple (not many) examples of somebody being called out on this particular double standard, but I don't recall exactly where right now. Probably in "Savage Love," Dan Savage's Advice Column.
  • July 4, 2012
    On Family Guy, Peter Mentions in one episode "Men can't be fat, only women are fat."
  • July 4, 2012
    I think Shallow Hal is an aversion, because Hal has the moral low ground for his shallowness. Rosemary's rejection of the other guy is played as their simply not being "right" for each other.
  • July 4, 2012
    ^^Actually it's "Men aren't fat, only fat women are fat."
  • July 5, 2012
    If you're calling this a Double Standard trope, which I think it very often is, you could include something about that in the description. I think it's very very common that the ugly/schlubby/ordinary guy gets the gorgeous girl in a This Loser Is You plot (because, of course Most Writers Are Male). Throw that in and it'll increase your link density.