Created By: mightymewtron on December 15, 2012 Last Edited By: mightymewtron on December 31, 2012

Ironic Avatar

A game avatar or profile picture that is completely unrelated to the actual person.

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The internet is a place where people can lie. People take this opportunity to look more attractive, so that other internet users will fall for them without even knowing them. Then when they meet in real life, the "sexy" person is a dork. Usually Played for Laughs and often results in friendship. This can overlap with

See also G.I.R.L., where the sexy eighteen-year-old supermodel is forty, bald, overweight and a man, and Cross Player, where a character changes their gender for their avatar online.

Please use In-Universe examples only.

Warning: Spoilers are evident in many of these examples.

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  • Bossa Nova has one of the characters arrange to meet with a guy she met online who claims to be a long-haired artist from Soho. After he flies in he turns out to be a slightly overweight middle-aged guy from the Midwest, though they hit it off anyway.

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[[folder: Literature]]
  • In Labyrinth of Reflections, Romka, Leonid's fellow diver, always appears as a tough heavy drinker and smoker online, whereas in reality, he is a 15-years-old boy who never smoked or drank anything heavier than beer IRL

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
  • In a recent episode of Rizzoli & Isles, they were investigating deaths associated with an MMORPG. One person had the avatar of a beautiful young viking maiden. When they physically tracked her down, she was an elderly woman.
  • In Suite Life On Deck, Woody uses this in the "Better Life" online game, creating an avatar named "Brock" that is extrememly attractive, unlike him. Addison also does this with the same game with the avatar "Peaches Mc Gee."

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Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • December 16, 2012
    Koveras
    • In Labyrinth Of Reflections, Romka, Leonid's fellow diver, always appears as a tough heavy drinker and smoker online, whereas in reality, he is a 15-years-old boy who never smoked or drank anything heavier than beer IRL.
  • December 16, 2012
    Chabal2
    See also GIRL, where the sexy eighteen-year-old supermodel is forty, bald, overweight and a man.
  • December 27, 2012
    StarSword
    link fix
  • December 27, 2012
    JonnyB
    In a recent episode of Rizzoli And Isles, they were investigating deaths associated with an MMORPG. One person had the avatar of a beautiful young viking maiden. When they physically tracked her down, she was an elderly woman.
  • December 31, 2012
    StarSword
    I would mark this as In Universe Examples Only given that this is really common in reality. (Hell, the only thing my TV Tropes forum avatar has to do with me is that I designed the Space Fighter in question.)
  • December 31, 2012
    StarSword
    Film:
    • Bossa Nova has one of the characters arrange to meet with a guy she met online who claims to be a long-haired artist from Soho. After he flies in he turns out to be a slightly overweight middle-aged guy from the Midwest, though they hit it off anyway.
  • December 31, 2012
    Specialist290
    Might also want to note that Cross Player can overlap with this.
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