Created By: FrodoGoofballCoTV on April 18, 2012 Last Edited By: captainpat on March 1, 2013
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Indifferent Beauty

A character is considered attractive by others, but doesn't care.

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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 attractive, aware of their effect on other people, but doesn't care or at least doesn't value their physical attractiveness over their other traits.

Often this character is a consummate professional who is well aware of the fact that they could use their "assets" to get what they want by other means, but feels that it would be unprofessional or beneath their dignity, and is instead focused on proving they can compete purely on skill, often to the exclusion of romantic opportunities. While they're not averse to dressing in sexy outfits, they don't plan on relying on or even exploiting their sex appeal - but the camera will often do that for them.

Other characters' indifference is not due to regarding relying on appearance to be beneath their dignity, but rather that they consider it to be unimportant. Typical examples might include a shapeshifter who considers their beauty to be a momentary state and thus unimportant, or a character that has a highly nontraditional outlook, such a Troubled, but Cute character or a Cloudcuckoolander who is socially functional enough to realize their own attractiveness, but does not care enough to take advantage of it or feel embarassed.

Examples:

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
  • Haruka from Basquash! is considered incredibly attractive because of her large breasts but she doesn't particularly care about her figure since she's more interested in feet.
  • In Seikon No Qwaser just about every girl is Sasha's classroom is entranced by his cuteness but he's also very stoic and just wants to be left alone most of the time so he doesn't care.
  • Kagari from Witch Craft Works is considered the most beautiful person in her school, she even has her own fanclub. However, due to her aloof personality and her devotion to the male protagonist, Takamiya, she's apathetic towards admiration she gets.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • Before joining the Red Lantern Corps Bleez from Green Lantern was a princess considered to be the most beautiful woman in seven systems. She had countless suitors but rejected them all since they were only interested in her beauty and she felt she was more than that.
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[[folder: Film -- Animated ]]
  • Odette from The Swan Princess initially rejects Derek when he can't come up with any reason to love her other than she's beautiful.
  • Hello, Nurse! from Wakko's Wish wants to use the wishing star to make it so that people start seeing her from her genius intellect and not just her looks.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
  • In It's a Wonderful Life, Violet subverts this trope, because while she claims to be indifferent, it's just an act.
    Violet: Good afternoon, Mr. Bailey.
    George: Hello, Violet. Hey, you look good, that's some dress you got on there.
    Violet: This old thing? Why, I only wear it when I don't care how I look.
  • Sarleena from Men In Black II is a plant-like alien who shape-shifts into a lingerie model. She doesn't care about her appearance though, she only took that form because she stumbled upon a discarded magazine with a Victoria Secrets ad, and she's unimpressed with just how much stock humans place in physical appearance.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • Jane Austen's Emma: Emma is very beautiful, but she really doesn't care about it. She takes pride in being clever, intelligent and capable.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
  • Cameron from House is insulted when House reveals that he hired her because of her good looks, despite her graduating med school at the top of her class. He quickly elaborates on this: with her looks, Cameron didn't have to work as hard as she did to get where she was, but did anyway, and that was why he hired her.
  • In the The Office Charles Miner, after Angela and Kelly start flirting with him, notes on the Confession Cam that he's aware that women tend to find him attractive but he doesn't make an opinion on the matter.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
  • Yue Ying from Dynasty Warriors is exceptionally beautiful but spreads rumors that she's ugly so she could find a husband who would want her for her wisdom and not just her beauty.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
  • In Max Overacts Becky gets angry at Klaus for saying he likes her because she's pretty instead mentioning her intellect.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • Lance from Sym-BionicTitan gets fangirls from his first day of highschool due to his handsomeness and moody demeanor. He finds all the attention annoying since he wants to keep a low profiles, but no matter what he does to distance himself from the rest of the students he finds himself becoming more popular.
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Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • June 19, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Any thoughts? Anyone? Beuller?
  • June 19, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Claimed by Violet in an early scene from Its A Wonderful Life, but not really.
    Violet: Good afternoon, Mr. Bailey.
    George: Hello, Violet. Hey, you look good, that's some dress you got on there.
    Violet: This old thing? Why, I only wear it when I don't care how I look.
  • June 19, 2012
    Xicon
    couldn't care less*
  • June 20, 2012
    Xtifr
    ^ depends on whether you're American or British. "Could care less" is the American norm. It may not make literal sense, but neither do things like "head over heels". It is what it is. See the OED for more details.
  • June 20, 2012
    TrustBen
    ^ In America there are still regional distinctions in usage. "Could care less" does seem to be popular in New England.
  • June 20, 2012
    randomsurfer
    This American troper has always thought "could care less" made no sense and has never used that formulation.
  • June 20, 2012
    TheHandle
    This site is international, not regional. The Australians don't keep saying she'll be right, mate, the Dixies ain't using Ah instead of I, and I reckon the British don't say tally-ho. So please keep things in the internationally-understandable level.
  • June 20, 2012
    JLMacguffin
    Haruhi Fujioka from Ouron High School Host Club is another example. It works with her wanting people to jusdge others by whats on the inside and not the outside.
  • June 20, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    On the "couldn't care less", that's why I used "simply won't care" because it's less confusing.
  • August 18, 2012
    captainpat
    Explain the Ghost In The Shell example .

    Webcomic:
    • In Max Overacts Becky gets angry at Klaus for saying he likes her because she's pretty and not mentioning her intellect.
  • August 19, 2012
    Koveras
    Can it be a common trait of Lady Of War characters? As mentioned in the description, they are almost invariably attractive but prefer to polish their fighting skills instead of cashing in on their looks.
  • August 20, 2012
    XFllo
    Literature: Jane Austen's Emma: Emma is very beautiful, but she really doesn't care about it. She takes pride in being clever, intelligent and capable.
  • October 11, 2012
    Koveras
    • Kate Beckinsale said that she is playing Selene in the Underworld movies as one of these: a beautiful woman who cares only about getting her (rather deadly) job done. In the first movie, she is contrasted by other female vampires, all of whom are likewise beautiful but exude The Vamp-ish aura, for the lack of better term.
  • January 28, 2013
    captainpat
    Ok lets finish this. As far as examples go, please make sure any example suggested has context that makes it clear that the character is aware they're beautiful and doesn't care about it or at least doesn't really value it.
  • January 28, 2013
    lexicon
    • The pilot of House has a conversation between House and Cameron on why he hired her.
    House: I can’t believe that that would shock you. It’s also not what I said. No, I hired you because you look good; it’s like having a nice piece of art in the lobby. Cameron: I worked very hard to get where I am.
  • February 3, 2013
    O
    The example with Haruka from some anime should be removed. In the description, it states the consideration of attraction as the defining element of this trope. How can we, as sexual beings, not regard a fetish as such? It is, ultimately, the opposite of this trope.
  • February 3, 2013
    captainpat
    I don't think you're reading this trope properly. This trope is about a character not caring or at least not holding it in high regards that people find them attractive. Having a fetish doesn't exclude a character from fitting this trope.
  • February 3, 2013
    Chabal2
    Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh is completely indifferent to Kaori's feelings for her (she'd much rather be small and cute than Tall Dark And Bishoujo).
  • February 4, 2013
    captainpat
    ^ I think that actually belongs under Oblivious To Love.
  • February 5, 2013
    MiinU
    ^Agreed. As far as I can tell, Sakaki hasn't the faintest idea that Kaorin's crushing on her. Though she's usually baffled by Kaorin's odd behavior around her.
  • February 7, 2013
    captainpat
    So any concerns or new examples? Because this could use some hats.
  • February 8, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ Selene from Underworld is not an example because...?
  • February 8, 2013
    captainpat
    ^ There's no indication that other characters find her physically attractive.
  • February 8, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ Well, Kraven the vampire regent seems quite unambiguously attracted to her, trying to make her his queen, which she rejects, preferring her field work. Likewise, Michael is quite smitten by her (even though he is more concerned with just surviving during their first meeting), which she eventually awkwardly reciprocates.
  • February 8, 2013
    captainpat
    I haven't watched the movie so you're gonna have to rephrase example if it's going to be put on the page.

    ^Is there any indication that her appearance is the reason why those two are attracted to her?
  • February 8, 2013
    SKJAM
    Chihaya of manga/Chihaya Furu is described by her fellow students as "Beauty gone to waste" or "Beauty in vain" because of her tomboyish lack of interest in using her good looks for anything. In this case, it's because a) she's focused on competitive karuta, and b) she thinks of her Cool Big Sis as the pretty one.
  • February 8, 2013
    captainpat
    ^ If she thinks her sister is the pretty one and not herself then this probably belongs under Oblivious Beauty. It was mentioned twice there but no one give any good context.
  • February 10, 2013
    tardigrade
    Lili von Shtupp, in Blazing Saddles?
  • February 10, 2013
    captainpat
    ^ context please?
  • March 1, 2013
    captainpat
    launching soon

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