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[[caption-width-right:210:The most beautiful klutz in the world...]]

When a terrorist threat is made to the Miss United States pageant/scholarship program, the FBI must send in one of their [[UndercoverModel undercover agents]] to find out the truth and stop disaster from occurring. But who can they send? Their list of possibilities is quickly narrowed to a single contender, Gracie Hart (SandraBullock), who is slender, pretty and fetching in a swimsuit. Now for the snag... she's also a hard-hitting, gun-toting tomboy whose demeanor is about as feminine as Creator/DolphLundgren. As events continue, it becomes apparent that disaster may well be nigh, and it's down to Hart to successfully imitate a pageant contestant, win the trust of the other ladies and discover who is planning to turn a harmless pageant into a horror movie.

This 2000 movie was followed by a 2005 sequel, ''Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous''.
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!! The first movie contains examples of:
* AmbiguouslyGay: Victor Melling (MichaelCaine), the man hired to teach Grace how to be feminine.
-->'''Victor Melling:''' [teaching Gracie how to glide] See? Glide. It's all in the buttocks. Don't I look pretty?
-->'''Gracie Hart:''' It takes a very secure man to walk like that.
** And of course played with later on...
--->'''Victor Melling:''' He's with me.
--->'''Eric Matthews:''' [[MistakenForGay I'm not "with him" with him]], you know? It's not like...
--->'''Victor Melling:''' Come on, Muffin!
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther!: Other hints of attraction and the urgency of the situation aside, Eric's cry of "Gracie!" as she [[spoiler: fumbles with the rigged crown]] is filled with just the right emotion to invoke this trope. Props to Benjamin Bratt!
* BackgroundHalo: Cathy Morningside gets a Background Crown.
* {{Badass}}: Gracie
* BadassInANiceSuit: The FBI agents.
* BabyTalk: When Eric (justifiably) balks at helping Gracie finish her self-defense demonstration, Gracie uses baby talk to gather support and encouragement from the crowd, and to shame him into helping her finish. He regrets it later (see below).
* BeautifulAllAlong: Gracie.
* BeautyContest: The central premise.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Hart and Matthews, ''big time.'' The more refreshing part is that the sexual tension is clearly present ''before'' she gets the makeover, which keeps him from being a SatelliteLoveInterest.
* CaliforniaDoubling : The opening scenes, set in New York City, were shot in Austin, Texas.
* TheCastShowoff: An in-movie example. When Gracie is stuck without a talent before the show, she decides to improv and show her FBI combat training instead.
* ChekhovsGun: Gracie's water glass trick. Also the "hits" to her enemies' instep and nose (in the prologue), and solar plexus and groin. SING!
* CloudCuckoolander: Cheryl.
* ConcertClimax: The end.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Gracie, even ''before'' they put her in something other than sneakers.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gracie ''and'' Eric ''and'' Victor.
* DemotedToExtra: Understandably, most of the pageant contestants. The only ones that were actually in the movie for any decent amount of time (aside from Gracie as New Jersey) were Rhode Island, California, New York, Texas, and Hawaii.
* DirtyHarriet: Variant.
-->'''Victor Melling:''' "They've got their Southern Belles, their Midwestern farmer's daughters, spunky Western cowgirls, and I have... Dirty Harriet."
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Victor does this when Gracie tries to point out that the crown is rigged:
-->'''Gracie:''' It's the crown!\\
'''Victor:''' Yes, it is! You can taste it now, can't you?\\
''(Gracie is taken to the stage, wildly pointing at her head while she protests about the crown, while Victor cheers her on)''\\
'''Victor:''' Yes, yes. You ''wear'' the crown, ''be'' the crown, you ''are'' the crown!
* DrunkOnMilk: One of the first scenes shows Gracie at a bar ordering "a pint" and the bartender asking if she's sure. He hands her a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
* EmbarrassingNickname: When Eric creates her cover ID, he gives her the name "Gracie Lou Freebush," a name she made fun of earlier in the movie and that she absolutely '''loathes.'''
* ExtendedDisarming: Gracie can hide an amazing number of weapons in her pageant gown.
** And donuts.
-->'''Victor:''' What? No armored car?
-->'''Gracie:''' That would be in my other dress.
* {{Fanservice}}: In a movie whose general premise requires casting several dozen of the most gorgeous women you can find? Where most scenes take place backstage where the girls are only half dressed in silk robes? Where several scenes are a literal parade of women in swimsuits? [[SarcasmMode You're kidding!]]
** WordOfGod says that the scene with Benjamin Bratt in the film is also strictly MrFanservice.
* FreudianSlip: After one of the losing contestants in the pageant suddenly comes out as being a lesbian as she walks off the stage, Stan Fields accidentally makes one.
-->"And we'll be right back with our five final lesbians. --Interviews!"
* FunWithAcronyms: Gracie demonstrates a well-known self-defense mnemonic:
-->'''Gracie Hart:''' (on defending against an attack from the rear) Just remember to SING: [[PunctuatedPounding Solar plexus!]] [[AgonyOfTheFeet Instep!]] [[OffhandBackhand Nose!]] [[GroinAttack Groin!]]
--> And this meets LuckyTranslation and GettingCrapPastTheRadar in some Spanish versions: '''P'''lexo solar! '''E'''mpeine! '''N'''ariz! '''E'''ntrepierna!
* GladIThoughtOfIt
* GroinAttack: The "G" in Gracie's impromptu "SING" self-defense course.
* GunsInChurch: "He had a gun!" "This is Texas. Everybody has a gun. My FLORIST has a gun."
* HiddenWire: Gracie wears one of these, unless she's just had an argument with someone at the FBI.
* HotterAndSexier: With an extra IncrediblyLamePun for a bonus. When he see Cheryl's baton twirling at the preliminaries at the Alamo, she does a very innocent routine to patriotic music with a very conservative outfit. Later on, after Gracie encourages her to be more confident in herseld, she does a much sexier routine to hip-hop music (with batons on fire, hence the "hotter.")
* ImprobableAge: Miss USA contestants have to be between 18 and 27. Sandra Bullock was 35 when the first film was made (an in-movie case of DawsonCasting, since Gracie mentions in an off-hand remark that she's at least thirty, but the FBI are still trying to pass her off as being in her twenties.
** While they tried to explain Bullock's age as her being the best they can find, a few other girls were too old as well. Heather Burns (Rhode Island) and Deirdre Quinn (Texas) were all right, being 25 and 27, respectively, but Wendy Raquel Robinson (California) and Melissa De Sousa (New York) were both 33.
* IncrediblyLamePun: The New York/Hawaii rivalry with all the barbs thrown back and forth finally culminated on pageant day. In all the chaos Hawaii asks New York, "What, no insults today?" New York, too stressed to really give a damn, halfheartedly snarks, "You're a Don Ho."
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Mentioned as the one time one of Victor's girls didn't win the crown during his heyday:
--> "The year we lost, the winner was a deaf-mute. You can't beat that."
* IronicEcho: "It is not a beauty pageant - it is a ''scholarship program''!"
** *rolls eyes* Yeah, yeah.
*** ''[[MeaningfulEcho Yes!]]''
* IronicName: Gracie is usually a nickname of "Grace," which is ironic since she's not really gracious (''def.'' "Courteous, kind, and pleasant") or graceful (''def.'' "Having or showing grace or elegance")
* LikeADaughterToMe: Vic says that if he had a daughter, she'd be like Gracie. Of course, he backpedals and says that's the reason why he doesn't have children.
* AMinorKidroduction: We're introduced to Gracie when she's reading a Literature/NancyDrew book in elementary school. She defends a boy she has a crush on from bullies, but when he calls her a loser for making it look like he needs a girl to protect him, she punches him in the face and calls him a wimp when he runs away.
* NamesTheSame: [[BoyMeetsWorld Eric Matthews]]
* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler:At the end, when Morningside's murder attempt is exposed and she is arrested by Gracie, she blames everyone and everything but herself.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Morningside:''' ''(to Gracie)'' You think you saved something tonight, but all you did was to destroy the dream of young women all over this country!]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Gracie:''' What, you think that their dream is to get blown up?]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Most of the girls come across as the stereotypes Gracie associates with pageants, but for the most part this is because the girls are all very well-trained in saying exactly the right things to get them the points needed to win, even if makes them seem brainless. [[spoiler:Cheryl, who spends most of the film appearing to be a sweet and gentle DumbBlonde, turns out to be a nuclear physicist.]]
* PainfulBodyWaxing
* PantyShot : Of a sort. Gracie wears frilly bloomers as part of her "talent show" outfit.
* PowerWalk : In both films. The first is the reveal, where we see SheCleansUpNicely. In the sequel, Gracie and her partner/bodyguard have one when they put on their dark suits.
* PrecisionFStrike: A loose wire getting reconnected resulted in Gracie getting a painful blast of feedback in her ear. When she screams out "'''Jesus Christ!'''" the other contestants are horrified. She eventually turns it around by saying she forgot to pray before eating breakfast.
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler: Cheryl was sexually assaulted by one of her college professors and never told anyone until she drunkenly confides in Gracie during a night out.]] Played with in that [[spoiler:[[GenkiGirl Cheryl]]]] doesn't exhibit any of the usual angst issues associated with the trope.
* RecitationHandclasp (as part of Miss California's opera stuff)
* RightBehindMe: Eric's boss doesn't appreciate being Photoshopped into a bikini. Eric's boss is male.
-->'''Eric Matthews:''' We were just looking for someone to go undercover at the Pageant, sir.
-->'''[=McDonald=]:''' And I'm the best we got. That doesn't inspire much confidence.
* RunningGag: "You think I'm goooorgeous, you want to kissss me..."
* SecondPlaceIsForWinners: Gracie in the end of the film.
* ShareTheMalePain: The ''entire audience'' groans and folds up a little when Eric gets hit with the G of Gracie's self-defense course.
** Gender flipped when two male agents wince sympathetically after hearing about Gracie's bikini wax.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Gracie.
* ShoutOut : [[Film/MidnightCowboy "I'm glidin' here!"]]
* SlapSlapKiss: Gracie and Matthews, quite literally. They engage in physical combat twice.
* SpoilerTitle: Gee, I wonder who would win the ''Miss Congeniality'' special award?
* SuddenlySexuality: When Miss New York is eliminated, she calls out to her girlfriend in the audience and tells all the lesbians watching that if she can do it, so can they. Grace claps for her, and the producers wonder if they can say "lesbian" on air.
** With another layer added, since when he asks if they can say "lesbian," his female assistant director manning the controls simply snarks, "You got a problem with that?"
** Paired with LipstickLesbian as both Miss New York and her girlfriend are gorgeous (Fun Fact: The actress playing New York's girlfriend was supposed to be the original Miss New Jersey. A scene where Gracie and Eric confront her about her appearance in ''[[ParallelPornTitles Arma-get-it-on]]'' was cut; the director felt bad about it, and offered the role of New York's girlfriend to her as an apology.)
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Eric, to match with [[DeadpanSnarker Gracie]].
* {{Tomboy}}: Gracie.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Gracie and ''every'' other contestant, except probably for Miss New York.
* UngratefulBastard: As a kid, Gracie defended a boy she liked from bullies, only to be insulted by him because he didn't want everyone to think he needed a girl to stand up for him. She responded by punching him in the nose.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Gracie and Matthews.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: In the movie, Miss Rhode Island's baton twirling talent is treated this way. But during the talent scene at the Alamo, one girl's talent seemed to be ''making balloon animals.''
* YouGetMeCoffee: Mocked.

!!The second movie contains examples of:
* {{Chickification}}: A major plot point. A result of her BecomingTheMask after the first movie. Even after the real story comes out and Gracie becomes the face of the FBI, the girly-girl persona sticks.
* HostageVideo: The one of Cheryl and Stan began the entire plot.
* GenderBlenderName: Sam(antha) Fuller.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Inverted:
-->'''Sam Fuller:''' You didn't just call me sister, because I don't recall seeing a skinny, white-ass girl growing up at the table. \\
'''Gracie Hart:''' Okay, first of all... thank you for calling me skinny.
* OutOfCharacterAlert:
-->'''Gracie Hart:''' Cheryl would never refer to her ass as her booty! Cheryl would never refer to her ass, period! She calls it her "popo"!
* PowerWalk : Gracie and Sam get one after reverting to their grey FBI suits.
* RecursiveCrossdressing: Sam Fuller's head almost explodes at the prospect of going undercover as a DragQueen:
-->'''Sam Fuller:''' I am not going out there as a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be Tina Turner. I can't afford therapy on my salary.
* RecycledSoundtrack: During [[spoiler: the scene where Sam and Gracie rescue Cheryl and Stan]], you can hear "Building the Crate" and "The Chickens Are Revolting" from ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' in the background.
** In fact, this movie is one of the all-time great cases of RecycledSoundtrack, as the film is ''packed'' with [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0385307/soundtrack cues from other movies]] (including two other Sandra Bullock movies, ''TwoWeeksNotice'' and '''the first''' ''Miss Congeniality''). This does have some original music (by John Van Tongeren, Christophe Beck and RandyEdelman), but apparently not much...
* DarthWiki/RuinedForever: Gracie's undercover career after the epic fame she earned saving the Miss United States Pageant.
* SassyBlackWoman: Sam Fuller.
* ShowgirlSkirt
* VivaLasVegas
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