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->''"To be honest, [[Creator/DanielRadcliffe you]] and Creator/{{Rupert|Grint}} and Creator/{{Emma|Watson}} are all '''too''' good-looking!"''
-->-- '''Creator/JKRowling''', ''A Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe''

You've just learned that your favorite book, ''The Life and Times of AliceAndBob'', is being made into a [[FilmOfTheBook movie]]. In the book, Alice is average-looking and slightly overweight, and Bob is a balding middle-aged guy. So why does it star Creator/AngelinaJolie and Creator/BradPitt?

An adaptation and biopic trope, '''Adaptational Attractiveness''' is when a someone who was originally fat, plain, or even downright ugly is played by a much more conventionally attractive actor. This also applies to clothing: characters whose attire is described as grotesque will become fashionably dressed.

Although sometimes it's who can play the part best, while finding actors who look like the way the characters are described can be problematic. Because let's face it, how many ugly actors - and still less ''actresses'' - are there? [[note]]Regardless of gender there is a lot of pressure to look good on camera; as such, there is something of a market for mildly overweight or otherwise not "optimal" actors, but it can be difficult to find someone genuinely grotesque without using any number of Hollywood tricks.[[/note]]

Related to HollywoodHomely. See also RaceLift, which normally doesn't have the same effect, and ProgressivelyPrettier, when something similar happens without an adaptation. When this is done to a real life person, it's HistoricalBeautyUpdate. Frequently occurs when a character is PromotedToLoveInterest. See also BigBraToFill and BeautyInversion. If the casting directors wanted the character to be ugly but an attractive actor gave the best audition, it's AbilityOverAppearance.

The fandom version of this is SelfFanservice.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The anime and novel designs don't transition much between attractiveness levels in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', but Zelgadis' design in the original novels, while not ugly, can be a bit unsettling to look at, even devilish. In the anime, on the other hand, he's [[{{Bishonen}} ridiculously pretty]], even though, as a chimera, he technically ''shouldn't'' be. Also, [[ThePollyanna Amelia]] looks younger and more [[{{Moe}} round-faced]] in the anime than in the novels.
* Therru from Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' is so disfigured by third-degree burns as to make people unwilling to look at her. In the StudioGhibli adaptation ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'', she's a cute young girl with some bad sunburn.
* Tenma from ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' is a milder example. For [[MrFanservice whatever reason]], he gets better looking as the manga progresses, while in the anime, he is good-looking from the start.
** Well Tenma's change seems to be meant as symbolic
* While Jonah Matsuka in ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'' was far from ugly, he was not quite the {{Bishonen}} that he became [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Matsuka.jpg in the anime]].
* The anime adaptation of ''VideoGame/FatalFury 2'' turned Wolfgang Krauser from a mustachioed middle-age man to a clean-shaven young man who is only a few years older than Terry.
** According to WordOfGod, this was done deliberately to show just ''how'' much more of a threat Krauser was than Geese in the first OVA. Whereas Geese aged naturally (and gained quite a few scars to boot), Krauser retained his youthful beauty as a visual representation of his power.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Played straight in the transition from games to anime. Ash isn't nearly as scrawny or unruly looking as Red originally was, though they appear to be the same height.
** Charles in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' is an out of shape biker with a scruffy face. In ''Best Wishes'', he is a slender Bishonen - and a [[{{Toku}} superhero]]!
** Much like the examples with the video games below, the characters in the original series were subject to this when flashbacks to their saga were reanimated to match the new Art Style in Best Wishes in "The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion" and "Ash and Butterfree: Until We Meet Again."
* The live-action adaptation of ''Manga/NanaToKaoru''. The short and ugly Kaoru was transformed into an average-height, moderately attractive young man; moreover, the actress playing Nana is ''shorter''.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Scar is younger in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist anime]].
** Ed, while not ugly at all in the manga, doesn't quite have the same sort of facial structure as his manga counterpart originally did; it's less square which makes him look more {{bishonen}}. While Ed in the manga and second anime hits a growth spurt eventually, towering over Winry, in the anime he becomes taller by TheMovie but is barely taller than his biologically thirteen year old brother despite the fact that he's 18-19 (the movie takes place 2 years after the series). He also seems to only be about Winry's height.
** Envy gets a subtle hit of this in ''Brotherhood'', where he's drawn notably more muscular than the 2003 anime version.
** King Bradley has softer features in the 2003 anime and looks a bit younger.
* Quite a lot of ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'' characters had their appearances changed from the manga to make them more attractive in the anime. One of the most notable is Ryutaro Fukami. He went from [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ryuutarou_1_9953.jpg looking like a bratty kid with buckteeth]] to [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/150px-Ryutaro_4826.jpg actually being quite pretty]].
* In ''Manga/OniisamaE'', Mariko's mother Hisako is very homely-looking (lampshaded by Mariko in the manga, as she says she wasn't the prettiest girl ever but still stayed by her father's side [[spoiler: before he ditched her]]). But in the anime version, Hisako is an outright hot mom.
* In the film versions of ''Manga/DeathNote'', the character of L, originally designed to be dishevelled and unattractive (but ''[[SpringtimeForHitler still]]'' gained a number of fangirls) is played by the rather handsome KenichiMatsuyama.
* Kariya Matou from ''LightNovel/FateZero'' has a hideously disfigured left side of his face as a result of the crest worms in his body. The anime adaptation toned it down a bit, however; he now looks like he's just somewhat scarred but not half as much as he's supposed to be.
* In ''Anime/{{Wolverine}}'' Logan is a {{Bishonen}}. He's even younger and prettier than he is in the ''other MarvelAnime series,'' and ''they'' are subject to the Creator/HughJackman effect (see Film) and the way the character has gotten ProgressivelyPrettier. The result is a Wolverine that comics fans would have a hard time recognizing.
* Happens to Ruiko Saten from ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''. In the manga she's short, rather plain, and flat-chested. In the anime she is taller, has a figure, and is overall much prettier.
** Also much more jarringly to Shinobu Nunotaba who was very creepy looking in the manga, but was changed into an attractive woman in the second season of the anime.
* Played with in the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' adaptations: few, if any, appearances were outright changed in the initial TV run (before the plot took a [[GeckoEnding sharp left turn]] from the manga), but they got rid of the chibi and other off-model moments, as well as far fewer disturbing expressions and [[SlasherSmile evil grins]] from most everyone except for Alucard himself; even he had some of his inherent horror toned down. Then along comes ''Hellsing Ultimate'' that takes all those factors and puts them right back in, [[UpToEleven with a vengeance]].
* One of the students in ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}'' is described as {{Gonk}} in the manga, but he is a player in the live action series.
* In the original ''Manga/{{Cyborg009}}'' manga and early media, it can be jarring for new viewers to learn that 008 was depicted in an exaggerated manner reminiscent of the blackface caricatures seen in old cartoons (with Ishinomori's color artwork even having his skin inked pitch black). He received a more realistic design in the 1980 film "Legend of the Super Galaxy", and by the time of the 2001 series and ''009 RE: Cyborg'', any black face implications were long removed. The 2013 American comic book adaptation by Archaia even utilizes his 2001 design for their continuity.
** 006 was generally depicted as a short, rotund guy with an exaggerated nose and a case of EyesAlwaysShut, looking more cartoonishly stylized as well. This carried over to most adaptations, although ''009 RE: Cyborg'' and the Archaia comic depict him somewhat more realistic in proportion and design.
** 002 was originally drawn to be somewhat odd-looking, with a large GagNose being his most iconic feature. In ''009 RE: Cyborg'' and the American comic, he has a much smaller nose (though it has an aquiline shape in some shots), and his wild gravity-defying red hair has become blond and depicted in a more realistic style. While these changes make him look much more readily attractive, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks they've also been contested as some fans feel he became TOO "pretty" and unrecognizable]].
* Examples from ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''.
** The show goes so far as to give this treatment to it's MonsterOfTheDay. Act 1's Morga is withered and cadaverous in the original ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga, with added shriveled brown skin and BlackEyesOfEvil in TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]. In ''Crystal'' she's given an AdaptationalDyeJob with a rainbow of soft pastels, an hourglass figure, and most strangely, offscreen ClothingDamage that grants full view of her ''cleavage.''
** Usagi's dad, Kenji, also got this. While in the manga is as handsome as any other male in the show, he is designed with a more mature looking appearance: Thick glasses, eyes with little shine and a simple comb over that lacks detail. In Crystal much effort is done to make him look younger and more bishie, complete with [[{{Megane}} fashionable glasses]], a trendy cut and a softer, youthful voice.
** Even Umino got revamped. While still the short guy with SpikyHair and OpaqueNerdGlasses, his face shape and haircut look more akin to the standard character designs of the other characters than to the more cartoonish, round-faced [[MessyHair messy-haired]] kid he is in the manga and 90's anime.
* Chief Aramaki from ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' is a strong example. In the original manga, which was more of an action-comedy, he's drawn as a cartoon Japanese Macaque wearing a three piece suit. In the more serious movie version he's more realistic looking but still has a slightly monkeyish face. By the time ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' rolls around he's actually quite handsome for an old guy. The latest anime, ''Anime/GhostInTheShellArise'' dials this back somewhat and has him looking closer to the movie version, though.
* The anime of ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' shifts Kyrie from being a {{Bishounen}} to {{Moe}}, though he's still recognizable and other characters look more or less identical to their [[VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction game]] counterparts. The [[Manga/SandsOfDestruction manga]], on the other hand, gives the characters a complete makeover; male characters [[DudeLooksLikeALady become pretty enough to be women]] and female characters [[BuxomIsBetter double their bra size]] (perhaps to better differentiate them from the exceptionally pretty men).

* In an in-universe comic inspired by her, Comicbook/SpiderGirl has flowing blond hair and [[MostCommonSuperpower a large bust]].
* A number of characters in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' have been given more defined facial features, but Huffer is perhaps the most noticeable.
* In the official comic book adaptation of Joe Abercrombie's ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' series, this is quite evident with BarbarianHero Logen and TortureTechnician protagonist Glokta:
** Logen is described in the books as hideous, with a face that's covered with scars and is lopsided and disfigured in the manner of a boxer whose been in too many fights. Logen in the comic has a neat scar across his nose and depending on the panel, goes between rough and fairly good looking.
** Glokta was once a good looking man who underwent BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil and like Logen, is described as someone whose appearance causes strangers to look away in horror. In particular, his torturers chipped away at his teeth, and he has a withered face with fevered eyes (one of which waters uncontrollably). Glotka in the comic generally looks pretty normal, albeit gap-toothed.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* One Literature/{{Discworld}} fanfic has the canonically overweight Agnes and her SplitPersonality Perdita separate into two slim, beautiful women.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* While not ''attractive'', Quasimodo from Disney's version of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is upgraded from hideous to UglyCute. Presumably, if they added the little details of how ugly he is, it would be a pain on the animators, and would have scared the children in a movie that's already pretty dark to begin with.
* WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}, while rude, crude, and ogreish, isn't really hideous. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a7/Shrekcover.jpg In the book it was based on...]]
** Similarly, Fiona, in both her human and ogre forms, is more attractive than the hideous princess from the book.
* In ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', Gurgi is changed from a hideous gorilla-like monster in [[Literature/ChroniclesofPrydain the original books]] to a cute badger-like animal.
* ''Literature/TheLorax'' has the Once-ler, who is [[TheFaceless a pair of green arms]] in both the book and the cartoon adaptation; in the latter, he can be assumed to be middle-aged going by his deep voice. In [[WesternAnimation/TheLorax the 2012 film]], he's a tall, cute 20-something man with big blue eyes (in contrast to the creepy yellow ones he had in the book), voiced by Ed Helms.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanVsTheElite'''s Manchester Black, while still retaining the thuggish look of the character from the comics, makes him a little bit thinner and gives him a much less gaunt face, as well as {{animesque}} hair.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' movie, King Oberon looks younger and slimmer than in the books. His beard's less bushy, too. Jack Frost also has this to a lesser degree.
* ''Disney/BigHero6'': Baymax was monstrous-looking in the comics. In the movie, he is a [[CuteMachines Cute Machine]].
** While Hiro Takachiho wasn't ugly in the comics, Hiro [[AdaptationNameChange Hamada]] is designed to look more adorable.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* In the original novel ''Literature/NationalVelvet'', Velvet is a "thin as famine" blonde with [[BritishTeeth crooked teeth]] and considered unattractive (until she gets on a horse). Her film counterpart? Creator/ElizabethTaylor.
* In the original ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' novel, Le Chiffre is described as an overweight, unattractive man. Averted in the original television adaptation, where he was played by overweight, unattractive Creator/PeterLorre. Subverted in the first movie adaptation, where he was played by overweight but dapper and stylish Creator/OrsonWelles. Played straight in [[Film/CasinoRoyale the 2006 film]], in which he's played by trim and handsome Mads Mikkelsen.
* In a filmed play of ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'', Creator/DustinHoffman plays the character of Willy Loman, who in the play's original script was described as fat and unattractive. The film edits out references to Loman's weight and replaces them with jabs at his intellect and height. Apparently Arthur Miller told Dustin Hoffman his original vision of Willy Loman was a small man, despite how casting for the first play turned out.
* Every single film adaptation of one of Creator/RoaldDahl's works can come across as this almost automatically, because of the books' art style for the illustrations, which makes everyone seem a notch or two less attractive than they presumably are supposed to be. If you're beautiful or cute, you look average. If you're average, you look ugly, and if you're ugly, you look like a troll.
** The most extreme example of this would be Creator/JohnnyDepp as Willy Wonka in ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', even with the UncannyValley aspects of his makeup. But Wonka has always been prone to [[AdaptationDyeJob having his look toned down]] in adaptations -- in the novel he's a RummageSaleReject who appears middle-aged (he still has black hair and a goatee) but is really [[OlderThanTheyLook older than he looks]]; prior to Quentin Blake, illustrators gave the character a rather leprechaun-esque appearance inspired, perhaps, by the phrase "extraordinary little man". In the public imagination, however, people think of either Depp or, even more often, [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory Gene Wilder]] (who's also more conventionally attractive than the book description) when you bring the character up.
* The White Queen from Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' goes [[http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/alicepic/through-the-looking-glass/2book25.jpg this]] to [[http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/10600000/The-White-Queen-alice-in-wonderland-2010-10664261-1280-800.jpg this]].
* Creator/GerardButler as the Phantom in the musical ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' is an extreme example of this. The nature of the Phantom's deformity is already different from [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the source novel]]'s in the stage version (in the novel his face resembles a skull, and the stage version it's only half of his face affected), but still, he's alarming to look at unmasked. Butler's deformity in the film is commonly described as resembling third-degree sunburn at worst. On top of this, while the Phantom is usually played by middle-aged actors on stage - in part because a key plot thread is Christine seeing him as a father figure - Butler was 34 when the film was shot. HotterAndSexier, sure, but this is supposed to be one character whose entire point is that he is ''not at all'' hot or sexy!
* Julian Sands played the Phantom in ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' with ''his regular face'' (though then again, that adaptation ''did'' include him having sex with rats, a condition many people would find ''more'' repulsive than a disfigured face, so this one may even out).
* In the ''Film/XMen'' films:
** In the comics, Wolverine is supposed to be extremely stocky, short and [[KavorkaMan not an attractive man (who nonetheless has lots of lovers)]]. Here he's Creator/HughJackman, who is so tall that castmate Creator/JamesMarsden had to [[ScullyBox stand on boxes to not be dwarfed by him]].
** Similarly, [[http://images.wikia.com/marveldatabase/images/c/c9/Toad.png Toad]] is a short, ugly little hunchback in the comics. In ''Film/XMen1'', he's played by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ray_Park_as_Toad_(comics).jpg Ray Park]] with some very half-hearted attempts at uglying him up. However, in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', the younger Toad has many more noticeable bumps and wrinkles on his face.
** In the comics Sebastian Shaw, the BigBad of ''[[Film/XMenFirstClass First Class]]'', is [[http://marvel.wikia.com/File:SHAW.jpg a thuggish-looking, middle-aged businessman]] with a heavy build best described as "gorilla-like". In the film, he's played by Creator/KevinBacon.
** Professor X in the comics was never depicted being gorgeous like Creator/JamesMcAvoy.
** The comic book version of [[http://images.wikia.com/marveldatabase/images/a/a6/Janos_Quested_(Earth-616)_001.jpg Riptide]] is nowhere near as good looking as the [[http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/23500000/Riptide-x-men-first-class-23542290-700-464.jpg movie version]].
** In the comics, Beast's original (human) form included oversized hands and feet. In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', while his feet are different than normal, they are still the right size and he has no problem passing for an ordinary human.
** Comics Leech resembles a pseudo-amphibious humanoid creature (''not like that's a bad thing''). See [[http://comicicons.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/leech_cameron_bright.jpg here]] for comparison.
** [[http://geekindenial.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/callisto.jpg Callisto]].
** In the comics, Darwin had bulging eyes, slits for a nose, and reptilian grey skin. In the movie, he looks like a normal human. [[http://media.egotvonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/x-men-first-class-darwin-Edi-Gathegi.jpg?41ed4f Compare the two]].
** [[spoiler: In {{the stinger}} for ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}, who's traditionally depicted as having a pug face, has reached DudeLooksLikeALady levels.]]
** Skin had freakish gray skin and (DependingOnTheArtist) an unsettling, impish appearance in the ''Comicbook/GenerationX'' series. In the 90's TV movie, he just looks like a typical Hispanic teenager.
* Frank Lucas and Ritchie Roberts weren't much to look at, but they were played by [[MrFanservice Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe]] in ''Film/AmericanGangster''.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. In the books, Lucy Pevensie is described as being not that pretty and a {{Tomboy}}, compared to her older sister, [[GirlyGirl Susan]]. In ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', she also has problems with her self-esteem and constantly desires to be beautiful just like Susan. In [[Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia the movie]], Lucy is played by Creator/GeorgieHenley, who has [[SheIsAllGrownUp grown up to be a really attractive girl]] and is as beautiful (if not more) as Creator/AnnaPopplewell. She is also more of a PluckyGirl than a {{Tomboy}}.
* In the Annie Proulx short story ''Film/BrokebackMountain'', the two protagonists are described to be ordinary-looking, even unattractive. In the movie adaptation they're played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Creator/HeathLedger.
* In Annie Proulx's ''The Shipping News,'' the protagonist is described as overweight, sloppy, red-headed (as are his daughters) and with a face wrinkled like a crenshaw melon. In the film adaptation, he is portrayed by Kevin Spacey.
* In ''Film/TheThinMan'' movies, the main character was changed from an overweight man to handsome Hollywood actor William Powell, although at least in the first film, he is still [[IAmNotShazam not the title character]].
* In Louis Sachar's ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', Stanley is explicitly described as fat on repeated occasions. ShiaLaBeouf, the actor playing him in the movie, is quite lanky. A part of the original story was that Stanley would gradually get more fit by all the work at Camp Green Lake, however this had to be dropped for continuity reasons.
* Creator/RalphFiennes playing Dolarhyde in ''Film/RedDragon''. According to the book, Dolarhyde, though plain, is nowhere near as hideous as he thinks he is (certainly not ugly enough for every woman to automatically reject him based on looks), but he still doesn't look like Fiennes. Dolarhyde's insecurity about his looks is (at least according to the movie) rooted in him having a cleft palate, which he corrected later with surgery. ''Film/{{Manhunter}}'''s Dolarhyde clearly showed the scar from the operation but Ralph Fiennes playing Dolaryhde [[InformedDeformity just looks like--Ralph Fiennes]]. Not that [[ScienceMarchesOn cleft palate surgery hasn't come a long way]] since then but ''Film/RedDragon'' is supposed to be a remake, not a reboot.
* In the book ''Literature/{{Psycho}}'' ([[AdaptationDisplacement yes, there was a book]]), Norman Bates was fat, bespectacled, and middle-aged, unlike Anthony Perkins in the movie. In fact, he resembles his real-life inspiration, Ed Gein. The change in [[Film/{{Psycho}} the film]] was intentional, because Hitchcock thought that an attractive Norman would be easier to sympathize with.
* In ''Literature/JaneEyre'', Rochester is downright unattractive and well into middle age. Jane Eyre herself is young, but extremely plain. These are actually important character traits, as they love each other for their inner character and each pass up on a more attractive prospective mate. In adaptations, however, Rochester is usually a rather handsome, if gruff, older gentleman, while Jane Eyre is at worst HollywoodHomely. In the 1983 miniseries, Rochester was played by TimothyDalton! In the BBC miniseries adaptation (2006), Mr. Rochester is played by [[http://knightleyemma.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/ts_longhair.jpg Toby Stephens]] and by [[http://youngromantic.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/michael-fassbender.jpg Michael Fassbender]] in the 2011 film. All decidedly good-looking.
* In the Creator/PhilipKDick short story ''Minority Report'', the first three things we learn about the protagonist are that he's fat, bald and old. The fact that he's reaching retirement age is a plot point in the ending. [[Film/MinorityReport The movie]] cast Creator/TomCruise, though amazingly they allow him to be bald at the end. Also, the mutants in the story were explicitly stated to be hideous. You know, kind of like how you'd expect mutants to look. On screen they're buzzed and pale, but otherwise normal.
* In the novel of ''Little Children'', the character Ronnie bears very little physical resemblance to Jackie Earle Haley, being an overweight, balding chain-smoker who wears glasses. While Haley is no George Clooney, he brought a far more sympathetic interpretation to the character than what was probably intended. Sarah Peirce was also described as being not very pretty in the book. In the movie they worked over time to make Creator/KateWinslet seem frumpy but their best efforts made her look HollywoodHomely.
* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', Prince Humperdink is ridiculously over-muscled, and Vizzini is a hunchback.
* A number of issues in ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'':
** Some people thought that the overall cast was too young and attractive to portray some of the middle-aged and beaten-down characters. (Although the age issue was out of necessity, to allow the actors to portray their younger selves in flashbacks.) Walter Kovacs in particular, [[spoiler:AKA Rorschach]], is supposed to be "fascinatingly ugly". Compare [[http://images.wikia.com/watchmen/images/b/b2/Walter_Kovacs.jpg comics]] and [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3440/3254751049_8527a1974a_o.jpg movie]] versions.
** In the comic, a deconstruction of the superhero genre, the characters' costumes were intended to look somewhat silly to highlight the inherent absurdity of classic superhero costumes. In the movie, however, the costumes are played straight, and look much more stylish. Nite Owl II's was changed from a full body and head robe to a form fitting armor suit with pointier ears.
** And possibly inverted with Ozymandias. He's supposed to be the model of western perfection: blonde, square-jawed and athletic. In the film, he's lanky and has a thin face - not that this affects his physical prowess.
* In ''ComicBook/FromHell'', in which Inspector Frederick Abberline is a overweight, middle-aged man typical of the Victorian middle-class. [[Film/FromHell The film]] casts Creator/JohnnyDepp as the Inspector. Similarly, the Ripper's victims generally appear more attractive in the film than they did in the comic or in real-life, as late Victorian streetwalkers in their early-to-mid forties, though most of the actresses were close in age to the women they portrayed.
* In ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'', Bastian is fat, and it's one of the key problems he experiences in life with teasing by bullies. In [[Film/TheNeverendingStory the movies]], not only is he thin, but in ''The Neverending Story 2'', he's a ''lithe athletic swimmer''. One of the Aesops of the book was Bastian using his Fantastican powers to wish for an athletic body, which was a symptom of him losing his identity.
* In ''Film/HarryPotter'':
** Even without going into the inevitabilities of puberty striking the three, at age 11, Harry is supposed to have a skinny face and knobby knees, with his green eyes being his only good feature. It's a similar story for Ron and Hermione. Hermione in particular is rather average until she gets an opportunity to [[SheCleansUpNicely clean up nicely]] (and she has buck teeth, which are later fixed). In the film series, all the lead child characters were played by cute kids. A quote from J.K. Rowling herself (who still, after seeing the movies, sees almost all her characters looking like she described them) about how they are too attractive for their characters graces the page!
** As the characters mature, however, their appearances shape up a bit and the actors correspond a bit better.
** In [[Literature/HarryPotter the book series]], Severus Snape is supposed to have greasy hair, a sallow face, yellowish teeth and a body rather too thin to be healthy. In the film series, he is played by Creator/AlanRickman, whose mature sexiness cannot be obscured by an unflattering wig. This helped the character graduate into his current DracoInLeatherPants role in the fandom. In fact, when asked if she still saw in her own mind, her own characters or the actors, Rowling stated that she always sees her own vision of the characters, with one exception, that being Alan Rickman.
** Dolores Umbridge looked somewhat like a toad in the novel. In the movie, she was played by Imelda Staunton, who is at worst cute and at best downright adorable. However, this might actually have worked out, since if anything the contrast between her 'adorable granny' shell and 'evil sadist' personality made her ''more'' hateful. Not to mention that {{giggl|ingVillain}}e...
** The Bellatrix Lestrange of the books is supposed to have lost her beauty along with whatever sanity she had in the first place during her stay in Azkaban. In the film...''hello'' Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, though she keeps the rather off-putting teeth in the film.
** Pansy Parkinson, is perhaps not beautiful in ''The Half-Blood Prince'' film, but far from ugly. According to the book, she has a "pug-like face".
** Luna Lovegood is a lesser example, in that she isn't ugly in the books, but usually seen as fairly plain and "dotty", whereas Creator/EvannaLynch is highly attractive (though her physical traits do actually match Luna's quite well, and there couldn't have been a better casting character wise).
** Creator/JKRowling says that she always wondered why {{fangirl}}s [[DracoInLeatherPants loved Draco Malfoy so much]], since she never imagined him as particularly attractive. The answer is Tom Felton's suave, stylish portrayal of the character in the last three-four films, especially in ''Half-Blood Prince''.
** Viktor Krum is described in the books as gangly and hook-nosed, with a habit of slouching. He was played by [[http://images.wikia.com/harrypotter/images/4/40/Krum_003.jpg Stanislav Ianevski.]]
** Neville Longbottom and Harry's cousin Dudley are both overweight in the books. And in the first couple films the actors were the same, but both actors eventually lost weight and resembled their book counterparts very loosely. With Neville they simply let him lose the weight without much comment, since it was never a key part of his character. For Dudley they just had the actor wear oversized clothing. The other side of this, however, is that the actor playing Neville is "uglied up" a bit by making his ears stick out and messing up his hair. Likewise, many of the Slytherin actors are given false teeth and other odd physical features.
** There may actually be an inversion in, of all people, ''Vernon Dursly.'' In the books he's described as "beefy" and having no neck, but not necessarily as fat. Come the later films the actor portraying him is bordering on obese.
* TheFilmOfTheBook ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''
** James is described in the book as very average and unremarkable in appearance, the producers still cast [[http://www.truetwilight.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/james.jpg Cam Gigandet]] in the role.
** Bella Swan thinks of herself as rather plain and unfashionable, while [[http://www.9sn.net/resim/Kristen-Stewart.jpg Kristen Stewart]] plays her in the movies. However, some readers infer that Bella is overly hard on her appearance.
** Alice is never described as ugly but is described as very short, compared to Ashley Green who's 5'6". Transversely Rosalie is described as very tall, but is played by Nikki Reed who is actually the same height.
** Eric is described as having terrible skin, but Justin Chon is completely blemish free.
* ''Film/TwentyOne'', a movie based on the book about several MIT students gaming casinos in Blackjack. The (actual, still living) MIT students are replaced with vastly more attractive ([[RaceLift and all white]]) actors for the movie.
* In the ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comics, Harry Osborn is drawn with the same hairdo as his father, and never drawn particularly attractively. Somehow that translated to both film series casting attractive actors - Creator/JamesFranco in [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy the Sam Raimi trilogy]] and Dane deHaan in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', hobbits are generally portly, but with the exception of Sean Astin, who is already stocky and gained some weight for the role of Sam, the producers hired slender actors for the Fellowship hobbits. Director Peter Jackson didn't want the characters to look like midgets by being overly stocky. Frodo in the books is described as "stout," and, while he's supposed to look younger than his actual age (fifty), teenage Creator/ElijahWood is definitely stretching it. Then again, hobbits do age more slowly than humans. Hobbits in the books are also said to look friendly, not handsome or beautiful, which cannot be said for the Fellowship hobbits.
** The trend continues in ''Film/TheHobbit''; Bilbo probably wouldn't even count as HollywoodPudgy, though he at least has an early-middle-aged look about him. Goes back and forth with the dwarfs as they tend to be on the broad side but are usually more wide than they are heavy (except [[{{Acrofatic}} Bombur]]), and have various facial prosthetic such as bulbous noses, oversized jowls, etc; then there's [[ThoseTwoGuys Fíli and Kíli]] as well as [[BadassInCharge Thorin]], who not only is easily the most handsome dwarf, but also has his [[AdaptationalAngstUpgrade driving motivation changed]] from [[GoldFever reclaiming the lost gold and treasure from Erebor]] to reclaiming a proper homeland for his scattered, wandering people. Interestingly, Fíli, Kíli, and Thorin are agreed as being the most attractive dwarves [[spoiler:and they are the three that die. [[KillTheCutie There's no way that's a coincidence.]]]]
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's [[Literature/IRobot robot stories]], Susan Calvin is described as middle-aged and unattractive. [[Film/IRobot In the movie]], she was portrayed by a former model, Bridget Moynahan (although that film was only [[InNameOnly very, very loosely]] based on Asimov's work.)
* A minor, strange case in ''Film/VForVendetta'': in [[Comicbook/VForVendetta the comic]], V's mask has a round face and an upturned nose, making him look sort of like a doll with a mustache and a goatee, making some of his panels look [[NarmCharm more inappropriately cute]] than usual in especially serious scenes. In the film, he has a longer face and a long, straight nose, making him look more masculine.
* To quote Miles Kreuger on the film adaptations of ''Theatre/{{Showboat}}'': "Cap'n Andy's three tarts in the 1936 version are gaudily dressed and made up for their profession: in this (1951) film they are three wholesome extra girls who might be expected at Lady Astor's in their chic finery." Kreuger made similar observations about Helen Morgan (who appeared in the 1936 film) vs. Ava Gardner (of the 1951 film) as Julie in the scene where she sings "Bill".
* ''Film/TheLastAirbender'':
** Prince Zuko's scar has changed from covering half his face to a barely noticeable sunburn like red blotch over his eye.
** Uncle Iroh in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is fat and a bit bald. In the movie, he is played by Shaun Toub, who is... [[CaptainObvious not.]]
* In the novel of ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', the descriptions of Theo do not exactly call to mind a Clive Owen. Then again, about the only thing the two of them have in common is their name and a few backstory elements, the film being a ''very'' loose adaptation.
* In the film adaptation of ''Literature/LetTheRightOneIn'', Oskar is played by a reasonably cute and thin child. In the book, however, he is overweight and has major problems with food. Despite being a generally lauded film, the film rather confusingly still has the bullies call Oskar "piggy". The American remake includes his obsession with candy, but also keeps him as a skinny, scrawny kid.
* In ''Film/CampNowhere'', Melody Kay plays Gaby, a girl who is sent to fat camp and whose extra weight is mentioned by love interest, Mud ... except that the girl is average-to-thin. She's the same size as the movie's hot girl.
* In Jane Campion's ''Film/BrightStar'', incredibly gorgeous Creator/BenWhishaw plays Creator/JohnKeats, who really wasn't as gorgeous as Whishaw. He was also only five feet tall, while Wishaw is 5'9".
* Ben Whishaw plays Grenouille in the film adaptation of Patrick Süskind's ''Literature/{{Perfume}}.'' While in both the novel and the film, he's filthy, malnourished and disfigured by scars from the tannery, in the novel he's described as ugly even before receiving these maladies.
* Leslie Burke in the book ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' was described as looking more like a boy than a girl and wearing plain clothing. In the film, she was played by Creator/AnnaSophiaRobb, who wore bright, colourful clothes at every opportunity. According the filmmakers, this was because the book's standards of an un-normal girl had changed by the present.
* The play ''Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune'' originally starred Creator/KathyBates and Kenneth Welsh, and was revived with Stanley Tucci and Edie Falco. The 1991 film version, ''Frankie and Johnny'', starred AlPacino and Creator/MichellePfeiffer. Yes, that's right, a young Michelle Pfeiffer in a role originated by Kathy Bates.
* In [[Literature/JurassicPark the book]] ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', protagonist Alan Grant is described as short, pot bellied, and bearded. A tall, thin, and clean shaven Creator/SamNeill dashingly plays him in [[Film/JurassicPark the movie]]. Similarly, Ian Malcolm is described as a "thin, balding man". Who plays him in the movie? A studly, and very not-bald Creator/JeffGoldblum.
* In the book ''Literature/TheLittleWhiteHorse'', Sir Benjamin Merriweather is described as fat, bowlegged, and past his prime. In its film adaptation, ''Film/TheSecretOfMoonacre'', he's played by the lean, sinewy Ioan Gruffudd, who's also considerably younger than the character.
* The novel ''The Hotel New Hampshire'' makes it clear that Susie the Bear really is ugly; she has major acne scars. In the movie she is played by Nastassja Kinski (with no fake scars or anything) who only ''thinks'' she is ugly. This ruins a major plot point, changes the character (instead of being ugly and knowing it, she is beautiful and thinks she is ugly), and ruins AnAesop about beauty.
* In the ''Film/MasterAndCommander'' adaptation of the Literature/AubreyMaturin series, both Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are far more attractive than their book counterparts. Something of a PragmaticAdaptation, however, because in the books Stephen is 5'6" and "indefinably odd-looking" or "pitifully small and distorted", and Jack more than 6 feet tall, but Paul Bettany is, at 6'3", four inches taller than Creator/RussellCrowe. Jack in the books is usually more than 16 stone, but Crowe only gained a little for the role.
* ''Film/SleepyHollow''. The original description of Ichabod Crane is nothing like Creator/JohnnyDepp. However, virtually nothing about Crane is the same as his original character in the short story. Originally, they did a few test runs with Depp wearing facial prosthetics, but Creator/TimBurton ended up changing his mind, saying that in this case, it was Crane's personality quirks that made him unattractive.
* In the [[Literature/{{Ripliad}} Tom Ripley]] novels, Tom's housekeeper/MoralityPet Madame Antoinette is a middle aged-elderly Frenchwoman of friendly but average appearance. In the film ''Ripley Under Ground'', which is a somewhat LighterAndSofter PragmaticAdaptation, Antoinette is a pretty young woman who is the maid (not a FrenchMaid though except in a literal sense) of Tom's future wife, but is also friendly with her/likes Tom as in the novels.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', typically scrawny, geeky Scarecrow is played by Creator/CillianMurphy. He goes from [[http://heroenvy.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/hero-envy-scarecrow2.jpg this]] to ''[[http://spc.fotolog.com/photo/12/57/80/cillian_spain/1222252378283_f.jpg this]]''. Inverted with Detective Flass, who went from a tall, well-built blond jock ex Green-Beret to a fat, ugly, unkempt slob.
* In ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', Pierre Bezukhov is overweight and in the beginning, a socially awkward delinquent. In the 1956 version of the movie, he's played by Creator/HenryFonda and is anything but overweight and socially awkward.
* In [[Literature/{{Gormenghast}} The Gormenghast Trilogy]], both the text and the original sketches by [[WordOfGod Peake]] himself, depict Steerpike as a short, thin, bowed, unattractive youth with tow-coloured hair and blood-red eyes. In the BBC adaptation, he is played by Creator/JonathanRhysMeyers, who is considered to be handsome.
* In the novel ''Literature/TheyShootHorsesDontThey'', Gloria is described as blonde, short, looking older than she is and not really pretty. In [[Film/TheyShootHorsesDontThey the movie]], she's played by Creator/JaneFonda, who fits none of those qualifications.
* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}'', the shogun's best friend and right-hand woman is plain and pudgy with a sort of rectangular face. The live-action movie cast Wakui Emi, who bears [[http://charry.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/hhhhhfuyyyy45.jpg little resemblance]].
* While the original ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' ups {{Medusa}}'s hideousness by making her a [[SnakePeople Snake Woman]], the remake has a snakelike CuteMonsterGirl - she even illustrates the GorgeousGorgon page! Until she gets her GameFace on that is. However, the original Medusa was a very beautiful temple maiden, before being turned into a monster. This is probably a compromise of the conflicting myths about her appearance (see below).
* An odd example happened in the film version of ''Comicbook/SinCity'' where the fat, balding, middle-aged serial killer named Kevin was played by Creator/ElijahWood. The fanbase was still very pleased with the result.
* In ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', Colonel Brandon is described as being not nearly as handsome as Willoughby. He's described as the 18th century version of "okay looking," and someone that Marianne became attached to because he was kind to her when she was ill. In [[Film/SenseAndSensibility the 1995 film]], he's played by Creator/AlanRickman. [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3424226816/nm0000614 Willoughby who?]] Plenty of women would have snapped up the movie version of Colonel Brandon without a second glance at Willoughby. Kind, honorable and Alan Rickman sexy? Sign us up!
* Velma in the first live action ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' film goes from [[http://www.selectspecs.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/velma3.gif this]] to [[http://humordistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/velma-movie-196x300.jpg this]]
* It's difficult to claim this trope for adaptations of theatre productions, because the characters are played by so many different actors it's hard to claim which actor is the "right" amount of attractive. However, comparing the original castings of [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lansbury_Hearn_Sweeney_Todd_4505.jpg Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett]] in ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' with the versions shown in [[Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet movie]], and it's hard to claim Creator/JohnnyDepp and Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter are accurate, especially given Todd's backstory, and while Benjamin Barker was supposedly attractive before he was exiled at least to Mrs. Lovett, after his ordeal he'd probably look a little more messed up than Johnny Depp with a skunk stripe.
* In the novel ''Taffin'', the title character is overweight and unattractive. In the movie, he's played by PIERCE BROSNAN.
* Partially lampshaded in ''ComicBook/AmericanSplendor'', when Joyce talks about how Harvey is depicted in his comic:
--> '''Joyce:''' You know, I don't really know what to expect. Sometimes you look like a younger Brando... but then the way Crumb draws you, you look... like a hairy ape, with all these wavy, stinky lines undulating off your body. I don't really know what to expect.
* In the novel ''Running with Scissors'', Natalie is described as being plain and significantly overweight. In the movie, she's played by Creator/EvanRachelWood.
* {{Literature/Dracula}}. In the book Dracula was old and ugly, with hairy palms, whilst most of the films make him younger, suave, and TallDarkAndHandsome. The most extreme example must be the 1979 version, which makes Dracula look like [[http://image.toutlecine.com/photos/d/r/a/dracula-1979-11-g.jpg this]] and have a voice that could melt butter. same often goes for his ''personality''; in the book he was an old man, [[WhoWantsToLiveForEver tired with immortality]], who wanted to take over the world, whose bite seems to be a metaphor for rape and sexually transmitted disease. In the movies, he seduces Mina and/or Lucy, with plenty of angst over the loneliness of living forever and being a vampire. Luke Evans who plays him in ''Film/DraculaUntold'' is a similar example.
** Also applicable to Renfield in one known [[Film/{{Dracula 1931}} adaptation]] of the novel. While he's normally interpreted by older-looking men, more similar in appearance to the character in the books; he was played by the handsome [[http://i.imgur.com/eCqHA.jpg Dwight Frye]] in the 1931 version.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', the title character is overweight, has thinning dark hair, acne in her face and chest and back, and possibly hirsutism (she seems to have all the signs of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome- hence explaining her late puberty). In the movie, she is played by Sissy Spacek, who is slender, has thick shiny blonde hair, and clear skin- and thus her late puberty is likely due to something else! Though the filmmakers did at least acknowledge this by having the gym teacher tell Carrie that she is a pretty girl but just needs to work on her appearance. In the 2013 re-adaptation, Carrie is portrayed by Creator/ChloeMoretz, filmed in 2012 when [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m79w41pP1F1qfyjoto1_500.jpg this was how she looked on an average day]]. The 2002 film cast Angela Bettis who went down the BeautyInversion route but at the same time was still much thinner than the book counterpart.
** Inverted with the character Helen Shyres. Although a background character in the book, she's nominated for Prom Queen - implying she's attractive. The 1976 film cast Edie [=McClurg=] who is chubby and the character is presented as a ButtMonkey for the popular girls - also not appearing to have a date at the prom. Though in the 2002 film Helen is played by the very pretty Chelan Simmons.
** Something of an inversion in the 2013 film with Portia Doubleday as AlphaBitch Chris. Previous adaptations had the character as attractive but this one presented Chris as a ratchet spray-tanned Snooki/J-Woww wannabe, compared to Carrie and Sue's more natural beauty.
* The movie adaptation of ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' is a great example. In the books, Greg's brother Rodrick was portrayed as a [[NoodlePeople noodle person]] with a {{perpetual frown|er}}. So... why is he played by ''Film/SurvivalOfTheDead''''[='=]s'' [[http://images.wikia.com/doawk/images/4/43/DevonBostick.jpg Devon Bostick]] in the movie?
* The novel of ''Film/TrueGrit'' describes Mattie as ugly on multiple occasions, as well as describing Rooster as old and fat. Neither film adaptation really held to this. The 2010 adaptation made it even more jarring by keeping all the dialogue about ugliness and fatness. Hailee Steinfeld wasn't made up like a beauty pageant entry or anything, but has flawless skin and shiny hair; she's at worst HollywoodHomely. Jeff Bridges had something like a visible gut, but was hardly fat.
* ''Film/IronMan'', not in terms of physical appearance but in personality. Before the first film came out if you asked fanboys to list the funniest Creator/MarvelComics characters they would say Spider-Man, The Thing, Hawkeye, or Deadpool. Tony Stark was definitely not one of them. In the movie, however, Tony's quips, wisecracks and timing, whether improvised by Creator/RobertDowneyJr or written by a writer like Joss Whedon make Tony the funniest film superhero ever and one of the most appealing ones.
* Justin Hammer in ''Film/IronMan2'' goes [[http://cinemafique.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/sam-rockwell-justin-hammer.jpg from an old man to a middle-aged man]] (42-year old Sam Rockwell).
* [[http://marvel.wikia.com/File:Aldrich_Killian_(Earth-616).jpg Here's Aldrich Killian in the comics]]. [[http://images.hitfix.com/photos/2413574/Aldrich-Killian-has-some-sort-of-relationship-with-Pepper-Potts.jpg Now here's what he looks like in]] ''Film/IronMan3''.
* [[http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a108/JokerSoze/Loki6.jpg This]] [[http://www.comics101.com/archives/comics101/images/2003/june11/loki.jpg is]] {{Selfdemonstrating/Loki}} in the ''[[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' comics. [[http://static.tumblr.com/zdpsrz2/vTIlqwm7m/thor_deleted_scene.jpg This]] [[http://www.film.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/the-avengers-loki.jpg is]] Creator/TomHiddleston as Loki in [[{{Film/Thor}} the movie]]. Good grief. There's a reason why he has so many fangirls. Coincidentally, the Norse god of mischief was described as "pleasing and handsome" in the original myths.
** Recently Marvel came out with a younger version of Loki ... who looks suspiciously like Tom Hiddleston.
* In the Gyakuten Saiban film, Gumshoe is played by Shunsuke Daito. That's right, Dick Gumshoe is played by Ohtori Kyoya from the live action Ouran High School Host Club.
* In ''Film/QuizShow'', [[http://galusaustralis.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/stempel.jpg John Turturro]] plays [[http://www.incredibletvandmovies.com/stempelz.jpeg Herb Stempel]] and [[http://www.monologuedb.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ralph-fiennes-charles-van-doren-quiz-show-150x150.jpg Ralph Fiennes]] plays [[http://oldlifemagazines.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/c/v/cv102659.jpg Charles Van Doren]].
* In ''Film/SilentHillRevelation3D'', [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110728041835/silent/images/thumb/4/4c/Bio_v.jpg/830px-Bio_v.jpg Vincent]] is being played by [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_post_349_width/2011/11/kit_harrington_a_p.jpg Kit Harrington]].
* Film/BonnieAndClyde were played by Faye Dunaway and Creator/WarrenBeatty, both much prettier than the RealLife originals.
* In the Literature/AgentPendergast novel ''Literature/TheRelic'', the character of police lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta was portrayed as overweight and near middle age. In the film adaptation, he was played by Tom Sizemore.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes is described as being tall and thin, with thin lips and hawk-like nose. Contemporary illustrations made the character ProgressivelyPrettier, causing author Doyle to object. In films, Holmes is often played by handsome leading men such as Creator/ChristopherLee, Rupert Everett, and Creator/RobertDowneyJr. Interestingly, the reverse is usually true of Watson, who in the books is contrasted against Holmes for his skill with the ladies, but is often portrayed in adaptations as a rotund little man (except [[Film/SherlockHolmes the one with Downey Jr.]], where he's Jude Law, and [[Series/{{Sherlock}} the one with Cumberbatch]], where he's the definitely middle-aged but otherwise reasonably good-looking Creator/MartinFreeman). Mocked nicely by Creator/KateBeaton [[http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff28/beatonna/watsonsm.png here]].
* In the Literature/StephaniePlum books by Janet Evanovich, Stephanie is supposed to be a fairly average [[{{Joisey}} Jersey girl]] with Italian and Hungarian heritage. In ''Film/OneForTheMoney'', the film adaptation of the first book in the series, she's played by Katherine Heigl, who, despite whatever else one may think of her, is generally agreed to be physically ''gorgeous''.
* Several cases in ''Film/LesMiserables2012''.
** In [[Literature/LesMiserables the novel]], Mme. Thenardier is a [[FatBastard massive]], muscular woman with [[LadyLooksLikeADude highly masculine features]], and is frequently compared to an ogress, and the stage version, while upgrading her appearance slightly, generally goes out of its way to make her relatively unattractive. In the film of the musical, however, she's played by ''Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter'', who is made-up to look blowsy looking but otherwise has no change in her appearance.
** M. Thenardier is described as a [[LeanAndMean sickly-looking "runt"]] who is not at all good looking. Performances of the musical tend to cast actors whose physical appearance along with make-up more or less fit that description. However, in the film he's played by Creator/SachaBaronCohen, who, while showing a bit of Thenardier's creepy vibe, is probably the best looking and most stylishly dressed incarnation of the character.
*** Not to mention that, at 6'3", Sasha Baron Cohen is the furthest thing from a 'runt'.
** In the book and to a lesser extent in adaptations, Valjean looks like an old man by time he rescues Cosette (and in the book has stark white hair after being LockedIntoStrangeness). In the film, he's Hugh Jackman.
** The younger actors fall into this too. Eponine in the book is scrawny, dirty, and not attractive at all, but in the film she is portrayed by the lovely Samantha Barks. Same goes for several of the barricade boys, who are invariably attractive onscreen.
*** Ok, one of those 'barricade boys' deserves a special mention. Hugo describes Grantaire by saying "He was frightfully ugly; the prettiest shoe-binder of that period, Irma Boissy, revolting at his ugliness, had uttered this sentence: "Grantaire is impossible."" [[http://i.imgur.com/wAzuZfl.jpg George Blagden]] is far from ugly.
* ''{{Literature/Misery}}'' is a partial example. While Creator/KathyBates is no supermodel, she's still leaps and bounds above the way Annie Wilkes was described in the book. In the movie, Wilkes was at least clean and well-groomed. However, in the book, Annie was described as a shapeless blob of a woman who was always dressed dumpily and reeked of dirt and cheap makeup.
* Film/MaryPoppins looks prettier in the movie than her [[http://tombwithaview.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Mary-Poppins-standing1.jpg counterpart]] from [[Literature/MaryPoppins the books]] did, at least by the author's standards. However, Mary in the books had a worse habit of admiring her own reflection.
* ''Film/{{Grease}}''
** Cha-Cha [=DiGregorio=] is a tall, shapely, attractive dancer and said to be Danny's ex-girlfriend. This is a far cry from the original musical, where she's meant to be slovenly, plain-faced, and was usually played by a much heavier actress (who'd be made up to look far from attractive). She also has no past connection to Danny, and is played off as an aggressive BrawnHilda type.
** Jan is meant to be visibly overweight and not seen as particularly attractive. While the film tries to assert that Jan is "fat" and she's shown dressed in frumpy clothing compared to the other girls, she's actually on the thinner side and her final appearance shows that she has no problem with fitting into a tight dress (although her actress claims the intent was for the character to lose weight over the course of the story).
* In ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'', Jack Merridew is described as having an ugly face and bad teeth and his mere presence frightened the younger children. In both movie adaptations, the child actor is more attractive than the book's description.
* This is the effect of having Woodward and Bernstein in the film version of ''Film/AllThePresidentsMen'' be played by, respectively, Creator/RobertRedford and Creator/DustinHoffman.
* [[Film/PrideAndPrejudice Adaptations]] of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' are a borderline example. While Elizabeth IS beautiful, her older sister Jane is supposed to be the prettiest. Precious few adaptations acknowledge this however, likely because Elizabeth is the main character. This crosses over with ValuesDissonance in the 1995 miniseries; Susannah Harker fits the ideal of Regency beauty perfectly, while Jennifer Ehle doesn't, but most modern viewers find Ehle more attractive. The 2005 film comes the closest to the original book; Jane is played by the classically, traditionally beautiful Rosamund Pike, while the much more ethereally striking (but still gorgeous) Keira Knightley plays Elizabeth.
* In ''Literature/{{Beastly}}'', the cursed Kyle is genuinely beastly [[BeastMan in the vein of Disney's Beast]]. In TheFilmOfTheBook, he's "cursed" to be...[[HollywoodHomely a punk kid with scars and tattoos]].
* Creator/LeeVanCleef as Angel Eyes in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' is not at all ugly, but he is a rather weathered-looking middle aged guy with [[VillainousCheekbones incredibly sinister bone structure]]. Angel Eyes' {{Expy}} in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadTheWeird'', Park Chang-yi, is a BulletproofFashionPlate [[PrettyBoy Pretty Man]] who gets a ShirtlessScene.
** Angel Eyes is "the Bad", not "the Ugly". Eli Wallach plays Tuco, "the Ugly" character. He's not an underwear model, but not exactly ugly, either.
* Averted and played straight in ''Film/WhatsLoveGotToDoWithIt'': Tina Turner is played by Creator/AngelaBassett, who is made to look just like Tina in the Ike and Tina days. This makes it all the more jarring to see the thin and scrawny Ike Turner being portrayed by the broad-shouldered, wide-jawed Creator/LaurenceFishburne.
* Mother Malkin, an ugly old witch in ''[[Literature/TheWardstoneChronicles The Spook's Apprentice]]'', is played by Creator/JulianneMoore in ''Film/{{Seventh Son|2015}}'' with little change on her appearance.
* While not much of a difference due to prosthetics and makeup, Gargamel as played by Creator/HankAzaria in ''Film/TheSmurfs'' and ''Film/TheSmurfs2'' has a full set of teeth compared to his [[ComicBook/TheSmurfs comic book]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs animated]] counterparts.
* [[http://http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/97/Madame_Sans-G%C3%AAne.jpg Catherine Hubscher]] (1753-1835), better known as Madame Sans-Gêne, was famous for being ugly but with a heart of gold. So of course, in the 1961 movie made after a play centred around her life, she's played by [[http://http://www.ivid.it/fotogallery/imagesearch/images/madame_sans_gene_sophia_loren_christian_jaque_003_jpg_rqkr.jpg Sofia Loren]].
* [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130221193102/kenshin/images/1/1b/Gein_unmasked.jpg Here's Gein]] in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/b56ada61ed4082474bd2c12ce6b76e94/tumblr_mh82pjuq6H1r68grco1_500.jpg Now, here's Go Ayano]], who portrays Gein in the [[Film/RurouniKenshin live-action film]]. The movie gives him some [[EveryScarHasAStory facial scars]] to compensate, but he still ends up looking quite handsome in comparison to his manga counterpart.
* In the comic ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Cleopatra'', Cleopatra is extremely attractive but has a GagNose which other characters constantly make backhanded compliments on, and her ostentatiousness is expressed through what she surrounds herself with. In the film adaptation she is played by Monica Belluci in just the most impossibly {{Gorgeous Period Dress}}es ever.
** TheOtherDarrin playing Asterix in the film set in Britain is very much a PrettyBoy compared to the comics version.
** Gérard Depardieu is hardly pretty, but it's basically impossible for any human to be anywhere near as fat and funny-looking as Obelix.
* The ''Film/BladeTrilogy'' movies:
** ''Film/{{Blade}}'': Deacon Frost is made into a Generation X hipster played by Stephen Dorff. In [[ComicBook/{{Blade}} the comics]], he was an old white haired guy with a German accent from the 1860s.
** ''Film/BladeTrinity'': Hannibal King also gets a similar treatment. In the comics, he's a reserved, mature man of average build who appears to be in his early forties. Not unattractive, but he has the shifty, seedy look that was appropriate for the Hard Boiled PrivateEye that he was. RyanReynolds played King in ''Trinity'' and they made a point of showing off the muscles that he put on for the role. Reynolds essentially injected his ''Film/VanWilder'' character onto King.
* Nick Prugo, real-life member of the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, had this to say about the casting of ''Film/TheBlingRing'':
--> Nick Prugo: The character that Claire Julien plays, based on Courtney I believe -- Claire did an amazing job and she's way hotter than [Courtney is] in real life.
* A rare inversion in the Hammer film ''Film/TheDevilRidesOut''; the character of Marie Eaton in the original novel is a young, glamorous Russian emigre, while in the movie she's a conventionally attractive middle-aged Englishwoman. The villain Mocata is a straight example, going from rather weird-looking and overweight, to being played by Charles Gray.
* ''Film/IntoTheWoods'':
** [[http://nme.assets.ipccdn.co.uk/images/gallery/2014IntotheWoodsDepp2Disney.jpg The Wolf's design is less animalistic and more human]], unlike most designs (such as the [[http://lostinshadow.weebly.com/uploads/8/7/3/9/8739180/536515.jpg original Broadway production's]]).
** The Witch, when aged and ugly, also fares better than in most stage productions. She's generally a complete hag, but onscreen just has neglected skin and teeth plus scary hands.
* ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'': Played with. Maleficent here is played by Creator/AngelinaJolie, but the original animated character wasn't exactly hideous (and was herself a case of Adaptational Attractiveness compared to the traditonally ugly Evil Fairy). Simultaneously inverted with Aurora, but only to a point: Aurora in the original film was modeled after actresses in their twenties, despite being sixteen at most. For ''this'' film, Aurora is portrayed by Creator/ElleFanning, who, while by no means ''ugly'', is noticeably more childlike in terms of appearance. This was due to Fanning being only fourteen/fifteen during filming, but this ''does'' have the advantage of her portrayal of Aurora looking like an actual teen (despite detractors saying [[RealityIsUnrealistic she looked too young]]).
* Peter van Houten is played by Creator/WillemDafoe in ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars'', and, unsurprisingly, he's more attractive than the fat and spindly Peter in the book.
* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Headmistress Ellen Kirova is given an unflattering depiction. Rose thinks of her as an "old hag", and describes her as sharp-nosed, gray-haired, tall, slim, and reminiscent of a vulture. In [[Film/VampireAcademy the film]], Kirova is played by the famously attractive Creator/OlgaKurylenko. Kurylenko has had a notable modelling career, including photo shoots for ''Vogue'', ''Elle'', ''Madame Figaro'', ''Marie Claire'', and ''Victoria's Secret'' catalogues. Far from looking like a hag.
* The 2015 remake of ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' is heading into this direction.
** While Lady Tremain's uglyness is never addressed, in the 1950 animated film she definitely looks like a senior widow (Old looking, plain clothing) and in the live action adaptation she's stylish and played by ''Creator/CateBlanchett''.
** The "ugly" stepsisters (who were genuinely unsightly in the animated film) here just wear ghastly clothes with bad make-up choices, although the film's narration comments that they aren't ugly on the outside, but on the inside.
** Inverted and then played straight with the FairyGodMother. First she appears as a emaciated, hunchbacked old woman, contrasting with the healthier sweet-granny character of the animated film, but then she transform into ''Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter'' with a beautiful PimpedOutDress.
* ''Film/{{Divergent}}'':
** In the novel Tris is described as average looking, with a long nose. In the movie she is played by the gorgeous Creator/ShaileneWoodley.
** In the book, Eric is described as having a frightening and repugnant appearance. In the film, he certainly still has an intimidating presence, but is actually pretty good looking.

* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': The movie makes them appear much more "pretty" then they appear in illustrations (excepting Violet, who was described as being pretty in the books), making Klaus look much older than he probably should, and making him no longer need glasses, which would be a vital plot point in the fourth book.
* For Chinese literature, this tends to happen to the main characters in modern Asian adaptations of Creator/JinYong's work. One rather noticeable example can be found in a 2008 adaptation of ''Legend of the Condor Heroes'', where the protagonist Guo Jing is played by teen idol and heart throb Hu Ge. Guo Jing is normally described as being a rather stout, muscular man who is not exactly known for being incredibly handsome or refined. Hu Ge, on the other hand, is a RealLife equivalent of a {{Bishonen}}. Needless to say, it can be rather unnerving for certain fans to see other characters mention how "manly" and "plain" Guo Jing is, when [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/U1735P28T3D1319149F326DT20061108153936.JPG he]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/200837173742479.jpg looks]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/220H553P07_small.jpg prettier]] than some of the ''female cast''.
* In the novelisation of ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' the [[http://img.listal.com/image/384123/600full-alice-krige.jpg Borg Queen]] is described as being dark-haired and beautiful, while [[http://www.thepostcard.com/walt/show/sta544.gif Data with human skin grafted to his body]] is described as being brown-eyed, tanned and handsome.
* ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'' has an in-universe example: [[spoiler:Lotus Cloud is described as not being conventionally beautiful, having "thick legs" and a "flat face" and her only exceptional feature being her [[WhenSheSmiles bewitching grin]], but the ancient myth about her true goddess identity describes her as "the most beautiful girl in the world".]] When this discrepancy is pointed out to Master Li, he dismisses it as a "mere literary convention" and says that physical beauty has always been a highly overvalued trait.
* Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse
** In-universe example in the ''VirginNewAdventures'' novel ''Lucifer Rising'', a historical drama about [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E5TheSeedsOfDeath the Ice Warrior invasion of 2090]] features a "handsome young museum curator", who is presumably meant to be [[http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Daniel_Eldred this guy]].
** The ''Series/DoctorWho Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novels tend to describe the Eighth Doctor, played on the show by Creator/PaulMcGann, as tall, skinny {{bishounen}}. [=McGann=] is 5'8" and 160 lbs, with a solid build. To put this into context, he only has a couple of inches on the Second and Seventh Doctors (Creator/PatrickTroughton and Creator/SylvesterMcCoy), who are canonically seen as "funny little men".
** The books tend to describe the Fourth Doctor as thin as well. Tom Baker was quite thin when he was first cast for [[CueIrony real life reasons]], but took on a more solid build soon after.
** The First Doctor is commonly described as imposingly tall, when he's 174cm tall, the same height as Paul [=McGann=] and about an inch taller than the Second Doctor, considered to be short and weird-looking. The fact that the Second Doctor wore baggy versions of the First Doctor's clothes in the show and has a symbolic scene of him [[SmashTheSymbol losing his ring from his now small fingers]] may make this a case of InformedAttractiveness as well.
** Creator/JonPertwee was sensitive about his large nose and used to request all illustrators making images of him draw it smaller as part of the deal for using his likeness. This affected the Target book covers, contemporary comics, and other such ephemera like the promotional deal ''Doctor Who'' made with Sugar Smacks cereal.
** The 1979 Annual described the Fourth Doctor as 'handsome' in one story. He's far from unattractive, but 'handsome' is a major stretch.
** The book version of "Shada" has Chris describe Romana as 'the most beautiful woman he had ever seen' as part of his initial description of her, which is a description hard for anyone to live up to, even the gorgeous Lalla Ward. However, he notes that he doesn't find her sexually attractive, but [[{{Glamour}} awesome]]. The AnimatedAdaptation of "Shada" makes Chronotis rather more handsome and makes Clare into a punk with pink hair, leather and studs. And the Big Finish version runs up against it accidentally - replacing the very weird-looking Fourth Doctor with the conventionally handsome Eighth Doctor.
** The book adaptation of "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" gives Butler (played by an unblemished Martin Jarvis) a [[RedRightHand disfiguring facial scar]] for the purpose of a scene which called for the Doctor to observe him setting a bomb - the audience had to know the character was Butler, but the Doctor hadn't met him yet and didn't know who he was. Giving him a scar gave him something striking that the Doctor could describe him by.
* Literature/MortalEngines: Has an InUniverse example when Pennyrole writes a book about his travels with the protagonist, Hester finds an illustration of her counterpart in the story. Hester has a large disfiguring facial scar that's destroyed her nose and cost her an eye, the scar tissue has further twisted her face. Her counterpart is a beautiful air pirate with an eye patch and light cheek scar.
* Inverted with Lancelot in Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing. He's generally depicted as handsome in Arthurian legends and almost all adaptations, including the author's source material, but in the book he's emphatically described as having an ugly, "ape-like" face.
* Elphaba from ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' is based off the MGM version of the [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wicked Witch of the West]]. While she's still lanky and boney, and has a large nose, she's considerably less warty and unattractive.
* Katniss Everdeen does not describe herself too flatteringly in the (first person narrative) book of "The Hunger Games" but Jennifer Lawrence is... well, something of a red hot babe!

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* Kind of an odd example, but Jesse Pinkman from Series/BreakingBad was originally named Marion Dupree in the original pilot script and described as a "hip Shaggy from Scooby Doo." They try and mask some of his attractiveness with his shaggy and unkempt appearance and very loose fitting clothes but he still appears incredibly good looking, especially for a drug addict. Vince Gilligan was even hesitant at first to hire him because he found Aaron too attractive.
* The miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's ''Literature/TheStand'' most notably suffered from this with the character Harold Lauder. In the book Harold was primarily defined by how overweight, pock-marked, and hideously unattractive he was at the start, and a major part of his arc centered upon how he began to lose weight and take care of himself later in the story. In the film he was played by the quite handsome actor Corin Nemec, who wore a slightly nerdy hairdo and outfit for the first episode or two before a subtle attack of TheGlassesGottaGo. (Though, if you saw ''Literature/{{Thinner}}'', you might call this a PragmaticAdaptation.)
* Funnily enough, this may have led to the American version of the Australian comedy ''Series/KathAndKim'' being a flop. The title characters were played by HollywoodHomely actresses[[note]]And that's if you consider MollyShannon and SelmaBlair ''homely'' at all[[/note]] rather than properly translating the premise. It should have been about a trailer trash mother and daughter. The mom won't admit how old she is and the daughter is in denial about her weight.
* In the ''Series/InspectorLynley'' novel series by Elizabeth George, Barbara Havers is clearly described as short, ugly, overweight and poorly dressed. Creator/SharonSmall, who played her in Creator/TheBBC series ''The Inspector Lynley Mysteries'', is trim, pretty and better dressed (but still short). Elizabeth George openly disliked the casting choice, until she was ultimately won over by Sharon Small's performance.
* In the ''Literature/GossipGirl'' books, Jenny Humphrey is a sweet, artistic girl whose main appearance anxiety is that she is short, brunet and busty, unlike her tall, slender blond idol, Serena [=VanDerWoodsen=]. Who do they cast to play her in the TV series? Tall, slender blond Taylor Momsen. The producers didn't know that [[YoungerThanTheyLook fourteen-year-old Taylor Momsen]] would grow so tall, but they sure knew she was blond and skinny, and looked nothing like the character in the books. They also changed her character so she really idolised Blair Waldorf... who is short, brunette and beautiful.
* The TV adaptation of ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' cast Sean Bean (a blond northerner) as Richard Sharpe (in the books, a dark-haired Londoner). Although book-Sharpe is fairly handsome, he also has a wicked scar, which the TV version lacks. As above, author Bernard Cornwell was initially strongly opposed before being won over by Bean's performance, which led to AdaptationDisplacement going so far as a book {{Retcon}}.
* [[http://www.gormenghastcastle.co.uk/graphics/spikep.jpg This]] is how the author of ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' drew StrawNihilist Steerpike. [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/content/images/2006/11/13/jonathanrhysmeyers_steerpikelead_396x222.jpg This]] is what [[Creator/JonathanRhysMeyers his actor]] looked like in the BBC serial.
** [[spoiler: His looks ''do'' disintegrate somewhat towards the end, what with the scarring and everything]] but admittedly, he still doesn't look nearly as ugly as he should.
* In the TNT series ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'', Jane Rizzoli is played by the gorgeous Angie Harmon, despite the fact that in nearly every book that the TV series is based on, Rizzoli is consistently described as plain or average looking and so hung up on this that she frequently displays an irrational hatred of women who ARE beautiful. Similarly, while Isles is described in the books as being attractive, as played by Sasha Alexander, she's now a knockout.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series "Nobby" Nobbs is described as so incredibly ugly that he has to carry a certificate (a letter from the Patrician) to prove he's human. In the ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' mini-series, he's played by a slightly overweight, slightly bucktoothed man. He strangely looks more like the description of the series' Fred Colon.
** There is an element of PragmaticAdaptation here, in that a Nobbs fitting the books' description would require (to quote the ''Hogfather'' page) "heavy-duty CGI, enough makeup to cover the actor, a full-body suit, or hiring a chimpanzee and dubbing in his lines". This might also have viewers unfamiliar with the books ''actually'' wondering what species he's meant to be.
* In the Mrs Bradley novels by Gladys Mitchell, she's described as "a hag-like pterodactyl". In Creator/TheBBC's ''Series/TheMrsBradleyMysteries'', she's played by [[Series/TheAvengers Diana Rigg]].
* Creator/TheBBC's Adaptation of Sarah Waters� ''Literature/TippingTheVelvet'' cast Rachel Stirling (daughter of Dame Diana Rigg) as Nan, who was so plain in the book that she passed successfully as a boy for years on the street.
* The ''Girls in Love'' series by Creator/JacquelineWilson describes heroine Ellie as a chubby, awkward girl worried about her weight, glasses and frizzy hair, who feels self-conscious next to her pretty friends Magda and Nadine. This is an important part of her characterization, with a whole book focusing on her almost developing an eating disorder. So what happened in the TV adaptation? Ellie was played by Olivia Hallinan, a thin, pretty girl (more conventionally "pretty" than the actresses playing Magda and Nadine), with the character having hang-ups about her red hair rather than her weight.
* Jacqueline Wilson's best known heroine, Tracy Beaker, is a tomboyish, untidy pre-teen girl who doesn't care about her looks and is described by adults as plain and awkward-looking. In the long-running TV adaptation, she's played by the cute and well-groomed Dani Harmer. At some point, the show's cartoon-Tracy based on the book covers was redesigned to better fit the teenaged Harmer's appearance.
* One of the many problems with the [[ForeignRemake American]] ''Series/RedDwarf'' pilot. Lister has all his negative qualities removed, like his slobbishness and his laziness. The actor is the Adonis-like Creator/CraigBierko, as opposed to the average looking Creator/CraigCharles.
* If artwork is anything to go by, samurai Uesugi Kenshin was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uesugi_Kenshin rugged, large and hairy]]. In the TV drama ''Fuurin Kazan'' Uesugi Kenshin was played by {{Bishonen}} rock star Creator/{{Gackt}}, who looked even ''[[http://s45.radikal.ru/i107/0903/cd/20c1c5ec8e78.jpg prettier than most of the female cast]]''. This is especially noticeable since the other actors actually resemble the large, grizzled warlords they are playing.
* In the Creator/AgathaChristie novels that feature her, [[Literature/HerculePoirot Poirot's]] secretary Miss Lemon was frequently described as "ugly" or "hideous". In the ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' series she was portrayed by Pauline Moran, who was well past her hey-day, but certainly not [[HollywoodHomely unattractive]].
* In ''Literature/BridesheadRevisited'', Charles' narration describes the adult Cordelia as very unattractive, even ugly. In the mini-series, the actress has bad skin and an unflattering haircut, but is still quite attractive.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Tyrion Lannister, in the [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire books]], is not only a dwarf but TheGrotesque as well, with a misshapen head and mis-matched eyes. In the television adaption where he is played by Creator/PeterDinklage, he's still a dwarf, [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-J7EaYVLcQGM/Tama49et7OI/AAAAAAAAAyo/4dpA2GJLlZE/s1600/Dinklage+as+Tyrion%255B1%255D.png but]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Tyrion_5_6967.jpg quite]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tyrion_627.jpg attractive]] and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tyrion2_8854.jpg far]] from [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tyrion-shield_2752.jpg ugly]]. [[spoiler:Furthermore, in the books, Tyrion loses most of his nose in the Battle of the Blackwater; in the TV series, he only gets a scar across his face.]]
** Arya, who is supposed to have a long, slightly horsey face inherited from the Stark side of her family, but the actress Creator/MaisieWilliams is instead [[http://images.wikia.com/gameofthrones/images/3/3d/Arya-stark.jpg conventionally cute]]. However, even book!Arya is strongly noted to resemble her Aunt Lyanna one of the most famous beauties of her age and everyone notes she will get prettier with age.
** Eddard Stark (Creator/SeanBean) and Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), described as plain and "not handsome" respectively, are both played by handsome actors in the series. Here are the TV versions of [[http://www.boomtron.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/eddard-stark-hbo-sean-bean-game-of-thrones1.png Eddard]] and [[http://unaffiliatedcritic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Ser-Jorah-Mormont-Iain-Glen.jpg Jorah]].
** Jon Snow is also never particularly described as being handsome in the books, but is played by Kit Harington in the series.
** Sandor Clegane's half burned face is also [[http://www.theironthrone.it/it/images/stories/attori/sandor_clegane.jpg less severe in the series]], now only covering the side of his head and upper left face, but this was for practical reasons, as the actor was unable to see out of more extensive prosthetics, which was impractical for swordfights featuring the character.
** In the books, Yoren of the Night's Watch is described as having an extremely disreputable appearance, with soiled clothing, a twisted shoulder verging on a hunchback, greasy hair and lice, besides a total lack of social graces. In the series, he's a lot more [[http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/File:Yoren.png put together]].
** Magister Illyrio is morbidly obese in the books, but he's a pretty normal looking overweight man in the show.
** Brienne of Tarth is described as almost tragically ugly in the books and given the mocking nickname Brienne the Beauty. In the show she's played by Creator/GwendolineChristie, who is made up to look plain and mannish, but not really ugly.
** Roose Bolton's BastardBastard son Ramsay is described as "an ugly man", complete with blotchy skin, small eyes and a fleshy build. In the series he's played by Iwan Rheon.
** Daario Naharis, although attractive, dyes his hair sky-blue in Tyroshi tradition and has a triple-forked, blue beard, a blue mustache with the tips dyed gold, and a golden tooth. In the series, the first actor who played him was clean-shaven (although the second had a normal beard), his hair is not dyed blue, and no golden tooth.
** Lysa Tully/Arryn is overweight in the books, but played on TV by Kate Dickie who is anything but.
** Robin Arryn is a normal-looking child in the show, while in the books he's sickly and small for his age, constantly has a runny nose and watery eyes, and suffers bouts of shaking fits.
** In the books, Dagmer Cleftjaw has a horrible scar that splits his lower face in half. In the show, the scar is in the left side of his face and is not that noticeable.
** Ygritte is described in the book as having a round face, a pug nose, and crooked white teeth. In the series, she is played by the conventionally attractive Rose Leslie.
** In the books, Osha is said to hardly look like a woman. She's lean, tall and covered in scars, with a hard face. In the show, she's played by Natalia Tena, an attractive actress with a feminine and unblemished physique. Her costuming, including a shapeless robe and scraggly hair, goes a way towards toning it down. And in one Series 2 episode, she uses her body to seduce male characters twice.
* In the ''[[TheFlash2014 Flash]]'' reboot, Captain Cold is played by the very yummy-looking Wentworth Miller. They may have gotten the idea from the {{New 52}} version of Cold, who was reimagined as a WhiteHairedPrettyBoy before ''Comicbook/ForeverEvil'' brought him closer to his classic look.
* In the CBC miniseries of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'', in which Anne is supposedly unattractive, she's played by ''Megan Follows''.
* Sugar, the subversion of the HookerWithAHeartOfGold trope in the novel ''The Crimson Petal and the White'' by Michael Faber is gaunt, long-faced and plain with a terrible skin condition. Sugar in the BBC miniseries adaptation is played by Romola Garai, because ViewersAreMorons who will clearly not be able to comprehend that Sugar's sexual charisma comes from her personality rather than her physical appearance.
* In Kate Mosse's book ''Literature/{{Labyrinth}}'', the character of Alais is described as "plain". In the adaptation she's played by ''Jessica Brown-Findlay'', who by anyone's standards is simply beautiful. ([[http://oi48.tinypic.com/2j451uf.jpg She's on the left]].)
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Holmes is played by Creator/BenedictCumberbatch, who, while people's opinions on whether he is attractive or not [[LoveItOrHateIt tend to be very polarized]], nevertheless receives plenty of fangirl attention and is called out by other characters for being very photogenic with his cheekbones and flipped collar. Watson is played by Creator/MartinFreeman.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', the title character is not a wizened old man [[spoiler: unless in disguise]] but a TallDarkAndSnarky young man.
* In the 1980s CBS series ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Vincent was made to look beastly with heavy makeup and a long mane of hair. In [[Series/BeautyAndTheBeast2012 the 2012 CW reboot]], Vincent is made to look beastly by...giving him a thin scar on one cheek. That's it. Seriously. No extra hair, no claws, nothing to indicate that he's anything other than a hot human man with a scar even less defacing than Gerard Butler's Phantom sunburn. He's supposed to have a more monstrous alternate form a la the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, but even his alternate form isn't ''that'' beastly and it doesn't do much to change the fact that he looks like a male model 90% of the time, which makes the show come across as less like "Beauty and the Beast" and more like "[[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9wnnlrtiN1rea6qyo1_1280.png Beauty and the Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking]]".
* In the ''Literature/DirkGently'' novels, Dirk Gently is described as overweight and rather odd looking. In the [[Series/DirkGently short-lived television series,]] he's considerably more attractive.
* In ''Literature/WivesAndDaughters'', Roger Hamley was not attractive at all and was repeatedly described as awkward. In the [[Series/WivesAndDaughters 1999 miniseries]], it's downplayed, but he's still regarded as less handsome than his older brother Osborne and characters sometimes hint to that. He's played by Anthony Howell, though, a ''very'' good-looking actor. Some fans even think that the casting swapped the roles and consider him more handsome than Tom Hollander who played Osborne in this production.
* The American version of ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' has Will upgraded from plain old {{Nerd}} to HollywoodNerd. Inverted with Jay, whose actor looks like he'd be more suited to playing [[ButtMonkey Big]] [[FatIdiot John]].
* In the Literature/PhryneFisher novels, Inspector Jack Robinson is a middle-aged man whose major physical trait is that he is instantly forgettable. In ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'', he is ruggedly handsome. And Dot, who is described as plain, is quite cute.
* While in all continuities of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Sabrina's two aunts are ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, in [[ComicBook/SabrinatheTeenageWitch the original comics]] they actually ''looked'' old and Hilda was lanky and mannish-looking while Zelda was overweight. They also dressed like stereotypical Halloween witches. The TV series made them both into slender, attractive women who look no older than early middle-age and wear fashionable modern clothes, a change that carried over to later comics. The [[WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries animated series]] takes it even further by making them physically ''teenagers.'' [[note]]In the animated series they were cursed to remain teenagers for abusing magic. Their desire was to go back to being old and warty[[/note]]
* ''Series/FromDuskTillDawn'' does this to the character of Richie Gecko, who was played by Creator/QuentinTarantino in the original movie, but in the series he�s played by a former male model Zane Holtz.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' does this with the Witches of [[Literature/TheWizardOfOz Oz]]. The Wicked Witch of the West in the book is a wrinkled hag with one eye - and her more famous film counterpart is hook-nosed and green-skinned. Here she's played by an attractive actress and the green skin is only a side effect of her jealousy. The character gets a FanServicePack and plenty of outfits with AbsoluteCleavage. The Witch of the East's appearance is never described but she's usually portrayed as a hag, while the Witch of the North is an elderly woman - Glinda is the only witch described as agelessly beautiful. All are played by young pretty actresses.
** [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula]] too. Although in this continuity it's simply Regina impersonating her, her appearance is inspired by the movie. That Ursula is overweight, purple skinned and unpleasant. When [[spoiler: Ursula is revealed to be real, both of them]] are much slimmer than the original character, with no purple skin either.
** The Seven Dwarfs as well. In the Disney film, they're all short elderly men with long grey beards. Here they're all much younger and human-sized.
** [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] is a green-skinned fairy with horns coming out of her head. Here she's an attractive human woman and the horns are just part of the headdress.
** [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fn-Fk4p8DVU/U8iYjWd6k6I/AAAAAAABCiU/RxHC31Ww5Mo/s1600/Colin+O This]] is Captain Hook. The picture really says it all.
** [[http://images.kpopstarz.com/data/images/full/143004/once-upon-a-time-season-3-spoilers.jpg Same]] with [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves The Evil Queen]]
* From the [[Series/TheCasualVacancy BBC miniseries adaptation]] [[Literature/TheCasualVacancy]], Howard Mollison is not as overweight, Obbo is a muscular thug instead of looking like he's homeless, and Maureen's appearance is improved as well.

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* In [[ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]], the Gorgons - Medusa and her two immortal sisters - are described as so ugly that people turned to stone from just looking at them. None of their depictions from Greek vase paintings to modern movies lives up to that image; however, in some cases Medusa actually [[GorgeousGorgon looks classically beautiful apart from her snake-hair]]. There's normally conflicting myths about Medusa's appearance, some sources describing her as a hideous monster, others saying Aphrodite ironically made Medusa retain her mortal beauty and others offering a compromise where Medusa was both beautiful and terrible at the same time.
* Sirens in their earliest incarnations were bird women. Most stories that feature them have them as beautiful mermaids.
* Creator/JohnLeCarre's go-to spymaster, George Smiley, is described in ''Call for the Dead'' as short, plump, and always wearing ill-fitting clothes so he resembles a "shrunken toad". The BBC miniseries and 2011 film of ''[[Literature/TheQuestForKarla Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy]]'' cast ''Creator/AlecGuinness'' and ''Creator/GaryOldman'', respectively.
* Practically the poster-girl for this in comics, Creator/DCComics character Amanda Waller is noticeably overweight, and tends to have her hair rather short, making her look rather...well...mannish. In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', she is played by Creator/PamGrier, and in the ''Film/GreenLantern'' film, she's played by Creator/AngelaBassett. The comics {{re|tcanon}}vamped her in ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'' to be much younger and slimmer.

* Music/LindseyStirling uses this to an extent. In "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtQb2axKpuw Star Wars Medley]]" Lindsey is dressed as Leia, with the traditional long white dress and hair coils. However, her dress is fitted and she wears heels, unlike the original, making her much more attractive.
* When the English language Vocaloids (Most using Stock Photos as box art) were released in Taiwan, their box arts were changed to be younger and anime style, and in the case of Sweet Ann, more attractive. This move was quite baffling in the case of Big Al, who was already an attractive anime style man to begin with.

* [[Creator/MidwayGames Bally's]] ''[[Pinball/StarTrekBally Star Trek]]'' pinball does this to Kirk, Spock, [=McCoy=], and Uhura. Most prominent for the men, who are shown with [[HeroicBuild bulging biceps, broad shoulders, and sculpted pecs.]]

* In Lynn Rigg's play ''Green Grow the Lilacs'', Ado Annie is described as "an unattractive, stupid-looking farm girl" wearing a "very unbecoming" dress. This description was not carried over into the script of ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'', the musical adaptation of ''Green Grow the Lilacs''; it certainly didn't apply to Celeste Holm of the original cast, who practically qualified as MsFanservice by the production's modest standards.
* In ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'', Elphaba is described as having a large nose and otherwise being, appearance-wise, sort of an acquired taste. In [[Theatre/{{Wicked}} the musical version]] she's HollywoodHomely. Then again, not even green skin can make most of her actresses unattractive. Of course this is the point. People focus on the fact that she has green skin and miss the fact that she actually is beautiful.
* In ''Phantom of the Opera'', the original book has the Phantom (Erik) wearing a full mask, and his face behind the mask extremely grotesque. He is described as deformed. In the stage musical, the deformities are limited to half his face, and the portion of his face not covered by the half-mask is handsome. This was done because full face prosthetics inhibited the actor's singing. It also often makes the deformed side actually look worse in comparison- from a skull in the book to a handsome man who appears to be ''rotting'' on one side. The fact that his hair turns out to be a wig, and that he's bald except for a few ratty, diseased-looking wisps of gray hair even on the good side, also makes the deformity makeup pretty effective in the final scene.
* In the Original Cast of Theatre/NotreDameDeParis, Quasimodo was played by the wonderfully babyfaced Garou.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Following on the ''Film/MinorityReport'' example: If you really want to see CloneDegeneration in action, look at the LicensedGame of TheMovie of the short story. Here, the female mutant has breasts which were not in the original. Why? [[FanService You can probably guess]].
* In ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', Zhuge Liang's wife ([[AscendedExtra for all of the one paragraph she appears in]]) is described as "singularly plain". When Yue Ying got included as a playable character in the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series, she looks like [[http://www.gamecity.ne.jp/smusou4/chara_img/chara_popup_24.jpg this]]. Given how many liberties Koei takes with the source material, you wouldn't think they'd address this, but they do - her reputation as unattractive is the result of rumors she spread about herself as a SecretTestOfCharacter to prospective husbands.
** Almost ''everyone'' in that series applies. Just Google Zhuge Liang's traditional depictions and his character design in the game.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** A male example: in the Famicom version of the first ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem]]'', Abel (the green-clad half of the Cain and Abel duo) was drawn with a buck tooth and shifty eyes, a huge contrast from Cain (who has a more typical {{bishonen}} look). When Abel returned in the Super Famicom remake/sequel''Mystery of the Emblem'', he became just as handsome as Cain.
** From the same game, [[TheHero Marth]] used to look like [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/7/70/Fe1marthfalchion.png/revision/latest?cb=20140329013726 this]]. Then, the sequel [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/a/a6/Marth.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100721080303 gave him a more Bishounen look]]. ''Then'', this trope was taken UpToEleven with the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games, which each Fire Emblem game ever since has followed to an extent. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/8/84/MarthBrawl.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100811025031 Behold.]]
** Also, several game portraits in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Seisen no Keifu and Thracia 776]] make the charas look either only average (Andorey, Scorpio, Ishtore), YoungerThanTheyLook (Burian) or plain creepy (Pamela, De'etvar). The TCG cards's drawing style make them look much better.
* Tina/Terra's esper form from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' [[http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/b/bb/Terra_Esper.jpg is intimidating and feral-looking]], but players couldn't tell from the in-game sprite - it makes it look cute. In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', her esper form is [[http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/c/cc/Dissidia_Tina_Branford_ex.png far more ethereal and beautiful]].
* Many ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fans were surprised at how attractive certain characters were made in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''. Particular mention goes to: The grizzly middle-aged [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:CidHighwind-FFVIIArt.png Cid]] was turned into a [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:Advent-Children-Cid.jpg handsome, well-muscled man]], while the hunched, lanky and gangly [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:Reno-artwork.jpg Reno]] was turned into a [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:Reno3.jpg fanservicey]] {{Bishonen}}.
** Vincent's Limit Breaks underwent this treatment. Originally, they were supposed to be parodies of classic horror movie monsters: [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:Vincent-FFVIIArt.png Vincent]] himself resembles a vampire, [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:FFVII-GalianBeast.png Galian Beast]] resembles a hideous, purple beast, [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:FFVII-DeathGigas.png Death Gigas]] resembles Frankenstein's monster, [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:FFVII-HellMasker.png Hellmasker]] resembles various slasher-movie killers, and [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:FFVII-Chaos.png Chaos]] resembles a winged demon. However, in ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', Galian Beast was changed to look much more like an oversized, humanoid dog. And Chaos was changed to look like a winged Vincent in [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:FFDoc_Chaos.jpg bondage gear]]. Presumably, the other two limits were too absurd or ugly to be included in the game.
* Not exactly this trope, but strongly related: In the western version of ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}: Wrath of Heaven'', the female enemies with the horned samurai masks, manly chins, and messy hair are replaced by white-haired, gray-kimono'd versions of the cuter kunoichi enemies.
* Pauline originally was a blonde girl with EightiesHair, and while she was pretty she looked quite (and understandably) distressed. By the UsefulNotes/GameBoy remake of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', she had been completely revamped.
* ''[[VideoGameRemake Remake]]'' Adaptational Attractiveness happens in many ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' titles. The male protagonists and their rivals became more {{bishonen}}, and Ethan lost weight. Several Gym Leaders became more attractive in all three remakes too. Weirdly inverted with Tabitha, who went from tall, lean, and handsome to stocky and chubby with EyesAlwaysClosed.
* Compare [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Chell]] [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110618001739/half-life/en/images/0/0b/Chell.jpg in-game]] to [[http://media.steampowered.com/apps/portal2/comic/ru/p25.jpg Chell in the Lab Rat comic.]] The change [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120621160761/half-life/en/images/a/a4/Chell_Portal.png carries over to Portal 2]].
* Alucard from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse'' was originally modeled after Lon Chaney Jr.'s character of the same name from the 1943 movie ''The Son of Dracula'', which gave the NES game's Alucard a bit of a middle aged man look. When Alucard was brought back for ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', illustrator Ayami Kojima redesigned the character and made him into a handsome long-haired nobleman.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Outright mocked in [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/414fa4b226/the-wire-the-musical-with-michael-kenneth-williams this video]] where ''Series/TheWire'' is adapted into a musical. In the video Snoop, a female BloodKnight and ruthless enforcer who was accused of being a ButchLesbian in the show and who generally acted and dressed like OneOfTheBoys comes out dolled up and in a dress. She looks at herself and declares in disgust "Man, this some Cinderella bullshit man!"
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': Both leads are attractive, but less blatantly than most adaptations of ''Literature/JaneEyre''.
** Jane is a downplayed example and done pretty well, considering the source material. She's supposed to look rather plain. Her actress is attractive, but her appearance is not enhanced by make-up or beautiful clothes. She looks like a normal girl who can be good-looking if she tries. When Jane shoots her vlog, she can be goofy, dorky, happy, scared, exhausted, tearful, visibly upset, dishevelled or with a prim and proper bun; wrapped up in an unflattering jumper, wearing her pyjamas or an elegant black dress or really sexy outfits like skinny jeans.
** Mr Rochester of the book is often described as downright ugly, though he's intelligent and has mysterious and brooding aura about him which makes him attractive. Mr Rochester in this version is quite handsome if slightly weird. He's not gorgeous as most Mr Rochesters in various adaptations, but other tropes like TroubledButCute successfully pump up his charms.
* ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'': Everybody on this show is insanely attractive. Most characters were good-looking, beautiful or handsome in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' as well, but Mary Bennet and Charlotte Lucas who were plain in the original book are both gorgeous in the web-series too.
* The monster in ''WebVideo/FrankensteinMD'', while not ''attractive'' per se, is less inhuman/disturbing-looking than in the majority of ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' adaptations; he has visible scars on his body, but isn't really the UncannyValley-invoking patchwork creation of the original book.
* This occurs in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'' because the fan can't remember all of the details, and has to fill some in.
** Nena is not a {{gonk}}y short woman, but [[GenderFlip a very feminine boy]].[[note]]Bridget from {{VideoGame/GuiltyGear}} to be precise.[[/note]]
** ZZ is not a scrawny guy with huge arms, but a guy with a HeroicBuild and a LanternJawOfJustice.
** J. Geil uses his default faceless appearance.
** Enya gets transformed into a tall, beautiful woman after Polnareff massages her.

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* [[http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/11400000/Terra-teen-titans-girls-11440814-432-667.jpg Terra]] from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. In [[ComicBook/TeenTitans the source comics]] she has buck teeth, short fluffy hair, and is otherwise a rather (while exaggerated) "normal" teenage girl. In the cartoon she's petite and has long hair. It's a bit hilarious though, since the cartoon's version of Terra is everything the original hates. Starfire is quite attractive in the comics, but suffered from a case of UncannyValley due to lacking pupils and had a major case of EightiesHair. In the cartoon she was updated, and she's since been updated in the comics themselves. Even Raven gains a more rounded and conventionally attractive face compared to the more angled one she usually had in the comics, and her legs and overall figure get more of a focus, although again, it's debatable which version ends up actually more appealing.
* In addition to [[RaceLift having her ethnicity changed from white to Chinese]], Ellen Yindel from ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' was made younger and far more attractive when she was re-imagined as "Ellen Yin" in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''. In a TimeSkip episode, it is even stated in a passing conversation that [[ContinuityNod she became Commissioner]].
* In the early ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' movies, the animators took a number of liberties with the characters' appearances, [[ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy making them look quite different to the toys]]. In ''Mask of Light'', Gali's figure is less bulky and she now looks more like a FemBot. Pohatu is also considerably more handsome there than in his toy form.
* In ''Legends of Metru Nui'', they even went as far as giving Nokama what can only be described as a robo-cleavage. Seems unnecessary, after they had already turned her ugly toy-mug into a quite nice-looking, feminine face.
* In ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', Hunk is fat and unremarkable and Pidge is a bit of a {{Gonk}}. In ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'', they're both, well, much, MUCH more attractive.
* Sally Acorn from the ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' television series is a slightly complicated case. See, [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1 the first game]] featured many cute animal critters rescued from defeated enemies, their names almost all ending in -cky. One of these characters was Ricky the Squirrel, who was given the moniker Sally Acorn (and a corresponding GenderFlip) in western promotional materials. Ricky/Sally looked mostly like a generic normal squirrel; some early promotional comics gave the latter [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics a red or pink bow to offset this slightly]], but that was about it. However, when it came time to make the TV series, Sally's design was ''completely'' redone, no longer bearing any resemblance to Ricky but instead being a relatively attractive FunnyAnimal. [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog The comic book]] then arguably took it UpToEleven; DependingOnTheArtist, she could either be fairly similar to her TV appearance, or have certain aspects exaggerated to make her an even ''more'' attractive, {{half dressed|CartoonAnimal}} PettingZooPerson.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' the token evil [=ThunderCat=] Grune is quite homely compared to his fellow {{Catfolk}}, a textbook example of BeautyEqualsGoodness. In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', he's given the severe good looks and HeroicBuild of a BarbarianHero, a reputation to match, and a promotion to the series' [[TheDragon Dragon]].
* ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'':
** In the comics, Madame Masque wears her trademark mask to hide her horribly disfigured face. Here, she's a pretty teenager who only wears the mask as part of her MasterOfDisguise shtick.
** Justin Hammer, who was an old man in the comic but is made a eighteen years old handsome young man in the series to accentuate his status as Tony's EvilCounterpart.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' all of Demitri's teeth were sharp, in [[WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}} the cartoon]], he just has fangs.
* ComicBok/DoctorOctopus is a weird example of this; in the comic, he is an ugly, short, overweight man with a bad haircut. ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' retained the bad haircut and ugly face, but gave him the stature of a bodybuilder; reversely, ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' kept him fat and short, but made his face considerably less ugly with a decent haircut (though possibly only because of the series' simplified artstyle). ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', on the other hand, kept all his physical characterizations from the comic intact, but explained them as the result of poor hygiene following a case of sequestration and reveals [[IWasQuiteALooker he was quite good-looking before this happened]].
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, Mr Mxyzptlk's girlfriend Miss Gsptlsnz looks pretty much the same as him, a small imp with an oversized head. In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' ... [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/49/MxyDCAU.png she doesn't]].
** More modern comics [[CanonImmigrant adapted Gsptlsnz's more attractive appearance]].
* In Franchise/TheDCU, Morgan le Fey is an {{immortal|ity}} sorceress who wears a mask and armor to hide her ancient, decaying body. [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/0/40/659836-544a066.jpg Here's Morgan]] in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* While not particularly handsome, Professor Ivo lacks his traditional facial disfigurement in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. So while he still isn't much to look at, he certainly doesn't resemble some weird, mutated lizard creature like his comic counterpart.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon, Roll had a body of a fairly curvy young woman rather than the little girl she normally is in the franchise.
** There's also Mega Man himself, and Proto Man.
* In "WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', Dr. Peter Venkman went from short, balding, middle-aged Bill Murray to...a thin, 20-something, lanky {{Hunk}} with a full head of hair. Janine, on the other hand, while quite pretty as portrayed by Annie Potts in the films, became a tall, curvy bombshell with a taste for short skirts, big jewelry, and brightly colored clothing. The "Realistic" versions of the 2009 video game decided to split the difference with Janine, by physically basing her on Annie Potts, while giving her clothing the same color scheme as the cartoon.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}'', a lot of characters were made cuter than in their appearances in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and the female co-leads were introduced as new characters.
** In the film, Wicket was notably shorter than all other young Ewoks (due to having been portrayed by a 11-year-old little person). In the animated series, they're all of the same height. He was also changed from being quite clumsy to being a skilled youngster.
** In the film, Teebo was somewhat aggressive taller than all the other present Ewoks, wearing an animal skull on his head and a chain of teeth around his neck, his fur black with grey stripes. In the animated series, he sports brown and tan tuxedo patterned fur with blonde fringe and a goatee-like-thing and wears a baggy hat with a feather on his head. He has some magic powers by nature and appears to be shy. And then there was CharacterExaggeration in the second season, making him completely different once again.
** In the film, Paploo was a smart young Ewok who stole an Imperial speeder bike. In the animated series, he's larger and a couple of years older than his friends and, while he has some badass moments, his bravery is often played for laughs and getting him in trouble.
* A suprisingly subtle example from the Famous Studios ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' cartoons. In the earliest cartoons Olive Oyl resembles his newspaper comic self but the animators gradually gave her large expressive eyes rather than black dots, feminine eyelashes, high heels, bangs to her hairstyle and somewhat more flattering dresses. She didn't exactly become a bombshell but she certainly looked younger, prettier and less severe than the original.

[[folder: Inversions]]
* The Red Queen from Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland''. While she may not have been attractive in the original illustrations, the film version is a literal freak with a grotesquely over-sized head (though played by perfectly lovely actress Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter).
** However, as with many other adaptations, the movie conflates the characters of the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts, and the Queen of Hearts ''is'' depicted with an oversized head in Tenniel's original illustrations.
* The massively overweight and balding Cluemaster from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' is a far cry from the fit, head of hair Arthur Brown from the comics.
** Similarly, while the Penguin in the comics never was an attractive man, he never was anywhere as grotesque as the Penguin seen in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' or even ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' at first gave him a somewhat less ugly version of the Tim Burton look, before returning to a more human looking comics-inspired appearance for ''The New Batman Adventures''.
* In ''Film/BeingThere'' Chance, the gardener, is described as looking like a cross between Ted Kennedy (in the early 1970s) and Cary Grant. Creator/PeterSellers played the character in the film, and is not generally considered to have a dashing appearance. In addition, Sellers intentionally gained weight for the role because he decided that Chance's "sedentary and solitary" life would have left him overweight.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}}'' cartoon, Morrigan is much uglier.
* In the 2004 animated series of ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters'', Gwidzo is presented as charismatic and moderately attractive. The 2008 film adaption portrays him as grimy and unpleasant, even having him describe himself as "mean and ugly" during a break down.
* In the book series ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' the Others are described as oddly beautiful, sort of ice-themed versions of The Fair Folk. In the show ''Series/GameOfThrones'' the [[AdaptationNameChange White Walkers]] are {{Humanoid Abomination}}s that look like emaciated corpses which have been left out to freeze.
* In the original ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' manga, Motoko Kusanagi is [[http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire1/6de7c94fe8297b0024feb6f666d03c671394678849_full.jpg slender, coquettish, and quite well endowed]]. Compare her to her [[http://www.anime-planet.com/images/anime/screenshots/ghostintheshell1.jpg appearance]] in the blockbuster [[Anime/GhostInTheShell 1995 film]], where she has a significantly more masculine build and androgynous face. Her [[http://www.anime-planet.com/images/anime/screenshots/gitstv3.jpg later appearance]] in ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Stand Alone Complex]]'' is a compromise between the two, leaning towards the manga.
* The real Tommy was 6"2", had long hair and a moustache, was built like a boxer and was described as very good looking. In ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', he is played by Creator/JoePesci.
* In the original novel that inspired ''Film/TheGraduate'', the protagonist Ben is described as a handsome, "All American Athlete" {{W|hiteAngloSaxonProtestant}}ASP type, but is played by Dustin Hoffman in the film- probably to increase Ben's awkwardness and Mrs. Robinson's desperateness.
* Greek mythology describes the huntress Atalanta as a gorgeous blonde with AmazonianBeauty and endless suitors. However in Hallmark's ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'' she is portrayed as a plain {{Tomboy}} - so much so that Jason refers to their relationship as a '''brotherly''' one (he clearly thinks of her as a man rather than a woman). Though despite this, Atalanta does attract one man in the course of the film.
* ''[[VideoGame/JumpstartAdventures3rdGradeMysteryMountain Jumpstart Adventures 3rd Grade Mystery Mountain]]''. In-game, [[ExpositionFairy Botley]] looks cute and friendly. On the box art and the disc art for the 2001-and-later re-releases of this game, his appearance is thicker, more angular, and downright scary looking.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', quite a few characters have had more simplistic designs than their game counterparts, their designs tweaked to a point where it's more unappealing, or simple design changes which give them a different look (different colorings, eyes not being fully colored in, etc).
* ''Film/TheShining'':
** Wendy is described as being conventionally attractive in [[Literature/TheShining the book]], whereas in the film she's portrayed by Shelley Duvall, who is more [[TheWoobie waif-like and fragile-looking]] than her novel counterpart. This was a deliberate choice on Creator/StanleyKubrick's part, as Wendy was supposed to be progressively beaten down over the course of the story, and he felt that casting a more plain-looking actress in the role made it easier to sell that part of the character as the story went on. The Creator/StephenKing-overseen TV miniseries cast Rebecca [=DeMornay=], who's somewhat closer to Wendy in the book.
** Jack, is at least reasonably handsome in the books, but played by Creator/JackNicholson. Needless to say, [[SlasherSmile he wasn't chosen for]] [[UncannyValley being the typical Hollywood stud]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros'' Creator/DiC cartoons. Peach is still pretty, but not to the length of the games.
* Ozymandias from ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''. He's supposed to be the model of western perfection: blonde, square-jawed and athletic. In the film, he's lanky and has a thin face - not that this affects his physical prowess.
* Eddie Valiant in Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit has his attractiveness remarked on by several characters, but in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', he's played by schlubby Bob Hoskins. The comic adaptation of the film returned him to a strikingly handsome young man.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} from the ''Film/XMen'' films is not ugly by any means, he's considerably older than the character in the comics and much less physically imposing. While Magneto was a buff, chiselled, PrettyBoy in the comics, in the movie his white hair is the result of him being seventy-something years old. Justified, since the movies don't have the comics' [[ComicBookTime sliding timescale]] or the multiple instances of him being de-aged and re-aged and had to make him the realistic age of a Holocaust survivor.
* There was a lot of complaining by fans of ''Film/TheHungerGames'' that both Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Sam Claflin (Finnick) are too ''un''attractive for their roles.
* In the ''Film/{{Fletch}}'' books, Fletch was a handsome, young, blond, extremely muscular man who could bed any woman he wanted. In the movies, he was played by a forty-something Chevy Chase. This may be an example of why TropesAreNotBad, since the novel was a fairly straightforward and uninspired noir potboiler, while the film was a comedy, and frankly much cleverer. Chevy Chase's appearance was probably much better suited to a comedic hero.
* In the novel ''Literature/TheBonfireOfTheVanities'', Assistant District Attorney Larry Kramer is described as a vain bodybuilder obsessed with his physique. In the film, his name is changed to Jed Kramer for some reason, and he's played by the rather schlubby-looking [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007210/?ref_=tt_cl_t5 Saul Rubinek]]. Played appallingly straight, however, with the character of Caroline Heftshank: in the book, she's short, obese, and all-around unattractive. In the movie, she was played by Beth Broderick and looked like [[http://www.wearysloth.com/Gallery/ActorsB/2109-2212.gif this]].
* The Ember Island Players in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Actor Sokka is scrawnier than the real Sokka and has buckteeth, Actress Katara is much curvier and less attractive than the real Katara, Aang's actor is a [[CrosscastRole woman]], and so on and so forth.
** Also with Toph's ''[[CrosscastRole actor]]'', a huge burly man who uses a roaring shout to find his way around. But she loves this all the more.
* In the original Literature/SherlockHolmes stories, Watson was described as a rather handsome and athletic man and something of a womanizer. After one of the first films had him played by the somewhat pudgy Nigel Bruce, most followed suit, assuming that's how he's supposed to look. It really wasn't until the one-two punch of [[Film/SherlockHolmes Jude Law]] and [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Martin Freeman,]] with [[Series/{{Elementary}} Lucy Liu]] delivering a knockout blow, that depiction of him started getting back on track.
* {{Inverted}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess.'' In the original ballet, [[EvilSorcerer Rothbart]] has a beautiful daughter whom he transforms to look like the princess [[DamselInDistress Odette]]; in the movie, he has an older, ugly {{Mook}} who plays this role instead.