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According to many movies, books, and TV shows, seriously good-looking men will usually turn out to have character defects making them just short of the AntiChrist. This is the polar opposite of the more old-fashioned BeautyEqualsGoodness -- originally a subversion of the trope, now has pretty much become a stereotype in itself. In a way, it is the adult verison of the JerkJock stereotype. In contrast, [[NerdsAreInnocent nerdy-looking or plain characters are usually nice]].
This trope is not gender exclusive - attractive women can display unpleasant personalities, hence the trope's alternate name. However, it's harder to positively identify a work in which Hot Girls are Bitches, because female characters of ''any'' moral fiber who are presented in visual media tend to be good-looking - making it rare for any fiction to draw this trope's direct correlation between beauty and nastiness.
Joe Bob Briggs discussed how you could tell the bad guy in thrillers. "For example, if you were watching the [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek Lifetime channel]], it was always the handsome guy."
Related tropes: AllGirlsWantBadBoys, ManOfWealthAndTaste, EvilIsSexy, BastardBoyfriend, BespectacledBastardBoyfriend. Often leads to a DracoInLeatherPants situation - he's an asshole but the female viewers[=/=]readers love him anyway. Compare BeautyIsBad.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' plays with BeautyEqualsGoodness quite a bit, resulting in a few straight examples of this trope.
** Joffrey Baratheon inherited his parents' stunning looks, but is physically and emotionally abusive to his family and fiancee and governs the realm with [[TheCaligula terrible petty decisions]].
** Gerold Dayne, also known as "Darkstar," has the traditional Valyrian beauty of the Daynes but is arrogant, mean-spirited, has a "cruel tongue," and is eager to make a name from himself distinct from that of his family. He's also not above [[spoiler: nearly killing Myrcella, maiming her in the process]] if it means accomplishing that. For bonus points, Arianne describes the trademark PurpleEyes of House Dayne as looking [[BlackEyesOfEvil black from a distance]] on him.
** Jaime Lannister, whose shining beauty is consistently praised throughout the series, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment pushes an eight-year-old boy out the window for catching him engaging in incest]] in his first appearance. His CharacterDevelopment into becoming a slightly better person is juxtaposed with his increasing scruffiness.
** Downplayed with Loras Tyrell, whose trademark Tyrell good looks have garnered him plenty of InUniverse fangirls. He's arrogant and cocky, but isn't really a terrible person. [[spoiler: And then he gets several major injuries attacking Dragonstone -- having ''boiling oil'' poured on his face included -- so it remains to be seen whether he'll live to subvert or invert this trope or not.]]
** The series also inverts this by having more unattractive guys as more decent, such as Ned Stark or Tyrion Lannister, but also averts this by having good-lucking nice guys such as Garlan Tyrell and Robb Stark.