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. Polar opposite of BeautyEqualsGoodness -- originally a subversion of the trope, now has pretty much become a stereotype in itself. The JerkJock stereotype all grown up. In contrast, nerdy-looking or plain characters are usually nice.

Might happen because the authors are dealing with their own issues (ex-girlfriends or nerds). If it's the latter, the plain nice guy wins. If the former, then a fantasy idol who is an exception will be in the story.

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, HandsomeDevil. Often leads to a DracoInLeatherPants situation - he's an asshole but the female viewers[=/=]readers love him anyway. Compare BeautyIsBad.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Gilgamesh from ''FateZero'' is ridiculously good-looking and has A+ Charisma, but is a major {{Jerkass}} and a part of the BigBadDuumvirate.
* Griffith in ''{{Berserk}}'' is so Bishonen it hurts. He's also the major BigBad of the series.
* Ryoki from ''HotGimmick''.
** Also [[spoiler:Azusa, who is an attractive model that tries to have his friend gang-raped as revenge for ''[[MoralEventHorizon something she didn't even do]]''.]]
* Aizen of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* {{Anime/Monster}}: Johan Liebert
* Apos of ''{{Mnemosyne}}''
* RumikoTakahashi uses the variation Hot Guys are moronic buffoons, characters such as [[UruseiYatsura Mendou, Rei]] and [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Tatewaki Kuno]] are good examples. Rei is probably the best example as the {{Cute Monster G|irl}}uy is so dumb he can only say a few words very slowly. Due to the [[OnlySixFaces art]] [[GenericCuteness style]] they often don't look that much more attractive then the other characters.
* Andrea of ''{{Gankutsuou}}''.
* Sasuke of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', at least after he TookALevelInJerkass.
** Neji Hyuga is TallDarkAndHandsome indeed, but another reason he has so many female fans is that he is an [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant]], [[TheStoic stoic]], [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], MagnificentBastard. Less after his HeelFaceTurn, but he still is a cynical guy, making [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys girls drool after him]].
* Light Yagami, particularly [[KnightTemplar later on]] in ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* Dio Brando from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
%%* Most of the male villains of ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
* Nakago of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' and it's nearly deconstructed in a last minute AlasPoorVillain scene showing his origin story.
* Yu Han-Sung from ''TowerOfGod''.
* Paul, the resident {{Jerkass}} trainer from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
* Miyabi from ''RosarioPlusVampire''.
* [[TheBeautifulElite Iason Mink]] of ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' is incredibly cruel but he is also incredibly irresistible.
* Cruelly deconstructed in SakuraGari, where the unearthly gorgeous Souma is a massive bastard... but he turns out to have an extremely complex reason to be an asshole. [[spoiler: And his physical beauty brought him lots of abuse.]]
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[[folder: Fanfic]]
* In ''Fanfic/IfThemsTheRules'', [[OCStandIn Arcturus Black]] definitely qualifies being described as very beautiful but utterly cold to his wife and a racist bastard to Harry.
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[[folder: Animated Films]]
* The Beast in Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', before his curse. And Gaston throughout.
* Prince Charming from the third ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie.
* Pitch Black from ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''.
* [[spoiler: Prince Hans]] from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''

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[[folder: Live-Action Films]]
* ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' definitely qualify.
** ''Animal House'' tries to have it both ways. The opposite number of Omega House's [[BlondGuysAreEvil Gregg Marmalard]] is clearly Eric Stratton, who's just as handsome as Gregg is but is clearly intended to be the DesignatedHero. But if you consider Gregg's "good" counterpart to be John Blutarski (who ''does'' ultimately succeed in wooing Mandy Pepperidge away from him, after all), then this trope is played straight.
* ''Film/ShallowHal''.
* ''Film/CruelIntentions'': Both lead characters are played up as being very attractive, and both are rotten to the core. However, the film's climax features some character development for the male as he develops actual, honest feelings for the genuinely wholesome girl he was chasing for most of the film.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Joren]] of Stone Mountain in Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' books, a misogynist asshole who goes to any length possible to get Kel out of knight training. [[http://q-sama.livejournal.com/198479.html According]] to [[WordOfGod Pierce]] he was based off of someone she knew in college.
* Galad Damodred of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' was one of these. He was never evil per say but he would do what he thought was good, regardless of who got hurt. [[spoiler: He got better in Book 13.]]
** On the less sympathetic side, there's Rahvin.
* In the second book of Kat Richardson's ''Greywalker'' series, the main character Harper immediately distrusts the really good-looking guy -- she's right. Several other times played straight in this series. Harper winds up deeply in love with a guy who's ''not'' handsome.
* Creator/AgathaChristie seems to have believed this very much. If a handsome man is introduced in a book of hers, he will be either the killer, the accomplice or otherwise immoral. Note that this is restricted to men whose attractiveness is spelled out: other characters might be handsome too, but the fact being mentioned is a sure sign that we're looking at a gigolo, a blackmailer or just a bastard. This is so prevalent in her writing that in the ''one'' book where a handsome man isn't a complete bastard (he's loyal and caring, but he still ''might'' be a gigolo), the killer turns out to be [[spoiler: the other handsome man.]] This may be ''writer on board'' as Christie's first husband was a good-looking jerk.
* Dr. Mark Ahriman of ''Literature/FalseMemory''. Handsome, successful psychiatrist [[spoiler:who [[MindRape mind rapes]] (and sometimes literally rapes) his patients, sending some out to kill people and driving others to creative suicide for his own entertainment]].
* [[PosthumousCharacter Keifer Porter]] of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' was noted for being cruel, dim-witted, and exceptionally beautiful. On the other hand, Jerin Whistler, who ends up marrying Keifer's widows, subverts this. He's noted in-universe for his beauty, and also for his intelligence and kind nature. Jerin even manages to help Trini deal with her aversion to men caused by Keifer brutalizing her before she was of age for marital relations anyway.
* ''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.
* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, Herald Talia's abusive father and brother were quite attractive, and as a result she's wary around handsome men; the man she falls in love with is repeatedly described as homely.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Sawyer on the first couple of seasons of ''Series/{{LOST}}''.
* Nathan Petrelli and Sylar throughout ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* Chuck Bass in ''{{Gossip Girl}}''.
* Stephan Urkel of ''FamilyMatters'' first appearance was a self-absorbed prick who couldn't care less about Carl's friend getting shot.
** Some of the guys that Laura becomes interested in usually end up being jerks who just want to sleep with her.
* Damon Salvatore of ''TheVampireDiaries''.
* Jeff on ''{{Community}}'', although he gets slightly better over time.
* Angel and Spike in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. They've both spent a good amount of their lives [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing]], murdering and [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil even raping]] various people, and never reform completely, but it doesn't seem to detract from their sexual appeal. They dress a lot more stylishly than either [[CoolLoser Xander]] or [[GoodIsBoring Riley]] and, [[InformedAbility judging by the reactions of other characters in-universe]], they are supposed to be more physically attractive.
* Eric from ''TrueBlood'', especially after he took a level in sexy in seasons two and three.
** And Bill and Jason have had their moments of complete bastardry, too.
* Prevalent in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. As a general rule, while a character's level of attractiveness doesn't determine how "good" they will be, the less attractive male characters seem to form better romantic relationships.
** While Sam and Dean might basically be good people (at least, when Sam hasn't gone darkside) they both manipulate women for sex and have a tendency to self-obsess and act like major jerkasses to everybody around them. If you were a random bar-frequenting woman in the Supernatural universe and they hadn't saved your life, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were bastards. It's worth noting however that Sam averted this entirely before he became a Hunter again in the series pilot, instead having been in a stable and loving relationship with Jessica at the time.
** Castiel isn't sexually manipulative towards women, but that might have more to do with his general [[NoSocialSkills cluelessness about human behaviour]], his devotion to his faith, and disinterest in the matter. The sexual chemistry with Meg seems to be based around violence, and he once accidentally burnt somebody's eyes out and forgot to fix them, although it seems like he could have done so easily. So he's probably not the best boyfriend material, either.
** Bobby is comparatively less attractive but was able to maintain a stable and loving marriage for many years.
** While Samuel Winchester, Senior (the grandfather) is morally ambiguous, his marriage and commitment to his family seems a lot stronger than John's.
** The only notable exception to the rule is Jimmy (Castiel's vessel), who is very pretty and was (before he became involved in angel business) a devoted and loving father and husband. And the actor who plays him is probably [[{{Adorkable}} cuter when he plays Cas, anyway]].
** Almost every female demon, ever.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. The series's OfficialCouple is pretty much set up to be the classic 'NiceGuy nerd courting the Prom Queen'. As such, almost, but not all, rival love interests who happen to be attractive, or at least arguably more attractive than Leonard, tend to be complete and utter assholes, who treat Penny terribly. The exceptions being Stuart (who goes from slightly adorkable NiceGuy to almost a parody of the Adorkable Woobie types), Zack (who despite fitting the mold, he's an example of GoodIsDumb), and her recent British study partner Leonard was jealous of, who was wiling to play along with Leonard's attempt to scare him off.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* Nick from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2''.
* Kizami from ''VideoGame/CorpseParty''.
* Vega from ''StreetFighter''.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* Captain Hammer from ''DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog''.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
%%* Mozenrath from the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' series.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** An episode of has Peter becoming a jerk after plastic surgery turns him into one of the beautiful people, [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful because being handsome means that he can screw the rules]]. On the other hand, considering [[{{Jerkass}} who we're talking about]], the appearance boost may not be to blame.
** Jeff Fecalman, Brenda Quagmire's abusive boyfriend.
* ''CloneHigh'''s very own JFK.
* ''XMenEvolution'' used an art style that made most characters attractive. However, according to some fans, the most attractive characters are Pietro, Gambit, and Avalanche. While Gambit and Avalanche both have lines they won't cross and times of heroics, they still had strong shades of criminal level jerkery. However, Pietro takes the cake. Sociopathic disregard for human life? Check. Starscream level cowardice? Check. Draco level smugness? Check. Pretty white hair and bishonen level attractivness according to girl fans? Check.
** The jock Duncan took JerkJock gig even further when he attacked the Morlocks with guns and bombs.
* The Dark Ace from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''.
* Justin and Alejandro in ''TotalDrama'' in spades. Also Duncan, Scott and Lightning to a degree.
* Gordon Gibble of ''KickButtowski''.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Creator/EiichiroOda appears pretty fond of it. Especially [[Manga/OnePiece Nami and Boa]] often use their looks to get work done for them or get through with absurd actions.
* Asuka Langley Soryu from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. In '''spades'''. However, in her case, it's a '''''brutal''''' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this trope: she's a hot bitch, yeah, yet not only she doesn't get away with her antics (Touji is annoyed to no end by her, Shinji puts up with it because he's deeply fucked up, Rei is indifferent most of the time, etc.), but she's subjected to an horrifying BreakTheHaughty process that reveals her terrible DarkAndTroubledPast.
* Lust from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', all the way down to being a female DracoInLeatherPants. Then again, she '''is''' created after the {{Lust}} [[SevenDeadlySins sin]].
** Actually, it depends on which canon you're following. She plays it straight in the manga and ''Brotherhood'', but in the first anime series she's [[AntiVillain a shitload more sympathetic.]]
* Yui of FushigiYuugi, though in her case it's more because she's been ''badly'' manipulated and emotionally abused by Nakago, mentioned above.

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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* DependingOnTheWriter, [[ArchieComics Veronica Lodge]].
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* Pick a female villain in the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise, any female villain.

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[[folder: Live Action TV]]

* PowerRangers: Barring Rita, most of the humanoid female villains could qualify.
* Laurie from That70sShow

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[[folder:{{Webcomics}}]]
* As a possible example of this trope, there's one ''{{Nodwick}}'' strip in which a villainess explains her face (and gender) is always hidden because only hot evil chicks are allowed to show they're evil.
** Double lampshaded because at first they just think it's because she was horribly disfigured in an accident, but then she mentions that even before the accident, a woman who was "nothing special" would have been a pretty good catch compared to her.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* In ''[[HomestarRunner Teen Girl Squad]]'', Cheerleader is considered the hottest out of the group in-universe. She's also the meanest.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* Callie Maggotbone in the earlier episodes of ''UglyAmericans''.
* The Trix from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''.
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