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[[caption-width-right:230:[[SarcasmMode The resemblance is uncanny]].]]

->'''Mokie:''' You do not know what it means to have a homely daughter, Mayhi. I'm ready to give him a cow, just to take her off my hands. This is what comes of having a two-cows wife. Look at you! You paid four cows for your wife--\\
'''Mayhi:''' Five!\\
'''Mokie:''' ... and she gave you beautiful daughters. Your investment has been doubled.
-->-- '''Two incredibly ugly fathers''' in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-PLyy0XM3Y Johnny Lingo]]''

So you meet and befriend some older guy on your quest to save the world. He's [[TheBigGuy big]], [[LargeHam loud]], [[IntergenerationalFriendship much older than you]], and probably [[{{Gonk}} ugly as sin]]--but he's [[BoisterousBruiser fun to be around]] and you generally respect him. Some time after you become friends, you learn that he has a daughter. More than that, he's already set you two up on a blind date.

Okay, you can deal with that. She won't be pretty, but she'll probably be nice enough. You don't want to insult the father and after the whole thing you can probably just say that she's not your type--mother of God [[HelloNurse is that her?!]] ''Daaaaaayumn''.

Congratulations, you've just met The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter. Sometimes, not only is there a lack of StrongFamilyResemblance, but they barely even look like they're of the same ''species''. Often this will be {{handwave}}d by making the girl the spitting image of [[GenderEqualsBreed her]] [[UglyGuyHotWife mother]] instead or by stating that daddy ''[[IWasQuiteALooker used to]]'' be quite a catch, but the point stands that she looks ''nothing'' like her undeniably unattractive father.

This trope usually only applies [[AlwaysFemale to girls]] (though not without exceptions), but you probably knew that already. Often [[DaddysLittleVillain the ugly guy is the villain]].

Usually the daughter of UglyGuyHotWife. The twin sister of the MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter. In Science Fiction and Fantasy stories, can combine with CuteMonsterGirl as a form of BizarreSexualDimorphism. Contrast StrongFamilyResemblance.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Pictured above: Chi-Chi from ''Manga/DragonBall'', after the aptly named Ox King produces a photo of her, the only response anyone has to offer is, "Whoa. She certainly doesn't take after ''you''."
** We can agree that Videl from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' qualifies as a decent example, as her dad Mr. Satan is fairly average looking.
** Played with by Krillin and Marron: Krillin, who's short, [[TheNoseless noseless]], and (for most of the series) bald, could most favorably be described as UglyCute; Marron looks almost identical except with blond hair, but strangely manages to be rather cute. Played straight in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', as a teenage Marron no longer looks anything like her dad, instead looking like a younger version of her mother.
** Bulma is one as well.
* A near textbook case is in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', where Alex Armstrong gets the idea that Lt. Havoc would just love to date his sister Catherine. After Havoc spends a good deal of time freaking over what she'll look like after seeing her super-stout father and giantess mother (complete with the memorable "Pomato" theory), it turns out that Catherine is an adorable {{moe}} girl that looks nothing like her brother, father, ''or'' mother...[[ButtMonkey who then promptly rejects him]]. Additionally, Alex also has the totally hot, [[ActionGirl absurdly badass]] sister Olivier Armstrong. (An {{Omake}} from the manga shows that in addition to Alex's two gorgeous sisters, [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/fma/images/a/ad/ArmstrongFamily.jpg he also has two other sisters who look just like him,]] only ''bigger''.)
* In addition to placing in the UglyGuyHotWife trope, Mr. Kimura from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' raises a cheerful and apparently well-adjusted daughter. However, she's only a little girl instead of someone who would be ogled over.
** Chiyo as well, [[MindScrew maybe]].
* The ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga plays with {{Gonk}} Guy's [[{{Moe}} Cute]] Little Sister for all it's worth with Sumiyoshi and his sister Canal, who "talks" like her brother despite the lack of resemblance. Sumiyoshi's friends spend the entire chapter speculating about the genetic implications: [[spoiler:their father's a Hot Dad with the "family voice", while their ''mother' is the Sumiyoshi lookalike, with normal speech balloons]].
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. The huge, monstrous king of the alien Oni looks nothing like his green-haired bombshell of a daughter, [[CuteMonsterGirl Lum]], who definitely takes after her [[UglyGuyHotWife mother]]. In fact, even compared to the other male Oni in the series (particularly ChickMagnet Rei), Mr. Invader is something of a {{Gonk}}.
** And with Sakura there's a Ugly Gal Hot Daughter example, as her mom basically looks like her uncle Sakuranbo in a women's outfit and with hair.
* Ranma of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is a looker, as is his [[GenderBender magical-change female form]]. His father Genma's appearance is noticably improved by being changed into a panda. And even then, a living doodle of a female panda (don't ask) commented that he was pretty damn ugly for a panda. This is explained by Ranma getting all his looks from his lovely mother Nodoka, since [[IWasQuiteALooker Genma apparently USED TO look attractive]] but didn't age very well.
** Another example is a story from the anime version's second season. There's a noodle salesman whom Genma promised Ranma his daughter's hand in marriage in exchange for some food; he is a short fat ugly guy with enormous ears, but his daughter Kaori is quite attractive.
* Charles zi Britannia from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Granted, he's not as hideous as some of the guys on this list and used to be a looker, he still gets credit for the sheer number of stupidly hot kids (Lelouch, Nunally, Cornelia, Schneizel, Euphemia, Clovis, Guinevere, Carline -- and that's just the ones we manage to see onscreen) he's produced, male or female.
** With Lelouch and Nunnally, their mother Marianne was incredibly beautiful. Strangely, Nunnally is a cute character who has the smallest chest of any of the Emperor's children even though Marianne has the largest chest of woman in the show, though she's still young and thus she has time to grow. [[{{Bishonen}} Clovis]] is a particularly interesting case, since the unidentified middle-aged woman sitting in the front row at [[spoiler:his funeral]], presumably his mother Empress Gabrielle, is plain.
*** It's possible that wasn't her; it could have been another of the empresses or another noblewoman.
* Amelia [[spoiler:and Gracia aka Naga]] from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Amelia is a cute, spunky little thing already showing signs of blossoming into quite a looker -- especially as she is pretty well-stacked for her age. [[spoiler: Big sis Naga is a gorgeous and [[GagBoobs ridiculously stacked]] woman who loves to run around in a skimpy outfit.]] Prince Philionel, the ugly dad in question, is described as looking like a rather homely dwarf taller than the average man, or else a particularly wild and rugged-looking bandit chieftain fresh off the mountain. The difference is more openly acknowledged in the novels.
* Ennis from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!''. No, she doesn't get a pass for being an ArtificialHuman: a significant majority of her body is made from Szilard's intact cells (though she does make mention of an unwilling female donor), meaning she may even be the creepy old guy's OppositeSexClone for all we know. However, Szilard was already old by the time he became immortal, so that could be a factor.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Although Asuna [[PrecociousCrush would]] tell you different, veteran [[MasterSwordsman sword master]] Eishun has usually been described as plain-looking and unintimidating. He was [[IWasQuiteALooker much more handsome in his younger days]], but this was usually offset by his [[TheComicallySerious serious personality]] and single-minded density. Despite all that, his daughter Konoka is one of the most naturally beautiful characters in the cast. This was later {{lampshaded}} by Eishun's old partner Rakan.
-->"''Ohhh? I suppose you must be Konoka-chan, then! Now this is a shock! How did that straight-laced old ponce manage to come out with a beautiful little girl like this?''"
* ''Manga/PorcoRosso'': Piccolo is UglyCute at best, but his granddaughter Fio is a typical Miyazaki heroine.
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', this is followed with [[http://www.gurren-lagann.net/chara/images/lordgenome.gif Lord Genome]] and his [[http://hoshikudaki.lagrange-points.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/2004675741996202841-rs.jpg daughter Nia]]. It's shown that Lord Genome looked ''[[StrongFamilyResemblance exactly]]'' like his daughter [[IWasQuiteALooker back when]] he was young, which explains her looks. (As seen [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/LordGenomeKid.jpg here]], especially when compared with Nia [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/niacuthair.jpg when she cut her hair]].)
* Ryoko and Sanzo in ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''. Every time he comes to parent-teacher meetings is mistaken for a yakuza. Goes (a bit less) for Ikuno as well. And of course when you add in Kitano's father as well you have a MeleeATrois on school grounds. We conveniently never see the girls' mothers, but for Ikuno you just have to take a look at her {{Expy}}: [[Manga/{{Claymore}} Claire]].
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' has Kensei Ma and his daughter Renka. Kensei [[IWasQuiteALooker used to be quite attractive]], though.
** Kenichi's parents may also be an example, though his father isn't exactly ugly. On the other hand, the men in this manga can look very different in body structure, while the women have three body structures: preteen, ''smoking damn whOaMG hot'', {{and|Zoidberg}} Kisara.
* Ranzou Saotome of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' is not an attractive man, either due to age or just being born rather plain. His son Alto, on the other hand, is a [[{{Bishonen}} pretty, pretty]] ''[[DudeLooksLikeALady princess]]'' -- and nobody will [[NeverLiveItDown ever let him live it down]]. Apparently, he gets it from his mother [[MissingMom Miyo.]]
* Xiang Ying from ''Manga/AngelHeart'' is quite the looker despite the fact that her real biological father (no not that [[Manga/CityHunter lecherous dude]]) literally scares the heck out of people by [[KubrickStare his stare alone]]. There is indeed a scene where they are trying to figure out how to work a photo machine and end up having [[StrongFamilyResemblance the same expression]]. It also helps knowing about her mother, Xiang Ping, looks almost like her and is also [[UglyGuyHotWife quite the looker]] as well.
* Borderline case in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion '': Gendo Ikari is a scary looking man with fierce eyes, even as a young man. His son Shinji is {{bishonen}} enough that his character design is lifted almost wholesale from a ''female'' character. Shinji's borderline {{adorkable}}. Flashbacks in the series and other sources do give Shinji a slight but still quite noticeable resemblance to Gendo, but for the most part he takes after his dead mother Yui, who ''was'' very beautiful [[spoiler: before becoming EVA 01.]]
* Death the Kid from ''Manga/SoulEater''. Not that his dad, Shinigami-sama, is ugly, per se, it's just that all we see of him is a skull mask on a shadowy cloak with inexplicably large, goofy hands. His son? A pale bishonen with black hair (except for his 3 white stripes), and SupernaturalGoldEyes, who usually sports a suit.
* In ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'', the cute/pretty SingleMindedTwins are the granddaughters of a guy who is adorable-looking in an UglyCute kind of way- he looks about eighty and bears something of a resemblance to [[TheSimpsons Hans Moleman]]. Also, he was definitely so old that he was a hero of the last great war and he dies of old age near the end of the TV series.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'': The only identified daughter of the Nebraska family, the first named villains to show up, is a fairly normal and physically attractive girl. Her dad looks like a horrifically ugly old guy with three teeth, and her mother is... younger looking, but pretty much a cybernetics-free OppositeSexClone of her son, Gofsef. That is to say, a 20+ foot giant built like a bodybuilder and with a swollen, deformed head.
* Big bruiser Tennouji from ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' has an adorable little sister, Mio.
* Happens a lot in ''Manga/EtCetera'' (although the daughters are more cute than hot). [[http://manga.animea.net/et-cetera-chapter-8a-page-10.html Luriele and her dad in the second book]], Cornelia and her (literal) bear-looking dad in the eighth book, the priest and his daughter Coronet in the fifth book, hell, [[http://manga.animea.net/et-cetera-chapter-1-page-20.html even Mingchao and her grandpa could count.]]
** Also an Ugly Guy Hot Son variant, [[http://manga.animea.net/et-cetera-chapter-11-page-5.html with the rather attractive Alternate]] [[http://manga.animea.net/et-cetera-chapter-11-page-6.html being the the son of the giant, hulking Gordy]].
* One of the secondary antagonists in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', Dozle Zabi, is a heavily scarred, hulking ogre of a man who in all likelihood wasn't good-looking even before the explosion that scarred him. 17 years later in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', we find that his now [[SheIsAllGrownUp grown up]] daughter Mineva Lao Zabi is [[http://otakujanai.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/audrey-burne.jpg quite attractive.]]
** Quite the contrary, Dozle [[http://images-mediawiki-sites.thefullwiki.org/00/2/7/3/78842644188296922.gif wasn't really all that ugly]] -- at worst he was just plain, or even attractive [[RatedMForManly in a testosterone overdosed]] sort of way, if you just happen to like that.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has Lucy and her father. She looks almost exactly like her mother. Her father is by no means ugly though, mostly he just comes off as one because he's a PerpetualFrowner.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' there Omeada's [[{{Kawaiiko}} little sister]] compared to the other [[{{Gonk}} members]] of the family and he thinks ''she's'' the ugly one.
* Kurotsuchi from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is at worst normal looking. Her father and grandfather have huge bulbous noses, and the latter also has BigOlEyebrows.
* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. Bianca's father is a very short, very angry, mustachioed man. In [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime adaptation]], her father, while more plain than outright ugly, is a large, bulky man.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** There's King Neptune and his only daughter Princess Shirahoshi. Though his sons have inherited his looks. [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent The explanation is that they are merfolk]]. Their genes have a long memory, meaning that it's more likely that a baby takes after his/her ancestors than his/her parents.
** There's also Charlotte Linlin, aka Big Mom, and her 14th, 29th and 35th daughters, Smoothie, Praline and Pudding. While Big Mom is huge, ugly and scary (though [[IWasQuiteALooker she used to be smoking hot]]), Smoothie is a really beautiful StatuesqueStunner, Praline is a rather easy in the eyes [[HalfHumanhybrid shark mermaid]] (save for her ScaryTeeth), and Pudding looks absolutely adorable [[spoiler: as long as she doesn't show her ThirdEye or make {{nightmare face}}s.]]
** Vinsmoke Judge is not necessarily a {{gonk}}, but he's VERY brutish looking. His daughter Reiju is a smoking hot babe and his four sons Yonji, Niji, Ichiji and [[spoiler: ''Sanji'']] are rather handsome.
* Vice-principal Uchiyamada and his daughter in ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka''.
* Just about every single heroine from Adachi's works, of the [[UglyGuyHotWife she takes after her mom]] variety. Some of the dads aren't exactly ugly but they sure aren't a looker either. The hero's dads though, could very well pass for [[GenderEqualsBreed being quite a looker in their younger days.]]
* ''Manga/TokimekiTonight'': pretty rich girl Yoko's yakuza father is horribly ugly, looking more like a shaved gorilla than an actual human, much to the dismay of main protagonist Ranze when [[spoiler:she transforms into the doting father's daughter]].
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has a male example. While Chief Soichiro Yagami isn't exactly ''ugly'', his son the {{Bishonen}} Light looks nothing like him.
** And played straight in the case of Souchirou's daughter, Sayu. Again, Soichiro isn't ugly but Sayo is ''that'' adorable.
* Isshin Matoi from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' looks almost old enough to be his teen daughter Ryuuko's grandfather. [[spoiler:Though he actually gave himself plastic surgery to escape [[AlmightyMom his]] [[BigBad wife]], realising [[BigScrewedUpFamily how screwed up the family is.]] In reality, before that took place he was rather youthful good-looking.]]
* Male example in ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'': only [[UglyGuyHotWife Mrs. Irie's genes]] could explain how plain and bald Shigeki could have a [[MrFanservice ridiculously hot son]] like [[TallDarkAndHandsome Naoki]]. In the first episode Kotoko moves in with the Iries, and meeting the father thinks that it must be another Irie family, since there's no way Shigeki could be Naoki's father. [[HopeSpot And then Naoki walks in the room]]. Kotoko's father even says in the manga that luckily for him, Naoki took after his mother.
** After a TimeSkip, Naoki's younger brother qualifies as well.
* The second Emperor of the Kou empire in ''Anime/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' was [[http://magi.wikia.com/wiki/Koutoku_Ren?file=Koutoku.png no looker]] but managed to produce [[http://th00.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f/2013/362/3/7/magi___kouen_ren_by_ng9-d6zpo6w.jpg some]] [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121223191308/magi/images/5/55/Kouha_Full.png of]] [[https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTCfraJ04bxFcj345Bh7qqczBhTkr_I9n6Zc46y_2MTBND2fvT3 the]] [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130303093517/magi/images/5/52/Kougyoku_ep13.png prettier]] cast.
* In ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'', [[http://www.heartofmanga.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Yona_design.png Princess Yona]] is far prettier than her plainer father [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-R7hjcFJF_kE/VDVbqFDnfrI/AAAAAAAFWNY/2olKCQaIxDk/s1600/Akatsuki%2B-%2B01%2B-6.jpg King Il]]. The audience has yet to see Yona's deceased MissingMom so it is possible Yona inherited her looks from her.
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' we have [[FieryRedhead Kagura]] who is the pretty daugther of [[WorldsStrongestMan Umibozu]], the best Alien Hunter in the series. There is also [[StrongFamilyResemblance Kagura's mother]] from whom kagura inherited most visual traits.
* [[BadassAdorable Arslan]] from ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' resembles very little of his father, who is not ugly by any means but has a very stern and frightening face, whereas Arslan is young-looking and {{Moe}}. This is discussed [[http://www.mangaeden.com/en-manga/the-heroic-legend-of-arslan-arakawa-hiromu/2/26/ in-universe]] that Arslan resembles his beautiful mother far more. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that Arslan isn't even their real child.]]
* Sister variant in ''Anime/SlamDunk'': Nobody can believe that Takenori Akagi (who looks like ''Patrick Ewing'', by the way, and has the InUniverse nickname of "Gorilla") and Haruko Akagi are related.
* In the classic anime ''Anime/HakushonDaimao'', the titular Hakushon is a fat and {{gonk}}-like BenevolentGenie... and the father of Akubi, a ''really'' adorable-looking GenkiGirl Genie.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Historia and Freida Reiss are both stunningly beautiful women in comparison to their short, balding lump of a father. In Historia's case, it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since her mother was an attractive domestic servant in the Reiss household.
* In ''Anime/GrimmsFairytaleClassics'' (and the tales that inspired them), whenever a very old and ugly WickedWitch has a daughter, one can expect said daughter to be very pretty. It takes place in "The Magic Heart" (with the Witch and her [[spoiler: adoptive]] daughter [[DaddysLittleVillain and accomplice]] Lisbeth), "The Six Swans" (with the daughter doubling as a HotWitch in her own right) and in "Rapunzel" (where the Witch pretty much kidnaps Rapunzel as a baby and she grows up to be a stunner).
* ''Manga/YuGiOh'': There is a gender-inverted version with [[TheStoic Ryuji]] [[PerpetualFrowner Otogi]], the very [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/yugioh/images/9/99/Ryuji_Otogi_manga.png/revision/latest?cb=20171221020554 good-looking]] son of his rather unpleasant-looking dad.
** Also another gender-inverted and downplayed version with Pharaoh Akhenamkanen and his son Pharaoh Atem: While Akhenamkanen is [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/yugioh/images/6/69/Akhnamkanon.png/revision/latest?cb=20080412052942 not exactly ugly]], he just can't be comparable to his [[http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/9500000/Atem-from-Yu-Gi-Oh-manga-pharaoh-atem-9575789-396-464.jpg incredibly hot son.]]
* Tsuyu from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''. [[DownplayedTrope While she's more "cute" rather than "hot"]], she's basically a CuteMonsterGirl with some frog traits, while her parents, ''especially'' her father, [[{{Gonk}} look more like giant, human-shaped frogs rather than humans]]. Her little siblings are also better looking as well. [[https://scontent.fmad3-3.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19260735_1276766459100448_1372257416673047309_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&_nc_eui2=AeGUioDTuJOHOYl3p0D6uan-kT6YXjwdZ8dV1xF-W3jW6FFji8EkOL5oRj9Q7tFAapZVY7G_0Bl2LZ60Ge87TEGn91AcDTQaih3N0PuV5zcfBQ&oh=301b59b34fff5b8a2fb2f5edddc66fb5&oe=5B8E134B Just take a look]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'': [[MadScientist Doctor Sivana]], Captain Marvel's archenemy, has four children: Georgia and Junior, who look just like him, and the subtly named Magnificus and [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Beautia]], who take after [[UglyGuyHotWife their mother Venus]].
* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'''s ''Mutant League'' comic (unrelated to the [[WesternAnimation/MutantLeague cartoon]]), we have Coach Brikka (orc-like mutant) and his daughter Brenda (apparently normal human, and a busty blonde one at that). Could be justified in that mutations may not be hereditary.
* Tenebris and Shun-Day from ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'' both play with this trope; Tenebris, despite her father being the creepy old EvilSorcerer Darkhell, is an [[MsFanservice incredibly sexy]] DarkActionGirl, though this is justified both because Darkhell, once brought back to his youth, is shown to be a quite attractive Bishonen, and because [[spoiler:she is not exactly his daughter in the genetical sense; he created her through a formula that allowed her mother, Queen Adeyrid, to breed her without mating]]; Shun-Day, on the other hand, [[spoiler:is the "daughter" of a bird-like [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demonical]] EvilSorcerer who looks like a monster by human standards. While she is not his real daughter either, the fact she is a clone of her still makes it weird.]]
* Ra's and Talia al Ghul in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', although Ra's can be more attractive DependingOnTheArtist.
* The ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan version]] of Liz Allan is an attractive, voluptuous redhead. Her dad? Is one of ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s henchman, a mutant who goes by the [[FatBastard all too appropriate moniker]] of ''The Blob''.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} and ComicBook/{{X 23}} from the ''ComicBook/XMen'' series (although not in the traditional sense, since she's a test tube baby / [[OppositeSexClone partial clone]]). Justified in that her creator Sarah Kinney, who may have used her own genenetic material in her creation (on top of carrying her to term) happens to be a HotScientist.
* Ellie Camacho, Comicbook/{{Deadpool}}'s daughter. More "Ugly Guy's Cute Daughter," since she's a pre-teen, but when they first met, Deadpool thought she was too beautiful to be his kid.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'''s daughter Honi is a beautiful, full-figured blonde. Even better, she can't be explained by Hagar's wife, Helga, who looks like a stereotypical Wagnerian soprano (as in: "It's not over until she sings") playing Brunnhilde. Though an early comic mentions that Helga ''[[IWasQuiteALooker was]]'' [[IWasQuiteALooker a lot lighter in her younger years]], when Hagar [[AbductionIsLove stole her from her father's castle]].
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' has Sparkle Plenty, stunningly beautiful daughter of clock stopper B.O. Plenty ''and'' his (former) AbhorrentAdmirer wife, Gertie Gravel.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* Charles Perrault's "Toads and Diamonds" inverts this. The pretty daughter takes after her dead father. The ugly daughter takes after their mother.
* The fairy tale "Prunella" inverts this with a GenderFlip. A WickedWitch has a charming son.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} in {{WesternAnimation/Shrek2}}: Fairy Godmother is short, plump and plain featured at best. Her son is ''literally'' PrinceCharming.
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': One wonders how Maurice ended up with tall, slender Belle for a daughter.
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Likewise concerning the Sultan and the lovely looking Jasmine.
** Genderflipped in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. In the flashbacks to Cinderella's past, Cindy's DisappearedDad was very TallDarkAndHandsome. PrinceCharming, however, has a chubby and short dad who kinda looks like the Sultan.
** The same can be said of Prince Phillip and King Hubert in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. Regarding Aurora herself, King Stefan is at least homely and Queen Leah is basically [[StrongFamilyResemblance an older Aurora]] so they don't really qualify... but if one counts the Fairies as {{Parental Substitute}}s, it can be said to be played straight.
** In ''Disney/PeterPan'', TheChiefsDaughter Tiger Lily is drawn as a NubileSavage, while the "{{Injun|Country}}" chief himself is more crudely caricatured (this being TheFifties and all). A gender-flipped version also appears as a brief gag, when a bridegroom marries another IndianMaiden and is then shocked to see her grotesque mother.
* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' features the hero's crush Roxanne, a short, curvy, pretty young girl with an extremely large, hairy, mean, overweight OverprotectiveDad.
* Eep is this to Grug in ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods''.
* Both Victor and Victoria, who are {{Adorkable}} and a ProperLady respectively, in ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' don't take after either of their more cartoonish-looking parents. What's interesting in the case of Victoria and her parents is that not only is her father not much of a looker, her mother is quite possibly worse.
* Crysta from ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'' has a father who closely resembles the Sultan from Disney/{{Aladdin}} as a fairy.
* Tanya Mousekewitz from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', particularly in the first sequel where she's older and more developed, bears little resemblance to her chubby father. It's possible she took after her mother, if she was quite a looker once.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** Maria Posada is extremely pretty, compared to her diminutive, grey haired, hunch-backed, big nosed, [[https://38.media.tumblr.com/77f3fd45b268361023f5c0f914bbb398/tumblr_n94z6pM4Jj1thvrijo1_400.png father]].
** WordOfGod that the [[FreezeFrameBonus cute pin-up girl hanging on the wall of a bar]] in [[https://twitter.com/mexopolis/status/565330053010296833 one scene]] is based on the character design for Chela the Bandit Princess, adopted daughter of the plug-ugly Chakal the Bandit King.
* Marianne and Dawn's father from ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' isn't ''too'' bad looking except that he's significantly older looking then what he should be.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Senseless}}'':
** In this Marlon Wayans comedy, we learn this in reverse. Wayans's character, Darryl Witherspoon, spends the entire movie wooing a gorgeous, light-skinned black girl, and later on we find out that her father is Darryl's boss, who is both plain-looking and white.
--->'''Darryl:''' Oooo, you took a dip in some chocolate I see!
** Darryl himself is a GenderFlip, being quite handsome compared to his burly ApronMatron mother.
* Paulie Bleeker of ''Film/{{Juno}}'' is somewhat of a male example. Being played by Michael Cera, he is cute in a male-{{moe}} kind of way, with a frumpy mother described by Juno as "[[IWasQuiteALooker possibly was hot once]], but now looks like a hobbit."
* In ''Film/GrownUps'', Rob Schneider's character has two beautiful daughters from previous marriages, and another one that looks exactly like him.
* In the classic monster movie ''Film/{{Them}}'', the dorky AbsentMindedProfessor who is sent to help shows up with another entomologist too. An incredibly gorgeous brunette. His daughter. How on earth this could have happened is stranger than the idea that atomic bomb tests could have turned ants into giant monsters the size of a truck.
* In ''Film/RunFatBoyRun'', Mr. Goshdashtidar is the father of the unbelievably, incredibly hot Maya.
* The grouchy landlord Mr. Ditkovich's daughter in the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy''.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', you look at Cedric Diggory and his dad Amos and you think Ced got '''all''' his looks from his mom.
* ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'', commented on in the movie.
* Subverted in ''Film/ShallowHal'' where Hal wonders how Rosemary can possibly be related to her obese father. Of course Hal has been hypnotised so that he sees Rosemary as a slim attractive woman when in reality, she's morbidly obese herself.
* Young, pretty Carina Smyth from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales'' turns out to be [[spoiler:the daughter of none other than the grizzled Captain Hector Barbossa.]]
* In ''Barbara the Fair'', the titular character's father is a hideous underwater monster. PlayedForLaughs because while he knows she is lovely he doesn't realize the trope applies to him.
-->'''Tsarevich Andrey''': Is your daughter beautiful?
-->'''Chudo-Yudo''': Very! Takes after me!
-->'''Tsarevich Andrey''': After you?! ''(drops in a dead faint)''

* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the female offspring of Igors were described as uniformly lovely. Which makes one wonder how/why (at least) one of them could pass as a male Igor.
** It's suggested that Igors are good enough surgeons that visible stitches, stoops, lisps etc are completely avoidable and are only kept for the sake of fashion/tradition - but this doesn't apply to Igorinas, who get the full benefit of cosmetic surgery with none of the mandatory hideousness ([[SensualSlavs and the Uberwaldian blood probably helps]]).
** ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' has Conina, the beautiful warrior-maiden (who would rather be a hairdresser) who happens to be the daughter of Cohen the Barbarian, who when we last saw him a few books ago, in ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', is a skinny, bald old man covered in scars. She says she got her looks from her mother (who was a temple dancer).
*** Even though Cohen takes into account the fact that he is ANCIENT. As a young man, he was the greatest barbarian alive, and probably way better looking.
*** It's possible that Twoflower and his at least one gorgeous daughter (depending on what you think of the description of Pretty Butterfly) could count. He's probably closer to "not handsome" than "ugly", though, so perhaps not.
* Subverted in the ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' series - rather than taking after her mother, the daughter of a not very handsome noble doesn't look better than him, but rather ''worse'' - Ward mentions that the nose that looks okay on her father makes ''her'' look intimidating. Double subverted, as Ward is totally smitten with her nevertheless.
* A {{subversion}} of the "looks like mother" explanation was used in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'' where Elena Bothari has all the features of her father, but rather than being scary and ugly, they are beautiful. For example, Sargeant Bothari is a six-foot-six monster of a man, quite imposing. Elena Bothari is a tall, slender woman. Becomes a painful plot point when [[spoiler:after Bothari's death, Elena's mother can't stand to even look at her]], because she looks too much like [[spoiler:the man who raped her]].
* Eileen Stoker in ''The Butler Did It'' (by Creator/PGWodehouse). Her father was a boxer.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Indiscretions of Archie'': "Your mother must have been terribly attractive."
** In the Mulliner story, "Romance of a Bulb-Squeezer" this trope evokes the following dialogue:
-->"What do you mean," [Clarence Mulliner] cried, "by saying that she took after you?"\\
"She does."\\
"She does not. She is the loveliest girl in the world, while you look like Creator/LonChaney made up for something."
** [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that the girl in question is implied to be quite plain, possibly even a bit homely. Clarence is a photographer and is so tired of taking photographs of lovely girls that she seems beautiful to him.
* Fleur Delacour of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fame was easily the most beautiful good guy in the entire series. When we meet her parents in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', her father is described as short and plump with a pointed black beard, and "[[UglyGuyHotWife nowhere near as attractive as his wife]]." (Who Fleur of course closely resembles.)
** Granted, Fleur and her mother are part-[[TheBeautifulElite Veela]] so ''everybody'' next to them looks plain.
** Also a {{Gender Inver|ted Trope}}sion in the case of Tom Riddle. His mother Merope is rather unfortunate-looking due to inbreeding in the family, and used a love potion to snare handsome muggle Tom Riddle Sr. The head of the orphanage recalls that when Tom was born, Merope said shortly before she died that she hopes he looks like his daddy. Boy howdy, did he! And the woman who ran the orphanage told Dumbledore that she also hoped Riddle Jr. looked like his father because "[Merope] was no beauty". Ouch.
** The two Weasley parents are described as "balding" (Mr. Weasley) and "plump" (Mrs. Weasley) almost every time they're mentioned. They're very poor so their life has taken a bit of a toll on them. However their only daughter ''and'' youngest child Ginny becomes very pretty when she hits fifteen.
* In the book ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', Buttercup's mother and father are both described as quite tiny and ugly, and both of them are not exactly sure how they managed to produce ''Buttercup'', but they're not going to investigate the happy accident.
* {{Gender Flip}}ped in one of Creator/NeilGaiman's short stories in ''Keepsakes and Treasures'', in which a specific human bloodline is marked by the women all being hideous-looking and the rare male offspring being the most beautiful people in the world.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Cookie'' by Jacqueline Wilson. The main character, Beauty's, father was expecting his daughter to take after her gorgeous mother, but instead she took after him...her name doesn't suit her.
* Kitai in ''Literature/CodexAlera'' is a beautiful white-haired girl. Her dad, on the other hand, is the cheerfully fugly and grotesquely overmuscled chief of the Gargant tribe. [[CoolOldGuy We like him anyway]].
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' novel ''[[Literature/XWingSeries The Bacta War]]'', Corran Horn meets his girlfriend Mirax Terrik's father Booster for the first time. His immediate response is "Oh, I guess you take after your mother."
** Actually his immediate response to meeting Booster Terrik is to threaten Booster Terrik with the reputation of Booster Terrik. He didn't know he was talking to Booster Terrik.
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' has Bowfleg and Bluefen from The Outcast of Redwall. It explicitly states Swartt was VERY surprised that the ugly, stupid, overweight Bowfleg could father the frail and pretty Bluefen.
* In Creator/AlexandreDumas' ''Literature/TheWomanWithTheVelvetNecklace'', Antonia looks like an angel. Her dad is wizened, pockmarked, and has a leg twisted like a corkscrew.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Roslin Frey certainly won the genetic lottery. Her father, Walder Frey, is described as weaselly (he was at best on the ugly side of average in his youth, but old age has deteriorated his appearance) and thoroughly unpleasant. Roslin, on the other hand, is a classic delicate beauty. It's worth noting that Walder Frey had 29 children, just counting the ones born in wedlock, and most of them were varying degrees of unattractive.
** Sansa Stark could also count, since on a few occasions her father Lord Eddard Stark is described as having a plain and unremarkable appearance. Sansa, meanwhile, is beautiful with auburn hair, who takes after her mother Catelyn Tully.
*** ... Until ''Series/GameOfThrones'' cast the very foxy Creator/SeanBean as Eddard, though.
* E. R. Eddison's ''Literature/TheWormOuroboros'' has Lady Sriva, the beautiful daughter of old, fat and ugly Duke Corsus.
* From ''Literature/WarriorCats'': ''Dawn Of The Clans'', we have Star Flower, who's the beautiful daughter of [[spoiler:the hideous One Eye. Even Thunder wonders how a cat as beautiful as her ever came from someone so hideous]].
* ''Literature/TheWhiteCompany'': Lady Maude Loring. Her father is a short, slender bald man with a permanent squint. Her mother is a tall, stocky, dark and forbidding-looking woman. The lady herself is tall, slender and beautiful and kind enough to make an entire company of rough-and-tumble archers immediately swear to protect her honour.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One ''Series/ThreesCompany'' episode had an Ugly Guy's Hot ''Cousin'': Mr. Roper asks Jack to take his cousin Karen out to cheer her up (he thinks Jack's gay and won't make a move on her). Jack initially tells him that he can't do it because he has other obligations on the same night, he and the girls speculate on what a woman would look like with Mr. Roper's face and/or body... and then Karen shows up at the door. Jack very quickly changes his mind about turning down Mr. Roper's request (though it also was partly because Mr. Roper offered to pay him).
* Similarly, Drew's cousin, played by Nikki Cox, on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''; all of the Careys (and Drew's friends and acquaintances) marvel at ''her very existence''.
* Elle Bishop on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': "And Stephen Toblowsky fathered Kristen Bell... ''how''?"
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': A scene in season one has Abel Koontz, Lily Kane's supposed murderer who's now a death row inmate, taunt Veronica by [[LampshadeHanging asking if she really thinks she's the daughter of the schlubby sheriff]]. [[spoiler:It turns out that she is.]]
* On ''Series/NightCourt'', Dan Fielding, Prosecutor and Man-Whore, is told by his boss the D.A. to look after the Boss's niece. As the D.A. is a Small Person, he expects the niece to be as well. Instead, she's an industrial-strength hottie. (And he's under orders to be a ''gentleman'', which is difficult because he's a man-slut and she's handing out nude pictures of herself and bragging about being double-jointed.)
* In ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' Zack is forced to take Mr Belding's daughter Penny out on a date. He pictures her as Belding in a wig and UncannyValleyMakeup. Thus he gets Screech to pretend to be him on the date. Then they show up at The Max and Penny is '''HOT'''.
** A similar issue in an episode where Zack dates Screech's stunningly beautiful cousin Kimberly. Slater wonders how on Earth she and Screech are related. She's adopted.
* ''Series/TheMunsters'' was a show in which the entire family were freakish monsters...except for Marilyn, the hot blond "black sheep" of the family. This was usually played for humor - a normal guy would get stuck having to meet what he assumed would be an even more hideous monster than her parents, while her family would try and talk down her "bad points"...and the guy would finally meet her.
** Given the basic cast were a Frankenstein's Monster and a Vampire, who somehow produced a Wolfman son, Marilyn is probably the most least odd example of genetics on the show.
*** Considering that a made-for-TV movie depicted her parents as Bride Of Frankenstein and a meek mad scientist... no she isn't.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
** In an episode, the Solomons befriend an overweight, unattractive couple. Tommy sees a picture of their hot daughter ([[TakeOurWordForIt which we don't]]) and describes her as "a triumph of aerobics over genetics".
** In another episode Tommy meets his girlfriend's parents. When he sees her father, a bald, ugly man, Tommy's perplexed. Then he meets the mother, a perky blonde just like her daughter, he goes "Oh, now I get it!"
* Al and Kelly Bundy from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. His backstory has him being a football player good-looking enough to score with a cheerleader (what Peg used to be). The only reason Al is "ugly" is that he's gotten older and his diet hasn't helped any.
* In Ed O'Neill's new show ''Series/ModernFamily'' not only does he have a young, hot wife but his grownup daughter from a previous marriage is hot as well.
* Tiffany Malloy (played by the aforementioned Nikki Cox) in ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'' (a blatant self-rip-off from the producers of ''MWC''). One episode involves her father Jack suspecting that [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe Tiffany is the result of his wife's affair]] with the mailman. [[spoiler: She's not.]]
* Scorpius and his daughter Trakeena on ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy''
** She is supposed to evolve into a form similar to her father, but she dislikes the idea.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': Will reluctantly agrees to go on a date with Jazz's sister, whom ''everyone'' assumes will look like Jazz in drag. In reality, she's very attractive, but she has [[{{Yandere}} other issues]].
* Chris on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has this exact reaction when he begins to date ButtMonkey Jerry's beautiful daughter. In "Ben's Parents", it is revealed that all of his daughters (and his wife) are gorgeous.
* Donna Pinciotti on ''Series/That70sShow'' definitely takes more after her mother.
* Invoked in Series/{{Blackadder}}: ''Amy and Amiability'':
--> Blackadder: I can see where your daughter gets her ready wit, sir.
--> Hardwood: I thank you.
--> Blackadder: Although where she gets her good looks and charm is perhaps more of a mystery.
--> Hardwood: No one ever made money out of good looks and charm!
--> Blackadder: You obviously haven't met Lady Hamilton, sir.
* Series/{{Frasier}}: Martin tries to set Frasier up with his friend Duke's daughter. Frasier is skeptical when he is told how attractive she is but the praise turns out to be accurate.
--> '''Frasier:''' Yes, well I have seen Duke, and unless he sired a love child with Catherine Deneuve, I don't like my odds.
* ''Just The Ten Of Us'' All of the daughters of Coach Lubbock. It's not as obvious with the grade-school age one and the one who's still an infant, and more prominent with the boy-crazy two of the four teenaged daughters, but they are all much prettier than one would expect them to be.

* Occurs in ''Pinball/WhoaNellieBigJuicyMelons'' -- Papa Mellon is a short, grizzled farmer with a big bushy beard, while [[FarmersDaughter his three daughters]] are so sexy that they make passersby [[HelloNurse get into trouble from gawking at them.]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The most charitable thing you could say about the appearance good old Wrestling/MickFoley after years of abuse and chair shots to the head is that he's "homely". However, thanks to being enough of a NiceGuy to bag [[UglyGuyHotWife his lovely wife Colette]], his daughter Noelle is nothing short of an absolute ''stunner,'' as can be seen in [[https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/dcvFe3u_s0YgfggZsfM5AqwrCZ4=/0x38:529x391/1310x873/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/49003517/NoelleMick.0.0.png this image of dad and daughter together.]] Mick used to be quite [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HoUltQPjVM0/TszTADF75BI/AAAAAAAADm8/uA_E6G73_ac/s640/YoMicfoleyPic.jpg a handsome guy]] in his youth, so Noelle didn't get all of her beauty just from her mom.

* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Sweeney Todd and Johanna. {{Averted|Trope}} in [[Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet the movie]], where he's [[HollywoodHomely allegedly ugly]] but it's still [[Creator/JohnnyDepp Johnny-frakking-Depp]]. Forced transport to Australia for years of hard labor probably do one's looks no favors. In the theater performances, Sweeney Todd more often looks like he's played by a foot. A fat foot.
** And, of course, Johanna looks exactly like her gorgeous mother, and without ever having seen her, Sweeney is able to accurately guess what she'd look like:
--> And are you beautiful and pale,
-->With yellow hair, like her?
** Yes. [[MemeticMutation Yes, she is.]]
* Variation: "Meeskite" from ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' is the ballad of an ugly couple who eventually have a beautiful baby boy; the wife, Pearl, is even uglier than the narrator.
** That's the expurgated version. In the original version, the wife isn't ugly, she's Jewish. The resulting child doesn't look Jewish. Or, at any rate, through the doting father's eyes. The joke is that Jewish = ugly; the only attractive Jew is one who happens by some accident not to look Jewish. Since the song is one of the cabaret songs, and is thus a burlesque song sung in Germany just before WWII, it makes perfect sense, but some audience members didn't quite "get" the difference between the songs that were part of the ordinary score, and the songs in the cabaret, and were offended, so the song was changed. In the 1980s rewrite and revival (where Cliff is finally gay), the song was not used. However, in the 1972 movie, where all the songs are in the cabaret, and none are in the body of the film, the original "she wouldn't look Jewish at all!" version is used.
* Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}, an ugly hunchback, has a beautiful daughter, Gilda. (Based on ''Le Roi s'amuse'' by Hugo, who must've liked hunchbacks.)
* ''Theatre/DontDrinkTheWater'': Main character Axel is shocked when he meets the shlubby and crazy Walter's gorgeous and polite daughter, Susan.
* ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' and ''Theatre/MyFairLady'' feature pretty Eliza Doolittle and her grubby old father Alfred (who's also a KavorkaMan). The contrast is visible even when they're visibly poor and ragged, but it becomes especially apparent once they both enter high society: SheCleansUpNicely, while he becomes a well-dressed but still cartoonish-looking rich old man.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Princess Medea of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' is considered to be so beautiful that a tourism guide writes seeing her in person is worth the pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Trodain. Meanwhile, her father King Trode is an extremely short, ugly, foul-tempered green ogre, though in fairness his appearance is due to a curse. [[spoiler:Though when he regains his human form back at the end, his physical appearance barely changes from his cursed form, so it's still played straight.]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' has father Tarin (who [[AllJustADream looks]] like [[Characters/SuperMarioBros Mario]]) and his cute & gorgeous daughter Marin (who is said to look like [[Characters/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]).
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', there is a bit of a ''contrast'', shall we say, between the esteemed [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/King_Zora_(Ocarina_of_Time) King Zora XVI]] and his daughter [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/Princess_Ruto Ruto]]. Malon and Talon, modelled after Marin and Tarin, are similarly dissimilar. In Malon's case, it is possible due to one of Talon's remarks that her mother was a Gerudo or had traits of one, explaining her appearance.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', Mila and her father. Downplayed with Maggie and ''her'' father; while Maggie is nowhere near as pretty as Mila, she's still UglyCute compared to her more straightforwardly ugly {{Gonk}} of a father.
** This also happens in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', where Ilia is quite cute compared to the Mayor of Ordon Village.
*** This is lampshaded in universe. By a ''Goron''.
** And in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', where Zelda's cuteness has nothing to do with her owl-faced dad.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' follows this trope with King Rhoam, who's not ''hideous'' but he is a rather large and stern-looking [[spoiler: {{Expy}} of the Old Man in the original game.]] His daughter Zelda, on the other hand, is so adorable she's still renowned for her beauty even [[spoiler: 100 years later]]. There's a similar dynamic between the Zora King Dorephan, a huge, old, fat monarch, and his daughter Princess Mipha, who is both prettier and less fish-like than the other Zora. Incidentally, Dorephan's son Sidon is also good looking and an in-universe ChickMagnet, implying either that Dorephan was [[IWasQuiteALooker better looking long ago]] or that the kids got their looks from their [[MissingMom unseen and unmentioned mother]].
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem Fire Emblem New Mystery of the Emblem]]'', the family relation between bonus recruits [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/4/4c/Dice.png/revision/latest?cb=20100717035600 Dice]] and [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/d/d4/Malice.png/revision/latest?cb=20151105032249 Malice]] truly beggars belief.
** [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:SoniaFE2.gif Sonya]] in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Fire Emblem Gaiden]]'' is the daughter of the evil priest [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:FE2_Judah_Portrait.png Judah]], but she doesn't have her father's freakish features or [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation blue skin]]. Averted in the manga adaptation where [[AdaptationalAttractiveness Judah]] is a [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:JudahManga.jpg normal old looking man]], [[https://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/7/72/Sonya_Echoes.png/revision/latest?cb=20170412135258 but]] [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/5/51/Juda_Echoes.png/revision/latest?cb=20170412135538 emphatized]] in the remake ''Echoes: Shadows of Valentia''
*** In ''Echoes'', [[spoiler: Celica]]'s DisappearedDad [[spoiler: the King of Zofia]] is finally seen... and while he's not a {{gonk}}, [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/3/3b/Lima_IV_cutscene.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20170413110135 he's quite creepy looking]]. It's a good thing that [[spoiler: [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/b/b1/CelicaFEE.png/revision/latest?cb=20170223045230 Celica]] (and in ''Echoes'', her half-brother [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/9/92/Conrad_Echoes.png/revision/latest?cb=20170412150644 Conrad]])]] only inherited the man's [[EvilRedhead red hair]], looks-wise.
** [[https://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/e/e5/Bartre_FE6.png/revision/latest?cb=20170508103953 Bartre]]'s daughter [[https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/c/c5/Fir.png/revision/latest?cb=20160614032611 Fir]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade''. She [[UglyGuyHotWife takes after her mother]]. Bartre is not ''super'' hideous but more HollywoodHomely as well as [[ThebigGuy REALLY big]], and Fir looks a lot like her super beautiful mom [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/5/52/Karla.png/revision/latest?cb=20160713220942 Karla]].
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[spoiler:this can happen if the player styles his or her Avatar of either gender as being {{bishonen}} or {{bishoujo}}-looking enough, since s/he is the son or daughter of the '''VERY''' weird-looking EvilSorcerer Validar. Even if the player decides to keep their default looks, [[http://i.imgur.com/9tMtvwm.jpg they're still considerably]] [[http://i.imgur.com/CPvJjhj.jpg more attractive than him.]] And even if the player make a male Avatar big and more rugged-up than handsome (It's not really possible to make any Avatar a {{Gonk}}), then ''his'' [[http://statici.behindthevoiceactors.com/behindthevoiceactors/_img/chars/char_90058.jpg daughter]] will fit this trope.]]
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'',the GentleGiant [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:Benoit_portrait.png Benny]] has a huge FaceOfAThug case... but if he gets married, he can father the SociallyAwkwardHero [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ignis_portrait.png Ignatius]] and, potentially, the CulturedBadass [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:Shigure_portrait.png Shigure]] (if his wife is Azura) and the BadassAdorable [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:Kanna_male_portrait.png Kana]] (if she's the Female Avatar). The three young men have quite more flattering looks than Benny; even if Ignatius (the one who resembles him the most) ''does'' have a somewhat scary face and shares Dad's [[NoBrows lack of eyebrows]], he has softer features and a more flattering hairstyle, ''and'' is [[ProgressivelyPrettier noticeably prettied up]] [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/0/00/Cipher_Ignis.png in some]] [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/b/bb/4Koma_Ignatius.png illustrations]].
*** In the same game, the monstrous-looking [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/5/57/Garon_portrait.png King Garon]] has four kids, [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/4/42/Xander_Art.png all of]] [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/9/96/Camilla_art.png which are]] [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/b/bc/Leon_art.png very attractive]] ([[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/f/f3/Elise_art.png or at least cute]] in Elise's case). This applied even before [[spoiler: Garon being a reanimated corpse during the main story]]. According to [[http://insanekirby.tumblr.com/post/151067252511/bruh-garon-used-to-be-hot-and-a-cavalier his FE Cipher card]], [[IWasQuiteALooker Gaorn was very gorgeous in his youth, the splitting image of his eldest son.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', the daughter of Zhang Fei, Xingcai. {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} with Xiahou Ba, who is much more handsome and attractive than his father, Xiahou Yuan. Funnily enough Xingcai and Xiahou Ba were historically related.
** Xiahou Ba's attractiveness is even lampshaded by Zhang Fei himself, who complains that Ba bears no resemblance to his father at all.
** Even Xiahou Yuan can't seem to believe he fathered such a handsome son, failing to recognise him in ''[=WO3=]''.
** In ''8'', even Guan Yu gets in on the act (even if he more of a dignified GentleGiant than rugged-ugly), with the introduction of Guan Yinping. She's ''really cute'', but there's one thing she inherited from her father: [[SuperStrength her monstrous strength]].
* Princess Garnet of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' turned out ''[[SubvertedTrope not]]'' to be the daughter of the [[{{Gonk}} gigantically obese, blue, ogreish]] Queen Brahne, seemingly averting this, but then you remember that Garnet [[spoiler:was picked for Brahne's adopted daughter because she looked nearly identical to the Queen's recently deceased baby]] and then your mind starts boggling again.
* A gender inversion happens in ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit'' with the beautiful Princess Eva Earlong's ''mother'' being fat and ugly making this a case of ''The Ugly Gal's Hot Daughter''.
* {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} in ''[[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of the Betrayer]]''. Want to know what [[CuteMonsterGirl Cute Monster Guy]] Gannayev's mother looked like? ''[[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/images/MM35_gallery/MM35_PG193.jpg This.]]'' Good thing he took after the father, huh? Of course, this is explained InUniverse as coming from the PowerOfLove, as his parents truly loved each other, while most hags take the IHaveYouNowMyPretty approach to mating.
** ''VideoGame/PlaneScapeTorment'' featured the same trope with the same monster with a partial gender inversion. Kessai-Serris' avatar is limited by the graphics of 1999 but still looks like she would be rather [[MostCommonSuperpower endowed]] and shapely, but she is described as utterly gorgeous and sensual. She works in a Brothel where stunningly attractive women are paid for PlatonicProstitution only. Her mother is Ravel Puzzlewell, a night hag, the same type of creature as Gannayev's mother. Her father is also a rather ugly sort of demon, a cambion.
** Additionally, Hags (including Night Hags) are known in multiple editions for changing shape and using it to trick victims or seduce mates.
* Sweet little Eliza from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonIslandOfHappiness'' always gets weird looks when she mentions that she's the daughter of the [[PerpetualFrowner constantly scowling]] carpenter, Gannon.
** ''The Tale of Two Towns'' has adult stunner Laney and her hulking, CampStraight {{Gonk}} of a father, Howard.
* [[spoiler:Meryl Oakland/Princess Natalia]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is considerably cuter than her father, [[spoiler:Largo the Black Lion aka Badaq Oakland]] and her [[spoiler:adoptive father: King Ingolbert]].
* Not a real application, but invoked in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'': to smuggle Nina (an adorable little winged-human girl) out of Wyndia, Garr (a giant beast-man) claims she's his daughter. The border guard blanches for a second, then declares she must have a beautiful mother.
* Rayn from the ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' series is the daughter to Krew. And if you've seen what Krew looks like, [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction heaven help the woman he ended up with to produce her]]!
** And to a lesser extent, Keira and her father Samos.
*** And to an even lesser extent, Ashelin and her father, [[spoiler:Baron Praxis.]]
* '' Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** While Manfred von Karma from the first game is rather weathered and harsh looking, [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/1/11/Franzygk.jpg his daughter]] is rather more pleasant in court. If a bit [[WhipItGood harsh]].
** Case 3-3 features [[http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/4/49320/1154103-viola_cadaverini_large.jpg Viola Cadaverini]] who is quite pretty (in a dark and edgy way) as opposed to her grandfather, Bruto Cadaverini, and her father who is never named but shown very briefly during the case.
** [[http://images.wikia.com/aceattorney/images/c/cd/Lauren_Paups_OA.PNG Lauren Paups]] is attractive while her [[http://images.wikia.com/aceattorney/images/e/eb/Colin2.PNG father]] is more on the unattractive side.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has a case of ugly ''woman's'' hot daughter: Dizzy is actually the daughter of Justice, a borderline EldritchAbomination. [[spoiler: Then it's subverted: Justice is revealed to have been a ''beautiful'' human woman, Sol/Frederick's old girlfriend and partner Aria. She's more or less revived in ''Xrd SIGN'' as her remaining halves (the weird-looking Justice and the ''smoking hot'' Jack'O Valentine) merge into one at the end.]]
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'': It's revealed at the very end of the game that [[spoiler:Rozalin and the guy claiming to be Zenon are ''not'' in fact related by blood]].
** Played semi-straight with Mao in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'': Mao's a somewhat cute (creepy MadScientist tendencies notwithstanding) nerdy humanoid-looking demon. Then you meet his father's [[spoiler:Ghost]]. The guy's ''single finger'' is four or five times Mao's height! Pity his mother.
*** Hey they live long, they have a long time to grow big or get fat.
*** Remember that said overlord was extremely fond of using elaborate ruses to scare people away and a VERY powerful sorceror if provoked into combat. That brings the question of how much of that was actual size and how much was illusion. Regardless he was probably pretty tall anyway, especially with that menacing armor to bolster said size.
* Hypothetically, [[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Gen'an Shiranui]] and [[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai Shiranui]] according to some fans. However, this is unconfirmed.
* The 'Father' version of VideoGame/{{Nier}} is a gnarled, hulking, prematurely aged brute of a man, however his daughter Yonah is delicate and angelic. particularly when ShesAllGrownUp.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'' players who marry their sims to funny-looking townies often end up with surprisingly attractive sim offspring. Pleasantview townie [[http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Goopy_GilsCarbo Goopy Gilscarbo]] is particularly infamous for having gorgeous kids.
* Gender flipped in the ''VideoGame/MushihimeSama'' series. Larsa is fat and her beauty or lack thereof leaves much to be desired. Yet her older son Aki is [[{{Bishounen}} beautiful]], and Palm looks to be following in Aki's footsteps.
* Gerald and Maria Robotnik in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. Dr. Eggman, on the other hand, is almost a spitting image of Gerald, albeit younger and fatter.
* ''VideoGame/DanceCentral's'' Oblio is a male example of this trope; his father [[spoiler: Dr. Tan]] is horribly ugly, but Oblio is ''hot''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Series'': Kouji thanks Gou for the save, and Ryouma notes that Gou appears to have grown since the last time they met. Kei says this is a matter of course, she's with him from morning till night. This causes Benkei some distress, and Gai sheepishly reminds him that he's there too. Benkei replies that Gai being there is no cause for concern though, which brings Gai down a bit. Hibiki asks what Kei's relation to Benkei is, and Ryouma replies that she's his daughter. Suzune goes "EHHHHHH!?" causing Benkei to comment that she's a little *too* surprised. Kei may not look like Benkei, but he's the only real parent Kei's ever had.
* The de Sainte-Coquille fathers in the ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' series have attractive-looking daughters who are eligible marriage candidates to the playable character. Max from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory2'' is a male example.

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* Doctor Thadeus Thanos. A MadScientist villain from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', was an ugly, scrunched up hunchback whose face looked half-melted. His daughter Gladiola, on the other hand, was not just beautiful, she was stunningly so. Of course, he ''did'' genetically engineer her to be that way...
* Jobe of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' started out as a carbon copy of his unattractive supervillain dad: short, nerdy, weasel-faced,... But one lab accident later, and he's now the Beautiful (drow) Daughter of the Ugly Father.
** Or Techwolf's (Harry Wolfe) father and his sisters. Due to a curse on an ancestor, the men in Harry's family look like the werewolves from ''The Howling''. The daughters all look ''gorgeous''.
* This is mentioned by ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' in her ''Franchise/DisneyPrincess'' review. She talks about how there is a period of time when the princesses seemed to have goofy, old dads who they tried to escape by getting married.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In episodes taking place [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the future]], Homer and Lisa Simpson provide an example of this trope.
** Future Maggie also resembles Future Lisa pretty closely.
** In an episode set in the future, Lisa marries Milhouse and they have a teen daughter named Zia who resembles Lisa. She was genetically engineered to have the "best of their DNA" which meant mostly Lisa's.
** One of Bart's love interests Mary Spuckler, whose dad is Cletus, the slack-jawed yokel. It was even lampshaded by Millhouse.
-->'''Millhouse (looking at a photo of her from Bart)''': She looks pretty cute for Cletus' daughter.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Averted with Peter and Meg. Peter Griffin is no looker, but his daughter Meg is considered very ugly in-universe. Played straight when Meg gets a makeover in the episode "Don't Make Me Over." Too bad it's only temporarily.
** {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} with Brian's son [[TroubledButCute Dylan]]. While Brian is handsome-looking for a dog, his mother Tracy is ''hideous''. (Though she ''did'' [[IWasQuiteALooker let herself go]]). Stewie is course implied to have [[HoYay a crush on him]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' inverts this trope, too. How the beautiful Shelton's mother could give birth to a two hideous abominations like Shelton and Shelly defies all rational explanation. Shelton, however, [[TheGlassesGottaGo is handsome without his glasses]]. His sister Shelly, instead, is still very ugly.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' has [[MadScientist Professor Calamitous]] and his [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter daughter]] Beautiful Gorgeous ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Yes, that is ]][[AwesomeMcCoolName her real name]])
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has Dr. Doofenshmirtz and [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter his daughter Vanessa]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' early 1970s spinoff ''WesternAnimation/ThePebblesAndBammBammShow'' where Fred Flintstone's daughter Pebbles is now a teenager. [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Bamm-Bamm]] qualifies as a male version of this trope to his ([[HappilyAdopted albeit adoptive]]) father, Barney Rubble.
* [[RebelliousPrincess Amalia]] and her dad, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'', we have the gorgeous Kathy Duquesne. She clearly didn't get her looks from her father Carlton.
* Cerina in ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'' compared to her father, Cybron. To be fair, he took the Doctor Doom route and covered his entire body in PowerArmor, so we never see his real face.
* Julie to her father [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Abraham Kane]] in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''. Also ''another'' case of MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter.
* Hiroshi Sato from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is a downplayed example. He's not the best-looking guy, but he's not ugly either. His daughter Asami, though...is [[AloofDarkHairedGirl gorgeous]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' has Ilana and her father, the King of Galaluna. This is similar to many Disney Princess examples.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has {{ComicBook/Raven}}, a HalfHumanHybrid who looks completely human ([[SuperpoweredEvilSide most of the time anyways]]). Her father is [[BigBad Trigon]], a [[BigRedDevil giant red demon]] from {{Hell}}; while her [[MissingMom mother]] Arella is a beautiful human lady, and [[StrongFamilyResemblance Raven clearly gets all her good looks from her mom's side]].
** Even in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' with its simplified artwork, it's still obvious. Trigon still looks like a huge, red, multi-eyed demon, while Raven herself looks like a gray goth girl, but still looks human without the GameFace.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Hotshot", where all the planets saved by Hotshot/Brad Starlight seem to be ruled by kings with a "surprisingly attractive daughter".
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Olga Pataki inherited her mother Miriam's genes, thankfully. Helga didn't, since she resembles their father Bob quite more - though [[SheCleansUpNicely she can look beautiful when she tries.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' Season 5:
** The Scotsman's Daughters are an ''[[MassiveNumberedSiblings entire legion]]'' of tall, busty and gorgeous [[AmazonBrigade warrior women]]. Where precisely they got their good looks is anyone's guess, as they didn't seem to (directly) inherit it from either of their parents; the Scotsman is a [[BarbarianHero massive and very ugly warrior]], and his Wife (their mom) is a morbidly obese BrawnHilda who's [[{{Gonk}} just as (if not more) ugly as he is]] (though her husband still thinks she's very beautiful).
** Ashi and her six identical sisters are all conventionally attractive young women, who are heavily implied to be the [[StrongFamilyResemblance spitting image of their mother]], the [[EvilMatriarch High Priestess]]. Their father is another story however; [[spoiler:it's Aku himself, who is a very monstrous-looking, semi-humanoid [[EldritchAbomination space demon]] who doesn't look anything like his Daughters. Well, at least until Aku finally meets Ashi and [[TransformationHorror morphs her into a similarly scary-looking demon]].]]