->Was this the face that [[TheTrojanWar launch'd a thousand ships]],[[note]]Not [[LauncherOfAThousandShips that kind.]][[/note]]
->And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
->Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.
-->-- '''Christopher Marlowe''', ''Doctor Faustus''

DistaffCounterpart to WorldsStrongestMan, because MenAreStrongWomenArePretty.

She's [[UpToEleven beyond]] HelloNurse. This character is notable in her universe for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin having better looks than any other woman in it.]] She ([[AlwaysFemale and it's always a she]]) is the World's Most Beautiful Woman.

[[BlessedWithSuck That doesn't mean her life is going to be easy, of course.]] These women are almost always SoBeautifulItsACurse. She may be the target of a VainSorceress looking to be the FairestOfThemAll, has some [[StalkerWithACrush unwanted attention]] or she may simply be [[AbductionIsLove kidnapped]].

Just the fact of a character's [[MsFanservice being]] [[HelloNurse hot]] is not enough to qualify her for this trope. Indeed, many of these women fall into InformedAttractiveness. The character must be explicitly stated to be the world's most beautiful woman, hence why this trope is usually limited to fantasy and mythology, two genres that tend to go light on real-world logic (Was there a worldwide beauty contest that every woman alive was forced to enter?).

Of course, having ''two'' (or more) women contending for the title is usually not good, and you really, really, really want to limit it to mortal competitors. Asserting that a woman is [[BlasphemousBoast more beautiful than a goddess]] is ''dangerous''. Even...''especially'' [[MortonsFork if she's another goddess.]]

A common trait of the PrincessClassic. If it's not just the fact that she's beautiful, but that he feels like she's above him, she's a PeerlessLoveInterest. Note that the RealLife examples are all political in nature; this is no place to gush about attractive women, since such a title is so subjective that it's meaningless in the real world.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Nareesha in the OELManga ''Manga/{{Bizenghast}}'' is the three-time champion.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[Creator/TiteKubo Word of God]] states that Retsu Unohana is the most beautiful woman in all of [[SpiritWorld Soul Society]]. [[spoiler: She is also the original Kenpachi and the strongest one to have ever existed until surpassed by Zaraki (a man). In other words, she's both the most beautiful '''and''' the strongest woman in Soul Society.]]
** Unohana's status doesn't stop [[CampGay Charlotte]] [[MachoCamp Cuulhorne]] and [[{{Bishonen}} Yumichika]] [[BishieSparkle Ayasegawa]] engaging in a [[SeriousBusiness fight to the death]] to [[SillyReasonForWar find out]] who the most beautiful ''person'' in the world is... of course, they're actually both [[TheDandy men]], but neither of them let that fact get in the way.
* The girls in ''HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri'' are said to be the most beautiful girls in the world by a magic mirror. Though they're only the most beautiful in the world after transforming, their normal little girl forms aren't considered.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Boa Hancock of the Shichibukai. The Risky Brothers claim that her beauty is only rivaled by the Mermaid Princess Shirahoshi.
** And there is Alvida, who proclaims herself as the most beautiful woman in the world. Well, considering what she [[{{Gonk}} looked like]] before she ate her Devil Fruit...
*** Even before her transformation, she claimed to be the most beautiful woman, and forced her original crew to agree, or be clubbed.
** A fabulously rich Wapol marries a woman referred to as "Miss Universe". Whether she actually won a world-wide beauty pageant or if that's her actual name is not known.
* In the second ''Manga/SallyTheWitch'' series, Sally's mom is specifically mentioned to be the most beautiful woman in the magical kingdoms. So much that, when she was a young princess, a VainSorceress put her into sleep, and Sally's dad had to give her a TrueLovesKiss to save her. [[Literature/SnowWhite Hm, where have we seen this, huh?]] [[spoiler: Little did the Queen know that the Witch would later return and try her hand at getting revenge, now targeting Sally and many other human girls...]]
* Ranamon from ''[[Anime/DigimonFrontier Digimon Frontier]]'' is considered the most beautiful Wo''Mon'' in the Digital World, having fan clubs across the land.
* In ''[[LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru Oregairu]]'', the trope likely applies to Yukino Yukinoshita. In the LN chapter 1, Hachiman describes her as having "unparalleled looks" and "the school's number 1 beauty." Although in the anime episode 2, Yui Yuigahama describes Yukino as "really cool" but Yumiko Miura as "gorgeous." But Yui has a tempting reason to lie in that situation. Well at least to Hachiman it's true - much to his annoyance.
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', ArchangelGabriel is a woman, and has the title "The Most Beautiful Woman in Heaven". Her face is never shown to the reader.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Dongfang Xiong ("Heartblade") in the Hong Kong series ''WeaponsOfTheGods''.
* In an issue of ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' from the 1970s, Hal Jordan found the most beautiful woman in the universe on another planet. His friend GreenArrow, who was also there, however, refused to look at her face, claiming that it would spoil the sight of every other woman for him. (Note that Jordan wasn't affected that way. Also, the character's face is [[TheUnreveal never shown to the reader]].)
** Bleez of the Red Lanterns was considered the most beautiful woman of seven systems. Unfortunately, this led to her [[SoBeautifulItsACurse getting abducted and raped]] by members of the Sinestro Corps. She now wears a mask.
* WonderWoman is canonically supposed to be this in the {{DCU}}, having been blessed at birth by the goddess Aphrodite.
* In the ''ComicBook/RisingStars'' comics, there is a character who appears as the most perfect woman to anyone who sees her. The only man who sees her as she really is is the man who loves her.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' has Nada, who is so beautiful that there isn't a single mortal who is worthy of her. Unfortunately, this attracts Desire's attention, and we all know how he likes to mess with Dream...
* In the last ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'' book, Envy is shown to have gained 999 points in bust, hips and waist, making her the perfect woman. Naturally, everyone starts looking at her direction.
* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' takes a jab at the trope, with Snow White mentioning how many of the women there were 'fairest in the land'.
* ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'' has Amora the Enchantress, who is sought after by practically every male in Asgard, even Odin and ''Comicbook/{{Loki}}'' at times, and she sometimes gets kidnapped as her beauty makes her highly prized even to males of ''other species'' like the Frost Giants. If she goes [[VillainsOutShopping shopping]] on Earth, the employees will often scramble to help her and let her take stuff without paying. She's also a VainSorceress who hates the fact that her beauty is not enough to get Thor to fall for her, and she often gets murderously jealous of female superheroes or the girlfriends of male ones, perceiving them as rivals.
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* The title character in the Bukovinan fairy tale "[[http://www.rickwalton.com/folktale/yellow28.htm The Flower Queen's Daughter]]".
-->''And she disappeared into her hut, but returned very soon and said, 'You are a mighty Prince, but at the same time you have a kind heart, which deserves to be rewarded. Would you like to have the most beautiful woman in the world for your wife?'\\
'Most certainly I would,' replied the Prince.\\
So the old woman continued, 'The most beautiful woman in the whole world is the daughter of the Queen of the Flowers, who has been captured by a dragon.''
* Literature/SnowWhite, proclaimed to be "the fairest of them all", deposing her stepmother from the title.
* Princess Toutebelle from ''The Yellow Dwarf'' is described as having beauty "extraordinary and divine rather than mortal" and is basically treated like a goddess by not just her court, ''but by the entire world''. To make things worse, she happens to be a RoyalBrat who rejects ''twenty kings'' for not being good enough for her. And to top it all off, [[MeaningfulName her name means "all-beautiful" in French]]. Her haughtiness leads her to her doom later in the story.
* Princess Kriemhild from the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''. Her beauty is sufficient that Siegfried is not only willing to fight in battles for her favor, but willing to deceive a queen and involve himself in plots that he likely would never take part in otherwise. This is the basis of his tragic flaw, and of her upcoming revenge.
* Kaguya of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_the_Bamboo_Cutter The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter]]'', who every man in Japan wanted to marry even without knowing she was princess of the Moon.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/TheBucketList'', Jack Nicholson's character wants to kiss the world's most beautiful woman before he dies, which he plans to do by kissing a lot of women. [[spoiler: It's sweetly subverted when he reunites with his estranged daughter and discovers that he has a granddaughter, whom he kisses, and crosses that part off the list.]]
* Princess Tamina in ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime ''. Her looks are widely known and when the Persian army first sees her all the men rather hilariously go "OOOOOOOOOOHH!!!!" as if they have never seen a woman before. Ironically once she is out and about outside her palace no one else reacts like this throughout the rest of the film.
* In ''RedCliff'', Xiao Qiao is claimed to be the most beautiful woman in the world. It's even suggested that [[spoiler:[[BigBad Cao Cao]] is only fighting the war because he's obsessed with her. Which she manages to use to her advantage by [[GuileHero making tea for him at a crucial moment, thus delaying his attack and allowing her husband to win the upcoming battle.]]]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' said that at age 18 Buttercup was the most beautiful woman in the world for the last 100 years. It had earlier listed who was the most beautiful woman in the world when Buttercup was born and when she was 10 and 15 years old. The book details what caused Buttercup's predecessors to lose the "Most Beautiful" title (the culprits included an abundance of chocolate, a skin disease, and, best of all, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy worrying too much about losing said beauty]]).
* The final ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' by TamoraPierce has Kalasin, before she committed suicide. Her daughter Thayet "the Peerless" inherited the beauty, and is considered to be the most beautiful woman in Tortall.
* Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/HartsHope''. The Flower Princess, because she will never lie.
* [[{{Barsoom}} Dejah Thoris]] was the most beautiful woman on ''two'' worlds.
* Juliet Stollop/Jewels in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''.
** Assuming she qualified as a woman at all, Myria [=LeJean=]/Unity from ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' probably qualified as this also, as she was designed to be gorgeous by the Auditors. As they copied her features from what was considered the most beautiful ''painting'' of a woman in the world, then improved upon them by erasing imperfections, it's likely that they created this trope without actually comprehending what "beauty" ''is''!
* Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth: Lúthien Tinúviel is "the fairest of all the Children of Ilúvatar" to ever live (''Literature/TheSilmarillion''). At the time of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', her similar-looking great-great-granddaughter Arwen Undómiel is considered to be the fairest by many (although Gimli favored her grandmother, Galadriel).
* Angelica, daughter of the king of Cathay, in Boiardo's ''Orlando Innamorato'', Ariosto's ''Literature/OrlandoFurioso'', and other works by based on the Carolingian cycle by various authors.
* In the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' novels, the elven princess Laurana is repeatedly described as being the most beautiful woman on all the world of Krynn.
* Somehow manages to be gender-inverted in ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', in which [[TheAce the Duke of Buckingham]] is apparently rightly considered the most handsome man in either France or England.
* Lucy comes across a magic spell in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' that could make her this trope. She doesn't go through with it - not because she didn't want to, but because Aslan's face appeared in the book and stopped her. Her sister, Queen Susan, was said to be the most beautiful woman in Narnia, possibly ever. (This was in fact the reason that Lucy wanted to do the spell in the first place; the comparisons were getting to her.)
** Queen Swanwhite, who governed Narnia before the White Witch appeared, was said to have been so pretty that whenever she looked into a pond, said pond would reflect her face for ''a year and a day''.
** Speaking of the White Witch, she was said to be the most gorgeous woman that Diggory [[spoiler: (young Professor Kirke)]] and Uncle Andrew had seen. (And of course, Polly thought she was nothing special). [[spoiler: That is, until she ate a certain forbidden fruit and her eerie paleness made her still very beautiful, but terribly creepy.)]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Cersei Lannister has been called spectacularly beautiful since her youth, but age, motherhood, and alcohol are beginning to take their toll on her beauty by the fourth book. When she was young, she received a prophecy that a more beautiful queen would overthrow her. The books have dropped hints towards three contenders: [[spoiler:Sansa Stark, whose gorgeous mom says that she will grow even more beautiful than her]], [[spoiler:Margaery Tyrell, who is described as pretty by every POV that interacts with her]], and Daenerys Targaryen, whose reputed beauty is remarked upon even half a world away.
** Several of Daenerys followers consider her to qualify as this. In the fifth book one character explicitly calls her the most beautiful woman in the world
** Historically, Queen Sharra Arryn, Shiera Seastar and Ashara Dayne have been called this.
** Played with in regards to Lyanna Stark. While it's generally accepted that Lyanna was really beautiful, the ones to believe her beauty extraordinary are Robert (her fiancé) and Eddard (her brother). Some characters, including Kevan and Cersei Lannister, believe that if Rhaegar had married Cersei instead, he wouldn't have looked twice at Lyanna - although admittedly, they're pretty biased and resentful about the whole affair. (Particularly Cersei.)
* Lanfear from ''TheWheelOfTime'' is very much this. Or course, she doesn't have to worry about being kidnapped or the like, as she's also the world's most powerful woman...
* [[LadyOfWar Kae]][[RavenHairIvorySkin de]] from the ''Literature/TalesOfTheOtori'' series.
* [[LadyOfWar Kahlan Amnell]] of the ''SwordOfTruth'' series, particularly according to [[TheHero Richard Rahl]]. The second book in the series introduces Merissa and [[WomanInBlack Nicci]], whom are stated by some characters (including Kahlan herself!) to be even more beautiful.
* The title of "most beautiful woman of her generation" runs in the Kaftan family in ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' for three generations: Niobe, Orb, and Orlene.
** Niobe is the only one described this way, the others only come close, Blanche on the other hand is called this.
* Melisande Shahrizai in the ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series is lauded to be the world's most beautiful womam. Even by her compatiots, who are descendants of angels and universally beautiful. Phedre waxes a lot of poetic about Melisande's beauty, even more than usually.
* In Leo Tolstoy's ''WarAndPeace'', Hélčne Vasilyevna Kuragina is the most beautiful woman in the world. In a subversion of the BeautyEqualsGoodness trope, she is notably depraved and evil.
* {{Subverted}} by NeilGaiman in "Keepsakes And Treasures" with the Shahinai, [[spoiler:a tribe of crones whose legendary "treasure" is not an item, but the world's most beautiful person... Who also happens to be a young man. Unfortunately, [[IllGirl he is extremely fragile]], and [[KillTheCutie dies within months]] of leaving the GildedCage his tribe made for him.]]
* In the Chinese retelling of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}" ''Bound'' by Donna Jo Napoli, where main character [[SheCleansUpNicely Xing Xing]] went to the annual festival. After leaving behind a golden shoe, the shoe was sold to rich man to rich man, until finally only the prince was able to buy it. As the price of the shoe went up, so did reports of the owner's beauty. It wasn't before long she was claimed the most beautiful woman in the empire.
* ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy'' has both Raederle of An, categorised with amusing specificity as 'the second most beautiful woman in the Three Portions of An', and her (never-seen) friend Mara Croeg, who is more beautiful than Raederle.
* Nikki Howard in the ''AirheadSeries'' novels. In addition to her natural beauty, a lot is also chalked up to her taking great care of her body and features along with having great charisma to carry herself with.
* In Megan Whalen Turner's ''TheQueensThief'' series, Attolia is said to be extremely beautiful. Interestingly enough, she is not known for her beauty so much as her intellect and ruthlessness (bordering on [[EvilisSexy cruelty]]) but she rarely seems to use this to her advantage.
* Joelle van Dyne is called this by at least two characters in Creator/DavidFosterWallace's ''Literature/InfiniteJest'' (one calls her the [[FunWithAcronyms Prettiest Girl Of All Time]]), at least until [[spoiler:the accident that leads her to cover her face with a veil. Or perhaps not]]. In any case, [[spoiler:her beauty is key to why the titular Entertainment [[BrownNote literally makes the viewer lose the will to live]].]]
* In the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' series, China Sorrows is described as the most beautiful woman in the world. Not just because she's beautiful, but also because magic makes people fall in love with her on sight.
* In a subversion, Bunny enters a cross-dimensional beauty contest in the MythAdventures story "Myth Congeniality". As the dimensions are home to a ''lot'' of non-humanoid races, most of the finalists for Multiverse's Most Beautiful Female aren't even bipedal, let alone attractive by human standards.
* This is a transferable power in ''Literature/TheAnnalsOfTheChosen'', linked to a magical talisman, and intended to be used to fight evil. Unfortunately, the talisman in question is quite [[ClingyMacguffin clingy]]. The current owner constantly wears a burqa, and it only partly helps, since her voice is incredibly beautiful too. (Interestingly, the talisman also gives her HealingHands.)
* Played with in Snow White retelling ''Literature/WhiteAsSnow''. Arpazia is more interested in her lost youth, which she believes Coira represents. But she does want to be beautiful i.e. find the girlhood that was stolen from her.
* Remedios "the Beauty" Buendia in ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude''. She also [[InnocentFanserviceGirl goes everywhere naked]] because she sees [[{{Manchild}} no reason not to]]. [[SoBeautifulItsACurse It doesn't end well.]]
* Gender flipped in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Jerin's among the most beautiful men alive, and whenever he's not in a fortified structure he's aware of the constant threat posed by women who might abduct and rape him. [[spoiler: When he actually ''is'' abducted, it's largely political due to his RoyalBlood.]]
* In ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'', one of the myths relevant to the plot is that of Jade Pearl, a girl who was described as being so beautiful that the Star Shepherd fell in love with her and was made a goddess later on. [[spoiler:Beautifully subverted later on when it's revealed that Jade Pearl has been HiddenInPlainSight as Lotus Cloud who's explicitly described as homely in appearance with her major attractions being a dazzling smile and an effervescent personality.]]
* In ''Literature/EvaLuna'', Eva's roommate and CoolBigSis is an actress and show-woman named Mimi. She's so gorgeous, talented and charismatic that she's regarded to as the prettiest woman in the whole country. [[spoiler: Played With very interestingly: Mimi is actually a male-to-female {{Trans sexual}} named Melecio, and she and Eva were friends several years ago.]]
* Similarly, in ''TheHouseofTheSpirits'' a [[TheOjou rich young woman]] named Rosa del Valle is considered to be unnaturally and incredibly beautiful, if [[CloudCuckooLander kinda off]] and [[AttractivenessIsolation feared by men due to her beauty.]] [[spoiler: For worse, she dies before hitting her twenties.]]
* In the ''Literature/BookOfAmber'', the Royal Family of Amber are generally so much better than anyone else in the universe. Because Florimel is the most beautiful woman in the Royal family, she is the most beautiful woman in the universe.
* Vida in Creator/RichardBrautigan's ''The Abortion'' is the perfect American piece of ass. "She was developed in the most extreme of Western men's desire in this century for women to look: the large breasts, the tiny waist, the large hips, the long ''Playboy''-furniture legs." Aside from the fact that [[SoBeautifulItsACurse it has caused several deaths]], she hates it and feels it is not her. She wanted to be a ballerina.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* PeeWeesPlayhouse, of course, had Miss Yvonne, who (as we were told OnceAnEpisode) was The Most Beautiful Woman In All Of Puppetland. The slightly more adult-oriented Pee Wee Herman stage shows played with this trope, where her persona had much darker undertones.
* ''Series/MythQuest'' depicts the story of Blodeuwedd, crafted by the wizards Gwydion and Math to be the most beautiful woman in the world. After Cleo takes her place, she learns a valuable lesson about why this is not a desirable attribute.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' - Mister Neutron (Graham Chapman), the most powerful being in the universe, while taking over the world and falling in love with Mrs. S-C-U-M (Terry Jones as a drab housewife), transforms her into 'the most beautiful woman in the world' - Terry Jones as a somewhat better-dressed housewife.
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' parodies this trope at a wedding reception. After Robert Webb says his new bride is the most beautiful woman in the world, David Mitchell (as the best man) points out in his toast that she is ''obviously'' not the most beautiful woman in the world. True as that may be, it doesn't go over very well with the guests.
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[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* In Literature/TheBible:
** An empire-wide beauty contest found Esther to be the most beautiful woman in the Persian Empire, which was a pretty good chunk of the known world at the time. Her prize was [[ArrangedMarriage unwillingly marrying]] the king and [[GuileHero using said marriage and her smarts]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to save the Jewish people]] [[PluckyGirl singlehandedly.]]
** In the Book of Job, Job's fourth, fifth and sixth daughters (Jemimah, Keziah, and Keren-Happuch) are said to be the most beautiful women in all the land. How gorgeous were they? First, they're three of maybe a dozen people whose looks the Bible even ''mentions''. Second, their names were recorded. Their brothers' ''weren't''.
** The Blessed Virgin Mary is a more innocent example of this to Catholics, being the personification of IncorruptiblePurePureness and the highest model of virtue (after Jesus).
** In Jewish tradition Sarah was the most beautiful woman ever, to the point where the midrash says others are like monkeys compared to her; she is also said to have retained her beauty even [[FoxyGrandma until old age.]] The three next contenders were Abigail (one of David's wives), Rahab (the [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold prostitute who helped the Israelites]]) and Esther (see above).
** In Islamic tradition, Rachel wife of Jacob was the most beautiful woman and her son Joseph was the most handsome man. It's even said that both of them had half the beauty that God gave to mankind.
* In [[Myth/CelticMythology IrishMythology]], Deirdre was prophesied to be the most beautiful woman in the world.
* In [[Myth/CelticMythology WelshMythology]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blodeuwedd Blodeuwedd]] is described as the most beautiful woman in the world, and was made by magicians from flowers so that the hero Lleu Llaw Gyffes could have a wife, since he was cursed never to have a human one. Her name means "[[FloralThemeNaming flower-face]]".
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, this title tends to get handed out a lot with the heroine of just about any given myth being described as [[TheWorfEffect "more beautiful than Aphrodite"]]. This tends to be an easy way to get in trouble, because beauty is Aphrodite's domain and BlasphemousBoast as such will incur her wrath, but she's also been known to not get angry at some more beautiful women, because there's no boast.
** [[Literature/TheIliad Helen of Troy]], specifically described by Aphrodite as "the most beautiful of mortal women". "The face that launched a thousand warships" is how she's remembered. This one was in fact endorsed by Aphrodite as she used her to win Paris' favor.
*** Beauty is, in fact, measured in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millihelen#Beauty:_Helen "helens"]]. One millihelen is "the amount of beauty needed to launch one ship".
** Before Helen, there was Alcmene, mother of Herakles, said to be a match for ''Aphrodite herself'' in beauty. Fortunately no one boasted Alcmene's features, so Aphrodite let her be (or she pretty much thought Hera's wrath would be pretty much enough).
** Psyche, who was so beautiful people began to worship her instead of the goddess of beauty. Naturally, this made Aphrodite very angry, seeing that it's a hubris against her domain, and she sent her son Eros, the god of love, to make Psyche fall in love with something horrible. Upon seeing her, Eros feel head over heels and married her. That's right. Psyche was so beautiful the god of love himself fell for her.
** Not exactly to Aphrodite, but Cassiopeia boasted that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids, themselves were high class beauties. Their father's superior/friend, Poseidon, [[SeriousBusiness took it way too seriously]] (or being persuaded by the Nereids themselves) and demanded that Andromeda be sacrificed to his sea serpent, [[DisproportionateRetribution or else their city drowns.]]
** The start of the TrojanWar traces back to a competition over who was the most beautiful goddess on Olympus - Hera, Athena, or Aphrodite. Of course, all three of them tried to cheat, so the contest was really about who could offer Paris the most tempting bribe.
** A variation of the Medusa's mythology was that Medusa slept with Hephaestus (not Poseidon) and made a boast that she's more beautiful than Aphrodite. [[TooDumbToLive You can just guess what happens]].
* This title is frequently given to Guinevere in the KingArthur legends. The TabletopRPG ''Pendragon'' gives her an Appearance score of [[BrokeTheRatingScale 30 on a nominally 3-18 scale.]]
* In ''Erec and Enide'' by Creator/ChretienDeTroyes, Enide is described in this fashion. And unlike Guinevere, she isn't just beautiful, but is also described as impeccably virtuous.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', female Fairest are very often contenders for this title. There's a ''reason'' their Seeming is so named.
** While all of the Fairest are incredibly beautiful, it's not uncommon for them to be unconventionally beautiful, or having looks that are physically impossible for mortal women to have. While beautiful, seeing a woman who is, for example, a living embodiment of a rainbow [[UncannyValley may not appeal so much to humans.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* WordOfGod claims that [[AnimeChineseGirl Chun-Li]] is the most beautiful woman in the ''StreetFighter'' series.
* Daniella from ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' can be seen as an example of this trope, especially once it is revealed that [[spoiler:she was created to be "the perfect woman."]]
* Several of Emelone's victory titles in ''YggdraUnison'' claim that she's the most beautiful woman in the world.
* Milotic of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', as described in the Pokédex.
* In the Warriors series:
** ''DynastyWarriors'' has Diao Chan, who is noted as being one of the "Four Great Beauties of China". In the 7th installment, she even has a stage facing off against other female characters (and [[CampGay Zhang He]]) in a battle royale for said title.
** ''SamuraiWarriors'' follows suit by giving a few of the female characters dream stages revolved around this concept.
* In ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals]]'', Roy refers to Princess Guinevere [[spoiler: (aka the newly crowned Queen Guinevere of Bern)]] as this, and sounds almost like a starstruck schoolboy while at it.
-->'''Roy''': "She must be beautiful beyond words. Even when I first saw her, I couldn't believe that such a beautiful woman could exist."
* Princess Medea of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' is mentioned to be the fairest princess in the world. A tourist guide even says getting to see Medea is worth the trip to Trodain. Unforunately, for most of the game she has a face like a horse - [[BalefulPolymorph literally]].
* In combination of World's Most Beautiful Woman and ReallyGetsAround, you've got [[{{Elona}} Shena The Draw]], who the townspeople in Vernis frequently comment 'Everyone loves Shena's ass.'
** In a bit of GameplayAndStorySegregation, Shena's Charisma is 44, which is decently high, but there are other [=NPCs=] with higher, including ironically, the creepy gravedigger, who also lives in Vernis, 'Whom Dwell In Vanity' whose Charisma is 146.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Camille ''was'' ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'''s world's most beautiful woman, until she was eaten by a crocodile. ([[http://oglaf.com/notches/ Technically then]], [[InsaneTrollLogic that crocodile is the world's most beautiful woman.]] Until they hold the competition again next year.) Link is SFW, by the way.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* It's noted in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' that [[spoiler: [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Dodoria]]]] was once considered the most beautiful-and fertile-woman on her planet. Before Frieza blew it up.
* Fey of the WhateleyUniverse is not only this, but has a faerie glamour that makes her seem even sexier. Even gay guys and straight women often feel attraction for her. As a queen of Faerie, she has even more going for her than that.
* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', the radio host cannot mention [[HotScientist Carlos]] without breathlessly describing how incredibly handsome he is. We know that it's not just [[UnreliableNarrator the host]] that Carlos effects this way, as the barber who dared to cut Carlos' "beautiful, perfect hair" "so very, very short" is later found wandering the desert wastes, gibbering, clutching Carlos' shorn locks, and attempting to shave cacti.
** Speaking of cacti, Night Vale's third most beautiful woman lived up one until a mysterious traveler convinced her to come down and marry him.
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* Inverted with [[AbhorrentAdmirer Lena Hyena]], the [[{{Gonk}} ugliest woman in the world]].
* According to the song "Topsy-Turvy" from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Esmeralda is "The finest girl in France."
* In ''{{Futurama}}'', [[spoiler:Leela]] is the most beautiful mutant, ever. Of course, mutants being mutants, it means she is simply mildly attractive rather than hideous.
* ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' features a salesman who wears a bag on his head, as does the rest of his family. When the bag is removed people stand in awe at his face, with an EtherealChoir even chiming in to describe him as "the most beautiful man in the world." People instantly will do anything to please him, including buying his wares, but he puts his bag on and sadly moves away, wanting people to do so without knowing what he looks like.
* Lana from {{Archer}} is basically this. Not only are women and gay men are willing to have sex with her, she was chosen specifically, out of all the women on Earth, to be the "brood sow" for colonizing Mars in the "Space Race" two-parter. Commander Drake chose Lana because he considers her the perfect female specimen based on her morphology, I.Q. and medical history. That's flattering... ish.
* Lampshaded, naturally, in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' in their "Fractured Fairy Tale" spots. In one, "Snow White Inc", the magic mirror informs the wicked queen several times that "Snow White is the fairest", but ultimately announces that the queen is the most beautiful. When the queen asks why he called Snow White the fairest, the mirror answers, [[ExactWords "She never lies, cheats or steals. What could be fairer than that?"]]
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* A number of women in ancient times, including Nefertiti of Egypt and Roxana, the first wife of AlexanderTheGreat.
** Two inspirations for Aphrodite/Venus are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phryne Phryne]], a famous courtesan, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaspe Campaspe]], reportedly a mistress of the aforementioned Alexander the Great.
* Various women in modern times are proclaimed this by one person, group or magazine poll or another. The yearly contests for Miss World/Miss Universe and so on are somewhat based on this principle, but the girls are not only chosen for their good looks, but also for their personalities. The one who wins is not necessarily the most beautiful one there, or even any more beautiful than the previous winner.
** Subverted in modern times for beauty has become much more widespread even compared to an age just 2 generations back, not just in the upper class, but even in people who practice DirtyJobs . Not only due to cosmetics or surgery, but rather due to better nutrition, better education (which allows people to choose what is best for their health) and progressive elimination of chronic disease from society. Nowadays one has much more chances to die suddenly in an accident than wither under an inoperable cancer, MDR tuberculosis or liver cirrhosis.
* Cleopatra, depending on who says it. She's constantly depicted as the World's Most Beautiful Woman, but in real life, she has been described as rather less so. Cicero himself, upon meeting her, said that "she is not as beautiful as many men have said." However, it should also be noted that Cicero disliked Cleopatra, and he would have gladly called her ugly if she actually was.
-->"She certainly never scared anybody when she was fixed up a bit." - Will Cuppy, ''The Decline & Fall of Practically Everybody''
* In societies with a tradition of a polygamous monarchy it was common for the King to send recruiting parties composed of trained connoisseurs to find the most beautiful women in his Kingdom for wives. In a large [[TheEmpire Empires]] like Persia or China, the selection was so great that the one that was finally picked as the King's favorite was likely to be almost literally the World's Most Beautiful Woman.
* The already beautiful [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_of_Bavaria Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary aka Sisi]] was widely considered as this in her time. Rather darkly, she kept herself youthful and thin by, among other things, basically starving herself to anorexic levels so she could maintain her tiny waist, and letting her RapunzelHair grow to the point that it took ''hours'' to wash and dry it.
* The Four Great Beauties of China are claimed to be the most beautiful women in the world during their time. Considering China's ''extremely'' long history, the fact that they are the chosen four is saying a lot. Also, one of them, Diaochan from ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', is speculated to be most likely fictitious (though possibly based on a real person). Their beauty was so great that some of them changed history; as most know, Diaochan played a big part in causing Lu Bu to rebel against Dong Zhou, at least according to the novel.
** Aside from Diaochan, the other three were Xi Shi, Wang Zhaojun and Yang Guifei. A famous poem describes how beautiful each of them were: Xi Shi made fish forget how to swim, Wang Zhaojun made birds drop from the sky, Diaochan eclipsed the moon, and Yang Guifei put all flowers to shame.
* Up until the Muscovite era, the tsars of Russia used to choose their wives via a nationwide beauty contest. The tsar would give a ring and a handkerchief to the winner. Since XVIII century, they switched to the standard operating procedure of marrying with other royal families.
* OdaNobunaga's younger sister Oichi had the term ''zessei no bijin'' ("peerless beauty") coined for her, and most influential men of the time apparently sought her hand in marriage. Ironically, Nobunaga thought she was too tall. But then brothers that appreciate their sisters' beauty are usually quite depraved and prone to BrotherSisterIncest.
** The Heian period poetess [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ono_no_Komachi Ono no Komachi]] was also thought of being very beautiful, as well as [[BookWorm good enough at writing]] to be one of the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_best_Waka_poets Rokkasen]]'' or ''Six Best Waka Poets''. So much that, even now, ''komachi'' is a synonym for female beauty in Japan.
* ''PeopleMagazine'' voted Creator/JuliaRoberts "the most beautiful person in the world" a record 4 times, though Creator/MichellePfeiffer has been listed six times, winning once.
* Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, was described as "the most beautiful creature in the world," and was probably the best-looking of all Henry's wives. That did not stop her husband from divorcing her, however.
** Henry's younger sister Mary, meanwhile, has been regarded by some historians as having probably been the most attractive princess in all of Europe during her teenage years.
* British silent film actress, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivy_Close Ivy Close]], was named this by the ''[[BritishNewspapers Daily Mirror]]'' in 1908, prior to her launching her film career.
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