''Extreme Male Beauty'' is a four-episode reality series based in Britain. Presenter Tim Shaw decides that he is fed up with being an Average Joe and is convinced his wife will like him better if he transforms himself into a man with the figure and features of David Beckham. He has eight weeks to get himself into the shape and style he wants while also examining how much attention today's men actually invest into their personal appearances. And there's a lot of criticism hurled at the modelling industry.

This show had good ideas and a lot of potential but seemed unable to decide exactly what Aesop it was pursuing, and the final episode gives off a lot of mixed messages.

!Provides examples of:
* AccidentalAesop: If you try to better yourself, you won't like it and your friends and family won't accept you until you "snap out of it".
* AllForNothing: Tim decides that the eight weeks of hell were not worth it for the look he wanted and decides to revert back immediately.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Tim expects this will happen when he gets his hair cut, shaves his beard, gets his entire body waxed, gets a tan and reveals his new physique to his wife. Subverted immediately as she doesn't like it one bit.
* BeautyIsBad: Some of the women instantly hate one of the males on display purely because he looks good, instantly assuming he must be vain and arrogant.
* BeforeAndAfterPictures: But of course.
* BitchAlert: We assume this will happen for Tim's wife, Hayley, as we first hear about how madly in love she is with David Beckham and how Tim thinks she wants him to look that way. But when we actually meet her, she is a kind and loving woman that does not want Tim to change at all.
** Played straight for every woman that takes part in the polls.
* BrokenAesop: The series doesn't seem to know whether or not it's condemning male vanity or not.
** Most egregious is Tim's decision that his new physique wasn't worth all the excessive work he had to do. It's not established that there is a ''massive'' difference between getting into shape in the space of eight weeks as opposed to at your own pace. In fact personal trainers advise ''against'' such extreme ways of getting into shape, stating that making gradual adjustments and going at one's own pace is the best way to go.
* ButNotTooWhite: The series, of course, examines the (supposed) appeal of a tanned body.
* CampStraight: Tim meets different Camp Straights to varying degrees, including Paul from the first episode, who admits to taking two hours to get ready every morning and even sometimes wearing makeup.
* CarpetOfVirility: Subverted. The majority of women polled claim they prefer smooth skinned men.
* EstrogenBrigade: Plenty of stills of various male models as well as plenty of gratuitous shots of shirtless men of varying physiques. Hell the series even shows the tryouts for the cover of a fitness magazine that has a dozen different guys stripping off to have their bodies examined.
* FanDisservice: And how! The "before" shots are pretty gratuitous.
* FanserviceExtra: The gang of shirtless guys Tim talks with in the gym changing rooms, as well as the other various guys at the gym. There's also a very sexy female model posing with the candidates for the fitness magazine cover.
* GagPenis
* HollywoodPudgy[=/=]HollywoodThin: The male version is examined this time around.
* IAteWhat: Tim drinks his own urine in an attempt to make his skin look better.
** {{Squick}}: When Hayley finds out, she is ''not'' happy.
* JustTheWayYouAre: Hayley keeps telling Tim this, though it's somewhat of a BrokenAesop since the way he is includes a diet of junk food, no exercise at all and one too many frequent pints.
* TheMakeover: A different man gets made over in each episode, though the fourth episode is the most straight example. Tim gets one, too, at the end.
* MakeoverMontage: Tim gets one involving shaving his beard, waxing his entire body, getting a tan, getting his hair cut and cleaning up nicely.
* MrFanservice: The guys Tim interviews at the gym, who spend the majority of their screen time shirtless in the locker room.
* RealMenWearPink: Over the course of the series we meet plenty of manly men who are very concerned with their own appearance (bodybuilders, after all, do care about their physiques) and the show does help lift the taboo that a guy concerned with his appearance is immediately perceived as gay.
* RightThroughHisPants: Averted completely, as you will see plenty of penis shots, whether you want to see them or not.
* ShaggyDogStory: See AllForNothing above.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Whichever man is getting a makeover in each episode spends time with a stylist picking out some sharp new clothes for him.
* SpearCounterpart: To women's makeover shows.
* StepfordSmiler: Tim jokes that he has to keep his wide gleaming smile when he's standing half naked listening to the women passing judgement on his looks out loud.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Hayley unwisely says that when she fell for Tim, "It was never about looks." Really anything she said would have been twisted around anyway...
* ThisLoserIsYou: Tim represents the average guy who is put under pressure by constant advertising and such.
* TrainingFromHell: Tim's routine that he has to pick up in the gym to get in shape within the space of 8-weeks in addition to other workouts he does at home.
* UnnecessaryMakeover: Hayley has this view about Tim, preferring him the way he is but he wants to change in the first place.
* UnpleasableFanbase: In-universe, the women taking part in the polls. Most of them say vanity is a turn off but then again say the same about things such as under or overweight bodies, body hair etc. So you apparently have to look good without making any effort at all.
* VanityIsFeminine: This is what the series examines, and it doesn't seem to know whether to deconstruct it or not. It does reveal that male vanity is quite commonplace these days and is clearly not the mark of homosexuality. But then again Tim's wife hates Tim's obsession with his looks and claims his new look makes him look fake and too vain, which his friends agree with. The series ends with the ambiguous message that boils down to "there are normal men out there that are just as obsessed with their appearances as women but avoid them as best you can and don't become one of them or else nobody will accept you".
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Naturally.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Crowds of women standing around ogling men on podiums in their underwear and passing judgement on their looks? [[SarcasmMode Now what could be symbolic about that?]]
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