Hot Guys Are Bastards

According to many movies, books, and TV shows, seriously good-looking men will usually turn out to have character defects making them just short of the Anti Christ. This is the polar opposite of the more old-fashioned Beauty Equals Goodness — originally a subversion of the trope, now has pretty much become a stereotype in itself. In a way, it is the adult verison of the Jerk Jock stereotype. In contrast, nerdy-looking or plain characters are usually nice.

This trope is not gender exclusive - attractive women can display unpleasant personalities, hence the trope's alternate name. However, it's harder to positively identify a work in which Hot Girls are Bitches, because female characters of any moral fiber who are presented in visual media tend to be good-looking - making it rare for any fiction to draw this trope's direct correlation between beauty and nastiness.

Joe Bob Briggs discussed how you could tell the bad guy in thrillers. "For example, if you were watching the Lifetime channel, it was always the handsome guy."

Related tropes: All Girls Want Bad Boys, Man of Wealth and Taste, Evil Is Sexy, Bastard Boyfriend, Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend. Often leads to a Draco in Leather Pants situation - he's an asshole but the female viewers/readers love him anyway. Compare Beauty Is Bad.

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Male Examples:

  • A Song of Ice and Fire plays with Beauty Equals Goodness quite a bit, resulting in a few straight examples of this trope.
    • Joffrey Baratheon inherited his parents' stunning looks, but is physically and emotionally abusive to his family and fiancee and governs the realm with terrible petty decisions.
    • Gerold Dayne, also known as "Darkstar," has the traditional Valyrian beauty of the Daynes but is arrogant, mean-spirited, has a "cruel tongue," and is eager to make a name from himself distinct from that of his family. He's also not above nearly killing Myrcella, maiming her in the process if it means accomplishing that. For bonus points, Arianne describes the trademark Purple Eyes of House Dayne as looking black from a distance on him.
    • Jaime Lannister, whose shining beauty is consistently praised throughout the series, pushes an eight-year-old boy out the window for catching him engaging in incest in his first appearance. His Character Development into becoming a slightly better person is juxtaposed with his increasing scruffiness.
    • Downplayed with Loras Tyrell, whose trademark Tyrell good looks have garnered him plenty of In-Universe fangirls. He's arrogant and cocky, but isn't really a terrible person. And then he gets several major injuries attacking Dragonstone — having boiling oil poured on his face included — so it remains to be seen whether he'll live to subvert or invert this trope or not.
    • The series also inverts this by having more unattractive guys as more decent, such as Ned Stark or Tyrion Lannister, but also averts this by having good-lucking nice guys such as Garlan Tyrell and Robb Stark.

Alternative Title(s): Hot Girls Are Bitches