"She was eighteen. She was the most beautiful woman in a hundred years. She didn't seem to care."A character who is attractive, aware of their effect on other people, but doesn't care or at least doesn't value their physical attractiveness over their other traits. Often, this character is a consummate professional who is well aware of the fact that they could use their "assets" to get what they want by other means, but feels that it would be unprofessional or beneath their dignity, and is instead focused on proving that they can compete purely on skill, often to the exclusion of romantic opportunities. While such characters are not averse to dressing in sexy outfits, they don't plan on relying on or even exploiting their sex appeal - but the camera will often do that for them. Other characters' indifference is not due to regarding relying on appearance to be beneath their dignity, but rather that they consider it to be unimportant. Typical examples might be a shapeshifter who considers their beauty to be a momentary state and thus unimportant, or a character with a highly nontraditional outlook, such a Troubled, but Cute character or a Cloudcuckoolander who is socially functional enough to realize their own attractiveness, but does not care enough to take advantage of it or feel embarrassed. Contrast Proud Beauty, who is also aware of their appearance, but will value and take advantage of it. Compare and contrast Obliviously Beautiful, who's totally unaware of how beautiful they are.
— The Narrator, regarding Buttercup, The Princess Bride
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- Haruka from Basquash! is considered incredibly attractive because of her large breasts but she doesn't particularly care about her figure since she's more interested in feet.
- Kagari from Witch Craft Works is considered the most beautiful person in her school, she even has her own fanclub. However, due to her aloof personality and her devotion to the male protagonist, Takamiya, she's apathetic towards admiration she gets.
- Kija from Yona of the Dawn is extremely beautiful, to the point that it's widely lauded by his grandmother, the protagonist, his village, and any number of random women and men he meets. It drives the plot on some points by catching the attention of an antagonist. However, he tends to either ignore this or be annoyed by all the harassment that ensues, rather than bragging about it.
- Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is completely indifferent about her looks. Despite her personal issues about retaining her individuality in a society that has become so integrated with technology that people's souls are digital data, she has no objections about how her body and face itself is a mass-produced model that was rather popular from a few years back. She also wears a leotard that accentuates her breasts as her normal attire. When the subject about her appearance is brought up by coworkers and her roommates, she just tells them that she prefers the model she uses. All in all though, she'll flaunt it if she wants (needs) to, but otherwise just doesn't care.
- When the subject of boobs was brought up in an episode of Sky Girls by the resident flat-chested girl Otoha, Eika (who got mentioned as having the most "ideal" size) chides her thusly:
Eika: If you have time to worry about breast size, you should worry more about your training.
- Rina and Elga from Inumimi are well-endowed and don't see what the big deal is. At first they didn't understand because they used to be dogs. After it's explained to them why all the guys stare, they get it but still don't care. Neither do they consider Emina's smaller cup size to be any big deal. (Although Emina certainly doesn't see it that way.)
- Reinforce Eins of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. As she mentioned when Hayate practically squees over her huge breasts in A's Sound Stage 2, she won't get embarrassed about them unlike Signum, and even tells Hayate that she could touch them as much as she wants.
- In My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Yukino Yukinoshita makes it clear while criticizing Hachiman Hikigaya's argument for his own self worth(LN).
- Yukino: "Simply put, deriving self-confidence from the superficial, such as your grades or your looks, isn't flattering at all."
- In Shakugan no Shana, Shana is noted by several characters, even her opponents, to be very beautiful. She never reacts to them, as she is only focused on her mission to battle Crimson Denizens.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, many of Homura's classmates compliments her beauty. She ignores them for two reasons- 1, because they treated her badly in a previous timeline (when she was not attractive) and 2, because she's deeply in love with Madoka. Everyone else is either a pawn or a waste of her time.
- Before joining the Red Lantern Corps, Bleez from Green Lantern was a princess considered to be the most beautiful woman in seven systems. She had countless suitors but rejected them all since they were only interested in her beauty and she felt she was more than that.
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- In It's a Wonderful Life, Violet subverts this trope, because while she claims to be indifferent, it's just an act.
Violet: Good afternoon, Mr. Bailey.George: Hello, Violet. Hey, you look good, that's some dress you got on there.Violet: This old thing? Why, I only wear it when I don't care how I look.
- Sarleena from Men in Black II is a plant-like alien who shape-shifts into a lingerie model. She doesn't care about her appearance though, she only took that form because she stumbled upon a discarded magazine with a Victoria Secrets ad, and she's unimpressed with just how much stock humans place in physical appearance.
Serleena: Silly little planet. I could rule the place with the right set of mammary glands.
- Jane Austen's Emma: Emma is very beautiful, but she really doesn't care about it. She takes pride in being clever, intelligent and capable.
- The Princess Bride has Buttercup, who becomes the most beautiful woman in the world after her love interest apparently dies. She doesn't particularly care.
- Bevier in The Elenium knows he is extremely attractive but, being the most pious of the entire cast, ignores his physical attractiveness at all times.
- Thomas Theisman from Honor Harrington considers Eloise Pritchart the most beautiful woman he's ever seen, as does pretty much everyone else who meets her. She doesn't particularly care about her appearance, being a bit more preoccupied with staying alive under a Reign of Terror, hiding a love affairnote that if discovered would get both her and the man she loves summarily executed at best, and overthrowing a brutal and corrupt regime. And then she gets elected President, which means she has even less time to care about how beautiful she is. Note that this does not stop the narration from commenting on it extensively whenever given the opportunity.
- Eponymous character of Dora Wilk Series is succubus-like "fertility witch" and thus very beautiful, but she usually doesn't care, preferring Boring, but Practical look (her job is first policewoman, then magical investigator in world where Asskicking Equals Authority) which doesn't allow for much of beauty displaying.
- Dr. Cameron from House is insulted when House reveals that he hired her because of her good looks, despite her graduating med school at the top of her class. He quickly elaborates on this: with her looks, Cameron didn't have to work as hard as she did to get where she was, but did anyway, and that was why he hired her.
- In the The Office Charles Miner, after Angela and Kelly start flirting with him, notes on the Confession Cam that he's aware that women tend to find him attractive but he doesn't make an opinion on the matter.
- Downton Abbey: Although Lady Sybil is probably the most beautiful female in the series, she never uses her looks to get her own way or manipulate people — her kindness, intelligence and passion do the talking.
- Yue Ying from Dynasty Warriors is exceptionally beautiful but spreads rumors that she's ugly so she could find a husband who would want her for her wisdom and not just her beauty.
- Dragon Age: Origins has Queen Anora, who is valued (both by herself and others) far more for her intelligence and political acumen than her looks. People who knew her when she was a child refer to her batting her big blue eyes to get her way, but when we meet her as an adult her attitude to political alliances (even though said alliance can include marriage between herself and Alistair or a human noble male player character) is more of the Consummate Professional than The Vamp.
- In Max Overacts, Becky gets angry at Klaus for saying he likes her because she's pretty instead mentioning her intellect.
- Lance from SymBionicTitan gets fangirls from his first day of highschool due to his handsomeness and moody demeanor. He finds all the attention annoying since he wants to keep a low profiles, but no matter what he does to distance himself from the rest of the students he finds himself becoming more popular.