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Indifferent Beauty
"She was eighteen. She was the most beautiful woman in a hundred years. She didnít seem to care."
The Narrator, regarding Buttercup, The Princess Bride

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 isn't aware of their appearance.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.
  • 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 embarassed about them unlike Signum, and even tells Hayate that she could touch them as much she wants.
  • In Oregairu, 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."

    Comic Books 
  • 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.

     Film — Animated 
  • Odette from The Swan Princess initially rejects Derek when he can't come up with any reason to love her other than she's beautiful.
  • Hello, Nurse! from Wakko's Wish wants to use the wishing star to make it so that people start seeing her from her genius intellect and not just her looks.
  • A good many Disney princesses fit this category, as they're all very beautiful but are always modest. They also tend to be referred to as beautiful for their charm, kindness, intelligence, and other such traits. Probably the most prominent example is Belle, who, according to the production team of her movie, was specifically drawn as a woman who was "beautiful but unaware of it" and someone "as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside", who could believably love a beast.

    Film — Live Action 
  • 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.

    Literature 
  • 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.

    Live Action TV 
  • 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 ó her kindness, intelligence and passion do the talking.

     Video Games 
  • 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.

    Webcomics 
  • In Max Overacts, Becky gets angry at Klaus for saying he likes her because she's pretty instead mentioning her intellect.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.


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