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->''"In the show, the father burned almost half of his face off. Here, I think he forgot to put sunblock under his eye or something."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''' (regarding Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'') in his [[Recap/TheNostalgiaCriticS6E15 review]] of [[Film/TheLastAirbender that show's film adaptation]]

The physical equivalent of an InformedAttribute and often a subset of the InformedFlaw. A character who is not different in any discernible way from the rest of the cast is found by them to be freakish in some way that should normally be obvious to the audience.

Distinct from TakeOurWordForIt in that the sight the cast is reacting to is still actually shown. This can be done deliberately [[StylisticSelfParody if you want to get all meta about it]]. On the flip side, even very extensive scarring done [[GoneHorriblyRight too realistically]] may be barely visible on camera.

In animated or drawn media, it might be the result of GenericCuteness and/or OnlySixFaces. HollywoodHomely and InformedAttractiveness are subtropes. The inversion, where nobody notices a character's actual deformity, is an UnusuallyUninterestingSight.

A SubTrope of ShowDontTell. Also see MinorInjuryOverreaction.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' characters often say that Hayate looks "poor" or "seedy" but to the viewers [[{{Moe}} he look pretty similar to the other characters]]--in fact he IS thought of as attractive [[AttractiveBentGender when dressed as a girl]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'':
** Lina Inverse is always teased for being flat. While she may have a smaller bust size than some of the other female characters, it would be a stretch to call her flat-chested by any normal standard.
** There's also the chimera Zelgadis - as a result of a spell mixing his genes with a demon and a golem, his skin is blue and his body is covered with scale-like rocks. Sure, he'd probably be incredibly uncanny-looking to the cast and in RealLife, but compared to some monsters and the chimeras that appear in the novel series, he's outright handsome. The [[GenericCuteness art style]] for the later novels and the anime certainly doesn't help matters.
* In an early story arc of ''Manga/CountCain'', Viola wears a mask to hide her horrible deformity, [[spoiler: which turns out to be a small acid burn marring an otherwise normal face. Justified in that she's completely insane.]]
* Yura of ''Manga/HoneyHunt'' is mentioned by people around her, namely her teachers and peers, to be very plain. However, when she loses the glasses, fixes her hair and wears more flattering clothes she's actually quite attractive.
* This trope and a case of AdaptationalAttractiveness happens with Therru in ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea''. In the book, Therru is hideously disfigured due to burns (in fact, on one hand her fingers have melted together, leaving her with something described as "a lobster claw"). Although the film still mentions how strange looking she is, her burns have been reduced to a faint pink splodge on her cheek that you have to ''squint'' to see properly.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Sakura is often said to have a very big forehead. However, when you compare it to the other characters, it looks to be completely normal. This is mostly a case of changing art styles. Originally, she did have a big forehead. Her character design just changed, and the jokes didn't stop.
* Sweden in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is said to be utterly terrifying. Prussia faints multiple times just looking at him, but he really doesn't look much different than most of the other characters.
* L in ''Manga/DeathNote''. WordOfGod states that he's meant to be the "Anti Bishonen": scruffy and unkempt with messy hair, bags under his eyes, and the impression of having a permanent hangover. In reality L is as good-looking as many other male anime leads, with only the dark marks under his eyes alluding to any kind of "imperfection".

* If youíre a character in the French-Canadian comic book ''The Bellybuttons'' (Les Nombrils), and your name isnít [[AlphaBitch Jenny or Vicky]], then you ''have'' been called ugly at some point. The main character, [[NoodlePeople Karine]] is particularly often [[ButtMonkey a victim of this]].
* Teddy "Red" Herring, the title character of ''Red Herring'', is referred to by several characters as having an obviously false right eye; it's a running gag that whenever someone asks about it, he gives a different explanation. However, the artwork shows both of his eyes to be identical, and the false eye clearly moves in tandem with the real one.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}'', the narration describes Lis as very gangly, but the art style and the fact that she's squatting on her haunches most of the time will cause the reader to question how she is different from any other character in this regard. In her few appearances standing at full height, she appears a bit shorter and less "gangly" than Hazel, whose appearance is described as attractive.
* ComicBook/DoctorDoom uses his mask to hide a horribly scarred face inflicted by Reed Richards. [[DependingOnTheAuthor Some writers]] have the scar as a little cut on his cheek and the mask as him being incredibly vain. Others have it that it started out this way, but then he [[TooDumbToLive put the mask on while it was still hot from the forge,]] giving himself a genuinely gruesome face.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' and its sequel, Hermione gets this treatment. She's often called hideous, and is called a "night troll", though the actress is rather pretty in reality. Ginny gets the same treatment, and is often called a {{Butterface}}. It's PlayedForLaughs in both cases, however.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In the original ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' movie, the characters mocked Jimmy for being short. Never mind the fact that ''anyone'' can see that he's taller than all of them, although it's mostly thanks to his huge head.
* Quasimodo in the [[{{Mockbuster}} Golden Films]] version of ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. While he is still a hunchback, it's barely noticeable and his face is perfectly normal-looking, but it's treated like it's hideous.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek ''The Bride He Bought Online'', the BigBad -- played by [[http://media.hollywood.com/images/691x1000/7201596.jpg this guy]] -- is repeatedly described by an AlphaBitch as an unattractive {{Geek}} that no girl would want to even kiss. [[SarcasmMode Rrrriiiight.]]
* In ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004'', Erik (the Phantom) is described as having a face "so distorted, deformed, it was hardly a face". When the mask eventually comes off, however, his face is revealed to be little more than a bit lumpy.
* Kyle in the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Beastly}}'' isn't quite deformed enough to justify his forced isolation. In the book, he seems closer to the Disney Beast with fangs and claws and fur. His [[http://images.hitfix.com/photos/226356/AlexBeastlyShavedPt_article_story_main.jpg movie version]] looks closer to Nero from the 2009 ''Star Trek'' movie. Kyle's enforced isolation made sense when he was transformed into something literally inhuman (especially given his father's high-profile job as a newscaster), but it's harder to swallow with his film appearance which, while somewhat intimidating, wouldn't keep him from walking through Times Square without causing a reaction greater than a few raised eyebrows.
* Played for laughs in-universe in the film ''Film/SpyGame'': Creator/BradPitt constantly mocks Creator/RobertRedford for being hideously ugly, but he's obviously just kidding.
* ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'': The narration informs us that Jesse James suffers from granulated eyelids, which make him blink more often than normal. This is accompanied by a lengthy shot of Jesse gazing unblinkingly into the horizon. Over the course of the film, he seems to blink less often than normal.
* In ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio's character is captured by the BigBad who claims he will disfigure him with a heated knife, even going so far as to describe which parts he will cut from his face. When we next see the character, he is shown from behind as he walks down the street with people stopping to gawk at him. When the camera pans around, the audience is treated to the image of... the still very handsome Leonardo Di Caprio with a face that is fully intact. The only difference is a slight scar on his cheek that is hard to notice in some scenes.
* Due to SpecialEffectsFailure, with her fake warts and twisted teeth, the mutant woman from ''Film/TerrorFromTheYear5000'' comes across as merely unattractive, even ugly, but still clearly human, and not the hideous, monstrous mutation the movie makes her out to be.
* In ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', Prince Zuko is implied to be gruesomely scarred like his cartoon equivalent. Instead all we get are some barely discernible discolorations, that at worst, might be lumps. Chalked up to terrible makeup artistry in this case.
* In ''Film/{{Penelope}}'', it is said that she had the face of a pig, and every every eligible bachelor she meets throws himself out of a window to avoid marrying her. She doesn't have a pig's face, and while she does have a pig's nose, she is not ugly, let alone throw-yourself-out-of-a-window hideous.
* The first ''Film/{{Gidget}}'' film is a slight example. The nickname "Gidget" stands for "girl midget," and the title song is all about how the singer is attracted to Gidget despite how short she is -- but (although TeensAreShort is in effect) Gidget is not significantly shorter than her same-age girlfriends. At one point her mother makes a gesture which suggests that Gidget (then absent) is about five inches shorter than she actually is once she appears.
* ''Film/TomorrowIsForever'': John is a soldier who's been wounded in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. When we see John in the hospital, his face is swathed in bandages, except for a hole for one eye. John and the doctor talk at length about how John doesn't have a face. John decides to not reveal his identity because he doesn't want his wife Elizabeth to have to take him back out of pity. When we see him after the 20-year TimeSkip he looks just the same, except he has a beard and some more wrinkles, and he has a limp. That's it.

* Intentionally invoked in the [[CosmicHorrorStory cosmic horror stores]] of Creator/HPLovecraft often feature mind-bendingly horrifying creatures that are usually described in a very abstract fashion or left completely off-screen and only shown through a character reaction shot. The fact that said reaction usually involves the viewer immediately descending into gibbering madness makes the narrator's refusal to fully describe them to the reader a setting plot point. (He's either shielding the reader from the madness intentionally or is so mad himself that he can't really describe things coherently anymore.)
* In the original version of ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', the whole point of people's reactions to Hyde is not of any deformity unto itself but the pure ''evil'' radiating from the man. Even a surgeon gets rattled by his appearance. He's actually rather unremarkable, other than being a bit on the small side -- he's described as having the air of some unseen deformity rather than actually being deformed.
* In ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'', Harry's narration informs us that [[spoiler:Fix,the current Summer Knight]], is not good-looking. He then describes- for two paragraphs- [[spoiler:Fix]]'s scent of "pine and honeysuckle", and how he exudes "confidence and strength". It's easy to forget that the man is supposedly ugly. Harry also knew him before his ascent into Fey cosmic beauty, and tends to be something of an UnreliableNarrator when it comes to anything associated with the MaleGaze. This is probably an invoked use of the trope, an intentional inversion of the florid descriptions of women the character finds attractive in the earlier books to let us know that he still possesses the flaw despite his attempts at reform.
* The short story ''The Scarf'' is about a woman who was in a bad car accident, and never goes out without a scarf covering her horribly disfigured face. The paperboy gets curious about this, and eventually breaks into her house and pulls the scarf off. Shocked at what he sees, he trips and hits his head, knocking himself out. The woman then [[DontLookAtMe kills him by smashing his head against the floor.]] She then prepares to call the police with a story about how he assaulted her, but not before replacing the scarf...[[spoiler: over her face which is totally unmarked except for one tiny faded scar on her forehead.]]
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' plays this for laughs when the kids visit a rinky-dink CircusOfFear and everyone in TheFreakshow is just a normal person who's self-conscious about minor quirks: Colette is a {{contortionist}}, Kevin is ambidextrous, and Hugo the "hunchback" just has slightly awkward posture.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'':
** In ''Blackadder the Third'', frequent jokes are made about Prince George being massively overweight. While the real Prince Regent certainly was, Creator/HughLaurie clearly isn't.
** Blackadder from 2 on constantly insults Baldrick for being ugly and gross. This isn't entirely unfounded as Baldrick dresses himself in saggy dirty clothing and looks like he hasn't bathed in a while, but he isn't as ugly/dirty looking as Blackadder makes him out to be. This may have more to do with Blackadder a jerk than Baldric's actual appearance.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Angels Take Manhattan" has the main cast point out Amy's visible aging (specifically lines under her eyes), except that nothing has been done to make Karen Gillan actually look older. Amy looks the same as she did at the beginning of the season, which is supposedly years and years earlier from her point of view.
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'': Josh's head isn't ''that'' big.
* ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'': Neither is George's head.
* In ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'':
** David Faustino's a pretty good-looking (if short) guy, but on the show, girls think he's repulsive. Kelly constantly knocks him for his acne problems, which aren't really visible to the audience.
** Marcy has the same problem. ''Seriously'', you'd think this woman was some ugly hag the way people talk about her relatively plain looks. [[NotSoAboveItAll (Still, beauty is only skin deep...)]]
* In ''Series/IClaudius'', Augustus's daughter Julia is described as being overweight, to the point where her husband Tiberius calls her a "fat drunken cow". Except that she is a fairly petite actress, and of a fairly similar build to Tiberius's first wife.
* Perhaps a stretch to call this a deformity, but on ''Series/{{CSI}}'', there has been more than one reference to Wendy Simms being big-breasted (or "clumsy yet buxom"), even though she's one of the least busty women in the cast, and in at least one case, the reference was made by a woman who was considerably bustier than Wendy (goes here rather than InformedAttractiveness because Wendy perceives the references to her bust as unflattering -- and because her attractiveness is quite genuine).
* ''Sé Lo Que Hicisteis'': The myriad "shorty" jokes on Ángel's expense fall flat when you realize he's actually ''above-average'' height (albeit only by a little) and the other men in the cast aren't all that tall, either, yet they still threat him as if [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame he only lacked the beard to be a dwarf]].
* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', George Michael's girlfriend Ann's plainness is [[RunningGag constantly commented on]] by almost every character, although [[Creator/MaeWhitman the actress playing Ann]] was actually fairly cute. Exacerbated by the fact that George Michael is played by Creator/MichaelCera, not the most attractive guy himself.
* Parodied on ''Series/WillAndGrace'', with both Karen and her "freakishly tinier boob" and her [[LongLostRelative surprise sister]] Ginny, who has one leg slightly shorter than the other, thanks to a prank inflicted by Karen.
* Liz Lemon's appearance is endlessly made fun of on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Liz Lemon is portrayed by Creator/TinaFey.
* Peggy Olson of ''Series/MadMen'' is repeatedly criticized and bullied for her appearance in the earlier seasons. Elizabeth Moss, and the character of Peggy for that matter, are at worst in the high range of average in appearance. To add to the irony, one of her main tormentors eerily resembles Pee-wee Herman [[spoiler: and is her baby daddy]]; [[DoubleStandard Could likely be referencing how men can traditionally get away with being less than dapper and movie-star esque, even in a profession that is known for promoting a rigid standard of beauty and appearance for women as a way to sell products]].
* On ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Mrs. Hudson is frequently mentioned to have a bad hip (she herself refers to it as "atrocious.") However, she doesn't use any kind of walking aid, has no visible limp, and seems to get up and down the stairs of 221B Baker Street with relative ease. In this case, it is sometimes implied that this is just her excuse recreational... errr ''medicinal'' use of marijuana.
* In ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', Malcolm Tucker's insults to politicians are usually based somewhat in reality (Ben Swain's nervous blink, Julius Nicholson's obsession with food) but not Geoff Holhurst's tiny head.
-->"My head is the right size!"
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', Doctor Sanders is described as horrifically disfigured, even though her scars are barely visible (most of the time--their visibility tends to fluctuate episode by episode). This seems weird and unjustified in Season One, since she's played by Creator/AmyAcker. [[spoiler: In Season Two, we find out that she's a doll, and it makes more sense - a doll with facial scars, even if they don't actually make her ugly, would be pretty useless ''as a doll''.]]
* Spoofed in an episode of ''{{Series/Seinfeld}}'', where one of Elaine's boyfriends called her Bighead. The rest of the episode then makes jokes about her oversized head, which has not changed size at all and is never mentioned before this episode or brought up again afterward.
* Sam Evans from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is consistently mocked for having a huge mouth/lips, to the point where it's turned into a song. In reality, there's nothing particularly abnormal about Chord Overstreet's mouth.
* ''Series/KindredTheEmbraced'': the Nosferatus become this through AdaptationalAttractiveness. In [[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade the game this series based on]], they are [[TheGrotesque all hideously deformed to such a degree they can in no way pass for humans]]. The show despicts them as merely bald with longer lobes, but otherwise fairly human-looking... which makes it really strange when the show acts as if they were just as deformed as in the game.
* TheReveal in one episode of famous episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''. Throughout the episode, a doctor attempts to fix a woman's horrible disfigurement, which is distressing to her and the other people working in the hospital, before he declares it impossible and sending her to live in a colony of people like her. [[spoiler:The doctor, and everyone else on the [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted assumed-to-be-Earth planet]], looks quite alien, with features including a pig nose and hooked upper lips. The woman, on the other hand, as well as the man who takes her away to the colony, are both quite attractive.]] The episode was, fittingly, entitled "The Eye of the Beholder".
* In ''Series/PennyDreadful'', FrankensteinsMonster is supposedly hideously ugly, although all he actually has is dead-white skin, gold irises, and some moderate facial scarring. This is possibly justified psychologically - he hides his face and acts as if he's ashamed of his appearance, and other people pick up on it and react badly. In the final season, in which he's more confident and less overpowered by self-hatred, he casually interacts with ordinary people without provoking exaggerated reactions.

* Subverted in "The Lunacy of Duke Venomania" by mothy. The VillainProtagonist is said to have been grotesquely ugly before he made his DealWithTheDevil to become irresistible to women, but when the portrait of his old self appears in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsIOkbxTA9M the video]] (slightly NSFW), he looks barely different, except for having long shaggy hair and BlindingBangs. However, the [[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles novel and other material]] [[AllThereInTheManual reveal]] that he had [[spoiler:an [[BodyHorror an extra face growing on his cheek]].]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/CodyRhodes' "[=UnDashing=]" gimmick was based on him believing himself horrifically deformed after having his nose broken by Rey Mysterio. He wore a protective mask and often came to the ring with a hood or towel over his head amidst dimmed lighting. In reality Rhodes looked exactly like he did before the accident, suggesting his narcissistic character had been so traumatized by the mere idea of losing his good looks, he had developed Body Dismorphic Disorder. The announcers were not sure how to treat it. Sometimes they acted like he was legitimately ugly, but other times they treated the deformity as being mostly in his head.
* When his mask was ripped off, Hunico was subjected to this treatment by an overly-dramatic Wrestling/BookerT. Booker exclaimed, "He's hideous! No wonder he was wearing that mask!" Wrestling/MichaelCole called him out on over-reacting.

* There's a stage version of ''Film/TheElephantMan'' where the lead is a totally normal guy without any alterations, he displays the deformity entirely via acting. It ranges from better than it sounds to utter {{narm}}. The idea was to show it from his perspective, and he thinks of himself as normal.
* Any given stage production of ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'' will combine this with TakeOurWordForIt. It's impossible to actually stage that book, but if a good enough actor plays Gregor, the audience will accept that okay, he's a giant bug.
* Happens in some performances of ''Film/TheProducers'' where Bloom's cries of "Fat!" fall on their faces because the actor playing Bialystok has a regular build. One Bloom actor got around it by amending his rant to "once-fat".
* In ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', it seems that Mercutio actually has a bad self-image. When putting on a mask prior to the MasqueradeBall, his dialogue suggests he thinks he's so ugly he needs it:
-->''"Give me a case to put my visage in:\\
A visor for a visor! what care I\\
What curious eye doth quote deformities?\\
Here are the beetle brows shall blush for me."''
* Happens frequently in productions of ''Theatre/RichardIII''; although everyone in the play (including Richard himself) goes on a great deal about his deformity, it's often downplayed in terms of costuming and physical acting. This is partly because the play ''also'' emphasizes Richard's talent for (medieval) warfare, and partly because it's a long play and the part is notorious for crippling actors.
* Similarly, in ''Theatre/HenryV'' King Henry makes a speech to Katherine apologizing for his appearance, explaining that his father was thinking of civil wars when he was conceived, and so he was born with a face to frighten enemies. Yet of course Henry is typically very handsome-looking on stage (in the 2012 BBC version, he's played by Creator/TomHiddleston, yowza). This line is probably a reference to the actual Henry V who took an arrow to the face as a teenager.
* In ''Theatre/TheSecretGarden'', Archibald is supposedly a cripple and a hunchback, and it's referenced quite a few times, but it can be hard to see his deformity.
* In ''Theatre/UncleVanya'', Sonya is described as "plain" (plain enough that the women at her church pity her and her step-mother can only say she has lovely eyes), but the actresses playing her range from average to gorgeous.
* In ''Theatre/{{Violet}}'', the horrible disfigurement of the title character is a major plot point, but that disfigurement is not seen by the audience. Only the words and actions of the characters indicate the severity of her scars.
* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', any character seeing Elphaba for the first time tends to recoil in shock at her uglyness, simply because she's green. Even her lover only calls her beautiful because he's "looking at things another way". In actual fact, Elphaba is a young and beautiful woman (with none of the uglyness of the [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wicked Witch of the West from the movie]], no crooked nose or warts) who only looks unattractive at the beginning of the musical because she wears her hair in a boring braid, glasses, and conservative clothes (but this is clearly not what people find ugly about her).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': The signature GlowingEyes that Cloud has as a result of his exposure to Mako energy are continually mentioned in the script of the original game, but not visible whatsoever on his field model, character model, or even his menu portraits. The [[ArtShift inconsistent art style]] of the game means it is visible in a few scenes in the ending movie, final battle sprite, and (for some reason) his snowboarding minigame sprite. Even in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', his eyes have a vivid green ring around the pupil and do all sorts of strange things during his possession episodes (including HellishPupils), but don't glow other than that, even in scenes taking place in the dark. In ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', the exact same eye textures are used for Cloud both before and after his Mako exposure, and even the FMV extreme closeup on the "SOLDIER 1st Class" Cloud at the end of the game doesn't show a glow at all. His eyes are finally seen actually glowing in ''Anime/LastOrder'', including at a point where Cloud hadn't actually been exposed to Mako energy yet, making it even more bizarre. Finally averted by ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake'' and Cloud's cameo in ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'', where Cloud's eyes have the clear and continuous glow that's referenced in the text.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'':
*** Despite the fact that character models never change, characters are often described as "blushing," or "bed headed."
*** In the sequel, Lulu is pregnant enough for the majority of the game that Wakka thinks she might give birth any moment (though she does say it's not that far), but her model is exactly as it appeared in the original game, ''corset and all''.
*** They also draw attention to Wakka's newly-acquired stomach pudge. Despite this, his abs (which his outfit clearly showcases) look as hard and devoid of fat as they always did.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'':
*** The game insists the main characters are wearing ugly, boring military uniforms (which the characters even complain about having to wear) despite the fact that they're dressed in extremely stylish, CostumePorn-level designer clothing reflecting their individual personalities.
*** Noctis is described as being scrawny in appearance and a bit on the flabby, unfit side due to his sickly upbringing, lazy streak and crappy diet. He looks like a slim, sturdy youth with nice, even muscle tone. In ''Kingsglaive'', he has serious abs, too.
* Ryder in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' is always being called a midget by several characters even though the cutscenes show him being the same height as every other character in the game.
* Nubby Stevens in ''Videogame/LEGOIsland'' is frequently ridiculed for being short to the point of being nicknamed "Stubby" by Papa Brickolini, though every character in the game is the exact same height.
* For some reason, Neku from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is apparently not [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes as well-dressed]] as his peers. Never mind the fact that he looks just as stylized and cool as the rest of the cast. The clothes his sprite is depicted as wearing throughout the game are a matching set from Jupiter of the Monkey -- but, it should be noted, the flavor text for the ''Dharma'' shirt says that Neku practically wears the same thing every day.
* ''VideoGame/VivaPinata'' has the Pigxie species, which everyone treats as a horribly deformed freak of nature. While "freak of nature" is technically correct (you get them by crossbreeding two different species that should not normally be able to romance), they are, appearance-wise, perfectly normal [[CueTheFlyingPigs flying pigs.]]
* [[TheAtoner Brigid Tenenbaum]] from the first ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' game is stated to have greasy hair, wear grubby clothes and be unusually tall and thin. While she doesn't have a unique model in-game, you'd never guess from her [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100529150924/bioshock/images/1/11/Brigid_TenenbaumHQ.jpg radio portrait.]] However, in the second game she finally gets a unique model, and looks exactly as she is described in the first game.
* A number of characters in the ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series comment on how ugly Daxter is (in both forms), some even going as far as calling him "the little annoying miserably ugly one". As a human, he's gangly and has buck teeth, but otherwise is not much different from the rest. As an ottsel, he simply looks like a MixAndMatchCritter, which luckily Tess thinks [[CutenessProximity is awfully cute]].
* Nina's black wings in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' are mostly a [[FreakinessShame different trope]], but their actual appearance is this. Since the SNES only has one shade of black, and grays would just make them look white, her sprites have her wings colored purple. They're consistently called black in-game, though.
* Francis York Morgan in ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has a small, unobtrusive scar on his cheek from a fight with a suspect prior to the game, but other characters keep calling him "Scarface" or otherwise drawing attention to it. [[spoiler:Subverted and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the ending twist: York is just the [[SplitPersonality other personality]] of the actual protagonist, Francis Zach Morgan, who is a lot more scarred.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', several characters will note that Link's body is [[CoveredInScars littered with faint scars]], with one character even requesting he strip down and show them to confirm that he is in fact Link. None of this appears on his character model.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Saber from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' bluntly says that her body must look ugly to men thanks to it being overly muscled. The problem is, she has the body of a (very) skinny fifteen-year-old girl, which can be clearly seen as the whole scene takes place in a bath. She also adds that Rin has a nice and young feminine body, unlike her -- but Rin is actually physically older and taller, and if anything, has a more muscular build than Saber. Saber looks exactly the same in flashbacks to her previous life, too (according to ''FSN''-mythos, she stopped aging when she first got her sword).
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'':
** The characters comment on how old Lotus is. She's 40 and doesn't really "look" old. Though you could argue that the ones who comment on it the most ([[TheHero Junpei]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Santa]], and [[TheBigGuy Seven]]) are simply doing with it to mess with her. Junpei actually seems a bit... overwhelmed by her presence when he first meets her, and at one point [[TheChick June]] laments that she knows guys would prefer someone who looks like Lotus over herself. It should be telling that she manages to pull off a {{Stripperiffic}}, AbsoluteCleavage harem-girl outfit at 40.
** In a milder example June mentions that Clover has better skin that her. Both characters have perfectly clear anime skin.
* Saki from ''VisualNovel/SnowSakura'' is teased as being flat-chested every now and then. However, when you're looking at her, there's not any angle that you can consider her chest flat.
* In ''Midnight Cinderella'', the main character is shocked to see that Nico's body is littered with scars from the numerous fights he's gotten into, but Nico's shirtless sprite doesn't have a single mark on it. What makes this even more bizarre is that Robert's shirtless sprite ''does'' show a large (faded) scar on his chest that's important to his backstory... and yet they somehow couldn't do the same with Nico's.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Common in ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'', thanks to its stick-figure art. The Ugly One isn't ''that'' much uglier than the other girls. Of course, in her case, she compensates by being unhygienic and generally offputting as well. It's pretty clear that the unhygienic and offputting attitude are what causes it if you remember the episode in which it's revealed that SheCleansUpNicely.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', everyone's making comments on how Grif is fat. Justified, due to the limitations of the Halo game engine. Completely averted in the pilot for the animated cartoon, however, where Grif is actually chubby.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'':
** [=Davan MacIntire=] has induced Meg-level horror (in some ''very'' shallow people, admittedly), but is not substantially uglier than the average cast member. And there are some truly horrific looking cast members. Of course, this is very likely to be intentional, considering how much of a SadistShow S*P is. Notably, this happened less as he became less of an AuthorAvatar.
** Mike and Tamara's son, [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Shazam Wil-Wheaton]], is consistently described as hideous by anyone but his parents, but for years he [[TheFaceless was only shown from behind]] because the author doubted he could live up to the hype. This phenomenon is {{Discussed}} when [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp01072013.shtml Shaz's face is finally seen.]]
* Luna of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' is convinced that her little tusks are a deformity -- which they technically are -- and that they make her look hideous. They really don't, though a whole lifetime of her family systematically convincing her that they are will do that to a person. Eventually, she starts to get over it.
* Done in-universe in ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}''. Slick states that his acquaintance [[http://www.mspfanventures.com/?adv=43&id=560 Mist]] is hideous, then describes her as something that, as the protagonist points out, "isn't friggin' ugly at ALL. At least by media standards." {{Subverted}}, though, as [[spoiler:Mist comes from a different civilization with different standards of beauty.]]
* One complaint leveled at ''Alex Ze Pirate'' is the [[SweetPollyOliver "Alex looks]] [[LadyLooksLikeADude like a guy"]] RunningGag, which made sense in the beginning when she looked more androgynous, but far less so when she was eventually given a more feminine makeover, complete with a far more noticeable bust.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* On ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', Linkara is frequently referred to as overweight. While he's certainly a little pudgy, he's not unhealthily overweight by any means.
* On ''Series/FlandersCompany'', [[TheIgor Igor]], the stereotypical EvilGenius' assistant, has a scar drawn over the face and a hunchback as sole visible deformities. Yet he's described in-universe as "having had a run-in with a Parkinsonian surgeon".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Hayley in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' She apparently has a very masculine face, to the point where she's sometimes mistaken for a man.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Lana's hands are often called huge and yeti-like, but they look as normal as everyone else's.
* Jay Sherman from ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' is constantly described as being very ugly and morbidly obese. However, overall he's fairly normal looking. He's just short, balding, and chubby.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** This happens with Meg numerous times, as the other characters often treat her as horrifically ugly despite her being relatively normal looking. Some characters have even gone so far as to douse themselves with gasoline and light themselves on fire whenever she approaches. She's also mistaken for a boy several times, despite having a clearly female chest. Made even more bizarre when she actually looks exactly like Lois, who is [[InformedAttractiveness considered to be hot by a lot of characters]], with the only difference being that she wears glasses and a hat and is slightly chubbier. Besides that, Meg is the one who gets the most crap for being ugly, even if most of her family members (notably Peter, Chris, and Stewie) are visibly uglier than her. Meg is a very blatant ButtMonkey, however, so this may just be a part of that.
*** This is hilariously inverted when she suddenly becomes "hot" as a result of doing nothing more than bleaching her hair and wearing revealing clothing.
*** In the alternate universe episode, Meg in another universe is shown to be smoking hot with long hair, a curvy frame, and her breasts being two cup sizes bigger than they usually are (unfortunately for her, every other woman in that universe got the same hotness boost, [[CantCatchUp so she's still ugly by that universe's standards]].)
*** In "Dr. C and the Women" Meg becomes popular at her new job as airport security because she's the most attractive employee there, a jealous co-worker saying that she's the only one there who isn't shaped like a potato.
** In "Peter-assment," Peter's boss Angela is so ugly that '''[[KavorkaMan Quagmire]]''' wouldn't do her, yet she looks completely normal, and in fact is better looking than Rene Russo, who's shown in a cutaway gag to be an ugly one-toothed pockmarked hick.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''.
** Mandy is frequently mistaken for a boy and has been called hideous by numerous people, even though she looks no more frightening than any other character. The fact that she's got a permanent scowl and is regarded as an EnfantTerrible probably has something to do with it.
** Likewise Mandy and on one occasion Grim have referred to Irwin as being ugly, on Mandy's part this is probably because she doesn't like him and wishes he would stop trying to ask her out.
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' everyone says that Dib's head is freakishly huge, much to his confusion, as it's the same size as anyone else's head. Of course, the characters who claim that his head is big are usually the same ones who actually believe that Zim's green skin and lack of ears is a skin condition, so they're not exactly masters of perception.
* Scootaloo from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' says that her wings are undergrown compared to other pegasi her age, which keeps her from flying. Despite this, her general character model is [[OnlySixFaces no different from other pegasus fillies]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer Simpson at times. He's obviously fat, bald and unshaven, but the show is inconsistent over characters calling attention to it. Marge is shown to find him attractive despite his flaws. It's probably because Homer would be attractive (for the show) if he took better care of himself. An early episode had Homer grow his hair and dress nicely, and Patty and Selma were stunned at his looks. Herb Powell is Homer with hair and no pot belly, and he's also pretty attractive in-universe.
** Homer's weight is a frequent subject of mockery by other characters, including people like Chief Wiggum, who is visibly fatter than Homer. For that matter, Barney is nearly twice Homer's size and yet few people comment on this. The latter might be due to Barney's much more obvious flaw, his constant drunkenness.
** While Moe Szyslak is quite odd-looking compared to other characters, people act like he's hideous and even inhuman (one gag had him bleeding green when trying to prove he is not a monster). His PerpetualFrowner expression and {{Jerkass}} behavior only seem to amplify the problem. His appearance is downplayed in the few episodes where he's actually pleasant.
** [[ObnoxiousInLaws Patty and Selma]] often get treated as hideous, especially by Homer. While they're heavy, a bit past their prime, and have hairy legs, they don't really look that different from their sister Marge (who in turn, given the art style, may have a case of InformedAttractiveness).
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooStageFright'' which has heavy references to ''Theatre/PhantomOfTheOpera'', including a phantom "haunting" an old opera house. When the gang encounters the Phantom, he rants about how hideously deformed he is and only begrudgingly lets them see him without his mask. Once he takes it off... he's completely normal. Nothing special, but not bad either. It turns out the only mirror he had was an old funhouse mirror that greatly distorted his appearance. When Daphne lends him her compact for a more accurate reflection, he declares himself an Adonis.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', the gang meet a band of wastelanders who think beauty and ugliness are the opposite. They call their one normal-looking member Ugly Jimmy, and it later becomes InformedAttractiveness when they start calling him Handsome Jimmy after his face gets busted up from falling off a cliff.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has a very simplistic art style, with many of its characters identical except for clothes and hair, so many [[InformedAttribute attributes]] wind up being informed.
** [[SoapboxSadie Wendy]], trying to make a point about how everybody has physical flaws:
--->"I have pimples on my forehead! My bottom teeth are crooked! So what?! You [[[KiddieKid Butters]]] have short legs. And Jason has freckles, and Billy Turner has narrow shoulders. The cheerleaders? Bebe has acne! Lola's arms are too short! Nichole's eyes are puffy! Annie has thin hair!"
** There was one character who was supposedly the "ugly child" in school, but actually looked like everyone else.
** They also did this in the first Terence and Phillip episode ("Not Without My Anus") with Ugly Bob, a character who was treated as horrifyingly ugly despite the fact that he looked like every other Canadian on the show. He returned in the episode "Royal Pudding," and this time his supposed ugliness caused a monster to [[TakenForGranite turn into stone]].
** Then there was the episode where Cartman went to jail, and the kids had to pick out a new "fat kid." They unanimously agreed that it was Clyde, even though he's not drawn any different than the others. (At one point Clyde even notes that he's only a little pudgier than the others, but they persist in mocking him.)
** In one episode the girls make a list that ranks the boys from cutest to ugliest, and Kyle happens to be at the bottom [[spoiler:after it's manipulated by Bebe and her cohorts]]. When he talks to his parents about it they say he looks fine, and also mention that he has his mother's nose. This freaks Kyle out, because her nose is rather large and stereotypically Jewish. Kyle, like most of the other kids, [[TheNoseless has no visible nose]].
** In "The Ungroundable" someone refers to Pete (the half red-haired {{Goth}}) as having pockmarks, though there is no sign of them for the viewer.
** Butters is [[RunningGag grounded]] in one episode for supposedly making a funny face that ruined his school picture, even though he was only smiling. Butters is understandably confused, especially when [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood his parents accuse him of making the same stupid face]] when he's doing absolutely nothing.
* Blackarachnia does this (overlapping with HollywoodHomely) for the first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Several Autobots find her attractive and the rest seem to pay her appearance no mind, but she constantly harps on her status of being technoorganic and hideous. Then in season three that mask she's been wearing comes off and [[spoiler:oh dear lord. Not to mention that we get Sentinel trying to kill her for what she is.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Apparently, Kaeloo is overweight and Stumpy is ugly. To the viewers, Kaeloo looks just as slim as everybody else, and Stumpy looks normal.
* An interesting case in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is Helga Pataki. While she actually does look very odd (she has a BigOlUnibrow, a bulbous nose, billy goat-like ears, a large overbite and a scrawny build) [[CastOfSnowflakes so do most of the other characters]] (the title character has a football shaped head for crying out loud!). Yet Helga is always the one who is called out for being ugly. She's even mistaken for a boy a few times, despite the fact that her [[LimitedWardrobe standard outfit]] is a [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak pink dress]]. There's even some HypocriticalHumor with Harold making fun of Helga's unibrow even though he has one too and is overall far less pleasant to look at than Helga is.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** Early episodes sometimes had minor characters act as though [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]] was hideously ugly, though in reality she's fairly average, save for her refusal to ever ''try'' to be pretty. In this case, it may have been more to showcase the shallowness of the other characters.
** In "Aunt Nauseam" [[ExtremeDoormat Stacy]] mentions "a slight asymmetry in my shoulders that is very painful for me even to mention."

[[folder: Real Life]]
* A delusional perception of one's own appearance as extremely flawed is known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_dysmorphic_disorder body dysmorphic disorder]], which often goes hand in hand with a plethora of other illnesses like eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
* FacialProfiling is usually PlayedForLaughs nowadays when it appears at all, but in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, numerous racist publications used caricatures and pseudoscience to seriously argue that certain ethnic groups were inhumanly ugly while the supposed MasterRace was divinely beautiful. In the Anglosphere, such publications tended to depict people of WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant descent as TheBeautifulElite and people of African and Irish descent as apelike in appearance. Meanwhile, UsefulNotes/NaziGermany published official propaganda contrasting goblin-like Jews with Teutonic supermen -- which of course was nonsense, as ThoseWackyNazis themselves demonstrated when they made Jews wear yellow stars in order to identify them from other Germans.
* Certain social castes throughout history have been shunned as disgustingly unclean and "untouchable" despite not bearing any obvious differences from the rest of society (although such distinctions have thankfully lessened as SocietyMarchesOn):
** The "eta" or "burakumin" class in Japan has no physical differences from other social castes. Traditionally, their "deformity" was considered spiritual in nature, because the undesirable jobs they worked were "tainted". They're also metaphorically associated with physical degradation via a derogatory gesture of holding up four fingers, because it's easy to [[{{Fingore}} lose a finger]] through the sort of dangerous labour to which burakumin are often relegated, and because four fingers = four legs = animals. (This is also a big part of why FourFingeredHands tend not to show up in Japanese media.) The lack of any actual identifying traits meant that in the pre-Shogunate era it was possible for them to assimilate into higher castes (some even becoming samurai) if a daimyō found their services valuable enough to conceal their heritage, but the Tokugawa Shogunate cut off this avenue of advancement by making all of the castes more rigidly hereditary. Unsurprisingly, many of the burakumin ended up joining the {{Yakuza}} because [[EqualOpportunityEvil it didn't care about castes]] and to this day the large majority of Yazuka are thought to be of burakumin descent.
** A similar situation exists in UsefulNotes/{{India}}, where Dalit [[TypeCaste castes]] have been historically relegated to "unclean" jobs like sanitation and butchery, and thus shunned by other communities. According to the Chinese traveller [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuanzang Xuanzang]], it got so bad that Dalits in certain regions had to sound wooden clappers when they left their segregated communities so members of higher castes could avoid contact with them.
** France and northern Spain, in addition to the general European caste system of BlueBlood and commoners, had a group called Cagots, who faced centuries of intense prejudice despite having ''no'' ethnic differences from their neighbours. To make it more bizarre, ''no one even knows why they were hated'', and moreover, there's no evidence that anyone ''ever'' knew why. A literal application of the trope was the claim that Cagots had a tail, sometimes also said of the Jews. This has lead to speculation that the Cagots descended from a religious minority such as Pagans, Arrian Goths, Muslims, Cathars or even early Christians that were hated by their Pagan neighbors and [[InsaneTrollLogic remained hated even after the others converted to Christianity themselves.]] Other claims were that Cagots were born with no ear lobes, that they had an ear bigger than the other or that they were all infected with leprosy, though these were all proven false by medical examinations of Cagots at least as early as 1683. The only "identifying feature" of a Cagot was that their parents were known Cagots. Because of this, during the French Revolution, Cagot families broke into government offices and burned all birth records, then fled to other parts of France where nobody would remember them as being Cagots. At this point Cagots essentially vanished from history, because nobody could tell who was a Cagot anymore.