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Prettyboy

"You're prettier than half my daughters."
Craster, talking about Jon Snow, Game of Thrones

You know that ruggedly handsome manly man the ladies all sigh for? This isn't that guy. Oh, he still gets the sighs, but it's because he is so dang pretty. These guys are often slender or slight, with fine facial features. Height is variable: if his prettiness comes from his youthfulness, then he's probably shorter; if it comes from his status as Mr. Fanservice, then he's going to be taller.

This doesn't necessarily mean he's androgynous, or looks like a girl, though. (That's a different trope, Dude Looks Like a Lady, or Viewer Gender Confusion, if he's androgynous enough that the audience is genuinely confused about his real gender.)

The Pretty Boy also isn't necessarily effeminate or weak. He may well be as strong or physically powerful as the other, more muscular guys, and as masculine as the more ruggedly handsome ones. Expect one of his more rugged counterparts to sneeringly call him "Pretty boy" at least once. Increasingly common for even his detractors to comment on just how much they appreciate his looks.

Assemble enough of these guys, and you end up with a Cast Full of Pretty Boys.

Note: East Asian media (particularly Japanese and Korean) uses a related trope, Bishōnen. The main difference appears to be that western media believes that males can be too pretty, and keeps the manpretty below a certain level for fear of making their heterosexual male viewers uncomfortable or confused.

A Sister Trope is Agent Peacock. If the pretty boy also has long, flowing hair, he is a Long-Haired Pretty Boy. White Hair, Black Heart is a subtrope which marks a character out as a villain.


Examples:

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    Comic Books 
  • Daken and Gambit, they have a scene in Daken's solo comic where they snark at each other using it as an insult.
  • Warren Worthington, aka Angel/Archangel. Not every artist can pull it off, of course, but he is supposed to be unnaturally, ethereally beautiful, to the point that the wings aren't what you notice first if you're close enough to make out his features. This even continued when he was blue.
  • Quasar of the The Avengers. In one issue of his solo series, he was even called 'Pretty Boy' by a bad guy.

    Fanfic 
  • A fan-made chapter of the Space Marines of Warhammer 40,000 fame, the Pretty Marines. They have some sort of gland that creates the sparkle, and their guns have roses on them. Their scouts are cute boys, and they have legions of female fans. And this is all well and good... just watch out for the Chaos Pretty Marines.

    Film - Animated 
  • "Field Test", the third segment of Batman Gotham Knight, gives Bruce Wayne a rather pretty-boy-esque look (which doesn't exactly fit Kevin Conroy's voice that well).
  • Shang in Mulan. Yao even refers to him as Pretty Boy during his Shirtless Scene.
  • Jack Frost in Rise of the Guardians. He even has Tooth and her helpers fangirling all over him, although it may be solely to do with his teeth.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • X-Men: First Class: Appearance-wise, Charles is strongly defined by his boyishness: he has a soft, round face, baby blue eyes, reddish lips (the colour is so deep at times that it almost looks like he's wearing lipstick), and is of shorter-than-average height. It's symbolic of his sensitive, nice guy qualities. Erik even calls him "adorable" when Charles tries the Cerebro machine for the first time.
  • Thor: Loki has an innocent baby-face and a slimmer build than the other Asgardians. His physical appearance is meant to be a sharp contrast to his ruggedly handsome and very muscular brother Thor.
  • Lord of the Rings:
    • The race of fair-skinned long haired peroxide boys. Legolas especially takes the cake.
    • Frodo, as he is fairly good-looking for a Hobbit. Partly because being portrayed by Elijah Wood helps.
  • Neo in The Matrix. The stereotypical pretty-boy taunt comes from Cypher, who mocks Neo's "big pretty eyes".
  • Didier Revol the French exchange student in Son of Rambow is so beautiful that Even the Guys Want Him.
  • Many vampires in Interview with the Vampire fit in the pretty boy aesthetic with very pale complexion, making them look androgynous.
  • Brian Slade of Velvet Goldmine fits this trope rather well, as one might reasonably expect from a nineteen-year-old Jonathan Rhys Meyers in make-up... He manages to be more delicate and prettier that his own wife (who is not bad-looking or particularly butch.)
  • Luke from Cherrybomb, to the point where fangirls started suggesting that Rupert Grint's character should get with HIM instead of the female lead, on the basis that "Luke is prettier". To be fair, the levels of Ho Yay in this movie probably made this reaction unavoidable.
  • Ra in Stargate is supposedly the same entity as the Egyptian god of the Sun. He has very delicate feminine features and wears make-up, including heavy eye-lines. His voice is disturbing and he's creepy as hell.
  • The two leads in Withnail and I look like they've have been battered and malnourished for far too long, but still... "I" has the same looks he later had for the Eighth Doctor and Withnail is pouty-mouthed, has big blue eyes and his hair goes fluffy when they hit the countryside. The battered factor even adds to the appeal.
  • Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter has Nick, played by a very young, very pretty Christopher Walken. Effective Dawson Casting. Walken was 35.
  • Johnny Depp as Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette Edward in Edward Scissorhands. He plays a fragile robot who is almost upgraded to a human being and resembles a doll.
  • Leonard Whiting from Franco Zeffirelli's film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Most of the comments of this old interview of him and co-star Olivia Hussey on YouTube are about how he looks like Zac Effron.
  • In the up north melodrama parody "The Fatal Glass of Beer", W.C. Fields observes "My Uncle Ichabod said, speakin' of the city, 'It ain't no place for a woman, gal, but pretty men go thar.'"

    Literature 
  • Ax from Animorphs in his androgynous male human morph, which is made of DNA from Rachel, Cassie, Jake, and Marco.
  • Sauron was revealed to be one until the War of the Last Alliance and the loss of the One Ring prevented him from taking any form that wasn't as ugly and nasty as his spirit.
  • The Honor Harrington series by David Weber uses the trope extensively.
    • Victor Cachat is described as being young and very cute at least once in every book he appears in.
    • Jeremy X was genetically engineered to be one — he is designed to the point were he can't have any facial hair even!
    • Justified by all the Designer Babies roaming around, Magic Plastic Surgery, and by the pro-long life extension treatments that can make a hardened military officer that is over 40 years old look like he is barely out of high school.
  • Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is described as intoxicatingly, androgynously beautiful sweet blond boy.
  • Aramis in The Three Musketeers is described as being as pretty as a woman. Of course, he's the one of the Musketeers who's most popular with women.
  • Raziel in Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal is pretty enough even to provoke Stupid Sexy Flanders moments from the First-Person Smartass protagonist, Biff. It's apparently a standard angel trait.
  • The War Against the Chtorr:
    • Lizard and Ted describe the teenage protagonist Jim McCarthy this way, though he doesn't believe them.
    • Definitely the case with Shaun — a sixteen year-old, bisexual attendant on the luxury airship Hieronymus Bosch, whose duties include prostitution and military defence.
  • The protagonists in the Warchild Series are usually depicted as Pretty Boys, even when they have extensive combat training and are capable of great violence. The third book, "Cagebird" has a protagonist described as cherubic-looking who eventually becomes a prostitute/assassin, and the protagonist from her second book is said to be a beautiful boy with large, kittenish eyes.
  • Shakespeare's Sonnet 20. The young boy is described as such: "A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion", until Nature "pricked him out for woman's pleasure."
  • The temporary protagonist of Crow on the Bridge by Max Frei reminisces meeting one of these, a young man of blinding beauty.
    "Entered the room a young man of such a blinding beauty that to me it seemed not as much pleasant to the eye as absolutely out of place in the given circumstances. Really, here happens such things, I should make the Gloves of Death and it's yet unknown how to survive this fancy-work; civil war continues for umpteenth year in Conjoined Kingdom, and ultimately the world will fall soon; and he walks here with such a look as if a human had no more important task than to look beautiful. My feelings were about these, though when spoken aloud they sound absurd, I see it myself."
  • All of the male vampires in Twilight. They even come with the Bishie Sparkle pre-packaged and their appearance is described in gushy detail. With the exception of Emmett and Felix, who are the other good looking male character type. They also never sparkle in the books once.
  • There are a bunch in A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Ser Loras Tyrell is described as "beautiful" rather than handsome, called "The Knight of Flowers" and clad in rainbow armour until he joined the Kingsguard. Of course, this is probably to do with the fact that he's only about sixteen at the start of the series.
    • Joffrey Baratheon, who is said to look like a girl by Jon Snow, and is described as a combination of his sister Myrcella and his uncle Jaime who also happens to be his father.
    • Rhaegar Targaryen was a beautiful boy who despite being a great warrior, was also a sensitive/emo man who liked to play the lyre.
    • "Young Griff" is a beautiful young man who has long eye lashes and dyes his hair blue He's actually Aegon Targaryen, the son of the above Rhaegar, or at least a convincing impostor.
    • The Citadel student Alleras is probably the female Sarella Sand in male disguise, with the result that (s)he fits and is described as being comely, pretty, etc. as opposed to handsome.
    • Satin, a former male prostitute who joins the Night's Watch, is very pretty, as Jon is prone to remind us.
  • Dark Life has a male character called Pretty. He's very pretty and usually also very scary.
  • Thomas Raith from The Dresden Files. He is a White Court vampire (aka, "an incubus"). He's got a very pretty boy face, from the neck down he's built "like the high priest of Bowflex".
  • Marcello Clerici, the protagonist of the 1951 novel The Conformist, is described as very handsome and feminine-looking both in adolescence and adulthood.
  • Galad Damodred from The Wheel of Time is often described as being 'almost too handsome for masculinity'.
  • Many male characters from The Vampire Diaries novel series, especially Stefan and Damon Salvatore. In the books, Damon is described to be more handsome and edgy while Stefan is described to be more boyish and innocent with finer facial features. So it could be assumed that Stefan fits the description of pretty boy more than Damon.
  • Kavik from Of Fear and Faith is described as quite pretty and handsome. He was relentlessly bullied during his teenage years over this and the resulting stress and anger helped forge the Hot-Blooded Blood Knight we know and love in the story proper.
  • St. John Rivers from Jane Eyre is tall, fair, blue-eyed and with a Grecian profile and desribed as extremely handsome several times. Mr Rochester says he's present in Jane's imagination as graceful Apollo.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Alias: Julian Sark; it's lampshaded by Daniel Ryan in "Facade," who had never met Sark face-to-face, but was informed that the young man (who is around 20 years old at the start of the series) was a pretty boy.
  • Apollo and Starbuck from the original Battlestar Galactica. While Apollo's is the case of Beauty Equals Goodness as per Word of God, it is Starbuck who gets mistaken as a girl by one of the andriods in 'Greetings from Earth'. Needless to say, Apollo and Cassiopeia were both amused.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Fifth Doctor is the embodiment of this trope in the Classic Series. Although, Executive Meddling often deterred the female characters from commenting on this fact.
    • The Eighth Doctor. Some fans jokingly call him The Oncoming Pretty. He's played by young Paul McGann and one of the Doctor's major traits are his Innocent Blue Eyes.
    • The Tenth Doctor. He looks very boyish and wears cute glasses. Female characters on the show think he's pretty, too.
      River Song: Pretty boy! With me I said.
      (Long pause. Donna looks at the Doctor suggestively.)
      Doctor: Oh, I'm "Pretty Boy"!
      Donna: Yes! (shocked at her own enthusiasm) Oh, that came out a bit quick.
    • According to the TARDIS, Rory is "the pretty one," which the Doctor considers to be a joke but Amy agrees with, and season six gave him a Fanservice Pack with tighter clothes and more gel in his hair.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Jon Snow is prettier than half of Craster's daughters, according to Craster himself.
    • Ser Loras Tyrell; George R.R. Martin even described the character as "...the teen idol of Westeros" in this HBO featurette. Sansa Stark has a crush on him because of his good looks. Two lowborn Lannister soldiers consider him to be prettier than the Queen. In "The Climb," Olenna calls Loras "...the pride of Highgarden, the most desirable bachelor in all of the Seven Kingdoms."
    • Lancel Lannister is in his late teens with soft features and golden hair (the hair colour is a Lannister trait). He becomes the Queen's toy boy.
    • Olyvar is a male prostitute of Littlefinger's who fits the physical description of The Twink. His Adonis-like beauty and physique make him very appealing to his clients, which includes Prince Oberyn Martell, who is willing to pay the young man's "wildly expensive" fee.
  • Glee:
  • In The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries, we have young Teen Idol Joe Hardy (aka Shaun Cassidy).
    Joe: Just because I'm younger, smaller and more easily intimidated...?
  • Two examples from Hornblower:
    • Archie Kennedy, played by the always awesome Jamie Bamber. He has longish fair hair, innocent blue eyes, a chiselled jaw line, a cutest smile ever, and a body of a sailor. He is a Foil to Horatio's taller and darker charms.
    • Mr. Midshipman Wellard from Series Two is a cutie-pie. Teen-aged, with very fair skin, black hair, dark eyes, and soft features. He is still a fairly competent officer, despite the fact that a mad captain made him his whipping boy.
  • Many characters Mathew Baynton plays in Horrible Histories — most notably including Charles II and highwayman Dick Turpin — take full and explicit advantage of this trope. To the extent where his HH co-stars' standard (if less-than-serious) response when asked about the show's success is "Mat's eyes".
  • Chase on House, a fair-haired and baby-faced doctor. His prettiness sometimes becomes a plot point. For instance a Littlest Cancer Patient develops a crush on him and manipulates him into kissing her. Or House bets Chase gets more dates on speeding date night than him, and House stays a medical doctor while Chase takes a personality of a lazy bum.
    Dr. Foreman: Chase, you're a pretty boy. Works well with the ladies, not so much with the patients. No one wants an underwear model performing their splenectomy.
  • On How I Met Your Mother, after Ted and Robin break up, Robin meets a cute Argentinian guy Gael (played by Enrique Iglesias) and they date. Ted is very jealous and describes him as an adonis. Gael turns out to be just a short-term rebound boyfriend.
  • Law & Order: UK: When he isn't being hit on because of his good looks, the gorgeous DS Matt Devlin is somehow being insulted because of them—a corrupt cop sneeringly refers to him as "your boy-band partner", and even the man suspected of being behind his murder—he isn't, ironically, sarcastically refers to him as "pretty-boy cop".
  • Merlin:
    • Merlin is a Pretty Boy.
      Barmaid: Mmm, you're an handsome fellow.
      Arthur: Well, just wouldn't be the first to say it.
      Barmaid: Oh. No, sorry. I was talkin' about your friend here.
      (Looks suggestively at Merlin.)
      Arthur: (shocked) Him?
      Merlin: (smirking at Arthur)Thank you.
    • Lancelot manages to be a Pretty Boy and a Hunk. Hard to pull off, but it's the Perma Stubble and it offsets the Puppy-Dog Eyes.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers had Tommy Oliver, the late-arriving Green Ranger and Breakout Character. Saban bent over backwards to keep the Green Ranger around far longer than the original source material allowed, and then assigned him a new color to keep him around for subsequent seasons.
  • Mr. Brain: In "Eccentric Neuroscientist vs. Beautiful Revived Ghost" the "beautiful revived ghost" isn't a woman. The ghost is played by the very pretty, yet very male Gackt. Gackt himself finds Gackt rather tasty.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: James Gillies is pretty for a man, which no doubt helps him to pass off as a woman when he wishes to elude the police or frame a female character for murder.
  • Cyrus from Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, who is referred to being a Pretty Boy explicitly by the Red Queen.
  • Prison Break: Michael (Wentworth Miller) is the perfect combination of prettiness and manliness.
    T-Bag: One things for sure, you just as pretty as advertised. Prettier even.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch arranges a literal date with Destiny. Turns out Destiny is a Pretty Boy these days (played by Brian McFayden. Even his horses are gorgeous (according to Sabrina anyway).
    Sabrina: Sorry, I was expecting you to be—
    Destiny: Old as time, long white beard, robe, chariot. Most women prefer this look but I can change if you want--
    Sabrina: No, that's fine.
  • Skins gives us a Cast Full of Pretty Boys on the male side, which has to do with the aversion of Dawson Casting and the fact that the characters are played by teenage actors.
    • Tony Stonem of the first generation is played by then 18-19 year old Nicholas Hoult, which gives us a tall, lean male Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette with glazing blue eyes and a complexion which several Southern Belles could be jealous of. His attractiveness, along with being The Ace and The Charmer allows him to become the male vamp of the series. One of the very first scenes involving him actually shows the entire population of an all-girls school and their female teacher fawning over Tony.
    • Maxxie Oliver, played by the blond and gorgeous teenage Mitch Hewer is even prettier than Tony. He's also a token gay character in the first generation, an aspiring dancer and a talented artist, and frequently used in the show as Mr. Fanservice; all of which somewhat play up the "pretty boy" aspect of the character. Also, he briefly catches the attention the womanizer Tony and, despite being widely known as gay, gains a very driven female Stalker with a Crush.
    • Freddie Mc Lair of the second generation is very much Tall, Dark and Handsome, but has a slender, boyish build and a very pretty face with big, brown eyes (stated by his father to look just like Freddie's mother's) and long eyelashes, and full lips. He has also the two would-be queen bees of the group competing over him at some time.
    • The third generation's resident Jerk Jock Nick Levan is a mixture of Pretty Boy and Hunk. He's one of the physically manliest characters in the series with his square jaw and muscular boy, but also has a pretty face, big eyes and cute smile, making him an example of this trope.
    • Rich of the same generation is one of the most youthful-looking males in the series and has a soft face, big eyes and delicate skin. Those features become especially visible after his Expository Hairstyle Change.
    • Matty, Nick's Little Big Brother is just as pretty as his sibling, but significantly more visibly fragile. Also two of the heroines fall for him almost instantly after seeing him for their respective first times. Actually every teenage male character of the third generation (besides Alo) can be considered a Pretty Boy to varying degrees.
  • Supernatural:
    • Dean Winchester. His face combines prettiness and manliness, with a bit more of prettiness.
    • Castiel (Misha Collins), an angel who ups the ante by also being slender and being the shortest (barely) of the main trio. Co-star Jared Padalecki has said of Collins: "With those big blue eyes, he can't play a demon. They're like 'aww...' he's too pretty."
    Japanese gameshow host: Mr. Trickster does not like pretty-boy angels!
  • Michael Kelso from That '70s Show, who describes himself as "man-pretty". Donna once tells him that he's "pretty like a girl", and he agrees.
  • In Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, we have Sharp-Dressed Man Ianto Jones, whom John Hart frequently refers to as "Eye Candy".

    Pinball 
  • The unnamed Thunder God in Flash, who's too thin to be a Hunk, but still has women clinging to him.

    Religion and Mythology 
  • Norse Mythology
    • Balder is so pretty that everything in the universe that can pledges their love to him.
    • Loki. Even in the post-Christianization days, he's described as "pleasing and handsome" in appearance, but never the rugged, muscled type.
  • Greek Mythology:
    • The ultimate Greek mythology Pretty Boy: Apollo. Look how all the nymphs agree. He was the ideal of the kouros (a beardless, athletic youth).
    • Greek god Dionysus is portrayed as youthful Pretty Boy in some depictions, such as Euripides' Bacchae.
    • Eros aka Cupid or Amor is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the goddess of love Aphrodite/Venus. In Classical Greek art, he's a slender youth with wings. Later he was portrayed as a chubby boy.
    • Apollo's lover Hyacinth was depicted as very handsome, athletic and beautiful. He was also admired by Zephyr (God of west wind) and his beauty caused a feud between the two gods. When he died (because of jealous Zephyr), Apollo made a flower, the hyacinth, from his spilled blood.
    • Homer described Ganymede as the most beautiful of all mortals, on top of the fact that he's the only of Zeus' lovers that was ever made immortal, is also quite telling.
    • Adonis, who's So Beautiful, It's a Curse. He was so lovely that the goddess Aphrodite herself fell in love with him, among other gods and goddesses. (The word "adonis" is often used in modern times to describe this very archetype.)
    • Narcissus was way hot and beautiful, and proud of it. Nymph Echo fell in love with him, but he was not into her. Godess of revenge Nemesis took Narcissus to a pool, where he saw his own reflection and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an empty image.
    • Paris from The Iliad, who runs away from the fight with Menaleus he was begging for to seduce Helen (whom he kidnapped) at (Aphrodite's) gunpoint. It only gets better when Hector finds him sitting in his room — with an enormous battle raging outside the walls of Troy — "polishing his armor!"
  • A surprising amount of images of Jesus. He's mostly depicted as a youthful-looking man with soft features. Devine beauty goes hand in hand with the whole "son of the God" thing.
  • Celtic Mythology:
    • Cu Chulainn is described in Celtic Mythology as a very attractive man of the elfish, smooth-faced sort, at least when he wasn't in a warp spasm.
    • Aengus Og, the god of love, is noted for his youthful good looks by the other gods.

    Tabletop Games 
  • ''Warhammer 40,000!! (as "pretty boy" as you can get in the ultra-gritty universe):
    • The Eldar (elf). Described as such: "The Eldar are physically similar to humans, but with longer, cleaner limbs, slim and elegant features, pointed ears, and penetrating eyes."
    • The Primarch of the Blood Angels, Sanguinis, who has angel wings and everything (of course, his death caused all the Super Soldier armies based on him to become bloodthirsty and prone to going insane). Additionally the chapters based on Sanguinis' gene seed are also noted as being somewhat prettier than the other marines.
    • The Emperor's Children (Chaos) Space Marine Legion. So pretty that they are derrisively referred to as "peacocks" by most of the other legions while they are still loyal to the Imperium's cause. Their primarch, Fulgrim, is one of the prettiest humans alive. Furthermore, even after falling to Chaos, they continue trying to make themselves look as alluring and attractive as possible, part of their pact with the Chaos god Slaanesh. It doesn't help that their armour is various shades of purple and pink... The pre-Heresy Emperor's Children were just as brutal and ruthless as any other Space Marines, so looks can be deceiving.
  • "Pretty Boy Look" is an Advantage in GURPS (introduced in GURPS Mecha), which works like Attractive, except the bonus to reaction roles apply to both sexes. In 4e the same Advantage is simply named "Androgynous".

    Theatre 
  • Tanz der Vampire:
    • Herbert von Krolock is one of these whenever the actor's makeup can create the effect, and the results tend to be stunning.
    • Herbert's father is an older example. He looks like the less fortunate end result of the formula "Pretty Boy + age + suffering and guilt".
  • Roger in RENT describes himself as "the pretty-boy front man" in "One Song Glory". The implication is that he thinks his modest success as a musician has all been attributable to his looks. But he's just as likely to actually be played by a more ruggedly handsome actor, although he is the Tenor Boy.
  • It's implied in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street that Sweeney was one fifteen years prior to the start of the play, before his Break the Cutie process started.
    Mrs Lovett: There was a barber and his wife... and he was beautiful...

    Video Games 
  • Male blood elves in World of Warcraft, even though they can have a little bit of facial hair. Lampshaded in some of their /silly and /flirt emotes. A silly- "Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?"
  • Johnny Cage of the Mortal Kombat series, though Johnny himself is the one who enforces it. He constantly refers to himself as "pretty" and is always praising his own good looks. Even one of his battle cries revolves around how pretty he thinks he is:
    Johnny: Oh yeah! I'm so pretty!
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 Mask of the Betrayer takes this concept into an odd place by making the resident Pretty Boy, Gannayev, a Cute Monster Guy member of a species otherwise known for being invariably hideous. Creator Chris Avellone's response to the reason for this basically boils down to: "Because."
  • Nightwing in Batman: Arkham City lives up to his comic book counterpart's reputation as a Pretty Boy. It's even commented on by the mooks, who express an interest in making him much less pretty.

    Webcomics 
  • Rieken in A Distant Soil fits perfectly, down to white hair so long it drags on the ground. The twist, though, is that despite being so very pretty, he is probably the most supernaturally powerful being alive.
  • Rabbit from Skins. Slender, tall and leanly muscled, he has no body or facial hair and has really pretty features.
  • Parody/subversion: This strip from the Stick Figure Comic Stickman and Cube has the cartoonist supposedly draw the two characters as Pretty Boys. The joke is that they look exactly the same, being of course a stickman and a cube, except with added Bishie Sparkle. But... so bishie!
  • Maxim of Girl Genius, sporting a narrower, pointier face, thinner build, and longer, bishi-er hair than his compatriots Dimo and Oggie, very nearly fits here. There are only a couple things off: First, he has purple skin, smiles too much, smiles too big, and has a mouth full of sharp teeth, all because he is a Jaegermonster. Second, he's too fun-loving, upbeat, and goofy, also because he is a Jaegermonster. Third, his personality is far too distinctive. Other than that he fits perfectly. Foglio has said that he designed Maxim for fun, to see if he could draw a bishonen Jaeger. Well, he can!
  • The titular character from Terinu is definitely bishie, coming from a genetically uplifted race designed to look cute. Being marsupials, even the females are fairly androgenous in appearance (flat-chested after all).
  • The Cyantian Chronicles: Jules thinks that Sean is pretty. Although that might just be because of his beautiful wings.
  • Blip portrays Lucifer as Pretty Boy. At one point, Luc meets an angel who is his exact double. His reaction: "I'm... gorgeous!"
  • Tom from Khaos Komix. Being fantastically handsome comes hand in hand with being Ft M transsexual,at least for him. He doesn't have any of the typical personality traits, however, being Straight Gay bordering on Manly Gay.
  • Oswald of Knights Errant gets special mention for being known as a Pretty Boy in-story an being transgender. Most of the other characters aren't too bad-looking either.
  • In Moon Crest 24, Dwayne certainly falls under this category. Specially after his introduction where he refers to himself as a Bishonen, which is Japanese counterpart of Pretty Boy.

    Web Original 
  • In The Secret Life Of Dolls, Lyra from The Golden Compass and Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean had this discussion about a picture of the Will Turner doll:
    Lyra popped up over Elizabeth's shoulder. "That scarf is a girly scarf."
    "Well, that's just how guys dressed back... now."
    "In tights?"
    She sighed. "Sometimes Will was prettier than I was."
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • The Critic. Even he lampshaded it in the Battlefield Earth review by trying to say he got more handsome, but couldn't do it and chose "pretty" instead.
    • The forgotten guy (Dan Roth) in The Nostalgia Chick's show. Even though they forget he exists constantly, the Chick dated him in high school, Maven tried to bite his neck and Elisa was paired with him during the fucked up Parody Commercials.
  • David Chapman from You Could Make A Life, although his antisocial and insecure personality leaves him unaware of it.
    Jake: You have no idea what you look like, do you? Dude, Team USA used to call you the pretty boy.
    David: I doubt it was a compliment.
    Jake: From them, no. From me, totally. They were just jealous because their girlfriends all thought you were adorable.

    Western Animation 
  • Lance from Sym-Bionic Titan is pretty. Most of the girls at Sherman High swoon over him.
  • The Once-ler from the 2012 film The Lorax, with his big blue eyes with huge eyelashes, babyface and everything.


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