A friend of mine has two Daughters, whom I will call Lætitia and Daphne; The Former is one of the Greatest Beauties of the Age in which she lives. . . . Lætitia has not, from her very Childhood, heard any thing else but Commendations of her Features and Complexion, by which means she is no other than Nature made her, very beautiful Outside. The Consciousness of her Charms has rendered her insupportably Vain and Insolent, towards all who have to do with her.A character who is beautiful, well aware of the effect they have on other people, and is proud of it. Regardless of the exact nature of a character's attractive appearance, some characters decide that if they've got an advantage, they might as well use it. A character who follows this trope is proud of their physical attractiveness and view their physical form as a means to get what they want. Such characters are prone to parading their "assets" in the presence of company of appropriate gender and orientation, sometimes with a little extra bounce in their step, and may often brag about their appearance unknowingly in front of less fortunate, usually younger or self-conscious characters. Unlike more prim and proper characters, they will generally enjoy distracted admirers staring at them, as it makes them feel good about themselves. A common plot is for this character to be the Veronica of Betty and Veronica — or, more likely, in a whole string of them as the Archies wise up and marry Betty — only to find in the end that she set her standards too high, or overestimated how long her beauty would be able to attract men, and end up an Old Maid. Compare Shameless Fanservice Girl. Contrast Obliviously Beautiful and Indifferent Beauty. See Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful! when they start to use their beauty to get away with offenses.
— Joseph Addison
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Anime and Manga
- Iason Mink, the top ruling Blondie in Ai no Kusabi, is very well aware of his uncanny beauty and uses it get the advantage over his Pet, Riki.
- Bulma from Dragon Ball. She thinks the reason she couldn't ride the Nimbus was because she was "so beautiful it's a sin".
- Lucy from Fairy Tail. She likes to believe that she's so cute that she's irresistible to anyone she uses her feminine wiles on. But, every time she tries to distract someone, it either spectacularly backfires, or her target remains thoroughly unimpressed with her.
- In The Familiar of Zero only a few male characters are unaffected by Kirche's good looks. She knows this and loves to flaunt and use her beauty to get what she wants.
- One Piece:
- Nami. She's attractive, she knows it, and knows how to use it to her advantage.
- Averted with Alvida who constantly proclaimed herself to be the most beautiful woman on the seas despite being a grotesquely obese woman. People only agreed with her for fear of her hitting them with her giant mace. However, played straight later on when she eats the Slip-Slip Fruit and becomes thin and beautiful. So when she ask who's the most beautiful woman in the seas people say it's her and mean it.
- Boa Hancock, the most beautiful woman above the sea, manipulates everyone with her beauty, save Luffy. To the point where she's the page quote for Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!.
- "Pirate Prince" Cavendish, captain of the Beautiful Pirates, considers himself to be the prettiest pirate in the world and hates to see his beauty and consequent popularity overshadowed by the actions of the Worst Generation of pirates (Luffy's in special).
- Pokémon first series has an one-episode character, Giselle. She's quite popular with boys despite her bitchy attitude, and even has the honor of being the first and possibly only female to actually attract Ash's attention.
"It's sad that others aren't blessed with my beauty"
- Ranma ½: While not as popular as her sister, Akane, Nabiki Tendo is regarded as attractive by her classmates and has her fair share of would-be suitors. She's perfectly aware of this and tends to use her sex appeal to fleece them for all they're worth before dumping them... assuming she doesn't become bored with toying with them first.
- Apparently Ranma takes pride in his strength, skills and basically being a man, while in female form she takes pride in her beauty. When Tsubasa (Ukyo's suitor) calling Ranma's female form "ugly", Ranma retorts by noting that Ukyo's the one who loves her, so she must be less ugly than her.
- Satsuki from Strawberry 100% is very proud about to be a sexy teenager, especially when she is compared to adult woman as the prof Kurokawa.
- Maaya from Umisho loves bragging about her modeling career and frequently uses her good looks to get boys to do favors for her.
- Veronica Lodge (pictured) from Archie Comics.
- It's hard to imagine a character being more proud of her spectacular beauty (or more fond of using it to her advantage) than Amora, the Asgardian Enchantress. A large portion of her magical arsenal is dedicated to charms and mind control, but in most cases, the exquisite perfection of her face, her hair, and her body is enough to get her anything she wants—though there's probably some sort of para-magical goddess effect operating in the background, to give it some extra oomph.
- Jen from Liberty Meadows likes using her good looks to flirt and tease Frank. At one point she decides to make a website, which becomes very popular, where people can watch her work though her web cam.
- Gwen Stacy actually started out this way in Spider-Man, as she got angry at Peter Parker for daring not to be attracted to her, and reflected that "I've never met a boy like him! He didn't even give me a glance!" Fortunately, she got better.
- Cornelia Hale from W.I.T.C.H. acts sometimes like that, usually after Irma's latest attempt to get her jealous of her large breasts.
- The Queen and Wicked Stepmother in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had a Magic Mirror she would use every day to confirm that she was the "the fairest in that land?". When the mirror claims that Snow White is the fairest the queen tries to have her killed.
- In King Thrushbeard, the princess refused all suitors for pride. Her father marries her off to a beggar.
- Subverted in Pintosmalto and its variants. The heroine refuses all suitors and demands a bounch of things, often valuable. However, with them, she is able to make a beautiful figure of a man, and by her prayers, he is brought to life.
- Princesses who set Impossible Tasks as the Engagement Challenge — especially those, as in "Shaking-Head" or "The Snow, the Crow, and the Blood", who have their suitors' heads chopped off for failure.
- In the Buffy/Thor crossover An Average Everyday Supergoddess, Harmony gains the powers and legendary beauty of the Asgardian Enchantress. Coming to grips with new memories and magical abilities is extremely difficult, but the girl has NO complaints with the appearance upgrade, and gleefully flaunts her supernatural beauty whenever possible.
- Buffy, in Heroes And Villains is largely made of this. With her pre-Sunnydale personality firmly in place, she is shamelessly vain and manipulative, and absolutely delights in the effect her beauty has on those around her (especially Faith).
Film — Animated
Film — Live-Action
- X-Men Film Series:
- X-Men: First Class: Dr. Charles Xavier is a Hot Scientist who unabashedly exploits his gorgeousness (along with his charm) to proposition coeds at Oxford. Charles is so fond of his hair that he immediately dismisses Hank's suggestion that he shave it off before he tests Cerebro. It's costume designer Sammy Sheldon's intention to make the character as stylish as possible within a conservative academic setting.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: Professor X is a Hot Teacher who doesn't seem to be concerned in the slightest that his translucent white shirt would be deemed inappropriate in any other school with teenagers and children. His sunglasses are the most flashy of the film because of their gradient lenses, and they enhance his sex appeal while also giving him the air of a fashion model. Xavier runs his hand through his luscious locks (which is his equivalent of a peacock's tail) to tame some wayward strands before he meets Moira to ensure that he's at his most attractive. Even after he goes bald, he conjures a mental projection of himself which still proudly has a feathered mullet on its head when he faces a life-and-death struggle with Apocalypse. It's The End of the World as We Know It if the Professor fails, but even if he's doomed, he'll at least look fabulous on the astral plane (heck, he still manages to be pretty even when he's soaked in his own blood). Make no mistake, folks; Charles is vain.
- Jane Austen's Mansfield Park:
- The Bertram sisters Maria and Julia are well aware of their attractiveness. They're beautiful and from a baronet's family, and plan to marry well because of it.
"The Miss Bertrams were now fully established among the belles of the neighbourhood; and as they joined to beauty and brilliant acquirements a manner naturally easy, and carefully formed to civility and obligingness, they possessed its favour as well as its admiration. Their vanity was in such good order that they seemed to be quite free from it, and gave themselves no airs."
- Lady Bertram values beauty greatly, and thinks every beautiful woman should use it to make an advantageous match.
"She had been a beauty, and a prosperous beauty all her life; and beauty and wealth, and fame were all that excited her respect."
- Miss Crawford is another stunning lady with beauty of the dark variety with sparkling brown eyes and darkish complexion. She's very well aware of her charms.
- The Bertram sisters Maria and Julia are well aware of their attractiveness. They're beautiful and from a baronet's family, and plan to marry well because of it.
- Tabitha, the Villain Protagonist of the Delicate Fire series, lives this trope virtually every waking moment. Granted, her beauty is the key to her magical powers, so there's a bit more there than simple vanity. Lady Asuna from the same series also fits this perfectly, but with strong shades of Rich Bitch thrown in for good measure.
- Alison Sedge in Robin Jarvis' Deptford Mice trilogy becomes extremely vain after she receives her mousebrass, the Sign of Grace and Beauty.
- Aphrodite in Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus makes no attempt to hide or downplay her beauty, which can get on her daughter Piper's nerves.
- Keifer in A Brother's Price is described by other characters as having been this.
- Queen Cersei Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire greatly values her beauty and is glad she is considered the most beautiful woman in Westeros. She is a bit worried though, because of a prophecy that says her power is going to be destroyed by a future queen who is going to be even more beautiful.
- Tomcat Blue Eyes Diaries: Like most cats, Blue Eyes is well aware of the fact that he's really adorable and really good-looking. When White Whiskers scolds him for getting stuck in a fence, he asks him whether he knows what the purpose of cat's whiskers is. Blue Eyes answers: "To look beautiful of course!"
- Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter, who is well aware of how her looks and Veela-blood affect the people around her. Heartwarmingly subverted in Halfblood Prince, when her fiancé Bill has his face half torn off by Fenrir Greyback. Molly refers to their engagement in the past-tense, obviously assuming that the proud Fleur will no longer want Bill now that he is scarred for life. Fleur objects immediately.
- Fleur: "I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!"
Live Action TV
- Blanche in The Golden Girls would often talked about being attractive and definitely knew how it could affect men.
- In Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Aphrodite is very proud of her beauty and has no problem to show.
- On Seinfeld, Jerry dates a woman who is part this, part Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!, and he takes full advantage of it. She is eventually stolen away from him by Elaine's "dating loophole" guy.
- Once Upon a Time has a male example in Captain Hook, who repeatedly makes reference to the fact that he is "devilishly handsome." He also frequently refers to himself or his actions as "dashing."
- Although Sarah on Chuck is a strikingly beautiful woman, the show's resident Ms. Fanservice, and has used her looks to advantage on missions, it's her DEA friend Carina who really lives and breathes this trope. She's even able to stop Casey, of all people, in his tracks by stripping down to her bra and panties when he tries to arrest her after she double-crosses the team on a mission. When Morgan later grows a spine and tells her off for using this trope to abuse and take advantage of him, she's legitimately shocked at his rejection because no one has ever told her "no" before. Carina is so surprised, in fact, she genuinely becomes interested and hops into bed with him when the mission is over.
- In Greek Mythology, every incarnation of Aphrodite has this trait. Justified since she is the goddess of love and beauty. But it is also her Berserk Button.
- In the Tale of Eros/Cupid and Psyche, she becomes jealous of Psyche (whose beauty is praised above hers) and sends her son Cupid to use his arrows to cause Psyche to fall in love with the most hideous thing in the world.
- In one version of the story, Medusa got turned into a monster after having an affair with Hephaestus, and then claiming that she was more beautiful than his wife Aphrodite, goddess of beauty.
- The trope applies to other goddesses also. In the Apple of Discord tale, Hera, Athena and Aphrodite had a competition to see who was the fairest. The three demanded Zeus choose who was the "fairest", but he wisely declined. Instead, he chose a mortal man to arbitrate. Each goddess presented their beauty to him while also offering a prize should he choose them. Eventually he chose Aphrodite as the winner and accepted her promise of the most beautiful woman in Greece. The man? Paris of Troy. The woman? Helen of Sparta. Thus began The Trojan War.
- Musetta in La Bohème. Her song "Quando m'en vo" is about how people stare at her when she goes out, and how happy this makes her.
- In the theatre production of The Producers, Ulla has a song called "If you've got it, flaunt it", and she does clearly use her looks to her advantage, but not callously enough to make her The Vamp.
- Morrigan from Darkstalkers, a beauty naughty succubus with suggestive movements and really proud.
- Played up extensively in Pocket Fighter. There, Morrigan's goal is to prove to the world that she's the strongest and most beautiful woman out there, so she challenges Chun-Li, the current title-holder for both claims, in a battle of female supremacy. In the end, Morrigan is victorious, but ultimately loses out to none other than Lilith, who unwittingly attracts the guys away from her sister.
- Zhenji from Dynasty Warriors is known for being exceptionally beautiful and loves being complimented on her beauty.
- Although asexual, Valentine from Skullgirls takes great pride in her appearance — she even uses her measurements as an override code.
- Rouge the Bat from Sonic the Hedgehog. Can be very vain about her looks.
- Giorgio, in Story of Seasons, is this trope Played for Laughs. He constantly talks about how beautiful he is; he's a farmer but has also done quite a bit of modeling and is engaged to a fellow model. Really, he's moderately obsessed with beauty in general, not just his own. Despite this, however, he's a genuinely Nice Guy.
- Calixto in Soul Sacrifice Delta spends the majority of his time with the sorcerer boasting about how beautiful he is. This turns out to be an inversion, as it's really his wife's soul within him that sees him as the most beautiful person in the world.
- Zen from Mystic Messenger is an extremely handsome actor who constantly brags about his good looks, to the frequent exasperation of his friends. However, he turns out to be a borderline deconstruction of this trope: he actually thought he was ugly when he was young because his parents believed he would become too fixated or reliant on his looks to become successful and even after he learns to take pride in his looks, he works himself to the bone at his acting job to prove that he didn't become famous on looks alone.
- Eerie Cuties: Sixteen year old Layla Delacroix has good looks, she knows it, and has no qualms about using her looks, or her figure, to get what she wants. Even the Girls Want Her, as shown when a throng of them took her out to the prom!
- However, Magick Chicks' Faith Abbot has her beat, since she has the student body, at Artemis Academy, wrapped around her little finger and practically throwing themselves at her. She's even caused Tiffany, who's canonically straight, to question her sexuality, after coming to the realization that she's attracted to her.
- Fourteen-year-old Jeri Keene, in PreTeena, fancies herself as one of these and sets the boyfriend bar correspondingly high. She never loses an opportunity to flaunt, especially to her younger sister Teena and Teena's plain gawky friend Stick.
- In the American Dad! episode "The Magnificent Steven", Roger push this button with Hayley and Francine. He declares Hayley to be the "prettiest one in the house" and Francine suddenly becomes insanely jealous, so she tries to seduce Roger with a more revealing dress and succeeds in drawing his attention away from Hayley. However, Hayley soon retaliates and end in a Cat Fight. Turn out that Roger has manpulated them to make a video and sends it into a website that exchanges mother-daughter catfights for free T-shirts.
- Daring Charming from Ever After High is the son of Prince Charming, and has inherited his charm, looks and poise... and is very, very aware of this. All said he's far from a bad guy, still his mirror checks can last for hours and he's all to eager to point out his many virtues at length.
- Trixie in 'The Fairly OddParents!. She is depicted as a typical spoiled rich girl, a vain braggart who likes to flaunt her outer beauty when she needs a quick fix. She is thought of by everyone at Dimmsdale Elementary to be the most beautiful girl in school.
- In the Family Guy episode "He's Too Sexy for His Fat" Peter gets extensive plastic surgery making him very handsome. After being invited to join the the Quahog Beautiful People's Club and learning the perks of being beautiful he becomes narcissistic. At one point pasting a picture of his face over his wife's face in their wedding photo because he thought it would look better that way.
- Rarity in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. She is confident enough to persuade stallions to help her with various things through her beauty and charm. She usually avoids taking it to the point where it becomes a problem, and as the pilot episode shows she is willing to sacrifice her hair or clothes without complaint if need be.