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->''"How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?''\\
''Now that you know who you are, what do you want to be?"''
-->-- '''Music/TheBeatles''', "Baby, You're a Rich Man"

The Beautiful Elite aren't just beautiful looking. Their whole ''life'' is beautiful. They are more fashionable than anyone else, more sophisticated and charming than anyone else, and are usually both fabulously rich and socially powerful. Their clothes are all way too expensive for you to ever own. They almost always live in a BigFancyHouse that is so clean and well organized they look like they are LivingInAFurnitureStore.

Most of the time they simply fell into this status. In many cases, they are of royal descent, of divine descent, or at least belonging to some sort of lesser nobility. If they weren't born to the upper crust, they have managed to become a part of it. More likely than not, they have been educated in elite private schools. The Beautiful Elite rarely have to work hard at anything. In many cases, they don't have to work at all, but if they do have a job, it will be just as glamorous as the rest of their lives.

And to make all of this worse, those who don't rub it in [[SpoiledSweet are so gracious about it]] that one has to wonder whether their unparalleled humility isn't just one more way they're better than you.

Don't always count on BeautyEqualsGoodness. Sometimes BeautyIsBad, and they spend their time plotting to torment the poor, decent normal folk like (maybe) you and me. TropeMaker for ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful.

To some degree, this tends to be TruthInTelevision. In most societies, wealth and attractiveness are highly correlated: The wealthy have much greater access to resources that improve their own appearance, and the attractive have much greater access to financial and material success, whether through marriage or career opportunities. Heck, ''the very standards of beauty'', especially feminine beauty, are (or at least have been for most of history) chiefly a demonstration of wealth! Hey, LifeIsntFair.

Expected in BishoujoSeries, as well as {{Bishonen}}.

TheFairFolk are this when they are an InhumanlyBeautifulRace.

Compare BeautyIsNeverTarnished, ModelCouple, FashionModel. Often overlaps with TheProudElite.

Contrast HollywoodHomely, UnkemptBeauty.

''[[TropeCo/TheBeautifulElite This item]] is available in the TropeCo/TropeCo catalog.''


!!Too Good To Be True

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''. Being [[PerpetualPoverty Perpetually Broke]] has never looked so good, and it must feel great being a ChurchMilitant wearing such elaborate and sexy garments - though Abel's robe gets torn off all the time, Tres is a bullet wall and Esther isn't immune to wounds either. The vampires are of course uncannily beautiful, being vampires and all, but so are almost all the human characters (see more in the evil part of the trope). Caterina has the complete dashing beauty + regal paraphernalia in addition to RegalRinglets.
* Anyone in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', which pokes great fun in the snooty, upper-crust societies in high schools.
* Justified in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam Seed]]''. You'd expect DesignerBabies to be prettier than everyone else.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Manga/BlackButler'' with the Phantomhive family. In fact, chapter 32 (which was entirely about the backstory of the Phantomhive family) is ''titled'' "Beautiful People." To quote Baron Kelvin:
--> "White porcelain skin like a bisque doll, beautiful hair, big eyes like diamonds, a youthful body. I will become something else. It doesn't matter if my ugly wife leaves me. I will be beautiful with a beautiful life. I will be suitable for him."
** Pretty much every person in the series is beautiful, save for some of the males like Baron Kelvin, Georg von Siemens, Jumbo, Lord Arthur Randall, Azzurro Vanel, Fred Aberline, Damian, and Doctor.
%%* Most everything by Creator/{{CLAMP}}, especially in their detailed drawings. Specifically,
%%** ''Manga/XxxHOLiC''
%%** ''Anime/CodeGeass,'' for which they only did the character designs.
%%** ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''
%%** Chii and [[spoiler:Freya]] in ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' qualify, but not so much for the other characters.
%%** ''Manga/DrugAndDrop''
%%** ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', which is made up with characters from all their series.
%%** ''Manga/{{X1999}}''
%%** ''Manga/CLAMPSchoolDetectives''
%%** ''Anime/BloodC'', for which they collaborated with Creator/ProductionIG.
%%** ''Manga/{{Gate7}}''
* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'': [[SpaceElves Abh]] are both this and InhumanlyBeautifulRace due to being ruling aristocracy and genetically engineered superhumans at the same time. While they are shown to be benevolent and just rulers, their militarism and imperialism makes them somewhat morally ambiguous.
* ''Manga/MakenKi'': Applies to the all-girl Venus Unit as a whole, as they're all portrayed as being [[GoodLookingPrivates stunningly beautiful]] - with particular emphasis being given [[AmazonianBeauty to Demitra]] and [[AnimeChineseGirl Yan-Min]] in official art for the anime. Also lampshaded by the 7th episode's title: ''"The Goddesses who Came Down to Tenbi"''.
* Exemplified in ''Anime/StarDriver''. ''Every single character'', not just the main characters, is beyond beautiful (even, nay, especially the men). There's a reason why the main character of the series is called the "Galactic [[{{Bishounen}} Pretty Boy]]".
* Most of the cast of ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Mostly applicable to the Sohma family however, who are all incredibly good-looking, rich, and mysterious (to the point at which one person asks if their good looks are a genetic trait). On the other hand, the good looks aren't ''always'' a good thing, as proven by Yuki (who is constantly either mistaken for a girl or forced into dressing like one for his lovesick fans).
** It's justified with the Sohmas, since most of the Sohmas in the main cast are supernatural. Apparently being possessed by a Zodiac spirit makes you better-looking.
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' has several characters who have the looks for it. But only Team Summer A really makes up this trope, with their exceptionally good looks (including [[BlindingBangs Ban]]), fast thinking abilities and observation skills, other survival skills and even speech. Sure, their [[NoSocialSkills social skills]] could take a few lessons, but overall, they are amazing. Justified, they are DesignerBabies.
* ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors'''s Count D, as well as his whole family (given that [[GenerationXerox they all look almost exactly like each other]]), and what a lot of the pets look like (at least to their owners and to Chris).
* Subverted in ''Manga/YamadaTaroMonogatari'', in which the eponymous Yamada Tarou is so amazingly beautiful that everyone in his school believes that he has to also be rich, noble, and a candidate for princehood. Tarou, who has more practical concerns, uses Valentine's Day chocolate as 'emergency rations' for his six hungry siblings.
* ''Manga/SakuraGari'', with Souma being the most standout case. However, it's obvious that [[SoBeautifulItsACurse his gorgeous looks are the cause of most of the problems in his life]].
* ''Manga/VampireKnight'': The vampires. Later, possible deconstructed with characters that, despite everything, still suffer and hide their pain under this.
* ''Manga/WorldsEndHarem'' deals with billions of men dying, leaving women to stand for themselves to recreate a society that has collapsed as a result, you could make a joke that the virus didn’t wipe out only the men on earth, but any woman that didn’t fit within a strict standard of beauty as well, all women in the series have the looks of super top models, wearing fetishistic clothing as casual wear to boot.
* ''Manga/SpecialA'': Not only is the entire cast ''beautiful'', but Special A is the most elite class in the already prestigious academy.
** Lampshaded in episode 13, when someone comments, "Amazing. Which modeling group are they from?"
* The vast majority of the significant cast in ''Manga/HanasakeruSeishounen''. They're all so regal that even when the situation is funny they stay in bishounen/bishojo mode! And then you have the occasional normal looking character (Gonk by comparision).
* ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos''. All IS pilots have snazzy school uniforms, a 5 star hotel grade dormitories, pimping mecha suit, and of course, look very good.
* Virtually every named character in ''Manga/IkokuMeiroNoCroisee'', especially when the story involves [[TheOjou Alice]]. It fits classical Japanese notion that everything in the GayParee is beautiful.
* The ''Manga/DearS'' of the series of the same name are a race of beautiful alien slaves who are practically perfect in every way.
* The ruling class of [[ArtificialHuman Elites]] of ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' are ''elite'' in every way because they are [[ArtificialHuman designed]] [[LegoGenetics to]] [[BioAugmentation be]]. Especially the highest of them all, Iason Mink.
* Just about everyone in ''Manga/PrincessPrincess'', especially the titular "princesses" are very beautiful, enough to be made to crossdress as girls to be [[HoYay worshiped by the rest of the students at the all male school they attend]].
* The Sakamoto family of ''Manga/FamilyComplex'' is regarded by their neighbours as the "perfect family" due to every member of the household (except one) looking like models.
* The mangaka Chi-Ran never draws anyone in any other manner than a) very beautiful and b) very feminine, whether they're [[BoysLove male]] or [[GirlsLove female]], major or minor; they live in pretty surroundings too, whether mansions or nightclubs.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': For all its GenericCuteness, CostumePorn and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princesses]], the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] and [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] mostly avert this. No truly beautiful character is shown without serious flaws that spoil the image of elitist perfection, whether they're the [[ThisLoserIsYou good]] [[TheKlutz guys]] ''or'' the [[VainSorceress bad]] [[NotSoAboveItAll guys]].
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' is about French aristocrats living the high life right before the French Revolution.
** {{Invoked}} and endlessly {{Lampshaded}} with Gardes du Corps, the senior cavalry regiment of the French Army and the main unit of the royal guard: they're an elite regiment largely composed of aristocrats, the members are chosen not just for their skills but also for their beauty, and people are so open on their good looks that everyone who learns Oscar's regiment replies with a variant of "Of course he's so beautiful!" and Girodelle (another officer of that regiment) ''flat-out admits that he '''has''' to be beautiful if he was accepted in the Gardes du Corps''.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'': This is largely the point of the novel, with Yumi as audience surrogate. Even the author states that it's like a fairy tale set in modern time.
* ''Manga/GokujouDrops'': Komari lampshades it all the time, usually something along the lines of "it's different for beautiful girls". Except Sai, who is a slob.
* As typical of a Jun Mochizuki work a lot of the characters in ''Manga/TheCaseStudyOfVanitas'' are gorgeous beyond compare.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This is one of the complaints that the Morlocks - a community of [[TheMorlocks sewer-dwelling mutants]] - and especially their leader Callisto and flesh-shaper Masque had about the Franchise/XMen. The X-Men - self-appointed ambassadors of the mutant community - are almost all powerful and attractive (even the inhuman-looking ones wouldn't have much trouble getting a date) and live in a mansion (or they did when the Morlocks were around), while the Morlocks were all freakish (some due to the afore-mentioned flesh-shaper) outcasts who lived in a sewer, relatively few of which had impressive powers. They accuse the X-Men of being elitist snobs who have a [[ButNotTooForeign "but not TOO mutant"]] policy toward new recruits.
* Most of the founding families of Gotham.
** The Wayne family has this reputation among Gotham's citizens. There's ''extremely'' handsome and charismatic playboy [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]]. Aside from that we have his sons and daughter (adopted and not): [[MemeticSexGod Dick]] [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Grayson]], [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Jason Todd]], [[NerdsAreSexy Tim]] [[ComicBook/RedRobin Drake]], [[IndifferentBeauty Cassandra]] [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cain]] and adorably precocious Damian Wayne. ''All'' of them, Dick in particular, are portrayed as exceedingly good looking.
** The Kane family has Martha Wayne née Kane. There's also [[ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} Kate Kane]], a beautiful socialite and her cousin Bette Kane.
** The Elliots were much the same way... To a point. After a car accident killed the drunken, abusive patriach, the surviving wife became horribly scarred. Fortunately their son Tommy was a beautiful and charming adonis on-par with Bruce Wayne.... until his face was terribly scared in the act of becoming Hush. Then swings back into insanity when Tommy gets plastic surgery to make his own face identical to Bruce's.
** Averted with the Cobblepots. It's even shown that Penguin's ancestor looked pretty much just like him, so being chubby, short and having a sharp nose run in the family.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/TheStalkingZukoSeries'' the Southern Water Tribe warriors apparently seem to be this to Fire Nation girls as they are made up of mostly good-looking men. Mai jokes that the Water Tribes banish the ugly children at birth. A strange example, as the Water Tribes are stereotypically barbaric in comparison to the Fire Nation.
* ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'': Argella Durrandon embodies this trope. She is famously beautiful, always well-dressed, has received flawless education and she is also the heiress to the Kingdom of the Stormlands.
** Queen Rhaenys Targaryen is another straight example. Like Argella, she is a very beautiful woman, even if their physical features couldn't be different. She is cultured, well-read and behaved and loves the courtly life.

* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'': [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor X]] was born beautiful and lives in an old-fashioned BigFancyHouse on a magnificent estate. Every stick of furniture and decorative item inside of his residence are SimpleYetOpulent. Ditto for his impressive collection of vintage cars and the inside of his personal plane. Xavier is enamoured with classic three-piece suits which cost a pretty penny, and he was quite the peacock when he was younger. ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' and ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' accentuate his delicate facial features, his vanity and the splendour of his lifestyle. While he is generous to those he cares about, and he's the most altruistic character of the film series, it's made crystal clear that he ain't no Buddha--Charles derives great pleasure from basking in the luxury that his incredible wealth provides.
* ''Film/LastYearAtMarienbad'' takes place in a gorgeous chateau filled with loads of rich people in really, really ridiculously good-looking suits.
* ''Film/TheTourist'' features two of the best-looking people currently making movies ( ie; Creator/JohnnyDepp and Creator/AngelinaJolie), and a series of ''really'' nice hotel rooms.
* In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' Padme can be seen having an intellectual discussion, using proper grammar, while sitting in a green field against a waterfall and dressed in a golden summer gown.
* The ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' [[TheFilmOfTheBook film series]] introduces us to the gorgeous [[BadassFamily Cullens]], who are an altogether [[InhumanlyBeautifulRace different breed]]. As the "saga" progresses so does our view of just how very [[VampiresAreRich well off]] the family is. Their designer clothing, collection of [[CoolCar imported/armoured automobiles]], a patriarch with centuries of medical experience, their beautiful [[CoolHouse home]], the magazine worthy dream wedding, and private island honeymoon clue us in to just how beautiful and elite life as a vampire can be.
* Whit Stillman's films (including ''Metropolitan'' and ''Film/TheLastDaysOfDisco'') are all about this type.
* In the dystopian sci-fi film ''Film/InTime'', the rich people from New Greenwich, due to their being able to afford the time and luxury to live refined lives, embody this trope.
* In ''Film/PainAndGain'' Daniel arranges for the gym to have a lot of attractive people (including deals for strippers to join) to increase the clientele. This contrasts with women who are shown to be really unattractive, but with hints of Daniel being an UnreliableNarrator at these points.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': The [[FairySexy attractive fairies]] rule over the more homely elves.
* In ''Film/StarryEyes'', literally everyone who works for Astraeus Pictures is beautiful and successful, though by the end it's not clear if they're technically human anymore.

* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': All of the five princesses who are of age range from pretty to gorgeous.The younger ones' looks are not described, but they're probably quite pretty, too. The noble family Porter is also quite handsome. Nobleman Cullen Moorland is not exceptionally beautiful in his everyday clothes, but when prettied up for a ball, he looks stunningly beautiful. And then there is Jerin, the protagonist, whose good looks are at least in part due to his grandfather having been Prince Alannon, a very handsome man.
* George R. R. Martin's ''Literature/{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}'' makes heavy use of this trope; an unrealistically-high proportion of the Great Houses of Westeros seems to consist of glamorous, insanely gorgeous men and women. Some particular examples are:
** House Targaryen, once-ruling family of the Seven Kingdoms is famous for its sons and daughters possessing a striking, almost inhuman beauty, including silver hair and violet eyes coming from their Valyrian ancestry.
** House Lannister is the richest and most glamorous of the Great Houses. They are tall, beautiful and golden-haired. Jamie and Cersei Lannister are regarded as some of the most dashing and beautiful members of the nobility. The expected physical perfection of the Lannisters is part of why Tyrion Lannister, a deformed dwarf, is so reviled by much of his own family.
** The Tyrells, the High Lords of the Reach, are all very beautiful. The youngest generation, most especially Loras and Margaery, are considered exceptionally attractive. Even the older generation, including Olenna and Mace, who are now old and fat, respectively, were once [[IWasQuiteALooker very attractive]].
** Young Robert Baratheon was said to have been "every inch a king" and "muscled like a maiden's fantasy" before he took the throne and let himself go; Renly is just as striking, if in a rather less martial way (although he makes up for it in charm and pizazz). Heck, even Stannis with his perpetually grim expression and receding hairline is not exactly hard on the eyes. TallDarkAndHandsome, built like brick houses and with InnocentBlueEyes are all Durrandon/Baratheon traits, and have been for centuries. Spotting various of Robert's bastards, who are all dotted about the Seven Kingdoms, isn't exactly hard. For some reason. [[spoiler:This turns out to be a problem for them, care of Cersei.]]
* Elves in Creator/JRRTolkien's works. Their beauty is unearthly, their communities (Lothlorien and Rivendell especially) are described in terms of exquisite beauty, comfort, and sustenance, and they've each had centuries (sometimes millennia) to perfect their wisdom and hone their poetry/fighting/jewelry-making skills -- they ''are'' why you CantArgueWithElves. But Tolkien balanced out their greater power with greater consequences for harm when they ''do'' make mistakes. To err is human, but to really screw things up requires an Elf.
** The human equivalent are the Númenóreans, said (in Tolkien's letters) to be almost indistinguishable from Elves in appearance.
* In the ''Literature/{{Eldraeverse}}'', the Imperials have been turning their whole population into this over centuries of {{Transhuman}} hacking on their bodies, brains, and society alike. You can't argue with SpaceElves, either.
* The author of ''Literature/TheDoll'' [[DeconstructorFleet deconstructs the hell out of this trope]] with some unusual malice through the character of Izabela. She's beautiful, she's fearless, she's rich, she's above normal people, she's an angel from heavens come to earth... Nope. She's JerkWithAHeartOfJerk who led a sheltered life, IceQueen refusing to melt and a bankrupt in all but name. [[Quotes/TheDoll The contempt Prus has for her must be seen to be believed.]]
* Most of the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series follow this trope, but especially the Cullens. All the Cullens are described as being impossibly beautiful with Edward being metaphorically referred to as a god. All of them have at least one CoolCar and several college degrees. They also possess extreme wealth from years of compound interest and knowing someone able to predict stock market trends. OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Bella often despairs because she can't find ''anything'' that Edward is bad at. It's implicit that this is almost a side effect- when you finally meet an ordinary looking vampire, it's because in life, he was really, incredibly ''ugly''.
* The Cavaliers from ''Literature/TheCavaliersSeries'' could probably just change the name of their society to this. They are rich, stunningly attractive aristocratic vampires who combine running the country with throwing great parties and intermittently studying at Oxford University.
* Anne Rice. All of her vampires, but especially Louis, Armand and, of course, Lestat are gorgeous and rich.
** Of course most of the above were chosen as vampires mainly for their looks, and they had money because they stole it; Lestat turned Louis at least partially because he had good stable wealth, and needed a nice place to care for his elderly human father.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Necropolis'', the mere outside of the noble level in Vervunhive stuns the troopers escorting Gaunt. (Gaunt, fortunately, is made of sterner stuff; then, he's a BlueBlood himself.)
* Inverted in the Australian school comedy ''Literature/HatingAlisonAshley'' by Creator/RobinKlein (later made into a play and film), where the beautiful and talented Alison is a genuinely nice person, but the 'ordinary' protagonist persists in believing she's a snob who's constantly showing off her superiority.
* ''Literature/TheClique''. The Pretty Committee, the titular Clique, are described with lavish prose down to their accessories and the brand names of their cell phones--and, mind you, these are ''seventh graders''.
* The Clackers and assorted fashionistas in ''The Devil Wears Prada''. Of course, this comes at the cost of being shallow and obsessed with fashion and dieting to the point of neurosis.
* The Koryon [Korean] royal court in ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Bones of the Hill]]'' is described in such a manner - the Koreans are all incredibly good-looking and exotic, the gardens are gorgeous, and the wall hangings and decorations are spectacular. Of course, that scene is told from Chagatai's PointOfView; since this is probably the first time Chagatai has been in a building other than a tent or fort, it's only natural for him to be awed.
* Creator/FScottFitzgerald was fond of this trope.
** Dick and Nicole Diver appear to be Beautiful Elite at the beginning of ''Literature/TenderIsTheNight''.
** {{Deconstructed}} in ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby,'' a classic novel that starts off by showing all the glamor of the rich, then revealing the ugly truths behind why some of them are this way.
** ''The Beautiful and Damned'' starts out with this in play until the main couple's awful life choices start catching up with them.
* During the first few chapters of ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', there are various beautiful ladies hanging around a beautiful people party, where all the other beautiful people notice them being beautiful even in relation to their beautiful-to-begin-with-selves, and in fact whatever they do must be accompanied by a beautiful description of how beautifully beautiful they are, and their beautiful dresses, and the beautiful way they do their graceful beautiful beauty walk, and overall their beautifully beautiful beauty, lest you for a second forget what these ladies' apparent defining characteristic is. [[http://www.quoteworld.org/quotes/5974 And also, you're drunk.]]
* The good guys in Ayn Rand novels. Example: John Galt from ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' is a brilliant enough scientist to rewrite the laws of physics, a brilliant enough engineer to build a perpetual motion device using his discoveries, a brilliant enough philosopher and orator to AuthorFilibuster on UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} for HOURS, and a brilliant enough leader to get every industrialist on Earth to join a utopian society of his own creation. Also, he's [[IncorruptiblePurePureness incorruptible]]. And torture proof. And every word of his physical description is dripping with swooning adoration.
* Kyle from ''Literature/{{Beastly}}''. As Lindy says, "Ten out of ten shallow high school girls surveyed would agree you're perfect." He's also fabulously wealthy thanks to his father being a huge media reporter and can date any girl in his school. {{Deconstructed}}, however, as even before the witch Kendra tells Kyle that he's [[TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside ugly on the inside where it matters most]] and [[BeautyToBeast curses him to become ugly on the outside too]], it's implied that he's not really happy because his "perfect" life is a shallow one and his father doesn't give him any real attention or love.
* ''Literature/InDeath'': Some of the characters, particularly the rich ones like Roarke, end up in this trope. Then there are characters who are average-looking, or just ugly-looking.
* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', the 'haut' caste of the Cetagandan Empire fulfill this trope in every detail. They have been experimenting with human genetics for centuries.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': Both the Baudelaires and the Quagmires ''used'' to be this, but their house burned down in a terrible fire, killing their parents and leaving the children to have to fend for themselves amidst their evil relative trying to steal their fortune. They're still quite good looking though.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': Inverted. Alienor's high class ladies-in-waiting are more or less parasites in too much make up while Dragonetz' lower class soldiers are all described as handsome and gallant.
* The citizens of the Capitol from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. While the rest of the Panem districts are on the brink of starvation, the Capitol expends its wealth on extravagant parties consuming as much food as possible, and even drinking emetic beverages to induce vomiting so they can continue eating. Many Capitol citizens avert this, however, by indulging in plastic surgery so over-the-top that they become grotesque.
* The books of Creator/DanielleSteel. All are set in glamorous locales--New York, Paris, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles. And all of her protagonists are very successful. The "poorest" that any of her characters has been is upper middle class. That said, the vast majority of these people have worked very hard and honestly to achieve this wealth (except for her villains of course, who were either born into it or got it through unscrupulous methods) and have maintained their down-to-earth demeanor (again, excepting her villains, who either are corrupt or become so).
* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', all the Nephilim are somehow good-looking (with the possible exception of Hodge and [[spoiler: The REAL Sebastian Verlac]]). The vampires, too.
* In ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'', vampyres are all gorgeous and talented -- it's mentioned that most important historical figures like Shakespeare are vampyres, and so are most movie stars and pop singers.
* Saraiyu Balitang of the ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' books in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse''. She's royalty by her raka mother ''and'' her luarin father, making her TheChosenOne of TheProphecy to reclaim the Copper Isles from the luarin conquerors. She's an elegant SpiritedYoungLady, a belle at the palace, and so gorgeous that people credit her with her sister ''Dove's'' ideas. [[spoiler:It's deconstructed--beauty alone attracts lots of attention, but it does not a good queen make, and she elopes to Carthak which leaves Dove to take her place.]]
* Camille from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'' is a vampire, so [[VampiresAreSexGods naturally]] this would come into play.
* The Moroi from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', who all share the characteristic of looking like supermodels. Ironically, because being tall and slender is normal to them, they consider curvy girls and buff guys to be the ideal, which most dhampirs are.
* In the Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote franchise, The KZ soccer team are definitively considered as the "elite" in [[CramSchool Shumei Seminar]]. While they occasionally have {{gonk}} members like Onozuka, most of the current or former members in the cast are quite handsome, to the point that [[EncyclopaedicKnowledge Kozuka]], the only non-member male in the cast, looks ''a lot'' plainer than the rest.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The premise of ''Series/BeverlyHills90210.''
* In ''Series/TheCosbyShow,'' everyone's in brand-new clothing, their hair is always perfect, they live in a large, beautiful house, and the parents are highly educated professionals with excellent jobs and never a shortage on cash. Cosby was criticized for making the main characters such perfect elite, as it was thought that this was not representative of the African-American experience, but he insisted on providing role models for black viewers.
* Many, many, many sitcoms on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} and Creator/DisneyChannel take place in a world where everyone is LivingInAFurnitureStore, everyone looks pretty except for ([[InformedAttribute we're told]]) the resident HollywoodHomely, and everything is decorated in bold, gaudy primary colors. Examples include ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', ''Series/ICarly'', and (probably the worst offender) ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''.
* The BBC comedy series ''Series/BeautifulPeople'' both supports and subverts this trope.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' Lorelai says of her family's lifestyle that "These people live in a universe where they feel entitled to get what they want, when they want it, and they don't care who's in their way..." They'll dress in gown and tux whenever they get the chance or talk about their boarding school experiences.
* Jackson from ''Series/TeenWolf'' seems at first glance to be a jerk version of this - his adoptive family are incredibly wealthy, he drives a Porche, is captain of the school lacrosse team, has a gorgeous girlfriend, etc, however, it is later revealed that he suffers from crippling insecurity issues due to being adopted, and has to be the best or he risks a breakdown. And this is before the supernatural gets involved...
* ''Series/{{Gossip Girl}}'' (both the tv show and book series) practically revolves around this trope.
* ''Series/AlmostHuman'' has Chromes, people who were lucky and wealthy enough to have been genetically enhanced at a young age, meaning that they're almost universally beautiful, intelligent, extremely healthy, and possess a great deal of sociopolitical clout.
* On ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' the Roman upper class is heavily stacked with beautiful people, who insist on only the finest of everything, ideally handed to them by slaves while they recline in comfort. That said, the slaves are usually pretty beautiful as well.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'' website refers to the ''ComicStrip/JudgeParker'' cast as "The Pretty People Posse" who, in spite of doing virtually nothing (even by realistic serial-strip standards), routinely get huge sums of money dropped into their lap.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* {{Subverted|trope}} in Wrestling/{{GLOW}}, where {{T|agteam}}&[[PunnyName A]] Ashley Cartier and [[Wrestling/{{Ivory}} Tina Ferrari]] may have had lavish [[WrestlingDoesntPay second jobs]] but had to deal with a lot of sweat and bruises as pro wrestlers. Also, [[{{Face}} they tried to use their wealth and experience to help people]].[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Martian royal caste, the Silthuri, fall into this, although the vast majority form the bureaucracy and not the ruling sub-caste. Their wealth is splendid, their lives are truly decadent and they are inhumanly beautiful due to millennia of genetic tampering and eugenics. Unfortunately they are also prone to arrogance and incredibly unchanging, putting them in danger of being overthrown by Earthling armies.

* Princess Voluptua in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.'' Lampshaded by the fact her appearance ''is'' an illusion, and she actually [[StarfishAlien isn't humanoid at all.]]
* All main characters in ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}'' - ''especially'' the nonhuman characters who live with Rai. It gets very funny when one of the characters (a young, spoiled idol) visits school bringing her famous "handsome" boyfriend, only for a bunch of her friends to dismiss him as "average" and "not so good looking." She's pissed off, until she [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/noblesse/v02/c096/3.html gets a glimpse of the people they've been hanging out with]] - M21 and ''especially'' Rai.
* In ''Webcomic/{{unTouchable}}'', modern vampires have learned to absorb LifeEnergy simply by touching humans. To facilitate this, they are genetically predisposed to good looks and charisma, and are not shy about using this to their advantage. They're FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires on the whole, but do maintain an air of smug superiority.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** The Goodkinds, particularly Phase's big sister Heather Goodkind, who chose not to go into the family business and instead has 'worked' as a supermodel and a Hollywood actress. Apparently, Phase's mother Helen Hilton-Goodkind counts as well.
** Due to the high prevalence [[HeroicBuild the Exemplar trait]] (about 20% of all mutants), a lot of mutants are not only exceptionally pretty but also talented and (sometimes) intelligent. Since it ''also'' seems to affect a disproportionate number of the ultra-wealthy, Whateley cliques such as the Alphas, the Golden Kids, and Venus. Inc., are generally filled with gorgeous snobs with trust funds.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series received a makeover with more beautiful characters for both heroes and villains, males and females, courtesy of character artist Ayami Kojima. Her art is associated with Team IGA's tites, which started with ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The cast in WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens are all insanely rich, good looking and nice to everyone, the only exception is Bianca who is total self centered snob.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' all six girls are gorgeous, half of them are royalty, and they all have cool powers to fight evil, and sometimes use them to make fine dresses for themselves.

!!Dream Worlds

[[folder:In General]]
* Almost all cases of [[OurElvesAreBetter high elves and space elves]], from Tolkien elves to the [[Series/BabylonFive Minbari]], will look like this. Taken to impressive levels in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies, where elves apparently caused everything to move in slow motion and all looked like Australian and New Zealand models. Or they look like [[Music/FlightOfTheConchords Brett McKenzie]].

* The {{Zeerust}} World of Tomorrow from the 1930s-1950s, (Up to the early-60s WesternAnimation/TheJetsons) with shiny new CrystalSpiresAndTogas and not a speck of dirt anywhere -- in some cases, not even on the ground (which is artificial).
** ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' jokes with this, where in the future, everything--"even the dirt"--is clean.
* Just look at any illustrated advertisement from TheFifties. Good God, we should be so lucky! Those ads had you believe that women wore the most glamourous makeup ''all the time'', and that men had impeccable hair, dimples, and teeth - and, of course, everyone was always in a really good mood. Compare those with actual photographs from the 1950s, and you'll see the tremendous toll that an era when plastic surgery and physical fitness were still at a premium took on the appearance of certain people.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens'' was a half spoof, half straight version of this.
* ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' is a different sort of dream world: an absurdly picturesque town by the shining crystal lake. Everyone is not only too beautiful, but more romantic than anyone living, and everyone talks in a language that sounds more beautiful than standard English, but doesn't really count as English. [[MusicVideoSyndrome Combined with the soundtrack]], it really does feel like a televised dream. The better class of dream, obviously, not the kind with the scissor man chasing you or the bottomless moebius pits.
* The middle school in ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' looks like a cartoon come to life, with a dash of TwoDecadesBehind (in this case TheEighties) thrown in for good measure. Which makes sense, since the entire cast acts like the old WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes come to life.
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' takes place in a fantasy version of upper-class Manhattan that appeals to the materialism in everyone. The main characters have absurdly easy but nonetheless well-paying jobs that give them time to be glamorous, have wild love lives, and own more shoes than Imelda Marcos.
* ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'' may be the pinnacle of this trope. It takes place in a preppy boarding school that...actually, preppy doesn't begin to describe it. The indoor scenes are more like "rainbow technicolor fairy land." Multi-colored glass, rainbow knick-knacks, Rube Goldberg gadgets that [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum run on nonsensoleum]]...and that's just the backgrounds. The characters all look perfect, including the pair of HollywoodHomely girls, even when they brush their teeth without a mirror (as demonstrated in one episode). Everything is so bright that wearing dark clothes on this show is a notable personality trait.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': When Dr. House is in a coma hallucinating his team, they're all dressed in absurdly stylish clothing throughout the hallucination.

[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* Mount Olympus, with its inhumanly-beautiful, behaviorally-chaotic inhabitants is one of the prototypes for this trope, which makes it OlderThanFeudalism. There were some exceptions among the Olympians, however, such as Hephaestus, who was scorned for his ugliness.

!!Evil Versions

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Siegfried's ''Contra Mundi'' team in the ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' manga. Perfect skins, stylish, expensive uniforms and haircuts, and ''[[BishieSparkle ohmygod, he sparkles!]]''. (Then [[spoiler:Cain shows up naked and ruins the effect. Nice butt, though.]])
* Subverted in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. The [[BigScrewedUpFamily Ushiromiya household]] is filthy rich, composed of good-looking people with ''astonishingly'' good fashion sense and... well, pretty. That is, until the murders start. The first incident of the series consists of 6 people locked in a shed with their faces almost completely gone. BeautyIsNeverTarnished, this is [[CruelAndUnusualDeath not]]. And one or more of them may be the culprit...
** Averted with Hideyoshi and George, who are overweight and not especially attractive, but played straight with the rest of the main cast, excluding non-Ushiromiyas.
** Witches, on the other hand, take this trope and veer it straight into TheFairFolk territory. They're very beautiful and grandiose, and [[{{Squick}} They'll be sure to make their murders just as grandiose and magnificent]].
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' may be the peak of the evil version. Utena's school is literally a palace, complete with royal gardens, and the marble walls are draped in roses and ivy. Everyone is beautiful and has their closet packed with skeletons. It is, deliberately, a more extreme version of almost any portrayal of royal courts on television.
* Just about every character in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' is beautiful and either endured some trauma in their past or ''will'' in their present life.
* Everyone in ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' is impossibly good looking with some sort of DarkAndTroubledPast.
* ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' where most of the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Nobles]] and [[{{Dhampyr}} Dhampyrs]] are inhumanly beautiful, but hide predatory instincts behind their suave demeanour. One of the novels mentions that even the most kind-hearted Noble can't spend more than three days in the presence of a human without succumbing to the desire to drink their blood.
* Pegasus J. Crawford and Siegfried von Schroider of ''Manga/YuGiOh'' are both impossibly rich, intellectual and [[{{Camp}} glamorous]]. Unfortunately, they're also ''very'' unhappy with their lives.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': The villains of the second season, the Black Moon clan, are all rather beautiful and seem to lead very dignified lifestyles. Special mention goes to Esmeraude, who is repeatedly seen in fancy clothes. The only one who does not abide by this lifestyle, is finally revealed as the BigBad. It is, however, heavily implied that this just be posturing. They still live on a planet made for prisoners (even flowers are a rarity). Furthermore, for all her apparent luxury, Esmeraude has never seen or tasted anything sweet before, leading to a CrowningMomentOfFunny when she [[BigEater wolfs down an entire tray at the local bakery's All You Can Eat opening special]].
* Shuu Tsukiyama from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', known as the "[[RedBaron Gourmet]]" for being an exceptionally PickyPeopleEater. In stark contrast to most Ghouls that are orphaned and living in poverty, Tsukiyama is the son of an extremely powerful and wealthy family with connections in both human and Ghoul society. As a teenager, he was the SchoolIdol of a prestigious private Academy and is known for his eccentric but high-end taste in fashion. [[AmbiguouslyBi Kaneki]] notes that he "looks like a model", though quickly learns that his cultured demeanor hides a ruthless and twisted killer even by Ghoul standards. Later in the series, he uses his considerable wealth to assist and remain close to Kaneki, having become a {{Yandere}} StalkerWithACrush. [[spoiler: The sequel implies the result of having developed into a better person is that he's become a grief-stricken IllBoy in poor physical condition -- while leaving him looking [[TheOphelia beautiful and frail during the times he's not loosing control of his sanity]]]].
** Kanae from the sequel is an beautiful girl from the upper levels of Ghoul society prone to looking down on everybody and she's jealous of Sasaki/Kaneki having Tsukiyama's attention to the point that she wants to kill Sasaki/Kaneki.
** The [[ArtEvolution art has improved greatly]] by the sequel leading to characters that looked plain or merely interesting looking before to be considered drop dead gorgeous. They are not without their flaws and hidden darkness though, [[DarkAndTroubledPast and not]] [[CrapsackWorld without reason]].
* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'': The cast is made up of pretty boys and pretty girls wearing fashionable [[GoodLookingPrivates military wear]]. They all have skeleton's in their closets and good looks seem to be amplified when you become a vampire or demon. Special mention goes to Mika who [[BreakTheCutie does not have an easy life]] and to Ferid who is stated by WordOfGod to be "the prettiest person in the series". It's too bad he's such a JerkAss. Also, those who possess the Mikaela factor (Crowley, Ferid, and Mika) are known to have high quality skills, intelligence, and looks.
* Griffith of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is a textbook example of the evil version. He's an excellent commander, a masterful swordsman, graceful, elegant, [[DudeLooksLikeALady beautiful]] and charismatic. He's also got [[{{Yandere}} serious problems]], mostly involving his greatest warrior Guts. When Guts leaves the Hawks, it starts a downward spiral for Griffith that would culminate in the betrayal of all the Hawks in order to become Femto during the Eclipse. He retains his beautiful looks after becoming Femto, lipstick included, and is prone to looking down upon and even scorning his former subordinates, Guts included.


* ''Film/InTime'': Everybody stops aging physically at 25. The highest-ranking members of society in are very good-looking and rich.
* ''Film/{{Seconds}}'' depicts a elderly man who pays to literally be remade as one of the Beautiful People; in a nice touch, post-transformation he is played by Rock Hudson. It doesn't work out very well.
* ''Film/TheStepfordWives'' takes place in a TownWithADarkSecret where the women and their houses look too good to be true... and are. Notable in that the people who run the town, the Men's Association, are the only things that are ugly.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', Danique's fashion house, with its high-class models and the owner being a full-blown FemmeFatale, is definitely one. Kaulder calls it "old magic and old money", and they turn out to be aiding Belial.

* "Beautiful Dirty Rich" by Music/LadyGaga seems to be about people of this nature. Many other examples from Music/LadyGaga have also appeared in her work, most notably "Paparazzi". The video takes place in a nice looking mansion, but during the TalkyBookend part Gaga is thrown off a balcony by her boyfriend. It gets worse from there on out, as there are repeated shots of models' corpses throughout the video, among other things, and at the end [[spoiler: Gaga gets revenge on her boyfriend by poisoning his drink]].
* Music/MarilynManson's ConceptAlbum ''Antichrist Superstar'' features a race of beautiful, superior beings who lord over the oppressed masses. The story is told from the perspective of "Wormboy", a downtrodden {{Muggle}} who seeks to join the ranks of these {{Ubermensch}}ian overlords and become the titular Antichrist Superstar. There's actually a song on the album entitled "The Beautiful People" (the original name of this trope).
* Music/DavidBowie's "Oh! You Pretty Things" tells the story of a perfect next generation, homo superior, who will discard and destroy the current population of humanity.

* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' is one of the most famous examples. A {{Dystopia}} where everyone is raised to be a StepfordSmiler, and everyone looks twenty years old (except the Epsilons, the lowest caste; they are barely human).
* In Scott Westerfeld's book ''[[Literature/{{Uglies}} Pretties]]'' everyone gets turned phenomenally [[TheBrainlessBeauty beautiful]] at age sixteen,[[spoiler: but given brain lesions, so that they're all the same and follow the herd.]]
* In William King's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/SpaceWolf novel ''Wolfblade'', the House of Belisarius is like this. They even provide this kind of luxury for the Wolfblades, their Space Wolf bodyguards. The [[DividedWeFall factional fighting]] is something else again, as well.
* In Jim Butcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the White Court.
** Averted with Inari Raith, Thomas' little sister. Cute, but not blinding, jaw-droppingly beautiful like Lara, although that's only because she is still human. It is shown in the same book that teenaged Thomas was, while not ugly, slightly overweight and had a "squint that suggested a need for glasses." So becoming a White Court vampire literally ''makes'' you one of the beautiful people. They're [[HornyDevils Succubi and Incubi.]]
* Treacherous Beautiful People often figure in the novels of Creator/SidneySheldon, dating back to his breakthrough hit ''The Other Side of Midnight'' and villainess Noelle Page, a poor French girl who clawed her way to the top by utilizing her beauty. Good Beautiful People exist too, but usually are the targets of the bad ones.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's novel ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' features the exceptionally beautiful FairFolk who are described as evil, violent sociopaths. They get away with it because they are so beautiful that people don't think they're good enough to stop them.
** The beauty turns out just to be a glamour field though - to anyone that can see through it, they look vaguely feline and not especially attractive at all.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/IronShadowsInTheMoon", the PhysicalGod in [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy Olivia's dream]]. This might go under "Too Good to be True" since all we see him do is [[{{Revenge}} avenge]] his [[HalfHumanHybrid son's]] [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] and death. Then, it's a nasty revenge that endangers anyone who happens on it.
* ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray''
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Sargasso of Lost Starships'', the alien race appear as stunningly beautiful, because of their vast psychic powers. They're also sadistic and completely insane.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Queen of Air and Darkness'', there are TheFairFolk, stunningly beautiful, on a distant planet. [[spoiler:Psychic aliens, actually.]]
* Wealthy residents of the city of Shadukiam in ''Literature/TheOrphansTales.'' The setting alone should give you an idea: They live in the most beautiful city in the world, pieced together by djinn-magic, crowned by diamond spires and a magnificent dome covered in roses that never wilt. The crowning achievement of their lives is eating, especially food derived from jewels. Look away from the Rose Dome, however, and you'll find crowded slums teeming with [[FantasticRacism sapient species undertrodden and killed daily]], [[BodySurf corpse-defiling evil spirits]], and a long history of corruption, greed, and betrayal, which finally catches up with the beautiful city.
* Any time one adopts a beautiful orphan in the works of Creator/VCAndrews, watch out. Incest and all forms of abuse will ensue.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Nellie Oleson, in her teen-aged days. Nellie is very attractive … and very conniving, snobbish and cruelly mean. It is implied that her mother – and we know how she was – was also attractive many years earlier.
* Almost any portrayal of royal courts on television. In the polar opposite of TheDungAges, royal courts from ancient Rome to the Tudors to Louis XIV are often portrayed as places where everyone is a scheming courtier in GorgeousPeriodDress who has everything -- looks, brains, charm -- except a soul. This requires completely ignoring the uglier parts of historical court life. For instance, Louis XIV's Versailles was beautiful, but it was incredibly uncomfortable and unhygienic. (Courtiers sometimes used the stairwells as lavatories.)
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode, "Number 12 Looks Just Like You", may have been inspired by ''Literature/BraveNewWorld.'' (It was based on a Charles Beaumont story.) The future ''Dystopia'' in which the story is set forces its people to undergo an operation that makes them beautiful and ditzy. (Said people are only allowed to choose from a small number of idealized forms for their new bodies - which is why except for the main character [[spoiler: until she goes through the operation at the end]] all the roles in the episode are played by only three people - and thus have to wear nametags in order to identify each other.)
* The '70s TV movie ''The Girl Most Likely To...'' is about a smart, homely, overweight girl who enters college and is routinely tormented by the beautiful people. Driven to the brink, she ends up in a major car crash. After months of hospitalization with her jaw wired shut and extensive reconstructive surgery, she emerges slim and beautiful. Returning to college unrecognized, she gets close to her tormentors, who regard her as one of them...and starts [[TenLittleMurderVictims killing them off one by one]].


[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/MattSydal and Lizzy Valentine on Wrestling/WrestlingSocietyX, Sydal mixing this trope with GorgeousGeorge, as he was so effeminate his returned affections toward Valentine was all that cast doubt on him being gay.
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} stable Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople were a wannabe version of this.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Dark Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}''. Tall, pale and beautiful, but also complete sociopaths who literally feed on pain and suffering. Their Craftworld cousins are slightly more benevolent, in that they won't kill you for fun (but will kill you if you have any reason to do so).
** A lot of Elite class in the Imperium society, and plenty of military commanders look down on the regular RedShirt Guardsmen, viewing them as mere CannonFodder.
* The [[HornyDevils Daeva]] from ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' are a [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstruction]] of the trope. In their [[{{Splat}} Clanbook]] it is stated that they're "[[SuperStrength stronger]], [[SuperSpeed faster]] and [[EvilIsSexy sexier]] than you". Even before the Embrace most of them were already attractive humans and after and it they become [[InhumanlyBeautifulRace drop-dead gorgeous]], thanks to their [[SignatureMove core Discipline]], [[{{Glamour}} Majesty]], that allows them to enthrall people with their presence. The Clanbook does make a point of the fact that anyone who knows enough about the Daeva (including the Daeva themselves) tends to find [[UncannyValley something off about them because their beauty is artificial]] and they are [[LackOfEmpathy incapable of love]]. One of the illustrators noted that the Daeva are essentially sex objects rather than people.
** {{Subverted}} with one of their Bloodlines, the Carnival -- an entire bloodline of [[TheFreakshow freaks]]. Imagine having the hungers and desires of someone who could trade entirely on their looks, but looking like you just crawled out of an auto wreck.
** The Toreador, [[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade their Old World counterparts]], are more of a TragicMonster version of the trope. The Toreador obsessively pursue physical perfection and beauty, art and emotion, as a way of trying to compensate for their undead status and remind themselves of how they once were alive -- a battle they're all ultimately doomed to fail at because [[CreativeSterility being Embraced removes their creative spark]]. Toreador ''[[FullyEmbracedFiend antribu]]'' take this [[MadArtist exactly as badly as you'd expect]].
* The Fairest from ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost''; the name of the group literally derives from FairestOfThemAll, and they pretty much embody the Beautiful Elite - complete with its darker aspects. They were kept largely for either sex or decoration by the [[FairFolk Gentry]], and they get the ability to use magic to enhance their presence and their ability to manipulate and persuade, along with a Contract called Vainglory which at high levels simultaneously makes them inhumanly beautiful and utterly terrifying even if they weren't to start with (and many are). Meanwhile, they pay for it by having an extra hard time with their Clarity (simultaneous KarmaMeter and SanityMeter) because they and those around them tend to mistakenly believe that BeautyEqualsGoodness even when they're subverting it like mad.
* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'': There are a group of people who are better, faster and stronger than any normal human has a right to be. They also look damn hot. They're genetically modified Nazi fanatics grown in vats. Avoid them.
* The Excrucians of ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' are this trope. Achingly graceful in motion, soul-churningly beautiful in appearance, hauntingly melodic in speech... And out to unmake reality on such a fundamental level that even those who aim to merely ''destroy'' it must oppose them.
* Many of the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are like this, particularly ones old enough to reach a permanent Essence rating of 6 or higher (who can thus raise their Appearance stat to beyond-human levels). Abyssal Exalted, unless they are so horrifically ugly that their Appearance is permanently 0, actually ''have'' to become this as they grow stronger.
* The Galateids of ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'' can only be created from the bodies of beautiful people. They exude charm and grace, and their innate power allows them to become masterful manipulators. [[GlamourFailure And then you see what they really look like.]] Under the surface, they look like mannequins, statues... ''embalmed corpses''. When the world gets too much, they snap and [[{{Yandere}} try to claim what they want regardless of who suffers]]. Part of what drives them to try to BecomeARealBoy, even though it means aging and decay, is to stop living out the lie.
* In 'TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', this trope is taken to to its LogicalExtreme by the elves of Lorwyn. They are narcissists who view themselves as superior to the other races of their world, and whose society's hierarchy is based on physical beauty. "Faultless", the lowest caste, ranks just below "immaculates," who rank below "exquisites." At the top of the chain are the "perfects," who are so privileged that they're allowed to murder "eyeblights" (beings who are not beautiful, i.e. non-elves) at their discretion.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'': While genetic modifications can give pretty much anyone who chooses this status by modern standards, Clade Labela stands out as an extreme example since their mandatory scarcity make them all the more attractive.
* Caroline Lee in ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'' is a gorgeous {{Socialite}} who pretends to be friends with the Bennet sisters, but she actually manipulates her brother and other people around her. Some of her ways are downright nasty, like deleting messages for his brother from his girlfriend and other sabotages.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ruling class of the Fire Nation in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': the men are almost all either venerable sages or muscular hunks, all the women under 70 are gorgeous, they wear extravagant red and gold robes and live in opulent palaces or luxurious beach houses, and many of them are powerful firebenders. Their morality ranges from PunchClockVillains to TheSociopath.

!!{{Jerkass}} Versions
* The titular GirlPosse from ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' fit this trope to a tee.
* As do the Plastics from ''Film/MeanGirls'', for a LighterAndSofter version of the above.

* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Expanded Universe]] gives us the Hapan Consortium. Their race is astonishingly beautiful because is it descended from the kidnapped brides of SpacePirates, who only kidnapped the most beautiful women. Basically everyone in the Consortium is attractive, with the beauty increasing the higher up in society you get. Prince Isolder even takes Han's breath away when he first sees him.
** The jerkass portion? They're ruled by [[LadyLand a matriarchal monarchy in which men have few rights compared to women]]. [[EvilOverlord The ruling queen]] at the time of their introduction [[OffingTheOffspring killed her first born]], the second born's first fiance, tried to kill his second fiance, killed his wife, and tried to kill her great-granddaughter. Why? She wanted complete control over who sat on the throne.
** By nature of their extremely secluded sector of space, Hapans tended to be extremely [[AbsoluteXenophobe xenophobic]].
** They also have a [[FantasticRacism strong hatred for Jedi]] because Jedi wiped out the aforementioned SpacePirates.
** [[AristocratsAreEvil Nobility had a pervasive tendency to]] [[NiceToTheWaiter treat their servants like crap.]]
** If you were unfortunate enough to be [[BlackSheep born ugly]] or have a disfiguring accident, it's basically seen as a FateWorseThanDeath and you're expected to kill yourself.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Season 4's "Today I Am A Freshman," where the girls in the Boosters – a socially elite club at Westdale High – are depicted as this.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': The residents of Eagleton, the much nicer and more pristine town neighboring the main characters' hometown of Pawnee. They're certainly rich and beautiful, but they're also insufferable snobs who just '''love''' to rub their wealth into the faces of the more working class small-town Pawnee. This [[ConspicuousConsumption massive spending]] ends up getting them in trouble in the sixth season when [[spoiler:the town is bankrupt and is forced to become absorbed into Pawnee as a new sub-district]].
* The upper-class society depicted in the ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "[[Recap/BlackMirrorNosedive Nosedive]]" where everyone is physically fit and impeccably dressed, and the surroundings are very well-kept and clean-cut (with pretty pastel colors to brighten it all up). The jerkass part comes from the fact that, in this world, '''everything''' in your life is dictated by how high your social media rating is, and those living in the upper classes are those with the highest ratings. The whole society is essentially a StepfordSuburbia CrapsaccharineWorld. And given this episode was written by Mike Schur and Rashida Jones of ''Parks and Rec'' fame, one could even say it's like Eagleton taken UpToEleven.
* ''Series/CarruSel'' with Jorge del Salto. Jorge is rich, mean, and arrogant- and at least one of the girls points out how handsome he is when he first transfers to the school, even though none of them actively crush on him let alone date him. Downplayed with Maria Joaquina- who is pretty, wealthy, and haughty, but not cruel. Averted with David- who is rich and cute (to the point where he has two love interests), but never malicious.

* "At Seventeen" by Janis Ian, depicts the beautiful elite – of which the young woman from whose viewpoint this song is told – as snobbish and who unashamedly sneer down on those who are "beneath them" and that "ordinary" girls have [[ThrowTheDogABone no chance of even getting a bone thrown at them]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* High Elves in ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]''.
** The Bretonnian Knights in ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]''. They are brave, noble, courageous killing machines living off the sweat of the peasants bearing 90% taxes on them.
* The Clan Warrior Caste in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. Effectively the Clan's nobility. They aren't ''actually'' engineered for attractiveness but considering they're all genetically engineered to be strong and fast many of them are very attractive. They usually have the best living conditions, and are tied with the Laborer Caste for getting the best food. They are constantly extolled as the pinnacle of their society and the ones who every other member of the society is working to support. Even sympathetic Clan warriors tend to be kind of a jerk to people they do not view as other warriors, and depending on the Clan their rights may extend to the ability to injure or kill members of other castes without recourse.
* Espers that work for Abraxis in ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'' qualify. They work for an amoral megacorp and are fit, well-dressed, and rich, in addition to having formal training in psytalents and combat.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has two straight examples, and a subversion:
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster Prince]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver Blueblood]] is the straight example. He was always imagined by [[TheFashionista Rarity]] to be a sort of PrinceCharming. [[PrinceCharmless Sadly...]]
** In the "Sweet and Elite" episode, the characters Jet Set and Upper Crust are in possession of very high fashion. Too bad they frown on anyone considered less than their standards. The only person considered to be of higher tastes is Fancy Pants, and the two take every opportunity to accept what is to his liking, even Rarity, who they previously mocked. Fancy Pants himself could be counted as a subversion, you might expect him to be the same kind of snob as Jet Set, Upper Crust and the majority of Canterlot elite, but he actually ''is'' the gentleman as he appears to be.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 Princess]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Mi]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 Amore]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 Cadenza]], better known as simply Cadance, is the subversion. When we first see her in the present, she seems a bit of a {{Jerkass}}, but it's subverted by the fact that it's [[spoiler: an impostor]]. The real Cadance is just as nice and friendly as she was seen in Twilight's flashbacks.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Connie D'Amico considers herself to be ''the'' most beautiful girl at James Woods High School.