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[-[[caption-width-right:350:Just the [[EgomaniacHunter good]]-[[GreenEyedMonster looking]] [[AxCrazy hero]] brutally stabbing that [[GentleGiant horrible]] [[WasOnceAMan monster]] to death with a [[SlasherSmile happy smile]] on his face... [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Wait a second...]]]]-]

->''"So here is a riddle to guess if you can\\
Sing the bells of Notre Dame.\\
What makes a monster and what makes a man?\\
Whatever their pitch, you\\
Can feel them bewitch you\\
The rich and the ritual knells\\
Of the Bells of Notre Dame."''
-->-- '''Clopin''', ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''

When an unsightly hero is juxtaposed with a handsome villain. Differs from a subversion of BeautyEqualsGoodness in having this specific pairing. Expect the villain to play upon {{Genre Blind|ness}} characters to make them turn against the hero and for AnAesop about the villain "being the real monster". This is fairly common in BeastAndBeauty plots.

Often seen in series where BeautyIsBad and where HotGuysAreBastards.

Sometimes, the hero will be UglyCute, even if by accident.

Compare FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon and FaceOfAThug

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[[folder: Anime And Manga]]
* Kitano and Suda of ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''. Suda is meant to be a parallel or antithesis to Kitano. While Kitano is frightening in appearance and often called a monster, while actually being kind and gentle, Suda is quite attractive and charismatic, whom people often adore and proclaim to be awesome or hot (If by people, you mean Ikuko). However, he is more like a monster in his behavior, often lying to people and manipulating them to achieve his ends. He even goes so far as to try to turn Koiso against Kitano in order to emotionally devastate him and win the war going on between them at the time.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has handsome and charming VillainProtagonist Light facing unsocial and somewhat wild-looking HeroAntagonist L. Interestingly, though, whenever Light is being particularly evil, his face tends to twist into asymmetrical grins and other bizarre expressions that utterly break his boyish handsomeness.
** Similarly, L's features tend to soften and get closer to UglyCute when he's doing something particularly good. It comes to feel something like Light, who is heroic at heart (albeit in something of a WellIntentionedExtremist way), and L, who would under normal circumstances be something of an UnscrupulousHero [[ExaltedTorturer at best]], are both being pushed in directions they wouldn't normally go - [[BrokenAce Light]] is being warped into villainy by his ever-growing madness, and [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist L]] is being warped into a MessianicArchetype to counteract it.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/SinCity'', Marv has a face that looks like a worn out slab of concrete and fights mostly normal looking people (and Elijah Wood). He's (sort of) the good guy, [[GreyAndBlackMorality mainly by comparison though]].
* Rorschach of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is quite homely and short, both of which are mentioned in-story at least once. Also, he smells bad, dresses scruffily and has terrible table manners. He's a NobleBigot, a rape apologist, a NietzscheWannabe ... but, then again, Rorschach [[PayEvilUntoEvil only kills dangerous criminals]]. [[spoiler:Ozymandias]], is attractive in a sort of fey, {{Bishounen}} way and WickedCultured. While Rorschach and [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] are both {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, Rorschach ''[[NeverHurtAnInnocent never]]'' hurt an innocent person throughout the whole story, whereas [[spoiler:Ozymandias killed two million innocent people with the intention of saving billions from nuclear war]]. This kind of pushes Rorschach into an AntiHero while [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] is more of an AntiVillain, so this mostly plays the trope straight.
* In the ComicBook/XMen graphic novel ''ComicBook/GodLovesManKills'', Cyclops is concerned that, in a televised debate, Professor Xavier looks "severe, almost scary" compared to his opponent, the handsome, charismatic anti-mutant zealot [[SinisterMinister Rev. William Stryker]]. Stryker figures in another example later in the book, as he tries to rouse sentiment against the demonic-looking but heroic X-Man Nightcrawler.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' uses this with ugly hero The Beast and HandsomeLech villain Gaston. This is [[OlderThanTheyThink "borrowed"]] from Jean Cocteau's film ''[[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast1946 La Belle et la Bête]]''. Interestingly, in Cocteau's version, the same actor played both the Beast and the Gaston-equivalent, and when the latter is killed, he takes on the Beast's appearance and the Beast's human form is that of the handsome villain. This situation leads the Belle character to muse whether she preferred this old form; this line was actually suggested to end Disney's movie as well.
* This trope is used in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movies: While Lord Farquaad isn't exactly good looking, he does play upon Shrek's ugliness to try to incite villagers against him. The later two films go further by setting Shrek up against the Fairy Godmother and her son Prince Charming.
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has a little of this, though it's more like Deformed Hero, Normal Villain; Frollo isn't very good-looking, but his looks don't have the stigma attached to them that Quasimodo's do. Frollo teaches Quasimodo that he's "a monster", but in the end Quasi realizes that Frollo was the monster all along.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' has this once the true villain and hero dynamics are revealed. While Marianne is your typical good looking fairy princess, [[spoiler: Roland is the handsome blonde villain and the Bog King, who looks like a humanoid moth-cockroach monster turns out to be a pretty decent guy.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' is more frightening than ugly, but at least two of his enemies ('''Grigori Rasputin''' and his Nazi henchwoman, Ilsa Haupstein) are definitely [[EvilIsSexy sexy-type villains]]. Also note Prince Nuada, a very handsome elf prince, is the main antagonist of the second movie.
* The original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy often had location-example of this trope. The Rebel bases and ships were rusty, dirty, and falling apart. The Empire basis and ships were often clean and shiny. This emphasized the Rebels as underdogs that were scraping to get by while the Empire was very sterile and totalitarian.
** Inverted with Luke, Han Solo, [[EvilMakesYouUgly Darth Vader and Palpatine.]]
* While not so much good-looking as they are human-looking, ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' has the peaceful yet monstrous-looking Gorgonites against the ''Franchise/GIJoe''-like yet psychotic Commando Elites.
* In ''Film/BladeRunner'', Roy Batty (the leader of the escaped [[ArtificialHuman replicants]]) is spoken of like he's a blond Aryan superman (which he was deliberately intended to be). The protagonist Deckard, on the other hand, is not nearly as physically fit and gets beaten up pretty badly during their climactic fight. [[spoiler: Of course, the film also plays with the idea of which of the two is truly the villain, hinting that Deckard might be more deserving of that description.]]
* Wayne and Garth vs. Benjamin in ''Film/{{Waynes World}}'' .
* Nerds vs. jocks in the ''Film/{{Revenge of the Nerds}}'' series.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Pretty much all the good guys in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' are of a less-than-flattering nature (a swineherd, a red-haired tomboy, a shaggy-haired idiot, a dwarf, a grungy adventurer, and [[TheLordOfTheRings Gollum's]] hairy cousin). The big villains, meanwhile are all immaculate, posh and beautiful/handsome devils ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg except for Morda, he's just creepy]]).
* There are many examples of this in Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** Granny Weatherwax was never particularly attractive (although ugly would be an exaggeration much to her disappointment), her sister Lilith is a KnightTemplar fairy godmother (did the writers of ''Shrek'' read ''Witches Abroad''?) who looks like a younger and prettier version of Granny, and ironically was supposed to be the good one of the family.
** In ''Night Watch'', the villainous Captain Swing believes in something like phrenology and thinks that rough heroic cop Sam Vimes has the face of a murderer, while SerialKiller Carcer has an honest face. Although it's been noted (and explored particularly in that book) that Vimes does have the capacity to be a murderer, but doesn't let himself.
** ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' uses the monster Aesop noted above. The heroine, Susan, is a nanny and uses a fireplace poker to kill monsters. At the end of the book, the [[PsychoForHire psychopathic assassin]] Teatime (whose boyish good looks are marred only by [[RedRightHand his creepy eyes]]) is at their home, along with Susan's grandfather, [[TheGrimReaper Death]] (long story). Teatime tries to convince the children that he is good and that Death is the one they should be afraid of and ends up with the poker being run through him, with one of the kids pointing out that the poker "only kills monsters".
** Not to mention ''Lords and Ladies'', the Pratchett version of CantArgueWithElves. Elves are ''beautiful'', or at least appear to be.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', there is Tisala, with whom Ward is smitten, even though she's not classically pretty (she has a rather majestic nose) and there is the more conventionally beautiful [[spoiler: Bastilla, who turns out to be a traitor.]] Of Ward's (potential) love interests, Tisala is by far the more heroic one.
* In ''Literature/TheElenium'' attractiveness has no real correlation with morality, with heroes and villains veering all over the place looks-wise, but this trope does come into play with [[TheHero Sparhawk]] and [[TheRival Martel]]. Both are somewhere approaching middle age, but only Sparhawk looks it: he was no looker at the best of times, but his oft-commented on [[GagNose broken nose]] gave a twisted, ugly and cruel cast to his face. Martel on the other hand is described as youthfully handsome, with a mane of white hair.
* Abner Marsh in ''Literature/FevreDream'' is frequently described in unflattering physical terms, as opposed to Damon Julian's dark handsome looks.
* Played with in ''Literature/HarryPotter.'' [[TheHero Harry]] starts off as a scrawny ten year old with "knobbly knees" and NerdGlasses, but is definitely implied to get more attractive as the series progresses. [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]], on the other hand, is stated to have been [[IWasQuiteALooker very good-looking when he was younger]], but as he gets older [[http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/pinkpandachan16/pictures%20of%20people%20in%20places%20and%20time/large_lord-voldemort.jpg?t=1247704758 this diminishes somewhat]] ([[EvilMakesYouUgly although it was his own fault]]).
* ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Outside social shunning in general, the good-hearted but grotesque Quasimodo has his counterpart in handsome Phoebus, who is an utter bastard (and who, typically of Creator/VictorHugo, gets a KarmaHoudini).
* In ''Literature/JaneEyre'', Jane often describes herself as "plain" and is described similarly by others, whereas Blanche Ingram is very beautiful, but a RichBitch.
** Similarly, while not exactly a villain, St. John Rivers is domineering, self-righteous and classically handsome. On the other hand, Rochester is not handsome (and [[spoiler:is by the end of the book actually disfigured]]), but for all his flaws, he is at heart a good person.
* In ''Literature/{{Masques}}'', the hero, Aralorn, is rather plain, her friend Wolf is so ugly he has to wear a mask when in human form, while their enemy, Geoffrey ae'Magi, is supernaturally handsome. Partly it's lucky genetics, but he also prevents his aging with magic. [[spoiler: In the end, Wolf/Cain decides to get rid of his scars, which freaks Aralorn out because he now looks like his father, the ae'Magi. She tries to get over it.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The 1980s retro-cop show ''CrimeStory'' had pockmarked, scary police detective Mike Torello (Dennis Farina) pitted against sharp-dressing, impeccably coiffed, good-looking mobster Ray Luca (Anthony Dennison).
* The original idea behind the Master in ''Series/DoctorWho'' was that he'd be played by a conventionally handsome, charming individual, to contrast with the Doctor's more funny-looking appearance. As a result, this dynamic is very apparent in the first Doctor/Master matchup - the Third Doctor and Roger Delgado. Later the trope finds itself ignored as much as it's played straight, with there not being a significant gulf in looks between John Simm and David Tennant, and with the odd-looking-but-healthy-and-attractive Tom Baker being pitted against a rotting, hissing undead corpse version of the Master.
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': Don Ramon invoked the trope while selecting a cast for a play held at the neighborhood when Dona Florinda complained about her son playing a villain instead of a hero. She bought the excuse.
* Played with in the episode "The Golden Man" from the TV series ''Series/LostInSpace'', where the titular Golden Man appears to be a benevolent god and his frog-faced opponent the villain, but "frog-face" turns out to be the hero while the Golden Man is actually the villain and the trope is played with because the Golden Man turns out to be a monster who deliberately disguised himself as something pleasing to the human eye.

[[folder: Mythology/Religion]]
* Interestingly enough, ''Literature/TheBible'' may qualify for this, depending on how it's interpreted. Ezekiel 28:12-19 is often understood to be referring to Satan; it describes him as beautiful, even going so far as to say he was "perfect in beauty". Jesus, on the other hand, is described as plain-looking, if not downright ugly; Isaiah 53, which is believed by Christians to be a Messianic prophecy, says He "had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him."[[note]]The main competing interpretation is that it's about Israel itself. The passage is not otherwise prophetic.[[/note]]

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/MickFoley vs [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/{{Edge}} or anyone not missing teeth and an ear for that matter.
* The well groomed, super manly, chiseled athlete Nigel [=McGuiness=] vs the hairy, beer bellied, [[ThisLoserIsYou acne riddled fat boy]] Wrestling/KevinSteen.
* In the Professional Wrestling Syndicate Vinny Fenucci set up referee Kevin Keenan and [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]] to screw Missy Sampson out of the PWS Bombshells title, saying he thought she was too ugly to be on the roster, much less the face of it.

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Anytime a champion of Slaanesh fights someone is almost always guaranteed to be this, as unearthly beauty is a common gift of the Chaos god of excess (especially in 40k, where anyone who can fight a champion alone is likely a scarred and grizzled veteran whose face is as much bionics as it is flesh). The notable exception is Lucius the Eternal, who started as a bishonen but whose face is now a network of self-inflicted scars.
** Inverted with certain armies like the Literature/BloodAngels, who are basically all {{Bishonen}} Renaissance Italians.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/{{Hairspray}}'': The whole plot revolves around Tracy, a fat girl, going up against the AlphaBitch Amber and her mother, Velma. Velma and Amber are both beautiful beauty pageant winning blondes but are horrible bigots to everyone. Tracy and her mother Edna (who is always played by a man to prove the point), meanwhile, are kind, genuine people (though Tracy is usually quite cute, even pretty, herself, pudge and all. She's just simultaneously fat).

[[folder: Video Games]]
* The "Exhibition Match" game of ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven Fever'' has you playing as a fat, ugly baseball batter, going up against an adorable female pitcher. Thing is, ''the pitcher's cheating'' (when she throws the ball, a monkey catches it behind a curtain and waits for a moment before throwing it, trying to catch you off-guard), making the batter the better man.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* The Aesop that just won't die in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': First, there's [[VillainWithGoodPublicity David Xanatos]]. Then comes [[BadassGrandpa Macbeth]]. Then the creators decided to finally make it explicit with the Hunter family, especially [[WhiteHairBlackHeart the youngest Canmore brother]].
* In the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/RubySpearsSuperman'', Superman has a problem with an alien monster from a space police officer's spaceship. He had a choice between a ugly male and a beautiful female as either cop or crook. It turns out the ugly male cop was the cop and the female was the crook. Bonus point for revealing that her stage was cocoon stage of the alien monster race had a battle with.
* The original version of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' did a very similar episode, except the two visitors to Third Earth were both male.
* Connie D'Mico and Meg Griffin from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', albeit Connie really isn't evil, but just an AlphaBitch who teases and torments Meg, who is considered ugly by a lot of people, while Connie is slender and beautiful.