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Playing With: The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter
Basic Trope: An unattractive man has a much more attractive daughter.
  • Straight: Bob, who looks weird, introduces his daughter Alice, who is quite pretty.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is the prettiest girl in the entire world, while Bob's appearance can accurately be described as "fascinatingly ugly".
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice, while better-looking than her father, is average.
    • Bob's not ugly—he's average looking at best—while Alice is very beautiful.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Bob is handsome, Alice is ugly.
  • Gender Inverted:
    • Mother Bonnie is incredibly gorgeous while her son Alan makes you question Bonnie's taste in men.
    • Bonnie is a ridiculously grotesque looking woman, but her son Alan is so stunningly attractive that Even the Guys Want Him.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob says that Alice is beautiful—but is only being a proud father, and Alice doesn't look very pretty at all.
    • Alice is adopted, so there's no reason for them to look similar.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Bob appears to be an entirely different species than Alice, one much less attractive by human standards.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: There isn't any noticeable difference in Bob and Alice's attractiveness—they're both pretty, ugly, or average-looking in the same degree.
  • Enforced: The only actors that the director likes for the roles of Bob and Alice are vastly different in their attractiveness.
  • Lampshaded: "Gosh, Bob looks weird—that daughter of his must be beautiful to make up for it!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: A character deliberately befriends ugly-looking men, hoping they'll be able to meet the obviously hot daughters.
  • Defied: Bob makes sure the mother is just as ugly as him, so his daughter doesn't have to face the awkward situation of looking very different from him.
  • Discussed: "Look how ugly Bob is. How much you want to bet he has a hot daughter, like the ugly guys in TV shows?"
  • Conversed: "That casting director must have been blind—the father and daughter look nothing alike!"
  • Implied: Bob introduces his daughter Alice—she remains off-screen, but we see the reaction of another character who is clearly smitten with her.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice notices the discrepancy between her and her father's looks, and starts to doubt if Bob really is her father.
    • People make fun of Bob whenever Alice brings him up, leading her to go to extreme lengths to make sure no one ever finds out about him.
    • Bob is worried that his looks embarass his daughter, and does his best not be present when her friends are around.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice finds a picture of her mother, who she clearly inherited her good looks from.
    • Screw what everyone else says, Alice loves her father and is proud of him, despite his appearance.
  • Played For Laughs: A character does a spit-take when they see how pretty Alice is compared to her father.
  • Played For Drama: Bob has a hard time convincing people that Alice is really his daughter, so everyone thinks he's being a creep when he picks her up from school, takes her out to restaurants, etc.

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