Webcomic / Lookism

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In a society where looks mean everything, Daniel Park (Park Hyung Suk in the original version), short, overweight and unattractive, is viciously bullied and abused on a daily basis, but never tells his overworked mother about it. One day, when his mother witnesses this abuse, she sends him to a better school. But unfortunately, he finds that this new school is just as cruel as the other.

One night, he wakes up to discover that he is suddenly tall, fit, and incredibly handsome. He returns to the bedroom to find his other unattractive body sleeping. He now has one mind, and two bodies. Whenever one falls asleep, the other is awakened, and whenever one is woken up, the other falls asleep. Afraid to show up at school for fear of being bullied again, he decides to use his new body for school. But how will it go? Will he finally be accepted?

Lookism is a Korean Fighting, gag, Psychological Horror, wok, Romantic Comedy, webtoon series, that started in 2014 and is drawn and written by Park Tae Joon. Can be read in Korean here, and in English here.


Shows examples of:

  • Acrofatic: Hyung Suk is pretty strong even in his original body, but due to lack of both confidence and stamina he doesn't reach his full potential.
  • Action Fashionista: Lee Jin Sung and Jae Yeol. Hyung Suk can be seen as one but he had fit better into the vocal/dance department.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: a gonk (and parody of the author himself) looking classmate of Vasco's streams himself doing this on Paprika TV in chapter 63. Then proceeds to eating it. Gross as it might sound was something similar if not worse shown on a Norwegian government owned channel where it was Played for Laughs.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Chapter 15 and 16 are this for Lee Jin Sung.
  • Adorkable: Vasco is a big burly guy who's strong as a bull who's actually a big softy and Manchild. He for one wanted a picnic birthday, even though it was freezing outside. It has it's a darker side to it.
  • Adult Child: Vasco is this of sorts, seeing him being this massive tattoed scary dude is it quite endearing, until it's revealed why (a lack of a peaceful childhood because of bullying) which makes it sad.
  • Adults Are Useless: At least the teachers are. Bullying can happen on an open parking lot with nothing to hide it and they chose to ignore it.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Ha Neul fell in love with Hyung Suk even more after he swore when waking up.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • Hyung Suk gushes just as much about cool guys as he does with pretty girls.
    • Lee Jin Sung is a little bit too into Hyung Suk when drunk, to the point of almost kissing him.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Jae Yeol towards Hyung Suk. He gives Hyung Suk many bags filled with brand clothes so the kids at school would not view him as poor and make fun of him, tries to save him from being bought by a crazy girl at a 'slave auction', follows him to his hometown when he learns he was heading there, volunteers to take care of four puppies despite being afraid of dogs simply because it was Hyung Suk who asked, has a picture of them together stuck to the back of his phone and often is seen looking worried when his sister thirsts over Hyung Suk.
    • No longer ambiguous as of the chapter where, when told that one should stop smoking to get "a lover", immediately stamps out his cigarette. Smash Cut to Hyungseok.
  • Attempted Rape: Poor Mi Jin.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Park Hyung Suk has been beaten so many times that he is capable of seeing others fighting as if in slow motion. He becomes capable of analyzing people as they fight.
  • As Himself: And how! Most of the main cast are named and depicted after people the author knows in real life, with even a character named and depicted as a caricature of himself.
  • Badass Gay: Jae Yeol appears to be an extraordinarily capable fighter and is able to take on several delinquent students without showing any signs of exhaustion or injury.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The nude scenes are this.
  • Beautiful All Along: Park Ji Ho is implied to be this without his glasses.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Averted. There's both good and bad along them, which is Truth in Television.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Hyung Suk in his real body and Duk Hwa changes between this and gonk to reflect their self-esteem and how people view them at any given moment.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Lee Jin Sung teaches Hyung Suk some boxing moves when he's in the fat body.
  • Big Fun: Hyung Suk and Duk Hwa are chubby, but are good people who's pretty funny if they dare to be.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Duk Hwa and Hyung Suk in his original body, Hyung Suk in the bishonen body is the thin (although more buff), and Ji Ho is the short.
  • Bishōnen: Most of the male cast and it's justified(??) as the creator is a biseinen himself.
  • Bland Name Products:
  • Blinding Bangs: Jae Yeol has this.
  • Brainless Beauty: Quite a few for both girls and guys.
  • Bully Hunter: He doesn't always fight the bullies, but Daniel/Park Hyung Suk befriends the bullied ones.
    • Jay, however, beats the crap out of anyone who threatens to beat up Daniel/Park Hyung Suk .
    • Vasco is famous for this, but one can wonder why he didn't do anything earlier to help Jiho and Duke. Then again, he's an idiot.
    • After being beat up by a gang alone, Lee Jin Sung distances himself from bullying.
  • Based on a True Story: The author himself has mentioned in a talk show that the overall story is based on his own past experience.
  • Break the Cutie: Mi Jin, the first stranger to respect Daniel/Park Hyung Suk despite his looks, has many awful thing happening to her.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Daniel/Park Hyung Suk easily gets drunk in his bishonen body, and when he's drunk he often becomes a confident and cynical young man.
  • Character Development: Daniel/Park Hyung Suk grows from not doing anything to prevent bullying to fighting back. He also stops relying on the second body and tries to get stronger on his own.
  • Chick Magnet: Hair-dresser student Jang Hyun is always surrounded by rabid fan girls.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Mi Jin and Lee Jin Sung, with him as the Insecure Love Interest.
  • Chubby Chaser: Choi Soo Jeong, who's only into Hyung Suk when he is in his original body, which she obviously tries to hide.
  • Creepy Children: The children at the orphanhage. They try force feeding Mi Jin beetles.
  • Custom Uniform: The fashion class are allowed to have this.
  • Cute Mute: Jae Yeol looks pretty good, but never says a word so he might be a mute or, more likely, Elective Mute as he sometimes seems like he is going to talk at times only to hesitate and not do it after all.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: Most of the students at certainly thinks so and, because of that, most of them are gangsters.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hyung Suk due to all the bullying, Jae Yeol is strongly implied to have this, and Vasco had it rough as well. He's found naked in a bed after being severely bullied and having profane words cut into his skin all around his body.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Duk Hwa stops taking crap in chapter 92 and starts fighting back.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Hyung Suk looks slightly more feminine in his already pretty bishonen body when talking to Jae Yeol.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Duk Hwa is really good at rapping, but due to his looks, he is never given the chance to show it. Although later chapters reveal that he's become one of the school's top three celebrities on Paprika, a social networking-ish site.
    • Even later, he manages to overcome the ire of his teachers and classmates at JTF training school and makes it up to Class B without Park Hyung Suk/Daniel's help.
  • Dumb Muscle: Vasco is famous for this as he protects the weak and tends to presume the good-looking guys are bad. He's known as... "The Strong Idiot".
    • Jin Sung as well.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The baking department acts like this with the 2nd year Kim Hwan Joon acting like a Korean Mother with yandere tendencies and the shy first year Jeong Yang Ho being confused as of why he's acting that way.
  • Dye Hard: In-Universe does the Hair and Beauty department students do this a lot, more than a few of them has Multicolored Hair because of it.
  • Embarrassing Slide: The school starts off Hyung Suk's second year by showing a slideshow, Kouji hacks it to show porn that the teachers desperately tries to shut it off.
  • Epic Fail: Jang Hun, the hairdresser, is horrible at his job. One can wonder how he passed.
  • Expy:
  • Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Pretty much every male is an martial artist.
    • Jay uses Systema, a Russian martial arts which is a martial art practiced by the Russian Spetsnaz.
    • Lee Jin Sung is a boxer he even trained to become one in junior high.
  • The Fashionista: It's the fashion department after all.
  • Fat and Skinny: Park Hyung Suk/Daniel and Duke are both the fats to Jiho's skinny.
  • Fat Bastard: Lala, a girl from another school who doubles as a Rich Bitch.
  • Fat Best Friend: Both Park Hyung Suk/Daniel (type b) and Duke (mix of type a and b) are this to Jiho.
    • Park Hyung Suk/Daniel also eventually becomes this to Jay.
  • Friendless Background: Park Hyung Suk/Daniel had no friends prior starting at the new school. Because he starts gaining confidence, he also manages to make friends and get people to respect him even when he's fat.
  • Freudian Excuse: Kim Hyi Min abuses women because they love him and has let him get away with anything in the past because he is handsome. So he became a rapist because he thinks the girls "like it". So ultimately is in a subversion.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: "Gangnam Land Lord", Ha Neul's stalker. After being sent to prison for almost killing Hyung Suk, even the gangsters there are terrified of him. This was shown when he heard Kim Hyi Min admit that he is a rapist.
  • Gag Haircut/Traumatic Haircut: A hairdresser cut small Park Hyung Suk/Daniel's hair to look like Kim Jong Un's.
  • Gay Best Friend: Jae Yeol becomes this for Hyung Suk who in turn becomes his Fat Best Friend.
  • Gay Option: Jae Yeol is seemingly this for Hyung Suk.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Hyung Suk doesn't need them in the bishonen body. Truth in Television, as you can see in The Biggest Loser that they don't need their glasses anymore after much exercise so they've gone down in weight.
  • Gonk: Some of the "cool kids" are this.
  • Good Parents: Park Hyung Suk/Daniel's mother is a honest mother who does her best to make her son live a good life.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Ha Neul and Kim Yui make money by broadcasting themselves online in 'Paprika TV'.
  • Heroic Build: Park Hyung Suk/Daniel when he's in the thin body.
  • High School: The main setting and each class has their specialty.
    • Fashion Department where Custom Uniforms are allowed.
    • Beauty Department where students are allowed to Dye Hard.
    • Vocal/Dance Department where Hip Hop rules.
    • Confectionery/Bakery Department where they bake whenever they want.
    • Utility Music Department where they have various instruments.
    • Sports Department where sports is more than Serious Business.
    • Building/Architecture/Interior Design Department where they are as strong as carpenters.
    • And the department so pathetic and inconsequential it was previously never even mentioned, the Animation Department.
  • Hired for Their Looks: Park Hyung Suk /Daniel got the job at the convenience store just because he came with the bishonen body first. The wage was lowered after he came back with his real body.
  • Humiliation Conga: What Park Hyung Suk/Daniel went through every day until he suddenly gained the other body.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Ha Neul in chapter 90.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Ha Neul loves coming with those in her attempt of flirting. They can't be translated well, and... nobody is impressed by them.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Lee Jin Sung for Mi Jin to the point of being a Crazy Jealous Guy.
  • Inseries Nickname: Lee Eun Tae AKA 'Hercules Vasco'.
    • Kim Hyi Min AKA 'Zeus'.
  • The Lad-ette: Ha Neul was apparently this prior meeting Hyung Suk.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Park Hyung Suk/Daniel has only his school uniform and big clothes, so because of that, he mainly wears his school uniform when in the bishonen body even on days without school. This is later averted by Jay giving him 10 bags of clothes that "he was going to throw away".
  • Loser Protagonist: Hyung Suk was this big time before he 'split'. His original body is still seen as this by many of the others.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Most characters find Park Hyung Suk/Daniel's original body gross but adores the bishonen body over anything.
  • Lust Object: Mi Jin has many admirers, and so far 2 men she thought she could trust have tried raping her.
  • Manchild: Vasco, who has his reasons.
  • Manipulative Editing: Duke started rapping when Park Hyung Suk/Daniel had problems starting to sing due to Performance Anxiety. Even though everyone thought both were really good, Duke was edited out because people didn't like his looks.
  • Manly Tears: Vasco cries much and often, but he's also one of the strongest.
  • Misery Builds Character: Park Hyung Suk/Daniel could easily have let the status beauty go to his head and start bullying people himself. Instead, he stands befriends those who are in need of a friend in both his bodies.
  • Mr. Fanservice: There's many nude men in this webtoon.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Most of the women are good looking.
  • Multicolored Hair: Seemingly what a hairdresser needs.
  • Narm: In-Universe reaction to Vasco looking badass in an inflatable ridin' dinosaur costume.
  • Nerd Glasses:
    • Hyung Suk has these when chubby.
    • Ji Ho also wears glasses and you can't see through them.
  • Nice Girl: Mi Jin to the point of being too nice.
  • Not So Different: When Hyung Suk visits Duk Hwa for the first time, he notices how similar they are. Both chubby, have a loving mother (or grandmother in Duk Hwa's case), absent fathers, being poor, being bullied, and not getting respect from their peers.
  • Official Couple: Mi Jin and Lee Jin Sung.
  • The One Guy: Jang Hun is the only male in the beauty department
  • One of the Boys: Ha Neul manages somehow to be respected by the boys and hangs out with them despite her Hello, Nurse! status.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Let's see, there's 3 Parks (one of which is the main character and his family), 2 Kims (which ironically is the most usual family name in Korea), and 3 Lees among the major characters. Justified as Korean family names comes from clans their ancestors were part of.
  • Out of Focus: Hyung Suk isn't much in focus in many chapters and only kinda is there observing the world around him, it might be a allusion to him not daring to take control of his own life yet.
  • Perma-Stubble: Vasco, who is ironically a Manchild.
  • Performance Anxiety: Hyung Suk is afraid to fight, sing, stand out, etc. Understandable due to his treatment in the past and fear of being bullied because of it.
  • The Quiet One: Jay
  • Real Men Wear Pink: There's many manly men in the fashion department.
  • Reality Ensues: Aside from Park Hyung Suk/Daniel and Crystal having two bodies, almost everything else in the series follows a fairly realistic plot line with perfectly normal everyday problems and characters having believable reactions to the situations they find themselves in, and many of this situations are easy to relate to for several readers. See Show Their Work below.
  • Rescue Romance: Ha Neul starts falling for Hyung Suk in his original body after he saves her from the creepy stalker.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Averted. Hyung Suk doesn't use his new-found strength to beat up the people who bullied him and has never fought with any of his bullies with the exception of his original bully, Lee Tae Sung, because he stole the money Hyung Suk's mother gave him.
  • Rule of Seven: 7 school departments.
  • Running Gag: Vasco crying and the others begging him to stop as it looks pitiful.
  • School Festival: The 10th Jae Won Festival takes place from chapter 23 (although preparations are made already from the 20th) to chapter 27.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Everyone in Jiho's family wears squared glasses.
  • Shout-Out: Vasco's training regimen (which someone told him to do as a joke, and he took seriously) is a reference to One-Punch Man's "100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and running 10 km every single day." Bum Jae explicitly references it when he says that sticking to that schedule is going to make his hair fall out soon.
  • The Silent Bob: Jae Yeol. He even manages to help Hyung Suk with studying without saying a word as the latter seems capable of understanding him without speech.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Hyung Suk is excellent at singing, even in his real body, but is really afraid to show it.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Ha Neul is the best in class at maths.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Many students are seen smoking.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Ha Neul was this in the beginning, but stopped after a while. That doesn't mean she has given up however.
  • Supreme Chef: Both Hyung Suk's mother and Duk Hwa's grandmother are excellent at making food, but it isn't very healthy so both boys gain loads of weight because of it.
  • Shown Their Work: The author himself has mentioned on a talkshow that he interviews people in order to better to understand and depict the scenarios and stories with a more reality-grounded basis.
  • Team Pet: Inu is a dog who was abandoned by her original owner because she was an ugly mongrel. She later gets puppies who gets adopted by Jae Yeol who wants Hyung Suk to visit his house to see the puppies.
  • Teen Genius: Duke is excellent at making music, but due to his looks nobody listens to his creations.
  • Tights Under Shorts: Lee Jin Sung likes wearing this.
  • Totally 18: Many students drink, smoke, and goes to adults-only bars.
  • Trauma Button: Vasco started shivering if he sees a pen or needle due to abuse. He gets over it by getting tattoos in the span of about 3 years.
    • Park Hyung Suk/Daniel still responds to the cues he was conditioned for during years of bullying in middle school. He also folds like paper when in Logan Lee's presence, even in his handsome body.
  • Troubled, but Cute: The girls' reaction to Hyung Suk being poor.
  • True Companions: Park Hyung Suk/Daniel, Duke and Jiho — the unpopular kids. Also Hyung Suk and Jae Yeol. And there's no truer companionship than that of Jace's and Vasco's.
  • Unwanted Harem: Park Hyung Suk/Daniel doesn't like that there's so many clingy girls, wondering what they want from him...
  • Wham Episode: Some arcs drop quite a few bombshells.
    • The Stalker Arc results in Crystal suspecting Park Hyung Suk/Daniel to have two bodies, just like herself.
    • The Picnic arc kick starts the Four Schools Saga and reveals Jay's real identity.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Being drunk makes Park Hyung Suk/Daniel change completely to a Casanova boosting with confidence. He is however very ashamed of this.
  • Working for a Body Upgrade: Park Hyung Suk/Daniel becomes motivated to become better rather than rely on his new body, so he begins working out with Vasco's help.
  • Your Size May Vary: How short the bullied teens are depends on panel. Justified as they feel really tiny.
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