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09:08:19 AM Nov 3rd 2014
A lot of the examples seem to just be Took a Level in Badass or Xenafication. And to be honest, I'm not entirely sure what the distinction should be: that the change makes her a more attractive/suitable Love Interest to the hero?
05:28:54 PM Sep 29th 2012
What about Princess Farah from the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time video game trilogy? In the first game she's a somewhat normal person, but when the world goes to shit in Two Thrones she suddenly becomes a badass action girl.
11:34:29 AM Nov 5th 2011
Violet Parr's new power. (from The Incredibles)

I think I've seen this mentioned on a few pages, but I don't know what power it's referring to? She seems to have had barriers from the beginning (she uses one in her fight with Dash), unless there's something I've forgotten.
08:23:03 PM Mar 25th 2012
I'm not 100% certain, but it may refer to her levitating while inside the barrier. They both seemed surprised by it.
12:12:12 AM Apr 25th 2014
That was just that she'd never been able to hold them up for any time or make large, complete spheres. In the momentary reaction after her failure on the plane, she manages to fully unlock her power.
08:39:15 PM May 9th 2010
IMO We need a new image for this page.

Katara's a great character and all, but she doesn't really fit the trope as such. Falling in love with Aang isn't what caused her makeover. Moving from cold climates to hot climates did, and training with Pakku. The falling in love with Aang didn't happen until the last episode — she was being more motherly/sisterly to him before that.
09:17:21 PM Sep 23rd 2010
I agree. I think Youko from The Twelve Kingdoms (the character sheet alone provides a good pictorial example of before and after her adventuring) would be a more fitting example.
09:26:18 AM Jan 17th 2011
Isn't the definiton that the reason for the makeover is the adventure ("Moving from cold climates to hot climates did, and training with Pakku"), not the falling in love? Laconic implies that. I've never seen Avatar, but from what I gather from your post, she seems to fit the trope. (Assuming she is the current page image.)
12:34:49 AM Jul 29th 2011
The trope is Adventuring with the Hero (and falling in love with him) is what makes her pretty.

Katara was pretty to begin with, and had other romantic interests besides Aang. The Adrenaline Makeover case rarely has any prospects until the hero begins to notice her as more than an annoyance/liability/obstacle.

Emma in the Saint was somebody Simon planned to blow off until he realized he was falling for her.

Joan in Romancing the Stone was kind of Mousy until getting involved with Jack (and pissed off at him) brought out her personality.

Evy in The Mummy was kind of mousy until being set up for sacrifice showed her off all pretty and that made Rick notice her, which started them falling in love.

Both conditions must be met, IMO.
04:26:51 PM Mar 8th 2014
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Same troper, new username. Formerly Paradisca Corbasi, now Skyliting.

Helen Tasker from True Lies also qualifies. She is a frump with sweats until her adventure with Harry. By the end of the movie, she is all sexied up. This one's an odd case as she was already in love with the hero, but adventuring with him rekindled the romance and made her stop covering up the frump and show off the hot body she was hiding under the dull clothing.


12:18:04 AM Apr 25th 2014
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The reduction in clothing and changed hairstyle are just to fit in amongst the Fire nation and don't make a significant difference to her attractiveness as I see it. Definitely not fair comparing a lightweight, breathy hot-weather outfit to a sub-zero coat. Demonstrating this trope would involve finding her in a similar expression and the lighter Water Tribe clothes she wore for most of the series up to Book 3 (if that worked either. Not a heavily loaded comparison.
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