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** By the same token Jonathan Byers is treated as an awkward loser by [[JerkJock Steve]] [[PrettyBoy Harrington]] and the other cool kids despite Charlie Heaton looking like a young Norman Reedus. This is probably just shallow bullying since Nancy falls for Jonathan, his estranged''s father girlfriend Cytahina thought he was attractive and Samantha, [[PerkyGoth a random girl]] from the Halloween party started flirting with him.

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** By the same token Jonathan Byers is treated as an awkward loser by [[JerkJock Steve]] [[PrettyBoy Harrington]] and the other cool kids despite Charlie Heaton looking like a young Norman Reedus. This is probably just shallow bullying due to his alternative appearance and second-hand clothes since Nancy falls for Jonathan, his estranged''s father girlfriend Cytahina Cynthia thought he was attractive and Samantha, [[PerkyGoth a random girl]] from the Halloween party started flirting with him. him.
** Mike Wheeler has been called "Frog Face Wheeler" by bullies and even his father cannot believe he would be hiding a girl in his room for a week, yet he is played by Creator/FinnWolfhard, who has a legion of fangirls in real life and Mike has attracted the psychic Eleven.

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* As usual, played with in the "Fractured Fairy Tales" segment "The Ugly Duckling" on ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. The titular duck goes to Hollywood, hoping to become an actor, but is rejected for his ugliness. He gets plastic surgery and becomes quite handsome. However, he learns to trend is now towards monster movies, so the studios ''want'' ugly ducklings. The segment ends with the now-attractive duck getting pummeled with baseballs at a carnival game, determined to get ugly again and be a star.

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* Parodied in WebVideo/ShipwreckedComedy's "American Whoopee," where the "plain jane" character was played by [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/6d/a8/19/6da819ba903c9e85f04173815d22ed0c.jpg Sinead Persaud]], and looks exactly the same before and after her makeover.


** Most, if not all, of the actresses playing "geeky sidekicks" (Creator/EmilyOsment, Music/AshleyTisdale and [[Series/ThatsSoRaven Anneliese Van Der Pol]], for example) are ''at least'' as attractive and charismatic as the shows' stars, but play awkward or {{Cloudcuckoolander}} characters in nerdy clothes or glasses.

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** Most, if not all, of the actresses playing "geeky sidekicks" (Creator/EmilyOsment, Music/AshleyTisdale Music/AshleyTisdale, Creator/JenniferStone, Creator/SierraMcCormick, [[Series/IDidntDoIt Sarah Gilman]], and [[Series/ThatsSoRaven Anneliese Van Der Pol]], for example) are ''at least'' as attractive and charismatic as the shows' stars, but play awkward or {{Cloudcuckoolander}} characters in nerdy clothes or glasses.glasses. The only time they actually cast an "unattractive" actress into such a role was with Creator/RainiRodriguez in ''Series/AustinAndAlly''.

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* In the music video for Music/{{Marshmello}} and Music/{{Bastille}}'s "Happier", the protagonist is bullied by her soccer teammates for her looks. Given that she's played by Creator/MirandaCosgrove and they made little effort to make her appear ugly outside of giving her frizzy hair and braces, it's a hard sell.


** Lindy is supposed to be a Plain Jane who [[BookWorm cares more about books and her classwork]] than looking pretty. The movie version casts Music/VanessaHudgens in the role and "uglifies" her with messy hair, bangs and a [[GranolaGirl boho]] wardrobe. Apart from being a bit less polished, she looks no different than the "hot" popular girls.
** The witch, Kendra, is described in the book as overweight and genuinely hideous, with bad teeth and skin, a hooked nose, green hair, and ratty black clothing (i.e. like a traditional WickedWitch). In the film, Kendra is...a [[HollywoodPudgy slightly-plump]] Mary-Kate Olsen with shaved eyebrows, a ghostly complexion, heavy makeup (with the odd facial piercing and tattoo), and (fashionably) eccentric hairstyles and outfits. She looks like a Gothic fashion model, but the popular students still treat her as if she's hideous (with Kyle calling her a "self-mutilated, tattooed Frankenskank").

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** Lindy is supposed to be a Plain Jane who would rather [[BookWorm cares more about focus on books and her classwork]] than looking pretty. The movie version casts Music/VanessaHudgens in the role role, and "uglifies" her with messy hair, bangs bangs, and a [[GranolaGirl boho]] wardrobe. Apart from being a bit less polished, she looks no different than the "hot" popular girls.
** The witch, Kendra, is described in the book as overweight and genuinely hideous, with bad teeth and skin, a hooked nose, green hair, and ratty black clothing (i.e. like a traditional WickedWitch). In the film, Kendra is...a [[HollywoodPudgy slightly-plump]] Mary-Kate Olsen with shaved bleached eyebrows, a ghostly complexion, heavy makeup (with the odd facial piercing and tattoo), and (fashionably) eccentric hairstyles and outfits. She looks like a Gothic fashion runway model, but the popular students still treat her as if she's hideous (with Kyle calling her a "self-mutilated, tattooed Frankenskank").

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in [[Creator/TomKing Tom King's]] ''ComicBook/MisterMiracle2017'' run, where Big Barda's insistence that her husband, Mister Miracle, is out of her league is treated as just one of her many self esteem problems; nearly everyone else think its the other way around, and her complaints about being [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon too tall]] are almost laughable when most people [[AmazonianBeauty consider it a positive]]. You know you have body image issues when someone like ''[[{{Sadist}} Granny Goodness]]'' tells you that you're selling yourself short.


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* Deconstructed in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}''. The plot is kicked off when a beautiful prostitute named Delilah is attacked and cut up by an angry client. Her coworkers put out a bounty for her attacker and wail to everyone who will listen about how she was mutilated and disfigured, even claiming her breasts were sawed off. Then we see Delilah in person and her injuries amount to a few small, superficial scratches on her face that haven't completely healed yet. Turns out, the brothel can't actually afford to pay what they're offering; they were just trying to [[MakeAnExampleOfThem make an example of the client]] for assaulting an employee, and they wildly exaggerated Delilah's wounds in the hope that any bounty hunters would be driven enough by moral outrage to kill him ''before'' asking for payment.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame's'' Quasimodo is deformed and treated as if he's hideous, but he's clearly designed to be UglyCute.


** [[spoiler: Charlotte Pudding due to her ThirdEye is considered a freak and was tormented by others to the extent she does think she’s a monster and hides her “deformity” behind her fringe. When Sanji points out the obvious that the extra eye makes her even more beautiful and unique Pudding has a VillainousBSOD as she expected him to be disgusted and she’s never had anyone compliment it before. She fails to kill Sanji because of his words and pulls a HeelFaceTurn thanks to him]].
** [[spoiler: Similarly Charlotte Katakuri has ScaryTeeth that like Pudding he hides from most of his family and when he reveals it one of his sisters and others react in disgust and mock him. As sharp as his teeth are Katakuri has not lost his army of fangirls and fanboys so this response to his “scary face” is almost ludicrous]].

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** [[spoiler: Charlotte Pudding due to her ThirdEye is considered a freak and was tormented by others to the extent she does think she’s a monster and hides her “deformity” behind her fringe. When Sanji points out the obvious that the extra eye makes her even more beautiful and unique Pudding has a VillainousBSOD as she expected him to be disgusted and she’s never had anyone compliment it before. She fails to kill Sanji because of his words and pulls a HeelFaceTurn thanks to him]].
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** [[spoiler: Similarly Charlotte Katakuri has ScaryTeeth that like Pudding he hides from most of his family and when he reveals it one of his sisters and others react in disgust and mock him. As sharp as his teeth are Katakuri has not lost his army of fangirls and fanboys so this response to his “scary face” is almost ludicrous]]. ludicrous.]]



* ''Comicbook/MsMarvel'': A running joke in the books is that she's [[HollywoodPudgy fat]].
* PlayedWith Betty Ross of Incredible Hulk. On her own, she is considered quite attractive, but she comes under this trope when paired with former supermodel Marlo Chandler. Not helped by the fact she can at times be an UnkemptBeauty.
* Peter Parker aka ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' was supposed to be a gangly bespectacled nerd (Steve Ditko even based Peter's appearance off himself as a boy) who gets rejected by the likes of Liz Allen and bullied by JerkJock Flash Thompson for being a being wimp. When Peter gets bitten by a radioactive spider his social life [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatHotness improves]] thanks to newfound strength and confidence as Spider-Man and he gets a girlfriend in Betty Brant and [[ChickMagnet dozen others]] after her before settling down with the supermodel actress Mary Jane Watson. It's worth noting Peter's bad luck with girls in high school mostly stemmed from his shy wallflower nature and probably thanks to all his clothes being chosen for him by his Aunt May making him look dorky as hell.

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* ''Comicbook/MsMarvel'': Comicbook/CarolDanvers: A running joke in the books is that she's [[HollywoodPudgy fat]].
* PlayedWith Betty Ross [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] ComicBook/BettyRoss of Incredible Hulk.''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk''. On her own, she is considered quite attractive, but she comes under this trope when paired with former supermodel Marlo Chandler. Not helped by the fact she can at times be an UnkemptBeauty.
* Peter Parker aka ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' was supposed to be a gangly bespectacled nerd (Steve Ditko (Creator/SteveDitko even based Peter's appearance off himself as a boy) who gets rejected by the likes of Liz Allen and bullied by JerkJock Flash Thompson for being a being wimp. When Peter gets bitten by a radioactive spider his social life [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatHotness improves]] thanks to newfound strength and confidence as Spider-Man and he gets a girlfriend in Betty Brant and [[ChickMagnet dozen others]] after her before settling down with the supermodel actress Mary Jane Watson.ComicBook/MaryJaneWatson. It's worth noting Peter's bad luck with girls in high school mostly stemmed from his shy wallflower nature and probably thanks to all his clothes being chosen for him by his Aunt May making him look dorky as hell.



** Callisto, TheLeader of the Morlocks, is a similar case. The Morlocks are a group of mutants that live in the sewer because their mutations make them look deformed and inhuman, and therefore easy to recognize and target among normal humans. While most of them are distinctively inhuman in appearance, Callisto herself is not, as she is actually originally beautiful in her pre-Morlock life, but "ugly" because of her now-usually unkempt, haggard, and malnourished appearance due to living homeless in sewers, and also due to the facial scars she got in a fight (which actually amounts to one lost eye) rather than because of her mutation, but because of her solidarity with the Morlocks she has a similar view of herself. But a 90's storyline involved her being stripped of her memories and healed of her scars and her missing eye, at which point, she actually became a ''[[SheCleansUpNicely supermodel]]'' when she lived a normal life in New York City, although she regained those scars and lost her eye again -- and regained her memories -- in yet another fight, at which point she returned to being a raggedy sewer-dweller. However, she has still remained reasonably attractive ever since then, depending on the artist. Although she did briefly have her arms replaced with CombatTentacles -- in exchange for having the rest of her supermodel appearance restored, with her scars removed and eye healed, when she became a freelance mercenary -- she lost those after [[ComicBook/HouseOfM M-Day]] and is now [[https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcQ0g2dJpdupvRzRBiUPRKjGlMPUZP3rH5uJC_Q1lj4eqcw_NOuR back to living in sewers and just as "ugly" as she ever was originally (minus the scarring though she wears the eye-patch for cosmetic purposes)]], which is to say that she's still rather attractive, just not ''supermodel''-attractive, like the average comic-book leading-lady, pending adequate nutrition and proper grooming.
** It's implied that Callisto's original scarring and eye-loss was due to her being gang-raped by thugs as a young woman, after which the trauma caused her to become a homeless sewers. Her name itself hints at this, being extremely [[MeaningfulName symbolic]], as it was taken from the Greek myth of the most beautiful Nymph of Greece who was [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raped]] by the god Zeus (who is of course infamous for his [[DepravedBisexual libido]]) and thereafter was transformed into a bestial appearance.

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** Callisto, TheLeader of the Morlocks, is a similar case. The Morlocks are a group of mutants that live in the sewer because their mutations make them look deformed and inhuman, and therefore easy to recognize and target among normal humans. While most of them are distinctively inhuman in appearance, Callisto herself is not, as she is actually originally beautiful in her pre-Morlock life, but "ugly" because of her now-usually unkempt, haggard, and malnourished appearance due to living homeless in sewers, and also due to the facial scars she got in a fight (which actually amounts to one lost eye) rather than because of her mutation, but because of her solidarity with the Morlocks she has a similar view of herself. But a 90's storyline involved her being stripped of her memories and healed of her scars and her missing eye, at which point, she actually became a ''[[SheCleansUpNicely supermodel]]'' when she lived a normal life in New York City, although she regained those scars and lost her eye again -- and regained her memories -- in yet another fight, at which point she returned to being a raggedy sewer-dweller. However, she has still remained reasonably attractive ever since then, depending on the artist. Although she did briefly have her arms replaced with CombatTentacles -- in exchange for having the rest of her supermodel appearance restored, with her scars removed and eye healed, when she became a freelance mercenary -- she lost those after [[ComicBook/HouseOfM M-Day]] and is now [[https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcQ0g2dJpdupvRzRBiUPRKjGlMPUZP3rH5uJC_Q1lj4eqcw_NOuR back to living in sewers and just as "ugly" as she ever was originally (minus the scarring though she wears the eye-patch for cosmetic purposes)]], which is to say that she's still rather attractive, just not ''supermodel''-attractive, like the average comic-book leading-lady, pending adequate nutrition and proper grooming.
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grooming. It's implied that Callisto's original scarring and eye-loss was due to her being gang-raped by thugs as a young woman, after which the trauma caused her to become a homeless and live in the sewers. Her name itself hints at this, being extremely [[MeaningfulName symbolic]], as it was taken from the Greek myth of the most beautiful Nymph of Greece who was [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raped]] by the god Zeus (who is of course infamous for his [[DepravedBisexual libido]]) and thereafter was transformed into a bestial appearance.



* H'el, an enemy of Franchise/{{Superman}} considers himself a hideous freak. Like the Beastly example, H'el has a rock star's deathly pale skin, black eyes and a bunch of manly scars on top of the chiseled physique of an Olympic bodybuilder and the flowing black hair of a Renaissance painter's ideal man. Frankly, this "freak" looks like a god that descended from Mount Olympus, even more so than Superman. Most people would consider themselves quite fortunate to be half as "hideous" as H'el.

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* H'el, an enemy of Franchise/{{Superman}} considers himself a hideous freak. Like the Beastly ''Beastly'' example, H'el has a rock star's deathly pale skin, black eyes and a bunch of manly scars on top of the chiseled physique of an Olympic bodybuilder and the flowing black hair of a Renaissance painter's ideal man. Frankly, this "freak" looks like a god that descended from Mount Olympus, even more so than Superman. Most people would consider themselves quite fortunate to be half as "hideous" as H'el.



* In the animated adaptation of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheWinds'', the evil sister supposedly loses all her beauty when she is turned into an old woman. In fact, only her clothes definitely grow shabbier, while she herself still looks quite adorable, just slightly plumper than before (and without her greyed hair, no viewer would guess she becomes elderly). To a part of the viewers, even with the grey hair she remains prettier than the kind sister.

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* In the animated adaptation AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheWinds'', the evil sister supposedly loses all her beauty when she is turned into an old woman. In fact, only her clothes definitely grow shabbier, while she herself still looks quite adorable, just slightly plumper than before (and without her greyed hair, no viewer would guess she becomes elderly). To a part of the viewers, even with the grey hair she remains prettier than the kind sister.



--->"I was told point-blank that my career was moving slowly because “nobody wants to fuck you.” There was something about me, sexually, that wasn’t selling."

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** The witch, Kendra, is described in the book as overweight and genuinely hideous, with bad teeth and skin, a hooked nose, green hair, and ratty black clothing (i.e. like a traditional WickedWitch). In the film, Kendra is...a [[HollywoodPudgy slightly-plump]] Mary-Kate Olsen with shaved eyebrows, a ghostly complexion, heavy makeup (with the odd facial piercing and tattoo), and (fashionably) eccentric hairstyles and outfits. She looks like a Gothic fashion model, but the popular students still treat her as if she's hideous (with Kyle calling her a "self-mutilated, tattoed Frankenskank").

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** The witch, Kendra, is described in the book as overweight and genuinely hideous, with bad teeth and skin, a hooked nose, green hair, and ratty black clothing (i.e. like a traditional WickedWitch). In the film, Kendra is...a [[HollywoodPudgy slightly-plump]] Mary-Kate Olsen with shaved eyebrows, a ghostly complexion, heavy makeup (with the odd facial piercing and tattoo), and (fashionably) eccentric hairstyles and outfits. She looks like a Gothic fashion model, but the popular students still treat her as if she's hideous (with Kyle calling her a "self-mutilated, tattoed tattooed Frankenskank").



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** Creator/TobeyMaguire from the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' did an excellent job playing Peter as an awkward wallflower and while Migure is by no means ugly he isn't conventionally handsome (even James Franco meanly said he had "frog-like" features) but this totally fits the geeky character and more his change into a ripped superhero more satisfying. Though Migure's Peter Paker still acts awkward even when he's Spider-Man which differs from the comic where he's a [[IShallTauntYou quip happy]] ThrillSeeker.

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** Creator/TobeyMaguire from the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' did an excellent job playing Peter as an awkward wallflower and while Migure Maguire is by no means ugly he isn't conventionally handsome (even James Franco meanly said he had "frog-like" features) but this totally fits the geeky character and more his change into a ripped superhero more satisfying. Though Migure's Peter Paker still acts awkward even when he's Spider-Man which differs from the comic where he's a [[IShallTauntYou quip happy]] ThrillSeeker.



* Film adaptations of ''Literature/JaneEyre'' are frequent victims of this trope. Jane is portrayed in the novel as being plain (hence the trope PlainJane). However actresses who have played her on-screen include: [[http://www.windowphobe.com/shrine/iw40vb04.jpg Virginia Bruce]], [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f4/44/27/f44427578dee92357b1b7d9d708c1f94.jpg Joan Fontaine]], [[http://www.celebritiesfans.com/pictures/susannah_york.jpg Susanna York]], [[http://cdn3.pitchfork.com/news/43652/399a5835.jpg Charlotte Gainsbourg]] and [[http://wallpapersboom.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/3456_mia_wasikowska.jpg Mia Wasikowska]].

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* Film adaptations of ''Literature/JaneEyre'' are frequent victims of this trope. Jane is portrayed in the novel as being plain (hence the trope PlainJane). However actresses who have played her on-screen include: [[http://www.windowphobe.com/shrine/iw40vb04.jpg Virginia Bruce]], [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f4/44/27/f44427578dee92357b1b7d9d708c1f94.jpg Joan Fontaine]], [[http://www.celebritiesfans.com/pictures/susannah_york.jpg Susanna York]], York, [[http://cdn3.pitchfork.com/news/43652/399a5835.jpg Charlotte Gainsbourg]] and [[http://wallpapersboom.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/3456_mia_wasikowska.jpg Mia Wasikowska]].



* In ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004'', Erik is ''supposed'' to be so hideous-looking that he used to be a circus freak attraction but thanks to one of the most infamous cases of AdaptationalAttractiveness, his unmasked self just looks like Gerard Butler with a mild rash on one side of his face.

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* In ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004'', Erik is ''supposed'' to be so hideous-looking that he used to be a circus freak attraction but thanks to one of the most infamous cases of AdaptationalAttractiveness, his unmasked self just looks like Gerard Butler Creator/GerardButler with a mild rash on one side of his face.



* ''Film/TheQuiet'': Camilla Belle's character is described as being unattractive by several characters. One character goes as far to say that she is a hermaphrodite. The only thing that makes her "ugly" is the fact she has short hair, minimal make-up on and wears boys clothing. In real life, Camilla Belle is as beautiful as Elisha Cuthbert.
* ''Film/ShesAllThat'': A teenage film take on the Pygmalion story involves a bet to get any girl in school to win prom queen. After scanning the whole school, they settle on the obviously attractive Rachael Leigh Cook as the least likely to be named prom queen. She just wears glasses and paint-colored overalls - not to mention being a bit of a Klutz. A minor makeover is all she needs to become a prom queen. ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' parodies this by having the guys scan the crowd and decide that the conjoined twins, hippy albino, hunchback, and others are not ugly enough, but that the girl with glasses, a ponytail, and paint-covered overalls (played by the clearly attractive Chyler Leigh) is the ugliest by far. The film does at least make an attempt to address this by having the character point out that the reason Rachael Leigh Cook would be a hard sell for prom queen is not so much her looks as her scary and inaccessible personality.

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* ''Film/TheQuiet'': Camilla Belle's character is described as being unattractive by several characters. One character goes as far to say that she is a hermaphrodite. The only thing that makes her "ugly" is the fact she has short hair, minimal make-up on and wears boys clothing. In real life, Camilla Belle is as beautiful as Elisha Cuthbert.
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* ''Film/ShesAllThat'': A teenage film take on the Pygmalion story involves a bet to get any girl in school to win prom queen. After scanning the whole school, they settle on the obviously attractive Rachael Leigh Cook Creator/RachaelLeighCook as the least likely to be named prom queen. She just wears glasses and paint-colored overalls - not to mention being a bit of a Klutz. A minor makeover is all she needs to become a prom queen. ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' parodies this by having the guys scan the crowd and decide that the conjoined twins, hippy albino, hunchback, and others are not ugly enough, but that the girl with glasses, a ponytail, and paint-covered overalls (played by the clearly attractive Chyler Leigh) is the ugliest by far. The film does at least make an attempt to address this by having the character point out that the reason Rachael Leigh Cook would be a hard sell for prom queen is not so much her looks as her scary and inaccessible personality.



* Jennifer Coolidge's character, Paulette, from ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', who considers herself a mess because of her "stretch marks and fat ass", but she is only a bit frumpy and lacks self-confidence. By the end of the film, she's able to snag the hot delivery man who always flirts with her, with a little help from Elle. Keep in mind, this is the same actress who helped coin the term "MILF" in ''Film/AmericanPie''.

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* Jennifer Coolidge's Creator/JenniferCoolidge's character, Paulette, from ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', who considers herself a mess because of her "stretch marks and fat ass", but she is only a bit frumpy and lacks self-confidence. By the end of the film, she's able to snag the hot delivery man who always flirts with her, with a little help from Elle. Keep in mind, this is the same actress who helped coin the term "MILF" in ''Film/AmericanPie''.



** Farrah Fawcett, the beauty who swept the hearts of many boys in the 1970s with her gorgeous visage, plays Jill, who goes undercover with a hair bun and eyeglasses, at which point another character says, "Jill, you look terrible."

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** Farrah Fawcett, Creator/FarrahFawcett, the beauty who swept the hearts of many boys in the 1970s with her gorgeous visage, plays Jill, who goes undercover with a hair bun and eyeglasses, at which point another character says, "Jill, you look terrible."



* ''Series/FutureMan'': The title character is presented as an unattractive loser, unable to get a girlfriend even when he's a wealthy pro-gamer, despite being played by a teenage heartthrob. The same trope is averted with his unnamed gamer friend, played by rapper Creator/{{Awkwafina}}, who is described as desirable and sexually active in spite of her nerd glasses and odd behavior.



** The same can be said of Tyrion Lannister, described as severely deformed and hideous, yet played on the TV adaptation by the quite handsome Peter Dinklage. Even though some fans theorize that Tyrion could be perceived as uglier and more deformed than he actually might be because of how society reacts to his dwarfism, including himself, [[WordOfGod George RR Martin]] mentioned that Dinklage is remarkably more handsome than the way he made Tyrion Lannister to be in the books.

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** The same can be said of Tyrion Lannister, described as severely deformed and hideous, yet played on the TV adaptation by the quite handsome Peter Dinklage. Even though some fans theorize that Tyrion could be perceived as uglier and more deformed than he actually might be because of how society reacts to his dwarfism, including himself, [[WordOfGod George RR R. R. Martin]] mentioned that Dinklage is remarkably more handsome than the way he made Tyrion Lannister to be in the books.



* ''Series/ICarly'': TheChewToy Lewbert is played [[http://img.likecinema.net/images/movie/player/Jeremy_Rowley_1279986142.jpg by this guy]]. In the show itself they mention that Lewbert used to be a male model, until a psycho ex-girlfriend caused him enough grief to make a [[http://www.icarly.com/assets/1/image/2009/04/30/import_000012.jpg giant wart]] grow on his face, and at that point, he seemed to throw in the towel on hygiene.

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* ''Series/ICarly'': TheChewToy Lewbert is played [[http://img.likecinema.net/images/movie/player/Jeremy_Rowley_1279986142.[[https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTQwNDY2ODQ5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzIyOTAzMQ@@._V1_.jpg by this guy]]. In the show itself they mention that Lewbert used to be a male model, until a psycho ex-girlfriend caused him enough grief to make a [[http://www.icarly.com/assets/1/image/2009/04/30/import_000012.jpg [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/nickelodeon/images/9/92/Lewbert_Sline.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/340?cb=20180130034850 giant wart]] grow on his face, and at that point, he seemed to throw in the towel on hygiene.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui_Gui Gui Gui]] plays Huang Yueying in a parody of the ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K.O.3an_Guo K. O. 3an Guo]]''. She is certainly far more attractive than her character is supposed to be in legend.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui_Gui org/wiki/Emma_Wu Gui Gui]] plays Huang Yueying in a parody of the ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K.O.3an_Guo K. O. 3an Guo]]''. She is certainly far more attractive than her character is supposed to be in legend.



-->'''Andy''': Ladies, if it were up to us, you all would be the fashion models.
-->'''Kevin''': Yes! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Because then the models would come here and work with us!]]

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* ''Series/PicketFences'': Kenny can't seem to appreciate Maxine's physical beauty because she's a fat tomboy with a weird face, so he has to learn to love her [[http://s.sfwgifs.com/img/upld/boys-dream.gif personality]].

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* ''Series/PicketFences'': Kenny can't seem to appreciate Maxine's physical beauty because she's a fat tomboy with a weird face, so he has to learn to love her [[http://s.sfwgifs.com/img/upld/boys-dream.gif personality]].personality.



* The 2016 Creator/{{BBC}} adaptation of ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' cast Jessie Buckley as Princess Marya Bolkonskaya, whose only redeeming physical feature is her [[WhatBeautifulEyes gorgeous, doe-like eyes]] and who is constantly derided as plain (though not outright ugly) by pretty much everybody. While Buckley's eyes are certainly lovely, [[https://www.thestage.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Shot-03_198-1color-edit2_LAND1-700x455.jpg so is her everything else]], too. Of course, this version was only following in the footsteps of Robert Dornhelm's 2007 production of the same, which cast the sultry Italian beauty [[http://66.media.tumblr.com/63030f9420e9fc18e10902c7576d73ed/tumblr_ncqkffxMLa1rwahceo1_1280.jpg Valentina Cervi]] as Princess Marya.

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* The 2016 Creator/{{BBC}} adaptation of ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' cast Jessie Buckley as Princess Marya Bolkonskaya, whose only redeeming physical feature is her [[WhatBeautifulEyes gorgeous, doe-like eyes]] and who is constantly derided as plain (though not outright ugly) by pretty much everybody. While Buckley's eyes are certainly lovely, [[https://www.[[https://cdn.thestage.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Shot-03_198-1color-edit2_LAND1-700x455.jpg so is her everything else]], too. Of course, this version was only following in the footsteps of Robert Dornhelm's 2007 production of the same, which cast the sultry Italian beauty [[http://66.media.tumblr.com/63030f9420e9fc18e10902c7576d73ed/tumblr_ncqkffxMLa1rwahceo1_1280.jpg Valentina Cervi]] as Princess Marya.



* ''Series/WonderWoman'': Give Diana glasses and her hair in a bun and suddenly she's nowhere near as attractive as her superhero counterpart. As with the Maya/Just Shoot Me example, the second season (which fast-forwarded 30 years) stopped trying to convince audiences that even a bespectacled, ponytailed Creator/LyndaCarter was homely. Her supposed homeliness is highlighted in an exchange between Steve and Diana in the season 1 episode called "Beauty on Parade", where Nazis have infiltrated a beauty pageant.

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* ''Series/WonderWoman'': ''Series/{{Wonder Woman|1975}}'': Give Diana glasses and her hair in a bun and suddenly she's nowhere near as attractive as her superhero counterpart. As with the Maya/Just Shoot Me example, the second season (which fast-forwarded 30 years) stopped trying to convince audiences that even a bespectacled, ponytailed Creator/LyndaCarter was homely. Her supposed homeliness is highlighted in an exchange between Steve and Diana in the season 1 episode called "Beauty on Parade", where Nazis have infiltrated a beauty pageant.



* ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'', the Colombian soap opera on which ''Series/UglyBetty'' is based, looks [[http://img.timeinc.net/pespanol/i/galeria/2006/septiembre/Betty_Colombia_090506.jpg a bit more convincing]] into characterizing Betty as ugly, even when the main actress is [[http://www.anamaria-orozco.com/amo08a.gif quite pretty]]. See [[http://estb.msn.com/i/79/C1A1B6E4E161C812F7BFBCD0B447.jpg this comparison]].

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* ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'', the Colombian soap opera on which ''Series/UglyBetty'' is based, looks [[http://img.timeinc.net/pespanol/i/galeria/2006/septiembre/Betty_Colombia_090506.jpg a bit more convincing]] into characterizing Betty as ugly, even when the main actress is [[http://www.anamaria-orozco.com/amo08a.gif [[https://newsbeezer.com/colombiaeng/the-sensual-figure-of-ana-maria-orozco-betty-46-ugly/ quite pretty]]. See [[http://estb.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20121126055839/http://estb.msn.com/i/79/C1A1B6E4E161C812F7BFBCD0B447.jpg this comparison]].



* ''Series/FutureMan'': The title character is presented as an unattractive loser, unable to get a girlfriend even when he's a wealthy pro-gamer, despite being played by a teenage heartthrob. The same trope is averted with his unnamed gamer friend, played by rapper Creator/{{Awkwafina}}, who is described as desirable and sexually active in spite of her nerd glasses and odd behavior.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', a lot of people casually dismiss Chie, especially since she spends so much time around YamatoNadeshiko-in-training Yukiko. In the animated adaptation, even [[TheStoic Yu]] nearly chokes in surprise when he finds out Kou has a crush on Chie. At worst Chie suffers from GenericCuteness, her TomBoy nature, a BoyishShortHair cut and a casual disregard for her appearance.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', a lot of people casually dismiss Chie, especially since she spends so much time around YamatoNadeshiko-in-training Yukiko. In the animated adaptation, AnimatedAdaptation, even [[TheStoic Yu]] nearly chokes in surprise when he finds out Kou has a crush on Chie. At worst Chie suffers from GenericCuteness, her TomBoy nature, a BoyishShortHair cut and a casual disregard for her appearance.



* After the new character Yvan first appeared in ''Webcomic/MenageA3'', nobody in Internet discussions seemed to think that he was especially unattractive -- even given the comic's sky-high level of GenericCuteness. However, when she first saw him and knowing that she might have to flirt with him, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/get_a_better_look Zii gave a mental yelp of shock]]. He appears to be flagged as "homely" by being a little heavier-built than most of the cast, having PermaStubble, posing a little, and using AnticipatoryBreathSpray. Or maybe Zii is a bit of a snob.

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* After the new character Yvan first appeared in ''Webcomic/MenageA3'', nobody in Internet discussions seemed to think that he was especially unattractive -- even given the comic's sky-high level of GenericCuteness. However, when she first saw him and knowing that she might have to flirt with him, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/get_a_better_look [[https://pixietrixcomix.com/menage-a-3/get-a-better-look Zii gave a mental yelp of shock]]. He appears to be flagged as "homely" by being a little heavier-built than most of the cast, having PermaStubble, posing a little, and using AnticipatoryBreathSpray. Or maybe Zii is a bit of a snob.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Bolin (especially in Season 1) is cleary supposed to be more homley and buffoonish compared to his TallDarkAndHandsome older brother Mako whom titular heroine choses over him, but the {{Irony}} is Bolin succeeds in being a massive {{Hunk}} to women InUniverse and out while Mako becomes TheScrappy thanks to his treatment of his girlfriends. So the show's attempts to diminsh Bolin backfire hard, and makes Korra look shallow for breaking his heart.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Bolin (especially in Season 1) is cleary clearly supposed to be more homley homely and buffoonish compared to his TallDarkAndHandsome older brother Mako whom titular heroine choses over him, but the {{Irony}} is Bolin succeeds in being a massive {{Hunk}} to women InUniverse and out while Mako becomes TheScrappy thanks to his treatment of his girlfriends. So the show's attempts to diminsh diminish Bolin backfire hard, and makes Korra look shallow for breaking his heart.


** Similarly Kyoka Jiro isn’t made out to be as strikingly attractive as Momo or Nina being quite a dower looking CreepyLonerGirl. InUniverse shallow pervert Minoru Mineta says she’s unattractive, which really hurt poor Kyoka’s self esteem. Like Froppy however actually she’s considered gorgeous among fandom, lampshaded in the fancy dress promo art as Kyoka is wearing a jacket over her pretty gown and hiding behind Momo.

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** Similarly Kyoka Jiro isn’t made out to be as strikingly attractive as Momo or Ashido Nina being quite a dower looking CreepyLonerGirl. looking. InUniverse shallow pervert Minoru Mineta says she’s unattractive, which really hurt poor Kyoka’s Jiro’s self esteem. Like Froppy however actually she’s considered gorgeous among fandom, lampshaded in the fancy dress promo art as Kyoka Jiro is wearing a jacket over her pretty gown and hiding [[ShrinkingViolet hiding]] behind Momo.Momo. Ironically despite being introverted Jiro has a BeautifulSingingVoice that left her classmates in awe.


** By the same token Jonathan Byers is treated as an awkward loser by [[JerkJock Steve]] [[PrettyBoy Harrington]] and the other cool kids despite Charlie Heaton looking like a young Norman Reedus. This is probably just shallow bullying since Nancy falls for Jonathan, his estranged''s father girlfriend Cytahina thought he was attractive and Samantha, [[PerkyGothGirl a random girl]] from the Halloween party started flirting with him.

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** By the same token Jonathan Byers is treated as an awkward loser by [[JerkJock Steve]] [[PrettyBoy Harrington]] and the other cool kids despite Charlie Heaton looking like a young Norman Reedus. This is probably just shallow bullying since Nancy falls for Jonathan, his estranged''s father girlfriend Cytahina thought he was attractive and Samantha, [[PerkyGothGirl [[PerkyGoth a random girl]] from the Halloween party started flirting with him.


* Peter Parker aka ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' was supposed to be a gangly bespectacled nerd (Steve Ditko even based Peter's appearance off himself as boy) who gets rejected by the likes of Liz Allen and bullied by JerkJock Flash Thompson for being a being wimp. When Peter gets bitten by a radioactive spider his social life [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatHotness improves]] thanks to newfound strength and confidence as Spider-Man and he gets a girlfriend in Betty Brant and [[ChickMagnet dozen others]] after her before settling down with the supermodel actress Mary Jane Watson. It's worth noting Peter's bad luck with girls in high school mostly stemmed from his shy wallflower nature and probably thanks to all his clothes being chosen for him by his Aunt May making him look dorky as hell.

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* Peter Parker aka ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' was supposed to be a gangly bespectacled nerd (Steve Ditko even based Peter's appearance off himself as a boy) who gets rejected by the likes of Liz Allen and bullied by JerkJock Flash Thompson for being a being wimp. When Peter gets bitten by a radioactive spider his social life [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatHotness improves]] thanks to newfound strength and confidence as Spider-Man and he gets a girlfriend in Betty Brant and [[ChickMagnet dozen others]] after her before settling down with the supermodel actress Mary Jane Watson. It's worth noting Peter's bad luck with girls in high school mostly stemmed from his shy wallflower nature and probably thanks to all his clothes being chosen for him by his Aunt May making him look dorky as hell.


* PlayedWith Betty Ross of Incredible Hulk. On her own, she is considered quite attractive, but she comes under this trope when paired with former supermodel Marlo Chandler. Not helped by the fact she can at times be an UnkeptBeauty.

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* PlayedWith Betty Ross of Incredible Hulk. On her own, she is considered quite attractive, but she comes under this trope when paired with former supermodel Marlo Chandler. Not helped by the fact she can at times be an UnkeptBeauty.UnkemptBeauty.


** Hinata definitely is this in Part 1, even her future husband Naruto describes her as “weird”, this due to her painful shyness thanks to abuse under father's hand that she can’t even properly talk to the boy she likes. Part 2 averts this Hinata has [[ShesAllGrownUp grown into a beautiful young woman]] and openly admits her feelings during the Pain Invasion. Hinata’s wallflower behaviour is also ironic since it’s established later she’s essentially a princess of Hyūga clan.
** Naruto himself is supposed to be a loser among his peers and the girls (apart from Hinata) can’t stand him, though this probably more due to his immaturity than his appearance (he becomes a ChickMagnet when he grows up). Ino who can be a big AlphaBitch compliments Naruto on becoming so “cool” during the fight with Kakuzu, meaning it really was Naruto’s class clown attitude which she and others found unappealing.

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** Hinata definitely is this in Part 1, even her future husband Naruto describes her as “weird”, this due to her painful shyness thanks to the abuse under her father's hand that she can’t even properly talk to the boy she likes. Part 2 averts this Hinata has [[ShesAllGrownUp grown into a beautiful young woman]] and openly admits her feelings during the Pain Invasion. Hinata’s wallflower behaviour is also ironic since it’s established later she’s essentially a princess of the Hyūga clan.
** Naruto himself is supposed to be a loser among his peers and the girls (apart from Hinata) can’t stand him, him compared to Sasuke, though this probably more due to his immaturity than his appearance (he becomes a ChickMagnet when he grows up). Ino who can be a big AlphaBitch compliments Naruto on becoming so “cool” during the fight with Kakuzu, meaning it really was Naruto’s class clown attitude which she and others found unappealing.


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** Tsuyu Asui aka Froppy being a [[FrogMen frog girl]] is supposed to be “the weird one” due her elongated hands, wide mouth and oval shaped eyes. She’s commonly placed alongside her friend the stunningly beautiful and shapely Momo Yaoyorozu as a deliberate contrast. Of course this backfired as Froppy is [[EnsembleDarkHorse absolutely beloved by the fans]] who think she’s adorable and like her unique design.
** Similarly Kyoka Jiro isn’t made out to be as strikingly attractive as Momo or Nina being quite a dower looking CreepyLonerGirl. InUniverse shallow pervert Minoru Mineta says she’s unattractive, which really hurt poor Kyoka’s self esteem. Like Froppy however actually she’s considered gorgeous among fandom, lampshaded in the fancy dress promo art as Kyoka is wearing a jacket over her pretty gown and hiding behind Momo.


* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Moe auditions for a role on a soap opera, which provides the page quote about him being "ugly-ugly."[[note]] He didn't get the part, because he's ''actually'' ugly. [[/note]]
-->'''Moe:''' I've been called ugly, fugly, pugly, pug-fugly... but not ''ugly''-ugly!

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Moe auditions for a role on a soap opera, which provides this exchange:
-->'''Producer:''' What were you thinking?\\
'''Casting:''' Well, you said you wanted gritty. In other words, ugly.\\
'''Producer:''' I wanted Mary Ann on ''Series/GilligansIsland'' ugly, not Cornelius on ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' ugly. TV-ugly, not... ugly-ugly.
-->'''Moe:''' ''(back to
the page quote about him being "ugly-ugly."[[note]] present)'' I've been called ugly, fugly, pugly, pug-fugly... but not ''ugly''-ugly![[note]] He didn't get the part, because he's ''actually'' ugly. [[/note]]
-->'''Moe:''' I've been called ugly, fugly, pugly, pug-fugly... but not ''ugly''-ugly!
[[/note]]

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