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** The character models for different genders in a given race can also exhibit this. Most blatantly apparent in the Au'Ra race. The females are shorter than any playable character that isn't a Lalafell, with [[UncannyValley "cute" faces with round eyes set really far apart, looking like a Real Doll,]] and smaller horns usually down and to the back/side of their heads. Au'Ra males, besides being ridiculously scrawny for the race with the highest Strength rating, are second only to Roegadyn in height, and all have angular faces with scowls carved into them liked the designer was trying to parody PerpetualFrowner anime and video game tough guys, with larger horns angling more up and in front of their heads. However, like armor, this is entirely aesthetic and has no bearing on stats. Which means the 4'9'', 115 lbs Au'Ra girl will have a higher strength rating than the 7'2'', 400 lbs slab-of-meat Roegadyn man.
** Speaking of, Roegadyn are a less exaggerated example. In fact, Roegadyn females are [[StatuesqueStunner taller than everything]] that isn't an Au'Ra or Roegadyn male and [[AmazonianBeauty rather well filled out.]] But they're nonetheless utterly dwarfed by Roegadyn males, the ''smallest'' of which is apparently the equivalent of about 7 feet and 2 inches tall, and built in such a manner that would make notoriously huge [[http://superherojacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Haf%C3%BEo%CC%81r-Ju%CC%81li%CC%81us-Bjo%CC%88rnsson-Workout-2.jpg Hafthor Bjornsson]] look like a light-heavyweight.

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** The character models for different genders in a given race can also exhibit this. Most blatantly apparent in the Au'Ra Au Ra race. The females are shorter than any playable character that isn't a Lalafell, with [[UncannyValley "cute" faces with round eyes set really far apart, looking like a Real Doll,]] and smaller horns usually down and to the back/side of their heads. Au'Ra Au Ra males, besides being ridiculously scrawny for the race with the highest Strength rating, are second only to Roegadyn in height, and all have angular faces with scowls carved into them liked the designer was trying to parody PerpetualFrowner anime and video game tough guys, with larger horns angling more up and in front of their heads. However, like armor, this is entirely aesthetic and has no bearing on stats. Which means the 4'9'', 115 lbs Au'Ra Au Ra girl will have a higher strength rating than the 7'2'', 400 lbs slab-of-meat Roegadyn man.
** Speaking of, Roegadyn are a less exaggerated example. In fact, Roegadyn females are [[StatuesqueStunner taller than everything]] that isn't an Au'Ra Au Ra or Roegadyn male and [[AmazonianBeauty rather well filled out.]] But they're nonetheless utterly dwarfed by Roegadyn males, the ''smallest'' of which is apparently the equivalent of about 7 feet and 2 inches tall, and built in such a manner that would make notoriously huge [[http://superherojacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Haf%C3%BEo%CC%81r-Ju%CC%81li%CC%81us-Bjo%CC%88rnsson-Workout-2.jpg Hafthor Bjornsson]] look like a light-heavyweight.


The UnfortunateImplications for men are that men are shallow and [[AllMenArePerverts only after one thing]], thus they don't care if a woman is a dynamic, active character, and that women have no worth beyond their looks. Also, male characters will end up pulling more than their own weight, [[HystericalWoman emotionally]] and [[MenAreTheExpendableGender physically]], in works where this trope is in effect.

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The UnfortunateImplications unfortunate implications for men are that men are shallow and [[AllMenArePerverts only after one thing]], thus they don't care if a woman is a dynamic, active character, and that women have no worth beyond their looks. Also, male characters will end up pulling more than their own weight, [[HystericalWoman emotionally]] and [[MenAreTheExpendableGender physically]], in works where this trope is in effect.



This is the supertrope for UglyGuyHotWife, BeastAndBeauty, HollywoodHomely, NonActionGuy. See also BeautyIsNeverTarnished, and the unequal application of DirtForcefield.

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This is the supertrope for UglyGuyHotWife, BeastAndBeauty, HollywoodHomely, NonActionGuy. See also BeautyIsNeverTarnished, and the unequal application of DirtForcefield. Contrast AmazonChaser for when a female character is desirable because of her proactivity and WeaknessTurnsHerOn for when a male character is desirable because of his weakness, whether it's temperament or body.

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* Not exactly the case in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', but the female characters are clearly inferior in terms of combat prowess. Catwoman has lower health, cannot ride Titans, doesn't fight Brutes. Batgirl is a plain tripped-down version of Batman, her Throw Counters are barely useful compared to Batman's. All female characters use kicks more than punches because of their skinny arms.


In the last few decades there has been more of a push to create [[ActionGirl dynamic female characters]]. Unfortunately this often seems to come at the expense of the male characters they are paired with who are portrayed as incompetent and emasculated. It is a hard balance to strike, and difficult to imagine a [[InvertedTrope work]] in which a [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished beautiful]], [[VirginPower virgin]] [[{{Bishonen}} male character]] is saved from peril by a [[{{Beastess}} grizzled]] [[ActionGirl female]] AntiHero who is [[LoveRedeems changed for the better]] by his [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure heart]], without the man seeming like a useless [[ARealManIsAKiller wussy-pants]] whose wuss-ness disqualifies him from being a man and, more importantly, from [[MenAreTheExpendableGender being saved]]. See ActionGirlfriend for the few couples who approach such a dynamic, like Zoe and Wash from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.

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In the last few decades there has been more of a push to create [[ActionGirl dynamic female characters]]. Unfortunately this can often seems to come at the expense of mean the male characters they are paired with who are portrayed seen as incompetent and emasculated. It is a hard balance to strike, and it's difficult to imagine a [[InvertedTrope work]] in which a [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished beautiful]], [[VirginPower virgin]] [[{{Bishonen}} male character]] is saved from peril by a [[{{Beastess}} grizzled]] [[ActionGirl female]] AntiHero who is [[LoveRedeems changed for the better]] by his [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure heart]], without the man seeming like a useless [[ARealManIsAKiller wussy-pants]] whose wuss-ness disqualifies him from being a man and, more importantly, from [[MenAreTheExpendableGender being saved]]. See ActionGirlfriend for the few couples who approach such a dynamic, like Zoe and Wash from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.


* Similar to the above Monster Hunter example, ''VideGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' features a few armor sets that are different in looks depending on if the character wearing it is male or female. Notoriously, the Dragoon artifact armor was purple plate armor for male characters, while for female characters is was purple plate armor with a [[AbsoluteCleavage giant goddamn boob window]] in the middle of the [[HehHehYouSaidX breast]] plate that left most of the vital organs one would expect heavy armor to protect completely unprotected. There is, however, no functional difference to the armor, giving the same stats regardless of who's wearing it.

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* Similar to the above Monster Hunter example, ''VideGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' features a few armor sets that are different in looks depending on if the character wearing it is male or female. Notoriously, the Dragoon artifact armor was purple plate armor for male characters, while for female characters is was purple plate armor with a [[AbsoluteCleavage giant goddamn boob window]] in the middle of the [[HehHehYouSaidX breast]] plate that left most of the vital organs one would expect heavy armor to protect completely unprotected. There is, however, no functional difference to the armor, giving the same stats regardless of who's wearing it.

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* Similar to the above Monster Hunter example, ''VideGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' features a few armor sets that are different in looks depending on if the character wearing it is male or female. Notoriously, the Dragoon artifact armor was purple plate armor for male characters, while for female characters is was purple plate armor with a [[AbsoluteCleavage giant goddamn boob window]] in the middle of the [[HehHehYouSaidX breast]] plate that left most of the vital organs one would expect heavy armor to protect completely unprotected. There is, however, no functional difference to the armor, giving the same stats regardless of who's wearing it.
** There is also gear that can only be worn by male or female characters, mostly being "glamourbait" stand-ins for various formal wear that serves no purpose other than to frustrate players who think it would be funny to dress their [[RatedMForManly Roegadyn Warrior]] in a Thavnarian Bustier. This generally reserves "pretty" or "dainty" apparel for females, while the dudes get tuxedos and the like.
** The character models for different genders in a given race can also exhibit this. Most blatantly apparent in the Au'Ra race. The females are shorter than any playable character that isn't a Lalafell, with [[UncannyValley "cute" faces with round eyes set really far apart, looking like a Real Doll,]] and smaller horns usually down and to the back/side of their heads. Au'Ra males, besides being ridiculously scrawny for the race with the highest Strength rating, are second only to Roegadyn in height, and all have angular faces with scowls carved into them liked the designer was trying to parody PerpetualFrowner anime and video game tough guys, with larger horns angling more up and in front of their heads. However, like armor, this is entirely aesthetic and has no bearing on stats. Which means the 4'9'', 115 lbs Au'Ra girl will have a higher strength rating than the 7'2'', 400 lbs slab-of-meat Roegadyn man.
** Speaking of, Roegadyn are a less exaggerated example. In fact, Roegadyn females are [[StatuesqueStunner taller than everything]] that isn't an Au'Ra or Roegadyn male and [[AmazonianBeauty rather well filled out.]] But they're nonetheless utterly dwarfed by Roegadyn males, the ''smallest'' of which is apparently the equivalent of about 7 feet and 2 inches tall, and built in such a manner that would make notoriously huge [[http://superherojacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Haf%C3%BEo%CC%81r-Ju%CC%81li%CC%81us-Bjo%CC%88rnsson-Workout-2.jpg Hafthor Bjornsson]] look like a light-heavyweight.


* In ''Aka to Blue'', Aka is the male half of the protagonist pair and is a muscly BoisterousBruiser, while Blue is the female half and is comparatively soft-spoken and sports a fairly average body type.

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* In ''Aka to Blue'', ''VideoGame/AkaToBlue'', Aka is the male half of the protagonist pair and is a muscly BoisterousBruiser, while Blue is the female half and is comparatively soft-spoken and sports a fairly average body type.



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* In ''Aka to Blue'', Aka is the male half of the protagonist pair and is a muscly BoisterousBruiser, while Blue is the female half and is comparatively soft-spoken and sports a fairly average body type.


* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has tough soldier Zoe married to sensitive pilot Wash.

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has tough soldier Zoe married to sensitive pilot Wash.
Wash. Even the episode where Wash demands to go on a mission while Zoe stays on the ship isn't the trope being played straight. He wasn't jealous of his wife's ActionGirl status, he was jealous of her PlatonicLifePartners relationship with Mal.


* This is the gender norm in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''--men are expected to bear arms and fight while women are expected to sit around and keep house. Arthur "[[RedBaron The Sword of the Morning]]" and Ashara Dayne, siblings whose deaths in the aftermath of Robert's Rebellion were much-romanticized as a result of this trope, exemplify this; Arthur was a MasterSwordsman and member of the Kingsguard while Ashara was WorldsMostBeautifulWoman at the time. Characters that subvert these expectations, such as Brienne of Tarth and Asha Greyjoy (both warrior women) are met with derision.

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* This is the gender norm in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''--men are expected to bear arms and fight while women are expected to sit around and keep house. Arthur "[[RedBaron The Sword of the Morning]]" and Ashara Dayne, siblings whose deaths in the aftermath of Robert's Rebellion were much-romanticized as a result of this trope, exemplify this; Arthur was a MasterSwordsman and member of the Kingsguard while Ashara was WorldsMostBeautifulWoman at the time. Characters that subvert these expectations, such as Brienne of Tarth and Asha Greyjoy (both warrior women) are met with derision.
derision. Even in cases where it can't be helped, like Tyrion being a dismal warrior due to being a dwarf,[[note]]Not a Fantasy Dwarf, mind, a Real World kind of dwarf[[/note]] are seen as no excuse.


* PlayedWith in the original [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} the Marvel Family]]: all three members had Strength, Wisdom and Speed, but while Billy and Freddie also had Stamina, Power and Bravery, Mary's additional powers (which came from goddesses) were Beauty, Grace and Skill. {{Averted|Trope}} in the ComicBook/PostCrisis reimagining, where the three all had the same powers from the same (male) benefactors.

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* PlayedWith in the original [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} the Marvel Family]]: all three members had Strength, Wisdom and Speed, but while Billy and Freddie also had Stamina, Power and Bravery, Mary's additional powers (which came from goddesses) were Beauty, Grace and Skill. {{Averted|Trope}} in the ComicBook/PostCrisis reimagining, where the three all had the same powers from the same (male) benefactors.


Certain ideals are expected to be embodied by male and female characters for them to be seen as attractive to the opposite sex. Sexy female characters are physically desirable; Sexy male characters are strong and proactive. This is a consequence of MenActWomenAre as applied to sex appeal: A woman's attractiveness is mostly due to her passive physical attributes, while a man's attractiveness is mostly a result of his behavior.

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Certain ideals are expected to be embodied by male and female characters for them to be seen as attractive to the opposite sex. Sexy female characters are physically desirable; Sexy sexy male characters are strong and proactive. This is a consequence of MenActWomenAre as applied to sex appeal: A woman's attractiveness is mostly due to her passive physical attributes, while a man's attractiveness is mostly a result of his behavior.



Some male characters who are physically attractive-particularly in a "PrettyBoy" kind of way -- will be seen as [[NonActionGuy weak]], less than a man, or [[MistakenForGay suspected of being gay]]. This holds doubly true if they spend time [[TheDandy cultivating their attractiveness.]]

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Some male characters who are physically attractive-particularly attractive -- particularly in a "PrettyBoy" kind of way -- will be seen as [[NonActionGuy weak]], less than a man, or [[MistakenForGay suspected of being gay]]. This holds doubly true if they spend time [[TheDandy cultivating their attractiveness.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Outsider}}'': The Loroi have a much higher ratio of women to men, so the men are kept safe while the women go off and fight or do whatever else is necessary. They think of this as a natural biological and cultural evolution for any warrior race, since it makes reproduction far more efficient than any monogamous model. It takes Beryl a bit to wrap her head around the idea that humans have about the same number of males and females.


* ''Webcomic/SwordPrincessAmaltea'': Thanks to the story being held in a {{Matriarchy}} world, with gender roles reversed, the females are the dominant gender, and while most of them are attractive, their looks are not such a big deal as their intelligence, cleverness and overall, pride and strenght. Male otherwise hold little to no power, especially if their not royal-born, and their good looks are all that matters, to the point they keep their manes long and are sometimes difficult to distinguish from the females.

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* ''Webcomic/SwordPrincessAmaltea'': Thanks to the story being held in a {{Matriarchy}} world, with gender roles reversed, the females are the dominant gender, and while most of them are attractive, their looks are not such a big deal as their intelligence, cleverness and overall, pride and strenght. Male Males otherwise hold little to no power, especially if their they're not royal-born, and their good looks are all that matters, to the point they keep their manes long and are sometimes difficult to distinguish from the females.


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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Sandy Cheeks is considerably stronger than [=SpongeBob=], who can at best be just WeakButSkilled enough to compete with her in karate. While [=SpongeBob=] himself isn't considered particularly "[[PrettyBoy pretty]]", he has a few noticeably girlish features, such as his [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics eyelashes]] and appears to be somewhat mindful of his appearance.

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* ''{{Manga/Ooku}}'' is set in a feudal Japan where a plague has made women the dominant gender, men being reduced to communal babymakers and prostitues (and are generally considered too precious to waste on dangerous jobs like soldiering). The main exception is the capital, where the shogun gets a harem of men for her personal use, and while they're theoretically her bodyguard, they tend to be on the pretty side as well. Later one shogun gets the idea of using men in a fire brigade where their muscles can be put to better use.

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