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1[[quoteright:349:[[Webcomic/AwkwardZombie https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/playspotthegoodguy_126.png]]]]˛[[caption-width-right:349:[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade Lyn]] plays "Spot the Good [[StealthPun Guy]].[[note]]For those who [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Guy don't get it]][[/note]]]]˛˛->''"If she were good, she wouldn't be so ugly."''˛-->-- '''Jake the Dog''', ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''˛˛If a character is beautiful, then that character is a good person, either publicly or secretly. If a character is good, then that character will either be beautiful or [[InformedAttractiveness be treated as beautiful.]]˛˛Or to put it another way, every hero worth his salt must be physically attractive, or at the very least, better-looking than half of other people his or her age. This standard is more relaxed for side characters who can be truly ordinary-looking or even literal aliens, but expect the lead character to be pleasing to look at, even if ''he'' is the alien.˛˛It almost goes without saying that this is very old; UsefulNotes/AncientGreece codified it with the concept of "cosmos" (from which we get the term cosmetics), and an attempt was even made [[OlderThanRadio in the 19th Century]] to quantify this attitude into the "science" of physiognomy, which posited a direct correlation between appearance and moral character.˛˛This trope's influence is felt on many others:˛˛* In older works, may be a factor in MakeUpIsEvil: only an evil character would have no natural beauty and so have to resort to ''paint''.˛* UglyGuyHotWife both averts this and plays it straight--unattractive men are shown to be good husband material, yet it still works on the assumption that because the wife is hot, that he was lucky in love even if nothing else is known about her.˛* GorgeousGorgon may play this trope straight ''or'' just plain [[PlayingWithATrope play with it]] depending on the gorgon.˛* AlwaysLawfulGood races will almost ''always'' play this straight, sometimes to the point of [[InhumanlyBeautifulRace inhuman beauty]]. Conversely, AlwaysChaoticEvil races will be hideous and/or deformed [[WhatMeasureIsAMook so the audience doesn’t feel bad about slaughtering them all]].˛* TheBeautifulElite usually plays it straight, but may not apply it if they are so beautiful that they don't seem human.˛* RedRightHand, where a specific ugly or inhuman feature marks a character as evil.˛* AdaptationalHeroism usually goes hand-in-hand with AdaptationalAttractiveness.˛* HistoricalHeroUpgrade often leads to HistoricalBeautyUpdate as well.˛* LightIsGood can be a perfect example for this trope.˛* CharacterModelKarmaMeter often makes good-aligned characters become more traditionally attractive.˛* {{Friendly Zombie}}s are frequently [[AttractiveZombie good-looking]] to make it easier for the audience to like them [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief despite the fact that they are rotting corpses who otherwise would never be able to maintain the beauty part of this trope]].˛˛The failed subversion of SuetifulAllAlong is common.˛˛For animals and more nonhuman characters, see WhatMeasureIsANonCute.˛˛Compare EvilMakesYouUgly. The opposite of this trope is BeautyIsBad and EvilIsSexy, although they aren't mutually exclusive with this one. UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain is a specific inversion. Contrast DivinelyAppearingDemons and FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon. See also ExpectingSomeoneTaller. ˛˛As this trope is ubiquitous, please only add JustForFun/{{egregious}} cases. {{Invoked|Trope}} and {{defied|Trope}} examples are the best ones.˛˛----˛!Examples:˛˛[[index]]˛* BeautyEqualsGoodness/{{Literature}}˛[[/index]]˛˛!!(Mostly) Straight examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Anime and Manga]]˛* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': If you're attractive (or at least ordinary) without looking downright creepy, then you're likely a member of Class-E in one way or another. The only exception to this seems to be Koro-sensei and the four 3-E delinquents (not counting Karma). It's even lampshaded when two girls in a higher-ranking class note that 3-E's PE teacher, the young government agent Karasuma, is rather attractive, and that all of the guys and teachers in their class are ugly and mean.˛** Koro-sensei's appearance plays with this trope. His face will change from "good" to "evil" (pitch black for extreme anger) if anyone tries to push his BerserkButton (hurting his students or seeing [[spoiler:Itona Horibe's tentacles]]. Then inverted with [[spoiler:his original, human appearance, which shows that he used to be a pretty handsome man before the experiments he endured turned him into the creature he is today]].˛** Averted with Kaho Tsuchiya of 3-C. Beautiful? Yes. [[{{Jerkass}} Cold-hearted, manipulative, vile witch]]? An undisputed affirmative. Played straight when she shows her true face.˛** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in Takaoka: his cartoony (well, more cartoony) smiley face masks a vicious streak a mile wide.˛** The doctor who [[spoiler:turned an extremely skilled but still human assassin into the superhuman Koro-sensei]] looks rather attractive at first; then he starts referring to his secret human test subject as a disposable guinea pig ("he doesn't have a family registry so it doesn't matter if he dies"), smashes a vial of ''something'' on an assistant's head, and strikes his other assistant/slave/[[spoiler: wife via arranged pity-marriage]] on the head with a computer tablet ''repeatedly''. By the time [[spoiler: the (first/original) God of Death]] KO's him through a solid plexiglass barrier his good looks have gone a bit off.˛* In the DVDCommentary for ''Anime/GhostInTheShell: Innocence'', [[Creator/MamoruOshii the director]] laments that he asked the animators to make sure a young female character was ''NOT'' cute. But they just couldn't help themselves.˛* Franchise/{{Gundam}} examples (basic fact: since about ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' nearly all major characters were relatively beautiful unrelated to their alignment. Even the franchises' morally ambiguous masked men hardly ever wear them to hide ugly scars and the like.˛** The most obvious subversion would be Dozle Zabi. While the ugliest of the Zabi family by far, he's also probably the nicest aside from Garma. His final act in the One Year War is to HoldTheLine to buy time for his wife and daughter to get to safety.˛** {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': When OZ goes to apprehend Duo's space shuttle, Lady Une muses that they should kill the pilot if he's attractive but let him live if he's ugly. Her reason: they can use an ugly pilot as a scapegoat when they do bad stuff; but if the pilot is handsome, the people would be more likely to sympathize and follow him. Her orders, however, are just to kill him. In the actual series, everyone is attractive [[note]] Well, OK, except for the {{Mad Scientist}}s who trained the pilots. [[/note]], so it's the same difference.˛** Many of the Gundam series also feature this distinction between the heroes' Gundams and the bad guy's mobile suits. The Gundams almost always have a very humanoid appearance and more human-like faces. The bad guy's mobile suits typically almost always are more mechanical and aggressive looking, such as the cyclopean Zakus and many other Zeon mobile suits, and machines like the walking tank Anf of Gundam 00. ˛* {{Bishonen}} Rokudo Mukuro from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', shown before to be a horrible, ManipulativeBastard with no regard for human life, is later given a few humanizing traits and is depicted as not being ''completely'' evil, with hints that he's just being stubborn with hiding that he doesn't really hate Tsuna anymore (most notably stated by Tsuna, who is convinced that [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter he is, deep down, not such a bad person]]). He's still pretty darn evil, though.˛* In ''Manga/BioMeatNectar'', the older and uglier you are, the more likely you will be a completely nasty person who gets eaten alive.˛* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': Usagi at least seems to think this way. This is how she tries to stand up for Rei (who at this point she knows next to nothing about as a person) from a trio of women harassing her:˛--> '''Usagi:''' "How can you guys accuse such a beautiful girl?!"˛** Then again this is [[DumbBlonde Usagi]] we're talking about, who is kind of shallow at this stage of the story (if we're being honest) but still an AllLovingHero nonetheless˛* When the Rogue Titan makes its debut in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' the audience immediately knows it to be different from the other titans as it not only saved Mikasa from being eaten but possesses a far more toned and better-proportioned body than the average titan. [[spoiler: It's actually played with- humanlike proportions are common to most Titan Shifters, most of whom are morally ambiguous at best.]]˛** This was even lampshaded by Mikasa in the ''Abridged On Titan'' web series where she refers to the Rogue Titan as the "Sexy Titan."˛* ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'': When they first encounter each other, Blossom and Mojo Jojo get along just fine, and Blossom instructs Mojo on a good way to eat a sandwich cookie. However, when they both realize that one of them is beautiful and the other is ugly, they realize that they must be enemies, and they start fighting.˛* Played straight in ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}''. Are you ugly? Get yourself a life insurance. Are you hot? Redemption road is right over there. Curiously, this does not apply to [[spoiler:female characters]] who die anyway.˛* Played straight in ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund''. All the vampires can turn into a true form. Guess who's true form looks like a center fold with some strategically placed armor.˛* Inverted in ''Manga/DeathNote'' as the Kiras are all conventionally attractive while the [[BlackAndGrayMorality good guys]] are an albino, a skinny guy with messy hair and a guy with a disfiguring facial scar (although they are considered attractive by the fandom). This may be a subverted inversion (if there is such a thing) because the Kiras are [[VillainProtagonist technically the main characters, or at least one of them.]]˛* ''Manga/OnePiece'': ˛** There are many [[UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain good-looking bad guys and bad-looking good guys]] but Chapter 764 is a little special: Every single [[{{gonk}} grotesque person]] is a heartless [[DrJerk Doctor (and Nurse) Jerk]] who turned away a dying child [[spoiler: future badass pirate surgeon Trafalgar Law]] because they thought he was contagious (he wasn't, his disease was caused by pollution). Fortunately being ugly made it easier to watch the boy's companion [[spoiler: Corazon, incredibly BigBad Doflamingo's secretly kindhearted brother]] destroy them and their hospitals.˛** Most World Nobles are malformed and ugly, but St. Homing and his wife, rare examples of ''nice'' World Nobles, look fairly normal and even pretty. [[spoiler: He passed on his good looks, but not his good morals, to his child Doflamingo.]]˛** It turns out Sabo himself is a noble and is the only child noble who looks attractive, especially when compared to the {{Gonk}} looking spoiled brats. He's also a TokenGoodTeammate. [[spoiler:It even seems to [[EvilMakesYouUgly affect reformed Nobles]]; Mjosgard's return came with both a revealed HeelFaceTurn as he renounced his aristocratically malevolent ways ''and'' a sizeable improvement to his looks.]]˛** Shanks is the nicest of the Four Emperors, and also the prettiest. Whitebeard is second-nicest, and while he's not handsome like Shanks is, he's at least human-looking. Big Mom is cruel and psychotically unstable, and she's ''hideous'' (Though [[IWasQuiteALooker she was a quite looker]] as a young adult), and the tyrannical Kaido looks monstrous.˛* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' reveals that Dio Brando has at least four sons. They're all very handsome, except for Ungaro, who looks like [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/jjba/images/4/47/UngaroChar.png this.]] He also works for the main villain of Part 6, though two of his better-looking brothers are working for him too.˛* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': Starve Venom Fusion Dragon is a horrific BodyHorror monster that scares many people by its look alone. As one way of attacking: it grows its mouth wings into large mouths that devour people and monsters whole, fitting to its carnivorous plant motif. [[spoiler:Once it fuses with Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon to become Supreme King Violet Dragon - Odd-Eyes Venom Dragon, it gets purified and gains a beautiful (yet still somewhat terrifying) appearance. Odd-Eyes Venom Dragon is so beautiful that even Asuka, who used to hate Fusions because they were used to hurt people, is astonished by its appearance alone. When Odd-Eyes Venom uses its Monster Effect to gain more ATK, its wings spread yellow energy, making it look like a blooming flower. It also replaces the carnivorous plant motif for a [[CherryBlossoms chery blossom]] motif. And unlike the other two Pendulum hybrids, its "WhatBeautifulEyes" description is the opposite of them; its "gem-like eyes are shining in kindness".]]˛* Etienne of ''Manga/InnocentsShounenJuujigun'' is an ethereal beauty with white hair, stunning blue eyes, and fine features. He's also an AllLovingHero who is genuinely kinder than most humans are even capable of. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Art]]˛* The beauty of Creator/{{Michelangelo|Buonarroti}}'s ''Art/{{David}}'' is meant to reflect the Dave's holiness, which is why he has features that would not be expected of an Iron Age Jewish boy, like a seventeen-foot figure or an uncircumcised penis. Michelangelo considered those traits to be signs of ideal beauty and perfection, so when depicting an ancestor of [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Christ]], he took artistic liberties to convey David's virtues visually. (He was also inspired by Ancient Greek statues.)˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Ballads]]˛* In Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} "Literature/SirAldingar", the mysterious, possibly angelic champion who fights for the queen.˛-->''A louelie child was hee;'' ˛* In the ballad "Zu Bacharach am Rheine" by the Romantic poet Clemens Brentano, the world is first introduced to Brentano's creation, the magic-wielding Loreley, who brought doom on whoever fell in love with her. The local bishop has her arraigned before his ecclesiastical court, but he cannot condemn her because she is so beautiful:˛-->''Der Bischof ließ sie laden''˛-->''Vor geistliche Gewalt--''˛-->''Und mußte sie begnaden,''˛-->''So schön war ihr Gestalt.''˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* Creator/JackKirby's ''[[ComicBook/TheEternals Eternals]]'' are physical specimens of godlike perfection, while the Deviants are hideously mutated.˛** Subverted, as about half of the Eternals are jerks, while the Deviants aren't that evil. Played straight with Comicbook/{{Thanos}} of Titan, who is an eternal but had the latent Deviant gene. His brother is handsome and the demigod of love, while Thanos is monstrous, with purple skin, black eyes and a wrinkled chin and completely evil.˛*** And Karkas, whom everyone acknowledges to be the most hideous Deviant, is a DefectorFromDecadence and one of the good guys.˛* ''Comicbook/XMen'' is often pretty good about averting this by having heroes like ComicBook/{{Beast|MarvelComics}} who have really freakish mutations, or Franchise/{{Wolverine}} (arguably the most famous of the X-Men) being depicted, both in the art and by the other characters, as a "short, square-built, hairy and smelly man". However, note that almost all of the "grotesque but benevolent" mutants in the X-canon are male. There's a definite double standard there. And they're still frequently drawn as being generically attractive.˛** In an arc of ''Comicbook/XMen'' spinoff ''Comicbook/NewMutants'', one of the characters, Karma, was possessed by the evil Shadow King, [[EvilMakesYouUgly who caused her to become morbidly obese from overeating]]. In the following arc (after Karma rejoins the team), Karma is promptly (and conveniently) dropped into a desert where she sheds her fat in record time and becomes hot again.˛** Perhaps the biggest X-Men example is Marrow, a Morlock with the LovecraftianSuperpower of [[BadWithTheBone pulling her own bones out to use as weapons.]] She first appeared as a terrorist; she was distinctly unattractive, with random bones sticking out of her body and skin like a prune. Marrow was later plucked from obscurity and reimagined as a member of the X-Men, but the writer apparently didn't like the idea of having an ugly woman on the team. To fix this, he had her get badly injured during an off-world mission, which led to her being revived via an advanced alien medical device. The procedure had the convenient side effect of transforming Marrow from a hideous freak into a pouty-lipped babe with flawless skin, with Comicbook/{{Gambit}} speculating that the machine had given her more control over her mutation. She still had the bones sticking out, but those were eventually done away with too in the later ''Weapon X'' series. When she returned to villainy years later in ''Comicbook/XFactor'', she went back to having a homely appearance (though not ''nearly'' as ugly as her original look).˛** When ComicBook/{{Rogue}} originally appeared, she was A) a villain and B) drawn to be very butch and homely. [[ProgressivelyPrettier Nowadays]]...˛** In ''Comicbook/NewMutants'' number 47 (entitled "My Heart for the Highlands"), several of the team find themselves in 14th century Scotland and fight on behalf of Robert the Bruce. Afterward, Doug Ramsey has a question, and the answer implies this trope:˛---> '''Doug:''' Pardon my asking sir, but--Aren't you afraid of us? We pop up out of nowhere, wielding fantastic powers. You've only our word that we're not demons or worse.\˛'''Robert the Bruce:''' True Douglas--But any hadesspawn able to assume so young an innocent, an' noble a seeming deserves our respect rather than our fear--for that demon has become more human than most men.˛** In the original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the only two conventionally-attractive members, ComicBook/ScarletWitch and ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, were also the only members who weren't actually evil, and soon did a HeelFaceTurn.˛* In ''Comicbook/ElfQuest'', the distinction between in-group (elves) and out-group (humans and trolls) has been striking from the get-go. Elves are the embodiment of otherworldly beauty, while HumansAreUgly and idiosyncratic and trolls are bulbous and warty. While a few humans and the occasional troll are easy on the eyes, they are nothing compared to the elves -- even evil elves, even genocidal elves, they're never ugly. See, {{humans are|TheRealMonsters}} the enemy and trolls are untrustworthy, but "[[OurElvesAreBetter All elves are one]]". You can kill humans and trolls in self-defense, but [[ApeShallNeverKillApe Elves Don't Kill Elves]] no matter the provocation. Recent years have seen these principles change. More and more humans have been joining the list of allies, so the in-group/out-group distinction is weakening significantly. The "Elves Don't Kill Elves" prohibition has been broken on a few occasions and no longer elicits the [[HeroicBSOD agonizing guilt]] that Strongbow felt over Kureel (the first such killing). Now that Wendy Pini isn't [always] doing the art herself, certain artists draw humans all but indistinguishable from elves (which means as beautiful as elves). They look so similar that a human wearing ceremonial elf ears leaves you wondering, not about the ears, but if his ''thumb and four fingers'' are a mistake -- a confusion that would never have been possible in the early books. The whole thing is at least mildly justified, anyway: elves are a different ''species'' from both humans and trolls, usually have access to healing magic that the latter don't, and their ancestors deliberately took forms that would appeal to humans in preparation for making contact (they just didn't count on getting thrown thousands of years backwards in time and losing most of their magic in the process). WordOfGod has it that the Wolfriders, the tribe who had to fight humans most often, even went out of their way to deliberately prevent or eliminate ''scars'' whenever possible in order to present a more formidable face to their enemies, who'd just have been encouraged by the notion that their weapons could actually leave marks on the 'forest spirits'.˛* Many ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery villains]] are deformed in some way - ComicBook/TheJoker's skin is bleached white and he has a permanent smile, Comicbook/TwoFace is scarred down half of his body, Mr. Freeze's skin is an unearthly white, Clayface is a giant goop monster, [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Killer Croc is reptilian in appearance]], and ComicBook/ThePenguin resembles his namesake animal. In fairness, though, most of the time these deformities are part of what caused them to become villainous in the first place, and there are a few better-looking villains like ComicBook/PoisonIvy. (Oddly, those characters all seem to be female. [[MostWritersAreMale Funny how that works.]])˛** In ''ComicBook/BatmanWhiteKnight'', The Joker is cured of his insanity and his skin tone is restored to its original color, allowing Jack Napier to emerge. He stops wearing goofy or garish clothing and instead dons much more stylish clothing and combs his now brown, formerly messy hair. The colors associated with being a Secondary Color Nemesis are also downplayed, limiting them to his neckties.˛* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' ("Recap/TintinTheCalculusAffair"). Tintin and Captain Haddock witness their friend Professor Calculus being carried off by mysterious figures when another group ambushes them. When Haddock asks which side they should help, Tintin evokes this trope by telling him to hit the ugliest ones. Haddock is then confronted by two brawling mooks, each as ugly as the other. So he [[TakeAThirdOption bangs their heads together]]. (As it turns out, the "rescuers" are trying to kidnap Calculus as well).˛* Played [[{{Anvilicious}} laughably straight]] in almost anything by [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]]. In fact, people ''go ugly as soon as we find out they [[HollywoodAtheist disagree with Jack]]''. The only exception is that strange tract about homosexuality, where Satan is [[WalkingShirtlessScene constantly shirtless]] and has obviously been working out. Is there something you want to tell us, Jack?˛* ComicStrip/DickTracy villains are almost universally malformed and ugly. Prune Face is the most extreme example. The hero, by contrast, is a handsome square-jawed detective.˛* Played oh-so straight for years on end with the family of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] villain Dr. Sivana. Sivana himself could be kindly described as a stunted little troll with [[BaldOfEvil no hair]] and a face only a mother could love: evil. He has four kids. Georgia is her father, only female and with hair: evil. Thaddeus is his dad mark 2: evil. Magnificus apparently comes from a completely different family, with golden hair and absolutely no deformities: good. Beautia, winner of the All-Time Prize for Least Subtle Name, is absolutely stunning: good. Captain Marvel himself: physically Superman in red, and the hero.˛* Nancy Callahan in ''Comicbook/SinCity'' is the most noble and innocent character in the series and is described as the most beautiful.˛* Comicbook/CaptainAmerica is the perfect male specimen, especially by Nazi standards, with blond hair, blue eyes, and a perfect body. His ArchEnemy Comicbook/RedSkull has a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin red skull]].˛* One ''Series/DoctorWho'' annual strip from the 1970s, "The Traitor", displayed a really literal example. The {{Human Alien|s}} civilisation in the story has 'a psyche that is their form' and anyone significantly hideous is invariably murderous, stupid and evil. The planet the Doctor has landed on is their form of an 'asylum', a planet where the suns give out a special radiation that allows these people to live normal lives. The Doctor cluelessly helps them off the planet, and when they're away in the spaceship they transform into horrible monsters - the Doctor then [[ShootTheDog tricks them back into returning to the planet for their own good]] and cries about it in the final panel. It's pretty grim for a strip aimed at eight-year-olds.˛* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' are pretty bad for this. If a character shows up in a comic who looks mean or ugly, you can bet dollars to donuts he's a rotten guy with no redeeming traits. Ethel Muggs started out as an AbhorrentAdmirer / StalkerWithACrush and was pretty hard on the eyes, but as the comics have gone on she's been redesigned to be quite pretty along with being a much nicer and likable person ([[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ethel_muggs_6176.jpeg compare her old and new designs]]). The only subversion to this is Cheryl Blossom because she's played up as a rival and enemy of Betty and Veronica, and she's not ''that'' bad to begin with since she's basically a RichBitch who does have some genuinely redeeming qualities.˛* Prevalent, if only subtly, in ''Franchise/WonderWoman''. Both pre- and post-Crisis the character tended to have WorldsMostBeautifulWoman as one of her Olympus-given powers, while most of her villains (especially Dr. Psycho) are the definition of {{Gonk}}. If she ''does'' come up against a beautiful female villain, DefeatMeansFriendship will often come into play, especially during [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks the Golden Age]]. On the other had, one of her [[ArchEnemy arch-enemies]] the God of War Ares, who is usually depicted as a sinister red-eyed armored figure whose evil children happen to look ugly because of their parentage, is revealed to be [[https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/0/6535/5822352-aresrebirth.png very handsome underneath]].˛* In ''{{ComicBook/Reborn}}'', individuals are reborn in the afterlife in fantastical new forms depending on whether they are good or evil. For example, [[TheHeroine Bonnie]] turns into a [[MsFanservice young and voluptuous blonde woman]] upon dying of old age in the human world and ending up in the next one while her best friend Estelle turns into a [[StatuesqueStunner tall and beautiful fairy queen]]. On the other hand, evil people turn into Darklanders, who range from ugly to outright demonic: [[EvilOverlord Lord Golgotha]] (who used to be a serial killer on Earth) looks like a grey skinned demon and an AlphaBitch from Bonnie's high school becomes a cybernetic abomination.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fairy Tales]]˛* [[DoubleSubversion Double subverted]] in "[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27826/27826-h/27826-h.htm#Page_9 The Blue Parrot]]". The daughter of the swan fairy is shocked that the handsome portrait she had fallen in love with belongs to such a rude man -- but they soon discover that he's an impostor. Rescuing the true king finds him both courteous and handsome.˛** The illustrations play it straight for Hermosa, the swan fairy's daughter, and Riquette, Ismenor's daughter. Hermosa is depicted as beautiful, while Riquette is depicted as ugly and apelike.˛* Similarly in "[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2435/2435-h/2435-h.htm#link2H_4_0034 The Colony of Cats]]" -- the older cats rebuke the kittens, saying that all the servants can't be pretty, but Peppina proves to be as bad as she is ugly, where Lizina was pretty and good.˛* Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty... pretty much every heroine in every fairy tale is always described as being beautiful.˛* ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has both [[MeaningfulName Beauty]] who's depicted as the epitome of outer and inner beauty and the Beast who starts out ugly but turns into a handsome prince when Beauty realizes she loves him.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fan Works]]˛* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Italy couldn't bring himself to hate the homophobe who had beaten and nearly raped him, Italy didn't despise the bully who singled him out shortly after that ordeal, Italy never hated Austria who had [[AbusiveParents abused him for hundreds of years]], he never resented Germany for the poor treatment he received, he never was angry at Japan for the coldness exhibited towards him, etc. He is also described as being beautiful as both Germany ''and'' Japan.˛* Aside from the above, [[{{Technopath}} Electro]] is described as being quite ugly in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''. This is notable, as the other heroes aren't particularly beautiful either. ˛* ''Fanfic/KnowledgeIsPower'': Many words are spent on how ugly the antagonists are (as well as how beautiful the male protagonists' wives and girlfriends are). Notably, Millicent's shift from rapist to love interest (in a "Humour/Romance" fic!) is accompanied by her working out and losing weight.˛* ''FanFic/{{Pokeumans}}'': Asula the Milotic, regarded as the most beautiful Pokemon species, serves as the BigGood of the story.˛* Emphasized in ''Fanfic/HogwartsSchoolOfPrayerAndMiracles'' by the narration regarding Hermione.˛-->A woman taking pride in her appearance is honoring the Lord; because after all, it is the Lord who gave her a pretty face and nice hair. Taking care of that is important! Harry got the feeling that Hermione was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.˛* Jack is easily the cutest-looking character in the entirety of ''Cave Story Versus I M Meen'', and he is the main protagonist.˛* In ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'', this is [[PlayingWithATrope played with]], like in the [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire source]] [[Series/GameOfThrones material.]]˛** On the one hand, many of the good characters are noted to be beautiful. Lucas and Leonard are both described as handsome, Argella and Raenna are stunningly beautiful and Samantha and Maya regularly get their fair share of admirers as well and all of them are good guys, more or less.˛** On the other hand, a noticeable number of attractive characters are very evil and some of them use this trope to hide it. Sherryl is the most prominent example and a ManipulativeBitch on top, but Harmund and Wolfius are noted to have handsome qualities as well, even if they are AxCrazy psychopaths.˛** The number of {{Mooks}} that are described as plain or outright ugly is also noticeably high.˛* In ''Fanfic/KarmaInRetrograde'', Touya is a Todoroki and thus an [[ChickMagnet instant heartthrob]] the moment he's gotten out of his RummageSaleReject outfit and into clothes that capitalize on his TroubledButCute good looks. As the serial killer Dabi, he's heavily scarred all over with piercings all over his face. Touya can barely recognize himself when he sees Dabi's picture, saying that he "looks like the walking dead".˛* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{ResurrectedMemories}}'': This story [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] on the issue as the girls are attractive regardless of alignment. Examples include Paulina and Penelope Spectra (bad), Sam, Jazz, and Valerie (good).˛** [[spoiler: Ember herself is considered to be very attractive both as a human and as a ghost and her own alignment [[HeelFaceTurn shifts from bad to neutral to good]] during the story.]]˛* ''Fanfic/TheManyDatesOfDannyFenton'' (''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' WesternAnimation, [[{{Series}} TV Series]], and ComicBooks.): [[AvertedTrope Averted]] and [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] since the girls Danny goes out with are considered attractive to some point, regardless of their moral alignment. One exception could be Vicky, since Danny, even before being exposed to her nasty nature, couldn't bring himself to call her pretty.˛* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] all over the place with both the heroes and villains. Godzilla Junior is the BigGood of the kaiju and intentionally acts as a protector yet he looks monstrous with blood red sclera, massive canine teeth, numerous scars, and a huge body even as a unicorn; ''but'' he looks far less mutated than his morally neutral father and grandfather. The alicorn princesses Celestia, Luna, and Cadance are along with other Equestrian heroes and heroines absolutely beautiful and handsome, with morality to fit it to this trope; but extremely heinous villains like the murdering King Sombra and genocidal Queen Crysalis aren't hard on the eyes either. It is played fairly straight with the worst villains however, as completely vile kaiju like Grand King Ghidorah and Gaira are noticeably more hideous than morally gray individuals like Xenilla.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Animated]]˛* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Gorgeous redhead heroine Ariel compared to the grossly overweight evil Ursula; same with the sequel when you compare Ariel's pretty daughter Melody and Ursula's ugly, skeletal sister Morgana.˛* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'': The BigBad is FatBastard Radcliffe in comparison to the Adonis-like heroic John Smith. ˛* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': Cinderella is prettier and much nicer than her cartoonish and mean stepsisters. And the stepsister Anastasia becomes cuter in the sequels as her inner goodness develops.˛* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': The boyish good-looking hero Aladdin compared to creepy rakishly-thin BigBad Jafar. ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'' also has Aladdin's handsome NobleDemon father Cassim and his EvilCounterpart, the hulking, scary-looking AmbiguouslyHuman Sa'Luk.˛* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': The human-looking Chinese heroes against the monstrous-looking Huns.˛* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' the Boggans are ugly, and the animals they use as mounts (bats, crows, and a star-nosed mole) are ones that are generally disliked by humans. Whereas the Leafmen are all good-looking and ride hummingbirds.˛* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' actually both plays this straight and inverts this: The good guys are a shiny American racecar, a pair of shiny British spy cars, and a rusty American tow truck, while the bad guys are all mean, beaten-up Lemons, led by [[spoiler: a malfunctioning British SUV posing as an electric car]].˛* ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' features a rare, ''justified'' version of this trope. The Outsider lions are scraggly and have duller, scruffier coats. But that's because they were living in a barren wasteland and likely had poor diets, so naturally they were going to be leaner and their coats would be less bright. By the end, [[spoiler: the outsider lions come to live in the pridelands and they have the same body build as the rest of the prideland lions]].˛* ''WesternAnimation/Cinderella3D'': The titular and good Cinderella is the most beautiful of all the characters, whereas the step mother and her daughters are as ugly inside as they look.˛* ''WesternAnimation/{{Faeries 1999}}'' had the good, beautiful faeries vs. the evil, ugly Shapeshifter and his minions. Though the Prince does hint they're ugly ''because'' they're evil.˛* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'': When a pirate ship pulls up alongside our heroes' iceberg, several hideous, raggedy pirates of conventionally "ugly" races like sea lions and warthogs put their heads over the rails, followed by the well-groomed, feminine saber-tooth Shira, the only normal-looking animal in the crew, and expectably, pulls a HighHeelFaceTurn at the middle. Sid even nudges Diego, pointing out the obvious {{Love Interest|s}}.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* Made explicit in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. All three characters are unscrupulous to some degree, but the most conventionally handsome character, Blondie, played by Creator/ClintEastwood, is "the Good," and the de facto hero. However, the villain of the film is the hawkish featured "Bad" and not "[[VillainProtagonist the Ugly]]," who is more of a LovableRogue (and HollywoodHomely to boot). ˛* Zig-zagged with ''Film/TheGoodTheBadTheWeird''. Do-won, "The Good", is ridiculously good looking, but so is the "Bad", Chang-yi. However, the "Weird", Tae-goo, who is stout and pudgy, was, at least in his past, arguably the most morally repellent.˛* ''Franchise/StarWars'' plays this straight with all human characters, to the point that ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' shows both Palpatine becoming the way he looked in the original trilogy within minutes of the Jedi discovering he's a Sith Lord, and Darth Vader lost his once good looks shortly after turning to the dark side.˛* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', the Good Witches are pretty, and the Wicked Witches are ugly. Glinda says straight up that "Only bad witches are ugly". (And yet, [[FridgeLogic she had to ask]] if Dorothy was a good or bad witch.)˛* Conversed and played completely straight in the {{sequel}} to ''Film/{{Zenon}}''. When the aliens finally show up at the end, they are EnergyBeings who travel in a butterfly/manta ray style space ship that shifts between pastel, Easter egg colors of pink, blue, yellow, etc. When a character asks if these aliens might be hostile, Zenon replies, with no irony and a completely straight face, "Nobody could have a ship that beautiful and be evil." She was right; they were good aliens who saved their lives and repaired the space station.˛* At the start of ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'', Creator/SamuelLJackson describes a comic cover in art-critic detail, commenting on the villain's inhumanely big head. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, he reveals to the hero that he was always meant to be the villain because of his brittle bones. "They called me 'Mr. Glass'"]]˛* This trope is always so much fun to observe whenever UsefulNotes/ElizabethI and [[UsefulNotes/MaryOfScotland Mary, Queen of Scots]] pop up. If the story is focusing on Mary, she will be rather pretty, whilst Elizabeth will look like an ugly old hag. But if it's Elizabeth in the spotlight, she's always portrayed as having far more grace and beauty, whilst Mary is transformed into a woman whose bitterness is shown quite clearly on her plain (if she's lucky) face. Expect the ugly one to have crows' feet, and any ugly Elizabeth will have hair exactly the wrong shade of red and far too much white makeup on. The irony of this is that both Elizabeth and Mary would have been seen as ''absolutely freaking gorgeous'' in our time at age twenty-five - they both resembled Creator/NicoleKidman in face and in body. Neither of them aged as well, but what can you expect in the 16th century?˛* This comes in three layers in ''WesternAnimation/TheTaleOfDespereaux''. The cute mouse and porcelain-skinned princess are good, the plain but not hideous Mig and Rascuro are susceptible to evil urges, and the ugly other rats are AlwaysChaoticEvil. Although the movie does state that the princess was partly at fault, for being rude to Mig and flat-out screaming at Rascuro when he tries to apologize.˛* In ''Film/INowPronounceYouChuckAndLarry'', anyone who disagrees with gay marriage (or homosexuality in general) is noticeably unattractive. Watch again and you'll see. Characters who are borderline attractive are also on the fence regarding gay rights, and invariably back up the titular couple in the end. Obviously, this isn't so much "good and evil" as it is "backing up our message with visual cues," but still.˛* Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' plays this trope straight. The White Queen is gorgeous and Alice is pretty as well, whereas the Red Queen is very strange-looking. But it also seriously subverts it with the Mad Hatter and [[spoiler: the Bandersnatch]]. And also Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, and the March Hare. It's also worth pointing out that the Red Queen herself is aware of this trope, telling her sister at one point that she can't get her way for once just by blinking her "pretty eyes".˛* Played straight in the [[TheFilmOfTheBook film version]] of ''Film/{{Matilda}}''. All the evil characters are either unattractive or just average, whereas Matilda's heaven-sent teacher Miss Honey is probably the only good looking person in the movie. Not counting the cute little innocent kids, that is. This gets a bit silly when the tackily-made-up, unattractively-voiced Mrs. Wormwood starts lecturing Miss Honey about the merits of books versus looks. That's how it was in [[Literature/{{Matilda}} the book]] as well. If anything, the drawings of Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood were ''uglier'' than their live-action counterparts (Mr. Wormwood looked a bit like a rodent and Mrs. Wormwood is described as being plump, with obviously-dyed hair and a "suet-pudding" face).˛* Played very straight in ''Film/SolomonKane'', where Kane in the start is ragged and crazy-looking with his messy beard and hair, and his crazy LargeHam expressions, but after doing HeelFaceTurn he smoothes out his facial hair and becomes ruggedly handsome. Likewise, when TheDragon recruits warriors, he does some kind of demonic possession-thing where the recruits receive horrible scars, black eyes and bad teeth, [[NoOntologicalInertia all which go away when they die.]] Oh, and TheDragon himself is horribly scarred under his mask, and the BigBad invokes TwoFaced appearance with his tattoos.˛* Played depressingly straight in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection''. [[PerfectPacifistPeople The]] [[SpaceAmish Bak'u]] look like catalog models, while [[DesignatedVillain the Son'a]] look like Music/MichaelJackson after 20 too many facelifts.˛* Creator/JohnWayne's 1968 pro-[[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam War]] project ''Film/TheGreenBerets'' played this straight with a young Creator/GeorgeTakei as a handsome South Vietnamese commander, and his Viet Cong counterpart as anything but.˛* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', all three witches appear beautiful at first. Her stunning appearance is what convinces Oz that [[spoiler:Glinda]] is good, though, given his TheCasanova character, it's not perhaps astounding that a pretty face turns his head.˛* It's implied that the SuperSoldier serum in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' horrifically mutates bad men and amplifies the attractiveness in good ones. This would explain the [[BigBad Red Skull]]'s deformation and [[NiceGuy Steve]] [[HeroicBuild getting more buff]].˛* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'': As a consequence of AdaptationalHeroism and AdaptationalAttractiveness, Charles Xavier's good looks are emblematic of his good heart in the [[Film/XMenFirstClass First Class]] [[Film/XMenApocalypse trilogy]]. Even when his younger self is a BrokenBird in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', he's still an UnkemptBeauty, which means that his heroic side has merely been suppressed, not extinguished.˛* Played straight with Adam in ''Film/IFrankenstein''. At first, he's very obviously a creature stitched from different parts, as shown by the stitches on his face. However, throughout the movie, the stitches get less and less noticeable. By the end, he could easily pass for a human with a few scars. It doesn't hurt that he looks like Creator/AaronEckhart. This signifies him moving away from being a mindless animal who is only out for himself and finding a purpose in life [[spoiler:and developing a soul]]. Averted with the gargoyles and the demons. They both look unattractive in their true form, while their human appearances vary.˛* The Autobots in the ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'' have humanoid appearances so that audiences can identify as them as the good guys. They have humanoid faces and bodies and five-fingered hands, even [[HeelFaceTurn Jetfire]]. Also, they always talk in English, even when there are no humans around. [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime subverts it.]] Meanwhile, most Decepticons have animalistic appearances and communicate with animal noises and Cybertronian language, in order to highlight their alien nature.˛* The Kurosawa film ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}'' inverts this with Chamberlain Mutsuta and Superintendent Kikui. The Chamberlain describes himself as having a "horse face", which lead the warriors to mistrust him despite his being an honorable man, while they initially assume that Kikui is a good man who will aid them in dealing with the corrupt officials because he's handsome when he's really their ringleader. Also inverted with a couple of ugly but well-meaning young sidekicks. Played straight with Sanjuro, who is scruffy but very handsome.˛* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', the only sign of ComicBook/{{Gamora}}'s cyborg augmentation is some ridging on her face, which looks as if it might even be her species' natural bone structure. By contrast, her EvilCounterpart and former friend ComicBook/{{Nebula|MarvelComics}} has a metal strip across her face including a cybernetic eye and one clearly cybernetic arm. In the sequel, it's explained that Thanos used to make the two of them fight and would order a piece cut off the loser and replaced with cybernetics. Gamora kept winning the fights, so she didn't end up with as many cybernetic parts as Nebula. [[spoiler: Also, Nebula makes a HeelFaceTurn after the two of them reconcile.]]˛* Subverted in two German live-action adaptations of ''Frau Holle'' (in 1977 and 2008): the bad sister is, in fact, a lot prettier than the good one – and because of that, she's not merely lazy and rude but also extremely vain. Then double subverted as these adaptations are also the ones to include a HeelFaceTurn for her (combined with washing off the pitch). ˛* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' is very rife with this: the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Spartans]] exemplify [[GorgeousGreek Greek beef-cakery]] with their [[MrFanservice heroically buff and muscular builds]], while the [[TheEmpire evil Persians]] run gamut of a GrotesqueGallery with several monsters in their army and even the ''[[RoyalHarem harem girls]] look bizarre''. Interestingly, of the two Spartan traitors, Ephialtes is highly deformed but is the most sympathetic at least compared to [[SmugSnake Theron]]. The second movie tones this down by presenting the Persians in a more conventional manner and the villain [[TheBaroness Artemisia]] being a case of EvilIsSexy.˛* In ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes1977'', Ruby has no physical deformities and is by far the most attractive member of the Clan; she is also its WhiteSheep who [[spoiler: does anything she can to help the traveling family that the other members of her family have victimized]].˛* In Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban the friend group of Harry’s father James is revealed. Two members of the group are conventionally handsome (James and Remus), [[spoiler:one still looks good even if a little worn down from being on the run for the entire movie (Sirius), and one is overweight and ugly (Peter).]] Guess which one is revealed to be the DirtyCoward who defected to [[BigBad Voldemort’s]] side?˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* The major subplot of the ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'' episode "Eye of the Beholder" plays with and then toes the line of this trope from the [[ADayInTheLimelight heroic perspective of a minor character]]. [[EvilPlan In order to obtain custody of his 'son' Caleb]], [[ManipulativeBastard Sheriff Buck]] tries to discredit Dr. Crower as a potential legal guardian by [[{{Backstory}} revealing his past difficulties with alcohol]]. To attest to this, he needs the aid of an orderly at the hospital who worked with Matt before he came to Trinity. When the orderly refuses, Buck sends his wife a magic mirror which swiftly turns her into a [[SexIsEvil tempting]] [[TheVamp seductress]]. The orderly breaks the mirror... which also horribly disfigures his wife. Freed from the spell, she urges him to refuse Buck's deal and stand by his friend Matt instead, and he professes to [[AnAesop love her no matter what she looks like]]. Despite this and the name of the episode, the orderly inexplicably does Buck's bidding--and though his testimony is as unbiased as possible, and Buck doesn't get his hands on Caleb due to a delicious BaitAndSwitch ChekhovsGun from earlier in the episode, the sheriff still keeps his end of the deal by rewarding the orderly, restoring his wife's beauty so they can leave town in peace and good conscience.˛* Played with in the TV movie ''America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story''. Two female mourners outside of the home of John and Carolyn include a beautiful brunette[[note]]Played by ''Anime/SailorMoon'' voice actress Katie Griffin, who portrayed Sailor Mars[[/note]] and an unattractive redhead. While both women are GossipyHens who don't like John's wife ([[GreenEyedMonster for obvious reasons]]), the brunette at least expresses genuine sympathy for Carolyn's mother over the tragedy.˛* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':˛** Played uncomfortably straight with the Cylons--the good (or at least sympathetic) Cylons are played by attractive young actors and actresses (Six, Boomer/Athena, D'Anna, [[spoiler:Anders, Chief Tyrol]]), the more morally doubtful (Leoben, [[spoiler:Tigh]]) are older and less conventionally attractive, and the outright evil (Cavil) is the ugliest and oldest of the lot. Then again, [[spoiler:Tory]] is both young and attractive and also morally doubtful, and her actions have resulted in her seeming far less sympathetic. And given D'Anna was willing even in her last (S4) appearance [[spoiler:to wipe out humanity even after they helped resurrect her]] she probably deserves to be in the morally doubtful region along with [[spoiler:Tory]].˛** The (only) perfectly upstanding character, Karl Agathon, is [[MeaningfulName named after]] this trope (see "Kalos kai Agathos" above).˛* Perhaps surprisingly, given its self-awareness, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' often falls victim to this trope. Apart from the Slayers themselves (who are all stunning), all the other major good guy characters are attractive, even HollywoodHomely Willow, while the demons are usually hideous. True, there are ''some'' [[EvilIsSexy good looking villains]], (Spike, Angelus, Faith, etc.), but most of these characters were either very minor or ended up performing a HeelFaceTurn, or ended up ''looking'' really, really monstrous. Glory is the only good-looking seasonal BigBad who was presented entirely without sympathy. (Although [[UltimateEvil The First]], able to look like anyone it wants to as long as it's dead and given to appearing like Buffy, might count.) And, of course, Willow was recast from the pilot to be cuter. The original tends to be known on the Internet as "Fat Willow", with forum posters complaining about how the show would have been ruined...˛* May or may not have been intentional with ''Series/Charmed1998''. Piper, Phoebe, Paige, and Prue are all gorgeous women. Their enemies in the first season were commonly monstrous-looking, and when they began to look like ordinary humans, they were usually greasy and dirty looking, as if they'd been living in a cave. Although quite subverted with the evil [[MagnificentBastard Zankou]], who is implied to have had a relationship with the stunning Seer, Kyra.˛* ''Series/DoctorWho'':˛** None of the Doctors of ''Series/DoctorWho'' were victims of savage beatings with the ugly stick (or at least not for long), but most of them are or were unconventionally handsome. Most subversive is Creator/TomBaker (the Fourth Doctor), who was not what you'd call the most traditionally handsome of men, yet was easily the most popular and well-recognised of the Doctors in the classic series (though that second is partly longevity). The ''companions'', however, are almost invariably traditionally beautiful, with their beauty often being the main indication that the Doctor is going to pick them up.˛** The more conventionally handsome Doctors tend to be the more "human" in outlook, tending to form strong emotional attachments with humans and converse with them on their level. The odder-looking ones tend towards being more prickly or more [[BlueAndOrangeMorality psychologically alien]]. The Fourth Doctor, played by a forty-something actor with [[CreepyBlueEyes eyes that literally stick out]], wild hair and a huge nose, had what Creator/PhilipHinchcliffe called "Olympian detachment" and tended to avoid committed relationships even with companions; the Eleventh Doctor, a handsome twenty-something, was what Creator/StevenMoffat called "a boyfriend-type Doctor" and had a whole arc about his marriage.˛** The Fourth Doctor even lampshades this trope and his odd appearance when [[ShowingOffTheNewBody pulling faces at himself in the mirror after his new regeneration]] -- "can't say much about the physiognomy".˛** Played with by the Sixth Doctor, who (at the beginning of his tenure, anyway) is probably the most conventionally attractive of the classic Doctors, and is initially alarmed, then pleased by how good-looking he suddenly is, doing a lot of ShowingOffTheNewBody. Unfortunately, he's also a tasteless InsufferableGenius egomaniac and one of the most bastardly of all the Doctors thus far, especially in contrast to his incredibly sweet and human previous self. As he gets nicer, he gains weight, ages and gets worse hair.˛** The Eleventh Doctor also plays with this. He has an unusual sort of face that looks extremely handsome from certain angles, and extremely ugly with other ones -- Creator/StevenMoffat said he looks like "a caricature of a handsome man". The camera crew exploit this, making him look handsome when he's being noble and kind, and ugly when he's being frightening and weird.˛** '''Really''' played with when it comes to the Twelfth Doctor, whose actor Creator/PeterCapaldi was the second-oldest of the numbered Doctors when cast. He is CreepyGood to the core, LeanAndMean with BigOlEyebrows and {{Death Glare}}s, a PragmaticHero with NoSocialSkills who alienates his companion Clara -- she knew Eleven well (and also met Ten and the War Doctor) and knows he needs her still as Twelve, but almost leaves him for good during his first season after a well-intentioned act of his comes off as cruel and condescending. Twelve is '''also''' a less boastful man who wants to be more virtuous than his previous selves were, and capable of incredible empathy, compassion, and forgiveness. His look softens as time passes, and while he is often grumpy and always a dangerous man to cross (the final stretch of Series 9 has him temporarily become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds after a TraumaCongaLine drives him mad), he also has a tender, poetic soul. When he encounters his time-hopping wife River Song post-Series 9, he [[spoiler:becomes the "sweetie" she pined for, the lover that Eleven never could bring himself to be, ultimately staying with her for twenty-four years]].˛** Though there is a subversion -- the Master's not a bad-looking guy in most of his incarnations; Delgado and Ainley are both sort of suave older men and Simm is more conventionally attractive. As well, there's a deliberate, subversive contrast when it comes to [[spoiler: the female incarnation Missy, played by Michelle Gomez. Missy is a classy middle-aged woman whose mannerisms are cheery and polite; anyone would side with her over the Twelfth Doctor ''based on first impressions'']].˛** The "[[HumanoidAliens monsters]]" are generally unattractive by human standards, but it's often subverted with the revelation that they're not really that monstrous. ''Some'' of them are capital-E-Evil, but some have BlueAndOrangeMorality, some of them are {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, and some of them are actually the good guys.˛** Played straight in the first Dalek serial, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks "The Daleks"]]. The two races on Skaro are the Daleks, a LittleGreenManInACan species with RoboSpeak voices whose [[NothingIsScarier mutated form is never shown aside from the reactions of the people who see it]], and the Thals, an InhumanlyBeautifulRace who are all [[PeopleOfHairColor blond-haired]] and tall. While the Thals initially attempt to give medicine to the crew and the Daleks imprison them out of paranoia, it's notable that the Daleks aren't really all that bad in their first story, as the viewer is assumed to want to side with the beautiful Thals over them on sight. The Daleks also soon got {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed into [[ScaryDogmaticAliens full-on space-racists]] with no sympathetic qualities at all. When ''Doctor Who'''s writing improved and the Thals-versus-Daleks dynamic became the relic, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "Genesis of the Daleks"]] showed the Daleks as the genetically brain-damaged followers of an evil mad scientist, and {{deconstructed|Trope}} the Thals' supposed pacifism and their patriarchal, beauty-fetishising culture, showing them mistreating Sarah Jane because of her sex and putting anyone visibly deformed from chemical weapons as a subhuman slave caste.˛** Zigzagged in the William Hartnell-era story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E3TheRescue "The Rescue"]]. The TARDIS lands, Barbara and Ian go out to investigate, and an insect-like, googly-eyed monster, named Coquillion, attacks Barbara. When Ian returns to the Doctor, the Doctor reveals he's been on this planet before, and the natives are a very nice species who live in isolated, egalitarian and cooperative social groups of about a hundred and have nothing to gain from becoming violent, and refuses to accept the terrifying appearance Ian claims Coquillion had as evidence he would ever kill anyone. However, the Doctor and Ian get trapped in a cave with a different, lizardlike monster while investigating, and assume it's going to eat them. Later, Barbara (who survived) shoots the monster from the cave because she thinks it was attacking an orphaned human girl, but it turns out that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it was a herbivorous creature that she treated like a pet]]. At the end of the story, however, the Doctor corners Coquillion and reveals that what we assumed was his face was actually ceremonial dress used in his people's religious rituals, being worn by a human man who claims to have committed genocide against the natives of the planet. The man is then attacked by two natives who survived his genocide, and we see that they are actually beautiful blond men similar to Thals.˛*** Even so, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E1Galaxy4 "Galaxy 4"]] still partially plays it straight -- the first indication that the Chumblies aren't as hostile as they appear is that they are [[CuteMachines super cute]], with Vicki remarking on it.˛* In ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' the titular stepbrothers are both pretty nice guys who have a cute but devious little sister named Meghan (played by Creator/MirandaCosgrove). Grades and academics are much more important to chubby Josh than handsome Drake, who knows how to play the guitar but generally doesn't take anything else too seriously. (As Josh says to him once after Drake fails to get his drivers license despite getting along very well with the female instructor, "You can't just coast through life on good looks, charm, and cool. Okay, you can. But it's not going to get you everything.)˛* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has this in spades, although it's often subverted in later seasons. Rygel, arguably the [[UnscrupulousHero least heroic]] member of the crew, looks like a cross between a miniature Jabba the Hutt, a moth (look at those eyebrows), and a melting frog. Scorpius, who served as the BigBad between seasons 2-4, is a dead ringer for a desiccated corpse in a gimp suit. And let's not forget Furlow, the filthy and, er, "solid" mechanic who betrays the Moya crew at every available opportunity, eventually even [[spoiler: leaving John Crichton to die a painful and irradiated death. Thankfully, they have [[BackupTwin a spare]]]].˛** As mentioned above, this trope becomes less egregious as time goes on, and is downright subverted by Season 5, with the introduction of [[AbsoluteCleavage Commandant Grayza]] as the new antagonist and [[spoiler: Scorpius' ascent to AntiHero status]].˛* Joked at in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' with Hilary.˛-->'''Hilary:''' Heaven is this place where everyone is beautiful. And hell is, like, The Valley.˛* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] constantly.˛** Many characters admired or trusted for their beauty—such as Cersei, Joffrey, and Margaery—are actually villainous, cruel, or manipulative while more honorable and compassionate characters like Tyrion and Brienne are mocked or despised for their unattractiveness.˛** Other characters play it straight. The heroic character Daenerys is renowned for how attractive she is as well as her heroism and villainous or anti-villainous characters like Styr and the Hound are ugly or disfigured. As a result of AdaptationalAttractiveness (In the books, Robb and Sansa are considered attractive because they take after their Tully mother; Jon and Arya on the other hand take after the more dark-featured, long-faced Ned) every member of the Stark family is quite attractive and unambiguously good (though none are without their flaws).˛* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is a pretty big offender. You can always tell the new character is a good guy if they look like a model. Sylar and Adan Monroe are the only exceptions.˛* Played straight in the American version of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'': you can roughly approximate how much of a ButtMonkey each character is by how young and attractive they are, with Pam and Jim being the only characters who are not played up as buffoons, get tons of screen time, and end up being shipped together.˛* ''Series/KingdomAdventure'': Played straight for the most part, in that the cuter the character, the fewer character flaws they tend to display: Pokum and Keena are the cutest of the kids, and their housemates Garbo and Lolly have buck teeth and less-appealing proportions, and they tend to be naughtier kids. Pitts, Dagger, and Gorf are uglier still, and are recurring villains. [[spoiler: All this straight-playing makes a subversion all the more noticeable, when a wart-covered purple monster named Gulp turns out to be not only friendly but an important ally and the former Magistrate.]]˛* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. Elaine is certain that her [[GirlOfTheWeek boy of the week]] shares her pro-choice views because "He's so good-looking."˛* This trope itself is parodied in the ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' parody ''Series/SonOfTheBeach'', a high-school girl commits a string of murders because she's ugly and jealous of pretty girls; however the day is saved when the hero tells her to "[[TheGlassesGottaGo take off your glasses]]," and "now, untie your hair!" and she is revealed that she was ''really'' BeautifulAllAlong.˛* Averted and called out by one episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', where a creature so [[BrownNote horribly ugly it drove you insane]] turned out to be the good guy. Played straight the rest of the time: Klingons are all rough and rugged, evil Spock has a beard, every girl Kirk falls in love with is horribly attractive, etc.˛** This is especially evident in the TNG Klingons. The evil or unpleasant ones, such as the Duras sisters, are hideous, while Worf is much more attractive. This might, however, have something to do with the fact that his adoptive parents introduced him to the wonderful human invention known as a comb.˛* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Inverted in "Nemesis", where Chakotay crashlands on a planet fighting a CivilWar, and is rescued by the Vori, HumanAliens fitting every HeroicArchetype -- handsome, brave men fighting to protect innocent villages against the Kradin -- [[EvilWearsBlack who wear black]], [[EvilSoundsDeep talk in deep growls]] and look like something out of ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Turns out Chakotay is trapped in a Vori brainwashing simulation to indoctrinate conscript soldiers to hate the Kradin, who are helping Voyager rescue him.˛* While everyone on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is ridiculously pretty, this trope was directly referenced in the episode "Folsom Prison Blues", in which Dean and Sam are thrown in jail. While their female lawyer keeps hearing that Dean's a monster, she changes her mind completely and helps them out when he uses his looks to convince her he's innocent.˛* Parodied in ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' when Cory's band hold auditions to find a singer. Cory is so enchanted by one girl's beauty that he imagines her with a beautiful singing voice too - when she's actually terrible. Things work out for him when the girl is too nervous to sing - so Cory has her lip-sync, while his mother sings behind the stage.˛* ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'' has this trope inverted. In season 2, Russ is introduced, a very ugly lawyer, but that is very kind-hearted and dedicated to helping the little guy due to having been bullied by his family due to his looks and stuttering, his family, particularly his brother Doug, are all very handsome people who turn out to be raging bullies, racists and selfish greedy bastards. [[spoiler:When a surgery in season 3 turns Russ into a handsome {{Hunk}}, he starts becoming shallow and obsessed with his new looks, focusing only on causes related to nice looking things, including turn down Jacqueline's interest in saving a Haitian rodent because it's ugly. This results in their break up when he decides to become like the rest of his family.]]˛* ''Series/TheYoungPope'': Lenny admits to weaponizing this trope. After becoming elected to the papacy, he keeps his appearance hidden to develop an air of mystery about him, knowing that when he finally reveals himself, the masses will be so entranced by his angelic good looks that his first pronouncement will be automatically accepted. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]˛* The assertion that 'beautiful is better' is very prominent in '''[[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek/Roman Mythology]]'''. Most gods and goddesses are described as possessing a beauty so transcendently beautiful that they can't even be looked upon with mortal eyes. Hephaestus -- god of blacksmiths, craftsmen, and artisans -- was said to have been thrown from Mt. Olympus because his mother, Hera, was ashamed of having an ugly child. Most of Zeus’s and Apollo’s philandering was often caused by them falling head over heels at the first attractive person that they saw. In fact, the famous Trojan War was set off both because Paris thought that having the most beautiful woman from the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, was a better option than being freakin' king of half of the world or genius of warfare offered by Hera and Athena. In the Classical view, beauty isn't just in the eye of the beholder, it's an objective reality that even divinity doesn't ignore.˛* There is a sect of Hinduism that believes that if a woman is not beautiful, she did something very bad in a past life and the gods are punishing her.˛* To Catholics and Orthodox Christians, the Virgin Mary is said to be the very essence of [[ProperLady the perfect woman]], and accordingly, is always described as being ''extraordinarily'' [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman beautiful]], on the grounds that she was [[BecauseDestinySaysSo predestined to be]] the Mother of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} and so was [[IncorruptiblePurePureness perfect]]. [[DivineRaceLift Moreover, the exact description changes depending on the culture of the describer, always conforming 100% (or more) to whatever the ideal of feminine beauty happens to be in that time and place]]. Interestingly, her looks are not even so much as mentioned in passing, at any of her (very few) appearances in ''Literature/TheFourGospels''. Many Christian denominations also believe human souls will be reunited with their bodies on Judgment Day, and their bodies will be transformed. The righteous will receive beautiful, glorified bodies that resemble extremely idealized versions of themselves, while the wicked will be placed in twisted, pain wracked versions of their old bodies.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]˛* Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling had a tradition of having larger, less attractive wrestlers as {{Heel}}s (e.g. Dump Matsumoto, Wrestling/BullNakano, Wrestling/AjaKong), and pitting them against smaller, cuter {{Face}} wrestlers. However, all three examples either went through {{heel face turn}}s or became faces by default at some point, while the cutest most popular baby faces, the Crush Gals, were forced into retirement and [[TheResenter ended up returning as resentful heels]] using [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis the same tactics]] employed by their old enemies).˛* Maybe a bit subverted with Wrestling/{{TNA}} Wrestling's Knockouts division; everyone is pretty (in some way), regardless of whether they are good or bad. Even [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]], the big bad black Japanese wrestler, became a babyface and fan favorite.˛* Wrestling/KellyKelly is one of the few Characters/WWEDivas to never undergo a FaceHeelTurn, or to have been a heel in the first place. This was probably because she was one of the prettiest Divas ever, and (it was assumed) no one would have ever believed her as a heel. WordOfGod is Kelly was going to undergo a FaceHeelTurn in 2011, as it would be revealed she was secretly working with [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]]. This would have led to Kelly becoming Divas Champion, with Kharma acting as her muscle (similar to when Wrestling/{{Sable}} had Nicole Bass in 1999). After Kharma [[RealLifeWritesThePlot got pregnant]], WWE went forward with Kelly becoming Divas Champion but without the heel turn.˛* On a whole, a lot of women can become faces purely because of their beauty. Wrestling/StacyKeibler and Wrestling/TorrieWilson debuted as heels, but proved to be very popular [[MsFanservice Ms. Fanservices]] - and spent far longer as babyfaces because of it.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Puppetry]]˛* Livinia, the CuteWitch heroine of ''Series/DieLieweHeksie'', while a bit dim, is young and appealingly featured. The friendly elves and the Fairy Queen are also attractive. The moral is that good-hearted people are visually pleasant to look at.˛* ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'': The Mystics and Skeksis and are all suffering AgeWithoutYouth, but the wise and gentle Mystics are much easier on the eyes than the evil Skeksis, who look like undead vultures.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Tabletop Games]]˛* The church of the goddess Sune in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' buy into this trope. She is a goddess of love and beauty, and earlier editions had game mechanic rules stating that her clergy had to satisfy a minimum level of physical attractiveness (as measured by the charisma stat) in order to serve. The goddess herself requires her servants to promote beauty and love even among the ugly: the vanity and prejudice is chiefly the result of her clergy's collective fear that ugly or even average-looking priests or priestesses would 'sully' the church's reputation. Clerics who weren't part of the church structure would receive answers to their pleas regardless of their physical appearance, but the organized church wouldn't welcome them.˛* The ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' games, most notably ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'', postulate that the average man on the street has stats of 8 in all categories, including physical appearance. Player Character, on the other hand, get a 10 in each category because they are the heroes. So your "average hero" is notably better looking than a regular schmoe. The stat that reflects your good looks is also by far the easiest one to buy up, so most heroes end up having supermodel good looks because there is very little downside to it.˛** This has changed in 6th Edition, which removes the Comeliness stat altogether. Instead, Players who want a character who looks significantly outside the norm can purchase Striking Looks, which can add to certain social skill rolls and abilities. Notably, Striking Looks includes not just unreal beauty, but unreal ugliness, a truly alien appearance, and just about any other kind of appearance, all with similar effects on mechanics (though different kinds of SL will apply in different circumstances).˛* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons,'' [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]], [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblins]], [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]], [[OurOgresAreHungrier ogres]], and other "savage" humanoids are bestial in appearance and almost always portrayed as [[AlwaysChaoticEvil always evil]] in official game material and most campaigns. Of course, individual [=DMs=] may portray them however they want, and there's nothing stopping you from running a game with a tribe of noble, heroic orcs.˛** Fourth Edition removed or reduced the sex appeal of every attractive monster in the game. Those who remained attractive were made DarkerAndEdgier. Dryads looked like small treants [[NonMammalMammaries with breasts.]] Nymphs kept their attractiveness but gained BlueAndOrangeMorality.˛* In ''TabletopGame/TheWitcherGameOfImagination'', The Cult of Freyja from [[HornyVikings the Skellige Isles]] takes this mindset to its logical extreme, since Freyja is the goddess of beauty and fertility. Her clergy is entirely made up of girls chosen for their looks and ''nothing else''. It's assumed that if they are pretty, they must be chosen by Freyja to serve her and thus are good and innocent. Then again, the girls are picked in their early teens and then put through years of training and indoctrination, while the religion puts heavy emphasis on compassion and goodness.˛* Taken UpToEleven in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' by the elves of Lorwyn. Beauty determines status in their society, with the most beautiful known as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=158123 "perfects"]]. They also [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=139723 hunt down]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=139449 kill anyone]] they consider too ugly to live. And then there's [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=143021 her]], an assassin whose goal is apparently to cut your face because that's as bad as killing you.˛* In TabletopGame/{{Rocketmen}} the good guys are the Rebels who are allied with Mercury, and Venus who both have a matriarchal society some pretty female characters, while the bad guys the Legion of Terra are allied with Mars who are a race of green skin space gorillas.˛* In Torg one of the invading realms is a D&D inspired fantasy setting where one of the laws of the universe was that being Honorable increased your beauty while being Corrupt caused you to become uglier. This caused an unfortunate social stigma to attach to just being ugly from birth. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Theatre]]˛* OlderThanSteam: Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/RichardIII''. While the real Richard may have had a slightly deformed spine and was noted for ruthlessness against political foes, though this was hardly uncommon at the time, everyone remembers Richard from Shakespeare's play, a hunchbacked, deformed villain who [[MoralEventHorizon commits numerous brutal murders during the play]], leading up to the time when the attractive and competent and morally pure Henry Tudor can finally deliver KarmicJustice to Richard at Bosworth Field. It is worth noting that not all of this was potentially Shakespeare's own idea -- the regime in power at the time were the direct descendants (as in the granddaughter of) Henry Tudor, and wouldn't have been too chuffed at seeing anything that even remotely painted Richard III or the rest of the House of York in a good light.˛** Some of this is averted in the film starring Sir Creator/IanMcKellen, in that Richard looks fairly attractive to those who don't realize his looks are based on [[PuttingOnTheReich British Fascist Party leader Oswald Mosley...]] then again, [[MisaimedFandom to a few, it probably makes the character more attractive...]]˛* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' does not so much subvert it as play with it: Goodness equals Beauty but not vice versa.˛-->''[[LightIsGood Angels are bright still]], though the brightest fell;\˛ Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,\˛ Yet grace must still look so.''˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Toys]]˛* A lot of Franchise/{{LEGO}} themes are like this, with Agents probably being the worst offender in that the vast majority of the villains are disfigured, cyborgs, or both. The Adventurers' [[BigBad Baron von Baron/Sam Sinister]] is a stereotypical Nazi officer with a monocle, handlebar mustache, DuelingScar, and hookhand, while the only other Adventurers villain who could be considered attractive in the conventional sense is [[FemmeFatale Alexis Sanister]]. [[BigBad Ogel]], of Alpha Team, has some kind of red glass eye, and of course a hook, while his Mooks are skeletons. The Evil Wizard from the Castle sets has the same face as Ogel, so that's another one. The Bulls of Knight's Kingdom have are scarred, clad in rusted armour, and have silver eyes. Things get far worse, of course, if you consider the Pirates to be bad guys, what with the hooks, peglegs, eyepatches, and scars. To give LEGO some credit, they have had scarred or deformed heroes, like [[AsteroidMiners Rock Raider's]] Chief (prosthetic arm), Power Miner's Rex (facial scarring), Dino Attack's Viper (more facial scarring), and Lego Island's Captain Click (a pirate skeleton). Still, ugly villains greatly outnumber even unattractive (if they were real) heroes.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' does an almost facepalmingly straight adherence to this rule. Almost all the good guys will be bishonen, ruggedly handsome men, hot chicks, {{Cool Old Guy}}s (sometimes [[SilverFox good looking for their age]], too) and most of the bosses will be [[https://fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Heintz old]], [[https://fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Glass_(character) plain]] or [[https://fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Gheb gonks]]. They'll attempt to mix things by always adding [[https://fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Gonzalez one or two gonks]] and a [[https://fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Makalov non hottie]] to the good guys side, and typically the bad guys will have one or two good looking guys on their side, however they'll usually be either [[AntiVillain good at heart]] or [[https://fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Narcian wear an unflattering facial expression on their portrait]]. Sometimes a few of the ugly minor bosses will hint or be revealed to not have been bad at heart after their death. The simplest way to put it is ugly characters are the TokenMinority for the good guys and attractive characters are the TokenMinority for the bad guys. Ugly good guys far outnumber attractive bad guys, seems EvilIsSexy is not one of Intelligent Systems' favorite tropes. This can sometimes make sense (Most of the early foes are low class bandits, the latter ones are old nobles are in some games a separate species, while most player characters are nobility or young), but often doesn't.˛** This trope is very much enforced when it comes to female bad guys, no exceptions. Expect any good looking female villain who is well-aged, or young and beautiful to be an anti-villain. [[https://fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Brunnya Yes]]. [[https://fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Ursula any]] [[https://fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Selena_(The_Sacred_Stones) cute]] [[https://fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Aversa woman]]. All of the female villains to be unsympathetic are either poorly aged with wrinkles or wear a very unflattering expression with evil-looking eyes. ˛** If you're a sympathetic character in ''Fire Emblem'', you're either at least quite attractive, or you're old. And if you fall into the latter category, you were likely [[IWasQuiteALooker quite a looker when you were younger]]. There are only a few major exceptions to this (i.e. most axe-users).˛** An exception to this trope might be: [[http://www.feplanet.net/media/gallery/view.php?id=241 Dorothy]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade The Binding Blade]]''. However she's hardly as ugly as the support conversations make her out to be. She's more plain [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v139/VincentASM/Site/FE6/Dorothy.png in-game still not ugly though]].˛** A major and famous exception is Oliver, from the Tellius games. In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]'', he's a regular boss who has to be disposed of (and there's a good chance that an ally character kill him for you), and he's an insufferable narcissist, viewing himself as the epitome of beauty... Despite the fact that he [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:OliverFE9Portrait.png looks like this]]. He makes his return in ''Radiant Dawn'' where, against all odds, despite being once again the boss of a chapter, he ''is'' recruitable. Except that, well, he hasn't changed much (if at all) between the two games: he's still the same vain, self-absorbed character, who only joins you as a protector of beauty (he's quite fond of herons). Though they decided to make him [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:OliverFE10Portrait.png less evil-looking]], he's still the {{Gonk}}. Heck, even Ike begs him to return on the enemy side.˛** Exaggerated in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening.'' [[spoiler: Aversa]]([[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/5/59/Aversa_%28FE13_Artwork%29.png/revision/latest?cb=20130812075212 Pictured here]]) is a young and attractive female among a group otherwise entirely composed of extremely unattractive males([[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/2/26/GeckoPortrait.png/revision/latest?cb=20160603023348 Comb overed thug]], [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/2/26/Validar_Portrait.png/revision/latest?cb=20151117103107 Jafar]], [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/5/5f/Chalardportrait.png/revision/latest?cb=20160529044727 ugly hooded man]], [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/8/8f/AlgolPortrait.png/revision/latest?cb=20160516054203 Balding brute]], and [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/9/93/KatsidisPortrait.png/revision/latest?cb=20160512004944 Creepy priest]]) and one [[EunuchsAreEvil Eunuch]] ([[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/d/d5/Exceli.png/revision/latest?cb=20160529044614 pic]]). Sure enough, It turns out [[spoiler: Aversa]] was {{Brainwashed}} against her will the whole time, while all the ugly members are apparently just in it ForTheEvulz.˛** Interestingly, due to the Capture mechanics of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', while this trend is still in play with a number of villains, this can be subverted with a number of Gonk-ish or not-conventionally attractive villains, who can be convinced to join your side. Of course, since they aren't plot important, you can off them anyway.˛* In the original ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', King was a villain with a more masculine build and a homely face (presumably to help hide the twist of [[SamusIsAGirl her being a woman]]). After making a HeelFaceTurn in the sequel (complete with a {{Retcon}} establishing that she had actually been a PunchClockVillain during the first game), she was given a slimmer frame and more conventionally attractive facial features. From then on, all of her appearances in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series and the various [[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom intercompany crossovers]] have depicted her as a gorgeous {{Bifauxnen}}.˛* Reversed in ''[[VideoGame/TwoWorlds Two Worlds II]]'': at one point, the protagonist is begged by the helpful leader of a nearly-doomed colony to hunt down the reason of their misery - [[spoiler: an evil witch, who not only lives [[SwampsAreEvil deep in a swamp]] but who is indeed hideous]]. However, instead of [[spoiler: killing the witch, the protagonist can also listen to her unexpected pleas]]. Doing so opens an entirely new subplot, which eventually reveals that [[spoiler: the real Evil Force was actually the charismatic leader, while the witch was the true protector of the people]]. The reversal is ''then'' reversed in the end of that subplot, as [[spoiler: the witch's beauty is magically restored upon the demise of the real villain]].˛* Played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. Another layer is added on with the [[OurElvesAreBetter impossibly beautiful and pacifistic elves]] and the horrific designs for the monsters, who are bloodthirsty and primitive. These other creatures are [[LowFantasy rarely seen]], however. And really, what's more beautiful than [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination a baby]]]]?˛* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' generally averts this, although sometimes small bits get through.˛** In the ''Classic'', the Alliance had all the pretty races while the Horde had the ugly ones. However, the Horde was not evil, merely NobleSavage in a morally gray fight over the land to live on. ''Burning Crusade'' further muddied the trope by giving them the pretty Blood Elves. ˛** A little shade of it was in the Draenei and their changes over the years. Originally, they were an ugly race with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily and raptorish feet, which nevertheless were allied with the AntiHero Illidan and opposed the demonic Eredar (who had typical HornyDevils appearance.) In the ''Burning Crusade'' they were retconned to being a fallen and mutated Draenei - and we were introduced to the proper, clean and pretty Draenei as a playable race, directly allied with [[CrystalDragonJesus the Naaru]]. The previous Draenei, now called Lost Ones, were portrayed almost exclusively as insane villains. The newly introduced UglyCute Broken were also made antagonists, but it was due to being enslaved by Illidan gone mad, not being inherently evil. Furthermore, the trope was averted with the Eredar, who were shown to be Draenei that fully embraced the demon powers - they look just like Draenei, only red instead of blue.˛** The expansion ‘’Mists Of Pandaria’’ brought back two [=NPCs=] from previous expansions, an ugly orc, Bloodhilt, and Marshall Twinbraid, a handsome dwarf. The previous depictions of the characters gave them personalities opposite their appearance, with Bloodhilt being a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy gruff but honorable]] commander interested in protecting his allies, whilst Twinbraid was a [[FantasticRacism racist]] GeneralRipper who killed the native people for peacefully protesting against his pillaging of the land. However ‘’Mists Of Pandaria’’ completely overhauled their characterization in adherence to this and traditional high fantasy tropes such as BlackAndWhiteMorality. The ugly Bloodhilt became a one dimensional [[CardCarryingVillain Evil]] bad guy who wanted to oppress the pandaren and was wrongly blamed by the writers for crimes he never did. Whilst Twinbraid was treated as a hero trying to protect the Pandaren from the evil of the Horde.˛* The only nice demon bound in Jerro's Haven in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' is also the one who goes around disguised as an Eladrin.˛* In ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', if the player character goes to TheDarkSide, s/he develops pale whitish skin and yellowed eyes. In [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords the sequel]], the player character can influence his or her allies to go Dark, causing a number of changes in their appearances (none of them good).˛* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Saren, the apparent BigBad of the game, is clearly weird-looking by Turian standards, sporting glowing blue eyes and cybernetic implants on top of the spikey Turian exoskeleton. On the other hand, Benezia is much more attractive but still acts as Saren's [[TheDragon Dragon]] for much of the game. However, [[spoiler: it's revealed that both of them have been brainwashed by Sovereign, and both of them get a DyingAsYourself ending (optional in Saren's case). [[EldritchAbomination Sovereign]] himself is a giant insectoid spaceship and makes use of BlueAndOrangeMorality behavior]].˛** In the second game, quite a few of the villains are even more monstrous: the Collectors, for example, are InsectoidAliens equipped with a lot of repulsive-looking organic technology, and serve the Reapers in abducting human colonists for use in their experiments. [[spoiler: Once again, it's revealed that the Collectors are just brainwashed servants of the Reapers; before they were enslaved, the Collectors were the equally bizarre-looking Protheans, BenevolentPrecursors to the current galactic civilization.]]˛** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', picking the [[KarmaMeter Renegade]] choices will make Commander Shepard's [[BackFromTheDead post-resurrection]] scars appear wider and glow red (a rather disturbing picture [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Morality#Renegade_2 here]]). It can be subverted, however, through a plastic surgery later in the game. On the other hand, Paragon choices will make the scars shrink so much, said surgery will hardly be worth the resources it costs.˛* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' - [[{{Gonk}} Hanako, Mitsuo, Morooka,]] and Kashiwagi (who isn't specifically ugly, but has a tendency toward drastic, overly-exaggerated and unattractive expressions, and a crap personality), have no particular positive qualities and the heroes have no sympathy for them. The exceptions are [[spoiler: [[AxCrazy Adachi]], who the player is supposed to trust, and [[BigBad Izanami]], whose true form is [[EldritchAbomination legendarily hideous]] but appears as an attractive lady]].˛* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' has [[CatGirl Felicia]]. Who's the nicest out of a cast of anti-heroes and is [[MsFanservice gorgeous]].˛* Played straight and averted in ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo''. Just about everyone except Yahei (nice old man) and Nobumasa (big, dumb, and evil) could be considered at least above-average. Of course all six LoveInterests [[{{Bishonen}} are extremely]] [[MrFanservice attractive]], but villains Kasumimaru and Harumoto aren't bad looking, either.˛* Played straight in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''. All the villains have exaggerated, ostentatious, or just plain ugly faces, ''unless'' the game presents a reason for the player to sympathize with their [[FreudianExcuse tragic plight]], while everyone in Squad 7 ranges from plain to rugged to just plain gorgeous. (The bad guys do, however, wear some truly awesome-looking officers' uniforms).˛* Both Gabriel and Marie Belmont from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' fit this. Marie's natural pure heart is what makes Gabriel so attracted to her all his life even after her tragic death; her sweet laugh was often enough to soothe his chronic moodiness. As of Gabriel, in spite of his unshaven facial hair, is still dignified due to his natural sense of justice and kindness. Had Creator/HideoKojima allowed him to be a BarbarianHero, this would be even more obvious.˛* Inverted in ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean''. [[spoiler:The [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses lovely princess Melodia]] of the continent of illusion [[TheManBehindTheMan turns out to be the power behind]] [[DiscOneFinalBoss Geldoblame]] and is trying to resurrect the evil god Malpercio due to being corrupted by the End Magnus after her heartbroken and desperate father the Duke resurrected her after she died from an illness that she doesn't even remember. Both she and the main character Kalas do a face-heel-face turn by the end of the game. Kalas made a bargain with her because he was desperate to two wings of the heart instead of one normal wing and one mechanical one. There's a part in the middle of the game where you're controlling Xelha, the second character to join your party at the beginning of the game.]]˛* In the ''{{VideoGame/Fable}}'' series of games, it goes beyond good characters being beautiful; if you do good things, your character becomes more beautiful, to the point of people on the street commenting on it constantly. (Doing bad things makes your character grow horns and become wrinkled.)˛* The [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Shadow Sirens]] from ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' are as "good" as their appearance: Vivian is cute and pulls a full HeelFaceTurn, Marilyn lands in the middle and is neutral (though loyal to the baddies), and Beldam is ugly and fully evil.˛* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':˛** In the series' mythology, this is played with by Dibella, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedric Divine]] Goddess of Beauty. She is the goddess of beauty and is one of [[SaintlyChurch the Divines]], a group almost uniformly considered "[[GodIsGood good]]" (or at least benevolent) throughout Tamriel. However, some more conservative religious figures preach about the "charms of Dibella" with a SexIsEvil slant. Additionally, her worshipers have been known to mock the disfigured and use their sexual charms to manipulate others.˛** Meridia is a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] whose sphere is obscured to mortals, but is associated with LifeEnergy, [[LightIsNotgood Light]], and [[ProudBeauty Beauty]]. She is usually considered as one of the few "good" (or at least benevolent) Daedric Princes, though is definitely [[GoodIsNotNice not always nice]]. She invokes the idea of beauty being associated with goodness or pleasantness. Meridia takes the form of a beautiful woman, often in various [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy outfits]] which show off and/or enhance her [[BuxomIsBetter bust]] and [[ShowSomeLeg legs]], and is frequently depicted with [[GoodWingsEvilWings angel-like wings]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Comics]]˛* [[http://www.bigheadpress.com/tpbtgn?page=5 This guy.]] One guess whether he's good or evil.˛* Korean webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}''. For a "shounen" series, it certainly emphasizes a lot on androgynous male beauty. & you can bet every attractive bad guy you see will be working for the protagonist by the end of the arc.˛* For most of the first volume of ''Webcomic/QuantumVibe'', when Nicole and Seamus have an antagonistic relationship, and the audience is expected to be somewhat suspicious of him, a regeneration error has trapped him in a 250 kg body with a dumpy face and kinky red hair. It's about the time she begins to trust him implicitly that this is fixed, leaving him thin and beautiful with perfect face and hair.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Video]]˛* ''WebVideo/DemoReel''. The heroes are all conventionally gorgeous - Donnie is wanted by everyone, Tacoma consistently is told he looks good in a dress, Rebecca is played by a model, Quinn spends most of his time in a wifebeater and Karl has a foursome with con-girls - while the villains (the PsychopathicManchild family and Tom Collins) are either weightier or just made to look awkward.˛* Nearly the first line in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97OJjlpbuBc Complete MCU Recap]]: Everything You Need to Know Before Avengers: Infinity War'': "Thousands of years ago, these ice aliens invaded Norway, but they were stopped by super-powerful ''handsome'' aliens from a realm called Asgard."˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* Bramble, the villain of the ''WesternAnimation/BitsyBears'' pilot is relatively unattractive, with a dry bob haircut, but the instant she thinks about reforming, she suddenly becomes more attractive with long, wavy hair. (Seriously, it changes between frames.)˛* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim''. Princess Whats-Her-Name is a [[HumanAliens gorgeous human-looking woman]] [[InsectoidAliens with bee wings]] who seeks to free her people from the tyrannical rule of her sister, an ugly monster with a giant pus-filled slug for a back side....except by the standards of her species, the queen is the beautiful one while the princess is hideously malformed.˛* The eponymous heroes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' are superficially ugly monsters (especially Brooklyn), which barely hides their heroic natures. Some fans of the show find them rather cute.˛** Goliath - if you can get past the wings, fangs, and talons - could be seen as downright handsome. And let's face it, any man with Creator/KeithDavid's voice is going to have less trouble with the ladies than he might otherwise.˛** Brooklyn - if drawn in the right way and angle - gets points for his exotic nature.˛** And most of the [[CuteMonsterGirl females]]? Not really ugly at all (although the one we see the most is [[ArchEnemy not all that good either]]).˛* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' uses this in an interesting way for just one family. Everyone's favorite FatBastard, WesternAnimation/{{Pete}}, has a son, PJ, who is [[GenderEqualsBreed physically his spitting image]] in terms of body composition, hair color and form, and ear shape. He's also ''significantly'' nicer. Pete's face is fairly ugly; PJ's is downright ''cute.'' At the very least, he's the male character on the show with the smallest protruding teeth, [[DependingOnTheArtist and often]] doesn't have protruding teeth at all. ˛* On ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' (and ''Justice League Unlimited''), only two of the big seven are even remotely not conventionally attractive. [[Comicbook/MartianManhunter J'onn]], while green, [[VoluntaryShapeshifting is a shapeshifter who can look however he wants]], and Hawkgirl's "weird" look is [[WingedHumanoid angelic wings]]. Now, let's take a look at the villains: Gorilla Grodd, Ultra-Humanite, Parasite, Shade, the White Martians... Except [[EvilIsSexy the female ones]]. And Luthor. Bodies are likewise ridiculously one-note exaggerations, with TopHeavyGuy being the norm-- and not just in body, but with chins that would make Jay Leno blush. Not surprising, given that they're based on comic book characters (easily the worst offender anywhere). Ultra-Humanite happens to also be a subversion in the comics as his power is stealing bodies and he did once steal the body of a beautiful woman.˛* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rarity (she's as beautiful as she is generous) and Fluttershy (she's as beautiful as she is kind). Also Princess Celestia although she is more a {{Hot God}}dess. She is drawn more aesthetically... more clean, shiny, "beautiful", and pretty... compared to the rest of the cast. It's implied that she is (or fits) the ideal for equine beauty in Equestria; for example, the beauty parlor in Ponyville has a picture of a pony with her tall and slender proportions.˛* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. The Titans themselves do fight ugly villains or even twisted looking monsters. Inverted with [[EvilIsSexy Jinx, Blackfire, Madame Rouge...]]˛* {{Fusion|Dance}}s in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' sometimes have extra features from being composed of two people, but how neatly they come together seems indicative of the health of the relationship. Stable, heroic fusions like Opal and [[spoiler:Garnet]] have relatively few extra features that mesh harmoniously with the rest of their appearance, while Sugilite, a destructive and potentially dangerous fusion, is more beastly in form, boasting five eyes, pronounced fangs, and two sets of arms that blend at the shoulder. [[AllYourPowersCombined Alexandrite]], while more 'balanced' than Sugilite, is still a bizarre-looking mess, which makes sense as she's all three Crystal Gems [[MindHive trying to act as one.]] All of the Crystal Gems together, including Rose Quartz or Steven, form into Obsidian, who manages to be beautiful and scary at the same time due to looking like an eight-armed volcano goddess. The antagonistic fusion Malachite is barely even humanoid, with a second torso where her hips should be, two independently-operating sets of eyes, and four extra arms that serve as legs. Her components [[spoiler:are using each other for selfish gain- Jasper is just using Lapis for the power boost, and Lapis is using the fusion to take control of and imprison Jasper]]. On the other end of the scale, there's Flourite, who's even less humanoid than Malachite, but only for being made of six Gems; the relationship between the six is stable and healthy, and as a result, she's far more cuddly in appearance.˛* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' no one is attractive and practically everyone is either some kind of a weird creature or a weird-looking humanoid, but Chef Mung Daal's main rival is a monstrous woman called Ms. Endive, although in one episode it's revealed that she's bitter and advises her apprentice Panini to stay away from boys only because Mung Daal once left her at the wedding altar.˛* Almost always the case on ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''; recurring villains like Gargamel, Balthazar, and Hogatha, were always ugly or belonged to races were everyone was ugly. Some were beautiful originally but became ugly due to their actions, like Chlorhydris and Nemesis. Exceptions did exist, like Captain Warmar of the swamp-dwelling Wart Mongers, who made a HeelFaceTurn after the Smurfs saved his son. (Most all other Wart Mongers, however, fit the Trope.) ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Real Life]]˛* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_effect Halo effect]] is a documented psychological phenomenon wherein people's judgment on another person's traits spills over to other (unrelated) traits. So the perception is that beautiful = good/competent, ugly = bad/incompetent, etc. Further proof (as if further proof were needed) that life is indeed unfair. To go even further, in social psychology there exists such a thing as "self-fulfilling prophecy" which further cements the "halo effect". Those who are treated as good or bad people (even if only on the basis of their appearance) will be prone to behave accordingly. That is, those who are treated well, will behave well in return and vice versa.˛* The 1960 U.S. presidential election debates were the first to be televised. Polls showed that those who watched the debate on television thought the handsome UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy had won the debate, while those who listened on the radio thought the sweaty, uncomfortable-looking UsefulNotes/RichardNixon had won. Of course, TV being a relatively emergent technology that was only just starting to be adopted at the time could have resulted in differences in the demographics of television owners and non-television owners. And, of course, while it might be a poor reason to not vote for someone because they look like a slightly-crazed, paranoid, crook, the fact that Nixon, in fact, turned out to be a slightly-crazed, paranoid, crook is of no little relevance.˛** Even more interesting: While Kennedy was the president who brought the US military into UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar full-force (before then, we were supplying troops but it was not an official war), the less-attractive UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson has tended to receive the lion's share of the blame for the conflict. Nixon was the one who eventually pulled us out, but this is rarely mentioned, mainly due to (a) his "tough talk" rhetoric that made this ''seem'' unlikely (even though it was actually key to executing the policy at all), (b) his initial escalation of the fighting, and (c) did we mention that this was UsefulNotes/RichardNixon?˛*** Although here a number of other factors are at least as important, if not more so. John F. Kennedy's image was retroactively enhanced by his assassination, which conveyed a kind of secular sainthood on him and made a lot of people forget how controversial he had been in life, and also by the fact that there weren't many news stories involving Vietnam during his administration. Johnson, in contrast, had to deal with bad news from Vietnam throughout his two terms. And while Nixon got the US Army out of Vietnam, the way that happened was perceived as a humiliating defeat, with the images of the hurried evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Saigon sticking in the public conscious for decades to come.˛* During the Victorian era, this concept was widely held to be true; a person's physical appearance was a reflection on their morality and social standing. The introduction discusses 19th Century quackery discourses of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrenology Phrenology]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physiognomy Physiognomy]] as an attempt to quantify and qualify these dubious claims. While the latter discipline was not unique to the 19th Century, its influence and popularity reached a zenith during the Georgian, Regency, and especially, Victorian eras. This wasn't surprising since one's wealth typically coincided with the degree of their access to proper necessities which made beauty even ''possible;'' as a result, today's "average" was yesterday's "god-like."˛* In Spanish, "to be" can be translated as two different verbs (''ser'' and ''estar'') "ser buena" (to be good) means to be a good/nice person, and "estar buena" (literally translated also: "to be good") means being physically attractive (although usually "hot" more than "beautiful"). This might be because ''ser'' means "to be a certain way inherently" whereas ''estar'' draws its distinction in definition from meaning something more like "to be a certain way at a specific time." In other words, "ser buena" most means "to be good inherently," whereas the most literal translation for "estar buena" could be "to be good for the moment" and not necessarily as a regular thing. This suggests that Spanish-speaking cultures are probably at least somewhat aware of beauty's tendency to be fleeting and superficial, and have therefore linked it to temporary and superficial goodness in their language. The connection--however tenuous--between being physically attractive and being morally upright is still there, however.˛** That whole mess can technically be avoided with other adjectives (bonito/a, hermoso/a, guapo/a, etc.). In these cases one can say, for example, ''ser bonita'' (to be naturally pretty) or ''estar bonita'' (to be pretty at the moment, by dressing up for example).˛* In French, one way of saying "she's hot" is "elle est bonne", which also translates as "she's good". Strangely, this expression is not used in the masculine form.˛* The UsefulNotes/{{ancient Gree|ce}}ks took this very, ''very'' seriously. ''Kaloi k'agathoi'' ("the Beautiful and the Good") was what Greek aristocrats called themselves. To be beautiful was considered a gift from the gods and was a sign of their favor. This allowed good-looking Greeks to [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful get away with things just because they were beautiful]], and occasionally hurt ugly people when accused of a crime. For instance:˛** Phryne, an Athenian [[HighClassCallGirl courtesan]] known for her beauty, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phryne was once accused of a form of blasphemy]]. At trial, her defense consisted, at least in part, of stripping off her clothes and saying to the (all-male) jury: "Would you dare destroy ''this''?" She was acquitted--which, to be fair, wasn't ''purely'' lust on the part of the jury; again, exceptional beauty was seen as a sign of divine favour, so at least some of the jurors may have feared that by executing the exceedingly beautiful Phryne, they would risk the wrath of the gods, or at least figured that one so favoured by the gods was incapable of committing blasphemy. The Athenians later [[ObviousRulePatch passed a law]] [[ItOnlyWorksOnce that from now on]], [[ObviousRulePatch judges are not to look at the defendants]].˛** Creator/{{Socrates}}, on the other hand, was famously ugly (both Creator/{{Aristophanes}} and Creator/{{Plato}} make quite a few "ugly guy" jokes at Socrates' expense). This may have figured into the decision to convict Socrates at trial (the decision to execute him, on the other hand, was more or less because of what he said).˛* Public opinion in any trial by media scenario will often fall in line with this trope. MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome (always pretty, young girls) is an obvious real-life relation, and people often have harsher reactions to unusual-looking suspects (as opposed to attractive serial killers mentioned below, who often get fanmail or marriage proposals). Even non-criminal media scandals get this reaction. Take, for example, public perception of the British Royal Family. Princess Diana is lovingly remembered, despite having affairs as her former husband did, while Prince Charles is unpopular and Lady Camilla is largely hated, and both are mocked for their appearance.˛* According to an actual scientific subject on the topic, beautiful criminals usually get more lenient sentences than their ugly counterparts, regardless of the severity of their crime, but when the crime in question is fraud, the tables are turned: attractive frauds almost consistently get the longest convictions. Psychologists believe that this is due to the fact that people find themselves betrayed when this trope isn't played straight, and react far more severely. A beautiful thief or murderer can be explained as a victim of the circumstances, but a beautiful fraud explicitly uses their appearance to deceive and mislead people, and they just can't forgive that.˛* UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft was the last president elected before photographs became a standard feature of newspapers (somewhat obviously).˛* The opposite assumption--Ugliness Equals Evil--is exhibited in the various meanings of the Arabic word ''qabīḥ''. Its most common meaning is simply "ugly," but it can also mean "disgusting" or "monstrous" or, well, "evil" (as an adjective). However, the more usual word for "evil" is ''shirrīr'', and the other meanings of ''qabīḥ'' only occur to the educated, so it's not played ''entirely'' straight (except in the Maghreb, where it is the colloquial word for "bad"--not "evil," but "bad"[[note]]i.e., in Morocco, if the new microwave or computer or car you just bought turned out to be hot garbage, it was ''qabīḥ''.[[/note]]).˛* This could be one of the principles behind DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale since the cultural standard for "female" is "beautiful." You can see this in action when it comes to things like child molestation and statutory rape. [[TeacherStudentRomance Mary Kay Letourneau does her 12-year-old student?]] Have you ''seen'' what Mary Kay Letourneau looks like? Either he must have wanted it, or he was gay.˛* Recent pictures of [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d7/Nancy_Kerrigan.jpg/220px-Nancy_Kerrigan.jpg Nancy Kerrigan]] and [[http://www.tonyaharding.com/tonya_harding_now.jpg Tonya Harding]] seem to play this trait pretty straight. Kerrigan still looks youthful and gorgeous, while Harding (who, as anyone who was alive during the 1990s remembers, conspired with her ex-husband and bodyguard to break her rival Kerrigan's leg to render her incapable of competing in the Olympics), looks a bit like the mother from ''Film/TheFighter'' after a few ''more'' years' hard living.˛* Unfortunately, it's for this reason that animals people consider cute or charismatic get better protection than creepier or menacing looking ones. It's the reason WhatMeasureIsANonCute exists. This trope can be disastrous for the ecosystem, and it's the reason the concept of a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umbrella_species "Umbrella species"]] was invented. Can't get people to care about that rare and useful spider species? Get the habitat of a more popular animal that lives in the same area protected, and now the spider is taken care of too.˛* All visual propaganda uses this. Showing how evil your opponents are would take up too much space on the poster -- more or less subtle differences in beauty are used instead.˛** Nazi propaganda continuously portrayed the regime's enemies as shrunken, deformed subhumans, and eulogised the handsome, dashing, blond-haired blue-eyed Aryan hero. The regime itself was obsessed with its image. Even UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler himself had adoring fangirls.˛** The US portrayed the Japanese as fanged snake people in [[WartimeCartoon wartime cartoons and comics]].˛** And, turnabout being fair play, the Japanese depicted the British and Americans as demonic ([[VoluntaryShapeshifting tricksy shapeshifters]] or brutish {{oni}}).˛* Newborn infants prefer to look at attractive faces (about 80%) than less attractive or plain ones. This is due to the aesthetic, symmetric appeal of a beautiful face, suggesting that inbuilt preferences are involved which help babies make sense of their environment.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Other]]˛* Fairytales and folklore are chock-full of this so much that in many cases 'ugly' is shorthand for 'completely deficient as a human being in every conceivable way possible.' But be wary. The ShapeshiftingLover, if male, may be hideous before the change, and a hideous old woman may be enchanted and truly young and beautiful.˛* Other than the odd tchotchke made to cater to ethnic appeal, angels are always shown with flowing blonde hair, beatific bordering on vacant smiles, rosy to pure white skin and sparkling azure eyes. Never will you see one with pockmarked skin, a big nose or even mouse-brown hair. This [[OurAngelsAreDifferent interpretation]] is so common there's a [[AngelicBeauty trope]] for it. Made even more ridiculous since [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] in ''Literature/TheBible'' [[EldritchAbomination look like the stuff of nightmares.]] ˛[[/folder]]˛˛!!Subversions and [[PlayingWithATrope played-with]] examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Anime and Manga]]˛* Gilgamesh of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is a fair-skinned, red-eyed, golden armor-wearing spiky-haired blond {{Bishonen}} who happens to be an A-rank douchebag and firmly rooted in the villain camp. [[HiddenDepths He is given plenty of depth, however, and though he is evil he has a clear set of morals.]]˛* Played around with quite a bit in ''Manga/DeathNote'', in just about every permutation:˛** VillainProtagonist Light Yagami is popular, impeccably groomed and dressed, has girls fawning over him everywhere. He seems good at first but turns into the worst serial killer in history and a MagnificentBastard who manipulates everyone around him with no consideration for their feelings.˛*** However, [[spoiler: this is played straight with Light when he loses his memories of the Death Note for a brief period of time. He is a really great guy, the complete opposite of Kira, and he is still gorgeous]].˛** In contrast, L, the detective chasing Kira, is gangly, funny-looking, and has permanent bags under his eyes; most girls in-story won't even look at him twice, and he has no friends. But he's [[GreatDetective the world's greatest detective]], with a strong determination to take down the murderer, albeit using somewhat [[KnightTemplar questionable methods]]. He's often considered UglyCute, granted, but this was unintentional.˛** Misa Amane is a supermodel who turns into a serial killer, though she thinks she's doing it for a [[LoveMakesYouEvil good reason]]; she's [[AffablyEvil genuinely kind and friendly]] aside from her actions as the second Kira.˛** Ryuk, the Shinigami, plays this trope relatively straight: he looks like a monster, and he's a nut who doesn't care who lives or dies as long as he's entertained, and he uses humans as playthings. He'd be another MagnificentBastard if he weren't so [[BrilliantButLazy lazy]].˛** Shinigami Rem still looks somewhat scary, but she's softer and more feminine than Ryuk, and she does what she does out of a sense of duty to a fallen friend, along with genuine compassion for Misa [[spoiler:which leads to a HeroicSacrifice]].˛** Then there's Sidoh, who's ugly as normal for a Shinigami, but isn't so much evil as pathetic and pitifully stupid.˛** Virtually all of the common criminals are butt-ugly. I guess breaking the law only makes you ugly if you do it without the help of a Shinigami.˛** Then there's Mello and Near, where this trope is REALLY played around with. On the one hand, Near is like L in that he is an anti-heroic antagonist who uses questionable methods, yet he looks like a cute little boy. Meanwhile, Mello is an extreme ByronicHero who commits some pretty appalling crimes just so he can beat Near in catching Kira, yet he is a pretty handsome guy to start with. His face gets scarred later on, but even then he is arguably still pretty attractive.˛* The psychopathic Johan is easily ''Manga/{{Monster}}'''s best-looking character.˛** Naoki Urasawa puts about as much stock in this trope as Pratchett does (read: none). [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kenji.JPG This guy here]] is the hero of ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' (whose {{Ragtag|BunchOfMisfits}} team of freedom fighters includes, among others, an old homeless man and a guy best described as a human frog). [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pluto.JPG The sinister-looking guy here with the receding hairline]] is one of the good guys in ''Manga/{{Pluto}}''. [[http://view.thespectrum.net/series/monster-volume-12.html?ch=Volume+12&page=52 This little cutie?]] [[CreepyCrossdresser Satan incarnate]].˛* Averted in ''Literature/{{Paprika}}''. The obese Tokita appears to have no deep and dark issues with his weight, being a [[GeniusDitz happy, brilliant, affable scientist]], ''and'' it turns out [[spoiler:the girl of his dreams, Chiba, is plenty enthralled with him as well, and they get married]]!˛* Commonly subverted or played with in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Ugly characters often turn out to be stalwart and good in their own right, and more conventionally attractive characters can be really, really awful or kind of ambiguous at best. [[DoubleStandard Unless they're women.]] Nine times out of ten, attractive women are good (Nami, Vivi, Robin, Hancock) while ugly women are evil (Alvida pre-transformation, Miss Merry Christmas, Big Mom). There is the occasional subversion, though, where an attractive woman can be evil (Miss Doublefinger, Kalifa, Monet) and an ugly woman is good (Kokoro, Lola).˛* Kintano from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' is the NiceGuy, ThePollyanna, AllLovingHero, and an ActualPacifist. [[FaceOfAThug His face,]] however, makes small children cry.˛* Beauty may equal goodness, but on [[Manga/BoboboboBobobo one show in particular]], "Beauty" equals...[[OnlySaneMan exasperation]] (constantly).˛* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' toys with it in the person of Marik Ishtar. He's a {{Bishonen}} in a BareYourMidriff outfit who has all the fangirls fawning over him. He's also a ManipulativeBastard who plots to TakeOverTheWorld via MindRape. He's later revealed to have a SuperpoweredEvilSide with OmnicidalManiac and CombatSadomasochist tendencies; this identity (Dark Marik), is also far, far, uglier with grotesque facial features, AnimeHair, bulging eyes, TaintedVeins, and a much more brutal, muscular build. So beauty equals evil, but ugly equals more evil?˛* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' subverts this beautifully. Deitrich is described as having "the face of an angel and the heart of a devil". Despite his beautiful appearance, he's evil. In addition, during the final battle in the anime Cain's ultimate form resembles a heavenly angel, while Abel's ultimate form resembles a demon from hell˛* Interesting case in ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam''. Katejima Loos is portrayed as a beautiful girl in her late teens. The series protagonist, Uso, certainly thinks so, since he has a crush on her. [[spoiler: She starts out as one of the main heroic cast, but slowly shows her true colors of being a {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch. Even when it's clear that she's far from good, Uso refuses to believe that she's evil, even when she tries to kill him on multiple occasions. This changes near the end of the series, when he finally wakes up and fights her back. She even points this out, afterwards, acting shocked that her charms no longer work.]]˛* The main character's best friend in the light novel of ''Manga/GhostHunt'' gets hit ''hard'' with this trope. Shibuya Kazuya is stunningly beautiful, even after a rough night with next to no sleep at all. Naturally, Mai and her two best friends form instant crushes ... until Mai realises that he's abrasive, cocky, sarcastic, narcissistic and flat-out insulting to just about everyone. What's Michiru's response when she's informed of this? "But ... he's really handsome." Because someone that pretty cannot ''possibly'' be a bad person ... Further subverted in that he genuinely does care for his colleagues and clients, and always acts only in the interest of their safety - he just doesn't like to show it.˛* In ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', most of the noble characters are portrayed as very beautiful. They're generally divided between being RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething (for example, Kail and his brothers) and those who are incompetent or outright harmful to the wellbeing of their countries (for example, Nakia and [[spoiler: Nefertiti]]). The very handsome Ramses wants to gain power in Egypt so he can better care for its people which is a noble goal, but he also repeatedly tries to kidnap and rape Yuri, leading her to consider him a complete cad. Meanwhile, Nakia and [[spoiler:Urhi]] are ''very'' beautiful but also are incredibly and unbelievably evil. Even worse, their backstories show that their beauty caused the circumstances that lead to them becoming as horrible as they are. Yuri, meanwhile, is very cute by modern-day standards but is initially considered plain by most people in Hattusa, mainly because [[DeliberateValuesDissonance she's short and flat-chested]]. As people begin to love her for her kindness and the good things she does for them, they talk about features that they do consider beautiful about her (namely her pale skin and black hair) and her maids imply that her beauty comes from her happy, friendly demeanor.˛* Played with in ''Anime/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''. For the most part, the heroes or ambiguous anti-heroes are mostly good-looking. But certain villains like Jamil, Judar and [[spoiler: Gyokuen Ren and other Al-Thamen members like Dunya and Ithan]] are just as attractive, though they can occasionally lapse into twisted, dark caricatures. ˛* Played with in ''Manga/{{Superior}}''. Though all the main cast is attractive, 'beauty' is talked about mostly as an internal quality, related to goodness and valuing life. At one point, Sheila breaks down in tears and asks Copy ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin who physically looks almost identical to her]]) and Shadow why they are so ugly after their callous slaughter of a village- while also remembering how ''she'' used to be the same way. [[spoiler: The original Demon Lord]], on the other hand, seems to believe that beauty is in fact related to purity... though [[spoiler: his]] idea of 'pure' is [[PureIsNotGood far, far removed]] from [[KillEmAll valuing life.]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Art]]˛* In Byzantine Christian art, most Saints are drawn somewhat ugly to accentuate their Inner Beauty represented by their halo.˛* Many Renaissance portrayals of Saints or Biblical characters were intentionally drawn plain as to avoid inspiring lust for a holy character. However, angels, who were genderless...˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Ben "The Thing" Grimm]] is one of the most popular characters in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, in spite, or perhaps because, of the fact that he's a massive rock creature.˛* Comicbook/BetaRayBill. He looks like an orange humanoid crocodile/horse hybrid and is even considered hideous by his own people's standards (they normally just look like yellow humanoids with no hair or pupils), yet he is one of the noblest beings in the Marvel Universe. One of the most badass, too. After all, he was the ''first'' non-Asgardian to be deemed worthy enough to wield Comicbook/TheMightyThor's hammer, Mjolnir, which was of course intended to be a shock to both Thor and readers.˛* The AntiHero mutant Franchise/{{Wolverine}}--longstanding, undisputed favorite of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' franchise--was originally supposed to be a subversion. Five-foot-nothing, slightly hunched, enough hair on his body to wonder why he didn't wind up with the "Beast" codename, and reportedly, poor personal hygiene (even though ''you know as well as I do he couldn't maintain hair like that without being half-metrosexual''). However, because of PopularityPower, many writers sometimes forget the above description and turn him into a [[SuetifulAllAlong sexy funtastic lady-lovin' machine]]. Maybe it's animal magnetism, or his [[RunningTheAsylum fan-favoritism (the current writers were fans in their youth)]], or they realize that one word has always defined Wolvie: stamina. Even at his ugliest, he looks pretty good for 113!˛* Comicbook/SpiderGirl, in her identity as May Parker, started out as a star basketball player with short hair, a major subversion from just about all the mainstream superheroines who've ever gotten their own series. Since that time, while May has grown her hair a little longer, what little FanService exists is rather mild, if not non-existent, compared to what many readers have come to expect.˛* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' was started when the creator, Mike Mignola, wanted a hero that looked like a villain. [[AntiAntiChrist Hence, Hellboy looks like a demon.]]˛* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' has the actual Prince Charming as a major character and also a shallow, heartless, bastard. Goldilocks is very attractive and turns out to be murderously violent. Bluebeard is, well, [[TheBluebeard Bluebeard]]. Beauty is beautiful but happens to be a total bitch. Bigby's looks are up for debate but his actions support him being a subversion whether you think he's good looking or not.˛* Of course, played with often in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', thanks to the series blurring the lines between ugliness and beauty, and heroism and villainy.˛** Rorschach, despite being one of the main heroes (and most certainly the star of the book), is ugly as sin. Uneven haircut (and ginger at that), short, pug nose, spotty face, dead eyes, aged face, he's described as being "fascinatingly ugly" by his psychiatrist. Hasn't stopped a small portion of the female fanbase being into him...˛** Ozymandias. Tall, muscular, blonde, handsome, older than he looks, strong features. [[spoiler: The "villain" of the series]].˛*** Of course, these two examples could either be considered an aversion or playing it straight, depending on your point of view.˛** Played the straightest with Nite Owl II, who is a little hefty and wears thick glasses but is considered very handsome by at least two characters.˛** Silk Spectre II is rather stunning, like her Mom, but she doesn't care for the hero thing at all.˛*** Her Mom, Silk Spectre I, was a successful hero ''because'' she was a beauty. It was publicity to help her movie career.˛** Dr. Manhattan rebuilt himself in the shape of the ideal man and the classical hero, standing well over six feet with statuesque features. He even walks around naked. However, he doesn't care at all for heroism.˛** The Comedian is tall, handsome and has "bad boy appeal", which also plays the trope straight except... he's not much of a hero. It straightens out again when his scars and age reduce his good looks to a rather leathery-looking ball of meat.˛* In ''Comicbook/SinCity'', physical beauty in general is not a good barometer for morality in a setting like this, even though some of the heroes do play it very straight.˛** Marv is a massive, ugly monster of a man but is also a good man.˛** Ava Lord is pure evil but was extremely beautiful to the point where [[TheVamp she could easily manipulate almost any man into doing her bidding]].˛** Junior was also fairly handsome and looked every bit the golden boy future President his father wanted him to become -- too bad about the whole [[Monster/ComicBooks "raping and killing little girls" hobby]]. It's played straight with Junior after the experimental treatments that saved him from Hartigan's NoHoldsBarredBeatdown also disfigured him.˛* One ''Comicbook/TwoFace'' comic subverts this nicely. After he gets the surgery to fix the mangled side of his face his split personality is cured and he no longer needs the coin. Too bad the mangled side of his face represented the ''good Harvey Dent'', and without it he sinks completely into evil and is [[TheUnfettered no longer held back]] [[FromBadToWorse by his good side]].˛* ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'' played with this trope when the team visited a [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Barsoom-esque]] world where they saved the [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix7/anjulie-mainimage.jpg beautiful]] Princess Anjulie, who [[DamselInDistress was seemingly threatened]] by a group of blue-skinned humanoid pirates. It turns out she was a cruel, EldritchAbomination-worshiping despot that had seduced and overthrown the previous king and the pirates were led by the rightful princess Kymri, who was ready to avenge her father before the heroes barged in. While Kymri looks certainly inhuman compared to her enemy, she is far from bad-looking herself, being a [[https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/0/77/264245-56496-kymri.jpg gorgeous]] [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Blue-Skinned Space Babe]] and a DistaffCounterpart to ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}, a ChickMagnet himself despite his demonic visage.˛* In "The Day After Doomsday" in ''Creepy'' #24 the pretty woman Richard Caldwell encounters in a blighted wasteland AfterTheEnd turns out to be a member of a cannibal tribe, while the hairy and grotesque mutants are usually-peaceful vegetarians.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fairy Tales]]˛* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/rumpelstiltskin/stories/3spinners.html The Three Spinners]]'', three hideous women offer to help the heroine with her spinning. Unlike Literature/{{Rumpelstiltskin}}, all they want is to be invited to the wedding. When the heroine does, they assure her husband that their hideous looks stem from their endless spinning and thus get the heroine off the hook forever.˛** ''Literature/TheThreeAunts'' is another variant.˛* There are countless fairy tales where the protagonist is given vital aid on their quests by dwarves, crones, and sometimes even giant, disembodied heads, such as ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/jacobs/moreenglish/kingengland.html The King of England's Three Sons]]'', where the youngest son meets three ugly brothers along the way.˛* In the story of "Literature/{{Tatterhood}}", the eponymous heroine is filthy and dresses in rags while wearing a goat. Her sister is traditionally beautiful, but is a DamselInDistress and contributes virtually nothing to the story besides having [[ItMakesSenseInContext her head stolen by trolls]]. The end of the fairy tale does prove that she can be beautiful if she wants, but she makes it clear that she prefers to be ugly.˛* There is a fairy tale where a girl is SoBeautifulItsACurse and is harassed by many attractive, wealthy men... one of whom is {{Satan}} himself. When she refuses him, the Devil spitefully steals her beauty from her, leaving her ugly and misshapen. Years later, he decides to see what happened to the girl and is shocked to find that her new ugliness drove away all her unwanted suitors, leaving her HappilyMarried to an ugly but goodhearted DoggedNiceGuy.˛* ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/aulnoy/goldenbranch.html The Golden Branch]]'' subverts this trope and then plays it straight - the protagonists are a prince and a princess who are both very ugly and crippled but are shown as being good-hearted. The princess is even given the choice between being beautiful and being good and decides that being good is the better option. [[spoiler:Their goodness wins them the favor of a fairy, who eventually rewards them both with beauty. Then, they get turned into animals by an evil witch, and have to get turned back after going on a quest.]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Animated]]˛* Subversion: The ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' series has an ogre as the hero, and the love of his life becomes an ogress herself at the end of the first film. By contrast, the handsome Prince Charming (from the second and third films) is a bratty, immature, villainous twit.˛** There's also Charming's mother, Fairy Godmother. [[BitchInSheepsClothing She's got the sweet, matronly look down, and is not above drugging her goddaughter into marrying her son, threatening to essentially ruin King Harold's life by turning him back into a frog, and trying to kill Shrek.]]˛** ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'' also has the other princesses, who are shown to be fairly shallow and useless at first, while the ugly stepsister Doris is a lot kinder and stronger. [[spoiler:Rapunzel also ends up selling them out so she can marry Charming. She's later revealed to be {{bald|Women}} which could be playing the trope straight, except that she's still an attractive woman, just with no hair.]]˛** ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter'' has all of the ogres as perfectly decent people fighting to overthrow the evil Rumplestiltskin. In that universe, Fiona also identifies as an ogre and keeps her curse of turning into a human woman by day a secret.˛* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. Metroman, the unambiguous hero [[spoiler: who fakes his death because he's tired of the life]] is all HeroicBuild and LanternJawOfJustice, but then you have Megamind [[spoiler: the villain who becomes good]] and Titan [[spoiler: who turns bad because he can't get the girl]]. Megamind is a skinny blue alien with a giant head, but has ''huge'', puppy-like, instantly endearing green eyes complete with eyelashes, while Titan is human but looks and acts like a thug.˛* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:˛** The Queen in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves'' is beautiful, but in a cold and inexpressive way, [[UncannyValley meant to unsettle the audience.]] She later disguises herself as a hideous old peddler woman, which, being [[LargeHam far more openly evil]], represents her true nature.˛** This was the moral to Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' - the attractive Gaston is actually a terrible person while the Beast is very kind and gentle. Of course, the Beast himself (as well as the Prince he turns back into) could be considered quite attractive themselves, [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom depending on one's taste]].˛** While Tiana and Naveen are plenty attractive in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', the animation crew also took great pains to make the sinister Doctor Facilier quite charismatic and attractive as well, to explain how he could lure in unsuspecting victims. And then Ray the Firefly is drawn to resemble an inbred hillbilly but is still one of the most insightful and helpful characters.˛** Both applied AND {{subverted|Trope}} in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''- the main leads are all handsome or cute (Disney even had its own female employees choose what Flynn should look like) and two of the villains (the Stabbington Brothers) are ugly- however the main villainess is pretty hot (while young) and the Snugly Duckling Pub Thugs, despite their looks turned out to be nice guys. They even {{lampshade|Hanging}} it in one of the movie's best musical numbers. It's also lampshaded with Flynn's Wanted Poster, which portrays his criminal self as uglier than he actually is. This extends into the animated series, where the central antagonist [[spoiler:is a cute teenage boy]], though the art style as a whole removes the ugliness out of the equation thoroughly.˛** Subverted in both of Disney's ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' sequels, where Anastasia is an ugly stepsister but is a nicer person. She's a little better drawn arguably, but it's more of a result of her not scowling all of the time.˛** In ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', the greedy and prejudicial Duke of Weselton is one of the least physically attractive characters. [[spoiler: The duke turns out to be a RedHerring, and the true villain is actually Prince Hans, attractive and dashing.]]˛** In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ursula explicitly uses the form of a beautiful woman to trick Eric into falling for her instead of Ariel.˛** In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', the villainess Yzma is old and unattractive while protagonist Kuzco is fairly average looking. Throughout the movie, Kuzco gradually learns humility after being turned into a llama by the vengeful Yzma. Even she learns humility at the end by being turned into a cute little kitten and is grudgingly forced to join the cub-scout-like children's group headed by Krunk, the assistant she used to boss around.˛** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is an example if you're into men like [[BigBad Frollo]] who, while not straight-up ugly, is rather old and skinny. However, the hero of the film is a deformed hunchback named Quasimodo who is [[AllLovingHero everything]] [[NiceGuy Frollo]] [[ShrinkingViolet isn't]].˛** The main villain in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' [[spoiler:is a cute and unassuming sheep]], which actually caused flack in China for not adhering to AnimalStereotypes.˛* DoubleSubversion in ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent'', where the ugly Russian witch Literature/BabaYaga is actually portrayed as being a benign character, and she even makes a magic potion that can make people on the outside 10 times what they are on the inside. According to Yaga, the titular bat is supposed to drink the potion, which will turn him into a brave hero, but the potion is later stolen by the evil Ludmilla, who is portrayed as being beautiful. Ludmilla actually wants to use Jaga's potion to make her even more beautiful so she can take over Russia, but when she finally drinks it, said potion realizes that Ludmilla is evil once consumed, and as a result, it turns her into a dragon.˛* The villain of ''WesternAnimation/HappilyNEverAfter 2'' starts out ugly and turns herself beautiful so she can marry the king.˛* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': The film subverts it early on when the textbook prince-level handsome Roland turns out to be a [[YourCheatingHeart cheating jerk]]. [[spoiler: It also subverts it with the Bog King, an ugly insect humanoid who turns out to be surprisingly heroic after falling in love. Roland turns out to be the {{Big Bad}} and the Aesop is literally stated out loud (albeit for {{Hypocritical Humor}}).]] ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* Subverted very cruelly in ''Film/{{Audition}}'' when the lonely, widowed male lead discovers that his beautiful, demure bride-to-be is AxCrazy.˛* Subverted in such high school teen comedies as ''Film/MeanGirls'' and "The DUFF" (Designated Ugly Fat Friend. It turns out that a DUFF doesn't even have to be ugly. It's just a term used for the least popular but most approachable member of a group of friends.)˛* Inverted in the 1953 sci-fi movie ''Film/ItCameFromOuterSpace'' where the hideous one-eyed aliens are not launching a covert invasion of Earth; they only want to quietly repair their spaceship and leave without conflict.˛* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. An alien that can at best be described as wrinkled and stubby, and also one of the most sympathetic and beloved characters in cinema history.˛* Averted, lampshaded and parodied in the ''Film/AustinPowers'' movies where the hero doesn't look good at all and one of the first things said to him after he is unfrozen is that he should get a makeover for his teeth. At the end of one of the movies when they watch a movie based on Austin Powers (yeah.) [[AdaptationalAttractiveness Austin is played by Tom Cruise]].˛* In the Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', Aris Kristatos, a handsome Greek tycoon decorated by the British government for valor during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and devoted to his patronage of an aspiring Olympic figure skater Bibi Dahl, warns Bond that Milos Columbo, a swarthy, greasy-haired heroin smuggler, has the encryption device that Bond is attempting to retrieve. When Bond meets with Columbo, he declares that, yes, he is a smuggler, but [[EvenEvilHasStandards he never smuggled heroin]], and that Kristatos is the real drug smuggler, having warned Bond that he may have to kill Columbo to knock out the competition. By the end of the movie, Kristatos has attempted to kill Bond (and clearly had non-fatherly designs on Bibi), while Colombo aided Bond in taking him down.˛* Christopher Johnson and his son of ''Film/{{District 9}}'' are the only two white spots in an otherwise BlackAndGrayMorality CrapsackWorld. They also happen to be giant space roaches.˛* Lampshaded and subverted throughout ''Passione d'Amore''. The good-looking male has an affair with a good-looking married woman. (She gets away with stringing him along because she's pretty.) Then, he gets sent to some backwater area and starts to interact with the local colonel's daughter, whom everybody agrees is quite ugly. It also shaped her character: even her parents avoided contact with her. She never gets a 'beautiful all along' makeover, but he eventually falls in love with her anyway. Then she dies. And he goes to tell his pretty lover that he isn't taking her shit anymore. It's mainly notable for the 'pretty dude/ugly woman' pairing.˛* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: Played with in Loki's case. In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', Loki's lovely RavenHairIvorySkin looks denote that he was once on the side of good before his FaceHeelTurn, and he's a sympathetic (if appallingly misguided) anti-villain. In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', he becomes an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette, and his more sickly complexion conveys that he's an unsympathetic, malevolent villain. In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' and ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', Loki appears healthy again, with his gorgeousness being emblematic of his potential for a HeelFaceTurn, and he's an anti-hero in both films. [[spoiler:In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', his vulnerability and desperation in closeups are intensified because he's a LongHairedPrettyBoy, and it makes his HeroicSacrifice that much more grisly and disturbing.]]˛* The US Navy's sexual harassment training videos subvert this trope. In an example of quid pro quo sexual harassment, the protagonist is an unattractive girl who does a good job and only wants recognition for her hard work. The two antagonists are a male sailor who has the power to pick the Sailor of the Quarter and an attractive blonde sailor who is chosen for this position with heavy implications that she is chosen only because she slept with the guy who makes the decisions. ˛* In ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' the owner of Globotech assumes the human Commando Elite are the heroes while the odd-looking Gorgonites should be the villains due to this trope. The reverse is actually true.˛* All over the place in ''Film/TheHobbit''. All of the elves are impossibly beautiful, but while you have [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Elrond]], [[BigGood Galadriel]] and [[NiceGirl Tauriel]], you also have the unrepentantly {{Jerkass}} Thranduil, and Legolas is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. The orcs and goblins play this straight as well; they're just as cruel and wicked as they are hideous. The dwarves are very much the opposite of the elves, fittingly: all of them are good people, but while you have [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hobbit-bombur-stephen-hunter_3659.jpg Bombur]], you also have [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/53-empire-thorin-cover_2488.jpg Thorin]]. Which itself is an inversion, as Bombur is portrayed as a pretty good guy in both book and film, but Thorin is a bit more complicated...˛* Subverted in ''Film/LeaveHerToHeaven'' with the beautiful Ellen also being a BitchInSheepsClothing, a GreenEyedMonster, and {{Yandere}} all in one.˛* ''Film/{{Zoolander 2}}'': Parodied.˛-->'''Hansel:''' ''[dead serious]'' She's hot. I trust her.˛* The crew of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' mocked Admiral Ackbar's design for being ugly but director, Richard Marquand refused to change it because he wanted children to know that this trope wasn't true.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* ''{{Series/Angel}}'':˛** Darla, one of the most evil vampires on the show, was ravishingly beautiful and would often lure victims in with her beauty. She would also always be seen dressed to the height of whatever fashion was in at the time.˛** Jasmine, the BigBad of Season 4, is a DarkMessiah who takes the form of a beautiful woman (Creator/GinaTorres to be specific). When someone's blood mixes with hers, they're freed from her spell by glimpsing her true form - which looks like a rotting corpse. ˛* Some ''{{Series/Charmed|1998}}'' demons played with this:˛** The Siren was an attractive woman who seduced married men and then burned them to death, along with their wives.˛** Christy Jenkins is BrainwashedAndCrazy and, despite her love for [[MoralityPet her little sister Billie]], is proved to be the UltimateEvil. She's also a very beautiful young woman, and the sisters comment on her beauty.˛* One of the "conditions" in ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'' is that if a beautiful woman is involved in the case, they're more likely to be the murderer than an unattractive one. So it's the job of the "supporting characters" to never suspect or question these people. Of course, this is regularly double subverted.˛* The theme song for the US broadcast of ''Series/DangerMan'':˛-->Beware of pretty faces that you find\˛A pretty face can hide an evil mind˛* X5s in ''Series/DarkAngel'' tend to be attractive, but that's down to {{genetic engineering|IsTheNewNuke}} (and being played by Creator/JessicaAlba or Creator/JensenAckles). Manticore transgenics with more bizarre appearances are also generally good guys.˛* ''Series/DoctorWho'':˛** Subverted in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E1Galaxy4 "Galaxy 4"]], with the beautiful female Drahvins (who turn out to be the villains) and the hideous Rills (the good guys). Also somewhat subverted, a lot of the time, by the character of the Doctor himself.˛** In the novel ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresTimewyrmRevelation Timewyrm: Revelation]]'' by Creator/PaulCornell, Ace finds a pack of double-sided Tarot cards which symbolize the Doctor. One of the cards is called "We Are Friends To The Ugly"/"We War With The Beautiful", and shows the Doctor embracing a many-tentacled monster (possibly a Venusian, or Alpha Centuri from the Peladon stories) and confronting a calm humanoid.˛** The most common source of CowboyBebopAtHisComputer in ''Series/DoctorWho'' news is journalists assuming that the most hideous looking alien in a given story is "the monster".˛** The first story to intentionally and properly subvert the trope is [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E7TheSensorites "The Sensorites"]] -- the Sensorites are hideous beings (similar to the Ood in the new series) who are introduced to us performing a constant campaign of psychic MindRape on the occupants of a human spaceship, its hideous face appearing to us from behind a plate of glass as a cliffhanger. As soon as the Doctor starts communicating with the Sensorites, he realizes they are peace-loving beings prone to SensoryOverload, misguidedly attacking the humans under erroneous beliefs, and soon patches things up between the ship occupants and the Sensorites. He spends most of the story helping the Sensorites from a gang of evil colonialist humans and protecting the good Sensorites from the token evil Sensorite politician.˛** Played with from all angles by [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius "The Brain of Morbius"]]. Evil Solon is charming and handsome but far nastier than his ugly [[TheIgor Igor]] {{Expy}} servant Condo, who is more antiheroic. Yet both Solon and Condo are obsessed with the beauty of the Doctor and Sarah respectively (the good guys) -- Condo even tells Sarah that she's better than him because she's pretty, while Solon is fascinated at first sight by the Doctor's face and decides it would be the [[MadArtist perfect head]] for the body he's building for the psychotic Morbius -- the Doctor, interestingly, isn't conventionally handsome but is very striking and magnetic. The Doctor and Sarah make fun of Morbius' [[FrankensteinsMonster ugliness]] compared to their own good looks when confronting him at the end of the story, but it's because it's a sore point for Morbius, who (it is implied) was known for his charismatic good looks in his last body and claims to experience agony from the sheer experience of being what he currently is. And Sarah only shows fear of Morbius when she sees him for the first time, and is very blasé about him (even trying to help him!) when she's blinded.˛* ''Drop Dead Diva'' is all about what happens after a sexy but arrogant supermodel wakes up in the body of a chubby female attorney after a car accident.˛* The staff on the upper floors of ''Series/TheITCrowd'' are, as suggested, "a lot of sexy people not doing much work and having affairs". And they're all horrible, mean people. At least to Moss and Roy, anyway.˛* ''Series/LostInSpace'' episode "The Golden Man". Two aliens are in conflict: the handsome title character and his ugly frog-like opponent. The Golden Man turns out to be the bad guy.˛* In ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', any beautiful woman who turns up in Camelot is guaranteed to be evil. The two subversions (Princesses Elena and Mithian) had their beauty used as a deliberate RedHerring to make the audience ''believe'' they were evil before the twist emerges that they were actually good all along.˛* An unsung aversion is ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' and to some extent ''Series/SesameStreet'' as well. With muppets, it doesn't matter what a muppet looks like as to how good or bad a person uh puppet will be. And at least on ''The Muppet Show'' it was even true with the guest stars you couldn't tell how nice or mean they would be purely based on looks. In fact the more you like a muppet, the more you like the way they look.˛* Averted with Julie Cooper in ''Series/TheOC'', widely acknowledged as beautiful, but also suffers from ChronicVillainy.˛* Averted in-universe with Michael Scott of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', he truly believes that the more attractive a person is the more trustworthy, honorable, etc. they are. Every attractive person Michael puts any trust in are arrogant {{Jerkass}}es.˛* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': Subverted in the episode "Mind Over Matter". Dr. Stein (Mark Hamill) is experimenting with entering people's minds with the help of an AI but has unrequited feelings for his colleague Dr. Carter. When she enters a coma after an accident, he plugs her into the machine and spends time with her inside the virtual world. Then the AI goes rogue, admitting that [[KissMeImVirtual it's fallen in love with Stein]] and [[MurderTheHypotenuse wants him for itself]]. A being looking like a dishevelled Carter appears to kill the real Carter, prompting Stein to kill the attacker. [[spoiler:Except it turns out that the dishevelled-looking Carter ''was'' the real one because her mind was only partially active and therefore distorted the avatar. The pretty avatar that he assumed to be Carter was the AI all along.]]˛* In a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit, an angel comes to a woman in the hospital and asks her to take his hand so he can heal her, but she's extremely distrustful of him because he's dressed in all black, has black wings, and, well, he's played by ''Creator/ChristopherWalken''. He points out that if he ''was'' trying to deceive her and take her life, he'd be more subtle about it and come disguised as a beloved dead relative. Moments later, her late grandmother appears and kills her.˛* Subverting this trope is the basis of much of the humor of comedienne Creator/SarahSilverman. When performing, she has the appearance, mannerisms, and voice of a [[PuritySue sweet, innocent young woman]]. It takes a while for [[BlackComedy what she is actually saying]] to sink in...˛* ''Series/TheSingingRingingTree'' zig-zags this trope. The heroine is a princess who, whilst outwardly beautiful, is arrogant and mean-spirited. She later gets cursed with ugliness (which due to limited production values admittedly appears more HollywoodHomely than anything) as a reflection of her inner character, with her outward beauty only being gradually restored as she slowly redeems herself.˛* Played straight in the original series of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' with Captain Kirk. Creator/GeneRoddenberry was originally opposed to casting a bald lead for ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' due to this trope but changed his mind after seeing Creator/PatrickStewart's audition. Stewart was later called the "The Sexiest Man on TV" by ''Magazine/TVGuide,'' bald head and all; this is telling.˛** Speaking of baldness, the Doctor in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' is bald, has BigOlEyebrows (although neither of those are inherently unattractive) and generally will not win any beauty pageants. He's one of the show's most popular characters, and a good guy (albeit [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a pretty jerkish good guy]]). As a hologram, he ''could'' look like anyone who's on the ship's records, but generally doesn't.˛** There's actually plenty of instances in the original series of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' where good-looking people are the villains (or most of the time, AffablyEvil). Not sure if this would be a subversion, aversion, or some variation, but the women in "Mudd's Women" are actually very ugly unless they take a pill which makes them radiantly beautiful. It's later revealed to be a case of the PlaceboEffect, and the women's beauty was merely a factor of their self-confidence. They then become beautiful without the pill.˛** Spock himself quoted this trope in the episode "Is There In Truth No Beauty", commenting on the Greek ideal that "what is beautiful must therefore be good." The episode subverted: Kollos, a member of a race described as so ugly that no one can look at them without going mad, turns out to be friendly and helpful when he shares minds with Spock, but his human aide Miranda, while very attractive, is cold and aloof, and later jealous of Kollos' bond with Spock. Kirk himself admits, "Most of us are attracted by beauty and repelled by ugliness -- one of the last of our prejudices."˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Music]]˛* Robert Palmer's "Bad Case of Loving You":˛-->A pretty face don't make no pretty heart\˛I learned that, buddy, from the start˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Religion]]˛* At one point, ''Literature/TheBible'' describes Abram ([[MeaningfulRename later Abraham]]) worried someone might try to steal his wife Sarai ([[MeaningfulRename later Sarah]]) because he "realized she was beautiful." The Talmud interprets this to mean that she ''was'' physically attractive, but that Abram/Abraham connected to her on a spiritual level, so he would have found her beautiful no matter ''how'' she looked; he only realized other men might fancy her years after they had been married.˛** It's also been noted that the matriarchs are only described as beautiful when they're also being connected with positive traits; however, rather than playing this trope straight, the interpretations are either a.) beauty only matters when it ''accentuates'' goodness or b.) [[InvertedTrope one should find goodness to be beautiful, not beauty to be good]].˛** The Messiah, on the other hand, is explicitly described by Isaiah as being ugly, so that no one would be distracted by carnal desire.˛*** In keeping with their belief as Christians that Jesus was the Messiah, early descriptions of Jesus were of a short, ugly, hairy man with dark skin and wooly hair. Even early icons of Jesus (before 800 CE) show a very scary, angry-looking guy. Early Roman critics of Christianity, such as Celsus, bring up Jesus's ugliness to mock Christians without realizing it was probably they who spread the description in the first place.˛** Inverted with Jezebel, whose beauty is meant to emphasize her arrogance and corruption.˛** Also inverted with {{Satan}}, who was formerly the angel Lucifer ("[[LightIsNotGood light-bearer]]"). Tradition states that he is still able to take on a beautiful appearance, and if he did so any man who saw him would be overcome with awe and worship him. He's still, well, ''{{Satan}}'', the UltimateEvil in Christianity.˛** 1 Peter 3:3-4 in the New Testament also plays on the theme of the "inner" beauty of character being as important, if not more so, than outward beauty. ˛* In the ''Literature/BookOfEsther'', Ahasuerus/Xerxes' first queen, Vashti, was said to be the most beautiful woman in the Persian Empire. However, according to some [[WordOfDante Midrashic interpretations]], she was haughty, arrogant, and made her (mostly Jewish) servant-girls do things like work on the Sabbath or eat unkosher food. [[note]] (Even though the text supports ''none'' of this. The only "bad thing" Vashti did in the text was to disobey her husband's command to parade before his party guests wearing only her crown, which was viewed as treason by her patriarchal society.) [[/note]] According to these interpretations, the ''real'' reason she refused her husband's summons was that she had been punished by an angel with some sort of embarrassing disfigurement.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Tabletop Games]]˛* Subverted and muddied in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Descriptions of most [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]] fit the "ruggedly handsome" image, but they're the result of massive genetic engineering and are described by most normal humans as strikingly inhuman. [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Battle]] and [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]] are often portrayed as beautiful in artwork but books, official content, and WordOfGod all agree that they're anything but. Physical beauty is also one of the most common gifts bestowed by Chaos God Slaanesh, Prince of Excess and Debauchery.˛** The reasons that the Sisters of Battle don't look as good as their tabletop models are scarring, tattoos, weight, missing body parts, and them not giving a damn about personal appearance.˛** "Though there was no disguising his inhumanity [...] there was the overgrown gigantism of the face, that particular characteristic of the Astartes, almost equine". That's Captain Loken, the definitive Good Guy of the first ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' book, Creator/DanAbnett's ''Horus Rising''. Also, the book gives us an idea of how much Space Marines stink after some time in their powered armor. On the other hand, most Primarchs, who are even taller than Marines, are godlike beautiful.˛** Subversion in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': See that really hot, half-naked elf woman? She's the Dark Elf Hag Witch who kills children and bathes in their blood. That fat frog guarded by the huge, frightening lizards she's fighting? The frog's a Slann Mage-Priest, and those lizards are Temple Guards, among the noblest soldiers in the world.˛** Played straight to the point of absurdity however with the literal AlwaysChaoticEvil servants of [[TheCorruption Chaos]], who have an ''explicit rule'' that the more they devote themselves to Chaos the more mind-warpingly horrific they become, with the final fate of any Chaos follower being either a gibbering Chaos Spawn with more limbs than IQ points or a [[OneWingedAngel massive Daemon Prince]] with dominion over their own slice of hell.˛** And subverted again with followers of Slaanesh, who are described as [[UglyCute Disturbingly beautiful]] at worst. The ability of the artists and modelers to convey this, however, varies due to individual skill and decency laws.˛*** Though played disturbingly straight with Slaanesh's two champions in 40K, Lucius and Fulgrim. Fulgrim was one of the most beautiful primarchs while on the side of the Emperor, but now he's a four-armed snake thing. Likewise, Lucius was called a pretty boy by his allies because he had never taken an injury in battle. You only start seeing his ugly side after Loken [[StartOfDarkness breaks his nose]], and when he truly [[FaceHeelTurn turns]], he starts cutting his face up whenever he kills someone. Hence how he looks in the 41st millennium.˛** Sigvald the Magnificent, Slaanesh's champion in Fantasy, is a Viking PrettyBoy whose feet don't even touch the ground so as not to get them dirty with every aspect of TheFightingNarcissist and CampStraight you can imagine. He's also a sadist who once torched a city because he didn't like the wine, and his entire unit carries polished shields so he can admire himself whenever he feels like it (the in-game explanation for his having the Stupidity rule).˛** And to perhaps complete the cycle, there is the case of the Chaos god Nurgle, horrifying and ugly in the most maximal senses of the word, and that’s without factoring in the virulent plagues and diseases has coursing through the very air he resides in, let alone his skin. Bloated, dead-looking, maggots and worms writhing everywhere, and one of his attributes is kindness. His followers while all hideously ugly as well, and bloated/diseased, are nonetheless also jovial and welcoming. To make it even more insane, when the Eldar pantheon fell in the birth of Slaanesh, the goddess of fertility, healing, and presumably beauty, Isha, was captured by Slaanesh to be his/her/it's plaything forever. When she screamed and begged for help across the cosmos, none other than Nurgle and his followers wage war on Slaanesh to get Isha out. Nurgle kept her in his garden then and had her drink his plagues - she, of course, could heal herself, and so would then tell all mortals how to rid themselves of his plagues. While she could leave, canon seems to indicate she willingly stays with Nurgle. He absolutely adores her, and likewise, she loves him.˛** The Dark Eldar greatly value physical perfection and beauty and look the part, their telltale deathly pallor, a consequence of living in a realm with no real sun, notwithstanding. They also happen to be utterly repugnant hedonistic monsters. The black hollow soul of a Dark Eldar is one of the worst things a psyker can see with his/her witch-sight.˛* Completely averted with D&D Tieflings. 2e Tieflings are sexy, usually evil, and possess only a few 'subtle' signs of their heritage (small horns, glowing eyes, etc). 4e Tieflings are hideous and almost always good.˛* A third party publication for Third Edition subverts this even more with Amazons: all of them are stunningly beautiful women, on the other hand, they are bloodthirsty NeutralEvil [[StrawFeminist near-literal feminazis]] who kill men at sight andor rape them for reproduction, to the point they [[MoralEventHorizon gleefully]] [[OffingTheOffspring bash their male children's head to pulp against trees]]. Reading about their tradition makes many players NotDistractedByTheSexy. The book was loaded with enough UnfortunateImplications to make a reader wonder about the author.˛* Swords and Scorcery Creature Collection - Subverted with False Lovers, paragons of charm and beauty, who can effortlessly win the hearts and souls of any who look upon them. They are able to inspire heroes and heroines to great deeds, give birth to new forms of art and literature, and transform cultures of entire kingdoms with their wit and grace. Yet, ultimately they will betray those dreams, leave a trail of broken lives in their wake, and crush the spirits of those who loved them simply for the evulz. They hide their true cursed nature behind powerful illusions that maintain the semblance of whom they once were before their looks began to wane in the passing of time.˛* Thoroughly averted in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' with the Flumph, a race of tentacled aberrations with acid spikes and [[{{Fartillery}} an attack that overwhelms the enemy with stench]]... classified as LawfulGood. Apparently this subversion of standard conventions [[http://www.bogleech.com/dnd/flumph.html made the Flumph "one of the worst ideas in D&D history"]]. Go figure.˛** To be fair, this backlash probably has more to do with the [[UglyCute rather non-standard definition of ugly,]] [[MixAndMatchCritters crab-jellyfish-mushroom look]] that many players [[{{Narm}} simply couldn't bring themselves to take seriously]] then the basic idea of an ugly but nice creature itself. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' subverts this rule more frequently than any other game.˛** The Nameless One is covered from head to toe with scars. So much so that he cannot even see his original, unscarred face underneath them. In any other game, he would serve as a brutish, monstrous villain. Of course, this trope isn't subverted if you choose to play as an evil character.˛** His sidekick, Morte, is a floating, talking skull with large, bulging eyeballs, and seems to be a generally good-natured and amiable character, if a DeadpanSnarker.˛** Dakkon is very old, his frame skinny and his face sagging and withered.˛* In ''VideoGame/RazesHell'', the cute and cuddly Kewletts are an evil army on a genocidal campaign to destroy those not cute enough by their standards.˛* The Japanese-developed ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' subverts this. The base commander is a FatBastard, but the handsome-in-an- UncannyValley -way adjutant [[spoiler: is TheMole for the Belkans]].˛* While ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' has unambiguously good and attractive characters (such as Mia Fey, Phoenix's crusading mentor) and unambiguously unattractive and amoral characters (such as Manfred von Karma, an ObviouslyEvil corrupt prosecutor), the series as a whole plays with this trope.˛** There are quite a lot of witnesses who are guilty who subvert the trope. [[spoiler:April May, Dee Vasquez, Alita Tiala, Matt Engarde, Cammy Meele, Calisto Yew, and Daryan Crescend]] all are attractive, but have done ''very'' amoral things ([[AlwaysMurder most of which are murder]]). In fact, some witnesses [[BeautyIsBad exploit their beauty]] to [[WoundedGazelleGambit appear innocent in front of the court]] and deflect suspicion away from them.˛** [[spoiler:Dahlia and Iris in the third game, and Klavier and Kristoph in the fourth game]] are examples of SiblingYinYang that play with this trope. Both pairs of siblings are practically identical but one is a good person while the other only pretends to be and is, in fact, a straight-up murderer.˛** Miles Edgeworth, who is very [[{{Bishonen}} pretty]], but a complete {{Jerkass}}, but eventually becomes a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and then gets CharacterDevelopment until he's a much better person.˛* Subverted and played straight in ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete]]'' with Phacia. Then, played straight in ''[[VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete]]'' with Lucia. In fact, some {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs in the game express disbelief at how someone that beautiful can be the Destroyer (which Lucia isn't, but oh, well...).˛* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':˛** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Sephiroth, Kuja and Seymour are all very attractive. This is not to say their rivals Cloud, Zidane and Tidus are [[UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain bad looking]], just that they're not as attractive as the baddies. It ''is'' worth pointing out that the baddies tend to be attractive in an OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous way, skewing more feminine and unearthly, while the heroes tend to be more boyish and conventional.˛** Used in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' spinoff: ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus.'' Deranged [[MadScientist scientist]] Hojo [[YoungerThanTheyLook still looks to be in his late middle age]], as a young man.˛* The various games in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series have both subverted this trope and played it straight. Of particular note is ''Warcraft III'', in which the stereotypically ugly orc Thrall rises to become one of Azeroth's greatest heroes, while stereotypically handsome human Arthas falls to irredeemable evil (though he becomes less handsome when he becomes a Death Knight.˛** Many of ''Warcraft'''s protagonists aren't traditionally attractive and all but Turalyon and Thrall have been older men. Even Malfurion, an Elf, was a large elderly man with a long grizzly {{beard|OfEvil}}. The Antagonists are almost always pretty ugly, however.˛*** An inversion being the race of Succubi. However they play with this trope as well as they fall in love with their master relatively commonly - and it happens no matter how hideously ugly the summoner can be.˛*** It's possible that to demonic senses, which include aura vision and some telepathy, anybody with the magical and mental attributes needed to summon and bind a succubus (and retain life and sanity) is beautiful by definition, one way or another.˛* Pointed out on two occasions in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'':˛** In the first case, playable character Fir gets manipulated by an ObviouslyEvil, gonkish pirate into believing he's a good person, and the protagonists are invading pirates. When one of the protagonists points out the pirate's thuggish appearance, Fir sarcastically says "Well that's what I get for listening to my mom, and not judging people for their appearance." Note, Fir's mom was HappilyMarried to a large, and thuggish looking man.˛** In the second, the large, and ugly Gonzales is made an outcast for his grotesque appearance, and forced into the service of the villains. One of the protagonists ends up treating him like a person, and he undergoes a HeelFaceTurn.˛* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', Benny and Charlotte turn this trope on their head. Benny ''looks'' intimidating to the point where his personal skill uses that to scare the enemies into dropping a couple stats when in reality he's gentle, easily frightened and shy. Charlotte, on the other hand, is a total hottie who puts on a cutesy face to attract men but is actually a harsh, cynical [[TheLadette Lad-ette]]. They're actually old friends and {{foil}}s to one another, and they can get married if you pursue their supports.˛* Some ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' games subvert this with Igor, a diminutive hunched old man with bulging, bloodshot eyes, pointed ears, a fiendish grin, and a foot-long nose, who helps the good guys develop their powers while claiming he's just fulfilling his own obligations. In other games, however, he's the trope played straight -- you're not ''supposed'' to trust him. And he does outright state he's doing all this for his own reasons-- they just happen to align with the hero's this time.˛* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'':˛** Despite actually being named Beauty, the female agent of the blue people is probably the most cold-hearted, having [[spoiler: kidnapped and threatened a little girl. Beauty was apparently willing to kill her if Sissel stuck around.]] Even her fawning admirer Dandy [[EvenEvilHasStandards took offense]] to being cruel to [[spoiler: Kamilla]], though he was complicit in the [[spoiler: kidnapping]].˛** [[spoiler:Yomiel]] isn't bad-looking (AnimeHair aside, possibly), but is also a depraved criminal. Played straight when he ends up redeeming himself, though not after going through quite a lot.˛* Oddly averted in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' [[GenericCuteness partially due to the artstyle]]; every bad guy from the lowest mook to the cruelest boss is cute as hell.˛* Almost subverted in ''VideoGame/StarCraft''. One of the few attractive characters (most of them being alien or plain) does a FaceHeelTurn, and probably the closest thing to good guys in the game are aliens who are only somewhat humanoid... except for Jim Raynor, who is a classic rough-hewn hero and, with one exception, easily the most moral person in the entire series thus far.˛** From another viewpoint, ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' can be seen to be completely neutral in this respect, as every race and character is crafted to be both good and evil, in one way or another. [[spoiler:The Protoss are noble, but are all but undone by their traditions and hubris; the Terran are very versatile but are almost constantly fighting amongst themselves for power and resources; the Zerg are the stereotypical 'evil' race but are the only race that's striving to better themselves, and being a hivemind, they have the highest 'integrity' of the races (until a human enters the Swarm and the Overmind dies, which results in said human fighting with the Cerebrates for control over the Swarm...)]] As far as attractiveness is concerned - beauty is in the eye of the beholder... or in this case, the player. Take, for instance, the release of the Zerg models for ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' by Blizzard - the entire fanbase was falling over themselves in adoration of their favourite spiny, scaled and virulent units.˛* Somewhat subverted in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': While five out of the six Horde races are ugly and monstrous, the Horde itself [[GreyAndGrayMorality isn't particularly evil]]...and the attractive blood elves are one of the most unpleasant of the Horde races. As for the Alliance, the vaguely demonic-looking draenei are usually LawfulGood and probably the most honorable of the lot.˛** Then played straight when the draenei--particularly draenei women--became very obvious perpetual fanservice. Fanart has ''very'' quickly caught up to reflect this.˛** Played straight in a Horde quest in the latest expansion, where players help overthrow a cruel but incompetent Orc commander in favour of her more noble sister. The tyrant uses one of the "ugly" Orc female faces with red eyes and a perpetual snarl, while the sister has the most conventionally attractive face available to Orcs.˛* ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheKasai'' features four playable characters, three of which subvert this trope. Baumusu and Grizz are both old men, Baumusu is bald, burly, heavyset, and is missing an eye. Grizz is wrinkly, thin as a rail, has a huge nose, and is also balding. Both are noble and honorable heroes. Tati is a very attractive female, but is the most morally questionable of the four, to the point [[spoiler: that she can make a FaceHeelTurn at the end of the game.]] Her brother Rau arguably plays this straight as he's a fairly handsome man and arguably the most noble of all four of them. This is played straight with most of the villains, however. The big bad is especially hideous. [[CoDragons The Twins]] are supposed to be [[EvilIsSexy very attractive]] to the point of being able to mind control men, but the game's graphics and the haziness of the scene makes it something of InformedAttractiveness.˛* In the ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Touhou Project]]'' series, hideous and otherwise monstrous entities, some of whom even state outright that they do/have done things we might otherwise consider repugnant in their lives, have been turned into {{Cute Monster Girl}}s. They are also extremely well-loved by both their creator and the {{Fandom}}, even if "human" is their main delicacy.˛** Then there is Saigyou Ayakashi which uses its beauty to lure people to it and then drain their souls.˛* Played straight early in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'', as the bad guys are brutish and ugly compared to the Witchers, who are [[GoodScarsEvilScars scarred enough to increase their masculine charm]]. Act I ends in a conflict between a beautiful witch who has been the town's doctor, and an unruly mob who sell their own children into slavery. This trope fades as [[GreyAndGrayMorality good and evil become less clear]], and by the end, both the BigBad and BigGood are equally immaculately handsome in their [[KnightInShiningArmor finely-crafted armor]].˛* Though it has many straight examples of this trope, ''Franchise/MassEffect'' also has numerous subversions in all three games of the series.˛** In the first game, [[TheBigGuy Urdnot Wrex]] is just as ugly and ferocious-looking as most Krogan, and sports a number of old battle scars on his face; however, though he's admittedly an AntiHero, Wrex is surprisingly amiable for a BloodKnight [[RetiredBadass Warlord-turned-Mercenary]] and goes on to become a leader and reformer among the Krogan populace in the sequels.˛** Turians aren't exactly handsome by human standards, sporting insectoid mandibles and spikey exoskeletons; however, the one that joins your team, [[FriendlySniper Garrus Vakarian]] ends up becoming one of [[PlayerCharacter Shepard's]] closest friends. This is subverted even further in the second game when Garrus gets shot in the face by an enemy gunship; though he survives, he's inflicted with permanent scarring and plastic surgery isn't brought out as an easy way to keep him "handsome." This doesn't affect his morality in the slightest.˛** [[TheProfessor Mordin Solus]] is a very old Salarian with a number of old facial scars from his time in the STG, and is missing one of his cranial horns. Though he's a bit on the [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate morally ambiguous side]], there's no denying that he's still a hero who does his best to ensure the safety of his patients and the galaxy at large. After all, he is [[ScienceHero the Very Model of a Scientist Salarian.]]˛** In a far more alien example than most, the Rachni Queen might be a terrifying insectoid HiveQueen that speaks through the bodies of the dead and dying and her species did engulf the galaxy in war several centuries ago, but she isn't inherently evil. In fact, she's just been imprisoned and enslaved as a means of creating shock-troops; if you release her, she joins forces with you out of gratitude and honours her promise without any backstabbing.˛** Morinth, one of your optional team-members from the second game, is a beautiful Asari with class and sophistication on her side. She's also a SerialKiller who operates via {{Mind Rap|e}}ing her victims [[OutWithABang to death]], and has [[LackOfEmpathy absolutely no empathy for anyone she has to kill in order to feed her hunger for power.]]˛* In the World Builder game ''Ray's Maze: A Mess O' Trouble'', you encounter two ancient beings sealed away, an ugly lizard-like creature and a luminescent angel-like woman. Turns out the lizard-like creature is the good one, and [[LightIsNotGood the angel-like one is the evil one]], and after the latter escapes ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero with]] or without your help) and vaporizes the former you have to [[SealedEvilInACan seal her away again]].˛ *The visual novel ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'' is about a medical student who was in a car accident that damages his brain and causes him to hallucinate that everything around him is literally made out of blood and gore and the people are all monsters. He falls deeply in love with a girl named Saya, who actually ''is'' an interdimensional mutant that he perceives as normal because of his distorted senses. He eventually alienates all of his original friends, goes insane, and kills them all while Saya follows him as faithfully as a puppy. He doesn't even care when he finds out that she's a mutant because she's literally the only person in the world that he can stand to be around. He even starts eating human flesh at one point because all five of his senses are distorted, including his sense of taste.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:WebComics]]˛* It's hard to convey beauty in a cartoony style, but in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', InformedAttractiveness [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-01-06 is used]] to convey the depths of Lil' Evil's AmnesiacDissonance.˛* Flying Fox Man in ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'' is thought to be one of the cities many young and handsome billionaires. While the real man behind the mask is indeed a billionaire he is ugly as sin and middle-aged underneath his mask and is getting tired of no one suspecting him.˛* Sergeant Schlock of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is an... interesting variation on this trope. While no one can deny that he is one of the protagonists and that he does have his JerkWithAHeartOfGold moments, it is repeatedly noted that ''he is an alien that looks like a '''pile of fecal matter.'''''˛** On the other hand, thanks to genetic engineering, any genes that can make a person "unattractive," have been weeded out. One character even mentions that all of humanity's females now have ample bosoms. Interestingly, this subverts the trope harshly, as it means that if you're a human, then you can be good or evil and still be pretty.˛* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', multiple characters, including the AuthorAvatar, comment that [[WindmillPolitical Kankri]] is really cute and adorable-looking. However, this does not change the fact that he is a boring, self-important asshole, or make people respond to him in any more positive a way.˛** Calliope is an 'ugly little skull-monster', but nevertheless has a gracious, beautiful personality. However, she shares her body with her brother, who is every bit as ugly in character as he looks.˛** Edged by Karkat, who is (like Kankri) apparently cute-looking and is a good guy, albeit a GoodIsNotNice guy who (at least initially) is disliked by many of his peers for his extremely difficult personality.˛* ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' [[http://angryflower.com/ugly.html meets]] a very ugly mutant and outright tells it that something so ugly had better be evil. [[spoiler: Turns out it's one of his victims.]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Original]]˛* Inverted in the ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'', where the {{su|etifulAllAlong}}ddenly and inhumanly beautiful {{Mary Sue}}s are pitted against scruffy Assassins that've had too little sleep and too much time since their last shower. The Assassins aren't necessarily [[GoodIsNotNice nice]], as you might guess from the name, but the Sues are {{brainwash|ed}}ing [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] [[EldritchAbomination abominations]].˛* [[http://thatfellowinthecoat.com/somejerkcaptaineo.php A review]] on ''WebVideo/MrCoatAndFriends'' noted that this was an aspect of ''Film/CaptainEO''.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* Played straight and inverted in ''WesternAnimation/LadyLovelyLocks'': the hero, "Lady Lovely Locks" is good and has lovely blonde hair, while her enemy is Duchess Raven Waves, a beautiful princess and troublemaker. (This series was made to appeal to young girls.)˛* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' had a few aversions, and at least one deliberate subversion: In the episode "Fugitive Flowers", the main characters help a group of sentient flowers escape from the "crabnasties"; they regret it later when it turns out the crabnasties are a police force, and the "flories" are escaped convicts. It becomes clear that their respective appearance made it hard for Posey to consider, but all in all, the ugly crabnasties end being the BigDamnHeroes of the episode.˛** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the parasprites are utterly adorable. They also constantly eat any and all food they can find (and, after Twilight messes them up with magic, any ''non-food'' they can find) and reproduce in a revolting manner. The fourth gen is generally devoid of ugly mook villains - the changelings are bug-like but still fairly aesthetically pleasing, Sombra and Nightmare Moon were sinister but attractive, and Discord's mismatched appearance makes him look weird and strange rather than ugly. [[spoiler:Discord ultimately becomes a straight-up inversion when he [[HeelFaceTurn reforms]]: He looks his usual chaotic and borderline ugly self, but other than [[ReformedButNotTamed being kind of a jerk]] he is ultimately a good person... pony... ''thing''.]]˛** Played with in ''Bats!'' during the song sequence ''Stop The Bats''. When Applejack sings about them they are drawn as hideous buck-toothed gremlin things, and when Fluttershy sings about them they're drawn as fluffy and cute. Applejack sees them as monsters because of the threat they pose to her farm and livelihood, while Fluttershy sees them as cute because she sympathizes with them.˛** This may be as much a consequence of the art style making ugly almost impossible. The changeling soldiers, for example, can easily be seriously monstrous in more detailed but otherwise accurate artwork.˛** Zigzagged with Starlight Glimmer, who is a rather cute unicorn. In her first appearance, she was a completely unrepentant villain straight from ''Literature/HarrisonBergeron'' who had [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin gone Stalin]] on a town and was at best a WellIntentionedExtremist. In her second appearance she was a fully evil villain... [[spoiler:until the last few minutes where we learn her [[FreudianExcuse tragic backstory]], she's [[EasilyForgiven forgiven by Twilight]], and becomes a SixthRanger to the team, landing her as a completely straight example in the end.]]˛** As suspected by "Kevin's" appearance in ''Slice Of Life'' and later confirmed in ''The Times Are A Changeling'', there ''are'' individual changelings that are peaceful and even good, despite looking like bug/horse hybrids. Again, they ultimately become an entirely straight example when it's revealed in ''To Where And Back Again'' that "good" changelings turn into colorful pretty [[https://derpibooru.org/1449701 fairy-moose-beetle-horse]] [[BuffySpeak things]]. Fan reaction was... [[BrokenBase very mixed to say the least]]. Being shapeshifters, they could well be invoking this to be less intimidating to ponies.˛* Inverted in the episode "Stage Fright" of ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''. Jenny, who was rejected from performing in the school's dramatic production of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', believes the school is playing the trope straight by accepting only human actors, but when aliens crash land and attempt to warn everyone of an alien invasion ([[TooDumbToLive simply by shouting "Alien invasion!"]]), Jenny is quick to face them on the grounds that they're hideous. When the ''actual'' invaders arrive, they're beautiful energy beings with slight feminine figures...who quickly attempt to conquer. [[spoiler:In the end, both Jenny ''and'' the uglier aliens are cast in the school play as the leading roles.]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' has three of the four main antagonists being shown as extremely attractive (two of them, Justin and Alejandro, even using their looks to get ahead).˛* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' had a [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villain of the Week]] use this trope to her advantage. As long as she's in water, she looks like a beautiful mermaid and gives the group a sob story about how she's [[LastOfHisKind the last mermaid in the world,]] being hunted by an evil Viking. She's pretty, the Viking is ugly...naturally, they believe her until the Viking sets them straight--''he's'' the good guy here, and she's a monster. Then it turns out that, out of the water, the mermaid becomes a hideous giant monster.˛* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'':˛** The episode "Good and Ugly" did this, with the heroes having to choose which of two visiting aliens to help; the good guy turned out to be the ugly one. They even ended the episode with a "good and ugly" joke.˛** Of course the show usually plays the trope straight with the [=ThunderCats=] all being portrayed as attractive, while their enemies, Mumm-Ra, the Mutants, and Lunataks are ugly.˛* The Guardian Angel in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' uses this trope to get Finn to trust her immediately. Big mistake.˛** Finn does this a lot, although he doesn't appear to necessarily judge by "beautiful" so much as "cute and helpless".˛*** The show itself mostly avoids this, with adorable characters such as Me-Mow and the Cutie King being evil and the comparatively hideous Cinnamon Bun and Tree Trunks being the sweetest of the characters. ˛*** However, when Princess Bubblegum becomes temporarily ugly, she immediately becomes more vicious.˛* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' plays with this a lot. When Zuko is first introduced the viewers' attention is immediately drawn to his huge facial scar, and he at first seems a fairly stereotypical arrogant, hot-tempered villain. However, once the initial shock of his disfigurement has passed, you start to notice that he would actually be a very PrettyBoy without it, and he soon starts getting a lot of CharacterDevelopment and revealed HiddenDepths as the series progresses. Plus, once Zuko's hair gets a bit longer, it draws a bit less attention to his scar. The scar is also later a sign of his inner good, as his benevolence is what got him the scar in the first place. [[BigBad Fire Lord Ozai]] is another case of playing with this trope, as his face is obscured with shadow for his first appearances, but his cruelty and [[Creator/MarkHamill menacing voice]] are very clear, making the eventual discovery that he is just as handsome as Zuko would have been without the scar that much more surprising.˛** [[MagnificentBitch Azula]] and her QuirkyMinibossSquad are all physically attractive, and they are all bad guys. [[spoiler: The two sidekicks eventually have a HeelFaceTurn, but Azula remains evil throughout]].˛** [[CoolOldGuy Uncle Iroh]] is one of the few firebenders who is clearly good right from the start, and he is a fat, blunt-featured old man.˛** On the good guys' side, [[MakingASplash Katara]] and [[BadassNormal Suki]] are the only ones who would be called conventionally beautiful. While none of the characters are really ''un''attractive, their appearances tend to be somewhat goofy or unusual, and any attractiveness has more to do with their personalities than appearances.˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' carries on the tradition of its predecessor by playing with the trope. It's especially notable for Asami, who initially appears to subvert it by having a design that encompasses numerous traits usually affiliated with villains. She looks like an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette, she wears {{makeup|IsEvil}} and [[ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow eyeshadow]], dresses in [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver black and red]], and [[FemmeFatale captures Mako's heart with minimal effort]]. But it turns out that this trope is played perfectly straight with her; she's a SheepInSheepsClothing and is just as good on the inside as she is on the outside who becomes a core member of Team Avatar all the way to the end of the series.˛* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls have a "Substitute Creature" that covers for Ms. Keane. They think he is evil because he is a monster and fear the worse. It turns out he is a nice guy and sets the girls straight. ˛-->'''Blossom''': I guess we shouldn't judge someone based on what they look like.˛-->'''Bubbles''': Even if they're as ugly as you.˛* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy" (a.k.a. the DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale episode), Kyle goes to the police to report that his little brother Ike is being molested by his kindergarten teacher. They initially assume the teacher is a man and are willing to bring down the full force of the law on the sicko, but when Kyle says it's a woman teacher, the cops are very confused. Then they ask Kyle if she's ugly, implying they'd still be willing to arrest her if she was, but since she's actually [[EveryoneLovesBlondes a hot blonde]], they want to congratulate Ike for "scoring" instead.˛* Jack himself from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is a very straight example of this, but is also one of the only few. There are many neutral or even outright heroic characters such as The Scotsman who is ''[[http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/036/3/d/The_Scotsman_by_Balnazar.png hideous]]'' and his wife who is [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11123/111235780/4605854-bzzqecg.gif even worse]], along with many very strange and odd-looking species. The villains' side has characters like [[https://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvipqe4Qkg1r3snos.jpg Josephine Clench]] and [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/samuraijack/images/1/15/Gentleman.png/revision/latest?cb=20101217071830 The Gentleman]] who are both unrepentant killers for hire, as well as [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/samuraijack/images/a/a0/Char_13787.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20121008010236 Ikra]] who is [[spoiler:Aku ''himself'' in disguise]]. Ashi ends up exaggerating this trope [[spoiler:after her HeelFaceTurn, in a "Sexy Equals Goodness" sort of way]]. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Real Life]]˛* Notorious female outlaws were often very unattractive, possibly due to being social outcasts, but the ones who were attractive often used their beauty to their advantage.˛* This trope came out to play regarding Susan Boyle. When she walked on stage, the judges of ''Britain's Got Talent'' looked at her awkward appearance and assumed she was going to be a total disaster. When an amazing voice comes out of her mouth, the judges were visibly floored and left commentators asking why we assume lack of physical beauty automatically means lack of talent.˛* During the globally-televised opening of the 2008 Bejing Olympics, a cute girl lip-synced a beautiful song while an unattractive girl hidden behind the stage sang the actual song.˛* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scutigera_coleoptrata Ghetto Bug]] looks like the unholy offspring of a spider and a cockroach, is nightmarishly fast, and can slip through almost ''any'' crack. And they're on ''our'' side. They're harmless to humans, tend to only come out when we're asleep, don't damage foodstuffs or household structures, and prey on every kind of household pest that does[[note]]Spiders, ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, silverfish, termites, you name it[[/note]]. They also serve as a radar; an abundance of these benevolent creepy-crawlies will give you a heads up that you undoubtedly have an as-of-yet unnoticed infestation of something else.˛[[/folder]]˛˛----

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