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Up for grabs. Grabbed by X Fllo (unless someone else wants it; please adopt this thing)
Trope name ideas:
- Undesirable Hottie
- Beautiful But Undesirable
He or she is very good-looking. Their pretty appearance or hotness even is acknowledged in universe, yet they remain unlucky in love.
Perhaps there are some internal factors. After all, there's more to sexual attractiveness than good looks. Style, poise, personality, social status... all that matters. Even in societies where Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty thing is a very strong standard, it won't save you if you're boring, contemptible, or a jerk.
There might be some external factors. Perhaps there is an Overprotective Dad who scares all the boys away.
- Lindsay Bluth Fuenke from Arrested Development. Acknowledged as being 'the pretty one', but marries a homosexual, spends a 5 figure legal retainer trying to seduce their lawyer, and gets publicly rejected at two Batchelorette Auctions.
- In Switched after Umine and Ayume switch bodies, Umine-as-Ayume alienates herself despite her beauty, and people treat her poorly because of it, while Ayumi-as-Umine makes many friends despite her "ugliness".
- Elizabeth Elliot from Persuasion is an extremely beautiful woman who is still very hot even as she's pushing thirty (in times when women were considered spinsters from their mid twenties). She's popular in society and men are said to be wild about her, yet she fails to attract a serious suitor who would consider her a wife material because she's vain, haughty and unkind.
- Oglaf has a strip where a woman made a Deal with the Devil to be beautiful- with the result that no one tries to seduce her as they all think she's out of their league.
Does this count?
- Death from He Lover of Death is a strong contender for the World's Most Beautiful Woman title, but her horrific luck with relationships (at least three men she was involved with died in violent accidents that she had absolutely nothing to do with) led to her gaining her nickname and being rejected by the polite society. In the book, the only men still willing to get romantically involved with her are career criminals doing it mostly for the thrill. And they all die violently by the end of the book, too.
My comment: Does this count when she attracted three suitors in the past? That seems a bit different from never attracting anyone.
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