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"A scar on the face is a badge of honor for a man. Though it's only a flaw on a woman."
Momo Nishimiya, Jujutsu Kaisen

Women and girls are action and adventure heroes - just like men and boys are! They get into dangerous situations, face menacing villains, get captured, and even get into fights. But where death-defying stunts leave men visibly bruised and bloody, the women are oddly put-together. When women tear their clothing, it's that kind of Clothing Damage; if their hair's unkempt it's artfully dishevelled. Cuts on the face are always perfectly placed to emphasize their cheekbones. Basically? Fierce hand-to-hand fights are cool, even sexy, but the broken noses and black eyes they cause are not. A heroine will almost never suffer a permanent injury such as the loss of a limb or eye, no matter how much punishment she goes through. Even when heroines die, they'll (usually) be privileged to suffer "beautiful" deaths (IRL, corpses occasionally shit themselves, and this is statistically more likely in women than in men).

In video games (especially fighting ones) in that girls and boys can fight and both genders can take the same hits, it is not uncommon for girls to have less extreme facial reactions (IE. doesn't pop out tongue, eyes don't come out of head, or general deformation such as jaws stretching out when hit under said jaw) while males tend to vary on their consequences for taking hits even if they take the same amount of damage to the HP bar.

The other version of this trope concerns a different form of beauty: "inner" beauty — i.e., the recognition that women have bodily functions, due to being, you know, human. Gross-out jokes (and anything involving farts, burps, whatever) are male territory.

This trope is generally more prevalent (and noticeable) in visual media when you can actually see the women in question. Preserving female characters' attractiveness at all costs is most likely responsible for the prevalence of the Cute Monster Girl and its various related tropes. Male aliens, robots, and monsters can be as outlandish as the creator desires, but female aliens, robots, and monsters inevitably look just like regular attractive women with fangs, horns, antennae, or even just an unusual skin color. Expect the aforementioned female non-humans to be nowhere near as ugly as they're depicted as being.

This is also part of the reason that Men Are the Expendable Gender, and that female characters who do die generally get much "gentler" deaths or don't die onscreen. After all, you can't show a woman getting set on fire, riddled with bullets, or having her head ripped off by the monster without ruining her good looks, and nobody wants that. There is also a practical possibility for this in long-running works - characters who have particularly bad scars will get them on their back, chest, or legs to save make-up artists the trouble of having to apply more prosthetics than they would if the scars were on the face.

It's more common in the West, particularly in older movies and shows - however in Japan, the outer beauty version is often averted, with people being roughed up or exposed to violence regardless of sex/gender; on the other hand, the inner beauty version is, if anything, much stronger. This may not protect female antagonists from gunge, or, less commonly, female villains from the appropriate scarring.

Compare Dirt Forcefield, Kicking Ass in All Her Finery. Contrast Unkempt Beauty. For the clothing only, see Bullet-Proof Fashion Plate. A common specific form involves characters (especially women) who Prefers Going Barefoot, whose feet are very rarely shown to be as dirty and/or calloused as those of people who habitually go barefoot outdoors are in real life.

If beauty is tarnished and then subsequently killed off, it's Death by Disfigurement. If she lives, it's almost always a ticket to the land of Body Horror, via Beauty to Beast. If intentionally done by themselves, it's Tarnishing Their Own Beauty. For a version of this that applies to beauty lost through time, see Men Get Old, Women Get Replaced. Good Thing You Can Heal can be used as a Double Subversion of this trope - beauty gets tarnished, and then quickly restored.

Examples of the first (action-oriented) kind:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Air Gear mostly plays this straight, although there are a few exceptions. The biggest would probably have to be Benkei, who hacks her own right leg off to get out of a trap. It doesn't grow back or get replaced.
  • Arachnid:
    • In the prequel Caterpillar, Imomushi is said to be Covered in Scars that aren't actually detailed on the artwork by any of the three illustrators who portrayed her in the overall series. She and Kabutomushi get beat up a lot over the course of the story but receive no lasting injuries.
    • In Arachnid, Alice gets beat up so much by Kamadouma that she spends one chapter with bandages and an Eyepatch of Power. Gokiburi considers her "moe" anyway. Later on, Dinoponera tortures Alice by stabbing her in the palms, arms, legs, and butt with a potent venomous needle. This does leave visible scars on Alice's palms, but the sequel Blattodea is drawn by the illustrator of Caterpillar and so Alice goes back to looking pristine. In fact, one chapter retcons away the slash injury Kabutomushi had suffered during the Arachnid Hunt.
  • Black Lagoon:
    • Zig-zagged in the character of Balalaika. The parts of her face that aren't horribly scarred are beautiful. The parts that are scarred look like she's been deep fat fried, hence why some people call her "Fry-Face" (but only to her back).
    • When Revy and Roberta have their No-Holds-Barred Beatdown at the end of Roberta's first arc, they are bruised and bloodied but suffer no permanent damage.
  • Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran: Ran and Meow never look unkempt or dirty at any point in the series, even though they very often find themselves with no food and out in heavy rain, walking through the countryside for days on end. They also never suffer battle injuries: the closest is Ran getting her hair ribbon cut, which just causes her flowing black hair to fall down in a rather fetching manner.
  • In Change 123, the female fighters get badly injured, but few scars mar their perfect features. The one time they were shown/drawn was when Gettou explained how hers were closed up so they'd heal and fade.
  • Happens in Danganronpa 3's Future Arc. Out of the 4 people to get injected with Monokuma's poison, the men are shown having half their bodies turn purple and them crying blood in graphic detail. The sole female to get poisoned, however, has her head tucked away neatly so that we can't really see anything. In a unique subversion, this foreshadows that she isn't dead.
  • In DARLING in the FRANXX, the Wild Child Zero Two had a childhood where she was treated more like a circus lion than a human, complete with chains and sedatives. Yet in the present day (when she's someone's Love Interest) she wears a perfectly coiffed military uniform, her hair is well-groomed, and she is able to function in human society just as well- if not better- than people who had human contact growing up. She is also a total Dude Magnet, even though she likes to catch and eat raw fish.
  • Death Note: At one point in the story, Light Yagami and his father Soichiro are both imprisoned and placed under constant surveillance in order to determine if either of them is Kira. Soichiro's appearance starts radically changing as a result of the stress; he grows a beard and his hair starts graying. Light, on the other hand, being a textbook Bishōnen, is hardly affected at all.
  • In Digimon, despite being tortured by Myotismon, Gatomon only gets one scar, on its paw (which is usually concealed by other things anyway). Its digivolution, Angewomon, doesn't have any scars at all and is the series's Ms. Fanservice.
  • Doraemon: Nobita and The Space Heroes have the gang's breakout from Ikaros' dungeon, with everyone suffering assorted Amusing Injuries in the process and seen getting bandaged later on... except Shizuka, who doesn't even have a scratch on her.
  • In Dr. STONE, people who are unpetrified have weird lines on their bodies from where they started to crack as statues. For most of the characters, these are jagged lines on the face; Yuzuriha, however, has artful swirls near her shoulders, while Homura's is on her thigh.
  • In Gosick, Avril is revealed to have been kidnapped and replaced by an impostor. Despite having been tied up underneath some floorboards for at least a few days, she looks clean and has no visible signs of injury when she's discovered. What makes it even stranger is that a Flashback shows that she had to be physically overpowered by her captor after fighting back, which you think would have at least left a mark or two.
  • In Hitohira Nono and Risaki start a brutal fight which leaves them both unconscious, but it apparently doesn't leave any bruises.
  • In Holyland, despite spending months on the street doing street fighting on concrete with no rules, the Beauty Equals Goodness protagonists never seem to break their noses, get scars or chip or lose visible teeth. Yuu is shown scratched and bruised and loses at least one molar, but nothing permanently changes his appearance.
  • Played straight in the first season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, where Nanoha and Fate get Clothing Damage at best while Chrono is shown with his face half covered in blood.
  • Balsa from Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit receives some serious injuries during the series, but none of them leave visible scars. We can assume she must have a nasty one on her stomach, but her clothes are rather modest and only show her arms and face, which remain untarnished.
  • In My Hero Academia, both students and heroes end up in dangerous situations against villains and disasters that leave them bloodied, heavily injured, and often scarred, however, this only applies to the male characters. Female characters are rarely, if at all, seriously injured and at worst rendered unconscious without serious external damage due to an enemy's quirk.
    • Horrifically subverted in regards to how Midnight is killed. During the heroes' battle with the Paranormal Liberation Front, Midnight tries to knock out Gigantomachia with her Quirk, only to be intercepted by a massive chunk of concrete thrown by Mr. Compress. She falls to the forest floor bloodied and badly injured with her hair disheveled and her mask in disarray. She is later confirmed to have died in her fight with a villain, the manga never shows her body, but an earlier scene of her face down in a pool of blood confirms it wasn't pretty.
  • One Piece:
    • Double-subverted with Nami. The serious damage she receives during her more intense fights does show, but as soon as the fights are over, in any of the more minor battles, and in the long run overall, her skin is absolutely flawless. The most ridiculous is probably the case of her shoulder; she stabbed it repeatedly during her epic Freak Out at Arlong Park, and it left a very large and visible scar (which you can see here, above the Fanservice) for the remainder of the arc. As soon as the arc was over? She got a new tattoo and her scar was nowhere to be seen. But deep stab-wound scars like that, in real life, are particularly nasty and never quite heal so completely.
      • In the manga, for some time the scar was still visible a bit under her new tattoo the times she wore sleeveless shirts, but by the Whisky Peak arc, it completely disappeared. Maybe Eiichiro Oda thought it was too much of a hassle to draw.
    • Generally speaking, when Nami and Robin are in a fight, their injuries are far more minor compared their male crew mates and virtually never to the face. They are also immune to the Amusing Injuries regularly inflicted on the male protagonists.
    • Double-subverted with Sanji's brother Vinsmoke Yonji. Sanji kicked him so hard in the face during their confrontation that his face resembled a piece of bent metal and stayed that way for a while. The only way he could successfully restore his face to normal was by using a press machine, and he's looking fine afterwards.
    • The Thriller Bark Pirates have four (living) members; three are Gonk men and one is a pretty woman. The three men are beaten to a pulp by the Straw Hats, while the woman is simply scared into fainting and doesn't suffer any injuries during the story arc (or at any point), and even gets to pull a Heel–Face Turn.
      • Also applies to the undead members. Almost all of the zombies are grotesque and/or monstrous in appearance, except for Cindry, who still resembles the beautiful woman she was in life (intentionally so, because the Mad Scientist responsible for assembling all of them was smitten with her). While most of the other zombies are shown being beaten up and brutalized over the course of the story, Chopper is able to disable Cindry simply by Talking the Monster to Death.
    • During the Sabaody Archipelago Arc, a family of Celestial Dragons is introduced, with two ugly male members and one pretty female member (one of the few non-Gonk Celestial Dragons seen). The two ugly men are pummelled unconscious in the story arc (although one only accidentally), while the woman gets off with no injuries (she's knocked out without being touched with a burst of Conquerer's Haki).
    • During the Dressrosa Arc, the Donquixote Pirates has two non-Gonk female members. One is beaten simply by frightening her into fainting (twice!), while the other is convinced into pulling a Heel–Face Turn. By contrast, all the men and the uglier women are beaten up.
    • Big Mom's 3 Sweet Generals consist of two males and one female. Luffy beats the two males of them to a bloody pulp in brutal extended battles over the course of the Whole Cake Island Arc, while the one female never gets into a fight at all. Notably, there was a fourth Sweet Commander, another male, who was mentioned to have been beaten offscreen (and demoted for his loss).
    • To piss off Sanji, Niji beats a pretty servant girl to a bloody pulp just for the hell of it. The injuries are quite brutal in the manga, thereby averting this trope, but the anime plays this straight, heavily downplaying her injuries. Originally a tooth was knocked out, her right eye and lips were swollen, and she was bloody all over, but the anime just has her covered in scuff marks.
    • Another anime-only example. In the Skypeia Arc, when Conis speaks out against Enel and tries to warn the populace about his plans to kill everyone, a kid throws a rock at her head for speaking ill of Enel, causing her to bleed a little. In the anime, this is changed to a tomato. The anime has regularly shown violence from the manga far more graphic than that, so it can be assumed these two cases were changed simply because showing the face of a pretty woman character being wounded was unacceptable.
  • For someone who is consistently a Butt-Monkey who gets attacked often, Jessie from Pokémon: The Series sure has immaculate makeup. It doesn't matter if she's having a Sick Episode or being attacked by Pokemon, her hair always bounces back without styling needed and her lipstick never smudges. In fact, the only time she's probably ever even shown without makeup was a XY Villain Episode.
  • The absolute majority of female characters from Ranma ½ almost never suffer physical injuries (comically that is; when it comes time for occasional serious drama, especially in the final arc, some injuries will be necessary). It's always the guys (including those guys) who get punched, kicked, rocked, shocked, burned, and subjected to all other kinds of cartoon violence. Poor them, considering the main good guys are pretty chivalrous letting the girls beat them to a pulp, and even get upset when a bad guy even dares go physical on girls. The only exceptions are Ranma's female self, his Magic Mirror female clone, the two devious yet stupid Chinese sisters who get beaten up by Shampoo, and Konatsu's butt-ugly step-mother and step-sisters (well, technically they aren't "beauties").
  • Played straight initially with Flamenco Girl in Samurai Flamenco. In some of her early fights, she does get hit from time to time, but nothing too drastic that would make her look bad.
  • Played relatively straight in Sekirei, with tons of Clothing Damage and minor injuries that never scar. Haihane is notable as the only Sekirei with visible scarring, but this may be justified since it's suggested they have better-than-human healing and access to incredibly advanced medical technology. Karasuba notes that MBI's treatments are so advanced, the near-fatal injuries she received from Miya's Roaring Rampage of Revenge left only a small scar.
  • Tenjho Tenge tends to go both ways on this. In both the anime and the manga, women are engaged in battle just as much as, if not more than, men. However, in the animated version, the effects of combat on the girls tend to be limited to Clothing Damage or injuries which don't obscure beauty, like bruises away from the face or sprained limbs. The manga, which is a great deal more violent, has many female characters face terrible and permanent disfigurement for their lifestyle choices (such as crushed faces, severed limbs, eyes stabbed, and other wonderful things). However, the main female cast, like Maya and Aya, tend to not face such consequences. Although, since they are legendary fighters, it could just be their skill. Maya is also nearly beaten to death by Kagiroi.
  • In To Love Ru normally if any accident occurs, the males will suffer Amusing Injuries while the girls just get Clothing Damage or other embarrassing things.
  • In Uzumaki, protagonist Kirie suffers burns that are serious enough to put her in hospital for some time, yet manage to mostly miss her face. Once she leaves the hospital, the ones on her legs are also fully healed without a trace of scarring.

    Comic Books 
  • X-Men:
    • The spin-off Generation X notably featured a team of three girls (all extremely attractive) and three boys — two of whom had powers that left them physically deformed. Which didn't stop them from being considered attractive by many readers, of course — but when the series' primary Mr. Fanservice has no lower jaw (when he took his mask off), while his girlfriend is a generic all-American blonde it smells a little like a double standard.
    • Seen in earlier X-Men teams, too, where the physical mutations seemed to pop up only in male characters — Beast and Nightcrawler are visibly abnormal, Angel has hard-to-hide wings, Wolverine had claws. The only female X-Men character of that period who had a visible mutation Polaris, with easily-dyed green hair (technically, Storm's white hair and blue eyes are physical aspects of her mutation, but they only add to her exotic beauty). Even today, the X-Men have not had a female member who wasn't at least a Cute Monster Girl.
    • X-23 is the pretty, Fanservicey, Opposite-Sex Clone/daughter of Wolverine. Besides the fact that she's a clone of the famously unattractive Wolverine, she's been shot, stabbed, slashed, gutted, blown up, burned down to a skeleton, and had limbs hacked off entirely, and the only lasting mark on her body is the emblem associated with Captain Universe on the palm of her right hand. Justified since she has a Healing Factor, but the sheer amount of physical abuse she sustains makes it pretty egregious.
    • X-Men: Phoenix – Legacy of Fire is pretty blatant with this trope. Jena Pyre gets knocked down with such a force that she has to be placed on Healing Vat because she broke some bones with the impact, yet the artwork doesn't depict her with a single bruise or scratch on her body — they wouldn't want to ruin that tender Ms. Fanservice body, though unlike X-23, she doesn't even have a healing factor to justify this. Later on, she gets impaled with a sword by the Big Bad, but astonishingly, there is absolutely no blood.
    • Male example in Astonishing X-Men after Colossus is discovered to still be alive after having been assumed to have died years ago he reveals he had been imprisoned, tortured and experimented on the entire time yet is still as handsome as ever with no visible scarring.
  • The Incredible Hulk: While Bruce Banner gets grotesquely muscular and rips his shirt, depending on the artist, his female counterpart merely gets two feet taller and turns green, or bulks up some, but nowhere near as much as Bruce.
  • From Spider-Man comics, the Black Cat. Her nose has been broken three times and while she has frequently been beaten up with her costume reduced to shreds and noticeably wounded a few times, she rarely has any lasting damage, with no scars at all. (Given her taste in costume, they'd likely show.)
  • A Rare Male Example is Heathen City Maranatha, a homoerotic noir action thriller with its share of violence. Despite all the thrashing the characters go through, Owen and Malloy never tarnish their good looks.
  • Vanessa, the Dumb Blonde Idiot Heroine of the French comic Les Blondes regularly gets injured in various slapstick ways and is regularly seen recovering in the hospital while relating her latest mishap to her friends. None of her accidents leave her with lasting scars that would mar her good looks.
  • Played painfully straight in Wally Wood's Sally Forth — although Sally is ostensibly a soldier in a commando team, she's almost never seen as anything less than sexy, pristine, and completely naked.
  • In Runaways, Nico Minoru's powers are fueled by her being constantly wounded, and at one point, she willingly suffers torture at the hands of her evil ancestor in order to get a power boost, and yet with the exception of Avengers Arena, in which her left hand and forearm are blown off, requiring her to replace it with a prosthetic, she's never been shown to have any permanent scars.
  • In Requiem Vampire Knight, its established that those who are reincarnated in Résurrection will retain the mortal scars that killed them in real life, with Requiem having a bullet hole in his head caused from a Boom, Headshot! and Otto von Todt having a scar over his eye over being cleaved in the face with a knife. With that said some exceptions happen: Claudia died through spontaneous combustion and looks like a drop-dead gorgeous vampiress rather than a burn victim, while Rebecca died in an extermination camp as a Jewish prisoner (and looked exactly like you would expect one to look like), but when she is reborn in Résurrection as a lemure, she is restored to her pretty appearance before being captured.
  • Golden Eyes, the beautiful protagonist of "Golden Eyes" and Her Hero "Bill", gets this in spades. After her ambulance is struck by a shell, she has to crawl out of the wreckage and shuffle through the underbrush in a tattered uniform: yet she's still so beautiful that a German officer who finds her sneaking about can't help but be instantly besotted with her looks.
  • Druuna: Although many other characters may suffer horrible injuries or mutations, Druuna herself never loses her stunning looks. In Morbus Gravis, a doctor wonders if she has some sort of genetic immunity to the viral plague. In Clone, she starts off with the disease having negatively affected her appearance, such as losing all of her hair, but her mind is then uploaded into a healthy version of her old body.
  • In Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki the titular character is shown getting into dangerous fights, and even lands rather hard in a seated position after being knocked back by Elena. All throughout she never shows any physical wear from battles or injury to her coccyx/hip area from falling in such a way.
  • Despite running through the jungle and fighting wild animals while wearing nothing more than a Fur Bikini, Rulah, Jungle Goddess seldom has so much as her hair tousled.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Marya never wears shoes whether she's patrolling her mountain home or at school in Washington D.C., yet her feet are always drawn as clean with no callouses or scuffing.
  • Ninjette from Empowered had been seen to take all types of nasty injuries as she fended off rival ninja clans from abducting her for ninja breeding stock, but nevertheless generally looks hale and hearty. It's revealed in Volume 8 that, to keep up a strong front for Empowered's sake, she hides all of her blunt force trauma and stab wound scars with 'yasegaman no jutsu'note  illusions, lamenting how it drains up her ki reserves that could have been dedicated to actually healing.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Spy vs. Spy, when the two (male) spies, Black Spy and White Spy went at each other, there was a roughly equal chance either one would end up brutally clobbered or reduced to Ludicrous Gibs. However, the (female, and much more attractively drawn) Grey Spy who occasionally appeared was an Invincible Hero (or Invincible Villain, as it's never clear who, if any, is the good guy) who was Immune to Slapstick that would effortlessly destroy the other two spies every time without fail. This predictably made her unlikeable to both the cartoonist and fans, and she was soon Put on a Bus and has since only made rare appearances.

    Fan Works 
  • Averted in The Butcher Bird: Lauren sustains permanent burns covering her left arm, Tashigi gains half of a Glasgow Grin thanks to shrapnel, and Ostavila is scarred from a lifetime of piracy. The only recurring female character that fits this trope is Douglass Tina, and that's because of her Healing Factor.
  • Ultimate Spider-Woman: Mary Jane Watson has been smashed into walls, zapped with electrical bolts, slashed by razor bats, burned with flame, and been punched square in the face, but she's never suffered any permanent scars or blemishes. Her injuries tend to heal rather quickly by themselves once she gets some rest, although she still sometimes has to explain how she got hurt in the first place. She typically claims that she was caught up in a supervillain attack, which is more plausible than you might think because of how many supervillains are causing mayhem in New York at any given time.
  • Played with in Children of Time in the cases of Sherlock Holmes and Beth Lestrade.
  • Despite going through torture, graphic violence, and emotional trauma, Nala remains exceptionally beautiful throughout The Lion King Adventures.
  • Rarity pulls this off in Greenfire, still looking stunning despite having spent several hours digging for gemstones. Then again, given that Greenfire a.k.a Spike is doing the assessment and he's smitten with her, the narration is probably embellishing.
  • Rarity again, in Star Mares, manages to be almost perfectly coiffed (but for a few split ends) despite having been chained up and wired into the Nightmare Moon's targeting computer for decades, with only a twice-yearly manestylist.
  • Averted in Natural Selection. Characters who undergo injuries have them described long after the injuries occur. Satsuki gets this the most as her injuries are gone over all throughout the Naturals Election. Nui and Ryuko, however, play this trope straight. Though in their case, it's justified due to both of them possessing healing factors.
  • Justified in The Secret Return of Alex Mack since one of Alex's powers lets her turn into a Nigh-Invulnerable silvery liquid form. She still gets bruised on occasion, but generally walks away from fights much less injured than other team members.
  • Averted in Olive's Last Partner, where Olive is just as beaten up as Otto and Oscar, perhaps even moreso since she has a physical injury in the form of a lump on the side of her head from where it hit the wall after she gets thrown across the room by a flood of orange juice.
  • In OSMU: Fanfiction Friction, Oswald and Orla are tasked with catching blobs at Precinct 13579. Oswald manages to catch some and is covered head to toe in slime from the struggle, while Orla isn't dirtied up at all. When asked how she managed it, she remarks that when you have over 400 years' experience with catching blob, "one learns their ways."
  • In Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Abridged, Shirou lampshades this when Blood Fort Andromeda- a Noble Phantasm that is known to dissolve any poor sap unfortunate enough to get caught in it- dissipates upon Rider's brutal death, but all the students look completely unharmed.
    Shirou: You know, you'd expect some scarring and boils and stuff from them melting as long as they did. But nah, they're all still beautiful.

    Films — Animation 
  • Every single one of Hayao Miyazaki's heroines, except for the one point (if it occurs) in each movie where they get a little bit dirty or stained on purpose to show they're not afraid to do it, e.g., San cleaning the blood out of one of her "brother"'s musket-shot wounds, or Nausicaä's dress being stained with Ohm blood (which is actually a key plot point). Sorta like their skin and clothes are made out of Teflon. (How else do you explain San's gear being clear of blood stains not much later when even modern soap powder has difficulty getting it all out?)
  • Frozen (2013):
    • Elsa has impeccable makeup despite spending most of the film surrounded by water and ice. Even when crying, it doesn't smear. Maybe it's a Mundane Utility for her ice mage powers?
    • Even when freezing to death from the inside out, Anna doesn't look too sick.
  • Monsters University: The PNK and HSS teams make it through the first Scare Game unscathed. For the EEK team, Brynn Larson suffers a "minor" swelling after accidentally stepping on a stinging urchin. However, her sorority proves to show the best teamwork when Carla Delgado and Maria Garcia aid her and the rest keep close as to make sure she doesn't endure any more pain before making it out of the event.
  • Sleeping Beauty: Prince Phillip is a Rare Male Example. Despite being bound, gagged, blasted, zapped, lapidated, thorned, burned, and clawed, the dude comes fresh as roses and ready for a ball!

    Film — Live Action 
  • In Alice in Wonderland (2010), Alice falls down a rabbit hole, gets shrunk, enlarged, and stuffed in a teapot, then fights the Jabberwocky...all without a curl of hair getting out of place. She gets a scratch on her arm, but that's it.
  • Anne of the Indies: Molly (played by Debra Paget) is abducted and held prisoner by pirates and suffers nothing more than some decorous damage to her dress. Later she is marooned on a cay with her husband. Despite the fact she should be suffering from exposure and dehydration, her hair and makeup remain perfect.
  • Atomic Blonde: While virtually every other death in the movie is extremely brutal and leaves horrible, disgusting corpses, Delphine is garrotted, while she is wearing her underwear, and there isn't as much as a line across her neck.
  • Played for Horror in The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Jane Doe's body is unnaturally preserved and devoid of external bruises or marks. The "beauty" of the corpse contrasts even more with the discovery of the corpse's gruesome internal traumas. A final unnerving instance of it occurs when in the last moments of the movie, the police investigate the morgue following the deaths of the Tildens and the corpse is shown to be perfectly intact, which the audience saw resulting from the transfer of her injuries to Tommy.
  • In The Avengers (2012), all of the male heroes go through the movie in various states of bodily damage, exhaustion, and fatigue. Black Widow, however, other than bleeding from her forehead and lip, suffers little visible damage. Keep in mind that this character is introduced in the film being tortured by Russian terrorists and later spends a significant amount of time fighting the Hulk and having a building fall on her. On the other hand, Maria Hill winds up with some pretty nasty cuts to her face after narrowly avoiding death-by-grenade, remaining bruised and bloody until the action subsides and she's seen getting medical attention.
  • Batman Returns:
    • Subverted by Selina Kyle after she is pushed through a window to her (presumed) death. She has a large, bloody cut on her head from where a shard of glass slashed her, and upon landing in the alley, she loses consciousness and lays in the snow for so long that her skin goes icy white. Then about a dozen cats show up and crawl over her body, one of them chewing her fingers and drawing a fair amount of blood. Then her eyes roll around in their sockets, Undertaker-style, as she regains consciousness. Then, upon arriving home, she slowly undergoes a Heroic Breakdown that begins with her messily downing an entire carton of milk, spilling a good portion of it on her dress and leaving her with a "milk mustache"; she can also be seen drooling the milk from her maniacally grinning lips as she goes crazy in subsequent shots.
    • Played straight with the Ice Princess. The Penguin hits her in the face with a sharp-edged Batarang (stolen from Batman by one of his minions in an earlier scene) the approximate size and shape of a Frisbee, which had earlier flattened three grown men — and although Commissioner Gordon tells the news media that there was blood on the Batarang when the police found it, in subsequent scenes the girl is not bleeding and doesn't even show scar tissue. Of course, the last we see of her, she's falling from an impossibly high building and is killed when she lands face-first on the Gotham Plaza dais, so her pretty face almost certainly got mashed to a pulp — but we never see her autopsy photos, so we'll never know for sure.
  • Halle Berry:
    • In Catwoman (2004), Patience has to crawl through a waste pipe and gets drowned by a massive jet of sewage. However, when she washes up on shore, she's only just got a bit of dirt on her face.
    • Played straight in X-Men: The Last Stand. Storm gets into some pretty rough fight scenes with Callisto but never comes away with anything worse than tousled hair.
  • In The Book of Eli the world has become a complete wasteland with very limited resources but, hey Mila Kunis looks nice. This is justified in that she and her mother were being pampered by the Big Bad, receiving rare bottles of shampoo and perfume.
  • In The Bourne Ultimatum, a Giant Mook punches Nicky in the face, knocking her unconscious without otherwise injuring her or marking her in any way.
  • In Broken Blossoms, Lucy has an abusive father who likes to take out his anger by whipping her. Still, there aren't any bruises on the visible parts of her body. The closest is a smudge of blood on her mouth the last, and hardest, time he beats her.
  • In Caramuru: The Invention of Brazil, the main protagonist Diogo is put on a ship and sent on exile as a criminal, gets shipwrecked and later stranded in the land that would later be Brazil, yet he retains his pretty boy looks during the entire movie without even growing a beard during this period, considering that at least several months have passed with him being unable to shave. This is a huge departure from real life where Diogo is often depicted as a hardy, bearded man (like you would expect from a man stranded in a savage land for a long time).
  • In the 1958 film version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor) goes out to the pouring rain and gets her hair soaking wet, but the next time we see her, it's perfectly dry and styled.
  • In The Charge at Feather River, all of the men look suitably disheveled following their hard cross-country ride/hike: dusty, sweaty, unshaven, numerous small wounds, their clothes rumpled, etc. Anne McKeever, however, still looks fresh and rested, her face clean, and her hair styled in a suspiciously '50s coif. Her sister Jennie also looks presentable but has more justification: being dressed in hardwearing buckskin and having her hair in practical plaits.
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle: In the final fight with Madison, the Angels got serious injuries that in real life might need medical attention, particularly when they get thrown away from a speeding car. Nevertheless, after defeating Madison, the Angels could attend Alex's boyfriend, Jason's, movie premiere looking pristine and fine.
  • In the Nicholas Sparks offering, The Choice, the heroine is hit by a car and spends an undetermined amount of time in a coma (in the book, it's for a full year). When she finally awakens, she looks the same as ever — no pallor, no weight loss, perfect hair, etc.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian gives us a Rare Male Example when the eponymous character hits his face on a tree branch in the opening escape sequence and gets up looking as handsome as ever with nary a scratch on him.
  • In Clash of the Titans Io constantly looks as though she's just come from a spa while the male characters look increasingly grimy. This, combined with her habit of just showing up without provisions even though she's following the same route as the others, gives the impression that her curse isn't immortality but the ability to teleport, and she's just porting in from Argos whenever she's needed.
  • The Craft:
    • Bonnie has scars from a fire she was in years ago, and desires to be rid of them. But it's no coincidence the scars are only on her shoulders and back, leaving her face unaffected (presumably also having to spare Neve Campbell additional hours in the makeup chair). Sarah does give her a form of Laser-Guided Karma later, where she makes Bonnie hallucinate that her scars have returned, now covering her whole face (and it's not pretty). Still though, when the other girls are Brought Down to Normal in the finale, Bonnie remains unscarred.
    • Laura Lizzie plays with the trope. As revenge for bullying Rochelle, Sarah casts a spell to make all her hair fall out. There is one scene where she's half-bald and looks quite pitiful. But the next time she's seen, she's wearing a wig. It's admittedly never said whether the snap back at the end would have her hair grow back.
  • D-War has the heroes' car blasted by a dragon's fireball, flip a few times in the air, and skid along the ground, only to have the woman emerge (white sweater included) completely unscathed. Of course, there was a little bit of black soot on her face.
  • In Daredevil (2003), Matt Murdock has many scars all over his body, although his face is left untouched. Elektra, despite a stab through her hand, a cut on her neck, broken back, head injury, and getting gutted, is still pretty enough that Bullseye tried to kiss her.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy:
    • Bruce also has several scars along his back but again, his face is okay.
    • Also done with Catwoman who takes this trope to an extreme. She never gets harmed, she never gets any injury or is hurt once. It's weird because she is constantly fighting but nobody was a match for her and she outsmarted everyone she fought.
  • Dredd:
    • Averted from before the film begins with Ma-Ma, who is played by the very beautiful Lena Headey, but who has very prominent facial scarring. Even more averted at the end, when Dredd tosses her off a building and we see in close-up and slow motion the effect of her landing face-first on the ground two hundred storeys below.
    • Similarly, though Anderson is played by the beautiful Olivia Thirlby, she's wounded during the film. She's visibly bruised by the end, plus looking realistically tired and mussed.
  • Slightly subverted in the climactic shoot-out in Duel in the Sun: although Pearl's face is untouched, her clothes and especially her hands are realistically torn and bloody after she crawls up a mountain on her hands and knees—possibly because actress Jennifer Jones really did injure herself in the process.
  • In The Eye, Jessica Alba's character is twice blinded by explosions, the first from a firecracker and the second from an exploding tanker sending windshield glass into her eye. Despite getting a face full of high-speed glass, in the end, she has perfect skin.
  • Eyes Wide Shut: All of the women are subject to this.
    • Domino looks very beautiful for a dying, drug-addicted prostitute.
    • After just OD-ing at Ziegler's house, Mandy looks no different than a healthy person (and beautiful).
    • We also never see the death of the woman at the party, and while Bill looks at Mandy's corpse, she never looks visibly injured.
  • The Final both plays straight and averts the trope. Two female bullies get chemicals smeared all over their faces to destroy their good looks forever, and one gets two of her fingers cut off. However, far more male bullies are tortured than females despite there being a well-developed female bully who never gets tortured. Also, Emily is shot in the head but this isn't shown.
  • If you go with the hypothesis that Jenny from Forrest Gump has AIDS, you'll be left wondering why you don't see her with sores and lesions from Kaposi's Sarcoma, hair graying and loss, and other nasty symptoms associated with that disease. Particularly naïve children watching the film might speculate that she died from...being extremely tired, perhaps? The same goes for his cancer-stricken mother.
  • Fresh (2022):
    • There is no visible change to Noa's appearance, even after she has spent days—if not weeks—locked in a cellar, chained up, and physically and emotionally tortured.
    • Penny as well, despite having been in captivity longer, having more of her body parts sawn off, and not having Steve's favor like Noa.
  • Gangs of New York:
    • The only punishment inflicted on Amsterdam Vallon (played by pretty-boy actor Leonardo DiCaprio) for his attempted assassination of Bill "The Butcher" is a mild scar on his cheek. Given the bankability of DiCaprio's pretty face, however, it's impressive the film even goes this far.
    • Jenny Everdeanne. She has scars but placed where almost no one can see them.
  • Gone Girl: When Amy kills Desi, somehow she manages to be soaked in blood from the neck down. A gorefest with a pretty face, it plays this trope very straight.
  • Zig-zagged in Hard Revenge, Milly. Milly is tortured and mutilated by the Jack Brothers in flashbacks (with a certain amount of Gory Discretion Shot) but they leave her face untouched, even though she bit one of them on the face. In the main film, all of her injuries are covered by her normal clothes, and we just see her pretty face.
  • Heroic Trio, a Hong Kong movie featuring three beautiful superheroines, lampshades this at one point. The characters narrowly avoid getting blown up. One of the characters turns to the other and quickly asks, "Am I still pretty?". At most, they get bloodied mouths and dirt smeared on their faces, so the answer is yes.
  • The Hunger Games:
    • Due to medical treatments, Katniss's swollen Tracker Jacker stings completely vanish in the next scene. The cut she receives on her face all but vanishes in the next scene as well. For all the time she spends sleeping outside and fighting to the death, she still looks great by the end.
    • This goes for the other female Tributes too on the whole — even little Rue looks rather perfectly coiffured and clean, for a twelve-year-old surviving in the woods. In life, Glimmer also looks salon-perfect — but the trope is averted by the state of her dead body after the tracker-jackers kill her.
  • Mia in If I Stay, in her out-of-body state, looking the same as she did before the accident.
  • In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the heroine's clothes never tore or got stained. She also gets locked inside a metal cage and lowered into a lava pit. She's only a teensy bit sweaty when she's rescued, showing no visible burns or signs of heat stroke.
  • Jailbait (2014): Despite numerous beatings and assaults, the worst injury Anna sustains is some bruising that disappears by the next nude scene and a small scar on her cheek.
  • James Bond:
    • Occurs with 007 frequently. It's hard to remember movies where he ends up looking terrible; only three come to mind: Dr. No, Licence to Kill and Casino Royale (2006) — his first film (where the Bond Girl is the one who ends up immaculate), and two Darker and Edgier approaches. The last one starts a trend for Daniel Craig to avoid it, with Quantum of Solace having Bond look, as M says it, "like hell" within 15 minutes.
    • In Goldeneye, as the half-naked Bond and Xenia wrestle in the sauna, he gets the upper hand, draws his gun, and demands that she take him to the as-yet-unseen villain. When they arrive at the villain's headquarters, she's disheveled, as one would expect as she had to hurriedly dress at gunpoint. Bond, however, is as impeccably dressed as ever, which he somehow managed despite holding a gun on her.
    • Played with in Die Another Day. Bond is filthy with a shaggy beard and hair after being tortured for 14 months. This is 007 at his most unkempt in the entire series, and audiences at the time were a bit shocked to see the character in such a disheveled state. However, Bond is still in remarkably good shape for someone who had endured that type of hell for so long. All it takes are a single shave, a hair cut, and a change of clothes for Bond to become sexy again.
    • Casino Royale (2006): Vesper Lynd's mascara does run when she sits crying in the shower, but oddly, it's not at all affected when she drowns.
  • Jumanji has Peter getting turned into a monkey and Alan getting all dirty but despite being involved in the same actions, Sarah and Judy don't look that bad. Judy does get shot in the neck with a barb from a poisonous plant but the wound isn't shown on camera much.
  • While the Bride suffers plenty of beat downs in Kill Bill and is frequently seen bloodied and bruised, none of her injuries or ordeals leave any lasting visible damage or scars.
  • King Kong:
    • King Kong (2005): Downplayed. Ann is extremely filthy, barefoot, has torn clothes, and a scratch/scrape here and there, but considering the abuse she takes in the jungle, it's still pretty light. She's also not blue from frostbite and hypothermia, despite wearing only a flimsy dress on a night cold enough for the Central Park lake to be frozen solid. Nor does she exhibit these symptoms after falling through said lake when an artillery shell hits it.
    • Kong: Skull Island: Both the major female members of the Skull Island expedition plus Conrad. Brie Larson's Weaver goes through a lot of abuse including a violent helicopter crash, several explosions, a very deep fall into water, and being held in Kong's ginormous fist when it's pulled down Ramarak's throat, yet the worst she gets are dirty clothes, a minor bruise and two scrapes under her left eye, a scrape on the left side of her jaw, and a bruised right shoulder — apart from that, she looks gorgeous from beginning to end. To some extent, Conrad gets a bit dirty without it detracting too much from his Tom Hiddleston given good looks. San only suffers a couple of cuts and scratches.
      • In the sequel graphic novel Skull Island: The Birth of Kong; though Kong's parents wouldn't exactly be considered beautiful to humans, in Riccio's Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane dreams, after the two apes are killed and the Skullcrawlers have left; both their corpses are shown to be uneaten, intact and no worse for wear apart from several gouges in their chests. Which is very puzzling since the entire source of the Skullcrawlers' hyper-aggression is all-consuming Horror Hunger.
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its sequel play it very straight. The 2018 reboot, not so much, even if Alicia Vikander still looks quite good for someone dirty and bruised.
  • Spoofed in Last Action Hero, where all Jack Slater needs to clean up after emerging from a tar pit is a few seconds with a towel.
    Danny: "You know, tar actually sticks to most people."
  • Particularly noticeable in movies from the 1950s and so (at least, those rare movies where women ventured out). See The Leech Woman on MST3K, whose leading lady romps through the jungle in a white blouse — and it stays white the whole time! Ajax, strong on dirt?
  • In The Legend of Zorro, Catherine Zeta-Jones runs across a dirt field at full speed, fights with a shovel, runs back across the same field at full speed, falls in the dirt at least once, and when she gets back to her room her white nightgown is spotless and she doesn't have a hair out of place.
  • Les Misérables (2012) goes for "extreme realism" according to the director, with the depiction of 1800s France, and the trope is averted by having Fantine's beauty get destroyed by poverty (Anne Hathaway lost a lot of weight and had her hair cut off to provide the effect). But it's still played straight in other areas; Eponine for example is poor and unhealthy in the book, yet this version of her has clear skin and perfectly waxed eyebrows with her hair only attractively messy. Cosette's child self only has a little bit of messy hair and looks very good for someone forced to work like a dog in the Thernardiers' inn. And Mme Thernardier is given a healthy dose of Adaptational Attractiveness and just has Unkempt Beauty for the scenes where she's starving on the streets.
  • From The Lord of the Rings, Frodo loses a finger, Boromir catches several arrows in his chest, Aragorn spends the whole trilogy bloody, bruised, and scraped. Practically all of the cast is harassed by either the Watcher in the Water or a Cave troll. And all pretty boy Legolas gets over the course of is a bruise and a little smudge of dirt. And Éowyn made it through almost the entire Battle of the Pelennor Fields unscathed, with never a cut or a bruise until the Witch-King smashes her shield and her arm with his gigantic mace.
  • Love Story: Jennifer Cavalleri Barrett, despite suffering from leukemia, never looks anything but as lovely as she has throughout the entire film.
  • This page's image comes from Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), where the assassin couple played by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie gets at most minor bruises from all the destruction and fighting they endure.
  • Greer Garson's Oscar-acceptance speech for Mrs. Miniver was famously the longest in history. She thanked her hairdresser and costume designer and everyone else who had anything to do with the production. She had reason to be thankful since her character gets through the London Blitz without a hair out of place.
  • In Need for Speed, the female companion is in a very, very nasty car crash and is shown in the hospital with little more than a band-aid on one cheek and still having perfect hair and makeup.
  • A studio enforced example in Now, Voyager, the Trope Codifier for Beautiful All Along. Charlotte Vale is intended to be overweight and completely unattractive due to her mother's abuse - and after getting therapy, she gets a glamorous makeover. Bette Davis wanted to look even uglier for Charlotte's 'before' self, even having her costumes padded. The studio however considered it too grotesque, so she's Hollywood Homely with glasses, an unflattering dress, and Big Ol' Eyebrows.
  • Played both ways in 100 Feet. Marnie sports multiple bruises and contusions and the occasional cut but never suffers anything worse despite being hit hard enough to be thrown across the room.
  • Planet Terror, in which Rose McGowan gets her leg chopped off, to be replaced by an assault rifle with an underslung grenade launcher. However, one will notice that all of the major female characters survive the film, with the notable exception of Fergie's character. Very few dudes make it out alive.
  • In Poseidon, everyone else gets thoroughly soaked several times before Emmy Rossum's hair finally stays matted down as it should. After that, everyone's a mess.
  • The trope is in full force in Predators. All the male characters are filthy and battle-damaged by the end of the film (or at least, the end of their participation in it). The lone female? Barely covered in a light, even film of dirt, not any hint of actual damage. The one bit of damage she's seen to take is suitably out of the way that it doesn't have to get filmed in subsequent shots.
  • Elizabeth Swann goes through a lot in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies with only disheveled hair and a few smudges of dirt. During the climactic battle in the third movie, Davy Jones smacks her in the jaw with his claw-arm hard enough to send her flying, and she doesn't get so much as a bruise.
  • The Princess: Zig-Zagging Trope. While the Princess's face gets off easy, she does get a few nasty cuts and gets stained with blood throughout the movie.
  • Resident Evil (2002) has Alice make it through the entire ordeal without so much as a scratch. The worst she gets is a little wet. Illustrating just how much this trope is in effect, Milla Jovovich noted that her body was covered in lesions and bruises after shooting the brief scene where she is dragged along the grille of the train.note 
  • In Rogue (2020), Samantha 'Sam' O'Hara (Megan Fox) is a mercenary captain leading her squad on a rescue mission against a camp full of jihadists, and then being stalked by a rogue lioness. Despite being in the thick of all the fighting, she winds up far less dirty and disheveled than her men, suffering—at most—a minor cut on her chin.
  • In Safe Haven, the heroine is able to give herself a perfect haircut and dye job in the midst of frantically fleeing from her abusive husband. She also doesn't have a mark on her even though a flashback shows that he slapped and tried to strangle her before she fought him off and managed to get away, and she's sporting perfect makeup, which would hardly be the top priority of a frightened woman desperate to get out of town.
  • Serenity, where the female crew gets banged up pretty badly, though mostly in areas away from their faces.
    • Zoe's face remains untouched, but her back receives a horrible slash that will probably become a rather unattractive scar, even with Simon's medical skills.
    • Kaylee is incapacitated by a series of poison darts, leaving her skin and face untouched.
    • Inara is bitten in the face by a Reaver, but by the end scenes is just as lovely as ever.
  • Used in Shaun of the Dead. No one, except for Shaun, gets really bloody and dirty until the end. Even then, Liz is still better off than Shaun.
    "You've got some red on you."
  • In Sin City, there is a scene where Dwight (Clive Owen) and Miho (Devon Aoki) both plunge into a tar pit, coating themselves entirely in black tar. Miho is naked when she jumps into the tar, although it's hard to tell (the comic is more explicit in this detail) she should at least have tar stuck to her skin. Dwight is similarly clean and he actually fell into the tar while fully clothed. Miho also had blood splashed all over her face in an earlier scene, which also got cleaned up inexplicably very quickly. Oh, and the men get bruised up and battered a lot, showing scars, cuts, and blood all over in this movie. Some women do die, but it is normally clean gunshot and there is not near as much dirt on them.
  • Played straight for the first half of Snow White: A Tale of Terror. Lilli is involved in a cave-in underground and is seen with dirt all over her after they get out, but is perfectly clean the next time we see her. It's implied she washes in the stream. Then at the end, Claudia cuts her face with a pane of glass.
  • Invoked in Snow White & the Huntsman. The two title characters come across a village inhabited only by women, all of whom intentionally scarred their own faces so they would be considered ugly in the eyes of Queen Ravenna, sparing them from being sacrificed to her life-stealing magic.
  • In Space Jam, Lola Bunny is the only main cartoon character that never suffers any kind of injury, or, indeed, any kind of indignity. Other characters (mainly Bugs) even deliberately take hits intended for her.
  • Spider-Man Trilogy:
    • In Spider-Man 2 Rosie still looks pretty good for someone who was killed by a hundred shards of flying glass, including at least one to the face/eye.
    • Subverted in Spider-Man where Spider-Man is badly injured in the climactic showdown, including taking a grenade to the face and being beaten to a bloody pulp by the superhuman Green Goblin. His mask and costume are all torn and his exposed face is bloody and bruised, but by Norman's funeral, he is all healed up and looks completely okay. This could be explained away as his Healing Factor kicking in, but due to the brutal and violent nature of the film, the next movies toned down the blood, so despite getting in more battles, Peter rarely suffered that much. In Spider-Man 2, his face remains completely intact, but his suit gets torn, and this is after the control panel of a train exploded near his masked face (his mask has some burn marks, his face has none). The worst he suffers is some bruises across his face in Spider-Man 3 despite getting bashed across the face by Venom with a metal stick with jagged edges. Also, no matter how bad his hair gets messed up, whenever he pulls his mask off, it is neatly combed back to normal within the very next shot.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness:
    • Carol Marcus gets fed a piece of the scenery by Khan when she gets in his way, and shortly afterwards has her leg stepped on by him, complete with a Sickening "Crunch!". Cut to a shot of her being dragged to a teleporter and sickbay, and she has absolutely no external signs of injury.
    • Unlike Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Kirk doesn't have any burns on his face and hands when he dies of radiation poisoning after repairing the warp drive.
  • Star Wars:
    • Nothing ever mars Princess Leia's beauty no matter what happens to her — captured, tortured, broken out in a shoddy rescue attempt (let's be serious, it was rather unprofessional), and to top it off, dumped in a garbage bin — she still looked great after it all. And that was just the ''first'' movie. Of particular note was her hair. Almost all of her hairstyles would be difficult — if not impossible — for a hairstylist to even create, to say nothing of keeping them in place after all she goes through. Ironically, the most realistic one was the style she had in Return of the Jedi while Jabba's prisoner. (And in that case, the rest of the outfit was very unrealistic.) Parodied in Spaceballs:
    • Padmé is the same in the prequels, but at least in her case, her clothing usually seems to have been made with combat in mind in such situations. In the climax of Revenge of the Sith, Anakin, having embraced his Darth Vader persona by this time (although not yet in the cybernetic suit and mask) Force-chokes her in a mistakenly vengeful rage. Instead of breaking into undignified gagging as Admiral Motti did in A New Hope, Padmé only gasps softly and then faints.
    • In The Force Awakens, only Rey remains unwounded while Finn and Kylo Ren both have serious injuries after the three of them duel with lightsabers. Also when Poe is strapped to the torture machine he is shown to have gotten bruises and blood all over, but when Rey is put on the same device, not a single one to be seennote .
    • In The Last Jedi, Rey gets a nasty slice on her upper arm during her fight with Snoke's Praetorian Guard. It remains visible until the end of the film (it's even on the poster), and it looks deep enough to scar. But all it does is contribute to her rugged, action hero image.
  • In Streets of Fire, McCoy and Ellen Aim aren't hurt at all by the gang, while the men get the snot beat out of them.
  • The Terminator:
    • Sarah Connor's hair is immaculate at the end of the film, despite having been at ground zero for two explosions, being chased all night by a Terminator, and all the other damage she suffered.
    • In one of Kyle's flashbacks of the future, a fellow Resistance fighter removes her helmet to reveal that perfect makeup that hasn't been hindered by the apocalypse.
  • Films of The Three Stooges had a rare exception to their usual standard of not actually hitting a woman. A short featured the Stooges as cavemen courting. Moe and Larry have their mates subdued in stereotypical clubbed-hard style. Shemp's beloved had to bash him. The rival tribe comes along, sees the Stooges hauling the women away, and hurls spears at them, sticking in the usual rear slapstick target. Since Shemp is the one being dragged, though, it's the woman who's hit.
  • Transformers doesn't go too overboard on this with Megan Fox, but it is really glaring in reference to the robots. The Product Placement for GM vehicles apparently mandates that all of the Autobots' car modes must be sparklingly clean at all times.
    • Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen plays this trope noticeably straight. Megan Fox looks as though her (rather overdone) makeup was being touched up every 30 seconds. This is particularly jarring in the final battle when every other (human) character is covered in filth and blood, Fox still looks perfectly clean and her makeup is totally untouched after both she and the main lead get poorly teleported to the other side of the world, run several miles through the hot desert, have several explosions happen basically on top of them, and get thrown into the sand. The main lead is bleeding, grimy, and filthy while she just has her hair a bit rumpled.
    • And then in the third film, after being thrown through a building, running through an apocalyptic battleground, the lead and the soldiers with them are suitably beaten up, Carly's hair and white jacket aren't even ruffled.
  • Triangle of Sadness: Models Carl and Yaya go through the third-act Robinsonade with their features no worse for wear. Yaya briefly has some angry red spots on her face, but they're gone by the final scene and her face remains unmarred and lovely.
  • The first Ultraman Zearth plays this trope for laughs in the disastrous initial attack against Alien Benzene and his monster Cotton-Pope. The MYDO Strike Team tries a tactical strike on the alien, only to backfire with their jets blown up, but while all the men end up badly bruised and injured, their faces covered in bandages (all of which are Amusing Injuries) the sole female, Tohru Hoshimi, suffers from having some soot on her nose and cheek. It helps that she's a genuine Nice Girl and the only character who treats Asahi (Zearth's accident-prone human form) with respect instead of picking on him repeatedly.
  • Untraceable. The male victims suffer agonisingly slow deaths with obvious and continuous physical damage (i.e. one victim is submerged up to his neck in a tank slowly of sulfuric acid). The heroine's suspended over a Death Trap that will either kill her instantly or let her escape without a scratch.
  • In V for Vendetta, Evie's appearance doesn't suffer at all after a prolonged period of imprisonment and torture. It can even be argued that having her hair shaved down to stubble just makes her look even more doe-eyed and delicate. This is in stark contrast to the comic, where she looks like a mummy afterwards.
  • In Versus, every single character with the exception of the female lead ends up literally coated in blood; and the male lead is implied to lose an eye (although it could be just stuck shut). More than that, her white shirt isn't stained in the least.
  • Wolves: Cayden is left badly injured after his first fight with Connor, but everything heals after he wolfs out, including scars. Although wolfing out while that injured is apparently very painful.
  • Wonder Woman (2017): A highly egregious example occurs during the sniper scene where Diana takes down the sniper by jumping into the tower the sniper was in, destroying it. Diana walks out of the rubble all clean and her hair still fresh. May actually be a subversion due to her being a supernatural being, so mortal stuff kind of just....pings off of her not showing any lasting damage. Now when she fights Ares......
  • The World of Suzie Wong - the prostitutes in the Nam Kok all look very good considering they make their money sleeping with as many sailors as possible. Suzie in fact has been homeless since she was ten and is attractively svelte. This is all explained in the book - where Suzie previously lived with a cousin who took care of her for a couple of years before she became a prostitute. And even then they worked in a dance hall with rich businessmen as their clients - so they weren't sleeping with that many. The girls at the Nam Kok are also considered a step above streetwalkers and the hotel arranges for them to have weekly medical checks.
  • Sci-Fi horror movies, such as Yeti. Members of both genders survive a horrific plane crash and a battle with a crazy ass monster trying to off them all. Perfect hair.

  • Animorphs:
    • While Rachel tends to get beaten up as badly as (if not worse than) the rest of the Animorphs crew in battle, everyone describes her as being the type of girl who could walk through a hurricane and still have perfect hair. Cassie compares her to The Undead, except un-dirty. On a similar note, Cassie is the only character described as being able to make the sometimes horrific-looking process of morphing look beautiful and elegant (the Andalites call it morph-dancing).
    • The Animorphs fight in animal forms and the morphing process gets rid of injuries (sort of like a DNA-based factory reset... loosely speaking since it can include skintight clothes and covers changeable features like hairstyle). It really only counts if they get into a fight while human, and returning to human form doesn't always remove clotted blood. A What If? future revolves around Tom noticing Jake's...disheveled appearance and blowing his cover.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "A Witch Shall Be Born", Taramis:
    Taramis was still beautiful, in spite of her rags and the imprisonment and abuse of seven weary months.
  • One of the two main points of C. S. Lewis' The Great Divorce: there is no room for evil or sin whatsoever in Heaven. Many of the Ghosts refuse to go to Heaven because it will mean giving up their quirks, such as saying mean things to their loved ones. The contrapositive of that statement also falls under this trope. Everything in us can find its fullest and most joyful expression in Heaven if it will only submit first to God. Specifically seen in the case of the Lizard, which represented a certain Ghost's uncontrollable lust. After the Lizard is killed by an Angel (with the Ghost's permission), the Ghost turns into a Person, and the Lizard is reincarnated as a Stallion, an expression of joyful, holy, physicality.
  • Honor Harrington is an exception in some ways: she's lost an eye and an arm and had her facial nerves on one side paralyzed. In others, not so much; despite mentions that the replacement facial nerves don't synch perfectly with the other side of her face, the prosthetics she uses to replace her missing parts are both cosmetically perfect and far more versatile than her original parts, and none of the problems detract from her great beauty, personal charisma, or ridiculous willpower.
  • Apparently invoked by the Capitol in The Hunger Games. After her Games, Katniss finds that the hearing in her left ear is restored, and while she was out the Capitol apparently enhanced her appearance for the cameras — her skin's perfection, smooth and glowing with no burns, scars, or anything. Peeta, on the other hand, has his lower leg replaced with a metal and plastic device. This is true for all Victors, who will go on to live in the spotlight (and sometimes be forced into sex work in the Capitol) after their bloodbath. However, in subsequent books, she gets a nasty scar on her arm at the end of the second book, and by the end of the third much of her body is covered by burn scars and skin grafts. Even after this, however, her face suffers no lasting damage.
  • If I Stay: Mia in her out-of-body state, looking the same as she did before the accident.
  • In the first book of the Inheritance Cycle, there's Arya after she's been rescued; Eragon notes that a month of torture and imprisonment in a dirty dungeon wasn't enough to diminish her hotness. The implication is that she's so hot that the various marks and injuries aren't enough to do so.
  • Action Girls and female people of mass destruction are in large numbers in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?. Yet, with one exception, they received no disfiguring injuries. This is particularly jarring for Aiz, who has been Dungeon Crawling for 10 years and known as Lady of War!
  • Journey to Chaos: Hailey Heleti is a reconstruction of the trope. Yes, she does get bruised during a fistfight, cut by blades, etc. but she has a spell for that. She's so skilled with it that she doesn't need words or a staff. Give her a minute and she won't look like she was ever in a fight.
  • Kushiel's Legacy: Phèdre usually heals from injuries without any scars; even after being burned and partly Flayed Alive, her scars are only mentioned once and don't detract from her sex appeal (or ability to get into her amorous adventures) at all when realistically they should be quite severe. She lampshades her improbable healing as a side benefit of the divine blessing that supports her Casually Kinky life as a sacred prostitute.
  • Enjolras in Les Misérables is a Rare Male Example. Repeatedly described as a Pretty Boy, even after a whole day of battle he doesn't have a single scratch on him and is so beautiful that enemy soldiers hesitate to shoot him.
  • Asha in The Licanius Trilogy gains a pallid hue and sprawling black veins on her face when she is turned into a Shadow, but Davian (and many others) still consider her to be strikingly beautiful.
  • Inverted in Stephen R. Donaldson's two-book series Mordant's Need. Twice, a woman is wounded, and both times it's noted that the wound only enhances their otherwise shallow beauty.
  • The Mortal Instruments: Lampshaded in City of Ashes when Alec, Jace, and Isabelle return from fighting a demon in a subway tunnel and Alec questions why Izzy never gets any dirt on her. Her response? "I'm pure at heart. It repels the dirt."
  • In-universe in The Night Mayor, this is noted as an attribute of the fictional action heroine Vanessa Vail. When she passes out from her injuries she falls gracefully into a nice-looking sprawl, and when she's dying of an incurable illness she's positively angelic. The plot of the book involves her creator, Susan Bishopric, getting caught up in a real adventure, and getting increasingly annoyed every time she thinks about how good Vanessa would still look after what Susan's just been through.
  • The Quintessential Mary-Sue: Nothing can impair Mary-Sue's beauty, not even dirt or grime. In fact, her beauty is so innate that cosmetics can only cover it up.
  • Trapped on Draconica: Rana lived in a desolate mountain cave for years, yet she's still a knock-out beauty. However, the narration notes that 'dust itself was afraid to touch it (her dress)'. It's possible she used her Shock and Awe powers to create a Dirt Forcefield.
  • In Victoria, Nazi officer Captain Halsing provides a Rare Male Example by appearing unexpectedly clean and well-kempt after a long and arduous trek through the wilderness. This is specifically commented on and showcases his competence and fastidious nature. More symbolically, it also illustrates the insistent neatness and orderliness his fascist state represents.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Such a common Soap Opera trope that soap magazines frequently ridicule it and need to praise the few times that it's Averted or even subverted:
    • On The Bold and the Beautiful, after Brooke had a nervous breakdown and spent weeks wandering the beaches of Barbados, critics blasted the storyline for many reasons, not the least of which was that this supposedly mentally ill and homeless woman was apparently still managing to take showers, brush her teeth, comb her hair, and make regular trips to the salon, as evidenced by her perfect hair, skin, nails, teeth, and clothing. This was also done when Taylor Hayes was burned in a house fire. After several weeks of angsting over whether or not she would be disfigured, the bandages were removed … and as a writer for Soap Opera Digest snarked, "I've had sunburns that were worse than that."
  • Inverted with a Japanese game show that features Masahiro Chono slapping contestants. Later, it was decided to bring Amazing Kong onto the show, but she was politely asked to leave after making a man bleed.

  • The 100: Subverted. While the attractive cast often gets in fights that leave them bruised and bloodied, facial wounds, including deep-looking cuts, typically heal over in a couple of episodes. Notable facial scarring is quite rare. Many characters also manage surprisingly well-kept appearances despite their very rough lifestyles.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. plays with this trope with its three female leads: note 
    • It's usually played straight with Simmons, who can get infected with deadly viruses, chased and captured by the bad guys, and generally be thrown around a lot without looking too much the worse for it a few minutes later. Though in the latter circumstance, it might be a subtle case of Played for Laughs since she's usually standing with Fitz, who can reliably catch a few good bruises to the face and head during even a minor stand-off. Even when she's tortured and Fitz is forced to hear her screams in the other room, once she's freed she has nothing more than a few bruises and a little blood on her lip.
    • Played straight with Skye during her homeless period at the start of the show, when she's supposedly living in her van but nevertheless reliably in full make-up with amazing hair.
    • May is an interesting example: as the show's resident Action Girl she's often shown as messy, bloodied, and dishevelled as the guys — up to and including stitching up her own stab wounds in a spare moment — in an apparent aversion of this trope; yet somehow that seems to be part and parcel of her particular brand of Fanservice.
      • Played straight in the Season 1 finale, when after May's long and very brutal fight with Ward, May has no visible bruises and looks like she hasn't been in a fight at all (in contrast to Ward, whose face is very beaten up).
  • Played straight for the most part in Arrow, at least in terms of their faces. Oliver is heavily scarred on his chest and abdomen, but never his face.
  • The Ant & Dec Show's short-lived 'Beat The Barber' sketch was short-lived for a reason. It turns out Moral Guardians were shocked at a girl having her hair cut from losing a challenge and they protested. There were no protests over two boys having their hair cut before the girl. note 
  • An episode of The A-Team ("The Bend in the River") had the team hiking, camping, and fighting in the jungle for several days. The guys were sweaty, rumpled, and grungy, but their resident girl looked utterly perfect at all times, to the extent of her white shirt and pale slacks remaining spotless while she was kneeling in a hole digging for ancient artifacts.
  • Tracy in Season 5 of Baywatch turns out to have advanced cancer, yet shows almost no outward signs of suffering from the illness. In a possibly unintentional Lampshade Hanging, Mitch even asks how someone so beautiful could be dying.
  • Birds of Prey (2002) handwaves this with makeup that works really well to cover up battle scars. Justified in-universe, in that (a) anyone with a secret identity needs to cover up scars they couldn't have gotten in their civilian persona, and (b) with the kind of money and technology that lies beyond a lot of DC heroes, it wouldn't be too hard to come up with makeup that good.
  • In the UK science show Brainiac, there are male and female test subjects (called 'Brainiacs') who are subject to experiments. You will find that for all of the experiments that subject a person to pain (such as electric shock), getting dirty, urinating, or just behaving in an uncivilized manner, female Brainiacs are never chosen. They usually take on administrative roles and assess the males who perform these kinds of experiments. The exception seems to be the "Can You Do Your Job While Being Electrocuted?" skit — where a female checkout operator, ballroom dancer, and school teacher were used.
  • Lampshaded on Breaking In, when, after being caught in a very strong security system, all of the male members of the team sustained bruises or some other sort of minor injury (including one getting his eyebrows burned off), and Melanie does not. She gets called out on it, with people wondering why she doesn't seem to have a scratch on her.
  • Buffyverse:
    • One egregious example is "Beer Bad", where tainted beer turned a group of frat boys and Buffy into Neanderthals. The boys actually transformed into stereotypical cavemen while Buffy just acted differently and had a few tangles in her hair.
    • Usually played straight with Faith, and easily explained by the enhanced resilience enjoyed by all Slayers. Even after extended battles with Buffy, who hit harder than most vampires, Faith always looked fine, without even a smudge on her makeup.
      • While attempting to defeat The Beast in "Salvage", Faith suffers a horrific beatdown and is so bloody and battered afterwards that she can barely walk. Her reactions afterwards show that her confidence is just as damaged as her body.
    • The first fight Buffy and Faith had with each other did leave a few bruises on each other's faces.
    • In her debut episodes, Fred looks more like she spent a few days camping than five years in a hell dimension.
    • A rare gender-swapped version; Spike is simultaneously the Iron Butt Monkey and Mr. Fanservice. The guy gets his ass kicked just about every other episode, but very, very rarely does his handsome face actually see any of the damage.
  • The Burning Bed: Francine gets some black eyes but still looks pretty good after Mickey beats her up, with a minimum of swelling and redness. Of course, she's played by Farrah Fawcett, who was an incredibly attractive woman.
  • Played with on Chuck. Sarah frequently gets into fights with that episode's bad guy or mooks. Usually, she comes off without a scratch despite often taking several good hits. Other times she's had bruises and split lips. Some notorious fights (the high school reunion and car fights in Season 2 and Season 4's catwalk fight) ended with her face rather battered and bloody. Nonetheless, by the next episode, her face is back in perfect condition (one wonders how no one ever seems to notice). Chuck himself has been in several fights from Season 3 forward but never shows a sign of having been hit. Casey has sustained several visible injuries over the course of the series, but they seldom carry over into subsequent episodes. Most notoriously, after being shot in the leg in Season 3 and needing emergency surgery performed, in the episode set the very next day he shows no sign that he was ever wounded.
  • Counterpart (2018): Baldwin gets grazed on the cheek from a shot by Howard Prime, leaving her with a Glasgow Grin scar after this. However, she's still very beautiful despite this.
  • The classic Polish series Czterej pancerni i pies had a precise rule about this. All the male characters would get dirty and greasy but all the female characters would always be shown with no dirt and clean clothes even though they were supposedly experiencing the same wartime conditions as the men. This was done very deliberately to soften the impact of a World War II series on a viewing public that lived through the war.
  • German kids' series Die Pfefferkorner, which centers around a group of kid detectives, tends to treat their interrogated captives differently by gender. Boys are tied up and subjected to silly tortures, like being tickled, forced to smell old socks, or strapped to a rotating wheel. Girls, on the other hand, are just tied up and left alone.
  • Doctor Who:
    • A male example: The Fourth Doctor has odd looks, but possesses an almost incongruously beautiful deep dramatic voice that was commonly remarked upon at the time. Unwillingness to even temporarily ruin this results in a scene in "The Robots of Death" where his voice is completely unaffected by the fact that he is inhaling copious amounts of helium. He later gives a Hand Wave to Leela that his Bizarre Alien Biology includes "a larynx that can put up with anything".
    • In "The Caves of Androzani", the Fifth Doctor gets a full outfit of Clothing Damage and covered in filth and blood, in addition to becoming progressively sicker and sicker from poisoning, ruining his skin tone and leaving dark circles around his eyes. Peri also gets poisoned and dragged through most of the same stuff he does, but all that happens to her is her skin and lips becoming romantically pale.
    • When Martha Jones appears in "Last of the Time Lords", she's a refugee who has been walking the post-apocalyptic Earth for a year, barely a step ahead of the Master and his forces, facing exhaustion, blistering heat, and freezing cold. Despite all this, she looks no less well-rested and well-groomed than she did while traveling with the Doctor. Some fanfiction writers spoofed this by having her travel pack secretly filled with cosmetics and hair products.
    • In "The Witch's Familiar", Missy pushes Clara down a hole to see how deep it is. After falling twenty feet and landing on solid rock, Clara has virtually nothing to show for it except some scrapes. Similarly, when she is later hooked up to a Dalek in the same episode, she comes out of the experience looking as perky as ever.
    • In "Face the Raven", despite being Killed Off for Real, Clara looks unblemished as the camera hovers over her dead body.
  • Doom Patrol (2019): Not counting The Chief, the men of the team are all inhuman in appearance to some degree. Robot Man and Negative Man don't have human bodies at all, and while Cyborg is still fairly handsome, half his body is replaced with machinery. Meanwhile, the two ladies of the team — Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane — look like normal beautiful women when not using their powers, as they just so happen to have abilities that don't compromise their appearance.
  • In the Emerald City episode "The Beast Forever", after the tornado throws Dorothy's car at East, neither of them looks much the worse for wear, even though East went up over the hood and Dorothy got smacked in the face with the airbag after the car flipped a couple times. There's a little trickle of blood, but that's all.
  • Euphoria:
    • Rue is a drug addict who gets herself in brutally disturbing and at times physically dangerous situations. However, even after nights of partying, she rarely ever looks worse for wear.
    • Jules and Maddy get bruises from their encounters with Cal and Nate respectively, but both are easy to cover up and look gorgeous otherwise.
  • Fleabag: Despite the protagonist being an apparent sex addict and alcoholic, she always looks clear-skinned, with clean, neat hair. Taken Up to Eleven as everyone comments on her looking "unusually" good at her mother's funeral...when she doesn't look any different from how she ever looks.
  • In the pilot episode of Forever (2014), Henry is chatting up a beautiful cello player when the subway train they are in crashes. Afterwards, the car is full of dead and dying people, some more mangled than others, but the cellist is still beautiful, marred only by a tiny trickle of Blood from the Mouth.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • This show provides a rare example with a male character. When Ser Loras Tyrell removes his helm in "Blackwater", his curly hair looks perfect despite having fought a battle; he even does a mild Hair Flip. There doesn't appear to be a single scratch or bruise on him. A popular animated gif on tumblr pokes fun at this improbable moment.
    • Another such example that can even be contrasted with a female is that in Season 7, Jorah Mormont is cured of greyscale, leaving virtually no visible effect. In contrast, Shireen Baratheon was permanently marked by the disease.
    • In the books, Daenerys' hair is burned off in her Out of the Inferno moment, but here it's as fireproof as the rest of her — and not even a bit sooty. Also applies to whenever she rides Drogon with only partially braided hair. As any woman with long hair can tell you, it only takes a little bit of wind and a few short seconds to turn those luscious waves into a total rat's nest.
    • In-universe invocation in "The Door". Sansa Stark looks very little the worse for wear despite having been forcibly married to brutal sadist Ramsay Bolton and subjected to rape and torture every night. Because Ramsay was smart about it: there are still enough Stark loyalists left in the North who would rise up in revolt against the Boltons if one of them were seen abusing the daughter of Eddard Stark. So he made sure to never do anything to her face, or to any part of her that would show. What else he might have done to her is left to the viewer's imagination.
    • In the battle of Castle Black, Pyp is given the very gross death of getting an arrow through the neck and blood splattering everywhere. Ygritte who dies minutes later does so by an arrow through the back, allowing so as not to detract from her actress's beauty. She even makes a beautiful corpse in the next episode.
    • Catelyn Stark is also given a much milder death than in the books. There she began clawing at her face, ripping great chunks from her skin and was essentially given a Mercy Kill to put her out of her misery. In the show, she's simply given a slit throat in the closing seconds of the episode.
    • Male example in Jon Snow. Despite being Exposed to the Elements and away from the chance of a decent wash for pretty much most of the episodes, he always ends up looking quite good. His Pretty Boy features are never damaged at all — even when in the above-mentioned battle, he gets his head smashed against an anvil and Blood from the Mouth, yet no missing teeth.
    • The party of Bran, Rickon, Meera, Jojen, and Osha likewise look very good for people who have spent months travelling through the wilderness. Bran is riding in a wheelbarrow, yes, but his hair always looks like it's just been washed.
    • Talisa looks very good for someone who's introduced having to amputate a foot. Despite likely being in such situations frequently, she's never covered in too much blood and her hair is only lightly tousled.
    • Arya is shown to have scars from her training with the Faceless Men. None of these are on her face.
    • The entire crew comes out ridiculously unscarred from the cataclysmic battle against the undead horde. Never mind that most of them should've been certainly dead 2-3 times over - they barely have any visible injuries!
    • Arya comes out of the massacre of King's Landing with nothing more than a light covering of ash, despite being inside a city that's burned to the ground. None of the characters do in fact.
  • General and I: Even when seriously injured, Bai Ping Ting rarely looks worse than slightly disheveled.
  • Gilligan's Island wasn't supposed to be realistic, but it is a good example. Despite being marooned on an island, Ginger always had great hair and her makeup never seemed to run; Mary-Ann always looked rather decent too. In fact, the whole cast was able to maintain impeccable hygiene, and their clothes never wore out.
  • Heroes played straight for Nikki. The woman gets caught in a burning building that explodes. Yet at her funeral, she gets an open casket and doesn't have any burn marks at all.
    • Claire's beauty is literally incapable of being tarnished. At least, not permanently. It's been said that Claire is this show's Mr. Bill.
    • When exposed to nuclear radiation her skin is burned to the point that her skeleton is shown. And yet her hair remained intact.
  • JAG: Other than after a traffic accident in "The Four Percent Solution", Mac never sustains any visible injuries throughout the show. In "A Tangled Webb", she was about to be subjected to Electric Torture, but Harm saved her in the nick of time.
  • Keep Breathing: Liv is scuffed up with her hair bedraggled as a result of her time in the wilderness, along with getting injured, though it's not that visible. She's still good-looking, with only minor bruises that are all hidden under her clothing.
  • Ayumu from Life (2002) is frequently bullied in very physical ways but never gets a scratch. The male characters appear wounded or scarred when they're assaulted. Downplayed in the original manga, where while she doesn't get hurt by others she does hurt herself.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power:
    • Galadriel wanders Middle-earth for centuries through various elements and swims across the ocean, yet her fair features are never weathered.
    • Miriel is blinded by flying cinders from Orodruin's eruption, but her eyes and face bear no signs of burn injuries. (Otherwise Elendil might have suspected something was wrong before she made an incongruous remark about "smoke.")
  • In the Season 4 DVDs of Lost, Evangeline Lilly (Kate) laments that her character never gets to look beat up, no matter what damage she appears to take.
  • Bo from Lost Girl ends up bruised and bloodied on a regular basis but, being a succubus with ready access to a bunch of willing partners, rarely takes long to restore her health and with it her drop-dead gorgeous looks. Interestingly, Bo is so ridiculously beautiful that even while limping and being covered in cuts, slashes and her own blood from head to toe doesn't detract much from her attractiveness in the first place.
  • Maid Marian and Her Merry Men is a very good example. The show featured a considerable amount of slapstick (mostly mess), though almost no actual violence, Maid Marian herself is practically never a victim, even when all of the rest of her band are. Admittedly Rose once got paint poured over her, but then Rose is a villain. (The trope seems to apply slightly less strongly to female villains.)
  • In the live-action adaptation of Nodame Cantabile, Nodame always has perfect makeup on despite her character being established as a total slob.
  • In Pixelface, Alexia can run through her action/adventure game Legend Hunter without even breaking a sweat. When Rex once has to run a level for her, he returns considerably beaten up.
  • Despite the setting being After the End and humans living with no water and electricity, the whole cast of Revolution has impeccable hygiene: hair neatly cut, clothes clean, and the men seemingly have a way to shave. Naturally, the reason is never addressed.
  • Smallville:
    • In the Season 4 episode "Delete", Chloe shows absolutely no injury after she has been slammed head-first into walls multiple times, thrown down two flights of stairs, and hit by a few of Lana's most vicious kicks, with at least one directly to the face. Oddly, she actually had blood on her face when it is over and she definitely isn't beaten as badly as Chloe.
    • In "Spirit", the same thing happened, just worse. Clark possessed by Dawn hits her with a Super-Strength punch also directly to the face that sends her flying into some metal canisters and she is completely unscathed. However, Chloe is eventually revealed to have healing powers.
    • In "Persuasion", Chloe and Tess had a brutal fight during which Tess grabs the front of Chloe's coat and punches her in the face repeatedly. Nope, nothing. Not to mention Tess tackled Chloe through a glass table and the latter smashes her with a glass bottle...
    • Green Arrow provides a male example. Late in Season 9, Zod sears his house symbol into Oliver's chest with his heat vision. Later on, in Season 10, he hasn't even got a hint of a scar from it.
  • Special Ops: Lioness: Cruz gets several wounds during her Training from Hell which stay with her the rest of the season, but they really do nothing to detract from her beauty.
  • While Samantha Carter of Stargate SG-1 does get plenty beaten and bruised over the course of the show ("Death Knell" is a particularly brutal example), the creators of the show do invoke this trope in the commentary of "Off the Grid" when the camera pans across SG-1 revealing three severely bruised and bleeding guys... and one beautiful blond woman (though she did have a bit of a bruise on her face at the time).
  • Star Trek: Voyager:
    • Despite the Doctor saying otherwise, Captain Janeway suffered some remarkably mild-looking fire injuries in the episode "Year of Hell" (even her famous red hair is intact). Ironic given the Reset Button conclusion (which meant that the producers didn't have to worry about long-term effects) and that Voyager itself is completely trashed.
    • Seven of Nine's famous catsuit was justified as a dermaplastic material to cover and heal the injuries from her Borgification. Must have taken her skin a long time to heal, as she never stopped wearing it. In addition, while most other Borg have been seen to have had extreme modifications to their faces, the worst Seven gets out of it is a piece of tech permanently affixed around her left eye (although the series does leave it ambiguous as to whether her hair is real, given she was hairless as a Borg).
  • Star Trek: Picard:
    • In "Nepenthe", Elnor kicks Narissa so hard in the face that she falls down, yet she doesn't have a broken or bleeding nose, a black eye, a loose tooth, or any kind of bruising or blemish whatsoever. The same thing happens in "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2" where Seven of Nine punches Narissa a couple of times and the latter then roughly tumbles on to the floor, but Narissa's pretty features remain unscathed.
    • Although this trope normally applies to female characters, Elnor is nevertheless treated no differently than an attractive Action Girl by the showrunners in terms of constantly maintaining his photogenic appearance because he's an Elfeminate, Long-Haired Pretty Boy who's played by Evan Evagora, an ex-model. In "Broken Pieces", he's punched and kicked in the face several times, but you wouldn't know it from his flawless, injury-free visage.
    • In "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2", Narissa smashes Seven of Nine's face against a console. There's a little bit of blood on the side of the latter's mouth, but otherwise, Seven's gorgeousness hasn't been negatively affected.
  • Stranger Things: Steve Harrington getting the absolute shit beaten out of him and ending up with enormous bloody scars on his face happens at least once a season, while his ex-girlfriend Nancy Wheeler hasn't gotten much worse than a shove in four seasons of television.
    • This is pretty blatant in Season 3. Jonathan & Nancy get attacked by their flayed ex-coworkers from the Post in the hospital, while Steve & Robin get captured and interrogated by Russians opening a gate to the Upside Down beneath the Starcourt Mall. In each boy-girl pair, guess which one is beaten bloody and which one is left basically unharmed?
    • Season 4 has Steve's face left alone, but he still gets a nasty bat bite. Nancy just gets dirty. We even get a gender death contrast: Eddie is bitten to death by a swarm of bats, including on his face. Max may have had multiple limbs magically broken, but her face just has tears of blood on them. It's not exactly a 'beautiful death' - she is a child who really doesn't want to die. She's revived and ends up in hospital in a coma, still with an unblemished face. Subverted with Chrissy, whose jaw gets massively dislocated on her death.
  • In-universe example in Supergirl (2015). Cat Grant recalls once interviewing the wife of a public figure, and then finding out that she had a make-up artist who worked very hard to cover up bruises from when he'd been hitting her.
  • Supernatural:
    • Gender-Inverted on a regular basis. The two pretty boy leads, Sam and Dean, might get beaten up regularly (Dean particularly is barely recognizable a few times after being pounded to a pulp) - but it's rare to see the effects last even until the end of the episode. Dean even says at one point that coming Back from the Dead erased all his old scars and sorted out his broken fingers. Uh, we've seen your hands, sweetie, they had a lovely manicure. The inversion makes more sense when you remember that Supernatural is targeting a very different audience than most of the shows on this list.
    • There's also a Season 3 episode where a young woman who has been in a coma since the age of eight appears to have spent the entire time lying peacefully in her hospital bed, with perfect hair and a full face of makeup.
    • When Castiel joins the cast, he continues the trend, as his Healing Factor ensures no scars. He eventually starts healing Sam and Dean on occasion, making their pretty faces make a little more sense.
    • Season 8 gives us Dean and Castiel's adventures in Purgatory, a forested dimension where one doesn't sleep or eat and spends the whole time fighting monsters. Their bodies and clothes are dirtied up and Castiel grows a beard, but they still look amazing and show no signs of actually being wounded in any way.
    • At the end of Season 12, Kelly Kline goes into labor wearing a white nightgown and makeup, barely breaks a sweat, and dies in childbirth looking angelic. Possibly justified since her child is a highly powerful angel/human hybrid so it's possible he prevented the process from being too painful for her.
  • Noticeable to some extent in the later seasons of Survivor. While both men and women show many of the expected effects of primitive living for a month, the men almost always have visible stubble and clearly grungy hair, while the women almost never have leg stubble and their hair often seems much cleaner.
  • Wonder Woman (1975): Wonder Woman fights mooks, leaps over trees, stops cars, and breaks boulders without getting a hair out of place. Somewhere there's a mook locker room where the thugs have a betting pool not on who can beat her, but on who can get her hair mussed up.
  • Yellowjackets: The Yellowjackets don't look particularly disheveled after many weeks of living in the wilderness with very limited food. Besides messy hair and armpit hair, they all look like they've simply been camping for a few days. Van suffers a grievous injury after being attacked by a pack of wolves that leaves her with little more than a few red lines on her face.
  • Lampooned in Young Blades when D'artagnan comes out of a fight without a scratch in Coat of Arms.
  • Both used and subverted in Z Nation. Roberta and Addy look quite good for the third year of a Zombie Apocalypse, but by the end of Season 1 Cassandra looks quite banged up and sickly.

  • For Gottlieb's Rocky pinball machine, Sylvester Stallone had his likeness on the backglass repainted three times because he didn't want it to look beaten up even after ten rounds in the ring.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • GLOW occasionally featured the women bleeding, but only in ways that didn't detract from their physical beauty — either with fake blood or coming from a body part like the leg. Accidental aversions happened whenever the women were injured — such as Susie Spirit, who dislocated her arm in a memorably graphic moment.
  • Inverted by Ivory in a match against Lita. Her boots caught Lita above the eye, cutting her a little. Sensing the potential to make the match more exciting, she deliberately targeted the wound in order to make it bleed more. It worked and the match got positive reviews. The fact that Lita already had a hardcore Tomboy image probably made the folks backstage more comfortable with it.
  • Victoria specifically set out to damage Trish Stratus's career by ruining her looks, but ended up with a bloody nose and a cracked tooth before she made Trish spit out any blood.
  • In WWE's first women's steel cage match, Victoria said she wanted to bleed but the office refused. She had Lita throw her into the side of the cage in the hopes it would happen naturally, but it didn't.
  • Krissy Vaine claimed that in her time in the WWE developmental system — which was just as the Diva Searches were happening and more models than ever were brought in (Krissy has said she believes the only reason she was kept on was because of her own modeling background). So all the developmental Divas felt pressured to preserve their good looks 24/7 — which is not easy when one is getting beaten up in training. She has admitted that at the age of 26 she freaked out and was spending over half her monthly pay on Botox.
  • Melina Perez claims to have gotten a bloody lip in a match with Michelle McCool but it didn't show up on-camera.
  • Beth Phoenix suffered a swollen eye after a botched leg drop from Alicia Fox and was taken off television for five weeks — despite being the reigning Divas' Champion at the time.
  • Played with in TNA when they had a women's First Blood match but at the end, there was only a small trickle of blood when Tara hit Daffney with a toolbox.
  • Enforced in Ring of Honor, where the Lovely Lacey got reconstructive surgery after BJ Whitmer hit her with Jimmy Jacobs's spike. Jacobs would blame himself for the instance and proceed to campaign against the American healthcare system in his Age Of The Fall.
  • Parodied by Cody Rhodes in 2011, when Rey Mysterio kicked him in the nose at the tail end of his "Absolutely Dashing" gimmick. He began showing up with a protective facemask, ranting about how he was now disfigured for life and was going to take out his misery on the entire world. A few months later, he apparently got over the trauma and took off the mask — and he looked just the same as he'd always done. Of course, this is Dusty Rhodes' younger son we're talking about, so Cody had had a basset-hound face to begin with. In any case, no change, and no tarnishing (to the extent that there was anything to tarnish).
  • Blading had long been a popular way to insert drama into a match — where the wrestlers would hide razor blades in their gear and cut themselves to escalate the violence of the match. While men and women did this in most places where pro wrestling occurred to various degrees, women in WWE never bladed, because that would have detracted from the Fanservice. The blood mentioned above was accidental.
  • Eventually men in rated pg WWE were barred from blading too, with Batista getting fined 100,000 USD for doing so. Medical glue was also adopted to "instantly" close wounds, but this wound up nearly ruining matches, such as a ladder match between Christian and Shelton Benjamin. Brock Lesnar resorted to opening up wrestlers the hard way, but he had little finesse and ended up making people look worse.
  • Behind the scenes, the Divas had to resort to lots of hacks and tricks so that the bruises and scrapes they got from wrestling most of the week wouldn't show up on TV. Strategically applied makeup would take care of the face, while most women resorted to weaves and extensions to prevent their hair from getting too damaged. Likewise their gear was secured with lots of double-sided tape to prevent any Wardrobe Malfunction (or revealing too many body bruises).

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: Played straight with the tall and usually pretty Eldar, who never leave battles with scars and deformities due to their advanced medical technology and psychic healing. Also played straight by Callidus Assassins, who are all shape-shifters.
  • In Exalted, some Lady of War-esque fighting styles grant a side effect that invokes this; any clothing the martial artist is wearing will serendipitously avoid stains and tears, whether they're standing in a ballroom or a mud pit. Of course, magic is involved.

  • In every production and adaptation of Annie the main character and her friends look remarkably healthy and well-fed for residents of an orphanage in Depression-era America. (Especially considering the heavy implication that the director was neglectful and abusive; even kids in a respectable place would likely have been somewhat undernourished.)


    Video Games 
  • Baldurs Gate 3: Karlach the tiefling barbarian spent ten years as a slave-warrior in the Nine Hells. Her body and arms are covered in enough scars to qualify as Body Horror, but her face is completely unblemished.
  • In the Batman: Arkham Series, while playing the game with the normal skins will avert this trope, playing the game with the special DLC skins will play this trope straight — Batman can get shot, beaten up, thrown out of windows, survive explosions, the works and he and his costume will look pristine. Doesn't matter how far into the past or the future that suit is, it will be clean and Batman without even a split lip.
  • Chrono Trigger: Ayla is a cavewoman from 65,000,000 B.C.. She's depicted as a Nubile Savage, with curly, un-matted hair and no noticeable scars.
  • Played straight in the Def Jam Series, where the women can engage in no holds barred brawls just as brutal as any of the male characters, and yet, not a speck of blood or a bloodied nose results from it.
  • Dislyte: In the Ruler's Law event, while Jin Yuyao shows Alexa to Abigail through her communicator, Alexa says that she's covered in bruises, has a bloodied mouth and bruised legs. Yet, her sprite only has a couple of bruises on her face (and in the fully illustrated scene in 2-6, more bruises can be seen on her body) and doesn't look too badly beat up otherwise.
  • Present in Dragon Age: Origins; male party members get covered in ridiculous amounts of blood spatters, but Morrigan and Wynne come away perfectly clean. Justified, in that mages in the game never get blood splatters on them during combat, except for when they're being attacked in melee, as attested to by a male mage Warden.
  • The Evil Within provides a male example in the form of Joseph Oda—despite taking quite a beating throughout the game, any blood or bodily harm he receives never sticks to him for long, and he usually looks pristine again by the next cutscene. His fellow detectives, on the other hand…
  • In Fate/hollow ataraxia, Souchirou was awestruck by Caster's beauty the instant he met her, although during this meeting she had fallen on visibly leaf-strewn earth and rain was coming down.
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    • Part of Tifa's backstory is Sephiroth slashing her across the torso with his giant sword. You'd think this would leave a pretty noticeable scar, right? Nope, she recovers from it just fine with no ill effects whatsoever. She spends the whole game in a tank top. Pity she never taught Aerith her secret, isn't it?
    • Perhaps she did — when Aerith gets stabbed, there's not a trace of blood, and while she looks shocked and in pain at first she dies with a smile on her face (as Cloud observes in dialogue later). Her hair comes undone, but this is just so her hair can romantically billow out around her beautiful corpse as her body sinks into the water. This is especially notable considering that Aerith's death was an attempt to write a non-beautiful, emotionally realistic Plotline Death.
    • Then, in FF7 remake, Aerith goes through Corneo's rape mansion, a literal sewer, a train graveyard, exploding helicopters, and Marlene, a kid, and kids aren't known for filters, claims she smells nice, like a flower. By contrast, Biggs and Tifa both comment on their own BO and need for a shower, so smelling good is clearly a Cetra power in Remake.
    • In Crisis Core, Cloud and Zack both look remarkably good considering the fact that both had been critically injured (in the case of Cloud, he was stabbed clean through his body) and then spent four years in People Jars. They don't get any blood or marks on them and have perfectly maintained their elaborate hairstyles. Even right at the very end when Zack is murdered and both young men are covered in mud and blood, the amount of blood is extremely limited and their hair still looks great, instead just looking attractively smudged up. (This is a censorship issue as much as anything, as the developers had really wanted blood but had to fight really hard to even get that much).
  • Seen somewhat in Knights of the Old Republic, near the end of the game, when Bastila goes over to the Dark Side. For everyone else, including your character, the result of drastic drops into the Dark Side is progressive disfigurement. Bastila remains as good-looking as ever.
  • Kai'Sa in League of Legends has, from a young age, been struggling to survive in hellish desert catacombs infested with monsters from The Void. Despite this, she appears to have eyeshadow, lipgloss, and eyebrows on fleek in her splash art, and lacks any real scars to indicate her years of battle (though she does have pronounced Facial Markings). Compare this to Kassadin and Malzahar, other humans were directly exposed to The Void and don't look perfectly human anymore. This is partially justified to a degree by the fact that unlike the two, she's wearing a suit composed of a Voidborn symbiote which also usually conceals her face with a helmet (which she canonically wears constantly, and has the option of equipping it in-game), suggesting that it's protected her from the brunt of any corruption.
  • The survivors in Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 may get a scratch here or there and they get blood on their bodies when injured, but for the most part, their looks are never tarnished no matter how beat up they get or how wet they get from walking through water or rain.
  • The Legend of Zelda: This is gender-inverted for Link, The Hero of the series, yet from every minor battle to difficult boss fight, there isn't a single scratch or burn to be seen on him (the only indication that shows he really is injured is when he bends over in exhaustion when low on health). The fact that he manages to journey long without a moment's rest plays a bit more on this as well.
    • Princess Zelda has been attacked in a number of ways, including being afflicted with spells, being thrown around carelessly, turned to stone, and even having her body stolen and possessed. None of it permanently damages her in the slightest.
    • Downplayed in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, where both Princess Zelda and Mipha and seen tending to a wound on his right arm in memory flashbacks, but this is most likely Played for Drama for the sake of the situation regarding his relationships with them. There is also another memory depicting Link and Zelda's escape from Calamity Ganon and the Divine Beasts; both of them are completely soiled head-to-toe in grime, mud, and rain. It is also played with when a lady in the Gerudo Town Inn points out the scars she sees on Link's body while giving him a spa treatment.
  • Mass Effect:
    • The PC is customizable, and one can give their character scars for either gender. However, males can get real disfiguring scars, but women are limited to small scratches.
    • In the second game, both genders get a set of scars that become more prominent the higher Shepard's Renegade stat gets.
    • Strangely, in the first game the default female design had a more noticeable scar than the male design, including an additional one near her lip. Both of these are gone in the second game, while the default male scar remains.
  • While Metal Slug generally averts this, the third game has a rather blatant example with the death animation when the player character gets hit by an acidic slime. The male characters are Stripped to the Bone and the female characters suffer clothing damage.
  • A more extreme example is in the web game NANACA†CRASH!!; all the male characters take heavy abuse in the game, while all of the females remain untouched and instead heap abuse on the male characters. Not surprising considering it's based off an H-game.
  • Pokémon:
    • If you play a female protagonist, her hair and clothes never get so much as a smudge no matter where she goes; forests, sandstorm-filled deserts, ash-strewn volcanic mountains, or even muddy swamps where she might find a Battle in the Rain. Though this applies to the male protagonists too (who admittedly have a less crazy Anime Hair).
    • This is taken Up to Eleven in Pokémon X and Y where you can accessorize, and buy very expensive and stylish clothing in some stores; you'd think one would be insane to wear them in a mud-strewn swamp like Route 16, but you can do so without ruining them and come out fresh as daisies.
  • Resident damsel Ashley Graham in Resident Evil 4 fits this bill, as while she is vulnerable to many attacks that hit Leon, she doesn't bleed or show any damage when hit. And while Leon has many death animations assigned to him Ashley tends to use the same death animation when killed by the same attacks. Miss Graham does have her own two unique death animations that not even the other female character Ada shares but do not show much physical damage. The first is having a giant rock fall on her during Leon's second fight with El Gigante, but in this instance, she isn't shown at all and her other unique death animation is a neck snap by a zealot when she fails to escape being strangled in time before her HP runs out. Her physical appearance does not change in this instance (aside from a dangling body) and her enemy simply proceeds to toss her corpse over his shoulder as the enemy does with the AI Ashley.
  • The protagonists for most of the Resident Evil games never suffer a scratch or a cut of any kind no matter how much they get bitten or sliced by the monsters. It wasn't until Resident Evil 2 (Remake) where the characters are shown with lots of dirt, bruises, and blood on their bodies and faces.
  • Naturally in Fanservice game Rumble Roses, the girls can be whipped, kicked in the nose, and have their joints manipulated in superhuman ways but no matter how much damage they receive they never show any physical injury aside from just holding the area most damaged when damage is high, though this damaged area doesn't affect their ability to fight. A notable example is Anesthesia, who shocks her opponent's bellies with a medical AED for the girls that have the area exposed and take the shock straight to the skin they do not show any damage afterwards to the area either.
  • In Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, when Johnny and Kinzie gain their powers from touching Lucifer's halo, the right sleeve of Johnny's jacket is totally destroyed, the right leg of his pants has several large holes burnt into it, and the skin underneath is severely burned and disfigured with a glowing Power Tattoo across it. Kinzie... just gets the glowing tattoo, and suffers no damage to her skin or pants (the tank top she wears has no sleeves to destroy in the first place). Ironically, as a Genius Slob, Kinzie can be considered an aversion of the gross-out version of this trope.
  • All of the male characters in Samurai Shodown 3 can be bloodily cut in pieces, even cute, innocent-looking kid Shizumaru. However, Nakoruru and her sister Rimururu are exempt from this. This may have been an oversight on the developers' part, seeing as how then-new to the series Rimururu is a Head Swap of her sister and they may have not had time to implement a full set of death animations for the both of them. This is rectified in the next game, Samurai Shodown IV, where not only can they die violently, they can also be drenched in the blood of their disemboweled opponents!
  • Sega Ninja (international title: Ninja Princess), despite being a ninja-themed game, doesn't have a death animation for its heroine. Instead, if she loses a life, she then cries before respawning.
  • In the Soulcalibur series, the Malfested curse tends to twist living beings into monsters. Compare Siegfried (turns into a demonic Black Knight with a huge mouth in his chest) and Cervantes with Tira (who looks like a very pale goth) and Ivy who was born with Malfested blood in her veins and all she has to show is halted aging. Incidentally, Ivy happens to be one of the biggest Ms. Fanservice examples of the series alongside Greek beauty Sophitia, who also gets infected with Malfestation as well but suffers no superficial change (her children are a different story). Inversions do happen like Raphael retaining his Pretty Boy looks after being infected and Pyrrha (also born with this condition like Ivy) gaining an Evil Hand.
  • Street Fighter:
    • Chun-Li's defeat portrait in Street Fighter II is pretty tame compared to the other character's portraits — her Odango are messed up and she's tearful, but that's mostly it. Cammy, too — she just looks out of breath, and her beret is a bit bashed up. The men, however, are bruised, swollen, and bloody.
    • Street Fighter III is even more extreme, and some of the males look completely destroyed in the defeated portraits — especially Dudley and Ken who look fucked. The girls are much less damaged, however — Elena does have a black eye, but Ibuki just looks a bit roughed-up and tearful. To be fair in Ibuki's case, she is cut in some areas even her hips, but it is not nearly as bad as some characters such as Gill.
      • It is worth noting that by the game Makoto made her debut in Third Strike and Chun-Li rejoined the cast these girls didn't get the chance to either keep their beauty untarnished or show damage in this game nor any other future appearance.
    • In Street Fighter IV, several of the Ultra Combo cutscenes cause cartoonishly exaggerated reactions to getting hit, but only to the male characters.
    • In Street Fighter V Necalli has a unique winpose that he lifts his defeated opponent from the back of the head up as an offering. The females such as Ibuki (as seen in the picture) tend to have more subdued discomforted facial expressions while males have more extreme expressions such as Ryu with one eye open widely. Furthermore while no character shows physical damage, the angle for the girls seems to be fixed so their chests are easily viewable while held in this way compared to the males who vary much more wildly in height and body shape. You can barely see the face of bigger males such as Abigail compared to the girls.
  • Diva is the first boss in Streets of Rage 4 who is female and rather pretty looking in a punk sort of way. When you beat her, the following cutscene shows her face which has a bruise and a scratch here and there but still has her pretty looks. Nora, another female boss you fight later on, doesn't even show any damage in the proceeding cutscene after she is beaten.
  • In Star Wars Chess being the only female character on the good side, Princess Leia benefits from this, while many of her deaths somehow manage to avoid hitting her the few that do such as getting hit straight by an energy beam has her show no visible damage or others are in angles where her injury point wouldn't be shown. Luke on the other hand shows all damage.
  • In Super Smash Bros. male characters typically snore when put to sleep; none of the girls do and typically just make more pleasant idle noises. In their defeated poses while they clap all of the girls are also shown taking their loss rather well and bear no ill will but some of the males like Bowser look rather unpleased and refuses to face the camera and Wario seemingly hurls insults towards his opponents. When screen ko'ed a lot of the men are shown as if their face is being pressed against the screen while the girls are just shown looking cutesy in front of the screen before going away.
    • While it wasn't implemented, unused game files from Super Smash Bros. Brawl shows the concept of characters getting some sort of damage. However, all the characters these were made for are male with none of the girls having anything associated with them. Some later games did implement physical damage to an extent but even then it has never applied to any lady in the roster.
  • In the Tekken series, the Williams sisters Nina and Anna are a prime example, with the convenient justification of being cryogenically frozen between 2 and 3.
  • Tomb Raider: Lara Croft can die in fashions most people would see in a Mature rated game, but the worst that comes out of it is blood loss if any. At least before the Darker and Edgier reboot where she's constantly dirty, battered and bloody.
    • And in the reboot, while Lara gets put through the wringer, her friend and ally Sam goes through much the same affair without so much as a scratch on her. Then again, that may be justified because the Solarii want to use her body as the next vessel for Himiko, so they want her unharmed and as beautiful as possible.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner from the Warcraft series. Once a beautiful High Elf, she put up a heroic Last Stand against Arthas when he invaded Quel'Thalas. Arthas rewarded her for her trouble by having her brutally tortured, then killing her and turning her into a banshee. Her corpse was left to rot for what was presumably an extended period of time before banshee Sylvanas eventually broke free of Arthas' grasp and possessed it. Despite all this, she's still depicted as beautiful in World of Warcraft. Her skin is now blue and her eyes red, but there's no visible scarring or decomposition. It seems this is a feature of high-ranking undead.
    • The Broken Isles loading screen shows Sylvanas Windrunner fighting demons on the Broken Shore aside Varian Wrynn. Varian's armor is damaged and he has several bloody cuts on his face, but Sylvanas is, of course, completely spotless.
    • Death Knights are similar, the time between your character's death and revival is left unstated, but you're not terribly decomposed unless you choose one of the three skins made specifically with rot in mind.
    • Exaggerated with Derek Proudmoore in Battle for Azeroth. In the second war, Derek was incinerated by a dragon when sailing at sea(pre-retcon, his body was turned to ash), his corpse sinking to the bottom of sea where it would remain for over thirty years. Yet when found and resurrected as a weapon by the forsaken, Derek's corpse is not only not a bloated mess from decades under the sea, but inexplicably in pristine condition outside of Undeathly Pallor. Especially notable as a fellow soldier found with Derek, was in poor condition with bones sticking out their body just like all other forsaken.
  • Yo-Jin-Bo allows main characters of both genders to avoid so much as a scratch in art. Despite running from ninjas through a forest, Sayori doesn't ever rip her kimono or get sweaty or anything. In fact, after the hot spring, Jin even comments on how lovely girls smell after they get out of the bath...despite the fact that her clothes were not washed and thus should stink. She does break a sandal strap once, but that's only so Bo could carry her. And even when the guys are said to be injured in text, it only rarely shows up as blood spatter in the art.

  • Level 30 Psychiatry plays with it. Lara Croft's more injury-prone reboot is a side effect of surgery to remove her fanservice.
  • In Nightmare Factory this trope is played straight at first. Despite the horrors she endures, Emai still looks good, although this is mostly due to her being a body manipulator and being able to heal her injuries quickly. To be fair, Kreyul goes through just as much and also looks great.
  • Boyfriend of the Dead: Justified. Alex still wears makeup, clean clothes, and bathes regularly despite it being a Zombie Apocalypse. She is in fact first introduced going through a clothing store looking for anything good. Other survivors are pissed when they meet her because they're huddled in stinky and cramped buildings while she's strolling around without a care in the world. Of course, the reason she is so unconcerned is that she's killed hundreds of zombies without breaking a sweat, and they've all learned to leave her alone.
    Survivor: This is the freaking apocalypse, girl! What, do you think you're out on a date or something!?
    Alex: Yes.

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic is a Rare Male Example Played for Laughs. No matter how many beatings, suicides, or shots to the head, a few seconds later he'll be clean and pretty again. In To Boldly Flee, a giant window explodes right in the face of him and The Nostalgia Chick yet they remain their Fanservicey selves. Justified, as seeing them scarred wouldn't matter one bit to the plot.
  • In Dead West, the pretty characters (the Porcelain Doctor, Carolina, Arabell, or Gervas himself) often get a beating, even get hit in the face, but it almost always quickly heals and doesn't leave a scar. Justified that it usually gets fixed by the Porcelain Doctor's Healing Hands (or Healing Factor).

    Western Animation 
  • Arcane: Downplayed. Vi and Sevika are the two female characters who end up in hand-to-hand combat most often, and their fights commonly lead to them being bruised and bloody by the end. However, such bruises seem to be consistently limited to their cheekbones and don't swell, as opposed to a few male characters who exhibit actual black eyes and swelling.
  • Batman: The Animated Series' version of Harley Quinn is frequently fighting and moving around but her make-up never smudges. Even when she wipes her face, it doesn't smudge unless she's intentionally removing it. She has been depicted in the rain with no effect. It must be rather high-quality make-up but still. The comic version of her eventually justified this in the New 52 by having her skin permanently bleached white, much like the Joker, instead of her using a costume.
    • In her debut episode, Poison Ivy winds up totally unscathed from Batman kicking her square in the face, no bruises, blood, or anything.
  • In Futurama, Amy is treated the same as the other characters. However, in the DVD commentary of the You Mean "Xmas" Episode, it is said that this was done deliberately to test whether people would laugh at a woman being hurt in amusing ways.
  • Harley Quinn (2019): Several times Harley gets into fights, and gets hit hard enough to get a bloody nose, but is perfectly fine a few seconds later.
  • Kim Possible, and everyone else, never look affected by the action for more than a few moments. Even after she fights Shego in a mudbath, the mud is gone a few seconds later. Dr. Drakken manages to burn his hair off with a few experiments, but that quickly comes back too. Probably the only exception is the occasional Glamour Failure from a defeated villain.
  • My Little Pony 'n Friends episode "The Glass Princess" sees three of the ponies get shaved bald. It grows back instantly, with a Hand Wave about it being magical.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rarity cuts off her own tail at one point, reassuring the others that it will grow back. It gets restored by the end of that episode via a different Hand Wave when Rarity gains the reawakened Element of Harmony, Generosity.
    • In "Inspiration Manifestation", Rarity looks very good for someone who's spent the day crying and devouring ice cream, and only very slightly below her usual standards. Of course, this being Rarity, she immediately fixes her mane to its usual pristine state when she perks up.
    • Rarity's human version from the Equestria Girls universe is likewise able to reset her frazzled hair back to perfect by just running her hand through it, having messed it up moving a piano.
  • In Oggy and the Cockroaches, while Oggy, Jack, Bob, the cockroaches, and all background characters are frequently beaten up, crushed, squeezed, incinerated, or disintegrated by cartoon violence, Oggy's relatives, including his grandma, his girlfriend (now wife) Olivia and his twin sister Monica, rarely suffer physical damage at all.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • Korra gets kidnapped in one episode, and in the process gets several cuts and bruises. They stay for the episode after but disappear the next episode. It's justified by the fact that she has Healing Hands that need water to work, and until she got loose she had no access to water. She's shown bruised in a future episode though.
    • Asami Sato is this to near Memetic Mutation levels. No matter what kind of damage she goes through, whether it be fighting, crashing some vehicle, explosions, whatever you can think of, her makeup and hair will always look perfect.
  • The main characters in Jem are seemingly always in danger. Whether being stranded on a deserted island, stuck in the mountains near dying, or in the middle of a race their huge '80s Hair and flashy make-up always comes out fine. They never even seem to do their make-up or hair, which is justified in Jem's case as she is using a holographic illusion but everyone else just has natural big hair. It could be easily mistaken that The Misfits have facial tattoos rather than make-up as they never remove them, however, Roxy is clearly shown briefly without her make-up during a Makeover Montage in "Roxy Rumbles".
  • The Simpsons:
    • Played with (for laughs) in the episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled." Krusty the Clown appears in a TV "comeback" special with various celebrities, one of whom is Luke Perry (who is somehow Krusty's half-brother, even though they're at least a quarter-century apart in age, and whom Krusty hates for some unspecified reason). Krusty has an Imagine Spot where he spitefully daydreams about Luke getting so grievously injured by some clown slapstick that his gorgeous face is so grotesquely flattened that it actually recedes into his head. Later, when Krusty does fire Luke out of a cannon on live television, Luke goes flying through a window in the studio and all the way across town, crashing through the Kwik-E-Mart...just as Apu is setting up about two dozen jars of battery acid. Luke smashes through the display and then can be heard screaming that his face has been permanently disfigured - but then when we see him again, he's fine. He finally lands in an abandoned building that promptly gets blown up, but somehow manages to survive - and when he shows up at the very end of the episode, all he has to show for the incident are some bandages.
    • Straight example in the Treehouse of Horror parody of Freaks. Marge plays the beautiful acrobat, but she's not in on the poisoning plot, and the final conversion into a "human bird" by the angry freaks happens to Homer, who plays the strongman.
  • South Park: During Wendy and Cartman's fight, even though she treated him to a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, he got in a few good punches at the beginning, and the most that ever happens to her is that she got a little dizzy. She comes out of the thing with only a few bruises on her, while Cartman is covered in blood and probably had half the bones in his face broken. Justified as Cartman is a Boisterous Weakling who cannot take a hit.
  • The "What If... Zombies?!" episode of Marvel's What If…? (2021) series, all the men have torn skin, visible wounds, missing noses, holes all the way through their bodies, etc., while Scarlet Witch... just gets the blue skin and blank eyes, with a few minor scrapes.
    • In the same episode, Sharon Carter was written to have a fairly gruesome death, with Zombie Captain America biting off her lips; this was eventually toned down to an off-screen infection that gave her some cuts on her forehead and a single wounded cheek.

Examples and exceptions of the second (gross-out oriented) kind:

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  • This ad for Tröegs beer features a woman in a bikini burping and farting while promoting the beer.
    Girl: What? It's natural!

    Anime and Manga 
  • Subverted and Played for Drama in The Dangers in My Heart when Yamada gets hit square in the face by a basketball. She appears fine for a few seconds until she starts bleeding profusely from the nose and has to be taken to the nurses' office. Not only does this ruin a modeling shoot she was scheduling for, she spends a few chapters with a nose plaster.
  • A good example of this is The Kinnikuman Lady series. Kinnikuman Lady actually falls under both kinds of this. Kinnikuman lady is never shown doing anything even remotely gross unlike her male counterpart who is a major Gasshole that did all sorts of toilet humor. She also never shown getting as badly hurt as her male counterpart. The worst to ever happen to her was some of her clothing gets torn up.
  • In Fairy Tail, a member of a Dark Guild can use magic that makes a virus target the victim's organs, and she prefers to direct it to the intestines — essentially giving the victim acute diarrhea. Lucy is one of the victims. Technically played straight in that the magic is nullified before it gets messy, but she still suffers along with the guys for a while.
  • Gintama: Kagura regularly averts this. She is seen picking her nose or ears nearly as often as Gintoki and is even proud of herself for being the first Shonen Jump heroine to vomit on television. But aside from her, the other female characters tend to be subjected to milder cases of Toilet Humour, if any, compared to what the guys get into.
    • A small example in the dekoboko arc. The ending used at the time was adapted to show the characters' genderbent forms, and where the regular version featured Gintoki poking his nose while reading Shonen Jump, Female Gintoki is just striking a pose with her wooden katana.
  • In KiraKira★Pretty Cure à la Mode, an exploding oven covers the Cures in soot, except for beauty queen Yukari.
  • In One Piece:
    • Luffy tends to ask non-human creatures (more specifically creatures with a lower body that's significantly different from a human) if they poop. The living skeleton Brook immediately replies that yes, he does poop. But Luffy never manages to get an affirmative answer from the beautiful mermaids as the first mermaid's reply is interrupted by Sanji who wants to invoke this trope, and the second mermaid takes offense to the question and refuses to answer.
    • The trope is very much averted with York, who is an attractive young woman and specifically created for the purpose of pooping which she does in her very first scene. To specify, she is one of Dr. Vegapunk's so-called satellite bodies, and her role is go to the bathroom (as well as sleep and eat) for him and the other satellites so that they don't have to do it themselves and can focus on their work.
  • The leading heroines of Sailor Moon are often the victims of Amusing Injuries. Heck, at one point, Usagi even ends up being the butt of a fart joke. The others are not amused.
  • In Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth Neji and Rock Lee are in denial that girls use the bathroom too. They want to believe that Nobody Poops applies to Hinata and Sakura.
  • One episode of Yo-kai Watch features a youkai that makes people flatulent. Eleven-year-old Nate and the other boys don't think that girls can fart. Nate is horrified when his crush Katie proves him wrong.

    Comic Books 
  • The Brazilian comic Monica's Gang has a story wherein two six-year-old boys are being babysat by a hot teenager. She lets slip that girls actually poop, and the boys faint from the shock. She hurries to assure them that when girls poop it's pretty and white and smells of flowers.

    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live Action 
  • Averted in Exam; all injuries sustained have an effect, and the time spent in the room has an appropriate effect on all of the women.
  • Monster Party: Although Casper gets covered in blood splatter and severely mussed up while escaping from the mansion, Alexis remains completely untouched in a red party dress with perfect hair and makeup until she takes an unplanned dip in the pool.
  • The hero and heroine of The Mountain Between Us survive a plane crash and manage to hike down the mountain to a cabin, where they engage in Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex, despite the fact that in Real Life, after several days of not showering and massive physical exertion, they would have absolutely reeked. Ironically, the movie does depict the abrasions and bruises they would have received after such an accident.
  • Captivity plays the physical version of this trope straight with its heroine Jennifer, the film seems afraid to make Elisha Cuthbert look anything less than beautiful, with the one serious physical torture she's subjected to later revealed to be a fake-out. However, it does subject her to psychological torture and gross-outs, most notably in a scene where she's force-fed a smoothie made of human body parts and blood.

  • Jonathan Swift wrote an entire poem about a man's horror at discovering that women have gross bodily functions too.
  • Asha, the titular Wishing Maiden, is chained at the bottom of a well for a hundred years. After some bathing, she's as beautiful as ever. Could be a Justified Trope, in that it's implied someone wished for her to be beautiful, and a few decades in captivity wouldn't have altered the wish.
  • Journey to Chaos: Kasile insists that she fits the straight version of the trope ("Divine beauty is never tarnished") but this proves not to be the case. She gets sweaty after training in physical combat, bloody after a real fight, and vomits due to a hangover.

    Live-Action TV 

  • In 8 Simple Rules, Bridget uses this trope as her social image. When a boy calls for her and Rory tells him she can't come to the phone because she's in the bathroom, she flips out.
    Bridget: Oh my God! No one can know I use the bathroom! My life is ruined! Damage control, I have to do damage control! (picks up the phone and starts dialing)
    Paul: No calls, Bridget! Put the phone down! I've got a very important announcement for the whole family.
    Bridget: Dad, priorities here, okay? If I don't get on this phone in the next ten minutes, people are going to think I actually use the bathroom!
  • All My Children:
    • Heroine Natalie is abducted and thrown into a well by her insane sister Janet, who plans to take over her life. She is held there for what appears to be several months until finally being rescued, yet is only slightly disheveled rather than being bone thin and utterly filthy.
    • Also when Bianca Montgomery developed anorexia, yet looked perfectly normal and healthy, making other characters' horrified reactions at how "emaciated" she supposedly was border on Narm.
  • Farscape: Averted when Aeryn, the tough but usually-beautiful main love interest, is infected with Pilot's DNA and turns into a pretty disgusting slimy hybrid for an episode.
  • The "extreme" game show Fear Factor averted this trope. It often had gross-out challenges to complement the more physical ones, and it was egalitarian about them. The (often attractive) female contestants had to eat disgusting "food", get dunked in sewage, and get covered in insects, worms, and rodents just like the male contestants did.
  • Kimmy from Full House is said to have feet that smell, which is played up for humor. But since we can only see and not smell Kimmy, we have to take their word for it, since she is not ugly or anything.
  • Hacks: When the redheaded Ava gets left in the desert all day, her face gets horribly sunburnt for one scene. The next morning, she looks perfectly normal.
  • Lily Truscott from Hannah Montana is also said to have smelly feet, by Hannah/Miley herself.
  • Legend of the Seeker: Jennsen's quite pretty, but this is averted by way of a gigantic black eye when she's captured by D'Haran soldiers.
  • MythBusters:
  • On The O.C. Summer Roberts became a student activist and gave up bathing for a while. She didn't look dirty, but the other characters certainly commented on the smell. Also, she stopped shaving her legs, but, slightly conveniently, we didn't see the results.
  • Sex Education: Averted with Aimee Gibbs. She's a beautiful and popular girl who farts when she's scared and is hilariously open about her bodily functions.
  • The Wilds: Realistically averted, with the girls having messy hair, sunburns, and grimy skin after days living on the island. The lack of shampoo is even discussed at one point.
  • Yellowjackets: Only a few days after the girls' plane crashes and leaves them stranded in the Canadian wilderness, they start looking disheveled and unwashed. Taissa, one of three African American team members, is keeping her hair in a headwrap, likely because she can't give it the attention it would need. She later gives herself an Important Haircut.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • As much as WWE fans would rather forget it, Natalya Neidhart did have a farting gimmick during her time in the company.
  • This is one area not even WWE can avoid. Put two bodies in the middle of a thousand screaming fans under those lights and have them run around? You'll be sweating buckets in fifteen, maybe even ten minutes. Granted, they try, and have at times been known for cutting women's matches down to two minutes or less (though some people think an exerted athlete has an appeal all its own.) Although according to the performers themselves, there are lots of unseen bits of trickery in order to stop them looking worse. This includes make-up to hide bruises sustained from training, double-sided tape to prevent the gear from looking too disheveled, and careful dieting to avoid water weight showing.
  • WWE tends to try and portray their wrestlers, male and female, as superhuman, and as shown on Total Divas, wrestlers even have to follow eating guidelines before a match to avoid any problems. Some wrestlers such as John Cena have told stories about their bowels in the ring and told a story during a live event he had acute diarrhea, he stated during a segment with Scott Steiner he had to go under the ring and do his business before coming back up to finish the segment.

    Video Games 
  • Mortal Kombat. The only real exception here is the X-Ray moves. These incredibly brutal attacks leave horrible wounds that would likely cause instant death to a real human but they tend to heal and vanish very quickly. It's also not the case in the Story Mode, where the Trope usually does apply; you can't use Fatalities there, and the blood and gore, for the most part, is removed. The characters can't die during the matches; it can only happen as the plot demands.
  • The Metroid series plays this straight most of the time, considering all the abuse Samus goes through, heck, Fusion, Super, and Zero Mission use their game over screens as titillation! Though somewhat justified in that her Powered Armor uses energy shields to absorb damage, and any hit that would actually damage her through her energy shields kills her outright.
  • A variation of this in Super Mario RPG: when your male party members get hit with the sleep status, they let out a big, crass-looking snot bubble. When Princess Toadstool (your only female party member) gets put to sleep, she daintily catches some z's.
  • In Dragon's Lair 2 Time Warped, the evil wizard Mordroc turns the beautiful Princess Daphne into a hideous purple-skinned wart-covered monster. You change her back to normal after removing the ring he placed on her finger.
  • Futaba from Persona 5 spent almost two years as an anti-social shut-in who spent all her time working on her computer and eating junk food, never leaving her dark, trash-filled room and never exercising. Despite this, she remains slender, has clear and healthy skin, well-maintained dyed hair, and wears clean and stylish clothing.
  • It's possible for your protagonists in World of Horror to accrue some truly nasty injuries depicting various levels of Body Horror. Said injuries aren't necessarily fatal, either; in fact, it's entirely possible for you to make it through and come out the other end alive, looking significantly worse for wear.

  • Last Res0rt avoids this trope and heaps on the gore pretty even-handedly, lady players included. So far, Addy's been shot at least once through the chest, Daisy's playing on an amputated leg, Jigsaw hulks out into her zombie-esque Superpowered Evil Side roughly once an episode (after being shot and getting cut up a bit), Cypress dove head-first into a pool of rapidly-dissolving nanotech compared to stomach acid... and then, well... this. The boys get beat up too, but there's only so many of them...

    Web Original 
  • Monster Factory makes plenty of genuinely gross-looking female monsters. They generally prefer to make boys but will do runs of female monsters to address the balance.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • An example is used in the first episode; it's particularly blatant when Appa sneezes toward Sokka and Katara, and almost magically, only one winds up covered in green goo. Guess which.
    • In "The Drill" episode, the only female character who doesn't end up liberally caked with mud is one who very deliberately stayed away from it. Azula and Ty Lee are exactly the sort of characters who might be expected to look implausibly perfect regardless of circumstances.
  • South Park:
    • The episode "World Wide Recorder Concert" had the musicians playing a "brown note" so loud that it caused everyone in the world to poop their pants. Assuming this meant everyone everyone, that included all the sexy girls and women too.
    • In the episode "Rainforest Shmainforest", Kenny's Love Interest frequently picks her nose. It doesn't bother him tho.
  • Lil in Rugrats was just as gross and filthy as her twin Phil. However, in the spin-off All Grown Up!, she attempts to be a girly-girl but doesn't quite get there. She farts in one episode and repeatedly denies it.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • During one episode, Buttercup winds up covered head-to-toe in assorted waste, and everything refuses to associate with her until she bathes. This includes the monsters!
    • An odd double-subversion happens in the episode where Him brings the Rowdyruff Boys back stronger and immune to the Girls' kisses. The Girls are clearly visibly hurt and wounded from the brutal fight... But the wounds strangely vanish as soon as they manage to turn the fight around.
    • In "Reeking Havoc", several characters create a methane monster by farting after eating chili made by the Professor in a chili cook-off. Ms. Bellum is shown farting as she's cutting cheese.
  • Following the original film mentioned above, Judy rarely fell victim to effects of the game in the Jumanji animated series. Even when it was her that broke the rules, Peter was inexplicably punished or transformed for it, something he lampshaded the unfairness of.
  • In a Gravity Falls short, "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained - Mailbox", Mabel causes a mailbox to explode using a video of her putting gummy worms in her nose. The explosion messes up her hair, takes off a small part of her sweater, and covers her in soot, but not much more than that; meanwhile, Dipper's and Soos' shirts are completely ripped to shreds.