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Some boys hate themselves
Spend their lives resenting their fathers
Some girls hate their bodies
Stand in the mirror and wait for the feedback
Arcade Fire, "Creature Comfort"

All people have bodies and all people are vulnerable to angst. Beauty standards can sometimes exclude people who are not quite slim, tall, or beautiful, so why not have a character angsting about their body? But body image is not always negative, and happily, we have tropes about characters who are fine with, and even proud of what they have, even if it is supposedly negative.

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Compare with Appearance Angst, Obsession Tropes & Prejudice Tropes.


Positive Body Image

  • Big Breast Pride: A woman is proud of having large breasts.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: A person admires how they look to the point that they're easily distracted by their own reflection.
  • Fat and Proud: An overweight character is happy that they are obese.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: A character goes naked or wears revealing clothing because they are unaware of the nudity taboo and are clueless as to why their anatomy would be considered obscene.
  • Just the Way You Are: A person is considered attractive without a makeover.
  • Petite Pride: A woman is proud of her flat chest.
  • Proud Beauty: A character is proud of their good looks.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: A character goes naked because they don't care about the nudity taboo. To hell with anyone who'd be offended by seeing their exposed body!
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Negative Body Image

General Body Image

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