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Lois Lane: I hear he's nothing but Gotham trash: rich, spoiled, and...
(Bruce Wayne steps off the plane)
Lois Lane: ... absolutely gorgeous!

A character is being spoken of by another character. Suddenly, the person being talked about walks through the door and the complainer is utterly awestruck mid-sentence. This happens most often at some sort of formally arranged event (especially dress parties where everyone is in cocktail gowns and tuxedos, or something similar), with friends joking that a friend of the opposite sex would be completely out of place, only to find out that She Cleans Up Nicely.

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A subtrope of Distracted by the Sexy. Related to Love at First Sight, but only when the character haven't met before. Sometimes caused by the strange energy field emanating from The Pornomancer. Often happens to the Deadpan Snarker, the cynic, a Jerkass, or someone similar; who you wouldn't expect to act that way. This also often sometimes happens between friends, especially if the two characters are long term Just Friends. Frequently accompanied by Revenge of the Nerd.


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    Comic Book 
  • In one issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter reluctantly agrees to go on a blind date with the daughter of one of his aunt's friends. He avoided it for weeks beforehand, assuming that the girl needs to go on blind dates cause something is wrong with her. He talks to his aunt as he opens the door... only to gasp as he sees a red-headed model, Mary-Jane Watson, for the first time.

    Film 
  • Lonestar and Princess Vespa do this to each other in Spaceballs.
  • Happens to Emily while she's snarking about Andy's lack of fashion sense in The Devil Wears Prada. Unfortunately for Emily, Andy undergoes a Makeover Montage when nobody's looking.
  • When Hilary Duff's character walks into the dance hall in A Cinderella Story no one recognises her because they assume she wouldn't have been that attractive.
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    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • In a season one episode of Friends, Joey tricks Monica into going on a date with some guy; when they arrive at the bar, Monica finds out that Joey had never actually met the guy in question.
    Monica: For chrissakes Joey, for all we know this guy could be horribly—
    (handsome guy walks in)
    Monica: —horribly attractive. I'll be shutting up now.
  • Firefly example: in "Shindig", Inara's priceless reaction to Mal and Kaylee arriving at the ball.
  • On iCarly, Carly and Sam keep making fun of Freddie's AV friend, Shane. Until they actually meet him and find out he's Mr. Fanservice.
  • This is how Jordan Sullivan is introduced in Scrubs. When J.D. is assigned to treat an influential member of the hospital board, he thinks that it's going to be a grumpy, unpleasant, elderly man. His narration abruptly changes when he discovers the board member is actually a highly attractive late-30s woman.

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    Theatre 
  • The song "Granger Danger" in A Very Potter Musical begins with Ron talking about how ugly Hermione is, only for her to walk into the room mid-sentence and stun the room with how She Cleans Up Nicely. This song was actually the inspiration for the entire play.

    Western Animation 
  • Happens to Cindy in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, when Jimmy shows up in a tux for a wedding. Libby has to snap her out of it.
  • Played for Laughs in Glenn Martin DDS, where Glen develops a "man crush" mid-sentence on an environmentalist he figured would be a dirty bum.
  • In one episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man, Peter has no one to go to prom with and moans as his aunt tells him she set him up with a friend's niece. He mentions all the red flags he's about this girl and shudders as he goes to open the door... only to trip over his words as he sees a cute red-head, Mary-Jane Watson, for the first time.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants had an episode where Squidward had his face smashed in. When healed, everyone went gaga for him with a great many variations on "So... handsome..."
  • The page quote comes from the Superman: The Animated Series episode "World's Finest", where Lois Lane criticizes Bruce Wayne while waiting for him to arrive in Metropolis, and is lovestruck the moment she sees him.


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