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She that far surpassed all mortals in beauty.

The extreme beauty of the countenance, that shone forth in loveliness that mocked the vain attempts of dress to augment it, was peculiarly and purely Grecian; there were the large, dark, melting eyes, the finely formed nose, the coral lips, and pearly teeth, that belonged to her race and country. And to complete the whole, Haydee was in the very springtide and fullness of youthful charm.
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Historically, the Hellenic people have placed great value on physical beauty since the times of Ancient Greece, as it was considered to be a blessing from the gods. It's no wonder that names such as Helen of Troy are synonymous with beauty, and Classical Mythology is overflowing with not just gorgeous girls but pretty boys as well. This endured even into the Byzantine period where according to their values, The Emperor was a reflection of heavenly authority and since God was perfect, the emperor also had to be physically unblemished. It was also in that time period that both Arabic and Frankish (generic term referring to Western Europe) chronicles often described Byzantine ladies as exotic and seductive beauties.

But make no mistake: the male physique was just as idealized as the female one, if not more so. This notion comes from countless works of arts like paintings and sculptures, specially in the wake of neoclassicism during The Renaissance. During that time period, Greece was under occupation of the Ottoman Empire ever since the Fall of Constantinople, which led to the diaspora of several scholars and intellectuals over Europe and many tales were spread about how Greek maidens were forced into harems for their beauty to denounce Ottoman despotism - sure enough, many famous sultanas were previously slave concubines of Greek origin. Only the Circassian girls topped Greek girls in this regard and eventually replaced them after the Greek War of Independence and Imperial Russia ended the slave trade in Eastern European women, making the Ottomans turn to The Caucasus instead.

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At the height of Phillhelenism by authors like Lord Byron and Alexandre Dumas, female characters were popularly portrayed as tragic and ill-fated love interests for the Western European hero while male characters were as rugged and gallant in a very Balkan fashion, and they almost always wore a Badass Mustache. In some modern works, Greeks fall into Foreign Fanservice territory, usually portrayed as idealized beauties with olive-skin and dark hair, though this is not always the case as their looks can vary due to the Mediterranean being a melting pot of multiple different people and cultures. Similar to their slavic counterparts, the appeal stems from them being caught in the bridge between East and West - being both exotic and yet too familiar at the same time.

Sub-Trope of Foreign Fanservice. Compare with English Rose, Sexy Scandinavian, Sensual Slavs, Matzo Fever, Circassian Beauty and Latin Lover. Also related to The Burlesque of Venus due to sharing sources. Not to be confused with Gorgeous Geek.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Uchi no Musume ni Te o Dasu na!:
    • In chapter 9, Athena Haruka is revealed to be the actual Greek goddess in physical form. She's depicted as an amazonian blonde who's so hot that her enemies, bystanders, and even her own daughter, all wanna bang her. Which is why she's referred to as "the MILF of Steel".
    • Her sister Artemis also qualifies due to having a similar figure, though not as curvaceous as Athena's. Instead, she invokes the look of a librarian when posing as St. Sumire's guidance counselor.
    • Clara is half-Greek and Japanese, since she was fathered by the mortal, BM the Shooter. Though, unlike her mom, she's reserved and dresses modestly... until she dons her superhero costume.

    Artwork 
  • The Greek Slave by sculptor Hiram Powers who was inspired by the Greek War of Independence portrays an Greek Orthodox Christian maiden made captive by the Ottomans. It also inspired Italian artist Scipione Tadolini to make his own version La Schiava Greca, who is slightly older-looking and bears a necklace inscribed in Greek "elpis" (hope) and a bracelet "pistotes" (fidelity).

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    Films — Animation 
  • Hercules:
    • The title character is a Chick Magnet in-universe, to the point his female admirers literally fight themselves over him.
    • Megara, or "Meg", is not exactly hard to look at, as Hercules, Nessus, Adonis (her ex-boyfriend in the TV series as well as the man she sold her soul for... For which he was ungrateful, and (briefly) Phil can all attest to.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 300:
    • The titular Spartan warriors are an army of muscle-bound, shirtless warriors wearing little more than leather straps and loincloths with their thighs, abs and biceps in full display.
    • Though not as prominent as their male counterparts, Gorgo and the Pythia are female Spartan ladies whose outfit reveal more skin than clothe it.
  • Asterix at the Olympic Games features Greek princess Irina, who is a lovely young lady but somewhat of an Satellite Love Interest to side character Lovesicx.
  • Naturally, Elektra in Daredevil and her own spin-off movie. She is established to be Greek in the first movie due to speaking the language among her father and bodyguards and dons a leather outfit that bares her abs and later a red version of said costume in the second movie.
  • James Bond:
  • In the 2009 romantic film My Life in Ruins, Greek studies teacher-turned-tour guide Georgia, after lightening up to her job and to her tour group, falls in love with the bus driver Poupi; at one point, the bus almost crashes since they can't resist each other.
  • Troy: Achilles, played by Brad Pitt, since he is a tall, muscled, blonde Chick Magnet who is introduced in a Bed Full of Women. Not even Trojan Proper Lady Briseis can resist his charm. Helen of Troy also counts as a female example (even appearing naked at the beginning of the movie), but she is Demoted to Extra in comparison to Achilles.
  • Alexander has Angelina Jolie, of all people, playing Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great.

    Literature 
  • Haydee in The Count of Monte Cristo is probably the Trope Codifier in literature. The daughter of Albanian nobleman Ali Pasha and his Greek concubine Kyra Vassiliki, she was sold to slavery after her parents' deaths until her freedom was bought by Edmond Dantès and becomes his Morality Pet. The page quote above taken from the narration details how exotic and nubile the fair Greek lady is. By the end of the book, she becomes Edmond's lover.
  • James Bond's novel Colonel Sun: Ariadne Alexandrou, a beautiful GRU agent that serves as love interest of the week.
  • Lord Byron's Don Juan: Haidée is native from the Cyclades isles, and the main character falls in love with her after she saves him from a shipwreck, despite being unable to understand each other's language.
  • The Egyptian Cinderella: Rhodopis, the titular character herself is actually Greek by birth and was sold to slavery in Egypt. She has distinctive foreign looks like blonde hair which make her stand easily out from the others.
  • Histoire d'une Grecque moderne by Antoine François Prévost tells about the tragic romance between an French diplomat to Constantinople with Théophé, an Greek concubine whom he frees from an harem.
  • The Mark and the Void: Ariadne, a Greek waitress whom the protagonist Claude is infatuated with, but is so awkward talking with her (she must be really that distractingly beautiful).
  • A Night in a Moorish Harem: The Grecian lady Helene is one of the resident harem girls that entertains the main protagonist and has an entire chapter dedicated telling her backstory. She is described as being 22-years old and "about medium height, very slender, but graceful and well rounded, and her skin was as white as alabaster. Her features were of the perfect antique mould and were lighted with fine grey eyes. Her glossy black hair was all brushed back to a knot just below the back of the neck, from which but a single curl escaped on either side and toyed with her firm but finely rounded bosom".
  • On The Edge Of Eureka: Deliberately invoked with Dahlia when she wears an elaborate Greco-Roman toga when meeting Mira for the first time.
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Lena, a teen girl of Greek heritage, is said to be considered incredibly beautiful by everyone.
  • The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries: Dahlia is said to be of Greek origin, having lived during ancient times and interacted with Ulysses. She is also described as having a petite build with large green eyes, pale skin and long black hair.

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