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Good luck trying to date her with a brother like that.
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There's an attractive girl who is generally nice, helpful and pleasant to be around. Her brother, however, is a whole other story: he's got the menacing aura around him. He may be a Perpetual Frowner, or easily irritable, or even have Face of a Thug (or be actually ugly, up to Gonk levels). People would likely hesitate to talk to him, or to his sister when he's around.

The brother here is usually the older one, but rarely you may find a menacing younger brother. In many cases, he's fiercely protective towards his beautiful sister; occasionally, however, he may be a Big Brother Bully instead.

Sister Trope of Ugly Guy, Hot Wife, which is the couple version of this (and probably the reason why they got children as this). Related to Beast and Beauty and both Men Are Tough and Women Are Delicate. See also both Big Brother Instinct and Little Sister Heroine, and The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter which applies to father and daughter instead of brother and sister.

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Despite the name, this shouldn't be confused with Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism (but may be related in some way.)


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Slam Dunk: Hanamichi Sakuragi is in love with Haruko, a lovely schoolgirl who likes basketball, which makes him enter to the basketball club of his school to get a chance on her. Sadly, the leader of the basketball team is her big brother: Takenori Akagi, who's feared even between his partners because of his big size and Patrick Ewing-like features (Sakuragi calls him "Gori" for a reason).
  • Hajime no Ippo shows Ippo's afections for the cute Kumi, a nurse who also likes boxing and supports him in his fights. But one of his most difficult fights is against Ryou Mashiba, a dreadful and ugly boxer known for hurting severely his opponents. Things Gone Horribly Wrong for Ippo when he discovers Kumi is Ryou's little sister. After the fight, both boxers become friendly rivals, but Ryou likes to stalk and scare Ippo for dating his sister.
  • In Ryoichi Ikegami's Spider-Man, Yu Komori meets Rumiko, a cute schoolgirl. Sadly, at the end of the chapter Yu discovers Rumiko is the little sister of Electro, the first supervillain he fights as Spider-Man and even more sadly, the discovery occurs few moments after Yu killed Electro in the process.
  • Inverted in The Elder Sister-like One, where Yu's older sister (while appearing to be a beautiful young woman) is actually Shub-Niggurath.
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Gyutaro was hated by everyone, even his own mother, because of his countless birthmarks. His sister, Ume, however, was said to be beautiful from an early age.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has Souka and Gabiru. While they were initially introduced as lizard monsters, Souka transforms into a cute girl with wings after being named by Rimuru, while her brother remains lizard-like. Maybe justified in that Gabiru was already named by a much weaker being before encountering Rimuru, so he can't be re-named to receive a more humanoid appearance.
  • The Excel Saga manga plays with the trope for all it's worth with Sumiyoshi and his sister Canal, who "talks" like her brother despite the lack of resemblance. Sumiyoshi's friends spend the entire chapter speculating about the genetic implications: their father's a Hot Dad with the "family voice", while their ''mother' is the Sumiyoshi lookalike, with normal speech balloons.
  • Downplayed twice in My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, as I Expected:
    • First with Hikigaya siblings, Hachiman and Komachi. The former isn't exactly ugly or feared by everyone else, but Komachi certainly is a cutie that has nothing to do with his brother, but Hachiman has a Big Brother Instinct over her, also inherited to Rumi Tsurumi and Iroha Isshiki.
    • Second with Saki Kawasaki, who isn't ugly either but she's certainly feared because of her loneliness and looking at first sight as a Japanese Delinquent. But she's as protective of her little siblings as Hachiman is with Komachi.

    Comic Books 
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Minor characters Goum and Nasha were separated during childhood, a mage experimenting on Goum to turn him into a gigantic gladiator (but blocking his intellect at childlike levels), while Nasha became a Little Miss Badass who once held a knife to a man's throat and was perfectly prepared to use it. Wis eventually manages to reunite the two, fixing Goum's intelligence in the process.
  • One Hellboy story begins when a woman asks a witch for help in conceiving a child. The witch gives her a healthy flower and a withered one, telling her to eat only the pretty one. The woman does so and gives birth to a beautiful girl, and of course eats the ugly one and gives birth to a troll-like girl. However, the two sisters love each other dearly, and when the human one gets her head replaced with a cow's, her sister goes out and beats the everloving crap out of the trolls with a wooden spoon.

    Films — Animation 
  • Toy Story's Sid and Hannah Phillips. The latter is a young Girly Girl that likes to have tea parties with her dollies, while the former is an unstable child that likes to bully his little sister and is a toy's worst nightmare.
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    Literature 
  • Chumley and Tananda from Myth Adventures form a Red Oni, Blue Oni pair. Chumley is an urbane, thoughtful sasquatch-like monster. His sister is a short-tempered, impulsive drop-dead gorgeous woman who appears human except for her green hair and a slight greenish tinge to her skin. It's eventually revealed that they are Trolls - male Trolls are "Trolls" and female Trolls are "Trollops".
  • Inverted in The Never Mythos short story My Old Friend Gideon the title Gideon is an Affably Evil Humanoid Abomination and his sister "Lili" is a hideous Eldritch Abomination described as a "drooling mass" and devours humans.
  • In Mistborn, Quellion - also known as "the Citizen" - is a dictator in charge of Urteau who executes people for their lineage. His little sister Beldre is an innocent civilian and Spook's Love Interest. This is ultimately subverted when it is revealed Beldre is an allomancer, instead of her brother as Spook assumed, and her hostage situation was a ploy to sabotage the rebels' plans. Subverted again when Quellion is revealed to have been subjected to Mind Control by Ruin.
  • In Warrior Cats, Mothwing is a pretty and kind she-cat who becomes a medicine cat, while her brother Hawkfrost is noted as looking dangerous as soon as he first appears in the books. It's later revealed that he wishes to follow in their evil father's pawsteps, and to do this he manipulates her to use her position to his advantage and plans a coup.

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    Video Games 
  • Billy Kane is a fearsome character from Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series, a sadistic punk with a large cane who's The Dragon of Geese Howard and Arch-Enemy of the "Hungry Wolves" team (the Bogard brothers Terry and Andy, and Joe Higashi.) His little sister Lilly Kane, however, is a motherly-like younger sister who awaits for his brother when he's in fights ignorant (or not) of what's her brother is doing and always worried for him. She's also hinted in different appearances to be Joe's Love Interest, which irritates Billy to no end.
  • Ann's brother Gary from Harvest Moon 64 qualifies. He's not monstrous by any stretch of the word, but he's a "Social Disaster" as Ann puts it. Cold, silent, prone to bluntness when he does speak, and clearly doesn't like it when Pete takes an interest in Ann. That said, if you take the time to get to know him (which takes some work, believe us) it turns out that Gary is simply Quiet, not really mean.

    Webcomics 
  • An animal example occurs in Pixie and Brutus in which the tiny sweet kitty Pixie meets the ex-military dog Brutus and recently adopted by Pixie's owner. Soon both developed a brother/sister relationship, being Brutus the Pixie's "big brother" and having all the instinct to protect the little kitty.

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