A character who is beautiful, well aware of the effect they have on other people, and is proud of it.
Regardless of the exact nature of a character's attractive appearance, some characters decide that if they've got an advantage, they might as well use it. A character who follows this trope is proud of their physical attractiveness and view their physical form as a means to get what they want.
Such characters are prone to parading their "assets" in the presence of the opposite sex, sometimes with a little extra bounce in their step, and may often brag about their appearance unknowingly in front of less fortunate, usually younger or self-conscious characters. Unlike more prim and proper characters, they will generally enjoy distracted admirers staring at them, as it makes them feel good about themselves.
A common plot is for this character to be the Veronica of Betty and Veronica — or, more likely, in a whole string of them as the Archies wise up and marry Betty — only to find in the end that she set her standards too high, or overestimated how long her beauty would be able to attract men, and end up an Old Maid.
See Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful! when they start to use their beauty to get away with offenses.
- Iason Mink, the top ruling Blondie in Ai no Kusabi, is very well aware of his uncanny beauty and uses it get the advantage over his Pet, Riki.
- In The Familiar of Zero only a few male characters are unaffected by Kirche's good looks. She knows this and loves to flaunt and use her beauty to get what she wants.
- One Piece:
- Nami. She's attractive, she knows it, and knows how to use it to her advantage.
- Averted with Alvida who constantly proclaimed herself to be the most beautiful woman on the seas despite being a grotesquely obese woman. People only agreed with her for fear of her hitting them with her giant mace.
- However, played straight later on when she eats the Slip-Slip Fruit and becomes thin and beautiful. So when she asks who's the most beautiful woman in the seas people say it's her and mean it.
- Boa Hancock, the most beautiful woman above the sea, manipulates everyone with her beauty, save Luffy. To the point where she's the page quote for Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!.
- "Pirate Prince" Cavendish, captain of the Beautiful Pirates, considers himself to be the prettiest pirate in the world and hates to see his beauty and consequent popularity overshadowed by the actions of the Worst Generation of pirates (Luffy's in special).
"It's sad that others aren't blessed with my beauty"
- The first series has a one-episode character, Giselle. She's quite popular with boys despite her bitchy attitude, and even has the honor of being the first and possibly only female to actually attract Ash's attention.
- In the Japanese version, Misty acts this way. She considers herself to be very beautiful and makes it known several times. When she reappeared in Alola, she mentions it as a Call-Back in her introduction.
- Ranma ½: While not as popular as her sister, Akane, Nabiki Tendo is regarded as attractive by her classmates and has her fair share of would-be suitors. She's perfectly aware of this and tends to use her sex appeal to fleece them for all they're worth before dumping them... assuming she doesn't become bored with toying with them first.
- Apparently Ranma takes pride in his strength, skills and basically being a man, while in female form he takes pride in his beauty. When Tsubasa (Ukyo's stalker) calling Ranma's female form "ugly", Ranma retorts by noting that Ukyo's the one who loves him, so he must be less ugly than Tsubasa.
- Satsuki from Strawberry 100% is very proud about to be a sexy teenager, especially when she is compared to adult woman as the prof Kurokawa.
- Maaya from Umisho loves bragging about her modeling career and frequently uses her good looks to get boys to do favors for her.
- Veronica Lodge (pictured) from Archie Comics.
- It's hard to imagine a character being more proud of her spectacular beauty (or more fond of using it to her advantage) than Amora, the Asgardian Enchantress. A large portion of her magical arsenal is dedicated to charms and mind control, but in most cases, the exquisite perfection of her face, her hair, and her body is enough to get her anything she wants — though there's probably some sort of para-magical goddess effect operating in the background, to give it some extra oomph.
- Gwen Stacy actually started out this way in Spider-Man, as she got angry at Peter Parker for daring not to be attracted to her, and reflected that "I've never met a boy like him! He didn't even give me a glance!" Fortunately, she got better.
- Cornelia Hale from W.I.T.C.H. acts sometimes like that, usually after Irma's latest attempt to get her jealous of her large breasts.
- Jen from Liberty Meadows likes using her good looks to flirt and tease Frank. At one point she decides to make a website, which becomes very popular, where people can watch her work through her web cam.
- Princesses who set Impossible Tasks as the Engagement Challenge — especially those, as in "Shaking-Head" or "The Snow, the Crow, and the Blood", who have their suitors' heads chopped off for failure.
- In King Thrushbeard, the princess refuses all suitors for pride. Her father marries her off to a beggar.
- The Queen and Wicked Stepmother in "Snow White" had a Magic Mirror she would use every day to confirm that she was the "the fairest in that land?". When the mirror claims that Snow White is the fairest the queen tries to have her killed.
- In the Buffy/Thor crossover An Average Everyday Supergoddess, Harmony gains the powers and legendary beauty of the Asgardian Enchantress. Coming to grips with new memories and magical abilities is extremely difficult, but the girl has NO complaints with the appearance upgrade and gleefully flaunts her supernatural beauty whenever possible.
- Buffy in Heroes and Villains is largely made of this. With her pre-Sunnydale personality firmly in place, she is shamelessly vain and manipulative, and absolutely delights in the effect her beauty has on those around her (especially Faith).
- Dorian, much as in canon, is this in Skyhold Academy Yearbook. In largest part, however, his pride in his attractiveness is Played for Laughs, and he's still an incredibly Nice Guy.
- Gaston Beauty and the Beast is handsome, the most desired man in his town, and a narcissist. The only reason he wants to marry the female protagonist, Belle, is because she's considered the most beautiful girl in town and that makes her worthy to be his bride.
- Oliver & Company has Georgette, the pampered show dog of a rich household. She has an entire number devoted to how her perfection makes her irresistible and she knows it.
- American Beauty: Angela Hayes (played by Mena Suvari) expresses confusion that "he [Ricky Fitts] didnt even look at her, like, once."
- Our Miss Brooks: In the cinematic series finale, the Madison Express's new lonely hearts columnist walks this way whenever she goes through the newsroom.
- Thor: Ragnarok: As a charismatic schemer, Loki is preoccupied with looking as elegantly handsome as possible, always adorning himself with intricately-designed apparel. He even has a masculine Sexy Walk to flaunt his body. He's extremely vain, and Thor knows it. Near the beginning of the movie, Thor suspects that Loki is disguised as Odin, and attempts to rile his brother by asserting that Loki's statue is better looking than Loki himself because it's "less weaselly, less greasy." It takes a fair amount of effort for Loki not to break character in order to respond to the affront to his pride. Later, on Midgard, Loki takes offense when Thor likens his all-black, dapper suit to that of a witch.
- X-Men Film Series
- X-Men: First Class: Dr. Charles Xavier is a Hot Scientist who unabashedly exploits his gorgeousness (along with his charm) to proposition coeds at Oxford. Charles is so fond of his hair that he immediately dismisses Hank's suggestion that he shave it off before he tests Cerebro. It's costume designer Sammy Sheldon's intention to make the character as stylish as possible within a conservative academic setting.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: Professor X is a Hot Teacher who doesn't seem to be concerned in the slightest that his translucent white shirt would be deemed inappropriate in any other school with teenagers and children. His sunglasses are the most flashy of the film because of their gradient lenses, and they enhance his sex appeal while also giving him the air of a fashion model. Xavier runs his hand through his luscious locks (which is his equivalent of a peacock's tail) to tame some wayward strands before he meets Moira to ensure that he's at his most attractive. Even after he goes bald, he conjures a mental projection of himself which still proudly has a feathered mullet on its head when he faces a life-and-death struggle with Apocalypse. It's The End of the World as We Know It if the Professor fails, but even if he's doomed, he'll at least look fabulous on the astral plane (heck, he still manages to be pretty even when he's soaked in his own blood). Make no mistake, folks; Charles is vain.
- Jane Austen:
- Mansfield Park:
- The Bertram sisters Maria and Julia are well aware of their attractiveness. They're beautiful and from a baronet's family, and plan to marry well because of it.
"The Miss Bertrams were now fully established among the belles of the neighbourhood; and as they joined to beauty and brilliant acquirements a manner naturally easy, and carefully formed to civility and obligingness, they possessed its favour as well as its admiration. Their vanity was in such good order that they seemed to be quite free from it, and gave themselves no airs."
- Lady Bertram is beautiful and proud of it, and she values beauty greatly. She thinks every beautiful woman should use it to her advantage, ideally by making a good match and marrying a rich guy. (She also thinks that average-looking and plain women have no right to marry well and lead a comfortable life.)
"She had been a beauty, and a prosperous beauty all her life; and beauty and wealth, and fame were all that excited her respect."
- Miss Crawford is a stunning, very spirited lady with beauty of the dark variety, with sparkling brown eyes and darkish complexion. She's very well aware of her charms. She is also very rich and is generally very satisfied with her lot in life. She wants to marry the heir to a nice property so her charming life can continue.
- The Bertram sisters Maria and Julia are well aware of their attractiveness. They're beautiful and from a baronet's family, and plan to marry well because of it.
- Miss Elliot, the heroine's eldest sister, is very handsome and extremely vain about it. She is also proud to be a baronet's daughter. When the novel begins, Elizabeth is in her late twenties and starts to get conscious about her age. She is still gorgeous as ever, but she would really like a marriage proposal, from a baronet if possible.
- Sir Walter Elliot is a rare male example. He is extremely proud of his good looks that (he thinks) do not fade. He's equally proud that he's a baronet.
"Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter Elliot's character; vanity of person and of situation. He had been remarkably handsome in his youth; and, at fifty-four, was still a very fine man. Few women could think more of their personal appearance than he did, nor could the valet of any new made lord be more delighted with the place he held in society. He considered the blessing of beauty as inferior only to the blessing of a baronetcy; and the Sir Walter Elliot, who united these gifts, was the constant object of his warmest respect and devotion."
- Mansfield Park:
- Aphrodite in The Camp Half-Blood Series makes no attempt to hide or downplay her beauty, which can get on her daughter Piper's nerves.
- Tabitha, the Villain Protagonist of the Delicate Fire series, lives this trope virtually every waking moment. Granted, her beauty is the key to her magical powers, so there's a bit more there than simple vanity. Lady Asuna from the same series also fits this perfectly, but with strong shades of Rich Bitch thrown in for good measure.
- Alison Sedge in Robin Jarvis' Deptford Mice trilogy becomes extremely vain after she receives her mousebrass, the Sign of Grace and Beauty.
- Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter, who is well aware of how her looks and Veela-blood affect the people around her. Heartwarmingly subverted in Half-Blood Prince when her fiancé Bill has his face half torn off by Fenrir Greyback. Molly refers to their engagement in the past tense, obviously assuming that the proud Fleur will no longer want Bill now that he is scarred for life. Fleur objects immediately.
- Fleur: I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!
- Queen Cersei Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire greatly values her beauty and is glad she is considered the most beautiful woman in Westeros. She is a bit worried though, because of a prophecy that says her power is going to be destroyed by a future queen who is going to be even more beautiful.
- Tomcat Blue Eyes' Diaries: Like most cats, Blue Eyes is well aware of the fact that he's really adorable and really good-looking. When White Whiskers scolds him for getting stuck in a fence, he asks him whether he knows what the purpose of cat's whiskers is. Blue Eyes answers: "To look beautiful of course!"
- Gilgamesh in Fate/strange fake is so self-assured about his physical appearance that he just assumes anyone staring dumbly at him must be Distracted by the Sexy.
- "What is it? Have you finally noticed that the greatest pleasure in this world is to look upon my glory? Very well, I permit you. Stare at me to your hearts content, and pass on the tale to your offspring until the stars perish."
- Laplace, the titular "mythical sorceress" in Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out So I Teamed Up With A Mythical Sorceress! is quite proud of her beauty and is not shy about letting everyone know it. There's a reason that when she needs an alias to compete in a tournament, she decided to call herself the "Stone Cold Stunner."
- Although Sarah on Chuck is a strikingly beautiful woman, the show's resident Ms. Fanservice, and has used her looks to advantage on missions, it's her DEA friend Carina who really lives and breathes this trope. She's even able to stop Casey, of all people, in his tracks by stripping down to her bra and panties when he tries to arrest her after she double-crosses the team on a mission. When Morgan later grows a spine and tells her off for using this trope to abuse and take advantage of him, she's legitimately shocked at his rejection because no one has ever told her "no" before. Carina is so surprised, in fact, she genuinely becomes interested and hops into bed with him when the mission is over.
- Lady Cassandra subverts this in Doctor Who, after living as a Brain in a Jar for ages, she gets a chance of possessing The Doctor's companion, Rose, in order to get revenge on her as well. Since she is an upper-class lady, she at first looks down on Rose as being too "brassy" for someone like her but after taking a good look, she can't deny how attractive she becomes once she takes over her body. So while still holding a grudge against Rose, she lets everyone know just how beautiful her new figure truly is either way.
- Played completely straight in the same episode also by Cassandra, when she briefly takes over The Doctor's body. Cassandra thoroughly enjoys the experience - which is understandable since this iteration of The Doctor is played by David Tennant. The scene is completed by Tenent absolutely nailing the gesture of a woman putting on a slinky cocktail dress. The Doctor himself generally subverts this trope, being instead the Oblivious Beauty.
- Also in Doctor Whois Rose's mom. She is genuinely good looking for her years, but she's almost absurdly proud of it, to the extent that she forgets about her actual accomplishments (raising a wonderful daughter, helping save the Doctor's butt from the Daleks with nothing except a pickup truck, etc.).
- Lady Mary Crawley of Downton Abbey is stunningly beautiful and aware of it, uses it to her advantage gaining admirers and making her sister feel bad, and as the eldest daughter of an earl, she is extremely snobbish and haughty.
- Blanche in The Golden Girls often talks about being attractive and definitely knows how it could affect men. Which it does.
- In Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Aphrodite is very proud of her beauty and has no problem showing it. Of course, she is the goddess of love and beauty.
- Once Upon a Time has a male example in Captain Hook, who repeatedly makes reference to the fact that he is "devilishly handsome." He also frequently refers to himself or his actions as "dashing."
- Our Miss Brooks: Women like this appear once in a while, and are always at least a nuisance to Miss Brooks or teenager Harriet Conklin:
- In "The Model Teacher", an obnoxious but attractive reporter competes with Miss Brooks for Mr. Boynton's affections.
- "New Girl" sees the titular new girl go after Harriet's boyfriend Walter Denton. The girl's mother has eyes for Mr. Boynton.
- "The Dancer" sees a burlesque dancer audition for a job at a bachelor party being arranged by Mr. Conklin. The usually shy Mr. Boynton is very interested in seeing her do her work.
- In the cinematic series finale, the Madison Express's new lonely hearts columnist walks this way whenever she goes through the newsroom. But fortunately, this proud beauty stays out of the way.
- On Seinfeld, Jerry dates a woman who is part vain beauty, part Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!, and he takes full advantage of it. She is eventually stolen away from him by Elaine's "dating loophole" guy.
- Star Trek: Picard: It's hinted in "Broken Pieces" that Mister Hospitality (the Emergency Hospitality Hologram on La Sirena) is vain because he views himself as a "better-groomed" version of Rios, and he runs his hand through his hair a couple of times to illustrate this.
- Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" is a comical take on the trope, as it's so over the top. "I'm too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it hurts."
- The protagonist of LMFAO's song "Sexy and I Know It" (Unreliable Narrator notwithstanding).
When I walk on by, girls be looking like "damn he fly"
- The girl in "Fit But You Know It" by The Streets, the Mc version (which has different lyrics) makes her a straight up Alpha Bitch.
- Bea Miller's "S.L.U.T." with the message that being proud of your appearance is nothing to be shamed for.
''I love myself, I wanna see it
When I turn around, look in the mirror
And if you don't like it, you can leave it
'Cause it's my own and I'll keep owning it
- Greek Mythology:
- Every incarnation of Aphrodite has this trait. Justified since she is the goddess of love and beauty. Merely suggesting she might not be considered the most beautiful being ever is also her Berserk Button. In the tale of Eros and Psyche, she becomes jealous of Psyche (whose beauty is praised above hers) and sends her son Eros to use his arrows to cause Psyche to fall in love with the most hideous thing in the world. Of course, this fails because as soon as Eros sees Psyche, he falls in love with her too.
- In the Apple of Discord tale, goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite have an argument (turned into a competition) to see who is the fairest. The three demanded Zeus choose who is the "fairest", but he wisely declines. Instead, he chooses a mortal man to arbitrate. Each goddess presents their beauty to him while also offering a prize should he choose them. Eventually he chooses Aphrodite as the winner and accepts her promise of the most beautiful woman in Greece. The man? Paris of Troy. The woman? Helen of Sparta. Thus begins The Trojan War.
- Pamela in Head Over Heels sings of her own beauty and has many suitors.
- Musetta in La Bohème. Her song "Quando m'en vo" is about how people stare at her when she goes out, and how happy this makes her.
- In the theatre production of The Producers, Ulla has a song called "If you've got it, flaunt it", and she does clearly use her looks to her advantage, but not callously enough to make her The Vamp.
- Katherine Howard is portrayed this way in Six, being very aware of her beauty and the male attention it attracts.
I think we can all agree — I'm the ten amongst these threes.
- Morrigan from Darkstalkers, a beauty naughty succubus with suggestive movements and really proud.
- Played up extensively in Pocket Fighter. There, Morrigan's goal is to prove to the world that she's the strongest and most beautiful woman out there, so she challenges Chun-Li, the current title-holder for both claims, in a battle of female supremacy. In the end, Morrigan is victorious but ultimately loses out to none other than Lilith, who unwittingly attracts the guys away from her sister.
- Zhenji from Dynasty Warriors is known for being exceptionally beautiful and loves being complimented on her beauty.
- In The Elder Scrolls series, this is a trait of Meridia, a Daedric Prince whose sphere is obscured to mortals, but is associated with Life Energy, Light, and Beauty. Meridia embodies light and life, and so takes an appearance that mortals would perceive as a beautiful woman. She is well aware of this fact and takes pride in the fact that mortals find everything about her, even her visible form, pleasant and appealing.
- Kongōke Bosatsu "Hana" from Namu Amida Butsu! -UTENA- is this and a Shameless Fanservice Guy. He brags constantly about his beauty to friends and foes alike, and always tries to strip himself naked to show it.
- Although asexual, Valentine from Skullgirls takes great pride in her appearance — she even uses her measurements as an override code.
- Rouge the Bat from Sonic the Hedgehog can be very vain about her looks.
- Giorgio, in Story of Seasons (2014), is this trope Played for Laughs. He constantly talks about how beautiful he is; he's a farmer but has also done quite a bit of modeling and is engaged to a fellow model. Really, he's moderately obsessed with beauty in general, not just his own. Despite this, however, he's a genuinely Nice Guy.
- Calixto in Soul Sacrifice Delta spends the majority of his time with the sorcerer boasting about how beautiful he is. This turns out to be an inversion, as it's really his wife's soul within him that sees him as the most beautiful person in the world.
- Osmanthus Wine from Tale of Food, being a divine person from the moon, is superbly beautiful and charismatic, and is narcissistic as hell about it, rarely going five seconds without yammering about how he's the most gorgeous thing in the world.
- Dorian Pavus is the Agent Peacock of Dragon Age: Inquisition, and is very well aware of just how handsome he is; at one point in party banter, he mentions that his visage should be preserved in marble. One of his cries in battle is even "I'm too pretty to die!" Despite this, however, he's really a sweetheart.
- Zen from Mystic Messenger is an extremely handsome actor who constantly brags about his good looks, to the frequent exasperation of his friends. However, he turns out to be a borderline deconstruction of this trope: he actually thought he was ugly when he was young because his parents believed he would become too fixated or reliant on his looks to become successful and even after he learns to take pride in his looks, he works himself to the bone at his acting job to prove that he didn't become famous on looks alone.
- Eerie Cuties: Sixteen-year-old Layla Delacroix has good looks, she knows it, and has no qualms about using her looks, or her figure, to get what she wants. Even the Girls Want Her, as shown when a throng of them took her out to the prom!
- However, Magick Chicks' Faith Abbot has her beat, since she has the student body, at Artemis Academy, wrapped around her little finger and practically throwing themselves at her. She's even caused Tiffany, who's canonically straight, to question her sexuality, after coming to the realization that she's attracted to her.
- Fourteen-year-old Jeri Keene, in PreTeena, fancies herself as one of these and sets the boyfriend bar correspondingly high. She never loses an opportunity to flaunt, especially to her younger sister Teena and Teena's plain gawky friend Stick.
- In the American Dad! episode "The Magnificent Steven", Roger pushes this button with Hayley and Francine. He declares Hayley to be the "prettiest one in the house" and Francine suddenly becomes insanely jealous, so she tries to seduce Roger with a more revealing dress and succeeds in drawing his attention away from Hayley. However, Hayley soon retaliates and they end up in a Cat Fight. It turned out that Roger had manipulated them to make a video and send it in to a website that exchanges mother-daughter catfights for free T-shirts.
- In Class of the Titans, Neil is a descendant of Narcissus who works as a freelance model. He says stuff like So Beautiful It's a Curse occasionally, but he's just kidding. He loves it.
- Paulina Sanchez, Casper High's most popular Alpha Bitch from Danny Phantom, takes pride in her looks, something the ghost Spectra takes advantage of.
- Daring Charming from Ever After High is the son of Prince Charming, and has inherited his charm, looks and poise... and is very, very aware of this. He's far from a bad guy, but even so, his mirror checks can last for hours and he's all too eager to point out his many virtues at length.
- Trixie in The Fairly OddParents. She is depicted as a typical spoiled rich girl, a vain braggart who likes to flaunt her outer beauty when she needs a quick fix. She is thought of by everyone at Dimmsdale Elementary to be the most beautiful girl in school.
- In the Family Guy episode "He's Too Sexy for His Fat" Peter gets extensive plastic surgery making him very handsome. After being invited to join the Quahog Beautiful People's Club and learning the perks of being beautiful, he becomes narcissistic. At one point he goes so far as to paste a picture of his face over his wife's face in their wedding photo because he thought it would look better that way.
- A mild example, but Mabel from Gravity Falls does seem to be aware of and prize her beauty. In "Gideon Rises", she refers to herself as beautiful, and in "Dreamscaperers", when Bill Cipher turns her into an ugly, green monster while she's inside Stan's mind, she flips out and exclaims, "My cuteness! What did you do to my cuteness?".
- Rarity in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. She is confident enough to persuade stallions to help her with various things through her beauty and charm. However, she usually avoids taking it to the point where it becomes a problem, and as the pilot episode shows, she is willing to sacrifice her hair or clothes without complaint if need be.
- Aurora Six from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!.
Nova: So - pretty hard to be the only girl on the team, isn't it?
Aurora: Not when you look like me.
- Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert from Tangled: The Series takes a lot of pride in his good looks and is very sensitive about perceived slights. Despite this, he doesn't do much "seducing" since he's an Official Couple with Rapunzel the entire time, who isn't concerned with looks and loves him because he's a good person (despite his vanity).
Flynn: [angrily pointing at a wanted poster of himself] They just can't get my nose right!