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"Would you draw me with your pencils and your pens
Make me much prettier than I really am?"
Dimensions and Verticals, Say Hi To Your Mom
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So you've got this series. Maybe it's a TV show. Maybe it's a movie or video game. It got pretty good reviews—or, you know, maybe it didn't. It's now built up a fanbase. Folks are writing fanfics, drawing fanart, and spreading the joy over the Internet. So far, so good, right?

Well, there's one thing. The series as it originally stood was sort of... missing something.

Mainly? Fanservice.

Maybe it was directed mostly at the opposite gender from some of its fans. Maybe the art style didn't really have enough Generic Cuteness. Maybe the primary audience was children, so out of a few isolated instances, making attractive characters wasn't really the primary goal of the series. Or maybe the original was a book, so the appearances of the characters were mostly left up to the reader's imaginations. Whatever the case, the series finds itself without a Mr or Ms. Fanservice or other object of fan lust.

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However, this state won't necessarily last long. One (or more) of the characters is going to end up transformed into the unofficial fandom sex object (or at least made far more attractive in fanart). If they were originally ugly, they'll be made achingly beautiful in fanart. If they were originally cartoony and flat, expect them to pick up curves. They may become the target of shipping. The fans have decided to instigate Self-Fanservice.

The targets of this can vary—in a cast without Loads and Loads of Characters, this can happen to one of the primary male/female characters simply because they're there. It can happen to villains, because Evil Is Sexy. And if your cast has a good woobie, the angst factor may draw fans in.

To a casual member or newcomer to a fandom, this can seem strange, seeing an ordinarily unattractive (in a bland way) character suddenly drawn in shirtless poses with a seductive look.

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May lead to or be caused by an Ensemble Dark Horse or a Draco in Leather Pants. A leading cause of the childhood-scarring properties of Rule 34. Compare Perverse Sexual Lust. When it's an adaptation that ups a plain character's sexiness, it's Adaptational Attractiveness (which, incidentally, can be a catalyst for this trope). Despite the name, not related to being Distracted by My Own Sexy. For the authors of the work themselves including content they find tasteful within it, see Author Appeal.


Examples (by original media):

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Pokémon:
    • Misty, May and Dawn receive insane amounts of fanart in which they are aged up, complete with everything that comes with puberty, and Dawn's Dangerously Short Skirt is often taken advantage of when it's mostly a Magic Skirt in-universe. Some of the former is the work of the female fanbase - it comes from having a romance subplot with the Chaste Idiot Hero and the need to make her a plausible Love Triangle center in fanfiction, justified in part by how Misty's sisters look...but for the most part it's the guys. This was less commonly seen with Iris, but Serena is similarly altered, and it is not uncommon with the Sun and Moon girls, though not to the same level as Misty, May, Dawn, and Serena.
    • Ash, Gary, Drew, Paul, Kenny, Cilan, and Clemont also have their share of fangirls as well, even Tracey has some. (Tracey usually does match his description and characterization, though.) Oddly, the only main character without hordes of fangirls is probably Brock. Fanart of the boys usually has them looking mostly like their canon versions, though aged-up fanart has a high chance of presenting everyone as tall and slightly muscular (with Gary and Paul usually being taller than Ash). In Sun and Moon specific works, however, Ash is usually drawn smaller and cuter than his teammates due to his design in that season looking younger and more boyish compared to how he looked in X and Y.
    • Mothers in the series usually get drawn at MILF levels regardless of their original bodytype. Delia Ketchum and Lana's mom, for example, are depicted with full figures and large hips despite their canonically petite sizes, and Lusamine tends to go up several cup sizes from her canon slender physique (for more on Lusamine, see the game section). This is seen with other mothers, like Caroline and Johanna, but to a lesser extent.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Given how fanboys (and fangirls) hyped him up, you probably wouldn't think that Vegeta was a perpetually scowling midget.
    • Some fanart of Dragonball GT will depict Bra (who's canonically 8 years old, but looks like a young teen) as suddenly being much more developed than she is in the show, especially with her chest. The assumption is that apparently she'll look exactly like her mother when she grows up.
    • Pan (who actually looks like a child) is prone to getting the aged-up treatment. As well as young Chi-chi, normally by way of having her adult self fill out her younger self's armor.
    • The trend continues with the Saiyans from Universe 6, Caulifla and Kale. They are short, rather flat in their base form, lacking any sort of muscle definition (Well, with the exception of Kale who goes full Broly, but her controlled form is the epitome of Amazonian Beauty). In fan art, however, they are drawn full Ms. Fanservice. Cabba, from the same universe, get this to a lesser extent, but mostly giving him more muscle (Since he lacks any sort of muscle, looking like he has noodle for arms).
  • The eponymous characters of Akagi and Kaiji are often getting their (rather... bizarre) faces turned more into standard Bishōnen style. Case in point...
    • The women (especially Mikoko Sakazaki) also get this treatment fairly regularly.
  • One Piece: Although most of the characters with Estrogen Brigades are already conventionally good-looking or otherwise close to it, and therefore do not warrant Self-Fanservice, Spandam - much reviled by male fans as a fugly Smug Snake, but Draco in Leather Pants to more than a few female fans - often gets this treatment.
  • Pretty Cure:
    • Fan art has a tendency to depict the (usually middle school aged, often flat-chested) girls with distinctly more mature bodies.
    • Wolfrun from Smile Pretty Cure! gets his muscle-mass exaggerated in most fanart.
  • Nnoitra, the creepy, spoon-wearing, Blood Knight with weird teeth from Bleach gets turned into a Bishōnen in a lot of fanart.
  • This happens to 90% of the characters in Naruto. Hinata is described by the databooks as rather plain and bookish, but fanart tends to make her out to be this gorgeous goddess. Sakura has a small chest and large forehead, and fanart tends to make her out to be a goddess, too.
  • Some people are trying to figure out what Shinigami-sama from Soul Eater looks like behind his mask. Of course, since his son is the somewhat Bishounen Death The Kid, people think that he must be even more good looking.
    • On a different note, this may be a moot point since every single time his clothes were damaged, it was quite obviously visible that he had no physical body underneath that shroud.
    • The manga has, in fact, indicated that Shinigami might have/had a human form at one point; one, Mosquito knows what the Lines of Sanzu are, which Shinigami doesn't obviously have at the moment, and two Kid is a sort-of clone of Shinigami.
    • Maka occasionally gets this as well, albeit to a lesser extent; granted, she's fairly cute to begin with, but some fans seemed to miss the memo that she's above an A-cup.
    • Stein too. He's far from ugly (he's considered attractive in a weird way both In-Universe and out), but a lot of fanart depicts him as a generic Bishounen.
      • His Shirtless Scene in the anime revealed he's quite well-built. Cue the fans drawing him like a bodybuilder.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia, of all series, gets some of this too. There's a Cuba/Canada doujinshi somewhere where, aside of having super Moe Canada, turns Cuba, who in canon is a chubby and Hot-Blooded Jerk with a Heart of Gold, into a slim, suave and super handsome Latin Lover. Even though one of the main charms of the Cuba/Canada pairing is to have a non-traditionally-handsome guy getting the romantic attention of another male and thus proving that looks don't matter.
    • England sometimes gets hit with a milder version of this trope. While the majority of his fans do recognize that his combative personality and Big Ol' Eyebrows are his major Charm Points and leave them intact, there are still some who "improve" him by softening his personality to make him into an unironic gentleman (even though England being hilariously unsuited for the gentlemanliness he claims to possess in so many ways is one of the defining marks of his character).
    • The huge lot of Russia fanarts in which he's slimmed down to a generic bishounen build and his nose is suddenly tiny and upturned.
    • While Taiwan is a very pretty girl and is referred to as such in canon, her breast size often goes from "on the average-to-small" side to "Ukraine level".
      • The same can be said of Belarus. Since breast size tends to be genetic and she's Ukraine's sister, it can be justified, but it's rather jarring when fanon "bust charts" portray her as bigger than Hungary, or some fanarts that make her bigger than Ukraine.
      • Belgium also gets this treatment occasionally, which may be justified as she's usually wearing heavy clothing in canon, but during the 2010 Christmas event, we actually get to see her in her bra, and she has a very average-sized chest.
      • Although age tends to be vague, the younger-looking Liechtenstein, Seychelles, and Wy get aged up quite often in fanart, sometimes to the point where it's a bit jarring.
    • America is shown shirtless in canon. While he's no lightweight, his muscles are still about half the size fandom commonly portrays them.
      • A similar case with Thailand whose body muscle (as shown in Hetalia Bloodbath 2010) is kinda normal, is buffed up in fan art} Then again, these arts often go by the fanon of him being into Muay Thai (the national Thai sport), which requires any practitioner to have rather heavy musculature.
    • France's body hair can be greatly reduced or absent in fanart. Same with Turkey and Grandpa Rome, but they've got a huge LGBT Fanbase following that love it.
    • Prussia is sometimes drawn as far more muscular than he is in canon. Sometimes he'll have the same amount of muscle (or even more) as his brother in the same fanart.
    • North Italy's cuteness will often be changed to handsomeness.
    • Once in a while, Fandom will raise Latvia's height to around 170 cm.
  • Ponyo's father, Fujimoto, often loses his long nose and wrinkles in fanart.
  • Slam Dunk: In canon, the characters are generally good looking but in the most masculine way possible. Fan artists tend to forget this and draw them as generically pretty.
  • Junji Ito's character Souichi has a small but vocal amount of fans. You know, the creepy, occult obsessed nail biting anemic boy (and in a dream, psycopathic manchild, who tends to get most of the love)
  • Fate/Zero: Kariya Matou wasn't the prettiest person alive, even before he had the worms transplanted in him, but since he's such a generous person, some artists have seen fit to give him a more palatable appearance, sometimes even downplaying the popped veins in his infected form and turning him into a Pretty Boy who just happens to have a bit of a facial distortion.
  • If you took a look at fanart for Fate/Apocrypha's Astolfo/Rider of Black, you would find that his androgynous-bordering-on-girly looks gets amplified to outright "female save for that one body part" levels, curves and all.
  • Kurogane from Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-. He is genuinely attractive (just very, very masculine) but fangirls tend to portray him as a skinny, feminine bishonen. Some fanartists do the exact opposite and draw him with so much bulk you wonder how his armor still fits.
  • Hellsing:
    • Alexander Anderson tends to become a Bishounen in fan-art. His Fanbase on the other hand tends to make him a hulking tower of muscle.
    • Jan is often drawn as a bishounen, sometimes an even bigger one than his brother.
  • There is a ton of fanart depicting Renamon from Digimon Tamers with more tits and ass than she normally has. Renamon is human-sized and has a more adult personality than most of the other Mons in the franchise, so she's shippable... but looks like a Funny Animal at best and canonically has No Biological Sex, which fanartists are more than happy to add. Guilmon is also given more humanlike body proportions in fanart.
  • Though Fairy Tail already has a lot of Fanservice and all of the major and minor characters being drawn to be highly attractive there are still two cases of this. Levy is the only post-puberty character with a flat chest while fanart tends to draw her either being just as well-endowed as everyone else or increasing her breast size by at least a cup. Such as here and here. Wendy gets aged up in fanart with everything that comes with it. It's supported by her Edolas counterpart being older and drawn to be just as attractive as everyone else. Sometimes it doesn't age her up.
    • Gray is fairly fit in the series, but fanartists have a tendency to draw him huge.
  • Kotoura-san has an In-Universe example. Manabe's fantasies about Haruka always have her being much curvier than she actually is.
  • Kuroko no Basuke gets this a lot, as the basketball players are actually drawn well-muscled (although it comes into play after Art Evolution in the manga), possibly in homage to old school shounen like Slam Dunk along with keeping their physiques realistic; in the flood of art drawn by fangirls on Pixiv and elsewhere, though, they're very much slimmed down, sometimes to the point one is left to question whether one is watching the same show as the fanartist... An interesting counterpoint to this would be in the era of Slam Dunk, when Yaoi Genre doujinshi began to become prominent; possibly due to its newness and the art styles popular at the time, artists stuck to the proportions given to the characters in the anime and manga instead of slimming them down into the Bishounen style that's become ever-more popular today.
  • Aikuro Mikisugi of Kill la Kill who is already attractive, but often drawn more beefy and rugged by the show's bara fandom. Same goes for the canonically big Gamagoori and Tsumugu.
  • It's surprisingly common in Code Geass fanart to give the canonically non-athletic Lelouch more muscles. Though in some cases, it's more about increasing his perceived badassery than this trope.
  • While certainly by no means ugly, Usada Hikaru, aka Rabi~en~Rose from Di Gi Charat tends to be drawn by fans to have a much bigger bust than even the occasional changes in art style would have you believe, perhaps more than any other character in the series. Her costume may have something to do with it.
  • While his manga version did hit a growth spurt, Edward in the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime is short even as an adult. In Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa it's shown that Noah is several centimeters taller than him and Winry is still taller than him. In fanworks though? He almost always depicted as taller than he canonically is (unless he is depicted in a Boys' Love setting where he might be even more small and cute to compliment his often hypermasculine partner).
  • Osomatsu-san fanart usually changes the boys from their goofy, cylindrical selves to practically black-haired Palette Swaps of their F6 counterparts with lighter versions of their original personalities. Case in point. For the fans that don't, their bodies suddenly gain more detail and definition than they originally had (Karamatsu having a toned build, Ichimatsu being chubby (due to his eating habits) or fairly skinny (due to not taking care of himself) with a prominent butt, Jyushimatsu hiding tons of muscle under his hoodie, etc.)
  • Shigeo usually gets turned from a fairly plain looking boy with a bowl cut to a youthful, adorable child in Mob Psycho 100 art. Reigen usually gets dialed up from "normal" to "breathtaking hunk in a nice suit" to match. The strangest case would probably have to go to Dimple; while he's merely a green wisp in canon, fans near-universally portray him in the body of the security guard he possessed during the Scar arc, though he's given the Biseinen treatment for good measure.
  • Fans of Pop Team Epic tend to upgrade the girls from funky-looking tweens to regularly cute teens. Popuko gets to be the short, flat-chested spunky one, while all the thickness on Pipimi's neck gets to be transferred to an equally stacked rack (or of they're feeling like it, making her a full fledged Big Beautiful Woman). If you've ever wanted to read the Blu-ray edition of the strip, this is it. The gag eventually came full circle with the anime adaptation, where the DVD covers are done in the usual art style, while the Blu-Ray covers have a more realistic style.
  • Tsuyu Asui of My Hero Academia is about as far from ugly as you can get, but fan artists tend to push it even further by downplaying her frog-like characteristics, most often shrinking her mouth down. Similarly Aizawa is generally cleaned up to look less shabby-looking and Izuku Midoriya varies from region to region: tending to be leaner in the East than the West but generally always given additional musculature atop of his canon muscles (without even getting into the idea of him having an equivalent appearance to All Might's hero form).
    • Bakugo probably has it the roughest, with simultaneous depictions of him as a toned ikemen and a teenaged beefcake.

    Comic Books 

    Film — Animated 
  • Disney:
    • Lilo & Stitch franchise:
      • Most fan art of an adult Lilo Pelekai tend to portray her as a fit, attractive young woman with a slim body and full lips much like her older sister Nani, usually wearing midriff-revealing clothing or a bikini. Contrast the canonical depictions of the adult Lilo in the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Skip" and the Stitch! anime episode "Lilo", which portray her more modestly, wearing clothes that make her look like a responsible adult and having the same mouth that her younger self has, never developing fuller lips.
      • Even though Stitch is canonically completely incapable of growing any taller or even aging, he has also been drawn with a humanoid body shape of either an athletic young adult or a bodybuilder, while still maintaining his overall alien genetic experiment looks (blue fur, claws, head, et cetera). Some of the other experiments have also been drawn like this, but they're much rarer.
      • Oh, and to get this out of the way, yes, Lilo/Stitch shipping exists. As well as fan art of an older Lilo and an older, "anthrofied" Stitch as a couple.
    • Humanizations of characters from The Lion King franchise gets hit with this often. Scruffy looking, malnourished (but still muscular) Nuka and Vitani get hit with Evil Is Sexy.
    • Lock, Shock and Barrel from The Nightmare Before Christmas have a lot of fanart that ages them up into good-looking teenagers or young adults.
    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: While Snow White is already beautiful, many fan artists tend to forget that's she's only 14 years old and meant to have a modest figure, opposed to being another hourglass hottie. She's often aged up (or at least appears to be), with greater height and more generous curves. Some give her longer hair.
    • Wreck-It Ralph gets hit with this in fandom where Sgt. Calhoun is often left alone but Ralph and Felix (although the two aren't lacking in standard fangirls and boys) do get hit with it. Some fans turn the two cartoonish-looking guys generically handsome up to full Pretty Boys (even though Ralph would fit better into the other gay-themed manga genre) and Ralph in particular tends to have all his chub gone and replaced with muscles. However, the two most common targets are Vanellope, who is very often drawn as all grown up and basically Hotter and Sexier (although some fans don't bother with the age up) and local leather pants wearer Turbo, who unlike any of the others isn't even cute and is rather freaky and creepy in canon, is often turned into at least an Ugly Cute if not flat-out attractive racer who happens to have gray skin and yellow eyes and teeth as opposed to the Skull for a Head Evil Albino he is in canon.
    • Disney Funny Animal characters almost never have human-esque breasts. Be it their Classic Disney Shorts characters, Zootopia characters, or Robin Hood ones, females are just as flat as males. Expect this rule to get ignored in much of fanart and fanfiction. Some fans handwave them as having small breasts but still having breasts nevertheless, while others just give them noticeable chests.
    • The Disney Heroes fanart collection by David Kawenanote  definitely counts. Particularly the Peter Pan one. Here's the princess version of this: Defenders of the Enchanted Kingdom WIP.
  • DreamWorks Animation:
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: With humanizations of the original show being popular with the fandom, having a spinoff with human characters as the baseline tends to lend itself to this. Sunset Shimmer in particular gets a lot of this, with even non-sexual fanart of her tending heavily to portray her as extremely attractive.
  • 9:
    • Given that the entire class are non-humans, fanart of them as humans was inevitable... and yes, usually, every single one of them will be drawn extremely attractive. Sexy tribal warrior chick 7, 3 and 4 as themselves, Moe 5 and 6, Chris Redfield!8.
    • Even the regular stitchpunk versions of the characters get this treatment.
  • Pixar:
    • Finding Nemo:
      • Fans tend to forget that Marlin is supposed to be middle-aged and instead humanize him as a handsome, red-haired, young-looking father. Some give him greys but he's usually younger.
      • On a side note, both Nemo and Gill get to keep their damaged arm (fin) in all fan art.
    • Humanizations of Monsters, Inc.'s Mike Wazowski draw him as a handsome, green-haired emo guy with hair covering one eye.
    • Toy Story:
      • Woody has a rather extraordinary number of fangirls (and boys), considering he's a foot-tall cowboy doll. Most humanize him.
      • Jessie tends to get a bit of extra "stuffing" in certain strategic areas in fan art.

    Film — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • The Harry Potter fandom, of course.
    • Snape was described in rather unattractive terms, with greasy hair, crooked teeth, pale skin, and a long, hooked nose. You would think this would have put more people off, but no. More than a few critics are of the opinion that the Adaptational Attractiveness Snape got from being played by Alan Rickman played a part in this.
    • Lucius Malfoy is another example. He's not unattractive in the books, but that's because he's given virtually no description at all. Put Jason Isaacs in a blond wig and fancy wizard clothes? Now you're talking.
    • And Lucius's son Draco, played by Tom Felton, isn't too shabby himself. This actually came up in one of the interviews with J.K. Rowling, once — she mentioned not quite understanding Draco's leather-pantsed status, pointing out that she never said he was attractive in the actual books.
    • Hermione, however, is by far and large the best-known example of this trope; the fans who use her as a Possession Sue will have her undergo a makeover, making her bushy hair slick, and having her grow "curves in all the right places" over summer vacation, to get all the boys lusting after her. Saturday Night Live even ran a skit about it. Like Snape, though, her movie self shoulders a good part of the blame. Emma Watson filled out nicely.
    • The most exaggerated example? Lord Voldermort/Tom Marvolo Riddle himself of course. The solution to this problem is rather simple: make him has "human form" by have his appearance be same as his actor, Ralph Fiennes. This is a simple demonstration, and it raises a lot of Tom/Harry possibility. Then again, it was noted that Tom was pretty good-looking in his teen years.
    • Also, Voldemort's mother Merope Gaunt. In canon, she's described as very ugly, with both her eyes pointing in the opposite direction. Fanart of her tends to make her very cute and Moe. Of course, being one of, if not the most tragic and sympathetic characters in the series certainly doesn't hurt her case.
    • In the books, both Neville and Hannah are a bit pudgy. In Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness, Hannah's hotness was concealed by the school robes, which made her - but none of the other girls - look fat, and Neville replaces all of his fat with muscle, helped by him being starved for weeks as part of a punishment.
  • Crowley is almost always depicted as suavely handsome in the Good Omens fandom, which does make sense. Aziraphale was also commonly portrayed as angelically beautiful in early GO fandom, but more recent fanworks seem to be moving away from this trope in regards to him, going for a more plausibly middle-aged, plump, and/or bookish appearance. Some of them do go the Nerds Are Sexy route, but it's still a far cry from pretty!Aziraphale.
  • The Discworld became prime turf for this sort of thing when fans started to gleefully exploit the lesbian subtext of Monstrous Regiment, about girls joining an army by pretending to be boys. At a conservative guess, 98% of MR fanfic and fan-art revolves around the characters getting it together, and the obvious lesbian pairings are romanticised and glammed up in an Up to Eleven way. Two girls described in the text as half-starved and dishevelled escapees from an abusive orphanage/workhouse became lesbian icons in the eyes of many. Elsewhere, the austere and asexual Lord Vetinari suddenly became the focus of many fervently imagined homoerotic scenarios, often with the most unlikely partners.
  • There's fan art for A Series of Unfortunate Events which depicts one of the minor villains— a bald, big-nosed Dirty Old Man who sometimes wears a scruffy white wig— as a gothy Silver Fox.
  • Although he isn't a tremendously popular character, Reek aka Theon Greyjoy from A Song of Ice and Fire often gets this treatment in fanart. While in canon he is described as white-haired, emaciated, looks about twenty years older than he is, and just generally pitiful to look at, fanart tends to tone this down (most usually the premature aging). This tends not to be as extreme as other examples though, as his pitiful condition seems to be the source of his fans.
  • Raistlin in Dragonlance (described as bone-thin, weak and all-around unattractive) is prone to this, being depicted as a white haired Bishōnen in fanart, but then again he's depicted as quite handsome-looking in some official art so this trope is understandable.
  • Jesus Christ in The Bible is described as "having no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him." Popular depictions of him decided to turn him into an attractive (and sometimes muscular, which is actually justified seeing as carpentry involves lots of physical labor), long-haired man. Of course, it may also be a reflection of his inner beauty.
  • Look up The Phantom of the Opera fanart, and often you'll see Erik looking pretty handsome for a man so deformed he has to live underground and away from mankind (even in the ones that stick to the original book's "living dead" description). This is in no way helped by the popularity of the Andrew Lloyd Webber production, the depictions of his deformities/disfigurements varying across adaptations, and the character's overall wretchedness.
  • Derek from Darkest Powers is acne-ridden, however fan artists ignore that element and make him Tall, Dark, and Handsome.
  • Being cats, all Warrior Cats characters tend to be depicted as adorable, no matter how they canonically look.
  • Fanart of Sauron, the titular Lord of the Rings, tends to avoid the "black and hideous" phase of his physical incarnation, or else interpret it as "evil Long Haired Prettyboy at worst." That's when it's not simply a copy of how he appears in the Peter Jackson films (i.e. completely covered in armor).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Oh, the things the LazyTown fandom does to Sportacus and Robbie Rotten... The extreme athleticism of the former and... suspicious bulge of the latter may be bordering on Parent Service. Either way, the Periphery Demographic has made some... interesting things of both of them. And, from an entirely different quarter, Stephanie. She's quite often subject to She Is All Grown Up or simply artists forgetting how old she's supposed to be (namely, ten-ish.)
  • Apparently some Supernatural fans think that Gabriel isn't pretty enough and thus give him a new, drop-dead gorgeous vessel in their fanfics so that he can fit the archangel part better in looks. No, really. There's even a post on fanficrants about it.
  • A big point of appeal for the character of the Doctor in Doctor Who is that, while all of the actors to have played them so far are rather attractive, it's usually expressed through force of personality rather than looks, with even the most conventionally handsome, Mr. Fanservice ones like Paul McGann or David Tennant being a bit funny-looking rather than generic Hunks or Pretty Boys. This is difficult to tell in fanart, however - it's not uncommon to see some shipper drawing Fourth Doctor/Sarah Jane fanart which does away with Tom Baker's Quirky Curls, big and oddly-shaped nose and Creepy Blue Eyes, even though they are the most fondly appreciated physical features of the character. On the other hand, a lot of other artists exaggerate the physical quirks of the Doctors, though these ones are usually not doing it for shippy reasons.
  • The ladies of Super Sentai are generally quite pretty, but in fanart they'll more often than not end up much more buxom.

    New Media 
  • Vocaloid:
    • Ryuto (Gachapoid) tends to lose his buck teeth in fan art.
    • If a Vocaloid with no box art or no anime-influenced art needs to get a design from the fans, there's a 100 percent chance that they will turn out to be handsome/gorgeous. Leon can be anything from a blonde-haired Pretty Boy to a hairy Hunk, whereas someone like Sweet Ann would have her almost creepy box-art appearance turned more generically pretty or in the style of the Crypton Vocaloids. Then there's Amy, Chris, Ken, and Kaori, which have very Uncanny Valley CGI models for designs, so fans gave them more "Vocaloid-esque" designs. The official Taiwanese box art for Sweet Ann did just that, and even did it to Big-Al, Tonio, Prima, and Sonika even though they're already attractive as they are.
    • Even Miku, the legendary ambassador of all things moe, receives this. Never mind that they have Meiko, Luka and Haku, some fans will draw Miku with huge breasts.
    • Kagamine Len is sometimes drawn as an older looking bishounen rather than the cute 14-year-old Keet that he normally is. This kind of depiction of Len is sometimes called "Ikelen". It gets turned on his head when they want to make him a lithe, adorable shota that looks even younger than his official art.
    • Fukase's almost visceral left side of his face tends to get toned down to a couple of strange marks around his fully red eye (and even that can be toned down to just a red iris). Though his boxart makes him look a bit off, fanart tends to turn it into Creepy Cute or makes him outright cute as a button due to his design looking around Len's age.
    • Some fanart, including the default MikuMikuDance model for Kaito have him not wear a shirt under his coat.

    Toys 
  • BIONICLE, features mostly robotic but still humanoid characters. It goes to reason that fan artists will try to humanize them even more, or smooth out their metal parts to create a sleeker appearance. For a more direct example, compare Toa Gali as a set and in fan art.
  • The cute, Shetland looking ponies of My Little Pony get transformed into majestic looking horses in fanart.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Fanart of Humans and Eldar from Warhammer 40,000 always make them look attractive. The Eldar are Rubber-Forehead Aliens so it's not a case of mild Canon Defilement. However, some of the fanart of Tyranids turns them into Ugly Cute creatures and sometimes even a bunch of Ridiculously Cute Critters. On the sexual side there's the Tau, Tyranids, Necrons, and Daemons:
    • The Tau are usually drawn with mammary glands and an average bust size of E. In canon the only difference between the genders that humans can perceive is that females have a Y-shaped mark between their eyes while males have an I-shaped one.
    • Tyranids are drawn as Humanoid Aliens. The only features that make them look like Tyrannids is a bunch of Chitin plates and claws. If you didn't know better you would think it's a human female in a costume.
    • Necron pariahs are created from humans but they have a completely robotic appearance. The way fan artists draw them makes them look like a Sex Bot.
    • The most remembered daemons are Slaanesh's Daemonettes. Daemons from the other Gods tend to be drawn in the same way. This breaks canon because:
    • Imperial Guardswoman tend to be drawn in a much more Stripperific clothing than males even though in Canon their armor is much the same as any Guardsman.
    • Farseer Macha's entire character was pretty much re-purposed into a Ms. Fanservice by the fandom. Her only official appearance was in the Dawn of War PC game, and she was covered from head to toe in armor and robes (including her face), but that didn't stop fans from obsessing over her and creating lots of lewd fanfiction and art involving her.
      • She's ditched the helmet for Dawn of War III. While somewhat attractive, her face is longer and sharper then a human's and thus looks, appropriately, a bit alien.
  • Warforged from the Eberron setting of Dungeons & Dragons ordinarily avert Non-Mammal Mammaries. The (unfortunately defunct) DeviantArt member Maelora didn't like this and chose to draw a "nude" female warforged with breasts purely for Rule of Sexy.
  • Many Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fanartists tend to omit Elshadoll Winda's puppet-like features on their fanart of her. She often looks a human wearing a skin-tight outfit.

    Video Games 
  • Unsurprisingly, Samus Aran of Metroid has been getting a triple serving of it ever since the introduction of the Zero Suit. See for yourself: original artwork, Super Smash Bros., fan art. Look on the bright side: at least it doesn't make her look too different from her canon portrayal. Although it can conflict with her status as an Action Girl.
    • Similar to Wii Fit Trainer below, once her dark counterpart was added into Smash Ultimate fans quickly created "Dark Zero Suit Samus" who rivals the regular Samus' beauty in fan art but with paler skin and dark hair. This is despite the fact that under it's "armor" is nothing but a translucent blue mass of veins and bones.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Mario, Luigi, and even Wario and Waluigi have had this happen to them. Mario is a short, plump, round-faced guy with a big nose and solid mustache. When the trope is applied, you get the most average looking anime character in existence that happens to be wearing a red cap with overalls, that used a pencil to scribble on their upper lip. Oddly enough he'll always stand taller than Peach, even though not a single video game has portrayed him taller than the princess. Luigi is the same, just taller. Wario replaces all fat with muscles, maybe a slightly thicker mustache, and Waluigi is just a sly, tall, lanky version of Mario. Though fan art that pretties them up while still keeping their trademark big nose and 'stache aren't unheard of either. This is also frequently inverted, with most parodies portraying Mario as a fat, short, hairy middle-aged man instead of the youthful 20-something year old he canonically is.
    • Both Peach and Daisy also get this a lot, as well as Rosalina. Peach goes from a slightly ditzy lady with plain expressions, to a total sex goddess. In the main Mario games, there's absolutely nothing overly sexual about her character other than that she's pretty. However, when Super Smash Bros. Melee brought her into the roster, with its more detailed art style, Peach's fanservice potential rose up considerably. That series has her making coy poses, attacking with her hips and butt, and showed off her legs. Even then, however, she's not overtly sexualized. The fans amp up the boobs (which are average to flat in-universe) and tend to fetishize the princesses' dresses by making the top and/or bottom shorter, if not putting them in other Stripperific outfits. Another addition by the fandom is the tendency to depict Peach in particular as someone who Really Gets Around, is a shameless, flirtatious pervert, and doesn't mind guys or girls. However, art of her with the other female characters is much more common.
    • Vivian is often drawn as a tall, sexy sorceress with an hourglass figure. In the game, however, while shes cute, she's about as short and chubby as Mario.
    • Bowser, a monstrous turtle, becomes either a ridiculously Bishōnen or Bara Genre guy, depending on the artists' tastes, with red hair, yellow skin, horns and maybe his shell.
    • And then there's Bowsette and the Super Crown meme. In canon, the Super Crown is used to just turn Toadette, and just Toadette, into a version of Peach called Peachette that's merely cute. In fanon it's used to turn Bowser, and other characters (Mario series or otherwise) into Hotter and Sexier fusions of themselves and Peach.
  • Similar to the situation with the Mario princesses above, after she debuted in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS, fan art was quick to make the athletically-built Wii Fit Trainer much curvier than she is in her own game and in Smash. She's also constantly paired with and compared to Samus in her Zero Suit, mostly due to the similarities in their designs.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Dark Link, a mindless, faceless living shadow is almost always drawn as a white-haired pretty boy, often with peach skin and normal eyes in reference to Shadow Link from the The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures manga. The only time Dark Link has had a face (along with a regular Master Sword) is in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and even that's due to Palette Swap issues. When you fight him in an event match, Dark Link is his normal faceless self.
    • A good bit of Midna fanart (the ones by Japanese fan artist Dogear, in particular) up her from amply-curved to extremely amply-curved. Though there's just as much that goes the opposite extreme and makes her sort of a reverse-Pettanko...
    • The Hero's Shade is a phantom covered in worn armor and bearing a skull with a single red eye for a head. But because he's the reanimated version of the Link from Ocarina of Time, some artists draw him as a flush, handsome, living man with his armor in tip-top shape to boot.
    • Navi. In the game, she's a floating ball of light with wings; in the fanart she's sort of an angel with fairy wings & a skimpy costume/wearing nothing. This goes for other fairies in the series that have the same design, but of course Navi is the most well-known. Fans claim she isn't just a ball of light and only appears as such due to Nintendo 64 engine limitationsnote , despite her still appearing as an orb in official art and in much higher end consoles.
    • Fi also gets this. Despite her design being fairly androgynous, plenty of artists give her a more noticeably feminine figure. This doesn't always include giving her noticeable breasts, however, and some fan artists are willing to leave her with her slim frame, usually only emphasizing her legs or hips.
    • "Classic Link" from the first two games gets a more bishonen look in fan art and loses his long nose. Even official works like Hyrule Warriors soften him up.
    • The canonical eternal child Saria is sometimes given an Age Lift by fan artists... with all that entails. Other times, she's made into a curvy shortstack.
    • Sidon from Breath of the Wild gets even taller and more muscular in fan-art.
    • Quite a few incarnations of Zelda tend to get drawn with more curvaceous builds.
  • Alma from the F.E.A.R. games. Of course, post-Project Origin, this isn't quite so applicable. Healthy (as opposed to emaciated) adult Alma is actually attractive (and naked all the time. No matter what.).
  • Another example is Magus from Chrono Trigger. His official art Looks Like Orlok, but you'd never guess it from the fanwork.
  • Persona 4:
    • Izanami, the True Final Boss, looks only slightly attractive in her non-human yet non-boss form. Then certain fanart transformed her rather gorgeous versions of herself.
    • Before it was made more apparent in Golden and the anime, Naoto tended to be shown with extremely large breasts in fanart, all due to a couple of relatively minor scenes where she gets flustered by the other girls pointing out her size compared to theirs. Rise also gets this treatment at times, even though she herself points out her modest size compared to her Shadow, who showed up in the previous night's Midnight Channel viewing.
  • The Psychonauts fandom has pulled this off both with the hero, Raz (paedophilia ahoy, given that Raz is supposed to be 10), and local Ensemble Dark Horse and potenial Woobie Sasha Nein. Sometimes, er, both at once.
  • Not entirely averted in the Star Control fandom, where female fans sometimes draw aliens in human bodies without making them sexy. Even Human!ZEX isn't a Bishounen... but the recent posts in the Livejournal community do tend to skew toward alternate-universe Hurt Comfort Fanart.
    • Giving the VUX flexible necks, longer head-tentacles, and a smaller eye goes a long way towards making them more appealing while still being, well, VUX. Though that may have been artistic license and a need for a visible reaction to get the joke across in this case.
  • All the Special Infected (also, less often, the Uncommon Infected) in Left 4 Dead especially the Witch and the Hunter. (Most of all the Witch.) Compare this image of how they appear in-game to this fanart (not an extreme example), and that's not even getting into shipping them.
    • Even fans who aren't really trying to pretty them up generally draw them younger than the character models appear to be, i.e. as young adults or sometimes teenagers; the Special Infected may be Younger Than They Look as a side effect of the virus (this is a common fan theory), but they still look like they're at least in their thirties in-game. Again, this happens the most with the Witch and the Hunter. Mind you, getting close enough to take a good look at their faces in-game (as opposed to in Garry's Mod or looking at a reference picture) is difficult and inadvisable, so this is forgivable.
    • Also, since a lot of their grossness comes from icky details, simplifying an Infected's appearance will obviously make them cuter as well.
    • This (NSFW). While the Witch can be considerably cuter with removal of some of her infection details, the one with the pigtails is suppose to be the jaw-molten Spitter.
  • Characters from Ōkami find themselves subject to this quite a bit. Perpetually masked Oki is invariably assumed to be Bishōnen under the disguise and tiny, Napoleon Issun usually ends up as a cute boy. The most notable example has to be the protagonist, Amaterasu. In the game, she's a nonanthropomorphic wolf. In fanart... well, maybe you should just see for yourself. (It is true that the wolf isn't Amaterasu's original form and that one character sees her as an attractive young woman, but the player doesn't get to see this, so it still counts as an example.)
  • Most characters in Final Fantasy are ridiculously attractive already, but sometimes design elements are ignored to make them even more so:
    • Faris Scherwiz is often given large breasts in fanart, ignoring that she had to pass for a man, albeit a rather pretty one, ever since she joined a pirate crew. She even lampshades that being a woman on a ship full of pirates would be a very bad thing. In fan art it's rare that she even gets depicted with smaller breasts than her sister Lenna, let alone small enough to plausibly be concealed from her pirate crew.
    • The FFs with 16-bit sprites tend to get lots of this in general, despite the characters being visible in-game only as small, pixelated sprites with not particuarly a lot of detail on them (and not helped by most of the official art for the early FFs not matching the sprites at all, seemingly being more interested in looking cool than helping people get an idea of what the characters actually look like). In particular, quite a lot of fanart exists of Rydia, Lenna, Faris, Celes, and Agrias with very... "glamorous" figures. Guess FF fans like to let their imaginations do most of the work.
    • Final Fantasy VI's fans tend to have the Bishōnen Edgar has almost the same amount of muscle as his hunk younger twin, Sabin. There are also some fanarts that age up Relm and Gau.
    • Fans also tend to buff up Vaan and Balthier (both whom are reasonably muscular) to be more the size of Basch. Reverse case also occurs.
    • Ardyn from Final Fantasy XV. In game he's portrayed as a handsome man in early middle age, with a slightly humorous, bohemian appearance, Perma-Stubble, prominent eye bags and a sturdy build. Fans often draw him much cleaned up as a more traditional Wicked Cultured Sissy Villain (elements Ardyn does have, if not his most prominent character aspects), if they don't just slather him in so much Generic Cuteness that he appears the same as an average bishonen villain in his 20s.
  • A few Pokémon characters get this:
    • Red is an interesting case. While he isn't ugly per say he is more or less quite young. Even at age fourteen in the original generation II games, he is still a rather scrawny looking kid with unruly hair (from what can be seen from his 8 bit sprite anyway). Fans however ignore this, making him Bishōnen, combing his hair down, and coloring his eyes red. This design known as "Pixiv Red" due to originally being created by an artist on said website. Even for the remakes fans tend to use this design, despite the fact he has a new design, which actually is slick and Bishōnen at that age. "Pixiv Red" is so ubiquitous, in fact, that mislabeling this version of Red can be major Flame Bait in the Japanese fandom, and some Nico Nico Douga videos warn watchers in advance that the video uses this version of the character. Coincidentally, Pokémon Adventures' Red actually resembles the fan version Red more closely, though even then there are also some 4komas that give this Red straighter hair.
      • As soon as Red and his rival Blue were revealed to return as young adults in Pokémon Sun and Moon, fans quickly took note of his thicker build than Blue, and Red got hit with a second wave of this; while his official art already shows him as a rather well-built, budding Hunk with sharper features than would be expected from his home region, fanart often exaggerates his muscles to anywhere from straight-up Hunk to outright Bara Genre levels. In fact, none of the muscles on anywhere but his neck are particularly defined in his official art, it and his 3D model often looking scrawny in comparison to fan depictions. Less commonly, Adult!Blue also sometimes gets gratuitous muscle added onto him, despite being a more thinly-built Bishounen.
    • Fan arts of feminine-looking Pokémon (Gardevoir and Lopunny especially) are usually drawn more attractively rather than the cartoon creatures they originally were; especially, and infamously, by the more... hardcore parts of the Furry Fandom.
    • Mewtwo is also quite popular among the Furry Fandom, and the normal and Mega X forms get an even more muscular than before. And thanks to Genesect and the Legend Awakened and its use of a feminine Mewtwo, Mega Mewtwo Y often gets very feminine fanart, with the associated assets, compared to its androgynous look in-universe.
    • Cynthia, while already having an attractive design, often gets bumped up a few cup sizes and is otherwise made curvier than she is in canon.
    • May is often drawn with breasts several cups larger than her canon one, which can't be bigger than a B and aren't very noticeable. This is partially thanks to the anime, where her breast size was very inconsistent until her reappearance in Sinnoh.
    • Fanart for Ghetsis freakin' Harmonia tends to ditch his robes and lessen some of his harsher features. Often he ends up rivaling N for prettiness.
    • The Hex Maniac trainer class in Generation VI is usually drawn with very large breasts despite her versus character art showing her with a much more moderate bust. This may be due to a certain Hex Maniac who sells Moomoo milk to the player character in Pokemon X & Y. They also are made to be more curvy than they appear in canon.
    • Wicke from Pokémon Sun and Moon, who's already unusually curvy for a Pokemon character, gets a massive increase in bust size and much wider hips in most of her fanart.
    • Lusamine's canonically attractive and slender design is often edited by fanart to be much bustier than she appears canonically.
    • This is in fact somewhat common for fanart of the protagonists and rivals in general, which may draw them to look way older than they are in canon; though Red definitely gets it the worst, it's not uncommon to see overly pretty Ethans, Blues, Silvers, Brendans, and Hilberts that look like they're 20 years old. And just like their anime counterparts, the female main characters also get a huge helping of this, especially involving bust size, if not even more so. This can be particularly noticeable on the very flat-chested "Selene"/"Moon" of Sun/Moon, more commonly in pre-release fanart since her official age of 11 wasn't revealed yet.
    • In general, if any character (human or not) is in an image or manga where they are shipped with someone else, chances are high they will end up being either prettified or hyperfeminine/hypermasculine. Occasionally even both at the same time.
  • Mega Man: Granted, Splash Woman is cute and has a pretty good waistline for a mermaid, but most fanart of her (and there's a lot) puts her in all manner of seductive poses, give her a larger bust, and generally make her out to be some sort of goddess. Probably uncoincidentally, she's the first (and so, far, the only) enemy female Robot Master, and is also seen posing for a photo in Mega Man 9's ending.
  • Touhou, due to being about ninety percent fandom and possessing official character art that... leaves much to be desired. Oddly enough the majority of drawings are fairly true to the characters (young girls are drawn like young girls, older women are drawn like older women etc.), though more bizarre interpretations are certainly not absent.
    • Touhou is a unique variation of this trope. Characters are not drawn more attractive merely to be more attractive, ZUN is simply a mediocre artist and therefore fans improve on his character designs in an effort to portray their "actual" appearance. It helps that there are official examples, significant improvements to characters' apperances present in any official work in which ZUN did not draw them, most notably in the fighting Gaiden Games and guidebooks like Perfect Memento in Strict Sense and Symposium of Post-Mysticism. As a result, the insane amount of fanarts Touhou receive makes it a franchise where its popularity thrives on Self-Fanservice.
    • The non-human traits of many youkai characters tend to be interpreted by fanartists in whatever way will maximize their attractiveness.
    • Princess Kaguya, in this case a Public-Domain Character from The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, is supposed to have legendary beauty. No depictions of her, official or by fans, are representative of this, though one person came pretty damn close.
  • The fanbase for Team Fortress 2 is full of this trope. Don't be surprised to find fanart of all the classes depicted as young and sexy (though in the Scout's case, he gets more of the latter due to being the youngest of the bunch). Yes, even the Heavy. As a fangirl favorite, Medic is especially prone to this. And let's not get started on the female versions of most characters.
    • The Pyro gets this in spades since no one knows what his true face looks like (or even if he's either male or female). Expect to find fanart of unmasked Pyro as either a pretty boy or an attractive girl.
  • Disgaea characters get this done to them sometimes, although it's almost always Etna and Flonne.
  • Kirby:
    • Kirby fans mostly leave the characters alone... but whenever Kirby is drawn as a human fans typically don't make him that chubby and usually make him very androgynous (which is somewhat fitting, since he has an Ambiguous Gender in Japan). You'll often see King Dedede not being as big as you'd expect either.
    • And then, there is Queen Sectonia, who gets quite the fair share of art. Not just being depicted as human, either. Also, not even Zero-Two is immune to such.
    • Ribbon is usually made into a Statuesque Stunner, even though she is about Kirby's height (8 inches) in-universe, if not slightly shorter.
    • Meta Knight is actually adorable under his mask however humanized fan art makes him a mysterious bishonen, and often a seme (or at least foil) to Kirby.
    • Susie also follows the trend of Ribbon becoming a Statuesque Stunner, as do the Three Mage Sisters, who go from being small and adorable girls with no visible legs and detached hands to being outright beautiful humanoid characters with proper arms and legs.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Blaze the Cat is quite a prominent target of this. Fan-Art tends to give her a humanoid body and greatly expand her bust size. Even when the rest of the cast are normal. Especially notable in that, not only does she have as flat a chest as most of the guys in her design, Word of God has said that she's not happy with this.
    • Oh, and Shadow too.
    • Rouge gets EVEN MORE fanservicey than before.
    • Maria Robotnik was an Ill Girl who couldn't be older than fourteen. Fan artists tend to bump her physique and health up, ignoring those who turn her into a hedgehog.
    • A lot of fanart of Amy presents her as a teenager or adult with long hair-like quills and a larger bust size.
    • Humanized fanart tends to make the characters very attractive.
  • While a good deal of Kingdom of Loathing fan art uses the same simplistic stick figure art style as the game itself, there's still some artists that invoke this from time to time.
  • In the MOTHER series, this happens a lot with none other than Porky Minch. Yes, the fat, short, smelly, pale nerd-guy appears as a hottie from time to time in fanart. There is even a whole deviantArt group about them.
    • An absolutely ridiculous example of this is some of the fanart that Gyiyg/Giegue/Giygas from MOTHER 1 gets, usually from the aforementioned Porky-loving artists, where Giegue gets drawn with a feminine body and large breasts. In MOTHER, not only is he referred to as a male, but his original sprite in the game depicts him with a very slender body, with certainly nothing to speak of on his chest. If that wasn't messed up enough, he is an alien. And mammaries are a trait of mammals, which are found on Earth. However, in EarthBound, it should be noted that there is a single NPC who says that Giygas might actually be female. Even if he is indeed female, he, or she, is an alien, and thus shouldn't even have breasts in the first place.
    • Duster also gets the Bishōnen treatment quite a lot.
    • Bifauxnen Kumatora often gets more...curvaceous, to say the least.
    • Lucas often becomes the embodiment of an Uke.
    • Not to mention the Masked Man AKA Claus, despite being a little bit older than Lucas. In Fanon, he often gets depicted as a Bishōnen, especially when his helmet is off.
    • In fact, ALL of the main characters get this, often having their ages turned into mid to late teens, despite most of them being 13 at most.
  • Juhani and Mical (aka "The Disciple") from Knights of the Old Republic have had their character models tweaked by fanart and mods to make them look more attractive.
  • Beyond Good & Evil:
    • Jade, although attractive on her own, is known for her lack of fanservicey-ness, because, in contrast to the trends where many female game protagonists are involved, she dresses sensibly and has realistic, er, proportions. Along come the fanartists, dressing her in skimpy clothing and giving her a bustline ranging from "maybe she's wearing a push-up bra in this one" to "Holy back problems, Batman!"
    • On the fangirl end of the scale, there's Double H. Although he has a dorky, appealing personality, his character design isn't especially attractive. Fanart either tends to soften his extremer traits, making him more conventionally handsome, or ignore them completely to make him cute and adorable.
  • A divisive example of this is fan-made mods for games like Skyrim and the Dragon Age series, where in-game modifications to "beautify" characters like Aela the Huntress and Aveline exist, though male characters aren't immune either. Far more controversial are the mods that give Dragon Age's Isabella lighter skin, especially if they're explicitly stated by the mod's creator to be self-fanservice.
  • Corn from Jet Set Radio Future. Compare how he looks in-game to how he looks in fan art. Yeah.
  • A lot of the more human characters from Yume Nikki get this treatment. Take Shitai-san, who is a dead guy in game. Most fanart depicts him as a Bishounen.
  • Pick any character from the Harvest Moon series who is the main farmer, both male and female, and the bachelor/bachlorette of their choice. Even the Shrinking Violet Meganekkos are usually drawn at a Bishōjo level compared the chibi-like character designs (until A Tale of Two Towns and A New Beginning). The series itself has gotten in on the action and has become a Cast Full of Pretty Boys by 'Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility.
  • Stardew Valley:
    • Similar to Harvest Moon above, Stardew Valley has this as well. Not only are fan artists much more likely to beautify the already attractive characters, more unconventional characters such as Harvey and Shane get the special bishonen package.
    • There is currently a race among modders on who can make the most improved avatar set for the game. From western to manga style, everything's possible. Interestingly, in almost all of them, Harvey loses his mustache, Elliot's age gets lowered and both Maru and Penny often end up with a very different hairstyle.
  • The humanoid women from Skylanders get hit by this a lot.
    • There is an artist on DeviantArt who draws realistic versions of all the Skylanders and does this to all of the humanoid Skylanders, meaning both male and female characters. This included a Bara Genre version of Wham Bam the yeti.
  • Given that the titular character from Bayonetta is Ms. Fanservice, and the entire game runs on a 50/50 blend of Rule of Cool and Rule of Sexy, there wouldn't be any place for this trope, right? Wrong. Most fanart tends to give her more natural proportions with her arms, legs and neck despite increasing her bosom and behind, and she often lets that gigantic beehive of a hairdo down, apparently forgetting it's basically the ammunition for her combat magic. And her clothes, but then she's frequently drawn wearing real leather instead of a hair-suit. She also often ends up helpless, overpowered, submissive and in outright bondage, which are the only ones that really make her creator Hideki Kamiya angry, as he intended her to a dominant Action Girl.
  • A weird example with Sarah Kerrigan from StarCraft. She starts out as a fairly sexy human character, who over the course of the series gets infested by the Zerg and turned into the Queen of Blades. While her infested form still looks sexy, the official look is more of a creepy kind of sexy, with major Uncanny Valley and Squick involved. Yet, a lot of fans ignore parts of those factors and made her look more sexy in fanarts. Ironically, StarCraft II has her gradually getting a relooking over the course of the game when she goes through a (sort of) Heel–Face Turn, leading her to get a slightly less disturbing, more beautiful look that would fit her portrayal in said fanarts.
  • Inverted in Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion. When previously-The Ghost Sonny Joon, a quirky slacker, was revealed to be attractive on the box art, some fans complained that he wasn't the pimpled geek they had imagined him to be.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's:
    • While sometimes the animatronic characters are drawn as the cute mascots they are supposed to be In-Universe, sometimes they are drawn as attractive furries or humans. Especially Foxy, who is often drawn as an attractive male AND an attractive female.
    • Aside from Foxy, the other notable animatronics to get this are Mangle (who is... well, a mangled endoskeleton), and Springtrap (who is not only severely decayed, but also has the rotten corpse of a child murderer (who may even be possessing Springtrap) inside him).
    • And don't even get us STARTED on Toy Chica...
    • What the fans do to Ballora must be seen to be believed.
    • You don't see many humans in the series, but even they aren't safe: Phone Guy and the various protagonists tend to look attractive in fanart (though none of them have an in-canon physical appearance). Special mention goes to the Murderer; who, despite being seen as a Lean and Mean purple Atari-esque sprite with black eyes and glowing white pupils, has often been drawn to look cuter or even outright handsome.
  • League of Legends, with its massive amount of attractive characters of both genders and myriad of alternate skins for each champion, is so very prone to this. The simplest example would be the Pool Party skin series, where the champions dress down for a day at the pool/beach. Cue many, many shirtless scenes and bikinis.
  • Undertale:
    • Toriel is often drawn as a curvaceous woman with large breasts and wide hips by fan artists. Her in-game sprite looks like this.
    • Similarly, Asgore's in-game sprite makes it somewhat hard to make out his build, thanks to his robe/cape covering most of his body. However, many of his fans lean towards making him a Hunk or a Big Beautiful Man (or sometimes both) in fan art.
    • Frisk in-game is visibly pudgy and androgynous (and, you know, a kid), but often gets aged up and drawn as clearly male or female and fairly svelte. The First Child, Chara, also gets this treatment, and some fan art either significantly downplays their creepiness levels from the Genocide ending or outright removes it.
    • Sans in-game looks goofy and harmless and is really chubby for a skeleton, but is often portrayed as suave or Troubled, but Cute. And since skeletons are lacking in terms of body parts that could be used for sex, Rule 34 will often grant him the ability to create a tongue or genitalia out of glowing blue energy, based on the fact that he has a glowing blue eye during the fight against him in the Genocide route, despite the lack of evidence that he can actually do so.
    • Much like Sans, W. D. Gaster ends up looking hotter or cuter in fanart, despite (what is assumed to be) his "in-game" appearance resembling a disfigured Puppet/White Face.
    • For some reason, the grotesquely drawn cashier Burgerpants is sometimes depicted as cute or even as a Bishōnen.
    • Muffet is a Cute Monster Girl, so being at least modestly attractive comes with the territory. Some artists take things a step further, though, and ignore her less human features, such as her lack of a nose or her slender neck, to draw her as a six-armed, purple-skinned, but otherwise normal-looking anime girl.
    • In-game, Undyne isn't bad-looking at all, but once she takes her armor off it's clear that she's on the lanky side and has a pretty flat chest. Fan art will sometimes make her bustier and/or more muscular.
  • Animal Crossing:
    • Sable is a homely but cute hedgehog in her thirties or forties. Expect fanart to ramp up her attractiveness and humanized fanart to make her look like she's in her early twenties.
    • Tom Nook is a pudgy middle aged tanuki who inevitably becomes a slim, young looking man in humanized fanart.
    • All female characters lack breasts (either due to them being animals or to emphasise the Vague Age of the protagonists) but fanartists have a high tendency to give them breasts anyway.
  • When it comes to Yo-Kai Watch gijinkas, Whisper (who canonically looks like a cross between a Bedsheet Ghost and a marshmallow) is often portrayed in one of two ways: a standard Bishounen, or a cute Big Beautiful Man (typically of the chubby kind, but one artist by the name Bechnokid has a more muscular Whisper who's pretty popular in the fandom).
  • Mutated characters in Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead were probably meant to be seen as horrific and deformed, but the game's very small graphics (which can be replaced with ASCII art, as is standard for roguelikes) leave most details to the imagination, so a lot of fanart tends to depict characters as good-looking Little Bit Beastly or Petting Zoo People like this or the bottom half of this, conveniently lacking the "Ugly" or "Deformed" mutations.
  • Splatoon
    • In-universe, Inklings are cute but very lean kids in their early-to-mid teens with no curves, bust, or muscle definition to speak of. So, of course, fan artists that give the girls at least moderately sized breasts and hourglass figures, and the boys six-packs and athletic builds, are not at all uncommon.
    • Callie, Marie, and Marina are already fairly curvy, a trait that is more often than not vastly exaggerated in fan art. Marina's already larger-than-average bust size tends to be ratcheted up to near Gag Boobs levels, and even the relatively flat-chested Squid Sisters get their share of enhancements.
    • Whether this is played straight or inverted for Pearl depends on which side of Ugly Cute the artist believes she falls on. About half of all fan art draws her with an ordinary Inkling girl's face with no protruding Forehead of Doom or snaggleteeth in sight, turning her into an outright Token Mini-Moe; in the other half, Pearl is so hideous it's a wonder she ever landed an Idol Singer role to begin with.
  • Overwatch fanartists almost never draw Reaper as pale as his default skin is. It's also implied that his face is disfigured from Ana's reaction at seeing it in one of the comics, but in fanart he tends to look exactly like he did when he was alive.
  • The Half-Life 2 Cinematic Mod, which was intended to upgrade the game's visuals, infamously did this to female characters with the optional new character models. Even random female Citizens got significant makeovers.
    • Alyx, who in canon is a tomboyish Wrench Wench, gets numerous character models (many of which were inspired by real life Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima) with jiggling breasts and stripperific outfits (some being outright adult). The creator's attempt at a more faithful Alyx model didn't get released until towards the end of the mod's development life, and still shows more skin than in canon.
    • Mossman goes from a middle aged woman to a Hot Scientist several years younger than she should be, and in earlier versions of the mod went from white to Asian; unlike Alyx, a more accurate model was never made.
    • This, among other reasons (the creator's negative attitude towards criticism, inappropriate content like sexually explicit graffiti and the random appearance of a sex toy, and in general messing with the game's atmosphere), caused quite a bit of backlash against the mod from many players.
  • This trope is basically what you get when you subject Isabelle from Animal Crossing to Rule 34. Body types run the gamut from her canon appearance to more anthropomorphic appearances to even humanized versions; ranging from chubby to svelte to busty or even hyperfeminized. Muscular and athletic interpretations started making the rounds, too, when she was confirmed as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: While Palutena was already pretty good looking in game, the fanart takes this to new levels. Her bust size gets bigger and her clothing tends to become more revealing turning her into a full on Hot Goddess.
    • This is to say nothing of Pit; ever since his redesign in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he's been turned into a bishounen with uke-ish proportions. His Uprising look has him physically resemble a thirteen year old but with a young man's voice, but fanartists and especially Pit/Palutena shippers like to make him scrawnier and younger looking to contrast with his goddess' fanon voluptuous sizes.
  • Um Jammer Lammy: Lammy is a cute looking teenage sheep girl who has no breasts whatsoever. You wouldn't know this if you looked at the fanart, which generally portrays her with a huge rack, a much curvier body and looks nothing like the actual character.

    Webcomics 
  • Quite possibly lampshaded in this Brawl in the Family strip (original page found here).
  • Given the cartoonish style of Homestuck, there's a lot of room for interpretation as to how attractive the characters are:
    • The Trolls are generally drawn in fanart as pretty good-looking for grey-skinned, horned aliens.
    • It's inverted with the Exiles and other characters from Prospit/Derse, who are often drawn with carapaces, claws, and other details that are left out of the more stylistic art of the main series.
      • Snowman is just as often drawn with human features and texture resembling skin. Fanart including Spades Slick with her will render him similarly.
    • PM's God Dog form after she puts on the Queen's ring gets this a lot too, depicting her as a curvy, furry goddess of some kind, ignoring the fact that in this form she's often mistaken for a taller Palette Swap of Jack Noir, who is unquestionably male.
    • The scrawny, wheel-chair bound Tavros is depicted as being The Big Guy shockingly often.
    • The Troll Ancestors are often drawn with much smaller horns than they canonically have, but this is understandable since the horns can get insanely large. This can get less understandable for the Troll Kids' horns, however, which have obvious but simple designs but get reinterpeted quite often to suit the artist's desires. Tavros, despite having the largest horns by far, will often get drawn with smaller, sometimes thin horns for the sake of convenience.
    • Special mention has to be made of Equius, who's a sweaty brute with broken teeth and poor hygiene in canon. But give him a shower and a stylist...why hel-LO there. Here he is as a human (NSFW).
    • Karkat, too. Fanon depictions of him often do away with the eye bags and sharp teeth, but the messy haircut tends to stay. Although there are fans who manage to make the eye bags and sharp teeth work. The result tends to be surprisingly adorable.
    • Whether cherub fanartists will play straight, avert, or invert this trope is often a crapshoot. On the whole, it seems that if a piece of art is supposed to be light-hearted, fluffy, or shippy, you can expect them to be drawn in a cutesy, Super-Deformed sort of style with their grotesque features minimized or stylized for maximum cutesiness. If it's supposed to be a more serious picture, depictions run the gamut from what they basically look like in canon to... well... (Spoilers here, obviously!)
    • The Striders tend to get this treatment by fanartists very often.
    • Mercilessly skewered in the comic itself, when Caliborn shows off his Deviantart account, which is full of amateurish and terrible Animesque drawings of the Homestuck cast. He shows off some of the pictures in his narration as well, gushing about how sexy they all are.
    BECAUSE OF MANGA. AND ITS INHERENT CAPABILITY TO TRANSFORM ALL THAT IS HARD AND CRUEL. INTO FIGURES OF SUBLIME BEAUTY.
    • Some fanart tend to portray Feferi and Meenah as adorable BBWs, with the former losing her horrifying teeth and with the latter becoming more Creepy Cute in the process. To be fair, though, both of them are suggested to be fairly attractive in-universe.
    • Sollux tends to get the Nerds Are Sexy treatment. While Sollux does probably have the most admirers among the male trolls, most of those individuals liked him either for facets of his personality (Aradia was drawn to him because they were kindred spirits, Feferi liked his "grumpy" side), were just desperate for a date (Eridan, and he wanted Sollux as a kismesis, i.e, he hates him) or were ambiguous as to what their intentions were (Terezi, who teasingly flirted with him once, but was likely just teasing him). There was never any indication that they found him physically attractive (indeed, some updates suggest that physical attractiveness is irrelevant to sexual desirability in troll society).
  • Freefall: Florence Ambrose in canon. Florence Ambrose in fanon.note 
  • The Order of the Stick used to have threads on its forum titled "Oots Fanservice" to gather fanart. Since the comic is drawn in stick figure style, any fanart depicting them as attractive is Self-Fanservice. Since some characters (Haley, Elan, and Miko) are said in-universe to be attractive, it's natural to draw them as such.
    • The elf Vaarsuvius is perfectly androgynous and, by implication, not necessarily attractive to human eyes. But give the character the Woobie treatment and make their modestly-lengthed (purple) hair grow to long, wild and luxurious (purple) lengths as a side effect of a magic spell, and what you get is fanart and fanfic that accentuate the character's ethereal and feyish frailty, their delicate appearance, etc. And don't forget the pointed ear fetishism.
      • It becomes apparent in Vaarsuvius fanart that his/her androgyny is difficult to translate into more detailed (i.e. not stick figure) art styles. So usually you get feminine features on an ambiguously feminine body.
  • Spoofed in an arc of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, where many of the hugely-muscled, hypermasculine characters contract Nomura Syndrome. According to the creator, all of the prettified characters are based on fanart she found (including, most notably, a tongue-in-cheek drawing of Sailor Pyramid Head). When the creator was criticised for Unfortunate Implications, she added in a character who was originally a pretty sixteen-year-old boy whose exposure to the curse led to him becoming a huge, eternally snarling, roided-out hulk.
  • Jerkcity HD features all sorts of interesting interpretations of the Jerkcity characters, but soon you'll notice a lot of the contributors like to draw Spigot the beatnik (the only obviously human character in the main cast) very attractive.
  • Mary Lee Walsh/Slaweel Ryam in Sonichu is an old Wicked Witch with long gray hair and a horned gold Viking helmet, but fan art usually portrays her as a young Hot Witch with a short blonde bob cut and horns (the latter being because earlier artwork portrayed her with just the helmet). This is done largely to piss off the comic's creator, since she is based on the dean who expelled her from college.

    Web Original 
  • Homestar Runner.
    Strong Sad: Uh, Strong Bad? Were you just first-basin' it with that piece of loose-leaf?!
    • On that matter, it looks like turning Strong Sad into a hoodie-wearing Emo kid has become increasingly popular. A rather thin one too.
    • Several humanizations of Homestar have him as a Pretty Boy with white hair.
  • While nobody is denying that some of the people of That Guy with the Glasses are attractive anyway, fangirls turning the boys into skinny bishies and fanboys making the girls thinner and bustier than they are in real life are both popular.
    • Taken to ridiculous levels in the Hate Fic/WankFic "Beer Enema". A lot of people think the Critic is attractive, yes, but there is no way you could think he has a "barbie doll face".
    • As a good case-in-point: Doug Walker is, in real life, Prematurely Balding, with a visibly receding hairline and a bare spot on the top of his head. Even when he isn't drawn with Generic Cuteness, you can count the number of fanarts that depict this on one hand.
    • Acknowledged in the Osmosis Jones behind the scenes, when Doug and Tamara are delighted with bookmark fanart that makes them both look skinnier.
  • Happy Tree Friends, with its Estrogen Brigade and humongous following on Pixiv, has a large percentage of its fanart containing Moe Anthropomorphisms of the critters. Not a big deal, but humanized Flippy is almost always a teenage Bishōnen, undoubtedly due to being a Draco in Leather Pants. Being that Flippy was a war veteran, he should theoretically be much older than how he's often drawn. And then there's Flaky, who despite her well-known androgyny tends to get a Girliness Upgrade thrown on her like a ton of bricks, as well as her dandruff getting drawn like Multicolored Hair.
  • The Notepad and Tony the Talking Clock of the Don't Hug Me I'm Scared series have popular personifications that are a strange mix between Tim Burton and Evil Is Sexy. The Notepad becomes a leggy woman with Multicolored Hair while Tony becomes a blue-skinned Biseinen with a scruffy beard and a blade. They also seem to flanderize their sinister undertones into full-blown Axe Craziness, which allows for a Masochism Tango when paired with one-another in this form.
  • Monster Factory fanart tends to turn the extreme Gonk character designs that are the entire premise of the show into Generically Cute characters, if only because they look like cute caricatures in a cartoony art style rather than their Uncanny Valley CGI forms. Sometimes they even get drawn to look the way they are (ironically) described in the commentary, such as drawing D-Bomb to look like an actual "powerful feminine force" instead of a hellish blue-grey polygon soup. The Final Pam gets drawn to look unironically "crisp" in her red dress, quiff and sunglasses, too.
    • Taken to intentionally parodic extremes in Alexis Moore's zine, a parody of a style mag in which the monsters are dressed in flashy designer outfits.
  • Some RWBY fanartists try to subvert the show's tendency towards Generic Cuteness by diversifying the cast. For example, they give the characters noticeably different facial features or skin tones; and they make physically strong characters (like Yang or Pyrrha) more visibly muscular.
  • The Most Popular Girls in School: Fanartists sometimes draw Rachel and Judith so as they're not so Gonkish as the other characters claim.
  • The boys of Eddsworld get a fair bit of this. Tord gets hit with this the most, especially after the Series Fauxnale revealed what he looks like in uniform, which resulted in a lot of fans giving his "Red Leader" persona the Evil Is Sexy treatment, complete with an eyepatch and a long flowing coat. This became Hilarious in Hindsight when former showrunner Tom Ridgewell revealed what Tord's Red Leader persona actually looked like...and he's a Darth Vader Clone with his entire body covered up and his face hidden by a mask.
    • Interestingly played with regarding Tom—while the fandom has a very frequent tendency to make him weirdly buff despite there being no evidence for this in the show or comics, he always tends to keep his empty eye sockets, with no fans attempting to give him human-like eyes.
    • After "Saloonatics" at least, Edd tends to be portrayed as a Big Beautiful Man.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • Fans who redo the characters in a more realistic style have a habit of drawing Finn as a slim, cute boy with Eternally Pearly-White Teeth, flowing blond hair, and maybe a gap between two teeth or a missing one. In the show Finn is missing a good portion of his teeth, according to Word of God genuinely has no nose, and is on the pudgy side rather than wiry or ripped. His hair really is that gorgeous, though.
    • The girls get this treatment too, for example artists will turn Princess Bubblegum, Marceline and Flame Princess into Ms Fanservices. Heck even Lumpy Space Princess (who on-screen is a floating Blob Monster whose only human features are her face and hands) is depicted as a BBW.
  • Atomic Puppet: Despite being a 12-year-old girl, Pauline gets a lot of fanart depicting her as being extremely sexy, wearing revealing clothes or having enlarged breasts or hips.
  • Happens quite a lot with Codename: Kids Next Door fan-art, which is inevitable considering 90% of the cast is under 13 and the art style isn't exactly sexy. But that still doesn't explain drawing Numbuhs 3 and 5 with large breasts. What fangirls do to Numbuh 2 (and to a lesser extent the other boys) must be seen to be believed.
  • A lot of fan art of the Courage the Cowardly Dog character Shirley the Medium makes her taller and more curvaceous, when her canon depiction is very short and not even remotely voluptuous.
  • Dan Vs.: Dan has a tendecy to be protrayed as a generic pretty-boy in some fan works. Luckily, most fangirls like him just the way he is.
  • Due perhaps to heavy abuse of Thick-Line Animation, Danny Phantom has enourmous amounts of this, mostly directed towards the female characters as Maddie, the mother of main protagonist.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • Dexter and Mandark get a ton of this (despite being weird-looking in canon) in the fandom. Expect Dexter to become a cute shota and Mandark the definiton of Nerds Are Sexy. FusionFall and its older and bishonen Dexter didn't help.
    • Dee-Dee is drawn by the fans to look like her mother.
  • Heck, there's even Dora the Explorer. Especially in those shorts...
  • Venger from Dungeons & Dragons is sometimes illustrated by fans as beautiful slab of beefcake with long flowing hair under his cowl.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy, of all things:
    • Generic Cuteness (...and Yaoi Fangirls/the Relationship Sue) struck the titular trio hard, but especially Double-D. Eddy loses his tan and loses weight. Edd is usually rather androgynous, cutesy, and often has long black hair, medium length black hair, or medium length blond hair. Ed grows short hair (instead of a buzzcut) and looks adorkable.
    • Miimochi has what could be considered some of the best example(s) of EE&E Self Fanservice. (Though all the character's tongues are the same... unusual colors as in the show...)
    • More surprisingly, the Kanker Sisters also get a lot of this, especially Marie, who's arguably the most attractive of them to start with (she's got bad teeth and... either black eyes or way too much eyeshadow... but other than that she's not drawn terribly differently from Nazz, who's considered in-show to be quite the hottie).
  • A lot of Family Guy fanartists do this to Meg Griffin, with some depicting her as looking like her "Road to the Multiverse" Alternate Self. However, this is sometimes a reaction to how she's depicted and treated in the show, rather than simply this trope.
  • The Fairly OddParents!:
    • In fanworks, Tootie gets a lot of these. It's worth noticing that a majority of these do not involve The Glasses Gotta Go, as the fans seem to think she looks cute enough with them. She often gets better-looking glasses, though.
    • Tootie's older sister Vicky is often a more curvaceous figure and skimpier clothing. Naturally, this often overlaps with Evil Is Sexy and/or Draco in Leather Pants.
    • Cosmo and Wanda are short as Timmy, but some fanworks feature them being tall as regular adults with attractive features. Also, Timmy art features him much taller and looking bishonen, with some even removing his trademark buckteeth.
    • Anti-Cosmo gets hit hard with Evil Is Sexy. However, Anti-Wanda generally does not.
  • Peg Pete is a beautiful mom in Goof Troop canon, but in the fanart world she has become a sexy goddess.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • The Pines twins are often given older or more enhanced designs in fan art. In fact, one popular AU has the twins explicitly be referred to as as the most beautiful/handsome youngster in Gravity Falls. (Granted, that AU also had the twins switch places with Gideon, but it still applies since it runs on Evil Is Sexy logic and Gideon remained relatively the same.)
    • Bill Cipher gets a lot of fan art of him as a rather attractive male human instead of his usual triangle form. This trope is so prolific with Bill, in fact, that Alex Hirsch decided to do his own version of a human Bill, which he then declared canon (albeit, in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek manner). The end result is both mildly disturbing and absolutely hilarious. Canon!Bill seems to like it, too!
    • Grunkle Stan gets tons of this, to the point that some fans refer to him as Hunkle Stan.
    • Pyronica, while having a noticeable hourglass figure, is a cyclops looking demon with some really messed up teeth. Fanart tends to exaggerates her figure and fix her teeth.
    • Finding fanart of .GIFfany where she still resembles a 16-bit sprite is somewhat difficult, which is noteworthy considering that she looks like that within the show to highlight that she exists within a video game. Fans might downplay her deliberate uncanny factor and up her figure, at most adding some kind of "digital effect" to still give off the feeling that she's virtual. This is not even getting in to the occasional fanart Panty Shots, of which she has none in canon for obvious reasons.
    • Even fanart that isn't intended to be sexy often downplays the older male characters' Gag Noses to more realistic (and consequently, better-looking) proportions.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
    • Mandy receives a lot of fanart of her as an extremely sexy and busty adult for a 10 (?)-year-old Creepy Child.
    • You'd be surprised at the amount of fanart Billy gets that seriously downplays or even outright removes his Gag Nose. This is especially common when he's aged up.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • The Ugly Cute Helga Pataki is often drawn as being a few years older and completely gorgeous. her Big Ol' Unibrow will often be replaced with regular brows, her hair will be down, she'll have prominent eyelashes and she will have grown in certain areas. To be fair, though, Helga has shown on occasion that She Cleans Up Nicely, but she'll usually be far more beautiful in fan art than she ever was in canon. She's still underage canonically, though.
    • Arnold will likewise be taller, his hair will be styled differently (usually slicked back) and he will wear more appropriate clothing.
    • Here's an example (though Arnold has his normal hair in that photo).
  • Fanart of Invader Zim as a Green Skinned Space Stud, and him being tall on top of that.
    • Did you know female Irkens are not actually supposed to have boobs? No, really, go check the show. See how flat Tak's chest is? Yeah, it's quite different than the fanart, isn't it?
    • Canon Dib is a scrawny little 11-year-old boy with glasses and a big head. Fanon depictions add 5-7 years to his age and make him Tall, Dark, and Handsome instead while still retaining his trademark Anime Hair.
    • Like her brother, 10-year-old Gaz in fanart is aged up and given all the beauty that comes with it.
    • Not even GIR is safe. Depictions of this kind make him into an adorable white-haired or green-haired cute boy wearing his dog suit like a hoodie.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes.
    • Heloise, big time. In the show, she looks like a little girl (Word of God says she is 14ish). In fanart, she's often given a very busty and very sexy figure.
    • Saffi even more so. While she is a indeed Cute Monster Girl with noticeable Hartman Hips, fans seem to forget she's also a crazy one-eyed demon with jagged teeth capable of chewing through rock, instead preferring to exaggerate her figure and give her extremely skimpy clothes.
  • In Kim Possible fanfics, Ron, who is honestly pretty goofy looking, is usually amped up considerably in the looks department... to the point that some authors both hang a lampshade on it and apologize to the reader.
  • The Legend of Korra has both played this straight and inverted it based on the situation/character.
    • Played Straight: During the summer of 2015 when the comic was first announced, the normally lithe and willowy Asami Sato became "MuscleSami", a giant female bodybuilder in her bikini from "The Aftermath" large enough to carry a bodybuilder-style Korra in her arms like a baby.
    • Inverted: The canonically 5'8 busty Korra is portrayed as flatter and shorter to contrast Asami in a Butch/Femme dynamic. This was happening even before Korrasami was made canon, so it's only been Up to Eleven since then.
  • The Loud House has tons of these, usually from the older sisters (Lori, Leni, Luna, Luan, Lynn). 8-year-old Lucy is also a frequent subject of Rule 34, probably because she's a Goth. As the art style of Loud House isn't the most sexy, the changes in fanart are usualy with the idea of correcting this.
  • Metalocalypse:
    • One minor, self-conscious use of this trope in the fandom involves giving Murderface a more flattering haircut than the triangular 'do he has in the show.
    • Nathan also tends to lose his slight paunch and gets a sixpack instead.
  • Believe it or not, this actually gets applied to Mickey Mouse. Yes, that Mickey Mouse. He's drawn by fanartists as a slim, tall, sexy Bishōnen. One artist in particular is popular for drawing more Petting Zoo Person-esque and attractive AUs of Mickey, Minnie, and Oswald.
  • Jenny Wakeman aka XJ9 from My Life as a Teenage Robot is quite adorable, but fans seem to like to draw her as sexy. Expect to see her with a large robotic bust and wearing skimpy clothing a lot in fanart.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has become somewhat infamous for this:
    • Applebloom's friend Twist, the nerdy pony with the speech problem, has her own share of fanart, which makes her look gorgeous.
    • Spike is occasionally aged up into a relatively handsome, yet more humanoid, teen.
    • Queen Chrysalis often gets this treatment. In the show she looked something like a xenomorph-zombie-insect-pony with a gnarled horn and holes in her wings and legs, and was Creepy Cute at the absolute best. A lot of fan-art makes her out to look absolutely adorable. This is probably because of her being a Voluntary Shapeshifter that "feeds on love" in a very vaguely defined way.
    • Since the show began there has been lots of artwork of the main characters as humans, and said drawings frequently make them look sexy. In fact, if Derpibooru is to be believed, only half of the humanized fan art is "safe" and most of that still feature good looking humans. Hasbro eventually released a humanized spinoff that they initially claimed was inspired by the wealth of fan art. Before Equestria Girls, humanized fan art was generally synonymous with low key or explicit self fanservice as a significant portion of the fandom still find sexualizing cartoon horses to be full of squick.
    • On a related note, human!Fluttershy is generally depicted in fan art as being the most well-endowed of the main group of friends. It has become a running joke in the fandom that this incarnation of Fluttershy constantly wears loose turtleneck sweaters to hide her large breasts (though more fanservice-laden art just has her end up being a Sweater Girl), even though her Pony counterpart rarely wears clothes in the show. This trend usually carries over into anthro Pony art, as well.
    • Many Furry Fandom artists have a tendency to turn the Diamond Dogs from ugly humanoid canine-esque beasts into fairly normal-looking anthropomorphic dogs.
    • Several artists try to give the characters differing body types in both human and horse form. Expect Applejack to be the tallest of her friends and decently muscular, Pinkie Pie to be slightly chubbier than the rest of her friends, and Rainbow Dash to have a thin athletic body compared to her friends. This however is more often done out of making her seem more realistic (especially by those who see the Apples as having Draft horse in them) instead of outright fanservice.
  • Candace Flynn —and Stacy to a lesser extent— from Phineas and Ferb gets a lot of fan-art who portrayed good-looking and with curves as Vanessa. Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Perry gets a lot of these, too. To a lesser extent, Phineas, Ferb, and Isabella also get some, mainly in art where they're aged up.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • A minor character, Mr. Green is often bishified in fanart despite the whole episode about him revolving about how scary he looks.
    • The show makes it clear that the titular trio literally don't have fingers or noses. Their eyes are also abnormally large and cutesy. Expect fanart to depict them as cute children with noses and fingers.
    • Bunny was a gonk due to being created incorrectly compared to her sisters. Fan-art usually depicts her Back from the Dead and just as cute as the other Powerpuffs.
  • Many Recess characters recieve this in fanart. T.J. is the most notable, but it also happens a lot to Spinelli, Gretchen, Hustler Kid, and Butch.
  • Several characters from Regular Show receive this treatment in some fanarts. Sometimes even Pops, Skips, and Muscle Man. With Benson it's either Moe Anthropomorphism or they just make his nose slightly smaller.
  • Rick and Morty is starting to get this. Morty's Moe traits are often played up in fan art, making him into a cute shota, while Rick often becomes a borderline case of Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have.
  • Discussed in this column by Eric Molinsky, a former Rugrats storyboard artist who says that fanart of the characters as adults, while talented, is too glamorous for the show's Eastern-European style, and shows some art of his of how the Rugrats kids would look like as adults in a way more characteristic of the show. Most fan art is based on their All Grown Up! designs, which do depict them as attractive as tweens.
  • In Scooby-Doo fandom, Velma gets this a lot.
  • Happens a lot in SheZow fanart. Guy is usually made to look more "feminine" and Kelly gets bustier and curvier.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Prevalent in Simpsons fanart, where Lisa, Maggie, Bart, and just about any other child character are often aged up and beautified accordingly.
    • Jessica Lovejoy and Allison Taylor are also popular subjects of sexy aged-up fanart, despite each of them only having prominence in one episode.
    • Heck, even the adults get this sometimes.
  • South Park:
    • South Park gets rampant anime-style fanart of the boys as Bishonens. Sometimes, you realize that the skinny, bishonen guy in the red shirt is supposed to be Cartman.
    • Cartman is rarely drawn as obese as he seems on the show. He is usually just larger than the others. If he is drawn fatter by an artist, they tend to still give him some sort of attractive feature to compensate (anime-esque eyes being a popular one).
    • Most fanarts also don't draw Kyle with a jewfro. Instead he gets drawn with vaguely curly hair or just straight-up straight hair. Kenny is also usually given longer hair than he canonically has.
    • Butters is In Touch with His Feminine Side and displays Camp Straight tendencies. Despite not liking dressing up as Marjorine, many fan-arts depict him as very effeminate to the degree of casually crossdressing (though one episode did show him in a skirt). Most fan-art gives him a full head of hair instead of just a tuft of hair on top.
    • The Goth Kids often get this; Henrietta, in particular, is a Fat Girl who's often drawn as very skinny in fanart if not only just slightly thicker than the other girls.
    • Aged-up versions of Bebe expand on her early breast development from one episode and give her the largest bust size of all the girls. Her vague frizzy/curly style is either drawn as straight, curly, or super-long wavy flowing hair.
    • Even Terrance and Phillip get drawn as attractive men, when it's hard to decipher their looks within the cartoony split-head style used for the Canadian characters. The show occasionally implies that both of them are popular with the ladies, so there's that. They could easily be Kavorka men instead, though.
    • In the fandom's defence, the artstyle means that there's not much room for showing how attractive the characters are, so there's a lot left up for the imagination. Ike's teacher is the closest character to visible attractiveness, and even that was done for an aesop.
    • This seems to have been finally parodied in the series itself when Kenny becomes a "kawaii" anime character in the Black Friday trilogy, complete with (bad) Japanese dialogue and a J-pop theme song. And to up the ridiculousness factor, he's a super-prissy Wholesome Crossdresser Magical Girl too.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Characters are this when mixed with Moe Anthropomorphism. Patrick will hardly be fat and may be replaced with muscle, Sandy will go from skinny to rather well endowed, and you can hardly find any Squidward that isn't bishonen - and they also tend to give him a luscious full head of hair.
    • Fans also seem to forget that Mr. Krabs is quite possibly the oldest recurring character, and make him look youthful and attractive.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Jasper's canon design is buff and muscular with no visible bust, or even cleavage despite her low neckline, but lots of fanart give her very large breasts. In addition, she may also look far more feminine and leaner than she is (Quartzes tend to be on the thicker side, and she's no exception).
    • Pearl, being canonically as flat as a board, inexplicably gets an average to large bust in a lot of fanart, and Amethyst, whose own chest is modest, often ends up looking like she's smuggling balloons under her shirt.
    • Lapis also gets a fair amount of this, being almost completely flat in-series but often bumped up to at least a mid-size chest.
    • Peridot has a long face, jagged teeth, an unflattering triangle Improbable Hairstyle and she's frankly rather strange looking, androgynous and usually Ugly Cute. You wouldn't know that from the fan depictions, which often make her much more conventionally cute. Her design with Limb Enhancers got this as well, with some art depicting her in a very sexy way.
    • Mrs. Maheswaran has at best a slight bust and a little bit of a butt, and no real definition between where her hips end and her legs begin besides her clothes. Yet all fanart makes her incredibly busty and gives her an Impossible Hourglass Figure.
    • In an odd example of this, Rose Quartz is often drawn with a fat, protruding stomach to further underline her Big Beautiful Woman status - something she only had in canon while pregnant.
    • Blue Diamond becomes a more curvy, borderline-Big Beautiful Woman.
  • Superjail! gets this a lot:
    • The Warden is rather average-looking in canon, but you wouldn't know that from the fan art! And let's not get started on the twins and Stingray...
    • Alice tends to have her facial hair and other masculine features cleaned up a little in certain artists' styles, along with her brawniness being reduced. Other artists keep her squarish jaw and muscles, yet remove the stubble.
    • Jared and his Distaff Counterpart Charise are both short and pudgy, though some drawings will depict them skinnier, increase their height, or in Charise's case, increase her bust size. Jared's head will also find itself reduced in size at times.
    • A Moe Anthropomorphism of Jailbot gained some popularity among Japanese and Korean fanartists, where the robotic killing-machine became a lanky teenage android boy with white hair. Jailbot 2.0 and Nova are occasionally humanized as well, with the former becoming a Tall, Dark, and Snarky figure and Nova suddenly becoming a tall shapely woman with pink hair.
    • Usually subverted with the inmates, who keep their rougher appearances in fanart (except if you're Nicky or Gary).
  • Teen Titans gets this:
    • Beast Boy often is drawn to be all grown up and taller despite being the shortest member of the team. He's also more of a straight up Bishōnen.
    • Robin too, especially when he's Nightwing. His Nightwing actually is a Long-Haired Pretty Boy but expect fanart to portray him more muscularly.
    • Starfire and Raven are already portrayed as attractive in the show but Starfire is most of the time depicted as the bustiest herione of the girls and often put into her costume from the comics (often times by fanartists who think she will start dressing that way as an adult). Raven gets many butt shots and goes up a few cup sizes.
    • Even Terra swaps to a curvier body.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • Despite what her trademark yellow jumpsuit may make one think, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O'Neil would very rarely display cleavage while wearing it—even in cases when she realistically would. Of course this attribute is commonly made prominent in fan art.
    • For that matter, the turtles themselves are outright portrayed as Bishōnen in many pieces of fanart.
  • There have been Hentai Yaoi Doujinshi manga of Tom and Jerry. Yes, that Tom and Jerry. The two are humanized, and while Tom looks like a suave adult man to be the Seme, Jerry looks significantly more boyish to fit in the Uke mold.
  • The more clunky Transformers are sometimes transformed into very pretty, and noticeably more Human-like forms (usually for your CLANG action). Notably with a feminine shape. Especially when it's Starscream.
  • The Venture Bros. fanfiction makes the average men musclebound beefcake via Science Induced Phlebotinum. And turns Hank's and Dean's brotherly love into Yaoi. Not to mention those Brock on Doc fics where Doc somehow grows hair and muscles.
  • PBS is not exempt. Just look up WordGirl on DeviantArt, and you're sure to find that Becky's often been... um, enhanced. And then there's the pairing pics... (It doesn't help that the two most popular pairings are Becky/Tobey and Becky/Two-Brains.


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