Yo tropes' so ugly, that when they tried to join an ugly contest, they said, "Sorry, no professionals."
This index lists tropes about, or related to, hideous people and things. If you see one of these tropes, a major aspect involves being as unpleasing to the eye as possible.
Contrast with The Beautiful Tropes.
- Adaptational Ugliness
The adaptation makes a character uglier than they were in the source material.
- Beautiful Sexual Assault Victim
Ugly characters are seen as less likely to face sexual harassment or assault.
- Beauty Inversion
An attractive actor is made to look ugly for the role they play.
- Beauty to Beast
Ugliness inflicted magically.
- Big Ol' Unibrow
Someone has a huge unibrow, which can make them look ugly.
- Body Horror
Gruesome and horrifying alterations of the flesh.
- Brawn Hilda
An unattractive, muscular and mannish woman.
- Butter Face
A woman with a beautiful body, but a not-so-beautiful face.
- Curly Hair Is Ugly
Curly Hair = Hollywood Homely
- Death by Disfigurement
An attractive person dies after being deformed in some way.
- Delusions of Beauty
An unattractive/ugly person thinks they are much better-looking than they actually are.
- Evil Makes You Ugly
Having a Face–Heel Turn makes you physically unattractive.
- Goblin Face
An exaggerated facial expression where the character appears much uglier than normal.
A character whose ugliness is played for comedy.
- Gonky Femme
An incredibly mannish-looking Girly Girl
- The Grotesque
A character who is ugly, but has good intentions.
- Grotesque Gallery
Groups or species of creatures with ugly designs.
- Historical Ugliness Update
A historical figure is depicted to be far more ugly than they were in Real Life.
- Hollywood Homely
What would be plain or normal in Real Life presented as hideous In-Universe.
- Hot Guy, Ugly Wife
An attractive man with an ugly wife.
- Humans Are Ugly
Non-humans think that humans are hideous.
- I Am Not Pretty
A character believes they are not beautiful.
- I Was Quite a Looker
A character that used to be attractive but either due to gaining weight, getting old, or otherwise not looking after themselves is now considered to be ugly.
- Informed Deformity
A character is said to be ugly but doesn't look any worse than the other characters.
- Informed Flaw
A character is said to be lacking in something but is no less different than the other characters.
- Kavorka Man
A man who manages to be with a lot of women in spite of his ugliness.
- Looks Like Orlok
Hunchbacked, gnarly-teeth, pale-skinned, talon-handed and just all-around horrifying.
- Masking the Deformity
A character regularly wears a mask that hides a facial deformity of some kind.
- Mirror-Cracking Ugly
An ugly person breaks a mirror when they look at it.
- Plain Jane
A woman who isn't thought of as pretty.
- Power-Upgrading Deformation
Becoming stronger has the price of also becoming uglier.
- Punished with Ugly
Punishing someone by making them ugly.
- Scars Are Ugly
Scars that elicit disgust or pity.
- Scary Stitches
A character has ugly or unsettling stitches over their countenance.
- The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction
When an ugly man gets hit on by a beautiful woman, she must have ulterior motives.
- Seriously Scruffy
A character who cannot adhere to a personal grooming routine.
- Sexiness Score
Ranking, rating or scoring a character's attractiveness and sexual desirability.
- Shoe Size Angst
In most cultures, women having large feet has historically been seen as unattractive. This has even resulted in mutilating practices such as foot binding.
- Sliding Scale of Beauty
A 1 is "attractive beyond all reason", a 15 is "OH MY GOD! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR FABLARGGH!!!"
- Tarnishing Their Own Beauty
Character deliberately makes themselves uglier for plot reasons.
- Ugly All Along
A beautiful character revealed to be using make-up or magic to hide their true ugliness.
- Ugly Cute
An ugly character somehow has a level of cuteness to their hideousness.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
An ugly man with a beautiful wife.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter
An ugly man has a beautiful daughter.
- Ugly Hero, Good-Looking Villain
The hero is hideous while the villain is good-looking.
- Ugly Slavic Women
Eastern European women are hideous and masculine-looking.