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  • Basic Trope: Angels appear as extraordinarily beautiful humanoids.
  • Straight: Angela appears to Alice and Bob as a beautiful Woman in White, with flowing curly hair, shiny eyes, and flawless skin, plus large birdlike wings and a Holy Halo.
  • Exaggerated: Angela is so beautiful that Alice and Bob can't even look at her.
  • Downplayed: Angela looks like an ordinary, albeit conventionally-attractive young woman.
  • Justified: Angels take on humanoid forms so that humans will trust them more easily. And it helps to look good in a world where Beauty Equals Goodness.
    • Angels are so full of Incorruptible Pure Pureness in this setting that their inner beauty is reflected in their outward appearance.
  • Inverted: Angela is an Eldritch Abomination, right out of an H. P. Lovecraft novel. There's a reason that the first thing she says to Alice and Bob is "Fear not."
  • Subverted: Although certainly not ugly, Angela looks very ordinary for the setting; why, she doesn't even have wings.
    • Angela is not an angel, but rather an ordinary young woman.
    • Angela isn't an angel, but an alien, or perhaps one of The Fair Folk.
    • Angela is a fallen angel.
    • Angela wears makeup and figure-enhancing undergarments, plus anti-aging creams.
  • Double Subverted: She is an Angel Unaware, and everyone describes her as being the World's Most Beautiful Woman.
    • She is described as being very angelic, and when she dies of Victorian Novel Disease, she turns into an angel.
    • Aliens and/or fae in this setting are just like angels, and may even look like Western perceptions of angels. (For example, the "Nordic" aliens.)
    • Except she's more like an Ascended Demon, and therefore gets the privilege of beauty.
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    • She doesn't really need those things, just uses them as part of The Masquerade.
      • Alternatively, she is excellent at applying makeup and choosing flattering clothes to enhance her looks.
  • Parodied: Angela is a Drag Queen.
  • Zig Zagged: Some angels are beautiful, others are average-looking, and still others are total Gonks or Eldritch Abominations.
  • Averted: Angels look like ordinary, average-looking people in this setting.
    • Angels don't exist in this setting.
  • Enforced: Beauty Equals Goodness
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  • Exploited: Angela relies on her good looks and charisma to do God's work; it's much easier to interact with humans if they're willing to trust a beautiful woman.
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