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Basic Trope: The most attractive people in a show's cast are extremely bitchy (or outright evil) and make the lives of the uglier people a living hell.

  • Straight: Kimberly, the high school's star cheerleader, beauty queen, Miss America candidate, and most popular girl, is extremely mean to the school's nerds for no apparent reason.
  • Exaggerated: Kim is a Knife Nut ready to slit a nerd's throat at the slightest provocation, as well as the World's Most Beautiful Woman.
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  • Downplayed: Kim is marginally more attractive than the others, and she might shove someone a time or two.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Beauty Equals Goodness
  • Subverted:
    • Kim was previously friends with the fanclub, but then one of the more extremist members tried to run over her with his car once she became popular, invoking It's Popular, Now It Sucks! in the process, even though she did nothing to provoke this guy. À la Stephenie Meyer and Jimbo Wales, the fanclub's leader stays completely silent on the issue and even seems to encourage this rabid fan. So, Kim does evil things to save her life.
    • Everyone thinks that Kim is an evil bitch, but the hero Bob discovers that she's simply lacking in social skills such that people keep misinterpreting her behavior as being out of malice rather than concealed awkwardness.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ... But then the fanclub smartens up, reports the extremist guy to the police, and Kim is STILL a bitch to them.
    • ... However, it transpires that Kim has been pretending to be socially awkward, just to make her haters look bad and gloat about it in secret.
  • Parodied: Kim joins the cheerleading squad only to see how much damage she can cause to the reputations of "lesser" people.
  • Zig Zagged: Kim is on her period.
  • Averted: Both the Star Trek club and the cheerleading squad have a healthy mix of beautiful and ugly people.
  • Enforced: The author was bullied by a beautiful Alpha Bitch and isn't over it.
  • Lampshaded:
    Star Trek Fanclub guy: Why do you pick on us so much!?!
    Kim: Because you're ugly and I'm beautiful. It's my prerogative.
  • Invoked: "Those Star Trek guys are, like, SO pissing me off. I'll go totally harass them!"
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  • Exploited: Kim gets away with skipping school by fluttering her eyelashes at the principal.
  • Defied: Kim decides since she is beautiful on the outside, she must be a nice person too, essentially invoking Beauty Equals Goodness.
  • Discussed: "I can't believe that Asian girl makes fun of us even though she might be One of Us."
  • Conversed: "Who's gonna pick on poor ol' Betty Suarez today?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Kim is so convinced her beauty can allow her to get away with anything that she eventually Crosses the Line Twice and ends up bullying the wrong person who eventually snaps and murders her and no one shows up to her funeral except her direct family and her clique of hangers-on who only do so out of social norms, not out of actual friendship.
    • Beauty always loses to old age and Kim, now an older woman who lost her looks, get viciously brutalized by a group of younger, more beautiful girls who get away with it, just like she once did back when she was a young woman.
  • Reconstructed: Kim and the aforementioned Star Trek fanclub make a truce and, even though they don't really become friends, they eventually come to non-aggression policy.
  • Played For Laughs: All of the beautiful characters have to walk around wearing shirts that say "BAD PERSON" on them.

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