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Basic Trope: A female character has an attractive body, but a repulsive face.

  • Straight: Alice is a female with a pleasant body, but her face is a total turn-off.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • While her body's not much more attractive than anybody else's, most still have two reasons not to look at her face while talking to her.
    • Alice has a pleasant body, but her face is plain-looking if not outright hideous.
  • Justified:
    • Alice was a former Ms. Fanservice Action Girl who had her face smashed in during a fight.
    • Where Alice lives, plastic surgery is expensive or doesn't exist, but exercise is cheap.
  • Inverted: Alice has an unpleasant body shape (non-existent breasts or a waist too wide, for example), but she has a hot face.
  • Gender Inverted: Bob has the best male physique in the series, but his face is gonky.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice has plastic surgery...
    • It's revealed to be makeup for a film she's doing; once it's all off, Alice is quite beautiful...
  • Double Subverted:
    • ... which goes terribly wrong.
    • ... she then gets into an accident that mutilates her face.
  • Parodied:
    • The audience never sees Alice's face, which is always hidden by her bulky hair-do, veils or other objects. Characters in the show have their eyes melt out or equally exaggerated reactions—but are fine a few minutes later.
    • Alice is a female with a pleasant body, but her head is literally a block of butter.
  • Zig Zagged: Everybody has different tastes: as the story is told from the first-person POV and by different people, Alice's attractiveness varies on the narrator.
  • Averted:
    • Alice is beautiful in both the body and face.
    • Or just plain Gonk all over.
    • Or neither, just an average Plain Jane.
  • Enforced: The creators want to pull a Bait-and-Switch For the Lulz.
  • Lampshaded: "How could she get the genes for a cute bod but the genes for an ugly face at the same time?!"
  • Invoked: Alice, tired of being hit on and even nearly raped, intentionally disfigures her own face so guys will stop pursuing her once they get a good look at it.
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  • Exploited: Alice delights in her facial features being repulsive to men, either because she loves stringing them along only to kill their boners or she uses it to her advantage to stave off potential rape threats.
  • Defied: "So what if she doesn't have a pretty face? I still wanna bang her hot body."
  • Discussed: "Why do women look hot in the body, but not in the face?"
  • Conversed: "How many times do the writers think they can pull that off without being unrealistic?! There's always a link between the face's beauty and the body's, isn't there?"
  • Implied: The audience never sees Alice's face, which is always hidden by her bulky hairdo, veils or other objects. Characters in the show were shown freaked out upon seeing Alice face-to-face.
  • Deconstructed: Alice isn't stupid. She knows what about her is driving men away and becomes depressed because men always love everything about her except her face. She tries to get plastic surgery to fix it but regardless of its success she feels she's lost something important about herself along the way. The story turns out to be An Aesop about how beauty is only skin-deep and you shouldn't change anything about yourself solely to please someone else.
  • Reconstructed: Alice is aware her face is a turn-off to most men, and sets out to find the one man who will accept her warts and all.
  • Played for Laughs: Alice never takes a hint and always tries to chase after any man who follows her lecherously till she looks back at him.
  • Played for Drama: Alice has been plagued by disgusted reactions to her face nearly her whole life, and it's really wearing on her. The joke got old a long time ago.

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