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Playing With / Tarnishing Their Own Beauty

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Basic Trope: A beautiful character makes themselves uglier for plot related reasons.

  • Straight: Alice makes herself physically homely as possible to not attract the attention of stalkers or creeps.
  • Exaggerated: Alice orders a surgeon to remove her nose, lips and eyelids to dissuade any man from raping her.
  • Downplayed: Alice cuts her hair short so that she'll be taken seriously in her line of work.
  • Justified:
    • Alice lives in a No Woman's Land and she will likely get molested or sexually abused by someone if she goes outside, so she makes herself ugly to deter any rapists.
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    • Alternatively, she is on the run and doesn't want to get recognized so she wears more plain clothes to disguise herself.
    • In this society, rape is viewed as being caused, not by the rapist being angry or drunk with power, but by lust. Since victims are seen as "asking for it" by looking or dressing a certain way, Alice is taking steps to make herself less enticing (or even outright invisible), so that men won't hurt her and leave her Defiled Forever. These include covering up almost every inch of skin apart from her hands and her face, not wearing makeup, wearing baggy tops and dresses with long skirts, making only very slight movements, and going on extreme diets to be as skinny (and curve-free) as possible.
    • Alice was raped, and she's so depressed and distraught that she stops taking care of herself.
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    • Alice is one of the Royals Who Actually Do Something or a Rebellious Princess, and needs to disguise herself or draw less attention to herself, so people won't immediately recognize her.
    • Alice wears simple clothes to draw less attention to herself, and also to not inspire jealousy via Conspicuous Consumption.
    • Alice is of the opinion that her worth as a human being should not be contingent on how she looks, or how well she conforms to the beauty standards of her patriarchal society. To that end, she stops doing things that she feels are unnecessary (or shouldn't be necessary), such as shaving her legs/armpits/genitals/etc., wearing makeup, wearing her hair long, using hair dye to cover up grey hairs, showing skin (or not showing skin, depending on her society), wearing figure-enhancing undergarments such as corsets and girdles, wearing high heels, using contacts instead of glasses, etc.
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    • Alice is grieving the loss of Bob, and in her culture, mourning is expressed by wearing rough, burlap-like, fabrics, not brushing hair, covering oneself with ashes, and even various types of Self-Harm.
  • Inverted: She Cleans Up Nicely.
  • Subverted: Even in plain clothes, she is considered very cute by some of her close friends.
    • Alice is wearing a turtleneck sweater and a maxi skirt. She still gets raped.
    • Alice attends the Church of Crystal Dragon Jesus. One of its tenets is for church members to dress in clothes and wear their hair in a simple style, so as not to create a Slobs Vs Snobs scenario, at least during worship.
    • Alice doesn't disfigure her body to avoid rape or other harm.
  • Double Subverted: Alice decides to cut her hair short and let it stay that way.
    • In order to prevent herself from being hurt again, Alice cuts her breasts off. And she blames herself for "not being modest enough."
    • Members are encouraged to dress this way in their day-to-day lives as well; Alice is always seen wearing a somewhat boxy cotton dress with no frills (literally and figuratively).
    • But she does become a Hikikomori; she doesn't go out (and thus let people see her), with the hope that no one will hurt her. Her curtains are always closed, her door is always locked, she orders groceries and other necessities online, doesn't have social media, has a doctor that actually makes housecalls, rarely has visitors, and works from home.
  • Parodied: Alice drinks a potion that turns her into a old hag just like the Evil Queen in Snow White.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice never considers doing that.
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  • Invoked: Alice wears unflattering clothing and hairstyles because she is annoyed by being catcalled.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Being a Proud Beauty, Alice refuses to sabotage her looks for whatever reason.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: ???
  • Deconstructed: Even though Alice uglified herself, she still receives unwanted attention for the wrong reasons - men now jeer and shame her for her ugly, which is now the thing that makes her stand out in public rather than being beautiful.
  • Reconstructed: Alice decides that it's not her physical looks that define her anyways, so she doesn't care about being called ugly.
  • Played for Drama: Alice's self-esteem takes a turn for the worst and deep down wishes she could be pretty.
  • Played for Laughs: ???

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