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Series / Snog, Marry, Avoid?

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Snog, Marry, Avoid? is a British TV beauty show presented by former Atomic Kitten Jenny Frost (Ellie Taylor from season 5 onwards). In each episode Jenny rounds up three guests, usually female but sometimes men will be chosen as well (sometimes celebrities as well). These guests are chosen for their addiction to "fakery" - i.e. excessive make-up, hair extensions, false tan - and their poor taste in going out clothes. The guests are put in front of POD - the Personal Overhaul Device. POD verbally tears each guest down and shows them a video poll of men on the street saying whether they would Snog, Marry or Avoid them (spoiler: they always say "Avoid"). After hearing that the public hates their look, the guest undergoes a "make-under" and are given a so-called 'natural beauty' look. They are then shown another poll where the public now says they would either Snog or Marry them. Jenny meets up with the guest three months later to see whether or not they've kept up their new look.

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  • All Amazons Want Hercules: The female weight lifter on the show was indeed engaged to a fellow weight lifter who was more jacked than she was.
  • All Men Are Perverts: According to the show, men only exist to ogle women and to judge whether or not they're marriage material.
  • Anti-Hero: POD can be considered this. While her goal is ultimately noble, the way she executes it can be considered morally questionable.
  • Arc Words: "Natural Beauty".
  • Arch-Enemy: POD's is Jodie Marsh...which becomes hilarious when Marsh is a contestant on a season 2 episode.
  • Attention Whore: A lot of the girls dress that way in order to get attention from men.
  • "Before" and "After" Pictures: Played with. The before pictures aren't altered in any way to make the subject less attractive and neither are the afters. However they have a "Before" and "After" poll where everyone in the Before always says "avoid" and the Afters always say "snog" or "marry".
  • Bitch Alert: POD of course. Averted with Jenny and Ellie.
  • Boob-Based Gag: One Welsh mother actually had hers done a year before her appearance on the show. Cue Jenny singing Happy Birthday to the girl's chest.
  • Brainy Brunette: Quite a lot of girls are made under from blonde to brunette in order to make them appear natural.
  • Break the Haughty: Good lord POD loves doing this.
  • Brought Down to Normal
  • But Not Too White: Inverted. Fake tan is decried by POD.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: And how!
  • Costume Porn: Lady Desalina, a fashion designer, had such clothes on before her "make-under". It apparently took her three hours to get ready every day.
  • Cyber Cyclops: POD; a rare non-evil example.
  • Dressed to Plunder: One of the male contestants on the show dressed as a pirate every day.
  • Dumb Blonde: Quite a common routine of the make-under. Take a girl with bleached blonde hair and give her brown hair to make the public like her more.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: A lot of girls go for lots of glittery make-up and outfits, which POD is not happy about. She actually gave in during one episode and gave a girl back some of her glittery eye shadow.
  • Fan Disservice: You will see plenty of half-naked women and plenty of shots of them getting ready. Unfortunately it's normally with them caked in make-up and rubbing a lot of fake tan on themselves.
  • Fashion Dissonance: A lot of the "after" outfits POD picks. Especially for the men.
  • Femme Fatalons: One girl who had insanely long pink nails and her background data listed plenty of her uses for them. She wasn't even able to cut through them with scissors on the first attempt.
  • Genre Savvy: Quite a few contestants cop on and guess that the public would avoid their before look.
  • Girly Bruiser: The female weight lifter who described herself as GI Barbie. She indeed wore a pink sparkly costume.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: A lot of the contestants.
  • Hypocrite: Arguably Jenny Frost probably wasn't the best choice to present a show condemning fakery. She even cited this as the reason she left the show, claiming she herself loves her make-up and fake tan.
  • I Am Very British: POD's voice.
  • Important Haircut: POD attempts to invoke this in the makeovers. Sometimes it works and sometimes not.
  • Insistent Terminology: POD insists that she is not a robot, although she technically is.
  • Madonna-Whore Complex: The show runs heavily on this. The before/avoid girls are all presented as Whores and POD tries to make them into Madonnas so the public will want to marry them. An accidental deconstruction occurs when the majority of contestants revert to their original look with a few modifications.
  • Makeover Montage: Inverted. The "before" look is usually preceded by a montage of the subject getting ready (and showing how excessive it normally is) while the Make-Under is actually instantaneous.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Naturally all the men wanted to avoid the female weightlifter before her make-under. Notable in her "after" outfit, the clothes covered her muscles.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Plenty of girls love to wear corsets. POD naturally puts a stop to it.
  • Red Baron: A lot of girls give themselves titles such as "Chloe Mafia", "Lucy Roxy", "Gemma Levi" get the picture.
  • Rule of Three: Three contestants per episode, usually three people asked the question in the polls.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Some contestants get dragged in only for POD to decide they don't need a make-under and eject them. Most of these are really "out of this world" types.
  • She Is All Grown Up: POD does like to make some of the girls look less like teenagers and more like grown women.
  • Shout-Out: POD is very reminiscent of HAL, the computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": POD always refers to Jenny Frost as "The Frost" when addressing her.
  • Spiky Hair: Mark from the first episode who described his spikes as his crown. Even POD didn't want to go near them.
  • Stripperiffic: This is what POD intends to stop.
  • Take a Third Option: Some subjects keep their new look, some revert to their original look. Others keep elements of both that they liked.
  • Take That!: Jodie Marsh gets a lot of this from the show since so many girls model themselves after her.
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: Twin sisters from Wales who described themselves as "twin Barbie dolls". Their make-up literally made them look like they were made of plastic.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Majority of contestants are girls but this is portrayed as a negative thing. POD tries to stop girls from excessively taking care of their appearance.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The three months later part where we find out if the subjects have kept their new look.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: One could argue that POD is trying to do this, albeit in a very snarky way. A few contestants on the show have proven this trope, clearly using their over-the-top makeup to compensate for a lack of self-esteem.


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POD insists that she is a personal overhaul device, not a robot.

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