Informed Attractiveness

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In most visual media, just about everyone is beautiful. But what are writers to do when someone's attractiveness is a plot point? Anime artists have Bishie Sparkle, Western animators have (or used to have) the Twinkle Smile—simple visual shorthands that viewers intuitively understand. But in live action, often the only choice is to have the other characters tell us how attractive they are. Whether or not the viewer finds the character to be attractive, we must accept that within this fictional world, they are.

This trope is about characters pointing out how exceptionally attractive a character is, not whether the audience agrees with it. And having an unusually active sex life isn't a part of this trope, unless a character says outright that the reason that person is being pursued is that they're the best looking of the group.

Of course, this trope is difficult to avoid in literature and other storytelling styles without high-resolution graphics or visuals. Some works may describe a character's appearance in glowing terms and let readers realize for themselves that the character is quite attractive, while others are content to just tell us that they're beautiful and move on.

This trope is related to The Glasses Gotta Go and She's All Grown Up, where we're informed that a particular character is more attractive than they were. The inverse of Informed Attractiveness is Hollywood Homely, where we're told that a character is unattractive no matter what the viewer might think about the issue.

Remember that this is not about how attractive or unattractive you subjectively believe the character to be.

Examples of Informed Attractiveness include:

Anime and Manga

  • Haruhi Suzumiya
    • Haruhi Suzumiya is described as being stunningly beautiful in both the novels and the anime.
    • Mikuru is constantly being called beautiful, gorgeous, and one of the cutest girls in school, to point where a picture of her in Haruhi's bunny-girl suit was selling like wildfire among the male students. Of note is the fact that the narrator Kyon adores Mikuru and that his assessment is colored by that emotion.
  • Moka in Rosario + Vampire is described as very attractive a bit more often than necessary. By the main character, sure, but every time she changes outfits, his response will be something along the lines of "You're so cute in your <clothing type here> clothing too, Moka-san!"
  • Ran Mouri from Detective Conan is supposed to be extremely attractive such that she's always the one who gets picked up.
  • Tokidoki Rikugou of Amatsuki is always being told how cute and good looking he is, and has people falling for him left and right. Kon never gets treated like that. The manga does actually acknowledge Kon as good looking, but he's apparently "not much fun."
  • Sasuke in Naruto and his good looks are mainly commented on by his admirers.
  • Kouko Ibuki from Clannad. Tomoya (in his guise as the show's narrator) tells us how beautiful she is. In After Story, Nagisa also at one point turns out to be quite the super-attractive guy magnet, which is even weirder since her looks didn't get much mention before.
  • Sae Kashiwagi of Peach Girl is always described as "really pretty" and "cute" by most of the guys in her school. None of the other girls tend to be described as attractive.
  • Bleach: This has been invoked a few times, always so it can be Played for Laughs.
    • Yoruichi points this out about herself when she first reveals that what everyone thought was a male talking cat is, in fact, a curvaceous (and initially very naked) woman. When she realises how flustered her nakedness has made Ichigo, who's trying not to look at her, she points out that he should really get his full of her now while he has the chance because he'll never see such a perfect example of womanly beauty ever again. Ichigo is not at all amused. Soifon worships her as a goddess and this worship is Played for Laughs in omakes and Anime Filler.
    • Rangiku's curvaceous form is utterly irresistable. Both Kon and Keigo claim this (about her Absolute Cleavage especially).
    • Orihime gets this on a couple of occasions. Not only do Kon and Keigo both worship her cleavage, Chizuru is utterly enamoured with her beauty. In the Soul Society arc, beauty-obsessed Yumichika is reduced to a mumbling wreck by her beauty. After the time-skip, school students are gossiping about how wonderful it is to be in the same school as such a beauty and exchanging photos they've managed to sneak of her face. The biggest example, however, is when Shishigawara first sees Orihime's face, he's sent flying backwards through the air before crashing into the ground, dazed and shaken, leaving her rather confused and leaving him wondering whether she's really that inhumanly beautiful or whether it's simply because he hasn't seen a girl for a while.
    • When Riruka first gets a good look at Ichigo's face, she freezes for several moments before his hotness causes her to cry out and collapse to her knees, breathless and flushed. Ichigo is rather confused. Later on, in a Call Back to this scene, when she summons Ichigo to her for training, she suddenly tells him to stop and come no closer with a deep blush on her face, leaving him confused yet again.
  • Chizuru Kawanami of Yumekui Merry. She's the only female character that gets sexy sparkly bubbly glowy montages, the Sexophone, and "oooohhhs" and "aaaaahhhs" from the guys. She's not very popular with the fanbase.
  • In One Piece, Boa Hancock is said to be absolutely freaking gorgeous. Considering Hancock is easily the most physically powerful female character introduced thus far, it's likely that there's an element of Hot Amazon to this attraction.
  • Neviril of Simoun is supposed to be awe-strikingly stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks gorgeous. This troper can't say that he's known many who care for Neviril. Now Yun, on the other hand...

Comic Books

  • Wonder Woman is canonically described as the World's Most Beautiful Woman, having being blessed at birth by the goddess Aphrodite.
  • Tulip from the Preacher (Comic Book) comics is treated by her male companions and female best friend from acting like she's the perfect woman.
  • Mystique briefly infiltrated the X-Men as a new student named Foxx. Character dialogue constantly reminds us she is stunningly gorgeous, to the point she drove one character into insane lust and possibly seduced Gambit.
  • In Mandrake the Magician, writer Lee Falk sometimes went to extreme lengths to point out just how beautiful Mandrake's fiancée Narda is. She once won a secret contest arranged by a mad collector to determine who is the most beautiful woman in the world (not that she was happy to win it, since the collector was really mad, and wanted to include her in his collection). She also won an intergalactic beauty contest, competing against ten million alien women!!
  • In the comics, Daisy Duck is considered the most attractive woman in all of Duckburg, and has even done some modeling work. She looks just like Donald Duck in a dress.
  • Vanity Smurf of The Smurfs is constantly informing us that he's the most handsome Smurf in the village, though it's unclear if we're supposed to accept this self-critique. Physically, he's drawn identically to the rest of the Smurfs.
  • The aftermath of the Conquest event in Invincible, Eve reforms her body from scratch; after awakening in an intense care unit Mark is happy to see that she's alive and fine, then he notes that her boobs look bigger, Eve remarks that when she rebuilt herself some "improvements" were unconsciously made. That said, her bossom doesn't look any different than usual, Eve was always quite busty since day one, the way Mark immediatly notes how bigger she is now doesn't match the unnoticeable "change" in her actual design.


  • In the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, the turtles are almost wanking over April. She's pretty much the first woman they've ever met in person.
  • Dale Arden is described as beautiful in Flash Gordon, despite, you know...Princess Aura, right next to her. "She (Dale) even rivals your daughter (Aura)."
  • In Enigma, Saffron Burrows' character is continually portrayed as the more attractive of the two female characters (the other female character is played by Kate Winslet)
  • Lisa from The Room. The main characters state that she's "so beautiful" almost ad nauseam.
  • Taylor Vaughan from She's All That is described as the girl that every other girl wants to be and every guy wants to nail. However, it's also implied that her reputation is mostly built on an illusion.
  • Liza Minnelli in Arthur is portrayed as more desirable than Arthur's gorgeous blonde fiancee, though this is probably in part due to her personality.
  • Twilight: When Edward Cullen is first introduced (slow motion entrance), Jessica describes him as "totally gorgeous" while Bella and Angela are practically drooling over him. The waitress at the restaurant is also shown checking him out. People also gush about Bella even though the school is filled with attractive girls actresses and the character is crushingly antisocial.
  • Princess Leia in Star Wars. Luke gushes "she's beautiful" upon seeing her for the first time in a grainy, miniature hologram.
  • Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls gets a lot of praise, especially for her breasts.
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture has Ilia, a Deltan whose beauty and pheromones give a sexual reaction in many species, so much so that she has an "Oath of Celibacy" on record. She's played by Persis Khambatta, a professional model and Miss India 1965. The male bridge crew all stare when she arrives, with Sulu having the most obvious Hello, Nurse! reaction. They just return to professionalism once she announces the oath of celibacy. This is all in spite of the fact that she's completely bald, which one of the authors found quite sexy.
  • Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man. Peter Parker harbors a very long crush on her and thinks she's gorgeous. She also easily lands a number of strapping, handsome boyfriends such as James Franco and a hero astronaut.
  • A Knight's Tale has a great deal of fuss made of Jocelyn's beauty. The main character is immediately entranced by the sight of her and does everything in his power to gain her favor. Not much is made of the rest of the female cast. Played for Laughs when William is thinking of complementing Jocelyn's breasts, only for Kate (the only girl in his inner circle) to state that her breasts aren't that impressive.
  • The plot of The Truth About Cats and Dogs is based around Uma Thurman's character being much more attractive than Janeane Garofalo's character, who is Hollywood Homely.
  • Any adaptation of The Iliad is going to run into this problem. Helen of Troy is the most beautiful woman in the world, as selected by Aphrodite. Even in the nonmagical Troy, Helen is beautiful enough for Paris to start a war over.
  • In Harry Potter.
    • Gilderoy Lockhart, played by Kenneth Branagh, has a considerable in-universe fan girl following.
    • Fleur Delacour. In the movies she is described as a breath-taking beauty with Veela (a stunningly beautiful magical creature) ancestry. Possibly justified in that the books imply that she possesses a magic charm that men find entrancing, but the audience obviously is not susceptible to.
  • In Oceans Eleven, Matt Damon's character moans "This is the best part of my day" like he's about to orgasm right then and there as Julia Roberts walks down the stairs, basically acting like she's the hottest person he's ever seen in his life, an opinion backed up by all and sundry who get a look at her.
  • Another book-derived film example: Being There, in which Chance the Gardener is described by a senator's wife as "very, very sexy" to Eve, who agrees with that assessment. In the book, he's described as a cross between a young Ted Kennedy and Cary Grant. Interestingly, Sellers deliberately gained weight for the role, believing that Chance would live a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Kelly LeBrock in Weird Science is supposed to be the absolute teen dream girl.
  • In El Mariachi, Domino is supposed to be so beautiful that the local crimelord is willing to shower her with gifts to have her. The Mariachi sidesteps around this trope by saying, "She was the most beautiful creature I'd seen all day... next to the turtle." Director Robert Rodriguez apparently realized that his microscopic budget wasn't going to afford any supermodels, so he'd better not go overboard.
  • Lucy and Johanna in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The Judge goes psycho over them, though he is himself a psycho.
  • Summer Finn in Five Hundred Days of Summer has an entire scene in the film that explains the "Summer Effect", which is basically this trope. There's a lot of work put into making sure that the audience understands that it isn't only Tom that's crazy about her. Tom gets into a bar fight over her with another guy for saying that she's too good for him.
  • In The Hottie and The Nottie Paris Hilton is the most beautiful woman in Los Angeles to the point where guys flock around her jogging route just to see her run. It may or may not be significant that Paris Hilton is one of the executive producers.
  • Amanda Jones in Some Kind of Wonderful is said to be the most attractive girl in school , while tomboy Watts is pretty much invisible to her best friend Keith.
  • In American Pie, Stifler's mom is considered something of a legend among high school boys and apparently even popularized the term MILF.
  • Silken Floss is repeatedly called "the most beautiful woman ever" by the Octopus' goons in The Spirit. Sand Serif, played by Eva Mendes, doesn't get this hyperbolic of an assessment. The people who make this statement, however, are simple-minded clones who were created by Floss to begin with.
  • In Twenty Fifth Hour, Ed Norton's character is apparently supposed to be a pretty boy. Numerous characters cringe at the thought of "what they do to guys like him in prison." Norton's character is so scared that he's too pretty for prison that he forces his friend to pummel his face into hamburger so he'll be uglier in the critical first few weeks of his sentence.
  • In Nino's dream in Amelie, the headshots in one of his pictures come alive and argue over whether Amelie is all that attractive. Some will only say that she's rather pretty, but another insists that she's beautiful. Interestingly, the character was written for Emily Watson, and was probably going to be somewhat Hollywood Homely before Audrey Tautou was cast. During the press tour, one reporter even asked Jean-Pierre Jeunet why he had bucked his previous tradition by casting such a conventionally attractive actor in the lead.
  • Characters in Clerks II describe Dante's Romantic False Lead as extremely beautiful. Not surprisingly, she's played by the director's wife.
  • Prince of Persia the Sands of Time's Princess Tamina is said to be beautiful and when we get to see her Tus says "for once the stories are true" which all then men leer at her. Even the Prince can't take his eyes off her.
  • In the movie to the musical Rent, Maureen is described as a girl who "all the boys would look at since puberty".
  • Snow White and the Huntsman sees Kristen Stewart cast against Charlize Theron as "fairest of them all".
  • In the Barbra Streisand vehicle The Mirror Has Two Faces, her plain Jane character Rose undergoes a makeover to win over her inattentive husband. Suddenly, whereas no one gave her a second look before, every male within sight is fawning and gushing over her, even her 20-something years younger students, to the point where she needs to stop in the middle of a lecture to chastise them for ogling her.


  • In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the book had Lucy learning about a spell that would make her so beautiful that (according to descriptions of the spell book's illustration of her Imagine Spot) all of Narnia would be plunged into a bloody civil war as suitors fought for her hand.
  • In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Bennett is "the most beautiful of the Bennett girls."
  • Lanfear in Wheel of Time is described as the world's most beautiful woman, even though Graendal is described as much more attractive. Just look at their pictures on the character sheet. The explanation is probably magical.

Live-Action TV

  • In Friends
    • In season 7, Rachel chooses to hire a handsome male assistant instead of a more experienced woman, risking her job because he's just so pretty! Rachel, Phoebe, and even Chandler gush about how good-looking he is.
    • Ross and Monica's cousin is so attractive that Ross forgets that he's related to her, and Phoebe temporarily turns gay.
    • Brad Pitt shows up in an episode that basically revolves around the main cast mentioning how attractive he is.
    • Likewise, the first season episode with Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre. Chandler is nearly hypnotized by her hotness.
    • Chloe, the girl Chandler and Joey constantly fawn over (before we're even introduced to her!) and Ross eventually cheats on Rachel with.
  • Ginger on Gilligans Island was supposed to be a glamorous movie star of whom Mary Ann was jealous.
  • Nelle Porter is characterized as a sort of blonde goddess in Ally McBeal, which factors heavily into her unlikely relationship with nebbishy John Cage.
  • In The New Adventures of Old Christine, Mr. Harrison is supposed to be so hot that Even the Guys Want Him.
  • House
    • Cameron was told she got her job because she's pretty ("it's like having a nice piece of art in the lobby"), and could have breezed through life on looks alone, yet became a Doctor, which said something for her dedication and how much she cared.
    • In the episode "Skin Deep" the team treats a 15 year old model. The repeatedly stated assumption is that she's so beautiful that no man could possibly pass up an opportunity to sleep with her including her own father. This is a major assumption in their diagnosis.
  • Hollyoaks. Sarah Barnes, a part-time model, is lusted after by just about everyone. Hannah Ashworth is so jealous of Sarah's looks and popularity that she develops a severe eating disorder in an attempt to look more like her.
  • Stargate SG-1
    • Very early in season one especially, Samantha Carter is mentioned several times as being exceedingly beautiful. Nearly everyone who talks about how beautiful she is says this after only seeing her in baggy, unflattering military uniforms.
    • Another notable example is Hathor, who even without her seduction drugs was supposed to be irresistibly attractive.
  • WKRP in Cincinnati had two regular female characters. One, Jennifer, was invariably treated as a sexpot. Her photo was frequently stolen from the lobby, she maintained her job despite refusing to do much of the work associated with her position ("Get us some coffee, Jennifer" "I don't do coffee." "Oh, I'll just get it myself." "Thank you, Mr. Carlson." "No, Jennifer, thank you."), and she had an endless series of (usually rich) suitors at her beck and call.
  • Sex and the City has Carrie Bradshaw, who is depicted as incredibly sexy and sought-after by men, and many of her friends are envious of her looks at times.
  • Star Trek
    • On Star Trek: Enterprise, the production team loved to frame Jolene Blalock as Ms. Fanservice repeatedly. But on the show itself, her Vulcan character of T'Pol was presented as essentially shunned by the human crew early on. It was actually a symbol of Character Development on both sides when she was considered reasonably attractive "for a Vulcan". When stranded on a shuttlepod and thinking they were going to die, Reed mentioned to Trip how he thought T'Pol had a "nice bum", while Trip was dismissive of that. Ironically, Trip started to form a romantic relationship with her in the third season.
    • Vash was supposedly so hot that she managed to attract virtually every male character on both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, including Q.
  • Mary Shannon of In Plain Sight. We're constantly told that she's gorgeous, a "hot blonde" and very attractive.
  • Parodied by the "Mango" sketches on Saturday Night Live, with the notion that Chris Kattan wearing gold-colored hot pants turns straight guys gay. And Ellen DeGeneres straight. And that the talent was genetic, coming from his father Papya... played by Danny DeVito.
  • Brian Kinney in Queer as Folk is written as if he were impossibly attractive.
  • The West Wing: A number of men fall all over themselves to sing paeans to CJ's sexiness.
  • In the 2006 version of Robin Hood, the character of Kate is introduced in season three, replacing Marian and Djaq as the main female character. It's love at first sight for Much, and Allan isn't too far behind. Robin tells her that she's "beautiful", Archer isn't at all interested in joining the outlaws until Kate's life is endangered, and even Little John seems rather taken with her, referring to her as "a treasure". Prince John locks her up with the intention of raping her, Rufus the tax-collector kidnaps her and forces her to dance in front of him, and even a random tavern patron tries his luck.
  • On Lizzie McGuire, Kate is the quintessential Alpha Bitch, including the fact that she's sought by every guy and supposedly the prettiest girl in the class. The earlier episodes stated Kate's bustiness had something to do with it, but the later episodes ceased from mentioning it.
  • Every single woman that Major Nelson dated for the first five seasons of I Dream of Jeannie. Even Jeannie would go on and on about how beautiful they were. Though it is justified in that Jeannie was massively jealous of all these women, and probably tremendously insecure from Tony rebuffing her advances for five years.
  • That '70s Show
    • In the episode "Eric's Hot Cousin," Eric's cousin is supposed to be so hot that Eric lusts after her and Donna and Jackie feel upstaged by her.
    • Kelso goes on and on about how hot he is, and is never corrected. Apparently his hottitude is a matter of record in the T70S 'verse.
    • Throughout the whole series, everyone touts Donna as Point Place's single hottest girl, so much so that Eric is supposedly way out of his league to be with her.
  • Done somewhat oddly in Jekyll: when Tom Jackman becomes Hyde, his features alter, which is reflected in actor James Nesbitt's makeup (different hairline, jaw, etc.). People keep referring to Hyde as a "pretty boy" and the like, but no mention is given to Jackman's attractiveness.
  • Every DVD release of Mork and Mindy points out that Mindy is pretty.
  • In Burn Notice, Gabrielle Anwar's character is repeatedly referred to as attractive, even getting into parties, VIP club sections, et cetera solely on her looks.
  • Law and Order: Pretty much every two-man (and they were all men in the early days) cop team consisted of an old cop and a young cop, with the young cop always "informed" as being attractive. The phenomenon usually expressed itself in the form of women hitting on them, giving them phone numbers, asking them to call, or generally indicating it with body language.
  • In Law and Order Special Victims Unit, it is made extremely clear that everyone in-universe finds Olivia Benson extremely attractive. Guest star Rose McGowan also plays a swinger/con artist who is some type of Memetic Sex God who has almost every male in the episode falling at her feet.
  • The character of Michelle Richardson in Skins is depicted as the best looking girl in school.
  • In the BBC's adaptations of the Sally Lockhart stories by Philip Pullman, they cast Billie Piper as Sally. Now Pullman is a writer who does not go in for physical description on the whole and yet on the first page of 'The Ruby In The Smoke', Sally is described as 'uncommonly pretty'.
  • In the Angel episode "The Bachelor Party", the fiancé of Doyle's ex-wife Harriet meets Angel and thinks that he is Doyle, saying that Harriet didn't tell him what a handsome man he was. Then he's introduced to Doyle and is relieved ("Oh, that's better").
  • Parodied in The Kids in The Hall with a film showing us "The Most Handsome Man in the World!", who is barely real-life average, strutting down the street, acting up to his title.
  • In an early episode of Dallas Sue Ellen gushes over how handsome Cliff Barnes is.
  • The Poirot television series was pretty bad about this trope, marching out a range of characters who were actresses, models, aristocrats, glamour-queens and various other "beauties" that Hastings would invariably gush over.
  • On one episode of Cheers, Cliff is ashamed that the woman he's dating is ugly (you'd think that he'd be glad to have anyone at all; think again). She ends up getting a makeover and having men drooling over her.
  • Jane on Coupling is certainly flirty as well as reasonably pretty, but in several episodes, she's hyped up more than would seem believable. One particular episode has Susan being impressed by Jane's breasts.
  • Nip Tuck makes Julia McNamara's character the object of undying affection for both Sean and Christian. The guys (and later a girl) behave as though she is extremely beautiful. Christian gives her an eight out of ten.
  • This trope was played with on an episode of Jonathan Creek in which a pop starlet's husband is only sexually interested in her if she's wearing the tarty makeup and outfits that have made her career so successful.
  • In Gossip Girl, Serena is described as always being the most attractive woman in the room. So much so that Blair (Leighton Messter, considered the more attractive by most watchers) has self esteem issues because of it.
  • The plethora of alien beauties in Farscape. All the main female characters (Aeryn, Zhaan, Jool, Sikuzo) are considered or have been described as "beautiful" or "attractive" within the show, but special attention is always given to Chiana. Given the fact that these alien babes aren't human, we just have to take other characters' words for it. Though, notably, the only human we watch doesn't seem remotely attracted to Chiana, and instead focuses on Aeryn.
  • Necessary in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys when the time comes to play out the myth of Cupid and Psyche. According to the legends, Psyche was the most beautiful woman in existence, so much so that Aphrodite herself was jealous of her beauty, though the episode makes it clear that the "real" story has nothing to do with their looks.
  • Sally on 3rd Rock from the Sun gets plenty of attention for her looks.
  • Much dialogue, and indeed entire subplots, are devoted in How I Met Your Mother to Robin's beauty. Also, the cast makes a big deal about the hotness of a new female bartender.
  • Drake from Drake and Josh.
  • The 2008 miniseries of Tess of the D'Urbervilles took this to great lengths with the character of Angel Clare. During the course of the series he has four milkmaids (including the title character) who worship the ground on which he walks.
  • Hyacinthe from Keeping Up Appearances has an unusual number of men over the course of the series get the palm sweats over her. It's usually the Major, whose advances Hyacinth tolerates to some extent because he's very-well-connected-socially. Rule of Funny, really, and usually Lampshaded. Same goes for Onslow. His wife Daisy is unaccountably fascinated with his body. Even Onslow is at a loss to comprehend it.
  • In an episode of A Touch of Frost entitled "Deep Waters" a girl is pushed down a flight of stairs by a stalker. Throughout the entire episode she is repeatedly referred to as being one of the most attractive women in Denton by everyone including: Inspector Frost, her best mate, her boyfriend, her Dean, her stalker's best mates.
  • On The Golden Girls, we were constantly informed how beautiful and sexy Blanche Devereaux was. Most often by Blanche herself.
  • Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed. People on the show talked about her as if she were the most gorgeous creature to ever walk the Earth. Despite the attractiveness of her sisters.
  • Edie and Gabrielle were both praised for their appearances much more than the other main cast members on Desperate Housewives.
  • The Russian/Argentine telenovela titled Tango's Rhythm." One of the characters is repeatedly showered by complements throughout the show regarding her intelligence, charisma, but most of all, her "great beauty," that made her a searing Femme Fatale and had all the man literally fighting for and throwing themselves on her.
  • Special attention has been drawn to the attractiveness of Sarah on Chuck on a few occasions.
  • On Sports Night, Sally Sasser is discussed as if she's the best-looking woman anyone in the show had ever seen.
  • In an episode of Medium the main character Alison Dubois spends half the episode talking about how attractive a woman she has dreamt about is.
  • Played with in an episode of Corner Gas where Lacey discovers that every girl in Dog River thinks Brent is the most attractive male in town.
  • Family Matters: Steve regards Laura Winslow as the most beautiful girl in the world (as do several of the other boys who show interest in her), remaining in love with her to the point of obsession throughout the show's duration.
  • Brenda Chenowith in Six Feet Under has no problem seducing and having casual sex with lots of very good-looking men who tell her she's gorgeous.
  • Flight of the Conchords: Bret sings about a girl he's obsessed with: "She's so hot she's making me sexist!"
  • The Brady Bunch: This trope is the very reason why Jan Brady will spend most (if not all) of her adult life cursing the name of her sister Marcia (to a long line of therapists trying to reconstruct her self-esteem, most likely), having spent her entire childhood being told Marcia is prettier than she is.
  • In Being Human (UK), several women mention how attractive they find Mitchell, usually while talking to George.
  • Played with in regards to Rory in Doctor Who. When Rory is first introduced, he's presented as much less attractive than another friend of Amy's. The Doctor expresses some shock that Amy, who is played by a former runway model, would go out with someone who looks like Rory. Making fun of his Cleopatra Nose is also a Running Gag for several episodes. The Dream Lord who is actually the Doctor's split personality refers to the Doctor as the "handsome hero" in comparison to Rory. Later, however, the TARDIS refers to Rory as "the pretty one," to the Doctor's shock. Amy also calls him "the most beautiful man in the world," though she seems to be talking about him as a person.
  • Mary on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was constantly referred to as being, as one of her co-workers put it, "terrifically attractive and desirable," and virtually every male guest character fell for her and wanted to date her.
  • Parodied in Son of the Beach where everyone (apart from the Only Sane Woman Kimberlee]] seem to consider Notch Johnson as having perfect male physique. In reality he is ordinary-looking, skinny, pasty-white, middle-aged and balding.
  • On Supernatural, Dean Winchester is often referred to as "the pretty one" or "Abercrombie".


  • Helen of Troy is described as the most beautiful woman in the world in Greek mythology, as determined by the goddess of love, Aphrodite.

Professional Wrestling

  • Pro wrestling is very prone to this, showing up in two ways:
    • They seem to randomly assign somebody as more attractive than the others, and frequently talk them up as such. Kelly Kelly has somehow gotten the reputation (mostly thanks to Jerry Lawler obsessing over her) as the most beautiful Diva on the roster.
    • A (usually female) stable will frequently become a group of Alpha Bitches, will be considered, by themselves and others, the most beautiful and start to attack others female wrestlers they don't see as worthy. Lay Cool did it, as did TNA's The Beautiful People, who said point-blank they were "Cleansing the World, One Ugly Person at A Time."

Video Games

  • Suikoden V: Lyon gets a lot of attention from the males, more than any other female, even more than Jean!
  • Fate Stay Night
    • There are repeated references to how incredibly beautiful both Rin and Saber are.
    • Also, Gilgamesh's A+ Charisma rank. Supposedly this should make him more popular than most popular person on the planet (Saber has B Charisma "Suitable for a king of a country", while most popular person on the planet would have an A rank). He is quite literally described as So Popular Its A Curse.
  • In Tales of Phantasia, during a Skinship Grope scene, Arche claims that Mint has a really nicely-sized pair of breasts. Arche is often described as attractive too.
  • Lucia from Lunar 2 has just about everybody drooling over her and telling her how pretty she is, to the point where soldiers are second guessing putting her to death because "nobody that beautiful can be evil."
  • Yomi from Jewels Ocean is said to be the most beautiful being, even envied by the Gods for. One NPC even outright states, "Her beauty surpasses even all of the jewels around the world".
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door plays this for laughs by regularly claiming that Mario is the sexiest thing on two legs.
  • According to NPC chatter in Final Fantasy X, Seymour is quite the catch and Yuna is lucky to have him. Seymour is apparently one-quarter plant, with disproportionately large, long-fingered and longer-clawed hands, a pattern of ridges on his face that resemble nothing so much as veins, blue hair that grows into tree-root-like stalks, and a handful of other strange features. His robes are also loosely tied giving him an Absolute Cleavage outfit. However, it gives him the distinct look of having a hairy beer-belly.
  • For both the games and anime, Milotic is stated to be the most beautiful Pokémon in existence. Later generations of Pokemon games introduce Pokemon Contest, which includes beauty as one of the Pokemon's primary stats, though a Pokemon with a maxed out beauty stat is going to look exactly the same as one with nothing invested in it.
  • Dragon Age: Origins generally assumes that you're going to make your PC attractive, and a number of characters, male or female, will tell you that you're the sexiest thing since sex, no matter what you make your character look like.
  • Chun Li from Street Fighter has been officially stated to be the most beautiful woman in the entire roster, personal preferences be damned.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic 2, the six Echani Handmaidens are supposed to look identical except for differences in the last, who had a different mother and takes after her mother. She is also supposed to be more beautiful than her half-sisters. Guess what? Her model is exactly the friggin' same!
    • Of course, it's possible this was intentional. Echani apparently breed ridiculously true, and the Handmaiden you have with you is only the half-sister of the other five, and is shunned for this... it would make sense if the difference was tiny enough to only be apparent to the Echani themselves, and that their exceedingly petty poor treatment of her is as much due to jealousy as anything else.
  • In Mass Effect 2, Miranda is supposed to have been genetically modified to be perfect, even her looks.
  • In Rise of the Kasai, the twins are apparently supposed to be attractive female sorceresses who are able to enslave the whole Horde (the all male army of the Kasai cult) through magically assisted seduction, and even manage to do this to the main hero, Rau. How much of their power was meant to be based off of actual attractiveness and how much was meant to be pure magic is never really addressed.
  • Princess Kaguya of Touhou is meant to be, well, Princess Kaguya of "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", whose beauty was so magnificent that mere legends of it resulted in her being desired by nearly every man in the country, including the Emperor.

Web Comics

  • The Order of the Stick has a number of these because of its medium, what with them all being stick figures. Whoa, that was a nice Samus Is a Girl reveal of the beautiful Miko there, wasn't it? This has resulted in fans widely assuming nearly every character is attractive, unless specifically stated otherwise.
  • Inverted in Something*Positive: Several characters have said that Davan is particularly unattractive.
  • All of the females in Sonichu, except for Mary Lee Walsh, who has Informed Great Age instead.
  • Dominic Deegan has a few, particularly Luna, who is said to be quite fetching despite her tusks.
  • Eight Bit Theater. White Mage is described as really hot (at least by Black Mage). Being a Sprite Comic, it's rather necessary to let the reader know.
  • In the character bios for Keiki, the author admitted that he couldn't draw beautiful girls very well, and asked the readers to "take [his] word" about Marie Magnolia's beauty.
  • In Sinfest, the angels are astoundingly beautiful because Lil' Evil says so -- probably necessary in the cartoony style. Then, this is playing with Beauty Equals Goodness to show how profoundly Amnesiac Dissonance has affected him. Also, 'Nique is held to be so attractive that fifteen seconds in a sexy outift is enbough to persuade hundreds of men to the devil. Even though her figure is exactly like the devil girls, who don't get nearly that response.

Web Original

  • Played for laughs in the College Humor "Hardly Working" shorts. Sarah is the only recurring female character. In some sketches every man in the office will be lusting after her, while other times they'll talk about how sad it is that she can't attract a man.
  • Played for laughs in The Spoony Experiment's Party Mania video, where "the two hottest guys in school" and "two creepy, socially awkward Nerds with personal hygiene problems" are played by the same guys.

Western Animation

  • The animation style of Danny Phantom is such that most female characters essentially look the same except with different hair styles, hair colors and clothing, while Paulina is the one all the guys swoon over.
  • The same thing happens on The Spectacular Spider-Man. Mary Jane is presented as so stunning even the popular girls are instantly jealous of her, even though really she and geeky Gwen having basically the same design; Gwen just wears glasses and less fashionable clothes. Late in season 2 Gwen stops doing that, and everybody comments about how stunning she is.
  • Parodied in The Fairly OddParents with Blonda, Wanda's identical "yet somehow hotter" twin sister. The joke is, of course, that Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
  • In South Park
    • The third grade girls made a list ranking all of the boys in their class from cutest to ugliest. They must have been going by hair, since in all other respects the boys all look exactly the same except for Cartman, Jimmy, Timmy, and Token.
    • In one episode it is revealed that Stan's mom is considered quite hot.
    • Inverted with the character Ugly Bob from Show Within a Show "Terrance and Phillip". He is regularly mocked by other characters for his hideous appearance, although he looks just like all the other "flappidty-headed" Canadians. The episode "Royal Pudding" shows that his ugliness had a Medusa-like effect over the tooth decay monster.
    • Parodied in "Quintuplets 2000"

Kyle: Those contorting Romanian chicks rule!
Cartman: Yeah, especially that second one from the left. She was fine!
Kyle: Cartman, what the hell are you talking about?! They're identical!
Cartman: Not that second one from the left; she had it goin' on!

  • Justin from Total Drama Island takes this to ridiculous extremes; nearly every female character (as well as a few male characters and most animals become dreamy idiots whenever he walks into the room (or rips off his shirt, which he does ridiculously often). Alejandro seems to be getting even more attention than Justin ever did, though they look nearly the same. To a lesser extent Heather gets this too. Geoff called her "the hottest girl on the show" (after she had become bald) and Harold expressed his attraction to her early in Total Drama Action (again, when she was bald).
  • Many characters from the creations of Video Brinquedo suffer from this.
  • Lois Griffin from Family Guy is often described as very attractive and would normally be way out of Peter's league. Inverted by her daughter Meg, who is treated as though she were the single ugliest thing ever to exist in this or any other universe. What makes this really funny is, the only physical difference between them drawing-wise is that Lois is taller, slightly thinner, and red-headed.
  • Quinn Morgendorffer's attractiveness is mentioned frequently throughout the Daria series. Daria gets the same treatment when she dresses up like Quinn and gets a Beautiful All Along scene.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Ty Lee calls Azula "the most beautiful, smartest, perfect girl in the world", Azula treats this as an "As You Know". Explainable in that Ty Lee has a history of Azula fangirling, and Azula herself is just a tad egotistical.
  • Played for laughs in Futurama: Bender's Game. Hermes turned into Hermaphrodite, the most beautiful of centaurs. He merely looked like a centaur version of Hermes with a boob job and blonde hair.
  • The beauty of Belle in Beauty and the Beast is at one point described as "[having] no parallel".
  • Starfire from Teen Titans is constantly praised for how beautiful she is by the heroes, villains, and bystanders.
  • Rarity from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic is stated to be the most beautiful mare in Ponyville. Fluttershy is considered so attractive that she had a highly successful (but brief) career as a model.
  • Stan Smith in American Dad is constantly talking about how hot Francine's sister Gwen is, but so far she's never appeared on screen.