If there is anyone here that would oppose this holy union, speak now or forever hold your peace. Yeah, I have a problem. Has anyone else noticed how incredibly, jaw-droppingly, loin-stirringly beautiful this young woman is and how short, sweaty and altogether fugly this homunculus is? I mean, what is this This is largely a result of Hollywood-style casting for women's roles in which average-looking women are virtually unknown and unwanted in lead roles, leaving a large number of hotties needing work.
Therefore even Hollywood Homely women who aren't supposed to be gorgeous are portrayed by supermodel-class women. In addition, the trope both reveals and helps maintain one of the most wide-spread cases of a Double Standard around with regards to acceptable levels of attractiveness for leading actors and actresses.
While actors are held to a high standard of attractiveness, there are still leading roles available for plain looking guys, funny fat guys , and average joes especially in comedy, which is one of the main reasons why this trope is so common in sitcoms.
The beauty standard for women, however, is much higher; in order to be a leading lady it is an unspoken prerequisite that you are at the very least physically attractive.
Therefore, the reverse Hot Guy, Ugly Wife is almost unheard of. And if it is present, it is usually played for laughs.
Basically, it's Positive Discrimination for men in-universe while remaining plain old-fashioned discrimination out-of-universe. This is very common in Dom Com situations, and in cartoons and comic strips, it pervades due to Tertiary Sexual Characteristics ; the men can look round and dopey, or simplistic given the artists' art styles, but the women have to be differentiated. This requires round hips , big bosoms , full lips, and exquisitely-designed hair and often an abstract shape , resulting in a beautiful woman and a cartoonish husband.
A popular use of the trope is to have the hot wife be beautiful on the outside only, and on the inside she's a manipulative , materialistic , spiteful bitch who doesn't deserve her Henpecked Husband 's kindness, especially if he is just a Meal Ticket for her. This could lead to An Aesop that looks aren't everything and that appearances are often deceptive.
Messy Male, Fancy Female is a similar trope involving animals. Contrast The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction , when a guy is so unattractive that the beautiful woman who's coming onto him must be interested in him for ulterior motives rather than for his sex appeal. Compare Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism , which may also be a super-trope. She comes home one evening to find that her scrubby, balding plumber has installed an exquisite Kohler faucet in her kitchen.
The next scene is of them getting married, with the man absolutely ecstatic and the three young men she had shunned looking completely flabbergasted. Apparently Red Green was right - "If the women don't find ya handsome, they should at least find ya handy. A German ad for dish detergent Palmolive famously featured a Hollywood Homely woman worried about her chances with her newest flame. Fortunately she could be helped since using the correct detergent made her hands that much smoother.
In the end, her friend entered - a small, overweight, balding man with thick glasses about years her senior. Who was not a professional actor and just accidentally happened to be working for Palmolive Anime and Manga In every single work by Adachi Mitsuru, the heroine's parents are this.
The heroine gets all of her looks from her mom since it just wouldn't make sense for anything male to want to get in your pants when you get your looks from "that. The mother is a tall, svelte, elegant 60s mother type. The father is a short, fat and buffoonish man with a large nose and lined face. This is downplayed in some later adaptations where the father is a little less goofy looking. As a Take That! Fanservice in most Yaoi Genre manga, a particular one-shot features a gay man who has had a penchant for ugly men since his youth, seemingly oblivious to society's take on beauty throughout.
When the story begins he is fondly reminiscing Shoujo Sparkles and all his first love a towering, awkward, acne-faced sports freak of a teenager Not a few pages later, he runs into his said first love.
Who has, amusingly, turned into a rather attractive beautician not heartstoppingly gorgeous; he seems to have gotten over his teenage awkwardness, instead choosing to be cheerful, and as a beautician, has certainly learned about style. Soon after, the main character has a Freak Out!
In the manga, the incredibly ugly Onigiri proves a huge hit with the ladies in an air trek aerobics program, and has an incredibly attractive and borderline obsessive girlfriend. Then she dumped him And then she dumped him for a guy who was somehow even fatter.
Little parts of Onigiri and Buccha died after the experiences. This example illustrates yet another potential problem with this setup. If you're a big fat guy who manages to land a hot girl with a fat fetish , you're in serious trouble when somebody bigger comes along. This trope seems to run in the Kitano family and plays it straight in that the Kitano men may look scary but both have the hearts of saints.
Ryuichiro is a giant of a man with intimidating looks that has caused him to be mistaken for a Yakuza on several occasions. His wife is incredibly attractive in a Morticia Adams way. His son Seiichiro looks like a demonic cocaine addict but has a very attractive girlfriend as well as several good-looking female admirers.
Played with on the personality axis — the creepy Ephebophile teacher Kimura-sensei is revealed, to his students' amazement, to be married As the students theorize that she must be a real harpy, Yukari-sensei instead predicts — correctly, as it later turns out — that she must be a saint in order to put up with him. It also helps that she is a Cloudcuckoolander. Miyako is a bombshell, while Danjuro has a head shaped like an acorn.
To top it off, "Miya-Miya" as Danjuro calls her is very loyal to her man, having joined the kendo club solely to be with him, and also deathly afraid of letting the darker side of her nature become known to him. Kojiro stated that an ugly man should have a hot girl here Detective Conan: Juzo and Midori Megure. While Juzo isn't exactly Gonkish , Midori is quite attractive. A darker version of this trope is Daisuke Torakura and his wife Etsuko from the Dracula's Villa case.
Daisuke isn't freakishly ugly, and doesn't look very old he's very much in his 50's , but Etsuko is that hot-looking and at very least 20 years younger than her husband. Torakura actually married Etsuko through a rather cruel Scarpia Ultimatum , in which he threatened to destroy Etsuko's father's business and put her family into destitution. Senbei short, fat, and schlubby does manage to win over Midori the beautiful Hot Teacher of the village and he's as surprised as the rest of the cast.
They are Happily Married in the second half of the series and this trope is lampshaded all the time. A less extreme example, but this applies to the parents of the Tsun family.
Tsuruten is a short and bald guy, while his wife is taller, and more stylish and attractive. Played straight in the original manga with Nobita being plain while Shizuka is highly attractive but gradually downplayed when Art Evolution of the animes, movies and even the manga itself as Nobita is later drawn less plain and more adorable as boy at his age can be.
Recent anime episodes and movies also has Nobita's eyes become like Shizuka minus eyelash of course whenever he isn't wearing glasses. He aged just fine too as an adult. Nobita's parents are a downplayed version with Tamako is actually very beautiful when she doesn't wear her glass but Nobisuke isn't a gonk either. Doraemon himself and his former girlfriend Noramyako after her Art Evolution. Sure Doraemon's not unappealing, but he's still your standard stout and chubby robot cat model compared to the tall, curvacious female bot.
Bulma's mom and dad embody this trope — he's old and wrinkled looking like Albert Einstein , and she's ridiculously cute. Briefs was, however, rich and famous. Krillin and Android 18 in Dragon Ball Z — she's an attractive blonde, and he's five-feet-tall and has no nose at best he's Ugly Cute.
It also helped when he stopped shaving his head. Krillin was apparently a very persistent Dogged Nice Guy , although his sparing her life out of "she's cute" probably helped.
She's utterly mystified at the idea that someone as attractive as 18 would marry someone like Krillin "He's not beautiful at all!
He doesn't even have a nose! Kami only knows what Mr. Satan's wife looked like to have a daughter like Videl — he's muscular, but exceptionally hairy and weird-looking. Doctor Gero also embodies this trope with the reveal in Dragon Ball FighterZ that he was married to Android 21 — Gero was elderly with long gray hair, while 21 is a beautiful young woman. El Cazador de la Bruja: Antonio is average looking and a bit portly, though he does have blond hair and blue eyes.
Margarita is drop dead gorgeous, sexy, exotic, and always dressed stylishly and made-up impeccably. They were divorced prior to Greg's initial appearance, apparently. Hatsujo, who is sort of unattractive, has a very beautiful girlfriend, just like every member of his team. Whenever the Cupids lose, we all know they're the real winners there. Ippo's sempai Masaru Aoki has a penchant for ugly women. At first it's just a consequence of his beautiful ex-girlfriend Miyuki having cheated on him when in highschool, but once he does settle down with female Gonk Tomiko Kumi Mashiba's workmate , he does get to like her for the very supportive Genki Girl she is.
To mark on the point even more, when Aoki finally got to challenge the champion of his boxing class, it turned out that Katsukata Imae had exactly the same penchant for ugly-looking girls. Just look at his girlfriend Sachiko. Played straight with the Itagaki family, the mom's a smoking bombshell while the dad is, well, probably the biggest Gonk in the series.
And a real Gonk , unlike Tomiko who is more realistically plain, papa Itagaki is honestly freakish. Justified in that, aside of their looks, the Itagaki parents share very similar personalities and horrible senses of humor.
Chris, a beautiful English lady of noble blood, marries Kinnosuke, a not-so pretty Osakan chef. Most people wonder how a guy like Kinnosuke could have gotten a girl like Chris - likely because he's a decent guy despite his looks This is not only explicitly spelled out, but the ugly guy in question is himself concerned about the obvious disparity. Even when young, Genya Nakajima, the father of Subaru and Ginga is average-looking at best. Meanwhile, his wife is a female in a Moe anime series.
Magical Princess Minky Momo: Minky Momo's mother is much better-looking than her short, pudgy father. In episode 89 we meet an impersonator of Kouji and Shiro's mother. In episode 92 we meet Kouji and Shiro's supposedly late father that would be one of the Great Mazinger main characters.