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  --Clone High make over song

Simply put, the transformation from mundane (or ugly) to beautiful. This is a theme found in works from all over the world, though probably the best known is the "Cinderella" rags-to-riches story. The Makeover may result in a permanent change in the character, but it's just as likely they'll reform at the end of a story as they learn it's alright to Be Yourself.

The Makeover most commonly results in a change in appearance, but it has other forms. A Training Montage, for example, is a kind of makeover. The Makeover is also a major source of Character Development, as the physical transformation has an impact on the personality of the character, for better or for worse.

Frequently takes the form of a Makeover Montage, but not always.

Truth in Television, though fictional ones are generally more dramatic.

Compare Rule of Glamorous.


Examples of The Makeover include:


  • The Boutique public service ad from Canada is a creepy deconstruction of this.


Fairy Tales and Folklore

Reality TV

  • There exists a whole genre of reality shows all about making over unattractive people, ranging from extreme (including orthodontic and plastic surgery) to the more moderate wardrobe makeover.


  • Hairspray, Tracey and Edna in "Welcome to the Sixties".
  • Annie: Little orphan Annie in "I Think I'm Gonna like It Here".

Western Animation

  • Parodied in the Clone High episode "Makeover Makeover Makeover".
  • The Weekenders, when Tish lands a role on a teen TV show.
  • Disney's Mulan has two of these, in "You'll Bring Honor To Us All" and her montage where she becomes a boy.
  • An episode of Family Guy involved Meg getting a makover and becoming the lead singer of her Family Band.
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