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15 'Ugly Duckling' Anime Characters Who Had Major Glow-Ups 

Anna Lindwasser
Updated February 11, 2020 23.1k votes 5.9k voters 197.4k views 15 items

List Rules Vote up the anime characters you feel had the most attractive transformations.

Not every wildly attractive anime character starts off that way. Whether it's because they don't look their best or they're too young to be seductive, some anime characters get their looks over the course of the series. Let's highlight and celebrate some male and female anime characters who became much better looking before their anime was over.

Some of these glow ups are the result of weight loss. That's not to say that it's impossible to be good looking and fat - it totally is. But the characters highlighted here lack confidence in themselves, and often don't take care of their appearance in other ways prior to shedding pounds. As they start to feel more positively about themselves, they become more attractive. In other cases, the appearance upgrade comes from supernatural means, or from puberty and adulthood hitting them like a ton of bricks. 

Have fun and vote up your favorite transformations.

Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 'Ugly Duckling' Anime Characters Who Had Major Glow-Ups
Photo:  Studio Pierrot

Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck, also known as Nel Tu, is a sweet, good natured Arrancar who is a member of the Espada. While her personality remains childish, her body undergoes a major transformation. When viewers first meet Nel, she's an adorable, wide-eyed little girl. However, this isn't actually her true form - she was forcibly turned into a child through magical means. Eventually, she regains her adult body, which is curvacious to say the least.

Was this a huge glow-up?
Alvida - 'One Piece' is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 'Ugly Duckling' Anime Characters Who Had Major Glow-Ups
Photo:  Studio Pierrot

When Alvida first shows up, she weighs what looks like 400 lbs. She's pretty confident about her attractiveness already, so she doesn't see any reason to try and slim down. But when she eats the Smooth-Smooth fruit, it causes everything to slide gracefully off of her body - including all of her excess fat.

The new Alvida is slim and pretty - and also has completely different eyes, and a different nose, for some reason. Hey, One Piece, you do know that that's not how it works, right? 

Was this a huge glow-up?
Hinata Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 'Ugly Duckling' Anime Characters Who Had Major Glow-Ups
Photo:  Studio Pierrot

As a little girl, Hinata is beyond adorable. Not only does her body change to become more womanly, she also gets a little bit more confident and willing to speak her mind - an attractive trait if there ever was one. 

Was this a huge glow-up?
Palm Siberia - 'Hunter X... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 'Ugly Duckling' Anime Characters Who Had Major Glow-Ups
Photo:  Madhouse

Palm Siberia is Knov's apprentice, and a Hunter in her own right. When she's first introduced, she looks like a character straight out of a horror movie - and she seems to enjoy terrifying people with her looks. However, she's able to dramatically alter her appearance when she goes out on a "date" with Gon, transforming herself into a cute and wholesome young woman. How such a dramatic transformation is even possible is an open question.

Was this a huge glow-up?