Another Twilight Zone inspired topic. I was recently watching one of the episodes which is considered a classic of the show “Eye of the Beholder” (spoilers to follow). In it we find that there is a woman lying in a hospital bed having undergone some cosmetic surgery to hopefully cure her of her deformity. She pleads with the doctors to remove her bandages early to remove her bandages early, and after a painstaking process we find a beautiful young woman, but to our surprise this is a failure on the part of the surgery as the medical staff is revealed to be evolved humans with unbalanced faces and snout like noses. As the procedure has not worked she is sent off to live in a colony of “ugly” people, where she can fit in. There are a few other themes in this episode, such as dystopian society where everyone must conform.
In terms of comics though, those who are different do not fit in but often for the same reasons (of being very attractive). Of course some of this goes off to the medium of being in comics where almost everyone is attractive, but with only a cursory look at for instance the X-Men it is clear that they are not like the rest of humans just by looking at them. That’s not because they look different (some of them do) but because they look exceptional. Generally speaking as well because of basic human psychology, people who are more attractive command more respect and are given authority based often on their looks and not on their capabilities. Thus in actuality most of the X-Men would not be shunned, they would be idolized (I know there are some more exotic looking mutants). In comparison to the episode where beauty is a curse, for the X-Men it most assuredly is not, as they live in a society where their outward appearance is desired. The Knights of Wundagore might have something to complain about, the X-Men not so much.