In my experience which is limited.
I've seen some stunning women date the a combination of: the ugliest, fakest, weakest, overcompensating morons/pseudo intellectuals. They're like the bottom feeders of society. Real a**holes but they hide who they are well. At least it appears that way.
(I have a very sharp eye)
This is what appears to me. Maybe I'm wrong.
In my experience I was dropped for the most ugliest, "geek" (stereotype), was was clearly jealous and a real d***-hole. Yet he was a province away and I couldn't do anything. The guy was clearly a conniving parasite which I could tell when he had to gloat like a retard over the Internet.
I realize I'm making a broad generalization here about the looks of men.
Is it broad or more narrow (IDK).
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The most likely reason is that the guys in question, despite all their faults, had (or could fake having) confidence. Very little moistens a girl's panties like confidence.
Many times, there might be 10 guys in a room who like the same girl, and maybe a couple of them would be a perfect match for her, but if they are too afraid to ask her out, she's often going to end up with the guy who is confident enough to ask her out, even if he's a poor match for her.
Girls want a guy who is confident and who takes charge. A guy may have a ton of other faults, but if he can do that, he can very often at least get some INITIAL interest from the girl, and often he can get into a relationship with her, for a while, until she realizes all of his other issues.
Girls always say they want a guy who is nice, or makes them laugh, etc. and to some degree that's true, BUT, what they don't tell you, and may not even realize themselves, is that, regardless of anything else, if the guy doesn't have confidence and display some leadership, she's probably not going to be interested. If he has confidence AND he's nice and makes her laugh, then great, but that other stuff is only a bonus. The confidence is the REQUIREMENT.
If life was an amusement park, there would be signs that say "you must be THIS confident to ride the women."2