The effect of a person appearing more attractive due to being surrounded by ugly friends

Demonstrated, but not referred to as such, in the film hall pass.

The effect can be reduced by removing the friends from your field of view i.e with your hands.

similar but subtly different is the 'Hugh Hefner effect' where surrounding yourself with more beautiful people of the opposite sex in turn increases your own attractiveness.
Nick: That girl is amazing

Jason: yeah but check her friends, it could be the ugly friend effect.

Nick: (subtly using hands) haha!

Both together: Teeth?!
by Corrosive1985(again) September 29, 2013