Often times we are blinded, like a deer to a pair of headlights on a dark, dull evening. We feel that we like--in some cases even love--someone or something "like we've never liked/loved before." This may seem cliche-ic or too romantic-comedy/drama material, but really, when we think about it, every person who falls in love or "falls in like" (if there is such a thing) claims to loving/liking like he/she never have before. But when the next opportunity to/for love/like strikes, almost everybody plunges into it with the mindset, "I love like never before"--promising his/her self "this will be it." As if that "it" is ever tangible to its seeker.
Watching How I Met Your Mother's Girl Versus Suits episode, Robin mentions the "concept" of circumstantial hotness when she defended her hotness against the "sexy" new bartender at MacLaren's, who, according to her, seemed hot because of her position, her job--a bartender. She further states that such hotness is "superficial" and that anyone put in such position will appear to be hot. And she did prove her point.
To further explain, circumstantial hotness, for me, is liking/loving someone not because of who/what he/she is but because of where that person is in your life. Whether who that person is, no matter how unappealing he/she may seem at first but once he/she arrives at a point, a place, which makes you think differently about that person. That is circumstantial hotness, my friends.
Example. I thought Sarah Chalke seemed "appealing" as Elliot Reid in Scrubs but not as Ted's would-be wife, Stella. I liked Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper but not that robot-costume-wearing guy in Garden State. Get my point? It's the circumstances that "decide" whether someone/something will be seen as hot or not.
So, who you think is circumstantially hot?