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18th Sep '17 3:38:19 AM Portia
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* Gender inverted in the Myth/KingArthur legends, where the handsome Sir Gawain must marry Dame Ragnell, who is cursed into the form of the Loathly Lady, in order to gain the answer to the question "What do women want the most?". Interestingly, a kiss is able to break half the spell: she can be beautiful only by day or by night and Ragnell tells Gawain he can choose which it will be. The spell is only fully broken when Gawain givers her the choice instead, thus standing by the answer to the riddle which is that what women want the most is their own will.
14th Sep '17 9:08:41 AM XFllo
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* ''Literature/SenseAndSensibilityAndSeaMonsters'' features a subplot in which beautiful nineteen-year-old Marianne Dashwood gradually comes to love the much older Col. Brandon, who was cursed by a sea witch to have a writhing mass of tentacles hanging from his face, [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Davy Jones]]-style. (In [[Literature/SenseAndSensibility the original story]], Brandon was [[MayDecemberRomance simply much older]], so this trope doesn't apply there.)

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* ''Literature/SenseAndSensibilityAndSeaMonsters'' features a subplot in which beautiful nineteen-year-old Marianne Dashwood gradually comes to love the much older Col. Brandon, who was cursed by a sea witch to have a writhing mass of tentacles hanging from his face, [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Davy Jones]]-style. (In [[Literature/SenseAndSensibility the original story]], Brandon was [[MayDecemberRomance simply much older]], older, so this trope doesn't apply there.)
1st Sep '17 5:41:41 PM MrThorfan64
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* Hades and Persephone could also fit this trope -- though Hades is not always depicted as physically monstrous, he is the God of the Dead, which tends to give everyone else an aversion to him. And true, Persephone was kidnapped against her will, but still ends up Queen of the underworld. They're also one of the ''very few'' HappilyMarried pairs in the entire pantheon.

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* Hades and Persephone could also fit this trope -- though Hades is not always depicted as physically monstrous, he is the God of the Dead, which tends to give everyone else an aversion to him. And true, Persephone was kidnapped against her will, but still ends up Queen of the underworld. They're also one of the ''very few'' HappilyMarried pairs in the entire pantheon. And by the usual standards of the Greek Gods Hades was actually quite fair.
26th Aug '17 5:09:25 AM soaker87
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* Played with in ''Anime/SpiderRiders'' with Buguese and Aqune. Even if Buguese is the most humanoid Insector, he's still not exactly... human. First, we have the setup of Aqune willingly staying in the Insector castle, giving up any better life she could have had. Aqune is the gentle, nurturing, empathetic one. She tries to see the good in everyone. Buguese is the brooding, cynical, angry one. Despite his hate for humans, it's very clear he has a soft spot for Aqune. [[spoiler: Freeing her is the last thing he does before confronting Mantid, which he expects will kill him.]]
25th Aug '17 8:40:54 AM SkidTroper
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The ideal is often so high that [[NoHuggingNoKissing sexual relations are not mentioned]] ([[RuleThirtyFour Not by the creators, at least]]). If they happen or are mentioned, the results could be [[DeathBySex doom]], [[HeadtiltinglyKinky kinky]] or [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction mysterious in how it works]]. By means of FunctionalMagic, AppliedPhlebotinum or a good old fashioned TrueLovesKiss, the issue could be avoided entirely by one of them permanently turning into the other's species.

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The ideal is often so high that [[NoHuggingNoKissing sexual relations are not mentioned]] ([[RuleThirtyFour Not by the creators, at least]]). If they happen or are mentioned, the results could be [[DeathBySex doom]], [[ManOfSteelWomanOfKleenex risky]],
[[HeadtiltinglyKinky kinky]] or [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction mysterious in how it works]]. By means of FunctionalMagic, AppliedPhlebotinum or a good old fashioned TrueLovesKiss, the issue could be avoided entirely by one of them permanently turning into the other's species.
23rd Aug '17 12:01:44 AM PaulA
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* Essentially a re-imagining of the fairy tale for which this trope is named, Creator/MercedesLackey's book ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Fire Rose]]'' features a pretty female scholar hired by a magician who has been shifted into a half-wolf form. Notably subverted near the end, when the beast chooses the life and love of the protagonist over the information that will allow him to return to human form.

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* Essentially a re-imagining of the fairy tale for which this trope is named, Creator/MercedesLackey's book ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Fire Rose]]'' ''Literature/TheFireRose'' features a pretty female scholar hired by a magician who has been shifted into a half-wolf form. Notably subverted near the end, when the beast chooses the life and love of the protagonist over the information that will allow him to return to human form.
21st Aug '17 4:39:05 AM jormis29
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* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Disney/BrotherBear 2'' with Nita and Kenai. Kenai is a bear (a literal beast), and Nita is his childhood friend. [[spoiler:In the end, ''she'' transforms into a bear (courtesy of the spirits) so they can be together.]]

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* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Disney/BrotherBear 2'' ''Disney/BrotherBear2'' with Nita and Kenai. Kenai is a bear (a literal beast), and Nita is his childhood friend. [[spoiler:In the end, ''she'' transforms into a bear (courtesy of the spirits) so they can be together.]]
14th Aug '17 6:44:01 PM CaptainZarah
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* The movie "The Polar Bear King" is another example, though it doesn't completely the trope. King Valemon, a king who has been placed under a curse by a sorceress he refused to marry, was turned into a polar bear and told he must [[spoiler:marry within seven years]] to be human again. [[spoiler:He becomes human temporarily at night, but only if his face is not seen. If it IS seen, he'll be trapped in the curse forever.]]

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* The movie "The Polar Bear King" is another example, though it doesn't completely fit the trope. King Valemon, a king who has been placed under a curse by a sorceress he refused to marry, was turned into a polar bear and told he must [[spoiler:marry within seven years]] to be human again. [[spoiler:He becomes human temporarily at night, but only if his face is not seen. If it IS seen, he'll be trapped in the curse forever.]]
14th Aug '17 6:42:38 PM CaptainZarah
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* The movie "The Polar Bear King" is another example, though it doesn't completely the trope. King Valemon, a king who has been placed under a curse by a sorceress he refused to marry, was turned into a polar bear and told he must [[spoiler:marry within seven years]] to be human again. [[spoiler:He becomes human temporarily at night, but only if his face is not seen. If it IS seen, he'll be trapped in the curse forever.]]
26th Jul '17 9:43:53 PM Iris
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* Not ugly so much as ''horrifying-looking'', Gwynplaine, star of Creator/VictorHugo's novel ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs'' somehow managed to be a veritable babe magnet. It should be noted that Dea is blind and that Josiane is quite the (virgin) pervert. Also, Gwynplaine was pretty handsome, aside from his Glasgow Smile. The 1928 film adaptation inspired ComicBook/TheJoker.

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* ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' has another non-literal example in [[TheSociopath John]] and [[LovableAlphaBitch Marci]]. He has a tendency to scare people and a love for violence; she's the hot, smart LifeOfTheParty. He's drawn to the lightness and ease she brings out in him, and she likes that he's quiet and respectful and unusually interested in what's behind the pretty face.
* Not ugly so much as ''horrifying-looking'', Gwynplaine, star of Creator/VictorHugo's novel ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs'' somehow managed to be a veritable babe magnet. It should be noted that Dea is blind and that Josiane is quite the (virgin) pervert. Also, Gwynplaine was pretty handsome, aside from his Glasgow Smile.GlasgowGrin. The 1928 film adaptation inspired ComicBook/TheJoker.
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