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6th Mar '18 5:36:33 PM Ninamarie124
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5th Mar '18 2:33:44 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Grendel's mother gets the same treatment in the 1999 adaptation of ''Film/{{Beowulf|1999}} (which was only ''very'' loosely based on the original poem) where she is played by model Layla Roberts. Again, she can appear beautiful (in which case she resemble Roberts) but her true form is a large, red, spider-like monster.

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* Grendel's mother gets the same treatment in the 1999 adaptation of ''Film/{{Beowulf|1999}} ''Film/{{Beowulf|1999}}'' (which was only ''very'' loosely based on the original poem) where she is played by model Layla Roberts. Again, she can appear beautiful (in which case she resemble Roberts) but her true form is a large, red, spider-like monster.
22nd Feb '18 1:49:34 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ''Literature/VoyageOfTheBasset'' portrays Medusa like this. Link to the other wiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyage_of_the_Basset]]Voyage of the Basset here]].

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* ''Literature/VoyageOfTheBasset'' portrays Medusa like this. Link to the other wiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyage_of_the_Basset]]Voyage org/wiki/Voyage_of_the_Basset Voyage of the Basset here]].
19th Feb '18 5:36:02 PM Carliro
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The hero has just met the Gorgeous Gorgon. Her beauty can be due to one of four causes. The most common is that she merely has an InformedFlaw in the form of her ugliness, much like older actors are treated as if they were teens due to DawsonCasting. Everyone ''reacts'' like she's ugly and says so, but the viewer doesn't really see why. Or that touch of human appearance causes the whole thing to slip from just being a monster headlong into UncannyValleyGirl territory due to the dichotomy. Alternately, she may be using some form of VoluntaryShapeShifting or magical glamour to appear more beautiful than she naturally is in order to confuse the hero. The more subtle interpretation is that the townsfolk have {{Flanderi|sation}}zed her ugliness because she's, well, a ''monster''. This may be explained by her inhuman features and the fact that, if we were to meet a person with [[SnakePeople a snake tail]] or four arms in real life (for example), we would be scared too, or at least greatly surprised and startled. Do note that some researchers have linked the gorgons to pre-greek solar goddesses, making this a CyclicalTrope.

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The hero has just met the Gorgeous Gorgon. Her beauty can be due to one of four causes. The most common is that she merely has an InformedFlaw in the form of her ugliness, much like older actors are treated as if they were teens due to DawsonCasting. Everyone ''reacts'' like she's ugly and says so, but the viewer doesn't really see why. Or that touch of human appearance causes the whole thing to slip from just being a monster headlong into UncannyValleyGirl territory due to the dichotomy. Alternately, she may be using some form of VoluntaryShapeShifting or magical glamour to appear more beautiful than she naturally is in order to confuse the hero. The more subtle interpretation is that the townsfolk have {{Flanderi|sation}}zed her ugliness because she's, well, a ''monster''. This may be explained by her inhuman features and the fact that, if we were to meet a person with [[SnakePeople a snake tail]] or four arms in real life (for example), we would be scared too, or at least greatly surprised and startled. Do note that some researchers have linked the gorgons to pre-greek solar goddesses, making this a CyclicalTrope.
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The title of this trope itself, by the way, has solid foundations in later interpretations of [[Myth/GreekMythology Greek Myth]] where the Gorgons became ProgressivelyPrettier, at least in literature if not art. In the oldest versions of the Gorgon legends, they were said to be hideous-looking, hence Medusa's classic snake hair and scaled face. Older depictions show them with bulging eyes and fangs, with evil grimaces (often considered a direct comparison to a rotting corpse). But as centuries passed, many tellings had the Gorgons as mortal women more lovely than Aphrodite, [[JerkassGods causing that goddess]] to [[BalefulPolymorph curse them]] such that any who saw their loveliness would be turned to stone. Others went so far as to say the Gorgons were so beautiful, their faces could stop men's hearts. ''Another version'' is that Medusa was originally a beautiful temple maiden, and Poseidon was so captivated by her beauty he raped her in Athena's temple. Athena, disgusted that the maiden would [[ValuesDissonance allow it]], [[JerkassGods turned her into a Gorgon as punishment]]. It's worth repeating that, despite Gorgon being in the trope name, other types of monsters and genders can have this apply.

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The title of this trope itself, by the way, has solid foundations in later interpretations of [[Myth/GreekMythology Greek Myth]] where the Gorgons became ProgressivelyPrettier, at least in literature if not art. In the oldest versions of the Gorgon legends, they were said to be hideous-looking, hence Medusa's classic snake hair and scaled face. Older depictions show them with bulging eyes and fangs, with evil grimaces (often considered a direct comparison to a rotting corpse). But as centuries passed, many tellings had the Gorgons as mortal women more lovely than Aphrodite, [[JerkassGods causing that goddess]] to [[BalefulPolymorph curse them]] such that any who saw their loveliness would be turned to stone. Others went so far as to say the Gorgons were so beautiful, their faces could stop men's hearts. ''Another version'' is that Medusa was originally a beautiful temple maiden, and Poseidon was so captivated by her beauty he raped her in Athena's temple. Athena, disgusted that the maiden would [[ValuesDissonance allow it]], [[JerkassGods turned her into a Gorgon as punishment]]. It's worth repeating that, despite Gorgon being in the trope name, other types of monsters and genders can have this apply.
apply. Do note that some researchers have linked the gorgons to pre-greek solar goddesses, making this a CyclicalTrope.
19th Feb '18 5:35:13 PM Carliro
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The hero has just met the Gorgeous Gorgon. Her beauty can be due to one of four causes. The most common is that she merely has an InformedFlaw in the form of her ugliness, much like older actors are treated as if they were teens due to DawsonCasting. Everyone ''reacts'' like she's ugly and says so, but the viewer doesn't really see why. Or that touch of human appearance causes the whole thing to slip from just being a monster headlong into UncannyValleyGirl territory due to the dichotomy. Alternately, she may be using some form of VoluntaryShapeShifting or magical glamour to appear more beautiful than she naturally is in order to confuse the hero. The more subtle interpretation is that the townsfolk have {{Flanderi|sation}}zed her ugliness because she's, well, a ''monster''. This may be explained by her inhuman features and the fact that, if we were to meet a person with [[SnakePeople a snake tail]] or four arms in real life (for example), we would be scared too, or at least greatly surprised and startled.

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The hero has just met the Gorgeous Gorgon. Her beauty can be due to one of four causes. The most common is that she merely has an InformedFlaw in the form of her ugliness, much like older actors are treated as if they were teens due to DawsonCasting. Everyone ''reacts'' like she's ugly and says so, but the viewer doesn't really see why. Or that touch of human appearance causes the whole thing to slip from just being a monster headlong into UncannyValleyGirl territory due to the dichotomy. Alternately, she may be using some form of VoluntaryShapeShifting or magical glamour to appear more beautiful than she naturally is in order to confuse the hero. The more subtle interpretation is that the townsfolk have {{Flanderi|sation}}zed her ugliness because she's, well, a ''monster''. This may be explained by her inhuman features and the fact that, if we were to meet a person with [[SnakePeople a snake tail]] or four arms in real life (for example), we would be scared too, or at least greatly surprised and startled.
startled. Do note that some researchers have linked the gorgons to pre-greek solar goddesses, making this a CyclicalTrope.
3rd Feb '18 1:02:34 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' doll Deuce Gorgon is a rare male example, who only has scales and snakes on his head, which he fashions into a mohawk. Otherwise, he is your typical handsome teen. To be fair, "attractive monster people" is pretty much the whole theme of the franchise. His cousin Viperine also counts, being a fashionable and respected movie makeup artist.

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* The ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' ''Toys/MonsterHigh'' doll Deuce Gorgon is a rare male example, who only has scales and snakes on his head, which he fashions into a mohawk. Otherwise, he is your typical handsome teen. To be fair, "attractive monster people" is pretty much the whole theme of the franchise. His cousin Viperine also counts, being a fashionable and respected movie makeup artist.
31st Jan '18 8:02:42 AM Cryoclaste
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* The [[spoiler: Locust Queen]] in ''GearsOfWar 2''. It's implied, though, that few humans have ever met the queen and she certainly is not reluctant to be a monster.

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* The [[spoiler: Locust Queen]] in ''GearsOfWar 2''.''VideoGame/GearsOfWar2''. It's implied, though, that few humans have ever met the queen and she certainly is not reluctant to be a monster.
30th Jan '18 1:48:14 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Film/TerrorVision'' has an [[ElviraMistressOfTheDark Elvira]] {{expy}} in the person of Medusa, a buxom horror show host played by model Jennifer Richards in a Medusa dress.

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* ''Film/TerrorVision'' has an [[ElviraMistressOfTheDark [[Film/ElviraMistressOfTheDark Elvira]] {{expy}} in the person of Medusa, a buxom horror show host played by model Jennifer Richards in a Medusa dress.
13th Jan '18 1:14:59 AM jormis29
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* The Medusae in the [=PS1=] game ''Deathtrap Dungeon'' manage to both play this trope straight and subvert it - [[ButterFace their faces are pretty monstrous]], but [[MsFanservice their figures]], on the other hand...

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* The Medusae in the [=PS1=] game ''Deathtrap Dungeon'' ''VideoGame/DeathtrapDungeon'' manage to both play this trope straight and subvert it - [[ButterFace their faces are pretty monstrous]], but [[MsFanservice their figures]], on the other hand...
5th Dec '17 1:36:16 AM jormis29
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* ''Terrorvision'' has an [[ElviraMistressOfTheDark Elvira]] {{expy}} in the person of Medusa, a buxom horror show host played by model Jennifer Richards in a Medusa dress.

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* ''Terrorvision'' ''Film/TerrorVision'' has an [[ElviraMistressOfTheDark Elvira]] {{expy}} in the person of Medusa, a buxom horror show host played by model Jennifer Richards in a Medusa dress.
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