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30th Apr '16 2:54:36 PM RaichuKFM
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Note that practically all "classical" art portrays {{Medusa}} (after her change) as horrific butt ugly [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medusa (see e.g. Caravaggio's take)]] and the whole CuteMonsterGirl and NotEvilJustMisunderstood thingie is a strictly modern interpretation.

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Note that practically all while much "classical" art portrays {{Medusa}} (after her change) as horrific butt ugly [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medusa (see e.g. Caravaggio's take)]] and the whole CuteMonsterGirl and NotEvilJustMisunderstood thingie is [[OlderThanTheyThink a strictly fairly old interpretation,]] although more prominent in modern interpretation.
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10th Mar '16 4:32:22 PM SAMAS
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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. 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.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.
6th Mar '16 6:50:24 PM vifetoile
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Except, once the hero actually sees her... she's actually rather pretty. Sure, she has [[GoodHairEvilHair snakes for hair]], [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]], [[FangsAreEvil fanged teeth]], [[GoodWingsEvilWings bat wings]], and [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent scaled skin]]... but her face is perfectly symmetrical, even classically beautiful. The snake-hair is actually rather playful, and her scales are colored not like a deadly coral snake, but opaline. The ones on her face may even be pigmented to imitate tasteful makeup. Her body is probably nicely curvaceous, too.

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Except, once the hero actually sees her... she's actually rather pretty. Sure, she has [[GoodHairEvilHair snakes for hair]], [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]], [[FangsAreEvil fanged teeth]], [[GoodWingsEvilWings bat wings]], and [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent scaled skin]]... but her face is perfectly symmetrical, even classically beautiful. The snake-hair is actually rather playful, and her scales are colored not like a deadly coral snake, but opaline. The ones on Scaly her face may even be, but the scales will be pigmented delicate, tinted like cosmetics. And [[NonMammalianMammaries she has curves,]] to imitate tasteful makeup. Her body is probably nicely curvaceous, too.
be sure, if peculiarly serpentine ones.
6th Mar '16 11:32:38 AM vifetoile
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One, the ugliness is played up by the superstitious townsfolk, who are so scared of her appearance ([[TakenForGranite or]] [[PowerIncontinence unintentional]] [[BlessedWithSuck dangerousness]]) that none of them bothered to notice she's actually a ReluctantMonster and [[FriendlessBackground very lonely.]] This Gorgeous Gorgon will likely prove friendly and even pull a HeelFaceTurn if "[[DarkIsNotEvil evil]]" when shown some compassion.

Two, the "beauty" is merely skin deep and exotic. This creature is much like DaddysLittleVillain, she is evil through and through and hides it behind an angelic (scaled) face to confuse victims. She most likely wants to proposition the hero before mating, killing, and then eating him. (And if he's very lucky, [[{{Series/Firefly}} it'll be]] [[InThatOrder in that order]]). ''This'' Gorgeous Gorgon is [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman perfectly fine to kill]].

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One, the ugliness is played up by the superstitious townsfolk, who are so scared of her appearance ([[TakenForGranite or]] [[PowerIncontinence unintentional]] [[BlessedWithSuck dangerousness]]) that none of them bothered to notice she's actually a ReluctantMonster and [[FriendlessBackground very lonely.]] This Gorgeous Gorgon will likely prove friendly and even pull a HeelFaceTurn if (if "[[DarkIsNotEvil evil]]" to start with) when shown some compassion.

Two, the "beauty" is merely skin deep and exotic. only scale-deep. This creature is much like DaddysLittleVillain, she is evil through and through through, and hides it behind an angelic (scaled) face to confuse victims. She most likely wants She'll try to proposition win the hero hero's pity before mating, killing, and then eating him. (And if he's very lucky, [[{{Series/Firefly}} it'll be]] [[InThatOrder in that order]]). ''This'' Gorgeous Gorgon is [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman perfectly fine to kill]].kill]].
16th Feb '16 12:07:58 PM gophergiggles
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** This [[http://i.imgur.com/md2xrDd.jpg official promotional artwork]] from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' applies this trope to ''every female enemy in the game''. Quite easy with the [[WickedWitch witches]] and [[NinjaMaid Ninja Maids]] who are apparently human, but the blood-sucking [[PlantPeople flower women]], [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies harpies]], and even the massive man-eating beast that has a lady for a ''tail'' are all made to be quite cute and attractive (with the exception being the ball-jointed doll at the bottom that is just ''yech'').
14th Feb '16 5:34:46 PM gophergiggles
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* Coming from the same artist is "[[https://derpiboo.ru/tags/oc-colon-kalianne Kalianne]]", who is based on the highly poisonous Malaysian Coral Snake and has Twilight Sparkle utterly terrified at the mere sight of her (it's implied ponies in general fear her species). Despite all this, she is not only quite cute but has never been anything but incredibly friendly, gentle, and kindhearted.
10th Feb '16 1:16:31 AM gophergiggles
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* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crowd has "[[https://derpiboo.ru/1082899 Maredusa]]" who eagerly seizes the opportunity to flirt with a blind stallion. The artist answered peoples concerns whether or not she was dangerous by pointing out he'd "rather enjoy her company than the company of the ponies who left a blind man alone with a monster".
11th Jan '16 10:09:30 AM crazysamaritan
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has [[HornyDevils Slan]] and several female Apostles who qualify. Like everything else in Berserk, this trope is also [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]]. ({{Two Words|AddedEmphasis}}: [[FanDisservice Troll Intestines]].)

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has [[HornyDevils Slan]] and several female Apostles who qualify. Like everything else in Berserk, this trope is also [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]]. ({{Two Words|AddedEmphasis}}: [[FanDisservice Troll Intestines]].)
9th Dec '15 10:25:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with interestingly for the Beauty and Beast Corps from ''MetalGearSolid4''. While they are perfectly normal women (if AxCrazy) under their PoweredArmor, the armor invokes this by making them look like cybernetic monsters. Defeating them in their armored form causes it to fall off, revealing that they're quite fetching under the mask. They actually embody ''both'' sides of the trope-their armor shows the duality of a vicious, inhuman soldier contrasted with the terrified, broken victim wearing it, while their real forms contrast a beautiful, serene exterior with an inner core [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds damaged beyond the ability of anyone to repair.]]
* In the Official Fan Remake of KingsQuestIII they completely overhauled the Medusa scenario (Originally all you do is hold out a mirror while your back is turned). In this version, they give her a complete backstory, and Alexander has to unfreeze her heart by proving that there are still pure men in the world. If you manage to remind her of the beauty in men, she gains the appearance of a beautiful woman, albeit still with green skin and snake hair (Before her curse is lifted completely and she becomes a pretty blond woman).

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* Played with interestingly for the Beauty and Beast Corps from ''MetalGearSolid4''.''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''. While they are perfectly normal women (if AxCrazy) under their PoweredArmor, the armor invokes this by making them look like cybernetic monsters. Defeating them in their armored form causes it to fall off, revealing that they're quite fetching under the mask. They actually embody ''both'' sides of the trope-their armor shows the duality of a vicious, inhuman soldier contrasted with the terrified, broken victim wearing it, while their real forms contrast a beautiful, serene exterior with an inner core [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds damaged beyond the ability of anyone to repair.]]
* In the Official Fan Remake of KingsQuestIII ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIII'' they completely overhauled the Medusa scenario (Originally all you do is hold out a mirror while your back is turned). In this version, they give her a complete backstory, and Alexander has to unfreeze her heart by proving that there are still pure men in the world. If you manage to remind her of the beauty in men, she gains the appearance of a beautiful woman, albeit still with green skin and snake hair (Before her curse is lifted completely and she becomes a pretty blond woman).
4th Dec '15 2:12:20 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* Played straight and then averted in ''Franchise/GodOfWar'' series.

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* Played straight and then averted in ''Franchise/GodOfWar'' series.''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries''.
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