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24th Mar '17 2:17:12 AM WillBGood
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': The Chosen Undead can meet three: [[TragicMonster Queelag]], [[IllGirl The Fair Lady]] and [[MysticalWaif Priscilla]]. All three are Type 1 ([[WorldOfWoobie Lordran is NOT a nice place]]) but Priscilla gets special mention for being built up as an abomination who "[[ParadoxPerson has no place in this world]]"... but when you meet her, shows herself to be a lovely young woman with [[MysticalWhiteHair white hair]], [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon scales]] and [[SinisterScythe a scythe]]. [[DarkIsNotEvil She even opts for pointing you to the exit rather than fight you]]... [[WhatTheHellHero not that you can't murder her anyway]].

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': The Chosen Undead can meet three: [[TragicMonster Queelag]], [[IllGirl The Fair Lady]] and [[MysticalWaif Priscilla]]. All three are Type 1 ([[WorldOfWoobie ([[CrapsackWorld Lordran is NOT a nice place]]) but Priscilla gets special mention for being built up as an abomination who "[[ParadoxPerson has no place in this world]]"... but when you meet her, shows herself to be a lovely young woman with [[MysticalWhiteHair white hair]], [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon scales]] and [[SinisterScythe a scythe]]. [[DarkIsNotEvil She even opts for pointing you to the exit rather than fight you]]... [[WhatTheHellHero not that you can't murder her anyway]].
16th Mar '17 2:57:29 PM Theriocephalus
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* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5464274/1/So_You_Think_You_Had_A_Bad_Hair_Day So You Think You Had A Bad Hair Day]], more is revealed about the gorgon who joins the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork City Watch]]. If her gaze turns flesh to stone, what happens to the stony flesh of a troll? Read on...
** Euryale is not unnattractive by conventional standards. But she does complain that in two thousand years the only serious boyfriend she had was a hydra. Who ''really'' wanted a relationship with her snakes...

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* In [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5464274/1/So_You_Think_You_Had_A_Bad_Hair_Day So You Think You Had A Bad Hair Day]], Day]]'', more is revealed about the gorgon who joins the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork City Watch]]. If her gaze turns flesh to stone, what happens to the stony flesh of a troll? Read on...
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Euryale is not unnattractive by conventional standards. But she does complain that in two thousand years the only serious boyfriend she had was a hydra. Who ''really'' wanted a relationship with her snakes...
6th Mar '17 1:59:24 PM Wyldchyld
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** Animora's [[SubordinateExcuse ally]] Arroh (Darrow) actually [[FetishFuel likes the scaly look better]], lampshaded by Animora herself after [[spoiler: Giselle accidentally removes the seal on Animora's powers, enabling her to recover]].

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** Animora's [[SubordinateExcuse ally]] Arroh (Darrow) actually [[FetishFuel [[{{Fetish}} likes the scaly look better]], lampshaded by Animora herself after [[spoiler: Giselle accidentally removes the seal on Animora's powers, enabling her to recover]].



* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s Naga Queen Lady Vashj seems to be widely regarded as FetishFuel. She is a six-armed mutant elf who not only has snake ''hair'', but also has a snake tail instead of legs.

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s Naga Queen Lady Vashj seems to be widely regarded as FetishFuel.fetish fuel. She is a six-armed mutant elf who not only has snake ''hair'', but also has a snake tail instead of legs.
8th Jan '17 5:02:30 PM Sparkysharps
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* In myth, Cu Chulainn's berserker state was (very, very elaborately) described as a warped monster of Lovecraftian hideousness. When Queen Medb summons Cu Chulainn as Berserker Alter in the American chapter of ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', however, he looks quite similar to his Lancer and Caster incarnations (read: a blue-haired prettyboy), only more muscular and sporting what's best described as a {{stripperiffic}} {{kaiju}} costume. It's implied that the nature of Medb's wish may be responsible for this, as she specifically called upon the Holy Grail to give her an ideal ''[[YouSexyBeast lover]].''
8th Jan '17 1:39:27 PM Luppercus
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' also had an attractive gorgon cheerleader, named "'Dusa".

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' also had an attractive gorgon cheerleader, named "'Dusa".Duzer.
8th Jan '17 12:10:54 PM Luppercus
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* ''Terrorvision'' has an {{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'' has an {{Elvira}} [[ElviraMistressOfTheDark Elvira]] {{expy}} in the person of Medusa, a buxom horror show host played by model Jennifer Richards in a Medusa dress.
8th Jan '17 12:06:57 PM Luppercus
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* ''Terrorvision'' has an {{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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* The She-Demon in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' is the closest we ever get to see a Gorgon in the show; is a beautiful blond woman that seduces man and turn them into rock by touching them with her hidden snake tail.
7th Jan '17 8:30:00 PM Nani
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* In ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryRoanoke'', this is PlayedWith - the actress who plays Scáthach is played by Creator/LadyGaga, and as such, is still attractive despite the attempts to make her appear disheveled and wild. [[spoiler: This is averted in ''Return to Roanoke'', where we are shown the real Scáthach, who appears much less like a woman and more like a ''thing''.]]
17th Sep '16 2:00:59 PM StFan
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* In MasamuneShirow's commentary for a picture of a NubileSavage with dreadlocks in his artbook ''Intron Depot 2: Blades,'' he suggests that the legend of the Gorgons may have been inspired by this type of hairstyle.
* ''Manga/{{Mekakucity Actors}}'': Azami and her daughter Shion are both Medusae (albeit Shion is a HalfHumanHybrid). They look [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130527023755/kagerouproject/images/4/42/Azami_Booklet.jpg like]] [[http://data3.whicdn.com/images/33722272/large.jpg this]]. And they're both treated like monsters for it. Shion's daughter, [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/36900000/Kozakura-Mary-kagerou-project-36996718-500-772.jpg Mary]], meanwhile is a CuteMonsterGirl.

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* In MasamuneShirow's Creator/MasamuneShirow's commentary for a picture of a NubileSavage with dreadlocks in his artbook ''Intron Depot 2: Blades,'' he suggests that the legend of the Gorgons may have been inspired by this type of hairstyle.
* ''Manga/{{Mekakucity Actors}}'': ''Manga/MekakucityActors'': Azami and her daughter Shion are both Medusae (albeit Shion is a HalfHumanHybrid). They look [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130527023755/kagerouproject/images/4/42/Azami_Booklet.jpg like]] [[http://data3.whicdn.com/images/33722272/large.jpg this]]. And they're both treated like monsters for it. Shion's daughter, [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/36900000/Kozakura-Mary-kagerou-project-36996718-500-772.jpg Mary]], meanwhile is a CuteMonsterGirl.



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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has at least six Medusa and Gorgon themed cards, most of which can [[TakenForGranite kill opposing attacking creatures]] regardless of their strength or defense...and all of which show beautiful women. Beautiful ''[[BuffySpeak snakey]]'' women. [[ExpressiveHair With]] [[WildHair big]] [[PrehensileHair snakey]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome hair!]]
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* ''Literature/{{Beowulf'' adaptations:
** The 2007 animated film adaptation of ''Film/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' changes Grendel's mother from an ogrish sea-monster to a shapeshifter who appears as a beautiful woman based on her voice actress, Creator/AngelinaJolie.
*** It's implied that her true form is vaguely draconian, however - hints to golden scales, claws, and a tail are seen in the background, and even in human form, she still has wicked talons in her feet that amusingly double as natural high heels.
*** Her true form is actually more serpentine than draconic, and can be viewed [[http://lh5.ggpht.com/ibeenwantingtopop/R04_pOi-c5I/AAAAAAAABUA/fMG8WF-ERKg/jolie_thumb1 here.]] Warning, spoilers so spoilery that they aren't even spoiled in the movie.
*** Her action figure also shows her true form, [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent and she can actually be seen briefly in the movie, posing with her treasure hoard]]. {{Squick}} ahoy!
*** Her real face is also seen reflected in a shield at the end of her first scene talking with Grendel.
** She got the same treatment in the [[Film/Beowulf1999 1999 adaptation]] (which was only ''very'' loosely based on the original poem) where she was played by model Layla Roberts. Again, she could appear beautiful (in which case she resembled Roberts) but her true form was a large, red, spider-like monster.
* Deliberately subverted in Creator/RayHarryhausen ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''. Harryhausen felt that a woman with snakes in her hair was not monstrous enough, so he turned Medusa into a scaly, serpent-tailed, crone-like horror with fangs and GlowingEyesOfDoom that turned people to stone.
* The 2010 remake of ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' still has her as a scaly, serpent-tailed thing, but her face is [[EvilIsSexy very good looking]] due to being played by Russian model Natalia Vodianova. However, when she goes to turn men to stone, her entire face ''[[GameFace changes]]'' into something [[http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q318/Monster_Master316/Clash%20Remake/Medusa.jpg a lot less attractive]].

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* ''Literature/{{Beowulf'' adaptations:
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The 2007 animated film adaptation of ''Film/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' changes Grendel's mother from an ogrish sea-monster to a shapeshifter who appears as a beautiful woman based on her voice actress, Creator/AngelinaJolie.
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Creator/AngelinaJolie. It's implied that her true form is vaguely draconian, however - -- hints to golden scales, claws, and a tail are seen in the background, and even in human form, she still has wicked talons in her feet that amusingly double as natural high heels.
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heels. Her true form is actually more serpentine than draconic, and can be viewed [[http://lh5.ggpht.com/ibeenwantingtopop/R04_pOi-c5I/AAAAAAAABUA/fMG8WF-ERKg/jolie_thumb1 here.]] Warning, spoilers so spoilery that they aren't even spoiled in the movie.
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movie. Her action figure also shows her true form, [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent and she can actually be seen briefly in the movie, posing with her treasure hoard]]. {{Squick}} ahoy!
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ahoy! Her real face is also seen reflected in a shield at the end of her first scene talking with Grendel.
** She got the same treatment in the [[Film/Beowulf1999 1999 adaptation]] (which was only ''very'' loosely based on the original poem) where she was played by model Layla Roberts. Again, she could appear beautiful (in which case she resembled Roberts) but her true form was a large, red, spider-like monster.
* Deliberately subverted in Creator/RayHarryhausen ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''. Harryhausen felt that a woman with snakes in her hair was not monstrous enough, so he turned Medusa into a scaly, serpent-tailed, crone-like horror with fangs and GlowingEyesOfDoom that turned people to stone.
* The 2010 remake of ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' still has her as a scaly, serpent-tailed thing, but her face is [[EvilIsSexy very good looking]] due to being played by Russian model Natalia Vodianova. However, when she goes to turn men to stone, her entire face ''[[GameFace changes]]'' into something [[http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q318/Monster_Master316/Clash%20Remake/Medusa.jpg a lot less attractive]].
Grendel.



* The Medusa from the movie adaptation of ''[[Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief]]'': UmaThurman with snake hair.
** This one is particularly bad as [[AdaptationalAttractiveness Medusa was described as hideous in the book, like in some of the myths]].
* The gorgon from the Film/HammerHorror film ''Film/TheGorgon'' is not played by the most attractive actress in the world and has some rather pale and heavy scale makeup, but she's not exactly hideous. And that's [[spoiler: only when she's in her gorgon form. The actress who plays her human form has the sort of looks you'd expect from the lead actress in a movie.]]
* Lady Marsh from ''Film/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm'' is a [[SnakePeople reptilian]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], but is still played by the beautiful Amanda Donahue.



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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.
* Deliberately subverted in Creator/RayHarryhausen ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''. Harryhausen felt that a woman with snakes in her hair was not monstrous enough, so he turned Medusa into a scaly, serpent-tailed, crone-like horror with fangs and GlowingEyesOfDoom that turned people to stone.
* The 2010 remake of ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' still has her as a scaly, serpent-tailed thing, but her face is [[EvilIsSexy very good looking]] due to being played by Russian model Natalia Vodianova. However, when she goes to turn men to stone, her entire face ''[[GameFace changes]]'' into something [[http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q318/Monster_Master316/Clash%20Remake/Medusa.jpg a lot less attractive]].
* The Medusa from the movie adaptation of ''[[Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief]]'': Creator/UmaThurman with snake hair. This one is particularly bad as [[AdaptationalAttractiveness Medusa was described as hideous in the book, like in some of the myths]].
* The gorgon from the Film/HammerHorror film ''Film/TheGorgon'' is not played by the most attractive actress in the world and has some rather pale and heavy scale makeup, but she's not exactly hideous. And that's [[spoiler: only when she's in her gorgon form. The actress who plays her human form has the sort of looks you'd expect from the lead actress in a movie.]]
* Lady Marsh from ''Film/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm'' is a [[SnakePeople reptilian]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], but is still played by the beautiful Amanda Donahue.
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* ''The Shambleau'' in the classic Literature/NorthwestSmith story of the same name by C L Moore. She is both terrifying and hugely desirable to the protagonist...
** The Shambleau is pretty much the intersection of GorgeousGorgon and HumanoidAbomination. And her [[KissOfTheVampire touch]] is addictive.
* Max Fraj's ''Chronicles of Yeho'' features the protagonist's encounter with an incomplete ReluctantMonster example - a girl who encounters an unknown [[AWizardDidIt wizard]] in her dreams, who casts some sort of spell on her eyes. The girl awakens with an always-on petrifying gaze and barely manages to lock herself in a cellar while keeping her eyes firmly closed. [[spoiler: The protagonist's ability to summon random items lucks out - he had previously summoned sunglasses.]]
* In TheLaundrySeries, "gorgonism" strikes humans randomly, from old South Asian grandmothers to young attractive middle-class girls (presumably, males also). When a gorgon looks upon a target, her gaze turns some of the target's carbon atoms into silicon, resulting in instant flaming death. Gazing upon a gorgon whose eyes are closed or covered, on the other hand, has no effect.
* In Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', it is revealed that Disc gorgons have a body-odour problem, because deodorising your armpits is impossible when your armpit hair keeps biting the can thus rendering it useless. Apparently the goddess didn't stop at head hair. (Our Gorgons Are Different? Or the thing with armpits having hair too has been bowdlerised from Earth myth?)
** A Gorgon joins the City Watch. Unfortunately her sunglasses slip and several innocent people are petrified, needing Wizard intervention to turn them back.
* Not a Gorgon, [[Literature/DivineBloodNovels Divine Blood's]] Eija Semezou is a gothically beautiful Japanese-Greek girl with dark hair, pale skin and red eyes. She also just about terrifies most of the people that come near her. For further fun, its noted that the aura is pretty much useless against some of the more dangerous people while making normally harmless people dangerous. It's suggested she might grow out of it when she gets more control of her powers, but pointed out that she already has more control than most adults. She has a bit of a phobia when dealing with crowds, but it's hard to tell if the phobia resulted from the aura, in which case it's rather reasonable, or the aura resulted from the phobia.

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* ''The Shambleau'' in the classic Literature/NorthwestSmith story of the same name by C L Moore. She is both terrifying and hugely desirable to the protagonist...
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protagonist... The Shambleau is pretty much the intersection of GorgeousGorgon and HumanoidAbomination. And her [[KissOfTheVampire touch]] is addictive.
* Max Fraj's ''Chronicles of Yeho'' features the protagonist's encounter with an incomplete ReluctantMonster example - a girl who encounters an unknown [[AWizardDidIt wizard]] in her dreams, who casts some sort of spell on her eyes. The girl awakens with an always-on petrifying gaze and barely manages to lock herself in a cellar while keeping her eyes firmly closed. [[spoiler: The protagonist's ability to summon random items lucks out - -- he had previously summoned sunglasses.]]
* In TheLaundrySeries, ''Series/TheLaundrySeries'', "gorgonism" strikes humans randomly, from old South Asian grandmothers to young attractive middle-class girls (presumably, males also). When a gorgon looks upon a target, her gaze turns some of the target's carbon atoms into silicon, resulting in instant flaming death. Gazing upon a gorgon whose eyes are closed or covered, on the other hand, has no effect.
* In Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', it is revealed that Disc gorgons have a body-odour problem, because deodorising your armpits is impossible when your armpit hair keeps biting the can thus rendering it useless. Apparently the goddess didn't stop at head hair. (Our Gorgons Are Different? Or the thing with armpits having hair too has been bowdlerised from Earth myth?)
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myth?) A Gorgon joins the City Watch. Unfortunately her sunglasses slip and several innocent people are petrified, needing Wizard intervention to turn them back.
* Not a Gorgon, [[Literature/DivineBloodNovels Divine Blood's]] ''Literature/{{Divine Blood|Novels}}'s Eija Semezou is a gothically beautiful Japanese-Greek girl with dark hair, pale skin and red eyes. She also just about terrifies most of the people that come near her. For further fun, its noted that the aura is pretty much useless against some of the more dangerous people while making normally harmless people dangerous. It's suggested she might grow out of it when she gets more control of her powers, but pointed out that she already has more control than most adults. She has a bit of a phobia when dealing with crowds, but it's hard to tell if the phobia resulted from the aura, in which case it's rather reasonable, or the aura resulted from the phobia.



* Although she would be more a a Cute Gorgon due to her age Chyna in the AlternateUniverse version of ''Series/{{ANTFarm}}'' qualifies as this.
* An episode of Series/LandOfTheLost had a Medusa that could turn into an attractive woman.

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* Although she would be more a a Cute Gorgon due to her age Chyna in the AlternateUniverse version of ''Series/{{ANTFarm}}'' ''Series/ANTFarm'' qualifies as this.
* An episode of Series/LandOfTheLost ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' had a Medusa that could turn into an attractive woman.



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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has {{Medusa}}s, which can seduce you with their legs and then turn you to stone. Also, [[http://mariopons.deviantart.com/art/Tanar-ri-sketch-2-97229598 Mariliths]], Erinyes, Succubi...
** Of course, whether a Medusa is truly beautiful or not in this game is DependingOnTheArtist (and the current edition of the game). Some pictures of them depict them as beautiful, shapely women (other than the snakes for hair); others, however, make them reptilian creatures with scaly skin and faces that can even be demonic-looking.
** On the other hand, Nymphs use their beauty as a weapon... it's the last thing any trespasser looking at them sees.
*** Well, usually, nymphs are A) highly charismatic (low to mid 20s) and B) naked. Some editions say that looking at a clothed nymph will blind you, but looking at a ''nude'' one will kill you. So, you know, it's a case of GoOutWithASmile.
** Mariliths are this, DependingOnTheArtist. Sometimes, their upper bodies are beautiful women, sometimes, they're fairly ugly snake people all the way through. Since demons are made of concentrated evil and chaos, it's implied that both forms are perfectly normal.
*** Mariliths, being demons, can shapechange pretty much at will, so they look pretty much how they want to. Except those enslaved to a more powerful demon, who look pretty much how their master wants them to look.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The game
has {{Medusa}}s, which can seduce you with their legs and then turn you to stone. Also, [[http://mariopons.deviantart.com/art/Tanar-ri-sketch-2-97229598 Mariliths]], Erinyes, Succubi...
**
Succubi... Of course, whether a Medusa is truly beautiful or not in this game is DependingOnTheArtist (and the current edition of the game). Some pictures of them depict them as beautiful, shapely women (other than the snakes for hair); others, however, make them reptilian creatures with scaly skin and faces that can even be demonic-looking.
demonic-looking.
** On the other hand, Nymphs use their beauty as a weapon... it's the last thing any trespasser looking at them sees.
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sees. Well, usually, nymphs are A) highly charismatic (low to mid 20s) and B) naked. Some editions say that looking at a clothed nymph will blind you, but looking at a ''nude'' one will kill you. So, you know, it's a case of GoOutWithASmile.
** Mariliths are this, DependingOnTheArtist. Sometimes, their upper bodies are beautiful women, sometimes, they're fairly ugly snake people all the way through. Since demons are made of concentrated evil and chaos, it's implied that both forms are perfectly normal.
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normal. Mariliths, being demons, can shapechange pretty much at will, so they look pretty much how they want to. Except those enslaved to a more powerful demon, who look pretty much how their master wants them to look.



* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, there is Althea, the darklord of Demise, a medusa. A journal entry written by a sailor named Johan Wehner (the only known human to see her and survive) describes her as a seductress who seeks a lover. The journal details how he and his crewmates entered the labyrinth that made up her home, only for her to hunt down and petrify them one by one, until only Wehner was left. Unable to escape, Wehner tried to prepare himself, partially binding his eyes to give himself only limited vision; but she didn't attack, instead softly called to him as she approached, offering her arms. Wehner's text described what he saw of her (from the waist-down) as "perfection greater than that of any woman he had ever seen", and he nearly submitted, but came to his senses and fought back when he heard the hiss of snakes. (He was blinded in the fight and managed to escape, which is where the journal ends; most believe he eventually perished at her hands, but he still lives, suggested by the source as an NPC hook for any adventure set in Demise).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', as it is, seems to usually take this route with female humanoid and partly-humanoid monsters, making most of those attractive-looking by default (unless their ugliness is a big part of the point, like hags). Their default Bestiary image for a medusa (which is supposed to show a typical member of the species) is a stunner, lamias of the standard, matriarch, and harridan types all have the upper torsos of gorgeous women, and even harpies (which unlike medusae were consistently depicted as ugly in D&D) would be rather attractive if not for their [[ThePigPen filthy hygiene]] which apart from the grime also gives them a nasty case of BO.
** That said, the vast majority of these Gorgeous Gorgons fall under the "beauty is only skin deep" interpretation mentioned at the page top. The OneGenderRace versions in particular are prone to [[DeathBySex killing their lovers once done with them]].
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has at least six Medusa and Gorgon themed cards, most of which can [[TakenForGranite kill opposing attacking creatures]] regardless of their strength or defense...and all of which show beautiful women.
** Beautiful ''[[BuffySpeak snakey]]'' women. [[ExpressiveHair With]] [[WildHair big]] [[PrehensileHair snakey]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome hair!]]

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* ** In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, there is Althea, the darklord of Demise, a medusa. A journal entry written by a sailor named Johan Wehner (the only known human to see her and survive) describes her as a seductress who seeks a lover. The journal details how he and his crewmates entered the labyrinth that made up her home, only for her to hunt down and petrify them one by one, until only Wehner was left. Unable to escape, Wehner tried to prepare himself, partially binding his eyes to give himself only limited vision; but she didn't attack, instead softly called to him as she approached, offering her arms. Wehner's text described what he saw of her (from the waist-down) as "perfection greater than that of any woman he had ever seen", and he nearly submitted, but came to his senses and fought back when he heard the hiss of snakes. (He was blinded in the fight and managed to escape, which is where the journal ends; most believe he eventually perished at her hands, but he still lives, suggested by the source as an NPC hook for any adventure set in Demise).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', as it is, seems to usually take this route with female humanoid and partly-humanoid monsters, making most of those attractive-looking by default (unless their ugliness is a big part of the point, like hags). Their default Bestiary image for a medusa (which is supposed to show a typical member of the species) is a stunner, lamias of the standard, matriarch, and harridan types all have the upper torsos of gorgeous women, and even harpies (which unlike medusae were consistently depicted as ugly in D&D) would be rather attractive if not for their [[ThePigPen filthy hygiene]] which apart from the grime also gives them a nasty case of BO.
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BO. That said, the vast majority of these Gorgeous Gorgons fall under the "beauty is only skin deep" interpretation mentioned at the page top. The OneGenderRace versions in particular are prone to [[DeathBySex killing their lovers once done with them]].
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has at least six Medusa and Gorgon themed cards, most of which can [[TakenForGranite kill opposing attacking creatures]] regardless of their strength or defense...and all of which show beautiful women.
** Beautiful ''[[BuffySpeak snakey]]'' women. [[ExpressiveHair With]] [[WildHair big]] [[PrehensileHair snakey]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome hair!]]
them]].



* TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Banestorm points out that Medusae typically have the Beautiful Appearance advantage.

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* TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Banestorm ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Banestorm'' points out that Medusae typically have the Beautiful Appearance advantage.



** Infested Kerrigan from ''{{Starcraft}}'' has a little something too, especially on the cover and title screen.

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** Infested Kerrigan from ''{{Starcraft}}'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has a little something too, especially on the cover and title screen.



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* The Sphinx featured in many ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' comics is actually quite pretty.
** Except being 15' tall and frequently eating people. She's cute in some appearances, though, especially the comic where she was complaining to Blockbuster that her monster claws could handle VHS tapes, but not thin [=DVDs=].

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* The Sphinx featured in many ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' comics is actually quite pretty.
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pretty. Except being 15' tall and frequently eating people. She's cute in some appearances, though, especially the comic where she was complaining to Blockbuster that her monster claws could handle VHS tapes, but not thin [=DVDs=].



* The Kendril species in ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' consists almost entirely of {{Gorgeous Gorgon}}s and {{Cute Monster Girl}}s, even accounting for the whole {{Medusa}} aspect.
** They still wear masks, though.

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* The Kendril species in ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' consists almost entirely of {{Gorgeous Gorgon}}s and {{Cute Monster Girl}}s, even accounting for the whole {{Medusa}} aspect.
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aspect. They still wear masks, though.



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* The 2007 animated film adaptation of ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' changes Grendel's mother from an ogrish sea-monster to a shapeshifter who appears as a beautiful woman based on her voice actress, Angelina Jolie.
** It's implied that her true form is vaguely draconian, however - hints to golden scales, claws, and a tail are seen in the background, and even in human form, she still has wicked talons in her feet that amusingly double as natural high heels.
** Her true form is actually more serpentine than draconic, and can be viewed [[http://lh5.ggpht.com/ibeenwantingtopop/R04_pOi-c5I/AAAAAAAABUA/fMG8WF-ERKg/jolie_thumb1 here.]] Warning, spoilers so spoilery that they aren't even spoiled in the movie.
** Her action figure also shows her true form, [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent and she can actually be seen briefly in the movie, posing with her treasure hoard]]. {{Squick}} ahoy!
** Her real face is also seen reflected in a shield at the end of her first scene talking with Grendel.
** She got the same treatment in the 1999 adaptation (which was only ''very'' loosely based on the original poem) where she was played by model Layla Roberts. Again, she could appear beautiful (in which case she resembled Roberts) but her true form was a large, black, serpent-like monster.

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* ''Literature/{{Beowulf'' adaptations:
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The 2007 animated film adaptation of ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' ''Film/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' changes Grendel's mother from an ogrish sea-monster to a shapeshifter who appears as a beautiful woman based on her voice actress, Angelina Jolie.
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Creator/AngelinaJolie.
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It's implied that her true form is vaguely draconian, however - hints to golden scales, claws, and a tail are seen in the background, and even in human form, she still has wicked talons in her feet that amusingly double as natural high heels.
** *** Her true form is actually more serpentine than draconic, and can be viewed [[http://lh5.ggpht.com/ibeenwantingtopop/R04_pOi-c5I/AAAAAAAABUA/fMG8WF-ERKg/jolie_thumb1 here.]] Warning, spoilers so spoilery that they aren't even spoiled in the movie.
** *** Her action figure also shows her true form, [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent and she can actually be seen briefly in the movie, posing with her treasure hoard]]. {{Squick}} ahoy!
** *** Her real face is also seen reflected in a shield at the end of her first scene talking with Grendel.
** She got the same treatment in the [[Film/Beowulf1999 1999 adaptation adaptation]] (which was only ''very'' loosely based on the original poem) where she was played by model Layla Roberts. Again, she could appear beautiful (in which case she resembled Roberts) but her true form was a large, black, serpent-like red, spider-like monster.
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