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17th Jul '16 9:39:29 PM PaulA
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* In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]] Medusa is turned into a hideous monster with a head full of snakes. That is, her ''face'' was so hideously ugly that she could turn people to stone by looking at them. Originally, she also had wings, scales, huge claws, and massive fangs. These days, film-makers and fantasy artists have ditched the ugliness in favor of the snake-hair and made her petrification powers the result of inherent magical powers that are based in her ''eyes''. As such, we have the likes of Creator/UmaThurman in ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' as a gorgeous snake-haired woman, a CuteMonsterGirl in ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', and an attractive actress in the Hallmark TV movie ''The Voyage of the Unicorn'' who is simply given ''sunglasses'' in order to make her safe enough to interact with other characters. At least one source covering the original myths (Bullfinch's?) had her sisters being hideous, but she herself maintaining her mortal beauty, presumably because Athena ([[JerkassGods jerk that she is]]) wanted it to be more ironic. Some myths offer a compromise and state that Medusa was both beautiful and terrible at the same time. The ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' remake follows this and has Medusa appear beautiful but then [[GameFace change when she attacks]].

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* In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]] Medusa is turned into a hideous monster with a head full of snakes. That is, her ''face'' was so hideously ugly that she could turn people to stone by looking at them. Originally, she also had wings, scales, huge claws, and massive fangs. These days, film-makers and fantasy artists have ditched the ugliness in favor of the snake-hair and made her petrification powers the result of inherent magical powers that are based in her ''eyes''. As such, we have the likes of Creator/UmaThurman in ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' as a gorgeous snake-haired woman, a CuteMonsterGirl in ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'', and an attractive actress in the Hallmark TV movie ''The Voyage of the Unicorn'' who is simply given ''sunglasses'' in order to make her safe enough to interact with other characters. At least one source covering the original myths (Bullfinch's?) had her sisters being hideous, but she herself maintaining her mortal beauty, presumably because Athena ([[JerkassGods jerk that she is]]) wanted it to be more ironic. Some myths offer a compromise and state that Medusa was both beautiful and terrible at the same time. The ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' remake follows this and has Medusa appear beautiful but then [[GameFace change when she attacks]].
28th Jun '16 9:45:11 AM Pichu-kun
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* {{Inverted|Trope}} with ComicBook/{{Raven}} in the ''New ComicBook/TeenTitans'' run, where she started out looking like a typical superheroine, and gradually her face got paler and sharper to the point where she didn't even look human, much less attractive (from the neck-up, anyway). To hear Marv Wolfman and George Perez tell it, this was purely due to Perez's evolving skill and subconscious awareness of her true nature, and they almost didn't notice themselves until they were ready to bring in Trigon, whereupon it became a plot point. Played straight after Perez left the title and Eduardo Barretto took over drawing Raven, although later artists would bring back her narrow features. After she was resurrected in the 00s era, Raven reverted to being more conventionally attractive and rounder-faced, and one moment even involved her getting a raven-shaped tramp stamp (which disappeared with later artists' depictions). To some of her fans' chagrin, she was also depicted with larger breasts in an attempt to make her look sexier, while George Perez had made it a point that Raven was supposed to be smaller-chested as part of her dancer build.
** In another Teen Titans example, the first Terra was depicted as having exaggerated buck teeth, being more on the petite side, and having short feathered hair. Later flashbacks and her ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'' appearance tweaked her to have long hair, a taller and more shapely body, and no buck teeth to be seen.

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{{Inverted|Trope}} with ComicBook/{{Raven}} in the ''New ComicBook/TeenTitans'' run, where she started out looking like a typical superheroine, and gradually her face got paler and sharper to the point where she didn't even look human, much less attractive (from the neck-up, anyway). To hear Marv Wolfman and George Perez tell it, this was purely due to Perez's evolving skill and subconscious awareness of her true nature, and they almost didn't notice themselves until they were ready to bring in Trigon, whereupon it became a plot point. Played straight after Perez left the title and Eduardo Barretto took over drawing Raven, although later artists would bring back her narrow features. After she was resurrected in the 00s era, Raven reverted to being more conventionally attractive and rounder-faced, and one moment even involved her getting a raven-shaped tramp stamp (which disappeared with later artists' depictions). To some of her fans' chagrin, she was also depicted with larger breasts in an attempt to make her look sexier, while George Perez had made it a point that Raven was supposed to be smaller-chested as part of her dancer build.
** In another Teen Titans ''Teen Titans'' example, the first Terra was depicted as having exaggerated buck teeth, being more on the petite side, and having short feathered hair. Later flashbacks and her ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'' appearance tweaked her to have long hair, a taller and more shapely body, and no buck teeth to be seen.


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* Bunnie from ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''' has had this happen to her. In her early appearances she looked like she did in ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''. She was a cute looking rabbit with a fluff of fur on her head. Later on she received a taller and more curvy figure, began wearing cuter clothes (and often a cowboy hat), and grew [[FurryFemaleMane hair on her head]].
28th Jun '16 2:52:58 AM Adept
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** In the book the movie was based on, however, the Beast is more traditionally "monstrous" with fur, claws, etc.



* This has actually happened in reverse in the film adaptations of [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]. In the original book, Hyde was described as looking mostly normal, but having something [[UncannyValley off]] about him. In most film adaptations, Hyde is portrayed as a [[HumanoidAbomination humanoid abomination]], similar to the [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]].

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* This has actually happened in reverse is inverted in the film adaptations of [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]. In the original book, Hyde was described as looking mostly normal, but having something [[UncannyValley off]] about him. In most film adaptations, Hyde is portrayed as a [[HumanoidAbomination humanoid abomination]], similar to the [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]].
27th Jun '16 6:05:27 PM Pichu-kun
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* Takatsuki from ''Manga/WanderingSon'', manga to anime. His goofy facial expressions from the manga were changed to better looking ones in the anime adaptation. In the manga itself, due to ArtEvolution certain characters such as Doi, Seya, and Mako became cuter and more attractive over time; though it's justified since they're getting older.

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* Takatsuki from ''Manga/WanderingSon'', ''Manga/WanderingSon'' received this going from the manga to the anime. His goofy facial expressions from the manga were changed to better looking ones in the anime adaptation. In the manga itself, due to ArtEvolution certain characters such as Doi, Seya, and Mako became cuter and more attractive over time; though it's justified since they're getting older.



* Nami from OnePiece was originally attractive, but reasonably proportioned: over the years she's gained an ImpossibleHourglassFigure, not to mention she stopped wearing a shirt.

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Nami from OnePiece was originally attractive, but reasonably proportioned: over the years she's gained an ImpossibleHourglassFigure, not to mention she stopped wearing a shirt.



* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, the characters in the Original Series were subject to this when flashbacks to their saga were reanimated to match the [[ArtEvolution newer art-style]] in Best Wishes for "The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion" and "Ash and Butterfree: Until We Meet Again" episodes.

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* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, the characters in the Original Series were subject to this when flashbacks to their saga were reanimated to match the [[ArtEvolution newer art-style]] in Best Wishes ''Best Wishes'' for the episodes "The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion" and "Ash and Butterfree: Until We Meet Again" episodes.Again".



* Franchise/ArchieComics enters into this with the former chubby, matronly moms of Archie & Betty suddenly getting a ''lot'' thinner, and previously hideous characters like Jughead's mom & Big Ethel getting much more normalized.
** In Archie's earliest appearances he was also pretty ugly, he was a scrawny, bucktoothed geek with bad acne, he later became the more handsome athletic character we know today.

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* Franchise/ArchieComics ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
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enters into this with the former chubby, matronly moms of Archie & Betty suddenly getting a ''lot'' thinner, and previously hideous characters like Jughead's mom & Big Ethel getting much more normalized.
** In Archie's earliest appearances he was also pretty ugly, he ugly. He was a scrawny, bucktoothed geek with bad acne, he acne. He later became the more handsome and athletic character we know today.



* Some of the characters in the ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' remakes are more attractive now than they were in the original. Morty is a prime example. Originally only somewhat attractive, in the remakes he's a full-on Bishonen. Will, Ariana, and Archer are also more attractive in the remakes than in the original. Even Pryce is upgraded from a somewhat ugly old man to looking very good for his age.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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Some of the characters in the ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' remakes are more attractive now than they were in the original. Morty is a prime example. Originally only somewhat attractive, in the remakes he's a full-on Bishonen. Will, Ariana, and Archer are also more attractive in the remakes than in the original. Even Pryce is upgraded from a somewhat ugly old man to looking very good for his age.age.
** Red went from an average looking, if maybe a bit scrawny, looking boy in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' to {{bishonen}} in the remakes.



* Link from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' was pretty funny looking in his first few appearances, thanks to unkempt hair, a stubby nose, and huge ears all on a rather plain face. Then ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' chiseled his face and cleaned up his hair, turning him into a full-on {{Bishonen}}. Just compare this concept artwork of him in ''[[http://zeldawiki.org/File:AoL_concept_4.jpg The Adventure Of Link]]'' to his concept art for ''[[http://zeldawiki.org/images/f/f8/Oot_Link_facial_expression_concept.jpg Ocarina of Time]]''. The latter has become the basis for his design in all subsequent games featuring his adult form, and many will argue that he gets even prettier with each new game.
** Even ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'', which reuses his ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' design, uses GenericCuteness to make Link more baby faced and attractive than he was in the original artwork.

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* Link from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' was pretty funny looking in his first few appearances, thanks to unkempt hair, a stubby nose, and huge ears all on a rather plain face. Then ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' chiseled his face and cleaned up his hair, turning him into a full-on {{Bishonen}}. Just compare this concept artwork of him in ''[[http://zeldawiki.org/File:AoL_concept_4.jpg The Adventure Of Link]]'' to his concept art for ''[[http://zeldawiki.org/images/f/f8/Oot_Link_facial_expression_concept.jpg Ocarina of Time]]''. The latter has become the basis for his design in all subsequent games featuring his adult form, and many will argue that he gets even prettier with each new game.
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game. Even ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'', which reuses his ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' design, uses GenericCuteness to make Link more baby faced and attractive than he was in the original artwork.


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* Rococco and Rocco from ''VideoGame/StyleSavvy'' are the same character. Rococco was [[ShesAManInJapan made into a woman]] in the Japanese version of ''Style Savvy'' because of his flamboyant appearance. In the sequel however he is much more toned down, lost his facial hair, lost weight, and is a {{bishonen}}. His hair is also dyed [[MulticoloredHair red and blue]] instead of being black. They don't look like the same character so this worked in the localizations favor. They simply stated the ''Style Savvy: Trendsetters'' version of the character was Rococco's son, Rocco.
10th Jun '16 7:44:48 PM HighCrate
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* Creator/MarvelComics characters swing into this frequently, as mutants, some of whom are outright deformed, may or may not be drawn as "ugly" DependingOnTheArtist.
28th May '16 3:39:45 PM Quanyails
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* Creator/MarvelComics characters swing into this frequently, as mutants, some of whom are outright deformed, may or may not be drawn as "ugly" DependingOnTheArtist

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* Creator/MarvelComics characters swing into this frequently, as mutants, some of whom are outright deformed, may or may not be drawn as "ugly" DependingOnTheArtistDependingOnTheArtist.
21st May '16 6:08:19 PM Doug86
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* This has actually happened in reverse in the film adaptations of [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]. In the original book, Hyde was described as looking mostly normal, but having something [[UncannyValley off]] about him. In most film adaptations, Hyde is portrayed as a [[HumanoidAbomination humanoid abomination]], similar to the [[Comics/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]].

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* This has actually happened in reverse in the film adaptations of [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]. In the original book, Hyde was described as looking mostly normal, but having something [[UncannyValley off]] about him. In most film adaptations, Hyde is portrayed as a [[HumanoidAbomination humanoid abomination]], similar to the [[Comics/TheIncredibleHulk [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]].
21st May '16 6:05:44 PM Doug86
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* This has actually happened in reverse in the film adaptations of [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDoctorJekyllAndMrHyde Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]. In the original book, Hyde was described as looking mostly normal, but having something [[UncannyValley off]] about him. In most film adaptations, Hyde is portrayed as a [[HumanoidAbomination humanoid abomination]], similar to the [[Comics/IncredibleHulk Hulk]].

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* This has actually happened in reverse in the film adaptations of [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDoctorJekyllAndMrHyde [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]. In the original book, Hyde was described as looking mostly normal, but having something [[UncannyValley off]] about him. In most film adaptations, Hyde is portrayed as a [[HumanoidAbomination humanoid abomination]], similar to the [[Comics/IncredibleHulk [[Comics/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]].
20th May '16 8:44:08 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* A majority of the characters from ''YuYuHakusho'', mostly the ones who aren't meant to look too attractive in the first place. The attractive ones are all consistently drawn.

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* A majority of the characters from ''YuYuHakusho'', ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', mostly the ones who aren't meant to look too attractive in the first place. The attractive ones are all consistently drawn.
3rd May '16 8:09:20 PM PaulA
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* At some point in the recent past, someone looked at the plot of BeautyAndTheBeast and asked themselves: "how can I turn this into a sexy [[YoungAdultLiterature YA]] drama for the {{Twilight}} crowd?" The result was {{Beastly}}, with an incarnatation of The Beast that's just a gothy Alex Pettyfer with a scar and some weird tattoos on his face. No, really.

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* At some point in the recent past, someone looked at the plot of BeautyAndTheBeast Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast and asked themselves: "how can I turn this into a sexy [[YoungAdultLiterature YA]] drama for the {{Twilight}} Literature/{{Twilight}} crowd?" The result was {{Beastly}}, ''Film/{{Beastly}}'', with an incarnatation of The Beast that's just a gothy Alex Pettyfer with a scar and some weird tattoos on his face. No, really.
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