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2nd Feb '16 2:28:05 AM Adept
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* The most famous modern take on this is probably ''AyashiNoCeres'', wherein the spirit of a Tennyo awakens in some of her female descendants to wreak havoc on the rest of her family [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday when the descendant reaches 16]]. * Setsuna of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' is, in fact, a HalfHumanHybrid of the Tengu variety; after revealing her tengu traits she tries to skip out (per 'law of her people' and probably personal insecurities) on the crew. Negi convinces her to stick around. * Every member of Tsukune's UnwantedHarem in ''RosarioToVampire'' is merely disguised in human form, the exception being [[CuteWitch Yukari]], whose species looks human by default. Their true forms are all [[CuteMonsterGirl cute monster girls]].
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* The most famous modern take on this is probably ''AyashiNoCeres'', ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'', wherein the spirit of a Tennyo awakens in some of her female descendants to wreak havoc on the rest of her family [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday when the descendant reaches 16]]. * Setsuna of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is, in fact, a HalfHumanHybrid of the Tengu variety; after revealing her tengu traits she tries to skip out (per 'law of her people' and probably personal insecurities) on the crew. Negi convinces her to stick around. * Every member of Tsukune's UnwantedHarem in ''RosarioToVampire'' ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is merely disguised in human form, the exception being [[CuteWitch Yukari]], whose species looks human by default. Their true forms are all [[CuteMonsterGirl cute monster girls]].
24th Dec '15 3:03:53 AM Doug86
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* In PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Solstice Wood'', Owen recounts the story he had been told of a man who shot [[TheMarvelousDeer a deer]] without killing it and went to track it down, and found instead a woman with a bullet wound in her shoulder. She lived with him for a year and half and had a son before she vanished. [[spoiler:Then he explains that he finally realized it was his parents.]]
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* In PatriciaAMcKillip's Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Solstice Wood'', Owen recounts the story he had been told of a man who shot [[TheMarvelousDeer a deer]] without killing it and went to track it down, and found instead a woman with a bullet wound in her shoulder. She lived with him for a year and half and had a son before she vanished. [[spoiler:Then he explains that he finally realized it was his parents.]]
12th Nov '15 9:31:21 AM Willbyr
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* The basis of Iroha's BackStory in ''SamuraiShodown Tenka''. During one of her super moves, during which she disrobes and attacks the opponent behind a screen, her silhouette briefly flickers into that of a crane's.
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* The basis of Iroha's BackStory in ''SamuraiShodown ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Tenka''. During one of her super moves, during which she disrobes and attacks the opponent behind a screen, her silhouette briefly flickers into that of a crane's.

* Subverted in ''DaCapo'' with Yoriko. She's a girl with cat ears, and is indeed a cat that transformed into a girl. [[spoiler:However, she transformed into the form of her owner, and her owner was piloting the body. At the end when the tree dies, the girl's real body wakes up and transfers into his school, at which point they enter a real relationship.]]
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* Subverted in ''DaCapo'' ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' with Yoriko. She's a girl with cat ears, and is indeed a cat that transformed into a girl. [[spoiler:However, she transformed into the form of her owner, and her owner was piloting the body. At the end when the tree dies, the girl's real body wakes up and transfers into his school, at which point they enter a real relationship.]]
11th Nov '15 6:52:54 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Crane Wife is parodied in ''[[Anime/JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu Hare + Guu]]'', where Guu offers Hare shaved ice in the middle of a snowstorm, he gets pissed off. She goes into the back room, telling Hare that he mustn't look at what she's going to make. He sees a silhouette of a crane through the window on the door, bursts in and sees... Guu making more shaved ice.
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* Crane Wife is parodied in ''[[Anime/JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu ''[[Anime/HareGuu Hare + Guu]]'', where Guu offers Hare shaved ice in the middle of a snowstorm, he gets pissed off. She goes into the back room, telling Hare that he mustn't look at what she's going to make. He sees a silhouette of a crane through the window on the door, bursts in and sees... Guu making more shaved ice.
8th Nov '15 6:32:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''GreenSnake'', based on a Chinese folk tale, involves a serpent-spirit who seduces a young man by posing as a beautiful maiden.
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* ''GreenSnake'', ''Film/GreenSnake'', based on a Chinese folk tale, involves a serpent-spirit who seduces a young man by posing as a beautiful maiden.
31st Oct '15 11:07:48 AM LaStella
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* A fairly common Russian folk story is that of a Frog Tsarevna (princess). The story usually goes as follows: a tsar commands his three sons to shoot an arrow each, and where the arrows fall, there they shall find wives for themselves. The youngest son finds a frog holding his arrow, and so must marry her. When he does, she becomes a woman. She proves to be an excellent wife, not only beautiful but also smart and cunning... but then he finds and burns her frog skin, and so she leaves him.
26th Oct '15 2:58:17 PM intastiel
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* In the ''{{Belgariad}}'' and prequels, Poledra is a variation, since she genuinely decided to be Belgarath's wife. She is capable of switching between forms at will and is evidently as immortal as Belgarath.
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* In the ''{{Belgariad}}'' and prequels, Poledra in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is a variation, since variation: a wolf who befriends Belgarath, then becomes human to [[HappilyMarried marry]] him. Belgarath doesn't consider it an InterspeciesRomance, although she genuinely decided to be Belgarath's wife. She is capable of switching between forms at will and is evidently takes her wolf form as immortal as Belgarath.it suits her.
15th Oct '15 5:12:39 PM Griffonmender
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* Tennyo (Heavenly Maidens) - Japanese imports of Indian and Chinese Buddhist figures. The males are called Tennin. They don't change from animals but they do need a feathered garment (a hagoromo) to fly back to the heavens. The Noh play ''Hagoromo'' features the core story where the the garment in question is stolen.
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* Tennyo (Heavenly Maidens) - Japanese imports of Indian and Chinese Buddhist figures. The males are called Tennin. They don't change from animals but they do need a feathered garment (a hagoromo) to fly back to the heavens. The Noh play ''Hagoromo'' features the core story where the the garment in question is stolen.
15th Oct '15 5:09:51 PM Griffonmender
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_River_Dolphin Pink Dolphin]] of the Amazon is thought to take human form at night, whereupon it seduces young, impressionable girls with its charm and impregnates them, returning to the river by the morning. Typically, when a girl in that region turns up pregnant and the father is unknown, fatherhood is attributed to the dolphin. A striking feature is that its blowhole remains even when the dolphin is in human form, which demands that it use a hat to conceal it when on land. Another identifying feature is that the dolphin people wear white while on land, and the dolphin-fathered children tend have dolphin-colored skin.
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_River_Dolphin Pink Dolphin]] of the Amazon is thought to take human form at night, whereupon it seduces young, impressionable girls with its charm and impregnates them, returning to the river by the morning. Typically, when a girl in that region turns up pregnant and the father is unknown, fatherhood is attributed to the dolphin. A striking feature is that its blowhole remains even when the dolphin is in human form, which demands that it use a hat to conceal it when on land. Another identifying feature is that the dolphin people wear white while on land, and the dolphin-fathered children tend to have dolphin-colored skin.
10th Oct '15 6:37:23 PM Paranoia
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* Three selkies feature prominently in a chapter of BadMachinery. One came ashore as a young pup/girl and had her seal-skin stolen/hidden, so she's lived as a human ever since. Years later, in the present day of the story, another selkie girl ends up losing her skin accidentally, and then an adult male selkie (her dad) comes looking for her. In the end, both girls have their skins given back so they can go home to the sea, but the one who'd been human for years had ''outgrown'' her pup-sized skin so she ends up stuck human (and driven just a bit crazy from the whole experience and being repeatedly rejected by the boy who had taken her skin in the first place).
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