Up for Grabs by Basara-kun, let's improve this once for all!! —- In fantasy works, green skin is often a shorthand for "hideous monster." As a result, some creators assume that green skin can stand on its own as a sign of hideousness without any other obvious deformities. Because of this, in some visual media, a supposedly hideous monster will be played by an otherwise normal-looking or attractive actor or actress in green body paint. Even in animated media, the animations for the monster will be mostly normal and similar to the other characters' except for a green skin tone. That's this trope. A character who qualifies for this trope...
- Has green skin
- Is regarded as hideous or monstrous looking and...
- Would actually look attractive or at least normal without the green skin.
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- Mystique in X-Men is considered scary-looking, even though she mostly just looks like a hot woman. She has blue/green skin.
- Some of DC Comics' famous villainesses vinculated to plants like Rose and Thorn (1940s/Earth-2 Green Lantern/Alan Scott enemy and lover) and Poison Ivy (known Batman enemy and ally for Catwoman and Harley Quinn) are oftenly shown with green skin because of their plant powers. Ivy however is a subversion as she's still seen as attractive, even when she's green skinned.
- Subverted with one of Alan Scott and Rose and Thorn's children: Jennifer Lynn-Hayden aka Jade, who inherited the green skin of her mother and was looking as hideous in a beginning, but with the time this was accepted and she even became a model when she's grown up.
- This trope goes straight with She-Hulk (and Red She-Hulk too), also extended for Skaar and Young Avengers' Hulkling. For some fans, also this goes with Hulk, but in this case is Depending on the Artist.
- Played With in an issue of Fantastic Four when She-Hulk is on the team. A Papperatzo takes topless photos of her sunbathing on the roof and she tries to get them before publication but is unsuccessful. When they check the magazine though the editors color-corrected her skin to a normal hue so she's unrecognizable.
- Dead Girl in X-Statix. She's supposed to look dead (and ugly because of it), but most of the time is just drawn as green.
Film — Animation
- Most of the ogres in Shrek, Fiona especially.
Film — Live Action
- The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz has green skin specifically because bad witches are ugly, while good ones aren't. Glinda (the "good witch") doesn't have green skin. It's never mentioned if the Wicked Witch's sister was also green.
- Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: Normal human actors plus green makeup = hideous Martians.
- Played with when it comes to Elphaba from Wicked. Her green skin (which is the result of a a date rape drug her mother was given) makes her unappealing to many and causes her to be the victim of much Fantastic Racism. Elphaba was almost even killed after being born due to her skintone, and her mother couldn't attach to her as an infant due to her skin. She's also gangly and somewhat androgynous. On the flip side, she's noted to have a Strong Family Resemblance to her Dude Magnet deceased mother Melena and both Glinda and Fiyero ultimately fall for her.
- The Munsters: Lily Munster looks reasonably normal and attractive, but that's because we see it in black-and-white. In universe she's got light green skin, and thus is considered as monstorus-looking as the rest of her family.
- As in the books, Elphaba from Wicked is depicted as unusual due to her green skin. She usually involves Adaptational Attractiveness though. In the books she's angular, somewhat boney, and unstandard looking but most of her actresses lack these features, meaning Elphaba's skintone is the sole reason for her being seen as weird (physically at least).
- The Orcs in the WarCraft universe generally have green skin and are considered to be very ugly by human standards (though that could be colored by years of bad blood as well). They're an interesting case, though, as the green hue resulted from the demonic power they were using when they invaded Azeroth. Originally they were a dark reddish-brown.
- Cody Travers from Final Fight Streetwise, who because of the Sickly Green Glow of the GLOW drug he was exposed, he became green undre the effects of this drug, looking hideous even for his brother Kyle who was looking for him (and who has to fight him to free him).
- Medusa, one of the villains from Birdman, was a beautiful woman but for her green skin, which assumed the role of a Red Right Hand.
- In Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, the Creeper's green skin is the only thing that makes him look like an actual monster, rather than a hunched man with a one-word vocabulary.
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