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Passing through {{Adventure Town|s}}, TheHero hears from the QuestGiver that there's a hideous [[MonogenderMonsters she-monster]] bedeviling the town. A creature ''so'' ugly she can [[BrownNote stun those looking at her]] and make them wish they'd [[BringMyBrownPants brought their brown pants]], she's so repulsive. The worst part is that her monstrous mien is like a car-wreck, you can't look away. This may be compounded by her [[HypnoticEyes hypnotic gaze]]...which can be triply bad if it can also [[TakenForGranite turn onlookers into stone]].

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. Scaly her face may be, but the scales will be delicate, tinted like cosmetics. And [[NonMammalianMammaries she has curves]], to be sure, if peculiarly serpentine ones.

The hero has just met the Gorgeous Gorgon. Her beauty can be due to one of four causes. The most common is that she merely has an InformedFlaw in the form of her ugliness, much like older actors are treated as if they were teens due to DawsonCasting. Everyone ''reacts'' like she's ugly and says so, but the viewer doesn't really see why. Or that touch of human appearance causes the whole thing to slip from just being a monster headlong into UncannyValleyGirl territory due to the dichotomy. Alternately, she may be using some form of VoluntaryShapeShifting or magical glamour to appear more beautiful than she naturally is in order to confuse the hero. The more subtle interpretation is that the townsfolk have {{Flanderi|sation}}zed her ugliness because she's, well, a ''monster''. This may be explained by her inhuman features and the fact that, if we were to meet a person with [[SnakePeople a snake tail]] or four arms in real life (for example), we would be scared too, or at least greatly surprised and startled.

If the latter, this usually presents one of two alternatives.

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]]" to start with) when shown some compassion.

Two, the "beauty" is only scale-deep. This creature is much like DaddysLittleVillain, she is evil through and through, and hides it behind an angelic (scaled) face to confuse victims. She'll try to win the 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]].

These two alternatives can be seen as {{playing|WithATrope}} with BeautyEqualsGoodness. In the first, the slightly hidden physical beauty is a sign of the internal goodness, in the latter, it represents the danger inherent in EvilIsSexy.

Another less-often but still used trope is that the Gorgeous Gorgon [[JerkassGods pissed somebody off]] [[VainSorceress by being so good looking]], and was subsequently [[BalefulPolymorph transformed into a monster]]. The transformation, though, [[FreakinessShame wasn't quite enough to make her ugly]].

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 (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. Do note that some researchers have linked the gorgons to pre-greek solar goddesses, making this a CyclicalTrope.

Note that while much "classical" art portrays {{Medusa}} (after her change) as horrific butt ugly [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medusa_(Caravaggio) (see e.g. Caravaggio's take)]] the whole CuteMonsterGirl and NotEvilJustMisunderstood thingie is [[OlderThanTheyThink a fairly old interpretation]], although more prominent in modern takes.

Related to CuteMonsterGirl and HollywoodHomely. Compare BeautyToBeast, BishonenLine, FreakinessShame, and YouSexyBeast. For the trope about Gorgons, see {{Medusa}}.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A borderline example happens in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'': the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Book of Darkness]] is supposed to be a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-destroying timebomb]] inhabited by an EldritchAbomination...and it is, except that it also has a soul, a beautiful sad woman who in no way wants to destroy anyone or anything. [[spoiler:And the heroes have to [[strike:kill]] seal her.]]
* Lucy and the other diclonius from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' are frequently reinforced as non-human, horned killing machines that are dire threats to everyone around them and the doom of mankind...and they're pink haired Woobies with cute little horns. Yes, they may also be horned psychopaths with a genocidal instinct against mankind and able to project kinetic arms capable of ripping apart armoured soldiers as if they were made of paper...and Lucy [[TheJuggernaut does this lots of]] [[HighPressureBlood times]], but then there's her other personality, [[CuteMute Nyu]], who is harmless, innocent, and kind.
* Averted somewhat with Boa Hancock in ''Manga/OnePiece''. She fits everything above and is, in fact, known as one of three "Gorgon Sisters", except she's famous for her beauty, and she uses it to pull off a JerkassFacade.
** Subverted with her sisters who are more {{Gonk}} than ugly, and [[ScaledUp have a second serpentine form]].
** One of the omakes for the series had the Straw Hats as monsters, and Robin ended up being the gorgon who was looking to make friends.
* 'Inner Moka' from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is supposedly a terrifying 'super-vampire', a monster that even other monsters fear. She looks like [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=120073 this]].
** An actual gorgon also appears in the series. And later, a lamia appears...and she's one of the most beautiful monsters of all...well, from the waist up, anyway.
* The character Medusa in ''Manga/SoulEater'' is actually called The Lady of Gorgon. Not only does she fit the trope name, but she is also quite beautiful, in that creepy, wicked sort of way. While she does not have snakes for hair, she does control and manipulate vectors in the forms of snakes and arrows. [[spoiler: At one point in the series, she possesses the body of an extremely cute little girl, further enforcing this trope as a monster in the body of an innocent, adorable child.]]
** Her sister, Arachne, also fits the trope. She's beautiful and large-breasted with a spider web in her eye.
** Her other sister's unusual textured hair and irises bring her closer to the monstrous look, but is still quite attractive.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has [[HornyDevils Slan]] and several female Apostles who qualify. Like everything else in Berserk, this trope is also {{playing with|ATrope}}.
* In 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/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.
* In the second season of ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' [[spoiler: Nadeko becomes a medusa snake godess]].

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''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]]!

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Played literally in ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules'', in which Delphyne is a Gorgon born and bred, with snakes for hair and scaly skin, and also the love interest of Hercules' sidekick. As it turns out, not all Gorgons have the petrifying gaze.
* Valentina, the most iconic villain in Filipino comic book history.
* In Comicbook/{{Superman}} comics, at least before the ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}}, the facet-skinned Bizarros were odd-looking, but never as ugly as everyone seemed to react to them as being. The Bizarro Loises, in particular, were usually drawn with attractive figures and really nice legs (they ''were'' all imperfect copies of ''Lois'', after all).
* In ''ComicBook/XMen'', Nightcrawler is supposed to be demonic looking enough that the vast majority of people think of him as a literal demon upon seeing him. Though the personality is [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer (usually)]] enough to change people's opinions of him, it doesn't change the fact that he's sometimes drawn as a rather attractive blue elf, DependingOnTheArtist. Other times he has skin (or fur) so dark it's almost black, glowing yellow eyes, and a pointed tail. Throw in the smell of brimstone that's a side effect of his powers, and his features may be symmetrical and healthy in terms of attractiveness, but he's living in a setting in which AllTheOtherReindeer has been enacted into law at various times.
* [[http://ja.gram.pl/upl/blogi/98610/img_wpisy/2012_39/Animora.jpg Animora]] from [[Creator/CrossGen Mystic]] was once one of the most beautiful among The First [[note]]the "gods" of the Creator/CrossGen universe[[/note]], until in her vanity and ambition she attempted to challenge [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Ingra]]. After utterly defeating her, Ingra let her live but [[BeautyToBeast changed her appearance to that of a monster]], with just enough of her old beauty left to remind Animora of what she once was and never again will be.
** Animora's [[SubordinateExcuse ally]] Arroh (Darrow) actually [[{{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]].
* Medusa herself was briefly resurrected by Circe in ''[[Franchise/WonderWoman Wonder Woman]]''. When one character remarks that she does not look at all ugly, Medusa lashes out that such stories were lies started by Athena.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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]]. 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...
* Solaron, protagonist in the TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons story ''Fanfic/TaleOfSolaron'', is a rare male example of this trope. Given that he is able to seduce most any lady he talks to he seems quite attractive by human standards.
* The gorgons who appear in ''FanFic/ShadowchasersSeries'' are rather attractive if you can get past the snake-hair. (Because interaction with humans is impossible in this reality, a gorgon can use simple dark sunglasses to render her gaze harmless.)
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crowd has "[[https://derpibooru.org/1082899 Maredusa]]" who eagerly seizes the opportunity to flirt with a blind stallion. The artist answered people's concerns regarding 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".
* Coming from the same artist is "[[https://derpibooru.org/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.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The 2007 animated film adaptation of ''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. 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.
* Mike from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' was in a relationship with Celia, a gorgon with very playful snakehair.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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://goodfilmguide.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/01-Clash-of-the-Titans-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 Donohoe.
* ''Film/TerrorVision'' has an [[Film/ElviraMistressOfTheDark Elvira]] {{expy}} in the person of Medusa, a buxom horror show host played by model Jennifer Richards in a Medusa dress.

* ''Literature/VoyageOfTheBasset'' portrays Medusa like this. Link to the other wiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyage_of_the_Basset Voyage of the Basset here]].
* The main character of the Spanish novel ''La Dama Del Alba'' (The Lady Of The Dawn) was [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Death herself]], but she looked like a reasonably attractive woman and actually envied mortals because they could love - everything ''she'' touched died.
* The Gorgon in the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series is pretty and the ReluctantMonster version. The petrification was the result of her magical talent, [[PowerIncontinence which she couldn't turn off]]. She eventually married Magician Humphrey, who gave her a magic veil that rendered her face invisible. She found at least [[MundaneUtility one practical use for her talent]] -- glaring at pans of milk to make 'gorgon-zola cheese', which was noted by Dolph to be a little crumbly.
* ''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 ''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?) 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, but in ''Literature/{{Divine Blood|Novels}}'' Eija Semezou is a gothically beautiful Japanese-Greek girl with an [[SupernaturalFearInducer aura that terrifies most 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Medusa in ''Film/VoyageOfTheUnicorn'', played by Eurasian actress [[http://bestuff.com/images/images_of_stuff/210x600/voyage-of-the-unicorn-152984.jpg Kira Clavell]].
* In a ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'' episode entitled "Miss May Dusa", an attractive and relatively normal looking gorgon awakens after having spent several centuries as a mannequin. She meets up with a blind musician in a subway and shares her sad story, only to catch her own reflection and end up back where she started.
* The Medusans from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': [[GoMadFromTheRevelation you'll be driven insane]] [[BrownNote just by looking at them]]. They're actually quite friendly, and it's not their fault they make you go crazy when you look at them.
* Natira, Scorpius's mistress on ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. She's even referred to as "Medusa" by [[TheNicknamer Crichton]].
* ''Series/SpecialUnit2'' had medusae Links, two extremely attractive sisters who would pick up guys in a bar, take them to their place, and turn them into stone. Going undercover, O'Malley has to decide which of the two pairs of girls were the Links and which simply wanted a threesome with him. He guesses right: whichever pair is going to go to any lengths to get him. The other girls were a little new at this.
* An episode of ''Series/BloodTies'' involves a Medusa who was a very beautiful woman. The characters specifically mention that she was so beautiful that a god raped her on the steps of Athena's temple. Athena got pissed off and turned her into a monster. (Actually, this was how it happened in actual mythology, at least in one version; the god in question was Poseidon). Hence Medusa's hate for anyone who thinks she's beautiful. She actually liked Mike because he seemed to genuinely care about her rather than her looks. She would seduce male models (usually younger than her), be their sugar mama, and then turn them into stone out of spite. When Vicki finds the statue of her latest victim, she takes it back to her office, only for the medusa's {{Mook}} to break in and destroy it. Apparently, not even [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] are immune to her stone gaze. After Vicki [[OffWithHisHead takes her head]] with a sword, all victims (except for the crushed one) are fine.
* 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.
* 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''.]]
* 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.

* In Menotti's ''Unicorn, Gorgon, and Manticore'', when the secluded mad scientist lies to the townspeople and tells them that he's killed his Gorgon, the townspeople wail over "The gorgeous, gorgeous Gorgon, the pride of his age!" (These are the same townspeople who previously believed the Gorgon was the ugliest creature they'd ever seen.)

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/{{CMLL}} EMLL]]'s Medusa who wrestled in the 1980s was a very pretty lady. Not the case with the Medusa of 2000s, who became more intimidating without her mask(as intimidating as a {{jobber}} can be), [[BaldWoman until she lost her hair]].[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''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... 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.
** Likewise lamias, unlike their fairly monstrous namesake from Myth/ClassicalMythology, are basically centaurlike (only with a feline lower body) and attractive enough (both males and females) that they use their looks regularly to lure people to their doom.
** 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]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', Medusae (the result of Gorgons feeding normal humans their blood) can make themselves look pretty very easily. Unfortunately, for the big tricks to work, [[GameFace they gotta get ugly]]. The Gorgons themselves have a ''much'' harder time fitting in.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Banestorm'' points out that Medusae typically have the Beautiful Appearance advantage.

* The ''Toys/MonsterHigh'' doll Deuce Gorgon is a rare male example, who only has scales and snakes on his head, which he fashions into a mohawk. Otherwise, he is your typical handsome teen. To be fair, "attractive monster people" is pretty much the whole theme of the franchise. His cousin Viperine also counts, being a fashionable and respected movie makeup artist.
* Boss Fight Studios' planned Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S.' Medusa and Gorgon armies largely invert this trope, but a Medusa variant [[http://bossfightstudio.com/bfs/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Joecon14_8.jpg portrays her]] as a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe with snakes for hair. Stheno on the other hand [[https://bossfightshop.com/collections/series-1/products/virtuvian-h-a-c-k-s-eldest-gorgon-sister-stheno looks like an ordinary woman with snakes for hair]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** Medusa is a recurring boss in the ''Castlevania'' series, but her appearances are almost uniformly aversions of this trope. Her first few appearances are as a floating, disembodied head, while the other ones are similar to her classical ugly design. About the only one where she is conventionally attractive is the appearance from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'', which, while still a giant, disembodied head, is still conventionally pretty.
** If you want a hot Medusa from a ''Castlevania''-related source, look no further than ''Sexy VideoGame/{{Parodius}}''.
** 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 {{Ninja Maid}}s 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'').
* Played straight and then averted in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries''.
** The first Gorgon you meet in [[VideoGame/GodOfWar the first game]], Medusa herself, is fairly attractive (and ''topless'', to boot), but the other Gorgons you meet are not as much ugly as ''[[TheBlank faceless]]''. And then there's ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWarII II]]'''s Euryale...''*shudder*''
** ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' gorgons even more so. Thanks to stunning graphics and JigglePhysics the many gorgons you fight have a slick scaly body and a pretty gorgeous face to match it.
* The [[spoiler: Locust Queen]] in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar2''. It's implied, though, that few humans have ever met the queen and she certainly is not reluctant to be a monster.
** So much so that the Gears [[LampshadeHanging begin to wonder why]] she looks so different compared to the other Locust. [[spoiler: WordOfGod says she's actually human.]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s Naga Queen Lady Vashj seems to be widely regarded as fetish fuel. She is a six-armed mutant elf who not only has snake ''hair'', but also has a snake tail instead of legs.
** This is reportedly what happened to Queen Azshara as well. It is specifically noted that she still retains her otherworldly beauty in stark contrast to her monstrous form.
** Both Death Knights and Dark Rangers such as Sylvanas, despite being described as corpses resurrected after their violent death are rather intact, with the only undead features being {{red|EyesTakeWarning}} or blue {{glowing eyes|OfDoom}}, and a deathly pallor.
** Infested Kerrigan from ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has a little something too, especially on the cover and title screen.
*** Played straight in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BKHO6LsOAU this]] commercial.
* From ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** The Cloud of Darkness in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII''. It's [[EldritchAbomination an avatar of pure destruction out to end existence]] ...but for some reason, it decides to take the form of a completely nude green woman. Her appearance in ''VideoGame/{{Dissidia|FinalFantasy}}'' is [[http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/1/19/Cloud_of_darkness.png pure fanservice]], though based on her [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100705042842/finalfantasy/images/3/3e/Amano_cod.jpg original concept art.]]
** Marilith from the original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' could be seen as this. While she doesn't have the turn-her-enemies-to-stone ability, she's still the deadly powerful demon of fire, and could easily be seen as quite attractive.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'''s bestiary includes a mildly disturbing amount of monsters who are either entirely beautiful women or part beautiful women-part snake, or part spider, or part bat, or...you get the picture.
** The [[SnakePeople Lamia Queen]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' plays type two straightest, being beautiful and seductive and tricksy and perfectly willing to try the mate/kill/eat thing on [[TheHero Firion]].
* The legendary demon of pure destruction, Razgriz, of ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' fame, is always referred as "it" in the game, but the few still images of "it" suggest that "it" is actually a woman ([[EvilRedhead and a redhead, to boot]]). Fanart creators universally think "it" is, in any case.
* The old game ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' manages to combine both. Medusa appears as a cyclops stone head trapped in a wall. Upon her defeat, a CuteMonsterGirl [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_1I7KiCuAU4k/ST3zuz--lEI/AAAAAAAADwM/Rt_kGKJkWSw/s400/medusa_kid_icarus_sprite2.jpg version of Medusa]] ([[http://www.flyingomelette.com/kidicarus/pics/humanmedusa.gif basically resembling a normal woman with green skin and possibly snakes for hair]]) comes out of the head and dies. This is actually her original form, but she was cursed into a hideous gorgon form by Palutena as a result of her evil deeds (a reference to Athena turning Medusa from a priestess into a monster).
** [[CoversAlwaysLie The manual incorrectly portrays her as an overweight cyclops woman when she, in fact, has no body in her monster form]].
** Her updated look in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' does fit the bill; except for her [[http://www.kidicaruswiki.org/File:MedusaPict.png pale skin and the snakes on her head]], she looks pretty good. This is likely her uncursed Goddess form, rather than the monster Palutena turned her into. A particularly interesting take on the gorgon design since she has normal (albeit [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green]]) hair growing from her head as well as the snakes.
*** [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel She regains her hideous face from the first game in her boss fight]]. It's explained that she was using {{Glamour}} to make her face look human, but she let the mask slip because she needed all her power to fight Pit.]]
* The Mythology based RTS ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' has the archer variant like the one from ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''.
* Carmilla from the ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' is a gorgon. It helps that she was originally a good-natured human who was killed because of her [[BadPowersGoodPeople petrification ability]] and that she (at least her spirit) ends up on your side in [[NoExportForYou the third installment]].
* The Medusae in the [=PS1=] game ''VideoGame/DeathtrapDungeon'' manage to both play this trope straight and subvert it - [[ButterFace their faces are pretty monstrous]], but [[MsFanservice their figures]], on the other hand...
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' where the class description of Gorgon calls it a "beautiful and cursed creature" when its more of a full on snake humanoid with snakes for hair and arms.
* Medusa from ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'' fits this trope. Even though she's trying to kill you, she's still fairly nice looking for someone who's [[SnakePeople half snake]].
* Cassiopeia in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is a gorgeous Naga, but her backstory claims she was a beautiful woman who turned into a monster when she double-crossed one of the men she seduced for information. She even says "You called me beautiful once", but aside from being a naga, she's ''still'' beautiful.
** After a retcon, she got the shape from a [[AncientEgypt Shuriman]] tomb trap after betraying Sivir, the mercenary captain she'd hired.
* Played with interestingly for the Beauty and Beast Corps from ''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 ''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).
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': The Chosen Undead can meet three: [[TragicMonster Queelag]], [[IllGirl The Fair Lady]] and [[MysticalWaif Priscilla]]. All three are Type 1 ([[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]].
* 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]]''.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' made Medusa into a lithe, pale skinned beauty whose 'snakes' were just ankle-length hair that got blown around a lot during battle, and the whole 'turn to stone' thing was easily mitigated by an enchanted visor or [[{{Meganekko}} sexy nerd glasses]]. Oh, and she's really attractive too. Who is she? [[spoiler:Rider.]]
** {{Justified|Trope}} in that this is supposed be Medusa ''before'' she was transformed into a monstrous creature. As well as the fact that WordOfGod says that history is WrittenByTheWinners, so what is recorded in legend is not necessarily what actually happened in-universe. In fact, this may even be an example of ShownTheirWork, as most myths actually present Medusa as having once been very beautiful, either being turned into a monster because of Athena's jealousy, or because Poseidon had sex with her (or raped her, the myths vary) in Athena's temple. [[spoiler:Rider]] can still become the famous ugly monster version for a power boost. She just chooses not to because she loses control of herself in the process.
** In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', she gets an alternate class as an Avenger that puts her somewhere between her humanoid form and the "ugly monster" of myth, having long claws, scales, golden wings, the snakes for hair...but with her more [[BoobsOfSteel feminine features]] still very much on display. Her personality is much [[FemmeFatale darker]] in this form, however, and her Noble Phantasm has her [[OneWingedAngel completely transforming into the "ugly monster" form]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Aurielle Goldenscale from ''Webcomic/{{Monsterful}}''; she's a sexy, blond (her snakes have yellow scales) gorgon teacher, and even though she's really gorgeous, she's also a big, mean teacher. She will petrify any student that doesn't follow her rules either partially or entirely and is feared by most of the students of Addams High for this.
* Ferretina the Weasel Queen in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''.
* One briefly shows up as a patient in ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors''. Her name is Yuri (a shortening of Euryale) and she has a boyfriend named "Percy" (a shortening of "Perseus"). She's visiting the doctors to have herself turned into a non-Gorgon so she doesn't worry about turning him to stone.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', form 2 Aylee and the current incarnation aren't ugly to the eyes...well, except for the lack of a nose and pupils, but a little paint and prosthetics let her pass for human.
** Justified, since it was a subconscious choice. At a certain point, Aylee's transformations were in response to threats she couldn't deal with, so she evolved appropriate defenses (EMP blasts to deal with nanites, spirit-binding seals to avert natural death, a mind-protecting helmet to stop telepathy, etc). In the last case, she feared not being accepted by humanity, so she evolved a form that would have greater chances of being accepted. Well, by half the population, at least...
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' has a variation where the "victim" is looking at the gorgon's...gorge. [[MyEyesAreUpHere He's not petrified]], but [[{{Pun}} rock-hard]].
* Mona from ''Webcomic/PilliAdventure'' is a gorgon. She doesn't think of herself as "gorgeous", though, mostly due to Monsters having different standards of beauty.
* 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=].
* The Gorgon and Elan from ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate''. They actually both look pretty normal, excepting the snakes.
* 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.
* ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' has a few characters who qualify. First of all, there's Phix, who has a bit of a HotLibrarian thing going, despite being a sphinx. On top of that, an [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/another-scholar/ actual gorgon]] (mildly NSFW, even though nothing is showing) seen at the library fits this trope quite well.
* The titular medusa from ''Webcomic/ModestMedusa'' is at least cute rather than hideous.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Medusa from the animated ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' series. Here, she's a good-natured green-skinned girl who just wants "a friend that isn't a total [[JustForPun rock]]-head". Aphrodite helps her out with a pair of [[AnachronismStew magical heart-shaped sunglasses]] that keep her stone gaze at bay.
** Helped in that she was voiced by Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt.
* A gorgon appears briefly in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Except for the green skin and snake hair, she is fairly average looking and, oddly, has a New York/Jersey accent.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' has Medusa and the gorgons as a group of attractive, {{Alpha Bitch}}y cheerleader types that fuss over split ends -- split ends, in this case, meaning ''two-headed snakes''.
* Medusa appeared in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''; she wasn't exactly beautiful, but she appeared to be a satire of Joan Rivers and more-or-less harmless. (''Maybe''... There ''was'' a statue nearby the place where she was talking to someone, likely the remains of a victim.)
* ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' also had an attractive gorgon cheerleader, named Duzer.
* In Disney's ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', Jasmine got turned into a "hideous snake person" by Mirage. Truth be told, there wasn't all that much that's hideous about her, but the poisoned spines were something of a turn-off... to everyone except Aladdin, [[YouAreWorthHell who willingly dosed himself with the same potion to be with her]].
* M'gann in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' turns out to be a non villainous variant of the shape shifting kind in progressively deeper levels of deception. She originally pretends her true form has {{green skin|nedSpaceBabe}} and brown hair. She eventually lets her friends know he true martian form is naturally bald and eyebrowless, and her hair was an affectation to fit in. Bald M'gann is still as cute and curvy, and has her revelation met with general positivity. [[spoiler: Turns out that it goes deeper. As a white Martian, she's a huge, bony, exposed brain monstrosity that hid her true species and shape out of fear of persecution and rejection...]] and Superboy loves her regardless.