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[[caption-width-right:350:[[TheWoobie Poor, poor Quasimodo…]]]]

->''"You are deformed. And you are ugly. And these are crimes for which the world shows little pity."''
-->-- '''Frollo''', ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''

A character that induces both [[UncannyValley fear]] and [[TheWoobie pity]] in viewers because his deformities belie a perfectly normal -- if not noble -- personality. The pathos associated with The Grotesque is the implication that he could easily have become a well-adjusted member of society if not for the hideousness that he is powerless to remedy.

He is very rarely presented as the villain and frequently overlaps with the ReluctantMonster and TragicHero. The defining trait of The Grotesque is that his [[GentleGiant hideous appearance belies a gentle personality]] that is doomed to mistreatment because of society's shallowness. We, the viewers, are left feeling like the only ones who can see him for who he truly is, and [[TheWoobie want to comfort him]] with the knowledge that he's not alone in his quiet suffering.

The Grotesque does not necessarily have to be ''physically'' deformed; he can be mentally or socially deformed, so long as we continue to see the good within and wish that it can somehow overcome the badness masking it.

Don't expect any of that to allow [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality someone this ugly to get a happy ending]], ''especially'' if they're female. Grotesques are universally tragic characters.

Contrast RedRightHand, where the outer deformity is symbolic of an inner corruption. Not to be confused with the kind of "grotesque" that adorns old gothic rooftops -- see OurGargoylesRock. Compare GentleGiant. May result from a PowerUpgradingDeformation.

Not to be confused with mindless violence film ''Grotesque''.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Jinenji from the ''Anime/InuYasha'' episode "Jinenji, Kind yet Sad" is a huge monster with bulging eyes, but all he wants to do is farm medicinal herbs. The episode even had a mob of villagers with TorchesAndPitchforks as a ShoutOut.
* Oniwakamaru from the third episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''. He wasn't just ugly, he was also ''huge'', and like Jinenji faced constant harassment by villagers with TorchesAndPitchforks. Fuu befriends him, being perhaps the only person to ever look at him and not see a monster, but [[spoiler:Mugen still kills him in the end.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has a number of examples.
** All of the Oniwabanshuu are this, shunned by society but taken in by Aoshi and therefore loyal to him. Hannya is a particularly good example, since he was partly modeled on Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man".
** Fuji, one of Shishio's minions, is about 20-feet tall and has been treated like a monster or a living weapon.
** Yatsume, who works for Enishi also likely qualifies since for poorly justified reasons, his family [[CaptainErsatz turned him into]] [[SpiderMan Venom]], which entailed stretching his limbs so they were freakishly long and doing something that gave him fangs and a long, lolling tongue.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.
** The Child of Guts and Casca was conceived as a normal baby when [[spoiler: the two made love]], but then everything took a tragic turn for the worse when [[spoiler: his mother was viciously raped by Griffith when he turned into Femto, thus tainting her womb with his demonic essence and turning the developing child into misshapen and deformed fetus, [[FetusTerrible compelling him to take up a nature of evil]] [[TouchedByVorlons and giving him supernatural powers at the same time]].]] However, while instinctively "evil", the [[LoveRedeems Child loves his parents too much to actually be evil]]. Sadly, his father does not feel much sympathy for what happened to him, [[ThatThingIsNotMyChild seeing him as nothing more than a byproduct of a horrible event]] [[MyGreatestFailure that he failed to prevent]], and Guts would have even [[OffingTheOffspring killed him]] had [[MamaBear Casca]] not interfered. Nevertheless, the Child strives to [[ParentsInDistress help his parents]] whenever possible, up until the point of the mock Eclipse [[spoiler: where the Child expends the last of his energy and powers to save his mother…]]
** The Egg of the Perfect World (or the Behelit Apostle). During his life as a human, he was a nameless [[LonersAreFreaks outcast of society]] who [[TheCollectorOfTheStrange collected dead bodies]] at the base of the Tower of Conviction. When he came across a [[EggMacGuffin Behelit]] and sacrificed the world so that it may become perfected, he became the Behelit-shaped apostle that was in the present, though no one knew of his existence. The Egg of the Perfect World, though an Apostle, is one of the first to be introduced that wasn't evil or just crazy. In the final events at the Tower of Conviction, [[spoiler: he comes across the weakened Child, whom he saw as kindred for being deformed, forgotten, and unloved. As an act of pity, he consumes the Child so that he could have one moment of tenderness in his life before he and the Egg of the Perfect World were killed during the mock eclipse, when Griffith reincarnates himself into the human world.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Arseface from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''. After blowing the left half of his face off imitating Music/KurtCobain, he realizes the error of his self-pitying ways and vows to be a good person. Once he encounters the heroes, he ends up becoming a chart-topping singer even though no one can understand a word he says outside of Jesse. [[EarnYourHappyEnding At the end of the story he meets up with a one-eyed girl who constantly hallucinates people's appearances, and sees him as a beautiful blond man]].
** Arseface is also TheUnintelligible and Lorrie Bobs is a one eyed girl due to her inbred family, and also has a visual disorder that makes her see everything as something else. They both are magnificent subversions of this trope: These two hideous beings are the only two truly decent human beings who will EarnYourHappyEnding [[DysfunctionJunction in all the cast]] (Jessie, Tulip and Cassidy have heavy ProtagonistCenteredMorality): Arseface [[RescueRomance rescued Lorrie from some bullies]], and Lorrie’s visual disorder is a virtual rose colored glass (she seems Arseface as handsome) . In Preacher, [[AnAesop everyone is a grotesque freak. Except the guy with an arse for a face and the one eyed girl]].
* Ephialtes from ''ComicBook/ThreeHundred''. Looks almost exactly like the Hunchback picture (top), showed the Spartan army the 'goats trail' that the Persians could use to flank them at the pass of Thermopylae, and asked to join the fight. King Leonidas's given reason for rejecting his aid is that his deformity makes him unable to form part of the Spartans' highly effective phalanx strategy ([[FridgeLogic which is plausible up until the point]] where [[HollywoodTactics everyone immediately breaks ranks to leap into single combat]]). After being denied the right to fight alongside the Spartans, he went to Xerxes and told him of the goat pass and switched sides -- which, one supposes, means [[BeautyEqualsGoodness his outer deformity eventually reflected his inner feelings of rejection and jealousy]]. That certainly fits with the ideology of [[MasterRace the Spartans]], who [[TruthInTelevision did in real life]] kill any children that were born deformed.
* Ben Grimm, the Thing, from the ComicBook/FantasticFour (at least at first -- by now, he's the idol o' millions.).
* Vlad from ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' plays with this trope, albeit with much less active persecution. (Except in Chicago, where, as the "Meat Man", he's blamed for a slasher's murders.) Most recurring characters get used to his appearance fairly quickly. He ''does'' wear a mask virtually all the time, though. He was also much more misshapen as a child -- the butcher who raised him found him in a dumpster, obviously abandoned by his birth parents due to his deformities.
* Much of the first volume of ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' involves the [[WasOnceAMan "muck-encrusted mockery of a man"]] inspiring fear in most people, when he is a kind scientist who wanted to help end world hunger. For a long time, very few people treat him as anything but a monster even when he saves their lives.
* In ComicBook/XMen, any mutant whose mutation affects their outer appearance. And, as part of the FridgeLogic inherent in X-Men, The Thing mentioned above is a celebrity while Nightcrawler is forced to use a holographic disguise to avoid attention.
** Invoked with the Morlocks, a group of sewer-dwelling mutants whose mutation also incured [[PowerUpgradingDeformation a more or less severe physical deformity]].
* The [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] character, ComicBook/BetaRayBill, was a warrior who was genetically modified to into a mighty, if ugly, monster to protect his people. During Bill and Thor's first encounter, each thought was a monster meaning to do harm. However, when Bill accidentally struck Thor's hammer when it was in its walking stick form, he was transformed into a variant of Thor himself yielding the hammer, a feat that could only be accomplished by the noblest of heroes.
* ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperheroes'': The tomb of "Hate Face" tells his story in this manner. "The face of a devil, the soul of an angel. He rescued millions, yet none could bear his revolting visage. Some say he died in battle--Others say it was his broken heart that killed him!"

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Ziggy}}''. He doesn't cause fear in the audience, but pity. He's also pretty deformed compared to everyone else he interacts with. He's also [[TheWoobie tragic]] as [[CrapsackWorld mishap after mishap]] befalls him, as the comic's punchline.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Francoeur from ''WesternAnimation/AMonsterInParis'' is a seven-foot-tall flea who's actually gentle, kind, curious, and passionate. The song that shares the film's title is a soulful lament about how his life thus far as a "monster" after being grown to his spectacular size in an accident has left him too hurt and afraid to show his true self.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Darkman}}'': Dr. Peyton Westlake, a.k.a. Darkman, is a SuperHero version of this trope. At least, [[MasterOfDisguise in his natural form]].
* ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' mostly subverts this. We do not pity them, because they're all so damned cheerful, except for those tied up in the romantic plot (because LoveHurts ''everyone''), but even they get a happy ending.
* The title character in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''. A bit of a twist, though, in that -- being played by Creator/JohnnyDepp -- he's quite handsome. He simply has NoSocialSkills, and has the unfortunate tendency to cut things up by accident, due to being a golem with scissors instead of fingers.
* Subverted in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' with The Penguin, who wants revenge on Gotham City for his parents abandoning him at birth due to his deformity. He blackmails [[ShoutOut Max]] [[Film/{{Nosferatu}} Shreck]], a VillainWithGoodPublicity, into making him appear to be kind and gentle so the citizens will elect him Mayor. When Batman reveals that the Penguin holds them in contempt, they immediately turn upon him, so he decides to forgo any pretense of humanity ("I am not a human being! I am an animal! Cold-blooded!", a sort of dark spoof of the above ''Elephant Man'') as he proceeds with his master plan to kill all of the first-born sons in the city - a plan he had used the city's sympathy to further without their knowing it: "researching" his parents' identities (it's implied in the novelization that [[spoiler: he actually killed them many years before "finding" their graves]]), he picked up the information about all the other parents who had sons from birth records. When Batman foils this plan, Penguin goes over the edge, instructing his penguins to kill everyone in the city, which Batman foils with the same electronic technique that he used to reveal the Penguin's villainy to the public.
* Jaws, from the ''Film/JamesBond movies'', becomes this after his HeelFaceTurn in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. The actor who played him, Creator/RichardKiel, has acromegaly like Creator/RondoHatton, below. In a twist, not only does Redemption ''not'' Equal Death, but he manages to get himself a girlfriend out of the deal (and a {{Meganekko}} who's [[PintsizedPowerhouse almost as strong as he is]], to boot; lucky bastard). Especially when said girl saves Jaws while he was pinned by debris [[spoiler:after chasing Bond in a car that went over a cliff]]!
* Sloth in ''Film/TheGoonies'' is deformed, dimwitted, very strong, and kept as a BerthaInTheAttic by his family. Once he makes friends with Chunk, however, it's clear he's a good guy.
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. The sole survivor of Dr. Totenkopf's uranium mining and experiments, presumably because of radiation poisoning and Totenkopf's genetics experiments.
* Rocky Dennis from ''Film/{{Mask}}'', whose entire life is a ShaggyDogStory (with a few good [[YankTheDogsChain yanks]] for good measure).
* Creator/RondoHatton (April 22, 1894 -- February 2, 1946) was an American actor who had a brief, but prolific career playing thuggish bit parts in many Hollywood B-movies (i.e. ''Film/TheBruteMan''). He was known for his brutish facial features which were the result of acromegaly, a disorder of the pituitary gland. His primary role was 'The Creeper', a killer who crushed his victim's spines in a bearhug. However, the Creeper was played as a deformed, dim-witted character that acted as a foil to some other villain's ambitions. Some person would befriend this pathetic, angry hulk of a man, and then use him as a weapon. So partial subversion here.
* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'': Jason Voorhees already had some hydrocephaly. Then he drowned. And upon coming back to life, he's always suffering from both decomposition and [[MadeOfIron injuries that he usually comes over]]. Believe us, the [[CoolMask hockey mask]] [[http://www.moviefanfare.com/jason-voorhees-unmasked/ is doing us a favor]].
* The hunchback from ''Film/ThreeHundred'' is one of those cases. He survived where other malformed Spartan babies were killed at birth and still wants to help the 300 fight the Persians. He gets rejected however, because Leonidas points out that he isn't really fit for battle but is spared out of pity, making it this trope. [[spoiler:Rejected, he goes to accept the Persians' offer.]].

* In Creator/MaryShelley's novel ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', rejection by his MadScientist creator and the rest of society truly turns [[FrankensteinsMonster the creature]] into the monster he outwardly resembles, as sorrow turns to hatred and lust for vengeance.
* OlderThanRadio: Quasimodo of Creator/VictorHugo's ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is an archetypal example.
* Gwynplaine, of ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs'', was, due to a bizarre torture inflicted upon him, not so much ugly as [[SlasherSmile unbelievably disturbing-looking.]] This being another Victor Hugo novel, he didn't end too well.
* ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'':
** While he's supposed to be the villain, the book humanizes the Phantom after his act of mercy; the [[DracoInLeatherPants increasingly sympathetic view]] of the motives behind his actions in later film adaptations has largely overridden his villainous role. It doesn't help that the transfer from book to play and movie has the level of his deformity lowered from "Skeletor" to [[HollywoodHomely "Gerry Butler fell asleep while sunbathing, so his face is a little red"]].
** In the original book by Gaston Leroux, Erik (the titular phantom) subverts this trope in two ways: First: He is not a GentleGiant, but a PsychopathicManChild. Second: Ironically, his VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil attitude lets him fit into society very well, as a TortureTechnician, ProfessionalKiller and succesful {{Blackmail}}er, because HumansAreBastards. The {{Narrator}} lampshades in the Epilogue that Erik, with an ordinary face, ''would have been one of the most distinguished of mankind''. However, even after his [[EvilCannotComprehendGood act of mercy]] he doesn't value human life, and talks casually about Count Phillipe's murder.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s version of the Phantom of the Opera, namely [[spoiler:Walter Plinge]] is deformed mentally, but he ends happily.
* Tyrion "The Imp" Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' definitely fits the bill, due to his dwarfism and other deformities. You can't help feel sorry for him in one scene where he tells his henchman Bronn to find him a prostitute but to make sure to tell her beforehand what he is and how he looks, so she isn't repulsed by his appearance. And then it gets eve worse: [[spoiler: he takes a sword slash across his face in the battle of King's Landing, losing a large chunk of his nose, twisting his lips, and very nearly costing him an eye]].
%%** The Hound suffers a milder version of this trope due to his horribly scarred face; he's certainly not ''gentle'', but he's increasingly been shown to be a better person than most suppose, and he's certainly pitiable (I defy your heart not to twinge any time he cries). It's implied, however, that one of the reasons he's grown up so hard (his brother's horrible presence aside) is that people would immediately be repulsed due to his burns, assuming that [[BeautyEqualsGoodness such a frightening appearance must be indicative of a bad person]]. He once remarks, "Why believe them and not me? Couldn't be my face, could it?"
%%** Brienne of Tarth is a female example. You won't read a chapter she's featured in without someone mentioning what an ugly freak she is. They mockingly call her [[IronicNickname Brienne the Beauty]].
* Beldin from ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is a self-aware form of this. He's a hideously ugly hunchback, but he's also one of the most powerful sorcerers in the world. Nobody outside of his allies and enemies knows what he's capable of, though, because as he puts it, "They can't see past the hump on my back." He isn't ''nice'' by any means, being a horrifically crude and tactless jerk, but a certain percentage of that is a front, as he's firmly on the side of the heroes. Although in the ''Malloreon'' he breaks out of this trope by ''getting'' a happy ending. [[spoiler: ''Vella'' falls in love with him because of the whole "turns into a hawk" thing, and they are last seen, as hawks, disappearing into the sky]].
* ''Literature/ThePiloFamilyCircus'' has its own freakshow, led by the human-shark hybrid Fishboy, a textbook example of The Grotesque. Being the only performer who is consistently polite and welcoming, he is probably the only member of the Circus that doesn't have any rivalries with his fellow performers, and [[MonsterClown Gonko, head of the Clown Division]] refers to Fishboy as "the nicest bastard in this place." However, like all the Freaks, Fishboy wasn't born deformed: he was mutated by the Matter Manipulator (a flesh-sculpting sorcerer who lives in the Circus Funhouse) and forced to live out his life with the others as an object of disgust and mockery. In fact, this is why he [[spoiler: starts an underground resistance movement against the Circus and it's managers, and why he and the other Freaks are the first to die when Kurt Pilo starts hunting for traitors.]]
* [[spoiler:Grim's Grotesques]] from ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'' ultimately end up being this, although they play villain for most of Grim Tuesday.
* Ellie May in ''Tobacco Road'', who would be easily marriageable if not for her harelip.
* ''The Book of the Grotesque'' was the original title of, and the title of the preface to, Sherwood Anderson's ''Winesburg, Ohio''. Everyone in the town takes ownership of a truth, turning them grotesque and the truths themselves into falsehoods.
* Quite a bit of this in the Harlan Ellison story ''Literature/TheAbnormals'', (titled in its television version as 'The Discards'). A group of people is living aboard a spacecraft after a virus causes them all to mutate and afterward be exiled to try and contain the virus. The leader, Sanswope, has an extra head. Another guy has a deformed chest and oversized arm. Many were described in the story and more were added for television.
* In ''Literature/{{Masques}}'', Wolf is, well, a wolf, most of the time, and as such feared by most. Aralorn is unimpressed and still saves him from a pit trap. When he is later seen in human form, his face is disfigured, and he wears a mask over it. When Aralorn finds him, he is rather morally neutral, [[spoiler: having fled from his evil father who made him torture people]], he doesn't hurt anyone, but doesn't help, either. Over the course of the book, with Aralorn to steer him in the right direction, he becomes more and more heroic, and integrated into normal society.
* Giraldus from Creator/RobinJarvis' ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice The Oaken Throne]]'' is a blind, leprous mole who is a kindhearted pilgrim. His disfigured features cause others to feel revulsion and/or pity at the sight of him.
* Lancelot from ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' is a PlayedWith example. Unlike his traditional depiction as a {{Hunk}}, he is ugly to the point of disfigurement, explicitly compared to the modern-day TropeMaker Quasimodo and implied to have limited facial expressions from the extent of his deformity. However, he’s liked and admired by nearly everyone he meets for his prowess as a knight, which ends up giving him BlessedWithSuck that emulates SoBeautifulItsACurse anyway (including being [[RapeAsDrama raped by a young woman he rescues]]- [[MoralEventHorizon twice]]!- and being handed quests left and right, meaning he has to live completely indoors for a few years to stay incognito because his ugliness makes him instantly recognizable). Being liked in general- and loved by the beautiful Guenever- doesn’t assuage his fear that his ugly exterior reflects an equally corrupt interior, either, and the fact that Arthur cares for him so badly contributes directly to the fall of Camelot anyway.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': As explained by Oberyn Martell, when Tyrion was first born all anyone in Casterly Rock, particularly Cersei, could talk about was the monstrous appearance of the youngest Lannister. It was claimed that he is a hermaphrodite with a claw, a red eye, and a tail. While he is not this in actuality, his dwarfism alone is certainly enough for him to be tragically mistreated in the archaic society in which he lives.
* The shapeshifters from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Three episodes have focused on them as the MonsterOfTheWeek ("Skin," "Nightshifter," and [[spoiler:"Monster Movie"]]) and in two of them, each shapeshifter gets a speech about why he is what he is. Most of what we know about them are implied and hinted at in these two speeches: they are born to human parents, but they are supernaturally mutated and very hideous in appearance; they face physical abuse and then run away, but no one will take them in, and they're driven out of every community they go to; they then learn to harness their power of shapeshifting and take revenge upon the world, usually embodying some extreme form of a human flaw (such as aggression or greed). While they are probably the most tragic monsters on the show, the shapeshifters still [[ThouShaltNotKill break the one rule]], so the [[BeautyEqualsGoodness handsome and heroic]] Winchester brothers must put a silver bullet through their hearts every time.
* Several examples in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episodes, such as Andro the mutant in "The Man Who Was Never Born", the Chromoite alien (a blob on legs) from "The Mice", and the scientist changed into a fake alien in "The Architects of Fear".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Sharaz Jek turns out to be horribly deformed by the mud bursts that nearly killed him, but covers it for almost the entirety of the one serial he's in by wearing a black mask (and kinky leather) and living amongst androids "because androids do not see as we see!". Evidently the mud didn't manage to destroy his vanity.
** In the New Series episode 'Silence in the Library', Miss Evangelista fills this role...eventually.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "The Post-Modern Prometheus" is about a man with two (more or less fully functional) faces, who gets treated a monster and almost lynched by the local populace. In the culmination of the episode, Mutato [[YouCanTalk suddenly]] delivers a heartfelt monologue to the [[TorchesAndPitchforks angry mob]], revealing how he lived, suffered, and longed to be with other people, prompting one of the townspeople to exclaim "He is not a monster, he is alright!"
* In ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' the intern Ryan was wannabe Grimm believes that all Wesen must be killed. But its revealed that he's is in fact a Wesen and a very hideous one.

[[folder:Mythology and Religon]]
* The Myth/{{classical|Mythology}} god Hephaestus was consistently described as deformed and disabled -- either because of injuries sustained after his father Zeus threw him from Olympus as a punishment, or because of birth defects which drove his mother Hera to throw him from Olympus in disgust. In both versions of his MultipleChoicePast, Hephaestus was hurled to Earth by his parents, and his deformities either caused this or were caused by this, DependingOnTheWriter.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The original [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] character in the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] was a villainous version of The Grotesque, being what happens when the disfigured, tragic soul decides to take out his anguish and pain on his "normal" tormentors.
* Various "missing link" characters have fit this trope through the years, most notably [[Wrestling/GeorgeSteele George "The Animal" Steele]]. His grotesque, neanderthal-type appearance led to the "Beauty and the Beast" storyline with the beautiful Miss Elizabeth and his most famous feud against Wrestling/RandySavage.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Nosferatu clan of both of ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' Vampire games have this as a defining trait.
** In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Masquerade'', the Nosferatu are all horribly disfigured; most of them [[LooksLikeOrlok look like their namesake]], but a good number of them "just" have hideous growths and scar tissue that could stop a tank shell. It usually reaches the point that merely going in public uncloaked as a Nosferatu breaks the {{Masquerade}}.
** In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', they can still look butt ugly, but the "wrongness" about them is more of a floating quality not tied directly to appearance. One of them can be as pretty as a supermodel, but still disquiet people because they smell strongly of embalming fluid.
** ''Requiem'' also features the Carnival, a bloodline founded by "the Andalusan Mermaid", a circus freak who was saved from her sadistic owner by a passing vampire. Every last one of the Carnival is deformed in some way or another. The book discussing them specifically warns that they tend not to be as nice as traditional freaks were. Their clan of origin, for irony's sake, are [[TheBeautifulElite the Daeva]].
* The ''[[SerialKiller Slasher]]'' {{Sourcebook}} for ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' features Freaks and Mutants as Slasher archetypes. The Freaks draw from sources like ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes2006'' -- individuals who've turned reclusive and atavistic due to their deformities. The Mutants, their natural progression, draw more from sources like ''Film/TheDescent'', as their mutations have caused them to become something other than human.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' adventure ''Trial of the Beast'' features a Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}} ShoutOut called the Beast of Lepidstadt, a flesh golem that has achieved sentience. Although its first act upon awaking was killing its creator, this was an accident caused by the periodic rages flesh golems experience against their will. The Beast has attempted peaceful contact with humanity at multiple points, even teaching itself to speak and recite poetry in an attempt to seem like more of a person, but is always rejected due to its horrific appearance. It isolates itself in a swamp, partly for its own safety, and partly to protect others from the effects of its rages; it has recently acquired a Flesh Golem creation manual, and is studying it in an attempt to control its behavior better.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Klungo, Gruntilda's henchman in ''Banjo-Kazooie''.
* Dr. Jaming from ''[[VideoGame/DarkCloud Dark Cloud 2]]'' is described as a "Tragic Figure". He starts out as a bad guy, but is later said to [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn have a change in heart]] shortly after you beat him. His grandson, who is just as ugly as he was, develops Ixion at his request to do something good and just.]]
* Subverted with ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'''s Necro. He's a young russian man turned into a freakish mutant by unethical experiments out for revenge against those who did it... But is mostly an easygoing, unangsty fellow who kinda likes the powers that came with the looks, and he even has a loving girlfriend.
* Gonzales from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Binding Blade]]'' is a recruitable axe fighter who has great deal of uglyness and a twisted, childlike mind even for a [[ObviouslyEvil bandit's standard]]. Like a classic Grotesque character, Gonzales is a GentleGiant who is bullied by people who judge him from his look and is sent into battle even though he doesn't want to hurt a fly. His traits are acknowledged by [[AllLovingHero Lilina]] as she befriends him.
* The titular ''Videogame/{{Dropsy}}'' is a fat and hideous clown with dull yellow eyes, rotten teeth and a gaping smile, but is also an innocent NonIronicClown who only wishes to hug and befriend all those around him.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has Hanako, a girl with severe burn scars who has suffered greatly because of them.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', there is a man whose head is shaped like a penis. When he is told that, despite his flawless personality, he can't join a noble order of knights because of his looks, he drops his trousers, and shows a penis that is shaped much like the knights' leader's head. "I thought the classy thing was not to mention it". The leader, shamed by this display of superior manners, decides that he may join.
* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'': There's a [[OurLichesAreDifferent very good reason]] Duane keeps his glamour up every waking moment.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Creator/UrsulaVernon's [[http://ursulav.deviantart.com/art/Bog-Unicorn-14403629 Bog Unicorn]].
%%* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
%%** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-191 SCP-191]]
%%** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-811 SCP-811]] as well.
* Bruno from the ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' ''Tale of Woe'' was handsome before being [[BalefulPolymorph transformed by a potion]] [[BeautyToBeast into a deformed monster]]. He still is as goodhearted inside as he was prior to this, though now his appearance could be described as UglyCute at best.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', which took many cues from the Creator/TimBurton ''Batman'' films, the Penguin is ''almost'' this trope played straight. He's nowhere near as evil as, say, ComicBook/TheJoker, but then again he's not even all that ugly (he's certainly less freaky-looking than the Tim Burton film version, though he also has deformed hands). It's implied that deep down he really wants to go straight, [[ChronicVillainy but he just enjoys stealing priceless artifacts too much]] -- and he just can't keep from lashing out at people who make fun of him when he ''does'' try to reform.
** Not just implied. In "Birds of a Feather", he goes straight and actually means it. Then he meets a beautiful woman who, unbeknownst to him, is only dating him for the thrill and attention she'll get from dating a former super criminal (She secretly finds him ''repulsive''). He is head-over-heels for her, buys expensive gifts for her, and even saves her life from muggers, all the while so happy to be an accepted member of society that crime is the last thing on his mind. Like this he is surprisingly good-natured, brave, and kind. [[spoiler:Too bad the truth comes out and he is so hurt and shocked by it that he dives head first back into supervillainy.]]
** Zigzagged with one-shot character "Calendar Girl" in "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE13MeanSeasons Mean Seasons]]" - she was a former supermodel who underwent plastic surgery when her popularity waned, but the results horrified her to the point of seeking revenge on those that drove her to it to begin with. At the climax, though, [[spoiler: her mask shatters, revealing that she's drop-dead gorgeous - but she could only see the flaws [[HollywoodHomely due to what those in her career put her through]].]]
* Used a few times in ''WesternAnimation/CyberSix'' with a few of [[BigBad Von Richter's]] creations.
** Terra, a massive blob monster made of mud, essentially has the mind of a child thanks to [[TheDragon Jose]] messing up its creation. Even after being hit with a dose of PsychoSerum it ultimately [[HeelFaceTurn saves Cyber Six's life]] with a [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] HeroicSacrifice.
** Grizelda from ''Daylight Devil'', a lizard-fish woman that can turn invisible, is seemingly just following orders until she ultimately decides not to kill Cyber Six after the titular character tries to save her life.
** [[spoiler:Von Richter's monsters, the ones from the intro, are unleashed on Cyber Six in the finale. They all immediately attack Von Richter while one smiles at Cyber Six and points to the exit.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Joseph Carey Merrick fit this trope to a tee, especially in Creator/DavidLynch's film adaptation of his life, ''Film/TheElephantMan''.
* One of the better examples of the "Horrid outside, beautiful inside" would be Grace [=McDaniels=], the "Mule Woman", so-called due to facial tumors distorting the lower half of her face into a long "muzzle". She is remembered as being one of the kindest people to ever work the carnival circuit.
* They often took to the only life they could as members of TheFreakshow.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Robinson_(Green_Man) Raymond "Ray" Robinson]] a.k.a "The Green Man" or "Charlie No-Face" . A man from Pennsylvania who was deformed as the result of a childhood accident, he became the subject of an urban myth regarding a "monstrous-looking man" who would venture out into the night and had "glowing green skin". In reality, he was a loved, respected man amongst locals who would take walks at night since he couldn't bear to show himself to the public in broad daylight.
* The late James Vance (cruelly nicknamed "Blastaface" by some on the internet), the named plaintiff in ''James Vance et. al. v. Judas Priest'' and the subject of the documentary film ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rph4s1KOuKw Dream Deceivers]]''. Whatever you may think of the merits of that lawsuit, or the claim that heavy metal music contains subliminal messages and causes real-life violence, James definitely fits this trope.
* An uplifting example is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzie_Velásquez Lizzie Velásquez]], born with an unknown disfiguring condition. After being harassed online as the "world's ugliest woman," Velásquez began speaking out against bullying and earned a reputation for her positivity.
* Another person who managed to work it well was Creator/RondoHatton, who became disfigured from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acromegaly acromegaly]] and put his twisted, brutish face to good use in a number of creepy BMovie roles.