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[[caption-width-right:350:Love knows no genetics.]]

->''"As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?"''
-->-- ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''

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The male is usually a monster physically, capable of great rage and destruction. The female is kind, smart, and emotional. She [[MoralityPet brings out the best in him]]. She sees the good in him and the world; [[BodyguardCrush he smashes anything that threatens her into itty-bitty pieces]]. This often leads to LoveRedeems.

The 'beast' is [[AlwaysMale usually a male character]], but there may be [[{{Beastess}} exceptions]].

The ideal is often so high that [[NoHuggingNoKissing sexual relations are not mentioned]] ([[RuleThirtyFour Not by the creators, at least]]). If they happen or are mentioned, the results could be [[DeathBySex doom]], [[ManOfSteelWomanOfKleenex risky]],
[[HeadtiltinglyKinky kinky]] or [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction mysterious in how it works]]. By means of FunctionalMagic, AppliedPhlebotinum or a good old fashioned TrueLovesKiss, the issue could be avoided entirely by one of them permanently turning into the other's species.

A common variant is making the Beast intelligent and cynical in contrast to a GentleGiant image. For a man who just ''looks'' monstrous, see UglyGuyHotWife (but only so long as the wife is still "beauty"). See also FreakinessShame. If the "beast" part is downplayed, it may be a case of InterspeciesRomance. For the metaphorical variety, see DeathAndTheMaiden.



[[folder:Trope Namer]]
* ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'', naturally. In ''all'' of its incarnations.
** A TV series entitled ''Series/{{Beauty and the Beast|1987}}'' ran on CBS from 1987-1990, starring Linda Hamilton and Creator/RonPerlman as Catherine (the Beauty) and Vincent (the Beast). Despite its brief run and disappointing third season, it spawned a vast and enthusiastic fan following.
** The pair are still happily together after a thousand years of marriage in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', although not without their problems to overcome. Beast usually looks human in the series, but shifts between his human and bestial forms depending on his wife's moods towards him. Also slightly subverted as Beast is a all-round nice guy who doesn't really get that angry, while Beauty is occasionally seen as ambitious and overly-critical.
** Completely subverted in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' where yes, a man is cursed into a beast unless he gets together with a woman. Except that he's somewhat of a nerd, refuses to fall in love with anyone, and ''doesn't care'' what he looks like. Meanwhile, the ''beauty'' won't stop badgering him to fall in love with her so he can turn into a handsome man again.
** There is quite a hilarious Italian porno based on Beauty and the Beast... the stipulation of course being that she has to love him in ALL ways. When the beast finally gets ready to get biz-zay... well, let's just say [[SpecialEffectFailure Robot Monster]] would have been more titillating. And then the camera just has to focus more on the guy in the cut-up shag carpet than the woman while an epic romantic aria plays softly in the background. That was either the worst porn movie ever, or the greatest Dadatic deconstruction of one.
** Subverted on an episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. Monstrous Doglion retells the story with guest-star-of-the-week in a speechless dance. At the end, when true love blossoms despite their differences, [[spoiler:she turns into a monster]] and they go away happily.
** Subverted again in another episode of ''The Muppet Show''. Guest star Ruth Buzzi, dressed as a princess-ish wife to slovenly BigEater Sweetums, tries to get amorous, singing "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" while serving Sweetums, who, in turn, [[TheMasochismTango cruelly rebuffs her]]. This escalates into Ruth [[DestructoNookie proclaiming her love to Sweetums by whomping]] the (metaphorical) stuffing out of him in a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
--->'''Sweetums:''' ''Now that's my kind of woman!

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Briareos and Deunan in ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}''. Briareos is a rather large and unmistakable cyborg (what with the eight eyes and literal rabbit-ear antennae), although they began their relationship ''before'' he got shot up and turned into a big metal man. Notably, despite his mechanical form, they apparently still are able to continue their relationship as normal. Yes, even ''that''.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'':
** [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Chrono's a demon with a terrifying amount of power, and Rosette is a blond, petite nun that keeps him in check]]. Surely they're an example of this trope, right? Except that Chrono has a gentle, emotional, loving personality, while Rosette is loud, HotBlooded, violent and overall a loose cannon. There are ''some'' signs of the archetypes there--Rosette getting hurt is Chrono's BerserkButton, and Rosette IS a very kind person despite her temper--there's definitely a stark contrast between these two and the typical portrayal.
** Played much, ''much'' straighter with Chrono and Mary Magdalene. When Chrono met Mary, he was either a loner coping with survivor's guilt and UnstoppableRage (manga version) or a rebellious demon who is mentioned using a woman for pleasure and discarding her when she became "boring" (anime version). Mary, however, is a pure, holy saint with [[TheIngenue ingenue]] qualities whose gentle nature convinces Chrono to give humans a chance.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Inuyasha and Kagome, although it seems most of the [[BeautyEqualsGoodness good demons in that series are beautiful]] and the bad ones are {{Body Horror}}s at best. Inuyasha is typically violent as the 'beast' (claws included) while Kagome is the kind, more open-hearted 'beauty.'
** Gender flipped by the parents of the Thunder brothers.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Played with for Ladd and Lua. Sure, psychotically violent Ladd's gonna make sure nobody touches his girl, but only because ''he'' wants to be the one to kill her. Lua is [[MadLove disturbingly okay]] [[DeathSeeker with this]].
* ''Manga/HayateCrossBlade'' has Ensuu, described as a "beast" even in canon, and her partner Meiko (She's definitely far from ugly). Subverted in that Ensuu appears to be more BloodKnight than mindless animal, and that Meiko is actually a {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch.
* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'': Roberto is a Beast in every sense possible, [[FaceOfAThug not exactly the most handsome of men]], [[AxCrazy psychopathically violent]], and [[PsychoForHire capable of great rage and destruction]] without a doubt. Naturally, he deserves a Beauty and he gets the Beauty he deserves: [[{{Bishonen}} the angelically beautiful]] and terrifyingly [[ForTheEvulz amoral]] [[Manga/{{Monster}} Johan]]. [[PsychoSupporter From a certain perspective]], Johan ''definitely'' [[TheDragon brings out the best in him]]. Unfortunately for Roberto, this is a subversion, as his love for Johan is one-sided due to Johan being completely inhuman.
* Played with in Kyo and Tohru from ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. While he's technically a human that turns into a cat when embraced by members of the opposite sex, [[spoiler:Kyo's "true" form is actually a monster]]. Furthermore, Kyo tends to consider himself a monster even when he's fully human.
* In an episode of ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}} TRY'', the heroes help out a fish woman (read: giant talking fish with arms and legs) who's in a relationship with a human man against her father's wishes get components for a potion that can supposedly help them out. [[spoiler:It doesn't work, because although she gets turned into a human, he becomes a fish man!]]
* ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'': Hamel might be very handsome and look nearly angelical at times ([[InformedAbility though it takes a while]] [[ArtEvolution for the manga artwork to reflect this fact]]), but, being [[HalfHumanHybrid the son of the Demon King]] means he has a god-awful-looking alternate monster form he slips into whenever he loses his mind (though it can look compelling in the hands of the right artist). He's also a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerkish brat who puts on an arrogant façade to push people away]]. Also, kind, cute Flute is the one who not only [[ThePowerOfLove turns him back into his human form]], but also the one who coaxes him into [[CharacterDevelopment slooooowly dropping the]] {{Jerkass}} [[CharacterDevelopment 'tude]].
* ''Manga/HyperPolice'': Tommy is a werewolf pretty much permanently stuck in wolf form, and deeply in love with Peau, a human woman. Though she rejects him at first, eventually they date, become a couple and even have children. A lot of children.
* Krory and Eliade in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. Though Krory isn't ugly, he's vampire-like, has a feral and bloodthirsty SplitPersonality, and everyone in the village he lives in sees him as a monster. Eliade, on the other hand, is a beautiful woman who loves him despite what he is. [[spoiler:Subverted, as it turns out Krory is a human with Innocence in his teeth that makes him thirst for Akuma blood, and Eliade is an Akuma who hopes Krory's love will redeem her.]]
* Nanami and Tomoe in ''Manga/KamisamaKiss''. Nanami is a sweet teenage girl who inadvertently becomes the new Land God of Mikage Shrine and gains Tomoe, [[{{kitsune}} a ruthless fox-demon]], as a familiar who isn't too fond of taking orders from her. Naturally, they start becoming attracted to each other.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a non-romantic subversion in [[ExtremeOmnivore Gluttony]] and [[TheBaroness Lust]]. Gluttony is the Homunculi's DumbMuscle and has a lot of trouble getting through the day without someone telling him what to do; Lust is the brains and provides the orders that the big lug needs. The subversion comes from the fact that Lust is by far the more evil of the two, being a CardCarryingVillain & DarkActionGirl who gets her kicks by hurting people, while Gluttony is an ObliviouslyEvil dopey AntiVillain. She does keep him focused though, and hurting her is without a doubt his BerserkButton, complete with going OneWingedAngel.
* In one chapter of ''Manga/MermaidSaga'', Mana is kidnapped by a man who consumed mermaid flesh and turned into a monster. Unlike most people who this happens to, he keeps his human mind...usually. While Mana pities him, he still has a breakdown and attacks her [[spoiler:and Yuuta has to kill him. He gets his human mind back as he dies, and [[TearJerker Mana comforts him]]]].
* ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}:'' Kaiman and Nikaido. One is a lizard headed guy, the other is a beautiful blonde.
* ''Manga/DeathNote''
** Rem and Misa have a same-sex version of this dynamic. Misa is the first and only human Rem regards highly and she's willing to disregard shinigami law for her sake. Tragically subverted in that Misa doesn't appear to care that much about her and lets Light manipulate her as he pleases.
** There's also Misa with Gelus, a Shinigami who fell in love with her and began to observe her from the Shinigami Realm. Gelus was small, ugly and knew that Misa didn't know he existed or that she would ever love him. When he sees her approaching death through a crazed, stalking fan, Gelus writes the fan's name in the Death Note and saves Misa's life, but dies himself because he broke a Shinigami's rule. While Rem tells Misa of this story, Misa finds the idea romantic.
* Played with in ''Anime/SpiderRiders'' with Buguese and Aqune. Even if Buguese is the most humanoid Insector, he's still not exactly... human. First, we have the setup of Aqune willingly staying in the Insector castle, giving up any better life she could have had. Aqune is the gentle, nurturing, empathetic one. She tries to see the good in everyone. Buguese is the brooding, cynical, angry one. Despite his hate for humans, it's very clear he has a soft spot for Aqune. [[spoiler: Freeing her is the last thing he does before confronting Mantid, which he expects will kill him.]]
* ''Manga/TheAncientMagusBride'' : Chise who's a Human and fairly pretty Sleigh Beggy and her fiance and magic teacher Ellias whoose a [[SurrealSymbolicHeads deer-headed]]-[[HumanoidAbomination demon]] like fae.

* In Renaissance artwork, the motif ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_and_the_Maiden_%28motif%29 Death and the Maiden]]'' can be considered a variant of the trope. A dance of death between a woman of age with the personification of death [[spoiler:(usually portrayed as a [[TheGrimReaper withered corpse or skeleton]])]]. Some consider this to be a romantic image, while others simply see it as a metaphor for the contrast between life and death.
* [[http://www.luisroyofantasy.com/en/index.php Luis Royo's]] paintings frequently contain images of this.
* Jesus Frankenstein and Pumpkinhead from ''Website/{{Grindhouse and Watercolors}}'' fall under this category.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Benjamin J Grimm, a.k.a. the Thing, and the blind girl, Alicia Masters, from the ComicBook/FantasticFour. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the second movie, where Johnny asks Ben about the details. Ben is not amused.
* Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, a Franchise/MarvelUniverse SuperHero team, feature a beautiful, buxom blonde and a shadowed, hidden black man. Cloak tends to be the darker of the two (no surprise) and is more prone to violence and angst. Dagger is the front woman, and in a minor subversion, they actually feed off of each other -- Cloak depends on her to keep him alive, by feeding him light-energy to resist the drain of his powers, and Dagger needs a safe outlet to release the energy that builds up inside her or it'll kill her.
* Marvel has an interesting example, [[ComicBook/XMen Beast]] was in a relationship with Abigail Brand, an attractive woman with green hair. Personality wise, Beast is kind and gentle and Brand... isn't.
* DC's ''ComicBook/AngelAndTheApe'', a fairly obscure detective series from the late 1960s, avoided ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin only by virtue of the fact that Angel is her name, not a literal description. The ape, on the other hand...[[note]]Humans are ''technically'' apes, but Sam Simeon, the Ape in question, is a gorilla. Under at least one writer he was [[ComicBook/TheFlash Gorilla Grodd]]'s grandson.[[/note]]
* Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'' has an inversion: Komodo and Hardball. Komodo is female and reptilian, while Hardball is an attractive blond guy with energy powers.
* ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' has a same-sex version with Wiccan, a SquishyWizard, and Hulkling, well, a Hulk-esque shapeshifter.
* Tragic example: Marv and Goldie in ''ComicBook/SinCity''. He has a single beautiful night with a HookerWithAHeartOfGold. Then she is murdered horribly, and Marv framed for the murder. Cue the RoaringRampageOfRevenge...
* Snake Eyes and Scarlett from ''Franchise/GIJoe''. She's a beautiful, cheerful (her file-card mentions it's difficult to believe someone as deadly as her could have such good sense of humour) [[HeroesWantRedheads redhead]]. He's a [[TheVoiceless mute]], orphaned killing machine suffering constant pain from a face so horribly scarred it's been known to shock people who see it into a sort of traumatic paralysis. Scarlett isn't just the love of his life, she's the main reason he bothers to go on living in the first place.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has Rex and Natalie of the First Family. He's a giant orange dinosaur monster with rocky scales and the prince of Monstro City; she's an energy being who internalizes her powers to become a SizeShifter giantess. TheyFightCrime!
* Snow White and "Bigby" Wolf in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'': she's a fairy-tale princess, he's, well, the Big Bad Wolf himself. Of course, it helps that she's actually an iron-willed political leader ("You dumb bastards! I'm Snow White! I run Fabletown, and I'm never outgunned!") and that he can take on human form (making him essentially a Wolfwere who can also turn into a Werewolf).
* Amora Comicbook/TheEnchantress takes great pride in her own beauty and appreciates handsome men just fine. But being an immortal ages-old goddess, she is able to see beyond mere physical attractiveness. She kept Skurge, an imposing brutish warrior, at her side for centuries and cherished him. She also once took Keep, a huge and only vaguely humanlike thing of green wood and tendrils with a truly monstrous face, to her bed. She remarked that it was a suitably '''epic''' experience.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In "Literature/TheFrogPrince", the beauty breaks the frog curse on the prince ''by killing him'' (resurrected as a human, he then reveals that his curse could be broken only by a female killing him). This tale predates the "Beauty and the Beast" tales by centuries. Much later versions of the Frog Prince make the cure a kiss instead of a killing, but in most of the original tales, death or beatings at the hands of a woman were the only ways to turn the beast into a man.
* Many other classic fairy tales are variations on this trope, like "The Singing Springing Lark", "Literature/EastOfTheSunWestOfTheMoon" and others.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Name any ''ComicBook/XMen'' romance fanfiction involving ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} or the Beast. Now see how many of those feature a female protagonist who is not a mutant herself.
* Lampshaded in the title of the ''{{WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse}}'' [[CrackPairing Murderface/Skwisgaar]] SlashFic ''Beauty and the Bassist''. Murderface is by no means a monster, but he is an UglyCute Type A male {{Tsundere}} who can be awfully abrasive, and Skwisgaar is about as close to a bishonen as the show's art style gets.
** Played for humor in story's [[http://pics.livejournal.com/dethfiction/pic/00010y2g/ illustration]].
* The internet artist and writer Furioso, most if not all of whose oeuvre is erotic fan works of comic book characters (particularly WonderWoman), is quite fond of this -- to the point where the Beast need not even be sentient.
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury'' showcases shades of this dynamic with L and OriginalCharacter and FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator Erin. [[AntiHero L]] is of course human, not a literal monster and he is [[InsufferableGenius very intelligent (and knows it),]] but he's ruthless, strange [[NoSocialSkills in]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer personality]] and [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette lo]][[LooksLikeCesare ok]][[UglyCute s]], [[TheStoic emotionally constipated]] and [[UnscrupulousHero his moral code has quite a few holes in it.]] His relationships with pretty much everyone in the story are [[LonersAreFreaks quite troubled]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Erin]] [[WhatTheHellHero is often very critical of him,]] [[VitriolicBestBuds but she sticks]] [[AMatchMadeInStockholm with him, anyway.]] [[spoiler:[[ShooTheDog At least]] [[BreakHerHeartToSaveHer until the end...]]]]
** In the background and supplementary material, a [[LesYay same-sex]] and [[EvilCounterpart more villainous]] version of this dynamic can be seen in [[spoiler:[[LoveMartyr Rem]] [[NobleDemon and]] [[PsychoSupporter Mi]][[BrokenBird sa]]]].
** The trope becomes more literal in the sequel, ''Fanfic/AndTheStoryContinues'', with Erin and Umbra, the latter a shinigami who [[spoiler:is strongly implied to be [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie L's reincarnation]]]].
* In FanFic/{{Greenfire}}, an InterspeciesRomance starts developing between the glamorous [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rarity]] and the intimating dragon Greenfire ([[AlternateUniverse a.k.a. Spike]]). That's not to say Spike is ugly, just terrifying by pony standards, and Rarity grows to [[FemaleGaze admire his impressive musculature]].
* This trope applies to ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fics that ship [[MadGod Discord]] with either [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe Fluttershy]] or [[FoeYay Celestia]].
* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', we have [[MoralityPet Avalina]] (a human) and [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron the Horned King]] (a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]]). They're also the case of an IntergenerationalFriendship, though the Horned King shows shades of being a ParentalSubstitute towards Avalina.
* ''Fanfic/TheAdventuresOfJaina'' has the pretty [[SquishyWizard human mage]] [[BlackMagicianGirl Jaina]] and the ancient, eight-foot-tall, intimidatingly powerful [[HumanoidAliens Mahjarrat]] [[HighPriest Azzanadra.]]

[[folder:{{Film}} -- Animated]]
* Inverted in both ways in ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': WALL•E is an ugly and outmoded robot, but also the kind and sensitive one, whereas EVE is an extremely attractive and state-of-the-art robot, but is the insensitive and hot-tempered one, and WALL•E is the one that calms her down and teaches her to be more caring.
* Franchise/{{Shrek}} and Princess Fiona, with a few interesting twists:
** Fiona is the one with the curse that turns her into an ogre after dark. When Shrek gives her TrueLovesKiss, instead of Shrek turning into a prince, Fiona turns into an ogre. She takes this rather well considering her already ogre-like behavior. It comes back again in [[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek2}} the first sequel]] when Shrek takes a potion that makes him a handsome human and restores Fiona's form... and when given the chance to make this permanent, she passes it up because they were both happier as ogres.
** The "original" Beauty and the Beast from the fairy tale exist in this same universe too, according to a tie-in guide to the world of the films published by Dorling-Kindersley. It seems that these two had a twist to their relationship too, given that the book comments that they usually share a "glittering palace" in Far Far Away, but the Beast still has a spacious kennel to indulge his animal instincts in as well, implying that he never changed into a prince and Beauty's just fine with that.
** They also have the Frog Prince variant with Fiona's parents, though her dad turns back into a frog and his wife is just fine with it.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Disney/BrotherBear2'' with Nita and Kenai. Kenai is a bear (a literal beast), and Nita is his childhood friend. [[spoiler:In the end, ''she'' transforms into a bear (courtesy of the spirits) so they can be together.]]
* Quasimodo and Esmeralda in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. She ends up with Phoebus in the end, but it is indicated that she and Quasimodo remain good friends. An absolute subversion of the original story, in which Esmeralda is just as revolted by Quasimodo's looks as everybody else. The sequel plays it straight all the way with a girl named Madellaine hooking up with Quasimodo.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' has a grand time playing with this. Charlotte adores the fairy tale and wishes that she could find a frog prince, while Tiana finds the entire thing disgusting. Later, when Tiana meets the transformed Prince Naveen, she is visibly creeped out and none too impressed with him. She doesn't fall in love with him (or he with her) until both have transformed into frogs.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', Marianne, a Fairy Princess, falls in love with [[spoiler:the Bog King]]. Slightly subverted as the movie shows that his standard of beauty leans towards his race - according to his culture, Marianne is the one who would be seen as beastly. [[Heartwarming/StrangeMagic They fall in love regardless.]]

[[folder:{{Film}} -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Mask}}'' (no, not ''Film/TheMask''), the main character Rocky has a disorder which causes his skull to be very enlarged and twisted, looking like a mask. He falls in love with blind girl Diana Adams, who he met at a summer camp for disabled teenagers. He teaches her how to "see" colours by using various objects to represent them. She still stays with him even after she feels his face and sees how deformed he is.
* Kong and Fay Wray from ''Film/KingKong1933''. In this case, it's deconstructed: The Beauty most emphatically ''doesn't'' love or redeem the Beast. He dies because of her rejection.
-->'''Police Lieutenant''': Well, Denham, the airplanes got him.\\
'''Carl Denham''': Oh no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.
* In Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/KingKong2005'', the two actually communicate through actions several times. WordOfGod is that the affectionate interactions between Anne and Kong were based on the story of Koko the gorilla and her pet kitten.
* A villainous example: Meela Nais and Imhotep in ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' (she is the reincarnation of Anck-su-namun, who was Imhotep's lover when he was mortal). Note that Imhotep becomes fully human much sooner than most examples of this trope.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in the horror spoof ''Film/{{Slither}}''. Grant and Starla are married, Grant is forced to share a body with the head alien and ends up with BodyHorror in the extreme. [[spoiler:She ultimately rejects him]].
* In the BMovie spoof ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra'' (2004) the DamselInDistress faints at the sight of the alien Mutant who carries her off in a MarsNeedsWomen fashion, only for her to be returned unharmed.
-->"It looked at me, with those eyes, those ugly eyes, and they looked deep into me, deeper than any human ever has, with a kind of understanding that frightened me to my very soul."
* ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' (2008) with Creator/ChristinaRicci as a blue-blood woman with an inoperably deformed nose {{Gender Flip}}s the story.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' has a villainous example: Bane and Talia Al Ghul. He's a hulking brute with a permanent gas mask, while she's a high-society seductress. They plot a new world order!
* Though both are female and the relationship is akin to mother and daughter, ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' and Aurora fit this. The first is a winged, horned fairy who loses faith in love and curses the latter, who, through her sunny personality, inadvertently teaches Maleficent how to love again.
* Post-disfiguration Wade as the Beast and Vanessa as the Beauty, in ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}''. He's a scarred-up unkillable mutant HeroicComedicSociopath who is disturbingly good at stabbing people, she's a beautiful HookerWithAHeartOfGold. Fitting the cheerfully cynical tone of the movie, however, the Beauty is not idealized - Vanessa is beautiful and reasonably good-hearted but she's also a very snarky GoodBadGirl.
* ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' has a ShipTease between the [[WhiteHairedPrettyGirl beautiful]] [[DarkskinnedBlond Storm]] and the Demon-esque mutant ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} who is blue, scaly with MoreTeethThanTheOsmonds. In a slight subversion, he is the [[NiceGuy kind]] and [[NonActionGuy gentle pacifist]] [[spoiler: when he's not BrainwashedAndCrazy that is]], whilst she is more likely to [[ActionGirl kick some serious ass]] [[MamaBear if she feels her fellow mutants are in the slightest danger]].
* The movie ''The Polar Bear King'' is another example, though it doesn't completely fit the trope. King Valemon, a king who has been placed under a curse by a sorceress he refused to marry, was turned into a polar bear and told he must [[spoiler:marry within seven years]] to be human again. [[spoiler:He becomes human temporarily at night, but only if his face is not seen. If it IS seen, he'll be trapped in the curse forever.]]

* OlderThanDirt: Enkidu and Shamhat in the first two tablets of ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''. She's a beautiful temple prostitute. He's an unkempt, hairy wild man who lives in the wilderness.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Not surprising, as Creator/GeorgeRRMartin wrote for ''Series/{{Beauty and the Beast|1987}}''.
** Sandor Clegane and Sansa Stark's relationship. Sansa loves songs and stories of knights and fair maidens. Sandor was playing with a knight toy when he was burned by his brother, and assumed the Hound persona as a defense mechanism. He tells her the Beast's lines, I am no lord, and I don't love compliments. Slowly he changes, and becomes Sandor again. Slowly she changes, and comes to desire him, dreaming of his kiss. The story is full of Beauty and Beast motifs, including the rose (from Loras), the prince (Joffrey), the father (Ned), and much more.
** Jaime Lannister and Brienne's relationship. Jaime is a handsome and [[DeadpanSnarker irreverent]] knight with a bad reputation as "the Kingslayer" and Brienne an ugly and stubbornly honourable woman mockingly nicknamed "the Beauty". However the two couples exist only as {{subtext}} and [[ShipTease tantalizing]] hints so far. The series in general is full of Beast and Beauty motifs (including a ribald song entitled 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair').
* ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' has another non-literal example in [[TheSociopath John]] and [[LovableAlphaBitch Marci]]. He has a tendency to scare people and a love for violence; she's the hot, smart LifeOfTheParty. He's drawn to the lightness and ease she brings out in him, and she likes that he's quiet and respectful and unusually interested in what's behind the pretty face.
* Not ugly so much as ''horrifying-looking'', Gwynplaine, star of Creator/VictorHugo's novel ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs'' somehow managed to be a veritable babe magnet. It should be noted that Dea is blind and that Josiane is quite the (virgin) pervert. Also, Gwynplaine was pretty handsome, aside from his GlasgowGrin. The 1928 film adaptation inspired ComicBook/TheJoker.
* Cleft-palate serial killer Frances Dolarhyde, who believes he is hideously deformed but played by the handsome Ralph Fiennes in [[Film/RedDragon the movie]], the eponymous ''Literature/RedDragon'', had a surprisingly sweet romantic relationship with a pretty blind coworker, before his split personality decided she had to die. Hannibal Lecter thought it was hilarious.
* From Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series: Trool the Troll (literal troll with a heart of gold) and the vampiress Suchevane (described by more than one character as Sex On Two Legs, who was also inexplicably Unlucky In Love). It might have helped that Trool was both the Red Adept (maker of magic amulets and totems) and caretaker of the local DeusExMachina, the Book of Magic.
* Also from Piers Anthony, ''Ogre, Ogre'', with Smash the (half-)Ogre and Tandy the half-nymph. Technically it could also apply to Smash's parents, since his mother is a human actress, though she was costumed as an ogress for a play when her husband fell in love with her, and stayed in ogress dress for the duration of the marriage.
* Played with ''and'' gender switched in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's short story "[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Labyrinth]]". An eight foot tall experimental SuperSoldier complete with fangs and claws can count as 'Beast', but considering that he is a four-foot-nine fast-talking hunchback Admiral Naismith does not quite fit most objective standards of 'Beauty'. Touchingly he comes to consider Supersoldier Taura the 'Beauty', an enchanted princess to be rescued from the real 'Beasts'.
* The Phantom and Christine from ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' in novels, movies, plays, and fan fiction. In nearly all examples of these but the last, however, the Phantom realizes he's been a murderous StalkerWithACrush and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy lets Christine go]] so she can be happy with her handsome [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Victorious Childhood Friend]] Raoul, even after Christine has said she'll stay with the Phantom [[ScarpiaUltimatum so Raoul's life will be spared]].
* Kerovan and Joisan, from Creator/AndreNorton's Literature/WitchWorld novel ''The Crystal Gryphon'' (and its sequels). Although he never gets transformed to be less "different" -- they just go to live among people who won't be weirded out by his cloven hooves. For quite a while there, though, he had the attitude that "no fit mate for any human woman am I."
* The main plot of ''Literature/QuoVadis'' revolves around Vinicius' transformation from a selfish, violent, lustful man to a devout Christian through his love for Lygia.
* Gender-switched in the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' series, where John Taylor and Shotgun Suzie eventually end up [[spoiler:sort of]] together. This is ''after'' half her face is destroyed by a blow from a spiked mace, a disfigurement the bounty huntress chooses to keep because it makes her even more terrifying.
* In the ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' series, [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Chloe and Derek]]. Chloe is a cute little blond with big blue eyes. Derek, on the other hand... Let's just say that puberty has ''not'' been kind to him ''at all''. And even if it all clears up perfectly, he'll never been male model material. 'Hulking' has been used to describe him. He ''is'' built like a linebacker, though.
* ''Literature/HeartsBlood'' by Juliet Marillier has Caitrin and Anluan in a surprisingly magic-free version of the myth, considering the amount of magic present elsewhere in the book.
* ''Literature/SenseAndSensibilityAndSeaMonsters'' features a subplot in which beautiful nineteen-year-old Marianne Dashwood gradually comes to love the much older Col. Brandon, who was cursed by a sea witch to have a writhing mass of tentacles hanging from his face, [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Davy Jones]]-style. (In [[Literature/SenseAndSensibility the original story]], Brandon was simply much older, so this trope doesn't apply there.)
* In the story of "Literature/TheNutcracker", Marie falls in love with the eponymous Nutcracker and declares to him that if he would have her, she would never reject him for how he looks. This is enough to break the curse and turn the Nutcracker back into a human man, as his curse could only be broken when someone loves him regardless of how he looks. Earlier, this trope is subverted when the Nutcracker (who is still human at the time) breaks the curse on a princess and is cursed in return, only for her to scorn him for being ugly.
* Alex Flinn's ''Literature/{{Beastly}}'' is a modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast".
* Essentially a re-imagining of the fairy tale for which this trope is named, Creator/MercedesLackey's book ''Literature/TheFireRose'' features a pretty female scholar hired by a magician who has been shifted into a half-wolf form. Notably subverted near the end, when the beast chooses the life and love of the protagonist over the information that will allow him to return to human form.
* Creator/RobinMcKinley rewrote the story twice:
** She first wrote it fairly straightforward in her debut novel, ''Literature/BeautyARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast'', which contains a number of similarities with Disney's animated version that came several years later.
** Some while after that, she reimagined the tale in ''Literature/RoseDaughter'', which -- among other things -- had the Beast [[spoiler:not turn back into a prince.]]
* ''Ice'' has Cassie and Bear (not surprising, given that it's a retelling of ''East of the Sun, West of the Moon''). While Bear ''can'' turn into a human man, he can only do so when Cassie can't see him, and usually only for the purpose of them sleeping together.
* ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' essentially genderflipped this with Tobias and Rachel. Rachel was the one who smashed anything that got in the way by turning into a grizzly bear, and Tobias brought out the best in her, despite being trapped as a bird himself.
* From ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', Alfred Harrington, who is perfectly normal physically but TheBerserker and a BloodKnight when in combat, and his eventual wife, Allison Chou. As in, the short story that details their meeting is actually ''called'' "Beauty and the Beast".
-->'''Allison''': [The story is] us, Alfred. It's ''us!'' Me, running away from home because I need to be myself, and you, terrified of your ‘monster,' afraid you're becoming the beast. But you're not. Maybe the beast is inside there, but it isn't ''you''. You ''control'' it, and it was the beast that let you save my life. And you didn't [[RescueRomance come for me]] because you wanted an excuse to kill other people. You came for me because what you are is a good, caring, decent, ''gentle'' man. I know that—-I ''see'' that—-and you know I do. You ''know'' it, Alfred, and you've been alone with the beast too long. Trust me. Oh, ''trust'' me, my love.
* In ''Literature/HeartOfSteel'', you have Alistair Mechanus, disfigured {{cyborg}} MadScientist with metal plates covering and replacing one entire side of his face. He wants to conquer the world and Julia's heart. On the other hand, you have Julia Parker, troubled ER doctor who starts to see the more vulnerable side of him. He is intelligent but broken by his past, but he will utterly ''destroy'' anyone to hurts Julia.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': After Eric [[spoiler: mana mutates into a grendel]], Kallen fills in the role of the gentle and understanding Beauty. She does this in her combat suit, due to the circumstances, but she had previously been dolled up in a kimono and make up, and Tasio laments the missed opportunity to snap "Beauty and the Beast" photos.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Remus Lupin]] and [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Nymphadora Tonks]]. He's a man most of the time but turns beastly once a month; she's a cute, quirky woman who's barely past her teens. Lupin is definitely the "intelligent and tortured" version of this trope - even during the full moon, he takes a potion that allows him to keep his human mind and not become bloodthirsty. And Tonks fits this trope by seeing the good in him and helping him function in the human world.
** [[HalfHumanHybrid Rubeus Hagrid's]] parents were a gender-inverted version of this trope: [[TinyGuyHugeGirl his mother was a giantess and his father was a small, meek man]]. This didn't work out very well once Rubeus was born; his mom left in disappointment after her son didn't turn out as big as other giants.
* Scarlet Benoit and Wolf in The ''Literature/LunarChronicles'' are an example of this, as Scarlet is a human girl and Wolf is a Lunar wolf-human soldier. This is especially the case in ''Winter'', [[spoiler: when Wolf is further genetically and surgically modified to be more wolf-like than before]].
* An entirely platonic example can be found in Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheBFG'', with the eponymous character and the plucky orphan Sophie. Sophie is at first (understandably) terrified of him, but the two grow to trust one another very quickly. The giant for his part, doesn't have a mean bone in his body, and compared to [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the other giants]]... suffice to say, he's a lot less ghastly.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Brutish burn victim Sandor Clegane seems to equally hate and love Sansa for being a pretty little idealist.
** Jaime and Brienne, the handsome knight with a bad reputation and the ugly woman with a stubborn code of honour.
* The miniseries ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', wherein all the aliens look human, but are really reptiles.
** The alien Willie (played by a pre-Freddy Creator/RobertEnglund) is a kindly, nerdy bumbler who strikes up a relationship with a human woman named Harmony. When [[TheReveal she learns the truth]], the horrified look on her face as his fake hand is ripped open was one of the most poignant scenes in the mini. Later, they hook up again as she admits that she didn't fall for his looks in the first place. Unfortunately, she is tragically killed in the end.
** This mini also subverts the trope on a routine basis, but the nastiest example is with the character of Robin Maxwell. Long story short, she falls for one of the aliens, but it turns out she was only being manipulated into sleeping with him to conceive a hybrid child and their night together technically counts as rape. After she gives birth to two children, one mostly human and the other mostly reptilian, she murders the father with a bio-weapon engineered from the blood of the less human child.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** In the third season episode of ''Buffy'', "Beauty and the Beasts", a fledgling MadScientist takes a [[PsychoSerum potion]] which results in him transforming into a monster. His girlfriend is the only one who can calm him down. In a subversion, he's a murderer and the relationship is abusive.
** On the other hand, Buffy's relationships with Angel and Spike both played this fairly straight. Although Buffy also abused Spike, which might make it better or worse depending on just how jaded you are.
** Willow and Oz count in a way, as he was a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]]. The above-mentioned episode also focused heavily on Buffy/Angel and Willow/Oz to focus on different possibilities and aspects of this trope.
** After Buffy and Angel break up, this also applies to Angel and Cordelia.
* Mostly {{deconstructed|trope}} and {{subverted|Trope}} in ''Series/OnceUponATime''.
** In the first season, Rumplestiltskin is the beast, and while he softens a bit, love does ''not'' redeem him; the Evil Queen Regina is ''more'' then happy to point out all the AMatchMadeInStockholm implications of the setup as an EvilPlan to ruin him; and Belle almost de-powers him trying to cure him. He sends her away and the Queen gloatingly tells him that her superstitious village [[DrivenToSuicide locked her up and tortured her until the poor girl threw herself off a tower]], leaving our "beast" bereft with only a single chipped teacup as a TragicKeepsake. [[spoiler: Of course, her Majesty was lying about the suicide part, but Belle's real-world counterpart is locked in a BedlamHouse.]]
** In season two [[spoiler: Belle, her]] IdentityAmnesia removed, reveals that [[spoiler: she was actually abducted by Regina ''before'' the curse, kept alive as a trump card]] in case Regina ever decided that she needed to do something against Rumple since [[spoiler: he still has his powers]]. So the whole situation ends up being awful for both parties involved, even if they do love each other.
** Played straight in season three when Rumple [[spoiler: tells Belle that her love gives him the strength he needs to [[HeroicSacrifice kill Peter Pan]]]].
* Damon and Elena from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' Nick and Natalie, vampire and human.
* Played with in the case of Nina and George, in ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}''. While George is a werewolf, he's a normal person for most of the time. Nina still loves him after learning what he is though, [[spoiler:and later episodes reveal that even as a werewolf, George is capable of recognizing Nina as his "mate" and refraining from attacking her]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' uses the "appearances" of this trope, but without the "redemption by love" aspect, in the ''Canon'' Pairing, Troi/Worf.
* In a 2009 ''Playboy'' interview, Creator/HughLaurie compared Gregory {{Series/House}} to both the Beast and ThePhantomOfTheOpera. Any of his LoveInterests might contend for the role of the Beauty/Christine analogue, but [[TheHeart Cameron]] is the most straightforward choice - female, [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic]], [[MoralityPet bringing out the best in him]] ([[JerkWithAHeartOfGold relatively speaking]]), and [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre able to see the good in House even when no one else can]].
* An "intelligent and cynical beast" example: When lovely young Clara Oswald first meets the humanoid alien Doctor in Series 7 of ''Series/DoctorWho'', he's in [[Creator/MattSmith his youthful, boyish, amiable eleventh life]] and they quickly bond. Then he regenerates into a ''much'' [[Creator/PeterCapaldi older-looking man]] whose gaunt, grim appearance (particularly his BigOlEyebrows and {{death glare}}s), pricklier, more pragmatic personality, and [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skills]] are off-putting to everyone he meets, including Clara for a significant chunk of Series 8. Even as she travels with him, she is also romancing a handsome fellow schoolteacher close to her own age. Gradually she comes to understand and accept Twelve and remains his MoralityChain. His biggest BerserkButton is the prospect of her being harmed or killed, whereupon he's willing to go to desperate lengths (verging on UnstoppableRage) to save her or have vengeance. After [[spoiler: her boyfriend dies (and the Doctor tries, unsuccessfully, to save him)]], their relationship becomes more affectionate and his personality and appearance soften. Sadly, the final stretch of Series 9 has [[spoiler: her Killed Off For Real]], in part because their personalities have become too similar and she has developed his ChronicHeroSyndrome. When this is followed by horrific torture being inflicted on him, his full potential for beastly behavior is revealed as he temporarily becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds [[spoiler: in hopes of bringing her back]]. When all is said and done they are separated forever.

* A popular practice in GothicMetal and SymphonicMetal bands is [[SopranoAndGravel to perform a duet of a male growler and a female soprano singer]]. They're often given the roles of "The Beauty" and "The Beast" in song's lyrics. Examples include "Devil and the Deep Dark Ocean" by Nightwish, "Nyphetamine" by Music/CradleOfFilth, "As the Shadows Dance" by Music/TheatreOfTragedy, among many others.
* Invoked in Music/{{Lordi}}'s song "Would You Love a Monsterman?", and also with Mr. Lordi himself. His backstory has him perpetually searching for his One True Love, and his music videos often having him/the band pursuing or aiding a young (human) woman.
* Music/StevieNicks's "Beauty and the Beast".
* The theme song for Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' of the same title, sung by Mrs. Potts in-universe and out of 'verse by Music/CelineDion and Peabo Bryson.
* "The French Passion of Animality Opera" by Music/{{Foxy Shazam}} seems to tell a beauty/beast story, though it's [[IndecipherableLyrics hard to]] [[WordSaladLyrics tell.]]
-->''I am a Beast and I'm pretty sure that there is no cure, but then again I could be..''\\
''[[SuddenlyShouting WRONG, I COULD BE WRONG,]] [[CarefulWithThatAxe I COULD BE WRONG, I COULD BE WRONG]]''
* Music/{{Meat Loaf}}'s "I'd do Anything for Love (But I won't Do that)" video uses a Beauty and Beast motif.

* The [[Classical/GreekMythology Greek god]] Hephaestus, son of Zeus and Hera, was so ugly he got thrown off Mt. Olympus as a baby and was crippled upon landing (or was defenestrated because he was born crippled). When the goddess of love, Aphrodite, needed a husband, all the unwed gods (including Hephaestus) were lined up for her to make her choice. Zeus chose Hephaestus for her -- and she was completely and utterly ''un''faithful to him.
** In one version of that story, ''she'' chose ''him''.
** In another version, Hephaestus built a chair that trapped Hera in it, and he refused to free her unless he could marry Aphrodite.
** In yet ANOTHER version, Hera set Hephaestus up with Aphrodite to make up for throwing him from Olympus. And, being the goddess of marriage, she told him what to tell her so that she'd agree to marry him when she wouldn't marry any of the other gods: 'I work late.' So really, he had to know what he was getting into...
* Hades and Persephone could also fit this trope -- though Hades is not always depicted as physically monstrous, he is the God of the Dead, which tends to give everyone else an aversion to him. And true, Persephone was kidnapped against her will, but still ends up Queen of the underworld. They're also one of the ''very few'' HappilyMarried pairs in the entire pantheon. And by the usual standards of the Greek Gods Hades was actually quite fair.
** A common {{Fanon}} theory (which may or may not be true, given Ancient Greece's MoralDissonance) is that they loved each other ''before'' Hades abducted her, and the kidnapping was orchestrated because [[MamaBear Demeter]], Persephone's mother, wouldn't let them be together.
* Another fits most of the same elements of the tale, but acts as a whopping subversion: Psyche was considered to be as pretty as/prettier than Aphrodite. But she found it difficult to find a husband for plot reasons. An oracle deemed that she was to be left on the side of a mountain as a bride to a "monster that neither gods nor men can resist." Psyche was taken to a beautiful palace, attended to by invisible servants, and her husband would come by night, but not stay until morning. In the darkness, she could not see his face. Her sisters convinced her that her husband was a terrible beast that meant to devour her and their unborn child, and to hide an oil lamp and a knife for the next time he comes to visit. Turned out, her unseen husband was anything ''but'' a beast -- Aphrodite's own son [[LoveGod Eros]] had [[ProphecyTwist decided to marry her]].
* Gender inverted in the Myth/KingArthur legends, where the handsome Sir Gawain must marry Dame Ragnell, who is cursed into the form of the Loathly Lady, in order to gain the answer to the question "What do women want the most?". Interestingly, a kiss is able to break half the spell: she can be beautiful only by day or by night and Ragnell tells Gawain he can choose which it will be. The spell is only fully broken when Gawain givers her the choice instead, thus standing by the answer to the riddle which is that what women want the most is their own will.

* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' has the ugly WarriorPoet Cyrano fall in love with his beautiful [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend childhood friend]] ([[KissingCousins and cousin]]) Roxane but never tell her until his deathbed, instead setting her up with the handsome-but-tonguetied Christian. When Roxane tells the dying Cyrano that she loves him, he jokes that [[RealityEnsues he won't be magically made handsome and brought back to life]] like the Beast in "Beauty and the Beast".
-->'''Roxane:''' Live, for I love you!\\
'''Cyrano:''' No, In fairy tales\\
When to the ill-starred Prince the lady says
-->'I love you!' all his ugliness fades fast--\\
But I remain the same, up to the last!
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' has a gender-flipped version of this with Elphaba and Fiyero. At one point in the show, Elphaba says to Fiyero: "I wish I could be beautiful for you".

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* ''VideoGame/ChibiRobo'' has Mort and Princess Pitts. Mort is a shy, melancholy mummy action figure who literally kills every plant he touches, and who dearly wishes he could properly express his feelings for the princess doll Pitts. Unfortunately, Pitts is ''terrified'' of anything even remotely monstrous. [[spoiler:However, she's so touched by the kindness Mort shows her that she begs Chibi to help her overcome her fears. In the end, they get HappilyMarried, and live happily in Mort's shoebox under the bed with their children.]]
* The furry, horned, and cloven-hooved satyr/Giant Maduin and the human woman Madeline in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. They even had a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-Esper half-human]] daughter, Terra. There is a minor subversion though, as it turns out HumansAreTheRealMonsters who drive them apart, leading to the deaths of the lovers and the capture of the infant Terra.
* A variation in ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'': Daxter meets a girl who falls in love with him, despite him being a two-foot-tall [[WeaselMascot ottsel]] (he was originally a [[RubberForeheadAliens humanoid]] just like her). Inverted in that ''she'' does most of the protecting, indirectly by giving the powerful weapons she makes to his {{Heterosexual Life Partner}}s Jak and threatening hell on anyone who harms him. In [[VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander the third game]], [[spoiler:Daxter finally gets the chance to become normal again, but he decides against it. But it works out, when the girl in question gets turned into an Ottsel herself shortly afterward]].
* In the ending of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', [[spoiler:Raiden makes this comparison between him and Rose. Rose fiercely denies this, saying that he is ''not'' a beast -- he is their son's father as well as the man she loves]].
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'': Cornelius (ShelteredAristocrat cursed into Pooka, a rabbit-like creature) and Velvet ({{Stripperiffic}} princess). [[spoiler:Just like the Shrek example, Velvet also turns into a Pooka. However, if the bonus ending is achieved, both turn human again.]]
* Though it's unofficial, Thrall and Jaina from the recent ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' installments and storylines are heavily implied by the fans as such example of the trope. Though that's more on the fact that Thrall is considered a NobleDemon among [[OurOrcsAreDifferent his kind]]...
** There's also the more canonical example of Thrall and Tabetha Foxton.
** Also played with Tyrande Whisperwind and Malfurion Stormrage. He's starting to grow antlers, but she's the more zealous one.
* Ziggurat 8 (Ziggy) and MOMO in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', a killer cyborg and an adorable RobotGirl. Their relationship is parental in nature, however.
* The tag-team combo the Kanji and Naoto use in ''[[{{VideoGame/Persona4}} Persona 4 Golden]]'' is named after Beauty and the Best. Appropriate in that Kanji is over six feet tall, bulging with muscle, has a delinquent look going on, is feared by his peers as a bit of a brute and is a grappler/brawler character with some of the most brutal physical skills in the game. Naoto on the other hand is absolutely tiny and exudes an androgynous charm that makes her very popular with the ladies and quite a number of guys (including, naturally, Kanji). Turns out that Kanji's actually a really nice guy, whereas Naoto starts as something of an apathetic jerk before the CharacterDevelopment kicks in.
* A non-romantic example: in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', the champion Kindred, the Eternal Hunters is actually ''two'' characters; [[TheGrimReaper an incarnation of death itself]] that was so lonely that he supposedly [[LiteralSplitPersonality split himself in two with an axe]] so [[IJustWantToHaveFriends he would always have a friend.]] The result was Lamb, a female embodiment of [[FaceDeathWithDignity accepting death with dignity]] who is gentle, beautiful and calm (but still deadly), and Wolf, a male embodiment of the futility of trying to escape your fate who is ferocious, savage, cruel and impatient (and also deadly). To make it even more apparent, Lamb is a [[PettingZooPeople white, furry humanoid, like a cross between a person and, well, a lamb]], while Wolf is a black, floating, disembodied wolf's head.
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' plays with this trope: [[TheHero The Nameless One]] looks the beast part, being horribly scarred due to every kind of possible damage inflicted on his body, while his two romantic options [[BettyAndVeronica Fall-From-Grace and Annah]] are also incredibly attractive. The catch is that they have [[CuteMonsterGirl fiendish heritage]] themselves, but other than Annah having a long tail and Grace having demonic wings, they are otherwise indistinguishable from humans.

* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' reversed this in every way imaginable -- not only are the genders reversed, the "beast" is the ''Human'', since the comic takes place in a world of {{Funny Animal}}s. It all, of course, culminates in a perfect replay of the [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2002/kk0707.html ballroom scene]] from Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''... with the only difference being who is the Beauty and who is the Beast.
* Count Mickey Dragula and Mina Murray in ''Webcomic/CountMickeyDragul'' are this, though uncharacteristically, it's Mina who ends up [[ILoveYouVampireSon turned into a vampire]]•
* The original ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' had this set up with Ariel and Rik, with Rick eventually growing [[{{Yandere}} selfish and possessive]] and betraying everyone so he can have Ariel for himself. The remakes retconned this, turning Rik into a StalkerWithACrush, who tried to rape Ariel twice, and had a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on him]] the second time, taking all potential future plot he was meant to be implied in, with him.
* The "beast" in ''WebComic/SlightlyDamned'' (a demon) is told an in-universe variant of the trope-naming story. He doesn't like it, since even if he is loved by his "beauty" (an angel), he'll never stop being a demon. [[InterspeciesRomance This becomes less and less of an impediment as the story progresses]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has a [[MoralityPet platonic]] version between [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Equius]] and [[BadassAdorable Nepeta]]. Equius is a {{Fantastic Racis|m}}t [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold With a Heart of Gold]] who builds robots so he can beat them to bits with his bare hands. Nepeta spends most of her time roleplaying and being a ShipperOnDeck for all their friends. Equius specifically mentions that he's scared of what he might be without Nepeta tacklepouncing him and making him talk about his feelings.
* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': Wonderella gets kidnapped to be the "beauty" part of a parody on the Disney classic. She opts instead to reassure the Beast that there's a fetish for everything, and [[spoiler: hunts down the enchantress who cast the spell, as the enchantress also cursed the completely innocent castle servants]].
* ''Webcomic/SpinaCage'' is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in modern times with an attractive young man named Adrian in Beauty's place.

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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Omaroch is a demon warrior and Delora ia a human cleric. Despite their opposite alignments, they bond and learn valuable lessons from one another, and eventually get married.
* The characters [[WesternTerrorists Adam Taurus]] and [[BadassBookworm Blake Belladonna,]] of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', are based on those on the original fairytale, and the series references the Disney movie at least once. A variation on the trope in both are physically attractive, but Blake dislikes Adam's BloodKnight tendencies and casual murder of innocents...and Adam doesn't really care what she thinks. [[spoiler:This prompts her to abandon him. When they meet again, he is ''[[IfICantHaveYou not]]'' happy with her.]] It's also played up with her [[BashBrothers partner]] Yang Xiao Long, who's thematically Goldilocks and the 'yellow beauty' to Blake's 'black beast' in appearance.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Lydia Deetz, the beauty to ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'''s beast. The title of one episode, "Beauty And The Beetle," even references it.
* Gender-Flipped version from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Strong, often violent one eyed sewer mutant Leela and amiable human nice guy Fry. She definitely typifies the "beat up anyone who might hurt him" side of Beast, he the emotional, kind, sees the good in the world side of Beauty.
* Goliath and Elisa Maza from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' -- he's a gargoyle, she's a human, but they fall in love anyway. During a Halloween episode, Elisa even dresses as Belle from Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. However, while they were good friends, they didn't really notice that other options might present themselves until Elisa was magically changed, briefly, into a gargoyle (and then, later, Goliath and the others became humans, also for a short time). Interestingly, it was Goliath (the "beast") who didn't find Elisa physically attractive at first, not the other way around. Elisa had always been attracted to him.
-->'''Goliath:''' I never realized, when you were human, how beautiful you are.\\
'''Elisa:''' *wryly* You mean you thought [[HumansAreUgly I was ugly?]]\\
'''Goliath:''' Well, uhh... [[GoLookAtTheDistraction Careful! Updraft!]]
** Their relationship is also one of the few exceptions to the Beast and Beauty rule in that neither changed their species permanently for the other, yet they still end up being together despite their physical differences.
** Amusingly, a number of other characters notice the chemistry long before their first kiss. When Elisa was pretending to be a corrupt cop to get close to a slippery criminal and Goliath played along, the criminal instantly assumed that they were together and congratulated Goliath on his good taste.
** WordOfGod [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/archives.php?lid=128&qid=7559 holds]] that Goliath finds Elisa's hair to be an attractive feature, and the lack of wings or tail or horns were not, but he had his eyes opened when she temporarily turned into a gargoyle in "The Mirror." The main thing he's attracted to about her is her soul.
* The HugeGuyTinyGirl duo in ''ComicBook/WildCATs'' -- they're just friends but the Tiny Girl ensures that the Huge Guy remains a sane GentleGiant.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', the demon-esque ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} becomes the boyfriend of pretty-girl [[ButYourWingsAreBeautiful Amanda Sefton]]. And in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'', he has some mutual UST with the smokin' hot ComicBook/ScarletWitch.
* ZigZaggingTrope in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Keep Calm and Flutter On", where the sweet-hearted [[FriendToAllLivingThings Fluttershy]] befriends the beastly ([[MixAndMatchCritters in more ways than one]]) [[MadGod Discord]]. First it's subverted because Fluttershy is charged by [[PrincessesRule Princess Celestia]] to reform Discord, while Discord only plays along because he'll get [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] if he doesn't, and craftily plots to exploit her kindness and secure his freedom. It's then double-subverted when Fluttershy shows him so much kindness that he actually starts to [[BecomingTheMask Become the Mask]]. [[spoiler:Then comes a ''triple''-subversion where Fluttershy ends their friendship after Discord goes through with his plan anyway. This directly leads ito a ''quadruple''-subversion where Discord, realizing he cares about Fluttershy after all, pulls a genuine HeelFaceTurn to win her back.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Shell" has a gender flipped version where Gumball is the beauty to Penny's beast. The episode even alludes to Beauty and the Beast multiple times.
* Two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'' are based on the trope: "The Crooked Man" and "The Creeping Man," both concerning men made beastly through genetic manipulation [[spoiler: by a rival suitor]].

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