"Why are you running away?"
Some girls like to dress like a witch
Some girls like to dress like a queen
Best way a girl can dress for me
Is in a goblin suit (they look so cute...)
Any "exotic" being (alien, monster, robot, demon, ghost
, etc.) bearing a strong resemblance to a conventionally attractive human female, sometimes when there is no reason for her to appear that way.
This trope comes in several varieties:
- The result of a common form of Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism in fiction, in which the female members of a nonhuman species are much more attractive/less monstrous (read: more human looking) than the males;
- A "cute" female version of a previously-existing, not originally attractive monster, such as a Gorgeous Gorgon;
- A Half-Human Hybrid of a monster that happens to be female, and cute;
- Anomalous among her people, despised or considered a freak, but a knockout by human conventions of beauty.
A function of Men Are Generic, Women Are Special
, specifically the idea that male monsters can look however they want, but female monsters need things to differentiate them from the male monsters and
make them recognizably female to the audience. When the Male Gaze
gets involved this results in common design features for female characters in other contexts, like Hartman Hips
, Non-Mammal Mammaries
, long hair
, and Tertiary Sexual Characteristics
like dresses or make-up (or bits of anatomy designed to look like a dress or make-up), even if it would make no sense for such a creature to have these features. While this is often done for purposes of Fanservice
it can also be for What Measure Is a Non-Human?
reasons, as the audience is more likely to sympathise with a Monster Girl who looks more human than one who looks more monstrous. Conversely it can be done for Grotesque Cute
reasons, contrasting the monstrous and cute side, especially if they still act
like the monster they're based on.
Female One Gender Races
are typically these. Very rarely
, you will get a Cute Monster Guy
, although this is much more common with vampires
. Assume that if there is a Monster Mash
, the few female member(s) will be Cute Monster Girls. May involve Stripperiffic
Subtrope of Monstrous Humanoid
. Related to Moe Anthropomorphism
and Gijinka in Fan-Art
circles. Often subject to Fantastic Arousal
. Compare Cute Alien Girl
, Cute Humanoid Animal Girl
, and Cute Ghost Girl
. Related to You Sexy Beast
, although males are the more common recipient of that.
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Anime and Manga
- Borders on crossing over into the DANGER ZONE but Bagi◊ of Bagi the Monster of Mighty Nature. Though as the movie progresses she begins to regress towards her half-animal side and eventually loses speech and coherent thought by the end.
- In Blue Exorcist, Rin is a Cute Monster Guy. Cute Little Fangs, Pointy Ears, fluffy tail and all.
- The Culdcept manga has a few including elves, dryads, harpies, and a Humanoid Abomination octopus-girl.
- Almost the entire female cast of Daily Life with Monster Girl, which features a Lamia, a centaur, a harpy, a slime, a mermaid, an arachne, and those are just the main six. The series also puts much more focus on the monster aspect of the characters, as every chapter tends to explore an interesting aspect of their race beyond their superficial appearance. Suu dissolves in large bodies of water. Mia has trouble shedding her skin when she's stressed. Papi, like all harpies, has a small figure which helps her fly.
- Demonbane takes this to the logical extreme: female books look like cute girls. Yes, books. And since no characters in the series are stated to be male books and there are books that don't look like cute girls, it can be safely assumed that male books look like regular books.
- Chomesuke from D.Gray-Man has 2 forms, the mostly human (if occasionally black-eyed) form, and her completely demonic form, which is also kind of cute, in a Kingdom Hearts sort of way.
- The Wind warriors from Digimon Frontier - when Zoe obtains the Beast Wind spirit, not only does it resemble nothing other than a lingerie model with avian wings and feet, but unlike every other (good) Beast spirit, it doesn't even have the destructive impulses that took other characters up to three episodes to get under control. This is slightly more excusable with the other Wind warriors, as one of them is supposed to be human, another is supposed to be half-human, and the last has no real requirements - but each form distinctly fails in the "Monster" part of "Digital Monster".
- Angewomon, LadyDevimon, Lilymon and Rosemon from Digimon Adventure. The Bishoujo Line means most female Digimon are gonna end up like this at some point.
- If you want to keep the ‘monster’ in monster girl, you want the villainous Ranamon. Green, covered with seashell-themed, uh, head-things, and cute as a button. Her Beast Spirit form, Calmaramon, is much more monstrous, with a giant squidlike body beneath the humanoid portion. Though it wasn't used that way, you get the feeling the designer had in mind hapless victims approaching a "woman" in the water, and then out comes Cthulhu's little sister to kill you to death.
- Chocola, the vampire daughter of Don Dracula. One episode has Don Dracula specify that her mother was the most beautiful woman she has ever known, and that Chocola takes after her.
- Mink from Dragon Half, though granted, she's half human herself; her mother is a dragon. Her mother is usually transformed into a humanoid form but tends to break it when she becomes angry especially if the object of her rage is her philandering, lecherous, human husband.
- Celty from Durarara!! is a Dullahan that looks like a beautiful, though deathly pale, woman from the neck down. From the neck up? Well, she has no head. When we do finally see her head, it's that of a cute, auburn-haired girl — A far cry from the hideous, rotten-fleshed heads of the Dullahan of Celtic legend.
- Elfen Lied: Diclonii's horns resemble cute cat ears.
- The Bugrom of El-Hazard: The Magnificent World mostly resembled giant neon cockroaches, with the exception of their queen, who resembled a normal attractive human female with antennae.
- Franken Fran:
- Fran Madaraki herself is a Moe Frankenstein's Monster. Or at least her appearance is cute (when she isn't falling apart). Fran herself is... less than cute.
- Gavrill and Veronica can be pretty damn cute, as can officer Kuhou after she was transformed into a monster girl.
- Miiru from the second volume of Fushigi Yuugi. She is actually a servant of Tenkou who became such because she and her brother were killed for incest and wanted Tenkou's help to find a place where they could be happy. In the manga, her shadow is shown as a demon.
- Neko Musume in GeGeGe no Kitaro was originally an aversion... until one of her more recent redesigns.
- Mayu of Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun. For a succubus, she's cute, busty, and Does Not Like Men. She's training to work on the last part, though. Later, her friend and love rival Reika is revealed to be a succubus as well, albeit without the Androphobia, instead having a healthy dose of Cannot Spit It Out.
- This is the point of the Haiyore! Nyarko-san series, with bonus Did You Just Romance Cthulhu? levels. All the Eldritch Abominations appear in completely humanoid (and rather cute) forms, but the most diabetes-inducingly cute character (Hastur) is a boy.
- Seras Victoria from Hellsing is a vampire, but she looks normal except for her red eyes.
- Himemiko from Kamisama Kiss, at least when she is in her human form. Her real form is a catfish demon.
- The title character of Karin (a.k.a, "Chibi Vampire")
- Kore wa Zombie desu ka?: virtually every female introduced, except Haruna, a Magical Girl, and the two girls who are Muggles.
- Niche from Letter Bee, as while her cuteness depends on who you ask, she certainly fills the monster and girl roles. And then there's Niche's sister...
- Though the Zentradi from Macross and Robotech are Human Aliens, the males range in appearance from ugly to average to handsome, with the occasional odd skin tone and/or cybernetic aspect, while the female Zentradi are always depicted as beautiful. The Zentradi designs in Do You Remember Love? are probably the strongest examples of this trope.
- Magical Pokaan gives us four Cute Monster Girls - a werewolf, a vampire, a witch, and an android. The student council in Ichiban Ushiro No Daimaou has the exact same four characters.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has Evangeline, half of Magicus Mundus, most prominently Fate's underlings, and Setsuna, a half-tengu and self-proclaimed monster (not that anybody cares). And it appears Zazie is actually a mazoku.
- Various female demons in Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. Most notable is Grand Princess Fire Dragon, who is herself an attractive rather petite woman with only token nonhuman features; her father is a ten-foot-tall barely-anthropomorphic dragon-man. Maou might technically count, though she doesn't appear to be anything other than completely human most of the time.
- There is a whole sub-genre for redrawing mecha as girls wearing the machine as armor. It has gone so far as the Destroid Monster! But perhaps the ultimate mecha example is the Valsion's◊ entirely canon sister unit, the Valsione◊. (Apparently the Valsion's operator made the Valsione for his daughter, who gave it a feminine form out of personal preference.)
- Monster Soul has a few, with two of them being a mummy and a golem respectfully.
- My Balls is all about cute monster girls.
- Gainax's various merchandise for Neon Genesis Evangelion includes the "Apostle XX" line of figurines, which takes several of the Angels and gives them a female humanoid makeover. Behold Lilith, Sachiel, Shamshel, Sahaquiel, Zeruel, Arael, Armisael and Tabris. Technically, Rei and Kaworu might count, though the latter is a Cute Monster Boy instead.
- Yuki-Onna/Tsurara from Nurarihyon No Mago, as well as a majority of the other humanoid female youkai.
- Almost every member of the Unwanted Harem in Omamori Himari. There's a Cat Girl with Gag Boobs, a Foreign Fanservice Meido tea-cup spirit with even bigger Gag Boobs, a Token Mini-Moe water-snake spirit Emotionless Girl, and a blood-thirsty Yandere forest spirit.
- One Piece:
- The merpeople. The mermen (male) both have the tail of fishes and fish features on their upper bodies such as gills, spines and pointy teeth. The mermaids (female) all have the upper bodies of regular humans and are almost always dead-sexy.
- The female Fishman, Octopako could possibly be "cute"
- Well except for one prominent subversion, Kokoro. She was sexy too in her youth, though.
- Monet from Punk Hazard is a harpy and easy on the eyes. Until she goes into her monster form thanks to the Snow Snow Fruit
- Scanty and Kneesocks, the demon sisters from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
- Petopeto San is entirely devoted to the concept of cute monster girls (some of which are half human).
- Shia, from Pita-Ten, is a demon/demon's apprentice (depending on whether you're reading the manga or watching the anime,) but she looks completely human and is also very, very, very cute. The males in canon all fawn for her and many develop actual feelings for her, as well. Although, another demon is also shown, Klaus, and he's also cute in a shoujo kind of way, himself.
- Princess Resurrection has Riza Wildman; granted, she's at least half human, but the other half (and DEFINITELY the side she takes after) is a flesh tearing, vicious werewolf. There's also Reiri and Flande, as well as the main character Hime who's a phoenix in human form, among a few others.
- Ragnarok The Animation:
- Maya make friends with an "Alice" (a high-level humanoid monster). This is the impetus for explaining her Dark and Troubled Past.
- Jiltus, being a half-human hybrid, is very cute if you like them evil.
- Every single girl except for Kyoko (Tsukune's cute but human cousin) in Rosario + Vampire. They spend the most of their time hiding their monster traits, though, so they look completely human except during fights, and when transformed the main gals (and many of the supporting cast) are STILL cute (Moka is devastatingly so, Kurumu becomes ultra exotic, etc.).
- Sailor Moon combined this with Progressively Prettier. The Youma and Cardians were, for the most part, fairly monstrous-looking. Droids, Daimons, Lemures and Phages were much more attractive; while there are a few monstrous ones, they were mostly beautiful women with pointed ears and/or oddly colored skin.
- Sanka Rea has the eponymous zombie girl.
- All of the female mermaids in Seto no Hanayome. The males tend to be less "cute" and more "Manly". Except Masa.
- Graham from Shamanic Princess is a male version; he is a unsettling-yet-endearing patchwork of Bishounen and Gothic horror monster (like Frankenstein's Monster or The Phantom of the Opera).
- The eponymous character of Shinryaku! Ika Musume is an adorable squid-girl.
- A fair amount of the female cast of Sola.
- The Seedrians from the third season of Sonic X are like this. The males are monsters that transform into Godzilla-like creatures (and later become Decepticon-like robots...for reasons that aren't thoroughly explained...), but the females are cute plant-girls, and Tails falls in love with one named Cosmo.
- Holo from Spice and Wolf is a very cute girl◊ with wolf ears and a big fluffy tail, both of which she keeps hidden under clothing when she wants to pass for human. Her true form is that of a wolf as large as a bus, which is rather less cute.
- Seth Nightroad from Trinity Blood.
- Hazuki from Tsukuyomi Moon Phase. Anyone unfamiliar with the story and character would NEVER assume she's a monster! The opening theme doesn't help.
- Urusei Yatsura:
- Lum looks like a cute teenaged girl with green hair and little horns, but is explained as being an alien whose race is the inspiration for Japanese ogres. Her being such is actually lifted straight from Japanese mythology, where Oni women are supernaturally beautiful, but capable of assuming fearsome visages when angry or jealous.
- Lum's friend Oyuki (a yuki-no-onna - although these ghosts are usually portrayed as attractive anyway) and secondary character Kurama (crow tengu - her servants look like anthropomorphic crows, while she's a pretty girl with small crow wings on her head). One might tentatively incorporate Ran (loosely based on the Gaki, a life-draining ghost) and Benten (a punk biker version of the Goddess of Knowledge, Art and Beauty) into this category as well.
- Merag, the only female Barian Emperor in Yu Gi Oh ZEXAL is cute in her own unique way likely because she's very beautiful in her human form as Rio Kamishiro.
- Tons of them in YuYu Hakusho, especially during the tournament which features a cat-girl announcer and a dragon-girl referee. There are Monster Boys too, (Yoko) Kurama probably being the main one.
- Most of the student body in All-Ghouls School.
- Komodo from Avengers Initiative got her powers by stealing Curt Connors' Lizard formula. But whereas the Lizard is a hulking, almost crocodilian monster with thick scales and an elongated reptilian head, Komodo just looks like an otherwise attractive girl who happens to have smooth green skin, pointy ears, Non-Mammal Mammaries, reptilian eyes, claws, and a tail.
- Freaks' Squeele has Chance, a nice spontaneous and somehow clumsy college girl ...Oh, and she has horns and bat wings.
- Gold Digger goes both ways; cute monster girls along with cute monster guys.
- Gali, or Galacta, daughter of Galactus. She appears to be an attractive human woman.
- Delphyne Gorgon is a Cute Gorgon from The Incredible Hercules. She even wears a skimpy Goth-styled schoolgirl uniform.
- While the regular Incredible Hulk is generally seen as a berserk, hideously muscular, unintelligent monster when in Hulk form, She-Hulk is just a somewhat larger, stronger, greener version of her human counterpart. The whole thing doesn't seem like too big a deal, and many would even consider her monster form sexier, in a cave girl sort of way (if cave girls dress like a New York fashion plate, that is). Originally, the explanation was that an individual mutated by gamma rays subconsciously determines their transformed appearance; the Hulk transforms into a hulking angry brute because of Bruce Banner's repressed anger, the Abomination transforms into a hideous freak due to his inner self-loathing, and She-Hulk transforms into an Amazonian Beauty because of her subconscious desire to look like the ideal woman. (We all know the real reason, though.)
- Invincible has a heroine who transforms into a monstrous form. While the monster transformation isn't exactly cute, the actual girl who is really older than she appears is.
- Fantasia Faust, from the erotic fantasy comic Ironwood, started out as a very bulky non-gendered iron golem designed to kill fae. Then her creator figured that the golem would be more effective if he made it really attractive and disguised the fact that it was made of iron. Then, once the fae were dealt with, he realized he had a super-strong, super-sexy non-human babe hanging around, and decided to explore a few fetishes of his.
- Marvel Comics' Skrulls would often fit, with the males being bug eyed and inhuman, while their princess was quite fetching, and bereft of the Skrull chin ripple. Later artworks shows the males as more human-looking, and the females having unusually large eyes (but there was still some gap in attractiveness). Since they're a whole species of shapeshifters though, they can look however they want, and as Runaways shows they can even switch genders at will.
- Lampshaded in an issue of Namor The Sub-Mariner, where all the women are akin to Green-Skinned Space Babe while all Atlantean males are blue brutes, except for Prince Namor.
- Scott Pilgrim has Matthew Patel's demon hipster chicks.
- The Star Wars: Legacy comics have made almost a running gag of "prettying up" females of various alien races - Darth Maladi and Kee are good examples, and contrast Nakia, a female Anzat, with a typical male example◊ of the same species (at least her husband wasn't exactly ugly either). There's also a quite good-looking male Twi'lek (compared to the films, anyway) like Shado.
- Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose has many appearing throughout the series.
- Teen Titans:
- Miss Martian looks like a cute Green-Skinned Space Babe, but her true form is that of a ravenous, blood-thirsty alien monster. It was implied in one issue that if she ever lost control and reverted to her true form, she'd be powerful enough to slaughter her teammates in a matter of minutes.
- Kid Devil, who is a lean and muscular teenage demon and goes around shirtless.
- Common in various X-Men comics, especially Generation X; most of the more monstrous mutations will be male, while the women are always sexy.
- Beauty Equals Goodness is often going on there. For example, when she first showed up, Marrow had bones sticking out all over, including on her face. Later, she joined the X-Men, and it wasn't long before she was made more attractive, with most of the protrusions gone and those that remained looking like they could merely be part of her costume (her prettification at least wasn't overnight for no reason other than being one of the good guys, story-wise). There are other examples, but she's probably the most obvious.
- The resident girl werewolf - Wolfsbane - is a bit of an inversion, having gone from having a odd/cute 'wolfweregirl' transitional form, to a 'The Howling'-style monstrous appearance.
- Nightcrawler, Depending on the Artist, can be a fuzzy pretty boy with Cute Little Fangs.
- Jubilee becomes this after becoming a vampire.
- Lots and lots of them in XXXenophile.
- There's an entire subgenre of Fan-Art involving giving monsters from various sources the Cute Monster Girl treatment. It's not uncommon for them to also be shown "doing their thing", in order to bring the Grotesque Cute. The most famous of these is the Monster Girl Encyclopedia.
- In Akatsuki Kitten Phoenix Corporation Overhaul, Diamond (and supposedly the other Agents as well) can grow non-human features, in her case devilish horns, slit red eyes, a devil's tail, large, dark red bat wings, Cute Little Fangs and all. Depending on how she's feeling, she can either make the fangs and wings enormous and eyes glowing enough to terrify a veteran demon-fighter, or she can shrink down the wings and fangs, make the eyes her normal brown, and just look adorable. Even if her arm is shoved through a man's chest and her face is covered in blood and a mad smile.
- The Moemon Game Mod for Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. Your Mons become, well, Moe Mons. And oh god, they're Moe.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom there are cute monster ponies. There exist the same kinds of things found in the Monster Girl Encyclopedia like slimes and mermaids (seaponies), with moth ponies and bat ponies being quite popular, and some truly strange creations like tatzlponiesnote and (take a breath) a sentient hive-mind mass of tentacles that have infested a pony costume because they are lonely.
- The Pokemon Gijinka Project, in the same vein as Moemon.
- A "cute girl"◊ version of a Shriekmaw from Magic: The Gathering, complete with a legless salamander tail, neck-tentacles, and extra eyes on her chin.
- In Resonance Days, all of the Witches killed revert to a synthesis of their Human and Witch form. Sayaka is a mermaid for example.
- Travels Through Azeroth And Outland plays with this trope in the character of Daj'yah. Daj'yah is a troll described as being mildly attractive by human standards (she probably has the "cutefase" appearance seen on many female troll avatars in-game). Unfortunately for her, other trolls think she's hideous because of this.
- The Kaiju Girls of Daikaiju Academy, part of Twisted Kaiju Theater.
Films — Animated
- Mavis Dracula in Hotel Transylvania, a vampire girl with a pixie haircut and Cute Little Fangs.
- Eva from Igor, even though she was made to look monsterous and be evil, she still has a very pretty look.
- Celia from Monsters, Inc.. Monsters University meanwhile splits this trope down the middle: Claire Wheeler and the MU sororities, specially Python Nu Kappa and Slugma Slugma Kappa sisters, do have their "cute side". Although, like the Eta Hiss Hiss sisters being split down in the middle (although they prove to be more "monstrous" than "cute" because they WANT it that way), PNK and EEK show their scary sides as determined in the Scare Games. Dean Hardscrabble herself does not exactly have a "cute" side, but she is considered to be quite beautiful despite her terrifying appearance. Female monsters in both films prove to be mostly a mix of both, despite completely differed from humans. Then again, EVERY monster girl introduced into the films is pretty gorgeous, just look at Brynn Larson and even Sonia Lewis.
- Ginormica from Monsters vs. Aliens. Your basic white-haired girl, super-economy size.
- Sally the rag doll, from The Nightmare Before Christmas is very pretty despite being covered in stitches with blue skin with a Slasher Smile.
- Fiona of Shrek is still fairly pretty for an ogress, despite indulging in the usual icky ogre habits.
Films — Live Action
- Angelina Jolie as Grendel's Mother in the 2007 film Beowulf (she has high heels... and doesn't wear shoes), though it's implied to be Shapeshifting: reflected bits of her true form are visible during her time with Grendel, and a keen observer will see her posing as a part of her treasure-hoard when Beowulf first comes to confront her, looking like a very fishy, naga sort of creature.
- The Shadow over Innsmouth-based B-Movie Dagon throws in a Deep One Cute Monster Girl by way of Our Mermaids Are Different. They still get to play the initial reveal of her monstrous, octopoidal features for horror somehow. This trope allows the movie to play a romantic angle on the original Tomato in the Mirror ending, giving it minor justification.
- The ghost in Dead Friend (aka The Ghost) was pretty cute, despite the rotting clothes and waterlogged hair/skin. At least, she was cute before she died.
- The eponymous character of Dead Girl is pretty good-looking... although probably not dating material, given everything that happens after she's found.
- Greta, the female gremlin from Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Technically, not a girl, since gremlins reproduce asexually, but looks and behaves like one. Resulted from gremlins playing in a genetics lab. So cute, that authors did not kill her with the rest of gremlins.
- Marla (depending on how decayed she is in a particular scene) from Hellraiser: Deader.
- A rare male example comes up in Labyrinth. All the goblins are diminutive, monstrous creatures with wart infested skin and bizarre bone structures... except for their king, Jareth, who just looks like David Bowie with make up on (and and very very tight pants).
- The females of Chaka's people in Land of the Lost might qualify. The males look like they did in the series (i.e. like humanoid chimps). The females are Nubile Savages.
- In Let the Right One In, Eli fits this trope, though it isn't clear whether she's a victim of her circumstances or deliberately exploiting it to get new Renfields.
- Otto from Otto; Or Up with Dead People is a rare male expample.
- A thoroughly creepy version of this trope arises in Planet of the Apes (2001). All of the characters playing apes were made to look like gorillas, chimps, etc. Helena Bonham Carter, on the other hand, looked... well, like Helena Bonham Carter in chimp make-up, eyeshadow, and lipstick. She and the other female chimps (including one played by Tim Burton's ladyfriend Lisa Marie) even had humanlike eyebrows, which was thoroughly bizarre to see on a chimpanzee face. Contributing to the weirdness of the situation, she spent the entire movie flirting with the male human lead, and then he kisses her at the end!
- In Species, Sil is still pretty hot in her alien form. The creature designers specifically wanted her to still be beautiful as an alien.
- Dren in Splice. The Fetish Fuel angle to her is played up to the hilt.
- Star Wars:
- While the male◊ Twi'leks are fairly human like except for head-tails and bumpy foreheads, the females◊ are blatantly designed to look sexy. Deconstructed by having them be famous for beauty to the extent that many of them end up as enslaved dancing girls to crimelords like Jabba the Hutt.
- The difference between male and female Devaronians◊ is even larger. The males are horned and demon-like with sharp teeth, but the females are furred, have pointy ears and only small, vestigial horns and flat, more humanlike teeth and are generally much more attractive to members of other species than the males. Later artwork made the Devaronian females even more human, taking away their horns and fur; Darth Maladi and Kee from the Legacy comics are good examples.
- Cathar tend to have a huge gap. Male Cathar are very tall tailless anthropomorphic big cats with wide shoulders, big claws, thick necks and muzzles. Female Cathar? Small Cat Girls. It seems though that no two artists can decide just how anthropomorphic Cathar are, drawing both genders as being everything between the two extremes; in their species's first comics appearance Sylvar and her mate Crado were about as different as two humans, both of them Rubber-Forehead Aliens.
- The same thing usually happens to the Togorians except males are even more catlike than the Cathar (being giant, tailless bipedal cats with very little anthropomorphism).
- Ruby from The Hills Have Eyes, both original and remake.
- In The Howling, the werewolves are giant, long-snouted and frightening, but when Dee Wallace turns into one, it's cute and fluffy.
- In the fifties film The Mole People, a girl named Adad was born to a race of subterranean albinos, but has none of their features, and thus is hated and shunned by her folk. One of the archaeologists falls madly for her and promises to help her escape this hell with them. Sadly Adad is killed by a falling pillar moments after she sees the surface world for the first time.
- V/H/S: While she's still undeniably creepy both in her human and bat/vampire/nymphomaniac thing form, Lily (from the "Amateur Night" segment) fits this trope.
- Mystique as a little girl when Charles first meets her in X-Men: First Class.
- Junapur, in Cerberon, is described as quite beautiful despite her various nonhuman traits and imposing Amazon physique.
- Serendipity Sargasso, the siren secretary in the Monster Mash neo-noir City of Devils is pretty darn cute. Assuming she doesn't smile.
- Subverted in Codex Alera. Her Imperial Bugginess the Vord Queen tries, but mostly just manages to give everyone the creeps by combining a "green Kitai with Rapunzel Hair" look with a few too many insectile features and a frightening lack of understanding of human emotion.
- In the Discworld books female Igors, known as Igorinas, are every bit as svelte and beautiful as their male counterparts are deformed, hunchbacked, and misshapen. Handwaved by the fact that Igors of both sexes are crazy-talented at all forms of surgery, including plastic, and as Igors are devoted followers of "tradithion" it is probably that male Igors remain ugly because male assistants to Mad Scientists are supposed to be ugly, just as female assistants are meant to be beautiful. There is only one subversion in Monstrous Regiment with well, Igor.
- In The Dresden Files most of the female inhuman monsters Harry encounters are extraordinarily beautiful but equally scary, and many of them have, literally, wanted to eat him. It's mentioned in Skin Games that this is why he and Binder are instinctively leery about Ascher's advances. Ascher is Lasciel's new host at the time, making their caution completely justified.
- Most of the girls in Seanan McGuire's inCryptid novels.
- From the Seekers of Truth, Natalie Beckett aka Golem. Fairly attractive if you can ignore the stone skin. And apparently her boyfriend, Timothy Landerman aka Echidna, can. It helps that he's a venomous lobster-man.
- In Charles Stross's "Laundry" novel The Jennifer Morgue, we meet Ramona Random, a Deep One hybrid who's knock-out gorgeous even after she drops her glamour. It's mentioned in the story that Deep One hybrids generally tend to be very attractive, as this aids in achieving their design purpose of serving as effective ambassadors to the surface world.
- More Information Than You Require features a Cute Monster Girl mole-man as part of a Beethoven Was an Alien Spy gag. She's this universe's version of Sally Hemings.
- Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures series includes a dimension called Trollia where the males are all hulking monsters and the females are all drop-dead sexy. The explanation: The males are Trolls, and the females are Trollops.
- Peer Gynt meets and falls in lust with a beautiful maiden who turns out to be the daughter of the troll king.
- Sandman Slim has Candy, who is probably the bubbliest and most cheerful character in the series, despite being a vampire-esque killing machine called a Jade. Aside from a few slip ups, she's trying to cut back.
- Used as a major plot device in the Neil Gaiman short story "Talking to Girls at Parties", where a bunch of attractive adolescent girls turn out to be odd extraterrestrial visitors.
- Asenath Waite from "The Thing On The Doorstep", part of HP Lovecraft's fiction, might qualify, sort of. She's a Deep One hybrid from Innsmouth described as "dark, smallish and very good looking except for over-protuberant eyes." Unlike most of her brethren, she doesn't seem to perpetually smell like fish. The fact that Deep One ancestry often doesn't show up too much until you're 25 to 30 if you're a late-bloomer probably helped her, that and the fact that her Evil Sorcerer father probably made arrangements so his current host body could interact with polite society long enough to find a more suitable one.
- In Piers Anthony's Xanth novels, female goblins are described as being far more attractive than male goblins. On the other hand, male harpies are handsome while the females are almost always ugly. A war was nearly started once when a female goblin and male harpy figured this out and started dating. And way far back in history, a war was started when the harpy males preferred the goblin females. Female harpies get unusually ugly when they have to mate with humans and vultures to reproduce their species, and all harpies produced by crossing harpies with humans or vultures are female, and so the cycle became vicious on several levels. It probably took Time Travel to fix that mess.
- Illyria from Angel. An Eldritch Abomination trapped in a human corpse, her only non-human attributes (physically, at least) are blue lines on her face and blue streaks in her hair.
- Little Ghoul on Beetleborgs was a variation of the theme, "cute" in the same was an eight-year-old little girl (although a rather precocious one) was cute. However, the reason she kept her face hidden behind her hood was because it was so incredibly terrifying that no-one could bear to look at it.
- Charmed features male and female examples. From the fifth season onwards, most demons were pretty much just human guys wearing black leather - with the odd coloured eye or markings on the face. The sisters themselves became this whenever they transformed into certain magical creatures. The Banshee from season 3 is still pretty attractive since it's just Alyssa Milano in a white wig, long nails and creepy eyes. Ditto for Piper when she is turned into a Fury in Season 4.
- Farscape: War Minister Ahkna is noticeably more attractive and shorter than the rest of the Scarran species; most of whom that have been seen are male (we think). She's still quite reptilian, but it's a smoother, sleeker, sexier kind of reptilian than most Scarrans we've seen. The Scarran Emperor looks similar to Ahkna (though not nearly as short), and the "We're So Screwed" arc makes it explicit that Scarrans have different castes, and based on diet. Eating a rare flower (which grows commonly on Earth, to our hero's dismay once he learns how important it is) makes Scarrans more intelligent, and coincidentally look more human.
- In Grimm, the Vessen all have an alternative form, called a volge. Some, like Rosalie (a fuchsbau, or fox girl), fit this trope. Others, like the hexenbiest, don't.
- In Lexx, Zev Bellringer, part cluster lizard, part love slave.
- Marilyn Munster in The Munsters. Unlike the other members of the family, she's looks like a normal - and beautiful - human girl (although the other members of the family see her as ugly). She shares some of the other members' inhumanness like her very low body temperature.
- Star Trek:
- Though most Borg of any sex don't look particularly appealing, the Borg queen is decidedly sexier looking than any of her drones. Also, Seven of Nine is quite attractive but only once most of her more Borg-like physical attributes are removed via surgery.
- The Vidiians suffer from a disfiguring disease called the Phage, but strangely the Doctor's love interest Denara Pel still retains some of her facial good looks. At least more than any other Vidiian we see.
- In Star Trek VI, Rosanna De Soto's Klingon character had much less pronounced brow ridges than most of the male Klingons. But then, so did Christopher Plummer.
- Klingons fall into this trope even in Star Trek: The Original Series. In the episode "Day of the Dove" we get to see both Klingon men and women. The men all have brutish expressions concealed under thick Blackface makeup while the women have spray on tans, and garish blue eye shadow. The retconned explanation for the more humanoid Klingons is that they were engineered to look like humans for easier interaction, so it'd be logical for the females to be attractive to humans.
- In Supernatural, though they all look human, the male reapers usually look like balding old people that can keel over anytime, while female reapers are all at least conventionally attractive. The first time we see a female reaper it resembles a shade with wild hair. It then disguises itself as a conventional human to interact with Dean and later outright says that a reaper is seen however the reaper chooses to be perceived.
- A common trope with Super Sentai and Power Rangers villainesses. The majority of villain teams are 3-4 male People in Rubber Suits and one hot (and very human) Dark Chick whose monster-ness clearly appears to be worn and not integral. Of Power Rangers series, every season has one except Zeo, Mystic Force, Samurai, and Megaforce - which all still have attractive female villainesses, just of the rubber suit variety. There are even a few Monsters of the Week who might qualify, such as Icy Angel, but they tended to be rare.
- Torchwood features a "sexy" half-transformed Cyberwoman, even though the Cybermen in Doctor Who, whether constructed from men or women, look exactly the same.
- Played with in the famous "Eye of The Beholder" episode of The Twilight Zone. A woman with bandages around her head is repeatedly described as ugly by the people around her. She has undergone plastic surgery to become normal, but at the end the bandages come off and the doctor says the surgery didn't work. The twist? The woman is actually beautiful, and the other people are extremely ugly with pig-like faces.
- Wizards of Waverly Place:
- Frankie Stein, who's a cute, if very tall, girl with a rubber forehead attachment.
- Alex and Harper when they're pretending to be werewolves in "Meet the Werewolves".
- For Finnish monster rock band Lordi, their first pianist, Enary, was a blonde valkyrie who was still gorgeous despite having an extra mouth. They've since averted it with their new pianist, Awa, a ghostly witch who's as creepy as they come (although still arguably cuter than most of the male monsters.)
- In at least one source of Classical Mythology (The Ovid), female centaurs are described as being quite comely, in contrast to their more brutish and single-minded men-folk.
- The Asura in Hindu Mythology and Buddhist myth: all the males are ugly and all the females are beautiful. And both are very violent.
- Norse Mythology:
- The jotuns (giants) were typically pretty butt-ugly, but the female jotuns were comely enough that a lot of the Aesir married one (or nine...). Loki is somewhat an exception to this rule, being handsome despite giant ancestry (it's not clear whether he is a full or half giant). He's also a shapeshifting trickster god, so who knows what he really looks like, and his children were mostly horrible monsters.
- Huldra, nymphs with cow or fox tails (and optionally hollow backs, like a tree trunk), especially since they're usually considered to be female trolls.
- Valkyries (like gorgons) are female creatures that were originally hideous but later on became to be known as incredibly beautiful maidens sought after by many a Norse hero (despite the fact that they weren't actually human). Also they're really only "beasts" depending on your interpretation of their title: Choosers of the Slain.
- Some myths maintain that while mermaids are beautiful, the male version, called merrows, are hideous. However, merrows are actually friendly, unless they see you flirting with their wives.
- In Changeling: The Lost a woman who has become a draconic Fairest is this by default, as Fairest are "the fairest of them all", and draconics have aspects of the Great Beasts of Faerie, such as dragons.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- The supplement Elder Evils has an inversion with the Hulks of Zoretha. The four female hulks resemble bulky, stony giants of no discernible gender. On the other hand the singular male, while roughly the same twenty feet in height as the female hulks, appears as a slender and beautiful winged humanoid if awakened.
- Medusas, unsurprisingly, zigzag depending on the edition. Those in 1st edition were horribly ugly, 2nd edition made them very comely if you could look past the snake hair (without being Taken for Granite), 3rd edition kept the comely bodies but the effect was somewhat marred by the scales and a face that looked like a cross between a viper and a hag, and 4th edition seems to go for a middle-of-the-road approach. Pathfinder (aka D&D 3.75), meanwhile, takes the "playmate with mildly scaly skin and snakes for hair" road.
- Advanced (2nd edition) and 4th edition also features a gender flipped version - there are indeed male Medusas, but apart from being bald, they're actually pretty handsome. This is the only way they differ from normal humans in 2e, and 4e's versions are scaly like their ladyfolk, so for them the baldness isn't that bad).
- The Fiendish Codex: Hordes of the Abyss introduces Obyriths, outrageously bizarre demons (as opposed to the more humanoid Tanar'ri) whose forms exude such a primal wrongness that looking at them can do permanent damage to your mind. Their queen has a "soft, feminine form," though it would be hard to describe her as cute, but then you find out that that's just the veil surrounding her, which formed because the plane of ultimate, horrible madness that spawned her refuses to accept that she is real. If looking at her true form doesn't simply kill you, it is because your brain didn't register what she looked like in the first place. And if you die from it and get resurrected, you don't remember what you saw.
- Pathfinder's driders (spider-centaurs) are sexually dimorphic. The females look like beautiful drow women from the waist up (except for the fangs), and their black widow-like lower bodies have a certain elegant sleekness. The males have bulkier and more arachnid features.
- The Kytons, a race of sadomasochistic evil outsiders known as "Chain Devils", were traditionally portrayed as humans wrapped up like mummies in so many layers of chains that nothing can be seen. The Kyton in the Pathfinder Bestiary? Is depicted as a shapely, blue-and-purple-skinned yellow-eyed woman who wears nothing but chains wrapped around her body to just barely hide her face, nipples and loins, leaving the rest of her largely bare. True, her body is also covered in dozens of fine scars, but these are subtle and don't really detract from her general attractiveness. Definitely a case of the cute monster girl still acting monstrous, however, as the racial profile as sadomasochistic kidnappers and hedonists remains pretty much identical to earlier editions.
- All editions of the game are chock full of these, including gender-inverted versions. The odds of a Cute Monster Girl or Guy rise exponentially if that creature is being portrayed sympathetically. Tieflings are descended from fiendish creatures and often play this trope straight. Genasi and the various races like them are touched by elemental blood and often depicted as quite attractive. An occasional handsome or Nubile Savage half-orc or even full orc will not surprise players. And then there are the not-that-monstrous sorts like tritons, merfolk, various nymphs, fae, giants, and so on, all of whom have a decent chance to be attractive in human eyes. In short, Beauty Equals Goodness is frequently, but not always, in effect. Evil races get their chances, such as various yuan-ti creations of serpent people. Even demons and devils get in on it. Most versions are horrific, but those specifically intent on seduction and temptation are frequently beautiful. And for a broad enough definition of "Monster," so do the celestial races, as they usually represent angels or even good takes on The Fair Folk (pre-4th Eladrin and Pathfinder's Azata).
- Malifaux gives us the Neverborn, a literal race of Nightmares, including Pandora and Lilith, the latter described as "the very image of woman that creation intended, the beautiful vision that haunts the dreams of men", the former only being on the verge of adulthood.
- In Maid RPG, due to the rather random nature of the character generation system, it is very likely that at least one of your maids is gonna end up as one from the start.
- Mortasheen has Mothstrous, a human-moth hybrid who looks quite cute compared to the other human-insect hybrids called Arthropoids, who are grotesque and Brundlefly-ish in look. Given that Mortasheen's standards of beauty are... different, it's not surprising to learn they consider Mothstrous one of the most hideous and grotesque of all Arthropoids. For comparison's sake, this is one of the Arthropoids they consider "beautiful".
- Used to its fullest in the Talislanta game-setting with the Batrean race, whose females are green-haired space babes (except when they're blue-haired) with seductive pheromones, and whose males are gangling hairy ogres. Technically also true of the singular race of Gnorls and Weirdlings, although not for the usual reasons: Although Gnorls (the females) look like someone's 80-year-old grandma, that's still prettier than their male counterparts, the Weirdlings (who look like anorexic Yodas in their skivvies).
- Subverted in Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 with Daemonettes of Slaanesh. While considered to be extremely beauty by anyone who views them, their true appearance is rather nasty (giant crustacean claws are a must) and the desire they exude is a form of Glamour. Slaanesh itself is hermaphroditic and androgynous but is a master of Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder, appearing as the pinnacle of beauty by whoever views it... and trapping those who view it to be its servants for all eternity.
- Fabled Krus, who also appears to be a Shrinking Violet.
- The Fascinating Fiend archetype visually resemble young girls in their own artworks, but based on the artwork of "Fascinating Trap Hole", they are either vicious creatures in disguise, or they play bait to trap prey for their "pets."
- Kate Monster from Avenue Q was going to have a lot of fuzz, similar to Trekkie Monster, but was shaved before production so she would look better with a male (and human) love interest.
- Magda in Tanz Der Vampire becomes a gorgeous vampiress after she's bitten (though some actresses in the part do subvert this by applying some rather distorted makeup after she's been turned). In addition, sometimes female chorus vampires fall into this as well. Sarah is one by the end of the show, without exception between actresses. Herbert's a rather cute monster boy.
- Monster High is Mattel's current big hit whose entire line is based off this trope.
- MGA's toyline Novi Stars, though they're technically Cute Alien Girls.
- Quite a few characters from the Breath of Fire series. Most notably Deis from the first game, Katt from the second game, Momo from the third game and Ursula from the fourth game. Male members of the Blacksmith Clan are hulking minotaur-like strongmen, yet their women look like ordinary humans with horns. Although apparently the women are just as strong, despite this...
- There are three female Splicer bodytypes in Bioshock: Ladysmith, Rosebud, and Baby Jane. All male Splicers are uniformly hideous, warped and disfigured by overuse of ADAM. As for the females, there are two aversions and a straight example. The aversions are Ladysmith (an older woman in fancy clothes, her face skeletal and distorted) and Rosebud (modeled after Rosie the Riveter, but with a garish, disgusting tumor growing out of her forehead). Baby Jane, meanwhile, hasn't physically mutated at all - her only modifications are some scars and makeup. Sadly, though, ADAM has had its usual effects on her mind...
- Black Django — the hero's vampiric form — has pointed ears, fangs, blue skin, and bat wings... making him a Cute Monster Boy.
- Red Durathor from the sequel is fairly cute despite having thorny armored plant-like arms and legs.
- Many of the monsters in the Castlevania games, such as the Succubus, and the Perspherone, a demonic maid who happens to know Kung-Fu. Laura, the vampire child from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, especially in the Reverie DLC, where she and Gabriel form a strong bond.
- Cthylla in Chaos Code, if one can look past her shark-like dentition and penchant for blowing venomous ink in her opponents' faces.
- Genovefa in Child of Light is a Fish Person with green skin and small fin-like protrusions spouting from her ears and tail. Contrast with Robert (a bipedal mouse), Oengus (a hulking armor-clad bear-goat-thing), and Golem (a big jagged rock Golem).
- Female vampires, demonesses, cyborg girls, and catgirls are very common in the City of Heroes/City of Villains games. The character creator includes options such as horns, pointy ears, tails, hooved/clawed feet, etc. Even one of the NPC heroines is a catgirl. Also applies to NPC enemies. Most of the various demons the you can fight are grotesque monsters, except for the succubi.
- Dark Souls has a few of these, most notably Priscilla the Crossbreed, a 20 foot tall giant Mystical White Haired girl who happens to be half dragon. Quelaag and her sister are beautiful women with horrible lava spiders for lower bodies.
- Demons Souls has The Fool's Idol, which basically looks like a pretty girl with four arms.
- In Darkstalkers, any female character that's not Baby Bonnie Hood (Morrigan, Lilith, Felicia, Q-Bee) qualifies, but the winner is Hsien-Ko, a Chinese Vampire. Q-Bee is probably the most horrible, as while her race act like normal bees, they've developed one evolutionary trait to help them hunt their prey: their eyes. Those gigantic bulbs on her head? Those are her real eyes. The ones on the front of her face are there to trick people into thinking she's a dimwitted chick. This is why her fighting pose is animated so her head looks like it's pointing down, her actual eyes are completely focused on her prey.
- Most monsters are male, with the most obvious exceptions being the Succubus and the Nekomata, which are all female.
- The "standard" demon race of the Netherworld have females of several different body types, like valkyries, healers and magic knights (all of them cute).
- Disgaea 2 introduces the Flora Beast (something similar to a Nymph).
- Raspberyl is a Fun Size Cute Monster Girl.
- Disgaea 4 has Desco, the Netherworld's most adorable Eldritch Abomination.
- Dragon's Crown has harpies and vampires, who look cute but are lethal predators who feed on human victims, as well as a friendly mermaid and fairy.
- Dragon Fable has ice and water elves, which have sharp, Snape-y faces for the males. Granted, we only see male ice elves, but female water elves are spotted here and there. Unlike the males, they have the same faces as humans, aside from their coral-like horns. (Interestingly enough, wind, wood and dark elves all have human-like faces, though all of them have glowing eyes.)
- The Shura in Dream Of Mirror Online fit - the males are big hulking walls of flesh, with short, fleshy tails, and a (fleshy) horn on their forehead. The females are cat girls.
- Subverted in Earthworm Jim. Jim's girlfriend, Princess What's-Her-Name, is big-eyed, wasp-waisted (and an insect, haha), and extremely well proportioned. On her homeworld, she's considered hideously deformed. Her sister, Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-Filled, Malformed Slug-For-A-Butt, who looks something like a giant termite queen, is the pinnacle of beauty to her people.
- Many enemies in Final Fantasy. The exact specifications vary from game to game, ranging from monsters with female body parts to highly-feminine monsters to monsters that look exactly like humans with maybe one or two monster features. For example, the recurring Lamia enemies are usually snakes with female torsos and faces, and in IV somehow have asses showing through their snake skin.
- Recurring summon Shiva is often depicted as a graceful and well-formed female with a pretty face with her body covered by nothing but ribbons or growths of ice. She also has blue skin and lips, due to being An Ice Person, and often has other body features to betray her monstrous nature.
- Ditto for Siren, though she doesn't appear in as many games. Her FF8 incarnation is the straightest example. She is a beautiful woman with strategically placed feathers on her body, and bird wings coming out of her head.
- Terra of Final Fantasy VI is a half-human and half-Esper, and was pointedly not this in her original game, her Esper form was emphasized to be feral and monstrous and it terrified people. Then Dissidia came along and look at her now◊. While that is a valid interpretation of her in-game sprites from FF6◊, bear in mind that this◊ was the original character design. Her alt outfits also provide you options in your fanservice by recoloring her pink, blue and green.
- The Cloud of Darkness, also from Dissidia, is a Made of Evil Eldritch Abomination who wants to engulf the world in darkness and is an eternal entity unable to ever be destroyed, only defeated and put to sleep until it rises again. And oh yes, it looks like this◊. The games state that as a force of nature it has no true form and has no gender, it just chooses to appear as a female. Convenient.
- The Nymphs from Final Fantasy IX. They have completely humanoid (and scantily clad) bodies, simply with what looks like grass and leaves for hair. The villainous ones have purple skin while the good ones have green skin but they're still pretty hot.
- The Vieras and the Grias from games set in Ivalice. The Viera are tall, ebony-skinned warrior women with bunny ears and Stripperific clothing, and the Gria are incredibly cute female dragon-like humanoids with wings and horns. The Seeq avert this: the couple female Seeq NPCs look almost identical to male Seeq.
- The two female Espers in Final Fantasy XII. Shemhazai's face is not visible, but she does have a scantily clad fanservice-y body. Ultima is also quite attractive if one ignores her teal skin.
- Fire Emblem:
- Played straight in Gears of War 2 to the surprise of everyone (including Delta squad, Cole saying: "I thought she was supposed to be butt ugly."), with the Locust Queen, who appears almost exactly like a human woman (albeit wearing a squid on her back and a kinda grey skin tone). It turns out Myrrah actually is a mutated human.
- Golden Sun:
- The Fire Clan are mostly human-looking with some draconic traits, such as scales, colorful skin, equally colorful hair, and Pointy Ears. But then there's Karst, who pairs all of that with the appearance of a cute teenager and a black leather micromini.
- Golden Sun: Dark Dawn's beastmen are all quite furry and a bit more animalistic than your average Cat Girl. And then there's Sveta, who is very human-looking, not readily identifiable as anything but "furry" (and her fur is skin-tone!), and very moe. Compare her with her brother, who has a very distinct muzzle (and blue fur, though beastman colors run the gamut). She can enter a more beastly form, which is largely indistinguishable from the werewolf/wolfman monsters (it's also a bit of a Game Breaker).
- From the original Grandia, a character named Milda joins your team. She's an older (beast)woman who, though not necessarily cute, has curves in all the right places and is marred only by having horns, sharp teeth, and a tufted tail. Eventually you reach the village where her tribe lives and get to see the men— all of whom are BIPEDAL COWS.
- In Grandia II, a large, ugly, male beastman named Marag joins your party early on. This isn't so bad until you visit his village later in the game and find out that, apparently, the rest of his species is comprised of cute and/or hot Cat Girls.
- The House of the Dead EX has Zobiko, a Cute Zombie Girl. She's also one of the main characters.
- Kid Icarus:
- Medusa is a cyclops stone head in a wall, but after being damaged enough she turns into a human sized attractive Medusa (her original form according to the story) right before dying. She's even more of this in Kid Icarus: Uprising for 3DS (just look at her◊). Once she's nearly dead, though, she reveals what she actually looks like. It's quite horrifying.
- The Syren enemy, who has full frontal NES nudity. The manual warns not to be caught unaware by her female form, as she is pure evil.
- In King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride, princess Rosella is transformed into a troll but retains some of her beauty, making her the cutest troll girl around.
- Knights of the Old Republic has Juhani◊, a Cat Girl who looks... very different from every other Cathar◊ in all of Star Wars. Handwaved later by making Juhani a member of a rare Cathar subspecies, yet the more common version of a female Cathar still look much nicer than the hulking tiger-men that are the males◊.
- Tiamat from La-Mulana. Then she starts kicking your ass, and you somehow stop finding her cute. Then you start kicking her ass, and she gets downright ugly. (In the PC version anyway; in the Wii version all she gets is a scowl.)
- The Legend of Zelda:
- Yeto of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a big, hulking yeti with a face that one would expect a yeti to have. His wife Yeta, on the other hand, is a walking ball of fur (or clothes, it's hard to tell) with a much cuter face. At least when she's not possessed by the dungeon boss, then her face goes all scary-like...
- The eponymous Twilight Princess: regular twilight citizens aren't so much ugly as featureless (most of them being black mannequin-like when not under Zant's curse) she's absolutely gorgeous and looks mostly like a woman with a weird skin-tone.
- The Zoras are an odd case in Twilight Princess. Most of them look the same, with no sexual dimorphism and being very androgynous. Some of them wear fish-like helmets, but their real faces are rather human. The Zora Queen Rutela, on the other hand, is much more human-like, with a distinct bust and something hairlike on her head.
- Ruto grows into this after the Time Skip in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
- [adult swim] Flash Game Lesbian Spider Queens Of Mars has, well, the lesbian Spider Queen of Mars(it's the lower half that's a spider).
- The aforementioned Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne. Male dwarves look like their counterparts in WoW and similar games... but female dwarves look like baby-faced teenage jockettes, scaled down to size. (They also narrowly skirt the Uncanny Valley.)
- In Might & Magic VII goblins are available as a Player Character race; both the female ones available for your party and the NPC ones you meet in Deja and the Pit are attractive in their own way.
- The H-Game Visual Novel Monster Girl Quest is filled with these. They are actually all a One-Gender Race who rely on human males to reproduce and as a food source. They range from this to downright terrifying.
- The Pixie species from Monster Rancher is a race of cute, impish girls with demon horns, wings, tails, and Cute Little Fangs. It's implied in some games that they are Always Female, but the names bestowed on some Pixie NPC monsters seems to suggest that there are some males—they just look exactly the same as the females.
- Sheeva, Goro's Distaff Counterpart from Mortal Kombat. Despite being a female Shokkan who's incredibly tall, very muscular, four-armed, and the type who's more than willing to beat enemies to a pulp, she gets more attention from the fans than one would think.
- In Neo Steam, the male Beast races are huge hulking wolf-men or bear-men, depending on faction. Their female counter-part race are small, slender, curvy catgirls with cute stubby tails.
- Neverwinter Nights:
- The tiefling Valen of the Hordes of the Underdark expansion is male example, being uncharacteristically attractive for a fiend.
- Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer gives us another male example in Gannayev, a Hagspawn, which are male Hag/Human hybrids and typically look something like this◊. Gann, on the hand, looks like this◊. Most people in the fandom adamantly refused to believe that this was the official character portrait of Gann because, really, there was absolutely no justifiable way a Hagspawn could look that pretty until actually playing the game, where it was revealed that his looks resulted from the love his parents had for each other.
- Neeshka. A tiefling rogue in Neverwinter Nights 2 with horns and (provided the game is updated) a tail. Considered by many fans to be the cutest girl in the game, Neeshka and a male main character is the Fan-Preferred Couple to such an extent that an add-on module has been released to reinstate her as a romance option, after it was cut during development due to time restraints.
- Ellen and Tammy from Pale Blue. In contrast to most examples however they play much more on the monster aspect.
- The MMORPG Perfect World has the race called the Untamed. The males are big muscular furries, entirely hairy and with animal heads, and the females slender Cat Girls (or fox-, demon-, etc.), with tails and a second set of ears or something similar on the sides of their heads, but otherwise as humans.
- Phantasy Star has this in spades. PSII had Nei, PSIV had Rika and Demi, and by PSO, Numans were a full-fledged minority within the population of Pioneer 2.
- Planescape: Torment:
- A number of odd NPCs can be added to your party. Only two are female, and both of them are conventionally very attractive, with some add-ons (a tail in the case of Annah and wings in the case of Fall-From-Grace). With Grace it's expected; she is a succubus. However, Annah is a tiefling; that is, someone descended from a fiendish grandparent (possibly with a few "greats" thrown in), and most fiends in Dungeons & Dragons, even female ones, aren't very attractive. Annah also wears a leather version of a Breast Plate, including hooker boots. The PC can hang a lampshade on this by suggesting she strip it down further, adding a few more slashes, to distract her marks. She gets flustered by this remark, and he comments he thought that's what it was for in the first place. She claims she gets hot, and "suspects it's the fiend blood in me".
- This seems to the entire hat of the tiefling race. Male, female, whatever. They all seem to be cute monster people versions of fiends. Case in point: not just Annah but Valen and Neeshka as well (and, depending who you ask, I would imagine Haer'Dalis). It's also explicitly mentioned in the 4e writeup of the race in the Player's Handbook.
- Gardevoir and Lopunny, which admittedly look the same regardless if it is male or female. Gardevoir's pre-evolved form, Kirlia, is a Cute Monster Little Girl, and Gardevoir also has its male counterpart, Gallade.
- Several other Pokémon seem to be this (though again they appear identical regardless of gender), including Ninetales, Mismagius, Mawile, Gothitelle and Froslass. Froslass is only female.
- Bellossom, Roselia, Roserade, Lilligant, and Florges can be seen as Cute Plant Girls, while Leavanny and Illumise are Cute Bug Girls.
- Legendary Pokémon Diancie is genderless (not to mention part-Rock), but it looks feminine, and adorable.
- Primal gives us little Elizabeth in the realm of Aetha since the inhabitants of this realm are all zombies/vampires. She loves to dance and carries a dead rat as if it were a plush toy.
- Queen's Blade video games have Gal Monsters that can be caught and fight for the player.
- The female Satyros from Radiant Historia, especially Aht.
- Ragnarok Online has a lot of these. Some examples: Moonlight Flower, Loli Ruri, Succubus, Valkyrie, Isis, Alice, Aliza. There are also many male examples.
- In the first Shadow Hearts game male Harmonixer Yuri Hyuga transforms into almost completely inhuman monstrosities when he fuses with a monster soul- he'll usually still have 2 arms and 2 legs (usually), but only Seraphic Radiance/Dark Seraphim looks even remotely human- and it still has eerie pale skin and giant black wings. On the other hand, in Shadow Hearts: From the New World, hot female harmonixer Shania transforms into beautiful non-human creatures which are still abundantly female and wearing even less than she usually does. Yuri hits the middle ground, however, with his Level 1 Fusions in Shadow Hearts: Covenant, which are generally attractive male non-human creatures wearing less than Yuri usually does.
- The default character portraits for Trolls and Orks in Shadowrun Returns include some Cute Monster Girls and Cute Monster Boys, though they run the full range from "cute if you don't mind fangs/horns" to "not conventionally attractive, but still mostly human-looking except for the obvious bits that distinguish them from baseline humans" to "outright monstrous." This is completely in line with the original tabletop lore.
- A large number of the enemies and villains in Shantae are Cute Monster Girls. Among them: Cute Scorpion-Girls, Cute Water Lobster Thing Girls, Cute Snake Girls, and Cute Zombie Girls.
- Shin Megami Tensei:
- Most, if not all, the female demons and deities, especially Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, as even the ones who are officially supposed to be hideous still manage to look really sexy (with perhaps the only exception definitely being the "Old Hag" type of demoness).
- Mother Harlot has a pretty nice body. Her face, on the other hand, could use some work.◊
- The kid-friendly spinoff DemiKids takes this to an utterly ridiculous degree with some of its designs. Some are sort of logical, but others, like the Banshee and Harpy, are a bit of stretch. They even managed to turn Dullahan (a Headless Horseman who rides on a similarly headless horse and functions as an omen of death) into one of them. Take a look.
- Shin Megami Tensei IV uses this for a number of the old standards, but subverts it hard with some of the redesigns, especially for Lilith. You know how Lilith used to look like Gozer with a snake around her neck? Not anymore.
- The Dagonian race of Fish People in Skullgirls are often more fish than human looking, but minor character Minette looks like a human girl with a tadpole tail for hair. There's also Squigly, who's remarkably cute for a zombie.
- StarCraft has the Zerg Queen of Blades, Sarah Kerrigan. For someone who's been infested by The Virus she's still smokin' hot, but much of this is due to Art Evolution. In Brood War's cinematics and menus, Kerrigan looked like this◊ and this◊. Nowadays her appearance is locked onto this◊. It's also lampshaded in-universe that her beautiful human face has mostly been unaffected by infestation, and is another tool she can rely on to distract an enemy if she's ever in close-quarters combat.
- Tales Series:
- Tales of Symphonia has The Mandragora/Alraune enemies, which are just humans with green hair and flowers growing out of their heads. Dawn of the New World makes them look significantly more inhuman, though. Others included the Lamia/Medusas, Harpy/Feather Magics, Amphitra/Mermaid/Sea Horrors, and potentially the angels and summon guardians.
- Fenia from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World; the best mage monster in the game, talks, and plays this trope perfectly straight.
- Tales of Rebirth plays this straight and averts it with Hilda, a Gajuma-Huma half-breed. In-universe, Hilda's horns made her appear to be an ugly freak, but anyone can see that Hilda is attractive with or without the horns.
- Nearly every single Touhou character (and there are a lot) is one of these, with Little Bit Beastly individuals rampant, and some of the most horrendous youkai appearing almost indistinguishable to humans. For only some examples, Nitori is supposed to be a kappa, Aya and Hatate are supposed to be (crow) tengu, Mamizou is a tanuki, Satori and Koishi are supposed to be Satori, and Yamame is meant to be a Giant Spider, and yet at most they only have one or two features that indicate them as such. The few male characters in the series tend to appear more monstrous (and old), with Genji being a talking turtle and Unzan being a cloud. There are occasional subversions, like Kogasa (a karakasa who is explicitly both the girl with the blue dress and the umbrella she's holding) and the bestial youkai rabbit in one of Maribel's dream-excursions, and very few of them act cute, most of them being violent bigoted jerks who are not above threatening to eat the protagonist. Played with by Nue, who is embarassed by how unscary her Shapeshifter Default Form is and goes to great lengths to hide it.
- The female Draken of WildStar are, both in-universe and out of it, renowned for their attractive appearance. That they could and probably will murder you in an instant doesn't ruin the attraction one iota—you could even say it helps.
- In World of Warcraft, the female members of "monstrous" races look like models with paint jobs and funny hairdos, while the male members are considerably fuglier. This is especially blatant on the Horde side, but the Alliance races, even humans, to some degree, are not exempt. They also tend to be rather well endowed. The minotaur-like Tauren are arguably an exception, but the females still have a smoother, "cleaner" look and are designed to look cute.
- The female Forsaken, who are undead of the "revenant" variety, look just like goths with the bones showing in their elbows and knees. Their chests are unrotted. They put a rather... disturbing Lampshade Hanging on the idea with one flirt macro: "Yes, they're real. They're not mine, but they're real." Do you feel the Squick sinking in yet?
- Female orcs and trolls have perfect posture compared to their hunched-over male counterparts, with slimmer builds (though female orcs are still relatively muscular) and less pronounced tusks. While the NPCs in the game have a variety of appearances, character creation provides 1 conventionally attractive face option for both, jokingly known as "Cutefase" (sic). The vast majority of female orc/troll player characters have these faces. With orcs, it's particularly bad because they only have one non-barbaric hairstyle as well. Meaning if you want to make a "pretty" orc girl, you will end up with the same face and hair as everyone else. Thankfully, the Barbershop expanded the hair options for fashion-conscious orc and troll ladies.
- The Naga, a race of Snake People. The women are slender with noticeably elven facial features (they used to be night elves). The men, however, are bulkier and more bestial in appearance, with fully dragon-like heads. It's also implied that the men are less intelligent as well.
- Draenei females are approximately half the mass of their male counterparts, their tails and facial tendrils are far more understated, and they have shapely bundas. Even in-universe, female draenei are renowned for their beauty.
- Done again in Cataclysm with female worgen, who have eyeshadow, mascara, and Cat Smiles. Less obvious with female goblins, but still evident: while they closely resemble their male counterparts, they're still clearly designed to be prettier.
- Hanyuu from Higurashi: When They Cry has a pair of horns, one of which is slightly chipped. She's actually a subversion; before becoming a god, she was a human who just so happened to be born with horns, hinted to be because of a genetic defect. Her horns were the main reason she was chosen to be a sacrifice.
- Saya from Saya no Uta is a deconstruction, since she is an Eldritch Abomination. Her true form is never fully revealed, but it's implied to be the farthest thing from cute, since any normal person who sees her is driven insane. The only reason the protagonist sees her as attractive is because of an extreme case of agnosia that causes him to see everything as hideous, and the only truly hideous thing in his life as beautiful.
- Tsukihime: Akiha is pretty cute, there's Arcueid, and Nanako is a half human half unicorn spirit that's the Moe Anthropomorphism of the Seventh Scripture.
- 565-14 in Allen The Alien is a cute young alien girl, but she is too young to be a Green-Skinned Space Babe.
- Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire has Hyraxx D'mofiti as well as some of the girls employed at the Velvet Fist.
- The demon heroine Raven in Demonology 101 is a cute teenage girl whose only demonic attributes are reddish eyes and oddly shaped ears (in her case Raven is only a half-demon). The other demons portrayed (both male and female) are also fairly human-looking (and usually somewhat attractive).
- All orcs in Dominic Deegan look close enough to humans to be mutually attractive once you get past the Cute Little Fangs (played straight with Luna, who is fully human and has fangs) and, yes, the green skin. This applies to both male and female orcs, however.
- Eerie Cuties has this title for a reason. The comic centers on a monster highschool, and so far, with the exception of a pair of lizard boys, they are all cute monster girls (and boys). And if the cast isn't enough, there are more of them in flashbacks — hilariously cute snake-girls and so on.
- Grace Sciuridae/Shade Tail in El Goonish Shive is a genetically engineered shapeshifting assassin created to fight the Big Bad Damien. However, she proves to be a pacifist by nature except under the worst provocation. (Her brothers are less human-looking in their hybrid forms, though they can appear human, and quite good-looking, when they choose.) Her male Evil Counterpart from another dimension is much scarier.
- Far Out There temporarily turned several female characters into these in order to celebrate Page 666.
- Ambrosia Verdandi from Fetch Quest: Saga of the Twelve Artifacts. She's also a doctor wannabe!
- Nitrine of Flaky Pastry is a small, cute human-looking young woman with green hair and lips. She is also a goblin and has had some rather classical male goblins hanging around.
- Girl Genius got a few: traveling jager-kin Jenka. Ferretina the Evil Weasel Queen from the side-story "Revenge of the Weasel Queen". Mamma Gkika; "cute" and "girl" definitely aren't the words for her, but she fits all the same. Nobody's really sure what the Geisterdamen are, other than creepy, but they're also kinda hot. Maxim and Oggie fall under the heading of Cute Monster Boys.
- Goblins has Saves-a-Fox (admittedly she wears a wig, but still...) and yuan-ti girl Kin. Female Goblins are drawn sexier than their male counterparts in several panels, especially when the male leads are fantasizing.
- The trolls fame have grey skin, orange, sunken eyes, fangs of varying length and horns of varying shape. Apart from that, they don't really look that monstrous. Nepeta, for example, is adorable, even if she does kill wild animals for food with her bare hands and paint the walls of her cave with their blood. The male trolls are all mostly Cute Monster Guys, too. Except maybe Equius.
- Jade Harley was spliced with a godlike dog, but the doggy features are cosmetic accessories to her big-eyed Moe face, and her plain long hair became a wavy mane.
- One of the primary facets in the mad science comedy The Horrifying Experiments of Dr. Pleasant!. But as the "Schneidecker-Loli principle" clearly states, young females are the easiest to revive.
- Snapdragon Fahrenheit, along with a number of other students (including a gorgon, a succubus and a Jotun) at the Doc Mars Academy from How To Raise Your Teenage Dragon.
- Molly in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! is an extremely cute pink furry monster. Princess Voluptua still manages to be pretty attractive even in her insect form, as well.
- Hala River from Irregular Elis is an alien.
- Keychain of Creation has both Marena (Lunar Exalted, 'foxy', and arguably the Ms. Fanservice of the strip) and Secret (Abyssal Exalted and thus effectively a kind of undead, but undeniably cute). And if a Genius Ditz robotic mad scientist who can turn into a giant robot cat is more your thing, there's always Elegant Nova of Progression.
- Benn'Joon of Looking for Group. What exactly Benny's race is is unclear to the point that Richard describes her as "miscellaneous," although she has been on a couple occasions been identified as a troll (whose males, for the record, are green-skinned and generally ugly) and has been regularly called a half-breed. It is later heavily implied that her mother is the quite attractive Elven pirate Captain Tah'Vraay, so Benny appears to be at least part Elf. The markings around her eyes and three-digit hands similar to the Minotaurs hints that she may very well be Krunch's biological daughter.
- The unnamed gorgon protagonist in Modest Medusa seems to be a cute and fairly harmless child, without the ability to turn people to stone or the aggression normally associated with the medusa/gorgon type of monster. Instead she's easily distracted and seems to enjoy video games and junk food.
- All the female cast (and males) from Monsterful. Cute monster girl extras (both young and mature) are everywhere, and cute monster girl celebrity parodies!
- Nerf NOW!! has Cute Zerg Girls. As in, the Zerg from StarCraft.
- The Order of the Stick:
- Therkla, a half-orc ninja. While the males of the orcs we see aren't exactly any more ugly, mishappen, or inhuman than the females, this could be a limitation of the art style.
- Subverted and parodied in with a female Lizardfolk prostitute. At first she appears to look much more human than a typical member of her species, with blonde hair and Non-Mammal Mammaries. But it turns out these are a wig and implants, which she got to attract more business. Without them she'd look just like a standard Lizardfolk. (And the other lizardfolk hooker is disgusted by her.)
- Ow, my sanity is about Eldritch Abominations forming an Unwanted Harem around the protagonist, David. All of them take the form of beautiful women or Cute Monster Girls. Notably, the shoggoth manages to look cute even when in its favoured form of a girl with snake-ish mouths for arms!
- Paranormal Mystery Squad:
- The Deer Woman (based on Native American mythos) at the begining was kinda cute if you don't notice that her long skirt concealed deer legs. To bad she had already murdered 7 men before being made a foot shorter.
- Once Katie is changed, she is a cute litte werewolf after her bite.
- Soraya from Poharex combines this with Lizard Folk.
- Most of the coatlaltec girls from Restaurante Macoatl fit this trope, the only trace of them being reptiles are their tails and claws.
- Mentioned occasionally in Schlock Mercenary.
- All of the main characters in School Bites are cute vampire girls, some going into the catgirl variety.
- The title character of Selkie has gray skin, flippers, and fangs.
- In Shadowgirls, Christmas Snow's mother is a female Deep One, but not nearly as grotesque as one of the originals. This lends a bit of plausibility to the strip showing that she and her human partner conceived her out of mutual love and attraction.
- Sinfest has Baby Blue and Fuchsia. They're Devil Girls (presumably succubi), so there's some justification for this. Also, their boss is depicted as pretty handsome.
- Sluggy Freelance:
- Parodied in the Years of Yarncraft storyline, especially in this strip.
- Aylee adopts her forms to defend against specific dangers (such as developing mind-shielding with a telepathic foe around). The current form was taken because she feared what humans would do unless she could fit in among them better. In other words, she (subconsciously) made herself into a Cute Monster Girl to gain acceptance.
- Spinnerette gives us Minerva, a Stripperiffic anthropomorphic Cerberus whose three heads offer something for everyone into anthros, whether they like their girls sweet, spicy, or tsundere. There's also Katt o'Nine Tails (though she's much more sleder than curvy, and her usual outfit is about as far from stripperiffic as you can get) and Evil Spinnerette, who started out human but used a ritual to turn herself into a drider.
- The Creo in Terinu start out as petite and cute when they're young, but upon reaching adulthood they gain the same bulky musculature as a male. Ferin does and bucks, on the other hand, retain disturbingly small and cute their entire lives, even as they sported spiky horns and tails.
- Anak Zahard from Tower of God is a cute specimen from the Lizard Folk.
- Whats Shakin has a few, most notably an undead lady Ell and an orc girl Pai.
- Xan from Winters In Lavelle is a male example of this. Half-deer, part of a species infamous for hating humans and being rather violent, but damn, if he isn't adorable. And despite his usually less than kind demeanour, his occasional sweet moments (almost always with Rio) only serve to emphasise that.
- The Wotch has Ti'el, a cute green-haired alien with tentacle hands, and Myrrh, Lord Sykos' half-liquid maid. Due to the Shapeshifting that goes on, many characters have been a Cute Monster Girl at least once or twice.
- The ghost girl from Baman Piderman.
- Bay 12 Monster Girls is essentially entire world of them. And so it's sequel.
- Felarya is based on this trope. Almost all major characters are Cute Monster Girls - sweet, innocent, and with an appetite for gulping down humans whole and alive. Felaryan Cute Monster Girls range from nagas (giant snake-human hybrids) to driders (giant spider-human hybrids), mermaids, slug girls, and adorable carnivorous fairies. Who, naturally, are often really, really big and all trying to eat you. Giant males are presumed to exist, but are rarely seen. Some species are One Gender Races.
- The flash cartoon series Primal War is notorious/loved by teenage boys for its cartoony, monstrous males being drastically different to their more human-like and realistically proportioned females for both the beast and dino races.
- The Jade Regent Campaign from RPGMP3 features a character called Misty the Succubus. Misty is a bubbly, bouncy, charmingly naďve teenage girl with talents that make her invaluable to the team. She also happens to be a demonic Succubus from the deepest pits of the Abyss, who enjoys long walks on the beaches by the lakes of fire and brimstone, and occasionally starts singing while disemboweling people with her claws. She's really a very nice person, once you get to know her.
- While there's no images of her on the website, SCP-811 of the SCP Foundation gives of the feel of this trope due to her simplistic third-person manner of speech and her child-like cheerfulness when she learns new things. It probably also helps that she used to be a human being.
- The Spider Cliff Mysteries: Crystal (demon) and Annabelle (zombie).
- Teto Kasane the UTAUloid is a chimera with the appearance of a human girl with bat wings, and is often depicted with Cute Little Fangs depending on the artist. Depictions showing her wings are exceedingly rare, making this somewhat of an Informed Attribute.
- The waiter-zombie users play as in the iTunes app Zombies A La Mode is a cross between a rare cute monster guy and Ugly Cute.
- SF&F artists and illustrators love the concept. This may reflect the contents of the books they illustrate or not. Examples include (some NSFW due to naked breasts):