A reboot/modern retelling of the 1987 TV series Beauty and the Beast that debuted on The CW in 2012.Featuring Kristin Kreuk as Catherine, this version retains the New York City setting, but Catherine is a cop and Vincent (Jay Ryan) is a handsome human (save for a scar on his right cheek) who has super strength and speed as the result of a secret government project involving animal DNA. Whenever he gets angry, he transforms into a violent and uncontrollable beast.Was renewed for second season.
Break the Cutie: Catherine, so much. first her mom is murdered in front of her eyes, then she is almost killed herself, later she loses who she believes is her father and Vincent gets kidnapped. When she finally finds him though, his memory of her is wiped.
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Presently a case of "Female-On-Male Sexual Harassment Is Okay," but Tori's use of her pheromones on Vincent is treated as a non-issue. Catherine doesn't seem to see how ethically repugnant Tori's behavior was, because she's too focused on how much of Vincent's erratic behavior she's been letting slide. Were Tori a Tony and were Vincent a Veronica...
Expy: The Beast mutates into a super-strong, overly aggressive monster, a little bit like The Hulk.
He's also a handsome, brooding superhuman worried that his violent nature will harm the female lead, much like Edward Cullen.
Tess is similar to Edie from the original.
Destructo-Nookie: Not as extreme as other examples, but Vincent and Cat make a really big mess when they have sex.
Enter Stage Window: Vincent enters Cat's apartment (or simply attracts her attention) mostly through her bedroom window.
Missing Mom: Catherine's mother was murdered in front of her when she was younger, and it drove her to become a police officer. Vincent saved Catherine from the assassins. Catherine's mom was also a scientist with Muirfield and one of those who experimented on Vincent. Her murder was probably related to this.
Mixed Ancestry: Catherine and Heather's mother was Asian-American, while their father is white though Catherine's biological father turns out to be someone different than she thought, reflecting Kristen Kreuk's actual ancestry.
Rescue Romance: Catherine and Vincent bond over the fact that he saved her from her mother's assassins years earlier. She reciprocates by helping to protect Vincent from detection/recapture by Muirfield.