Series: Beauty and the Beast (2012)
A reboot/modern retelling of the 1987 TV series Beauty and the Beast
that debuted on The CW
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 a third season.
Tropes used in the show:
- Action Girl: Catherine.
- Adorkable: J.T., Cat, of all people, also has her moments.
- Amnesiac Lover: Vincent as of Season 2.
- Alliterative Name: Again, Catherine Chandler.
- Artistic License – Biology/LEGO Genetics: The Muirfield experiment and Vincent's transformation.
- Ascended Extra: Heather, Cat's sister and former roommate, who after appearing sporadically throughout the First season, and seemingly being Put on a Bus during season 2 she returns and has been confirmed to be part of the main cast of the upcoming season 3
- The Atoner: Gabe.
- Subverted sadly when he becomes darker as the second season goes on, all in the name of "protecting Catherine." It finally blows up in everyone's faces when Gabe takes the beast serum and becomes a monster again, only this time his personality changed from misunderstood friendly loner to psychotic killer; he ends up killing one of Catherine's friends in cold blood. Later he murders Cat's FBI informant and comes close to killing J.T.
- Badass Baritone: Vincent thanks to his actor, Jay Ryan.
- Betty and Veronica: In Season 1, Catherine (Veronica) and Alex (Betty) to Vincent (Archie).
- Later Season 2 has Catherine (Betty) and Tori (Veronica) to Vincent's Archie.
- Followed by Vincent (Veronica) and Gabe (Betty) to Catherine (Archie).
- Beast and Beauty: Yeah.
- Beta Couple: J.T. and Tess as of Season 2 Episode 16
- Big Apple Sauce: Duh.
- Though it's filmed in Canada.
- Big Damn Heroes: Facilitated by how he hangs out spying on people, Vincent gets to play this rather frequently.
- The Big Damn Kiss: In episode 14.
- Cursed with Awesome: Vincent is cursed with inhuman speed, strength and senses. The only downside is he gets a little vascular and his teeth get kind of funky. The glowing yellow eyes might sound freaky but the way they look in the show is actually just really cool.
- Get's even cooler in season 2 when his DNA has been modified to act as a human tracker, sense peoples heart beats like a human lie detector, and that's just when he's in his human form, and can now control his transformations and they even repaired his facial scar, which may have made him look badass, but now makes him almost as beautiful as Catherine.
- 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.
- The same can be argued with Gabe. Season 1 portrays him as a guy who, like Vincent, never wanted to be a beast and only wanted to grow up normal; said beast powers ended up costing his mother's life. When he finally was rid of his curse and fell for the one person who can truly make him happy, his own jealously and Catherine's indecisiveness for who she truly wants to be with ends up costing his friendships with nearly everyone on the show, ending with him becoming a monster again, both outside...and in.
- Brought Down to Normal: Gabe.
- Subverted when he takes the beast serum and transforms again.
- Forcibly invoked again when Catherine straps the Beast Negating Crystal on Gabe, turning him human and finally allowing them the chance to kill him.
- Bus Crash: Implied with Alex when "Claire"'s partner gets onto the bus in the seat behind her.
- But Not Too Foreign: Catherine and Heather are half-asian on their mother's side while their dad is caucasian.
- Catapult Nightmare: Vincent has one in which his beast side comes out, uncontrollably, during an intimate moment with Cat, hurting her. He concludes they Can't Have Sex, Ever.
- Childhood Friends: Vincent and J.T.
- Dance of Romance: In episode 9.
- Deadpan Snarker: J.T. and Catherine's partner Tess. Gabe can be pretty good at this too when he wants to.
- Death by Origin Story: Catherine's mother is murdered by two assassins.
- 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.
- Fair Cop: Cat.
- Flashback Nightmare: Catherine has one of in season two's opener.
- Follow the Leader: As stated above, Vincent is a lot like Edward Cullen and this show was likely made to appeal to Twilight fans.
- Gender-Blender Name: Gabe's girlfriend, Tyler.
- Genius Bruiser: Vincent is not only super strong, he's also a former doctor.
- Genki Girl: Heather.
- Government Conspiracy: Muirfield, the outfit behind the experiment. They want to recapture Vincent and circumstances suggest they may have been behind the murder of Catherine's mother.
- Guttural Growler: Vincent.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: When Vincent wears a tux in episode 9.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Evan in episode 18. Also an example of Redemption Equals Death.
- Heel-Face Turn: Gabe, at the beginning of the second season when Cat "kills" his beast side.
- Face-Heel Turn: The progression of the season slowly culminated in Gabe turning insane due to his obsession from Cat and everyone turning against him, ending with him taking the beast serum and going around killing Catherine's closest friends.
- Hulking Out: Vincent's power.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Vincent spent ten years trying to find an cure.
Vincent: I'm just helping out, okay? And for once, J.T., I almost feel normal.
- Gabe as well, though he took a more extreme method in trying to rid himself of the beast gene: killing Vincent and harnessing his DNA.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: What ends up happening to Gabe to finally end his life.
- I Owe You My Life: Gabe to Catherine, after the latter revives him after being shot by Muirfield, curing him.
- Killed Off for Real: Evan and Tori. Later Gabe
- Jekyll & Hyde: Vincent and his "beast" personality.
- Last of His Kind: Vincent was the only one to escape being terminated by Muirfield.
- Subverted. As Gabe is later revealed to be an earlier generation of beast.
- Season 2 has Vincent on an mission of killing other beasts, one of which is revealed to be one of Vincent's military buddies who also thought he was the only one to survive.
- Living Lie Detector: Vincent can usually tell if someone is lying, using much the same metrics an interrogator with a mechanical polygraph would use: heart rate, pupil dilation, and perspiration.
- Long-Lost Relative: Vincent's nephew, Aaron, makes an appearance.
- Love Makes You Evil: Gabe, full stop. What first started as trying to make amends for his actions in Season 1 has evolved into having deeper feelings for Cat. While several characters such as Tess was supportive of him trying to hook up with her, others like J.T. and, later, an amnesiac Vincent kept pushing for Cat to stay away from him. Despite Gabe finally hooking up with Cat during the middle of Season 2, Cat's former feelings for Vincent ended up costing their relationship. It doesn't help when Gabe then starts believing that only he deserves Cat and that Cat's father is constantly encouraging Gabe to take matters into his own hands and keep Vincent and Cat apart. Later actions such as getting Cat's sister kidnapped, threatening to expose everyone's secrets to the world, and murdering people left and right started driving Gabe slowly insane, ending with him becoming a beast again. Gabe's sanity becomes non-existent when the heroes manage to defeat him, ending with him trying to murder Cat and dying in the process.
- Male Gaze: A more innocent version in which Vincent is dumbfounded by Catherine as she descends down a staircase looking even more radiant than usual in stunning dress while the two are scoping out a Masquerade ball, literally lifting off his mask to get a full view.
- Honestly could be said by most of the men who come in contact with Catherine
- Missing Mom: Catherine's mother was murdered in front of her when she was younger, and it drove her to become a police officer.
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: Catherine in spades, obviously.
- Mythology Gag: Since it's a reboot, it's to be expected. The Absurdly Spacious Sewer that Vincent and J.T. hide out in is reminiscent of the original.
- Not Quite Dead: Gabe, as revealed in season two's opener.
- Only Sane Man: J.T.
- Papa Wolf: Reynolds seems to be this, unbeknownst to Cat.
- Put on a Bus:
- Alex, and Joe.
- As of Season two, it seems Heather as well.
- 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.
- It's also implied with Gabe to Catherine.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Heather and Cat.
- Running Gag: Vincent and J.T. have a security system that can also shut down all wireless signals... if Vincent remembers to turn it on.
- Tess getting J.T.'s name wrong like "T.J.".
- Sanity Slippage: Gabe's love for Catherine has twisted into an obsession. Lampshaded by both J.T. and Tess when they comment on Gabe's state of mind. Thrown out the window when he becomes a beast and turns into nothing more than a rampaging murderer out for blood, even Cat's.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: All the beasts in the show have their eyes glow an ominous yellow color; characters in the show who witness this piss themselves in fear as a result.
- Super Soldier: Vincent's "beast" form was given to him by military scientists during his time in the army. Played even straighter after he's kidnapped and "reprogrammed" to follow orders without question.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: What Gabe feels has happened to him. "Losing" Cat to Vincent, having nearly everyone turned against him, and then having Cat tell him straight to his face that she wants nothing more to do with him anymore threw Gabe's morality off the cliff. By this time, he took the beast transforming formula and once more became the very thing he tried so hard to rid himself off in Season One; if everyone is going to treat him like a deranged beast, then he might as well be that deranged beast.
- Title Drop: "About Last Night".
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: JT is revealed to be this as he was the one who had Vincent signed up for the Muirfield project, thinking it would help him on the battlefield.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Alex. Eventually subverted, when Alex is Put on a Bus.
- Was Once a Man: Played Straight.
Vincent: I guess it reminds me of who I use to be.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: There has been no mention of Brooke, Heather and Cat's stepmother, especially after their dad's death.
- Wham Line: In the season one finale when Vincent is captured and taken via net and helicopter.:
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Vincent, the original beasts from his army unit, and some later beasts like Tori, were all average, well-meaning citizens who had their normalcy ripped away by monsters like Reynolds and Muirfield in their attempt to create the perfect supersoldier. When the experiment went wrong, rather than try to help and harness their power like Catherine's mom tried to do, the assholes would rather wipe them from existence and cover up their mistakes; a sad case of shoot first, ask questions never.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: So freakin' much.
- Your Cheating Heart: Tess is having an affair with her married boss, Joe.
- As of Season 2 Episode 15, Cat cheats on Gabe with Vincent.