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 a third season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.