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A monster, but cute and female. Cynics would say it represents how the young male target demographic sees women -- attractive, but frightening.

Monster girls are often the offspring of BizarreSexualDimorphism: male monsters can look... well... ''monstrous'', but female monsters need things to differentiate them from the male monsters ''and'' make them recognizably female to the audience (and by "recognizably female" we usually mean "[[BeautyIsNeverTarnished clean]], [[OnlyOneFemaleMold slim, and attractive.]]")

When the MaleGaze gets involved this results in common design features for female characters in other contexts, like HartmanHips, NonMammalMammaries, [[LongHairIsFeminine long hair]], and TertiarySexualCharacteristics like 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.

The SpearCounterpart Cute Monster ''Guy'', is quite common in {{Shojo}}, {{Josei}}, BoysLove, {{Otome Game}}s and other media marketed to women.

Subtrope of MonstrousHumanoid.

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A Any "exotic" being (alien, monster, robot, demon, [[CuteGhostGirl 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 BizarreSexualDimorphism in fiction, in which the female members of a nonhuman species are much more attractive/less monstrous, I.E. more human looking, than the males;
#A "cute" female version of a previously-existing, not originally attractive monster, such as a GorgeousGorgon;
# A HalfHumanHybrid of a monster that happens to be female, and cute;
#Anomalous among her people, despised or considered a freak,
but cute and female. Cynics would say it represents how [[BeautifulAllAlong a knockout by human conventions of beauty]].

A function of MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial, specifically
the young male target demographic sees women -- attractive, but frightening.

Monster girls are often the offspring of BizarreSexualDimorphism:
idea that male monsters can look... well... ''monstrous'', but female monsters need things to differentiate them from the male monsters ''and'' make them recognizably female to the audience (and by "recognizably female" we usually mean "[[BeautyIsNeverTarnished clean]], [[OnlyOneFemaleMold slim, and attractive.]]")

]]"). When the MaleGaze gets involved this results in common design features for female characters in other contexts, like HartmanHips, NonMammalMammaries, [[LongHairIsFeminine long hair]], and TertiarySexualCharacteristics like dresses or make-up (or bits of anatomy designed to look like a dress or make-up, make-up), even if it would make no sense for such a creature to have these features.

The
features. While this is often done for purposes of {{Fanservice}} it can also be for WhatMeasureIsANonHuman 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 GrotesqueCute reasons, contrasting the monstrous and cute side, especially if they still ''act'' like the monster they're based on -- villainous [=CMGs=] in particular are very likely to be {{Literal Man Eater}}s.

Female {{One Gender Race}}s are typically these. [[AlwaysFemale Although very]] [[MostWritersAreMale rare]], in works targeted towards men, the
SpearCounterpart Cute Monster ''Guy'', is quite common in {{Shojo}}, {{Josei}}, BoysLove, {{Otome Game}}s and other media marketed to women.

women. The most commonly known example is [[VampiresAreSexGods vampires]]. However, younger variants of the traditional definition of "cute" (i.e. Children) for both genders are a bit more common. Assume that if there is a MonsterMash, the few female member(s) will be Cute Monster Girls. May involve {{Stripperiffic}} designs. If there's more than one of them, they'll often have [[OnlyOneFemaleMold remarkably similar builds.]]

This character type can also be used as a basis for studying discrimination, social differences and similar themes, since monster girls are pretty, cute and different at the same time to attract a wide audience and detail [[FantasticRacism problems arising from differences]].

Subtrope of MonstrousHumanoid. Related to MoeAnthropomorphism and Gijinka in FanArt circles. Often subject to FantasticArousal. Compare [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Cute Alien Girl]], [[AdorableAbomination Cute Eldritch Abomination Girl]], [[HumanoidFemaleAnimal Cute Humanoid]] [[LittleBitBeastly Animal Girl]], CuteGhostGirl, AttractiveZombie, SeductiveMummy, and SlimeGirl. Related to YouSexyBeast, although males are the more common recipient of that. Also related is GiantWoman, since the majority of giantesses are portrayed as sexually attractive.


* Justified in ''Manga/MononokeSharing''. Mizuchi explains to Yata that all yokai resemble humans in an attempt to blend in. Those that don't have long since died out.

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* Justified in ''Manga/MononokeSharing''. Mizuchi explains to Yata [[spoiler:It's explained near the end of the series that all yokai resemble humans in an attempt the entire mononoke race is slowly turning more human with every generation and will eventually lose their powers entirely due to blend in. Those the fact that don't have long since died out.they weren't part of the gods' plan for the Earth. [[HatesBeingAlone Momi]] created them to ease her lonliness while she waited several billion years for humanity to evolve.]]


* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation': While there's no images of her on the website, [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-811 SCP-811]] of the 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 [[spoiler:[[WasOnceAMan used to be a human being]]]].

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation': ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': While there's no images of her on the website, [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-811 SCP-811]] of the gives of off 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 [[spoiler:[[WasOnceAMan used to be a human being]]]].


* In at least one source of Myth/ClassicalMythology (The Ovid), female [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaurs]] are described as being quite comely, in contrast to their more brutish and single-minded men-folk.

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* In at least one source of Myth/ClassicalMythology (The Ovid), female [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaurs]] are described as being quite comely, in contrast to their more brutish and single-minded men-folk.comely.


* A [[http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/4388/1207092817856.jpg "cute girl"]] version of a ''[[http://magiccards.info/lw/en/139.html Shriekmaw]]'' from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', complete with a legless salamander tail, neck-tentacles, and extra eyes on her chin.


* Seras Victoria from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is a vampire, but she looks a normal curvaceous young woman except for her red eyes, sharp teeth and by the end of the series the series demonic arm.
** Depending on which fangirl you ask Alucard and The Captain can fall under this.



* The Opera Singer [[spoiler: and the possessor of the Elemental Stones]] from ''Film/TheFifthElement''.



* [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Marla]] (depending on how decayed she is in a particular scene) from ''Film/HellraiserDeader''.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** While the [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/d/dc/BibFortuna_swenc.jpg male]] Twi'leks are fairly human like except for head-tails and bumpy foreheads, the [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/b/b3/Inspire.jpg females]] are blatantly designed to look sexy. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] by having them be famous for beauty to the extent that many of them end up as [[GoGoEnslavement enslaved dancing girls]] to crimelords like Jabba the Hutt.
** [[BizarreSexualDimorphism The difference between]] [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070118132748/starwars/images/6/63/Devaronians.jpg 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; [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Maladi Darth Maladi]] and [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Kee_(smuggler) 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 Girl}}s. It seems though that [[DependingOnTheArtist 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 RubberForeheadAliens.
** 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).
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'': Gender-inverted; Loki was abandoned by the Frost Giant king Laufey for being too small. When Odin found the crying and helpless infant, it resembled a blue human (or [[HumanAliens Asgardian]]) baby with raised lines on its skin. Although Odin had pragmatic reasons to adopt the offspring of an enemy (he had planned for Loki to become the next sovereign of Jötunheim), it's implied that he also took pity on the child, which was facilitated by the fact that Loki looked no less cute than any other Asgardian baby. It's lampshaded in [[Film/ThorRagnarok the play]] ''The Tragedy of Loki of Asgard'': "You were merely a little blue, baby icicle that melted this old fool's heart." (This line of dialogue is ''not'' a gross exaggeration--Odin reclaims Loki as a son shortly afterwards and tells the latter that he loves him.) As an adult, Loki becomes a male GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe whenever he's in the presence of Jötunn magic.
%%* Ruby from both the original ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes1977'' and [[Film/TheHillsHaveEyes2006 its remake]].



* Subverted in ''Literature/CodexAlera''. Her Imperial Bugginess the [[HiveQueen Vord Queen]] ''tries'', but mostly just manages to [[UncannyValley give everyone the creeps]] by combining a "[[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe green]] Kitai with RapunzelHair" look with a few too many insectile features and a frightening lack of understanding of human emotion.
* In the ''Literature/{{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 Scientist}}s are ''supposed'' to be ugly, just as female assistants are meant to be beautiful. There is only one subversion in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' with [[spoiler:well, Igor; although this is something of a continuity bust, because the character is part of the overall Sweet Polly Oliver scenario, and no one seems to spot this]]
** Also played with by Angua the blonde curvaceous werewolf girl, who looks like a quite normal woman in her human form, but uses dog shampoo because it gives extra glossy hair..

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* Subverted in ''Literature/CodexAlera''. In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', Her Imperial Bugginess the [[HiveQueen Vord Queen]] ''tries'', but mostly just manages to [[UncannyValley give everyone the creeps]] by combining a "[[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe green]] Kitai with RapunzelHair" look with a few too many insectile features and a frightening lack of understanding of human emotion.
* In the ''Literature/{{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 Scientist}}s are ''supposed'' to be ugly, just as female assistants are meant to be beautiful. There is only one subversion in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' with [[spoiler:well, Igor; although this is something of a continuity bust, because the character is part of the overall Sweet Polly Oliver scenario, and no one seems to spot this]]
** Also played with by Angua the blonde curvaceous werewolf girl, who looks like a quite normal woman in her human form, but uses dog shampoo because it gives extra glossy hair..
this]].



** This also applies to the female fairies. Mostly they look like very beautiful humans, but they have very often pointed ears and an unusual color of the skin, hair and eyes.
*** Also worth noting is Helen Blackthorn, a half-fairy. She is described as pale, beautiful and delicate. She has white and gold painted, curled hair, blue-green eyes and pointed ears.



* Used as a major plot device in the Creator/NeilGaiman short story "Talking to Girls at Parties", where a bunch of attractive adolescent girls turn out to be odd extraterrestrial visitors.
* Asenath Waite from "Literature/TheThingOnTheDoorstep", part of Creator/HPLovecraft'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 [[spoiler:the fact that her EvilSorcerer father probably made arrangements so his [[BodySurf current host body]] could interact with polite society long enough to find a more suitable one.]]



** [[TheVamp Female Vampires]] count all this, with Darla, Drusillia, Willow ([[BadFuture Wishverse]]) and Harmony all being bombshells. Though the unpleasant [[GameFace Vampire face]] can objectively make them ButterFace(s), but sometimes even with the vamp-face they can still be attractive (particularly Darla in flashbacks).
*** Buffy herself gets vampirized in one episode of the first season. Despite being stuck with the GameFace (she probably doesn't know how to de-vamp), whe remains very cute, and Xander even admits afterwards he was still attracted to her.
** Werewolf girls as well, though naturally not in their wolf forms. Veruca the seductive werewolf in ''Buffy'' who lures Oz (good Werewolf) towards the feral path '''but''' Nina in ''Angel'' puts Veruca to shame being ridiculously beautiful, curvaceous and mostly importantly ''innocent''. Angel who usually dates humans or female vampires ironically had the safest relationship (sexually) with Nina despite his curse and her wolf-nature.



** The female Oden-Tal demons from Angel episode "''She''" give all the other demon babes a run for their money, the females can produce ''such heat'' from their bodies they can scorch a grown man till his flesh and eyes come off. The male Oden-Tals think of their opposite sex as nothing more than slaves and removing the raised ridges on their spine makes them docile. Also if they're aroused their spines will glow red from heat likely releasing pheromones, as Wesley was love-struck upon rescuing some scantly clad Oden-Tal much to Cordelia's ire and Angel had to go take a [[ADateWithRosiePalms "cold shower"]] after interacting with Jhiera the princess of the Oden-Tals.
** [[spoiler: Cordelia as a half-demon counts, even moreso she possessed by Jasmine who is EldritchAbomination]].



* ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' 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.



** The new series has many examples, often also [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Green-Skinned Space Babes]]. For example:
*** [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/tardis/images/4/4d/Jabe_s.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20101016162803 Jabe]] "the tree lady" from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld "The End of the World"]] and [[https://cobolhacker3.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/raffalo.jpg Raffalo]] the blue skinned plumber lady from the same episode.
*** The [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride Racnoss Empress]]... [[https://i.pinimg.com/originals/74/a2/78/74a2780f260b660fca32d9955be888ac.jpg kinda]] not really.
*** [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/64/d3/b6/64d3b6d3883e734f4f6614d6de2be69f--professor-aliens.jpg Chantho]] from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]], despite her insect features, is quite cute and [[ExtremeOmnisexual Jack]] wastes no time flirting with her.
*** [[https://i.pinimg.com/564x/df/4f/37/df4f378bfe4ae4c7658b9d2e85cc5e49--aliens-doctor.jpg Addams]] from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]].
** Catkind, the females can sorta be [[HumanoidFemaleAnimal considered]] this.



* Played with in the famous "Eye of The Beholder" episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''. 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? [[spoiler:The woman is actually beautiful, and the other people are extremely ugly with pig-like faces]].



** 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.



* Hanyuu from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has a pair of horns, one of which is slightly chipped. [[spoiler: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.]]

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* Hanyuu from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has a pair of horns, one of which is slightly chipped. [[spoiler:She's actually a subversion; before becoming a god, [[spoiler:She had the horns back when she was a human who just so happened to be born with horns, human, hinted to be because of a genetic defect. Her horns were the main reason she was chosen to be a sacrifice.]]



* [[spoiler:The titular Saya]] from ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'' is a deconstruction, since she is [[spoiler:an EldritchAbomination. 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 [[BrownNote 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. The more he falls in love with her, [[SanitySlippage the worse]] [[AxCrazy he gets]]. Not to mention, she may be a cute monster girl, but she is still a ''monster''- i.e. a predatory creature with an [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien sense of morality]]]].

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* [[spoiler:The The titular Saya]] Saya from ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'' is a deconstruction, since she is [[spoiler:an EldritchAbomination. Her adorable in the eyes of the protagonist, but [[spoiler: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 [[BrownNote 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. The more he falls in love with her, [[SanitySlippage the worse]] [[AxCrazy he gets]]. Not to mention, she may be a cute monster girl, but she is still a ''monster''- i.e. a predatory creature with an [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien sense of morality]]]].



* All orcs in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' look close enough to humans to be mutually attractive once you get past the CuteLittleFangs (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.



* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': The series's "gems" are sentient rocks from outer space who project physical forms that resemble human women, usually with non-human [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation skin]] and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair hair colors]], while most [[FusionDance fusions]] also possess multiple eyes and/or limbs. As opposed to most other examples on this page, gems take a wide variety of body shapes, not only conventionally attractive ones.



* A {{downplayed|Trope}} example in ''WesternAnimation/SwatKatsTheRadicalSquadron''. While all Kats have humanoid builds, the males have more obviously feline(though not really unattractive) faces than the women, who look almost human.



* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** The earliest female robots were indeed curvy and sexy, but more diverse female Transformer designs were been introduced, whether they were original characters, or new characters based on previously-male toys. However, "sexy" female Transformers are still the primary type.
** Dialogue, in the original series and ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', imply that sexual dimorphism is common amongst Cybertronians, Black Arachnia, Arcee and [[BoobsOfSteel Thunderblast]] being a perfect example. Rat-Trap even [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar mentions female stripper-bots]] with [[BreastExpansion "enhanced chest-plates"]] or some such. The fact they even ''have'' strippers, to say nothing of cosmetic surgery, implies that our notions of gender roles are the same despite them being alien robots.
** For a particular aversion [[http://www.tfwiki.net/wiki/Strika_%28Animated%29 Strika]]. ''Yes'', she is a girl. An [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Strika_%28BM%29 earlier version of the character]] was even less feminine, and there was NO indication she was female when she first showed up; she pretended to have a beast-like mentality, only yelling wordlessly if she ever made any noise. When she spoke for the first time, well, huge surprise. Her earlier incarnation (a retcon naming an unnamed G1 Autobot as her) wasn't particularly shapely either, unless you count "box" as a shape.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has [[spoiler:Sari]], though she's less a 'monster' than a [[spoiler:half-Autobot.]]
* Miss Martian, from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', is a literal GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe. [[spoiler: Only it turns out she's not; in an aversion, she's merely using her VoluntaryShapeshifting powers to pretend to be one, because her true form is not only ghastly-looking by human standards, it belongs to an oppressed (for possibly good reason) minority race among her own species.]]


Any "exotic" being (alien, monster, robot, demon, [[CuteGhostGirl 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 BizarreSexualDimorphism in fiction, in which the female members of a nonhuman species are much more attractive/less monstrous, I.E. more human looking, than the males;
#A "cute" female version of a previously-existing, not originally attractive monster, such as a GorgeousGorgon;
# A HalfHumanHybrid of a monster that happens to be female, and cute;
#Anomalous among her people, despised or considered a freak, but [[BeautifulAllAlong a knockout by human conventions of beauty]].

A function of MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial, specifically the idea that male monsters can look... well... ''monstrous'', but female monsters need things to differentiate them from the male monsters ''and'' make them recognizably female to the audience (and by "recognizably female" we usually mean "[[BeautyIsNeverTarnished clean]], [[OnlyOneFemaleMold slim, and attractive.]]"). When the MaleGaze gets involved this results in common design features for female characters in other contexts, like HartmanHips, NonMammalMammaries, [[LongHairIsFeminine long hair]], and TertiarySexualCharacteristics 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 WhatMeasureIsANonHuman 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 GrotesqueCute reasons, contrasting the monstrous and cute side, especially if they still ''act'' like the monster they're based on -- villainous [=CMGs=] in particular are very likely to be {{Literal Man Eater}}s.

Female {{One Gender Race}}s are typically these. [[AlwaysFemale Although very]] [[MostWritersAreMale rare]], in works targeted towards men, the SpearCounterpart Cute Monster ''Guy'', is quite common in {{Shojo}}, {{Josei}}, BoysLove, {{Otome Game}}s and other media marketed to women. The most commonly known example is [[VampiresAreSexGods vampires]]. However, younger variants of the traditional definition of "cute" (i.e. Children) for both genders are a bit more common. Assume that if there is a MonsterMash, the few female member(s) will be Cute Monster Girls. May involve {{Stripperiffic}} designs. If there's more than one of them, they'll often have [[OnlyOneFemaleMold remarkably similar builds.]]

This character type can also be used as a basis for studying discrimination, social differences and similar themes, since monster girls are pretty, cute and different at the same time to attract a wide audience and detail [[FantasticRacism problems arising from differences]].

Subtrope of MonstrousHumanoid. Related to MoeAnthropomorphism and Gijinka in FanArt circles. Often subject to FantasticArousal. Compare [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Cute Alien Girl]], [[AdorableAbomination Cute Eldritch Abomination Girl]], [[HumanoidFemaleAnimal Cute Humanoid]] [[LittleBitBeastly Animal Girl]], CuteGhostGirl, AttractiveZombie, SeductiveMummy, and SlimeGirl. Related to YouSexyBeast, although males are the more common recipient of that. Also related is GiantWoman, since the majority of giantesses are portrayed as sexually attractive.

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Any "exotic" being (alien, A monster, robot, demon, [[CuteGhostGirl 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 BizarreSexualDimorphism in fiction, in which
but cute and female. Cynics would say it represents how the female members of a nonhuman species young male target demographic sees women -- attractive, but frightening.

Monster girls
are much more attractive/less monstrous, I.E. more human looking, than often the males;
#A "cute" female version
offspring of a previously-existing, not originally attractive monster, such as a GorgeousGorgon;
# A HalfHumanHybrid of a monster that happens to be female, and cute;
#Anomalous among her people, despised or considered a freak, but [[BeautifulAllAlong a knockout by human conventions of beauty]].

A function of MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial, specifically the idea that
BizarreSexualDimorphism: male monsters can look... well... ''monstrous'', but female monsters need things to differentiate them from the male monsters ''and'' make them recognizably female to the audience (and by "recognizably female" we usually mean "[[BeautyIsNeverTarnished clean]], [[OnlyOneFemaleMold slim, and attractive.]]"). ]]")

When the MaleGaze gets involved this results in common design features for female characters in other contexts, like HartmanHips, NonMammalMammaries, [[LongHairIsFeminine long hair]], and TertiarySexualCharacteristics like dresses or make-up (or bits of anatomy designed to look like a dress or make-up), 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 WhatMeasureIsANonHuman 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 GrotesqueCute reasons, contrasting the monstrous and cute side, especially if they still ''act'' like the monster they're based on -- villainous [=CMGs=] in particular are very likely to be {{Literal Man Eater}}s.

Female {{One Gender Race}}s are typically these. [[AlwaysFemale Although very]] [[MostWritersAreMale rare]], in works targeted towards men, the
features.

The
SpearCounterpart Cute Monster ''Guy'', is quite common in {{Shojo}}, {{Josei}}, BoysLove, {{Otome Game}}s and other media marketed to women. The most commonly known example is [[VampiresAreSexGods vampires]]. However, younger variants of the traditional definition of "cute" (i.e. Children) for both genders are a bit more common. Assume that if there is a MonsterMash, the few female member(s) will be Cute Monster Girls. May involve {{Stripperiffic}} designs. If there's more than one of them, they'll often have [[OnlyOneFemaleMold remarkably similar builds.]]

This character type can also be used as a basis for studying discrimination, social differences and similar themes, since monster girls are pretty, cute and different at the same time to attract a wide audience and detail [[FantasticRacism problems arising from differences]].

women.

Subtrope of MonstrousHumanoid. Related to MoeAnthropomorphism and Gijinka in FanArt circles. Often subject to FantasticArousal. Compare [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Cute Alien Girl]], [[AdorableAbomination Cute Eldritch Abomination Girl]], [[HumanoidFemaleAnimal Cute Humanoid]] [[LittleBitBeastly Animal Girl]], CuteGhostGirl, AttractiveZombie, SeductiveMummy, and SlimeGirl. Related to YouSexyBeast, although males are the more common recipient of that. Also related is GiantWoman, since the majority of giantesses are portrayed as sexually attractive.



* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' there is the merrow. These are AlwaysFemale [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaids]], which have a human upper body and a fishy lower body. They can, however, assume a human shape, and go ashore. In their human form they look almost like humans, but have light blue hair. Some of them have [[InterspeciesRomance love relationships]] with humans, and can have common descendants with them.

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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' there is ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', the merrow. These merrow are AlwaysFemale [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaids]], mermaids]] which have a human upper body and a fishy lower body. They can, however, assume a human shape, and go ashore. In their human form they look almost like humans, but have light blue hair. Some of them have [[InterspeciesRomance love relationships]] with humans, and can have common descendants with them.



** Rosine ''may'' count, as she retains her cuteness as an [[LegionsOfHell Apostle]], however her nudity along with her insect features and sexual overtone makes her very {{Squick}} and unconformable (thanks to her age). When Rosine is serious or damaged she subverts this trope by becoming [[https://i.imgur.com/2hsk2Li.jpg hideous]].



* The female warriors in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' correspond to. They look like ordinary young women, however, they have silver eyes and light blond to white hair. Some of them also have pointed ears like elves.
** But the beauty only refers to them as long as they wear clothes. Since they are a Yoma half, their bodies to seem terrible look when someone sees them naked.
* The ''Culdcept'' manga has a few including [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], [[PlantPerson dryads]], [[WingedHumanoid harpies]], and a HumanoidAbomination octopus-girl.



** [[HotWitch Sorceress Thaegan]] is an absolute stunner and not remotely human, in the manga she's extremely [[AbsoluteCleavage busty]]. Unlike some the grievous changes the anime/manga made to books, Thaegan being attractive is accurate to the books according to her physical description in the ''Lake Of Tears''. However this subverted, as Thaegan is a huge VainSorceress and is actually a old hag without her magic, then but it's subverted again in the anime since in the spirit world (after she dies) she appears as youthful and beautiful.



* Chocola, the vampire daughter of ''Manga/DonDracula''. One episode has Don Dracula specify that her mother was the most beautiful woman he has ever known, and that Chocola takes after her.



** Well except for one prominent subversion, [[spoiler: Kokoro]]. [[IWasQuiteALooker She was sexy too in her youth, though.]]



%%* ''Manga/SankaRea'' has the eponymous zombie girl.



* A fair amount of the female cast of ''Manga/{{Sola}}''.



%%* [[spoiler:Seth Nightroad]] from ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''.



* Most of the student body in ''ComicBook/AllGhoulsSchool''.



* Subverted in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse ComicBook/CaptainAmerica FanFic series ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/series/974292 barnacle boy]]'', which features [[SelkiesAndWereseals selkie]] Bucky Barnes. [[MrFanservice Bucky is cute]], and [[SweetSeal seals are cute]], but the author describes Bucky's wereseal hybrid form as a "nightmare fish furry."



* Franchise/HarryPotter
** Subverted with actual mermaids in Harry Potter who too fish-like for comfort, see OurMermaidsAreDifferent for more detail.
** The Veela are EnthrallingSiren(s) that so beautiful they can entrance both men [[DoubleStandard and]] women alike. But the real ''monster'' part of this trope comes, if you piss them off their faces elongate into sharp, cruel-beaked bird heads, and long scaly wings burst from their shoulders. Mr Wealsey tells his sons and Harry the Veela are why you shouldn't go for looks alone, Fleur Delacour's grandmother was a Veela which explains her stunning beauty ''and short temper''.
** Ghosts can beautiful in HP, e.g ''The Grey Lady'' [[spoiler: aka ‎Helena Ravenclaw]] but not in poor Moaning Myrtle's case.
** Apparently Wood-Nymphs exist in France so they count as this.



* Subverted in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' with Daemonettes of Slaanesh. While considered to be extremely beautiful 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}}. [[EldritchAbomination Slaanesh]] itself is hermaphroditic and androgynous but is a master of AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder, appearing as the pinnacle of beauty by whoever views it... and trapping those who view it to be its servants for all eternity.


* Almost every member of the UnwantedHarem in ''Manga/OmamoriHimari''. There's a CatGirl with GagBoobs, a ForeignFanservice {{Meido}} tea-cup spirit with even bigger GagBoobs, a TokenMiniMoe water-snake spirit EmotionlessGirl, and a blood-thirsty {{Yandere}} forest spirit.

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* Almost every member of the UnwantedHarem in ''Manga/OmamoriHimari''. There's a CatGirl with GagBoobs, a ForeignFanservice {{Meido}} tea-cup spirit with even bigger GagBoobs, a TokenMiniMoe water-snake spirit EmotionlessGirl, and a blood-thirsty {{Yandere}} forest spirit.


* The titular "oddmen" of ''Oddman 11'' have most of its members within variable points of the monster-girl spectrum. For instance, Inuta is a full-on [[PettingZooPeople dog furry girl]] (to the point of having six nipples), Ika-chan has several tentacles and a weird shaped head but otherwise regular female anatomy, while Kirara [[LittleBitBeastly only has cat ears and a tail]] and Tatari is a regular girl [[Main/{{Cyclops}} with a single eye]].

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* The titular "oddmen" of ''Oddman 11'' have most of its members within variable points of the monster-girl spectrum. For instance, Inuta is a full-on [[PettingZooPeople [[BeastMan dog furry girl]] (to the point of having six nipples), Ika-chan has several tentacles and a weird shaped head but otherwise regular female anatomy, while Kirara [[LittleBitBeastly only has cat ears and a tail]] and Tatari is a regular girl [[Main/{{Cyclops}} with a single eye]].



** 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 [[PettingZooPeople 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.

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** 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 [[PettingZooPeople [[LittleBitBeastly 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.



* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' gives us Minerva, a {{Stripperiffic}} [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic]] Cerberus whose three heads offer something for [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom everyone into anthros]], whether they like their girls sweet, spicy, or {{tsundere}}. There's also [[CatGirl Katt o'Nine Tails]] (though she's much more slender than curvy, and her usual outfit is about as far from stripperiffic as you can get) and [[EvilCounterpart Evil Spinnerette]], who started out human but used a ritual to turn herself into a [[SpiderPeople drider]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' gives us Minerva, a {{Stripperiffic}} [[PettingZooPeople [[{{Animorphism}} anthropomorphic]] Cerberus whose three heads offer something for [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom everyone into anthros]], whether they like their girls sweet, spicy, or {{tsundere}}. There's also [[CatGirl Katt o'Nine Tails]] (though she's much more slender than curvy, and her usual outfit is about as far from stripperiffic as you can get) and [[EvilCounterpart Evil Spinnerette]], who started out human but used a ritual to turn herself into a [[SpiderPeople drider]].


** As of the Matt Smith era, the female Silurians are [[https://i1.wp.com/conexaoalien.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/maxresdefault.jpg?resize=836%2C470 this]]. Though they hide their features with more reptilian masks, when the Doctor takes the mask off first words out his mouth are [[{{Understatement}} "You're beautiful"]].

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** As of the Matt Smith era, the female Silurians are [[https://i1.wp.com/conexaoalien.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/maxresdefault.jpg?resize=836%2C470 [[https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcS9ybL-XNbkjk_0xZWFHPx_rG0I1nAOnovSBSUhQYY66uEfNMod this]]. Though they hide their features with more reptilian masks, when the Doctor takes the mask off first words out his mouth are [[{{Understatement}} "You're beautiful"]].


** [[OurGiantAreBigger Giant Women]] in One Piece e.g Gerth and Lily Enstomach from {{Filler}} are in incredibly attractive.

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** [[OurGiantAreBigger [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giant Women]] in One Piece e.g Gerth and Lily Enstomach from {{Filler}} are in incredibly attractive.


** Depending on who you ask Boa Sandersonia is either {{Gonk}} or a Cute Monster Girl.

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** Depending on who you ask Boa Sandersonia is either {{Gonk}} or a Cute Monster Girl.cute snake lady.



** [[GiantOurAreBigger Giant Women]] in One Piece e.g Gerth and Lily Enstomach from {{Filler}} are in incredibly attractive.

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** [[GiantOurAreBigger [[OurGiantAreBigger Giant Women]] in One Piece e.g Gerth and Lily Enstomach from {{Filler}} are in incredibly attractive.


** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has the female Saiyans especially Fasha and Gine as unlike the [[AlternateUniverse universe 6]] fem-Saiyans Caulifla and Kale, Fasha ansd Gine still has their tail. The cave-dwelling [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/dragonball/images/0/09/Saiyans_DBZ_Ep_20_001.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/350?cb=20170918021139 female Saiyan]] with CutlassBetweenTheTeeth in a {{flashback}} to planet Tuffle also deserves a special mention.

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** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has the female Saiyans especially Fasha and Gine as unlike the [[AlternateUniverse universe 6]] fem-Saiyans Caulifla and Kale, Fasha ansd Gine still has their tail.tails thus qualify. The cave-dwelling [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/dragonball/images/0/09/Saiyans_DBZ_Ep_20_001.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/350?cb=20170918021139 female Saiyan]] with CutlassBetweenTheTeeth in a {{flashback}} to planet Tuffle also deserves a special mention.



** Cheelai the GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe from ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'' is certainly one of if not the the most attractive female character introduced in Super. Cheelai’a curvaceous bod gets more [[MaleGaze screen time]] than a few characters.

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** Cheelai the GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe from ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'' is certainly one of if not the the most attractive female character introduced in Super. Cheelai’a Cheelai’s curvaceous bod gets more [[MaleGaze screen time]] than a few characters.



** Depending on which fangirk you ask Alucard and The Captain can fall under this.

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** Depending on which fangirk fangirl you ask Alucard and The Captain can fall under this.


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** Stitches or not, undead Victoria Cindrey [[https://img.fireden.net/a/image/1479/76/1479760038437.png is still pretty damn hot]].
** Depending on who you ask Boa Sandersonia is either {{Gonk}} or a Cute Monster Girl.


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** [[GiantOurAreBigger Giant Women]] in One Piece e.g Gerth and Lily Enstomach from {{Filler}} are in incredibly attractive.


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** The female SMILE users of Kaido’s crew quality e.g [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Horse Girl Speed]], Spider-Monkey girl Solitaire and TheNameless [[https://12dimension.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/one_piece_ch919_p007-e1538609772865.jpg snake teacher]].


** [[https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcRFoKKl49l3xaHmSMsI0KkG_ztxrI-_e0Mx5FUWXzc6fCXni560 Danan]] the monarch (queen) of Elfhelm.



** [[spoiler: Fangirls were able to look past Dain's monstrous and demonic appearance (upon his revealing himself a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Ol) and still squeal over him. Despite Dain being a heavy case of EvilMakesYouUgly before Lief kills him]].

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** [[spoiler: Fangirls were able to look past Dain's monstrous and demonic appearance (upon his revealing himself a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Ol) Ol]]) and still squeal over him. Despite Dain being a heavy case of EvilMakesYouUgly before Lief kills him]].


* ''Anime/DeltoraQuest'' given the fantasy setting and and Emily Rodda's characters being re-imagined by Japan, this trope was bound to happen.

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* ''Anime/DeltoraQuest'' given the fantasy setting and and Emily Rodda's characters being re-imagined by Japan, this trope was bound to happen.

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