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Love knows no genetics.

"As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?"


The male is usually a monster physically, capable of great rage and destruction. The female is kind, smart, and emotional. She brings out the best in him. She sees the good in him and the world; he smashes anything that threatens her into itty-bitty pieces. This often leads to Love Redeems.

The "beast" is usually a male character, due to ruggedness and by proxy beastliness traditionally being considered masculine traits, but there may be exceptions.

The ideal is often so high that sexual relations are not mentioned (not by the creators, at least). If they happen or are mentioned, the results could be doom, risky, kinky or mysterious in how it works. By means of Functional Magic, Applied Phlebotinum, or a good old-fashioned True Love's Kiss, the issue could be avoided entirely by one of them permanently turning into the other's species. The relation may not even be romantic; all that matters is the contrast between the two characters.


A common variant is making the Beast intelligent and cynical in contrast to a Gentle Giant image. Storytellers may also occasionally invert the typical personality dynamic by having the "Beast" be polite and personable and the "Beauty" be violent and belligerent; it can emphasize how the Beast seeks to be seen as more normal and compensates accordingly, whereas the Beauty isn't held to the same standard and thus can act however she wants. A common way around the Beast's appearance is Blind and the Beast, though that one doesn't always involve romance.

See also Ugly Guy, Hot Wife and Sexy Dimorphism for cases of a beastly partner and a pretty partner, where the difference comes from real-life beauty standards and doesn't symbolize anything about the characters' personalities. See also Freakiness Shame. If the "beast" part is downplayed, it may be a case of Interspecies Romance. If they are only friends or work together with no romantic subtext, or that subtext being in the background, that's Monster and the Maiden. For the metaphorical variety, see Death and the Maiden. Also see Mars Needs Women.



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    Trope Namer 

  • Beauty and the Beast, naturally. In all of its incarnations.
    • A TV series entitled Beauty and the Beast ran on CBS from 1987-1990, starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman as Catherine (the Beauty, a Crusading Lawyer from contemporary Manhattan) and Vincent (the Beast, a hulking lion man from an underground world of magic and mystery). Despite its brief run and disappointing third season, it spawned a vast and enthusiastic fan following.
    • Fables: The pair are still happily together after a thousand years of marriage, although not without their problems to overcome. Beast usually looks human in the series, but shifts between his human and bestial forms depending on his wife's moods towards him. Also slightly subverted as Beast is an all-around nice guy who doesn't really get that angry, while Beauty is occasionally seen as ambitious and overly critical.
    • GrimGrimoire completely subverts this as, yes, a man is cursed into a beast unless he gets together with a woman. Except that he's somewhat of a nerd, refuses to fall in love with anyone, and doesn't care what he looks like. Meanwhile, the beauty won't stop badgering him to fall in love with her so he can turn into a handsome man again.
    • The French moviereleased in 2014 has many differences from the original fairy tale. To start, Beauty’s sisters are good, while her brothers are the villains. And the Beast has a past. He was Happily Married to a beautiful woman whom asked him to not hunt a golden dear that wandered around the castle. He didn’t listen, of course... and discovered that the deer was his beloved wife, who was a fairy. Her father, the God of the Forest, punished him along with his hunting dogs.
    • Panna a netvor: An interesting, darker version of the fairy tale. Netvor (Beast) is a sort of bird-like monster that attacks humans and animals to drink their blood.
    • There is quite a hilarious Italian porno based on Beauty and the Beast... the stipulation of course being that she has to love him in ALL ways. When the beast finally gets ready to get biz-zay... well, let's just say Robot Monster would have been more titillating. And then the camera just has to focus more on the guy in the cut-up shag carpet than the woman while an epic romantic aria plays softly in the background. It was either the worst porn movie ever or the greatest Dadaist deconstruction of one.
    • The Muppet Show:
      • Subverted in an episode where the monstrous Doglion retells the story with guest-star-of-the-week in a speechless dance. At the end, when true love blossoms despite their differences, she turns into a monster and they go away happily.
      • Subverted again in another episode where the guest star Ruth Buzzi, dressed as a princess-ish wife to slovenly, shaggy, ogre-like Sweetums, tries to get amorous, singing "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" while serving Sweetums, who, in turn, cruelly rebuffs her. This escalates into Ruth proclaiming her love to Sweetums by whomping the (metaphorical) stuffing out of him in a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
        Sweetums: ''Now that's my kind of woman!
    • In Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose ballet music, Beauty is represented by a delicate clarinet melody which alternates with the chromatic contrabassoon groans of her beastly partner.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The Ancient Magus' Bride: Chise who's a Human and fairly pretty Sleigh Beggy and her fiance and magic teacher Ellias whose a deer-headed demon-like fae.
  • Angel Densetsu: The teenager Seiichirou Kitano is a Friend to All Living Things, but has such a creepy, demonic face that everybody takes him for an Omnicidal Maniac, and his naivety only makes the misunderstanding worse. Koiso Ryoko is a beautiful girl skilled in martial arts and deadset into defeating Kitano in a duel until she realizes he is a good person. They become friends, but, except for Ryoko's bestie, nobody else believes when she tells the truth about him. The trope is repeated with Kitano's parents (he takes after his father and his mom is gorgeous), who are Happily Married.
  • Anima, by Fran Brigs e Anna Giovannini, is a very curious Brazilian manga that rewrites the plot of Disney's film. Damaran, the beast, was once a prince... of thieves. Belle, a.k.a. Amadeus, is a Hooker with a Heart of Gold while “Gaston” and “Le Fou” are her only friends in town. Well, besides Cleo (Maurice's counterpart), a transwoman and Amadeus feisty roomate, who has the brilliant idea of looting Damaran’s castle to pay her debts. Ah, and Damaran's subordinates were not cursed.
  • Appleseed: Briareos and Deunan. Briareos is a rather large and unmistakable cyborg (what with the eight eyes and literal rabbit-ear antennae), although they began their relationship before he got shot up and turned into a big metal man. Notably, despite his mechanical form, they apparently still are able to continue their relationship as normal. Yes, even that.
  • Assassination Classroom: Aguri, a beautiful, compassionate teacher, formed an emotional connection with an amoral assassin known as the God of Death, who was being cruelly experimented on by her abusive fiancé. He started out being physically attractive, but the experiments transformed him into a bizarre tentacle monster. Even so, Aguri treated him with kindness and became the only person he could talk to, and gradually, he began to see the light and regret his past actions. Her tragic death cemented it, and he decided to honor her final request and look after her students, completeting a Heel–Face Turn and becoming Koro-sensei, the Cool Teacher we know and love.
  • Baccano!: Played with for Ladd and Lua. Sure, psychotically violent Ladd's gonna make sure nobody touches his girl, but only because he wants to be the one to kill her. Lua is disturbingly okay with this.
  • Beauty and the Beast of Lost Paradise is a very dark and twisted retelling of the fairy tale. Belle believes she is ugly because she grew up hearing that from her deranged father, who blamed her for the death of her mother. The Beast is an arrogant, cynical jerkass , but he saves her life, encourages Belle to be more assertive and to overcome her trauma, thus she sees the good in him as much as he denies it.
  • Belle (2021) : a non-romantic example, although it is clearly inspired on Disney’s movie. Belle is the Secret Identity of Suzu Naito, a girl who is only able to sing in the virtual world known as "U" because of a childhood trauma. The Dragon is a dirty fighter persecuted by a virtual posse whose leader is practically Gaston with different looks. Sensing in the Dragon a great pain, Belle obsesses into knowing who he is and helping him.
  • Chrono Crusade:
    • Chrono's a demon with a terrifying amount of power, and Rosette is a blond, petite nun that keeps him in check. Surely they're an example of this trope, right? Except that Chrono has a gentle, emotional, loving personality, while Rosette is loud, Hot-Blooded, violent, and overall a loose cannon. There are some signs of the archetypes there—Rosette getting hurt is Chrono's Berserk Button, and Rosette IS a very kind person despite her temper—there's definitely a stark contrast between these two and the typical portrayal.
    • Played much, much straighter with Chrono and Mary Magdalene. When Chrono met Mary, he was either a loner coping with survivor's guilt and Unstoppable Rage (manga version) or a rebellious demon who is mentioned using a woman for pleasure and discarding her when she became "boring" (anime version). Mary, however, is a pure, holy saint with ingenue qualities whose gentle nature convinces Chrono to give humans a chance.
  • DARLING in the FRANXX has a gender-flipped example between Hiro and Zero Two. When Zero Two was younger, she was a Cute Monster Girl who fell in love with a normal boy. Moreover, her favorite picture book during her childhood was a fairy tale about a monster/beast princess who fell in love with a handsome prince.
  • Death Note:
    • Rem and Misa have a same-sex version of this dynamic. Misa is the first and only human Rem regards highly and she's willing to disregard shinigami law for her sake. Tragically subverted in that Misa doesn't appear to care that much about her and lets Light manipulate her as he pleases.
    • There's also Misa with Gelus, a Shinigami who fell in love with her and began to observe her from the Shinigami Realm. Gelus was small, ugly, and knew that Misa didn't know he existed or that she would ever love him. When he sees her approaching death through a crazed, stalking fan, Gelus writes the fan's name in the Death Note and saves Misa's life, but dies himself because he broke a Shinigami's rule. While Rem tells Misa of this story, Misa finds the idea romantic.
  • D.Gray-Man: Krory and Eliade. While Krory isn't ugly, he's vampire-like, has a feral and bloodthirsty Split Personality, and everyone in the village he lives in sees him as a monster. Eliade, on the other hand, is a beautiful woman who loves him despite what he is. Subverted, as it turns out Krory is a human with Innocence in his teeth that makes him thirst for Akuma blood, and Eliade is an Akuma who hopes Krory's love will redeem her.
  • Dorohedoro: Kaiman and Nikaido. One is a lizard-headed guy, the other is a beautiful blonde. Aside from that, the usual underpinnings of the trope are defied, as both of them are cheery, tough bruisers whose relationship never gets romantic.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Played with Bulma and Vegeta. Although Vegeta is far from being ugly, he starts as a genocide monster who terminated life in several planets because his Bad Boss Freeza told him so or just For the Evulz, before he learned better. Bulma, by her turn, is a beautiful but futile scientist and the only person in the universe able to boss Vegeta around, probably because she is as self-centered and Hot-Blooded as him. It takes years, a Face–Heel Turn, a Heroic Sacrifice and a magical ressurrection for him to admit he cares about Bulma and their son... but yes, they truly love each other, and show that more openly in Dragonball Super.
    • There's also Broly and Cheelai, from 2018 Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Like his original counterpart, retcon Broly has an impressive physique and almost infinit powers. And, although he doesn't get to be a psychopath like the former, he has no social skills or mental stability, having been raised in a planet full of beasts by an abusive dad who controls him with a shock collar. Cheelai is a good - natured thief that enlisted Freeza's troops to escape from galactic police and the first person to treat Broly with kindness. He protects her from a drunk; she listens to him, stands ground against Paragus (Broly's possessive dad) and steals from him the control of the shock collar. Later, she saves Broly from Gogeta by wishing him back into Planet Vampa... and goes to live with him. So, it's more him that brings the best out of her than the other way around.
  • Fruits Basket: Played with through Kyo and Tohru. While he's technically a human that turns into a cat when embraced by members of the opposite sex, Kyo's "true" form is actually a monster. Furthermore, Kyo tends to consider himself a monster even when he's fully human.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has a non-romantic subversion in Gluttony and Lust. Gluttony is the Homunculi's Dumb Muscle and has a lot of trouble getting through the day without someone telling him what to do; Lust is the brains and provides the orders that the big lug needs. The subversion comes from the fact that Lust is by far the more evil of the two, being a Card-Carrying Villain and Dark Action Girl who gets her kicks by hurting people, while Gluttony is an Obliviously Evil dopey Anti-Villain. She does keep him focused though, and hurting her is without a doubt his Berserk Button, complete with going One-Winged Angel.
    • The manga/Brotherhood has also Alphonse Elric and Mai Chang, subverted and in a platonic basis. He is a soul attached to a huge, empty armor. As such, he's very strong, but also a Bruiser with a Soft Center dedicated to protect all life. She is a stubborn, reckless 13 years old girl master in martial arts, who dreamed into meeting Edward because she heard he was tall and handsome. Disappointed with Ed's true appearance, she transfers her interest to Al after he says he's taller than his brother (in his human form), but comes to love him because of his kindness. Their partnership is fundamental to defeat the Father, but Mei cries in despair after she is forced to send Al's soul back to God in exchange of Ed's arm. Ed brings him back but they have to separate because she has to go back to Ching; however, one year later, Al decides to look for Mai in order to learn Ching's alchemy. The manga leaves it like this, but the end of the anime hints they end up together i na picture, with Mai now as a beautiful young woman.
  • Grimms Manga: The first chapter has a short but cute retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. A wolf cub - a boy with wolf ears, tail and fangs - is told by his father that, to become an entire wolf, he has to eat a virgin - specifically, a little girl. He falls for Red, she saves him from the Hunter and he decides to protect her. That is more than an enough to give him the power of transforming into a big, intimidating wolf, whenever he wants.
  • Hayate × Blade has Ensuu, described as a "beast" even in canon, and her partner Meiko (She's definitely far from ugly). Subverted in that Ensuu appears to be more Blood Knight than mindless animal, and that Meiko is actually a Manipulative Bitch.
  • Hyper Police: Tommy is a werewolf pretty much permanently stuck in wolf form, and deeply in love with Peau, a human woman. Though she rejects him at first, eventually they date, become a couple, and even have children. A lot of children.
  • Inuyasha:
    • Inuyasha and Kagome, although it seems most of the good demons in that series are beautiful and the bad ones are Body Horrors at best. Inuyasha is typically violent as the 'beast' (claws included) while Kagome is the kind, more open-hearted 'beauty.'
      • Gender flipped by the parents of the Thunder brothers.
      • There 's also Tsukiyomi and Hoshiyomi. She was a strong-willed priestess and he is a handsome but arrogant demon who changed his name in tribute to her. According to him, Tsukiyomi was the only one able to tame his "savage heart" but, after her death, he quickly reverts to his old, violent ways.
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise tells the story of Arata Minami, a Nice Guy and a popular Chick Magnet, dating Kuroe Akaishi, a shy, socially awkward Creepy Loner Girl who occasionally transforms into a Kaiju known as Harugon whenever she gets too emotional. It's played with, as Kuroe is rather pretty in her human form (not that she thinks so herself), and no one but Kuroe and her mother Rinko know that she and Harugon are the same person.
  • Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits: The plot is basically a cross between Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Spirited Away. Aoi Tsubaki is a kind, assertive high-school student kidnapped by Odanna, an attractive but cynical oger from the Hidden Realm. It happens that Aoi's late grandfather offered her as a bride to Odanna to pay his debts with him. Aoi, however, negotiates to pay it by cooking by and working in his establishment. Of course they gradually warm up to each other, with Odanna never losing an opportunity of trying to convince Aoi to marry him, but she resists.
  • Kamisama Kiss: Nanami and Tomoe. Nanami is a sweet teenage girl who inadvertently becomes the new Land God of Mikage Shrine and gains Tomoe, a ruthless fox-demon, as a familiar who isn't too fond of taking orders from her. Naturally, they start becoming attracted to each other.
    • Gender-flipped with the fish princess Himemiko in the manga. She met the clumsy human Urashima Kotarou when he was a kid and asks Nanami's help her to see him again, but is afraid that he'll be scared of her fishy face (no pun intended). Nanami and Tomoe help her to disguise as a human girl, but Kotarou (who can't remember her) is so overwhelmed by anxiety and shyness that abandons Himemiko in a park, until he notices two delinquents harasing her. That and a little (literal) push from Nanami are enough to make him go back to her.
  • Kill la Kill: Gamagoori is a humungous, muscled, intimidating, strictly-by-the-book member of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council, while Mako is a cheerful, clueless, optimistic non-star student who lives in the slums. Along the series, he develops a crush on her, much for his colleagues' amusement, although Mako is completely unaware of that.
  • Mermaid Saga: In one chapter, Mana is kidnapped by a man who consumed mermaid flesh and turned into a monster. Unlike most people who this happens to, he keeps his human mind...usually. While Mana pities him, he still has a breakdown and attacks her and Yuuta has to kill him. He gets his human mind back as he dies, and Mana comforts him.
  • Monster: Roberto is a Beast in every sense possible, not exactly the most handsome of men, psychopathically violent, and capable of great rage and destruction without a doubt. Naturally, he deserves a Beauty and he gets the Beauty he deserves: the angelically beautiful and terrifyingly amoral Johan. From a certain perspective, Johan definitely brings out the best in him. Unfortunately for Roberto, this is a subversion, as his love for Johan is one-sided due to Johan being completely inhuman.
  • SacrificialPrincessAndTheKingOfBeasts: Sariphi is a brave, optimistic girl offered in sacrifice to the king of a land of "beasts" (anthropomorphic animals). Impressed by her absence of fear, the king not only spares her life but also decides to make her his queen, much for the court's dismay.
  • Samurai Champloo: In the second episode, Mugen is hired to kill an oger that is terrifying the locals, but it is a trap set by Ryujiro, who also kidnaps Fuu. She is watched by Oniwakaru, the "oger", who is actually a huge, simple-minded man that endured a life of abuse because of his ugliness. Fuu pities him, even after he tells her he killed a lot of people (in self-defense). Mugen shows up, but he was poisoned by a prostitute in cahoots with Ryujiro, so Oniwakaru defeats him easily, apparently killing him. Ryujiro decides to kill Fuu, but the giant breaks his neck, before Mugen backstabs him. Fuu asks Oniwakaru why did he save her and he says "You were not afraid of me. I'm not alone anymore," and dies watching the fireflies Fuu showed him minutes ago.
  • Slayers: In one episode of Slayers TRY, the heroes help out a fish woman (read: giant talking fish with arms and legs) who's in a relationship with a human man against her father's wishes get components for a potion that can supposedly help them out. It doesn't work, because although she gets turned into a human, he becomes a fish man!
  • Spider Riders: Played with with Buguese and Aqune. Even if Buguese is the most humanoid Insector, he's still not exactly... human. First, we have the setup of Aqune willingly staying in the Insector castle, giving up any better life she could have had. Aqune is the gentle, nurturing, empathetic one. She tries to see the good in everyone. Buguese is the brooding, cynical, angry one. Despite his hate for humans, it's very clear he has a soft spot for Aqune. Freeing her is the last thing he does before confronting Mantid, which he expects will kill him.
  • Violinist of Hameln: Hamel might be very handsome and look nearly angelical at times (though it takes a while for the manga artwork to reflect this fact), but, being the son of the Demon King means he has a god-awful-looking alternate monster form he slips into whenever he loses his mind (though it can look compelling in the hands of the right artist). He's also a jerkish brat who puts on an arrogant façade to push people away. Also, kind, cute Flute is the one who not only turns him back into his human form, but also the one who coaxes him into slooooowly dropping the Jerkass 'tude.
  • Watashi no Ookami-kun: Downplayed with Ookami Yuu and Kusokogi Kougi. Yuu is member of a foster family composed by boys with habilities of turning into animals (cat, fox, etc, nothing too big); he is the wolf, although he spends most part of the manga as a human. Interestingly enough, Yuu is popular and a Chick Magnet, while Komugi is socially awkward because of a traumatic experience in her previous school. Not that he doesn't have issues of his own.

  • In Renaissance artwork, the motif Death and the Maiden, a dance of death between a woman of age with the personification of death (usually portrayed as a withered corpse or skeleton), can be considered a variant of the trope. Some consider this to be a romantic image, while others simply see it as a metaphor for the contrast between life and death.
  • A common Allegorical Character in Classical and post-Classical art is Fortitude from The Cardinal Virtues. Her appearance differs more than the other three virtues, but one of the most common interpretations is her as an armored woman accompanied by a lion. This design would later be incorporated as "Strength" from the Major Arcana in Tarot.

    Comic Books 
  • Beauty and the Beast(2014): a French retelling of the fairy tale, written by Maxe L’Hermenier, which seems loosely based upon Pirates of the Caribbean. Belle wears pants and spends her time reading whenever she hasn’t to put up with her sexist Childhood Friend or her abusive sisters. Beast is the titanic captain of a flying ship full of pirate zombies that search for dark souls. Their relationship is purely platonic, since he is Happily Married - or was, before an evil sorcerer stepped between them -, but Belle is more than happy into helping him to reunite to his beloved.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • The Avengers:
      • Avengers: The Initiative: has an inversion: Komodo and Hardball. Komodo is female and reptilian, while Hardball is an attractive blond guy with energy powers.
      • Young Avengers has a same-sex version with Wiccan, a Squishy Wizard, and Hulkling, well, a Hulk-esque shapeshifter.
    • Cloak and Dagger consist of a beautiful, buxom blonde and a shadowed, hidden black man. Cloak tends to be the darker of the two (no surprise) and is more prone to violence and angst. Dagger is the front woman, and in a minor subversion, they actually feed off of each other — Cloak depends on her to keep him alive, by feeding him light-energy to resist the drain of his powers, and Dagger needs a safe outlet to release the energy that builds up inside her or it'll kill her.
    • The Enchantress: Amora takes great pride in her own beauty and appreciates handsome men just fine. But being an immortal ages-old goddess, she is able to see beyond mere physical attractiveness. She kept Skurge, an imposing brutish warrior, at her side for centuries and cherished him. She also once took Keep, a huge and only vaguely humanlike thing of green wood and tendrils with a truly monstrous face, to her bed. She remarked that it was a suitably epic experience.
    • Fantastic Four: Benjamin J Grimm, a.k.a. the Thing, and the blind girl Alicia Masters. Lampshaded in the second movie, where Johnny asks Ben about the details. Ben is not amused.
    • X-Men has an interesting example, where Beast is in a relationship with Abigail Brand, an attractive woman with green hair. Personality-wise, Beast is kind and gentle and Brand... isn't.
    • The Mighty Thor: Beta Ray Bill is an alien of the Korbinite race technologically transformed into a bio-machine ressembling the "most ferocious carnivore in the Burning Galaxy" , although its head looks like a horse's. On her turn, Sif is a hot warrior goddess and Thor's romantic interest. Unusually, it's Bill's gentle heart that helps Sif to become more compassionate during their adventures on space. It has never been clear if they were "just friends" or something else.
  • DC Comics:
    • Angel and the Ape, a fairly obscure detective series from the late 1960s, avoided Exactly What It Says on the Tin only by virtue of the fact that Angel is her name, not a literal description. The ape, on the other hand...note 
    • In Suicide Squad, June Moone is a beautiful woman working as a graphic designer. She's romantically linked with her teammate Killer Croc, who's a giant cannibalistic lizard-man.
    • Swamp Thing: Alec is an elemental plant-man with regenerative powers. Abby is a beautiful, white-haired woman with such a Dark and Troubled Past that it's a wonder she hasn't lost her sanity. They eventually marry and have a child... with John Constantine's "help".
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Ferdinand (a Kythotaur) has always been a good guy, but despite his strength and size, he was always content to remain in the background and act as a chef until he fell in love with the lovely Dr. Leslie Anderson, at which point he became more proactive and even embarked on a heroic quest with Diana after mistakenly believing Anderson was repulsed by his appearance.
  • Sin City: Marv and Goldie are a tragic example. He has a single beautiful night with a Hooker with a Heart of Gold. Then she is murdered horribly, and Marv framed for the murder. Cue the Roaring Rampage of Revenge...
  • G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes and Scarlett. She's a beautiful, cheerful (her file-card mentions it's difficult to believe someone as deadly as her could have such a good sense of humour) redhead. He's a mute, orphaned killing machine suffering constant pain from a face so horribly scarred it's been known to shock people who see it into a sort of traumatic paralysis. Scarlett isn't just the love of his life, she's the main reason he bothers to go on living in the first place.
  • Astro City has Rex and Natalie of the First Family. He's a giant orange dinosaur monster with rocky scales and the prince of Monstro City; she's an energy being who internalizes her powers to become a Sizeshifter giantess. They Fight Crime!!
  • Fables: Snow White and "Bigby" Wolf. She's a fairy-tale princess, he's, well, the Big Bad Wolf himself. Of course, it helps that she's actually an iron-willed political leader ("You dumb bastards! I'm Snow White! I run Fabletown, and I'm never outgunned!") and that he can take on human form (making him essentially a Wolfwere who can also turn into a Werewolf).
  • Rowlf: The first fantasy comic created by Richard Corben depicts the story of a wolfdog with a lustful passion for his curvaceous owner, princess Yara. She is kidnapped by "demons" (probably a mutant race, since the story happens in an apocaliptic world); Rolph seeks help from Yara's suitor, Raymon, but the genius hates the dog so much that he thinks that Rowlf killed her. He asks a mage to transform Rowlf into a human, so they'll torture him into telling where Yara's corpse is. The magic turns Rowlf in a tall, muscled dogman, still unable to talk but much more intelligent than Raymon and the magician. He decides to save Yara by himself.

    Fairy Tales 
  • This is a recurring theme in European fairytales and legends, which share strong thematic links with one another.
    • In "The Singing Springing Lark" a man is asked by his daughter to bring her a singing, springing lark from his travels, but he's only able to find one at the very end of the journey. However, the lark belongs to a lion who demands that, in exchange for the lark the man stole, he must give him the first creature to come to him when he returns home — which ends up being, of course, that same daughter. The two end up marrying and remain together for some time, with the lion becoming human at night, until the lion is turned into a dove when candlelight falls on him and flies away. His wife has to track him down by asking after him to the sun, the moon and the winds, who give her gifts as they send her on her way, and eventually learns that he is once more a lion and fighting a dragon who used to be a princess. The protagonist is able to turn them back, but the princess flees with the former lion and intends to marry him; the lion's wife is able to buy the right to spend a night with him by giving the princess each of the gifts she was given — one gift, one night — but the princess gives her prospective husband sleeping draughts to ensure he does not wake. He does not drink the second night, however, and they're able to escape.
    • In "East of the Sun, West of the Moon", a bear marries a young woman in exchange for making her poor father rich and reveals to his wife that he's a cursed man who must take bear form by day and can only shed it in the dark. It shares several themes with "The Singing, Springing Lark" and the Greek tale of Eros and Psyche, including the betrayal of trust revealed when her candle's wax falls on him, the wife's search for her husband, and the winds' gifts to her being used to buy the right to be with him for a night.
    • In The Black Bull of Norroway, three sisters consult a witch to seek fortune. The witch tells them to look at the back door. The first girls find rich coachs that take them away, but the youngest finds just a bull. The bull takes her to the castles of his three brothers and each of them gives the girl a gift to open when she'll need help. After this, the bull takes her to a valley of glass and tells her that he's going to fight the Devil. If the sky gets red, it 'll mean the bull has lost; if the sky gets blue, he won, but the girl must not move an inch or he'll not be able to find her. The sky becomes blue, but the girl naturally moves and gets stuck in the valley. She meets a blacksmith, who says that if she'll work for him for ten years, he'll repay her by making her a pair of shoes to climb out of the valley. The rest of the story happens just like "The Singing, Springing Lark" and "East Of The Sun West Of The Moon", with the girl using her gifts to stop her now human fiancé (a knight) from marrying another woman - the witch's daughter, this time.
  • In "The Frog Prince", the beauty breaks the frog curse on the prince by killing him (resurrected as a human, he then reveals that his curse could be broken only by a female killing him). This tale predates the classic "Beauty and the Beast" tales by centuries. Much later versions of the Frog Prince make the cure a kiss instead of a killing, but in most of the original tales, death or beatings at the hands of a woman were the only ways to turn the beast into a man.
  • "Prince Lindworm": The shepherd's kind, beautiful daughter gets married to the hideous, violent prince Lindworm and manages to turn him into a human.

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  • Beauty and the Beast (1934): This Merry Melodies short has nothing to do with the Disney film; in fact, it subverts the original fairy tale so completely that must have traumatized many kids. The protagonist is an unnamed, graceful little girl who is put to sleep by a (pre-Neil Gaiman) Sandman rendition after having indulged on snacks. In her dream, she goes to Slumberland, where everybody welcome her but warn about the “terrible beast”. She falls in love with a toy soldier, they visit a library of giant books and open “Beauty and the Beast” to read that the Beast is “ so mean and vicious and wants to snatch the poor Beauty" (which is NOT written in the real book). The Beast, a naked, furry, long-nosed oger, jumps out of the book to grab the little girl, supposedly to eat her; the toy soldier tries to save her, but can’t do much. Fortunately, she wakes up.
  • Brother Bear 2: Subverted with Nita and Kenai. Kenai is a bear (a literal beast), and Nita is his childhood friend. In the end, she transforms into a bear (courtesy of the spirits) so they can be together.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Quasimodo and Esmeralda. She ends up with Phoebus in the end, but it is indicated that she and Quasimodo remain good friends. An absolute subversion of the original story, in which Esmeralda is just as revolted by Quasimodo's looks as everybody else. The sequel plays it straight all the way with a girl named Madellaine hooking up with Quasimodo.
  • Megamind: Roxanne is a spirited, brave reporter who’s not interested into the handsome, beloved-by-everyone superhero Metroman. Megamind is a bald, big-headed, blue-skinned alien who became a villain to earn attention and respect, but is not truly evil. She slowly brings the best out of him, unaware that the man she is dating is Megamind in disguise; when Roxanne finds out the truth, she rejects him not because of his appearance, but because of his crimes, especially Metroman’s murder. She forgives him later, after learning that Metroman is actually alive, but mainly because she realizes that Megamind's efforts to atone are sincere.
  • A Monster in Paris - a non-romantic example. Francoeur is a flea accidentaly transformed into a Gentle Giant with an angelic voice because of a chemical explosion caused by Raoul, the supposed-to-be protagonist. Lucille, a beautiful singer, is the first person to realize that Francoeur is not a monster, but they're more Like Brother and Sister. Besides, Lucille already has a crush on Raoul.
  • My Sweet Monster: Barbara is a lovely princess that dreams of freedom and love, while Boogey is the furry, horned, down-to-earth protector of the woods. In spite of her good heart, Barbara initially bosses around everyone that is not her dad, until Boogey teaches her humility. The movie is subtitled as "The Cutie and the Beast".
  • The Princess and the Frog has a grand time playing with this. Charlotte adores the fairy tale and wishes that she could find a frog prince, while Tiana finds the entire thing disgusting. Later, when Tiana meets the transformed Prince Naveen, she is visibly creeped out and none too impressed with him. She doesn't fall in love with him (or he with her) until both have transformed into frogs.
  • Shrek:
    • Shrek and Princess Fiona, with a few interesting twists: Fiona is the one with the curse that turns her into an ogre after dark. When Shrek gives her True Love's Kiss, instead of Shrek turning into a prince, Fiona turns into an ogre. She takes this rather well considering her already ogre-like behavior. It comes back again in the first sequel when Shrek takes a potion that makes him a handsome human and restores Fiona's form... and when given the chance to make this permanent, she passes it up because they were both happier as ogres.
    • The "original" Beauty and the Beast from the fairy tale exist in this same universe too, according to a tie-in guide to the world of the films published by Dorling-Kindersley. It seems that these two had a twist to their relationship too, given that the book comments that they usually share a "glittering palace" in Far Far Away, but the Beast still has a spacious kennel to indulge his animal instincts in as well, implying that he never changed into a prince and Beauty's just fine with that.
    • They also have the Frog Prince variant with Fiona's parents, although her dad turns back into a frog and his wife is just fine with it.
  • In Strange Magic, Marianne, a fairy princess, falls in love with the Bog King, a haggard goblin. Slightly subverted as the movie shows that his standard of beauty leans towards his race — according to his culture, Marianne is the one who would be seen as beastly. They fall in love regardless.
  • WALL•E: Inverted in both ways. WALL•E is an ugly and outmoded robot, but also the kind and sensitive one, whereas EVE is an extremely attractive and state-of-the-art robot but is the insensitive and hot-tempered one, and WALL•E is the one that calms her down and teaches her to be more caring.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Beauty and the Beast (1962)In spite of the title, it is not an adaptation of the fairy tale. Lady Althea pays a visit to Duke Edward Marc, her fiancé and heir of the throne, but finds out he transforms every night into a werewolf, because of a curse tossed by alchemist that his late father killed many years ago. She decides to help him break the curse, but a rival of Edward discovers his secret and stirs the townspeople against him. It’s not difficult to guess what’ll happen.
  • The Bride and the Beast is a '50s B-Movie about a woman who was a gorilla in a past life. The gorilla her new husband keeps caged in the basement (for unclear reasons) seems to recognize this and is oddly drawn to her. Later, when she and her husband go hunting in Africa, she is repeatedly pursued by gorillas, and the movie ends with her being willingly carried into a cave by one of them.
  • The Dark Knight Rises has a villainous example: Bane and Talia Al Ghul. He's a hulking brute with a permanent gas mask, while she's a high-society seductress.
  • Deadpool (2016): Post-disfiguration Wade as the Beast and Vanessa as the Beauty. He's a scarred-up unkillable mutant Heroic Comedic Sociopath who is disturbingly good at stabbing people, she's a beautiful Hooker with a Heart of Gold. Fitting the cheerfully cynical tone of the movie, however, the Beauty is not idealized - Vanessa is beautiful and reasonably good-hearted but she's also a very snarky Good Bad Girl.
  • In Freaks, Hans is a dwarf who performs in a travelling circus despite being heir to a small fortune. He develops a crush on a beautiful trapeze artist named Cleopatra, but he's too blinded by this trope, his excitement over getting with a "big person", and his own his own self-hatred that he can't see that she's only interested in his money, barely hides her disgust for him and the other "freaks", and is planning to murder him so she can inherit.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has the Grinch and Martha May Whovier. The Grinch is, well, The Grinch, except even more manic depressive than in the original book and TV special, and alienated from his peers by his odd looks and behavior. Martha is a Ms. Fanservice who always had a crush on the Grinch since childhood, but couldn't admit it until the end of the movie where they finally get together. A more platonic example that takes up significantly more of the movie's run time is the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, the latter who's an innocent 8 year old girl struggling to find the meaning of Christmas and thinks she can find it by helping him. No matter how much the Grinch tries to scare her and convince her he's a Card-Carrying Villain, she never gives up on seeing the good in him, and he eventually becomes a welcome citizen of Whoville after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • King Kong:
    • King Kong (1933): Kong and Fay Wray. In this case, it's deconstructed: the Beauty most emphatically doesn't love or redeem the Beast. He dies because of her rejection.
      Police Lieutenant: Well, Denham, the airplanes got him.
      Carl Denham: Oh no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.
    • In Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005), the two actually communicate through actions several times. Word of God is that the affectionate interactions between Anne and Kong were based on the story of Koko the gorilla and her pet kitten.
    • Downplayed in Kong: Skull Island as the human heroine, Mason Weaver, does share a connection with Kong, who even rescues her at one point, but it is not the focus of the story, nor is it remotely sexual or romantic in nature.
  • Lili : Played with. Paul the puppeteer is an attractive man but he doesn't see himself as such because of his bad leg. His bitterness and self-hatred take him to be very harsh to Lili, so it really takes a loooong time for her to see the best in him (actually, their interactions remind a lot Belle and Beast, before Beast's change of heart). To not leave doubts, Paul tells Lili he is like his puppet Golo, the oger: ugly and yearning for love.
  • In The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2004), a B-Movie spoof, the Damsel in Distress faints at the sight of the alien mutant who carries her off in a Mars Needs Women fashion, only for her to be returned unharmed.
    "It looked at me, with those eyes, those ugly eyes, and they looked deep into me, deeper than any human ever has, with a kind of understanding that frightened me to my very soul."
  • Maleficent: Though both are female and the relationship is akin to mother and daughter, Maleficent and Aurora fit this. The first is a winged, horned fairy who loses faith in love and curses the latter, who, through her sunny personality, inadvertently teaches Maleficent how to love again.
  • In Mask (no, not The Mask), the main character Rocky has a disorder that causes his skull to be very enlarged and twisted, looking like a mask. He falls in love with blind girl Diana Adams, who he met at a summer camp for disabled teenagers. He teaches her how to "see" colours by using various objects to represent them. She still stays with him even after she feels his face and sees how deformed he is.
  • Meridian: Kiss of the Beast: A "modern" girl moves to the Italian castle she inherited from her family. Along with her best friend, she is drugged and then raped by the twins working in a nearby circus. Both are cursed to transform in beastmen, but somehow Catherine falls for the "good one".
  • The Mummy Returns has a villainous example with Meela Nais and Imhotep. She's the reincarnation of Anck-su-namun, who was Imhotep's lover when he was mortal, and he's a {{mummy}. Note that Imhotep becomes fully human much sooner than most examples of this trope.
  • Penelope (2006) with Christina Ricci as a blue-blood woman with an inoperably deformed nose Gender Flips the story.
  • The Polar Bear King: King Valemon, a king who has been placed under a curse by a sorceress he refused to marry, was turned into a polar bear and told he must marry within seven years to be human again. He becomes human temporarily at night, but only if his face is not seen. If it IS seen, he'll be trapped in the curse forever.
  • Queen of Outer Space: Turns out this is not a Gender-Inverted Trope. Queen Yllana hates men because her face was hideously disfigured by radiation in a war. However, she secretly just wants to be loved and implies that she might give up her gendercidal ways if the hero becomes her Hot Consort. Instead, he recoils in horror. In fairness, Yllana is too bitter and angry to show a different side to her personality that Laird would be attracted to.
  • The Scorpion King: Non-romantic example with Enkidu and Amina in The Book of Souls. He is a clay golem created to protect her and gets very pissed off if someone so much lifts a finger on her, while she is the only one capable of calming him down.
  • The Shape of Water, about the romance between a Fishmen and a human woman, puts a few twists on this trope. For one, the "Beauty" is a fair bit older than most of these other examples, though still very beautiful, and for another, the sexual aspect is not glossed over. They definitely have sex. Furthermore, the ending implies she may not have been wholly human herself, when the Amphibian Man's kiss gives her gills so they can live together under water, inverting the "Magic Kiss makes the Beast human again" part of the trope.
  • Slither: Subverted. Grant and Starla are married, Grant is forced to share a body with the head alien and ends up with Body Horror in the extreme. She ultimately rejects him.
  • X2: X-Men United has a Ship Tease between the beautiful Storm and the Demon-esque mutant Nightcrawler who is blue, scaly with More Teeth Than The Osmonds. In a slight subversion, he is the kind and gentle pacifist when he's not Brainwashed and Crazy that is, whilst she is more likely to kick some serious ass if she feels her fellow mutants are in the slightest danger.

  • Tragically deconstructed in Oscar Wilde's The Birthday of the Infanta. An ugly, naive, cheerful dwarf is given to the Infanta of Spain in her twelth birthday. He thinks the adorable girl loves him because she laughs whenever he dances, unaware that she is actually mocking him. He learns the truth in the harshest way possible, when he sees himself in a mirror for the first time.
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh provides an Older Than Dirt example with Enkidu and Shamhat in the first two tablets. She's a beautiful temple prostitute. He's an unkempt, hairy wild man who lives in the wilderness. Naturally, this experience (together with his first taste of beer) civilizes Enkidu and turns him fully human.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame has an example of unrequited love, with Quasimodo and Esmeralda.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Not surprising, as George R. R. Martin wrote for Beauty and the Beast (1987). The series has two prominent examples, although the two couples exist only as subtext and tantalizing hints so far. The series in general is full of Beast and Beauty motifs (including a ribald song entitled "The Bear and the Maiden Fair").
  • Jaime Lannister and Brienne's relationship. Jaime is a handsome and irreverent knight with a bad reputation as "the Kingslayer" and Brienne an ugly and stubbornly honourable woman mockingly nicknamed "the Beauty".
  • Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf, has experienced the dynamic twice, and both in tragic ways. First with the commoner Tysha, to whom he saved from being raped by soldiers; they eventually became lovers and married. Unfortunately, Tywin, his father, learned about the union and made Jaime lie to Tyrion that Tysha was a prostitute Jaime had paid, so Tyrion would have some happiness. Worse, Tywin had Tysha raped by his soldiers while Tyrion was forced to watch, before she was cast away. After learning the truth, Tyrion avenges her and himself by killing his father..
  • The second time happens when he is forced to marry Sansa Stark. He refuses to consummate the marriage because of her visible repulse and shows nothing but kindness to her, but that doesn't keep Sansa from abandoning him when he is unfairly accused of killing Joffrey.
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer has another non-literal example in John and Marci. He has a tendency to scare people and a love for violence; she's the hot, smart Life of the Party. He's drawn to the lightness and ease she brings out in him, and she likes that he's quiet and respectful and unusually interested in what's behind the pretty face.
  • The Man Who Laughs is about a circus performer whose face has been carved into a permanent Slasher Smile, who somehow finds himself at the centre of a Betty and Veronica Love Triangle with Dea - his blind childhood friend who doesn't care what he looks like - and Josiane - a sexy duchess who wants his inheritance, but also seems to be genuinely attracted to him. Notably, in the film version, Dea is played by Mary Philbin, the same actress who played Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (1925), and Josiane is played by Olga Baklanova, who played a more outright mercenery take on this trope in Freaks.
  • In Red Dragon, Frances Dolarhyde sees his relationship with blind colleague Reba this way, although it's clear that his "ugliness" - a cleft palate - is nowhere near as bad as he thinks it is, and a lot of the women around their workplace seem to find him attractive because he's in great physical shape. What Reba doesn't know, however, is that Frances is a Serial Killer, so he is a monster after all, at least metaphorically, although their relationship does bring out whatever good and humanity remains in him.
  • Piers Anthony:
    • Apprentice Adept: Trool the Troll (literal troll with a heart of gold) and the vampiress Suchevane (described by more than one character as Sex On Two Legs, who was also inexplicably Unlucky In Love). It might have helped that Trool was both the Red Adept (maker of magic amulets and totems) and caretaker of the local Deus ex Machina, the Book of Magic.
    • Ogre Ogre: Smash the half-ogre and Tandy the half-nymph. Technically it can also apply to Smash's parents, since his mother is a human actress, though she was costumed as an ogress for a play when her husband fell in love with her and stayed in ogress dress for the duration of the marriage.
  • Lois McMaster Bujold: Played with and gender-switched in the short story "Labyrinth". An eight-foot-tall experimental Super Soldier complete with fangs and claws can count as 'Beast', but considering that he is a four-foot-nine fast-talking hunchback Admiral Naismith does not quite fit most objective standards of 'Beauty'. Touchingly he comes to consider Supersoldier Taura the 'Beauty', an enchanted princess to be rescued from the real 'Beasts'.
  • The Phantom of the Opera: Deconstructed — Christine is horrified when she unmasks her kidnapper, but to gain his trust and increase her odds of escaping, she puts on an -I-love-you-for-your-musical-genius-and-don't-care-what-you-look-like act, which successfully convinces him to let her go as long as she promises to come back (which is no problem since she has a good case of Stockholm Syndrome by then). Erik's so hideous that she admits there is no way she can be physically attracted to him and so insane and controlling that she realizes there's no way she would be happy being his prisoner forever — no matter how guilty those facts make her feel, they're true. The Phantom realizes he's been a murderous Stalker with a Crush and lets Christine go so she can be happy with her handsome Victorious Childhood Friend Raoul, even after Christine has said she'll stay with the Phantom so Raoul's life will be spared.
  • Witch World: Kerovan and Joisan from The Crystal Gryphon and its sequels. Although he never gets transformed to be less "different" — they just go to live among people who won't be weirded out by his cloven hooves. For quite a while there, though, he had the attitude that "no fit mate for any human woman am I."
  • Quo Vadis: The main plot revolves around Vinicius' transformation from a selfish, violent, lustful man to a devout Christian through his love for Lygia.
  • Nightside: Gender-switched, as John Taylor and Shotgun Suzie eventually end up sort of together. This is after half her face is destroyed by a blow from a spiked mace, a disfigurement the bounty huntress chooses to keep because it makes her even more terrifying.
  • Darkest Powers: Chloe and Derek. Chloe is a cute little blond with big blue eyes. Derek, on the other hand... Let's just say that puberty has not been kind to him at all. And even if it all clears up perfectly, he'll never be male model material. 'Hulking' has been used to describe him. He is built like a linebacker, though.
  • Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier has Caitrin and Anluan in a surprisingly magic-free version of the myth, considering the amount of magic present elsewhere in the book.
  • Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters features a subplot in which beautiful nineteen-year-old Marianne Dashwood gradually comes to love the much older Col. Brandon, who was cursed by a sea witch to have a writhing mass of tentacles hanging from his face, Davy Jones-style. (In the original story, Brandon was simply much older, so this trope doesn't apply there.)
  • In the story of "The Nutcracker", Marie falls in love with the eponymous Nutcracker and declares to him that if he would have her, she would never reject him for how he looks. This is enough to break the curse and turn the Nutcracker back into a human man, as his curse could only be broken when someone loves him regardless of how he looks. Earlier, this trope is subverted when the Nutcracker (who is still human at the time) breaks the curse on a princess and is cursed in return, only for her to scorn him for being ugly.
  • Beastly, by Alex Flinn, is a modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast".
  • The Fire Rose, being essentially a re-imagining of the fairy tale for which this trope is named, features a pretty female scholar hired by a magician who has been shifted into a half-wolf form. Notably subverted near the end, when the beast chooses the life and love of the protagonist over the information that will allow him to return to human form.
  • Robin McKinley rewrote the story twice:
    • She first wrote it fairly straightforward in her debut novel, Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which contains a number of similarities with Disney's animated version that came several years later.
    • Some while after that, she reimagined the tale in Rose Daughter, which — among other things — had the Beast not turn back into a prince.
  • Ice has Cassie and Bear (not surprising, given that it's a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon). While Bear can turn into a human man, he can only do so when Cassie can't see him, and usually only for the purpose of them sleeping together.
  • Animorphs essentially gender flips this with Tobias and Rachel. Rachel is the one who smashed anything that got in the way by turning into a grizzly bear, and Tobias brings out the best in her, despite being trapped as a bird himself.
  • From Honor Harrington, Alfred Harrington, who is perfectly normal physically but The Berserker and a Blood Knight when in combat, and his eventual wife, Allison Chou. As in, the short story that details their meeting is actually called "Beauty and the Beast".
    Allison: [The story is] us, Alfred. It's us! Me, running away from home because I need to be myself, and you, terrified of your ‘monster,' afraid you're becoming the beast. But you're not. Maybe the beast is inside there, but it isn't you. You control it, and it was the beast that let you save my life. And you didn't come for me because you wanted an excuse to kill other people. You came for me because what you are is a good, caring, decent, gentle man. I know that—-I see that — and you know I do. You know it, Alfred, and you've been alone with the beast too long. Trust me. Oh, trust me, my love.
  • In Heart of Steel, you have Alistair Mechanus, disfigured cyborg Mad Scientist with metal plates covering and replacing one entire side of his face. He wants to conquer the world and Julia's heart. On the other hand, you have Julia Parker, troubled ER doctor who starts to see the more vulnerable side of him. He is intelligent but broken by his past, but he will utterly destroy anyone to hurts Julia.
  • Journey to Chaos: After Eric mana mutates into a grendel, Kallen fills in the role of the gentle and understanding Beauty. She does this in her combat suit, due to the circumstances, but she had previously been dolled up in a kimono and make up, and Tasio laments the missed opportunity to snap "Beauty and the Beast" photos.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks. He's a thirtysomething man most of the time but turns beastly once a month; she's a cute, quirky woman in her early twenties. Lupin is definitely the "intelligent and tortured" version of this trope: even during the full moon, he takes a potion that allows him to keep his human mind and not become bloodthirsty. And Tonks fits this trope by seeing the good in him and helping him function in the human world.
    • Rubeus Hagrid's parents were a gender-inverted version of this trope: his mother was a giantess and his father was a small, meek man. This didn't work out very well once Rubeus was born; his mom left in disappointment after her son didn't turn out as big as other giants.
  • Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet Benoit and Wolf are an example of this, as Scarlet is a human girl and Wolf is a Lunar wolf-human soldier. This is especially the case in Winter, when Wolf is further genetically and surgically modified to be more wolf-like than before.
  • The BFG has an entirely platonic Intergenerational Friendship example, with the eponymous character and the plucky orphan Sophie. Sophie is at first (understandably) terrified of him, but the two grow to trust one another very quickly. The giant, for his part, doesn't have a mean bone in his body, and compared to the other giants... suffice to say, he's a lot less ghastly.
  • Planet of the Apes: The human Ulysse and his sapient chimpanzee handler Zira gradually fall in love over the course of the story. When they say goodbye, she's the one who tearfully insists it would never have worked out because he's too ugly for her to see past it.
    • Downplayed in the film version, where Zira is engaged to another chimpanzee, Cornelius, and her relationship with the Ulysse-equivalent character, Taylor, is more of a strong friendship than a romance. They do share a kiss at the end, much to Cornelius' annoyance and Zira's mild but sporting indignance ("But you're so damned ugly!")
  • The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break features you guessed it the Minotaur seeking a relationship with a pretty waitress named Kelly. It's worth noting though that M's uh, appearance doesn't cause quite the stir you would think, possibly due to the existence of other mythological creatures having become a known phenomenon. Throughout the story, M encounters various women who practically throw themselves at him.
  • Market of Monsters:
    • The Official Couple are Nita — a superpowered but normal looking girl — and Kovit — a zannie, an "unnatural" species that feeds on human pain and is repeatedly called a "monster." Everyone who first sees them together is shocked unless they initially assume she's hired him and promptly tell them it will never work out because "Zannies don't have friends."
    • Diana and Adair are the Beta Couple. Diana is a ghoul, but her species is neither considered dangerous nor hunted, and she's sweet and kind, while Adair is a kelpie, notorious for murdering people for food and whose true form beneath the illusion he projects is a fish-reptile-like monster. There's even a scene where Nita's about to shoot Adair, and Diana gets to channel Belle by telling her he's not the monster, Nita is.
  • Dragon and Damsel: Azrael the Third, a large, dark male dragon with a bad temper, develops a friendship and romance with Bernadette, a human woman with a slightly less bad temper.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Being Human (UK): Played with in the case of Nina and George. While George is a werewolf, he's a normal person most of the time. Nina still loves him after learning what he is though, and later episodes reveal that even as a werewolf, George is capable of recognizing Nina as his "mate" and refraining from attacking her.
  • Buffyverse:
    • In the third season episode of Buffy, "Beauty and the Beasts", a fledgling Mad Scientist takes a potion which results in him transforming into a monster. His girlfriend is the only one who can calm him down. In a subversion, he's a murderer and the relationship is abusive.
    • On the other hand, Buffy's relationships with Angel and Spike both played this fairly straight. Although Buffy also abused Spike, which might make it better or worse depending on just how jaded you are.
    • Willow and Oz count in a way, as he was a werewolf. The above-mentioned episode also focused heavily on Buffy/Angel and Willow/Oz to focus on different possibilities and aspects of this trope.
    • After Buffy and Angel break up, this also applies to Angel and Cordelia.
  • Doctor Who: An "intelligent and cynical beast" example: When lovely young Clara Oswald first meets the humanoid alien Doctor in Series 7, he's in his youthful, boyish, amiable eleventh life and they quickly bond. Then he regenerates into a much older-looking man whose gaunt, grim appearance (particularly his Big Ol' Eyebrows and death glares), pricklier, more pragmatic personality, and lack of social skills are off-putting to everyone he meets, including Clara for a significant chunk of Series 8. Even as she travels with him, she is also romancing a handsome fellow schoolteacher close to her own age. Gradually she comes to understand and accept Twelve and remains his Morality Chain. His biggest Berserk Button is the prospect of her being harmed or killed, whereupon he's willing to go to desperate lengths (verging on Unstoppable Rage) to save her or have vengeance. After her boyfriend dies (and the Doctor tries, unsuccessfully, to save him), their relationship becomes more affectionate and his personality and appearance soften. Sadly, the final stretch of Series 9 has her Killed Off For Real, in part because their personalities have become too similar and she has developed his Chronic Hero Syndrome. When this is followed by horrific torture being inflicted on him, his full potential for beastly behavior is revealed as he temporarily becomes a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds in hopes of bringing her back. When all is said and done they are separated forever.
  • Forever Knight Nick and Natalie, vampire and human.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Brutish burn victim Sandor Clegane seems to equally hate and love Sansa for being a pretty little idealist.
    • Jaime and Brienne, the handsome knight with a bad reputation and the ugly woman with a stubborn code of honour.
  • House: Hugh Laurie compared Gregory to both the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera. Any of his Love Interests might contend for the role of the Beauty/Christine analogue, but Cameron is the most straightforward choice — female, idealistic, bringing out the best in him (relatively speaking), and able to see the good in House even when no one else can.
  • Lucifer (2016): Lucifer Morningstar is the Devil himself. He's hedonistic, cynical and doesn't miss the chance to display his sculpted body, but this is a façade to hide his longtime (read millenial) family issues. Deep down, he is a decent guy (differently from his comic counterpart) who despises the worst of humanity. Chloe Decker is the no-nonsense, incorruptible detective that reluctantly accepts his help to solve the Mystery of the Week. She helps him to change for better, but that doesn't keep him from showing his horrifying devilish form to whoever he thinks that deserves it.
  • Once Upon a Time: Mostly deconstructed and subverted .
    • In the first season, Rumplestiltskin is the beast, and while he softens a bit, love does not redeem him; the Evil Queen Regina is more then happy to point out all the A Match Made in Stockholm implications of the setup as an Evil Plan to ruin him; and Belle almost de-powers him trying to cure him. He sends her away and the Queen gloatingly tells him that her superstitious village locked her up and tortured her until the poor girl threw herself off a tower, leaving our "beast" bereft with only a single chipped teacup as a Tragic Keepsake. Of course, her Majesty was lying about the suicide part, but Belle's real-world counterpart is locked in a Bedlam House.
    • In season two, Belle, her Identity Amnesia removed, reveals that she was actually abducted by Regina before the curse, kept alive as a trump card in case Regina ever decided that she needed to do something against Rumple since he still has his powers. So the whole situation ends up being awful for both parties involved, even if they do love each other.
    • Played straight in season three when Rumple tells Belle that her love gives him the strength he needs to kill Peter Pan.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation uses the "appearances" of this trope, but without the "redemption by love" aspect, in the Canon Pairing, Troi/Worf.
  • Tales from the Crypt: Deconstructed in the most twisted way possible in Dead Right. Kathy is a beautiful Gold Digger (played by Demi Moore) who marries Charlie, an obese, sloppy, gluttonous man because a Fortune Teller told her he would inherit a large amount of money and die violently. As months pass, she can't stand to be in the same room as him, but Charlie doesn't die, for her total frustration. Then she suddenly wins millions in a lottery and dumps him, but he kills her on a rage. The prophecy is fulfilled, for Charlie inherits Kathy’s money and dies violently on the electric chair for her murder.
  • V (1983): Wherein all the aliens look human but are really reptiles.
    • The alien Willie (played by a pre-Freddy Robert Englund) is a kindly, nerdy bumbler who strikes up a relationship with a human woman named Harmony. When she learns the truth, the horrified look on her face as his fake hand is ripped open was one of the most poignant scenes in the mini. Later, they hook up again as she admits that she didn't fall for his looks in the first place. Unfortunately, she is tragically killed in the end.
    • This mini also subverts the trope on a routine basis, but the nastiest example is with the character of Robin Maxwell. Long story short, she falls for one of the aliens but it turns out she was only being manipulated into sleeping with him to conceive a hybrid child, and their night together technically counts as rape. After she gives birth to two children, one mostly human and the other mostly reptilian, she murders the father with a bio-weapon engineered from the blood of the less human child.


    Myths & Religion 
  • Greek Mythology:
    • Hephaestus, son of Zeus and Hera, was so ugly he got thrown off Mt. Olympus as a baby and was crippled upon landing (or was defenestrated because he was born crippled). When the goddess of love, Aphrodite, needed a husband, all the unwed gods (including Hephaestus) were lined up for her to make her choice. Zeus chose Hephaestus for her — and she was completely and utterly unfaithful to him.
      • In one version of that story, she chose him.
      • In another version, Hephaestus built a chair that trapped Hera in it, and he refused to free her unless he could marry Aphrodite.
      • In yet ANOTHER version, Hera set Hephaestus up with Aphrodite to make up for throwing him from Olympus. And, being the goddess of marriage, she told him what to tell her so that she'd agree to marry him when she wouldn't marry any of the other gods: "I work late." So really, he had to know what he was getting into...
    • Hades and Persephone could also fit this trope — though Hades is not always depicted as physically monstrous, he is the God of the Dead, which tends to give everyone else an aversion to him. And true, Persephone was kidnapped against her will, but still ends up Queen of the underworld. They're also one of the very few Happily Married pairs in the entire pantheon. And by the usual standards of the Greek Gods, Hades was actually quite fair. A common Fanon theory (which may or may not be true, given Ancient Greece's Values Dissonance) is that they loved each other before Hades abducted her, and the kidnapping was orchestrated because Demeter, Persephone's mother, wouldn't let them be together.
    • The story of Psyche and Eros fits most of the same elements of the tale, but acts as a whopping subversion: Psyche was considered to be as pretty as/prettier than Aphrodite. But she found it difficult to find a husband for plot reasons. An oracle deemed that she was to be left on the side of a mountain as a bride to a "monster that neither gods nor men can resist." Psyche was taken to a beautiful palace, attended to by invisible servants, and her husband would come by night, but not stay until morning. In the darkness, she could not see his face. Her sisters convinced her that her husband was a terrible beast that meant to devour her and their unborn child, and to hide an oil lamp and a knife for the next time he comes to visit. Turned out, her unseen husband was anything but a beast — Aphrodite's own son Eros had decided to marry her.
  • King Arthur: Gender inverted where the handsome Sir Gawain must marry Dame Ragnell, who is cursed into the form of the Loathly Lady, in order to gain the answer to the question "What do women want the most?" Interestingly, a kiss is able to break half the spell: she can be beautiful only by day or by night and Ragnell tells Gawain he can choose which it will be. The spell is only fully broken when Gawain gives her the choice instead, thus standing by the answer to the riddle which is that what women want the most is their own will.
  • The European fairy Melusine was cursed by her mother into turning half-serpent on the Saturdays, until she married a man who would respect her privacy. She eventually married the nobleman Raymondin, promising him she would make him wealthy and famous as long as he left alone at Saturdays. Both fulfilled their promises until Raymondin's family talked him into spying on her on her bath during Saturday. She leaves him, returning only to visit her children or to fulfill her obligations of the curse, to warn death or predict fortune.
  • Another gender inversion can be seen with the Chinese myth Legend of the White Snake, where a powerful snake spirit named Bai Suzhen falls in love with a man named Xu Xian when she assumes the form of a human. However, the romance trope is subverted when Xu Xian dies of shock when he sees Bai Suzhen's true form, but later played straight when he maintains his love for her after coming back to life.

  • In The Gamer's Alliance, Omaroch is a demon warrior and Delora ia a human cleric. Despite their opposite alignments, they bond and learn valuable lessons from one another, and eventually get married.

  • Cyrano de Bergerac has the ugly Warrior Poet Cyrano fall in love with his beautiful childhood friend (and cousin) Roxane but never tell her until his deathbed, instead setting her up with the handsome-but-tonguetied Christian. When Roxane tells the dying Cyrano that she loves him, he jokes that he won't be magically made handsome and brought back to life like the Beast in "Beauty and the Beast".
    Roxane: Live, for I love you!
    Cyrano: No, In fairy tales
    When to the ill-starred Prince the lady says
    'I love you!' all his ugliness fades fast—
    But I remain the same, up to the last!
  • Wicked has a gender-flipped version of this with Elphaba and Fiyero. At one point in the show, Elphaba says to Fiyero: "I wish I could be beautiful for you".

    Video Games 
  • Bronze: A darker retelling of the classic fairy tale. Beast is moreally ambiguous and Beauty must decide if she'll save or kill him.
  • Chibi-Robo!: Mort is a shy, melancholy mummy action figure who literally kills every plant he touches, and who dearly wishes he could properly express his feelings for the princess doll Pitts. Unfortunately, Pitts is terrified of anything even remotely monstrous. However, she's so touched by the kindness Mort shows her that she begs Chibi to help her overcome her fears. In the end, they get Happily Married, and live happily in Mort's shoebox under the bed with their children.
  • Final Fantasy VI: The furry, horned, and cloven-hooved satyr/Giant Maduin and the human woman Madeline. They even had a half-Esper half-human daughter, Terra. There is a minor subversion though, as it turns out Humans Are the Real Monsters who drive them apart, leading to the deaths of the lovers and the capture of the infant Terra.
  • Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade: Gonzalez becomes a bandit after being rejected by his fellow villagers due to his monster-like appearance, only to join the heroes once Lilina talks to him, as she's the first person to speak to him kindly. Both are even able to upgrade their Relationship Values.
  • Jak and Daxter: A variation: Daxter meets a girl who falls in love with him, despite him being a two-foot-tall ottsel (he was originally a humanoid just like her). Inverted in that she does most of the protecting, indirectly by giving the powerful weapons she makes to his Heterosexual Life Partner Jak and threatening hell on anyone who harms him. In the third game, Daxter finally gets the chance to become normal again, but he decides against it. But it works out, when the girl in question gets turned into an Ottsel herself shortly afterward.
  • League of Legends:
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: In the ending, Raiden makes this comparison between himself and Rose. Rose fiercely denies this, saying that he is not a beast — he is their son's father as well as the man she loves.
  • Odin Sphere: Cornelius (Sheltered Aristocrat cursed into Pooka, a rabbit-like creature) and Velvet (Stripperiffic princess). Just like the Shrek example, Velvet also turns into a Pooka. However, if the bonus ending is achieved, both turn human again.
  • Persona 4 Golden: The tag-team combo the Kanji and Naoto is named after Beauty and the Best. Appropriate in that Kanji is over six feet tall, bulging with muscle, has a delinquent look going on, is feared by his peers as a bit of a brute, and is a grappler/brawler character with some of the most brutal physical skills in the game. Naoto on the other hand is absolutely tiny and exudes an androgynous charm that makes her very popular with the ladies and quite a number of guys (including, naturally, Kanji). Turns out that Kanji's actually a really nice guy, whereas Naoto starts as something of an apathetic jerk before the Character Development kicks in.
  • Planescape: Torment plays with this trope: The Nameless One looks the beast part, being horribly scarred due to every kind of possible damage inflicted on his body, while his two romantic options Fall-From-Grace and Annah are also incredibly attractive. The catch is that they have fiendish heritage themselves, but other than Annah having a long tail and Grace having demonic wings, they are otherwise indistinguishable from humans.
  • Warcraft:
    • Although it's unofficial, the orc warlord Thrall and the human mage Jaina are implied to be an example of the trope. Though that's more on the fact that Thrall is considered a Noble Demon among his kind...
    • There's also the more canonical example of Thrall and Tabetha Foxton.
    • Also played with Tyrande Whisperwind and Malfurion Stormrage. He's starting to grow antlers, but she's the more zealous one.
  • Xenosaga: Ziggurat 8 (Ziggy) and MOMO, a killer cyborg and an adorable Robot Girl. Their relationship is parental in nature, however.

  • Megan Kearney's Beauty And The Beast is a retelling of the fairy tale with references to the Disney movie and deep Character Development of both protagonists. Differently most versions of the fairy tale and movies, however, Beast's past is very detailed.
  • The Bride of the Fox : Nubia is a pretty, selfless princess from the Thandiwe kingdom that has serious self-esteem issues. Taiga is a Little Bit Beastly Kitsune she saves from drowning. He is also the king of the Makai Kingdom, a mystic world, and sees himself as unable to love because of his Dark and Troubled Past. Guess what?
  • The Flower And The Nose: An interesting gender-flipped version. Lani is cursed with a humungous nose by a flower that blooms once every thirty years. She builds a very successful perfum industry thanks to her keen sense of smell, but the bitterness caused by her appearance makes her drive people away. Until she meets a handsome, mysterious man who is surprisingly interested on her.
  • Kevin & Kell reversed this in every way imaginable — not only are the genders reversed, the "beast" is the Human since the comic takes place in a world of Funny Animals. It all, of course, culminates in a perfect replay of the ballroom scene from Disney's Beauty and the Beast... with the only difference being who is the Beauty and who is the Beast.
  • Count Mickey Dragul: Count Mickey Dragula and Mina Murray are this, although, uncharacteristically, it's Mina who ends up turned into a vampire.
  • Drowtales: The original version had this set up with Ariel and Rik, with Rik eventually growing selfish and possessive and betraying everyone so he can have Ariel for himself. The remakes retconned this, turning Rik into a Stalker with a Crush who tried to rape Ariel twice and had a bridge dropped on him the second time, taking all potential future plot he was meant to be implied in with him.
  • Slightly Damned: The "beast" (a demon) is told an in-universe variant of the trope-naming story. He doesn't like it, since even if he is loved by his "beauty" (an angel), he'll never stop being a demon. This becomes less and less of an impediment as the story progresses.
  • Homestuck has a platonic version between Equius and Nepeta. Equius is a Fantastic Racist With a Heart of Gold who builds robots so he can beat them to bits with his bare hands. Nepeta spends most of her time roleplaying and being a Shipper on Deck for all their friends. Equius specifically mentions that he's scared of what he might be without Nepeta tacklepouncing him and making him talk about his feelings.
  • MK's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde: Hyde (a troll) and Lucy (a human) are definitely this, but Lucy wants nothing to do with Hyde romantically unless he overcomes his commitment issues and is willing to take the relationship seriously rather than treat it as another escapade.
  • The Non-Adventures of Wonderella: Wonderella gets kidnapped to be the "beauty" part of a parody on the Disney classic. She opts instead to reassure the Beast that there's a fetish for everything, and hunts down the enchantress who cast the spell, as the enchantress also cursed the completely innocent castle servants.
  • Spina Cage is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in modern times with an attractive young man named Adrian in Beauty's place.
  • In El Goonish Shive, this is gender-flipped, well... usually, with Grace and Tedd. Grace's default form is furry, has a large tail, and two furry antennae sticking out of her head. She's a shapeshifter so other than the antennae (which can be disguised as hair, and, later, morphed away entirely) she can pass as human. However, Tedd loves her regardless of her form and this is even more so the case with her.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: In "Edge of Darkness", Goose is dragged through a black hole that bugs his powers, morphing him into different creatures. He crashes on Ozark and a beautiful cowgirl called Annie tries to shield him from the other locals, who have no tolerance against off-worlders. Of course that Goose's transformations into a half-irrational, growling beast don't help. His ranger conrades save him in the exact moment he is about to be shot by the local xeriff, although he has just saved a local child from drowning. Annie helps Goose to calm down, so Doc may restore him back to his human form; the latter even lampshades the two, by calling them "Beauty and the Goose". Unfortunately, Goose is unable to return Annie's feelings because he still loves Darkstar.
  • Aladdin: The Series: Apparently, the writers of the TV series were very fond of this trope:
    • “Garden of Evil” parodies the fairy tale with dark twists. When the Sultan was young, he stumbled in a magnificent garden and picked up a flower to take for his bride, prompting the wrath of its master, a plant-man called Arbutus. The creature wouldn’t allow the Sultan to leave until he promised to give him his most valuable treasure… which, unsurprisingly, turned out to be Jasmine, twenty years later. Subverted when Arbutus' treats Jasmine not as his future bride, but as a piece of decoration for his garden. She protests that she is not an object, but he retorts that’s exactly how humans treat the flowers and rants about the destruction they cause. Jasmine realizes that he loves his garden as much as her father and Alladin love her, but is unable to stop the latter to fight Arbutus, until he accidentaly cuts a flower off the plantman's body (Arbutus' heart), killing him and his garden. Later, Jasmine plants the flower somewhere outside and it breathes, hinting that Arbutus will regrow eventually.
    • Gender-flipped in “ Eye of the Beholder“, when Mirage tricks Jasmine into using a lotion that slowly transforms her into a snake woman.
    • In "Seems Like Old Crimes", both the conartists Minos and Fatima become monsters - respectivel, a minotaur and a harpy - as a punishment for trying to steal the sacred Destiny Stone. Along with their partner Aziz, who was turned in a goblin, they use their newfound powers to loot Agrabah and get revenge on Alladin, because he tried to stop them from stealing the gem; Fatima blames him for her fate. However, after noticing how much Jasmine and Alladin love each other, Fatima realizes they are like her and Minos, taking a Heel–Face Turn. Aziz tries to kill her, but Minos pushes Fatima of the way and is burned, instead. The scene of Minos dying as Fatima touches his face is a frame-by-frame replay of Beast's death; luckily, the Destiny Stone turns them back into humans, giving them a second chance. Both decide to atone.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: "The Shell" has a gender-flipped version where Gumball is the beauty to Penny's beast. The episode even alludes to Beauty and the Beast multiple times.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: In Mudslide, Dr. Stella Bates is a pretty scientist in love with Clayface/Matt Hagen, a former actor transformed into a clay blob that can shapeshift temporarily. Deconstructed because Stella is in love with the handsome man Clayface was once and he is manipulating her to find him a cure. And he won't listen to Stella's pleas to not kill Batman, subverting the Morality Pet thing.
  • Lydia Deetz and Beetlejuice. One episode was called "Beauty and the Beetle," only the beast in this case was Neitherworld ape Thing Thong. Lydia helps Thing Thong gain some self-esteem.
  • Ben 10: In "Benwolf", Ben and Kai seem this when he starts transforming into a wherewolf (actually a wolf-like alien), though she is more annoyed by his antics than anything. Subverted after he turns back to normal and Kai confesses that she was only interested on Ben because she thought she could train him.
  • In Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Gwen and Kevin fit both sides of the trope in several episodes.
    • In “Kevin’s Big Score”, he is encased by Vulcanus into a taedenite shell that is a grotesque replic of himself. Gwen frees him, and Kevin gratefully embraces her.
    • He suffers a mutation again at the beginning of Season 3, becoming an amalgam of the matters he absorbs most; even Gwen’s support is not enough to break him out of depression. He becames human again in the last episode and the two share a Big Damn Kiss.
    • By her turn, Gwen becomes the Beast in “War of the Worlds” when she goes full Anodyte for the first time to defend Kevin from a Highbreed. He convinces her to snap out of this, or she might never be able to be human again.
    • In the end of Aggregor's arc, Kevin is forced to absorb the Ultimatrix to stop the villain, but that turns him into a psychotic, hungry-for-power amalgam of Ben's aliens. Gwen spends the next episodes trying to convince Ben and the rest of their friends to not kill Kevin, and eventually finds a way to save him, although she almost dies in the proccess.
  • Dungeons & Dragons (1983): In "The Garden of Zinn", an ugly but gentle goblin hermit called Solarz shelters the gang after Bobby is poisoned. Actually, he is Sir Lawrence, a good king who was victim of a curse cast by his evil sister, Zinn. He ends up saving the heroes from her ghostly minions and Sheila gratefully embraces him, crying a tear of gratitude that breaks the spell. Sir Lawrence gets to ask her to become his queen, but she refuses politely because she wants to go back home(and also, she just sees him as a friend) . Deconstructed and Played for Laughs when the broken curse turns Zinn in a goblin at the exact moment when she is marrying Erik.
    • There's also the episode " Beauty and the Bogbeast," but the "beauty" is just a flower that transforms Eric into the eponymous bogbeast, a frog-like creature.
  • Futurama has a gender-flipped version with the strong, often violent one-eyed sewer mutant Leela and the amiable human nice guy Fry. She definitely typifies the "beat up anyone who might hurt him" side of Beast, he the emotional, kind, sees the good in the world side of Beauty.
  • Gargoyles: Goliath and Elisa Maza — he's a gargoyle, she's a human, but they fall in love anyway. During a Halloween episode, Elisa even dresses as Belle from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. However, while they were good friends, they didn't really notice that other options might present themselves until Elisa was magically changed, briefly, into a gargoyle (and then, later, Goliath and the others became humans, also for a short time). Interestingly, it was Goliath (the "beast") who didn't find Elisa physically attractive at first, not the other way around. Elisa had always been attracted to him.
    Goliath: I never realized, when you were human, how beautiful you are.
    Elisa: *wryly* You mean you thought I was ugly?
    Goliath: Well, uhh... Careful! Updraft!
    • Their relationship is also one of the few exceptions to the Beast and Beauty rule in that neither changed their species permanently for the other, yet they still end up being together despite their physical differences.
    • Amusingly, a number of other characters notice the chemistry long before their first kiss. When Elisa was pretending to be a corrupt cop to get close to a slippery criminal and Goliath played along, the criminal instantly assumed that they were together and congratulated Goliath on his good taste.
    • Word of God holds that Goliath finds Elisa's hair to be an attractive feature, and the lack of wings or tail or horns were not, but he had his eyes opened when she temporarily turned into a gargoyle in "The Mirror". The main thing he's attracted to about her is her soul.
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series: Razer and Aya have nuances of this trope. Razer begins as the Beast: he is a reformed red lantern who enlisted to avenge the death of his wife until discovering he was manipulated, and all of this made him bitter, violent and depressive. Aya is the Benevolent A.I. of Hal Jordan's ship who built a robotic body for herself. She is calm, curious, acts as Razer's Morality Pet and tries to understand his pain. In the season 2, the tables are reversed. Razer came to abhor violence, while Aya has had enough of people treating her as machine, instead of a person., which takes her to a Face–Heel Turn and decided to eliinate all the organic life in the universe, along with with suffering. It’s Razer who plays Beauty then, trying to reasonate with her. He eventually succeeds, at a great cost.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) is full of episodes that preach to not judge a book by its cover, but there’s one specifically called “Beauty and the Beast”, although it’s not romantic. In it, Skeletor kidnaps Orko and Teela and hides them in the palace of a king he turned into a "monster"(a bald, gray-skinned man with bat wings instead of ears). The king reluctantly complies because otherwise Skeletor will make his subjects as hideous as he is. Of course Teela convinces him to have a Heel–Face Turn, and afterwards she gives him a grateful kiss that breaks the spell. Earlier in the episode, a storyteller tells “Beauty and the Beast” to a group of children and Teela comments that she loved the fairy tale when she was little.
    • In “The Shadow of Skeletor”, Teela helps Man-E-Faces to rehearse a theatral release of Beauty and the Beast.
    • In “The Return of Granamyr”, He-Man and Man-At-Arms must help a young dragon who wants to become human because he fell in love with the daughter of a wizard. She loves him back, but her father demands that her suitors go through a series of tests that only humans can perform and the dragon can't be turned into a human until she is commited to him. Therefore, the two lovebirds (or lovelizards?) rarely show up as He-Man does all the hard work.
  • Jane and the Dragon: Has this trope with the titular characters - a peasant girl who lives and works in the royal palace who is best friends with the resident dragon. While their relationship is entirely platonic it should be remembered that Dragon does not do well when Jane isn’t around and she is the only one who can calm him down.
  • Maya and the Three:
    • Played straight with Zatz' parents, Camazotz and Znaya. As the God of Bats, Camazotz has a very beastly appearance, with purple skin and teeth so big that it's a miracle he can talk. Still, he found love with a human warrior of the Golden Mountains, Znaya; unfortunately, they were forced to run away and she was killed. Znaya's soul became a star and, after Camazotz was killed by Lord Mictlan, he became a star,too and joined her, , comforting Zatz.
    • Gender-flipped with Michi and Rico. Michi was raised by animals after her people cast her away because of her albinism, but the responsible for her violent behavior are the humans who killed her adoptive family. Despite having also a Dark and Troubled Past, Rico has a humorous, friendly personality and, in spite of Michi's initial rejection (and a temporary crush on Picchu), she ends up returning his feelings.
  • Monster High: Iris Clops and Manny Taur. The former is a demure, clumsy, soft-spoken and friendly ghoul who's the same height as Draculaura. The latter is a hulking temperamental Jerk Jock with a heart of gold.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Zig-Zagging Trope, and employed platonically, in "Keep Calm and Flutter On", where the sweet-hearted pegasus Fluttershy befriends the beastly (in more ways than one) Discord. First it's subverted because Fluttershy is charged by Princess Celestia to reform Discord, while Discord only plays along because he'll get turned to stone if he doesn't, and craftily plots to exploit her kindness and secure his freedom. It's then double-subverted when Fluttershy shows him so much kindness that he actually starts to Become the Mask. Then comes a triple-subversion where Fluttershy ends their friendship after Discord goes through with his plan anyway. This directly leads to a quadruple-subversion where Discord, realizing he cares about Fluttershy after all, pulls a genuine Heel–Face Turn to win her back.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Hordak a stern, bat-looking Dark Lord on Life Support and Entrapta, a cute human princess who is also a Gadgeteer Genius. Slightly subverted, for it’s hinted that Entrapta finds Hordak attractive, but he doesn't notice how beautiful she is until she comforts him about his self-esteem issues. Besides, Entrapta is not exactly a Morality Pet for Hordak, but encourages him to be himself instead of Horde Prime’s shadow. For good measure, many moments between Hordak and Entrapta recreate shots of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
    • Adora and Catra's relationship fits the trope, too, since Catra is a Cat Girl with a very unstable temper who fights for the Horde and Adora is the kind, righteous saviour of the world. However, it takes all the five seasons for them to realize their true feelings towards each other.
  • Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: Two episodes are based on the trope: "The Crooked Man" and "The Creeping Man," both concerning men made beastly through genetic manipulation by a rival suitor.
  • Wild C.A.T.s (WildStorm): The Huge Guy, Tiny Girl duo — they're just friends but the Tiny Girl ensures that the Huge Guy remains a sane Gentle Giant.
  • In X-Men: Evolution, the demon-esque Nightcrawler becomes the boyfriend of pretty-girl Amanda Sefton. And in Wolverine and the X-Men (2009), he has some mutual UST with the smokin' hot Scarlet Witch.

    Real Life 

  • The story of Petrus Gonsalvus (1517-1618) probably served as inspiration to Gabrielle de Villeneuve conceiving Beauty and the Beast. He was a Guanche, an aborigin race of the Canary Islands, with a rare medical condition called "hypertrichosis", which covers one's face and body entirely with hair. Because of this, he was captured in a young age and given to Henri II of France as a "wild man". Henry II, however, soon noticed that Petrus was actually calm and doctile in spite of his captivity, and decided to have him transformed in a true gentleman. Petrus learned to speak, write and social manners; after Henri II death, his wife Catherine de Medici decided to marry him out of curiosity, to check if his children would be hairy, too. The chosen one was one of the the prettiest ladies of her court, who was also called Catherine and that had no idea to whom she was marrying until the bridal night. Legends say that she fainted when she saw Petrus for the first time; however, as it was said before, he was a good, patient man. They had seven children; four of them were born with hypertrichosis thus sent as gifts to European courts, so the story of Petrus and Catherine is far from being happy. The registers hint that they truly loved their children, and there is an image were she is represented touching Petrus' shoulder as a sign of affection, which was very unusual in couple portraits.

  • Percilla Lauther (1911-2001) and Emmit Bejano (1915-1995) lived a true love story in spite of their advertisies. She had hypertrichosis and two rows of teeth and he had a calloused skin that earned him the nickname of "Alligator Man"; but she was also a graceful woman with a enchanting singing voice, while he was gentle and kind. They saw past their physical differents and lived together for many years, until Emmit's death.

Tale as old as time...
Song as old as rhyme...


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Rumpelstiltskin and Belle

The love that they share was so real, their first kiss nearly broke Rumpelstiltskin's curse.

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