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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. For the metaphorical variety, see Death and the Maiden.



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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) and Vincent (the Beast). 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 a all-round 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.
    • 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. That was either the worst porn movie ever, or the greatest Dadatic 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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dorohedoro: Kaiman and Nikaido. One is a lizard headed guy, the other is a beautiful blonde.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Ancient Magus' Bride : Chise who's a Human and fairly pretty Sleigh Beggy and her fiance and magic teacher Ellias whoose a deer-headed-demon like fae.
  • 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.

  • 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 
  • 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 & 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 beliving 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 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).

    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 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.

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    Films — Animation 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Mask (no, not The Mask), the main character Rocky has a disorder which 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.
  • 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.
    • Played with in Kong: Skull Island as the female protagonist, Mason Weaver and the titular character do share a connection in the movie Kong even rescuing her at one point however it is not the focus of the story.
  • 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. Note that Imhotep becomes fully human much sooner than most examples of this 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.
  • 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."
  • Penelope (2006) with Christina Ricci as a blue-blood woman with an inoperably deformed nose Gender Flips the story.
  • 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. They plot a new world order!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Shape of Water, about the romance between a Fishmen and a human woman, naturally has this trope with some plays on it. For one, the "Beauty" is a middle-aged woman, certainly beautiful but not typically seen in stories like this, and for another, the sexual aspect is not glossed over. Furthermore, the ending implies she wasn't human after all when the Asset'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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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").
    • Sandor Clegane and Sansa Stark's relationship. Sansa loves songs and stories of knights and fair maidens. Sandor was playing with a knight toy when he was burned by his brother, and assumed the Hound persona as a defense mechanism. He tells her the Beast's lines, I am no lord, and I don't love compliments. Slowly he changes, and becomes Sandor again. Slowly she changes, and comes to desire him, dreaming of his kiss. The story is full of Beauty and Beast motifs, including the rose (from Loras), the prince (Joffrey), the father (Ned), and much more.
    • 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".
  • 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: Not ugly so much as horrifying-looking, Gwynplaine somehow managed to be a veritable babe magnet. It should be noted that Dea is blind and that Josiane is quite the (virgin) pervert. Also, Gwynplaine was pretty handsome, aside from his Glasgow Grin. The 1928 film adaptation inspired The Joker.
  • Red Dragon: The cleft-palate serial killer Frances Dolarhyde, who believes he is hideously deformed but played by the handsome Ralph Fiennes in the movie, has a surprisingly sweet romantic relationship with a pretty blind coworker, before his split personality decided she had to die. Hannibal Lecter thought it was hilarious.
  • 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 Supersoldier 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 been 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 genderflips 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 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.
  • The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break features you guessed it the Minotaur seeking a relationship with a pretty waitress named Kelly. Its 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 feed son 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 
  • 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.
  • Series/V1983: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Forever Knight Nick and Natalie, vampire and human.
  • Being Human (UK): Played with in the case of Nina and George. While George is a werewolf, he's a normal person for 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.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation uses the "appearances" of this trope, but without the "redemption by love" aspect, in the Canon Pairing, Troi/Worf.
  • 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.
  • 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.


    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 Moral 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.
  • 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 
  • Chibi-Robo! has Mort and Princess Pitts. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • League of Legends:
  • 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.
  • Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade has Gonzalez, who 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.

  • 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 
  • 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.
  • Wild CA Ts: 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, he has some mutual UST with the smokin' hot Scarlet Witch.
  • 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 ito a quadruple-subversion where Discord, realizing he cares about Fluttershy after all, pulls a genuine Heel–Face Turn to win her back.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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