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"Why are you running away?"

"Some girls like to dress like a witch
Some girls like to dress like a queen
Best way a girl can dress for me
Is in a goblin suit (they look so cute...)"
Frank Zappa, "Goblin Girl"
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A monster, but cute and female. Cynics would say it represents how the young male target demographic sees women — attractive, but frightening.

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

When the Male Gaze gets involved this results in common design features for female characters in other contexts, like Hartman Hips, Non-Mammal Mammaries, long hair, and Tertiary Sexual Characteristics like bits of anatomy designed to look like a dress or make-up, even if it would make no sense for such a creature to have these features.

The Spear Counterpart Cute Monster Guy, is quite common in Shojo, Josei, Boys' Love, Otome Games and other media marketed to women.

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Subtrope of Monstrous Humanoid.


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  • Borders on crossing over into the DANGER ZONE but Bagi of Bagi, the Monster of Mighty Nature. Though as the movie progresses she begins to regress towards her half-animal side and eventually loses speech and coherent thought by the end.
  • In Berserk, the merrow are Always Female mermaids which have a human upper body and a fishy lower body. They can, however, assume a human shape, and go ashore. In their human form they look almost like humans, but have light blue hair. Some of them have love relationships with humans, and can have common descendants with them.
    • The half-merrow Isma was born this way. And she also qualifies for this trope.
    • Despite being made of troll intestines at one point, Slan of the God Hand is still pretty hot.
    • Danan the monarch (queen) of Elfhelm.
  • In Blue Exorcist, Rin is a Cute Monster Guy. Cute Little Fangs, Pointy Ears, fluffy tail, and all. He just also happens to be the resident Anti Anti Christ.
  • Almost the entire female cast of Daily Life with Monster Girl, which features a Lamia, a centaur, a harpy, a slime, a mermaid, an arachne, a dullahan, and those are just the main seven. The series also puts much more focus on the monster aspect of the characters, as every chapter tends to explore an interesting aspect of their race beyond their superficial appearance. Suu dissolves in large bodies of water. Miia has trouble shedding her skin when she's stressed. Papi, like all harpies, has a small figure which helps her fly.
  • DARLING in the FRANXX: Zero Two is a human/klaxosaur hybrid that looks nearly indistinguishable from a human except for her pair of small horns and occasionally red eyes and sharp fangs. She qualified for this trope better when she was a child, since she had red skin, bigger horns and serrated teeth, and still looked adorable despite her feral personality.
  • Deltora Quest given the fantasy setting Emily Rodda's characters being re-imagined by Japan, this trope was bound to happen.
    • The Dread Gnomes are not described as attractive in any conventional sense of the word in the books, but the anime turns female Gnome Gla-Thorn into a cutie.
    • Fangirls were able to look past Dain's monstrous and demonic appearance (upon his revealing himself a Ol) and still squeal over him. Despite Dain being a heavy case of Evil Makes You Ugly before Lief kills him.
  • Demonbane takes this to the logical extreme: we have several examples of Grimoires that take the form of young teenaged girls, rather than books. Apparently this is because these particular Grimoires have so much magic power in them that they have developed a soul, and take a form more appropriate for an ensouled being. Why all of them are female is not addressed, although in the sequel we meet a male half-human, half-grimoire.
  • Chomesuke from D.Gray-Man has 2 forms, the mostly human (if occasionally black-eyed) form, and her completely demonic form, which is also kind of cute, in a Kingdom Hearts sort of way.
  • Digimon:
    • The Wind warriors from Digimon Frontier — when Zoe obtains the Beast Wind spirit, not only does it resemble nothing other than a lingerie model with avian wings and feet, but unlike every other (good) Beast spirit, it doesn't even have the destructive impulses that took other characters up to three episodes to get under control. This is slightly more excusable with the other Wind warriors, as one of them is supposed to be human, another is supposed to be half-human, and the last has no real requirements — but each form distinctly fails in the "Monster" part of "Digital Monster".
    • Angewomon, LadyDevimon, Lilymon and Rosemon from Digimon Adventure. The Bishoujo Line means most female Digimon are gonna end up like this at some point.
    • If you want to keep the ‘monster’ in monster girl, you want the villainous Ranamon. Green, covered with seashell-themed, uh, head-things, and cute as a button. Her Beast Spirit form, Calmaramon, is much more monstrous, with a giant squidlike body beneath the humanoid portion. Though it wasn't used that way, you get the feeling the designer had in mind hapless victims approaching a "woman" in the water, and then out comes Cthulhu's little sister to kill you to death.
  • Dragon Ball:
  • Mink from Dragon Half, though granted, she's half human herself; her mother is a dragon. Her mother is usually transformed into a humanoid form but tends to break it when she becomes angry especially if the object of her rage is her philandering, lecherous, human husband.
  • Dropkick On My Devil is rife with them since most are the main characters. We got Jashin, a Lamia, Medusa, a gorgon, Yuki-onna sisters Kori and Yusa and Minotaur girl, Minos.
  • Celty from Durarara!! is a Dullahan that looks like a beautiful, though deathly pale, woman from the neck down. From the neck up? Well, she has no head. When we do finally see her head, it's that of a cute, auburn-haired girl — A far cry from the hideous, rotten-fleshed heads of the Dullahan of Celtic legend.
  • Elfen Lied: Diclonii's horns resemble cute cat ears.
  • The Bugrom of El-Hazard: The Magnificent World mostly resembled giant neon cockroaches, with the exception of their queen, who resembled a normal attractive human female with antennae.
  • The dragon Sylphid from The Familiar of Zero can change her shape. Her human form looks like an ordinary girl with blue hair.
  • Franken Fran:
    • Fran Madaraki is a Moe Frankenstein's Monster. Or at least her appearance is cute (when she isn't falling apart). Fran herself is... less than cute.
    • Her similarly stitched up sisters Gavrill and Veronica can be pretty damn cute (that is, when they're not being fucking terrifying) as can officer Kuhou after she was transformed into a monster girl.
  • Miiru from the second volume of Fushigi Yuugi. She is actually a servant of Tenkou who became such because she and her brother were killed for incest and wanted Tenkou's help to find a place where they could be happy. In the manga, her shadow is shown as a demon.
  • Neko Musume in GeGeGe no Kitarō was originally an aversion, but every animated installment builds her up to this trope. By the 90s, her feline features became limited to eyes and a few fangs, and by 2007 she was firmly on the "cute" side. Her 2018 incarnation takes the cake though; when she's not using her powers, she looks the most human and mature she's ever been, with only her sharp eyes indicating she's inhuman.
  • Ghost Sweeper Mikami has main character Okinu, a Cute Ghost Girl, as well as the recurring antagonist and Ridiculously Human Robot Maria. Not to mention what Mikami herself is revealed as. The series also has a few one-shot characters like a youkai desk and a dragon martial-arts trainer.
  • Mayu of Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun. For a succubus, she's cute, busty, and Does Not Like Men. She's training to work on the last part, though. Later, her friend and love rival Reika is revealed to be a succubus as well, albeit without the Androphobia, instead having a healthy dose of Cannot Spit It Out.
  • This is the point of the Haiyore! Nyarko-san series, with bonus Did You Just Romance Cthulhu? levels. All the Eldritch Abominations appear in completely humanoid (and rather cute) forms, but the most diabetes-inducingly cute character (Hastur) is a boy.
  • Most of the girls in Interviews with Monster Girls (except Himari) are these, termed demi-humans in the universe. However, unlike in most cases, they look more like human than Little Bit Beastly.
  • The anime InuYasha also has a lot of them. All female half-demons and very many female demons in human-like figure look very sweet, although we recognize that they are not human.
    • Also all the male half-demons (except Jinenji) and very many male demons in human-like shape are bishounen.
  • Is This a Zombie?: Virtually every female introduced, except Haruna, a Magical Girl, and the two girls who are Muggles.
  • The animal people in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?? could qualify, but they're not actually considered monsters in universe. However, the Xenos (sapient versions of otherwise unthinking monsters) are. A Draconic Humanoid with an unusually human appearance ends up becoming a part of Bell's harem... and by extension, gets Bell into a lot of hot water, as Xenos suffer from Fantastic Racism thanks to the perception that they must be Always Chaotic Evil.
  • Himemiko from Kamisama Kiss, at least when she is in her human form. Her real form is a catfish demon.
  • Niche from Letter Bee, as while her cuteness depends on who you ask, she certainly fills the monster and girl roles. And then there's Niche's sister...
  • Though the Zentradi from Macross and Robotech are Human Aliens, the males range in appearance from ugly to average to handsome, with the occasional odd skin tone and/or cybernetic aspect, while the female Zentradi are always depicted as beautiful. The Zentradi designs in Do You Remember Love? are probably the strongest examples of this trope.
  • Magical Pokaan gives us four Cute Monster Girls - a werewolf, a vampire, a witch, and an android. The student council in Demon King Daimao has the exact same four characters.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has Evangeline, half of Magicus Mundus, most prominently Fate's underlings, and Setsuna, a half-tengu and self-proclaimed monster (not that anybody cares). And it appears Zazie is actually a mazoku.
  • Various female demons in Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. Most notable is Grand Princess Fire Dragon, who is herself an attractive rather petite woman with only token nonhuman features; her father is a ten-foot-tall barely-anthropomorphic dragon-man. Maou might technically count, though she doesn't appear to be anything other than completely human most of the time.
  • All of the female dragons in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid apply to a certain degree when they take on human or partially human forms. This isn't a racial trait either. Their human forms are explained as being their essence expressed as if they were born human. Ergo a dragon that is attractive by dragon standards will turn into a human that is attractive by human standards.
  • Justified in Mononoke Sharing. It's explained near the end of the series that the entire mononoke race is slowly turning more human with every generation and will eventually lose their powers entirely due to the fact that they weren't part of the gods' plan for the Earth. Momi created them to ease her lonliness while she waited several billion years for humanity to evolve.
  • There is a whole sub-genre for redrawing mecha as girls wearing the machine as armor. It has gone so far as the Destroid Monster! But perhaps the ultimate mecha example is the Valsion's entirely canon sister unit, the Valsione. (Apparently the Valsion's operator made the Valsione for his daughter, who gave it a feminine form out of personal preference.)
  • In Monster Rancher is also true, to some monsters. Pixie (later Granity), Lilim and Poison. They look like girls but horns, pointy ears and wings have like a bat. In addition, they are also clothed rather sparse.
  • Monster Soul has a few, with two of them being a mummy and a golem respectfully.
  • My Balls is all about cute monster girls.
  • My Monster Secret has a vampire, alien, "wolf-man", and other Cute Monster Girls hiding in plain sight at a high-school, as the principal is one herself. Hilarity Ensues when an Ordinary High-School Student finds out when delivering a love letter.
  • All of the female mermaids in My Bride is a Mermaid. The males tend to be less "cute" and more "Manly". Except Masa.
  • My Hero Academia features some girls with clearly inhuman features thanks to their Quirks such as Tsuyu Asui (who has frog-like characteristics like large and elongated hands, feet, digits, limberness and a long tongue), Mina Ashido (who looks just like a normal girl except for having bright pink hair and skin, and a pair of horns/antenna in her head) and Himiko Toga (has vampire-like characteristics like sharp teeth and thirst for blood). Tsuyu in particular went on to become a Breakout Character for the series in part to her cute design.
  • In Naruto while the males of the Sound Four all look hideous when they activate their cursed seals (even Bishōnen dudes like Kimimaro and Sasuke), Dark Chick Tayuya still looks cute regardless.
    • When tapping into the Kurama (Nine Tails) Chakra or Sage Mode, Naruto can get Fox/Frog like features as result but even then he’s still more attractive compared to Orochimaru and Kabuto when they go all Scaled Up.
    • Kaguya has horns, pale skin dead eyes and other inhuman attributes. She’s still pretty attractive though.
  • Gainax's various merchandise for Neon Genesis Evangelion includes the "Apostle XX" line of figurines, which takes several of the Angels and gives them a female humanoid makeover. Technically, Rei and Kaworu might count, though the latter is a Cute Monster Boy instead.
  • Yuki-Onna/Tsurara from Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, as well as a majority of the other humanoid female youkai.
  • The titular "oddmen" of Oddman 11 have most of its members within variable points of the monster-girl spectrum. For instance, Inuta is a full-on dog furry girl (to the point of having six nipples), Ika-chan has several tentacles and a weird shaped head but otherwise regular female anatomy, while Kirara only has cat ears and a tail and Tatari is a regular girl with a single eye.
  • Almost every member of the Unwanted Harem in Omamori Himari. There's a Cat Girl with Gag Boobs, a Meido tea-cup spirit with even bigger Gag Boobs, a Token Mini-Moe water-snake spirit Emotionless Girl, and a blood-thirsty Yandere forest spirit.
  • One Piece:
    • The merpeople. The mermen (male) both have the tail of fishes and fish features on their upper bodies such as gills, spines and pointy teeth. The mermaids (female) all have the upper bodies of regular humans and are almost always dead-sexy.
    • Stitches or not, undead Victoria Cindrey is still pretty damn hot.
    • Depending on who you ask Boa Sandersonia is either Gonk or a cute snake lady.
    • Monet from Punk Hazard is a harpy and easy on the eyes. Until she goes into her monster form thanks to the Snow Snow Fruit, that is.
    • Charlotte Praline is half mermaid half human and is rather easy on the eyes especially considering her mothers looks.
    • Giant Women in One Piece e.g Gerth and Lily Enstomach from Filler are in incredibly attractive.
    • Female Minks e.g Wanda and Carrot are more curvaceous and humanoid than the male Minks but can still be dangerous beasts when the time calls for it.
    • The female SMILE users of Kaido’s crew quality e.g Horse Girl Speed, Spider-Monkey girl Solitaire and The Nameless snake teacher.
  • Mosquito Girl in One-Punch Man looks human except for her insect-like limbs and wings. Though she is somewhat creepy-looking in the original webcomic, she gets a dose of Adaptational Attractiveness in the manga and anime where she gains a voluptuous build.
  • Scanty and Kneesocks, the demon sisters from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
  • Petopeto San is entirely devoted to the concept of cute monster girls (some of which are half human).
  • Shia, from Pita-Ten, is a demon/demon's apprentice (depending on whether you're reading the manga or watching the anime,) but she looks completely human and is also very, very, very cute. The males in canon all fawn for her and many develop actual feelings for her, as well. Although, another demon is also shown, Klaus, and he's also cute in a shoujo kind of way, himself.
  • Princess Resurrection has Riza Wildman; granted, she's at least half human, but the other half (and DEFINITELY the side she takes after) is a flesh tearing, vicious werewolf. There's also Reiri and Flande, as well as the main character Hime who's a phoenix in human form, among a few others.
  • Rage of Bahamut: Genesis has Amira. The young girl is a hybrid of angel and demon, and can change from her angelic form to her demonic form. In her angelic figure, she is very pretty and looks like an ordinary girl, except that her hair is pink and she has a fair skin. In her demonic form she looks much more frightening, but still qualifies for this tropus.
    • This goes for many of the demon women on the Demon side of the conflict as well, including Rita. Virgin Soul also gives us Nina Drango, who is part of a Demon tribe that can tirn into dragons but is just as cute and perky as any other human girl her age.
  • Ragnarok the Animation:
    • Maya make friends with an "Alice" (a high-level humanoid monster). This is the impetus for explaining her Dark and Troubled Past.
    • Jiltus, being a half-human hybrid, is very cute if you like them evil.
  • Every single girl except for Kyoko (Tsukune's cute but human cousin) in Rosario + Vampire. They spend the most of their time hiding their monster traits, though, so they look completely human except during fights, and when transformed the main gals (and many of the supporting cast) are STILL cute (Moka is devastatingly so, Kurumu becomes ultra exotic, etc.).
  • Sailor Moon combined this with Progressively Prettier. The Youma and Cardians were, for the most part, fairly monstrous-looking. Droids, Daimons, Lemures and Phages were much more attractive; while there are a few monstrous ones, they were mostly beautiful women with pointed ears and/or oddly colored skin.
  • Graham from Shamanic Princess is a male version; he is a unsettling-yet-endearing patchwork of Bishounen and Gothic horror monster (like Frankenstein's Monster or The Phantom of the Opera).
  • The eponymous character of Squid Girl is an adorable squid-girl.
  • So, I Can't Play H!: All three of the shinigami females look human, until they assume their true forms. Though they still look mostly human afterward.
    • Lisara: gains a small pair of bat wings that extend from the sides of her head and her irises change from red, to amber.
    • Ilia's fang enlarges slightly and a short gold and black horn grows from the center of her forehead.
    • Quele's is the simplest transformation. She only grows a short pair of black horns on her head, which curve backward.
  • The Seedrians from the third season of Sonic X are like this. The males are monsters that transform into Godzilla-like creatures (and later become Decepticon-like robots...for reasons that aren't thoroughly explained...), but the females are cute plant-girls, and Tails falls in love with one named Cosmo.
  • Holo from Spice and Wolf is a very cute girl with wolf ears and a big fluffy tail, both of which she keeps hidden under clothing when she wants to pass for human. Her true form is that of a wolf as large as a bus, which is rather less cute.
  • Today's Cerberus gives us humanoid versions of not just Cerberus but also Fenrir, Jormungand, and Orthrus.
  • Hazuki from Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase. Anyone unfamiliar with the story and character would NEVER assume she's a monster! The opening theme doesn't help.
  • Urusei Yatsura:
    • Lum looks like a cute teenaged girl with green hair and little horns, but is explained as being an alien whose race is the inspiration for Japanese ogres. Her being such is actually lifted straight from Japanese mythology, where Oni women are supernaturally beautiful, but capable of assuming fearsome visages when angry or jealous.
    • Lum's friend Oyuki (a yuki-no-onna — although these ghosts are usually portrayed as attractive anyway) and secondary character Kurama (crow tengu — her servants look like anthropomorphic crows, while she's a pretty girl with small crow wings on her head). One might tentatively incorporate Ran (loosely based on the Gaki, a life-draining ghost) and Benten (a punk biker version of the Goddess of Knowledge, Art and Beauty) into this category as well.
  • Merag, the only female Barian Emperor in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is cute in her own unique way likely because she's very beautiful in her human form as Rio Kamishiro.
  • Comprises over half the main cast of Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs. Until Kogarashi moved in Sagiri was the only human at Yuragi-sou.
  • Tons of them in Yu Yu Hakusho, especially during the tournament which features a cat-girl announcer and a dragon-girl referee. There are Monster Boys too, (Yoko) Kurama probably being the main one.
  • Zombie Land Saga is about a rock band composed of cute girls who happen to be zombies.

    Comic Books 
  • Komodo from Avengers: The Initiative got her powers by stealing Curt Connors' Lizard formula. But whereas the Lizard is a hulking, almost crocodilian monster with thick scales and an elongated reptilian head, Komodo just looks like an otherwise attractive girl who happens to have smooth green skin, pointy ears, Non-Mammal Mammaries, reptilian eyes, claws, and a tail.
  • Freaks' Squeele has Chance, a nice spontaneous and somehow clumsy college girl ...Oh, and she has horns and bat wings.
  • Gold Digger goes both ways; cute monster girls along with cute monster guys.
  • Gali, or Galacta, daughter of Galactus. She appears to be an attractive human woman.
  • Delphyne Gorgon is a Cute Gorgon from The Incredible Hercules. She even wears a skimpy Goth-styled schoolgirl uniform.
  • While the regular Incredible Hulk is generally seen as a berserk, hideously muscular, unintelligent monster when in Hulk form, She-Hulk is just a somewhat larger, stronger, greener version of her human counterpart. Originally, the explanation was that an individual mutated by gamma rays subconsciously determines their transformed appearance; the Hulk transforms into a hulking angry brute because of Bruce Banner's repressed anger, the Abomination transforms into a hideous freak due to his inner self-loathing, and She-Hulk transforms into an Amazonian Beauty because of her subconscious desire to look like the ideal woman.
    • Though, it gets occasionally subverted from time to time with She-Hulk (always temporarily) gaining an uglier, more monstrous form. One such occurrence was during Avengers Disassembled after she lost control of herself as a result of the Scarlet Witch's manipulations.
  • Invincible has a heroine who transforms into a monstrous form. While the monster transformation isn't exactly cute, the actual girl who is really older than she appears is.
  • Fantasia Faust, from the erotic fantasy comic Ironwood, started out as a very bulky non-gendered iron golem designed to kill fae. Then her creator figured that the golem would be more effective if he made it really attractive and disguised the fact that it was made of iron. Then, once the fae were dealt with, he realized he had a super-strong, super-sexy non-human babe hanging around, and decided to explore a few fetishes of his.
  • Lady Death's villain Purgatori is a rather unique creature: a vampire distantly descended by fallen angels. She has a demonic appearance with crimson skin, horns and wing, but she still looks extremely gorgeous and tends to dress in Stripperiffic outfits.
  • Marvel Comics' Skrulls would often fit, with the males being bug eyed and inhuman, while their princess was quite fetching, and bereft of the Skrull chin ripple. Later artworks shows the males as more human-looking, and the females having unusually large eyes (but there was still some gap in attractiveness). Since they're a whole species of shapeshifters though, they can look however they want, and as Runaways shows they can even switch genders at will.
  • Lampshaded in an issue of Namor The Sub-Mariner, where all the women are akin to Green-Skinned Space Babe while all Atlantean males are blue brutes, except for Prince Namor.
  • Requiem Vampire Knight features plenty, given that most residents in Résurrection are reincarnated monsters the most attractive people would qualify as this trope: Most female vampires tended to be very fanservicey despite their rather fearsome appearance due to battle tattoos applied to their bodies, female lamias tend to be very attractive for tortured spirits and some Leopard Women are shown as part of harems. The biggest one would be Queen Perfidia of the Dystopians, an arguable example since she is more scary-looking than gorgeous, though she has a far more human-like appearance than the rest of her race, who all look like humanoid dinosaurs.
  • Scott Pilgrim has Matthew Patel's demon hipster chicks.
  • The Star Wars: Legacy comics have made almost a running gag of "prettying up" females of various alien races - Darth Maladi and Kee are good examples, and contrast Nakia, a female Anzat, with a typical male example of the same species (at least her husband wasn't exactly ugly either). There's also a quite good-looking male Twi'lek (compared to the films, anyway) like Shado.
  • Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose has many appearing throughout the series.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Deliberately invoked with Miss Martian. Although she's genuinely female, as a White Martian, her true form is a ravenously carnivorous, xenophobic, insanely hostile creature considered an ugly monster even by Green Martians (who are pretty weird-looking themselves). It was implied in one issue that if she ever lost control and reverted to her true form, she'd be powerful enough to slaughter her teammates in a matter of minutes, and crazy enough that she'd try to do so. However, in addition to sealing off her malevolent instincts behind a psychic block, she uses her Voluntary Shapeshifting power to appear as a more successful and feminine take on "Uncle John's" human form. The result is a cute, perky, teenage Green-Skinned Space Babe, in contrast to J'onn J'onzz's appearance as a rather craggy-featured bald-headed green-skinned body builder.
    • Kid Devil is a Spear Counterpart case of this trope; he's a lean-yet-muscular teenage demon, with a handsome and very human-like face, looks mostly normal apart from the skin color, and goes around shirtless most of the time.
  • Valhalla: in one story, the jotun Tjasse bemoans the fact that his daughter Skade is so ugly that it is impossible to find a suitor for her. On the second page of his complaints, she turns around and we see her face, revealing that she may be ugly to a jotun but fairly good-looking to a god or human. Her usual countenance is still too severe for her to be called cute, until she is (literally) swept off her feet and has a silly, cute, enamoured grin take over her face.
  • Common in various X-Men comics, especially Generation X; most of the more monstrous mutations will be male, while the women are always sexy.
    • Beauty = Goodness is often going on there. For example, when she first showed up, Marrow had bones sticking out all over, including on her face. Later, she joined the X-Men, and it wasn't long before she was made more attractive, with most of the protrusions gone and those that remained looking like they could merely be part of her costume (her prettification at least wasn't overnight for no reason other than being one of the good guys, story-wise). There are other examples, but she's probably the most obvious.
    • The resident girl werewolf - Wolfsbane - is a bit of an inversion, having gone from having a odd/cute 'wolfweregirl' transitional form, to a 'The Howling'-style monstrous appearance.
    • Nightcrawler, Depending on the Artist, can be a fuzzy pretty boy with Cute Little Fangs.
    • Jubilee becomes this after becoming a vampire.
  • Lots and lots of them in XXXenophile.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Angelina Jolie as Grendel's Mother in the 2007 film Beowulf (she has high heels... and doesn't wear shoes), though it's implied to be Shapeshifting: reflected bits of her true form are visible during her time with Grendel, and a keen observer will see her posing as a part of her treasure-hoard when Beowulf first comes to confront her, looking like a very fishy, naga sort of creature.
  • Emily, the Corpse Bride, is quite fetching, considering she has been dead for a bit of time when she finally emerges following Victor's accidental proposal. Piss her off, though, and those same cute features can quickly turn to Nightmare Fuel.
  • Mavis Dracula in Hotel Transylvania, a vampire girl with a pixie haircut and Cute Little Fangs.
  • Eva from Igor, even though she was made to look monstrous and be evil, she still has a very pretty look.
  • Celia from Monsters, Inc.. Monsters University meanwhile splits this trope down the middle: Claire Wheeler and the MU sororities, especially Python Nu Kappa and Slugma Slugma Kappa sisters, do have their "cute side". Although, like the Eta Hiss Hiss sisters being split down in the middle (although they prove to be more "monstrous" than "cute" because they WANT it that way), PNK and EEK show their scary sides as determined in the Scare Games. Dean Hardscrabble herself does not exactly have a "cute" side, but she is considered to be quite beautiful despite her terrifying appearance. Female monsters in both films prove to be mostly a mix of both, despite completely differed from humans. Then again, EVERY monster girl introduced into the films is pretty gorgeous, just look at Brynn Larson and even Sonia Lewis.
  • Ginormica from Monsters vs. Aliens. Your basic white-haired girl, super-economy size.
  • Sally the rag doll, from The Nightmare Before Christmas is very pretty despite being covered in stitches with blue skin with a Glasgow Grin.
  • All of the students at Miss Grimwood's in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School qualify as this. Tanis gets a special mention, being the youngest of them.
  • Fiona of Shrek is still fairly pretty for an ogress, despite indulging in the usual icky ogre habits.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The eponymous character in Bride of Frankenstein certainly counts, being played by the gorgeous Elsa Lanchester. Although she only gets a few minutes of screen time, she's memorable enough to become one of the most famous Universal monsters.
  • The Shadow over Innsmouth-based B-Movie Dagon throws in a Deep One Cute Monster Girl by way of Our Mermaids Are Different. They still get to play the initial reveal of her monstrous, octopoidal features for horror somehow. This trope allows the movie to play a romantic angle on the original Tomato in the Mirror ending, giving it minor justification.
  • Dark Angel: The Ascent: Even in her demonic form (pretty much what you'd expect: bat wings, claws, and horns), Veronica is rather cute.
  • The ghost in Dead Friend (aka The Ghost) was pretty cute, despite the rotting clothes and waterlogged hair/skin. At least, she was cute before she died.
  • The eponymous character of Dead Girl is pretty good-looking... although probably not dating material, given everything that happens after she's found.
  • Greta, the female gremlin from Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Technically, not a girl, since gremlins reproduce asexually, but looks and behaves like one. Resulted from gremlins playing in a genetics lab. So cute, that authors did not kill her with the rest of gremlins.
  • In The Howling, the werewolves are giant, long-snouted and frightening, but when Dee Wallace turns into one, it's cute and fluffy.
  • A rare male example comes up in Labyrinth. All the goblins are diminutive, monstrous creatures with wart infested skin and bizarre bone structures... except for their king, Jareth, who just looks like David Bowie with make up on (and very very tight pants).
  • The females of Chaka's people in Land of the Lost might qualify. The males look like they did in the series (i.e. like humanoid chimps). The females are Nubile Savages.
  • In Let the Right One In, Eli fits this trope, though it isn't clear whether she's a victim of her circumstances or deliberately exploiting it to get new Renfields.
  • In the fifties film The Mole People, a girl named Adad was born to a race of subterranean albinos, but has none of their features, and thus is hated and shunned by her folk. One of the archaeologists falls madly for her and promises to help her escape this hell with them. Sadly Adad is killed by a falling pillar moments after she sees the surface world for the first time.
  • The Mummy (2017) has Ahmanet, who's very pretty...once she devours enough lifeforce, that is.
  • Penelope: Penelope herself. Though she is cursed with the "face of a pig", she really just has a pig nose and easily hidden pig ears. Though there are a few characters who run in horror, she's actually quite cute, something that's unsurprising considering she's basically Christina Ricci with a snout. A few characters even mention how mostly normal she looks. In the end, it turns out that accepting herself as she is, pig nose and all, is the key to breaking the curse.
  • A thoroughly creepy version of this trope arises in Planet of the Apes (2001). All of the characters playing apes were made to look like gorillas, chimps, etc. Helena Bonham Carter, on the other hand, looked... well, like Helena Bonham Carter in chimp make-up, eyeshadow, and lipstick. She and the other female chimps (including one played by Tim Burton's ladyfriend Lisa Marie) even had humanlike eyebrows, which was thoroughly bizarre to see on a chimpanzee face. Contributing to the weirdness of the situation, she spent the entire movie flirting with the male human lead, and then he kisses her at the end!
  • Zombie Julie in Return of the Living Dead 3 still looks pretty cute even after she impales most of her body with metal spikes and glass shards to stave off the pain of undeath.
  • In Species, Sil is still pretty hot in her alien form. The creature designers specifically wanted her to still be beautiful as an alien.
  • Dren in Splice. The Fetish Fuel angle to her is played up to the hilt.
  • In Venom (2018), Eddie's love interest Ann quickly bonds with the symbiote and becoming She-Venom. And unlike her male counterpart, she has a very shapely and voluptuous figure instead of a bulky one when Eddie turns into Venom.
  • V/H/S: While she's still undeniably creepy both in her human and bat/vampire/nymphomaniac thing form, Lily (from the "Amateur Night" segment) fits this trope.
  • Garona of WarCraft. She's a literal Green-Skinned Space Babe with small orc-like tusks, and fairly beautiful by human standards.
  • X-Men: First Class: The scaly and blue-skinned Raven Darkholme as a little girl is absolutely adorable when Charles Xavier first meets her, and he treats her like a friend right away.

    Literature 
  • SF&F artists and illustrators love the concept. This may reflect the contents of the books they illustrate or not. Examples include (some NSFW due to naked breasts):
  • Junapur, in Cerberon, is described as quite beautiful despite her various nonhuman traits and imposing Amazon physique.
  • Serendipity Sargasso, the siren secretary in the Monster Mash neo-noir City of Devils and Fifty Feet of Trouble is pretty darn cute. Assuming she doesn't smile. Jane Stitch, the meat golem of the third book in the series, Wolfman Confidential, also qualifies.
  • In Codex Alera, Her Imperial Bugginess the Vord Queen tries, but mostly just manages to give everyone the creeps by combining a "green Kitai with Rapunzel Hair" look with a few too many insectile features and a frightening lack of understanding of human emotion.
  • In the Discworld books female Igors, known as Igorinas, are every bit as svelte and beautiful as their male counterparts are deformed, hunchbacked, and misshapen. Handwaved by the fact that Igors of both sexes are crazy-talented at all forms of surgery, including plastic, and as Igors are devoted followers of "tradithion" it is probably that male Igors remain ugly because male assistants to Mad Scientists are supposed to be ugly, just as female assistants are meant to be beautiful. There is only one subversion in Monstrous Regiment with well, Igor; although this is something of a continuity bust, because the character is part of the overall Sweet Polly Oliver scenario, and no one seems to spot this.
  • In The Dresden Files most of the female inhuman monsters Harry encounters are extraordinarily beautiful but equally scary, and many of them have, literally, wanted to eat him. It's mentioned in Skin Games that this is why he and Binder are instinctively leery about Ascher's advances. Ascher is Lasciel's new host at the time, making their caution completely justified.
  • The Forsaken Children has several monster girls in it, most notably Mary, the undine changeling (who's described as being both piscine and voluptuous).
  • Most of the girls in Seanan McGuire's InCryptid novels.
  • From the Seekers of Truth, Natalie Beckett aka Golem. Fairly attractive if you can ignore the stone skin. And apparently her boyfriend, Timothy Landerman aka Echidna, can. It helps that he's a venomous lobster-man.
  • In Charles Stross's novel The Jennifer Morgue, we meet Ramona Random, a Deep One hybrid who's knock-out gorgeous even after she drops her glamour. It's mentioned in the story that Deep One hybrids generally tend to be very attractive, as this aids in achieving their design purpose of serving as effective ambassadors to the surface world.
  • More Information Than You Require features a Cute Monster Girl mole-man as part of a Beethoven Was an Alien Spy gag. She's this universe's version of Sally Hemings.
  • The female warlocks in The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices see very often like this. They warlocks look so like normal girls, just that they have physical characteristics that show their demonic relatives, as horns, hooves, wings, claws or tails.
  • Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures series includes a dimension called Trollia where the males are all hulking monsters and the females are all drop-dead sexy. The explanation: The males are Trolls, and the females are Trollops.
  • The German booklet series Maddrax has the mendrites. They are hybrids of hydrites and humans. And female mendrites also qualify for this trope. They look almost human, but also have some fish body parts.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians has several nymphs. They look like ordinary girls, but they have unusual haircuts. They are also described as exceptionally pretty.
    • There's also the dracaenae, the serpent women who, once you get past the snake tails in place of legs and the vertical pupils, are in fact very beautiful.
  • Sandman Slim has Candy, who is probably the bubbliest and most cheerful character in the series, despite being a vampire-esque killing machine called a Jade. Aside from a few slip ups, she's trying to cut back.
  • In Piers Anthony's Xanth novels, female goblins are described as being far more attractive than male goblins. On the other hand, male harpies are handsome while the females are almost always ugly. A war was nearly started once when a female goblin and male harpy figured this out and started dating. And way far back in history, a war was started when the harpy males preferred the goblin females. Female harpies get unusually ugly when they have to mate with humans and vultures to reproduce their species, and all harpies produced by crossing harpies with humans or vultures are female, and so the cycle became vicious on several levels. It probably took Time Travel to fix that mess.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Raina gains bright gold eyes, a beak-like nose, Pointed Ears and sharp thorns on (and inside) her body after undergoing Terrigenisis. She first perceives it as Body Horror, but as she grows more confident, she begins to own her new look.
  • Little Ghoul on Beetleborgs was a variation of the theme, "cute" in the same way an eight-year-old little girl (although a rather precocious one) was cute. However, the reason she kept her face hidden behind her hood was because it was so incredibly terrifying that no-one could bear to look at it.
  • Buffyverse, Joss Whedon being Joss Whedon this trope happens more often in both Buffy and Angel. Though to his credit, hideous monster girls are more common
    • Anya despite having a pretty hideous demon-half is still gorgeous as human, Xander loved her deeply despite his bad experiences with female demon prior.
    • The female Oracle from Angel.
    • Illyria from Angel. An Eldritch Abomination trapped in a human corpse, her only non-human attributes (physically, at least) are blue lines on her face and blue streaks in her hair.
    • The female half-demon Pearl (from the comics) also looks like this. She a little looks elvish. But still she is very vicious.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Hand of Fear": Eldrad's female form.
    • Torchwood features a "sexy" half-transformed Cyberwoman, even though the Cybermen in Doctor Who, whether constructed from men or women, look exactly the same. For this reason, the episode is somewhat infamous.
    • As of the Matt Smith era, the female Silurians are this. Though they hide their features with more reptilian masks, when the Doctor takes the mask off first words out his mouth are "You're beautiful".
  • Farscape: War Minister Ahkna is noticeably more attractive and shorter than the rest of the Scarran species; most of whom that have been seen are male (we think). She's still quite reptilian, but it's a smoother, sleeker, sexier kind of reptilian than most Scarrans we've seen. The Scarran Emperor looks similar to Ahkna (though not nearly as short), and the "We're So Screwed" arc makes it explicit that Scarrans have different castes, and based on diet. Eating a rare flower (which grows commonly on Earth, to our hero's dismay once he learns how important it is) makes Scarrans more intelligent, and coincidentally look more human.
  • In Grimm, the various Wesen races all have an alternative form, called a woge. Some, like Rosalie (a Fuchsbau, or fox girl), fit this trope. Others, like the Hexenbiest, don't.
  • In Lexx, Zev Bellringer, part cluster lizard, part love slave.
  • Marilyn Munster in The Munsters. Unlike the other members of the family, she looks like a normal — and beautiful — human girl (although the other members of the family see her as ugly). She shares some of the other members' inhumanness like her very low body temperature.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In the episode "Quality of Mercy", a captured Space Cadet (Nicole De Boer) is being forcibly transformed by her alien captors into one of their own against her will. The slow alterations they implement don't change her outward beauty much, and her cellmate, Major John Stokes, falls in love with her. This was part of their plan all along, since she's actually one of the aliens sent to spy on him to obtain valuable military information.
  • Stargate Atlantis: Elia, the Wraith girl from the episode "Instinct". The unsettling appearance of the life-sucking bug-human hybrid girl can't hide Jewel Staite underneath the facial prosthetics. Her caretaker originally decided to raise her as his daughter because he couldn't bring himself to kill her.
  • Star Trek:
    • Though most Borg of any sex don't look particularly appealing, the Borg queen is decidedly sexier looking than any of her drones. Also, Seven of Nine is quite attractive but only once most of her more Borg-like physical attributes are removed via surgery.
      • Even when Seven is still fully Borg she has noticeable ...implants. Apparently breasts are not irrelevant, despite the existence of Borg maturation chambers.
    • The Vidiians suffer from a disfiguring disease called the Phage, but strangely the Doctor's love interest Denara Pel still retains some of her facial good looks. At least more than any other Vidiian we see.
    • In Star Trek VI, Rosanna De Soto's Klingon character had much less pronounced brow ridges than most of the male Klingons. But then, so did Christopher Plummer.
    • Klingons fall into this trope even in Star Trek: The Original Series. In the episode "Day of the Dove" we get to see both Klingon men and women. The men all have brutish expressions concealed under thick Blackface makeup while the women have spray on tans, and garish blue eye shadow. The retconned explanation for the more humanoid Klingons is that they were engineered to look like humans for easier interaction, so it'd be logical for the females to be attractive to humans.
  • In Supernatural, though they all look human, the male reapers usually look like balding old people that can keel over anytime, while female reapers are all at least conventionally attractive. The first time we see a female reaper it resembles a shade with wild hair. It then disguises itself as a conventional human to interact with Dean and later outright says that a reaper is seen however the reaper chooses to be perceived.
  • A common trope with Super Sentai and Power Rangers villainesses. The majority of villain teams are 3-4 male People in Rubber Suits and one hot (and very human) Dark Chick whose monster-ness clearly appears to be worn and not integral (often, there will also be one older male human leading them). Of Power Rangers series, every season has one except Zeo, Mystic Force, and every season after RPM — which all still have attractive female villainesses, just of the rubber suit variety. There are even a few Monsters of the Week who might qualify, such as Icy Angel, but they tended to be rare.
    • Scorpina/Lamia is an attractive young woman in gold armor normally, but when gigantified looks like a horrible, lizard-faced scorpion monster.
    • Archerina, wife of Prince Gasket, is a very pretty robot girl. She's also manipulative and uses her magic love arrows to turn her opponents on each other.
    • Vypra looks like a beautiful woman in demonic armor more than a demon. She's also the only one to look mostly human out of her show's antagonists.
    • Itassis, the only female of the Ten Terrors, is a pretty, sphinx-like monster who ends up turning good and being one of the few to survive the series. Serpentina, a Monster of the Week, similarly has has some appealing features but in contrast is vile inside. Necrolai isn't so pretty, but she too reforms and reverts to a human form.
    • Dayu looks like she might be quite the looker under that squid-like helmet. Unless it's actually her head.
    • Levira has one of the less monstrous designs for her series. She doesn't last, though. Similarly, Metal Alice is on the more human-like and alluring side. She doesn't last, either.
    • Poisandra thinks she is, but her cuteness is skin-deep. And less cute than she thinks, what with the zipper mouth and creepy mask on her heart. Her Japanese counterpart Candelila plays it completely straight, complete with a human form. The series also has a Cute Monster Boy in Heckyll.
  • Pretty much every werewolf (male and female) in Teen Wolf. Even when they transform, they look essentially the same besides the addition of claws, fangs, and glowing eyes. This extends beyond the werewolves as well. It's hard to think of any monster girl on the show that isn't cute.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place:
    • Frankie Stein, who's a cute, if very tall, girl with a rubber forehead attachment.
    • Alex and Harper when they're pretending to be werewolves in "Meet the Werewolves".

    Music 
  • For Finnish monster rock band Lordi, their first pianist, Enary, was a blonde valkyrie who was still gorgeous despite having an extra mouth. They've since averted it with their new pianist, Awa, a ghostly witch who's as creepy as they come (although still arguably cuter than most of the male monsters.)

    Myths & Religion 
  • In at least one source of Classical Mythology (The Ovid), female centaurs are described as being quite comely.
  • The Asura in Hindu Mythology and Buddhist myth: all the males are ugly and all the females are beautiful. And both are very violent.
  • Norse Mythology:
    • The jotuns (giants) were typically pretty butt-ugly, but the female jotuns were comely enough that a lot of the Aesir married one (or nine...). Loki is somewhat an exception to this rule, being handsome despite giant ancestry (it's not clear whether he is a full or half giant). He's also a shapeshifting trickster god, so who knows what he really looks like, and his children were mostly horrible monsters.
    • Huldra, nymphs with cow or fox tails (and optionally hollow backs, like a tree trunk), especially since they're usually considered to be female trolls.
    • Valkyries (like gorgons) are female creatures that were originally hideous but later on became to be known as incredibly beautiful maidens sought after by many a Norse hero (despite the fact that they weren't actually human). Also they're really only "beasts" depending on your interpretation of their title: Choosers of the Slain.
  • Mermaids can be this depending on which myth you follow.

    Podcasts 

    Roleplay 

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Changeling: The Lost a woman who has become a draconic Fairest is this by default, as Fairest are "the fairest of them all", and draconics have aspects of the Great Beasts of Faerie, such as dragons.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Medusas, unsurprisingly, zigzag depending on the edition. Those in 1st edition were horribly ugly, 2nd edition made them very comely if you could look past the snake hair (without being Taken for Granite), 3rd edition kept the comely bodies but the effect was somewhat marred by the scales and a face that looked like a cross between a viper and a hag, and 4th edition seems to go for a middle-of-the-road approach. Pathfinder (aka D&D 3.75), meanwhile, takes the "playmate with mildly scaly skin and snakes for hair" road.
    • Advanced (2nd edition) and 4th edition also features a gender flipped version — there are indeed male Medusas, but apart from being bald, they're actually pretty handsome. This is the only way they differ from normal humans in 2e, and 4e's versions are scaly like their ladyfolk, so for them the baldness isn't that bad).
    • The Fiendish Codex: Hordes of the Abyss introduces Obyriths, outrageously bizarre demons (as opposed to the more humanoid Tanar'ri) whose forms exude such a primal wrongness that looking at them can do permanent damage to your mind. Their queen has a "soft, feminine form," though it would be hard to describe her as cute, but then you find out that that's just the veil surrounding her, which formed because the plane of ultimate, horrible madness that spawned her refuses to accept that she is real. If looking at her true form doesn't simply kill you, it is because your brain didn't register what she looked like in the first place. And if you die from it and get resurrected, you don't remember what you saw.
    • Pathfinder's driders (spider-centaurs) are sexually dimorphic. The females look like beautiful drow women from the waist up (except for the fangs), and their black widow-like lower bodies have a certain elegant sleekness. The males have bulkier and more arachnid features.
      • The Kytons, a race of sadomasochistic evil outsiders known as "Chain Devils", were traditionally portrayed as humans wrapped up like mummies in so many layers of chains that nothing can be seen. The Kyton in the Pathfinder Bestiary? Is depicted as a shapely, blue-and-purple-skinned yellow-eyed woman who wears nothing but chains wrapped around her body to just barely hide her face, nipples and loins, leaving the rest of her largely bare. True, her body is also covered in dozens of fine scars, but these are subtle and don't really detract from her general attractiveness. Definitely a case of the cute monster girl still acting monstrous, however, as the racial profile as sadomasochistic kidnappers and hedonists remains pretty much identical to earlier editions.
    • All editions of the game are chock full of these, including gender-inverted versions. The odds of a Cute Monster Girl or Guy rise exponentially if that creature is being portrayed sympathetically. Tieflings are descended from fiendish creatures and often play this trope straight. Genasi and the various races like them are touched by elemental blood and often depicted as quite attractive. An occasional handsome or Nubile Savage half-orc or even full orc will not surprise players. And then there are the not-that-monstrous sorts like tritons, merfolk, various nymphs, fae, giants, and so on, all of whom have a decent chance to be attractive in human eyes. In short, Beauty = Goodness is frequently, but not always, in effect. Evil races get their chances, such as various yuan-ti creations of serpent people. Even demons and devils get in on it. Most versions are horrific, but those specifically intent on seduction and temptation are frequently beautiful. And for a broad enough definition of "Monster," so do the celestial races, as they usually represent angels or even good takes on The Fair Folk (pre-4th Eladrin and Pathfinder's Azata).
  • Malifaux gives us the Neverborn, a literal race of Nightmares, including Pandora and Lilith, the latter described as "the very image of woman that creation intended, the beautiful vision that haunts the dreams of men", the former only being on the verge of adulthood.
  • In Maid RPG, due to the rather random nature of the character generation system, it is very likely that at least one of your maids is gonna end up as one from the start.
  • Used to its fullest in the Talislanta game-setting with the Batrean race, whose females are green-haired space babes (except when they're blue-haired) with seductive pheromones, and whose males are gangling hairy ogres. Technically also true of the singular race of Gnorls and Weirdlings, although not for the usual reasons: Although Gnorls (the females) look like someone's 80-year-old grandma, that's still prettier than their male counterparts, the Weirdlings (who look like anorexic Yodas in their skivvies).
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:

    Theatre 
  • Kate Monster from Avenue Q was going to have a lot of fuzz, similar to Trekkie Monster, but was shaved before production so she would look better with a male (and human) love interest.
  • Peer Gynt meets and falls in lust with a beautiful maiden who turns out to be the daughter of the troll king.
  • Magda in Tanz Der Vampire becomes a gorgeous vampiress after she's bitten (though some actresses in the part do subvert this by applying some rather distorted makeup after she's been turned). In addition, sometimes female chorus vampires fall into this as well. Sarah is one by the end of the show, without exception between actresses. Herbert's a rather cute monster boy.
  • The Tsukiuta and Tsukipro stage plays feature the yokai AU setting, where all the idols are Cute Monster Boys. Rui is a cute Karakasa, Kai and Tsubasa are cute (or hot) tengu, Hajime and Shun are cute kitsune (who may also be gods of life and death), Ichiru and Issei are kamaitachi, Rikka is a (male) Yuki Onna, and so on. Three of the stage plays featured this setting. Kurenai Enishi also featured original tengu characters, but they appeared more or less human. Only Hajime and Shun had monster attributes in that production.

    Toys 
  • Monster High is Mattel's current big hit whose entire line is based off this trope.
  • MGA's toyline Novi Stars, though they're technically Cute Alien Girls.

    Visual Novels 
  • Hanyuu from Higurashi: When They Cry has a pair of horns, one of which is slightly chipped. She had the horns back when she was human, hinted to be because of a genetic defect. Her horns were the main reason she was chosen to be a sacrifice.
  • Love At First Sight centers around Sachi Usui, a shy and physically-battered cyclops who suffers from bullying.
  • The titular Saya from Saya no Uta is adorable in the eyes of the protagonist, but her true form is implied to be the farthest thing from cute, since any normal person who sees her is driven insane. The only reason the protagonist sees her as attractive is because of an extreme case of agnosia that causes him to see everything as hideous, and the only truly hideous thing in his life as beautiful. The more he falls in love with her, the worse he gets. Not to mention, she may be a cute monster girl, but she is still a monster- i.e. a predatory creature with an alien sense of morality.
  • Tsukihime: Akiha is pretty cute, there's Arcueid, and Nanako is a half human half unicorn spirit that's the Moe Anthropomorphism of the Seventh Scripture.

    Web Animation 
  • The ghost girl from Baman Piderman.
  • The Spider Cliff Mysteries: Crystal (demon) and Annabelle (zombie).
  • The flash cartoon series Primal War is notorious/loved by teenage boys for its cartoony, monstrous males being drastically different to their more human-like and realistically proportioned females for both the beast and dino races.
  • Cordie the spider girl (although she also seems to have features of other archnids) from CliffSide has four pincers for hands, four spider legs under her dress, can shoot strong web lines, her two large eyes are actually made of bunches of four smaller eyes, she's incredibly naive, and has an enormous crush on Waylon, the shamelessly fraudulent protagonist who she was originally planning on eating. She's adorably cute (most of the time).
    Cordie: I'm going to eat you now. Nom!

    Webcomics 
  • 565-14 in Allen the Alien is a cute young alien girl, but she is too young to be a Green-Skinned Space Babe.
  • In Baskets of Guts most of the female cast are this.
  • Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire has Hyraxx D'mofiti as well as some of the girls employed at the Velvet Fist.
  • The demon heroine Raven in Demonology 101 is a cute teenage girl whose only demonic attributes are reddish eyes and oddly shaped ears (in her case Raven is only a half-demon). The other demons portrayed (both male and female) are also fairly human-looking (and usually somewhat attractive).
  • Devil's Candy has cute monsters of both genders attending the All-Ghouls School Hemlock Heart Academy.
  • DM of the Rings subverts this for laughs: Aragorn assumes that the Ents will be attractive, Dryad-like Plant People and is quite dismayed to meet a craggy old tree with a bearded face instead.
    Aragorn: Oh, like Dryads? Oblivion had Dryads in it... They're like sexy tree ladies.
    Legolas: Sexy? I thought they had leaves for hair. And bark skin.
    Aragorn: Yeah, but they're all chicks. Naked chicks. Leafy, naked tree chicks.
    Gimli: Ye need help, lad. Ye really do.
  • Eerie Cuties has this title for a reason. The comic centers on a monster highschool, and so far, with the exception of a pair of lizard boys, they are all cute monster girls (and boys). And if the cast isn't enough, there are more of them in flashbacks — hilariously cute snake-girls and so on.
  • Grace Sciuridae/Shade Tail in El Goonish Shive is a genetically engineered shapeshifting assassin created to fight the Big Bad Damien. However, she proves to be a pacifist by nature except under the worst provocation. (Her brothers are less human-looking in their hybrid forms, though they can appear human, and quite good-looking, when they choose.) Her male Evil Counterpart from another dimension is much scarier.
  • Far Out There temporarily turned several female characters into these in order to celebrate Page 666.
  • Ambrosia Verdandi from Fetch Quest: Saga of the Twelve Artifacts. She's also a doctor wannabe!
  • Nitrine of Flaky Pastry is a small, cute human-looking young woman with green hair and lips. She is also a goblin and has had some rather classical male goblins hanging around.
  • Girl Genius got a few:
    • Traveling jager-kin Jenka, who gets a lot cuter once she's dressed for her job as the head of the Mechanicsburg Diplomatic Corps.
    • Mamma Gkika; "cute" and "girl" definitely aren't the words for her, but she fits all the same.
    • The girls working at Mamma Gkika's exploit this trope to the full. Although only two female jagers have been seen in-comic, the girls don fangs, claws and pointed ears to appear like extremely humanoid jagers. Apparently they offer "dinner and a show" (for both the tourists and for the real jagers hiding out in the basement) making the bar a notorious tourist trap, but a later visit to Mamma Gkika's shows that the jager-frau offer a little more than that at certain times of day.
    • Nobody's really sure what the Geisterdamen are, other than creepy, but they're also kinda hot.
    • Ferretina the Evil Weasel Queen from the side-story "Revenge of the Weasel Queen".
    • Maxim and Oggie fall under the heading of Cute Monster Boys.
  • Goblins has Saves-a-Fox (admittedly she wears a wig, but still...) and yuan-ti girl Kin. Female Goblins are drawn sexier than their male counterparts in several panels, especially when the male leads are fantasizing.
  • Homestuck:
  • One of the primary facets in the mad science comedy The Horrifying Experiments of Dr. Pleasant!. But as the "Schneidecker-Loli principle" clearly states, young females are the easiest to revive.
  • Snapdragon Fahrenheit, along with a number of other students (including a gorgon, a succubus and a Jotun) at the Doc Mars Academy from How To Raise Your Teenage Dragon.
  • Molly in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! is an extremely cute pink furry monster. Princess Voluptua still manages to be pretty attractive even in her insect form, as well.
  • Hala River from Irregular Elis is an alien.
  • Keychain of Creation has both Marena (Lunar Exalted, 'foxy', and arguably the Ms. Fanservice of the strip) and Secret (Abyssal Exalted, but undeniably cute). And if a Genius Ditz robotic mad scientist who can turn into a giant robot cat is more your thing, there's always Elegant Nova of Progression.
  • Benn'Joon of Looking for Group. What exactly Benny's race is is unclear to the point that Richard describes her as "miscellaneous," although she has been on a couple occasions been identified as a troll (whose males, for the record, are green-skinned and generally ugly) and has been regularly called a half-breed. It is later heavily implied that her mother is the quite attractive Elven pirate Captain Tah'Vraay, so Benny appears to be at least part Elf. The markings around her eyes and three-digit hands similar to the Minotaurs hints that she may very well be Krunch's biological daughter.
  • The unnamed gorgon protagonist in Modest Medusa seems to be a cute and fairly harmless child, without the ability to turn people to stone or the aggression normally associated with the medusa/gorgon type of monster. Instead she's easily distracted and seems to enjoy video games and junk food.
  • All the female cast (and males) from Monsterful. Cute monster girl extras (both young and mature) are everywhere, and cute monster girl celebrity parodies!
  • The webcomic "Monster Girls on Tour." has a wide cast of this creatures, with a Salamander as the main one.
  • Nast the Enchanter is an interactive webcomic centering around an enchanter framed for stealing the princess' knickers. He tricks a minotaur woman named Valley into breaking him out of jail and they form an adventuring party together. They have since met a King Slime who chose to shape itself into a sexy woman.
  • Nerf NOW!! has Cute Zerg Girls. As in, the Zerg from StarCraft.
  • The Noordegraaf Files has Akila, who looks sort of like a cute swamp creature with spiky blue hair. And breasts. However, calling her anything alluding to the fact that she looks like a fish-person is bound to get her very angry. She also grows tentacles on occasion. Sirens (the bird kind) and other monster — humans are also in the comic's universe, but haven't appeared.
  • Oglaf parodies the tendency for Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism in fantasy to produce attractive ladies. The other races are rather confused that human males look like unattractive females of other races.
    "Why do the females look the same in all species? Nobody knows!"
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Therkla, a half-orc ninja. While the males of the orcs we see aren't exactly any more ugly, mishappen, or inhuman than the females, this could be a limitation of the art style.
    • Subverted and parodied in with a female Lizardfolk prostitute. At first she appears to look much more human than a typical member of her species, with blonde hair and Non-Mammal Mammaries. But it turns out these are a wig and implants, which she got to attract more business. Without them she'd look just like a standard Lizardfolk. (And the other lizardfolk hooker is disgusted by her.)
  • Ow, my sanity is about Eldritch Abominations forming an Unwanted Harem around the protagonist, David. All of them take the form of beautiful women or Cute Monster Girls. Notably, the shoggoth manages to look cute even when in its favoured form of a girl with snake-ish mouths for arms!
  • Paranormal Mystery Squad:
    • The Deer Woman (based on Native American mythos) at the begining was kinda cute if you don't notice that her long skirt concealed deer legs. To bad she had already murdered 7 men before being made a foot shorter.
    • Once Katie is changed, she is a cute litte werewolf after her bite.
  • Soraya from Poharex combines this with Lizard Folk.
  • Most of the coatlaltec girls from Restaurante Macoatl fit this trope, the only trace of them being reptiles are their tails and claws.
  • Mentioned occasionally in Schlock Mercenary.
  • All of the main characters in School Bites are cute vampire girls, some going into the catgirl variety.
  • The title character of Selkie has gray skin, flippers, and fangs.
  • In Shadowgirls, Christmas Snow's mother is a female Deep One, but not nearly as grotesque as one of the originals. This lends a bit of plausibility to the strip showing that she and her human partner conceived her out of mutual love and attraction.
  • Sinfest has Baby Blue and Fuchsia. They're Devil Girls (presumably succubi), so there's some justification for this. Also, their boss is depicted as pretty handsome.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • Parodied in the Years of Yarncraft storyline, especially in this strip.
    • Aylee adopts her forms to defend against specific dangers (such as developing mind-shielding with a telepathic foe around). The current form was taken because she feared what humans would do unless she could fit in among them better. In other words, she (subconsciously) made herself into a Cute Monster Girl to gain acceptance.
  • Spinnerette gives us Minerva, a Stripperiffic anthropomorphic Cerberus whose three heads offer something for everyone into anthros, whether they like their girls sweet, spicy, or tsundere. There's also Katt o'Nine Tails (though she's much more slender than curvy, and her usual outfit is about as far from stripperiffic as you can get) and Evil Spinnerette, who started out human but used a ritual to turn herself into a drider.
  • The Creo in Terinu start out as petite and cute when they're young, but upon reaching adulthood they gain the same bulky musculature as a male. Ferin does and bucks, on the other hand, retain disturbingly small and cute their entire lives, even as they sported spiky horns and tails.
  • Anak Zahard from Tower of God is a cute specimen from the Lizard Folk.
  • Whats Shakin has a few, most notably an undead lady Ell and an orc girl Pai.
  • White Dark Life has a plethora of these, notably Artemis and Entegra. The timeskip later introduces Damien and Inu, a pair of Cute Monster Boys.
  • Xan from Winters In Lavelle is a male example of this. Half-deer, part of a species infamous for hating humans and being rather violent, but damn, if he isn't adorable. And despite his usually less than kind demeanour, his occasional sweet moments (almost always with Rio) only serve to emphasise that.
  • The Wotch has Ti'el, a cute green-haired alien with tentacle hands, and Myrrh, Lord Sykos' half-liquid maid. Due to the Shapeshifting that goes on, many characters have been a Cute Monster Girl at least once or twice.
  • Aracia Paukoobraznyy from Zoo Academy is a spider Bifera (part human part animal) and she's very cute despite other characters thinking she's a little scary.

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  • The Lampyrians from Beyond the Impossible. Blue skin, no nose and large bat-like wings. They are exclusively female, live only for two years and are universally considered incredibly attractive.
  • Felarya is based on this trope. Almost all major characters are Cute Monster Girls — sweet, innocent, and with an appetite for gulping down humans whole and alive. Felaryan Cute Monster Girls range from nagas (giant snake-human hybrids) to driders (giant spider-human hybrids), mermaids, slug girls, and adorable carnivorous fairies. Who, naturally, are often really, really big and all trying to eat you. Giant males are presumed to exist, but are rarely seen. Some species are One Gender Races.
  • Mortasheen has Mothstrous, a human-moth hybrid who looks quite cute compared to the other human-insect hybrids called Arthropoids, who are grotesque and Brundlefly-ish in look. Given that Mortasheen's standards of beauty are... different, it's not surprising to learn they consider Mothstrous one of the most hideous and grotesque of all Arthropoids. For comparison's sake, this is one of the Arthropoids they consider "beautiful".
  • SCP Foundation: While there's no images of her on the website, SCP-811 gives off the feel of this trope due to her simplistic third-person manner of speech and her child-like cheerfulness when she learns new things. It probably also helps that she used to be a human being.
  • Teto Kasane the UTAUloid is a chimera with the appearance of a human girl with bat wings, and is often depicted with Cute Little Fangs depending on the artist. Depictions showing her wings are exceedingly rare, making this somewhat of an Informed Attribute.
  • The waiter-zombie users play as in the iTunes app Zombies à La Mode is a cross between a rare cute monster guy and Ugly Cute.
  • Whateley Universe: Because of the various ways the Exemplar trait can manifest, and the various Body Horror side effects of mutant powers, there are several inhuman-looking students on campus, some of whom are still reasonably attractive nonetheless. Notable instances include Kaiju, Demona, Diamondback, and Adore. One could argue that the Drow Swarm would count as well, though calling them 'monsters' in front of Jobe Wilkinsnote  would probably lead to you getting turned into a Drider or worse.

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  • Adventure Time has Princess Bubblegum (a candy person made of gum), Flame Princess (a fire elemental), and Marceline (a shapeshifting vampirised half-demon Half-Human Hybrid). Flame Princess and Princess Bubblegum are the most extreme examples, as the other (mostly male) fire elementals and Candy People look much less humanoid than they do. However, other female characters and creatures are varying flavours of weird; Lumpy Space Princess, for example, is basically a sapient cloud. In the Gender Flip episodes Ice Queen is very much less repulsive than the Ice King, but most likely this is due to her being Ice King's self insert. Due to the fact that the cast has Loads and Loads of Characters. there are a few more. However, they're still outnumbered by the weird ones.
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Wasp becomes one when she's mutated by Gamma Radiation.
  • Attea from Ben 10: Omniverse. In her first appearance back in Alien Force she was an adorable looking (if bratty and insane) frog girl. Then she popped back up in Omniverse looking like this.
  • Teryx on Dinosaucers is an evolved Archaeopteryx and beautiful in her own way, so much that several members of her species (even the Big Bad of the show) are attracted to her. In one episode it is revealed that she was an actress in a soap opera on her home planet before joining the hero team, and had hordes of admirers.
  • Rayla from The Dragon Prince qualifies for it. She is an elf and she has white hair and horns in addition to her pointed ears. Rayla also has a human skin colour, which most elves do not have. All elf girls should play this trope, but so far Rayla is the only one shown.
  • Duck Dodgers:
    • It seems that while male Martians are short and cartoony the females, particularly Queen Tyr'ahnee are, well, this. Then again, the male Martian General Z9 is tall and well-built, so it's possible that Marvin is just a midget among his people.
    • One episode had the hero crash-land onto a planet made up of attractive bug-like women... until the sun goes down.
  • Leela from Futurama, a beautiful one-eyed woman descended from a race inflicted with all kinds of Body Horror, is a particularly justified example: her parents and people are formerly human, subterranean mutants and the fact that she happened to be born looking almost human is why they were able to pass her off as a Human Alien and send her to the surface world for a better life than they could give her. Averted with plenty of underground female mutants though. Such deformities include slimy green skin, vertical mouths, extra arms and tentacles.
  • All of the female Gargoyles shown in the original TV series are sexy winged humanoids, except for Una, who resembles an anthropomorphic unicorn and is thus still "cute", while male gargoyles have many other types. However, the comic continuation eventually introduced Constance (Coco), a heavy-set female who resembles a wild sow, and Brooklyn's mate at the end of his Timedance, Katana, has a face that includes a beautiful beak. In "The Mirror", when Puck turned Elisa into a gargoyle, Elisa qualified for this — though Goliath considered her more beautiful as a human.
  • Generator Rex has Breach, a pale, four-armed (with the top set of arms being abnormally huge) schoolgirl. A later episode introduced Cricket, a girl who's still pretty cute despite being green and having spines on her arms. Later episodes reduce the amount of spines, make her figure fuller, and give her a cuter face.
  • Gravedale High is about a high school of monsters, so some of the monsters are cute teenage girls including Durze (a Gorgon), Blanche (a Zombie) and Cleo (a Mummy).
  • The Grim Adventuresof Billyand Mandy has two male examples:
  • Gumby is guilty of this one. Gumby has roughly the same slab-shaped body as his father, but his mother has a round head with blonde hair on a body that has breasts. And she wears clothes. She's not cute by the standards of most entries on this page, but she's far more human-shaped than the rest of her family.
  • Saffi from Jimmy Two-Shoes, with one eye, orange skin, and Hartman Hips, and Heloise may count, given her Ambiguously Human status. A few background characters qualify as well.
  • Plenty of the girls from Lloyd in Space. Alpha Bitch Brittany has blue skin and six arms but is still pretty cute. Dandere Violet simply has yellow skin and pink hair. Cindy may have two heads but one of them is very pretty and her body is also quite nice. Lloyd's mother Nora pretty much qualifies for Green-Skinned Space Babe. And one episode has Eddie (the Token Human) falling for a girl who is half-Zebra at the end. Averted with other girls such as Genevieve, Megan, Grace, Charmaine and Mrs Bolts (who is a robot) who have much more alien appearances.
  • Martin Mystery has Diana becoming a half-lizard girl in the second part of the third season finale. The eponymous character even jokingly compliments that she's only a mini-mutant because her eyes changed and she has a tail.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has difficulty turning out anything that isn't cute due to it's art style:
    • Queen Chrysalis, being a fanged insect-like "pony" with holes in her legs was intended to look gross according to Word of God, but could easily pass for a gothic supermodel by pony standards.
    • Flutterbat, a feral fanged "werebat" form of Fluttershy that hisses and flies around on big leathery wings.
    • The Sphinx. Half pony, half cat. How could that ever not be cute?
    • And of course are the monstrous forms of Sunset Shimmer, Twilight Sparkle, Gloriosa Daisy, and Juniper Montage from the Equestria Girls series, with Juniper's form being Hollywood Homely at absolute rock-bottom worst.
  • Sabrina: The Animated Series:
    • The group get sucked into Harvey's comic book world and Sabrina becomes Calamari Queen, who is half girl, half squid and pretty darn cute. She also appears to have been aged a few years judging by her chest area.
    • Grimadonna the vampire superstar from the Netherworld. A sexy humanoid woman just with purple hair, pointy ears, blue skin and fangs.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Lena Dupree from Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island is an... interesting variation. She's certainly cute, and she's certainly a monster, but her monster form itself? NOT. CUTE. They transform twice. The first form is just their normal human forms only with cat ears, teeth, eyes, claws and some fur. Then they transform into horrific monsters. The female zombies from the film are decidedly not cute as well.
    • Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders has the cute native girl Shaggy had the hots for(!) -and who seemed to share his feelings(!!)- who was a real (benevolent) alien; she looked somewhat like a metallic-skinned Grey alien, but with an attractive human bodyshape and expressive facial features.
    • The girls from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School. They're all the daughters of famous monsters, Sibella for example is Dracula's daughter.
  • In Scream Street Cleo the mummy fits this trope, as do "Cute Monster Boys" Resus the vampire (with his Cute Little Fangs) and Luke the werewolf (though not so much when he's in his full wolf form!)
  • Die Sendung Mit Der Maus has a monster kid writing his mommy a Mother's Day poem. Mommy surely isn't sexually-attractive-cute (still, you can see her teats! Gasp!) but you can safely say she is heartwarming-grotesque-cute.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • Star looks like a fourteen year old girl with heart tattoos on her cheeks. She transformed temporarily into a monsterous butterfly-like form during mewberty, yet still looked adorable despite being terrifying.
    • Hekapoo. She looks like a pale young girl with horns and maybe fur.
    • Tom Lucitor is a male example, an attractive boy with horns, sharp teeth, three eyes and a tail (And Star who is his girlfriend had no idea of that last detail)
    • Meteora Butterfly transforms into a beautiful semi-monster girl of 16 years in the episode Gone Baby Gone.
  • Superman: The Animated Series depicts Mr Mxyzptlk as a short, bald, almost baby-like figure with a distinct slouch whereas his female "friend" (as he spends most of his time ignoring her, it's hard to say what their relationship is exactly), Ms Gsptlsnz is a normal-sized, or even tall, very curvy redhead with a penchant for 1950s-style clothes. Given that the residents of the 5th dimension can choose whatever appearance they want, this is almost certainly deliberate.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Kitten in the episode "Date with Destiny" looks like a cute, normal human girl. Her father, Killer Moth, appears to be some kind of moth man and her boyfriend, Fang, is a guy with a Giant Spider for a head (not a spider head, a spider). It turns out that Killer Moth is actually a regular guy in a costume, but despite the metallic voice and non-moving mouth you might not realize that just by watching the episode.
    • Among the main characters there's Dark Magical Girl Raven, the daughter of an Eldritch Abomination Physical God and a human (well, Azarathian anyway) woman. Most of the time, she looks like a cute human girl, save for her pale skin and purple eyes and hair (and in their animesque world, it's hard to say just how unusual even some of those traits are). The angrier she gets, though, the more her father's monstrous traits start showing: when she has four glowing red eyes, an elongated body, and is spewing Lovecraftian amounts of darkness tendrils from her cloak, it's time to start running. Fast!
      Dr. Light: It was so... so... dark... Make it stop... Make it stop...
    • Beast Boy covers Cute Monster Boy, with his green skin, pointed ears, and Cute Little Fangs.
    • In spite of Starfire's obvious beauty, Ms. Alien Eye-Candy is still a superstrong alien monster with orange skin who shoots lasers. A really beautiful alien monster, but alien monster nonetheless. This is actually brought up whenever she decides to eat (her race eat giant insects and squids and have teeth filed down to points) or hug someone (accompanied by breaking-bone sounds).
  • Anytime one of the main characters of Totally Spies! is mutated into a half-human, this is the guaranteed outcome. Even as a half-cockroach Alex still manages to be quite cute.

Alternative Title(s): Cute Monster Guy, Cute Monster Boy, Cute Monster Character, Monster Girl

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