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Non-human characters in fiction are not often seen as attractive to human characters in-universe outside of an Interspecies Romance. Hot in Human Form is what happens when a non-human character either voluntarily or involuntarily takes on a human form that is viewed as very attractive in-universe by the human characters.

If the transformation is only temporary, it allows for a high-profile Cameo.

Related Tropes: A sort of trans-species Beautiful All Along or She Cleans Up Nicely. May overlap with Bishōnen Line. See Baleful Polymorph. Contrast Attractive Bent Species for when this happens to a human transformed into a non-human. This would also be a Sub-Trope of Humanity Ensues. Overlaps with A Form You Are Comfortable With and Shapeshifting Seducer.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bleach:
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund: Mina Tepes normally wears the form of a preteen girl. Her true form, which she initially only uses in battle, is a tall, naked, full-figured woman with waist-length blonde hair. After seeing it for the first time, Yuki later tells Mina that movie stars would be jealous of her true form. Mina intentionally keeps this form secret to keep the three vampire clan lords from forcing her to marry one of them (they've been waiting a century for the Undead Child to become pubescent so she can birth them pureblooded heirs).
  • Dragon Half: Mink's father was a knight sent to kill a dragon. Instead he ended up falling for her when he saw her human form and married her.
  • The Elder Sister-like One: Chiyo and Haru are both Lovecraftian Eldritch Abominations, with Chiyo specifically being Shub-Niggurath and Haru being something akin to a Hound of Tindalos. Both of them can take on the forms of human women, with Chiyo becoming stunningly beautiful and voluptuous with long, dark hair and Haru becoming an attractive but more petite-figured blonde. Chiyo has made a pact with Yuu in which she takes on the role of his big sister, but it's clear that she is enamored with him to some degree, and he finds her breathtakingly beautiful and has to struggle at times to keep seeing her as just his "big sis". Haru, in the meantime, seems to have a similar connection to Yuu's uncle Ryou, having taken the form of his deceased sister.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: All of the major dragons seen are Cute Monster Girls (or a Captain Ersatz of Sebastian in Fafnir's case) in their human forms. It's noted during the Hot Springs Episode that this is not a racial trait, but rather a result of the transformation spell translating standards of beauty across species lines (i.e. a dragon that is attractive by dragon standards will become a human that is attractive by human standards).
  • Pokémon Heroes: Latias is initially disguised as a human girl. While the target demographic means she's more of a cutie than a hottie, Ash certainly seems to like her.
  • Soul Eater: Blair is a magical cat who can transform into a voluptuous woman. Her human form has been acknowledged as attractive in-universe.
  • Yes! Pretty Cure 5: The characters Coco and Nuts are two small and cute plushie-like fairies. To blend in with the human world, they turn into two young, handsome men, attracting the attention of many girls, including Nozomi and Komachi, two of the Precures.

    Comic Books 

    Fairy Tales 
  • The Frog Prince: The story revolves around a princess who shares her home and bed with a frog in return for helping her retrieve her golden ball. This breaks the curse on the frog and reverts him back to his human form, which the princess immediately falls for. They get married afterwards.
  • There is a South American fairy tale about a piranha that turns into a human woman and becomes So Beautiful, It's a Curse. Luckily for her, her teeth remain the same, so any guy who wants a Forceful Kiss will be told off sharply.

    Fan Works 
  • A short story based on Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar. A Herald and his Companion (an angel in the form of an idealized flawlessly perfect horse, a mare in this instance) meet up with a well-meaning but somewhat senile wizard, who proceeds to "restore" the Companion to its "true form": an angelically, superhumanly beautiful woman. This complicates not only their personal relationship but a delicate diplomatic mission as well.
  • Kyril Sutherland from The Night Unfurls. Tall, Dark, and Handsome in human form. His true form, on the other hand...
  • "Super Crown" by ayyk92: Bowser uses the Super Crown to transform himself into a human female with a remarkable resemblance to Princess Peach, but still retaining some of his distinctive features, like horns and a spiky shell. In the final panel, Mario is apparently dating the transformed Bowser, much to Peach and Luigi's confusion.

    Films — Animation 
  • Beowulf: While we never get a clear look at Grendel's mother in her true form, she appears to be a monstrous golden serpent with limbs. In human form, she appears as a nubile young woman wearing only a constantly-shifting gold liquid who is able to seduce both Beowulf and Hrothgar.
  • The Last Unicorn: The unicorn takes on human form due to an Emergency Transformation. The result? Lady Amalthea, who Prince Lir falls desperately in love with.
  • Shrek 2: Shrek takes a magic potion that transforms him into a human. The maids who revive him after he passes out find him very attractive (as pictured above), and are disappointed to learn that he already has a wife.
  • The Swan Princess: Jean-Bob is a frog who thinks he fits the trope. When he finally gets Odette to kiss him, he believes he has transformed into a dashing prince. As some lady freaks out and faints at the sight of a frog in the ballroom, he notes to himself how women "fall for him".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Galaxy Quest: The film features a group of octopus/squid-like aliens who can disguise themselves as humans. Fred Kwan, one of the male human characters, is madly attracted to Laliari, one of the female aliens. He is fine with her true form as well, as he isn't turned off when she seems to revert to her true form while they're making out.When Fred returns home with the rest of the crew, Laliari goes with him and becomes a member of the cast for the Galaxy Quest revival as her disguised form under the name JaneDoe.
  • Halloweentown High: Dylan has an attraction to a girl from Halloweentown. When he sees her real form is a furry pink troll, he's initially repulsed, making it clear that he was way more attracted to her human disguise. This is also inverted, as she admits to finding humans ugly and claims that in her world, her normal form is considered very attractive.

  • Animorphs: A Running Gag in the series is that everyone finds Ax's human form attractive.
  • Discworld: Nanny Ogg's cat Greebo is normally mangy and ugly looking. When transformed into a human in Witches Abroad and Maskerade, he is described as being very attractive to anyone who doesn't know who he is. Even Granny Weatherwax goes a little pink when she sees him as a human for the first time.
  • The Dresden Files: In Fool Moon, Tera West is described as being a very attractive werewolf woman. She's actually a wolf who turns human, not the other way around.
  • The Last Unicorn: The eponymous creature is unintentionally turned into a young human woman in order to hide her from the wicked King Haggard. As "Lady Amalthea," she is unspeakably beautiful, with a willowy figure, long platinum-blonde hair, and huge dark eyes. Everyone who sees her is captivated.
  • The Year of Rogue Dragons: Karasendrieth the song dragon is indeed beautiful when she shapeshifts to human form. In book two, she starts a relationship with the human Dorn.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel: When Connor sees Illyria in human form, he comments that she is hot.
    Angel: They were so supposed to fix that.
  • Bewitched: "A Bunny for Tabitha" has Uncle Arthur accidentally transform a rabbit into a beautiful woman whom Darren's client falls for.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Played with in regards to Trakeena. She is already human-looking, but when she disguises herself as a regular human woman in the episode "Stolen Beauty", she's so gorgeous that everyone is struck dumb just looking at her, including the male Rangers. A later episode has Leo and Damon admit that they find Trakeena attractive even in her regular form.
    • Power Rangers Time Force: In "Lovestruck Rangers", the mutant criminal Contemptra takes on the form of a beautiful girl named Angelique to place the male Rangers under a love spell. After her defeat, Wes openly admits that she was a "babe" in human form.
    • Power Rangers Mystic Force: When Necrolai sacrifices her magic to resurrect Leanbow and Daggeron, she changes from a bat-like creature to a human woman. Both Xander and Vida agree that she is much hotter in this form.

    Myths & Religion 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: All dragons can shapeshift into humanoid forms and back at will, retaining their original mental and social stats. Said stats include Charisma, which is a measure of both forcefulness of personality and personal attractiveness in D&D, and particularly for the so-called "metallic dragons" (Gold Dragons chief among them), this stat reaches truly superhuman values, making their humanoid forms incredibly appealing to mere mortals.

    Video Games 
  • Persona:
  • Quest for Glory III: The Simbani tribe are on the edge of war with a clan of Skinchangers called the Leopardmen who spend most of their time in the shape of leopards. When one of the Leopardmen is caught snooping around the Simbani village, it looks like an ordinary leopard, albeit one that can stand on two legs if it wants to... until The Hero hits it with a dispel potion, bringing it back to human form, which is a very attractive woman named Johari who soon has half the tribe lusting after her, including the chief's son.
  • Sengoku Ace: One of the new characters in Sengoku Blade is the Samurai Robot Buddy called "Hagane" (or "Katana"), who has the personal mission of finding its human body from the Big Bad. When it finally recovers their endings (solo or team), it happens to be a woman's body, which get the attention of all men of the group... and also Junis.
  • World of Warcraft: Dragons are able to assume a humanoid form at will, and they are often very attractive in these forms. Examples include Alexstrasza, Nozdormu, Onyxia, and (as of BFA) Wrathion.

    Web Animation 
  • Helluva Boss: This is a plot point during Spring Broken. In order to win a bet with Verosika that the I.M.P. can kill more people than she and her succubi have sex with, they have Loona, a hellhound, use her human disguise to seduce targets and lure them away to be assassinated. The trouble is, the succubi also have incredibly attractive human forms and are easily able to seduce numerous humans.

  • El Goonish Shive: At the end of the Painted Black arc, one of Grace's "brothers", who was otherwise only seen in his were-guinea-pig form, switches back to human, and is revealed to be surprisingly handsome. Ellen and an agent don't even pretend they're not Eating the Eye Candy.

    Western Animation 


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