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The Ugly Duckling：醜小鴨; 喻醜小鴨似的人; 醜小鴨似的事物
In folklore, there are a few male Cinderella figures (“The Ugly Duckling”, Harry Potter) and male Sleeping Beauties, but in general the hero, bent on conquests, wants nothing so much as to remain himself once he reaches adulthood, simply growing more powerful and widely recognized. The heroine, on the other hand, lives a life of transformations in a body that passes through inevitable metamorphoses. A teenage girl longs for curves in order to be seen as a fertile maiden. A fertile maiden wants to become a lover or wife. (She may change her partner later on, but not the step she has taken, which has carried her from one level of existence to another.) A wife wants the big belly that carries her future child. A new mother expects her breasts to become fountains of milk. But the crone, past her child-feeding years, becomes flat and barren as a prepubescent girl again.
Well, taking it out of the "female" perception for a second, consider probably the best-known male Cinderella-story variant--Joseph and His Brothers:
The story could've been an international-variant source straight down the line--
Poor good/smart/virtuous Joseph, picked on and eventually backstabbed by his jealous nasty step-brothers, finds himself "orphaned", forced to work as a slave, and even framed and imprisoned...
Gets magical-intervention as a reward for not giving up his good, responsible faith, in the form of a free ticket to the Pharoah's dream-interpretation ball, as a present from his Fairy God-Jehovah, and defeats the competition to get his own private dance with the Pharoah and go from rags to riches...