Created By: Sol9000 on August 28, 2011 Last Edited By: Sol9000 on October 17, 2011
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Adorable Abomination

ohmygosh that so cu... te? O_O AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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Let's face it. We all love Cute things. Some like Cute for Nostalgia. Some like cute for... Perverted reasons. There are even people who think ugly things are cute! But sometimes Cute overlaps with Terror. Bonus Points if it's something from an animated work. Can overlap with Killer Rabbit, but Your Milage May Vary.

Compare with Creepy Sexy and Grotesque Cute. Not to be confused with Cute Is Evil, but can overlap.

Was originally named Cute, But Scary.

Examples:

  • This trope was made because of the Stitchpunks from 9, and for good reason. In fact, this YKTTW used to be named The Stitchpunk Effect.

  • It may be tempting, but besides Plushes, some of the WALL-E items are kinda creepy, but Your Milage May Vary.

  • This is what the people in charge of Heloise's personallity in Jimmy Two-Shoes seem to want to protraied as. It doesn't work

  • Higurashi. Practically everyone in it is cute, but sooner or later they all end up killing one another.

  • Elfen Lied. There was a scene where a little girl was in a house, and two firefighters came to get her, but she kills them both on the spot.

  • Toothless from the How to Train Your Dragon movie can switch from Cute to Fierce by changing his eyes.

  • Kamineko from Azumanga Daioh. Sure, he looks cute, but he has a grin that resembles a bear trap and a bite to match. At Times they'll even play what sounds like the theme from Jaws when he appears!

  • Not even Yu-Gi-Oh! is safe. Behold (Cue Drum Roll)... Kureboh!

  • One word: Bears. Actually, Sharks and Lions might count too. Your Milage May Vary

  • The Cybermat from Doctor Who. It's a little silver thing that scoots around the floor. And then you see the razor-sharp teeth.
Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • August 28, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    While I've seen {{9}}, the current title wasn't at all indicative of what this concept is about. We don't do trope namers any more because they're often non-descriptive or misleading, so this Needs A Better Name.

    For an example, doesn't the songwriter Voltaire use imagery like this in his videos? Or am I thinking of someone else...?
  • August 28, 2011
    countmall
    "Tim Burton Aesthetic" because of Jack in Nightmare before Christmas, the Bride in Corpse Bride, Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (Word Of God says he's literally toxic), etc

  • August 28, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    The Witch Charlotte, and, on a similar vein, Kyube. Both appear somewhat cute, and this Troper actually harbors mixed feels about acquiring a plushie of either considering the horrible things both are responsible for. Charlotte, for the Mood Whiplash tear-jerking beheading that would set the course of the anime to come (hint, It Got Worse), and Kyube for his role in setting every horrible event in motion with the intent of sending the characters over the Despair Event Horizon.

    Maybe Cuteness Dissonance or, Creepy Plushy, or Adorable Evil as new title candidates.
  • August 29, 2011
    MasterHand
    ^ That's Cute Is Evil.
  • August 29, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Thought it sounded familiar. So is this Cute Is Evil, but limited to sub-sub devision of Punk Punk?
  • August 29, 2011
    MasterHand
    I think it's just "cute but creepy". Pretty much every other example proposed was of something good.
  • August 29, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Cute But Creepy should be the name then. The current one is leading me all over the place.
  • August 29, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Remove the PMMM example. As Master Hand pointed out, a very similar entry has been entered under Cute Is Evil. And, it's a massive spoiler.

    In the future, if you want to copy-paste a comment into an example, click the pencil as if you were editing the post first. That way you'll preserve Potholes, spoiler tags, italicization, boldface, etc.

    Also, the laconic "Adorable, but Terrifying" under the new title is just a thesaurus-ed version of the title.
  • August 29, 2011
    Damr1990
    Compare/Contrast Yandere
  • August 29, 2011
    Ekuran
    Compare Creepy Sexy.
  • August 29, 2011
    azul120
    Reminds me of Killer Rabbit.
  • August 30, 2011
    Sol9000
    This is my second YKTTW to not get Discarded. Thanks, everyone!
  • August 31, 2011
    Higurashiblood98
    [[Anime/Manga]] -Higurashi. Practically everyone in it is cute, but sooner or later they all end up killing one another.

    -Elfen Lied. The best example of this is Mariko. A female scientist goes and finds her. She tells her that she is her mother, and Mariko smiles. Then she says, "No, you're not." Next thing you know, the hapless scientist's guts explode from the inside.

    There was also another scene where a little girl was in a house, and two firefighters came to get her, but she kills them both on the spot.

  • August 31, 2011
    Sol9000
    Bumpity Bumpity BUMP!
  • August 31, 2011
    fawn
  • August 31, 2011
    tryer
    Compare Grotesque Cute.
  • September 1, 2011
    Sol9000
    Bump?
  • September 1, 2011
    Sol9000
    Yes, Bump!
  • September 1, 2011
    Falco
    There's a TRS thread on Yangire with talk of splitting a trope into Cute But Psycho or similar that might have implications here.
  • September 1, 2011
    CommanderPanda
  • September 3, 2011
    acrobox
    Real Life example. Bears
  • September 4, 2011
    MiinU

    Anime

  • September 7, 2011
    Sol9000
    Bump
  • September 21, 2011
    Oreochan
    If you want a index there's Rule Of Cute and Rule Of Scary.
  • September 21, 2011
    omnitarian0
    Obliquely related trivia and an example: The Japanese words for cute (kawaii) and scary (kawai) are very similar to each other.

    'Cute and scary' has been used to describe the works of Takashi Murakami.
  • September 22, 2011
    TheChainMan
    ^Scary is "kowai". "Kawai" is a last name.
  • September 27, 2011
    Sol9000
    Bump
  • September 29, 2011
    surgoshan
    Adorable Abomination

  • October 1, 2011
    Sol9000
    Just a quick heads up: I will NOT be putting in examples from works of adult animation (Not Teen/Tween animation which still count as subversions of the Animation Age Ghetto), such as South Park and Family Guy. Yes, folks, i am a Moral Guardian (The Reveal)
  • October 1, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    The Cybermat from Doctor Who. It's a little silver thing that scoots around the floor. And then you see the razor-sharp teeth.
  • October 2, 2011
    Octagon8
    Compare Adorable Evil Minions, though they're in most cases just ordinary mooks.
  • October 4, 2011
    Sol9000
    ^ That can be compared to Cute Is Evil. ^
  • October 6, 2011
    Sol9000
    As for the Adoreable Abomination... Love it. I'm switching 'em out
  • October 7, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    Only one "e" in "Adorable"
  • October 7, 2011
    JonnyB
    In an episode of Family Guy, the Griffin family survives the apocalypse, but Stewie turns into a tentacled monster. Cute, until there are thousands of him...
  • October 7, 2011
    Sol9000
    Yo, Jonny B! Plz look at my comment I made on October 1st
  • October 8, 2011
    Sol9000
    ARGH! BUMPITY BUMPITY BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMP--!!!!!!

    • Cue Train colision*
  • October 11, 2011
    surgoshan
    If you think this is tropable and no one disagrees and you think you have enough examples, go ahead and trope.
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