Created By: Darkhorse on December 12, 2013 Last Edited By: Darkhorse on January 12, 2014
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Super Cute Super Powers

Give em a big ol face full of pink sparkles!

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Some powers are cool, some are awesome, some are lame, some are strange........and some powers are made of pink faeries and glitter! This is a trope for any power that can be described as very, very, girly. Such as:

  • Summoning cuteness
  • Rainbow Beams
  • Shiny glitter blasts
  • etc

Sometimes the super cute power is parodied in-universe by showing itself to be useless, leading the other characters to exclaim "What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?" However, if the cutesy power turns out to be surprisingly Badass, then it falls under Heart Is an Awesome Power.

See also: Heart Beatdown, All Your Colors Combined and Tastes Like Diabetes.

(This should probably be in Sugar Wiki but I don't know how to do that.)


Girly Examples:

Anime & Manga Sunshine Glitter Attack! NOTE: Just about any Magical Girl counts, so for those just list examples of powers so girly that sugar-coated rainbows come poring out of your ears.
  • Bleach Orihime Inoue's attacks with fairies made from her hairpins. Granted, her offensive fairy is a bit of a badass for a fairy and her potential abilities are among the greatest in the work, but on paper it's an exceedingly feminine ability.
  • Sailor Moon: One Magical Girl of particular note is the pink haired Sailor Chibi Moon's "Pink Sugar Heart Attack" that's every bit as feminine as it sounds.
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Comic-style super colour attack!!!
  • Marvel Comics' Squirrel Girl can summon a flurry of squirrels to Zerg Rush an opponent. Though conceived as a Joke Character, Squirrel Girl has defeated Doctor Doom, Thanos and Deadpool, becoming a Memetic Badass in the process.
    • From X-Men there is "Dazzler:Disco Queen" whose mutant power is effectively to make shiny bright sparkling lights in time to music. In reality, her ability is turning sound into light which has staggering implications, but for the most part it's used for her disco image.
    • Jubilee whose powers have been described as "sparkles" or "fireworks".
  • Dagger of the Cloak & Dagger series can fling "light-knives" at foes, which can pierce armor and act like scalpels to "cut" the wickedness like tumors from her targets. These light-knife attacks appear wrenching and painful on impact, however.
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Mythological strawberry icecream powwwer!
  • Jason and the Argonauts needed to sail past the sirens, a kind of mermaids called naiads that could sing songs so entrancing that sailors would abandon their boats, plunge into the sea and drown. Jason had his crew plug their ears with beeswax to render them deaf, while Jason himself was lashed to the mainmast, able to hear the sirens' song, but unable to pursue it.

Video Game Pink Puffy Puppy Assault!!! [[/folder]]

Webcomic unicorn blast! [[/folder]]

Western Animation Pink Sprinkle Surprise! NOTE: Just about any Magical Girl counts, so for those just list examples of powers so girly that sugar-coated rainbows come poring out of your ears. [[/folder]]
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • December 12, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    It might be that we don't yet have a trope for the stereotypical "cutesy powers" (other than Tastes Like Diabetes for the most extreme of cases) that are often seen in Magical Girl shows, but the tone of the description is really condescending towards its subject. Remember: Tropes Are Not Bad, and they certainly are not "pretty gay".
  • December 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Honestly, I think this is tropeable. The whole "power that can be described as pretty gay" thing has to go, but I think "Offensive attack that is also offensively girly" is tropeable.

    • One Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic has a little girl guarding Fort Knox who has the ability to make puppies appear. Which she uses to deadly effect.
    • Of particular note is the pink haired Sailor Chibi Moon's "Pink Sugar Heart Attack" that's every bit as feminine as it sounds.
    • The Fei-Yen series of Virtuaroids from Virtual On are Humongous Mecha modeled after a Magical Girl with a Chest Blaster that fires a burst shaped like a heart. According to the backstory, the designers wanted a regular beam, but the Sentient Phlebotinum kept turning it back into a heart.
    • Orihime Inoue from Bleach attacks with fairies made from her hairpins. Granted, her offensive fairy is a bit of a badass for a fairy and her potential abilities are among the greatest in the work, but on paper it's an exceedingly feminine ability.
  • December 12, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    How does "any power that can be described as very cute, girly and pink" do for a description?
  • December 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    A little chairs-y. You'd need to explain why someone would have such an attack, what it usually means, etc.
  • December 12, 2013
    Darkhorse
    Eh, whatever works.
  • December 12, 2013
    DracMonster
    Rather than chairs it's more of a missing Super Trope, I think. It communicates that the user is a girl, so this has meaning on its own. (A potentially sexist meaning but a meaning nonetheless.)

    Super Cute Super Powers

    Thats What Girl Powers Are Made Of

    Girl Powers Must Be Girly

  • December 12, 2013
    CrypticMirror
    • From X Men there is "Dazzler:Disco Queen" whose mutant power is to make shiny bright sparkling lights in time to music. She's actually a lot cooler than the concept sounds.
  • December 12, 2013
    Darkhorse
    Actually, it doesn't mean that the user is a girl. This is just about powers that have a certain sort of girlyness to them. I.e., a guy who beats people up by throwing flowers at them would be this.
  • December 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ^^^ I'm not saying this trope is chairs, just that description.
  • December 12, 2013
    xanderiskander
    This might overlap with Heart Beat Down or Care Bear Stare if it's played as cute.
  • December 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • Sonya Blade from the Mortal Kombat has a Kiss Of Death fatality where she blows a kiss at her opponent. Sometimes the kiss takes the form of a floating fireball, but other games has it be a little pink heart that flitters towards the opponent, and once it hits, the enemy explodes bloodily.
  • December 12, 2013
    Koveras
    • Played With in the Lyrical Nanoha series: at the start of the original season, the eponymous protagonist is the Token Mini Moe of her family and her powers manifest themselves in a pink-and-gold staff with a heart-shaped jewel that shoots pink beams. It then, however, turns out that little Nanoha is a stone-cold badass and her pink beams-o-friendship are weapons of mass destruction.
  • December 12, 2013
    acrobox
    this is already covered by Heart Beat Down (for love, hearts and feminine cuteness) and Care Bear Stare (for rainbows, puppies, and all other non gendered cuteness)
  • December 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Not really. Heart Beat Down, maybe, but Care Bear Stare is pretty much unrelated (it's just G Rated Brainwashing).

    What I get from Heart Beatdown is it's about someone's attacks being directly tied to the idea of love, while this is more about attacks being themed around cutesy symbols. I think that's distinct, but they're definitely related.
  • December 12, 2013
    xanderiskander
    This is relevant on the Heart Beat Down page

    "The signature and tell tale sign that this element is at work is when a character makes Heart Symbols show up during their moves, or if they take the place of sparks, stars and explosions during physical impacts"

    I see Heart Beat Down more as love/friendship/Beauty used as an element to attack. But there has to be a reason for the cutesy symbols, and that page seems to explain that.
  • December 12, 2013
    acrobox
    Heart Beat Down is weaponized / the "element" of love. Care Bear Stare, by its description is weaponized / the "element" of happiness. There are a lot of examples that don't fit on that page though just scrolling through.
  • December 12, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    You could also add this to the main paragraph:

    Sometimes the super cute power is parodied in-universe by showing itself to be useless, leading the other characters to exclaim "What Kind Of Lame Power Is Heart Anyway" However, if the cutesy power turns out to be surprisingly Badass, then it falls under Heart Is An Awesome Power.

    And you can link that Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic here.
  • December 12, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Comic Books
    • Marvel Comics' Squirrel Girl can summon a flurry of squirrels to Zerg Rush an opponent. Though conceived as a Joke Character, Squirrel Girl has defeated Doctor Doom, Thanos and Deadpool, becoming a Memetic Badass in the process.
    • Dagger of the Cloak And Dagger series can fling "light-knives" at foes, which can pierce armor and act like scalpels to "cut" the wickedness like tumors from her targets. These light-knife attacks appear wrenching and painful on impact, however.

    Mythology
    • Jason and the Argonauts needed to sail past the sirens, a kind of mermaids called naiads that could sing songs so entrancing that sailors would abandon their boats, plunge into the sea and drown. Jason had his crew plug their ears with beeswax to render them deaf, while Jason himself was lashed to the mainmast, able to hear the sirens' song, but unable to pursue it.
  • December 12, 2013
    DAN004
    Heart Beatdown often just so happens to look cute, but the point of that trope is about weaponized power of heart/love.

    Indeed, this is often a victim of What Kind Of Lame Power Is Heart Anyway

  • December 13, 2013
    Arivne
    Why is Orihime Inoue's name spoilered in the Bleach example?
  • December 13, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Not sure. I didn't spoil it when I originally put the example. I think it's enough of a Late Arrival Spoiler that she gets powers that it's unnecessary.
  • December 13, 2013
    Darkhorse
    It's spoilered because it is something that happens a little later on so I thought people would appreciate not being told outright. I think Heart Beatdown should be a subtrope of this. Not sure if the Jason example really counts.
  • December 13, 2013
    DAN004
    Again, Heart Beatdown just tends to look cute. Otherwise it's not really a subtrope, since its concept is "weaponized power of love".
  • December 13, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    The rainbow beams are often associated with All Your Colors Combined. And they not to look diabetes inducing in Super Sentai/Power Rangers
  • December 13, 2013
    Darkhorse
    Are you saying that that kind of power should be excluded?

    By the way, I think we should expand this to include all powers and magic that looks like this, so if someone flew on a trail of hearts and sparkles, it would be this.
  • December 15, 2013
    TrueShadow1
  • January 6, 2014
    Sligh_Br
    Also from the X-men, Jubilee whose powers have been described as "sparkles" or "fireworks".

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