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[[caption-width-right:224:Lovecraft has never been so adorable.]]

Let's face it. We all love [[RuleOfCute Cute]] things. Some like Cute for [[NostalgiaFilter Nosta]][[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog lgia]]. Some like cute for... [[FreudWasRight Perverted]] reasons. There are even people who think [[UglyCute ugly]] things are [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute cute!]] But sometimes [[RuleOfCute Cute]] overlaps with [[RuleOfScary Terror]]. Can overlap with KillerRabbit.

Compare GrotesqueCute, LovecraftLite.

Compare/Contrast EldritchAbomination.

Not to be confused with CuteIsEvil, but it can overlap.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Practically everyone in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is cute, but they each have their own DarkAndTroubledPast, and even the cutest character can be terrifying when pushed too far. This is even the case with [[spoiler: Oyashiro-sama]].
* ''Manga/ElfenLied''. 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.
* [[CatsAreMean Kamineko]] from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. Sure, he looks cute, but he has a grin that resembles a bear trap and a bite to match. At Times [[{{Leitmotif}} they'll even play what sounds like the theme]] [[Film/{{Jaws}} from Jaws]] when he appears!
* Hazuki from ''[[Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase Moon Phase]]''. A cute little girl right? But when the moon comes out and she goes into Luna mode... bad things happen.
* [[spoiler: Kyubey]] from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Given that he's actually a StarfishAlien with reality-warping powers and BlueAndOrangeMorality, and that at one point he [[spoiler:''[[ResurrectiveImmortality eats his own corpse]]'']], yeah, he qualifies.
** Also Charlotte. Looks like a stuffed doll or children's cartoon character, but her [[GutPunch appearance]] marks a [[AnyoneCanDie turning point]] in the [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids series]].
* NyarkoSan! Yes, that is indeed Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos of [[CthulhuMythos Lovecraftian]] fame! She also happens to be a cute teenage girl!
* ''Anime/{{Wasurenagumo}}'' has a young girl who is actually the CuteMonsterGirl daughter of a giant water-spider {{Yokai}}. [[spoiler: The DownerEnding is that she's just as evil as her mother and she ends up sacrificing her human "friend" to mom as a snack so she can then take said girl's form as her own and, from there, assume her place.]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The [[SeriesMascot FUSB]] in ''Fanfic/{{Brainbent}}'' is an UglyCute plush abomination (it's ''supposed'' to resemble a bee - let's just say it doesn't) that may possess [[RunningGag sinister powers]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* When [[EldritchAbomination Gozer the Gozerian]] takes the form of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in {{Film/Ghostbusters}}, it becomes this trope.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Cybermat from ''Series/DoctorWho''. It's a little silver thing that scoots around the floor. And then you see the razor-sharp teeth.
* Gachnar the Fear Demon from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
-->'''Giles:''' ''*puts open tome on the table*'' I should have translated the text under his picture.
-->'''Buffy:''' What does it say?
-->'''Giles:''' "Actual size."
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{Pokethulhu}}'' and ''{{Mortasheen}}'' display two very different ways to apply this to the {{Mons}} genre. The former is full of cute, adorable creatures that love to eat souls, while the latter is full of frightening, hideous monsters that become friendly and loyal when tamed.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Some species of Heartless, Unversed and Dream Eaters from ''KingdomHearts'' fall into this trope. All are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s; some happen to be adorable.
* {{Kirby}}, at least according to ''KirbyOfTheStars''. Also, Gooey from the games, who is a piece of [[EldritchAbomination Dark Matter]] who broke off, turned good, and became Kirby's friend.
* Desco of ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'', currently serving to illustrate this trope. A man-made EldritchAbomination, she was created because her father is a MadScientist and her "older sister" had ambitions to take over the world at the age of ''4''. Desco herself, besides wanting to make Bis Sis' dream come true, has her own goal of becoming a "Last Boss".
* Ellen from ''VideoGame/PaleBlue'', with LovecraftianSuperpower's to boot.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Becquerel and [=GCAT=] from ''{{Homestuck}}'' are a BigFriendlyDog and a cute mischievous cat, respectively, and are also [[RealityWarper reality bending]] [[PhysicalGod physical gods]] ''[[EyelessFace with no eyes ]]''.
* In Webcomic/CthulhuSlippers Cthulhu himself is a happy, suspender wearing, friendly EldritchAbomination
** Recalled Cthulhu Corp product 'My First Necronomicon' is a happy, bunny eared, pigtailed version of of the Necronomicon. [[http://cthulhuslippers.com/comic/my-first-necronomicon/ It ate all your chips.]]
* The quite {{affabl|yEvil}}e Shadow Child from ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' is an adorable, albeit a bit {{creepy|Child}}, little boy, if you don't count his shadow [[CombatTentacles tendrils]] [[NinjaProp defying the conventions of the medium]] and his MindRape powers... and the fact he is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of a negative emotion.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse example: Josie Gilman's cute little black kittycat. It loves to be hugged, it loves to be fed, it... '''oh my god it's an EldritchAbomination with a huge gaping maw!!!'''
** The cuddly stuffed cabbit Generator made for ''Tennyo''. Especially when the claws and fangs pop out.
* Khoshekh the "cat" from ''PodCast/WelcomeToNightVale''. At first glance, just the adorable half. But at one point, Cecil plays a recording of Khoshekh's meow, which is a terrible screech. Later, he reminds the people who adopted Khoshekh's offspring to look out for their pets' poisonous spine ridges and venomous fangs, and ends the segment by cooing, "Whoís my adorable little kitten with your adorable tendril hub? Itís you! Itís you!"
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Stitchpunks from ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''.
* This is what the people in charge of Heloise's personality in ''JimmyTwoShoes'' seem to want to portrayed as. [[RuleOfFunny It]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny doesn't]] [[ForTheLulz work]]
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', in which the 'abomination' actually is nothing more than an adorable little two-year-old girl, but the monster society is terrified of human children so views her as an abomination ''because'' she's a little two-year-old girl.
* BravestWarriors: Catbug. YES, THE BLUE CAT WITH LADYBUG WINGS. Catbug metamorphasized from a yellow, six-eyed baby insectoid with misplaced organs into a walking talking sentient catbug. With the help of a pulsating cocoon that has a suspiciously clean doorway. Ten years ago. Theoretically, Catbug is related to the Aeon Worm (they're both sentient bugs first found by the CB from the same garden, both involve a cocoon stage that has pulsating bubbles, and both live in the see-through zone and the BW world) but is aligned with the Bravest Warriors.
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