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The BigBad has arrived, and he has with him, his teeming army of...tiny cuddly wuddly {{Mooks}} who nonetheless do his bidding.

Instead of using EliteMooks or [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], the BigBad instead employs an army of adorable, mostly-harmless creatures who are only a threat via full on ZergRush, which is OK, since he does have a rather large army of them.

A HandWave is usually given, such as these adorable minions are simply practical due to being easy to produce (if they are artificial beings), work for practically nothing, or are enslaved.

Expect them to be fairly incompetent, and HilarityEnsues whenever they are left on their own. Despite knowing they're hardly dependable, expect their employer to moan at least once about how he's "SurroundedByIdiots". When they ''do'' prove to be quite dangerous after a fashion, this trope shifts to KillerRabbit.

Frequently overlaps with MascotMook.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Standard operating procedure of ALL villains in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', usually of cute girls:
** Evangeline has cute (murderous) puppets, cute robots, and, in her arc, cute girls.
** The villain in the Kyoto arc used cute monkeys and such, as well as cute kids: Tsukuyomi and Kotaro. [[spoiler: Fate is cute, but he's not exactly a kid]]
** Count Willem had three cute slime girls.
** Fate, as Negi's ShadowArchetype, has his own BattleHarem of, you guessed it, cute girls. [[spoiler: Which he took in and raised after the war destroyed their homelands.]]
* In ''MAnga/KeroroGunsou'', The Keron galactic invasion (despite involving battleships, giant robots, and weapons out the wazoo) is more of an AffablyEvil affair, but for the purposes of this trope, all Keronian soldiers count.
* This is the hat of ''SDGundamForce''. Every faction has its own half-pint soldiers, even smaller than the already SD characters. The Dark Axis has Zako Soldiers, the evil knights of Lacroa have Pawn Leos, and Kibaomaru's army has Zako Busshi.
* Ana and Yuna in ''MurderPrincess''.
* The Ninja Crows from ''SamuraiPizzaCats''.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Team Rocket's mons could be considered this, but in this 'verse, most mons are adorable.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has the Cell Jrs.
* Baikinman from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' has Kabirunrun, little insect-esque blobs that spread mold wherever they go. Since most of the superheroes have heads made out of bread, they can pose a threat to them. However, they have a tendency to all jump out in one single grouped attack, meaning that they can be dodged as one projectile.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Teeny Meks in the [[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000AD]] story, ''Robo Hunter''.
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[[folder:FanFiction]]

* FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi: Features both the [[TheDitz goblins]] and the [[MascotMook Imps]]. Both provide comic relief and are, usually, very mischevious. Occasionaly, then can, in fact, act with cruelty, but it seems to stem mostly from the way the are themselves treated. Later on, Ami gets [[spoiler: new, youma-empowered imps (basically baby youma) they come with overalls and tiny hard-hats...]]

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[[folder:Film]]
* Gru's adorable minion thingies from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe''. WordOfGod is that they're genetically engineered corn kernels.
* In the Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/BatmanReturns'', the Penguin has an army of circus performers as his main gang, but also has an army of...[[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]].
* Instead of a pool of sharks with FrickinLaserBeams on their heads like he wanted, [[AustinPowers Dr. Evil]] ends up with a pool full of ill-tempered mutated seabass, because that's all his BeleagueredAssistant could get.
* The battle droids in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels. ''Roger roger!''
** Now with an even more [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=druJS_oTZW8 adorable voice!]]
* The [=BrainBots=] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. It helps that they're floating robot puppies. With lasers.
* The Goblins of the ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' even if their [[UglyCute adorableness]] is a question of taste.
* Little Doris in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons''. As quote Bowler Hat Guy: ""It's so ''cute''!" ... For a spider-like robotic hat that can take control of animals' minds, that is.
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[[folder:Korean Animation]]
* In the animated Korean film ''Animation/AachiAndSsipak'', the Diaper Gang are a group of little blue mutants that speak in high-pitched voices, ride in cute vehicles, and [[BloodyHilarious look funny when they die in violent ways]]. Despite this, they can be pretty dangerous at times.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/AFireUponTheDeep'' has a race of humanoid 'butterflies' with soft fur, colorful wings, huge anime eyes... who lead the charge in a pogrom against a human world, wiping out 25 billion people. One character describes them as "Butterflies in jackboots".
* ''{{Redwall}}'''s villains are all small fuzzy animals. They're not meant to be cute, but a lot of the fans find the [[ThePigpen scruffiness]], [[FunetikAksent pseudo-cockney accents]], and bumbling incompetence of the {{Mook}}s more appealing than otherwise.
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[[folder:Live-Action]]
* The Imps from ''Series/RescueSentaiGogoFive'' (Battling in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'') is probably the least scary {{Mook}} in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchise. In fact in one episode they help three teenage girls that were lost in the forest by returned their map but the poor thing was clawed!
** The Yatotto from ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'' (Swabbies in ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'') may qualify too.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* After she [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]] in the summer of 2005, Wrestling/{{WWE}} Diva Torrie Wilson got herself a little white dog - a Maltese, to be precise - named Chloe to carry around. And after Torrie defeated an opponent, her very own MisterMuffykins would get to sit on the opponent's face.
* During his [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor very brief heel turn]] in 2009, Matt Hardy began to show up ringside on ''Friday Night [=SmackDown!=]'' with a Jack Russell Terrier in his arms. The little dog never actually did anything evil, but its presence was meant to cause Matt's brother Jeff great anguish because it was a reminder that Matt had killed Jeff's own little dog when he burned down Jeff's house purely out of jealousy. (The burning of Jeff's house and the death of his dog actually happened, but Matt's involvement in it was {{Kayfabe}}; the real cause of the fire was faulty wiring.)
* After ''[=SmackDown!=]'' Superstar Alberto Del Rio injured Rey Mysterio and forced him to take time off from wrestling, he mocked Mysterio by bringing a Chihuahua dog wearing a ''luchador'' mask into the ring.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Most of the enemies in ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights''.
* Bowser's army of cute turtles and grumpy mushrooms in ''SuperMarioBros.''
** The Meow-Bots in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', albeit probably due to Francis being an obvious anime (amongst other things) nerd.
** Nearly every evil minion in the series counts. Shy Guys, Boos, Cheep Cheeps, Lakitus, even the Piranha Plants, Dry Bones, and Birdo...the only minions that aren't cute are the Sun, the Giant Cheep Cheeps, Chain Chomps, and Unagi the giant eel.
* Similarly, King Dedede's army of Waddle Dees in ''{{Kirby}}'', who are easily bribed with food.
* The Minions in the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' series of games easily fall into the role of comedic relief and UglyCute.
* The Grunts from the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series are easily both this and UglyCute. It almost makes you feel bad for mowing them down while they're squeaking, "The Demon!!!" in a terrified voice.
* Prinnies in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series.
** Also, the Catsabers from Disgaea 3, who take advantage of their cuteness for all its worth.
* The choco-cats in the Marl Kingdom series, who also make an appearance in ''LaPucelleTactics'' and ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|Cursed Memories}}''. Because of the artstyle, any minion in the series is adorable. Yes, even the ''[[ComicBook/{{Spawn}} Hellspawn]]''.
* The Metalls from the original ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series, and the Servbots from the ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' series (and ''[[ADayInTheLimelight The Misadventures of Tron Bonne]]'') look like LEGO men, only with big cute eyes.
** They also have their EvilCounterpart in Glyde's Birdbots.
* The ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series has the Pirate/Wandering Gooms and Spear Men in the first games that are like this, as well as the various minor enemies in the third and fourth games, the standard mooks from ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'', and the Bandineros from ''Shake It''.
* The Imps in ''Videogame/DungeonKeeper'' aren't your main fighters, but due to their gold mining and digging skills, they're the most essential unit in the game. There are plenty of ''other'' minions that are far more monstrous.
* The turrets in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''. ''Especially the frankenturrets'': Watching them tremble as you carry them is so adorable that you wish there was a "Pet and Comfort" button.
* Most of the Heartless in ''Videogame/KingdomHearts'' are pretty cute, with bright colours, beady eyes and simplified, cartoony forms. The Shadows are cute, do the least damage, are the most common type of Heartless in the game, are the first type you encounter, and judging from the reports, [[spoiler: probably the original species of Heartless...most of the scarier ones are manufactured.]] The exceptions (e.g. [[http://kingdomhearts.wikia.com/wiki/Darkball Darkball]] and [[http://kingdomhearts.wikia.com/wiki/Invisible Invisible]]) are mostly Purebloods.
** Some of the Unversed also fit. Especially the KillerRabbit species.
** Looking a little similar, the Blotlings from EpicMickey tend to be a type of UglyCute that makes them cooler to tame with paint than melt with thinner.
** KingdomHearts3D introduces the Dream Eaters as the newest take on this. Subverted in that, unlike the previous AlwaysChaoticEvil species, it's possible to recruit your own adorable good minions as well.
* The "colorful penguins" from ''MissionInSnowdriftland.'' They're so cuddly, part of the game's encouragement to donate to its indie producer is so that the penguins can [[PunchClockVillain find better jobs.]]
* Kittens are recurring enemies in the ''EpicBattleFantasy'' series of flash games. In the second game, one of the kittens, No-Legs, pulls a HeelFaceTurn.
* Slimes from ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' are so adorable that they've been the series MascotMook since the late 1980s.
* ''StarCraft'' Zerglings are close to this and UglyCute.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' does this with the kobolds at lower levels, especially now that you encounter them right after the significantly more monstrous sahuagin. [[VerbalTic Yark yark!!!]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Egoboo}}'' has [[{{Pun}} COBOLs]], which are fairly evil and nasty, but look like cute teddy bears, and [[http://zippy-egoboo.sourceforge.net/images/egobestiary/lumpkin.gif lumpkins]] look evil, but in an incredibly goofy manner, and are hilariously clumsy.
* Minions in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series has a few, most notably the Cactrot / Cactuar and Tonberry families of monster.
* Anything evil in a LegoAdaptationGame will be significantly cuter than the original version. The Orcs and Uruk-hai in LEGO Film/LordOfTheRings are a good example; besides the inherent cuteness of them being tiny LEGO figures, they need help from the player just like the good citizens do, and some have really silly requests. That's not in the actual story mode, though; you won't notice how cute the orcs are in Helm's Deep!
* The Servbots from MegamanLegends.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-06-page-22-catch-the-little-devils/ Chou's little spawns]] in ''TheBeastLegion'' are adorable but go BOOM when touched.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a (so far) non-evil example: Agatha Heterodyne's clanks. They're also surprisingly (maybe dangerously) competent.
* The [[http://images.wikia.com/mspaintadventures/images/d/da/Shale_Imp.png Imps]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' tend to be more cute than threatening, and they just seem to get more and more adorable as newer Imps are introduced. [[http://images.wikia.com/mspaintadventures/images/8/86/64.png Look]], [[http://images.wikia.com/mspaintadventures/images/c/c6/Merc_impstance_princess_cat.gif kitties!]]
* Every evil minion in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' could be classed as Adorable. Or at least cute. And the Big bads too. And...well, everything could be classed as Cute, in one way or another.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' {{lampshade}}s this trope [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20040913.html here]] with the Ob'enn, a race of xenophobic, megalomaniacal "koalazoids".
* The denizens from ''SequentialArt''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4210 the Illuminati drones, after Enlightenment.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]], from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is always accompanied on his crimes by a horde of tiny teddy-bear robots. Which are armed with machine guns, and are set to explode on command.
* WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation has signature "imps" that take the place of mooks in whatever game is being reviewed. They're often adorable.
* Starcraft Zerg too UglyCute? Try [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBSmo4JW4mk these guys.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', the Ice King has [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins cute little penguins]] as mooks. Marceline's dad refers to Gunter, the Ice King's personal penguin butler, as the most evil creature he's ever encountered. Marceline's dad is a soul-sucking abomination and gets slapped when he tries to suck Gunter's.
** The episode "Conquest Of Cuteness" has the Cute King and his Legion of Cuties.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Cosmo Krank has the Zoo-Pets, adorable robotic stuffed animals modified for assassination.
* The Grubs of the Evil Emperor Zurg (Evil's analogues to the LGM's of ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'') may fall into this category for some.
* The Urpneys of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' are somewhat schlubby humanoid creatures with reptilian features, and not nearly as cutesy as the heroic [[TastesLikeDiabetes Noops]], but they are rather cartoony and harmless and hard not to sympathise with.
* In the show ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', Yugopotamia is overrun by the giggle-pies - cute bunny-like toys that come out of a cereal box.
** Yugopotamia has BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. Giggle-pies are actually seriously disgusting, if not frightening, to them. They'll still be adorable to the ''audience.'' In the end, though, it turns out they [[TastesLikeFeet taste like manure]], a Yugopotamian delicacy, so they go from horrifying...to delicious.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Dr. Draken once attempted to take over the world with an army of 6-inch tall robots.
** Though, once activated, they were anything but adorable.
** Monkey Fist has adorable trained ''monkey ninjas!''
* The Shadowbolts from episode 2 of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' are often viewed this way, especially in fanart. Okay, they were [[BigBad Nightmare Moon]], but they're just ''so cute''!
** The Changelings from the end of season 2 are also adorable, even in their natural state, and it's clear they only pose a threat in massive numbers.
* In a medival episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Malifishmirtz attempts to create evil minions by using a reanimation spell on the "most hideous substance known to man"...canned meat. And they were...cute little jumping bunnies. [[spoiler: Well, until they got wet]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', when Butters becomes "Professor Chaos", he refers to his pet hamsters as his minions, but they don't really do anything minion-y.
* Tim-Tom and Kevin, the Murderous Moppets/Pupa Twins from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. They may not be harmless, but they're adorable in those little Lord Fauntleroy outfits.
* The goblins working for [[BigBad Nox]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' look like [[Franchise/StarWars Jawas]] with horns and scarves. They sound just as cute.
* Hak Foo's tribe of Shadowkhan in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. Especially when they're eating cookies.
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