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UglyCute is what happens when a creature that isn't exactly "attractive" somehow manages to be adorable. Normally, these little guys still have some kind of stereotypical "cute" traits, like oversized eyes or a fat little body.

And then, there's ''these guys.'' They're scary, and meant to be... and they ''still'', somehow, manage to be ''adorable.'' These little guys may sport CuteLittleFangs, be {{Mooks}} for the resident BigBad, or hail from a HalloweenTown-flavored setting.

Compare and contrast UglyCute and KillerRabbit. May overlap with AdorableEvilMinions. See also {{Gonk}}.

!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Ciel from ''BlackButler'' is your typical CreepyChild yet many find him to be cute.
** Undertaker is one of the creepiest characters in the series. He's also one of the most endearing, and he has many fangirls who find him adorable.
* Nefelpitou from ''HunterXHunter'' Adorably catlike, yet we see him play with the dead heads of his victims and turn dead people into puppets. Also the fact that he's well... evil. His design itself could even count as cute in a scary way.
* Kukuru from ''{{Manga/Joshiraku}}'' is this during her more sane moments.
* What fangirls think of [[MadScientist Dr. Stein]] from ''SoulEater''. It's also the main reason his younger self is a OneSceneWonder.
** To say nothing of [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Chrona]].
** And Medusa when in possession of Rachel.
* Either Russia or Belarus from ''{{Hetalia}}'', depending on the fans you're talking to.
* Shino Aburame from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''; like all the Aburame, his body is a hive for mutualistic beetles, but he's one of the good guys and sulks when people forget him. Taken UpToEleven in fan-works.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Nightcrawler from ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', and his animated incarnations. He physically resembles a demon, but he has this fun-loving personality that he's hard not to love.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan fictions that are meant to be horrifying or gory can fall squarely into this territory instead. It's just the effect that, say, a serial killer who happens to be an adorable pastel-colored little pony named Cookie Crumble can have.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''{{Film/Critters}}'', the title critters are little balls of fur with big eyes... and teeth that would make a shark feel insecure.
* [[Creator/TimBurton Tim Burton's]] (and [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Henry Selick's]], for that matter) stop-motion films would certainly count. Case in point: Sparky from ''Film/{{Frankenweenie}}'', a bull-terrier who's been stitched together and brought back to life via electricity after getting killed by a car.
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Fourth Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'' was intended as this. GothicHorror tropes? NightmareFetishist? CheshireCatGrin? CreepyBlueEyes? All yes. GeniusSweetTooth ManChild with ImmortalImmaturity, cheeky little {{Character Tic}}s, [[PerkyGoth an unreserved love of gothic horror stuff]] and InnocentBlueEyes? Also all yes. Creator/TomBaker, when asked to describe his Doctor in one word, said "adorable". Creator/StevenMoffat pointed out that the Fourth Doctor is one of the most scary, difficult-to-handle Doctors of the lot. Creator/TerranceDicks felt that he was the Doctor (out of the first five) most likely to turn towards evil. It isn't mutually exclusive.
*** The Fourth Doctor's love of [[TrademarkFavouriteFood Jelly Babies]] is used to encapsulate this. They're tasty sweets enjoyed by children in Britain, but at the end of the day, he EatsBabies (pointed out by Leela in "The Face of Evil"). The Telos Novella ''Ghost Ship'' even contains a scene where he talks with a NightmareFetishist character about what Jelly Babies are actually made of - solidified with boiled bones, dyed blood red with crushed beetles...
** [[LittleGreenManInACan Daleks]]. Horrifying [[ScaryDogmaticAliens space racists]] and the most evil creatures in the universe, but due to being rather short with stubby 'arms', just anthropomorphic enough in movements and mannerisms to feel endearing, occasionally written as TheGrotesque or even TheWoobie and sometimes even a bit wobbly thanks to SpecialEffectFailure, they can be adorable. MascotMook monsters as they are, TheMerch often plays this up - cuddly toy Daleks, talking Dalek birthday cards ("CE-LE-BRAAATE!"), Dalek {{Sexy Whatever Outfit}}s... The show usually plays them as terrifying, but "The Space Museum" has a Dalek in it that Vicki finds cute (much to the disgust of her companions), and the tea-making "Ironside" in "Victory of the Daleks" is positively adorable.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* Tonberries from the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' franchise. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuUfgSYPoPk See an example of their behavior]]. They're tiny little critters, who don't attack first. Instead, they wait. And wait. And wait for you to attack and give it your best shot, creeping closer until they stab you with their knives. And yet, their small size (usually, though even the big ones are cute), big eyes, and reptilian features rather than being a scary point, is downright adorable.
** The [[SavePoint Save-Moogle]] on the world map of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': while he acts like a normal Moogle usually, if you call and dismiss him over and over again, he starts to get annoyed, then angry, and then (eventually) threateningly states '''"I'm sharpening my knife, kupo..."'''
* Boos of the ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' series. They're roundish little {{Bedsheet Ghost}}s with a mouthful of fangs and beady eyes. They also stick their tongues out like {{Bratty Half Pint}}s, and let out a hilariously high-pitched cackle when they spot you.
* [[CreepyChild The]] [[CryingLittleKid Witch]] from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', who was intended as the scariest zombie of them all, but receives a lot of love and fanart from the base.
* Creepers from ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''. They look like screaming zombie cacti, but they're pretty much the [[MascotMook game's mascot.]] You can even buy [[http://www.jinx.com/p/minecraft_creeper_plush_toy_with_sound.html?catid&s=minecraft Creeper plushies]] that go "SSSSSSSSSSSS" when you squeeze them.
* Flandre Scarlet from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''.
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'': Zombie Mushrooms, Death Teddies, heck, half the undead creatures qualify as do the aliens. Particularly unsettling in the case of the Death Teddies; they're built in a factory that specializes in animated plush toys, and robots seem to be assigned to work on this project. At the lower levels, one can assume that such toys have been discarded due to their beat up appearance, and whatever animated them has warped the toys horribly turning them into undead monsters. [[FridgeHorror Let this sink in for awhile]], then look at how cute these things still are despite having giant ghosts on their back.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has Taokaka (and the other Kaka, especially the kittens); Personality-wise she's your typical GenkiGirl CatGirl, who just happens to wear a hood with only glowing eyes and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily visible.
** Carl Clover might also count as an InUniverse example, since he's an adorable preteen boy (in the flashbacks, Makoto had a habit of hugging him) with a great deal of TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour.
* Some of the notable creatures you can encounter in ''YumeNikki'' fit. [[http://yumenikki.wikia.com/wiki/Uboa Uboa]], for example, is an event that can only be triggered by flicking the lights on and off in a specific room with an NPC. While jarring, it's still somewhat cute in its own way, with its big grin and EyesAlwaysShut. There's also [[http://yumenikki.wikia.com/wiki/Monoko Monoko]], a girl you can encounter in a tunnel. She looks like your average [[GirlishPigtails pigtailed]] schoolgirl. [[BodyHorror Then you use the stoplight effect...]]
* The Judge from ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' counts, in many fans' eyes. He's a white cat who can [[TalkingAnimal talk]] (quite articulately, in fact), his verbal tic is a soft purring noise, and he's easily distracted by cat food. But then you see his [[CheshireCatGrin giant fangs, arched in a smile]]...
* [[SoulPower Ghost-types]] from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' are supposed to be scary or at least unsettling in-universe, but a lot of the unevolved forms appear to be {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s. Such examples include Misdreavus, Shuppet, Duskull, Drifloon, Litwick, Phantump and Pumpkaboo.
** Hydreigon is a three-headed dragon Pokemon that's specifically noted by the Pokedex as being scary looking, which is rather hard to deny, with it sporting two prominent pairs of fangs, [[BlackEyesOfCrazy huge black and red eyes on its main head]], and spiky-looking frills on each head. However, it still manages to be strangely adorable, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT74YUwToWU particularly when it smiles and does happy dances]].
* The Poes from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. They're ghosts who are pretty malevolent, but they have an adorable, high-pitched cackle, much like the Boos.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* From ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'', we have Viola Cadaverini, a young woman who is not only cute and pretty, but also ''very'' creepy.
* Shouko from ''VisualNovel/BakaToTestToShoukanjuu''. Her crush on Yuuji and her ways [[AbhorrentAdmirer to come on to him]] is downright creepy, but you can't deny that she is pretty cute.
* Maria, a 9 year old girl who speaks and acts like she's 5, has this feel in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' − moreso in the sound novel where she has sleepy eyes… [[CuteAndPsycho her cute part is intermittent though.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics}}]]
* The monsters from ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' are [[http://yafgc.net/?id=20 more]] UglyCute than they are this. With the possible exception of [[http://yafgc.net/?id=1378 Jone]].
* In ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', drowolath may see demons this way. Especially [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6503 Discordia]] and the second glutton ([[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7808 megaspoiler]]).
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' frequently employs this as an art style. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/support.html Even on its donation page]].
* TryingHuman has Hue, a [[TheGreys Grey alien]] that manages to be [[http://introducingemy.deviantart.com/art/TH-Puppers-177816932?q=gallery%3Aintroducingemy%2F378704&qo=137 SO ADORABLE]] and yet is meant to be creepy. Also, most notably, the Reptoids. Meant to be human-eating lizard monsters, but come on, they are so freaking cute, especially Quazky. Reptoids come complete with CuteLittleFangs, which are meant to look evil, but somehow manage not to. At all. [[http://introducingemy.deviantart.com/gallery/378704?offset=24#/d488cdw Your average Trying Human reptoids, in all their adorableness.]]
* Many, many creatures of ''{{Zoophobia}}'' come off as this. Take [[http://lgm.cl/tvtropes/staticimages/perci_6409.png Perci]], for example.
* This trope is a stable of [[Webcomic/BloodyUrban Bloody Urban's]] art style- most of the monster characters are fairly silly-looking while still retaining their spookiness.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* ''RolePlay/TheDoomyAdventuresOfIrkenDoominess'': has two psychopathic female irkens named Gar and Melissa who'm are insanely creepy, yet quite adorable.
* Many of Music/DoctorSteel's toys (the Buzzsaw Baby, Psycho Sally, Polly Pukes-A-Lot, the Rabies Babies line, etc.) fall into this category.
* [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6841887/horror-movie-daycare "Horror Movie Daycare"]], by Website/CollegeHumor, is a daycare centre for every child, no matter how eldritch, demon-inhabited or undead. For story-time their minder reads from the Necronomicon.
-->"[[Film/TheExorcist Reagan]] - Reagan, stop, you're going to make yourself dizzy."
* Many people consider the [[http://wiki.loadingreadyrun.com/Creepy_Doll Creepy Doll]] from LoadingReadyRun to be very cute, and also psychologically creepy. While he'd appeared in previous videos, it was when he showed up in [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/loadingreadyrun/1877-The-Arms-Race "The Arms Race"]] that people really started to like him. Then, when Harry, the giant Creepy Doll, [[http://wiki.loadingreadyrun.com/Santa_Secrets later appeared to torment Graham]], both factors leaped up significantly.
** Harry's cuteness is also a factor of him being significant in WebVideo/DesertBusForHope, since he was an adorable friend for crew to hang out with during the marathon.
** Harry's DistaffCounterpart Harriet ends up slightly on the cuter end of the spectrum than the creepy end. Though, both are extremely creepy in [[http://youtu.be/z2hnlbMmro4 this Crapshot]].
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Changelings]] are shape-shifting {{Emotion Eater}}s that look like pony-shaped BigCreepyCrawlies...and they're absolutely adorable, complete with CuteLittleFangs.
** There's also Flutterbat from the episode "Bats!"
** Pinkie Pie's straight-haired, unstable, alter ego (dubbed "Pinkamena" by fans) is as huggable as she is disturbing. It helps that she's TheWoobie by nature, since Pinkie only turns into her when she's very depressed.
* [[http://raikoh14.deviantart.com/art/Scraplets-198095295 The Scraplets]] from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Sure, they look all cute if you're an organic, with their big eyes and little limbs, and they're calm and relaxed. But put a Cybertronian in their path, [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily and the teeth come out]]...
* [[WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex Breach]].
* GIR and the titular Invader from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' once featured a swarm of giant, hair-eating lice attacking the heroes' treehouse. Said lice were brightly colored and had rather expressive bug-eyes. Near the end of the episode, Numbah Two is covered in ''baby'' lice.
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