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[[caption-width-right:221:He's like a big puppy. From another world. That spits corrosive acid.]]
Some monsters are simply animals. They might be unusually smart or have extra limbs or even heads, they might be [[RodentsOfUnusualSize bigger than their real-world counterparts]], but in the end they're clearly the domain of zoologists and concerned mainly with food, territory and mating. Some monsters go out of the way to make life difficult for the hero or humans in general, they are AlwaysChaoticEvil. Some monsters are so powerful and dangerous they are [[EldritchAbomination beyond the very comprehension of mortal men]]; the wisest course of action on encountering one of those is to run, and even then the odds are against you.

And then there is another kind of monster. Maybe they're just a baby, and someday they'll grow up into one of the first types of monsters, but until then they're [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter not so bad]]. Maybe they've discovered ThePowerOfFriendship. Maybe they try to be evil, but they're [[MinionWithAnFInEvil not very good at it]]. Maybe in-universe they're horrifying, but the audience gets to see the softer side of them. But whatever the reason, these monsters aren't very monstrous. Simply put, they're ''cute''.

Related to CuteMonsterGirl, but where those are generally cute in a sexualized way, these are generally cute in the sense of kittens, puppies and babies. Fanfic focused on [[CuteMonster Cute Monsters]] is generally less focused on relationships between them and humans than fanfic focused on Cute Monster Girls; sure, [[RuleThirtyFour it happens sometimes]], but not as often and when it does it's less supported by the {{Canon}}. If owned by one of the main characters may count as a CoolPet. As mentioned above, some of these also count as [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Ridiculously Cute Critters]], but these are all still monsters, and they just happen to not be dangerous, or not dangerous to the right people, or only in an endearing way.

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* ''TowerOfGod'': The Mandong Whales. [[BizarreSexualDimorphism At least the males]].

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* ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'': Lockheed the dragon. Most of the time. He's a purple dragon, but the size of a dog or even just a housecat. He's treated as a pet by Kitty Pryde, and he's fine with that.

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* In ''Film/MenInBlack'' the newborn alien that Jay helps deliver. Presumably mom's tentacles beat the everloving crap out of Jay during labor, but the resultant infant is downright adorable. And a squid.
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' has the Cowardly Lion. He's a monster, attacking Dorothy and friends in the woods, but as soon as he's startled by a dog barking he needs cheering up and help with his own problem as much as Dorothy's party needs help with theirs.
* ''Film/GodzillaVsSpaceGodzilla'' has Godzilla's pre-adolescent son, LittleGodzilla.
* Subverted in ''{{Film/Dragonslayer}}''. The adult dragon, and the baby dragons, are anything but cute ([[spoiler: especially when gulping down big hunks of bloody raw [[ImAHumanitarian princess meat]]]]). But when the adult finds the babies killed, it nuzzles them and whimpers in a way that might just garner a little sympathy and sorrow from the audience. This echoes comments of the SquishyWizard at the beginning of the movie--he seemed to find dragons at least likeable, if not actually cute, and set out to destroy this one only because it was old and suffering.

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* The dragons of the ''{{Temeraire}}'' series. They're roughly as intelligent as humans and most of them grow to be massive, but they're generally [[IncrediblyLamePun flighty]] and very compassionate to their [[DragonRider human companions]]. And while they're intelligent, they only have the wisdom and common sense appropriate for their life experience, and most dragons we see are just a few months or years old. Thus there are many scenes where Temeraire has to be told politely but firmly that he can't just eat any cow he sees, they should be bought and paid for, even if it seems unfair to him that he can freely eat any fish he catches; and despite his size he makes slower progress than a human while walking because he's curious about every unfamiliar rock, tree and house he sees; and they think of human babies as eggs, and it's painfully awkward to explain to them that humans give birth differently; and feral dragons jockey for status among themselves on the most puffed-up pretenses.

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* {{Mon}}s.

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* Pseudodragons in ''DungeonsAndDragons''. Miniature dragons the size of housecats and with similar personalities, although they have human-level intelligence and the draconic love of shiny things.
* Beasts of Nurgle in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} are basically [[BigFriendlyDog Gigantic Friendly Slugs]] that just want to play and hug people... shame about the corrosive slime, noxious gasses and other pestilential bodily fluids they constantly emit.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends Kog'Maw]], as pictured above. He's an alien omnivore from the same dimension that spawned [[EldritchAbomination Cho]]'[[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Gath]] and [[TheAssimilator Kha]]'[[SuperPersistentPredator Zix]], drove [[MadOracle Malzahar]] to insanity and nearly got to [[HumanoidAbomination Kassadin]] as well. Despite this Kog'Maw isn't as much evil as he is hungry, and the combination of his innocent mannerism and endearing behaviour (which includes chasing his own tail) has won the hearts of many players. It helps that he's one of the strongest characters in the game.
* Spike from ''SpaceQuest V'' is treated as one, despite whiddling acid and being a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} facehugger]] in all but name.
* The Pokémon-Amie feature introduced in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' allows the player to pet and play with any of their Pokémon. While some do try and play it cool, others prove to be adorably affectionate, often in spite of an intimidating appearance. Standout examples include Hydreigon, the "Brutal Pokémon" that is said to spend its life in a constant state of [[UnstoppableRage vicious rage]] and [[ExtremeOmnivore devour anything and everything in its path]], and Yveltal, the [[OlympusMons legendary]] ''[[OlympusMons embodiment of destruction]]''.
* The gorlocs in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. They're amphibious critters with [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily gigantic mouths full of sharp teeth]] and not very pleasant to look at overall, but the [[YouNoTakeCandle poor grammar]] and childish, innocent manner possessed by the friendly ones makes them adorable regardless.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* [[http://zeusandsons.com/comics/pl/62176 Cerberus]] in ''Webcomic/ZeusAndSons''.
* The stray daemonkin in the first act of ''{{Webcomic/Marla}}''.
* ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has Snookums the Tentacle Bunny, Oogrook the Unicorn (aka "Rainbow Sunshine"), and Nessie the Loch Ness Monster.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A number of characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', but especially Dragon and the dragon-donkey hybrids even more so. At the end of the second movie and through the third they are small, round fuzzballs, barely flying on tiny wings, randomly breathing tiny, almost-harmless jets of flame.
* The vegetarian sharks in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. They have self-control problems when they smell blood, but the rest of the time they are all too eager to help the protagonists with their problems.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Nibbler]]. An alien about as big as a dog, with three eyes and a distending jaw and massive appetite who poops starship fuel, kept as a pet by Leela. Later in the series revealed to be a member of a highly intelligent alien race, but still a big eater and happy to be kept as a pet as long as his litter box is cleaned regularly.
** The Buggalos are also this.
* The titular monster, Francoeur, in ''WesternAnimation/AMonsterInParis'' is absolutely ''adorable''. He is a seven-foot, blue, anthropomorphized flea who has four arms and big, red eyes. He also doesn't talk outside of the music segments and communicates with chirps, making him a CuteMute for double the adorable.
* Insectosaurus from ''MonstersVsAliens''. A fuzzy baby caterpillar the size of a city block.

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