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->''"HAUUUU~! OMOCHIKAERI ''[''I wanna take it home with me'']''~!"''
-->-- '''[[TropeNamers Rena Ryuugu]]''', ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''

There are times when something is just so pure, innocent, right and '''adorably cute''' that even the most level-headed persons are struck by a quaint phenomenon we TV Tropers like to call "CutenessProximity", in which all pretenses of stoic maturity are dropped to reveal [[TastesLikeDiabetes an affectionate and nurturing, sweet-tongued]] [[CuddleBug teddy bear who wants to]] [[{{Glomp}} hug the subject of cuteness all day long]]. Sometimes, it can get so bad that said persons [[CutenessOverload cannot comprehend and withstand the intense emotional effects.]]

Sometimes, the Cuteness Proximity is ''so'' intense that it stirs not only mere affection, but actual paternal and maternal love. The afflicted will want to actually become the adorable one's father, mother or older sibling, and will:

1) Ask the guardian whether he or she could "take her/him home" with a goofy grin on his or her face. Usually, the answer is no.

or, more dangerously,

2) GRAB the poor little one and SHOUT "I'm taking her/him home with me!" as he or she runs off like a kidnapper.

More so than Cuteness Proximity, this will either endear the audience to what is obviously a very warm and loving person, or seriously creep them out by revealing what is obviously a [[PaedoHunt dangerous pervert]].

Another way this can end badly is if the abductor DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength, and their overly ''physical'' expression of affection [[AndCallHimGeorge spells doom for poor little "George"]]. Occasionally, the "cute creature" in question is either UglyCute at best, or [[KillerRabbit downright monstrous]] at worse.

See also AbductionIsLove. Has [[IThoughtItMeant absolutely nothing]] to do with TakingYouWithMe. [[{{Yandere}} Hopefully]].

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', Honey gets this reaction from pretty much every female (and some males) that see him, being a senior but having the rough size and appearance of an incredibly adorable blonde eight-year-old, particularly when he's got his stuffed bunny with him, as he usually does. He's even more [[TastesLikeDiabetes sugary]] than the sweets he's almost always seen munching on-but [[BewareTheNiceOnes watch out]], he's not exactly a pushover when it comes to a fight!
* In ''Anime/{{Mahoraba}}'', the eccentric president of the occult club takes an intense liking to Asami-chan, who is the first person to be so innocent that she finds her creepy jokes funny.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': [[{{Kawaiiko}} Azusa Shiratori]] is very prone to this, grabbing new "cute" items and giving them a French name, and then claiming ownership of them. If it resists, she'll knock it out. If it's yours, and you resist, she'll knock ''you'' out. In the anime version, she tries to "adopt" a half-eaten rice cake soon afterward. When Genma manages to polish it off before she can steal it, she screams in horror and beats him senseless. Her collection, in the few glimpses we've seen of her mansion, has been shown to include an octopus balloon, a stop sign, and even weirder things. In an anime-exclusive episode, she adopts a [[{{Youkai}} Tanuki]] statue -- and when Kunô cuts his way out of it (it fell on him beforehand), she promptly adopts him as well, thinking he must be a ''real'' tanuki.
* In ''Manga/{{Kannagi}}'', Nagi sees a pair of kittens curled up and sleeping outside of Jin's house. She finds them so irresistibly cute that she wants to take care of them herself. Jin's not too keen on the idea, as his current living arrangement prevents animals from taking up residence inside.
* The pet store clerk in ''[[Manga/ChisSweetHome Chi's New Address]]'' does this even after discovering Chi has an owner. The reason she ''can't'' have one is because her little brother [[AnimalsHateHim is afraid of cats]] -- but as it turns out, her brother happens to be Yohei's friend Ryu, who got over his fear about 20 episodes before this was revealed.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''
** Yuki Nagato, [[TheStoic of all people]], reacts this way in ''The Melancholy of {{Haruhi-chan}} Suzumiya'' when she finds the newly revived "Achakura", proceeding to place her in her bag and ''literally'' take her home.
** Tsuruya said this about Mikuru in a waitress costume.
** Don't forget the ''original'' case, where Haruhi practically ''kidnaps'' poor Mikuru because of her {{moe}} factor. [[spoiler:We get to see it from a slightly different perspective in ''Disappearance'', where it's just as hilarious and extremely awesome to boot.]]
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. Ranka Lee does this to a little cute squirrel thingy which she later names Ai-kun. However with this being ''{{Macross}}'', said trope is inverted when it is revealed that [[spoiler: Ai-kun is a Space Vajra larvae, who takes Ranka home with it later.]] Of course, it's arguable that [[spoiler:the Vajra were trying to do that with ''Ranka'' in the first place]]
* ''Anime/KyouranKazokuNikki'' has this line spoken in one episode in which Kyouka becomes a magical girl.
* Isumi Saginomiya in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''. She ''will'' [[TastesLikeDiabetes make your head explode into candy]]. Then again, Wataru's [[{{Meido}} maid]] Saki would invite such a reaction too... especially when she's [[TheWoobie crushed emotionally]].
* Shin from ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' manages to get chased by about 20 schoolgirls he is trying to test to find the eponymous Pretear.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'':
** Teresa "Tessa" Testarossa gets this reaction when she introduces herself to Kaname's high school class in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. All the guys go "WOOOAH!" while all the girls cry [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer "Oh she's so cute!"]] with accompanying love hearts.
** Sōsuke evidently elicited this kind of response when he was [[AdorablyPrecociousChild young]]. Just like in the trope description, his Cuteness Proximity was so incredibly intense, it managed to melt the hearts of ''war-hardened veterans'' and pretty much made them internally {{Squee}} that they want to take him home and make him their child. Which they then proceed to attempt to do. He certainly never lacked people who were all too eager to take him in as their own. Starting with Majid, an Helmajistani rebellion leader whom Sōsuke had ''tried to assassinate'', who liked him so much that he adopted him as his "Son of Bdakshon's Tiger", and raised him with complete kindness. And then there was Kalinin, who wanted Sōsuke as his son from the very beginning, and took him as a prisoner of war ''after Sôsuke tried to assassinate him''. He then proceeds to persistently try to get Sōsuke to agree to be his adopted son (which he refused, since he already had Majid as his "father" -- yes, it got to the point of being a first-come-first-serve basis). After Majid dies, Kalinin ''finally'' manages to force his way and get Sōsuke to be his legally adopted son. And all while that was going on, [[AxCrazy Gauron]] has tried to take Sōsuke for himself [[LoveAtFirstSight ever since the moment he first set eyes on the boy]]. He ''literally'' did a double take, parked his jeep, and tried to lure Sōsuke to come with him by promising him food and ammunition. Sōsuke refuses, and Gauron ends up [[StalkerWithACrush being unable to forget him for the next five years]]. (Though in Gauron's case, it's more of a [[{{Shotacon}} pedophile rapist, sexual version]] of wanting to take him home, unlike the previous two).
* DepravedHomosexual Lussuria from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' takes a liking to his young opponent Ryohei's muscular physique and decides to take him home... after he's kicked the shit out of him that is...
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', about half of the class feels this way about Negi when he is first introduced as their teacher.
* The follow-up series, ''[[Anime/NegimaSecondSeason Negima!?]]'', has a scene where [[BodyguardCrush Setsuna]] is carrying [[{{Ojou}} Konoka]] in her [[TastesLikeDiabetes super-cute]] "[[MagicMisfire dud]]" form. As dud Konoka repeatedly comments on how comfortable she is in her arms, Setsuna [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud comments out loud that]] [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe she wishes she could "take her home like this."]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' Isaac and Miria do this on someone else's behalf, when they decide that the perfect gift for [[spoiler:Ennis]] would be a little [[spoiler:brother]]. So, they give her [[spoiler:[[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Czeslaw]]]].
* Referenced in episode 9 of the new season of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. CosplayOtakuGirl Kiko and her like-minded friend see Suo, who happens to look like some anime character that they like. The friend suggests they take her home with them. Kiko, who has [[WrongGenreSavvy finally figured out]] she's [[GenreSavvy not in a show where that's a viable option]], says:
-->'''Kiko:''' I'm not into lolicon. Besides, that's illegal.
** This may be a ShoutOut to [[VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi Rena]], since she uses ''exactly'' the same phrasing (''"Omochikaeri~!"'').
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Alphonse has a tendency to pick up cats and '''keep them in his armor'''. Edward is not happy about this. Referenced HILARIOUSLY when Ed assumes Al's found another cat in an alley. Except it's not a cat, it's Ling.
* Though not to the point of the trope's name, after Tohru's initial encounter with Kisa in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', the latter follows the former around for the duration of her stay. While Kyo cracks that it would bug the crap out of him, after Tohru stops walking and Kisa bumps into her, Tohru squeals and glomps her. After Kisa leaves, Tohru mentions her slight sadness at not having her around. Later volumes of manga have scenes where other characters are talking and the reader can see little hearts floating into the more serious panels, revealed to be emanating from Tohru and Kisa hugging each other. Every time they see one another, Tohru has the same squeal-and-glomp reaction.
* In the ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' manga, Akari attempts this on Albert, after seeing him helpless with his filled-up boat, as seen [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/aria/v02/c008/9.html here]].
* Rena Ryuuguu from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' is the TropeNamer (See the Visual Novels section), and is well known for doing this. Hell, the running joke in the series is that if ever someone gets kidnapped, Rena would be the prime suspect!
* The cold-hearted, and, at times, cruel BattleButler Sebastian in ''Manga/BlackButler'' is shown to adore cats of all types because "there is nothing cuter." It's later revealed that he actually picked up several stray cats and kept them in his wardrobe.
* In chapter 12 of ''Manga/HoneyHunt'', Q-Ta hugs Yura before leaving to go on a trip to record something and tells her that she's cute. So cute that he [[http://manga.animea.net/honey-hunt-chapter-12-page-5.html just wants to put her in his suitcase and take her with him]].
* In ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', once AdorablyPrecociousChild Majiru is introduced, following his ParentalAbandonment, Harumi comments on how cute he is and proposes that the class should take turns taking him home with them. Majiru protests that he's not a pet.
* This is Kyrie's reaction toward Toppi from the ''WorldDestruction'' manga when Toppi and Morte save his life. Toppi does not take being called "cute" well.
* Eisuke Kitamura in ''Manga/SteppingOnRoses'' (''Hadashi De Bara Wo Fume'') appears to have this as his motivation for constantly bringing home orphaned children... that is, until he reveals that he really just wanted them to [[OnlyInItForTheMoney work for him]] in his future business endeavors when they get older.
* In ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', Stocking has this reaction when she sees the Sperm Ghosts. Admittedly, for being the ghosts of vengeful wasted sperm, they ''are'' pretty adorable.
* Iris from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}: Best Wishes'' tends to react this way around the MonsterOfTheWeek. Her actions usually result in the Pokémon hiding from her or attacking her.
** While Iris has only done this on some few occassions, Bonnie from ''Pokémon: XY'' takes this to a new level, with one of her motivations for traveling is to seek for "cute" Pokémon to keep.
* ''Anime/DiGiCharat'': "Puchiko is not for sale, nyu!"
* Gajeel Redfox in ''Manga/FairyTail'', hilariously enough. He spends most of his time being an utter grouchy badass, but has an obsession with finding a cat companion to call his own. And when he finds the perfect one, he is ''very'' adamant on bringing said cat back with him. Do note said "Cat" is one of the most [[{{Badass}} badass animals]] to ever grace a manga's pages. In this case however, it's less about cuteness and more about, as his two fellow Dragon Slayers have cat companions with them, he figures he's lacking as a Dragon Slayer if he didn't find one as well. Pantherlily's badassness is exactly why Gajeel likes him.
* One story in the Shoujo Jump edition had a girl who helps a friend (boyfriend?) catch a wild rabbit in a snare. After accomplishing the deed we see into her mind the scenarios of her keeping the rabbit as a pet (feeding it, giving it it's own little house, etc.) much to her friend's chagrin. She's horrified to discover that her friend has a more "culinary" interest in the animal, and she lets it escape.
* A more serious example occurs in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' where [[spoiler:in Riruka's flashback, she had done this to the guy she had a crush on, imprisoning him inside her treasure box. She stopped when she realized how badly her powers were affecting the guy and let him go.]] More exactly: [[spoiler:Riruka actually ''weaponizes'' this trope. Anything and anyone she finds cute, she can snatch it with her powers and keep it for herself. She started with petty theft as a little girl (stealing the heart-shaped necklace of the neighbor that bullied her), then used it as described above.]]
* A creepy (though hilarious) version happens in chapter 210 of ''Manga/DGrayMan''. A random gangster who, according to his crony, "loves all beautiful things to a sick degree," decides that Kanda is the most beautiful person he has ever seen and declares, "I'm going to kidnap him and bring him back home!" Kanda promptly beats him to a pulp.
* Katanashi in ''Manga/{{Working}}'' is a minicon -- someone who thinks anything tiny is inherently cute. Showing him anything small is guaranteed to get this reaction from him -- which can be creepy when the object in question is a four year old girl who got separated from her mom. He invokes this one by name when the [[YoungerThanTheyLook already-tiny]] Popura [[CornerOfWoe curls into a ball.]]
* This is Alice's reaction when she finally encounters Yune in ''Manga/IkokuMeiroNoCroisee'', which is entirely understandable, given that Alice is a 19th-century OccidentalOtaku meeting an actual Japanese person for the first time and that Yune is just that cute.
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', LadyOfWar Shigure has this reaction to a tank she commandeered. Sakaki tells her no.
* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'': Parodied with Miki: As a child, she used to take home kittens, a MiniatureSeniorCitizens who fainted, and some bullied kids. As a WomanChild, she takes home a criminal she defeated.
* In ''Manga/KotouraSan'', this was played with in episode 2 when Haruka first meets Yuriko. The latter is ecstatic to meet the former, and attempts to carry her to the ESP club room. {{Downplayed|trope}} as part of the reason was Haruka is {{telepath|y}}ic.
* In episode 3 of ''Manga/GochuumonWaUsagiDesuKa'', Sharo jokingly suggests taking Chino home with her and making her a little sister. Cocoa [[ClingyJealousGirl doesn't take that]] too well, and claims Chino is her little sister.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''
** Gross example: Larfleeze wants his own Guardian, so when our heroes encounter Scar -- an evil, half-undead Guardian who serves the story's BigBad --, he wants to do this.
** Even grosser is Kryb, the Sinestro Corps member who compulsively abducts infants and keeps them in her exposed ribcage.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Candorville}}''. Susan, who [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter consistently makes the wrong choices in regards to who she befriends]], does this to a ''wolf''. [[spoiler:Though there are indications [[CharmPerson the "wolf" didn't give her much choice in the matter]]...]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''
** A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JpPSAF0wGw voicepack]] for [[BoisterousBruiser Suika]], of all people, has this very phrase in it. Makes sense, since Oni are traditionally known to carry people off when they lost contests, and Suika is strong enough to carry away anyone she'd want. Fans have taken to joking about taking her home, and then get rebutted by other fans saying that Suika'd take THEM home instead.
** ''Touhou''[='=]s other oni, Yuugi, is also frequently portrayed by fandom as carrying off others. [[JerkassWoobie Parsee]] [[GreenEyedMonster Mizuhashi]] is a [[ChewToy favorite victim]], [[CrackPairing for some reason]].
* ''WebVideo/YugiohTheAbridgedSeries'': "And I shall call you Mr. Tweetums! For it is very evil!" And in a later episode: [[spoiler:"Fool! There is no one who I would want to remember~... Mr. Tweetums! [[BigNo Nooo!!!]] [[TranquilFury You made me forget my very best friend"]]...]]
* Performed by the TropeNamer, Ryuguu Rena, on a cosplaying Yuki, in ''FanFic/KyonBigDamnHero''. Yes, [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya that Yuki]].
** She does this a lot in this story. To Kanae, to her friends' children, to Sasaki. Even about Kyon once, though that time she doesn't use the trope name and gets ribbed for being naughty.
* ''FanFic/PastSins'': Nyx is found by Twilight Sparkle in the middle of a dark forest all alone and scared... naturally, she adopts her.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In ''FanFic/MyLittleHangover'', a drunken Rarity does this with a full-grown panda.
** Vinyl Scratch [[http://scramjet747.deviantart.com/art/The-Bass-Has-Been-Doubled-299273909 continues the silliness]]. Poor Octavia.
* ''Fanfic/TheHillOfSwords'': Any time Tabitha shows her vulnerable side, Shirou has to suppress an urge to take her home and give her "adorable ponies and dollies and pretty dresses".
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6509332/1/ Magic Trick]]'', [[AxisPowersHetalia England]] uses his powers as Britannia Angel to turn Italy into Chibitalia. Everyone, from the Allies to Japan to frigging ''Prussia'' are so overwhelmed by his cuteness that they each want to bring him home with them. Generally, Chibitalia is fine with this. Except for [[TheWoobie Germany]], because he thinks he's scary.
* In the ''Fanwork/ZanyToTheMax'' episode "The TimeTravel Contest," the Warners go to the year 802,701, into the world of ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' to enter a contest. They have to help the Time Traveler find Weena. If they win, they will be able to take Weena home with them. (See Literature below.) [[spoiler: Homestripe Runner, a WebAnimation/HomestarRunner fan character (and AuthorAvatar) by the same author, wins instead.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', Dory the blue tang wants to do this with a cute, very small jellyfish... until she learns that jellyfishes ''sting''.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'' when Timon and Pumba first run across Simba, Timon's first reaction is to panic because of, well, the food chain. Pumba meanwhile thinks Simba's such a cute little guy that he asks, "Can we keep him?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome'', Snoopy comes across a little girl who, without warning, grabs him and drags him to her home, shouting, "Oh, boy! I found a dog!" When Woodstock tries to save Snoopy, the girl takes him too.
* This is how Kristoff ended up being raised by the troll community in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Veruca Salt, in [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory both versions]] [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory of the film]] based on the novel ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' is a menacing version of this. Among other things, she demands a goose/squirrel and an Oompa-Loompa. [[VillainSong She wants it now!]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', this is Hiroki Sugimura's reaction to stray cats... and his classmate Kayoko Kotohiki.
* In the novel ''FiveChildrenAndIt'', a group of children find a magical creature called a Psammead who grants them all a wish a day. In a moment of misguided altruism, they decide that the one among them who can't ask for a wish (a baby) should have his wish granted, only to learn that his wish is for ''everyone to want him''.
* There is a picture book called ''Children Make Terrible Pets''. The story is about a young bear named Lucy who finds a human boy out in the woods. She takes him home, names him "Squeaker" and tries to make a pet out of him. Read that title one more time....
* In ''TheTimeMachine'', the Time Traveler has encountered a race of people who are essentially humans that stop developing physically and mentally at age six. He has fallen in like with one of the womenfolk. "Weena I had resolved to bring with me to our own time." (Ch. 7)
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', and combined with IHaveYouNowMyPretty. The Harkonnen's Mentat Piter de Vries wanted to keep Jessica Atreides for himself, but quickly dumps the idea when the Baron offers him to stay and rule Arrakis in his name instead.
* Veruca Salt, as mentioned above in Films, wants to take a squirrel home with her in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. It doesn't end well.
* "The Kidnapping", by Shiga Naoya;; The narrator sees a little girl and decides that he must have her for his own.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Zarracka has a new goal; in addition to killing Daniar [[spoiler:she's also going to replace her as Benji's mother.]] Because of this a number of plot events take a different turn then they would have last time.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Liz does this accidentally on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. When handed the baby of a coworker she has such an extreme case of CutenessProximity that she goes into a fugue state and realizes that she is now in her apartment... and still holding the baby.
-->'''Liz:''' It was like highway hypnosis -- you know, when you pull into your driveway and you don't remember driving home.\\
'''Pete:''' Oh right, and you have someone else's baby in your car.
* Ryutaros from ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' is very fond of cute animals and tends to bring them back to the [=DenLiner=], sometimes regardless of whether they're homeless or not. Reaches an extreme when he does it to a fellow [[MonsterOfTheWeek Imagin]], which introduces the cast to [[ShelteredAristocrat Sieg]]...
* ''Series/StargateSG1''. Samantha Carter makes friends with a little alien boy in "The Nox". O'Neill informs her drily that, "No, [she] can't keep him."
** However, she ''did'' get to take home Cassandra, a girl orphaned when the rest of her world was wiped out by a disease created by the Goa'uld MadScientist Nirrti. Unfortunately, there's a ''reason'' just one was spared. [[spoiler: There's a bomb in her gut; if it had gone off it would have reacted with the Stargate itself resulting in NukeEm. She gets better.]]
* ''World's Weirdest Restaurants'': The host mentions this when holding a baby monkey in his arms at a restaurant which uses monkeys as servers.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Perhaps Guy Kyser -- frontman of Thin White Rope -- tossed a few too many oblique words into the [[WordSaladLyrics salad]], but (in the song "Take It Home") he seemed to be evoking this trope. Or attempting to explore the boundaries of its inherent futility:
-->''Something moving in an airtight room\\
Doesn't age a minute for a year in a vacuum\\
But dies on the way home[...]\\
I can't take this one home\\
I can't take this one home''
* Darkly invoked in Music/APerfectCircle's cover of ''The Nurse Who Loved Me'':
-->''I'm taking her home with me, all dressed in white\\
She's got everything I need, some pills in a little cup''
* Music/TheBeatles:
--> ''It's really good to be here, it's certainly a thrill''
--> ''You're such a lovely audience, we'd like to take you home with us, we'd love to take you home!''
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The story of [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Noh Noh]], about a group of adventurers who find the guardian in a SecretTestOfCharacter too adorable to leave behind.
** Similarly, the tale of how the [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jCj1M9cEoV_YZX_ePd1NZtj0lTIw_mZEG6KivYzI0NU/edit# Five Fathers Adventuring Party]] met their adopted daughter, Sarah.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''
** Yukari is said to ''spirit away'' people whom she takes a fancy to. This includes taking home people from ''outside'' Gensoukyou.
** In ''Phantasmagoria of Dim Dream'', Yumemi decided she wanted to take home one of the magical denizens of Gensoukyou, ForScience!
** After spending most of ''Undefined Fantastic Object'' geeking out at the prospect of meeting an alien Sanae refuses to believe [[HumanoidAbomination Nue]] is a youkai, and after she defeats her drags her off to take pictures with her.
** In the spinoff manga ''Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth'', the Moon princess Watatsuki no Toyohime repeatedly tried to take home one of the Earth rabbits she found while visiting Eientei.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge''
** If you bring your [[CanineCompanion Mabari War Hound]] to the city of Denerim in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', he will abruptly run off and return a cutscene later with a small boy in tow. The boy just jumps up and down excitedly shouting "PUPPY!" You have to convince your dog to take him back home.
** Anders & Ser Pounce-a-lot in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Kasumi's reaction to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap0ej52lijg meeting Niftu Cal]] the '''''[[MemeticMutation BIOTIC]] [[MemeticBadass GOD!]]''''') is "Aww. Can we keep him?"
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', a [[MiniBoss Belo]][[FluffyTheTerrible ved]] spots the adorable child Cereza. Hearts appear in its eyes, and it hooks her clothes onto its face (don't get the wrong idea, she's still in them), as it tries to "defend" her from Bayonetta. [[DisproportionateRetribution So she summons a dragon made of hair to chomp it in half]]. Not that she wouldn't have done it if it hadn't taken Cereza.
* In the Ork campaign of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: VideoGame/DawnOfWar: Retribution'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tvmgs6BPmZ4#t=3m58s Mistah Nailbrain decides to take "Daisy" home.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}'', if you have a Little Sister with you and you use a hypnotize plasmid on a splicer, she will sometimes giggle and ask "Can we keep it?"
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', the adorably innocent [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Ibuki Fuko]] says she wants to do this to little Ushio-chan, [[spoiler:Tomoya's daughter]], and to be her older sister. Pictured above.
* An unnamed woman in ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' wants to take Sakura home.
* Mizuki wonders if she can take Chihiro home during her chapter in ''VisualNovel/EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo''.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''
** Shirou took Ilya home (and Taiga approved) in Fate route despite the fact that she was an AxCrazy enemy of his only five seconds earlier, and tried to kill him, Saber, Rin, and Archer, and abducted him once.
** On the other hand, Ilya had taken Shirou home in quite a few of the Bad Ends. Taken home [[ALoveToDismember in pieces]] that is.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kor_Higurashi_YOU_GONNA_GET_TAKEN_HOME.jpg Rena Ryuuguu]] of the mystery-horror franchise ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is the TropeNamer. Whenever she sees something she regards as cute, she melts into a complete ditz and fawns over the subject of cuteness like a mother/big sister. Occasionally, she takes it a little too far, as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVSjavz_w0g following]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghLTQwSwmc0 videos]] show the frightened audience. However, sometimes what she perceives to be "cute" can be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv9eqniuvMg odd]] if not downright '''disturbing''' to more normal people.
** In the sound novels, this is often intentionally invoked to enable Rena's "adorable mode". [[SuperMode In this mode, she cannot be beaten by anyone.]]
** Apparently, this attitude is contagious. Keiichi starts to act this way (most likely as a joke) when confronted with Shion in [[FanserviceWithASmile her Angel Mort uniform]], and [[{{Lolicon}} Irie]] acts like this in a couple scenes, though it's not as cute.
** Miyo Takano acts this way for, em, [[NightmareFetishist creepy torture equipment]].
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''
** Cute boy Sakutarou often falls victim to this when around the [[SevenDeadlySins Stake sisters]]. (Especially Mammon, what with her being {{Greed}} and all.)
** Jessica says this in her ImageSong as a ShoutOut to ''Higurashi''.
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* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' short "Where's The Cheat?", Marzipan falls in love with ''a sandwich'', of all things, in this way. She even names it "Homestar Jr.", much to Homestar's annoyance.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', "The Pet Games": After the tortoise rescues her from an avalanche, Rainbow Dash declares that she's adopting him. Even though he isn't actually up for adoption.
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* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' has a disturbing take on this trope [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/463/ in this strip]] (albeit without bothering to declare the intention).
* In ''Webcomic/TheLounge'', for a while it was a running gag for people to see the very petite Jamie [=MacKenzie=] and equally short (but teenage) Max Espinoza and ask how much they cost. Usually when they were wearing a cute hat or costume.
* In ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'', Marena was inspired to bring [[DarkActionGirl Secret]] along with the group after she attempted to say her full [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Abyssal title]]... and fainted after seventy words.
-->'''Marena:''' Aw, but she's so cute. Let's keep her.
* [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Batman_Retold/?p=725261 These]] [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Batman_Retold/5258297/ two]] ''Batman Retold'' strips.
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' has a [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=360 double variant]].
* ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed'' had [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname The Girl]] say this about one of the ''[[{{Mooks}} henchmen]]''. She was shot down by [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname The Fed]]; after all, [[DeadpanSnarker villains are such a big responsibility]].
* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' has this from Canada and Denmark with [[http://satwcomic.com/epic-battle cute puppie "Hans"]] -- standing in for the territorial dispute over Hans Island, close to Greenland.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob:'' When an unleashed [[{{Kaiju}} giant monster]] turns out to be cute and harmless, Molly names him Snookums and wants to keep him as a pet. Conveniently, he ends up shrinking to the size of a basketball by the end of the storyline.
* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}''
** This MegaCrossover FanWebcomic [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-5-PotC2-Spoilers-61504907 played with this trope]], as it didn't happen because of CutenessOverload more like TheWoobie effect (except if [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]] has some screwed up sense of cute... which is an [[TheFairFolk option]]). He took OffTheWagon [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean James]] home with him.
** And a perfectly straight example happened when [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Sarah]] found [[{{Cats}} Misto]] [[spoiler:... later she gave him away though.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fan webcomic ''Webcomic/MiniMari'' has [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/894991?pool_id=3587 Flandre try to do this to Marisa]]. Unlike common depictions of Flandre being lonely and desparate for a friend from centuries of imprisonment, here she just finds Marisa's reduction to FunSize absolutely adorable.
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* ''Blog/GaijinSmash'': Azrael once had a student so adorable, he told his fellow teachers that he wanted to kidnap her. No, no. Not for anything ''bad''. The police would find them having a perfectly innocent tea party.
* In the ''Roleplay/MSFHighForum'', Demona has this reaction to Lily, the chibi-Pettanko-Succubus. Lily, at present, is begging for death.
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' got [[http://notalwaysright.com/fritzl-be-one-of-those-days/10098 this]].
* A serious variant happens sometimes in ''ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum''. Sues' children are usually saved if the agents can wrangle it.
* In ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'', Welch's characters are prohibited from doing this to drow priestesses.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOwogW6RC40 There is a Youtube clip]] of Pedobear doing this to a child at one of the larger cons.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sYmUOeOVls This clip]] from a ''Series/DoctorWho'' convention. For a child dressed as a ''Dalek''.
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had Bubbles bringing home animals she felt sorry for. This culminates with her trying to hide a ''baby whale'' from the Professor.
* Elmyra of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has no problem with snatching random creatures (in a world of {{Funny Animal}}s) and declaring them her pets. Compounding matters, she's also a [[AndCallHimGeorge negligent owner]] whose pets invariably die. In many ways more sinister than her mentor, Elmer Fudd, who would simply shoot at them.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': the Abominable Snowman. "Oh, boy! A bunny rabbit! Just what I always wanted! [[AndCallHimGeorge I will name him George, and I will hug him and squeeze him and pet him and pat him...]]"
* Creator/TexAvery [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo8HM77q4Is did it first]]. "Hello George! Glad to know ya, George! You're my new lit-tle friend, George! My new lit-tle friend. What I'm gonna do is to pet ya and play with ya, George!" ''(crunching of bones in a hug)''
* A rather odd example in ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures''. Villain Jeremiah Surd and his minions have hijacked Air Force One and they plan to kill everybody in it with a deadly nerve gas. Our heroes Jonny, Jessie and Hadji get themselves captured while trying to rescue the President. Bandit (Jonny's pet dog) is also there. When Lorenzo, one of Surd's minions (who is usually very competent in his ruthlessness, except for being rather BookDumb) points Bandit's presence out to Surd, the boss tells him to "throw him in, too." And Lorenzo goes: "But he's so cute! Can I keep him?" Surd, predictably, says no.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Paris Hilton offers to buy Butters for $250 million for this reason. His parents accept, although Butters isn't too happy with the arrangement. [[TooDumbToLive Well, that and she thought Butters was an animal.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': One episode has Breach kidnap Rex to put in her dollhouse while referring to Rex as her "new favorite" and "shiny thing."
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime with Finn and Jake'', in the episode The Jiggler, Finn and Jake find a creature that dances along to the song that Finn was singing and the two take it back to their tree house to party with.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' did this with Riley of all people being kidnapped by one of Grandpa's blind dates because he was just so cute. Huey and Grandad had to go save him.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' Season 2 episode "Date with Destiny", Beast Boy makes mention that Killer Moth's mutant drones are cute enough to keep as pets (in the larval stage). Despite Raven's warning, he manages to hide Silkie up until Season 3's "Can I Keep Him?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' this was Po's inital reaction to Peng, before GreenEyedMonster set in.
-->'''Po:''' Oh please, please can we keep him? Can we keep him ''pleeeeease''? He's even [[JustForPun pottery trained!]]
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* The reason inter-species adoptions are possible -- e.g. a dog with puppies adopting a baby bunny it might have normally had for breakfast, a [[OlderThanFeudalism she-wolf adopting]] [[RaisedByWolves a human infant]], etc. More specifically, facial features with certain proportions (huge eyes, tiny nose, tiny mouth, round head) really hit an onlooker's maternal instincts, and happen to be pretty much universal among mammals, so that sometimes, under the right circumstances, the instinct to take it home and care for it overweighs the instinct to snack on it.
* Outside of mammals, there is an adorable story of a snake taking his would-be-food in as a friend. A snake in a Japanese zoo wasn't eating after being added to their exhibit. They thought maybe it wanted something more... lively. One of the caretakers figured that the snake may have caught on with their trick, since normally they use warm meat to trick the snake's senses into thinking it's still alive and snakes won't eat dead things unless they have to. They placed a hamster in the enclosure with him and... they started cuddling. Turns out the snake was stressed from the trip and started eating again, with the hamster as a companion.
* Many a puppy has got their home because of this trope. People might start out with the intention of just having a look but then a puppy jumps up to say hello, climbs into their lap, or just gazes at them with those [[PuppyDogEyes big brown eyes]] and suddenly said puppy coming home with them is a forgone conclusion. Also occurs with older dogs, especially ones that qualify as [[TheWoobie woobies]].
* According to con reports, the creepier members of FanDumb have a habit of asking Creator/DougWalker if they can "keep" him. As one might expect, he doesn't enjoy this.
* One of Creator/MasiOka's fans expressed her wish to take him home and care for him like a pet. [[http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/2003704622_masioka140.html He found out, and does not object to the idea.]]
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