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->''"It's too cute! It's... It's disgusting!"''
-->-- '''Plankton''', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''

%%The other title for this trope might be, "HNNNNNNNGGGH".

This is an audience reaction to works that are strongly [[LighterAndSofter attempting to be kid-friendly]]-- using almost all the tropes of cuteness and {{idealism|Tropes}}, like there's some kind of checklist. '[[http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saccharine Saccharine]]' is the watchword. Viewers react to this with anything ranging from cutesy cuddling to violent revulsion. Always, there will be fun, colorful settings, {{Narm}} or generally [[LargeHam hammy voice acting]], [[NeverSayDie an aversion to anything resembling death except for that one final and dramatic battle]], and [[ThePowerOfFriendship no matter the situation, if you have friends, you will win because you can only win with friends.]] The sun shines a lot, and when it's night, the moon is full and bright. Also, there is smiling. Tons of smiling. Even when it's not appropriate, there is smiling. The BigBad is ObviouslyEvil with no attempt to look otherwise, and flips between being born evil ([[VileVillainSaccharineShow maybe even worse]]) or redeemable, [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the story]].

Keep in mind that [[TropesAreTools levity and sweetness are not necessarily bad]]. With proper usage, it may result in an enjoyable series where the cuteness is somehow justified or just part of the environment. When it monopolizes the series, or puts being adorable ahead of things like actual plots or likeable characters, ''then'' it becomes a problem. Cute in and of itself isn't wrong, but given an audience's general conditioning to the notion that SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids and that RealMenHateSugar (a side effect of [[GirlShowGhetto targeting masculine elements towards women as much as men]]), even this wiki has something of an aversion to cuteness as an entity as the incredibly long list of examples below attest. This cultural reaction is also one of the core reasons why AmericanKirbyIsHardcore.

Not to be confused with SweetTooth or SugarBowl settings in general, as this is an Audience Reaction. Use caution when mixing with {{Gorn}} and CrapsackWorld as {{Grotesque Cute}}ness or {{Wide Eyed Idealis|t}}m may result, respectively. Repeated consumption of this product may result in becoming a GlurgeAddict. Be aware that excessive cheerfulness can be used to disguise a CrapsaccharineWorld. Also not to be confused with the ''real-life Types 1 and 2 diabetes'', which are definitely ''not at all'' cute, sweet, or adorable!

See also SuperCuteSuperPowers. A CrapsaccharineWorld is often [[IntendedAudienceReaction deliberately designed to cause this]]. Contrast with TestosteronePoisoning and DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.

* TastesLikeDiabetes/{{Advertising}}
* TastesLikeDiabetes/AnimeAndManga
* TastesLikeDiabetes/FanWorks
* [[TastesLikeDiabetes/AnimatedFilms Films Animated]]
* [[TastesLikeDiabetes/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* TastesLikeDiabetes/{{Literature}}
* TastesLikeDiabetes/LiveActionTV
* TastesLikeDiabetes/{{Music}}
* TastesLikeDiabetes/VideoGames
* TastesLikeDiabetes/WebComics
* TastesLikeDiabetes/WebOriginal
* TastesLikeDiabetes/WesternAnimation


* The complete works of [[http://www.maryengelbreit.com/ Mary Engelbreit]]. Even her name tastes like diabetes.
* Cicely Mary Barker's ''Literature/FlowerFairies'' [[http://www.flowerfairies.com/home.html certainly count]].
* Jeff Koons embodies this trope from his [[http://arthistory.about.com/od/from_exhibitions/ig/lacma_bmca_08/broad_inaugural_12.htm golden statue of Michael Jackson and pet monkey Bubbles]] to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Koons#Puppy_1992 40-foot puppy statue made of flowers]].
* The complete works of Margaret Keane, painter of huge-eyed children.
* Anne Geddes photographs of babies dressed as flowers and vegetables.
* The complete works of Brazilian Romero Brito.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this when reminiscing about [[spoiler:his ex-wife]]: "...all this 'I love you snookie pie' and 'you too honey lips face head mush mush'... go into diabetic shock just walking by the place."
* Miss Martian of Franchise/TheDCU, which is especially interesting considering she's a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil White Martian]]. Which leads to fans thinking she's cuter in her [[UglyCute true form]].
* Lampshaded in Mark Waid's ''ComicBook/{{Empire}}'' with the line "I need insulin listening to you!"
* Spoofed in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''/''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' crossover ''Judgment on Gotham'', where Scarecrow sprays Judge Death with his nightmare toxin, causing [[HorrifyingTheHorror Judge Death to panic wildly]] over the sight of adorable ponies and cutesy little animals.
* Creator/CarlBarks found Christmas stories with AnAesop like this. Unfortunately, he was so good at it, that he got assignment after assignment.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/LoveIs''. Concentrated and undiluted example.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus''. almost no one but 6-year-olds and grandmothers actually finds it anything but sickeningly sweet.
* ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose''.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' has featured the iMac-parody the iFruit, which resembles a pear and features the sugar-sweet message "Welcome to iFruit. Hug me." When you turn it on.
-->'''Jason''': iThink iwill b sick.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Monty}}'' played with the trope, adding the alarmingly cute Giggles the Bear to the cast. The strip claims readership reached an all-time high, citing letters like "After reading today's 'Giggles' strip, I cut it out and cuddled it - signed, My Inner Child," and "When I saw your new character/product line 'Giggles,' I felt a peculiar stirring in my loins - signed, Comic Syndicate Executive."
* An in-universe example in ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}''. Before Linus was old enough to read and write, he would have Charlie Brown take down his letters to Santa Claus, and they were so overly saccharine (Linus admitted he was trying to butter him up), Charlie Brown had to quit writing, claiming he was getting nauseated.
** Peanuts itself was accused of this trope near the end of its run.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Subverted again in ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}} Fu'' with the monster card "Big Eyes, Small Mouse." Its description? "Too cute to live. Your duty is clear."
* TabletopGame/{{Candyland}}.

* "She's in Love" from TheMusical version of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' sung by Ariel's sisters and Flounder about Ariel being in love, a scene that took 10 seconds in the movie.
* Subverted in ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. Veruca Salt is an adorable-looking, blonde, pink-clad, ballet-loving-down-to-the-tutu tot...and a SpoiledBrat extraordinaire who's AllTakeAndNoGive to her forever-accommodating dad. Their mutual IAmSong "When Veruca Says" is the cutesiest-sounding number in the show, too, playing up LyricalDissonance. When she decides she wants one of Willy Wonka's nut-sorting squirrels though, she learns the hard way that cute is not nice...
* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', despite its success on Broadway, became regarded as treacly and old-fashioned. The movie made some attempts to tone this down (e.g., changing the placements of some songs, casting actors who could try and add dimension to their roles) without completely eliminating it. Christopher Plummer still famously described the film version as "The Sound Of Mucus" because of this trope.

* Creator/{{Sanrio}} is famous for overly-cute mascots like Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, Tuxedo Sam, and the Sugarbunnies.
* Franchise/MyLittlePony, particularly G2 and G3, is known for being overly cute at times, with cute ponies in pretty much every possible color, cute symbols, pink being one of the most popular pony colors, and some (like Gigglebean) have absurdly cute names.

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcIl23eXv20 "A Google's Wish"]] by [=StickFreeks=].
* What do you get when you mix a cat with a duck? You get [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq9ytQ83Bu8 Maneki Neko-Ducku, who makes everybody happy.]]
* Daria [=McGrain's=] artwork mostly shows this trope, but that doesn't excuse the fact that nearly all of her artwork is definitely NSFW.
* Shimejis are those cute little desktop mascots that run around your screen being practically useless, but utterly adorable. Some of the cutest ones include Pokemon, Homestuck, Hetalia, and etc.
* The "White Girls" [[MemeticMutation meme]] apparently going around is probably related to works that evoke this reaction.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/AnneGeddes' baby pictures.
* The streetcar/tram system in Würzburg, Germany has a chorus of little kids announcing the next stop. Downright creepy, not to mention rather difficult for non-native speakers to understand.
* The Japanese street fashion [[ElegantGothicLolita Lolita]] has a crazy lovechild between Sweet Lolita and Decora; [[http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kxgdd7Hr761qa20ryo1_400.jpg OTT Sweet Lolita.]]
** Almost everything made by the brand Angelic Pretty. With names like "Toy Fantasy", "Melody Doll", and "Sugary Carnival"... yeah. And every print has accompanying big, glittery acrylic jewelry in shapes that relate to the print - ponies, teddy bears, candy, etc.
* Ride/DisneyThemeParks are full of this. "It's a Small World" is the most famous example, but the general "heartwarming and magical" aesthetic of parades, live shows, and so on can be wearying after a while, even for fans of the characters being featured. Even the most adult-oriented of the parks, Epcot in Florida, is occasionally prone to a little ''too'' much sugar making the {{Edutainment|Show}} go down, though it likely was a lot worse when the park opened (think songs like "It's Fun to Be Free", "Making Memories", "Tomorrow's Child", etc.).
* Greeting cards. All of them.
* There's a reason Lisa Frank is the trope illustrator.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plug6OIrxRM This Polish children's song (and accompanying video)]].