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->''"When ''you'' consider something charming, it never ends well."''
-->-- '''Satsuki Kiryuin (to [[AxCrazy Nui Harime]])''', ''Anime/KillLaKill''

While TheCutie is known for being a character that is sweet, lovable and innocent, some characters, while apparently [[TheCutie cute]], arenít as innocent as they seem.

The Fake Cutie is either a full-grown woman or [[WiseBeyondTheirYears otherwise mature person]], but insists on dressing, speaking and acting like a child, sometimes to a [[TastesLikeDiabetes sickening degree]], or at least much younger than she is in order to be cute and "get dates" or other benefits.

This [[TheCutie cutie]] act is actually camouflage to hide [[ObfuscatingStupidity her intelligence]], [[StepfordSmiler her true self]], [[EnfantTerrible her nefarious intentions]], or [[{{Yandere}} her insane jealousy]]. Sometimes she knows full well how shaken up her behavior makes her foes, and [[{{Troll}} takes great joy in seeing them squirm]]. She tends to be very manipulative and is often murderously dangerous to those that see BeneathTheMask. For children, may involve levels of TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior. However, it is entirely possible that she may have [[BrokenBird less malicious]] intentions.

She is the cute counterpart of the StepfordSmiler, and may even be her daughter. The BitchInSheepsClothing is her meaner sister. The fully grown Fake Cutie is invariably a [[PsychopathicManChild Psychopathic (Wo)man Child]], unless she is of the BrokenBird variant.

While this trope is almost AlwaysFemale, examples using little boys are not unheard of.

Compare and contrast CuteAndPsycho, DeliberatelyCuteChild, {{Kawaiiko}}, {{Keet}}, TheIngenue, KiddieKid, TheCutie, LittleRedFightingHood, DawsonCasting.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Mimi Yoshioka from ''Manga/LovelyComplex'' acts this way around her crush, Otani. She does eventually slip, revealing her true nature.
* Washu on ''Manga/TenchiMuyo'', though it's ''definitely'' an act; she can move in and out of it at a moment's notice (she even [[VoluntaryShapeshifting physically alters her body]] to switch between the usual "Cutie" act and her true age). She's the smartest person in the galaxy, and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Twenty Thousand Years Old]]... And that's in the continuities where she's ''closest'' to what she appears.
* On top of being a GenkiGirl, ''VideoGame/{{Vandread}}'s'' Dita fits this description pretty well. She talks like a child ("Hello, Mr. Pilot!") and acts like one, even if you ignore the fact that she plays with toys. Her CharacterDevelopment reveals a more complex reason why she grew up this way: When she was little, being a CheerfulChild brought hope and smiles to the adults around her in a tough time. [[ForHappiness She resolved to be as cheerful and cute as possible to continue helping out as best she could]], [[StepfordSmiler and it kind of stuck]]. To her credit, she didn't let this get '''so''' out-of-proportion that she didn't learn more practical skills, like cooking, sewing, flying a HumongousMecha and delivering babies - [[spoiler: The last skill in particular was instrumental to saving the entire crew in the opener of the second season, as the cry of a newborn baby was the password to unlocking the central computer of the ship from its BSOD.]]
* Miu from ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow''. Cute is practically a way of life for her. Mind, so is {{Jerkass}}.
* ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' seems to suggest that, if we ever develop [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Ridiculously Human]] [[RobotGirl Robot Girls]] we'll probably intentionally program this trope into them...and [[TruthInTelevision they're probably right]].
* ''Manga/DeathNote'''s Near is an eighteen year-old genius who sits around playing with toys ''all the time'' and who, when he has to fly to Japan, gets an ally to essentially chaperone him because he's never flown on his own before, then sits on the flight fiddling with a model car. He's not trying to be cute, though - he's just [[BunnyEarsLawyer extremely weird]].
** Misa is this whenever she has all her memories intact and serves as the second Kira. Otherwise, she's a genuine cutie.
* Komoe Tsukuyomi from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. I mean.... Bunny pajamas, and ends her sentences with 'desu'? Who are we kidding here?
* Akira in ''Manga/LuckyStar'', despite being 14 and thus younger than anyone else in the cast, has the personality of [[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight a dried up old entertainer]] completely disillusioned with the industry. So the joke behind her little Lucky Channel segments is the rapid personality switches between a {{kawaiiko}} girl even younger than her real age and her bitter, real personality. The cutesy act apparently doesn't go over well with the audience compared to [[EnsembleDarkhorse Minoru]] or the main cast, of course.
* Yaya from ''Manga/ShugoChara'' goes as far as having her Shugo Chara, AKA AnthropomorphicPersonification of her TrueSelf, be a ''baby''. Her MagicalGirl form even wears bunny pajamas and her special attacks include rubber ducks and a giant rattle. Oh and she's prone to burst into tears if hurt.
* Biscuit Krueger in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' is an expert combatant and, for some time, a mentor to the main characters. She has the ability to alter her body to appear like a preteen girl; she does so because her true form is {{gonk}} and she is ashamed of looking like that. She also likes the bonus of keeping a low profile and, if she ever needs to get in a fight, having the opponent go easy on her due to her cuteness.
* [[FallenPrincess Flay Allster]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' becomes this when she goes {{yandere}} after [[spoiler: her dad's death]], acting sweet and kind to Kira while planning to [[spoiler: get him killed in battle as "punishment" for him not being able to save her old man.]] CharacterDevelopment fixes that, however. [[spoiler: And then she dies.]]
* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'': Megumi is a full-grown woman that insists on dressing, speaking and acting like a cute child, sometimes to a sickening degree, [[FanserviceWithASmile as a ploy to get clients into her bakery]].
* In ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'', we have [[spoiler:Nadeko Sengoku, as revealed in Nadeko Medusa. She acts cute, plays victim and behaves non-confrontationally in order to avoid responsibility and get people on her side. In truth, she hates hard work and emotional stress, is extremely irresponsible and selfish, deeply jealous of Hitagi's and Shinobu's relationship with Koyomi (who she's yandere for), and believes nothing is ever her fault.]]
* Nui Harime, a bubbly, bouncy, adorable girl dressed all in pink, and also [[spoiler:the murderer of Ryuko's father]] in ''Anime/KillLaKill''.
* Nico Yazawa from ''Franchise/LoveLive''. On stage, she's a cute and cheerful idol who likes to go [[CatchPhrase "Nico Nico nii~!"]]. Outside of it, however, she's an AttentionWhore with the temperament of a grumpy old lady.
* Road Kamelot from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' qualifies. Even though she appears to be a child, she's actually the oldest Noah and a total sadist, once [[EyeScream stabbing Allen in the eye]] and then [[LecherousLicking licking]] off [[BloodLust his blood]].
* Roma Hoito from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. When initially introduced, she's a clumsy and forgetful waitress that has a [[HeroWorship crush]] on Kaneki because of his fame in the Ghoul community. She's a source of comic relief, and a slight annoyance to her coworkers because of her frequent mistakes. This cute personality is entirely false -- she's actually a member of the [[MonsterClown Clowns]] and a sadistic LoonyFan that considers Kaneki's suffering romantic. Even fellow Clown [[DepravedHomosexual Nico]] is mildly disturbed by her obsession with destroying Kaneki's happiness.
* ''LightNovel/YoujoSenki'': The eleven-year old brutally ruthless military commander Tanya Degurechaff usually tries to present herself as an adult in a child's body, but will occasionally take advantage of being a cute young girl when it suits her. In one case, when required by International Wartime Law to announce beforehand her attack on an enemy munitions factory, she does so in an overly-cutesy girlish voice. This leads the factory workers to assume that she is just some girl who is using the radio to play a prank, so nobody evacuates or prepares for an assault. Two minutes later the factory explodes.
* Princess, Ange, Dorothy and Chise from ''Anime/PrincessPrincipal'' will act cute as part of their cover as spies operating out of a prestigious school, but they will switch to ruthless at the drop of a hat -- they are spies after all.
* In ''Manga/BlendS'', Mafuyu is the group's TokenMiniMoe, DeadpanSnarker, and, more often than not, the group's OnlySaneMan. She invokes this trope in her job as a waitress at the CosplayCafe Stile, where the staff act out character types and Mafuyu is cast as the "LittleSisterHeroine". She plays up her cuteness for maximum effect, speaking super sweetly to the "Onii-chans"/"Big Brothers" who patronize the café and, on one occasion, using her act to steer customers away from ordering items they couldn't make due to lack of ingredients.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Nermal from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' is actually shown to purposely stunt his own growth to stay a permanently cute kitten.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Agent Diamond, from ''FanFic/AkatsukiKittenPhoenixCorporationOverhaul'', seems to swing between this and CuteAndPsycho. She is generally sweet and happy a lot of the time... she just has an extremely frightening tendency to do things like kill people while [[GigglingVillain giggling madly]]. There may be a FreudianExcuse behind that, as well as basic nature: [[spoiler:she "used to be" [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Renesmee Carlie Cullen]] and has only grown less human in mind since then.]]
* ''Fanfic/LokiAgentOfDoomgard'' gave us Loki Goddess of Traps and Poisons, who is a short, cute, harmless looking woman... so scared and vulnerable. Well, yes. It IS a trap. When she got arrested the "cops" found a head in her freezer.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* [[TransSexual Kit]][[Creator/CillianMurphy ten]], from ''Film/BreakfastOnPluto''.
* ''Film/{{Orphan}}'': [[spoiler:Esther fits this perfectly, her entire life is based around hiding her AxCrazy personality, and the [[OlderThanTheyLook fact that's she's in her thirties]] with a cute-girl facade.]]
* In ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'', Jane dresses like a little girl and sings songs that would be adorable for a little girl but are incredibly creepy when sung by an adult.
* ''Film/AllTheBoysLoveMandyLane'', Mandy Lane seems like an innocent, virginal, late-teen girl who all the teenage boys are obsessed over at high school. [[spoiler: Turns out she's an evil, manipulative, female who uses her charms to make a multiple murder and suicide pact with her nerdy male best friend, which she then breaks by killing him too. And she gets away maintaining her innocent persona.]]
* Gogo of ''Film/KillBill''. SailorFuku on the outside, lethal [[EpicFlail meteor-hammer]]-wielding psychopath on the inside.

* Natasha Rostov tries this for a long time in ''Literature/WarAndPeace''. She's eventually [[BreakTheCutie broken]] though.
* David Eddings' ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'' novels have the goddess Aphrael. Her "real" form is an adult woman, but she always appears to everyone as a eight year old girl. This allows her to use ThePowerOfLove on everyone. When a cute young girl asks to sit in your lap, no one can refuse. Once she sits in your lap and gives you a kiss, she ''will'' get her way on everything she wants.
* Willie Connolly in J.R. Lowell's 1972 thriller ''Daughter of Darkness'' starts out as a [[DeliberatelyCuteChild Deliberately Cute]] ChildProdigy, and becomes this as she matures. She doesn't want her father to realize she is in puberty, because she thinks (and is probably right) he will send her away to some stupid prep school instead of allowing her to stay home and care for him. She spends the next few years with a tight bandage around her breasts and dressing like an eight-year-old. It works for a while.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Princess Ariel of ''Series/WizardsAndWarriors'' was the epitome of this trope.
* Similarly, Vala Mal Doran of the later seasons of ''Series/StargateSG1'' is portrayed as being in her early to mid thirties, but most of the time acts like she's in her early twenties at best, even wearing her hair in a pair of unbraided pigtails. It's almost certainly calculated to make her appear harmless, because [[spoiler:in an episode when she loses her memory, aside from trying to continue her thieving and lawless ways, she acts more maturely]]. It's helped when people make reference to pop culture, as she's not from Earth, allowing her to demonstrate something approximating real naivete.
** And when she stops acting cute and acts competent instead, she unnerves everyone. It's a skill.
* Amy Hughes on ''Series/DeadOfSummer''. [[spoiler:Initially presented as a wholesome, virginal FinalGirl, she's actually the BigBad who was responsible for every murder on the show, using a Satanic cult as her {{Unwitting Pawn}}s to summon the demon Malphas. She murdered her best friend Margo in order to get her job at [[EldritchLocation Camp Stillwater]], and she ''embraced'' her DemonicPossession, seeing Malphas as the only one who "understood her".]]
%%* Annie on ''Series/{{Community}}'' is in-universe compared to Pollyanna and Disney Princesses, she is okay with her sexual repression, and other characters have commented they "try not to sexualize her".
%% Yet another ZeroContextExample from ''Scandal''. (* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': [[spoiler: Cyrus]].)

%% No context (* Baby Spice of the Spice Girls.)
* Sayumi Michishige from [[Music/HelloProject Morning Musume]] plays this trope for laughs ''constantly'' in her TV appearances, putting on the attitude of a [[ItsAllAboutMe cheerfully narcissistic]] {{Kawaiiko}}.
** Momoko Tsugunaga of Berryz Koubou does the same, only cranked UpToEleven.
* Music/JustinBieber's gimmick is entirely based around this; he was 16 when he started but promoted as if he was 12 years old. If reports of his business sense and backstage behavior are anything to go by then his 'kid' persona is clearly constructed.

* A subversion occurs during ''Murder Mystery Dinner Train'', where one of the suspects, a one-time child actress, was revealed to have remained young and cute so long because her agent used a variety of drugs to stunt her growth and keep her in the movies as long as possible.
* Rosalie in ''Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad'' is an oversexed version.
* One of the titular character's peers in ''TheMadwomanOfChaillot'' is a downright ''ancient'' version of this trope.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* B.B. Hood (pictured above) from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' (notably, the only playable character in the franchise who is a perfectly ordinary human, for a given value of [[EnfantTerrible "perfectly]] [[PsychoForHire ordinary]] [[KillingIntent human"]]) plays up her cuteness, but is [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters more vicious and psychotic than most of the monsters in the cast.]]
* Momo Karuizawa, the skipping, pigtailed, stripey-socked, 4 1/2-foot tall tennis player from ''VideoGame/RivalSchools''. [[spoiler:Oh, [[BitchInSheepsClothing and she's also evil.]] But she gets better in the Gorin path - it turns out a good part of said evil [[LoveMakesYouCrazy came from her loyalty and love for]] [[ManipulativeBastard Kurow]], and then [[YouHaveFailedMe he throws her under the bus]]. Shouma saves her and tells her to pick a side, and this drives Momo to a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* Vanille from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is a [[StepfordSmiler Deconstruction]] of the Cutie. She pretends to be innocent in order to hide her guilt. While she's by no mean a bad person, some of the the main characters, particularly [[TheCynic Lightning]] and [[OnlySaneMan Sazh]], end up not trusting her.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2'', Marilyn Catto's character encyclopedia entry mentions she's taken cosmetic surgery to maintain her looks and she makes the men in her squad treat her like a princess, which could mean that she is a case of Older Than They Look.
* Zigzagged with ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive5 Ultimate'' character Marie Rose. If she loses she'll sit on the ground and sob but then mug for the camera as if it's an act. That said she often is TheCutie and cheerfully [[PintSizedPowerhouse smacks the crap]] out of her opponents with a smile on her face.
* Flowey from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is an adorable, talking flower who introduces himself as supposedly your best friend [[EstablishingCharacterMoment only to take advantage of the player's naivety, to try and convince them to walk straight into his attacks]]. It all goes nowhere but downhill from there. [[spoiler: Later subverted, though, as it turns out that he actually UsedToBeASweetKid, and, [[TheSoulless given half a chance]], reverts to old habits.]]
-->''[player avoids the "white friendliness pellets"]''\\
'''Flowey:''' Is this a joke? Are you braindead? RUN. INTO. THE. friendliness pellets.\\
''[if player continues to avoid the "friendliness pellets"]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ''[trembling text]'' You know what's going on here, don't you? You just wanted to see me suffer.\\
''[Flowey creates a huge, unavoidable circle of bullets]''\\
'''Flowey:''' '''DIE.''' ''[reveals his GameFace and lets out an EvilLaugh as the bullets close in]''
* Alice from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' is this in spades. Not only is she {{older than she looks}} (she's 18, but could pass for being in her early teens), but she's a sadistic bitch that is more than willing to torment her underlings and claim them as her pets. She is also very manipulative, using her looks to trick people by lying blatantly.
* Dahlia Hawthorne of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' is introduced as a sweet, innocent girl in a pink dress with [[FriendToAllLivingThings butterflies fluttering around her]], winning over everyone in the courtroom. This hides her true nature, which is a [[spoiler:scheming, manipulative murderer]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''[[spoiler:Kohaku]]'' from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. Her faked personality isn't revealed until you get to the second to last route of the game, though there are hints beforehand. However, it actually appears as though she's been faking her personality on accident and out of habit. As a child, she was something of an EmotionlessGirl, but now when Shiki see her he thinks to himself, [[spoiler:'If only Hisui had some of Kohaku's cheer.' *wince*]]
* Liliana in ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz''. [[spoiler:Some of it is natural, some of it is obfuscating stupidity.]] Hints start dropping fairly early that she's not as young as she looks.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** Rena [[spoiler: [[seems like this with her ObfuscatingStupidity and occasional forays into CuteAndPsycho territory, but we eventually find her cute personality is ''not'' an act. She's just a nice teenage girl trying to put her DarkAndTroubledPast behind her so she can live happily and peacefully surrounded by her dear friends. Unfortunately, she lives in a TownWithADarkSecret that makes this all but impossible]].
** A straighter example would be [[spoiler:Rika]]. She spends most of the time [[spoiler:looking adorable and acting like a child, [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe much to the joy of Rena]] (when she's not crazy). But come the second half of the series, we learn that she is in fact quite [[ObfuscatingStupidity mature (and somewhat cold)]], having lived through [[OlderThanTheyLook hundreds of years worth]] of [[KillEmAll bloodbaths]], at the end of which she is always killed. And her only option is to [[FateWorseThanDeath live through each one]], waiting until a [[DeusExMachina miracle occurs]] or until she [[GameOver cannot resurrect into another timeline]].]]
* Hiyoko Saionji from ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' is not only [[OlderThanTheyLook the same age as the other students despite looking like a little girl]], but she's also rather cruel and sadistic towards everyone else, particularly [[ReluctantFanserviceGirl Tsumiki]]. It doesn't help that she has rather childish mannerisms, which makes her actions come across as even more unsettling.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
%%* Portia from ''Webcomic/MyLifeInTrue''.
* Bailey from ''Webcomic/{{Alternate}}''. She even etches ''smiley faces'' on her ''food''.
* Runie from [[http://www.200-20.com/ 200:20]] because of her carefree behavior and the fact that it's lead to believe that her behavior is mostly just an act she's putting on for one reason or [[http://www.200-20.com/uploads/2/6/6/9/2669145/7664147_orig.jpg another]]
* Lutark Lampri from ''Webcomic/{{Hackbent}}'' is a decent male example. He's [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=2810&p=602 positively]] [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=2810&p=603 adorable]] in fake Moe-mode, disconcerting when he [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=2810&p=814 shows]] [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=2810&p=824 his]] true nasty colors, [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=2810&p=495 rather]] [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=2810&p=799 terrifying]] when he goes into full Villain mode.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[ComicBook/LessThanThreeComics LessThanThree Comics']] Brat Pack features Pixel, who is one year younger than her team-mates, and acts about five years younger most of the time, and has a blast doing so.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This is spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' with Strawberry Sweetcake, a parody of WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake. She turns out to be a homicidal [[spoiler:and kinda-cannibalistic]] StepfordSmiler.
* Mary "Baby Doll" Dahl of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' was a child actor with a growth deficiency which prevented her from physically aging, and similarly [[NotAllowedToGrowUp prevented her career from advancing as well]]. Years later, she snapped and started kidnapping old cast members, but kept doing so in character as "Daddy's widdle precious". It's only at the end of the episode, when she stumbles in front of a funhouse mirror that seems to show the adult form she could never have, that she breaks character and reveals what she's really like, in a speech that's a real TearJerker.
-->'''Baby Doll:''' Why wouldn't you let me make BELIEVE...?!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': Dot Warner likes to think of herself as TheCutie and takes her cuteness very seriously, but she's [[AllWomenAreLustful hardly]] innocent. [[BerserkButton Press her buttons]] and risk pain, call her "Dottie," and you die.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Li'l Gideon, a child psychic who everybody loves. Well...turns out he's a vicious CreepyChild who [[spoiler: tries to kill Dipper after he tries to tell Gideon that Mabel's not interested in him, and is willing to summon a demon in order to get the deed to Mystery Shack.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' has [[CuteKitten Little Bits]], who at first appears to be a poor stray who Wander finds [[CutenessProximity unbelievably cute]], claiming he'll do anything for her...but then it turns out she's actually mind-controlling him so she can bring him to Lord Hater.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'': [[EnfanteTerrible Heloise]], who has the appearance of a cute little girl but is a MadScientist and enjoys being mean.
* The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon ''Baby Buggy Bunny'' has Ant Hill Harry, aka Baby Face Finster-- a dwarfish bank robber who disguises himself as a baby. He can look very adorable-- and at one point beats seven shades out of Bugs with a baseball bat.