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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]]. She tends to be very manipulative and is often murderously dangerous to those that see BeneathTheMask. For children, may involve levels of TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior.

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)manChild]].

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

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Mimi Yoshioka from ''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, ''{{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. 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 ''IchigoMashimaro''. 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 ''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 ''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.]]
* ''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''.
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[[folder:FanFiction]]
* 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.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* [[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.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Natasha Rostov tries this for a long time in ''Literature/WarAndPeace''. She's eventually [[BreakTheCutie broken]] though.
* Quite a few of David Eddings' [[TheElenium 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.
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[[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.
* 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 ZeroContext example from ''Scandal''. (* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': [[spoiler: Cyrus]].)
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[[folder:Music]]
%% No context (* Baby Spice of the Spice Girls.)
* Sayumi Michishige from [[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.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Nermal from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' is actually shown to purposely stunt his own growth to stay a permanently cute kitten.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* B.B. Hood (pictured above) from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' 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.
* 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.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''[[spoiler:Kohaku]]'' from ''{{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 ''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.
* Rena from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' fits this trope, [[spoiler: [[ObfuscatingStupidity or so it appears]]]]. The other main characters too, but they're [[BreakTheCutie broken]] more often.
** 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.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Portia from ''MyLifeInTrue''.
* Bailey from ''{{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]]
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* [[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.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Quinn Morgendorfer and her three friends on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. Mildly subverted because Quinn is as smart as Daria or nearly so, but [[ObfuscatingStupidity rarely applies it or develops her intelligence]].
* This is spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' with Strawberry Sweetcake, a parody of 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.
-->"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.
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