Adorkable / Anime and Manga

  • Bleach.
    • Rukia has had her moments: her love for cute things and bunnies-specifically chappy, not to mention her drawing skills (or lack there of), plus her "innocent (and dramatic) girly schoolgirl" act she puts on in front of Ichigo's family and classmates is too adorable.
    • Surprisingly enough, her older brother Byakuya isn't immune. His obsession with the Seaweed Ambassador, his artwork, and his occasional attempts at telling jokes give him these moments every once in a while.
    • Uryu Ishida. Top of his class and is very serious about most things, this includes his love in sewing, and outside of all of this he's kinda socially awkward.
    • Hanataro. He's a good medic, but not exactly the epitome of toughness. This is especially evident in scenes with him and Ganju.
  • Blue Exorcist:
    • Rin Okumura. He's Book Dumb, somewhat kluzy at times, goes all awkward when it comes to girls he likes, is very childish - especially with friends - and is an AMAZING cook. This popular image says it all.
    • Yukio Okumura. Generally the calm, collected guy...but put him in a social situation and he generally falls to pieces as his basic shy nature comes to the front. Multiply this if it involves Shiemi.
    • Konekomaru is shy, short glasses-wearing smart guy who adores cats.
    • Shiami Moriyama is downright adorable, so darned sweet, as well as terribly awkward around people.
  • Bokura no Kiseki: Gerald Frolio. He's an awkward and sort of nerdy priest, who clearly has something of a crush of his country's Princess Veronica. This applies to his reincarnation from the series' present timeline, Midou, to a certain extent as well.
  • Bunny Drop: Pointed out when Daikichi notes how unfair it is that "Michan" (the dad of one of Rin's classmates) is also extremely clumsy. It was like he was scientifically designed to be as attractive as possible, and the clumsiness just makes him more adorable.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura:
  • Cat Planet Cuties: Kio. Manami calls him an otaku but other girls point out to her it's a part of his charm.
  • Code Geass: Suzaku (especially when he's around cats), Lelouch (especially when he's around Shirley), Rolo (around his beloved brother Lelouch), and Shirley.
  • D.N.Angel:
    • Kosuke, Daisuke's dad. He's very clumsy and kind-hearted.
  • Darker Than Black: This is about half the point of "Li Sheng Shun". He's so adorably inept, clumsy, kindhearted, and naive that you just want to hug him, and nobody would ever suspect he's secretly the Black Reaper, the most badass and stoic guy in a series full of emotionless killing machines.
  • Death Note
    • Matsuda. He's dumb, but also kind hearted and determined to try and prove himself useful.
    • Light Yagami's usual charm can sometimes come across as this.
    • Despite L's obsession with justice and his gangly pale figure, he manages to do this by smiling.
    • A lot of L's interaction with Naomi in the spin-off novel is this, especially the ending. He is clearly woefully inexperienced with the concept of "hugging".
  • Descendants of Darkness: Tsuzuki, a happy-go-lucky, dorky shinigami with a sweet tooth.
  • Detective Conan:
    • Conan himself. In the beginning of the series the only clothes he's seen wearing are his miniature suit, complete with a bow tie. This combined with his cute ways of expressing his feelings and his Sherlock Holmes obsession create top quality Adorkable material. He can also be classified as an out-and-out mystery geek, not just a Holmes geek.
    • Conan's dad, Yusaku Kudo. He's a mystery writer who gets a bit too excited about mysteries. Also, his glasses rock. And his wife/Conan's mom Yukiko mixes this with One of the Kids, Tsundere, and being really damn pretty.
    • Conan's teacher Sumiko Kobayashi is not only really pretty, but a very sweet Nice Girl who often goes adorkable when she fangirls over her beloved mystery authors and the Japanese Police (she wanted to be a police woman before choosing to become a teacher), or when she tries to become the Detective Kids's "manager". Appropiately, when she and Gentleman Inspector Shiratori get together, her adorkable levels start rubbing off on him.
  • Digimon Adventure:
  • Digimon Adventure 02:
    • Davis/Daisuke who is such a ditzy goofball and can be rather silly around his crush. One of the dorkiest things to behold, yet OH SO CUTE!
    • Ken displays traits of this once he joins the team as a contrast to his former Kaiser persona; he's incredibly awkward and somewhat socially inept, but it only makes him come off as more of a nice guy.
    • Wormmon's childlike behavior and voice make him incredibly cute and endearing.
  • Digimon Tamers: Takato. The kid's just so earnest, it's hard for him to be anything but. It's really easy to see in his interactions with Ruki, who can go Tsun-Tsun when she realized he's added too-girly emoticons to the e-mail he wrote in her stead, and dere-dere when she pretends to be more annoyed then she is at his failed attempt to keep her surprise birthday party a surprise.
  • Dr. Slump:
    • Arale, a clumsy and curious Robot Girl who is clueless about how the world works. The small, cute-like appearance, huge glasses, along with her perpetually bubbly and innocent personality make her very endearing.
    • Obotchaman, Arale's love interest (originally created to be her Evil Knockoff) also qualifies. Unlike Arale, he's extremely well-mannered and polite. He's also shy, romantic and so smitten with Arale that he gets adorably awkward when talking to or about her.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Son Gohan, especially as a teenager. He's such a sweet, friendly, good-natured guy, yet also very studious, and he gets into many embarrassing social situations, and he has questionable taste in fashion and, er, superhero poses.
    • Yamcha was adorkable during his teenage years but he grew out of it a little as he got older. Yamcha was afraid of girls and super awkward around them when he was a teenager, even though his dream was to fall in love and get married. He even wanted to use the Dragon Balls to make it so he would not have panic attacks around girls anymore.
    • Kid/Teen Chi-Chi (the former moreso), because of her massive crush on Goku and her constant blushing and crying. You can't help finding her Adorkable.
    • Goten. Gohan's friendly, good-natured hyperactive brother. His innocence and childish personality is what makes him adorkable.
    • Goku. Huge goofball with a high voice. Having to grow up by himself, isolated from a lot of the world, he was very childish and adorably curious and oblivious to a lot of things as a child, such as love, or even what girls were like. And even though he wisened up as an adult, he still retained a lot of his adorably goofiness and childishness.
  • Durarara!!:
    • Mikado, who's even gained the fan nickname Moekado. Also Shinra, Kida, and Erika and Walker.
    • When Vorona goes undercover as Shizuo's kohai to discover his weaknesses and eventually kill him, she discovers to her surprise that the God of Destruction in a Bartender Suit is actually a rather dorky Nice Guy when he's not under the influence of his violent Hair-Trigger Temper. Cue the defrosting.
    • Celty every time she tries to do regular human things like cooking or playing video games or when she gets scared of aliens and cops
    • When not in rage mode Shizou's a friendly and insecure guy. Too bad it doesn't happen that often.
  • Free!: Rei is book smart and serious, but still does ridiculous things as if they were normal, like trying on silly patterned swimsuits with gusto, calling Rin "Rin-chan-san" note , and pretending to be a detective and making sound effects while spying on Rin.
  • Full Metal Panic!: The normally calm and Stoic Sousuke Sagara becomes a complete dork around women or when confronted with romance or anything sexual.
  • Genshiken: Madarame is a perfect example of this trope. He is a Hot-Blooded Otaku, but at the same time is a bit uncomfortable around acts of physical affection. His Spiritual Successor seems to have gotten better in Spotted Flower.
  • John Brown of Ghost Hunt has his moments. Bring him up to any of his fans and the word 'cute' will come up, usually because of his charmingly naive personality and/or amusing facial expressions.
  • Hellsing:
    • Seras Victoria. She's rather clumsy, but she has a good heart and just plain cute, so who cares if she's a vampire?
    • Same could be said of Schrodinger. The loss of his handbook leads to a rather cute moment.
  • Hen:
    • Ryuichi Kobayashi definitely. With his huge ears and easily flustered nature, especially around women.
    • Azumi Yamada is a total klutz and is a mousy cute little girl who gets easily flustered over things of a sexual nature.
  • High School Of The Dead: Kohta Hirano, a bullied otaku loser who proves himself more than useful in the zombie apocolypse.
  • Hot Gimmick: beautiful, spineless, Shrinking Violet Hatsumi and Hatsumi's sweet and unassuming friend Subaru.
  • Infinite Stratos:
    • Laura Bodewig, post-meltdown. Her lack of social skills make almost any social interaction awkwardly and hilariously cute.
    • Houki Shinonono is dorkily attractive whenever she's flustered or happy.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Josuke, from Part 8. Obsession with measurements? Check. Strange habits such as sleeping under the mattress because the weight of the mattress makes him comfortable? Check. High intellect? Check. An abysmal grasp of common sense caused by the fact that he hasn't any memory? Checkmate.
  • Kare Kano: Yukino Miyazawa is a gifted high school student lauded by classmates and teachers. This apparent brilliance, however, is mainly used as a means to garner praise. At home, Yukino is very dorky.
  • Log Horizon: Akatsuki roleplays being a ninja constantly, has trouble conversing with other people, but is very earnest, so when she speaks, what comes out is sometimes very awkward.
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions: Rikka, As a result of her small and cuddly appearance awkwardly contrasting with her delusions of grandeur.
  • Love Hina: Keitaro. Sure he might be a huge Accidental Pervert, but his genuine desire to know the other tenants and his constant determination are endearing.
  • Lucky Star: Tsukasa. She's prone to oversleeping, isn't very good at studying, and overall makes a lot of adorable mess-ups, looking just as adorable trying (unsuccessfully) to correct these faults.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!: Aside from the title character, there's Nodoka, Chachamaru, and especially Setsuna, whose cool demeanor flies out the window in the presence of her Ojou-sama.
  • Despite being a powerful dragon equal to Tohru in strength, Elma from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid is shown to be fairly innocent and naive at times, is easily flustered, gets very excited about sweets, and gets fired up over simple things while often failing to look threatening at all. She even amuses kids with "old man" humor. Before she manages to become a proper coder, she was pretty much the office mascot due to this.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn:
  • Monochrome Factor: Kengo has this in spades. Not only is he a sweet lovable idiot who bounces back nearly all the time even though he keeps getting treated as the punching bag of the group, he looks the cutest when he's crying or smiling (which is nearly all the time). too bad he gets killed off gruesomely. even worse, he went out with a smile, accepting his own death for the sake of his friends.
  • Young Tenma from Monster, before his badass upgrade made him stop being a woobie doormat.note  The gangly, badly-dressed Grimmer looks quite adorkable as well... at least when he's not Hulking out.
  • Jean from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. Not only is he intelligent, he is also generous, sweet-natured, caring, friendly, loyal, naive, and dedicated to what he likes. He's quite brave, as well. Of course he's naturally green when it comes to social graces around the opposite sex, but in a way it proves to be an asset. Nadia's English voice actress once said that she would date someone like him "in a heartbeat".
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto. When he's not in Determinator mode he's socially awkward, and early on, most of his boasts came off more as cute/laughable than intimidating. Not to mention Hinata Hyuga and Rock Lee.
    • No one could have predicted that Hashirama, the First Hokage, was this. He noticeably stands out against his brother, the Second Hokage who is very stoic while the former is goofy, friendly and just plain Keet, cheerfully admitting he spoiled his granddaughter rotten. One person even commented how it was hard to believe that such a cheerful, happy-go-lucky person used to be one of the strongest shinobi in the world. Proves to be a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass by intimidating his brother, Sasuke, Juugo, Suigetsu, and Orochimaru through sheer willpower without moving an inch.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Mari Makinami from Rebuild of Evangelion can't see without her glasses and, outside of her EVA, is socially awkward to the point that Rei could fit in better than her.
    • Shinji Ikari, who apologises a lot, plays the cello, is mostly polite to everyone, and is self-deprecating (but without the humourous irony). It's probably why he appears to have UST with many of the female characters in the cast.
    • Rei, who is shut off from practically everyone to the point of not knowing appropriate responses to others. For example, Shinji suggests that she should try smiling and Rei takes inspiration of how to smile with a memory of Gendo smiling at her.
  • Ojamajo Doremi:
    • Doremi Harukaze. Very clumsy and self-proclaimed unluckiest girl in the world, but always willing to help someone in need.
    • Hazuki Fujiwara. A very sweet girl who's also shy, sensitive and easily scared. And she wears Nerd Glasses.
    • Momoko Asuka is a hyper, hammy, adorably ditzy Funny Foreigner. She can be blunt at times and a Cloudcuckoolander, but still a well-intentioned, caring Nice Girl.
  • Onani Master Kurosawa: Intentionally the case with the excited-about-everything, anime-obsessed, Friend-To-All-Outcast-Nerds Nagaoka. His adorkability causes not one but two girls to fall in love with him—Magistel, who up until that point had been protagonist Kurosawa's Love Interest, and Kitahara, who is unfortunately not entirely sane.
  • One Piece:
    • In the Straw Hats, we have the not-too-bright Luffy, adorable doctor Chopper, and Lovable Coward Brainy Brunette Usopp. Even Robin, despite being an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl, has her moments every now and then when she has an Imagine Spot.
    • Outside of the Straw Hats, Boa Hancock of the Seven Warlords of the Sea is this, but only around Luffy. Hancock is usually too serious to be adorkable, but she acts like a Smitten Teenage Girl around Luffy, has frequent Imagine Spots about him, and tends to misinterpret a lot of what he says for proposals or declarations of love.
    • Tashigi has shades of the trope, being competent in battle but a Cute Clumsy Girl with a great love for swords outside of battle. She's also prone to mistaking random people for her superior officer Smoker without her glasses.
    • For a spoilerrific example, we have Charlotte Pudding, who is a double subversion of the trope. When the Straw Hats first meet her, Pudding is very kind, ditzy and dreamy, seeing Sanji as her prince charming. Then, her true colors as a cruel and sadistic person get revealed, and her adorkable aspects get chucked out of the window. However, when she pulls a Heel–Face Turn, she becomes adorkable again, being constantly flustered around Sanji to the point of acting like a Tsundere.
  • Ōkami-san: Ryoushi Morino. He even has a phobia of people looking at him.
  • Ouran High School Host Club: Tamaki. He has the handsome bishie looks and is very adept at flirting with girls he doesn't much know, but around friends (not to mention his actual love interest) he becomes a lot more of a lovable idiot.
  • Pandora Hearts:
    • Gilbert. Psychologically, he's a wubbly mess and often behaves very childishly. The other characters (and the mangaka) enjoy picking on him mercilessly.
    • Oz at times, and Leo as well at least before he takes off his glasses and gets a haircut.
  • The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Mashiro can easily be summed up as an Idiot Savant. While sometimes her mannerisms would enrage her Cloudcuckoolander's Minder Sorata, the first OP, written in Sorata's voice, seems to put her straight into this trope:
    Maybe you're just innocent, unyieldingly innocent...
  • Pokémon: Ash Ketchum, at least in the older seasons. He was rather klutzy and somewhat dim-witted, but also a really sweet kid with an enormous heart, and already a pint-sized Bishōnen to begin with. The Sun and Moon series brings this trope back in full throttle, while keeping his developed insight and prowess since then to make him an adorable Dork Knight.
    • Team Rocket's Jessie, James, and Meowth. Jessie for being a vain but lovable diva, James for just being so precocious and Meowth cause he's a frickin' talking cat with a New York accent! They serve as the villains but are just so gimmicky and so... fail that they aren't even threatening anymore. Their determination is admirable too.
    • May for being brave, optimistic, kind, and sometimes awkward.
    • Dawn's Buneary sometimes shows shades of this when around Pikachu by blushing and hiding her face in her fur.
    • At times, Cilan's hammy behavior makes him come off as this.
    • Clemont's poor physical condition and obsession with technology, just to name a few of his endearing quirks.
    • Lillie is an Adorably Precocious Child, being highly educated in Pokemon, unfortunately she spent most of her early run with a phobia of touching them, and even when it's conquered, she remains an jittery Ditzy Genius while still huggably Spoiled Sweet and polite.
  • Read or Die: Yomiko Readman. The quintessential bookworm. So nerdy. So cute. And so very, very scary.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • The titular Sailor Moon AKA Usagi Tsukino, the ditzy, clumsy, yet sweet leader of the senshi.
    • Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury. She is a nerdy Cute Bookworm after all, other than an insecure Shrinking Violet who tends to have a difficult time making new friends, despite being humble and gentle.
    • Minako Aino/Sailor Venus at times. Like Usagi she's a bit of a ditz (also a Malaproper in the anime), and an overall perky yet lovable, cheerful and fun-loving girl.
  • Saki:
    • Saki Miyanaga, due to her shy nature, her love of books, and her vulnerabiity.
    • Kaori Senoo from Tsuruga, a timid and socially awkward girl, who also doesn't know much about mahjong (for example, calling out riichi without getting the stick, and not realizing when she has a Yakuman hand). Her character selection screen in the PSP game lampshades this trope.
    "Somehow the sight of this timid second-year student fidgeting away is just too captivating."
  • Sgt. Frog:
    • Sergeant Keroro. In moments when he's genuinely excited about something, he expresses a child-like enthusiasm that is just too cute for words.
    • Fuyuki. Total occult nerd, and a walking Geeky Turn-On. The guy gets a lot of female attention for being such a geek.
  • Shaman King:
    • Yoh Asakura, a ditzy, laid-back protagonist who is also adorable.
    • Manta could probably surpass Yoh in this department, since he's a chibi Smart Guy. In fact, he's probably the anime character personification of the trope.
    • Despite the Values Dissonance taking place, Chocolove could qualify. His persistence on making people laugh is awfully endearing, and in a way, he's sort of an Ugly Cute.
  • Slayers: Gourry Gabriev is often viewed as adorkable by fangirls. He's a badass swordsman, but his terrible memory (at least in the anime) and tendency to be really sweet and a genuinely nice guy make him totally Adorkable. Less so in the original novels; Gourry's actually got a bit of a dry, snarky sense of humor and he's more observant than Lina gives him credit for. Gourry's anime portrayal seems to be a Flanderization of how Lina perceives him; viz. as nonmagical as it's possible to get and therefore a complete moron.
  • Sore ga Seiyuu!: Futaba is a big ball of awkward moe, getting nervous at even the slightest hint of going outside her comfort zone or making a decision for herself. Ichigo also applies, with her persona of being a princess from the Strawberry Planet that she'll slip into without notice. Presumably, this is the reason why the studio director chose the two of them and Rin to be radio hosts.
  • Soul Eater: Crona, especially on hir first day as a student at Shibusen; constantly hiding behind Maka like a frightened five-year-old.
  • Squid Girl:
    • The titular protagonist is this so much. Being a literal Fish out of Water, she doesn't know a whole lot about the surface, and has a child-like naiveté and curiosity for a lot of mundane things of normal human life. Mix that with some genuine naiveté and some Genki Girl tendencies, and you get a very adorkable girl.
    • Keiko Furukawa is a cute young policewoman, and always eager to help and protect whoever she can. Unfortunately for her, she's a Cute Clumsy Girl with No Sense of Direction, and tends to be forgetful and incompetent. Bless her heart though, she really tries to do a good job.
  • Steel Angel Kurumi 2: Nako. She wears glasses, she's incredibly clumsy, and kind-hearted.
  • Steins;Gate:
  • Trigun: Vash fits this quite well, easily falling into being a Badass Adorkable during times of comedic calamity that tend to follow him.
  • Waiting in the Summer: Kaito wears glasses, frequently dorks out with his old-fashioned camera, always nice but very awkward...we have a winner!
  • Yandere Kanojo: Wannabe-ace student Shiratori is considered adorkable in-universe. He thinks he's popular with girls because he's so cool. He's a bishonen who's great at athletics and academics, so he should be a natural Chick Magnet. In reality, it's because he gets really shy and flustered when girls flirt with him, which they find irresistible.
  • Yo Kai Watch: Komasan is an adorable,shy, and sensitive Yo-Kai that travels and currently lives in a city with his little brother Komajiro. Throughout the anime, Komasan is hired for various stuff like a janitor and a detective. Then there is Komasan and Komajiro's human forms that are just as cute as there Yo-kai forms.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
  • Xxx Holic: Watanuki, at least before Yuko's death. The way he expresses himself tend to be overly exaggerated as well as hilarious, making him even funnier as well as cute. The adorkableness adds even more with Todd Haberkorn playing him in the English dub.
  • Shin-ah in Yona of the Dawn is not used to being around people due to his isolated childhood but earnestly tries his best for his friends who find him endearing, although sometimes confusing.


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