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Badass Adorable: Animated Films

  • One of the best aspects of Bambi II is evolving Disney's icon of cutesiness into a resourceful guardian for his herd, taking out an entire pack of hunting dogs by himself (bar one which is disposed of by the equally adorable Thumper and Flower).
  • The eponymous character of Coraline. A look that invokes Big Brother Instinct? Check. Underfed? Check. Having more balls than most healthy adult males? Um... check.
  • Emily from Corpse Bride is pretty cute for an animated corpse and proves just how badass she is during the finale in the church against Barkis Bittern.
  • Denzel from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Case in point - "Son of a bitch!!!"
  • Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, capable of going from Badass to Adorable in the blink of an eye. It's all in the eyes. When he's happy to see you and wants to play, his pupils are HUGE, making him look adorable. If he doesn't like you or if you present a danger to him or his rider, those pupils will narrow to vertical slits and will make you instantly regret becoming the target of his wrath.
    • It helps that Toothless takes some cues from Stitch from Lilo & Stitch. Stitch looks like an adorable blue koala with big eyes and can act as such, but he's also the 626th experiment created by an evil scientist with the primary function of destruction, and that trait WILL show if he feels the need, such as messing with his Ohana.
  • Happy Feet has Boadicea pulling off Le Parkour moves and Erik standing up against some freaking Elephant Seals.
  • In Frozen we have Anna and Elsa. Let's see - Cute? Check. Adorable? Check. Able to hold their own in a fight? Double Check.
  • The Incredibles: Jack-Jack is a baby who can't even talk yet, but both Syndrome and the babysitter learn the kid won the Superpower Lottery, multiple times, with enough powers for a team in his own right.
  • Even though he's a 50-foot-something robot, the Giant from The Iron Giant is an endearing Gentle Giant, with a childlike naivety about the world he's come to. Just don't point a weapon at him...
  • Kung Fu Panda has at least a few of these.
    • First there's The Protagonist, Po, who has badass kung-fu skills by the end of the first film. The adorable is, of course, the fact that he's a chubby Panda.
    • There's also Master Shifu, who is a small red panda, but he can kick just about anyone's ass.
    • Believe it or not, Viper is pretty cute too. Plus, she's voiced by Lucy Liu.
  • Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. The former is one of the most adorable skeletons ever. He also is the scariest guy in town, and if you try to turn his friends into snake-and-spider stew, he will fuck you up. The latter is a sweetheart and also had the guts to go into Oogie Boogie's lair by herself to save Santa.
  • Oliver & Company, where Oliver himself is adorable, and is somewhat badass during his CMOAs.
  • In the Shrek movies Puss-in-Boots takes serious advantage of this, weaponizing Puppy-Dog Eyes to catch opponents off guard.
  • The spinoff Puss in Boots introduces another Badass Adorable cat character by the name of Kitty Softpaws, who is skilled and tough on a level fit to rival Puss himself. And a literal "cat burglar."
  • Rapunzel of Tangled was fully capable of bringing down any of the thugs in the Snuggly Duckling with her all-purpose whip (i.e. her hair) and Frying Pan of Doom but she didn't have to. They were already subdued by her pretty, endearing, 'I have a dream' adorableness.
  • Morph on Treasure Planet. Seems like a cute, little blob reminiscent of Ditto, right? Not only is he capable of transforming into any given person or object (still remains the same size when in normal form), but can utter very snarky phrases like a parrot, and, when against Ax-Crazy Scroop, is able to put up a decent fight for several minutes. Badass Adorable, indeed.
  • Margo, Edith, and Agnes from Despicable Me. Three absolutely adorable and adopted girls who are also intelligent and ACTS tough as hell. Gru, the minions, and Lucy also apply, but for Lucy in a Adorkable way.
  • The Sandman from Rise of the Guardians, you do not want to get on his bad side.
  • The Brave Little Toaster stars friendly appliances. Toaster and Lampy are chief here and they have badass Heroic Sacrifices.
  • San in Princess Mononoke. Granted she is pretty badass but she does have her moments of being adorable whenever Ashitaka catches her off guard.
  • Two-fourths of the core four in Wreck-It Ralph — Vanellope von Schweetz, a Plucky Girl Badass Driver and Fix-It Felix Jr., an Adorkable Nice Guy with enough guts to take on a Cy Borg bug invasion.
  • Uni-Kitty from The Lego Movie is, as her name implies, a half-kitten, half-unicorn. She's pink and has a very sweet personality. If provoked far enough, however, she is capable of effortlessly defeating micromanagers unarmed, the only character to demonstrate this trait.
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