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* Almost ''every'' MagicalGirl and MagicalGirlWarrior is about schoolage girls in sparkles and frilles that beat down on the MonsterOfTheWeek.
** Two examples from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Sakura Kinomoto, especially after [[spoiler:she becomes master of the Clow Cards, effectively making her the most powerful being on the planet]], while still remaining a [[PingPongNaivete blissfully naive]] CheerfulChild of the highest order and Mei-ling, for [[BadassNormal more human reasons]] and from a [[{{tsundere}} different angle]].
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
*** Nanoha makes friends by [[DefeatMeansFriendship beating the tar out of them]].
*** ''Vita' is a small {{moe}} girl with a big bang power mallet.
*** Caro. She's very young and cute, although she doesn't seem all that impressive at first, being mostly limited to [[WhiteMage support spells]], [[WhamEpisode but then her home gets attacked]], and ''[[OhCrap holy shit]], that little girl just [[SummonMagic summoned]] [[{{Kaiju}} Godzilla]]!''
** Despite being a {{Deconstruction}}, ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s girls are very much this. Homura had an {{Adorkable}} phase before [[TookALevelInBadass taking several levels in badass]] during the course of her [[spoiler:GroundhogDayLoop]].
** There's usually one in every incarnation of the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series: [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Hikari/Shiny Luminous]], [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Urara/Cure Lemonade]], [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Tsubomi/Cure Blossom]], [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Ako/Cure Muse]], and [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Yayoi/Cure Peace]].
*** Hell, every Pretty Cure counts as this! These girls hand out beatdowns (sometimes even ''literal'' [[HeartBeatDown Heart Beatdowns]]) like they're freaking candy and look insanely cute doing so.
** The main cast of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' are cute girls who are gutsy and powerful.
** Anybody who is able to use a [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear Symphogear]] definitely counts but special mention goes to [[GenkiGirl Hibiki]] who will [[RocketPunch beat the shit out of you]] despite being [[TheDitz well..]] and [[PluckyGirl Miku]] after all, not everyone can run full steam from an EldritchAbomination for an hour or [[spoiler:Throw a MookMaker a couple hundred meters in the air into another dimension]].
%%* ''AskDrRin'': Meirin Kanzaki.
* Saber in the Fate route of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' after she falls in love with Shirou. For example, her formerly [[InnocentFanserviceGirl unabashed stance on him seeing her naked]] turns into her embarrassedly asking him not to look, as she feels [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon ashamed by her overly developed muscles.]]
* Saeba Ryo, the LovableSexManiac ManChild hero of ''Manga/CityHunter''. Creator/AkiraKamiya is sure good at playing [[FistOfTheNorthStar sensitive and kind hearted badasses]], isn't he?
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'':
** Shiro is all happy giggles and singing... Then something pisses her off and she dropkicks giant robots and blows up buildings. Worst of all, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking she'll eat all your snacks]].
** [[TheHero Ganta]] is a little fourteen year old boy with big grey eyes and [[http://i15.mangareader.net/deadman-wonderland/15/deadman-wonderland-796076.jpg is just really damn adorable]]- and to top it off, he's a huge [[TheWoobie woobie]], especially in the first episode. Now watch what happens when the Red Man is mentioned.
* By [[Creator/StudioGainax Gainax]], there's Nono in ''Anime/DieBuster'' . Arguably, the cutest [[spoiler: robot]] you'll ever meet, is in fact [[spoiler: the seventh Buster Machine and a PersonOfMassDestruction capable of controlling the Buster Corps, slicing one of Saturn's moons in half and kicking the shit out of an EldritchAbomination the size of a planet.]] And all of this while being ditzy and having [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Nia's]] voice.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has Gatomon, who is a little cat [[{{Mons}} mon]]... who happens to be able to take down six Champion/Adult Digimon without breaking a sweat. Technically, she was a Champion level too... but she still qualifies.
* Daisuke from ''Manga/DNAngel''. And Satoshi to a lesser extent.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** Mavis, the first Guild Master of Fairy Tail, who manages to be [[BadassAdorable kind, cute, mysterious and hilarious]] at the same time, and [[LittleMissBadass badass]] enough to master and cast one of the most powerful protection spells in the Fairy Tail universe, [[SphereOfPower Fairy Sphere]], ''from beyond the grave''. On top of that she created and can probably cast [[LightEmUp Fairy Glitter]] and Fairy Law. Mavis only proves herself more of a Badass when she provides Team Fairy Tail with a strategy so she could lead them to victory, and she developed said strategy by memorizing and analyzing their opponents the entire Grand Magic Tournament. According to Makarov, her nickname was "Fairy Tactician Mavis" because she was able to compile many victories through strategizing. Damn.
** There is also the young [[BlowYouAway Sky Dragon Slayer]], Wendy. In her introductory arc, she's nothing more than TheMedic on an allied team of three other guilds' aces, but by the time the [[TournamentArc Grand Magic Games]] come around, she has grown into a certified CombatMedic capable of standing side by side with any of her nakama. [[spoiler: She recently achieved [[SuperMode Dragon Force]] while fighting one of the demons from the Book of Zeref by eating '''''AntiMagic particles surrounding a magical doomsday device.''''']]
** Even Happy proves he can be just as badass as his stronger guildmates when pressed enough, as shown when he defiantly yells at Nichiya and Nadie during the Edolas arc.
* The Main cast from ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld''
* ''Anime/DragonballZ'' has Majin Buu (aka Fat Buu aka Mr. Buu). He may look like a harmless, adult-sized child but he's [[StoutStrength incredibly strong]], capable of blowing up cities and absorbing foes to take on their powers.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** May Chang, complete with pink dress, adorable pet panda, and prodigy level alkahestry skills.
** Alphonse is a CheerfulChild is a body made for a KnightInShiningArmor.
** Major Alex Armstrong! The childish sincerity of [[GentleGiant this big teddy-bear]] really makes you wanna give him a big hug. Unless you're Ed, in which case you're getting glomped and begging him to "Stop rubbing your chest on me!"
* [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Ginji]] from ''Manga/GetBackers'' is [[DoggedNiceGuy extremely nice]] [[LoveFreak to ]] ''[[LoveFreak everyone ]]'', and [[AllLovingHero steadfastly believes in giving people second chances.]] Pretty much all the 'good' guys/girls in the series like him (or at least don't dislike him), and he has a huge number of devotees who think the world of him. But heaven help you if you manage to awaken the guy's SuperPoweredEvilSide...
** [[GenkiGirl Natsumi]] in the anime. Anyone who's been unfortunate enough to believe that they can beat her at ping-pong will surely agree.
%%* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': Hinagiku qualifies as she can be VERY moe sometimes and is very {{badass}} all the time.
* Shiro Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. He is the cute, ten-years-old AnnoyingYoungerSibling of the main character. And he is also pretty {{Badass}} when he wants, beating bullies bigger than him or adult men, or even piloting the Hover Pilder (the flying device was necessary docking on the head of Mazinger-Z to start the HumongousMecha).
** Goro Makiba from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' also counts like a cute child capable of awesome feats. At least his incarnation of the original manga. In one arc [[spoiler:Barados kidnapped several hostages and [[GrandTheftPrototype hijacked]] Great Mazinger, and then tied his prisoners to the HumongousMecha to prevent Duke from fighting. Goro managed to get rid from the ropes tying him and then released Kouji.]]
%%* Miharu from ''NabariNoOu''. Shijima, at times, as well.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji is painfully shy, his self-esteem is screwed up but he still tries to be a NiceGuy. As for {{badass}}, anyone who says he doesn't qualify in the original series should one day just try holding red-hot pieces of metal for half a minute (never mind fighting someone in the process). Yes, his hands weren't damaged directly, but he ''felt'' all the damage to Eva-01 as if his own body was harmed. In Rebuild 2.0 - "GIVE REI BACK!" Commence [[spoiler:reactivating 01 on willpower/rage alone, [[RocketPunch rocket punching]] Zeruel (or as close an Eva can get to one), [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl saving Rei]] and almost ending the world. There just may be some ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Kabuto]]'' genes in him.]]
* ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'':
** While he's pretty cute and tough to begin with, it's only through CharacterDevelopment that Tetsunosuke becomes that much more {{Badass}}.
** Also, Okita Souji. He's constantly smiling, loves candy, plays with the neighborhood kids, has a cute little piglet as a pet that he fawns over, is pretty much a male HouseWife to Hijikata, and is well-known for being the most terrifying swordsman in all of Japan.
** Nagakura Shinpachi, especially with ArtEvolution gradually making him look more and more like a kid-edition {{Bishonen}}. Despite appearances, he is a very competent swordsman and commander, and still inspires the urge to cuddle him even while splattered with blood.
* A lot of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' owned by characters in the anime fall under this. IE: [[KidAppealCharacter Pikachu]], Bulbasaur, Charmander, Piplup, Teddiursa, Raichu and [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Clefairy]] are just a handful of examples.
** One of the most prime examples is the 1st gen Pokemon, Mew, which is ''ungodly'' adorable and is always shown to be very playful and childlike, not to mention is literally described as being the 'Psychic Kitten' Pokemon. One could hardly take it seriously until you realize that it's capable of using ''every single non-legendary specific move in the entire series''.
** In addition to actual [[{{Mons}} monsters]], some of the human characters also qualify. [[AllLovingHero Ash Ketchum]] has the appearance and mannerisms of a brash, classically adorable little boy. He's also one of few humans to physically put himself on the line for Pokémon in the series, jumps around like a Mankey to rescue said Pokémon, and is even capable of [[spoiler:using Aura]]. Did I mention that he risks or [[AllLovingHero even knowingly sacrifices himself for Pokémon]] regularly? [[CuteBruiser Maylene]], Whitney, and [[{{Shorttank}} Misty]] may also qualify; [[CuteBruiser Maylene]] is basically described this way by other characters.
** This {{trope}} also holds true for [[TheProtagonist the human protagonists]] of the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga, as nearly everyone fights alongside their Pokémon. Special mention goes to Sapphire, who at the mere age of 10 is already capable of fighting Pokémon on her own, and is apparently strong enough to rip apart fountains and sprint while carrying a fully-grown man.
** Hareta from ''PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' is rather young but can go against Pokemon, can lift things far heavier than him (including a ''Rhyperior''), and has a common battle strategy which can be summed up as "I fight alongside my Pokemon no matter how tough the opponent".
* [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Moka Akashiya]] (her friendly side) from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' can count as this. Also [[HornyDevil Kurumu Kurono]], [[CuteWitch Yukari Sendou]], [[AnIcePerson Mizore Shirayuki]] and [[HotWitch Ruby Toujyou]] can count as well. They all are capable enough to kill humans, but they're also so damn cute.
** And Inner Moka is quite {{Badass}} and has her {{Moe}} moments.
** Kokoa Shuzen can count too, but at a [[JerkAss much lesser extent]].
** And then there's Akuha Shuzen, who is of the PsychopathicManchild verity.
** Not to mention Tsukune who is quite the sweet {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy and a {{Bishonen}} (season II of the manga due to ArtEvolution) and becomes incredibly {{Badass}}.
* The eponymous character of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. It's the "oro?", the fact that he is the first genuinely sensitive, kind-hearted and ''nice'' anime bloke since [[Anime/DragonballZ Goku]] and [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]], rather than just another emotionally repressed and cynical {{Jerkass}} NinetiesAntiHero. And then you have pretty much half the cast with [[LittleMissBadass Kaoru, Misao,]] Yahiko and [[StepfordSmiler Soujiro]] all invoking various flavors of this trope.
* Shibata Taketora of ''Manga/{{Shibatora}}'' is a 22 year old police detective who's [[OlderThanTheyLook regularly mistaken for a middle schooler]]. His female coworkers tend to fawn over him (one of the men says that something about him seems to trigger maternal instincts,) and he's constantly refused service or even kicked out of venues under the presumption that he's a minor. He's also the current kendo champion of Japan, having become the youngest title holder while he was in police academy, and is more than capable of dispatching most foes with a handy ImprovisedWeapon.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Maka. She's a sweet, cute, and kind young girl... who also wields a badass scythe, can hold her own against powerful enemies, and saved the whole damn world from the main villain all by herself after every other character was defeated by him [[GeckoEnding (in the anime)]].
* ''SoltyRei'': Solty Revant. Cute, shy, plucky, considerate, compassionate... and a RobotGirl who will quickly make with the ass-handing to ANYONE who threatens her adoptive family.
* Yoshika Miyafuji in ''StrikeWitches'' also qualify. She is the little sister of the team, but is also the most powerful one. Specially after [[spoiler: she regains her magic in TheMovie]]
%%* Kawazoe Tamaki of ''Manga/BambooBlade.'' Aww, ImTakingHerHomeWithMe!
%%* Golden Darkness/Konjiki no Yami from ''Manga/ToLoveRu''.
%%* Eve from ''Manga/BlackCat'' (The character who inspired Kawazoe's design and powers in ''Manga/BambooBlade'').
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
** Yamamoto. He's an insanely NiceGuy that smiles a lot but [[BadassNormal put a sword in his hand]] and [[BewareTheNiceOnes get him mad enough]]...
** Tsuna is a meek, loving and small boy with big doe eyes... and a mafia boss.
** Reborn himself is a baby, in charge of guiding the above mafia boss to his destiny. And he has some rad gunslinger skills.
%%* Weed from ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed''.
%%** Also Gin from ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin''.
* Yuki Nagato, from ''The Melancholy of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is TheStoic which makes her smiles extremely cute when they appear. She's also the BigGuy of TheTeam because she's a RealityWarper.
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' has Kirika-chan, who elevates the trope to {{Badass}} {{Woobie}}. The fact that she is so [[{{Moe}} cuddly and huggable]] really helps. There's also the flashback where she [[spoiler:commits her first assassination around the age of ''five'']]! Certain death has never been so cute.
* ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'':
** Shiki Ryougi. Mixed with a healthy amount of {{Fanservice}}, as expected of [[{{Nasuverse}} Nasu]], whenever she gets all [[{{Tsundere}} dere-dere]] toward Mikiya, she's extremely huggable and borders on {{Moe}}. That's, of course, when she isn't slicing up ghosts, zombies, magicians and stuff.
** Also in the same series, we have Azaka Kokuto, [[ChickMagnet Mik]][[NiceGuy iya's]] younger sister who can set things on fire and kick [[spoiler:giant flower demon thing]] on the head, and finally overpower aforementioned Shiki. She does that while being extremely {{Moe}}.
* Also, from the [[Creator/BeeTrain same people]] who brought you Kirika, we have Anime/{{Madlax}} who is just as adorable and huggable, with the sexiness turned UpToEleven.
* The eponymous ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' is a short [[NoSocialSkills socially awkward]] girl who [[WhenSheSmiles smiles beautifully]] when she has melon bread. She's also a [[WhoYouGonnaCall flame haze.]]
** Even more so in the {{omake}}s. Shana-tan, the heroine's [[SuperDeformed chibified]] alter-ego, doesn't lose any of Shana's strength due to the reduction in size, and even uses her signature attack in [[FunSize this form]].
** The {{Shana Clone}}s! Even the [[BadassNormal non-magical ones]] pack a serious punch. The [[LightNovel/{{Toradora}} palmtop tiger]] is '''not''' to be messed with.
%%** After he [[TookALevelInBadass gets his act together]], Yuuji.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Son Gohan is a pint-sized [[ChildrenAreInnocent child]] who can ''[[CurbStompBattle trash]]'' world destroying super-powered psychopaths.
** Same thing goes to young Trunks and Son Goten during the Buu saga.
** Son Goku, even as an adult, is an endearingly innocent and kindhearted boy... who has saved the world so many times that he has "lost count" (to be fair, he ''did'' have [[IdiotHero trouble counting past eleven]] due to brain damage suffered as a baby).
** It's been noted on the Characters/DragonBall page that BadassAdorable must be InTheBlood: not only Goku and his sons, but his wife Chi-Chi, daughter-in-law Videl and granddaughter Pan are all {{Tsundere}} [[CuteBruiser Cute Bruisers]], too.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Negi Springfield is regularly fawned upon by his students for being a cutie on top of a bite sized gentleman. He's also a MagicKnight.
** Kotaro Inugami is closer to 'endearing rascal' because of his boisterous behavior and dog ears. He's Negi's rival.
** Also [[RobotGirl Chachamaru]], and [[spoiler: especially her artifact, a KillSat capable of taking out an EldritchAbomination...and looks [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v31/c281/15.html like this]].]]
** [[ShrinkingViolet Nodoka Miyazaki]]. She interrupts a fight between Negi and the BigBad just to gather intelligence and mind-reads and taunts the BiggerBad. Afterwards goes back to being her humble {{Moe}} self.
** Though she would threaten to kill you for calling her this Evangeline could count as well, as she has the body of a ten year old and has fondness for ElegantGothicLolita but has the mind of a 700 year old vampire mage.
* Yamamaya, the cute little ''iriomote'' cat from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. [[spoiler:His reappearance]] is both a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
** [[ShrinkingViolet Sakaki]]! Some of the amazing stuff she pulls off would not be out of place in any action series.
* Hungary from ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia''. Ex-CuteBruiser {{Bokukko}}. Gentle {{meido}} and ParentalSubstitute to North Italy. Diehard YaoiFangirl. VERY capable and fearless ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend.
** Strips!Finland and Anime!China also count.
** [[TheDitz Ame]][[LoveFreak rica]] had SuperStrength even when he was a kid, though he seems to use it more for throwing buffalo/dragging vehicles around/ripping windows off their sills than beating people up. Still badass and adorable.
** The young Italy once took down Turkey. It was a onetime thing but it proved he can be {{badass}} when he wants to be.
** Russia is pretty {{badass}} and scary and has tons of fangirls in RealLife that think he's the most adorable thing ever.
** [[http://community.livejournal.com/hetalia/9831725.html#cutid1 Sealand has officially reached Badass Adorable status in the 2010 Christmas Special.]]
** ''Everyone'' in ''APH'' is both [[{{Moe}} adorable]] and [[WorldOfBadass badass]].
* Allen from ''Manga/DGrayMan'': exceedingly adorable. But, since he's a {{shonen}} protagonist, he's also made of BadAss. Anyone who can shout the name of his Innocence ([[spoiler:Crown Clown]]) without looking like a total idiot automatically qualifies.
%%** As [[CreepyChild creepy]] as she is, Road also counts.
%%** And Lenalee.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Tony Tony Chopper is an adorable little reindeer kid, who nonetheless can turn into a muscular fighter and be quite {{badass}} when the situation requires it. That's not even going into his monstrous DeadlyUpgrade. Though unfortunately for him, [[UnderestimatingBadassery the Marines failed to notice the "Badass" part and assumed he was the crew's pet]], thus giving him a ridiculously small bounty.
** Luffy and Nami also qualify: they're usually cute, but [[BerserkButton God help you if you fuck with them, their crew, or their friends.]]. Nami even sometimes lampshades the fact that she's not just a cute young navigator.
** There's also [[CuteClumsyGirl Tashigi]], [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Vivi]], and to a lesser extent cuteness-wise, [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Robin]] and [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Hancock]].
** Chapter 731 introduces [[spoiler:(or rather, ''re''introduces) Koala. Last time we saw her, she was a little girl who Fisher Tiger had brought home after she was freed from slavery. Now, she is a young woman, a member of the Revolutionary army, and a substitute teacher of Fishman Karate, a fighting style previously thought to be exclusive to Fishmen. Not only that, but she was seen sitting on a few mooks she had just knocked out offscreen. And despite all that, she's every bit as cute as she was as a child.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[spoiler:Nel Tu in her adult form. She takes down an opponent stronger than Grimmjow, or at least had him one strike from death before her power gave out and she reverted to her child form.]] Also doubles as a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.
** Also, Rukia. [[PintsizedPowerhouse Short]], flat chested and skinny, with pixieish features and big eyes even by anime standards, loves bunnies, can't draw but insists on doing so anyway, has a DarkAndTroubledPast, and kicks ass. Well, most of the time.
** Ururu Tsumugiya, a cute young girl who assists Urahara. She appears meek, but can pack a super-power punch. Ururu is short, shy, clumsy at times, and sad-eyed... and can kick an Arrancar's ass with ease. And that's before she pulls out the rocket launcher.
** Retsu Unohana. She's the extremely gentle, ladylike, and motherly captain of the 4th Squad. Despite her calm and motherly outlook, Unohana happens to be one of the oldest Captains in the Gotei 13 and has been around presumably since the beginning of the formation of the Gotei 13, and has led her squad ever since. Not only that, she hides an extremely scary BattleAura that makes even the most {{Badass}} Shinigami go weak in the knees when imagining her wrath. This is even more evident whenever other squads start bullying her squad, whereas a slight glare is enough to send the bullies pissing their pants. [[spoiler: Then there's subversion: when she reveals her common past with Zaraki and fights him, she is not adorable. More like an AxCrazy StringyHairedGhostGirl who is equal parts {{badass}}, scary, [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence and hot]].]]
** We also have Orihime when she's fighting against Numb Chandelier, [[spoiler:when she activates her [[AttackReflector Shiten Koshun]] against Ginjo, and when she stands alongside her friends to fight more hollows.]]
** Hardly your usual example, but [[TeamDad Ukitake]] is [[NiceGuy rather]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer sweet]] and like Unohana is one of the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority older captains]]. When he teams up with Kyoraku to fight Starrk that mild-mannered niceness suddenly looks a lot less harmless; "Did that guy just fire a cero?"
** Also, Hiyori. She appears as a tomboyish, cute little girl, with a rather violent temper, and she isn't afraid to make this violent temper known to her enemies.
** And her companion Mashiro, a GeniusDitz who dresses up as a Kamen Rider {{fangirl}} and can kick just as much as the original does. She literally does kick ass, "RIDER KICK!"
** Yachiru. She's small, cute, gives nicknames to everyone, and rides around on the shoulder of everyone's favourite {{badass}}, "Kenny." She's also the lieutenant of the combat based squad 11 for good reason, and the only reason she never gets to show off is because she likes letting Kenpachi enjoy his fights. In fact, it's been hinted that she's actually stronger than him. Also, she has pink hair.
** One of the very rare villainous examples is Bambietta Basterbine, a membress of the [[spoiler: Vandereich]]. Because a [[LongHairIsFeminine long-haired]] girl with a CommissarCap and a heart-shaped belt-brooch can't just be on the villains's side, can she? '''[[OhCrap Oh Shit--]]''', [[DarkActionGirl How many enemies]] [[BloodKnight did she]] [[CurbStompBattle take down at once?!]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And did she just call]] [[spoiler: Komamura]] [[IShallTauntYou "a doggie dog]]?!
* ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'': Hatchin is a pretty good example. While she can often be overshadowed by Michiko in terms of badassness, Hatchin is nothing to sneeze at.
* Nearly everybody from the female cast of ''NagasareteAirantou''. Especially [[{{Miko}} Machi]].
* Julian Mintz from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'': starts the series as a little-boy {{Bishonen}}, end it as a blond haired pretty boy. You would never suspect the things he can do [[AxCrazy with an axe]], ESPECIALLY if you push his berserk button (like [[spoiler:killing seven guys passing by in fourteen seconds]], scary...)
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Marufuji Shou. Short, cute, adorable beyond words. Juudai's the hero, but Shou is ''badass''. And he does it all wearing glasses, too.
** ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Yugi Mutou himself. Not only is he short and incredibly adorable, he's [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries super special awesome]] enough at Duel Monsters to [[spoiler:defeat his super sexy ancient Egyptian alter ego]]. To top it off, he's voiced by [[Creator/DanGreen DAN GREEN]] in the dub.
* Tachikomas in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. It's pretty impressive to make a spider tank adorable.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'':
** Thanks to Nijima's persistent rumor-mongering, [[ShroudedInMyth most of the school is thoroughly convinced that Kenichi's some sort of human vortex of destruction and badassery]]. [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower While he can live up to quite a few of the claims]] (except for the one about him [[OneHitKO OHKO]]-ing a bear. [[BearsAreBadNews The Godless Killing Machines are still very excellent at fucking his shit up]]), people that meet him are surprised to find that he's usually more like [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/history_s_strongest_disciple_kenichi/v03/c019/22.html this]].
** Then there's Chikage Kushinada, age 10 and [[WeakButSkilled fully capable of standing alongside the teenage fighters]]. Her nature as a CreepyChild makes the occasional slips into "Child Mode" as her [[CharacterDevelopment character develops]] all the cuter.
* Ciel from ''Manga/BlackButler''. Like a regular [[TheChessmaster chess master]] he uses this to his advantage. He could get away with murder with a face like that. And he does. Repeatedly.
** Finny looks sweet and innocent, even when tearing trees up by their roots and hurling hunks of stone.
** Also Mey-Rin. An {{Adorkable}} {{Meganekko}} [[spoiler: who can snipe you from miles away when [[TheGlassesComeOff her glasses come off]] ]]
** As of chapter 57, it seems [[DamselinDistress Elizabeth]] is one too. [[spoiler:She desperately wanted for her [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise fiancé]] Ciel to not see her "uncute" side, so she [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel deliberately hid]] her [[LittleMissBadass badass]] side. Right up until when Ciel despite his best efforts ends up injured and unable to save her [[DistressedDude in danger himself]], then Elizabeth leaps into the air and [[WaifFu takes down the zombies]] with [[DualWielding swords in both hands]] while tearfully declaring that she'll protect him. She fights, still in her adorable dress with a cute but deadly expression across her face.]]
* Mariko from ''Manga/ElfenLied''. She pulls off both terrifying and adorable.
** And Lucy? Her Nyu persona is the epitome of cuteness but she can also be adorable herself, for a murderous {{Yandere}}.
* [[http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/238/767631-rena_large.jpg Rena]] from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. She's the Cute [[SeriesMascot Mascot]] and can be either downright [[MoodSwinger scary]] in [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe more]] [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon ways]] than one, or a [[ObfuscatingStupidity very smart]] ally.
** Shion also counts. She's adorable for a seventeen year old, and can be pretty awesome([[KnightTemplarBigBrother and]] [[{{Yandere}} scary]]). [[spoiler:Rika also counts when she becomes a {{determinator}}.]]
** The adorable [[TheWoobie Woobie-riffic]] Satoko. While she may not seem {{badass}} at first there's no denying the awesomeness in her finally calling her abusive uncle out and yelling at him to "GET OUT!" despite being beaten while doing so. And in Meakashi-hen, she absolutely ''refuses'' to cry as [[spoiler:Shion]] tortures her to death, claiming that she's realized how much of a burden she was on Satoshi and not wanting to be TheLoad anymore.
** Keiichi. He's a Hot Blooded {{Bishonen}} who can be adorable and hilarious at times and at various points demonstrates epic displays of [[{{Badass}} GAR-ness]].
* Hunny-sempai from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'': while adorable, small, blonde, and cake loving, Hunny-sempai is also an expert martial artist and was able to single handedly take out 7 professionally trained and armed men in 15 seconds flat without so much as breaking a sweat. To top it all off, he scolds the by wagging his finger at them and saying that "hurting my friends is a no-no".
** He also beat the crap out of 2 platoons of green berets after one of them woke him up from a nap. Hunny-sempai is not a morning person...
** Also, after beating the crap out of his dad (who was supposedly the strongest martial artist of their family), the Japanese Secretary of Defense, who was the referee, begged Hunny-sempai not to fight in public ever again, lest other countries think Japan was training a WMD...
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'''s Gasai Yuno. Beautiful, adorably {{Moe}}, [[{{Yandere}} extremely in love]] with Yukiteru, [[DarkActionGirl is incredibly skilled in combat]], knows her way [[KnifeNut around a knife]], and is a terrifying [[AxCrazy psychopath]].
** Also, Yukiteru, who starts off as an ActionSurvivor and CowardlyLion who prefers ''not'' to be in a [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne Battle Royale deathmatch]], but still managed to take out another owner before anyone else, putting him in the running for Deus's prime choice as a winner. He also [[spoiler: kills 6th and 4th, and takes out 9th's eye with a dart]]. And that was ''before'' [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]].
** Akise Aru. Much like Yukiteru he's very cute. He's also undeniably {{badass}}. There's no doubt about his badass status when in chapter 51 [[spoiler: despite having just been stabbed by Yuno and sliced across the throat, Akise Aru gets back up out of sheer determination and texts an important message to Yukiteru even though Yuno ends up cutting off his head completely]]. Badass to the end.
* Sweet, innocent, adorable little Astro of ''Manga/AstroBoy'' fame is one of the cutest things on the planet - and equipped with mountain-levelling strength ''before'' you get into his absurd amount of onboard weaponry. Actually, Astro might be said to have ''created'' this trope.
** In the [[WesternAnimation/AstroBoy 2009 film]], he [[spoiler:defeats a colosseum's worth of robots made to kill other robots and is merely out of breath]]; in the final showdown, he [[spoiler:''flips Peacekeeper over his head'' after it's absorbed the military and half of Metro City, and is then able to slow the city's fall after the generators blow out]].
* Guchuko from ''{{Potemayo}}''. Looks like a plushie, has the personality of a stray cat, carries a scythe, and can shoot laser beams at anyone who annoys her.
** To be clear, the lasers are shot from what appear to be ''[[HairDecorations living hair ornaments]].''
* ''{{Utawarerumono}}'''s Aruru takes out a small group of soldiers using a tiger! (Granted, the tiger isn't part of her physically, but it might as well be) Did I mention that she is cute enough [[spoiler:''that the BigBad (at least, part of him) brings her back to life twice!]]
* [[TrueNeutral Kino]] from ''LightNovel/KinosJourney''. Seriously, just [[http://i47.tinypic.com/2dc8gv5.jpg look at that adorable face!]] But if you endanger her life, [[CombatPragmatist she will shoot you through the head at point-blank range]] or [[BewareTheNiceOnes drive a knife right through your heart]]...[[ItGetsEasier without ]] ''[[TheStoic any ]]'' [[TheStoic hesitation.]]
* As a [[ShrinkingViolet timid]], doe-eyed AllLovingHero, ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s Jacuzzi is about as {{Moe}} as you can possibly make a man without [[{{Shotacon}} without turning him into Shotabait]]. He's ''also'' prone to crazy feats of {{badass}}ery like taking out eighteen mafia-owned speakeasies in a single night or going one-on-one with a crazy, flamethrower-wielding cult leader.
* When his [[TagalongKid young age and relative immaturity don't put him at a disadvantage]], Jinpei "The Swallow" from ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' can pack just as big a punch as his older teammates.
* Five year-old Ryouta Ninomiya, from ''Manga/LittleHouseWithAnOrangeRoof'' when he challenges a train otaku to a trivia contest to make him apologize to his step-sister. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Ryota, as he actually ''wins'' the contest, and all the while you can't help but find [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/orange_yane_no_chiisana_ie/v07/c055/19.html his determined face]] adorable.
* Gon from ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. Gon is very much a CheerfulChild and a FriendToAllLivingThings. His first shown action is ripping a fish that's about five times his mass out of the water by main force and then carrying it back to town over his head. At a dead run. Some time later, he proceeds to ''break'' the ''arm'' of a superhuman assassin... by grabbing his wrist. With one hand. Why only one hand? It was courtesy of his ''other'' hand being inoperative because Gon got his arm broken the day before after an absolutely brutal {{Determinator}} sequence where it was shown why twelve-year-old boys rarely win fights with top-flight adult ninja.
** Killua, on the other hand... is a kid-{{Bishonen}}. In his case, though, he knows it, and has more-or-less weaponized it... so that he can get closer to his targets, as he's been trained as one of the world's deadliest assassins pretty much since he could walk. And given that this is a world where TrainingFromHell and {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s actually ''work''... yeah.
* Seras Victoria from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. She's very much a {{Moe}} [[TheWoobie Woobie]], but swings around a ''massive'' {{BFG}}, and [[spoiler:after she drinks Bernadotte's blood she becomes the second strongest vampire]]. Her absolutely ''epic'' [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomp]]ing of Zorin Blitz, shortly after Zorin {{Mind Rape}}d and mutilated her, and killed Bernadotte deserves mention.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''
** Chrono appears to be a sweet, polite 12-year-old boy. He's [[SleepModeSize actually]] a decades-old demon with enough power to level a city if he wants to.
** [[BadassNormal Rosette]] [[GenkiGirl too.]] A 16-year-old HotBlooded PluckyGirl who won't stop until she finds her brother. Despite [[YourDaysAreNumbered what life she has yet.]]
* Nina Liebert from ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' is a deconstruction. She's a beautiful and kind-hearted [[TheWoobie Woobie]] who undergoes a BreakTheCutie process repeatedly and yet she goes from being an ever-so-wholesome law student to a worldly, hooker-impersonating, gangster-frightening gunslinger in about one volume, and mostly through her own efforts. However, despite having the skills and the adorable looks, we see that the poor woman has borne a MASSIVE TraumaCongaLine ever since she was a little girl, so her mental fortitude simply can't keep up and at some point [[spoiler: she has to be talked out of committing suicide when she realizes how utterly horrible her life has truly been.]] Just being Badass And Adorable will NOT cut it.
* The eponymous ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. And Chibi-Usa. And Ami. And Chibi Chibi. In fact, most of the girls in the series count because most of them are sailor soldiers.
%%* Teito Klein from ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost''.
* Yuki Sohma of ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Incredibly {{Bishonen}}, polite and a real sweetheart, turns into an adorable rat when hugged by the opposite sex, and he's also capable of beating the crap out of his cousin Kyou whenever they have one of their duels.
** Kagura Sohma. She's adorable and is incredibly capable of beating the crap out of Kyou. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N68TUoVftBw Check it out here]].
** Kyou himself qualifies, especially early in the series before all the boys have a rather impressive growth spurt. TroubledButCute, turns into a cute cat when hugged by the opposite sex... and despite being the [[ButtMonkey family punching bag]], Kyou is a formidable martial artist in his own right, and has done enough damage to Shigure's house to prove it. His first entrance consists of smashing his way down through a roof to challenge Yuki to a fight.
* Tabitha from ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''. She is a powerful wind mage, can be adorably {{Moe}}, and is very much a [[TheWoobie Woobie]].
* Minoru of ''Manga/KarateShoukoushiKohinataMinoru'' is an adorable pretty boy who is a fast runner (from being on the gymnastics team) and becomes very skilled at karate.
* Yuuri and Wolfram from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh''.
* Celty of ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}''. A SinisterScythe-wielding HeadlessHorseman of a BadassBiker... who wears adorable [[color:pink:pink]] pajamas, likes to talk online, and is afraid of space aliens. Her helmet also has kitty-cat ears on it!
** Also, Mikado, the shy, gentle OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who's new to the city. He also [[spoiler: has managed to more or less weaponize Anonymous by being the leader of a massive organized gang called the Dollars that he directs via cellphone texts and chatrooms]].
** [[spoiler:Anri is a competent sword wielder (of Saika, nonetheless) and has proven to hold her own in trouble.]]
* Alice of ''Manga/PandoraHearts''. She appears as an adorable hot-headed little girl. She is actually the infamous B-Rabbit (Bloodstained Black Rabbit), the strongest chain in the Abyss.
** Oz is also this, when [[spoiler:using Alice's power on his own, even when still under seal.]] [[spoiler:Then, it turns out that HE is B-Rabbit in Jack's body and his powers bound to Alice's soul.]]
** [[TokenMiniMoe Lily]] is one of the Baskervilles. She looks right about ten.
** {{Adorkable}} {{Bookworm}} Leo [[TookALevelInBadass becomes this]] [[spoiler:when it turns out that he is Glen Baskerville, the leader of those Baskervilles, and is currently contracted to Jabberwock.]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote''
** L. He's a BadassBookworm and the greatest detective in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' world. He also has a large amount of {{fangirl}}s who all agree that he's rather adorable, and he has bizarre child-like mannerisms.
** Also, Near. More maternal members of the audience may want to hug him even as he manipulates everyone around him.
** [[CuteAndPsycho Light Yagami]] himself has his moments of badass adorable, especially when he's younger. In some of the artwork, he looks like a Disney character while contemplating murder. Special mention, however, goes to [[spoiler: the time when he loses his memory and reverts to his original good personality; some of those scenes portray him as absolutely huggable.]]
** Teru Mikami deserves mention, as a child. Going up against vicious bullies despite getting beaten up again and again, all in the defense of a fellow classmate? Badass.
* Momo from ''Manga/PeachGirl''. She's pretty and has huge eyes. Really, she's a really sweet girl so long as you don't rouse her temper. If you do happen to piss her off...you may very well get a foot to the face, a headbutt, or a [[GroinAttack knee to the groin]] for your trouble. Her crowning moment came when she single-handedly beat up a huge guy who was [[AttemptedRape trying to rape]] Sae. Other than that she's just a misunderstood girl trying to find true love.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
** Ranma's girl form is adorable, and he often uses it to score free eats. His male form is handsome, but not adorably cute. Regardless, mess with him and he will find a way to pound you into the ground -smaller female form notwithstanding.
** Shampoo has the implied willingness to rip off somebody's head and spit down their neck if ticked off. She also very pretty and sweet-''looking''.
** Ryoga Hibiki appears as a male example, given his [[JerkassWoobie readily pitiable]] nature, good looks, romantic notions, [[BalefulPolymorph turning into a cute little piggy]], and the fact he can [[SuperStrength break steel bars like dried spaghetti]] and [[NighInvulnerable take a sledgehammer to the head and not feel it]].
%%**[[{{Tsundere}} Akane]]
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'':
** Tessa as well. She's freaking made of {{moe}}, but she's managed to outwit and pwn [[AxCrazy GAURON]], of all people!
** Sousuke, in his Bonta-kun mecha.
%%** Kaname
* Hansel and Gretel from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' manage to fulfill the almost impossible task of mixing BadassAdorable with CreepyTwins and AxCrazy. They use their cuteness to throw people off guard before attacking.
%%* Angel of ''Anime/AngelBeats''. Also Shiina.
* ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'' grows from a shrimp into a [[{{Badass}} pretty competent fighter]] who acknowledges his weaknesses. Some will argue that the whole point of this series is to see Kaiji lose tremendously, get back up in an inspiring and heart-winning manner...then lose even more tremendously. In the end, you just want to give him a hug or buy him some drinks after all that's happened to him [[spoiler: (losing scads of money, betrayal and bullying, maiming, losing his comrades, being forced into slave labor, being harassed by a girl he doesn't like...the list goes on).]] Many, fangirls and fanboys alike, will argue that Kaiji is indeed "moe", or [=moeGAR=].
* Kagura of ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. Her quirky, childish tendencies are all so endearing, but she can hold her own against an entire army if need be.
* Simon of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', who takes the level of cuteness possible for a BadassAdorable to rather impressive heights. He's basically an endearing and initially-timid cutie who also happens to be one of the strongest, if not the strongest, Spiral warrior in the cosmos (his BigBrotherMentor Kamina initially exceeded him merely due to his charisma and courage). Later in life, after progressing to {{Bishonen}} he manages to [[spoiler: summon a mecha the size of a galaxy and save the sentient races of the universe from extinction at the hands of a sociopathic despot]]. Even then, he still retains his optimistic and endearing personality. Manly{{moe}}, literally, doesn't begin to cover it.
%%** There's also [[spoiler:post-TimeSkip Nia.]]
%%** TeamPet Boota also grows into this a bit later on.
* The MainCharacter from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' is also a tough fighter complete with an [[TheBeastmaster army of beasts ready to defend his jungle]].
* Clan Clang in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'': [[{{Moe}} Adorable]] when micronized, BadAss when macronized.
* Moogle Kupo in ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited''.
** Poor cute Kumo may be adorable, but he kicks so much ass that he [[spoiler:can break into [[LaResistance the Comodeen]]'s ElaborateUndergroundBase using only a twig he picked up from outside and his breath of Mist.]]
* Any of the Frogs on ''Manga/SgtFrog'', but Tamama especially. He prides himself on appearing cute and innocent, when he's got the power to level buildings if he so wishes.
* ''Manga/{{Gon}}'' from the manga of same name, [[NamesTheSame not the character already listed above]].
* ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' has [[ThePollyanna Shi]][[IdiotHero buya]] [[StupidGood Yuu]][[LoveFreak ri]], who sometimes becomes a PersonOfMassDestruction if his loved ones or [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething country]] are threatened.
* Packy & Botasky of ''Manga/CatShitOne''. These are bunnies... ''that are in the special forces'', and they do kick ass and take names.
%%* The titular ''SteelAngelKurumi''. Not to mention Saki and Karinka.
%%* Ricotta and Genoise from ''DogDays''.
%%** Hell, [[WorldOfBadass practically every character in this show qualifies]].
%%* Mio from ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''; when she's pissed bad things happen. [[{{Tsundere}} Misato]] counts as well, to a lesser extent.
%%* Aoi Futaba from ''LightNovel/AsobiNiIkuYo''.
* Shion from ''LightNovel/{{No6}}'', the {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy {{Bishonen}} with big eyes and a huge heart. However, [[BewareTheNiceOnes get him pissed off enough]], usually by messing with Nezumi, and [[{{Yandere}} take cover]].
%%* Sodom and Yuki from ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName''.
%%* [[LittleMissBadass Veronica]] from ''Manga/FrankenFran''.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** [[CreepyChild The Child]]. It's largely speculated that the once [[TheGrotesque misshapen fetus]] [[spoiler:that was Guts and Casca's tainted child caused by Griffith's [[RapeAsDrama very heinous act]] during the Eclipse]] has been reborn into the very cute and silent little boy that Casca found on the beach. And if the implications '''are''' correct, the little boy is still doing what he was doing when he was not-so-cute: warding off evil spirits that try to harm Casca. But the true badass part comes when [[spoiler: Guts is overpowered by [[EnemyWithin the Beast]], who constantly tries to goad him into killing Casca and all of his friends so he can get back to hunting Griffith. But whenever the Child is nearby, the Beast is always thwarted when the the boy manifests as a body of light within Guts' psyche and brings him back to the light by reminding him [[ThePowerOfLove of his love]] [[MoralityChain for Casca]]]].
** Guts was pretty cute as a ChildSoldier himself, and he could hold his own ground on the battlefield.
* [[spoiler: Momoka Oginome]] in ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum''. A young girl no older than 10 who is capable of [[spoiler: rewriting reality via writing spells in her Destiny Diary [[CastFromHitPoints at great risk to herself]]]], and who had done a LOT to save two other children who ''badly'' needed her help.
* ''Manga/{{Unico}}'', an adorable baby unicorn who has the power to bring happiness to whoever he befriends, but is also able to fight against enemies, and is capable of growing to a giant adult sized winged unicorn as necessary? Bonus points since, like Astro Boy and Kimba, he was created by Osamu Tezuka.
* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'':
** Kirby is a pink ball of kindness and will swallow you whole and steal your powers.
** Fumu, too. She's the cute little Cappy girl who cares for Kirby and usually tries to end conflicts without employing violence. But in the second Dedede Elementary School episode, she [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] and singlehandedly beats up large armed thugs ''without even touching them''.
%%** And Knuckle Joe.
* From ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', we have Sasami. Adorable, pre-teen princess, darn good cook, most down-to-earth member of the entire cast that wasn't born on said planet. Depending on the series: she has a hairband that turns into a staff for serious WaifFu action, can use [[BarrierWarrior Juraian magic]] on par with anyone else, can summon a ''mini-mecha'' battle suit, oh and she just happens to be [[spoiler:the incarnation/host of one of the three [[RealityWarper 8th-dimensional goddesses]] that created the universe as we know it, as little more than a science experiment]].
* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' Haqua goes from [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/the_world_god_only_knows/v18/c176/12.html a menacing badass]] to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/the_world_god_only_knows/v18/c176/13.html an apologetic, adorable girl]] in a single page. Her [[{{Tsundere}} dere]] is showing.
* It's quite hard to remember that Akira from ''Manga/AiOreLoveMe'' is a badass when he's so small and cute EvenTheGuysWantHim.
* The casts of ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'' are so adorable in a way that ElegantGothicLolita are darkly adorable, but with added {{Badass}}ery. Especially the eponymous character, who has StoicWoobie charm on her.
* The titular ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' and though she may not seem like it at first, [[spoiler:Anthy]].
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' gives us [[KingIncognito Seth]]. Looks to all the world like a cute teenage girl. If you [[HeroicRROD somehow]] manage to hurt [[PersonOfMassDestruction her big brother]], [[MakeMeWannaShout kiss your ass goodbye.]]
* The Anarchy and Demon sisters in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', especially [[ElegantGothicLolita Stocking]].
* ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'': Nogizaka Haruka rarely shows the badass part of the trope but the first time Ayase Yuto saw her doing it was enough to make him understand he must never make her angry. And that's because her anger was directed at a boy trying to take her from him.
%%* Polly from ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats''.
* Naoya from ''Lotte no Omocha''. He's shown to be able to effortlessly throw Sigurd -- a WarriorPrince with a lifetime of military training -- aside using the momentum of [[UseYourHead his flying headbutt]], implying skill in either Aikido or Judo. This is further justified by a photo of him that Lotte happened upon in his album, of him in a ''gi'' (Japanese Martial Arts Uniform) with a green belt, but four steps away from a '''black''' belt, as a child.
* Gerda, from the animated adaptation of ''Literature/TheSnowQueen''. She is a 11-years old Danish GenkiGirl that can take on boys much bigger than her (she apologizes, though), she is the one that persuades the others to go to a forest nobody went before and, when her best friend is taken by The Snow Queen, she goes in a journey to find him, alone, and the stunts she can pull in the journey, few people can.
* [[CuteBruiser Mizuki Himeji]] from ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''. She is one of the [[{{Moe}} cutest]] and [[NiceGirl most kindhearted]] characters of the main cast. However, she's also very intelligent [[AlmightyJanitor despite being pigeonholed into Class F]] AND very competent. TO demostrate this, the first episode involves her regenerating her summoner avatar by taking a shitload of tests and then immediately rushing to save [[ClassRepresentative Yuuji Sakamoto]] when he got cornered by Class E and [[BigDamnHeroes wiped the entire class E out]].
** [[IdiotHero Akihisa Yoshii]] can quality, providing if he [[TooDumbToLive doesn't keep up with completely stupid to live moments]]
* Niko from ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'', an insanely cute little kid who [[GamerChick loves videogames]] and making cookies, who turns out to be the Red King's successor, is really HotBlooded, [[LittleMissSnarker sarcastic]], [[DeliberatelyCuteChild manipulative]], and border line [[CuteAndPsycho psychotic]], who has control over a giant battle fortress that she wears as armor, making her capable of taking out entire armies of burst linkers ''without moving a single inch''. [[BerserkButton And God forbid if you mess with anyone in her legion...]]
* Musubi from ''{{Sekirei}}'' is gorgeous, [[GenkiGirl energenic]], almost always smiling, hops in place with glee at the thought of meeting a strong opponent, and can punch through buildings like they're made of paper.
* Sen Yarizui, aka [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Ice Witch]], from Anime/BenTo is easily one of the best fighters in the series.
* In ''The Anime/{{Doraemon}}s Special'' series, all of the robot cats can count. Especially Wangdora and Dora-the-Kid.
* While the "badass" part is something in the own heads, Rikka and Sanae from ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' could still count, as they both fit firmly into the "adorable" part.
* The {{Mahjong}} anime ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' has three examples. Saki herself easily qualifies giving her [[{{Adorkable}} shy and]] [[ShrinkingViolet quiet personality]] as well as her [[TheWoobie woobie]] status. Koromo also definitely qualifies given her small and cute appearance. Nodoka could also qualify as well. All three of them are adorable and all three are plenty badass.
* AntiAntiChrist [[IdiotHero Rin]] from ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' qualifies, if the {{Fangirl}}s are to be believed. Just check a chat or image discussion on him. The word "cute" shows up 9 times out of 10 I swear.
** Elaboration: Rin likes [[SupremeChef cooking]], animals, his friends, is BookDumb, [[NiceGuy kindhearted]] if [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold rough]] and very {{Adorkable}} due to his NoSocialSkills and BrutalHonesty. He's also the only person aside from [[TheDevil Satan]] aka "dear old dad" possessed of the [[HellFire Blue Flames]], has SuperStrength, an ''amazing'' HealingFactor and quite possibly could be ''the'' strongest being in the world once he gets enough experience and control. BewareTheNiceOnes ''definitely'' applies to him. He also falls under TheWoobie what with all his issues from his heritage and [[DeathByOriginStory foster father's death]].
** [[PluckyGirl Moriyama]] [[GreenThumb Shiemi]] also qualifies after she TookALevelInBadass, going from ShrinkingViolet DistressedDamsel to {{Determinator}} CombatMedic. And she's as [[{{Adorkable}} awkwardly adorable]] as Rin above, with some CuteClumsyGirl thrown in for flavouring. And how Badass is she? Fully capable of giving you a CurbStompBattle, that's how.
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kamiki]] [[SummonMagic Izumo]] also counts, for those who prefer {{Tsundere}} characters. She summons cute foxes to fight for her, who can summon smaller, even ''cuter'' fox kits who are also [[SuperStrength quite tough]]. Not to mention gets adorably flustered when people ([[ShipTease especially Rin]]) are nice to her and secretly likes cute things. Her DarkAndTroubledPast that has been revealed recently has sent her into TheWoobie territory as well.
** [[TheShortGuyWithGlasses Miwa]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Konekomaru]] is another guy for ''Blue Exorcist''. Short, [[{{Adorkable}} nerdy]], [[KindHeartedCatLover loves cats]] and is probably the ''[[TheSmartGuy smartest]]'' of the group, to the point he's shaping up to be TheStrategist. Not to mention managed to give a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to ''everyone'' in his class, something they all seriously needed.
* Yui from ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', who upon seeing [[ParentalSubstitute Kirito and Asuna]] in danger, summons a BFS and OneHitKO 's a supposible unkillable EldritchAbomination.
** Quite a few other female Characters count - such as [[TheBeastmaster Silica and Pino]], [[BadAssNormal Lizabeth]], [[LittleMissBadAss Asuna]], [[KatanasAreJustBetter Suguha]], ect.
** Kirito himself counts - the Kid saved the world twice, and after a year of being trapped in the online world, was one of the highest-leveled players in the game. And he looks...kinda girlish and is [[NiceGuy very sweet]].
* Yomiko Readman from ''Manga/ReadOrDie''. She's a kind of spacey, hugely nerdy bibliomaniac who always uses extremely polite language, and treasures books above almost anything else in the world. She is also fully willing and capable of taking down armed, powerful men with [[PaperMaster sheets of paper]].
* Amamiya from ''{{Psyren}}''. She's the very definition of ActionGirl, but anytime she's having a moment with Ageha or fangirling over Matsuri, her {{Moe}} side comes out.
** Any of the Tenjuin kids during the present day are not only cute, adorable, and over the top, they are some highly accomplished and powerful Psionists. Special mention goes to Mari, who not only becomes one of the most gorgeous girls of the entire cast, but becomes even more powerful and adorkable in the future
* When not in self-doubt, Izumiko from ''Literature/RDGRedDataGirl'' can be quite a badass while remaining cute (and not just when [[spoiler:Himegami takes over]]).
* Most of the characters from ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' qualify...which should be obvious, since they're {{Moe Anthropomorph|ism}}s of Malign Deities from the CthulhuMythos. Special mention goes to Nyarko (Nyarlathotep) herself, for being a beautiful teen girl with long silver hair, gleaming emerald eyes...and a SlasherSmile every time she [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill rips dark abominations to shreds]] with her {{crowbar|Combatant}}.
* Sweet, bubbly Hajime Ichinose of Anime/GatchamanCrowds has proven herself to be a competent heroine. [[spoiler:Holding off Sugane, and convincing MESS to stop their attacks and free the humans]] was just the start.
* Sweet lord, Kuro from ''{{Kurokami}}''. Short, sweet, and adorable as hell, Kuro can tank more damage than most adults, which is especially notable given that she can tank and dole out more damage than many of the other characters in the series a significant portion of whom are superpowered beings unto themselves. Given her TragicPast, you just wanna hug her that much more.
* ''LightNovel/BlackBullet'' has cursed children, who are AlwaysFemale and are [[CursedWithAwesome born with Gastrea virus in their blood where they can manipulate the virus to grant themselves superhuman powers]]. Most of them are 10-years-old at the oldest. Some of these cursed children serve as Initiators in Civil Securities and are capable of kicking ass and are extremely cute at the same time. Examples include [[NiceGirl Enju Aiahra]], [[ColdSniper Tina Sprout]], [[BadassBookworm Kayo Senju]], and even [[CuteIsEvil Kohina Hiruko]].
* ''Webcomic/DivineBells'' has Ha-Hyeon by virtue of her childish appearance and potent powers.
* Most of the protagonists of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. It's a given, they're ChildSoldiers after all. [[TheCutie Krista]] and [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Sasha]] are stand-outs, and [[TheSmartGuy Armin]] is a male version.
* In ''Anime/SpaceDandy'', Adélie the Gentooan orphan looks like a sweet, young, harmless HumanoidAlien. The reality of it is that she's been alone and hunted by Alien Registers for quite some time, so she's very good at fighting them off. Her standard operating procedure is to immobilize them with her stingers, then trap their minds inside stuffed toys and leave them.
* [[http://www.animate-onlineshop.jp/resize_image.php?image=05111025_4fac6a730d45d.jpg Masamunya from]][[Anime/NyanpireTheAnimation The Gothic World of Nyanpire]]. While he's still a Samurai, it's hard to take him seriously when he looks so adorable! He also has a crush on Nyanpire, and even fantasizes about marrying him in one episode.
* Jotaro temporarily in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 3. Alessi de-aged him into a seven-year-old, but despite being a child facing an axe-wielding maniac, Jotaro still kicked his ass.
* In the second season of ''Anime/Slayers (Light Novel)'', one of the main villains, Hellmaster Phibrizzo, is the most powerful member of the five Demon Lords. However, he chooses to manifest himself as a young boy, causing everyone who encounters him into thinking that he is nothing but an innocent child. Despite his appearance, he is incredibly powerful, having complete control over death. He is also sadistic, taking pleasure in manipulating others, and in the climax of the season, cruelly kills every single main character in order to force Lina Inverse to use a spell that could destroy the entire universe. In the end, the only character able to defeat him is a god-like being.