Connor Reilly, after the retcon. A polite, good-natured and boyishly handsome young man, but shy, innocent and somewhat awkward. And also he could pull your spine out through your mouth.
Fred also qualifies. She's sweet and shy and quiet and she will tase the hell out of you if she finds out you betrayed someone she cares about.
The A-Team: Murdock has ginormous, expressive puppy-dog eyes, a child-like demeanor and sense of wonder and imagination... and served two tours in Vietnam, got three unit citation awards and a silver star (the third highest military decoration in the United States armed forces), worked in the C.I.A., was considered the best and most badass pilot during Vietnam, all of which skills (on top of a very sharp mind) makes him as dangerous as he is adorable.
River Tam of Firefly owes her popularity to this trope. She's played by the gorgeous Summer Glau who can pull off cute teenage looks very well, and River can kill people with her brain or use mathematics to shoot several very tough soldiers, especially if Simon's life is threatened. If it is, River is going to hand those idiots their asses.
Arya, particularly in Season 1. Badass Arya is played by adorable Maisie Williams. Although after some time the character only looks adorable.
Lyanna Mormont may be young, but the girl knows how to hold her own against older men in debates.
Daenerys starts out as one, an innocent teen princess who quickly learns to dominate the Dothraki and make their khal her bitch. And it only gets better from there, although the "inherently vulnerable" part fades away as she matures into a powerful queen and a regal, intimidating woman.
The dragons are cute when little, and graduating to badass by the end of Season 2. They become less and less adorable as they grow big and unruly and Drogon kills a 3-year old girl. This is no longer the case by Season 6, when they are beasts big enough to blot out the sun.
Glee: Becky Jackson wants chocolate, or she will cut you. Don't mess with her. She's the only person in the school Sue Sylvester considers worthy of Dragon status.
Carter, Genius Ditz of Hogan's Heroes, is usually innocent, oblivious and acts far younger than his years. He's also a complete fanatic about his bombs and has probably directly killed more people than anyone else in the group.
Tamara Adama from Caprica appears to be shaping up into one of these when she takes over New Cap City after executing her would-be captors - rather quickly as well. Might also be a Little Miss Badass.
Hiro. The man tends to evoke feelings normally reserved for small puppies and kittens (being played by Masi Oka really helps) and is a Wide-Eyed Idealist in a world full of cynics, but do not underestimate him. That sword is very much a weapon, and he can and will use it if he needs to - as Sylar found out. As long as you're not trying to nuke New York or otherwise destroy the world, though, he's more than happy to just eat his waffles.
Inspector Rex: Rex is repeatedly seen as a cute dog in and out-of-universe, but is a cunning dog who has outsmarted many antagonists.
The Nox, whose appearance inspired the legends of the faeries on Earth, have outlived all the great races in the galaxy, every single villain, and never lost a battle in any episode. Twice as impressive considering their extreme commitment to pacifism.
Vala Mal Doran wears her hair in pigtails, she's been seen by anyone passing by the SGC halls in a bathrobe with curlers in, she eats... enthusiastically, she's jumped on Teal'c and hugged him (she only doesn't do that to Carter, it seems, because Carter's not 6'3 and built like Teal'c. Sure, a tall and strong woman - there's a essay on that somewhere, about fanfic writers and their notions of male-female relationships - but maybe not that prepared for a full Vala hug). Anyway, yeah, she can kick your butt shooting cans while Mitchell complains about Kansas cell reception, she was convincing (if merciful) when she pretended to be a Kull warrior, and she doesn't let torture or being burned alive distract her from pulling her weight. Amnesiac and hunted by people who want to mind-frell her, she survives very well and full-memory Cam comes out worse than she does.
Star Trek: Voyager: Kes is a short, soft-spoken, young woman, who is typically the most gentle and passive of the crew. Until 'Warlord', when an alien tries to steal her body and she takes her time tearing his mind to pieces.
Cameron: (lifting a young boy off of the ground) If you call your mother, the man will use her to get to you. He will kill her, then he will kill you. Sarah: (sternly) Cameron. Cameron: ... Would you like a bedtime story?
The show has Anna. Cute, bookish and a badass vampire.
Caroline. After what she did in "Killed or be Killed", beating up Mason Lockwood and rescuing Damon, Stefan and Elena, and preventing Tyler Lockwood from killing innocent people when he first changed into a werewolf in 'By the Light of the Moon', Caroline is definitely a Badass.
Plus, he also punched a police chief, breaking his nose and earning himself an arrest, because the guy called his best friend a "weirdo". But, basically, piss him off by threatening his friend-HE WILL kill you.
Pulled off by actor Jamie Bamber on Law & Order: UK, where his character's (Matt Devlin) stunning good looks and charming demeanor tended to make witnesses easily trust him and suspects underestimate him, leaving them thrown for a loop when his badass side comes out.
Community: Annie. When she is playing paintball or when she needs to chloroform a man twice her size. Twice her size. Or cross-examining a yam-killer.
Lexie "Lexipedia" Grey on Grey's Anatomy. She is one of the smartest, most promising surgical residents at Seattle Grace due in part to her photographic memory. As Derek puts it: "She has a photographic memory, we're all out of our league."
Zoe is a perky little human calculator, whose hobbies include wrestling comic book heroes come to life and making giant computers destroy themselves with the power of confusion.
Jo Grant. Cute, clumsy and pretty much The Ditz. And yet she's the only companion to have ever resisted the Master's hypnotising, as well as helping Three escape from whatever prison cell or bondage trap he'd got himself in that week.
Several incarnations of the Doctor himself are very cute at times, with it being most obvious as a stock character quirk of the Fourth Doctor (who possessed great big eyes, huge amounts of childlike wonderment and behaviour, oversized clothes even though he was enormous and a dog he would treat like a puppy). For instance, on one occasion he wanted to go around modern-day Earth Cosplaying a historically-questionable Viking and is gutted when told it is inappropriate, acting just like a little kid told to take off his costume before he can go outside. The other very cute Doctor is the Eleventh Doctor, a mixture of adorably strange and exuberant body language who likes animals and babies and chats away to them merrily, although we can only understand his side of the conversation.
When Tom Baker was asked to sum up his Doctor in one word, he said, "Adorable".
It runs in the family. Once she learns to relax on the whole "soldier" thing, the Doctor's daughter, Jenny, is all giggles and smiles as she crosses a dangerous laser field and carries her big ole gun. She also follows in her father's footsteps and, when the opportunity comes, runs for her life from a very boring planet to go and have adventures.
Clara Oswald can easily fool you into thinking she's just a short, perky, daydreaming, goofy but cute 20-something with a sharp wit and sweet, caring heart. But piss her off by threatening people in need, little kids or her friends (including the Doctor) and she'll put that wit and heart to good use and show her Badass Bookworm or Girly Bruiser side. As Weak, but Skilled, she makes up for her lack of muscle with her smarts, resourcefulness and an extremely unbreakable spirit fueled by her love for others. By late Season 8, this has become so extreme that she's willing to do extremely unsympathetic and disproportionate things to protect people she loves, like trapping both herself and the Doctor forever on an erupting volcano with no way of escape just to spite him.
Sarah Jane. This woman is adorable, kickass with a gun and will not hesitate to kill you if you put her son in danger... oh, and never threaten the Doctor if you wish to live — she has aliens who give her usually incredibly dangerous stuff to use... and a robot dog.
Jenny Flint. Imagine Black Widow crossed with an anime girl, with a cockney accent.
Especially as Madame Kovarian found out the painful way, this applies to River Song.
Spin-off Torchwood has Ianto Jones: sweet, unassuming archivist who looks younger than he is, dresses impeccably, and has a charming Welsh accent. And who will take down anyone who threatens his team, or, more specifically, his lover.
It gives us Anna Wu. While she only shows her stuff in one episode, she's such an impressive martial artist that Casey calls in a background check on her as a potential field agent. And she's certainly cute.
Chuck qualifies as Badass Adorkable. Especially with Intersect 2.0, in which he gains a plethora of new skills that causes him to say, "Uh, guys? I Know Kung-Fu!"
Detective Juliet "Jules" Ohara on Psych is blond, bubbly and is sweet to the point she gets Christmas cards from people she helped put in jail. She's also a crack shot that is not to be messed with (there's a reason that she ranks behind only Shawn for the highest ever score on the detective exam).
Sweet, innocent Balki Bartokamous has stood up to an armed burglar and proven himself to be quite an adept fencer.
Walter Bishop from Fringe is one of the most intelligent people of the world, has accidentally doomed not only one, but two universes, and still manages to be extremely adorable and pitiful when he fails with the most simple tasks in life or shows how much he cares about his son.
Zig-zagged with Capheus. The adorable part is played straight: Capheus is a kind, cheerful, optimistic young man with the cutest smile you ever saw. He has a formidable reputation after beating up some local gangsters, but he was only able to do it by calling on Sun's skills, and on his own he's not much of a hand-to-hand fighter. He is, however, very brave and a skilled Badass Driver capable of serious Car Fu.
Kala, the kind and girly Hot Scientist with a knack for improvised explosives.
Security Chief Alara Kitarn in The Orville is a petite humanoid in her early twenties with elf ears and a build that looks like a strong wind could knock her over. Her species is from a high-gravity world. In Earth-like conditions, she can punch through concrete and do a Neck Lift on a guy twice her size.