Badass Adorable: Live-Action TV

Archie Kennedy got all bloody, killing off the Frenchies, and yet he still looks so darn cute!
  • Angel: Connor as Connor Reily. 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.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Dawn becomes one much later on, though she does have her moments earlier in the show as well.
  • 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's going to hand those idiots their asses.
  • Cameron from The Sarah Connor Chronicles also portrayed by Summer Glau is just the perfect combination of Badass and Moe.
    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?
  • Carter, Genius Ditz of Hogan's Heroes, is usually innocent, oblivious and acts far below 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.
  • Heroes:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds. FBI profilers can rarely be described as "adorable," but Reid can rarely be described as anything else... except when he's shooting UnSubs in the head or slipping messages to his teammates while being tortured. And then he reverts right back to napping all curled up like a kitten, going on rants about Doctor Who or having some form of sugar.
    • And than there's JJ.
  • Merlin:
  • 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."
  • Doctor Who:
    • Rory Williams has basically two settings: Adorkable (eg. fighting vampires with a broom) and Badass (eg. facing down an entire Cyberlegion), and frequently overlaps the two (eg. smashing a killer robot over the head with the Mona Lisa).
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chuck:
    • 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 aside from Shawn she has the highest ever score on the detective exam).
  • Jesse from Breaking Bad looked so cute when he was about to shoot Gale to save himself and Walt, even as incredibly sad and horrified as it made him afterwards.
  • Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger has Gabutyra, who has already established himself as a Bad Ass, getting a new Super-Deformed form that turns him into a Badass Adorable Transformation Trinket for KyoryuRed's Super Mode. He might look cute with the way he sometimes dances along to his partner's transformation dance, but he's still extremely powerful.
  • In Terrahawks, Zelda's most feared and dangerous ally is a teddy bear named Yuri.