Badass Adorable / Video Games

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Company Examples

  • Atlus is fond with this trope.
    • Most of the Frost family of Shin Megami Tensei counts. Black Frost in Nocturne, to Batman fan Frost Ace and the adorably-armored Demonee-Ho in Strange Journey, or King Frost, with the possible exception of series regular Jack Frost, who begins as a Mascot Mook and can Badass his way into becoming any of the prior examples.
      • Alice counts, too. Cutest girl ever seen in the games. Extremely lethal sorceress to boot.
      • The Protagonist of Devil Survivor is a seventeen-year-old who borders sometimes into childishly adorable. He's either an All-Loving Hero, an Evil Overlord overseeing Humanity's Rage Against the Heavens, or the world's savior.
      • "Evil" Overlord is a bit fuzzy, his reasons are morally sound, the only reason it remotely comes close to fuzzy is because of who he's taking down. Either way he's a savior, its just which method he chooses.
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona:
      • Koromaru from Persona 3. His victory pose is to cutely scratch himself! Ken Amada, as a ten-year-old cute little boy, might also count. Hell, particularly the whole S.E.E.S. members is definitely this.
      • The Investigation Team in Persona 4 is certainly this, due to them being very good-looking and badass enough to take down anything that comes in their way. Naoto takes a special mention.
      • Naoto is the only party member with a license to carry weapons (specifically, firearms, which are even more heavily restricted), and at one point wins a high-school beauty contest by bailing on it, since it's seen as endearingly shy.
      • Uncle Ryotaro Dojima takes his utterly adorable, seven-year-old daughter Nanako to the shooting range to train with him, by telling her it's a game. It is strongly implied that she is very good at the shooting game.
    • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE:
      • Tsubasa Oribe a Cute Clumsy Genki Girl who can get excited over the smallest things. She's also very handy with a spear and won't hesitate to pierce enemies with it.
      • Mamori Minamoto is an 11-year-old girl and wields an axe in battle.

  • Square Enix loves this trope. You've got Moogles, Black Mages, Tarutaru, and even Slimes with battle tanks. The Tonberrys are adorable, but extremely dangerous if one underestimates them.
    • There is a young, lovely, cute, spunky, aloof, innocent, friendly, childish Genki Girl in almost every Final Fantasy game: Rydia, Krile, Relm, Yuffie, Selphie, Eiko, Rikku, Penelo, Vanille. And all of them cover the Badass part of the trope. They are capable to decimate anything, be it with bombs, Black Magic, Summon Magic or just oversized weapons that they shouldn't be able to carry.
    • Selphie is willing to blow up a whole missile base, and that's just one of her moments. Not to mention she possesses the strongest Limit Break in the entire game, called The End, which will wish the enemy into the flower fields in a one-hit KO. Worst of it all? It works on the final boss.
    • One of Vanille's "battle sayings" is "I'm not all flowers and sunshine!" In a sickeningly cute, sweet, sing-song voice. You could hear the jaws hit the floor when it was learned that cute and cheery she had a summon that was a walking war machine. Not to mention that she's the harbinger of the apocalypse. Badass indeed.
    • Vivi from Final Fantasy IX. I mean, come on. The little cutie is the freakin' Woobie, but if he gets angry and/or determined, he will own you.
    • Also Tifa from Final Fantasy VII. Although less adorable than sexy, Tifa is a sweet and wholesome girl (although she doesn't dress like one) who can dish out one of the biggest damage in the game, with her bare hands!
    • Then there's Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII, who is cute but also a Sorceress, and basically wields a large chakram that is shot from her wrist!
    • Terra! Mysterious Waif of exotic ancestry? Check. Person of Mass Destruction? Check. Mama Bear? Oh so very, very check. (There is actually more, but you get the idea). And in case you don't, Dissidia Final Fantasy sets Terra up as the girl who snuggles moogles, then frightens Kefka into shutting up.
      • And Gau. The cute, adorable little feral boy who was Raised by Wolves manages to wear out Sabin, the game's leading badass who can suplex a train, calling it a dance. In battle, Gau is a Disc One Nuke and a Disc Two Tank, who is capable of scratching like a cat for massive damage.
    • Half-Identical Twins Palom and Porom are Badass Adorable twins.
    • Serah, Lightning's little sister, is the main character of Final Fantasy XIII-2. Damsel in Distress no more. She possesses fighting skills on par with the party members from the original game now, and she's no less cute from it. Her victory pose is catching Empathic Weapon and Team Pet Mog and giving him a hug.
    • Yuna in Final Fantasy X. Adorable girl, not even at adulthood, ready to sacrifice her life to end the world's suffering, all with a smile.
    • Aaaaaaaaaaaaand now we have Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, turning the World of Badass seen in Dissidia: Final Fantasy into a World Of Badass Adorable.
    • Sora, Roxas, Ven and Xion from Kingdom Hearts. Still, the absolute best example is none other than Mickey Mouse, who they managed to turn into freaking Yoda, of all things.
    • His Badass quotient has only increased over the games. In Chain of Memories, he's a support character that appears to cast spells. By II, he's playable whenever Sora is defeated, but can't actually finish off bosses (Although his agile combo actually makes him pretty good at wearing them down) . When 358/2 Days made him playable, he was on about the same level as the other playable characters. By Dream Drop Distance he's capable of pulling a ZA WARUDO on every member of the new Organization XIII (including the Big Bads from I and II) in time. The only person capable of resisting is the incarnation of Xehanort with power over time itself. All this from a former steamboat worker.
    • Also from Dream Drop Distance, we've got the Dream Eaters, both Spirit and Nightmare. From bouncing blue "cat-dogs" and purple bats, to electric snails and deers, and undead dinosaurs and wizard rabbits, they really suit the term "adorable killers".
    • Aside from Final Fantasy, The World Ends with You gives us Mr. Mew. An adorable little cat plush that could rip your eyes out.
    • Max Caulfield and Chloe Price in Life Is Strange.
    • Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider game released in 2013. She always been cute but the 2013 game puts emphasis on her youth, innocence, and overall inexperience.
    • Leah and Marcy from Chrono Cross.

Specific Examples

  • Ar tonelico has Cocona Bartel in the second game. She's about ten years old or so, four-foot-nothing, wears her long hair in pigtails with two absurdly large hair ornaments, and is the main character's adopted little sister. She is a very cheery girl who is always willing to help her big brother and often pouts in the cutest way whenever he's late. Turns out that she accompanies her "big brother" on his knight missions, and fights by taking her hair ornaments off and using them as a sort of transforming baton weapon. Despite her size, she keeps up with the adult frontline fighters, including her older brother. And the kicker? She is a Reyvateil, a species that is usually kept in the back lines far away from the physical fighting. Also thanks to her BFS in her Limit Break.
  • Choko from Arc the Lad: at first she's a One Lolita Army, then, she gets an upgrade and becomes a Waif of Mass Destruction.
  • In Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, there is a spell to summon a wild animal to help you in combat. The animals get progressively stronger depending on how good your character is with magick. They go from wolves to cougars, to tigers, to gorillas and finally, strongest of them all, ... a fluffy white bunny rabbit. Yes, the Vorpal Bunny is a level 40 creature with extremely high strength, maxed out melee and dodge skills and Master level proficiency in both.
  • If you are going to call Mazzy, the halfling pseudo-paladin from Baldur's Gate II this, you're well advised to do it somewhere where she can't hear you.
    Mazzy: I won't seem so cute when I break your legs!
  • Milly from Baten Kaitos Origins. She's the sheltered daughter of an Alfard nobleman, and she has butterfly wings. She also dual-wields clubs and can kick you across the room.
    • Sagi probably counts as well.
    • Mizuti in the original game initially seems more weird and quirky than adorable until you see her face underneath the mask.
  • Taokaka from BlazBlue may not look adorable, and she can be pretty deadly in combat, but just the way she talks and acts in her story mode in a game full of psychos, monsters, and jaded veterans, is just too damn cute.
  • Bomberman with his cute face and outfit, and oh did we mention BOMBS.
  • Borderlands 2 has Tiny Tina. She's an adorable if not-so-slightly nutty thirteen-year-old who also happens to be the most gifted demolitions expert on Pandora. Also Gaige, whose crimes are listed as "developing illegal military technology and excessive adorability."
  • Several characters from the Breath of Fire games. Seriously, just about any female character qualifies. The best example, though, is probably Peco from the third game who, despite looking like an anthropomorphic onion, can become possibly the most overpowered character in the series if you train him right.
  • A few characters from Cave Story. King is a Mimiga (a rabbit-man) who takes out Balrog with a single swordstroke. Then there's Quote and Curly who... well, just look at this in-game art, depicting them in the act of storming Hell.
  • Violet from Cel Damage is a cute demon girl who is one of the most aggressive characters in the game. Her intro alone should tell you everything you need to know about her.
  • Aurora from Child of Light is an adorable child princess who gets sent to a Magical Land overrun by monsters. She uses a sword that's almost as big as her and light magic to destroy said monsters.
  • Villainous example: Dark Emperor Griffon from Dark Cloud 2 is a child-sized anthropomorphic bunny rabbit from the Moon with adorable eyes and ears and who only got into this mess because he loved flowers so much. He is also able to kick your ass 10 times over even without the power of the Atlamillia.
  • Most of the cast of the Danball Senki series, which was produced by the same company. Little kids controlling tiny robots that can be armed to the teeth with any and every weapon known to man, including BFSs, BFGs, spears, rifles, bladed knuckles, bombs, and CHAINSAWS to preform badass finishers that, in reality, would turn your living room into the embodiment of a war-zone. make of that as you will.
    • Said robots have also been used in the game's anime to preform and prevent kidnappings, (attempted) assassinations, professional hacking jobs, robberies, and a worldwide terrorist plot. Again, make of it as you will.
  • Felicia from the Darkstalkers series, acts more catlike than human and is just too damn cute.
  • The Disgaea games:
    • Princess Sapphire Rhodonite is a relatively straight example, as most fans find her psychotic outbursts amidst the Cloudcuckoolander demeanor make her even more adorable... in a deranged and troubling sort of way.
    • Kurtis seems to get this a lot since he reincarnated as a Prinny. Nevermind the fact that he still has the same deep voice and his character is still as it always was.
    • Raspberyl, a Fun Size loli, number one delinquent, and self-proclaimed badass who shows it with her magical prowess.
    • Laharl, the cutest little Overlord ever.
    • Desco, a living weapon of mass destruction and Moe little sister of sorts who aspires to be a Final Boss someday.
    • Love Freak Flonne. Cutest archangel ever. One of her special attacks involves proclaiming "Love is a miracle!" while beating the crap out of the enemy in a spray of hearts.
    • Prinnies are Adorable Evil Minions who can be quite destructive at high levels. Or when thrown.
  • Mass Effect:
    • In the first game, Liara and Tali. Liara is a socially awkward archaeologist that has never been in a relationship before, and can scatter enemy troopers like papers in a hurricane and crush tanks like tin cans. Tali is Naďve Newcomer that, similarly to Liara, has never been in a relationship, but can shut down your shields, make your weapons explode, and poison your nervous system with a few taps on her omni-tool.
      • Note that, with the serious turn towards the dark that happens in Mass Effect 2, the "adorable" factor for these two gets reduced. In the two years between the games, Shepard's death, Cerberus' attack on the Migrant Fleet, Liara's newfound obsession with the Shadow Broker, and the Collector attacks, the galaxy has become a much rougher place, particularly for these two. Tali becomes adorable (and Adorkable) again in her romance, as does Liara if you have Lair of the Shadow Broker added. By the time Mass Effect 3 rolls around, though, Liara and Tali are just as hard and weary as every other character.
    • Legion, among other badass designations, also qualifies as Badass Adorkable.
    • The Retaliation DLC for Mass Effect 3 allows you to play as a volus in multiplayer.
  • Dr. Fetus from Super Meat Boy. He may be pretty ugly and be disgusting in some ways, like when you really acknowledge that he's a fetus, but that little fetus body is just adorable!
    • Really, almost the entire cast qualifies. Yes, even Bandage Girl.
  • Mega Man Battle Network's incarnation of Mega Man is an artificial intelligence designed to look and act like a sweet young boy. He (and his equally young owner) fights terrorists. And gangsters. And cybernetic evil space gods. And Bass.
  • Sunny from Metal Gear Solid 4. Seven years old, cute as a button, and able to take down an AI that has effectively taken over the world.
    • Otacon, too, for that matter. Combine his male-Meganekko-osity, shyness, niceness, and nerdiness with his genius hacker-dom, the fact that he's the creator of freakin' Metal Gear Rex, and his Heroic Sacrifice tendencies, and you get one true Badass Adorable.
  • In Minecraft you travel a many Earth-sized world on your own (or with a small handful of friends), hunting and gathering to keep yourself fed enough to stay alive, building your own homes and even cities from scratch out of wild and underground raw materials, slaying hundreds upon hundreds of undead and Eldritch Abominations, smelting metals into your own 24-Hour Armor, mastering arcane magic and navigating the netherworld. All while being a cartoonish toylike being Built With LEGO.
  • The MOTHER series is full of this. The main trio in the first game are cute little kids, the second game has four of them, and MOTHER 3 has Lucas and Boney.
    • The fangames Mother: Cognitive Dissonance and Mother 4 have this as well, with a hat wearing Mr. Saturn in Cognitive Dissonance and the three kids of Mother 4.
    • Most of main party from MOTHER 3 belongs here (To an extent, even Duster, thanks to the art style). Lucas is a shy and kind young boy, Kumatora is a cute but brash and tomboyish young princess, and Boney is an adorable and devoted dog. They also fight tons of freakish and powerful monsters in their quest to restore peace to the Nowhere Islands.
  • Every single playable character of the Neptunia games can be considered as one.
  • Ninjabread Man — A cute, little cookie that so happens to know self-defense. Too bad the game blows.
  • Ōkami: Never has divinity been so... so... fluffy. Unless you're a goblin (or some other disposable monstrosity), you can ignore Amaterasu's other defining characteristic. Seriously, she won't even mind if you walk right up to pet her; Kushinada does this every time she sees Ammy. It helps that half the cast thinks she's just an ordinary dog even after she saves them, calling her Fluffy, Poochie, Fido, Wolfy, Furball, Snowy, Mutt, Powderpuff...
  • Opoona, Copoona, and Poleena all look like Playskool figurines. All of them fight the forces that corrupt half an entire planet.
    • This is pretty much their species hat in fact, to the point that their planet's constitution reads more like a warrior code.
  • Ori And The Blind Forest: Ori. A young forest spirit willing to show kindness to others but still a force to be reckoned with.
  • Kooh from Pangya. The 11 year old Token Mini-Moe is also a pirate captain who hauls around a cannon and rides a giant bomb.
  • Turrets from the Portal games. They will shoot the crap out of anything they target, but the things they say are incredibly adorable.
  • Nippon Ichi also brought us Marona, of Phantom Brave fame: thirteen-year old orphan who just wants to be happy and make friends. Is also a mercenary-for-hire with an army of phantoms, routinely hired to go into some of the most inhospitable places in Ivoire to deal with supernatural threats and attacking armies, managed to slay a legendary monster that the legendary hero Scarlet only succeeded in sealing away, and spearheads the operation to defeat the game's Big Bad. (To say nothing of the postgame content.) Thanks to the game mechanics, it's also perfectly permissible to make her a Lightning Bruiser and have her curb-stomp enemies way above her own level without having to rely on her army.
  • As stated, a good number of Pokémon and even their trainers.
    • All "cute legendaries" (Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Manaphy, Shaymin, Victini) qualify. Notably Jirachi has a creepy eye, Celebi can Time Travel, and Shaymin transforms into a more badass form.
    • The protagonists and their rivals are almost always this, except for a few side game ones who are older.
    • Dragonite. It flies and shoots hyper beams!
    • Iris is one. Drayden's assistant in Black, Gym Leader in White and Champion in the sequels. She also pretends to do a roar at the beginning of battle... and then she sends out a Hydreigon.
    • Ukulele Pichu from Guardian Signs. Unlike all other Pokémon, it will still do the assist even if it's hit by Beam Spam/whatever-attack of Pokémon engineered to be the most powerful one (Mewtwo) or even the god ITSELF (Arceus).
    • Sylveon of Gen VI immediately gained this reputation once people learned of its type and what it's capable of doing. That badass Garchomp you're holding? Sylveon will eat it and ask for seconds.
    • In Pokémon X and Y, any baby Pokémon you catch in the wild (Azurill, Budew, Riolu, etc.) will always have 3 maxed out IVs.note 
    • Goodra, a adorable slime dragon who is very friendly, loves giving it's trainers hugs, can take special attacks like a tank and hits like one as well.
    • Pikachu, in Pokkén Tournament. The way he crosses his arms and scowls, it looks like it's trying to imitate Heihachi Mishima, and looks all the cuter for it. The similarities to one of Tekken's poster boys doesn't end there, though: it can also use a handful of Mishima-style Karate techniques. While Pikachu in the main series was generally of this trope, this one takes that Up to Eleven.
      • Similarly, Pikachu Libre, a second, female, Pikachu who happens to be wearing a masked wrestler outfit and using bonecrushing throws, while still being an adorable Pikachu. Her trainer will even call her "adorably tough!"
    • Azumarill. It looks like an adorable cross between a rabbit and a beach ball. It's typing, movepool, and abilities makes it one of the game's most effective dragon slayers.
    • Cute Monster Girl Lopunny joins the ranks thanks to her new Mega Evolution. Gains lots of speed, attack, and the Fighting Type.
    • Arcanine. Aww, it's a big fluffy dog, and its pre-evolved Growlithe form is a little fluffy puppy. It just so happens that Arcanine is a big fluffy dog that's 6' tall, 350 pounds, and breathes fire. Anyone that tries to harm its trainer wil be sent into orbit.
    • The protagonists of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon by default. The player and partner are only cutesy first stage Pokémon, yet as the games go on they are eventually forced to fight (and beat) professional explorers, criminals, and Legendaries.
  • The Professor Layton series gives us Emmy Altava, a young woman who was the Professor's first assistant. She's sweet, she likes her zingers, she's a good cook, and, when push comes to shove, she's a hyper competent fighter.
  • The campers of Psychonauts are all pre-teen psychics in-training. Most notable is Raz, who not only learns several potent psychic techniques but is also a skilled acrobat due to his life as a Gypsy Circus Brat.
  • Ratchet & Clank. A cute little fuzzy alien with big round eyes, an incredibly expressive face, and enough weaponry to take down a dozen intergalactic armies..... literally, and his cute little robot friend, a secret agent who can grow into a Godzilla sized living weapon and control time. Saving all of time and space while looking incredibly cute.
  • Rayman and all his friends. His many, many friends (even if most of them are just glorified Palette Swaps).
  • Rebecca Chambers, from the Resident Evil series. Originally just a pixie-esque medic, we later learn that she fought her way through a night of Lovecraftian horrors before Chris Redfield ever saw his first zombie. Also, in her cameo in the "Mercenaries Reunion" mode in Resident Evil 5, she sets people on fire.
  • Leanne from Resonance of Fate, even in-Universe. Several NPCs gush about how adorable she is, and as for being a badass... well, she can gun down a tank or two.
  • Micah, the main character from Rune Factory 3, is a half-human, half-monster hybrid, and has the ability to transform between a human and monster form. Of course, his monster form is that of an adorable, fluffy sheep-like creature called a Wooly, and looks like this. The "badass" part comes in when he defeats countless giant monsters in that form with his bear paws.
  • Sands of Destruction features a couple:
    • Taupy is basically a living teddy bear, but he has a ridiculously powerful flurry attack combo that makes him a Lightning Bruiser. He has a deep voice and tough guy demeanor, but that doesn't stop Kyrie from calling him a stuffed animal (not that Taupy likes it).
    • Rhi'a is a Cute Monster Girl dragonkin. Aside from Taupy, she's the smallest to join your team, an Elegant Gothic Lolita, and she enjoys being a bit of a playful troll at times (particularly to Agan). She's also a crack shot with a pair of revolvers and can transform into a more draconic version of herself to deal damage with her claws.
    • The Hero Kyrie is a young Bishōnen who's lead a very sheltered life thus far and knows little about the world outside Barni Village; his naivete, niceness, and wide-eyed idealism can evoke protective instincts. In addition to squeeing about Taupy being small and cute, his infatuation with Morte is so obvious it's comical and even endearing. While he's not incompetent at the start of the game, he later takes a level and becomes able to wipe the floor with just about any opponent.
  • Sengoku Basara's resident Moe-fanbait is Sanada Yukimura — wide-eyed, naive, intensely loyal, incredibly polite...and completely oblivious to all things sexual. He's also the most stupidly Hot-Blooded Screaming Warrior in the series and looks like a fluffy puppy.
  • Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog fits this to a T. He's a young two-tailed fox who likes to invent things and also likes to go on adventures with his bestest buddy Sonic.
    Tails: ... Sonic...
    Eggman: Huh?
    Tails: Sonic has asked me — for the first time — to do something for him. I won't let him down; I won't give up!
    • In Sonic Unleashed, Chip ultimately proves to be one of these. Because what could be more badass than turning a bunch of temples into a mecha around yourself?
    • Amy Rose, at least when not leaning too much into Yandere territory.
    • What about Cream and Cheese? Didn't you see what they did in Sonic Advance 2?
      • Speaking of those two, in Sonic X, she manages to do something Sonic, Knuckles, and Rouge weren't able to do; defeat and destroy Emerl.
    • Sonic himself, especially his Genesis incarnation. Sonic Generations just bumps it Up to Eleven.
    • Blaze is every bit as cute as the other examples here, but if you mess with the Sol Emeralds, she will burn you to death.
    • Argument could be made for most of the cast, including Shadow. The resident badass Anti-Hero is three feet tall and fluffy.
    • Let's just say every Mobian in the whole series is this.
  • Soul Nomad & the World Eaters packs a few, being one of Nippin Ichi's more serious titles. You have Danette, cute, ditzy and slightly amnesiac who tears through enemies with knives and regularily makes remarks about snapping peoples' necks (and actually does so to one of your allies). Trish, a refined merchant's daughter, always positive and cheerful, who leads a mercenary company. And then there are the angels. Cute little baby-like guys... armed with guns.
  • Being a fighting game with a variety of characters, the Soul Series is bound to have some adorable folks kicking ass. Although the biggest one is probably Pyrrha Alexandra, who is able to wield SoulEdge without losing her soul to it.
  • You can make one in Spore if you're clever enough.
  • Meracle Chamlotte from Star Ocean: The Last Hope doesn't seem all that badass at first glance, being a Stripperific Moe Catgirl, but once you max out her Critical skill and get her some decent equipment her multi-hit killer moves become absurdly deadly; she can clear the field with a single Claws of Fury that scores something on the order of a dozen consecutive critical hits.
  • Street Fighter
    • Chun Li. She may be the "strongest woman in the world", but when she wins a match she jumps up and down girlishly and shouts "yatta!"
    • Sakura fits as well with various stereotypical 'schoolgirl' entries, fighting in a sailor suit and having a huge crush on Ryu that she seldom bothers to hide.
    • Makoto is the cutest karate girl ever! Ibuki and her cute hairstyle is also heart-wrenchingly cute as well!
    • Whenever Elena isn't busy battling in the arena, she's even busier making and hanging out with friends.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Yoshi. The adorable dinosaur that can swallow anything whole, turn said anything into eggs, and THEN use them as ammo. He took on a super-sized Baby Bowser while at the exact same time keeping a baby on his back and running an obstacle course, all the while trying to keep the baby from being kidnapped!
    • Mario himself qualifies, being a happy-go-lucky, cheerful man who can level armies with ease. His brother, Luigi is Badass Adorkable instead, with his nervous and timid demeanor, but still being able to keep pace with Mario in terms of power.
    • The Koopa Troop, an army of adorable turtles, grumpy mushrooms, and giggling ghosts.
    • On the subject of antagonists, Jr. Troopa. Over the course of Paper Mario, he stalks and challenges you several times, each time with some new gimmick to throw you off, such as growing a spike or wings, or learning magic. In your final encounter with him, he knocks out the Koopa Bros. with ease so he can fight you, and when you beat him, the Bowser Door concludes that you, for all intents and purposes, did the equivalent of beating the Koopa Bros., and lets you through. Why did he chase you down, through freezing cold snow fields, a dark forest, an imposing castle, and other locations just to get to you? You entered his playground.
    • Anytime Peach gets dangerous, she proves to be at least as competent as Mario himself.
    • For every ounce of Badass Bowser has in him, Bowser Jr. has a pound of Badass Adorable. From his small and cute design, complete with a bib with fangs drawn on it, to his chipper attitude, always looking forward to a fight. In every game he appears in it's made clear that the main reasons he fights Mario and company is either because he takes it all as a big, fun game, or because he just wants to make his father happy. Even Bowser often drops his usual attitude in favor of Cuteness Proximity when he's interacting with his son.
  • Super Robot Wars gives us several examples. There's Latooni, The Woobie who is also arguably the best pilot in the Original Generation games; Mai Kobayashi, Tykebomb, one-time end-game boss, and adorable in the extreme; Ibis Douglas, the luckless but tenacious flat chested girl; and even the villain of the second Original Generation game Einst Alfimi, ridiculously moe and ridiculously broken once you manage to recruit her.
  • Tales Series Examples:
  • Several fighters from the Tekken series, including (but not limited to) Ling Xiaoyu (all-around friendly Genki Girl who one day dreams of building an amusement park), Panda (pet/bodyguard of Xiaoyu), Lili de Rochefort (Spoiled Sweet with love for street fighting) and Alisa Bosconovitch (cute, rose-haired girl who is actually a robot with chainsaws built into her arms).
  • One of the default animals in Tokyo Jungle is a feral Pomeranian dog... who is still able to bring down gazelles with a well-timed Clean Kill.
  • Touhou. Quite a lot of the Girls of Gensokyo are really, really cute, and they all either have crazy powers or plenty of danmaku with which to protect themselves.
  • Toriel in Undertale is a old goat lady that takes in the player character to her home and protects them from traps and monsters along the way and is just so damn adorable (you can even hug her!). Don't let her kind demeanor fool you, for she is a very powerful user of fire magic and won't hesitate to kick your behind down the hall if you piss her off.
  • Little Nana of Vanguard Bandits who's around twelve, has her hair up in pig-tails and is always followed by her platypus pal Kyu-Kyu, is fully capable of being a terror on the battlefield with her personal ATAC even when under-leveled.
  • Virtua Fighter: Eileen will scratch you to death with her Monkey Kung-Fu skills.
  • A Witch's Tale has Liddell and the princesses, who are all adorable and can easily kick butt.
  • Gnomes in World of Warcraft, especially the females. That three foot tall gnome with bright pink buns tanking a massive boss four times her size is adorable.
    • Four times? Meet Supremus, the largest boss currently in the game. A gnome can tank that— it's about 10 to 15 times the size of a night elf (a rather tall character).
    • Female Pandaren are also super-cute, and exactly as capable of asskicking as any orc or elf.
    • Some female Goblin are also pretty cute and since their introduction in Cataclysm, of course badassery is in their traits now.
    • If you compare female blood elves with female of other races (except dwarf, gnome, and goblin, of course) who tend to be either Amazonian Beauty or Statuesque Stunner (even female humans have slightly visible muscle), female blood elves are 'cute' in a sense that they have slender and petite body, and that they lack of visible muscles, but that doesn't prevent them to be a badass. Most of them fight as Farstriders, Blood Knights (who are even led by a woman), and various other classes.
  • Xenogears has Chu-Chu. Adorable? Check? Badass enough to transform into a gear-sized pink.... thing...... who fights to support the man she loves? Double check.
  • Xenoblade. Man, this is a World of Badass Adorable:
    • Keeps the badass adorable tradition going with Riki. One of the battle quotes of this Adorkable "fur ball" is "Riki can win by himself!". And he's not all talk. Far from it!

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