Lovecraft has never been so adorable.
Let's face it. We all love Cute
things. Some like Cute for Nostalgia
. Some like cute for... Perverted
reasons. There are even people who think ugly
things are cute!
But sometimes Cute
overlaps with Terror
. Bonus Points
if it's something from an animated work. Can overlap with Killer Rabbit
Compare Grotesque Cute
, Lovecraft Lite
Compare/Contrast Eldritch Abomination
Not to be confused with Cute Is Evil
, but it can overlap.
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Anime & Manga
- Practically everyone in Higurashi is cute, but they each have their own Dark and Troubled Past, and even the cutest character can be terrifying when pushed too far. This is even the case with Oyashiro-sama.
- Elfen Lied. There was a scene where a little girl was in a house, and two firefighters came to get her, but she kills them both on the spot.
- Kamineko from Azumanga Daioh. Sure, he looks cute, but he has a grin that resembles a bear trap and a bite to match. At Times they'll even play what sounds like the theme from Jaws when he appears!
- Hazuki from Moon Phase. A cute little girl right? But when the moon comes out and she goes into Luna mode... bad things happen.
- Kyubey from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Given that he's actually a Starfish Alien with reality-warping powers and Blue and Orange Morality, and that at one point he eats his own corpse, yeah, he qualifies.
- Nyarko-san! Yes, that is indeed Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos of Lovecraftian fame! She also happens to be a cute teenage girl!
- Wasurenagumo has a young girl who is actually the Cute Monster Girl daughter of a giant water-spider Yokai. The Downer Ending is that she's just as evil as her mother and she ends up sacrificing her human "friend" to mom as a snack so she can then take said girl's form as her own and, from there, assume her place.
- Pokethulhu and Mortasheen display two very different ways to apply this to the Mons genre. The former is full of cute, adorable creatures that love to eat souls, while the latter is full of frightening, hideous monsters that become friendly and loyal when tamed.
- Some species of Heartless, Unversed and Dream Eaters from Kingdom Hearts fall into this trope. All are Eldritch Abominations; some happen to be adorable.
- Kirby, at least according to Kirby of the Stars. Also, Gooey from the games, who is a piece of Dark Matter who broke off, turned good, and became Kirby's friend.
- Desco of Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten, currently serving to illustrate this trope. A man-made Eldritch Abomination, she was created because her father is a Mad Scientist and her "older sister" had ambitions to take over the world at the age of 4. Desco herself, besides wanting to make Bis Sis' dream come true, has her own goal of becoming a "Last Boss".
- Ellen from Pale Blue, with Lovecraftian Superpower's to boot.
- Whateley Universe example: Josie Gilman's cute little black kittycat. It loves to be hugged, it loves to be fed, it... oh my god it's an Eldritch Abomination with a huge gaping maw!!!
- The cuddly stuffed cabbit Generator made for Tennyo. Especially when the claws and fangs pop out.
- Khoshekh the "cat" from Welcome to Night Vale. At first glance, just the adorable half. But at one point, Cecil plays a recording of Khoshekh's meow, which is a terrible screech. Later, he reminds the people who adopted Khoshekh's offspring to look out for their pets' poisonous spine ridges and venomous fangs, and ends the segment by cooing, "Whoís my adorable little kitten with your adorable tendril hub? Itís you! Itís you!"
- The Stitchpunks from 9.
- This is what the people in charge of Heloise's personality in Jimmy Two-Shoes seem to want to portrayed as. It doesn't work
- Played with in Monsters, Inc., in which the 'abomination' actually is nothing more than an adorable little two-year-old girl, but the monster society is terrified of human children so views her as an abomination because she's a little two-year-old girl.
- Bravest Warriors: Catbug. YES, THE BLUE CAT WITH LADYBUG WINGS. Catbug metamorphasized from a yellow, six-eyed baby insectoid with misplaced organs into a walking talking sentient catbug. With the help of a pulsating cocoon that has a suspiciously clean doorway. Ten years ago. Theoretically, Catbug is related to the Aeon Worm (they're both sentient bugs first found by the CB from the same garden, both involve a cocoon stage that has pulsating bubbles, and both live in the see-through zone and the BW world) but is aligned with the Bravest Warriors.