Adorable Abomination

Lovecraft has never been so adorable.
Eldritch Abominations are terrifying, incomprehensible, and just plain wrong (the clue's in the 'abomination' bit). There are very few people who'd cuddle up to Cthulhu, or sit down to a nice family viewing of My Neighbor Tsathoggua. There are some works, though, that prefer to make these soul-eating horrors from beyond space and time... kind of cute, actually. Maybe you want to add a little extra spice to your Magical Girlfriend show. Maybe you're really, really into Grotesque Cute, and want to extract humour or horror from the dissonance between your beastie's appearance and what it does. Maybe you want to tone down the horror in order to avoid traumatising and depressing the audience. Maybe you just feel that the various unknowable god-things that crawled from the Cthulhu Mythos got an unfair rep for their unfortunate little habit of visiting death and insanity on entire worlds, and you want to redress the balance. Whatever the case, you've now got one of these.

See also Cute Is Evil and Creepy Cute. Can overlap with Killer Rabbit. Compare/Contrast Eldritch Abomination.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Hazuki from Moon Phase. A cute little girl right? But when the moon comes out and she goes into Luna mode... bad things happen.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • Kyubey is something of an inversion. He seems cute at first, but is actually a Starfish Alien with reality-warping powers and Blue and Orange Morality, that at one point eats his own corpse.
    • Charlotte looks like a stuffed doll or children's cartoon character, but is just as nasty as any of the other witches, and her appearance marks a turning point in the series.
    • Most familiars are small cute chibi things, but they're an aspect of their respective witch with many of their powers (albeit not as strong), and can become an exact copy of that witch if left alone. This is most apparent with Homulily's familiars in Rebellion, seen doing lots of cute things in the background, although they cross into Creepy Cute at times.
  • Haiyore! 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.

    Fan Works 
  • The FUSB in Brainbent is an Ugly Cute plush abomination (it's supposed to resemble a bee - let's just say it doesn't) that may possess sinister powers.
  • This drawing of Nahatomb from Klonoa was conceived specifically based on the concept of turning the one not-cute nightmare-inducing monster in the game into something small and huggable.

    Film 
  • In Ghostbusters, Gozer the Gozerian takes whatever form those who are near the summoning imagine it as. In the movie it takes the form of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Gachnar the Fear Demon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    Giles: [puts open tome on the table] I should have translated the text under his picture.
    Buffy: What does it say?
    Giles: "Actual size."

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.

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    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe:
    • 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!"

    Western Animation 
  • 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 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.
  • Adventure Time: