"I know they look cute, especially when they're these little kittens, but I'll tell you what, these are tough hunters."A catch-all term for characters who, while being absolutely adorable, are also extremely badass. As said on a certain website, they make you break down and go "Aww, who's a widdle asskicker? Who's a widdle asskicker?" A significant overlap with Cute Bruiser and Little Miss Badass can occur. What distinguishes the Badass Adorable from their peers is the adorability. Particular emphasis is placed on their inherent vulnerability (emotional or otherwise), which is at odds with the abilities they can access. Underneath the irrepressibly cheerful demeanor, behind the innocent wide-eyed gaze, lies an astonishing capacity for kicking your ass, leveling a city, or why not, leveling an entire country. Perhaps you've threatened their loved ones. Perhaps you've offended their inviolate sense of justice. Maybe you took the last piece of cake. No matter what shape the grievance against you takes, expect to be subsequently welcomed into a whole new realm of hurt. Their destructiveness is directly proportional to their cuteness. Thus, Beware the Nice Ones. The Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds emerges as a result of the Badass Adorable being pushed beyond their limits. Compare and Contrast with Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, who may not even be cognizant of their own badassery. Could be The Ditz, or just the Series Mascot, but equally likely to be a Bunny-Ears Lawyer. In some cases they are also a Mama Bear and Papa Wolf, though the latter is rare. See also Tykebomb, for when the Badass Adorable is reared for the sole purpose of serving as living weaponry. A Badass little critter can also be a Killer Rabbit. There is also a subtype which could be called "Badass Adorkable", where the character in question has Nerd/Geek/Dork characteristics as well (such characters are often male, but Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer would also definitely qualify). A particularly idealistic or heroic Badass Adorkable may be a Dork Knight. Itself can be considered a subtrope of Moe.
— Thane Maynard of the Cincinnati Zoo, on sand cats.