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Creepy Cute

Ugly Cute is what happens when a creature that isn't exactly "attractive" somehow manages to be adorable. Normally, these little guys still have some kind of stereotypical "cute" traits, like oversized eyes or a fat little body.

And then, there's these guys. They're scary, and meant to be... and they still, somehow, manage to be adorable. These little guys may sport Cute Little Fangs, be Mooks for the resident Big Bad, or hail from a Halloween Town-flavored setting.

Compare and contrast Ugly Cute and Killer Rabbit. May overlap with Adorable Evil Minions. See also Gonk.

Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ciel from Black Butler is your typical Creepy Child yet many find him to be cute.
    • Undertaker is one of the creepiest characters in the series. He's also one of the most endearing, and he has many fangirls who find him adorable.
  • Nefelpitou from Hunter × Hunter Adorably catlike, yet we see him play with the dead heads of his victims and turn dead people into puppets. Also the fact that he's well... evil. His design itself could even count as cute in a scary way.
  • Kukuru from Joshiraku is this during her more sane moments.
  • What fangirls think of Dr. Stein from Soul Eater. It's also the main reason his younger self is a One-Scene Wonder.
    • To say nothing of Chrona.
    • And Medusa when in possession of Rachel.
  • Either Russia or Belarus from Hetalia, depending on the fans you're talking to.
  • Shino Aburame from Naruto; like all the Aburame, his body is a hive for mutualistic beetles, but he's one of the good guys and sulks when people forget him. Taken Up to Eleven in fan-works.

    Comics 
  • Nightcrawler from X-Men, and his animated incarnations. He physically resembles a demon, but he has this fun-loving personality that he's hard not to love.

    Fan Works 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan fictions that are meant to be horrifying or gory can fall squarely into this territory instead. It's just the effect that, say, a serial killer who happens to be an adorable pastel-colored little pony named Cookie Crumble can have.

    Film 
  • In Critters, the title critters are little balls of fur with big eyes... and teeth that would make a shark feel insecure.
  • Tim Burton's (and Henry Selick's, for that matter) stop-motion films would certainly count. Case in point: Sparky from Frankenweenie, a bull-terrier who's been stitched together and brought back to life via electricity after getting killed by a car.

    Live Action TV 

    Video Games 
  • Tonberries from the Final Fantasy franchise. See an example of their behavior. They're tiny little critters, who don't attack first. Instead, they wait. And wait. And wait for you to attack and give it your best shot, creeping closer until they stab you with their knives. And yet, their small size (usually, though even the big ones are cute), big eyes, and reptilian features rather than being a scary point, is downright adorable.
    • The Save-Moogle on the world map of Final Fantasy IX: while he acts like a normal Moogle usually, if you call and dismiss him over and over again, he starts to get annoyed, then angry, and then (eventually) threateningly states "I'm sharpening my knife, kupo..."
  • Boos of the Mario series. They're roundish little Bedsheet Ghosts with a mouthful of fangs and beady eyes. They also stick their tongues out like Bratty Half Pints, and let out a hilariously high-pitched cackle when they spot you.
  • The Witch from Left 4 Dead, who was intended as the scariest zombie of them all, but receives a lot of love and fanart from the base.
  • Creepers from Minecraft. They look like screaming zombie cacti, but they're pretty much the game's mascot. You can even buy Creeper plushies that go "SSSSSSSSSSSS" when you squeeze them.
  • Flandre Scarlet from Touhou.
  • MapleStory: Zombie Mushrooms, Death Teddies, heck, half the undead creatures qualify as do the aliens. Particularly unsettling in the case of the Death Teddies; they're built in a factory that specializes in animated plush toys, and robots seem to be assigned to work on this project. At the lower levels, one can assume that such toys have been discarded due to their beat up appearance, and whatever animated them has warped the toys horribly turning them into undead monsters. Let this sink in for awhile, then look at how cute these things still are despite having giant ghosts on their back.
  • BlazBlue has Taokaka (and the other Kaka, especially the kittens); Personality-wise she's your typical Genki Girl Cat Girl, who just happens to wear a hood with only glowing eyes and More Teeth than the Osmond Family visible.
  • Some of the notable creatures you can encounter in Yume Nikki fit. Uboa, for example, is an event that can only be triggered by flicking the lights on and off in a specific room with an NPC. While jarring, it's still somewhat cute in its own way, with its big grin and Eyes Always Shut. There's also Monoko, a girl you can encounter in a tunnel. She looks like your average pigtailed schoolgirl. Then you use the stoplight effect...
  • The Judge from OFF counts, in many fans' eyes. He's a white cat who can talk (quite articulately, in fact), his verbal tic is a soft purring noise, and he's easily distracted by cat food. But then you see his giant fangs, arched in a smile...
  • Ghost-types from Pokémon are supposed to be scary or at least unsettling in-universe, but a lot of the unevolved forms appear to be Ridiculously Cute Critters. Such examples include Misdreavus, Shuppet, Duskull, Drifloon, Litwick, Phantump and Pumpkaboo.
  • The Poes from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. They're ghosts who are pretty malevolent, but they have an adorable, high-pitched cackle, much like the Boos.

    Visual Novels 

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • The Doomy Adventures Of Irken Doominess: has two psychopathic female irkens named Gar and Melissa who'm are insanely creepy, yet quite adorable.
  • Many of Doctor Steel's toys (the Buzzsaw Baby, Psycho Sally, Polly Pukes-A-Lot, the Rabies Babies line, etc.) fall into this category.
  • "Horror Movie Daycare", by College Humor, is a daycare centre for every child, no matter how eldritch, demon-inhabited or undead. For story-time their minder reads from the Necronomicon.
    "Reagan - Reagan, stop, you're going to make yourself dizzy."
  • Many people consider the Creepy Doll from LoadingReadyRun to be very cute, and also psychologically creepy. While he'd appeared in previous videos, it was when he showed up in "The Arms Race" that people really started to like him. Then, when Harry, the giant Creepy Doll, later appeared to torment Graham, both factors leaped up significantly.
    • Harry's cuteness is also a factor of him being significant in Desert Bus For Hope, since he was an adorable friend for crew to hang out with during the marathon.
    • Harry's Distaff Counterpart Harriet ends up slightly on the cuter end of the spectrum than the creepy end. Though, both are extremely creepy in this Crapshot.

    Western Animation 
  • Changelings are shape-shifting Emotion Eaters that look like pony-shaped Big Creepy-Crawlies...and they're absolutely adorable, complete with Cute Little Fangs.
    • There's also Flutterbat from the episode "Bats!"
    • Pinkie Pie's straight-haired, unstable, alter ego (dubbed "Pinkamena" by fans) is as huggable as she is disturbing. It helps that she's The Woobie by nature, since Pinkie only turns into her when she's very depressed.
  • The Scraplets from Transformers Prime. Sure, they look all cute if you're an organic, with their big eyes and little limbs, and they're calm and relaxed. But put a Cybertronian in their path, and the teeth come out...
  • Breach.
  • GIR and the titular Invader from Invader Zim.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door once featured a swarm of giant, hair-eating lice attacking the heroes' treehouse. Said lice were brightly colored and had rather expressive bug-eyes. Near the end of the episode, Numbah Two is covered in baby lice.


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