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[[caption-width-right:350:This being right after she [[DestinationDefenestration chucked an old woman out of a window]].]]

A character is forgiven for an otherwise serious offense just because they're cute. This occurs because cuteness implies innocence and vulnerability. You're more likely to forgive someone if they were ignorant of the harm they caused, after all.

PuppyDogEyes may be used. Obviously abused by the DeliberatelyCuteChild.

A SubTrope of ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful. If the ''fans'' are doing this, itís DracoInLeatherPants. See also WhatMeasureIsANonCute and BitchInSheepsClothing.


[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', when the teacher is bopping everyone on the head for forgetting their homework, he only gives Chiyo-chan a half-hearted tap.
* Several times during her presidency, Maria of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' does some things similar to Boa Hancock above, including smashing a tape/video recorder and burning a 'love letter'.
** Given that Hinagiku might have cases of this as well, it almost seems that this trope follows the school presidents in the story.
* In ''Anime/MagicalShoppingArcadeAbenobashi'' [[CreepyCrossdresser "Aunt Aki"]] says it as a NonSequitur joke.
* Murumo from ''Manga/MirumoDePon'' uses his cuteness in this way, easily winning the hearts of anyone with his adorable antics and PuppyDogEyes. Only his older brother is immune, though it's not like anyone listens to him (when he warns Kaede about this, her response is "You're just jealous that you're not as cute as he is!")
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Boa Hancock (pictured right) is considered to be so beautiful that she is never blamed or held accountable for anything she does. She even gets away with retaining her Pirate Warlord status by the world government despite pretty much fighting for Luffy's cause and slowing the other warlords down in a major battle.
** Nami attempted to use this trope with Usopp to make him forgive her for causing them to land right into a pit in Thriller Bark, but it failed. She instead resorted to using a huge sign with the words "I'm sorry" on it.
* Subverted in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Ranma Saotome has tried this technique [[GenderBender in his girl form]] before [[http://www.anymanga.com/ranma/002/008/010/ without much success]].
* One segment on ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' comments on how the CuteClumsyGirl can get away with mistakes because of this. [[SuperOCD Chiri]] tries to become one and violent HilarityEnsues.

* A recurring theme in ''ComicBook/{{Frank}}'' strips is that the slightly rude actions of the ugly pig man read as reprehensible, while adorable animal Frank's psychotic destructiveness read as totally forgivable.

[[AC: FanFiction]]
* Kirk invokes this in ''FanFic/InsontisII'' when excusing Spock's use of a certain planet's FountainOfYouth is not going well.
-->"Besides, admirals," he added, scooping up the startled child, "how can you be annoyed with something this cute?"
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, Assassin Rivka ben-Devorah often gets this treatment - people don't believe anyone who looks that cute and can't see past her doll-like prettiness tend to get very badly surprised when LittleMissBadass emerges. Rivka (a character very explicitly based on Mathilde in ''Film/TheProfessional'') is not above exploiting the mental confusion this arouses in people who aren't ''always'' clients for Assassin attention.

[[AC:{{Film}} - Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', after attacking Shrek, Puss-In-Boots asks for forgiveness and a chance to help on the adventure and puts on his famous PuppyDogEyes. Shrek thinks he looks adorable and takes him along. (Puss manages to pull this trick on guys who are much nastier than Shrek later, too.)


* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Keifer Porter gets away with beating one of his wives, who is only thirteen years old at the time, so badly that she's confined to her bed for weeks. And then, when caught red-handed by her eldest sister, he smiled sweetly and claimed poor Trini had "provoked" him. Fortunately, he died before Trini had recovered from the injuries.

* In ''Series/FullHouse'', the older girls put together circumstances to show that Danny is treating the youngest better due to this trope, down to copying her "Please?" tone and face. What brings it home is that even ''she'' agrees that he's treating her as a favorite.
* Believe it or not, implied to be the reason why [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] gets away with being so irritating. One early ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode has a fellow Starfleet cadet tell him "It's a good thing you're cute, Wesley, or you would really come across as obnoxious."

* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'': When [[BitchInSheepsClothing Dahlia Hawthorne]] reveals that she faked her death and let a man be sentenced to death for murdering her, the judge is completely unfazed and continues to treat her as an innocent girl he feels sorry for.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has the protagonist urging no bad consequences for [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Miru and Kaku]], saying it's not like they really hurt anyone (Yuuya is [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction conveniently overlooked]]).

* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': right after pushing through uniforms at Moperville High, and cracking down on Susan for her use of a MALE school uniform (a protest against the sexism inherent in forcing girls to wear skirts), the principal nonetheless forgives Sarah for wearing a beret with her uniform - despite hats being against dress-code even BEFORE the uniforms being instituted. PuppyDogEyes were involved, though Sarah claimed that 'the absolute cuteness of the ensemble' would be enough to prevent any protests.

* In the {{WebAnimation/Eddsworld}} short, Fun Dead, there's a flashback scene in which Child!Tom is fishing with his father (who happens to be a pineapple), but a bear with a gun attacks his father, killing him. It's revealed Child!Matt gave the bear the gun and, when interrogated by his mother, makes a face and all is forgiven.

* Heloise tries this on Jimmy in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. He doesn't buy it, though.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra,'' [[TheArtfulDodger Kai]] can pull this with [[NiceGuy Bolin]], but not [[SugarAndIcePersonality Mako]].
* Fluttershy in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is this on a meta level. Her fans consider her too cute to be mad at, even when other characters in the show proper have every right to be impatient with her timidity.

* Debara [=LaFave=] and other women got probation (or less) for statutory rape; most people attributed it to her looks.
* This is why most people forgive their pets for the gradual destruction of their household.
* On an intellectual level, the reason people don't throw food back when a baby throws food at them is that the baby isn't developed enough to be expected to have a high level of maturity. However, the real reason they get away with it is cuteness.
** Babies are the ''reason'' why people react this way to cuteness. If people needed to ''rationally'' convince themselves that babies can't be expected to behave like adults, the human race would have died out long ago.
* In the US, conviction rates for women charged with violent crime tend to be lower (sometimes significantly so) than men accused of the same, and moneytary punishments or prison sentences are proven to often be as low as 60% compared to what men get for the same crimes; lawyers and psychologists hypothesize this trope is at least partially to blame.