After five minutes, she'll dial 911.
Man, we're so good about not posting a certain onomatopoeianote , and then somebody posts something like this, and the hearts hit the fan.
Cuteness Overload is the state in which a character experiences the immense rush of emotion after seeing (or hearing) something very
, very cute
, often rendering him/her partly or wholly incapacitated. The sudden charge of feelings could create so effective an incapacitation that the character may have to be woken up by another character calling his/her name or by other means
. Depending on the situation, it shares some traits with a Heroic BSOD
, but the main difference is an exposure to cuteness rather than a traumatic event.
There is a slang term with similar traits, moebetes
, formed from the words Moe
. This is more for anime and/or manga where the audiences are exposed to such great amounts of moe cuteness that they end up with constantly high moe levels, similar to how a diabetic has high blood sugar.
Not to be confused with Cuteness Proximity
(in fact, that one functions more as a subtrope), since this describes the state
the character is in, whereas Cuteness Proximity requires the character suffering from the effects of Cuteness Overload to be within a particular distance from the cute thing — and often the cute thing in question must be a physical being or object. However, the former can obviously result in the latter, and the two tropes often do overlap. It may also result in I'm Taking Her Home with Me!
Most certainly Truth in Television
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Anime and Manga
- In Kyon Big Damn Hero, the first time Kyon called Mikuru by her first name he "completely blew past her threshold for withstanding cuteness." She couldn't help herself from kissing Kyon while saying it's forbidden at the same time.
- The Hill of Swords: When Sylphid hits people with her Moe even Emiya Shirou, the hardened veteran of countless conflicts who went through seven different kinds of hell, ends up being blown away by her cuteness. She once incapacitated an entire room with it.
- Fluttershy (who can sometimes induce this effect herself on fans and to-be-fans) gets sent an image of a Joltick on her blog and reacts this way. Twice.
- In A Teachers Glory Sakura modifies Naruto's Sexy jutsu into Cute jutsu and weaponizes this. She uses it in combat against an older, more experienced benin to make him give her a hug, and knocks him out with pressure points. Even his teammate, who saw her do this, thinks she's like the cute little sister she always wanted.
Live Action Television
- In one episode of The State, a skit portraying a grandmother taking her grandson clothes-shopping has this happen. As her overly-adorable descendant models his new suit for her, she flips out (borderline orgasmic-like) and asks the merch-worker who she had been chatting with, "Is there anything cuter than that?!?!" The worker proceeds to push her cute-button up to 11, with a step-by-step escalation, adding items to the boy's ensemble such as a bow-tie, puppy-dog earmuffs, and a little piggy-tail. When the grandmother inevitably reaches her threshold and goes violently berserk on her grandson (hey, it was the 90s), the worker and the store manager are forced to lure her into a bear-trap (a room containing an "emergency bear" that rips the lady to shreds off-camera), in order to "save the child". The worker blames himself for her death, while the manager blames the kid and abruptly pimp-slaps him for being "as cute as 2 little hamsters riding around in a little toy car."
- Kristen Bell thinks tree sloths are so adorable that just the possibility of meeting one makes her cry hysterically.
- Andy in FoxTrot is prone to this. She goes into fits about Beanie Buddies, and issues squeals of delight on seeing Peter Jackson and - thinking he is a fantasy creature from The Lord of the Rings - wants to know if they make plushies of him.
Video Games / Visual Novels
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Agatha squees whenever Link presents her a Golden Bug, despite her not (visibly) doing so when in the presence of bugs he already gave her.
- Memetically, Hisao Nakai of Katawa Shoujo has to avoid these due to his congenital arrhythmia.
- Dwarf Girls from Lineage 2
- Sakuya from Touhou is often portrayed as being overloaded and nosebleeding whenever Remilia and Flandre do something cute. The greatest example of this is the song Such Adorable Scarlets Can't Possibly Be My Mistresses (translated Walfas version), where the Scarlet sisters are so cute that Sakuya dies, as may the viewer.
- In the Metal Gear Online portion of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Playboy Magazines were taken out in favor of super-adorable wolf pup plushies. Walk too close to one, and your character will walk to it, kneel down, and stare at its cuteness for some time, leaving you completely open to an enemy attack.
- In any Super Robot Wars game that features Bonta-kun, everyone thinks it's the cutest thing they've ever seen in their lives. This also applies to villains who are pissed off at the fact that they find it cute. Rau Le Creuset in Super Robot Wars Judgment and Gadlight Meonsam are just two examples.
- In this video. Don't look at the cat if you want to live.
- The entire point of the website Cute Overload.
- And a video actually titled cute overload, set to a Parry Gripp tune.
- Cute Explosion by Mr Weebl. NEVER let dogs do science.
- asdfmovie: "I'm allergic to adorableness!" (hit by a kitten) "Aww." Cut to a gravestone.
- Ask Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie: Fluttershy apparently drew a picture of Pinkie (which we never get to see) and shows the party pony. Pinkie collapses with a "HNNNGGG" noise. Bear in mind, this is based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and already Tastes Like Diabetes.
- A much earlier tumblr had the young Ruby Pinch dress up as a maid. Anypony who witnessed her passed out immediately.
- Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale suffers from this in the episode "Visitor" after discovering a small, unidentifiable furry creature has wandered into the studio. He spends about half the episode gushing over how adorable it is. He really overloads whenever it makes noise (which he described as "a mouse squeak, mixed with a bike horn, mixed with a sincere question about love"), or when it hugs his leg, and is completely willing to adopt it as a pet like he did with Khoshekh, the cat hovering at a fixed point in the men's bathroom. That didn't work out so well for Cecil or Khoshekh...
- Silver Quill's MLP: After The Fact:
- The episode for "Maud Pie" is done as a collab with Ink Rose, who winds up on the receiving end of this trope near the end after learning that Maud loves Pinkie so much, she never threw away the rock candy necklaces Pinkie made her despite not liking candy.
(after something apparently explodes inside her head
) Damn! I think my Daww-Meter
exploded. Well, guess I can never react to cuteness again. Can you do anything Doctor Silver? Silver Quill:
(now in a doctor's outfit and holding a clipboard
) Let's run a test: What is your reaction to this image?
(said image is a picture of Derpy hugging Dinky inside Sugarcube Corner
) Ink Rose:
Ah! It's too much! (dies
) Silver Quill:
Dang it! This is why I can never get a medical license.
- Silver isn't immune either. After showing a heartwarming clip from the next episode
(clutching his chest
) Hng! I'm going down. (dies, then reappears as a ghost immediately after
) Geez, we're dropping like flies today!