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Ridiculously Cute Critter

"They're so cute. They're like if puppies and kittens could have babies."
Leela talking about penguin chicks, Futurama

A cute widdle creature typically consisting of fur, big eyes, maybe a Big Smile, and little else. It's probably biologically unfeasible, if not downright impossible, but who cares? It's stupidly huggable, and if the show is Merchandise-Driven, it will probably be a top seller. In many cases, it will become an easily-recognizable symbol for the show/series/whatever. All together now: "Awwwww..."

You can easily spot one of these by the four tricks detailed on the Analysis page: oversized head, large eyes, and probably large feet and stubby limbs; soft and huggable looking; high-pitched, low volume noises; and small size.

This trope is an instinct, genetically encoded into almost every vertebrate to trigger mercy and sympathy in adults when they see a hatchling/pup/kit/etc with eyes large, and muzzle small compared to the head.

May double as Non-Human Sidekick types, but the main purpose of these creatures is to be irresistibly cute. Sometimes, they are unconventionally cute. Their natural habitat is the Sugar Bowl, but they have been known to wander far and wide.

Depending on the series, there can be either only one or two types of cute characters, contrasting with the rest of the cast. In others (most commonly those taking place in Sugar Bowl realms), most if not all of the cast is made up of these.

The robotic counterparts can be found in Cute Machines.

If it's so ugly it's cute, it's Ugly Cute. If it's not so lovable, it's a Small Annoying Creature. If it's appealing but ferocious, it's a Killer Rabbit. If it's really not conventionally cute, then it's What Measure Is a Non-Cute?.

When the critter ends up being hated by the audience instead of loved, you have The Scrappy.

May cause Cuteness Overload. May be Yet Another Baby Panda.

Contrast with Eldritch Abomination, and contrast that with Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu? if it's a nice monster.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • When you start watching Cat Soup, you expect this. That is not what you'll be getting.
  • Pokémon:
    • Although played straight with some Pokémon, this trope is subverted in the anime, perhaps in response to the complaints that Dawn has mostly cute Pokémon — adorable Big Eater piggy Swinub evolved into a rampaging disobedient Mamoswine within the course of three episodes.
    • Then brought right back in with two of the main group's Pokémon in Best Wishes. Ash's Oshawott (who Ash even says is adorable), Iris's Axew, and Trip's Vanillite (although Iris disagrees).
    • Even Team Rocket has had cute Pokemon, especially Chimecho, Mime Jr., Cacnea, Wurmple, and Woobat.
    • Professor Icarus's Elgyem. It's got big eyes, it's all shy and timid, and it makes little "Ri-kuuuuuu" noises. D'awww.
    • Pokémon Special has this happening all the time. Because of the author's chibi art atyle, all of the pokemon are ether this or Ugly Cute.
  • Digimon:
    • Patamon is probably the Rookie that fits the most; of course, that's before he becomes the super-special-awesome Angemon.
    • Culumon from Digimon Tamers exemplifies this trope. It has to be among the most "awwwww" inducing critters ever seen.
    • Marine Angemon: Most of the supercute Digimon are at Baby and In-Training levels (the levels of actual infant Digimon, and the heroes' Sleep Mode Size.) Marine Angemon? Mega. (That is, the levels of the heroes in Super Mode, and post-midseason BigBads.) The Powers That Be sadly didn't let him out of the bag much, but he saves the day in a big way once. D-Reaper is a program that is basically an Eldritch Abomination. Its base matter, called 'chaos,' is the red gel its creations are made of and revert to when defeated. It keeps spreading no matter how many you "kill." See Fighting a Shadow; nothing actually destroys D-Reaper matter. Nothing except Marine Angemon's attack, normally used for healing. Said attack takes the form of pretty colorful bubbles, naturally.
    • Impmon, he even has a tummy smileyface.
    • Then we have Cutemon in Xros Wars.
    • Puwamon in Digimon Savers. Best described as a little ball of feathers with big Puppy-Dog Eyes.
  • Momo, a Japanese dwarf flying squirrel Non-Human Sidekick of Fuu in Samurai Champloo. You really have to see pictures of the real thing to believe it is an actual species on this planet.
  • Potato, the puppy from AIR that some people think was so named because it resembled a pile of mashed potatoes. It's disturbingly intelligent (Kano can apparently talk with it), says nothing except "Pico pico" and is mind-bendingly adorable!
  • The Androgynous, fluffy, playful Mokona from Magic Knight Rayearth, Manga/xxxHOLiC and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth also features, in one episode, a stupidly-cute, injured, foxlike critter that Hikaru instantly adopts and names "Hikari" after her old dog. Turns out it's actually a demonic monster named Vigor, who deliberately played this trope in order to get the jump on them.
  • HOLiC also has Tanpopo, Himawari's almost painfully adorable little bird. And Chibi Kitsune.
  • Daa! Daa! Daa! has Pepo, Luu's adorable, stuffed animal-like alien space pet that's a Peponian...from the Planet Pepo. Guess what it says? That's right. Pepo!
  • Wizz from D.N.Angel; cutest floppy-eared rabbit-like thing ever.
  • The Puuchus from the Excel♥Saga anime are meant as a parody of this. They're actually evil alien invaders and when you hit them they bleed purple and take on the haggard features and guttural tones of Golgo13. Domesticated Puuchus on the other hand turn into heroes from shows like Captain Harlock or Gundam. Not ugly, but definitely weird.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Kuriboh, which is where LittleKuriboh of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series gets his name from.
    • GX takes it to the next level with a winged version of the fluffball as Judai Yuki's duel spirit partner.
    • And in 5Ds, Ruka has yet another variation, Kuribon.
    • ZEXAL has Baby Tiragon.
  • One Piece:
    • Chopper's half-human form is definitely an example. Even though creatures of his type (animal zoans) look like adult humans crossed with animals, Chopper ends up looking like a three-year-old cosplaying as a plushie, for reasons of Cute, and possibly because he was actually an animal that became half-human.
    • Ladies and gentlemen, Baby Laboon.
    • And the Spaceys in Eneru's cover story.
    • Sengoku's pet goat is adorable.
  • In Onegai My Melody, Mari Land is a world entirely populated by cute critters. Heck, Sanrio characters in general are like this.
  • Studio Ghibli:
  • Guvava, Mylene Flare Jenius' Empathy Pet from Macross 7. Basically a Tribble with eyes.
  • CLANNAD:
    • Botan, the baby boar. When it first appears, Tomoya and Sunohara aren't quite sure what it is, though they both agree that it's ridiculously cute. After the time-skip Botan is grown, but is still depicted as cute. Doesn't hurt to have kindergartners playing around it as if it's a living stuffed animal.
    • The big dango family, of course; they could be described best as small rolls of bread with Super Mushroom eyes.
  • Kirara from InuYasha looks like a cross between a kitten and a fox kit, with adorable mews to match. At least until she transforms.
  • Ryo-Oh-Ki from Tenchi Muyo!: a fluffy little cabbit — a cat/rabbit hybrid. She also turns into a starship - a Cool one, not a cute one, though. In Tenchi in Tokyo, she also has a Mini-Mecha form. This one is cute.
  • Boota in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Appropriately enough, when he acquired a human form, he was a Bishōnen.
  • The little green alien creature that steals Sheryl's panties and which Ranka befriends from Macross Frontier. Later on, Ai-kun (the green critter) molts and becomes a stage-1 juvenile Vajra, and somehow still manages to act obnoxiously cute.
  • The critters from every incarnation of Pretty Cure. They're so damn ''cute''!
  • The main character of Princess Tutu is actually one of these! Ahiru's (which means 'Duck' and is named that in the dub) true form is that of a yellow duckling with big, big blue eyes. Even the resident Tall, Dark and Snarky can't resist her cuteness.
  • Pani Poni Dash! spoofs this with a cute but incredibly depressed bunny that's the pet of the main character.
  • Jonathan the baby seal from Kaleido Star.
  • Along the same lines, Pokota from Slayers Revolution is the a prince, bound into the bizarre but adorable shape of an alien bunny looking thing with gigantic wing-hand-ears, a cape, and a zipper up his stomach that opens on to L-space. He is, of course, Tougher Than He Looks.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Xiao Mei, the midget panda actually stunned Scar into silence with her cuteness.
  • The Ham Hams from Hamtaro, and they know it.
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, most of the Non Human Sidekicks. Hanatamago and Pochi are some that are named, both being fluffy little dogs. China has a little panda, England has his little spirit friends and so on. There is also a recurring white bunny with gray ears seen with America, England and Japan (probably based on the author's pet rabbit). Tony the alien is also rather cute. There's also Kujimarou the bear cub (with drastic memory problems!) belonging to Canada.
  • The Por Vora from King of Bandit Jing are made of adorable. Too bad they're also Made of Explodium.
  • Kero in Cardcaptor Sakura, much to his chagrin, as powerful magical guardians are not cute.
  • Chibisuke from Dragon Drive. Well, he's not as small as a few others, and he turns into a much bigger dragon later, but still.
  • ChuChu, the little purple marmoset from Revolutionary Girl Utena (Particularly in the manga).
  • Isako from Dennou Coil uses a group of virtual pets to do some of her chores. They are all extremely adorable fluffy round things, but underestimating their abilities would be a big mistake.
  • The Bearbees from Kyou Kara Maou. They're snuggly embodiments of love that sprinkle glitter, say 'Nogitsu!' and concider Yuuri and Wolfram to be their parents, making them Greta's siblings. They're highly endangered and their poop makes very high-quality, but very smelly, paint.
  • Pero Pero from Kare Kano, the dog that gets around by rolling around.
  • Moyashimon features one of the few successful attempts at making bacteria and mold spores cute. This especially goes for the series mascot, an anthropomorphic spore of Aspergillus oryzae.
  • The devolved dragon... slime... THING... Nyo-Nyo from Lilim Kiss.
  • Sodom from Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru looks like a winged black hamster/guinea pig... who can also transform into a powerful dragon when needed.
  • 07-Ghost has an incredibly cute little pink dragon, that can only say brrrrupyah but also it's the reincarnation of Teito's best friend Mikage.
  • Mad Scientist Watari from Yami No Matsuei has his fluffy little owl 003.
  • The sheep and the bunnies in Karneval. All characters (apart from Gareki) seem to find them adorable as well.

    Asian Animation 
  • This 1959 Chinese animated short called Bee and Worm [1] features invertebrates and flowers and they still look adorable today!

    Comics 
  • The cute little orange octopi Willow comes across in the ocean in Season 9 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She names one Mr. Octopus Fantasticus and expresses a desire to have one as a bathtub toy.
  • Shmoos, in the Li'l Abner comic strip. They're not just cute, they're also very tasty. And want to be eaten.
  • Every creature in the Owly comic, including Wormy the earthworm.
  • The baby golden gargoyle adopted by Abel in The Sandman.
  • Cheche from The Stupiders is a perfect example of this. He's a furry boa constrictor, consisting almost entirely of fluffy fur and two huge googly eyes, tiny cute fangs and to top it off, he's always smiling. His brother, however, has issues.
  • Chaffies. They are fluffy little bunny-like critters who are always smiling, with only 1 1/2 ear after a simultaneous lawnmower accident. Also, they like to wander off absolutely everywhere, getting themselves hidden amongst other Ridiculously Cute Critters.
    • One page in the Find Chaffy book has them hidden in a whole group of pandas.
  • In the main Marvel Universe, Tigra has recently gotten pregnant by Hank Pym ( really his Skrull double) and given birth. Her baby, William, seems to combine the best cute features of babies and kittens.
  • Gnutten & Gnuttarna from the Swedish comic Bobo are small white fluffy Cephalothorax creatures.
  • The first plot arc of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) features a village of incredibly cute antropomorphic cats. Who get decimated by Queen Chrysalis's army.

    Eastern Animation 
  • Cheburashka, from several Russian/Soviet children's stop-motion cartoons of the late 60s and early 70s. Sample on YouTube (subtitled)
  • Qumi-Qumi, a strange Russian Flash animated kid's show featuring big eyed, brightly colored tribes of, uhh, creatures... by my god are they adorable!

    Films 
  • Star Wars:
    • The entire race of Ewoks, to the point of Tastes Like Diabetes and some occasional Fanon Discontinuity.
    • The Star Wars Bestiary informs us of the Voorpak. It is a tiny, almost spherical Pomeranian-like animal that Naboo nobility use for companionship and warmth. It is basically a cross between a Pomeranian for its size and fluff, a fuzzy spider for its hidden legs, and a Vampire Bat for its face. And it's a-freaking-dorable.
    • In the Expanded Universe are the catlike race Kushiban, who look like this. They're a sentient species. This particular Kushiban? Jedi Master Ikrit.
    • The blue, elephant-like species of Ortolans (which first appeared in Return of the Jedi) also qualifies, where they go into full-on Woobie Species when the Separatist Droids invade their homeworld in Star Wars: Clone Wars. Many, many players in Star Wars: The Old Republic couldn't find it in their hearts to perform any dark side actions against their kind on Hoth, particularly the one where Republic players are sent to their geothermal power plant (which they literally depend on for their survival) to destroy it.
    • The Expanded Universe also gives us gizka, cute little frogs with big eyes that are essentially the Star Wars tribbles .
  • Fizzgig from The Dark Crystal. Basically a Tribble crossed with a pomeranian and a shark.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
  • The caterpillar in The Fox and the Hound.
  • The Black Cauldron has Gergi and Henwen
  • Saphira, during her infancy, from Eragon.
  • Puss from Shrek could stop an advancing army with his ginormous eyes.
  • Rover from Planet 51 is an insanely cute robot with a fetish for rocks.
  • Subverted in Galaxy Quest, when the creatures resembling human children suddenly reveal their murderous and cannibalistic tendencies (despite Guy foreshadowing their transformation).
  • Kevin's babies in Up. Cuter chicks have never been seen.
    • Dug himself is pretty adorable too. A golden retriever (arguably one of the cutest of all dogs) who can speak, whose entire dialogue consists of expressions of love despite having just met SQUIRREL!
  • Lilly from Alpha and Omega, without a doubt.
  • How to Train Your Dragon:
    • Toothless may very well be the most adorable fire-breathing lizard in any movie ever. It's that big head and eyes that does it. It also helps that his teeth are frequently retracted.
    • The Terrible Terrors, big-headed tiny dragons that act like house cats.
    • The sequel adds the baby dragons (Scuttleclaws) who love to play and don't listen to anyone.
  • From Rio, we have Baby Blu. Not to mention Blu and Jewel's offspring at the end of the film.
  • Star Trek gives us Keenser, with his tiny size and his huge black eyes, he is truly adorable. He's also a very proficient engineer and Scotty's Number Two.
  • Pipsqueak the baby Bar-ba-loot in The Lorax adaptation. His cuteness is later exploited by the Once-ler.
  • Uni-Kitty in The Lego Movie. Her cuteness is lampshaded in the merchandise.
    Sticker Book Bio: Whenever Uni-Kitty builds something, she can't help but make it totally adorable. Awww!

    Gamebooks 

    Literature 
  • Drak Akhos from Phenomena is a realy adorable newly hatched dragon whom Alk and Ilke adopts.
  • Martian flat cats from Robert A. Heinlein's The Rolling Stones, which may have inspired Tribbles.
  • The "pygmy puffs(keins)" from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Basically a miniature Tribble dyed girly colors. Also nifflers, furry little black things with long pointy snuffly noses.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, in Book of the Duchess, has a puppy beckon the narrator because it wasn't yet trained for hunting (meter-preserving "Blind Idiot" Translation):
    A whelp that found me as I stood, / That had a-followed, and could do no good. / It came and crept to me as low, / Right as it had-a me a-know, / Held down his head and joined his ears, / And laid all smoothly down his hairs.
  • Treecats from the Honor Harrington series. Yes, they are as deadly as they are sapient, but they are as cute as they are deadly. How else could they endear themselves to those people they haven't bonded to in order to obtain celery?
  • Lazarus Long gave this observation in the Robert A. Heinlein novel Time Enough For Love:
    On the planet Tranquille around KM849(G-0) lives a little animal known as a "knafn." It is herbivorous and has no natural enemies and is easily approached and may be petted—-sort of a six-legged puppy with scales. Stroking it is very pleasant; it wiggles its pleasure and broadcasts euphoria in some band that humans can detect. It's worth the trip.
    Someday some bright boy will figure out how to record this broadcast, then some smart boy will see commercial angles—-and not long after that it will be regulated and taxed.
    In the meantime, I have faked that name and catalog number; it is several thousand light-years off in another direction. Selfish of me—-
  • Mouse of The Dresden Files started out this way. Harry acquired him by accident when he was hired to rescue a bunch of puppies and one of them crawled out of the box and hid in his car. Harry proceeds to spend the rest of the book carrying around the little gray furball in the pocket of his coat, and several characters are reduced to cooing over it due to the sheer cuteness. However, he doesn't stay tiny for long.
  • One of the protagonists of The Skins of Dead Men has tamed a creature that he refers to as a "coon cat" (probably a ringtail from context.) Reactions are about what would be expected given the linked picture.
  • The Muckla in Pettson and Findus are this, even when they steal Pettson's things.
  • The Fuzzies from Little Fuzzy and its sequels. Tiny golden-furred intelligent bipeds who resemble a cross between a marmoset and the world's smallest and most adorable Sasquatch.
  • In the Rainbow Magic series, Rachel declares a baby penguin to be the most adorable thing she's ever seen. The illustration proves it.

    Live Action TV 
  • And of course there are the Tribbles from Star Trek.
  • The adorable, burping yeast sock puppets that appear on many episodes of Good Eats. So popular are they on the show, in fact, that many fans have attempted to make their own.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 had a genetically engineered fuzzy cute thing called "Nummy Muffin Coocol Butter" that the Mads sent up to the Satellite. Mike fell under its/her spell, but he was forced to send it/her back because 1. she had a shedding problem that really rankled the Bots, and 2. Frank was missing her desperately.
  • Chicken puppet Chica on PBS Kids Sprout is this. One blogger compares her and the network to crack, and every other post on Sprout's Facebook page is requests for a plush Chica toy.
  • Many of The Muppets would count (With their big, bulgy eyes and fluffy bodies- specially if you live on Sesame Street), Bean Bunny stands out, as he's supposed to act cute so the rest of the Muppets wouldn't have to.
  • Carly's hair from iCarly and there's also Peter the Penguin and the Pee Wee Babies from iDate a Bad Boy, Marvin the Ostrich from the Fred episode and the poodle puppet and the possums from iGo to Japan.
  • Joey and Chandler's chick when it was first brought on Friends . Chandler lampshades this when it later grows into a rooster.
  • The Doctor Who episode "Partners in Crime" gives us the Adipose. Adorable little aliens made out of human fat.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Schmeep, which is the most conventionally "cute" thing in Mortasheen and also one of the few that isn't likely to try and murder you. It is also designed to be eaten, and take joy in doing so in order to heal your other monsters. Albeit, they can regenerate from only a skeleton, but still.
    • Arguably played a bit straighter with Abigor.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The Book of Exalted Deeds has some very cute celestials: the fairylike coure eladrins and the musteval guardinals, who resemble bipedal ferrets. Hollyphants in their small form would also count.
    • Pseudodragons. They look like dragons, but they're the size of house cats. Small house cats. Faerie dragons are much the same, only with butterfly wings.
  • Wastems and Wastits from Human Occupied Landfill. Wastems are cute little creatures whose bodies are filled with a tapioca-like substance that can be used for anything from food to motor oil.note  Wastits are cruel, psychotic, and make most grown men wet themselves in terror if they know what they're dealing with. And the worst part? If you don't have the "spot wastit" skill, you can't tell the difference between the two, even if the wastit is walking away from a bloody corpse with a skull in one hand and a bloody butterfly knife in the other.
  • Pathfinder:
  • The RPG Rogue Trader introduces us to the Gyrinx, a mid-sized cat that hangs around psykers. Of course, this being 40k, they serve as conduits to increase their master's already considerable psychic power and tend to explode if a Daemon takes interest in the relevant psyker.
  • The Sci-Fi version of Fluxx, Space Fluxx, has shout outs to several different Sci-Fi establishments, but all a little different to avoid nasty copyright infringements. They have a "Cute Fuzzy Alien" card that looks an awful lot like the ones Kirk had trouble with...
  • The baby dragons in Havok And Hijinks.

    Theme Parks 
  • The sun fairies in the Universal Studios Japan ride Space Fantasy: The Ride.
  • Fuzzball in Captain EO is the hero's primary sidekick — a little fuzzy orange thing that has butterfly wings and can sit on one's shoulder. It can also play guitar and even gets the hero out of a tight spot.

    Toys 

    Video Games 
  • The cats in cat planet!
  • Pokémon: About half of all Pokémon start off like this, then get bigger and (slightly) less cute as they evolve. (Kind of like real baby animals.)
  • Aura-Aura is possibly the cutest star ever. And if the game says anything, it's that he's no bigger than a basketball!
  • Bomberman is just OOZING with them, to the point of risking Cuteness Overload. Let's start listing them off:
    • The roois/Louies from Bomberman '94/Mega Bomberman onward, adorable kangaroos that give Bomberman a ride. White Bomber in Bomberman Jetters also has a small one as a pet companion.
    • The dinosaurs that also serve as mounts. In Super Bomberman 4, they start off as generic enemies early in the game until you blast them, at which point they turn into eggs. Walk over your first egg and you get to ride one, as well as gaining spike bombs. Any additional eggs you collect follow behind, Yoshi-style. Saturn Bomberman instead features different dinosaurs as general Louie replacements, also with unique abilities.
    • The Charaboms in general, but especially Pommy, debuting in Bomberman 64: The Second Attack! He even introduces himself to a few Mooks as "the cutest hero in the galaxy"!
    • If Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden IV qualifies, there's the B-Darons; mostly Funny Animals that don't talk, but clearly show intelligence nonetheless. And many of them are indeed adorable, to the point of young Bomberwomen getting Cuteness Proximity reactions around them right in the third episode!
    • See something at the start of the stage that looks innocent and adorable? It'll probably kill you on contact. They might be kid mice holding balloons at an amusement park or weird panda umbrella things, but they're still every bit as deadly as everything else.
  • The Final Fantasy series has several:
  • Lex from Bookworm looks unbelievably proper and adorable despite being, well, a bookworm.
  • A good slew of Dragon Quest monsters also apply, particularly the iconic Slime creatures.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • World of Mana:
    • Rabites. As the name suggests, the look a little like rabbits, but rounder and fluffier. They are usually the earliest and weakest enemies in each game, but Seiken Densetsu 3 features the Black Rabite as the ridiculously powerful Bonus Boss. Evil in its cutest form!
    • Flammie from the same franchise. He's a fluffy, four angel winged dragon with big eyes and ears.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Yoshi easily falls under this. Being a small dinosaur with huge but adorable eyes, a big nose, shoes, and possibly sounding cute whenever he "speaks" (saying "Yoshi!", various exclamations such as "Wow!", "Whoa!", "Yay!", "Ha!" and "Wah!", and several unintelligible noises), who's to say he's not cute? Though he does get less cute when you find out how exactly he can whip some ass in the Mario and Super Smash Bros. series.
    • The Lumas, introduced in Super Mario Galaxy, are little sparkly star-shaped critters that also sound very cute when speaking. Many of them live under the care of their adoptive mother Rosalina, whom they call "Mama", which does not help matters.
    • Super Mario 3D World introduces Plessie, which can be summed up as "Yoshi's possible distant cousin"; he has the face of Yoshi with the body of a cartoon Noc Less monster and wears a red scarf. You ride Plessie like a super fast jet ski during some water sections of a level and when you have to leave him behind, he gives you a friendly wave goodbye!
  • World of Warcraft has many "Vanity Pets" (as opposed to Combat Pets used by hunters) that fall into this category, including a panda cub (which ups the ante by falling asleep), dragon whelps and baby murlocs. Okay, not many consider murlocs cute, but the baby version is so much cutie-fied (and does a funny dance) that most people don't care. In Wrath of the Lich King there is a quest where you have to rescue baby murlocs being kept locked up in cages...and when you open them, sometimes they say, "Mama?" or "Dada?" and then they follow you in a little scampering group.
  • The titular character of the Kirby series... along with nearly everything else in the franchise. Exceptions are the final bosses, and Meta Knight. Unless you break his mask.
  • Guild Wars has rollerbeetles, giant rolling beetles that make cute little chittering noises. During Canthan festivals, you even get to participate in Mario Kart-style rollerbeetle races.
  • Nobody's really sure just what Klonoa is, beyond the adjectives "cute", "long-eared", and "fuzz-covered". Word of God claims that Klonoa's a cat with long ears. This really applies to most everything in his games, as well.
  • Shadows from Kingdom Hearts. Big heads, big, wide eyes, and so little and huggable looking. A lot of the smaller Heartless fall into this category. They are so huggable you can almost ignore the fact that if you get within an arms' reach they will plunge whatever limbs they have inside your chest and rip your heart out.
  • Chibiterasu of Ōkamiden, a puppy replacement for Amaterasu of Ōkami, is undeniably cute. All the brush gods' offspring qualify, as well. Especially Gekigami's.
  • If you have the right items, you can turn yourself into a small cute frog, rabbit, dog, etc. in Gaia Online. Cue the delight if you enter the Zomg! game as a frog. Not to mention all the fluffs in the game itself.
  • The main Monsters you run into in Wario Land: Shake It! are little banndana-waring red balls with feet and mouths known as Banditoes. They don't actualy do any damage, they just walk about and bounce off your fat gut, and grabbing them causes them to panic in a way that can cause just a little bit of empathy for them. Also, they come in multiple types - yellow, (They jump all about the stage.) Blue (They inflate and float, making a face that looks suspiciously like that anime "Hey-I'm-cute" face we all know and love (:3, to be exact) all the while.) and a lighter blue. (They have forks on their head which can actualy harm you, but cause them to get stuck to the cealing or walls when thrown, with struggling included.) It seems even the game likes them, as some missions to unlock the music soundtrack require you to get through a stage without killing a single baddie.
  • Nippon Ichi games have Prinnies, dood. Fat, cuddly looking penguins with squeaky voices.
  • Nelly Cootalot has spoonbeaks from the Barony of Meeth, which are not only cute for their eponymous spoon-shaped bills, but also serve to show how evil Baron Widebeard can be when he enslaves them to work in the Saul Mines.
  • Nall and Ruby from Lunar, being what appear to be adorable winged cats with high-pitched voices. Until they become full-fledged dragons.
  • The Yordles from League of Legends count, pretty much being Moogles in all but name. Teemo in particular was the game's first designated cute champion.
    • Also Fizz, who is basically an amphibian Yordle.
    • Poros which inhabit the Howling Abyss map, who are tiny white furballs with very small limbs, disproportionately large tongues and goat-like horns. They can be fed a Poro-Snax, which will cause them to happily run around in a circle once and grow larger.
  • Ghost Trick gives us Missile, the Bad Ass Adorable Pomeranian. Missile was previously featured in Phoenix Wright, where he looked more like a Shiba Inu, but with the same amount of adorableness.
  • The Zork universe has the minx, "an irresistibly cuddly animal which shares all the most ingratiating characteristics of kittens, koala bears, and piglets."
  • Cute little Kyu-Kyu of Vanguard Bandits, a platypus who's always hanging around his human Nana.
  • All of the mooks in Hello Kitty Online are even cuter than they are dangerously aggressive. As is pretty much everything else in this Sugar Bowl world.
  • The fluffy wamblers from Dwarf Fortress are described as, "known and beloved for their warm hearts, gentle natures, and stumble bumblings...They are widely held to be 'adorable,' and many dwarves consider them to be a delicacy." They're also respected as killers of bronze colossi.note 
  • The titular Knytt and its mouse-like scurring up walls. It is (and his species) a cross between a kangaroo and a tiny T-Rex.
  • The Djinn from Golden Sun. Look at this.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword:
    • Remlits, little siamese cat-raccon things with big bat ears... at least, during the day. At night they're a whole different matter... You can make the Remlits stay ridiculously adorable all the time if you complete a certain sidequest, however.
    • The Kikwis, who resemble a cross between a penguin, a beaver, and a shrub. Not to mention their Verbal Tic...
  • Furrikin in Lusternia. Bipedal, intelligent little fuzzballs, they resemble anthropomorphic archetypical animals. Furrikin can look like anything from a panda bear to a raccoon to a sheep, but don't let their appearance fool you - they're smarter than humans and very fast. And not all of them are peaceful, either.
  • Teddie from Persona 4, it's like this trope page is describing him on purpose. As the name would suggest, he looks like an overly large, animate teddy bear, with short arms and legs and a huge head and eyes.
    • Funny enough, it is kind of describing him on purpose-Teddie looks the way he does because he wanted humans to like him.
  • Baby mobs in Minecraft. Just making the body smaller while leaving the head the same size should not produce such cuteness!
    • As of the "Pretty Scary" update, bats count as well. They're small brown flying bundles with big ears that make adorable squeaks and hang on walls by their tiny little feet. Aaaw!
  • The Baliflids in Ascendancy — although judging from the art, this is a case of either Ugly Cute or Informed Ability. They are so cute they can force all other species to make peace with them at once.
  • The Nopon in Xenoblade. Small? Check. Fluffy? Check. Adorable speech pattern? Check. This cuteness causes a stark contrast from the other more human-like sentient beings in the world, and they are fully aware of it. Some Nopon use their cuteness to their advantage, while others lament that other races tend to not take them seriously.
  • The titular monkey and his sombrero from Samba de Amigo.
  • Chu Chu Rocket has the Chuchus and even the Kapu Kapus.
  • Spiral Knights has snipes, adorably pudgy birds that fly around using helicopter wings. The mewkats also fit in, being tiny, higher-pitched, non-aggressive versions of the spookats.
  • Omnom from Cut The Rope. Especially with the puppy dog eyes he makes if the player fails a level.
  • Vegemon Farm is filled with these.
  • Flower Fairy has the pet flower fairies the player get from harvesting selected plants.
  • The Mimigas from Cave Story can count. Cute little bunny/dog creatures with big ears. What's not to like?
  • Pikmin, of course, which utilize every last one of the tricks listed up at the top of the page. Many of the monsters would qualify as well.
  • Rewrite has Kotori's "dog" Chibi-Moth, who is actually a baby miniature mammoth. Since it has its tusk and trunk hidden, it ends up looking like a strange little adorable furball. Kotori insist that its a dog though, but she has good reasons to do so, despite giving him a name that basically means "little mammoth."
  • Fidget from Dust: An Elysian Tail
  • Mary's dream world in Dreaming Mary is exclusively inhabited by cute animal companions. Except for the Otherworld, that is.

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    Web Original 
  • Neo Pets.
    • All of them. Even the grumpy-looking gargoyle-things, the snarly Godzilla-Expies, the giant mantids, and flame-spewing dragons. Even the mutant and evil versions of same. And they have baby forms.
    • Petpets, pets for your Neopets. Even cuter than the Neopets, if that's possible.
  • Along the same lines as Neo Pets are the Webkins. Thus far, Gantz has managed to make every species imaginable into a Squee-worthy plushie covered in their trademark stringy fur (even, oddly, animals that tend to lack fur such as frogs). The things are designed to make kids scream, "OMG!!! WANT!!!" after all.
  • Protectors of the Plot Continuum:
    • CAFs — Cute Animal Friends — are the results of an author attempting cute and instead getting diabetes-inducing twee. Particularly bad examples end up as little more than big eyes, fur, and cute cooing sounds, like oversized tribbles. Some can be trained or educated into becoming productive members of the multiverse, but a particularly Small Annoying Creature may be better off simply fed to the nearest mini.
    • Minis can fall under this as well, from Ugly Cute in the case of the mini-Balrog or Camoudile, all the way to mini-Hounds of the Baskervilles.
  • The pet cow you can buy in Progress: The Game. It may not do anything other than sit there and look adorable, bur it does it so well that it's worth the price.
  • The Puffer kittens (SCP-2558-J) from the SCP Foundation are this, because of their cuteness and effect it has on the staff the actually have Euclid classification.
  • Catbug from Bravest Warriors not only has a cute design, but is voiced by an extremely Large Ham six year old.
  • From Cartoon Hangover, who produces Bravest Warriors, we have Puppycat and the Temp Agent's turtle in Bee and Puppycat. Puppycat is a badass adorable who may object to being called cute. The turtle is a straighter example as it just sits there in the scene and is cute and funny.
  • Benny, Max's pomeranian.

    Western Animation 
  • Guano from Kappa Mikey. Of course, it's obvious he's a parody of Pikachu.
  • Waddles from Gravity Falls
  • Extend this trope to mechanical 'animals' and you get WALL•E, whose huge adorable eyes seem custom-made to tug the heartstrings of all who gaze upon him.
  • Rhino the Hamster from Bolt, whose cuteness is potent enough to distract henchmen and save the day.
  • Mort, the little lemur in Madagascar. Smaller than the other lemurs, huge head, and even bigger eyes.
  • The Powerpuff Girls had Beebo, a bio-engineered creature created as a pet. Unfortunately, overfeeding it caused it to become a giant monster who ate everything in sight. Even then it was still very cute.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender :
  • The Legend of Korra gives us Pabu the fire ferret, a cross between a ferret and a red panda. That is a powerful combination of cute.
  • Ling Ling from Drawn Together is a subverted example in that while he is an adorable parody of Pikachu, he is a sociopathic killing machine (this is his in-show description).
  • Halfway subverted with "Cujo", the lovable ghost pup in Danny Phantom. It's friendly and adorable in small mode, but can turn big and aggressive if it needs to. "Yikes" is a far more appropriate word for that one.
  • Parodied on The Fairly Oddparents with the Gigglepies, big-eyed, Carebear-esque creatures who speak entirely in rhyme. It's eventually revealed that they are actually alien conquerors who enslave worlds with their hypnotic cuteness.
  • Futurama:
    • Nibbler probably qualifies — he's pretty weird looking, but he's small and squeaky enough to make the tough, no-nonsense captain Leela go to pieces and adopt him as a beloved pet. He later gets a little red cape and diaper. It turns out that his entire species is sentient, and uses their cuteness as a ploy to infiltrate places where the local species is bigger and uglier as part of a giant conspiracy.
    • In the episode "The Problem with Popplers", the Popplers themselves, as they are actually the young of the sentient, not to mention angry Omicronians.
  • Every living thing in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (bloodthirsty monsters, Eldritch Abominations, and evil gods excepted). This is an interesting dynamic, in that the ponies are all very cute by default, so for anything to stand out it has to be extremely adorable.
  • Lily and Sparkles, the puppies of Barbie & The Diamond Castle.
  • Katie the little... uh... fuzzy yellow thingy (she doesn't match any of the other animals) from Horton Hears a Who! The original Horton illustrations by Dr. Seuss also fits this trope.
  • Once The Simpsons were at a petting zoo and saw a cute little lamb with big eyes. They all let out an "Aw!", then saw an even littler lamb with even bigger eyes. They let out a bigger "AWWW!!", then saw the littlest lamb with the biggest eyes, and let out the biggest "AWWWW!!!" of all. Then the second lamb walked in front of the third one, and Homer shoved it out of the way. Video clip here.
  • Chuck Jones had a penchant for ridiculously cute critters that brought out protective impulses in unlikely characters - like the kitten to bulldog Marc Anthony, or the penguin to Bugs Bunny. Early in his career he did shorts which starred ridiculously cute critters, such as Sniffles the Mouse among others. It wasn't until hanging around with the likes of Tex Avery that he began to use more humor.
  • Ridiculously cute critters have gone in and out of style when it comes to Western Animation as a whole, having their original heyday in the 1930's with Disney's Silly Symphonies shorts and the copy-cat series of just about every other animation studio at the time. By the time World War II came around these were chucked out the window in favor of the Karmic Trickster and the Screwy Squirrel, but they resurface periodically.
  • Snap, Rudy's little chalk drawing in ChalkZone. Those huge eyes? Sweet nature? A bit of a daredevil? Fingerless hands? SO CUTE!
  • Despite being quite the trouble maker and all around annoying, Peri from Spliced (who seems to be the cross between a cuttlefish and a squirrel... or maybe a cat?... or a fox perhaps?... or maybeOH NEVER MIND), with his big eyes, huge grin, and buck teeth, seems to be a favorite among female fans.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar has Mort the mouse lemur and Eggy the duckling. Private probably qualifies as well - he's made even King Julien go "Awwwww". Private manages to attain a level weaponizable cuteness in one episode. Naturally, Skipper takes advantage.
  • Reginald the koala from American Dad!. In his first appearance, he even had a theme song and a montage dedicated to his cuteness. The fact that he's a secret agent who works for the CIA probably makes him even more adorable.
  • Like the Futurama example above, the Phineas and Ferb episode "Meapless in Seattle" has the alien Mitch become a being so cute that he can entrance people, including Phineas.
  • Mr. Mumbles from Dan Vs.. may not be well groomed, but that kitty is adorable.
  • Jang Keng and Tekirai from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches
  • The hero species, the Noops and Wuts in The Dreamstone. And then there's also the "ferocious" Wottles.
  • Thingy from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! is one, at least until it's frightened.
  • Snarf in ThunderCats (2011). However, the same can't be said about his 1985 counterpart.
  • Ruby Gloom has Scaredy Bat and Doom Kitty.
  • Spartakus And The Sun Beneath The Sea has Triggies, tiny robots with smiling faces produced by Tehrig for maintenance purposes. Children in Arkadia love to play with them.
  • Several of the housemates in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends come off as this, such as the one-time character Crackers, recurring background character Fluffer Nutter, the friend Wilt helps in Good Wilt Hunting, etc. . . . Berry is a subversion, World from Destination Imagination has shades of it, certain characters like Eduardo come off as this, but more of a Gentle Giant-type. Bloo's probably too much of an Attention Whore to be seen as this.
  • Tashy 497 from the episode of the same name in Sym-Bionic Titan.
  • All the slugs in Slugterra. Unless they're shot into attack mode. Or ghouled.
  • Adventure Time has Jake and Lady Rainicorn's offspring: Charlie, TV, Viola, Kim Kil Whan, and Jake Jr.

    Real Life 
  • You may notice that most of the creatures above are based off of real biological animals. This is not a mistake. Notable examples on planet Earth include...
  • Fennec Foxes. They're much smaller than most foxes and have ridiculously oversized ears.
  • The Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel, Pteromys momonga, is probably the most ludicriously cute creature on the face of the planet. See the links below for squee-worthy examples:
  • Although less exotic, do not take the cuteness of chipmunks lightly. Alvin and the Chipmunks are abominations compared to the real thing.
  • Woodchucks...they're so chubby, just look at them waddle-run!
  • Jumping spiders. It says a lot that this little critter was used as a basis for Joltik, a Pokémon considered ridiculously cute.
  • Kittens.
  • Puppies.
  • Ferrets.
  • Squirrel monkeys.
    • Pygmy marmosets. The smallest monkeys in the world, and very adorable.
    • Capuchins.
  • Baby emperor penguins.
    • Penguins in general.
  • Babies, period. Given that babies of nearly all vertebrates, from mammals and birds to even snakes and sharks share a number of similar features compared to adults, like oversized heads and eyes, scientists speculated that we're as a species genetically hardwired to find such features cute.
  • Honduran white bats.
    • Bats in general, contrary to how they are portrayed. Even vampire bats can come across as cute.
  • This piglet.
  • Miniature donkeys!
  • The "sand cat" of Afghanistan is easily the least intimidating of the wild cats. Their heads and ears are larger by comparison to their bodies than those of house-cats, and their faces are wider, but their bodies are smaller. Even the adults look like kittens!
  • Sloths.
  • Pandas, obviously. Red pandas are, if such a thing is possible, even cuter.
  • Baby crocodilians, in contrast to the more fearsome adults, count as this. While sharing many of the "cute" characteristics with other animals (bright, cartoony eyes, and a tiny snout that would make them look not out of place in Bambi), they can even chirp like baby birds!
    • By extension, baby dinosaurs as well. Many fossils of young dinosaurs have been found and they're thought to be as cute as buttons when they were alive. In fact, its been theorized that baby tyrannosaurs were covered in down.
  • Owls. Especially saw-whet owls. They've been known to make hardened ornithologists explode into rainbow confetti and little pink hearts.
  • Puffins.
  • Chinchillas.
  • Baby Deer, in fact Deer are pretty aww inducing in general, but unfortunately they also cause a lot of death both directly and indirectly
    • Mouse deer! They are tiny, tiny deers on spindly legs. What can be cuter?
  • What about Otters?!
  • Civets
  • Hyraxes
  • Harp seals
    • Seals in general.
  • And compare meerkats. Simples!
  • Awwwwww...c'mon! What the the obvious?....BUNNIES!
  • Kiwi birds.
  • Parrots, Parakeets and Cockatoos.
  • Goldfish, or pretty much any kind of popular pet fish, really.
    • Pop-eyed goldfish lean towards Ugly Cute more, though.
  • Hamsters
  • Quokkas. Always smiling, always having fun, always curious. No picture of a Quokka doesn't look cute.
  • The desert rain frog. Not only does it look cute, it makes a sound that can best be described as "a squeaky kitten."
  • Pugs and their puppies. Especially solid black pugs.
  • Hognose Snakes. They actually smile!

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