Super-Cute Superpowers

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Some powers are cool, some are awesome, some are lame, some are strange, and some powers are made of pink faeries and glitter! This is a trope for any power that can be described as very, very, girly. Such as:

This doesn't necessarily mean that the user is a girl, just that the power/s have a certain sort of girlyness to them. Sometimes the super cute power is parodied in-universe by showing itself to be useless, leading the other characters to exclaim "What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?". However, if the cutesy power is badass, then it falls under Heart Is an Awesome Power.

Just about any Magical Girl counts, even Magical Girl Warriors, with sparkles, love hearts, frills and bubbles galore. Averting this tends to be the exception.

See also: Heart Beatdown (which tends to look cute, but it's not really a subtrope, since its concept is "weaponized power of love"), Care-Bear Stare and Tastes Like Diabetes.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bleach:
    • Orihime Inoue's attacks with fairies made from her hairpins. Granted, her offensive fairy looks like a wild-west outlaw but on paper it's an exceedingly feminine ability.
    • Riruka of Fullbringers, whose power focuses around trapping people in a dollhouse full of cutesy toys. She also has a cutesy-looking ray gun-like weapon that transforms anyone she shoots with it into a harmless plush toy.
  • Neko from K transforms into a little pink kitty (as her name implies), and when she uses her illusion powers, things tend to appear and disappear in a flurry of pink flower petals. She's also been known to summon giant kitties.
  • Sailor Moon: One power of particular note is the pink haired Sailor Chibi Moon's "Pink Sugar Heart Attack" that's every bit as feminine as it sounds. In the 90's anime, it's also completely useless, though in the comics it was equal to any other Sailor attack (but still cute.)
  • Played With in the Lyrical Nanoha series: at the start of the original season, the eponymous protagonist is the Token Mini-Moe of her family and her powers manifest themselves in a pink-and-gold staff with a hot pink jewel that shoots pink beams. It then turns out that little Nanoha is a stone-cold badass and her pink beams-o-friendship are weapons of mass destruction.
  • While most Puella Magi Madoka Magica characters avert this (Mami uses magically-created muskets, Kyoko uses a spear, Sayaka uses swords, and Homura uses real life weapons, including grenades and missiles) Madoka plays this 100% straight, with arrows of pink light being her signature weapon. This is to illustrate her All-Loving Hero status, and later her Messianic Archetype status.
  • Pretty Cure, as you would expect, has this trope as its default setting. The only major instance where it deviates is for elemental attacks. Well, those and some of the more vicious pummelings and submission holds whenever the studio's Dragon Ball Z roots resurface. But they are performed by cute girls in frilly outfits.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew plays with this. The girl's weapons look like pastel musical instruments, and like most Magical Girl Warrior shows, are activated by cutesy incantations. While Mint's and Ichigo's attacks are very feminine (feathery arrows and sparkly energy beams, respectively) the other three have powers like control over water, ground-based magic and a glowing, ribbon-like whip. However, it becomes a little hard to ignore when the extremely powerful Mew Aqua takes the form of bubbles flying out of a pink wand. The villains completely defy this trope, though.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics' Squirrel Girl can summon a flurry of squirrels to Zerg Rush an opponent. Though conceived as a Joke Character, Squirrel Girl has defeated Doctor Doom, Thanos and Deadpool, becoming a Memetic Badass in the process.
  • X-Men
    • "Dazzler: Disco Queen", whose mutant power is effectively to make shiny bright sparkling lights in time to music. In reality, her ability is turning sound into light and vice versa, which has staggering implications. She once absorbed the sound of a supernova to power up enough to retrieve something from a black hole. ...Just go with it.
    • Jubilee's powers have been described as "sparkles" or "fireworks". When she gets good and pissed they can make explosions, making her an energy-blaster to rival Cyclops. They still look like cute fireworks.
    • Pixie can release blasts of hallucinogenic dust. The resulting hallucinations are always cuteness overload, usually adorable animals (sometimes singing and playing musical instruments) and rainbows.
  • Dagger of the Cloak & Dagger series can fling "light-knives" at foes, which can pierce armor and act like scalpels to "cut" the wickedness like tumors from her targets. These light-knife attacks appear wrenching and painful on impact, however.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • The movie series has inherited from the parent show its tendency for demonstrations of magic from the protagonists to be glitzy, sparkly and rainbow-themed.
    • In Rainbow Rocks, before unleashing their Rainbow Power attack on the Dazzlings, the Rainbooms battle the Dazzlings' spectral avatars with magical blasts depicted as showers of rainbows, diamonds, butterflies, and sparkles. The only reason these aren't enough to defeat the Dazzlings is because the movie's real protagonist hasn't yet joined the battle. The final blow is a giant sparkly pony made of light, with flowing rainbow hair, blasting with a massive beam of light.

    Literature 
  • E-Claire's primary power in Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain is to fog people's minds with cuteness. She's not altogether happy about this, since she really wanted her mother's power (fogging men's minds with lust), but it's actually surprisingly powerful.

    Video Games 
  • Virtual-ON The Fei-Yen series of Virtuaroids are Humongous Mecha modeled after a Magical Girl with a Chest Blaster that fires a burst shaped like a heart. According to the backstory, the designers wanted a regular beam, but the Sentient Phlebotinum kept turning it back into a heart.
  • Koishi Komeiji of Touhou uses a lot of hearts and roses in her attacks. However, because of her heavy psychological theme and her own state of mind, they can turn out to be more unnerving than cute.
  • Sonya Blade from the Mortal Kombat has a Kiss of Death fatality where she blows a kiss at her opponent. Sometimes the kiss takes the form of a floating fireball, but other games have it be a little pink heart that flitters towards the opponent, and once it hits, the enemy explodes bloodily.
  • Pokémon: The Fairy type tend to have a mix of moon-based moves, such as Moonlight and Moonblast, and cute moves that invoke this trope, such as Charm, Sweet Kiss, Baby-Doll Eyes and Disarming Voice.
  • Parodied in Team Fortress 2 with Pyrovision, where with the right items the Pyro can appear to shoot people with a rainbow bubble blower and hit them with a giant lollipop, causing them to "bleed" balloons and laugh in joy, while in "reality" the Pyro is still burning people to death.
  • Princess Peach of Super Mario Bros. when she's not the Damsel in Distress usually goes for this. Most prominently in Super Smash Bros., with each version adding new prettiness to her deceptively dangerous arsenal: most prominently heart-shaped blasts, pink ribbons and rainbows.
  • Copy Kitty parodies this with Zerynex Omega, the Hard Mode version of the Zerynex boss. Zerynex is an unholy Frankenstein monster made of dozens of other monsters, and looks the part, but the Omega version is colored pink, launches heart-shaped energy blasts, fires bouncy missiles that squeak upon exploding, and replaces the BGM with cute-sounding noises. The in-game heroine is just as confused by this as the player likely is, while her mentor claims that Zerynex is trying some sort of "intimidation tactic".
  • Maria Renard in the Castlevania series starting with Castlevania: Rondo of Blood uses her animal friends to attack, she just throws or directs their movements, contrasting with the usual Vampire Killer whip, she uses doves instead. Rather than crosses, holy water, or stopwatches as her subweapons, she has baby dragons, a turtle shell, and even sings off-key to make notes that damage enemies. Her adult incarnation in the PSP port of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night rounds out the cuteness with owls instead and new Item Crashes, but she still looks somewhat girly doing so.
  • Whenever Amy Rose is playable in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, it typically looks cute. Her Piko-Piko hammer is an oversized novelty toy, but she can nevertheless smash robots to bits with it. She can hover by spinning it around into a copter-esque motion, creates heart tornadoes, and her Team Blast has her join Cream and Big in an explosion of twirling, hearts, sparkles, glitter, and lots and lots of pink that cracks the game in two. While it's just one combat move, the similarly adorable Cream can launch her pet Chao Cheese to home in on enemies. She can also fly by flapping her bunny ears, which is as comical as it is precious.

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    Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Elements of Harmony, the most powerful magic in Equestria, are powered by friendship, manifest as jewellery, and when activated fire what is essentially a colossal rainbow cannon, and in season 2 unleash a World-Healing Wave; it's the illustration of the show's Awesome Moments page for good reason.
    • The Sonic Rainboom, a legendary flight move that creates a rainbow explosion as it breaks the sound barrier.
  • In SheZow, SheZow's powers will not activate if Guy is wearing any colour other than pink. And these powers include the ability to generate hurricane force winds by fluttering his eyelashes.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Meapless in Seattle" has Meap and Mitch attacking each other with what Phineas describes as "really cute death rays."
  • Pink Raven from Teen Titans Go! is made of this trope. Down to farting on garbage and turning it into unicorns!
  • In South Park, Kenny of all people gets powers like these when he dresses up as a pretty princess. In the show, he becomes a Kawaisa anime girl who instantly charms other men with her extreme cuteness, while in the video game he uses rainbows and unicorns to attack. Subverted, in that said unicorn can impale him rather brutally if he fails his commands.
  • The magic used by Star of Star vs. the Forces of Evil revolves around sparkles, rainbows, animals, and just about anything else Star finds cute despite being extremely destructive. It's said to be solely because the wand reflects the character of the wielder, meaning it gets much less cute in the hands of evil.


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