Lisa Frank, converting your monitor to Rainbows Glitter and Balloons.
"It's too cute! It's... It's disgusting!"
This is an audience reaction to works that are strongly attempting to be kid-friendly
— using almost all the tropes of cuteness and idealism
, like there's some kind of checklist. 'Saccharine
' is the watchword. Viewers react to this with anything ranging from cutesy cuddling to violent revulsion. Always, there will be fun, colorful settings, Narm
or generally hammy voice acting
, an aversion to anything resembling death unless for that one final and dramatic battle
, and no matter the situation, if you have friends, you will win because you can only win with friends.
The sun shines a lot, and when it's night, the moon is full and bright. Also, there is smiling. Tons of smiling. Even when it's not appropriate, there is smiling. The Big Bad
is Obviously Evil
with no attempt to look otherwise, and flips between being born evil(maybe even worse
) or redeemable, depending on the story
Keep in mind that levity and sweetness are not necessarily bad
. With proper usage, it may result in an enjoyable series where the cuteness is somehow justified or just part of the environment. When it monopolizes the series, or puts being adorable ahead of things like actual plots or likeable characters, then
it becomes a problem. Cute in and of itself isn't wrong, but given an audience's general conditioning to the notion that Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!
and that Real Men Hate Sugar
(a side effect of targeting masculine elements towards women as much as men
), even this wiki has something of an aversion to cuteness as an entity as the incredibly long list of examples below attest. This cultural reaction is also one of the core reasons why American Kirby Is Hardcore
Not to be confused with Sweet Tooth
or Sugar Bowl
settings in general, as this is an Audience Reaction. Use caution when mixing with Gorn
and Crapsack World
as Grotesque Cuteness
or Wide Eyed Idealism
may result, respectively. Repeated consumption of this product may result in becoming a Glurge Addict
. Be aware also that excessive cheerfulness can be used to disguise a Crapsaccharine World
See also Super-Cute Super-Powers
. Compare with Crapsaccharine World
and contrast with Testosterone Poisoning
, in some ways, the opposite of this.
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- Let's start with the ads for Cuties oranges. Having a little kid narrate the advertisements add about 20% more of this trope.
- Any commercial by the Foundation for a Better Life, which all feature a completely saccharine skit promoting values like "generosity" and "caring".
- The aggressively adorable kids in the Welch's Grape Juice commercials.
- The aggressively adorable kids in the Bandaid commercials, especially the little black girl.
- The aggressively adorable kids in the Motts Juice commercials.
- The aggressively adorable kids in the Wuzzles commercials.
- The aggressively adorable kids in the Denny's 3-Course Meal commercial.
- The aggressively adorable kids in ads for insurance, cars, anti-virus software, and other things kids have no interest in as cuteness-appeal for adults.
- Played with to the point of parody in the late 2009-early 2010 radio ads for the New York Lottery's "Sweet Million" game, which feature intentionally tooth-rotting things like kittens that meow "I love you" and puppies that croon barbershop harmonies for little old ladies. Television ads, too. Look at the cute bunnies!
- Any commercial for Snuggle. Goddamn that bear...
- All of the puppy-fueled Cottonelle commercials from the last few years, featuring a puppy that sounds like Zach Braff BEING THE CUTEST THING ALIVE OHMYGODOHMYGOD... So you should... buy... TOILET PAPER. Yeah.
- The Pillow Pets commercial. "D'awwwwwwww!" cranked up to 11!!! The similar Happy Nappers commercial is even WORSE!
- Sinupret commercials. Ugh.
- Any commercial for Kinder Chocolate. When they're not either the most disturbing or frightening things you've ever seen.
- This commercial for Puppy Chow.
- FurReal kittens. Aww... *puke*
- During the early 1980s, Washington, DC. CBS affiliate WDVM (now WUSA) commissioned a tooth-rotting promo using the branding of "Ours to Share." The campaign was basically one they could have gotten away with if it was a smaller city, but certainly not in D.C., as the reaction was harsh enough for WDVM to fire their creative services director as a result. Watch and look for dentures.
- The commercials for the Teddy Ruxpin bear are adorable to the point that you'll cry. Case in point: 
- This commercial for the HP Touchsmart 520t. "'Cause, he's bacon!"
- Parodied with a Sprite commercial.
- Mel the Milkbar, a new granola-milk bar from Kraft. Adorable, huggable, and a MASSIVE woobie.
- The commercial for the Lego Duplo Zoo playset, especially when those kids giggle.
- Fairy Liquid adverts from the UK 
- The new Vonage commercial with the puppy. Granted, the puppy was cute, but the neighbors are borderline creepy.
- The commercials for a Brazilian soda called Guarana Dolly, which features a grotesquely cute anthropomorphic bottle of said soda which talks with a baby-like voice.
- The new Fisher-Price commercials.
- "CuddleUppets, CuddleUppets, the blankets that are puppets!"
- During the early-1990's, there was a commercial for a mail-order children's construction set called Geerios. The set itself was actually quite nifty. It allowed children to build their own non-motorized mechanical devices (robots, etc.) without parental fear of things like electric shocks. However, the commercial for it was so sickeningly cute that it could put just about any other commercial on this list to shame. The most annoying nursery music ever played in the background, while some Hallmark-ish woman described the toy, depicting kids innocently playing with it and even parents getting a kick out of it.
- Nickelodeon and one of their teen stars, Daniella Monet, managed to do this with a product called My Fruity Faces, which are edible stickers of characters from either Dora the Explorer or Spongebob Squarepants, which are placed on pieces of fruit or vegetables so that kids will be more likely to eat them. These kids happen to be in the demographic for Nick Jr and pour on the saccharine.
- The Oreo "Wonderfilled" advertisements. Special mention goes to this one, narrated by a girl wondering if her dad would let her stay up past bedtime if she gave him an Oreo; what really adds to the adorableness is that it's implied that she doesn't just want to avoid bedtime, but she also wants to spend time with her dad. Awww!
- The Zulily commercials, specifically when a nursery rhyme song is sung by a woman in a soft voice.
Anime & Manga
- Deadpool Hangs A Lampshade on this when reminiscing about his ex-wife: "...all this 'I love you snookie pie' and 'you too honey lips face head mush mush'... go into diabetic shock just walking by the place."
- Miss Martian of the DC Universe, which is especially interesting considering she's a White Martian. Which leads to fans thinking she's cuter in her true form.
- Lampshaded in Mark Waid's Empire with the line "I need insulin listening to you!"
- Spoofed in the Batman/Judge Dredd crossover Judgment on Gotham, where Scarecrow sprays Judge Death with his nightmare toxin, causing Judge Death to panic wildly over the sight of adorable ponies and cutesy little animals.
- Carl Barks found Christmas stories with An Aesop like this. Unfortunately, he was so good at it, that he got assignment after assignment.
- Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Lilac Rosetta Cretan Veron.
"Lilac, you're the most sickeningly sweet person ever to grace the planet, aren't you?" Lilac didn't seem to catch the insult, and just smiled broadly, apparently under the impression that her 'influence' had reached B as well.
- Invoked in Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness, when Hannah tells Neville that her Aunt has some sickeningly cute collectible china witch figurines. Apparently, "It's like trying to eat half of Honeydukes in one sitting. You can feel your teeth start to rot the second you cross the front door."
- Harry Potter and the Natural 20: The hamster summoned by Milo's Christmas gift to Hannah is so adorable that "simply seeing it required a Will save, or you were compelled to want to hug it".
- Heathcliffe and Aki's relationship in One Piece: Parallel Works. One reviewer of the fic describes their relationship as "Diabeetus."
- Parodied in "Parody of Symphonia", where the particular character achieves the title "So saccharine, she gives you diabetes!"
- Sonichu's and Rosechu's children, three small, pudgy, vaguely mammalian creatures named Robbie, Cerah, and Christine. All of their dialogue is written in a sickeningly-sweet baby-talk tone with the "r"s and "l"s replaced by "w"s. Their faces forever wear grins of absent-minded, naďve bliss. These attributes have caused them to become The Scrappy in the series's "fandom," leading to an entire subgenre of fanfiction focusing around their extremely brutal, graphic, and merciless slaughter.
- Turnabout Storm has this in-universe. Twilight and Spike get rather embarrassed when they mention a land overseas where weird ponies and humans coexist, those being characters from previous generations of My Little Pony.
: They're not weird, Spike! They're just... Spike
: They're just what? *Cut to G1/G3 ponies* Twilight
: Uh... really... happy... Spike
: They seem too frolicky for my taste...
- Many My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic like to emphasize this aspect of Equestria.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- Whether it's The Adventures of Milo and Otis or the original Japanese version "Koneko Monogatari", this is what you get no less than half the time. Some of the more upbeat music in the Japanese version cements this.
- Annie; "You're never fully dressed without a smile!" [UGH!]
- August Rush. And how.
- The John Hughes movie Baby's Day Out. Yes, it exists, and it's 99 minutes of Baby Bink giving you diabetes by being just a cute little baby, while the three kidnappers that have held him for ransom get their butts handed to them trying to get him back.
- A Christmas Story: This is Ralphie's reaction to Aunt Clara's gift. Poor Ralphie.◊
- Even his father finds it ridiculous: "He looks like a pink nightmare!"
- At the beginning of Commando, when Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the daddy of a fourteen year-old Alyssa Milano. They do all kind of sugary things, like playing in the pool, learning karate, and especially feeding a goddamned deer. Get to kicking the villain's ass, already!
- During The Day After Tomorrow, the rescue of the Littlest Cancer Patient.
- The first three minutes of Enchanted was a parody of things that taste like diabetes.
- High School Musical Note that it is still so popular — right up there with Hannah Montana— it's spawned two sequels and a spinoff movie, and the franchise still doesn't look dead.
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids's sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. Specifically, any scene with Wayne Szalinski and his two-year-old son Adam, the namesake kid. An example, where Wayne makes his voice squeaky to portray Big Bunny at Adam's bedtime:
Wayne: (holding a stuffed bunny toy) You know what I was thinking, Big Bunny?
Big Bunny: What?
Wayne: I'm thinking we should be nicer to our brother Nick, you know why?
Big Bunny: No, why?
Wayne: Well, because he's moved to a new place now, and has got to make new friends, just like you and me.
- Honey, I Shrunk The Kids itself could be seen as this.
- Parodied in the Marx Brothers film Horse Feathers. Thelma Todd's character is going out with Groucho, in an attempt to steal some football signals for a rival college. She adopts an extremely cutesy and high pitched voice and says "If Big-Stwong-Man don't let Icky-Baby see the football signals, Icky-Baby gonna cwy!" To which Groucho somehow manages an even more cloying voice and responds "If Icky-Baby don't stop talking like that, Big-Strong-Man gonna kick all her teeth wight down her thwoat!"
- The first half of the musical and film Mamma Mia!! is ridiculously cheerful. It is a musical based on ABBA songs, after all.
- Parodied and lampshaded in The Naked Gun: 33 1/3 - The Final Insult, when Frank and his wife are in a marriage counseling session, they devolve into baby-talking pet names, at which point the therapist states "Mr. and Mrs. Drebin, please - I'm a diabetic."
- Preschool University.
- The Ewoks of Return of the Jedi are notorious for this. Exactly one dies, despite taking on bad guys who can blow up planets and only being primitive hunter-gatherers. And then there was an Ewok cartoon series afterward.
- Being an adorable puppy voiced by five-year-old American Idol contestant Kaitlyn Maher made Tiny from Santa Buddies ridiculously cute. To some, irritatingly so.
- In the MSTing of the movie "Santa Claus 1959," Tom Servo (accurately) refers to Lupita, the main child character, as "aggressively cute."
- Parodied in the opening scenes of A Series of Unfortunate Events about "The Littlest Elf." This is straight from the book, with the Show Within a Show often being invoked as an example of "books you should be reading instead of this one."
- Toys: The Christmas musical at the beginning.
- Pretty much any Hallmark original movie shown on the Hallmark channel. All the characters (especially the CHILDREN) are so sappily unrealistic, you just may want to gag, leave the room, or both. Extra sap points when it's a Christmas movie.
- Double Bonus Points when said Christmas movie features a helpful old man with a beard. Could he somehow be the really for real...?
- And speaking of Christmas movies, pick one.
- The 2003 version of Cheaper by the Dozen and its sequel.
- The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure . And yes, it's a feature film.
- In Back To The Beach, the Big Kahuna, excited at the prospect of seeing his daughter, goes off on a sugar-ladden, sickeningly cute pet names for her. Lampshaded when his Genre Savvy son tries to stop him before...the entire rest of the airplane cabin break out the air sickness bags.
- In-universe in Addams Family Values: The summer camp full of rich kids of WASPs, which of course makes it a living hell for Wednesday and Pugsley.
- A little girl explaining how her mommy got a baby, invoking every trite and saccharine "where babies come from" myth of the past few centuries. And it leads to Wednesday's Crowning Moment of Deadpan Snarkery.
Young Girl: And then Mommy kissed Daddy, and the angel told the stork, and the stork flew down from heaven, and left a diamond under a leaf in the cabbage patch, and the diamond turned into a baby!
Pugsley: Our parents are having a baby, too.
- Disney's adaptation of Babes in Toyland could count, but especially the song "Just A Whisper Away".
Live Action TV
- Lampshaded in Psych when Lassiter tries to win back his estranged wife with sugary-cutesy figurines and an equally nauseating card. When she rejects him, he takes the sugary-cutesy figurines down to the shooting range and happily blows each one away.
- Barney & Friends, to most people over the age of four. Some of these folks become parents and the "purple freak" is forgiven as being a instant thirty minute babysitter.
- Here's Humphrey is this due to the mundane nature of each episode, the cheery kid-sung songs and a host that talks down to the viewers. Is there any surprise that Australian kids between the age of six and sixteen have a strong dislike for him?
- Oh boy Willow and Tara in the early stages of their relationship in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the episode "Family" being the sappiest episode ever. It ended with the two of them hugging while floating in the air. Thankfully they became a much more realistic couple towards the end of season 5.
- Played for Laughs on Angel where a children's show is stealing souls. Watching one episode Angel hears one of the songs played, begins quivering with rage at how sappy it is before demanding they go all Jihad on the show.
- The 10th Kingdom largely avoided this... an exceptional feat for a 10-hour miniseries about fairy tales. But in certain places, the sappiness factor was cranked Up to Eleven. See also: Hearts and butterflies swarming through the air in Kissing Town under a pink, heart-shaped moon. Insulin, STAT. Add in the literal Love Is in the Air, most exemplified by the massive pink heart which appears over Wolf and Virginia's head as they share their first kiss, and the little Cupid girl skipping through the streets dispensing fortunes, and... yeah.
- Then there's the singing ring...
- Parodied in the episode "The Soup Nazi." George and Elaine are disgusted by the sappy nicknames Jerry and his Girl of the Week constantly call each other. So George decides to strike back by doing the same thing with Susan. But the plan works too well, and Susan starts babbling like a two-year-old.
- A surprisingly straight example, for a show centered on four cynical Jerkasses (although Kramer and occasionally Elaine could be very well-meaning); some of the child characters who appeared now and then could be pretty sugary. One example being the boy in the hospital Kramer accidentally donated the Yankee birthday card to in the episode "The Wink."
- The MTV Miley Cyrus New Year's Special A Miley-Sized Surprise: The Veronicas dressed up as fairies, a high-pitched sugary voice reading horrible poetry with the most Totally Radical Painful Rhymes imaginable, and all the gushing about making a difference combined.
- Connie Talbot from Britain's Got Talent.
- In later episodes of Family Ties we get little Andrew Keaton, the youngest of the four Keaton children. It even affects the politics-obsessed Alex P. Keaton
- The ending voice over segments in Modern Family.
- The BBC's Robin Hood occasionally strays into this sort of territory with its uplifting messages and such. Then the writers, in their infinite wisdom, decided to have an episode filling in Robin and Guy's backstory. Cue Child!Robin developing his addiction to vomit-inducingly-noble stances while throwing out tax collectors.
- This trope is a staple of a video known as the Palate Cleanser on Web Soup, which immediately follows the segment "Things You Can't Un-See."
- The various Star Trek spinoffs have several episodes set on the resort planet, Risa. It's supposed to be the Federation's greatest vacation place, but both the environment and the locals are sickeningly nice and hospitable. Justified in-universe by the weather being artificially controlled and the locals' hospitality expressing mainly via free love attitudes.
- The Doctor's holographic family in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Real Life" start out like this, but B'Elanna tells him how unrealistic this is and he agrees to let her alter the programme to make it more realistic.
- She also invokes it by first saying, "I am stopping this before my blood sugar levels overload."
- Semi-parodied among The Muppets with Bean Bunny. The Muppet that Henson Studios learned to love to hate.
- The 1981 episode of The Muppet Show with Linda Ronstadt, particularly the finale, where she sings "When I Grow Too Old To Dream." It's very heavily sentimentalized - resident Jerkass Rizzo the Rat is actually shedding tears as he listens to the song.
- Doctor Who has the Adipose, essentially living fat. (Leave it to Doctor Who to combine this with Body Horror...)
- See also "Fear Her". "Feel the love!"
- Some fans complain that the Tenth Doctor and Rose got like this.
- It sort of parodied this trope in the bizarre and controversial story The Happiness Patrol, from the Classic era. Basically, the Doctor and co. travel to a society where everyone is happy, all the time. Except it's discovered later that being anything but happy is treated as a crime. The TARDIS is painted pink, and one of the villains is a "Kandyman".
- In an episode of Have I Got News for You, Stephen Fry, upon seeing Victoria and David Beckhams' coat of arms (the motto being something along the lines of Love Friendship), he quipped "sometimes there just isn't enough vomit in the world."
- He made the same joke on QI when panelist Clive Anderson's buzzer was the sickeningly saccharine "Everything I Do, I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams.
- Animal Planet's Too Cute documentary series contains graphic depictions of CUTENESS.
- An obscure television series called Hug-a-Bug Club was pretty much Barney & Friends, except with insects instead of dinosaurs.
- The Star Wars Holiday Special. It's particularly jarring when you consider that at the end, Luke and Leia join them, and their families were killed in the movie. It's even more jarring when you consider that in a couple decades, Chewie will have the moon dropped on him.
- This was a major complaint about Full House back in the day. But hey, if the show didn't fit this, it wouldn't have been the Trope Namer for Full House Music. Seasons 6, 7, and 8 toned down a bit on this, though, only having that occur whenever Nicky and Alex are involved. On an interesting note, any moment on a show that is overly sappy (even if the show itself is not normally) is called a "Full House Moment" outside of TV Tropes.
- Invoked on Mystery Science Theater 3000 with Nummymuffin Cocoabutter, an impossibly adorable pet created by Dr. Forrester so he can take over the world while everyone is preoccupied with one. He ends up getting sucked into the Cuteness Proximity himself before this can happen.
- The end of the TV film of The Stand. King ended the book with a mix of light and dark,but the miniseries really turned up the sentimentality and happier stuff.
- Parodied on episode three of Monty Python's Flying Circus when Eric Idle played a children's storyteller who read stories that started out like this but rapidly went south:
Storyteller: Rempletweezer ran the Dinky Tinky shop in the foot of the magic oak tree by the wobbly dum dum bush in the shade of the magic glade known as Dingly Dell. Here he sold contraceptives and... (turns pages anxiously) discipline?... naked?... (turns book sideways, apparently looking at an illustration) With a melon!?
- "Sprout." Just,"Sprout." The fact that the main character is a baby chicken who speaks only in squeeks is only the beginning of the sugar coma!
- Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds tends to evoke this in the fans, since in some episodes her cuteness can go Up to Eleven (especially in later seasons). Her wardrobe is always colourful, and her tone is extremely playful, and not just with Derek Morgan. It's lampshaded in "No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank" by her boss, Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner, when he profiles the team to his boss, Erin Strauss (reviewing his conduct), saying that Garcia fills her room with cute figurines and pictures for her to "remind herself of humanity when faced with the horrors that fill her screens".
- The climax of the Frasier episode with Frasier's ex-wife Nanny G. Yes...the stage show. Good grief, the stage show!!!
- In one episode of Blackadder the Third, Edmund needs Prince George to marry Amy Hardwood, daughter of an industrialist, whose "nosey-wosey is so tiny, sometimes I think the pixies gave it to me!" Coincidentally, this predated by only a few years Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster having to get disengaged from Madeline Basset, who Amy might be a parody of (although Madeline lacks Amy's secret double-life as a man-voiced, squirrel-murdering highwayman.
- In general, music falling under this trope (songs that make your teeth decay) is called "schmaltz."
- Faster by Matt Natason. One line, sung very sweetly and softly, is "You taste like sunlight and strawberry bubblegum."
- Parodied in Katy Perry's video for California Gurls. She and the other characters are pieces of a fictitious board game called Candyfornia.
- Snuggle Bunny (Schnuffel Bunny In German), a CGI bunny that sings cute songs. They use this music video as a commercial for ringtones. So cute! So obnoxious!
- If you thought Snuggle Bunny was cute. Then meet Snuggelina or (Schnuffelienchen in German). In her debut music video "Kiss Me, Hold Me, Love Me" The best part is when Snuggelina hugs the Snuggle Bunny plush. Also Snuggelina is Snuggle Bunnie's girlfriend which means that Snuggle and Snuggelina are love birds!
- Japanese idols. Kawaisa and moe to the max.
- Of special note is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Song titles include CANDY CANDY, PONPONPON (Pop Pop Pop) and CHERRY BON-BON.
- If you like cute boys, there's the Len cover of PONPONPON.
- Koda Kumi takes this trope on frequently when she feels like ditching her sexy image. Songs like Koi no Tsubomi, Birthday Eve, Stay, Joyful, Wonderland, Melting, Bambi, Twinkle, KAMEN... if the songs don't sound too cutesy, don't worry! The accompanying PVs will turn your blood to molasses.
- " Sugar Rush" by Japanese pop group AKB48, a song for the faux video game 'Sugar Rush' in the Disney movie Wreck it Ralph. The game is a parody of children's racing games especially ones found in Japan, set in a world made of candy, with candy themed race cars and candy themed racers. They also filmed a music video in which they dress up in candy themed costumes likewise in a candy themed world.
- The song "Honey," sung by Bobby Goldsboro. It got a lot of votes in Dave Barry's Worst Song Ever poll because, as one person put it, "Bobby never caught on that he could have drilled a hole in himself and poured the sap out." And this being Goldsboro, that's just for starters.
- Disney pop. Even the break-up songs are cute and bouncy.
- Almost any song by IOSYS that has gotten an animation, several of them listed here.
- Once you understand what the lyrics mean in English (or if you've even heard it sung in English), "Bouken Desho Desho," opening theme of an anime that needs no introduction, easily falls into this. Thank goodness for the despair treatment.
- Then there's "Hare Hare Yukai"... Ear Worm, anyone?
- Not sure about "Bouken Desho Desho," but just remember that "Hare Hare Yukai" is being sung by Haruhi, not her voice actress...
- Pink Dinosaur.
- Kidz Bop. Small children cover songs never, uh, intended for their demographic.
- "The Christmas Shoes" by New Song with the adorable, dirty little scamp with the dying mother.
- "Butterfly Kisses,", by Bob Carlisle, is highly pukeworthy.
- Vocaloid Yuki Kaai has managed to somehow be even more adorable than her sisters. Case in point.
- Speaking of Vocaloid, Oliver is often portrayed as this. It's parodied in this song.
- Takoluka. If you're not grossed out by her, you're probably fawning over the mere sight of her.
- Cat Ear Switch is about having kitten ears and RingxRingxRing is about singing and letting the whole world know about how happy you are because if you do that then everybody else will be happy as well and you'll be one big happy family. It just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.
- My honey bunch, sugarpwums, pumpy-umpy-umpkin. You'we my sweety-pie. You'we my cuppy-cake gumdwops, snoogums-boogums. You'we the apple of my eye... :3
- Taylor Swift, despite how well written and performed most of her music is, can sometimes fall into this. Even pure, unadulterated envy can sound tooth-rottingly saccharine when coming from her.
- Good luck finding a better aversion than "Picture To Burn", though.
- Unlike many of the other examples on this list, however, Swift actually has a sense of humor about this and sometimes makes fun of herself for it.
- Her last album, Red, pretty much averts this trope.
- Plenty of Martina McBride's material can fall into this category. If you can't stand her, you will probably puke out your guts over Taylor Swift.
- "This One's for the Girls" deserves special mention. Clearly intended to be about female empowerment, this song's lyrics were not well written. For example, she puts the spotlight on various walks on life, but for the 25-year-olds, she forgets to give any real encouragement.
- The entire genre known as "Twee Pop," a subgenre of indie rock. Mind, some of their lyrics are biting or even angsty, but the presentation is wrapped in pink.
- Bubble Gum pop; Janet Jackson's pre-Control work deserves honorable mention.
- The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus' Surprisingly Gentle Song Your Guardian Angel starts out this way, but then suddenly goes into hard rock mode toward the end.
- The song Brownie the Cat by The Brilliant Green is pure unadulterated High-Octane Adorable Fuel.
- Put it to an adorable AMV to make it a WMD (Weapon of Mass D'awww.)
- "Sugar, Sugar" from The Archies— aka the poster child for sweet 60s pop music.
- ... which produces a completely different picture if you assume that "Sugar" and "Honey" are Unusual Euphemisms.
- Donna Lewis' I Love You Always Forever. especially the chorus. If you can hack that one, though, you're set.
- And another of her songs, Mother.
- Doubling as an Ear Worm, Moji Pittan. Even more so if you understand the lyrics. It's a lot better with the Angry German Kid treatment.
- Michael Jackson could be awful about this when he was trying to be heartwarming and/or tearjerking: "Someone in the Dark," "Gone Too Soon," "Heal the World," "Childhood," and "The Lost Children" (the first is from the E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial Storybook Album, on which his overemoted narration ladled syrup all over a film that largely avoided this trope). After his death, the sentimentality of him and his fans was turned Up to Eleven, as the video for the posthumous single "Hold My Hand" (with Akon) proves — happy little dancing multiracial children, sparkles, balloons, hearts, angels, you name it.
- In "Will You Be There," he delivers a maudlin, sobbing monologue.
- Dear Lord, Justin Bieber. Only he can make a 16 year old male sound and look like a 10 year old girl. Pairing him with rappers only makes it worse.
- "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias, a song so ridiculously syrupy that you can feel your teeth rotting out of your head while listening to it. Then listen to the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series version instead!
- Everything that Hellogoodbye has ever recorded. This (When We First Met) is their latest song, and it's not even near their previous hit, Here In Your Arms, on the cute-o-meter.
- Similarly, anything by Mika. His reign of cuteness teams up with a large-scale rampage of Lyrical Dissonance, with songs including not getting too caught up in love (with an adorable cartoon video as well, which includes nearly everything in the precautionary list at the top of this page) and a married doctor who gets in a secret relationship with another man.
- Parodied in Los Campesinos!!'s video for "Death To Los Campesinos!" - the band had been pigeon-holed as a cutesy twee-pop band and so in the video showed their frustration by having the band being killed off by kittens, rainbows, confetti, and vomiting flowers.
- Anything made by Owl City. The song "Fireflies" makes insomnia sound saccharine.
- It's odd for Within Temptation, but "In Perfect Harmony" creates cavities with each repeat of the chorus.
- "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" by Jimmy Osmond. (Yes, an Osmond.) Dear God, it makes a lot of the other songs here look macho.
- For those who can't stand Vanessa Carlton's voice, her work will occasionally fall into this, but especially the Heroes and Thieves album.
- Most anything by Math The Band, a Nintendocore duo. I believe "saccharine" is the operative word.
- How Much is that Doggie in the Window? — butchered by Homer And Jethro in How Much is that Hound Dog in the Window?
- "Dear Mr. Jesus" by Power Source, is a hideously overwrought Christian pop/rock song about the evils of child abuse, sung by a six-year-old girl, and it somehow made it to #61 on the Billboard charts.
- A Child on the Street by Philippine (now former) child idol singer, Jaymie Baby (ugh, even her name tastes like diabetes) has it singing about a child on the street, but possibly about an orphan or a young beggar too. If you're nostalgic, you'd probably say to yourself this is probably something Madeline would sing. She's more known as a rapper of children-targeted songs. If you're a Filipino (or just someone who can understand their language) the other songs can count as well because of how thematic and childish it sounds.
- Heintje, a German child star singer from The Seventies. Listen to his "Mama".
- "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" sung by Lesley Gore at the end of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs fits this. It's as sweet as the lollipops in the title.
- Kina Grannis' "In Your Arms" is this in the best possible way.
- The Backstreet Boys could be seen as this back in their prime.
- The more upbeat strains of Power Metal are sometimes accused of this by other metalheads. One particularly memorable review puts it thus:
Freedom Call's Crystal Empire is a shiny flurry of sparkling Carebears prancing through fields of poesies with rainbows shooting out of their asses and sunbeams shining in through one ear and out the other without obstruction, and I'll be damned if it doesn't grate on the nerves.
- "My Front Porch Looking In" by Lonestar:
There's a carrot top who can barely walk, with a sippy cup of milk
A little blue-eyed blonde with shoes on wrong 'cause she likes to dress herself
And the most beautiful girl holding both of them
Yeah, the view I love the most is my front porch looking in
- If you find that the early stuff by The Sweet, like "Funny Funny", is not a convincing example, just hear their later stuff, say, "Blockbuster", first. And THEN "Funny Funny".
- If Falling Into You does not put Céline Dion into this territory, nothing does. Not even "My Heart Will Go On."
- Many Eurobeat songs fall into this category, with their hyperactive beats, saccharine synth hooks, and Narmy mangled English lyrics.
- Ariana Grande has clearly gone to great pains to avert the impression. One look at, or listen to, “Put Your Hearts Up” and you’ll see why she feels that way.
- Guitarist and soloist Juniel's "Pretty Boy" has the singer gushing over a Pretty Boy and repeats lyrics like "Hallo hallo, baby hallo hallo, baby oh oh oh my boy!" against very bubblegum music. Its concept for the promotions and music video were also overly sweet - much pink, tutus, aegyo, dancing and lovey-dovey stuff ensued.
- FT Island's self-titled song is a very upbeat Silly Love Song with cutesy singing and lyrics that compare love to things like chocolate, a "forever living puppy", magic glasses, a flying subway...
- Subverted again in Munchkin Fu with the monster card "Big Eyes, Small Mouse." Its description? "Too cute to live. Your duty is clear."
- The Jinxlets of Starslip Crisis. The Jinxlets get nourishment through SNUGGLING.
- Vinci from Vinci and Arty; consult your physician before attempting to read this webcomic. Occasionally lampshaded as the 24 year old male raccoon gets confused for a 10 year old boy or girl.
- Chibi Miku-san. Oh mother of god, the whole of you will be disintegrated at everyone's adorableness there.
- Heavily lampshaded in this The Dragon Doctors. Oh, and then the author demanded someone put it on here. So I did.
- This xkcd strip starts off appearing as a straight example, before diving into subversion so fast it'll set the air on fire.
- My Milk Toof even has a ridiculously adorable title!
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures
- Tiny Kitten Teeth, especially the Tigerbuttah strips. It's enough cute to make your brain reboot.
- Done (in a weird way) and lampshaded in this Something Positive.
- Parodied with an NSFW Comix April Fools' Day strip, then subverted the next day.
- Slightly Damned's romance is cemented firmly in the diabetic range, which can grate against some of the less romantically inclined characters.
- In El Goonish Shive, Susan began physically choking after Elliot and Sarah started flirting in the same room as her.
- And then there's this. Justin's response two pages later sums up everything that can be said about that...
- The Perry Bible Fellowship plays with this very often: lots of strips start too sweet, but end in some horrible bloody mess. Also, in the strip Suicide Train◊ shows a character who has such an aversion to a too sweet world.
- Narbonic passed into this territory for a while. It was lampshaded by the characters wondering if they were disturbing the readers by being all cutesy and flirting all the time. They then remembered that they were evil, so the readers could suck it.
- Weregeek had little fun with vampire seduction. "This is why I hate hanging around the Blood Bond."
- One character in Angel Moxie is so disgustingly cheerful she's creepy. Appropriately, her name is Candi Shugari.
- The Boy In Pink Earmuffs has just the right combination of Puppy Love and pink that this happens. Note, Tropes Are Not Bad since it works pretty well.
- In The Order of the Stick, a flashback to young Durkon with his mother. At least in the opinion of a negative energy being.
- In Comix from the Underground, the Comix Scrutinizer reviews a comic that he says looks like something that "the Care Bears would beat off to."
- At one point, the cast of The Funday Pawpet Show got annoyed with a handful of channel dwellers who kept complaining that the show was getting too raunchy. In response they split one episode into two parts - First half was The Squeaky Clean Pawpet & Friends Show which fit this trope, followed immediately by The Poink Show which allowed the naughty weasel to crank the raunch Up to Eleven.
- Cute Explosion.
- Used for laughs in Happy Tree Friends. Their misadventures often begin with them playing, doing something innocuous or disgustingly cute typical of animated animals. Of course, it ends badly.
- The titular giant Killer Rabbit in Big Bunny gives his thoughts on the matter:
Too many sweet things can make your brains sticky and unpalatable.
- The CLANNAD ending is pretty cute on its own but multiply its cuteness by putting Moemon in it.
- Parodied in the 'Lost Notebook' episode of Stickman Exodus, as the notebook is 'borrowed' by its owner's younger sister to doodle in. Thus surrounding the PTSD-suffering stick figures with fluffy, cutesy-talking friendly flowers, bees, teddy bears, and unicorns who join everyone's hands for the We're All Friends! song. Naturally, once her brother takes it back, things go very, very wrong...
- Cute Overload. Just what it sounds like.
- These puppies. GAZE UPON THE FUZZY
- THEY'RE SO FLUFFFY IM GONNA DIEEE
- Munchkin/scottish fold mix kitten. Such lethal doses of cuteness could make your head explode.
- For fans of Torchwood and Doctor Who there's Torchwood Babies.
- This PETA website. Admittedly, though, the concept of a fish with cat ears and a Fu Manchu beard is a mite disturbing. And then we have the "Sea Kitten Stories" bit...
- Several Squiby user-created adoptable lines, including Foufs. Just looking at the holiday-edition Foufs will give you a toothache.
- The Touhou flashes made by takenoko exemplify this spectacularly, especially this one. Warning: you may die from Cuteness Overload.
- The Disgustingly Adorable pool on Danbooru is dedicated to this sort of stuff.
"Pictures that invoke so much adoration that they cause near physical harm to occur. This is far above the level of just cute. Pictures that are HHHNNNGGGGG worthy."
- The Snuggle Bunny. So painfully cute it's almost an insult to actual rabbits.
- Sugar Wiki.
- This YouTube channel.
- SugardanSen tastes just as the title suggests. A 3 minute Moe explosion of visually amazing, kawaiibeetus-inducing catchiness that will have you dancing along if you're not HNNNNNNNNG-ing away from the combined barrage of epic/adorable.
- 100 Ways To Love A Cat. Deliberately evokes this trope to create a horrific endurance video of epic proportions - at thirty-five minutes, someone put way too much effort into this. Look out for the key change at twenty minutes in.
- Songs To Wear Pants To brings us Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows, though the Frozen Face smile is somewhat creepy.
- The Nyan Cat, and the little online game someone made to go with it. You have Nyans instead of points and go around getting sweets for MORE Nyans. Veggies are a no-no.
- The related Tumblr blogs "Everyday Cute" and "Pusheen the Cat" consist of almost nothing but hypnotically-animated, adorably squishy cartoon cats.
- This name generator creates names intended to provoke this kind of reaction.
- I Love Egg!!/ Get ready for an overload of egg cuteness.
- Team Wondercute of the Whateley Universe. As if schoolgirls like Jade and Misty and Molly and Bunny aren't cutesy enough individually, they team up with some other students who like this stuff, and wreak havoc accordingly.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic tumblr "Ask Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie" is more or less pure saccharine, and even given that, Fluttershy's picture of Pinkie was apparently cute enough to induce Cuteness Overload in the party pony.
- Even the SCP Foundation sneaks a couple of these in, with "Pufferkittens" and "The Tickle Monster".
- The old Hamster Dance song.
- A DeviantArt account dedicated to this trope. Even the favorites gallery is cute.
- Duckman. Duckman's two teddy bear assistants' (Fluffy and Uranus) sweeter-than-sweet behavior often results in Duckman literally pulling the stuffing out of them in the most violent way possible.
- Awww... wook at Baby◊ Doll◊ (Batman: The Animated Series). She's really a 30-year-old insane woman who merely acts like a little girl thanks to her massive issues stemming from being a Former Child Star whose body never matured past childhood.
- The Care Bears have a reputation for this (it's what "The Dummi Bears," a Show Within a Show on Rugrats, was inspired by) - and they are a group of pastel-colored teddy bears, but the extent of its Tastes Like Diabetes status is more a case of the "Weird Al" Effect.
- Though the overbearing cuteness in the first two movies are thankfully eclipsed by the films' darker undertones which, like any series or movie with a Vile Villain, Saccharine Show position, pretty much kill off any chance of it being completely saccharine. Plus, in retrospect, the so-called saccharine scenes in the first two movies and the original TV series are nothing compared to the Care Bears movies and TV series of today, as well as some other kids' franchises, to say the least.
- The Get Along Gang.
- Arthur becomes this during Kate and Pal's episodes. The series could be seen as becoming something of it as a whole thanks to the new animation.
- A lot of children's shows that air on PBS fall into this. Eventually the network had the sense to separate them from the ones that work into a block called "PBS Kids Go".
- Dinosaur Train. Cute neon-colored child dinosaurs explore the friendliest possible universe where all species across all eras have non-stop fun. It tends to dance around the meat eating, showing Buddy eating carrion, but never mentioning the actual or potential death of a dinosaur. Armor plates, etc., are shown as protecting against "mean dinosaurs".
- The entirety of Miss Spiders Sunny Patch Friends. Being that it IS a show for little kids, it's kind of understandable.
- That scene from the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas special. "Loooove and caaaariing..."
- The Tom and Jerry Nutcracker Tale.
- Tom and Jerry itself would probably be this without the violence and slapstick. It could fall into this straight on in some occasions.
- Just about any scene from The Flintstones featuring Pebbles. Not only does sappy "nursery" music play whenever she comes crawling in but Fred, normally an amusing Ralph Kramden type, starts going all "Oh my little Pebbly-poo" whenever she's around.
- In The Man Called Flintstone, she and Bam-Bam get one of the most saccharine musical numbers in history.
Pebbles: I know a way to make wishes come true/Easy as climbin' a tree/Just close your eyes and open your heart/Slowly repeat after me.../Tickle, toddle, nickel-y noddle/Toodle-a bell and a shoe/These are the magical words I say/ when I want a wish to come true
- The Spinoff Babies series, Cave Kids, is this trope played straight. Technically, it's like the Kate and Pal episodes of Arthur combined with the sweeter parts of Rugrats, with some mild magical Adventures stuff thrown in. Did I mention that the show stars baby Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm?
- Lila, the "ever so" sickeningly sweet farm-girl from Hey Arnold!!, and Olga at times.
- Therefore, the episode where Lila becomes Olga's "little sister" as part of a program is absolutely rife with this stuff.
- The Fairly OddParents episode "So Totally Spaced Out," where little cutesy creatures that speak in Painful Rhyme known as "Giggle Pies" become a huge threat to the cuteness-hating, violence-loving inhabitants of the planet Yugopotamia. Somewhat ironically, Giggle Pies actually taste of manure when eaten themselves.
- Pretty much every Nicktoon made after 2012. The most notable examples include Rocket Monkeys, Sanjay And Craig, and Breadwinners. They are also considered Gross-Out Shows, oddly enough.
- Family Guy
- The 'Disney Universe'. That is, until Mort Goldman the Jew shows up, prompting a reaction to the annoyingly persistent rumor of Walt Disney's anti-semitism.
Stewie: Oh yeah I forgot. This is a Disney universe...
- In the episode "The Former Life of Brian," Brian gushes about his son to extremes. When he finally leaves, Joe remarks to his owner, "Peter, your dog is giving me diabetes."
- Brian as a puppy in "The Man with Two Brians." D'awww~
- Invoked by Tom Tucker when Diane Simmons pretends to act excited and interested by their interns, Meg and Niel.
Tom: Don't act any cheerier, Diane, you'll give us all diabetes.
Diane: Bite me, Tom!
- Foofy Wuggums, the little lost and frightened imaginary friend from the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends TV movie Good Wilt Hunting, who is a pink teddy bear who speaks in Baby Talk. Hell, just look at his name. And it certainly helps (?) that he's voiced by Tara Strong, the Ultimate Mistress of Cuteness.
- South Park
- The opening scene in the episode "A Very Crappy Christmas," where Kyle and Ike wait for Mr. Hankey in the bathroom. They even left out cookies and milk for him which got eaten by a cockroach.
- Parodied and subverted with the episode "Woodland Critter Christmas", where the seemingly-cute forest creatures turn out to be devil-worshipping zealots.
- The "Best Day Ever" song from Spongebob Squarepants.
- Parodied in Time Squad, where they portrayed Edgar Allan Poe of all people as this. It's only until the characters start criticizing his pink cake that he's Maddened Into Misanthropy and becomes the poet that history knows him for.
- In The Secret Saturdays, Drew Monday is very much like this to Zak, when pretending to be his mother. She does later say:
"You do not know how nice it is to not have to pretend to care about you anymore."
- Codename: Kids Next Door has Rainbow Monkeys, a line of stuffed animals (and also cartoons, cereal, and even an actual species) which in the show represents everything that Tastes Like Diabetes.
- Robot Chicken is very fond of using this trope the same way Happy Tree Friends does. Apocalypse Pony anyone?
- The pilot episode of Tiny Toon Adventures involves a cartoonist trying to come up with a cartoon about rabbits. Prior to creating Buster and Babs Bunny, one of his ideas is a cutesy-talking baby rabbit. He then scraps it, saying it will give the audience cavities.
- Played straight with the recurring character Li'l Sneezer. Ironically, he's basically the above scrapped character (complete with the same voice), but he's a mouse this time.
- Molly Cunningham from TaleSpin. Especially because they got a real little girl to voice her. Basically, every time she shows up on screen, expect the show to shove her cuteness down your throat. She even calls HERSELF cute at one point, making her well aware of this trope.
- Word of God says that Molly was written that way in TaleSpin essentially to offset her mother Rebecca's nagging tendencies towards Baloo, and bring out her softer and often more protective sides.
- Even more so Webigail Vanderquack from DuckTales. Half her appearances were even accompanied by an equally cutesy Leitmotif. And unlike Molly, she never seemed to be deliberately utilizing the trope.
- In KaBlam!, when Henry or June turn the page to Life with Loopy, this is what we expect.....and then we go five seconds into it.
- Lady Rainicorn from Adventure Time looks like a toy◊ but is really a Badass Adorable.
- Many of Chuck Jones's pre-The Dover Boys shorts such as the Sniffles series.
- And of course there's his little penguin, who brings out rare protective reactions from Bugs Bunny, quite against his will.
- His 1950's cartoons with Pussyfoot (Feed the Kitty, Kiss Me Cat, etc.), however, beautifully avert this. They're adorable, to be sure. But their witty writing and excellent plots keep them from falling into this trope.
- Rolie Polie Olie
- Parodied in the extreme in 'The Vampire Strikes Back' episode of Count Duckula where they visit the Planet Cute.
- Hasbro's My Little Pony cartoons are famous and notorious for this, but reality is a bit murkier...
- The original 1980's cartoons had this to an extent (lord knows the theme songs did), at least until the villains showed up. The Movie was probably the most diabetes-laden part of G1, even with the villains.
- Played straight in some episodes of My Little Pony Tales.
- It's mostly in the Direct-to-Video Generation 3 (early 2000's) that the My Little Pony cartoons acquired the reputation for tasting like diabetes. Unlike previous generations (and the following one), the average G3 plot involves pretty ponies planning parties. This got taken Up to Eleven when the already-cute characters were retooled into the "Animesque" style fans dubbed "G3.5". But even that era had its share of adventuring. Basically, this whole franchise falls under the same category as Pound Puppies - it isn't ever as pure sugar as its ad campaign suggests.
- Unintentionally subverted with one specific part of G3.5, Newborn Cuties, and not in a good way. They obviously try to go for this, but instead, the peculiar art style and poor animation leaves the "cuties" looking very unsettling. Behold.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, in direct response to the previous generation, largely averts this. However, it does like to play with the trope: Fluttershy's bashfulness is a source of much humour on the show, while Apple Bloom's cuteness is counterbalanced by her forceful and outgoing personality, as seen in her overbearing sales pitch for the family apple stand in "Call of the Cutie". Meanwhile, Pinkie Pie is... different.
- Sweetie Belle, however, is occasionally a good source of this trope played straight. The actress's voice-cracks are a large part of the reason why.
- Played straight but mocked in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles," where the excessively sweet story is deflated by Scootaloo's mockery. Spike gets in on the mockery too when he comments on Twilight's unusually corny friendship letter.
- Also lampshaded in "Hearts and Hooves Day," where Cherilee and Big Macintosh drink a love potion that makes them Sickeningly Sweethearts. Even the Cutie Mark Crusaders are weirded out by how lovey-dovey they act.
- In fact, the show subverts this trope from the very start with a Title Sequence that initially begins with the standard treacly melody (still used to this day in the commercials)... until it explodes into a rock tune utilizing the sequence's fast cutting, making it clear that this incarnation is under new management.
- The later seasons of Rugrats, particularly the ones with Dil and Kimi.
- This promo for the show both plays straight and subverts this trope.
- The direct-to-video and DVD Recess special "All Growed Down," with the main six as kindergarteners.
- The Land Of Dreams in The Dreamstone is a high octane example, especially with the Noops, Rufus and Amberley. The place is perpetually cheery and cutesy, and the show's trademark slapstick violence tends to downgrade heavily whenever the town is the main focus, especially during early seasons.
- Ed Otter from Brandy & Mr. Whiskers when he tells that Dougie the turtle story: "It was a misty morning in the amazon, much like today, and Dougie the turtle was wondering why his shell was so hard while his heart was so soft. Oh whiskers, you had never seen colors so bright and pretty. Dougie knew right away that this was a very special cesspool. And so the happy magic piggies laughed and danced and played until the wee-wee hours of the morning. The end!"
- Phineas and Ferb
- Played for Laughs and exploited in the episode, "Meapless In Seattle". In it, we learn that Meap's planet is dominated by cuteness to the point that it’s almost a sugar rush for your brain. The entire plot is to obtain the substance Cutonium. Mitch tries to take it to become irresistibly cute and, by effect obtain total power. Mitch and Dr. Doofenshmirtz both end up taking it and transform into some of the most utterly cute and diabetic things on the show. This was likely meant to be a parody of the various other examples on this page.
- If the war song on Meap's planet is anything to go by,then yes, yes it is.
- Also the song "Sunshine and Bubble Gum" from the episode "A Real Boy." Not played seriously, and with a slight twist at the end of the lyrics:
Singer: If you're worried 'bout the sound, you can always scream into a pillow...
- Krypto the Superdog has kittens and puppies galore and every one of them will are melt-your-face cute.
- Puppy in My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville: "Let the spirit of the friendship heart light the way the the magic fountain." The animal designs are this even more - even the bad guys are ridiculously cute!
- (usually) Subverted by Bubbles Utonium on The Powerpuff Girls. She can induce diabetes in one moment then kick as much ass as her sisters the next.
- Winx Club has the prison of Lightrock expose the inmates to great amounts of cuteness to bring them to reform. It got mixed results with the Trix: while in prison they swore to be even more evil once they were out, but when they were about to be brought back in two seasons after breaking out they were absolutely terrified of being imprisoned there again.
- Roll had this reaction in the Mega Man cartoon to a park attendant's overly sugary demeanor and voice.
- Mindy. Between "Wakko's Wish" and the Buttons and Mindy episode "Mindy in Wonderland," one could vomit from the sugar overdose. Especially with the line "Fuzzy Bunny," and, "'kay I love you bye bye."
- Dot. The song "I'm Cute" draws this reaction from Yakko and Wakko as Dot sings about how cute she is.
- A later episode has The Warners forced to see The Snugglers by the censors after the kids gave Attila The Hun a perm.
- "Baloney And Kids" parodies this with the namesake Barney clone.
- Lampshaded in Fillmore!; Fillmore and Ingrid need to speak to a store manager regarding a case but they are delayed by a masked assailant. By the time the get to the store, it's closed for the day. Ingrid, the team Goth, acts like a cherubic waif to convince the store owner to talk to them.
: Stand back, I'm going to have to use my cute face. It won't be pretty.
Fillmore: You really took one for the team, Ingrid.
- The "Animal Friends" children's show in Sym-Bionic Titan. The characters also speak in Elmuh Fudd Syndwome.
- Many of the Harman and Ising cartoons had a tendency for this when the duo moved to MGM.
- Along the same lines, one of Tex Avery's earliest cartoons for MGM, "Screwball Squirrel", deliberately started out this way with a cute Harman-Ising-type squirrel named Sammy. However, it is all a set-up for a very rollicking cartoon that deliberately takes jabs at this trope. At the end of the cartoon:
- Gumby could be this on occasion.
- Garfield and Friends.
- Parodied in an episode when Garfield wakes up and finds himself in a Transformers-like action/adventure cartoon. He eventually manages to escape from this cartoon, only to wind up in a cartoon that is totally this trope. Naturally, he finds himself running back to the prior cartoon.
- Also the sickeningly cute Nermal. Yeah, the one Garfield is constantly trying to ship off to Abu Dhabi.
- The "Buddy" series of Looney Tunes shorts in the 1930's were definitely this in many instances.
- Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel's pure concentrated cuteness should be illegal in 50 states. Actually, the whole show is pretty saccharine.
- In Xiaolin Showdown, whenever Jack Spicer enters the Ying Yang World and comes out good, he is this trope Up to Eleven. The monks like him even less than they do when he's normal.
- In an episode of Gravity Falls, the ditzy main character Mabel eats a very volatile sugar snack that causes her to hallucinate that she's in a Lisa Frank parody world, complete with rainbow backgrounds and giant puppies modeled after Lisa Frank's work. There's also a dolphin with quadrupled arms with faces at each end which shoot colorful beams.
- In Teen Titans Go!, when Raven is accidentally split into 5 different versions of herself via personality. Beast Boy and Cyborg volunteer to go after the happy one. When they do, The three titans engage in what can only be described as this trope in spades.
- PB&J Otter. And how! Nonetheless, this one has grown a notable fanbase, to the point that it was ressurected due to fan outrage.
- Baby Looney Tunes. Suffers from both Periphery Hatedom and Fanon Discontinuity.
- Total Drama: Chris McLean has a volatile hatred for gushy nice things and an obsession with drama. Heather and Alejandro acting like Sickening Sweethearts freaked him out so much that he changed the rules to get them to turn on each other just so they would stop. He also hated Ella for all her singing.
- "A Google's Wish" by StickFreeks.
- What do you get when you mix a cat with a duck? You get Maneki Neko-Ducku, who makes everybody happy.
- Daria McGrain's artwork mostly shows this trope, but that doesn't excuse the fact that nearly all of her artwork is definitely NSFW.
- Shimejis are those cute little desktop mascots that run around your screen being practically useless, but utterly adorable. Some of the cutest ones include Pokemon, Homestuck, Hetalia, and etc.
- You would NOT expect to find this trope in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles especially not in the 2003 incarnation...But the way the Turtle Toddlers are drawn in episodes like Father and Sons, was just to sickeningly cute for some viewers to stand, baby mutant turtles should not have chipmunk like buck teeth dammit!
- The "White Girls" meme apparently going around, is probably related to works that evoke this reaction.
- Anne Geddes ' baby pictures.
- The streetcar/tram system in Würzburg, Germany has a chorus of little kids announcing the next stop. Downright creepy, not to mention rather difficult for non-native speakers to understand.
- The Japanese street fashion Lolita has a crazy lovechild between Sweet Lolita and Decora; OTT Sweet Lolita.◊
- Disney Theme Parks are full of this. It's a Small World is the most famous example, but the general "heartwarming and magical" aesthetic of parades, live shows, and so on can be wearying after a while, even for fans of the characters being featured. Even the most adult-oriented of the parks, Epcot in Florida, is occasionally prone to a little too much sugar making the Edutainment go down, though it likely was a lot worse when the park opened (think songs like "It's Fun to Be Free", "Making Memories", "Tomorrow's Child", etc.).
- There's a reason Lisa Frank is the trope illustrator. Ironically, if this article is any indication, her company was a RL example of crapsaccharine.