Tastes Like Diabetes

Lisa Frank, converting your monitor to rainbows, glitter, and balloons.

"It's too cute! It's... It's disgusting!"
Plankton, SpongeBob SquarePants

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 except 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 that excessive cheerfulness can be used to disguise a Crapsaccharine World. Also not to be confused with the real-life Types 1 and 2 diabetes, which are definitely not at all cute, sweet, or adorable!

See also Super-Cute Superpowers. A Crapsaccharine World is often deliberately designed to cause this. Contrast with Testosterone Poisoning and Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy.


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  • 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:
  • 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 Eleven!!! 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, D.C.. 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: [1]
  • 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 [2]
  • 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.
  • There was a sappy Pediasure commercial from the early 2000's: A young boy tells his mom that his pet baby rabbit is "so small". His mom assures him that with a proper diet, he'll grow soon enough, just like kids. After mom serves the boy some Pediasure, there's a time lapse to (presumably) a few weeks later and sure enough, the boy notes that his rabbit is "getting bigger"! (gags)

    Anime & Manga 
  • Arina Tanemura's works falls into this, possibly due to the art style. As for the stories...not so much. She does some pretty dark stuff before the happy endings including a six-year-old boy committing suicide in front of his mother. Something like that definitely shouldn't taste like diabetes. If anything, Tanemura is more like a Japanese female version of Don Bluth where she does some major breaking the cutie before they earn their happy endings.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia
    • The cross dressing toddler form of Italy, Chibitalia. Especially while singing "Maru Kaite Chikyuu."
    • Also, episode 22.
    • How about Chibi-USA? He's adorable, isn't he?
    • Basically, they are the most adorable thing to ever rot you teeth out, ever.
  • Azumanga Daioh
    • Chiyo-chan + penguin suit. Or simply Chiyo-chan, period (that song she sings in Episode 1!). It's even pointed out by other characters that it's so cute it breaks your mind.
    • o/ Cooking is so fuuuuun, cooking is so fuuuuun o/
    • The scene with Marco the kitty is caramelized sugar dipped in a cup of sugar with glaze and powdered sugar on top. Poor Sakaki-san.
    • And speaking of Sakaki, that cuddling scene with Maya...
  • The main character from Because I'm The Goddess.
  • The two sisters Kyou and Asu in Binbou Shimai Monogatari are really just endearing enough to pull off their saccharine sweet interaction, depending on how much sweetness you can take in.
    • The level of saccharine is mostly offset by the appearance of the Echigoya sisters. Thank goodness for them!
    • Note that this is not the case with the manga, only the anime suffers from this.
  • Elizabeth Middleford from Black Butler
  • Bottle Fairy. Blargh.
  • Binchou-tan is so cute it hurts.
  • Episode 8 of Carnival Phantasm has the scene with Saber giving Shirou a birthday present, the sweetness of the scene is enough to rot your teeth.
  • The entirety, and especially the opening sequence of Chi's Sweet Home.
  • Fuko Ibuki from CLANNAD when she enters "starfish mode." This picture should ring a bell.
  • Dog Days
    • So, there's a pink dog-eared princess. Who is also a pop idol songstress. Her country is embroiled in war with a rival nation... where the worst thing that can happen to you is getting turned into an adorable ball of fluff with ears and a tail.
    • Bonus points for nearly every character being named after something sweet. Namely, pastries.
  • Dragon Ball: Invoked as Frieza's punishment in Hell. He is trapped in a cocoon surrounded by fairies, stuffed-toys, and flowers who hold parades and play cheerful music for the rest of eternity, or at least until his soul is purified and he's allowed to be reborn, in which he will lose all his memories. Yet he was still wished back by his minions.
  • Eureka Seven's ending is this in an overly sappy, cutesy way (at least in the anime; the manga is a full-on Downer Ending). A giant heart gets carved into the moon.
  • Excel Saga
    • The Puchuus are more likely parodies of this trope, since they're evil, and look like Duke Togo when hit.
    • They're also paralyzingly cute in-universe, with Nabeshin and Space Butler unable to resist the cuteness when they're trying to escape a Puchuu spaceship.
    • Subverted (Tastes Like Insulin?) with Misaki Matsuya's encounter with one. She is momentarily entranced by a Puchuu, only to suddenly axe it in half, while saying "I don't like cute."
    • The same with Excel, except substitute the axe with a karate chop.
    Excel: Aw, it's so cute! (punches Puchuu) But who the heck cares?!?!?
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Galaxy Angel is the example that has overused this trope and cut everything uncute out of the show, including the male protagonist.
    • Which doesn't even make sense because not only is said male protagonist drawn to look just as cute as the girls, cutting out the romances he shares with the girls actually makes the show LESS cute. But the anime director likely did this for the sake of Pink Bishoujo Ghetto. Blargh indeed.
  • Hamtaro features overly cutesy hamsters and saccharine adventures, though it is quite entertaining.
  • The title heroine of Hayate × Blade is a Badass Adorable to begin with, but cranks it way up when she spends the school festival in a duck suit.
  • Hello Kitty. Pretty much anything from Sanrio or San-X, really.
  • Hidamari Sketch. The character designs and Slice of Life situations will have you fearing for your nutbladder.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry. You know, before all the killing.
  • Ikoku Meiro no Croisée: Yune and Alice definitely qualify. And just look at Camille as a little girl! Omochikaeri~~
  • Jewelpet. The intro speaks for itself.
  • K-On!:
    • The entire Hirasawa family, with the parents as Sickeningly Sweethearts and the sisters in a practically similar relationship (minus the Les Yay... maybe), your teeth will have rot before Mugi offers any cake.
    • Then there are the lyrics Mio wrote, if the reactions of the other club members are any indication.
      • The song in question, Tokimeki Sugar, has been released and is sickeningly sweet.
    • Yui's songs might qualify for this trope too, but most of them are more starchy than sweet.
    • Azunyan. When she has her cat-ears on, when she calms down for some reason (eating cake or being pet by Yui), etc. It is impossible to not love her.
    • Does this series really need examples? Every second of every episode qualifies for this trope really.
  • Kill la Kill: Nui Harime, the Grand Couturier, is a parody of this trope. She is a sickeningly cute girl with a sickeningly cute voice and a sickeningly cute demeanor who wears sickeningly cute frilly clothes that make her look like a Magical Girl. Her actions, however, will make you sick in a whole different way. She keeps up her adorable facade even as she tells the protagonist about how she murdered her father.
  • Kimi ni Todoke centers around teenagers who are kind and understand one another. -Gasp-!
  • Kiniro Mosaic is very saccharine in a British way, especially in the first episode when Shinobu first met Alice in England.
  • A Little Snow Fairy Sugar... the epitome of overly-cutesy moe if there ever was one.
    • The word "sugar" is right there in the name, as is "fairy." That might actually count as a Lampshade Hanging.
  • Lucky Star
    • Konata's little cousin Yutaka qualifies. From the first moment you see her, she rots your teeth—and as soon as you think it can't get any worse, just wait till you see her interaction with Iwasaki's dog in the OVA. On top of that, she's voiced by Starfire's voice actress.
    • Hell, the entire series tastes like diabetes—or more like chocolate cornets.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha was like this before the plot showed up four or so episodes in. And then again at several points through the whole series. But special mention should be made of the ViVid manga which takes it Up to Eleven.
    • And that's not even getting into what the series was originally going to be.Warning 
  • Aqua, a minor villain from MÄR, was so sickeningly adorable that she was killed by one of her own allies.
  • The first 15 minutes of Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors is like this. Then they start preparing for war...
  • Nanatsuiro Drops is so cute, that just watching 5 seconds of the opening will make your teeth fall out and your eyes pop of SO. MUCH. CUTENESS. Gah
  • Non Non Biyori has a number of scenes where the characters constantly show how happy they are.
  • The whole purpose behind Nyanpire The Animation and the original manga "The Gothic World of Nyanpire".
  • The OP for Ore Shura is a ridiculously cutesy song played over numerous shots of the maximally cute-ified heroines in a bright-pastel-colored world overflowing with cake, candy, and flowers. And, of course, plenty of mild fanservice. It doesn't get much more sugary than this.
  • Oyayubihime Monogatari, and its American counterpart EVEN MORE SO, HNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGG!
  • Hina from Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai!, is strong enough to put you in a diabetic coma.
  • Pokémon
    • Some of the critters, especially those belonging to the main characters of the anime. Granted, some of these start out cute and get progressively... less so, but there are some that stay adorable. Example: Igglybuff, Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff. Even their NAMES are cute!
    • The Chansey family also falls into this, especially Happiny, the baby form of Chansey. It has a diaper! D'awww...
    • The film short Pikachu and Pichu, which plays at the beginning of Spell of the Unown, is SO cute. Heck, any time Pokémon are interacting in a friendly manner without their trainers present probably counts.
    • In the Diamond and Pearl episode Battling a Cute Drama! Ash and friends meet a girl who only cares for cute Pokémon. In fact, when Dawn (and Brock) battle her, she spends almost all of her time giving speeches about her cute Pokémon. Everyone else is both disgusted and annoyed. Or crosseyed.
    • Dawn and Piplup themselves are big offenders of this trope.
    • Steamboat Willies, another Diamond and Pearl episode. The gang's Pokémon play and take charge of the ship while they're gone, with ridiculously adorable results.
    • Most of the anime and movie endings are this as well. For example, the first Best Wishes ending, Kokoro no Fanfare. It involves a Pokémon marching band.
    • The Pikachu shorts may qualify, but Eevee And Friends is one of Pokemon's strongest examples of this trope. It basically is 20-30 plot-less minutes of adorably cute Pokemon playing around and just being sugary sweet, including evolved Pokemon that should not be found in the wild in the first place, because they need stones to evolve.
    • Much (but not all) of the series can qualify, though being an anime for young boys (rather than girls) it isn't the most extreme example. Never Say "Die", The Power of Friendship, and Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains are frequently in full effect, and much of the episodes' running time is filled with cute Pokémon speaking unintelligibly in Pokémon Speak (the series is the Trope Namer for a reason). Many of the series' later dub theme songs, despite being less soft than the original Japanese songs, dealt with The Power of Friendship.
  • While there is some debate over whether the film as a whole qualifies (it is one of the few films from Hayao Miyazaki that is very definitely for young children), pretty much everyone agrees that the song that assaults you during the end credits of the American dub of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is... yikes. Just yikes.
    "She's a little fish from the deep blue sea! / She's a little girl with a round tuh-mee!"
  • Potemayo, on the surface. Then you get to the Brokeback Mountain references, crossdressing and toilet humour (and Ho Yay) and you begin to wonder just what the hell you're watching.
  • Intentionally evoked for parody reasons throughout the Pretty Sammy series. Sammy's "Pretty Space" turns the area around her into a diabetic coma-inducing place saturated by the color piiiink and with hearts floating everywhere. This gets commented on by the other characters a few times.
  • This is how most people react when they first hear about an anime called Princess Tutu. It's about a duck who turns into a girl who turns into a Magical Girl Ballerina Princess! Suffice it to say that this is NOT a Sugar Bowl.
  • Anything not in the Witches' Realm in Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Kyubey. Really, IT'S THAT BAD.
  • Risky Safety. My teeth!
  • The "Super S" season of Sailor Moon was notorious for this.
    • Chibiusa in general is like this.
    • But even she has nothing on Chibi-Chibi.
  • Serendipity the Pink Dragon is a sweet story of a boy and his pink, sappy-eyed sea monster. Look no further than the theme song. "My, what a wonderful world we'd have if we all could be... loving and caring! Giving and sharing! Like my friend Serendipity!"
    • The Actual Books that inspired this series are only sometimes this trope, besides there being a lot more characters then those that show up in the Anime the series did a lot of heady themes albeit in a way that children could understand like racism, domestic violence and helping the environment while the series may run on Aesops at least their good Aesops
  • Strawberry Panic!, to such levels that people tend to dismiss this show as Stealth Parody.
  • Sugar Sugar Rune. The first half of that anime feels like diabetes heaven.
  • Yui from Sword Art Online. Fans thought that she was adorable and contributed to Kirito and Asuna's relationship. Detractors on the other hand saw it as contrived and pretentious and say it contributed to the show's Seasonal Rot.
  • Tamako Market, for pretty much the same reasons as K-On.
  • Tamagotchi Video Adventures the anime adaptation of the Tamagotchi videogames. Here is a video of said series.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: While the anime in general is very manly, there is still one case. Nia. With Young Nia, it feels like every single pore of her body begs you with puppy eyes, "Please, love me, please love me." Much like the Lucky Star example above, Hynden Walch provides Young Nia's voice.
  • I'm Gonna Be an Angel!. It is a shame that most people are turned off just by seeing the art (or the face of the main character), even though the series is really good and many times it was described as 'reverse Utena' (in terms of main themes and overall surrealism).
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Yumeiro Pâtissière is ridiculously shojo.
  • My Neighbor Totoro: Mei, the 4-year-old girl who would often repeat the last thing her older sister Satsuki says.
  • Suzy's Zoo: Daisuki! Witzy: Well, you have an adorable little duckling and her plush toy friends going on gentle romps and picnics and whatnot, set to Scenery Porn, and that's technically it.


    Comic Books 
  • 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 DCU, 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.

    Fan Works 
  • 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, naïve 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.
    Twilight: 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 fan works like to emphasize this aspect of Equestria.
  • An in-universe reaction from Bonnie in The Fire of Futures Past, as she finds Leroy's love story about Stitch and Angel to be too sweet for its own good.
    "Blech!" spat Bonnie. "Ugh, come on! That was so…treacly. Yuck, feel like I need to scrape off all that sugar and honey…" she trailed off while swinging a leg over her log. She made a show of scratching at her green fur, rubbing off the happiness of Leroy's ending.
  • Cori Falls' Rocketshipping fics might as well be called Tastes Like Diabetes: The Fic Series. If Jessie and James aren't angsting for whatever reason or raging about Ash and his friends, they're gushing over how perfect the other one is and how deep and true and everlasting their love is.

    Films — Animated 
  • Isn't Darla from Cats Don't Dance just the cutest thing? Subverted when she's being evil. An in-universe example: Darla's film Lil' Ark Angel is this, to the point where Cranston mutters "Shoot me".
  • Some of Don Bluth's later films, especially A Troll in Central Park exhibit such cuteness in their characters that it is undoubtedly unhealthy to watch.
  • The ending of The Legend of the Titanic takes this Up to Eleven.
  • The Lorax has shades of this. Examples include some of the woodland critters that the Once-ler meets (especially Pipsqueak) and some of the musical numbers like "Let It Grow," which can really come across as sappy and unnecessary. However, the biggest offender has to be that little three year-old girl that gets an entire verse to herself in "Let It Grow," and is basically just there for people in and outside of the movie to adore. UGH, if that doesn't qualify for this trope, nothing does.
  • Happy Feet Two, with the focus on baby penguins. Then there's Mumble's son Erik, who takes the cuteness factor to absolutely ridiculous heights.
  • The Ice Age series can sometimes get into Taste Like Diabetes territory whenever they show younger children-just look at any scene involving Roshan, Peaches as a baby or a kid, and the baby dinosaurs.
  • Every. Single. One. Of The Land Before Time sequels. In stark contrast to the original film. But especially the last one, Wisdom of Friends. Which is saying something!
  • The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue and the An American Tail sequels are just as guilty of tasting like diabetes, especially when compared to their predecessors!
  • We have this line from Despicable Me:
    Agnes: It's so fluffy I'm gonna die!
  • The Pixar short "Lava" about two volcanoes falling in love. "I...lava...you..."
  • For some reason, DreamWorks Animation thought in the early 2010s that doing sentimental films á la Disney (totally inverting the studio's previous formula) would be a good idea. The company almost sank, before they snapped out of it.
  • Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss is basically Romeo and Juliet... with sea lions!. It also being a kid-friendly telling, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that your teeth will rot. One of the worst offenders in the movie though is Kissy the Kissing Fish, who was voiced by the creator's daughter of four years without any script. Better schedule an appointment with your dentist...

    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.
    Adam: Yeah?
    Wayne: Yeah.
    • 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.
  • Any cute characters from the Star Wars films is this. Whether it's the Droids, Jawas, Ewoks or any cute looking characters.
  • 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."
    "Lupita, no!"
  • 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 Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Look-ee. 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.
    Wednesday: They had sex.
  • Disney's adaptation of Babes in Toyland could count, but especially the song "Just A Whisper Away".

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Invoked with the first few minutes of The Film of the Book, which is quickly and mercilessly subverted by a Record Needle Scratch.
    • In one Take That!, the narrator refers to real-life poet Edgar Guest as "a writer of limited skill, who wrote awkward, tedious poetry on hopelessly sentimental topics," invoking this trope.
  • For Redwall: Dibbuns! (Especially in the later books).
  • Harry Potter
    • Rowling sends up this trope with Dolores Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix, as she's described as having images of insipid kittens mewling on the walls of her office wherever she works and her voice is described as "high, girlish" and sounding like "poisoned honey," she wears a black hairbow, and in the movie she is seen putting loads of sugar (PINK SUGAR) in her tea (also pink). This is a subversion, because she's actually a sadistic, evil, and bigoted old hag.
    • Beatrix Bloxam, author of the "Toadstool Tales" book series that was banned by the Ministry of Magic because the stories caused nausea and vomiting. One would normally assume this meant the stories were scary, as exemplified in this fanfic. But in Dumbledore's notes within The Tales of Beedle the Bard, it's revealed that the child readers' negative reactions were instead due to Bloxam having re-written Beedle's and others' wizarding fairy tales so that they're sickeningly sweet. "Then the little golden pot danced with delight - hoppitty hoppitty hop! - on its tiny rosy toes! Wee Willykins had cured all the dollies of their poorly tum-tums, and the little pot was so happy that it - " *BARF*
    • Then there's the epilogue: "All was well" ... a bit too well for those sensitive to excessive cuteness.
  • Many people react in this way to the over-the-top, frequent love scenes, love phrases and love acts in the Twilight series.
  • The late Dorothy Parker, reviewing books under the name Constant Reader, made her feelings about the Winnie-the-Pooh book The House At Pooh Corner plain: "And it is that word 'hummy', my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader fwowed up."
  • How Susan's charge Twylla in Hogfather tries to act to endear people to her, but Susan will have none of it.
    Susan: Real children don't go hoppity-skip unless they are on drugs.
  • Madeline Bassett in P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories. Even Bertie Wooster, who's hardly the poster child for cynicism, finds her more than a bit much.
  • The new dog book epidemic (The Dog Only A Family Could Love, The Pup After Mertle, Marley and Me), adorable stories of man's best friend are this.
    • In the words of one reviewer from Entertainment Weekly - "Not to be callous, but I've had it! I'm sure Oogy and Pukka are great pooches, but their cloyingly cute books are enough to give you a case of canine diabetes."
  • Lewis Carroll's lesser known duology, the Sylvie and Bruno books. The overly-cutesy perfection of the title children is probably the main reason these books are not given the same love as Alice.
  • In the Christmas-themed More & More & More Tales To Give You Goosebumps, one of the short stories, A Holly Jolly Holiday, dealt with a young girl whose older sister bought a video of a vomit-inducing Christmas special. The video had the power to turn those who watch it for a prolonged amount of time into near-carbon copies of the main character, Susie Snowflake.
  • In-universe example from The Host. Souls kept television around after taking over the planet, but every single pre-invasion show (save, briefly, for The Brady Bunch) was booted off the air and replaced with the Souls' original programs. All of them fit this trope.
  • Juniper by Robert Kraus. A preschool book about a bunny named Juniper, who lives in an Easter egg. He befriends a doe named Jeanette, she decides never to go home, and they play happily ever after. And one gets the depressing impression that any elil that ate them would get sick from the cloyingness.
  • The Milly Molly Mandy stories.

    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 an 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...
  • Seinfeld
    • 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 Coocolbutter, 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.
  • Sesame Street tries to subvert this at every turn, but as characters like Elmo and Abby Cadabby gained popularity, moments like this were unavoidable.

  • 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.
  • Made fun of in Meghan Trainor's video for All About That Bass, in which everything is of pastel colors and doll-like. At some moment, Meghan and a boy are stiff like Barbie dolls.
  • Snuggle Bunny (Schnuffel In German), a CGI bunny by Jamster 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! Then there's the art work by the company.
  • 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 of 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 Annie 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 '70s. 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.
  • "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri, an extremely sappy, sugary-sweet love song that ended up being used in the credits of Breaking Dawn.
  • 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 bubble gum 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...
  • "God Made Girls," courtesy of one RaeLynn. Just listen to the introduction of the clip.
  • "You're the meaning in my life/You're the in-spi-raaaaaatioooon..." (And keep in mind, this was after Peter Cetera left.)
  • Even The Beatles aren't safe, as anyone who's ever heard "All You Need is Love" (BUM-BA-BA-DA-DUM) can attest.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Love Is.... Concentrated and undiluted example.
  • Family Circus. almost no one but 6-year-olds and grandmothers actually finds it anything but sickeningly sweet.
  • Rose Is Rose.
  • FoxTrot has featured the iMac-parody the iFruit, which resembles a pear and features the sugar-sweet message "Welcome to iFruit. Hug me." When you turn it on.
    Jason: iThink iwill b sick.
  • Monty played with the trope, adding the alarmingly cute Giggles the Bear to the cast. The strip claims readership reached an all-time high, citing letters like "After reading today's 'Giggles' strip, I cut it out and cuddled it - signed, My Inner Child," and "When I saw your new character/product line 'Giggles,' I felt a peculiar stirring in my loins - signed, Comic Syndicate Executive."
  • An in-universe example in Peanuts. Before Linus was old enough to read and write, he would have Charlie Brown take down his letters to Santa Claus, and they were so overly saccharine (Linus admitted he was trying to butter him up), Charlie Brown had to quit writing, claiming he was getting nauseated.
    • Peanuts itself was accused of this trope near the end of its run.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Subverted again in Munchkin Fu with the monster card "Big Eyes, Small Mouse." Its description? "Too cute to live. Your duty is clear."
  • Candyland.

  • "She's in Love" from The Musical version of The Little Mermaid (it's sung by Ariel's sisters and Flounder). Just...uughh.
  • Subverted in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Veruca Salt is an adorable-looking, blonde, pink-clad, ballet-loving-down-to-the-tutu tot...and a Spoiled Brat extraordinaire who's All Take and No Give to her forever-accommodating dad. Their mutual "I Am" Song "When Veruca Says" is the cutesiest-sounding number in the show, too, playing up Lyrical Dissonance. When she decides she wants one of Willy Wonka's nut-sorting squirrels though, she learns the hard way that cute is not nice...
  • The Sound of Music, despite its success on Broadway, became regarded as treacly and old-fashioned. The movie made some attempts to tone this down (e.g., changing the placements of some songs, casting actors who could try and add dimension to their roles) without completely eliminating it.

  • Most toy lines and cartoons aimed at young girls. Particularly Barbie's Everything's Better with Princesses spin-off toyline.
  • Mattel's Sunshine Family were based on the fact that Hippies were leaving Haight-Ashbury, moving to rural areas and going Back to the Land.
  • Sanrio. Oh my God, Sanrio. Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, Tuxedo Sam, Sugarbunnies...
  • My Little Pony, My Little Pony... though this is not quite as intense as you might expect, thanks to the "Weird Al" Effect. They are cute ponies in pretty much every possible color, most have cute symbols on them (often flowers), a lot of them are at least partially pink, and some (like Gigglebean) have absurdly cutesy names.
    • Actually subverted in some (but NOT all) of the cartoons, as well as the toy line itself. See the Western Animation folder for examples. There are plenty of non-pink ponies, and some have surprisingly awesome symbols, including thunderbolts[[labelnote:*]]Firefly, Lightning, Thundercloud, G4 Rainbow Dash, Thunderlane, Sassaflash, Honey Rays, various others, dragons, shields, UFOs, tornadoes and fireballs. Many of these were among the original generation. And some of the more recent villains from Friendship is Magic have even managed to get made as toys in the G4 line, including the Queen Chrysalis talking toy - a very dark toy which says things about taking over Equestria and feeding on your love for her if you press the speech button. She even has her Evil Laugh. Played with in the case of the talking Nightmare Moon toy however - she looks evil enough, but doesn't say anything evil (or in-character) whatsoever. The Guardians of Harmony spin-off consists of straight-up action figures, including even more villains than the main toy line.
  • Littlest Pet Shop. Those eyes are horrifying.
  • That darn Squinkies commercial.
  • Lalaloopsy is this, but with a dash of What Do You Mean It Wasnt Madeon Drugs?
  • PJ Sparkles
  • The Care Bears
    • Subverted in almost all of the cartoons tho. Save for one Adventures in Care-a-Lot special and two Play-Along era made-for-video specials, there is always a villain in the series, no exceptions.
  • Kawaii Crush: Up to Eleven. Pretty much the whole point.
  • Fisher-Price's Laugh and Learn line, particularly the Love to Play Puppy and Sis plushes.
  • Leap Frog toys whose target audience are toddlers. Special mentions should be made for the Scout and Violet toys.
  • Any toy from V-Tech's Baby line.

    Video Games 
  • Given that video games are generally less plot-driven and character focused than other mediums, even genuinely superb games can fall into this trope. Super Mario World, despite being an excellent game all around, succumbs to this trope with moments like the game's opening music (including the brief chime when the "Nintendo Presents" opening pops up) and the Yoshi's Island map. This is further exasperated by the fact that the (at the time) competing Sonic the Hedgehog entirely averts this trope. Much of the Super Mario Bros. franchise counts as this. The main characters are all cartoonish, colorful, and happy, many of the allies and enemies are Ridiculously Cute Critters, and the music is usually happy and cheerful. Even Big Bad Bowser can swing between being an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain and a more menacing Knight of Cerebus.
  • Flowey in Undertale pulls this at your first meeting. IT'S A TRAP!
  • Putt-Putt is known for being this trope, especially the final game, which wasn't very well-received at all.
  • Not that Sonic the Hedgehog is entirely free from diabetes, especially where the Chao and Cream the Rabbit (who owns a pet Chao) are involved. It's also happy to subvert it: Tails usually manages to avoid being too adorable due to his Gadgeteer Genius tendencies, and Marine the Raccoon's and Sticks the Badger's boisterous personalities similarly keep them from falling into this trope.
  • Much like its proverbial predecessor, Freedom Planet has characters and interactions that can be too saccharine for their own good; to be fair, the most saccharine moments are tongue-in-cheek, with Carol's reaction to Lilac and Milla's interactions piercing the fourth wall, and these moments balance out Brevon's appearances.
  • Super Monkey Ball is practically about cute monkeys playing with magic hamster balls, until you come across a level that will make you tear your hair out.
  • The designs of many Pokémon, especially Baby Pokémon like Cleffa, Pichu, Igglybuff, Togepi, Azurill, and Happiny. The Pokémon-Amie feature in Pokémon X and Y will cause this, even for Pokémon that aren't generally cutesy-looking. It involves petting Pokémon, and feeding them sweets.
  • Parodied in Diablo III with Whimsyshire as a Take That! towards complaints about early screenshots being "too colorful."
  • Parodied in Kingdom of Loathing:
    • It is possible to summon a love song so saccharine that it does a fairly decent amount of damage.
    • Iiti Kitty. During nearly all attacks, they state that it's an adorable monster. For a mummified cat trying to beat you senseless. Iiti is Ancient Egyptian for "Hello."
    • Hell, "cute" was added as the sixth element, though nothing actually uses it. Yet.
  • Felicia from Fire Emblem Fates, a Cute Clumsy Girl Moe Meido with pink hair and an adorable high-pitched voice who's subservient to the player. Subverted in that she's also a competent fighter, but she's very much this trope during her Supports and SkinShipping.
  • The redesigns of the "Littlest Pet Shop" pets. They were originally just small cartoon animals, but now they're saccharine googly-eyed Animesque chibi horrors (a wee monkey shouldn't have jowls, darn it!). And you should see what they did to the Sims...
  • The entirety of Twinkle Star Sprites (a puzzle/shooter/fighting game) is about the same color and sweetness as a pack of Starbursts. Strangely, the game is highly enjoyable nevertheless.
  • Kirby - at least, until its villains bring the Mood Whiplash. Kirby's Epic Yarn turned this Up to Eleven with the art style and the cutscenes lovingly narrated by someone who sounds like he's reading a bedtime story to an infant, and the fact that its villain was a comparatively-silly yarn wizard with a magic sock note  didn't help matters.
  • World of Warcraft
    • Mug'gok the Ogre. Granted, most single-headed Ogres aren't exactly the brightest gemstones in the mine, but Mug'gok's childish rants and raves are kinda sappy.
    • Furthermore. The tauren babies in Nagrand and, I believe, Agmar's Hammer. The first time you see them, you WILL squeal so loud that your entire vocal system will splatter over the walls.
    • No NPC in WoW is more sickeningly adorable than Mylune. All of her quests are about saving critters in Hyjal. She says she can speak deer (It's all in the nose) and if you don't save the little fawns, she'll give you the big eyes (Yes, her eyes grow big and dewy). She's happy when you save the deer because "now they can grow up and have ADVENTURES!" P.S. She thinks you're swell for saving the critters.
      • The "give you the big eyes" part can also be a hilarious case of Department of Redundancy Department when you're a Paladin or a Druid; you were going to save the little fawns anyway.
      • Mylune actually deserves a special mention here because her deliberately saccharine speech tends to sound funny rather than sickening. It seems that Blizzard deliberately parodied this trope with her.
  • Princess Anastasia, yes, that Anastasia in Shadow Hearts: Covenant takes this trope and runs with it. And she damn well knows it, too.
  • Phantom Brave: Marona. Especially any scene with both her and Castille in it.
  • Persona 4
    • Kanji Tatsumi, the Jerk with a Heart of Gold, when accused by police of bullying (and he was innocent, as he was just making plushies for a boy and his mother), has this to say to the police:
    "Dolls! I made them. They're dolls! Go and see them for yourself. They're so cute they'll give you diabetes! The instantly-lethal kind!"
    • Not to mention Nanako...
  • Tales of the Abyss. MIEU. And all the other cheagles, though to a lesser degree. Especially jarring because this game is probably the darkest and has easily the highest death toll in the series.
  • Eternal Sonata, pretty much every time Polka is on screen. Several other characters qualify as well.
  • The first half of Zone 3 in Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots appears to be this, what with the pretty pink colors and the cute little suns and plants and dolphins and butterflies and bees decorating the area. The twist? This is where the Surprise Difficulty kicks in... and you have to remind yourself that you're still in an Eternal Engine run by a Mad Scientist voiced by Tim Curry.
  • Eversion starts that way.
  • Loco Roco. Wait, what?
  • Yoshi's Story takes place in a cutesy storybook world with baby Yoshis as playable characters making, well, babylike sounds trying to get back the "Super Happy Tree" from Baby Bowser. Unlike the previous Yoshi's Island, which was for all ages and featured challenging stages, this game with its saccharine world and low difficulty level was obviously targeted towards little kids.
    • Low difficulty, sure. Unless you're trying to get through level 6-3, that damn Ghost castle. And since it's targeted towards little kids, the precision timing and tendency of the ghosts to give chase whenever you weren't staring the bastards in the eye, this level can qualify both as That One Level and Nightmare Fuel.
      • 4-2 could also apply because of the Blurps, right?
    • Yoshi's Island, while indeed more difficult, is just as adorable. You're a cute dinosaur, and you have to relay a cute baby across a colorful, crayon-drawn, (mostly) happy island environment to another cute dinosaur. Rinse and repeat until the baby is reunited with its missing twin brother.
    • The soundtracks for every Yoshi game after the first seem to be trying as hard as they can to invoke this trope. Almost every song is quiet, gentle, and sounds like something out of a preschoolers' cartoon. Even the boss themes don't sound particularly threatening.
  • The little mole girls in Moleville from Super Mario RPG. Also from that same game, we have the Mystery Egg. You can buy it from the blue-spotted Toad in Moleville after getting the 5th Star Piece, and it can only be hatched by Peach while she's wearing the B'Tub Ring and using the Egg 10 times. Afterwards, it becomes the Lamb's Lure, in which a cute, chubby, little lamb rolls around, turns an enemy into another lamb, and they fly up into the sky. If you do that 48 times, the Lamb's Lure becomes the Sheep Attack, which summons a bunch of these cute little lambs darting across the screen turning all enemies into even more lambs. If you don't find that cute, then get help.
  • In the Babeland level of Duke Nukem 3D, there's these cartoon mice walking around, saying things like "We're gonna have a wonderful day!" in the most cringe-inducingly cutesy voice imaginable. No wonder that, when you shoot one, Duke says, "Damn, that was annoying."
  • beatmania IIDX 16: Empress is already cute and happy and pink from the get-go. Then someone goes and plays I'm Screaming LOVE and it all goes to hell. Fluffy-bears-swimming-through-candy-carrying-spoons hell.
    • There's plenty of precedent for this. Raspberry Heart. Sweet Lab. Romeo and Juliet. With Your Smile. Sigsig. Poodle. Silvia Drive. Eco-G. ICF 5800. Not to mention Wish, Double Loving Heart, and Sun Field...from DISTORTED.
    • One word: smooooch. It's been parodied to the level of Memetic Mutation.
  • Regina Berry in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All is the sweetest sheltered little lion tamer. Half the circus is in love with her (and Even the Girls Want Her) and she thinks that when people 'go away' they go up to the sky and become stars. It's so intense that you're a little sympathetic when you find out she was the one Acro was trying to murder.
  • As its own official Getting Started guide puts it, "Even death is cute in Luna Online!"
  • Played for Laughs in the [adult swim] Flash game Robot Unicorn Attack, in which you play as the title's robot unicorn, dashing through a sparkly, purple world collecting fairies while Erasure's Always loops in the background.
  • Kissy Poo for Xbox Live Indie Games, although it might be justified seeing how it was designed for pre-schoolers. Players control the titular Kissy Poo, who must cheer up all the sad animals with a sweet kiss.
  • Famously subverted by Animal Crossing, which seems like it'd fit, but really isn't that bad at all.
  • Xbox title Raze's Hell really let the player loose on those goddamned cuddlie-wuddlies. Eliminate them all. Though don't feel bad about it; said adorable creatures take What Measure Is a Non-Cute? to "slight" extremes.
  • The first couple hours of Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. Then it starts getting depressing, tragic, and sometimes downright horrifying.
  • Parodied in Creatures II, (and probably in Creatures I as well) where the baddies and goodies taste like diabetes but commit all sorts of bloody acts of violence on each other.
  • In the Dungeon Keeper games, this seems to be one of the reasons for the war against the surface, or at least so suggest the mission briefings. Eg: "Sing Song. A joyous realm, filled with life and music. Let us silence their wailing voices once and for all."
    • Also Snuggledell.
    Floppy eared bunnies are encouraged to hop around the fields surrounding the hamlet, bringing happiness, love, and more bunnies to the entire area.
  • Xbox 360 Kinect launch title Kinectimals. Those cubs has to be the cutest things to ever grace Microsoft's console.
    • Though when it was first shown at E3, the presentation was so full of Narm that the word "Skittles" became an instant meme.
    • So they're not the creepiest things ever to be put together from ones and zeroes?
  • This trope has been played straight, exaggerated, lampshaded, parodied, deconstructed, exploited, and who knows what else in the Ar tonelico series. Saki from Ar Tonelico 3 even has an attack that turns enemies (including people) into cake.
  • Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands are teeming with Kawaisa. Taken Up to Eleven in world 4 of Rainbow Islands, where all of the enemies are toys and it has even brighter colors than the other worlds.
  • A literal version in The Several Journeys of Reemus — the honey made by Sugar Bees is so potently sweet that ingesting even a small amount will cause a temporary diabetic coma while the body sorts out all this extra sugar. Injection works just as well, so any schmuck with a dart gun can weaponize the effect.
  • In contrast to the somber Tragic Marionette and Sinful Rose's Fragrance that play on the Game Over screens of the first two Disgaea games, Disgaea 3 has the Maritsu Evil Academy Entrance Applicant Recruiting CM Song: a tune so peppy and cheerful that most fans suspect that the game is making fun of them for dying.
  • In Rod Land, absolutely everything is cute, from the characters, to the bosses, to the surrounding environment.
  • In the Team Fortress 2 official video "Meet The Pyro," it is revealed that the Pyro's delusional psychosis makes him/her/it perceive the world as this. For example, where Pyro is incinerating someone as they scream in agony in reality, Pyro sees it as showering them with bubbles and rainbows out of a shiny brass horn shaped and held like his/her/its flamethrower.
    • The Pyrovision Goggles make the game this. Everything is bright and colorful, everyone (including the player) laughs cheerfully when they die, dominating a player is perceived as becoming best friends with him, and The Pyro has some toys that can only be used in Pyroland that are perceived as lethal weapons in reality (ex. Rainblower = Flamethrower).
  • While the dream eaters in Kingdom Hearts 3D are cute, they aren't overwhelmingly so. However, when you start playing games with them and this song accompanies it...
  • In Barbie Super Model, everything that Barbie owns is pink, there's bright and happy scenery everywhere, a big point of the game is dressing Barbie up in colorful outfits, and the game was made for little girls, who tend to love things that taste like diabetes.
  • Snowboard Kids has you play as Super-Deformed 10-11 year old children, with huge heads and huge noses. The game's levels featured props such as a gigantic snowman with a Cat Smile, really short, cute penguins, an amusement park (with a gigantic circus tent used as the skydome), and a beautiful (within N64 hardware constraints) grass-filled valley with rustic brick buildings near the finish line.
    • Despite the cutesy exterior, the game's difficulty level was fairly high, and the mechanics, even to this day, are very unique.
    • The sequel took it even further. The character designs in the sequel had things such as buck teeth, comically huge glasses, overalls, and nose band-aids. The texture art looks like it came straight from a pop-up book, and the anthropomorphic animals were much more present.
  • Let's not even get started on the sickeningly cute sounds some of the enemies make in the first Pandemonium!.
  • Subverted in Conker's Bad Fur Day. The game opens with a cutesy N64 logo dancing around (complete with cliche "nursery music"), but then Conker storms in, horror movie music abruptly plays, and he proceeds to gleefully saw the N64 logo in half with a chainsaw - literally killing it. The game itself subverted this during development, as it was originally intended to be a literal representation of this trope, until Rare decided to give it a Darker and Edgier makeover.
  • While we're on the topic of Rare games, Banjo-Kazooie both plays this trope straight and subverts it. Some of the enemies and especially side characters are sickeningly cute. However, Banjo and Kazooie themselves (despite their cutesy appearances) are actually pretty quippy and sarcastic, even veering into blatantly adult humor from time to time.
  • Sylvanian Families: Otogi no Kuni no Pendant. Cutesy little girl rabbit finds injured pastel cupid-type fairy, "bandages" it with her handkerchief, and later has to return the pendant it lost. 'Nuff said.
  • Super Mario Galaxy has the Baby Stars that you feed star bits too.
  • In Pop'n Magic, pictures of sweets fill the background of the manual's cover and its second inside page. The game's world isn't quite a Sugar Bowl, but it's definitely on the cute side.
  • Let's just leave the artwork for the Ice Tower's Viral Frost ability in Bloons Tower Defense 5 and call it a day. Basically, it's the Ice Tower's monkey wrapped up in a blanket.
  • Magical Chaser: Stardust of Dreams, despite being a Doujin Fighting Game, falls into this due to the fact that it crosses over several Cute Witch animes. All of them are done in Puni Plush style.
  • Panel de Pon is heavy on the kawaisa, but is ultimately more of a subversion, being more or less on an Animal Crossing or Puyo Puyo level in terms of cuteness. It was still too much for Nintendo of America/Europe at the time, though. (Ironically, the series it was dolled up as is just as fluffy, to the point that very little besides the character designs was changed.)
  • Vib-Ribbon is a cute Rhythm Game with vector graphics. While it's not as colorful as the other titles, the main character, Vibri is really adorable with her appearance & voice, alongside a cheerful, yet awesome soundtrack.
  • The Legendary Starfy features a cute little round star, his pink little sister, a lost bunny astronaut, a mermaid, sleepy baby seals, and a kitty ninja. Almost the levels are adorable with calming music, and even the Big Bad looks super squeezable in his first form.
  • The Borderlands 2 DLC Assault on Dragon Keep has two areas start out this way story-wise. However, the other original Vault Hunters call Tiny Tina out on it. So it turns almost immediately into a subversion of this trope.
    • At the end of the story, however, it becomes this again when Buttstallion saves the realm.
  • The Sims 3: Katy Perry Sweet Temptation adds numerous sweet-themed stuffs, such as cupcake beds, sundae sofa candy columns, etc. When it was first announced, and sneak peek images were released, many "I got diabetes" comments were posted on forum boards.
  • Video Game/Minecraft: Love And Hugs update items were renamed, reskinned, and re-purposed in this april fools day update... for players who had disabled all resource packs who would only have things re-purposed and be a bit confused about why creepers gave them flowers

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    Western 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".
  • Many of the Harman and Ising cartoons had a tendency for this when the duo moved to MGM.
  • Lady Rainicorn from Adventure Time looks like a toy but is really a Badass Adorable.
  • Animaniacs:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Neither-Neither Land in the Beetlejuice cartoon deliberately invokes this, being a pastel sugar bomb where everything is forcibly sweetness and light. It's run by Little Miss Warden, a sort of undead doll with Shirley Temple curls who insists that everything must be cute at all times. It's actually quite disturbing and it's not hard to see why ghosts are terrified of the place.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Chalkzone is considered by many to be the sweetest and cutest of all the Nicktoons (although My Life as a Teenage Robot comes pretty close). This initially hurt its reception amongst viewers though as many it was too saccharine, but the show has earned itself a decent-sized fanbase over the years.
  • 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.
  • Classic Disney Shorts tend to get this from some audiences. It's both for the fact that they come from the company that makes movies that fall victim to the trope, and being the exact opposite of their Warner Bros. and MGM counterparts—-cartoon shorts involving very cartoony-looking animals who rarely engage in slapstick, and with a tone that overall seems extremely kiddish.
  • 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.
  • Parodied in the extreme in 'The Vampire Strikes Back' episode of Count Duckula where they visit the Planet Cute.
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel's pure concentrated cuteness should be illegal in 50 states. Actually, the whole show is pretty saccharine.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Webbigail Vanderquack from DuckTales. Half her appearances were even accompanied by an equally cutesy Leitmotif. And unlike Molly in Tale Spi (see below), she never seemed to be deliberately utilizing the trope.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
    Ingrid: 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.
  • 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. And the villains are Not Evil, Just Misunderstood. And each episodes end with a saccharine song reinforcing The Power of Friendship at the end of every episode. Did I mention that the show stars baby Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm? note 
  • 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.
  • Despite its target audience, Franklin and Franklin and Friends averts this for the most part. Occasionally however, some episodes just end up being a bit too sweet.
  • Futurama
    • In the episode "Lethal Inspection," we get baby Bender.
    • Lampooned mercilessly in the episode "Love and Rocket," and summed up nicely by Lrrr (Ruler of Omicron Perseii 8):
      "This notion of 'wuv' confuses and infuriates us!"
      • And from the same episode, the Lovey Bears.
    • An Affectionate Parody comes from "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" in the form of "Purpleberry Pond".
  • 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 Get Along Gang.
  • In Gravity Falls
    • In The Inconveniencing", 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 the series finale, Bill Cipher tricks Mabel into making a deal with him in exchange for "making summer last forever." The result is a Lotus-Eater Machine where all of Mabel's fantasies come true, complete with an entire population of Ridiculously Cute Critters, constantly sunny weather, and singing trees. The characters even comment on how annoyingly bright everthing is inside the bubble.]]
  • Gumby could be this on occasion.
  • That scene from the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas special. "Loooove and caaaariing…"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Krypto the Superdog has kittens and puppies galore and every one of them is melt-your-face cute.
  • The "Buddy" series of Looney Tunes shorts in the 1930's were definitely this in many instances.
  • Maggie and the Ferocious Beast is full of this trope; everyone is a cute and colorful character, even— no, especially— The Ferocious Beast, who is anything but.
  • Roll had this reaction in the Mega Man cartoon to a park attendant's overly sugary demeanor and voice.
  • The entirety of Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends. Being that it IS a show for little kids, it's kind of understandable.
  • Hasbro's My Little Pony cartoons are famous and notorious for this, but reality is a bit murkier...
  • PB&J Otter. And how! Nonetheless, this one has grown a notable fanbase, to the point that repeats were put back on air due to fan outrage.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • "Ducky Momo" appears the be this universe's equivalent to Barney the Dinosaur and other such sugary-sweet toddler shows, which is probably why Candace catches so much grief for liking it (or believes she would).
    • 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...
  • Subverted (usually) by Bubbles Utonium on The Powerpuff Girls. She can induce diabetes in one moment then kick as much ass as her sisters the next.
  • The remake, on the other hand, gives us Allegro, the panda whose face, tone of voice, and mannerisms can induce diabetic shock if not abject rage.
  • 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!
  • The direct-to-video and DVD Recess special "All Growed Down," with the main six as kindergarteners.
  • Robot Chicken is very fond of using this trope the same way Happy Tree Friends does. Apocalypse Pony anyone?
  • Rolie Polie Olie
  • The later seasons of Rugrats, particularly the ones with Dil and Kimi. This promo for the show both plays straight and subverts this trope.
  • 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:
    Sammy: My cartoon would have been cuter.
    Screwy Squirrel, Meathead, and their Offscreen Teleportation doubles: Oh, brother! NOT THAT!
    (they all descend on Sammy and beat the crap out of him)
  • 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."
  • 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 (sort of).
  • Steven Universe:
    • When Steven finds out Peridot has never been introduced to music, he gets her to sing a song with him. Not only does she instantly master the notes, she even writes her own verse to the already sickeningly sweet song.
      Steven: Life and death and love and birth and peace and war on the planet Earth / Is there anything that's worth more than peace and love on the planet Earth
    • Ruby and Sapphire don't get much screen time, as they are usually fused as Garnet. But when they DO appear on screen, their relationship is every dentist's nightmare. Perfectly illustrated in the episode Hit the Diamond, where the main problem for the Chrystal Gems is that they can't stop flirting long enough to focus on the game.
      Steven: Ruby! Stop being cute! And Sapphire, keep your eye on the ball!
      Steven: What did I just say...
  • The "Animal Friends" children's show in Sym-Bionic Titan. The characters also speak in Elmuh Fudd Syndwome.
  • 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 essentially to offset her mother Rebecca's nagging tendencies towards Baloo, and bring out her softer and often more protective sides.
  • 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.
    • Weaponized against Rose Wilson. Sincere, unironic expressions of The Power of Friendship physically debilitate Rose to the point where she is literally sick to her stomach.
  • 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 too sickeningly cute for some viewers to stand. Baby mutant turtles should not have chipmunk-like buck teeth!
  • 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.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
    • The pilot episode 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.
  • The Tom and Jerry Nutcracker Tale. It is made more noticeable when you hear that the voice actors (except for one) come from Vancouver, unlike other Tom and Jerry films, and when you notice the sweetness of the narration.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • "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.
  • The "White Girls" meme apparently going around is probably related to works that evoke this reaction.

    Real Life 
  • 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.
    • Almost everything made by the brand Angelic Pretty. With names like "Toy Fantasy", "Melody Doll", and "Sugary Carnival"... yeah. And every print has accompanying big, glittery acrylic jewelry in shapes that relate to the print - ponies, teddy bears, candy, etc.
  • 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.).
  • Greeting cards. All of them.
  • There's a reason Lisa Frank is the trope illustrator.

Alternative Title(s): Sickeningly Sweet, Saccharine