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The Cutie

D'aww.
Jayne: Captain, can you stop her from bein' cheerful, please?
Mal: I don't believe there is a power in the 'verse that can stop Kaylee from being cheerful. Sometimes you just wanna duct tape her mouth and dump her in the hold for a month.
Kaylee: [kisses Mal on the cheek] I love my captain.

The Cutie is a character who is known for being sweet and lovable, more comic relief than anything, who likes nothing more than to pet little puppies. They make you adore them, root for them and love them.

They are known for being very idealistic, cute and innocent. Some of them even may act in a childlike manner to emphasize their innocence with an upbeat and positive attitude. They also tend to be genuinely nice, loving, caring, and kind to whoever is with them. They tend to take the most peaceful solution to a conflict and hardly ever (if ever) harm others in any way. They're most often female, though younger boys can also be this.

Their innocence and purity draws the sympathy of the audience for them. For this reason they tend to become The Woobie when bad things happen to them.

Related to Break the Cutie, Kill the Cutie, The Fake Cutie, and Corrupt the Cutie, but if these things happen they don't need to be mentioned here. Compare Moe, The Pollyanna, and All-Loving Hero.

Examples

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     Anime and Manga  

    Comics 
  • Betty Cooper from Archie Comics, a competitor for Archie's affections. Betty often takes time for caring about others especially nurturing Archie. In an episode, she had to excuse herself as she was tutoring elementary students at the local library. Veronica discovers this as spies on her thinking Archie was cheating on her.
  • Molly Hayes and Klara Prast take turns being the Cutie among the Runaways, particularly when drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa or Humberto Ramos. The former is famous for her love of adorable little animal-themed hats and Malaproper tendencies, while the latter is almost always sweet and cheerful.
  • Bode from Locke & Key is six years old, Curious as a Monkey, and adorable. Whether he's experimenting with the newest magic Key he's found, looking for treasure in the pond (using a toy fishing rod he "invented himself"), or even wearing a pot on his head as a helmet when he's being attacked by shadow-creatures, he's just so cute.

    Literature 
  • Knight and Rogue Series: Michael manages to be this while also being the muscle, because he's so chivalrous and innocent that he can't even tell a white lie. It helps that the other main character is a snarky con man.
  • Warrior Cats: Leafpool is one of the cutest kitties in the forest in terms of overall sweetness, next to Spottedleaf.
  • A Mage's Power: Mia is a pretty and sunny girl who likes giving hugs. She's chipper first thing in the morning, when Eric and Nolien are groggy.
  • In The Elenium, the goddess Aphrael prefers to take on the physical form of a five-year-old girl, the better to wrap people (and gods) around her little finger. With 30,000 years of experience, she is very, very good at being an adorable five-year-old.

    Film 
  • Pollyanna is all but the Trope Namer of The Pollyanna, an archetype which is used to describe irrepressibly cheerful characters. She lives in a town of bitter and angry people and slowly makes them cheery.
  • Despicable Me has Margo, Edith, and Agnes, the most innocent of Gru's adopted daughters.
  • Every now and then the women of the James Bond franchise fall into this. The best example is Ms. Caruso, the Innocent Fanservice Girl of Italian origin, caught in bed with Bond in the opening of Live And Let Die.

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     Live Action TV  
  • Firefly: Kaylee is by far the most cheerful character on Serenity's crew which is why she provides the page quote.
  • Willow Rosenberg of Buffy the Vampire Slayer due to the "shy bookworm" thing she had going on in the earlier seasons.
  • Merlin: Merlin and Guinevere. Both are sweet, kind, socially-awkward wide-eyed idealists.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: Anna Fulford is a very sweet and very kind young English woman and Detective Murdoch's Temporary Love Interest. Even Julia, who should be jealous of her, says that Anna's lovely and seems to really mean it.
  • 'Allo 'Allo! has quite an unlikely Cutie, because Lieutenant Gruber is a Wehrmacht officer in the occupied France. Yet he's sweet, well-mannered, polite, civil, enthusiastic, a great pianist and has a crush on René, which is unfortunately a case of Incompatible Orientation. He keeps apologizing whenever he's forced to search people or carry out orders he's uncomfortable with. He likes his "little tank" and only he can make "Heil Hitler!" sound adorable.
  • Cat Valentine from Victorious and now Sam & Cat is cuteness in human form. Just try not to go "Awwww" one or twenty times an episode on seeing her. You can't, can you?

     Video Games  
  • Both incarnations of Bianca from the Pokémon series. A Nice Girl that's always running late and has an adorable victory dance.
  • Nanako Dojima from Persona 4, quite possibly the cutest little sister figure one could ask for.
  • Bioware tends to include one of these as a love interest in each of their games.
    • Aerie in Baldur's Gate II; by the end, you will either want to marry her or strangle her.
    • Tali in Mass Effect is a petite engineering prodigy who becomes adorably flustered if romanced.
    • Leliana in Dragon Age: Origins is a cheerful bard and former Chantry sister who enjoys lightly ribbing her companions. She's cute enough that she can get away with teasing Sten after catching playing with a kitten.
    • Merrill in Dragon Age II has big, trusting eyes and a kindhearted nature. She's also endearingly awkward.
  • Flonne from Disgaea is so sweet and wholeheartedly lovable that she is a Love Freak.
  • Duel Savior Destiny: Nanashi is the cutest/cutesiest and most innocent character in the story. She frequently uses the third person and has her own verbal tic. She's very hands on and affectionate. She's also undead, so the main character wants nothing to do with her or her affections.
  • Fallout 3: Moira Brown, Megaton's shopkeeper and tinkerer in science . She sticks out for being perpetually cheery and upbeat in a blasted post-apocalyptic wasteland.
  • The "Lazy" class of villagers from Animal Crossing act like prepubescent children, despite being at least young adults. They also dress cute at times, like the villager Bob who wears a cute pink shirt. They also cry a lot and talk about food, sleeping, and playing with you. D'aww...
  • Krile from Final Fantasy V. She has a cheery, teasing personality that keeps events of the late game (which get pretty dire) from getting too terrible, and her job classes are clearly designed to be as adorable as possible.
  • Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII. Reportedly, Tetsuya Nomura, the head character designer for Square at the time, specifically wanted her to give off a "cute" vibe, and built her character around this idea.
  • Final Fantasy IX: Vivi, the adorable little black mage was so loved by fans, he made a cameo in Kingdom Hearts 2. Throughout the game he acts like Zidane's kid brother and fidgets with his hat when nervous.
  • Rikku, the adorable Wrench Wench Al Bhed girl from Final Fantasy X has some endearingly cute qualities to her. You just want to hug her on the Thunder Plains where she's absolutely terrified of lightning.
  • Final Fantasy XIII:
    • Vanille all but skips through the game. She's easily the motivator of The Team (along with Snow) and has various moments of Badass Adorable.
    • Serah, a sweet girl and Snow's finance.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Sora from is a male variant. He's idealistic and innocent, a contrast to many other characters in the series.
    • Kairi counts, what with being a Princess of Purest Heart and all.
    • Ventus from Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep is another male variant, and acts similar to Sora
  • Micaiah, the Decoy Protagonist of Fire Emblem Tellius is extremely Moe and huggable.
  • Eternal Sonata has the kids Beat and March (Puppy Love and Nice Hats) but there's also a young teen example in golden haired Polka.
  • Cream the Rabbit from Sonic the Hedgehog. She's one of the sweetest, kindest, most innocent characters in the whole series.

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  • Annoying Orange: Marshmallow loves puppies, kittens, unicorns, rainbows, and is nice to everyone, unless you insult any of the above, in which case watch out.
  • Film Conscience: Ringo represent the more cheerful, optimistic side of Luke.
  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries : Jane Bennet is universally loved and admired. She's adorable and nice to everybody, and genuine in her sweetness. Interesting how a woman in her mid twenties can pull this off.
  • Nella from The Nostalgia Chick, to contrast with the other oft-psychotic Broken Bird characters on the show.
  • Clover of the Whateley Universe. One of the youngest kids at Superhero School Whateley Academy, she's a naive wizardess-wannabe with the cutest puppy ever. And a witch hat she's sure will give her magic powers. She also happens to be a powerful Reality Warper and her puppy Buttons can turn into a monstrous dog the size of a pony.
  • The SCP Foundation
    • Surprisingly it has this in Cassy, an animate drawing of a sweet and friendly young woman who everyone at the Foundation adores. Unfortunately she found out about her two-dimensional condition and has been in depression ever since.
    • There's also SCP-054 a friendly entity made of water that likes to play with personnel. Unfortunately frequent experimentation on her (mostly by men) has caused her to resent men and be fearful of them.
    • Despite their dangerous effects and general creepiness, most of the "little girl" SCP items, such as SCP-053, SCP-040, and SCP-134 are genuinely sweet, innocent children who don't mean any (deliberate) harm. Even SCP-239, a Keter-Class, is a sweet girl despite her apocalyptic reality-bending powers.
  • Madison from Deadly Space Action is the crew's ditzy and happy mechanic, who remains optimistic in everything she does despite a complete lack of competence.
  • Noob has its Kindhearted Simpleton and Man Child Sparadrap and Couette, a mild Kawaiiko who was his Distaff Counterpart before gradual Divergent Character Evolution took place. The two are given child-like designs in the comic rendering of the franchise.

     Western Animation  
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Any mare or stallion is likely really cute, in appearance if not in deed.
    • Fluttershy is a Shrinking Violet known for her kindness. There's a reason she provides the page image for this trope.
    • Pinkie Pie, a Genki Girl known for being very cheerful and positive. Her cutie mark is balloons and her Goal in Life is to make everyone happy.
    • Apple Bloom's first appearance cemented her as a cute little sister.
    • Sweetie Belle is this in every way. Voice squeaks? Adorable mane? Cute face? Yup, definitely fits with her.
    • In a show with adorable ponies as the main cast, the Mane Six in general have their moments of being total cuties.
    • Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake. They're Ridiculously Cute Critters, being magical baby ponies and all.
  • Orko, and to a slightly lesser extent, Cringer from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983).
  • Gorillaz gives us an interesting example with 2D; whilst his wholly black eyes and Uncanny Valley appearance can make him look terrifying, he's actually a harmless Kind Hearted Simpleton. Being The Woobie helps.
  • Miss Martian in Young Justice invokes this trope. Though genuinely kind, her mannerism and appearance was constructed from a short-lived cheesy sitcom called "Hello Megan", and her true form is a horrific monster. She almost betrayed her friends to keep the truth hidden, and in the second season develops a very dark tendency for Mind Rape.
  • South Park: In the season 1 character commercials, Stan was labeled as "The cute one".
    • Butters is a better example. He's a sweet, naive Cheerful Child and by far the most innocent character on the show.
  • Happy Ness: The Secret of the Loch has Cute Ness. She's so adorable, and she certainly lives up to her name.
  • Star Fire from Teen Titans, a girl that wants to make friends with everybody sees beauty in almost everything, has a fondness to cute things and has a general Moe attitude. Her sweet voice, innocence and No Social Skills are a good source of humor in the show. She also tends to apologize when attacking enemies, but she is also a brave warrior that would do anything to protect the earth and her friends, so don't mess with her.
  • Invoked in The Simpsons when Lisa is asked to throw the National Spelling Bee in favor of her main rival, Alex, a younger boy who is genuinely so sweet and innocent that the spelling bee organizer belives having him as their champion would help bring mainstream attention to the competition. Alex is unaware of this and ends up winning legitimatly when Lisa accidently screws up her final word while exposing the attempted rigging.