You're Cute When You're Angry
pissing Alice off. Instead of running away fast, Bob tells Alice she's funny/cute/sexy when she's mad. This goes over as well as one might expect, though Bob probably wasn't trying to diffuse the situation in the first place. Expect Alice to storm off, attack Bob, "attack" Bob, or inexplicably burst into tears. Compare and contrast You Got Spunk, a similar trope used for very different effect.
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- Flip says this to Princess Camille in Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, and gets a hook to the jaw for it.
- Inverted in chapter 9 of Ranma ½ when Ranma catches an angry Akane off guard by telling her she's cute when she smiles. Of course, Ranma being Ranma, he just has to ruin the moment. Thinking on Ranma's words a little later, she tries her smile in a mirror... at which point Ranma pops his head in and really ruins the moment by asking if mirrors always make her smile or if she's just testing her cheeks, earning himself a Megaton Punch.
- Rouge says this to Knuckles in Sonic X in regards to his quick and hot temper. Of course, she loves pushing his buttons a lot, much like the rest of the characters do at times, and it doesn't help that both have a Belligerent Sexual Tension.
- In Cross Ange, this is what Embryo says to Jill when he sees her again. In this case however, Jill shoots him with her magnum though all it hit was a tree since Embryo showed up in a hologram.
- Jesse Custer in Preacher uses this on Tulip, with terrible results. Likely inspiration from his Dad, who snarkily approves of John Wayne as Ghenghis Khan using the line "Yer beautiful in yer wrath".
- In Astérix and the Secret Weapon, Bravura says this to Asterix while grabbing him off his feet in an Effortless Amazonian Lift.
- Inverted in Spaceballs:
"Well, what have we got here? Will you look at her? Those flashing eyes, those flushed cheeks, those trembling lips. You know something Princess? You're ugly when you're angry."
- Brief Encounter:
Albert Godby: ...you look wonderful when you're angry... just like an avenging angel.
Frankie: Is that a date, Bob? You get so cute when you're angry.
- High School U.S.A.:
Beau Middleton: Who's kinda cute?
Beth Franklin: You, of course. Especially when you're angry. Your dimple twitches.
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991):
Robin Hood: Don't play games with me.
Maid Marian: You're so handsome when you're angry.
- The Breakfast Club:
Bender: You're kind of sexy when you're angry.
- The Sea Chase:
Capt. Karl Ehrlich: Did anyone ever tell you that you're beautiful when you're angry?
- Two Moon Junction:
Perry: You're sexy when you're angry.
- The Conqueror:
Bortai: For me, there is no peace while you live, Mongol.
Temujin: You're beautiful in your wrath.
- Adam's Rib, where Adam Bonner is telling his wife over the phone that he's been assigned to prosecute Doris Attinger for shooting her husband:
Adam: The boss wants a quick conviction, and I'm just the little guy who can get it for him—so he says.
Amanda: You great big he-men make me sick!
Amanda: An outrage, that's what I think!
Adam: You're getting awful dramatic...
Amanda: Why, why, what's so funny?
Adam: Ha, ha, ha—nothing. You just sound cute when you get cause-y.
Amanda: Oh— (hangs up)
- Also used in Revenge of the Nerds during the panty raid scene.
- Tom says it to Hallie at least twice during The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
- Older Than Radio — courtesy of John Keats:
Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows,
Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave.
And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes.
- The Truth: This line flashes through William de Worde's mind when a very, very angry Sacharissa Crisplock comes storming into his office, against a general backdrop of terror.
- Twilight: Edward Cullen is all about this in Midnight Sun. "Furious kitten that thinks it's a tiger" much?
- At one point in Mark Walden's H.I.V.E., Shelby says Wing is "Kinda cute" when he's angry. His response? "Then at this precise moment I can honestly say that I am cuter than I have ever been before."
Live Action TV
- Turlough from Doctor Who uses this on Tegan, who already thinks he's an annoying, condescending public school sneak, and does not soften at being told she looks "so sweet" when she gets angry.
- Said by Mata Hari to Indiana in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episode "Paris, October 1916."
- The Stand miniseries, part 3 "The Betrayal":
Larry Underwood: You're awful cute when you're angry, Stu.
- Invoked in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
Zack: Has anyone ever told you that you're really pretty when you're angry?Maddie: WELL I MUST BE GORGEOUS RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I AM FURIOUS!
- Whenever Major Burns wanted to complain to Colonel Blake in early seasons of M*A*S*H, he'd bring Major Houlihan into Blake's office with him, and just stand or sit there glaring while she did all the talking. At one point, after Margaret delivers an angry tirade on Frank's behalf, Hawkeye says to her, "You know, you're beautiful when he's angry."
- Q uses a humorous variation on Star Trek: Voyager:
Janeway: The vaunted Q Continuum: "Self-anointed Guardians of The Universe"! How dare you come aboard this ship and endanger this crew with your personal tug-of-war!Q: Did anyone ever tell you you're angry when you're beautiful?
- Also note that as Q, he probably meant to annoy her with it.
- Explained in this◊ Life in Hell strip.
- In Peanuts, Lucy once said this after telling Schroeder that she would be taking piano lessons, on a real piano.
- In Mutts, Earl said this to Mooch, who was complaining about humans finding them cute.
Lola: Oh I love it when you get angry, Johnny. I really do. You're so... bestial!
- Happens in Evolution: The World of Sacred Device when Chain is having a go at Mag, then he defuses the whole confutation by title dropping the trope.
- In the PlayStation 3 version of Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay, when Guybrush gets Morgan LeFlay angry by repeatedly checking out the mast while battling her on the Screaming Narwhal, one of the bronze trophies that the player is awarded is "She's Cute When She's Angry".
- In Spyro: Year of the Dragon, Hunter says this to Bianca the apprentice bunny wizard.
- Mass Effect 2: If you pursue a relationship with Jack it freaks her out a bit. She responds in the only way she can and Shepard's attitude seems a lot like this trope.
- A variant of this line is said in Kid Radd.
- In Candi, Linda is told that her breasts get larger when she's angry.
- In Bad Machinery, Lottie tells Claire, "I've never seen you like this! It's just like real white hot rage... but cuter?" (However, Claire's anger was directed at another girl, not Lottie.) Link
- Nova's ready with a response to this when the notably pale Elgin says it in The Wolf At Weston Court:
Elgin: Oh, you're even cuter when you're angry.Nova: You'll be even paler when you're dead!
- One song in Animaniacs ends with Yakko saying this to Dot. The song is about Dot bragging about being so cute, so it actually fits in that case instead of just being a male not taking an angry girl seriously, since Yakko may have been apologizing for ruining Dot's song (since that's why Dot was angry in the first place).
- Said by Riven to Bloom in the Winx Club when she was getting annoyed by his jerky behavior in season 1.
- ThunderCats (1985) had an... awkward example in the first episode, where Wilykat frog-marches his sister into a suspension capsule and locks her in. When she orders him to let her out or else, he tells her, "You're beautiful when you snarl." This scene was cut from later showings and the DVD.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends has it in one episode when Prince Charming, an imaginary friend, saying this after Frankie attacked him off-screen from the ladies' restroom.