Playing With / The Cutie

Basic Trope: A good character who is cute and generally nice, and whom the audience ends up liking.
  • Straight: Bob is an adorable and charming little boy who's best friends with his puppy. Everyone wants to hug him.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is so cute he Tastes Like Diabetes.
  • Downplayed: Bob is a tween character with a cast full of grown ups who's pretentious and haughty to everyone except his dog, whom he dotes on, and is such an Adorably Precocious Child.
  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is an asshole that pokes people with sticks. Nobody likes him.
    • Bob is an ugly wangsty douche. He does not have that many fans.
  • Subverted: Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Double Subverted: Bob is closer to 'mischievous scamp' than jerkass. His antics are mostly innocuous, and actually kinda endearing.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is bipolar and acts all cheerful and sweet during his manic phases.
  • Averted: Bob isn't especially kind, nor optimistic, nor cute.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded:
    • "He is always so kind and so cheerful... don't you sometimes want to punch him ? It must be so hard to take for you..."
    • "Is it just me, or does anyone else get the impression Bob was a puppy in a previous life?"
  • Invoked: Deliberately Cute Child
  • Exploited: The show takes place on a reality t.v. show island where the audience votes for the winner. Bob deliberately acts cute in order to win.
  • Defied: "Do you picture me spending my days being all happy and cute and everything ? People would talk."
  • Discussed: "Bob's a pretty good guy, wouldn't you say?"
  • Conversed: "I like Bob. He's so kind and adorable!"
  • Deconstructed: Eventually, Bob grows up, his personality develops beyond "cute", and he works instead of playing with a puppy.
  • Reconstructed: Bob grows up but he never outgrows his "baby face" or his sweetheart personality, and he plays with his now-grown dog in the park after work.

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