Playing With / The Cutie

Basic Trope: A good character who is cute and generally nice, and whom the audience ends up liking.
  • Straight: Carol is an adorable and charming little girl who's best friends with her pet baby pengin, Pippy. Everyone wants to hug her.
  • Exaggerated: Carol is so cute she Tastes Like Diabetes.
  • Downplayed: Carol is a tween character with a cast full of grown ups who's pretentious and haughty to everyone except her penguin, whom she dotes on, and is such an Adorably Precocious Child.
  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted:
    • Carol is an asshole that pokes people with sticks. Nobody likes her.
    • Carol is an ugly wangsty douche. She does not have that many fans.
  • Subverted: Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Double Subverted: Carol is closer to 'mischievous scamp' than Jerkass. Her antics are mostly innocuous, and actually kind of endearing.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Carol is bipolar and acts all cheerful and sweet during her manic phases.
  • Averted: Carol isn't especially kind, nor optimistic, nor cute.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Carol's always so kind and so cheerful... don't you sometimes want to give her a hug? It must be so hard to take for you..."
    • "Is it just me, or does anyone else get the impression Carol 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. Carol deliberately acts cute in order to win.
  • Defied: "Do you actually picture me spending my days being all happy and cute and everything? People would talk."
  • Discussed: "Carol's a pretty good girl, wouldn't you say?"
  • Conversed: "I like Carol. She's just so sweet and adorable!"
  • Deconstructed: Eventually, as Carol grows up, her personality develops beyond "cute", and she works instead of playing with Pippy.
  • Reconstructed: Carol grows up into a grown woman but she never outgrows her "baby face" or her sweetheart personality, and she plays with her penguin Pippy, also now all grown up, in the park after work.

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