Ugly Cute / Animated Films


  • Beauty and the Beast:
    • The Beast himself. He is meant to be a formidable and appalling monster, but instead comes off as cuddly and pleasant to many fans.
    • LeFou. He stands out from the rest of the cast with his cartoonishly stumpy stature, pink bulbous nose, and wide mouth with crooked teeth. Nevertheless, fans find him absolutely adorable.
  • Anastasia from Cinderella is portrayed as one of the "ugly" stepsisters, but as her inner goodness developed in the sequels, she veered into this category.
  • Olaf, the gawky looking snowman from Frozen.
  • The Tulgey Wood creatures from Alice in Wonderland.
  • The peg-legged, sharp-toothed, gravel-voiced Fidget the bat from The Great Mouse Detective (though he's terrifying in his first appearance).
  • Quasimodo from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, whose own face was modeled after that of a pug. Of course he's considerably less ugly than he was supposed to be in the book.
  • Stitch from Lilo & Stitch. Sometimes very cute. Sometimes very not cute, especially when he's in one of his Killer Rabbit moods.
  • Nearly half the non-human cast of The Princess and the Frog, especially Ray.
  • Tick Tock the Crocodile from Disney's adaptation of Peter Pan. On the one hand, he's a crocodile with a taste for human (in this case Captain Hook's) flesh with razor sharp teeth. On the other hand, he's so goofy-looking and his antics with Hook are so funny that you can't help but find him endearing.
  • The Big-Nosed Thug at the Snuggly Duckling in Tangled, who reveals himself to be a hopeless romantic in the number "I've Got A Dream".
  • Wreck-It Ralph has Turbo. Basically picture the adorable Kick Buttowski as a zombie.
    • Ralph and Felix themselves qualify, but is quite justified since they are "8-bit" characters.
  • Most of the cast of The Nightmare Before Christmas who aren't the leads, who are more traditionally cute. Even the vampires are adorable.


DreamWorks Animation

  • In Home, when Smek shows the Boov footage of a human baby, they recoil in disgust and horror, except for Oh, who remarks "Awww, they're so ugly they're cute!"
  • Most of the dragons from How to Train Your Dragon, except Toothless (who's just plain cute) or Green Death (who's just plain horrifying).
  • Minion from Megamind, who is essentially a little fish-alien who gets about using a gorilla-like mech suit, and is one of the nicest characters in the film.
  • Some of the character designs in Dreamworks' Monsters vs. Aliens, like the giant bug monster, Insectosaurus.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Sherman wears Nerd Glasses, has an Anime-sque haircut and has buck teeth. However he's pretty much the Adorkable one, aside from being quite the courageous shin-kicker.
  • Penguins of Madagascar:
    • The penguins, after they've been mutated, are supposed to be hideous monsters, and although they possess a Sickly Green Glow and mismatched body parts, but are still, well, penguins. Especially Private, whose only monstrous traits are a purple tint and a pair of antlers.
    • Dave could also be considered as this, especially after he is hit by the reversed ray, turns into a cuter version of himself. His octopus assistants are also somewhat cute with the bubbly sounds they make.
  • Shrek:
    • The title character's hideousness is mostly an Informed Attribute (in fact, he's not that ugly in his "human" form), especially if compared with the book. The same goes for Fiona in her "ogre" form.
    • Donkey also qualifies: Despite his small eyes, large teeth, and Eddie Murphy voice, his soft heart and cheerful demeanor make him very endearing.
  • King Gristle and Bridget from Trolls are the cutest Bergens of their entire race.

Blue Sky

  • Scrat from Ice Age probably qualifies with that long snout, big eyes and pointed fangs of his. The fact that he's essentially the film's equivalent of Wile E. Coyote probably helps.
    • Sid is also very weird looking with his wide-set eyes, big nose, and crooked teeth all the way down to his slothy hips. He's clumsy, awkward, and is voiced by John Leguizamo in a tone that goes from normal with a lisp to shrill and girly. Everything about him is absolutely huggable.
  • Epic: Ozzie's a pug. It's obligatory.

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