Ugly Cute: Animated Films
- Glen Keane absolutely had this in mind when designing Beast for Beauty and the Beast.
- 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. 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.
- All of the experiments apply. You could also count Jumba and Pleakley, too. And Lilo's doll, Scrump. Let's just face it: Chris Sanders loves Ugly Cute.
- 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.
- Pixar is good with this trope. See also the more esoteric-looking characters in Toy Story and A Bug's Life.
- And Monsters, Inc.. (Mike Wasowski, for instance.)
- Seeing as WALL•E is a rusty, dirty, trash compactor, he certainly qualifies.
- And his adorable little disease-harboring pet, a cockroach.
- Pixar Shorts:
- 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 a Badass Adorable Dork Knight.
- 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.
- Another Dreamworks example is Princess Fiona as an ogre. Ogres are supposed to be ugly, at least in-universe (compared to most ogres in other fiction, Shrek is quite a good-looking chap), but Fiona is on an entirely different class - the only differences to her human form are basically the green skin, ogre ears, wider nose and the extra pounds that make her a Big Beautiful Woman. Nothing else.
Tim Burton Stop-Motion
- Some fans of Corpse Bride consider the title character, Emily, to be rather cute for a rotting corpse in a tattered wedding dress whose eye occasionally falls out.
- Her Peter Lorre maggot has his own charm.
- Most of the cast of The Nightmare Before Christmas who aren't the leads, who are more traditionally cute. Even the vampires are adorable!
- 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.
- Epic: Ozzie's a pug. It's obligatory.
- Similar to Scrat is Salty from Alpha and Omega: I dare you not to completely melt when you look at him!◊
- Slyder, the dragon minion of Barbie & The Diamond Castle's villain has obviously been designed so that he looks evil, but not so scary that little girls would turn off the movie. This includes mismatched buck teeth and a rounded horn on his head, not to mention that he seems to be made of cartoon sound effects.
- Wybie from Coraline has a slight hunchback, leaves in his hair, and a creepy skull mask, but it's still pretty easy to see why he's an Ensemble Darkhorse.
- The Minions from Despicable Me. Despite the comb-overs, bug-eyes and sickly yellow skin, they're oddly Adorkable.
- The Stitchpunks in 9, who're basically little ragdolls made out of things like sacking, canvas, and (in the case of two of them) garden gloves. Most of whom die horribly.
- Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Burbank Animation). Unlike the Disney version, the writers didn't improve his looks, but he looks and moves like a monkey, which make him look cute. His smile also helps.
- Horror, from The Pagemaster. It helps that he's The Woobie. See, horror stories always have sad endings...
- Played with in one scene, where the lopsided and deformed Horror walks past a bottle of liquid in Dr Jekyll's laboratory, and is seen through the liquid as a beautiful young man.
- Many of the characters from ParaNorman, but special mention goes to Norman, Neil, and Agatha.
- The characters from Rango utilize this to stand out from all the cute Pixar-style animations flooding the theaters.
- Many of the creatures from Yellow Submarine.
- The eponymous Boxtrolls from "The Boxtrolls", are little, dirty, gray creatures who wear boxes and only come out at night. They have grubby fingers, large teeth, and eyes that glow in the dark. They are also terribly timid, have very innocent motivations, and have the cutest little voices.
- The various goblins from Strange Magic, especially after their king falls in love once you get used to their appearance.