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1[[quoteright:350:[[Series/SesameStreet]]]]˛[[caption-width-right:350:Yip Yip!]]˛˛UglyCute characters, and those trying to design them, walk a thin line. If they run too close to the "Ugly" side of the scale, you can wind up with something that warrants a NightmareFuel warning, due to how messed-up it looks.˛˛This basically covers what happens when animators try for UglyCute and fail spectacularly. Then again, sometimes the "failure" [[NightmareFuel is intentional]]. Compare UncannyValley.˛˛----˛!!Examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Advertising]]˛* [[ This Kinder Surprise ad from the 1980s.]] Horrified an entire generation of ovoid-shaped-chocolate-product-eating kids in Western Europe.˛* [[ British ad from 1986 for Mr Soft mints]]. Now we know where Liam Gallagher from Oasis got his distinctive walk from.˛* The toenail fungus monsters in those [[ Lamisil ads]]! You know, the ones that [[{{Squick}} zealously peeled up people's toenails and dove headlong into the nail beds]]?˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Anime and Manga]]˛* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Titans are a seriously freaky-looking bunch.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Arts]]˛* A completely straight example: When Ed "Big Daddy" Roth designed the characters in ''Rat Fink'', he was aiming for the ugliest creatures in the world. He succeeded.˛** In ''Tales Of The Ratfink'', Ed Roth (voice by John Goodman) describes Ratfink as the Anti-Mickey Mouse so it's kind of fitting.˛* Some of Creator/HieronymusBosch's paintings might be considered this, such as [[,_1515%E2%80%9316) his painting of Christ Carrying The Cross]].˛* Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder: Though not as grotesque as Bosch he portrayed peasants as quite crude, not always good looking people. The main difference is that his portrayals are still realistically believable and not fantasies. Thus you actually get to see these people as ''real'' peasants as they existed back then and not some romanticized vision.˛* ''Grotesque Old Woman'' by Quentin Matsys: [[]]˛* Creator/FranciscoDeGoya: In his later work the faces of the people on the paintings and drawings look more sinister and grotesque, almost animalistic.˛* Creator/DianeArbus: A photographer renowned for her pictures of eccentric or otherwise bizarre looking people.˛* The 18th century cartoons by James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson all portray people as grotesquely ugly, with large heads.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* ''ComicBook/{{Urbanus}}'': Also a staple in this comic strip where the characters will typically be drawn ugly and vulgar.˛* ''ComicBook/HaagseHarry'': All characters are degrading foul mouthed people from The Hague, Netherlands.˛* Creator/RobertCrumb: His creations often show our CrapsackWorld as a collection of grotesque people. Mr. Snoid is a particular example.˛* The cartoons of Jean-Marc Reiser, Kamagurka, Creator/{{Gotlib}}, Gummbah... are all typical of this style.˛* Creator/JackKirby used a fairly standard face for a lot of characters, but those characters where he departed from it could be pretty ugly. Darkseid is actually relatively handsome compared to Desaad or Dan Turpin, both of whom fell into the "kill it, kill it with fire" category.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Strips]]˛* Lena Hyena in ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'', whose face is so ugly that it drives people mad. Al Capp avoided actually depicting Lena in the strip because it was funnier to leave her features to the imagination. He eventually held a contest to see if anyone could draw someone as ugly as he'd described Lena as being. Basil Wolverton (mentioned below) [[ won it]].˛* Magazine/{{Mad}} Magazine:˛** The comics by Basil Wolverton often featured grotesque people, like his iconic parody of ''Life Magazine'' [[]]˛** Similarly Tom Bunk and Bill Wray (''Monroe'')'s work is also a collection of ugly people.˛** The magazine mascot Alfred E. Neuman symbolizes everything that's uncanny and grotesque about the magazine.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' has the unspeakably creepy flying monkeys.˛* 1985's ''Film/ReturnToOz'' has the Wheelers and Jack Pumpkinhead, who then calls Dorothy "Mom"!˛* Creator/FedericoFellini's later films are mostly this. He would cast people with grotesque faces, deformities, handicaps or unique bodies. His fascination probably stemmed from the fact that he used to be a caricaturist. His SpiritualSuccessor Creator/DavidLynch also thrives on this trope.˛* Creator/JimHenson's ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''. Goblins in a childhood bedroom plus kidnapping plus David Bowie's aggressively bubbling sexuality are bad enough, but then there's those horrible red Fiery puppets who juggled and swapped their body parts and sent their grinning, disembodied heads to chase our fleeing heroine while chanting "We just want to take off your head! Let us have your head!" Horrid.˛* Also all of ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' by Jim Henson... though this may have been intentional.˛* Most of Creator/HarmonyKorine's films, but especially ''Film/JulienDonkeyBoy'' and ''Film/TrashHumpers''.˛* ''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'' Particularly his weird, spine-like legs. (And especially if you're only three in 1982, there's merchandise everywhere, and nobody has explained to you that E.T. is a ''friendly'' alien.)˛** The better to make that intro scene in the garage pants-wettingly [[JumpScare frightening with]].˛** As such, a lot of the imitators (like ''Film/PodPeople'') that [[FollowTheLeader Followed the Leader]] make ''their'' aliens even uglier, like in ''Mac and Me'' or the Turkish ones "Badi" and "Homodi", which throw convincing special effects out for sheer horror.˛* The Creator/JanSvankmajer version of ''Alice in Wonderland'' ''Film/{{Alice|1988}}'' is a severely bad trip.˛* Many viewers find the [[LittlePeopleAreSurreal Oompa-Loompas]] in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' to be rather unsettling. Their [[UncannyValleyMakeup freaky orange skin]] doesn't help matters, at any rate.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛* The picture book ''Hair in Funny Places'' is intended to reassure kids about to go through puberty. With pictures of a young girl's insides being taken over by grotesque furry monsters representing hormones.˛* Literature/AliceInWonderland: Half of the people Alice meets in the original book, illustrated by John Tenniel are grotesque. Especially the Queen, the Duchess and her servant.˛** [[ These examples]] of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' illustrations by Dusan Kallay fail to show the childhood-devastating terror that were those disturbing pieces of art, best described as "Creator/SalvadorDali meets Creator/HieronymusBosch".˛* ''The Nursery Alice,'' apparently illustrated by a morbid Impressionist having a very bad acid trip. How it came to be in the children's section is beyond comprehension.˛* Creator/TimBurton's ''The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories'' has a whole array of weird characters who are kids with strange abilities or deformities, such as Stain Boy (whose only superpower is to leave a nasty stain), the girl who turned into a bed, the pincushion queen and Jimmy the hideous penguin boy. (It's telling that Burton showed Danny [=DeVito=] his illustration of Jimmy to give the actor an idea of how they would be approaching the character of The Penguin in ''Batman Returns''.)˛* Gennady Spirin's illustrated edition of ''The Tale of Gentle Jack and Lord Bumblebee''. Spirin's paintings take what the text would seem to indicate is a fairly bland fairy tale involving magical beings who shift between somewhat insect-like humans and somewhat human-like insects from one moment to another, and plunge it straight into an industrial-sized tank with human faces leering in place of compound eyes and mandibles, monstrous bee-knights impaling their enemies on the lance-like stingers springing out of their faces and dying as the ants drag their dismembered bodies down into the eternal darkness under the earth to be fed to the larva...˛* Creator/{{Henrik Drescher}}'s children's book {{Simons Book}} has the young boy Simon being accompanied by two pens and an ink bottle that suddenly comes to life. Not to mention the large menacing monster that chases them throughout the book.˛* Literature/CandleCove. Good heavens, Literature/CandleCove.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* From ''Series/SesameStreet''.˛** Pictured above are the [[ Martians]] ([[FanNickname aka Yip-Yip Aliens]]). They have creeped out quite some toddlers over the decades, because their mouths move in a weird fashion, they are accompanied by weird music, appear out of nowwhere and just say "yip yip" all the time while staring at otherwise normal objects.˛** See also Frazzle, with his largely immobile big-fanged mouth, heavy dark eyebrows, and devil horns. In his case it's harder to believe the effect isn't intentional.˛** The same designer (Creator/JimHenson) also created the "Land of Gorch" for ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. One of the characters (Fazh) was at best UglyCute and it went downhill from there.˛* Those (un)lucky enough to grow up in Chicagoland (and various syndication markets) in the late '70s may have been "treated" to ''Gigglesnort Hotel'', which featured a number of rather grotesquely modelled puppet characters; most notable was Blob, a literal blob of (apparently living) clay "statuary" who would regularly have his facial features remolded by the human host as he moaned and bellowed in a rather ghastly wordless voice.˛* Most of the characters on ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' are played by the same three actors, so they need to use various prosthetics to differentiate between roles. Some of them (Tubbs and Edward, in particular) are quite hideous.˛* Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus:˛** Creator/TerryGilliam's cut-and-paste animation is full of weird collages of old photographs and paintings, with body parts moving in odd ways and sometimes even falling off.˛** The sketch "The Visitors" has some of the rudest, unlikeable and weirdest ugly people paying an unwanted visit to UsefulNotes/GrahamChapman and his wife.˛** Ken Shabby, the filthy man played by Creator/MichaelPalin, is also grotesquely ugly, insane and lewd.˛* ''Series/SpittingImage'': This satirical puppets series made caricatures of celebrities into puppets. Many of them look absolutely grotesque to downright ugly. Just look at the image we put on the [[NightmareFuel/SpittingImage nightmare fuel page]].˛* Australian children in the early 90s were treated to the program ''Mulligrubs'', [[ as seen here]]. The main character/presenter was a garishly made-up, disembodied human face on a gray background, which spoke directly to the viewer in BabyTalk despite obviously being an adult woman's voice [[UncannyValley creepily distorted]] by AutoTune.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Music Videos]]˛* Music/BasementJaxx's "Where's Your Head At" is an upbeat-sounding dance song, but the video has monkeys [[UncannyValley with human faces]] who, after playing guitars a bit, chase a man through a science lab, tearing through safety nets, before the man is captured in a {{Mad Scientist}}'s experiment, where people have their heads switched with animals.˛* Music videos by Music/AphexTwin often feature characters with Richard D. James' warped, grinning face; others, like ''Rubber Johnny'', feature far worse things.˛* Many videos by Music/MarilynManson.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Puppet Shows]]˛* The '80s French program ''Series/{{Telechat}}''. The WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier (the French equivalent of WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd) even dedicated [[ his first Special]] to this show and how it abused this trope to no end.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Theme Parks]]˛* There are more than a few examples of terror to be found in good old Ride/DisneyThemeParks. Simply put, there is a darn good reason why ''The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World'' has a whole ''chapter heading'' about "Disney, Kids, and Scary Stuff".˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Toys]]˛* Nutcrackers are not festive symbols of holiday cheer. They are terrible, grimacing figures of rage with toothy, lipless mouths that open into their chests. That they are generally dressed in military garb and carry weapons does not help. And since they're made to, you know, crack nuts, it's easy for a child's mind to seize onto the idea of them crushing other things, such as the bones in one's fingers. Overexposure may numb the terror, but won't remove the underlying wrongness of the malevolent, garish things. How something so ghastly became a symbol of yuletide festivities is absolutely baffling.˛** They become {{Nightmare Retardant}} when you make them sing songs or lip-sync to the radio. ˛** Indeed, in Creator/ETAHoffmann's ''Literature/TheNutcrackerAndTheMouseKing'' (the basis for the famous [[Theatre/TheNutcracker ballet]]), once the young male lead is transformed into a nutcracker, he must find a woman who can love him despite his ugliness to have any hope of breaking the curse.˛* Boglins are incredibly gross looking.˛* Bobbleheads are weird looking because of their abnormally large heads.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* Any character from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is quirky at least (the camp kids are odd but still relatively cute) and often bizarre (characters like Loboto, Crispin, and most of the mental realms' inhabitants).˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Animation]]˛* Everything ever in ''WebAnimation/SaladFingers''. EVERYTHING.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Comics]]˛* The Anthrosauri in ''Webcomic/{{Poharex}}''.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' uses this trope on a regular basis.˛* Rankin-Bass' animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'' is a notorious case of going for characters that are so ugly they're cute and... [[UncannyValley failing. Badly]].˛** The wood elves.˛*** Most of the hobbits (with the exceptions of Frodo, Bilbo, Merry, and Pippin) especially Samwise from Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' are hideously deformed creatures with bulging eyeballs and jagged teeth.˛* {{Creator/Filmation}} is almost as bad at this. See ''WesternAnimation/PinocchioAndTheEmperorOfTheNight.''˛* Lots of stuff in ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', like the ''plague victims'' in the episode where Flapjack gets a pet rat, and the sea monster things from "How the West Was Fun"!˛* A few in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' were especially ugly. Bloaty comes to mind. There were also a lot of grotesque background characters who ranged from unpleasantly greasy to clearly disfigured.˛* Anything in Creator/JohnKricfalusi's oeuvre.˛* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Plays with this trope whenever scenarios take place with handicapped or mentally challenged people. Though it also subverts this by making people like Timmy and Jimmy recurring characters so that we, as viewers, get used to their bizarre looks.˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Some citizens, like Homer Simpson, Barney Gumble, Moe, Mr. Burns, Patty and Selma, Lunchlady Doris, and Krusty the Clown fit this trope exactly.˛* Many of Creator/{{Klasky Csupo}}'s can be this for a good number of viewers. ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'', ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'', and early episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' are good examples.˛* Some viewers may feel this way about the character designs of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' due to Danny Antonucci's odd artstyle, something that he demonstrates well in his other cartoon: the infamous ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersGrunt''.˛* Many of the characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' have very odd designs that sometimes verge on UglyCute.˛* Creator of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' and ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'', David Feiss' is recognizable by the rather gross-looking designs of his human characters. His animal designs also carry some of this.˛* Later episodes of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' had this due to its abysmally low budget resulting in extremely poor animation.˛* Every single human character in ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers''.˛[[/folder]]˛----


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