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  • One of the best aspects of Bambi II is evolving Disney's icon of cutesiness into a resourceful guardian for his herd, taking out an entire pack of hunting dogs by himself (bar one which is disposed of by the equally-adorable Thumper and Flower).
  • Pongo & Perdita in 101 Dalmatians, They travel half way across the country and back, braving the elements, all to rescue their Puppies, whilst bringing back Eighty-Four more than they had initially planned.
    • Then, there is Patch, one of their Puppies, in "Patch's London Adventure". Who is able to come up with plans to escape from Cruella, needing to steer a Double Decker Bus through London, and taking Cruella on, one-on-one!
  • The Book of Life:
    • Even as a child, Manolo was able to effortlessly perform amazing feats of bullfighting.
    • Since she was a child, Maria has always been upbeat and adorable. Ten years later, and she became a certified badass.
  • Lightning McQueen from the Cars franchise. Shiny red racing livery with signature #95 and lightning bolt motif? Check. Gorgeous blue eyes? Check. Warm smile? Check. Smooth voice courtesy of Owen Wilson? Check. Mad racing skills? Double check!
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  • The eponymous character of Coraline. A look that invokes Big Brother Instinct? Check. Underfed? Check. Having more balls than most healthy adult males? Um... check.
  • Susan Murphy/Ginormica from Monsters vs. Aliens is a nearly 50 foot tall woman who managed to help stop a genocidal alien from destroying humanity and her big blue eyes make her look very cute.
  • Emily from Corpse Bride is pretty cute for an animated corpse and proves just how badass she is during the finale in the church against Barkis Bittern.
  • Stitch from Lilo & Stitch. He looks like an adorable blue koala with big eyes and can act as such, but he's also the 626th experiment created by an evil scientist with the primary function of destruction, and that trait will show if he feels the need, such as messing with his 'ohana. Many of his experiment "cousins" also count, each with their unique adorable looks and incredible powers.
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  • Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, who takes cues from Stitch, is capable of going from badass to Adorable in the blink of an eye. It's all in the eyes. When he's happy to see you and wants to play, his pupils are HUGE, making him look adorable. If he doesn't like you or if you present a danger to him or his rider, those pupils will narrow to vertical slits and will make you instantly regret becoming the target of his wrath.
  • Happy Feet Two has Boadicea pulling off Le Parkour moves and Erik standing up against some freaking Elephant Seals.
  • In Frozen we have Anna and Elsa. Let's see - Cute? Check. Adorable? Check. Able to hold their own in a fight? Double Check.
  • The Incredibles: Jack-Jack is a baby who can't even talk yet, but both Syndrome and the babysitter learn the kid won the Superpower Lottery, multiple times, with enough powers for a team in his own right.
  • Even though he's a 50-foot-something robot, the Giant from The Iron Giant is an endearing Gentle Giant, with a childlike naivety about the world he's come to. Just don't point a weapon at him...
  • Kung Fu Panda has at least a few of these.
    • First there's The Protagonist, Po, who has badass kung-fu skills by the end of the first film. The adorable is, of course, the fact that he's a chubby Panda.
    • There's also Master Shifu, who is a small red panda, but he can kick just about anyone's ass.
    • Believe it or not, Viper is pretty cute too. Plus, she's voiced by Lucy Liu.
  • Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. The former is one of the most adorable skeletons ever. He also is the scariest guy in town, and if you try to turn his friends into snake-and-spider stew, he will fuck you up. The latter is a sweetheart and also had the guts to go into Oogie Boogie's lair by herself to save Santa.
  • Oliver & Company, where Oliver himself is adorable, and is somewhat badass.
  • In the Shrek movies Puss-in-Boots takes serious advantage of this, weaponizing Puppy-Dog Eyes to catch opponents off guard.
  • The spinoff Puss in Boots introduces another Badass Adorable cat character by the name of Kitty Softpaws, who is skilled and tough on a level fit to rival Puss himself. And a literal "cat burglar."
  • Rapunzel of Tangled was fully capable of bringing down any of the thugs in the Snuggly Duckling with her all-purpose whip (i.e. her hair) and Frying Pan of Doom but she didn't have to. They were already subdued by her pretty, endearing, 'I have a dream' adorableness.
  • Morph on Treasure Planet. Seems like a cute, little blob reminiscent of Ditto, right? Not only is he capable of transforming into any given person or object (still remains the same size when in normal form), but can utter very snarky phrases like a parrot, and, when against Ax-Crazy Scroop, is able to put up a decent fight for several minutes. Badass Adorable, indeed.
  • Margo, Edith, and Agnes from Despicable Me. Three absolutely adorable and adopted girls who are also intelligent and ACT tough as hell. Gru, the minions, and Lucy also apply, but for Lucy it's more in a Adorkable way.
  • The Sandman from Rise of the Guardians, you do not want to get on his bad side.
  • The Brave Little Toaster has Toaster and Lampy as chief and they have badass Heroic Sacrifices.
  • San in Princess Mononoke. Granted she is pretty badass but she does have her moments of being adorable whenever Ashitaka catches her off guard.
  • Half of the core four in Wreck-It Ralph — Vanellope von Schweetz, a Plucky Girl Badass Driver and Fix-It Felix Jr., an Adorkable Nice Guy with enough guts to take on a Cyborg bug invasion, despite being armed with a weapon that can only fix things.
  • Uni-Kitty from The LEGO Movie is, as her name implies, a half-kitten, half-unicorn. She's pink and has a very sweet personality. If provoked far enough, however, she is capable of effortlessly defeating micromanagers unarmed, the only character to demonstrate this trait.
  • Baymax from Big Hero 6 is a gentle, inflatable robotic nurse whose entire purpose is to be huggable and nonthreatening, and who routinely dispenses hugs and lollipops as treatment. He very closely resembles a walking marshmallow. However, he's capable of lifting 1000 pounds, and when Hiro upgrades him with armor and a chip that gives him combat capabilities, he becomes the powerhouse of the group. His adorable personality persists, even while punching through concrete, until Hiro takes out his healthcare chip against Baymax's will, at which point he becomes deadly.
    • Hiro also counts; Along with his goofy gap-toothed smile, it helps that he is not only the leader, but also the youngest and smallest of the team. He is also the team member whose tech suit doesn't have any abilities.
    • Honey Lemon is a nerdy, dorky Genki Girl who's as sweet as her namesake and has a wardrobe straight out of a 60's fashion magazine. She can do beaucoup damage when given a miniature chemistry lab (that looks like a pink purse with a heart-shaped display screen), and she's brave enough to face berserk!Baymax alone, with no chemical capsules ready, long enough to reinsert his healthcare chip.
  • The protagonist of Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is a ladybug. A small, friendly, adorable ladybug who breaks out of The Siege in an Ant War to get her friends, the besieged ants, the weapon they need. Also, outwits the flies.
  • Judy Hopps from Zootopia. As a bunny she's got adorable covered and during her Training Montage at the police academy it is shown that she developed the agility and skill to take down a rhino in the boxing ring. Her strength is also impressive as she is shown clinging to the Sky Tram platform with one paw and able to hold onto Nick's paw while swinging on a vine despite his larger size.
  • The Equestria Girls movies essentially translate the Badass Adorable tendencies of MLP:FIM characters into their human counterparts, leading to moments like the motocross pictured above.
  • Maruti from The Return of Hanuman is adorable yet badass. Once he avoided bullets Neo-style. You could see his badassery here.
  • Gidget in The Secret Life of Pets. She's a big-eyed white Pomeranian who is generally pretty upbeat and friendly. She also kicks the tails of a small army of the Flushed Pets in short order to protect Max, including taking down a sewer alligator by herself.
  • From Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse we have Miles Morales, an Adorkable High School student able to stand against villains twice his size, Peni Parker, a cutesy young girl piloting a spider-based mech, and Spider-Ham, a Funny Animal version of Spiderman who uses Toon Physics to fight and easily takes down Scorpion.


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