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  • Alita: Battle Angel: Alita is a small, wide-eyed, sweet girl who loves chocolate. She is also a re-embodied cyborg special forces soldier with elite cyborg martial arts who smashes and dismembers cyborgs many times her size.
  • Zoe from Blade: Trinity. Despite being threatened/tempted by Dracula himself, she showed no fear, merely stating that she wasn't afraid to die because she was going to Heaven and said to Drake "My friends are coming to kill you.
  • Zen of Chocolate. Autistic Waif-Fu in action.
  • Already mentioned in the literature section, but (because it bears repeating) Reepicheep from the The Chronicles of Narnia films. Modeled after Errol Flynn and voiced by Simon Pegg, Reepicheep goes mouse-to-man several times... and wins! Even though he is as cute as Lucy says (he prefers "courageous, courteous, or chivalrous"), he's a force to be reckoned with. He even tried to take on an army of Telmarines by himself! He easily manages to be the best part of both of his movies.
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  • The Dark Crystal: Kira's adorable and very resourceful, not to mention her beastmaster ability.
  • Ditto Maggie Gyllenhaal, like when she kneed The Joker in the balls.
  • Leeloo from The Fifth Element: cute, innocent and perfectly capable of breaking every bone in your body without breaking a sweat.
  • Monica Keena has played this character from time to time, like when she decapitated Freddy Krueger with a machete.
  • Tae-goo from The Good, the Bad, the Weird is such a wacky, klutzy, utterly adorable buffoon that you just wanna pinch those chubby cheeks of his... but don't, or he'll shoot you in the gut. He is, after all, the most fearsome criminal in all of Korea.
  • Gizmo in Gremlins 2: The New Batch becomes this after he grows too tired of the gremlins' abuse and decides to Take a Level in Badass and start acting like Rambo— that is, if Rambo was an adorable furry... thing.
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  • Saoirse Ronan as the title character in Hanna, although the apparent lack of eyebrows add a touch of Uncanny Valley...
  • The Pink Berets from Hop are a trio of cute bunnies with elite commando training. They're sent to retrieve the wayward E.B. from Los Angeles, using GPS tracking, ninja skills and Instant Sedation blowgun darts. Individually, they are Fluffy, Patches and Bit.
  • Keanu from Keanu is an adorable, little kitten with big, black eyes...that's also able to karate chop guys 100x his size.
  • Hit-Girl, from the film and comic Kick-Ass, played by Chloë Moretz.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • From Master and Commander, Midshipman Blakeney. He's this utterly adorable curly-haired twelve-year-old, who... gets his right arm amputated but doesn't let it slow him down, becomes something of a "fighting naturalist," and leads a group of men more than twice his age into battle, thus helping secure a decisive victory over the HMS Surprise's archenemy, the Acheron. His inspiration is Lord Nelson, also missing an arm.
  • Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in The Millennium Trilogy. Bikers, beware!
  • Miss Meadows: Miss Meadows is quite pretty, sweet and very handy with her small pistol.
  • The rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Mako Mori in Pacific Rim, a cute Japanese survivor who wants nothing more than to have the heads of each and every Kaiju on a pike.
  • Detective Pikachu from Pokémon Detective Pikachu was this before his accident, being strong enough to defeat Charizard and scar its face. Not so much after his accident, where he lost both his memories and his power. He gets his powers back in the climax of the movie, hitting a Howard Clifford-controlled Mewtwo with a Volt Tackle strong enough to send him into a building.
  • Sir Trenton from Racing Stripes is a horse that has no problem beating Stripes senseless before the big day, with the help of his army.
  • Shichiroji from Seven Samurai is short, chubby, jovial and can skewer you like a fish with his Blade on a Stick.
  • Star Wars:
    • Yoda, probably the most iconic example of an old Badass Adorable ever. Short height, big cute eyes and his wisdom knows no limits. And yet, one of the most powerful Force users and sword fighters of the Star Wars universe.
    • Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace. Born of the Immaculate Conception, incredibly sensitive to the Force, a mechanical genius on his spare time and one of the best podracer pilots in the galaxy, not to mention his instant mastery when it comes to pilot a Naboo royal starfighter, destroying the Trade Federation's mothership thus putting an end to the conflict on Naboo in the process. And he was only 9 years old.
    • The Ewoks. Cute fluffy teddy bears in hoods. Fierce warriors (with teeth) willing to take on the Stormtroopers with nothing more than slings and rocks. They kick some serious rear.
    • Rey in The Force Awakens. A cute Plucky Girl that geeks out in the presence of Han Solo, she could still kick your ass a Simple Staff and even bests the film's Big Bad in a lightsaber duel!
    • Chewbacca the Gentle Giant.
  • Kyle Reese (via Anton Yelchin) in Terminator Salvation. Moe with a shotgun. Also, his companion, Star: tiny, traumatized girl who knows how to crush a T-600 on Kyle's command? Nice.
  • Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) from the prequel to The Thing (2011). Intelligence and bravery aside, she has been described by a review as "looking like a cute teenager trying to buy booze with a fake ID rather than an actual adult."
  • Bumblebee in the Transformers Film Series. Bright yellow, mentally younger than most of the other Autobots despite being physically around the same age, and over the course of the trilogy; racks up a Decepticon body count second only to Optimus Prime himself. In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, he even gets more weapons and armor to symbolize his evolution from guardian to full-fledged warrior. Yet, he still has his blue eyes and still talks through his radio; never once losing his connection with the younger audience of the movies.
  • In battle, Quorra of TRON: Legacy knows how to kick ass with her kickboxing and dogfighting abilities. When she's not fighting however, she's naive and has a childlike-innocent view of the world.
  • Wonder Woman is a kind, beautiful, warm-hearted and compassionate ray of sunshine who single-handedly sets out to fight World War One because she refuses to watch innocents suffer and die under the cruelty of tyrants, literally plowing through those who would victimize the weak like a hot knife (or sword) through butter.
  • X-Men Film Series


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