A catch-all term for characters who, while being absolutely adorable, are also extremely capable at kicking ass. As said on a certain website, they make you break down and go "Aww, who's a widdle asskicker? Who's a widdle asskicker?"
Significant overlap with Cute Bruiser and Little Miss Badass can occur. What distinguishes the Badass Adorable from their peers is the adorability. Particular emphasis is placed on their inherent vulnerability (emotional or otherwise), which is at odds with the abilities they can access.
Underneath the irrepressibly cheerful demeanor, behind the innocent wide-eyed gaze, lies an astonishing capacity for kicking your ass, leveling a city, or why not, leveling an entire country. Perhaps you've threatened their loved ones. Maybe you've offended their inviolate sense of justice. No matter what shape the grievance against you takes, they will give you an entirely new set of benchmarks to define hurt. Their destructiveness is directly proportional to their cuteness. Thus, Beware the Nice Ones.
Compare and Contrast with Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, who may not even be cognizant of their own badassery. Often exists as a subversion of the typical Tag Along Kid and Team Pet. See also Tyke-Bomb, for when the Badass Adorable is reared for the sole purpose of serving as living weaponry. A badass little critter can also be a Killer Rabbit. When the cute character is not only badass but also malevolent, then Cute Is Evil.
- Anime and Manga
- Comic Books
- Fan Works
- Films — Animation
- Films — Live-Action
- Live-Action TV
- Pro Wrestling
- Tabletop Games
- Video Games
- Visual Novels
- Web Comics
- Web Original
- Western Animation
- Real Life
- Peanuts: Linus van Pelt is an adorable, shy little boy who carries a baby blue security blanket with him wherever he goes. He is also highly intelligent, well-read, and philosophical (religious texts being his forte), preferring passive-aggression and wit to deal with people who are being jerks to him. However, he is proficient in using his blanket as a whip, a skill that carries over into the animated adaptations and which he won't hesitate to use if you insult his blanket habit or bully a girl in his presence. His most extreme example is the Very Special Episode Why, Charlie Brown, Why?, where, devoid of his blanket for the whole episode (to stress the seriousness of the subject), nearly clobbers a kid who was bullying his cancer-stricken friend/crush for her chemo-induced baldness.
- Baby Blues: Wren Mac Pherson is a very cute, little toddler and is always like this. And when her brother teases her, she always hits him with a ball they were playing off-panel.
- The Jethro Tull song "Hunt by Numbers" is a driving prog-metal piece that sounds like it should herald the arrival of a badass. Paying attention to the lyrics quickly reveals that it's about kitties and how lethal, uncanny, and downright cute they are.
Hey little buddiesSoft and silky night walkersDangerous speciesTiptoe menace, long grass stalkers...