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Probably one of the best known examples. Awwwwwwwwwwww.

A thing, accompanied by a smaller version of that thing, is always cute.
— #07 on Cute Overload's Rules Of Cuteness note 
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How do you make an animal instantly cute and endearing? Have it being followed by babies. Usually these babies are miniature versions of the parent. Sometimes there's a runt at the end.

One can make any kind of predator into a monster by targeting either the parent or one of the children. Strangely, however, even said predator can become cute once again if followed by babies of its own. That is, unless it's trying to eat you, at which a hungry monster followed by a bunch of little, hungrier mouths becomes downright terrifying.

Don't you dare get in between the mother and her children.


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    Film —Animated 

    Literature 
  • Make Way For Ducklings
  • The Madeline books have a variation of this, in that the "twelve little girls in two straight lines" are following a teacher rather than a parent.

     Live Action TV 
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     Newspaper Comics 
  • Parodied in The Far Side with a couple's car trip being interrupted by a husband and wife pair of nerds wandering across the road, followed by a string of nerdlings.

    Video Games 

    Western Animation 
  • In the "Blue Danube" segment of A Corny Concerto, a mother swan and her cygnets meet a little black duck.
  • An episode of The Simpsons, had the fire truck rushing to a fire only to be delayed by a mother duck crossing the road with a lot of ducklings.
    Apu: You ducks are really trying my patience!... but you're so cute!
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has scenes in both "Griffon the Brush-Off" and "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" where Fluttershy is seen helping a mother duck lead its ducklings. Unfortunately in the former episode, Gilda doesn't give a damn and scares them all away.

    Webcomics 
  • In Sluggy Freelance, the psychological effect of ducklings following their mother is so strong that they are used as an emergency barrier during a car chase. Even the bad guys treat them like they are a completely impenetrable wall and make no attempt to continue the chase once they are cut off.
  • One XKCD strip has this in "Operation Duckling Loop".

    Real Life 

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