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YoshiFan300: Yoshi + Giant hacks = Cute Godzilla
theyoshifanboy: So True :) Though in my opinion, the bigger they are, the cuter they are :3
— The comments to this YouTube video.

Cuteness is often associated with smallness, but sometimes characters or creatures can look cute despite, or even partly because of, how big they are. This is the essence of the cute giant.

Of course, cuteness is not so much about size as about various physical traits that are hard to pin down. Nevertheless, the association of cuteness with a giant does end up seeming contradictory.

Compare/contrast with Gentle Giant, but remember, some giants can be cute but not gentle, or gentle but not cute.

See also Canis Major and Mega Neko, examples of which tend to double as this for obvious reasons. A Giant Woman can often be this as well.


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    Anime and Manga 

  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: We have Russia personified as a buff and strong 6-foot-tall man, who is also quite baby-faced and has the mentality of a child. A very cruel, manipulative, creepy child... but still adorable.
  • An episode of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha had a kitten come into contact with one of the Jewel Seeds, which granted its wish of wanting to grow up... and grow it did, becoming as tall as the trees. Despite being giant, it still acted like a kitten, not aggressive at all. Provided the page image for Mega Neko.
  • Tio from Monster Musume is a 227cm (7'4") tower of a girl who works for an extraspecies SWAT Team. She goes full on Genki Girl at the sight of anything cute, acts as the full on heart of the team thanks to her warming presence, and in general has one of the cheeriest, kindest, and sweetest personalities in the entire series, even managing to make the most obstinate or well prepared characters like Kii and Polt melt like butter absolutely effortlessly in front of her.
  • My Neighbor Totoro has Totoro, a huge Cartoon Creature and forest spirit who loves kids and the Catbus, a Mega Neko Totoro and the protagonists use for transportation.
  • One Piece:
    • Princess Shirahoshi, an attractive mermaid girl who's about as big as a shipnote .
    • A couple of the giant kids during the Punk Hazard arc. They aren't naturally gigantic, since their massive growth is the side effect of the medicines they took.
    • Aside from some psychological issues, Linlin was a cute and innocent child before she met Streussen and was the size of actual giant children. As an adult, she's 3-4 meters too short to be a giant and has grown to be the most terrifying woman of the seas: Big Mom.
  • Sailor Moon: Makoto Kino (AKA Sailor Jupiter) is the biggest of the Inner Guardians at 5'6 (168cm) as well as the toughest. She is also a very sweet and adorable individual who fawns over boys, chases butterflies, and loves cooking and gardening. She wants to own a flower shop and bakery one day.
  • Diane, the Serpent's Sin of Envy from The Seven Deadly Sins, a giant who has the appearance of a beautiful teenaged girl.
  • The aptly-named Giant in 'Tis Time for "Torture," Princess is around eight feet tall and incredibly down-to-earth. Her chapters focus on her teaching the Princess to enjoy the smaller things in life (one of them is literally just them laying under a tree for an entire afternoon).

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Honey, I Blew Up the Kid is all about this; a toddler is made taller than many buildings due to a mistake with a device.
  • Hagrid's brother Grawp in Harry Potter acts like a child and is much friendlier than he appears.
  • Little Godzilla, from the Godzilla films.
  • The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters (1984) is an adorable mascot, and Gozer's destruction takes on the form of a gigantic version of it.

  • In More Minds by Carol Matas, the heroes realize that the underpinnings of their fantasy realm are coming undone when they encounter a vaguely familiar, strangely cute, towering giant—and then suddenly realize that he's an elf who has spontaneously become big instead of little.
  • The Brobdingnagian from the Hoka story "The Napoleon Crime" is a seven-foot-tall Heavy Worlder. He also happens to be round, fuzzy, and sky blue, with a face reminiscent of a seal pup and a demeanor that's equal parts weeaboo and Eagle Scout.
  • Valhalla features numerous gigantic mutant walruses of an adorable nature. New teams are sent to escort them out when they wander into the titular ravine.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • In Sentinels of the Multiverse, the appropriately named Sky-Scraper can grow to tremendous size - presumably just under sixty feet, given that she's an Ant-Man Expy. However, she's also a Starfire Expy, meaning that she's frequently depicted smiling, is thoroughly loyal to her friends, and uses metaphors that tend to err on the side of the adorable.

    Video Games 
  • The Super Smash Bros. series often invokes this with giant versions of small characters.
    • Yoshi in Brawl was a memorable case of this.
    • Via a glitch, it is possible to get Jigglypuff to be absolutely huge in Brawl.
  • Doshin the Giant, though his game never made it to North America, did have a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
  • Several Pokémon can fall under this:
    • Snorlax in particular looks like a big cuddly bear-cat thing.
    • Wailmer and Wailord are large baleen whales with Black Bead Eyes. Wailord is also the second largest Pokémon discovered.
    • Celesteela is a giant Pokémon that resembles a spaceship and a Japanese princess.
    • The Dynamax phenomenon introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield means that any Ridiculously Cute Critter Pokémon can become this. Of particular note are Gigantamax Pikachu, which evokes Pikachu's earlier design but is somehow even chubbier, and Gigantamax Eevee, with longer ears, a permanently cheeky facial expression, a far more playful personality, and tons of fluff around its neck.
  • Suika Ibuki of the Touhou Project series is normally pretty small and adorable, but has the ability to change her size at will. She's still adorable when she's huge, but you're probably not thinking such as you're trying to avoid getting squashed by her!
  • The Last Guardian: Trico, your companion, is a rather large dog-cat hybrid seemingly relative to the size of an elephant that, in addition to being capable of flight (albeit with huge wings due to the Square-Cube Law) and exhibiting other qualities reminiscent of birds, can be very rambunctious, can at other times be gentle and early on the game you can even catch Trico taking a bath!
  • Undertale: Asgore (who looks like a giant goat) might look menacing at first with his armor and is probably the biggest monster out of the whole populace, but his puppy dog eyes (especially when he's sad) and his smile makes him look like a "big fuzzy pushover" as some people in the game call him. What also makes him more apparent in the trope is his love for gardening, making tea, and attempting to bake pies, which are qualities not usually seen with someone who is large and imposing. In the Golden Ending, he trades his armor for a pink floral shirt and blue jeans as he trims some hedges.
  • Dark Souls: The half-dragon optional boss Crossbreed Priscilla is about twenty feet tall with Mystical White Hair, small horns and a furry tail.
    • Really, any boss in a soulslike game the fandom deems to be cute is this trope, since as a rule bosses are much larger than the player for cinematic and gameplay reasons (it looks cooler and makes their movements clearer from a third-person perspective).
  • Cala Maria in Cuphead is a giant and sexy mermaid/gorgon that vaguely resembles Betty Boop.
  • Paul Bunyan in Fate/Grand Order is a Super-Deformed girl who, going by proportions, looks like she shouldn't be more than four feet tall but becomes as big as a tree during certain attacks. Her version of Babe is even more of an example, being just a big round ball with horns and stubby limbs.
  • The Troupple King from Shovel Knight is a giant apple-trout that is, if anything, cuter than his troupple minions, having giant baby-blue eyes and presenting a dance number with a happy face for anyone looking for his ichor.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies: Orla the Orca, the defendant of the DLC case. Yes, she's a multiple-ton killer whale. This doesn't stop her from being absolutely adorable.


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Giant Jade

Jade is grown to giant size by her attempted "grow up" spell. Tohru is unable to deal with her at such a size.

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