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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 
  • 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.
  • Mana Emiya from Super Dreadnought Girl 4946.

    Films — Animated 
  • Puss in Boots has the Golden Goose's mother, who is bigger than most buildings in town, yet is essentially a giant goose.
  • The Rescuers Down Under has Marahute the giant eagle. Also, to mice, humans are giants, so naturally human children will qualify as cute giants from the perspective of the mice as well.

    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.

    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 largest Pokémon discovered.
    • Celesteela is a giant Pokémon that resembles a spaceship and a Japanese princess.
  • Suika Ibuki of the Touhou 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!
  • Trico, your companion in The Last Guardian is a rather large dog-cat hybrid seemingly relative to the size of an elephant that, in addtion to being capable of flight (albeit with huge wings due to the SquareCubeLaw and exhibiting other qualities reminiscient of birds, can be very rambunctious, at other times gentle and early on the game you can even catch Trico taking a bath!
  • Asgore (who looks like a giant goat) in Undertale 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.
  • Half-dragon optional boss Crossbreed Priscilla from Dark Souls is about twenty feet tall with Mystical White Hair, small horns and a furry tail.
  • Cala Maria in Cuphead is a giant and sexy mermaid/gorgon that vaguely resembles Betty Boop.

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    Western Animation 
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog more or less relies on this.
  • Played for laughs on Futurama. The episode Mother's Day reveals that Farnsworth and Mom used to be in a relationship...until she tried to make his latest toy, Cutey McWhiskers, 18 feet tall with lasers, causing him to angrily proclaim, "Eighteen-foot-tall things aren't cute; that's why my Colossal Tammy Tinkle doll was such a flop! You don't understand me!" and break up. Later they reconcile, Farnsworth admits they're still cute at 18 feet tall then Mom reveals that there's an even taller model and he gets angry first.
  • Baby Huey is giant compared to his peer group.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Has Appa, elephant koi, and badger moles
  • Sequel Series The Legend of Korra has Naga the polar bear dog.

    Real Life 
  • A lot of the float balloons in the Macy's holiday parades.
  • Many animals in real life:
    • Bears. Why else would they be so commonly portrayed as endearing and have the most popular form of plush toy based on them? Of course, this is easily subverted from time to time.
    • Some breeds of domestic dog. (St. Bernards, for example, are rather large while still remaining endearing.)
    • This rabbit, which comes from a species known as the Grey German Giant.
    • Giant Tortoises. Just look at this tortoise having his neck scratched! Heck, even sea turtles are some of the gentlest animals you can come across in real life.
    • Whales. Baby blue whales!
    • Dolphins. Nearly all of them have this huge dopey smile plastered on their face. It's this, along with their quick learning that makes them the star of Aquarium shows.
    • Horses. They're like giant puppies that usually weigh around 1,200 pounds.
    • Cats are usually considered pretty cute to begin with, but many of the largest breeds (like Maine Coons and Ragdolls) tend to also be among the very sweetest.
    • Capybaras, the largest living rodents. They're basically giant semi-aquatic guinea pigs, even making similar chirping noises when pleased.
    • Elephants. They're the largest land animals on Earth and also among the most dangerous, yet their long trunks, intelligence and stocky builds make them extremely endearing.
    • Cows! The Ancient Greeks would even describe a cute and beautiful woman as "cow-eyed."
    • Giraffes. They're the tallest living land animals, and their long necks, spots and adorable faces make them look almost cartoonish in nature.