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Cute Owl

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Hoo is the cutest little bird?

Owls are, to put it bluntly, adorable. They just are. There is something about those perfectly round shapes, those big eyes, and their beautiful fluffy plumage that immediately appeal to us. Not to mention the rather silly features like their Abnormal Limb Rotation Range, or their cute little hoots which have served so many "Who's on First?" jokes that it should seriously be considered its own Sub-Trope someday.

Even if you are oclophobicnote , you can at least admit that they are rather Creepy Cute, or at the very least pretty rad.

There are two kinds of Cute Owls that mostly coincide with the two real-life families of owls:

The Ur-Example of the trope could be considered the Owl of Athena, who is also and mainly the Ur-Example of The Owl-Knowing One trope. If the ancient Greeks didn't particularly praise the animal for his cuteness (although it was attached to a beautiful and clever warrior goddess), the actual city of Athens (and by extension the rest of Greece) embraced the animal as their Animal Motif ; the symbol was printed on some of their money (even the current euros) and is very popular with tourists.


Contrast Ominous Owl and Feathered Fiend. Compare The Owl-Knowing One. Note that cute owls could still be evil, even the nerdy ones.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Basara: The heroine Sarasa has a pet in the form of Shinbashi, an utterly adorable, tiny pet owl (she adopted him precisely because he was the runt of the litter) that's always with her. His presence often serves as a reprieve from Basara's heavy story of destiny, rebellion and political intrigue.

     Comic Books 
  • The children's comic series Owly by Andy Runton is all about the adventures of an incredibly cute (and non-carnivorous!) owl.

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  • Harry Potter: There are comments from female students on Ron's owl Pigwidgeon being cute in The Goblet of Fire (and he is a total keet). Ron thinks he's a stupid little feathery git.


     Video Games 

    Web Comics 
  • In Realm Of Owls, especially the owl people's babies are an epitome of a cute owl, but the adults also tend to look cute when they goof around and stare at stuff happening in front of them.

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  • The Art Student Owl meme averts this, being a cynical, lazy, and jaded character who is always seen smoking. However, his counterpart, Art Newbie Owl, completely fits the bill, being a young Wide-Eyed Idealist owl who is very excited about art.

     Western Animation 


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