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"They're so cute. They're like if puppies and kittens could have babies."
Leela talking about penguin chicks, Futurama

A cute widdle creature typically consisting of fur, big eyes, maybe a Big Smile, and little else. It's probably biologically unfeasible, if not downright impossible, but who cares? It's stupidly huggable, and if the show is Merchandise-Driven, it will probably be a top seller. In many cases, it will become an easily-recognizable symbol for the show/series/whatever. You can picture the reaction: "Awwwww..."

You can easily spot one of these by the four tricks detailed on the Analysis page: oversized head, large eyes, and probably large feet and stubby limbs; soft and huggable looking; high-pitched, low volume noises; and small size.

This trope is related to an instinct, genetically encoded into almost every vertebrate to trigger mercy and sympathy in adults when they see a hatchling/pup/kit/etc with eyes large, and muzzle small compared to the head.

May double as Non-Human Sidekick types, but the main purpose of these creatures is to be irresistibly cute. Sometimes, they are unconventionally cute. Their natural habitat is the Sugar Bowl, but they have been known to wander far and wide.

Depending on the series, there can be either only one or two types of cute characters, contrasting with the rest of the cast. In others (most commonly those taking place in Sugar Bowl realms), most if not all of the cast is made up of these.

If it's so ugly it's cute, it's Ugly Cute. If it can also inspire fear or uneasiness, then it's Creepy Cute. If it's not so lovable, it's a Small, Annoying Creature. If it's appealing but ferocious, it's a Killer Rabbit. If the critter is better defined as a robot, see Cute Machines. If it's really not conventionally cute, then it's What Measure Is a Non-Cute?.

When the critter ends up being hated by the audience instead of loved, you have The Scrappy.

May cause Cuteness Overload. May be Yet Another Baby Panda.

Contrast with Eldritch Abomination, and contrast that with Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu? if it's a nice monster.


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    Asian Animation 
  • This 1959 Chinese animated short called Bee and Worm [1] features adorable invertebrates and flowers.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Potato, the puppy from AIR that some people think was so named because it resembled a pile of mashed potatoes. It's disturbingly intelligent (Kano can apparently talk with it), says nothing except "Pico pico" and is mind-bendingly adorable!
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, most of the Non-Human Sidekicks. Hanatamago and Pochi are some that are named, both being fluffy little dogs. China has a little panda, England has his little spirit friends and so on. There is also a recurring white bunny with gray ears seen with America, England and Japan (probably based on the author's pet rabbit). Tony the alien is also rather cute. There's also Kujimarou the bear cub (with drastic memory problems!) belonging to Canada.
  • Sodom from Betrayal Knows My Name looks like a winged black hamster/guinea pig... who can also transform into a powerful dragon when needed.
  • CLANNAD:
    • Botan, the baby boar. When it first appears, Tomoya and Sunohara aren't quite sure what it is, though they both agree that it's ridiculously cute. After the time-skip Botan is grown, but is still depicted as cute. Doesn't hurt to have kindergartners playing around it as if it's a living stuffed animal.
    • The big dango family, of course; they could be described best as small rolls of bread with Super Mushroom eyes.
  • Daa! Daa! Daa! has Pepo, Luu's adorable, stuffed animal-like alien space pet that's a Peponian... from the Planet Pepo. Guess what it says? That's right. Pepo!
  • Isako from Dennou Coil uses a group of virtual pets to do some of her chores. They are all extremely adorable fluffy round things, but underestimating their abilities would be a big mistake.
  • Mad Scientist Watari from Descendants of Darkness has his fluffy little owl 003.
  • Digimon:
    • Patamon is probably the Rookie that fits the most; of course, that's before he becomes the super-special-awesome Angemon.
    • Culumon from Digimon Tamers exemplifies this trope. It has to be among the most "awwwww" inducing critters ever seen. In Culumon's case, this is actually an Exploited Trope. Because it knows it's cute, it'll often use that cuteness the same way a stray puppy or kitten would, to get things he wants or needs like food, attention, among other things. He also uses that cuteness to motivate and approach the main trio of Tamers, often to help them out in some way.
    • Marine Angemon: Most of the supercute Digimon are at Baby and In-Training levels (the levels of actual infant Digimon, and the heroes' Sleep-Mode Size.) Marine Angemon? Mega. (That is, the levels of the heroes in Super Mode, and post-midseason BigBads.) The Powers That Be sadly didn't let him out of the bag much, but he saves the day in a big way once. D-Reaper is a program that is basically an Eldritch Abomination. Its base matter, called 'chaos,' is the red gel its creations are made of and revert to when defeated. It keeps spreading no matter how many you "kill." See Fighting a Shadow; nothing actually destroys D-Reaper matter. Nothing except Marine Angemon's attack, normally used for healing. Said attack takes the form of pretty colorful bubbles, naturally.
    • Impmon, he even has a tummy smileyface.
    • Then we have Cutemon in Xros Wars.
    • Puwamon in Digimon Savers. Best described as a little ball of feathers with big Puppy-Dog Eyes.
  • Chibisuke from Dragon Drive. Well, he's not as small as a few others, and he turns into a much bigger dragon later, but still.
  • The Puuchus from the Excel Saga anime are meant as a parody of this. They're actually evil alien invaders and when you hit them they bleed purple and take on the haggard features and guttural tones of Golgo13. Domesticated Puuchus on the other hand turn into heroes from shows like Captain Harlock or Gundam. Not ugly, but definitely weird.
  • Fairy Tail has a newborn baby Happy who earned his name by making everyone in the guild go happy by just being ridiculously cute.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Xiao Mei, the midget panda actually stunned Scar into silence with her cuteness.
  • Gugure! Kokkuri-san's animal youkais all have cute fluffy Super-Deformed modes that they'll often go into especially to gain sympathy with Kohina. In particular:
    • Inugami the dog youkai specifically invokes this by basing his dog form on trendy mascots in order to appeal to Kohina.
    • Shigaraki the Tanuki initially subverts this with his rather unsightly animal form, but he later switches to this trope in order to appeal to women.
  • Kirara from InuYasha looks like a cross between a kitten and a fox kit, with adorable mews to match. At least until she transforms.
  • Pero Pero from Kare Kano, the dog that gets around by rolling around.
  • The sheep and the bunnies in Karneval. All characters (apart from Gareki) seem to find them adorable as well.
  • The Bearbees from Kyo Kara Maoh!. They're snuggly embodiments of love that sprinkle glitter, say 'Nogitsu!' and concider Yuuri and Wolfram to be their parents, making them Greta's siblings. They're highly endangered and their poop makes very high-quality, but very smelly, paint.
  • Macross:
    • Guvava, Mylene Flare Jenius' Empathy Pet from Macross 7. Basically a Tribble with eyes.
    • Ai-kun, the little green alien creature that steals Sheryl's panties and which Ranka befriends from Macross Frontier. Later Ai-kun molts and becomes a stage-1 juvenile Vajra, and somehow still manages to act obnoxiously cute.
    • The Ragnan mercats from Macross Delta are cute little half-cat/half-seal things, with Querule taking the cake among them.
  • Made In Abyss, despite its incredibly harsh environments, has several of these. They're generally fairly harmless, with the exception of the horde of weasel rabbits that briefly attack Riko and Reg in the Third Layer. One example looks suspiciously similar to a certain space ferret from another show seen as a genre deconstruction, but doesn't appear to be dangerous in any way.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth features, in one episode, a stupidly-cute, injured, foxlike critter that Hikaru instantly adopts and names "Hikari" after her old dog. Turns out it's actually a demonic monster named Vigor, who deliberately played this trope in order to get the jump on them.
  • Moyashimon features one of the few successful attempts at making bacteria and mold spores cute. This especially goes for the series mascot, an anthropomorphic spore of Aspergillus oryzae.
  • Natsume's Book of Friends: Nyanko-sensei is so cute and round that he has spurred piles and piles of merchandise, from cellphone-straps to giant pillows. His outwardly-abrasive personality only makes him cuter, since we all know he's actually a big softie. Of course, everyone in-universe with the exception of Taki seems to think he is an ugly, fat cat.
  • In Onegai My Melody, Mari Land is a world entirely populated by cute critters. Heck, characters in general are like this.
  • One Piece:
    • Chopper's half-human form is definitely an example. Even though creatures of his type (animal zoans) look like adult humans crossed with animals, Chopper ends up looking like a three-year-old cosplaying as a plushie, for reasons of Cute, and possibly because he was actually an animal that became half-human. To his dismay, this caused the Marines to mistake him for a harmless pet instead of the full-fledged, Badass Adorable crewmember he really is, and thus they gave him a pathetically low bounty of 50 Beri.
  • Pokémon:
    • Then brought right back in with two of the main group's Pokémon in Best Wishes. Ash's Oshawott (who Ash even says is adorable), Iris's Axew, and Trip's Vanillite (although Iris disagrees).
  • Professor Icarus's Elgyem. It's got big eyes, it's all shy and timid, and it makes little "Ri-kuuuuuu" noises. D'awww.
  • Pokémon Special has this happening all the time. Because of the author's chibi art style, all of the pokemon are ether this or Ugly Cute.
  • The critters from every incarnation of Pretty Cure. They're so damn ''cute''!
  • The main character of Princess Tutu is actually one of these! Ahiru's (which means 'Duck' and is named that in the dub) true form is that of a yellow duckling with big, big blue eyes. Even the resident Tall, Dark, and Snarky can't resist her cuteness.
  • Pudding-chan and other dessert characters in Pudding in Love.
  • Kyubey of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Who wouldn't make a contract with something this cute? Enforced. Word of God says he/it/they was deliberately designed to be this trope to hide his true nature.
    • Charlotte the Dessert Witch is right up there too. At least, until it reveals its true form: a gigantic clown/cake/worm thing with rows of razor-sharp teeth and a ravenous appetite for human flesh.
      • Charlotte's disarmingly cute appearance is probably the main reason for her sizable fan following. She's so insanely popular with fans she made a triumphant comeback in Rebellion as the best friend of Mami, and she spends the vast majority of her screentime being downright adorable.
  • ChuChu, the little purple marmoset from Revolutionary Girl Utena (Particularly in the manga).
  • The Keronians in Sgt. Frog including Keroro, Tamama, Giroro, Kululu, Dororo and every other that shows up over the course of the series. There's also pop-star alien girl Sumumo who isn't Keronian but might as well be.
  • Along the same lines, Pokota from Slayers Revolution is the a prince, bound into the bizarre but adorable shape of an alien bunny looking thing with gigantic wing-hand-ears, a cape, and a zipper up his stomach that opens on to L-space. He is, of course, Stronger Than He Look.
  • GX takes it to the next level with a winged version of the fluffball as Judai Yuki's duel spirit partner.
  • In the manga version of Kumo Desu Ga, Nani Ka? new-born Taratects like the protagonist are pig-sized spiders but their art is more in line with plushy than abomination. It helps that she's also pink.
  • Magotan from Kitchen Sentai Cookrun is an adorable kitchen assistant who has a wealth of knowledge of food and ingredients. Mitten from the second season is a friendly alien who helps the heroes.

    Comic Books 
  • The cute little orange octopi Willow comes across in the ocean in Season 9 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She names one Mr. Octopus Fantasticus and expresses a desire to have one as a bathtub toy.

    Eastern Animation 
  • Qumi-Qumi, a strange Russian Flash animated kid's show featuring big eyed, brightly colored tribes of, uhh, creatures... by my god are they adorable!
  • Me Cvimad Moval has a rather cute unnamed snow boy who befriends a human girl.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Good Dinosaur
    • Arlo is without a doubt one of the most adorable dinosaurs in animation, especially as a Baby. The fact he is the runt of siblings and acts cowardly at times definitely helps.
  • The Minions from Despicable Me are so Ridiculously Cute, they got their own movie!
  • How to Train Your Dragon:
    • Toothless may very well be the most adorable fire-breathing lizard in any movie ever. It's that big head and eyes that does it. It also helps that his teeth are frequently retracted.
    • The Terrible Terrors, big-headed tiny dragons that act like house cats.
    • The sequel adds the baby dragons (Scuttleclaws) who love to play and don't listen to anyone.
  • Bing Bong from Inside Out is an imaginary friend made of cotton candy who is also part cat, elephant and dolphin. Many people who've seen the movie find him adorable and wish that they had an imaginary friend like him when they were younger.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
  • Kitten Tigress is adorable. which is a major part of Tigress's backstory: after seeing the ridiculously cute baby Tai Lung grow into a snarling, selfish, greedy beast thanks to being doted on, Shifu forces himself not to feel the same compassion towards baby Tigress, lest she do the same. But if you can't feel compassion and love to something so cute, what can you feel? Nothing. It's a broken, blank-eyed Shifu that trains baby Tigress.
  • Baby Po from Kung Fu Panda 2 was so cute Mr. Ping adopted him.
  • Uni-Kitty in The LEGO Movie. Her cuteness is lampshaded in the merchandise.
    Sticker Book Bio: Whenever Uni-Kitty builds something, she can't help but make it totally adorable. Awww!
  • Pipsqueak the baby Bar-ba-loot in The Lorax adaptation. His cuteness is later exploited by the Once-ler.
  • Mort, the little lemur in Madagascar. Smaller than the other lemurs, huge head, and even bigger eyes.
  • Puss from Shrek could stop an advancing army with his ginormous eyes.
  • Up: Dug himself is pretty adorable. A golden retriever (arguably one of the cutest of all dogs) who can speak, whose entire dialogue consists of expressions of love despite having just met SQUIRREL!
  • Extend this trope to mechanical "animals" and you get WALL•E, whose huge adorable eyes seem custom-made to tug the heartstrings of all who gaze upon him.
  • The ridiculously adorable tiny snowmen (known as Snowgies) from Frozen Fever created by Elsa's sneezing when she gets a cold.
  • Pascal, the chameleon sidekick from Tangled, has the requisite oversized head and large eyes, and makes cute squeaky sounds.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Fizzgig from The Dark Crystal. Basically a Tribble crossed with a pomeranian and a shark.
  • A rare robotic version of this trope would be the title character from Earth to Echo. Its small size and big blue eyes definitely make it the cutest thing in the movie.
  • Subverted in Galaxy Quest, when the creatures resembling human children suddenly reveal their murderous and cannibalistic tendencies (despite Guy foreshadowing their transformation).
  • The eponymous Keanu is a Cute Kitten who's so adorable, he inspires incredibly violent Yandereness in pretty much everyone who ever lays eyes on him. This being a comedy film, it naturally results in a massive gang war.
  • Star Trek gives us Keenser, with his tiny size and his huge black eyes, he is truly adorable. He's also a very proficient engineer and Scotty's Number Two.
  • Star Wars:
    • The entire race of Ewoks, to the point of Tastes Like Diabetes and some occasional Fanon Discontinuity.
    • The Porgs in The Last Jedi, fluffy round birds with big eyes.
    • The Star Wars Bestiary informs us of the Voorpak. It is a tiny, almost spherical Pomeranian-like animal that Naboo nobility use for companionship and warmth. It is basically a cross between a Pomeranian for its size and fluff, a fuzzy spider for its hidden legs, and a Vampire Bat for its face. And it's a-freaking-dorable.
    • In the Expanded Universe are the catlike race Kushiban, who look like this. They're a sentient species. This particular Kushiban? Jedi Master Ikrit.
    • The blue, elephant-like species of Ortolans (which first appeared in Return of the Jedi) also qualifies, where they go into full-on Woobie Species when the Separatist Droids invade their homeworld in Star Wars: Clone Wars. Many, many players in Star Wars: The Old Republic couldn't find it in their hearts to perform any dark side actions against their kind on Hoth, particularly the one where Republic players are sent to their geothermal power plant (which they literally depend on for their survival) to destroy it.
    • The Expanded Universe also gives us gizka, cute little frogs with big eyes that are essentially the Star Wars tribbles.
  • The Mül converter in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks like a rat-sized pastel-colored pangolin designed by Jim Henson.
  • Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is absolutely adorable. He nails pretty much everything on the list of qualifications.

    Gamebooks 

    Literature 
  • DrakAkhos from Phenomena is a realy adorable newly hatched dragon whom Alk and Ilke adopts.
  • Martian flat cats from Robert A. Heinlein's The Rolling Stones, which may have inspired Tribbles.
  • The "pygmy puffs(keins)" from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Basically a miniature Tribble dyed girly colors. Also nifflers, furry little black things with long pointy snuffly noses.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, in Book of the Duchess, has a puppy beckon the narrator because it wasn't yet trained for hunting (meter-preserving "Blind Idiot" Translation):
    A whelp that found me as I stood, / That had a-followed, and could do no good. / It came and crept to me as low, / Right as it had-a me a-know, / Held down his head and joined his ears, / And laid all smoothly down his hairs.
  • Treecats from the Honor Harrington series. Yes, they are as deadly as they are sapient, but they are as cute as they are deadly. How else could they endear themselves to those people they haven't bonded to in order to obtain celery?
  • Lazarus Long gave this observation in the Robert A. Heinlein novel Time Enough for Love:
    On the planet Tranquille around KM849(G-0) lives a little animal known as a "knafn." It is herbivorous and has no natural enemies and is easily approached and may be petted—sort of a six-legged puppy with scales. Stroking it is very pleasant; it wiggles its pleasure and broadcasts euphoria in some band that humans can detect. It's worth the trip.
    Someday some bright boy will figure out how to record this broadcast, then some smart boy will see commercial angles—and not long after that it will be regulated and taxed.
    In the meantime, I have faked that name and catalog number; it is several thousand light-years off in another direction. Selfish of me—
  • Mouse of The Dresden Files started out this way. Harry acquired him by accident when he was hired to rescue a bunch of puppies and one of them crawled out of the box and hid in his car. Harry proceeds to spend the rest of the book carrying around the little gray furball in the pocket of his coat, and several characters are reduced to cooing over it due to the sheer cuteness. However, he doesn't stay tiny for long.
  • One of the protagonists of The Skins of Dead Men has tamed a creature that he refers to as a "coon cat" (probably a ringtail from context.) Reactions are about what would be expected given the linked picture.
  • The Fuzzies from Little Fuzzy and its sequels. Tiny golden-furred intelligent bipeds who resemble a cross between a marmoset and the world's smallest and most adorable Sasquatch.
  • In the Rainbow Magic series, Rachel declares a baby penguin to be the most adorable thing she's ever seen. The illustration proves it.
  • In the Sector General novels, Sommaradvans (a sentient species), by pure chance, are Ridiculously Cute to Gogleskans (an unrelated sentient species from a completely different planet). This becomes a plot point, when a Gogleskan has life-threatening problems with childbirth, and since Gogleskans have biologically hard-wired Hates Being Touched, tendencies to uncontrollably violent panic attacks, and lethal natural weaponry, a nearby Sommaradvan is the only person who might be able to touch them intimately without being stung to death or impaled.
  • In Russia, the titular character named Cheburashka. A cute creature with big ears who would later become popular in Japan and Russia.
  • While the majority of stories made by Beatrix Potter feature Funny Animals. One of the cuter looking characters she created are Tom Kitten from The Tale of Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers from The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, Miss Tiggy Winkle, Mrs. Tittlemouse, and Peter Rabbit.
  • In The Watchmaker Of Filigree Street the titular watchmaker creates a clockwork octopus that is definitely this to readers, although some of the characters are offput by it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: "Partners in Crime" gives us the Adipose. Adorable little aliens made out of human fat.
  • Joey and Chandler's chick when it was first brought on Friends . Chandler lampshades this when it later grows into a rooster.
  • The adorable, burping yeast sock puppets that appear on many episodes of Good Eats. So popular are they on the show, in fact, that many fans have attempted to make their own.
  • Carly's hair from iCarly and there's also Peter the Penguin and the Pee Wee Babies from iDate a Bad Boy, Marvin the Ostrich from the Fred episode and the poodle puppet and the possums from iGo to Japan.
  • Many of The Muppets would count (With their big, bulgy eyes and fluffy bodies- specially if you live on Sesame Street), Bean Bunny stands out, as he's supposed to act cute so the rest of the Muppets wouldn't have to.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 had a genetically engineered fuzzy cute thing called "Nummy Muffin Coocol Butter" that the Mads sent up to the Satellite. Mike fell under its/her spell, but he was forced to send it/her back because 1. she had a shedding problem that really rankled the Bots, and 2. Frank was missing her desperately.
  • Li'l Sebastian the miniature horse from Parks and Recreation is adored by all citizens of the town of Pawnee. Even Ron Swanson isn't immune! His funeral is attended by thousands of the town's residents.
  • Chicken puppet Chica on Sprout (once PBS Kids Sprout) is this. One blogger compares her and the network to crack, and every other post on Sprout's Facebook page is requests for a plush Chica toy.
  • Ultra Series: Perhaps not coincidentally, they're also both the Team Pet of their shows.
    • Hanejiro from Ultraman Dyna, a tiny, furry alien creature that is completely peaceful (if a bit mischievous) and possesses a number of useful abilities for the team.
    • Ultraman Mebius has Rimu/Lim. Eleking, a chibi version of popular Ultraman kaiju Eleking.

    Music Videos 
  • Music/Weezer did two different videos for the track "Island in the Sun". One of them is littered with adorable critters.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The Book of Exalted Deeds has some very cute celestials: the fairylike coure eladrins and the musteval guardinals, who resemble bipedal ferrets. Hollyphants in their small form would also count.
    • Pseudodragons. They look like dragons, but they're the size of house cats. Small house cats. Faerie dragons are much the same, only with butterfly wings.
  • Wastems and Wastits from Human Occupied Landfill. Wastems are cute little creatures whose bodies are filled with a tapioca-like substance that can be used for anything from food to motor oil.note  Wastits are cruel, psychotic, and make most grown men wet themselves in terror if they know what they're dealing with. And the worst part? If you don't have the "spot wastit" skill, you can't tell the difference between the two, even if the wastit is walking away from a bloody corpse with a skull in one hand and a bloody butterfly knife in the other.
  • Pathfinder:
  • The RPG Rogue Trader introduces us to the Gyrinx, a mid-sized cat that hangs around psykers. Of course, this being 40k, they serve as conduits to increase their master's already considerable psychic power and tend to explode if a Daemon takes interest in the relevant psyker.
  • The Sci-Fi version of Fluxx, Space Fluxx, has shout outs to several different Sci-Fi establishments, but all a little different to avoid nasty copyright infringements. They have a "Cute Fuzzy Alien" card that looks an awful lot like the ones Kirk had trouble with...
  • Skittermanders in Starfinder are a race of helpful intelligent aliens who look like six-armed walking stuffed toys.

    Theme Parks 
  • Fuzzball in Captain EO is the hero's primary sidekick — a little fuzzy orange thing that has butterfly wings and can sit on one's shoulder. It can also play guitar and even gets the hero out of a tight spot.

    Toys 

    Video Games 
  • Pokémon: About half of all Pokémon start off like this, then get bigger and (slightly) less cute as they evolve. (Kind of like real baby animals.)
  • Aura-Aura is possibly the cutest star ever. And if the game says anything, it's that he's no bigger than a basketball!
  • Bomberman is just OOZING with them, to the point of risking Cuteness Overload. Let's start listing them off:
    • The roois/Louies from Bomberman '94/Mega Bomberman onward, adorable kangaroos that give Bomberman a ride. White Bomber in Bomberman Jetters also has a small one as a pet companion.
    • The dinosaurs that also serve as mounts. In Super Bomberman 4, they start off as generic enemies early in the game until you blast them, at which point they turn into eggs. Walk over your first egg and you get to ride one, as well as gaining spike bombs. Any additional eggs you collect follow behind, Yoshi-style. Saturn Bomberman instead features different dinosaurs as general Louie replacements, also with unique abilities.
    • The Charaboms in general, but especially Pommy, debuting in Bomberman 64: The Second Attack! He even introduces himself to a few Mooks as "the cutest hero in the galaxy"!
    • If Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden IV qualifies, there's the B-Darons; mostly Funny Animals that don't talk, but clearly show intelligence nonetheless. And many of them are indeed adorable, to the point of young Bomberwomen getting Cuteness Proximity reactions around them right in the third episode!
    • See something at the start of the stage that looks innocent and adorable? It'll probably kill you on contact. They might be kid mice holding balloons at an amusement park or weird panda umbrella things, but they're still every bit as deadly as everything else.
  • The Final Fantasy series has several:
  • Lex from Bookworm looks unbelievably proper and adorable despite being, well, a bookworm.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Being colorful animals, the series' main characters are naturally predisposed to cuteness, and many a dedicated fan has even made the likes of the stubborn, cold-faced Blaze the Cat into something adorable.
  • World of Mana:
    • Rabites. As the name suggests, the look a little like rabbits, but rounder and fluffier. They are usually the earliest and weakest enemies in each game, but Seiken Densetsu 3 features the Black Rabite as the ridiculously powerful Bonus Boss. Evil in its cutest form!
    • Flammie from the same franchise. He's a fluffy, four angel winged dragon with big eyes and ears.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Yoshi easily falls under this. Being a small dinosaur with huge but adorable eyes, a big nose, orange boot-like shoes, and sounding cute whenever he "speaks" (saying "Yoshi!", various exclamations such as "Wow!", "Whoa!", "Yay!", "Ha!" and "Wah!", and several unintelligible noises), who's to say he's not cute? Though he does get less cute when you find out how exactly he can whip some ass in the Mario and Super Smash Bros. series.
    • The Lumas, introduced in Super Mario Galaxy, are little sparkly star-shaped critters that also sound very cute when speaking. Many of them live under the care of their adoptive mother Rosalina, whom they call "Mama", which does not help matters.
    • Super Mario 3D World introduces Plessie, which can be summed up as "Yoshi's possible distant cousin"; he has the face of Yoshi with the body of a cartoon Loch Ness monster and wears a red bandana. You ride Plessie like a super fast jet ski during some water sections of a level and when you have to leave him behind, he gives you a friendly wave goodbye. You can even tickle him using the Gamepad, causing him to giggle!
    • While not directly involved in the mainline Mario games, Diddy Kong tends to give off this vibe thanks to his large eyes, red baseball cap with the Nintendo logo on it, long prehensile tail, and rather adorable voice.
      • Ditto for his girlfriend Dixie Kong, who is just as adorable if not more so. Her little sister Tiny Kong used to qualify for this, but after a redesign looks more mature and less cutesy.
  • World of Warcraft has many "Vanity Pets" (as opposed to Combat Pets used by hunters) that fall into this category, including a panda cub (which ups the ante by falling asleep), dragon whelps and baby murlocs. Okay, not many consider murlocs cute, but the baby version is so much cutie-fied (and does a funny dance) that most people don't care. In Wrath of the Lich King there is a quest where you have to rescue baby murlocs being kept locked up in cages... and when you open them, sometimes they say, "Mama?" or "Dada?" and then they follow you in a little scampering group.
  • The titular character of the Kirby series... along with nearly everything else in the franchise. Exceptions are the final bosses, and Meta Knight. Unless you break his mask.
    • Special mention goes to the waddle dees, which resemble living stuffed animals, despite being common mooks
  • Guild Wars has rollerbeetles, giant rolling beetles that make cute little chittering noises. During Canthan festivals, you even get to participate in Mario Kart-style rollerbeetle races.
  • Nobody's really sure just what Klonoa is, beyond the adjectives "cute", "long-eared", and "fuzz-covered". Word of God claims that Klonoa's a cat with long ears. This really applies to most everything in his games, as well.
  • Shadows from Kingdom Hearts. Big heads, big, wide eyes, and so little and huggable looking. A lot of the smaller Heartless fall into this category. They are so huggable you can almost ignore the fact that if you get within an arms' reach they will plunge whatever limbs they have inside your chest and rip your heart out.
  • Chibiterasu of Ōkamiden, a puppy replacement for Amaterasu of Ōkami, is undeniably cute. All the brush gods' offspring qualify, as well. Especially Gekigami's.
  • If you have the right items, you can turn yourself into a small cute frog, rabbit, dog, etc. in Gaia Online. Cue the delight if you enter the Zomg! game as a frog. Not to mention all the fluffs in the game itself.
  • The main Monsters you run into in Wario Land Shake It are little banndana-waring red balls with feet and mouths known as Banditoes. They don't actualy do any damage, they just walk about and bounce off your fat gut, and grabbing them causes them to panic in a way that can cause just a little bit of empathy for them. Also, they come in multiple types - yellow, (They jump all about the stage.) Blue (They inflate and float, making a face that looks suspiciously like that anime "Hey-I'm-cute" face we all know and love (:3, to be exact) all the while.) and a lighter blue. (They have forks on their head which can actualy harm you, but cause them to get stuck to the cealing or walls when thrown, with struggling included.) It seems even the game likes them, as some missions to unlock the music soundtrack require you to get through a stage without killing a single baddie.
  • Nippon Ichi games have Prinnies, dood. Fat, cuddly looking penguins with squeaky voices.
    • Also the Eryngi, goofy dancing/boxing mushrooms with adorable faces and high-pitched voices.
  • Nelly Cootalot has spoonbeaks from the Barony of Meeth, which are not only cute for their eponymous spoon-shaped bills, but also serve to show how evil Baron Widebeard can be when he enslaves them to work in the Saul Mines.
  • Nall and Ruby from Lunar, being what appear to be adorable winged cats with high-pitched voices. Until they become full-fledged dragons.
  • The Yordles from League of Legends count, pretty much being Moogles in all but name. Teemo in particular was the game's first designated cute champion.
    • Also Fizz, who is basically an amphibian Yordle.
    • Poros which inhabit the Howling Abyss map, who are tiny white furballs with very small limbs, disproportionately large tongues and goat-like horns. They can be fed a Poro-Snax, which will cause them to happily run around in a circle once and grow larger.
      • If fed by Braum, they grow a moustache. If fed by enough players and Braum, however, this happens.
  • Ghost Trick gives us Missile, the Bad Ass Adorable Pomeranian. Missile was previously featured in Ace Attorney, where he looked more like a Shiba Inu, but with the same amount of adorableness.
  • The Zork universe has the minx, "an irresistibly cuddly animal which shares all the most ingratiating characteristics of kittens, koala bears, and piglets."
  • Cute little Kyu-Kyu of Vanguard Bandits, a platypus who's always hanging around his human Nana.
  • All of the mooks in Hello Kitty Online are even cuter than they are dangerously aggressive. As is pretty much everything else in this Sugar Bowl world.
  • The fluffy wamblers from Dwarf Fortress are described as, "known and beloved for their warm hearts, gentle natures, and stumble bumblings... They are widely held to be 'adorable,' and many dwarves consider them to be a delicacy." They're also respected as killers of bronze colossi.note 
  • The titular Knytt and its mouse-like scurring up walls. It is (and his species) a cross between a kangaroo and a tiny T-Rex.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Link's Deku form in Majora's Mask. He retains his cap, which is almost as big as he is!
    • Skyward Sword has Remlits, little siamese cat-raccon things with big bat ears... at least, during the day. At night they're a whole different matter... You can make the Remlits stay ridiculously adorable all the time if you complete a certain sidequest, however.
    • Also in Skyward Sword, the Kikwis, who resemble a cross between a penguin, a beaver, and a shrub. Not to mention their Verbal Tic...
    • The Maiamais from A Link Between Worlds are small crab-octopus creatures that you have to collect. They make cute squeaky noises and you bring them back to their mother, which looks like a Puni Plush version of an Octorok.
  • Furrikin in Lusternia. Bipedal, intelligent little fuzzballs, they resemble anthropomorphic archetypical animals. Furrikin can look like anything from a panda bear to a raccoon to a sheep, but don't let their appearance fool you - they're smarter than humans and very fast. And not all of them are peaceful, either.
  • Teddie from Persona 4, it's like this trope page is describing him on purpose. As the name would suggest, he looks like an overly large, animate teddy bear, with short arms and legs and a huge head and eyes. Funny enough, it is kind of describing him on purpose-Teddie looks the way he does because he wanted humans to like him.
  • Minecraft:
    • Baby mobs. Just making the body smaller while leaving the head the same size should not produce such cuteness!
    • As of the "Pretty Scary" update, bats count as well. They're small brown flying bundles with big ears that make adorable squeaks and hang on walls by their tiny little feet. Aaaw!
  • The Baliflids in Ascendancy — although judging from the art, this is a case of either Ugly Cute or Informed Ability. They are so cute they can force all other species to make peace with them at once.
  • The Nopon in Xenoblade. Small? Check. Fluffy? Check. Adorable speech pattern? Check. This cuteness causes a stark contrast from the other more-humanoid sentient beings in the world, and they are fully aware of it. Some Nopon lament that other races tend to not take them seriously, while others use their cuteness to their advantage (resulting in sidequests covering material darker than one'd expect from a token cutesy species, like breaking up a drug-smuggling ring).
    • They're back in the sequel Xenoblade Chronicles X, where they're natives of planet Mira. That's right, the cute little merchant puffballs have evolved and survived on a planet where humans with mini-mecha are experiencing severe survival issues. They achieve this hiding and traveling smart, though, so they're noncombatants.
    • They show up once again in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Only Bana, the chairman of the Argentum Trade Guild, is designed to be not-so-cute compared to the rest of his species to showcase his slimy nature.
      • 2 also reveals in a sidequest that centuries ago, Nopon could speak the common language as well as any other race. Until famous hero Captain Nopopon figured that since everybody else already thinks Nopon are harmless furballs, they should go the whole hog to get people to underestimate the fuzzy Proud Merchant Race. He promptly fluffed himself up and started talking like an idiot. The entire species followed suit, until what was at first a deliberate attempt to be ridiculously cute became a legitimate part of their culture.
  • ''Shadowverse:
    • The Cerberus card grants the player two cute puppy like cards, Mimi and Coco.
    • Runecraft has a Penguin Wizard. That's right, a penguin wizard.
    • The Ivory Dragon from the Dragoncraft deck is pretty cute as well.
    • Blood Wolf staggers between this and Savage Wolf.
    • Hamsa card is basically an adorable duck.
    • Owlcat is a bizarre cross between an owl and cat, but its expressions in both its forms make it widely adored.
    • Bladed Hedgehog is a hedgehog that happens to be insanely adorable despite having dozens of sword-like quills sticking out of its back.
  • Spiral Knights has snipes, adorably pudgy birds that fly around using helicopter wings. The mewkats also fit in, being tiny, higher-pitched, non-aggressive versions of the spookats.
  • Omnom from Cut the Rope. Especially with the puppy dog eyes he makes if the player fails a level.
    • In the sequel, the other nommies.
  • Vegemon Farm is filled with adorable vegetable creatures that serve as the player's front lines against monsters and are residents of the player's farm.
  • Taomee's Flower Fairy has the pet flower fairies the player get from harvesting selected plants.
  • The titular Kaburin in the mobile game of the same name, which is now defunct. They are creatures wearing an bag or bucket over their heads. In gameplay, the player throws them to attack enemies.
  • The Mimigas from Cave Story can count. Cute little bunny/dog creatures with big ears. What's not to like? When they're given Red Flowers, that's what.
  • Nugs in Dragon Age, a combination of the most pleasant traits of piglets and rabbits. You can acquire one as a pet for Leliana in the first game.
    • Nugs are somewhat of a subversion due to the fact many people find their tiny little hands to be creepy. As well, they're a primary food source for the dwarves.
  • Pikmin, of course, which utilize every last one of the tricks listed up at the top of the page. Many of the monsters would qualify as well.
  • Rewrite has Kotori's "dog" Chibi-Moth, who is actually a baby miniature mammoth. Since it has its tusk and trunk hidden, it ends up looking like a strange little adorable furball. Kotori insist that its a dog though, but she has good reasons to do so, despite giving him a name that basically means "little mammoth."
  • Wiki the bell monkey from Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure can certainly qualify, with his almost unfaltering cheery face and adorable voice.
  • Mary's dream world in Dreaming Mary is exclusively inhabited by cute animal companions. Except for the Otherworld, that is.
  • The eponymous critters from Popcap's Chuzzle are little more than brightly-colored balls of fur with eyes. They also sneeze if you click on one too much, causing them to suddenly shed all their fur (it grows back), and leaving your pointer hovering over one too much makes them angry, causing them to fling your pointer away with an irritated squeak.
  • All of the monkeys that appear in the Super Monkey Ball series are very cute to look at. Especially Baby and MeeMee!
  • The Felynes of Monster Hunter. They're two-foot tall anthropomorphic Siamese cats with the cutest meow ever ("mywah!") and speak in gratuitous catspeak ("purretty" and "beclaws"). They enjoy dancing, and being a Supreme Chef is their racial hat; Tri adds a French Felyne chef who says things like "meown ami", and yes, he has the little hat. Let's not forget Poogie, a little pig you can dress up in different costumes, pet, and carry around. There's no real in-game benefit to do this.
  • Falling somewhere between being a Feelie and a Ridiculously Cute Critter gives us these adorable yarn Amiibo figures that will accompany the launch of Yoshi's Woolly World. Based on the already-cute-as-a-literal-button Yoshis from the game, many media outlets have remarked Nintendo has outdone themselves with these little guys.
  • Splatoon's Inklings are pretty adorable in both squid and human form. Their competitive, Totally Radical natures and the upbeat rock-flavored soundtrack keep things from getting too sugary sweet, though.
  • All the slimes from Slime Rancher, this is pretty much what the whole game is about. They're almost constantly smiling and make cheerful noises and they look like giant living gumdrops.
  • The entire point of Neko Atsume is to invite adorable cats to play in your yard.
  • While most of the monsters in Undertale are Ugly Cute, several of them fall square into the cute critter territory; Toriel is a motherly goat monster with such an adorable face that some people just want to hug her. Asriel, who was Toriel's son, is ridiculously cute and his tragic backstory only makes him more endearing when you finally meet him. You can even give him a hug.
  • Yo Kai Watch gives use Jibanyan, Komasan, Komajiro and especially Pinkipoo and Pookivil.
  • The Sackboys and Sackgirls from LittleBigPlanet. They even spend much of their time with their mouths open, possibly with their tongues hanging out like little happy puppies.
  • Insaniquarium has many. The adorable Starcatchers pparticularly stand out with their innocent, big eyes and their Cat Smile.
  • The Iggles from Iggle Pop! are literal fuzzy balls of fluff with wide, innocent eyes.
  • The moles featured in Wii Play: Motion are ungodly cute and round. Too bad you have to whack them with a hammer as they are stealing vegetables from your garden.
  • Almost every character from The Legendary Starfy series qualify. Heck, the hero is a cute yellow starfish with a huge smile which makes the most adorable noises.
  • The various planctons in Electroplankton are designed to be adorable: bright, colourful, simplistic, small and smiling.
  • Tales of Symphonia has Corrine, a tiny fox-like Summon Spirit under the ownership of Sheena. He's so cute that the even normally Stoic Presea can't resist getting close with him.
  • Tales of Berseria has Pengyons, which are brightly-colored piscine penguins native to the tropics. They're actually farmed as a staple food source in Southgand, which means the party have a good deal of fun ribbing Token Good Teammate Eleanor for doing something as barbaric as eating such a cute creature (and finding them delicious, apparently).
  • Tales of the Abyss has the cheagles. The mere sight of them sends Tear into a stupor over the sheer cute of them; she's not alone as all the girls enjoy the Team Pet Mieu just for cuteness value. Luke isn't too fond of them however and finds Mieu irritating; even after he Took a Level in Kindness he still calls him annoying to his face.
  • Phantasy Star series has the Rappy (at first called "Chirper"), a chubby yellow bird that slowly but surely evolved to become the adorable mascot we now know of.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • DSBT InsaniT: Fire Guy is a cartoony fireball with big eyes, and limbs like a stick figure.
  • Lizzie is a little black lizard with big expressive eyes.

    Web Comics 
  • Monster Food from A Moment of Peace are classically adorable. Big eyes and little else.
  • DMFA:
  • The Jinxlets from Starslip are a rare, fur-free species. They compensate for lack of fur with overwhelmingly cute behavior.
  • Choo-Choo Bear from Something*Positive: a hairless, boneless, shapeshifting cat.
  • Uni from Unicorn Jelly is a cute jelly monster.
  • Unless you've read Skin Horse, you won't believe that silverfish, centipedes, and cobras can be utterly adorable. But they are. Especially the cobras.
  • Fluffy in Hazard's Wake, whose cast page entry even states, "Does Fluffy have a point other than being the cute mascot-ish character?"
  • In a long defunct webcomic, Acid Reflux, we saw critters similar to those that now grace the image at the top of the page: Melting Pandas. They are almost Exactly What It Says on the Tin, although it's uncertain whether they truly are melting, or just completely boneless. Plus, oxygen is a powerful narcotic to them. Apparently, they only existed to be adorable. The only ones that were still alive were ones that had been put in stasis at an old museum. Upon hearing about the two main qualities of these creatures, one character commented that maybe there's a reason that they were extinct.
  • Alien Dice introduced Otter Budgies. "Cute" is an understatement.
  • In Sinfest, the Enlightened Illuminati drones.
  • User Friendly has Dust Puppy, an innocent, adorable ball of fluff with feet and big eyes.
  • Homestuck's Tinkerbull is a tiny little bull with wings. Its species is known to swarm hapless adventurers in order to cuddle them.
  • Many characters of Hi to Tsuki to Hoshi no Tama, including The Hero, are pagets, which are like fuzzy Shoulder-Sized Dragons.
  • The unofficial mascot of Woo Hoo is the "slotter"— sloth-otter.
  • Doppler, from tinyraygun, a baby alien with long Expressive Ears and adorable big green eyes.
  • During a hyperspace mishap in Vexxarr, the crew finds Twee space, an alternate dimension where everything gets turned into one of these. Vexxarr manages to weaponize this against boarders, with the help of one exception in this universe: The normally pretty cute Sid.
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things has Jet's Raptor Squad, which consists of combat raptors. Said combat raptors are turkey-sized, plumaged in warm pastel colours, afraid of fireworks and docile enough to be cuddled. As it turns out, that's deliberate: the genes that made them fat and adorable are also the ones that make them docile and friendly. A more typical looking velociraptor-sleek, lean, built for speed-is also too skittish and was basically unsuitable for training.
  • Charby the Vampirate has the vaeltwii, winged large-eyed gerbil-like traders that often to wear hats and scarves and whom shopkeepers cater to as they’ll get a place more business if they like the shop.
  • Dr. Yahwah from Denma The Quanx Its puppy shape is cute. But it does brutal things in Silverquick HQ. In fact the puppy shape is its avatar.

    Web Original 
  • Along the same lines as Neopets are the Webkins. Thus far, Gantz has managed to make every species imaginable into a Squee-worthy plushie covered in their trademark stringy fur (even, oddly, animals that tend to lack fur such as frogs). The things are designed to make kids scream, "OMG!!! WANT!!!" after all, and there's a reason they were so extremely popular during the mid-to-late 2000's.
  • Protectors of the Plot Continuum:
    • CAFs — Cute Animal Friends — are the results of an author attempting cute and instead getting diabetes-inducing twee. Particularly bad examples end up as little more than big eyes, fur, and cute cooing sounds, like oversized tribbles. Some can be trained or educated into becoming productive members of the multiverse, but a particularly Small, Annoying Creature may be better off simply fed to the nearest mini.
    • Minis can fall under this as well, from Ugly Cute in the case of the mini-Balrog or Camoudile, all the way to mini-Hounds of the Baskervilles.
  • The pet cow you can buy in Progress: The Game. It may not do anything other than sit there and look adorable, but it does it so well that it's worth the price.
  • The Puffer kittens (SCP-2558-J) from the SCP Foundation are this, because of their cuteness and effect it has on the staff the actually have Euclid classification.
  • Catbug from Bravest Warriors not only has a cute design, but is voiced by an extremely Large Ham six year old.
  • From Cartoon Hangover, who produces Bravest Warriors, we have Puppycat and the Temp Agent's turtle in Bee and Puppycat. Puppycat is a badass adorable who may object to being called cute. The turtle is a straighter example as it just sits there in the scene and is cute and funny.
  • In Effulgence, the world of Chronicle has a cave inhabited entirely by ridiculously cute, and friendly critters. Most notably the poofs, which are cuddly colorful balls of fluff that go "whmmm" and exude a healing aura.
  • The animatronics of the Five Nights at Freddy's Musical are not malicious like their game counterparts are, and in fact, they only want to say hi and be friends, and in that regard, they are adorable. Unfortunately, poor Markiplier is scared out of his mind of them, thinking them to be out to kill him.
  • Gilbert the Cat from GoAnimate. Come on, it's a fricking cat! Unless Caillou brings him to school to tell him "you know what to do". In which case, he'll attack Miss Martin, who is later rushed to the hospital.

    Western Animation 
  • Reginald the koala from American Dad!. In his first appearance, he even had a theme song and a montage dedicated to his cuteness. The fact that he's a secret agent who works for the CIA probably makes him even more adorable.
  • Dot Warner from Animaniacs, she even has her own song about it.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
  • The characters in The Crumpets, which can be a hybrid of humans and some kind of mammal such as otters. The word "human" is even mentioned in one or more episodes.
  • Halfway subverted with "Cujo", the lovable ghost pup in Danny Phantom. It's friendly and adorable in small mode, but can turn big and aggressive if it needs to. "Yikes" is a far more appropriate word for that one.
  • Doc McStuffins has Squibbles, who is basically a ball of fuzz that looks a lot the voorpaks from Star Wars, but much more colorful.
  • Ling Ling from Drawn Together is a subverted example in that while he is an adorable parody of Pikachu, he is a sociopathic killing machine (this is his in-show description).
  • The hero species, the Noops and Wuts in The Dreamstone. And then there's also the "ferocious" Wottles.
  • Parodied on The Fairly Oddparents with the Gigglepies, big-eyed, Carebear-esque creatures who speak entirely in rhyme. It's eventually revealed that they are actually alien conquerors who enslave worlds with their hypnotic cuteness.
  • Several of the housemates in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends come off as this, such as the one-time character Crackers, recurring background character Fluffer Nutter, the friend Wilt helps in Good Wilt Hunting, etc... Berry is a subversion, World from Destination Imagination has shades of it, certain characters like Eduardo come off as this, but more of a Gentle Giant-type. Bloo's probably too much of an Attention Whore to be seen as this.
  • Futurama:
    • Nibbler probably qualifies — he's pretty weird looking, but he's small and squeaky enough to make the tough, no-nonsense captain Leela go to pieces and adopt him as a beloved pet. He later gets a little red cape and diaper. It turns out that his entire species is sentient, and uses their cuteness as a ploy to infiltrate places where the local species is bigger and uglier as part of a giant conspiracy.
    • In the episode "The Problem with Popplers", the Popplers themselves, as they are actually the young of the sentient, not to mention angry Omicronians.
  • Jang Keng and Tekirai from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, two adorable kittens who happen to share the same voice actresses as their owners.
  • Chuck Jones had a penchant for ridiculously cute critters that brought out protective impulses in unlikely characters - like the kitten to bulldog Marc Anthony, or the penguin to Bugs Bunny. Early in his career he did shorts which starred ridiculously cute critters, such as Sniffles the Mouse among others. It wasn't until hanging around with the likes of Tex Avery that he began to use more humor.
  • Guano from Kappa Mikey. Of course, it's obvious since he's a parody of Pikachu.
  • The main character from the upcoming animated short "Moom" by Tonko House who has long ears. The trailer speaks for itself.
  • Ding-Bang Panda from the My Gym Partner's a Monkey episode "Bear of Bad News" is an absolutely adorable panda cub. However, this turns out to just be a disguise for banned Charles Darwin Elementary student Larry Raccoon, who in all fairness, is kinda cute as well.
  • Thanks to good art design in an unapolagetic Fantasy Kitchen Sink come Sugar Bowl, it's hard to find characters in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that aren't exceptionally cute. Special mention goes to Fluttershy, whose sheer adorability is enough to make anyone smile.
  • A plot point in Penguins of Madagascar; Dave becomes evil because penguins in general are so cute they keep stealing his attention everywhere he goes. Near the end of the movie, Private uses his cuteness to save the day, and in the stinger Mort uses his to change Private. For examples that aren't in-universe, there's the four younger, smaller versions of the main penguins in the beginning, especially Private, who's newly hatched and pretty much just a ball of white and grey feathers.
    • The Penguins of Madagascar has Mort the mouse lemur and Eggy the duckling. Private probably qualifies as well - he's made even King Julien go "Awwwww". Private manages to attain a level weaponizable cuteness in one episode. Naturally, Skipper takes advantage.
  • Peter's sister Cottontail on the CGI animated Peter Rabbit easily ticks most of the boxes. Big head with big eyes and big ears? Check. Otherwise overall small size? Check. Soft and huggable looking? She's a young little bunny! Add in cute little yellow ear bows and you've got the complete package.
  • Like the Futurama example above, the Phineas and Ferb episode "Meapless in Seattle" has the alien Mitch become a being so cute that he can entrance people, including Phineas.
  • The Powerpuff Girls had Beebo, a bio-engineered hamster-like creature created as a pet. Unfortunately, overfeeding it caused it to become a giant monster who ate everything in sight. Even then it was still very cute.
    • The 2016 reboot episode, "Escape from Monster Island", gives us Frederick, a rhino-looking monster the girls meet when they arrive on said island.
  • Once The Simpsons were at a petting zoo and saw a cute little lamb with big eyes. They all let out an "Aw!", then saw an even littler lamb with even bigger eyes. They let out a bigger "AWWW!!", then saw the littlest lamb with the biggest eyes, and let out the biggest "AWWWW!!!" of all. Then the second lamb walked in front of the third one, and Homer shoved it out of the way. Video clip here.
  • The baby animals in Word Party. They're designed so cute that the entire show can be declared this.
  • In Rainbow Rangers Anna Banana's gadget is Super Stuffie Wuffie, a toy that's so cute anyone who hugs it can only sit and cuddle things.

    Real Life 
You may notice that most of the creatures above are based off of real biological animals. This is not a mistake. Notable examples on planet Earth include:
  • Fennec Foxes. They're much smaller than most foxes and have ridiculously oversized ears.
  • Marmosets are among the most adorable of monkeys, being small and having pug-like faces.
  • Baby emperor penguins compensate for size with fluffiness.
  • Babies, period. Given that babies of nearly all vertebrates, from mammals and birds to even snakes and sharks share a number of similar features compared to adults, like oversized heads and eyes, scientists speculated that we're as a species genetically hardwired to find such features cute.
  • Honduran white bats look like tiny puffballs with wings, black eyes, and a yellow leaf-shaped nose. They are also known to huddle together underneath leaves.
  • The "sand cat" of Afghanistan is easily the least intimidating of the wild cats. Their heads and ears are larger by comparison to their bodies than those of house-cats, and their faces are wider, but their bodies are smaller. Even the adults look like kittens!
  • Sloths look like a cross between small bears, monkeys, and piglets and constantly have a smile on their faces. They are also known to make adorable squeaking sounds.
  • Baby crocodilians, in contrast to the more fearsome adults, count as this. While sharing many of the "cute" characteristics with other animals (bright, cartoony eyes, and a tiny snout that would make them look not out of place in Bambi), they can even chirp like baby birds!
  • Baby dinosaurs. Many fossils of young dinosaurs have been found and they're thought to be as cute as buttons when they were alive. In fact, its been theorized that baby tyrannosaurs were covered in down.
  • Owls are very cute looking for birds-of-prey due to their big heads, large eyes facing forwards, and relatively small beaks. saw-whet owls in particular have been known to make hardened ornithologists explode into rainbow confetti and little pink hearts.
  • Mouse deer! They are tiny, tiny deers on spindly legs. What can be cuter?
  • Quokkas. Always smiling, always having fun, always curious. No picture of a Quokka doesn't look cute.
  • The desert rain frog. Not only does it look cute, it makes a sound that can best be described as "a squeaky kitten."
  • Chickadees. They're considered adorable, even relative to other small, cute songbirds.
  • Hummingbirds are very cute, with their small size and hyperactive behavior.
  • Small, bipedal ornithopod dinosaurs like Hypsilophodon and Dryosaurus are often restored this way due to their large eyes and small beaky snouts. Some speculate they may even had plumage.
  • The tiny, muppet-like pterosaurs known as Anurognathids were also really cute. Take a look! Considering they were essentially the pterosaur equivalent of bats, with big heads and big eyes, this isn't surprising.
  • Pygmy Falcons, since they're smaller than pigeons and even the fluffy adults could pass for baby falcons.
  • The humble guinea pig. When not being used as a laboratory rodent, it's a precious pet, an adorably cute tailless ball of fluff that rarely bites and makes soft, pleasing noises. Sounds a lot like a tribble.
  • Manatees. Much like Walruses, but they live in warm water and exude Big Fun cuteness.
  • Rabbits. Those ears... It also helps that they are incredibly soft.
    • Viscacha, are technically closer related to chinchillas, which as ridiculously cute on their own merits, but look like rabbits with long bushy tails.
  • Long-tailed tits are small, plump birds that look like little fluffballs with tails. The Japanese long-tailed tits (shima enaga), which are native to Hokkaido is an especially adorable version because of their unspeckled face.
  • The slow loris. Unfortunately a case of Tropes Are Not Good... the appearance of this critter has made a demand for them as exotic pets, which is threatening their conservation, and because they are one of the few venomous mammals they will have to have their teeth ripped out to be suitable pets.
  • Bumblebees. Fuzzy, fat, so gentle they don't mind being poked, and only want to pollinate flowers.
  • The Dik-Dik is one of the smallest species of antelope and has distint eyelashes around big bright eyes, daintly little boundy legs, a mohawk and a twitchy snouth that infltes slightly when they make their whistly calls. And the males have tiny little horns and don't even really fight over territory, just feinting at each other until one runs away.
  • Wallabies, pretty much a smaller, chubbier version of a kangaroo.
  • Pythons, especially ball pythons, are known to be one of the cute snakes due to having round eyes, chubby coils, a Cat Smile, and the tendency to curl up.

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