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  • 'Allo 'Allo!: Oberleutnant Hubert Gruber is a truly unique example. He's both an adult male and a soldier for the Wehrmacht. But he's kind hearted, soft spoken, tend to use baby words and is a great painter and a pianist. He's therefore the most adorable character in the series.
  • Angel: Fred, especially with her ability to put more words in 3 seconds than any other person in the whole planet.
  • Arrow: Felicity Smoak. Just look at her when she's hopped up on painkillers in "Time of Death". The sight of her giggling and slurring her speech in an oversized shirt is cute enough, but her pure joy at Oliver stroking her face and telling her "You will always be my girl" is just Cuteness Overload.
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  • Babylon 5: Ambassador Delenn, despite being one of the most powerful sentient beings in the galaxy and more than capable of commanding a war fleet, can turn absolutely kittenish. Witness her private moments with John Sheridan, or any time she embarks on a passionately idealistic speech. This fits with her role as The Heart, as she is easily the most dreamy, romantic character on the show. Mira Furlan's dreamy green eyes don't hurt, nor does the fact that her nose goes all adorably wrinkled when she's confused or smiling.
  • Battlestar Galactica: Gaius Baltar is perceived this way by female fans.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Bernadette is a short, adorable blonde who wears glasses and has an incredibly cute voice.
  • Bones: Zack Addy was the young, innocent and socially awkward member of the squints (forensic geeks) and was like the little puppy of the team. Everyone loved him, sometimes more than the two main characters.
  • Boy Meets World:
    • Sometimes Shawn Hunter, but especially when he's 'Veronica' in "Chick Like Me" (S4 E15). She's just so shy and so happy to hear how pretty she is.
    • Eric Matthews becomes more Moe when he's ''Chantelle'' in "What A Drag" (S7 E11). She's so sad when she is told that she's ugly, she actually cries for days until Topanga (not knowing Chantelle is Eric) says she has 'a beautiful spirit' after she gives her good relationship advice.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Adorkable Detective Amy Santiago who tends to act like a klutzy, bashful overgrown schoolgirl still running for high school valedictorian.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Willow, when she's not, y'know, evil. This is especially noticeable in the first few seasons.
    • Tara. One of several reasons it was such a sucker-punch when she was killed.
    • Dawn, interestingly justified: She was deliberately made to be an adorable younger sister so that Buffy would protect her, and so that everyone else would want to, as well.
  • Community:
    • Annie Edison. When an argument makes her bring out the Puppy-Dog Eyes, everyone else has to close their eyes to avoid instantly forgiving her. Annie grows out of this as she becomes Ms. Fanservice, but she still has some elements of it in later seasons.
    • Abed should also count, him being socially awkward and weird, not helping on the fact that he appears to be rather young (early 20's) everyone in the group seemed to look out for him, or at the very least not target him when they get into a fight, a lot of girls also ended up getting crushes on him do to finding him adorable and his aloofness reminding them of their dad.
  • Criminal Minds: Spencer Reid. Conspicuously the youngest member of the BAU, Reid's adorableness is frequently signposted by Matthew Gray Gubler's voice jumping an octave and random characters flipping his hair. The writers once devoted the first two minutes of an episode about another team member's grave childhood trauma to Reid performing "physics magic" with utter joy.
  • Daddy's Daughters: Child Prodigy Galina Sergeevna (Liza Arzamasova) is a realistic-looking example of Moe. She is an Adorkable Glasses Girl with Girlish Pigtails, Zettai Ryouiki, and golden hair.
  • Dark Angel: Joshua is an unexpectedly adorable Moe. Maybe not in appearance, what with him being a seven-foot mutant dog-man. However, his sweet, gentle, idealistic personality and tragic story leave many just wanting to give him a big hug.
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Deet is a Grottan Gelfling with huge dark-brown eyes that resemble Puppy-Dog Eyes and she's a Friend to All Living Things and Constantly Curious regarding the surface world.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Victoria and Zoe definitely fit into this category too. Victoria has the appearance of a Disney Princess with her huge eyes and blushing, fragile-seeming Victorian era manner and appearance.
    • Also, Amy Pond and her husband, Rory, who is adorkable in human form.
    • Clara's big and expressive brown eyes are an actual running gag during her tenure, and go together rather well with her short height and anxious, but sensitive and kind personality. Though the Doctor teases her about them, whenever she does use the Puppy-Dog Eyes, it's clear from the Doctor's behaviour that he can't stay mad at his companion.
    • Two for one: both Jennys from the revival series qualify. The Tenth Doctor's "daughter" is a Little Miss Badass Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold woman who, fittingly, is adorkable and peppy just like Ten himself. Her newness to the world and desire to learn comes across as extremely endearing. Meanwhile, Jenny Flint, from the Paternoster Gang during the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor eras, is 100% Badass Adorable. She is best described as having the abilities and Cat Suit of Marvel's Black Widow with the personality of an anime girl. To sum it up, she plays up the aesthetic of submissive maid to her wife and is a complete sweetheart to everyone else as well. Her Cockney accent adds even more to the overload of cuteness she has going on already.
    • The Doctor themself is sometimes this, especially their Tenth incarnation. It went Up to Eleven in their Eleventh incarnation, who was basically a big, overgrown puppy in human form. The Eighth incarnation in Big Finish Doctor Who also falls under this at times. So, interestingly, is the other-wise acerbic Twelfth incarnation, especially during Series 9 where it's clear the man needs a hug but rarely gets one when he needs it, and he reverts to a near-childlike state briefly when he's forced to say goodbye to Clara, who is about to be Killed Off for Real. Their Thirteenth incarnation is this from her debut onwards, with her Adorkable, childlike personality and high empathy for everything around her.
  • Dollhouse:
    • Summer Glau (again) as Bennett. So Moe that she threatens to create an adorable Moe singularity.
    • Sierra's fan girl persona. Sierra's default state seems to be woobie.
    • Topher Brink. He may be amoral and occasionally arrogant, but his awkward nerd tendencies, coupled with his decent looks, make him adorable.
  • Firefly:
    • Kaylee Frye. Whedon likes his anime. He has even said that everything becomes happy and shiny when she smiles.
    • Goes double for River. On top of being very Moe, she's also 125% woobie.
  • Friends: Phoebe. Quirky, sweet (usually), cute, extremely naive, and always cheerful and optimistic despite her sad backstory. Many fans find her adorable.
  • Fringe: Both versions of Astrid Farnsworth but especially the red-universe Astrid. She's emotionally withdrawn, socially awkward and is damaged by secrets in her past, but eventually comes out of her shell to her blue-universe self — who can't help but Squee! whenever she manages to make red-universe Astrid happy.
  • Glee:
    • Emma is a neurotic but sweet Shrinking Violet with Super OCD.
    • Kurt. If you took all the most adorable traits a twenty-year-old guy could possibly have and smushed them all together, you'd get Kurt's actor Chris Colfer.
    • Brittany. Her childish nativity and sweetness is an ungodly cute combination.
  • Grey's Anatomy: Lexie Grey (aka "Little Grey"). Yeah, the one with the juice box... Not a virgin, but about as pure as a character can get on that show...
  • How I Met Your Mother: The Mother herself. Even more so when Barney meets her and her eyes look like the size of dinner plates.
  • The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: DS Barbara Havers - played by Sharon Small, she of the heart-shaped face and enormous green eyes - definitely qualifies as this, particularly since she is a "puppy" the world keeps kicking. Of course, unlike most kicked puppies, she bites back... but she gets over that eventually. (Well, mostly.) And that doesn't stop her 'kicked puppy look' from being one of the most effective on television.


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