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  • Flowey in Undertale pulls this at your first meeting. IT'S A TRAP!
  • Putt-Putt is known for being this trope, especially the final game, which wasn't very well-received at all.
  • The Super Nintendo game Miracle Girls involves two cute twin sisters running around a Sugar Bowl world throwing candy at enemies to subdue them. It's just as diabetic as it sounds.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog is guilty of this at times, especially where the Chao and Cream the Rabbit (who owns a pet Chao) are involved. It's also happy to subvert it: Tails usually manages to avoid being too adorable due to his Gadgeteer Genius tendencies, and Marine the Raccoon's and Sticks the Badger's boisterous personalities similarly keep them from falling into this trope. Any time Amy Rose appears in a significant role can dramatically crank up the cute factor, particularly her Sonic Heroes incarnation with her heart attacks. Her theme songs are also incredibly positive and happy, but still great. Suffice it to say for every cute character, there's an equally tough counterpart to keep things upbeat but not quite overly cute.
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  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, despite being billed as a crossover between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, ended up being an idol themed JRPG that was much Lighter and Softer than the lightest incarnations of either franchise and only took Broad Strokes from both. It ended up being a rather cutesy game about the supernatural hijinks of the Japanese entertainment industry, albeit occasionally broken up by fights against campy villains. Some characters like Genki Girl Tsubasa deliberately invoke this for their celebrity image given they were full of this trope before, and the game uses Fire Emblem's Tiki in her childish first appearance instead of her grown up appearance from Awakening.
  • Much like its proverbial predecessor, Freedom Planet has characters and interactions that can be too saccharine for their own good. The art style takes the already bright colors and cutesy animal designs from the Sonic series and adds even more girly sparkles and flowers with ancient Chinese backdrops. Lilac's a Genki Girl with a lot of spirit, but has many badass qualities to back it up and drops the graceful lady act when she's angry. Carol's a bright green kitty with a motorcycle, but lies more on the badass end of Badass Adorable. And to be fair, the most saccharine moments are tongue-in-cheek, with Carol's reaction to Lilac and Milla's interactions piercing the fourth wall, and these moments balance out Brevon's appearances. Even so, when he's not around, Milla's large eyes, sweet voice, and innocence can drive most hardened players to crack a "daww" or two. This just makes his brutal Body Horror on her even worse.
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  • Super Monkey Ball is practically about cute monkeys playing with magic hamster balls, until you come across a level that will make you tear your hair out.
  • The designs of many Pokémon, especially Baby Pokémon like Cleffa, Pichu, Igglybuff, Togepi, Azurill, and Happiny. The Pokémon-Amie feature in Pokémon X and Y will cause this, even for Pokémon that aren't generally cutesy-looking. It involves petting Pokémon, and feeding them sweets.
  • Parodied in Diablo III with Whimsyshire as a Take That! towards complaints about early screenshots being "too colorful."
  • Parodied in Kingdom of Loathing:
    • It is possible to summon a love song so saccharine that it does a fairly decent amount of damage.
    • Iiti Kitty. During nearly all attacks, they state that it's an adorable monster. For a mummified cat trying to beat you senseless. Iiti is Ancient Egyptian for "Hello."
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    • Hell, "cute" was added as the sixth element, though nothing actually uses it. Yet.
  • Felicia from Fire Emblem Fates, a Cute Clumsy Girl Moe Meido with pink hair and an adorable high-pitched voice who's subservient to the player. Subverted in that she's also a competent fighter, but she's very much this trope during her Supports and SkinShipping.
  • The redesigns of the "Littlest Pet Shop" pets. They were originally just small cartoon animals, but now they're saccharine googly-eyed Animesque chibi horrors (a wee monkey shouldn't have jowls, darn it!). And you should see what they did to the Sims...
  • The entirety of Twinkle Star Sprites (a puzzle/shooter/fighting game) is about the same color and sweetness as a pack of Starbursts. Strangely, the game is highly enjoyable nevertheless.
  • Kirby - at least, until its villains bring the Mood Whiplash. Kirby's Epic Yarn turned this Up to Eleven with the art style and the cutscenes lovingly narrated by someone who sounds like he's reading a bedtime story to an infant, and the fact that its villain was a comparatively-silly yarn wizard with a magic sock note  didn't help matters.
  • World of Warcraft
    • Mug'gok the Ogre. Granted, most single-headed Ogres aren't exactly the brightest gemstones in the mine, but Mug'gok's childish rants and raves are kinda sappy.
    • Furthermore. The tauren babies in Nagrand and Agmar's Hammer. The first time you see them, you WILL squeal so loud that your entire vocal system will splatter over the walls.
    • No NPC in WoW is more sickeningly adorable than Mylune. All of her quests are about saving critters in Hyjal. She says she can speak deer (It's all in the nose) and if you don't save the little fawns, she'll give you the big eyes (Yes, her eyes grow big and dewy). She's happy when you save the deer because "now they can grow up and have ADVENTURES!" P.S. She thinks you're swell for saving the critters.
      • The "give you the big eyes" part can also be a hilarious case of Department of Redundancy Department when you're a Paladin or a Druid; you were going to save the little fawns anyway.
      • Mylune actually deserves a special mention here because her deliberately saccharine speech tends to sound funny rather than sickening. It seems that Blizzard deliberately parodied this trope with her.
  • Princess Anastasia, yes, that Anastasia in Shadow Hearts: Covenant takes this trope and runs with it. And she damn well knows it, too.
  • Phantom Brave: Marona. Especially any scene with both her and Castille in it.
  • Persona 4
    • Kanji Tatsumi, the Jerk with a Heart of Gold, when accused by police of bullying (and he was innocent, as he was just making plushies for a boy and his mother), has this to say to the police:
    "Dolls! I made them. They're dolls! Go and see them for yourself. They're so cute they'll give you diabetes! The instantly-lethal kind!"
    • Not to mention Nanako...
  • Tales of the Abyss. MIEU. And all the other cheagles, though to a lesser degree. Especially jarring because this game is probably the darkest and has easily the highest death toll in the series.
  • Eternal Sonata, pretty much every time Polka is on screen. Several other characters qualify as well.
  • The first half of Zone 3 in Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots appears to be this, what with the pretty pink colors and the cute little suns and plants and dolphins and butterflies and bees decorating the area. The twist? This is where the Surprise Difficulty kicks in... and you have to remind yourself that you're still in an Eternal Engine run by a Mad Scientist voiced by Tim Curry.
  • Crash Bandicoot:
    • Crash Twinsanity features an unused level called "Gone a Bit Coco" set inside Coco Bandicoot's brain which is depicted with this trope in full play, complete with pink teddy bears, happy flowers, and rubber elephants as enemies.
  • Eversion is first.
  • LocoRoco. Wait, what?
  • Much of the Mario franchise in general counts as this. The main characters are all cartoonish, colorful, and happy, many of the allies and enemies are Ridiculously Cute Critters, and the music is usually upbeat and cheerful. Even Big Bad Bowser can swing between being an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain and a more menacing Knight of Cerebus. That said, there are entries that tend to avert the trope.
    • Super Mario World, despite being an excellent game all around, succumbs to this trope with moments like the game's opening music (including the brief chime when the "Nintendo Presents" opening pops up) and the Yoshi's Island map.
    • Super Princess Peach, the only major platformer in the series featuring Princess Peach as the main protagonist (barring Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D World), is especially guilty of this trope. Aside from the game's main mechanic of utilizing Peach's emotions (which are represented by cutesy hearts with faces) to progress, the enemies here are far more cuddly-looking, the environments are bright and cheery, and the music is perhaps some of the sweetest-sounding in the entire franchise.
    • The little mole girls in Moleville from Super Mario RPG. Also from that same game, we have the Mystery Egg. You can buy it from the blue-spotted Toad in Moleville after getting the 5th Star Piece, and it can only be hatched by Peach while she's wearing the B'Tub Ring and using the Egg 10 times. Afterwards, it becomes the Lamb's Lure, in which a cute, chubby, little lamb rolls around, turns an enemy into another lamb, and they fly up into the sky. If you do that 48 times, the Lamb's Lure becomes the Sheep Attack, which summons a bunch of these cute little lambs darting across the screen turning all enemies into even more lambs. If you don't find that cute, then get help.
    • Yoshi's Story takes place in a cutesy storybook world with baby Yoshis as playable characters making, well, babylike sounds trying to get back the "Super Happy Tree" from Baby Bowser. Unlike Yoshi's Island, which was for all ages and featured challenging stages, this game with its saccharine world and low difficulty level was obviously targeted towards little kids.
    • Low difficulty, sure. Unless you're trying to get through level 6-3, that damn Ghost castle. And since it's targeted towards little kids, the precision timing and tendency of the ghosts to give chase whenever you weren't staring the bastards in the eye, this level can qualify both as That One Level and Nightmare Fuel.
      • 4-2 could also apply because of the Blurps, right?
    • Yoshi's Island itself, while indeed more difficult, is just as adorable. You're a cute dinosaur, and you have to relay a cute baby across a colorful, crayon-drawn, (mostly) happy island environment to another cute dinosaur. Rinse and repeat until the baby is reunited with his missing twin brother.
    • The soundtracks for every Yoshi game after the first seem to be trying as hard as they can to invoke this trope. Almost every song is quiet, gentle, and sounds like something out of a preschoolers' cartoon. Even the boss themes don't sound particularly threatening or intense... aside from Giant Baby Bowser, that is.
    • Taken Up to Eleven with Yoshi's Woolly World and Yoshi's Crafted World, where everything, from the environments to the characters to the objects, is made out of everyday objects and arts and crafts. The Updated Re-release of the former, Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World, takes it even further by featuring the Poochy Pups, which return in the latter.
  • In the Babeland level of Duke Nukem 3D, there's these cartoon Mickey Mouse knockoffs walking around, saying things like "Oh, we're gonna have a wonderful day!" or "Hiiii, are you hare to take a picture with me?" in the most cringe-inducingly cutesy voice imaginable. No wonder that, when you shoot one, Duke remarks on it.
    "Damn, that was annoying."
  • beatmania IIDX 16: Empress is already cute and happy and pink from the get-go. Then someone goes and plays I'm Screaming LOVE and it all goes to hell. Fluffy-bears-swimming-through-candy-carrying-spoons hell.
    • There's plenty of precedent for this. Raspberry Heart. Sweet Lab. Romeo and Juliet. With Your Smile. Sigsig. Poodle. Silvia Drive. Eco-G. ICF 5800. Not to mention Wish, Double Loving Heart, and Sun Field...from DISTORTED.
    • One word: smooooch. It's been parodied to the level of Memetic Mutation.
  • Regina Berry in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All is the sweetest sheltered little lion tamer. Half the circus is in love with her (and Even the Girls Want Her) and she thinks that when people 'go away' they go up to the sky and become stars. It's so intense that you're a little sympathetic when you find out she was the one Acro was trying to murder.
  • As its own official Getting Started guide puts it, "Even death is cute in Luna Online!"
  • Played for Laughs in the [adult swim] Flash game Robot Unicorn Attack, in which you play as the title's robot unicorn, dashing through a sparkly, purple world collecting fairies while Erasure's Always loops in the background.
  • Kissy Poo for Xbox Live Indie Games, although it might be justified seeing how it was designed for pre-schoolers. Players control the titular Kissy Poo, who must cheer up all the sad animals with a sweet kiss.
  • Xbox title Raze's Hell really let the player loose on those goddamned cuddlie-wuddlies. Eliminate them all. Though don't feel bad about it; said adorable creatures take What Measure Is a Non-Cute? to "slight" extremes.
  • The first couple hours of Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. Then it starts getting depressing, tragic, and sometimes downright horrifying.
  • Parodied in Creatures II, (and probably in Creatures I as well) where the baddies and goodies taste like diabetes but commit all sorts of bloody acts of violence on each other.
  • In the Dungeon Keeper games, this seems to be one of the reasons for the war against the surface, or at least so suggest the mission briefings. Eg: "Sing Song. A joyous realm, filled with life and music. Let us silence their wailing voices once and for all."
    • Also Snuggledell.
    Floppy eared bunnies are encouraged to hop around the fields surrounding the hamlet, bringing happiness, love, and more bunnies to the entire area.
  • Xbox 360 Kinect launch title Kinectimals. Those cubs has to be the cutest things to ever grace Microsoft's console.
    • Though when it was first shown at E3, the presentation was so full of Narm that the word "Skittles" became an instant meme.
    • So they're not the creepiest things ever to be put together from ones and zeroes?
  • This trope has been played straight, exaggerated, lampshaded, parodied, deconstructed, exploited, and who knows what else in the Ar tonelico series. Saki from Ar tonelico 3 even has an attack that turns enemies (including people) into cake.
  • Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands are teeming with Kawaisa. Taken Up to Eleven in world 4 of Rainbow Islands, where all of the enemies are toys and it has even brighter colors than the other worlds.
  • A literal version in The Several Journeys of Reemus — the honey made by Sugar Bees is so potently sweet that ingesting even a small amount will cause a temporary diabetic coma while the body sorts out all this extra sugar. Injection works just as well, so any schmuck with a dart gun can weaponize the effect.
  • In contrast to the somber Tragic Marionette and Sinful Rose's Fragrance that play on the Game Over screens of the first two Disgaea games, Disgaea 3 has the Maritsu Evil Academy Entrance Applicant Recruiting CM Song: a tune so peppy and cheerful that most fans suspect that the game is making fun of them for dying.
  • In Rod Land, absolutely everything is cute, from the characters, to the bosses, to the surrounding environment.
  • In the Team Fortress 2 official video "Meet The Pyro," it is revealed that the Pyro's delusional psychosis makes him/her/it perceive the world as this. For example, where Pyro is incinerating someone as they scream in agony in reality, Pyro sees it as showering them with bubbles and rainbows out of a shiny brass horn shaped and held like his/her/its flamethrower.
    • The Pyrovision Goggles make the game this. Everything is bright and colorful, everyone (including the player) laughs cheerfully when they die, dominating a player is perceived as becoming best friends with him, and The Pyro has some toys that can only be used in Pyroland that are perceived as lethal weapons in reality (ex. Rainblower = Flamethrower).
  • While the Dream Eaters in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance are cute, they aren't overwhelmingly so. However, when you start playing games with them and this song accompanies it...
  • In Barbie Super Model, everything that Barbie owns is pink, there's bright and happy scenery everywhere, a big point of the game is dressing Barbie up in colorful outfits, and the game was made for little girls, who tend to love things that taste like diabetes.
  • Snowboard Kids has you play as Super-Deformed 10-11 year old children, with huge heads and huge noses. The game's levels featured props such as a gigantic snowman with a Cat Smile, really short, cute penguins, an amusement park (with a gigantic circus tent used as the skydome), and a beautiful (within N64 hardware constraints) grass-filled valley with rustic brick buildings near the finish line.
    • Despite the cutesy exterior, the game's difficulty level was fairly high, and the mechanics, even to this day, are very unique.
    • The sequel took it even further. The character designs in the sequel had things such as buck teeth, comically huge glasses, overalls, and nose band-aids. The texture art looks like it came straight from a pop-up book, and the anthropomorphic animals were much more present.
  • Let's not even get started on the sickeningly cute sounds some of the enemies make in the first Pandemonium!.
  • Subverted in Conker's Bad Fur Day. The game opens with a cutesy N64 logo dancing around (complete with cliche "nursery music"), but then Conker storms in, horror movie music abruptly plays, and he proceeds to gleefully saw the N64 logo in half with a chainsaw - literally killing it. The game itself subverted this during development, as it was originally intended to be a literal representation of this trope, until Rare decided to give it a Darker and Edgier makeover, and arguably for the better.
  • While we're on the topic of Rare games, Banjo-Kazooie both plays this trope straight and subverts it. Some of the enemies and especially side characters are sickeningly cute. However, Banjo and Kazooie themselves (despite their cutesy appearances) are actually pretty quippy and sarcastic, even veering into blatantly adult humor from time to time.
  • Sylvanian Families: Otogi no Kuni no Pendant. Cutesy little girl rabbit finds injured pastel cupid-type fairy, "bandages" it with her handkerchief, and later has to return the pendant it lost. 'Nuff said.
  • Super Mario Galaxy has the Baby Stars that you feed star bits too.
  • In Pop'n Magic, pictures of sweets fill the background of the manual's cover and its second inside page. The game's world isn't quite a Sugar Bowl, but it's definitely on the cute side.
  • Let's just leave the artwork for the Ice Tower's Viral Frost ability in Bloons Tower Defense 5 and call it a day. Basically, it's the Ice Tower's monkey wrapped up in a blanket.
  • Magical Chaser: Stardust of Dreams, despite being a Doujin Fighting Game, falls into this due to the fact that it crosses over several Cute Witch animes. All of them are done in Puni Plush style.
  • Panel de Pon is heavy on the Kawaisa, but is ultimately more of a subversion, being more or less on an Animal Crossing or Puyo Puyo level in terms of cuteness. It was still too much for Nintendo of America/Europe at the time, though. (Ironically, the series it was dolled up as is just as fluffy, to the point that very little besides the character designs was changed.)
  • Vib-Ribbon is a cute Rhythm Game with vector graphics. While it's in black and white with very little color, the main character, Vibri is really adorable with her appearance as an extremely detailed stick-figure bunny with floppy ears and chirpy, pitched-up voice, alongside a cheerful, yet awesome soundtrack.
  • The Legendary Starfy features a cute little round star, his pink little sister, a lost bunny astronaut, a mermaid, sleepy baby seals, and a kitty ninja. Almost all the levels are adorable with calming music, and even the Big Bad looks super squeezable in his first form.
  • The Borderlands 2 DLC Assault on Dragon Keep has two areas start out this way. Story-wise. However, the other original Vault Hunters call Tiny Tina out on it. So it turns almost immediately into a subversion of this trope.
    • At the end of the story, however, it becomes this again when Buttstallion saves the realm.
  • The Sims 3: Katy Perry Sweet Temptation adds numerous sweet-themed stuffs, such as cupcake beds, sundae sofa candy columns, etc. When it was first announced, and sneak peek images were released, many "I got diabetes" comments were posted on forum boards.
  • Minecraft's Love And Hugs Update had items get renamed, reskinned, and re-purposed in an April Fools Day update. Some players who had disabled all resource packs (ergo, they would only have things re-purposed) were a bit confused about why Creepers were giving them flowers.
  • Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit has an entire area (Area 8) with bright colours, a cheery aesthetic and a sickening song. Prince Ash is very quick to express his distaste for it.
    Ash: I'd say this was a nightmare, but since I'm already in Hell that seems a moot point. How bad can it get?
    WHAT. IS. THIS. SONG?!!! For the love of the damned, someone make it stop. NOW.
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth: If Butters is the active partner in combat, he has the passive ability to Draw Aggro and make enemies more likely to attack him than you, which is explained by the Flavor Text as him being such a pure and innocent soul that it disgusts normal people to the point that they can't help but want to beat the shit out of him.
  • Played for Laughs in The Wolf Among Us, when Bigby gets to hear an obnoxiously sweet and happy voicemail message from Beauty and Beast that just screams “we’re nowhere near this happy in our day-to-day life”. Immediately afterwards, you hear the voicemail Jersey left, in which he goes on a lengthy, profanity-laden rant about how he’ll bash their skulls in with their answering machine if he has to hear that message again.
  • The Kirby Series certainly looks like this, what with it's adorable protagonist, happy (and gorgeous) backgrounds, and all around cuteness. But under the surface it's quite dark, featuring some of the most horrifying enemies Nintendo has ever created. Kirby: Planet Robobot is by far the least cute entry in the series, with the backgrounds consisting if mechanized versions of typical kirby scenes. And don't even get us started with the villains. Between the bloody white EldritchAbomination that rips out it's eye in a last ditch attempt to kill you, the messed up reincarnated soul of the guy who tricked you into giving him ultimate power, and the omnicidal supercomputer who wants to destroy the universe to bring "peace," The Pink Puff has really got his work cut out for him to keep up the cutesy appearance.
  • Cut the Rope is about an Ugly Cute monster named Om Nom who loves candy.
  • Slime Rancher: A game where you round up and corral living gumdrop creatures who make the cutest squeaky sounds and are almost always smiling. Try to frown when you play it, you can't.


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