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  • Michael Berryman, who has hydrochotic-extodermal dysplasia (a rare condition which prevents him from having any nails, sweat glands or hair), is definitely never going to qualify for being Hollywood Homely, but he seems to have this trope going for him. Even in movies where he plays a bad guy, that baby face of his really might make you want to give him a hug. Of course, it probably doesn't hurt that more often than not, he's also The Woobie in whatever part he's playing.
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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It's worth mentioning that his face was modeled after Albert Einstein and a pug dog.
  • Slimer from Ghostbusters (1984), even in his initial appearance in the film. The producers ran with it in everything spun-off from the film. Made even more adorable when you find out who his inspiration was.
  • For some, Chestbursters. Then again, everything is cute as a baby.
    • They're even cuter when they sing The Michigan Rag.
    • The newborn in Alien: Resurrection. It's a slimy, hideous, bipolar abomination hybrid of human and alien... but who wouldn't fall for those eyes?
    • Alien: Covenant takes this trope one step further with the birth of the chestburster that comes out of Oram: Not only does it look like a tiny little Xenomorph instead of its usual form, but it also mimics David's actions not long after being birthed. And to add icing on the cake, this scene is set to music that is actually heartwarming rather than terrifying.
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  • Fuzzball in Captain EO is ugly cute.
  • Harry in Dumb and Dumber could qualify. He surely isn't conventionally cute, but his fluffy blond hair, lack of maturity
and Azure-colored eyes make him absolutely adorable.He actually has a surprising amount of girls who believe he's cute, even downright sexy.
  • Even Lloyd could be considered this with his chocolate-brown eyes and chipped front tooth along with his overall, round face.
  • King Kong was specifically designed as this.
    • Pushed even further in Peter Jackson's version, where he's positively cuddly.
  • As was Edward Scissorhands. A breakout role for Johnny Depp, since it doesn't showcase his good looks.
  • Say "Hi" to Baby Godzilla.
    • In real life, Mothra would be horrifying. Next to the reptilian kaiju of her universe, she's good-looking enough to be used for Beauty = Goodness.
    • The Mothra larvae look like lumpy brown worms but are every bit as adorable as their mother.
    • Minya/Minilla/Minira/Milla. It helps that in his first appearance he's a complete Woobie.
    • Sure, he's a horrible ancient monster with razor sharp fangs and horns, but those floppy ears make Baragon simply adorable. He has been described as being like a giant puppy quite a few times on the internet.
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    • King Seesar who is an ugly/cute Shisa (A lion-dog creature from Okinawa folklore).
    • Oddly enough, Godzilla himself during the later Showa films, mostly due to being more kid-friendly around the time. Also, the design of the suit is constantly changing; in the late 1960s and 1970s, Godzilla was overall much cuddlier than he was when he first showed up. Compare Godzilla from 1954 to him 20 years later. The nuclear radiation in his body apparently mutated him into Cookie Monster and then into Kermit the Frog.
    • The Mutos in Godzilla (2014) can get this reaction from some people, especially when the two of them nuzzle each others face after meeting up in San Francisco.
    • Godzilla's first land form in Shin Godzilla is this big, dumpy, fishy Godzilla with tiny arms and big eyes. It's so adorable as it rampages through a busy street and demolish anything and crush anyone in its path. Fans have given it the endearing nickname "Kamata-kun", for the Tokyo district where it first came ashore.
  • Star Wars
    • After the reaction of its keeper, the Rancor in Return of the Jedi.
    • Check out the Wookieepedia pages for the Rancor and Wampa. Both have artwork depicting a mother of the species cuddling her cubs. You cannot possibly look at the baby Wampas and Rancors without going AWWWWWW!!!!
    • YODA. When 900 years old you reach, look as ugly cute you will not. Hmmm?
    • Also R2D2. Cutest sentient fire hydrant ever.
    • Darth Vader without his mask at the end of Return of the Jedi. Even though he's old and scarred, you still want to give the old guy a hug.
      • Also from Return of the Jedi, the Ewoks.
    • Rotta the Huttlet. A Huttlet! For Sith's sake, he can fit in your backpack! Daaaaawwww. His father's refers to him as his "punky muffin".
  • Fizzgig and the Podlings from The Dark Crystal. Heck, we could probably include a lot of Muppets on this list, especially the "darker" Muppets.
    • All of the goblins from Labyrinth, for example — also, Ludo.
  • The eponymous Gremlins — and no, we don't just mean their more conventionally cute Mogwai forms either.
  • Abe Sapien seems to be the resident Mr. Fanservice in Hellboy (2004), not that the Red himself lacks charm.
  • District 9: the aliens, especially Christopher, his son, and Wikus, even with the freaky becoming an alien thing...
    Wikus: (trying to get him to hide from danger) Do you want to play hide and seek?
    Christopher's son: (looking as delighted as a bug face can) Yes! Yes!
  • The cockroaches from Joe's Apartment.
  • Mac and Me: Mac, the Mysterious Alien Creature.
  • Men in Black: "Congratulations Reg, it's a...squid." It's the big eyes and the very adorable tentacle-sucking.
    J: He's actually kind of... [baby throws up on him] ...cute.
    • And fitting a real life example, Frank the Pug. (And not coincidentally, such dogs are very popular among fans of the franchise.)
  • Scorponok TIME FOR HUUUGZ!!!
  • The Elephant Man.
  • To some extent, Sam from Trick 'r Treat.
  • Sloth from The Goonies.
  • The Crites from the Critters series they look like little wide eyed porcupines with fangs, but they have those quills and fangs for a reason and you really wouldn't want one for a pet.
  • Clover from Cloverfield, considering its backstory.
  • Toto from Gamera: The Brave. Just look at him—Who knew giant turtle-monsters could be so..so cute?
  • Most of the dwarves from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. Though, some of them offers a lot of eye-candy.
  • The Bandersnatch from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010). Half-yeti, half-bulldog, half-shark, and anyone who doesn't want to give it a cuddle is a liar.
  • The psycho-killer penis in Russ Meyer-homage, Pervert!
  • Pretty much all stages of Dren in Splice, although the earlier ones more so than the largely humanoid-looking "adult" stage. Even Fred and Ginger qualify.
  • Jason Voorhees. It's mostly in the way he tilts his head sideways when confused, though some claim it's the eyes.
    • Michael Myers fits this trope too. The actor who plays Michael in the brief unmasking scene in the first film was even hired because of his "angelic face."
  • In The Man Who Fell to Earth, Tragic Hero Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) is Moe on the outside via a disguise, and this on the inside. One blog commenter described the true form (which is also hairless, earless, fingernail-less, etc.) as "Voldemort with a nose", and in the film it horrifies his human mistress to the point of Bring My Brown Pants. Granted it's a sudden reveal so shock factors into her reaction, but his eyes have just the faintest sheen of pain in them. Gentle-hearted YouTube commenters have compared him and his family (seen in flashbacks), in their white bodysuits, to teddy bears instead.
  • Robert in Rubber. He's a serial killer tire but is oh so adorable.
  • The baby velociraptor from Jurassic Park.
  • The Puckmaren and various biological samples in 'Flight of the Navigator".
  • Woola the Martian "dog" in John Carter.
  • The Hulk in The Avengers.
  • Shriekers from Tremors 2: Aftershocks.
  • Some people view The Creeper from Jeepers Creepers as this.
  • Cooper, the alien from Super 8. Look at those eyes and try to say you didn't melt in the end.
  • The Wargs in The Lord of the Rings.
    • Also, Gollum.
  • Otachi Jr. from Pacific Rim.
  • Carrie White in Carrie qualifies. Just have a look at her when she's in her jammies right before Momma gets stabby.
  • Poverty in Dasepo Sonyo. He may be the Anthropomorphic Personification of poverty, but he's still adorable.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), the turtles' faces have invoked a surprisingly more human appearance than one might expect, leading many fans to find the turtles cute in the most grotesque of ways.
  • To Catch a Yeti: The Yeti.
  • For many, that weird mutant baby in Eraserhead, which looks like a smaller, less-wrinkly, slimier version of ET The Extraterrestrial.
  • Despite the tumors and perpetual chapped lips, Nux the War Boy in Mad Max: Fury Road has an odd boyish cuteness about him. The Innocent Blue Eyes help.
  • For some, Both the scarred and un-scarred versions of Chucky the killer doll from the Child's Play series, it helps that he is essentially an evil looking baby doll
    • Tiffany and Glenn too.
  • The title character of Paul. He's a swollen-headed alien with huge adorable puppy dog eyes.
  • Trumpy from Pod People. As bad as the film is, you have to admit that this is one cute looking alien.

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