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He got that way with lots of love.[1]


YoshiFan300: Yoshi + Giant hacks = Cute Godzilla

theyoshifanboy: So True :)

theyoshifanboy: Though in my opinion, the bigger they are, the cuter they are :3
—The comments to this YouTube video.

Cuteness is often associated with smallness, but sometimes characters or creatures can look cute despite, or even partly because of, how big they are. This is the essence of the cute giant.

Of course, cuteness is not so much about size as about various physical traits that are hard to pin down. Nevertheless, the association of cuteness with a giant does end up seeming contradictory.

Compare/Contrast with Gentle Giant, but remember, some giants can be cute but not gentle, or gentle but not cute.

See also Canis Major and Mega Neko, examples of which tend to double as this for obvious reasons.

Examples of Cute Giant include:

Anime and Manga

  • An episode of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha had a kitten come into contact with one of the Jewel Seeds, which granted its wish of wanting to grow up... and grow it did, becoming as tall as the trees. Despite being giant, it still acted like a kitten, not aggressive at all. Provided the page image for Mega Neko.
  • Mana Emiya from Super Dreadnought Girl 4946.
  • Totoro and the Catbus.


Video Games

  • The Super Smash Bros series often invokes this with giant versions of small characters.
    • Yoshi in Brawl was a memorable case of this.
    • Via a glitch, it is possible to get Jigglypuff to be absolutely huge in Brawl.
  • Doshin the Giant, though his game never made it to North America, did have a trophy in Super Smash Bros Melee.
  • Several Pokémon can fall under this. Snorlax in particular looks like a big cuddly bear-cat thing.
  • Suika Ibuki of the Touhou series is normally pretty small and adorable, but has the ability to change her size at will. She's still adorable when she's huge, but you're probably not thinking such as you're trying to avoid getting squashed by her!

Western Animation

Real Life