Agreed, though to be fair, Grell does also enjoy doing the cutesy/moe/dainty maiden act, but still, as an act.
Frankly I don’t see anything wrong with that fangirl-view. Yeah, maybe people shouldn’t exclusively look at Grell as being cutesy, but objectively, she’s cute to some of us. She’s adorable, even when she’s in a bloodthirsty rage. It doesn’t mean we find serial killers cute, but that Grell’s character design is cute, and it’s fun to represent her that way especially since she enjoys playing that role herself. I mean, it’s like Gloomy Bear (oversimplified), who is a cute teddy bear but has huge claws and fucks people up. Why can’t a character be both? Why can’t people choose a side they prefer?
I don’t think anyone who watched the series and/or read the manga watched it and then suddenly forgot what Grell does, they just like one or the other side of her better. Nothing is wrong with either depiction. Grell’s fun because she switches between both and it’s cute and ridiculous/hilarious.
THIS! Also, like… pretty much every person I’ve heard talk, or give advice, about character writing has said that potentially contradictory elements in a character’s personality are pretty much essential for making three-dimensional characters. And that how those elements fit together in the character, and how they influence that character’s life and attitude… that pretty much IS how you pinpoint what makes a character interesting.
If you try to choose one of these sides of her, if you insist that she must be one, and not both, you are making her into a flat character, and taking away what makes her interesting.
((imagining Grell getting him a corgi puppy, and he tries to be all stoic about it but inside he completely melts~ And the puppy just clings to him and he pretends to be annoyed by when he thinks nobody’s looking, he cuddles it and pours his feelings out to it, and Grell overhears, and that’s when she finds out how deeply in love with her he is omg I need to write this fanfic.))