Even through I obviously explained it pretty badly before, this was exactly what I was talking about when I said making them "personable". Making a good, memorable, lovable character is about more than just maxing out their cutesy cliches, IMO. Adding one or two homely or unusual quirks makes me relate to them far more than if they were just 100 percent cute.
Consider how super man is too 'vanilla super hero' for alot of people; It's the same sort of thing.
My own character designs tend to take this to a ludicrous extent, through, so of course it's all in the eye of the beholder, at the end of the day. People should vote for the ones that make the most impact on them, simple as. ;I