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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' gives us Malcolm Reed, a ShrinkingViolet who CannotTalkToWomen romantically and is on good terms with his shipmates. He's also in charge of making things go boom, and he's more than happy to do so.
18th May '16 6:49:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheMiddleMan''. An old-fashioned, milk-drinking, seldom-swearing, well-dressed, earnest, polite, and naive gentleman who [[spoiler: tortured a mob leader for info in front of his own bar, while drinking a tall, frosty glass of milk.]]

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* ''TheMiddleMan''.''Series/TheMiddleman''. An old-fashioned, milk-drinking, seldom-swearing, well-dressed, earnest, polite, and naive gentleman who [[spoiler: tortured a mob leader for info in front of his own bar, while drinking a tall, frosty glass of milk.]]
9th May '16 11:18:15 PM erforce
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* ''TheBradyBunch'': A real-life example of the nice-guy character [[NiceCharacterMeanActor being nowhere near as genial in real life]], at least to creator Sherwood Schwartz and his son, Lloyd. Specifically speaking, Robert Reed, who played legendary model father Mike Brady. Mike Brady was a model father who was fair-minded and intensely loyal to his family, and out-of-character Reed was no different toward the child actors. While he was cordial with adult co-stars Florence Henderson and Ann B. Davis, Reed's working relationship was less than perfect. None of that compared to Reed's constant friction with the Schwartzes, a long line of directors and the writers, always over the scripts and the situations presented therein; the battles became a sense of he said-he said (Reed's claim the writers never had any realistic scripts and were more interested in inane slapstick, while the Schwartzes defended their work by saying their scripts were well-crafted and researched).

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* ''TheBradyBunch'': ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': A real-life example of the nice-guy character [[NiceCharacterMeanActor being nowhere near as genial in real life]], at least to creator Sherwood Schwartz and his son, Lloyd. Specifically speaking, Robert Reed, who played legendary model father Mike Brady. Mike Brady was a model father who was fair-minded and intensely loyal to his family, and out-of-character Reed was no different toward the child actors. While he was cordial with adult co-stars Florence Henderson and Ann B. Davis, Reed's working relationship was less than perfect. None of that compared to Reed's constant friction with the Schwartzes, a long line of directors and the writers, always over the scripts and the situations presented therein; the battles became a sense of he said-he said (Reed's claim the writers never had any realistic scripts and were more interested in inane slapstick, while the Schwartzes defended their work by saying their scripts were well-crafted and researched).



* Just about everyone who encounters [[TheSarahConnorChronicles the Connors]] ends up thinking that [[RobotGirl Cameron]] is an odd but otherwise docile girl. And she stays that way, unless [[BerserkButton someone threatens the Connors.]] Then she shows them just why she is known as a {{Terminator}}.

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* Just about everyone who encounters [[TheSarahConnorChronicles [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles the Connors]] ends up thinking that [[RobotGirl Cameron]] is an odd but otherwise docile girl. And she stays that way, unless [[BerserkButton someone threatens the Connors.]] Then she shows them just why she is known as a {{Terminator}}.Terminator.
7th May '16 3:47:09 PM nombretomado
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* Betty White's character Rose of ''TheGoldenGirls'' fame, is the sweetest, most bubbly member of the foursome, if also the dimmest. But there is a very, ''very'' good reason why the others take great pains not to get on her bad side...

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* Betty White's character Rose of ''TheGoldenGirls'' ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' fame, is the sweetest, most bubbly member of the foursome, if also the dimmest. But there is a very, ''very'' good reason why the others take great pains not to get on her bad side...
6th May '16 10:10:42 AM narm00
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* ''Series/{{Alphas}}''. Dr. Rosen with his Mr. Rodger's sweaters, scruffy beard, soft voice, herbal remedies seems like a flower-child gone to seed; one can imagine him in his youth leading peace rallies. However, when those he loves are threatened, or worse HURT. . . .watch out!

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* ''Series/{{Alphas}}''. Dr. Rosen Rosen, with his Mr. Rodger's Roger's sweaters, scruffy beard, soft voice, and herbal remedies seems like a flower-child gone to seed; one can imagine him in his youth leading peace rallies. However, when those he loves are threatened, or worse HURT. . . .watch out!



*** A friendly reminder: Rory is, after [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang spending just a little under 2000 years guarding the Pandorica]] at the time twice the age of... the ''Doctor'' (however the Doctor has recently passed Rory, being 2100 years old by the time of the Thirteen Doctor). And even though they pushed the Big Damn ResetButton, ''he remembers everything''. Apparently it's not all sunshine and flowers.

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*** A friendly reminder: Rory is, after [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang spending just a little under 2000 years guarding the Pandorica]] at the time twice the age of... the ''Doctor'' (however the Doctor has recently later passed Rory, being 2100 years old by the time of the Thirteen Twelfth Doctor). And even though they pushed the Big Damn ResetButton, ''he remembers everything''. Apparently it's not all sunshine and flowers.
3rd Apr '16 5:06:15 PM nombretomado
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* ''FamilyMatters'': A pre-Urkel episode titled "False Arrest" features Ron Glass as Buddy Goodrich, the star of an eponymously titled show that [[AffectionateParody is an obvious parody of]] ''DiffrentStrokes'' (with Goodrich playing a wealthy black banker who adopts two poor white boys). On-screen, Goodrich plays the wise, genial father; off the set, Goodrich has a huge ego and is a jerk toward his castmates and others he works with. When Carl goes to the studio to procure tickets to the show, he nicely informs Goodrich that he's parked in a fire zone and needs to move his car, but Goodrich, believing he can park anywhere he pleases because he's Buddy Goodrich, refuses, prompting an argument; when Goodrich's ego gets the best of him, he takes a swing at Carl, prompting his arrest. Goodrich tries to use his charms to rally the other Winslows to his side, but the truth comes out and it becomes obvious he's just a jerk unworthy of their respect.

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* ''FamilyMatters'': ''Series/FamilyMatters'': A pre-Urkel episode titled "False Arrest" features Ron Glass as Buddy Goodrich, the star of an eponymously titled show that [[AffectionateParody is an obvious parody of]] ''DiffrentStrokes'' ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' (with Goodrich playing a wealthy black banker who adopts two poor white boys). On-screen, Goodrich plays the wise, genial father; off the set, Goodrich has a huge ego and is a jerk toward his castmates and others he works with. When Carl goes to the studio to procure tickets to the show, he nicely informs Goodrich that he's parked in a fire zone and needs to move his car, but Goodrich, believing he can park anywhere he pleases because he's Buddy Goodrich, refuses, prompting an argument; when Goodrich's ego gets the best of him, he takes a swing at Carl, prompting his arrest. Goodrich tries to use his charms to rally the other Winslows to his side, but the truth comes out and it becomes obvious he's just a jerk unworthy of their respect.
23rd Mar '16 12:59:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* Eric Gotts from ''{{Wonderfalls}}'' was by far the nicest, least obnoxious and least ridiculous of the main characters, but when his cheating ex-wife turned up, he was downright vicious to her, including throwing a glass across the room, narrowly missing her head.

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* Eric Gotts from ''{{Wonderfalls}}'' ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'' was by far the nicest, least obnoxious and least ridiculous of the main characters, but when his cheating ex-wife turned up, he was downright vicious to her, including throwing a glass across the room, narrowly missing her head.



** And in similar fashion, across the pond, we have [[Series/LawAndOrderUK DS Matt Devlin]], who's also basically a very NiceGuy, and even manages to remain so while chasing and interrogating suspects. But push one of ''his'' buttons (child abuse, Alesha Phillips, Ronnie Brooks), and it'll take every ounce of his self-control to not wring your neck.

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** * ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'': And in similar fashion, across the pond, we have [[Series/LawAndOrderUK DS Matt Devlin]], Devlin, who's also basically a very NiceGuy, and even manages to remain so while chasing and interrogating suspects. But push one of ''his'' buttons (child abuse, Alesha Phillips, Ronnie Brooks), and it'll take every ounce of his self-control to not wring your neck.



* [[Series/MadMen Lane Pryce]] is quite the calm fellow, but if you press his buttons too hard, [[spoiler: like Pete did in season 5, he will challenge you to a fist fight and he'll beat you. Pete found that out the hard way.]]

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* [[Series/MadMen ''Series/MadMen'': Lane Pryce]] Pryce is quite the calm fellow, but if you press his buttons too hard, [[spoiler: like Pete did in season 5, he will challenge you to a fist fight and he'll beat you. Pete found that out the hard way.]]



* [[Series/CriminalMinds Jennifer "JJ" Jareau]]. [[BadassAdorable Cute.]] [[PintSizedPowerHouse Tiny.]] Blonde. [[TooDumbToLive Will shoot you dead]] if you go after her [[TrueCompanions team]], and [[MamaBear god help you]] if you [[BerserkButton go after her son or husband]].

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* [[Series/CriminalMinds ''Series/CriminalMinds'': Jennifer "JJ" Jareau]].Jareau. [[BadassAdorable Cute.]] [[PintSizedPowerHouse Tiny.]] Blonde. [[TooDumbToLive Will shoot you dead]] if you go after her [[TrueCompanions team]], and [[MamaBear god help you]] if you [[BerserkButton go after her son or husband]].



* [[DrakeAndJosh Josh Nichols]] is the series ButtMonkey, but very decent and caring. But give him an authority of power like a teacher and see [[SadistTeacher what he can become]], as Megan learned.

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* [[DrakeAndJosh ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'': Josh Nichols]] Nichols is the series ButtMonkey, but very decent and caring. But give him an authority of power like a teacher and see [[SadistTeacher what he can become]], as Megan learned.



* Balki from ''PerfectStrangers'' is a very sweet, friendly guy, but threaten his cousin Larry and he will have you on your knees.
* Detective Henry Goldblume of [[Series/HillStreetBlues Hill Street Precinct.]] NiceGuy and ByTheBookCop almost to a fault, pretty much the most idealistic and principled officer in the department to the point where he comes off as [[WideEyedIdealist downright naive]] and never loses his idealism even after seven seasons of CharacterDevelopment... Which make the handful of times he gets angry enough to [[PerpSweating get heavy-handed with a suspect in Interrogation]] or [[CowboyCop threaten to bend the law to make sure someone doesn't get away with something]] [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness all the more genuinely startling]] and very effective for it.

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* Balki from ''PerfectStrangers'' ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' is a very sweet, friendly guy, but threaten his cousin Larry and he will have you on your knees.
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues'': Detective Henry Goldblume of [[Series/HillStreetBlues Hill Street Precinct.]] Precinct. NiceGuy and ByTheBookCop almost to a fault, pretty much the most idealistic and principled officer in the department to the point where he comes off as [[WideEyedIdealist downright naive]] and never loses his idealism even after seven seasons of CharacterDevelopment... Which make the handful of times he gets angry enough to [[PerpSweating get heavy-handed with a suspect in Interrogation]] or [[CowboyCop threaten to bend the law to make sure someone doesn't get away with something]] [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness all the more genuinely startling]] and very effective for it.
23rd Mar '16 12:58:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'' has the generally quiet and meek Aurelia, wife of Varro. She seems to be the only delicate flower in a ludus filled with gladiators, guards, and soldiers. Then we learn that she castrated her rapist. In the final episode she she brutally [[spoiler:stabs to death the teenager who callously ordered Varro's death]]. Even Sparty and Doctore (you know - the deadliest gladiator in the republic, and the man who trained him) are kind of squicked by her rage when they arrive on scene.

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* ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'' ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' has the generally quiet and meek Aurelia, wife of Varro. She seems to be the only delicate flower in a ludus filled with gladiators, guards, and soldiers. Then we learn that she castrated her rapist. In the final episode she she brutally [[spoiler:stabs to death the teenager who callously ordered Varro's death]]. Even Sparty and Doctore (you know - the deadliest gladiator in the republic, and the man who trained him) are kind of squicked by her rage when they arrive on scene.



* Paladin of ''HaveGunWillTravel'' is generally a fairly friendly guy, and even gentle to nice people, but can be a terrible enemy if you cross him/hurt innocents.

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* Paladin of ''HaveGunWillTravel'' ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' is generally a fairly friendly guy, and even gentle to nice people, but can be a terrible enemy if you cross him/hurt innocents.



* ''{{Grimm}}'': Monroe is a bookish, [[{{Adorkable}} adorkable]] watchmaker / clock repairman with a passion for Old Europe, cooking, wine and the finer things in life... and a werewolf who could - and sometimes does - tear people apart. Nick is a genuinely good cop who will leave you alone if you haven't done anything illegal, no matter who or what you are... but he will smash your face with a warhammer if you threaten his friends or family. Juliette, a veterinarian and thus a friend of all living things, but when an ogre breaks into her home she doesn't hesitate to throw a pan of boiling water in his face, and when her friend is being abused by her husband she beats the cr@p out of him using common kitchen utensils ([[spoiler:taken UpToEleven once she becomes a Hexenbiest]]). Indeed, it is hard to think of any of the regulars or semi-regulars who [I]don't[/I] fit this trope to a greater or lesser extent! Even the meek Fuchsbau Rosalee; you do NOT want to mess with her husband, or she'll literally tear your throat out, even if you're a big mean Blutbad.

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* ''{{Grimm}}'': ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Monroe is a bookish, [[{{Adorkable}} adorkable]] watchmaker / clock repairman with a passion for Old Europe, cooking, wine and the finer things in life... and a werewolf who could - and sometimes does - tear people apart. Nick is a genuinely good cop who will leave you alone if you haven't done anything illegal, no matter who or what you are... but he will smash your face with a warhammer if you threaten his friends or family. Juliette, a veterinarian and thus a friend of all living things, but when an ogre breaks into her home she doesn't hesitate to throw a pan of boiling water in his face, and when her friend is being abused by her husband she beats the cr@p out of him using common kitchen utensils ([[spoiler:taken UpToEleven once she becomes a Hexenbiest]]). Indeed, it is hard to think of any of the regulars or semi-regulars who [I]don't[/I] fit this trope to a greater or lesser extent! Even the meek Fuchsbau Rosalee; you do NOT want to mess with her husband, or she'll literally tear your throat out, even if you're a big mean Blutbad.



* Cole in ''{{Tracker}}''. His race is normally peaceful and nonviolent. He is friendly, caring and often a bit bumbling as he isn't used to being human. But harm Mel in any way, and you will pay for it. Killing isn't his nature, but he'll still beat you up for it. And in the case of the fugitives, he can make the extraction process slow and painful as he did with Rhee, the killer of his wife and child.

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* Cole in ''{{Tracker}}''.''Series/{{Tracker}}''. His race is normally peaceful and nonviolent. He is friendly, caring and often a bit bumbling as he isn't used to being human. But harm Mel in any way, and you will pay for it. Killing isn't his nature, but he'll still beat you up for it. And in the case of the fugitives, he can make the extraction process slow and painful as he did with Rhee, the killer of his wife and child.
19th Mar '16 8:29:33 AM Hossmeister
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* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': Just about everyone who encounters the Connors ends up thinking that [[RobotGirl Cameron]] is an odd but otherwise docile girl. And she stays that way, unless [[BerserkButton someone threatens the Connors.]] Then she shows them just why she is known as a {{Terminator}}.

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* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': Just about everyone who encounters [[TheSarahConnorChronicles the Connors Connors]] ends up thinking that [[RobotGirl Cameron]] is an odd but otherwise docile girl. And she stays that way, unless [[BerserkButton someone threatens the Connors.]] Then she shows them just why she is known as a {{Terminator}}.
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