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* ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'' has [[Franchise/spiderMan J J Jameson]] and [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Morgan Edge]], two curmudgeon, overbearing, obnoxious, borderline-abusive bosses. Amusingly, they are willing to admit their employees' merits when said employees are not around.

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* ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'' has [[Franchise/spiderMan [[Franchise/SpiderMan J J Jameson]] and [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Morgan Edge]], two curmudgeon, overbearing, obnoxious, borderline-abusive bosses. Amusingly, they are willing to admit their employees' merits when said employees are not around.
21st Nov '16 11:51:26 PM Tron80
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* ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'' has [[Franchise/spiderMan J J Jameson]] and [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Morgan Edge]], two curmudgeon, overbearing, obnoxious, borderline-abusive bosses. Amusingly, they are willing to admit their employees' merits when said employees are not around.
-->'''Morgan Edge:''' Kent is my best reporter or would be, if he were around when I need him!\\
'''[=JJJ=]:''' Reminds me of a photographer I know Peter Parker good, but er unreliable!
13th Nov '16 2:04:13 PM rafi
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** Scrooge McDuck, who pretends to be more of a jerk than he really is. On the rare occasion that he has a genuine charitable impulse, he attempts to hide it from everybody.
%%** DonaldDuck also counts.

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** Scrooge McDuck, Mc Duck, who pretends to be more of a jerk than he really is. On the rare occasion that he has a genuine charitable impulse, he attempts to hide it from everybody.
%%** ** DonaldDuck also counts.counts. No matter how bad-tempered, self-centered or otherwise annoying he may act, he genuinely does care for his nephews and will sacrifice just about anything for their sake. In "A Christmas for Shacktown", Donald goes out of his way to throw a Christmas party for the poor kids of Shacktown, of course it was the triplets' idea but once Donald committed to it, he was entirely behind it.
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* Reggie Mantle of the Franchise/ArchieComics. Oh, he's a self-centered ass but most of his [[JerkAss jerkassery]] is devoted to playing pranks on his friends. In fact, a lot of people have actually pointed out that ''Archie'' is a bigger jerk for playing two girls off of each other for their attention, all the while dating anything else that moves. Reggie gets around too, but he's at least [[AtLeastIAdmitIt honest about it]] and sincerely loves Veronica over any other woman. Also, when the chips are down, he's shown to sincerely love his friends and go to ridiculous lengths for them. [[DependingOnTheWriter Most of the time]]. One comic even implies him to wear a JerkassFacade for whatever reason. He ends up going to great lengths to help Dilton get the woman he loves, and Reggie only asks that his actions be kept a secret in return. He has a reputation as an ass to maintain, after all.

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* Reggie Mantle of the Franchise/ArchieComics. Oh, he's a self-centered ass but most of his [[JerkAss jerkassery]] is devoted to playing pranks on his friends. In fact, a lot of people have actually pointed out that ''Archie'' is a bigger jerk for playing two girls off of each other for their attention, all the while dating anything else that moves. Reggie gets around too, but he's at least [[AtLeastIAdmitIt honest about it]] and sincerely loves Veronica over any other woman. Also, when the chips are down, he's shown to sincerely love his friends and go to ridiculous lengths for them. [[DependingOnTheWriter Most of the time]]. One comic even implies him to wear a JerkassFacade for whatever reason. He ends up going to great lengths to help Dilton get the woman he loves, and Reggie only asks that his actions be kept a secret in return. He has a reputation as an ass to maintain, after all.
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* Calvin of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' fame. His heart is well hidden, but Hobbes being damaged or an injured animal can bring it out. He can also get genuinely remorseful if one of his pranks goes too far.
* ComicBook/{{The Sandman}} is notoriously insensitive, vindictive and self-centered, and his treatment of former lovers can be downright appaling. But after being imprisoned, he is more than willing to make amends (at least whenever someone calls him out for his cruelties).
** Desire, for all its faults, has at least one [[PetTheDog pet the dog]] moment in ''Brief Lives''.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** Modern versions of Supergirl tend to put an emphasis on her being a teenager who has seen her family dying and her home exploding before being trapped in a strange, -comparatively speaking- primitive world and gifted with powers beyond understanding. So, she's moody, snappy, inmature, rude and short-tempered for a while until she outgrows her loneliness and anger management issues. However, even at her worst she's a good girl deep-down who tries to help people and doesn't want anybody to get hurt.
** In the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' storyline her anger was out-of-control and she was abrasive and often plainly rude. Even so, she tried to be considerate to others, apologized when she screwed something up and chided one of her teammates for not being tactful enough.
** ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'': It's well-hidden but Barbara Gordon has one. Although she is rude, rules Gotham like a dictator and spends a good while complaining and ranting about metahumans, she doesn't want Kara to kill Lex Luthor -even though she also hates Luthor!- because Supergirl is "a symbol of hope, not revenge".
* The ComicBook/{{New 52}} version of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] is pretty much this, though the 'heart of gold' part is buried underneath a lot of cynicism. It's something of a [[BrokenBase Base Breaker]] for fans use to seeing him as TheCape.
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} is often portrayed as this. Even with his rampant insanity, the guy is shown to ultimately mean well and he frequently tries to improve himself. When he ended up in X-Force, he quickly proved to be the most moral member of the team who called out the rest of the team whenever they did something that crossed the line. In fact, it's increasingly strongly suggested that Deadpool acts like a jerk towards others simply because he's afraid of being rejected.
* In the ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'':
** Scrooge McDuck, who pretends to be more of a jerk than he really is. On the rare occasion that he has a genuine charitable impulse, he attempts to hide it from everybody.
** DonaldDuck also counts.



* The snarky outcast drow [[LovableRogue rogue]] Downer, from the comics ''Downer: Wandering Monster'' and ''Downer: Fool's Errand'' by Kyle Stanley Hunter (formerly published in DUNGEON Magazine). A down on his luck "proven loser" who survives by his wit, quick tongue, quick blade and quick reflexes (and mainly by running the hell away when outnumbered, unless he's sufficiently pissed off that he decides to indulge his inner {{Badass}} and take on a whole bunch of enemies by himself). Although he considers himself an "evil bastard" who puts his own survival first and claims he's "always prepared to be screwed over by his friends", Downer has demonstrated amazing loyalty to friends and guild mates on several occasions, and he always pays back his debts. Downer's brother Aristide claims Downer is a "jerk", but then, Aristide is more of a typical drow (read: selfish and cruel) and his viewpoint is questionable.
* Hunter Hastings (protagonist of independent comic ComicBook/DruidCity) falls into this trope for much of the planned series. While his ulterior motives are not altruistic, his actions end up benefiting his community.
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'':
** Sistah Spooky plays this trope the straightest, initially being presented as being callously cruel to the title character but eventually being revealed to be a fairly nice person actually.
** There's also the Caged Demonwolf, who's probably the nicest SealedEvilInACan EldritchAbomination in fiction.
** Ocelatina has kidnapped the main character a few times and exploited her for monetary gain even more times... and she's also the title character's biggest cheerleader, telling everyone who'll listen that Empowered is an awesome superhero.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': Reed Richards, who acts like an [[InsufferableGenius arrogant, insensitive dick]] most of the time, but [[PapaWolf loves his children]], [[BattleCouple wife]] and [[TrueCompanions adoptive family]] dearly, has an extremely strong and idealistic moral compass, and suffers a great deal of guilt over the accident that ruined the Four's normal lives.
** For that matter there's his brother-in-law Johnny Storm, who can more often than not be a cocky, immature jackass. But he always stands by his friends and loved ones and will give his all fighting for the greater good.
* ''Comicbook/DoctorDoom'' loves pushing people around and launching attacks against his enemies (namely everybody who's not him) but has warmth for his citizenry particularly the children of Latveria. In a truly shocking moment, he forgave past grudges and aided the Invisible Woman with her recent birth, saving both Sue and her baby from certain death. As such, the daughter, Valeria, is held as an endeared one under his personal protection and allowed unrestricted audience, while the child returns his affection and refers to him informally as Uncle Doom. Awwwwww. (Warning: This is most definitely a DependingOnTheWriter quality.)
* While Bucky of ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' is mostly a self-centered JerkAss, he's been shown to have shades of this on at least 2 occasions.
** In a relatively early arc, when Satchel's arm is badly hurt while chasing a bike, Bucky shows an unusual (for him) amount of care and concern, such as being the one to first inform Rob of the accident and clearly being close to panicking while doing so. Near the end of the arc, [[spoiler:Satchel realizes that he lost his beloved wristwatch in the accident, and Rob muses on how it's likely impossible to find it now. Cue a scene of Buckey fishing the watch out of a drainage ditch, ''out of his own volition''.]]
** In a later arc, in the wake of 9/11, Rob and Satchel decide to donate blood. The last strip of the arc is a single panel showing [[spoiler:Bucky setting up a bunch of signs congratulating them on their blood donations and calling them heroes, and even prepared a batch of cookies for them.]]
* GreenLantern Guy Gardner. Rowdy, egotistical, self-centered, boisterous, loudmouthed, short on impulse control and long on bravado. However, his side of the SlapSlapKiss relationship between him and teammate Ice is genuinely tender and sensitive, a fact that Ice's friend Fire flat out ''refuses'' to believe. Additionally, originally he consciously put on his tough guy facade to cope with being TheUnFavorite with an overachieving big brother.
** And underneath his bad attitude is a true hero, a man willing to fight and die to protect the universe from harm [[spoiler:and deemed best suited to lead the GL Corps as the #1 Lantern.]]
** In his early, pre-Green Lantern days he was a kindergarten teacher. Hal had to save him when he hurt himself rescuing a busload of his students he was taking on a field trip.

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* The snarky outcast drow [[LovableRogue rogue]] Downer, from the comics ''Downer: Wandering Monster'' and ''Downer: Fool's Errand'' by Kyle Stanley Hunter (formerly published in DUNGEON Magazine). A down on his luck "proven loser" who survives by his wit, quick tongue, quick blade and quick reflexes (and mainly by running the hell away when outnumbered, unless he's sufficiently pissed off that he decides to indulge his inner {{Badass}} and take on a whole bunch of enemies by himself). Although he considers himself an "evil bastard" who puts his own survival first and claims he's "always prepared to be screwed over by his friends", Downer has demonstrated amazing loyalty to friends and guild mates on several occasions, and he always pays back his debts. Downer's brother Aristide claims Downer is a "jerk", but then, Aristide is more of a typical drow (read: selfish and cruel) and his viewpoint is questionable.
* Hunter Hastings (protagonist of independent comic ComicBook/DruidCity) falls into this trope for much of the planned series. While his ulterior motives are not altruistic, his actions end up benefiting his community.
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'':
''ComicBook/GreenLantern'':
** Sistah Spooky plays this trope the straightest, initially being presented as being callously cruel to the title character but eventually being revealed to be a fairly nice person actually.
** There's also the Caged Demonwolf, who's probably the nicest SealedEvilInACan EldritchAbomination in fiction.
** Ocelatina has kidnapped the main character a few times and exploited her for monetary gain even more times... and she's also the title character's biggest cheerleader, telling everyone who'll listen that Empowered is an awesome superhero.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': Reed Richards, who acts like an [[InsufferableGenius arrogant, insensitive dick]] most of the time, but [[PapaWolf loves his children]], [[BattleCouple wife]] and [[TrueCompanions adoptive family]] dearly, has an extremely strong and idealistic moral compass, and suffers a great deal of guilt over the accident that ruined the Four's normal lives.
** For that matter there's his brother-in-law Johnny Storm, who can more often than not be a cocky, immature jackass. But he always stands by his friends and loved ones and will give his all fighting for the greater good.
* ''Comicbook/DoctorDoom'' loves pushing people around and launching attacks against his enemies (namely everybody who's not him) but has warmth for his citizenry particularly the children of Latveria. In a truly shocking moment, he forgave past grudges and aided the Invisible Woman with her recent birth, saving both Sue and her baby from certain death. As such, the daughter, Valeria, is held as an endeared one under his personal protection and allowed unrestricted audience, while the child returns his affection and refers to him informally as Uncle Doom. Awwwwww. (Warning: This is most definitely a DependingOnTheWriter quality.)
* While Bucky of ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' is mostly a self-centered JerkAss, he's been shown to have shades of this on at least 2 occasions.
** In a relatively early arc, when Satchel's arm is badly hurt while chasing a bike, Bucky shows an unusual (for him) amount of care and concern, such as being the one to first inform Rob of the accident and clearly being close to panicking while doing so. Near the end of the arc, [[spoiler:Satchel realizes that he lost his beloved wristwatch in the accident, and Rob muses on how it's likely impossible to find it now. Cue a scene of Buckey fishing the watch out of a drainage ditch, ''out of his own volition''.]]
** In a later arc, in the wake of 9/11, Rob and Satchel decide to donate blood. The last strip of the arc is a single panel showing [[spoiler:Bucky setting up a bunch of signs congratulating them on their blood donations and calling them heroes, and even prepared a batch of cookies for them.]]
* GreenLantern
Guy Gardner. Rowdy, egotistical, self-centered, boisterous, loudmouthed, short on impulse control and long on bravado. However, his side of the SlapSlapKiss relationship between him and teammate Ice is genuinely tender and sensitive, a fact that Ice's friend Fire flat out ''refuses'' to believe. Additionally, originally he consciously put on his tough guy facade to cope with being TheUnFavorite with an overachieving big brother.
** *** And underneath his bad attitude is a true hero, a man willing to fight and die to protect the universe from harm [[spoiler:and deemed best suited to lead the GL Corps as the #1 Lantern.]]
** *** In his early, pre-Green Lantern days he was a kindergarten teacher. Hal had to save him when he hurt himself rescuing a busload of his students he was taking on a field trip.



* [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} Constantine]] is generally only nice when it suits him, but seems to have a soft spot when it comes to spirits with a sob story or keeping the world from getting destroyed.
* Jack Horner from the ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' series, is written as this sociopathic jerk who is ignorant of the feelings of others. A lot of fans and critics generally hated him, to the point that series editors just casually keep him in the series because he was a CreatorsPet or TheScrappy. Still, he generated just enough fanbase, not just to keep him in the series, but also to have his own spin-off comic. His jerkiness also has its roots: he's the literal personification of ''every fictional pranksters and tricksters named Jack'', and so he couldn't help being an asshole most of the time. And while he does act like this most of the time, what makes him unique is that it always surprise (and admires) readers everytime he does something selfless.
* [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] '''is''' this trope [[MemeticMutation IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!!!]] This applies to both his comics incarnation as well as how he's treated in films. Notably, he only really developed the heart of gold after the accident that made him Iron Man; before that, it was in there somewhere, but not so you'd notice.
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Also, it's technically a]] [[HeartLight heart of unstable radioactive isotopes.]]
* Numerous examples from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', but the most obvious one is [[RulesLawyer Brian.]] He's a selfish, manipulative jerk, no denying it, but he has showed some genuine kindess over the years, and has gotten perhaps more PetTheDog moments than any other character.
* Ignatz Mouse from ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat''--he may constantly throw bricks at the title character's head, but he's been shown to genuinely care about his FriendlyEnemy, and he even does the occasional good deed.
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ComicStrip/LittleLulu Lulu Moppet]] may generally mean well and be good hearted, but when the fellers torment her and the other girls... [[{{Jerkass}} she's pretty mean when teaching them a lesson.]]

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* [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} Constantine]] is generally only nice when it suits him, but seems to have a soft spot when it comes to spirits with a sob story or keeping the world from getting destroyed.
* Jack Horner
[[ComicBook/HawkAndDove Hawk]] from the ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' series, is written as this sociopathic jerk who is ignorant of the feelings of others. A lot of fans and critics generally hated him, to the point that series editors just casually keep him ComicBook/TeenTitans, in the series because he was a CreatorsPet or TheScrappy. Still, he generated just enough fanbase, not just to keep him in the series, but also to have his own spin-off comic. His jerkiness also has its roots: some writers' interpretations. Otherwise, he's the literal personification of ''every fictional pranksters and tricksters named Jack'', and so he couldn't help more known for being an asshole most of the time. And while he does act like this most of the time, what makes him unique is that it always surprise (and admires) readers everytime he does something selfless.
* [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] '''is''' this trope [[MemeticMutation IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!!!]] This applies to both his comics incarnation as well as how he's treated in films. Notably, he only really developed the heart of gold after the accident that made him Iron Man; before that, it was in there somewhere, but not so you'd notice.
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Also, it's technically a]] [[HeartLight heart of unstable radioactive isotopes.]]
* Numerous examples from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', but the most obvious one is [[RulesLawyer Brian.]] He's a selfish, manipulative jerk, no denying it, but he has showed some genuine kindess over the years, and has gotten perhaps more PetTheDog moments than any other character.
* Ignatz Mouse from ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat''--he may constantly throw bricks at the title character's head, but he's been shown to genuinely care about his FriendlyEnemy, and he even does the occasional good deed.
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ComicStrip/LittleLulu Lulu Moppet]] may generally mean well and be good hearted, but when the fellers torment her and the other girls... [[{{Jerkass}} she's pretty mean when teaching them a lesson.]]
outright {{Jerkass}}.



* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** Modern versions of Supergirl tend to put an emphasis on her being a teenager who has seen her family dying and her home exploding before being trapped in a strange, -comparatively speaking- primitive world and gifted with powers beyond understanding. So, she's moody, snappy, inmature, rude and short-tempered for a while until she outgrows her loneliness and anger management issues. However, even at her worst she's a good girl deep-down who tries to help people and doesn't want anybody to get hurt.
** In the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' storyline her anger was out-of-control and she was abrasive and often plainly rude. Even so, she tried to be considerate to others, apologized when she screwed something up and chided one of her teammates for not being tactful enough.
** ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'': It's well-hidden but Barbara Gordon has one. Although she is rude, rules Gotham like a dictator and spends a good while complaining and ranting about metahumans, she doesn't want Kara to kill Lex Luthor -even though she also hates Luthor!- because Supergirl is "a symbol of hope, not revenge".
* The ComicBook/{{New 52}} version of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] is pretty much this, though the 'heart of gold' part is buried underneath a lot of cynicism. It's something of a [[BrokenBase Base Breaker]] for fans use to seeing him as TheCape.

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* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} is often portrayed as this. Even with his rampant insanity, the guy is shown to ultimately mean well and he frequently tries to improve himself. When he ended up in X-Force, he quickly proved to be the most moral member of the team who called out the rest of the team whenever they did something that crossed the line. In fact, it's increasingly strongly suggested that Deadpool acts like a jerk towards others simply because he's afraid of being rejected.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'':
** Reed Richards, who acts like an [[InsufferableGenius arrogant, insensitive dick]] most of the time, but [[PapaWolf loves his children]], [[BattleCouple wife]] and [[TrueCompanions adoptive family]] dearly, has an extremely strong and idealistic moral compass, and suffers a great deal of guilt over the accident that ruined the Four's normal lives.
** For that matter there's his brother-in-law Johnny Storm, who can more often than not be a cocky, immature jackass. But he always stands by his friends and loved ones and will give his all fighting for the greater good.
** ''Comicbook/DoctorDoom'' loves pushing people around and launching attacks against his enemies (namely everybody who's not him) but has warmth for his citizenry particularly the children of Latveria. In a truly shocking moment, he forgave past grudges and aided the Invisible Woman with her recent birth, saving both Sue and her baby from certain death. As such, the daughter, Valeria, is held as an endeared one under his personal protection and allowed unrestricted audience, while the child returns his affection and refers to him informally as Uncle Doom. Awwwwww. (Warning: This is most definitely a DependingOnTheWriter quality.)
** Reed Richards from ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'' means well... sort of, but there are moments where he's incredibly arrogant and bad tempered. [[spoiler:Becomes a full on JerkWithAHeartOfJerk when he turns evil because he felt being good was holding him back]].
* Tony Stark alias Comicbook/IronMan '''is''' this trope [[MemeticMutation IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!!!]] This applies to both his comics incarnation as well as how he's treated in films. Notably, he only really developed the heart of gold after the accident that made him Iron Man; before that, it was in there somewhere, but not so you'd notice.
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Also, it's technically a]] [[HeartLight heart of unstable radioactive isotopes.]]
* Numerous examples from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', but the most obvious one is [[RulesLawyer Brian.]] He's a selfish, manipulative jerk, no denying it, but he has showed some genuine kindess over the years, and has gotten perhaps more PetTheDog moments than any other character.



* [[YouDirtyRat Rat]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Pearls Before Swine}}'' qualifies as this sometimes, though the more sociopathic side of his personality tends to be emphasized. One time Pig jumped off a roof believing he could fly ({{It Makes Sense in Context}}) and, after waking up in the hospital asked Rat what happened. Rat begins to tell him the truth, but then pauses and says instead that Pig hit his head on the moon.
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'':
** Xadhoom. She's angry, abrasive, ready to punch out anyone who pisses her off, and, if you're an Evronian, out to murder you in a truly painful way. She's also willing to help anyone who needs help, and the Evronians, being TheEmpire and [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill having destroyed her homeworld after coming in the pretense of peace]], earned her rage.
*** In one of the short stories Xadhoom answered a rescue call, and found it had been launched by an Evronian ship that had been drugged under the sea by a {{Kaijuu}}-sized octopus. Xadhoom's reaction to finding this out is to ''chase away the monster and rescue the Evronians'', because it's the right thing to do (that's before killing the Evronians. They are her enemy, after all).
** Angus Fangus. This journalist is abrasive, dirty, greedy and calling our protagonist a criminal on TV. He's also after ''any'' form of injustice, and the scoop that made him famous internationally was ''exposing a traffic of nuclear weapons''.
* Marigold of ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' is [[{{Narcissist}} vain to a downright parodic degree]] and frequently insults Phoebe's appearance. Apart from this, however, she is always her close, loyal and beloved friend.
* Woody (of ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'') won't pass any opportunity to deflate his friend's wild theories and excessive idealism, but he won't hesitate to help when the chips are down.
* All of Scott's friends qualify to varying degrees from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', but the one who stands out is Kim Pine. Kim Pine may be a bitter DeadpanSnarker GrumpyBear (with misanthropic tendencies and an inferiority complex to boot), but also a true friend of Scott, helping him with Sex Bob-Omb, despite things like [[spoiler: their relationship ending due to him moving, but the problem was him telling her via proxy (their friend Lisa) rather than her directly]] and, in volume 5, she demonstrates her friendship with him [[spoiler: faking an SMS from Ramona, ignoring her own feelings towards him, in order to give Scott support in his fight against the two exes]] she also offers him her house (and her own bed) when Scott is homeless, helps him with his depression over [[spoiler: Ramona's disappearance]] and even [[spoiler: kisses him a last time before his fight with Gideon]].
** Scott himself is something of a variation in that he is generally a nice guy who has a few mean qualities and a bit dull.



* Jed Poole from ''ComicBook/StarRaiders'' yells bombastic insults at anyone within earshot, but he won't hesitate to leap into action if any of his companions are in danger. Though there are still times that he acts like a monster.
* Raphael from the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' in a few comics, and also more than just the comics as the first couple of films, the new animated series, and the most recent CGI film have shown.
* ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'' has Victor Von Piro. He's a [[SpoiledBrat spoiled]] [[JerkAss jerkass]] vampire who is arrogant, [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]], [[HairTriggerTemper hot-tempered]] and looks down to everyone. However, he shows he cares deeply for his [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents particularly embarrassing]] family and even his friends, helping them in a few occassions.
** Guillotine too. Most of the time, she's a [[PerkyGoth gothic]] and unsympathetic bitch who likes to bully others, but when she's with [[CuteWitch Piruja]], she switches into a kind and compassionate [[CoolBigSis older sister figure]] who will do anything to protect her and keep her happy.
* Cyclonus in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' in order to maintain his reputation as a powerful warrior. It's most visible in one scene where he scorns Tailgate's offering of innermost energon, a Cybertronian ritual carried out by the bedside of a critically injured friend or loved one, by smashing the vial to the floor, then stops at the doorway and goes back to help Tailgate clean it up.
** Whirl has pretty much confirmed his Heart of Gold journey by the time of the Dying of the Light arc. He wants to be accepted despite his disfigurations, but his insanity and angry, bitter nature often causes him to make bad judgements. On the other hand, in certain specific ways he's shown an impulsive StupidGood side, when doing the right thing is incredibly dangerous or hard, but he'll still do it.
** Rodimus is a gigantic GloryHound {{Manchild}} with zero humility and a basically nonexistent sense of responsibility, to the point where a very recently reformed BigBad is a more effective captain, but he really does want what's best for his crew; he's just not very good at working out what that is.
* Spider Jerusalem from ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' is a huge jerk, but he does have a heart of gold. He stands for truth and justice, he's just an ass while doing it, and has done something so small and good-hearted as comforting a lost little child and buying her pawned doll back for her.
* Gennosuke from ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', who is, in the title character's words, "a money-loving cheat" who has managed to swindle Usagi more than once. Still, he's done several acts out of the goodness of his heart, which upsets him to no end when Usagi compliments him on it.
** The same applies to Gen's fellow BountyHunter and occasional partner Stray Dog, who shows every sign of being a ruthless, cheating JerkAss until we learn that he donates the lion's share of his profits to an orphanage.
* Praxton in ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'' is an extraordinary {{Jerkass}}, a FantasyForbiddingFather and a classist, but defied Dayside's FantasticRacism by fathering a child with a Darksider, is genuinely happy to make his son a Mastrell and would likely rebuild his relationship with Kenton if it wasn't for an enemy attack necessiting a DyingMomentOfAwesome to save his kid.




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* Reggie Mantle of the Franchise/ArchieComics. Oh, he's a self-centered ass but most of his [[JerkAss jerkassery]] is devoted to playing pranks on his friends. In fact, a lot of people have actually pointed out that ''Archie'' is a bigger jerk for playing two girls off of each other for their attention, all the while dating anything else that moves. Reggie gets around too, but he's at least [[AtLeastIAdmitIt honest about it]] and sincerely loves Veronica over any other woman. Also, when the chips are down, he's shown to sincerely love his friends and go to ridiculous lengths for them. [[DependingOnTheWriter Most of the time]]. One comic even implies him to wear a JerkassFacade for whatever reason. He ends up going to great lengths to help Dilton get the woman he loves, and Reggie only asks that his actions be kept a secret in return. He has a reputation as an ass to maintain, after all.



* Reed Richards from ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'' means well... sort of, but there are moments where he's incredibly arrogant and bad tempered. [[spoiler:Becomes a full on JerkWithAHeartOfJerk when he turns evil because he felt being good was holding him back]].
* [[ComicBook/HawkAndDove Hawk]] from the ComicBook/TeenTitans, in some writers' interpretations. Otherwise, he's more known for being an outright {{Jerkass}}.

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* Reed Richards Calvin of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' fame. His heart is well hidden, but Hobbes being damaged or an injured animal can bring it out. He can also get genuinely remorseful if one of his pranks goes too far.
* In the ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'':
** Scrooge McDuck, who pretends to be more of a jerk than he really is. On the rare occasion that he has a genuine charitable impulse, he attempts to hide it
from ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'' means well... sort of, everybody.
%%** DonaldDuck also counts.
* The snarky outcast drow [[LovableRogue rogue]] Downer, from the comics ''Downer: Wandering Monster'' and ''Downer: Fool's Errand'' by Kyle Stanley Hunter (formerly published in DUNGEON Magazine). A down on his luck "proven loser" who survives by his wit, quick tongue, quick blade and quick reflexes (and mainly by running the hell away when outnumbered, unless he's sufficiently pissed off that he decides to indulge his inner {{Badass}} and take on a whole bunch of enemies by himself). Although he considers himself an "evil bastard" who puts his own survival first and claims he's "always prepared to be screwed over by his friends", Downer has demonstrated amazing loyalty to friends and guild mates on several occasions, and he always pays back his debts. Downer's brother Aristide claims Downer is a "jerk",
but then, Aristide is more of a typical drow (read: selfish and cruel) and his viewpoint is questionable.
* Hunter Hastings (protagonist of independent comic ComicBook/DruidCity) falls into this trope for much of the planned series. While his ulterior motives are not altruistic, his actions end up benefiting his community.
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'':
** Sistah Spooky plays this trope the straightest, initially being presented as being callously cruel to the title character but eventually being revealed to be a fairly nice person actually.
** There's also the Caged Demonwolf, who's probably the nicest SealedEvilInACan EldritchAbomination in fiction.
** Ocelatina has kidnapped the main character a few times and exploited her for monetary gain even more times... and she's also the title character's biggest cheerleader, telling everyone who'll listen that Empowered is an awesome superhero.
* Jack Horner from the ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' series, is written as this sociopathic jerk who is ignorant of the feelings of others. A lot of fans and critics generally hated him, to the point that series editors just casually keep him in the series because he was a CreatorsPet or TheScrappy. Still, he generated just enough fanbase, not just to keep him in the series, but also to have his own spin-off comic. His jerkiness also has its roots: he's the literal personification of ''every fictional pranksters and tricksters named Jack'', and so he couldn't help being an asshole most of the time. And while he does act like this most of the time, what makes him unique is that it always surprise (and admires) readers everytime he does something selfless.
* While Bucky of ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' is mostly a self-centered JerkAss, he's been shown to have shades of this on at least 2 occasions.
** In a relatively early arc, when Satchel's arm is badly hurt while chasing a bike, Bucky shows an unusual (for him) amount of care and concern, such as being the one to first inform Rob of the accident and clearly being close to panicking while doing so. Near the end of the arc, [[spoiler:Satchel realizes that he lost his beloved wristwatch in the accident, and Rob muses on how it's likely impossible to find it now. Cue a scene of Buckey fishing the watch out of a drainage ditch, ''out of his own volition''.]]
** In a later arc, in the wake of 9/11, Rob and Satchel decide to donate blood. The last strip of the arc is a single panel showing [[spoiler:Bucky setting up a bunch of signs congratulating them on their blood donations and calling them heroes, and even prepared a batch of cookies for them.]]
* From ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', Constantine is generally only nice when it suits him, but seems to have a soft spot when it comes to spirits with a sob story or keeping the world from getting destroyed.
* Ignatz Mouse from ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat''--he may constantly throw bricks at the title character's head, but he's been shown to genuinely care about his FriendlyEnemy, and he even does the occasional good deed.
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ComicStrip/LittleLulu Lulu Moppet]] may generally mean well and be good hearted, but when the fellers torment her and the other girls... [[{{Jerkass}} she's pretty mean when teaching them a lesson.]]
* ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'' has Victor Von Piro. He's a [[SpoiledBrat spoiled]] [[JerkAss jerkass]] vampire who is arrogant, [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]], [[HairTriggerTemper hot-tempered]] and looks down to everyone. However, he shows he cares deeply for his [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents particularly embarrassing]] family and even his friends, helping them in a few occassions.
** Guillotine too. Most of the time, she's a [[PerkyGoth gothic]] and unsympathetic bitch who likes to bully others, but when she's with [[CuteWitch Piruja]], she switches into a kind and compassionate [[CoolBigSis older sister figure]] who will do anything to protect her and keep her happy.
* [[YouDirtyRat Rat]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Pearls Before Swine}}'' qualifies as this sometimes, though the more sociopathic side of his personality tends to be emphasized. One time Pig jumped off a roof believing he could fly ({{It Makes Sense in Context}}) and, after waking up in the hospital asked Rat what happened. Rat begins to tell him the truth, but then pauses and says instead that Pig hit his head on the moon.
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'':
** Xadhoom. She's angry, abrasive, ready to punch out anyone who pisses her off, and, if you're an Evronian, out to murder you in a truly painful way. She's also willing to help anyone who needs help, and the Evronians, being TheEmpire and [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill having destroyed her homeworld after coming in the pretense of peace]], earned her rage.
*** In one of the short stories Xadhoom answered a rescue call, and found it had been launched by an Evronian ship that had been drugged under the sea by a {{Kaijuu}}-sized octopus. Xadhoom's reaction to finding this out is to ''chase away the monster and rescue the Evronians'', because it's the right thing to do (that's before killing the Evronians. They are her enemy, after all).
** Angus Fangus. This journalist is abrasive, dirty, greedy and calling our protagonist a criminal on TV. He's also after ''any'' form of injustice, and the scoop that made him famous internationally was ''exposing a traffic of nuclear weapons''.
* Marigold of ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' is [[{{Narcissist}} vain to a downright parodic degree]] and frequently insults Phoebe's appearance. Apart from this, however, she is always her close, loyal and beloved friend.
* Woody (of ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'') won't pass any opportunity to deflate his friend's wild theories and excessive idealism, but he won't hesitate to help when the chips are down.
* ComicBook/TheSandman is notoriously insensitive, vindictive and self-centered, and his treatment of former lovers can be downright appaling. But after being imprisoned, he is more than willing to make amends (at least whenever someone calls him out for his cruelties).
** Desire, for all its faults, has at least one [[PetTheDog pet the dog]] moment in ''Brief Lives''.
* All of Scott's friends qualify to varying degrees from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', but the one who stands out is Kim Pine. Kim Pine may be a bitter DeadpanSnarker GrumpyBear (with misanthropic tendencies and an inferiority complex to boot), but also a true friend of Scott, helping him with Sex Bob-Omb, despite things like [[spoiler: their relationship ending due to him moving, but the problem was him telling her via proxy (their friend Lisa) rather than her directly]] and, in volume 5, she demonstrates her friendship with him [[spoiler: faking an SMS from Ramona, ignoring her own feelings towards him, in order to give Scott support in his fight against the two exes]] she also offers him her house (and her own bed) when Scott is homeless, helps him with his depression over [[spoiler: Ramona's disappearance]] and even [[spoiler: kisses him a last time before his fight with Gideon]].
** Scott himself is something of a variation in that he is generally a nice guy who has a few mean qualities and a bit dull.
* Jed Poole from ''ComicBook/StarRaiders'' yells bombastic insults at anyone within earshot, but he won't hesitate to leap into action if any of his companions are in danger. Though
there are moments still times that he acts like a monster.
* Raphael from the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' in a few comics, and also more than just the comics as the first couple of films, the new animated series, and the most recent CGI film have shown.
* Cyclonus in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' in order to maintain his reputation as a powerful warrior. It's most visible in one scene
where he scorns Tailgate's offering of innermost energon, a Cybertronian ritual carried out by the bedside of a critically injured friend or loved one, by smashing the vial to the floor, then stops at the doorway and goes back to help Tailgate clean it up.
** Whirl has pretty much confirmed his Heart of Gold journey by the time of the Dying of the Light arc. He wants to be accepted despite his disfigurations, but his insanity and angry, bitter nature often causes him to make bad judgements. On the other hand, in certain specific ways
he's shown an impulsive StupidGood side, when doing the right thing is incredibly arrogant dangerous or hard, but he'll still do it.
** Rodimus is a gigantic GloryHound {{Manchild}} with zero humility
and bad tempered. [[spoiler:Becomes a full on JerkWithAHeartOfJerk when he turns evil because he felt being good was holding him back]].
* [[ComicBook/HawkAndDove Hawk]] from
basically nonexistent sense of responsibility, to the ComicBook/TeenTitans, in some writers' interpretations. Otherwise, point where a very recently reformed BigBad is a more effective captain, but he really does want what's best for his crew; he's just not very good at working out what that is.
* Spider Jerusalem from ''ComicBook{{Transmetropolitan}}'' is a huge jerk, but he does have a heart of gold. He stands for truth and justice, he's just an ass while doing it, and has done something so small and good-hearted as comforting a lost little child and buying her pawned doll back for her.
* Gennosuke from ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', who is, in the title character's words, "a money-loving cheat" who has managed to swindle Usagi
more known for than once. Still, he's done several acts out of the goodness of his heart, which upsets him to no end when Usagi compliments him on it.
** The same applies to Gen's fellow BountyHunter and occasional partner Stray Dog, who shows every sign of
being a ruthless, cheating JerkAss until we learn that he donates the lion's share of his profits to an outright {{Jerkass}}.orphanage.
* Praxton in ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'' is an extraordinary {{Jerkass}}, a FantasyForbiddingFather and a classist, but defied Dayside's FantasticRacism by fathering a child with a Darksider, is genuinely happy to make his son a Mastrell and would likely rebuild his relationship with Kenton if it wasn't for an enemy attack necessiting a DyingMomentOfAwesome to save his kid.
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** ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'': It's well-hidden but Barbara Gordon has one. Although she is rude, rules Gotham like a dictator and spends a good while complaining and ranting about metahumans, she doesn't want Kara to kill Lex Luthor -even though she also hates Luthor!- because Supergirl is "a symbol of hope, not revenge".
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** Whirl comes closer and closer to this trope the more his character develops. He wants to be accepted despite his disfigurations, but his insanity and angry, bitter nature often causes him to make bad judgements. By his own admission, "I keep making mistakes", so he's ''trying.'' Appropriately enough, when Cyclonus needs to work through a problem with his personal life, he comes to Whirl.
** Rodimus is a gigantic GloryHound {{Manchild}} with nothing resembling humility and a basically nonexistent sense of responsibility, to the point where a very recently reformed BigBad is a more effective captain, but he really does want what's best for his crew; he's just not very good at telling what that is.

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** Whirl comes closer and closer to this trope has pretty much confirmed his Heart of Gold journey by the more his character develops.time of the Dying of the Light arc. He wants to be accepted despite his disfigurations, but his insanity and angry, bitter nature often causes him to make bad judgements. By his own admission, "I keep making mistakes", so On the other hand, in certain specific ways he's ''trying.'' Appropriately enough, shown an impulsive StupidGood side, when Cyclonus needs to work through a problem with his personal life, he comes to Whirl.
doing the right thing is incredibly dangerous or hard, but he'll still do it.
** Rodimus is a gigantic GloryHound {{Manchild}} with nothing resembling zero humility and a basically nonexistent sense of responsibility, to the point where a very recently reformed BigBad is a more effective captain, but he really does want what's best for his crew; he's just not very good at telling working out what that is.
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* Calvin of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' fame. His heart is well hidden, but Hobbes being damaged or an injured animal can bring it out. He can also get genuinely remorseful if one of his pranks goes too far.


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* Marigold of ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' is [[{{Narcissist}} vain to a downright parodic degree]] and frequently insults Phoebe's appearance. Apart from this, however, she is always her close, loyal and beloved friend.
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* Cyclonus in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' in order to maintain his reputation as a powerful warrior.
** Whirl comes closer and closer to this trope the more his character develops. He wants to be accepted despite his disfigurations, but his insanity and angry, bitter nature often causes him to make bad judgements. By his own admission, "I keep making mistakes", so he's ''trying.''

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* Cyclonus in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' in order to maintain his reputation as a powerful warrior.
warrior. It's most visible in one scene where he scorns Tailgate's offering of innermost energon, a Cybertronian ritual carried out by the bedside of a critically injured friend or loved one, by smashing the vial to the floor, then stops at the doorway and goes back to help Tailgate clean it up.
** Whirl comes closer and closer to this trope the more his character develops. He wants to be accepted despite his disfigurations, but his insanity and angry, bitter nature often causes him to make bad judgements. By his own admission, "I keep making mistakes", so he's ''trying.'''' Appropriately enough, when Cyclonus needs to work through a problem with his personal life, he comes to Whirl.
** Rodimus is a gigantic GloryHound {{Manchild}} with nothing resembling humility and a basically nonexistent sense of responsibility, to the point where a very recently reformed BigBad is a more effective captain, but he really does want what's best for his crew; he's just not very good at telling what that is.
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* Praxton in ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'' is an extraordinary {{Jerkass}}, a FantasyForbiddingFather and a classist, but defied Dayside's FantasticRacism by fathering a child with a Darksider, is genuinely happy to make his son a Mastrell and would likely rebuild his relationship with Kenton if it wasn't for an enemy attack necessiting a DyingMomentOfAwesome to save his kid.
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* ComicBook/LoisLane. She's gruff, hard-nosed, sharp-tongued, quick-tempered, bossy, rude, and more than a little bullying; but she's deeply compassionate, has unshakable integrity, is fiercely loyal to her friends and husband, and loves her job because it allows her to help people and fight for truth, justice, and the American Way. And kind, laid-back Clark Kent's attraction to her has strong (though gender-flipped) AllGirlsWantBadBoys vibes.

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* ComicBook/LoisLane. She's gruff, hard-nosed, sharp-tongued, quick-tempered, bossy, rude, and more than a little bullying; but she's deeply compassionate, has unshakable integrity, is fiercely loyal to her friends and husband, and loves her job because it allows her to help people and fight for truth, justice, and the American Way. And kind, laid-back [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent's Kent]]'s attraction to her has strong (though gender-flipped) AllGirlsWantBadBoys vibes.
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