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16th Nov '17 7:42:04 PM FruityOatyBars
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* Courtney Milan's 'Cyclone' series has Adam [[SirSwearsALot Fucking]] Reynolds - a billionaire tech entrepreneur who's foul-mouthed, foul-tempered, blunt, and hypercritical of everyone around him, a well-meaning but seriously imperfect father who kept his son in the spotlight from infancy, and [[spoiler: a cocaine addict]]. WordOfGod is that his real-life models included Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, and Mark Zuckerberg. But, while his company has some ethical issues, he can usually be counted on to do the right thing in a real crunch, he's very receptive to criticism, and he has [[EveryoneHasStandards standards]]. (He's also a fan favorite verging on MemeticBadass.)

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* Courtney Milan's 'Cyclone' ''Cyclone'' series has Adam [[SirSwearsALot Fucking]] Reynolds - a billionaire tech entrepreneur who's foul-mouthed, foul-tempered, blunt, and hypercritical of everyone around him, a well-meaning but seriously imperfect father who kept his son in the spotlight from infancy, and [[spoiler: a cocaine addict]]. WordOfGod is that his real-life models included Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, and Mark Zuckerberg. But, while his company has some ethical issues, he can usually be counted on to do the right thing in a real crunch, he's very receptive to criticism, and he has [[EveryoneHasStandards standards]]. (He's also a fan favorite verging on MemeticBadass.)
16th Nov '17 7:40:49 PM FruityOatyBars
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* Courtney Milan's 'Cyclone' series has Adam [[SirSwearsALot Fucking]] Reynolds - a billionaire tech entrepreneur who's foul-mouthed, foul-tempered, blunt, and hypercritical of everyone around him, a well-meaning but seriously imperfect father who kept his son in the spotlight from infancy, and [[spoiler: a cocaine addict]]. WordOfGod is that his real-life models included Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, and Mark Zuckerberg. But, while his company has some ethical issues, he can usually be counted on to do the right thing in a real crunch, he's very receptive to criticism, and he has [[EveryoneHasStandards standards]]. (He's also a fan favorite verging on MemeticBadass.)
26th Oct '17 8:52:18 AM MockFerret
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** Mr. Rafiel in ''[[Literature/MissMarple A Caribbean Mystery]]'' initially comes across as an impossibly rude old rich bastard, but turns out to be a surprisingly kind man under all his bluster. He and Miss Marple become fast friends over the course of the story.

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** Mr. Rafiel in ''[[Literature/MissMarple A Caribbean Mystery]]'' initially comes across as an impossibly rude old rich bastard, but turns out to be a surprisingly kind man under all his bluster. He and Miss Marple become fast friends over the course of the story. It also becomes clear that at least some of his rudeness and ill temper stems from poor health and chronic pain rather than his innate personality. He's well aware of his faults, and has a deep and genuine gratitude to those close to him for putting up with him.
1st Oct '17 2:49:53 PM AdelePotter
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* ''Literature/TheHeartsWeSold'' has at least three.
** Gremma, Dee's roommate, is HotBlooded and sarcastic, and tends to lean towards a "punch first, ask questions later" mentality. However, she's Dee's closest friend in the world, and steps up to the plate when Dee needs her help.
** Cora is an IceQueen [[spoiler:who once had someone killed for unknown reasons]], but she's the TeamMom, and [[spoiler:throws herself up against the Daemon, who she knows is dangerous when he's angry, to try and stop Riley from making a DealWithTheDevil, a choice that Cora thinks will ruin her life. (Riley's desperate enough that she doesn't care, but it was nice of Cora to try.)]]
** The Daemon himself. He's cold, aloof, cynical, and prone to flashes of frightening anger, but [[spoiler:he's trying to prevent the world from being destroyed]], and he has rare PetTheDog moments that hint that ''does'' see the heartless troops as more than just a means to an end. In his case, it's more like a heart of bronze buried beneath several layers of ice, but still.
30th Sep '17 4:03:47 PM DoctorCooper
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* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'': Pinocchio himself is not the friendliest person ever, but he is still a selfless "boy" who would help unknown people and even antagonists provided they haven't done a grave fault. It is also clear that he loves his parental figures. The Fairy states that Pinocchio is this, because he had wept over her supposed grave, noting that despite his faults he does have a heart and therefore he has a chance of redemption.
31st Aug '17 3:00:18 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** Rincewind is sarcastic, can be a bit mean spirited and insists that he's DirtyCoward who cares only about himself. However, he's "a good man at heart" and is not as selfish as he pretends to be.

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** Rincewind is sarcastic, can be a bit mean spirited and insists that he's a DirtyCoward who cares only about himself. However, he's "a good man at heart" and is not as selfish as he pretends to be.
31st Aug '17 2:59:34 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** Rincewind insists he's a DirtyCoward who cares only about himself, but he's been beaten by reality hard enough to feel genuinely selfless towards other people.

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** Rincewind is sarcastic, can be a bit mean spirited and insists that he's a DirtyCoward who cares only about himself, but himself. However, he's been beaten by reality hard enough "a good man at heart" and is not as selfish as he pretends to feel genuinely selfless towards other people.be.
17th May '17 11:28:29 PM eschlowx
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** Ron fits pretty well too. Despite being [[DownplayedTrope considerably nicer]] than many examples, he is rather [[FieryRedhead hot-tempered]] and can be incredibly insensitive (especially to [[BelligerentSexualTension Hermione]]). However, one of the defining traits of his character is his UndyingLoyalty to his friends and family.
8th Mar '17 3:16:00 PM Discar
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* Stump from ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' is unpleasant, off-putting and seems to really dislike the children she's supposed to take care of as the owner of an orphanage, often assuming that they fake illnesses to get free food and bedding. As it turns out, some of this is an act - she literally cannot take as many children as she should or would like to, because she has neither the space nor funding, so she tries to scare them away instead.

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* Stump from ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Stump is unpleasant, off-putting and seems to really dislike the children she's supposed to take care of as the owner of an orphanage, often assuming that they fake illnesses to get free food and bedding. As it turns out, some of this is an act - she literally cannot take as many children as she should or would like to, because she has neither the space nor funding, so she tries to scare them away instead. [[spoiler:Also, she's a burgeoning Truthwatcher and is unconsciously healing the children, which is why they always seem to "give up the act" after a few days]].
22nd Feb '17 4:31:26 PM Jess0312
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* Resus Negative from ''Scream Street'' may be skeptical, sarcastic and hot-tempered, but also means well.
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