History JerkWithAHeartOfGold / LiveActionTV

10th Jun '16 11:41:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': StatlerAndWaldorf. They have a couple of moments that show that they aren't total jerks. Like when they sing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ArFSoYHSxs this]] song for example.

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* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': StatlerAndWaldorf.JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf. They have a couple of moments that show that they aren't total jerks. Like when they sing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ArFSoYHSxs this]] song for example.
2nd Jun '16 2:43:52 AM Doug86
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* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': Has the Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley. She is extremely stuffy, and imperious and snobby, but has shown on several occasions that she is a good, caring person. A prime example of this is the protectiveness she displays towards her son's second footman, William Mason. Her reason: His mother just died, so if he died, his father would be left alone. When [[spoiler: William is mortally wounded in WorldWarOne and wants to marry Daisy]], the vicar refuses, but she convinces him to do it, and later she counsels Daisy who is feeling guilty about marrying William when she didn't love him as much, telling her that marrying him to keep up his spirits was in fact a loving thing to do.

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* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': Has the Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley. She is extremely stuffy, and imperious and snobby, but has shown on several occasions that she is a good, caring person. A prime example of this is the protectiveness she displays towards her son's second footman, William Mason. Her reason: His mother just died, so if he died, his father would be left alone. When [[spoiler: William is mortally wounded in WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and wants to marry Daisy]], the vicar refuses, but she convinces him to do it, and later she counsels Daisy who is feeling guilty about marrying William when she didn't love him as much, telling her that marrying him to keep up his spirits was in fact a loving thing to do.
15th Apr '16 2:54:28 AM CountDorku
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* Fletcher in ''Series/{{Porridge}}'' is a morally bankrupt career criminal who's prone to being demanding, manipulative, and rude, and views his own arrest and imprisonment as an occupational hazard in a career of housebreaking, but he takes first-timer Godber under his wing and gives him useful advice to get him through his two-year sentence, and while he does admit to having been unfaithful to his wife at one point, he does seem to care about his family.
-->'''Fletcher:''' My youngest has just got into grammar school... It's nice, but it costs a lot - you know, books, equipment, all that sort of thing. When my son started there, he didn't want for nothing - rugby boots, blazer, the lot. He wouldn't have had them if his dad was just a clerk. [[CrossesTheLineTwice He had them because his father had just robbed a school outfitter's.]]
17th Mar '16 9:33:40 PM RA2
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** Marie makes some uncalled for remarks, and her shoplifting is indefensible, but she turns for the better after Hank gets shot. Bedridden, helpless, and bitter, he is extremely mean to her, but she tirelessly does everything for him, including helping him go to the bathroom (with a bedpan, that is). She's also responsible for convincing him to come home from the hospital, and later back into working on his big case.
8th Mar '16 1:57:05 PM MrsNUzumaki
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* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Damon is violent, reckless and impulsive but he really loves Elena and he's extremely protective of her and the ones he cares about (including his brother Stefan).

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* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Damon is violent, reckless and impulsive impulsive, but he really loves Elena (very) slowly, his character progresses and he's extremely protective displays traits of her protectiveness over his friends and the ones he cares about (including his brother Stefan).family, namely reserving it for Stefan, Bonnie and Elena.
2nd Mar '16 5:02:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''AllInTheFamily''[='=]s Archie Bunker is one of the most famous personable jerks on American TV, who gradually developed a heart of gold as the years went by. While he was a bigot, his attitudes came about more due to the society he grew up in, rather than genuine malice or racism. Once he actually got to know other cultures and peoples better, he was able to accept them at least a little more easily.

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* ''AllInTheFamily''[='=]s ''Series/AllInTheFamily''[='=]s Archie Bunker is one of the most famous personable jerks on American TV, who gradually developed a heart of gold as the years went by. While he was a bigot, his attitudes came about more due to the society he grew up in, rather than genuine malice or racism. Once he actually got to know other cultures and peoples better, he was able to accept them at least a little more easily.
7th Feb '16 8:34:42 PM jormis29
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* ''{{Becker}}'': Becker, from this sitcom.

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* ''{{Becker}}'': ''Series/{{Becker}}'': Becker, from this sitcom.



* ''{{Bram and Alice}}'': SubvertedTrope: There was one episode of this short-lived sitcom which has Bram having the "jerk" who beat him in poker earlier taking Alice out to a jazz concert. After a brief talk between Bram and Alice's roommate, Alice is storming back in and calling the guy the biggest jerk she ever met (or words to that effect).

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* ''{{Bram and Alice}}'': ''Series/BramAndAlice'': SubvertedTrope: There was one episode of this short-lived sitcom which has Bram having the "jerk" who beat him in poker earlier taking Alice out to a jazz concert. After a brief talk between Bram and Alice's roommate, Alice is storming back in and calling the guy the biggest jerk she ever met (or words to that effect).



* ''DowntonAbbey'': Has the Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley. She is extremely stuffy, and imperious and snobby, but has shown on several occasions that she is a good, caring person. A prime example of this is the protectiveness she displays towards her son's second footman, William Mason. Her reason: His mother just died, so if he died, his father would be left alone. When [[spoiler: William is mortally wounded in WorldWarOne and wants to marry Daisy]], the vicar refuses, but she convinces him to do it, and later she counsels Daisy who is feeling guilty about marrying William when she didn't love him as much, telling her that marrying him to keep up his spirits was in fact a loving thing to do.

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* ''DowntonAbbey'': ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': Has the Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley. She is extremely stuffy, and imperious and snobby, but has shown on several occasions that she is a good, caring person. A prime example of this is the protectiveness she displays towards her son's second footman, William Mason. Her reason: His mother just died, so if he died, his father would be left alone. When [[spoiler: William is mortally wounded in WorldWarOne and wants to marry Daisy]], the vicar refuses, but she convinces him to do it, and later she counsels Daisy who is feeling guilty about marrying William when she didn't love him as much, telling her that marrying him to keep up his spirits was in fact a loving thing to do.



** In the early years, the main characters Hawkeye and Trapper John were like this-- they're cocky, insubordinate pranksters and hellraisers who irritate others constantly, and two of the best and most caring doctors you could hope for. And most of their pranks were directed toward the mostly unlikeable [[JerkAss Frank Burns]] and [[IceQueen Margaret Houlihan]], anyway. In the novels and the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/JerkWithAHeartOfGold/Film film]], the "jerk" aspects of Hawkeye and Trapper are far more pronounced, fitting this trope much better.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Arthur. Arrogant and self-centered yes, but with a genuine sense of justice and near unshakeable loyalty to his friends, his people and his king. In fact he might not be a jerk at all, if it wasn't for this sense of duty towards his father, who is a ''true'' {{Jerkass}}.

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** In the early years, the main characters Hawkeye and Trapper John were like this-- they're cocky, insubordinate pranksters and hellraisers who irritate others constantly, and two of the best and most caring doctors you could hope for. And most of their pranks were directed toward the mostly unlikeable [[JerkAss Frank Burns]] and [[IceQueen Margaret Houlihan]], anyway. In the novels and the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/JerkWithAHeartOfGold/Film film]], JerkWithAHeartOfGold/{{Film}}, the "jerk" aspects of Hawkeye and Trapper are far more pronounced, fitting this trope much better.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': Arthur. Arrogant and self-centered yes, but with a genuine sense of justice and near unshakeable loyalty to his friends, his people and his king. In fact he might not be a jerk at all, if it wasn't for this sense of duty towards his father, who is a ''true'' {{Jerkass}}.



* ''{{Queer as Folk}}'': Brian Kinney on the American version was a huge jerk to every character on the show at one time or another, but always ended up doing the right thing or saving the day for everyone.

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* ''{{Queer as Folk}}'': ''Series/QueerAsFolk'': Brian Kinney on the American version was a huge jerk to every character on the show at one time or another, but always ended up doing the right thing or saving the day for everyone.



* ''TopGear'': Jeremy Clarkson. He's loud, he's smug, he's brash, and he's insufferable... but when his [[VitriolicBestBuds co-presenter]] Richard Hammond was critically injured in an accident, Clarkson was at his bedside within hours. He also delayed the start of the new season for several months to give Hammond time to recover, and welcomed him back to the show in a lavish spectacle ending with [[FriendshipMoment a hug]] that bordered on AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther.

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* ''TopGear'': ''Series/TopGear'': Jeremy Clarkson. He's loud, he's smug, he's brash, and he's insufferable... but when his [[VitriolicBestBuds co-presenter]] Richard Hammond was critically injured in an accident, Clarkson was at his bedside within hours. He also delayed the start of the new season for several months to give Hammond time to recover, and welcomed him back to the show in a lavish spectacle ending with [[FriendshipMoment a hug]] that bordered on AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther.



* ''TwinPeaks'': Agent Albert Rosenfield consistently acts as a jerk, insults the locals almost every chance he gets and makes frequent cracks about the rusticness of the place, but later reveals another side to himself:

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* ''TwinPeaks'': ''Series/TwinPeaks'': Agent Albert Rosenfield consistently acts as a jerk, insults the locals almost every chance he gets and makes frequent cracks about the rusticness of the place, but later reveals another side to himself:



* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Alex. Yes, she's selfish and as close to an out and out anarchist as you're ever going to find in a Disney Channel series but she does genuinely care about her friends and family and in the end always help them, even if most of the time what she's helping them out of is something she caused.
* ''WKRPInCincinnati'': Herb Tarlek. Smarmy. A wannabe ladies-man who hits on pretty much anything with a uterus. Always looks out for himself first and is perfectly willing to lie, cheat, and steal to get ahead at work. A brown-noser and butt-kisser of the first water. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Dresses in awful polyester suits]]. Will not put up with corrupt clients, and woe betide you should you ever threaten the safety of anyone at the station in his hearing.

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* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Alex. Yes, she's selfish and as close to an out and out anarchist as you're ever going to find in a Disney Channel series but she does genuinely care about her friends and family and in the end always help them, even if most of the time what she's helping them out of is something she caused.
* ''WKRPInCincinnati'': ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'': Herb Tarlek. Smarmy. A wannabe ladies-man who hits on pretty much anything with a uterus. Always looks out for himself first and is perfectly willing to lie, cheat, and steal to get ahead at work. A brown-noser and butt-kisser of the first water. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Dresses in awful polyester suits]]. Will not put up with corrupt clients, and woe betide you should you ever threaten the safety of anyone at the station in his hearing.
16th Jan '16 11:08:11 AM ading
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** Sam really does deserve to be here as well. He's self-absorbed, doesn't seem to think much of Dean, can be incredibly cruel at times ("You were ''four'' when Mom died. How could you possibly know how I feel?", anyone?) and is prone to self-pity by the bucket-load. He uses the whole "Captain Empathy" thing as an act at least half the time, he's incredibly violent when he fights and he knows just how to twist Dean around his little finger. But he tries a hell of a lot harder to make Dean feel better than John ever did, he falls apart trying to save Dean in Season Three, he's using his demonic powers for good, he really did try to make it up to his father after "In My Time Of Dying" by focusing on the hunt and much of the bitchiness is leaning towards the affectionate DeadpanSnarker style and not the unsympathetic {{Jerkass}} type. It's also hinted that his violent streak may not be quite natural in origin.
2nd Dec '15 7:16:16 AM DeathsApprentice
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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': A similarly tailored example: Ron Swanson is a gruff, bitter misanthropist who hates his ex-wives, liberals, and the government, but when it comes down to it he's always there to help his coworkers and dispense sage wisdom. Tom to a lesser extent.

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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': A similarly tailored example: Ron Swanson is a gruff, bitter misanthropist who hates his ex-wives, liberals, and the government, but when it comes down to it he's always there to help his coworkers and dispense sage wisdom.
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Tom counts, too. As Leslie puts it, "Tom Haverford is a selfish, sleazy, self-promoting, good-hearted, secretly kind and wonderful tiny, little person."
** April's a pretty big jerk. She enjoys mocking Jerry, openly dislikes Ann, has little respect for the rules and claims
to hate everyone. However she does have a lesser extent.softer side, particularly towards Ron, Andy and later Leslie.
** Jean-Ralphio also counts. He's definitely a slimeball and self-centered, and ''incredibly'' obnoxious, but he's not really a bad guy. He actually does care about Tom, and admits his own shortcomings freely. He's just very spoiled, very overconfident, and comes on ''way'' too strong.
2nd Dec '15 7:06:34 AM DeathsApprentice
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* ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'': Early on in the series, Foggy Nelson seems more interested in money than in helping people, but he's immediately uncomfortable with dealing with the mob and a man who's obviously a dangerous psychopath, and goes out of his way to help others who are being pushed around by shady people, even outside of work. He even spends an episode working on an old woman's plumbing.

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* ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'': 2015}}'':
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Early on in the series, Foggy Nelson seems more interested in money than in helping people, but he's immediately uncomfortable with dealing with the mob and a man who's obviously a dangerous psychopath, and goes out of his way to help others who are being pushed around by shady people, even outside of work. He even spends an episode working on an old woman's plumbing.plumbing.
** Stick broke off training with Matt when Matt gave him a bracelet he made, showing that Matt was growing too attached. When he turned up 20 years later, he and Matt got into a fight and trashed Matt's apartment. [[spoiler: After Stick left, Matt found the bracelet in the wreckage, showing that Stick had carried the bracelet around for all those years and that the feeling was mutual after all. He also seemed to sound impressed with the whole fight before leaving.]]
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