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30th Mar '16 2:31:25 PM Floria
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* If ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' took place in a straight-up superhero universe rather than a {{Deconstruction}}-fest DysfunctionJunction, Dan Dreiberg (Nite Owl II) ''would'' have been this character type. But given the nature of the setting, he's more a ClassicalAntiHero than TheAce. It is worth noting that despite ''Watchmen'''s very dark take on most of the superhero archetypes it explores, Dan retains his endearing dorkiness and is probably the most idealistic and conventionally likeable of the costumed heroes.
24th Feb '16 11:27:18 AM FF32
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* Blaine Anderson from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has become known as "Dapper" in the fandom for a reason: he constantly wears bowties, cardigans, polo shirts and sweater vests. He doesn't like to wear socks for some odd reason and has a passion dancing like Carlton from ''Series/FreshPrinceOfBelAir'' to songs by Music/KatyPerry. He also is willing to take on football players about twice his size if they mess with his boyfriend and probably could have taken him down considering [[BadassGay he boxes and started his private school's chapter of]] ''Film/FightClub''.

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* Blaine Anderson from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has become known as "Dapper" in the fandom for a reason: he constantly wears bowties, cardigans, polo shirts and sweater vests. He doesn't like to wear socks for some odd reason and has a passion dancing like Carlton from ''Series/FreshPrinceOfBelAir'' ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' to songs by Music/KatyPerry. He also is willing to take on football players about twice his size if they mess with his boyfriend and probably could have taken him down considering [[BadassGay he boxes and started his private school's chapter of]] ''Film/FightClub''.
8th Feb '16 7:18:48 PM Apocrypha
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* Applies to the Avatar aka [[CanonName Corrin]], of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. An unstoppable, {{Badass}} {{Determinator}} on the battlefield, but a cheerful, socially inept ''[[{{Adorkable}} dork]]'' off of it.
9th Jan '16 2:16:04 PM Floria
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** Finn from the same film. A [[MookFaceTurn former]] Imperial Stormtrooper who can actually shoot pretty well, Finn's upbringing as a ChildSoldier for the First Order didn't give him the best opportunity to develop social skills, but it couldn't extinguish his kind heart.

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** Finn from the same film. A compassionate, earnest [[MookFaceTurn former]] Imperial Stormtrooper who can actually shoot pretty well, Finn's upbringing as a ChildSoldier for the First Order didn't give him the best opportunity to develop social skills, anything like suavity, but it couldn't extinguish his kind heart.
6th Jan '16 11:08:59 PM Floria
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** Finn from the same film. A [[MookFaceTurn former]] Imperial Stormtrooper who can actually shoot pretty well, Finn's upbringing as a ChildSoldier for the First Order didn't give him the best opportunity to develop social skills, but it couldn't extinguish his kind heart.
4th Jan '16 10:19:34 AM AshlynNyx
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** [[Film/TheForceAwakens Rey]] is a WrenchWench who can [[ActionGirl kick your ass]] (and is something of a PluckyGirl, too), but she is still a [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]] that's a huge fan of the heroes of the rebellion, as seen with her interactions with Han Solo.
26th Dec '15 4:37:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' is very much a NiceGuy and kind-hearted boy-next-door type who genuinely cares about others more than himself and isn't afraid to proclaim the ideals he fights for, namely the AmericanDream. There are some cynics who would sneer at this, but Cap honestly doesn't care. He'll still keep fighting for his ideals no matter what. On one occasion, Cap provides encouragement to a despairing Spider-Man by telling him [[BadassCreed "This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world No, YOU move."]] There's a ''reason'' why the Avengers know they can always trust Cap.

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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' is very much a NiceGuy and kind-hearted boy-next-door type who genuinely cares about others more than himself and isn't afraid to proclaim the ideals he fights for, namely the AmericanDream.UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream. There are some cynics who would sneer at this, but Cap honestly doesn't care. He'll still keep fighting for his ideals no matter what. On one occasion, Cap provides encouragement to a despairing Spider-Man by telling him [[BadassCreed "This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world No, YOU move."]] There's a ''reason'' why the Avengers know they can always trust Cap.
20th Dec '15 8:02:55 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* [[Manga/DragonBall Son Gohan]], represent. Has a bad case of ChronicHeroSyndrome, perfect grades, superpowers, and grew up in a tiny, isolated house up in the mountains with absolutely no frame of reference to tell him that no, normal people cannot jump eight meters into the air. Becoming a superhero with really clear {{Sentai}} influences really was the only option.

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* [[Manga/DragonBall Son Gohan]], represent. Has Gohan from ''Manga/DragonBall'' as a bad case of ChronicHeroSyndrome, perfect grades, superpowers, and grew up in a tiny, isolated house up in the mountains with absolutely no frame of reference to tell him that no, normal people cannot jump eight meters into the air. Becoming a superhero with really clear {{Sentai}} influences really was the only option.



* In ''{{Superman}}'', the title character's [[ClarkKenting secret identity]] certainly has {{Adorkable}} tendencies. This could be the result of ObfuscatingStupidity, being an AlienAmongUs, or something else. In the modern comics, it's usually just because he's a farmer's son who moved to the big city. He doesn't really count as AlienAmongUs, since he came to Earth as an infant.
* [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] definitely qualifies. He's a hero on par with Superman both in terms of physical power and nobility, and is completely unafraid of standing up to beings more powerful than himself (up to and including the Wrath of God) if he feels it has to be done. Yet he's also unfailingly polite, kind, friendly and compassionate, with a good (sometimes self-deprecating) sense of humor who tends to get completely flustered when women take interest in him. The fact that he's really a 12 to 15 year old kid in an adult superhuman body goes a long way towards explaining this.

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* In ''{{Superman}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'', the title character's [[ClarkKenting secret identity]] certainly has {{Adorkable}} tendencies. This could be the result of ObfuscatingStupidity, being an AlienAmongUs, or something else. In the modern comics, it's usually just because he's a farmer's son who moved to the big city. He doesn't really count as AlienAmongUs, since he came to Earth as an infant.
* [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] definitely qualifies. He's a hero on par with Superman both in terms of physical power and nobility, and is completely unafraid of standing up to beings more powerful than himself (up to and including the Wrath of God) if he feels it has to be done. Yet he's also unfailingly polite, kind, friendly and compassionate, with a good (sometimes self-deprecating) sense of humor who tends to get completely flustered when women take interest in him. The fact that he's really a 12 to 15 year old kid in an adult superhuman body goes a long way towards explaining this.



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** Hiccup from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is another one. Little wonder why he's so popular with the female fanbase.

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** %%** Hiccup from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is another one. Little wonder why he's so popular with the female fanbase.



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** From that same [[MarvelCinematicUniverse universe]], S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent PhilCoulson counts, too.
** Also, Film/{{Thor}} is the unflinching gentleman around Jane.
* In ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', [[UnfazedEveryMan Agent John Myers]].
* In ''Film/{{Condorman}}'', Woody, mostly due to his being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* [[Film/StarWars Luke Skywalker]] starts off like this. Over time - maybe because of TheReveal in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' - he becomes more composed and sober. Parts of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse prove, though, that his adorkable side didn't really die.

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** From that same [[MarvelCinematicUniverse universe]], %%** S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent PhilCoulson Phil Coulson counts, too.
** %%** Also, Film/{{Thor}} ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is the unflinching gentleman around Jane.
* %%* In ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', [[UnfazedEveryMan Agent John Myers]].
* %%* In ''Film/{{Condorman}}'', Woody, mostly due to his being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* [[Film/StarWars Luke Skywalker]] Skywalker from ''Franchise/StarWars'' starts off like this. Over time - maybe because of TheReveal in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' - he becomes more composed and sober. Parts of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse prove, though, that his adorkable side didn't really die.



* Dave Malkoff from the ''Literature/{{Troubleshooters}}'' series. Mike Muldoon may also qualify.
* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] is a tiny, hyperactive, GeniusCripple snarker with the soul of a KnightErrant and frightening levels of determination.

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* %%* Dave Malkoff from the ''Literature/{{Troubleshooters}}'' series. Mike Muldoon may also qualify.
* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] Vorkosigan from the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' is a tiny, hyperactive, GeniusCripple snarker with the soul of a KnightErrant and frightening levels of determination.



* Sir Gawain in the older stories of the [[KingArthur Arthurian Cycle]]. He's a fierce warrior and the paragon of knightly virtue, and he has no idea how to talk to a girl.
* The White Knight from ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There]]''.
* Ossian Bergman from "De skandalösa" by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt is a nerdy scholar, who seems to be awkward when it comes to women. But he also seems to be a better person than his ChivalrousPervert friend Gabriel, and in the end, [[spoiler: he does get a woman after all]].

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* Sir Gawain in the older stories of the [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian Cycle]]. He's a fierce warrior and the paragon of knightly virtue, and he has no idea how to talk to a girl.
* %%* The White Knight from ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There]]''.
* Ossian Bergman from "De skandalösa" by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt is a nerdy scholar, who seems to be awkward when it comes to women. But he also seems to be a better person than his ChivalrousPervert friend Gabriel, and in the end, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he does get a woman after all]].



* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Chuck [[spoiler: from season 3 onwards.]]

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* %%* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Chuck [[spoiler: from season 3 onwards.]]
27th Nov '15 10:07:44 PM Floria
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* Kara Danvers in ''Series/Supergirl2015''.

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* Kara Danvers Danvers/Zor-El in ''Series/Supergirl2015''. ''Series/{{Supergirl2015}}'', a cute, awkward, and idealistic FlyingBrick. Lampshaded by a shock-jock DJ who mocks Supergirl's adorkable and wholesome persona.
27th Nov '15 9:50:42 PM Floria
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* Simon Tam on ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.

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* Simon Tam on ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. An intelligent and chivalrous but very socially awkward doctor who can be surprisingly resourceful and dangerous [[BigBrotherInstinct when his little sister's in danger]].


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* Kara Danvers in ''Series/Supergirl2015''.
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