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28th May '16 6:04:16 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Evangeline of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' tries to keep up her reputation as a horribly evil mage, but everyone who actually knows her realizes that that's not really the case. Eva has to keep reminding them that she's ''really'' actually evil, because if she doesn't they keep forgetting.

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* Evangeline of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' tries to keep up her reputation as a horribly evil mage, but everyone who actually knows her realizes that that's not really the case. Eva has to keep reminding them that she's ''really'' actually evil, because if she doesn't they keep forgetting.
4th May '16 7:30:48 PM Tarlonniel
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* In ''Star Wars: The Old Republic'', light side aligned player characters in the Sith faction pretty much live by this.
** When feeling particularly charitable, a Smuggler will sometimes ask the person he helps to not say anything about it, for "he has a reputation to uphold."

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* In ''Star Wars: The Old Republic'', light Republic'':
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side aligned player characters in the Sith Imperial faction pretty much live by this.
** When feeling particularly charitable, a Smuggler will sometimes ask the person he helps they help to not say anything about it, for "he has a they have "a reputation to uphold."
27th Mar '16 4:57:26 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In [[http://hagarthehorrible.com/comics/march-27-2016/]], tough Viking ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible tells a cute little bird how much he loves the spring, with all the sunny skies, butterflies, and rainbows - then he quickly looks around, and [[BreakingTheFourthWall threatens the readers]] if they tell anyone about that.
12th Mar '16 9:48:32 AM ading
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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': "Gold" may be an exaggeration, but Dr. Forrester at least has a hidden ''heart''. After Dr. Forrester [[EvenEvilHasStandards apologizes to Joel & the Bots for making them watch]] ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'', he tells them to keep it a secret or he'll kill whoever else finds out.



* Traditionally, Willy Wonka is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but in the 2013 stage adaptation of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', he also falls under this. How? While he may have SkewedPriorities, DeadpanSnarker tendencies, and is frosty towards the tour group, including TheRuntAtTheEnd Charlie Bucket, [[spoiler: he's the reason the poor boy found a Golden Ticket -- long story. To ensure a proper Secret Test, he can't let his true opinion of him show]].

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* Traditionally, Willy Wonka is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but in the 2013 stage adaptation of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', he also falls under this. How? While he may have SkewedPriorities, DeadpanSnarker tendencies, and is frosty towards the tour group, including TheRuntAtTheEnd Charlie Bucket, [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's the reason the poor boy found a Golden Ticket -- long story. To ensure a proper Secret Test, he can't let his true opinion of him show]].
24th Feb '16 11:29:41 AM FF32
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* Ice Tray from ''Series/FreshPrinceOfBelAir''. Aunt Vivian dislikes the youth for his thuggish demeanor and lack of intelligence, but Will ends up revealing that when they were children, Tray would beat up the bullies that used to hassle Will because of his love of reading.

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* Ice Tray from ''Series/FreshPrinceOfBelAir''.''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''. Aunt Vivian dislikes the youth for his thuggish demeanor and lack of intelligence, but Will ends up revealing that when they were children, Tray would beat up the bullies that used to hassle Will because of his love of reading.
6th Feb '16 10:28:18 AM LadyJaneGrey
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Bob is a total {{Jerkass}}. He's the type to knock a guy down and [[[[KickTheDog kick him when he tries to get up]], the type who'll [[{{Pornomancer}} bed a girl then toss her aside.]] Just ask anyone. Bob's a guy you do ''not'' mess with. Come to think of it, just ask ''him''. His "rep" is such that he's a [[SlaveToPR some are slaves to it.]] And for a guy like him, stuff like that is what makes others fear and (sometimes) respect him.

So why is a nice girl like Alice with him? Indeed, Alice knows [[ChivalrousPervert he's always nice to her when they're together]]; she's seen him do a few good deeds [[AnonymousBenefactor when he didn't know she was watching]]. Like [[PetTheDog reading to orphans]], charitable donations, or just plain [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold helping others]]. Thing is, eventually Alice is going to confront him about his [[HiddenDepths true self,]] call him out for his crime of... kindness.

He'll acknowledged it of course, reluctantly, only to threaten grievous bodily harm on Alice should she breathe a word. But the secret will be out. Even if Alice tells no one else, it'll mark a milestone in the CharacterDevelopment of both, and viewers will be better able to sympathize with him.

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Bob is a total {{Jerkass}}. He's the type to knock a guy down and [[[[KickTheDog [[KickTheDog kick him when he tries to get up]], the type who'll [[{{Pornomancer}} bed a girl then toss her aside.]] Just ask anyone. Bob's a guy you do ''not'' mess with. Come to think of it, just ask ''him''. His "rep" is such that [[SlaveToPR he's a [[SlaveToPR some are slaves slave to it.]] And for a guy like him, stuff like that is what makes others fear and (sometimes) respect him.

So why is a nice girl like Alice with him? Indeed, Alice knows [[ChivalrousPervert he's always nice to her when they're together]]; she's seen him do a few good deeds [[AnonymousBenefactor when he didn't know she was watching]]. Like [[PetTheDog reading to orphans]], charitable donations, making [[GoodSamaritan donations to charity]], or just plain [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold helping others]]. Thing is, eventually Alice is going to confront him about his [[HiddenDepths true self,]] call him out for his crime of... kindness.

He'll acknowledged it of course, reluctantly, only to threaten grievous bodily harm on Alice should she breathe a word. But the secret will be out. Even if Alice tells no one else, it'll it will mark a milestone in the CharacterDevelopment of both, and viewers will be better able to sympathize with him.
4th Feb '16 5:58:03 AM Ilya_Rysenkov
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* Vegeta from ''Franchise/DragonBall'' is this or JerkWithAHeartOfGold. He's still quite ruthless, jerky, and mean, but as series progresses, he's grown to love his wife Bulma and son Trunks (both of them), gets more friendly with Z fighters, becomes able to defeat or at least subdue his pride, and is clearly in VitriolicBestBuds relationship with Goku.
1st Feb '16 7:39:35 AM LadyJaneGrey
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Reputation is important, so much so that [[SlaveToPR some are slaves to it.]] In the case of the {{Jerkass}}, his [[KickTheDog misanthropy]] is what makes others fear and (sometimes) respect them.

There's more to this guy than meets the eye however; he also likes to do good deeds [[AnonymousBenefactor but in secret]], to keep his reputation intact. Like [[PetTheDog reading to orphans]], charitable donations, or just plain [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold helping others]]. Of course, he gets found out; usually by the ''last'' person he wants to know his [[HiddenDepths true self,]] and they call him out for his crime of... kindness.

He'll acknowledge it of course, reluctantly, and probably threaten grievous bodily harm on the witness should they tell others. But the secret is out. Even if the character tells no one else, it'll mark a milestone in the CharacterDevelopment of both, and viewers will be better able to sympathize with him.

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Reputation Bob is important, so much so a total {{Jerkass}}. He's the type to knock a guy down and [[[[KickTheDog kick him when he tries to get up]], the type who'll [[{{Pornomancer}} bed a girl then toss her aside.]] Just ask anyone. Bob's a guy you do ''not'' mess with. Come to think of it, just ask ''him''. His "rep" is such that he's a [[SlaveToPR some are slaves to it.]] In the case of the {{Jerkass}}, his [[KickTheDog misanthropy]] And for a guy like him, stuff like that is what makes others fear and (sometimes) respect them.

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So why is a nice girl like Alice with him? Indeed, Alice knows [[ChivalrousPervert he's always nice
to this guy than meets the eye however; he also likes to her when they're together]]; she's seen him do a few good deeds [[AnonymousBenefactor but in secret]], to keep his reputation intact.when he didn't know she was watching]]. Like [[PetTheDog reading to orphans]], charitable donations, or just plain [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold helping others]]. Of course, he gets found out; usually by the ''last'' person he wants Thing is, eventually Alice is going to know confront him about his [[HiddenDepths true self,]] and they call him out for his crime of... kindness.

He'll acknowledge acknowledged it of course, reluctantly, and probably only to threaten grievous bodily harm on the witness Alice should they tell others. she breathe a word. But the secret is will be out. Even if the character Alice tells no one else, it'll mark a milestone in the CharacterDevelopment of both, and viewers will be better able to sympathize with him.
22nd Jan '16 1:07:48 PM CountDorku
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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Varric is a snarky scoundrel with a budding crossbow fetish whose companion base is in the local BadGuyBar, who has no problem with handing out the occasional summary execution if someone really has it coming. He's also, deep down, one of the nicest people in your party, especially to Merrill - at one point he tells her to stop cutting through Lowtown alleys at night, because while nothing ever goes wrong when she does so, arranging for that nothing to continue happening is ''costing Varric a fortune''.
21st Jan '16 1:08:20 AM LadyNorbert
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-->''Don't spread it around!'' I have a reputation to keep up.
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