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3rd Feb '16 10:44:49 AM AHI-3000
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* Subverted in ''TheBoondocks'', where Granddad dates Cristal, who is obviously a prostitute and GoldDigger, but Granddad refuses to believe it. He is eventually forced to confront it when her pimp shows up. Despite a CrowningMomentOfAwesome / [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]] moment where he defends Cristal's (supposed) honor to the pimp, she ultimately chooses to go back with him rather than stay with Granddad, even though he's clearly fallen for her quite hard by this point.
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* Subverted in ''TheBoondocks'', where ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Guess Hoe's Coming to Dinner", when Granddad dates Cristal, who is obviously a prostitute and GoldDigger, {{gold digger}}, but Granddad refuses to believe it. He is eventually forced to confront it when her pimp shows up. Despite a CrowningMomentOfAwesome an {{awesome| moment}} / [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]] moment {{heartwarming moment}} where he defends Cristal's (supposed) honor to the pimp, she ultimately chooses to go back with him rather than stay with Granddad, even though he's clearly fallen for her quite hard by this point.
1st Feb '16 7:58:17 AM Eievie
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This is a common trait of characters in the "street-walker" category - they are generally [[WrongSideOfTheTracks poor]] and [[DarkestHour desperate]], have gone through the most [[BreakTheCutie embittering experiences]], and frequently have debilitating drug addictions that wreak havoc on their looks and their [[DespairEventHorizon personalities]]. Not that you can tell, of course, as Hollywood hookers tend to be gorgeous and never suffer from meth bugs or malnutrition.
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This is a common trait of characters in the "street-walker" category - -- they are generally [[WrongSideOfTheTracks poor]] and [[DarkestHour desperate]], have gone through the most [[BreakTheCutie embittering experiences]], and frequently have debilitating drug addictions that wreak havoc on their looks and their [[DespairEventHorizon personalities]]. Not that you can tell, of course, as Hollywood hookers tend to be gorgeous and never suffer from meth bugs or malnutrition.

* In at least the anime version of ''Manga/SamuraiGun'', there's Ohana. Forced to work in the local brothel due to a debt racked up by her now-dead parents, she's otherwise a very sweet girl and the girl that CelibateHero Ichimatsu visits - primarily because she has no qualms about the fact he doesn't want sex from their time together. She also has a crush on him, and he is implied to have a crush on her. Towards the end of the series, the brothel is burned down and she is given work as a waitress at the same restaurant that Ichimatsu does.
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* In at least the anime version of ''Manga/SamuraiGun'', there's Ohana. Forced to work in the local brothel due to a debt racked up by her now-dead parents, she's otherwise a very sweet girl and the girl that CelibateHero Ichimatsu visits - -- primarily because she has no qualms about the fact he doesn't want sex from their time together. She also has a crush on him, and he is implied to have a crush on her. Towards the end of the series, the brothel is burned down and she is given work as a waitress at the same restaurant that Ichimatsu does.

* Cass and eventually Jeremy from ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' fall into this troupe. Both boys resort to prostitution to help deal with troubled homes lives and drug addiction (Cass due to his alcoholic, AbusiveParents and Jeremy due to the trauma of Greg's abuse as well as a result of being an orphaned teenager in Boston.) Both boys take care of another young boy, Bon Bon who is so dependent on drugs that he literally cannot function. Daisy also fits into this trope when she [[spoiler: tells Jeremy about Greg's doings at the whore hotel and how he said he killed his previous wife.]]
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* Cass and eventually Jeremy from ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' fall into this troupe. Both boys resort to prostitution to help deal with troubled homes lives and drug addiction addiction. (Cass due to his alcoholic, AbusiveParents and Jeremy due to the trauma of Greg's abuse as well as a result of being an orphaned teenager in Boston.) Both boys take care of another young boy, Bon Bon who is so dependent on drugs that he literally cannot function. Daisy also fits into this trope when she [[spoiler: tells Jeremy about Greg's doings at the whore hotel and how he said he killed his previous wife.]]

* Clara from ''Clara...de noche'' (''Betty by Night'' or ''Betty by the hour'' for the english speakers). She's actually a sweet, good natured girl who happens to be the most envied and desired hooker in her city, with her mandatory sad backstory. That doesn't stop her from being a [[SingleMomStripper kind and good natured mother]] [[SonOfAWhore for her son]], make frequent donations to charity, offer discounts or "work" free for down-of-the mill potential customers and being helpful and friendly to everyone.
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* Clara from ''Clara...''Clara… de noche'' (''Betty by Night'' or ''Betty by the hour'' for the english speakers). She's actually a sweet, good natured girl who happens to be the most envied and desired hooker in her city, with her mandatory sad backstory. That doesn't stop her from being a [[SingleMomStripper kind and good natured mother]] [[SonOfAWhore for her son]], make frequent donations to charity, offer discounts or "work" free for down-of-the mill potential customers and being helpful and friendly to everyone.

* This is double subverted in ''Got'', a crime novel by an anonymous author who goes by the letter D. The protagonist has had several (paid) experiences with the prostitute in question, and strongly respects her even though he is aware she does not love him. Then he happens to bring a BriefcaseFullOfMoney to their latest tryst, on his way to deliver it to a crime boss, and of course she can't resist the temptation to steal it. The double subversion comes in that she's not the villain here--she's a reasonably decent person doing everything she can to escape her hellish life, and she's not nearly as evil as the aforementioned crime boss, who wants her dead and that money back no matter what the consequences.
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* This is double subverted in ''Got'', a crime novel by an anonymous author who goes by the letter D. The protagonist has had several (paid) experiences with the prostitute in question, and strongly respects her even though he is aware she does not love him. Then he happens to bring a BriefcaseFullOfMoney to their latest tryst, on his way to deliver it to a crime boss, and of course she can't resist the temptation to steal it. The double subversion comes in that she's not the villain here--she's here -- she's a reasonably decent person doing everything she can to escape her hellish life, and she's not nearly as evil as the aforementioned crime boss, who wants her dead and that money back no matter what the consequences.

* Lula from the Literature/StephaniePlum novels...sort of. When she first meets Stephanie, she is, indeed, a ho'; after she's maimed lightly and tied up on Stephanie's fire escape, she opts to leave the sexing life to become a bounty hunter herself. She routinely brings up "back when I was a ho'" as it relates to the current situation. She has kind of a stereotypical "sassy black woman" attitude about her that would conflict less with the trope if she were smarter in general. She's incredibly gung-ho about the ''idea'' of being a bounty hunter, but, as a consequence of aforementioned not-that-brightness, she has a tendency to [[StopHelpingMe make things worse]].
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* Lula from the Literature/StephaniePlum novels...novels… sort of. When she first meets Stephanie, she is, indeed, a ho'; after she's maimed lightly and tied up on Stephanie's fire escape, she opts to leave the sexing life to become a bounty hunter herself. She routinely brings up "back when I was a ho'" as it relates to the current situation. She has kind of a stereotypical "sassy black woman" attitude about her that would conflict less with the trope if she were smarter in general. She's incredibly gung-ho about the ''idea'' of being a bounty hunter, but, as a consequence of aforementioned not-that-brightness, she has a tendency to [[StopHelpingMe make things worse]].

* Averted with Angel in Francine Rivers’s ''Literature/RedeemingLove''—she’s so embittered by the constant objectification she’s received during her life as a “soiled dove” that she has become very [[IceQueen cold]] and [[FemmeFatale manipulative]]. Played straight with a couple of other prostitutes in the same novel, such as Lucky, who, while rather sad and lonely, is also quite compassionate and maternal.
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* Averted with Angel in Francine Rivers’s ''Literature/RedeemingLove''—she’s ''Literature/RedeemingLove'' -- she’s so embittered by the constant objectification she’s received during her life as a “soiled dove” that she has become very [[IceQueen cold]] and [[FemmeFatale manipulative]]. Played straight with a couple of other prostitutes in the same novel, such as Lucky, who, while rather sad and lonely, is also quite compassionate and maternal.

* A third-season ep of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' involves a client who wants to find a girl he met at a sci-fi con (which he didn't even indulge in)... Who turns out to have been a call girl hired by his friends to provide him with a "date" experience and sex ...who when she's found claims to have fallen for him in turn...and then it gets complicated.
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* A third-season ep of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' involves a client who wants to find a girl he met at a sci-fi con (which he didn't even indulge in)... Who in) …who turns out to have been a call girl hired by his friends to provide him with a "date" experience and sex ...sex… who when she's found claims to have fallen for him in turn...turn… and then it gets complicated.

** Another parody: a man walks up to the two recurring streetwalker characters in a sketch and tells them he's looking for "a hooker with a heart of gold." He laughs in their faces, but then they tell him: "Oh, you want Wendy. She's three blocks away in front of the donut shop. ...And don't you let her give you a freebie!"
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** Another parody: a man walks up to the two recurring streetwalker characters in a sketch and tells them he's looking for "a hooker with a heart of gold." He laughs in their faces, but then they tell him: "Oh, you want Wendy. She's three blocks away in front of the donut shop. ...And …and don't you let her give you a freebie!"

* Robin from ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' - a thoughtful and kind-hearted (reformed) stripper.
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* Robin from ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' - -- a thoughtful and kind-hearted (reformed) stripper.

* From a ''Victoria Wood - As Seen On TV'' sketch: -->"She can't tell red from blue! Once tottered into a brothel thinking it was a police station! ...Oh it was all right, one of the girls came out and helped her pump her tyres up..."
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* From a ''Victoria Wood - -- As Seen On TV'' sketch: -->"She can't tell red from blue! Once tottered into a brothel thinking it was a police station! ...Oh station! "…oh it was all right, one of the girls came out and helped her pump her tyres up..."up…"

* ''VideoGame/FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'': Madame Ovaree, to some extent. Possibly the rest of the ladies at the... errr... ladies' house.
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* ''VideoGame/FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'': Madame Ovaree, to some extent. Possibly the rest of the ladies at the... errr... the… errr… ladies' house.

* Apparently, the infamous Jeanne Becu aka Madame Du Barry was this. In the decades since she'd actually used her wealth to support the towns and neighborhoods she was known to reside in, as well as to send money to those who'd been displaced by the French Revolution. Hence, it was more obvious that the regime was only killing her for her money rather than for her ''actual'' involvement with the monarchy, which drove her to [[FreakOut a massive meltdown]] before being executed... and ironically horrified the masses and made them start realising how much the Terror Regime sucked.
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* Apparently, the infamous Jeanne Becu aka Madame Du Barry was this. In the decades since she'd actually used her wealth to support the towns and neighborhoods she was known to reside in, as well as to send money to those who'd been displaced by the French Revolution. Hence, it was more obvious that the regime was only killing her for her money rather than for her ''actual'' involvement with the monarchy, which drove her to [[FreakOut a massive meltdown]] before being executed... executed… and ironically horrified the masses and made them start realising how much the Terror Regime sucked.
31st Jan '16 11:37:41 AM Kakai
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* Tegan of ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'', who helps Vesper and Corrick track down Dom and then joins Vesper, supporting the girl as she's left alone.
17th Jan '16 8:14:37 PM nombretomado
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* Of all things, the musical ''StarlightExpress'', notable for all of its cast being locomotives or railroad cars, has Belle, [[http://www.soundtrackslyrics.com/rst/Starlight-Express-1984-disc1.html#12 the sleeping car with a heart of gold]]. * ''{{RENT}}'' has Mimi Marquez, a dancer at an S&M club. She still manages to get Roger's heart.
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* Of all things, the musical ''StarlightExpress'', ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'', notable for all of its cast being locomotives or railroad cars, has Belle, [[http://www.soundtrackslyrics.com/rst/Starlight-Express-1984-disc1.html#12 the sleeping car with a heart of gold]]. * ''{{RENT}}'' ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' has Mimi Marquez, a dancer at an S&M club. She still manages to get Roger's heart.

%%* Mary Magdelene in ''JesusChristSuperstar''.
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%%* Mary Magdelene in ''JesusChristSuperstar''.''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar''.
17th Jan '16 12:08:34 PM Anddrix
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* Daka from ''Film/StVincent'' cleans up Vincent's place before he returns after his stroke and makes him healthy food for a change, so she seems to at least care about his health. [[spoiler:She also seems like she truly cares for their child]].
29th Dec '15 3:59:35 AM PhoenixReece
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* ''Videogame/{{LISA}}'' has a play on this with recruitable party member [[DragQueen Queen Roger]]. Roger hits all the marks for the trope, including a drug addiction and a troubled past.
10th Dec '15 11:22:46 AM FF32
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* ''KidsInTheHall'':
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* ''KidsInTheHall'':''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'':
3rd Dec '15 10:20:39 AM Nohbody
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* In the MyLittlePony-Franchise/BioShock crossover, ''{{Fanfic/Vision}}'', we know that Zephyr is one of the few nice ponies in the city from her first chapter. In the next chapter we also learn that she's the other half of this trope when Siren walks in on her and SoftSpokenSadist Echo.
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* In the MyLittlePony-Franchise/BioShock ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''-''VideoGame/BioShock'' crossover, ''{{Fanfic/Vision}}'', we know that Zephyr is one of the few nice ponies in the city from her first chapter. In the next chapter we also learn that she's the other half of this trope when Siren walks in on her and SoftSpokenSadist Echo.
1st Dec '15 2:59:00 AM Morgenthaler
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%%* Mollie Malloy, in ''TheFrontPage''.
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%%* Mollie Malloy, in ''TheFrontPage''.''Theatre/TheFrontPage''.

* The protagonist in the play by Creator/AlexandreDumas, fils ''LadyOfTheCamellias'', called Marguerite Gautier in the original and Violetta Valéry when the play is adapted by Verdi into the opera ''LaTraviata''. She sacrifices her own happiness so as not to bring her young lover to ruin. A similar plot is used in Puccini's opera ''LaRondine'', where the courtesan Magda gives up the young hunk Ruggero for fear of sullying his reputation.
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* The protagonist in the play by Creator/AlexandreDumas, fils ''LadyOfTheCamellias'', ''Theatre/LadyOfTheCamellias'', called Marguerite Gautier in the original and Violetta Valéry when the play is adapted by Verdi into the opera ''LaTraviata''.''Theatre/LaTraviata''. She sacrifices her own happiness so as not to bring her young lover to ruin. A similar plot is used in Puccini's opera ''LaRondine'', where the courtesan Magda gives up the young hunk Ruggero for fear of sullying his reputation.

* Hedy [=LaRue=] from ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''. Heck, she even has a song called "Love from a Heart of Gold"
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* Hedy [=LaRue=] from ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''.''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''. Heck, she even has a song called "Love from a Heart of Gold"
28th Nov '15 5:46:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''SecretSix'' had Liana Kerzner, a stripper who works for a club called Superior's. At first Liana appeared to simply be a minor one-shot character, hired to dress as Scandal Savage's dead girlfriend Knockout for Scandal's birthday. Some issues later, Liana runs into Scandal and asks her out on a date. From that point Liana became a prominent supporting character in the series, effortlessly demonstrating that being a stripper and a sex worker didn't make her or her friends as objects for gratification, one-shot jokes, or a shameless deviants. Liana was responsible for bringing some warmth back into Scandal's life, and her interactions with the Six did nothing to dismay Liana's PluckyGirl personality, to the point that she sets up Bane with one of her coworkers. [[spoiler: She later ends up being the third in a polygamous marriage between herself, Scandal, and a BackFromTheDead Knockout.]]
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* ''SecretSix'' ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' had Liana Kerzner, a stripper who works for a club called Superior's. At first Liana appeared to simply be a minor one-shot character, hired to dress as Scandal Savage's dead girlfriend Knockout for Scandal's birthday. Some issues later, Liana runs into Scandal and asks her out on a date. From that point Liana became a prominent supporting character in the series, effortlessly demonstrating that being a stripper and a sex worker didn't make her or her friends as objects for gratification, one-shot jokes, or a shameless deviants. Liana was responsible for bringing some warmth back into Scandal's life, and her interactions with the Six did nothing to dismay Liana's PluckyGirl personality, to the point that she sets up Bane with one of her coworkers. [[spoiler: She later ends up being the third in a polygamous marriage between herself, Scandal, and a BackFromTheDead Knockout.]]
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