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25th Jun '16 9:30:13 PM nombretomado
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* Most [[AlwaysChaoticEvil drow]] in [[BaldursGate Baldur’s Gate II]] are massive jerks and [[spoiler: Solaufein]] is no exception. But wait, he is! He’s actually a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch good aligned rogue drow]] working as a spy that has put up a very convincing disguise.

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* Most [[AlwaysChaoticEvil drow]] in [[BaldursGate Baldur’s Gate II]] ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' are massive jerks and [[spoiler: Solaufein]] is no exception. But wait, he is! He’s actually a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch good aligned rogue drow]] working as a spy that has put up a very convincing disguise.
25th Jun '16 6:20:32 PM Gamermaster
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* Haru from ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' started off as a nice kid, but after [[spoiler: being shunned by her envious elementary school classmates for her social status]], she started acting arrogant to gain attention, even at the cost of being hated by everyone.

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* Haru from ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' started off as a nice kid, but after [[spoiler: being shunned by her envious elementary school classmates for her social status]], she started acting arrogant to gain attention, even at the cost of being hated by everyone. [[BecomingTheMask She acted like this for so long that the conceit became deeply rooted into her personality]].
24th Jun '16 10:43:24 AM jedijackkenobi88
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* Somewhat averted with Severus Snape, while he has been shown to be a genuine [[Jerkass]] in the series, he's not a completely heartless person as he's a troubled man who has trouble getting over the fact the protagnists mother who he had a romantic interest in has died and has been taken by his school rival.
10th Jun '16 3:03:22 PM Chariset
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** Franziska von Karma is a lot like this. She bears the onus of carrying the von Karma name, which to her mind means nothing but flawless success -- except that she doesn't see herself as the genius prosecutor she's expected to be. This makes her put up a strong front and claim that any kind or selfless thing she does is all in her own self interest.
10th Jun '16 10:21:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* In DeanKoontz's ''Literature/{{Hideaway}}'', the character Regina does this briefly. She is afraid that Hatch and Lindsey will only adopt her for a little while before they get sick of her and bring her back to the orphanage, which will hurt her deeply. So instead of going through that pain, she tries to scare them off from adopting her in the first place.

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* In DeanKoontz's Creator/DeanKoontz's ''Literature/{{Hideaway}}'', the character Regina does this briefly. She is afraid that Hatch and Lindsey will only adopt her for a little while before they get sick of her and bring her back to the orphanage, which will hurt her deeply. So instead of going through that pain, she tries to scare them off from adopting her in the first place.
8th Jun '16 11:53:22 PM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': After Third Impact, Shinji knows that Asuka’s annoying, snappy, arrogant behavior is a façade to protect herself.
-->Then the Second Child had arrived, bringing with her conflict, friction and more then a few painful contusions to his head as she continually let him know exactly what she thought of him as an Eva Pilot, a man and a human.\\
All of it a giant lie to shield the four year old girl desperately hiding deep behind the moats, minefields and electrified fences she had placed around her heart.
4th Jun '16 7:04:27 PM _back_in_black
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* Dallas Winston, from the classic novel ''Literature/TheOutsiders,'' is an example of this. He lives up to the reputation of one of the most tough and dangerous greasers in Tulsa, yet he cares deeply for Johnny more than anything. Though he might be a rude, lying, cheating, switchblade-carrying criminal, he only acts like he doesn't care as a survival instinct to protect himself from getting hurt.
31st May '16 12:13:58 AM Pichu-kun
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* Be honest here, if ''Anime/CodeGeass'''s Lelouch Lamperouge didn't act like a {{Jerkass}} whenever people called him out on his actions, fewer people would want him dead.
** Zero Requiem in R2 especially had this, with [[spoiler:Lelouch eventually getting everyone (no exaggeration) to hate him so that he could die and make Britannia and the world a better place]].
** Lampshaded in R2 episode 19, where [[spoiler: Lelouch and Kallen are facing a firing squad. He puts on the facade with an obfuscating FacingTheBulletsOneLiner to prevent her from making a SenselessSacrifice by defending him and getting killed. As she's walking away, he whispers: "Kallen, you must live on."]]
** Played straight in season 1 whenever Lelouch interacts with Kallen, in order to throw her off his trail from identifying him as Zero.

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* Be honest here, if ''Anime/CodeGeass'''s Lelouch Lamperouge didn't act like a {{Jerkass}} whenever people called him out on his actions, fewer people would want him dead.
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dead. Zero Requiem in R2 especially had this, with [[spoiler:Lelouch eventually getting everyone (no exaggeration) to hate him so that he could die and make Britannia and the world a better place]].
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place]]. This is lampshaded in R2 episode 19, where [[spoiler: Lelouch and Kallen are facing a firing squad. He puts on the facade with an obfuscating FacingTheBulletsOneLiner to prevent her from making a SenselessSacrifice by defending him and getting killed. As she's walking away, he whispers: "Kallen, you must live on."]]
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"]] Played straight in season 1 whenever Lelouch interacts with Kallen, in order to throw her off his trail from identifying him as Zero.



* Roy Mustang from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a subtler and more justified example of this. A good-looking soldier who only cares for promotions [[spoiler:(and has sworn to protect his comrades and underlings using his position and power)]], dates several girls at the same time [[spoiler:(so that people don't take him too seriously)]] cooks a girl alive for supposedly killing his best friend [[spoiler:(and fakes her death to protect her from serious implications, in a most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome way]])]], constantly goes to a brothel/pub with a lot of girls [[spoiler:(to gain information from the girls, who are part of his spy network, as is the pub owner- who happens to be his adoptive mother)]], uses military phones to call his supposed girlfriends [[spoiler:(and to direct the 'girlfriends' in a coordinated attack)]], and whose assistant has to keep him in check [[spoiler:(so he doesn't stray from the path of justice he set out for himself)]]. But he really did commit genocide.

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Roy Mustang from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a subtler and more justified example of this. A good-looking soldier who only cares for promotions [[spoiler:(and has sworn to protect his comrades and underlings using his position and power)]], dates several girls at the same time [[spoiler:(so that people don't take him too seriously)]] cooks a girl alive for supposedly killing his best friend [[spoiler:(and fakes her death to protect her from serious implications, in a most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome way]])]], constantly goes to a brothel/pub with a lot of girls [[spoiler:(to gain information from the girls, who are part of his spy network, as is the pub owner- who happens to be his adoptive mother)]], uses military phones to call his supposed girlfriends [[spoiler:(and to direct the 'girlfriends' in a coordinated attack)]], and whose assistant has to keep him in check [[spoiler:(so he doesn't stray from the path of justice he set out for himself)]]. But he really did commit genocide.



* Oogami Rei from ''Manga/CodeBreaker'' is a somewhat more heroic example. At first, he acts like a pretty cold-hearted bastard, doing things like snapping a dog's neck, burning a group of policemen to death to elimiate all witnesses, killing a man in front of his LittlestCancerPatient daughter, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking torching the helpful, handcrafted guide his classmates made for him in order to help him remember their names.]] Actually [[spoiler: the dog was dying after getting beaten up by thugs, the policemen were wholly corrupt (as was their chief), giving the little girl an excuse for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Oogami also gave her a reason to live, and Oogami had already memorized their names ("I don't like 'things', they disappear too easily. I don't need 'things' to remember ''people''." (basically)) -- the first time he ever bothered to learn the names of, essentially, innocent bystanders.]]
** Naturally, his companion [[CuteBruiser Sakura]] notices something's amiss when [[spoiler: Oogami had an almost tender look on his usually mask-like face when he euthanizes the dog]] and also when [[spoiler: he saves the dead dog's puppy, who takes an ''immediate'' liking to Oogami despite Sakura's protests]].
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Jean maintains a cold demeanor towards his cyborg Rico, and hits her whenever she doesn't perform to standard. Seeing as the cyborgs are all going to die before adulthood as a result of their conditioning, he has good reason not to get too attached, especially since Jean still feels the loss of his sister Enrica. On rare occasions, however, this façade cracks, like when Rico is injured and falls into the sea during a battle and Jean desperately dives in to save her.

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* Oogami Rei from ''Manga/CodeBreaker'' is a somewhat more heroic example. At first, he acts like a pretty cold-hearted bastard, doing things like snapping a dog's neck, burning a group of policemen to death to elimiate all witnesses, killing a man in front of his LittlestCancerPatient daughter, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking torching the helpful, handcrafted guide his classmates made for him in order to help him remember their names.]] Actually [[spoiler: the dog was dying after getting beaten up by thugs, the policemen were wholly corrupt (as was their chief), giving the little girl an excuse for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Oogami also gave her a reason to live, and Oogami had already memorized their names ("I don't like 'things', they disappear too easily. I don't need 'things' to remember ''people''." (basically)) -- the first time he ever bothered to learn the names of, essentially, innocent bystanders.]]
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]] Naturally, his companion [[CuteBruiser Sakura]] notices something's amiss when [[spoiler: Oogami had an almost tender look on his usually mask-like face when he euthanizes the dog]] and also when [[spoiler: he saves the dead dog's puppy, who takes an ''immediate'' liking to Oogami despite Sakura's protests]].
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'': Jean maintains a cold demeanor towards his cyborg Rico, and hits her whenever she doesn't perform to standard. Seeing as the cyborgs are all going to die before adulthood as a result of their conditioning, he has good reason not to get too attached, especially since Jean still feels the loss of his sister Enrica. On rare occasions, however, this façade cracks, like when Rico is injured and falls into the sea during a battle and Jean desperately dives in to save her.



* Leorio in ''HunterXHunter'' actively cultivates an image of greedy lechery (well, he ''is'' a HandsomeLech...), because he doesn't want people to think of him as soft. However, the reason he always insists on the best prices and payment for everything? He wants to become so rich that he can afford to give any patient treatment (no matter how expensive) for free, [[spoiler: because his best friend Pietro died due to lack of affordable healthcare.]]

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* Leorio in ''HunterXHunter'' ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' actively cultivates an image of greedy lechery (well, he ''is'' a HandsomeLech...), because he doesn't want people to think of him as soft. However, the reason he always insists on the best prices and payment for everything? He wants to become so rich that he can afford to give any patient treatment (no matter how expensive) for free, [[spoiler: because his best friend Pietro died due to lack of affordable healthcare.]]



* [[CowardlyLion Gilbert Nightray]] from ''PandoraHearts'' learnt to put on such a facade in order to survive as a Pandora agent: he is ruthless in a fight and doesn't hesitate to shoot his mind-controlled colleagues or [[WouldHurtAChild children]] - [[HitmanWithAHeart but he will go out of his way to avoid collateral damage and protect civilians.]] He is not that good at maintaining the facade in non-life-threatening situations, though, and the rest of the cast quickly figures out that Gilbert is [[TenderTears a big softie]] underneath.

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* [[CowardlyLion Gilbert Nightray]] from ''PandoraHearts'' ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' learnt to put on such a facade in order to survive as a Pandora agent: he is ruthless in a fight and doesn't hesitate to shoot his mind-controlled colleagues or [[WouldHurtAChild children]] - [[HitmanWithAHeart but he will go out of his way to avoid collateral damage and protect civilians.]] He is not that good at maintaining the facade in non-life-threatening situations, though, and the rest of the cast quickly figures out that Gilbert is [[TenderTears a big softie]] underneath.



* In an early ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story Peter Parker started acting like a jerk around Betty Brant so that she wouldn't want to be in a relationship with him anymore. Betty had lost her brother who kept getting himself into danger, and Peter didn't want her to have to face a similar situation with her boyfriend.

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In an early ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story Peter Parker started acting like a jerk around Betty Brant so that she wouldn't want to be in a relationship with him anymore. Betty had lost her brother who kept getting himself into danger, and Peter didn't want her to have to face a similar situation with her boyfriend.



* One issue of ''ComicBooks/ArchieComics'' had ''Reggie'' sit down beside a depressed Dilton, [[PetTheDog give him a pep talk]], and offer to help him get the woman he had a crush on. When Dilton suspiciously asked what he wanted in return, Reggie only demanded he keep the entire thing a secret. He has a reputation to keep as a jerk, after all. Other times have had him do nice things for others while going out of his way to not be seen doing it or often by BreakingTheFourthWall to remind readers that "even a rat fink like [him] can do something nice once and a while".

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* One issue of ''ComicBooks/ArchieComics'' ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' had ''Reggie'' sit down beside a depressed Dilton, [[PetTheDog give him a pep talk]], and offer to help him get the woman he had a crush on. When Dilton suspiciously asked what he wanted in return, Reggie only demanded he keep the entire thing a secret. He has a reputation to keep as a jerk, after all. Other times have had him do nice things for others while going out of his way to not be seen doing it or often by BreakingTheFourthWall to remind readers that "even a rat fink like [him] can do something nice once and a while".



* ''Film/{{Shrek}}'' pretends to be a bloodthirsty monster of an Ogre so that he can be left alone. Moreover, despite being [[GoodIsNotNice fairly abrasive]], he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold risked his life to save Donkey, Fiona, and a colony of refugees]]. Granted, he is a more justified example than the most.

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* ''Film/{{Shrek}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' pretends to be a bloodthirsty monster of an Ogre so that he can be left alone. Moreover, despite being [[GoodIsNotNice fairly abrasive]], he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold risked his life to save Donkey, Fiona, and a colony of refugees]]. Granted, he is a more justified example than the most.



* Shinjiro Aragaki in ''{{Persona 3}}''. Played almost humorously when he's unsuccessful, but becomes rather tragic when you realize just how far he's willing to go for those he cares about.

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* Shinjiro Aragaki in ''{{Persona ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. Played almost humorously when he's unsuccessful, but becomes rather tragic when you realize just how far he's willing to go for those he cares about.



* Rin Tohsaka from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Her personality in the early parts of the game is a [=Jerkass=] Facade. It's especially obvious in Heaven's Feel, although there it's for a [[ShootTheDog good reason]].

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Rin Tohsaka from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Her Tohsaka's personality in the early parts of the game is a [=Jerkass=] Facade. It's especially obvious in Heaven's Feel, although there it's for a [[ShootTheDog good reason]].



* Common with the Ice king in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. He kidnaps princesses sure, but he [[spoiler: used to be a decent scholar named Simon Petrikov before TheEnd, lost his fiance, lost ALL of his memories, and only kidnaps princesses to ease his horrible lonliness.]]
** Marceline was on the same road as well, she acted like a JerkAss in the first two episodes she debuted in, but as it turns out, shes really a decent one and only acts evil to mess around.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow'', [[spoiler:it's revealed that Eddy's greedy and selfish attitude was all an act to impress his brother, who is a bigger [=Jerkass=] than he (or anyone, even Kevin and Sarah) could ever hope to be.]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' brought this up for [[RichBitch Trixie]], but it was never brought up again.
* In the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[AntiVillain Prince Zuko]] sometimes puts on a mighty show of acting like a RoyalBrat in front of his men, effectively earning their resentment... before [[HiddenHeartOfGold risking his own life to save the ship's helmsman during a terrible storm]].
** The reason behind his scar... [[spoiler: he spoke out against [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife sacrificing a division of new recruits as a distraction]] during a war meeting, so his father [[AbusiveParents burned half his face off]] as a punishment. Iroh's revelation of this to the crew caused them to ease up on Zuko a bit.]]
** It could even be argued that Zuko was trying to emulate his father and sister who were jerkasses with no facade, as they were the "proper" and successful Fire Nation royalty that he and Iroh weren't. Eventually he realized that their selfish if not sociopathic stances were ruining the Fire Nation and [[HeelFaceTurn he drops the facade of being an obedient prince to do what's right for everyone]].

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Common with the Ice king in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.King. He kidnaps princesses sure, but he [[spoiler: used to be a decent scholar named Simon Petrikov before TheEnd, lost his fiance, lost ALL of his memories, and only kidnaps princesses to ease his horrible lonliness.]]
** It's implied that Marceline was on plays up her [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampirism]] both to protect others (because she sees herself as evil), and so that [[NeverBeHurtAgain no-one can ever get close to her and then leave her]], which unfortunately has happened to the same road as well, she acted like a JerkAss in the first two episodes she debuted poor girl far too often (as in, but as it turns out, shes really a decent ''[[TraumaCongaLine in every one and only acts evil to mess around.
of her onscreen relationships]]'').
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow'', [[spoiler:it's it's revealed that Eddy's [[spoiler:Eddy's greedy and selfish attitude attitude]] was all an act to impress his brother, [[spoiler:brother]], who is a bigger [=Jerkass=] than he (or anyone, even Kevin and Sarah) could ever hope to be.]]
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' brought this up for [[RichBitch Trixie]], but it was never brought up again.
again. It was shown hides her HiddenDepths and acts like a AlphaBitch to be accepted with the popular kids. A few early episodes imply she's sweeter than she seems but [[CharacterizationMarchesOn that was dropped]] by season 3.
* In the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[AntiVillain Prince Zuko]] sometimes puts on a mighty show of acting like a RoyalBrat in front of his men, effectively earning their resentment... before [[HiddenHeartOfGold risking his own life to save the ship's helmsman during a terrible storm]].
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storm]]. The reason behind his scar... [[spoiler: he spoke out against [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife sacrificing a division of new recruits as a distraction]] during a war meeting, so his father [[AbusiveParents burned half his face off]] as a punishment. Iroh's revelation of this to the crew caused them to ease up on Zuko a bit.]]
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]] It could even be argued that Zuko was trying to emulate his father and sister who were jerkasses with no facade, as they were the "proper" and successful Fire Nation royalty that he and Iroh weren't. Eventually he realized that their selfish if not sociopathic stances were ruining the Fire Nation and [[HeelFaceTurn he drops the facade of being an obedient prince to do what's right for everyone]].



* Moe Syzlak, from TheSimpsons, tries to hide his good deeds with a protectiveness normal people would reserve for hiding evil deeds.

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* Moe Syzlak, from TheSimpsons, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', tries to hide his good deeds with a protectiveness normal people would reserve for hiding evil deeds.



** Played Straight with Diamond Tiara herself. The season 5 episode "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" revealed that [[spoiler: she only acted mean because that's how her mother taught her to act, she knows her behavior is wrong, and she wants to change but doesn't know how]].
* Cindy Vortex from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' reveals that she acts this ways because she slowly became more and more jealous of Jimmy for being smarter than her, thus explaining why [[{{Tsundere}} she's such a hardass on him]]. This was ultimately carried over into the TV series, abit [[BelligerentSexualTension in a different manner]].

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** Played Straight straight with Diamond Tiara herself. The season 5 episode "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" revealed that [[spoiler: she only acted mean because that's how her mother taught her to act, she knows her behavior is wrong, and she wants to change but doesn't know how]].
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Cindy Vortex from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' reveals that she acts this ways because she slowly became more and more jealous of Jimmy for being smarter than her, thus explaining why [[{{Tsundere}} she's such a hardass on him]]. This was ultimately carried over into the TV series, abit [[BelligerentSexualTension in a different manner]].



* It's implied that Marceline of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' plays up her [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampirism]] both to protect others (because she sees herself as evil), and so that [[NeverBeHurtAgain no-one can ever get close to her and then leave her]], which unfortunately has happened to the poor girl far too often (as in, ''[[TraumaCongaLine in every one of her onscreen relationships]]'').



* Amethyst from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' Attacked Pearl in the Kindergarten, and even threw and tied up Steven, because Pearl reminded her of her past. She was also this way with Greg, as a act of revenge for Rose having less time for her.

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Amethyst from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' Attacked atacked Pearl in the Kindergarten, and even threw and tied up Steven, because Pearl reminded her of her past. She was also this way with Greg, as a act of revenge for Rose having less time for her.


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':
** Stormer is rather sweet but has to act like a jerk to be a part of her band.
** "Roxy Rumbles" implies most of Roxy's rougher traits are a facade as well. She's a lot nicer after quitting the band.
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has Harry Wells, who is initially very hostile and standoffish to the team when he shows up in season 2. He very quickly shows himself to care deeply, however, as he risks his life to save the team on multiple occasions. Of course, he would vehemently deny that he cares about anyone other than his daughter, Jesse, but his actions speak far louder than his words and he eventually [[TookALevelInKindness takes a level in kindness]] (although he remains a socially awkward InsufferableGenius). It becomes apparent that the reason for his initially extreme jerkass behaviour was that he was trying very hard not to get close to the team due to the fact that [[spoiler: Zoom had kidnapped Jesse and would likely use her to blackmail him into betraying them.]]
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* Mr. Nebbercracker from the film ''Film/MonsterHouse'' is actually a very nice old man, but deliberately acts mean and cranky. He does this to keep children away from the Monster House so it won't attack them.

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* Mr. Nebbercracker from the film ''Film/MonsterHouse'' ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'' is actually a very nice old man, but deliberately acts mean and cranky. He does this to keep children away from the Monster House so it won't attack them.
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