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* ''Manga/MobPsycho100'' has the Body Improvement Club, a school club consisting of a group of fitness freaks that Mob joins in hopes of improving himself. They quickly accept him as one of their own and legitimately care for him as a friend rather than as a powerful esper like most others in his life.
7th Aug '16 6:14:59 AM annette12
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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Booth is a former jock version.

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* %%* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Booth is a former jock version.
7th Aug '16 6:13:14 AM annette12
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* Matty and Jake on ''Series/{{Awkward}}'' Jake and, to a lesser extent, Matty also qualify as the BigManOnCampus.
* Zack, Penny's occasional boyfriend on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Friendly, good-natured, even a bit of a closet geek himself, and gets along very well with the guys. He's also ''incredibly'' dumb.
* Tommy Dawkins, the titular werewolf of ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'', is this. He's generally a good-natured guy (if a little ditzy at times) and goes on to be good friends with the local weird goth guy, Merton. He also does what he can to help out the Monster of the Week, if said monster isn't actively trying to hurt someone.
* Booth from ''Series/{{Bones}}'' is an former jock version.
* Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb from ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. A hyper-athletic, ridiculously good-looking ''surgeon'' who is genuinely just the nicest guy on the planet.

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* Matty and Jake on ''Series/{{Awkward}}'' %%* ''Series/{{Awkward}}'': Jake and, to a lesser extent, Matty also qualify as the BigManOnCampus.
* Zack, Penny's occasional boyfriend on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Friendly, good-natured, even a bit of a closet geek himself, and gets along very well with the guys. He's also ''incredibly'' dumb.
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''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'': Tommy Dawkins, the titular werewolf of ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'', is this. He's generally a good-natured guy (if a little ditzy at times) and goes on to be good friends with the local weird goth guy, Merton. He also does what he can to help out the Monster of the Week, if said monster isn't actively trying to hurt someone.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Booth from ''Series/{{Bones}}'' is an a former jock version.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb from ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. A is a hyper-athletic, ridiculously good-looking ''surgeon'' who is genuinely just the nicest guy on the planet.



* David in ''Series/DeadGorgeous''. Affable and good-natured, he is not bright enough to be the BigManOnCampus. However, when he finds out that a nerd is being bullied into doing his homework for him (he was initially told the nerd was doing it voluntarily) he quickly forces the bully doing it to stop.
* Riley from ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' is this trope in spades, except he's also a BigManOnCampus and genuinely is not stupid.
* Kyle from ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' is said to have shoved nerds in lockers but we've never actually seen him bully someone and he seems like a nice enough guy.
* Todd from ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'', despite dating shallow and vapid Cindy Sanders and being Sam's unaware rival, is a super nice guy who thinks Sam is cool and doesn't try to battle him for Cindy.
* Most of the cast from ''Series/FridayNightLights'' but especially Matt Saracen and Luke Cafferty. Taken further by Matt explicitly being stated as more of an art kid than a quarterback, he just happens to have the brains to back himself up on the field.
* Several examples from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' including Finn, Mike, Sam, Artie ([[MST3KMantra who is in a wheelchair]]), and Puck (after some CharacterDevelopment).
** Karofsky after coming to terms with his sexuality.
* Mick Campbell from ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' is a jock, yes, but also thought to be one of the sweetest and funniest people in the house.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has Shun Daimonji, the school's star quarterback. He starts off as a JerkJock taken to such an extreme that he even interferes with Fourze defeating the MonsterOfTheWeek because of a grudge with the titular Kamen Rider. Later, though, he owns up to his FreudianExcuse (a controlling, perfectionist father) and works toward becoming a better person. He even joins the Kamen Rider Club, and assists Fourze in battle by piloting the [[MiniMecha Power Dizer]].
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Jason Lee Scott is into martial arts rather than playing for the Angel Grove High sports teams, but he otherwise fits this trope. His outgoing, athletic nature makes him a natural leader of the Power Rangers, and he functions as a BigBrotherMentor to geeky Billy Cranston, building Billy's self-confidence by teaching him martial arts.
** Rocky (football) and [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo T.J.]] (baseball) ''were'' on their respective high school teams. [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Shane and Dustin]] fit this to a lesser extent (they're technically closer to the Jason example.)
%%* ''Series/OneTreeHill'': Lucas, Skills, Jake and (after CharacterDevelopment) Nathan.
* Stretch Snodgrass, Madison High's star athlete on ''Series/OurMissBrooks''. He's [[DumbJock dimwitted]], but good natured to the point where he's willing to transfer schools if it'll get his best friend Walter Denton on the Madison football team ("Two Way Stretch Snodgrass"). Stretch is apparently very popular; when he [[ItMakesSenseInContext accidentally vandalizes the school]] in "Stuffed Gopher", Miss Brooks and Walter gets a crew of students to fix the damage and cover for him.
* Will from ''Series/PartyOfFive''. Bailey does blur the lines as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold though the Jerk part usually cancels out the Heart of Gold.
* Harvey from ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. His friends on the football team also seem nice enough.
* AC Slater of ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' plays with this. He's a star wrestler and basketball player and, while a bit of a hothead, he's ultimately good natured.
* Turk from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is said to have been this in high school.

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* ''Series/DeadGorgeous'': David in ''Series/DeadGorgeous''. Affable is affable and good-natured, he is not bright enough to be the BigManOnCampus. However, when he finds out that a nerd is being bullied into doing his homework for him (he was initially told the nerd was doing it voluntarily) he quickly forces the bully doing it to stop.
* %%* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'': Riley from ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' is this trope in spades, except he's also a BigManOnCampus and genuinely is not stupid.
* ''Series/EightSimpleRules'': Kyle from ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' is said to have shoved nerds in lockers but we've never actually seen him bully someone and he seems like a nice enough guy.
* Todd from ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'', ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'': Todd, despite dating shallow and vapid Cindy Sanders and being Sam's unaware rival, is a super nice guy who thinks Sam is cool and doesn't try to battle him for Cindy.
* ''Series/FridayNightLights'': Most of the cast from ''Series/FridayNightLights'' cast, but especially Matt Saracen and Luke Cafferty. Taken further by Matt explicitly being stated as more of an art kid than a quarterback, he just happens to have the brains to back himself up on the field.
* %%* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Several examples from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' including Finn, Mike, Sam, Artie ([[MST3KMantra who is in a wheelchair]]), and Puck (after some CharacterDevelopment).
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CharacterDevelopment). Karofsky after coming to terms with his sexuality.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'': Mick Campbell from ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' is a jock, yes, but also thought to be one of the sweetest and funniest people in the house.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'': Shun Daimonji, the school's star quarterback. He starts off as a JerkJock taken to such an extreme that he even interferes with Fourze defeating the MonsterOfTheWeek because of a grudge with the titular Kamen Rider. Later, though, he owns up to his FreudianExcuse (a controlling, perfectionist father) and works toward becoming a better person. He even joins the Kamen Rider Club, and assists Fourze in battle by piloting the [[MiniMecha Power Dizer]].
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Jason Lee Scott is into martial arts rather than playing for the Angel Grove High sports teams, but he otherwise fits this trope. His outgoing, athletic nature makes him a natural leader of the Power Rangers, and he functions as a BigBrotherMentor to geeky Billy Cranston, building Billy's self-confidence by teaching him martial arts.
**
arts. Rocky (football) and [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo T.J.]] (baseball) ''were'' on their respective high school teams. [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Shane and Dustin]] fit this to a lesser extent (they're technically closer to the Jason example.)
%%* * ''Series/OneTreeHill'': Lucas, Skills, Jake and (after CharacterDevelopment) Nathan.
Nathan are players of the Tree Hill High basketball team and nice guys.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Stretch Snodgrass, Madison High's star athlete on ''Series/OurMissBrooks''. He's is [[DumbJock dimwitted]], but good natured to the point where he's willing to transfer schools if it'll get his best friend Walter Denton on the Madison football team ("Two Way Stretch Snodgrass"). Stretch is apparently very popular; when he [[ItMakesSenseInContext accidentally vandalizes the school]] in "Stuffed Gopher", Miss Brooks and Walter gets a crew of students to fix the damage and cover for him.
* Will from ''Series/PartyOfFive''.''Series/PartyOfFive'': Will. Bailey does blur the lines as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold though the Jerk part usually cancels out the Heart of Gold.
* Harvey from ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''.''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': Harvey. His friends on the football team also seem nice enough.
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'': AC Slater of ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' plays with this. He's is a star wrestler and basketball player and, while a bit of a hothead, he's ultimately good natured.
* %%* Turk from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is said to have been this in high school.



* Danny on ''Series/TeenWolf''. Ironically, he is best friends with Jackson, the JerkJock.
* Matt Donovan and Stefan Salvatore from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. On the other hand, Matt's best friend Tyler Lockwood is a JerkJock ([[CharacterDevelopment at first]]).
* ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'' gives us Chad Radwell. While initially appearing to be a straight up JerkJock, it's revealed that his best friend is gay and he's completely accepting of it - even warning his AlphaBitch of a girlfriend not to spread rumours about it in case he gets bullied. More HiddenDepths to Chad are revealed as the series goes on - to the point where he walks out on his family after they're rude to Chanel and Hester. By the end of the first season, he's one of only two people in the main cast who has not yet tried to murder someone.

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* Danny on ''Series/TeenWolf''.''Series/TeenWolf'': Danny. Ironically, he is best friends with Jackson, the JerkJock.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Matt Donovan and Stefan Salvatore from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.Donovan. On the other hand, Matt's best friend Tyler Lockwood is a JerkJock ([[CharacterDevelopment at first]]).
* ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'' gives us ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'': Chad Radwell. While initially appearing to be a straight up JerkJock, it's revealed that his best friend is gay and he's completely accepting of it - even warning his AlphaBitch of a girlfriend not to spread rumours about it in case he gets bullied. More HiddenDepths to Chad are revealed as the series goes on - to the point where he walks out on his family after they're rude to Chanel and Hester. By the end of the first season, he's one of only two people in the main cast who has not yet tried to murder someone.
4th Aug '16 8:48:55 AM fearlessnikki
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The JerkJock answer to the LovableAlphaBitch. It is typical in most high school settings to have the jock as the bad guy but this trope is a method of portraying jocks in a positive light. After all, people don't automatically turn into sociopaths the moment they join a sports team.

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The JerkJock JerkJock's answer to the LovableAlphaBitch. It is typical in most high school settings to have the jock as the bad guy but this trope is a method of portraying jocks in a positive light. After all, people don't automatically turn into sociopaths the moment they join a sports team.



%%* Oz from ''Film/AmericanPie'' becomes this.
%%* Aaron from ''Film/MeanGirls''.

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%%* * Oz from ''Film/AmericanPie'' becomes this.
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this as he joins the glee club and gets in touch with his sensitive side. This is PlayedForDrama when he tries to convince Heather that he's not just a jerk jock.
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Aaron from ''Film/MeanGirls''.''Film/MeanGirls'' is seen playing football and is also on the swim team - and he's quite possibly the only wholly decent person in the cast.



%%* ''Film/ForrestGump'' played football in college.

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%%* ''Film/ForrestGump'' * ''Film/ForrestGump'''s eponoymous character is a kind and gentle (if very simple) young man and played football in college.college. He later becomes known for table tennis.



* ''Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet'' plays with this. The college football team welcome Jenko but not Schmidt. This is partially due to Schmidt making a bad first impression, particularly when he antagonises Rooster at a party.



%%* AC Slater of ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.

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%%* * AC Slater of ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.''Series/SavedByTheBell'' plays with this. He's a star wrestler and basketball player and, while a bit of a hothead, he's ultimately good natured.



* ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'' gives us Chad Radwell. While initially appearing to be a straight up JerkJock, it's revealed that his best friend is gay and he's completely accepting of it - even warning his AlphaBitch of a girlfriend not to spread rumours about it in case he gets bullied. More HiddenDepths to Chad are revealed as the series goes on - to the point where he walks out on his family after they're rude to Chanel and Hester. By the end of the first season, he's one of only two people in the main cast who has not yet tried to murder someone.



%%* The jock girls in ''Film/MeanGirls''. [[spoiler: Regina joins them]] at the end.
%%* A few of the cheerleaders in ''Film/BringItOn''.
%%* Amber from ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory''.
%%* The leads (and other teammates) from ''Film/BendItLikeBeckham''.

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%%* * The jock girls in ''Film/MeanGirls''. ''Film/MeanGirls'' are competitive but still shown as good people. [[spoiler: Regina joins them]] at the end.
%%* A few
end. This is said to be a good thing, as they're not afraid of her and so she doesn't bully them.
* ''Film/BringItOn'' was one
of the cheerleaders in ''Film/BringItOn''.
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first mainstream films to show cheerleading as a legitimate athletic pursuit, and subvert a lot of the negative stereotypes surrounding cheerleaders. Torrance for example just wants to help her team win, and she shows {{Tomboy}} Missy that there's more to the sport that what she expects.
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Amber from ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory''.
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''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' is a cheerleader but is kind and sweet, in contrast to her rather nasty boyfriend.
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The leads (and other teammates) from ''Film/BendItLikeBeckham''.''Film/BendItLikeBeckham'' - all kind, fun-loving girls who play as a team.



%%* Jean Grey is this herself in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' as the school's soccer star.

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%%* * Jean Grey is this herself in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' as the school's soccer star.star. Although referred to as 'Miss Perfect', she's considerate and gracious to everyone.
13th Jul '16 3:28:44 PM Rubber_Lotus
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** Even his high-school self, though often cruel and petty, had his moments. For all his bullying of Peter, Flash's admiration for Spider-Man was genuine, and went deep enough that he remained a vocal Spidey supporter even when the rest of New York was convinced that Spidey was a murderer.
1st Jul '16 11:12:06 AM Anddrix
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* On ''TotalDrama,'' Sky makes some [[BaseBreaker questionable choices]], but is never malicious, always dedicated to teamwork and despises cheaters.

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* On ''TotalDrama,'' Sky makes some [[BaseBreaker questionable choices]], choices, but is never malicious, always dedicated to teamwork and despises cheaters.
30th May '16 6:13:55 PM maximsk
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** James Potter had elements of this and of JerkJock (however, beyond his complex and mutual hatred with Severus Snape, his only jerk qualities were being a show-off and hot-headed.) After he 'deflates his head,' he is much more readily seen as one. Subverted in that we only hear about him from his friends and archenermy Snape.

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** James Potter had elements of this and of JerkJock (however, beyond his complex and mutual hatred with Severus Snape, his only jerk qualities were being a show-off and hot-headed.) After he 'deflates his head,' he is much more readily seen as one. Subverted in that we only hear about him from his friends and archenermy archenemy Snape.
19th May '16 4:35:37 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Kelly and Lisa were on the cheerleading squad in ''SavedByTheBell''. Jessie also joins as well. The girls are also said to play volleyball.

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* Kelly and Lisa were on the cheerleading squad in ''SavedByTheBell''.''Series/SavedByTheBell''. Jessie also joins as well. The girls are also said to play volleyball.
18th Apr '16 12:18:00 PM SheldonDinkleburg
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* Sakura Kinomoto from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' is both a cheerleader and the sweetest girl around. By extension, so are her cheerleader friends Chiharu and Naoko.

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* Sakura Kinomoto from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' is both a top track & field athlete, a cheerleader and the sweetest girl around. By extension, so are her cheerleader friends Chiharu and Naoko.
16th Apr '16 8:07:25 PM Manny20444
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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' Flash Thompson starts out as a JerkJock but [[CharacterDevelopment evolves into this]]. Some of the other jocks, like Rand Robertson, are nicer to begin with.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' Flash Thompson starts out as a JerkJock but eventually [[CharacterDevelopment evolves into this]]. Some of the other jocks, like Rand Robertson, are nicer to begin with.this]].
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