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15th Jul '17 3:10:06 PM Gosicrystal
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Another trait Nice Guys often exhibit is being EasilyImpressed. Most people like to be complimented or appreciated so a writers will often give the Nice Guy low standards to give a mediocre or upset character a boost in morale. Unfortunately, doing this will often make them [[FearlessFool incredibly reckless]] or [[SmallNameBigEgo inflate their ego a bit too much.]]

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Another trait Nice Guys often exhibit is being EasilyImpressed. Most people like to be complimented or appreciated so a writers will often give the Nice Guy low standards to give a mediocre or upset character a boost in morale. Unfortunately, doing this will often make them [[FearlessFool incredibly reckless]] or [[SmallNameBigEgo inflate their ego a bit too much.]]



Occasionally, however, the treatment go the other way around: Perhaps in a world set upon BlackAndGreyMorality, and GrayAndGreyMorality, this Nice Guy actually stands out because he IS a Nice Guy, he doesn't have the excuse to be cynical or mean, nor does he need to have a tragic backstory. He's that nice, friendly and helpful... that he eventually becomes a [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan-favorite]] due to how much he stands out amongst the more cynical cast members, a refreshing breeze to say.

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Occasionally, however, the treatment go goes the other way around: Perhaps in a world set upon BlackAndGreyMorality, and GrayAndGreyMorality, this Nice Guy actually stands out because he IS a Nice Guy, he doesn't have the excuse to be cynical or mean, nor does he need to have a tragic backstory. He's that nice, friendly and helpful... that he eventually becomes a [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan-favorite]] due to how much he stands out amongst the more cynical cast members, a refreshing breeze to say.
9th Jan '17 6:11:41 AM FieryLion428
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The Nice Guy (or Girl) is nice. Maybe not a [[AllLovingHero saint]], but definitely not [[Main/SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness unpleasant]], [[{{Jerkass}} obnoxious]] or an [[DarkerAndEdgier edgy]] {{rebel|liousSpirit}}. They're friendly, psychologically well-balanced, [[TrueNeutral morally average]] ([[NeutralGood if not better]]) and in short, someone anyone would like to be around and [[TheConfidant have as a friend]], which is often what they are to the hero and/or his extended cast. He won't engage in [[{{Jerkass}} jerk-like behavior]], but probably responds in kind to VitriolicBestBuds.

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The Nice Guy (or Girl) [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is nice.nice]]. Maybe not a [[AllLovingHero saint]], but definitely not [[Main/SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness unpleasant]], [[{{Jerkass}} obnoxious]] or an [[DarkerAndEdgier edgy]] {{rebel|liousSpirit}}. They're friendly, psychologically well-balanced, [[TrueNeutral morally average]] ([[NeutralGood if not better]]) and in short, someone anyone would like to be around and [[TheConfidant have as a friend]], which is often what they are to the hero and/or his extended cast. He won't engage in [[{{Jerkass}} jerk-like behavior]], but probably responds in kind to VitriolicBestBuds.
19th Nov '16 10:29:43 PM AgentKyles
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Fortunately, this one trope ''does'' have many TruthInTelevision examples. So many, in fact, that there's no need in listing them here, thanks in advance.
15th Aug '16 8:56:00 AM Ramidel
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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuinely'' nice guys, not the well-known "Nice Guys" who only act decent and kind not because it's the right thing to do or because that's who they are but because they feel it will get them or even entitle them to a relationship with the girl they are being so "nice" to.

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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuinely'' nice guys, not guys. If you're looking for the well-known Internet definition of "Nice Guys" who only act decent and kind not because it's the right thing to do or because Guy," that's who they are but because they feel it will get them or even entitle them to a relationship with the girl they are being so "nice" to.
at WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency and EntitledToHaveYou.
23rd Jul '16 1:13:29 PM Hadjorim
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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuinely'' nice guys, not the well-known "Nice Guys" who only act decent and kind not because it's the right thing to do or because that's who they are but because they feel it will them get or even entitle them to a relationship with the girl they are being so "nice" to.

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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuinely'' nice guys, not the well-known "Nice Guys" who only act decent and kind not because it's the right thing to do or because that's who they are but because they feel it will get them get or even entitle them to a relationship with the girl they are being so "nice" to.
23rd Jul '16 1:12:33 PM Hadjorim
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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuinely'' nice guys, not the well-known "Nice Guys" - the kind of guys who talk about the "Friend Zone" and only act decent and kind not because it's the right thing to do or because that's who they are but because they feel it will them get or even entitle them to a relationship with the girl they are being so "nice" to.

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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuinely'' nice guys, not the well-known "Nice Guys" - the kind of guys who talk about the "Friend Zone" and only act decent and kind not because it's the right thing to do or because that's who they are but because they feel it will them get or even entitle them to a relationship with the girl they are being so "nice" to.
23rd Jul '16 1:11:50 PM Hadjorim
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Want to know what writers think of that? '''"Boring!"'''. This is because they can be conflict null zones romantically and dramatically because of a perceived [[FlatCharacter (or real)]] lack of [[RoundedCharacter depth.]] Along with the HappilyMarried couple, the Nice Guy is among fiction's "favorite" {{Friendly Target}}s. They'll die senselessly to [[HeroicResolve motivate]] their hero buddy, lose the girl to the more dynamic but unstable DoggedNiceGuy or just in general [[ButtMonkey go through constant torment from the world around them]].

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Want to know what writers think of that? '''"Boring!"'''. '''"Boring!"''' This is because they can be conflict null zones romantically and dramatically because of a perceived [[FlatCharacter (or real)]] lack of [[RoundedCharacter depth.]] Along with the HappilyMarried couple, the Nice Guy is among fiction's "favorite" {{Friendly Target}}s. They'll die senselessly to [[HeroicResolve motivate]] their hero buddy, lose the girl to the more dynamic but unstable DoggedNiceGuy or just in general [[ButtMonkey go through constant torment from the world around them]].
21st Jul '16 10:01:39 PM Hadjorim
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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuinely'' nice guys, not the well-known "Nice Guys" who only act decent and kind not because it's the right thing to do or because that's who they are but because they feel it will them get or even entitle them to relationships, often with the girl they are being so "nice" to.

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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuinely'' nice guys, not the well-known "Nice Guys" - the kind of guys who talk about the "Friend Zone" and only act decent and kind not because it's the right thing to do or because that's who they are but because they feel it will them get or even entitle them to relationships, often a relationship with the girl they are being so "nice" to.
21st Jul '16 9:47:42 PM Hadjorim
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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuinely'' nice guys, not the well-known "Nice Guys" who only act decent and kind not because it's the right thing to do or because that's who they are but because they feel it entitles them to relationships, often with the girl they are being so "nice" to.

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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuinely'' nice guys, not the well-known "Nice Guys" who only act decent and kind not because it's the right thing to do or because that's who they are but because they feel it entitles will them get or even entitle them to relationships, often with the girl they are being so "nice" to.
21st Jul '16 9:45:12 PM Hadjorim
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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuine'' Nice Guys, not [[http://divalion.livejournal.com/163615.html the other]] [[http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2012/12/problem-nice-guys/ sort of]] [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/13-reasons-why-nice-guys-are-the-worst "Nice Guy"]] or "Nice Guy[[TradeSnark ]]", [[http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/10/nice-guy-lies-shouldnt-believe/ which is more of a]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing Bastard in Sheep's Clothing]] [[InvokedTrope performing]] the trope DoggedNiceGuy who feels EntitledToHaveYou [[WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency because he's "nice"]] (and, [[RealityEnsues once this fails]], [[http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2011/08/mr-nice-guy/ complains]] that NiceGuysFinishLast because AllGirlsWantBadBoys -- naturally, what qualifies a "bad boy" is generally PsychologicalProjection on the "Nice Guy's" part).

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'''Note:''' This trope is referring to ''genuine'' Nice Guys, ''genuinely'' nice guys, not [[http://divalion.livejournal.com/163615.html the other]] [[http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2012/12/problem-nice-guys/ sort of]] [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/13-reasons-why-nice-guys-are-the-worst well-known "Nice Guy"]] or "Nice Guy[[TradeSnark ]]", [[http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/10/nice-guy-lies-shouldnt-believe/ which is more of a]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing Bastard in Sheep's Clothing]] [[InvokedTrope performing]] the trope DoggedNiceGuy Guys" who feels EntitledToHaveYou [[WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency only act decent and kind not because he's "nice"]] (and, [[RealityEnsues once this fails]], [[http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2011/08/mr-nice-guy/ complains]] that NiceGuysFinishLast it's the right thing to do or because AllGirlsWantBadBoys -- naturally, what qualifies a "bad boy" is generally PsychologicalProjection on that's who they are but because they feel it entitles them to relationships, often with the "Nice Guy's" part).
girl they are being so "nice" to.
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