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24th Aug '16 11:51:49 AM TimberRidge
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* In the ''Literature/VillageTales'' novels, anyone who isn't this is clearly a villain. Even so, the ducal family and the Rector stand out particularly as being this. (Those with less power and influence and rank than has he, are the only people to whom the Duke ''isn't'' rude.)
19th Aug '16 2:58:50 PM Premonition45
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* Fran Fine from ''Series/TheNanny'' grew up in a working-class family, so it's expected, but it deserves special mention since it's frequently contrasted with the snooty blue-bloods she usually deals with. In fact, the first person from the Sheffield household to truly accept her was [[TheJeeves the butler Niles]], who she becomes close friends with throughout the series. During "The Strike", she explictly refuses to cross a picket line of striking busboys and had to be forcibly dragged by Maxwell, spinning into a scandal by the paparazzi. In another episode, "Personal Business", when she dates an obnoxious soap star, she addressed the driver by name whereas her date only called him "Driver."

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Fran Fine from ''Series/TheNanny'' grew up in a working-class family, so it's expected, but it deserves special mention since it's frequently contrasted with the snooty blue-bloods she usually deals with. In fact, the first person from the Sheffield household to truly accept her was [[TheJeeves the butler Niles]], who she becomes close friends with throughout the series. During "The Strike", she explictly refuses to cross a picket line of striking busboys and had to be forcibly dragged by Maxwell, spinning into a scandal by the paparazzi. In another episode, "Personal Business", when she dates an obnoxious soap star, she addressed the driver by name whereas her date only called him "Driver.""
** In "The Butler, the Husband, the Wife and Her Mother", [[FawltyTowersPlot Niles has to pretends he's Maxwell Sheffield and married to Fran as an attempt for Fran's mother Sylvia to one-up her in-laws]], which goes well until Maxwell and the Sheffield children comes back, [[FromBadToWorse and then, the Butler's Association arrives to judge Niles' performance]]. Once the scheme backfires and the representatives are ready to give Niles a horrible appraisal, Maxwell points out that if a family is willing put on that kind of performance for their butler, he must be a truly spectacular butler indeed and that Niles is, basically, family.
11th Aug '16 12:00:37 PM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', the hero Ward is nice to everyone. Including the [[AWizardDidIt immortal slave he inherited and cannot set free]].
* ''Literature/AncillaryMercy'' and the following two books of the trilogy have this trope in spades. Justice of Toren knows what it is like to be treated like a thing instead of a person (strictly speaking, she ''is'' a spaceship AI and thus not a person), and treats everyone with respect even though she manages to pass as wealthy (human) foreigner.
11th Aug '16 9:46:41 AM Premonition45
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* On ''Series/KitchenNightmares'', Gordon Ramsay is always nice to the staff that doesn't deserve to be yelled at. A good example is the "Oceania" episode, where he's almost apologetic to have to send the waitress back with the food. In "Amy's Baking Company", he is duly appalled when he learns that one of the owners takes all of the tips given to the waiters/waitresses and when a waitress is summarily fired for asking a simple question. He makes sure to tip the waitress directly and tries to stand up for them by telling the customers about their tips being stolen and how they deserve those tips.

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* On ''Series/KitchenNightmares'', Gordon Ramsay Creator/GordonRamsay is always nice to the staff that doesn't deserve to be yelled at. A good example is the "Oceania" episode, where he's almost apologetic to have to send the waitress back with the food. In "Amy's Baking Company", he is duly appalled when he learns that one of the owners takes all of the tips given to the waiters/waitresses and when a waitress is summarily fired for asking a simple question. He makes sure to tip the waitress directly and tries to stand up for them by telling the customers about their tips being stolen and how they deserve those tips.
7th Aug '16 7:26:05 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Series/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell is an active and conscientious landlord at his estate, Austen Friars. He frequently takes in urchins and orphans, giving them employment in the kitchens, as well as a widow who refused to work at an abbey because they would have separated her from her children. At one point he volunteers to help his butcher (who is scandalized and refuses). It doesn't take away from his role in the downfall of Thomas More and Anne Boleyn, but he's consistently decent to people of lower social station as he came from there himself.

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* In ''Series/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell is an active and conscientious landlord at his estate, Austen Friars. He frequently takes in urchins and orphans, giving them employment in the kitchens, house and picking out anyone with intelligence and ability, as well as a widow who refused to work at an abbey because they would have separated her from her children. At one point he volunteers to help his butcher (who is scandalized and refuses). It doesn't take away from his role in the downfall of Thomas More and Anne Boleyn, but he's consistently decent to people of lower social station as he came from there himself.
4th Aug '16 7:23:50 AM matruz
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* The "Ladies" or "Gentlemen" trend from Mexico, it has become sort of a meme when (sometimes intoxicated) people are caught on a video, which then becomes viral, insulting, berating or shouting at waiters, valets or staff.
29th Jul '16 9:21:55 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Series/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell is an active and conscientious landlord at his estate, Austen Friars. He frequently takes in urchins and orphans, giving them employment in the kitchens, as well as a widow who refused to work at an abbey because they would have separated her from her children. At one point he volunteers to help his butcher (who is scandalized and refuses). It doesn't take away from his role in the downfall of Thomas More and Anne Boleyn, but he's consistently decent to people of lower social station as he came from there himself.
25th Jul '16 6:50:40 AM eowynjedi
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* ''Series/WolfHall''
** Thomas Cromwell treats most people with decency and respect until they give him reason not to; he pulls up a chair for the near-fainting Princess Mary when her mother tells her to stand out of courtesy and is kind to his subordinates. He is still, however, the man who orchestrated the KangarooCourt and execution of Anne Boleyn and her purported lovers.
** Anne Boleyn's habit of ''not'' doing this plays a major role in her downfall. She's irritable and insulting to her ladies-in-waiting and goes so far as to strike Lady Rochford in the face. Rochford exacts revenge by telling Cromwell that Anne and her brother George Boleyn are sleeping together.
24th Jul '16 2:42:12 AM Dragon-Elexus
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* Greg from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. As a humble musician who's lived in a literal van for the majority of his life, he's sympathetic to people who similarly don't have a lot of money. When he unexpectedly strikes it rich, and treats Steven and Pearl to an impromptu stay at an expensive hotel, he's very nice to all the staff and gives them handsome tips.
20th Jul '16 10:05:05 AM JBK405
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* In ''Film/TheWholeNineYards'', Creator/BruceWillis's hitman with a heart of gold threatened to violently murder the waitress who took his hamburger order down wrong. This might have gone to show he'd [[CharacterDevelopment become a more decent person]] in the interim. That, and the habit of Canadians to put mayo on burgers was a BerserkButton of his.
* In ''Film/TheWholeTenYards'', he beats a man senseless for berating his waitress in a restaurant (after, surprisingly, he tries talking to the guy about it calmly), then tells the man's kid to always be kind to people serving you food, and to eat his vegetables.

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* The trope runs in both directions in the ''The Whole [X] Yards'' films:
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In ''Film/TheWholeNineYards'', Creator/BruceWillis's hitman with a heart of gold threatened to violently murder the waitress who took his hamburger order down wrong. This might have gone to show he'd [[CharacterDevelopment become a more decent person]] in the interim. That, and wrong. The scene also establishes that the habit of Canadians to put mayo on burgers was a BerserkButton of his.
* ** In the sequel ''Film/TheWholeTenYards'', he beats a man senseless for berating his waitress in a restaurant (after, surprisingly, he tries talking to the guy about it calmly), then tells the man's kid to always be kind to people serving you food, and to eat his vegetables.vegetables. This might have gone to show he'd [[CharacterDevelopment become a more decent person]] in the interim.
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