History RealLife / MeanCharacterNiceActor

3rd May '16 6:21:16 PM aye_amber
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* Karen O. of the YeahYeahYeahs. Her stage persona is... not subtle; between the over-the-top outfits and miming sex acts with the microphone, it's no wonder people are surprised when she turns out to be very shy and low-key in person.

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* Karen O. O of the YeahYeahYeahs.Music/YeahYeahYeahs. Her stage persona is... not Not subtle; between the over-the-top outfits and miming sex acts with the microphone, it's no wonder people are surprised when she turns out to be very shy and low-key in person.
4th Apr '16 8:26:59 AM RoseAndHeather
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* The owner of Tard the cat, aka Grumpy Cat, points out on the oficial website that she is not grumpy at all and describes her as being a super cute and cuddly kitty and loves to be held and rubbed.

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* The owner of Tard Tardar Sauce the cat, aka Grumpy Cat, points out on the oficial official website that she is not grumpy at all and describes her as being a super cute and cuddly kitty and who loves to be held and rubbed.rubbed. Anyone well-versed in reading feline body language will take one look at Grumpy in the middle of a media appearance and notice that she's the exact ''opposite'' of grumpy at getting all that attention. Those who've been up close to her have even said they can hear her purring!
30th Mar '16 4:24:31 PM QuanticCandy
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* Hamilton has Thomas Jefferson, an antagonistic as hell foil for the protagonist Alexander Hamilton. However his actor, Daveed Diggs is a sweet, humble GentleGiant who adores his fans and cast mates.
11th Mar '16 4:08:32 PM thecarolinabull01
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* Wrestling/{{Maryse}} was a self-obsessed AlphaBitch without a single redeeming quality. In person, however, she is very nice and well-rounded.
9th Mar '16 9:45:59 AM Hossmeister
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* Creator/DanteBasco, who voices BigBad then AntiVillain [[spoiler: and then TheAtoner]] Prince Zuko in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', also has fans remark how nice he is compared to his character. He also voices the title character in ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'', who, while not evil, is nevertheless quite the cocky and brash AntiHero.

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* Creator/DanteBasco, who voices BigBad then AntiVillain [[spoiler: and then TheAtoner]] Prince Zuko in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', also has fans remark how nice he is compared to his character. He also voices the title character in ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', who, while not evil, is nevertheless quite the cocky and brash AntiHero.
25th Feb '16 2:56:59 PM thecarolinabull01
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* Typical of wrestling, but WWE superstar [[DoNotCallMePaul Mark Calaway]], a.k.a. Wrestling/TheUndertaker, is perhaps the UrExample. When he's not acting satanic and burying his opponents alive he is a rather private person, noted as being quite gracious to fans who ask for pictures or autographs. Apparently his sole proviso is that he doesn't want to be approached if he's with his wife and kids, though he was quite civil when taped with girlfriend and future wife Wrestling/MichelleMcCool.
** He was probably more civil with [=McCool=] since she was used to it, being familiar with the limelight herself, as opposed to his first wife, who wasn't in the public eye. For that matter, Michelle is also a good example of this. During a large amount of her run, she was a member of Wrestling/{{LayCool}}, who were basically some of the best examples of the AlphaBitch anywhere. In real life, she's a total sweetheart, a devout Christian and a former school teacher. While we're on it, let's add Wrestling/{{Layla}} (Michelle's partner in crime) to this as well.

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* Typical of wrestling, but WWE superstar [[DoNotCallMePaul Mark Calaway]], a.k.a. Wrestling/TheUndertaker, is perhaps the UrExample. When he's not acting satanic and burying his opponents alive he is a rather private person, noted as being quite gracious to fans who ask for pictures or autographs. Apparently his sole proviso is that he doesn't want to be approached if he's with his wife and kids, though he was quite civil when taped with girlfriend and future wife Wrestling/MichelleMcCool.
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Wrestling/MichelleMcCool. He was probably more civil with [=McCool=] since she was used to it, being familiar with the limelight herself, as opposed to his first wife, who wasn't in the public eye. For that matter, Michelle is also a good example of this. During a large amount of her run, she was a member of Wrestling/{{LayCool}}, who were basically some of the best examples of the AlphaBitch anywhere. In real life, she's a total sweetheart, a devout Christian and a former school teacher. While we're on it, let's add Wrestling/{{Layla}} (Michelle's partner in crime) to this as well.



* Wrestling/MickFoley, best known as one of the pioneers of extreme wrestling and breaking almost every bone in his body (and part of his gimmick is a SplitPersonality that includes the brutal psychopath Cactus Jack), is considered one of the friendliest and most intelligent guys in the business.
** He's also [[http://mickfoley.typepad.com/mickfoley/2010/09/rainn-me-you-and-the-pepsi-challenge-hello-everyone-in-the-past-few-days-you-may-have-noticed-the-occasional-tweet-or-f.html a volunteer counselor with RAINN]], [[http://jezebel.com/5679698/mick-foley-will-answer-your-questions-fix-your-life blogs for feminist site Jezebel.com]], and adores Music/ToriAmos, roller coasters, and Christmas. And oh yeah, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-19-2009/gaywatch---peter-vadala---william-phillips sticks up for gay rights]], which is ''really'' unusual in the wrestling world.

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* Wrestling/MickFoley, best known as one of the pioneers of extreme wrestling and breaking almost every bone in his body (and part of his gimmick is a SplitPersonality that includes the brutal psychopath Cactus Jack), is considered one of the friendliest and most intelligent guys in the business.
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business. He's also [[http://mickfoley.typepad.com/mickfoley/2010/09/rainn-me-you-and-the-pepsi-challenge-hello-everyone-in-the-past-few-days-you-may-have-noticed-the-occasional-tweet-or-f.html a volunteer counselor with RAINN]], [[http://jezebel.com/5679698/mick-foley-will-answer-your-questions-fix-your-life blogs for feminist site Jezebel.com]], and adores Music/ToriAmos, roller coasters, and Christmas. And oh yeah, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-19-2009/gaywatch---peter-vadala---william-phillips sticks up for gay rights]], which is ''really'' unusual in the wrestling world.



* Wrestling/MollyHolly was regularly shown as a self-righteous prude and later as an angry bitch looking for respect, but Nora Greenwald is considered one of the nicest people on Earth by her peers. She has regularly been described as "too nice for her own good" and "too good a person to be in the wrestling business".
** Oddly enough, in 2005, she asked to do a Heel-Face Turn (she hated playing a heel, as she wanted to be a good role model). WWE management told her, "No one would ever buy it". This led to her asking for her release and leaving the wrestling business.

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* Wrestling/MollyHolly was regularly shown as a self-righteous prude and later as an angry bitch looking for respect, but Nora Greenwald is considered one of the nicest people on Earth by her peers. She has regularly been described as "too nice for her own good" and "too good a person to be in the wrestling business".
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business". Oddly enough, in 2005, she asked to do a Heel-Face Turn (she hated playing a heel, as she wanted to be a good role model). WWE management told her, "No one would ever buy it". This led to her asking for her release and leaving the wrestling business.



* On the women's side, [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Lisa Marie "[=WWE=]'s Victoria"[=/=]"[=TNA=]'s Tara"]] seems to be at her best when she's playing the psycho-bitch role. However, in real life, she's funny, goofy, sweet, and one of the most well-connected to her fans, who she refers to affectionately as "Taters." (She always ends blog posts with "Later Taters.")
** She actually tried to be a face in 2004, which included always locating a child in the crowd to kiss on the cheek prior to entering the ring.

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* On the women's side, [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Lisa Marie "[=WWE=]'s Victoria"[=/=]"[=TNA=]'s Tara"]] seems to be at her best when she's playing the psycho-bitch role. However, in real life, she's funny, goofy, sweet, and one of the most well-connected to her fans, who she refers to affectionately as "Taters." (She always ends blog posts with "Later Taters.")
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") She actually tried to be a face in 2004, which included always locating a child in the crowd to kiss on the cheek prior to entering the ring.



* Back when he was the Doctor of Thuganomics, Wrestling/JohnCena was this trope. [[WordOfGod The man himself]] has confirmed that the way he is on TV is exactly the way he is in real life.
** Ironically, it's the very reason that his character (which tends to be loathed amongst {{Smark}}s) tends to be this way instead of turning darker and edgier or outright heel.
* [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] also fit this trope, especially when he was at the height of his villainy during the WWF's "Rock-n-Wrestling" era.
** Piper describes himself as "shy" on Steve Austin's podcast, and listening to him talk about how hated he was in the 80's, you really get a sense of what a humble and genuinely nice guy he is.

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* Back when he was the Doctor of Thuganomics, Wrestling/JohnCena was this trope. [[WordOfGod The man himself]] has confirmed that the way he is on TV is exactly the way he is in real life.
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life. Ironically, it's the very reason that his character (which tends to be loathed amongst {{Smark}}s) tends to be this way instead of turning darker and edgier or outright heel.
* [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] also fit this trope, especially when he was at the height of his villainy during the WWF's "Rock-n-Wrestling" era.
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era. Piper describes himself as "shy" on Steve Austin's podcast, and listening to him talk about how hated he was in the 80's, you really get a sense of what a humble and genuinely nice guy he is.



* Similarly, Wrestling/KiaStevens, known as Awesome Kong in TNA and Kharma in WWE, because of her strong almost BrawnHilda type build, has played the [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Black Woman]] for much of her career. However in real life, she seems to be an absolute sweetheart and comes across as girlier than the Barbie dolls she's been ripping in half in her introductory vignettes.
** She and her precursor, Wrestling/AjaKong, actually did a comedy gimmick of girly-girl babyfaces as "Margaret" and "Erika[[note]]Aja's real name is Erika Shishido[[/note]] for the Japanese promotion Wrestling/{{HUSTLE}}, which reveled in crazy gimmicks and exaggerated deliberately unrealistic storylines.

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* Similarly, Wrestling/KiaStevens, known as Awesome Kong in TNA and Kharma in WWE, because of her strong almost BrawnHilda type build, has played the [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Black Woman]] for much of her career. However in real life, she seems to be an absolute sweetheart and comes across as girlier than the Barbie dolls she's been ripping in half in her introductory vignettes.
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vignettes. She and her precursor, Wrestling/AjaKong, actually did a comedy gimmick of girly-girl babyfaces as "Margaret" and "Erika[[note]]Aja's real name is Erika Shishido[[/note]] for the Japanese promotion Wrestling/{{HUSTLE}}, which reveled in crazy gimmicks and exaggerated deliberately unrealistic storylines.



* Her former "Anti-Barbie" compatriot Wrestling/BethPhoenix qualifies. She was usually the one telling other Divas to cry while Natalya was bending them in anatomically improbable positions, but she's gotten a reputation as being one of, if not '''the''' most approachable Superstar, male or female, in the company right now.

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* Her former "Anti-Barbie" compatriot Wrestling/BethPhoenix qualifies. She was usually the one telling other Divas to cry while Natalya was bending them in anatomically improbable positions, but she's she had gotten a reputation as being one of, if not '''the''' most approachable Superstar, male or female, in the company right now.at the time.



* Despite being one of Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s most despised heels with her "Excuse Me!" catchphrase, Wrestling/VickieGuerrero in real life is a very nice lady and as well as a very loving and devoted mother.
** It has often been said that her late husband Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, one of the business' most effective heels in the 90's and 00's before his tragic death, would be very pleased by the sheer amount of heat Vickie can get in-character.
* Wrestling/MichaelCole. As out of hand as his heel character gets as time, he's actually well liked back stage. When Wrestling/JerryLawler suffered a heart attack on the 9/10/2012 episode of Raw, Cole completely dropped character and continued to pray for his health for the remainder of the show..
** When Lawler made his big return, Cole and Wrestling/JimRoss were in the ring to introduce him. Lawler hugged Ross. When he got to Cole, he had a facial expression that just said, "How can I be mad at you?"

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* Despite being one of Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s most despised heels with her "Excuse Me!" catchphrase, Wrestling/VickieGuerrero in real life is a very nice lady and as well as a very loving and devoted mother.
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mother. It has often been said that her late husband Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, one of the business' most effective heels in the 90's and 00's before his tragic death, would be very pleased by the sheer amount of heat Vickie can get in-character.
* Wrestling/MichaelCole. As out of hand as his heel character gets as time, he's actually well liked back stage. When Wrestling/JerryLawler suffered a heart attack on the 9/10/2012 episode of Raw, Cole completely dropped character and continued to pray for his health for the remainder of the show..
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show. When Lawler made his big return, Cole and Wrestling/JimRoss were in the ring to introduce him. Lawler hugged Ross. When he got to Cole, he had a facial expression that just said, "How can I be mad at you?"



* Wrestling/BellaTwins are known for playing AlphaBitch heels. Even when she's a face, Nikki falls into GoodIsNotNice. A glance at interviews shows them to be very kind and friendly, and known for their charity work. In their 2012 shoot interview, they have good things to say about everyone they're asked about. The exception - Wrestling/MariaKanellis - has the twins simply decline comment rather than saying anything nasty.

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* The Wrestling/BellaTwins are known for playing AlphaBitch heels. Even when she's a face, Nikki falls into GoodIsNotNice. A glance at interviews shows them to be very kind and friendly, and known for their charity work. In their 2012 shoot interview, they have good things to say about everyone they're asked about. The exception - Wrestling/MariaKanellis - has the twins simply decline comment rather than saying anything nasty.


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* Wrestling/{{Sting}} is an interesting case. Despite having been a Face throughout 99% of his career, he was an example of GoodIsNotNice. Steve Borden, the man behind the paint, is often described as one of the most humble and respectable guys in the business, and is a [[ReligiousBruiser born-again Christian]] as well.
25th Feb '16 2:21:00 PM SunriseWarrior
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* Creator/JamesRolfe compared to ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd''. Seriously, they're nothing alike. Just take a look at start of his ''Ghostbusters: The Video Game'' review where him and the Nerd are sitting next to each other. Or his Cinemassacre website, where he's laid-back and relaxed most of the time. In his videos where he shows us his NES collection, we see that he's actually quite passive and quiet as well. The Nerd is basically his polar opposite. This is because the Nerd was conceived as a parody of [[AccentuateTheNegative loud, whiny nerds that complain about everything]]. Compare his AVGN review of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde where he is constantly furious and drinking large quantities of hard liquor to his LetsPlay with Creator/MikeMatei where he's laughing and clearly having a good time despite the game being so horrible.

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* Creator/JamesRolfe compared to ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd''. Seriously, they're nothing alike. Just take a look at the start of his ''Ghostbusters: The Video Game'' review where him and the Nerd are sitting next to each other. Or his Cinemassacre website, where he's laid-back and relaxed most of the time. In his videos where he shows us his NES collection, we see that he's actually quite passive and quiet as well. The Nerd is basically his polar opposite. This is because the Nerd was conceived as a parody of [[AccentuateTheNegative loud, whiny nerds that complain about everything]]. Compare his AVGN review of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde where he is constantly furious and drinking large quantities of hard liquor to his LetsPlay with Creator/MikeMatei where he's laughing and clearly having a good time despite the game being so horrible.
25th Feb '16 2:18:15 PM SunriseWarrior
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* Creator/JamesRolfe compared to WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd. Seriously, they're nothing alike. Just take a look his Cinemassacre website.
** Hell, just look at the difference between the Nerd and his newer series "Board James", which features a lot more of him being him, or the Nerd and "James" sitting next to each other at the start of the ''Ghostbusters: The Video Game'' review.
** James Rolfe is quite laid-back and relaxed most of the time. In his videos where he shows us his NES collection, we see that he's actually quite passive and quiet as well. The Nerd is basically his polar opposite. This is because the Nerd was conceived as a parody of [[AccentuateTheNegative loud, whiny nerds that complain about everything]]. Compare his AVGN review of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde where he is constantly furious and drinking large quantities of hard liquor to his LetsPlay with Mike where he's clearly laughing and having a good time despite the game being so horrible.

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* Creator/JamesRolfe compared to WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd.''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd''. Seriously, they're nothing alike. Just take a look his Cinemassacre website.
** Hell, just look
at the difference between the Nerd and his newer series "Board James", which features a lot more of him being him, or the Nerd and "James" sitting next to each other at the start of the his ''Ghostbusters: The Video Game'' review.
** James Rolfe is quite
review where him and the Nerd are sitting next to each other. Or his Cinemassacre website, where he's laid-back and relaxed most of the time. In his videos where he shows us his NES collection, we see that he's actually quite passive and quiet as well. The Nerd is basically his polar opposite. This is because the Nerd was conceived as a parody of [[AccentuateTheNegative loud, whiny nerds that complain about everything]]. Compare his AVGN review of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde where he is constantly furious and drinking large quantities of hard liquor to his LetsPlay with Mike Creator/MikeMatei where he's clearly laughing and clearly having a good time despite the game being so horrible.horrible.
** Mike himself. The majority of his roles in the AVGN videos are villains, on top of portraying a cheating jerk in Board James. Outside of those, he is amiable and easygoing. It's especially evident in his live streams, where he's very friendly with the chat and takes the time to answer fan questions.
** Kyle Justin as well. The mellow, sensitive blues/folk music he performs for a living is a stark contrast to the foul-mouthed pop-punk AVGN theme song. The "Ikari Warriors" episode does reveal some of his preferred style on a musical level, though the lyrics... [[LyricalDissonance not so much]].
10th Feb '16 6:20:19 PM DoctorCooper
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* Off the stage, MarilynManson is a sweet, sensitive, polite and kind-hearted NiceGuy who despite all of his own mistakes in his personal life, ''does'' [[PetTheDog deeply care about his fans]]. When interviewed by MichaelMoore about how his music is allegedly responsible for the titular massacre of ''Film/BowlingForColumbine'', he answers with genuine sadness that people ought to reach out and understand social outcasts like the two boys rather than label them monsters. His response to the last question from that interview:

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* Off the stage, MarilynManson is a sweet, sensitive, polite and kind-hearted NiceGuy who despite all of his own mistakes in his personal life, ''does'' [[PetTheDog ''does'' deeply care about his fans]].fans. When interviewed by MichaelMoore about how his music is allegedly responsible for the titular massacre of ''Film/BowlingForColumbine'', he answers with genuine sadness that people ought to reach out and understand social outcasts like the two boys rather than label them monsters. His response to the last question from that interview:
2nd Feb '16 12:55:11 PM Katsuhagi
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* As mentioned in the T.V. section, Creator/PhilHartman was best known to a generation of children as the voice of such sleazebags as Lionel Hutz and Troy [=McClure=] on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. In real life, he was known as one of the nicest actors in Hollywood and, by all accounts, an absolute delight to work with. This made his untimely death all the more tragic and sad end to a wonderful legacy.

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* As mentioned in the T.V. section, Creator/PhilHartman was best known to a generation of children as the voice of such sleazebags as Lionel Hutz and Troy [=McClure=] on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. In real life, he was known as one of the nicest actors in Hollywood and, by all accounts, an absolute delight to work with. This made his untimely death all the more tragic and sad end to a wonderful legacy. Fry from ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' was given the first named Phillip as a tribute to him.
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