Questioning Sincerity (Needs Feedback)
A character questions how genuine someone is.
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So you've got a character, oftentimes The Cynic, who happens to have gotten some form of help from another person. The question is why would someone help another person for selfless reasons. That's where this trope comes in.

This trope basically describes a character questioning whether someone really is genuine or is just pretending. Note that it only occurs when the character is genuine.

This does seem to be a recurring theme for individuals who believe it's their right to never trust anybody.

Contrast with Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who does things the same things but for different reasons. See also For Happiness and Motive Misidentification.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • This is an audience reaction to Seto Kiba's kindness in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. As it turns out, he never drops the "facade" everyone thinks he's wearing.

Video Games
  • BlazBlue:
    • Carl Clover became a cynical boy beliveing adults were evil at a young age after having his father turn his family turn his marionettes. When he encounters Litchi in CS he questions why someone would actually help him for no reason.
    • Happens again in Lambda's gag ending. She wonders why Makoto would willingly help an insect only to be told that people need a little help from one another.
Western Animation
  • In an episode of Justice League, Batman and Orion accompany The Flash on a regular crime-fighting day in his home town and are surprised by how gently he treats members of his Rogues Gallery. They begin to suspect that the Flash is much smarter than he lets on, having a secret plan under the nice facade, but by the end of the episode, it dawns on them that he is actually kind to everyone, and his rogues are mostly Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains.
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