Created By: FallenLegend on June 4, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on December 1, 2015

Different With Friends

Characters that are notably different with friends

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"Eros will have naked bodies;
Friendship naked personalities. "

Above before friendship thye can barely talk. Below when the magic of friendship unfolds

A character has the qualities of The Stoic, Emotionless Girl, Defrosting the Ice Queen, Tsundere, Stepford Smiler, Dandere, Kuudere etc.

That is until they earn the friendship and trust of others. Turns out that their behavior was simply a facade and thanks to The Power of Friendship they feel comfortable being their true selves with their loved ones.

For instance The Libby that is initially believed to be a Jerkass is revealed to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold that only acted mean and snobbish in order to be accepted.

To qualify, the difference needs to be either particularly dramatic and/or commented on in story and relevant to the plot or characterization.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Mami reveals her emotionally fragile side when she and Madoka become friends.
  • Negi from Mahou Sensei Negima!. He acts very mature, stoic and formal around his students, but around his friends like Anya and Kotaro, he is more informal and childish.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • In one episode of Friends Monica gets introduced to Work!Chandler, who is a quite different person than regular Chandler.
  • We always called this character "The Eddie Haskell" growing up. Y'know...The kid who was a troublemaking Jerkass when the parents weren't around, but as soon as the adults showed up, it was all, "Why, hello there, Mr. Cleaver! Mrs. Cleaver! My, what a lovely day we're having!"

Western Animation
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Fluttershy could barely say her name before becoming friends with Twilight Sparkle. When they became friends, she acted more confident with her. She has even shown a more assertive side of herself when she is with friends.

Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • June 4, 2011
    Damr1990
    May be related to Tsundere, Dandere and Kuudere, who only show their "dere"(nice) side to their friends, while showing the other (Agressiveness, Shyness and Coldness respectivelY) to those not close enough to her
  • June 4, 2011
    Xandriel
  • June 4, 2011
    FallenLegend
    thanks i will mention it
  • June 4, 2011
    Damr1990
    you may count many cases of Secret Indentity in here
  • June 5, 2011
    StrangeDwarf
    Mr. Darcy of Pride And Prejudice.
  • June 5, 2011
    FallenLegend
    thx
  • June 14, 2011
    SunnyV
    ...Sure this isn't People Sit In Chairs? If not it definitely Needs A Better Title.
  • June 14, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In one episode of Friends Monica gets introduced to Work!Chandler, who is a quite different person than regular Chandler.
  • June 15, 2011
    peccantis
    People act differently with friends. Explain why this is a trope.
  • June 15, 2011
    FallenLegend
    ^^^absolutely ^^thanksi^No,read the description
  • June 15, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Would Negi count? He acts very mature, stoic and formal around his students, but around his friends like Anya and Kotaro, he is more informal and childish.

    Perhaps to qualify, the difference would have to be either particularly dramatic and/or commented on in story and relevant to the plot or characterization.
  • June 17, 2011
    FallenLegend
    ^ sure,great idea thanks a lot.
  • June 17, 2011
    peccantis
    ^^^ ok I see, but the title is weak
  • June 17, 2011
    FallenLegend
    Sure I am open to suggestions.
  • June 17, 2011
    peccantis
    Transformed By Friendship? The Laconic should also be tweaked.
  • June 20, 2011
    Damr1990
    Bump
  • September 14, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Right now this seems like People Sit On Chairs. This troper is like six different people depending on my audience. What You Are In The Dark is already a trope, I think it probably covers this concept.
  • September 14, 2011
    FallenLegend
    no it doesn't... this doen't have anything to do with being Darker And Edgier(aka What You Are In The Dark)... nor a secret test of character. Perhaps you Meant Beneath The Mask ( it doesn't anything to do with social maks either)

    Its about characters feeling more confident with friends to show a deeper side of themselves when there is phileal love.
  • February 11, 2012
    Maxaxle
    Nice idea, but please add No Real Life Examples Please. Also: your editing needs a bit of work, specifically with spacing.
  • February 11, 2012
    KingZeal
    • Vergil from Devil May Cry. Vergil is his twin brother Dante's polar opposite. Dante is brash, loud and grand-standing. Vergil is reserved, quiet, and efficient. Vergil spares few words and fewer kindnesses with people whom he doesn't care about or have use for, but one of the few people who can get rise out of him is his brother. Vergil becomes much wordier, more animated, and even a bit more battle-hungry when it's his brother's fighting or competing against. The perfect example of this comes at the penultimate battle of Devil May Cry 3, where he and Dante temporarily team up to battle a transformed Arkham and the two of them employ an extremely flashy routine where each of them fires one of Dante's pistols while standing back-to-back.
      • To a lesser extent, the games also indicate that Dante takes the opposite approach and becomes slightly more serious when Vergil is involved. Dante is usually all fun and games, but he legitimately wants to try to save/redeem his brother, and you can tell that his heart is breaking little by little every time he fails.
  • February 12, 2012
    Koveras
    This is mentioned under SoYouWantTo.Develop Character Personality as one of the masks a character can be wearing.
  • February 15, 2012
    ScanVisor
    • Real Life: Most shy people are shy until they make good friends.
  • November 25, 2015
    DAN004
    So this is when a person exhibits a different behavior when dealing with their friends, right?

    Subtrope of Situational Sociability
  • November 26, 2015
    HeroGal2347
    ^ Yeah. Like how Spock is more likely to demonstrate subtle emotion when he's around Kirk or McCoy. It's a supertrope to Sugar And Ice Personality and other things. It's probably related to Defrosting Ice Queen, if that's not actually what it is.
  • November 26, 2015
    HeroGal2347
    Basically, the laconic could be that "Friends bring out Hidden Depths". That is, unless I'm getting it wrong.
  • November 26, 2015
    acrobox
    I feel like it would be better to revive Situational Sociability since its the same concept just slightly broader.
  • November 30, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump.
  • December 1, 2015
    Arivne

    • Split up the title into words.
    • Corrected spelling (charcter, eran, ther, meand, inorder, being -> becoming, twilight -> Twilight Sparkle, showed -> shown).
    • Re-wrote "So you happen to know this character this character maybe he/she acts "
    • De-Pot Holed a huge Chained sinkhole as per Sinkhole - Chained sinkholes.
    • Changed "their friendship and their trust" to "the friendship and trust of others".
    • Deleted unnecessary Pot Holing.
    • Blue Linked (Jerk -> Jerkass).
    • Examples section
  • December 1, 2015
    Arivne
    Pride And Prejudice is a Zero Context Example and needs more specific information to explain how it's this trope.
  • December 1, 2015
    TBTabby
    An inversion of What You Are In The Dark.
  • December 1, 2015
    DAN004
    So inversion of this would be "Different without friends", right?
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