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->''"There's nothing to hate about Marianne. She's little and friendly and she will lend you anything."''
-->-- '''Jenny,''' ''NothingsFairInFifthGrade''

The Nice Guy (or Girl) is [[CaptainObvious 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.

Want to know what writers think of that? '''[[GoodIsBoring "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]].

On the other hand, if done right, it can demonstrate why a guy has beautiful women attached to him: he really is a remarkably wonderful and compassionate person. The NiceGuy can be engaging, likable or TheProtagonist; all it takes is giving them a personality outside of "nice" such as: a [[GentlemanAndAScholar scholarly refinement]], [[KnightInShiningArmor a chivalric attitude]], some engaging relationships, and a pinch of HiddenDepths.

Nor does it mean [[GoodIsNotSoft being nice means they're not tough]], or an IronWoobie. If [[BadassBookworm combat intellect]] or combat ability are involved, it's akin to ObfuscatingStupidity or CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass because you naturally ''expect'' the {{dark|AndTroubledPast}}, [[HurtingHero tormented]] [[IWorkAlone loner]] to be rough and tough, and the nice guy to be a NonActionGuy. So when it comes time for [[IAmNotLeftHanded "No more Mr. Nice Guy"]], [[BewareTheNiceOnes heads roll]]. On the other hand, with the AllOfTheOtherReindeer trope in play, the nice fellow can be a redeeming factor as a person whom the beleaguered hero realizes is on his side and lets him know [[YouAreNotAlone he's not alone]]. Unless the nice guy is the beleaguered hero, then he's screwed.

Often, authors go the abbreviated route and give them a DarkAndTroubledPast triggered by a BerserkButton. Either way, you can expect their niceness to be ''[[BrokenHero in spite]]'' of whatever {{tragedy}} or drama is in their lives; kind of an equal and opposite reaction to it. If done too suddenly, it implies a level of secrecy and acting that a StepfordSmiler would be jealous of. When done well, a more troubled character will [[DontYouDarePityMe rebuff their advice or friendship]] with "What do you know? [[MiseryPoker You've never had X happen to you!]]" to his "[[FormerTeenRebel I did]]", thus revealing healed-over scars.

Furthermore, the Nice Guy trope can overlap with InnocentlyInsensitive, in which case the character can be just as insufferable at times as the JerkWithAHeartOfGold or even the {{Jerkass}}, but not at all mean-spirited like them. However, if the setting is comedic with many [[TheChewToy Chew Toys]] around, you can't always count on them to be the [[ComedicSociopathy sympathetic]] [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality ones]] (though this tends to only happen in anime and manga).

Note: this trope is referring to ''genuine'' Nice Guys, not [[http://divalion.livejournal.com/163615.html the other sort]] [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/13-reasons-why-nice-guys-are-the-worst of "Nice Guy"]] (aka the DoggedNiceGuy), which is more of a [[BitchInSheepsClothing Bastard in Sheep's Clothing]] (usually with major CasanovaWannabe tendencies). EntitledToHaveYou is the trope for that concept. Also, if the NiceGuy has a rougher male as his {{Foil}}, they're a NobleMaleRoguishMale or SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan duo.

Occasionally, however, the treatment go the other way around: Perhaps in a world set upon BlackAndGreyMorality, and GrayAndGreyMorality, this NiceGuy actually stands out because he IS a NiceGuy, 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.

If he ''does'' get the girl, it's SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan. Usually, the result of UpbringingMakesTheHero. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Though watch out]] if you've pressed his BerserkButton. Exact oppositions of this trope are: {{Jerkass}}, LackOfEmpathy, JerkWithAHeartOfJerk and the CompleteMonster (extreme opposition).

!!Example subpages:

* NiceGuy/AnimeAndManga
* NiceGuy/ComicBooks
* NiceGuy/FanWorks
* NiceGuy/{{Film}}
* NiceGuy/{{Literature}}
* NiceGuy/LiveActionTV
* NiceGuy/{{Other}}
* NiceGuy/VideoGames
* NiceGuy/VisualNovels
* NiceGuy/WebComics
* NiceGuy/WebOriginal
* NiceGuy/WesternAnimation

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