Jewish boys are generally {{Nice Guy}}s, or at least can be relied on being so when they're the centre piece or critical element of a given work of fiction. So are AmbiguouslyJewish ones. They also tend to be [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]], studious, and brainy. Although he may still [[JewsLoveToArgue love to argue]], even when he's arguing, you can still tell he's nice. It's reasonably likely he's a [[AllJewsAreCheapskates cheapskate]], but he's probably not actually [[GreedyJew greedy]]. They're usually {{Adorkable}}, because this is a quality favored in Jewish culture as an ideal husband: smart, reliable, and gentle, with a boyish charm.

Even though nice Jewish boys are quite likely to cause MatzoFever, a character referred to as "a nice Jewish boy" tends to be unmarried -- he's often referred to as "a nice Jewish boy" by his domineering Jewish Mother, who wants him to get married and [[IWantGrandkids give her grandchildren]] and is advertising his niceness. {{Jewish Mother}}s may also ask their daughters to find one of these, or indeed their sons to find "a nice Jewish girl."

TheOtherWiki has an article about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nice_Jewish_boy "Nice Jewish boy"]].

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Zig-zagged by Benny from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. He is definitely friendlier than Revy (but so are most rabid wolverines), and prefers electronics to guns, but like his co-workers he's utterly cynical to the point of apathy, and has no compunctions about participating in murder, grave robbing, human trafficking and the other [[SarcasmMode nice]] things the Black Lagoon company does for money.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Dan Dreiberg, from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', is AmbiguouslyJewish, but according to WordOfGod is actually a lapsed Calvinist. Nonetheless, the fact he behaves a lot like a nice Jewish boy is almost certainly partially responsible for the widespread {{fanon}} that he's a Jew.
* Ted Kord, the ComicBook/BlueBeetle, who employs a distinctly Yiddish turn of phrase for the whole time he's being written by Len Wein and displays elements of this trope.
* Billy[=/=]"Wiccan" in ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', although he wasn't confirmed to be Jewish for some time.
* Peter Parker aka Spider-Man was sometimes thought to be this due to his very pronounced feelings of guilt and domination by his surrogate mother Aunt May, especially as his creator StanLee is Jewish. However, particular details about his family added since the late 1980s have established his background as at least partly Irish and Catholic.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The Rebbe's son in ''A Stranger Among Us''.
* Ben Stiller in ''Film/MeetTheParents''.
* Creator/AdamSandler tends to play the nice Jewish boy in about half of his movies, and {{Jerkass}} or JerkWithAHeartOfGold in the other half. This is most apparent in ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights'', wherein he ''[[UsedToBeASweetKid used]]'' [[UsedToBeASweetKid to be a Nice Jewish Boy]] before becoming a {{Jerkass}}.
* The main character in ''Film/AmericanPie''. He's a perv, but then AllMenArePerverts, and other than that he's one of the best behaved characters.
* David Levinson of ''Film/IndependenceDay.'' He's played by Creator/JeffGoldblum.
* Paulie Bleeker in ''Film/{{Juno}}''. True, he's only an ''[[InformedJudaism informed]]'' Jew, but still fits.
* Lindermann in ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', who's an all-around nice guy and {{adorkable}}.
* David Kessler in ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''; true, he finds it difficult to kill himself when the animated corpse of his best friend tells him to, but you can't really blame him.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Rabin in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[StarTrekExpandedUniverse novel]] ''Vulcan's Forge''.
* Reuven Malter in ''Literature/TheChosen''. Danny was less so, due to his [[TinMan introspective nature]] and his father believed he had temptations toward becoming an InsufferableGenius.
* Sent up in ''Literature/PortnoysComplaint''.
* Simon from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow''. Recurring character Arthur Rabinowitz is almost always referred to by Steve as "That little polite Jewish boy who helps me with my taxes."
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Dr. James Wilson. Sensitive, caring, has an excellent bedside manner, and retains his composure without being the least bit cold when dealing with dying cancer patients. Even when he does bad things (like rat his best friend out to the police), it's almost always motivated by good intentions (getting said best friend off drugs). His biggest character flaw may be that he's ''too'' selfless. And his mother can talk about, "My son, the doctor..."
* Charlie Eppes, from ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'', though he is non-observant.
* Largely wanted by [[TheNanny Nanny Fine]] in the early seasons.
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Puck's (Jewish) mother asks him why he can't find himself "a nice Jewish girl," part of the reason he goes out with Rachel. Rachel doesn't exactly fit the "reliable and gentle" mold, though.
** Puck is Jewish himself, although he doesn't fit the mold either. There is also Jacob Ben Israel, whose SchoolNewspaperNewsHound persona is anything but nice, and AmbiguouslyJewish Tina, who may be the only one in the show who might actually fit the mold.
* Howard on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' when he's not a complete pervert (which isn't that often).
* Brian Krakow on My So-Called Life.
* David "Gordo" Gordon on ''Series/LizzieMcGuire''.
* Chase Matthews on ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''.
* Robbie Shapiro on ''Series/{{Victorious}}''. When he's not insulting people through his ventriloquist dummy.
* Hilariously subverted on the UK version of ''Series/TheApprentice'', when Sir Alan Sugar berated one of the contestants for not knowing the difference between Kosher meat and Halal meat after claiming he was a 'good little jewish boy' on his application.
* Josh from ''Series/BeingHumanRemake''.
** George is Jewish, too. Maybe a little less nice, though.
* It isn't often mentioned in ''Series/TheWonderYears'', but Kevin's best friend Paul Pfeiffer is Jewish: one episode featured his bar mitzvah. A [[{{Adorkable}} geeky]] NiceGuy, he fits the trope.
* Matt Parkman, from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', is Jewish according to WordOfGod.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Jerry's mother can't be persuaded that her son isn't a nice Jewish boy, although he very obviously is not.
* Sheldon in ''Less Than Kind''.
* Sol Star on ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'' fits the mold of nice Jewish boy to a tee--which isn't really an asset, considering he lives in a [[TheWildWest Wild West]] town of murderers, thieves, gamblers, and drunks.
* Zachary Ezekiel Rosenblatt Beekerman, also known as Zeke, from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' is probably the nicest character on the show. He's so nice, he sometimes blames himself for other people's problems.
* Jeremy on ''SportsNight''. Dan is less nice, but he's working on it.
* Ross Geller of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' is a mild example bordering on InformedJudaism.
* {{Series/The OC}} has Seth Cohen, a snarkier version of one but one nevertheless.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Collaborator Creator/MichaelMoorcock described American heavy rock band the Music/BlueOysterCult as ''a bunch of nice, well brought up, Jewish boys from upstate New York''. (Only three of the original BOC lineup were Jewish, though).
** Other nice Jewish boys who went into musical careers include a certain [[BobDylan Robert Zimmermann]].

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[[folder: Religion and Mythology ]]

* In Literature/{{the Bible}}:
** {{Jesus}} makes this trope OlderThanFeudalism. One of the possible titles for JesusWasWayCool was Jesus Was A Nice Jewish Boy, and it's mentioned several times throughout the article. This is sometimes taken to extremes: there's a hymn titled "Gentle Jesus Meek And Mild"... [[SubvertedTrope which is an ironic hymn]]. Jesus had differing ideas about the definition of "meekness" then the modern connotation and, even in the Bible, has his moments of KungFuJesus. He was not a [[ChroniclesOfNarnia tame carpenter]].
** A joke says "he was thirty-three, single, no obvious girlfriend and living at home with his mom. He's Jewish."
** The Old Testament is also full of this trope. Moses, and his protege Joshua, are good examples, as is their ancestor Isaac.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* While almost everyone in ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'' is Jewish, [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Motel the tailor]] is the closest the this trope.
* Mark Cohen in ''{{RENT}}''.
* In ''Abie's Irish Rose'', Abie is actually called this by his father, who always wanted him to marry a nice little Jewish girl, which Rose [[ShiksaGoddess really isn't]].

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Pasha Moskowitz on ''Webcomic/{{Academia}}''.
* Ferris from ''Webcomic/{{Fishbones}}''.
* Joseph from ''Webcomic/JosephAndYusra''

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Tommy Pickles from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. It's even invoked in ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible's partner Ron Stoppable.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Kyle Broflovski is probably the best modern version of the stereotype. Even though he can be a bit HotBlooded occasionally, mostly due to [[{{Jerkass}} Cartman's]] behavior, he can still be pretty nice, especially in later seasons. Unless, of course, something causes his [[{{Joisey}} Inner Jersey]] to manifest. Like [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Sno]][[JerseyShore oki]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parodies this in a ''Treehouse of Horror'' episode, where a golem, when told to "speak" by Lisa reveals himself as this, albeit rather neurotic.
* T.J. Detweiler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', though he's more AmbiguouslyJewish from the events of the ChristmasEpisode.
* Dipper in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is a bit AmbiguouslyJewish.
* Arnold Perlstein on ''TheMagicSchoolBus''.

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[[folder: Other ]]

* [[http://nicejewishguys.net/ This calendar of Nice Jewish Guys]].
* In the {{documentary}} ''A History of Britain'' Simon Schama describes himself as a nice Jewish boy when describing England's Christian Reformation.
* In [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18405_sex-as-understood-by-adolescent-boys.html this NSFW comedy video]], 12 year old Jeffrey seems like such a nice Jewish boy. But -- ''Oy veh!'' -- what an imagination he has about his seemingly PlainJane mitzvah instructor (whom he sees as a HotTeacher).

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Creator/LoganLerman
* Chaim Weisman
* [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]]
* Abba Eban
* Jake Gyllenhaal (mother is Jewish)
* Creator/JosephGordonLevitt
* Creator/AndrewGarfield
* JesseEisenberg
* Music/BarryManilow
* [[http://www.good.is/post/what-women-want James Deen]], described as "a guy that you would just hang out with at Hebrew school" and "the most normal guy in porn."
* [[http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/dukes-bob-lefkowitz-wins-the-nobel-prize/Content?oid=3239097 A nice Jewish Nobel laureate]].
-->Lefkowitz is so well-loved that it's difficult to locate any detractors, personally or professionally.
* Creator/NeilGaiman
* Creator/DanielRadcliffe (Jewish and proud, but also militant atheist, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Radcliffe#Personal_life in his own words]])
* Children's authors Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle, and Creator/ShelSilverstein.
* [[{{Music/Rush}} Geddy Lee]]. He's even described ''himself'' as a "nice Jewish boy from Toronto." (Proudly Jewish in the sense that he's immersed in Jewish culture and is the son of a pair of Holocaust survivors. Religiously, he describes himself as an atheist.)
* Danny Avidan, of GameGrumps and NinjaSexParty fame is super sweet, [[MeanCharacterNiceActor especially compared to his douchey persona as Danny Sexbang in the later]].
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