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Jerk With A Heart Of Gold: Fan Fics

  • Firefly from Ace Combat The Equestrian War. There are times when she acts like an a-hole towards other ponies, especially Fluttershy at the beginning (going as far as to smack her!) as well as Derpy and Medley later on. But deep inside, she's just a troubled mare, trying to readjust herself to the circumstances around her. Thankfully, Rainbow Dash is there to help her.
  • Brainbent features a few, which isn't surprising since the majority of the cast are dealing with some emotional problem or other, many of them fairly serious. Karkat is probably their reigning champion. He's a shouty little ball of rage and self-loathing, coated in a complete lack of tact, but he is, at heart, a compassionate person. When he isn't buried over his head in his own issues he's genuinely concerned for the people around him, and for all that he can be painfully inept at dealing with his own emotions, sometimes he gives good advice.
  • Several people from Calvin & Hobbes: The Series fill this role.
  • In this Death Note fanfic, Matt is easily the most notable example of this trope:
    Matt: A good friend gives you a shoulder to cry on. A great friend gives you a kick in the pants.
  • Mello and Light in The End Is Near - there is Mello's Pet the Dog moment or rather, "Beat The Dog That Goes After Near With A Cricket Bat Until It Stops Moving" and then there is how Light verbally crushes the snobby stewardess who tries to make L sit properly. He's petting one dog while kicking another....
  • Hefty in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf represents this trope in the series. Most of his jerkassery is directed toward Empath and Duncan McSmurf.
  • Jack Harmon and Daniel Lawson of The Harmonverse both love this trope.
  • A number of examples in Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox.
    • Naruto is one of these. He's quite willing to consider the feelings of others, but his experience with the Kyuushingai has made him rather caustic.
    • Sakura proves to be one, surprisingly enough. She might quarrel with Ino frequently, look down on people of lower social standing than herself, and lord her queen-bee status over everyone else...but when Aoi savagely beats Ino during Sasuke's tournament, Sakura shows a considerable amount of compassion because, as she herself declares, nobody deserves to undergo something like that.
    • Suigetsu may be a complete and utter prick to Naruto, but he likewise takes Aoi's beat-down of Ino very badly.
    Suigetsu: Hey, I might not be the nicest guy around, but even I have some standards.
  • Aramus could be argued as in The Legacy Of The Blood Ravens. He's incredibly arrogant, and doesn't hesitate to charge into battle or lead his men into danger, but he'd give his life for the Chapter and in the end, wants what's best for the Blood Ravens as a whole.
  • Tama in The Lion King Adventures. Despite being the Big Bad of Series Two, she actually saves Simba from dying of a terminal illness in Sick Simba. She changes her ways in Goodbye, Nala, finally becoming an ally.
  • In Legend of link:lucky number 13 Ganondorf shows shades of this. Mainly towards his daughter Separuu. He even goes so far as to sacrifice his own soul to save the one his daughter loves, which is the one he hates the most: Link.
  • In Mega Man Defender Of The Human Race, even though he's a bad guy until the episode 11 finale and is not fond of most humans, ProtoMan has demonstrated acts of kindness, especially to Nomad, Mega Man and Roll.
  • In Mega Man Recut, Gemini Man and Proto Man are this.
  • Shatterstorm and Roaring Yawn both show their jerkish sides when they first appear in My Little Castlevania. However, the moment something traumatic happens, they end up coming to the defense of the ponies they've belittled. In Shatterstorm's case, he's shown to actually be pretty good with kids.
  • Fluttercruel from the Pony POV Series became this under Fluttershy's care. She's still a Jerkass, sure, but she shows her heart of gold by forcing herself to the surface to help calm Rainbow Dash down of her own accord among other things. Worth even more note is that in the Bad Future we're originally shown, Fluttercruel did such horrible things that Twilight Tragedy refuses to tell us.
  • Despite acting like a total jackass most of the time- make that all of the time- Chaos from the Tamers Forever Series still has some moments where he shows that he genuinely respects his other half, and that he can actually be a nice guy when he wants to.
    • Ryo also fits the bill, or as Takato puts it:
    he knew Ryo was just trying to be a friend…a crazy, narcissist, extremely annoying friend, but a friend, after all.
  • Zao, the Headmaster of the Imperial Naval Academy in The Odyssey. His initial address to the assembled class consists of telling them that they're all going to die horrible deaths in service of the Realm. Despite this, he really does mean well.
  • The Old Miner from the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fic Blessed Disaster doesn't care about his brothers, blows up at the Prince, and seems to pretty much hate life in general. Darned if he doesn't love the Pale Girl though.
  • Obsidian Citrine in the Hunger Games fanfic Some Semblance of Meaning.
  • L becomes this in Story Of The Century. Or if he'd always had shades of this it makes itself more apparent by the end of the story before he dies. Deconstructed in that his default "Jerkass" behavior pushes people away and he refuses to let on whatever capacity for kindness that he has.
  • Arthur's friend Kay from The Student Prince is elitist, sexist and just plain obnoxious, but when he's offered money by a reporter in exchange for details on Arthur's private life, he responds by punching the reporter and smashing his camera.
    Kay: I'll stick your bloody camera where the sun don't shine, you scum! Offering me bloody money for dirt on Arthur! You're not worth the mud under his shoes, you leeches, even if he is a bloody poof! He's our bloody poof!
  • Barricade from Transformers Meta is this to an extent.
    • He tries to apologize to Slipstream for belittling her designation as a medic in one episode.
    • In a rare moment of mutual agreement, Barricade invites Starscream to play video games with him in favor of their mutual hatred toward people.
  • TD, the protagonist of The Non-Bronyverse can be extremely abrasive, mostly due to his hatred of the fact that he's stuck in Equestria, but he does come to care for those around him, especially the children.
  • Navarone from Diaries Of A Madman can be extremely cruel and unpleasant at times, but he does care for his friends and will do the right thing when it really matters.
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