Jerk With A Heart Of Gold / Other

  • Oscar the Cat is supposedly quite rude and irritable towards most people- except ill and dying patients. He goes up to them and lets them pet him as much as they want.
  • Many people would attribute various manifestations of this trope as standard demeanor for cats.

Pro Wrestling
  • Edge. He may be somewhat sociopathic, arrogant and vicious, but he did show that he cared for his (kayfabe) wife Vickie Guerrero, and despite being turned on several times, always would help out his best friend Christian.
  • William Regal. A pompous British aristocratic type for most of his career. His heart of gold was shown when Eric Bischoff's "special" nephew, Eugene, came into WWE. Bischoff wanted Regal to break his spirit in the hopes he'd quit, but once Regal saw Eugene could actually wrestle, he became very supportive of him.
  • The real-life personas of several of the WWF's most notorious villains. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are today's most common examples, as they have always related well with fans, have interviewed well, and carry themselves as great ambassadors to the sport. The most notorious heel of the 1980s-1990s era, Bobby Heenan, was this way, too; when making personal appearances, he'd carry on his act as though it were his real-life persona, but he'd tone it down in such a way that you knew he was bluffing and that he genuinely cared about the fans.

  • Little Red Riding Hood in We Are Our Avatars straddles the line.
    • Mark usually falls into this trope, although he does sometimes act like a straight up Jerkass
  • In The Gamer's Alliance, several characters who act rudely are shown to have a hidden heart of gold and that deep inside they really do care for others, or at least grow into people who start caring about other things than themselves. Examples include the cynical mage Raistlin II, the old merchant Kusobaba, and Sultan Khalid.

Tabletop Gaming
  • Gulliman, the primarch of the Ultramarines was a hard ass, but he legitimately cared about the people he ruled and established the government of the Ultramarines mini empire around the idea of meritocracy (it is theoretically possible for a peasant to one day rise and become chapter master thus rule the empire). His actions have resulted in one of the best places (and least corrupt) to live in the entire Imperium.
  • The default characterization of many Paladins in D&D. Arrogant and self-righteous, yes, but the "righteous" part does apply, and as written, Paladins have a soft spot for anyone in need.

  • Mrs Erlynne from Lady Windermere's Fan.
  • Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing is a fountain of snark who pretends to be a He-Man Woman Hater, but as soon as he is convinced that Beatrice is in love with him, he softens up instantly. He is also the only male character (other than the friar) to believe in Hero's innocence when she is accused of cheating on Claudio, rather than siding with his male friends as even Hero's father does.
  • Frank Church of Yes Virginia: The Musical is pessimistic and a curmudgeon who proclaims at the beginning of the show that he hates Christmas. He takes positive glee in crumpling up Virginia's letter and mocking her lack of maturity at eight years old. And yet, he then writes the famous editorial indicating that there is no proof that Santa Claus is not real and that indeed, the world would be a very sad place if he were not.

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