Jerk With A Heart Of Gold: Web Original
- Raimi and Oran from Broken Saints.
- In DC Nation, most of the Outsiders fit this like gloves. Travis is a street kid turned Green Lantern who sometimes forgets there are actual people involved when he starts planning. Green Shield has the Arrow family's moxie with a side order of caustic sarcasm. Caleb and Amelia Zukov love to put up a good show of not giving a shit about their teammates, but God or Hell help you if you if you go after the team...especially if Caleb doesn't particularly like them.
- Hashimoto Daichi in Greek Ninja. He's arrogant, selfish and self-centered, and yet somehow... he's not.
- Strong Bad from Homestar Runner. He tries to cheat to win contests, bullies around his brother Strong Sad, and left Cloud Cuckoo Lander Homsar for dead, but he does get along well with his co-stars.
- The "Misunderstood D-bag" meme is all about this; describing a behaviour usually associated with douchebags or generally unpleasant people, then giving a reasonable explanation that frequently makes them a good guy.
- The Nostalgia Critic. He ridicules old movies and TV shows, shoots characters who get on his nerves, and though enjoyable to watch, definitely isn't a nice guy. When he goes to rip up "Follow That Bird", he spends most of the review squeeing like a Fangirl over all of the characters, finally culminating in this loud declaration:
NC: I CAN'T DO IT! I CAN'T MAKE FUN OF SESAME STREET! IT'S THE FIRST SHOW THAT I EVER SAW! [...] I LOVE YOU ALL! YOU'RE SO BEAUTIFUL AND INNOCENT! YOU ARE CHILDHOOD!
- He then proceeds to cry, run away, and pay one of his alter-egos Chester A. Bum to finish the review for him.
- And in reality, Doug Walker is nothing like his character. A few people have suggested that because he's so likable and dorkily charming that it rubs off on the Critic and makes him more 'heart of gold'-y than what was intended.
- And shall we put his Distaff Counterpart The Nostalgia Chick up here too? She's condescending, has her moments of being utterly deranged, abuses her best friend and hides all of it behind an overly cute, girly persona. But she nearly always tries to find at least one good point in the crap she reviews, she's smart as hell, she clearly thinks Nella's adorable like the rest of us (just have a look at the ends of her "My Little Pony" and "Ever After" reviews) and, as is with Doug/Critic, Lindsay's likability shines through easily.
- Really, aside from the obvious evil characters (Ask That Guy, Sage, Mechie), we could put the majority of That Guy with the Glasses here.
- Hell even Bennett the Sage seems to have two sides to him. He ACTS like he's the Devil (And doesn't know for sure from time to time whether he is or isn't) to people like Jesotaku, the Nostalgia Critic and Linkara, but beforehand had an Anime Abandon with Linkara out of goodwill and even indulged him on a few things, and his Eva Abandon review ended with him need revalidation from someone else.
- Linkara kind of averages out somewhere around here. He can be a jackass, a cheat, a liar, a bully and just generally a tool, but still cares deeply for the spirit of his magic gun, and at least tries to do the right thing.
- Church from Red vs. Blue is surly, rude, and generally hates everyone around him. On occasion, however, he shown he genuinely cares about his friends, going as far as to utter a Big "NO!" when Caboose - a character with an IQ of -12 who had done nothing but annoy him since they met - when he was killed (he got better). In the season finale of Reconstruction, he sacrifices himself so his friends can escape.
- Its more than that, Church could have easily escaped with the rest of the Reds and Caboose, but stayed behind to help Washington, who he seemed to dislike more than anyone because of his freelancer status. Because Church would be destroyed by the EMP, staying behind meant certain death whether or not Wash succeeded. Heroic Sacrifice indeed.
- While we're at it, Wash belongs here as well. He's a genuinely good guy who's just had the crap kicked out of him by the universe, to the point of extreme cynicism. The first time(in some great amount of years) he's shown genuine affection by the Blood Gulch crew, he's stunned, and from that point on, is a solid good guy.
- In Season 12, Felix takes a level in jerkass, constantly berating, snarking, and abusing the remaining members of the Blood Gulch Crew, as opposed to his starry eyed fanboy treatment of them before. However, this is only because he knows they aren't prepared for war, and wants them to be prepared for when they have to face Locus and the Federation. He still cares deeply about them, and it's implied he also cares about Vanessa and her rebellion, though he takes great steps to avoid showing it.
- Except, as Episode 10 reveals, no, he doesn't. At all. He was Evil All Along, and working with Locus to get the Federation and the rebels to kill each other off. He absolutely hates the Blood Gulch Crew, and despised every moment he had to spend with them. He even mentions this trope by name, and laughs at them for believing it to be true. The fanboy act was a ruse to get information out of them so he could help Locus coordinate an attack on their crash site, and he doesn't care at all about Vanessa or the rebels. He then tries to gun the entire team down in cold blood with disintegration weapons so their story can never be told. Wow.
- While we're talking about Rooster Teeth productions, we have Weiss from RWBY who has a razor sharp and unrelenting tongue, but at the end of the day is shown to care about her teammates. Her initial bickering with Ruby has turned to them being vitriolic best buds and Blake's being an ex-member of the White Fang? After some time to cool off and think about it she decided she just doesn't really care.
- Rhett McLaughlin could qualify as this when he tells the true and hilarious story of Link's snowboarding accident. Link was clearly in a lot of pain, but Rhett could not stop laughing.
- Simon Drake from Shadow of the Templar can be an insensitive bastard to say the least, especially when he's laid low by injury or lack of caffeine, but cares deeply for his teammates. And also for his sort-of boyfriend Jeremy, no matter how many times he insults him.
- Sean "Lucky" O'Cann of Survival of the Fittest acts like a bit of a prick, but has been shown to be genuinely warm and affectionate at other times. It's how he deals with his insecurities, for the most part.
- Kodiak of the Whateley Universe. He chases girls, he pushes people around, he was in the Alphas when Don Sebastiano ran it. But he's been looking for Ms. Right and is sticking with her; he pushes people to see if they'll stand up to him because he has the spirit of the bear giving him superpowers; and as soon as he could kick Don Sebastiano out and fix the Alphas, he did so, even though it meant he could lose his spot as the head Alpha in doing so.
- Simon Lane, aka Honeydew from the Yogscast. Lewis Brindley (Xephos) too, to an extent. They're often seem pushing one another off cliffs, making questionable jokes and burning things for the hell of it but they call each other friend at least once every video, Simon's the first to reassure Peculier when he doubts his abilities as a hero and they often show genuine concern for the NPC's they help out along the way. And then there's their reactions when somebody they like dies. This is part of their persona; they're much nicer in real life.
- Steg, a popular YoutubePooper, says that although he seems to act quite angry on the Internet, he's pretty nice when you get to know him. And he has a sense of humour.
- Played with in Ultra Fast Pony. Pinkie Pie deliberately invokes this to convince the prickly loner Cranky that he actually likes her. It doesn't work. (In the context of the whole episode, Cranky comes across as less of a jerk than Pinkie does.)
Cranky: I hate you so much.
Pinkie: Oh, come on, Dixie, that's just your brain talking. You gotta listen to your heart!
Cranky: My heart also hates you so much.
- Matthew Santoro is this in his early videos. He's usually not very nice to Hugo, but he decides to change his ways and gives Hugo a hoodie with his name on it for Christmas.