"He would seduce a duchess, but he would never spoil a virgin."
He can't stop ogling the ladies. But unlike some who ogle the ladies, he actually cares
about them as people. Woe betide anyone who wrongs women, for he's watching you like a hawk — when he's not watching them, that is. Undoubtedly the best type of pervert. Always a good guy, and just to reaffirm that he's a good guy, they'll occasionally give him a rival in the form of an actually dangerous pervert
who would go through the boundaries that the Chivalrous one would never consider crossing.
Such a serious Chivalrous Pervert is very likely to also be a male Ethical Slut
with a benevolent For Happiness
morality. However, it could also be that some part of him might also believe that Sex Is Evil
and make him feel guilty about his "immoral" horniness
and overcompensate for it
by being extra nice. Or his hypersexuality could be an outlet for more complex personal issues, often making him The Woobie
describes a similar type under the name Dionysus
: a male character who embraces life and brings that love for life to all the women he meets, shaking up their worlds. His influence helps them to move past mourning an old relationship or break free of a current negative relationship. Yet (so says the book) he prefers the company of women in part because he is not at home in the world of men. (This is not always
Compare Handsome Lech
, whose morals are a bit more loose but not as much as the villainous perv; Covert Pervert
, who is also sympathetic but in no way vocal about his/her... tastes; and Lovable Sex Maniac
, who fulfills the latter half of this page's title but most certainly not the former and
tends to go for the Rule of Funny
. A Chivalrous Pervert
who prefers to spy on those of his preferred gender may be The Peeping Tom
. Also compare his Distaff Counterpart
, the Good Bad Girl
. May end up setting a girl to Pervert Revenge Mode
or even an Unprovoked Pervert Payback
. Contrast the Chaste Hero
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Anime & Manga
- Kurozuma Wataru from A Certain Scientific Railgun is a super rare type of guy who can make a sincere comment about a girl's figure (and he does so to two people who are likely to fly off the handle at that) and give no offence. As Misaka and Kuroko said, he commented on their breasts in a strangely unperverted manner note .
- Cross Marian D.Gray-Man. His character info in the fanbook, lists one of his likes is "good women." He has no problem hitting on pretty girls, even younger ones like Lenalee. But when he found out about the death of one of his lovers, a young woman named Anita, he was genuinely saddened and despite him not wanting Anita to follow him, he says she was a good woman. It's also stated, by Allen, that under his bed at mother's house, is filled with keepsakes from his lovers-pictures and accessories. Seems to show a sentimental side to Cross.
- With the aforementioned Lenalee, he holds her close, and protects her on the crumbling ark, while simultaneously trying to halt download of the Akuma Egg, but he never lets go of her, until after danger has passed. He also only stayed at the Order, which he hates, because Lenalee asked him to. It ended up causing him alot of trouble.
- This is Yuushi Oshitari's basic characterization in The Prince of Tennis Dating Sims. He's very sweet and chivalrous to the lead girls of the games, but isn't above draping himself over them without going too far, and Word of God says that his ideal female is a girl with long, shapely legs. We don't see that so much in the anime or the manga, except when he tries to comfort Kotoha after Atobe sees through her Bitch in Sheep's Clothing act and refuses the bento she brings him.
- Prince Wilfred from Private Prince loves to tease Miyako over her big breasts and often hugs and steals touches from her, but he has also rescued her several times from other people and comes to genuinely care for her. And they end up getting married.
- Hachibe Maeda of Ai Kora is a strange case. While admittedly an individual who values women for the aesthetic appeal of their various body parts, he is willing to go to extreme lengths to protect the owners of those parts.
- Shunsui Kyoraku from Bleach loves flirting with his lieutenant, Hot Librarian Nanao, and was known for chasing girls when he was in the shinigami academy. He promptly rescues Nanao when she collapses after Yamamoto sends out his enormous reiatsu and it overwhelms her. He's also a very badass captain who first tries to convince his rivals to give up on their purposes and only accepts to fight so he won't disgrace his opponents.
- The character Ral from the manga Blue Dragon (note: has nothing to do with the game) is this. Finding out the difference between men and women is a big part of his Character Development. (The fact that women have boobs and that he loves said boobies helps a lot.)
- The eponymous Lupin III, in the anime. The manga incarnation goes way further in matters of perversion, to the point that he's a Casanova Wannabe.
- Ataru Moroboshi from Urusei Yatsura normally shows more the pervert than the Chivalrous, there are incidents like when he's been inflicted by a contagious toothache that he can ease the pain of by biting (and infecting) other people, initially the entire class tries barricading themselves away from him, but then the girls realize that he would never do anything like that to a girl and apologize to him for mistrusting him. And in a later story, when he finds himself stuck with a pair of gloves that make him hug then punch anyone who comes close to him, when Lum gets close, he blocks the gloves punch by pushing his own face in it's way. Then does this again and again till he knocks himself out.
- The deceased Prince Clovis la Britannia from Code Geass. You'd never guess it if not for the 6th Picture Drama, though: it has his half-sisters, Cornelia and Euphemia, checking on some stuff he left… and Cornelia frets over the sweet and naive Euphemia being willing to wear one very revealing swimsuit that Clovis designed in his free time. Milly also has shades of this.
- Shoei Jinnai of Desire Climax evolves into one of these throughout the Story Arc, albeit most certainly starting off as a bit of an I Have You Now, My Pretty with Mio Omori.
- Shigure from the anime version of Fruits Basket. He is berated by many of the other Sohmas for it, but it becomes an almost endearing Running Gag nonetheless. In the manga he uses sex as a tool to have revenge against Akito, his cousin and ex-lover, for running in the arms of their cousin Kureno... by sleeping with Akito's mother Ren. And let's not forget the deal with Rin, either, though to his credit he doesn't take her offer.
- Hideki from Chobits. Make no mistake, he is a underwear-ogling porn addict, but would never take advantage of Chi in that way. And heaven help you if you do.
- Emishi Haruki from Get Backers. He considers harming a woman to be just about the most terrible sin imaginable, and opponents admitting to it is nearly a Berserk Button; meanwhile, he happily flirts with every woman he meets. The closest he's come to 'pervert' was abruptly burying his face in a female friend's breasts, while desperately trying to cheer himself up after Amon's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Meisuke "Nube" Nueno from Hell Teacher Nube is a Covert Pervert for his busty workmate Ritsuko and more or less often ogles pretty women, but never ever tried to ogle his students no matter how well-endowed some of them are (* cough* Miki * cough* Ai), and lectured highschool-aged Izuna harshly when he believed she was into Enjo Kosai (Iwhich is the Japanese equivalent of teen prostitution, to say it simply). And when a very pretty 15-years-old girl with ice powers claims to be in love with him, he repeatedly refuses her affections by saying that she's too young for him - which is technically true, as he's 26 already. She has to die and then be revived before he comes to love her back
- Miroku from InuYasha. Somewhat subverted by the fact that he eventually becomes a one-woman man without losing this quality in the slightest. Much to his fiancée Sango's exasperation. In a rather early arc where a young woman named Koharu, whose life he saved years ago, was very enamoured with him but Miroku actually turned her affections down, believing it was a case of Loving a Shadow.
- Sanji from One Piece, so much so that he refuses to harm a woman even if it would cost him his life. Do not mistreat women in his vicinity unless you want him to literally explode with rage. He gained one of those "actually bad" rivals in the form of Absalom, a Quirky Miniboss Squad member who can turn invisible and who licked both the female protagonists and attacked Nami when she was bathing. That ended very badly for Absalom.
- Absalom also had the bad sense (or luck) to actually have the power of invisibility, and his use of it for perverted purposes simultaneously offended Sanji's chivalric honor AND coincidentally destroyed Sanji's own perverted childhood dreams. It's no wonder Absalom was just asking for it.
- PG-rated version: Brock from Pokémon. He actually hurts friends sometimes when going after woman, or gets hurt himself. One time he actually stood on Ash for a full minute before Ash stood up knocking him over. Another time he was ogling a lady on the beach (a lady who was at best not alive anymore, or at the absolute craziness was never a female or even human to begin with) only to get trampled by the people behind him.
- Warrant Officer Oreldo in Pumpkin Scissors embraces the trope completely. He loves the ladies, and unlike many similar characters, he enjoys quite a bit of success with them. He's also always willing to get the crap beaten out of him for the sake of some cute girl he's just met, and frequently sets himself up as the bad guy in order to make sure things are made right for the girl of the moment — such as when, angered by how a poor girl's drug-addicted father was wasting her money and opportunities, he made a show of offering to buy her from him and then pretended to assault her in order to finally goad her father into taking action on her behalf.
- Kyon from the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise, even though he rarely has actually needed to avenge the dishonor of a beautiful lady — but push the right buttons and he'll defend.
- No doubt, Loke/Leo from Fairy Tail is a player, but he's always there for Lucy when she needs him (unless he's out with his girlfriend).
- Tatewaki Kuno from Ranma ½ has some traits of this. He is well-versed in poetry and believes two people in a relationship should exchange diaries before they get physical. On the other hand he grabs his objects of affection without warning, sometimes on the chest, and is unable to realize they are in fact disgusted by his attention. Happosai likes to think of himself as this, but he's not really chivalrous.
- Great Teacher Onizuka, aka Great Pervert Onizuka, when he's not being an inspiration to everyone around him. Always thinking of sex, looks up girl's skirts, has sex toys and porn galore, sizes up every attractive woman and became a teacher specifically for the schoolgirls. Yet when given the opportunity to act on these impulses with the young girls he's responsible for, his conscience doesn't allow it. (To wit, when Urumi semi-seriously offered herself to him he knocked himself unconscious rather than kiss her.) A lot of that also has to do with the fact that Onizuka is a man-child who is terrified of actual sexuality, and just plays up his lothario qualities for show. In fact, the comic establishes pretty early on that he's still a virgin.
- Beast Boy/Changeling of Teen Titans, far more so than his animated counterpart. He hits on anything in a skirt, although this is part of the fact that he acts goofy as a way to deal with his own problems. In one instance, the Titans are swimming and Dick and Starfire are skinny dipping in the hot tub. Something Gar says causes Starfire to stand up, and even though Dick manages to cover her with a towel, Gar freaks out and starts apologizing profusely.
- Hercules natch. He hooks up with the Girl of the Week every other issue, partly because he wants to get laid and partly because he finds them interesting people. Taken to its logical extreme in Fall of an Avenger. after his death, it was revealed that Hercules had long-term relationships with different women all over the world. He would even support them with his investments until he could see them again. All of them were saddened when they learned that he was dead.
- Depending on the writer, Dick Grayson can fall under this trope.
- Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man. Famously the biggest womanizer in the Marvel Universe, yet he's incredibly polite to the women he's chatting up, cares deeply about most of his exes (the Marvel Now relaunch's opening story arc essentially boils don to him wanting to protect the legacy of one of his exes after her life's work is stolen and abused), is VERY protective of his on-again/off-again love interest Pepper, honestly loved (and still loves) Madame Masque, and is always completely supportive of his female teammates, no matter how they dress and pose.
- Matt Murdock, Daredevil, is similar. Second only to Tony in number of girlfriends, yet is one of the kindest people in the world (unless you're a criminal, that is). In the film, he takes an extra effort to hunt down a rapist he was unable to put away and, unlike his other targets, allows them to die in a horrifying manner.
- Destiny Is A Hazy Thing: Kiba's to Karin (who is attracted to his charka like an addict and thus is generally kept in his presence) when Ino jokes that he should make a move as she would be willing to do anything he wants. Kiba immediately puts down the idea saying that while Karin is cute, he's not comfortable taking advantage of her because A) he'd prefer it if she liked him for him and not due to his charka and B) it would count as rape and he respects women too much to do that.
- A Brief History of Equestria interprets Commander Hurricane as this. An excerpt from Clover the Clever's diary informs us that the only thing he was more renowned for than his sexual prowess was his sense of honor.
- The Reading Rainbowverse interprets Thunderlane as one of these. He ends up dating Princess Luna.
- "Fluttershys Night Out": The first stallion teenaged Fluttershy meets at the bar, who kindly tells her that she's a nice kid and really should just go home and think about whether she actually wants to be doing something like this. She should have listened to him - the next one she meets, Nosey, isn't as nice.
- The hero of A Long Night At The Hippodrome, Piercing Gaze, is definitely lecherous, but he is only interested in mares who are "willing and experienced enough to know what they want." He broke this rule once in the past, with Trixie Lulamoon, because True Love Is Exceptional, and destroyed their developing friendship, something he greatly regrets. He also refuses to use his position as a theatrical impresario to exploit aspiring female performers.
- In Friendship Is Magical Girls, Spike's particular vice-based ninja magic is powered by lust, which he fuels with perverted acts. However, despite this he's still a decent person, and has the utmost respect for the girls.
Film — Animation
- Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio openly hits on the attractive women featured in Gepetto's music boxes & cuckoo clocks, whips out a pair of specks when the can-can dancers appear in a show he was previously uninterested in, and more or less only became Pinocchio's conscience/guardian because the Blue Fairy batted her eyes at him. In his defense, he's very polite and respectful to women he meets face-to-face, even if they're inanimate; and once he's charged with taking care of Pinocchio, he takes his job very seriously.
- Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog. After he and Tiana are turned into frogs, chased out of a banquet, nearly swallowed by alligators, and stuck in a damp hole for the night, he suggests they "get comfortable".
Film — Live Action
- Lester Burnham from American Beauty. He spends the movie obsessing over a Fille Fatale girl who is the same age as his daughter. When he actually gets a chance with her, he stops once he finds out she's actually a virgin, and her suggestions of sexual prowess were made up.
- Austin Powers, despite some implied deviant sexual behavior, is still for the most part courteous toward the ladies he's trying to woo (at one point, Vanessa suggests that they have sex, but he turns her down because it "wouldn't be right" to take advantage of her intoxicated state). Considering who he's a parody of, this is to be expected. When Vanessa is talking to her mother, who used to be Austin's partner in the 60s, Vanessa asks if she has ever slept with Austin. Her mother replies that he never tried to get her into bed out of respect for Vanessa's father.
- Monty in Waiting actively pursues the hostess. He backs out at the last minute because she's roughly a week shy of being eighteen. However, he instructs her to tell everyone that he totally nailed her. You know, for his image. Of course, this is part of his Character Development, as he had zero hangups with violating the Jail Bait Wait.
- Van in Van Wilder. He flirts mercilessly with love-interest Gwen but he never actually makes a pass at her since he knows she has a boyfriend, even though the guy is a complete Jerkass. He does the same thing with Kaitlin in Freshman Year
- James Lennox in Men with Brooms, the kind of classy guy who brings a "Rent-A-Girlfriend" to a funeral of a beloved friend, refuses to take advantage of Amy when she makes a drunken rebound attempt at him. He even goes on to berate Chris for unintentionally causing Amy to fall Off The Wagon.
- Randy "The Ram" Robinson from The Wrestler is a regular patron at a sleazy strip club. But he treats his favorite stripper, Cassidy, like a real person rather than a piece of meat, even going as far as to defend her when some other patrons make insulting remarks to her.
- Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger. He may be a playboy inventor (much like his son) but he is respectful to coworker Peggy and he later explains to Steve what he meant by having "fondue" with her (he was essentially asking Peggy that after a mission if she wanted to go out and eat with him. Steve had never heard of fondue before, and assumed it was a sexual euphemism.)
- Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters. Despite relentlessly pursuing Dana (often to her annoyance), he refuses to take advantage of her even when presented with the opportunity.
- Harry Lockhart in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: although he appears to spend a lot of time thinking about Harmony in a sexual way, he is quick to become upset when she isn't upset over the idea of being groped in her sleep.
- Jim Kirk in the reboot Star Trek franchise may flirt with any women he sees but he is never overly pushy with them. He also treats Uhura, Spock's girlfriend, respectfully and even apologizes to her when there was a moment he was frustrated with Spock.
- Theater impresario Henri Danglard in French Cancan. He goes through starlets/creative muses/lovers like Kleenex, but whatever woman he's with at the time he treats like gold.
- Peter Sellers in The Bobo plays a wandering musician who agrees to a wager where he can get a theater engagement if he beds the local gold digger (Britt Ekland) within three days - but resists taking advantage of her when she gets drunk. Possibly averted as the deal specified his being in her apartment one hour with the lights out, and they were far off in another location.
- Luigi in Another Time, Another Place is a bit of a graceless sleazebag, but at least he does take Janie's initial rejections gracefully and he doesn't browbeat her about it.
- Subverted by Sam Lombardo in Wild Things. Although it seems like he's upset at Ray killing Kelly on moral grounds, it's clear that he's really only concerned about a potential Spanner in the Works wrecking the plan. He has no compunctions about exploiting Kelly's love for him for sex and money, and intends to frame her for what will probably be a life sentence for Suzie's murder.
- X-Men: First Class:
- Charles Xavier boldly hits on co-eds.
- Sean Cassidy is introduced flirting with a girl, who seems to find him comical more than anything else. He's also very appreciative of Angel.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Mikey has April on his mind in pretty much every non-action scene where they interact. He even apologizes for how creepy his "We will find you" line sounded when she first meets them.
- The literary James Bond is one of these in spades. Movie Bond, however, is more of a cad.
- Nicholas van Rijn of Poul Anderson's Polesotechnic League stories. If you are an attractive woman, expect to have him make constant references to your looks as well as many passes. But should danger appear, you couldn't have anyone better at your side.
- In the same mould, Heslet Quillan from James H Schmitz's Federation of the Hub series takes instant advantage of the situation when the naked Action Girl falls into his arms—but never hesitates when a lady needs his help.
- Conan the Barbarian. Perhaps most notably in "The Slithering Shadow" where Conan is actually embarrassed at the way The Vamp glomped onto him, because his slave girl Natala is watching, even though "He was no more monogamous in his nature than the average soldier of fortune"
- Count Giacomo Casanunda, Discworld's his business card reads in full as "World's 2nd Greatest Lover. Finest Swordsman. Outrageous Liar. Soldier of Fortune. Stepladders Repaired." (as for the "second greatest lover bit" as he says "I try harder"). A charming romantic scoundrel like his real-world namesake, he never mistreats a lady he has taken an interest in, even during his try at being a highwayman, and he's decidedly a lover rather than a fighter. He was even willing to stand up against The Fair Folk to defend Nanny Ogg (who didn't really need defending, but that's besides the point).
- Cohen the Barbarian may count also. At one point there's a discussion between several other characters where one of them says that barbarians like Cohen pillage and rape and another one says something like "Well, pillaging, certainly; raping ... no. Ravishing, possibly." The first character asks what's the difference, and the second says "For one thing, I don't believe that there were any actual complaints."
- Quite a few Deadpan Snarker detectives. Most notably Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade. Both of whom have been played by Humphrey Bogart.
- Possibly, Travis Mc Gee, in John Macdonald's novels. Bitter, but utterly a believer in the healing power of good sex, occasionally waxing highly poetic about it. He admits he sleeps with women to make them feel better; he's quieter about the healing effect it has on him as well, being not inclined to discuss his dark past.
- Averted in Pale Gray For Guilt; it's his truly chivalrous and chaste behavior towards Janine Bannon the widow of an old and dear friend that finally reveals to her the Knight in Sour Armor her husband liked so well.
- Dr. Tachyon of Wild Cards. Consider: Roulette tries to kill him; he heals her and sends her off to rebuild her life.
- In Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain novels, Cain alludes his numerous amorous adventures (at least, prior to meeting Amberley Vail), but never to getting into trouble as a consequence, and the one occasion where he meets up again with an old flame she is perfectly happy to see him.
- John Ringo's Ghost gives us a chivalrous rapist as the protagonist. Say it with me... OH JOHN RINGO NO.
- Lucien de Barenton, Count de Chretien, in Vonda McIntyre's The Moon and the Sun. A sharp-witted, cosmopolitan seventeenth-century aristocrat with a colorful love life, who respects all of his girlfriends as people and eventually settles down with the heroine.
- Fitz Kreiner from the Doctor Who Expanded Universe novels. He at one point has three girlfriends at the same time, but other than that is nothing but sweet and lovely to all of them. He once justified deflowering a naive ingenue with the fact that his mum always told him that if someone is sad, you should try to cheer them up. He starts off as more of a Fairly Attractive Lech, though. One novel features this scene, which gives one the impression he's an intentional example of this trope:
Robin staggered backwards, looking shocked.
Fitz rubbed his aching knuckles. ‘If there’s one thing I can't stand it’s bullies. Especially people who bully women.’
- Judge Dee's faithful lieutenant Ma Joong is always ready to take his pleasure, but when he rescues a mistreated prostitute - who turns out to be from his own village - he is the soul of chivalry. Eventually he buys her out so she can marry the young man she's in love with.
- A favourite of Christopher Pike's in his novels: the Final Friends series (Bubba); Monster (Kevin); Witch (Randy); The Eternal Enemy (Ed).
- The Dresden Files:
- Carlos Ramirez is the resident The Casanova, but is unfailingly polite to all women. He's also a virgin, to the amusement of everyone present.
- Harry Dresden has a self proclaimed chivalrous streak that gets him into trouble often enough, but it doesn't extend to looking away... When Harry encounters a beautiful woman, he often spends an inordinate amount of time describing them. The short stories in the series told from other characters' viewpoints, as well as other books written by Jim Butcher, lack these overly detailed descriptions, giving a subtle but clever indicator as to what Harry's thinking of a lot.
- A Thread of Grace: Renzo Leoni has elements of this. His ability to play this role allows him to get close to the Nazis who are in charge of his area of Italy.
- Captain Bel Thorne of the Vorkosigan Saga. "It" was a Betan hermaphrodite, but tended to act more male than female, most of the time, although the balance generally depended on the known preferences of who it was trying to seduce. However when asked to smuggle an attractive young refugee away from a hostile force it refused most of the money, just keeping one token note to make it a legal contract.
- Thorne also once passed up a chance to seduce his commanding officer's clone brother by blackmailing young Mark into submitting lest Mark blow his cover. He already knew it wasn't really Miles he was seducing, knew it was a scared teenager trying to impersonate a man in his twenties, and refrained from either exposing Mark or... exposing Mark.
- Eon in the Belisarius Series is rather like this. As a teenager he played around with the palace staff as well as his two concubines whom he was quite fond of, before he married. Interestingly when asked by the title character to play a role as a spectacularly abusive pervert for his cover in a covert op he is rather repulsed. Before Eon's coronation the elders of his kingdom question all the palace staff on his treatment of them on the assumption that this would indicate how he might treat his people.
- In A Whiff of Death (a.k.a. The Death Dealers), the minor character Dr. Foster seems to be constantly flirting with any female, but has never been seen or heard doing anything inappropriate; he's simply very gregarious.
- Genderswapped with the Princess Lylia in A Brother's Price; though it's heavier on the "Chivalrous" side, she's intensely interested in sex and rather mischievous about it. Her female cousins want her one male cousin, Cullen, to be a Proper Young Man, holding still, keeping his legs together, being pure and safe and brainless, but she "corrupts" him by sneaking him wine, cigars, visits to horses, and pornographic tintypes. As a result he's something of a Lovable Sex Maniac. They have kissed for practice but are Like Brother and Sister and have vowed that whoever has sex first, tell the other everything. She is very interested in the beautiful Jerin.
- Double Subversion in Of Fear and Faith with Aiden. He plays the part of the charming and likeable ladies' man and is very nice to the women he flirts with, but his narration makes it clear that it's an act and he doesn't really care about them at all. And then he meets Lilac and he's pretty much the reverse of the above, trying to act aloof and disaffected despite caring about her a great deal (much to his chagrin).
- From the major contrast between his overblown, sometimes near-pornographic descriptions of beautiful women (many of whom are married or engaged) in his narratives, and his always courteous and professional outwards behavior towards them during the actual cases, Dr. Watson from Sherlock Holmes can be inferred to be one of these.
- Simona Ahrnstedt's male protagonists have a tendency to be this. They might have had affairs with many different women, and alas, they can be jerks too. But they mostly try to show women proper respect. And when it really matters, they will show a strong chivalrous streak.
- Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain: Ray, after he gains superpowers. Penny admits to liking his "leering charm".
- The Year Of The Rat: Alk Haskil is an example. As his Love Interest states, "ANY talk of his ends with some horrid perversion", and she is positive she can sense his immoral thoughts about her. But he never fights a woman, never rapes one, and always rushes to help any Damsel in Distress he meets.
- In The Chessmen of Mars, the creepy old taxidermist I-Gos tries to rape Tara, but fails. Later, after learning that Gahan loves Tara, and after seeing how brave and honorable Gahan is, I-Gos helps him to rescue her from the tyrant O-Tar.
Live Action TV
- Boston Legal: Alan Shore and Denny Crane. "If you ever need anything, an ear, a shoulder [pause], an erection, I'm here."
- G'Kar from Babylon 5 after some Character Development. The ending of the series implies that his patience paid off. His last appearance in the series in broadcast order implies he got to get jiggy with Lyta Alexander, who five years earlier had replied to his proposition with something along the lines of "not even if you were the last male in the Universe, and the salvation of the Universe dependent on it." Of course, in between he'd become much less of a Jerk Ass and she'd done some Boldly Coming with Kosh, at least in heavy subtext.
- Skins: One of Cook's better moments comes when Naomi suddenly changes her mind about having sex with him and he immediately accepts it.
Naomi: You're not even going to try and convince me? Most guys would.
Cook: Most guys aren't me, babe.
- Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The one time he had any success with Buffy, his Love Interest in the early seasons, he turned her down because he realized that she was under the influence of magic.
- Joey from Friends, at least when it comes to the members of his group of friends. He hits on them on numerous occasions and tries several ploys to either see them naked or see them kiss each other, but when everyone believes Phoebe's been in a porno movie, Joey is the only member of the gang who refuses to watch it. He also freaks out quite a bit when Rachel calls his bluff and actually offers to sleep with him.
- Joey is so good to his female friends, that upon hearing Phoebe was pregnant, he goes out to beat up the supposed father... then comes back and proposes to Phoebe so she won't be alone. Later when he finds Rachel is the one who is actually pregnant, he promptly proposes to her too.
- In one episode, when a drunken Rachel responds favorably to his "How you doin'?" line, he tells Ross not to let her drink any more.
- Jack Harkness, from Doctor Who and Torchwood. Forget ladies, he's after the population of every galaxy. He is introduced in Doctor Who ogling an endangered Rose Tyler's behind through a pair of binoculars. True to the "chivalrous" part, he immediately goes to rescue her. And slaps the other soldier coming to ask him what he was doing on the bum, commenting that his was nice too. In a notable subversion of the trope, he's extremely committed when he's actually dating someone who's monogamous. He also refuses to do anyone with anyone else who's in a monogamous relationship — although all his friends keep randomly kissing him.
- Also of Doctor Who, Vislor Turlough also applies to a good degree.
- Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci from Quantum Leap. Lost his virginity at an age where most boys were still putting lizards in girl's lunchboxes. "I have been absolutely in love with every woman I have ever slept with — at that moment in time." He's easily Distracted by the Sexy and takes advantage of being a Virtual Ghost to peep to his heart's content. But he never stopped loving his first wife who remarried when it looked like he was killed in Vietnam, and the only thing he won't do for a woman he's involved with is keep it in his pants. And the surest way to press his button is to harm or belittle a woman. Don Juan needs to go knight this guy RFN.
- Happy Days: The Fonz. His Cool factor kept him from being as perverted as many on this list, but as one episode showed, going even one day without l'amour ) was a severe trial to him. It also meant he rarely had to actually pursue a woman, unless the plot called for it.
- Jay from the The Inbetweeners is perpetually lying, in revoltingly graphic detail, about all the girls he has apparently had sex with even though he's obviously a virgin, and generally talks as though he thinks of women solely as sex objects. In one episode, though, he actually gets into a relationship, and has utter respect for his girlfriend's sexual boundaries and is a pretty good boyfriend until he gets some bad advice from his father, who seems to believe that Stalking Is Love.
- Dennis from Just Shoot Me! has moments of this towards Maya. A good example is the episode "Miss Pretty", where he is secretly the magazine's new advice columnist. When Maya asks for an interview, Dennis gets a friend of his (a scuzzbag who specializes in bogus lawsuits) to pose as the columnist. But when Maya starts dating him, Dennis becomes concerned, and eventually confesses to being Miss Pretty rather than have her go out with someone more depraved than he is.
- Francis Bryan in The Tudors showed signs of this during his first episode. He bluntly asked a woman to be his mistress and offered her an expensive necklace. He then told her that if she refused, he would bother her no more.
- Richard Castle fits this to a T. He loves the ladies and will quite happily drop Double Entendres like nobody's business, but in one episode he befriends a call girl who is helping them solve a case. She comes to his house crying, with a black eye, and even when she tries to kiss him he refuses and insists on getting her medical attention.
- The anti-heroic Prince Justin Greystone from Wizards And Warriors. He occasionally tears himself away from his wine and women to reluctantly do something noble.
- Buck Wilmington from The Magnificent Seven TV series. Hits on/sleeps with every woman he meets but treats them all with respect. He attributes this to the fact he was raised in a brothel but his mother taught him to treat every woman like a lady.
- Tristan, from All Creatures Great and Small, seemingly has a different nurse on his arm every week, but he also seems to treat them all beautifully.
- Tony DiNozzo from NCIS. He started out as a regular The Casanova, hitting on every skirt he could find, and even after six seasons of character development is still interested, but he would never even think of hurting a woman. And his father is one as well.
- Hank Moody of Californication could qualify. While he sleeps with almost every woman he meets (including ones who hate him), he is usually the first to assault (read: knock out) anyone who either inappropriately insults a woman or mistreats them somehow.
- James T. Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series. In fact, for one episode, Spock and McCoy were clued in that something wasn't right with their captain (Kirk's jilted ex-lover was inhabiting his body), despite having no physical proof, because the fake captain had struck a woman (who the real Kirk was inhabiting).
- Jack Tripper from Three's Company. He's had numerous Girls Of The Week and never passes an opportunity to get a kiss from either or both of his two female roommates, but he never actually goes any farther than that with his roommates and goes steady with his latest girlfriend in the series finale.
- Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce from M*A*S*H, Depending on the Writer. For the most part he sleeps around, but has defined morals; he appreciates the company of women for their own sake and he is contrasted with actual perverts in the form of 50s-style chauvinists, whom he opposes and he doesn't get along with the 50s masculine persona. In one oddly Out of Character episode where they believe the war is about to end he's shown having three girlfriends, each of whom apparently believes she's in a serious, exclusive relationship with him. When they want to make plans for after the war, like a chickenshit he tells them he's been married all along.
- Sam Axe from Burn Notice. He's certainly The Casanova and (for the first two seasons, at least) had a collection of sugar mamas, so we know he's appreciative of the ladies. But should you actually want to harm one? Run. Just run.
- Dean Winchester from Supernatural. He flirts with most of the women he meets, but when we see him with Cassie, we find out that he really loved her, but she didn't believe him when he told her what he did for a living, breaking his heart as she left. And he isn't exactly thrilled when he discovers that his pal Castiel plans to hand a girl named Anna (a Fallen Angel whom Dean had slept with) over to the angels.
- Jim Longworth from The Glades is constantly flirting with the married Callie but doesn't pressure her into cheating on her convict husband. When he prevented an imminent assault on her by a rapist breaking into her house, he didn't tell her so she wouldn't feel she owed him.
- Don Draper of Mad Men is The Casanova par excellence, to the point where it costs him his marriage (combined with his pathological addiction to lying). However, he has serious problems with other men being crude and creepy around women (whatever he might be, he is never crude or creepy), particularly in the office; as he says to Peggy, "I have rules" about this sort of thing. When he breaks these rules and drunkenly seduces his secretary Allison in Season 4, it's used as an indication of how far he has fallen.
- Damien Scott of Strike Back is a regular The Casanova but is usually honest with the women he sleeps with or at least as honest as being a secret government operative allows him to. When he is held captive together with a female hostage he quickly seduces her. However, once they are rescued he declines to have sex with her because he realizes that it would be taking advantage of her vulnerable emotional state.
- Mel Frohike of The X-Files (and later spinoff The Lone Gunmen) is a short, squat, balding man with a Porn Stash that rivals Mulder's. His reaction to Scully was to openly oogle her and make comment on how attractive she was. However, he showed up at Scully's hospital room with flowers, he kept vigil on her while Mulder was hunting down her attackers, and he saved her from a hoard of randy men who were shamelessly taking an advantage of her drugged-and-turned-to-a-bimbo state. When it comes to the Gunmen's own cases, he's fiercely protective of women unless he thinks they're pulling a Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
- The Legend Of William Tell: Will does like his ladies. This dropped off towards the end of the series. Xax also likes the women, but not quite so chivalrously.
- WKRP in Cincinnati: When Johnny needs a temporary place to live, Bailey invites him to stay at her place, as a favor to a friend. When he suspects the worst in getting a mandatory vacation, she puts a positive spin on it, and tells him to take advantage of his situation. He takes that cue to set up a romantic evening with her, but when she storms in furious over their coworkers jumping to conclusions about their staying together, he promptly drops the idea - then indignantly calls them out on it the next day.
- Aramis in The Musketeers. He will flirt with any pretty lady he sees but is always polite and respectful towards them, never taking advantage of them and genuinely falls in love with some, including Queen Anne. This facet of his character gets lampshaded by the proto-feminist character, Comtesse De Larroque. "You are a contradiction Monsieur Aramis, a soldier who preaches love and a famous libertine who cherishes women."
- Jack Stiles in Jack-of-All-Trades. Understandable, considering he's played by Bruce Campbell. He's constantly hitting on his partner Emilia Rothschild, despite her insistence that she's not interested, as well as every other attractive woman who comes across his path (including Catherine the Great). In fact, his assignment to Pulau-Pulau is partly due to him sleeping with Thomas Jefferson's niece, whom he'd been sent to rescue. However, he will never force himself on any woman nor will he stand idly by while a woman is being abused, usually donning his Daring Dragoon outfit. Additionally, while he's clearly attracted to Emilia, he will not ruin their relationship and partnership by taking advantage of her while she's under influence. A memorable scene involves him tricking an attractive undergarments seller to model for him, claiming that he's picking out an intimate gift for his wife for their anniversary. He does end up buying one of them at the end of the episode... as a wrapper for the real, much more romantic, gift.
- Neal Caffrey from White Collar flirts with every woman he meets, usually successfully, but he always cares about the women he sleeps with on a surprisingly deep level, as well as having a lot of respect for the women he has no romantic or sexual involvement with or interest in. Kate, Alex, Sara, Elizabeth, June, Ellen, Rebecca, Diana - he'd go to the ends of the earth to ensure their safety. too bad it didn't work for two of them, and one of them was manipulating him the entire time.
- Mr. DNA from Devo's Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA is an "Altruistic Pervert." While not explained further in the song, the connotations seem to indicate a chivalrous pervert.
- A trend in 21st century rnb/rap songs is that a rapper will be rapping about a woman he saw in a club who he thinks is perfect and who he'll always treat right. This is popular enough to be the subject of most mainstream rnb these days.
- WWE commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler is this in spades. He spends much of the Diva matches talking about the female wrestlers' "puppies" and other assets, but when one of them gets hurt, he's always the first one up to help, sometimes getting himself badly beaten when he tries to rescue a Diva in distress from a monster heel.
- When Curry Man and Shark Boy burst into the knockouts locker room demanding the Beautiful People return So Cal Val's ring, Shark Boy's plan was to simply beat up Angelina Love and go through her stuff till they found it, but Curryman insists on being diplomatic, but also insisted on Angelina going on a date with him.
- Youhei Sunohara from CLANNAD.
- The player character of the Dating Sim True Love Junai Monogatari. He shamelessly comments on seeing girls' panties and the size of their breasts, would clearly love to get laid by any beautiful girl he meets, and one of the first talks to his Childhood Friend Mikae involves him potentially asking her for a lay. However, he won't force a girl to do anything she doesn't want to do, and is disgusted by the misogynistic statements made by the school resident The Casanova, Toshio. Heck, there are several events in which he must either go the Rescue Romance way ( saving Remi from a kidnapping, rescuing Mayumi from a rapist) or be Above the Influence ( not kissing Ryouko when she's angry at her brother, thinking twice about hugging Yumi-sensei when she's drunk)
- Battler Ushiromiya from Umineko no Naku Koro ni attempts to grope every girl he sees, expecting it to fail and for the expected slap to lighten the mood. Especially odd as many of those girls are his cousins. However, when Shannon actually appears to be about to let him grope her, Battler freaks out and scolds her not to do that since he's actually uncomfortable with taking advantage. Not only that, but in Legend of the Golden Witch he insists that Shannon has the right to smack him if he gets within 10cm of her breasts — and the obligation to if he gets within 2cm. The Umineko fighting game takes Battler's love of groping Up to Eleven by making it one of his attacks. Seriously, it has to be seen to be believed.
- Rudolf, his father, is also somewhat on this territory, although he also has an unfortunate tendency to cheat on his wife.
- Ange's bodyguard, Jugo Amakusa, also qualifies. He got fired by her aunt and guardian Eva for disobeying instructions not to talk to Ange while he was on duty. Never mind talk to her, he hit on her!
- Larry Butz in Ace Attorney, who falls in love quickly and is very passionate about the ladies. Unfortunately most of them seem to end up using him, leaving him, being murdered, or being Franziska von Karma.
- Magoichi Saika from Samurai Warriors is portrayed as a ladies' man and a shameless flirt, but is nothing but gracious towards women and flatly refuses to take advantage of Gracia Hosokawa, portrayed in the game as a teenage tagalong who idolizes and follows him around.
- Kurt from Nicole is a shameless flirt who pretty much never lets up on the one-liners, innuendos, and come-ons — but he never tries to pressure Nicole into anything, and if she doesn't resist when he first tries to kiss her, he pulls back and becomes upset because it's clear that she's not into it, and he's not interested in kissing her if she doesn't feel the same way.
- Lawrence Spectrum from Monsterful. A playful ghost who even though he tends to nosebleeds a lot from many situations he is a very respectful young fellow, he's just very lucky that he's very cute. He especially respects older woman and tends to be a funny innocent pervert with her two best friends Sapphire and Lily, specially with Lily who he teases a lot.
- Sam from Sluggy Freelance. He is a particularly goofy example, highly incompetent and easily distracted even after becoming a
vampire Sampire, but he does mean well and has managed to help save Zoe on at least two occasions.
- Tedd from El Goonish Shive. I mean seriously, Grace has used the X-Ray on his glasses more than he!
- Elliot had this as part of his early characterization, before it marched on.
- Rainer from MSF High is either this or the Handsome Lech. Amongst other things, he's used his 360 vision to look up girl's panties, attempted to have one of his friends turned into a cute girl. (By the Friendly Neighborhood HIVE MIND!), and one telepath mentioned his mind 'was like a sewer'. Still, he's a really nice guy who has helped couples get together, at risk, (or LOSS) of his own life!
- Jake Packard in ISO is this trope to a T. Even the Guys Want Him and there's almost no one he won't hump, but he's actually genuinely sweet and honorable and won't go an inch further than he's been permitted to.
- Joe Rosenthal from It's Walky!. Started out as a Lovable Sex Maniac ("every 50th girl gets a coupon for half-off any entree at Fazoli's", note that this adds up to some 40+ coupons), but over the years he became quite chivalrous.
- This page of TwoKinds sums up Eric's motivation for preventing genocide quite nicely.
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl, When the well-being of Daisy or Lucy is in danger, Paulo tends to forget his perversion in favor of helping them or, at least, trying to. He also reacted this way when Sue got hurt in Confrontation.
- Minmax the Unstoppable Fighter of Goblins humiliates his adventuring partner by calling out the charisma stats of every woman he walks past on the street, but upon finding out that his idol Dellyn Goblinslayer is raping and torturing a captured yuan-ti girl, Minmax flings Dellyn through a window and beats him almost to death. When the yuan-ti comes along with Minmax and Forgath, Minmax goes out of his way to loophole his own principles which say he should just kill her for XP, and respects the fact that she understandably Hates Being Touched. Earlier on, he tells off Drowbabe for not remotely resembling a real woman: "It's like you're created by some lonely, horny teenaged guy who's never kissed a girl and has no idea how women react realistically in any situation!"
- Fedya from Rhapsodies will hit on just about anything that moves but he will take no for an answer and is more than happy to be "just friends". Of course with his gregarious nature, and warped idea of a good time, many women find themselves missing being treated as a sex object.
- Paul Smith from Survival of the Fittest is one of these, although arguably he's slightly more pervert than chivalrous. Nevertheless, he still does care about the ladies' feelings... somewhat. It's also notable that he doesn't actually consider himself be a pervert.
- Linkara. Apparently, being feminist gives him an "appreciation for the female body".
- Shown even further in Linking with Linkara.
I think, what it comes down to is, it has to be just you and me. Lesbianism. Linkara:
Can I watch? The Nostalgia Chick:
No, you're a feminist, and that's exploitation. Linkara:
(breaks down crying
) I KNOW!
- In his joint review of Alone in the Dark (2005) with Spoony and The Nostalgia Critic, when raving at the absurdity of the love interest visiting the protagonist of the film just to sleep with him, and start doing so without asking or even talking, he then admits that he wishes some women would do that.
- More subtly, The Nostalgia Critic. He will fall in love with any Action Girl, he's a subby masochist, he has a Berserk Button of women not having the power they should, and he takes a lot of offense to the Faux Action Girl trope due to the way it treats women, but he'll make it clear if he's having the hots for someone in whatever he's reviewing. (Female and male.)
- Ayla Goodkind, codename Phase, of the Whateley Universe. He looks so much like a girl (because of his mutation) that he can shower in the girls' bathroom... and look at everyone else in there. On the other hand, he's really considerate of his girlfriend and his female friends, even if he's only about fifteen. And the girls in the bathroom haven't asked him to leave (yet).
- Family Guy: Quagmire, who frequently engages in Ephebophile-like behavior, including Meg. Despite his lust for – and later, near sexual relationship with – Meg, he has shown on many occasions that he cares for Meg, comforting her and giving her advice in her time of need.
- This only applies to Meg; to almost everyone else he's somewhere between Lovable Sex Maniac and Blatant Perv. There's one episode in which the gang is playing "I Never," and Quagmire drinks to literally everything that's said. After the first few (comparatively believable) lines, the scene fades to show dozens of empties in front of Quagmire while the others are still on their first beer and trying (unsuccessfully) to think of something sexual that Glenn won't have to drink to.
Peter: Geez, what else is there? I never gave a reach-around to a spider monkey while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Quagmire: Aw, God! <drinks>
Joe: I never picked up an illegal alien at Home Depot to take home and choke me while I touched myself.
Quagmire: Oh, come on! <drinks>
Peter: I never did the same thing, but with someone from JoAnn Fabrics.
Quagmire: Oh God, this is ridiculous! <drinks and passes out>
- Another episode has Quagmire condemning the idea of cheating on one's wife, saying that marriage is a sacred bond between two people, which is why he will never marry.
- Herbert the pedophile MAY be this. Although he frequently preoccupies himself with ensnaring little boys, he harbors an unrequited crush on Chris Griffin that appears to go beyond mere lust, evidenced in his song "Somewhere That's Green" (parodying musical score for the off-Broadway & Broadway stage musical and later, film adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors) where he's dressed as a woman, marrying Chris, and settling down a quiet family life. In another episode he rescues Chris from an evil possessed tree and fights it in another parody of the battle between Gandalf and the Balrog in The Lord of the Rings. He also faces off against an old enemy from his days as a soldier in World War 2 to save Chris.
- Beast Boy from Teen Titans. In the Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo movie, he gets his own legion of Japanese fangirls, and enjoys it very much.
- Female version: Magical Girl Warrior Castaspella from She Ra Princess Of Power. Adora catches her ogling her twin brother openly at least twice.
- The Flash in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Hits on Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl constantly, is thrilled at the prospect of visiting Themyscira, and is not above using his cred as a superhero to chat up the ladies. He's also, well, The Flash, a genuine hero and as gentlemanly as Superman, when it comes down to it.
- Though, remember, "Because I'm a Stud!"
- This is played for laughs in one episode, where two girls are seriously turned off when he flirts with them; then a car crashes through the diner they're in, and he has to move them to safety before they're crushed, then rush after the driver. Then one of them gets angry at the other for telling her to ignore him!
- When he developed a crush on Fire, he becomes shy and nervous around her.
- Speedy Gonzales is a friend of everybody's sister Carmella! Many cartoons show that Speedy is actually quite the romantic, in one case serenading a female mouse with a guitar on a gondolla.
- Sokka and Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Rex from Generator Rex has shades of this. He's a Chick Magnet well aware of his charm and in no way modest about it.
: I'm talking about the 90% negative spike in your bioenergy.
- Plastic Man in Batman: The Brave and the Bold is portrayed as this. He hits on every attractive superheroine he meets. He seems to be doing it for fun more than anything, as can be seen in "Night of the Batmen!" where, after Catwoman expresses her interest in him, he replies "Tempting. But I'm really more of a dog person". The best part? He's married and has a child.
- Anthony Ainley (intermittently the Master for a really startling span of time) was apparently quite a bit like this in person; at least once he made a blatant pass at a fan, was politely turned down, and then went on to have a perfectly civilized conversation with her immediately afterward.
- Charles II of England. He is famous for his mistresses and his bastards but he stood by his much wronged queen Catherine when she came under political attack, sat with her faithfully when she was ill and apparently never even considered divorcing her for failing to give him an heir. He publicly acknowledged and doted on his illegitimate children, and he would also take no for an answer - which isn't usual with Kings. And some of his last words on his deathbed were 'Let not poor Nelly starve', meaning Nell Gwyn, his mistress.
- The Backrubber.
- Apparently, Nathan Fillion. Nobody can make take off your shirt jokes to Felicia Day but him.
- Of all people, Casanova. His reputation of having sex with anything that couldn't outrun him was justified, but he avoided overly simple or overly complex conquests, and actually valued intelligence in a woman. His primary target were women who were married for reasons other than love and was simply showing them affection that their more brutish (or often, simply indifferent) husbands didn't.
- According to legend he always carried a travel case with plates, silverware, a portable stove, a pan and two eggs so that he would be able to make breakfast for his lover on the morning after, no matter where they happened to be.
- Gender-bending scene-pop/crunkcore singer Jeffree Star is slightly sex-crazed if the subject matter of all his songs is any indication, but when he caught former tourmate Dahvie Vanity of Blood On The Dance Floor banging underage girls, he clearly demonstrated where he drew the line.
- The band ZZ Top, apparently. Double Entendre filled Lyrics and Fanservice-y videos and album covers, but in several of their music videos they provide a Deus ex Machina to smite those who act like jerks towards a woman. Taken Up to Eleven in the video for "Legs", where they basically just give the girl a confidence-boost so that she can go back and humiliate them.
- Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud lived this trope. He was as spectacular a wife-collector as any "sheik of araby" but he generally treated them very well by the standards of his culture and of his status in life, and does not seem to have ever had sex with any woman not his wife. He was also very scrupulous in never having more than the legal maximum of four at any given time, while it's trivially easy for a man to divorce his wife in Islam (it's not the literal "say 'I divorce you' three times," as often rumored, but it is more or less at-will), he did pay the religiously required alimony and child support to his numerous ex-wives (which a lot of men in his position would've tried to weasel their ways out of).
- Bryan Ferry - and how! One memorable story involves him taking an album cover model (Jerry Hall) home, supposedly to help her remove body paint that wouldn't come off. Also, with the advent of Tumblr. he's Mr. Fanservice
- Hugh Hefner, if this tweet in response to someone asking how he "has so many bitches" is any indication.
- We've mentioned Jack Harkness before, but his actor John Barrowman counts as well. He's developed a reputation for being... overly affectionate, both with co-stars (he's apparently flashed every costar he's worked with, with Elisabeth Sladen being the sole exception) and with audiences (it's a running joke that a convention hasn't really begun until Barrowman has kissed someone.) However, he's been Happily Married for six years to a partner he's been with for over twenty.
- Bob Guccione may have been the publisher of the audaciously racy Penthouse Magazine, but he also developed a reputation of creating one of the best magazine businesses for women to work in in the 1970s, rivaled only by Gloria Steinem's Ms. Magazine, with no issues with sexual harassment and with many women in senior editorship and management positions.