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->''"You know, Jill, you remind me of my mother. She was the biggest whore in Alameda and the finest woman that ever lived. Whoever my father was, for an hour or for a month -- he must have been a happy man."''
-->-- '''Cheyenne''', ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''

This is a sex worker (prostitute, stripper, porn actress, or any other similar sex-industry occupation) who has some baseline goodness and might become a love interest for a main character. Underneath the sex kitten exterior lies a very kind and good-natured flower that needs nurturing. If she doesn't get killed off by an angry pimp or other villain, you can typically expect her past to either be quickly forgotten or be mentioned/alluded to constantly.

This is a common trait of characters in the "street-walker" category -- they are generally [[WrongSideOfTheTracks poor]] and [[DarkestHour desperate]], have gone through the most [[BreakTheCutie embittering experiences]], and frequently have debilitating drug addictions that wreak havoc on their looks and their [[DespairEventHorizon personalities]]. Not that you can tell, of course, as Hollywood hookers tend to be gorgeous and never suffer from meth bugs or malnutrition.

This trope is OlderThanFeudalism, dating all the way back to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspasia Aspasia]][[note]]Who may or may not have been one in real life.[[/note]] with Pericles.

Contrast with the GoldDigger; compare with The HighClassCallGirl and EthicalSlut. In TheWildWest, this character is properly called a "Soiled Dove". If she's got a kid, that child will be a SonOfAWhore. If Asian, she may also be an AsianHookerStereotype. Is liable to become a HeroicSeductress under certain circumstances. And possibly a MissKitty.

This trope is only about prostitutes and other professional sex workers. For people who have casual sex [[ForHappiness for the pleasure of it]] rather than for money, see instead GoodBadGirl and EthicalSlut. However, the tropes can overlap when it comes to the more benevolent forms of sex work or full-scale UnproblematicProstitution. Both are liable to be against any form of sex work that is exploitative and/or emotionally damaging, but might consider some forms relatively safe and thus approve of them.

Ocassionally women who have actually been damaged by prostitution may still fit this trope. Those will be {{Broken Bird}}s who need to be shown true kindness and gentility to bring out their golden hearts underneath bitter exteriors.

This is a character type that shows up in a lot of Christian fiction. Can be done extremely well (a la Francine Rivers) or not.

Some may take pity on a protagonist and offer him or her a place in ThisBedOfRoses.



[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' has Kochou, the head courtesan of the capital's best brothel, who serves as a close friend and CoolBigSis to the protagonist Shuurei.
* From ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' Anise, a prostitute from the slums of Baldadd is Alibaba's mother, and a very caring and sweet one too. She even [[ParentalSubstitute adopted her son's best friends]] after their [[AbusiveParents father]] disappeared.
* In the second episode of the ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' series, Yohji Kudo meets and befriends the prostitute Maki, who betrays her pimp for him and ends up dead because of it. Yohji later kills the pimp both to avenge her and because the pimp was one of the targets of Weiss' original mission; meeting poor Maki just made the pimp seem that much more despicable, so he enjoys it more than he would have otherwise.
* Natsuki Mogi, Takumi Fujiwara's crush from ''Manga/InitialD''. She's actually a quite sweet GirlNextDoor aside of ''that'' detail, and later [[CharacterDevelopment does her best to get out of teen prostitution]] (or "compensated dating" aka ''EnjoKosai'' in the anime) when she decides Takumi is the right guy for her, but [[BreakTheCutie it's MUCH harder than she thought]]... [[DieForOurShip And guess who gets bashed]] [[TheScrappy and called "heartless, stupid, vapid whore" by fans]]?
* Luca, a prostitute in the Conviction arc of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', is one of the few genuinely good characters in its CrapsackWorld, and gets props for being one of the VERY few good people who doesn't end up being [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished maimed or raped or killed off for being good]], since, [[WorldHalfEmpty in the Berserkerverse]], being good automatically enlists you in the RedShirtArmy.
* In at least the anime version of ''Manga/SamuraiGun'', there's Ohana. Forced to work in the local brothel due to a debt racked up by her now-dead parents, she's otherwise a very sweet girl and the girl that CelibateHero Ichimatsu visits -- primarily because she has no qualms about the fact he doesn't want sex from their time together. She also has a crush on him, and he is implied to have a crush on her. Towards the end of the series, the brothel is burned down and she is given work as a waitress at the same restaurant that Ichimatsu does.
* Nokaze of ''Manga/{{Jin}}'' is a HighClassCallGirl working in Edo Red Lights district and kind of a jerkass, but she's honestly caring for her friends and once she finds out how good a doctor Jin is, she's always there to help him.
%%* Yuri in ''Manga/{{Nana}}''.
* Karen Kasumi from ''Manga/{{X1999}}''. She never becomes a love interest for any of the main characters, though it's strongly hinted that Karen does have feelings for [[NiceGuy Aoki]], but doesn't act on them because he's married (or in the TV series, recently divorced). She has a tragic past involving cults and parental abuse, and then she's a motherly figure for the younger Seals [[spoiler: and in the manga, ''for one of the Angels'' - driving him to pull an HeroicSacrifice for her sake.]]
* According to her backstory, Lalah Sune from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was a teen prostitute before Char recruited her.
* Marida Cruz from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' also fits this trope perfectly: while initially your usual, stoic character, she turns out to be one of the most fleshed out characters in the story, and offers Banagher insight, advice and even encouragement. In addition, she also cares greatly for her "princess", and her "Master", Suberoa. [[spoiler: And when you remember that she's one of the "discarded" Puru clones, she becomes even more tragic.]]
* [[SonOfAWhore Mako "Nakama" Nakarai's]] mother, Miko, in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''. More exactly, she's an ex teen hooker who later became a bar hostess, but genuinely loves Mako and she loves her mom back [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer despite how she's bullied due to said mom's work.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'', Touko Kurenai opens a brothel-complex after retiring as a member of the Ten Heavenly Enlightened. Said red-light-district is a neutral zone which serves as a sanctuary for war-weary warriors and a refuge for survivors of violence, as well as offers redemption for perpetrators of violence who wish to reform themselves.
* Helena Montoya from the manga ''Manga/EdenItsAnEndlessWorld'' is a complex example. Her relationship with main character Elijah Ballard is part lover, part [[CoolBigSis big sister]] and despite having a bit of a mean streak at times [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold genuinely cares about him]]. Notable in that she chooses to be a prostitute of her own free will and continues this during her relationship with Elijah, sometimes literally doing it in front of him, causing Elijah [[AmIJustAToyToYou quite some mental anguish]].
* In a roundabout way, Peorth of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''; She's a wish-granting goddess who specializes in romantic wishes (both literal and as a euphemism).
* [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Implied but never fully confirmed]] in regards to Terry's first girlfriend Lily from the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' first movie. She's very beautiful, [[HourGlassHottie curvy]], nicknamed the "Queen of South Town", first wears a [[WomanInWhite white dress with]] a generous cleavage, is a part of [[BigBad Geese Howard's]] entourage, and throws a rose in the air with the promise of spending a whole night with the man who catches it -- but any word similar to this trope or "HighClassCallGirl" is never directly uttered. And a big part of Lily's characterization goes more for her being a BrokenBird with a DarkAndTroubledPast [[spoiler: who's murdered by her sponsor Geese for pulling a HighHeelFaceTurn for TheHero, Terry, who ''was'' a part of said DarkAndTroubledPast as well.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Yumi Komagata, loyal to her lover Makoto Shishio until the very end, as well as a BrokenBird and Soujiro's CoolBigSis.
** [[SonOfAWhore Yahiko's]] IllGirl mother was this before she died, and when an enemy tries to use his mother's profession as a slur against Yahiko [[ShutUpHannibal he replies that he's proud to be her son]] since she did everything she could to take care of him.
* Inami from ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'', who was a brothel madam before joining Takiko and her group.
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' has a twisted example of a woman who is a prostitute and has a heart of gold... and a split personality, each of which takes only one of these two features.
* Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}} gives us Kichou aka Kikuhime, the gorgeous mistress of a cruel daimyo who befriends {{The Hero}}ine Natsuki. She's very much a NiceGirl with some shades of BrokenBird [[spoiler: and falls in love with Natsuki's childhood friend Eiji]].
* Ryuuji's mother Yasuko in ''LightNovel/ToraDora'' acts like this trope, but like Miko Nakarai she isn't a hooker, just a late night bar hostess -- which in some aspects is perceived as pretty much the same in Japan. Aside of that, she's a very kind-hearted person and loves her son a lot.
%%* ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'' features a fair few of these, in particular our main characters Alex and RareMaleExample Worick.
* Yuki, one of the main characters of ''Manga/AcidTown'' fits neatly into this troupe; [[spoiler: At age eleven, the death of Yuki's mother forced him to result to prostitution to feed himself and his baby brother.]]
* Fasalina from ''Anime/GunXSword'' plays this trope straight ''and'' subverts it. She is AffablyEvil because of her genuinely kind, calm, soft-spoken, and polite nature, but she also works for the BigBad to atone for her past as a prostitute by bringing his AssimilationPlot to fruition, making her a rare villainous example/spin on this trope.
* Cass and eventually Jeremy from ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' fall into this troupe. Both boys resort to prostitution to help deal with troubled homes lives and drug addiction. (Cass due to his alcoholic, AbusiveParents and Jeremy due to the trauma of Greg's abuse as well as a result of being an orphaned teenager in Boston.) Both boys take care of another young boy, Bon Bon who is so dependent on drugs that he literally cannot function. Daisy also fits into this trope when she [[spoiler: tells Jeremy about Greg's doings at the whore hotel and how he said he killed his previous wife.]]
* In ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', Toki and many (if not all) of the other women in Irontown used to work in brothels. They are very kind, if sarcastic, and all bravely take up arms and defend their town from the invading samurai.
* The {{jousei}} manga ''Oiran Chirashi'' is about a FishOutOfTemporalWater young woman named Haru, who has to become a HighClassCallGirl to survive in the [[RedLightDistrict Yoshiwara]] of the Tokugawa shogunate. She's shown as initially naive, at times way too sensirtive to do her work well [[BeautifulAllAlong despite her beautiful looks]], and showing compassion towards those in trouble - like when she [[spoiler: tries to help an IllGirl prostitute but fails, and is emotionally crushed when she learns that the girl died and wasn't even given a proper burial.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Stacy-X was a member of the X-Men after her brothel was destroyed, and had a rivalry with Husk for Archangel's affections. Sadly, she was PutOnABus and wasn't mentioned again until ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'' some 3 years later, where she lost her powers and was killed shortly after the Decimation. However, she returned in the limited series ''Vengeance'' with no explanation given as to how she was alive or regained her mutant abilities.
** ComicBook/{{X 23}}. For her life as a 15 year old homeless streetwalker [[DarkAndTroubledPast was an improvement]].
* In ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne,'' Creator/FrankMiller's reboot of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', Selina Kyle (Catwoman) is a prostitute who becomes a costumed criminal. In ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween,'' set shortly after ''Year One,'' she has given up that lifestyle and used the money she stole to become anti-heroine, member of society, and friend/love interest from Bruce Wayne.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'':
** Averted with the prostitutes of Old Town, who are armed to the teeth and are willing to mow down anyone who gets in their way. [[BlackAndGreyMorality Which still]] [[CrapsackWorld makes them better]] [[WretchedHive than the ones they do mow down]].
** Played straight with Nancy Callahan, who is a stripper with a heart of gold. She was saved from a sadistic pedophiliac serial killer by honest cop John Hartigan when she was a kid. She's friends with at least Marv as well, the violent Conan in a trenchcoat. She's also studying law when she's not working in the bar.
%%* [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_SjBUFj3jDSY/SFAgzEHcQtI/AAAAAAAAHfc/_fEmNl-Y00U/s1600/11qua_seriemes_quino.jpg An example]] from Argentinian cartoonist Creator/{{Quino}}
* Trish from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''. It's very easy to understand why Tank is crushing on her.
* ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' had Liana Kerzner, a stripper who works for a club called Superior's. At first Liana appeared to simply be a minor one-shot character, hired to dress as Scandal Savage's dead girlfriend Knockout for Scandal's birthday. Some issues later, Liana runs into Scandal and asks her out on a date. From that point Liana became a prominent supporting character in the series, effortlessly demonstrating that being a stripper and a sex worker didn't make her or her friends as objects for gratification, one-shot jokes, or a shameless deviants. Liana was responsible for bringing some warmth back into Scandal's life, and her interactions with the Six did nothing to dismay Liana's PluckyGirl personality, to the point that she sets up Bane with one of her coworkers. [[spoiler: She later ends up being the third in a polygamous marriage between herself, Scandal, and a BackFromTheDead Knockout.]]
* Clara from ''Clara… de noche'' (''Betty by Night'' or ''Betty by the hour'' for the english speakers). She's actually a sweet, good natured girl who happens to be the most envied and desired hooker in her city, with her mandatory sad backstory. That doesn't stop her from being a [[SingleMomStripper kind and good natured mother]] [[SonOfAWhore for her son]], make frequent donations to charity, offer discounts or "work" free for down-of-the mill potential customers and being helpful and friendly to everyone.
* ''ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne'': [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]]'s love interest, [[spoiler:Lisa Lasalle]], in volume #2, is revealed to have been working as a prostitute to earn extra money. Even before Clark knew about her, they had already developed feelings for one another. Superman even saves her from an angry client. However, they decide to remain JustFriends. [[spoiler:In volume #3, she discovers his secret identity and they have a Relationship Upgrade.]]

* Most characters in the [[FanFic/HookerVerse Hooker!verse]], to various extents. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick gets this status through her PetTheDog moments towards the Critic; WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic because of the sheer terribleness of his situation making him TheWoobie by default; Liz for comforting the other characters and being able to not only stay a genuinely nice person but also hold on to a religion despite it all, etc...
* Klee in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/88520/1/welcome-to-the-brothel/das-laufhaus Welcome To The Brothel]] is definitely this trope. She showed the protagonist enough care, playfulness, and affection to not only make his first time a really good one, but also helped to keep him from going insane from the war.
** Klee reprises this role in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/106068/1/relax/intimacy Relax, ]] which is a followup story. It turns out that she and the protagonist from Welcome To The Brothel have an ongoing relationship. It's really heartwarming.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''-''VideoGame/BioShock'' crossover, ''{{Fanfic/Vision}}'', we know that Zephyr is one of the few nice ponies in the city from her first chapter. In the next chapter we also learn that she's the other half of this trope when Siren walks in on her and SoftSpokenSadist Echo.
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Louise Fulford was trapped in prostitution by her kidnapper/pimp, and took the first opportunity to escape the life that was given to her.
* In ''Foundling'', Yukari was implied to have been a prostitute (not too much of her own volition) and, while she may be bitter towards and overall ashamed of her experiences, she seems to be a rather kind but sad soul who wants no more than to be a mother, thus taking in Ran and later Reimu, and not to be judged by her past.

* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' provides the page-quote, and Jill is also one of these (formerly).
* ''Film/PrettyWoman'' is arguably the modern TropeCodifier, with Vivian embodying the trope as male fantasy, Edward as a [[DeconReconSwitch flawed, modern Prince Charming, and the two living happily ever after]].
-->'''Edward''': So what happens after he climbs up and rescues her?
-->'''Vivian''': She rescues him right back.
* ''Film/KillingZoe'', by former Tarantino writing partner Roger Avary, can best be described as what happens when a [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold hooker]] with a [[ManicPixieDreamGirl heart]] of gold is caught in the middle of a [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs drug]] induced [[TheCaper bank robbery]] in [[EverythingsSexierInFrench Paris]].
* ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor'', where Elisha Cuthbert's former-pornstar character actually ends up with the main character at the end, and they presumably live happily ever after.
* Prostitute Jessica Kamen from the Jet Li film ''Film/KissOfTheDragon'', who's forcibly given drugs when she refuses to take them, and does at least look and act somewhat trashier than most examples.
* ''Film/TheWeddingDate'' features a woman who falls for the ''male'' escort she hires to pose as her boyfriend.
* The Soiled Dove is subverted in Creator/RobertAltman's ''Film/McCabeAndMrsMiller''. "All you've cost me so far is money and pain, pain, pain, pain..."
* in ''Film/GirlHouse'' Kylie is working at a cam girl house to pay her tuition and help her mum after the death of her father.
* Ophelia in ''Film/TradingPlaces''. She explains that she might be a hooker, but she does not use drugs, she does not have a pimp, and at her current pace she will have enough money to retire in five years, which puts her far in advance of many other women, both in and out of her profession. She helps out Winthrope because she feels guilty that she accidentally ruined his relationship with his fiancée.
* Parodied / lampshaded in the trope-attacking movie ''Film/RustlersRhapsody'', when the cowboy breezes into town and the drunk offers to show him how it is, he points out a prostitute. "But I bet she has a heart of gold." "How did you know?"
* The stripper Cassidy in ''Film/TheWrestler''. She represents Randy's second chance at living his life outside of the shadow of his former wrestling career. [[spoiler:He ultimately spurns her love for a most likely suicidal wrestling match]].
* V from the Melanie Griffith film ''Film/MilkMoney''. It led [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/milkmoneypg13mcmanus_a09df3.htm one paper]] to ask, "Will Hollywood ever retire the Hooker With a Heart of Gold? [[DeadHorseTrope The concept is so ancient, so hackneyed, so ready to be laid to rest]], you'd think producers would laugh at any writer who dared to propose it." Actually, she was retired and later appeared as her voice of Margalo in Stuart Little 2.
* Rita (Maya Rudolph) in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' is a prostitute, though Luke Wilson's character never catches on.
* Detective Rogo's wife Linda in the 1970s version of ''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure'' in which basically he kept arresting her to get her off the street until she agreed to marry him.
* In ''$30'', a short film contained in the collection [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265101/ Boys Life 3]], a young gay man is forced by his father to have sex with a prostitute. Luckly for him, the girl had a heart of gold and pretended to [[TheImmodestOrgasm climax]]. The father [[HappilyEverAfter bit it and everybody got what they wanted.]]
* ''Film/IReallyHateMyJob'': One of the characters is a down-and-out waitress trying to become an actress, someone offers her to star in a porno and she's so desperate that she contemplates becoming this.
* ''Film/LeavingLasVegas'': Sera, a classic BrokenBird variant.
* ''Film/MyOwnPrivateIdaho'': Mike Waters is a prostitute because he is from a disadvantaged background and has narcolepsy, thus ensuring that he can't really have any normal job, as he falls asleep at the most inconvenient times. Many of the other prostitutes are shown to be in the profession by circumstance rather than thinking it's a great job. His friend Scott starts out like this, caring for Mike and making sure he stays safe but then [[spoiler: turns into a {{jerkass}} and abandons him.]]
* The title character of ''Film/TheGoddess'' (played by Ruan Lingyu, Chinese movie star of the 1930s) is a woman who engages in prostitution in order to support her young son.
* Delilah in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' is the sweetest and most innocent of the working girls, whose ill treatment at the hands of a gang of bad cowboys is the kick-off point for the movie's plot. A case can also be made for Strawberry Alice fitting this trope, as she's the unofficial leader of the working girls and her prime motivation throughout the film is avenging Delilah and defending the other girls.
* In ''Film/TheGodson'', not only is Goldy one of these, she has a short monologue where she [[BreakingTheFourthWall identifies the trope itself.]]
* Creator/MeganFox plays Lilah, an archetypal soiled dove, in ''Film/JonahHex''.
* Alexandra from ''Film/{{Bunraku}}'' fits this trope to a tee, as a kind-hearted middle-aged prostitute who realizes she is past her prime and will never have the happy and romantic life she desires. After a young Japanese woman is kidnapped by Alexandra's lover, Alexandra [[spoiler: ends up sacrificing her life to save her]].
* Mike in ''Film/MagicMike''. [[spoiler: All he wants to do is make furniture on a beach somewhere.]] He also [[spoiler: bails out his coworker with his life savings.]]
* Veronica Franco is portrayed as this in ''Film/DangerousBeauty''; she is also a HighClassCallGirl, since she was, after all, a Venetian courtesan and poetess, although it must be pointed out that she seems to have no sympathy at all for Giulia de Lezze, whose only crime seems to be to have married Marco Venier, Veronica's lover, and to resent it when her husband openly keeps Veronica as his [[TheMistress mistress]].
* Olivia (Valerie Cruz) nurses wounded Mark Shields (Ray Liotta) back to health in ''LaLinea - TheLine''.
* Clara towards Eleanor in ''Film/{{Byzantium}}''. It is debatable whether she cares for Noel, or if she is just using him so she can take over the hotel, though [[spoiler: she's noticeably upset when he falls to his death]].
* Subverted in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. Angel's friendly with the rest of the group, but is the first to join Shaw (albeit for morally ambiguous reasons).
* Stevie in ''Film/TheMachinist'' comforts the struggling protagonist who is also a good customer of hers.
* Daka from ''Film/StVincent'' cleans up Vincent's place before he returns after his stroke and makes him healthy food for a change, so she seems to at least care about his health. [[spoiler:She also seems like she truly cares for their child]].
%% * Dolly Stone in ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'', though she says the dime novels exaggerate it.
* Satine in ''Film/MoulinRouge'' is a HighClassCallGirl who gives every sign that she's just a shallow materialist but secretly longs for freedom and respectability... and love.
%% * Myra is this in ''Film/WaterlooBridge''. And how!

* In David Wingrove's ''Literature/ChungKuo'' series, a Madam cares very much for her girls. Especially in the lawless world below the Net, she is a rare example of a truly good person in the series.
* Sofia Semenovna Marmeladova from [[Creator/FyodorDostoevsky Dostoevsky's]] ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', who comes complete with a [[SingleMomStripper really heartbreaking story to justify her prostitution]] and ends up as a love interest as well as a sort of spiritual guide to the murderer Raskolnikoff, taking his confession of his sins and guiding him to the beginning of a "New Life."
* Nancy from ''Literature/OliverTwist''. It's only implied in the original, but in the foreword to a later edition, Dickens confirmed that she was in fact a prostitute.
* Emily's best friend Martha from ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' is explicitly said to be this. The people of Yarmouth except for the Peggotty family hated her to death because of this, so Emily helped her to leave for London so she won't carry the stigma anymore. [[spoiler: Martha later becomes a [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunwoman]], helping Daniel and David find the missing Emily.]].
%%* Kamala in Creator/HermannHesse's ''Literature/{{Siddhartha}}''.
* Traditionally, Mary Magdalene, friend of Jesus has been depicted as a harlot, but this comes from [[WordOfDante tradition]] and not from [[Literature/TheBible scripture]]. For an excellent revision of Mary, read Creator/ChristopherMoore's ''Literature/LambTheGospelAccordingToBiff'', which is essentially a subversion of the entire New Testament.
** There is a scriptural example in the Old Testament, with Rahab (see Joshua 2), helping two Israelite spies escape Jericho. She even ends up as one of Jesus's ancestors.
** The Book of Hosea is a subversion. The prophet Hosea was told by God to marry the harlot Gomer (no, not that [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Gomer]]) as a metaphor for God's relationship with Israel. [[HumansAreBastards She wouldn't give up her whoring ways,]] [[MeaningfulName her (possibly illegitimate) children ended up with depressing names referring to how God felt about Israel,]] and [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Hosea had to buy her back.]]
* Grushenka from ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' is depicted as this for most of the book. It doesn't help that [[HelloNurse her beauty]] is such that a man can't really take his eyes off her. But later on, we learn that she's a nice person at heart, not the manipulative slut we'd imagined. Some people would be disappointed by that.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Reet, Carrot's acquaintance in the novel ''Discworld/GuardsGuards''. Of course our innocent ChasteHero never ''does'' work out what she does for a living because she gives her profession as [[UnusualEuphemism "seamstress"]].
** [[PunnyName Rosie Palm]] is shown as a regular seamstress in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' and is depicted as a hard-as-nails woman who isn't exactly too sympathetic to "Keel's" plight. This partially stems from [[spoiler: "Keel's" temporal confusion, giving her the honorific 'Mrs.' which only senior members of the profession adopt.]] In later books when she ''is'' Mrs. Palm, and the chairwoman of the [[BandOfBrothels Seamstresses' Guild]], she's consistently shown as the most sympathetic of the guild leaders.
** The [=SoLid DoVEs=] in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' are an aversion, as [[SweetPollyOliver Polly]] expects the prostitutes to be this when they're exhausted, abrasive and take advantage of drunks.
%%* Esmenet, one of the main characters of ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'', is like this.
* Fantine in ''Literature/LesMiserables'' turns to prostitution as the only available way to support her daughter and herself, in that order. Neither the book nor [[Theatre/LesMiserables the world-famous musical]] takes her occupation lightly: the musical devotes an [[LyricalDissonance upbeat musical number]] to the dehumanizing life of a seaside hooker. The book is still more detailed about it, but then again, the book details everything.
* ''Literature/StripTease'', by Creator/CarlHiaasen, hinges on this trope: Erin Grant becomes a stripper, but only because she has to do something lucrative to pay off her legal fees from trying to get custody of her daughter from her sleazeball ex-husband. She never actually has much of a romance with anybody, let alone being saved by ThePowerOfLove, and she gets the happiest ending of anyone in the book.
* The eponymous prostitute/pimp/crime boss from ''[[CyberPunk Burning Chrome]]'' is a total subversion. Hooker with a heart of steel, indeed.
%%* Mona, in Gibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy'', plays the trope completely straight.
* Angelica Bianca in the Restoration-era comedy ''Theatre/TheRover''. Angelica was first portrayed by Nell Gwynn, who was a real-life example, going on to become the mistress of Charles II and become his FamousLastWords.
* Prostitution is thought of as a fairly prestigious business in many works by Creator/RobertAHeinlein. A skilled Hetaera is usually a very perceptive and emotionally soothing person. The ones noted by name are especially so.
* Isabella from ''Literature/HollowPlaces'' works as a stripper on the weekends, but that doesn’t stop Austin from admiring her for being honest, unselfish, and overall plain ''human,'' traits he finds lacking in most of the other characters.
* In ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'', we have Thumper, the stripper that UnreliableNarrator Johnny idolizes.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/BardicVoices: The Lark & the Wren'' features a cozy, high-class brothel full of these. Arguably justified in that Madam Amber is extremely careful about who she hires.
* Two of them in ''Literature/CloudOfSparrows''. Marianne married Stark in a {{flashback}}, and his CharacterArc is about seeking revenge for her murder. Heiko is a geisha and assassin sent to kill Genji if he ever proves troublesome, but she later decides to let him live.
* Miss Audrey in the ''Literature/LiadenUniverse''. She's a Space Soiled Dove and is one of the most moral and smart people around in her area. Heck, she even runs a school.
* In ''Literature/TheoriesOfRelativity'', the 13-year-old girl who is the main character sets his eye on slowly becomes more and more hooker like. As the story progresses, he suspects more and more that she has sexual experiences. All the while, they still stay friends and she makes some stupid decisions which hurt the protagonist. At the end, [[spoiler:the protagonist just loses hope on her.]]
* Molly from ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'': Although it's rare, she does show some emotion toward a select few people, and she becomes a love interest for Case.
* Pilar Ternera, Petra Cotes and Nigromanta from ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude''. The first woman is among the first Macondo inhabitants and shares deep bonds with the Buendia BigScrewedUpFamily [[spoiler: up to being the actual mother of two of its members, Arcadio (with José Arcadio Junior) and Aureliano José (with the soon to be Colonel Aureliano)]], the second is TheMistress of one of the Buendia descendants and his one true love, and the third is one of the girls working for a local MissKitty [[spoiler: actually a more-than-100-years-old Pilar]] and the closest to a best friend Aureliano [[spoiler: Babilonia]] has.
* Pam, from the Creator/TomClancy book, ''[[Literature/JackRyan Without Remorse]]'', is revealed to be a sweet, kind-hearted woman driven into the trade by circumstances. Things go downhill once she leaves her pimp and meets up with John Kelly, though.
%%* Lorena from ''Literature/LonesomeDove'' is a prime example.
%%* Vita from ''Literature/AndEternity''.
* Kate from ''Literature/EastOfEden'' is the complete inverse of this trope, the Hooker With A Heart of Pure Malice. Despite having written such a heavy subversion, Creator/JohnSteinbeck loved this trope, and put it to use elsewhere in ''EastOfEden'', as well as ''Literature/CanneryRow'' and its sequel ''Sweet Thursday''.
%%* Tránsito Soto from Creator/IsabelAllende's ''Literature/TheHouseOfTheSpirits''.
* Jude Keller in ''The Passion of Mary-Margaret'' by Lisa Samson. An unusual version of the trope as Jude Keller is male.
* The ''Literature/{{Shadowleague}}'' books give us Rochalla, who is only a prostitute because she needs to buy medicine for her younger brothers and sisters, all of whom are dying of the plague.
* Creator/HonoreDeBalzac being a 19th century author, ''loves'' this trope. In his works, we find Esther in ''Scenes from a Courtesan's Life'', Coralie in ''Lost Illusions'', arguably Marana in ''The Maranas'' short story or even the eponymous ''Girl with the Golden Eyes'' (though there are [[DepravedBisexual other]] [[PsychoLesbian issues]] at work there)... Of course, it tends to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath end badly]] for the poor girl. Generally speaking, Balzac likes his [[GoodBadGirl Good Bad Girls]].
* This is double subverted in ''Got'', a crime novel by an anonymous author who goes by the letter D. The protagonist has had several (paid) experiences with the prostitute in question, and strongly respects her even though he is aware she does not love him. Then he happens to bring a BriefcaseFullOfMoney to their latest tryst, on his way to deliver it to a crime boss, and of course she can't resist the temptation to steal it. The double subversion comes in that she's not the villain here -- she's a reasonably decent person doing everything she can to escape her hellish life, and she's not nearly as evil as the aforementioned crime boss, who wants her dead and that money back no matter what the consequences.
* Xaviera Hollander described herself as this in her autobiography ''The Happy Hooker''.
* Alma Schmidt (aka "Lorene"), Prewitt's girlfriend in James Jones' ''Literature/FromHereToEternity''. (In the film version, this was sanitized by making the character a "hostess" at a nightclub.)
* Belle Watling, the madam with a heart of gold, in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', who always has clear moral insight, strangely enough, and donates generously to the cause. (Other characters of this type named Belle are probably [[MeaningfulName allusions to her]].) The [[LiteraryNecrophilia authorized sequel]] ''Rhett Butler's People'' makes her even more sympathetic by revealing that she fell in love with Rhett and had his child.
* Lula from the Literature/StephaniePlum novels… sort of. When she first meets Stephanie, she is, indeed, a ho'; after she's maimed lightly and tied up on Stephanie's fire escape, she opts to leave the sexing life to become a bounty hunter herself. She routinely brings up "back when I was a ho'" as it relates to the current situation. She has kind of a stereotypical "sassy black woman" attitude about her that would conflict less with the trope if she were smarter in general. She's incredibly gung-ho about the ''idea'' of being a bounty hunter, but, as a consequence of aforementioned not-that-brightness, she has a tendency to [[UnwantedAssistance make things worse]].
* The Literature/InDeath series occasionally features sex workers (termed "licensed companions" in the setting, which has legalized and instated regulations upon the profession) as victims, witnesses, and/or suspects. They run a gamut of personalities and mostly aren't portrayed as especially good or bad, but there are some examples of the trope. The foremost is recurring character Charles Monroe, a high-class male LC who plays a supporting role in several books and becomes a friend to Eve (and eventually quits the business to become a sex therapist).
* In the Naguib Mahfouz novel, ''The Thief and the Dogs,'' there's a character named Nur. She's been in love with the main character since before the story began, is sweet, helpful, honest, and is portrayed as a victim swept up in the AntiHero's rampage of murder and crime, all the while remaining dogmatically optimistic about her lot in life and determined to overcome it. Oh, and did I mention she's a prostitute?
* Corbie in ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'' is a prostitute when [[GentlemanWizard Felix]] [[JerkassWoobie Harrowgate]] meets her. She helps him find a cheap hotel, helps him learn a strange city... and he takes her as his apprentice.
* Trope is very common in novels which deal with adventurous characters, where most prostitutes are treated with uncanny sympathy. James Clavell's Literature/AsianSaga springs to mind. Part [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as the usual environment where the characters live (sailors, adventurer merchants, military men on and around the battlefield) has few opportunities to allow people make friends and build relationships outside - if Character X's nearest woman in many miles is a hooker, after some time they will become good friends, for sheer necessity if anything.
* The prostitute Boule de Suif in Creator/GuyDeMaupassant's "Boule de Suif" refuses to sleep with a Prussian officer out of patriotism, but her rich and snobbish traveling companions (who constantly insult her even though she shared food with them! because she's that nice) tell her French soldiers are dying because the officer won't let the nuns continue on to the hospital unless she gives in. So she does. She is pretty much the only moral non-hypocritical character in the story.
* In ''Literature/EvaLuna'', the main character refers to the girls who work under [[MissKitty La Señora]] as basically this. They're normal, kind-hearted, good-looking, hard-working young women who dote on her via taking her out to the movies and have cake afterwards -- it's just that they happen work as {{High Class Call Girl}}s, and the then-pre-teen Eva doesn't judge them for their occupation.
* Tránsito Soto from ''Literature/TheHouseofTheSpirits'' is a PluckyGirl teen hooker from a tiny brothel who really wants to make it in the city. This amuses her client Esteban Trueba, who gives her money to do so; Tránsito takes it very seriously, and only accepts the cash [[ThePromise when he lets her promise that she'll pay it back.]] Not only she ''does'' make it in the capital, becoming a ''gorgeous'' HighClassCallGirl who also helps out the hookers that work with her, but [[spoiler: she ''does'' keep her promise to Esteban by saving his granndaughter Alba from the military that keeps her prisoner.]]
* Ruby in the Colleen [=McCullough=] novel ''The Touch''. To the point where she and the wife of the man she's mistress to become the best of friends.
* [[spoiler:Finnick Odair]] from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' [[spoiler: is a rare male example, since he was forced into prostitution by the Capitol.]]
* Averted with Angel in Francine Rivers’s ''Literature/RedeemingLove'' -- she’s so embittered by the constant objectification she’s received during her life as a “soiled dove” that she has become very [[IceQueen cold]] and [[FemmeFatale manipulative]]. Played straight with a couple of other prostitutes in the same novel, such as Lucky, who, while rather sad and lonely, is also quite compassionate and maternal.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Reynard's love interest, Hermeline, plays it straight.
* Invoked in ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo 1634: The Baltic War]]'': as a group of mercenary officers are fleeing from probable execution, they decide to see if the intended spouse of one of them, a former prostitute, will hide them.
--> '''Patrick:''' So, here we are in Southwark, about to test a legend. Is there really such a thing as a whore with a heart of gold?
* Creator/ToniMorrison [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] this trope in her novel ''Literature/TheBluestEye'', which features three prostitutes named China, Poland, and Miss Marie (the last of whom is a BigBeautifulWoman). Morrison explicitly states that they are ''not'' Hookers with Hearts of Gold: they hate the men they sleep with and the wives of those men, have no problem with charging their clients, and entered their profession not out of desperation or need, but because they ''like having sex.'' However, they're also the only characters in the book who are consistently kind to Pecola, the story's BrokenBird: they let her stay with them, tell her stories, give her presents, and even take her for outings to movies and a carnival.
* Abby from ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun'' is one of the only characters in the film that could be called "good". She apparently got into prostitution because it was her only option in the CrapsackWorld in which the movie takes place.
* When Ban Daur visits an exclusive gambling den in ''[[Literature/GauntsGhosts Blood Pact]]'', the ''hostess'' who welcomes him feels genuinely sorry for the young, gentle man who is about to waste his life and fortune. [[spoiler: She doesn't realize yet that her establishment will be soon scammed by Rawne and his cronies.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the 1988 ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' Christmas special "Dates", Raquel Turner was introduced as one of these. She wanted to be an actress, but could only get not-real-acting jobs like stripogram or (in her second appearance) magician's assistant. After meeting Del, she gave up this profession after a StripperCopConfusion at Albert's birthday party.
* Cassiopeia on ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978''. She may have been called a "Socialator" in the pilot due to ExecutiveMeddling, but we all knew what that meant while it was stated that it was considered a perfectly respectable profession in Colonial High Society. Later episodes show her hanging out with the Galactica's medical staff, and [[AllThereInTheManual the Novelization]] of the pilot suggested she retrained as a Nurse, that being more useful than her old profession, which had some first aid knowledge.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' subverted this one in "Black Market," in which Lee Adama has been travelling to another ship to see a prostitute and her daughter. It looks like this trope, until it's revealed she was spying on him for a crime boss. After he rescues her from said boss, she tells him that she's done playing replacement family with him to make up for his dead pregnant fiancée. She thinks it's important enough to tell him this immediately, ''before'' her daughter is definitely safe and sound.
* Laurie, Sam's friend on ''Series/TheWestWing''. Lisa Edelstein is believable as a call girl, as opposed to a streetwalker. She's no less convincing as a law student than as [[Series/{{House}} a doctor]]. It's the combination that requires a WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. Oddly enough, she shows more cleavage in her role as a doctor than in her role as a call girl.
* Jeremy on ''Series/SportsNight'' briefly dates a porn star during his break up with Natalie. Naturally the porn star was also a RomanticFalseLead.
%%* Anita the Hooker on ''Series/{{Becker}}''.
%%* Myra from ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''.
* One of the early TV protoypes: ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'''s Miss Kitty. Yeah, the show never mentioned what she and the other girls did at the Long Branch. But who couldn't guess? This was a lot more obvious in the [[Radio/{{Gunsmoke}} original radio version]] of the show.
* The brothel workers in the Australian cable TV series ''Series/{{Satisfaction}}'' are mostly of this type.
* A third-season ep of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' involves a client who wants to find a girl he met at a sci-fi con (which he didn't even indulge in) …who turns out to have been a call girl hired by his friends to provide him with a "date" experience and sex… who when she's found claims to have fallen for him in turn… and then it gets complicated.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/{{Saxondale}}'', when an old friend from Tommy's roadie days drags him along to a night on the town and ends up hiring a couple of prostitutes for them both. Tommy ends up sitting next to her on the girl's bed making embarrassed small-talk (he's in a steady relationship) and, much to his bemusement, she ends up giving him some well-meaning advice on how he can take better care of his eyes so that he doesn't need to rely on his glasses as much; turns out she's an optometry student in her day job.
* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'': Hutch unknowingly falls for one of these in the episode "Gillian". She tries to get out of the job, [[CartwrightCurse but doesn't make it]].
* ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'':
** One sketch showed a man falling in love with a prostitute and intends to take her away from all of this, but she shows no interest in it other than saying "Eh, it's your money". Years later, after they are ''married, and living together in the suburbs with children'', the man runs out of cash, and the woman walks out and gets her Pimp (who is by now an old man in a wheelchair) to hassle him. The sketch ends on a BlackComedy note: the man is now asked by his kids when mommy was coming back.
** Another parody: a man walks up to the two recurring streetwalker characters in a sketch and tells them he's looking for "a hooker with a heart of gold." He laughs in their faces, but then they tell him: "Oh, you want Wendy. She's three blocks away in front of the donut shop. …and don't you let her give you a freebie!"
** Another sketch has a couple of prostitutes treating a schoolteacher on the condition that he teaches their pimp how to read.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', the patient of the week collapses in her home just as she was about to be pleased by a callgirl. At first the girl plans to just run off with the money, but after a stern look from the woman's cat, she calls an ambulance and ends up sticking by her through the whole ordeal.
* In an episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Justine Bateman plays a highly paid hooker who Michael (played by her brother, Jason Bateman) mistakes for his long lost sister. He hires her as an accountant due to this misunderstanding, and puts her in charge of a huge amount of money. Michael suggests the fact she doesn't steal it means that she isn't his sister.
* Kelly Ball, a character from ''Series/ShamelessUK'' fits this trope. She is a better parental figure to Liam Gallagher than any other character.
* ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' did a skit called "Lolene" about a hooker who's only nine inches tall played by Creator/TinaFey. She's saving up her earnings to go to Paris, France but she gives it all away to an orphanage that will close down without any money.
-->'''Priest''': Makes you wonder. How the guy upstairs fit that big heart into that nine inch body!
-->'''Bartender''': It also makes you wonder. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny How do people have sex with her]]?
* The character KC Koloski on ''Series/ChinaBeach'' might at times seem to be a subversion or aversion of this trope, but with the way she constantly helps the others (even when she seemingly doesn't want to, she does it anyhow), she's actually an embodiment of it.
* Robin from ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' -- a thoughtful and kind-hearted (reformed) stripper.
* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "Love Me Dead" has a character who ''seems'' to be a textbook example. [[spoiler:She's actually the villain.]]
* Messed with in ''Series/{{Raines}}'', where the victim in the first episode turns out to be a prostitute. Raines' hallucination of her even uses the phrase "whore with a heart of gold", and mocks him for his insistence on seeing her as sympathetic. [[spoiler: She ultimately ''is'' sympathetic, though]].
* From a ''Victoria Wood -- As Seen On TV'' sketch:
-->"She can't tell red from blue! Once tottered into a brothel thinking it was a police station! "…oh it was all right, one of the girls came out and helped her pump her tyres up…"
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E11ThePoliticsOfHumanSexuality The Politics Of Human Sexuality]] Doreen seems to be a very pleasant, likable and wise woman who offers Jeff some valuable advice. [[spoiler: She does dump Pierce and then make him pay to continue the date they'd arranged, but considering this is Pierce we're talking about that's hardly unjustifiable.]]
%%* Ruby in ''Series/WildBoys''.
* An episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' featured a killer who was going after the clients of a prostitute. The team called in a reformed, high-profile call girl, named Holly Snow, to help with the case.
%%* Quinn from Series/HowIMetYourMother.
%%* Catalina from SinSenosNoHayParaiso
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Nandi, and most of her staff (women and men) in the episode appropriately titled "Heart of Gold." While Inara was a Companion, one of the highest regarded members of the society, Nandi, who found that life too restrictive, was a "common whore," as Inara mentions, someone who is looked down on by the same society. Because of this, Nandi couldn't expect help from the Alliance and called Inara, an old friend from her Companion days. Inara convinced Mal and company to come to their aid, Jayne especially so when he found out what the "payment" was.
** Inara herself is a subversion. She does have a heart of gold, but she doesn't actually want to be rescued from her career. Mal and Kaylee seem to think that she's better than what she does and should want to be rescued.
* They turn up in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' from time to time (well, it is set in Las Vegas).
** Notably, the one who, to her obvious great sorrow, found a dead 11-year-old on a city bench and the one who helped Catherine and DB when they were running from hitmen.
** Subverted in one episode when Nick develops feelings for a prostitute. She told him that she was planning on leaving the life and going back to college. Then she is found dead in her home after Nick spent the night there. Nick is nearly charged on suspicion of being her murderer, but Catherine finds the real killer in time. The subversion comes at the very end when Nick confronts her killer. The killer claims that she wasn't going back to college for an education. Instead, she was planning to ''recruit'' more girls as prostitutes to start a new career as a pimp. He was her former pimp and he killed her to preemptively remove the competition. He mocks Nick, saying "this isn't ''Film/PrettyWoman'', she's not Julia Roberts, and you're not Richard Gere."
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Imprint", the prostitute Komomo is explicitly described as this. She lingers on to the promise Christopher made to take her away from her hard life. [[spoiler:Which makes it all the more tragic that he murdered her in his insanity.]]
* Savannah Sumner of ''Series/KeyWest'', to the point that she monitored (and cared for) the health of the island's other inhabitants, went out of her way to ''not'' embarass the professionals and politicians who were her most regular customers, and would reschedule her date book if one of her friends needed her.
* ''Series/AngerManagement'' has Sasha; her pimp is both a {{Jerkass}} and a risk for violent behavior, but there's actually no sign whatsoever that he's a BadBoss to Sasha or the other escorts working for him. She seems like a nice woman, and this characterization isn't subverted--however, it does subvert the trope's (and Charlie's) fantasy that a hooker will always want to quit for the sake of a special client. She does quit working for the pimp, and thereby makes him angry, but her intention is not to quit prostitution, but to [[StartMyOwn found her own escort service]], and get three of the pimp's other employees to quit and join her new escort service.
* Patti the Daytime Hooker from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. She is always kind, willing to help Earl, never overcharges for her "services," (quite the opposite, in fact), always goes above and beyond for her "clients," is mentioned as having a son that she's putting through hairdressing school, and never eats peanuts or tree-nuts (in case her clients are allergic to those things). Even though she implies that life hasn't gone as she planned (which is why she's a {{Streetwalker}} despite holding a master's degree when most other characters barely have a high school diploma), and she's gotten some diseases from her "work," she never complains, either.
* Yvette, Maria and Mimi from ''Series/AlloAllo''. Some nights they entertain the Germans with "the wet celery and the flying helmet," other nights they are brave champions fighting to free France from the Nazis.
* More than a few of these would show up on NightCourt. Most notable was Carla B., who developed an attraction to Harry Stone [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe , the only man to be nice to her without expecting some sort of "favors" in return.]]

* Music/SystemOfADown's song "She's Like Heroin" from ''Music/MezmerizeHypnotize'' sort of plays with this. It describes a prostitute who is more than willing to indulge her client's strange fetishes, but also describes how she's toxic and addictive.
* In the RockOpera ''Music/OperationMindcrime'' by Music/{{Queensryche}}, the protagonist falls in love with Mary, a former prostitute who is now a nun.
* In Music/CabCalloway's famous song "Minnie the Moocher", Minnie is basically this.
--> "She was the roughest, toughest frail/ But Minnie had a heart as big as a whale."
* "Three Wooden Crosses", a country song by Music/RandyTravis, portrays a prostitute as the hero; the single mother of the singer, who survived a Horrible Accident. Ironically, Travis is, more than any other popular country singer, largely associated with gospel music these days.
* Hallelujah, a reoccurring character in many albums release by The Hold Steady, swings back and forth between a very sympathetic prostitute and devout Catholic, sometimes at once.
* French singer Pierre Perret's song ''La Pute au Grand Coeur'', ''The Whore with a Heart of Gold''. As you do.
* Slightly hinted in Laura Branigan's song ''Gloria''. Curiously, this wasn't in the original Italian song (by Umberto Tozzi).
%%* Music/DashboardConfessional's "Belle of the Boulevard".
* Music/TomWaits's "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" is, well basically, a Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis. She tries to paint herself as this, talking about how she's turning her life around. In reality it is a subversion, as the hooker is in jail and is writing for bail money.
* Canadian band The Dreadnoughts give us [[LongTitle the bountifully titled]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin "Mary The One-Eyed Prostitute Who Fought The Colossal Squid And Saved Us From Certain Death On The High Seas, God Rest Her One-Eyed Soul."]]
* Music/EdithPiaf's song "Milord" is about a gentle lower-class "girl of the port" (perhaps a prostitute) who develops a crush on an elegantly attired apparent upper-class British traveller (or "milord"), whom she has seen walking the streets of the town several times (with a beautiful young woman on his arm), but who has not even noticed her. The singer feels that she is nothing more than a "shadow of the street" (ombre de la rue).
* Music/RodStewart's "Little Miss Understood."
* In ''[[Music/{{Hero}} !HERO: The Rock Opera]]'', Maggie is a former prostitute who became one of Hero's disciples.

[[folder:Myth & Religion]]
* The UrExample is Shamhat, the [[HighClassCallGirl temple courtesan]] in ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' who "makes a civilized man" out of Enkidu by sleeping with him non-stop for a week. Most of the time, he's grateful to her, although he blames her for his untimely death resulting from his life with Gilgamesh, which he promptly receives a WhatTheHellHero for. Notably, temple prostitutes were actually respected religious figures in ancient Uruk.
* One translation of the story of Romulus and Remus states that, rather than a she-wolf, the baby boys were found and cared for by a prostitute. This stems from the Latin word ''lupa'', which can refer to either a female wolf or a low-class prostitute.
* [[Literature/TheBible Rahab]], a supposed harlot who lived in Jericho and kept two Hebrew scouts from being discovered by the city guards. This allowed them to return and relay the information to Joshua, which led to the capture of the city. Rahab, for her kindness, was spared by the conquerors. The city of Jericho was pretty much doomed anyway since Joshua and his army had strict orders to level it. Rahab saved herself -- and her entire extended family -- the only way she could.

* Of all things, the musical ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'', notable for all of its cast being locomotives or railroad cars, has Belle, [[http://www.soundtrackslyrics.com/rst/Starlight-Express-1984-disc1.html#12 the sleeping car with a heart of gold]].
* ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' has Mimi Marquez, a dancer at an S&M club. She still manages to get Roger's heart.
%%* Lucy in the musical ''Theatre/JekyllAndHyde''.
%%* Mollie Malloy, in ''Theatre/TheFrontPage''.
%%* Mary Magdelene in ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar''.
* Averted in ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'', where Aldonza knows full well her status in the world, and hates it (and spends most of her time singing about it).
* Creator/BertoltBrecht's ''Theatre/TheGoodPersonOfSzechwan'' features Shen Te as the female lead character. Turns out she is [[spoiler: the [[GenderBender male]] ManipulativeBastard Shui Ta]], too.
* The protagonist in the play by Creator/AlexandreDumas, fils ''Theatre/LadyOfTheCamellias'', called Marguerite Gautier in the original and Violetta Valéry when the play is adapted by Verdi into the opera ''Theatre/LaTraviata''. She sacrifices her own happiness so as not to bring her young lover to ruin. A similar plot is used in Puccini's opera ''LaRondine'', where the courtesan Magda gives up the young hunk Ruggero for fear of sullying his reputation.
* Kim from ''Theatre/MissSaigon''. To be fair, she isn't much of a sex kitten (she's a 17 year old prostitute, an orphan and in desperate need of money); Chris seems to be more attracted to her innocence.
* Kitty Duval in ''Theatre/TheTimeOfYourLife''. She decidedly doesn't fit the stereotype, and won't let any friendly person call her a whore; her cover story is that she used to be a famous burlesque queen.
* Hedy [=LaRue=] from ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''. Heck, she even has a song called "Love from a Heart of Gold"
%%* Bianca from ''Theatre/{{Othello}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Nova in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is the town prostitute in Megaton. Moriarty forces her to do this, and if you kill him, then she will abandon prostitution and co-own his bar with Moriarty's other worker he enslaved via debt.
* Joana in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is a Med-X addicted hooker enslaved by the Gommorah Casino. In the quest "Bye Bye Love", you help her kick her addiction and escape from the casino to reunite with her lost lover, Carlitos.
** Old Ben is a rare male example (and indeed has a heart of gold, being one of the few characters marked with "Very Good" karma), though he's had various different occupations throughout his life and is retired by the time of the game. He was noted for his charismatic nature and can be recruited as a "Smooth Talker" for the Atomic Wrangler by convincing him that he offers comfort to those who need it.
* Lauren from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' forces her way into Scott Shelby's investigation of the Origami Killer, despite the danger, to bring her son's killer to justice. [[spoiler:If she survives and your other characters don't catch the killer, she succeeds.]]
* The most outward example inn the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' franchise is Tethys from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', who alludes to possible prostitution in addition to learning how to dance alone in some of her support conversations, [[spoiler: due to having been abandoned by her parents [[PromotionToParent with her baby brother Ewan]].]]
* Not a main character, but a side-quest in ''TheWitcher'' involves a "Street wise cop, whore with a heart of gold, true love". The chief of the Watch falls in love with a high class prostitute and through their love and the help of Geralt, they break his curse of lycanthropy. It's about the only point of light in the CrapsackWorld that is The Witcher. Unless of course, you kill him.
* ''VideoGame/FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'': Madame Ovaree, to some extent. Possibly the rest of the ladies at the… errr… ladies' house.
* While the term is not stated outright, it becomes obvious in your conversations with her that Astis from "Videogame/{{Piss}}" is a sex worker. She also has a very sweet personality and sunny disposition, and is one of only three people in the game who seem to genuinely care about and be concerned for Moira (the protagonist), and she is clearly trying to look out for her and wants to help her as best she can.
* ''Videogame/{{LISA}}'' has a play on this with recruitable party member [[DragQueen Queen Roger]]. Roger hits all the marks for the trope, including a drug addiction and a troubled past.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Heileen}}'', Lora is a prostitute who is also the mistress of Otto. While she flirts with every man around her, she loves Heileen like a daughter ([[GayOption and, possibly, much more]]).
* ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'' has [[RedOniBlueOni Meryl and Stella]], who like many women in the setting are in this "job" because they don't really have much choice, but hold their head high and take pride in their role in the end. [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery They can also kick some ass when the need arises.]]
* Yuka Otowa from ''VideoGame/{{Crescendo}}''; her reasons for her descent into this lifestyle are [[BrokenBird tragic and sad]], linked to [[spoiler: her parents' suicides and the abuse she suffered in foster homes and an orphanage]]. The player can get the bad ending by making the PlayerCharacter a total bastard and having him sleep with Yuka solely for sex [[note]](via failing her SecretTestOfCharacter where she leads the protagonist to a love hotel to see if he can see beyond her carefree facade)[[/note]], they can get the good ending by not taking advantage of her [[spoiler:(and her and the PC can laid together of their own free will in much happier circumstances)]] and [[EarnyourHappyEnding redeem her]]. ([[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ryo aka the protagonist is NOT that kind of guy anyway]], so treating Yuka like that makes ''[[GuiltBasedGaming the player]]'' the bastard/bitch).
* The victim of the very first case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Cindy Stone, who was dating the resident ButtMonkey, [[MeaningfulName Larry Butz]], at the time of her murder, was revealed to have numerous "[[MealTicket sugar daddies]]". One of Larry's gifts to her was a clock in the shape of The Thinker statue, which says the time out loud when it's head is tilted. Despite being pretty heavy for a clock, in no small part due to it's complex mechanisms, Stone still took it with her on a trip to France.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Camilla from ''{{Webcomic/Zoophobia}}'' is a violence-prone stripper who is just a misunderstood girl with a passion for dance, limited by her unfortunate reputation.
* Diane in ''Webcomic/RPGWorld''. Subverted by the eventual discovery that [[spoiler: although her class is officially "Harlot," she's never actually done the deed and is in fact rather naive when it comes to sex.]]
* Diana and Paul in ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell!!!'' are in some ways both examples of this, and subversions of it; while they are both kind and sweet people, they are also enthusiastically sex-positive even when not working (indeed, it sometimes seems they are so sweet ''because'' of their lack of hangups), and have no real desire to 'escape' from streetwalking.
* The pornstar/director/producer Zig Zag from ''WebComic/SabrinaOnline'' is another subversion; she has the required DarkAndTroubledPast and heart of gold, but loves her job and takes great pride in the quality of what she produces. Later on she pretty much takes up the role of spiritual mentor to the (comparatively) prudish main character and proves a shameless mothering figure to the other members of her studio. She also guest-stars in a number of other WebComics.
* Not a love interest, but ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' has Danika the stripper, whose life is spared by KnightTemplar Celesto when he finds out she's a single mother.
* Geilen from fantasy comic ''Webcomic/{{Garanos}}'' is not a love interest for anyone, [[spoiler:though it's implied later that she slept with Senberan to get information, and possibly had a relationship with the captive Ethreden]], but admitted her profession openly soon after being introduced and doesn't seem especially ashamed of it. Possibly subverted later [[spoiler:when she's revealed to be TheMole for Gharsena, but it seems she was only doing it to get the cure for the disease she has, and once she finds out that Gharsena ''made'' the disease she turns on her, but sadly suffers RedemptionEqualsDeath]].
%%* Belle from ''Webcomic/GetMedieval''.
* ''Webcomic/ThePhoenixRequiem'' has an interesting variation, in that the story begins several years after Petra left her former line of work, and she's just beginning to earn a degree of respect in her new hometown.
* Lou Dem Five in ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' is a madame with a heart of gold. No, really, she's quite nice and basically founded what eventually became a franchise for the purpose of making sure the girls got an even break. Her best worker, Sizzlin' Sue is also an example of this.
%%* In ''Webcomic/MenageA3'', this is Gary's [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20090716.html vision]] of his favourite porn-star Amber-Amber.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Dreamless}}'', the male lead Takashi's friends hire him a prostitute. He is not amused. The woman is very accepting of his explanation that he's not interesting in getting his money's worth, and proves herself to be quite pleasant.
* Ga Yeon's unni from ''Webcomic/SongOfTheCloud'' [[spoiler: who dies of an unnamed disease within the first few chapters; the disease is presumably lung cancer]].
* Clarice from ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'', who is a S&M dominatrix for hire and a porn store clerk; especially in the last issues of the webcomic, where we see her as extremely lonely and longing for affection, and ends up pairing up with the [[BookWorm book nerd]] Joshua.
* Tegan of ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'', who helps Vesper and Corrick track down Dom and then joins Vesper, supporting the girl as she's left alone.

[[folder:Web Original]]
%%* [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], of all people, serves this role in ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl''.
* Creator/BradJones' miniseries "WebVideo/TheHookerWithAHeartOfGold" simultaneously plays with, lampshades, and keeps the trope straight in that the hooker in question actually has a ([[{{Cyborg}} cybernetic]]) golden heart. She's still pretty nice, though.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's BFF Nella has a "schoolteacher who is also a whore with a heart of gold" in her [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thedudette/nostalgia-chick/17773-my-little-pony My Little Pony melodrama]]
* [[http://askicepack.tumblr.com/ Ice Pack]], a fan-made Zebra escort in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic Ponyville]]. He's good enough that many of his clients are repeat customers. However, he has turned down underage clients before, and when an underage filly attempts to buy his services, [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/81547 he takes her to amusement park instead]].
* The Platinum Blonde from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is an android duplicate of MarilynMonroe. Her builder constructed her and several other androids (all of whom were duplicates of famous, glamorous, and most importantly ''sexy'' Hollywood starlets both past and present) in order to rent them out to men who wanted to have sex with a famous actress. Unlike the others, the Platinum Blonde gained true sentience, quit the sex trade, and became a crimefighting superhero. When asked why she chose to do this, her response was a breathy, "It was the right thing to do".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Six of ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'' is a former sex slave, until a programming upgrade made her too smart and sensible to suit that line of work.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Guess Hoe's Coming to Dinner", when Granddad dates Cristal, who is obviously a prostitute and {{gold digger}}, but Granddad refuses to believe it. He is eventually forced to confront it when her pimp shows up. Despite an {{awesome| moment}} / {{heartwarming moment}} where he defends Cristal's (supposed) honor to the pimp, she ultimately chooses to go back with him rather than stay with Granddad, even though he's clearly fallen for her quite hard by this point.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Although not true, Bart [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] it in "Sweets and Sour Marge" by referring to Erin Brockovitch as "the prostitute with a heart of gold."
* Hilariously subverted on the Canadian cartoon ''WesternAnimation/KevinSpencer'' when Kevin's mother Anastasia leaves her family and is walking through the streets when she meets a wealthy man who thinks she is a prostitute, mostly because she typically works as one. He gives Anastasia this treatment, but she remains as much of a fat, disgusting, alcoholic, lowbrow slob as she ever was and the rich man kicks her out of the house at the end of the episode.
* Referenced in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', with a [[CouchGag newspaper headline]] reading "Hooker Killed for Heart of Gold".
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Hell is Other Robots", there is Hooker-bot 5000, programmed with a heart of solid gold.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Ms. Cartman is the nicest parent (though she spoils her son far too much), but ends up in German porn and on the cover of ''Crack Whore'' magazine.
** Classi, who is noble, [[GoodIsNotSoft but far more aggressive than the usual portrayal]]. She initially became [[{{Jerkass}} Nathan's]] girlfriend, but turns on the little snot after he slaps her and [[CurbstompBattle wails on him]], and helps Jimmy take down [[spoiler: the Ads]].
* [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill The Hills]] take in a woman that turns out to be a hooker, trying to earn her GED and lead a better life, but "fell back into" prostitution because of the money she ''wasn't'' making at Strickland Propane. She, after a series of events where Hank "bought" her from her old pimp, became somewhat of a family friend, eventually attending Luanne's wedding.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DCShowcaseJonahHex'', the bargirl who provides Jonah information about the murders in exchange for enough money to leave the life. After Jonah rewards her, she thanks him by kissing his cheek. His ''scarred'' cheek.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* While not ''technically'' prostitutes, Sexual Surrogates acting in their therapeutic capacity do often have sex with their clients. What differentiates a surrogate from a prostitute is the prostitute is providing sex as the service itself while the surrogate is proving sex as part of mental health services. They both get paid.
* [[http://www.dearcupid.org/question/should-i-enjoy-being-a-prostitute-this-much.html This woman.]]
* A large number of prostitutes in Germany and the Netherlands come from eastern Europe. They use their pay to support their families back home.
* [[AncientRome Livy]] records a story about the Hispala Faecenia, a prostitute who supported her well-born lover Aebutius when his mother and step-father stole his inheritance; when they tried to [[OffingTheOffspring get him out of the way]], she stepped in to save him and ended up being instrumental in suppressing the [[TheConspiracy Bacchanalian Conspiracy]] in 186 B.C.E.
* Empress Theodora of the Eastern Roman Empire.She was originally an actress, and in those times acting involved sexual acts by pretty much default, so she used her good looks as well as her sexual prowess, her brains and her PluckyGirl personality to go up the Byzantine society.
* Deconstructed: SamuelPepys (who preferred to harass his maids and his dependent employees' wives rather than resort to prostitutes) references it in his diary in the 1660s, and wonders if men see whores as being better than they are because it makes them feel less guilty about whoring.
* Inverted in ''Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies'', a guide to West End prostitutes that was published annually in the 1760s and 1770s. Time and again the women are said to be in the sex trade because they love sex: the fact that most of them had no other option (and were often forced into prostitution after being raped - at the time, rape victims were seen as disgusting damaged goods who would ruin any man they married) is never mentioned.
* A woman named Miljuschka once whored herself into a Nazi camp during WorldWarTwo, and then blew the whole thing up. More of an ActionGirl, and a pretty grim one too.
* Amanda Barrie writes in her autobiography that as a young woman when she was walking home at night the local prostitutes would look out for her and ensure she was safe.
* Former call girl Dr. Brooke Magnanti arguably fits this trope as she now works as a scientist who does research into child health.
* When Creator/LouisTheroux spent 6 weeks living in a brothel for a documentary he met a sweet-natured prostitute called Emily who financially supported her grandmother, younger siblings and daughter.
* Heidi Fleiss was probably considered this by the men she protected by going to prison rather than publicly revealing they were her clients. The call girls she set up health care packages for may also have felt this way.
* Courtesan Kitty Fisher who went on to marry money was known for her generosity to the poor.
* Coupled with RealJokeName Australian gold medalist Steven Hooker commented on one of the FanNickname involving his accomplishment.
* Julia Bunette prostitute/brothel madam turned her brothel into a hospital when local miners got sick and donated money to the Union side of the Civil War
* Former child star and former drug addict prostitute Lauren Chapin won awards for her numerous charity work including raising over $2m for underprivileged and abused children and setting up an organisation to help children in the entertainment industry avoid being exploited
* After the attack at Pearl Harbor, several prostitutes helped nurses and doctors treating burn victims.
* Many real prostitutes fit under this; prostitutes are no different from anyone else.
* Apparently, the infamous Jeanne Becu aka Madame Du Barry was this. In the decades since she'd actually used her wealth to support the towns and neighborhoods she was known to reside in, as well as to send money to those who'd been displaced by the French Revolution. Hence, it was more obvious that the regime was only killing her for her money rather than for her ''actual'' involvement with the monarchy, which drove her to [[FreakOut a massive meltdown]] before being executed… and ironically horrified the masses and made them start realising how much the Terror Regime sucked.