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[[caption-width-right:350:[[LightIsNotGood Don't go to the one on the left.]] [[DoomMagnet And probably not the right either.]]]]

->'''Demon Hunter:''' You often argue with Lyndon. Why?\\
'''Kormac:''' Our motivations are complete contradictions of one another. I am driven by honor and the good of others. He is driven by greed and a calling that comes from below his waist.
-->-- ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''

Two male characters portray different aspects of masculinity. The Noble Male is generally [[GentlemanAndAScholar world-wise, gentlemanly, and sophisticated]]--while the Roguish Male is generally [[HotBlooded reckless, wild]], and [[BloodKnight prone towards fighting]]. The former will generally [[LadyAndKnight focus on a single special lady and treat her with the highest respect]] while the latter tends more toward sleeping around with many women or [[CelibateHero is just not interested in sex and romance at all]]. If he is, romance with him is likely to be [[DestructiveRomance destructive]], [[CartwrightCurse deadly even]], if he is [[HeManWomanHater any good with women at all]].

Basically the Noble Man is [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan what the single woman is looking for]] and the Roguish Man is what [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys all girls lust after.]]

Differs from SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan in that the Noble Male is still very much considered "manly"--but is so in a more chivalrous fashion, rather than in an aggressive fashion.

The Noble Male can be the Betty and the Roguish Man the Veronica in a male BettyAndVeronica love triangle. Also related is RedOniBlueOni, with the Noble Male being the Blue to the Roguish Male's Red.

Contrast the polar opposites, BifauxnenAndLadette--two ''girls'' who are both masculine, but in different ways--and LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine--two ''girls'' who are both ''feminine'', but in different ways.

As with any [[DuoTropes two character trope]], the two characters have to have some sort of relationship with each other, be it friends, family, love interests, or rivals for a love interest, so the two characters can be playing the traits directly off each other.

Interestingly, in modern Western culture, "feminine" usually implies Light Feminine--while "manly" tends to imply Roguish Male. See FemaleAngelMaleDemon for more.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'': Germany and Prussia, with Germany as Noble and Prussia as Roguish. Prussia may have these dynamics with [[spoiler: India]] (Noble) as well, judging by ''Manga/{{Hetaween 2011}}''.
** Austria and Prussia fit this dynamic. Austria is a terrible fighter who bows to others in greeting and can play classical piano music. Prussia is an arrogant warrior who insults and harasses others and doesn't know how to spell the name of the location he wants to conquer.
** England is a composite of both, being [[BritishStuffiness disapproving gentleman]] [[SpotOfTea sipping tea]] in one strip and a [[HairTriggerTemper raging drunk]] [[SirSwearsALot swearing like the sailor he used to be]] in the next.
** Switzerland combines the two. On one hand, he's willing to help those in need and make sacrifices for his loved ones; on the other hand, he has terrible mood swings and casually shoots at people if they get close to his territory.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Guts is an [[RatedMForManly ultra-manly]] and uncivilized ByronicHero and Griffith is a sophisticated and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] CulturedBadass. Guts is very much the Roguish Male in most things, including not being interested in sex or romance (at least, until he meets Casca). Griffith, on the other hand, shows what a Noble Male is capable of when [[FaceHeelTurn he goes bad]]. [[MoralEventHorizon And it is horrific]].
** Then later, the calm and noble Serpico forms this contrast with Guts.
* The anime version of ''Manga/CodeBreaker'' has Masaomi Heike and Toki Fujiwara. Masaomi enjoys tea and cakes out in public while Toki skips school and gropes a girl's chest.
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket''; Yuki is the polite, sweet Noble Guy in stark contrast to rogue, {{Tsundere}} Kyo.
* Nanami's two familiars, Mizuki and Tomoe, from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' qualify. Mizuki is almost always polite and respectfully to other people, even though he is a bit naive sometimes, a GeniusDitz and is something of a shut-in. Tomoe's personality ranges from JerkAss to JerkWithAHeartOfGold and his interests include booze and trips to the RedLightDistrict.
* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', Conrad Weller is the Noble Male: an upstanding knight, loyal to his king to the point of stupidity, actually of noble birth in both human and demon lands, and a chivalrous fighter. His best friend Jozak is the Roguish Male, a cynical and worldly-wise spy and CombatPragmatist who has no problem with the idea of manipulating their new, inexperienced king for his own good. Throughout the series, though, it's consistently shown that of the two, Jozak is more emotionally healthy.
* Played with in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. Subverted with Ferio, who at first seems to be a rogue guy, but he really is a noble guy since he is [[spoiler: Princess Emeraude's younger brother]]. Lafarga may seem rogue and imponent, but he really is the captain of the royal guard- although in the second season his true down to earth temperament shows better.
* Sha Gojyo as the Roguish Male and Cho Hakkai as the Noble Male from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''. This being [[DysfunctionJunction Saiyuki]] however, Hakkai isn't entirely as noble as he seems.
* ''Manga/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'': Allen is the chivalrous KnightInShiningArmor, while Van is the violent BloodKnight. They are even [[HairContrastDuo color-coded]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Early on, Tristan/Honda (Noble Man) and Joey/Jounouchi (Roguish Man) had this dynamic, but as Joey went through CharacterDevelopment, he started becoming a more heroic character... right about the same time Duke/Otohi became a recurring minor character and filled this slot better than Joey ever had. It especially became clear in regards to their pursuit of Jou's sister, Serenity/Shizuka, with DoggedNiceGuy Tristan performing gesture after gesture of kindness and self-sacrifice towards her, while HandsomeLech Duke sweeps her off her feet with his charm.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/TheMightyThor is the noble man--fighting for honor, justice and valor, while Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules is the rogue--fighting evil [[BloodKnight because it's fun]] and to impress women, and he's more than willing to play dirty.
* Being the posterboys for TheCape and TheCowl, respectively, Franchise/{{Superman}} is the noble and Franchise/{{Batman}} is the roguish.
* Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles: Tactical, calm and humble Leonardo's Noble Male to aggressive, rebellious and brash Raphael's Roguish Male.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}: Optimus Prime is level headed and strategic (Noble Male), while Grimlock is more aggressive and ruthless (Roguish Male)
* ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'': ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} (Noble) and {{Wolverine}} (Roguish) in some depictions. As a classic scruffy AntiHero, Wolverine is the Roguish Male in comparison to most of the men he spends much time with (sometimes even bordering on SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes in ''Fanfic/AintNoGrave''. Steve is a polite idealist, Bucky is a [[SirSwearsALot foul-mouthed]] UnscrupulousHero. They're VitriolicBestBuds. (And [[SlashFic more]]).
* In ''Infinite Gate of Hope'', we have Naito and Shura. Naito is a calm, kind, LawfulGood mage. Shura is a HotBlooded, rather mean, ChaoticGood fighter. They're both after the same girl, but Naito likes to be subtle and gentle about it, while Shura tends to be more open in his affections.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Anna's love intrests are Hans and Kristoff. Hans is a gentleman PrinceCharming while Kristoff is a loner, rough-around-the-edges, smelly mountain man.
* The noble prince, Proteus, and the black-hearted thief, Sinbad, from ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'': Colossus is a polite and chivalrous [[TheCape Cape]], while Deadpool is a HeroicComedicSociopath with a crude sense of humor.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Will Turner is polite, chivalrious and loyal while Captain Jack Sparrow is devious and has a severe case of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. Throughout the first three films Will only has eyes for his childhood friend Elizabeth, while Jack is regularly slapped by former lovers.
* ''Film/PicnicAtHangingRock'': Mike is the blond, noble-born and [[StiffUpperLip British]] youngman while is Aussie valet and friend Albert is [[TallDarkAndHandsome dark]], sooo manly and outspoken.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Han is the rugged space-pirate and Luke is the pure-hearted moisture farmer in the original trilogy.
** The latter two Prequels have Obi-Wan, who very much embodies the [[AllLovingHero ideals of the Jedi]], and Anakin, who is the brooding ByronicHero who eventually goes Dark Side.

* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' has Jerin Whistler (noble) and Keifer Porter (roguish), as love interests of the princesses. The love interests for the Whistler sisters also fall into this category, with the roguish, uncaring and sexually promiscuous Balin Brindle, and [[spoiler: Cullen Moorland]] who is sweet and gentle. The Whistler family and the Brindle family are different in that the Brindles usually ''start'' fights at social gatherings, while the Whistlers ''end'' them, swiftly and without excessive violence. The Brindles are uncultivated country folk, while the Whistlers have manners fit for a royal court.
* In ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'', Jame goes to Tentir and meets and slowly befriends two guys. At first glance, friendly, fine-featured Timmon looks like the Noble Male, and surly, burly Gorbel looks like the Roguish Male. But the trope is slowly zigzagged. As you get to know them, "Noble" Timmon turns out BrilliantButLazy, and "Roguish" Gorbel to be hardworking and driven, and quite honorable. Timmon's also kind of a slut, while Gorbel never shows interest in anyone. So in the end, even though Timmon is a good diplomat and Gorbel is a good hunter, they're both RoundedCharacter with HiddenDepths, and more complex than the simple Noble Male, Roguish Male dichotomy.
* Done on a racial level in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' with the Sartan playing the part of the Noble, and the Patryns playing the Rogue. Of course, various members skew differently and there are a few NotSoDifferent moments.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', there are the brothers Garranon and Landislaw. Garranon looks like a graceful stag, Landislaw more like a bull, or that's what the ladies at court say. Their personalities match; Garranon is gentle and kind, while Landislaw is rather a bad boy. Their first appearance is due to the fact that Landislaw bought a slave that didn't really belong to the seller, and said slave has escaped to Hurog. Garranon wants to retrieve the slave to get his brother out of trouble, but is polite about it and treats Ward (who everyone thinks is mentally retarded, due to his ObfuscatingStupidity) with respect. Landislaw tries to grab Ward to shake him, which doesn't go well as Ward is a GentleGiant who can drop the gentleness if provoked.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Michael Carpenter, KnightInShiningArmor, sliding right into the Noble Male role whenever he's sharing the page with the more anti-heroic protagonist Harry Dresden. Harry is often the Noble Male when paired with other men of the series, most notably Thomas, but it's hard to rank as noble when compared to Michael Carpenter.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Peeta Mellark as the noble male, Gale Hawthorne as the roguish male. Peeta is gentle, kind, chivalrous, has quite the way with words and advocates diplomacy over violence (even, at times, during the actual Hunger Games). Gale is hot blooded and passionate, believes that the ends justify the means, eager to go out and fight, and became his family's main provider at age thirteen when he began poaching (eventually together with Katniss).
* In ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'', Main characters Michael and Fisk zigzag this trope. While Michael is the nobleman and Fisk is the rogue/semi-reformed con artist, Michael is the more rash and reckless one while Fisk is the scholarly one. Over the course of the story it becomes increasingly difficult to really tell which one is which.
* Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt gives us Seth and Johan in her debut novel ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. Seth might be a better man than what you might think at first, but he does have a roguish thing going on, and he just keeps having meaningless affairs with numerous women. Johan is noble and pretty much flawless. But they're still close friends, and also, [[spoiler: they eventually get married to two cousins]]. [[note]]Interestingly enough, while LightFeminineDarkFeminine is the technical distaff counterpart to this trope, Seth's love interest Beatrice (a SpiritedYoungLady) and Johan's love interest Sofia (a ProperLady) rather have a TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic.[[/note]]
* Creator/RaymondEFeist loves this trope: the early books (and many of the later ones) in ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' all revolve two male protagonists who slot neatly into these roles:
** ''Magician'': Tomas (noble) and Pug (roguish)
** ''Silverthorn'' and ''A Darkness at Sethanon'': Prince Arutha conDoin (noble) and Jimmy the Hand (roguish)--literal in this case.
*** The backstory implies Arutha's father Duke Borric was the noble to his cousin Guy du Bas-Tyra's rogue.
** ''Shadow of a Dark Queen'': Erik von Darkmoor (noble) and Roo Avery (roguish)
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Best friends and foster brothers Ned Stark (noble) and Robert Baratheon (roguish). Ned is incredibly honorable. Robert's heart is basically in the right place too, but hea not so bound by honor, and he's a total slut.
** Another pair of quasi-brothers, Robb Stark (noble) and Theon Greyjoy (roguish). Robb is Ned's son, and he's much like his father. Theon has a mess of conflicting feelings and loyalties, and he spins out and implodes. After sleeping with a girl he should've have, Robb marries her. Theon is a slut.
** Robb Stark's two most notable bannermen, the WickedCultured Roose Bolton and the BoisterousBruiser Greatjon Umber. Similar to Berserk's example of Griffith and Guts respectively, Roose is an utter monster masking his AxeCrazy, sadistic nature behind a gentlemanly veneer and while Greatjon Umber may be quite sexist he is overall a good man.
* In ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', Alanna is torn between Jon, the Noble Male (literally, he's a prince), and George, the Roguish Male (again, literally, he's the king of thieves and often called The Rogue).
* There's romantic rivals Edward (moody) and Jacob (loyal) from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Edward tends to be more noble and chivalrous (to the point of being old-fashioned), while Jacob is more of the bad boy who is impulsive and tries to pick fights with Edward on multiple occasions.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Apollo and Starbuck from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978''. While [[ManChild Starbuck]] is a gambler and smoker who tends to find himself in fights and generally [[TheCasanova juggles between two women (or maybe more)]], Apollo is more reserved when it comes to duty and women--the latter of which [[CartwrightCurse he unfortunately doesn't seem to have luck with]], and is also a ParentalSubstitute.
* ''{{Series/Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}'' & ''{{Series/Angel}}'':
** Angel is noble, selfless, calm, reserved, and generally chivalrous and gentlemanly. He goes to great lengths to help people and to achieve redemption for his past. While he has had other relationships, he's primarily bound to his love for Buffy (main love interest). Spike, in contrast, is roguish and nearly Angel's complete opposite: reckless, wild, emotional, and bursting with blunt snark. He IS though fairly devoted to Buffy as well despite his sharper edges.
* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Ryan is noble--upstanding, by-the-book, hopelessly devoted to his wife Jenny (and a romantic even before they were married), while Esposito is roguish--troubled past, willing to go behind the captain's back, flirts with various female characters (though loyal to Lanie when they're actually in a relationship).
* The Doctor and Adric in Season 18 of ''Series/DoctorWho'' were an attempt at doing this. Adric is young, arrogant, rogueish, relatively uneducated (despite being a star student by his own culture's standards) and tends to cheat or whine in order to get his way. The Doctor is ancient, brooding, philosophical (despite being one of the more swashbuckling Doctors), extremely knowledgeable and tries to keep to a strict moral code. The Doctor is the flirt of the two, but he's recently lost his ImpliedLoveInterest and seems to have shifted far beyond concern.
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' Simon is the obvious noble male example being gentlemanly in manner and loyal and kind towards his sister. Jayne is the opposite extreme being violent and selfish. Mal is in between; he is NotSoDifferent from Simon as far as determination and protectiveness go but he is less polished in mannerism.
* In ''Series/{{Garo}}'' Kouga Saezima is the Noble Male While Rei Suzumura is the Roguish Male
* Stefan and Damon Salvatore from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Stefan is polite and abstains from drinking human blood. Damon makes snide remarks and kills people on a whim.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[SpiritualSuccessor Similar to Guilt Gear below]], [[NinetiesAntiHero Ragna]] and [[AgentPeacock Jin]] in ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}''. Jin was brought up in a noble family in refined culture, and learned to fight as a TeenGenius in a prestigious Military Academy. He fights in a graceful and elegant style with Yukianesa, a long [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] crafted from solid ice. By contrast, Ragna never received a proper education and grew up as a criminal, learning how to fight under the legendary hero Jubei. He relies more on brute force with Bloodscythe, a [[{{BFS}} large angular sword]] that can transform into a [[SinisterScythe scythe]]. Both of them care little for the world and both of them are assholes (Ragna [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold isn't a]] ''[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold complete]]'' [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold asshole]], though).
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has friendly rivals and occasionally partners Sol Badguy and Ky Kiske.
** Sol is a [[{{Hunk}} muscular and handsome]] BountyHunter with [[{{Jerkass}} a bad attitude]] and a huge, angular sword that looks like a cigarette lighter. It's implied that Sol is a big fan of rock/metal music, especially Music/{{Queen}}, and he can play the guitar.
** Ky is an [[{{Bishonen}} effeminate and pretty]] blonde guy who's a KnightInShiningArmor and has a noble and chivalrous attitude to match, and prefers an elegant longsword in battle. In his spare time, Ky collects tea cups and is devoted to his wife [[spoiler:Dizzy]] (who ''happens'' to be [[spoiler: Sol's daughter]]).
* Kiyotaka Ishimaru the Ultimate Moral Compass and Mondo Oowada the Ultimate Biker Gang Leader in ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' are this respectively. At first the two come to blows by how different their views on strength are, until they decide that argument in an endurance contest that sees them become best friends over the similarities in their philosophies.
* Kormac the Templar (noble) and Lyndon the Scoundrel (roguish), two of your three followers from ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''. Kormac is a noble paladin type who falls ''hard'' for Eirena, your third follower, while Lyndon is a quite unrepentant rogue who is not nearly as good at attracting women as he thinks. This being Diablo, the two have HiddenDepths--Kormac is revealed to [[spoiler:have been lied to and brainwashed by his order]], while Lyndon is [[spoiler:doing everything in his power to pay off the Merchant's Guild and get his brother out of prison]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has Cecil a DarkIsNotEvil BlackKnight {{Bishonen}} ([[spoiler:who eventually [[TheAtoner atones for his sins]] and becomes a {{Paladin}}]]) as noble, and Edge, the flirtatious, impulsive Ninja fits the Roughish.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
** Cloud and Barret. Cloud's blond, pale, blue-eyed, [[{{Bishounen}} androgynously beautiful]] (but still unambiguously masculine), a former soldier, pragmatic, chivalrous and a sword-fighter, and while he can be flashy and superficial he's ultimately quite introverted. Barret's a HotBlooded ScaryBlackMan and terrorist with a vicious temper, little ability to restrain his emotions, and a huge gun mounted onto one of his arms. Out of the two of them, Cloud is the flirt, but Barret's more experienced (having been married)--in one scene he advises Cloud to ask either Aeris or Tifa on a date, something Cloud claims not to have interest in.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has Jecht and Auron. Jecht liked his alcohol, was boisterous, loud and reckless. Auron was more composed, dutiful and respectful. Both were RatedMForManly badasses.
* Innes and Ephraim in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' play it around. Looks and fighting-skills wise, {{Archer Archetype}} Innes looks Noble while [[BladeonAStick spear-user]] Ephraim looks Roguish, but their personalities say the inverse: logical, cool-headed and NotGoodWithPeople Innes is the real Roguish one, while the charismatic, sensitive and impulsive Ephraim is more of the Noble one.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the roguish and street-smart [[LovableRogue Gaius]] has this going with his support conversations with the serene and faithful [[BadassPreacher Libra]] and the honorable but sheltered [[WarriorPrince Chrom]].
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', there is the cynical and teasing [[AntiHero Niles]]. He plays the role towards his serious lord-in-liege Leo, his boisterous partner Odin, and the [[PlayerCharacter Male Avatar]] (whom [[BiTheWay he]] can [[HoYay fall in love with]]).
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has an example with stoic, businesslike Kratos Aurion, who remains loyal to [[spoiler:the BigBad, his friend and traveling companion from thousands of years ago]], and the caustic, defiant Yuan, who is running LaResistance to defeat the plans of the same individual. It's more apparent in [[TheAnimeOfTheGame OVA]] and ''Tales of Fandom 2'' flashbacks, from before both of them hit their CynicismCatalyst: Kratos was an idealist at heart, while Yuan was far more practical and cynical even before [[spoiler:Martel's death]]. Naturally, even when on different sides, they remain VitriolicBestBuds underneath all the bitterness.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' Flynn Scifo is the KnightInShiningArmor to the [[AnimalMotif lone wolf]] vigilante [[VideoGame/TalesofVesperia Yuri Lowell.]] This is just one of ''many'' contrasts they share between each other; while still remaining steadfast friends.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Hades and Alexander in ''WebComic/OlympusOverdrive''. Their whole quarrel started in their different ideas of how a real man is supposed to be and must react. Hades insist that a real man must be respectable, collected and poised, using violence as last resort; Alex instead thinks ARealManIsAKiller BloodKnight and must fix his problems with his fists.
* Nicholas and Jackson of ''[[http:/www.thewretchedoneswebcomic.com The Wretched Ones]]''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': The Fionna and Cake episodes prominently feature sweet, kindhearted Prince Gumball and snarky punk-rocker Marshall Lee the Vampire King.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': gives us the violent and tempermental Xin Fu and his partner, the calm and refined Yu.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'': Lion-O is the Noble Male to Tygra's Roguish Male. Played with, in that initially Tygra fits his species ideal standards of noble much closer than Lion-O, but Lion-O is, generally, much more idealistic and altruistic.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has Aqualad and Superboy. Aqualad is the [[StandardizedLeader mature]] [[TheLeader leader]] and Superboy is the [[HotBlooded temperamental]] [[TheBigGuy muscle]].