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[[caption-width-right:350:[[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe The reason]] why [[{{Tsundere}} Helga]] fell in love with [[AllLovingHero Arnold]].]]

->'''Eddie Valiant:''' Seriously, what do you see in that guy?\\
'''Jessica Rabbit:''' He makes me laugh.
-->-- ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''

AllGirlsWantBadBoys? NiceGuysFinishLast?

Hardly. [[EveryoneLovesBlondes Blondes]] prefer gentlemen. As do [[BrainyBrunette brunettes]], [[FieryRedhead redheads]], BaldWomen, little old ladies with white hair and young girls with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Amazing Technicolor Hair]].

The heroine, like the hero, tends to be much more mature and likable than in AllGirlsWantBadBoys; frequently, they've been burned by a [[SecondLove previous lover]], and generally, they've matured. But it is not necessary. Any heroine who finds the hero attractive exactly for his more admirable qualities falls under Single Woman Seeks Good Man. This can range from liking his sense of humor, to appreciating his poetry skills, all the way to his HeroicSacrifice. RescueRomance is often a form of this. The NiceGuy, the ShelteredAristocrat, the KnightInShiningArmor, the NiceJewishBoy, the male ShrinkingViolet, TheDutifulSon, the {{Keet}}, or the male [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] wins the heroine's heart. Immature and hormonal souls may wonder WhatDoesSheSeeInHim, but the heroine is much more likely to end up [[HappilyEverAfter happy]] this way.

However, it creates a problem insofar as the heroine has to neither fight her common sense nor reform the hero for a HappyEnding. As a consequence, the writer needs some other method of [[EarnYourHappyEnding generating conflict]]. This can range from a StarCrossedLovers plot to TwiceShy or fall into the background/coexist with an alternate source of conflict. See the Analysis page for details.

Frequently the [[ChildhoodFriendRomance victorious childhood friend]] or a SecondLove. Compare to UnderstandingBoyfriend. Though seemingly rare, some people out there will be glad to know that, yes, this can be TruthInTelevision.

Note that this isn't AlwaysFemale as Single Man Seeks Good Woman can certainly be in play. Nor is this always heterosexual for that matter.

Of course, TropesAreNotGood. It has been overused and exaggerated in HaremGenre, where the protagonist somehow attracts even girls he has little to no interactions with merely because of single simple decency (some aren't even outright kindness).

As this trope frequently deals with critical plot details, be warned: HERE THERE BE SPOILERS. Some are unmarked, too, so don't say we didn't warn you.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'': Natsu falls for Arashi pretty instantly, mostly because of her lack of self-confidence and he's the first guy who was ever nice to her.
* Keiichi Morisato from ''[[Manga/AhMyGoddess Ah My Goddess!]]''. In fact, he never would have even had a chance to meet the [[MagicalGirlfriend wish-granting goddess]] [[AllLovingHero Belldandy]] in the first place if it weren't for the fact he's a [[UnluckyEverydude mistreated]] NiceGuy.
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill'':
** Mine is one of the female assassins of Night Raid, a band of [[ProfessionalKiller trained killers]] who coldly execute their targets without a shred of sympathy. She develops a huge crush on new recruit [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Tatsumi]], because of his pure heart, true heroic character, and concern for others. Also, the team's greatest enemy [[TheDragon Esdeath]] lusts for the hero while hunting him down.
** This is the reason [[{{Yandere}} Kurome]] of the [[AntiVillain Jaegers]] ends up falling for her teammate [[TokenGoodTeammate Wave]], due to a combination of his kindness, concern for his teammates, [[spoiler:ferocious protection of her from being raped by Syura]], and good intentions. [[spoiler:It's enough that when Wave finally reciprocates those feelings and decides to OptOut of the war to take care of [[IllGirl her]], [[LoveRedeems she ultimately abandons the war and the Empire to be with him]]]].
* ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'': Ryoko's relationship with Kitano ''looked'' like it's going to fall into the AllGirlsWantBadBoys trope ([[FaceOfAThug by his appearance]]), but after seeing Kitano's [[AllLovingHero true nature]], it becomes this trope instead.
* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': [[PlayingWithFire Julis]] originally didn't think much of [[TheHero Ayato]], but after getting to see his kindness and desire to protect her no matter the cost, she develops feelings for him.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', we have the ActionGirl Hungary. She is head over heels in love with her ex-husband and current boyfriend, Austria, who's a NeatFreak ShelteredAristocrat. "My heart is Austrian territory!", she tells to Seychelles in the original script of [[DatingSim Gakuen Hetalia]]. (Although she rarely minds [[YaoiFangirl seeing him being felt up by other males]]...)
** HoYay version: Many fans believe this is one of the reasons for [[KindheartedCatLover Greece]] implicitly having more of a chance with Japan than [[BoisterousBruiser Turkey]] does. Sure, Greece might be a [[ChivalrousPervert bit of a lech]] and [[BerserkButton get into fistfights with Turkey]], but his NiceGuy qualities are so prominent that he's the one Japan's most likely to be [[HappilyMarried in a happy and stable relationship with]] in fanworks.
** Possibly one of the reasons for the [[{{Kuudere}} Sweden]] / [[CloudCuckooLander Finland]] pairing being so popular. Sweden is afflicted with a bad case of FaceOfAThug, but he's very sweet and gentle underneath.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': [[ScarsAreForever Scarred]] PyroManiac [[{{Kuudere}} Nice Holystone]] is in a relationship with her [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend longtime friend]] Jacuzzi Splot, who has got to be the [[ChasteHero most]] [[ApologizesALot nonthreatening]] [[SorryIFellOnYourFist man]] [[AllLovingHero in]] [[MartyrWithoutACause America]] -- at least [[BewareTheNiceOnes most]] [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass of]] [[LetsGetDangerous the]] [[CowardlyLion time]], anyway... Whether or not the affection existed beforehand, it was definitely solidified the moment she saw that he [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming had gotten a scar-like tattoo on his face so she didn't have to feel alone after her explosives accident left her scarred and without a left eye]].
* ''Manga/BattleRoyale''; it's revealed that half the girls in class harbored a crush on protagonist Shuya (and he [[ObliviousToLove was completely oblivious to it all]]). To drive in the idea of how they seek a "good" man, Shuya is revealed to be one of the most [[TheIdealist idealistic]], [[AllLovingHero kind-hearted]] boys in the entire series. The "bad girls" in the class all fall into this category. They've all slept with numerous sleazebags -- almost exclusively for cash, yet all they really want is a nice guy who cares about them. Hirono Shimizu is one of the aforementioned girls with a soft spot for Shuya; Yoshimi Yahagi is in love with her boyfriend Yoji Kuramoto, who despises the bad things she's done but loves her anyway. The most notable example, however, is the head honcho, [[TheVamp Mitsuko Souma]]. She doesn't give a damn about any guy who lusts after her, but is deeply distressed when Yuichiro Takiguchi, the only person who was ever kind to her, dies.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' plays it straight between Guts and Casca. It's not Guts' [[TestosteronePoisoning ultra-macho behaviour]] nor his ability to destroy a whole army single-handedly that made Casca fall for him, it's rather his righteousness, his consideration towards her as well as their NotSoDifferent backgrounds.
** Griffith and Casca. She was attracted to Griffith because she thought he was a formidable man after [[RescueRomance he saved her from servitude and prostitution]]. [[spoiler: Then he went over the MoralEventHorizon during Eclipse and she couldn't stand him anymore.]]
** The same can be said as for the Griffith-Charlotte couple. [[spoiler: Except that Griffith is hardly a nice guy- he's just immensely capable of playing that role to get Charlotte as his MealTicket.]]
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', dangerous and very violent [[DarkActionGirl Revy]] becomes gradually attracted to the decent, kind and caring Rock, even though she hates to admit it. Her being a mashup of DarkActionGirl, AxCrazy and {{Tsundere}} [[SarcasmMode REALLY helps their advancement....]] However in "Roberta's Blood Trail", Rock is becoming more callous and manipulative, and it's suggested the reason Revy isn't pushing the relationship is because she's afraid of being disillusioned about him.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', at first sight Orihime Inoue liked Ichigo Kurosaki because she found [[PerpetualFrowner his scowl]] cute. Later, it's revealed that they met in [[DarkestHour one of the darkest moments of her life]] (when [[PromotiontoParent her brother and caretaker died]], leaving her [[MinorLivingAlone alone in the world]]), and a while later they got to actually know each other as they became classmates. From then on, and especially after all the adventures that the TrueCompanions have gone through (including a RescueArc where they fought to rescue her), Orihime considers Ichigo as the person who allowed her to develop her BarrierWarrior powers and, as she tells Riruka, "saved" her.
* The thirteen brothers from ''LightNovel/BrothersConflict'' all like the heroine, Ema Hinata, because of her kindness and Ema falls for one of them (depending on the route chosen) because they are all good (if flawed) men who promise their undying love for her.
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'':
** Inside and outside the soccer fields, Tsubasa Ohzora is a HumbleHero and a very kind-hearted guy. No wonder Sanae and Kumi (and lots of nameless fangirls, in the TV series) fall in love with him. The pilot manga chapter directly alluded to this trope. There ''was'' a LoveTriangle between main guy Taro Tsubasa, main girl Aki Yamazaki (who'd later become Sanae) and HotBlooded Genzo Wakabayashi: Genzo openly declared his love for Aki, but she apologized and turned him down because she already was in love with Taro.
** Sweet FragileFlower Yoshiko is completely in love with Matsuyama, a kind and responsible TeamDad.
** Koujiro Hyuuga started as a JerkAss who slowly evolved to a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but what made his prospect girlfriend Maki Akamine fall for him was how he supported her in her budding career and gave her a CooldownHug when her team lost badly.
* Touma Kamijou of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' is a [[HumbleHero genuinely down-to-earth]] NiceGuy who does '''not''' hesitate to AlwaysSaveTheGirl, which almost always cause women to fall in love with him.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'': HotBlooded {{Tsundere}} ActionGirl Rosette and the ShrinkingViolet NiceGuy Chrono, who also qualify as a mild example of MasculineGirlFeminineBoy.
* Played with in ''Manga/DeadTube'', during the 48 hours of filming Mashiro requested from Machiya, she teased him with many cases in which his hormones and urges could get the best of him: filming her go pee, filming her during her sleep; Machiya kept his cool and didn’t take advantage of Mashiro, she states this being the reason why she likes him, because he is a “good boy”. This of course might be only a part of her reason, or it is a farce altogether, Mashiro knows Machiya is thrilled about murders and she likes to perform said actions, the two are a match made in heaven (or hell).
* The flighty and boy-crazy Sonoko Suzuki from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' ultimately swears by the trope as her long-distance boyfriend is the {{Adorkable}} GentleGiant Makoto Kyougoku, who is NotGoodWithPeople but is pretty much [[LadyAndKnight his White Knight to her White Lady.]]
** Her best friend Ran Mouri likes AmateurSleuth Shinichi Kudou who is very protective of his loved ones and has a strong sense of justice (And unbeknownst to them, he's living with her... as her sort-of little brother Conan Edogawa). Some people have wondered [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim why Ran would like a guy like Shinichi]]... Well, in a private discussion with Conan (aka Shinichi himself), Ran stated that while [[InsufferableGenius he may have]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold an unpleasant]] [[IceKing personality]], he's also [[UndyingLoyalty brave and someone you can rely on in a pinch.]] In fact, [[LoveEpiphany Ran first realized she was in love with him]] when he helped save a SerialKiller from falling to his death. When asked by the said killer why he [Shinichi] would even consider doing such an act, Shinichi responded with:
--> [[ThouShallNotKill "People kill each other and I don't understand,]] [[AllLovingHero but for saving a life, is a logical reason necessary?"]]
** [[spoiler: Local ActionGirl Miwako Satou]] [[spoiler: chooses NiceGuy Takagi over PrincelyYoungMan Shiratori.]] The biggest reasons for her choice are how kind and gentle he is, as well as him [[PleaseDontLeaveMe promising that he won't leave her alone]], something very important for a woman who [[spoiler: lost both her father and her FirstLove ''very'' messily.]] Not to say that the aforementioned [[spoiler:Shiratori]] is a Bad Boy, nope; he's a bit of a jerk, but said jerkiness comes more from {{pride}} than actual malice and he's an honest and hardworking cop, [[spoiler:a quality that he's had [[WiseBeyondTheirYears ever since he was a child]] ]]... which helps swear by the trope with [[spoiler: local HotTeacher Sumiko Kobayashi, who he [[RescueRomance helped]] when they were children]]. In fact, [[spoiler: [[LawfulGood Shiratori's genuine desire to uphold the law to the benefit of people]] ]] is the BIG detail that makes her fall in love with him, since it makes her [[spoiler: remember [[FirstgirlAfterAll how they met]] [[ChildhoodFriendRomance as children]] ]]; from then on they're together and [[MoeCouplet she's all but stated to be able to bring the best out of someone like him]].
* Allen Walker from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' is one of the [[NiceGuy nicest guys in]] anime, and is also quite the ChickMagnet. Rohfa has a huge crush on him, Road is openly smitten with him, and it is implied in one of the Reverse novels that Lenalee is interested in him romantically.
* ''Manga/DrSlump'': [[spoiler: Arale in the future marries {{Nice Guy}} Obotchaman. (Both are Ridiculously Human Robots with the shapes and minds of children)]]
** Hiyoko, Peasuke's girlfriend, is also an example.
** Akane ([[AllGirlsWantBadBoys although at first it seemed to be the opposite]]),eventually starts dating Tsukutsun, who is a very levelheaded and friendly boy, [[spoiler: and even marries him]].
* ''Manga/DNAngel'' has every female fall for the phantom thief Dark, with the exception of [[spoiler: Riku Harada]] who falls in love with the [[NiceGuy sweet, good-natured Daisuke.]]
* In ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'', Selecao No. 11 is Kuroha Diana Shiratori, a modelling agency president whose personal quest to "save Japan" is [[StrawFeminist motivated by the country's hideously misogynistic culture]]. Her favourite tactic is seducing rapists and other cruel men and then [[SerialKillerKiller castrating and torturing them]] when they're in the seclusion of her apartment. However she develops an affection for [[GuileHero Takizawa]] because he's a [[NiceGuy "good boy"]] and eventually becomes an ally to him.
* Lucy [[spoiler:whose real name is Kaede]] from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' falls for Kouta because he is the first person to be genuinely kind to her and not shun her because she is different ([[FreakyIsCool he even finds her horns cool]]). Even though she gets, to say the least, deranged and murderous later in life, she continues loving Kouta for his virtues and refuses to harm him.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'':
** Eureka falling for friendly and sensitive Renton for his good-nature fits this trope like a glove.
** Anemone falls for Dominic, her caretaker, because taking care of her is not a job for him, and he also was genuinely kind to her despite how utterly troubled she is.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': [[spoiler:Mavis Vermillion]] fell in love with [[spoiler:Zeref]] because she saw the tortured soul beneath his exterior, and his kindness in helping her and her friends learn magic. Thus, she is immensely disappointed in the man he is today, [[spoiler:though she does recognize the circumstances that caused his change in character (specifically her death) are more than justifiable]].
* In ''Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks'', Rin admits that while she's annoyed by Shirou's martyr complex, she can't help but be drawn to his noble and kind nature.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', all the [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty warriors]] and [[DarkLord cruel overlords]] want gentle and beautiful Yuria as their wife but she would rather give herself to the badass yet ''genuinely'' kind, generous and caring Kenshiro.
* In ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', the fact that Kazuya Aoi is respectful and kind towards the ''very'' troubled Satellizer makes her develop affection towards him. Also applies to Lana. She was told before leaving her village that the man who could make her Stigmata "resonate" would be her destined partner. Kazuya's Freezing has this exact effect, leading to her initial interest in him as a partner.
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', this happens quite frequently. Kyoko falls deeply in love with Katsuya (though very sarcastic, he was the first person to ever try to understand her and treated her kindly). Machi falls for the gentle, good-natured Yuki. Mitsuru becomes very close to Ritsu, bonding over the stress Shigure causes them. Komaki is practically married to Manabu who, zaniness aside, is very attentive and caring towards her, and ''the'' time he went overboard was in a misguided desire to help her (which she immediately bites him for). Rin actually says that the reason she fell in love with Haru was because he was "a kind boy", who took care of her after everyone else abandoned her. Even in the case of Kyo, Tohru is attracted to the sweet, loving side of him that becomes more and more prominent as the series goes on.
** Given that everyone in this manga is severely tramautized and/or have emotional issues, this isn't surprising. A gender-flipped example is Tohru herself, who breaks the ViciousCycle of abuse that isolates everyone in the Sohma family by just being nice to them and listening to their troubles. (Of course, Tohru has issues of her own, but that's not the point.) Only two people- Kyo and Momiji- love her romantically, but as the plot progresses, all the Sohmas grow fond of her [[spoiler: -- including Akito, the ''extremely'' cruel BigBad, who turns out to be a terribly unloved person underneath all the craziness. And it's Tohru's kindness that helps her have her HeelFaceTurn.]] It is this platonic love that gives the Zodiac the confidence to stand up to the [[spoiler: EvilMatriarch]] that controls their lives.
* In ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'', Asuka Sugo doesn't return the affections of the RoyalBrat rich kid and racer Randoll, she instead falls for the sometimes temperamental but NiceGuy Hayato, who also happens to be her longtime friend, and falls for him because of his extraordinary will to win and his honesty.
* ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'':
** Alita falls like a brick for the idealistic and sweet boy Yugo, but he isn't much into her and turns out to be [[spoiler: a spine thief]]. When Alita finds out however, she doesn't care. [[spoiler: And when Yugo finally seems ready to return Alita's feelings, he dies.]]
** Happens later in the manga when she falls for Figure Four, a happy-go-lucky BigGuy who can handle himself against cyborgs. The moment seems to be after [[spoiler: he stands up for his friend against her, despite his friend being a spineless wimp.]]
* In ''Manga/{{H2}}'', Haruka comments in an early chapter that all the guys she's ever liked have turned out to be jerks. Noticing the way she's looking at Hiro, his childhood friend Hikari comments "I don't think you're off this time". She isn't.
* ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' is a MagicalGirl series in which the titular heroine searches for a MacGuffin through Europe. The closest to a LoveInterest that she has is a handsome photographer named Serge, who's a NiceGuy and some more and keeps helping her when she needs it.
* ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'': Kind and sweet Jeudi falling since the beginning for the NiceGuy Lundi, despite Count Germont's pursuing and the appearance of TeenGenius Leonhardt. (Although Leon is also a NiceGuy, Lundi still has the advantage.)
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': Takane Emomoto has a huge crush on her (only) classmate, Haruka Kokonose - ObliviousToLove textbook-NiceGuy and IllBoy. [[{{Tsundere}} Not that she'll admit it to anyone. Including herself.]] [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the day she ''did'' decide to tell him happened to be the day they were both murdered. [[TearJerker Before either had a chance to say anything]]. His [[DyingDeclarationOfLove last words imply the feeling was mutual]]]].
* Kaguya from ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' is in love with NiceGuy Shirogane, and admits at one point that she fell in love with him precisely because she realized that he was a SheepInSheepsClothing. It's not the ''only'' reason she's attracted to him (she has a fetish for people with tired looking eyes and he suffers from chronic sleep deprivation), but it is the main one.
* While Hikaru's attraction to Kyousuke Kasuga in ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' comes from her accidentally seeing him use his PsychicPowers and thinking he's the most awesome guy around, Madoka's own crush on him comes from how Kyousuke is among the few males at their school [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon who treats her as a person instead of just fearing her.]] (Well, the other guy who does it from the start is Yusaku but he's smitten with Hikaru instead, while Hatta and Komatsu ''only'' start talking more to Madoka once Kyousuke does so.)
* One of the things that makes ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' so refreshing to read is that the heroine's love interest is a genuinely NiceGuy who wins her over by simply being sweet and kind to her.
* ''Manga/KotouraSan'':
** A young woman with Yuriko's looks and temperament probably wouldn't have much trouble finding a date, but she relentlessly pursues the nebbish but intelligent and kind [[TheShortGuyWithGlasses Dai'chi]]. His [[CelibateHero apparent refusal to acknowledge her charms, sexual or otherwise]], merely spurs [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou her attempts to make him notice her.]]
** On the other hand, Haruka loves Manabe not only because [[UnderstandingBoyfriend he accepts her for who she is]], but also [[HonestAdvisor he literally speaks his mind]], regardless of [[AllMenArePerverts his sexual fantasies]].
* ''Manga/LoveHina'': In the end, Naru does finally marry Keitaro (after she tones down the worst of her {{Tsundere}} traits), and we have Shinobu and Motoko suffering from unrequited love.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Most of the girls fall under this - at least, those who have a crush on Negi. ([[ChickMagnet Which is still most of them.]]) Negi himself is a very kind, caring, protective boy, and most of the time the girls initially fall for him because they see that kindness as they become friends with him or he helps them out.
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'': Though occasionally a jerk, most of Godai's jerkish behavior comes from being '''too''' nice (and hence unreliable), if that makes any sense.
* Shiranui Hansode in ''Manga/MedakaBox'' loves Zenkichi because he is [[NiceGuy "too sweet to stomach"]]. He is the one person she would never truly betray. [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy She's even willing to support his attempts to woo Medaka]] even though she ''hates'' Medaka. [[spoiler:Even after she drops her long act as Medaka's Double, she still seems to have a soft spot for him.]]
* In ''Manga/MidoriDays'', Ayase initially despises Seiji seeing him as nothing but a violent delinquent. This starts to change when a bunch of delinquents from another school try to take her away for some "fun" and Seiji is the only person who defends her (the other students taking a "not my problem" stance). She falls for him for real when she sees him willingly taking a beating to protect his friend.
* Lacus Clyne falls for NiceGuy and male ShrinkingViolet Kira Yamato in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', even though this means breaking her arranged engagement to Athrun Zala. While Athrun is himself a [[NiceGuy good person]] too, the engagement was arranged by their parents, and it's all but stated that Athrun and Lacus [[PlatonicLifePartners considered each other friends rather than prospect lovers]] and were going along with it because their parents were expecting it, hence why when Lacus hooks up with Kira, Athrun doesn't mind, and vice versa.
** Also, [[spoiler: Fllay at first ''hated'' Kira since he was unable [[DisappearedDad to save her beloved father]], so [[HoneyTrap she pretended to love him so she could drive him to his death]]. However, Kira was genuinely and constantly kind to her, and Fllay found herself [[BecomingTheMask falling in love with him for real]]...]]
* ''Manga/MonkeyHigh'': [[TheOjou Dignified]], [[DefrostingIceQueen aloof]] Haruna falls for [[{{Keet}} Macharu]]. Why? He was the first person who went out of his way to befriend her in spite of her cool demeanor. Plus, he's {{Adorkable}} and has a fun sense of humor that gets even Haruna.
* ''Manga/MyLoveStory'': Rinko falls for Takeo because he rescued her from a groper on the train, punched the groper's lights out when he tried to claim that she was asking for it, and in general is gentle, supportive, and considerate of her needs and wishes ([[ObliviousToLove even if he didn't always understand what those wishes were]]). She sees all these qualities as making him extremely handsome. The inverse is true as well: Takeo fell for Rinko because she's unfailingly kind, generous, and in his words, "pure-hearted". By comparison, all of his crushes before Rinko were only polite to his face and mocked him behind is back, something he didn't know until Suna told him.
** Takeo's mother and father are this way too, with Mr. Goda saying that he married Mrs. Goda for her vivacity and altruism.
* In ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'', the trope likely applies to Yui. [[spoiler: According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, Hachiman saved Yui's dog from a car accident that had him in hospital for 3 weeks.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** This is the reason why Tsunade fell for Dan instead of Jiraiya and why she never got over him.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with Sakura towards Naruto. In Chapter 469, Sakura makes a [[FalseConfession blatantly fake love confession]] to Naruto that lists all of the reasons why he is better for her and Sasuke isn't. Naruto easily sees right through it, [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out for lying]], as he knows that [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys she only loves Sasuke]] (he later confirmed this to Sai in Chapter 474), [[ShipSinking rejects her outright]] by telling her that he '''hates''' people who lie to themselves, and then [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/27b99316f2f0e199143d93b0123d55c9/tumblr_inline_p3judwFxzL1vololo_540.png breaks his promise to her]] because he wants to rescue Sasuke ''not'' for her anymore, but for [[TrueCompanions his own reasons]] now.
*** Sakura does eventually play it straight, except with [[spoiler:Sasuke]], who makes his definitive HeelFaceTurn after Naruto finally knocks sense into him and he becomes TheAtoner.
** Asuma Sarutobi is a FormerTeenRebel, but by the time he got together with the local TeamMom Kurenai, he had matured into a well-loved TeamDad.
** [[{{Tsundere}} Tenten]]'s potential relationship with [[HotBlooded Lee]] has been teased both in the official series and in the ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth'' spin-off. There was also a scene, prior to Shippuden, where Tenten lovingly looked at Lee and blushed as she admired his devotion and hardworking personality.
** As revealed in the {{canon}} movie ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', Hinata fell in love with Naruto [[ChildhoodFriendRomance when they were children]] after [[RescueRomance he protected her from three bullies]] on a [[SnowMeansLove snowy day]] before they enrolled in the Academy.
** {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} with Naruto towards [[spoiler:Hinata]]. ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm3'' has a sidequest where Naruto makes the "Ultimate Decision" between [[NiceGirl innocent girls]] like [[spoiler:Hinata]] or [[{{Tsundere}} brisk girls]] like Sakura and Ino. The innocent girl choice is described as what Naruto really likes, while the brisk girl choice is described as the safe option so that Sakura and Ino wouldn't get mad. This fits well with canon: One of the reasons why Naruto develops a strong friendship with [[spoiler:Hinata]] that grows into love is because out of all his friends, [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe she always treats him with respect and kindness]]. In Chapter 77, when [[spoiler:Hinata]] gives Naruto her ointment, he thanks her and points out that she's "far too kind." This scene even gets a meaningful CallBack in ''The Last''. Finally, in his ImageSong for ''The Last''--which is a response to [[spoiler:Hinata's]] song--Naruto states that while he didn't notice the depths of [[spoiler:Hinata's]] feelings for him during the main series, he points out that she's always regarded him with "overflowing kindness."
** What really made Naruto's mother, Kushina, fall in love with his father, Minato, was [[RescueRomance him rescuing her]] from the Kumo ninja who kidnapped her and afterwards referring to [[HeroesWantRedheads her long red hair]], something that was repeatedly made fun of, as beautiful.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Hikari Horaki falls for Toji Suzuhara and is literally asked by Asuka about [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what she sees in him]]. She replies blushingly that she sees his kind side, which baffles Asuka.
** Ironically, both Asuka ''and'' Rei fell for the ShrinkingViolet main character Shinji, who at least tried to understand their massive issues. And then [[FromBadToWorse shit happened]].
** Shinji himself pretty much fell [[HomoeroticSubtext for Kaworu]], because he was genuinely gentle to him and told him openly that he loved and cared for him. [[spoiler: Even Kaworu's last moments were full of kindness towards Shinji]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Boa Hancock falls in love with Luffy [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe Because He Was Nice To Her]]. Well, that, and he punched out a [[AristocratsAreEvil World Noble]], one of only two people in the world with the guts to go through with it. [[spoiler: And the World Nobles were those who actually enslaved and tortured Hancock and her sisters nearly into insanity, making her the... really troubled person she is.]]
** It is unlikely that ''any'' fictional character has tried harder to find a husband than Lola has, having asked 4452 men to marry her, including ''all'' of the male members of the Straw Hats, even the non-human Chopper and the undead Brook. They all said no. If [[{{Gonk}} her appearance]] doesn't turn them away, her habit of coming on too strong will; it tends to be the first thing she asks upon meeting men. Luckily, she takes rejection in stride, and she still shows no signs of giving up.
** This trope becomes ''vital'' in the ''Whole Cake Island'' saga. [[spoiler: Initially, [[TheFakeCutie Charlotte Pudding]] despised her arranged groom [[RebelPrince Vinsmoke Sanji]], and [[DaddysLittleVillain happily collaborated]] with her cruel mother [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Big Mom]] in what was supposed to be a fake wedding that would finish with them killing Sanji and his BigScrewedUpFamily to take a hold of their wealth and scientific discoveries. Thing is, Sanji just ''happened'' to tell Pudding at some point that her ThirdEye [[FreakyIsCool is really pretty]]... and Pudding, a ''very'' bitter BrokenBird who had gone the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds way ''because'' of said ThirdEye, [[BrokenTears collapsed in tears]] and couldn't bring herself to kill him.]] This means, [[spoiler: Sanji's well-timed kind words ''[[SpannerInTheWorks completely undid Big Mom's plan]]'', saved his and his family's lives, and made Pudding genuinely fall in love with him (as much as her severely broken mind allows her).]] The kicker? [[spoiler: Pudding is one of the aforementioned Lola's younger sisters.]]
* ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'', where the attractive [[spoiler:Dr. Chiba]] reveals that she's in love with the seriously obese [[spoiler:[[GentleGiant Tokita]]]], because of his kind, loving heart.
* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'' has two between Ayaka and Makiko.
** Ayaka realizes [[ChristmasCake she isn't getting any younger]] and desperately wants to find that 'special someone'. She knows Detective Karino is in love with her and goes out of his way to prove she can depend on him, which she likes about him, even though he screws up a lot of the time. [[PlayingHardToGet But she doesn't make it easy for him.]]
** Makiko is a 19 year old college freshman, who finds herself the unfortunate target of Dracula's thirst for virgin blood. By the end of the first Incident File, she falls for [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Bosco]], an anemic vampire who runs a teashop [[RescueRomance and helped save her]] from Dracula.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': In XY, [[ChildhoodFriends Serena]] has a [[EveryoneCanSeeIt confirmed crush]] on [[AllLovingHero Ash Ketchum]] and had originally left home and started her journey in order to meet him again.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has a lesbian example. [[spoiler:Homura]] falls in love with Madoka because she's a kind optimist who genuinely wants her to feel appreciated, which she badly needs after a whole life of illness and isolation. In this instance, dramatic conflict is caused [[spoiler:through Madoka's brutal death, which spurs Homura to travel back in time and do a lot of bad things to avert it]].
** The [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion sequel film]] explores the trope further. [[spoiler:Homura]] still admires Madoka's compassion, but she also dislikes it: as long as they live in an imperfect world, Madoka will feel compelled to sacrifice herself for the good of others. [[spoiler:And in their universe, this is likely to end in her death]]. Ultimately, this trope is... [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. [[spoiler: [[BrokenBird Homura]] loves Madoka deeply, yes, but thanks to her DarkAndTroubledPast is ultimately [[LivingEmotionalCrutch very dependent on Madoka]] and has gone to some extreme ends to try and protect her while also trying to help her. Madoka's [[AllLovingHero selfless love for people]] always contrasts against [[HumansAreFlawed Homura's once-selfless-but-then-increasingly-selfish]] love for her, which leads to Homura [[FaceHeelTurn ultimately swearing]] by LoveMakesYouEvil: she undermines all of Madoka's hard work because she believes it will make Madoka happy and because deep down, it will make Homura happy. (Which Homura even admits at some point.) So the girl who once wanted to be Madoka's savior [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe out of gratitude]]... [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain ultimately becomes the Devil to her Angel]].]]
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': The girls in Tsukune Aono's UnwantedHarem fell for him before he TookALevelInBadass, and long before ArtEvolution kicked in and turned him into a {{bishounen}}. Being a NiceGuy was literally all he had going for him, but he was a [[AllLovingHero really, really nice guy]].
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'': Oscar develops a romance with Andre, who's described as a "very sensitive and passionate young man", and a "true working-class hero".
* ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'': It's subtly implied for most of the series, but episode 15 and especially the final one makes it clear that [[{{Meganekko}} Ila]] is secretly in love with Louie. In the former, she tries to get him to notice her, while midway during episode 23, [[TryingNotToCry she finally loses her composure]] as she asks the others to help him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-yzFlcCMOs (at 6:40-7:50).]] In the end, once everything has been settled, Louie and co. head off on another journey. Ila says [[IWillWaitForYou she'll wait for him.]]
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'': It is Yuji Sakai's kind and friendly personality that draws both Shana and Kazumi toward him.
* ''Manga/SpiceAndWolf'': Holo sometimes makes unfavorable remarks about Lawrence's soft-heartedness, but his kindness is probably the main thing he has going for him. That said, she does cultivate him to be more assertive and outgoing to an extent. And she dislikes it when he holds back from risky business endeavors for her sake.
* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', Aya herself sees her crush towards Sunahara being based on his chivalry, and several cases of BecauseYouWereNiceToMe. However, Sunahara's [[NotEvilJustMisunderstood skirting around]] the JapaneseDelinquents trope makes viewers think it's a case of AllGirlsWantBadGuys.
* Played straight all the way with [[ActionGirl Atan Hadas]] from ''Manhwa/ThreadsOfTime''. She ''despises'' the [[EvilIsSexy ruggedly good looking]], sociopathic, AxCrazy Sali Tayi, and instead falls desperately in love with the shy, polite {{Bishonen}} protagonist Moon Bin. Especially during that time period, Moon Bin is a ''really'' nice guy.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Karina ends up falling for the [[HumbleHero selfless]], [[ChronicHeroSyndrome hyper-compassionate]] Kotetsu. Likewise, Tomoe (Kotetsu's late wife) started warming up to him once it became apparent that the supposed {{Delinquent}} was skipping classes to perform after school superheroics rather than to get into pointless fights like she assumed.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' gives us Ichigo Momomiya, a sweet, slightly [[TheDitz ditzy]] girl who has an adorable crush on, and eventually develops a romance with Masaya Aoyama, who's a really nice guy. [[spoiler: Then it gets complicated. In addition to being a good-hearted person, Masaya is also her MysteriousProtector but he's '''''also''''' the BigBad. Then his and Ichigo's [[ThePowerOfLove love conquer it all in the end]].]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' has Taiga in her attraction to NiceGuy Kitamura and later to Ryuuji, who's a NiceGuy too.
* ''Manga/{{X1999}}'': The relationship between the [[DefrostingIceQueen initially frigid and distant]] [[LadyOfWar Arashi]] and the [[PluckyComicRelief cheerful, sweet and caring]] [[TheLancer Sorata]] is a textbook example of this trope. She's annoyed with him at first since she's not used to deal with such persons, but she soons sees that there's a genuinely good heart [[ChivalrousPervert underneath all the flirting]]...
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'': It's well known that [[OneOfTheBoys Natsumi]] is crazy about [[DaChief Kachou]] and flirts with him whenever she gets the chance. But it's subverted in episode 33, which finally reveals why he doesn't reciprocate:
-->'''Kachou: (aloud, to himself)''' "You're a good girl, Tsujimoto... [[ItsNotYouItsMe if only I were 20 years younger."]]
** The trope is [[PlayedStraight played straight]] with Miyuki's affection for her fellow officer, Ken Nakajima. [[CannotSpitItOut Though they're both too shy to confess their feelings for each other.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'':
** In her youth, Yoko Sakaki was the boss of an all-female biker gang. She was tough, and took on anyone that looked at her funny. One day, while fighting a guy that took one of her crew hostage, a man showed up and put on a show everyone loved, which diffused all the tension. That man was Yusho, and seeing someone who was able to resolve a situation like that without fighting made her fall in love with him. They eventually got married and had a kid together, and by the start of the series proper, she is the loving mother of the protagonist, Yuya.
** Yuzu Hiragi is the same. The series shows that Yuzu holds feelings towards the protagonist Yuya besides friendship. She makes a point that she likes it when Yuya is his AllLovingHero self and has reacted with worry when he starts acting aggressively either willingly or [[SuperPoweredEvilSide not]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* From ''[[Comicbook/RobinSeries Robin]]'', Stephanie Brown (Spoiler/[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} Batgirl IV]]) was in a relationship with a sleazy douchebag who knocked her up and left her to fend for herself. Her next boyfriend was NiceGuy Tim Drake ([[Comicbook/RobinSeries Robin III]], [[Comicbook/RedRobin Red Robin III]]) who took care of her during her pregnancy, brought her to birthing classes, and even crossed hundred of miles in one night just to see her at the hospital during her labour.
* ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'' has Alma Mayer who simply wants a man who will be dedicated enough to bring her to Niagara Falls.
* ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy, after seven seasons of screwing two "good" [[note]] (according to her screwed-up definition of soul + dead + still walking + penis + about as old as Independent America = good) [[/note]] vampires, a genetically-altered soldier, and a one-night stand with a college sleazeball, finally goes after the one good man who had pined for her way back in high school.
* Diamondback, a villainess member of the Serpent Society, dated ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and offered to drop crime for him on their first meeting. She took awhile getting around to it, but she [[HeelFaceTurn did do it]].
* Although ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} sometimes gets sick of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s sense of honor, she is in love with him because of his righteousness and kindness towards her. Earth-2 Catwoman fell for Batman (after she had reformed -- this was not a LoveRedeems situation).
** Batman is an odd one: because he cultivates an almost-villainous reputation, but is in fact IncorruptiblePurePureness, he's AllGirlsWantBadBoys to the heroines who are attracted to him, and SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan to the villainesses.
* ComicBook/FantasticFour: The Invisible Woman always chooses to remain with her husband, [[TheSmartGuy Mr. Fantastic]], instead of indulging in her physical attraction to [[BadBoy Namor the Sub-Mariner]].
* In ''ComicBook/JenniferBlood'', the title character fell in love with and married a mild-mannered, goofy, and good-natured accountant precisely because he was the opposite of every man -- all hardened ruthless criminals -- she had ever known in her life. In her own words, her husband is the kind of man her evil uncles would have dismissed as "weak", because he's the kind of man who makes society work instead of preying on it.
* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}: Dick Grayson has had [[ChickMagnet quite a ridiculous number of women]] in the DC Universe fall in love with him, [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn sometimes unintentionally on his part]] just for being a NiceGuy. Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} once spontaneously made out with him, all because he made a speech about being a good teammate.
* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' has a variation of sorts. Scott is a DownplayedTrope of both a NiceGuy and JerkWithAHeartOfGold (ergo, somewhere in between, though more leaning to NiceGuy.) Scott is not the best person and is prone to being InnocentlyInsensitive, impulsive and flat-out making dumb decisions. All in all, he's a pretty flawed human being. However, he is ultimately a decent and nice guy while functioning as TheHeart of his group of friends. It's this reason that Ramona ends up being with him.
** She even calls him the nicest guy she's been with and the fact that he is learning to recognize his mistakes and improve on himself is what seperates him from the other exes (while also motivating Ramona to do the same.)
** This extends to Scott's relationship wth his ex-girlfriends. His first girlfriend, Kim Pine, has known him the longest of their circle of friends and despite the abrupt end of their relationship (due to Scott having to move, though Scott mishandled on telling her), she still cares plenty about Scott (with implications she still has strong feelings for him) though masks it with her grumpiness and snarkiness. Also the basis for Scott and Knives being together; while the ending of their relationship was ultimately Scott's fault, they were happy during the time they were together and Scott was a good and attentive boyfriend for her, it's why Knives still has strong feelings for Scott.
** {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} example as well since all of Scott's past girlfriends were all decent women at heart, including Ramona (depsite being rough around the edges like Scott was.) Conversed regarding Scott with Natalie a.k.a. Envy; he liked her because she was a nice girl and they shared interests. Their relationship began to declne when she began to change... and not for the better. Having joined Scott and Stephen's band, Kid Chameleon, her talenet brought plenty of newfound fame and success to the band, which led [[TookALevelInJerkass to her changing her image, usurping control of the band while adding in more people, dismissing the opinions of the rest of the band members (especially with their rise in fame) and becoming more aloof and uncaring in her relationship with Scott.]] Ultimately, while [[spoiler: Scott instigated the actual argument that spelled the end of their relationship (which he did not remember, Stephen claims he got drunk, which presumably is why)]], the change from Natalie to Envy was the main force in their relationship ending.
* Franchise/SpiderMan has attracted plenty of cynical women in Marvel due to his nice and heroic personality. This includes Black Cat (a thief), ComicBook/MsMarvel (a fellow Avenger who still opposed him due to opposing the SRA) and recently Mockingbird (a SHIELD agent who had divorced Hawkeye).
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** Pre-Crisis Supergirl fell for Dick Malverne because he was handsome, sweet and really, —really—, patient. As told in ''Comicbook/YoungLove'':
--->'''Supergirl:''' I'd had other boyfriends... but there was something special about Richard. He was sweet, and he loved me.
** ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2005}} In the post-Crisis universe]]'', Supergirl had a huge crush on Dick Grayson alias Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} because he was nice and understanding. Kara once spontaneously made out with him, all because he made a speech about being a good teammate.
** ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2011}} In the New 52]]'', Kara fell for a nice, kind-hearted guy called Michael. After meeting Red Hood, Michael is worried that she will like a "bad boy" like Jason Todd, but Kara states that she doesn't want bad boys like him, but someone normal and dependable.
--->'''Supergirl:''' Some girls go for that sort of thing. Me? I just want something normal. Something real.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** ComicBook/LoisLane (eventually) for Clark Kent, before she found out he was also Superman. That freaked her out a little, but she decided that since he's still a NiceGuy and Clark is his natural personality, it would be foolish to throw him over.
** In the post-Crisis universe, Comicbook/LanaLang had a crush on Clark because he was a nice guy long before she found out about his powers.
** And in the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, [[spoiler:Franchise/WonderWoman opens up to a relationship with Superman and it's implied several times that his compassion is a very big factor, and [[AllAmazonsWantHercules that she's not with him because of his incredible power]].]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Laurie eventually realizes that Jon really loves her. Although his detachment from humanity caused him to be used as a walking murder weapon during the Vietnam war, she's attracted to his omniscience, his virility and his power over her. She also realizes that, as a god, he's unable to care for her the way a normal guy could. [[spoiler: So she ends up with the nerdy, mild-mannered, fat, balding, initially impotent Dan Dreiberg, and they live happily ever after]].
* Franchise/XMen: This is trope is why Comicbook/JeanGrey ultimately chooses Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} over Wolverine.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]] fell in love with Shinji because he was nice, good-natured, and he occasionally might be brave, determined and selfless:
-->She could admit it now, in a slightly more self-conscious part of her mind. He was kind of cute. He was polite and self-effacing to the point it could drive her nuts, but he was also kind, gentle, and could be stupidly brave to almost ridiculous lengths when protecting others. 'He dove into a volcano without a second's thought to save me. No one's ever done anything even close to that for me.' He was an elite Eva Pilot, like her, a 'prime catch' as some of the other girls at school had quietly mentioned. He sometimes showed a spark of energy and anger when she'd pushed at him that secretly thrilled her, the way he would react to her, pushing to match her, making her push just as hard to stay ahead of him. He made her feel alive. He was... a good guy. He'd renewed his promise this morning, when he must have thought she was asleep. He wasn't just saying things for her to hear. He meant it. And now he wanted to be with her.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Asuka liked Shinji because he was kind, sensitive and honest, even when she was harsh or rude.
-->'''Asuka''':''"Baka...you're so sensitive sometimes..."''\\
'''Shinji''':''"Y-yeah...I know..."''\\
''Shinji wipes his tears with the handkerchief. She kisses his cheek. He blushes.''\\
'''Asuka''' (smiling):''"I like you because of that. You're always honest with me, even when I'm mean to you..."''
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Rather falling in love with any of the dictators or thugs ravaging the [[AfterTheEnd post-Third Impact world]] [[BrokenAce Asuka]] fell for [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Shinji]], who for all his faults was selfless, kind, thoughtful and sincerely cared for her.
* ''FanFic/CupidsWrath'': In this ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fanfiction, Ember [=McLain=] is hit with a love spell that makes her fall for Danny. However, when the spell wears off, Ember has developed real feelings for Danny since, unlike her ex-boyfriends, he's a NiceGuy.
* A large part of Klavier's attraction to Apollo in ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'' that's not wrapped in TheDulcineaEffect and his initial SerialRomeo affection is that Apollo is a very caring and attentive lover.
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Asuka, in the middle of [[SuddenlySexuality a bit of a personal crisis]]:
--> She liked Shinji. A lot. However hard she'd tried to tell herself otherwise after that kiss, which with the benefit of bitter hindsight she knew she'd botched just as badly as he had. He was patient and loyal and brave and selfless and all the things she should have said, but couldn't because she was scared of rejection, a rejection that had never happened. Not even at the very end.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'':
** As much as she wanted to hate him in the beginning for being her new [[TheRival rival]], [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] could not help to fell for nice, considerate, patient, thoughtful [[AcePilot Shinji]] that would always love her not matter what, rather a manly, confident hunk like she claimed that she wanted. During their [[spoiler:proposal scene]] she even tells that she does not understand why he would want to get attached [[spoiler:for life]] to a basket-case like her.
** And [[EmotionlessGirl Rei]] fell for Kaworu, the nicest person in the entire base, that always cares for everyone and is nearly uncapable to hold grudges.
* Shows up in the short ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''Fanfic/GimmeShelter''. where, Fancypants gets himself a date with Fleur de Lis by acting like a perfect [[HoldYourHippogriffs gentlecolt]] towards her by and offering her a bed for the night unmolested after she got caught out in a pouring storm without a coat and miles from her home.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Asuka got married to Shinji, who despite his flaws and mistakes tries to be fundamentally a good person.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': In chapter 9 of the rewrite Asuka explains why she likes Shinji. Simply put, she likes Shinji because he is strong and kind rather merely handsome in a rugged way:
-->''Holding the skimpy gown, she tried to imagine Kaji opening the door to her cabin and falling silently into bed with her, but every time, she forgot herself, and she discovered someone else in his place, someone shorter and slighter without the shaggy two day growth of beard and sloppy grin, someone quiet and unassuming but strong and kind, and in her mind's eye, she'd reach up and slip his glasses off as she…''
* This is the case with much of the major female cast in ''Fanfic/TheLionOfIvalice.'' The best example would be [[spoiler: Lionsguard Captain Agrias Oaks.]] It is strongly implied that she spends a significant portion of the first half of the story in a sexual relationship with [[spoiler: Delita Hyral]] but she is not foolish enough to think it's anything more than physical, especially after he accomplishes one of his major goals and he has not much use for her. It is around this time that she decides that she had nothing in common with him to begin with and the relationship ends with little fanfare. Then she meets [[spoiler: Zalbag Beoulve]] and thanks to a long chain of events ends up spending much of her time with him. She spends much time getting to know him personally as a stranger, then as a fellow knight, a friend, and finally a lover, providing a much stronger foundation for a healthy relationship, [[spoiler: and she eventually marries him and assumes the title of Duchess of Gallione, and [[BabiesEverAfter is pregnant with his child]] in the epilogue.]]
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' Asuka likes Shinji because he’s someone who understands her, is patient with her and would never leave her.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', a major reason why Misty starts falling for Ash is because of how kind and caring he is. Considering how unused she is to human affection, even of a platonic nature, it's no surprise.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': [[TheWoobie Asuka]] fell in love with [[spoiler:and [[HappilyMarried got married to]]]] [[IronWoobie Shinji]] who was "the most caring and compassionate person she knew."
* In ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'' Kurogane likes that Syaoran is better person than him and admits that it's one of his most attractive qualities.
--> I love you because when you vow to protect someone, you don't screw it up every five minutes like I do. Because when the people you care about treat you like shit, you still love them. Because when you see a total stranger in trouble, you don't even have to think before you help them—you just do it. You could be ugly, or incompetent, or stupid, and I would still love you because you're a good person.
* This is the main reason why Lady Maria becomes attracted to Solaire in ''[[FanFic/HotspringSouls Slice of Souls!]]'', apart from [[BirdsOfAFeather them having similar tastes and hobbies]] and [[spoiler: them having [[DarkAndTroubledPast similar backgrounds]] that both involved an unhappy life in an affluent but neglectful family.]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/SupermanOf2499TheGreatConfrontation'', [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Katherine]] chooses Alan over his brother because Alan is sensitive and kind as opposite to Adam who is adventurous but sinister and over-domineering.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': Asuka states some of her reasons to like Shinji in chapter 19:
-->''"That person you call scum is worth a thousand of you…and a hundred of me! [...] He's fought to protect everyone, all without any kind of super powers, even though he never wanted to! [...] And unlike some people, he doesn't hide behind anger, or a mask, or false bravado! [...] When he does come out of his shell talk to you, you know the person you're dealing with is really him!"''
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/10487325?view_full_work=true This]] ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'' fanfic takes it UpToEleven. The female protagonist states, in the beginning, that she does not think Beshelar's appearance very impressive, and is a bit frightened by his stern demeanour. His willingness to GiveTheBabyAFather just because he [[IGaveMyWord gave his word]] in a ceremony where that was mostly for tradition's sake, and his loyalty to her slowly win her over. Notably, all the things he does that might be perceived as romantic gestures are subverted somehow. He gives her flowers and tells her it is because the flower vendor had only one bunch left and he figured he could buy it and spare the vendor some work. When he writes a letter to her, it doesn't contain any declarations of love, but his permission for her to continue working, which she needs because of the very patriarchal society. The document extends the permission to her unborn child, and threatens vengeance to anyone who doesn't return it to her after she ends her employment there. He gives her money, stating that he can't have people thinking that he doesn't provide for his wife. It doesn't fool her.
* ''Fanfic/XMenTheEarlyYears'': In "Boy Scouts, Sex, and Other Mysterious Things", a girl who the team meets admits she's looking for a nice guy who won't take advantage of her, unlike the creeps she used to date.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/{{Bearskin}}'', the youngest daughter agrees to marry the frightful-looking hero because only a good man would have paid off a total stranger's debts.
* "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" has this trope written all over it. The heroine is terrified at first by the Beast's monstrous appearance, but he is kind and caring from the start. This causes her to eventually fall in love with him, as she realizes that TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside.
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/57goldenbird.html "The Golden Bird"]], the prince who brings back the golden bird for his father also brings back a princess; when his brothers try to kill him and threaten her, she does not stop grieving until the prince returns alive. Similarly in [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/firebird/stories/birdgrip.html "The Bird Grip"]] and "Literature/TsarevitchIvanTheFireBirdAndTheGrayWolf".
** In some versions, the other brothers try to force the princess to marry one of them. She keeps them away by clawing at the eyes of whoever comes near her, but quickly recognizes the youngest brother when no one else does and welcomes him back.
* In [[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/392.htm "The Golden Mermaid"]], the mermaid refuses to leave the body of the murdered youngest son, who actually carried out TheQuest, even when his older brothers threaten her.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** Maria wants to be listened to and loved for more than just her looks, as she demonstrates when she gets annoyed with Joaquin for not understanding this. It's only when Joaquin shows his true self that she agrees to seriously think about his proposal. Ultimately, Maria falls in love with Manolo, the [[HumbleHero humble]], [[NiceGuy sweet]] musician who promises to ''never'' stop loving her. In fact, the first indications she gets her LoveEpiphany is when he publicly refuses to kill the bull.
** Heavily implied with La Muerte. In the opening, she sadly tells Xibalba he's not the man she fell in love with years ago. [[spoiler:Plus, she only gets back with Xibalba when he admits his mistake in his past actions and apologizes]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'': One would think Lucy Wilde would fall under AllGirlsWantBadBoys since she admired Gru for his work in villainy, but it's this because she was even more impressed with his good parenting and [[spoiler:began to actively date and later marry him because he made a full HeelFaceTurn and saved her from dying in a volcano.]]
* ''[[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]]'':
** This is a staple of Franchise/DisneyPrincess movies. The princes might be [[SatelliteLoveInterest rather bland]] (especially the early ones), but one cannot deny that they are good people who love the heroines. Even in the case of [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]], [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Naveen]], and [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Flynn Rider]], who all start off as jerks, the respective princesses don't fall for them until they undergo CharacterDevelopment and become better people.
** Princess Jasmine in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' isn't interested in the rich, pompous suitors who just want to marry her to become sultan. Instead, she falls in love with the poor but kindhearted Aladdin after he rescues her from an angry vendor. They bond over feeling trapped by their circumstances and Aladdin is the first to ever treat her like a person rather than an object to use for politics. When Aladdin puts on a rich prince act to try and impress her, she rejects him but when he starts to be himself, she realizes he's the boy she fell in love with in the marketplace. Even when it's discovered he's not a prince, she confesses her love for him.
** Beret Girl in ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'' greatly prefers the meek GentleGiant, PJ, to his forward and slightly obnoxious friend, [[HopelessSuitor Bobby]], with any [[FatBestFriend potential disadvantages to his physical appearance]] being glossed over [[InsecureLoveInterest despite his beliefs they wouldn't be]]. Their relationship ends up being based mostly on conversations with some cuddling.
** From ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'', Neera likes Aladar because of his compassionate ways to the weaker herd members.
** An odd case in Disney's ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' where NiceGuy Felix is instantly smitten with {{Ladette}} ActionGirl Sgt. Calhoun. It takes a bit for Calhoun to [[DefrostingIceQueen warm up to him]], but they end up HappilyMarried.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Anna falls for Prince Hans because she believes him to be a NiceGuy who doesn't want to shut her out. Later, realizing he isn't as good a person as she thought, she finds love with Kristoff, who turns out to be a more caring person than she realized.
** ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': Marianne dumped Roland when she caught him cheating on her...''on their wedding day''. Marianne starts falling for [[spoiler: the Bog King]] after he shows his more sweeter side.
* Astrid from the ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' franchise falls for Hiccup. Hiccup is an AllLovingHero, and Astrid explicitly stated in "Thawfest Games" that one of the things she admired most about him was [[GracefulLoser modesty in defeat]].
* Marina from ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'' prefers Hubie over Drake.

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* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', Maid Marian is quite cold to Robin despite his obvious charm, until he reveals that he is acting on behalf of the suffering innocent. (Then, he was not interested in her good opinion until it dawned on him that when she called him a "Saxon hedge-robber", what she really objected to in that list was the "robber".)
* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': Natasha Romanoff freely admits to Bruce Banner that this is why she wants to be with him.
-->"All my friends are fighters. I've never met a man before who avoids the fight [[AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength because he knows he'll win]]."
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', there were hints that Peggy was beginning to fall for the pre-serum {{Adorkable}} [[HumbleHero humble]] NiceGuy Steve Rogers.
** Best exemplified in ''Film/AgentCarter''. Peggy has a framed picture of pre-serum Steve inside her desk drawer. She didn't fall in love with SuperSoldier Captain America; she fell in love with Steve Rogers, the skinny kid from Brooklyn who was too dumb to run away from a fight he couldn't win and too damn nice for his own good.
* In ''Film/TheCourtJester'', Maid Jean seems indifferent toward Hawkins at first, and the fact that Hawkins comes off as a bumbling fool, especially compared to the RobinHood {{Expy}} The Black Fox, seems to justify her attitude. When they spend some time alone together, prior to his taking the role of Giacomo the Jester, she confesses her true feelings to Hawkins, saying that she was attracted to his kindness and sensitivity; she is seen glancing longingly at Hawkins as he sings a lullaby to the infant king. She only seems cold and distant because she is focused on the task of overthrowing the usurper Roderick.
* Neha, the heroine of the Bollywood movie ''Bollywood/{{Dostana}}'' doesn't end up with either of the two good-looking guys, Sam and Kunal, who are willing to lie and cheat their way into her heart. She falls for Abhi instead, a kind family man.
* ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'': Ursula has no desire to marry her fiance Lyle, who is a rude and pompous {{Jerkass}}. Her mother, who is equally rude and pompous, is forcing her to go through with it. She eventually realizes she's in love with George, who may not be very bright but is kind to her and respects her.
* {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', where Link and Seaweed respectively fall in love with the kind-hearted and cheerful Tracy and Penny.
* The titlular ''Honey'' starring Jessica Alba, was attracted to the sweet and friendly barber compared to the big-time producer who made unwanted sexual advances to her and then fired her when she declined.
* In ''Film/JustFriends'', Chris Brander is mocked during his teenage years for being a fat, but smart and sensitive young man. He decides to abandon his old persona in order to chase wealth, power, and financial success, which he gains in spades. But when his flight is accidentally grounded in his old home town ten years later, he realizes that he needs to rediscover many of the character traits he left behind in order to court his highschool crush, a small town "girl next door" character. A variation of the ChildhoodFriendRomance.
* In ''Film/KateAndLeopold'' Kate says that Leopold is handsome, honest, courteous. Stands when you walk in a room. Brings you brioche in bed. She realizes that he is someone who came along who knew exactly what she wanted without asking.
* In ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', Maleficent is willing to befriend Stefan (and slowly falls in love with him) only when he gives up his attempt to steal from the fairies and behaves like a nice boy. Their relationship breaks apart when he is again overcome by greed and ambition. At the end, she [[spoiler: is subtly implied to take an interest in Diaval, who has been loyal to her and protective of little Aurora all through the film.]]
* In ''Film/TheMask'', Tina falls in love with NiceGuy Stanley Ipkiss. At the end, when Stanley asks her if she really wants him to get rid of the Mask since that means she'll be stuck with just him, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments she promptly throws the Mask into the river herself]].
** Peggy Brandt is also hinted to be this when she and Stanley first meet and discuss the letter he sent to her "Ask Peggy" column.
-->'''Stanley:''' ...You really think hundreds of women are looking for a guy like me?
-->'''Peggy:''' Sure... I'm one of 'em.
* Isabel and Donald in ''Mozart and the Whale''. In this case there was no question of choosing a bad boy over Donald. The problem was that they were ''both'' autistic and thus constantly [[{{Tearjerker}} and very painfully]] stepping on each others emotional toes.
* The whole love story of ''Film/MrDeedsGoesToTown'' and its remake.
** Creator/FrankCapra loved this trope. In ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'', the cynical Saunders falls for the earnest, naive but ultimately forthright and honorable Jefferson Smith. And in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', Mary Bailey chooses George Bailey over the wealthy Sam Wainwright.
* ''Film/TheParty'' has a sweet and shy French singer looking to break into Hollywood with the help of her 'willing' agent. All throughout the movie she talks with A-list members of the scene, and is ready and set to become a star. But during the climactic scene, when it comes down to becoming a starlet or being with extra-good guy [[Creator/PeterSellers Hrundi V. Bakshi]]? She chooses Bakshi.
* In ''Bollywood/RabNeBanaDiJodi'', the heroine chooses her nerdy Husband over the JerkWithAHeartOfGold who is wooing her. This being a Creator/ShahRukhKhan movie, [[spoiler: they end up being the same person]].
* In ''Film/TheRocketeer'', in the LoveTriangle between Jenny, Neville Sinclair, and Cliff, it is Cliff's concern for her welfare and Sinclair's manifest phoniness that sends Jenny back to Cliff.
* Out of all the guys who want her and despite being able to pick any guy she wants, Olivia from ''Film/ShesTheMan'' preferred honest "Sebastian" (who is actually his twin sister Viola in disguise). She would later fall in love with the real Sebastian.
* In ''Film/SomethingNew'', Kenya has to choose between two very different nice guys.
* In ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'', Becky has been friends with Dave since childhood. At first, Becky only considers Dave a friend but at the end of the movie, she genuinely falls in love with him.
* Nyota Uhura from the reboot version of ''Film/StarTrek'' is in a relationship of Spock. Why does she like him? Because he was genuinely interested in her character and intelligence, as well as being honest, brave, and intelligent.
* In ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' Allison rebuffs [[{{Jerkass}} Chad's]] creepy advances and eventually falls in love with the awkward yet decent hillbilly [[NiceGuy Dale]].
* Most of Creator/TylerPerry's movies have this. Usually the woman is someone who has serious problems (i.e. on drugs, single parent) and resists at first, then falls in love.
* From ''Film/WhereTheHeartIs'', Novalee was initially with her {{Jerkass}} boyfriend Willy Jack, having no one else and carrying his baby at the time, until he [[KickTheDog abandoned her at a Wal-Mart.]] Ultimately, she fell in love with [[spoiler: and married]] Forney, the local librarian.
** The same situation with Novalee's friend Lexie, who was attracted to [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys several bad boys.]] Who tended to leave her pregnant and run off on her. She would later marry {{Adorkable}} Ernie the Exterminator who, despite looking rather frumpy and plain, had a heart of gold
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Jessica is madly in love with Roger, for the reason cited above. After Eddie saved the day, she gave him a cool "My hero" and pounced on Roger for a SickeninglySweethearts moment. Furthermore, when Eddie incredulously asks for confirmation that she's married to Roger, WesternAnimation/BettyBoop responds with "What a lucky gal."
* In ''Film/TheWholeNineYards'', Jimmy "The Tulip's" wife Cynthia falls for Oz mostly because he's a really nice guy.
* ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' has Jean Grey give a major speech about this that sounds a lot like [[StarWars Princess Leia's]], though the outcomes of the two speeches are quite different: "Women like to flirt with a dangerous man. They don't marry him. They marry the good guy."


* ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'': All of the HappilyMarried couples come from women who fall in love with genuinely good men.
* ''Literature/AudreyWait'': All of the successful romantic leads are decent, all around reliable guys.
* Happens in all of Alex Flinn's fairy tale novels.
** ''Literature/{{Beastly}}'', being a retelling of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast", has Lindy only develop feelings for the cursed Kyle after he shows genuine affection for her.
** ''A Kiss in Time'' has Talia end up undergoing some CharacterDevelopment and loving the modern-day guy who kissed her awake, because he helped her out while she was in a strange place and treated her like a capable person (instead of being treated like a baby, as everyone else did).
** In ''Cloaked'', the {{adorkable}} shoemaker Johnny has a number of girls fall for him, one of which is a beautiful princess ([[spoiler:though she later admits that while she cares for him, she doesn't actually want to ''marry'' him.]])
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBookOfAtrixWolfe'', the SculleryMaid Saro is sent to deliver a tray of food to the prince in the haunted and half-ruined hall. She drops it; [[NiceToTheWaiter he takes the blame for startling her, especially after she had braved the ghosts and owls, and offers her a white lily]]. She goes back to the kitchen dreaming of him.
* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' has a lot of this. Jerin's sister Summer remarks that the boy her sister Corelle has a crush on "has a temper with the babies", which she dislikes. The protagonist Jerin, on the other hand, is a good man, which in addition to [[GenderRarityValue the fact that men are rare]] causes lots of women to pursue him.
* In ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', Dounia ends up marrying Razumihin instead of the rich but immoral Luhzin.
* The "Beta Male" theory is explained in detail in ''Literature/ADirtyJob'' by Creator/ChristopherMoore. It boils down to the observation that the nice-but-average guys who make up most of the population win in the end after girls get kicked to the curb one time too many by the JerkJock and cutthroat businessman.
* In the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures, Trix falls in love with Fitz because he's honest and trustworthy. The degree to which these particular positive traits are only relative to the fact she's a bit of a FemmeFatale and a MasterOfDisguise to boot is debatable, but he is indeed caring, sensitive, and dependable. He's also a consummate DeadpanSnarker, a ManChild to the point of getting on her nerves, and a ChivalrousPervert, but all told, he is indeed a good man.
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DrawOneInTheDark'', it's finding that Tom has not eaten all her food, and had cleaned up after himself that really makes Kyrie think about him.
* ''Literature/DresdenFiles''
** Margaret La Fey ultimately found happiness with Malcolm Dresden, who is always described as a genuinely good guy.
** And Charity fell in love with Michael, (a compassionate, responsible Christian whose job is literally to fight evil) after he saved her life when they were teenagers. By the series' beginning, they are very HappilyMarried.
** This is the reason a number of women fall for Dresden himself, even though [[HeroicSelfDeprecation he'd dispute his characterization as a "good man".]]
* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's heroines chose the hero for his heroic traits -- eventually. CultureClash and misunderstandings complicate matters even on top of their usual DamselInDistress separations.
** In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/TheMonsterMen'', Bulan's heroic defense of Virginia wins her heart -- even when she [[spoiler:thinks he's the [[CreatingLife product]] of her MadScientist father's experiments.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', female lead Hermione Granger has a long-running BelligerentSexualTension-style attraction to fundamentally good guy Ron Weasley. The thing that finally pushes her to [[GeekyTurnOn kiss him senseless]]? It's when Ron realizes in a panic that the House Elves are unprotected during the Battle of Hogwarts. The welfare of House Elves has long been a moral cause close to Hermione's heart, and one that had opened her up to general ridicule in previous books (''especially'' from Ron). Although it's worth pointing out there's a difference between forcing unwanted freedom on them, and trying to make sure they don't get killed.
** And even Hermione's brief love interest Viktor Krum, although he's introduced as an intimidating world-class athlete from a rival school, turns out to be a pretty nice guy.
** In fact, this is a trend throughout the series. Fleur Delacour falls in love with Bill Weasley, Cho Chang falls in love with Cedric and later pursues Harry, Ginny goes to the Yule Ball with Neville (before he fully TookALevelInBadass). Arthur and Molly Weasley must count - [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex they're into each other enough to have seven children!]] Lily Potter is an interesting example. [[spoiler: Her friendship with Snape fell apart due to his inclination toward the Dark Arts and that he made friends with some nasty people. On the other hand, she was greatly irritated with James because he was an arrogant show-off and the intensely antagonistic relationship with her best friend at the time, Snape. A theory is that Lily may be a Sweet-type Tsundere (generally sweet, but set off easily by their target of affection) as she went from disliking him in their fifth year to dating him by their seventh, indicating most of their relationship progress occured in sixth year. In fact, one brief moment has Harry smiling at the flashback of his dad being hoisted by teammmates for winning the match (much like Ron was in the present); Lily was present also there, rolling her eyes yet also indicating she was smiling.]]
** Harry himself is a pretty nice guy, and Ginny has feelings for him for six books, before they finally hook up. At the end of ''Half-Blood Prince'', she says that one of the things she loves about him is his ChronicHeroSyndrome. Meanwhile, it's hinted that her crush on him only got stronger after he saved her life at the end of ''Chamber of Secrets''.
* In ''Literature/HeartOfSteel'', Julia is initially put off by Alistair's scars, cyborg implants, and habit of coming on ''way'' too strong, but she starts to grow fond of him when she sees his human side, how dedicated he is to her safety, and how much he's willing to risk to make her happy.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson and Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Literature/{{Hoka}}'' story "Don Jones", Doraleen sneers at Terwillinger as a stuffed shirt -- until he defies Jones's attempt at {{Blackmail}} -- whereupon she persuades him not to punish Jones because after all Jones and Tanni are in love, just like the two of them.
%%* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' - Katniss Everdeen falling in love with Peeta Mellark.
* ''Literature/{{Holes}}'':
** Miss Katherine, who fell for Sam the onion man because he was a generally friendly NiceGuy, compared to Trout Walker, who was rich, disrespectful, loud, and stupid. [[StarCrossedLovers It doesn't end well for them,]] [[TearJerker alas.]]
** Sarah, who married the sweet Eliya Yelnats despite the fact that he was apparently cursed. Eliya himself could be considered a {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} version, since he initially pursued the spoilt, idiotic Myra and ended up HappilyMarried to the sensible and capable Sarah.
* Literature/InDeath series: Even though Eve and Roarke's relationship may have started out as AllGirlsWantBadBoys, it seems to have turned into this. Coltraine and Alex Ricker had an AllGirlsWantBadBoys relationship, but she broke that off, and got together with Li Morris, the relationship of which clearly has this trope written all over it.
%% * Tessa towards Jem in ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* All of Creator/JaneAusten's heroines fall for good men and usually after being temporarily interested in and/or pursued by thorough cads.
** ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', while Darcy's apparent arrogance puts Elizabeth off, she is won over by the revelation of his actual dealings with Wickham, [[NiceToTheWaiter the testimony of his servants]], and his generosity to her family when Lydia elopes.
* In ''Literature/TheLastDove'', Adrian is much more of a good man at heart, though he seems like a dark, evil Wolf at first.
%%* Faramir in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' wins Éowyn this way -- admittedly from [[LovingAShadow a shadow]].
* In the ''Mage Storms'' trilogy of the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, this more or less sums up NiceGuy Karal and GenkiGirl Natoli's relationship, although neither realizes it at first -- Karal because he's too self-conscious, and Natoli because she's [[GadgeteerGenius more obsessed with technology]] than with boys. At least at first. They work it out in the end.
* In Creator/JohnHemry's Literature/PaulSinclair novel ''A Just Determination'', Paul Sinclair testifies on behalf of a captain whom he neither liked nor respected, did not think a good officer, and never wanted to serve under again, because while the man had done wrong, he was being hammered. Jen Shen's original view of this is that it's crazy, but on reflection, finds it an attraction.
* ''Literature/SisterhoodSeries'' by Creator/FernMichaels: After getting rid of their cold-blooded murderer bad boyfriends, Countess Anne de Silva and Isabelle Flanders are single once again. In the book ''Home Free'', Anne forms a relationship with Fergus Duffy and Isabelle forms a relationship with Abner Tookus. Fergus and Abner are genuine good men.
* From the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse: it is explicitly stated several times in profic (and a lot more in fanfic, but that's us mushy shippers for you) that this is exactly why [[{{Kuudere}} Mara Jade]] fell in love with Luke Skywalker; she admires his idealism, honor, and willingness to give most everyone a second chance. In [[Literature/OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]] she affectionately calls him "FarmBoy", and says in the narration that she's both exasperated by and loves the fact that he's always four or five rungs higher up on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism than she or almost anyone else is.
** ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'''s Tash Arranda seems to be [[PrecociousCrush crushing on Luke]] for this kind of reason. She hasn't had a crush since Alderaan was destroyed. Not only is Luke six years older than her classmates, but he carries the weapon of the Jedi she so idolizes, is Force-Sensitive like she is, ''and'' he's encouraging and understanding of her and her [[CreepyChild oddness]] in a way she's never experienced before, from ''anyone''.
** ''Literature/OutboundFlight'': This is a large part of why Maris Ferasi, who was in a relationship with a coarse, suspicious smuggler, idolized Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo. She saw him as like the high-minded people she knew in school, but the ''mature'' version, grounded in reality. Cultured, intelligent, noble... Thrawn's much darker than that, even if he does possess the qualities she sees. Thrawn does tell Car'das, who sees Thrawn a little more clearly, not to disillusion her, because true idealists are so rare, and he wouldn't want to be responsible for crushing even one.
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: Twice.
** At first Daniar couldn't stand [[spoiler: Kalak]] because he was a {{jerkass}} but when she finds out this is a JerkassFacade and he's actually a good guy, she's all over him.
** Rana DoesNotLikeMen but [[spoiler: Taurok's]] nobility quickly wins her over.
* {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} in Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Uneasy Money'': Bill's recovery from Claire's rejection occurs when he imagines the ideal girl she should have been -- brave, honest, kind -- [[LoveEpiphany and realizes that it matches Elizabeth]].
* In ''Literature/TheUnhandsomePrince'' by Creator/JohnMoore, the character who insists she is entitled to marry a handsome prince is shocked and repelled by one brother of the unhandsome prince she disenchanted; she seriously considers marrying the unhandsome prince. As he has fallen in love with someone else in the meantime, she ends up marrying the third brother, who is both handsome and nice.
* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'', the Gorgon fell in love with the Good Magician Humphrey after he prevented her from turning everyone she saw to stone. So she went to his castle, where he would answer any question in return for a year's service, to ask, "Will you marry me?" He made her work the year. He explains to Dor that while he knew from the beginning that he would say "Yes," she was just infatuated with the man who had rescued her from her curse; after a year working for him, she would know him well and thus know whether ''she'' wanted to marry ''him''. A bit later, the Gorgon tells Dor she realized this and asks Dor what sort of man would do such a thing. Dor realizes that only a good man, a man worth marrying, would do such a thing. So they do.
* In ''Literature/WarlockOfGramarye'' this was Christopher Stasheff's in-story explanation for why gorgeous [[HeroesWantRedheads redheaded]] [[HotWitch witch]] Gwen chose to marry "lean, well-muscled, ugly" Rod Gallowglass:
--> [I]f a beautiful woman is betrayed often enough, she will begin to value trustworthiness, warmth, and affection more than romance. At least, she will if she is the kind of woman to whom love is the goal, and romance just the luxury....
* In Creator/EDBaker's ''Literature/TheWideAwakePrincess'', Lizette actually ran away with the ogre, because he was the first person in her life to make her laugh.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Tej tells Ivan that his attractive points are that he's nice and he makes her laugh -- even when [[spoiler:they are trapped underground and awaiting the end of their air.]]
* In ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha'', Sayuri falls in love with the Chairman because he's the only person who ever showed her kindness without strings attached. [[spoiler:Even Mameha, her mentor, was motivated by the (correct) belief that Sayuri's career would be a good investment.]] In contrast, her other LoveInterest is a grumpy, aloof man who refuses to recognize the very real ways that being enslaved constrained on Sayuri's life.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', Nikita notes that the women working at the Music Box burlesque and brothel positively adore Robin because he always treats them like a gentleman.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Katniss initially does not want to fall in love or have children. But then she meets genuinely NiceGuy Peeta Mellark (who also saved her from dying of hunger years before the beginning of the books) and slowly falls in love with him.

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* Series/{{Arrowverse}}:
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':
*** Laurel might have a reputation for dating bad boys but she didn't really show any interest in Tommy (during season one) until he demonstrated he could be something other than a shallow playboy.
*** It's also clear what renewed her interest in a relationship with Oliver was the fact that, even though he tried to hide it as hard as he could, he had become a ''much'' better man -- the man she always thought he could be.
** ''Series/TheFlash2014'': All of the men Caitlin Snow has had a confirmed interest in were because of this.
*** Ronnie Raymond is a NiceGuy who helped her be more social.
*** She was attracted to Barry for a time because he is an {{Adorkable}} AllLovingHero.
*** She fell for Jay Garrick because he was the Flash of Earth-2, wanting to help defeat Zoom despite losing his powers. [[spoiler:This gets reversed when he's revealed to be a SerialKiller named Hunter Zolomon, and he's Zoom]].
*** Her love interest in season 3 was Julian Albert Desmond, aka the former Doctor Alchemy. He's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold as despite how stand offish he is, his more noble aspects are what attracts her.
*** Iris West is also similar in that respect, at least in regards to serious love interests. Eddie Thawne was a NiceGuy detective, and her main love interest is Barry Allen. Yet, when definitive bad boy Tony Woodward tried to hit on her, she was immediately repulsed.
** ''Series/Supergirl2015'': Kara Danvers is only interested in nice men. She had a crush on James Olsen during Season One because of this and only started showing interest in Mon-El when he started changing to become a better person.
* In ''Series/{{Beauty and the Beast|1987}}'', Catherine falls in love with Vincent while unable to see, and constantly stresses that to him that he is a good man, not the monster he thinks himself to be.
* In ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', Annie definitely goes for the NiceGuy. Sadly, this usually [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter doesn't end too well for her]]. The closest she came would probably be Mitchell, who was her friend since he moved in with George, defended her [[spoiler: after Tully tried to sexually assault her]] and [[spoiler: faced his own demons to rescue her from Hell]]. Meanwhile, Nina is ''very'' happy with [[{{Adorkable}} the sweet George]], to the point of [[spoiler: being happy to have a family with him]].
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has plainly stated in one episode that she's attracted to good men, and eventually falls for Booth who is charming, kindhearted, and loyal.
* This is used for the main plot in an episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. A girl Shawn likes says he's a good kisser, but that Cory is better boyfriend material. Shawn realizes that his TheCasanova ways aren't doing him any favors and changes his tune, which impresses the girl and convinces her to give him another chance.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy definitely has a thing for bad boys and when she tries to have a relationship with NiceGuy Riley it doesn't work out because he feels he can't compare to Angel, and Buffy clearly doesn't love him like she loved Angel and later Spike. However, Angel himself isn't [[KnightInSourArmor as bad as he seems]]. While Buffy seems to need some darkness in her men, she really does want a good man, as she only truly falls in love with Spike after his full HeelFaceTurn.
** Inverted when Buffy thinks that Angel might be interested in [[GoodBadGirl Faith]]. Angel, however, assures her that he doesn't want a "bad girl".
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' Rick Castle initially comes across as a rich playboy CasanovaWannabe ManChild whom Detective Kate Beckett at best tolerates (when not dealing with UnresolvedSexualTension), but as the series goes on, she discovers that, while he still is a manchild, he is also a highly intelligent and thoughtful man who is a good father to Alexis and likes to see the people he cares about happy, and is not above [[UnclePennybags using his wealth to achieve that goal]]. The more she sees of Castle's real self, the more she warms up to him, [[spoiler: to the point where they become an OfficialCouple by the end of Season Four.]]
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Piper married Leo who was nice and sweet and literally an angel.
** While Prue is known to have been attracted to [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boys]], the only man she was ever in love with was her season one boyfriend Andy, who fits the "Nice Guy" stereotype to a tee.
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Sarah Walker is a [[ActionGirl tough, fighting-geared spy]] who ''quickly'' falls in love with the show's titular character, a nice, caring, normal guy who she's protecting.
** Other women also find Chuck quite attractive in the first 3 seasons. Lou, Jill and Hannah are certainly not lusting after Chuck because he's a bad boy. Indeed, Hannah furiously dismisses Chuck as a {{Jerkass}} when he breaks up with her because he has no time for her.
** Anna and Alex fall for Morgan. Now Morgan is eccentric and annoying ... but certainly not a bad boy, and comes with a host of admirable qualities.
** The anonymous women who shoot down Jeff and Lester seem to support this trope too. Jeff and Lester are sleazy and creepy ... and their on-show success rate with women (that is to say, none) reflects this well.
** Ellie too. Devon Woodcombe is muscular ex-frat boy, and former ladies man - who also just happens to be a successful doctor, excellent boyfriend/fiancé/husband and devoted father. The nickname "Capitan Awesome" didn't happen by accident.
* For the vast majority of Series/{{Community}}, Britta falls firmly into the AllGirlsWantBadBoys camp- a trait which causes her endless grief and highlights her self-hating nature. When she gets into a relationship with [[NiceGuy Troy]] [[TheHeart Barnes]], it shows how much she's grown as a person.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Amy with Rory, whom he loved since childhood. Although she initially had doubts about their marriage (granted, this was during the time her history literally had holes in it, as ''in her parents were temporary erased from existence''), and was attracted to the Doctor (superficially, if her flirting says anything), [[spoiler: they finally get married. Rory had to die, [[RetGone be erased from existence]] and wait 2,000 years, but they finally got together]].
--> '''Amy:''' You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful, and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick. Then there's other people, and you meet them and you think, "Not bad, they're okay," and then you get to know them and, and their face just sort of becomes them, like their personality is written all over it, and they just, they turn into something so beautiful ... Rory is the most beautiful man I've ever met.
** In a rarer [[PlatonicLifePartners platonic example]], Clara's attitude to the Eleventh Doctor gradually starts to reflect this trope. It helps that the two of them are quite similar personality-wise (playful, introverted, idealist, somewhat childish, etc.), have both suffered sad and traumatic events in their recent past, and are eager to become good friends who protect and comfort each other in times of need. And while [[AnchoredShip they never adress it openly]], neither Clara or the Doctor deny that they could get along well if they were boyfriend and girlfriend.
*** It is a telling point that Clara idolises Marcus Aurelius, the last of Rome's "Five Good Emperors" (and according to Lady Vashtra, "A superlative base guitar player, the Doctor knows how to throw a band together.") The opening scene in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "Day of the Doctor"]] has her quoting Aurelius: "Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one." In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], the first adventure of the 12th Doctor(Peter Capaldi), she admitted to Vashtra that Aurelius was the only pin-up she had in her room as a teen. She insists that, while initially thrown by the Doctor's change in appearance, she is more interested in a good man than a pretty boy.
* Anna on ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', who believes her love Mr Bates is a good man even when he doesn't.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}''
** Kaylee has a crush on Simon. Simon can't figure out what to do about it.
** Also, Zoe is HappilyMarried to Wash, who is decidedly not a bad boy.
** Inara certainly seems to act more affectionately [[BelligerentSexualTension than usual]] towards Mal after he proves that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he indeed has a heart of gold]].
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': At first, Rachel did not know [[RomanticFalseLead Paolo]] was a nasty guy. When she realised he was, she complained to Ross that what she really wants is a nice guy, a sweet, caring guy etc. She did this more than once before they finally got together.
** Monica was the biggest example, as she dumped more than one {{Jerkass}} who screwed her over, and Richard and Pete, her First Love and SecondLove, both fit the "Nice Guy" stereotype. (The gang called Richard a good guy and Pete described himself as 'stupidly charming'). She eventually fell hard for her best friend Chandler, who was sweet, insecure, loyal and even mentioned AllGirlsWantBadBoys as the reason he couldn't pick up girls. (This was before he and Monica got together).
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Robb Stark's romance with Lady Talisa runs on this. He finally lets his feelings for her be known when she tells him a story of how a slave saving her brother's life compelled her to never live in a slaver city again. Talisa is attracted to Robb because he is a good-hearted, ethical man who treats both his allies and his enemies with respect.
** While Daenerys seems to gravitate towards lovers with a darker edge to them for the majority of the series, she eventually falls in love with the noble, earnest, and honourable Jon Snow over the course of Season 7.
* Rachel and Quinn both choose the sweet, [[TheDitz ditzy]] Finn over the TroubledButCute Puck in ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Adalind Schade undergoes believable CharacterDevelopment after giving birth to the son of her mortal enemy, Nick Burkhardt. His chivalry and goodness to her are genuinely shocking, given Adalind's rather unhappy life and almost complete inexperience with such kindness from the men in her life. The origin of the pregnancy in (albeit desperate) deception and assault on her part made Nick's kindness to her especially significant. She eventually become Nick's SecondLove, falling completely for her erstwhile nemesis..
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Lily is HappilyMarried to Marshall, who is probably the sweetest guy on the show.
** ''Theodore [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Evelyn]] Mosby,'' the [[NiceGuy perfect husband material]] anyone could wish for, as he is very sweet, caring, and usually goes our of his way in making people feel loved and valued. Him trailing in a string of failed romances is by no means caused by a character flaw (other than the fact that he quote naive and way often overdoes his romantic gestures); rather, it is mostly caused by unfortunate circumstances [[spoiler: and his inability to come into terms with his lingering feelings for Robin]] Once he gets over that hurdle, however, he finally meets the girl of this dreams and rightfully earns his happily ever after with the Mother.
** Speaking of Robin, despite their incompatibility, she pretty much appreciates Ted's good qualities -- in fact, part of the reasons why most of her relationships never worked out is because [[spoiler: they often can't measure up to what Ted has done for her.]] At the series finale, [[spoiler: she considers Ted to be the man she should have married.]]
* In the very short-lived ABC series ''Series/LifeAsWeKnowIt'', after Dino's dad found out his wife was cheating on him, moved out, and started dating someone else. Her reasons: the hockey coach is funny and good with kids.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'': In similar fashion to the entry in the Comic Books section, this trope is the ''raison d'etre'' of the first two seasons. Lois has a history of jerk boyfriends (if you can call them boyfriends), but still has romantic longings -- though she'll deny it vehemently if you ask. Then she meets Clark and finds that he's ''not'' a jerk at all, though those pesky SecretIdentity problems make this less clear-cut to her than viewers may think. Once they get together, the trope morphs into How To Live With A Superhero.
* In the ''Series/MagnumPI'' episode "Lest We Forget," a prostitute tries to elope with a navy flier in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII for this reason. After Pearl Harbor they each think each other dead and have to wait fifty years before Magnum [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming reunites them]].
* Guinevere from ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' shows no interest in prattish Arthur whatsoever until he begins to show some humility.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brook's [[SeriesGoal goal]] throughout the radio, television series and [[GrandFinale film]][[TheMovie adaptation]]. Her heart is clearly set on the very decent and attractive biology teacher Mr. Boynton. Unfortunately, Mr. Boynton is very shy and almost altogether [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to love]]. Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton finally get married at the end of the movie.
* Charlotte from ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' kept saying how she was after a good marrying man. She dated a bunch of handsome men, many of whom turned out to be jerks or losers. She finally falls in love with Harry Goldfarb, a short, bald, pudgy lawyer with irritating habits and wound up happily married to him.
** Two factors certainly helped. One, he was her divorce lawyer and sort-of emotional anchor. Two, [[KavorkaMan despite his average looks he was VERY good in bed.]]
** Both Miranda and Samantha's respective men, Steve and Smith, fit this as well. Smith was as sweet and loyal as he was [[MsFanservice Mr. Fanservice]], and Steve is the embodiment of what women say when they wish they could meet a nice man. Big... never at any point resembled this trope.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': [[{{NewTransferStudent}} Allison]] wasn't interested in getting a boyfriend, until she met sweet, high school loser Scott. Likewise, [[{{SecondLove}} Kira]] is quickly won over by his friendliness and kindness when she arrives, and for bonus points is just as nice and dorky as Scott himself.
** Scott's mother Melissa is seeking a good man, including [[spoiler: splitting up with Scott's dad when his alcoholism and work got out of control.]] Too bad she's asked out by [[{{BigBad}} Peter Hale]]. However her ShipTease with Stiles's dad, the loyal and hard-working Sheriff plays this straight.
* ''Series/TheTribe'':
** Taken UpToEleven in first season. The series takes place in a lawless, post-apocalyptic city, where civilization has entirely collapsed and people do terrible things to survive. Most characters- both male and female- have grown pragmatic and distrustful because of this, if not outright evil. And ''then'' there's [[TallDarkAndHandsome Bray]], who is [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduced]] as Trudy's protector, refusing adamantly to abandon her and her unborn child. Even though the child isn't his. Even though the child is actually the son of his tyrannical younger brother. And said brother is hunting Trudy because of this, and Trudy is [[TheLoad emotionally fragile]] at the best of times. Bray still stands up to the tribe of protagonists, saying 'If I join, so does she.' The ensuing flood of [[UnwantedHarem romantic attention]] and {{catfight}}s nearly destroys the fledging tribe.
** Later on, Bray exemplifies the other end of this trope. He tries to stay away from said romantic attention, focusing instead on scavenging and helping his tribe...and thus falls for [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Amber]], the confident, responsible leader of said tribe who is strongly dedicated to helping others. She's a bit reluctant to return Bray's feelings, seeing him as TheCasanova who spread discord among her tribe, but they eventually hook up and become the political version of a BattleCouple.
** {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} with Lex, a {{Jerkass}}. After dating Zandra and Alice, he realises that what he really wants in a partner is someone he can respect, someone who shares similar survival abilities and isn't afraid to disagree with him. He finds this in Tai-San.
* Elena from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', with first Matt, then Stefan, and even Damon, as they didn't wind up together until ''after'' he'd [[HiddenHeartOfGold shown the heart of gold]] beneath his snarky and dangerous exterior.
* Mildred Hubble in ''[[Series/TheWorstWitch Weirdsister College]]'' found herself attracted to the bad boy and {{Jerkass}} Nick Hobbes but eventually chose nice guy Ben instead.
* Donna Moss on ''Series/TheWestWing''.

* Daya's "Hide Away" has the song pondering where the good boys are.
* "I'm Right Here" by Samantha Mumba has a similar premise, where a woman is searching for her Mr. Right and wants all the good men who are out there to let all the single women know where they are. Unusually for this type of song though, she's quite optimistic about finding one.
* The premise of the Joan Baez song "If I Knew" which is a hippy love anthem from a girl to boy who will not hunt innocent wild animals or destroy rare flowers; not for money and not for love. And she loves him even if he is '[[TheSoCalledCoward called a craven]].'
* Kelly Clarkson's "Piece by Piece" has a girl falling for a guy who restored her faith in men again after her father abandoned her.
-->''But piece by piece he collected me''
-->''Up off the ground where you abandoned things, yeah''
-->''Piece by piece he filled the holes''
-->''That you burned in me at six years old''
-->''And you know,''
-->''He never walks away''
-->''He never asks for money,''
-->''He takes care of me''
-->''He loves me''
-->''Piece by piece he restored my faith''
-->''That a man can be kind and a father could... stay''
* The first lyrics of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" holds to this trope:
-->''You think I'm pretty without any make-up on''
-->''You think I'm funny when I tell the punch line wrong''
-->''I know you get me, so I let my walls come down, down''
* {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} in "Say Hello Wave Goodbye" by Music/SoftCell: After the end of a stormy affair, singer Marc Almond expresses his desire for
-->A nice little house wife\\
Who'll give me a steady life\\
And won't keep going off the rails

* Kate Monster from ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' goes for nice, college-educated Princeton.
* Carmen Diaz from ''Theatre/{{Fame}}'' falls in love with the shy, {{Adorkable}}, music-loving Schlomo Metzenbaum.
* In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', Cosette is charmed and instantly falls for Marius after he sings a sweet song, proclaiming his love for her. Eponine also seems to love Marius because of how nice he is, since she lives with her cruel parents and their fellow con men.
* Audrey (the human) from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' at first comes off as a case of AllGirlsWantBadBoys, since she's dating a "semi-sadist" that rides a motorbike and wears a leather jacket who constantly beats her, but it quickly becomes plain that she's pining away for her sweet, nerdy coworker Seymour, who actually treats her with respect and kindess. The only reason she stays with the semi-sadist is because she's too scared of what he'd do if she tried to leave, which, given the way he acts, is probably not an unfounded fear. ("If this is the way he acts when he likes me, imagine what he'd do if he got mad!") Unfortunately, the relationship has left Audrey's self-esteem in tatters, so she doesn't think she deserves Seymour, nor does she realize he loves her back. (If she had realized it earlier, [[PoorCommunicationKills much of the plot might not have happened.]])

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'': Yuri has actually found a good man, who also happens to be a close friend of her family: [[SharpDressedMan Robert.]] Problem is, [[MySisterIsOffLimits her brother]] and [[OverprotectiveDad her father]] believe he'd only take Yuri for granted, so they won't let him anywhere near her; which annoys her to no end. The issue was seemingly resolved in ''[=AoF=] 3'', when Ryo finally relented. But, in the ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters]]'' series, she and Robert are [[StatusQuoIsGod back to square one.]]
* Jaheira's marriage to Khalid in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' is a perfect example.
** Aerie's romance is based on this too. She ''can'' have a romance with [[ChaoticNeutral Haer'Dalis]]... but they're very different people and he's not a particularly moral individual, so eventually it will end.
** Rasaad's romance is this with the ''player'' looking for a good man.
*** Aerie, tellingly, seems to have a bit of a crush on him, but it never goes anywhere because Rasaad is ObliviousToLove.
** Anomen's romance is a troubled version of this, as he has to [[TookALevelInKindness grow into]] the role.
** Creator/BioWare makes a long and lovely tradition of this with their romantic interests for female characters. [[Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Carth Onasi]] is a genuinely NiceGuy, despite the paranoia. [[Franchise/MassEffect Kaiden Alenko]] is a soft-spoken LawfulGood sort. [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Alistair]] is a hunky prince of a guy [[spoiler: (literally)]] and Cullen's at his [[TookALevelInKindness sweetest and most chivalrous]] in the same game where he got PromotedToLoveInterest. Even roguish types like [[CowboyCop Garrus]], [[Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic Corso Riggs]], and [[VideoGame/JadeEmpire Sky]] are genuinely nice fellows.
* Almaz's eventual marriage to AxCrazy Princess Sapphire in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' qualifies. Also linked to LaserGuidedKarma.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': This accounts for some of the appeal of Alistair's RomanceSidequest.
** [[BiTheWay Leliana]] of the same game is only interested in a [[PlayerCharacter Warden]] who gains her approval through acts of charity and heroism to the general populace as well as generosity with gifts. She used to be an [[LipstickLesbian All Girls]] [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Want Bad Girls]] type.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Tifa]] loves Cloud for the shy awkward guy that he is, rather than the faux badass persona he displays through the early parts of the game.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''
** The lead female Yuna falling deeply in love with the sweet, happy-go-lucky Tidus.
** [[DefrostingIceQueen Lulu]] eventually falls for [[spoiler: the jovial, good-natured Wakka, after previously falling for his equally good-natured, but deceased, brother Chappu]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': Serah Farron is engaged to Snow Villiers, who is so absolutely devoted that he will stand by her even if the entire world is her enemy. Even when their marriage is put on hold, Noel Kreiss asking her about Snow leads to her gushing about him, MotorMouth style.
* Quite a few of the possible pairings in the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series fall into this trope, with the woman falling in love with the man because of his kindness, nobility, care for others and classiness. These men are:
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'': Marth, Julian and Merric.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'': Sigurd, Dew, Finn, Azel, Midayle, Noish, Jamke, Holyn,Claud and Quan. The second generation gives us Seliph, Leif, Oifaye and Ced.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776'' gives us Leif again. Also Fred, Brighton and the already HappilyMarried Glade. ([[spoiler: And Finn in the past, since it's all but stated he is Nanna's dad and thus Lachesis's SecondLove.]]) Also, while Pirn is a PunchClockHero, what draws Lara to him is how he did '''not''' take advantage of her when he could have done so, and released her from child slavery instead.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'': [[ChickMagnet Roy]]. Also Noah, Lance, Klein and Zealot, who is also already HappilyMarried.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'': Eliwood, Guy, Heath, Wil, Kent, Erk, Harken, Lowen, Matthew, and Lord Pent.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'': Prince Ephraim, Artur, Seth, Franz, Joshua, Ross, Forde, Saleh and Kyle.
*** And played with in the case of Gerik. He has the ''perfect'' Bad Boy appearance (well-toned body, a sexy scar across his face, badassery)... but personality-wise he's a very serene and sweet-natured TeamDad, which is ''exactly'' the reason why Tethys and Marisa are in love with him.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'': Geoffrey and Haar. And despite having no official female love interest outside ShipTease with Elincia in ''Path of Radiance'', Ike has a good number of women ([[HoYay and maybe two guys]]) attracted to him.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':
*** Prince Chrom, a male Avatar, Stahl, Frederick, Donnel, Ricken, Kellam, Gregor, Lon'qu, Gaius, Libra. Also, believe it or not, [[SociopathicHero Henry]] qualifies: he's got [[NightmareFetishist several]] [[HeroicComedicSociopath screws]] [[BloodKnight loose]] but actually ''does'' like [[AFriendInNeed helping people when they need it]], and never even has a remotely 'actual'' jerk-ish demeanor. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality He's just... a little kooky.]]
*** The second generation gives us Owain, Yarne, Laurent, Brady and boy!Morgan.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'': Again the Male Avatar and several of his male companions: Kaze, Prince Xander, Silas, Subaki, Odin [[spoiler: aka the aforementioned Owain]], Arthur, Laslow [[spoiler: aka Inigo from ''Awakening'']], Benny, Shura, etc. The [[spoiler: Second Generation]] has Shigure, Hisame, Dwyer, Kiragi, Forrest, Shiro, etc.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'': Alm, Clive, Valbar, General Ezequiel, etc..
* Two of the love interests in ''VideoGame/HuniePop'', Kyanna and Beli specifically, are more interested in finding a NiceGuy (or NiceGirl).
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': Kairi only has eyes for [[BoyNextDoor Sora]] rather than [[TroubledButCute Riku]].
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', [[DoesNotLikeShoes Ilia]] is [[ImpliedLoveInterest implied to have romantic feelings]] toward Link from the outset, due to having grown up with him and because he's helpful around Ordon Village. There's even [[SidequestSidestory a sidequest]] later in the game, to restore her lost memories, which concludes with Renado and the others [[LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone giving them a moment alone.]]
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', Link gets the attention from at least 3 women because of his heroism and courage. Paya (Impa's granddaughter) quickly falls for the hero, but doesn't realize it at first, thinking she's sick. Mipha, the Zora princess, is his childhood friend, though it's ambiguous if Link ever knew or felt the same. Princess Zelda actually started rather distant, being resentful of him until [[RescueRomance he rescues her from the Yiga Clan]], realizing what kind of person he is and start to have feelings for him.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Jack, the biotic-TykeBomb who ReallyGetsAround, ironically plays to this trope more than any of the other females. If you take her up on her offer for casual sex, she'll end up disgusted with you. It takes a kind Shepard who truly wants what's best for her to get to a real romance.
** [[NotSoDifferent Ironically]], [[MsFanservice Miranda]] [[DefrostingIceQueen Lawson]]'s romance with a Paragon Shepard is also built on this trope. As is [[WrenchWench Tali]]'s. For that matter, almost all of the female love interests for a male Shepard are this, and as mentioned above, this holds true for [=FemShep=]'s male [=LI=]s as well.
** This goes triple for Samara, who isn't looking for a good man or woman at all. Her species are inherently bisexual and she is essentially a [[TheFettered Fettered]] LawfulGood [[ThePaladin Paladin]] [[RecycledInSpace in Space]]. In Mass Effect 2, she will outright reject a Player Character who has committed questionable actions even if they were done in pursuit of saving the entire galaxy. A more virtuous ("Paragon") character can push her to admit she has feelings but she shoots Shepard down. In Mass Effect 3, she cannot be romanced in the vanilla game even if Shepard has no romantic interest, has remained utterly Paragon, and Shepard attempted to romance Samara in ME 2. Only in The Citadel DLC can a ChasteHero Shepard who has remained fairly Paragon finally kiss Samara and share a brief moment, but even then Samara holds her code and virtues as more important than her attraction to Shepard.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' there are two examples. There's [[spoiler: Naomi]] who fell for [[spoiler: Otacon]] and then there's [[spoiler: Meryl]] who fell for and married [[spoiler: Johnny who turned out to be a good guy.]]
* In ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'', Gwendolyn ''wants'' to hate Oswald, who was her enemy before she was handed off to him in marriage without her consent by her father, but her heart begins melting fast when Oswald proves himself the only man she's ever met who cares about her as a person and vehemently defends her right to make her own decisions, steadfastly refusing to treat her as an object.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** All of the LoveInterests for the Female Protagonist in ''VideoGame/Persona3 [[UpdatedRerelease Portable]]'' are this. To wit, Akihiko Sanada is standoffish and ObliviousToLove, but that's mostly because he's still hurting from his dead little sister Miki, Shinjiro Aragaki has a badass exterior with a HiddenHeartOfGold, Ryoji Mochizuki is truly kind-hearted despite being a CasanovaWannabe, and Ken Amada is a cute little boy with a PrecociousCrush. (And if you count gentle and awkward [[AmbiguouslyHuman Theodore]] as a love interest of sorts, he also qualifies.)
** ''3''[='s=] male SilentProtagonist himself counts as this, too. Yukari, Mitsuru, Elizabeth, Aigis, etc. can come to like him romantically because of how sweet and kind he is to them.
** Also from ''3'', DarkActionGirl Chidori Yoshino falls in love with ButtMonkey Junpei because the latter is the first person to consistently treat her with genuine kindness.
** Similarly, in ''VideoGame/Persona4'' the SilentProtagonist will get the affections of the girls with more ease when he shows them kindness and understanding, thus helping them resolve their issues.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5''[='s=] protagonist may be a PhantomThief who's implied to actually be pretty cocky or confident (least in his guise as "Joker"), but the main reason all his potential love interests fall for him is because he is ''also'' a sweet, compassionate and supportive person. Best seen as the player goes through the relationships with them and help them deal through the various troubles in their life. And yes, this extends to the [[LikesOlderWomen older females in his life]] such as [[HospitalHottie Tae]] [[HotScientist Takemi]] or even his ''home room'' teacher.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. The main point of Luke's CharacterDevelopment is how he grows from a whiny SpoiledBrat into a kind and compassionate, if self-depreciating, [[TheHero Hero]]. As [[DefrostingIceQueen Tear Grants]] watches him grow, she falls deeply in love with him.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheDrunkenPaladin'': The titular paladin, Anebriate, has a crush on his party member, Emma, but she'll only reciprocate if he picks nicer dialogue options and displays altruism towards [=NPCs=] even when there's no obvious reward for doing so.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Colette and Sheena, the two female leads are both in love with NiceGuy [[TheHero Hero]] Lloyd Irving for this very reason.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'': This is exactly why Alicia Melchiott and Juno Coren fall for the sweet, peaceful, nature-loving Welkin Gunther.
** Also: Lynn and Karl, Varrot and Largo, and Edy and Homer, if their ShipTease is anything to go by. ''And'' Rosie and Zaka in the anime. Heck, even [[DarkActionGirl Selvaria's]] feelings for Maximillian stem from the fact that [[spoiler:he saved her from a FateWorseThanDeath at a young age]].
* ''VideoGame/WallaceAndGromitsGrandAdventures'' is PlayingWithATrope here. Felicity Flitt had a thing for Wallace (who is a very nice guy) even commenting on how she likes his kindness and selflessness, [[spoiler:in the end goes for the {{Jerkass}} Duncan [=McBiscuit=] (who was always trying to woo her). On the other hand, [[ChasteHero Wallace]] [[AllergicToLove is relieved by this]] so the relationship wouldn't work for a different reason.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The reason the heroines fall for Shirou in their routes in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''
** While originally only loyal to Shirou in a platonic, master-servant type relationship (literally), as his selfless and caring deeds continue to win her over, Saber finds herself falling more and more in love with him, despite her mental barrier of thinking of herself as a lone King.
** While Rin finds Shirou's martyr complex annoying and later depressing, she admits she likes his ideals, kindness and determination charming. [[spoiler:The Heaven's Feel route reveals this attraction started when she saw him continually try something impossible and was able to achieve it when she would have given up by a certain point.]]
** Sakura fell for Shirou due to his refusal to give up and his kindness to her despite her being, in her mind, a bad girl. This attraction started in middle school when she saw him trying to jump a pole vault far too high. She watched to see him fail and was shocked and charmed when he continued to try anyway and eventually succeeded.
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', Mion's attraction to Keiichi is because he's a good friend and fun to be around, as she explains to Shion in the Eye Opening chapter. Shion drops a hint to Keiichi about it in the Cotton Drifting chapter and [[spoiler: outright tells him that Mion loves him in the Festival Music chapter.]]
* Interestingly played with in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. Hisao Nakai is a NiceGuy, yeah, and the girls come to love him as he gets over his initial depression and then begins to reach for them... but that doesn't necessarily mean he's gonna win their affections off the bat. In example, [[spoiler: if he falls into white knighting in Hanako's path, this will lead to the ''Bad End'']]; similarly, [[spoiler: trying to [[CloudCuckooLandersMinder support and understand]] [[MadArtist Rin]] in her own path might bring ''him'' a heavy emotional toll]]; and [[spoiler: to get [[PassionateSportsGirl Emi]] to actually stop pushing him away, he will have to be ''very'' persistent.]]
* All of the ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' heroines fall under this, and usually WeaknessTurnsHerOn, too, in falling for sweet, {{Adorkable}} Riki. Even if, for the most part, they only consider him a friend in the common route, it is when he shows friendship towards them and helps them out with their problems that they start to fall in love with him.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', [[spoiler:this is why Juniper Woods is absolutely smitten with Apollo Justice, to the point of ''knitting heart-patterned clothing'' every time she talks or thinks about him. Apollo has consistently been nice to her and he even saved her life from rubble that was about to fall on her. When Juniper talks about Apollo, she usually mentions how kind and brave he is.]]
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'', we've got [[spoiler: Iris, who despite dating Phoenix only for the sake of getting a crucial piece of evidence that proved her twin sister's (Dahlia Hawthorne's) guilt, later ''actually'' fell in love with Phoenix, and thus never got the evidence back in time.]]
* In the ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' series, the kinder, the more affectionate, and the more attentive you are towards basically all the winnable girls of the series, the deeper they will fall in love with you. But this is especially true with the BrokenBird characters of the lot, [[spoiler: Mira Kagami]], Kaori Yae, and [[spoiler: Hotaru Izumi]], who have been burned by [[LoveHurts previous painful experiences with others]] (the first being on a [[spoiler: RevengeOfTheNerd]] crusade after continuous heartbreak [[spoiler: and a harsh private life]], the second having suffered of [[spoiler: EtTuBrute after TakingTheHeat]], and the third still suffering of [[spoiler: TheMourningAfter]]). They will only fall for you if you're 'particularly'' kind and considerate towards them.
* The PlayerCharacter from ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'' is [[AManIsAlwaysEager a complete horndog]] and [[NoSocialSkills sometimes puts his feet in his mouth]], but he also is a kind guy who listens to the girls' problems and tries to help them.
* In ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow'', almost all of [[PlayerCharacter Saori's]] potential boyfriends are not only very strong fighters ''and'' very handsome, but also '''very''' kind young men who support her all the way. Hell, in the very few times she ''doesn't'' follow the trope, she'll fall for the [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boys]] only when they show her [[PetTheDog their softer sides.]] [[spoiler: When Tsubaki tries to [[HoneyTrap use that dishonestly]], Saori is ''[[BrokenPedestal very angry]]'' when she finds out, and Tsubaki has to be completely honest with her from then on to recover her favor.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The basis for Pyrrha's interest in Jaune in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. Jaune's a dork, weak, and went to the WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo school of flirting, but he's a genuinely sweet, friendly guy when he's not trying to hard to hit on girls and has serious leadership potential.
** It gets deeper than that later on: [[spoiler:turns out Pyrrha suffers from a serious case of AttractivenessIsolation. One of the reasons she likes Jaune so much is because he is the only person who just treats her as a regular person to be befriended, rather than a hero or a role-model to be idolised]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Shala Val'Sharen of Webcomic/{{Drowtales}} has an obvious crush on Sarnel Tions Sarghress, who in the [[GreyAndGrayMorality morally grey]] society that the story is set, is one of the few people able to be called "good". Sarnel is also TheStoic and Shala is TheTease, so much annoyance is had on Sarnel's part.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', Jean has said that the reason she fell for Bob is that he is a "genuinely nice guy,'' although she does frequently complain that he's not very bright. [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20110326.html We eventually learn]] that her previous boyfriend was a handsome [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]] she eventually dumped for being a {{Jerkass}}.
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' has a lot of this going around.
** [[WideEyedIdealist Kimiko]] first met [[HumbleHero Piro]] when the former had lost her rail card, and Piro gave her his new card on impulse. She sought him out for dinner the same night, and their relationship took off from there.
** Likewise, [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Miho]] fell for Piro because he never put her on a pedestal due to her IllGirl status, and genuinely cared for her rather than just [[LovingAShadow loving her shadow]] like most of the men in her life. When she broke up with him [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim so he wouldn't have to see her die]], neither party handled it well.
** [[EarnYourHappyEnding It took a while]], but [[BrokenBird Erika]] finally found a happy relationship with [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Largo]] via this trope- despite her frequently insisting that [[DontYouDarePityMe she doesn't need help with her problems]], Largo refused to stop trying to help her out- and when she stopped resisting, they finally got together.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' plays this straight ''and'' does otherwise:
** Haley Starshine's love for Elan fits the trope, very much so. She describes him as [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0772.html "the best man [she's] ever met"]], and him being so good makes her want to be a better person.
** It's then inverted [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0794.html here]], with AllGirlsWantBadBoys [[UpToEleven turned up to 11]]:
-->'''Sabine:''' Sure, women like me swoon for a hero, but that's only because deep down, [[ICanChangeMyBeloved we think we can change them]]. But me, I'm done with that now. I want a nice, safe, reliable mass-murderer that I can depend on.
* Larisa's crush on Cloud and [[GiveGeeksAChance her relationship with Landon]] in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''. Her affections for the latter came about because he was the only one kind enough to actually help her (as opposed to every other boy -- except Cloud -- who just lusts after her but is unwilling to help her), rather than simply because he helped her get a good grade -- i.e. he treated her like an actual PERSON rather than just a hot babe.
-->'''Larisa:''' [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2012/05/21/0378-a-walk-through-the-park/ Just be nice to me. That's enough. OK?]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[HornyDevils Fuchsia's]] attraction to Criminy is due to [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-02-07 his kind-hearted nature]]. That and [[WhatBeautifulEyes his eyes]].
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' somewhat lampshades this in the form of Amber's hopes for a relationship. Her problem is, she's an ex-porn star who's out of practice at dealing with people outside the porn business. ([[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/are_you_not_craving "Like, is it appropriate to compare his penis size to others' on the first date?"]]) Her friend Chanelle tries to help by scanning on-line personal ads, but then extra complications arise; see strip #10, Feb 8 2013 (marginally NSFW).
* A major reason for Elliot's ChickMagnet status in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is the fact that he is a nice, honest, reliable guy. Ashley goes so far as to say to his face, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2056 "One of the reasons I like you so much is how good a person you are."]]
* Throughout the earlier arcs of ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', we get periodic references to [[ThePaladin Dame Madeline Goodlaw's]] crush on Derek the Cleric. When he finally appears, he proves to be patient, reasonable, courageous and taking his oath of non-violence seriously.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the first videos of her Web Series ''Insopportabilmente Donna'', French-Italian Website/{{YouTube}}r Creator/TessMasazza is often shown at the desperate research of the right man (or, as the Italian idiomatic expression says, of her own “Trope/PrinceCharming”). More recently, she seems to be in a more or less stable relationship with a guy called Nicola.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* There was an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' where Betty said something along the lines of "All girls date a Z, but then they settle down and marry a Howie." Eveyrone assumed Z was a bad boy by his matter of dress, but it turns out he is a genuinely nice and well-mannered young man who just liked to dress that way and even secretly donates to charity with his father.
** When Chuckie and friends confront them during an incident and Kimi calls them out for making wild assumptions, Z points out that Chuckie only did this because he cares alot about her and doesn't show any bitterness for their assumptions. He appeared in one other episode, and was also a nice guy there.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': While there was an episode in Season 1 in which Katara was [[WrongGuyFirst attracted to the thuggish Jet,]] she quickly realized her mistake at the end of the episode. The rest of the series then proceeds to develop her relationship with [[{{Keet}} Aang.]] [[spoiler: Naturally, they end up together in the end.]]
** Also Mai seems to have been attracted to Zuko in the first place, exactly because he was not a megalomanic [[AristocratsAreEvil evil aristocrat]] like his father and his sister. They only get back together after he gets over his anger issues (during the TroubledButCute phase he is in for the early half of the series) and returns to being a nice friendly young prince. While she's seriously pissed about him leaving in the dark of the night to join the Avatar, she's impressed enough by his decision to do the right thing that she fights Azula to cover his escape.
** Ty Lee, who was also inspired by Mai's aforementioned turn to finally revolt against Azula as well, has typical Fire Nation college party dudes dreaming about being with her. Yet who's she got a crush on? [[PluckyComicRelief Sokka]].
** Yue falls for Sokka because he is shown loving her for who she is and genuinely wanting to make her happy, in contrast to her fiance (who brags about the "perks" that come with marrying the princess, prompting Sokka to call him "a jerk with no soul").
** Suki, starts to show affection for Sokka after he humbles himself and asks her to teach him the Kyoshi fighting style (even agreeing to wear a dress) and apologizes for being rude to her and the other warriors.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': In this show, the first time Catwoman develops a crush on the dark knight is after he stops chasing her during a robbery in order to rescue her pet cat from an oncoming truck.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': Blackarachnia is the DarkActionGirl of the Predacons, who regularly tries to get her claws on power and took delight in her misdeeds on Maximal and Predacon alike. However, she falls in love with Silverbolt, {{Adorkable}} KnightInShiningArmor who treats her kindly and encouraged a HeelFaceTurn.
* The reason Aelita fell for Jeremie in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' seems to be his persistence in helping and trying to make her happy without seeking thanks or reward.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E57UFFoe U.F. Foe]]", Tia is interested in Launchpad because he's kind, has a good heart, and [[ManicPixieDreamGuy taught her how to laugh and have fun.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Helga]] [[{{Tsundere}} Pataki's]] relationship with Arnold plays this trope. When her family forgot about her in a rainy day, Arnold offered her an umbrella, and from then on she has adored him.
* Heloise, the sadistic [[MadScientist girl genius]] who works for a company that brings misery to others in Miseryville; falls for the sweet, [[ThePollyanna optimistic]], ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. According to WordOfGod, one reason is that there's "something about sweet, innocent guys that appeals to the last shred of humanity in her". [[http://edwardkay.net/blog/2009/04/30/illustrator-wanted-jimmy-two-shoes-goes-to-asia-oz/comment-page-1/ Here's the info.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': In ''Injustice for All'', Wonder Woman's vicious archenemy Cheetah develops feeling for Batman after he takes the time to genuinely get to know and comfort her, realizing that she's [[DrivenToVillainy not]] [[AntiVillain entirely]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds evil]].
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'': The episode "Repulse" reveals that Superman and Wonder Woman go on dates together. While they still have Lois Lane and Steve Trevor in their respective lives, [[LovesMyAlterEgo it's their superhero personas they're in love with]]. Wonder Woman enjoys Superman since he's someone who knows the real her.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' dated the nice guys. [[MyGirlIsNotASlut The two of them]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Asami and Korra both decide to go for this sort of relationship after their respective break-ups with [[TallDarkAndSnarky Mako]], who had a bad habit of cheating on one while dating the other. [[spoiler:[[BiTheWay Except for the man part, since they start dating one another]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Main heroine Marinette develops her feelings for Adrien after he showed her kindness despite how coldly she had treated him to that point and his own loneliness.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' hints that Jenny will eventually pick Sheldon because she's sick of smooth operators, and wants someone sweet and sincere. Sheldon walks by, and she greets him, still wondering where she can find someone like that. Confirmed by WordOfGod after the series' cancellation.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicThePrincesses Princess Cadance]] who wants/has [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicManeFamilyMembers Shining Armor]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'', Bright Eyes only has eyes for the sweet, mature, kinda shy Lancer.
* The only problem that ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' fans can find with Candace's LoveInterest Jeremy is that he's so ''ridiculously'' nice that he seems ''too'' perfect. Which is probably good, because a less calm and understanding guy might not be able to handle a girl as neurotic and excitable as her.
** [[ScoutOut Isabella]] and [[ObliviousToLove Phineas]] for the PuppyLove version.
** Linda and Lawrence for a HappilyMarried take on this.
** As of the episode "Minor Monogram" Vanessa has decided she would rather date good guys instead of bad boys. She does have an on and off relation with Monty Monogram (the son of Major Monogram), but it doesn't go anywhere due to their fathers being on the opposite sides (and both of them went a bit too far with joking about the others' father.) In the penultimate episode (which showcases the cast around ten years in the future, )[[spoiler: it's revealed that she has been dating ''Ferb'' for a while now; long enough to be friends with his and Phineas' friends, even well-aware of the romantic feelings Phineas and Isabella have to one another.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': Ashi was among a group of sisters born and raised solely to kill Samurai Jack. Instead, she fell in love with him for showing her that Aku wasn't the force of good her vicious mother forced her to believe and for being the first person to treat her like a human being as opposed to a mindless soldier.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Large Marge", Cookie Kwan and and Lindsey Naegle both look for dates, and develop an interest in Homer when they see him helping Lisa out.
** In "A Star Is Born Again", a movie star becomes attracted to Ned's down the Earth nature, finding him far more tolerable than her superficial ex-boyfriends.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': Star's previous boyfriend Tom was a demon and she grew even more interested in her crush Oskar when she finds out he has a [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys "record"]]. However, her latest crush is [[spoiler: her best friend Marco, known as the Safe Kid at school and a NiceGuy all round.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** [[{{Adorkable}} Connie]] [[BadassBookworm Maheswaran]] is romantically interested in the titular character -- who is a very NiceGuy, treats her as an equal, and is honest.
** [[LadyofWar Pearl]] was ''deeply'' in love with [[BigGood Rose Quartz]]. The very Gem who treated Pearl like an individual, instead of "just another pearl". [[DeconstructedTrope This is deconstructed in the series though.]] Besides feeling like she was nothing when in comparison to Rose, Pearl put Rose on a pedestal and couldn't accept that Rose would keep stuff even from her. This is something that was explored in "Rose's Scabbard".
*** This is reconstructed with Rose's relationship with Greg. While both of them clicked well, they had to work to understand and communicate with one other. Greg was aware of Rose's faults and he inspired her to learn more about humanity and truly see them as individuals and equal. Greg was also willing to learn whatever he could about the Gems and puts effort into understanding them (such as when he talked to Garnet about fusion.)
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'': As annoyed as Nova might get at his antics sometimes, she's still clearly in love with Sprx, the easy-going, fun-loving, brave and loyal team comedian and hotshot ace.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', Bloom, Flora, Tecna, Aisha, and even Stella's {{Love Interest}}s have been shown to be really decent guys. [[BelligerentSexualTension Musa... not so much.]] (Though he ''does'' go through CharacterDevelopment.)