->'''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 VictoriousChildhoodFriend or a SecondLove. Compare to UnderstandingBoyfriend.

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.

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* Meta example: Almost every UnwantedHarem show follows this trope. The problem is that usually the ratio of good guys to girls are at 1:5 (and sometimes it is far worse). Also, some watchers/readers feel that the "Good Man" is incredibly bland instead of kind.
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'': Natsu falls for Arashi pretty instantly, mostly because of her lack of self-confidence and he's the first guy who ever nice to her.
* ''{{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]]...
* ''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.
* ''MaisonIkkoku'': Though occasionally a jerk, most of Godai's jerkish behavior comes from being '''too''' nice (and hence unreliable), if that makes any sense.
* In ''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/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....]]
* Played straight all the way with [[ActionGirl Atan Hadas]] from ''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.
* ''{{Berserk}}'' plays it straight between [[BadAss 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.
** This was also the case with 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.]]
* ''{{Gunnm}}'' plays with this trope a bit.
** 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 again 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 ''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]].
* In ''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.
* In ''{{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.
* 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.
** Also, 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.
* ''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]].]]
* 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.
* ''ShakuganNoShana'': It is Yuji Sakai's kind and friendly personality that draws both Shana and Kazumi toward him.
* ''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.
* Keiichi Morisato from ''[[Manga/AhMyGoddess Oh 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.
* In ''{{Freezing}}'', the fact that Kazuya Aoi is respectful and kind towards the ''very'' troubled Satellizer makes her develop affection towards him.
* ''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, Asuka fell for the ShrinkingViolet, nice main character.
* 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]]...]]
* Oscar from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' develops a romance with Andre, who's described as a "very sensitive and passionate young man", and a "true working-class hero".
* One of the things that makes ''KimiNiTodoke'' so refreshing to read is that unlike other {{shojo}} manga where the heroine falls for the TroubledButCute guy, the heroine's love interest is a genuinely NiceGuy who wins her over by simply being sweet and kind to her.
* In ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'', Asuka Sugo doesn't return the affections of the RoyalBrat rich kid and racer Randoll, she instead went for the sometimes temperamental but NiceGuy Hayato, who also happens to be her longtime friend.
* ''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.
* ''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]].
* ''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.
* ''ChronoCrusade'' plays this trope straight, with the HotBlooded {{Tsundere}} ActionGirl Rosette and the ShrinkingViolet NiceGuy Chrono, who also qualify as a mild example of MasculineGirlFeminineBoy.
* ''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.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The reason why Tsunade fell for Dan instead of Jiraiya and why she never got over him. [[spoiler: Jiraiya before his death may also count though there was really no real indication that Tsunade had developed romantic feelings for him too.]]
** Hinata wasn't QUITE this for Naruto at first as it was initially admiration for his never-waivering determination despite the odds signfying him a failure. It gradually becomes this as Hinata's admiration turns into geunine love and as Naruto's developmment from a good if impish kid to a definite Hero type.
** Sakura arguably shows signs of this late in Part 2. In an questionable love confession to Naruto, Sakura literally makes a speech slamming Sasuke as "a criminal, someone who always breaks my heart, is so distant" while describing Naruto as "a hero, was always there, makes her feel safe." Basically all the reasons why Naruto is better for her and that Sasuke is terrible, though [[{{AllGirlsWantBadBoys}} Sakura still seems to have unresolved Sasuke issues so...]]
*** [[spoiler:Eventually played straight, except with ''Sasuke'', who more or less becomes this 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.
** While a lot of fans [[FanPreferredCouple like to believe]] that [[{{Tsundere}} Tenten]] has something for the [[TallDarkAndHandsome dark]], [[TheStoic stoic]], [[TheFatalist cynical]] Neji, there is actually no sign that she has beyond-friendship interest in him, not in the official series and in not the spin-offs either, whereas her relationship with [[HotBlooded Lee]] has been teased both in the official series and in the ''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.
* 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.)
* [[CaptainTsubasa Tsubasa Ohzora]] might be a member of the Chaste Teens Group, but outside of the soccer fields he's 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.
** There's also the sweet FragileFlower Yoshiko. She's completely in love with Matsuyama, a kind and responsible TeamDad.
* ''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.
* 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 does so too, as the guy she likes is the 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?"]]
** And later, [[spoiler: local ActionGirl Miwako Satou]] joned the group, by [[spoiler: choosing 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]].
* Genderflipped in ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''; The protagonist Ryuuji is interested in the bright and cheerful Minori in contrast to most of his male classmates, who are smitten with LovableAlphaBitch Ami Kawashima instead. [[spoiler: His interests change to Taiga as they get to know each other... though Taiga has to [[CharacterDevelopment tone down the worst part of her]] {{Tsundere}}ness ''and'' start resolving her issues with her family, for their relationship to work, thus acquiring her own set of NiceGirl traits.]] Taiga as well, in her attraction to NiceGuy Kitamura [[spoiler: and later to Ryuuji, who's a NiceGuy too]].
* ''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.
* In ''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.
* ''HonooNoAlpenRose'' has the 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.)
* Shiranui Hansode in ''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.]]
* ''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 ''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.
* ''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.
* In ''Manga/MidoriNoHibi'', 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.
* ''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]].
* In ''[[LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru Oregairu]]'', the trope likely applies to Yui. [[spoiler: According to the OtherWiki, Hachiman saved Yui's dog from a car accident that had him in hospital for 3 weeks.]]
* 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/YuugenKaisha'' 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.
* ''[[Manga/YoureUnderArrest You're Under Arrest!]]'': 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.]]
* ''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]]]].
* ''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.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has a lesbian example. [[spoiler:Homura]] falls in love with Madoka because she's a kind optimist who genuinely wants Homura 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 murder, 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]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[{{Spiderman}} Spider-Man]] has attracted plenty of cynical women in Marvel due to his nice and heroic personality. Most notably Black Cat, a thief.
* ''{{Blacksad}}'' has Alma Mayer who simply wants a man who will be dedicated enough to bring her to Niagara Falls.
* ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'': Jean Grey choosing Cyclops over Wolverine.
* Diamondback, a villainess member of the Serpent Society, dated 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]].
* 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]].
* 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).
* [[{{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. {{SuperGirl}} once spontaneously made out with him, all because he made a speech about being a good teammate.
* Also from the Batman comic books, 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}} nice guy]] [[Comicbook/{{Robin}} Tim Drake]], 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.
* 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]].
* 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.
* Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer, 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.
* In ''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.
* A bit of a downplayed example, but still important is in ''ScottPilgrim.'' Scott is not the best person and is prone to moments of insensitivty, somewhat dull-witted and can make bad decisions. Despite this , he's an overall pretty nice guy and more or less TheHeart of his group of friends. It's this reason that Ramona ends up being with him.
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* ''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.
* 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
* 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.
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* 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.
* "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 ''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.
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* 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.
** 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.
* ''{{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.
* 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.
* ''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. [[spoiler:Maria falls in love with and marries Manolo, the [[HumbleHero humble]], [[NiceGuy sweet]] musician who promises to ''never'' stop loving her. In fact, the first indications she gets her love epiphany 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/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.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* ''[[Film/{{X-Men}} X2: X-Men United]]'' 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.
* 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".)
* 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.
* 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, BettyBoop responds with "What a lucky gal."
* 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.
* 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 ''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]].
* ''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.
* Most of 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 ''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.
* The whole love story of ''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.
* 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.
* 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.
* In ''Film/SomethingNew'', Kenya has to choose between two very different nice guys.
* In ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' Allison rebuffs [[{{Jerkass}} Chad's]] creepy advances and eventually falls in love with the awkward yet decent hillbilly [[NiceGuy Dale]].
* In ''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/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', there were hints that Peggy was beginning to fall for the pre-serum {{Adorkable}} [[HumbleHero humble]] NiceGuy Steve Rogers.
** Best exemplified in one of the ''Film/MarvelOneShots'', ''Agent Carter''. 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 ''TheWholeNineYards'', Jimmy "The Tulip's" wife Cynthia falls for Oz mostly because he's a really nice guy.
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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.
* Out of all the guys who want her and despite being able to pick any guy she wants, Olivia from ''ShesTheMan'' preferred honest "Sebastian" (who is actually his twin sister Viola in disguise). She would later fall in love with the real Sebastian.
* Gender-flipped in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' where Link and Seaweed respectively falls in love with the kind-hearted and cheerful Tracy and Penny.
* Jean, to Wolverine in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'': "Women like to flirt with a dangerous man. They don't marry him. They marry the good guy."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''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 than men are rare]] causes lots of women to pursue him.
* 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.
* ''Literature/AudreyWait'': All of the successful romantic leads are decent, all around reliable guys.
%%* Faramir in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' wins Éowyn this way -- admittedly from [[LovingAShadow a shadow]].
* ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'': All of the HappilyMarried couples come from women who fall in love with genuinely good men.
* 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 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/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 natrual inclination toward the Dark Arts and his negative traits overshadowing the positives. On the other hand, she was greatly irritated with James because he was an arrogant show-off and how he and Snape (her first friend, before it fell apart in 5th year) spent a good deal of time tormenting and fighting one another. 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 5th year to dating him by their 7th, indicating most of their relationship progress occured in 6th year.]]
** On the flip side, the two biggest cases of lust instead of love - Riddle Sr. and Merope and Bellatrix and Voldemort - all involve men that are ''very'' not nice. Riddle Sr. was shown to be extremely shallow and cruel.
** 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''.
* 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 [[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''.
** ''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.
* In 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.
* 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 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.
* From ''{{Holes}}'', we have 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.]]
** We also have Sarah, who married the sweet Eliya Yelnats despite the fact that he was apparently cursed. Eliya himself could be considered a gender-flipped version, since he initially pursued the spoilt, idiotic Myra and ended up HappilyMarried to the sensible and capable Sarah.
* 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.
* ''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.
* 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 the ''Mage Storms'' trilogy of the ''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/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''The Book of Atrix Wolfe'', 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.
* In ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', Dounia ends up marrying Razumihin instead of the rich but immoral Luhzin.
* 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.
* 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.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Uneasy Money'', GenderFlipped: 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/TheLastDove'', Adrian is much more of a good man at heart, though he seems like a dark, evil Wolf at first.
* 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.
* 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.
* In LoisMcMasterBujold's VorkosiganSaga novel ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'', 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 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.
* 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/EDBaker's ''Literature/TheWideAwakePrincess'', Lizette actually ran away with the ogre, because he was the first person in her life to make her laugh.
%%* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' - Katniss Everdeen falling in love with Peeta Mellark.
%% * Tessa towards Jem in ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* 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.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the very short-lived ABC 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.
* ''{{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).
* Charlotte from ''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.
* 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/BeautyAndTheBeast'', 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/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.
** It's implied that while Saffron has conned a ton of men into marrying her, she still has some amount of affection for Husband Number One, at least enough so that she tries to have him think well of her when she robs him. Mal figures this out when he sees how affectionately the husband greets her, and notes that Saffron could have waltzed right in if she'd wanted.
** Inara certainly seems to act more affectionately [[BelligerentSexualTension than usual]] towards Mal after he proves that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he indeed has a heart of gold]].
* In ''{{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.
* Rachel and Quinn both choose the sweet, [[TheDitz ditzy]] Finn over the TroubledButCute Puck in ''{{Glee}}''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Amy with Rory, whom he loved sinced 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.
* Guinevere from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' shows no interest in prattish Arthur whatsoever until he begins to show some humility.
* Alison from ''Series/TeenWolf'' has no problem being with apparent loser Scott.
** Scott's mother seems to be seeking a good man, too. Too bad the one she found was Peter Hale.
* 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 ''[[TheWorstWitch Weirdsister College]]'' found herself attracted to the bad boy and JerkAss Nick Hobbes but eventually chose nice guy Ben instead.
* In the ''Series/MagnumPI'' episode "Lest We Forget," a prostitute tries to elope with a navy flier in WorldWarII for this reason. After Pearl Harbor they each think each other dead and have to wait fifty years before Magnum [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming reunites them]].
* Anna on ''DowntonAbbey'', who believes her love Mr Bates is a good man even when he doesn't.
* ''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".
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Lily is HappilyMarried to Marshall, who is probably the sweetest guy on the show.
** Whoever the mother is will eventually marry Ted, who is also kind and good natured.
* ''{{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.
* ''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 ''Series/BeingHuman'', 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]].
* Donna Moss on ''Series/TheWestWing''.
* 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.
* 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/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.
** A gender-flipped version in 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.
* ''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/{{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.
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[[folder:Music]]
* 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]].'
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Almaz's eventual marriage to AxCrazy Princess Sapphire in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' qualifies. Also linked to LaserGuidedKarma.
* In ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'', Gwendolyn started out hating Oswald (her marriage was a punishment and Oswald was once her enemy), but she eventually discovers his true colors. He's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who was about the only one to respect her as a person, and fiercely defended her right to make her own decisions.
* In ''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.]]
* ''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.]]
* ''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/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]].
* Quite a few of the possible pairings in the ''Franchise/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/FireEmblemAkaneia'': Marth, Julian and Merric.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'': Sigurd, Dew, Finn, Azel, Midayle, Noish, Jamke, Holyn,Claud and Quan. The second generation gives us Seliph, Leif, Oifaye and Ced.
** Leif again, in FE 5. 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/FireEmblemElibe'': [[ChickMagnet Roy]]. Also Noah, Lance, Klein and Zealot, who is also already HappilyMarried.
*** Eliwood, Guy, Heath, Wil, Kent, Erk, Harken, Lowen, Matthew, and Lord Pent from the prequel.
** ''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, {{Badass}}ery)... 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/FireEmblemTellius'': 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 jerk-ish demeanor. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality He's just... a little kooky.]]
** The second generation gives us Owain, Yarne, Laurent, Brady and boy!Morgan.
* ''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.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': Kairi only has eyes for [[BoyNextDoor Sora]] rather than [[TroubledButCute Riku]].
* ''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/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]].
* Jaheira's marriage to Khalid in ''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.
** BioWare makes a long and lovely tradition of this with their romantic interests for female characters. [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Carth Onasi]] is a genuinely NiceGuy, despite the paranoia. [[Franchise/MassEffect Kaiden Alenko]] is a soft-spoken LawfulGood sort. [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Alistar]] is a hunky prince of a guy [[spoiler: (literally)]]. Even roguish types like [[CowboyCop Garrus]], [[StarWarsTheOldRepublic Corso Riggs]], and [[JadeEmpire Sky]] are genuinely nice fellows.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Colette and Sheena, the two female leads are both in love with NiceGuy [[TheHero Hero]] Lloyd Irving for this very reason.
* Any girl that falls for ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda's'' Link, considering that most of them only know him because he saves their butts from whatever evil is at hand.
** 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.]]
* ''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.]]
* All of the LoveInterests for the Female Protagonist in ''{{Persona 3}} [[UpdatedRerelease Portable]]'' are this. To wit, Akihiko Sanada is standoffish and ObliviousToLove but mostly is because he's still hurting from his dead little sister Miki, Shinjiro Aragaki has a {{Badass}} exteror with a HiddenHeartOfGold, Ryoji Mochizuki is a CasanovaWannabe but is kind hearted and Ken Amada is a cute little boy with a PrecociousCrush. (And if you count [[MissionControl Theodore]] as a love interest of sorts, he also qualifies.)
** The 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.
* Similarly, in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' 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.
* 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.
** 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.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* 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 WhiteKnighting 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 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.
* 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) murder, later ''actually'' fell in love with Phoenix, and thus never got the evidence back in time.]]
* 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's problems and tries to help them.
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[[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]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* 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/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 and lampshaded [[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.
* 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).
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[[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." Everyone but Kimi thought Z was a badboy, but he was a genuinely nice, if quiet, guy who just liked to dress a certain way. 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.
* 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]].]]
* 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 ''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/KimPossible dated the nice guys. [[MyGirlIsNotASlut The two of them]].
* ''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.
* 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.
* 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.)
* ''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.
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