Nice Guy: Literature

  • Dean from Tanya Huff's Summon the Keeper is so well-grounded people instinctively look for roots when they see him. He does housework, never swears, and is really handsome as well. Oh, and he's a twenty-year-old virgin.
  • Romulus in The Forgotten Legion
  • Karal from the Mage Storms trilogy of the Heralds of Valdemar. He's so nice, in fact, that he's terribly ill-suited for the web of political intrigue he's thrust into by the death of his mentor, Ulrich, Karsite ambassador to Valdemar. However, as a priest (and an honest one, even), this very attribute turns out to be his greatest asset in making friends with the Heralds.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Brienne of Tarth. She's kind, generous, honourable and loyal. Unfortunately, these traits are not useful for a woman who lives in a Crapsack World.
    • Arys Oakheart, being the most unwilling of the Kingsguard to beat Sansa (and does so as lightly as possible), and is steadfastly loyal to Myrcella, whom he is sworn to protect.
    • Garlan Tyrell is mentioned a few times as a Master Swordsman before his brief appearance at Joffrey's wedding establishes him as a surprisingly nice guy. He's one of the few people who gives Tyrion his due credit for saving the city and makes pleasant conversation with him throughout the procession. He even chastises the king for abusing Tyrion.
  • Isaac Fisher from Outsourced is kind, considerate, and unwilling to take action that could cause future harm. This turns out to be a bad move.
  • Jeeves and Wooster: Bertie Wooster is a Spoiled Sweet Upper-Class Twit who constantly finds himself in trouble because of his niceness and his inability to say "no" to anyone. Of course, everyone constantly takes advantage of him, but he's never bitter in the least. (Or, if he is, he's very quickly talked out of even that.)
  • In the Indian novel The White Tiger: Ashok, who is frequently described by Balram as "virtuous."
  • The Dresden Files: Despite being a holy warrior sworn fight all that will oppress humanity, Michael Carpenter still manages to ooze niceness. He's catholic, but respects other people's choice of religion. He has a large family, every member of which he loves unconditionally.
  • One of the most Lampshaded qualities about Mary Terrafino and Edilio Escobar from the GONE series is that, out of a town with children 400 strong, these two are the only people who aren't complete douches at least half the time, or worse. That includes the hero, the love interest, the sympathetic villains, the goofy best friend, the supporting token minorities and even the extras. Even the extras in this series have a jerkass mode. By default. It's often mentioned that Edilio and Mary are the only real kind hearted, selfless people there, even though they often have the most to be selfish about...
  • Warrior Cats:
    • Onestar was once this, but when he became the WindClan leader, he Took a Level in Jerkass.
    • Brackenfur too. In fact, he's one of the nicest cats in the series.
    • Billystorm, Leafstar's mate from SkyClan's Destiny.
    • Shellheart, the father of Crookedstar and Oakheart.
    • Even Blackstar himself temporarily became this. It causes Lionblaze to jokingly say "Who are you, and what have you done with Blackstar?"
  • Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games. Averted a bit in Mockingjay when he is hijacked (essentially brainwashed) by the Capitol. He eventually overcomes it, though.
    • Also, Finnick Odair. Easily one of the most genuinely friendly people in this series.
  • Remus Lupin in Harry Potter. He's spent his entire life being shunned and ostracised due to his lycanthropy, but he's never turned against to the dark like so many of his fellow werewolves. Instead, he is one of the kindest, most fair-minded, good-natured people you could hope to meet. This is seemingly averted a little when he tries to leave his wife, Tonks, and his unborn child to go adventuring with Harry. However, his reasons for leaving come from his desire to protect them from the Fantastic Racism they would suffer as the family of a werewolf. He realises the error of his decision after a What the Hell, Hero? from Harry, returning to his family, and is ecstatic with happiness when his son is born.
    • Neville Longbottom is also noteworthy. He really stands out by being one of the very few fleshed-out Harry Potter characters that doesn't have jerkassery as one of his flaws.
    • Harry himself might count as this, especially in the early and the last book. He is unambiguously heroic and good.
  • The Mortal Instruments
    • In City of Glass, Clary describes Sebastian Verlac as someone she thinks is easy to have fun with. Only applies to the real Sebastian, who by now is a Posthumous Character.
  • The Giver:
    • Jonas is intuitive, understanding, sensitive, kind, well-meaning, polite, and wanting to do what's best for the Community.
    • Fiona is caring and considerate, which makes her a good fit for the job of caring for old people. Although her job of "releasing" old people is not so nice, although she doesn't understand the implications of such an act.
  • Mason Ashford from Vampire Academy is friendly, pleasant, chivalrous, psychologically well-balanced, and heroic at heart.
  • Journey To Chaos:
    • Eric acts nice to everyone because he doesn't want to provoke conflict. In the first book it's because he's a doormat, and afterward because it's a hassle.
    • Nolien does his best to be a gentleman, but he's also kinda snobby.
    • Ax Arsenal calls Tiza a "Nice girl whose a little rough around the edges". Then his son chimes up and says "and everywhere else".
  • Quite a few characters within Tolkien's Legendarium.
    • Beleg Strongbow from "The Children of Hurin" is a heroic and noble Elf who is Turin's best friend. When they leave Doriath he goes looking for them and joins them in fighting the Orcs. When Turin is captured by Orcs Beleg risks his life to save them. Sadly Turin mistakes him for an Orc and kills him.
    • Balin the Dwarf seems the kindliest of the Dwarves in "The Hobbit". He is the only Dwarf to enter Erebor with Bilbo, though doesn't go into Smaug the Dragon's lair, and later comes to visit Bilbo. In the Trilogy of "The Hobbit" this is emphasised further.