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- Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" is about Cooper throwing down the gauntlet after his mother's church group reacted with disgust to his onstage antics. He contends he was actually a Nice Guy...but not anymore.
- Subverted in Kid Cudi's "Man on the Moon (The Anthem)":
- Kid Cudi: Maybe if I was a jerk to girls,Instead of being nice and speaking kind words,Then maybe it would be okay to say then,I wasn't a good guy to begin with."
- Gordon Lightfoot's "Rainy-Day People" (you know, to contrast "fair-weather friends) is about compassionate people willing to help anyone, no matter how the other party may behave.
- Bob McKellaway in Mary, Mary. Subverted in the end, when he prevents Mary from going away with Dirk by seizing her and shutting her in his closet.
- Paris from Romeo and Juliet. The poor guy legitimately has no idea that his betrothed, Juliet, is in love with another man, and when she fakes her death, he visits her grave, intending to return every night. Even Romeo feels sorry for him after he kills him in desperate self-defense.
Fan Fic Recs
- Facebook has ''7teen'', a spinoff to 6teen, and it introduces Jonesy's dad, Michael, as one of the most friendly, compassionate, reasonable, level-headed and fatherly (whether you're his kid or not) parental in the series. Though Jude's dad, Justin, fits this trope as well, even in spite of being the Deadpan Snarker of the family.