Nice Guy: Western Animation

  • Finn the Human of Adventure Time is this tropes in spades.
    • Jake, too.
    • The Ice King has his moments. When he isn't being psychotic, he's totally friendly and a real sweetheart. His Nice Guy side is actually all that's left of his mind from the Ice Crown's corruption. The episode that explains his relationship with Marceline shows him being unfailingly devoted to her as a little girl, keeping her happy and safe while helping her navigate the ruins of a city post-Mushroom War, even while succumbing to the crown's influence. Now this manifests as him being drawn to her for reasons he can't explain, and being gentler and more vulnerable when she's around.
    • From what can be seen of him so far, Prince Gumballnote .
    • Prismo, too. He's an all powerful, wish granting entity who lives in the Time Room, but he's content to hang out with Jake and basically tells him the wish needed to save the Multiverse.
  • Theodore from Alvin and the Chipmunks. He's so nice, in fact, that he averts Beware the Nice Ones.
  • Frylock from Aqua Teen Hunger Force is actually someone most people would like to have as a neighbor... excluding the science experiments, his roommates, and his being a living, floating box of french fries.
  • Iroh and Aang, from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Dana Tan from Batman Beyond. The only people she's not pleasant to are the show's Jerk Jock, her one-time Stalker with a Crush, and her boyfriend when she's been Stood Up one too many times.
  • Ed the otter from Brandy & Mr. Whiskers is one of the nicest, most likable, most easygoing characters on the show.
  • Every Planeeters from Captain Planet and the Planeteers, but the cake goes to Ma-Ti, wielder of Heart. One of the reason he got Heart is because of his kindness, he won't tempted to use his powers to, say, control the entire world.
  • Abe Lincoln from Clone High displays this trope most of the time. Mr. Butlertron could also qualify, definitely in contrast to his best friend Scudworth... Wesley.
  • Chris from Dan Vs., in stark contrast to Dan (and most of the other characters to be honest).
  • Tom Sloane from Daria. He, more or less had a hatedom and changed Daria's life in the final seasons, but still manages to be the most pleasant guy in the series. He's an incredibly reasonable person, who tries hard to get along with everyone even if they're hostile toward him.
  • The titular Doug is probably the sweetest kid in his town, always being there for his friends, rooting for the underdog, that's just a few things.
  • As stated before Xander and Foxxy Love are the least-depraved people on Drawn Together. In particular, the former is eager to help most people, including his Abhorrent Admirer Toot Braunstein, while the later has her share of (mostly self-harming) flaws, but usually recognizes them, is ashamed, and makes at least some kind of attempt to correct them. Both are also very open-minded.
    • Wooldoor also leans towards this as, like Xander, he mostly wants nothing but to help people out. Unfortunately, this is severely punctuated by incredibly dark statements and behaviors on his part, though it's implied he isn't usually actively malicious and instead is less than sane.
  • Edd (Double D), Ed, Jimmy, Jonny, and Rolf from Ed, Edd n Eddy is this in spades.
  • Timmy Turner from The Fairly OddParents was this before he Took A Level In Jerk Ass starting in season four. He did become prevalent again starting season six and onwards, though.
  • Family Guy:
    • Cleveland used to be this, at least until he got his own show. Tim the Mormon bear on The Cleveland Show usually plays this role.
    • Joe is probably the closest the show has to your standard Nice Guy nowadays, particularly when interacting with the Griffins, although he's too aggressive and driven to fit the role exactly.
  • Mac from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. And Wilt who manages to dodge the "Butt Monkey" and "Not funny" aspects of this trope by being SO much of a doormat that it becomes hilarious. Part of his problem is a chronic inability to refuse any request, no matter how ill-advised acceding to it would be. In one episode he finally flips and shouts "NO!" over and over for almost a minute...before Bloo heartlessly makes yet another selfish request and force of habit elicits an amicable "sure!" from Wilt.
  • Fry from Futurama is incredibly stupid and ignorant, which makes him act crude, inappropriate, or thoughtless at times, but his disposition is always sweet and sunny and his intentions are always good. He's also incredibly selfless and forgiving, especially towards Leela and Bender.
  • Goof Troop:
    • PJ is honest and ethical to the point where he sometimes forgets his Manipulative Bastard Abusive Father isn't and is unwilling to break the letter of a promise to him (even if he breaks it in spirit), has Undying Loyalty towards Max even when Max treats him inconsiderately, is very patient and forgiving in regards to his mistreatment, intentional or otherwise most of the time, is a helpful, supportive friend, and manages to have genuine sympathy for people who are significantly better off than he is. The only things keeping him from being an All-Loving Hero are his world-weary attitude and occasional rudeness.
    • Goofy, who does cause some problems due to his clumsiness and stupidity, is also an extremely patient friend and a Good Father (sometimes to kids other than his own). All Goofy really wants to do is help other people out with their problems, and is willing to forgive a lot of things. He also hardly ever has a bad thing to say about anyone.
    • Roxanne from A Goofy Movie is a nice girl, as shown when after everyone laughs at Max for falling off the bleachers, and she's the one to show concern for him.
  • The eponymous Arnold of Hey Arnold!.
    • Eugene!
    • And Mr. Hyunh.
  • IM Weasel from I Am Weasel. Calling him nice would be an understatement. He was first shown giving a dying boy a kidney transplant. He becomes slightly more egotistical and neurotic in later episodes, though considering how much his kindness often gets him, it's often justified.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Jackie Chan takes it Up to Eleven. He is so nice than even his dark side is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • The titular Jimmy Two-Shoes might be the only truly nice person in Miseryville.
  • Captain Marvel on Justice League Unlimited. He only got one episode, but managed to be a bigger Boy Scout than Superman.
    Superman: Why are you— why is everyone defending him?!
    Batman: We like him. He's... sunny.
    • And several minutes of Cap's episode were dedicated to showing how well Cap got along with his teammates and how nice a guy he was to them. This was done specifically to contrast the seven core JLU members, who during that season were shown to hang around only each other, have secret meetings with no input from the rest of the team and not really interact with the 'lesser' heroes. This gave more credence to the What the Hell, Hero? speech he gives the big seven, specifically Superman, at the end, regarding their behavior.
    • The Flash. He's friendly to everyone, including his enemies, and the fact that his persona is so different from certain other superheroes made its own episode.note  He also fits another trope quite nicely should you try to hurt his friends. Captain Marvel got an episode to show he was nice, Flash has been doing it two series running now, with no signs of ever slowing down.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Kim may have traits of arrogance, vanity and has a slight habit of being bossy, but she mostly matures out of it to become genuinely more caring, tolerant and respectful. Mostly.
    • Ron. He's friendly and doesn't hold a grudge. He's more upset that Drakken can't get his name right than all the evil plans he hatches.
    • Yori. She is very respectful with everyone she met, the only exception being established villains.
  • Mei Ling in the short Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five. She is the only one who realizes that Crane, who is working as the underappreciated janitor, not only dreams of joining her academy, but has the talent to excel. As such, she takes it upon herself to convince him to try out for enrollment and she backs him all the way in the attempt.
  • Porky Pig of the Looney Tunes.
  • The eponymous character of Mr. Bogus would also fit this trope, as even in spite of the fact that he is a gremlin and just 3-4 inches tall, he is actually one of the nicest characters ever in most situations
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Pinkie Pie. She's a good example of this (parties, smile, friendship, etc) unless you push her Berserk Button.
    • Fluttershy. While still not completely immune to Jerkass Ball moments, she is the most consistently sweet natured of the mane cast. She is even the Element of Kindness.
    • Twilight Sparkle as well.
    • Applejack. Similar to Twilight, she holds the Jerkass Ball a fair few times, but she is one of the more fair-natured ponies and even her more abrasive moments are often with more selfless intentions than the others. In earlier episodes, she's slightly more arrogant, if still altruistic.
    • Rarity oftens borders into Jerk with a Heart of Gold territory, but she's still very emphatic and generous; she does represent generosity, after all.
    • All the princesses qualify.
    • For the guys, we have Big Macintosh, Shining Armor, Soarin, and Fancypants.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Jeremy Johnson is such a pleasant person, it's hard to believe he has an absolutely insane little sister. He's even dating Candace despite all her glaring flaws and questionable sanity.
    • For that matter, Phineas and Ferb themselves would give you the shirts off their backs if asked. In theory, at least. In practice, they'd be more likely to invent some kind of humongous shirt-making machine to clothe every shirtless person in the Tri-State Area, but the principle's the same.
  • Rocko from Rocko's Modern Life, though he occasionally snaps.
  • Raffles from Rover Dangerfield.
  • Ruby Gloom, she's a Perky Goth who's friendly to everyone she meets and always looks on the bright side.
    • Pretty much all of the main cast in the show, although Poe and Boo Boo are more along the lines of Jerks with Hearts of Gold.
  • Actually the only defining characteristic of Proteus from Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. He even breaks off the engagement with Marina, so she can be with Sinbad.
  • Spongebob Squarepants.
  • Butters from South Park. He has endured heaps and heaps of Break the Cutie that would have caused anyone else to jump out a very high window with a smile and a song. Even his parents are in on it; his mother tried to drown him in a car when she found out that her husband was sleeping with men, his parents grounded him for making a funny face (his normal face mind you) in his class photo, and they even tried to sell him to Paris Hilton when her latest pet committed suicide. Occasionally he will deliver harsh words, but only when people deserve much, much worse. He did decide to become a Super Villain, but even that is just plain precious.
  • In Superman: The Animated Series, we have the title character himself, up to his usual heroic self. We also have Jimmy Olsen, who is cheerful and fiercely loyal to Superman.
  • Mr. Thickley, Willy Wombat and Hugh from Taz-Mania are all quite friendly.
    • The Platypus Brothers too; they love to help people, for the sheer joy of applying their well-meaning (if oversightful) intellects to the problem at hand.
  • Even though Starfire isn't a saint in Teen Titans Go!, she's still the nicest out of all the Titans, which makes her the Token Good Teammate.
  • Darwin from The Amazing World of Gumball. He becomes more aggressive from the second season onwards, but he still remains a Cheerful Child. When he was possessed by a spirit of jealousy, he reveals that "[he's] actually quite happy with [his] life" and holds no spite or envy towards anyone else.
    Darwin: Is he gonna cry? Because if he cries, I'll cry!
    • Also Penny, who's one of the nicest characters in the show.
  • Littlefoot, Ducky, Chomper, and Ruby from The Land Before Time.
  • Lola Bunny from The Looney Tunes Show can fit this trope when she's not being a Stalker with a Crush.
    • Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig are also the nicest characters of the series.
  • Stimpy from The Ren & Stimpy Show. He's pretty much the nicest character on the show, which unfortunately makes him the Butt Monkey.
  • Ned Flanders from The Simpsons was simply the nice guy that lived next door until his Flanderization.
  • The Smurfs: Clumsy Smurf. You couldn't ask for a sweeter-natured Smurf; sometimes he borders on Dumb Is Good.
  • Despite being a necromancer prone to being a Large Ham, Dr. Orpheus of The Venture Bros. is a loving father, true friend (to Brock Samson and his Triad team-mates at least) and one of the few characters on that show to have a conscience. Although he takes his share of hits and occasional ridicule (like every other character), he usually comes out on top earning at least the respect of his peers. He even states that he only uses the Necromancer label due to titles like Wizard or Sorcerer being too boring.
    • Which is ironic, considering his mentor and teacher is one of the most Jerk Assey characters in the entire show. He might not match the Monarch or Phantom Limb in terms of objective evil but he manages to outdo both in terms of sheer, petty passive-aggressive meanness. Somehow, Orpheus always manages to take his advice in a way that doesn't make him act like a total ponce, which only helps contribute to his Nice Guy cred.
      • Orpheus does become easily aggravated with the Outrider, who if anything is even more reasonable and polite than even Orpheus. Given that the Outrider married Orpheus' ex-wife, that's not exactly unusual, and they seemed to get over it by "The Better Man".
    • The rest of the Order of the Triad are unusually reasonable for the universe, as well : The Alchemist's worst aspect is a grudge against the Internet after finding out that a boyfriend was cheating on him through MySpace, while Jefferson Twilight gets a little frustrated that his skillsets are fairly specialized.
  • Lion-O from ThunderCats (2011) is a controversial example, who Took a Level in Jerkass from time to time. After coming Back from the Dead he pretty much becomes an All-Loving Hero and a Loser Protagonist in an ill-fated quest for redemption where he is easily manipulated by Mumm-Ra and his cronies.
  • Hamton from Tiny Toon Adventures.
  • Total Drama Island:
    Gwen: (to Owen) Have you ever had a bad thought about anyone?
    • For the girls, Bridgette (that is paired with Geoff) and Gwen; she becomes much more friendly after her de-frosting in Island. Lindsay too (that is more a Spoiled Sweet).
    • Revenge of the Island adds Mike (at least when his main personality is in control), Sam and Cameron, who, after he wins in the finale of said season, gives a share to every one of his friends and his enemies. Female examples are Zoey (except for Scott and Mal in All-Stars, she's nice to practically everyone) and Dawn; she may be a little off her rocker, but she definitely is friendly, kind and considerate.
    • Pahkitew Island has Ella. She is one of the nicest, if not the nicest character in the whole series; she is an Actual Pacifist who just wants to be everyone's friend. Samey too (in contrast to her Jerkass sister).
  • This is a required trope for Optimus Prime, no matter which Transformers Multiverse he belongs to.
  • In Young Justice, Captain Marvel is also the Nice Guy, to the point where most of the cast find him kind of...baffling. Until it comes out that he's actually ten.
  • It doesn't hurt to help!

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