'''Basic Trope''': A person who plays a nice character is a jerk off stage.
* '''Straight''': Bob plays the character of Charlie, TheHero, on stage, but off stage he's [[ThePrimaDonna bossy and overly demanding]]
* '''Exaggerated''':Bob plays Charlie, AllLovingHero, but offstage he kills his producer.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob plays Charlie, a flawed but good hero, but offstage, he's slightly rude to everybody.
* '''Justified''': Bob is a good actor, despite his lack of people skills.
* '''Inverted''': MeanCharacterNiceActor.
* '''Subverted''': Bob plays a nice character on stage. [[{{GoodIsNotNice}} Although he's certainly a good person off stage, he's not particularly nice]].
* '''Double Subverted''': But he's downright cruel to his family once he gets home.
* '''Parodied''': Bob appears in an ASPCA commercial petting a dog, then immediately punts the dog and beats it with a stick the minute the director says "Cut!"
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** Bob plays a nice character is seen being mean to people. His actor friends come to his defense and say he's actually a nice guy... except to people of color, because he's a white supremacist.
** Bob is a NiceGuy at heart and is friendly to his friends, family and fans, but has trouble getting along with his coworkers.
** Whether Bob is nice or mean depends on whether or not he likes his coworkers.
* '''Averted''':
** Bob is an okay guy in person.
** Charlie isn't that nice.
* '''Enforced''': Because of media scrutiny, Bob is known as being a NiceCharacterMeanActor. So studios make him play [[AdamWesting fictional versions]] of himself.
* '''Lampshaded''': "It's a good thing for Bob we always turn off the cameras before he drops character!"
* '''Invoked''': ???
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': ???
* '''Discussed''': ???
* '''Conversed''': "Why are nice characters always played by such jerks"
* '''Deconstructed''': Bob terrorizes the cast off stage, which makes it difficult for them to adore him in character as Charlie. They either can't play their parts properly or drop out of the production. The show ultimately fails.
* '''Reconstructed''': Bob is a nice guy playing a nice character, but finds himself being typecast in family friendly roles and isn't taken seriously by people. So he starts being a jerk to shake off his overly positive image.
Back to NiceCharacterMeanActor.
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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???