Playing With / Nice Guy

Basic Trope: A guy/girl who is nice.
  • Straight: Bob is a friendly, well-rounded person with no overwhelming negative traits.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob isn't the kindest guy around, but he doesn't do anything particularly wrong either.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is sociable, and wants to make friends.
    • Bob doesn't see any reason to be mean to people.
    • Bob thinks that being nice is the law.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • It was actually Bob's twin brother who was doing evil things behind people's backs — Bob himself wouldn't hurt a fly.
    • Bob was just having a bad day. Other than that, he became nice again.
    • Super Dickery
    • The "reward" that Bob demands is being treated with basic human decency.
  • Parodied: Bob's constant attempts of being nice to people always fail miserably, due to misunderstandings that are never his fault.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob has split personality disorder — one day he'll hold a door open for you, the next he'll slam it in your face.
  • Averted:
    • Bob is sometimes nice, but not to the point where it defines his personality.
    • Bob is somehow neither nice nor mean.
  • Enforced: Bob, the main character, is intentionally made likeable so that the audience will find it easy to sympathize him.
  • Lampshaded:
    Alice: "Bob, you're a pretty nice guy."
    Bob: "I know."
  • Invoked: Bob acts nice, so that no one will suspect that he's secretly Badass.
  • Exploited: The villain accomplishes a Batman Gambit based on Bob's predictable decency.
  • Defied: Despite being taught from a young age to act this way — Bob's parents want him to be a decent, well-rounded person — Bob refuses to be a Nice Guy.
  • Discussed: "Bob is such a nice guy. If this was a story he'd probably be dead long ago."
  • Conversed: "Nice guys are pretty rare in fiction, aren't they?"
  • Implied: Bob is unseen, but Alice, Charles, and the other characters gush about how gentle and kind he is.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob's real friends stand up for him and call off said people. Bonus points when they outnumber those people.
    • Over time, Bob learns how to be a Nice Guy without being a pushover.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob is an Extreme Doormat who will do anything anyone asks him to do, regardless of how much trouble it causes him.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's niceness causes him much angst, because of all the people trying to take advantage of him.

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