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* In ''FanFic/TheApprenticeTheStudentAndTheCharlatan'', Nova's EstablishingCharacterMoment is to buy a homeless pony an apartment, and then swear him and the landlord to total secrecy about it. He's trying to keep his head down so his parents don't come looking for him, given he doesn't have the best of relationships with them.


* Tracy from ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is a CloudCuckooLander who actively cultivates a "Bad Boy" persona with his irresponsible partying antics... but, to his friends' shock and disappointment, he has never once cheated on his wife. When Tracy won an Oscar for his role in a [[OscarBait gritty urban drama about poverty and abuse]], he became a respected serious actor overnight. He was overwhelmed by the responsibility that came with his accolades, so, at Liz's suggestion, he started acting crazier and more offensive than ever so he could go back to his old life. It didn't go well... especially because during his rampage he jumped in a lake to save a drowning man and begged him not to tell anyone. The man did, and Tracy was all over the news as a humble hero.

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* Tracy from ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is a CloudCuckooLander who actively cultivates a "Bad Boy" persona with his irresponsible partying antics... but, to his friends' shock and disappointment, antics. In one episode, he has becomes furious at a tabloid revealing that he's never once cheated on his wife. When Tracy won an Oscar for his role in a [[OscarBait gritty urban drama about poverty and abuse]], he became a respected serious actor overnight. He was overwhelmed by the responsibility that came with his accolades, so, at Liz's suggestion, he started so began acting crazier and more offensive than ever so he could go back to shed his old life. It didn't go well... especially because during his rampage he jumped new reputation. His acting out culminated in him jumping in a lake to save a drowning lake, ultimately saving an old man and begged him from drowning, then begging the man not to tell anyone. The man did, and Tracy was all over the news as a humble hero.anyone.


* ''Film/AccidentalHero'': Dustin Hoffman's character is a divorced misanthropic cynical petty crook, constantly declaring that everyone is out for themselves and no one else. When a plane crashes before his eyes, and it becomes clear that no one is going to rescue a young child's father in time, he goes into the burning wreck and rescues each person he comes across in turn until he finds the father - then goes off hoping that no one spotted him. At the end of the film, after his insisting on the FakeUltimateHero Garcia having the credit, he finds no one willing to rescue someone from the bear pit in the zoo - and stomps off to rescue them, complaining all the time. Garcia planned to confess in a suicide note; Hoffman risked his life in order to blackmail Garcia into tearing up the note, going back inside and taking the credit (which makes him "uncomfortable") in order to keep up all the "do-gooder" stuff, which Hoffman realizes is Garcia's natural role in life, in contrast with Hoffman's card-carrying Jerkass.

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* ''Film/AccidentalHero'': Dustin Hoffman's character is a divorced misanthropic cynical petty crook, constantly declaring that everyone is out for themselves and no one else. When a plane crashes before his eyes, he begrudgingly gets the emergency door open, and it becomes clear that no one is going to rescue a young child's father in ends up rescuing multiple people, muttering angrily the entire time, he goes into and even robbing one of the burning wreck people he saved. He then flees the scene before anyone can identify him, and rescues each person he comes across has no interest in turn taking credit until he finds the father - then goes off hoping learns that no one spotted him. At the end of the film, after his insisting on the FakeUltimateHero Garcia having the credit, he finds no one willing to rescue someone from else received a large reward by claiming to be the bear pit in rescuer. In the zoo - and stomps off end, he strikes a deal to rescue them, complaining all let the time. Garcia planned to confess in a suicide note; Hoffman risked his life in order to blackmail Garcia into tearing up the note, going back inside and taking the guy take credit (which makes in exchange for splitting the money. The final scene is him "uncomfortable") in order to keep up all the "do-gooder" stuff, which Hoffman realizes finally telling his son what happened, and when his son is Garcia's natural role in life, in contrast with Hoffman's card-carrying Jerkass.surprised that he'd risk himself for others, he replies "I f****ed up."



* Samuel Gerard from ''Film/TheFugitive''. He starts out indifferent to Kimble's plight, seeing him as simply another fugitive criminal, but over the course of the movie, discovers proof of his innocence, and towards the end, practically becomes the only one willing to defend him. In the end, their last lines were:

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* Samuel Gerard from ''Film/TheFugitive''. He starts explicitly sees his sole job as capturing the titular fugitive, with zero interest in figuring out indifferent to Kimble's plight, seeing him as simply another fugitive criminal, but over the course whether his incarceration was just. One of the movie, discovers proof of most famous lines is when Richard proclaims his innocence, and towards Gerard responds "I don't care". Over the end, practically course of the film, he becomes increasingly skeptical that Kimble is a murderer, and ends up going out of his way to solve the only one willing to defend him. In the end, their last lines were:murder and set Kimble free.


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* Vegeta from ''Franchise/DragonBall'' is this or JerkWithAHeartOfGold. He's still quite ruthless, jerky, and cold, but as series progresses, he's grown to love his wife Bulma and son Trunks (both of them), gets more friendly with Z fighters, becomes able to defeat or at least subdue his pride, and is clearly in VitriolicBestBuds relationship with Goku.
* ''Anime/PrettySammy'': Even though Konoha Tough was portrayed as a rude girl that tortures Misao and Samy with intentions of ruling the world, she actually helps Misao by hitting the monster of the week, shows proper care to the popular kid and eventually becomes nicer at the end of the series.
* Don't know if it counts, but in an episode of ''Zoku Anime/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', Itoshiki reveals that he's actually doing good for society when people aren't looking.
** Later segments taking place in his house show that he actually cares about his students; he keeps framed photos of them that they obviously gave to him (ie several of the girls posing in maid outfits). Also there's a photo of [[spoiler: Kafuka disguised as a college student who occasionally cooks for him and asks him how his day went]], but if he knew that he probably wouldn't keep that one.
*** Well, probably not...

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* Vegeta Discussed with [[DarkActionGirl Annie]] Leonhart, from ''Franchise/DragonBall'' ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Though she is this or JerkWithAHeartOfGold. He's still quite ruthless, jerky, noted to be aloof and cold, but as series progresses, he's grown to love his wife Bulma and son Trunks (both of them), gets more friendly with Z fighters, becomes able to defeat or at least subdue his pride, and is clearly in VitriolicBestBuds relationship with Goku.
* ''Anime/PrettySammy'': Even though Konoha Tough was portrayed as a rude girl
unfriendly, several people express the opinion that tortures Misao and Samy with intentions of ruling the world, she is a much kinder person than she would like to admit. This seems to be an accurate assessment, as glimpses of genuine warmth are seen when she teaches Eren her unique fighting style. Armin even tells her that he thinks she's actually helps Misao by hitting the monster of the week, shows proper care to the popular kid and eventually becomes nicer at the end of the series.
* Don't know if it counts, but in an episode of ''Zoku Anime/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', Itoshiki reveals that he's actually doing good for society when people aren't looking.
** Later segments taking place in his house show that he actually cares about his students; he keeps framed photos of them that they obviously gave to him (ie several of the girls posing in maid outfits). Also there's
a photo of kind person, something she outright denies. She later [[spoiler: Kafuka disguised spares his life]] because of this, which comes back [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished to haunt]] her. Her roommate, Hitch, describes her as being afraid to make friends and she is absolutely correct. [[spoiler: Between her father raising her as a college student who occasionally cooks for him TykeBomb and asks him how his day went]], but if he knew her mission as TheMole, showing her kinder nature is the worst thing she could do]]. WordOfGod confirms that he probably wouldn't keep that one.
*** Well, probably not...
underneath her cold exterior, she's an "ordinary girl".



* Aburame Shino from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is tall, silent, ruthlessly intelligent and has the creep vibe going for him with his manipulation of chakra-eating insects. He also threatened Naruto to never tell ''anyone''...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guiA8YR1f80&t=571s that he has a sense of humor]].
* Kurogane from ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' starts out very much this way...verbally, he refuses to have anything to do with [[{{Determinator}} Syaoran's]] quest to save [[HeroicBSOD Sakura]], but you never see him leave the group, either. He wanted to get home, and they had the only means to do so (albeit randomly). Yup. They were his only chance of getting home, and he had a quest to complete at the same time, so he was pretty much ''forced'' to stay with them. After he is returned to Japan he has no more reason to stay with the others, but he does so anyway, stating he can keep two promises. Never mind how caring he is towards his travelling companions, even the white manjuu (Mokona).
* Evangeline of ''Manga/NegimaMagisterNegiMagi'' tries to keep up her reputation as a horribly evil mage, but everyone who actually knows her realizes that that's not really the case. Eva has to keep reminding them that she's ''really'' actually evil, because if she doesn't they keep forgetting.

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* Aburame Shino from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is tall, silent, ruthlessly intelligent At the start of ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'', Giyu Tomioka comes off as rather cold and has practically emotionless. He's first seen trying to kill Nezuko, a young girl who was turned into a demon, despite the creep vibe going fact that she hasn't eaten any humans yet, and expressing disdain for him Nezuko's brother Tanjiro's naivete when he says he'll find a way to save her. Giyu's InternalMonologue reveals that he feels guilty for not making it in time to save Nezuko and her family, and after Tanjiro shows his determination by nearly hitting Giyu with his manipulation of chakra-eating insects. He also threatened Naruto hatchet, Giyu refers him to never tell ''anyone''...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guiA8YR1f80&t=571s his old mentor, Sakonji Urokodaki. Much later, [[spoiler:Giyu protects Nezuko from his colleague Shinobu, and vows that he has if Nezuko attacks a sense of humor]].
human, he, Urokodaki, and Tanjiro will all commit {{seppuku}}]].
* Kurogane Vegeta from ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' ''Franchise/DragonBall'' is this or JerkWithAHeartOfGold. He's still quite ruthless, jerky, and cold, but as series progresses, he's grown to love his wife Bulma and son Trunks (both of them), gets more friendly with Z fighters, becomes able to defeat or at least subdue his pride, and is clearly in VitriolicBestBuds relationship with Goku.
* Erina Nakiri of ''Manga/FoodWars''
starts out the story as a haughty and prideful AcademicAlphaBitch, [[TheAce the best chef of her generation]] [[InsufferableGenius and very much this way...verbally, he refuses to aware of it]]. The early arcs hint that she does have anything a soft spot for people close to do her, like her assistant/best friend Hisako, but her upbringing (in no small part thanks to her AbusiveDad) has left her with [[{{Determinator}} Syaoran's]] quest to save [[HeroicBSOD Sakura]], but you never see him leave NoSocialSkills. [[DefrostingIceQueen She gradually opens up]] as she interacts with the group, either. He wanted to get home, and they had protagonist Soma Yukihira, especially once she learns that he's the son of Joichiro Saiba, the only means to do so (albeit randomly). Yup. They were his only chance of getting home, chef she admires and he had a quest wants to complete at the same time, so he was pretty much ''forced'' to stay with them. After he is returned to Japan he has no more reason to stay with the others, but he does so anyway, stating he can keep two promises. Never mind how caring he is towards his travelling companions, even the white manjuu (Mokona).
* Evangeline of ''Manga/NegimaMagisterNegiMagi'' tries to keep up her reputation as a horribly evil mage, but everyone who actually knows her realizes that that's not really the case. Eva has to keep reminding them that she's ''really'' actually evil, because if she doesn't they keep forgetting.
emulate.



* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh''. He may seem like a JerkAss at first, but then you find out what he's been through in his life, including losing his parents, defending his brother from bullies, and being adopted by a jerk who later worked him half to death. Plus, turns out he has a real soft spot for kids, and especially orphans, seeing as he is one himself. In fact, in a flashback, you see him and Mokuba making an amusement park out of sand, and little Seto says "Someday, this will be a real theme park! And all the orphans will get in for free!"
* [[AntiHero Homura Akemi]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is also a mild case. She behaves coldly, but if not for her selfless actions, the other girls probably would have died several times over. [[spoiler:Actually, they did. The whole reason Mami died in the first place was that she didn't take the time to listen to Homura's warning. It's also revealed that her entire purpose is to protect Madoka from the fate of becoming a Magical Girl, having gone through multiple timelines and seen how much suffering she goes through because of this.]]
** Ironically, this becomes a REALLY BAD THING in the movie: [[spoiler:her desire and determination to protect her friends from having everything they did undone ends up going against their free will (yeah, blame Kyubey for this awkward situation), which breaks her spirit but not her willpower or love, causing her to become a GodOfEvil. Homura, now able to bend reality to her will with nobody able to judge her, defies Madoka's wishes... and saves the world, gives Madoka (and friends) her life back, and slows the flow of witch transformations to a CRAWL. All for Madoka. The reason she still "represents evil incarnate" is that she trapped the girls in their pathetic former lives to save them, leaving them unable to help anyone or prevent the eventual destruction of the universe. So now she's the queen of all jerks to her friends, not for torturing them but for BELITTLING them, but she still loves and cares for them.]]



* Dandy from ''Anime/SpaceDandy''' Is a huge jerk most of the time. He constantly hits on women, tries to grab their asses any time he comes across one he likes, won't hesitate to try to charm women for their money, and has no qualms about abandoning his crew if it means saving his own skin. However, in episode 5, he travels with an orphaned alien girl to register her for money and leaves her at the motel one night, insisting he's going to {{BooBies}} leading to an argument. What he really did was spend the night looking for her grandfather, the only relative she had. Later, when she's kidnapped by other alien hunters, he proves that NOTHING, not even being trapped in the body of a stuffed penguin will prevent him from saving someone he cares about.

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* Dandy from ''Anime/SpaceDandy''' Is a huge jerk most In ''Manhua/GoddessCreationSystem'' Mingluan's prank gift of Xiaxi to Mingyi in the time. He constantly hits on women, tries to grab their asses any time he comes across one he likes, won't hesitate to try to charm women for their money, and has no qualms about abandoning his crew if it means saving his own skin. However, 'mission trial run' results in episode 5, he travels with an orphaned alien girl to register her for money and leaves her at being executed while he hardly bats an eye, but when the motel one night, insisting scenario is reset he's going to {{BooBies}} leading to an argument. What he really did was spend the night looking for shown protecting her grandfather, the only relative she had. Later, when she's kidnapped by other alien hunters, from what [[WoundedGazelleGambit he proves thinks]] are bullying servants showing that NOTHING, he does care. Sort of. Xiaxi herself is not even being trapped in the body particularly impressed given that she was beaten to death once because of a stuffed penguin will prevent him from saving someone he cares about. him.



* Discussed with [[DarkActionGirl Annie]] Leonhart, from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Though she is noted to be aloof and unfriendly, several people express the opinion that she is a much kinder person than she would like to admit. This seems to be an accurate assessment, as glimpses of genuine warmth are seen when she teaches Eren her unique fighting style. Armin even tells her that he thinks she's actually a kind person, something she outright denies. She later [[spoiler: spares his life]] because of this, which comes back [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished to haunt]] her. Her roommate, Hitch, describes her as being afraid to make friends and she is absolutely correct. [[spoiler: Between her father raising her as a TykeBomb and her mission as TheMole, showing her kinder nature is the worst thing she could do]]. WordOfGod confirms that underneath her cold exterior, she's an "ordinary girl".
* Kyouya Ootori from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is cool, calculating and apparently only acts when it's within his interests. However, he's genuinely caring and considerate and simply maintains an indifferent facade. He's also incredibly gracious and forgiving towards his near-abusive father.
* Coach Kashibawa from ''Manga/{{Touch}}'' is a bitter, bad-tempered, abusive man but he has one. Hard to unearth, but it's there.
* In ''Manhua/GoddessCreationSystem'' Mingluan's prank gift of Xiaxi to Mingyi in the 'mission trial run' results in her being executed while he hardly bats an eye, but when the scenario is reset he's shown protecting her from what [[WoundedGazelleGambit he thinks]] are bullying servants showing that he does care. Sort of. Xiaxi herself is not particularly impressed given that she was beaten to death once because of him.



* Erina Nakiri of ''Manga/FoodWars'' starts out the story as a haughty and prideful AcademicAlphaBitch, [[TheAce the best chef of her generation]] [[InsufferableGenius and very aware of it]]. The early arcs hint that she does have a soft spot for people close to her, like her assistant/best friend Hisako, but her upbringing (in no small part thanks to her AbusiveDad) has left her with NoSocialSkills. [[DefrostingIceQueen She gradually opens up]] as she interacts with the protagonist Soma Yukihira, especially once she learns that he's the son of Joichiro Saiba, the only chef she admires and wants to emulate.
* At the start of ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'', Giyu Tomioka comes off as rather cold and practically emotionless. He's first seen trying to kill Nezuko, a young girl who was turned into a demon, despite the fact that she hasn't eaten any humans yet, and expressing disdain for Nezuko's brother Tanjiro's naivete when he says he'll find a way to save her. Giyu's InternalMonologue reveals that he feels guilty for not making it in time to save Nezuko and her family, and after Tanjiro shows his determination by nearly hitting Giyu with his hatchet, Giyu refers him to his old mentor, Sakonji Urokodaki. Much later, [[spoiler:Giyu protects Nezuko from his colleague Shinobu, and vows that if Nezuko attacks a human, he, Urokodaki, and Tanjiro will all commit {{seppuku}}]].

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* Erina Nakiri of ''Manga/FoodWars'' starts out Aburame Shino from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is tall, silent, ruthlessly intelligent and has the story creep vibe going for him with his manipulation of chakra-eating insects. He also threatened Naruto to never tell ''anyone''...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guiA8YR1f80&t=571s that he has a sense of humor]].
* Evangeline of ''Manga/NegimaMagisterNegiMagi'' tries to keep up her reputation
as a haughty horribly evil mage, but everyone who actually knows her realizes that that's not really the case. Eva has to keep reminding them that she's ''really'' actually evil, because if she doesn't they keep forgetting.
* Kyouya Ootori from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is cool, calculating
and prideful AcademicAlphaBitch, [[TheAce apparently only acts when it's within his interests. However, he's genuinely caring and considerate and simply maintains an indifferent facade. He's also incredibly gracious and forgiving towards his near-abusive father.
* ''Anime/PrettySammy'': Even though Konoha Tough was portrayed as a rude girl that tortures Misao and Samy with intentions of ruling
the best chef world, she actually helps Misao by hitting the monster of the week, shows proper care to the popular kid and eventually becomes nicer at the end of the series.
* [[AntiHero Homura Akemi]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is also a mild case. She behaves coldly, but if not for
her generation]] [[InsufferableGenius and very aware of it]]. selfless actions, the other girls probably would have died several times over. [[spoiler:Actually, they did. The early arcs hint whole reason Mami died in the first place was that she does have didn't take the time to listen to Homura's warning. It's also revealed that her entire purpose is to protect Madoka from the fate of becoming a soft spot Magical Girl, having gone through multiple timelines and seen how much suffering she goes through because of this.]]
** Ironically, this becomes a REALLY BAD THING in the movie: [[spoiler:her desire and determination to protect her friends from having everything they did undone ends up going against their free will (yeah, blame Kyubey
for people close to her, like this awkward situation), which breaks her assistant/best friend Hisako, spirit but not her upbringing (in no small part thanks willpower or love, causing her to become a GodOfEvil. Homura, now able to bend reality to her AbusiveDad) has left her will with NoSocialSkills. [[DefrostingIceQueen She gradually opens up]] as nobody able to judge her, defies Madoka's wishes... and saves the world, gives Madoka (and friends) her life back, and slows the flow of witch transformations to a CRAWL. All for Madoka. The reason she interacts with still "represents evil incarnate" is that she trapped the protagonist Soma Yukihira, especially once girls in their pathetic former lives to save them, leaving them unable to help anyone or prevent the eventual destruction of the universe. So now she's the queen of all jerks to her friends, not for torturing them but for BELITTLING them, but she learns still loves and cares for them.]]
* Don't know if it counts, but in an episode of ''Zoku Anime/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', Itoshiki reveals
that he's actually doing good for society when people aren't looking.
** Later segments taking place in his house show that he actually cares about his students; he keeps framed photos of them that they obviously gave to him (ie several of
the son girls posing in maid outfits). Also there's a photo of Joichiro Saiba, [[spoiler: Kafuka disguised as a college student who occasionally cooks for him and asks him how his day went]], but if he knew that he probably wouldn't keep that one.
*** Well, probably not...
* Dandy from ''Anime/SpaceDandy''' Is a huge jerk most of the time. He constantly hits on women, tries to grab their asses any time he comes across one he likes, won't hesitate to try to charm women for their money, and has no qualms about abandoning his crew if it means saving his own skin. However, in Episode 5, he travels with an orphaned alien girl to register her for money and leaves her at the motel one night, insisting he's going to {{BooBies}} leading to an argument. What he really did was spend the night looking for her grandfather,
the only chef relative she admires and wants to emulate.
* At the start of ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'', Giyu Tomioka comes off as rather cold and practically emotionless. He's first seen trying to kill Nezuko, a young girl who was turned into a demon, despite the fact
had. Later, when she's kidnapped by other alien hunters, he proves that she hasn't eaten any humans yet, NOTHING, not even being trapped in the body of a stuffed penguin will prevent him from saving someone he cares about.
* Coach Kashibawa from ''Manga/{{Touch}}'' is a bitter, bad-tempered, abusive man but he has one. Hard to unearth, but it's there.
* Kurogane from ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' starts out very much this way...verbally, he refuses to have anything to do with [[{{Determinator}} Syaoran's]] quest to save [[HeroicBSOD Sakura]], but you never see him leave the group, either. He wanted to get home,
and expressing disdain for Nezuko's they had the only means to do so (albeit randomly). Yup. They were his only chance of getting home, and he had a quest to complete at the same time, so he was pretty much ''forced'' to stay with them. After he is returned to Japan he has no more reason to stay with the others, but he does so anyway, stating he can keep two promises. Never mind how caring he is towards his traveling companions, even the white manjuu (Mokona).
* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh''. He may seem like a JerkAss at first, but then you find out what he's been through in his life, including losing his parents, defending his
brother Tanjiro's naivete when from bullies, and being adopted by a jerk who later worked him half to death. Plus, turns out he says he'll find has a way to save her. Giyu's InternalMonologue reveals that he feels guilty real soft spot for not kids, and especially orphans, seeing as he is one himself. In fact, in a flashback, you see him and Mokuba making it in time to save Nezuko an amusement park out of sand, and her family, and after Tanjiro shows his determination by nearly hitting Giyu with his hatchet, Giyu refers him to his old mentor, Sakonji Urokodaki. Much later, [[spoiler:Giyu protects Nezuko from his colleague Shinobu, and vows that if Nezuko attacks a human, he, Urokodaki, and Tanjiro little Seto says "Someday, this will be a real theme park! And all commit {{seppuku}}]].the orphans will get in for free!"



* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': ComicBook/LoisLane fits this trope. Her heart of gold is not ''that'' hidden (she ''is'' fiercely loyal, after all). She does often attempt to hide her softer side because she's afraid of seeming vulnerable, but the truth is she's willing to go to the ends of the earth to fight for justice and protect the people she loves.
* In one ''ComicBook/DonaldDuck'' comic, [[MrViceGuy Scrooge McDuck]] is being pestered for "not contributing to society", compared with [[UnclePennyBags another millionaire]]. In response, he starts some half-attempted projects to do good for society. [[HilarityEnsues Naturally, they fail.]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Miserably.]] It was so bad that Scrooge solemnly declares that he wouldn't dare to make another attempt like that ever again. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that the philanthropist millionaire got his funds from ''Scrooge himself''. He did that because he wants to preserve his image as a "tough businessman" while helping society secretly.]]



* In one ''ComicBook/DonaldDuck'' comic, [[MrViceGuy Scrooge McDuck]] is being pestered for "not contributing to society", compared with [[UnclePennyBags another millionaire]]. In response, he starts some half-attempted projects to do good for society. [[HilarityEnsues Naturally, they fail.]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Miserably.]] It was so bad that Scrooge solemnly declares that he wouldn't dare to make another attempt like that ever again. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that the philanthropist millionaire got his funds from ''Scrooge himself''. He did that because he wants to preserve his image as a "tough businessman" while helping society secretly.]]
* Saturn Girl of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes once infamously pulled this off in an effort to evoke a HeroicSacrifice. While she's always been known as something of a hardass (to the point her nickname's "Iron-Ass Imra"), Saturn Girl took it to new levels when she got elected Legion leader. After rigging the election with her mental powers she made herself out to be a tyrant covertly copying the abilities of the Legionnaires and then suspended them for dumb reasons. It was all part of her plan to stop the invasion of an alien warlord, by turning herself into a one-woman Legion and sacrifice herself so no one else would die even if her teammates thought she was a giant bitch.



* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': ComicBook/LoisLane fits this trope. Her heart of gold is not ''that'' hidden (she ''is'' fiercely loyal, after all). She does often attempt to hide her softer side because she's afraid of seeming vulnerable, but the truth is she's willing to go to the ends of the earth to fight for justice and protect the people she loves.



* Saturn Girl of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes once infamously pulled this off in an effort to evoke a HeroicSacrifice. While she's always been known as something of a hardass (to the point her nickname's "Iron-Ass Imra"), Saturn Girl took it to new levels when she got elected Legion leader. After rigging the election with her mental powers she made herself out to be a tyrant covertly copying the abilities of the Legionnaires and then suspended them for dumb reasons. It was all part of her plan to stop the invasion of an alien warlord, by turning herself into a one-woman Legion and sacrifice herself so no one else would die even if her teammates thought she was a giant bitch.



* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'': In the march-27-2016 strip, tough Viking Hagar tells a cute little bird how much he loves the spring, with all the sunny skies, butterflies, and rainbows - then he quickly looks around, and [[BreakingTheFourthWall threatens the readers]] if they tell anyone about that.

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* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'': In the march-27-2016 strip, tough Viking Hagar tells a cute little bird how much he loves the spring, with all the sunny skies, butterflies, and rainbows - -- then he quickly looks around, and [[BreakingTheFourthWall threatens the readers]] if they tell anyone about that.



* In Captain Shakespeare's case in the ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' film, he has a fearsome reputation as a remorseless killer pirate that would be completely demolished if word of his NiceGuy FlamboyantGay TrueSelf were known. Hilariously, [[spoiler: [[EverybodyKnewAlready his crew knew all along]].]]
* Discussed in ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' with regards to Sergeant Welsh, [[TheCynic the local cynic]] whose gruffness and aloofness effectively mask the compassion he feels for his men.
-->'''Witt''': You care about me, don't you, Sergeant? I always felt like you did. Why do you always make yourself out like a rock?
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Han Solo spends the whole of ''Film/ANewHope'' letting everyone know he's just in it for the money (even using the exact phrase "I'm in it for the money") -- [[BigDamnHeroes then comes roaring back at the critical moment]] to help Luke destroy the Death Star.



* In Captain Shakespeare's case in the ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' film, he has a fearsome reputation as a remorseless killer pirate that would be completely demolished if word of his NiceGuy FlamboyantGay TrueSelf were known. Hilariously, [[spoiler: [[EverybodyKnewAlready his crew knew all along]].]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Han Solo spends the whole of ''Film/ANewHope'' letting everyone know he's just in it for the money (even using the exact phrase "I'm in it for the money") -- [[BigDamnHeroes then comes roaring back at the critical moment]] to help Luke destroy the Death Star.
* Discussed in ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' with regards to Sergeant Welsh, [[TheCynic the local cynic]] whose gruffness and aloofness effectively mask the compassion he feels for his men.
-->'''Witt''': You care about me, don't you, Sergeant? I always felt like you did. Why do you always make yourself out like a rock?



* In [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart's]] ''Literature/AmericaTheBook'', there is a spoof article in the section on negative campaign ads about [[TheCaligula Caligula]], whose opponents launched a devastating smear campaign portraying him as a "pretty nice guy" by revealing that he helped little old ladies across the street and gave money to orphans. Caligula apparently went into "damage control mode" by publicly sodomizing a puppy.



* In ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', Springheeled Jack saves Valkyrie from being murdered by Billy Ray Sanguine, then realises that he helped Skulduggery, and asks Valkyrie not to reveal it. This may also be due to the fact he doesn't want Skulduggery to know he's escaped from prison. Because you're pretty much screwed when you have Skulduggery Pleasant and/or Tanith Low on your heels, [[IncrediblyLamePun no matter how springy they are.]]
* In ''Literature/ForLoveOfEvil'', of all people Satan is this. He always honors his promises and felt the most joy when he performed several truly selfless acts. The key is he is still Satan and has a job to do--bringing out the latent evil in souls and reforming dominantly evil souls. He himself, apart from his job, is a truly good man. But he needs to keep this deeply hidden for obvious reasons.
* In ''Literature/TheWarGodsOwn'', Bahzell, a divinely ordained paladin, finally [[http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/0671878735/0671878735__20.htm reconnects with his father]], who has been known as a hard-hearted pragmatist. Then this happens:
---> '''Bahzell''': I did remember as how you'd always said a man looks after his own in this world, and lucky he is if he can do it. I'd not thought it through then, but it came to me that perhaps 'his own' was after taking in just a bit more people than I'd first supposed you meant."
---> '''Bahnak''': It was that, but it's not so very wise to be letting those as wish you ill realize that it does, now is it?

to:

* In ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', Springheeled Jack saves Valkyrie from being murdered by Billy Ray Sanguine, then realises that he helped Skulduggery, and asks Valkyrie not to reveal it. This may also be due to the fact he doesn't want Skulduggery to know he's escaped from prison. Because you're pretty much screwed when you have Skulduggery Pleasant and/or Tanith Low on your heels, [[IncrediblyLamePun no matter how springy they are.]]
* In ''Literature/ForLoveOfEvil'', of all people Satan is this. He always honors his promises and felt the most joy when he performed several truly selfless acts. The key is he is still Satan and has a job to do--bringing do -- bringing out the latent evil in souls and reforming dominantly evil souls. He himself, apart from his job, is a truly good man. But he needs to keep this deeply hidden for obvious reasons.
* In ''Literature/TheWarGodsOwn'', Bahzell, a divinely ordained paladin, finally [[http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/0671878735/0671878735__20.htm reconnects with his father]], who has been known as a hard-hearted pragmatist. Then this happens:
---> '''Bahzell''': I did remember as how you'd always said a man looks after his own in this world, and lucky he is if he can do it. I'd not thought it through then, but it came to me that perhaps 'his own' was after taking in just a bit more people than I'd first supposed you meant."
---> '''Bahnak''': It was that, but it's not so very wise to be letting those as wish you ill realize that it does, now is it?
reasons.



* [[spoiler:The Dread Pirate Roberts]] from ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' eventually reveals that he has one of these, as revealed in the explanation [[spoiler:Westley]] gives to Buttercup.



* In [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart's]] ''Literature/AmericaTheBook'', there is a spoof article in the section on negative campaign ads about [[TheCaligula Caligula]], whose opponents launched a devastating smear campaign portraying him as a "pretty nice guy" by revealing that he helped little old ladies across the street and gave money to orphans. Caligula apparently went into "damage control mode" by publicly sodomizing a puppy.
* Mr. Jenkins, the principal in Madeleine L'Engle's ''Literature/AWindInTheDoor''. Meg spends her entire grade school career and a good chunk of Charles Wallace's butting heads with the strict, humorless, and seemingly uncaring Mr. Jenkins; but during the book's adventure, Calvin shares with her an incident in which his family could not afford shoes for him, forcing him to go to school in a pair of too-small women's shoes that he had to cut the heels and toes off of in order to wear. Mr. Jenkins bought a brand new pair of shoes for him and clumsily scuffed them in a paper-thin effort to pretend that they were cast-offs.



* [[spoiler:The Dread Pirate Roberts]] from ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' eventually reveals that he has one of these, as revealed in the explanation [[spoiler:Westley]] gives to Buttercup.



* In ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', Springheeled Jack saves Valkyrie from being murdered by Billy Ray Sanguine, then realises that he helped Skulduggery, and asks Valkyrie not to reveal it. This may also be due to the fact he doesn't want Skulduggery to know he's escaped from prison. Because you're pretty much screwed when you have Skulduggery Pleasant and/or Tanith Low on your heels, [[IncrediblyLamePun no matter how springy they are.]]
* In ''Literature/TheWarGodsOwn'', Bahzell, a divinely ordained paladin, finally [[http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/0671878735/0671878735__20.htm reconnects with his father]], who has been known as a hard-hearted pragmatist. Then this happens:
---> '''Bahzell''': I did remember as how you'd always said a man looks after his own in this world, and lucky he is if he can do it. I'd not thought it through then, but it came to me that perhaps 'his own' was after taking in just a bit more people than I'd first supposed you meant."
---> '''Bahnak''': It was that, but it's not so very wise to be letting those as wish you ill realize that it does, now is it?
* Mr. Jenkins, the principal in Madeleine L'Engle's ''Literature/AWindInTheDoor''. Meg spends her entire grade school career and a good chunk of Charles Wallace's butting heads with the strict, humorless, and seemingly uncaring Mr. Jenkins; but during the book's adventure, Calvin shares with her an incident in which his family could not afford shoes for him, forcing him to go to school in a pair of too-small women's shoes that he had to cut the heels and toes off of in order to wear. Mr. Jenkins bought a brand new pair of shoes for him and clumsily scuffed them in a paper-thin effort to pretend that they were cast-offs.



* Principal Osgood Conklin on ''Series/OurMissBrooks''. "Old Marblehead" may be a pompous, underhanded dictator of a principal, but from time to time he shows his good side:
** In "The Hobby Show" he helps fix broken toys to give to needy children.
** He's a member of the "Citizen's League."
** He helps throw a Christmas Party when he believes Mrs. Davis' sister Angela is dying in "A Dry Scalp is Better Then None."
** He helps Miss Brooks and co. find a missing postman in "Postage Due."
** Offers to adopt orphans in "The Twin Orphans" and "The Miserable Caballero."
** He helps Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis out of problematic situations in "Four Fiancés" and "Marriage Madness," among others.

to:

* Principal Osgood Conklin on ''Series/OurMissBrooks''. "Old Marblehead" may be a pompous, underhanded dictator of a principal, but Tracy from time ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is a CloudCuckooLander who actively cultivates a "Bad Boy" persona with his irresponsible partying antics... but, to time his friends' shock and disappointment, he shows has never once cheated on his wife. When Tracy won an Oscar for his role in a [[OscarBait gritty urban drama about poverty and abuse]], he became a respected serious actor overnight. He was overwhelmed by the responsibility that came with his accolades, so, at Liz's suggestion, he started acting crazier and more offensive than ever so he could go back to his old life. It didn't go well... especially because during his rampage he jumped in a lake to save a drowning man and begged him not to tell anyone. The man did, and Tracy was all over the news as a humble hero.
* AmbulanceChaser Arnold Ripner from ''Series/BarneyMiller'' is struck with sheer moral outrage when he meets a former client who has been turned into a vegetable via {{Lobotomy}} and threatens to sue the man responsible ''pro bono'' if he ever tries it on someone else. When Barney points out that such words could be considered "noble," Arnold threatens to sue him for slander.
* Veronica in ''Series/BetterOffTed'' does this regularly, often hiding her good intentions behind the company agenda.
* Ice Tray from ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''. Aunt Vivian dislikes the youth for his thuggish demeanor and lack of intelligence, but Will ends up revealing that when they were children, Tray would beat up the bullies that used to hassle Will because of his love of reading.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Littlefinger describes himself as such:
-->"Don't tell anyone (I helped you). I have a reputation to maintain".
--> He also said, [[IronicEcho "I did tell you not to trust me."]]
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Sue Sylvester has one, though she doesn't use it any more than she needs to, and will often HandWave it as a selfish act. However, her sister and, later, Becky are out and out {{Morality Pet}}s. She also takes a zero-tolerance stance on homophobic bullying. And as of "Choke," domestic violence.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
** Jerome Clarke. When you first meet him, he is shown as a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative, uncaring person]] who will gladly blackmail his other housemates and trick his best friend into humiliating himself. However, eventually it is discovered that he really does have a heart, shown when he gets closer to Mara Jaffray, his friend and future love interest. The longer the show goes on, the more
his good side:
** In "The Hobby Show" he helps
side is shown, from struggling to help his [[ParentalAbandonment formally missing father]] fix broken toys their past to give to needy children.
protecting and aiding his fellow students when it is needed.
** He's a member of Victor also fits this trope. Despite being the "Citizen's League."
** He helps throw a Christmas Party
villain, he is proven to really care about the students deep down, when he kicked Vera out for hurting the students and sacrificing his last tear of gold to save a dying Joy Mercer.
* Barney Stinson of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** He once flew from New York to San Francisco in order to convince Lily to return to her ex, Marshall -- but then forced her not to tell their other friends. However, his heart of gold only applies to his friends and family. For other people, he's a complete and utter JerkAss, especially with regards to his treatment of women.
** He also ran halfway across the city when he heard Ted had been in a car crash and was in the hospital, and then tried to pass it off as having just been randomly wandering around the area (no one
believes Mrs. Davis' sister Angela is dying in "A Dry Scalp is Better Then None."
**
him for a second).
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Taiga Hanaya.
He helps Miss Brooks can be a [[CruelToBeKind nice]] [[AngerBornOfWorry jerk]] to his MoralityPet, Nico Saiba, but outside he perpetuates a reputation of [[LackOfEmpathy uncaring]] and co. find a missing postman unrepentant one to drive people away. He slowly stopped to care about trying to maintain it around her as she never bought it in "Postage Due."
** Offers
the first place. The fact that [[ManicPixieDreamGirl she]] loves to adopt orphans spoil his efforts doesn't help matters.
* ''Series/KamenRiderZiO'': Geiz Myokoin puts some real effort into his image as pragmatic soldier out fix the [[SetRightWhatonceWentWrong future]], but it often comes across as either black comedy or just plain cute try
in "The Twin Orphans" the way watching a child trying to be buff and "The Miserable Caballero."
adult is. For the record, Geiz is not a child anymore but only gets to grow up (somewhat) through the story anyway.
** He helps Miss Brooks Threating to kill his great adversary with a baguette or flinging a butter knife at him when asked to pass it really doesn't work.
* ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'': Every time Eddie Haskell does something nice he insists that no one tells anyone; he's got a reputation to maintain.
* Gene Hunt from ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''
and Mrs. Davis out of problematic situations in "Four Fiancés" ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' is known by his colleagues and "Marriage Madness," among others.enemies to be a [[GeneHuntInterrogationTechnique ruthless and brutal interrogator]] who rarely gives anyone the light of day -- but his colleagues also know that if a police officer is in danger, Gene Hunt will risk his life in order to save his comrades. For example: In the first episode of ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' when Shaz is kidnapped, everyone in the office is stuck on how to rescue her when Gene exits from his office and gives his CatchPhrase: "Fire up the Quattro" and storms away to the docks to catch the baddies in his own particular guns a-blazin' western way.



*** Klinger finds out about this when Winchester berates the head of the orphanage for ''selling'' the candies instead of giving them to the children. The guy points out that the candy would have made them happy for an evening, but the money from the sale can feed them for a month. Winchester realizing his faux pas and humbly backing down ("It is I who should be sorry. It is sadly inappropriate to give dessert to a child who's had no meal.") is part of TheReveal here - Winchester isn't known as one to back down or apologize - and Klinger later reveals his knowledge to Winchester by bringing him the leftovers from the Christmas party and saying it was an anonymous donation.

to:

*** Klinger finds out about this when Winchester berates the head of the orphanage for ''selling'' the candies instead of giving them to the children. The guy points out that the candy would have made them happy for an evening, but the money from the sale can feed them for a month. Winchester realizing his faux pas and humbly backing down ("It is I who should be sorry. It is sadly inappropriate to give dessert to a child who's had no meal.") is part of TheReveal here - -- Winchester isn't known as one to back down or apologize - -- and Klinger later reveals his knowledge to Winchester by bringing him the leftovers from the Christmas party and saying it was an anonymous donation.



* Barney Stinson of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** He once flew from New York to San Francisco in order to convince Lily to return to her ex, Marshall -- but then forced her not to tell their other friends. However, his heart of gold only applies to his friends and family. For other people, he's a complete and utter JerkAss, especially with regards to his treatment of women.
** He also ran halfway across the city when he heard Ted had been in a car crash and was in the hospital, and then tried to pass it off as having just been randomly wandering around the area (no one believes him for a second).

to:

* Barney Stinson ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': "Gold" may be an exaggeration, but Dr. Forrester at least has a hidden ''heart''. After Dr. Forrester [[EvenEvilHasStandards apologizes to Joel & the Bots for making them watch]] ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'', he tells them to keep it a secret or he'll kill whoever else finds out.
* Principal Osgood Conklin on ''Series/OurMissBrooks''. "Old Marblehead" may be a pompous, underhanded dictator
of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
a principal, but from time to time he shows his good side:
** In "The Hobby Show" he helps fix broken toys to give to needy children.
** He's a member of the "Citizen's League."
** He once flew helps throw a Christmas Party when he believes Mrs. Davis' sister Angela is dying in "A Dry Scalp is Better Then None."
** He helps Miss Brooks and co. find a missing postman in "Postage Due."
** Offers to adopt orphans in "The Twin Orphans" and "The Miserable Caballero."
** He helps Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis out of problematic situations in "Four Fiancés" and "Marriage Madness," among others.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', James Lester saves the ARC's menagerie
from New York to San Francisco in order to convince Lily to return to her ex, Marshall -- but then forced her not to tell their other friends. However, his heart of gold only applies to his friends and family. For other people, getting euthanized. When Abby tells him she thinks he's a complete and utter JerkAss, especially with regards to quite nice under his treatment of women.
** He also ran halfway across the city when
cold exterior, he heard Ted had been in a car crash and was in the hospital, and then tried playfully threatens to pass it off as having just been randomly wandering around the area (no one believes him for a second).sue her.



* ''Series/RedDwarf'': Arnold Rimmer, despite being a truly repugnant individual whose arrogance and selfishness are only matched by his neuroses and cowardice, has the odd moment of sheer compassion and bravery. His [[TheAce alternate universe counterpart]] shows what he would be like if he wasn't so pathetic.



* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Sue Sylvester has one, though she doesn't use it any more than she needs to, and will often HandWave it as a selfish act. However, her sister and, later, Becky are out and out {{Morality Pet}}s. She also takes a zero-tolerance stance on homophobic bullying. And as of "Choke," domestic violence.
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Taiga Hanaya. He can be a [[CruelToBeKind nice]] [[AngerBornOfWorry jerk]] to his MoralityPet, Nico Saiba, but outside he perpetuates a reputation of [[LackOfEmpathy uncaring]] and unrepentant one to drive people away. He slowly stopped to care about trying to maintain it around her as she never bought it in the first place. The fact that [[ManicPixieDreamGirl she]] loves to spoil his efforts doesn't help matters.
* ''Series/KamenRiderZiO'': Geiz Myokoin puts some real effort into his image as pragmatic soldier out fix the [[SetRightWhatonceWentWrong future]], but it often comes across as either black comedy or just plain cute try in the way watching a child trying to be buff and adult is. For the record, Geiz is not a child anymore but only gets to grow up (somewhat) through the story anyway.
** Threating to kill his great adversary with a baguette or flinging a butter knife at him when asked to pass it really doesn't work.
* ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'': Every time Eddie Haskell does something nice he insists that no one tells anyone; he's got a reputation to maintain.



* ''Series/RedDwarf'': Arnold Rimmer, despite being a truly repugnant individual whose arrogance and selfishness are only matched by his neuroses and cowardice, has the odd moment of sheer compassion and bravery. His [[TheAce alternate universe counterpart]] shows what he would be like if he wasn't so pathetic.
* Gene Hunt from ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' is known by his colleagues and enemies to be a [[GeneHuntInterrogationTechnique ruthless and brutal interrogator]] who rarely gives anyone the light of day - but his colleagues also know that if a police officer is in danger, Gene Hunt will risk his life in order to save his comrades. For example: In the first episode of ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' when Shaz is kidnapped, everyone in the office is stuck on how to rescue her when Gene exits from his office and gives his CatchPhrase: "Fire up the Quattro" and storms away to the docks to catch the baddies in his own particular guns a-blazin' western way.
* Tracy from ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is a CloudCuckooLander who actively cultivates a "Bad Boy" persona with his irresponsible partying antics... but, to his friends' shock and disappointment, he has never once cheated on his wife. When Tracy won an Oscar for his role in a [[OscarBait gritty urban drama about poverty and abuse]], he became a respected serious actor overnight. He was overwhelmed by the responsibility that came with his accolades, so, at Liz's suggestion, he started acting crazier and more offensive than ever so he could go back to his old life. It didn't go well... especially because during his rampage he jumped in a lake to save a drowning man and begged him not to tell anyone. The man did, and Tracy was all over the news as a humble hero.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Littlefinger describes himself as such:
-->"Don't tell anyone (I helped you). I have a reputation to maintain".
--> He also said, [[IronicEcho "I did tell you not to trust me."]]
* Veronica in ''Series/BetterOffTed'' does this regularly, often hiding her good intentions behind the company agenda.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
** Jerome Clarke. When you first meet him, he is shown as a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative, uncaring person]] who will gladly blackmail his other housemates and trick his best friend into humiliating himself. However, eventually it is discovered that he really does have a heart, shown when he gets closer to Mara Jaffray, his friend and future love interest. The longer the show goes on, the more his good side is shown, from struggling to help his [[ParentalAbandonment formally missing father]] fix their past to protecting and aiding his fellow students when it is needed.
** Victor also fits this trope. Despite being the villain, he is proven to really care about the students deep down, when he kicked Vera out for hurting the students and sacrificing his last tear of gold to save a dying Joy Mercer.
* Ice Tray from ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''. Aunt Vivian dislikes the youth for his thuggish demeanor and lack of intelligence, but Will ends up revealing that when they were children, Tray would beat up the bullies that used to hassle Will because of his love of reading.
* AmbulanceChaser Arnold Ripner from ''Series/BarneyMiller'' is struck with sheer moral outrage when he meets a former client who has been turned into a vegetable via {{Lobotomy}} and threatens to sue the man responsible ''pro bono'' if he ever tries it on someone else. When Barney points out that such words could be considered "noble," Arnold threatens to sue him for slander.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', James Lester saves the ARC's menagerie from getting euthanized. When Abby tells him she thinks he's quite nice under his cold exterior, he playfully threatens to sue her.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': "Gold" may be an exaggeration, but Dr. Forrester at least has a hidden ''heart''. After Dr. Forrester [[EvenEvilHasStandards apologizes to Joel & the Bots for making them watch]] ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'', he tells them to keep it a secret or he'll kill whoever else finds out.



* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', [[PlayerCharacter the Warden]] can invoke this when speaking to [[TheHeart Leliana]] if the player so chooses. In one of their conversations, Leliana will mention that the Warden has a very intimidating presence. If the Warden reacts well to one of her stories, she will remark that it's good to find out that the Warden is secretly a romantic, to which the Warden can reply, "But don't tell the others."
*** [[TheStoic Sten]] is also guilty. If put in the traveling party with him, Leliana will remark that she caught him doing things like "dangling string for a kitten." Sten, of course, vigorously denies this, claiming [[BlatantLies he was helping it train.]]
---->'''Leliana:''' Softie!
*** Even [[LadyOfBlackMagic Morrigan]] can develop one if the player can get her approval high enough. When she first joins you she responds ''very'' negatively to altruistic acts if she's in the party, but as her approval gets higher she's much less likely to complain, and will ''actually'' begin expressing affection for you rather than just tagging along because her mother said so. Harden her, and she'll genuinely admit to seeing you as a friend, her voice actually ''breaks'' and she's on the verge of tears when she says it. If the Warden is female, Morrigan can make the observation that she sees the other woman almost like a sister. If romanced, she'll even confess that she loves you. Of course, she remains as vicious to Alistair as ever and still leaves you at the end of the game (though the ''Witch Hunt'' DLC can end with a romanced male Warden and Morrigan staying together for good).
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Varric is a snarky scoundrel with a budding crossbow fetish whose companion base is in the local BadGuyBar, who has no problem with handing out the occasional summary execution if someone really has it coming. He's also, deep down, one of the nicest people in your party, especially to Merrill -- at one point he tells her to stop cutting through Lowtown alleys at night, because while nothing ever goes wrong when she does so, arranging for that nothing to continue happening is ''costing Varric a fortune''.
* Tharja from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is the creepy dark mage who only seems to care about casting hexes and obsessing over the team's tactician. If you view some of her supports with other characters, however, she actually does a lot of things out of kindness, such as [[spoiler:finding out where Nowi's parents are and trying to shield her from the truth that they're dead, or mind-controlling Virion into helping her comrades around the camp.]]



* ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'':
** Shinjiro Aragaki from ''VideoGame/Persona3'' fosters the identity of an intimating loner, and often gets embarrassed when people discover his [[SupremeChef softer]] [[PetTheDog side]].
** Kanji Tatsumi from ''VideoGame/Persona4'' puts up the guise of a {{Delinquent}} to hide his softer side and enjoyment of things most people would consider "unmanly", such as making clothes and dolls. A major part of his CharacterDevelopment is based around him learning to be comfortable with himself without relying on his facade.
** Also from ''Persona 4'', it's implied that Kinshiro Morooka's {{Jerkass}} tendencies toward his students is really him using ToughLove to push them to their limits, [[spoiler:though he doesn't last long enough for the player to learn if this is the case]].
** Sojiro Sakura from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' puts on a tough front towards Joker early on, put it quickly becomes apparent that this is just a facade and he's actually very warm and friendly.
* Flannery, the Lavaridge Town Gym Leader in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', is a sweet girl who tries to act tough and intimidating in emulation of her grandfather, the former Gym Leader. Emphasis on ''tries'' -- Flannery is endearingly terrible at keeping up the facade, and drops it entirely after the player defeats her.



* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'': Arthur Morgan is one. Towards most of the strangers, he will usually mock or scoff at them but ultimately agrees to help. In one case a black doctor has his wagon stolen by a bunch of racists; after hearing that the doctor was working for free to help people, Arthur tells him to wait and goes off to retrieve his wagon without promise of pay or reward, he simply does it out of the (small speck of) goodness in his heart.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity'', the BattleaxeNurse Bertha [[spoiler: will join your character if you choose "Spare Leon"]].
* [[spoiler:Dr. Kauffman]] at the end of ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' gently telling [[spoiler:Cheryl]] that [[spoiler:her father is dead and that she needs to go on with her life.]]
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Shadow is a violent, egotistical {{Jerkass}} whose actions [[AntiHero border on out and out villainy on occasion]], but he's always on the side of justice and he genuinely cares about others, even if it's ''very'' hard to see.
** Rouge may be a thief and is obsessed with jewelry, but she's far from being one of the bad guys. When push comes to shove, she will help others and do the right thing in spite of her selfishness.



* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', [[PlayerCharacter the Warden]] can invoke this when speaking to [[TheHeart Leliana]] if the player so chooses. In one of their conversations, Leliana will mention that the Warden has a very intimidating presence. If the Warden reacts well to one of her stories, she will remark that it's good to find out that the Warden is secretly a romantic, to which the Warden can reply, "But don't tell the others."
*** [[TheStoic Sten]] is also guilty. If put in the travelling party with him, Leliana will remark that she caught him doing things like "dangling string for a kitten." Sten, of course, vigorously denies this, claiming [[BlatantLies he was helping it train.]]
---->'''Leliana:''' Softie!
*** Even [[LadyOfBlackMagic Morrigan]] can develop one if the player can get her approval high enough. When she first joins you she responds ''very'' negatively to altruistic acts if she's in the party, but as her approval gets higher she's much less likely to complain, and will ''actually'' begin expressing affection for you rather than just tagging along because her mother said so. Harden her, and she'll genuinely admit to seeing you as a friend, her voice actually ''breaks'' and she's on the verge of tears when she says it. If the Warden is female, Morrigan can make the observation that she sees the other woman almost like a sister. If romanced, she'll even confess that she loves you. Of course, she remains as vicious to Alistair as ever and still leaves you at the end of the game (though the ''Witch Hunt'' DLC can end with a romanced male Warden and Morrigan staying together for good).
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Varric is a snarky scoundrel with a budding crossbow fetish whose companion base is in the local BadGuyBar, who has no problem with handing out the occasional summary execution if someone really has it coming. He's also, deep down, one of the nicest people in your party, especially to Merrill - at one point he tells her to stop cutting through Lowtown alleys at night, because while nothing ever goes wrong when she does so, arranging for that nothing to continue happening is ''costing Varric a fortune''.
* [[spoiler:Dr. Kauffman]] at the end of ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' gently telling [[spoiler:Cheryl]] that [[spoiler:her father is dead and that she needs to go on with her life.]]
* Tharja from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is the creepy dark mage who only seems to care about casting hexes and obsessing over the team's tactician. If you view some of her supports with other characters, however, she actually does a lot of things out of kindness, such as [[spoiler:finding out where Nowi's parents are and trying to shield her from the truth that they're dead, or mind-controlling Virion into helping her comrades around the camp.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity'', the BattleaxeNurse Bertha [[spoiler: will join your character if you choose "Spare Leon"]].
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Shadow is a violent, egotistical {{Jerkass}} whose actions [[AntiHero border on out and out villainy on occasion]], but he's always on the side of justice and he genuinely cares about others, even if it's ''very'' hard to see.
** Rouge may be a thief and is obsessed with jewelry, but she's far from being one of the bad guys. When push comes to shove, she will help others and do the right thing in spite of her selfishness.
* Flannery, the Lavaridge Town Gym Leader in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', is a sweet girl who tries to act tough and intimidating in emulation of her grandfather, the former Gym Leader. Emphasis on ''tries'' -- Flannery is endearingly terrible at keeping up the facade, and drops it entirely after the player defeats her.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'': Arthur Morgan is one. Towards most of the strangers, he will usually mock or scoff at them but ultimately agrees to help. In one case a black doctor has his wagon stolen by a bunch of racists; after hearing that the doctor was working for free to help people, Arthur tells him to wait and goes off to retrieve his wagon without promise of pay or reward, he simply does it out of the (small speck of) goodness in his heart.
* ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'':
** Shinjiro Aragaki from ''VideoGame/Persona3'' fosters the identity of an intimating loner, and often gets embarrassed when people discover his [[SupremeChef softer]] [[PetTheDog side]].
** Kanji Tatsumi from ''VideoGame/Persona4'' puts up the guise of a {{Delinquent}} to hide his softer side and enjoyment of things most people would consider "unmanly", such as making clothes and dolls. A major part of his CharacterDevelopment is based around him learning to be comfortable with himself without relying on his facade.
** Also from ''Persona 4'', it's implied that Kinshiro Morooka's {{Jerkass}} tendencies toward his students is really him using ToughLove to push them to their limits, [[spoiler:though he doesn't last long enough for the player to learn if this is the case]].
** Sojiro Sakura from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' puts on a tough front towards Joker early on, put it quickly becomes apparent that this is just a facade and he's actually very warm and friendly.



* ''WebVideo/TheAmazingAtheist'': While it's admittedly ''very'' well hidden, he does seem to care about injustice and often rants about bad people.



* In ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/eybb3p/my_grandfathers_world_war_ii_story/ My Grandfather's World War II Journal]]'', Jean is introduced as an [[DomesticAbuse Abusive Husband]] towards his sweet and frail wife, Elise, while also having an affair with a waitress named Fiona. [[spoiler:It isn't until his dying moments that Jean [[TheReveal reveals]] what kind of man he really is: [[HappilyMarried A loving husband]] who made a DealWithTheDevil to cure his wife's fatal illness in exchange for Jean binding himself to the demon. The demon returned 30 days after Elise's recovery in the form of Fiona and made Jean its SexSlave while also ordering him to never show any affection toward his wife]].



* ''WebVideo/TheAmazingAtheist'': While it's admittedly ''very'' well hidden, he does seem to care about injustice and often rants about bad people.
* In ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/eybb3p/my_grandfathers_world_war_ii_story/ My Grandfather's World War II Journal]]'', Jean is introduced as an [[DomesticAbuse Abusive Husband]] towards his sweet and frail wife, Elise, while also having an affair with a waitress named Fiona. [[spoiler:It isn't until his dying moments that Jean [[TheReveal reveals]] what kind of man he really is: [[HappilyMarried A loving husband]] who made a DealWithTheDevil to cure his wife's fatal illness in exchange for Jean binding himself to the demon. The demon returned 30 days after Elise's recovery in the form of Fiona and made Jean its SexSlave while also ordering him to never show any affection toward his wife]].



* Duncan from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''. When DJ loses his pet bunny, he lures a new one close by with food and pretends it must have just been hiding. His "girlfriend" catches him, but he denies it. He got called on it again in a later episode by Leshawna, (his girlfriend told her) when she denied his claim that he was completely heartless, and then Duncan admits he lost a pet once too and didn't want DJ to suffer like that.
** In the final episode of TDA, Chris shows the audience that Duncan would wake up in the middle of the night to tuck his teammates in while they were sleeping. All together now: awwww.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat, on ''very'' rare occasions, has proven that he does care for his friends. The final episode of the first season ended with him having a PetTheDog moment with Quack Quack (alone, with nobody watching), and in the Season 3 premiere [[spoiler:he [[HoldingHands holds hands with Kaeloo]] and puts an arm around Quack Quack's shoulder when it seems like the three of them will be erased from existence]].

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* Duncan Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''. When DJ loses his pet bunny, he lures a new one close by with food and pretends it must have just been hiding. His "girlfriend" catches him, but he denies it. He got called on it again in a later episode by Leshawna, (his girlfriend told her) when she denied his claim that he was completely heartless, and then Duncan admits he lost a pet once too and didn't want DJ to suffer like that.
** In the final episode of TDA, Chris shows the audience that Duncan would wake up in the middle of the night to tuck his teammates in while they were sleeping. All together now: awwww.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat, on ''very'' rare occasions,
''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' definitely has proven that he does care for his friends. The final episode of this during the first season ended with him having a PetTheDog moment with Quack Quack (alone, with nobody watching), and in the Season 3 premiere [[spoiler:he [[HoldingHands holds hands with Kaeloo]] and puts an arm around Quack Quack's shoulder when it seems like the three two seasons [[spoiler: before his HeelFaceTurn, after which his Heart of them will be erased from existence]].Gold is no longer hidden]].



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Flanders recognizes Moe as the guy who reads to children at the hospital. The latter's response?
-->'''Moe''': ''[Grabbing Flanders]'' If this gets out, [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon the next words you say will be muffled by your own butt.]]
** And then a later scene shows Moe reading to the homeless as well.
*** And being reduced to tears by what he's reading (the end of ''Literature/LittleWomen'').
* Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' definitely has this during the first two seasons [[spoiler: before his HeelFaceTurn, after which his Heart of Gold is no longer hidden]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' episode "Karate Chick", the school bully who steals Chicken's lunch money [[PunchClockVillain reserves the weekend for charity work]].
* One of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy's'' skits featured "Kenneth the Badass Mail Clerk [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold With A Heart Of Gold]]", a KnifeNut who gives half his paycheck to "orphans with diseases".

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Flanders recognizes Moe as the guy who reads to children at the hospital. The latter's response?
-->'''Moe''': ''[Grabbing Flanders]'' If this gets out, [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon the next words you say will be muffled by your own butt.]]
** And then a later scene shows Moe reading to the homeless as well.
*** And being reduced to tears by what
WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} likes having people know that he's reading (the end of ''Literature/LittleWomen'').
* Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' definitely has this during the first two seasons [[spoiler: before his HeelFaceTurn, after which his Heart of Gold is no longer hidden]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' episode "Karate Chick", the school bully who steals Chicken's lunch money [[PunchClockVillain reserves the weekend for charity work]].
* One of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy's'' skits featured "Kenneth the Badass Mail Clerk [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold With A Heart Of Gold]]",
a KnifeNut who gives half his paycheck to "orphans belligerent, conniving prankster with diseases".the power to do almost anything he wants to them. The fact that he's got one of these is something he'd prefer to keep between himself and [[MoralityChain Lydia]].



* WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} likes having people know that he's a belligerent, conniving prankster with the power to do almost anything he wants to them. The fact that he's got one of these is something he'd prefer to keep between himself and [[MoralityChain Lydia]].
* Roxy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is usually presented as a hard-as-nails JerkAss; however, when she leaves The Misfits in one episode, her nicer side appears. While she's still not a NiceGirl, she's much happier and sweeter than when she is around Pizzazz.
* Touched upon in a ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' episode "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS20E4DieselAndTheDucklings Diesel and the Ducklings]]". Diesel, who is known to be an obnoxious bully to the steam engines and boasts about diesels being superior over them, is shown to be sweet and gentle to ducklings. When Thomas spots him with the ducklings, Diesel tells him not to tell the other engines about his soft side, thinking they will laugh at him. Thomas promises, but with the condition that Diesel must be nice to the steam engines. Throughout the episode, Diesel finds it hard to be nice, especially when his friends Arry and Bert are around. When Thomas finds out that Diesel failed to live up to his promise, he decides to show Arry and Bert the ducklings Diesel was talking to, which nearly leads to him harming them. After Diesel had stopped him from running to them, Thomas praises him for his heroism, which he denies. That is until Arry and Bert begin showing affection towards the ducklings like Diesel has. The episode ends with Thomas stating that all three diesels are big softies at heart when it comes to ducklings.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} likes having people know that he's a belligerent, conniving prankster In the ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' episode "Karate Chick", the school bully who steals Chicken's lunch money [[PunchClockVillain reserves the weekend for charity work]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Implied
with the power to do almost anything he wants to them. The fact that he's got one of these is something he'd prefer to keep between himself AlphaBitch Trixie in the first two seasons. She's mean and [[MoralityChain Lydia]].
* Roxy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is usually presented as a hard-as-nails JerkAss; however,
snobby when she leaves The Misfits in one episode, her nicer side appears. While she's still not a NiceGirl, she's much happier and sweeter than when she is around Pizzazz.
* Touched upon in a ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' episode "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS20E4DieselAndTheDucklings Diesel and the Ducklings]]". Diesel, who is known to be an obnoxious bully to the steam engines and boasts about diesels being superior over them, is shown to be sweet and gentle to ducklings. When Thomas spots him with the ducklings, Diesel tells him not to tell the other engines about his soft side, thinking they will laugh at him. Thomas promises, but with the condition that Diesel must be nice to the steam engines. Throughout the episode, Diesel finds it hard to be nice, especially when his
friends Arry and Bert are around. When Thomas finds out that Diesel failed to live up to around but shows a softer side when they're not. However, {{flanderization}} removed any signs of this trope.
* One of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy's'' skits featured "Kenneth the Badass Mail Clerk [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold With A Heart Of Gold]]", a KnifeNut who gives half
his promise, he decides paycheck to show Arry and Bert the ducklings Diesel was talking to, which nearly leads to him harming them. After Diesel had stopped him from running to them, Thomas praises him for his heroism, which he denies. That is until Arry and Bert begin showing affection towards the ducklings like Diesel has. The episode ends "orphans with Thomas stating that all three diesels are big softies at heart when it comes to ducklings.diseases".



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Implied with the AlphaBitch Trixie in the first two seasons. She's mean and snobby when her friends are around but shows a softer side when they're not. However, {{flanderization}} removed any signs of this trope.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Implied with the AlphaBitch Trixie Roxy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is usually presented as a hard-as-nails JerkAss; however, when she leaves The Misfits in one episode, her nicer side appears. While she's still not a NiceGirl, she's much happier and sweeter than when she is around Pizzazz.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat, on ''very'' rare occasions, has proven that he does care for his friends. The final episode of
the first two seasons. She's mean season ended with him having a PetTheDog moment with Quack Quack (alone, with nobody watching), and snobby in the Season 3 premiere [[spoiler:he [[HoldingHands holds hands with Kaeloo]] and puts an arm around Quack Quack's shoulder when her it seems like the three of them will be erased from existence]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Flanders recognizes Moe as the guy who reads to children at the hospital. The latter's response?
-->'''Moe''': ''[Grabbing Flanders]'' If this gets out, [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon the next words you say will be muffled by your own butt.]]
** And then a later scene shows Moe reading to the homeless as well.
*** And being reduced to tears by what he's reading (the end of ''Literature/LittleWomen'').
* Touched upon in a ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' episode "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS20E4DieselAndTheDucklings Diesel and the Ducklings]]". Diesel, who is known to be an obnoxious bully to the steam engines and boasts about diesels being superior over them, is shown to be sweet and gentle to ducklings. When Thomas spots him with the ducklings, Diesel tells him not to tell the other engines about his soft side, thinking they will laugh at him. Thomas promises, but with the condition that Diesel must be nice to the steam engines. Throughout the episode, Diesel finds it hard to be nice, especially when his
friends Arry and Bert are around around. When Thomas finds out that Diesel failed to live up to his promise, he decides to show Arry and Bert the ducklings Diesel was talking to, which nearly leads to him harming them. After Diesel had stopped him from running to them, Thomas praises him for his heroism, which he denies. That is until Arry and Bert begin showing affection towards the ducklings like Diesel has. The episode ends with Thomas stating that all three diesels are big softies at heart when it comes to ducklings.
* Duncan from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''. When DJ loses his pet bunny, he lures a new one close by with food and pretends it must have just been hiding. His "girlfriend" catches him,
but he denies it. He got called on it again in a later episode by Leshawna, (his girlfriend told her) when she denied his claim that he was completely heartless, and then Duncan admits he lost a pet once too and didn't want DJ to suffer like that.
** In the final episode of TDA, Chris
shows a softer side when they're not. However, {{flanderization}} removed any signs the audience that Duncan would wake up in the middle of this trope.
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** Akane spends most of her time wavering between being TheGadfly and a {{Main/Troll}}, but she's the closest thing the story has to a BigGood, and she does genuinely have the best interests of her students at heart. She just prefers to [[TricksterMentor bury any assistence under a heap of scorn]] because she finds it funny.

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** Akane spends most of her time wavering between being TheGadfly and a {{Main/Troll}}, but she's the closest thing the story has to a BigGood, and she does genuinely have the best interests of her students at heart. She just prefers to [[TricksterMentor bury any assistence assistance under a heap of scorn]] because she finds it funny.



* In one of ''ComicBook/DonaldDuck'' comic [[MrViceGuy Scrooge McDuck]] is being pestered for "not contributing to society", compared with [[UnclePennyBags another millionaire]]. In response, he starts some half-attempted projects to do good for society. [[HilarityEnsues Naturally, they fail.]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Miserably.]] It was so bad that Scrooge solemnly declares that he wouldn't dare to make another attempt like that ever again. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that the philanthropist millionaire got his funds from ''Scrooge himself''. He did that because he wants to preserve his image as a "tough businessman" while helping society secretly.]]

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* In one of ''ComicBook/DonaldDuck'' comic comic, [[MrViceGuy Scrooge McDuck]] is being pestered for "not contributing to society", compared with [[UnclePennyBags another millionaire]]. In response, he starts some half-attempted projects to do good for society. [[HilarityEnsues Naturally, they fail.]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Miserably.]] It was so bad that Scrooge solemnly declares that he wouldn't dare to make another attempt like that ever again. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that the philanthropist millionaire got his funds from ''Scrooge himself''. He did that because he wants to preserve his image as a "tough businessman" while helping society secretly.]]



** Cyclonus does not deal well with others but is compassionate on occasion. He scorns Tailgate's ritual offering of innermost energon and tosses the vial to the ground...then stops at the door and goes back to help Tailgate clean it up. It's probably why, once they stop trying to kill each other, they get along so well.

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** Cyclonus does not deal well with others others, but is compassionate on occasion. He scorns Tailgate's ritual offering of innermost energon and tosses the vial to the ground... then stops at the door and goes back to help Tailgate clean it up. It's probably why, once they stop trying to kill each other, they get along so well.



--> '''Dumbledore:''' "You and Regulus share a determination to protect the ones you love--in some cases whether they want it or not. And I need hardly add--you both have a strong desire to draw as little attention to yourselves as possible while doing so. I believe you both prefer the loved ones in question know little, if anything, about what you're up to."

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--> '''Dumbledore:''' "You You and Regulus share a determination to protect the ones you love--in some cases whether they want it or not. And I need hardly add--you both have a strong desire to draw as little attention to yourselves as possible while doing so. I believe you both prefer the loved ones in question know little, if anything, about what you're up to."



* In ''WesternAnimation/TreasurePlanet,'' Silver vigorously denies to the other pirates that he actually cares about Jim Hawkins (who he certainly does care about, and who he knows sees him as a father figure). Unfortunately, Jim overhears this.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TreasurePlanet,'' Silver vigorously denies to the other pirates that he actually cares about Jim Hawkins (who (whom he certainly does care about, and who whom he knows sees him as a father figure). Unfortunately, Jim overhears this.



-->'''Witt''': You care about me, don't you, sergeant? I always felt like you did. Why do you always make yourself out like a rock?

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-->'''Witt''': You care about me, don't you, sergeant? Sergeant? I always felt like you did. Why do you always make yourself out like a rock?



* ''Film/AccidentalHero''. Dustin Hoffman's character is a divorced misanthropic cynical petty crook, constantly declaring that everyone is out for themselves and no-one else. When a plane crashes before his eyes, and it becomes clear that no-one is going to rescue a young child's father in time, he goes into the burning wreck and rescues each person he comes across in turn until he finds the father - then goes off hoping that no-one spotted him. At the end of the film, after his insisting on the FakeUltimateHero Garcia having the credit, he finds no-one willing to rescue someone from the bear-pit in the zoo - and stomps off to rescue them, complaining all the time. Garcia planned to confess in a suicide note; Hoffman risked his life in order to blackmail Garcia into tearing up the note, going back inside and taking the credit (which makes him "uncomfortable") in order to keep up all the "do-gooder" stuff, which Hoffman realizes is Garcia's natural role in life, in contrast with Hoffman's card-carrying Jerkass.
* Tony Stark is pretty adamant that none of the title characters in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' other than Bruce ever find out he actually gives a damn. A prime example: when he's alone with Coulson, Tony's seen assuring him that all Coulson has to do is say the word and pick a weekend, and Tony will personally fly Coulson to Portland to make up with his cellist ex-girlfriend and "keep love alive!" Much later in the film, after [[spoiler: Coulson is killed]], Steve cautiously asks Tony if he had a wife, to which Tony replies [[OrSoIHeard "He had a cellist -- I think"]] and then proceeds to snort derisively and fumblingly [[spoiler: call Coulson an idiot for trying to take on Loki]] while turning away so Steve can't see the tears in his eyes.

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* ''Film/AccidentalHero''. ''Film/AccidentalHero'': Dustin Hoffman's character is a divorced misanthropic cynical petty crook, constantly declaring that everyone is out for themselves and no-one no one else. When a plane crashes before his eyes, and it becomes clear that no-one no one is going to rescue a young child's father in time, he goes into the burning wreck and rescues each person he comes across in turn until he finds the father - then goes off hoping that no-one no one spotted him. At the end of the film, after his insisting on the FakeUltimateHero Garcia having the credit, he finds no-one no one willing to rescue someone from the bear-pit bear pit in the zoo - and stomps off to rescue them, complaining all the time. Garcia planned to confess in a suicide note; Hoffman risked his life in order to blackmail Garcia into tearing up the note, going back inside and taking the credit (which makes him "uncomfortable") in order to keep up all the "do-gooder" stuff, which Hoffman realizes is Garcia's natural role in life, in contrast with Hoffman's card-carrying Jerkass.
* Tony Stark is pretty adamant that none of the title characters in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' other than Bruce ever find out he actually gives a damn. A prime example: when he's alone with Coulson, Tony's seen assuring him that all Coulson has to do is say the word and pick a weekend, and Tony will personally fly Coulson to Portland to make up with his cellist ex-girlfriend and "keep love alive!" Much later in the film, after [[spoiler: Coulson is killed]], Steve cautiously asks Tony if he had a wife, to which Tony replies replies, [[OrSoIHeard "He had "There was a cellist -- I think"]] and then proceeds to snort derisively and fumblingly [[spoiler: call Coulson an idiot for trying to take on Loki]] while turning away so Steve can't see the tears in his eyes.



-->"then why did he save me?
-->[[NotEvilJustMisunderstood "Maybe he wasn't so bad."]]

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-->"then -->then why did he save me?
-->[[NotEvilJustMisunderstood "Maybe Maybe he wasn't so bad."]]



** This is mentioned as the anti-crime of "whitemail"-- revealing a mobster's charity donations to his colleagues, for example, discrediting him as a hardened criminal.

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** This is mentioned as the anti-crime of "whitemail"-- revealing a mobster's charity donations to his colleagues, for example, and thereby discrediting him as a hardened criminal.



* [[spoiler:The Dread Pirate Roberts]] from ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''.

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* [[spoiler:The Dread Pirate Roberts]] from ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''.''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' eventually reveals that he has one of these, as revealed in the explanation [[spoiler:Westley]] gives to Buttercup.



* Mr. Jenkins, the principal in Madeleine L'Engle's ''Literature/AWindInTheDoor''. Meg spends her entire grade school career and a good chunk of Charles Wallace's butting heads with the strict, humorless and seemingly uncaring Mr. Jenkins, but during the book's adventure, Calvin shares with her an incident in which his family could not afford shoes for him, forcing him to go to school in a pair of too-small women's shoes that he had to cut the heels and toes off of in order to wear. Mr. Jenkins bought a brand new pair of shoes for him and clumsily scuffed them in a paper-thin effort to pretend that they were cast-offs.
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Mr. Darcy reveals himself to be this when he steps in to ensure that Wickham marries Lydia, protecting the reputations of her sisters and keeping Wickham from continuing to debauch at the expense of other young girls. He demands that no one but Lizzie's aunt and uncle know about his involvement in the matter, and goes so far as to insist that her uncle take all the credit. This ends up being a plot point, as [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan Elizabeth was at first turned off by his]] {{Jerkass}} tendencies, and starts to fall in love with him after she discovers what a good man he actually is.

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* Mr. Jenkins, the principal in Madeleine L'Engle's ''Literature/AWindInTheDoor''. Meg spends her entire grade school career and a good chunk of Charles Wallace's butting heads with the strict, humorless humorless, and seemingly uncaring Mr. Jenkins, Jenkins; but during the book's adventure, Calvin shares with her an incident in which his family could not afford shoes for him, forcing him to go to school in a pair of too-small women's shoes that he had to cut the heels and toes off of in order to wear. Mr. Jenkins bought a brand new pair of shoes for him and clumsily scuffed them in a paper-thin effort to pretend that they were cast-offs.
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Mr. Darcy reveals himself to be this when he steps in to ensure that Wickham marries Lydia, protecting the reputations of her sisters and keeping Wickham from continuing to debauch at the expense of other young girls. He demands that no one but Lizzie's Elizabeth's aunt and uncle know about his involvement in the matter, and goes so far as to insist that her uncle take all the credit. This ends up being a plot point, as [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan Elizabeth was at first turned off by his]] {{Jerkass}} tendencies, and starts to fall in love with him after she discovers what a good man he actually is.



* Principal Osgood Conklin on ''Series/OurMissBrooks''. "Old Marblehead" may be a pompous, dictatorial, underhanded dictator of a principal, but from time to time he shows his good side:

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* Principal Osgood Conklin on ''Series/OurMissBrooks''. "Old Marblehead" may be a pompous, dictatorial, underhanded dictator of a principal, but from time to time he shows his good side:



** He helps Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis out of problematic situations in "Four Fiances" and "Marriage Madness," among others.

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** He helps Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis out of problematic situations in "Four Fiances" Fiancés" and "Marriage Madness," among others.



** Klinger finds out about this when Winchester berates the head of the orphanage for ''selling'' the candies instead of giving them to the children. The guy points out that the candy would have made them happy for an evening, but the money from the sale can feed them for a month. Winchester realizing his faux pas and humbly backing down ("It is I who should be sorry. It is sadly inappropriate to give dessert to a child who's had no meal.") is part of TheReveal here - Winchester isn't known as one to back down or apologize - and Klinger later reveals his knowledge to Winchester by bringing him the leftovers from the Christmas party and saying it was an anonymous donation.

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** *** Klinger finds out about this when Winchester berates the head of the orphanage for ''selling'' the candies instead of giving them to the children. The guy points out that the candy would have made them happy for an evening, but the money from the sale can feed them for a month. Winchester realizing his faux pas and humbly backing down ("It is I who should be sorry. It is sadly inappropriate to give dessert to a child who's had no meal.") is part of TheReveal here - Winchester isn't known as one to back down or apologize - and Klinger later reveals his knowledge to Winchester by bringing him the leftovers from the Christmas party and saying it was an anonymous donation.



-->'''Margaret:''' Doctor...uh, doctors..I just want to thank you for what you did for me.\\

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-->'''Margaret:''' Doctor... uh, doctors..doctors... I just want to thank you for what you did for me.\\



'''Trapper:''' To anyone. we've got reputations to uphold.

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'''Trapper:''' To anyone. we've We've got reputations to uphold.



* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Sue Sylvester has one, though she doesn't use it any more than she needs to, and will often HandWave it as a selfish act. Although her sister, and later Becky are out and out [[MoralityPet Morality Pets]]. She also takes a zero-tolerance stance on homophobic bullying. And as of "Choke," domestic violence.

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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Sue Sylvester has one, though she doesn't use it any more than she needs to, and will often HandWave it as a selfish act. Although However, her sister, and later sister and, later, Becky are out and out [[MoralityPet Morality Pets]].{{Morality Pet}}s. She also takes a zero-tolerance stance on homophobic bullying. And as of "Choke," domestic violence.



--> He also said [[IronicEcho "I did tell you not to trust me."]]

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--> He also said said, [[IronicEcho "I did tell you not to trust me."]]



* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', [[PlayerCharacter the Warden]] can invoke this when speaking to [[TheHeart Leliana]] if the player so chooses. In one of their conversations, Leliana will mention that the Warden has a very intimidating presence. If the Warden reacts well to one of her stories, she will remark that it's good to find out that the Warden is secretly a romantic, to which the Warden can reply, "But don't tell the others."
** [[TheStoic Sten]] is also guilty. If put in the travelling party with him, Leliana will remark that she caught him doing things like "dangling string for a kitten." Sten, of course, vigorously denies this, claiming [[BlatantLies he was helping it train.]]
-->'''Leliana:''' Softie!
** Even [[LadyOfBlackMagic Morrigan]] can develop one if the player can get her approval high enough. When she first joins you she responds ''very'' negatively to altruistic acts if she's in the party, but as her approval gets higher she's much less likely to complain, and will ''actually'' begin expressing affection for you rather than just tagging along because her mother said so. Harden her, and she'll genuinely admit to seeing you as a friend, her voice actually ''breaks'' and she's on the verge of tears when she says it. If romanced, she'll even confess that she loves you. Of course, she remains as vicious to Alistair as ever and still leaves you at the end of the game (though the ''Witch Hunt'' DLC can end with a romanced male Warden and Morrigan staying together for good).

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In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', [[PlayerCharacter the Warden]] can invoke this when speaking to [[TheHeart Leliana]] if the player so chooses. In one of their conversations, Leliana will mention that the Warden has a very intimidating presence. If the Warden reacts well to one of her stories, she will remark that it's good to find out that the Warden is secretly a romantic, to which the Warden can reply, "But don't tell the others."
** *** [[TheStoic Sten]] is also guilty. If put in the travelling party with him, Leliana will remark that she caught him doing things like "dangling string for a kitten." Sten, of course, vigorously denies this, claiming [[BlatantLies he was helping it train.]]
-->'''Leliana:''' ---->'''Leliana:''' Softie!
** *** Even [[LadyOfBlackMagic Morrigan]] can develop one if the player can get her approval high enough. When she first joins you she responds ''very'' negatively to altruistic acts if she's in the party, but as her approval gets higher she's much less likely to complain, and will ''actually'' begin expressing affection for you rather than just tagging along because her mother said so. Harden her, and she'll genuinely admit to seeing you as a friend, her voice actually ''breaks'' and she's on the verge of tears when she says it. If the Warden is female, Morrigan can make the observation that she sees the other woman almost like a sister. If romanced, she'll even confess that she loves you. Of course, she remains as vicious to Alistair as ever and still leaves you at the end of the game (though the ''Witch Hunt'' DLC can end with a romanced male Warden and Morrigan staying together for good).



** The second is from a WhamShot in chapter two: [[spoiler:his minions Noisemaster and Mutemaster are about to successfully blow up the city of Trebleopolis...until the blast is dissipated by a starry, purple barrier that is very heavily hinted and [[WordOfGod confirmed]] to be put up by the Nightmare Knight. He lets someone else take the credit for it, of course, because he still needs to be known as the bad guy.]]

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** The second is from a WhamShot in chapter two: [[spoiler:his minions Noisemaster and Mutemaster are about to successfully blow up the city of Trebleopolis... until the blast is dissipated by a starry, purple barrier that is very heavily hinted and [[WordOfGod confirmed]] to be put up by the Nightmare Knight. He lets someone else take the credit for it, of course, because he still needs to be known as the bad guy.]]



* Roxy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is usually presented as a hard-as-nails JerkAss however when she leaves The Misfits in one episode her nicer side appears. While she's still not a NiceGirl she's much happier and sweeter than when she is around Pizzazz.

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* Roxy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is usually presented as a hard-as-nails JerkAss however JerkAss; however, when she leaves The Misfits in one episode episode, her nicer side appears. While she's still not a NiceGirl NiceGirl, she's much happier and sweeter than when she is around Pizzazz.



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* Evangeline of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' tries to keep up her reputation as a horribly evil mage, but everyone who actually knows her realizes that that's not really the case. Eva has to keep reminding them that she's ''really'' actually evil, because if she doesn't they keep forgetting.

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* Evangeline of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/NegimaMagisterNegiMagi'' tries to keep up her reputation as a horribly evil mage, but everyone who actually knows her realizes that that's not really the case. Eva has to keep reminding them that she's ''really'' actually evil, because if she doesn't they keep forgetting.



* Kyouya Ootori from ''Manga/{{Ouran High School Host Club}}'' is cool, calculating and apparently only acts when it's within his interests. However, he's genuinely caring and considerate and simply maintains an indifferent facade. He's also incredibly gracious and forgiving towards his near-abusive father.

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* Kyouya Ootori from ''Manga/{{Ouran High School Host Club}}'' ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is cool, calculating and apparently only acts when it's within his interests. However, he's genuinely caring and considerate and simply maintains an indifferent facade. He's also incredibly gracious and forgiving towards his near-abusive father.



* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Although [[{{Tsundere}} Germany]] yells at Italy at a constant basis and is strict towards him, Germany is also is kind and gentle towards him as well.

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Although [[{{Tsundere}} Germany]] yells at Italy at a constant basis and is strict towards him, Germany is also is kind and gentle towards him as well.

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* At the start of ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'', Giyu Tomioka comes off as rather cold and practically emotionless. He's first seen trying to kill Nezuko, a young girl who was turned into a demon, despite the fact that she hasn't eaten any humans yet, and expressing disdain for Nezuko's brother Tanjiro's naivete when he says he'll find a way to save her. Giyu's InternalMonologue reveals that he feels guilty for not making it in time to save Nezuko and her family, and after Tanjiro shows his determination by nearly hitting Giyu with his hatchet, Giyu refers him to his old mentor, Sakonji Urokodaki. Much later, [[spoiler:Giyu protects Nezuko from his colleague Shinobu, and vows that if Nezuko attacks a human, he, Urokodaki, and Tanjiro will all commit {{seppuku}}]].


** The final episode of TDA showed that he would wake up in the middle of the night to tuck his teammates in while they were sleeping. All together now: awwww.

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** The In the final episode of TDA showed TDA, Chris shows the audience that he Duncan would wake up in the middle of the night to tuck his teammates in while they were sleeping. All together now: awwww.


* In ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/eybb3p/my_grandfathers_world_war_ii_story/ My Grandfather's World War II Journal]]'', Jean is introduced as an [[DomesticAbuse Abusive Husband]] towards his sweet and frail wife, Elise, while also having [[YourCheatingHeart an affair]] with a waitress named Fiona. [[spoiler:It isn't until his dying moments that Jean [[TheReveal reveals]] what kind of man he really is: [[HappilyMarried A loving husband]] who made a DealWithTheDevil to cure his wife's fatal illness in exchange for Jean binding himself to the demon. The demon returned 30 days after Elise's recovery in the form of Fiona and made Jean its SexSlave while also ordering him to never show any affection toward his wife]].

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* In ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/eybb3p/my_grandfathers_world_war_ii_story/ My Grandfather's World War II Journal]]'', Jean is introduced as an [[DomesticAbuse Abusive Husband]] towards his sweet and frail wife, Elise, while also having [[YourCheatingHeart an affair]] affair with a waitress named Fiona. [[spoiler:It isn't until his dying moments that Jean [[TheReveal reveals]] what kind of man he really is: [[HappilyMarried A loving husband]] who made a DealWithTheDevil to cure his wife's fatal illness in exchange for Jean binding himself to the demon. The demon returned 30 days after Elise's recovery in the form of Fiona and made Jean its SexSlave while also ordering him to never show any affection toward his wife]].


* ''LightNovel/KagerouDaze'': Takane Enomoto. She's alienated by her peers for her frightening expression and grumpy demeanour, [[{{Tsundere}} and is hostile even to her only friend Haruka as a default.]] But, as their time together creating a game for the school festival proves, there's an {{Adorkable}} cutie in there somewhere.

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* ''LightNovel/KagerouDaze'': Takane Enomoto. She's alienated by her peers for her frightening expression and grumpy demeanour, [[{{Tsundere}} and is hostile even to her only friend Haruka as a default.]] But, as their time together creating a game for the school festival proves, there's an {{Adorkable}} a dorky cutie in there somewhere.


Compare VillainsOutShopping, ThinkNothingOfIt. Contrast with JerkWithAHeartOfJerk. See also LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain.

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Compare VillainsOutShopping, ThinkNothingOfIt.ThinkNothingOfIt, PeerPressuredBully. Contrast with JerkWithAHeartOfJerk. See also LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain.


* ''Fanfic/TheBlackSheepDogSeries'' has Orion Black. He's an arrogant, narrow-minded aristocrat who looks down on those he thinks is beneath him, and blackmails his own son for not falling in line with the family traditions. Despite his harshness, however, he does care for his family and is willing to risk his own life to protect them, even if they are unaware of what he's doing.
--> '''Dumbledore:''' "You and Regulus share a determination to protect the ones you love—in some cases whether they want it or not. And I need hardly add—you both have a strong desire to draw as little attention to yourselves as possible while doing so. I believe you both prefer the loved ones in question know little, if anything, about what you're up to."

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* ''Fanfic/TheBlackSheepDogSeries'' has Orion Black. He's an arrogant, narrow-minded aristocrat who looks down on those he thinks is beneath him, and blackmails his own son for not falling in line with the family traditions. Despite his harshness, however, he Orion does care for his family and is willing to risk his own life to protect them, even if they are unaware of what he's doing.
--> '''Dumbledore:''' "You and Regulus share a determination to protect the ones you love—in love--in some cases whether they want it or not. And I need hardly add—you add--you both have a strong desire to draw as little attention to yourselves as possible while doing so. I believe you both prefer the loved ones in question know little, if anything, about what you're up to."

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* ''Fanfic/TheBlackSheepDogSeries'' has Orion Black. He's an arrogant, narrow-minded aristocrat who looks down on those he thinks is beneath him, and blackmails his own son for not falling in line with the family traditions. Despite his harshness, however, he does care for his family and is willing to risk his own life to protect them, even if they are unaware of what he's doing.
--> '''Dumbledore:''' "You and Regulus share a determination to protect the ones you love—in some cases whether they want it or not. And I need hardly add—you both have a strong desire to draw as little attention to yourselves as possible while doing so. I believe you both prefer the loved ones in question know little, if anything, about what you're up to."


* Flannery, the Lavaridge Town Gym Leader in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', is a sweet girl who tries to act tough and intimidating in emulation of her grandfather, the former Gym Leader. Emphasis on ''tries'' -- Flannery is [[{{Adorkable}} endearingly terrible]] at keeping up the facade, and drops it entirely after the player defeats her.

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* Flannery, the Lavaridge Town Gym Leader in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', is a sweet girl who tries to act tough and intimidating in emulation of her grandfather, the former Gym Leader. Emphasis on ''tries'' -- Flannery is [[{{Adorkable}} is endearingly terrible]] terrible at keeping up the facade, and drops it entirely after the player defeats her.

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* ''Webcomic/MyDeepestSecret'': Downplayed with Hanamika. Most of her standoffishness is revealed to be due to her introverted personality rather than any true unfriendliness, and she's a perfectly decent person beneath it all.

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