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  • Raimi and Oran from Broken Saints.
  • Anon has Tucker, who spends most of the first season being a total fuckboy, inviting Chelsea to a party with him just to use her as his personal waitress. He's later proven to be a total sweetheart when Chelsea actually gets to know him, and he cares deeply for his friends and his family.
    • Jax also applies in the later seasons, his feud with his mother Dani is hard to watch and although she's not the perfect mother, he genuinely treats her like shit despite how much she tries. He is shown to care a lot for his cousins and friends though, and eventually makes the attempt to fix his relationship with Dani.
  • Carmilla. She may be a rude, aggressive vampire who has spent centuries as The Dragon to the Big Bad, but she really does care about Laura and her friends. Notice how frustrated she was when LaFontaine was kidnapped, and in season two when Perry walks into the room clearly traumatized and smelling like blood, Carmilla gets to her feet immediately just like Laura does.
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  • The Courier in Courier's Mind: Rise of New Vegas, is an Ax-Crazy, vengeful, foul mouthed, cynical, egotistical, Jerkass with a Hair-Trigger Temper. But, as much as it annoys him, when someone needs be the hero and step in to save the day, he'll almost always put whatever he was doing aside to do what he thinks is right, will almost always listen to his Morality Pet EDE even if he thinks he's too sentimental, and god help you if you insult his friends.
  • Dreamscape: Pita speaks really aggressively and acts like he doesn't like anyone, but he actually does enjoy spending time with others and is grateful that he was "given life".
  • DSBT InsaniT: Alex is bombastic, selfish, and irritable, but he can also be one of your closest friends.
    • Lisa's not as much as Alex, but as Autmn points out in 'The Camping Webisode', she has some hidden kindness.
  • Hashimoto Daichi in Greek Ninja. He's arrogant, selfish and self-centered, and yet somehow... he's not.
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  • Angel Dust of Hazbin Hotel is a gay, spider demon and famous drag queen porn star turned prostitute/mob boss. He's sarcastic, sassy, crass, taking every opportunity to mock and taunt allies and enemies alike. He casually mows down the latter with multiple machine guns, baseball bats, and grenades. However, he is the first denizen of Hell to willingly give the hotel a try, even if he says it's just a place to stay for free as long as he plays nice. When Charlie is visibly depressed over her bungled TV interview, he actually looks like he wants to comfort her for a moment. He also pushes his friend Cherri Bomb out of the way of an attack, showing that he is loyal to the people he cares about.
  • Strong Bad from Homestar Runner. He tries to cheat to win contests, bullies around his brother Strong Sad, and left Cloud Cuckoo Lander Homsar for dead, but he does get along well with his co-stars.
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  • Matthew Santoro is this in his early videos. He's usually not very nice to Hugo, but he decides to change his ways and gives Hugo a hoodie with his name on it for Christmas.
  • Less Is Morgue: Riley is a rude, standoffish Deadpan Snarker, who occasionally kills and/or eats people. However, after getting to know her, they're also fiercely protective of Evelyn, their only friend, and have gone out of their way to help others work through their issues. Just don't get too sappy about it, or you'll make them uncomfortable.
  • Limyaael's Fantasy Rants: It's discussed how most fictional mercenaries are this rather than people who are, well, killing people for money.
  • The "Misunderstood D-bag" meme is all about this; describing a behaviour usually associated with douchebags or generally unpleasant people, then giving a reasonable explanation that frequently makes them a good guy.
  • The Most Popular Girls in School: Mackenzie Zales, Brittnay Matthews, and Shay van Buren... when each are not being an outright Alpha Bitch.
  • My Little Pony: The Mentally Advanced Series: Twilight is shown to be a racist, condescending, and selfish jerk, but at least she tries to keep some sense of order in Ponyville and will do the right thing in the end.
    • Also Thrackerzod (Sweetie Belle) is an Eldritch Abomination in the body of filly and is trying to kill Twilight, because of some yet to be fully explained reasons involving a secret war in the dream world that somehow involves Twilight's soul. But, she still seems to have a soft spot for her friends and "family", even though they more often then not just hinder her plans and annoy her.
  • No Evil:
    • Ichabod. He can be arrogant, abrasive, condescending and entitled. The plot that links "Brom Bones" and "Wrip an' Vinkle" came about because of his crush on Wrip and his clear belief that she should be with him because he's smarter than Vinkle. However, when Vinkle is trapped in the Black Ick and put in a near-death comatose state, it's Ichabod who figures out how to save him. He's also deeply loyal to both his sister Calamity and their mutual friend Huey, even if he does lash out at them when he's in a funk, and risks his life to try and find Kitty in "Three for a Death".
    • Calamity can also be like this. She's the most sarcastic member of the cast, which is a legitimate achievement considering that Kitty is no slouch in that department either, and can be lazy, standoffish, rebellious and stunningly tactless (cracking jokes about Vinkle while he's trapped in the Ick, for example). She's also put her life on the line multiple times to protect innocents and people she cares about, tries to cheer up Ichabod when he's down, and doesn't hold much of a grudge over Corn biting her with poisonous fangs on multiple occasions.
    • Murder/Xipetotec in the prequel comic, Judgment. She's notably sarcastic sliding into outright rude, takes a very direct approach to morality (when Amaroq forces Huey to poke the Blue Tezcatlipoca and get a nasty electric shock, she immediately forces Amaroq to do the same), and her name is literally Murder. The reason she's not in the series proper is that she gave her life to stop the Black Ick. She had previously attempted to sacrifice herself to stop a volcano.
  • Rose Jenny of Pokémon World Tour: United has a habit of taking out her frustrations on others. When something bad happens to her, she becomes snippy and snarky with other people, often being meaner than she intended to be and offending people. She also, either despite or because of being part of a family of police officers, thinks little of pickpocketing things from others or deceiving people with her high Guile. However, none of this stops her from wanting to do good, help Pokemon in trouble when she finds them, or otherwise being considerate when she actually stops to consider. Even her less savory actions are usually intended for the greater good, such as stealing an old man's flask of booze so he'd be sober while traveling in Viridian Forest.
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • Church is surly, rude, and generally hates everyone around him. On occasion, however, he's shown he genuinely cares about his friends, going as far as to utter a Big "NO!" when Caboose - a character with an IQ of -12 who had done nothing but annoy him since they met - is killed (he got better). In the season finale of Reconstruction, he stays behind to help Washington, who he seemed to dislike more than anyone because of his freelancer status, even though Church would be destroyed by the EMP and staying meant certain death whether or not Wash succeeded.
    • Sarge is a crazy Blood Knight, who is constantly taking his squad on suicide missions, often abuses Grif, and has an Irrational Hatred for the blues, even long after they made peace with each other and he himself has fought beside them and been willing to come to their aid. But deep down, he does genuinely care about both teams and their allies, and at the end of the day, will risk life and limb to save those in need.
    • Grif is an unrepentant snarky slacker (and proud of it), who bemoans doing the slightest bit of work, constantly complains about having to be where he is, makes fun of his more devoted team mate Simmons, and is very good at getting on peoples' bad side. But he is also a loving brother to his younger sister, and though he hates to admit it, does care about his comrades on some level and will risk his life fighting alongside them. As Sarge himself (who Grif definitely doesn't get along with) put it, despite his constant bemoaning at being stuck with them, Grif's had many chances to just walk away and no one would have stopped him.
    • Wash belongs here as well. He's a genuinely good guy who's just had the crap kicked out of him by the universe, to the point of extreme cynicism. The first time (in some great amount of years) he's shown genuine affection by the Blood Gulch crew, he's stunned, and from that point on, is a solid good guy.
    • Agent Carolina, who started out as just a vengeful and apathetic former agent, only tolerating The Blood Gulch Crew to get back at her former boss and (implied) father. But eventually, she strikes up a genuine friendship with Church and the rest of the team, and once she starts to get over her personnel issues, shows that she is a genuinely caring person deep down.
    • In Season 12, Felix takes a level in jerkass, constantly berating, snarking, and abusing the remaining members of the Blood Gulch Crew, as opposed to his starry eyed fanboy treatment of them before. However, this is only because he knows they aren't prepared for war, and wants them to be prepared for when they have to face Locus and the Federation. He still cares deeply about them, and it's implied he also cares about Vanessa and her rebellion, though he takes great steps to avoid showing it. Except, as Episode 10 reveals, no, he doesn't. At all. He was Evil All Along, and working with Locus to get the Federation and the rebels to kill each other off. He absolutely hates the Blood Gulch Crew, and despised every moment he had to spend with them. He even mentions this trope by name, and laughs at them for believing it to be true. The fanboy act was a ruse to get information out of them so he could help Locus coordinate an attack on their crash site, and he doesn't care at all about Vanessa or the rebels. He then tries to gun the entire team down in cold blood with disintegration weapons so their story can never be told. Wow.
  • RWBY:
    • Weiss has a razor sharp and unrelenting tongue, but at the end of the day is shown to care about her teammates, not just in battle where she often saves them from tight spots with her versatile glyphs and has more than once taken a hit for a teammate, but also outside of battle. Her initial bickering with Ruby has turned to them being Vitriolic Best Buds and Blake's being an ex-member of the White Fang? After some time to cool off and think about it she decided she just doesn't really care. Later on, she reveals a compassionate, supportive side to her teammates - in Volume 3 when Yang is framed for assaulting Mercury, Weiss is very vocal in defending her even against the very stern doubts of the general of the Atlesian military.
    • When we finally meet Uncle Qrow in Volume 3, he definitely is a straight-cut example of this trope. He's a surly, acerbic alcoholic who trashes Atlas robots for laughs and displays Brutal Honesty to the point of outright rudeness. However, it's very clear from his interactions with his nieces that they're his entire world. He even sits down and plays video games with them, and gives them cute nicknames!
    • We also meet Weiss' older sister, Winter. Even though Winter is a bit callous and aloof (even Dope Slapping Weiss at one point), she cares deeply for Weiss and acts as a mentor figure to her, even teaching her how to use her summoning Semblance.
  • RWBY Abridged:
    • Ruby Rose is turned into a snarky, egotistical, Jerkass who often blows off her dimwitted, but well intentioned sister Yang and responds to Weiss's insults with even worse insults. But, she also stops street crimes on her own, even though she has nothing to gain from it, does still care about her sister in spite of how much she frustrates her, and does ultimately risk her life to save her teammates.
    • Weiss is basically her cannon counterpart with the added twist, that she isn't even training to be a hero by choice. None the less, she will still protect her teammates and even offers to let Ruby back out of fighting alongside them, while it's not too late.
    • Jaune Arc of all people is turned into an egotistical Casanova Wannabe who talks down Pieria for "dressing like a hussie" and acts like an Ungrateful Bastard to her, despite being nice to him. (Not that she can't pay it back in full.) But at the end of the day, he still comes through for his team and ends up saving their lives, and is genuinely polite and respectful to the women he does take an interest in.
  • Rhett McLaughlin could qualify as this when he tells the true and hilarious story of Link's snowboarding accident. Link was clearly in a lot of pain, but Rhett could not stop laughing.
  • Simon Drake from Shadow of the Templar can be an insensitive bastard to say the least, especially when he's laid low by injury or lack of caffeine, but cares deeply for his teammates. And also for his sort-of boyfriend Jeremy, no matter how many times he insults him.
  • Torresminha in The Six Cats Parade. She is a gray tuxedo cat who frequently plays too roughly with her children (especially with Jessica), but she really cares for them.
  • Played with in Ultra Fast Pony. Pinkie Pie deliberately invokes this to convince the prickly loner Cranky that he actually likes her. It doesn't work. (In the context of the whole episode, Cranky comes across as less of a jerk than Pinkie does. To be fair, he was not the jerk in that scenario to begin with.)
    Cranky: I hate you so much.
    Pinkie: Oh, come on, Dixie, that's just your brain talking. You gotta listen to your heart!
    Cranky: My heart also hates you so much.
  • Kodiak of the Whateley Universe. He chases girls, he pushes people around, he was in the Alphas when Don Sebastiano ran it. But he's been looking for Ms. Right and is sticking with her; he pushes people to see if they'll stand up to him because he has the spirit of the bear giving him superpowers; and as soon as he could kick Don Sebastiano out and fix the Alphas, he did so, even though it meant he could lose his spot as the head Alpha in doing so.
  • Simon Lane, aka Honeydew from the Yogscast. Lewis Brindley (Xephos) too, to an extent. They're often seem pushing one another off cliffs, making questionable jokes and burning things for the hell of it but they call each other friend at least once every video, Simon's the first to reassure Peculier when he doubts his abilities as a hero and they often show genuine concern for the NPC's they help out along the way. And then there's their reactions when somebody they like dies. This is part of their persona; they're much nicer in real life.
  • Steg, a popular YoutubePooper, says that although he seems to act quite angry on the Internet, he's pretty nice when you get to know him. And he has a sense of humour.


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