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The reason why Helga fell in love with Arnold.

Eddie Valiant: Seriously, what do you see in that guy?
Jessica Rabbit: He makes me laugh.

All Girls Want Bad Boys? Nice Guys Finish Last? Hardly.

Blondes prefer gentlemen. As do brunettes, redheads, Bald Women, little old ladies with white hair, and young girls with Amazing Technicolor Hair.

The heroine, like the hero, tends to be much more mature and likable than in All Girls Want Bad Boys; frequently, they've been burned by a previous lover, and generally, they've matured. But it is not necessary. Any heroine who finds the hero attractive exactly for his more admirable qualities falls under Single Woman Seeks Good Man. This can range from liking his sense of humor, to appreciating his poetry skills, all the way to his Heroic Sacrifice. Rescue Romance is often a form of this. The Nice Guy, the Sheltered Aristocrat, the Knight in Shining Armor, the Nice Jewish Boy, the male Shrinking Violet, The Dutiful Son, the Keet, or the male Pollyanna wins the heroine's heart. Immature and hormonal souls may wonder What Does She See in Him?, but the heroine is much more likely to end up happy this way.


However, it creates a problem insofar as the heroine has to neither fight her common sense nor reform the hero for a Happy Ending. As a consequence, the writer needs some other method of generating conflict. This can range from a Star-Crossed Lovers plot to Twice Shy or fall into the background/coexist with an alternate source of conflict. See the Analysis page for details.

Frequently the victorious childhood friend or a Second Love. Compare to Understanding Boyfriend. Though seemingly rare, some people out there will be glad to know that, yes, this can be Truth in Television.

Note that this isn't Always Female as Single Man Seeks Good Woman can certainly be in play. Nor is this always heterosexual for that matter.

Of course, Tropes Are Tools. It has been overused and exaggerated in Harem Genre, where the protagonist somehow attracts even girls he has little to no interactions with merely because of single simple decency, implying that people can win affections and do anything to a bunch of girls just by behaving like a normal nice person.


As this trope frequently deals with critical plot details, be warned: HERE THERE BE SPOILERS. Some are unmarked, too, so don't say we didn't warn you. Compare Samaritan Relationship Starter.


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  • 7 Seeds: Natsu falls for Arashi pretty instantly, mostly because of her lack of self-confidence and he's the first guy who was ever nice to her.
  • Keiichi Morisato from Ah! My Goddess. In fact, he never would have even had a chance to meet the wish-granting goddess Belldandy in the first place if it weren't for the fact he's a mistreated Nice Guy.
  • Akame ga Kill!:
  • Angel Densetsu: Ryoko's relationship with Kitano looked like it's going to fall into the All Girls Want Bad Boys trope (by his appearance), but after seeing Kitano's true nature, it becomes this trope instead.
  • The Asterisk War: Julis originally didn't think much of Ayato, but after getting to see his kindness and desire to protect her no matter the cost, she develops feelings for him.
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, we have the Action Girl Hungary. She is head over heels in love with her ex-husband and current boyfriend, Austria, who's a Neat Freak Sheltered Aristocrat. "My heart is Austrian territory!", she tells to Seychelles in the original script of Gakuen Hetalia. (Although she rarely minds seeing him being felt up by other males...)
  • Baccano!: Scarred Pyromaniac Nice Holystone is in a relationship with her longtime friend Jacuzzi Splot, who has got to be the most nonthreatening man in America — at least most of the time, anyway... Whether or not the affection existed beforehand, it was definitely solidified the moment she saw that he had gotten a scar-like tattoo on his face so she didn't have to feel alone after her explosives accident left her scarred and without a left eye. They're quite close and a bit chaste as it took them ten years to actually kiss and by the 2000s, (the two and their gang exist in the late 1920s and early 1930s), they have at least one great grandchild.
  • Battle Royale; it's revealed that half the girls in class harbored a crush on protagonist Shuya (and he was completely oblivious to it all). To drive in the idea of how they seek a "good" man, Shuya is revealed to be one of the most idealistic, kind-hearted boys in the entire series. The "bad girls" in the class all fall into this category. They've all slept with numerous sleazebags — almost exclusively for cash, yet all they really want is a nice guy who cares about them. Hirono Shimizu is one of the aforementioned girls with a soft spot for Shuya; Yoshimi Yahagi is in love with her boyfriend Yoji Kuramoto, who despises the bad things she's done but loves her anyway. The most notable example, however, is the head honcho, Mitsuko Souma. She doesn't give a damn about any guy who lusts after her, but is deeply distressed when Yuichiro Takiguchi, the only person who was ever kind to her, dies.
  • Berserk plays it straight between Guts and Casca. It's not Guts' ultra-macho behaviour nor his ability to destroy a whole army single-handedly that made Casca fall for him, it's rather his righteousness, his consideration towards her as well as their Not So Different backgrounds.
    • Griffith and Casca. She was attracted to Griffith because she thought he was a formidable man after he saved her from servitude and prostitution. Then he went over the Moral Event Horizon during the Eclipse. She didn't even have time to hate him; upon becoming Femto, the fifth Godhand, he proceeded to brutally rape her in front of Guts, and she lost her sanity and memories in the process.
    • The same can be said as for the Griffith/Charlotte couple. Except that Griffith is hardly a nice guy- he's just immensely capable of playing that role to get Charlotte as his Meal Ticket.
  • In Black Lagoon, dangerous and very violent Revy becomes gradually attracted to the decent, kind and caring Rock, even though she hates to admit it. Her being a mashup of Dark Action Girl, Ax-Crazy and Tsundere REALLY helps their advancement.... However in "Roberta's Blood Trail", Rock is becoming more callous and manipulative, and it's suggested the reason Revy isn't pushing the relationship is because she's afraid of being disillusioned about him.
  • In Bleach, at first sight Orihime Inoue liked Ichigo Kurosaki because she found his scowl cute. Later, it's revealed that they met in one of the darkest moments of her life (when her brother and caretaker died, leaving her alone in the world), and a while later they got to actually know each other as they became classmates. From then on, and especially after all the adventures that the True Companions have gone through (including a Rescue Arc where they fought to rescue her), Orihime considers Ichigo as the person who allowed her to develop her Barrier Warrior powers and, as she tells Riruka, "saved" her.
  • The thirteen brothers from Brothers Conflict all like the heroine, Ema Hinata, because of her kindness and Ema falls for one of them (depending on the route chosen) because they are all good (if flawed) men who promise their undying love for her.
  • Captain Tsubasa:
    • Inside and outside the soccer fields, Tsubasa Ohzora is a Humble Hero and a very kind-hearted guy. No wonder Sanae and Kumi (and lots of nameless fangirls, in the TV series) fall in love with him. The pilot manga chapter directly alluded to this trope. There was a Love Triangle between main guy Taro Tsubasa, main girl Aki Yamazaki (who'd later become Sanae) and Hot-Blooded Genzo Wakabayashi: Genzo openly declared his love for Aki, but she apologized and turned him down because she already was in love with Taro.
    • Sweet Yoshiko is completely in love with Matsuyama, a kind and responsible Team Dad.
    • Koujiro Hyuuga started as a Jerkass who slowly evolved to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but what made his prospect girlfriend Maki Akamine fall for him was how he supported her in her budding career and gave her a Cooldown Hug when her team lost badly.
  • Touma Kamijou of A Certain Magical Index is a genuinely down-to-earth Nice Guy who does not hesitate to Always Save the Girl, which almost always causes women to fall in love with him.
  • In Code Geass this is the core of why Shirley likes Anti-Hero Lelouch. Despite his cynical facade and morally grey actions, Lelouch ultimately does care for people and Shirley is well aware he's a much nicer person than he lets on.
  • Chrono Crusade: Hot-Blooded Tsundere Action Girl Rosette and the Shrinking Violet Nice Guy Chrono, who also qualify as a mild example of Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy.
  • Played with in DEAD Tube, during the 48 hours of filming Mashiro requested from Machiya, she teased him with many cases in which his hormones and urges could get the best of him: filming her go pee, filming her during her sleep; Machiya kept his cool and didn’t take advantage of Mashiro, she states this being the reason why she likes him, because he is a “good boy”. This of course might be only a part of her reason, or it is a farce altogether, Mashiro knows Machiya is thrilled about murders and she likes to perform said actions, the two are a match made in heaven (or hell).
  • The flighty and boy-crazy Sonoko Suzuki from Detective Conan ultimately swears by the trope as her long-distance boyfriend is the Adorkable Gentle Giant Makoto Kyougoku, who is Not Good with People but is pretty much his White Knight to her White Lady.
  • Allen Walker from D.Gray-Man is one of the nicest guys in anime, and is also quite the Chick Magnet. Rohfa has a huge crush on him, Road is openly smitten with him, and it is implied in one of the Reverse novels that Lenalee is interested in him romantically.
  • In Doraemon, Shizuka likes and admires Nobita's kind heart, and eventually the two end up married in the future.
  • Dr. Slump: Arale in the future marries Nice Guy Obotchaman. (Both are Ridiculously Human Robots with the shapes and minds of children)
  • D.N.Angel has every female fall for the phantom thief Dark, with the exception of Riku Harada who falls in love with the sweet, good-natured Daisuke.
  • In Eden of the East, Selecao No. 11 is Kuroha Diana Shiratori, a modelling agency president whose personal quest to "save Japan" is motivated by the country's hideously misogynistic culture. Her favourite tactic is seducing rapists and other cruel men and then castrating and torturing them when they're in the seclusion of her apartment. However she develops an affection for Takizawa because he's a "good boy" and eventually becomes an ally to him.
  • Lucy whose real name is Kaede from Elfen Lied falls for Kouta because he is the first person to be genuinely kind to her and not shun her because she is different (he even finds her horns cool). Even though she gets, to say the least, deranged and murderous later in life, she continues loving Kouta for his virtues and refuses to harm him.
  • Eureka Seven:
    • Eureka falling for friendly and sensitive Renton for his good nature fits this trope like a glove.
    • Anemone falls for Dominic, her caretaker, because taking care of her is not a job for him, and he also was genuinely kind to her despite how utterly troubled she is.
  • Fairy Tail: Mavis Vermillion fell in love with Zeref because she saw the tortured soul beneath his exterior, and his kindness in helping her and her friends learn magic. Thus, she is immensely disappointed in the man he is today, though she does recognize the circumstances that caused his change in character (specifically her death) are more than justifiable.
  • In Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Rin admits that while she's annoyed by Shirou's martyr complex, she can't help but be drawn to his noble and kind nature.
  • In Fist of the North Star, all the bloodthirsty warriors and cruel overlords want gentle and beautiful Yuria as their wife but she would rather give herself to the badass yet genuinely kind, generous and caring Kenshiro.
  • In Freezing, the fact that Kazuya Aoi is respectful and kind towards the very troubled Satellizer makes her develop affection towards him. Also applies to Lana. She was told before leaving her village that the man who could make her Stigmata "resonate" would be her destined partner. Kazuya's Freezing has this exact effect, leading to her initial interest in him as a partner.
  • In Fruits Basket, this happens quite frequently. Kyoko falls deeply in love with Katsuya (though very sarcastic, he was the first person to ever try to understand her and treated her kindly). Machi falls for the gentle, good-natured Yuki. Mitsuru becomes very close to Ritsu, bonding over the stress Shigure causes them. Komaki is practically married to Manabu who, zaniness aside, is very attentive and caring towards her, and the time he went overboard was in a misguided desire to help her (which she immediately bites him for). Rin actually says that the reason she fell in love with Haru was because he was "a kind boy", who took care of her after everyone else abandoned her. Even in the case of Kyo, Tohru is attracted to the sweet, loving side of him that becomes more and more prominent as the series goes on.
    • Given that everyone in this manga is severely tramautized and/or have emotional issues, this isn't surprising. A gender-flipped example is Tohru herself, who breaks the Vicious Cycle of abuse that isolates everyone in the Sohma family by just being nice to them and listening to their troubles. (Of course, Tohru has issues of her own, but that's not the point.) Only two people- Kyo and Momiji- love her romantically, but as the plot progresses, all the Sohmas grow fond of her — including Akito, the extremely cruel Big Bad, who turns out to be a terribly unloved person underneath all the craziness. And it's Tohru's kindness that helps her have her Heel–Face Turn. It is this platonic love that gives the Zodiac the confidence to stand up to the Evil Matriarch that controls their lives.
  • In Future GPX Cyber Formula, Asuka Sugo doesn't return the affections of the Royal Brat rich kid and racer Randoll, she instead falls for the sometimes temperamental but Nice Guy Hayato, who also happens to be her longtime friend, and falls for him because of his extraordinary will to win and his honesty.
  • Gunnm:
    • Alita falls like a brick for the idealistic and sweet boy Yugo, but he isn't much into her and turns out to be a spine thief. When Alita finds out however, she doesn't care. And when Yugo finally seems ready to return Alita's feelings, he dies.
    • Happens later in the manga when she falls for Figure Four, a happy-go-lucky Big Guy who can handle himself against cyborgs. The moment seems to be after he stands up for his friend against her, despite his friend being a spineless wimp.
  • In H2, Haruka comments in an early chapter that all the guys she's ever liked have turned out to be jerks. Noticing the way she's looking at Hiro, his childhood friend Hikari comments "I don't think you're off this time". She isn't.
  • Hana no Ko Lunlun is a Magical Girl series in which the titular heroine searches for a MacGuffin through Europe. The closest to a Love Interest that she has is a handsome photographer named Serge, who's a Nice Guy and some more and keeps helping her when she needs it.
  • Honoo no Alpen Rose: Kind and sweet Jeudi falling since the beginning for the Nice Guy Lundi, despite Count Germont's pursuing and the appearance of Teen Genius Leonhardt. (Although Leon is also a Nice Guy, Lundi still has the advantage.)
  • Kagerou Project: Takane Emomoto has a huge crush on her (only) classmate, Haruka Kokonose - Oblivious to Love textbook-Nice Guy and Ill Boy. Not that she'll admit it to anyone. Including herself. Unfortunately, the day she did decide to tell him happened to be the day they were both murdered. Before either had a chance to say anything. His last words imply the feeling was mutual.
  • Played for Drama in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. Kaguya fell in love with Shirogane because he showed her that there is such a thing as a truly altruistic person, and she is an Insecure Love Interest due to feeling that her past as an Ice Queen makes her unworthy of loving somebody as kind as him. It's also the source of the series' premise, as the entire reason she wants him to confess to her rather than the other way around is that she's afraid that all the signs of him liking her are just her misinterpreting his natural kindness towards everyone.
  • While Hikaru's attraction to Kyousuke Kasuga in Kimagure Orange Road comes from her accidentally seeing him use his Psychic Powers and thinking he's the most awesome guy around, Madoka's own crush on him comes from how Kyousuke is among the few males at their school who treats her as a person instead of just fearing her. (Well, the other guy who does it from the start is Yusaku but he's smitten with Hikaru instead, while Hatta and Komatsu only start talking more to Madoka once Kyousuke does so.)
  • One of the things that makes Kimi ni Todoke so refreshing to read is that the heroine's love interest is a genuinely Nice Guy who wins her over by simply being sweet and kind to her.
  • Komi Can't Communicate: Shouko Komi, the most beautiful girl in the class falls in love with her Best Friend, Tadano Hitohito because of his caring, dependable personality and she really enjoys being with him. She has eyes only for Tadano.
  • Kotoura-san:
  • Love Hina: In the end, Naru does finally marry Keitaro (after she tones down the worst of her Tsundere traits), and we have Shinobu and Motoko suffering from unrequited love.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!: Most of the girls fall under this - at least, those who have a crush on Negi. (Which is still most of them.) Negi himself is a very kind, caring, protective boy, and most of the time the girls initially fall for him because they see that kindness as they become friends with him or he helps them out.
  • Maison Ikkoku: Though occasionally a jerk, most of Godai's jerkish behavior comes from being too nice (and hence unreliable), if that makes any sense.
  • Shiranui Hansode in Medaka Box loves Zenkichi because he is "too sweet to stomach". He is the one person she would never truly betray. She's even willing to support his attempts to woo Medaka even though she hates Medaka. Even after she drops her long act as Medaka's Double, she still seems to have a soft spot for him.
  • In Midori Days, Ayase initially despises Seiji seeing him as nothing but a violent delinquent. This starts to change when a bunch of delinquents from another school try to take her away for some "fun" and Seiji is the only person who defends her (the other students taking a "not my problem" stance). She falls for him for real when she sees him willingly taking a beating to protect his friend.
  • Lacus Clyne falls for Nice Guy and male Shrinking Violet Kira Yamato in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, even though this means breaking her arranged engagement to Athrun Zala. While Athrun is himself a good person too, the engagement was arranged by their parents, and it's all but stated that Athrun and Lacus considered each other friends rather than prospect lovers and were going along with it because their parents were expecting it, hence why when Lacus hooks up with Kira, Athrun doesn't mind, and vice versa.
  • Monkey High!: Dignified, aloof Haruna falls for Macharu. Why? He was the first person who went out of his way to befriend her in spite of her cool demeanor. Plus, he's Adorkable and has a fun sense of humor that gets even Haruna.
  • My Hero Academia: As the story advances, Ochaco Uraraka develops a crush on Midoriya, who is a kind, helpful and friendly Adorkable boy who saved her during the Entrance Exam, and he's the only boy she has ever been shown to harbor romantic feelings toward. Even prior to realizing how she felt, she would often gush about him or be concerned for his wellbeing more than others, and she gets extremely flustered when asked if she likes him. It enters deconstruction territory when she realizes these feelings could become a distraction that interferes with her judgment as a hero, so she tries to suppress them.
  • My Love Story!!: Rinko falls for Takeo because he rescued her from a groper on the train, punched the groper's lights out when he tried to claim that she was asking for it, and in general is gentle, supportive, and considerate of her needs and wishes (even if he didn't always understand what those wishes were). She sees all these qualities as making him extremely handsome. The inverse is true as well: Takeo fell for Rinko because she's unfailingly kind, generous, and in his words, "pure-hearted". By comparison, all of his crushes before Rinko were only polite to his face and mocked him behind is back, something he didn't know until Suna told him.
    • Takeo's mother and father are this way too, with Mr. Goda saying that he married Mrs. Goda for her vivacity and altruism.
    • Although Suna shows little interest in dating on a good day, he's made it very clear that he will never date any girl who treats Takeo poorly, and seems to use how girls talk about Takeo behind his back as a litmus test for how good a person they are.
  • In My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, the trope likely applies to Yui. According to The Other Wiki, Hachiman saved Yui's dog from a car accident that had him in hospital for 3 weeks.
  • Naruto:
    • This is the reason why Tsunade fell in love with Dan Kato and not Jiraiya. Dan was a good man who wanted to become Hokage to protect the village and supported Tsunade's ideals to save as many people by training more medics.
    • Sakura plays with this trope:
    • Asuma Sarutobi is a Former Teen Rebel, but by the time he got together with the local Team Mom Kurenai, he had matured into a well-loved Team Dad.
    • Tenten's potential relationship with Lee has been teased both in the main series and in the Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth spin-off. There was also a scene, prior to Part II, where Tenten lovingly looked at Lee and blushed as she admired his devotion and hardworking personality.
    • As revealed in the canon movie The Last: Naruto the Movie, Hinata fell in love with Naruto when they were children after he protected her from three bullies on a snowy day before they enrolled in the Academy.
    • Gender Inverted with Naruto towards Hinata. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 has a sidequest where Naruto makes the "Ultimate Decision" between innocent girls like Hinata or brisk girls like Sakura and Ino. The innocent girl choice is described as what Naruto really likes, while the brisk girl choice is described as the safe option so that Sakura and Ino wouldn't get mad. This fits well with canon: One of the reasons why Naruto develops a strong friendship with Hinata that grows into love is because out of all his friends, she always treats him with respect and kindness. In Chapter 77, when Hinata gives Naruto her ointment, he thanks her and points out that she's "far too kind." This scene even gets a meaningful Call-Back in The Last. Finally, in his Image Song for The Last—which is a response to Hinata's song—Naruto states that while he didn't notice the depths of Hinata's feelings for him during the main series, he points out that she's always regarded him with "overflowing kindness."
    • What really made Naruto's mother, Kushina, fall in love with his father, Minato, was him rescuing her from the Kumo ninja who kidnapped her and afterwards referring to her long red hair, something that was repeatedly made fun of, as beautiful.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Hikari Horaki falls for Toji Suzuhara and is literally asked by Asuka about what she sees in him. She replies blushingly that she sees his kind side, which baffles Asuka.
    • Ironically, both Asuka and Rei fell for the Shrinking Violet main character Shinji, who at least tried to understand their massive issues. And then shit happened.
    • Shinji himself pretty much fell for Kaworu, because he was genuinely gentle to him and told him openly that he loved and cared for him. Even Kaworu's last moments were full of kindness towards Shinji
  • One Piece:
    • Boa Hancock falls in love with Luffy Because He Was Nice To Her. Well, that, and he punched out a World Noble, one of only two people in the world with the guts to go through with it. And the World Nobles were those who actually enslaved and tortured Hancock and her sisters nearly into insanity, making her the... really troubled person she is.
    • It is unlikely that any fictional character has tried harder to find a husband than Lola has, having asked 4452 men to marry her, including all of the male members of the Straw Hats, even the non-human Chopper and the undead Brook. They all said no. If her appearance doesn't turn them away, her habit of coming on too strong will; it tends to be the first thing she asks upon meeting men. Luckily, she takes rejection in stride, and she still shows no signs of giving up.
    • This trope becomes vital in the Whole Cake Island saga. Initially, Charlotte Pudding despised her arranged groom Vinsmoke Sanji, and happily collaborated with her cruel mother Big Mom in what was supposed to be a fake wedding that would finish with them killing Sanji and his Big, Screwed-Up Family to take a hold of their wealth and scientific discoveries. Thing is, Sanji just happened to tell Pudding at some point that her Third Eye is really pretty... and Pudding, a very bitter Broken Bird who had gone the Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds way because of said Third Eye, collapsed in tears and couldn't bring herself to kill him. This means, Sanji's well-timed kind words completely undid Big Mom's plan, saved his and his family's lives, and made Pudding genuinely fall in love with him (as much as her severely broken mind allows her). The kicker? Pudding is one of the aforementioned Lola's younger sisters.
  • Paprika, where the attractive Dr. Chiba reveals that she's in love with the seriously obese Tokita, because of his kind, loving heart.
  • Phantom Quest Corp. has two between Ayaka and Makiko.
    • Ayaka realizes she isn't getting any younger and desperately wants to find that 'special someone'. She knows Detective Karino is in love with her and goes out of his way to prove she can depend on him, which she likes about him, even though he screws up a lot of the time. But she doesn't make it easy for him.
    • Makiko is a 19 year old college freshman, who finds herself the unfortunate target of Dracula's thirst for virgin blood. By the end of the first Incident File, she falls for Bosco, an anemic vampire who runs a teashop and helped save her from Dracula.
  • Pokémon: In XY, Serena has a confirmed crush on Ash Ketchum and had originally left home and started her journey in order to meet him again.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica has an example between two girls. Homura falls in love with Madoka because she's a kind optimist who genuinely wants her to feel appreciated, which she badly needs after a whole life of illness and isolation. In this instance, dramatic conflict is caused through Madoka's brutal death, which spurs Homura to travel back in time and do a lot of bad things to avert it.
  • Rosario + Vampire: The girls in Tsukune Aono's Unwanted Harem fell for him before he Took a Level in Badass, and long before Art Evolution kicked in and turned him into a bishounen. Being a Nice Guy was literally all he had going for him, but he was a really, really nice guy.
  • The Rose of Versailles: Oscar develops a romance with André, who's described as a "very sensitive and passionate young man", and a "true working-class hero".
  • Rune Soldier Louie: It's subtly implied for most of the series, but episode 15 and especially the final one makes it clear that Ila is secretly in love with Louie. In the former, she tries to get him to notice her, while midway during episode 23, she finally loses her composure as she asks the others to help him (at 6:40-7:50). In the end, once everything has been settled, Louie and co. head off on another journey. Ila says she'll wait for him.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Kaoru didn't fall in love with Kenshin Himura because he was the infamous Battousai the Manslayer. She fell in love with him because he became her friend after he defended her dojo from bandits without asking for anything in return.
  • Shakugan no Shana: It is Yuji Sakai's kind and friendly personality that draws both Shana and Kazumi toward him.
  • Spice and Wolf: Holo sometimes makes unfavorable remarks about Lawrence's soft-heartedness, but his kindness is probably the main thing he has going for him. That said, she does cultivate him to be more assertive and outgoing to an extent. And she dislikes it when he holds back from risky business endeavors for her sake.
  • In Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, Aya herself sees her crush towards Sunahara being based on his chivalry, and several cases of Because You Were Nice to Me. However, Sunahara's skirting around the Japanese Delinquents trope makes viewers think it's a case of All Girls Want Bad Guys.
  • Played straight all the way with Atan Hadas from Threads Of Time. She despises the ruggedly good looking, sociopathic, Ax-Crazy Sali Tayi, and instead falls desperately in love with the shy, polite Bishōnen protagonist Moon Bin. Especially during that time period, Moon Bin is a really nice guy.
  • In Tiger & Bunny, Karina ends up falling for the selfless, hyper-compassionate Kotetsu. Likewise, Tomoe (Kotetsu's late wife) started warming up to him once it became apparent that the supposed Delinquent was skipping classes to perform after school superheroics rather than to get into pointless fights like she assumed.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew gives us Ichigo Momomiya, a sweet, slightly ditzy girl who has an adorable crush on, and eventually develops a romance with Masaya Aoyama, who's a really nice guy. Then it gets complicated. In addition to being a good-hearted person, Masaya is also her Mysterious Protector but he's also the Big Bad. Then his and Ichigo's love conquer it all in the end.
  • Toradora! has Taiga in her attraction to Nice Guy Kitamura and later to Ryuuji, who's a Nice Guy too.
  • X1999: The relationship between the initially frigid and distant Arashi and the cheerful, sweet and caring Sorata is a textbook example of this trope. She's annoyed with him at first since she's not used to deal with such persons, but she soons sees that there's a genuinely good heart underneath all the flirting...
  • You're Under Arrest!: It's well known that Natsumi is crazy about Kachou and flirts with him whenever she gets the chance. But it's subverted in episode 33, which finally reveals why he doesn't reciprocate:
    Kachou: (aloud, to himself) "You're a good girl, Tsujimoto... if only I were 20 years younger."
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:
    • In her youth, Yoko Sakaki was the boss of an all-female biker gang. She was tough, and took on anyone that looked at her funny. One day, while fighting a guy that took one of her crew hostage, a man showed up and put on a show everyone loved, which diffused all the tension. That man was Yusho, and seeing someone who was able to resolve a situation like that without fighting made her fall in love with him. They eventually got married and had a kid together, and by the start of the series proper, she is the loving mother of the protagonist, Yuya.
    • Yuzu Hiragi is the same. The series shows that Yuzu holds feelings towards the protagonist Yuya besides friendship. She makes a point that she likes it when Yuya is his All-Loving Hero self and has reacted with worry when he starts acting aggressively either willingly or not.

    Comic Books 
  • From Robin, Stephanie Brown (Spoiler/Batgirl IV) was in a relationship with a sleazy douchebag who knocked her up and left her to fend for herself. Her next boyfriend was Nice Guy Tim Drake (Robin III, Red Robin III) who took care of her during her pregnancy, brought her to birthing classes, and even crossed hundred of miles in one night just to see her at the hospital during her labour.
  • Blacksad has Alma Mayer, who simply wants a man who will be dedicated enough to bring her to Niagara Falls.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy goes after Xander, her best friend and ally in demon-fighting.
  • Diamondback, a villainess member of the Serpent Society, dated Captain America and offered to drop crime for him on their first meeting. She took a while getting around to it, but she did do it.
  • Although Catwoman sometimes gets sick of Batman's sense of honor, she is in love with him because of his righteousness and kindness towards her. Earth-2 Catwoman fell for Batman (after she had reformed — this was not a Love Redeems situation).
  • Fantastic Four: The Invisible Woman always chooses to remain with her husband, Mr. Fantastic, instead of indulging in her physical attraction to Namor the Sub-Mariner.
  • In Jennifer Blood, the title character fell in love with and married a mild-mannered, goofy, and good-natured accountant precisely because he was the opposite of every man — all hardened ruthless criminals — she had ever known in her life. In her own words, her husband is the kind of man her evil uncles would have dismissed as "weak" because he's the kind of man who makes society work instead of preying on it.
  • Nightwing: Dick Grayson has had quite a ridiculous number of women in the DC Universe fall in love with him, sometimes unintentionally on his part just for being a Nice Guy. Supergirl once spontaneously made out with him, all because he made a speech about being a good teammate.
  • Scott Pilgrim has a variation of sorts. Scott is a Downplayed Trope of both a Nice Guy and Jerk with a Heart of Gold (so somewhere in between, but ultimately leaning more toward Nice Guy.) Scott has plenty of flaws, such as being Innocently Insensitive, acting without thinking and making poorly thought-out decisions. However, he is at his his heart, a decent and nice guy while functioning as The Heart of his group of friends. It's this reason that Ramona ends up being with him.
    • She even calls him the nicest guy she's been with and the fact that he is learning to recognize his mistakes and improve on himself is what separates him from the other exes (while also motivating Ramona to do the same.)
    • This extends to Scott's relationship with his ex-girlfriends. His first girlfriend, Kim Pine, has known him the longest of their circle of friends and despite her snarky demeanor and sour attitude, she realluy cares about Scott and his happiness. Though her brisk attitude toward him is due to how their relationship ended (while it was due to Scott having to move, Scott mishandled on telling Kim, which is his real mistake here). Also the basis for Scott and Knives being together; while the ending of their relationship was ultimately Scott's fault, they were happy during the time they were together and Scott was a good and attentive boyfriend for her, it's why Knives still has strong feelings for Scott.
    • Gender Inverted example as well since all of Scott's past girlfriends were all decent women at heart, including Ramona (despite being rough around the edges like Scott was.) Conversed regarding Scott with Natalie a.k.a. Envy; he liked her because she was a nice girl and they shared interests. Their relationship began to decline when she began to change... and not for the better. Having joined Scott and Stephen's band, Kid Chameleon, her talent brought plenty of newfound fame and success to the band, which led to her changing her image, usurping control of the band while adding in more people, dismissing the opinions of the rest of the band members (especially with their rise in fame) and becoming more aloof and uncaring in her relationship with Scott. Ultimately, while Scott instigated the actual argument that spelled the end of their relationship (which he did not remember, Stephen claims he got drunk, which presumably is why), the change from Natalie to Envy was the main force in their relationship ending.
  • Spider-Man has attracted plenty of cynical women in Marvel due to his nice and heroic personality. This includes Black Cat (a thief), Ms. Marvel (a fellow Avenger who still opposed him due to opposing the SRA) and recently Mockingbird (a SHIELD agent who had divorced Hawkeye).
  • Supergirl:
    • Pre-Crisis Supergirl fell for Dick Malverne because he was handsome, sweet and really, —really—, patient. As told in Young Love:
      Supergirl: I'd had other boyfriends... but there was something special about Richard. He was sweet, and he loved me.
    • In the post-Crisis universe, Supergirl had a huge crush on Dick Grayson alias Nightwing because he was nice and understanding. Kara once spontaneously made out with him, all because he made a speech about being a good teammate.
    • In the New 52, Kara fell for a nice, kind-hearted guy called Michael. After meeting Red Hood, Michael is worried that she will like a "bad boy" like Jason Todd, but Kara states that she doesn't want bad boys like him, but someone normal and dependable.
      Supergirl: Some girls go for that sort of thing. Me? I just want something normal. Something real.
  • Superman:
    • Lois Lane (eventually) for Clark Kent, before she found out he was also Superman. That freaked her out a little, but she decided that since he's still a Nice Guy and Clark is his natural personality, it would be foolish to throw him over.
    • In the post-Crisis universe, Lana Lang had a crush on Clark because he was a nice guy long before she found out about his powers.
    • And in the New 52, Wonder Woman opens up to a relationship with Superman and it's implied several times that his compassion is a very big factor, and that she's not with him because of his incredible power.
  • In Watchmen, Laurie eventually realizes that Jon really loves her. Although his detachment from humanity caused him to be used as a walking murder weapon during the Vietnam war, she's attracted to his omniscience, his virility and his power over her. She also realizes that, as a god, he's unable to care for her the way a normal guy could. So she ends up with the nerdy, mild-mannered, fat, balding, initially impotent Dan Dreiberg, and they live happily ever after.
  • X-Men: This is trope is why Jean Grey ultimately chooses Cyclops over Wolverine.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In Bearskin, the youngest daughter agrees to marry the frightful-looking hero because only a good man would have paid off a total stranger's debts.
  • Beauty and the Beast has this trope written all over it. The heroine is terrified at first by the Beast's monstrous appearance, but he is kind and caring from the start. This causes her to eventually fall in love with him, as she realizes that True Beauty Is on the Inside.
  • In The Golden Bird, the prince who brings back the golden bird for his father also brings back a princess; when his brothers try to kill him and threaten her, she does not stop grieving until the prince returns alive. Similarly in The Bird Grip and Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird and the Gray Wolf.
    • In some versions, the other brothers try to force the princess to marry one of them. She keeps them away by clawing at the eyes of whoever comes near her but quickly recognizes the youngest brother when no one else does and welcomes him back.
  • In The Golden Mermaid, the mermaid refuses to leave the body of the murdered youngest son, who actually carried out The Quest, even when his older brothers threaten her.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust, Asuka fell in love with Shinji because he was nice, good-natured, and he occasionally might be brave, determined and selfless:
    "She could admit it now, in a slightly more self-conscious part of her mind. He was kind of cute. He was polite and self-effacing to the point it could drive her nuts, but he was also kind, gentle, and could be stupidly brave to almost ridiculous lengths when protecting others. 'He dove into a volcano without a second's thought to save me. No one's ever done anything even close to that for me.' He was an elite Eva Pilot, like her, a 'prime catch' as some of the other girls at school had quietly mentioned. He sometimes showed a spark of energy and anger when she'd pushed at him that secretly thrilled her, the way he would react to her, pushing to match her, making her push just as hard to stay ahead of him. He made her feel alive. He was... a good guy. He'd renewed his promise this morning when he must have thought she was asleep. He wasn't just saying things for her to hear. He meant it. And now he wanted to be with her."
  • The Child of Love: Asuka liked Shinji because he was kind, sensitive and honest, even when she was harsh or rude.
    Asuka:'re so sensitive sometimes...
    Shinji: Y-yeah...I know...
    (Shinji wipes his tears with the handkerchief. She kisses his cheek. He blushes.)
    Asuka (smiling): I like you because of that. You're always honest with me, even when I'm mean to you...
  • A Crown of Stars: Rather falling in love with any of the dictators or thugs ravaging the post-Third Impact world Asuka fell for Shinji, who for all his faults was selfless, kind, thoughtful and sincerely cared for her.
  • This is revealed to be a major factor in Harry and Carol's burgeoning romance in Child of the Storm. Carol, being Younger than She Looks and highly attractive, has a lot of boys chasing her, but Harry, in addition to being The Hero, is a truly Nice Guy (not a Dogged Nice Guy, or a 'nice guy') who always treats her with respect and despite his own feelings, makes it clear that as far as he's concerned, their friendship will always come first. Oh, and he keeps his eyes on her face. It's also why they ultimately get together - though, interestingly, that hesitancy to push once they're actually dating is a brief cause of exasperation on Carol's part, when she points out that she trusts him, so he should trust himself.
    • Mention is also made of Steve and Peggy (see the "Film" section below), and it's made clear that Pepper and Tony didn't get together until the latter went through quite a bit of Character Development.
    • Hermione notes in Book 2 that Harry's status as a metaphorical (as well as literal) Knight in Shining Armor is one of the reasons he's so attractive to the population of Hogwarts that's attracted to guys, even though his PTSD has made him a lot grouchier than in canon. This being said, the inverse is also true: his PTSD induced Hair-Trigger Temper and generally grimmer and more brooding nature during the recovery process is also noted to have attracted a few girls, with it being pointed out that some people find danger attractive.
  • Cupid's Wrath: In this Danny Phantom fanfiction, Ember McLain is hit with a love spell that makes her fall for Danny. However, when the spell wears off, Ember has developed real feelings for Danny since, unlike her ex-boyfriends, he's a Nice Guy.
  • A large part of Klavier's attraction to Apollo in Dirty Sympathy that's not wrapped in The Dulcinea Effect and his initial Serial Romeo affection is that Apollo is a very caring and attentive lover.
  • Doing It Right This Time: Asuka, in the middle of a bit of a personal crisis.
    "She liked Shinji. A lot. However hard she'd tried to tell herself otherwise after that kiss, which with the benefit of bitter hindsight she knew she'd botched just as badly as he had. He was patient and loyal and brave and selfless and all the things she should have said, but couldn't because she was scared of rejection, a rejection that had never happened. Not even at the very end."
  • Evangelion 303:
    • As much as she wanted to hate him in the beginning for being her new rival, Asuka could not help to fell for nice, considerate, patient, thoughtful Shinji that would always love her not matter what, rather a manly, confident hunk like she claimed that she wanted. During their proposal scene she even tells that she does not understand why he would want to get attached for life to a basket-case like her.
    • And Rei fell for Kaworu, the nicest person in the entire base, that always cares for everyone and is nearly incapable to hold grudges.
  • Shows up in the short My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Gimme Shelter where Fancypants gets himself a date with Fleur de Lis by acting like a perfect gentlecolt towards her by and offering her a bed for the night unmolested after she got caught out in a pouring storm without a coat and miles from her home.
  • HERZ: Asuka got married to Shinji, who despite his flaws and mistakes tries to be fundamentally a good person.
  • Last Child of Krypton: In chapter 9 of the rewrite, Asuka explains why she likes Shinji. Simply put, she likes Shinji because he is strong and kind rather merely handsome in a rugged way:
    "Holding the skimpy gown, she tried to imagine Kaji opening the door to her cabin and falling silently into bed with her, but every time, she forgot herself, and she discovered someone else in his place, someone shorter and slighter without the shaggy two day growth of beard and sloppy grin, someone quiet and unassuming but strong and kind, and in her mind's eye, she'd reach up and slip his glasses off as she..."
  • This is the case with much of the major female cast in The Lion of Ivalice. The best example would be Lionsguard Captain Agrias Oaks. It is strongly implied that she spends a significant portion of the first half of the story in a sexual relationship with Delita Hyral but she is not foolish enough to think it's anything more than physical, especially after he accomplishes one of his major goals and he has not much use for her. It is around this time that she decides that she had nothing in common with him to begin with and the relationship ends with little fanfare. Then she meets Zalbag Beoulve and — thanks to a long chain of events — ends up spending much of her time with him. She spends much time getting to know him personally as a stranger, then as a fellow knight, a friend, and finally a lover, providing a much stronger foundation for a healthy relationship, and she eventually marries him and assumes the title of Duchess of Gallione, and is pregnant with his child in the epilogue.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide Asuka likes Shinji because he’s someone who understands her, is patient with her and would never leave her.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, a major reason why Misty starts falling for Ash is because of how kind and caring he is. Considering how unused she is to human affection, even of a platonic nature, it's no surprise.
  • The Second Try: Asuka fell in love with and got married to Shinji who was "the most caring and compassionate person she knew."
  • In Shatterheart Kurogane likes that Syaoran is a better person than him and admits that it's one of his most attractive qualities.
    "I love you because when you vow to protect someone, you don't screw it up every five minutes like I do. Because when the people you care about treat you like shit, you still love them. Because when you see a total stranger in trouble, you don't even have to think before you help them—you just do it. You could be ugly, or incompetent, or stupid, and I would still love you because you're a good person."
  • This is the main reason why Lady Maria becomes attracted to Solaire in Slice of Souls!, apart from them having similar tastes and hobbies and them having similar backgrounds that both involved an unhappy life in an affluent but neglectful family.
  • In Superman fanfic Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation, Katherine chooses Alan over his brother because Alan is sensitive and kind as opposed to Adam who is adventurous but sinister and over-domineering.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Asuka states some of her reasons to like Shinji in chapter 19:
    "That person you call scum is worth a thousand of you...and a hundred of me! [...] He's fought to protect everyone, all without any kind of superpowers, even though he never wanted to! [...] And unlike some people, he doesn't hide behind anger, or a mask, or false bravado! [...] When he does come out of his shell talk to you, you know the person you're dealing with is really him!"
  • This The Goblin Emperor fanfic takes it Up to Eleven. The female protagonist states, in the beginning, that she does not think Beshelar's appearance very impressive, and is a bit frightened by his stern demeanour. His willingness to Give the Baby a Father just because he gave his word in a ceremony where that was mostly for tradition's sake and his loyalty to her slowly win her over. Notably, all the things he does that might be perceived as romantic gestures are subverted somehow. He gives her flowers and tells her it is because the flower vendor had only one bunch left and he figured he could buy it and spare the vendor some work. When he writes a letter to her, it doesn't contain any declarations of love, but his permission for her to continue working, which she needs because of the very patriarchal society. The document extends the permission to her unborn child and threatens vengeance to anyone who doesn't return it to her after she ends her employment there. He gives her money, stating that he can't have people thinking that he doesn't provide for his wife. It doesn't fool her.
  • In Who in the world is Menma Uzumaki, Hinata from the Road-To-Ninja!Verse decides she wants to stay in the main universe after seeing how much of a loving boyfriend Naruto is compared to his Jerkass counterpart, Menma.
  • X-Men: The Early Years: In "Boy Scouts, Sex, and Other Mysterious Things", a girl who the team meets admits she's looking for a nice guy who won't take advantage of her, unlike the creeps she used to date.
  • The Bridge, Monster X's surprisingly gentle nature when not on the job as a Punch-Clock Villain, Noble Demon qualities, lack of physical attraction to her, and immunity to her Compelling Voice meaning it's all genuine eventually get Aria Blaze's attention.
  • In Danny Phantom fanfic ResurrectedMemories: Ember slowly but surely falls in love with Danny not long after accepting that he sees her as his friend and saved her life from Skulker's missile. She grows to care for him as a person and becomes attracted to him for his kind nature, his sense of humor, his good looks and for the fact that he always encouraged her dream of being a musician.
  • In Total Drama fanfic 'Lunch Date With A Goth An Indie Chick And A Wide Eyed Bubble Boy'' Discussed. Gwen and Zoey tell Cameron that any girl dating him will be lucky, as he's a smart, nice and overall decent guy.
  • A gender inverted example in The Flower Princess and the Alchemist. Over the course of the story, Edward slowly starts to grow feelings for Orihime due to her kind and gentle nature. Bonus points in that she's the only one, besides Al, who has enough patience to deal with his hotheaded and brash demeanor. Not even Winry has that kind of tolerance. Unsurprisingly, in a typical Ed fashion, he either remains oblivious or in denial of his newfound feelings toward her. But Edward does get a tad bit jealous when other guys try to get too close to Orihime. However, Orihime remains ignorant of Ed's growing affections towards her. Plus, she's a damn good chef as Ed repeatedly points out.
  • In Gsptlsnz and Superman, Gsptlsnz gets fed up with her husband, Mister Mxyzptlk, and leaves him, and eventually falls for Superman.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton: Danny goes on a date with a different girl from a different series for a month. Of those dates, most of them show a genuine interest in him. This is because he makes an effort to be a gentleman and show them respect, patience, and kindness. These include Kim Possible, Kara Kent, Violet Parr, Jen Masterson and Starfire, all of whom like how funny, caring and open he is.
    • Kim Possible, his first date, takes a quick liking to him for his being understanding of her teen hero duties and for not at all being turned off by her fighting prowess.
    • Gwen Tennyson only took blind dating for her friend. She found Danny to be a nice guy and impressed to learn he's a superhero as well.
    • Emma from Stōked only agreed to the dating service to be paired with her crush. However, she finds that Danny is understanding of her issues and convinces her that she's a great girl that her crush doesn't deserve if he can't see that. She thinks that if Danny weren't younger, she might have chosen him right away.
    • Sabrina Spellman develops an interest in Danny for not being afraid of her being a witch and for being funny.
    • Kara Kent becomes interested in Danny for being someone who shares a love of saving people and for knowing the struggles of a secret identity. She's the first to kiss him on the lips as a result.
    • Violet Parr starts out quiet and reserved due to her recent break-up with Tony. However, she opens up to Danny for not giving her trouble over her ex-boyfriend and takes the time to get to know her and make her laugh.
    • Jen Masterson was originally disinterested in Danny for being someone younger and not into sports. However, he doesn't rat her out when they prank Dash. She gets to know him afterwards, finding him nice and fun to be with. She kisses him on both cheeks as a result and she asked Caitlyn, another 6teen character, for advice over the phone about dating younger men.
    • Wendy Corduroy shows a liking to how Danny isn't put off by her relaxed attitude or eating habits. She gives him her number as a result.
    • Debbie Thornberry was at first very confrontational since she was forced into blind dating by her parents. However, Danny was open with her and they opened up over embarrassing parents and having normal lives.
    • Kitty Pryde is enamored with how Danny isn't at all put off by her being a mutant. She kisses him repeatedly as a result.
    • Makoto Kino is surprised that Danny isn't terrified of her stature or her fighting skills. He even compliments her and thinks it wrong for people to think badly of her. She falls for him after their date ends.
    • Katie Kaboom mistakes Danny's attempts to keep her from getting angry as him being a gentleman and falls for him. During the "A little break" arc, Danny tries to explain to Katie that most girls at his school don't notice him and he asks why she likes him so much. Katie, however, quickly tells him that those girls are dumb, telling him that he is a nice, sweet guy and that is why Katie likes him so much. Danny is so shocked by this answer that he momentarily loses his fear of her and almost sees her as a normal girl...only to revert back when she tries to kiss him again.
    • Penny Proud is surprised that Danny took the full blame from her father by claiming he was harassing her to get her out of trouble. This not only impressed Penny but also Suga Mama.
    • Musa, being used to dating bad boys, quickly takes an interest in Danny for being the polar opposite.
    • Felicia Hardy is impressed at how mature Danny is despite being younger than her. She takes a quick liking and decides he's earned her respect, enough to remove the tracking device she planted on him.
    • Cleo Setori is flattered Danny doesn't expose her secret and accepts her being a mermaid.
    • Starfire is the only girl to know of Danny's powers before officially meeting him after seeing his transformation. She doesn't have an issue with it, her only interest is the fact that Danny is sympathetic to her backstory and they spend a good deal of their time saving lives.
      • In TMDDF: Danny and Kara, Kara picked Danny, a fellow superhero and all-around Nice Guy as her perfect match, who even saved her life during their first date.
      • In After Many Dates: Danny and Kim, like the main story, Kim fell for Danny for not being afraid of her fighting prowess and understanding behavior. She later grew to fonder of him as he was an honest and funny guy. She's at first hurt to learn his secret, but learning of the good he does as Danny Phantom causes her to not only forgive him but fall more in love with him.
  • Danny Phantom Stranded: In the sequel story Trapped, Star has begun developing feelings for Danny since he's saved her life a few times despite how rude she's been, as well as giving kind words to show she's more than just a member of the A-listers.
  • A Possible Encounter for a Phantom: Kim Possible is flattered that Danny Fenton has a crush on her, though turned him down politely because she's 2 years older. However, working with him and the two bonding has caused her to start to genuinely return his affections, as he's a Nice Guy and a superhero who admires her own heroics and not just her good looks.
  • White Sheep (RWBY):
    • Despite the many jokes about how Salem captured Nicholas Arc and "sexed him into submission," it's repeatedly made clear that they have a close, loving relationship. They have no secrets from each other, raise their children as best they can, and Salem even changed her plans from destroying the world to conquering it and finding a way to remove her immortality and die peacefully with her husband. At one point when Jaune is giving Yang flowers, Ruby asks who gives flowers that much. Jaune, without a moment's hesitation, says his dad does it for his mom.
    • This is the basis for Jaune's relationship with Yang. He first shows up at his accidental date with Yang an hour late because he had to go find her flowers. She is instantly smitten, and this continues into all their later romantic interactions, with him showering her with honest compliments and her trying very hard not to act flustered.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Book of Life:
    • Maria wants to be listened to and loved for more than just her looks, as she demonstrates when she gets annoyed with Joaquin for not understanding this. It's only when Joaquin shows his true self that she agrees to seriously think about his proposal. Ultimately, Maria falls in love with Manolo, the humble, sweet musician who promises to never stop loving her. In fact, the first indications she gets her Love Epiphany is when he publicly refuses to kill the bull.
    • Heavily implied with La Muerte. In the opening, she sadly tells Xibalba he's not the man she fell in love with years ago. Plus, she only gets back with Xibalba when he admits his mistake in his past actions and apologizes.
  • Despicable Me 2: One would think Lucy Wilde would fall under All Girls Want Bad Boys since she admired Gru for his work in villainy, but it's this because she was even more impressed with his good parenting and began to actively date and later marry him because he made a full Heel–Face Turn and saved her from dying in a volcano.
  • Disney:
    • This is a staple of Disney Princess movies. The princes might be rather bland (especially the early ones), but one cannot deny that they are good people who love the heroines. Even in the case of Beast, Naveen, and Flynn Rider, who all start off as jerks, the respective princesses don't fall for them until they undergo Character Development and become better people.
    • Princess Jasmine in Aladdin isn't interested in the rich, pompous suitors who just want to marry her to become sultan. Instead, she falls in love with the poor but kindhearted Aladdin after he rescues her from an angry vendor. They bond over feeling trapped by their circumstances and Aladdin is the first to ever treat her like a person rather than an object to use for politics. When Aladdin puts on a rich prince act to try and impress her, she rejects him but when he starts to be himself, she realizes he's the boy she fell in love with in the marketplace. Even when it's discovered he's not a prince, she confesses her love for him.
    • Beret Girl in An Extremely Goofy Movie greatly prefers the meek Gentle Giant, PJ, to his forward and slightly obnoxious friend, Bobby, with any potential disadvantages to his physical appearance being glossed over despite his beliefs they wouldn't be. Their relationship ends up being based mostly on conversations with some cuddling.
    • From Dinosaur, Neera likes Aladar because of his compassionate ways to the weaker herd members.
    • An odd case in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph where Nice Guy Felix is instantly smitten with Lad-ette Action Girl Sgt. Calhoun. It takes a bit for Calhoun to warm up to him, but they end up Happily Married.
    • Frozen: Anna falls for Prince Hans because she believes him to be a Nice Guy who doesn't want to shut her out. Later, realizing he isn't as good a person as she thought, she finds love with Kristoff, who turns out to be a more caring person than she realized.
    • Strange Magic: Marianne dumped Roland when she caught him cheating on her...on their wedding day. Marianne starts falling for the Bog King after he shows his more sweeter side.
    • In Toy Story, Buzz and Jessie share a quite literal Toy Ship built on this. In the ending of 2, Buzz awkwardly tries to compliment Jessie at the end of the second film, so she aggressively glomps him and declares "You are the sweetest space toy I've ever met!" In 3 when the toys are about to be incinerated, Buzz takes her hand and gives her that look.
    • Treasure Planet: Captain Amelia falls for the adorkable but courageous scientist Dr. Doppler.
  • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation: Ericka Van Helsing was raised by her great-grandfather to kill Dracula, believing all monsters were evil and need to be destroyed. After her failed attempts to kill Dracula, she unwitting starts to warm up to him seeing him play with his family. During their date, where she tried to poison him with garlic, he opens up about losing his wife and raising his daughter on his own since she was a baby, causing her to begin realizing he's not the evil she was raised to think he was. By the end of the film, she reciprocates his feelings for her.
  • Astrid from the How to Train Your Dragon franchise falls for Hiccup. Hiccup is an All-Loving Hero, and Astrid explicitly stated in "Thawfest Games" that one of the things she admired most about him was modesty in defeat.
  • Marina from The Pebble and the Penguin has two suitors, the dorky but sweet-hearted Hubie and the muscular but arrogant Drake. She falls for Hubie instead.
  • Fiona from Shrek, though she was at first dismissive of Shrek for being an ogre and not the handsome prince charming she expected, she later warms up to him after eavesdropping on his conversation with Donkey and hearing him legitimately hurt about how the world treats him just because he is an ogre. They later fall in love.
  • The Peanuts Movie: The Little Red-Haired Girl turns out to be this by agreeing to be Charlie Brown's summer pen pal. When he asks her why, assuming that it's a gesture of pity for him being a "wishy-washy failure", she tells him that it's because he's kind, funny, brave, and honest, based on all the good deeds he'd done throughout the school year. She ends up reinforcing Linus' explanation from minutes before: Charlie Brown is a good person and people genuinely like him.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Adventures of Robin Hood, Maid Marian is quite cold to Robin despite his obvious charm, until he reveals that he is acting on behalf of the suffering innocent. (Then, he was not interested in her good opinion until it dawned on him that when she called him a "Saxon hedge-robber", what she really objected to in that list was the "robber".)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron: Natasha Romanoff freely admits to Bruce Banner that this is why she wants to be with him.note  It's worth noting that Bruce has several good reasons why a relationship would be a bad idea, despite his obvious attraction.
    Widow: All my friends are fighters. I've never met a man before who avoids the fight because he knows he'll win.
  • In Captain America: The First Avenger, there were hints that Peggy was beginning to fall for the pre-serum Adorkable humble Nice Guy Steve Rogers.
    • Best exemplified in Agent Carter. Peggy has a framed picture of pre-serum Steve inside her desk drawer. She didn't fall in love with Super Soldier Captain America; she fell in love with Steve Rogers, the skinny kid from Brooklyn who was too dumb to run away from a fight he couldn't win and too damn nice for his own good.
  • In The Court Jester, Maid Jean seems indifferent toward Hawkins at first, and the fact that Hawkins comes off as a bumbling fool, especially compared to the Robin Hood Expy The Black Fox, seems to justify her attitude. When they spend some time alone together, prior to his taking the role of Giacomo the Jester, she confesses her true feelings to Hawkins, saying that she was attracted to his kindness and sensitivity; she is seen glancing longingly at Hawkins as he sings a lullaby to the infant king. She only seems cold and distant because she is focused on the task of overthrowing the usurper Roderick.
  • Neha, the heroine of the Bollywood movie Dostana doesn't end up with either of the two good-looking guys, Sam and Kunal, who are willing to lie and cheat their way into her heart. She falls for Abhi instead, a kind family man.
  • In The Fly (1986), the lovely reporter Veronica is initially interested in Seth for professional reasons — he's working on amazing teleportation technology and extends to her the opportunity to chronicle it for a book — but his gentle, Adorkable personality and passion for his work is genuinely attractive to her. When she acts on this he — isolated and lonely for so long — eagerly and tenderly responds in kind, having desired her from the moment he met her. He's a sharp contrast to her ex-lover and current editor Stathis, a seemingly confident but Clingy Jealous Guy who is constantly heedless of her wishes and feelings and even stalks her to figure out the true nature of her relationship with Seth. When he does, his attempts to sabotage it inadvertently lead to a Tragic Mistake on Seth's part that slowly undoes his mind, personality, and body...
  • George of the Jungle: Ursula has no desire to marry her fiance Lyle, who is a rude and pompous Jerkass. Her mother, who is equally rude and pompous, is forcing her to go through with it. She eventually realizes she's in love with George, who may not be very bright but is kind to her and respects her.
  • Gender Inverted in Hairspray, where Link and Seaweed respectively fall in love with the kind-hearted and cheerful Tracy and Penny.
  • The titular Honey starring Jessica Alba, was attracted to the sweet and friendly barber compared to the big-time producer who made unwanted sexual advances to her and then fired her when she declined.
  • If You Believe: Litte Suzie (Susan's inner child) thinks Tom Weller is definitely Prince Charming. Susan (adult Suzie) tends to agree but thinks he's not serious enough, and she's afraid to start the relationship. Tom really seems to be the jackpot though: he's nice, sweet, clever, creative, rich, loves family...
  • In Just Friends, Chris Brander is mocked during his teenage years for being fat but a smart and sensitive young man. He decides to abandon his old persona in order to chase wealth, power, and financial success, which he gains in spades. But when his flight is accidentally grounded in his old home town ten years later, he realizes that he needs to rediscover many of the character traits he left behind in order to court his highschool crush, a small town "girl next door" character. A variation of the Childhood Friend Romance.
  • In Kate & Leopold Kate says that Leopold is handsome, honest, courteous. Stands when you walk in a room. Brings you brioche in bed. She realizes that he is someone who came along who knew exactly what she wanted without asking.
  • In Maleficent, Maleficent is willing to befriend Stefan (and slowly falls in love with him) only when he gives up his attempt to steal from the fairies and behaves like a nice boy. Their relationship breaks apart when he is again overcome by greed and ambition. In the end, she is subtly implied to take an interest in Diaval, who has been loyal to her and protective of little Aurora all through the film.
  • In The Mask, Tina falls in love with Nice Guy Stanley Ipkiss. In the end, when Stanley asks her if she really wants him to get rid of the Mask since that means she'll be stuck with just him, she promptly throws the Mask into the river herself.
    • Peggy Brandt is also hinted to be this when she and Stanley first meet and discuss the letter he sent to her "Ask Peggy" column.
      Stanley: ...You really think hundreds of women are looking for a guy like me?
      Peggy: Sure... I'm one of 'em.
  • Isabel and Donald in Mozart and the Whale. In this case, there was no question of choosing a bad boy over Donald. The problem was that they were both autistic and thus constantly and very painfully stepping on each other's emotional toes.
  • The whole love story of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and its remake.
  • The Party has a sweet and shy French singer looking to break into Hollywood with the help of her 'willing' agent. All throughout the movie she talks with A-list members of the scene, and is ready and set to become a star. But during the climactic scene, when it comes down to becoming a starlet or being with extra-good guy Hrundi V. Bakshi? She chooses Bakshi.
  • In Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, the heroine chooses her nerdy Husband over the Jerk with a Heart of Gold who is wooing her. This being a Shah Rukh Khan movie, they end up being the same person.
  • In The Rocketeer, in the Love Triangle between Jenny, Neville Sinclair, and Cliff, it is Cliff's concern for her welfare and Sinclair's manifest phoniness that sends Jenny back to Cliff.
  • Out of all the guys who want her and despite being able to pick any guy she wants, Olivia from She's the Man preferred honest "Sebastian" (who is actually his twin sister Viola in disguise). She would later fall in love with the real Sebastian.
  • In Something New, Kenya has to choose between two very different nice guys.
  • In The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Becky has been friends with Dave since childhood. At first, Becky only considers Dave a friend but at the end of the movie, she genuinely falls in love with him.
  • Nyota Uhura from Star Trek (2009) reboot is in a relationship of Spock. Why does she like him? Because he was genuinely interested in her character and intelligence, as well as being honest, brave, and intelligent.
  • In Star Wars:
    • Princess Leia falls for self-described scoundrel Han Solo, but she only does so after his Character Development turns him into a Lovable Rogue.
    • In The Last Jedi Rey develops feelings for Kylo Ren — but only because he is kind to her and she believes that he will turn from the Dark Side. She calls him Ben to emphasize that she sees the good in him, and to encourage him to embrace it. When he doesn't, she shuts him down cold at every turn and nearly kills him in a fit of rage in The Rise of Skywalker. But when he finally returns to the Light to redeem himself and becomes Ben Solo again, she kisses him.
    • She also shares significant Ship Tease with Finn, a genuinely Nice Guy who always shows care and concern for her, throughout the trilogy.
  • In Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil Allison rebuffs Chad's creepy advances and eventually falls in love with the awkward yet decent hillbilly Dale.
  • Most of Tyler Perry's movies have this. Usually, the woman is someone who has serious problems (i.e. on drugs, single parent) and resists at first, then falls in love.
  • From Where the Heart Is, Novalee was initially with her Jerkass boyfriend Willy Jack, having no one else and carrying his baby at the time, until he abandoned her at a Wal-Mart. Ultimately, she fell in love with and married Forney, the local librarian.
    • The same situation with Novalee's friend Lexie, who was attracted to several bad boys. Who tended to leave her pregnant and run off on her. She would later marry Adorkable Ernie the Exterminator who, despite looking rather frumpy and plain, had a heart of gold
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jessica is madly in love with Roger, for the reason cited above. After Eddie saved the day, she gave him a cool "My hero" and pounced on Roger for a Sickeningly Sweethearts moment. Furthermore, when Eddie incredulously asks for confirmation that she's married to Roger, Betty Boop responds with "What a lucky gal." The only straightforward reason she gives for what she sees in him is "He makes me laugh".
  • In The Whole Nine Yards, Jimmy "The Tulip's" wife Cynthia falls for Oz mostly because he's a really nice guy.
  • X2: X-Men United has Jean Grey give Wolverine a speech about this: "Women like to flirt with a dangerous man. They don't marry him. They marry the good guy."

  • 1632: All of the Happily Married couples come from women who fall in love with genuinely good men.
  • Audrey, Wait!: All of the successful romantic leads are decent, all-around reliable guys.
  • Happens in all of Alex Flinn's fairy tale novels.
    • Beastly, being a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, has Lindy only develop feelings for the cursed Kyle after he shows genuine affection for her.
    • A Kiss in Time has Talia end up undergoing some Character Development and loving the modern-day guy who kissed her awake because he helped her out while she was in a strange place and treated her like a capable person (instead of being treated like a baby, as everyone else did).
    • In Cloaked, the adorkable shoemaker Johnny has a number of girls fall for him, one of which is a beautiful princess (though she later admits that while she cares for him, she doesn't actually want to marry him.)
  • In Patricia A. McKillip's The Book of Atrix Wolfe, the Scullery Maid Saro is sent to deliver a tray of food to the prince in the haunted and half-ruined hall. She drops it; he takes the blame for startling her, especially after she had braved the ghosts and owls, and offers her a white lily. She goes back to the kitchen dreaming of him.
  • A Brother's Price has a lot of this. Jerin's sister Summer remarks that the boy her sister Corelle has a crush on "has a temper with the babies", which she dislikes. The protagonist Jerin, on the other hand, is a good man, which in addition to the fact that men are rare causes lots of women to pursue him.
  • In Crime and Punishment, Dounia ends up marrying Razumihin instead of the rich but immoral Luhzin.
  • The "Beta Male" theory is explained in detail in A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. It boils down to the observation that the nice-but-average guys who make up most of the population win in the end after girls get kicked to the curb one time too many by the Jerk Jock and cutthroat businessman.
  • In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe Eighth Doctor Adventures, Trix falls in love with Fitz because he's honest and trustworthy. The degree to which these particular positive traits are only relative to the fact she's a bit of a Femme Fatale and a Master of Disguise to boot is debatable, but he is indeed caring, sensitive, and dependable. He's also a consummate Deadpan Snarker, a Manchild to the point of getting on her nerves, and a Chivalrous Pervert, but all told, he is indeed a good man.
  • In Sarah A. Hoyt's Draw One in the Dark, it's finding that Tom has not eaten all her food, and had cleaned up after himself that really makes Kyrie think about him.
  • Dresden Files
    • Margaret La Fey ultimately found happiness with Malcolm Dresden, who is always described as a genuinely good guy.
    • And Charity fell in love with Michael, (a compassionate, responsible Christian whose job is literally to fight evil) after he saved her life when they were teenagers. By the series' beginning, they are very Happily Married.
    • This is the reason a number of women fall for Dresden himself, even though he'd dispute his characterization as a "good man".
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs' heroines chose the hero for his heroic traits — eventually. Culture Clash and misunderstandings complicate matters even on top of their usual Damsel in Distress separations.
  • In Harry Potter, female lead Hermione Granger has a long-running Belligerent Sexual Tension-style attraction to fundamentally good guy Ron Weasley. The thing that finally pushes her to kiss him senseless? It's when Ron realizes in a panic that the House Elves are unprotected during the Battle of Hogwarts. The welfare of House Elves has long been a moral cause close to Hermione's heart, and one that had opened her up to general ridicule in previous books (especially from Ron). Although it's worth pointing out there's a difference between forcing unwanted freedom on them and trying to make sure they don't get killed.
    • And even Hermione's brief love interest Viktor Krum, although he's introduced as an intimidating world-class athlete from a rival school, turns out to be a pretty nice guy.
    • In fact, this is a trend throughout the series. Fleur Delacour falls in love with Bill Weasley, Cho Chang falls in love with Cedric and later pursues Harry, Ginny goes to the Yule Ball with Neville (before he fully Took a Level in Badass). Arthur and Molly Weasley must count - they're into each other enough to have seven children!
      • Lily Potter is an interesting example. Her friendship with Snape fell apart due to his inclination toward the Dark Arts and that he made friends with some nasty people. On the other hand, she was greatly irritated with James because he was an arrogant show-off and the intensely antagonistic relationship with her best friend at the time, Snape. A theory is that Lily may be a Sweet-type Tsundere (generally sweet, but set off easily by their target of affection) as she went from disliking him in their fifth year to dating him by their seventh, indicating most of their relationship progress occurred in sixth year. In fact, one brief moment has Harry smiling at the flashback of his dad being hoisted by teammates for winning the match (much like Ron was in the present); Lily was present also there, rolling her eyes yet also indicating she was smiling. It's also stated that James went through some Character Development of his own, and it wasn't until he did so that she fell for him.
    • Harry himself is a pretty nice guy, and Ginny has feelings for him for six books before they finally hook up. At the end of Half-Blood Prince, she says that one of the things she loves about him is his Chronic Hero Syndrome. Meanwhile, it's hinted that her crush on him only got stronger after he saved her life at the end of Chamber of Secrets.
  • In Heart of Steel, Julia is initially put off by Alistair's scars, cyborg implants, and habit of coming on way too strong, but she starts to grow fond of him when she sees his human side, how dedicated he is to her safety, and how much he's willing to risk to make her happy.
  • In Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson's Hoka story "Don Jones", Doraleen sneers at Terwillinger as a stuffed shirt — until he defies Jones' attempt at Blackmail — whereupon she persuades him not to punish Jones because after all Jones and Tanni are in love, just like the two of them.
  • Holes:
    • Miss Katherine, who fell for Sam the onion man because he was a generally friendly Nice Guy, compared to Trout Walker, who was rich, disrespectful, loud, and stupid. It doesn't end well for them, alas.
    • Sarah, who married the sweet Eliya Yelnats despite the fact that he was apparently cursed. Eliya himself could be considered a Gender Inverted version since he initially pursued the spoilt, idiotic Myra and ended up Happily Married to the sensible and capable Sarah.
  • In Death series: Even though Eve and Roarke's relationship may have started out as All Girls Want Bad Boys, it seems to have turned into this. Coltraine and Alex Ricker had an All Girls Want Bad Boys relationship, but she broke that off and got together with Li Morris, the relationship of which clearly has this trope written all over it.
  • All of Jane Austen's heroines fall for good men and usually after being temporarily interested in and/or pursued by thorough cads.
  • In The Last Dove, Adrian is much more of a good man at heart, though he seems like a dark, evil Wolf at first.
  • In the Mage Storms trilogy of the Heralds of Valdemar series, this more or less sums up Nice Guy Karal and Genki Girl Natoli's relationship, although neither realizes it at first — Karal because he's too self-conscious, and Natoli because she's more obsessed with technology than with boys. At least at first. They work it out in the end.
  • In John Hemry's Paul Sinclair novel A Just Determination, Paul Sinclair testifies on behalf of a captain whom he neither liked nor respected, did not think a good officer, and never wanted to serve under again, because while the man had done wrong, he was being hammered. Jen Shen's original view of this is that it's crazy, but on reflection, finds it an attraction.
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: After getting rid of their cold-blooded murderer bad boyfriends, Countess Anne de Silva and Isabelle Flanders are single once again. In the book Home Free, Anne forms a relationship with Fergus Duffy and Isabelle forms a relationship with Abner Tookus. Fergus and Abner are genuine good men.
  • From the Star Wars Expanded Universe: it is explicitly stated several times in profic (and a lot more in fanfic, but that's us mushy shippers for you) that this is exactly why Mara Jade fell in love with Luke Skywalker; she admires his idealism, honor, and willingness to give almost everyone a second chance. In Survivor's Quest she affectionately calls him "Farm Boy" and says in the narration that she's both exasperated by and loves the fact that he's always four or five rungs higher up on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism than she or almost anyone else is.
    • Galaxy of Fear's Tash Arranda seems to be crushing on Luke for this kind of reason. She hasn't had a crush since Alderaan was destroyed. Not only is Luke six years older than her classmates, but he carries the weapon of the Jedi she so idolizes, is Force-Sensitive like she is, and he's encouraging and understanding of her and her oddness in a way she's never experienced before, from anyone.
    • Outbound Flight: This is a large part of why Maris Ferasi, who was in a relationship with a coarse, suspicious smuggler, idolized Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo. She saw him as like the high-minded people she knew in school, but the mature version, grounded in reality. Cultured, intelligent, noble... Thrawn's much darker than that, even if he does possess the qualities she sees. Thrawn does tell Car'das, who sees Thrawn a little more clearly, not to disillusion her, because true idealists are so rare, and he wouldn't want to be responsible for crushing even one.
  • Trapped on Draconica: Twice.
    • At first, Daniar couldn't stand Kalak because he was a jerkass but when she finds out this is an act and he's actually a good guy, she's all over him.
    • Rana Does Not Like Men but Taurok's nobility quickly wins her over.
  • Gender Inverted in P. G. Wodehouse's Uneasy Money: Bill's recovery from Claire's rejection occurs when he imagines the ideal girl she should have been — brave, honest, kind — and realizes that it matches Elizabeth.
  • In The Unhandsome Prince by John Moore, the character who insists she is entitled to marry a handsome prince is shocked and repelled by one brother of the unhandsome prince she disenchanted; she seriously considers marrying the unhandsome prince. As he has fallen in love with someone else in the meantime, she ends up marrying the third brother, who is both handsome and nice.
  • In Piers Anthony's Xanth, the Gorgon fell in love with the Good Magician Humphrey after he prevented her from turning everyone she saw to stone. So she went to his castle, where he would answer any question in return for a year's service, to ask, "Will you marry me?" He made her work the year. He explains to Dor that while he knew from the beginning that he would say "Yes," she was just infatuated with the man who had rescued her from her curse; after a year working for him, she would know him well and thus know whether she wanted to marry him. A bit later, the Gorgon tells Dor she realized this and asks Dor what sort of man would do such a thing. Dor realizes that only a good man, a man worth marrying, would do such a thing. So they do.
  • In Warlock of Gramarye this was Christopher Stasheff's in-story explanation for why gorgeous redheaded witch Gwen chose to marry "lean, well-muscled, ugly" Rod Gallowglass:
    "[I]f a beautiful woman is betrayed often enough, she will begin to value trustworthiness, warmth, and affection more than romance. At least, she will if she is the kind of woman to whom love is the goal, and romance just the luxury...."
  • In E. D. Baker's The Wide-Awake Princess, Lizette actually ran away with the ogre, because he was the first person in her life to make her laugh.
  • In Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, Tej tells Ivan that his attractive points are that he's nice and he makes her laugh — even when they are trapped underground and awaiting the end of their air.
  • In Memoirs of a Geisha, Sayuri falls in love with the Chairman because he's the only person who ever showed her kindness without strings attached. Even Mameha, her mentor, was motivated by the (correct) belief that Sayuri's career would be a good investment. In contrast, her other Love Interest is a grumpy, aloof man who refuses to recognize the very real ways that being enslaved constrained Sayuri's life.
  • In The Girl from the Miracles District, Nikita notes that the women working at the Music Box burlesque and brothel positively adore Robin because he always treats them like a gentleman.
  • In The Hunger Games, Katniss initially does not want to fall in love or have children. But then she meets genuinely Nice Guy Peeta Mellark (who also saved her from dying of hunger years before the beginning of the books) and slowly falls in love with him. This is also one of the deciding factors when she's in a Love Triangle with Peeta and Gale. Peeta is a genuinely good man, while Gale turned into a ruthless Anti-Hero who bombed children.
  • The Chronicles of Prydain has Official Couple Eilonwy and Taran, but the UST only really starts bubbling once he grows up a little.
  • The Belgariad has Polgara definitely fulfill this trope: She has some Ship Tease with Kamion, a true Nice Guy; she falls in love with Count Ontrose, the very definition of Knight in Shining Armor, and her eventual husband is Durnik, who's quite possibly the most decent, kind-hearted man in the entire series.
    • Part of why Ce'Nedra loves Garion is that in the midst of her bewilderment during the first series, he is compassionate, understanding, and (mostly) friendly to her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrowverse:
    • Arrow:
      • Laurel might have a reputation for dating bad boys but she didn't really show any interest in Tommy (during season one) until he demonstrated he could be something other than a shallow playboy.
      • It's also clear what renewed her interest in a relationship with Oliver was the fact that, even though he tried to hide it as hard as he could, he had become a much better man — the man she always thought he could be.
    • The Flash (2014): All of the men Caitlin Snow has had a confirmed interest in were because of this.
      • Ronnie Raymond is a Nice Guy who helped her be more social.
      • She was attracted to Barry for a time because he is an Adorkable All-Loving Hero.
      • She fell for Jay Garrick because he was the Flash of Earth-2, wanting to help defeat Zoom despite losing his powers. This gets reversed when he's revealed to be a Serial Killer named Hunter Zolomon, and he's Zoom.
      • Her love interest in season 3 was Julian Albert Desmond. He's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold as despite how stand-offish he is, his more noble aspects are what attracts her.
      • Iris West is also similar in that respect, at least in regards to serious love interests. Eddie Thawne was a Nice Guy detective, and her main love interest is Barry Allen. Yet, when definitive bad boy Tony Woodward tried to hit on her, she was immediately repulsed (though admittedly, he also kidnapped her).
    • Supergirl (2015): Kara Danvers is only interested in nice men. She had a crush on James Olsen during Season One because of this and only started showing interest in Mon-El when he started changing to become a better person.
  • In Beauty and the Beast, Catherine falls in love with Vincent while unable to see, and constantly stresses that to him that he is a good man, not the monster he thinks himself to be.
  • In Being Human, Annie definitely goes for the Nice Guy. Sadly, this usually doesn't end too well for her. The closest she came would probably be Mitchell, who was her friend since he moved in with George, defended her after Tully tried to sexually assault her and faced his own demons to rescue her from Hell. Meanwhile, Nina is very happy with the sweet George, to the point of being happy to have a family with him.
  • The women in Blue Bloods generally prefer their men honest, kind, and brave. Erin and Maria are the only ones who flirt with slightly edgier men, and only mildly at that.
    • Linda is Happily Married to Danny, who despite his Cowboy Cop tendencies, never treats Linda — or their children — poorly. Danny may not be all that nice, but he is good.
    • Frank draws the admiration of Kelly Davidson, Melanie Maines, and a few others — and not by displaying any bad boy tendencies.
    • None of the women interested in Jamie (Sydney, Laura, Bianca, Dana, Jennifer ('Dr. Lambchop'), Tara, Eddie) purr over his bad boy traits. He doesn't seem to have any. Eddie even halfheartedly mocks him as a Boy Scout, as if that were a reason for her not to be interested in him, rather than one of the reasons why she is. She fools nobody.
    • Nicky does not brook poor treatment from the males interested in her. She didn't when she was in high school, and she doesn't now.
  • Bones has plainly stated in one episode that she's attracted to good men, and eventually falls for Booth who is charming, kindhearted, and loyal.
  • This is used for the main plot in an episode of Boy Meets World. A girl Shawn likes says he's a good kisser, but that Cory is better boyfriend material. Shawn realizes that his The Casanova ways aren't doing him any favors and changes his tune, which impresses the girl and convinces her to give him another chance.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy definitely has a thing for bad boys and when she tries to have a relationship with Nice Guy Riley it doesn't work out because he feels he can't compare to Angel, and Buffy clearly doesn't love him like she loved Angel and later Spike. However, Angel himself isn't as bad as he seems. While Buffy seems to need some darkness in her men, she really does want a good man, as she only truly falls in love with Spike after his full Heel–Face Turn.
    • Inverted when Buffy thinks that Angel might be interested in Faith. Angel, however, assures her that he doesn't want a "bad girl".
  • Castle Rick Castle initially comes across as a rich playboy Casanova Wannabe Manchild whom Detective Kate Beckett at best tolerates (when not dealing with Unresolved Sexual Tension), but as the series goes on, she discovers that, while he still is a manchild, he is also a highly intelligent and thoughtful man who is a good father to Alexis and likes to see the people he cares about happy, and is not above using his wealth to achieve that goal. The more she sees of Castle's real self, the more she warms up to him, to the point where they become an Official Couple by the end of Season Four.
  • Charmed:
    • Piper married Leo who was nice and sweet and literally an angel.
    • While Prue is known to have been attracted to bad boys, the only man she was ever in love with was her season one boyfriend Andy, who fits the "Nice Guy" stereotype to a tee.
  • In Chuck, Sarah Walker is a tough, fighting-geared spy who quickly falls in love with the show's titular character, a nice, caring, normal guy who she's protecting.
    • Other women also find Chuck quite attractive in the first 3 seasons. Lou, Jill, and Hannah are certainly not lusting after Chuck because he's a bad boy. Indeed, Hannah furiously dismisses Chuck as a Jerkass when he breaks up with her because he has no time for her.
    • Anna and Alex fall for Morgan. Now Morgan is eccentric and annoying ... but certainly not a bad boy, and comes with a host of admirable qualities.
    • The anonymous women who shoot down Jeff and Lester seem to support this trope too. Jeff and Lester are sleazy and creepy ... and their on-show success rate with women (that is to say, none) reflects this well.
    • Ellie too. Devon Woodcombe is muscular ex-frat boy, and former ladies man - who also just happens to be a successful doctor, excellent boyfriend/fiancé/husband and devoted father. The nickname "Capitan Awesome" didn't happen by accident.
  • For the vast majority of Community, Britta falls firmly into the All Girls Want Bad Boys camp, a trait which causes her endless grief and highlights her self-hating nature. When she gets into a relationship with Troy Barnes, it shows how much she's grown as a person.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Amy with Rory, whom he loved since childhood. Although she initially had doubts about their marriage (granted, this was during the time her history literally had holes in it, as in her parents were temporary erased from existence), and was attracted to the Doctor (superficially, if her flirting says anything), they finally get married. Rory had to die, be erased from existence and wait 2,000 years, but they finally got together.
      Amy: You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful, and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick. Then there's other people, and you meet them and you think, "Not bad, they're okay," and then you get to know them and, and their face just sort of becomes them, like their personality is written all over it, and they just, they turn into something so beautiful ... Rory is the most beautiful man I've ever met.
    • In a rarer platonic example, Clara's attitude to the Eleventh Doctor gradually starts to reflect this trope. It helps that the two of them are quite similar personality-wise (playful, introverted, idealist, somewhat childish, etc.), have both suffered sad and traumatic events in their recent past, and are eager to become good friends who protect and comfort each other in times of need. And while they never address it openly, neither Clara or the Doctor deny that they could get along well if they were boyfriend and girlfriend.
      • It is a telling point that Clara idolises Marcus Aurelius, the last of Rome's "Five Good Emperors." The opening scene in "Day of the Doctor" has her quoting Aurelius: "Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one." In "Deep Breath", the first adventure of the 12th Doctor(Peter Capaldi), she admitted to Vashtra that Aurelius was the only pin-up she had in her room as a teen. She insists that, while initially thrown by the Doctor's change in appearance, she is more interested in a good man than a pretty boy.
  • Anna on Downton Abbey, who believes her love Mr. Bates is a good man even when he doesn't.
  • Firefly
  • Friends: At first, Rachel did not know Paolo was a nasty guy. When she realised he was, she complained to Ross that what she really wants is a nice guy, a sweet, caring guy, etc. She did this more than once before they finally got together.
    • Monica was the biggest example, as she dumped more than one Jerkass who screwed her over, and Richard and Pete, her First Love and Second Love, both fit the "Nice Guy" stereotype. (The gang called Richard a good guy and Pete described himself as 'stupidly charming'). She eventually fell hard for her best friend Chandler, who was sweet, insecure, loyal and even mentioned All Girls Want Bad Boys as the reason he couldn't pick up girls. (This was before he and Monica got together).
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Robb Stark's romance with Lady Talisa runs on this. He finally lets his feelings for her be known when she tells him a story of how a slave saving her brother's life compelled her to never live in a slaver city again. Talisa is attracted to Robb because he is a good-hearted, ethical man who treats both his allies and his enemies with respect.
    • While Daenerys seems to gravitate towards lovers with a darker edge to them for the majority of the series, she eventually falls in love with the noble, earnest, and honourable Jon Snow over the course of Season 7.
  • Rachel and Quinn both choose the sweet, ditzy Finn over the Troubled, but Cute Puck in Glee.
  • Grimm: Adalind Schade undergoes believable Character Development after giving birth to the son of her mortal enemy, Nick Burkhardt. His chivalry and goodness to her are genuinely shocking, given Adalind's rather unhappy life and almost complete inexperience with such kindness from the men in her life. The origin of the pregnancy in (albeit desperate) deception and assault on her part made Nick's kindness to her especially significant. She eventually becomes Nick's Second Love, falling completely for her erstwhile nemesis.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Lily is Happily Married to Marshall, who is probably the sweetest guy on the show.
    • Theodore Evelyn Mosby, the perfect husband material anyone could wish for, as he is very sweet, caring, and usually goes out of his way in making people feel loved and valued. Him trailing in a string of failed romances is by no means caused by a character flaw (other than the fact that he quote naive and way often overdoes his romantic gestures); rather, it is mostly caused by unfortunate circumstances and his inability to come into terms with his lingering feelings for Robin Once he gets over that hurdle, however, he finally meets the girl of this dreams and rightfully earns his happily ever after with the Mother.
    • Speaking of Robin, despite their incompatibility, she pretty much appreciates Ted's good qualities — in fact, part of the reasons why most of her relationships never worked out is because they often can't measure up to what Ted has done for her. At the series finale, she considers Ted to be the man she should have married.
  • In the very short-lived ABC series Life as We Know It, after Dino's dad found out his wife was cheating on him, moved out, and started dating someone else. Her reasons: the hockey coach is funny and good with kids.
  • Lois & Clark: In similar fashion to the entry in the Comic Books section, this trope is the raison d'etre of the first two seasons. Lois has a history of jerk boyfriends (if you can call them boyfriends) but still has romantic longings — though she'll deny it vehemently if you ask. Then she meets Clark and finds that he's not a jerk at all, though those pesky Secret Identity problems make this less clear-cut to her than viewers may think. Once they get together, the trope morphs into How To Live With A Superhero.
  • In the Magnum, P.I. episode "Lest We Forget," a prostitute tries to elope with a navy flier in World War II for this reason. After Pearl Harbor, they each think each other dead and have to wait fifty years before Magnum reunites them.
  • Guinevere from Merlin (2008) shows no interest in prattish Arthur whatsoever until he begins to show some humility.
  • Our Miss Brooks: Miss Brook's goal throughout the radio, television series and filmadaptation. Her heart is clearly set on the very decent and attractive biology teacher Mr. Boynton. Unfortunately, Mr. Boynton is very shy and almost altogether oblivious to love. Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton finally get married at the end of the movie.
  • Charlotte from Sex and the City kept saying how she was after a good marrying man. She dated a bunch of handsome men, many of whom turned out to be jerks or losers. She finally falls in love with Harry Goldfarb, a short, bald, pudgy lawyer with irritating habits and wound up happily married to him.
    • Two factors certainly helped. One, he was her divorce lawyer and sort-of emotional anchor. Two, despite his average looks he was VERY good in bed.
    • Both Miranda and Samantha's respective men, Steve and Smith, fit this as well. Smith was as sweet and loyal as he was Mr. Fanservice, and Steve is the embodiment of what women say when they wish they could meet a nice man. Big... never at any point resembled this trope.
  • Teen Wolf: Allison wasn't interested in getting a boyfriend, until she met sweet, high school loser Scott. Likewise, Kira is quickly won over by his friendliness and kindness when she arrives, and for bonus points is just as nice and dorky as Scott himself.
    • Scott's mother Melissa is seeking a good man, including splitting up with Scott's dad when his alcoholism and work got out of control. Too bad she's asked out by Peter Hale. However, her Ship Tease with Stiles' dad, the loyal and hard-working Sheriff plays this straight.
  • The Tribe:
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the first season. The series takes place in a lawless, post-apocalyptic city, where civilization has entirely collapsed and people do terrible things to survive. Most characters- both male and female- have grown pragmatic and distrustful because of this, if not outright evil. And then there's Bray, who is introduced as Trudy's protector, refusing adamantly to abandon her and her unborn child. Even though the child isn't his. Even though the child is actually the son of his tyrannical younger brother. And said brother is hunting Trudy because of this, and Trudy is emotionally fragile at the best of times. Bray still stands up to the tribe of protagonists, saying 'If I join, so does she.' The ensuing flood of romantic attention and catfights nearly destroys the fledging tribe.
    • Later on, Bray exemplifies the other end of this trope. He tries to stay away from said romantic attention, focusing instead on scavenging and helping his tribe...and thus falls for Amber, the confident, responsible leader of said tribe who is strongly dedicated to helping others. She's a bit reluctant to return Bray's feelings, seeing him as The Casanova who spread discord among her tribe, but they eventually hook up and become the political version of a Battle Couple.
    • Gender Inverted with Lex, a Jerkass. After dating Zandra and Alice, he realises that what he really wants in a partner is someone he can respect, someone who shares similar survival abilities and isn't afraid to disagree with him. He finds this in Tai-San.
  • Elena from The Vampire Diaries, with first Matt, then Stefan, and even Damon, as they didn't wind up together until after he'd shown the heart of gold beneath his snarky and dangerous exterior.
  • Mildred Hubble in Weirdsister College found herself attracted to the bad boy and Jerkass Nick Hobbes but eventually chose nice guy Ben instead.
  • Donna Moss on The West Wing.
  • In Family Matters, after Laura's friend, Maxine, is dumped by a guy who was using her because she was helping to pay and get his car fixed, Laura and Eddie try to set her up on a date with Waldo, knowing that he has a crush on her. She's initially not excited because of how dumb he is, she eventually realizes he's a sweet guy, something she wasn't used to. The two end up dating until Waldo eventually leaves the show.
  • This trope runs across the board for most of the official pairings in Parks and Recreation.
    • Leslie, after having gotten over her crush on The Casanova Mark, went through a series of different dates before settling down with the nice and stable Ben.
    • Ann similarly goes through a period of terrible boyfriends before getting together with Chris.
    • The Snark Knight April was initially against conventional relationships, having been in a vaguely polyamorous relationship with two equally cynical and moody gay guys (one of whom is "straight for her", whatever that means). Then she meets and befriends the good-natured Andy, who actually is straight and completely into her, in addition to being dedicated to bettering himself for her sake.
    • After learning from Ron not to confuse drama with happiness, Donna rekindles a romance with patient and compassionate Joe, and later marries him.
    • The basis behind the Parks Department's resident Butt-Monkey Jerry's marriage with his stunningly gorgeous wife Gayle. While everyone else wonders What Does She See in Him?, it's shown repeatedly that Jerry is a very nice and amiable guy, is quite artistic and cultured, is a loving and devoted family man, and appears to be much more confident and self-assured when away from the office. Add in the fact that he was slimmer in his younger years (apparently resembling a young Chris Traeger) and is said to be shockingly well endowed, and his appeal seems less mysterious.
  • Penny in The Big Bang Theory constantly has lots of men hitting on her, and a lot of one-night stands, but the only man she truly shows genuine interest in staying with, and the one she ends up marrying, is Nice Guy Leonard Hofsteader who treats her like a person, encourages her interests, and commiserates with her during her failures.
    • Similarly, Bernadette only falls for Howard once he (somewhat) grows up and (mostly) drops the Casanova act.

  • Daya's "Hide Away" has the song pondering where the good boys are.
  • "I'm Right Here" by Samantha Mumba has a similar premise, where a woman is searching for her Mr. Right and wants all the good men who are out there to let all the single women know where they are. Unusually for this type of song though, she's quite optimistic about finding one.
  • The premise of the Joan Baez song "If I Knew" which is a hippy love anthem from a girl to boy who will not hunt innocent wild animals or destroy rare flowers; not for money and not for love. And she loves him even if he is 'called a craven.'
  • Kelly Clarkson's "Piece by Piece" has a girl falling for a guy who restored her faith in men again after her father abandoned her.
    "But piece by piece he collected me
    Up off the ground where you abandoned things, yeah
    Piece by piece he filled the holes
    That you burned in me at six years old
    And you know,
    He never walks away
    He never asks for money,
    He takes care of me
    He loves me
    Piece by piece he restored my faith
    That a man can be kind and a father could... stay."''
  • The first lyrics of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" holds to this trope:
    "You think I'm pretty without any make-up on
    You think I'm funny when I tell the punch line wrong
    I know you get me, so I let my walls come down, down."
  • Gender Inverted in "Say Hello Wave Goodbye" by Soft Cell: After the end of a stormy affair, singer Marc Almond expresses his desire for.
    "A nice little house wife
    Who'll give me a steady life
    And won't keep going off the rails."
  • Deniece Williams' hit song "Let's Hear It For the Boy" is about a girl who couldn't care less that boyfriend isn't a smooth-talker, or rich, and doesn't dress super nicely, because his loving nature makes her so happy that she wouldn't have him any other way.

    Myths & Religion 
  • In the Nart Sagas, the daughters of the water goddess don the skins of doves and fly to the Narts' homeland in search of good husbands.

  • Rosalind from As You Like It has an adorable romance with Orlando, a sweet poet who's been horribly mistreated by his older brother. She takes a liking to him, and teaches him to stand up for himself and about how love works in the real world, and falls in love with him in the process. They are happily married in the end.
  • Kate Monster from Avenue Q goes for nice, college-educated Princeton.
  • Carmen Diaz from Fame falls in love with the shy, Adorkable, music-loving Schlomo Metzenbaum.
  • In Les Misérables, Cosette is charmed and instantly falls for Marius after he sings a sweet song, proclaiming his love for her. Eponine also seems to love Marius because of how nice he is since she lives with her cruel parents and their fellow con men.
  • Audrey (the human) from Little Shop of Horrors at first comes off as a case of All Girls Want Bad Boys, since she's dating a "semi-sadist" that rides a motorbike and wears a leather jacket who constantly beats her, but it quickly becomes plain that she's pining away for her sweet, nerdy coworker Seymour, who actually treats her with respect and kindness. The only reason she stays with the semi-sadist is that she's too scared of what he'd do if she tried to leave, which, given the way he acts, is probably not an unfounded fear. ("If this is the way he acts when he likes me, imagine what he'd do if he got mad!") Unfortunately, the relationship has left Audrey's self-esteem in tatters, so she doesn't think she deserves Seymour, nor does she realize he loves her back. (If she had realized it earlier, much of the plot might not have happened.)

    Video Games 
  • Art of Fighting: Yuri has actually found a good man, who also happens to be a close friend of her family: Robert. Problem is, her brother and her father believe he'd only take Yuri for granted, so they won't let him anywhere near her; which annoys her to no end. The issue was seemingly resolved in AoF 3 when Ryo finally relented. But, in the King of Fighters series, she and Robert are back to square one.
  • Jaheira's marriage to Khalid in Baldur's Gate is a perfect example.
    • Aerie's romance is based on this too. She can have a romance with Haer'Dalis... but they're very different people and he's not a particularly moral individual, so eventually it will end.
    • Rasaad's romance is this with the player looking for a good man.
      • Aerie, tellingly, seems to have a bit of a crush on him, but it never goes anywhere because Rasaad is Oblivious to Love.
    • Anomen's romance is a troubled version of this, as he has to grow into the role.
    • BioWare makes a long and lovely tradition of this with their romantic interests for female characters. Carth Onasi is a genuinely Nice Guy, despite the paranoia. Kaiden Alenko is a soft-spoken Lawful Good sort. Alistair is a hunky prince of a guy (literally) and Cullen's at his sweetest and most chivalrous in the same game where he got Promoted to Love Interest. Even roguish types like Garrus, Corso Riggs, and Sky are genuinely nice fellows.
  • Almaz's eventual marriage to Ax-Crazy Princess Sapphire in Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice qualifies. Also linked to Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: This accounts for some of the appeal of Alistair's Romance Sidequest.
    • Leliana of the same game is only interested in a Warden who gains her approval through acts of charity and heroism to the general populace as well as generosity with gifts. She used to be an All Girls Want Bad Girls type.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Tifa loves Cloud for the shy awkward guy that he is, rather than the faux badass persona he displays through the early parts of the game.
  • Final Fantasy X
    • The lead female Yuna falling deeply in love with the sweet, happy-go-lucky Tidus.
    • Lulu eventually falls for the jovial, good-natured Wakka, after previously falling for his equally good-natured, but deceased, brother Chappu.
  • Final Fantasy XIII: Serah Farron is engaged to Snow Villiers, who is so absolutely devoted that he will stand by her even if the entire world is her enemy. Even when their marriage is put on hold, Noel Kreiss asking her about Snow leads to her gushing about him, Motor Mouth style.
  • Quite a few of the possible pairings in the Fire Emblem series fall into this trope, with the woman falling in love with the man because of his kindness, nobility, care for others and classiness. These men are:
  • Two of the love interests in HuniePop, Kyanna and Beli specifically, are more interested in finding a Nice Guy (or Nice Girl).
  • Kingdom Hearts: Kairi only has eyes for Sora rather than Riku.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In Twilight Princess, Ilia is implied to have romantic feelings toward Link from the outset, due to having grown up with him and because he's helpful around Ordon Village. There's even a sidequest later in the game, to restore her lost memories, which concludes with Renado and the others giving them a moment alone.
    • In Breath of the Wild, Link gets the attention from at least 3 women because of his heroism and courage. Paya (Impa's granddaughter) quickly falls for the hero but doesn't realize it at first, thinking she's sick. Mipha, the Zora princess, is his childhood friend, though it's ambiguous if Link ever knew or felt the same. Princess Zelda actually started rather distant, being resentful of him until he rescues her from the Yiga Clan, realizing what kind of person he is and start to have feelings for him.
  • In Mass Effect 2, Jack, the biotic-Tyke Bomb who Really Gets Around, ironically plays to this trope more than any of the other females. If you take her up on her offer for casual sex, she'll use you and dispense with you after. It takes a kind Shepard who truly wants what's best for her to get to a real romance.
    • Ironically, Miranda Lawson's romance with a Paragon Shepard is also built on this trope. As is Tali's. For that matter, almost all of the female love interests for a male Shepard are this, and as mentioned above, this holds true for FemShep's male LIs as well.
    • This goes triple for Samara, who isn't looking for a good man or woman at all. Her species are inherently bisexual and she is essentially a Fettered Lawful Good Paladin in Space. In Mass Effect 2, she will outright reject a Player Character who has committed questionable actions even if they were done in pursuit of saving the entire galaxy. A more virtuous ("Paragon") character can push her to admit she has feelings but she shoots Shepard down. In Mass Effect 3, she cannot be romanced in the vanilla game even if Shepard has no romantic interest, has remained utterly Paragon, and Shepard attempted to romance Samara in ME 2. Only in The Citadel DLC can a Chaste Hero Shepard who has remained fairly Paragon finally kiss Samara and share a brief moment, but even then Samara holds her code and virtues as more important than her attraction to Shepard.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 4 there are two examples. There's Naomi who fell for Otacon and then there's Meryl who fell for and married Johnny who turned out to be a good guy.
  • In Odin Sphere, Gwendolyn wants to hate Oswald, who was her enemy before she was handed off to him in marriage without her consent by her father, but her heart begins melting fast when Oswald proves himself the only man she's ever met who cares about her as a person and vehemently defends her right to make her own decisions, steadfastly refusing to treat her as an object.
  • Persona:
    • All of the Love Interests for the Female Protagonist in Persona 3 Portable are this. To wit, Akihiko Sanada is standoffish and Oblivious to Love, but that's mostly because he's still hurting from his dead little sister Miki, Shinjiro Aragaki has a badass exterior with a Hidden Heart of Gold, Ryoji Mochizuki is truly kind-hearted despite being a Casanova Wannabe, and Ken Amada is a cute little boy with a Precocious Crush. (And if you count gentle and awkward Theodore as a love interest of sorts, he also qualifies.)
    • Persona 3's male Silent Protagonist himself counts as this, too. Yukari, Mitsuru, Elizabeth, Aigis, etc. can come to like him romantically because of how sweet and kind he is to them.
    • Going beyond the protagonists within Persona 3, Dark Action Girl Chidori Yoshino falls in love with Butt-Monkey Junpei Iori because the latter is the first person to consistently treat her with genuine kindness. Heck, the only reason the player cannot have the Female Protagonist have a relation with Junpei despite their closeness is because they are Platonic Life-Partners and he sees himself more as her brother.
    • Similarly, in Persona 4 the Silent Protagonist will get the affections of the girls with more ease when he shows them kindness and understanding, thus helping them resolve their issues.
    • Persona 5's protagonist may be a Phantom Thief who can act cocky and cool (at least when he's in his guise as Joker), but the main reason all his potential love interests fall for him is because he is ultimately a sweet, compassionate, and supportive person who helps them immensely through their troubles (including taking down the assholes giving them said troubles). And yes, this extends to his adult female friends, whether they be his attractive doctor or even his homeroom teacher.
  • Tales of the Abyss. The main point of Luke's Character Development is how he grows from a whiny Spoiled Brat into a kind and compassionate, if self-deprecating, Hero. As Tear Grants watches him grow, she falls deeply in love with him.
  • Tales of the Drunken Paladin: The titular paladin, Anebriate, has a crush on his party member, Emma, but she'll only reciprocate if he picks nicer dialogue options and displays altruism towards NPCs even when there's no obvious reward for doing so.
  • Tales of Symphonia: Colette and Sheena, the two female leads are both in love with Nice Guy Hero Lloyd Irving for this very reason.
  • Valkyria Chronicles: This is exactly why Alicia Melchiott and Juno Coren fall for the sweet, peaceful, nature-loving Welkin Gunther.
    • Also: Lynn and Karl, Varrot and Largo, and Edy and Homer, if their Ship Tease is anything to go by. And Rosie and Zaka in the anime. Heck, even Selvaria's feelings for Maximillian stem from the fact that he saved her from a Fate Worse than Death at a young age.
  • Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures is Playing with a Trope here. Felicity Flitt had a thing for Wallace (who is a very nice guy) even commenting on how she likes his kindness and selflessness, in the end goes for the Jerkass Duncan McBiscuit (who was always trying to woo her). On the other hand, Wallace is relieved by this so the relationship wouldn't work for a different reason.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc: One of the few things sustaining Kyoko Kirigiri throughout the Deadly Game is her knowledge that Makoto Naegi, at least, is trustworthy. Even more so than herself. Makoto thinks the same way about her because she was the only student who didn't join the hysterical mob trying to scapegoat him. It's no surprise that they hook up in the anime.
  • The reason the heroines fall for Shirou in their routes in Fate/stay night
    • While originally only loyal to Shirou in a platonic, master-servant type relationship (literally), as his selfless and caring deeds continue to win her over, Saber finds herself falling more and more in love with him, despite her mental barrier of thinking of herself as a lone King.
    • While Rin finds Shirou's martyr complex annoying and later depressing, she admits she likes his ideals, kindness, and determination charming. The Heaven's Feel route reveals this attraction started when she saw him continually try something impossible and was able to achieve it when she would have given up by a certain point.
    • Sakura fell for Shirou due to his refusal to give up and his kindness to her despite her being, in her mind, a bad girl. This attraction started in middle school when she saw him trying to jump a pole vault far too high. She wanted to see him fail, yet was shocked and charmed when he continued to try anyway and eventually succeeded.
  • In Higurashi: When They Cry, Mion's attraction to Keiichi is because he's a good friend and fun to be around, as she explains to Shion in the Eye Opening chapter. Shion drops a hint to Keiichi about it in the Cotton Drifting chapter and outright tells him that Mion loves him in the Festival Music chapter.
  • Interestingly played with in Katawa Shoujo. Hisao Nakai is a Nice Guy, yeah, and the girls come to love him as he gets over his initial depression and then begins to reach for them... but that doesn't necessarily mean he's gonna win their affections off the bat. In example, if he falls into white knighting in Hanako's path, this will lead to the Bad End; similarly, trying to support and understand Rin in her own path might bring him a heavy emotional toll; and to get Emi to actually stop pushing him away, he will have to be very persistent.
  • All of the Little Busters! heroines fall under this, and usually Weakness Turns Her On, too, in falling for sweet, Adorkable Riki. Even if, for the most part, they only consider him a friend in the common route, it is when he shows friendship towards them and helps them out with their problems that they start to fall in love with him.
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, this is why Juniper Woods is absolutely smitten with Apollo Justice, to the point of knitting heart-patterned clothing every time she talks or thinks about him. Apollo has consistently been nice to her and he even saved her life from rubble that was about to fall on her. When Juniper talks about Apollo, she usually mentions how kind and brave he is.
    • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, we've got Iris, who despite dating Phoenix only for the sake of getting a crucial piece of evidence that proved her twin sister's (Dahlia Hawthorne's) guilt, later actually fell in love with Phoenix, and thus never got the evidence back in time.
  • In the Tokimeki Memorial series, the kinder, the more affectionate, and the more attentive you are towards basically all the winnable girls of the series, the deeper they will fall in love with you. But this is especially true with the Broken Bird characters of the lot, Mira Kagami, Kaori Yae, and Hotaru Izumi, who have been burned by previous painful experiences with others (the first being on a Revenge of the Nerd crusade after continuous heartbreak and a harsh private life, the second having suffered of Et Tu, Brute? after Taking the Heat, and the third still suffering of The Mourning After). They will only fall for you if you're 'particularly'' kind and considerate towards them.
  • The Player Character from True Love Junai Monogatari is a complete horndog and sometimes puts his feet in his mouth, but he also is a kind guy who listens to the girls' problems and tries to help them.
  • In Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow, almost all of Saori's potential boyfriends are not only very strong fighters and very handsome, but also very kind young men who support her all the way. Hell, in the very few times she doesn't follow the trope, she'll fall for the bad boys only when they show her their softer sides. When Tsubaki tries to use that dishonestly, Saori is very angry when she finds out, and Tsubaki has to be completely honest with her from then on to recover her favor.
  • In Ikemen Sengoku, this happens if the main character chooses to pursue Hideyoshi, Mitsunari, or Sasuke, all of whom are extremely nice guys through and through, help her overcome her fear of living in such a dangerous era, and don't criticize her or view her as naive for her pacifist beliefs like many of the other warlords do. Hideyoshi initially treats her coldly because of suspicions that she may be a spy or assassin, but immediately becomes incredibly kind and doting toward her when he realizes his suspicions were false and goes to lengths to help her pursue her dream career; Mitsunari is a complete sweetheart who never has a bad word to say about anyone and promises her from day one that he'll always be there to protect her; and Sasuke is a fellow time-traveler who was separated from her for four years but still dedicated himself to finding her and making sure that she would be safe and able to return to the future with him even after she ends up working for his employer's enemies.
  • In Zero Time Dilemma, this is the case between Akane and Junpei, strange as that initially seems. The conflict in their relationship comes from Junpei questioning whether she can see him as both a loyal, unquestioning pawn (which she does) and a romantic equal. Turns out she can; the Golden Path she's sought for centuries must include him alive. Every other timeline is useless, except for purposes of research...and taking violent, cathartic revenge on whoever killed him.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • The basis for Pyrrha's interest in Jaune. Jaune's a dork, weak, and went to the Johnny Bravo school of flirting, but he's a genuinely sweet, friendly guy (when he's not trying too hard to hit on girls) with serious leadership potential. Also, it turns out Pyrrha suffers from a serious case of Attractiveness Isolation. One of the reasons she likes Jaune so much is because he is the only person who just treats her as a regular person to be befriended, rather than a hero or a role-model to be idolized.
    • Turns out Pyrrha's not the only one. In volume 7, Jaune is embarrassed when his first official mission as a Huntsmen is escorting a bunch of kids to preschool. A bunch of teenage girls swoon over him, and one of the moms flirts with him shamelessly.

    Web Comics 
  • Shala Val'Sharen of Drowtales has an obvious crush on Sarnel Tions Sarghress, who in the morally grey society that the story is set, is one of the few people able to be called "good". Sarnel is also The Stoic and Shala is The Tease, so much annoyance is had on Sarnel's part.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Jean has said that the reason she fell for Bob is that he is a "genuinely nice guy,'' although she does frequently complain that he's not very bright. We eventually learn that her previous boyfriend was a handsome bad boy she eventually dumped for being a Jerkass.
  • MegaTokyo has a lot of this going around.
    • Kimiko first met Piro when the former had lost her rail card, and Piro gave her his new card on impulse. She sought him out for dinner the same night, and their relationship took off from there.
    • Likewise, Miho fell for Piro because he never put her on a pedestal due to her Ill Girl status, and genuinely cared for her rather than just loving her shadow like most of the men in her life. When she broke up with him so he wouldn't have to see her die, neither party handled it well.
    • It took a while, but Erika finally found a happy relationship with Largo via this trope- despite her frequently insisting that she doesn't need help with her problems, Largo refused to stop trying to help her out- and when she stopped resisting, they finally got together.
  • The Order of the Stick plays this straight and does otherwise:
    Sabine: Sure, women like me swoon for a hero, but that's only because deep down, we think we can change them. But me, I'm done with that now. I want a nice, safe, reliable mass-murderer that I can depend on.
  • Larisa's crush on Cloud and her relationship with Landon in Sandra and Woo. Her affections for the latter came about because he was the only one kind enough to actually help her (as opposed to every other boy — except Cloud — who just lusts after her but is unwilling to help her), rather than simply because he helped her get a good grade — i.e. he treated her like an actual PERSON rather than just a hot babe.
  • In Sinfest, Fuchsia's attraction to Criminy is due to his kind-hearted nature. That and his eyes.
  • Sticky Dilly Buns somewhat lampshades this in the form of Amber's hopes for a relationship. Her problem is, she's an ex-porn star who's out of practice at dealing with people outside the porn business. ("Like, is it appropriate to compare his penis size to others' on the first date?") Her friend Chanelle tries to help by scanning on-line personal ads, but then extra complications arise; see strip #10, Feb 8, 2013 (marginally NSFW).
  • A major reason for Elliot's Chick Magnet status in El Goonish Shive is the fact that he is a nice, honest, reliable guy. Ashley goes so far as to say to his face, "One of the reasons I like you so much is how good a person you are."
  • Throughout the earlier arcs of Rusty and Co., we get periodic references to Dame Madeline Goodlaw's crush on Derek the Cleric. When he finally appears, he proves to be patient, reasonable, courageous and taking his oath of non-violence seriously.
  • Schlock Mercenary: The earliest and most stable relationship in the comic is between Doctor Edward Bunnigus and Reverend Theo Fobius. Bunni is a former exotic dancer who was genetically engineered to be as smart and beautiful as humanly possible, while Theo is a "theological mercenary" who got his current job because he was the only applicant. But he's a good man, and Bunni loves him dearly.
    Bunni: Time apart will be good for us, Besides, this way I won't be tempting you with my ample bosom, and you won't be tempting me with your wry wit.
    Theo: My wit? You sleep with me for the great jokes?
    Bunni: I didn't marry your haircut or your sunglasses, Sweetie.
    Theo: What about my earring? It's sexy, and loaded with retro-awesome, right?

    Web Videos 
  • In the first videos of her Web Series Insopportabilmente Donna, French-Italian YouTuber Tess Masazza is often shown at the desperate research of the right man (or, as the Italian idiomatic expression says, of her own “Prince Charming”). More recently, she seems to be in a more or less stable relationship with a guy called Nicola.

    Western Animation 
  • There was an episode of All Grown Up! where Betty said something along the lines of "Every girl dates at least one bad boy, but then they settle down and marry a Howie." Everyone assumed Kimi's new friend, Z, was a bad boy by his matter of dress, but it turns out he is a genuinely nice and well-mannered young man who just liked to dress that way and even secretly donates to charity with his father.
    • When Chuckie and friends confront them during an incident and Kimi calls them out for making wild assumptions, Z points out that Chuckie only did this because he cares a lot about her and doesn't show any bitterness for their assumptions. He appeared in one other episode and was also a nice guy there.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Despite the reputation that precedes the entire Jet debacle, Katara was only attracted to him when he appeared to be Robin Hood-esque hero who also happened to sport the roguishly aloof personality of a bad boy. When Jet showed his true colors, Katara turned against him and was shown to be embarrased over how smitten she was with him. The rest of the series then proceeds to develop her relationship with Aang. Naturally, they end up together in the end.
    • Even her relationship with Zuko- romantic or platonic- only developed positively when Zuko was a good guy and heavily regressed when he sided with Azula. Katara remained hostile to him until he proved his sincerity and good intentions to her, and it took up until the penultimate episode for her to forgive him.
    • Also Mai seems to have been attracted to Zuko in the first place, exactly because he was not a megalomanic evil aristocrat like his father and his sister. They only get back together after he gets over his anger issues (during the Troubled, but Cute phase he is in for the early half of the series) and returns to being a nice friendly young prince. While she's seriously pissed about him leaving in the dark of the night to join the Avatar, she's impressed enough by his decision to do the right thing that she fights Azula to cover his escape.
    • Ty Lee, who was also inspired by Mai's aforementioned turn to finally revolt against Azula as well, has typical Fire Nation college party dudes dreaming about being with her. Yet who's she got a crush on? Sokka.
    • Yue falls for Sokka because he is shown loving her for who she is and genuinely wanting to make her happy, in contrast to her fiance (who brags about the "perks" that come with marrying the princess, prompting Sokka to call him "a jerk with no soul").
    • Suki, starts to show affection for Sokka after he humbles himself and asks her to teach him the Kyoshi fighting style (even agreeing to wear a dress) and apologizes for being rude to her and the other warriors.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Despite Richard being lazy, hedonistic and childishly excitable, Nicole loves him for who he is and that he is always true to himself. The importance of this (as well as the origins of their relationship) is expanded upon in the episode "The Choices". Nicole's parents were massive Control Freaks and her own mother an extreme perfectionist, demanding nothing but success from her. Richard was the first person who liked her for being her and made her feel like she already has self-worth, contrasting on how she felt like she had to win to mean anything as a result of her upbringing. He taught her how to be happy and to like her for who she was.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: In this show, the first time Catwoman develops a crush on the dark knight is after he stops chasing her during a robbery in order to rescue her pet cat from an oncoming truck.
  • Beast Wars: Blackarachnia is the Dark Action Girl of the Predacons, who regularly tries to get her claws on power and took delight in her misdeeds on Maximal and Predacon alike. However, she falls in love with Silverbolt, Adorkable Knight in Shining Armor who treats her kindly and encouraged a Heel–Face Turn.
  • The reason Aelita fell for Jeremie in Code Lyoko seems to be his persistence in helping and trying to make her happy without seeking thanks or reward.
  • In the Darkwing Duck episode "U.F. Foe", Tia is interested in Launchpad because he's kind, has a good heart, and taught her how to laugh and have fun.
  • Harley Quinn (2019): At first, Poison Ivy disliked Kite Man for being a pervert who tries to hard to get her interest. However, when he tones down and shows that he's a pretty Nice Guy despite being a supervillain, she starts returning his advances.
  • In Hey Arnold!, Helga Pataki's relationship with Arnold plays this trope. When her family forgot about her on a rainy day, Arnold offered her an umbrella, and from then on she has adored him.
  • Heloise, the sadistic girl genius who works for a company that brings misery to others in Miseryville; falls for the sweet, optimistic, Jimmy Two-Shoes. According to co-creator Edward Kay, one reason is that there's "something about sweet, innocent guys that appeals to the last shred of humanity in her".
  • Justice League: In Injustice for All, Wonder Woman's vicious archenemy Cheetah develops feeling for Batman after he takes the time to genuinely get to know and comfort her, realizing that she's not entirely evil.
  • Justice League Action: The episode "Repulse" reveals that Superman and Wonder Woman go on dates together. While they still have Lois Lane and Steve Trevor in their respective lives, it's their superhero personas they're in love with. Wonder Woman enjoys Superman since he's someone who knows the real her.
  • Kim Possible dated the nice guys. The two of them.
  • In The Legend of Korra, Asami and Korra both decide to go for this sort of relationship after their respective break-ups with Mako, who had a bad habit of cheating on one while dating the other. Except for the man part, since they start dating one another.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Main heroine Marinette develops her feelings for Adrien after he showed her kindness despite how coldly she had treated him to that point and his own loneliness.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot hints that Jenny will eventually pick Sheldon because she's sick of smooth operators, and wants someone sweet and sincere. Sheldon walks by, and she greets him, still wondering where she can find someone like that, though as the series was Cut Short, it's unknown if they would have actually gotten together in the end.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic features Princess Cadance who wants/has Shining Armor.
  • In My Little Pony Tales, Bright Eyes only has eyes for the sweet, mature, kinda shy Lancer.
  • The only problem that Phineas and Ferb fans can find with Candace's Love Interest Jeremy is that he's so ridiculously nice that he seems too perfect. Which is probably good, because a less calm and understanding guy might not be able to handle a girl as neurotic and excitable as her.
    • Isabella and Phineas for the Puppy Love version.
    • Linda and Lawrence for a Happily Married take on this.
    • As of the episode "Minor Monogram", Vanessa has decided she would rather date good guys instead of bad boys. She does have an on and off relation with Monty Monogram (the son of Major Monogram), but it doesn't go anywhere due to their fathers being on the opposite sides (and both of them went a bit too far with joking about the others' father.) In the penultimate episode (which showcases the cast around ten years in the future, ) it's revealed that she has been dating Ferb for a while now; long enough to be friends with his and Phineas' friends, even well-aware of the romantic feelings Phineas and Isabella have to one another.
  • Samurai Jack: Ashi was among a group of sisters born and raised solely to kill Samurai Jack. Instead, she fell in love with him for showing her that Aku wasn't the force of good her vicious mother forced her to believe and for being the first person to treat her like a human being as opposed to a mindless soldier.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Large Marge", Cookie Kwan and Lindsey Naegle both look for dates and develop an interest in Homer when they see him helping Lisa out.
    • In "A Star Is Born Again", a movie star becomes attracted to Ned's down the Earth nature, finding him far more tolerable than her superficial ex-boyfriends.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • Star's previous boyfriend Tom was a demon and she grew even more interested in her crush Oskar when she finds out he has a "record". However, her latest crush and the person she ultimately falls in love with is her best friend Marco, known as the Safe Kid at school and a Nice Guy all round.
    • Flashbacks show that Star's mother Moon went through something similar. Moon's primary suitor was Count Mildrew, a maudlin Drama Queen who was convinced that she was absolutely distraught following her mother's death and kept trying to shove her out of decisions so that she could go cry somewhere. River was much lower-class, but he was the only person who offered her honest condolences, while still trusting that she could lead the kingdom and speaking up on her behalf when everyone tried to talk over her. Moon of course ended up marrying River.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Connie Maheswaran is romantically interested in the titular character — who is a very Nice Guy, treats her as an equal, and is honest.
    • Pearl was deeply in love with Rose Quartz. The very Gem who was the first who treated Pearl as an individual, instead of "just another pearl". This is deconstructed in the series though. Pearl put Rose on a pedestal and couldn't accept that Rose would keep stuff even from her. This is something that was explored in "Rose's Scabbard". In addition, this gave Pearl a very large codependence complex toward Rose and believed her own worth was only tied to Rose, ironically missing the point of what Rose said. As of Season 5, Pearl is very slowing moving on though her attraction toward a rocker girl who happens to resemble Rose. However, then came the reveal that Rose Quartz is actually Pink Diamond. Pearl's attachment to Pink is in part due to how she was programmed (or at least framing their relationship, due to how casual Pink Diamond was with Pink Pearl, who became corrupted into White Diamond's herald.) It also explains Pearl's devotion to Pink and that she did not undergo the same problems other Pearls or Gems did with their superiors.
      • This trope is then reconstructed with Rose's relationship with Greg Universe. While both of them clicked well, they had to work to understand and communicate with one other. Greg was aware of Rose's faults and he inspired her to learn more about humanity and truly see them as individuals and equal to the Gems, something that would allow Rose to grow and become even more of an All-Loving Hero. Greg was also willing to learn whatever he could about the Gems and puts effort into understanding them (such as when he talked to Garnet about fusion.) As such, it's why Rose's relationship with Greg over her other past suitors (including Pearl) lasted and functioned as well as it did.
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!: As annoyed as Nova might get at his antics sometimes, she's still clearly in love with Sprx, the easy-going, fun-loving, brave and loyal team comedian and hotshot ace.
  • In "Go!", the flashback episode showing how the Teen Titans first met, it's shown that one of the reasons why Starfire became so attracted to Robin was because he freed her from the handcuffs the Gordanians placed on her, even though they had been fighting before because their language barrier had kept them from understanding what she wanted—according to her, only her guardian had ever been so kind to her before.
  • Wakfu: Princess Amalia, as she eventually grows into the role of Queen of the Sadida is courted by numerous suitors in the later seasons for her considerable beauty and the immense wealth and respect her family commands. Her heart, however, belongs to Yugo, the kindhearted, humble son of an innkeeper whom she has traveled with since they were both kids. It is revealed in the second season that Yugo himself is actually the newest incarnation of the immortal King of the Eliatrope people, an ancient civilization of highly advanced spacefarers who have a symbiotic relationship with dragons and powerful connections to the World of Twelve's most raw form of magic. At present, however, Yugo has no kingdom or people to rule, as they were sealed away following a devastating apocalypse in the ancient past. Yugo has also been reluctant to respond to Amalia's advances, for even though he loves her, his powers greatly stunt his physical growth, Aging in something like double reverse dog years compared to normal humans.
  • In Winx Club, Bloom, Flora, Tecna, Aisha, and even Stella's Love Interests have been shown to be really decent guys. Musa... not so much. (Though he does go through Character Development.)


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