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"Lady, I...
Have been told that you only date nice guys.
Well, if that's how you judge a lover's worth,
Your ass just hit paydirt...
I'm the most sensitive man on God's green earth!
Here's a rose bouquet...
I also baked you some fresh Creme Brulee... "
Ninja Sex Party, "Why I Cry"

When people think of baking, they often think of their mother's fresh chocolate chip cookies, warm loaves of bread, and sugary cakes. It's linked to sweets, motherhood, childhood nostalgia and hard, passionate work. So, it's no wonder that the characters who like to bake are often portrayed as being just as sweet as the food they're making.

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Female bakers will be cute and caring; male bakers may be less obviously soft, but will still be kindhearted Nice Guys, and perhaps also strong from all the hard work, but remember that in this case, Real Men Wear Pink. Regardless of gender, they're often portrayed as idealistic, friendly, and passionate about their craft. They're also typically more feminine in nature than they are masculine; after all, Feminine Women Can Cook, so it stands to reason that good bakers are also feminine and may even like to bake because they're feminine.

Often prone to saying things like "the secret ingredient is love", and may also cook with Grandma's Recipe — if they aren't the Granny Classic themselves. They're also typically a Supreme Chef in the field of baking, not just someone with a general interest.

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Contrast Angry Chef and Evil Chef. Compare and Contrast with The Blacksmith, who shares this trope's positive connotation and hard-work ethic, but with a more masculine field. See also Through His Stomach.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Kiki's Delivery Service gives us a twofer: there's Osono, who is friendly, caring and motherly (she's heavily pregnant throughout most of the movie), and her husband Fukuo, who is far quieter (he has only one line), but fits neatly into the strong and hard-working male baker mould.
  • Aki from Natsuneko's debut manga Spicy Sweets is a pastry baker by trade and The Ingenue in terms of personality. Yuu's Love Allegory for her relationship with Aki is a cake that never gets smaller, no matter how much of it she eats.
  • Ojamajo Doremi: Doremi and her friends are all cute and nice Magical Girls and own a bakery in the third season. Momoko's former mentor Majomonroe was also a friendly Cute Witch and pastry chef who befriended her when she was a child.
  • Yamato of Ore Monogatari!! is a huge sweetheart and The Cutie, to the point where she feels guilt over wanting to be closer with Takeo, and fitting this personality, she loves to bake cute deserts.
  • Yakitate!! Japan has its protagonist, Azuma, a young man devoted to creating a national bread of Japan. Cheerful and kind-hearted, but a bit of a dunce, he approaches his craft with gusto, using his bread to do things like give people so much joy that they drop dead and come back to life or help people go back in time to meet their dead parents.

    Fan Works 
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Izuku, a Nice Guy with Chronic Hero Syndrome, takes up baking and pastry making as a hobby to satisfy his teammate Nora's pancake cravings. He becomes surprisingly good at it, baking two delicious cakes for Pyrrha's birthday and another as an apology to Weiss after he was Innocently Insensitive to her. He's also the type of person who wouldn't hesitate to break his own arm to save someone's life.
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    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • High School Musical: Zeke is one of the only Wildcats to initially accept Troy's singing hobby, as well as being a general Nice Guy with an Adorkable crush on Sharpay. He's also a passionate and talented baker who brings his friends treats and "dreams of making the perfect Creme Brulee".
  • The Princess Switch's Stacy, who is a hardworking, down-to-earth, kind young woman whose dream is to own her own bakery. She's good enough of a baker to qualify for an exclusive international baking contest, and sweet enough to charm a foreign prince.
  • Twisted but ultimately played straight in Stranger Than Fiction — when Harold is sent to audit Ana's bakery, she is rude and deliberately standoffish to him because he's an IRS agent and she's a Granola Girl who donates baked goods to the homeless and refuses to pay the exact percentage of her taxes that would have gone to fund "national defense, corporate loan-outs, and campaign discretionary funds'' (27%, to be exact). But Ana eventually regrets her treatment of Harold and begins to warm up to him, even giving him cookies as a form of apology for how she treated him earlier. Harold sees the kind and caring side of Ana, and the two begin to fall in love.
  • Jacob Kowalski from the Fantastic Beasts is a very nice and friendly man who intends to open a bakery. He gets involved in the plot of the first movie when his briefcase (full of pastries he intended to show to a bank to get a money loan in order to gather funds to open his store) gets switched with Newt Scamander's. At the end of the movie, he succeeds in opening his bakery.

    Literature 
  • The Hunger Games: Peeta, who comes from a family of bakers and who Katniss thinks of as "the boy with the bread" is a sensitive, empathetic, and idealistic character who truly loves Katniss.
  • Like Water for Chocolate: The main character Tita loves cooking, and was born in a kitchen. Her meals are more hearty than sweet. Whatever her mood, it is transferred to the people around through her meals, with Magic Realism.

    Live-Action TV 
  • How I Met Your Mother: Ted's girlfriend Victoria is a professional baker who has a little shop called Buttercup Bakery in New York. She also caters weddings and other fancy occasions. She's a lovely and very caring person. When she and Ted have a long-distance relationship, she sends him care packages with cupcakes.

    Music 
  • Ninja Sex Party: Parodied and invoked in "Why I Cry". When Danny is trying to convince a girl he's the most "sensitive man on God's green Earth", one of his actions is to gift her some Creme Brulee he'd just baked... despite that in the video, it's Ninja Brian who actually made it.

    Video Game 
  • Sugar, the Player Character/ protagonist of mobile game Bakery Blitz, operates a flying airship bakery on her mission to "bring back sweetness" after the evil Baroness von Bitter erased everyone's memory of dessert. In all her cutscene interactions with customers, Sugar is shown to be both kind and considerate.
  • Patty Eclaire is one in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. She is the town baker and is the only one willing to befriend and take in Espella when the rest of town virtually shuns her. She treats her employees (Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey) like family and gladly helps Professor Layton and Luke when they arrive in town.
  • In Valkyria Chronicles, Alicia's goal after the war is to become a baker, whose kind side tends to come out through her baking. After mistaking Welkin for a spy and holding him at gunpoint, she shows her softer side by bringing him some bread she baked herself as an apology.
  • The Elder Scrolls Legends has the Grisly Gourmet that inverts this trope with gruesome implications of making sweet rolls Game of Thrones style.
  • Harvest Moon: Ellen from Harvest Moon 64 is a sweet young woman who works at a bakery. She's also an optional bachelorette.

    Visual Novel 
  • Doki Doki Literature Club!: Natsuki is introduced as the girl who made cupcakes in anticipation of the player character's arrival, and the game hammers in how it's not only her baking that is sweet and cutesy, but that she is too. Despite her Tsundere ways, she proves to be a secret sweetheart who writes cute, simple poems, reads cute slice-of-life manga, and cares deeply for her friends.
  • Momoko Takamachi from both Triangle Heart 3 and its spin-off, the Lyrical Nanoha series, is a baker by trade and an epitome of the Good Parents trope. In the latter continuity, Momoko is strongly implied to be Nanoha's main role-model and the main reason why her daughter is both so selflessly heroic and so down-to-earth (Nanoha's badass streak, on the other hand, probably comes from her ex-ninja dad Shiro).

    Web Comic 
  • Questionable Content: Elliot, a baker at the Secret Bakery, is an Adorkable Gentle Giant who makes friends easily and happily shares his love of breadmaking. He even takes it in stride when he learns that one of his customers has a bread fetish and gives her some pointers in the art of sourdough.

    Web Video 
  • Emma Approved: Emma's friend Annie Taylor is a pastry chef and "power homemaker". She's a very nice and friendly young woman.

    Western Animation 
  • Tree Trunks in Adventure Time is a sweet, motherly little old lady dwarf elephant who loves baking apple pies for her friends.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Marinette and her family own a bakery, and they're all very kindhearted people, with Marinette being the titular hero and the others all being notably kind as well.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Pinkie Pie is the jovial kind of sweet baker at the Sugar Cube Corner, alongside being the local party planner of Ponyville. She helps manage the shop with her bosses, babysits their children, and her jovially sweet personality spreads joy and laughter to the customers and her friends.
    • Applejack is a downplayed example, being a kind and loyal Team Mom who likes to bake some apple-themed baked goods.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Queen Comet the Chef, Moon's mother and Star's grandmother was famed for her culinary skills, in particular she loved to bake and often did so with her daughter as Moon was growing up. She was a also a genuine example of the The High Queen (as opposed to many of Mewini's other queens who publicised the image to reasure their citizens but had personal failings and rarely lived up to it) as well as the one who tried to end conflicts with the Monsters going against centuries of prejudice and hate, and almost brought about a new world that would benefit all. Unfortunately her kind-hearted and trusting nature led to her underestimating how hate filled Toffee of the Sepitarians was, enabling him to murder her.
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