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  • Superman:
    • Most incarnations of Superman's pal, Jimmy Olsen are kind and friendly. He is also arguably Superman's most loyal supporter, cemented by the ongoing Truth storyline.
    • Superman himself. The essence of his character is being a shining example for others to look up to.
      • Take notice of something, dear reader: the lack of examples in his entry is actually telling of how much of a Nice Guy Superman is. As his whole career is a sucesion of examples of the trope being played straight, the whole page could be filled with such examples until it becomes so bloated that it breaks down. Which is something Superman wouldn't like. Thus the deliberate lack of detailed examples.
  • Supergirl:
    • In spite of her angst and anger issues, both of which she outgrows, Supergirl is, in her own way, every bit as sweet and kind as her cousin.
    • Even during the events of Red Daughter of Krypton, in which she was briefly an angry berserker, she was the nicest, most considerate and most tactful of all Red Lanterns.
    • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl Kara is nice, kind, polite, compassionate, and trusts people… too easily.
  • Green Lantern Hal Jordan's younger brother, Jim Jordan.
  • Spider-Man. The fact that he's so nice is part of the reason his Woobiness is so pronounced in light of his crappy life and the irrational hatred he gets from those he helps.
    • Even more so in the Ultimate universe, where he's one of the few unambiguously good characters and fights crime purely because it's the right thing to do.
  • Batman:
    • Dick Grayson. DC Comics' official position is that he's the most beloved superhero in the community (yes, even moreso than Superman) and that almost any member of it would instantly drop what they were doing to help if he were in trouble. He's also been shown to get along famously with Superman even after the events of Truth.
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    • Tim Drake is also a nice guy, especially early in Robin Series. He took care of his girlfriend who was pregnant with her ex-boyfriend's child, thinks of others before himself and is good at babysitting kids. In the new DCU, he was also called a nice guy by Wondergirl (although he's considerably less likable in the new continuity).
    • Speaking of his girlfriend, Stephanie "Spoiler" Brown note , she is one of the nicest members of the Batfamily. She has never once lost her positive, upbeat attitude, never descended to the same levels as the people she fought, and also never so much as cheated on a test. She is the only Bat-character to never angst or approach psychosis because of her affiliation with the icon.
  • Scott Pilgrim from Scott Pilgrim is ultimately one. Scott is by no means perfect, being The Slacker, a bit slow and does not think things through resulting in him sometimes inadvertably hurting those close him. However, he is pretty amiable, is the least hostile out of his group of friends, and Ramona did call him the nicest guy she dated (granted, everyone except perhaps Lucas Lee were jerks of varying degrees.) Scott's friends tend to veer more toward Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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  • Captain America. Pretty much anyone can (and do, on many occasions) soliloquize about how much everyone adores the shit out of Cap, and never feel like they're laying it on too thick or being out of character; which is something that can't be done to many other characters without it tasting of a Creator's Pet. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being a Nice Guy is actually the only reason the Super Serum even worked - When it was given to a megalomaniac, it created the Red Skull. Colonel Badass Chester Phillips wanted to give it to a "Strong, Fast, Obedient Soldier", and sixty years later we get to see the results of THAT. Only a Good Man could become Captain America.
  • The squeaky clean Tintin is this, in contrast to the brash, drunken, and loud-mouthed Captain Haddock.
  • Mr. Tawky Tawny in the Shazam franchise sometimes causes a scare for being a humanoid tiger, but anyone who takes the time to know about him will realize that he is a perfect gentleman and a wonderful person to know.
  • Major Mapleleaf from Alpha Flight, as befits a super-Mountie.
  • Jaime Reyes' Blue Beetle is basically Spider-Man without the world crapping on him as much. Thankfully, he has a strong supporting cast he could play off of.
  • And of course, The Flash. No matter which one, The Flash will be this. Golden Age Jay Garrick, Silver Age Barry Allen, Bronze Age Wally West (though he bounced between this, Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Chivalrous Pervert), Dork Age Bart Allen, all of them are consistently great guys who can and will become the best friend and surrogate brother of anyone they're with.
  • Rarest of rare in Monstress's world, but there is one: Rezak. He risks his life to save an Arcanic child, is friends with a high-up Cumaea member, and when Maika is pushed into him by a Cumaea after being bought, his first instinct is to hug her. Whether he'll remain nice in this Crapsack World remains to be seen, but he's doing a pretty good job of it so far.
  • Captain Marvel is this in most incarnations, despite a fairly rough childhood. Billy Batson is usually a really sweet guy, often remarked on by other characters as being polite, friendly, kind and 'sunny'. And despite being able to turn into a superpowered demi-god, he is just as polite, friendly and kind as Captain Marvel. The Nu-52 version of Billy averts this, being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, with said heart being buried waaaaay down beneath a whole lot of jerk.
  • Inanna of The Wicked + The Divine. Luci states that his tiny mean streak is still just a dash on a marble of pure loveliness. When the audience finally meets him, he more than lives up to the hype.
    • Dionysus is as well. His only goal is to use what little time he has left to live to help others feel alive.
  • Klara Prast of the Runaways. She's perhaps the only member of the team with absolutely no Deadpan Snarker traits, and is usually far less inclined towards violence than her teammates. Of course, as an immigrant from the early 1900s who was brought into the present, she can sometimes be an Innocent Bigot. Also, God help anyone who threatens her - her plant friends can get very protective...
  • In Asterix, this is explicitly stated multiple times to be the reason why the Gaulish villagers keep Dreadful Musician Cacofonix around at all, despite him being a pretentious, delusional nuisance otherwise. Once you get past how Giftedly Bad he is and his complete inability to recognise it, he's shown to be among the most caring, thoughtful and reasonable of the townspeople, although that isn't really saying much.
  • Hollis Mason, in Watchmen, doubles as the Only Sane Man. He's humble, friendly, and took up his career because he wanted to be a superhero. About the only thing he did in the story that could even count as mean was calling out a few people in his autobiography, and even then, the only person who really got it was The Comedian.
  • In Fables, Boy Blue is possibly the nicest character in the series, being eternally friendly, polite, hard-working and caring. However, Beware the Nice Ones is in full effect; in his past he was a brave soldier, but he deliberately chose to be a boring office clerk because he simply didn't like adventure and fighting. When circumstances demand his return to action, however, he reminds everyone just what he can do, and even when he's not in action he's not afraid to call people out if they're behaving stupidly. The problems of the Nice Guy character in a romance arc actually get discussed in-story; Rose Red was definitely attracted to him after his adventures, but the attraction wanes when she realises he doesn't actually want to be an exciting person and was quite content to be an unpretentious nice guy, which didn't mesh well with her own preferences for danger and excitement.
    • The Frog Prince Ambrose is another example, though in a slightly different way; Ambrose at first gave off the Dumb Is Good vibe, while Blue's intelligence, courage and skill were known quite early on in the series, making his niceness more of a deliberate choice. However, it's later discovered that Ambrose takes it all the way up to Incorruptible Pure Pureness levels, and the Messianic Archetype powers he later gets are dependent on him maintaining this. He is best friends with Boy Blue, who points out that Ambrose was the only fable who had absolutely no crimes to be absolved of under the amnesty.
  • Mighty the Armadillo from Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comic. Unlike most beings on Mobius, Mighty is so damn strong that nothing really poses a threat to him. Mighty uses this strength to benefit those that are weaker, including his less-brave friend Ray the Squirrel and his long-lost sister Matilda. The only time that Mighty loses it is when he perceives harm as having come to his friends.
  • Many of the heroes from Astro City would fall under this trope, but the Trope Codifier in the verse is The Gentleman, who's completely and unflappably polite, no matter how dire the situation — after rescuing a news helicopter that endangered itself by flying into a battle against a storm elemental, he simply smiled to the crew and politely suggested that they might want to get to safety and not endanger any of the bystanders on the streets below.
  • Wonder Woman was designed to be an embodiment of love and peace in The Golden Age of Comic Books who first tried finding peaceful solutions and reforming her enemies compared to the more aggressive methods of her male counterparts. Most incarnations since have followed suit by making her surprisingly humble and an All-Loving Hero that can find compassion even for the most vile of her enemies.
  • Bruce Banner, is a kind hearted, well intentioned, self sacrificing person as long as you don't piss him off. The Hulk can also be considered one although he leans more towards a Gentle Giant and a Bruiser with a Soft Center.
  • Thor, for all his Boisterous Bruiser Blood Knight tendencies, has always been a Gentle Giant and a Friend to All Children, but as time's passed, he's become more and more of an Alternate Company Equivalent for Superman in more than just the power stakes, displaying the kindness and gentle wisdom the Big Blue Boyscout is known for. It suits him well.
  • Starfire is sometimes this. She comes from a culture of love and often helps her fellow heroes with their personal problems. Although she is often also a case of Good Is Not Soft.
    • She's definitely this in her solo series.
  • Paulie in Circles is one of the nicest and sweetest people you could ever meet. He is always friendly towards everyone and even his "enemies" like his cranky and homophobic neighbor when Paulie used his money to pay for his neighbor's back injuries. Eventually his neighbor warmed up to Paulie's friends and accepted them openly.
  • The original Green Arrow is a particularly rough Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but his son, Connor Hawke, is one of the foremost examples of this trope in the DC Universe. He's one of the sweetest people on the planet, constantly compassionate and polite, and much less Hot-Blooded than the rest of the Arrow Clan.


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