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Animated Films

  • The vast majority of Disney Animated Canon protagonists.
  • Baymax from Big Hero 6. His programming makes him a "Healthcare Companion" who would help people through physical and emotional problems.
  • In Pixar films we have the following:
    • Mater from Cars is openly friendly and immediately becomes friends with Lightning the moment they first meet.
      • Cruz Ramirez, Smokey and the Legends from Cars 3.
    • Jessie, Rex and Slinky Dog from Toy Story.
    • Flik from A Bug's Life, in spades.
    • Sulley from Monsters, Inc. is a polite, soft spoken and caring person who is loyal to his friend Mike and quickly warms up to Boo. However, Monsters University shows that he was quite a jerk as a teenager.
    • WALL•E is a very friendly and romantic robot, which adds to his adorkableness
  • The Book of Life:
    • Manolo Sanchez is naturally kind, loyal and nonviolent.
    • Maria is affable, friendly, and willing to stand up for and with others against anyone. There's also her willingness to work with the orphanage and her love for animals.
    • The Candlemaker is a humble and friendly God.
    • All of the Rodriguez Brothers are friendly, helpful, and fun-loving.
    • La Muerte. Her profile states that she's a kind ruler and she's been established as one of the Big Goods, along with the Candlemaker.
  • Home:
    • Oh. While he can be annoying, he is well-meaning and friendly.
    • Tip is quite friendly and kind-hearted.
    • Lucy Tucci. Every appearance and mention of her shows that she is a kind, thoughtful person and a great mom.
  • Hiccup from the How to Train Your Dragon franchise is a kind, brave, compassionate person. While his defining flaw may be his pride, it's not the usual "arrogant, prideful" example.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Felix. This ends up causing most of the plot: because he's such a nice guy, he's an Extreme Doormat to the Nicelanders. As such, even though he tries to be nice to Ralph he can't be completely because of their pressuring him to exclude Ralph for being the bad guy. Ralph is friendly with another videogame characters, but to a more natural degree than Felix, because he is not above showing anger or annoyance.
  • Chien Po from Mulan. While Ling and Yao are of the arrogant Jerk with a Heart of Gold type, Chien Po is humble, polite, friendly, and compassionate toward everyone from the start, and pointedly does not (intentionally) participate in the all-out camp brawl.
  • In Zootopia, Benjamin Clawhauser is the textbook example of the trope. He's consistently honest, polite, affable, and compassionate. When he accidentally has a Compliment Backfire he immediately apologizes for it.
  • Kung Fu Panda: We have Po, right off the bat. While clumsy and buffoonish, he has an idealistic heart - enough that he even tries to spare the conqueror who committed genocide against his people.
  • Isle of Dogs:
    • Duke had been a show dog before all dogs were relocated to Trash Island, and he's one of the friendliest and optimistic dogs in Chief's pack.
    • Spots is very devoted to his ward Atari, having a strong sense of honor and duty and wanting to help others.

Live Action Films

  • Tom Stahl of A History of Violence used to be a very nasty mobster, until he'd had enough and remade his personality, made up a fake history, and became a Nice Guy restaurant owner in a small town. The film opens with him being perfectly willing to let some gunmen rob his store's money until they implied they'd shoot them all anyway... then he brutally disarmed them.
  • Averted with Nice Guy Eddie of Reservoir Dogs. He's not nice.
  • Ben and May Parker in the Spider-Man Trilogy.
  • John Russell in the 1980 horror movie The Changeling is one of the nicest protagonists in the horror genre. Given that he lost his wife and daughter at the beginning of the film, the audience expects him to be angsty, and/or have a guilt complex and/or reject all attempts at friendly support. He surprises us by continuing to be a pleasant and balanced individual, even through the horror that follows. Interestingly, played against type by George C. Scott.
  • Oz of The Whole Nine Yards. So much so that the person his wife hired to kill him couldn't bring herself to do it and became his assistant instead. This saves his life again in the end of the movie when Jimmy kills his partner to avoid having to kill Oz.
  • Kurtis in The Final. He tried his best to be friends to everybody, and defended Ravi from Bradley. As a result, the outcasts try (and fail) to keep him from coming to their "party."
  • Jimmy Stewart was famous for playing this character.
  • Dale, one of the unfortunate victims in Horrible Bosses, claims that his childhood dream was to become a husband. He's a very mild-mannered guy who spends most of the film in over his head, though every once in a while he snaps.
  • Leonard Stecyk in The Pale King.
  • Several of Jason Bateman's films:
  • Several of Jim Carrey's characters fall into this category.
    • Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask is specifically identified as a 'nice guy' - unfortunately for him that means being treated like a doormat. Then comes the Mask...
    • Truman Burbank in The Truman Show. This is the particular reason the show is centered around him and you genuinely feel sorry for the guy watching him discover that the only world he ever knew is nothing but a sham devised by a scheming TV producer.
    • Charlie Baileygates in Me, Myself & Irene. Again, that means to be treated like an Extreme Doormat: His wife cheats on him for a midget and leaves behind three illegitimate sons. He loves and cares for his sons as if they were his own, but bottles up his anger, especially with the unrespectful public. The movie's point is when he reaches his limit and all the bottled-up rage creates a second personality, Hank.
    • Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind could arguably be one of these as well, albeit love-withdrawn and shy after his breakup.
  • Marge Gunderson in Fargo is kind, friendly and warm to all she meets. Unlike most examples, this actually helps her as her easygoing manner lets people trust her and helps her investigation.
  • Bert in Mary Poppins.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men
      • Professor X opens his heart and his home to mutants who feel persecuted by the outside world.
        Logan: There's not many people that will understand what you're going through, but I think this guy Xavier is one of them. He seems to genuinely want to help you, and that's a rare thing for people like us.
    • In stark contrast to the comics, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine is very much this and the worst he gets is being anti-social Jerk Ass or aggressive when his past memories with Weapon X are triggered. But his actions tell a different story, Logan is a Papa Wolf to Rogue, the mutant children and his daughter Laura. Every violent action he takes fills him regret especially being forced to kill Jean in X Menthe Last Stand and he is even a Friend to All Living Things as seen in The Wolverine.
      • Even as depreciated old man in Film/Logan, Logan good nature shines though his grit as he refuses to remind Xavier that his degenerative brain disease caused him to accidentally kill the X-Men and has to live on with Xavier hating him not realizing that he is only thing Logan cares about at that point. [[spoiler: Towards the end of the movie we truly see the best of Wolverine when his Evil Counterpart X-24 comes in and Logan dies fighting him to protect his daughter and last remaining mutants showing though he was raised as a weapon he died a X-Men.
      • Cyclops, although he gets very snarky when interacting with Wolverine. Of course, given Wolverine acts like a complete Jerk Ass to him as soon as they meet and starts hitting on his fiancée, he's completely entitled to be snarky. Unfortunately X Menthe Last Stand does him no favors as the loss of Jean drives him over the edge and he defects from the X-Men before being killed by the Dark Phoenix.
      • Iceman is much sweeter and more mature than his comic book counterpart's Jerk with a Heart of Gold Manchild persona. Though he does go some poor love decisions.
    • X2: X-Men United: Ironically for a mutant who looks like a blue demon, Nightcrawler is very kind, and he gets along well with almost all the X-Men; only Wolverine rudely brushes him off.
    • X-Men: First Class:
      • Darwin is polite, friendly, and when things get rough he can be seen immediately moving to make himself a human shield for the other kids.
      • Hank seems to be this at first, being an unassuming and shy nerdy guy, but his issues with appearances and his insecurities with his physical mutations cause him to shun Raven, which in the original timeline contributed to her becoming Mystique.
    • The Wolverine: Mariko Yashida is a pleasant young woman who prefers small town comforts to her position in Yashida's company.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse:
      • When Scott unintentionally wreaks Professor X's favourite tree on the estate—an irreplaceable family heirloom because it was planted by Xavier's grandfather when he was five years old—the teen assumes that he must have pissed off Charles and is worried that he'll be kicked out. Instead, the Professor chuckles and warmly welcomes Scott to his school. Jean Grey, who had witnessed the entire event, smiles at Xavier's benevolence and forgiveness.
      • Played with in Scott Summers' case, who is initially rude and snarky to everyone around him. After his brother Alex dies, he veers towards his classic characterization of a "boy scout."
  • Man of Steel: Take a wild guess. Albeit this time, his "niceness" is really put to the test.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Coming as great surprise to the Fan Dumb but Robert Downy Jr's Tony Stark aka Iron Man is actually a Nice Guy more times in the movies than he is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold (which what he is in the comics). After his stint in Afghan cave he becomes much more noble and seeks the rid world of the weapons and is one of the very few American heros depicted actually saving lives in Afghanistan which is his Crowning Momentof Awesome. The other movies double down on his nicer tendencies showing he's Friend to All Children, Team Dad and willingly to give up his freedom to ensure the people of the world feel safe.
      • In fact MCU's golden boy is so good it's actually hard to believe when he tries to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist like in the comics. In Civil War Tony's portrayal is completely different to comic where he brutally enforces the Hero Registration act, while in the movie he comes off as completely sincere and becomes The Woobie when we learn nature of his parents's death.
    • James Rhodes aka War Machine is definitely a Nice Guy right off the bat and his ethic clashes with Tony's often reckless actions. Rhoedy flew around Afghanistan for a week looking for his friend and hugged him when they reunited. Iron Man 3 shows he can a Friend to All Children and even when working the The Government in Civil War he apologizes frequently to his fellow Avengers while fighting them and then gets paralyzed from the waist down.
    • Captain America is a nice guy, which is the whole point of why the serum worked in Captain America: The First Avenger. When asked if he wants to kill Nazis Steve replied "I don't want to kill anyone, I don't like bullies, I don't care where they're from" with 100% honesty. However this trope gets subverted with Steve much as he becomes less and less "idealistic" as he has to adapt to the 21st century. Winter Soldier reveals he and his men compromised a lot during WW2 in ways that made him not sleep well at night. Avengers: Age of Ultron reveals he is a Blood Knight and could never truly live in a world without conflict. But Steve's lowest point comes during Civil War where it's discovered to protect his friend Bucky and himself he kept a deadly secret for three years and which rips apart the Avengers. At this point Steve Rogers being considered a Anti-Hero is no stretch.
      • While his actions in Civil War do make him a liar and Hypocrite, it's still important to note these flaws just make Cap more human and endearing as opposed to comics where he is often depicted as Incorruptible Pure Pureness.
    • Thor qualifies once he undergoes Character Development and takes a level in kindness like Tony. As the movies go on Thor becomes more worthy of this trope than even Captain America being a Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold person willingly to forgive his power mad brother, refuse the throne knowing how corrupting it is and is one the few Avengers to remain a honest person. Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War turn him into one of the biggest Woobies in the MCU as he loses literally everything in a short period of time.
    • Clint Barton aka Hawkeye actually shows this in his first appearance he's tasked in killing the depowered Thor but seeing his efforts, starts rooting for him. After he recovers from Loki's brainwashing he immediately expresses great remorse for his actions and is shown saving many civilians in the climax. Avengers: Age of Ultron doubles down showing he's a Family Man and keeps his loved ones off the grid so they'd stay safe.
      • In Civil War Clint is willingly to become a criminal to repay his debt to Wanda Maximoff as her brother gave up his life for Hawkeye in Age Of Ultron.
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier brings us Sam Wilson. He meets Captain America and the Black Widow all of once, for maybe five minutes. When they come to his home beaten to hell and asking for shelter, he lets them in, makes them breakfast, and agrees to fight alongside them. However like Cap, Sam does some less than heroic things during Civil War as he unintentionally causes Rhodey to get his spine broken, and weakly tries to apologize to Tony who is too overcome and blasts down with a repulsor blast.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy have three Peter Quill aka Starlord, Drax and Groot (especially as adult). Drax will make poor decisions regarding avenging his family but expresses great remorse when it comes back to bite him, but his honesty and Literal-Minded nature makes him more endearing when he expresses how much he cares for his friends. Starlord's inherently good nature actually becomes of his "flaws" as the death of his loved ones causes him lash out with hesitation as in his Crowning Moment of Awesome regarding his mother's death in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and ruining him the Hope Spot in Avengers: Infinity War when he learns Thanos has killed Gamora and lashes out at the worst possible moment.
    • Bruce Banner, especially Mark Ruffalo's portrayal. It's what makes his transformation into the Hulk and rampage so startling. Like Thor saying out of the Civil War makes his honest nature that more apparent.
    • Vision thanks to being created using the memories/personalty of Tony's Benevolent A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. has often been touted as the MCU's Superman being a Flying Brick with Incorruptible Pure Pureness. He's also capable of wielding Mjolnir though this is more due to him a being a android. Civil War and Infinity War make Vison more human as he capable of mistakes and violent actions just everybody else.
    • Ant-Man's Scott Lang is a troubled Family Man whose willingly to do pretty much anything for his daughter and is presented as being very likable from the get go despite being a thief and ex-con. Hank Pym is also shown in this light which came as a surprise to the comic book Fan Dumb who considered him the worst Avenger for his abusive tendencies. But the movie version shows nothing but love for his wife Janet and his reasons for keeping his daughter Hope a Faux Action Girl are done out of fatherly protection rather than neglect as she originally perceived.
    • T'challa aka Black Panther is very a Nice Guy, he came out of Civil War with no questionable moral actions having gotten over his vengeance towards his father's death stating he will not consumed by it. In the beginning of his solo movie he saves a dozen women from African slavers and when Everett Ross Takes the Bullet while protecting the heroes T'challa refuses to leave him and takes him into Wankada for medical treatment despite their strict rules against outsiders. When T'challa learns about his father murdering his uncle and abandoning his cousin to protect Wakanda's secrecy, he is horrified and declares to his ancestors in the Spirit World that he will not rule in their fashion and strives to be a better king. In the end he not only shares Wakanda secrets to the world but open outreach centers in New York.
    • Last but certainly not least is Peter Parker aka Spider-Man, just like in the comics and all other media to boot, Spidey is very good person. In fact he's the truly innocent Avenger having no direct kills to his name and in Civil War] his lack of physically punching anybody comes from the idea that he doesn't really want to hurt anyone and is holding back his strengh. Spiderman Homecoming goes to even greater length to show Peter's selflessly as he gives up to chance to be with Love Interest Liz three times in order to do right thing which is something not a lot of people his age can attest to. In fact the third time was during Homecoming and was ultimatum given by the movie Big Bad the Vulture who is Liz father who told Spidey he can be happy with his daughter so along as he stops pursing justice against hi, but with greater power comes great responsibility and Peter apologizes to Liz as he hunts down her father. The Vulture isn't even too angry that the young hero went against his wishes saying he's got guts before fighting him again.
  • Julio from Elysium. Although he's a car thief, he's never shown to be anything but friendly and an unfailingly loyal friend to Max.
  • The title character of Carrie note  is one of these: She loves her mother dearly, despite the latter's horribly abusive behavior towards her and when her English class is asked for criticisms of a fellow student's poem, she raises her hand and expresses heartfelt admiration for it when called on. Unfortunately for those who tormented her, she is also a fine example of why you should Beware the Nice Ones.
  • The title characters from Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (especially Dale) are so well-meaning and friendly you can't help but feel bad for them as their vacation falls apart.
  • Ford Brody from Godzilla (2014), is a loving father and a spouse and very patient with his more-than-a-little crazy dad. The moment he hears Joe has been arrested in Japan he rushes to his side and tries to convince him to come home with him.
  • Goose from Top Gun, in spades. A devoted family man, liked by everyone, and pretty much the only one who can rein his impetuous partner in. Naturally, he dies two-thirds of the way through the film.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service:
    • Eggsy. He only gives attitude to people who disrespect him. Otherwise, he's a cool guy to hang out with.
    • Roxy. She is one of the few to not be a jerk to Eggsy for his lower-class background.
  • Caleb from Ex Machina is basically a decent person and becomes disturbed by Nathan's treatment of Kyoko and Ava, to the extent that he plans to help Ava to escape. It turns out that this part of his personality was the real reason Nathan chose him, since he wouldn't be able to refuse a vulnerable woman's cry for help.
  • The main character of the Norwegian film "A Pretty Nice Guy" (En ganske snill mann) thinks he's this. But his "niceness" pretty much consists of being unable to say "no" when someone asks something of him. He's a mobster who's released after serving a sentence for murder at the start of the film.
  • In The Last Witch Hunter, when Kaulder isn't killing witches, he's a genuinely nice person, joking, easing people into his world, consoling them whenever necessary and being tolerant of white witches. Chloe, who knows him as The Dreaded, finds it quite surprising.
  • In Once I Was A Beehive, main character, Lena, a non-Mormon girl who goes to a Mormon young girl camp, definitely qualifies. She has some moments of weakness, but is really trying to be nice to everyone around, even when this community is new and strange for her. The main reason for her to go to camp was to cheer up her new step-cousin, who was afraid of camping. Other than her, half of the cast also qualify.
  • Corporal Dwayne Hicks and navy android Bishop from Aliens are both very sweet men, with one being a easygoing Reasonable Authority Figure and the other being a soft-spoken Badass Pacifist. Ripley quickly learns to depend on Hicks, and (despite some early hurdles) becomes close with Bishop, as well.
  • The titular protagonist of The Toxic Avenger film series is shown to be very amiable and takes great pride in helping out people and protecting them from depraved criminals.
  • In Stroker Ace, Lugs is a very sweet guy. He likes to sing, and can be quite compassionate, even to a crumb like Stroker. He generally carries an easy-going attitude until conditions require him to be a little rough. And if he thinks you've hurt one of his friends, he'll put his fist in your face.
  • Ram from TRON: Picture that cheerful, friendly insurance agent you only see in the company ads. Yes, the guy is good enough at The Games to become Tron's wingman, but all he really wants to do is go back to his job calculating insurance rates (which he views as helping humans plan for their future needs). He's genuinely friendly to all the newcomers, even the ones who are probably not going to survive too long. Too bad he's Too Cool to Live. And in the Expanded Universe, it turns out that his User (Roy Kleinburg) is just as much an easy-going and stubbornly idealistic fellow, meaning Ram's faith in his User was hardly misplaced.
  • Deadpool 2: Negasonic Teenage Warhead's new girlfriend Yukio. Despite his insanity, Wade seems very fond of her and he always cheerfully greets/says goodbye to her, to which she always responds in kind, no matter what's going on.


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