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    Animated Films 
  • The Genie from Aladdin is for all intents and purposes the poster child for Benevolent Genie.
  • Baymax from Big Hero 6. His programming makes him a "Healthcare Companion" who would help people through physical and emotional problems.
  • 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.
  • Chicken Little: Chicken Little, Abby Mallard, Runt of the Litter and Fish Out of Water are definitely the nicest characters in the movie. There's a reason why they're often singled out as the only likable characters.
  • The vast majority of Disney Animated Canon protagonists.
  • Timothy Q. Mouse from Dumbo. His Establishing Character Moment has him becoming outraged when he hears the other elephants picking on Dumbo and giving them a piece of his mind. He sticks by Dumbo through thick and thin, and is nothing but encouraging towards him.
  • Pacha from The Emperor's New Groove is a loving husband and father and a prime example of a Gentle Giant. He believes that there is good in everyone. Of course, being around Kuzco really tests his patience, and Kuzco learns that it's not the best idea to take advantage of him.
  • Frozen (2013):
    • Anna is shown to be a kind, compassionate, caring and a forgiving girl who easily befriends other people around her and she is fully willing to forgive and give her own life for her estranged sister in spite of everything she had done for the last thirteen years.
    • Olaf also qualifies, he's a friendly and sweet-natured snowman.
    • Elsa herself is a downplayed example in that she is compassionate and she truly cares for her own subjects including her sister but she is forced to drive everyone away from her life so that she would not harm them with her own powers. Her nice traits gets played up more once she defrosts and in many post movie scenes, she often uses her ice powers to entertain her people or just to solve their issues and at one point, tries to give Anna the best birthday ever in spite of her own sickness.
    • Subverted with Prince Hans. For most of the film, he is shown as the Prince Charming that Anna hoped to be with, but he exploits her naïveté so she could unwittingly hand over Arendelle to him on a silver platter. It's at The Reveal when Anna realizes he's a "frozen-hearted" and selfish Jerkass who played with her feelings, and it left her utterly broken.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Disney's Animated Adaptation of The Jungle Book, Baloo gets the Adaptational Nice Guy treatment: in stark contrast to the stern mentor from the original book, here he's a laid-back Big Fun character.
  • 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.
  • The Lion King: Pumbaa qualifies as one. He's very friendly and loyal. Of course, it's not a good idea to call him a pig...
  • From the Madagascar movies we have Marty, Melman and Gloria, all of whom are loyal and kindhearted friends to Alex (who, by the way, is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold at his worst). Of the Penguins, Private is the nicest (one episode of The Penguins of Madagascar has Julien, determined to become nicer, turn to him for advice because he's the nicest animal at the zoo), the chimpanzees Mason and Phil are polite chaps, and Maurice the aye-aye is a pretty friendly fellow loyal to his king, Julien. And the third movie gives us Stefano the sea lion, who is extremely friendly and cheerful.
  • 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 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. Heimlich, Slim, and Dim qualify as well.
    • 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.
      • Monsters University also gives us Mike and Sulley's brothers of Oozma Kappa - Don Carlton, Terry and Terri, Squishy, and Art, all of whom are friendly and good-natured monsters.
    • WALL•E is a very friendly and romantic robot, which adds to his cuteness.
    • The Incredibles has Mr. Incredible, Dash, Frozone and Tony Rydinger. Winston Deavor in the sequel qualifies too.
  • Rio: Blu, Nico, Pedro, Rafael and Luiz are all rather friendly and goodhearted.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • While they act creepy and vaguely threatening at first (not leaving the best first impression on Shaggy and Scooby), the girls at Miss Grimwood's in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School ultimately prove to be very nice. Special mention goes to Dracula's daughter Sibella, who is always supportive, polite and cheerful.

    Live Action Films 
  • 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.
  • 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. The Mask like Stanley is a nice guy but unlike Stanley he will take revenge on anyone who bullied Stanley but other than that he’s sweet, polite and kind to people who are nice to him or Stanley like Tina who both he and Stanley are in love with.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dog Soldiers: Terry is a rather shy, but amicable individual.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Peter Miles and Lee Iacocca in Ford v Ferrari treat everyone they interact with well. Peter is a sweet, innocent boy while Lee does not have a vendetta against Ken Miles nor does he treat anyone with disdain, unlike Leo Beebe.
  • Giant Little Ones: Franky and Natasha, who are both nice young people. She alone among the students is kind to him after he gets shunned (perhaps empathizing due to suffering this herself at first). After they start dating and it's revealed she'd been raped, thus not wanting to have sex with him yet, he understands that immediately (Franky still gets hand jobs or blow jobs though, so apparently this meant intercourse).
  • 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.
  • In Gunless, Sean may try and act like a typical outlaw or gunslinger but in realty he is a nice guy who doesn't mind helping others, he even harbors hatred for himself due to his past.
  • Halloween (2007): Ismail Cruz is an incredibly nice man who was the only guard that treated Michael with any amount of human decency, really standing out from the cast of characters who were mostly assholes. It makes his murder incredibly tragic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Howl: Matthew seems to be about the only genuinely decent passenger toward Joe with no disgusting habits before the crisis hits.
  • In Jungle Marcus is loved by everyone and Yossi describes him as having the personality of a saint. It is an early sign of how the jungle is affecting their minds when Yossi and Kevin start snapping at him after his feet become infected: something Yossi only realizes much later (and much too late).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bruce Lee in his film career tended to play the character of a stoic badass whose stare could kill at thirty paces... or a gentle, amicable guy who was easygoing until somebody antagonized him. Perhaps best shown in Way of the Dragon where he plays a Chinese man in Rome who cannot speak English or Italian who would rather eat five bowls of soup in a restaurant than try to explain that he misread the menu.
  • Listen to Your Heart: Danny is a sweet young man who has little difficulty attracting Ariana.
  • Man of Steel: Take a wild guess. Albeit this time, his "niceness" is really put to the test.
  • Mars Attacks!: The president is incredibly nice, repeatedly trying to make peace with the Martians. Ritchie is also a genuinely nice fellow. They really stand out amongst the Jerkass cast.
  • The titular Marty laments his status as one prior to meeting Clara, as he considers himself a life-long bachelor because no woman is interested in him.
    Marty: All my brothers and brothers-in-laws tell me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don't get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you become a professor of pain.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • 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. Rhodey’s biggest act of compassion is accepting the aid of Captain America’s fugitive team during Infinity War and instead of holding a grudge for their role in loss of his ability to walk, he forgives and joins them.
    • 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 does sadly get downplayed with Steve 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 up a lie of omission for two years and which is what truly rips apart the Avengers. At this point Steve Rogers being considered a Anti-Hero is not too much of a stretch.
      • While his actions in Civil War do make him a liar and Hypocrite, it's still important to note these flaws just make Chris Evans as Captain America more human and endearing as opposed to comics where he is often depicted as Incorruptible Pure Pureness. This was also intentional on the part of the Russo Brothers.
    • Thor qualifies once he undergoes Character Development and takes a level in kindness like Tony. As the movies go on Thor becomes as worthy of Captain American of being considered 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 but is blasted down. Despite this he shows guilt and solace afterwards and helps Tony get to Cap’s location.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy have three in the characters of 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 one of his "flaws" as the death of his loved ones causes him lash out with hesitation as in his 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. Groot is all around a good being, he is Friend to All Children and willingly sacrifice his life for his beloved friends. Even as a sulky teen Groot didn’t hesitate for a moment cutting his own arm off to make a handle for Stormbreaker which would revive Thor.
    • Bruce Banner, especially Mark Ruffalo's portrayal. It's what makes his transformation into the Hulk and rampage so startling. Bruce’s attitude to Tony and Cap splitting up the Avengers is also telling as he finds it ludicrous in the face of a greater threat.
    • Vision, thanks to being created using the memories/personality 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 it's unclear if this is due to his artificial nature, Thor at least believes he is worthy in the metaphysical sense). Civil War and Infinity War make Vison more human, as he is capable of mistakes and violent actions just like everybody else, though he has thus far never committed an action out of selfishness or spite. In the end, he willingly performs a Heroic Sacrifice, so he’s still this trope.
    • 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 those comics fans 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 be 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 Wakanda 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 Oakland.
    • 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. Spider-Man: 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’s father who told Spidey he can be happy with his daughter so along as he stops pursuing justice against him, however, with great 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.
    • Nebula surprisingly becomes a new addition by the time Endgame starts. Despite her stoicism and lack of social skills due to being raised as a weapon by Thanos almost her entire life, she took many levels in kindness, thus she ends up befriending Tony Stark when they are both stuck in space, comforting Rocket over the loss of the other Guardians, bonds with James Rhodes during the Time Heist over their mutual Handicapped Badass status, becomes the one to redeem 2014!Gamora just by telling her that they become friends and sisters in the future, and finally tries to redeem her past counterpart not out of wanting her to take revenge on Thanos, but that she can change for the better.
  • Bert in Mary Poppins.
  • M.F.A.: Shane is a very kind man who Noelle becomes attracted to. When she comes on to him, he's also very solicitous of her and double-checks that she's sure about doing it. After he then inadvertently triggers her with a memory of her rapist, he takes no offense at her ordering him to leave. When she apologizes later, he brushes it off, obviously aware she had a reason for acting in that way.
  • Miss Meadows: Miss Meadows is a charming, friendly woman who's unfailingly polite (and formal) to everyone else (aside from violent criminals, whom she kills).
  • Now You See It...: Zoey, in contrast to the much meaner duo of Hunter and Brandon, comes off as a genuinely nice girl in her minor appearances, cheerfully talking with the others despite the competition.
  • 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.
  • Leonard Stecyk in The Pale King.
  • Phantasm: Jebediah Morningside, the man who was seemingly killed and had his body stolen to be used as a "skinsack" by the entity known as the Tall Man. He was a mild mannered and seemingly nice man.
  • 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.
  • Averted with Nice Guy Eddie of Reservoir Dogs. He's not nice.
  • Salvation Boulevard: Carl. He never shows anything but kindness to others and attempts to settle things peacefully. Even after Pastor Dan completely screws him over, he tells him he's going to Heaven after the latter is certain he'll die.
  • The Saw franchise is, at first glance, about people who have done awful things being put through hell to atone and adopt a new, more honest lease on life—but upon watching them all, it becomes clear that some who are put in traps really shouldn't have been there in the first place. An excellent example of this is Adam, a clear fan favorite whose only offense was taking money, usually from suspicious spouses, to tail people and take pictures of any potentially shady activities. He tells Lawrence that his job is to "follow rich guys like you who go to seedy, out-of-the-way motels to fuck their secretaries." Despite this, he's not at all a bad person; he doesn't enjoy what he does and simply does it to feed himself, he shows genuine concern and compassion for Lawrence and his family (and saves his life during the climax by killing Zep) and (as seen in a deleted scene from the third film) he's very polite and even Adorkable when his life isn't being threatened, and even then he's pretty amicable. Fans unanimously agree that he absolutely did not deserve to die.
  • Shaun from Shaun of the Dead. He is shown to be a decent if somewhat slovenly man who Apologizes a Lot. Even though he broke up with Liz, he still stops at nothing to protect her from the zombies. He's also really close to his mother, which makes it all the more heartbreaking when he has no choice but to put her down after she becomes zombified. He even is shown to be rather respectful towards his neighbor Pete when the latter is disturbed by Ed (though he does tell Pete to take it easy on Ed when Pete is being rude to him). Of course, he does have his limits.
  • She's Out of My League:
    • Kirk. He's kind and doesn't act creepy toward Molly, which is why she's initially attracted to him.
    • Cam uses this guise to plant in Kirk's head the idea that Molly has some sort of defect.
  • Ben and May Parker in the Spider-Man Trilogy.
  • Stargirl: Stargirl is highly compassionate toward others, getting them gifts and trying to better things even when she doesn't know them. It gets her into trouble a couple times, due to things she didn't know or showing sympathy other people do not share.
  • Jimmy Stewart was famous for playing this character.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wendy: Wendy is consistently kind to people around her. She always tries to help make things right for everyone.
  • 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.
  • 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 kinda anti-social 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 Mercy Kil Jean in X-Men: The Last Stand and he is even a Friend to All Living Things as seen in The Wolverine.
      • Even as depreciated old man in Logan, Logan’s 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. 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 Jerkass to him as soon as they meet and starts hitting on his fiancée, he's completely entitled to be snarky. Unfortunately X-Men: The Last Stand does him no favors as the loss of Jean drives him over the edge and he leaves the X-Men before being killed by 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."
  • Columbus (played by Jesse Eisenberg) from Zombieland is a friendly, timid man who is just trying to make friends with people. He's even nice to Wichita, in spite of the latter's Jerkass attitude towards him. Wichita does bring back his affections after he saves her and her sister Little Rock from a horde of zombies along with Tallahassee. In Double Tap, he immediately befriends Madison and defends her from his friends' constant criticisms of her. He even didn't have the heart to Mercy Kill her when she apparently became zombified (in reality, she was just suffering a bad nut allergy).


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