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"Ever since he [Shinichi] was little, he was a jerk, always full of himself, and a mystery otaku. But whenever you need him, he's dependable and brave and cool."
Ran to "Conan" aka shrunken Shinichi, Case Closed

"While it is true that she has a childish taste that isn't suitable for her age and she's crude, short-tempered, quick to pick fights, and on top of that, is someone who can't admit she likes what she likes, she's a troublesome big sister who would throw away her life for Misaka."
MISAKA 10032 on Mikoto Misaka, A Certain Scientific Railgun

"Howl is NOT a monster! Sure, he's selfish and spoiled, and sometimes he can be hard to understand, but his intentions are good!"

Inuyasha: Uh, are you crying? Stop crying. STOP CRYING!!!
Kagome: Well, what should I do then, laugh?
Inuyasha: No, you should shut up and let me protect you!

"He puts on a big tough-guy act to try and hide the fact that he's a total softie underneath."
Kagome, Inuyasha

"Look... No one ever said Jotaro Kujo was a nice guy. I beat the crap out of people, more than I have to. Some are even still in the hospital. I've had idiot teachers who like to talk big, so I taught them a lesson, and they never came back to class. If I go to a restaurant and the food's bad, I make it a policy to stiff 'em with the bill. But... even a bastard like me... can spot true evil when he sees it. True evil are those who use the weak for their own gain, then crush them underfoot when they're through. Especially an innocent woman. And that is exactly what you've done, isn't it? And your Stand gets to hide from the victim, the law, and the consequences. That's why... I will judge you myself."
Jotaro Kujo to Noriaki Kakyoin, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (2014 anime adaptation, English dub)

Fan Works

"I would rather face the wrath of my aunties than to leave starving foals in this accursed forest!"
Prince Blueblood, Arcane Shadow (Re-Written)

"Never let it be said that Yang Xiao Long didn't have a heart. She did. But only for her friends, and people in need. Everyone else could fuck right off."

Film — Live-Action

Kee Nang: Gompa, I have ruined myself with the American. He is a fool.
The Old Man: But he's brave.
Kee Nang: He is irresponsible.
The Old Man: But he's generous.
Kee Nang: He thinks of nothing but protecting his own feelings.
The Old Man: But if you touch his heart, there's nothing he wouldn't do for you.
Kee Nang: He believes in nothing.
The Old Man: Yet, still he does what is right.
Kee Nang: He is a callous, thoughtless, undisciplined fool.
The Old Man: [chuckles] Yes. I, too, like him very much. It's very hard not to.

He said that he's "an a-hole". But he's not, and I'm quoting him here, "100% a dick".
Rhomann Dey about Peter Quill, Guardians of the Galaxy

Live-Action TV

Jeff Winger: Oh, please. I invented phony. You care about people. I accuse you of faking it to convince myself I'm not such a jerk.
Britta Perry: Jeff, you help people more than I do and you don't even want to. You're not a jerk, you're fine.
Community, "Modern Warfare"

Luke: (after toaster shown to be broken works after being tested by Jess) It was broken before.
Jess: Well, it must've got better.
Luke: Inanimate objects don't usually "get better", did you fix this?
Jess: Please...
Luke: Jess?
Jess: I have no idea what you're babbling about. I don't fix things.
Luke: But yesterday—
Jess: I got school. (leaves)

"Tom Haverford is a selfish, unctuous, sleazy, self-promoting, good-hearted, secretly kind and wonderful tiny, little person."
Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

"At first I thought you were a grump. Then under that I found...more grump. But under that is a nice guy."
Punky Brewster, telling Henry why she likes him

"Good morning, Voyager. I want to tell you about a friend of mine. I first met this man almost a year ago and, to tell you the truth, I didn't like him much. He seemed a little too cocky, a little too sure of himself. A lot of people had questions about him. He'd proven he'd pretty much sell himself out to the highest bidder, go wherever the wind blew him so people wondered, could you trust this person when things got tough? Would he stand side by side with you or would he let you down when you needed him most? But the fact of the matter is he proved himself right from the beginning. I wouldn't be alive right now if it weren't for him and the same goes for many of you. It took me a while to realize it. Like a lot of people, I was too caught up in first impressions to see the truth that was right in front of me. I overlooked his bravery because I was focusing on his brashness. I ignored his courage because I saw it as arrogance and I resented his friendliness because I mistook it for licentiousness. So while this man was giving us his best every minute of every day I was busy judging him. And now he's leaving. I'm proud to say that in spite of my narrow-mindedness Thomas Eugene Paris became my friend. I'm going to miss him. No more laughs over a game of pool. No more sitting up into the wee hours swapping stories. No more complaints about my cooking. (chuckling) Goodbye, Tom. I think I speak for more of us than you might imagine when I say you're going to leave an empty space when you go. I hope you find what you're looking for."
Neelix, Star Trek: Voyager, "Investigations"


Anne Shirley: You're not an old ogre at all.
Miss Barry: I am too an old ogre and don't you let on any different.

It's not as if I'm never friendly. Okay, maybe I don't go around loving everybody I meet, maybe my smiles are hard to come by, but I do care for some people.
Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games


"This shit don't fly with me
I'm not racist but I would expect this from Chinese
Now let's be honest you and me...
This ain't the first black guy to steal something
In fact it probably isn't the
2nd or
or fourth
It's probably not the fifth or sixth
Or 7th 8th
9 or 10th."
But when it comes to stealing kids
That's BAD
Rucka Rucka Ali, Free Kony, Dog

"'Cause they don't even know you
All they see is scars
They don't see the angel
Living in your heart
Let them find the real you
Buried deep within
Let them know with all you've got
That you are not your skin"
— "Skin", Sixx:A.M.


Townspeople: Oh, there's nothing halfway about the Iowa way to treat you,
When we greet you, which we may not do at all.
There's an Iowa kind of special chip-on-the-shoulder attitude
We've never been without that we recall.
We can be cold as our falling thermometers in December
If you ask about our weather in July.
And we're so by God stubborn, we could stand touchin' noses
For a week at a time and never see eye to eye.
But what the heck, you're welcome, join us at the picnic.
You can eat your fill of all the food you bring yourself.
You really ought to give Iowa a try. (Provided you are contrary...)
We can be cold as our falling thermometers in December
If you ask about our weather in July.
And we're so by God stubborn, we could stand touchin' noses
For a week at a time and never see eye to eye.
But we'll give you our shirt and a back to go with it
If your crops should happen to die.

Farmer: So, what the heck, you're welcome,
Glad to have you with us.

Farmer and Wife: Even though we may not ever mention it again.
— "Iowa Stubborn," The Music Man

Video Games

"I really watched today. I'm not usually quite know, so polite. If I'm bein' truthful here, I gotta tell you... I been told I got what you call an acid tongue. I sorta...scare people. Hey, that's...who I am. Nothin' I can do about it. What, I'm supposed to say sorry for bein' me? Look, it's nothin' personal. I ain't tryin' to be mean or cruel or nothin'. I ain't a monster. For those people who get their feelin's bruised easily, I gotta apologize in advance. Just deal with it, OK? The deal is, I get paid to be nasty. Crazy world, huh? Ha ha ha ha ha!!!"
Mr. Resetti, Animal Crossing

"It seems that our Sonny's been goin' off the deep end once again. He's been poppin' up all over the place. You know, yellin' at people, gettin' right in their faces, and causin' havoc. On behalf of the family, I apologize. I know I'm his brother, but I'm sincere when I say that despite his uh...outbursts...he's, uh...he's a good kid. He's a bit enthusiastic, and, uh...kinda overbearin'. You could even say he's pig-headed. Mole-headed? Either way, his social skills are real, real unpolished, and his choice of language is, shall we say, questionable. But...don't forget his heart! It's in the right place! Trust me, there ain't an evil bone in his body! So, uh, just let him have his little say, and shrug it off. Don't hold it against him. He don't get out much."
Don Resetti on his brother, Animal Crossing

Ragna: Goddamnit! Are you blind!? There's no way we can leave that thing roaming around! Move, or I'll cut you down with him!
Litchi: I'm not moving.
Ragna: Do you really know how dangerous that thing is? He's gone far beyond any level where you can save him. Seriously, if you don't move, I'll kill you too.
Litchi: I won't step aside. I will take full responsibility for his actions. Besides, I can say the same about your ignorance. You're Ragna the Bloodedge, right? Do you know anything about thing about that grimoire you're carrying?
Ragna: You better choose your next words wisely.
Litchi: Please...
Ragna: ... Aw, jeez. Okay, okay, I got it. You can have it your way. So don't gimme that look. You're making me look like the bad guy.
Litchi: Oh? Aren't you that vicious wanted criminal?
Ragna: Yeah, yeah, whatever you say. Alright, I'm takin' off, so that dirty rag is all yours. If it gets outta hand, make sure ya toss him in the incinerator. Or is it the compost heap?
Litchi: Ragna?
Ragna: Yeah?
Litchi: Thanks. You're a lot nicer than I thought.
Ragna: Save it.

Teba: With that, it seems we can escape the forest safely. Thank you, Master Revali. Truly.
Revali: (smiling warmly) Stop with the over-the-top humility. It's annoying. I did get some good training in, though...
Teba and Revali, after the latter helped the former save his son Tulin, in the DLC Guardian of Remembrance in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

Teba: (to Tulin) Now go and say thank you... Master Revali saved your life after all.
Tulin: Ok! (walks up to Revali) Master Revali! Thank you so much for saving me!
Revali: (smiles a bit) Hmph. You know, you're pretty good for a little kid.
Tulin: Y-you mean it?! Thank you! I'm doing all kinds of training so that I can be just like you! Someday, I'll even master the Great Eagle Bow!
Revali: (sigh) You were nearly killed by those monsters, you know. Yet you're so happy. Maybe it won't be long until you're master of the wind just like me. You never know, eh?
Teba: Haha! That is true. But before that, he must surpass his old man.
Tulin: (imitating Revali) Hmph, it's only a matter of time!
(Teba start to laugh before he notices Revali is still standing beside him, and controls himself)
Revali: Was that... meant to sound like me?
Tulin: Um...
Teba: Oh, um... (Revali starts to chuckle) Huh?
(Revali soon bursts out laughing, which then Teba joins in and then Tulin, until all three are laughing together.)
Tulin: (jumps up and sends an updraft) Tulin's Tornado!
(But Tulin soon finds himself flat on his back)
Teba: (walks over to him) Oh! Hey!
Revali: (chuckles warmly, then gently) You've got a ways to go, kid.
Teba, his son Tulin, and Revali, after the latter helped the former save Tulin, in the DLC Guardian of Remembrance in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

"He was definitely a troublemaking punk, but he wasn't selfish or irresponsible. And despite his lone-wolf, tough-guy act, he'd always help us when we needed him."
Juna Crawford, on Ash Carbide, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

Loffaru/Raphael: Say, Sasha... What kind of person is Vals's son? Is he a good leader? Has he been kind to you?
Sasha: Holmes? He's got a rotten mouth, but he's a good guy with a kind heart.

Western Animation

"I'm just hiding my true compassion behind a facade of selfishness. Really."

"She wants you to think she doesn't care, but really, she's just a big softie."

Francis: Sounds to me like you're backtracking a little, aren't you?
Bluebeard: You don't say. And what makes you think so?
Francis: told them [Kong and his henchmen] I'm your friend.
Bluebeard: (grunts)

Peter: Yeah. The new owners gave everyone raises. Even Kenneth, the badass mail clerk with the heart of gold.
[Cut to mail room.]
Peter: Hi, Kenneth. Hey, did I get any mail?
Kenneth: No! And if you come any closer, I'll cut you!
Peter: Okay! Okay! Man, what a badass!
Man: Yeah? Well, that badass just gave half his paycheck to orphans. Orphans with diseases!
[Cue sentimental instrumental music.]
Family Guy, "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington"

"See? He can be a real sweetheart once you get to know him."
Fluttershy on Discord, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "Keep Calm and Flutter On"