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Fighting giant monsters, drugged-out super-humans, and takes the time to tidy up a park. Just goes to show that woman really appreciate strong but humble men.

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    Anime & Manga 
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. I really like Shinichi!
Ran telling "Conan" why she likes Shinichi, Detective Conan

He [Sosuke] was forced to fight in wars ever since he was a little child. He never even had a choice. All of those he fought were bad people, but he always goes out of his way to help people who are weak and innocent. Unlike you [Leonard], casually taking a life for the thrill of it! And you think you can compare yourself to Sosuke? He's a soldier, not a murderer!
Kaname talking about Sosuke Sagara to Leonard Testarossa, Full Metal Panic!

"I like kind people. Even if they're not actually kind, I like people who try to be nice. That's the kind of person that I want to be with for the rest of my life."

    Comic Books 
Hal: And I'll never understand how he got Lois Lane that way.
Barry: Hey, some women are into introspective guys.
Hal: You mean like Iris?
Barry: Like Iris.
Silver Age The Flash and Green Lantern, Green Lantern vol. 4 #44: "Only the Good Die Young"note .

I'd had other boyfriends... but there was something special about Richard. He was sweet, and he loved me.

Some girls go for that sort of thing. Me? I just want something normal. Something real.

    Fan Works 
The letter was describing the wedding of Petra and James. She had written it very passively, describing the restaurant and party and her dress and the others who attended. Only at the very end of the letter did she add anything that was from the heart.
I am happy, Eric.
Voices And Ink, an After The Dark fanfiction

She could admit it now, in a slightly more self-conscious part of her mind. He was kind of cute. He was polite and self-effacing to the point it could drive her nuts, but he was also kind, gentle, and could be stupidly brave to almost ridiculous lengths when protecting others. 'He dove into a volcano without a second's thought to save me. No one's ever done anything even close to that for me.' He was an elite Eva Pilot, like her, a 'prime catch' as some of the other girls at school had quietly mentioned. He sometimes showed a spark of energy and anger when she'd pushed at him that secretly thrilled her, the way he would react to her, pushing to match her, making her push just as hard to stay ahead of him. He made her feel alive. He was... a good guy. He'd renewed his promise this morning, when he must have thought she was asleep. He wasn't just saying things for her to hear. He meant it. And now he wanted to be with her.
Asuka's thoughts about Shinji, Advice and Trust, chapter 2

Asuka couldn't even tell anymore if there were still tears running down her cheeks or if her eyes were as empty as she felt. It was so hard now already. How could Shinji expect her not just to play, but to be her fiery fourteen year old self again, fighting with all her heart for a better world? Of course she could understand his wish to help, that he wanted to save them. He missed Aki just as much as she did, but it always seemed so easy for him to swallow his own pain in favor of others. He often said he was just selfish, wanting everyone to like him, and that's what she had thought for a long while herself. But compared with others, including herself, he was, even with that motive in mind, the most caring and compassionate person she knew.
Asuka, The Second Try, chapter 10

Asuka:"'re so sensitive sometimes..."
Shinji:"Y-yeah...I know..."
Shinji wipes his tears with the handkerchief. She kisses his cheek. He blushes.
Asuka (smiling):"I like you because of that. You're always honest with me, even when I'm mean to you..."
The Child of Love, chapter 5

"That person you call scum is worth a thousand of you…and a hundred of me! [...] He's fought to protect everyone, all without any kind of super powers, even though he never wanted to! [...] And unlike some people, he doesn't hide behind anger, or a mask, or false bravado! [...] When he does come out of his shell talk to you, you know the person you're dealing with is really him!"
Asuka about Shinji, Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton, chapter 19

Holding the skimpy gown, she tried to imagine Kaji opening the door to her cabin and falling silently into bed with her, but every time, she forgot herself, and she discovered someone else in his place, someone shorter and slighter without the shaggy two day growth of beard and sloppy grin, someone quiet and unassuming but strong and kind, and in her mind's eye, she'd reach up and slip his glasses off as she…
Asuka on Shinji, Last Child of Krypton, chapter 9

Misty rolled her eyes at Psyduck's begging, however she did notice a most heart warming sight.
Ash was feeding his three Pokemon; Pikachu, Butterfree and Pidgeotto, while applying the Super Potions to Pidgeotto that Nurse Joy had supplied him with to treat her injured wing for the seven day period she was going to be out of commission.
In particular, she noticed how he was retying the bandages onto her wing. There was just...something about how the normally fast paced rookie took so much care to carefully re-apply them to his injured Pokemon that was just so...appealing to her.
How it just seemed to show how much he cared...even with Pokemon he hadn't even really had that long.
Even still his Pokemon seemed to love him for his devotion to them, in particular Pikachu, but...she couldn't help but feel he cared about her too.
She was sure it was platonic, but it was still admittedly...rather nice.
No one besides her own Pokemon had ever seemed to care about her. Not her sisters, not her parents, no one. All she had realized from a very early age that she was on her own, that if she was to succeed she'd have to do so herself, so to have another person care about her was really powerful on her.
So she couldn't deny that she felt somehow attracted to him no matter in what way he was showing he cared both to her and to his own Pokemon.
It didn't hurt that he was good looking either...

She liked Shinji. A lot. However hard she'd tried to tell herself otherwise after that kiss, which with the benefit of bitter hindsight she knew she'd botched just as badly as he had. He was patient and loyal and brave and selfless and all the things she should have said but couldn't because she was scared of rejection, a rejection that had never happened. Not even at the very end.

    Films — Animation 
Eddie: You oughta go find yourself a good man.
Dolores: But I already have a good man.

    Films — Live-Action 
Han Solo: You like me because I'm a scoundrel. There aren't enough scoundrels in your life.
Leia: I happen to like nice men.
The Empire Strikes Back

Girls flirt with the dangerous guy, they don't bring him home; they marry the good guy.
Jean Grey, X2 note 

    Live-Action TV 
Harry Crane (To Peggy Olson): Are you taken, kept or browsing?
Joan Holloway: She's browsing & like most of us she's disappointed with the selection.

    Western Animation 
Mr. Peanutbutter is nice to me. He's kind, and he's generous, and he's loyal.
Diane to Wayne in regards to why she's in a relationship with Mr. Peanutbutter, Bojack Horseman, "Zoes and Zeldas"

You know, girls don't always fall for the bad boys, Jim. Sometimes, they appreciate chivalry.
Barbara, Trollhunters, "The Reckless Club"

When competition for survival is fierce or there are serious enemies to contend with, women are attracted by the kind of rugged virility that can protect against such threats. But while a man endowed with sheer physical strength seems desirable during times of conflict or trouble, in peacetime he might actually create problems. Or even worse, he might use that physical strength on the woman in the form of domestic violence. This helps explain why the ideal of manliness has been shifting from rugged strength and toughness to kindness and gentleness.
Harashima Hiroshi, "The Evolving Face of the Japanese"

How the tongues of her nine proud sisters did wag! Had the spoiled little thing lost her mind? they asked. Oh, well! They always knew she would come to a bad end, but it was pretty hard on the family.
Of course they could not know what Oweenee had seen at once — that Osseo had a generous nature and a heart of gold, that beneath his outward ugliness was the beauty of a noble mind and the fire and passion of a poet. That is why Oweenee loved him.
— The Native American folktale Child of the Evening Star

(218): Are you really this nice or are you just trying to get in my pants?
(1-218): Both?

(334): God, I just love slightly insecure guys with hearts of gold and giant penises.

(620): He like walks around to open car doors for me. Has already held my hair while I barf and still likes me. What. Is. Happening.

(760): He pulled a kid having a seizure out of a car and stayed with him until the ambulance came.
(619): he what???
(760): Not kidding. My ovaries cannot handle this shit...


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