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Not to be redundant, but the Nice Guy (or Gal) is nice. Maybe not a saint, but definitely no loner or edgy rebel. They're friendly, psychologically well-balanced, morally Neutral Good (if not Lawful Good) and in short, someone anyone wouldn't mind to be around and have as a friend, which is often what they are to the hero and/or his extended cast.
They are Kind, Polite, Sweet, Selfless, Intelligent, Courteous, Shy, Adorable, Generous, Sweet-Natured, Caring, Friendly, Kind, Positive, Gentle, Sympathetic and Dedicated to what he likes to do.
Sometimes this Nice Guy is madly in love with someone. But their Love interest doesn't seem too interested at first, so they keep trying, hoping that their Love interest will change their mind.
This can demonstrate why a guy does have a beautiful woman romantically attracted to him for a genuine reason, he really is a remarkably wonderful and compassionate person.
This can range from liking his sense of humor, to appreciating his poetry skills, all the way to his will to protect everyone around him. He often tries win the heroine's heart. Immature people and some Villains may wonder what does she see in him, but the heroine is much more likely to end up happy this way.
Sometimes they are painfully shy and quiet, who walks through the world with their head down and wants nothing more than to blend in with the scenery to avoid all attention because he believes that his presence is worthless or unwanted. Luckily the person loves them back.
Either way no matter how they behave it's quiet heartwarming when they show affection to person they love.
Along with the Happily Married couple, the Nice Guy is among fiction's "favorite" characters to most likely to be fatally wounded at the hands of bad guys. They might be destroyed senselessly to motivate their hero buddy, friendliness used in the hopes of making the girl fall in love with or just in general go through him or junk from the world around them to give the slightest dynamic to their optimism. Surviving as a this person might leave one with mental wounds, but he has people to comfort him.
However, that's not to say that they can't be pretty engaging or even the protagonist; all it takes is giving them a personality outside of "nice" such as: a scholarly refinement , a chivalric attitude, some engaging relationships, and some interesting backstory to him. If combat intellect or combat ability are involved, it's akin to because you naturally expect the dark, tormented loner to be an Anti Hero and the nice guy to just be a person who can't fight. This nice fellow can be a redeeming factor as a person whom the beleaguered hero realizes is on his side and know he's not alone. He will go through any means necessary to save a friend such as risk his life after one of his friends was injured, and refusing to leaving his friend's side when he was injured in the final battle
Often, authors go the abbreviated route and give them a Dark and Troubled Past triggered by a Mental Button. Either way, you can expect their niceness to be in spite of whatever tragedy or drama is in their lives, kind of an equal and opposite reaction to it.
Despite his flaws he has a noble heart, a desire to help innocents and smite evil.
Want to know what writers think of that? "Boring!" and "Next!"
I Personally Beg to differ.
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