brasca wrote:Alice Macher wrote:Arky wrote:He's not really being a jerk, though. He's making the extra effort to actually listen to these kids and give them good advice. If he complains is annoyed by them sometimes, so what? I don't think Jerk With A Heart of Gold is the right trope.
I see what you're saying, but there's no denying that Hank's advice, sensible and helpful as it is, comes with a good deal of irritation and snark. Maybe "jerk" is indeed too strong a word, but he's definitely not a smiling, "hey buddy, good to see you" sort. So perhaps "Good Is Not Nice" is a more accurate trope to describe Hank. Think Sherlock Holmes, who devotes his life to doing good by solving crimes, but is acerbic, sarcastic, and unaffectionate as a person. Or, to take a more extreme example, Severus Snape, who's severe (as his punny name suggests), strict and grudge-bearing, even cruel, towards Harry and his friends, but ultimately on the side of good.
In other words he's Davan MacIntire if he stayed in college.
Well, current Davan anyway. Davan is less acerbic than he used to be.