One of my favorite tropes in media: The Big Gruff Man™ who has become hardened by his experiences in life, but crumbles down because of a young girl who reveals his true nature as a big teddy bear, and develops a father-daughter relationship with her
Examples (feel free to add):
EDIT: OOPS LOL SHIT FORGOT ONE
And here’s one that everyone wanted
(EDIT 4 HOLY FUCK HOW DID I FORGET THESE 2)
(this one technically counts, but he’s also yang’s biological and ruby’s honorary uncle)
arya stark is someone who has killed several people, but only people who she thought deserved to die, and at the end of the day, she still ultimately has a good heart
theon greyjoy has done many terrible things, but he paid for his actions, is deeply sorry about them, and wants to become a better person
sandor clegane has been selfish on several occasions, but at the end of the day, he will ultimately try to do the right thing
jaime lannister has, like theon, done many terrible things, and also like theon, has suffered for it, and wants to become a better person
varys is a bit like his namesake, the spider, but he’s a nonvenomous one who ultimately does what he does for the good of the realm
these are all people who one could consider “morally grey,” for their actions are not that great, but they ultimately are not bad people, as they want to do the right thing
petyr baelish is NOT morally grey.
petyr baelish commits several atrocities like the others, but unlike them, he does not want to ultimately do the morally right thing. he wants to do whatever he can in order to get power, and to benefit himself ultimately. he acts on pure selfishness. the man started a war, for christ’s sake
if petyr baelish is what some people consider “morally grey,” then they must think that the others i mentioned are fucking saints
Why are you always so hateful? I was thanking you… Just as if I was one of those true knights you love so well, yes. What do you think a knight is for, girl? You think it’s all taking favors from ladies and looking fine in gold plate? Knights are for killing.
You told me you weren’t a thief.I wasn’t.He took us in. He fed us and you…Aye, he took us in. He’s a good man, and his daughter makes a nice stew. And they’ll both be dead come winter.You don’t know that.I do. He’s weak. He can’t protect himself. They’ll both be dead come winter. Dead men don’t need silver.