A sympathetic person is one who's motivated by compassion. You can imagine that most of the people who work for the Red Cross are sympathetic types.

In literature and film, the sympathetic character is the one who is likable or who evokes feelings of sympathy from the audience. The sympathetic character in a romantic comedy is probably the romantic male lead who keeps getting ignored by the beautiful women. Eventually the sympathetic character will get noticed and the leading lady will fall in love with him, then they will live happily ever after.

Definitions of sympathetic
  1. adjective
    expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward
    sympathetic to the students' cause”
    “a sympathetic observer”
    “a sympathetic gesture”
    showing or having compassion
    suitable to your needs
    having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
    feeling or expressing sympathy
    expressing sympathy with a person who experienced the death of a loved one
    empathetic, empathic
    showing empathy or ready comprehension of others' states
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    not sympathetic or disposed toward
    lacking compassion or feeling for others
    incompatible, uncongenial
    not suitable to your tastes or needs
    not responding to some influence or stimulus
    unsympathising, unsympathizing
    not showing or expressing sympathy
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  2. adjective
    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
    sympathetic words”
    synonyms: benevolent, charitable, good-hearted, kindly, large-hearted, openhearted
    having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
  3. adjective
    (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings
    “the sympathetic characters in the play”
    synonyms: appealing, likable, likeable
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    unappealing, unlikable, unlikeable, unsympathetic
    (of characters in literature or drama) tending to evoke antipathetic feelings
  4. adjective
    having similar disposition and tastes
    “with their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion”
    marked by correspondence or resemblance
  5. adjective
    of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system
    sympathetic neurons”
    sympathetic stimulation”
  6. adjective
    relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body
    sympathetic vibration”
    synonyms: harmonic
    musically pleasing
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