What is it about romance novels that make them so appealing? For some, it's the feisty heroine. For others, it's the Happily Ever After ending. Then there are those who love romantic stories because of the heroes. Heroes in romance novels combine awesome physical prowess with an overwhelming need to protect and care for their lady love. The package is often topped with an intriguing emotional vulnerability. Romance book heroes combine all the best traits, and are truly the best men we can imagine. Here are the top ten hero types:
THE BAD BOY HERO
|Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore|
The Vampire Diaries (2009-)
The Bad Boy hero is in a league of his own. More heroines and readers/viewers have fallen for the Bad Boy than any other hero. He is the ultimate rebel: mysterious, seemingly indifferent, and hard to get. He starts off behaving badly and unrepentant. His inner good is revealed however by the end of the novel due to actions of the heroine or circumstances that force the Bad Boy to become the knight in shining armor.
THE ALPHA HERO
|Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester|
Oh the Alpha Hero… how we love to hate and adore him. The innate leader in any situation, all look up to him and want to be him. He’s cool, confident, steady, strong, and sure. His ultimate role is to take care of the heroine.
THE BROODING HERO
|Jon Hamm as Don Draper|
Mad Men (2001)
Our poor tortured lonely Brooding Hero, how we love to torment him! Aloof, angry, wounded, and ultimately one of the most vulnerable heroes out there, the Brooding Hero has captured the most hearts in very recent history with Edward Cullen and Stefan Salvatore. The Brooding Hero is a perfect foil for the Paranormal Hero.
THE ROGUE HERO
|Wilson Bethel as Wade Kinsella|
Hart of Dixie (2011)
The Rogue, who by any other time period outside of Regency, is a promiscuous cad in need of a physical. Utterly charming, completely dashing, and carelessly carefree about life and love, the Rogue is ready to live life to the fullest. Commitment is not a word in his vocabulary until the heroine sweeps into his sphere of influence.
THE NERD HERO
|Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes|
Another name for the Nerd Hero is the Beta Hero. He’s kind, sweet, and decent. He’s the best friend or the slightly awkward gentleman. The Nerd Hero almost always meets his full potential because of the heroine. He rises to the occasion… in more ways than one!
THE TYCOON HERO
|Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby|
The Great Gatsby (2012)
This hero type literally litters Harlequin presents. He can be a millionaire, billionaire, prince, sheik, or wealthy boss. Ninety percent of the time the Tycoon starts out isolated and jaded in the novel only to wind up happy and easygoing by the end.
THE PROTECTOR HERO
|Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes|
The Walking Dead (2010-)
The Protector Hero comes in many disguises and professions, most are obvious, but some not so much. You can find him playing the role of a cop, firefighter, spy, detective, bodyguard, part of the military, etc. The plot behind many Protector Hero stories involves a mystery where he almost loses the heroine while trying to save her.
THE DAREDEVIL HERO
|Colin O'Donoghue as Hook|
Once Upon a Time (2011-)
Pirates and superheroes compose the majority of the Daredevil Heroes. They love action, they love fights, and they love thrills. Give them a damsel in distress and they’re all over that like white on rice.
THE WARRIOR HERO
|Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon|
The Walking Dead (2010-)
The Warrior Hero, funnily enough is a very reluctant hero. He thinks himself above it all. His mission in life is to fight and protect his home, his country, and his men. Then a woman gets thrown into the mix all kinds of chaos and havoc ensure and he fights it every step of the way only to get conquered by the heroine.
THE PARANORMAL HERO
|Tyler Hoechlin as Derek Hale|
Teen Wolf (2011-)
Oh yes, the Paranormal Hero, when a normal man just won’t cut it the Paranormal Hero steps in prepared to win hearts and steal our very souls. He oozes sex with his otherworldly good looks and quickens our imagination with images of the extraordinary. Call him a vampire, a wizard, a lycanthrope, or any other kind of superhuman being it’s all the same to him.
Which Hero Wins Your Heart?
-- Courtesy of Keira from loveromancepassion.com and from bestromancestories.com --