Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thirteen Favorite Literary Heroes

In the spirit of our All About Heroes bi-week, here are a list of 13 favorite literary heroes, as selected by Otherworld Diner staff. In no particular order:

1) Schmendrick the Magician from The Last Unicorn. He a nice guy who possesses great magic, but for most of his story it doesn't work for him.

2) Jesse Best from Pamela Morsi's SIMPLE JESS. Tall, strong and handsome, he's also a bit slow because of oxygen deprivation at birth. But what he lacks for in brains is more than made up for with a heart the size of a mountain.

3) Gandalf from Lord of the Rings. He's everything a wizard should be--mysterious, wise and magical.

4) Don Giovanni Scarletti from The Scarletti Curse by Christine Feehan. The hero is mysterious and dangerous, passionate and loving. This book is very different from Feehan's "Dark" series but the hero is compelling and exciting. This is a book I will pull out to reread every so often. Definitely the sign of a good story and a thrilling hero.

5) Aragorn, the movie version. He's passionate, loyal, and he'll die for his friends and lovers. Who could ask for more?

6) Colin Bridgerton from Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. He may not be a paranormal hero but a wonderfully funny gamma hero guy. As the third Bridgerton son, he is defined by a mischevious sense of humor in adversity and I am a sucker for that. His heroine, Penelope, is one of my JQ favorites, too.

7) Drustan for Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. Drustan is the equivalent of a Scottish volcano and KMM does the alpha male soooo very well. Stubborn, powerful but dedicated to his responsibilities to family and clan, I'm sure I'm not the first woman who will start searching for hidden caves holding uber-sexy Scottish lairds.

8) Hades from Goddess of Spring by PC Cast. Being the god is not all its cracked up to be and being the god of the dead entails more than you might think. Hades is darkly handsome and brooding but with some very good reasons and he is actually much deeper emotionally than most of his Olympian counterparts. An artist who appreciates beauty, intelligence, and commitment, this hero is literally to "die" for.

9) Zarek - Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dance with the Devil. Just because!

10) Christian Langland from Laura Kinsale's FLOWERS FROM THE STORM. A brilliant man and notorious rake brought low by a cerebral hemorrhage, which leaves him with impaired motor skills, loss of speech and memory, and tossed into an insane asylum.

11) Fantastic Mr. Fox from Roald Dahn's book of the same name. He's a wonderful father and husband, has a great sense of humor, is obviously intelligent since he outsmarted all the local farmers in order to provide a feast, and was a successful revolutionary when he arranged for the entire community of underground animals to be free of the tyranny of the farmers (who, if you know what to look for, represent the 7 deadly sins).

12) Rupert Carsington from Loretta Chase's Mr. Impossible. A big, strong man who comes across as a good-natured dummy--but underneath the fa├žade he's sexy, capable, agreeable, loyal and clever.

13) Neville Longbottom from JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. He wasn't Harry Potter, the primary hero, and he wasn't Ron Weasley, the obvious secondary hero, but in the end, he did his part to save everyone and, due to his strength of character, was the only one who could have done it. Noble, loyal, smart, brave and deserving. Two cheers for Neville!


I'm off to the Lori Foster Readers and Writers Get Together for the week-end, along with Diner-mate Cheryel, so I'll leave you in the capable hands of the Diner staff.

Jody W.
So much cyberspace, so little time! *


  1. Travel safely, Jodi, and have fun.

    As for the heroes... I gotta blush and admit I don't know all of them. I SO need to catch up on Mt. TBR, it's not funny... once I do that, I'll be free to ... make it big again!

  2. I read a lot, but books lists always introduce me to new opportunities. Thanks.

  3. I think I knew one. How bad is that? But I totally agree. Neville Longbottom is awesome :)


  4. Great list idea and thanks so much for stopping by!