Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and tbh, I’ve never really been that bothered about it. Mainly because I have never had a Valentine or been in a romantic relationship, but I’m not bitter about it and I’m not likely to go on the whole “Valentine’s Day was invented by greetings card companies to make money” because that’s not technically true.
Valentine’s Day was first associated with romance in the 14th century and the first valentine’s cards were sent in the 18th century. The card company Hallmark was founded in 1910. Thank you, Wikipedia for allowing me to be an insufferable know-it-all.
In order to celebrate this day that I don’t give much second thought to apart from reading a romance book during the week of, I’m listing ten male characters who are my absolute favourites and I want to keep for myself. And I would also treasure a valentine from. And because I’m me and love bending the rules, I’m extending this to characters from not just novels. Because they deserve my love too.
Gansey – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Sometimes I feel like the only one in the world who is truly a Gansey girl. I like Ronan too, but not in the “book boyfriend” kind of way because I wouldn’t want him for myself, especially not when he already has someone. But anyway, I’m talking about Gansey, not Ronan. From the first book, Gansey was my favourite Raven Boy and I can’t really put into words why. I love his determination, his relationship with the other characters, how much he loves his car that I would never get in because I’d be scared that it would explode, he’s just precious.
Peter Kavinsky – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I’m so torn here because I absolutely adore Peter and would want him for myself if I was still a teenager, but I also love his relationship with Lara Jean and ship them soooo hard. And that’s saying a lot because I don’t really ship characters very often. Both and Peter and Lara Jean feel so much like real people and the issues they go through are realistic if just a bit exaggerated for drama. Now I wish I was sixteen again so I could fawn over him properly.
Thorne – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – Me liking Thorne is a little strange for me because I’m not overly fond of snarky/sassy characters who make quips all the time (i blame joss whedon for that because i hate him) but for Thorne I will make an exception because he is quippy but he is charming at the same time. And that’s what I think some snarky characters lack: charm. There were times in Cress where I declared him to be over but that’s because I was seeing things through Cress’ point of view. Once that was over, he was no longer over.
Clark Kent – DC – Can I abandon my morals for just a little bit here? Why does everybody hate Superman??? Somebody, please: without mentioning his physical powers, tell me what is so bad about him. Clark Kent is the actual sweetest person I have ever seen in Western comics, no contest. Clark is kind, he’s respectful, he doesn’t see himself as being better than anybody else or above the law, and he’s just a giant superpowered teddy bear who loves his wife. I wish more people could see beyond his physical powers and see who he really is as a person because he’s such a sweetheart and I adore him 😭
Bruce Wayne – DC – Oh, Bruce. My poor boy who has extreme unresolved mental health issues and uses beating up criminals as a coping mechanism. I have such mixed feelings about him these days but he is still one of my absolute favourite characters. However, compared to Clark, Bruce doesn’t have much in the way of a personality, unfortunately. And that’s because of all the trauma he has gone through in his life. Poor baby.
Gavriel – The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – Four words: Eastern European vampire boy. Um. yes. Ashamedly, I don’t remember much of this book but I do remember that I liked Gavriel because vampire boys are always my favourites. Most of the time.
Hatori Sohma – Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – For some reason, I kind of take a liking to characters who appear to be a little stand-offish but are actually incredibly kind, which is exactly what Hatori is. Hatori first appears to be incredibly cold in telling Tohru to leave the Sohmas alone, but it’s actually because he doesn’t want to see her get hurt like so many other people have. He can see through everyone’s rouges and pretty much comes across as being the most responsible character in the series. And just a little fact for you: when I was younger, I didn’t care much for Hatori, but now I actually adore him. He’s the best 💙
Kakashi Hatake – Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto – You know what kind of guys are attractive? Guys who read but aren’t elitist or judgemental about what kinds of books everyone else reads. That’s part of why I like Kakashi so much. Well, there’s also the fact that he’s a loveable dork who giggles at smutty books but can also kick your ass so badly that you won’t be able to feel it anymore. Also, I must have some thing for fictional guys who have traumatic backstories because Kakashi’s childhood is so painfully sad.
Son Goku – Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama – If you know Goku, you’re probably thinking that he’s an odd choice, but hear me out. Although he is pretty clueless about romance and things like that (even though he is married, and don’t even think about telling me that he doesn’t love his wife) Goku is a sweet guy. If he says something that’s kind of mean, it’s because he didn’t realise that it’s mean. Even though people don’t necessarily agree with me, Goku is someone who values the people around him, as well as having a passion for finding strong opponents to battle.
Spike Spiegel – Cowboy Bebop – Do you ever have those favourite characters who have a completely incompatible personality when compared to your own? For me, that’s Spike. He hates animals and children (i’m not overly fond of children myself, i will admit), can be misogynistic at times, and can be openly hostile at times, but I still like him. Maybe it’s because he has some sort of charm. Maybe it’s because I think his voice is attractive (watch the english dub, you’ll hear what i mean). I don’t know what it is but I just want to protect him because he’s my poor dissociative baby who thinks he’s dead.