I’ll admit it – I’m a pretty huge fan girl when it comes to romantic characters in films, television shows, and novels. So when I read Gutter Snipe’s “The 10 Fiction Guys Who’ve Ruined All Men For Me” back in 2009, I knew I just had to create a list of my own.
Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice) – Is this even a surprise? Sure, he comes off as a bit of a jerk at first, but Mr. Darcy turns out to be pretty perfect. First of all, he is extremely good looking. When he first arrived in Longbourn, he was all any of the girls in town would talk about! And then there is the fact that he is unbelievably wealthy, which is (and let’s not kid around here) a major plus. Lastly, he is a romantic and has a way with his words. I could not have been the only girl who swooned when he confessed his love to Elizabeth, “My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” And he was played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation. Enough said.
Jim Halpert (The Office) – If you have ever watched the show from the beginning, you would understand. The unmistakeable chemistry between him and Pam is something most couples can only dream of having. And his never-ending rivalry with Dwight! I cannot count how many times Jim has made me smile with one of his hilarious pranks.
Lloyd Dobler (Say Anything…) – “It’s too bad more guys can’t be like Lloyd.” This pretty much sums up my feelings about him. Everything Lloyd does shows that he is a real sweet and stand-up guy: the way he checked up on Diane every so often at the party on their first date, how he interacts with his nephew and his friends, the heartfelt letter he wrote after his intimate night with Diane,… it’s a total cheese fest, yes, but it melts my heart.
Max Gregson (United States of Tara) – To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever seen John Corbett play a character I didn’t like. He’s always the super charming guy, and he did not disappoint in this series. Even with the ridiculousness Max has to put up with his Dissociative Identity Disordered-diagnosed wife every day, he manages to keep it together and provide for his family. He still manages to support and love his family in everything they do, all the while being very witty and likable. The writers for the show did a great job in giving him lines that were perfect for whatever situation he was in. Never did I find Max cheesy, which is a lot to say for a ‘perfect man’ character. It is a real shame the show has been cancelled.
Troy Barnes (Community) – To be perfectly honest, I just love it when he cries. And his bromance with Abed is really something.