Sexiest Fictional Characters of Literature?

topic posted Mon, July 17, 2006 - 12:42 AM by  * A-Star *
I am attracted to radically independent idealist-types, like Howard Roark in The Fountainhead and Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird...although dark, brooding anti-heroes like the Phantom of the Opera are the ultimate sexy thrill for me.
With these male characters, my attraction is not so much wanting to be "with" them as wanting to "be" them, in all their brilliance and sexual glory. It's a fluid-identification-fantasy-attraction, I suppose?

As for female characters, I've always loved Anna Karenina...I wonder if she was bi? ;-)

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  • The only fictional character I ever had a crush on was Aragorn, but I was only 14 at the time. As an adult I never have crushes on fictional characters, but then I also read mostly non-fiction these days.
    • Oh wait. There was one other in my teens. The Count of Monte Cristo, whatever his character's real name was supposed to be. And Cyrano de Bergerac. Come to think of it, back then I loved the tragic hero of courage and determination who does what's right no matter what it costs him and who loves something or someone deeply.
      • Re: Sexiest Fictional Characters of Literature?

        Thu, July 20, 2006 - 12:13 AM
        "Oh wait. There was one other in my teens. The Count of Monte Cristo, whatever his character's real name was supposed to be. And Cyrano de Bergerac."

        Yeah, Benjy mentioned him. Surprised you didn't catch it:

        "Edmund Dantes". He also played Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ."

        Tragic hero type. Go figure.

        ~ Kole
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    Thu, July 20, 2006 - 12:14 AM
    Oh, and someone explain the sexiness of Mr. Roark. I understood it on a primal level (being a fellow Alpha), but I want to read the explanation by some living women.

    Oh yeah.

    ~ Kole
    • Roarks sexiness is due to his ruthless authenticity. Some women may find him too cold, but idealists (like me) idolize him.
      To be blunt, he doesn't give a fuck what anyone thinks about him. He knows he's damn talented, he believes in his work, and that's that. He takes what he wants without stopping to question if he's hurting anyone (remember the pseudo-rape scene with Dominique?). And besides, he knows that she wants him, too, even if she doesn't know it yet. Because he's sexy like that.

      How's that for a literary analysis? Haha. Go English majors!
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    Re: Sexiest Fictional Characters of Literature?

    Mon, August 14, 2006 - 8:36 AM
    Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Although, if he were someone I had to deal with in real life, I'd probably find him too brooding for my taste. That gets very old, very fast with me. But the intensity of his love for Cathy was something that gets to me.

    That and the fact that Sir Laurence Olivier played him in the 1939 movie!! *sigh*
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    Wed, September 27, 2006 - 11:52 AM
    I'd have to say the sexiest literature character of all time is Lestat from Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. Don't think of the tom cruise movie version but the one Anne Rice lays down for you in her pages. He's to die for.

    Second place would have to go to Aragorn/Strider. I seem to have a thing for dark, potentially dangerous half humans.
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    Re: Sexiest Fictional Characters of Literature?

    Sun, November 12, 2006 - 5:34 AM
    I get what you're saying about wanting to be some characters rather than finding them sexy in the sense you want to have sex with them - with me it's Ned Kelly as portrayed in The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey.

    Although this protagonist is somewhat flawed I just loved the whole exuberence of him as an outlaw prince.
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    Sat, November 25, 2006 - 5:22 PM
    This will sound ridiculous, however growing up I used to collect "G.I. Joe" action figures, and I always thought the Baroness was amazingly hot.

    To take it a step further, she was perfectly matched with Destro, WHO (BTW ) was an avid though secretive high priest C'thulu worshiper.

    Years later...I still secretly wish I were Destro, although if I had to pick I might rather be Prince Rákóczi III of Transylvania, the infamous Comte de St. Germain.

    Nina Haugen is pretty hot...well she was when she was younger, now she is just weird...but thats fine, also she isn't fictional.

    I will try to think of more...thats a fun question
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    Mon, February 12, 2007 - 1:22 PM
    Lord Valentine was awesome. I so wanted to be him.
    HE was certainly sexy.

    On the other end of the spectrum, I also thought HORSELOVER FAT
    (philip k. dick)
    was pretty damn sexy but of course that's cause I have a thing
    for clever minds and that one spun out to the fartherst reaches imaginable.

    Lastly the sexiest most desirable woman for me in all of literature has to be
    PROMETHEA? I'll submit a picture of her to the group page. Wow.

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    Re: Sexiest Fictional Characters of Literature?

    Mon, February 26, 2007 - 7:11 AM
    i'm sure some will want to debate it being 'literature' as opposed to simple 'fiction' but i am completely head over heels for edward cullen of twilight and yes i am well over the age of sixteen. the author never wrote the book for young adults but publishers have marketed it that way so a lot of adults are missing out
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      I always thought that the Count of Monte Cristo was hot, such a great mind. Eric from Phantom of the Opera, romantic, terrible, doomed. Hyacinth from the Kushiel books. Durendal from the King's Blades books.
  • I had quite a crush on the Scarlet Witch (from Marvel's The Avengers) as a kid. Also Star from Heinlein's Glory Road (who, as has been observed, is someone interchangable with several other of his heroines). Later Hildy (both genders!) from Varley's Steel Beach.
  • Definitely Aragorn. Mr. Darcy and Mr. Knightly would do in a pinch. Tom Cruise ruined Lestat for me, though Brad Pitt did wonders for Louis. Phaedra and Jocelyn were both good, but I too wanted to smack Jocelyn.

    However, my vote goes to Duncan Idaho from Frank Herbert's Dune series.
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    Thu, October 25, 2007 - 8:31 AM
    (my) antonia. cathers women are so earthy, so sensually written. and i third or fourth howard roark. also a very earthy, rugged, deific/creative quality. the violence, the passion. weird that im attracted to just the opposite in living people- probably because i am too much like this myself. ah, the theatre of life!
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    Fri, October 26, 2007 - 2:09 PM
    My fictional fantasy man has always been Rhett Butler, the man who saw in the belle of the ball the coldly calculating, strong willed free spirit she really was and loved her *for* it, not in spite of it.

    "With these male characters, my attraction is not so much wanting to be "with" them as wanting to "be" them, in all their brilliance and sexual glory." I tend to select mates this way, LOL...

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