By Berinn Rae, author of Collision: Part 1 of the Colliding Worlds Trilogy
Heroes. We all love them. Some of them we love to hate—and then love. They’re half the reason we read romance. Heroes come in every shape and size, in every color, and from every country (and world). When it comes down to it, the only thing heroes have in common is their ability to love their heroine completely and faithfully. Out of all the different attributes, most can be applied to a hero stereotype, although most heroes contain traits from more than one stereotype. Let’s take a closer look:
The Alpha. Anyone who’s seen Russell Crowe in Gladiator will never forget the most famous of all hero stereotypes. 100% male, this hero always takes charge of the situation. Often, the Alpha is a warrior, like Legian in Collision, who we’d always want on our team, because whatever team he’s on is likely going to be the winning team.
The Bad Boy. John Travolta personified this role in Grease. He’s the sort of guy who’s guaranteed to make parents shudder and girls swoon. He’s worked hard at building a tough-guy reputation, and it’s going to take a heck of a woman to break through to find his softer side.
The Deeply Scarred Man. This hero may not have physical scars, like in Beauty and the Beast, but he is guaranteed to have some emotional red tape. Chances are, this man, like Jax in the Colliding Worlds Trilogy, protects his heart as though his life depends on it, which maybe it does.
The Geek. MacGuyver was the original sexy geek, but being smart is what it’s all about these days. No matter the situation, this man will find the solution. He’ll put that same intensity into earning his heroine’s affection (if his nose isn’t buried in his work, that is).
The Guy Next Door. Like Jacob in Twilight, he’s the guy the heroine goes to whenever she needs help. He’s Mr. Trustworthy, and often hides his feelings so not to lose the friendship he and the heroine has.
The Swashbuckler. Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Nathan Fillion in Firefly… these men personify the roguish nature of this hero who always follows his gut. Any heroine who falls for him must be ready for some wild adventures.
The White Knight. Ah, Prince Charming. This chivalrous hero will do whatever it takes to rescue a damsel in distress and sweep her off her feet (regardless if she wants him to or not!).
The Anti-Hero. Like Roden in the Colliding Worlds Trilogy or Kresley Cole’s Lothaire, this hero is a down-right villain. He’s done bad things, and he may not regret it. It falls on the heroine’s shoulders to decide if he’s redeemable.
How about you? Which hero type makes you weak in the knees? Leave a comment, and see which hero comes out on top (or bottom, if you prefer!).