Best Male Character
The book with the best male character in. Hero or Villain. Love him or hate him, you cannot get enough of him.
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2,713 books · 2,632 voters · list created September 11th, 2009 by Lu (Sugar & Snark) (votes) .
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message 1: by Kendall (new)


message 3: by Kendall (new)

Kendall Another thing~why is it that the majority of the male characters this list revolves around must be romantic, lover-type characters?? Or vampires. I am so sick of vampires.


message 4: by (G)Emma (new)

(G)Emma You are not the only one, Kiiks.


message 5: by Shawna (new)

Shawna Perhaps instead of turning down your nose at those of us who love romance heroes and vampires, you should nominate your favorite male book character and see how many votes 'he' generates. Just a thought! :)


message 6: by Auntee (new)

Auntee Maybe there should be a "Non-romance" best male character list? It could be all "literary classics".


message 7: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Well said Shawna. If you haven't read the books or don't like the choices available, add to the list. That's what I did! It's a very simple process ...


message 8: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Auntee wrote: "Maybe there should be a "Non-romance" best male character list? It could be all "literary classics"."

Best male character in a classic? I like that idea! Even the classics have a happy ending. =)




message 9: by Shawna (new)

Shawna That's a good idea Auntee!

Tammy wrote: "If you haven't read the books or don't like the choices available, add to the list. That's what I did! It's a very simple process ..."

Very true Tammy! I added a couple to the list that are non-romance, like Lonesome Dove because Augustus 'Gus' McCrae is one of my favorite male characters, ever!


message 10: by Kendall (new)

Kendall Shawna wrote: "Perhaps instead of turning down your nose at those of us who love romance heroes and vampires, you should nominate your favorite male book character and see how many votes 'he' generates. Just a th..."

Great idea!!


message 11: by Z.A. (new)

Z.A. Maxfield I love Laura Kinsale's Male characters, they're some of my favorite men from Romance novels EVAH. Her Green Knight, for example or her Hawaiian ninja dude from The Shadow and the Star... The Prince of Midnight. That woman can write a man to love...


message 12: by Z.A. (new)

Z.A. Maxfield I do think for literary classics you can't beat Mr. Darcy.


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

Z.a. wrote: "I do think for literary classics you can't beat Mr. Darcy."

I've always preferred Edward Rochester, myself.


message 14: by Kendall (new)

Kendall Definately Edward Rochester.


message 15: by Z.A. (new)

Z.A. Maxfield Edward Rochester. **shudders** Must be because I've only seen the films.


message 16: by new_user (new)

new_user Frankly, if you find Pip from Great Expectations to be the best male character, romance aside, then I can't sympathize, LOL. Now... Rochester or Darcy or any other number of characters in fiction, I can understand.


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

Ah, Edward! He's dark, mysterious, and wealthy. What more could a girl ask for?


message 18: by Rachel (new)

Rachel I tend to like the tortured soul/misunderstood/underdog male characters the best. Thankfully there are plenty of them to choose from!


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) Right there with you, Rachel. If he's all of the above, sign me up!


message 20: by Katherine (new)

Katherine I can't believe I am the first person to include Pete Hamill's Forever and Northriver! I fell in love with the leads by the second page!


message 21: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Danielle, I'm usually content if the lead male is just one of those things, but all three... NICE!

You've definitely peaked my interest, Katherine. :)




 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) Great minds think alike, Rachel.

Katherine I need to check those books!


message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

Gully Foyle - The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester


message 24: by Mohammed (last edited Nov 09, 2009 08:57AM) (new)

Mohammed Heh Davis you reminded of the awesome Gully Foyle.

Here are my top 10 of the characters :

Parker - The Hunter
Conan - Complete Conan
Gully Foyle - The Stars My Destination
The Continental OP - Red Harvest
Horatio Hornblower - Hornblower and The Hotspur
Cugel - Cugel's Saga
Edmond Dantes - The Count of Monte Cristo
Robert Neville - I Am Legend
James Bond - Casino Royale
Sherlock Holmes


message 25: by Terry (new)

Terry Smith Angus McCaskill, from Dancing at the Rascal Fair was an interesting male.


message 26: by Rialyn31 (new)

Rialyn31 Jace Wayland of course!
He is funny ! Very sarcastic! Sexy and hot!
For me.. he is the Best Male Character! :)


message 27: by Northern (last edited Dec 21, 2009 05:57PM) (new)

Northern K Sunderland I can't seem to find Atlus Shrugged anywhere on this list. And there are so many incredible male characters to choose from!
Francis D'anconia, Ragnar Danneskjold, John Galt, for god's sakes!

Adding now...


message 28: by Northern (new)

Northern K Sunderland Kiiks wrote: "...romantic, lover-type characters?? Or vampires. I am so sick of vampires."

I agree. I guess unless you're a strapping, lustful lumberjack, or a brooding, teenage blood sucker you won't make it very far on this list.



message 29: by Terry (new)

Terry Smith Northern wrote: "I can't seem to find Atlus Shrugged anywhere on this list. And there are so many incredible male characters to choose from!
Francis D'anconia, Ragnar Danneskjold, John Galt, for god's sakes!

Addin..."


Don't forget Hank Reardon!


message 30: by Deidre (new)

Deidre Edward Cullen? Really guys? Really? Ugh. I am ready for the new trend to set in. I am so sick of the vampire franchise.



message 31: by Northern (new)

Northern K Sunderland Deidre wrote: "Edward Cullen? Really guys? Really? Ugh. I am ready for the new trend to set in. I am so sick of the vampire franchise.
"


Amen.




message 32: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi I agree atlas shrugged should be here


message 33: by Adrianna (new)

Adrianna The Innocent Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, #1) by Karen Miller

Asher is amazing and by far my favorite male character out of any book I've ever read.


message 34: by Betelgeuze (new)

Betelgeuze Why on Earth is a book in which the male lead is a stalker with a scent fetish no. 1?


message 35: by Nallely (new)

Nallely Francisco D'Anconia!!!! I loved him in Atlas Shrugged! I agree this book should be on the list :)


message 36: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Edward Cullen makes me feel ill. I would have slapped him in the face and told him to take a midol. Lord, he irritates me.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgeson as a character in Alice I have Been is one of the most interesting. Not the best but fascinating.


message 37: by Bob (new)

Bob Parks Mohammed wrote: "Heh Davis you reminded of the awesome Gully Foyle.

Here are my top 10 of the characters :

Parker - The Hunter
Conan - Complete Conan
Gully Foyle - The Stars My Destination
The Continental OP - Re..."


Thanks for posting Hornblower!


message 38: by Hira (new)

Hira Why is Edward on top of the list?He doesn't deserve to be there.Man,I hate him.


message 39: by Cody (last edited Apr 11, 2011 06:44PM) (new)

Cody I don't mind some romance books, (who doesn't have the guilty pleasure of reading about intimacy and sex), but all the vampire books that have started coming out since Twilight are getting to be a bit much. I think it's time for a new fad in the book world. But that's just me.


message 40: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Kiiks wrote: "Another thing~why is it that the majority of the male characters this list revolves around must be romantic, lover-type characters?? Or vampires. I am so sick of vampires."

Agreed!


message 41: by Anila (new)

Anila *twitchtwitch*
PATCH is above Edmond Dantes? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? AND WESTLEY?
Someone please explain to me how a fallen angel who tries to kill his love interest multiple times rates that high.
I DON'T UNDERSTAND.


message 42: by Cheese (new)

Cheese Anila wrote: "*twitchtwitch*
PATCH is above Edmond Dantes? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? AND WESTLEY?
Someone please explain to me how a fallen angel who tries to kill his love interest multiple times rates that high...."


And Edward is #1??????


message 43: by Anila (new)

Anila That I expected.

But under no circumstances should Patch rate higher than Westley. NO. CIRCUMSTANCES.
whatiswrongwiththisworld.


message 44: by [deleted user] (new)

CRIME


message 45: by Cheese (new)

Cheese Anila wrote: "That I expected.

But under no circumstances should Patch rate higher than Westley. NO. CIRCUMSTANCES.
whatiswrongwiththisworld."


So many things Anila, so many, many things. All we can do is shake our heads and weep for the future.


Colette-writer-reader-dork How could anyone vote any of the male characters in twilight as the best? Ugh!


message 47: by Anila (new)

Anila The mind boggles.


message 48: by Amma (new)

Amma Anila wrote: "*twitchtwitch*
PATCH is above Edmond Dantes? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? AND WESTLEY?
Someone please explain to me how a fallen angel who tries to kill his love interest multiple times rates that high...."


Agreed, agreed, agreed. I don't even like Mr.Darcy and I don't understand how Edward Cullen beat him. Or how Patch beat Harry Potter. Or how Daniel Grigori is on this list at all. Abusive jerk love interests who say over and over how little they want to do with you? That's what's required to be 'the Best'? *facekeyboard*


message 49: by Breanne (new)

Breanne This vote is for Ren and Kishan. Tiger saga all the way!!!!


message 50: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Hmmm...so we have a controlling, stalker-like, abusive sparkly vampire in first place for best character...Ok then.


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