Best Tortured Heroes in Fiction

This list is mainly for tortured heroes in romances, but if there are good ones outside of that genre, feel free to add them to the list. He has suffered greatly in his life, and his struggles break your heart. But hopefully he has his happy ending waiting for him.
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4.25 avg rating — 51,753 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 8,776 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 72,462 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 200,581 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 35,089 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 28,821 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 50,915 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 75,177 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 121 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 3,179,173 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 34,939 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 528,647 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 47,349 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 238,063 ratings
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736 books · 832 voters · list created October 16th, 2009 by Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (votes) .
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Dina 4824 books
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Shawna 17259 books
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Julie 914 books
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Emmi 2014 books
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Hannah 2333 books
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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Today I call a heroic female protagonist a hero. Antigone is a hero. The old-fashioned "heroine" is more than likely an INGENUE. What think you all ?


message 2: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Paulina in The Winter's Tale, a hero of a romance which is not HER romance, but she is its hero, Hermione would have been regarded as a"heroine" but she is not the Strong Person of he plot, the Rescuer, the Reuniter. Joan of Arc, a HERO.

Now Hero of Hero and Leander.....a "heroine" if you please, or an INGENUE.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Technically it's for heroes, but you can add heroines too.


message 4: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "Technically it's for heroes, but you can add heroines too."

On second thought, Hermione STANDS UP when she says "That bug that you would fright me with [my death:] i seek !" Saw Kate Burton play this role in the Berkshires. Heroic indeed.

Once again, let me argue, WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR AESTHETIC VOCABULARY. An heroic female is a HERO, Antigone, not Creon. Cordelia, even though she fails. etc.


message 5: by Mir (new)

Mir Fox's Book of Martyrs? I'm guessing that the person who made this list was thinking "internally tormented" not "tortured to death". That would lean more toward non-fiction than romance.


message 6: by Pamela(AllHoney) (last edited Jul 19, 2012 12:53PM) (new)

Pamela(AllHoney) Just noticed this is "Fiction" heroes. #84 A Child Called "It" is a true story. I haven't looked at all of them so I don't know if there are more.


message 7: by Mercy (new)

Mercy Dragonslayer Aidan MacAllister, people! What on EARTH do you have to do to get recognition around here?!


message 8: by Mercy (new)

Mercy Dragonslayer One more thing: where is the Dragonfate series? There are two fake versions of Dragon's Flight in the archives, and an old version of Dragon's Gold, and Dragon's Oath isn't there at all! Our librarians seem to be slacking a bit.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Could be bad import info from the automatic services, etc.

You could add the information from your copies to the database.

GR Librarians are volunteers.


message 10: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady There are some odd choices on this list...


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