Bad boys have been all the rage lately. In pretty much every book, film, and television drama, they’ve got us rooting for the rogues and the rakes. Ergo, I thought it was time, in no particular order, for a list of my favorite good guys in fantasy.
Ferras Vansen (Shadowmarch series by Tad Williams)
Unrequited love from a selfless, loyal soldier just gets me. He’s faithful and dutiful and brave and kind and a shrewd warrior all the things the perfect man should be.
I’m a sucker for the duty-bound, closet idealist types. He was so under appreciated and exploited by his family, I just wanted to protect him and keep him safe.
Faramir (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien)
This guy goes out to obey his father and battle orcs right after he basically says “I wish your brother was around instead of you.” Nobody gets better than that, nobody. Some girls crushed on Legolas, I crushed—hard—on Faramir right up until he made out with Éowyn. I’m glad he’s happy, but for the record, I’d still marry him. <3
My favorite scene with Earic and Zayn comes at the very end, so I can’t really tell you about it. Earic is just so understanding and patient and…*sigh* He has to inhabit the fictional world because he’s too good for this one.
Elend Venture (Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson)
Elend, my precious parsnip. Here we have an idealist bookworm nobleman—try and top that. Even when his idealism is proven too ideal, he doesn’t ever lose faith. How can you not love him to bits?
I’m also a sucker for arranged marriage romance plots. Especially when they involve guys as gentle and noble and bloody sweet as Torian.
He was a tiny bit of a jerk in the beginning, but if the love of my life had been kidnapped and it looked like the fault of the girl my best friend kept protecting, I’d be cranky, too. But with his devotion to Emma, it was hard not to adore Erik anyway.
Achan could have gone either way in the beginning, but he fell in with the right crowd. His character became so committed to always doing the right thing, I just want to hug him and tell him I’m so proud of my adopted, fictional baby brother.
Eddard Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin)
*sobbing* *wails* *deep breath* Say what you want, but Ned was awesome. Ned was perfect. End of discussion.
Chaol is honest, honorable, kind, and humble. But apparently the author and fandom think a stupid, out-of-character “omission” storyline makes him worse than the dude who literally beat the heroine bloody on multiple occasions and is like twenty times her age. I’m not bitter. Not bitter. Not even a little bit. *punches wall*
Long live good guys! So what do you think of these noble dudes? Did I miss your favorite? Tell me in the comments. 🙂