Hey, everyone! It's time for part two of my favorite fictional characters update, about my favorite male characters. If you haven't already, you can check out the list of my favorite female characters here.
Vision is a Marvel superhero who has been in the comics since 1968 and was introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015.
In the MCU, Vision is a synthetic human (an android, but a little more complex than that) whose body was created with synthetic flesh, a computerized nervous system, and the Mind Gem, which, as I said in part one, is an immensely powerful but little understood Infinity Stone. An evil AI named Ultron created the body to be his own, but the Avengers stole it from him before he could finish uploading himself. Then Tony Stark and Bruce Banner decided to upload Tony's AI assistant and friend, JARVIS, into the body's system. The other Avengers tried to stop them, but Thor Odinson used his lightning powers to bring Vision to life, stating that he had seen him in a vision given to him when Wanda Maximoff manipulated his thoughts and that Vision was a necessary part of the universe's future.
Thus, Vision came into being through a combination of the Mind Gem, Ultron, and JARVIS. He soon proved himself to be worthy of carrying Thor's hammer, a rare honor, and spoke of humanity as a beautiful but messy thing that he wanted to help protect. He joined the Avengers, and ever since has been learning more about the universe, humanity, and himself. He fell in love with Wanda Maximoff, and they began a relationship.
Vision's powers include flight, enhanced strength, endurance, and intelligence, changing his density, phasing through objects, releasing energy bolts from the Mind Gem, and manipulating the molecules of his body to create clothes and even a changed appearance.
I have this thing about characters who are new to the world--AI and clones and such--but who soon fall in love with humanity. Their search for what it means to be human is so thought-provoking and beautiful. I also really love it when they're intelligent and mature and have a lot of knowledge about the world, but because of their newness, are still kind of naive and very open to learning. I think it's important that all of us recognize how little we really know about the universe and ourselves, because otherwise we stop trying to learn. These kind of characters, they never stop seeking out new knowledge. (I think I also like it because I'm attracted to smart, thoughtful guys, but I don't want them to be the type who would lord it over me. I want us to have different areas of knowledge that we can teach each other, so that we're more equal and complementary to each other. And that means my future man has to be willing to learn.)
Other things I really like about Vision, besides his intelligence, thoughtfulness, and willingness to learn, are how sweet and pure he is, how devoted he is to the things he cares about (i.e. protecting humanity and Wanda), his pretty blue eyes, and his lovely British voice. Seriously, the actor for Vision has a great voice.
If you don't know by now that Peeta is my favorite book boyfriend, then you haven't been paying attention.
Peeta is one of two love interests in The Hunger Games Trilogy. He and Katniss Everdeen grew up different parts of the same town, and Peeta had a crush on her ever since kindergarten (which is a trope that I adore). He even saved her, and her family, from starvation when he and Katniss were 12.
All of this came into the light when Peeta and Katniss were selected for the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death, and Peeta had to do everything he could to keep Katniss alive--even as their world fell apart and a revolution began. And then the author decided to go full-on brutal by having him get brainwashed by the government to fear and hate Katniss rather than love her. It is devastating, and as a writer, I deeply admire Collin's skill there. Peeta did eventually learn how to think around the brainwashing and became a less innocent, but still wonderful and loving, version of himself. Over time, Katniss fell in love with Peeta, and at the end, she married him.
Peeta is basically perfect. Despite having an abusive mother and then going through all kinds of awfulness, he's sincere, compassionate, thoughtful, selfless, and not at all a killer, which is a problem when you're in the Hunger Games. However, he's physically strong, which helped him survive up until Katniss started trying to protect him, too. He's completely devoted to Katniss. In the books, he has beautiful blue eyes, and in the movies, he's played by Josh Hutcherson, my first celebrity crush, so yes, he's attractive. He's also aware of the injustices in his world and was prepared for revolution long before Katniss was. To top it all off, Peeta is incredibly charming and good with words. So while Katniss became a symbol of the revolution for her actions, Peeta became the voice.
I think it's also important to note that in the books, after his first Hunger Games, Peeta's leg was amputated and he then used a prosthetic. Disabled rep!
Pretty much, Peeta is my ideal guy. Too bad he's fictional. :(
Finn is one of the central characters in the newest Star Wars trilogy. Abducted from his parents as a young child and raised to be a Storm Trooper, he rejects the teachings of the First Order and instead joins the struggling Resistance.
Finn is basically just a huge sweetheart. Like Vision and Peeta, he's very sincere, compassionate, and devoted to the people he cares about. He does want to make a difference in the universe, but up until the end of The Last Jedi, he's a reluctant kind of hero who's more concerned about protecting Rey than helping the Resistance. However, in The Last Jedi, his character arc develops so that, by the end, he now sees the necessity of the Resistance and wants to fight.
He's also, I believe, the first person of color to be shown in Star Wars.
I don't know what else to tell you, guys. I just adore Finn. He's my second favorite Star Wars character, after Padme!
The Ninth Doctor
As Doctor Who fans know, the Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and a Time Lord gone rogue who travels through time and space saving and protecting people and worlds and even the universe itself. He has a particular fondness for humans, partly because they look like Gallifreyans, although Gallifreyans have two hearts. Additionally, because he's a Time Lord, the Doctor regenerates into a "new" person every time he (or now she) dies. So far, he's regenerated something like fourteen times.
I like the Doctor in pretty much all his iterations, but my favorite is the Ninth. Up until I watched an episode with Nine (and Rose Tyler), I didn't have much interest in the show. But as soon as the Ninth Doctor appeared on my computer screen, I fell in love.
I'm not sure why the Ninth Doctor is my favorite, rather than the Tenth Doctor, who is the major fan favorite (and also very awesome). Nine's personality just really resonates with me. He's just regenerated out of a brutal war where all of his race was lost except himself. Because of that, he carries a lot of pain. The Ninth Doctor usually comes off as being fierce, full of humor, and ready for action, but there are many moments where his pain shines through, revealing both his brokenness and the depths of his devotion to protecting others. Rose, who I discussed in part one, helps him feel less alone and helps him to see again the beauty and excitement of the universe. Across that first season, Nine falls in love with her, and that love is very deep.
Basically, the Ninth Doctor is a beautiful broken soul, and I really vibe with that.
Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, is a Marvel superhero who has been in the comics since 1941 and was introduced into the movies in 2011. Before Wanda and Vision came into the scene, Steve was my favorite Avenger.
In the MCU, Steve was a sickly guy living during World War II who, despite all his physical weaknesses, wanted to be a part of the fight against the Nazis. He was finally allowed to join an experiment to create a super soldier, where he was chosen for his loyalty and morality. The experiment cured all his conditions and gave him super strength and endurance. He soon became a kind of "poster boy" raising morale in America during the war, but he broke out of the manufactured performance and became a true war hero. After a number of missions, Steve flew a plane into the northern ocean in order to stop a series of bombs from going off. He was considered to be dead.
Then, in the modern day, Steve was discovered frozen under the ocean and was brought back to life, where he became the leader of the Avengers. Since then, he's struggled to reconcile his duty to the public with his loyalty to his best friend, Bucky Barnes, who was turned into another super soldier and brainwashed by the Nazis to become the evil Winter Soldier. Steve also struggles with the corruption and machinations of the government, which he often sees as being at odds with his morals.
I love Steve Rogers for a lot of different reasons. One is that he represents someone who is morally good and very strong in that goodness, even when it's at odds with the law or with public opinion. Though I'm a rule-following type, I believe that the ability to choose morality over the law is a very important one. Steve is also unfailingly loyal and extremely determined. Basically, he oscillates between being a total sweetheart and being a total rebel, and it's fantastic.
Oh, and he went to art school, so there's that. Plus, the actor who plays him is super hot, so Steve is very attractive. (I like me my chiseled jawlines.)
Other Male Characters
There are so many other male characters I could list here. Some are listed in my book boyfriends post. In addition to those, Fred Weasley and Remus Lupin from Harry Potter, Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts, Data Soong from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dean Winchester and Castiel from Supernatural, AIDAN from The Illuminae Files, Calvin O'Keefe from A Wrinkle in Time, and pretty much all the male Avengers could be added. My favorite villains (of which there are three, because I'm not too much of a villain person) are also all male. There are just so many fantastic fictional guys out there!
In fact, you might have noticed there are more characters herethan there were in part one. Part of that is because, unfortunately, there are a lot more complex male characters to work with than there are female. I think I'm also more drawn to male characters because I'm attracted to guys. Additionally, I feel more pressure to be like the female characters I read about/see, and often that just doesn't work out.
Hopefully in the future, I'll find even more female characters to love!
Thanks for reading! Who are your favorite male characters? Let me know, and I'll be back next week for an update on my chronic illnesses.
Images via marvelcinematicuniverse.wikia.com, KatnissLover101 on Twitter, starwars.wikia.com, cavanscott.com, and julietwayne on DeviantArt.
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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