A while ago I asked my friends on facebook what attributes they thought made a man into a hero.
This was the list I received:
Strong - takes charge
Strong - but kind
Kinda like an Alpha Male
Compassionate - but still takes charge.
One who can laugh at himself but not at others
A man not a male
Honesty, a man with integrity
Active and purposeful
Fantastic sense of humour
Honest and trustworthy
A tease with a sense of humour, but not to the expense of others.
Loves animals, and children
Ruggedly handsome, with a beard, and just-out-of-the-bed hair
Tall and strong. (Blonde)
Respectful towards women
Has a sense of humor
Naughty - but nice
Once I’d compiled the list, I saw that a man being strong and protective was a huge point in a woman’s favor. It surprised me because in today’s world, women seem to be so self-sufficient. Of course, many have no choice.
It’s kinda nice though to think that we ladies still appreciate a man who can make us feel that we have someone to lean on. As much as I like a guy with a good sense of humor, I do admit that I still expect him to be “the man”.
So - when I write my heroes from now on, I’ll be checking this list and choosing which special traits he’ll have. And because I like to start off with a flawed hero most times, he might just have to hide these qualities at the begining of the story. It's good to torture characters...right? RIGHT??
Next list I will ask them to fill in is the heroine’s. We need someone special for this guy…