By Natalie Issa
Because of all the reading/movie-watching/Netflix-binging I do, I’ve obviously come across a slew of fictional men during my time. Some were deplorable (I’m looking at you, Kilgrave); others, absolutely dreamy (hello Captain Hook). As a result, I have a rather long list of fictional crushes. I mean we all have them, right? Those fictional male characters that seem to ruin all real-life men for us?
So without further ado, I present to you my top fictional crushes. And these male characters are from all forms of fiction. Because I don’t discriminate.
1. George Knightley, Emma: Mr. Knightley is truly my favorite of Jane Austen’s male characters. What’s not to love? Nestled underneath Mr. Knightley’s slightly sarcastic and dry-humored exterior is a kind, compassionate, gooey center. Swoon. Not only does he have an unwavering moral compass, Mr. Knightley’s judge of character is unparalleled. He will love you. He will be there for you. And he will never steer your wrong.
2. Robbie, Angus, Thongs, & Perfect Snogging: Don’t judge me on this one. I think Robbie was my first bona-fide fictional crush. Maybe it’s because I had a things for guys in bands with floppy hair. Or maybe it was because he was played by lil’ baby Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Whatever the reason, Robbie was just plain dreamy. A sweet, sensitive musician? Sign me up. I had visions of Robbie serenading me outside my window with a song he wrote just for me. Plus, he had some great hair.
3. Ben Wyatt, Parks & Recreation: Okay, let’s be real. Who doesn’t have an insane crush on Ben Wyatt? From his delightful nerdiness/awkwardness to his unbelievable loyalty, Ben Wyatt is a total winner. He’d totally binge-watch Daredevil with you while willingly taking care of your taxes all day. Because he’s just that amazing.
4. Danny Castellano, The Mindy Project: Sure, Danny Castellano’s kind of grumpy. But just wait till he busts out his killer dance moves (from his days as a stripper, obviously). Seriously though, Danny is completely crush-worthy. Between his bouts of grumpiness are seriously vulnerable moments that reveals just how much he cares. He’s the type of guy who’s not afraid to take a few punches for his people. Plus he has some adorably goofy moments, too. One thing’s for sure: Danny Castellano will always take care of you.
5. Gilbert Blythe, Anne of Green Gables: Gilbert Blythe is the perfect boy next door for so many reasons. Who else but he could match Anne’s killer wit and intelligence, all the while keeping up with her sometimes over the top dramatics? And let’s not forget his wonderful dry sense of humor. And yeah, he does come off as a bit pompous at the start. But as he matures, he becomes a patient, kind, and sensible man. Remember when he gives up his position at the Avonlea school so Anne can be with Marilla? Yeah, the guy who actually lives next door to you probably wouldn’t do that.
Who are your fictional dream men? Let us know. In the meantime, I’ll be crying over the fact that George Knightley isn't real.
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