111 British Literary Heroes We Wouldn’t Kick out of bed for eating crackers

This is great and taken from The Awl  111 British literary heroes in order of bangability. Or as we say in North America, “I’d do him.”

Do you agree? 

111. Frankenstein’s Monster (Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus)
110. Uriah Heep (David Copperfield)
109. Casaubon (Middlemarch)
108. Bradley Headstone (Our Mutual Friend)
107. Samuel Pickwick (Pickwick Papers)
106. Gussie Fink-Nottle (Right Ho, Jeeves)
105. Keith Talent (London Fields)
104. Jerry Cruncher (Tale of Two Cities)
103. Hercule Poirot (The Mysterious Affair at Styles)
102. Ham Peggotty (David Copperfield)
101. Thorin Oakenshield (The Hobbit)
100. Tracy Tupman (Pickwick Papers)
99. Julian Malory (Excellent Women)
98. C.J. Stryver (A Tale of Two Cities)
97. Charles Arrowby (The Sea, the Sea)
96. Dr. Watson (“A Study In Scarlet”)
95. Willy Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
94. Jim Dixon (Lucky Jim)
93. Edward Ferrars (Sense and Sensibility)
92. Colonel Brandon (Sense and Sensibility)
91. Percy Mannering (Memento Mori)
90. Edmund Bertram (Mansfield Park)
89. Augustus Snodgrass (Pickwick Papers)
88. Mr. Micawber (David Copperfield)
87. Bertram Wooster (“Extricating Young Gussie”)
86. Everard Bone (Excellent Women)
85. Peregrin Took (The Lord of the Rings)
84. Will Ladislaw (Middlemarch)
83. Flashman (Flashman)
82. J.P. Worthing (The Importance of Being Earnest)
81. Holly Martins (The Third Man)
80. Charles Bingley (Pride and Prejudice)
79. Alec Warner (Memento Mori)
78. Leopold Bloom (Ulysses)
77. Timothy Cavendish (Cloud Atlas)
76. Kubla Khan (“Kubla Khan”)
75. Aylwin Forbes (No Fond Return of Love)
74. Falstaff (Henry IV, Part I)
73. Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe (Ivanhoe)
72. Stephen Colley (I Capture The Castle)
71. George Smiley (Call for the Dead)
70. Charles Ryder (Brideshead Revisited)
69. Simon Cotton (I Capture The Castle)
68. Peter Pan (Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up)
67. Long John Silver (Treasure Island)
66. King Lear (King Lear)
65. Reginald Jeeves (“Extricating Young Gussie”)
64. Henry Pulling (Travels with My Aunt)
63. Romeo (Romeo and Juliet)
62. Tristram Shandy (The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman)
61. Winston Smith (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
60. Roland Michell (Possession)
59. Crow (Crow)
58. Brigadier Etienne Gerard (The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard)
57. Tertius Lydgate (Middlemarch)
56. Lord Sebastian Flyte (Brideshead Revisited)
55. Henry Crawford (Mansfield Park)
54. Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion)
53. Edward Murdstone (David Copperfield)
52. Desmond Ragwort (Thus Was Adonis Murdered)
51. Captain Hook (Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up)
50. Charles Darnay (A Tale of Two Cities)
49. Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
48. King Arthur (The Once and Future King)
47. Mortimer Lightwood (Our Mutual Friend)
46. M. Héger (Villette)
45. Legolas (The Lord of the Rings)
44. Robin Hood (Piers Plowman)
43. Inspector Alan Grant (The Man in the Queue)
42. George Emerson (A Room with a View)
41. Alan Breck Stewart (Kidnapped)
40. Rockingham Napier (Excellent Women)
39. Mr. Neville (Hotel du Lac)
38. St. John Rivers (Jane Eyre)
37. Remus Lupin (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
36. Lancelot (The Once and Future King)
35. Othello (Othello, The Moor of Venice)
34. Tarzan/Lord Greystoke (Tarzan of the Apes)
33. Severus Snape (Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone)
32. Aslan (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe)
31. Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities)
30. John Willoughby (Sense and Sensibility)
29. Thomas Cromwell (Wolf Hall)
28. Maxim de Winter (Rebecca)
27. Simon Bakerloo (The Wolves of Willoughby Chase)
26. Sirius Black (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
25. Brian de Bois-Guilbert (Ivanhoe)
24. Adam Dalgliesh (Cover Her Face)
23. James Bond (Casino Royale)
22. James Steerforth (David Copperfield)
21. Tom Bombadil (The Lord of the Rings)
20. Edward Driffield (Cakes And Ale)
19. Sherlock Holmes (“A Study In Scarlet”)
18. Justin Alastair, Duke of Avon (These Old Shades)
17. Robert Frobisher (Cloud Atlas)
16. Eomer (The Lord of the Rings)
15. Michael Cantrip (Thus Was Adonis Murdered)
14. Algernon Moncrieff (The Importance of Being Earnest)
13. Randolph Henry Ash (Possession)
12. Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)
11. Maurice Bendrix (The End of the Affair)
10. Beorn (The Hobbit)
9. Orlando (Orlando: A Biography)
8. Oliver Mellors (Lady Chatterley’s Lover)
7. Lord Peter Wimsey (Strong Poison)
6. Don Juan (Don Juan)
5. The Beast (“The Tiger’s Bride”)
4. Eugene Wrayburn (Our Mutual Friend)
3. Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
2. Strider/ Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings)
1. Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre)

Thank goodness for number eighteen, Justin Alastair, Duke of Avon from Georgette Heyer’s These Old Shades. If there had been no Georgette heroes the list would have been an outrage. But I don’t see anyone from our current century.

Who would you add?



  1. Willy Wonka? I mean, really? Willy Wonka?! Although he could keep a girl in chocolate. I guess that’s nothing sneeze at 😉

  2. Malle Vallik

    I know! And I question Frankenstein, although he does have this raw sexuality. Hmmmm. I think the list compilers should read more romances.

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