What makes a hero sexy? When a friend of mine posed this topic to me a while back, I figured this would be a pretty easy question to answer. The more I thought about it, I realized it wasn’t as easy of a question to answer as I’d hoped. Why? In part because sexy, in my opinion, is very subjective. What one person finds attractive another won’t. So, I started thinking about some of the characters I found sexy in books and what traits made made them so appealing.
At the top of my list is Roarke from J.D. Robb’s In Death series. I’ll also include both Joe Morelli and Ranger from the Stephanie Plum series. What do these particular characters have in common?
First they’re all attractive. That’s part of the fantasy after all isn’t it. As a reader, I like to have pretty people wandering through my head as I’m told a story. Depending on the writer they run the gambit on how descriptive they are in describing their characters attractiveness, but they leave you just enough room to formulate your own image of that character whether it be a celebrity of something that’s purely a figment of your own imagination.
Another shared characteristic of sexy heroes is intelligence. Let’s face it, your character could be an Adonis, but it they’re dumb as a stump no one is going to read on. Me personally, I have a thing for the geeky hero. For me super smart is extremely sexy.
A third trait that I think is part of the sexy hero formula is confidence. Jumping back to the three characters I mentioned everyone one of them is a badass and they know it. It’s not only because they can kick ass. It’s their attitude it just drips with power and self assurance. It’s because of that confidence that it’s uber sexy when they make themselves vulnerable to the person that they love.
I’m sure there are more traits that make up a sexy hero these are just a few that come off the top of my head. But I’ll put it out there to you. What do you think makes a hero sexy and memorable?