The 10 Greatest Romance Novel Heroes of All Time

by Keira G on August 15, 2010 · 8 comments

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Not to be confused with your personal favorites, these ten romance heroes, every girl and woman knows. You may not have read their stories yet, but you have heard about them. In this short video I count down from hero #10 all the way back to the greatest romance hero of all time, the one that started it all. Do you know who I’m talking about?

The 10 Greatest Romance Novel Heroes of All Time:

For the hearing impaired or those short on time here’s the list of romance heroes. My explanations for each hero on this list are on the video.

10. Romeo from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

09. Ned Nickerson from Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew series.

08. Jean-Claude from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.

07. Roarke from J.D. Robb’s In Death series.

06. Justin Allistair the Duke of Avon from Georgette Heyer’s These Old Shades.

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05. Sebastian Ballister the Marquess of Dain from Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels.

04. Edward Cullen from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga.

03. Mr. Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.

02. Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

01. Prince Charming from the fairy tale Cinderella.

Your Turn: What do you think? Do you agree? Or would you put Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights or Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre or Rhett Butler from Gone with the Windon the list? Or somebody else entirely?

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1 Nuwanda August 15, 2010 at 7:12 AM

Nice video :) I would have added Rhett Butler… and probably Mr Knightley (Emma) and Col. Brandon (Sense and Sensibility).
And gosh, I didnt like Ned from Nancy Drew, always thought he was annoying :))

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2 Karin August 15, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I think Mr. Darcy is the greatest of Jane Austen’s heroes. I don’t know if I’d put another on the list by her. That said I’d probably put Rhett Butler before Ned Nickerson even though I grew up on Nancy Drew.

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3 Kate August 16, 2010 at 3:03 AM

My Austen is so influenced by the movies that I’d have to say Mr Darcy but only if it’s the Matthew MacFayden version (very unpopular choice, I know). I have to admit that I’m not much on Prince Charming but then I’m a big fan of the musical Into the Woods, so I think those sentiments go hand-in-hand. Rhett’s been a longtime favorite of mine so I’d add him in too. But my heart has belonged to Trevelyan from Jude Deveraux’s old skool The Duchess since I was about 12. That’s definitely a biased choice!

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4 Dalal August 16, 2010 at 5:16 AM

Great Video! and a great list :) Sebastain Ballister is my kind of hero! I just love love love him! However Mr.Darcy is the #1 on my list :)

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5 Keira August 16, 2010 at 7:12 AM

Thanks! Rhett Butler seems to be a big fav perhaps he really should have made the list. I don’t know what Scarlett ever saw in Ashley. Oh and Kate I love love love love love MacFayden as Mr. Darcy. :D So we’ll make that unpopular choice together.

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6 Nuwanda August 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Ashley is Scarlett’s idea of the prince charming… and later, she realizes he’s not like she thought he was. How she could prefer him over Rhett is beyond me though !! :)

And I like Mathew Macfadyen too, as much as I like Colin Firth actually !

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7 Keira August 17, 2010 at 7:24 PM

I’ve never read Anne of Green Gables (it’s in my TBR quite a ways down I somehow skipped these babies growing up) — is there a romance / guy in there for Anne? lol Maybe he should have kicked Ned in the teeth.

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8 MJ September 13, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Edward Cullen because he’s sparkly!!! ROFLMAO
Love this list! On my list, Darcy is #1 no one can top him. I had forgotten about Prince Charming, although I’m more attracted to Sleeping Beauty’s Prince Phillip than Cinderella’s. :P

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