1. Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
I think every girl who has read Pride and Prejudice or has even just seen the movie falls in love with Mr. Darcy. No joke. When we first meet him, he is gruff and disagreeable. But we see his stone exterior start to crack as he starts falling for Elizabeth Bennett, revealing a kind, intelligent and vulnerable man. Who doesn't want to be the girl who changes a man like that?
|Colin Firth from the 1995 mini-series|
|Matthew Macfadyen from the 2005 film|
2. Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Jay Gatsby is the ultimate romantic, staying loyal to his love for years, even changing his entire persona just so they could be together. That entire empire of riches he's built? Not for his own monetary gain but just so he'll be rich enough for Daisy. He also throws the best parties and has nice shirts. What more can you ask for?
|Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby in upcoming 2012 film|
3. Rhett Butler (Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell)
Rhett is hopelessly devoted to Scarlett O'Hara, even when she fails to see his depth of affection for her time after time. He loves Scarlett for her spirit and personality and not just for her beauty. Time after time, he helps others, including Scarlett while risking his own life. His devotion and selflessness earns this Southern gentleman a spot on this list.
|Played by Clark Gable in 1939 film|
4. Severus Snape (Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling)
If you even have to ask why Snape is on this list, you need to get off this planet (but actually). He's hopeless devoted to his childhood love. His love for her has never lost it's intensity, even when unrequited. Even after her untimely death, he shows his love for her by risking his own life and protecting her son Harry Potter, even though he despises him. His last action was to look into her eyes, well Harry's that he inherited from his mother.
5. Finnick Odair (Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins)
Even though Finnick has all the women in Panem lusting for him, there is only one girl in his life and that is Annie Cresta. Finnick is devoted enough to make the romantic in me swoon. He's also humorous and easy-going with just enough flirtatiousness. And hey, the thought of Finnick wearing nothing but a fishing net gives me tingles in funny places.
|James Gaisford, from the Youtube web series, is the PERFECT Finnick|
6. Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
Atticus Finch is honest, has integrity and does the right thing. He sticks to his beliefs, even when he's standing alone. He basically represents goodness and truth in the book. We could have intelligent conversations about morals and philosophy which is always fun. Atticus is also a good father and that's hot.
|Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck, in 1962 film|
7. Gale Hawthorne/Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins)
Since there's been so much discussion of "Team Peeta" and "Team Gale", now both of them are basically the same to me. I'm Team Bothofthem! Gale is the perfect best friend. He's there for you and you can talk to him about anything. Peeta is the perfect knight in shining armor. He'll be there to protect you if you need it. Plus he can bake and that's also hot.
|Liam Hemsworth as Gale in the 2012 film|
|Josh Hutcherson as Peeta in the 2012 film|
8. Minho (Maze Runner series by James Dashner)
Minho is one of the most badass characters in Young Adult fiction. He is the keeper of the Runners in The Maze Runner and takes on a leadership role among the boys in the Glade. He's described as being muscular. He's also sarcastic, loyal and the voice of reason, all at the same time.
|Derek Mio is how I've always imagined Minho|
9. Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables series by L.M Montgomery)
Popular with the girls and knowing it, Gilbert first appears to the reader to be be immature and into himself. He likes Anne from the moment he sees her but gets her attention the wrong way (making fun of her gingerness... not a good pickup line). He matures and becomes more selfless, giving up a job so Anne can stay with Marilla. He can call me "carrots" anytime (even though I'm a brunette).
10. Cedric Diggory (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling)
Cedric Diggory is basically the perfect "nice guy", embodying all the traits of a true Hufflepuff. He plays fair and is modest. He is hard-working and quite the Quidditch player. He is also loyal and a good friend to others, described as "good and kind and brave" by Dumbledore after his untimely death. And come on, Cedric gives me an excuse to swoon over Robert Pattinson without being called a Twihard.
|Robert Pattinson as Cedric in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|
Well there it is! Did I miss anybody? Which fictional character (male or female) makes YOU swoon? Comment below!