Skip to main content

Ten 10 Brooding Heroes (Or Anti-heroes)

Happy Valentines Day!

They've been around since Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens envisioned them. They are the characters with few words, more likely to roll their eyes and walk away then carry-on a conversation like their emotionally-uncomplicated peers. They are the brooders doomed to a life of angst, loneliness and gut-wrenching heartbreak that leaves their audience drowning in tears.

In honor of Valentines’ Day, I’m giving a little bit of love to all the fictional brooders who made us cry for them and love them as only crazy fangirls could. They will always be our favorites.



Magneto (X-Men First Class)
This movie revealed to us the tragedy that is Magneto: a brooding anti-hero (or villain really) who can’t let go of his past. A man who will never let himself be happy again.


Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities)
If you haven’t seen this movie, find it now. Sydney Carton is the classic brooding anti-hero. He will break your heart and make you love him.


Li Gexiao (The Vigilantes in Masks)
The tragic widower. The man whose given upon life. He simply drinks, sleeps, and broods about how his wife was killed. And looks so good while doing it.


Henry Nobly (Austenland)
The annoyed brooder. Henry’s got every annoyed, irritated and ‘you’re an idiot, I’m so awesome’ expression down, it almost hurts. Why Henry?


Sir Guy (Robin Hood)
The intense facial brooder. There are many brooders, but few capture the anguished looks that Sir Guy unloads. You know you shouldn't ship him with Marian… but you can’t help it. He just needs some acceptance, people. *wipes tears*


Athos (The Musketeers BBC)
The tragic lover. Ahh Athos, another man given to drink, vocal silence and staring off into space, unable to forgive the woman who ripped his innocent heart to shreds. How many tears must I shed for you?


Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre)
A true classic brooder. Mr. Rochester is cold, dark, mysterious – a man with terrifying secrets, who whiles away his time staring into a blazing fire (or that’s what he does in the movies, anyway.). Yet underneath his broodiness, we see a man who just needs to be loved. (Wait, how'd Michael Fassbender make it on the list twice?)


Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
Accept or not. Colin Firth gave this man his brooding fame. And for good reason. His brooding stares say more than a thousand words. Elizabeth, how could you not love him?


Batman
Move aside, brooders. And let a true brooder show you what brooding-hood is. Every aspect of the brooding hero has been perfected in Batman – heartrending tragic past, eternal silent type, intense glares, and an awesome black costume (optional). Brood on, Batman.


Wolverine
Ah yes, finally the brooder who made brooding too-cool-for-school. The brooder whose few lines are snarky one-liners, a man who doesn't care about anyone. And yet underneath that regenerating skin and adamantium bones, we know there’s a heart of (mostly) gold. And that’s what a true brooding hero is.


Comments

  1. Yay! A post on brooders! Heehee. I loooove anti-heroes and dark, angsty brooders. They're probably one of my favorite types of character. I just can't get enough. And I love all of these brooders here (well, almost all. I think Li Gexiao is the only one I'm unfamiliar with). Just thinking about each of these characters gives me so many feels and happies. What a wonderful Valentines post. *wipes away tear*

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Six Flying Dragons Review

Six Flying Dragons Review
Once in a while a drama comes onscreen that you were destined to love. Six Flying Dragons had my heart written all over it as soon as I learned about it. I’ll now apologize for the amount of fangirling that is about to commence over this drama…
Asdgjlkghahsgdhs I LUUUUV DIS DRAMA!!!! <3 <3 <3
Ahem.
Despite the fact that I knew this drama was going to be the best thing ever, I didn’t watch it while it aired. I hadn’t committed to finishing a 50-episode drama in a looong time but I knew with this one I would have to make an exception. Finally, when I thought I had the time to start on it, I dived in. So glad I did.
Six Flying Dragons tells the story of the passionate politician Jung Do Jeon who wants to change the decaying government of Goryeo and start a new dynasty and rule of government with virtuous General Yi Seong-Gye as king. However, it is Yi Seong-Gye’s fourth son, Yi Bang-Won, who relates most to Jung Do Jeon’s dream – and who will also be Jun…

Cinderella and the Four Knights: Episode 1 Recap

Cinderella and the Four Knights is here! This K-drama recaptures the old fun from popular dramas like You're Beautiful and Boys Before Flowers with the "pretty boy" squad and plucky, poor heroine who wins all their hearts. The real question is, how will our Cinderella ever be able to choose? Here's a recap of the first episode!
The Introduction

The episode starts out with the heroine, Eun Ha-Won, whose life closely resembles that of Cinderella, working endless part-time jobs while dealing with a selfish step-mom and step-sister.

We also meet the three Kang grandsons: very different cousins who don’t get along at all. Kang Seo-Woo is the quieter cousin who focuses on his music. Kang Hyun-Min is a womanizer who is constantly breaking up with girls (and giving them expensive parting gifts to soften the blow, lol). Through flashbacks we see he’s been with his rich grandfather, CEO Kang, the longest. Kang Ji-Woon is the newest addition – he was found recently, the long-los…

What A Girl Wants Review

I still remember the first time I watched this film – at my friend’s house, sitting on her bedroom floor, watching it on a small television with a VHS player. Hehe. Those were the days. What A Girl Wants is a modern, somewhat looser Cinderella retelling that while a simple, cheesy teen flick, has a lot of sweet charm to it, especially with its message of father-daughter relationships and finding one’s identity.

The story starts out with Daphne Reynolds who lives with her single mom, Libby, in Chinatown, New York. Her mom’s a wedding singer while Daphne, at seventeen, is working odd jobs and trying to decide what to do next with her future. At one of the weddings, Daphne is working as waitress when the father-daughter dance begins. Her mother recognizes that forlorn look and tries to console Daphne, but Daphne’s pained at the thought that her father-daughter dance will never come.

It’s been enough years of waiting for Daphne. She finally sets out for London, leaving her mom a note exp…