Let’s not lie to ourselves or to each other. We know you used to stand around in your kitchen, stirring your Kraft mac and cheese after school or work, pretending that your latest fictional obsession was standing next to you and you were in their universe. We’re not the only ones who have been secretly dating fictional characters for years… right? Below is a curated list of our current fictional boyfriends. We’ve obviously got a little bit of a fictional ~type. Who is the fictional love of your life? Leave a comment, or tweet us @fandommatters.
1. Josh Lyman, The West Wing
I could not tell you the exact moment when I fell in love with Josh Lyman. All I know is somewhere halfway through Season 1, I fell hard and I fell fast . Josh (almost singlehandedly) led Matt Santos to victory. Josh also created the Secret Plan to Fight Inflation. He embodies both the idealistic and harsh reality of American politics, he’s the guy The Guy counts on, and fictional love of my life. I’m even into his baggy 90s suits. Catch me over at lemonlyman.com.
2. Jaime Lannister, Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire
EVERYONE HATES JAIME. Specifically, everyone in the GoT universe. Even Cersei, who loves him. Everyone except Brienne of Tarth, who sees the damage and torment plaguing the notorious Kingslayer. He started as the literal golden boy of King’s Landing, and from incest to dismemberment has been constantly brought down since the first day we met him. Yet he persists. He fights, even with the wrong hand. He answers, however honorably or dishonorably, for his crimes, but never faces an enemy without sharp wit and blade. We love to hate you, Jaime, but mostly we just love you.
3. Tim Riggins, Friday Night Lights
He’s so important to me.
4. Jess Mariano, Gilmore Girls
Jess will always be my first bad-boy crush. He is insolent, apathetic, and has no apparent objection to vandalism, violence, or petty larceny; he’s a voracious reader, a patient and tormented lover, and has excellent hair and forearms. Maybe the most heartbreaking thing about Jess was that he and Rory couldn’t make it work – despite the fact that she was quintessential good-girl yin to his yang, neither of them was emotionally equipped to turn genuine feelings for each other into something tangible. And that’s a little too real.
5. Gatwick Matthew Patil, We Were Liars
I’m just going to go ahead and say it: It is super attractive to see an Indian boy in a mainstream YA novel. In fact I feel pretty territorial about him getting with a White girl because it feels personal; another one bites the dust (forgive me for this in so many ways). It was the last thing I expected to find in We Were Liars and as a result the most sexual tension I have ever known on the page or possibly in real life. There are lines about Gat that still give me chills: “There’s a coiled energy there.” I’ve seen that guy. I know that guy. “Ambition and strong coffee.” Someone help me.
6. Oliver Wood, Harry Potter
Yes. Yes, you are a keeper, Oliver Wood. Confession: I used to dig through the trivia cards of Harry Potter games and steal any of the ones that had to do with Oliver Wood. Oh, the fanfics I would write about him and my Wizarding World-self falling asleep on the couches in the Gryffindor common room, cozy by the fire. There was just something about the way that Sean Biggerstaff tackled that bludger to the ground and rocked a turtleneck on the Hogwarts grounds, man. In that moment, I swear, Oliver Wood awakened my sexuality. Can I borrow Wood for a moment? Or two, or many.
7. Raj Malhotra,
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Is there literally anything sexier than a guy who will stand up for what he believes in? Especially when it’s you ?? Raj is the classic flawed hero with whom viewers are drawn to sympathize. He’s kind of a tosser; DDLJ depicts him as carefree and lacking ambition, not to mention a little cheeky and a wily beer thief when necessary. But then Raj finds something to fight for: Simran. This gives him direction, loyalty, and an unwavering sense of purpose (even though Simran tries to be mean to him – just like Jess/Rory; the flawed hero drawn to the innocent heroine). He travels thousands of miles to stop her wedding, surrounding himself with potential enemies who plan to wed Simran to Kuljit without fuss. Also he sings and dances about his intentions in front of everybody. Bold, brazen; high risk, high reward.
8. James “Sawyer” Ford,
I think we’ve read enough of these very telling descriptions in this post to know that I have a type, and Sawyer fits it perfectly: brooding bad boy, potentially criminal (very much so, in this case), and also emotionally manipulative all to mask his inner turmoil. But Sawyer, like the rest of our bad-boy crushes (BBCs, if you will), gets his act together when he finds the right person and purpose. He falls in love with Juliet and becomes de facto leader of the Oceanic 815 survivors who find themselves lost in time on the Island. His character arc is one of the most skillful I have ever seen in fiction, and whether he’s getting in fist fights over mangoes or trying to save the love of his life from an electromagnetic anomaly (as you do), I will always love him.
9. Sokka, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Sokka might be fictional, and animated, but I know I’m not alone here. Sokka is the self-proclaimed “meat and sarcasm guy,” the humor and heart of Team Avatar. He maintains a strong sense of self even when surrounded by powerful benders, knowing he adds value in his own way. He’s a skilled fighter, and loving friend and brother. He’s hilarious, and he’s perfect. No wonder boomerang always comes back to him. I will too.
10. The one and only Sirius Black, Harry Potter
Sorry Gary Oldman, but you are not my Sirius Black. My Sirius Black is the epitome of tall, dark and handsome, a Sirius Black that easily slid back to his former self after the many years spent in his cell. I’ve always been a Marauder’s Era girl. Book Sirius is so SEXY, like brooding, and angry, and has that weird competitive anti-bromance with Snape. Yet, he’s always loyal and understanding, and just wanted Harry to have the love in his life that he deserved. Ah, Snuffles. Living in a cave and eating rats and begging for scraps just so you can be closer to your godson, slapping muddy paw prints onto letters. I spent so much time imagining what a relationship would look like with you. We looked good.
Curated by Olivia Dolphin, Proma Khosla, and Hannah Panek.