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Random Thoughts: Bad Boys and Heroes

You hear the titles “bad boy” and “hero” and you might think that they can’t be one and the same. I mean a bad boy is bad and a hero is supposed to be good, right? Not necessarily. Who says they have to be mutually exclusive? I don’t.

There is no reason why a bad boy must become a good boy in order to be a hero. He can still be the bad boy he’s always been, and yet still manage to do something heroic. And good boys don’t always rise to the occasion and take on the mantle of hero. They may be good, but sometimes they’re not good enough.

In fact, many of my favorite characters are bad boys that are often mistaken for heroes. I’m just glad that no matter how good they may seem, they will forever and always be bad, bad boys.

And the best way to emphasize my point is by example. So, here are just three of my favorites.

Name

Most commonly known as Nick Ryves.

Looks

Gorgeous. Black hair. Black eyes – often used to glare. Broad shoulders. Great body. Deep voice. Sexy dangerous.

Personality

Arrogant, rude, selfish, temperamental, dark and dangerous – very, very dangerous. Frightfully honest. Sarcastic.

Other Attributes

Great dancer. Summons demons. Handy with a sword. Not good with animals.

What makes him bad?

Enjoys getting into fights. Enjoys picking fights even more. He’s not afraid to use his sword. He has killed before. There are only just a few people he’d protect against harm. He’s a love ’em and leave ’em kind of boy. He’s good looking and he knows it.

What makes him a hero?

He fights everything inside of him – who and what he is – to be there for his brother Alan and even Mae and Jamie. But what makes him heroic is that he is willing to sacrifice himself for his brother.

Yes, he’s still a bad boy, but any boy that is willing to sacrifice themselves is a hero in my book.

What he has to say for himself?

“I wasn’t threatening you. I was menacing you. You threaten people with words…. I prefer swords.”

“…I am in full possession of the amazing power of being sarcastic.”

“Want me to flex my magic for you, baby?”

“Do you think I need a sword to kill you?”

“Fear’s useless…. Either something bad happens or it doesn’t: If it doesn’t, you’ve wasted time being afraid, and if it does, you’ve wasted time that you could have spent sharpening your weapons.”

“Sometimes I want to be human for you.”

Name

Most commonly known as Luc or Lucifer Cain.

Looks

Wicked grin. Hot. Black eyes – the blackest. Silky black hair. Tall. Body to sigh for.

Personality

Absolutely demonic. Deadly. Sexy. Charming. Moody. Sarcastic. Cocky. Proud. A total tease. Intense.

Other Attributes

Seductive. Moves like a cat. Likes brimstone and hellfire. Doesn’t have much of an appetite. For human food anyway. Oh, yeah, and he’s a demon. The demon of pride. Did I forget to mention that? Definitely not a boy to introduce to the parents. A boy of few words.

What makes him bad?

Well, see above, he’s a demon. I don’t know too many good demons although I’ve met one or two. He is manipulative and deceptive. His mission is to ensure that Frannie chooses Hell. So, yeah, not very altruistic. Definitely very bad.

What makes him a hero?

Can’t tell you too much here. If you’ve read the books, you’ll know. If you haven’t, let’s just say, his personality does a complete 180…almost. Frannie is his weakness and his possible salvation. Everything he has done for her has made him more heroic than many good boys. And definitely more heroic than most demons.

What he has to say for himself?

Nothing makes a demon’s day like impending death and destruction.

“You’re playing a little fast and loose with those wings, don’t you think?”

She’s fiery for sure. I like a little fire. Makes me feel at home.

There’s no crying in baseball and no love in Hell.

This has to be his fault, somehow. I’m going to track him down, pluck out his angel feathers, and stuff a pillow with them.

Name

Most commonly known as Patch Cipriano.

Looks

Total eye candy. Tall. Black hair. Black eyes. May have one or two scars. Heavenly body.

Personality

Hedonistic. Arrogant. Sarcastic. Self-absorbed. Secretive. Focused. Intense. Brooding. Mysterious.

Other Attributes

Was at one time angelic. But then he took a tumble. Has a fondness for the game of pool. Can feel emotions. Can’t feel things physically – not an ideal selling point when thinking of kissable boys.

What makes him bad?

The whole wanting to kill Nora thing pretty much does it for me. Being a jerk doesn’t help. Hanging around pool halls, looking for trouble is an added bad boy bonus. The ability to manipulate minds and possess people aren’t characteristics that good boys tend to have or use. As good as Patch may sometimes appear to be, he’ll always be that bad, bad boy in need of redemption.

What makes him a hero?

There’s no real way to say it without spoiling it, so I won’t. But each time you think he’s gone too far, is just too bad, he manages to surprise you. He’s surprised me and I’m sure he’s surprised Nora. He may be a reluctant hero, an accidental one, but he is a hero. And when push came to shove he didn’t choose himself.

What he has to say for himself?

“As it turns out, I’m in need of a healthy female sacrifice. I’d planned on luring her into trusting me first, but if you’re ready now …”

“Humans are vulnerable…because they’re capable of being hurt.”

“But if I hadn’t fallen, I wouldn’t have met you.”

“What good is a body if I can’t have you?”

“You can see who I was, or you can see who I am now. I’m not good…but I was worse.”

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I’m starting to see a common thread among those bad boys I hold oh so dear. In order to be my ideal bad boy/hero, they must have dark hair and dark eyes, must be sarcastic and self-absorbed, must have killed or be willing to kill someone or something and ultimately have to be willing to be sacrificed.

They also generally go by more than one name and have eyes that are depthless and which tell so much about who they really are.

So yeah, my favorite bad boys are also heroes. They can be angels or demons or warlocks or even humans, but whatever they are, they will always be maddeningly gorgeous and frustrating and will continue to captivate me long after I’ve met them.

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