Who says the “Most Handsome Faces” are limited solely to the visual arts? These literary hotties prove just how powerful words can be to capture your heart! While some of the male characters on this list (in order not by hotness but alphabetically by first name) already have movie adaptations with actors to portray them, some of them do not, so we only have our imagination to mentally conjure up just how handsome and dreamy they really are…
1. Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird
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The first one to kick off this list is a man who stands up for what is right, even in a time when racial biases undermined Society’s moral code. Teaching his daughter, Scout, the meaning of “climbing in someone else’s skin and walking around in it”, he is the epitome of good, and not just on the inside. Atticus just so happens to be easy on the eyes, even when his own eyes are hidden behind glasses, as is especially the case in the movie, making him beautiful both inside and out!
2. Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars
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Who would forget our dear ol’ Gus, who even after undergoing the surgery that cost him his leg was still the debonair cancer survivor at Hazel’s support group? Always with an unlit cigarette in his relentlessly smiling lips, for Augustus when it comes to this list, everything is coming Waters!
3. Cedric Diggory – Harry Potter series
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Okay, this choice was mostly because of Robert Pattinson’s role as Cedric in the film Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire, but you cannot deny that he was one of the many reasons to watch it after reading the book! Whether you would prefer brave Hufflepuff Cedric or Pattinson’s other notable acting roles to be on this list, that is for you to decide…
4. Eric Coulter – Divergent series
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Again, this may be in part of Jai Courtney’s portrayal of the character in the first two movies of the series, but even in the books, he can turn heads, either from his appearance alone or his force. Granted, a body covered in tattoos and piercings is not visually appealing for everyone, this bad boy makes it work. Within his faction, and maybe even all five factions, he is pure eye candy. If only he used his entrancing powers for good instead of evil…
5. Finnick Odair – The Hunger Games series
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This may go without saying, but if this man, wearing a fishnet for a loincloth, offers you a sugar cube, take it! Choosing from The Hunger Games, it was between Finnick and Gale, but the fact that the Capitol’s “It-Boy” was forced to be so and has been a loyal ally to Katniss and her mission to take down Snow until the very end kind of makes Gale pale (get it?) in comparison.
6. Fitzwilliam Darcy – Pride & Prejudice
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Here is the man who puts the “pride” in Pride & Prejudice! While he may not be the most accepting of those lower than him in social class, he is as handsome as he is intelligent and honest, brutally honest. Mr. Darcy makes up for his faults by accepting his love for Elizabeth as well as how she can express the sort of inclusive attitude that he initially lacked, but more than that he is gorgeous!
7. Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights
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For crying out loud, the novel he’s from gives him and his incredible good looks a shout-out within the very first paragraph. How could he not be on this list?
8. Jace Herondale – The Mortal Instruments series
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Call him Wayland, Morgenstern, Lightwood, or Herondale, he will always be the 24/7 blond and rune tattoo-covered Jace, more formally known as Jonathan Christopher. We all cannot help but love, his strong shadowhunting skills and God-like bod! Keep on slaying!
9. Jay Gatsby – The Great Gatsby
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Gatsby exceeded more than just Nick Carraway’s expectations when it came to first impressions! If Nick expected his West Egg next-door neighbor to be a plump, pompous man and ends up with a character played by either Robert Redford or Leo in the films, then that should give you an idea of just how much of a handsome lad he is on the page.
10. Jon Snow – A Song Of Ice And Fire series
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Come on, you have to admit that he is at least one of your top picks for the hottest guy in HBO’s Game of Thrones. While the show had diverged from George R.R. Martin’s original novels, some things just stay the same and translate well enough from page to TV screen. Jon Snow’s hotness factor is not different, giving him a secure place on our list of beautiful faces.
11. Narcissus – Greek mythology
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This was a no-brainer. When you commit yourself to spending the rest of your immortal life staring at your reflection in a pond (in the original myth, not in Disney’s Hercules version), then you know you have good looks, even if that alone might not lead you far in life.
12. Odysseus – The Iliad/The Odyssey
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Aside from the arguments on whether he is the hero or the villain in The Odyssey or the fact that the Greeks’ standards of beauty do not really measure up to our standards today, he sure was idolized like a god in his time. Outsmarting gods, mortals, and cyclopes alike, he was able to hook up with two goddesses, though he already had a wife.
13. Peter Kavinsky – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series
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Peter is very much like the aforementioned Mr. Darcy: traditionally handsome as he is intelligent, but initially butts heads with our female heroine. Like Mr. Darcy, he comes to love her over time despite their differences. Putting aside him pride and prejudices, he has a face that could pierce anyone’s heart. In his introductory chapter, Laura Jean describes him as one of those boys getting drafted for war in the 1950s, so he would be that picture perfect!
14. Rhett Butler – Gone with the Wind
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Rhett is the very definition of “dark, tan, and handsome”, with a dashing personality and a sweet ‘stache to match! If you do not think he should be on this list, then “frankly my dear,” he doesn’t give a damn.
15. Westley – The Princess Bride
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Yes, while Westley’s main motivation is to reclaim his beloved Buttercup, he is the ideal man as she is the ideal woman. Even with their flaws, and can you really blame Buttercup? If there were a battle on who is the bigger romantic between him and Florentino Ariza from Love in the Time for Cholera, then Westley’s the man!
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