Good Guys Don't Always Finish Last

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Men in fiction fall into just as many clichés as women.

We have the sexy billionaire bosses and mafia machos who dominate and possess women in the name of sexual fantasy.

There are the dashing historical gentlemen, the Mr Darcy types, with their haughty brooding and polite but winsome wooing of womankind.

The Byronic brooder comes next. The sensitive creative-type, the artist or poet, writing and painting his broken heart out or wallowing in his woe, in-touch with his tormented emotions.

There's the popular jock who sneers at those less fortunate than himself, but is a devastatingly handsome bad boy, (with his leather jacket, tattoos and cigarette) so his horrid behaviour is totally fine as long as he's wooing the nerdy girl.

Last, we see the muscular hero who rescues the damsel. He's cocky and roguish, makes witty remarks, and doesn't bat an eyelid at the innumerable enemies he slaughters.

Oh I'm forgetting about the elegant,  seductive vampire type with long, flowing hair and a penchant for (sexily) preying upon (willing) blood-filled victims.

And the beer drinking, gritty detective with a loathing of society and a weakness for women.

All these guys have women both real and fictional swooning at their heels. I've not been completely immune to the rogueish anti-hero myself. But where are the realistic guys? They're usually reserved for comedy appeal; the 'loser' with a crappy job, no girlfriend, weedy to boot. Think Arthur Dent from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Average guys exists in fiction merely to laugh at.

Where are the men who are really not that interested in sex? Where are the caring, gentle types who wouldn't want to dominate their partners in any of their wildest dreams? Where are the thoughtful, studious boys who aren't 'dweebs' but change the world for the better without brawn or heroics?

They do exist, so I'm going to explore some of my favourite fictional males and what makes them brilliant.

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SPOILERS AHEAD

First up, we have Ron Weasley.

The focus is usually on Harry, the fated hero, but Harry's accomplishments would have come to nothing without the support of his friends, including Hermione and Ron

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The focus is usually on Harry, the fated hero, but Harry's accomplishments would have come to nothing without the support of his friends, including Hermione and Ron.

Ron isn't super achedemic, he isn't incredibly courageous or stunningly winsome. He's pretty average at everything. In other words, normal. But that doesn't stop him confronting his fears again and again to help Harry. Even in the first book of the Harry Potter series, Ron sacrifices himself playing wizard chess so that Harry can go ahead and confront the bad guy, save the world.

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