Marry Me – 7 fantasy husbands

Nell participated in a challenge on her blog to name 7 fictional characters that she would marry on the spot (this is originally a challenge from another German blogger). I’m always one to fantasize, so I figured I’d just jump in and join the challenge as well.

The rule is that it’s all about the character and not about the actor who portrays him (all men, in my case). I know actors of course do influence my choice because favourite characters lead to favourite actors for me and vice versa. So, actors can not be completely ignored and characters played by my favourite actors are naturally on this list. πŸ™‚

OK, on to the challenge: which 7 fictional characters am I so in love with that I could marry them?

1. I just had to pick a character portrayed by Richard Armitage and I considered Harry Kennedy from The Vicar of Dibley because he just feels so familiar, like I could know him in real life, or John Porter from Strike Back, a tough guy who can think for himself, but in the end I would just go for John Thornton. Ah, the way he and I could change the world together! And he sure can kiss…

2. Nell mentioned Joe Bradley, the reporter in Roman Holiday (as portrayed by Gregory Peck) and I thought I’d pick him too but then I thought of a few other characters Peck played who I wouldn’t mind marrying either. James McKay in The Big Country springs to mind, the quiet Easterner in the Wild West who has such moral fibre and is made of sterner stuff than most people think, and of course Atticus Finch who, in a way, reminds me a bit of my own father. I’ll just go with the Oedipus complex choice and pick Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. He’d be a good daddy to my children too.

3. Prince Edward (Richard Chamberlain) in the Cinderella movie The Slipper and the Rose because he was the first character that touched my romantic childhood heart.

4. Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) from The Mentalist because life would never be boring with him around and you know how deeply he can love once he lets you in.

5. Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) from Lucifer because who wouldn’t want a fierce looking but soft hearted angel at your side to fight for you?

6. Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones’s Diary. Yes, he’s uptight, but underneath all of that… woof! And he’s smart too, changing the world one high profile human rights law case at a time.

7. Captain Frederick Wentworth (embodied most perfectly by Ciaran Hinds) from Persuasion, a self-made man with a faithful heart and I would get to travel the world with him aboard his ship.

Compiling this list, I chose the characters that popped up in my mind quickest and another one of them was John Keating (so brilliantly portrayed by Robin Williams) from Dead Poets Society, so he gets an honourable mention.

I know that makes it technically eight men I would marry and if I think a little longer I could probably think of 10 more (ooh, maybe hotshot lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) from Suits or honourable FBI agent Jack Hudson (Yannick Bisson) from Sue Thomas F.B.Eye or even Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon) from Little House on the Prairie) but I’ll just leave it at this.

27 thoughts on “Marry Me – 7 fantasy husbands

  1. Interesting list! Patrick Jane and Amenadiel are excellent choices, as is Atticus Finch! And I really think I should rewatch NORTH AND SOUTH. Urgently.

    Thanks so much for sharing your “marriage interests”! πŸ™‚

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    1. North and South is always worth a re-watch in my very humble opinion. And if you need a quick fix, the last 5-10 minutes of episode 4 will always do.
      Thanks for setting the challenge, it was fun. πŸ™‚

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        1. Yes, I really did have fun and could possibly have named another 10 more… I’m such a sucker for a good, male character to fall in love with.
          Oh, and welcome to my blog. πŸ™‚

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  2. Joan Feret

    Ah, Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Jonathan Hart (Robert Wagner) from Hart to Hart, Robert Redford from numerous movies and Hugh Grant (the same). There are others but you get the idea!

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    1. Yes on Jack Robinson and ooh, Jonathan Hart! Or even Remington Steele, come to think of it now… I think a list of 20 husbands could be warranted…
      Welcome to my blog, by the way, and thanks for commenting. πŸ™‚


        1. I’m flattered and glad you felt comfortable enough to comment (although just reading without commenting is more than fine too!).
          And Jack Robinson is an addition I can totally subscribe to as well. πŸ™‚


  3. Servetus

    This is really HARD. I’ve been thinking for a few hours and can’t come up with much. Probably because I don’t want to be married.

    1. Friedrich Bhaer (Little Women)
    2. Blackthorne (in Shogun — another Chamberlain role)

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  4. Servetus

    I have a friend who thinks my identification with Jo March is so complete that the reason I’m not married is that I never met Friedrich Bhaer. More seriously, though, I think it’s a state of mind. I think of marrying anyone, even a fictional character, and my first reaction is to think of all the reasons why it would be a bad idea. I’m just not constitutionally open to it.

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    1. Yeah, you’ve mentioned that before. My older sister is the same, marriage or having a partner mean very little to her, let alone kids, she never wanted those. I, on the other hand, have always been very open to it and do love being married to my husband. Wouldn’t be able to be married to just any good guy, however. I’d rather be alone if it didn’t feel 100% right (took us 7.5 years before we did tie the knot) and I’ve been lucky.


      1. Servetus

        Yeah, I’m not hostile to anyone who took the plunge. (My parents were married, after all.) I have the impression that people who are successfully married have a fundamental capacity to overlook / accept a lot of things in ways that I don’t. Like you, I have tendency to feel attraction to idealists — but when I was in a relationship with one, he frequently seemed self righteous.

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        1. True, he is all that but a marriage to me needs more than sweetness and hand holding. I’m not sure what I’d talk to John Standring about except for farming and what’s on the telly and I wonder how he would challenge me. So, for me, I’d like him for a friend but not a husband. πŸ™‚

          In fairness, I’m not sure what I’d talk to Prince Edward from The Slipper and the Rose about either, although he does seem to have a good grasp on history.

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  5. Delightful choices, Esther. My list has to start with CH characters. Caesar was not a great character to be married to in real life, so instead I will pick the sweet and gentle Michael Farr from “The Eclipse.” And any character played by Cary Grant : )

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