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    17 Male Literary Characters That Made You Raise Your Eyebrows And Expectations

    Moby wasn't the only one Dick-ing around.

    1. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird


    Yeah, we were supposed to be learning lessons and writing essays but who could focus with Atticus Finch in the story? A man with a moral code, a law degree, and a sweet-as-molasses southern accent, Atticus is husband material. We were all jealous Scout and Jem got to call him Daddy.

    2. Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre

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    Is he old? Yes. Decrepit? Very much so. Does he call the girl he likes 'ugly' way too many times? Absolutely. Does he have a secret wife he keeps locked away in the attic that he never speaks of?.......... Could he still get it? Duh.

    3. Hamlet from Hamlet

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    Roses are red,

    Violets are blue,

    Sure his whole relationship to his mother is dicey and he was a real tool to Ophelia,

    but you'd still let him do you.

    4. Sam from Holes


    It was way too hard to focus on Stanley and Zero when you had this subplot going on. His love drove a woman to kill, pillage, and plunder, which is completely understandable. We all dreamed of this handyman getting even more handsy TBH.

    5. Long John Silver from Treasure Island


    There's just something about a pirate that makes us shiver in our timbers. Long John may only have one leg, but he had all the parts that count, including a wicked sense of humor and charm. X marked the spot on our hearts. He could come and claim this booty whenever he wanted.

    6. Dracula from Dracula


    Move over Edward Cullen and Salvatore Brothers, Dracula is the original immortal vampire BF that got our blood pumping. He never sleeps which leaves a lot of time for "activities" and you never have to worry about garlic breath!

    7. Jesse Tuck from Tuck Everlasting


    We would've tucked this 104-year-old hottie right into bed. One thing that we knew was that he could last forever, and all that implies. His family had a real fountain of youth so that's a definite added bonus.

    8. Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo

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    HE IS A COUNT. A. COUNT. He's Loaded AF and would plot a multi-step in-depth assault on anyone who tried to come for you on Twitter.

    9. Montag from Fahrenheit 451


    This fireman and revolutionary is a definite smoke show that had us all feeling hot and bothered. His fiery passion definitely made your classroom heat up by several degrees and his love of books certainly lit a flame of desire in us all.

    10. Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde from Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde


    A scientist on the streets, a freak in the sheets. You get to have the best of both worlds with two men for the price of one! He can snuggle and take care of you while you're sick, then flip a switch and easily help you cover up a murder all in one day!

    11. Dallas "Dally" Winston from The Outsiders

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    The gold standard for all future bad boys. Out of a whole gang to choose from, Dallas stands out from the crowd. A rumble wasn't a rumble without Dallas, and we were willing to take a tumble as well.

    12. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights

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    We would totally haunt this man after death just to whisper sweet nothings in his ear (and jump his bones). Those brooding looks and strong-willed determination definitely drove us mad.

    13. Prince Caspian from The Chronicles of Narnia series


    As a prince and a knight you can be sure he knew his way around his sword. With Caspian being the rightful heir to the throne you would be getting the royal treatment all night long.

    14. Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby

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    Gatsby was great at stirring up some cocktails and the sexual tension. He would do whatever it takes to get you to love him—from really great shopping sprees, lavish parties, to the average cover up of vehicular manslaughter. We would definitely put up a green light for him to come and pull his boat into this dock any day.

    15. Robin Hood from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood and other various works

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    Robin Hood is for the person who wanted a little adventure in their life. He may be a thief, but he gives it all away so thats fine, right? It's hard to believe Maid Marion stayed a maid for as long as she did with the regulation hottie on the loose. He could put that shaft in a different kind of quiver.

    16. Erik from The Phantom of the Opera

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    Erik may be the king of ghosting but he would never betray us like that. He's obviously interested in interior design, both putting it up and crashing chandeliers down. He'll help you achieve your dreams, but he might also hold you hostage. That's a risk we would be willing to take.

    17. Cyrano de Bergerac from Cyrano de Bergerac

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    Size doesn't matter when it comes to this poet. Cyrano is the embodiment of not judging a book by its cover but... if big hands mean something, what about noses?

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