When I think of a strong male lead, I think of a father figure. Someone you can look up to. Someone who's reliable. There when you need him. A protector. Kind. Gentle. Fair. Not quick to anger. A man who puts family first. Someone who puts others first. Willing to stand up for the weak, sick, and poor. Doesn't take advantage of others. Dares to choose the right. Stands up for justice. Doesn't use God as a cop-out excuse.
Does Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow quality? I'm not sure he'd qualify. He's a bit of a whack-a-doodle.
I know, most of them are tv shows and movies, but whenever I think of strong male characters, these are always the first men (Ducks, Dogs, Demons, and Vampires) to come to mind.
It is getting late and I am getting too tired to type more right now. I will come back to this to type up more to explain my logic and reasoning behind the characters I picked.
I think Doctor Who is the overall #1 first place for a strong leading male. He's always looking out for the health and safety of others, always there when you need him, always striving to do the right thing, quick to protect the weak and innocent. Always seeks the least violent answer.
Wondering if I write strong male characters?
Quaraun definitely doesn't classify. He's a coward. Very submissive. Extreme beta male.
Unicorn could be, if he wasn't so violent and crude. Very dominate. Somewhat of a ruffian. Can be a bully. Not a good role model.
GhoulSpawn possibly could classify as strong at times, but for the most part he's a scatterbrained ditz. Definitely a beta male, quick to submit.
Roderic? Paranoia on a stick. Major whack-a-doodle.
AlKeeme? Hmmm...maybe.... but he's rather stoic. Very robotic. Self absorbed. Ruthless. His alter ego is also the worst super villain in the series.
Harrier. Yes. But he's a bit of a vindictive, unforgiving bad ass. He's not the evil villain people mistake him for though. He dislikes violences and seeks a peaceful solution to everything. Perhaps the most dominate of the alpha males, he rarely has to do more then glare menacingly at someone to get his way.
The Dazzling Razzbury? No. He's too busy hallucinating. Biggest whack-a-doodle of the series.
Wvoodell. Yes. Definitely. But he's an incredibly minor character.
Phozeen. Yes. No one pushes him around and he's very caring about others.
I am noticing that I have a tendency towards writing very submissive beta males as my leading characters.
I do know the reason for this. I grow up with very abusive men. My uncles were vicious men, quick to anger, very violent, often beating their wives, sisters, children, and nieces and nephews with tables, chairs, bricks, and crow bars. These violent attacks were instigated by things such as not accurately being able to memorize the entire book of Genesis word for word.
All of my uncles were over 6 feet tall. The tallest being 6'7", the meanest being 6'4".
I have a phobia of men in general, tall men in particular, and violent men especially.
You see me writing smaller, weaker, gentler males as they are the men I feel safer around.
Quaraun: 5'6". Shy, gentle, timid, coward. Very submissive to other males. Backs done from fights. Slow to anger. Prefers to spend his time reading, sewing, and growing roses. Extreme beta male, with almost no self will or self esteem. Suicidally depressed. Prone to habitually cutting his wrists. Opium addict. Is rather stupid, had a low IQ, lacking in the ability to think logically. Very high strung and overly emotional. Often very childish. Has Autism. Roderic's grandfather. Builder of The Twighlight Manor.
Unicorn: 5'1". Very dominate by also very protective. Probably the most aggressive and most violent of the alpha males. Quick to defend his family. Puts those he cares about first. Short tempered, prone to violent outbursts. Candy maker, master chef, cake decorator. Chemist. Drug dealer. Maker of Opium and LSD. Sex addict. Former rapist, murder, war lord, and serial killer. Cannibal.
GhoulSpawn: 5'10". Very gentle, animal loving, tree-hugging hippie. Promoter of peace and love. Advocate of banning guns and war. A very gentle beta male. Somewhat of a Pollyanna, he looks for the good in everything and every one. LSD addict, prone to wild psychedelic hallucinations. Sex addict. Often accompanied by prostitutes. Has a charismatic ability to attract women to him. Described as mesmerizingly beautiful.
Roderic: 5'3". Lord of the Twighlight Manor. Deeply devoted to family. Extreme introvert. Keeps to himself. Has advanced Paranoid Schizophrenia. Prone to wild delusions and hallucinations. Believes his house is alive and is trying to kill him. (It actually is, but no one believes him.) Has Autism and Selective Mutism. Rarely able to effectively communicate with those around him.
AlKeeme: 6'2". An alpha male. Quiet. Keeps to himself. Viciously defends his privacy. Cold. Emotionless. Extremely high IQ. Scientist. Inventor. Alchemist. Thinks in a Spock-like logic. Has most of the planet terrified to breath in his presence. Charismatic cult leader. Quick to cull/sacrifice the weak. Also known as The Lansquin. One of the few characters who can be truly seen as evil. Roderic's butler and caretaker. Extremely devoted to and protective of Roderic. Will defend Roderic at all costs. Can, will, and has murdered to protect Roderic's honour. The Twighlight Manor's evil butler.
Harrier: 5'8". Soft spoken, but commanding. Extreme alpha male. Takes a very dominant stance with others, that allows him to get his way quickly and without violence. While gives off the air of being a bully capable of doing great harm, he actually is quick to back down if his authority is challenged. While actually very gentle, he takes an authoritative stance that gets people to obey him without question, often without his having to say a word.
The Dazzling Razzbury: 5'10". Another of Roderic's sons. Extremely timid beta male. Very paranoid. Prone to anxiety attacks. Very submissive. Often seen by others as a coward. Typically keeps to himself. Very quiet. Always reading. Quick to hide. Avoids people in general.
Wvoodell: 5'10". Alpha male. Like Harrier is very dominating and able to get his way with little effort. Casino owner. Gun runner. Gangster. Puts family first. Very gentle with those he loves, excessively violent with deemed threats. Fierce protector of the family. Doesn't think twice about pulling out a machine gun and slaughtering anyone who threatens the family. Roderic's oldest son. Very protective of his invalid father.
Phozeen: 5'10". Roderic's grandson. Scientist. Analytical. Thinks logically. Has a hard time showing outward signs of emotion. Prone to overthinking things. Worries excessively. Short tempered, but quick to back down from a fight. Very protective of his family. Can become violently protective when his daughter or grandchildren are in danger. Is not an alpha male, but also not a beta male.
What do you want to become?
What did you do today to step closer to that goal?
Whatever you do, be your best at it!
And remember to have yourself a great and wonderfully glorious day!