Writing the Alpha Male is something I struggle with. What is too much? Or is anything too much? I like a little softness, a little quiche eating. Stephanie does not. Alpha all the way and certainly no quiche eating. I think she really likes for her male characters to eat only raw meat. It might even need to be alive. And have poisonous fangs.
Though some of our characters are hers; some are mine, and a few are a combination, it is essential that we both love them. Consequently, we both make a few concessions. I'm always seeking to further educate myself on the great Making of the Alpha Male. After all, it takes more than being willing to eat live rattlesnakes.
I was only about ten minutes into Thor, when I knew this was a character after Stephanie's own heart. I began to reflect on other TV and movie characters.
Sometimes the answer is easy.
Definite Alpha Males:
- Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
- Eric Northman (True Blood and Southern Vampire Mysteries)
- Conan (as in The Barbarian)
- Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly)
- Anyone played by Tom Selleck
- Damon Salvatore (Vampire Diaries)
- Joey (Friends)
- Han Solo (Star Wars)
- Don Corelone, Vito or Michael, take your pick (The Godfather)
- Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)
- Julia Sugarbaker (Designing Women)
Definitely Not Alpha Males:
- Xander (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
- Barney Fife (The Andy Griffith Show)
- Wash (Firefly)
- Every male except Joey on Friends
- Every male on The Big Bang Theory
- Frodo Baggins (Lord of the Rings)
- Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
But there are others I'm not so sure about. What about:
- Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
- Seeley Booth (Bones)
- Richard Castle (Castle)
- Bill Compton (True Blood and Southern Vampire Mysteries)
- Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
- Angel (Buffy and Angel)
- Edward (Twilight)
- Jacob (Twilight)
So how about it? Are they? Or not? Who's you're favorite Alpha Male?