#20 Wolverine in X-Men

Wolverine Byronic Hero;

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Dr. Jean Grey: Girls flirt with the dangerous guy; they don’t bring him home – they marry the good guy.

Wolverine: I can be the good guy.

#19 The Huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman

The Huntsman Byronic Hero

Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman. Photo: Universal

“I once had a wife, princess…When I came back from the war I carried with me the stench of death and the anger of the lost. I wasn’t worth saving, that’s for sure, but she did so anyway. And I loved her so much. I loved her more than anyone and anything, and then I let her out of my sight and she was gone. And I became myself again, a self I never cared for. Until you, cause you remind me of her. Her heart, her spirit. But now, you too have gone. You both deserved better and I’m so sorry I failed you.”

#18 Marcus Wright in Terminator: Salvation

Marcus Wright Byronic Hero

Sam Worthington as Marcus. Photo: Warner Bros

“Yeah, well I’ve been dead for a while now and I’m starting to get used to it.”

#17 Han Solo in Star Wars

Han Solo Byronic Hero

Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Photo: LucasFilm

“I take orders from just one person: ME”

#16 Lancelot in King Arthur

Lancelot Byronic Hero

Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot. Photo: Touchstone

Guinevere: This is heaven for me.

Lancelot: I don’t believe in Heaven, I’ve been living in this Hell. But if you represent what Heaven is, then take me there.

#15 Tony Stark in Iron Man

Tony Stark Iron Man Byronic Hero

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Photo: Marvel/Paramount

Tony Stark: Apparently I’m volatile, self-obsessed, and don’t play well with others.

Pepper Potts: That I did know.

#14 Erik/Magneto in X-Men: First Class

Erik X-Men Byronic Hero

Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Photo: 20th Century Fox

 “Let’s just say I’m Frankenstein’s monster…and I’m looking for my creator.”

#13 Bruce Wayne/Batman

Bruce Wayne Byronic Hero

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne. Photo: Warner Bros

Miranda: Even before you became a recluse, you never came to these things.

Bruce Wayne: Proceeds go to the big fat spread. It’s not about charity, it’s about feeding the ego of whichever society hag laid this on.

#12 Anakin from Star Wars

Anakin Byronic Hero

Hayden Christensen as Anakin. Photo: LucasFilm

“From the moment I met you, all those years ago, not a day has gone by when I haven’t thought of you. And now that I’m with you again…I’m in agony. The closer I get to you, the worse it gets. The thought of not being with you – I can’t breathe. I’m haunted by the kiss that you should never have given me. My heart is beating… hoping that kiss will not become a scar. You are in my very soul, tormenting me…”

#11 Eric Draven from The Crow

The Crow Byronic Hero

Brandon Lee as Eric Draven. Photo: Crowvision

“He died a year ago the moment he touched her. They’re all dead. They just don’t know it yet.”

Content Note: The film is Rated R

#10 Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean

Captain Jack Sparrow Pirates Byronic Hero

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Photo: Disney

Lt. Gillette: This ship cannot be crewed by two men. You’ll never make it out of the bay.

Jack Sparrow: Son, I’m Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?

#9 Edward Cullen in Twilight

Edward Twilight Byronic Hero

Robert Pattinson as Edward. Photo: Summit Entertainment

“What if I’m not the hero? What if I am the bad guy?”

#8 Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Dracula Byronic Hero

Gary Oldman as Dracula. Photo: American Zoetrope

“I shall rise from my own death, to avenge hers with all the powers of darkness.”

Content Note: The film is Rated R

#7 Louis from Interview With the Vampire

Louis Interview with the vampire Byronic Hero

Brad Pitt as Louis. Photo: Warner Bros

Louis: Do you think I would let them harm you?

Claudia: No you would not Louis, danger holds you to me.

Louis: Love holds you to me.

Content Note: Rated R

#6 Lestat from Interview With the Vampire

Lestat Byronic Hero

Tom Cruise as Lestat. Photo: Warner Bros.

“Evil is a point of view. God kills indiscriminately and so shall we. For no creatures under God are as we are, none so like him as ourselves.”

Content Note: Rated R

#5 Maxim de Winter in Rebecca

Maxim Rebecca Byronic Hero

Laurence Olivier as Maxim. Photo: Selznick

“I’m asking you to marry me, you little fool.”

#4 The Phantom of the Opera

Phantom pic byronic Hero

Gerard Butler as the Phantom. Photo: Warner Bros

“This lonesome gargoyle who burns in hell but secretly yearns for heaven secretly, secretly.”

#3 Snape in Harry Potter

Snape Byronic Hero

Alan Rickman as Snape. Photo: Warner Bros

Dumbledore: Lily? After all this time?

Severus Snape: Always.

#2 Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights (1939)

Wuthering Heights Byronic Hero

Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff. Photo: Samuel Goldwyn

“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest so long as I live on! I killed you. Haunt me, then! Haunt your murderer! I know that ghosts have wandered on the Earth. Be with me always. Take any form, drive me mad, only do not leave me in this dark alone where I cannot find you. I cannot live without my life! I cannot die without my soul.”

#1 Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre (2011)

Rochester Byronic Hero

Michael Fassbender as Edward Rochester. Photo: Focus Features

“This spring I came home, heartsore and soul withered. And I met a gentle stranger whose society revives me. With her, I feel I could live again in a higher, purer way. Tell me, am I justified in overleaping an obstacle of custom to obtain her?”

Did I leave off any of your favorite Byronic Heroes in Film off the list? Sound off below…


Jane Eyre Photo at the top: Focus Features

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