In the middle of the night, I composed “A Letter to Single Men (in Want of a Wife).”
To supplement this, I started brainstorming well-known fictional characters who exemplify the persona of a warrior man fighting for his lady. I left out The Gladiator and Braveheart, since I wanted movies or TV shows that kept the girl alive until the end. Then I got the Captain’s input, and here’s the list we came up with. I’ll bet there are some on the list that might surprise you.
Here they are, in no particular order:
Westley, The Princess Bride
There’s no way Prince Humperdinck would have gone into the Fire Swamp.
Robin Hood, an adaptation of your choice
Captain prefers the classic with Errol Flynn and the one with Kevin Costner. I’m more partial to the British actors. The first season of BBC’s Robin Hood is probably my favorite.
The Beast, Beauty and the Beast; Shrek, Shrek
Both classic tales of an unlikely hero stepping up and getting the girl.
Jamal, Slumdog Millionaire
A seriously awesome tale of a man overcoming all obstacles to save the girl he loves
Mr. Incredible, The Incredibles
Bob goes through a midlife crisis, finds his inner superhero again, and realizes it’s his family that’s worth fighting for.
Prince Philip, Sleeping Beauty
This is my favorite Disney Princess movie for a reason—Prince Philip is the prince most likely to fight for the princess. I mean, come on. What other Disney prince can sing, dance, AND kill a beastly dragon straight from the depths of hell?
Will Turner, Pirates of the Caribbean: Black Pearl
Jack Sparrow—One question about your business, boy, or there’s no use going: This girl… how far are you willing to go to save her?
Will Turner—I’d die for her.
Jack Sparrow—Oh good. No worries then.
Let’s just pretend that this was the only Pirates of the Caribbean movie made. Isn’t the world a little bit better now?
Rory Williams, Doctor Who
The Doctor has had plenty of female companions over the years, but Rory is the only guy that The Doctor thinks is awesome enough to be his best friend (along with Amy, of course)
Albert Brennaman, Hitch
Strip Hitch of it’s stupid main storyline, and you’ve got a great love story. Albert stands up to his boss, chucks his inhaler, and chases after Allegra after he thinks he’s lost her.
- Prince Albert, The Young Victoria—It isn’t historically accurate, but I love the scene where [Albert takes a bullet for Victoria] <Highlight between brackets to reveal spoiler
- Han Solo, Star Wars—Han Solo became a real hero once he had somebody worth fighting for.
- Guido, Life is Beautiful—The only tear-jerker to make the list, Life is Beautiful is an amazing Italian film about a Jewish man who fights to protect his family against the horrors of a concentration camp. No one else could make a tragicomedy about the Holocaust.
- Peter Parker, The Amazing Spider-Man—Superheroes usually fight for more than just the romantic interest. Out of all the superheroes, Spiderman is my favorite, and I much prefer the awkward cuteness of this reboot to Tobey Maguire’s trilogy.
- John Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Smith—A very literal interpretation of fighting for your woman. Mr. Smith sends the bullets flying.
- Face, The A-Team—Face goes from lady killer to saving his lady from a killer. I get a kick out of the Photo Booth scene, where he shows his true colors.
- James Bond, Casino Royale—James still does a bit of womanizing, but this is certainly the Bond movie with the most emotional depth, and the one in which James briefly leaves womanizing behind to fight for the girl.
- Shaun, Shaun of the Dead—It takes a zombie apocalypse, but Shaun learns to fight for his girlfriend and keep her from becoming one of the undead.
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