A huge part of why audiences find themselves captivated with a story is the characters. Usually, we’re drawn to them because they’re relatable – we feel connected because we can understand everything they stand for.
It’s a credit to the actors behind these roles. They breathe life into a fictional personality and we yearn for their character to be real. We love to laugh with them, cry with them, and sometimes develop a major crush on them.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, we can’t help but imagine what our lives would be like if we got to spend it with these dreamboats.
Owen Sharma (The Haunting of Bly Manor)
Rahul Kohli’s pun-oisseur chef is the man of our dreams. Not only does he have a killer moustache, he’s also super sweet, caring, funny, a great cook and handsome – plus he rocks an apron. Owen just wants what’s best for his loved ones, respectfully offering wisdom whenever the opportunity arises. He certainly doesn’t need to ask twice about joining him in Paris either. Everything about Owen is perfectly splendid.
Chandler Bing (Friends)
Chandler (Matthew Perry) may be a self-proclaimed romantic introvert but his actions prove otherwise. His strongest trait is arguably his incredible selfless, loyalty to his friends and Monica (Courtney Cox); he always looks out for them, ready with a witty joke or words of advice – a sarcastic comment in his case. Chandler is the boyfriend we grew up wishing we’d have. He’ll be our Bing-a-ling for eternity.
Glenn Rhee (The Walking Dead)
Romances are fleeting in a zombie apocalypse but Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) manage to defy the odds. He is utterly devoted to Maggie from the second they meet right up until his death – even then he vows to find her again in another life. It’s easy to picture Glenn as the perfect gentleman on date night, and he’d probably provide a free pizza.
Pacey Witter (Dawson’s Creek)
Who isn’t still head over heels with Joshua Jackson because of Pacey? The loveable charmer always goes above and beyond whether it be as a friend or love interest. Pacey sticks by and comforts Andie (Meredith Monroe) during her struggles with mental health and then, he goes and buys Joey (Katie Holmes) a literal wall. He set the bar for boyfriends in the 90s and he set it high.
John Murphy (The 100)
Murphy (Richard Harmon) is perhaps the most morally ambiguous character on The 100 yet one thing’s for sure: he cares deeply about his friends. The anti-hero is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure they’ll be safe and makes a point to redeem himself at any given moment. Murphy might seem detached at first but he has a heart of gold and he’s not afraid to show it.
Ben Warren (Grey’s Anatomy/Station 19)
This surgeon-turned-firefighter is a modern day knight in shining armour. He’s goofy, attractive, kind and an adoring husband as well as an attentive stepfather. Ben (Jason George) and Miranda’s (Chandra Wilson) marriage isn’t all smooth sailing but they greatly support and admire one another, tackling their problems head-on before coming out stronger than ever.
Liam Ridley (Dynasty)
Fallon’s (Elizabeth Gillies) broody author hubby, Liam (Adam Huber), has been making hearts swoon since his introduction. Liam completely dotes on Fallon no matter how tough their relationship gets. He’s an old, romantic soul but keeps his gestures low-key for the most part, and remains respectful and supportive of Fallon’s ambitions. Liam is worthy of all the love in the world.
Ben Wyatt (Parks & Recreation)
Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) is many things and being an all-round good guy is right up at the top. He is filled with optimism which rubs off on those around him; he’s there to lend a hand without expecting anything in return and openly displays sincere affection towards Leslie (Amy Poehler). Ben dedicates a solid part of every day to making sure she’s happy – what more is there to ask for?
Mike Chang (Glee)
No one deserves more credit than McKinley High’s footballing dance king. Mike (Harry Shum Jr) is possibly the least problematic character on TV let alone in Glee; he’s living his best life surrounded by his friends, committing himself wholly to the team, and maintaining a healthy, long-lasting relationship with Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz). Mike Chang Forever is right.
Nathan Scott (One Tree Hill)
Nathan (James Lafferty) is a grade A d-bag at the start of One Tree Hill before becoming a loving husband and dad. While Nathan and Hayley (Bethany Joy Lenz) take a backseat to Lucas’ (Chad Michael Murray) many love triangles, they prove time and time again that their romance is a tale for the ages. Initial impressions aside, Nathan’s actually a great guy who values his family more than anything else.