We all love to escape our busy realities with a good dose of entertainment. There’s an unlabelled yet strong emotion between us and our favourite fictional characters, especially the romantic and charming men on screens. And if you want to name this feeling of taking solace in fictional guys, you are most likely experiencing fictophilia, a condition of having strong and lasting feelings of love for a fictional character. Single folks, like me, can only grumble about our dull lives because the men who make us go giggling like teenage girls with their screen appearance are hard to find in real life. Such men simply prove Jane from Austenland’s famous dialogue: ‘I am single, because apparently, all good men are fictional’, quite aptly gathering cheers from women across the globe.
Why is there, then, to this day, an otherworldly obsession with a romantic partner who doesn’t exist? The answer might lie in the pursuit of the ideal. Throughout the history of romantic portrayal in the media, be it print and subsequently film, the ideal compassionate and subtly heroic man is a semi-godly figure, possessing a mix of virtues it might be impossible for any human to attain. And yet, we fall for them time and again.
If I talk about my relationship with these fictional men, I might consider myself quite a player because my ‘Too All The Boys I Have Loved Before’ list keeps increasing every week. Growing up, the first person to charm me was Shah Rukh Khan‘s iconic character of Rahul from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which slowly progressed from Disney men like Flynn Ryder or Prince Eric to now a long list of adorable K-drama men.
So if your favourite hobby is to rewatch your favourite shows or movies for the plot (you know who is the plot), this list was just made for you by the stars keeping your zodiac’s character traits and personality in mind and heart.
Aries: Rocky Randhawa (Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani)
Fierce and self-reliant, Aries are always seeking new experiences to round out their unique qualities. And Bollywood’s latest face of Green Flag Men Club, Rocky Randhawa from Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, is a perfect choice. His free and quirky persona will add to the fun of the game.
Tauras: Jake Peralta (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Tauras folks love their calming yet diligent pace, and I couldn’t come up with a better fictional boyfriend than Jake Peralta. Jake is one of the most loved on-screen men. He has a comedic yet gentle vibe; he listens to his partner and understands their thought process and helps become a better person. Plus, he loves to listen to Taylor Swift!
Gemini: Alex Claremont-Diaz (Red, White & Royal Blue)
Often characterised as quirky, funny, social butterflies, and straightforward, Geminis have a long list of words associated with them. But sometimes they can get into trouble because of their nonstop running mouth, so they definitely need a man who not only knows how to fight for them but can teach them how to do it. And in fictional England, Alex Claremont-Diaz taught his partner to fight monarchs, so being with a Gemini might be a piece of cake for him.
Cancer: Peter Parker/Spider-man (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Cancerians love acts of affection, their biggest character marvel (subtly adding) is having great communication skills and willingness to go above and beyond for their loved ones. All this is deeply similar to our favourite boy next door, superhero Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, making him a great match for them.
Leo: Lee Gon (The King: Eternal Monarch)
Represented by the lion, Leos are considered the royalties of the zodiac signs, and I wouldn’t dare give them anything less than the king himself. The sign is known for its leadership qualities, and Lee Gon is the perfect fictional partner with matching skills and a regal position. And the best part of becoming his date? You get to travel around the multiverse, minus the madness.
Virgo: Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
Virgos are known to be soft-hearted hustlers, and Mr. Darcy is a match made in heaven for them. He is an absolute archetype of the aloof romantic hero and one of the most loved men on paper as well. He is someone who tries everything in his power to make things right for his partner. Dear Jane Austen, we will forever be indebted.
Libra: Howl Pendragon (Howl’s Moving Castle)
No one loves perfection and ambition more than a Libra; they are known to have balance in their lives, both personally and professionally. And, if I’m honest, no man on this list can cut across Studio Ghibli‘s most popular man, Howl Pendragon. Howl might be a 2-D man voiced by Christian Bale, but his enchanting powers and thriving personality can make him every Libra’s dream man.
Scorpio: The Priest (Fleabag)
Scorpions are always looking for the best of both worlds. Carrying a bag of sassiness and quirk, they love the attention and know how to make their place anywhere to go. The Priest from Fleabag, popularly called the ‘hot’ Priest, is a charming match for them. As a man written by a woman, he carries his hot priest title quite delightfully; he knows how to make a dull moment cheerful with his oneliners and sexy smirk.
Sagittarius: Jai Singh Rathore (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na)
Even though this list has separate names for every sign, we all can’t help but collectively agree that everyone deserves a Jai in their lives. The Sagittarian squad is pleasant, passionate, easygoing, chatty, and, most importantly, loyal. All these qualities make Jai the ‘it’ choice for them. Jai is the ultimate fictional nice guy in Bollywood, which is quite a rare sight these days. Maybe Bollywood can take some lessons from this old gem and try to make a few versions of him for the younger generations as well.
Capricorn: Jeong Goo-won (My Demon)
They are known for being highly ambitious, hardworking, and street-smart. A Capricorn knows how to get the job done. And in our current watchlist, this demon is setting things up correctly on the weekends. Jeong Goo-won is a character who marvels at both seductiveness and achieving goals for everyone’s benefit. He also knows when to sit back and let his wife take over the business.
Aquarius: Reggie Mantle (The Archies)
They take pleasure in their individuality, do not compromise well, and can be quite stubborn. Something we can witness being compatible with the latest fictional heartthrob of the internet, Reggie from The Archies. He has an unwavering confidant aura, strong emotions, and the passion to help his friends in distress, and he chooses to be on the right side of the fight.
Pisces: King George (Queen Charlotte)
Pisces is a hopeless romantic sign. These people are capable of making extreme sacrifices on behalf of a loved one. And I must give them nothing less than a fictional man straight from a period romance saga who fought his inner demons to be with his queen and love her unconditionally.