I’ve been seeing a lot of recommendations for “soft heroes” recently, which are supposed to be the opposite of the “alpha male” trope. Soft heroes, to me, are heroes who make me want to squish them with affection. They’re usually genuinely kind, generous and want the best for everyone around them, so that’s how I’m defining a soft hero.
Here are my recommendations! The Twitter Recs portion are ones I haven’t read yet, though they are on my neverending list to read!
Shulamit – THE SECOND MANGO
Rishi – WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI
Colton – TIMEKEEPER
Kaethe – WINTERSONG
Jamie – QUEENS OF GEEK
Sandrilene fa Toren – CIRCLE OF MAGIC
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee – THE GOOSE GIRL
Josie – THE MELODY OF YOU AND ME
Hagrid – HARRY POTTER
Peder – PRINCESS ACADEMY
Alyrra/ Thorn from Intisar Khanani’s THORN
Maia Drazhar from Katherine Addison’s THE GOBLIN EMPEROR
Diran from Tim Waggoner’s THIEVES OF BLOOD
Who are your favorite soft heroes? Do you have a different definition? Share it with me!