The Byronic hero

“That man of loneliness and mystery,

Scarce seen to smile, and seldom heard to sigh”

– Lord Byron, The Corsair

A Hero Of Our Time

One of my more mundane hobbies is to aimlessly surf Wikipedia. Today I stumbled on a post about the Byronic hero. Initially assuming it was a straight-to-VHS 1980’s science fiction comedy film, I was eager to read on.* As it turned out, the article had nothing to do with Hollywood or movies. The Bryonic hero, conceived by none other than Lord Bryon himself, is an archetypical character who is:

  • A lone wolf
  • Charismatic
  • Usually dark and brooding
  • Passionate towards his ideals
  • Intelligent
  • Uncompromising
  • Often emotionally distant from those around him

If you have some down time this weekend, I’d highly suggest reading up on both the Bryonic hero and its creator. They’re both quite interesting to study.

* I thought it would be about a bumbling guy name Bryan who got turned into a cyborg. He’d then go fight crime.