Bye Bye, Prince Charming. Hello Dark Knight.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about boys…

I was never interested in Prince Charming. He always seemed a bit of a yawn to me. While he was off hunting foxes, perfecting his Waltz and negotiating which princess he should marry, Knight in Shining Armor was rescuing said princess from a dragon. I’m not talking about the White Knight competing for some fair maiden’s hand in a tourney somewhere, mind you—I’m talking about Dark Knight.

Dark Knight was a rogue; uncouth, a scoundrel, scruffy a road weary. He was a vigilante who broke all the rules but fought for justice. He did what needed to be done, but he was nothing if not honorable. He stole maidens’ virtue, but gave them a piece of his heart and a promise. Sigh…

I don’t think I’m alone in my love of the Dark Knight. He’s been branding women’s hearts for a long while:

The wild frontiersman turned outlaw Hawkeye (Nathaniel) stealing Cora Monro’s noble heart in Last of the Mohicans. Aragorn, a fallen royal heir, waging his love of the Elvish Princess Arwen against his duty to Middle Earth (LOTR). Robin Hood and the fair Maid Marion, Lancelot and Guinevere…You get the idea.

I’ve noticed the rise of a new Dark Night in recent days—the anti-hero. He’s fiercely loyal, loves deeply, has a tortured soul, and a dark past. But this modern day Knight walks the line between villain and hero. He’s an outlaw, his integrity falters, his convictions waver but he still fights for his brand of justice. Oh, and did I mention they’re dangerously sexy?

Some that come to mind…

Bruce Wayne/ Batman, I’ll cite Christian Bale’s Batman here since he’s THE Dark Knight.
Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy
Dexter in Darkly Dreaming Dexter and the Dexter TV series.
Jericho Barrons, Fever Series (Karen Marie Moning)
James Bond (Ok, he’s been shaking not stirring since Ian Fleming brought him to life in ’53, but he’s certainly enjoying modern popularity)

What ever happened to the boy we can take home to mama? Maybe it boils down to good girls just love bad boys!

What do you think? Prince Charming or Dark Knight? Who’s your favorite?