I actually had a hard time trying to decide which hero or heroine was my ultimate favorite. I even had to discuss it with my kids to get their favorites. I ended the conversation with the conclusion that everything I am is found within one fictional character. Dracula.
Dracula is essentially a love story and has influenced all of my ideas of Vampires and love ever-after. If Bram Stoker had never written his Dracula Love Story what would the world be like today? Thinking about it... Vampires would still be the feared bogeyman who comes out at night if you don't behave. Bram Stoker gave the modern world the basis for every dark tormented or immortal hero we as writers love so much.
Would Dracula have railed against his God and been punished if not for the deeply seated love for his wife? No. He would have shrugged off her death and remarried like so many after him. Would Elizabeta been the tragic woman who threw herself to her death because she couldn't even contemplate not being on earth with her true love? No.
Every hero I design follows his deep seated need for his woman weather he wants it or not. Every heroine has the desire to never be without him once she discovers him and will do anything to keep him with her. Just like Dracula and his beloved Elizabeta.
Who is your fictional hero or heroine? Why?