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Byronic Heroes

Anything and everything to do with the Byronic Hero from Literature, Film and Television.

I have little left in myself -- I must have you. The world may laugh -- may call me absurd, selfish -- but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame. - Mr. Rochester of Jane Eyre (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

I stood Among them, but not of them; in a shroud Of thoughts which were not their thoughts. - All of Lord Byron's characters (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

“Either you go to America with Mrs. Van Hopper or you come home to Manderley with me." "Do you mean you want a secretary or something?" "No, I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool.” - Maxim de Winter from Rebecca (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

“Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears. "After all this time?" "Always," said Snape.” - Severus Snape (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

You sense my bitterness at being shut out of life. My bitterness that I'm evil, that I don't deserve to be loved and yet I need love hungrily. My horror that I can never reveal myself to mortals. But these things don't stop me, Mother. I'm too strong for them to stop me. As you said yourself once, I am very good at being what I am. These things merely now and then make me suffer, that's all. - Lestat from The Vampire Chronicles (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create. — the Monster; Victor Frankenstein and The Monster (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me. - Erik from Phantom of the Opera (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

Whether I am a fool or a villain I know not; but this is certain, I am also most deserving of pity - perhaps more so than she. My soul has been spoiled by the world, my imagination is unquiet, my heart insatiate. To me everything is of little moment. I have become as easily accustomed to grief as to joy, and my life grows emptier day by day.- Pechorin of A Hero of Our Time (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

She left, yet still Eugene stood there, /As if a lightning bolt had struck. /His heart the tempest now stripped bare, /And with what storms his body shook! - Eugene Onegin (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

I wanted to see you again, touch you, know who you were, see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you which had remained with me and perhaps shatter my dream with the aid of reality. - Dom Claude Frollo of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

On the surface, they can still exercise their iniquitous laws, fight, devour each other, and indulge in all their earthly horrors. But thirty feet below the surface, their power ceases, their influence fades, and their dominion vanishes. Ah, monsieur, to live in the bosom of the sea!...There I recognize no master! There I am free! - Captain Nemo (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

“I regret now,” said he, “having helped you in your late inquiries, or having given you the information I did.” “Why so?” inquired Dantès. “Because it has instilled a new passion in your heart—that of vengeance.” - Edmond Dantes of The Count of Monte Cristo (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)