Jane Austen Heroes RANKED

(*hem*) Let me just say, before I get a crazed bunch of Austenites on my trail, that I am ranking these heroes based on my OWN PERSONAL PREFERENCE.

Now let us move on . . .

So, first, let us name these heroes.

Sense and Sensibility: Edward Ferrars and Colonel Brandon

Pride and Prejudice: Charles Bingley and Fitzwilliam Darcy

Mansfield Park: Edmund Bertram 

Emma: George Knightley

Persuasion: Captain Frederick Wentworth

Northanger Abbey: Henry Tilney


As much as I LOVE Jane Austen, I absolutely hate, hate, hate, HATE  Lady Susan. If you can't understand why, take the risk and read the book.

Now we can move onto the RANKINGS

8: Edward Ferrars (Sense and Sensibilty)

Edward is just . . . Edward. There isn't much more to say about him than that. He's nice, but lacks too much character. And, when he refuses to break his engagement to Lucy, you're just like, "THERE ARE SUCH THINGS AS ENGAGEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN BROKEN OFF." But he comes around at the end. 

7: Charles Bingley (Pride and Prejudice)

While he shouldn't really be classified as a "hero", I let Mr. Bingley join in on the party. He's sweet and kind, but just a little too easily persuaded (or dissuaded) But, all in all, he's a good chap.

6: Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)

I know what you're thinking, "WHY IS MR. DARCY NOT AT THE NUMBER ONE SPOT?!?!?!?!?!?" Don't you think that almost everyone says that Mr. Darcy is the best Jane Austen hero? That he would be any girl's top choice to be swept off her feet by? I'll admit, I love Mr. Darcy, but he takes too much attention of the other heroes.

5: Captain Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion)

Ahh....Captain Wentworth. The first time I read the book, I REALLY DID NOT LIKE HIM. How could he be so unfeeling towards Anne's feelings??? But when the part came where it was hinted that he was jealous, we had some common ground. When he wrote the letter, HOLY COW I LUVED HIM. 

4: Colonel Brandon (Sense and Sensibilty)

He's just perfect. I mean, sure, he's 35 and Marianne is 17, but he really loves her. While some people may say that he's unfeeling because he accepts that Marianne is obsessed with Willoughby, HE IS THE PERFECT PERSON OKAY?? He really does think that Marianne loves Willoughby, and does not want to impeach on their happiness. I'm SOOOOOOOOOOO glad that he and Marianne end up together at the end. (and who wouldn't want Alan Rickman reading poetry to them???)

3: George Knightley (Emma)

There is just something about the name, "Knightley" that makes your heart soar, no? Throughout the book, he behaves like Emma's best friend. So much so, that you would never have suspected that he had been in love with her since she was 13! (Just think of this, Mr. Knightley was 16 years older than Emma. That would have made him 29 years old when he fell in love with her! A 29-year-old in love with a 13-year-old!) 

2: Edmund Bertram (Mansfield Park)

He was also soooo sweet to Fanny since they met. And though you want to strangle him for going on and on and on with Mary Crawford, you forgive him at the end. He's patient and kind, and you sorta always know that he's going to end up with Fanny.

1: Henry Tilney (Northanger Abbey)

Yes, Henry Tilney is my favorite. Since his first appearance in the book, he charms you with his witticisms. And even though he's angry at first when he finds out what Catherine was thinking about his father, he gives her even more attention afterwards. And (this is for the movie) J J Field's facial expressions are to die for. 

Honorable Mention

Henry Crawford (Mansfield Park)

Why he is by NO MEANS a hero, I have to admit that when he really did fall in love with Fanny, you sorta liked him. I even felt bad for him when Fanny rejected him. 

Quotes From Each Of Our Heroes

~ I do not understand you. Reserved! - How, in what matter? What am I to tell you? What can you suppose? ~
Edward Ferrars

~ My ideas flow so rapidly that I have not time to express them - by which means my letters sometimes convey no ideas at all to my correspondents ~

Charles Bingley

~ I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew I had begun. ~
Fitzwilliam Darcy

~ Good God! You would! It is not that I did not think of it, or desire it, as what could alone crown all my other success; but I was proud, too proud to ask again. ~
Captain Frederick Wentworth

~ This will probably be the case, and yet there is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions. ~
Colonel Brandon

~ Do you? -- I have no doubt. Nature gave you understanding: -- Miss Taylor gave you principles. You must have done well. My interference was quite as likely to do harm as good. It was very natural for you to say, 'What right has he to lecture me?' and I am afraid very natural for you to feel that it was done in a disagreeable manner. I do not believe I did you any good. The good was all to myself, by making you an object of the tenderest affection to me. I could not think about you so much without doting on you, faults and all; and by dint of fancying so many errors, have been in love with you ever since you were thirteen at least. ~
George Knightley
Sorry for such a long quote, I just loooove him so much <33

~ You can have no reason, I imagine, madam, for wishing Fanny not to be of the party, but as it relates to yourself, to your own comfort. If you could do without her, you would not wish to keep her at home? ~
Edmund Bertram

~ And are you prepared to encounter all the horrors that a building such as 'what one reads about' may produce? Have you a stout heart? Nerves fit for sliding panels and tapestry? ~
Henry Tilney
(*choked voice*) See? He's teasing Catherine here! I LUV IT <333

Be prepared for a bunch of Henry Tilney 

I know that this isn't a gif, but THEIR FACES XDXDXDXD

Felicity Jones looks so young there! 


So, I realize that I should have spread them equally around . . . oops. I had more (and not just of Mr. Tilney) but they didn't show up. I HAD A PERFECT ONE OF EDMUND. GAH. If you want a good laugh, look up Henry Tilney gifs. (look up the other heroes of course if you want)

DISCLAIMER: These pictures are not mine, I just looked them up on Google Images. 


  1. I gave this post an "alright" simply because I completely disagree with your rankings!!! ;)

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and I can understand not wanting to put Mr. Darcy at the front, but I mean COLONEL BRANDON AND EDWARD FERRAS AND MR. KNIGHTLEY OH MY GOSH BE STILL MY HEART THEY ARE MY FAVORITES AHHHHH. :D

  2. Lol, I get what you mean! I used to LOOOOVE Mr. Knightley, but then I read then I read about Mr. Tilney! I still love the other heroes :D

  3. I never got to watch Northanger Abbey, and I don't remember too much about the book, so that could be the problem. ;)

  4. Honestly, I disagree with the ratings. But, I've never seen Northanger Abbey, so I don't know.

    1. I guess everyone ranks them differently. But that's why I said in the beginning that I was ranking them based on my own personal preferences.

  5. yes. Yes. Yes! Henry Tilney is suuuuch an amazing character So dashing and a true gentleman; he definitely doesn't get enough attention!
    And Edmund!! He is sooo unbelievably sweet, it just melts my heart! I haven't read some of the others yet (so I cannot attest to their rankings), but Edmund is my personal, all-time fave. <3
    (Also, I must thank you for *momentarily* kicking Darcy out of the spotlight in favor of the lesser-known characters :D)


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