Most Brooding Bad Boys in Literature

Posted by Sandra Woolf

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Behind ever scowl, dark clothes and unhappy look lies a brooding bad boy. These dark and troubled youths with will steal your girl and even your own heart. Because who doesn’t love a brooding bad boy?



Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights

The brooding bad boy archetype can be traced back to Emily Bronte’s English classic, Wuthering Heights. Here, Heathcliff steals the show with his tortured soul and unrequited love. His passion for his foster sister drives him into madness and cruelty. Still, this bad boy has become a beloved figure by many readers over the last hundred years.



Jace – The Mortal Instruments

Arrogance is another trait of the brooding bad boy, and Jace Wayland has that in spades. This Shadowhunter uses his sarcasm and wit to hide his true feelings. With the face of an angel and skills of a warrior, it is no wonder that heroine of the series falls head over heels for him. This is one brooding tattoo covered angel that you wouldn’t turn your back on!



Kylo Ren – Star Wars

In the Star Wars universe, there is a light and a dark side to the Force. Ben Solo was seduced by the dark side and transformed into Kylo Ren. As a Jedi, Kylo is a talented fighter but arrogant. His dark ambitions led him away from his family and friends. Can this brooding bad boy be redeemed? Or will the dark side consume what is left of his soul?



Damon Salvatore – The Vampire Diaries

Vampires are usually tall, broody, and very handsome, such as Damon Salvatore. This bad boy turned vampire loves to torment his brother Stefan and constantly tries to steal his human girlfriend. When he isn’t drinking blood, and playing tricks on humans, Damon protects his family and friends from other supernatural creatures. Deep down this broody bad boy has a heart of gold.

Sandra Woolf

Sandra Woolf

Sandra Woolf lives in the PNW where she haunts bookshops and library sales. Freelancer by day, horror movie lover by night. Writing inquires can go to what lovely books at gmail or just to ask her how her hairy is so bouncy.