How the Ideal Romance Hero Is Like a Chameleon

Welcome to this #MFRW 52-week blog hop! This week’s topic is ideal romance hero. I think he’s kind of like a chameleon. Initially I thought this because the ideal hero varies for each person, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that jazz. Not because they are like a lizard and the whole projecting their tongues more than twice their body length (get your mind out of the gutter, this is a PG blog peeps!) But after a little research on chameleons, I found out the camouflaging, color-changing lizard shared other similarities with the ideal romance hero.

Hero’s, like Chameleons, Have a Superficial Layer

This goes back to the ole eye of the beholder stuff. We all have our preferences on what we find physically attractive from the first glance. What’s on the inside is, of course, much more important. But to snag our interest, we first must like what we see on the outside. Who doesn’t like a little eye candy?

A Chameleon Displays Brighter Colors Around Other Chameleons

We have our individual preferences, but when we are taking our hero out, we want to show him off. We know he looks good, and we want everyone else to know it. He knows when to ditch the sweats and strut his stuff.

An Ideal Hero Knows When to Take Charge—and When to Back Off

Apparently, a chameleon shows darker colors when they submit. Sure, we want our hero looking good, but we don’t want him to always outshine us. He lets us have the spotlight when we want it. He knows how to treat a lady right, and when to drop that needless argument.

They Vary in Size and Body Structure

I love you heroHero’s come in all shapes and sizes. Guess what—so do chameleons! Look around at the couple’s you see every day, there is someone for everyone. The dude that you don’t give a second glance is someone else’s hero.

Some Have Head or Facial Ornamentation

A hero might not have horns, unless you really like the bad boy in a paranormal story. Hero from Grandma Must Die book

But, depending on the time of our life, and circumstances, we might have different preferences for the type of hairstyle we like to see our hero sporting. The mullet my home hero was rocking in the 1980’s wouldn’t be what made my heart pitter patter today. (Sigh—I do miss the 80’s.) 

There’s a reason the ‘inside’ of your hero is more important than just the ‘outside’. If your hero’s gorgeous locks are the one thing you love, you might lose that loving feeling if he loses the locks. 

My Ideal Hero has Distinctive Eyes—Like a Chameleon

When I’m writing a story, I often fail to put much physical description in because I enjoy leaving the image to the imagination. But, I go back and layer description in for the reader so they see the characters as I do.

I feel that it’s the actions, and body language, that make the man. #hero #MFRW Click To Tweet

But I almost always describe their eyes. I agree that eyes are the window into the soul and one of the first things I notice.

Chameleons Don’t Have an Outer or a Middle ear

It may not look like it, but a chameleon can hear. Just like our hero. We all know about selective listening, but an ideal hero knows when to listen, when to offer reassurance, or the best time just to stay quiet. Although most hero’s throw in a little conflict now and then to add some spice to the story. I do like a hero to be an equal.

They Can Elevate their Body Temperature

picture of dog, Scruff
Scruff is always ready to be a cuddly hero

Although I love my home state, when you live in Pennsylvania, it’s freezing or raining about eighty percent of the time. Hence a big, cuddly warm-blooded hero to cuddle and keep you warm is a necessity.

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9 thoughts on “How the Ideal Romance Hero Is Like a Chameleon”

  1. peggy jaegerpeggy jaeger

    I have to agree Maureen. The inside is way more important than the outside!!!

  2. JunetaJuneta

    Agreed, the inside is what makes them interesting and directs their choices. Great read and learning post.

  3. Alina K. FieldAlina K. Field

    Love that line about body temperature! And it’s so true–I would have frozen to death on many occasions if I hadn’t been able to snuggle with my husband.

  4. Meka JamesMeka James

    Agree with all your points. The hero’s personality and attitude have a lot to do with their overall attractiveness.

  5. Raine BalkeraRaine Balkera

    Interesting read! I like male body heat but tend to forget about it in my writing. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Ed HoornaertEd Hoornaert

    Hero as chameleon .. I have to admit I’d never thought of that one!

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