Beta Boys

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The hero in my NaNo novel is beta. He’s the heroine’s best friend and a computer geek. He’s quiet and laid back, and while he takes charge of situations, no one would accuse him of being an alpha.

I was watching The Office and realized Jim is the ultimate beta hero. Best friend, laid back, cautious about making the first move.


I went through my TV schedule trying to figure out who were some other beta heroes.

The boys from Big Bang Theory.


Rick Castle


Will on Glee (LOVE a man who sings and dances)


I debated about McDreamy. I think his arrogance removes him from this category.

What other betas can you think of? Do you like reading betas?



Marianne Arkins said...

The hero in "While You Were Sleeping" is total beta, and I LOVED him.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I love betas! Not sure I'd call Castle a beta, though, he's kinda pushy. :)

MJFredrick said...

Perfect example, Marianne. I was thinking Marshall and Ted from How I Met Your Mother, too.

Natalie, maybe pushy, but he's not aggressive. And he's willing to take a step back instead of taking charge.


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