We've switched servers and will be updating the old code over the next couple months, meaning that several things might break. Please report issues here
Who wouldn't vote for him?
The Jack-The-Lad. Cocky, cheeky and devil-may-care, he's the type of guy you can't help but like, even as he's wrapping you around his little finger. Especially if you're a woman — most of the time — and The Charmer
knows this all too well. As a result, if there's a file he wants to see in a filing cabinet guarded by a pretty secretary, all he has to do is switch on his easy smile, and he has not only the file he wants, but also the secretary's phone number.
There's definitely a hint of The Casanova
about him, but he's generally a lot kinder, more decent and less concerned solely with getting his end away; where The Casanova
would ultimately do anything, no matter how underhanded, to score a conquest, only to discard her once he's achieved his pleasure, The Charmer
knows what the limits are. He certainly doesn't mind
the fact that he can have any woman he wants, but he'd never stoop so low as actually take advantage, and is often a lot more chivalrous in his dealing with women
. The Charmer
generally doesn't set out to break hearts; it just seems to be an unfortunate byproduct. But even if he's Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
, The Charmer
's usually too relaxed in his lifestyle to really consider changing.
Also, where sex is the The Casanova
's ultimate driving goal, with The Charmer
it's usually a welcome extra; he often has bigger fish to fry, and ultimately knows his priorities. If he's not the main character, then he's a loyal friend (even if the main character is seething with jealousy at how easily things — and women — seem to come to The Charmer
Compare with The Casanova
, Chick Magnet
, Prince Charming
and All Girls Want Bad Boys
. Often fills the role of a Loveable Rogue
. Sometimes, he's so
charming that Even the Guys Want Him
. In a group they're likely to be The Face
for their ability to get along with anyone, or (for more manipulative examples) The Social Expert
open/close all folders
Anime and Manga
- It has been revealed in D.Gray-Man that Allen Walker might not be so oblivious to his entrancing looks, and is actually capable of turning up his charm (complete with Bishie Sparkle) to get his way. He actually managed to seduce a robot (a male one at that) in order to get it to sacrifice itself so that other people wouldn't have to, and it's implied that he could do the same to other humans if it weren't for his qualms about hurting them.
- Durarara!!'s Rokujou Chikage spends half of his quest for vengeance against the Dollars instead charming the pants off of every girl he meets.
- Akira Takizawa from Eden of the East. In the first episode, he effortlessly convinces a random person to hand over his pants (Akira was naked) and bluffs himself out of being arrested. Due to the fact that he had to show his genitals in both cases, fans speculated that he had some sort of hypno-penis. He has money, power, a mysterious past, may be a terrorist, and rides a motorcycle. However, he is also very charismatic, affable, spontaneous, and uses his money and power to save the country. In other words, he's the perfect fusion of the bad boy and the Nice Guy. However, the anime handles his characterization well enough that his relationship with the heroine is believable and well done.
- Hayate of Hayate the Combat Butler, with the small caveat of him not actually realizing he has the hearts of so many girls. A chapter of the manga even shows it blatantly.
- Ayumi from Hyakko is a special case, in that she is female and actually quite shy. Still, she has the power to wrap both men and women around her finger simply by means of her cute demeanor.
- Lupin III: Features one of these as the titular character. This trope gets subverted in that the Femme Fatale tends to be the one winning the "who seduces who" game, but implied that Lupin likes it that way.
- Tamaki Suou from Ouran High School Host Club. As the Prince type of the club's various stereotypical Bishounen arch-types, being The Charmer is his selling point. He can easily make the ladies swoon (except the one he's interested in who doesn't fall for it), and overall is a very kind, friendly person. He thinks every woman is beautiful in her own way, and while he does up his charm for the club's clientele, his comments are always genuine.
- Pumpkin Scissors: Warrant Officer Oreldo.
- Barnaby Brooks Jr. (the "Bunny" of Tiger & Bunny) definitely didn't get into superheroics for the chicks — but he certainly doesn't mind the female attention (and frequently panders to it "because it's part of the job"), despite having no obvious romantic interests.
- Azuma from Yandere Kanojo. He was so cool that the only person so far immune to his charm is Manabu, his grandson, because he's exposed to him so much (Azuma is his guardian) and he had to become his grandpa's Straight Man.
- The eponymous Tonnura from Tonnura-San. Unusual in that he's a cat. A talking cat.
- Iron Man: Tony Stark.
- Armando from Le Scorpion. He could easily be The Casanova but sex is not his primary goal. It's just another weapon in his arsenal.
- Dwight in Sin City has every female character after him with the possible inclusion of mute assassin, Miho.
- Gambit, of the X-Men, is like this; so much so that it's all but canon he has a secondary mutation that allows him to be The Charmer.
- The secondary power is actually canon, but it doesn't get brought up often and won't work on anyone who realizes that he is trying to use it on them.
Films — Animated
- Charlie from All Dogs Go to Heaven. He manages to sweet-talk his way into grabbing a second chance at life.
- Flynn Rider in Tangled — at least he tries. The fictional character he modeled himself on actually was.
- Like Flynn above, both Kristoff and Prince Hans in Frozen fit this trope in their own Adorkable way. Unlike Flynn, the latter is an evil version of this trope.
Films — Live-Action
- Bond. James Bond. Trope Namer for disposable Bond Girl, and his motives are (usually) the goals of the British Government.
- Star Wars: Han Solo. (Managed to woo the Princess)
- And even more so his second-best friend Lando Calrissian. While Han has a rugged charm, Lando goes for the sophisticated route.
- Jason Statham's character in The Italian Job (2003).
- Arguably Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. He charms not only the women, but also the men and all the fans!
- The eponymous character in Don Juan DeMarco, played by Johnny Depp (does anyone detect a pattern here?)
- Frank Abagnale, Jr., in Catch Me If You Can.
- As with his TV series counterpart, Templeton 'Faceman' Peck in The A-Team film. It helps that he's played by Bradley Cooper.
- Harold Hill ("Please! PROFESSOR Hill") in The Music Man. He's also a Lovable Rogue.
- Dr. Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs, despite being a cannibalistic serial killer. It makes his stunningly violent escape all the more shocking, as his charms had allowed us to forget his true nature.
- Oskar Schindler of Schindlers List is introduced as very very charismatic person, making friends out complete strangers almost immediately. He uses this trait to make connections and work his way into German business, and later to mask his plot to save the lives of his Jewish workers.
- Lucien Carr in Kill Your Darlings manages to seduce everyone who crosses his path.
- Lawrence Talbot from The Wolfman (2010).
- Charles Xavier in his youth, as shown in X-Men: First Class, he uses his bubbly exuberance and his powers to pick up women in bars on campus.
- Max in Codex Alera.
- Mat Cauthon in The Wheel of Time.
- Molly Carpenter in The Dresden Files.
- Used her skills to remove her bra without taking off her shirt and a few ice cubes to score a lead. And a date. Molly was excited about the latter, while Harry was happier with the former. Definitely a Crowning Moment of Funny.
- Ostap Bender in The Twelve Chairs and The Little Golden Calf
- Hoskins, in The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin, can charm any woman by offering her chocolates and telling her not to be alarmed.
- Fulbert from Malevil. He uses his charm and his Bad Habits to become the religious leader of a village after World War III. He convinces everyone that he can be trusted with the food, supplies, and weapons and then rules with an iron fist.
- Jay in the Spaceforce novels uses his looks and charisma as a means to an end in his job as an agent for the Taysan Empire, seducing (or at least wooing) willing women for information or to gain a foothold. It is always a double-edged sword, however, as such behaviour is a criminal offence in the Empire, and he is driven by a desire for women which easily leads him into trouble.
- Ivan Vorpatril of the Vorkosigan Saga, the protagonist's cousin, foil, and recurring sidekick. He can pour his mojo on thick and is amazingly handsome. Since Miles is a manic genius far above Ivan's level (and prone to roping his poor cousin into all manner of trouble) but also a funny looking and socially awkward "mutie", each has complexes about the other.
- Moist von Lipwig is a charming con artist able to get most anyone to follow his zany schemes. The only exceptions are little old ladies who see him for his inner scoundrel... and they like him even more.
- Renly Baratheon from A Song of Ice and Fire has a magnetic personality and manages to convince half a continent to support his claim to the throne, even though he's only fourth in the line of succession. His court seems to truly love him. His elder brother Robert used to be one too, before he got crowned and became a bitter, rude hedonist.
- Peeta shows signs of this in The Hunger Games although it's less about him being able to make women want him sexually, and more about him being able to make all of Panem root for him (and, making them root for Katniss). He lacks the Fire to be a revolutionary, but has the best acting skills out of any of the Tributes. His love is the exact opposite.
- Although if you believe Johanna Mason in the second film, the whole world wants to sleep with him.
- In Firebird (Lackey), Ilya has a way with the ladies and is willing to be patient to get what he wants. According to the bannik, the spirit of the bathhouse, women are prone to talk when men aren't around and they all speak highly of Ilya, even after they've moved to higher stations (and, hence, into his older brother's or father's beds). In fact, one of the reasons his brothers want him dead is because he's so well liked by women.
- Archie Goodwin in the Nero Wolfe stories, who will routinely be called upon to try and charm his way past a pretty woman at some point in a case. Wolfe, who has little understanding of or ability with women, seems to view Archie's gift of charming the ladies as almost supernatural, although Archie himself demurs and points out that he's not quite the Memetic Sex God Wolfe seems to think he is.
- The Last Dragon Chronicles: Tam tries this on Zanna to get info on David's death for an article he's writing. He almost gets away with it.
- Mike Logan in Law & Order.
- Nick Amaro on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
- Gerry Standing in New Tricks
- Captain Jack Harkness is a rare bisexual (well, omnisexual) version in Doctor Who and Torchwood.
- Some of the Doctors Doctor Who are non-sexualised examples of this. The Fourth is well aware of how funny, charismatic and endearing he is - as well as how he appears superficially to have No Social Skills, meaning people assume he's being honest - and uses it to quickly charm others into letting him do whatever he wants, even when he's doing incredibly horrible things. It's so powerful a force of personality that some Expanded Universe material theorises that he might even be a Charm Person. The only people immune to him are usually Obviously Evil, which he becomes Dangerously Genre Savvy about by the Graham Williams era. The Fifth Doctor is also like this, although instead of coming off as slightly mad and therefore harmless he comes across as strikingly mature, kind and sane, meaning he can make almost anyone like and trust him within a few seconds of conversation.
- Tom Magnum in Magnum, P.I.. For that matter, most other private detectives of the Philip Marlowe school fit this trope as well.
- Dirk Benedict is quite famous for his characters that often fall into this trope; his well-known ones being Templeton 'Faceman' Peck in The A-Team and Lieutenant Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica.
- John Sheppard of Stargate Atlantis. This had led to several mishaps however, such as him electrocuting himself when trying to strike a casual pose against his prison bars.
- He is the only man on Atlantis who slept with a living ancient. Indisputable.
- Footman Edward Barnes in Upstairs Downstairs, constantly cheerful and cheeky, pinching the maids' bottoms and smiling. He settles down happily with parlour maid Daisy. All this serves as contrast when he returns from World War One with a bad case of shell shock .
- The House Of Eliot: Jack, the devilishly handsome bohemian photographer who lives downstairs.
- Shawn Spencer in Psych is almost the dictionary definition of this trope. In one episode, he walks into a police questioning room where an engaged couple (whom he has not actually met before this moment, let us note) are describing how their priceless wedding ring has been stolen. Within a minute, he's nabbed himself an invitation to their high-society wedding, and ends up hosting the bachelor party, scoring a date with the maid of honour until it's revealed she's behind it all and delivers the best man's toast at the wedding. He's also a perfect illustration of the 'loyal-but-love-to-hate-him' kind, as his life-long best friend Gus (and everyone else around him) is frequently exasperated at how easily things seem to come to him despite the fact that he usually does bugger all work towards it.
- The Man From UNCLE: Napoleon Solo in the 1960s spy series, when he's not being The Casanova, Chivalrous Pervert, or Handsome Lech as required by that week's episode.
- Colonel Hogan of Hogan's Heroes.
- Vincent Chase, on Entourage. Women throw themselves at him wherever he goes.
- Richard Castle of Castle. He is far too sweet to be a full-blown The Casanova, and is actually tipped straight into Ladykiller in Love once he meets Beckett.
- Happy Days: The Fonz.
- Supernatural: Dean Winchester goes between being The Casanova and this trope.
- Patrick Jane of The Mentalist has a lot of this going on, although he's definitely got other motives for his actions; he does seem to genuinely enjoy flirting with Lisbon, if only because it pisses her off.
- Neal Caffrey of White Collar.
- Tony DiNozzo of NCIS. At least, that's what he tells everyone. As a crime drama,the only times we get to see him use the skill is when it blows up in his face comedicly. (And one VERY serious time)
- Eric Matthews of Boy Meets World is this at first and remains so later on, despite becoming a little bit...eccentric. He advises his brother on how to treat girlfriends before Cory was ever old enough to care, and he even teaches his hot female boss how to pick up men.
- Gwaine from Merlin fits this trope perfectly. He flirts with Guinevere (going so far as to put a flower in her hair) but backs off instantly when it becomes clear she's not interested. The next time they meet, they share a friendly hug.
- Noah's Arc: Ricky. It seems he acquires virtually any man he sets his eyes on.
- Paladin of Have Gun — Will Travel is a classic example.
- Eliot Spencer from Leverage is always the one they send in to flirt with the female cop, security guard, secretary, parking attendant, or whatever. He always gets the information he needs, even when they send him in as the IT guy. He often ends the episode going home with one of the female side characters.
- James West and Artemus Gordon from The Wild Wild West, a rare example of both leads in a series filling this role.
- Mr. Lucky seems to be as lucky with the ladies as he is with cards, dice, etc. Andamo also has his moments.
- Josh Lyman on The West Wing. He has fangirls screaming his name at events the president goes to, he has wannabe groupies on online forums and he has an uncanny ability of making women interested in him simply by walking into them (usually not on purpose).
- Sam Axe from Burn Notice has a Running Gag of the girlfriends and dates that the other characters rarely want to hear about. Towards the end of the series, he's settled on just the one lady friend. He might be exaggerating his skill, but he spends most of the series as the only one with contacts in law enforcement. (They tend to operate outside the law, and the Prequel movie reveals that Sam arranged his own retirement, with an honourable discharge)
- John Watson from Sherlock, though certain episodes (most notably episodes 1 and 2 of season 2) have him vacillating between this and The Casanova. Amusingly, all the work he puts into charming the ladies is instantly undone once the girls have had a conversation or two with his best friend, Sherlock, whose rudeness coupled with his (largely inadvertent) disruptions of John's dates makes them dump John before he manages to get anything going.
- Gob from Arrested Development. When auditioning, the actor was asked to play a guy who thought he was charming. But it wasn't quite working, so they stopped him and said, "No, this guy - this guy's charming. Don't try to play charming. Just be charming."
- Freddie The Frog from the Only Fools and Horses Prequel Rock And Chips.
- Finn of The 100 has "game", according to a fellow cast member; he spends a large part of the pilot successfully flirting with Octavia and tucking a flower into her hair, but is also charming Clarke and trying to get her to laugh.
- In BIONICLE, Jerbraz claims to have been this before he was rendered permanently invisible:
Jerbraz: I was one of the most handsome and dashing members of my little group of friends, back when I could be seen. Now, I have to rely on my charm alone to make an impression. Oh, that and this nasty sword, which conveniently turned invisible with me. So if you see someone's head go flying off for no apparent reason... it's not your imagination.
- Leon S. Kennedy from Resident Evil is this. He's got that likeable, dorky-but-cool thing going on. At least Ashley seems to think so.
- Klavier Gavin from Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, who seems to ooze charisma from his pores, considering how many fangirls he has (in-game and Real Life, to boot).
- Balthier from Final Fantasy XII.
- Brad Burns from the Virtua Fighter Fighting Game series.
- Nash, the Suiko-verse's resident superspy, knows all about kind answers turning away wrath, &c., &c. He's also described as handsome in-game, and even has some luck getting Chris Lightfellow, Knight in Shining Armor extraordinaire to lighten up. Before the fans get their OTPs in a knot, though, he's married by the time Suikoden III rolls around. Though we never find out who his wife is, apparently she's a real handful (Fanon leans toward The Vamp).
- Kyle from Lunar: The Silver Star seems to have this effect on women, including his obvious love interest (which sometimes borders on Belligerent Sexual Tension), Jessica.
- Zelos from Tales of Symphonia is such a Charmer he even gets a power around this idea, allowing him to seduce female NPCs into giving him Gald and items.
- Ezio Auditore da Firenze of Assassins Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed: Revelations. When he's not actually stabbing people in the neck, he's the very picture of smooth, even in his old age. We actually never see him strike out with a woman. He simply always succeeds.
- Dragon Age II:
- Varric Tethras is, somewhat strangely, a dwarven version of this: Cool, witty and very handy with his crossbow Bianca.
- Word Of God has said that no matter what danger he's in, the moment you let Varric begin to talk, he's won.
- Hawke, the protagonist, if played with the Sarcastic/Charming personality, is capable of spinning a tale to make Varric proud.
- Sly from Sly Cooper, in big part thanks to Kevin Miller's voice acting.
- Ellis from Left 4 Dead 2 may sometimes act like a boy half his age, but his sheer playfulness makes him all the more adorable. Anyway, he makes a great foil to snarky, well-dressed Nick.
- Sakazaki Yuuya of Hatoful Boyfriend can come off as this. He's a Teen Superspy slash School Idol who's endlessly friendly and flirtatious but also absolutely easygoing. His nature is actually startlingly secretive, but he's entirely aware that turning on the charm and making things into entendre tends to distract people from their questions.
- In Mass Effect, Shepard (male or female) is very capable of playing this role, particularly if you take him/her down the path of The Paragon.
- Top Cat: TC himself.
- Hokey Wolf: Wolf indeed.
- Jonesy from Sixteen, although he fails a fair amount.
- Dr. Hartford from Galaxy Rangers is just as good a charmer and fast-talker as he is a Techno Wizard. Of course, Social Engineering attacks (aka "con jobs") in real life ARE a time-honored way to get past network security...
- Ben Tennyson (in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien)
- Jet from Avatar The Last Airbender. His initial appearance had him manipulating both Katara and Aang through his smooth talk and bad-boy charm.
- The Legend of Korra: Bolin, who has a habit of sneaking his fangirls in to watch his Pro-Bending matches for free.
- Recess: T.J. Detweiler.
- Teen Titans brought Comic-standard Kid Flash in the middle of the final season. His first big chance to do good is when he swiped the stolen goods out of the Thieving Hive Five's hands... Except for Jinx. He swapped out the stolen necklace for a rose. When he gets a chance to meet her at "her own speed" he doesn't want to bring her in, he just wants to talk. Throughout the episode he continues to try and reach her as a normal person, despite Jinx's constant abuse. He's so persistent that by the penultimate episode, Jinx has left the Hive and joined the Titans in the big battle. He even refers to her as "A friend"