Sizzlin' movie heartthrobs are totally easy to name, but my first boy crushes were on cartoon hotties. That's right—Tom Cruise, you have nothing on Handy Smurf. As an adult, I can still see the appeal of these animated cuties (maybe it helps that they're made to look like the actors voicing them too) so I thought I would submit a run down of the ten best-looking non-real boys I've sweated.
Hefty Smurf might have been the obvious choice, but I'm not the kind of girl that falls for the weight-lifting, muscle-building type. Handy got his toned physique through hard manual labor, working on those smurfy houses in rain, snow, Gargamel-induced weather, or shine. And that pencil behind his ear and tongue sticking out the side of his mouth as he calculated the smurfiest way to solve a problem—adorable!
I have always loved the class clown, and this dark and handsome charmer would have been perfect crush material. On top of that, he was super resourceful (those acrobatic moves to get food are so praiseworthy) and didn't let others' opinions of him (like when people called him “Street Rat”) get him down. Finally, he had the confidence and perseverance to go after Jasmine. Oh, and almost forgot, he had a magic carpet! What's better than that?
Thump-thump, thump-thump. I still get dreamy thinking of Prince Eric and what might have been had Ariel not gotten her voice back.... I was in seventh grade when a friend had a sleepover to watch The Little Mermaid. I swear all the girls swooned at the sight of Prince Eric. That sense of humor, the dark hair, the romantic boat ride. And, he was voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes who I still love.
Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks
I know, I know. This one is a bit crazy. I mean he's not even a human—cartoon or otherwise. But, Alvin was so spunky. He was egotistical too but you had to admire his dedication to the band. And you gotta love a boy (or chipmunk) who can wear a dress and still look cuddly and adorable.
He was an annoying know-it-all, but I was going through my nerd lover stage. I was eight and wanted the boy with glasses in the top reading group. Forget about the guy who could capture the flag. I wanted the glasses-wearing cutie who got pulled out of class for the academically talented program. Brainy reminded me of him (but my guy wasn't blue and a little less of a smartypants).
Eric (from Dungeons and Dragons)
Eric was my first bad boy crush. He was moody and quickly angered but just when you thought you had him figured out, he'd save you from the monsters. Then, he'd brush it off because being nice wasn't cool. I liked his hair too—black, neatly cut, a little long at the top—and was always drawn in to his adventures. Last, he had a pet unicorn. What girl doesn't love a guy who is loyal to his pets?
At first glance, you may think Lion-O was another muscle man. But, oh no, dear readers, he was more than that. Part man, part lion, this leader of the Thundercats was put in charge before he was ready and had to use his skill to overcome struggles. So, brains AND beauty. Plus, he had that sword that summoned the rest of his lair and projected the awesome lion signal. Thunder, thunder, THUNDERCATS!
I just realized this is my only blonde dude on the list. He was the full package too. We have Adam who had the looks but was not overtly hot like He-Man. He had also been entrusted with the biggest secret of Grayskull, but he managed to look relaxed, lazy even—all the while knowing that saving the universe was all on him. Then, there was He-Man. The guy was brawn, strength, rode an awesome tiger, fought evil. Wanting him was easy. His desire to fight the bad guys with brains rather than fists was admirable as well. Sure, when he had to, he'd smack a guy but it wasn't his first choice. Usually, he just threw them out of his way. And the way he handled that sword...uh huh, he had the power.
Rio Pacheco (Jem's boyfriend from Jem and the Holograms)
It takes a special guy to put up with a woman who lives a double life. Ok, he never realized Jem and Jerrica were the same person, but still. Furthermore, while he may have crushed on Jem, he knew Jerrica was his true love. In addition to his dark hair and hunkiness, Rio had no trouble hanging back from the spotlight and being a road manager and engineer. A guy who is all for women empowerment? Totally sexy!
Bobby Drake was my kind of dude. The dark locks, of course (um, I guess I have an obvious type, huh?) and toned bod, but I was more drawn to his sense of humor. Bobby was a laid back prankster who didn't take life too seriously. I guess he didn't have to since—whoosh—he could turn into ice when things got tough. Which brings me to his alter ego. I hate the cold, but since I could enjoy him from the comfort of my warm living room, I loved watching Iceman escape on his homemade ice ramps. Plus, ladies, this boy was transparent so no more trying to figure out what your dude was REALLY thinking. Now, THAT'S attractive!