Examples of traditional romantic heroes are Hawkeye from "Last of the Mohicans" and Victor Frankenstein in "Frankenstein." Captain Ahab from "Moby Dick," Hester Prynne in "The Scarlet Letter," and the title character in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" are also romantic heroes.
Examples of romantic heroes from modern literature are Ponyboy from "The Outsiders" and the lead character in the "Harry Potter" book series. Typically, romantic heroes are unconventional. Often, they have been cast aside by traditional society. These heroes are frequently involved in physical, spiritual or emotional quests. They tend to be cynical yet compassionate. If necessary, they are willing to sacrifice themselves for others.