The weekly choice of a Crushworthy Character is usually based on how I am feeling that week or what character has been on my mind the most. This week, my thoughts have been on Anne Rice characters — for good reason. She has so many amazing characters. I already wrote about the famous Lestat. I thought that my second favorite Anne Rice vampire would do well for this week. It may be a an odd choice for some but I always had the hots for him.
Full Name: Marius de Romanus
Occupation: Vampire, artist, former keeper of Akasha and Enkil
Who is He?
Marius is one of the oldest vampires in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. His first book appearance was in The Vampire Lestat. He was involved in many of the books after that. Blood and Gold is Marius’s story told from his point of view. Marius turned into a vampire at age 40 during the Roman Empire. He was the caretaker of the grandsires of all vampires, Akasha and Enkil, until Akasha broke free in Queen of the Damned.
- The name Marius is either a derivative of Mars, the Roman god of war, or it can mean male.
- Marius’s sire was the God of the Grove.
- Marius has white-blond hair and blue eyes. I am not sure what the casting people were thinking during Queen of the Damned. I did like Vincent Perez’s acting, though.
- Marius has had many loves over the years — male and female.
- It’s a bit ironic that Marius, who is half Celt, is killed by the Celts.
Why So Crushworthy?
I think of my crush on Marius and Lestat as two different kinds. Lestat is the wild bad boy your mother warned you about. Marius is that distinguished, older gentleman you can’t help but be attracted to. I felt that way when I read about Marius. I simply loved his character. Marius had his fierce moments but overall he was a sweetheart. Just look at the depth of his feelings for Pandora and Armand. He was devastated when he lost his paramours. I know he meets up with them again but you have leftover heartache to read about. Marius remained an optimist with hope for love and belief in humanity.
Marius was a Renaissance man. I am not sure there is anything he couldn’t do. Too bad we can’t travel into the book world during Marius’s time as a painter. I bet his paintings were lovely to behold. I was so happy when Marius was free from taking care of Akasha and Enkil. He lost so much freedom because he had to care for them. It was an eternal burden he had to carry. I was glad when Akasha woke up. I know she caused trouble but she was handled and Marius was finally free. He no longer had the burden of taking caring of them. Anytime I read about Marius I want to give him a big hug.