People Magazine announced that Chris Hemsworth, better known as Marvel's Thor, was named the Sexiest Man Alive. He joins the likes of Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Channing Tatum. No one can deny that Hemsworth, he of the shiny blonde hair and immaculate beard, doesn't deserve the title. He's a great actor and damn fun to watch on screen, especially when Marvel has been kind enough to have him wander around shirtless every so often.
It got me thinking, though. There are a lot of attractive guys on the big and small screen but the ones in genre shows are a very special kind of hot. Science fiction and fantasy movies gives a good actor tons of ways to show off. Ever since the days of Han Solo and Captain Kirk, guys in genre shows and films have been knocking our socks off.
In honor of Thor's award, here are twelve other actors who deserve to have their inherit sexiness celebrated.
Tom Hiddleston: Tom Hiddleston is a fitting first choice, since he's Loki in the Marvel universe. He also recently played the sexily brooding vampire Adam in Only Lovers Left Alive. He does Shakespeare, he dances like no one's watching, he seems genuinely joyful as a person and he's also hot as hell. He's half adorable and half smoldering and Marvel's legion of women fans can not get enough of him.
Chris Pratt: Lovable Chris Pratt found himself rocketed into super stardom for his role in Marvel's spectacular Guardians of the Galaxy this past summer. He plays adorable schlub Andy Dwyer on Parks & Recreation and he's the lead actor in a new Jurassic Park coming out next summer. He came in second place on the People Mag list but he's first in our hearts.
Doctor Who (Matt Smith and David Tennant): Doctor Who turned 50 years old last year and the show is still kicking! Best of all, the last two Doctors were the hottest yet in the series. David Tennant's 10th Doctor in his smart pinstripe suit and Converse sneakers and Matt Smith's 11th Doctor with his cool bow tie had some of the best episodes in the past 50 years. Both actors gave female Whovians an additional reason to tune in ever Saturday. Matt Smith's Doctor even had an fan favorite episode where he was in nothing but a towel. Sweet, sweet fanservice.
The Winchesters (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles): Our second duo on the list are the inseparable Winchester brothers. They're both so hot that a special type of shipping was named after them. Ever heard of "Wincest"? Yeah. That's a thing.
Benedict Cumberbatch: With a voice that is sex incarnate and cheekbones that could cut glass, BBC's Sherlock Holmes is usually a top fan favorite. Benedict is refined, erudite and timelessly handsome. Some people mock his long face and curls but those people can take a long walk off a short pier into soggoth infested waters.
Chris Evans: Marvel sure knows what they're doing when they cast their films! Chris Evans makes a perfect Captain America and his wholesome handsomeness is almost criminal. And, I mean, when he pops out of that super soldier chamber in the first Captain America movie... good LORD.
Tom Mison: Sleepy Hallow was the breakout hit of 2013 and the 2014 season is off to another great start. A lot of the show's success comes down to the chemistry between Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison. His Ichabod Crane is intelligent, unfailingly polite and insanely attractive. He's also completely hilarious and has turned Ichabod into one of the most memorable characters on TV right now. He officially won our hearts when he spilled his to Yolanda, the OnStar lady in the first season. It's impossible to not be head over heels with him.
Idris Elba: This man needs to be in all the movies. All of them. His acting prowess is top notch (see him in BBC's Luther!) and his genre cred is solid (he's Helmdell in Thor and was in Pacific Rim). He's swiftly becoming a fan favorite and who can blame us? Just look at him! Formal petition for Idris Elba to be in everything. Thank you.
Charlie Day: Maybe it's just me, but MAN, Charlie Day! Where have you been all my life? Newt from Pacific Rim was such an amazing character and those glasses and the tattoos... hot damn. I'm sorry, what was I doing? I got distracted.
Lee Pace: This actor has been everything from the quirky baker in Pushing Daisies to the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy, but his best genre role has been the fabulous and bitchy elf Thranduil in the Hobbit films. He's a bit of a chameleon and makes each role his own. It's hard to keep your eyes off him when he's on screen. Not bad for a plucky pie maker.
Richard Armitage: Thorin Oakenshield. I rest my case. Okay, fine, if you need any more convincing, Richard Armitage also starred in a BBC period production called North & South where he wears a top hat. NOW I rest my case.
Stephen Amell: Arrow has become a smash hit for the CW and paved the way for other DC shows to get the green light, giving us the equally as awesome Flash. You can't deny Stephen Amell's good looks, especially when he has a tendency to be shirtless on the show. I mean, to show off his tattoo and all those scars. I mean, only because it's necessary to the plot. Totally for a good reason. Totally. Let's never let this guy have shirts again. The internet has spoken.