Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by yours truly. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, want to kill with fire, or throw out the moon door (a la Petyr Baelish). You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.
Have you ever seen a group of men who are nearly 7ft tall, shredded, extremely gorgeous, vaguely mysterious, ooze sex appeal, smell distinctly male, and there’s something… not quite human about them?
Yeah, me neither. But, in my journeys reading what some people might refer to as “Trashy Paranormal Romance”, I’ve come across Band of Supernatural Hotties in droves.
Band of Supernatural Hotties come from a very specific brand of Paranormal Romance series. In fact, they only truly exist in series. The group themselves can be made up of any type of supernatural creatures but the ones that I’ve come across the most are vampires and shifters. There are a couple possible reasons for these extremely hot men, who are never shorter 6ft tall and who all wear masculinity as a badge of honor somehow all know each other and are working together. Either they are a family of warriors or they are a group of powerful, high ranking randoms who are working to protect their kind against some evil force.
Now, going back to my point that Bands of Supernatural Hotties can only exist in Paranormal Romance series. In Paranormal Romance series that are based around the Band of Supernatural Hottie trope, the first book in the series will always be a romance between a human, or almost human, and the leader of the Band of Supernatural Hotties. Sorry, guards but your love story won’t be until book #19. It’s not your fault though, the Hierarchy of Love (a trope I will be talking about in another edition of Trope Tuesday coming soon) is to blame.
Often, Bands of Supernatural Hotties come in a package deal with the whole “mate” trope (And no, Sarah J Maas did not invent this trope. It has existed long before Rhysand was a twinkle in her prejudiced, good-at-writing-terrible-fantasy little eye). This is where Bands of Supernatural Hotties starts to get very problematic. It relies on the concept of the heroine being “the hero’s” and him referring to her as “mine” and growling when men even get near her. The whole concept of mates is deeply rooted in toxic masculinity. Even ignoring the mate trope, Bands of Supernatural Hotties cannot exist without masculinity. There’s a reason why all the hero’s are 7ft, shredded, essentially soldiers, and are all conveniently straight. Those are all tenants of masculinity.
Black Dagger Brotherhood is a really great example of this trope in action. It follows not only Band of Supernatural Hotties, but also the Hierarchy of Love, the mate trope, and relies heavily on masculinity to create its heroes.
Other examples of the Band of Supernatural Hotties can be found in Bewitched and Bewildered (this series is the root of all evil, and I’m pretty sure it is why I have insomnia). You can check out even more examples here on my Goodreads shelf for Bands of Supernatural Hotties.
My Verdict: While I don’t hate the idea of Bands of Supernatural Hotties, its reliance on masculinity is dangerous. So much so that: IT’S GOING OUT THE MOON DOOR.