Here are my adolescent confessions, laid bare for the Internet years after the fact. I was deeply in love with Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock From the Sun and any character played by Devon Sawa (from Casper, Little Giants, and Now and Then). I just wanted to watch them over and over again, even before I could identify why.
That pretty much encapsulates the following list of characters. There was something about them that caught your attention at an early age — maybe it was how they looked, or perhaps it was their mannerisms or actions — and from then on, you were hooked. They may have even helped shape what you look for in a partner today.
Just asking fellow R29 staffers about their first fictional crushes produced an outpouring of loving responses. You'll definitely feel some pangs of nostalgia and teen lust bubbling up as you click through the following roundup. Please add the first characters that gave you the stirrings in the comments.
P.S. The suggested soundtrack to this slideshow is the original Broadway cast recording of Spring Awakening. Obviously.