James Vane is a simple character – he's totally motivated by love, jealousy, and revenge. He adores his sister, Sibyl, and swears to kill anyone that hurts her. He's kind of a super-masculine man in a world full of more ambiguous males; a sailor, traveler, and all around tough guy, he seems to represent a world of brawn over brains that Wilde's not terribly interested in. That being said, he's not actually a bad guy – after all, he feels truly awful when he thinks he almost killed the wrong man. Really, he's just one of fate's punching bags – James isn't clever or handsome enough to make it in Wilde's world.