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Who Are Your Favourite Anti-Heroes/Heroines?

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Laurence, May 25, 2015.

  1. Laurence

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    Murder is so common in GoT that these things go straight over my head aha
     
  2. ChasingSuns

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    This is really difficult for me because really love anti-heroes. Captain Mal, Gene Starwind, Elric, The Hound, The Punisher, Spike Spiegel... the list goes on and on. I just really love heroes with a darker side to them :p
     
  3. Stephyn Blackwood

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    Hmmm... Got to be....

    Jorg Ancarth - The Broken Empire Trilogy by Mark Lawrence (He's so delightfully twisted and evil)

    Sand Dan Glokta - The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

    Prince Calder - The First Law again (Cause Joe Abercrombie.)
     
  4. Would Han Solo count? Because if so, I choose him.
     
  5. Steerpike

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    Elric
    Fafhrd and Gray Mouser (if they count)
    the members of the Black Company
    Ballas (I hated him, actually, which was interesting)
    Logen Ninefingers
    Faith
    Spike
    Beatrix (Kill Bill)
    Nightfall
    Conan (if he counts)
    The Stainless Steel Rat
    Severian


    Those come to mind.
     
  6. Androxine Vortex

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    Malus Darkblade. The dark elf who damn near murders his entire family to get what he wants, yet he quite a pathetic character sometimes but that works in his favor.
     
  7. thecoldembrace

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    Raistlin Majere.... one of my favorite characters. Artemis Entreri is another good one. Jorg Ancrath.... one of the best antiheros. Nagash from warhammer is another.
     
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  8. spectre

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    Clive Owen in Children of Men, Thom Merrilin, Spawn to name a few.

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  9. Miskatonic

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    Great way to put it. Some think of the anti-hero as the mysterious badass that isn't all about justice and saving the day, but will occasionally help out the good guys because he/she isn't completely without morals.

    It's a little more than that.
     
  10. Miskatonic

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    You see Gene Starwind as a true anti-hero? Interesting. I always thought of him as a reluctant hero with rather strong moral conviction that just needed some coaxing to come to the surface.
     
  11. Miskatonic

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    Would Dexter be considered an anti-hero? There's a lot to his code and his wavering between following and rejecting it. I guess perhaps it depends on whether or not people believe he's a true psychopath.
     
  12. spectre

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    An anti-hero is someone whose morality is flawed but they are aligned with a good cause. In Beowulf the Danish King and Grendel are both anti-heroes. Dexter is a villain. His sister is an anti-hero.

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  13. FifthView

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    I think Dexter is a "villain-hero." But he doesn't strike me as being an anti-hero, because even when he does things that help out others—and much of what he does can't be categorized as helping others in a significant way—he's really doing those things for entirely selfish reasons or has little choice because...psychopath.
     
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  14. Heliotrope

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    Tyler Durden (Fight Club, pretty much my all time favourite book/film). Did you know it was based on the Great Gatsby?

    And both Jamie and Tyrion Lannister.
     
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    Is a figment.

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  16. spectre

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    Professor Clump

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  17. spectre

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    Do you think a hero who starts as an anti-hero but transitions into good is still an anti-hero or would u describe him/her by the transitory nature of the character. Maturation. It certainly isn't a Trickster figure.

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  18. Miskatonic

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    Ed Norton's character would have to be the anti-hero since Durden is just part of his psyche.
     
  19. Heliotrope

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    I guess I see them as one and the same, since they are essentially the same person. He starts out as Tyler Durden as the antihero, and then the 'narrator' becomes the anti hero when Tyler Durden becomes the antagonist half way through.

    If Tyler Durden is a figment then aren't all characters figments? I mean, Tyler Durden was a true, living, breathing flesh and blood character (the narrator) he was just the other side of the narrator's psyche. He still existed though, in the concept of the book. Aren't all characters just figments of the author's imagination? Though we accept them as 'real' in the context of the story.
     
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  20. Miskatonic

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    Well Norton's character didn't realize that Durden wasn't a real person until the end. He was under the assumption that a real person was helping him to change his attitude and actions in life.

    A character like Dexter on the other hand realizes his dad isn't there, that he's dead, from the very beginning.
     
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