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    An anti-hero is a protagonist that is basically a foil that has the opposite of most of the traditional traits that are associated with traditional heroes.

    Why This Trope Makes Bad Look So Good

    1. It makes the character relatable and innately human.
    2. The anti-hero's story would be more challenging to the viewers, as their actions would be more unpredictable than those of a traditional hero.
    3. It highlights the fact that the line between heroism and villainy is extremely thin, producing a large grey area in between them. Whereas villains have redeeming qualities, heroes have personality flaws.
    4. People tend to identify with characters who are deeply flawed, as they see themselves in them.
    5. They are usually more sympathetic and complex than traditional heroes, as they face more internal conflicts that make them question their own actions and grow as a person.

    The Only Bad Quality

    1. Some anti-heroes can be unsympathetic and unlikeable.
      • Also anti-heroes can sometimes be jerks.

    Examples of well-written anti-heroes

    • Annie Leonhart (Attack on Titan)
    • Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel)
    • Asuka Langley Soryu (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
    • Blade (Marvel Comics)
    • Boba Fett (Star Wars)
    • Bruce Wayne/Batman
    • Cassian Andor (Star Wars)
    • Catwoman
    • Coffy (Coffy)
    • Deadpool
    • Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
    • Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald (Cracker)
    • Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan)
    • Ethan Edwards (The Searchers)
    • Faith Lehane (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
    • Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
    • Gene Hunt (Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes)
    • Ghost Rider (Marvel comics)
    • Goro Akechi/Crow (Persona 5)
    • Gregory House (House)
    • Han Solo
    • Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry)
    • Herrscher of Sentience/Senti (Honkai Impact 3rd)
    • Hiei
    • Itachi Uchiha
    • Impmon (Digimon Tamers)
    • Jack Bauer (24)
    • Jack Burton (Big Trouble in Little China)
    • Jack Carter (Get Carter)
    • Jack Sparrow
    • James Bond
    • James "Sawyer" Ford (Lost)
    • Jessica Jones
    • Jimmy McNulty (The Wire)
    • John Constantine (Hellblazer)
    • John Luther (Luther)
    • Judge Dredd
    • Kerr Avon (Blake's 7)
    • Kevin 11 (Ben 10)
    • Kyoko Sakura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
    • Levi Ackerman
    • Mal Reynolds (Firefly)
    • The Man With No Name (The Dollars Trilogy)
    • Marv (Sin City)
    • Nagito Komaeda (Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair)
    • Nozel Silva (Black Clover)
    • Omar Little (The Wire)
    • Osamu Dazai (Bungou Stray Dogs)
    • Peter Jason Quill
    • The Punisher (Marvel Comics)
    • Randle Patrick McMurphy (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
    • Rick Deckard (Blade Runner)
    • Rorscharch (Watchmen)
    • Rocky Sullivan (Angels with Dirty Faces)
    • Raiden Mei (Honkai Impact 3rd)
    • Ryuko Matoi (Kill la Kill)
    • Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon)
    • Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
    • Shadow the Hedgehog
    • Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
    • Snake Plissken (Escape from New York)
    • Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel)
    • Tony Stark
    • Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver)
    • V (V For Vendetta)
    • Vic Mackay (The Shield)
    • Walter White (Breaking Bad)
    • William Munny (Unforgiven)
    • Wolverine

    Examples of poorly-written anti-heroes


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