The Cheerful Pessimist
- Apr 18, 2013
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I have to disagree. Definitions are not subjective. A word means what it means, which is why we have so many different words that describe different things and assign specific meanings. I afford there is no range of anti-hero; instead, there is either an anti-hero or all the things that are not an anti-hero.You are funny. The range between them is a hero and a villain. From a flawed hero to a villain with a heart. It is just general and subjective like grouping anything. So, I can easier explain.
A hero with flaws is exactly that. A villain with a conscience is exactly that. I don't believe you can assign an arbitrary range between flawed hero and sensitive villain and call it the 'range of anti-hero.'
I think I see your end goal with the OP: that you want to get people's opinions on a specific character trope, the anti-hero. However, I stand by my first post: that this is better debated within the realm of motivations.
Personally, I don't really care what motivations a character has, as long as it makes sense within the context of the story. Just about everything under the sun can make sense in a story if it is put into the correct context. That being said, I tend to like an anti-hero who has been wronged in some way, then makes it a point to seek revenge while still ultimately saving an innocent in some way. To me, this contention between personal revenge and selfishness versus 'doing the right thing' makes for an interesting story. Some more well-known examples I can think of off the top of my head are Batman, Spawn, The Punisher, and Eric Draven (a.k.a. The Crow).