Hero, anti-hero or non-hero?

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  1. slobake

    slobake Supporting Member

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    I like stories with a non-hero. Stories where the main strength of the main character is considered a weakness by many. Frodo in the Lord of The Rings is a classic example. Some others that come to mind are "The Sword of Shannara" and even "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"
    What a about you, what kind of main character do you like? I know sometimes it is not so black and white but you have to start somewhere.
     
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard

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    I like stories where the human side of being super human is covered at great length. Spider Man is probably the most famous example I can think of. Sometimes being a super hero forces one to make really tough personal choices.
     
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  4. LiquidMidnight

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    I can respect a good anti-hero. But while I know in real life that very few people can be black-and-white good or bad, I still really like a truly good protagonist. But I prefer chaotic good characters over lawful or neutral good characters.

    A while back, I started watching an anime called Gun X Sword. Many people compared the protagonist to Vash from Trigun just because of some strange character quirks. Immediately, I didn't find the protagonist to be much anything like Vash. He seemed like a rather selfish individual who only helped people when it ultimately benefited him. Vash, on the other hand, is a completely selfless hero, willing to even help people who are trying to kill or capture him. Maybe the protagonist in Gun X Sword grows as a person over the series arc, but his character left me flat. Since the anime was really derivative to begin with, I never finished it. However, on the topic of anime, I love Sebastian from Black Butler, even though at the end of the day, he's a demon from hell who eats souls. But he was written as such a likable character.

    I do like what TvTropes calls "Dark is Not Evil" protaganists, Batman being the prototypical example.

    P.S. I do realize the irony of this post and the fact that my avatar is LeLouch/Zero from Code: Geass, who is a protagonist who does some very questionable things over the course of the series.
     
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  6. bassinplace

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    I've always been a fan of the underdog. Harvey Pikar and Charles Bukowski come to mind. Or just about any jazz musician from the 20th century, lol.
     
  7. LiquidMidnight

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    Have you ever seen the Harvey Pekar movie? If not, I highly recommend it.
     
  8. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    I love antiheroes. Han Solo. Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver). Heck, even Sid Vicious.
     
  9. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

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    What you call the "non-hero" is actually the original form of the anti-hero. Originally, as the classical hero was an idealized character who exemplified his (naturally, always male during that time) civilization, the classical anti-hero was a character who....didn't.

    That said, I like anti-heroes like Philip Marlowe, albeit on the slightly more law-abiding side.
     
  10. Bassist4Eris

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    Have you seen Defendor? It stars Woody Harrelson as a developmentally disabled man who is obsessed with comic books and thinks he's a superhero. Harrelson's portrayal is completely compassionate and respectful; this is not some cheap comedy. It's a fun and funny story, but one that is ultimately a heartwarming meditation about what real heroism is, and the many ways it is exhibited by not just Harrelson's character, but those around him too. It's a very beautiful, very human film that never got the audience it deserved. A smart action-comedy with a lot of heart. I think you'd like it a lot.
     
  11. Monster Truck

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  12. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    Plain heroes are boring unless their weaknesses are explored. Spider-man indeed.
    I used to like anti-heroes and their rebel side but it's a model that's been used and abused.
    I much prefer normal people who are forced to reveal themselves under the circumstances.
     
  13. BurningSkies

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    Either way. I don't care, as long as I can find interest in the people. The perfect example in the same genre would be Donaldson's Thomas Covenant anti hero...he is a leper with inner rage issues, he's selfish, he's a rapist...and the protagonist of the series.
     
  14. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

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    I like hard ass antiheros like hardboiled detectives, The Man With No Name, or Mad Max.
     
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    I'm big into anti-heroes. I like loners specifically. Unsurprisingly, i'm big into westerns. Any era but i have a bit of a predilection for the revisionists.
     
  17. Milk

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    Yeah like those.

    I also watched loads of noir
     
  18. foal30

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    Jimmy McNulty
     
  19. ZenG

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    Vin Diesel sucks.......... (at least in "Man Apart")

    I liked Eastwood in "Dirty Harry"
     
  20. jugglingfreak

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    Snake Pliskin from "Escape from New York"

    Complete anti-hero.
     
  21. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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