As someone who was around during the dark and dangerous 1990s in comics, the concept of the anti-hero is one that I treat with more than a little bit of mistrust.  Sure, Wolverine’s “best I am stabby stabbity stab” gimmick is both popular and effective, but many of those who followed in his footsteps fell more and more on the side of “anti” rather than “hero.”  A creator has to be careful of the balance with such an archetype, as we see with the example of criminal murderer and drug dealer Walter White or the immoral-but-mighty-cool Man With No Name.  Fictional protagonists are allowed a greater degree of leeway when it comes to traditional heroic attributes, leading to today’s cynical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds the first thing popping into my head to be the criminal anarchist rebel, Captain Mal Reynolds, but there are half-a-dozen other worthy candidates I coule mention, asking: Who is the BEST anti-hero of them all?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


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