The 20 Biggest Anti-Heroes and Why We Love Them

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The 20 Biggest Anti-Heroes and Why We Love Them

What exactly is an anti-hero?

Well – it is someone that we love to love because they are just so bad. They aren’t the typical hero in a story.

But… it runs deeper than that. Usually, they are the bad guy – that you hope gets away with it. I think we are so used to ‘happy ever after’ endings that anti-heroes are the new ‘prince charmings.’ They add another dimension to TV shows and movies that isn’t the usual ‘boy meets girl’ shite. Don’t get me wrong – the bad guy isn’t all bad – they have certain things about them that make us love them.

Here are the best of the best when it comes to anti-heroes – and why we love them!

The 20 Biggest Anti-Heroes and Why We Love Them

1. Dexter MorganDexter

Played by Michael C. Hall

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Dexter Morgan is a forensic blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department during the day, serial killer by night. He is also (or was) happily married with his own child, and step-children who he has to hide his ‘dark side’ from. We love him because he only kills bad people. He follows a strict ‘code’ which involves ‘not killing innocents’ and ‘not getting caught’. Most of his ‘kills’ are other serial killers or sickos who have avoided being caught by the police. So is he doing the world a favour by cleansing our communities of these bad people? Or is he bad because he kills people? That’s what makes him a truly interesting character.

“I will not kill my sister. I will not kill my sister. I will not kill my sister.”

2. Tony SopranoThe Sopranos

Played by James Gandolfini

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Tony Soprano is a mob boss in New Jersey. He is married with two children, has a ‘nutbag’ mother and a super evil uncle that also has ties with the mob as well as his nephew, Christopher. Seeing Tony Soprano cope with running the mob and trying to keep his family happy, and seeing him constantly ‘losing his shit’ whilst seeking therapy gives him a truly humanistic character. Plus, you just want to give him a great big cuddle. He inspires a certain sympathy in us, the viewers. One UK website puts it perfectly, ‘Tony Soprano is the perfect tormented suburban monster’.

“My father was in it. My uncle was in it. Maybe I was too lazy to think for myself.”

Next Page: More Anti-Heroes That We Love

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Jody is the founder and essence of Stay at Home Mum. An insatiable appetite for reading from a very young age had Jody harbouring dreams of being a pu...Read Moreblished author since primary school. That deep-seeded need to write found its way to the public eye in 2011 with the launch of SAHM. Fast forward 4 years and a few thousand articles Jody has fulfilled her dream of being published in print. With the 2014 launch of Once a Month Cooking and 2015's Live Well on Less, thanks to Penguin Random House, Jody shows no signs of slowing down. The master of true native content, Jody lives and experiences first hand every word of advertorial she pens. Mum to two magnificent boys and wife to her beloved Brendan; Jody's voice is a sure fire winner when you need to talk to Mums. Read Less

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