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Top 4 Best Modern Anti-Heroes


Everyone loves an anti-hero, let’s face it. They may date back to 1714, but anti-heroes are very much considered to be modern day characters.

1) Lestat de Lioncourt

For a modern character, his age probably dates back to about that same era. Created by Anne Rice in Interview with a Vampire, he was definitely the stand-out character. More ruthless than Louis, his actions turned Claudia against him, forcing us to see the errors of his ways.

When I watch Lestat in that movie, I just can’t help to root for him up until, and even after that point, when we learn how mistaken they were. Even though I know what he advocates is bloody wrong. (Get it? Bloody?)

I love writing vampires, and he is my role model for what vampires should be. Unfortunately, the rest of the world seems to have gone more for Louis. And now look what vampires have become!

I really wish vampires would go back to their badass glory days. Is it any wonder there’s a movie called Vampires Suck with vampires like Edward Cullen out there?

2) Greg House

Let me count the ways that House has captured my mind.

He’s intelligent; I tend to agree with almost any point he makes, not necessarily about medicine, but about real life opinions. Anything from “Everybody lies” to “There is no dignity in death”, and multitudes in between. Besides, I respect intelligence immensely.

He defies social norms; speaking as a person who’s been as rejected as I have, with an Aspbergian mind (something House himself was once suggested of by Wilson, only to have it disproven or else rejected), I tend to revel in House’s rebellion of normal society.

He’s an ass; and he gets away with it. I certainly wouldn’t want to work for him, and few others can handle him. But he gets away with it. Maybe if he can get away with being who he is, then there’s hope for the rest of society’s rejects.

These are the various reasons I love him; these are the various ways he’s an anti-hero.

3) Severus Snape

The serious Potions professor is rather another role model to speak of. Both as someone similar in hygiene to myself (which honestly sounds sad), and as one who is far too often misunderstood, perhaps even to his fans.

Harry Potter certainly was no fan. At every turn, he reveals his common ‘judging a book by its cover’ mentality, despite the fact that in his world, nothing is ever as it seems.

Severus Snape was certainly one of many of those.

There are plenty of reasons why fans adore this character. The stoic strength of his persona, the comedy of seeing him torture the students, and for a lot of time, there was also the question of his true loyalty.

But most of all, Snape is also a representation of the odd bullied school kid with a lifelong grudge. And that is the thing that I think might have drawn in more fans; the fact that he was seen to be a senseless victim in Order of the Phoenix of James Potter and his leering friends (minus Remus).

He clearly wasn’t the innocent one either, though, considering his vast knowledge of the dark arts and his liberty with Sectumsempra, but many people sympathised (and empathised) deeply with him.

And it’s understandable. But that’s why he’s an anti-hero.

4) Dexter Morgan

Dex: cop by day, killer by night.

Dexterously distinct, delightfully dark Dexter takes the cake when it comes to playing the anti-hero. How many of us delved deeply into fantasies of such renegade justice in our youths? I know I did.

An idea transcended into life sums him up pretty well. It’s alright in the safety of our minds, but where is the line?

An anti-hero that really tests the moral strings of our subconscious, Dexter is someone that stands up for the unfortunate in his own dark, twisted, transformed into good but inherently bad-natured way.


PS Something I’ve always wanted to express about House is that I think his story was somewhat derived from Sherlock Holmes. House and Wilson are so similar Holmes and Watson, and that bogus story Wilson once fed to Kutner and Taub… the “Irene Adler” story… that’s a Holmes reference, too.

Author: littlewonder2

A writer in the making, I am learning Japanese, studied Creative Writing in university, and dabble in both fanfiction and original fiction.

6 thoughts on “Top 4 Best Modern Anti-Heroes

  1. I think Dexter has redefined the definition of modern day heroes… good guy with grey shades or a bad guy with a human side… well acted…

  2. Hannibal Lecter was the original serial killer anti-hero I think. And his character has a lot more facets in the novels than are seen on the movies.

    • Honestly, I didn’t even think of him; I’ve seen (or read, apparently) Silence of the Lambs, besides which I had no idea he was an anti-hero.

      • Well, think about it… He has quite a large fan base, to the point where people actually root (route? sp?) for him in the Silence of the Lambs movie. You should definitely read the other novels. Hannibal gives terrific insight into how he became like he was, and also into the inner workings of his mind, (which is actually more interesting than it may sound. )

      • I may just have to see about, now that you entice me…

  3. I love Snape! I think anyone who doesn’t was not paying attention to the books.

    Lily left Snape the second he made friends (in his own house) that she didn’t like. Meanwhile, the Marauders are bullying Snape simply for existing. When Snape goes to Dumbledore for help with saving Lily, Dumbledore is “digust[ed]” that Snape doesn’t want to save the life and the man who made his adolescence hell.

    Snape spent seventeen years spying for Voldemort and protecting the son of the man he despised and the woman who wasn’t worth it. He was the best person out of everyone in the book series.

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