No, I'm not talking about my last boyfriend... but my favorite kind of hero.
A dear friend asked what defined an antihero, and I pondered it. What qualities do they share?
1) The Ends Justify the Means-
An Antihero is a True Believer. It doesn't matter particularly what her/his cause is, who they are defending, what they are trying to accomplish. The Antihero attacks their duty with a sort of blind devotion. Anyone or anything that gets in the way is toast.
2)They Aren't Evil, They were Drawn that Way-
Something happened. Something awful. And When it did, something inside of our hero was broken. Whether she was pushed in front of a Train and lost her legs and fractured her mind or his best friends sent him to Hell alive, something set them on the path they are on.
3)They Did it THEIIIIIIR Way-
Righting the wrongs of the world should be heroic type stuff. Golden boy stuff. Not the purview of the dregs of society. But, thing is, *if* an antihero *could* do it the *right* way... they probably wouldn't. But it doesn't much matter, cause our beloved antiheroes have problems that can't be taken to the local constabulary. Things are complicated. The Antihero's answer tends to be simple. Keep going till the wrongs have been righted.
Okay, kids, what are your thoughts? Who are your favorite Antiheroes? Did I miss an important characteristic?