antihero antihero

Definition(s):

  • (n) a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)

Usage(s):

  1. Class envy, novel murders and lifestyle voyeurism: Layer Cake's a classic English antihero movie.
  2. Shanties still line the same steel tracks on which Jos's tortured antihero Antonio Samson kills himself, after learning that his vapid high-society wife is having an affair.
  3. In 1962, novelist Anthony Burgess used it in A Clockwork Orange as the favorite piece of his ultraviolent antihero.

News

  1. The Contenders: Timothy Olyphant of 'Justified'

    "Justified" just finished a typically terrific fourth season that featured the Detroit Mafia invading Kentucky, a marriage proposal from antihero Boyd Crowder to his love Ava and Patton Oswalt playing a constable who takes it (and takes it) on the chin before turning into an unlikely hero and saving the day. In the middle of this chaos, as always, stood Timothy Olyphant's Deputy U.S. Marshal ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Emmy contenders: Timothy Olyphant of 'Justified'

    "Justified" just finished a typically terrific fourth season that featured the Detroit Mafia invading Kentucky, a marriage proposal from antihero Boyd Crowder to his love Ava and Patton Oswalt playing a constable who takes it (and takes it) on the chin before turning into an unlikely hero and saving the day. In the middle of this chaos, as always, stood Timothy Olyphant's Deputy U.S. Marshal ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. HOTLINE MIAMI E3 2013 TRAILER

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    on June 11, 2013     Source: IGN Guides

Quotes

  1. "Downey brings a lot of attitude to the '60s cad bachelor paradigm," Favreau explained to Variety. "He had fun with his antihero, and made him likeable. I wanted an alternative to the traditional DC fearless superhero like Superman. Marvel...
    on Apr 25, 2008 By: Jon Favreau Source: InTheNews.co.uk

  2. "I told him (Wright) that if I did do something, I'd want to do something that was ultimately more heroic than Nate Fisher," Krause added. "The complicated antihero is not something I needed to explore again."
    on Sep 19, 2007 By: Peter Krause Source: BuddyTV

  3. In his biography "Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero," author Jeff Pearlman describes how the 12-year-old nephew of Pirates pitcher Danny Darwin once handed Bonds a baseball card to sign.
    on Apr 5, 2007 By: Jeff Pearlman Source: Los Angeles Times

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