Character Development: The Anti-Hero/Heroine

Everyone knows about the Hero/Heroine archetype. They’re strong, virtuous, honorable, helping old ladies across the street and rescuing kittens from trees. That kind of stuff. They never do anything underhanded…blah blah blah…

This isn’t that kind of discussion…

The upcoming premiere of the Deadpool Movie has gotten me thinking about the Anti-Hero/Heroine. SO looking forward to seeing it…

But anyway…

When most people think of the Anti-Hero/Heroine, they generally think of characters that behave the opposite of the Hero/Heroine archetype. For the Record, I don’t like having to qualify my opinion using a “this/that” notation. It’s redundant and implies that my readers can’t read implied intent.

These type of characters, in my opinion, are the flipside of the traditional heroic archetype. They may curse, drink, get violent, whatever, but they are meant to walk the line between acceptability and offensive. Of course, I would never create a character that offends…wink wink nudge nudge…

Nobody follows the rules all the time. We’re human and are subject to fits of pique, mood swings, temper tantrums, and the occasional ritual of the throwing of punches and kicks. Strip away all the intellectual, social, and technological progress that we’ve made over the millennia and we’re just as nasty as any other predator.

Don’t confuse the Anti-Hero/Heroine with The Villain. If I could represent these moral alignments on a number line, The Hero/Heroine would be on the far left (it’s just a number line), the Anti-Hero/Heroine in the middle, and The Villain on the far right. I place these in their locations because while the Hero/Heroine has a specific set of rules that they don’t deviate from, and The Villain has no rules whatsoever, the Anti-Hero/Heroine has either a mix of the left rules and the right chaos or they internalize just enough of the right chaos to be somewhat bad, but they don’t quite cross the line in full-on Badliness.

Thoughts and comments are always appreciated and thanks for your time. 🙂

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