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24th May '17 10:23:25 PM merotoker
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* TheChessmaster (when heroic)



* TheChessmaster (when heroic)



* KnightOfCerebus: Contrasting a more ideal hero acts, an Anti Hero's more unscrupulous acts can [[DarkerAndEdgier darken]] the [[CerebusSyndrome mood]] and [[GreyingMorality morality]] especially in lighthearted works.

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* KnightOfCerebus: Contrasting a more ideal hero acts, an Anti Hero's more unscrupulous acts can [[DarkerAndEdgier darken]] the [[CerebusSyndrome mood]] and [[GreyingMorality [[GrayingMorality morality]] especially in lighthearted works.



* ShootTheDog: Anti-heroes are known for doing morally questionable deeds because it needed to be done.

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* ShootTheDog: Anti-heroes are known for doing morally questionable deeds because it needed they need to be done.



* In {{Literature/Entirely Presenting You}}, on her first night out in the mask, Blank Face tries her best, but is forced to take questionable actions at times.

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* In {{Literature/Entirely Presenting You}}, ''Literature/EntirelyPresentingYou'', on her first night out in the mask, Blank Face tries her best, but is forced to take questionable actions at times.



* The eponymous character cartoon version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' is rude, gross, mean, a pervert (though, not as much as he is in the movie), and is willing to scam even his own friends out of their money. His redeeming qualities? He cares deeply for Lydia and will do anything to make her happy.

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* The eponymous character cartoon version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} is rude, gross, mean, a pervert (though, not as much as he is in the movie), and is willing to scam even his own friends out of their money. His redeeming qualities? He cares deeply for Lydia and will do anything to make her happy.
14th May '17 9:50:48 AM AthenaBlue
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* HiddenHeartOfGold: You won't see the good side of this JerkAss anti-hero, but its there. Just don't tell anyone.

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* HiddenHeartOfGold: You won't see the good side of this JerkAss anti-hero, but its it's there. Just don't tell anyone.



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* Music/FiveIronFrenzy's song 'My Evil Plan to Save the World' illustrates this point to an extent.

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* Music/FiveIronFrenzy's song 'My "My Evil Plan to Save the World' World" illustrates this point to an extent.



* Music/{{GWAR}}, sometimes
* Music/MyChemicalRomance's "Killjoys."
* Music/SonataArctica's "Peacemaker."

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* Music/{{GWAR}}, sometimes
sometimes.
* Music/MyChemicalRomance's "Killjoys."
"Killjoys".
* Music/SonataArctica's "Peacemaker.""Peacemaker".



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* All main characters from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' verge on anti-heroism on occasion, though Cartman often verges on VillainProtagonist. Usually they learn their lesson at the end, however, and often are shown to be morally superior to the adults in town.
* Mandy from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' is this at her best or straight up VillainProtagonist at her worst. Mostly, it's [[ItsAllAboutMe all about her]] and follows PragmaticVillainy.

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* All Princess Bubblegum from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is benevolent ruler who does whatever she has to for the Candy Kingdom, but her devotion to being the best ruler possible makes her distrustful and emotionally cold, and she sometimes makes very morally dubious choices for what she considers the greater good, or engaging in sneaky political manoeuvring. Most recently it's been revealed that she constantly spies on the entire world, including her most loyal allies and servants.
* Most of the
main characters from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' verge on anti-heroism on occasion, though Cartman often verges on VillainProtagonist. Usually of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' qualify for this, with the possible exception of [[VillainProtagonist Malory]]. They're barely competent, borderline sociopathic, and tend to cause more problems than they learn solve, but they're still usually on the side of good and are very much capable of saving the day - albeit by the skin of their lesson at the end, however, and often are shown teeth. This even extends to be morally superior to the adults in town.
* Mandy
when they [[spoiler:form a drug cartel]], since they still wind up saving an unknown country from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' a nerve gas attack.
* Prince Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
is this at her best or straight up VillainProtagonist at her worst. Mostly, it's [[ItsAllAboutMe all something of an antihero, albeit he's the [[{{Deuteragonist}} secondary character]]. Dark and misunderstood, Zuko operates under the sole motive of regaining his lost honor, and not always admirably so. [[spoiler:Although he turns himself around in the end. Since then, he fully plays the anti hero role straight--he is impatient, uptight, and he thinks ideals should be forgone when facing the big threat]].
** Jet too. At first, he seems like a romantic, handsome, vigilante freedom fighter, but he's willing to go to horrifying extremes to defeat the Fire Nation. Later, he goes straight. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, RedemptionEqualsDeath.]]
* One of those rare, completely ''uncool'' examples: ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', detective Harvey Bullock. He despises Batman, works below the board, lies
about her]] his accomplishments, has zero respect for people and follows PragmaticVillainy.their privacy, and in the words of Alfred, "looks like an unmade bed". Yet he's also a startlingly skilled fighter and wholeheartedly dedicated to getting rid of Gotham's "scum". He's essentially [[ChaoticGood the kind of cop who would be a huge supporter of Batman's vigilantism]] [[AloofAlly if his own ego would let him]].



* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny may be the first fully-realized antihero in animation, coming right around the time {{Ideal Hero}}es like WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse were falling out of favor. He goes from being a HeroicComedicSociopath to KarmicTrickster.
* Beastly from ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' and its spinoff sequel ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins'' is basically this, while he does do minorly villainous things akin to a schoolyard bully, there are times when he teams up with the bears as well.



* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', there's... Well, the title character, who, while a great guy in his own right, has demonstrated reckless, utterly selfish behaviour.
* Mandy from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' is this at her best or straight up VillainProtagonist at her worst. Mostly, it's [[ItsAllAboutMe all about her]] and follows PragmaticVillainy.



* Heloise from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* According to WordOfGod, Discord from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has gone from BigBad to this following his ''[[ReformedButNotTamed minor]]'' HeelFaceTurn. As if he wasn't enough of an {{Expy}} of [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]].
* All main characters from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' verge on anti-heroism on occasion, though Cartman often verges on VillainProtagonist. Usually they learn their lesson at the end, however, and often are shown to be morally superior to the adults in town.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': After his HeelFaceTurn, [[spoiler:Kallus]] becomes this. While he TookALevelInKindness, due to both his position as a ReverseMole ''and'' the methods he's familiar with, he's still willing to make {{sadistic choice}}s if he has to, such as [[spoiler:framing an officer who he'd been on good terms with so he isn't caught]].
* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} with Captain Tunar from the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' episode "Ramlak Rising". Presented as a ShadowArchetype to series protagonist Lion-O, Tunar's obsession with killing the monster that destroyed his people's homeland has shaped him into a man that holds his crew in contempt and views them as expendable, where once he hunted the monster on their behalf. Realizing what Tunar has become, Lion-O moves away from imitating Tunar's ruthless and mercenary focus.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' is a preteen super deciding between the heroic path of his father and the villainous one of his grandfather. Lampshaded when in one episode he's subjected to a machine designed to tell whether one is a hero or villain and it ''[[LogicBomb explodes]]''!
* Both WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry can be classified as anti-heroes; Tom, being a cat, is a natural predator, and he wants to protect his owner's house from being ransacked by Jerry--by tormenting and sometimes trying to eat him. Jerry, on the other hand, wants to survive and live life a little longer--by seriously injuring Tom.
* By the end of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'', Heather gradually became more and more of an anti-heroine (especially when compared to [[MagnificentBastard Alejandro]].)



* One of those rare, completely ''uncool'' examples: ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', detective Harvey Bullock. He despises Batman, works below the board, lies about his accomplishments, has zero respect for people and their privacy, and in the words of Alfred, "looks like an unmade bed". Yet he's also a startlingly skilled fighter and wholeheartedly dedicated to getting rid of Gotham's "scum". He's essentially [[ChaoticGood the kind of cop who would be a huge supporter of Batman's vigilantism]] [[AloofAlly if his own ego would let him]].
* Princess Bubblegum from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is benevolent ruler who does whatever she has to for the Candy Kingdom, but her devotion to being the best ruler possible makes her distrustful and emotionally cold, and she sometimes makes very morally dubious choices for what she considers the greater good, or engaging in sneaky political manoeuvring. Most recently it's been revealed that she constantly spies on the entire world, including her most loyal allies and servants.
* Most of the main characters of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' qualify for this, with the possible exception of [[VillainProtagonist Malory]]. They're barely competent, borderline sociopathic, and tend to cause more problems than they solve, but they're still usually on the side of good and are very much capable of saving the day - albeit by the skin of their teeth. This even extends to when they [[spoiler: form a drug cartel]], since they still wind up saving an unknown country from a nerve gas attack.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' is a preteen super deciding between the heroic path of his father and the villainous one of his grandfather. Lampshaded when in one episode he's subjected to a machine designed to tell whether one is a hero or villain and it ''[[LogicBomb explodes]]''!
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', there's... Well, the title character, who, while a great guy in his own right, he's demonstrated reckless, utterly selfish behaviour.
* Heloise from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* By the end of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'', Heather gradually became more and more of an anti-heroine (especially when compared to [[MagnificentBastard Alejandro]].)
* Prince Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is something of an antihero, albeit he's the [[{{Deuteragonist}} secondary character]]. Dark and misunderstood, Zuko operates under the sole motive of regaining his lost honor, and not always admirably so. [[spoiler:Although he turns himself around in the end. Since then, he fully plays the anti hero role straight--he is impatient, uptight, and he thinks ideals should be forgone when facing the big threat]].
** Jet too. At first, he seems like a romantic, handsome, vigilante freedom fighter, but he's willing to go to horrifying extremes to defeat the Fire Nation. Later, he goes straight. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, RedemptionEqualsDeath.]]
* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} with Captain Tunar from the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' episode "Ramlak Rising." Presented as a ShadowArchetype to series protagonist Lion-O, Tunar's obsession with killing the monster that destroyed his people's homeland has shaped him into a man that holds his crew in contempt and views them as expendable, where once he hunted the monster on their behalf. Realizing what Tunar has become, Lion-O moves away from imitating Tunar's ruthless and mercenary focus.
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny may be the first fully-realized antihero in animation, coming right around the time {{Ideal Hero}}es like WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse were falling out of favor. He goes from being a HeroicComedicSociopath to KarmicTrickster.

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* One of those rare, completely ''uncool'' examples: ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', detective Harvey Bullock. He despises Batman, works below the board, lies about his accomplishments, has zero respect for people Muttley from ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' and their privacy, and in the words of Alfred, "looks like an unmade bed". Yet ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' is depicted as a VillainProtagonist at times. Other times, he's also a startlingly skilled fighter and wholeheartedly dedicated to getting rid of Gotham's "scum". He's essentially [[ChaoticGood the kind of cop who would be a huge supporter of Batman's vigilantism]] [[AloofAlly if his own ego would let him]].
* Princess Bubblegum from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is benevolent ruler who does whatever she has to for the Candy Kingdom, but her devotion to being the best ruler possible makes her distrustful and emotionally cold, and she sometimes makes very morally dubious choices for what she considers the greater good, or engaging in sneaky political manoeuvring. Most recently it's
been revealed known to [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder bite the hand that she constantly spies on the entire world, including her most loyal allies and servants.
* Most of the main characters of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' qualify for this, with the possible exception of [[VillainProtagonist Malory]]. They're barely competent, borderline sociopathic, and tend to cause more problems than they solve, but they're still usually on the side of good and are very much capable of saving the day - albeit by the skin of their teeth. This even extends to when they [[spoiler: form a drug cartel]], since they still wind up saving an unknown country from a nerve gas attack.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' is a preteen super deciding between the heroic path of his father and the villainous one of his grandfather. Lampshaded when in one episode he's subjected to a machine designed to tell whether one is a hero or villain and it ''[[LogicBomb explodes]]''!
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', there's... Well, the title character, who, while a great guy in his own right, he's demonstrated reckless, utterly selfish behaviour.
* Heloise from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* By the end of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'', Heather gradually became more and more of an anti-heroine (especially when compared to [[MagnificentBastard Alejandro]].)
* Prince Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is something of an antihero, albeit he's the [[{{Deuteragonist}} secondary character]]. Dark and misunderstood, Zuko operates under the sole motive of regaining his lost honor, and not always admirably so. [[spoiler:Although he turns
feeds him]]--namely, Dick Dastardly. He sees himself around as a hero in the end. Since then, he fully plays the anti hero role straight--he is impatient, uptight, and he thinks ideals should be forgone when facing the big threat]].
** Jet too. At first, he seems like a romantic, handsome, vigilante freedom fighter, but he's willing to go to horrifying extremes to defeat the Fire Nation. Later, he goes straight. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, RedemptionEqualsDeath.]]
* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} with Captain Tunar from the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' episode "Ramlak Rising." Presented as a ShadowArchetype to series protagonist Lion-O, Tunar's obsession with killing the monster that destroyed his people's homeland has shaped him into a man that holds his crew in contempt and views them as expendable, where once he hunted the monster on their behalf. Realizing what Tunar has become, Lion-O moves away from imitating Tunar's ruthless and mercenary focus.
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny may be the first fully-realized antihero in animation, coming right around the time {{Ideal Hero}}es like WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse were falling out of favor. He goes from being a HeroicComedicSociopath to KarmicTrickster.
''Magnificent Muttley'' segments.



* Both WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry can be classified as anti-heroes; Tom, being a cat, is a natural predator, and he wants to protect his owner's house from being ransacked by Jerry--by tormenting and sometimes trying to eat him. Jerry, on the other hand, wants to survive and live life a little longer--by seriously injuring Tom.
* According to WordOfGod, Discord from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has gone from BigBad to this following his ''[[ReformedButNotTamed minor]]'' HeelFaceTurn. As if he wasn't enough of an {{Expy}} of [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]].
* Muttley from ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' and ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' is depicted as a VillainProtagonist at times. Other times, he's been known to [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder bite the hand that feeds him]]--namely, Dick Dastardly. He sees himself as a hero in the ''Magnificent Muttley'' segments.
* Beastly from ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' and it's spinoff sequel ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins'' is basically this, while he does do minorly villainous things akin to a schoolyard bully, there are times when he teams up with the bears as well.


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Sometimes, they are not the "star" (protagonist), but serve as TheRival or WorthyOpponent of the [[DesignatedHero protagonist]] and are prone to becoming a EnsembleDarkhorse as fans enjoy their interactions with the protagonist. If they are part of a FiveManBand, they will most certainly be TheLancer. Well liked ones may become a {{Deuteragonist}} or at least get ADayInTheLimelight to please the fans.

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Sometimes, they are they're not the "star" (protagonist), but serve as TheRival or WorthyOpponent of the [[DesignatedHero protagonist]] and are prone to becoming a EnsembleDarkhorse as fans enjoy their interactions with the protagonist. If they are part of a FiveManBand, they will most certainly be TheLancer. Well liked ones may become a {{Deuteragonist}} or at least get ADayInTheLimelight to please the fans.



Antiheroes are spread all over the [[CharacterAlignment alignment chart]], tending toward Neutral types.

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Antiheroes Anti-Heroes are spread all over the [[CharacterAlignment alignment chart]], tending toward Neutral types.
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* HiddenHeartOfGold: You won't see the good side of this JerkAss anti-hero, but its there. Just don't tell anyone.
11th May '17 6:53:55 PM Spanks
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* FemmeFatale

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* FemmeFataleFemmeFatale: She'll steal your heart, as well as ''everything'' else.


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* GoodAllAlong: An anti-hero initially believed to be a villain, but is actually working on the side of good the whole time.
9th May '17 4:58:11 PM Spanks
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* TryToCatchMeFightingDirty: A anti-hero who isn't above playing fair or outright cheating to get the job done.

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* TryToCatchMeFightingDirty: TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: A anti-hero who isn't above playing fair or outright cheating ''cheating'' to get the job done.
9th May '17 4:56:46 PM Spanks
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* TryToCatchMeFightingDirty: A anti-hero who isn't above playing fair or outright cheating to get the job done.
4th May '17 4:29:25 PM Termin8r
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** Jet too. At first, he seems like a romantic, handsome, vigilante freedom fighter, but he's willing to go to horrifying extremes to defeat the Fire Nation. Later, he goes straight. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the GenreSavvy viewer would know, RedemptionEqualsDeath.]]

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** Jet too. At first, he seems like a romantic, handsome, vigilante freedom fighter, but he's willing to go to horrifying extremes to defeat the Fire Nation. Later, he goes straight. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the GenreSavvy viewer would know, RedemptionEqualsDeath.]]
31st Mar '17 5:57:51 PM G-Editor
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* KnightOfCerebus: Contrasting a more ideal hero heroics, an Anti Hero's more unscrupulous acts can [[DarkerAndEdgier darken]] the [[CerebusSyndrome mood]] and [[GreyingMorality morality]] especially in lighthearted works.

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* KnightOfCerebus: Contrasting a more ideal hero heroics, acts, an Anti Hero's more unscrupulous acts can [[DarkerAndEdgier darken]] the [[CerebusSyndrome mood]] and [[GreyingMorality morality]] especially in lighthearted works.
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