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12th Nov '17 8:40:41 AM 313Bluestreak
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16th Oct '17 6:07:01 PM AlexHoskins
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* Jason Whittaker, [[BigGood John Whittaker’s]] adult son, from ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'' is certainly this; particularly when faced with a dangerous or otherwise sticky situation. He is the most likely to be told that he doesn't have to ignore basic morality to successfully counter evil, and he tends to be very cocky and aggressive when he thinks he knows what he's doing.
* The Shadow of the [[Radio/TheShadow radio series]] is a LighterAndSofter version of this term, at least during Orson Welles' tenure. He was much more moral overall and never directly killed anyone, but still often manipulated villains into killing each other or themselves. Once Welles left the role, however, later actors played him as a straight-up hero.
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16th Oct '17 9:15:12 AM AlexHoskins
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** Theatre/{{Macbeth}}, before his descent into TragicVillain.

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** Theatre/{{Macbeth}}, before * John Adams from ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'' certainly qualifies. The fact that he's frequently described as "obnoxious and disliked" (and remember, he describes ''HIMSELF'' that way) says a lot about his descent into TragicVillain.heroic disposition. The directors' commentary says that he's a difficult role to cast, as he must be disliked by Congress but likable to the audience.
10th Oct '17 6:11:46 AM iroanxi
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* A number of characters in ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'' are heroic but have rather murky morals and can't be called clear heroes.
** The Burned Man is this even if you are on his side. He is affable, gentle and generous, but it must be remembered that he is a professional criminal and a very successful one at that. He employs children and raises them into a life of crime, yet his intentions are to keep them from falling victim to even worse things and to teach them something that will actually help them survive in [[ViceCity Oldtown.]]
** His adopted daughter Harpy is no less complicated. She is a sweet and caring young woman, with a soft spot for the children her adopted father employs. Many of them come to see her as a big sister and she genuinely mourns every loss close to her. Ultimately, she only wishes for a normal life, which sadly gets more and more out of reach for her. She is also incredibly vengeful, willing to go to great lengths to avenge any injustice she and the people she loves suffer. Her temper can also only be described as volatile.
** Perhaps under the influence of the abovementioned characters, Jaron develops into one as well. Starting the series firmly as an idealistic, yet naive KnightInShiningArmour, he gradually got more cynical and more willing to compromise his honour to get results. The key moment that cemented this was arguably when he did not stop Harpy when she moved to kill the defeated Butterfly.
** Irving is a ClassicalAntiHero. He lacks the skill of almost everyone around him, lacks the will to improve on his flaws (at least initially) and is a huge, but [[LovableCoward lovable coward]]. He is also firmly one of the good guys despite all of this.
** Torvin Breaker is a sympathetic Point-of-View, with plenty of likeable traits, which makes it easy to forget that he is, by all means, part of a culture that encourages RapePillageAndBurn. Compared to a majority of the other Ironborn, [[NobleDemon Torvin is certainly not that much of a bad guy]] and [[TheCaligula the ones he fights against are worse without a doubt]], but even at his best, he is merely an UnscrupulousHero.
** After his HeelFaceTurn, [[spoiler: Samuel Harrington]] has not lost his moral ambiguity. Though generally on the side of the good guys ever since, he has no problem with getting innocent people harmed or with stabbing those that consider him an ally in the back. That said, he also gradually develops into a more likeable person, as evidenced by his ShipTease with [[spoiler: Raenna]].
4th Oct '17 12:56:04 PM Slaugth324
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* ManipulativeBastard (when heroic)
2nd Oct '17 3:44:49 PM AlexHoskins
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendoftheSevenSeas'', the titular character is definitely this. While he proves to have nobility and courage, Sinbad is also a thieving pirate captain who initially attempted not to return to Syracuse even though his best friend's life was on the line.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendoftheSevenSeas'', ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas'', the titular character is definitely this. While he proves to have nobility and courage, Sinbad is also a thieving pirate captain who initially attempted not to return to Syracuse even though his best friend's life was on the line.
2nd Oct '17 3:43:44 PM AlexHoskins
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** Kevin, Stuart and Bob, the three main minions from the prequel ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}, are the examples to this rule, in a way. Although they intend to find their sinister master for them to serve, they perform acts of goodness, such as looking out for each other, as well as (unintentionally) save England from Scarlett's influence.

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** Kevin, Stuart and Bob, the three main minions from the prequel ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}, ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'', are the examples to this rule, in a way. Although they intend to find their sinister master for them to serve, they perform acts of goodness, such as looking out for each other, as well as (unintentionally) save England from Scarlett's influence.
2nd Oct '17 3:43:00 PM AlexHoskins
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** Kevin, Stuart and Bob, the three main minions from the prequel ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}, are the examples to this rule, in a way. Although they intend to find their sinister master for them to serve, they perform acts of goodness, such as looking out for each other, as well as (unintentionally) save England from Scarlett's influence.


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* Jack Frost from ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' may be brave and heroic at heart, but also an incorrigible trickster who prefers to work alone.
** Bunnymund is also one, acting like a complete jerk, although he deeply cares for his friends and children.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendoftheSevenSeas'', the titular character is definitely this. While he proves to have nobility and courage, Sinbad is also a thieving pirate captain who initially attempted not to return to Syracuse even though his best friend's life was on the line.
17th Sep '17 4:25:33 PM AlexHoskins
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* 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.
* 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.]]
* Most of the cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', except Bender, who is straight-up NominalHero. Fry and Leela are the nicest, but they're also very flawed people who often endanger their friends or threaten the greater good for their own ends.
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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.
* Valerie [[MeaningfulName Gray]], a [[ParanormalInvestigation ghost hunter]] on ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' (the protagonist is a ghost).
* ''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.
* Gaz from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is an antihero, or even a SociopathicHero. Zim might qualify as well, but seems more clearly marked as a VillainProtagonist.
* 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. Most of the time he stays as a good guy, but he's not above misdeeds like a prank or breaking the law [[ItAmusedMe for some selfish fun]]. 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]].)
* The Franchise/{{Transformers}} series ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' had a handful of characters who would arguably qualify, most notably (but by no means limited to)...
** Dinobot, a DefectorFromDecadence who never lost his Predacon sense of warrior honour - but had a tendency to push for the more aggressive option.
** Rattrap, a [[JerkWithAHeartofGold Jerk With a Spark of Gold]], CombatPragmatist and LovableRogue who gleefully insulted, lied, cheated and stole his way through the war (and was one of its few survivors) and yet remained a good guy (and occasional Maximal Commander) throughout.
** Depth Charge, gritty loner determined to bring Protoform X to justice.
** And, in season 3, Blackarachnia, who joins the Maximals mainly to save herself, although Silverbolt's constant romantic/chivalric advances may have had something to do with it.
** Later series have this as well, including Ultra Magnus in ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' and Starscream in ''Anime/TransformersArmada.''
* 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.
* Doctor Fate in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. A helmet-based spirit of Order, he has no qualms about forcibly suppressing a host's original mind to stay active, even if the host in question is just a child.
** Also, M'gann becomes this. Yes, ''M'gann'', the NaiveNewcomer and TheCutie- by the second season, she is willing to MindRape practically anyone to get information or revenge.
** Pretty much all of the main six characters register on the scale somewhere, though Kid Flash is a ClassicalAntiHero at best.
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