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->''"I smolder with generic rage."''
-->-- '''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin The Prince]]''', ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/12/03/ "On Discomfort"]]

In the late 80's-early 90s, it seemed like [[Creator/AlanMoore Moore]] and [[Creator/FrankMiller Miller]] were right: they had pushed the comics medium to its logical limit. However, instead of breaking it, or inspiring it to look beyond those limits, the industry became comfortable there. The decades following ''{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}'' and ''[[ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns DKR]]'' were infested with stories and characters that mimicked the 'adult' content with none of the maturity. Enter the Nineties Anti-hero, a very specific version of the AntiHero. Not all such characters were created during [[TheNineties the 1990s]], but that was the time when they were most common and most popular.

This guy is the polar opposite of your typical [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] superhero. Not only are they flawed, they may lack any heroic attributes, apart from the fact that they never lose. They appeal to the audience strictly due to being totally committed to... whatever the hell they're doing at the moment. They have no compunction about [[ThouShaltNotKill killing]] criminals, and indeed, this may extend to ''anyone'' who gets in their way; when confronted by classic archetypes, such as TheCape, they dismiss them as dupes and fools. Their "super"-powers tend towards the lethal, and the ones who lack them usually make up for it by carrying [[SuperheroPackingHeat guns.]] ''[[MoreDakka Lots]]'' of guns. They are usually demonic or technological in origin and never received said abilities through the idealistic good graces of ''anyone''.

Male N.A.H.s are easy to identify: ridiculously muscled, and [[TooManyBelts often wear lots of pouches]] or [[BadassBandolier bandoliers]]. There's a good chance he's either middle aged with lots of long, grey hair and [[PermaStubble beard stubble]], or [[CoveredInScars scars]], but either way, he's likely to be RatedMForManly incarnate. He also probably has at least one eye that looks [[ElectronicEyes fake]], [[RuggedScar injured, or diseased]] and he carries a [[{{BFG}} ludicrously oversized gun]] or [[{{BFS}} sword]] which no mortal could possibly carry.

Female Nineties Anti-Heroes, like [[MostCommonSuperpower most]] female superheroes, have large breasts and small waists, but ''unlike'' most female superheroes, this is often taken to disfiguring extremes. They don't tend to [[{{Stripperiffic}} wear very much clothing]] (or if they do, it'll be typical superheroic [[PaintedOnPants barely-there "spandex"]] which showcases their exaggerated/inaccurate anatomy). But [[SuperheroesWearTights they still usually wear tights]] in some form. The ultimate extreme of the female version was the "BadGirlComic" subgenre, featuring ludicrously buxom, near-naked {{Dark Action Girl}}s, generally with some kind of supernatural nature or origin, hacking and pouting their way through plots designed solely to offer as much {{Gorn}} and FanService as possible.

Usually they'll have [[DarkAgeOfSupernames one word, gritty names]] that used to be [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast reserved for villains]], often [[MyNaymeIs creatively misspelled]] ('Shade' becomes 'Shayde', etc) to appear more dramatic or, because [[XtremeKoolLetterz poor literacy]] [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall is kewl]], to make the character look [[TotallyRadical radical]]. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Never, of course, for trademark purposes]].

In terms of characterization, they have - at most! - only four emotions: [[{{Angst}} brooding]], [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]], badass, or just plain [[AxCrazy psychotic]]. How much of any one side they show over the others is the main thing that sets them apart from each other.

Artist/writer Creator/RobLiefeld is most prominently associated with Nineties Anti-Heroes (and pouches). Todd [=McFarlane=] and Jim Lee are also prominent artists from the period.

An argument can also be made that the Nineties Anti-Hero came about more from the influence of the ActionHero archetype that was popular in movies at around the same time than anything seen in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. Indeed, many nineties anti-heroes would spout {{one liner}}s that would not at all be out of place in an Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger or Creator/StevenSeagal movie.

Note that, in spite of the cynical-sounding write-up, this is not a [[TropesAreNotBad bad trope]], it's just that, as with most DarkerAndEdgier fiction, its very difficult to describe without making the whole premise sound inherently ridiculous. [[note]]This can make [[PoesLaw sorting out the parodies a little tricky.]][[/note]]

In hindsight, one could think of this phase as the teenage years of comic book characters. An age of awkward and angsty characters with often-dubious fashion sense, but also an age of innovative and more complex characters contrasting the heroes of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks silver age]] and further exploring the shades of heroism introduced in [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks bronze]] age. The more humanized superhero of the modern age is an answer to the question first asked in comics by the Nineties Anti-Hero: "What ''really'' makes the difference between a hero and a villain?".

Meanwhile, for many classic characters who received this sort of makeover, it could be described as a midlife crisis. Like new {{Empty Nest}}ers, comic creators in the 90's suddenly found themselves free from the stagnated and formulaic practices of the previous decades and in possession of a healthy AuteurLicense account. Its no surprise that so many classic characters began wearing leather outfits and driving motorcycles, trying to recapture the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks wild, irreverent, and often dark and violent, pre-comics code]] days of the genre for a while. While their attempts to recapture their youth may have lead through some awkward combovers and chrome-plated {{BFG}}s, it also introduced a fresh, relevant spin to many of the long-runners. ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, for instance, rode his 90's arc from [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] status to full fledged EnsembleDarkHorse Badass.

If one is replacing an older more optimistic hero, you have an example of an AntiHeroSubstitute. It's also one of the stages of the superhero {{Reconstruction}} (as seen in that Trope's page image.)

Commonly paired with SuperheroPackingHeat.

Generally these prominent figures are TrueNeutral or ChaoticNeutral in the CharacterAlignment.

See also: SociopathicHero, DesignatedHero and ByronicHero. Should not be confused with the HeroicComedicSociopath, who is blatantly evil and PlayedForLaughs. Generally, Nineties Anti-Heroes tend to range from {{Unscrupulous Hero}}es to {{Nominal Hero}}es, though some can be {{Villain Protagonist}}s.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The titular ''Anime/AngelCop'' is this to the extreme. It helps that it was made at the tail end of the 80's.
* Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', who debuted with the publication of the manga in 1989, has almost all the characteristics of a nineties anti-hero. He has a [[DarkAgeOfSupernames gritty but simple name]], is [[AnArmAndALeg missing an arm and an eye]], [[HeroicBuild has ridiculous muscles]] but [[CombatPragmatist relies on his lethal equipment instead of superpowers]], wears a black costume with lots of [[BadassBandolier bags and bandoliers]], is a badass with a DarkAndTroubledPast and [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]] to boot, and uses a ludicrous {{BFS}} as his main weapon. During the early Black Swordsman Arc he tells Puck that he doesn't care about anything except {{Revenge}}, considering any bystanders who get caught up in his vengeance as [[TheSocialDarwinist weaklings who didn't deserve to live]], and he [[ColdBloodedTorture brutally tortures]] any villains he defeats. Miura has even said that he based Guts' ImplacableMan vibe during the Black Swordsman Arc on 80s Hollywood action movie characters like [[Film/RoboCop1987 [=RoboCop=]]] and Film/TheTerminator--the same ones who had such an influence on the form the trope would take in TheNineties. In spite of all this Guts turns out to be something of an UnbuiltTrope example, or at least a more subtle one, as the state we first see him in is when he's at his very worst and using a JerkassFacade to hide from his pain. He goes through several shades of AntiHero through his CharacterDevelopment, but always has some redeeming qualities such as loyalty to his friends and sympathy for those who have suffered like he has.
* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Rough but cool name, nihilistic outlook, stripperiffic outfit, sizable... tracts of land and a gun in every hand. To top it all off, the story is set in the mid-nineties.
* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'': The eponymous heroine has the idiosyncratic name spelling, skimpy clothing, BadassLongcoat, fights without uttering a word with her humongous, morphing cannon and black katana and fights to ''kill''. Add the ability to shrug off lethal wounds without blinking and a blue flame around her left eye. She's only missing one thing: The MostCommonSuperpower.
* Killy from ''Manga/{{Blame}}'' ''is'' this trope -- minus the "hip" clothing and ridiculous muscle mass. The series was even created in the mid-'90s.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' is full of ''non-human'' examples (though many look humanoid), especially the early generations created during the nineties, reaching from Badass Furries to HollywoodCyborg dinosaurs.
** However, the characterization seen in ''Manga/CMonDigimon'' and ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'', the earliest works in the series, didn't reflect this trope and the ''designs'' of Digimon as originally shown in "C-mon" didn't even reflect it, though [[ArtShift this was quickly corrected]] and [[MythologyGag referenced]] in "V-tamer".
** An especial mention should be should be made for Impmon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' while he is roaming across the Digital World as his Mega-digivolved form Beelzemon. As Beelzemon, he is a psychotic, shotgun wielding, demonic looking BadassBiker who seeks nothing less than to gain as much power as possible by way of [[TheSocialDarwinist destroying and absorbing the data of other Digimon he has killed]], even one of whom, [[spoiler: Leomon]], is a friend of his associates and then gloat about this act of murder to their faces. Though he is also a deconstruction in that Impmon [[DealWithTheDevil chose to become this]] after having been a [[FreudianExcuse powerless loner his whole life who badly wanted to fulfill his desire for self worth]] especially [[DespairEventHorizon after almost being killed in one fight]]. [[spoiler: He also gets to subvert this trope when after Gallantmon, who, by the logic Beelzemon was going by at the time, had a right to kill him for being beaten, spares him at the request of Jeri, whose partner, Leomon, he had killed prior and goes on a HeelRealization. Impmon returns to the Human world, meets his Tamers Ai and Mako, and eventually manages to gain "this thing called a conscious". Impmon [[LoveRedeems by way of the love of his tamers]] thus learns that [[RousseauWasRight all humans aren't the monstrous beings he first believed]]. He gets to even earn a RedemptionPromotion when he achieves Beelzemon Blast Mode. This subversion of the Nineties Anti-Hero trope even gets lampshaded in the dub when he states "Havin' someone to fight for feels pretty good; who knew?"]]
* Vegeta of ''Manga/DragonBall'' started off as just another psychotic villain, but evolves into this trope during the Frieza and Cell sagas. Even after becoming a full-on good guy in the fight against Buu, he still retains a shred of his former badassery, such as punching out his opponent for mouthing off to him at the World Martial Art Tournament. ''Dragon Ball'' as a whole is a very Iron Age-ish anime, except it still doesn't take itself very seriously in that spot.
** Goku is also this, albeit to a much lesser degree than Vegeta. Goku isn't so much a good guy as he is a guy who does good things. This aspect of him was not adapted very well in the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' anime, where every dub, including the original Japanese, basically projects heroic qualities onto him but ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' emphasizes Goku's {{pure|IsNotGood}}st motivation is to be stronger than he was before. Things like theft and murder do bother him, but if he is not around when it happens Goku can't be counted on to do anything about it. And ''then'' there are the primal instincts all saiyans such as Goku have that, among other things, [[BloodKnight push them to challenge strong opponents]]. To wit: he's ecstatic to be able to fight his doppelganger Black just because he seemed like a pretty strong guy, even though future Trunks has made it clear that Black is an OmnicidalManiac just like Frieza, whom Goku despised for this exact reason. What's the difference? Goku ''saw'' Frieza kill Vegeta and Krillin. "Black is a bad guy" just didn't register with him until [[KickTheDog it was hammered in.]]
* The general characterization of Kurei from ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' after the TournamentArc. Despite separating himself and his loyal followers from the Uruha, and pursuing the same quarry as Recca and his allies, his vicious and ruthless nature remains unchanged, even until the end of the series.
* Depending on continuity, the protagonists from ''[[Manga/GetterRobo Getter Robo]]'' may be portrayed as such. The early cartoons tried to [[LighterAndSofter remove this aspect]], but it's back in newer adaptations.
* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' - minus the ridiculous muscle mass. Not to mention, he was born in the nineties.
* Following in the footsteps of Kouta Hirano's above mentioned Hellsing. His new series, ''Manga/{{Drifters}}'' gives us an entire ''[[AntiHeroTeam team of these]]''. They include one of the most feared Samurai of all time, a bloodthirsty maniac with a penchant for collecting the heads of fallen foes, and an archer who gives both of them a run for their money in terms of bloodlust and body count.
* This is a common criticism of [[Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]], the protagonist of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'', although he ends up being more of a subversion. He's a [[TheStoic stoic]], aloof, badass [[JapaneseDelinquent delinquent]] who delivers one-liners and punches his enemies senseless, who is as [[WorldOfMuscleMen ripped as anyone]] at the time and wears a modified uniform with a giant, pointless chain hanging off of it. This is all in [[ContrastingSequelMainCharacter stark contrast]] to his [[TheHero gentleman]] of an ancestor and his GuileHero grandfather. However, his EstablishingCharacterMoment is him putting himself in jail to protect others from a power he doesn't understand while he researches it as a result of him also being a BadassBookworm. He doesn't kill every villain he encounters, and explains that he ''is'' going to kill DIO specifically because of what an utter monster he is. Further, the edgier traits he ''does'' have are toned down in later parts of ''[=JoJo=]'', coming off as more of a BigBrotherMentor in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Diamond is Unbreakable]]'' and being given a DeconReconSwitch as a flawed but well-meaning father in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Stone Ocean]]''.
* Ogami Itto from ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' might be oldest example, being first published in 1970. If you think about it he has all the tropes of the typical dark age anti-hero. His katana is heavier and more ungainly than others since it was designed for cutting the heads of people who committed Seppuku, thus qualifying it as a {{BFS}}. He pushes around a baby cart bristling with weaponry, including but not limited to: a naginata, ''Film/JamesBond'' style wheel-blades, and (at least in the movies) a freaking makeshift cannon! Framed for a crime he didn't commit and sentenced to commit Seppuku, he is rebelling against authority by his mere existence. He's constantly brooding and frowning and he will kill anyone who gets in his way without a moments notice. In fact, since he makes a living as an Assassin he will kill anyone who DOESN'T get in his way also, if the money is right.
* ''Anime/MDGeist'', [[OlderThanTheyThink despite being from the 80's]].
* Fon Spaak from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 '' and Sven Cal Bayan from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDCE73Stargazer'' have a very strong Nineties Anti-Hero vibe to them. They are both savage and brutal Gundam pilots with a sadistic streak. They are a contrast to characters like Setsuna F Seiei and Kira Yamato.
* Being a series about American-style superheroes, ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has a couple of characters based on this archetype:
** Endeavor is a man who became a hero solely for the prestige and attention. Otherwise, he has absolutely no regard for anyone else, is always moody and surly, uses a lot of force when in battle, and is emotionally consumed by rage. He is particularly furious that [[TheCape All Might]], an idealistic Silver Age-style hero, always seems to one-up him in the public eye. He has since become a father -- [[AbusiveParents bringing his anti-hero morality into parenthood]]. His son, Shouto, absolutely ''hates'' Endeavor with every ounce of his being, and refuses to use the powers he inherited from Endeavor to spite him before it finally gets through to him that [[JerkassHasAPoint he's not going to get far as a Hero if he intentionally limits himself to half of his available moveset and that his father is the best person to learn how to use them properly from]].
** Stain is a HeroKiller who, ironically, is doing so because he believes so strongly in what a hero should be that very few live up to his standards besides All Might. Stain also not only has a name that would fit in with other Nineties Anti-Heroes, but a [[BloodMagic power activated by consuming someone else's blood]] (which complements his sadistic joy in seeing others in pain) and an arsenal of knives he keeps on his person via a lot of belts and bandoliers.
** Subverted and parodied with Gang Orca: He is a hero with a thuggish, brutal appearance and uses large amounts of angry force when in battle, but he is actually a nice guy and a good sport. Parodied in that Gang Orca is said to be 4th on the official list of "Top Heroes Who Look Like Villains," indicating that there are enough people like Gang Orca for there to be a sub-category of heroes.
** The ''Manga/VigilanteMyHeroAcademiaIllegals'' spin-off has Knuckle Duster, a [[BadassNormal non-powered]] vigilante who looks like Marv from Sin City and prowls the alleyways beating up criminals.
* The Anarchy Sisters of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' are crude and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] {{Fallen Angel}}s who spend most of their time lazing around, indulging in their own vices, or acting as the sex symbols of Daten City. They have simple yet cool names, with their first names representing where their hyper-destructive weapons come from, and their surname pretty much summing up [[DestructiveSavior what they cause]]. They don't care about what lengths they go to in order to achieve their goals, and to top it off, their designs are heavily inspired by nineties cartoons.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Saito Hajime [[{{Expy}} is basically what]] ThePunisher (mentioned below under Comics) would be if he were a late Nineteenth century Japanese Sword wielding policeman. While he does not have the physical appearance of this archetype, his brutal nature and lack of regard for [[AssholeVictim those that he believed to be scum]] certainly fit it.
* ''Manga/SkullMan'', prototype of the LighterAndSofter, but still rather edgy ''Franchise/KamenRider'', is another good example from the 1970's.
* ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'': Ichise is a coolheaded prize fighter who becomes one of these, granted a more subdued example along the lines of the aforementioned Killy, through the course of the show's twenty-two episodes. He becomes increasingly violent and psychotic after acquiring his [[ArtificialLimbs cybernetic limbs]], the eponymous Texhnolyze, both as he becomes more [[NewAbilityAddiction corrupted by the power he has]] to [[CatharsisFactor take out his pent up rage]] and also in response the [[CrapsackWorld increasingly dire circumstances]] as he and others face in-universe DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', the inhabitants of Sternbild City are introduced to the concept of the Nineties Anti-Hero with Lunatic, a menacing vigilante who unhesitatingly kills criminals, racks up the property damage like nobody's business, and mocks the established superheroes for their idealistic 'weakness'. Given what end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism the show occupies, he serves as both a villain and a KnightOfCerebus during his introduction. Though later episodes in the series put him in a more sympathetic light.
* ''Manga/ViolenceJack'': Jack is possibly one of the oldest examples having been created in 1973. The setting of the story is already a nightmarish, [[{{Gorn}} gory]] Post-apocalyptic wasteland, but the moment the titular character appears on the scene, it goes FromBadToWorse after that. Jack is a VillainProtagonist whose only motivation for engaging in the bloody battles he gets involved in is out of mere curiosity or boredom.
* The main character of the ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' anime is more of a subversion than in the comic book. She may be an extremely scantily-clad woman who's fight scenes are the epitome of OrgasmicCombat, but out of costume she's a very amiable single mom.
* Shun Kurosaki of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' is something of a minor deconstruction. While he's badass on his own, [[IneffectualLoner his inability to work well with others gets him in trouble once or twice]], and he creates or escalates conflict in situations where he doesn't need to because of his attitude and attack-first mentality.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Hiei, originally a [[StarterVillain one-off villain]], is a demon with a jigon eye who doesn't just [[PlayingWithFire use any fire]] but Hellfire and couldn't care less what happened to humanity as long as it didn't involve him, and won't hesitate to cut anyone deep who was in the way of his goals. Though unlike most of the examples on this page, he prefers speed over bulky strength. He also has a soft spot for his younger sister [[MoralityPet Yukina]], but [[KnightTemplarBigBrother that is more of a reminder of why one shouldn't get on his bad side]].
** One particular incident that demonstrates this is in the Chapter Black arc. When he learns about Shinobu Sensui's plan to bring about an apocalypse by way of opening a portal to Demonworld, Hiei seems entertains to the idea of the Human world turned into Demon's paradise. Though it is only a ruse to bait Yusuke Urameshi into fighting him and test his strength, but his belief that HumansAreTheRealMonsters is one that he very much holds as true. They only reason he finally decides to help out Yusuke and friends prevent Sensui allowing any demon "tourists" to come as they please is based on two demons who expressed a desire to rape human women, and as Yukina was journeying throughout the Human world at the time and thus would potentially become a victim in a demon overran world, [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil is one thing he would not tolerate]].
* ''Manga/KillerKiller'' has Takumi Hijirihara, a one-man murder machine that doesn't kill serial killers because it's right, but because [[DoWrongRight they don't do it right enough]]. He has the grim but simple codename, the one-liners, the morally unscrupulous background, and the [[NightmareFetishist love of killing]] all down. Quite notably, he's the only ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' protagonist to kill the culprits himself rather than a separate party like Monokuma do it for him.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/DCComics
** Rorschach and The Comedian of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' are probably the joint {{Trope Codifier}}s. Unfortunately, [[MisaimedFandom nearly everyone failed to realize that they weren't supposed to be sympathetic characters,]] and things just deteriorated from there. This may have been a natural progression; in his history of superheroes/autobiography ''Supergods'', Creator/GrantMorrison says:
--> At the time, it was a dreadful setback for the idea of "grown-up" superhero comics. In hindsight, it was America's inevitable reaction to ''Watchmen'', and the only response that could possibly be effective: Fuck realism, we just want our superheroes to look cool and kick ten thousand kinds of ass.
** Franchise/{{Superman}}
*** During Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''ComicBook/ActionComics'', in one alternate universe Lois Lane, Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen created a device that would allow the user to create a super powered Tulpa. They wanted to create TheCape, however the executives thought this trope would have more wide-market appeal, and deliberately attempted to invoke it.
*** During ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman, Franchise/{{Superman}} had an AntiHeroSubstitute in the form of the Eradicator, one of the four replacement Supermen who appear after he dies. He's portrayed as a negative version of the trope, finding himself being lauded by Guy Gardner, which makes him question things, and chewed out by Lois Lane and ComicBook/{{Steel}} for using the S-Shield and causing death and destruction in its name.
*** In the ElseWorld story ''ComicBook/SupermanAtEarthsEnd'', Superman is portrayed as this, being depowered and having to rely on huge guns, being a lot more willing to kill, and drawn to be overtly muscular and with huge pouches.
** After having his back broken in ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}, Batman is replaced by Jean-Paul Valley a.k.a. ComicBook/{{Azrael}}, a character with no compunctions about killing. Azrael is chosen by Bruce, who is then chewed out by Nightwing over it, and Bruce himself admits it was one of his worst mistakes. Azrael, especially his time as Batman, was written as a TakeThat towards those who wanted Batman to act more like ComicBook/ThePunisher, though he was still written as a sympathetic deconstruction, in that he is shown to suffer from mental illness from his [[DarkAndTroubledPast brutal upbringing]] by the Order of St. Dumas' Program rather than being a TautologicalTemplar {{Jerkass}} like many other examples of this archetype were. From the moment after he meets and befriends psychiatrist Brian Bryan, Valley becomes more of reconstruction of the trope.
** By late '94, the ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'' office had [[FollowTheLeader decided]] they ''also'' wanted in on that action. Enter Artemis of Bana-Mighdall, the [[TokenHeroicOrc kindest and most open-minded member]] of a splinter tribe of Amazons... which meant she was ''still'' a HotBlooded {{Jerkass}} several magnitudes more violent than Diana on her worst day. Artemis' tenure as Diana's AntiHeroSubstitute was a lot shorter, lasting only about six issues (and a handful of cameos in Justice League titles and the like) before she was killed off. A while later, she was resurrected, become a part-time demon slayer, and ultimately mellowed out into a regular member of Diana's supporting cast.
** ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} became a version of this in TheNineties and lasting until ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. He grew his beard out to adopt a FatherNeptune look, and lost one of his hands and had it replaced first by a hook and then by a form-changing magical water-hand. He also adopted a more aggressive attitude on behalf of Atlantis. These changes were actually very well-received by much of the DCU's fanbase, and is considered an implementation of this trope that actually worked, as the goal of Peter David's revamp was to essentially [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescue Aquaman from the scrappy heap]] that ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' had [[AudienceColoringAdaptation left him in]]. Unfortunately, years later much of the general public is ''still'' unaware of the revamp, and [[AdaptationalWimp still picture poor Arthur as he was in Superfriends]]. One thing that saved Aquaman from the negative qualities of the 90s anti-hero is that the book was often ''funny'', and while he might have had more of an edge, he didn't take himself too seriously either. Because, you know, Peter David.
** ComicBook/TheAuthority represent an entire Justice League of Nineties Anti-Heroes. They are, however, unusually idealistic for their kind, as part of their remit is to "make the world a better place". [[KnightTemplar Their methods,]] however, seem to involve copious amounts of ultra-graphic violence (no ThouShaltNotKill for them), ruthless cynicism towards their enemies, and disdain for opposing points of view -- they once overthrew the government of the United States.
** ComicBook/BlackAdam: He was never this in the original Fawcett owned [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] comics, but under DC's revival has [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes portrayed as this archetype]], being someone [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor who has joined and fought alongside the Justice League as many times as joining battles against the league]], depending on whether which side benefits his own goal to regain the power of Shazam from Billy Batson [[KnightTemplar to enact justice as he sees fit]].
** In 1994, DC turned ComicBook/DoctorFate into an Anti-Hero named Fate who was a grave robber and had melted Dr. Fate's helmet into a knife.
** Around 1994, Guy Gardner, a roughnecked, "macho" member of the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps, was reinvented as "Warrior," with ridiculously huge muscles, tattoos all over his body, and the ability to form his arms into any kind of weapon he could think of, mainly gargantuan guns. Rumor has it that the reinvention was the result of writer Beau Smith writing the pitch as a joke and accidentally having it approved. He eventually reverted to his old (but still roughnecked) Green Lantern persona after the fad played itself out.
*** WordOfGod in the letter column was that after Guy lost his briefly-used Qwardian ring, Beau wanted to reinvent Guy as an Indiana Jones/Race Bannon type globe-trotting adventurer, no powers had or required. This did not get approved.
** Jack T. Chance, who first appeared in 1992, was the PsychoPartyMember for the Green Lantern Corps. He was the only Green Lantern allowed to kill, and confined to his homeworld, which was a WretchedHive so horrible, that every Lantern that was sent there was killed within a week.
** ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, was in part a savage denouncement of Nineties Anti-Heroes, and was one of the things that caused the changeover from UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}} to UsefulNotes/{{the Modern Age|of Comic Books}}. One of the themes of the comic was the classic generation of superheroes fighting the violent "modern" heroes. Of course, the "classic" heroes shared some of the blame as well; many became just-as-violent {{Knight Templar}}s attempting to deal with it. The "face" of the anti-heroes, Magog, is practically every [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] stereotype rolled into one cybernetic, sacrilegious package (though Waid and Ross admitted a certain fondness for him due to how over-the-top he was). [[spoiler:In a brilliant twist of idealism, Magog realizes how screwed up he is, turns himself in, renounces violence, and is one of the people left alive at the end; in the prose novelization of the story, he becomes the Dean of Students at Paradise Island!]]
*** Magog himself was able to pull a CanonImmigrant, and was introduced in the Main DCU in a JSA storyline. In 2009 he got his own solo series, which is something of an AffectionateParody of the old school Nineties Anti-Hero. His RoguesGallery includes an insane homeless man with mind control powers and a silver haired woman who talks like a 1980s valley girl.
** SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} was [[WordOfGod created to parody]] this sort of character, even though he came out of the early 80s. Later played straight at times after he got a lot of MisaimedFandom popularity.
** The late eighties and early nineties had the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' sister team, the "Team Titans," who were this to the point that one of them took to calling himself Deathwing.
*** Though that probably doesn't count since adopting the Deathwing identity marked the character's descent into villainy.
** Likewise, in Franchise/TheDCU, Jason Todd (Batman's second Robin) has been a Nineties Anti-Hero type ever since he came BackFromTheDead. Amusingly, he was absent for the entire decade.
** Every number one issue of a Franchise/MilestoneComics (Defunct and now owned by DC) book was written like one... and then every issue from then on subverted it. Unfortunately, this had the effect of painting the comics as "me too" and never caught a foothold (save ComicBook/{{Static}}, who had his own [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock animated series]].)
** The Chase Lawlyer version of ''Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}'' from DC and ''Nightwatch'' from Marvel, both of whom were [[FollowTheLeader rather shameless rip-offs]] of ''Spawn''.
* Creator/MarvelComics
** The second-tier Marvel superheroes ''ComicBook/DarkHawk'' and ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'', both of whom had their heyday in the early 1990s, are downplayed examples of this trope. While they have strange and bizarre appearances, neither one was especially dark in their tone, at least compared to titles like ''Spawn'', or the other characters that exemplify the Nineties Anti-Hero.\\
''Darkhawk'' was about a kid who followed in his policeman father's footsteps by fighting crime with the mysterious alien armor he had obtained, while simultaneously keeping his NuclearFamily from falling apart. At one point he finds a journal of his father's, the last entry stopping with him and his partner preparing to go in pursuit of a hit-and-run driver before seeking medical attention for his victim. Chris refers back to this several times to remind himself to take a harder edge, before discovering the journal had a stuck page, in which his father hesitates, calls an ambulance, and makes sure the old woman who was hit survives.\\
''Sleepwalker'' was about an alien from another dimension that became trapped in a human's mind and manifested to fight crime while he was asleep, carrying on the similar role he had carried in his home world. There were, both in the letter columns of the old ''Sleepwalker'' comics and more recent web postings, positive responses from fans who ''liked'' the fact that Sleepwalker wasn't a violent antihero.
** A strange example is Deathlok the Demolisher, who was created well over two decades before the heyday of the trope. Each of the various versions of Deathlok have very 90's Anti-Hero traits to them: he is always a dead man resurrected as a cyborg (cyborgs being common in 90's comics), and turned into an unliving cybernetic weapon that uses huge guns as it's primary method of offense. Usually however the plot often involves Deathlok's ''unwillingness'' to succumb to his programming and kill wantonly, instead struggling to non-lethally dispatch his foes.
** ComicBook/GhostRider: The various holders of the mantle have had varying degrees of this with most having Demonic/Infernal derived powers received via a DealWithTheDevil ([[{{Expy}} Actually]] [[SatanicArchetype Mephisto, but you get the point]]) and [[HellBentForLeather leather clad]] [[BadassBiker biker]] outfits, complete with [[ChainedByFashion chains]] and [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]]. The most blatantly exaggerated example is Vengeance who can see [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vengeance_(comics) here]].
** At the end of the "Omega Effect" ''ComicBook/ThePunisher''/''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' crossover, Daredevil [[DefiedTrope defies]] and {{deconstruct|edTrope}}s this to Frank Castle's partner, Rachel Cole.
-->'''Rachel:''' You know what gives me strength? My ''loss''. [[NotSoDifferent We're alike that way, I imagine.]] Admit it: ''nobody'' who's a stranger to that particular pain could ''ever'' be as driven as us.\\
'''Matt:''' ''Never...'' [[ShutUpHannibal *throws one of his sticks at a wall so hard behind her]] [[SwordPlant it plants in it*]] [[{{Beat}} ...]] Don't you ''ever'' say that to me again. That is a ''repellent'' statement. It is a ''vomitous insult'' to every cop -- every ''fireman'' -- every soldier ''alive'' who steps up to fight for those who can't! ''I am sorry'' for your ''loss''! But if you ''genuinely believe'' that only the ''death'' of a ''loved one'' can motivate a human being to take up a ''cause''... then get your ''[[TakeThat pathetic, cynical ass]]'' out of my ''way'' so I can ''do my job''!
** Penance in the MarvelUniverse, originally the happy-go-lucky character Speedball, is a strange version of this. After believing himself responsible for the death of 612 people in ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', he designs a costume in dark colors designed to give himself constant pain with 612 spikes. This was intended seriously, but having happened long after the 1990s, is treated like a parody in most of his appearances outside ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}''.
*** And even ''in Thunderbolts'', he's not taken very seriously. [[DarkerAndEdgier While much of the cast is too deeply mired in their own psychoses to notice that anyone else exists]], the few teammates who do interact with Penance generally express disgust at what they see as his "[[{{Wangst}} adolescent self-pity]]". Very tellingly, he's sent to see a psychologist!
** Speaking of ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'', he definitely fits this trope [[DependingOnTheWriter when written by certain authors]]. He's vacillated between a somewhat reasonable vigilante fully willing to abide by other heroes no-killing rules during team-ups, to an frothing lunatic who'll murder jaywalkers (retconned into being due to drugs he was exposed to without his knowledge), to being a serial killer who uses his family's deaths as a justification for the endless war he wages to sate his bloodlust.
** ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
*** ComicBook/{{Venom}}. First there was the "black suit" Spider-Man, basically a Nineties Anti-Hero before his time, caused by an alien Symbiote bonding to him. He later removes the Symbiote, and it bonds to another man, becoming Venom, basically an Evil Spider-Man. That would have all been well and good, except Venom proved to be something of an EnsembleDarkHorse, and entered his peak of popularity during the peak of the Nineties Anti-Hero's popularity, and thus Venom was given his own Comic and re-worked into one. Then they have Venom's Symbiote give birth to a second one, which bonded with a SerialKiller to become Carnage, an evil(er) Venom. This opened the floodgates. Venom's Symbiote gave birth to 4 more Symbiotes, but these fused into a single one which bonded with a police officer to become another Nineties Anti-Hero Hybrid, meanwhile Carnage's Symbiote gives birth to yet another Symbiote which bonded with another police officer to become yet another Nineties Anti-Hero called Toxin. Since then, however, the original Venom Symbiote has exchanged hands a few times and and its current host is a normal AntiHero.
*** Kaine. [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100128135717/marveldatabase/images/7/74/Peter_Parker_%28Kaine%29_%28Earth-616%29_0001.jpg Seriously, just look at him.]] (At least he was [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap salvaged]] in ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl''.) And in the 2012 ''ComicBook/ScarletSpider'' comic series written by Chris Yost, Kaine is now reluctantly (the reluctant part coming in with his regularly proclaimed ambition to move to Mexico and drink margaritas on the beach for the rest of his life. No one really believes him) trying to be more of a traditional super-hero and move away from this motif altogether, as part of an attempt to live up to his 'brother' Peter, who he considers to be generally a far better person, and to be an example to his MoralityPet [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Aracely]], usually coming off more as a KnightInSourArmour. On top of that, he is aware that he used to be an awful person. Moreover, he believes wholeheartedly that he still is, simply telling Aracely to leave it at the end of his solo series when the residents of Houston (including his girlfriend) freak out and reject him after [[OneWingedAngel his transformation into]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide a giant spider monster]] in order to destroy Shathra and save lives, and she tries ShamingTheMob.
*** ComicBook/{{Morbius}}. Edgy leather gimp suit, magical demonic powers, slaughtering bad guys by the dozen, less moping and more badass-itude and even more exaggerated 90's villains to fight with... Only aversion might be that the 90's comic made him more generic handsome.
*** The entire plot of ''Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' sees Doc Ock [[GrandTheftMe stealing Peter Parker]]'s body and using it to become a darker, more "badass" version of Spidey. He even has a black and red costume that was originally designed by Alex Ross for the [[Film/SpiderMan1 first movie]] (since MovieSuperheroesWearBlack). The entire thing is a bit of an IdiotPlot, since it requires all of Spider-Man's friends and teammates somehow not realizing that Peter Parker has been replaced. But like Azrael was to Batman, it ends up being a deconstruction; as Doc Ock slowly loses control over the situation until he's forced to concede that Peter Parker is, in fact, the "superior" hero.
*** ComicBook/SpiderGirl has [[EvilTwin April]] [[CloningBlues Parker]], that is simply a jerk version of main protagonist with the powers of Venom. She fits this trope perfectly, right to the point that a woman she once saved from bandits run away, because she is more violent than they. Oh, and she [[spoiler:killed Tombstone]] too.
*** One of Spider-Man's lesser villains, Cardiac, was one of these.
** The "Winter Soldier" mega-arc by Ed Brubaker in ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' subverts a lot of these tropes. When Cap's sidekick ComicBook/{{Bucky|Barnes}} turned out to be NotQuiteDead after all, he was revived as a brainwashed assassin with a cyborg arm; it could have been really stupid, but it wasn't. Then, when Bucky took over as Captain America, he seemed poised to be a GrimAndGritty alternative to the more traditional model, with much made of him carrying a gun -- however, Bucky almost never uses the gun, and in fact tries overcome his past and be a more traditional superhero.
** The ''Franchise/XMen'' have featured plenty of these throughout its run:
*** ComicBook/{{Cable}}, of the New Mutants, X-Force, and the ComicBook/XMen was a major TropeCodifier. Tragic and mysterious past? Check. {{BFG}}s coming out the ass? Check. A "badass" look that used to be reserved for villains? Check. His first appearance was even in 1990. Over time, though, he's been developed into a more heroic[=/=]complex character, somewhere between MessianicArchetype and AGodAmI.
*** According to [[http://www.faqs.org/faqs/comics/xbooks/main-faq/part4/section-2.html the rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks FAQ]], Creator/RobLiefeld originally designed him as a villain, but later reused the original design when he was asked to create a "New Leader". Not too long after, though, he returned to the original plan and created Stryfe, while still maintaining Cable in his position.
*** Cable's leadership was also a catalyst in giving the existing members of the New Mutants a 90's Anti-Hero look, even though many of them did not have the personality traits.
*** Not long after Cable's introduction, Liefeld followed up with Feral and Shatterstar, who were basically 90's Anti-Hero expies of Wolfsbane and Longshot respectively.
*** ComicBook/{{Bishop}}, another X-Man that followed the pattern of being a huge, muscled fellow with big guns in a CrapsackWorld BadFuture.
*** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, of the ''ComicBook/XMen'', had his personality largely unchanged, but despite having been nicknamed "Slim" his whole life suddenly developed a chest that pro wrestlers would find intimidating. His personality ''has'' changed later though. During Creator/GrantMorrison's ''New X-Men'' and especially after, he became pretty much Nineties Anti-Hero despite the fact that it started in 2003.
*** ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} (created by none other than Liefeld himself) started out as a villain, then moved into AntiHero territory, and when [[MyRealDaddy a non-Liefield writer got a hold of him]] became more of an AffectionateParody. As with Cable, Deadpool ''also'' has guns coming out his ass. [[AssShove It involves an awful lot of lubricant]].
*** ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} went from being a complicated, interesting character in the 80's to "stabby stabby stabby!" in the 90's. It took "Enemy of the State" and "Wolverine: Origin" stories to restore his former glory.
*** There's an obscure ''ComicBook/XMen'' character named "Random", who started out as a recurring character for the second incarnation of ''ComicBook/XFactor'' and can turn his arm into a gun. In ''ComicBook/GenerationHope'' #15, Pixie calls him "Johnny '90s". What's generally forgotten in later appearances is that Random is a shapeshifter who was [[YoungerThanTheyLook actually a 13-year-old kid when first introduced]], and took the form of a muscular giant with gun-arms because it's what he thought a badass was ''supposed'' to look like.
*** ComicBook/{{Psylocke}} was turned ''into'' a 90's antihero in-universe. For most of her decades-long publication history, Betsy was demure and preferred to use her psychic powers to win fights rather than engaging physically. All that changed when she was [[FreakyFridayFlip body-swapped]] with the Japanese assassin Kwannon and gained her martial arts skills, cold-but-aggressive personality, overt sexuality (her previous modest costumes were replaced by a leotard and thong), and willingness to kill. Ninja!Psylocke became ''the'' 90's antiheroine, even though she had been around much longer and the new incarnation was a totally different character in all but name.
** ''Nightwatch'' from Marvel (as well as the Chase Lawlyer version of ''Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}'' from DC), both of whom were [[FollowTheLeader rather shameless rip-offs]] of ''Spawn''.
* Creator/ImageComics specialized in these for as long as the fad lasted:
** ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, quite possibly the most popular Nineties Anti-Hero. [[DarkAgeOfSupernames Edgy one-word name]], grim-n-gritty {{backstory}} (an assassinated mercenary damned to Hell and sent back as a soldier of Satan), killing bad guys who were slightly worse than him, and written and drawn by Todd [=McFarlane=]. [[CharacterizationMarchesOn The character became less]] of a typical example of this trope as the series went on, however. The first issue of Spawn had a little parody of the trope's common appearance. Entertainment TV TalkingHeads commenting that while the spikes and chains are "totally gauche", trying to bring back capes is a bad idea.
** ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'' and ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' both exemplified this trope. The former is a former mafia hitman who becomes a living vessel of the world's dark energies, complete with an army of flippant, happy-go-lucky demons who delight in every opportunity to torture someone; the second is a pornolicious detective with powers both lethal and which rip her clothes off whenever she uses them.
*** The former, however, is a {{Reconstruction}} of this trope, since he's much more subtle and complex than many other examples.
** ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' by Creator/RobLiefeld.
** ''ComicBook/{{Shadowhawk}}'' was an Creator/ImageComics title about a successful, [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules scrupulously honest]] African-American attorney who refused to fix a case for an organized crime outfit and, in revenge, was kidnapped by them and dumped after being given an injection of the AIDS virus... which prompted him, in a fit of rage and desire to try and make some sense out of the world, to don [[PoweredArmor exoskeletal armor]] and start brutalizing thugs as a vaguely Batmanish vigilante. The suits got more and more elaborate as the disease took its toll, to help compensate for his weakness, but he ended up dying of the disease anyway. Apparently even series creator Jim Valentino ''hated'' the character, and killed him off purely out of spite. Why he even bothered with the whole affair in the first place is anyone's guess. That may be why the second Shadowhawk ended up so... different.
** ComicBook/{{Supreme}}, who eventually moved from a Nineties Anti-Hero ripoff of Comicbook/{{Superman}} into an affectionate {{homage}} to UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Superman (largely because Creator/AlanMoore took control of the character).
* Creator/ValiantComics had a number of Nineties Anti-Heroes.
** ''Bloodshot'': Mobster Angelo Mortalli was framed by the Carboni crime family, forcing him to become a witness for the state. While under Federal protection, Mortalli was betrayed by his protectors and sold to Hideyoshi Iwatsu to become a test subject for Project Rising Spirit.
** ''H.A.R.D. Corps'': A group of [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam veterans]] who were revived from comas by a corporation who fits them with brain implants that give them psionic powers, and [[YourHeadAsplode explodes if they're killed or caught]]. One of them [[KillEmAll dies in every other issue]], so they're always being replaced.
* Pretty much everyone in Dark Age arc of ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', as one might expect in a deconstruction of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. There is also lampshading aplenty. There is a notable subversion in the character of Hellhound who, despite having the demonic background, monstrous appearance, torn leather and chains costume and "edgy" name, is actually a NobleDemon, and a respected ally of the local Captain America and Spider-Man expies.
* Joe Martin did a DeconstructiveParody of this in the one-shot comic book, ''Boffo in Hell'', starring the two main characters from his newspaper comic strip, ''Mister Boffo'' (although everyone and everything ''except'' these two were drawn in a more-realistic, superhero style); the title was a reference to ''Spawn''. In it, the government suspects that people are mean and violent because of self-esteem issues. As an experiment, they take a bunch of psychotics, [[TooDumbToLive give them a bunch of super-powers so that they'll feel "special"]] and then have them do community service among the public. Needless to say, it doesn't go as they planned. Earl Boffo, the dim-witted title character, winds up [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass gaining super-powers of his own (with a Spawn-like appearance to match) and - completely by accident - manages to subdue and kill the murderous anti-heroes]].
* The ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic introduced a full-blown Nineties Anti-Hero to the ''Doctor Who'' universe in the shape of Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer. He's a "[[ChainsawGood chainsword]]"-loving professional criminal and multiple murderer who was exiled by a future Earth society to a Dalek-occupied world to kill as many Daleks as possible before his inevitable death (although he turned out to be badass enough to survive). Of course, he first appeared in 1980 and in some ways was a deconstruction, so could be considered an UnbuiltTrope.
* ComicBook/{{Doom}} has the Doomguy going around and punching and/or shooting things... just because. He's also borderline psychopathic. What makes him stand out from the crowd is that he doesn't brood or snark, and is instead a LargeHam and a bit of a BoisterousBruiser. It's oddly endearing.
* ComicBook/HolyTerror: As one of the individuals who influenced the Dark Age of Comics, it was the natural evolution of Creator/FrankMiller that he would eventually create a Dark Age Anti-Hero of his own in the form of "The Fixer". He is a BloodKnight so [[AxCrazy psychopathic]] that even the darkest iterations of Batman (of which he is a CaptainErsatz), including even those by Miller himself, would seem saintly by comparison. This is demonstrated with The Fixer's slaughter of the Al-Qaeda cell [[spoiler:in the underground of Empire City]] with a multitude of guns, ranging from pistols to bazookas, as well as a chemical weapon of some sort ([[MoralEventHorizon and yes, you read correctly]]). Granted, the setting tries to justify his methods in that he is fighting a terrorist group who is orchestrating an act of war, rather than the typical mobsters and other criminals that would be the purview of the justice system to try and punish[[note]]and to what extent either the military and/or law enforcement should be involved in addressing terrorism is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment another matter of debate]][[/note]].
* ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' parodied both the male and female versions of this trope in one of its "Meanwhile" stories.
* ComicBook/LadyDeath: She is a {{Stripperific}} DarkActionGirl with a {{BFS}} who coincidentally first appeared in print in 1991.
* ComicBook/MarshalLaw is an AntiHero who specializes in hunting heroes, though as he always says, "I haven't found any yet."
* After ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'' revealed that [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] survived falling into the Sarlacc, Fett was given various one-shots and miniseries and basically acted like the Star Wars equivalent of this.
* The Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles were originally like this: later versions made them more unambiguously heroic and less feral.
** The Turtles actually predate this as they came out in 1984. They were more of an AffectionateParody of the sort of work that Creator/FrankMiller and [[ComicBook/CerebustheAardvark Dave Sim]] were putting out at the time.
* ComicBook/WarriorNunAreala: [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter "Shotgun"]] [[BikerBabe Mary]] [[BadassGay Delacroix]], who was created specifically [[RedOniBlueOni to complement]] the protagonist [[IdealHero Shannon Masters]]. Though Delacroix has many elements that other examples of the archetype (as can be read and seen [[http://www.comicvine.com/shotgun-mary/4005-48249/ here]]) such as her disdain for authority (particularly the Catholic Church for its disapproval of homosexuality) and her [[SuperheroPackingHeat preference for guns]] (with blessed bullets) to fight demons and other supernatural threats, she is a LighterAndSofter downplayed example and also a mild subversion in that she is more a KnightInSourArmor rather than an [[UnscrupulousHero Unscrupulous]] [[NominalHero Hero In Name Only]] like others on this list.
* In the Creator/DarkHorseComics superhero line ''Comics Greatest World'', ComicBook/{{X}} filled this role. He was at least willing to give you one warning, a vertical slash across the face. If the X across your face or an image of your face was completed, however, he killed you. No exceptions. He was willing to do whatever it took to cleanse the city of Arcadia of its crime and corruption.
* ''ComicBook/TheTick'': Big Shot, who also appeared in the animated series, was originally introduced as a one-off character in the comic as someone hanging out at the vigilante table in the superhero club. While other vigilantes had complicated backstories, Big Shot's reasons for being a gun-wielding vigilante? "I just like to kill people."
* This trope hit ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' hard. A lot of the Autobots came off as gung-ho and violent; some who were already {{Blood Knight}}s, like Blades or the Dinobots, started killing downed opponents outright. Inexplicably, they also found ways to stick pouches and belts on robots, as well as redoing several of them with darker decos to be more grim and gritty--most notably, Sideswipe went from a red-painted BoisterousBruiser to a black-painted example of this trope.
* Inspired by various anti-heroes of the list, Chilean vigilante [[ComicBook/DiabloChile Diablo]] is the TropeCodifier for [[ChileanMedia Chilean comic books]], wearing a BadassLongcoat and a CoolMask with an IrislessEyeMaskOfMystery, having [[GunsAkimbo a plenty of guns]], being accompanied by a HornyDevil who's his devilish tutor and having pages full of {{Gorn}}, especially when he summons TheLegionsOfHell.
* The source of the page image is [[https://comicvine.gamespot.com/blood-hunter/4005-102029/ Blood Hunter]], one such anti-hero who is also a vampire, from [[http://comicbookdb.com/title.php?ID=17752 Brainstorm]], one of the many independent publishers that emerged in the 90s. He first appeared in the indicatively titled ''Vamperotica'', but his solo comic was a one-shot.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' is NOT an example of this trope in his mainstream incarnation, since his character is much too layered beneath the gruff exterior to ever qualify as one. However, the way in which he's depicted in ''Magazine/HeavyMetal Dredd'' (published in 1993) is a straight example. Metal Dredd solves ''every'' problem with his Lawgiver pistol, to the point where he'll happily blow the legs off jaywalkers or beat someone who looks at him funny into a coma. If his version in the 2000AD continuity was that much of a RabidCop, he would have already been executed by InternalAffairs for abuse of power.

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* Being a six-year-old NightmareFetishist, [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] thinks these are the coolest comics ''ever''.
-->'''Calvin:''' Oh no, Captain Napalm's [[BloodyHilarious getting his kidneys punched out]] with an ''I-beam!''

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* ''Film/TheCrow'': Eric Draven (in contrast to his counterpart from the [[ComicBook/TheCrow original comics]]) is a subversion. While he may look the part with his gothic inspired attire and tragic backstory, he is one of the most amicable individuals on this list (at one point [[PapaWolf he]] even confronted Sarah's mother over her drug use, using his powers to cleanse her system of the poison before telling her to come back to her). His more malicious side only shows up whenever around [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the scum responsible for his death and the death of his love]], and anyone who either profited from such (Gideon) or stand in the way of him and said vengeance (Top Dollar's mooks).
* Hakaider from the anime/tokusatsu series ''Series/{{Kikaider}}'' becomes this in the movie ''Mechanical Violator Hakaider''.
* Mr. Furious in the movie ''Film/MysteryMen'' is a parody and subversion of these kinds of characters; he would very much ''like'' to be one, and tries his hardest to come up with a back story fitting this mold (with most of his proposed names being some combination of [[DarkAgeOfSupernames 'Phoenix', 'Dark', 'Dirk' and 'Steel']]), but is in fact ultimately a rather shy, gentle and meek man called Roy. In fact, the realization that he's ''not'' one of these types is enough to prompt a moment of HeroicBSOD for him.
* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': Riddick B. Riddick, who first appeared in the 1999 movie ''Film/PitchBlack'', is a morally ambiguous mass murderer who will kill anyone who gets in his path and is only good [[BlackAndGrayMorality in comparison to the enemies he faces]].
* ''Film/SmallSoldiers'': Deconstructed and [[TakeThat satirized]] in this 1998 film in the form of the Commando Elite, a group of toys with sentience via [[AIIsACrapshoot a microchip]] who invoke this trope in-universe. They are willing [[TheUnfettered to use whatever methods]] to find and destroy the Gorgonites (whose only crime was [[FantasticRacism not being human like them]]), including attacking bystanders who had no involvement with either side of the conflict, kidnapping and attempting to kill hostages, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext turning a girl's Gwendy dolls into killing machines]] with one of their fallen comrade's chip. Chip Hazard, the Commando Elite's leader, repeatedly justifies their actions because the Gorgonites are "[[DesignatedVillain the bad guys]]" and they are "[[KnightTemplar the]] [[DesignatedHero good]] [[TautologicalTemplar guys]]".
* [[http://www.laweekly.com/informer/2012/08/01/mtvs-diggity-dave-says-james-holmes-called-him-before-dark-knight-massacre-did-his-sick-batman-spinoff-inspire-aurora-shooting The Suffocator of Sins]]: This film, directed and starring "Diggity" Dave Aragon of Series/PimpMyRide fame, was to feature a DarkerAndEdgier Batman-[[{{Expy}} like]] vigilante who, based on trailers that were released for it is strongly implied to be this trope, uses firearms and mercilessly kills criminals while hunting down a Neo-Nazi villain. The film now seems to be in limbo following the 2012 Aurora Theatre massacre, whose perpetrator, James Holmes, seemed [[MisaimedFandom to have been inspired by this film]].
* The Franchise/{{Terminator}}: More specifically the one from 1991's ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' who is a [[HeroicBuild Musclebound]], [[HellBentForLeather Leather-clad]] cyborg with no hesitation against destroying anyone who got in the way of his directive until he is ordered by [[KidWithTheLeash John Connor]] not to kill anyone.
* Blade, the main protagonist of the ''Film/BladeTrilogy''. He's a half-human, half-vampire who hunts and kills other vampires with ruthless efficiency, wear black leather and sunglasses and has a short yet intimidating name. Interestingly, [[ComicBook/{{Blade}} the character]] actually predates the trend by close to two decades, having debuted in 1973.
* Explored and parodied in ''Film/Deadpool2''. Much like a number of his comic runs, Deadpool's central conflict is whether a morally compromised ProfessionalKiller who started life as a minor villain created by "[[Creator/RobLiefeld a guy too lazy to draw feet]]" in a 90s comic where [[EvilVersusEvil even the "heroes" were murderous psychopaths]] is actually capable of doing anything ''decent''. This is specifically why his antagonist is Cable, a muscle-bound, gun-toting {{cyborg}} soldier [[TimeTravel from the future]] with a [[AffectionateParody many-pocketed fanny pack]] coming out of the same source material, who has become so much DarkerAndEdgier due to a FreudianExcuse he even WouldHurtAChild. By the end, despite his failings, Deadpool manages to redeem both Cable's still innocent target, and to a lesser extent Cable himself, proving at least to some degree his heart can be in the right place.


* ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'':
** Ace becomes one of these. On TV, she had been a rather messed-up but still quite bubbly and exuberant schoolgirl with a taste for explosives and chemistry. In the books, she became a hardened and gritty BloodKnight space marine. It was relatively mild compared to some examples of the time, but it was this trope nonetheless.
** Several of the Doctor's other companions in these stories were also quite close to the NinetiesAntiHero archetype, also being rather hardened and angsty space marine types.
* Parodied in ''The Man in the Ceiling'' by Jules Feiffer. Jimmy's friend Charley Beemer (who doesn't like capes) commissions him to draw his idea of a comic, which would feature a superhero named Bullethead, a weapon of death who drills through his enemies with his head, with lots of severed bodily parts to be drawn in detail (which the author refuses to show, since it's written for children).
* ''Literature/TheRulesOfSupervillainy'' is a book starring a somewhat offbeat fellow, Gary Karkofsky, who finds a magic cloak and decides to become a supervillain. The book Deconstructs the NinetiesAntiHero and UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks by having Gary disgusted by heroes who kill and overly psychopathic villains. It also serves as a DeconReconSwitch because Gary, himself, is a well-written NinetiesAntiHero. The book, notably, treats LighterAndSofter superheroes significantly more sympathetically than most examples of the {{Capepunk}} genre.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' introduces Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody – a paranoid, callous war veteran who used to hunt Dark Wizards, complete with a [[ElectronicEyes replacement magical eye]], [[ArtificialLimbs wooden leg]], scar-covered face, long grey hair, gruff voice, Dark Magic detecting gadgets, and a long tattered cloak. His first name means "avenger" in Ancient Greek. In the film adaptations, he's using a long staff while all other wizards use a wand.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* An episode of ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' featured a comic book nerd becoming obsessed with a violent Nineties Anti-Hero type comic character who he thinks is the coolest thing ever. [[DeconstructedTrope That is until this character comes to life, and he comes to realize just how uncool violence really is.]]
* The obscure 90s comedy series ''Series/{{Bob}}'', starring Bob Newhart, focused on a comic book creator of a Silver Age hero named "Mad-Dog", who was forced by his new employers in the 90s to reinvent his character into a hero of this fashion.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Faith. Also an AntiHeroSubstitute. Unlike virginal Buffy, she drank, swore, and had sex. She's also more ruthless as a Slayer than Buffy, and she wound up JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope after an AccidentalMurder and went on a FaceHeelTurn.
** Spike came as close to a televised version of Lobo as you could get. He rode a bike, lived for battle, hated all forms of authority, smoked ciggies and listened to rock n' roll. His PopularityPower ensured the heroes would never kill him off, and Buffy eventually fell in love with him.
** Wishverse Buffy is what Buffy might be like had Todd [=McFarlane=] or Creator/MarkMillar gotten their hands on her.
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Community}}'' with "Kickpuncher", a series of [[StylisticSuck D-grade]] ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}''-style movies that main characters Abed and Troy watch [[SnarkBait primarily to]] [[{{MST}} make fun of it]].
* An episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has a comic book artist create a character named "[[DarkAgeOfSupernames True Night]]" who seems to be one of these. It has plot significance because the ways Night kills the other characters in the comic reflect murders the artist is committing in real life. In fact, if one looks at the episode a certain way, it can be viewed as a {{deconstruction}} of this trope and [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] comics in general.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' features a comic book character ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QI0N5hv1yw The Dark Defender]]) based on Dexter's SerialKillerKiller self that is a ''perfect'' 90s Anti-Hero; "Stalker of the night, his blade of vengeance turns wrong into right..." The "real" Dark Defender, upon seeing a pin-up of the character, has the most satisfied smile on his face for all of three seconds before he shakes it off as absurd not for any moral reasons (Dex is a PoeticSerialKiller and ''proud of it''), but because, "[[AwesomeButImpractical Miami's too hot for all that leather]]". He does later have an IndulgentFantasySegue where he crashes the key moment of his "SuperHeroOrigin", kills the bad guys and saves [[spoiler:his mother from being [[DeathByOriginStory hacked to gibbets with a chainsaw]].]] In leather.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Ninth Doctor. Though he came much later he still follows the formula perfectly, dark past, broods a lot, comes dangerously close to killing his enemies (being stopped just short by a companion), makes sarcastic one liners frequently and he dresses in a black leather coat.
** The War Doctor, with Nine's leather jacket, a BadassBandolier and a more violent methodology. However he seems a deconstruction of this trope, he doesn't like how ruthless the other Time Lords are becoming and while prepared to destroy Gallifrey this is only a last resort, with the later Doctors disowning him for this. It is later revealed he hadn't actually destroyed Gallifrey but due to TimeyWimeyBall it is three regenerations later that the Doctor remembers this.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar, the BigBad of the first season, is this from Season 2 onwards.
* ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' has an episode that parodies ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' by altering things so that it started in America in the Nineties and was ''then'' adapted into the Japanese ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and not vice-versa. We're shown an image of a "Powerful Rangers" comic book cover, and the Red Ranger an overmuscled character in keeping with the style of the time. The Powerful Rangers seen in person are complete jerks, too.
* In a serial of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Cockroach Dopant]] runs a website where people list those that have wronged them for him to assassinate. While basically a glorified contract killer, he considers himself this trope, calls himself "Roachstar" and "the Dark Exterminator", and even has [[spoiler:and draws]] his own manga in-universe.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' lampshades this by having a comic-geek-turned-supervillain threatening to push Chloe off a tall building and that it is "big in the nineties".
* Iron Enforcer represented this type of "super hero" in the first season of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero''. Unfortunately for him, Creator/StanLee is not fond of this archetype. So he made him a villain instead.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''. It's all there; stripperiffic costume, [[TheAtoner a dark, violent past]], [[XtremeKoolLetterz a name that is spelt with an "X"]], a distinct lack of compunction about killing her enemies, frequent brooding, sarcasm and extreme badassery.

[[folder:Myths and Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism example: In ''Literature/TheBible'', we have [[Literature/SamsonAndDelilah the story of Samson]] in the Literature/BookOfJudges. While most Bible heroes had their flaws, Samson was characterized almost entirely by vengeance; and would often commit mass slaughter when something pissed him off -- but those slaughters were of Philistines, whom God wanted dead too, so it's all right. His other major point of characterization was a weakness for women, to the point of committing a TooDumbToLive blunder with Delilah. He even fired off a stereotypically-badass BondOneLiner at one point -- a possible English translation would be "[[ImprobableWeaponUser With an ass's jawbone]], I have made asses of my enemies."

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]] founder Atsushi Onita, along with his rival\sidekick and ''Shin'' FMW founder Tarzan Goto, who naturally got it started in 1989. Onita was more [[CloudCuckooLander cheery and off base than most examples]], with the trademark 'brooding' and willingness to destroy his own allies or even uninvolved bystanders to "[[RatedMForManly make men out them]]" being Goto's trait but both were fond of [[GarbageWrestler extreme violence]] and believed everything up to landmines should be allowed in Puroresu. Onita also sometimes parodied top stars of "mainstream" Japanese promotions such as Wrestling/TheGreatMuta and also challenged kick boxers and mixed martial artists from K-1 and Pride Fighting Championships to face him in no rope exploding barbed wire death matches.
* While the Gangsta's Wrestling/NewJack, Mustafa Saed and Wrestling/DLoBrown were initially part of a race bating angle(and Brown would continue to be in them with Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination and Thuggin And Buggin Enterprises), the former two would become nineties antiheroes when they jumped from Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling to Wrestling/{{ECW}} and their criminally violent tendencies were admired rather than feared.
* The head trainers of the Long Island Wrestling Federation's doghouse, Laithon, Lowlife Louie and Homicide, as well as many of the graduates, the most notable being Wrestling/LowKi, who went on to form a tag team known as "The Strong Style Thugs" with Homicide, who were openly cheered when they stole the JAPW tag team titles from The Hit Squad.
* W*ING Kanemura from the rival promotion to FMW of the same name was initially a villain coming into FMW to invade but became a nineties antihero when ''[[EvilerThanThou another]]'' invasion from IWA Japan in the form of Victor Quinones's "Puerto Rican army" forced him to team up with the FMW Sekigun. Despite his HeelFaceTurn he still threatened his enemies with death, even when they [[FriendlyEnemy weren't really enemies]] such as when wrestlers from ECW like Wrestling/BallsMahoney came to celebrate FMW's success.
* From 94 onward, Cibernético tended to be one whenever he made a HeelFaceTurn in Wrestling/{{AAA}}, as this was a "{{tecnico}}" who nonetheless killed off someone who betrayed him([[BackFromTheDead ever so briefly]]). Similar things can be said for his rivals Vampiro, Wrestling/LaParka, La Parka Jr and Mesías during their tecnico runs.
* When El Hijo Del Santo returned to Wrestling/{{CMLL}} from AAA, his long time nemesis Negro Casas had become an unironic tecnico and the two teamed together until September of 96 when Santo turned on him. As shocking as his FaceHeelTurn was though, it ''only'' worked in CMLL as Santo continued to be cheered everywhere else no matter what he did, making this a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor example. Even then, the CMLL fans [[RootingForTheEmpire gradually started cheering for him again]] too during and after a [[HumiliatingWager hair vs mask]] match with still tecnico Casas in 97, leading to Hijo Del Santo becoming this trope in CMLL too before eventually softening in September of 98.
* Late 90s [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] saw most of the [[{{Face}} babyfaces]] in this era act as such, with the charge being led by acts such as Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin (originally given a stoic gimmick but then grabbed the microphone at ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing'' and became an anti-authority rebel), [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] (given a 1980s baby face gimmick ten years too late before lashed out at the fans and then targeted Austin), and Wrestling/DGenerationX (an {{Expy}} of the nWo with a more playful, less megalomaniac slant).
* The WWF trend was the direct result of having to compete with Wrestling/{{WCW}}, who hit on this concept with the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder. While the [=nWo=] were essentially just [[EvilIsCool popular villains]], the [[AHouseDivided Wolfpac]] formed and as definite 90s antiheroes up until the FingerPokeOfDoom. The most successful aspects of the WWF's Wrestling/AttitudeEra were directly inspired by the [=nWo=], the Austin vs. [=McMahon=] feud, almost universally considered the key to the WWF's resurgence, is the [=nWo=] vs. WCW with the roles reversed. WWF also borrowed heavily from the growing underground success story known as Wrestling/{{ECW}} (Austin shared many traits with [[Wrestling/JimFullington The Sandman]] for instance) and allowed a number of wrestlers to develop their own grittier [[TheGimmick gimmicks]] but the need to change was a result of WCW's runaway success with the [=nWo=] angle.
* The later top faces of FMW, Megumi Kudo, "First Son" Wrestling/MasatoTanaka and Hayabusa were less insanely violent, more subdued and socially adjusted faces who just happened to be in a very violent promotion. Though that changed for the latter when Kodo Fuyuki took control of FMW and declared he didn't want "superheroes" in his promotion, forcing Hayabusa to unmask and then putting the mask on a porn star to ruin his reputation. This caused the former Hayabusa to take on the name of [[OneLetterName H]] and become a delinquent who used the same tactics as the Fuyuki backed "Team No Respect". It was the less ironic face, Tanaka, who ended up being the one to personally defeat Fuyuki though.
* Wrestling/{{Carl|itoColon}}y was a late bloomer, as though he certainly looked like a nineties antihero when he debuted, in the nineties, wrestled similarly to both The Rock and Stone Cold, ''and'' had a [[WeaponOfChoice signature foreign object]] in the form of a shovel, he was a nice enough guy who simply had to resort to such tactics to save the family business(the Puerto Rican version of the World Wrestling Council) from La Familia Del Milenio. It wasn't until the mid 2000s that he became a complete jerkass too, such that he at one point hated getting baby face pushes because he felt someone who insults, spits on and ''{{poison|isevil}}s'' people shouldn't be cheered.
* The ongoing success of MMA (''UFC'' in particular) in 2010 has seen a partial revival of this trope in WWE with the resurgence of the [[HeelFaceTurn newly-turned]] Wrestling/RandyOrton (especially when compared to his [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Hoganesque]] counterpart Wrestling/JohnCena).
* Referenced by Rory Mondo in Wrestling/{{CZW}}, where he complained that the baby face Danny Havoc went too far when he tried to light him on fire when the [[GimmickMatches match stipulation]] was barbed wire casket. Havoc responded that if Mondo didn't want to burn alive he shouldn't have kicked out. CZW did start in the 90s after all.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Given the cyberpunk setting, the player characters in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' can be this since the game's rules include giving the character cybernetic body parts, edgy clothing and a variety of exotic weapons and deadly powers. Most Shadowrunners in-universe are also relatively amoral mercenaries, and many pay little heed to the lives of civilians (though spree killing is generally seen as StupidEvil).
* Many superhero games, such as ''TabletopGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'', forbid this through use of [[ExperiencePenalty Experience Penalties]] for killing. A character who is willing to kill will not be a functional PC.
* ''Tabletop/VampireTheMasquerade'' signature character Lucita y Aragon qualifies in concept, being a rebellious, vengeance-driven, attractive, [[CastingAShadow shadow-wielding]] assassin-vampire with a penchant for skimpy black leather, but in the associated novels, it [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]] when she's an angry, spiteful ball of hate and when she's more subtle, reasonable and controlled.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Creator/ArcSystemWorks has created two characters like this trope in their games:
** ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has this in Ragna the Bloodedge. Not only does his name sound like something right out of the DarkAgeOfSupernames, he's also ill-tempered, has TooManyBelts, a {{BFS}} that unfolds into a [[SinisterScythe scythe]] (fittingly called "Blood-Scythe") is motivated by {{revenge}}, and has no problems with harming anyone who gets in his way. To top it all off, his powers consist of draining the life out of others by using the power of [[CastingAShadow darkness]] in the form of summoning parts of an EldritchAbomination.
*** The hilarious {{irony}} in Ragna is he's {{Adorkable}} and [[LoserProtagonist a bit of a loser]], with most of the cast snarking and looking down at him. He has a crippling fear of ghosts (likely owing to the fact that [[spoiler:the person responsible for burning down his home, lopping off his right arm, and kidnapping his kid sister is a ghost]]), and ScreamsLikeALittleGirl, and indeed a lot of the game's humour [[ButtMonkey takes place at his expense]]. He's also quite a nice, compassionate guy beneath his gruff exterior, [[RealMenCook and he's a great chef]]. Essentially, while he has the badass appearance and power-set of a textbook Nineties Anti-Hero, his abrasive and headstrong personality get him into trouble more often than not. [[spoiler:In fact, much of his CharacterDevelopment revolves around him realizing that his "destroy my enemies" mindset typical of the trope hasn't gotten him anywhere and instead vows to use his power to protect his loved ones.]]
** His spiritual predecessor, Sol Badguy of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', also fits the mold. Well-muscled, a {{Stripperiffic}} outfit with TooManyBelts, and a bad attitude, even sharing a few similarities with [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]]. He's something of a subversion, as despite his rough exterior, and brutal methods, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold his goals are completely altrustic]].
* It's hard to tell who's supposed to be a hero in ''VideoGame/BloodStorm'' and who's a villain. They all have menacing one-word names, are all capable of ultra-violence, all look positively Liefeldian and almost all of them are dicks with selfish motives and no care for others. Tremor manages to at least buck this trait by being the only unambiguously good character in the game.
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' has many player characters fitting this trope, and also a few amongst its NPC cast:
** The Drifter. Got [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] from a mystic cowboy into a Cable-esque cyborg cowboy.
** Black Mask (the 10th) is a female example. Her costume is the single most revealing of all heroes, and her power is [[SuperheroPackingHeat carrying a big gun]].
** The PRIMUS Recognition Vendors, mainly to display the 90's style [[AndYourRewardIsClothes costume unlocks]] they are selling.
** The ''Bag Vendor!'' [[FridgeBrilliance Because what kind of character would know more about pouches?]]
** The default costumes for the [[PoisonousPerson Scourge]], the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Blade]] and the [[DualWielding Specialist]] archetypes, being based on ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, Deathstroke and ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} respectively.
*** The costumes for the Marksman, Soldier, Impulse and Unleashed also kind of.
** While not exactly antiheroes, quite a few villains get at least the look right. Amongst those are Hard Target, Leathal, Drago and the ascended fan creation Devana Hawke.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' lets you make these with all the SpikesOfVillainy costume pieces that are equally available to heroes. Though there's no real representative of them in-game (it has more of a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] flavor), the closest could be Hardcase, an [[AntiVillain Anti]]-VillainSue and [[TheScrappy one of the most loathed contacts in the game]].
** Infernal could also count, being a demon-binding, [[DarkIsNotEvil evil-looking good guy]], but his {{backstory}} of coming from a HeroicFantasy inspired alternate dimension may be a jab at the overused MedievalEuropeanFantasy [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] setting.
* Dante and the Devil May Cry series was either an affectionate parody of the gothic anti hero supernatural genre or a another edgy trope from Capcom that needed a radical 90s type of anti hero who lived in a satanic nightmarish world filled with leather clad gothic babes, a darker and edgier twin brother who was the evil foil, and a one liner spewing half human half demon rebel without a cause with a tragic back story and the most edgy weapons this side of a ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'' comic. Nero embodies this trope more than Dante as the misunderstood angst teenager with a hidden mcguffian and a bad attitude.
* One of the criticisms leveled at ''[[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry DmC: Devil May Cry]]'' is that it tries to take [[Franchise/DevilMayCry a light-hearted series]] and give it the full Nineties treatment, leaving it overwrought with attempted edginess and shallow satire. This is exemplified by the reimagining of Dante, who is a few pouches and a bucket of steroids away from leaping off a Liefeld cover. What's really weird is that the game does still go full {{camp}} every now and then, leaving the game with characters who can't decide if they want to crack wise or tell each other to fuck off.
* Asshole!Warden in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a tendency to wander through Ferelden, kicking ass and taking names, while slaughtering whatever unconscious wounded soldiers or small children get in the way, condemning a significant number of elves, men, and dwarves to AndIMustScream fates for the sole purpose of getting cooler-looking allies during the final battle, and slaughtering the entire Denerim Circle of Magi for the sake of convenience.
* By the standards of [=JRPGs=], Caim from ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' is a Nineties Anti-Hero, bordering on straight-edge VillainProtagonist if not for the happy side effect that the people he happens to be on a genocidal rampage against want to destroy the world.
** And then once those bad guys are all defeated, he goes straight back to [[RogueProtagonist gleefully slaughtering EVERYBODY in the sequel]].
* VideoGame/DukeNukem. A sex obsessed, mirrorshade wearing ActionHero wannabe who hangs out in sleazy biker bars and strip clubs, with a LanternJawOfJustice and blond flattop haircut. He's armed to the teeth with {{BFG}}s (as it's a [[FirstPersonShooter FPS]] and all), addicted to steroids (or whatever those pills are) and loves to spew {{one liner}}s like "''I've got balls of steel''", "''Some mutated son of a bitch is gonna pay!''" and of course the immortal "''[[Film/TheyLive It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I'm all out of gum.]]''" And his games were big in the early [[TheNineties 90s]]. Duke is generally accepted as being a full parody of the 80s/90s action hero rather than actually being one. He's no exception to the fact that most parodies and extreme cases of this are deeply entrenched in PoesLaw, though.
* In the later 90s, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' came out.
** Cloud Strife in the original ''VII'' was something of a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype version of this, attempting to act like this as a conscious affectation, and soon abandoning it. Played completely straight in most of his later appearances, especially in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games and ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]''. He certainly [[http://semna4.webs.com/KH_Cloud_1.jpg looks the part]] in the first ''Kingdom Hearts''.
** Squall Leonhart also plays this completely straight, but is given a FreudianExcuse in that he's been raised as a {{Child Soldier|s}} from the age of about 5 or 6. He, too, appears in ''Kingdom Hearts'', quiet and snarky as ever, but he seems to have opened up quite a bit (at least to Yuffie and Aerith). His disposition does improve greatly in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', where he's mellowed out (getting to return to your once-doomed home world and rebuild it is likely to do that) and acts as a BigBrotherMentor to Sora.
* Tombstone from ''VideoGame/FreedomForce vs The Third Reich'', a series that is an {{homage}} to the high [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age of comic books]], is a Nineties Anti-Hero. And he ''still'' fits into the game, because his overblown "dark and tormented" act makes him just as laughable as the rest of the cast.
-->'''Alchemiss:''' ''[sarcastically]'' So how did ''you'' spend your sabbatical, Tombstone? Performing in musical theater? Raising puppies?\\
'''Tombstone:''' [[foldercontrol]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{God of War|Series}}'': If Kratos' muscle-bound and grizzled appearance combined with his multitude of oversized weapons and [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark backstory]] don't convince you, then his lethal and very brutal methods and [[NoIndoorVoice HIS MONOLOGUES IN WHICH HE DECLARES THAT]] [[RageAgainstTheHeavens HE WILL ASCEND OLYMPUS TO KILL THE GODS!!!]] may show otherwise.
* Varik, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'', is made to look like this, what with being a brooding, alcoholic bounty hunter with a Dark and Mysterious Past. We quickly find out this is not played straight at all -- his stats suck, and he's honestly scared of the undead monsters.
* ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'':
** John Turner is a subversion of the trope. He certainly ''looks'' the part, with his black leather coat, dark jeans, GunsAkimbo and baseball bat, incredibly muscular build, and gritty hardcore fighting style. He even is a vampire and a former street racer, to boot. But personality-wise he's pretty much a softie DorkKnight who cares about helping innocents when nobody else will, with his only flaw being that he wishes somebody else ''would'' do so, so he doesn't have to.
** Raven, on the other hand, is a much more played straight example, who both looks and acts the part (albeit more conservatively dressed than average). She even got herself turned into a vampire specifically so she could hunt down and enact BloodKnight-fueled revenge on the monsters in question.
* K' from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. Given life at the end of the decade but still fits in with the trope. Abrupt and harsh name ("Kay-Dash"), cold-hearted SOB who only cooperates when it suits his end (his victory pose has him saying he's good enough to fight your whole team), and has a laser-like focus on his objective (stamping out the NESTS organization and anyone associated with it). However, he ''does'' [[DefrostingIceQueen move away from this a bit as time goes on]]. K' also, [[HiddenDepths surprisingly enough]], has a strong moral compass and sense of justice (perhaps even more so than previous ''KOF'' lead Kyo Kusanagi) in spite of his general disdain toward being dragged into the eponymous tournament year after year, with more recent entries establishing that beneath [[JerkassFacade the stoic, unfriendly surface]] lies a rather decent guy who prefers solitude [[QuestForIdentity as he tries to piece together his missing past]] and [[ClonesArePeopleToo establish himself as something more than a mere]] [[CloneByConversion "Kyo clone."]]
* The ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series gives us two interesting examples. While Kain is more or less a straight example character-wise, Raziel is a much more heroic/noble character. His character design, however, positively drips of it. This is because the game's dev team outsourced the concept art to Top Cow (a comic studio that broke off from Creator/{{Image|Comics}}, responsible for such works as ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'' and ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}''); due to complex corporate politics behind the creation of ''[[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain Soul Reaver]]'', which was being made at the same time as Eidos was having Top Cow publish the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' comic.
** Kain himself is an odd example: while certainly an incredibly anti-heroic person, he is remarkably sophisticated whereas most examples of this trope are noticeably (and unfortunately) somewhat more crude, and though arrogant and callous in the extreme, [[WellIntentionedExtremist his ultimate goals are fairly noble]], even if his motivations are selfish. Meanwhile, Raziel is far more outright heroic, often trying to do the "right" thing in any given situation, except his attempts at nobility often lead to even worse things than he attempted to prevent. It might be said that Kain is an outright ''VillainProtagonist'' while Raziel is a true Anti-Hero as Raziel ATTEMPTS to be good but his imperfections cause him to fail, whereas Kain doesn't bother to try at all and ends up helping the world anyway as a side effect.
* Jack Cayman of ''VideoGame/{{MadWorld}}'' and ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns''. Well-muscled? Check. ChainedByFashion? Check. "Edgy" weapon in the form of a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]]? Check. No compunctions about killing people? ''Check''.
* Renegade!Shepard in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series: a ruthless and pragmatic person, willing to take the morally grey (or outright black) actions to get the job done. Basically, s/he is out to save the galaxy, but doesn't much care who or what s/he tramples to get there. Some of the Renegade choices available (particularly in [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the first game]]) can paint Ren!Shep as uncaring, incredibly xenophobic and a human supremacist with near sociopathic levels of disregard towards others while others can come across as simply being StupidEvil by having obvious repercussions that hurt your ability to fight the Reapers.
* Raiden from ''VideoGame/MetalGear''. Tragic backstory? [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Check.]] Cyborg? [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Check.]] Prone to bouts of bloodlust and rage? [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Check.]] Though Raiden is a bit more idealistic than most examples, and he's also from quite a ways after the archetype's height of popularity, introduced in 2001 and not really hitting the necessary number of notes for it until 2008.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': As a series that started in 1992, ''Mortal Kombat'' in many ways embodies many elements of the Iron Age/Dark Age of Comic books particularly in the form of its [[BloodierAndGorier overt violence and gory]] [[FinishingMove Fatalities]], but also avoided being completely serious replications of those kinds of comics by including some tongue-in-cheek humor. These are two characters who exemplify this archetype:
** Scorpion is an undead, [[PlayingWithFire fire wielding]] {{Ninja}} who is a WildCard [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor who will assist]] whichever side is most convenient to his own agenda (of seeking vengeance against the murderer of his clan and resurrecting his fallen loved ones) and tends to be one of the most brutal fighters in the series, with the exception of [[EvilOverlord Shao]] [[DropTheHammer Kahn]], to boot due to being fueled by his unquenchable rage. Though ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' presents him as being a {{double subversion}} of this trope due to being more reasonable after being [[spoiler:freed of Quan Chi's service as one of his revenants]] but also seeking to kill the sorcerer responsible for murdering his family and turning him into a revenant [[UnwittingPawn to perpetuate Quan Chi's schemes]] and [[AvertedTrope prevent]] [[KarmaHoudini the necromancer from continuing to commit any other atrocities]] even if it means [[spoiler:voiding any opportunity to free any other revenants from his curse]].
** Another Kombatant who falls into this category on occasion is Raiden in his [[FanNickname Dark Raiden]] persona. In this corrupted form, which debuted in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]'' ([[spoiler:and reappeared in [[TheStinger the last scene]] of ''MKX'' due to being exposed to the Jinsei that was tainted by Shinnok]]), the thunder god ceases to be the benevolent mentor he is known for and turns into a far more ruthless tactician who takes more aggressive measures to protect Earthrealm from foreign invaders including the destruction of all the other realms, even those that were harmless to the earth itself.
* The Prince started to go this route in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'', where he became more dark [[MemeticMutation and smouldering with generic rage]] (to the point of growling angrily while smashing pottery) thanks to being hunted relentlessly by [[TheJuggernaut the Dahaka]] after his actions in the previous game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has Alex Mercer. Mercer intends to stop a [[ZombieApocalypse bioweapon outbreak]] and the [[ArmiesAreEvil military unit willing to destroy New York to contain it]], mainly by murdering his way through both. Mercer, being a shapeshifter, can transform himself into a clawed, bladed abomination. Players also regenerate health by violently killing and consuming people and monsters, including civilians. This leads to some GameplayAndStorySegregation, where the gameplay gleefully embraces player's [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential darker tendencies]], while the cutscenes try to make the main character sympathetic.
** ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'' replaces Mercer as the protagonist with James Heller, making Alex the villain in the process. Heller broods substantially less than Mercer, but makes up for it in being always angry, all the time. They tried to make him a bit more sympathetic than Mercer; jury's out on whether they succeeded, as many fans of the first didn't like the change in Mercer's characterization to accommodate Heller as a protagonist, and [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential the game still tries it's best to stoke its players' sadistic tendencies]].
* [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog]] is not usually an example, but he was heavily marketed as one for [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog his spin-off game]] where he swore, used guns, and rode motorcycles to fight an alien invasion.
** To note: In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', he was a villain who did a HeelFaceTurn at the end and [[NeverFoundTheBody seemed to die at the end]]. ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' is [[LighterAndSofter lighter]] overall than ''Adventure 2'' but here he is a regular AntiHero and spends most of the game following Rouge around anyway.
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'': [[MonsterClown Needles Kane]] (AKA Sweet Tooth), who debuted in the first game released in 1995 and was created by David Jaffe (also the director for the VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries), is a sociopathic BloodKnight serial killer who has no compunction to killing anyone in his way to getting to at [[BigBad Calyspo]].
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' by the ShowWithinAShow ''Nyteblayde''. The titular hero ticks of pretty much every single point on the checklist... while being played by an actor who only has two modes, BadBadActing and ChewingTheScenery.
* [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doomguy]] was originally something of a FeaturelessProtagonist, but {{Fanon}} rapidly turned him into one of these (aided and abetted by the infamous comic described above). ''VideoGame/BrutalDoom'' picked this interpretation up and ran screaming at a horde of demons to beat them to death with it, and then ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' [[AscendedFanon made it official]]. '''Rip and tear!'''

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* Parodied in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' with the [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/aprilfool10.html Xeriouxly Forxe April Fool's Joke]], where everyone gets a more spiky, angular design, more weapons, gritted teeth, XtremeKoolLetterz in their names, and angry faces.

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* The overall look is parodied in ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', where after Nin Wah whispers to Zenith some ideas for CK's new threads, the android ends up designing for him [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/08/15/nin-wahs-agenda/ a bulky outfit with enough spikes and pouches to make Rob Liefield blush]].
* An issue arc of ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' involves universe crosses between the "modern age" Spinnerette, her [[BadButt saccharine]] [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks silver-age]] counterpart... and her 90's-era counterpart which plays every [[Creator/RobLiefeld Liefeldian]] transgression to parodic levels.
* ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'' has a one-shot [[http://superredundant.com/?comic=172-blast-from-the-past comic]] where one of these gets frozen ''ComicBooks/CaptainAmerica''-style and wakes up in the present day as a FishOutOfTemporalWater.
* The titular ''Webcomic/WeaponBrown'': mechanical arm, likes big guns, doesn't care about innocents, brutally kills his enemies, DeadpanSnarker and his sidekick is a man-eating dog. Pretty much the whole webcomic is what happens if the characters from the various classic comic strip series are re-invented by Rob Liefeld and Mark Millar.

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* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': '90s Kid's ideal comic book hero is ''Bloodgun'', a faceless dude with a gun that shoots ''other guns''. Linkara himself mentions such heroes as "Gungun".
* Battlecat, a [[TheCowl cowl]] active in the New Orleans of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is the epitome of this trope from that setting. Ballistic, Fusillade, and Ablaze are all good examples as well.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic: Devil Boner!, introduced in his review of ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' (mentioned above under the Film section). He is a spiked-and-black leather-jacketed guy armed with a [[{{BFG}} Machine Gun]] [[SarcasmMode of Peace]] as well as the ability to pyrokinetically blow things apart with his mind, which is [[BlatantLies totally child-friendly]].

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* Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': an episode saw Optimus Primal's aggression turned way up by a computer virus - to the point where he tries to kill someone and orders himself locked up. He ultimately storms off to retrieve the anti virus, saying that making a plan first is cowardly. While he's certainly more than capable in battle, to the point Megatron comments on it, he also takes on severe damage as a result, and it's only through the cunning of his normal persona and the plan of his allies that he survives. Interestingly enough, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Dinobot]] ultimately decries this trope and provides the best commentary applicable to it, calling Optimus' altered mindset a "[[TheBerserker berserker]]" and this line, when Cheetor tries to emulate this approach:
-->'''Dinobot:''' There is no strategy, only blind aggression!
* ''Captain Sturdy'', a {{pilot}} for a proposed series that aired as part of ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoon'', presents a subversion and parody of this archetype. The eponymous character, an aging Silver Age era superhero, watches as a nineties anti-hero type character demonstrates how a hero should approach criminals, but then threatens to tear off a hypothetical criminal's arms. When the character is told "what if he has no arms?", the hero then does a 180 and [[StrawmanEmotional begins to mope about the hypothetical criminal's]] [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth misfortunates]]. Captain Sturdy already didn't have a high opinion of the nineties anti-hero character, but after this he especially became disillusioned with how the Union of Super Heroes are [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad more concerned about avoiding offending people than doing what is necessary and pragmatic for the common good]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' became one of these, Darkwarrior Duck, in an alternate future where Gosalyn disappeared (because she had been sucked through time into that alternate future). He might've been this earlier on, but by the time Gosalyn ran into him he had long ago [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope crossed the line]] and was solidly in the KnightTemplar category.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', where Timmy called upon the help of several [[EraSpecificPersonality different versions of the Crimson Chin]] to defeat an escaped supervillain, including a bandoleer-wearing, gun-toting "edgy" version of the Chin from the eighties. He was apparently the only version that ever got away with profanity, but was canceled because of it anyway. Interestingly, the ''actual'' nineties Chin is depicted as more of a {{grunge}} [[FadSuper rocker]].
* The Pack was an [[ShowWithinAShow (in-universe) live-action]] example in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. The actors eventually turned into supervillains through a series of literal {{Xanatos Gambit}}s, complete with actual powers and an even more Dark-Age-ish look.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' spoofed it with Boomfist, who battles an idiot MadScientist in a futuristic CrapsackWorld and delivers FamilyUnfriendlyAesop[=s=]. Although he does respect Juniper's abilities and [[spoiler:makes a HeroicSacrifice]].
* The eponymous WesternAnimation/MajorLazer certainly has elements of this - bonus points for his {{BFG}} being a literal ArmCannon.
* When the ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' briefly decide to split up as separate superheroines, with Blossom taking on a Franchise/WonderWoman-ish persona and Bubbles dressing up as a cute bunny girl, the sullen and quick-tempered Buttercup reinvents herself as "Mange", a [[ComicBook/{{Spawn}} brooding, shadowy character with glowing green eyes]] who only emerges at night - thus, when trouble arrives in the middle of the day, necessitating several hours of awkwardly brooding on the couch until nightfall.
* While not exactly a superhero, Enzo/[[spoiler:Matrix]] in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' is pretty much this trope to a T, as a foil to Bob's idealistic Silver Age-ish personality. He also serves as a partial {{Deconstruction}} of this type of hero. The events that made him this way [[spoiler:such as losing an eye, being trapped in a game, and then suffering at the hands of Megabyte, and this all after Bob had been trapped in the Mainframe]] had left him as an emotional wreck who has difficulty adjusting to peace.
* ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'' featured typical "Iron Age" character designs, but was otherwise not very edgy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'': Spoofed with Big Shot, a [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Punisher-esque]] character who shoots up inanimate objects [[BerserkerTears while tears run down his face]]. After running out of bullets, he says [[FreudianExcuse "Why didn't you love me, Mom?"]] and collapses, sobbing, on Arthur. He's someone so obviously messed-up that ''[[CaptainOblivious the Tick]]'' tells him to 'seek professional help'. When next seen in "The Tick vs. The Tick," after Big Shot has done so, he's relatively well-adjusted and tries to convince the Tick and Barry to discuss their problems rationally. With emphasis on "relatively". He starts foaming at the mouth when he mentions how he used to solve all his problems with... ''violence'', and gives a rather, um, ''passionate'' outcry for Barry to "put it in the happy box!". In his final appearance in the show on "The Tick vs. Neil and Dot's Wedding", Big Shot goes on a shooting spree... with a camera, having channelled his enthusiasm for firearms into flash photography.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': While developed after the 1990s, Brock Sampson is a semi-affectionate parody of this trope.
%%* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' with [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/04/21/this-week-ben-10-met-a-rob-liefeld-version-of-himself/ this]]