'''Basic Trope''': A hero who doesn't have the qualities of a regular hero.
* '''Straight''': Jack is a vigilante who wants to make the world a better place by murdering criminals.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Jack is an UnscrupulousHero or a NominalHero.
** Jack is the TokenEvilTeammate.
** Jack has a very limited amount of good moments that just barely stop him from qualifying as a VillainProtagonist.
* '''Downplayed''':
** Jack is a ClassicalAntiHero.
** Jack is [[GoodIsNotNice irritable and sometimes violent]], but not to the point of moral ambiguity.
** Jack [[GoodIsNotSoft doesn't have a problem with killing criminals]], but is otherwise the [[BewareTheNiceOnes nicest person you could meet]].
** Jack doesn't go [[TechnicalPacifist out of his way to kill people]] but is willing to break the law to do what he thinks is right.
* '''Justified''':
** Jack lives in a CrapsackWorld.
** Jack lives in a DeathWorld.
** The [[TheEmpire government is evil]], by fighting against them Jack is considered a criminal.
** The setting is completely lawless and Jack stands up for the people doing things that would be against the law in our world to help out others.
* '''Inverted''': Jack is an AntiVillain.
* '''Subverted''': Jack appears to be killing crooks left and right, but it turns out he [[BrainwashedAndCrazy didn't have control]] of his actions at the time; when he's back to normal, he's TheCape, through and through.
* '''Double Subverted''': Jack is revealed to have been BrainwashedAndCrazy, but underneath that...he's just as brutal.
* '''Parodied''': Jack tries to bring about his own brand of harsh justice, but he lives in a SugarBowl society where there's hardly ever even any conflict -- Billy spends most of his time [[{{Angst}} angsting]] that there's nothing to {{Angst}} about.
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** Jack has a very inconsistent attitude towards his crime-fighting; sometimes he's [[ThouShallNotKill unwilling to kill anyone]], sometimes he's killing left and right, and sometimes he's trying to be an ActualPacifist. It's all DependingOnTheWriter.
** Jack is a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor and switches between being an AntiHero or an AntiVillain depending on wether or not he is working with the heroes at the moment.
* '''Averted''': All the heroes in the story actually act conventionally heroic.
* '''Enforced''':
** "No one's interested in a flawless hero anymore, let's give this guy loads of issues and have him be all morally ambiguous!"
** Alternatively: The author is trying to [[AnAesop prove some point]] about the nature of heroism, or else is {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ing TheHero or TheCape, which requires Jack to do some questionable things in the name of justice.
* '''Lampshaded''': "TheChosenOne seems a tad unheroic."
* '''Invoked''': Jack is a sadist, so he decides to start taking it out on the people who society says deserve it, lowering the crime rate as he does so and leaving the town happier for it.
* '''Exploited''': The villain takes steps to make Jack a HeroWithBadPublicity to get him out of the way.
* '''Defied''': Jack feels himself slipping into antiherodom, and works hard to maintain his moral code.
* '''Discussed''': "Jack's not exactly a NiceGuy, but he's on the side of good. No, really."
* '''Conversed''': "How did this guy not wind up in prison yet?"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Jack is rapidly becoming [[NotSoDifferent just as brutal as]], [[HeWhoFightsMonsters if not WORSE than]], [[EvilVersusEvil his villains]], and when he's killed all of the real threats to society, he's still a dangerously unstable and violent individual.
** Alternatively: Jack is arrested for killing a criminal because, as it turns out, murder is murder.
** Jack kills a "criminal", only to find out the real villain's still out there. This leads Jack to question his methods, feel guilty, and wonder if all those lives he's taken away before were really the lives of innocent men & women.
** Jack kills a murderer, only to find out the killer was [[SympatheticMurderer another Anti-hero]] who only killed villains like him.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** Jack has a [[TheFettered line he will not cross]]; the [[BlackAndGrayMorality villains are much worse than he is]] and he really is making the world a better place through his actions.
** Jack seeks therapy to help him become a more mentally stable individual.
** Billy decides to be even more careful not to kill an innocent (wo)man again & take time to make sure he has solid evidence against them and that the [[OrgyOfEvidence evidence]] [[FrameUp wasn't]] [[FramingTheGuiltyParty planted]] there against the suspect before killing them.
** Billy tries to learn about the villain's motives & make sure the villain(s) isn't really another anti-hero before killing him/her/them/it.
** Alternatively, Billy suffers from MoralMyopia.
* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': Billy's morally questionable actions makes him a more complex character and are used to analyze what "the qualities of a hero" truly are, and what it is that makes someone "heroic".
----
Back to AntiHero
----
%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
%%
%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???