Quotes: Anti-Hero

Athena: We all joined Handsome Jack for different reasons. For desperation....
Wilhelm: For money....
Nisha: For fun....
Athena: We're not the good guys. We're not even close to being the good guys. But today, we're going to save the world.

One of the coldest, most evil souls I have ever encountered once told me that the reason I fought so hard to do what seemed right was that I was terrified to look within me and see the desire to cease the fight and do as I would, free of conscience or remorse.
And now I could see that he had been right.
I looked at the fallen angel, patiently waiting, and was terrified.
But there were innocent lives at stake: men and women and children who needed protection.
James Gordon: Why is he running, Dad?
Commissioner Gordon: Because we have to chase him.
James Gordon: He didn't do anything wrong.
Commissioner Gordon: Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not our hero: He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector... a Dark Knight.

Now, here I lie in my own blood, and strangers cry for me
I'm prepared to meet the gods, I wish they'd let me be
I don't deserve their sympathy, I know who I am
My soul is death and misery
I am an evil man
Amon Amarth, "The Hero"

Elena Gilbert: Why won't you let anyone see the good in you?
Damon Salvatore: 'Cause when people see good, they expect good. And I don't wanna live up to anyone's expectations.

[Are we] Friends or foes? That's something... you'll have to decide on your own!
— Luffy, "One Piece"

"There is good, and there is evil. There are those who commit crimes and those who stop them. The two sides are opposite, as different as day and night, and the line between them is clear. Or at least, it's supposed to be..."

"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right."
Salvor Hardin, Foundation

You both have childlike ideals. Believing in simplicity and shouldering the role of a criminal for the sake of that ideal. Turning yourselves into the greatest evil to eliminate all the small evils in this world. You and Kiritsugu act like the saviors we call 'anti-heroes'.
Kotomine, Fate/stay night (game)

Whatever happened to all the heroes?
All the Shakespearoes?
They watched their Rome burn
Whatever happened to the heroes?
Whatever happened to the heroes?
No more heroes anymore
No more heroes anymore
The Stranglers, "No More Heroes"

That is the end of this war. That is the responsibility I took when I swore to be a superhero. It is the first price I have to pay to become my ideal. There's no need to talk about the obvious outcome. Emiya Shirou will turn his mind to steel, and become a superhero.
Shirou, Fate/stay night bad end #30: Mind of Steel

Men have this idea that they can fight with dignity, that there is a proper way to kill someone...it's absurd. We need that idea, to endure the bloody horror of murder. You must destroy this idea. Show them what a messy, terrible thing it is to kill a man, and show them that you relish in it. Shoot to wound, then execute the wounded, burn them, take them in close combat. Destroy any preconceptions as to what a man is and you become their personal monster...when they fear you, you become stronger, you become better. But let's never forget—it's a display, a posture, like a lion's roar or a gorilla thumping at his chest. If you lose yourself in the display, if you succumb to the horror, you become the monster...not more of a man, but less...and it can be fatal.
The Jackal, Far Cry 2

The media likes to portray me as a senseless killer. I would point out that I am a very sensible killer.

Let me break down the differences for you. In R-rated movies, the good guy only kills in self-defense. RR-rated movies are allowed to blur the line. Man, I saw this one RR-rated movie where the good guy stepped on a rabbit. He didn't kill it, but, later on, he wished he did! The good guy! That's messed up, man! You can't let kids watch that!
Strong Bad, sbemail "rated"

Kid: *snatches an enemy craft filled with pleading Mooks out of the air* What do we do, Isaac? They want to be saved.
Isaac: Those who would make good people cry...*eye twinkle with Audible Gleam*...deserve no mercy. *Cue the enemy craft, and the Mooks inside, getting crushed in Braiger's big blue claw.*
Braiger, first episode

I see and feel the evil
My hands will crush 'em all
You think you have the answer
I'll laugh and watch you fall
Black hearted evil
Brave hearted hero
I am all, I am all I am

Spider-Girl: I don't know what's suddenly gotten into you, but you can't go around destroying property and beating people! You just CAN'T! You're supposed to be one of the good guys!
Darkdevil: Back off, Pollyanna! I don't have time for fairy tales. Maybe I'm not your idea of a hero... but there's no Santa Claus, either.
Spider-Girl #12: Duel With Darkdevil

Psychologist: Murder.
James Bond: Employment.

In judging policies we should consider the results that have been achieved through them rather than the means by which they have been executed.
In a letter to Piero Soderini from Niccolò Machiavelli

"I may be on the side of the angels, but don't think for one second that I am one of them."
Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock

VRISKA: I only ever wanted to do the right thing no matter how it made people judge me, and I don't need a magic ring to do that....
VRISKA: And you don't have to 8e a good person to 8e a hero.
VRISKA: You just have to know who you are and stay true to that.
VRISKA: So I'm going to keep fighting for people the only way I ever knew how.
VRISKA: 8y 8eing me.
— Vriska, Homestuck

We're dicks! We're reckless, arrogant, stupid dicks. And the Film Actors Guild... are pussies. And Kim Jong Il... is an asshole. Pussies don't like dicks because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes, assholes who just want to shit on everything. Pussies may think they can deal with assholes their way, but the only thing that can fuck an asshole is a dick. With some balls. The problem with dicks is that sometimes they fuck too much or fuck when it isn't appropriate. And it takes a pussy to show them that. But sometimes, pussies get so full of shit that they become assholes, themselves. Because pussies are only an inch and a half away from assholes. I don't know much in this crazy, crazy world, but I do know that if you don't let us fuck this asshole, we are going to have our dicks and our pussies... all covered in shit.
Gary Jonhston, Team America: World Police

He is, in fact Ragna follows the archetype to a fault at times. While the anti-hero has become very broad in recent years, the basic outline of an anti-hero is a character who is rejected by and/or subsequently openly fights against society, specifically the set principals and authority that rule them. What follows is a long, but necessary explanation to get the point across. Just...try to bare with it.

The anti-hero usually begins as a social outcast amidst the servile, brainwashed, general populous. Struggling to conform, all the while beginning to object, one is either ridiculed into leaving, forcefully cast out, or has personal reasons for doing so. One may possibly find fellow outsiders, subsequently make allies and that is how the story of an anti-heroes usually begins.

Ideally, one who stands against an oppressive government should be physically strong and inspire those around them to join him/her but unlike the hero, the anti-hero isn't ideal. An anti-hero typically doesn't have a set of principals. They are quicker to violence, often selfish, and have respectable, yet underdeveloped traits. The anti-hero is out for ones' own personal ends, and will stop at nothing to reach them.

It is the purpose of the anti-hero to fight against, and thus reveal the hypocrisy of humanity. The falsehoods and tactics used to oppress the people are null and void before an anti-hero as one fights against the corrupt authority that charms many with the illusion that the dangers of humanity are well under control.

Since anti-heroes lack moral principals, they can make choices a hero cannot. If the situation demanded, they could murder children because they abandoned their morality long ago. While in many ways, this does make the anti-hero more versatile and practical, it also makes the anti-hero very unpredictable and difficult to control. In other words, they're very dangerous, which is usually the reason why they were shunned, feared, and subsequently exiled to begin with.

Spawn Yuri Lowell(Tales of Vesperia) Yusuke Urameshi(Yu Yu Hakusho) Bayonetta Lelouch(Code Geass)

These are all prime examples of anti-hero protagonists. Ragna fits within this archetype as well. He's a social outcast, fights against society, has no principals, quick to violence, and generally hates authority to the point where even his master Jubei has difficulties getting him to listen at times. The anti-hero is my favorite archetype, so trust me on this.
Ninja 07 Keaton, Youtube