Quotes: Nineties Anti-Hero


"That's a character that Mark Waid invented that was really just put to me, like, 'come up with the most God awful, Rob Liefeld sort of design that you can' ...the scars, the thing going on with his eye, the arm, and what's with all the guns?"
Alex Ross on creating Magog

"In roughly the span of a page or so, Kaine has dismantled the Kraven stand-in and kills him with his stupid 'Mark of Kaine' face-disfigurement move I canít even bother to want to explain. Yeah! Doesnít that make you want to go out and read a million Kaine comics right now? I mean what could be more interesting than scowling on a rooftop and then slapping around all of the interesting characters before offhandedly killing the bad guy? I'm sure at the time Marvel wrote the issues they were dreaming of a Kaine ongoing series and Kaine underoos and Kaine video games."

"It has been said of Cable that no gun has been found to be too big for him. A fitting summary of his character."
Curt Franklin, "Comics, Everybody!: A History of Cable"

"...Maverick, who threatens to replace Shatterstar, Cable and ADAM X THE X-TREME as the most í90s dude of all time. Maverick! Those others may have more legitimate claims to the throne, but between the cybernetic leg armor, the crotch harness, the bee-pattern mask that lets his hair flow free, a gun so improbable that two banana clips feed into a single rectangular lazer barrel and ties to Wolverineís Mysterious Pastô, Iím shocked that he didnít just wink out of existence on January 1, 2000."
Chris Sims on Jim Lee's X-Men

"Instead of serving as the deliciously targeted critique of fascist superheroics that it was, Rorschach got adopted as the iconic and default form of comic book vigilante for, basically, the next twenty years. The only major developments in the Rorschach concept were basically to add guns and robot arms."

"Itís a bit of a clichť to suggest that writer and script editor Eric Saward didnít actually like Doctor Who. Itís a bit of sensationalist nonsense that appears quite frequently in discussing his contributions to the series. The evidence most often cited in favour of this admittedly exaggerated position points out that Saward had a tendency to marginalise the Doctor within his stories, to portray the character as inefficient or ineffective within the context of an increasingly cynical universe... Still, Resurrection of the Daleks is a slightly more interesting case than the story that opens the following season. While both stories feature iconic monsters and the mercenary Lytton who evolves from a sinister cohort to a grim anti-hero, thereís a significant difference between them. Attack of the Cybermen ends with the distinct impression that Lytton is the true hero of the piece and the Doctor is a narrow-minded fool who made little or no difference in the grand scheme of things. It feels like a total rejection of the optimistic ethos of Doctor Who."

"Before the nWo came around, heels were despicable villains who were largely cowards that audiences utterly despised and paid their hard-earned money in hopes of seeing them get beaten senseless. Kevin Nash and his New World Order buddies werenít having any of that.

Despite being the antagonists in the WCW vs. nWo story, they still carried themselves like anti-heroes; too cool for school badasses with a lot of swagger. While it may have made the company a ton of money on merchandise and kept interest in the faction and the angle at a fever pitch, it also made fundamental changes to the business and cut the heels (no pun intended) out from under other bad guys whose traditional tactics no longer held the same weight, as well as doing detrimental damage to the babyfaces who were opposing them."
Brad Hamilton, "10 Reasons Why Everyone Hated Kevin Nash in WCW"

"It seems that Ubisoft decided that emo culture was "in," so they went around the office one morning and fired everyone who was smiling. The Prince was suddenly staring out from under a black Robert Smith fringe and growling angry threats at supercilious badass action girls showing off more flesh than a surgeon's convention."

Yahtzee: 3D Realms of Duke Nukem Forever "fame" released a new trailer for a new game they're making called Bombshell... It looked like a character by someone with a game design degree to show that they're doing some work; their first piece of concept art.
Gabriel: A fifteen year-old who just watched Tank Girl.
Yahtzee: A lady in a bikini top with a punk hairstyle, and a cyborg arm. We have gone nowhere, 3D Realms, have we?
Gabriel: We've REGRESSED! It was so uniquely terrible in every way, and the execution was 1990s-ish...
Yahtzee: I think that's not giving the nineties any credit at all.
Gabriel: Yeah, y'know, I fuckin' take that back.
Lets Drown Out Alien≥ (SNES)

Teenage reaction: Once I got him, Vincent never left my party. Ever. "He's like Shadow, Magus, and Trent Reznor all rolled up into one! So cool!"
Twentysomething reaction: "Oh my god would you please just put a sock in it already."

"The acting blows. This is yet another example of people interpreting stoic and tortured with bored to tears. The normally fired up (Antonio) Bandaras is hunched over with a sleepy glaze over his eyes and he droooooonnnnnes out his lines like he drank NyQuil and stuffed his mouth with cotton balls before his shots. (Lucy) Liu similarly just walks around with a deadpan stare and gives a rare three word response to someone like "Iíll kill you" or "Pain donít hurt"."

Natalie Stack: You'd better listen to him, Moe. The Fixer is a gentle soul, but when he gets riled, well, he's been known to hurt people.
Linkara: Oh yeah, he's as calm and gentle as a frickin' old lady bakin' cookies! I especially noticed that about him when he was shooting people in the head and kicking them off buildings!