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Morgenthaler
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05:42:24 AM Mar 5th 2013
Something that's been bugging me about the page quote of Villain Protagonist. The title character of Dexter is described as a Villain Protagonist through the quote, but he's not listed as one either on this page or the series page.

The point is — can Dexter objectively be called a Villain Protagonist? He is a serial killer, but he only kills murderers who have escaped the law. He does it out of bloodlust, but he also allows himself to believe that he is a vigilante. He also deeply cares about his family, friends, and coworkers. All in all, this character really skirts the line between this trope, Sociopathic Hero, Anti-Hero, and Anti-Villain.
Larkmarn
08:52:19 AM Mar 5th 2013
He most certainly is.

It could be said he does the right thing for the wrong reasons, which would make him an Anti-Hero or Sociopathic Hero, but he often does the wrong thing for the wrong reasons as well.

No matter how well he rationalizes it to himself (and the audience) he has tampered with evidence to let guilty men free, killed innocent people, and indirectly caused many innocent deaths because of his "hobby." If he was doing it for the right reasons then I think that you could make an argument, but as-is, he's definitely a villain protagonist. A bit more heroic than most examples, but still an example (Tropes Are Flexible and all).
Morgenthaler
04:36:15 AM Mar 6th 2013
I replied in the discussion page for Villain Protagonist.
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