Archive for June 15, 2012

“Because he’s the HERO Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now”

Posted in Articles on June 15, 2012 by fiman61

The title of this post comes from the ending of The Dark Knight (sidenote go get your The Dark Knight Rises tickets right now, your welcome). Commissioner Gordon explains to his son that Batman is taking the blame for a crime he didn’t commit because while Gotham deserves him because of his unwavering resolve to protect the city he is not a True Hero for the city to look up to. And Gordon is right, Batman is not a True Hero, he is something else, he is an AntiHero.

Superman. Captain America. Luke Skywalker. These are True Heroes. And you know what? They never really resonated with me. Why? I never felt like I could connect with them. While they are epitome of the heroic ideal (bravery, truth, justice, and the American way) they are well…too pefect. And while I would like to embody those traits, even as a child I knew my faults and that I wasn’t the Boy Scout. I found myself drawn to more complicated characters, the Hero who isn’t a “Hero”.

The definition of an AntiHero is a protagonist who is whose character is contrary to that of the typical hero, yet typically retains many heroic qualities. Antiheroes straddle the line between right and wrong. True Heroes are not supposed to cheat, lie, fight dishonorably, or kill. The “end justifes the means” mindset does not apply to them. They are not driven by personal gain, be it for money or for revenge. But AntiHeroes can do these things. They live in the murky shadows between good guys and bad guys. Lets take a look famous AntiHeroes.

Example A: “I’m the best at what I do. But what I do best isn’t very nice.”

While the True Hero and AntiHero both try to stop evil and bring it to justice, the AntiHero is willing to get his hands dirty. Wolverine is a “Hero” but don’t kid yourself, he ain’t the Classic Hero. True Heroes don’t go to bars to drink away the pain of killing 35 scumbags. And while there is always an underarching “Hero” goal, the path he takes to get there is a little…messier than others. Hence why he will never be a True Hero no matter how many times he saves the world or trys to save the women he loves (to soon?).

Others like him: The Punisher, Rorshank

Example B: “Scoundrel? I like the sound of that.”

Important Question, Do you remember when Superman refused to try to save Lois Lane because it was dangerous but changed his mind to do so when he found out she was rich? No? I mean that type of person would be selfish, greedy, that not’s a True Hero right. Enter one Captain Han Solo. Han in A New Hope first and foremost is looking out for himself. He could care less about the Rebellion, unless it concerned money he didn’t care. Han was shoot first (wink wink) ask questions later. I know this changes by the end of the saga but in A New Hope he truly was a pirate. Pirates, scallywags, smugglers and soldiers of fortune don’t fall into the True Hero category, No folks those are AntiHeros.

Others like him: Clint Eastwood in the Man with no Name trilogy, Captain Jack Sparrow

So why do we gravitate to these characters? I believe it is the connection we draw with their flaws.  People are flawed and AntiHeros exemplify their flaws. That’s the diffrence, True Heros are what your told to be growing up and AntiHeros are what you want to be. Because of this the AntiHero becomes more realistic and accessible, super power for some aside you honetly could see the path to becoming a AntiHero. They are driven by anger, they are influenced by greed. They drink and they don’t always fight the good fight. And despite all their flaws, they STILL do good. That is what makes them so believable and thus more relatable.

Or maybe it’s because they are simply just bad ass, I don’t know.

Next Week Z will go into even Deeper AntiHero Waters with his break down of Cult AntiHeros Tyler Durden, Marv, The Crow and V of V from Vendetta.

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