ANTI HEROES REBELS AND DARK STARS are considered to be a protagonist whose character is contrary to that of the archetypal hero, yet typically retains many heroic qualities. In contrast, an antivillain is considered to an antagonist who, in contrast to the archetypal villain, elicits considerable sympathy or admiration.
The antihero has evolved over time, changing as society’s conceptions of the hero changed, from the Elizabethan times of Faust and William Shakespeare’s Falstaff, to the darker-themed Victorian literature of the 19th century, such as John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, written in the mid-18th century, or as a timid, passive, indecisive man that contrasts sharply with other Greek heroes to Philip Meadows Taylor’s Confessions of a Thug. The Byronic hero also sets a literary precedent for the modern concept of antiheroism.
The traditional hero type is classically depicted to possess an image that is larger than life. They are generally expected to be more physically attractive, stronger, braver, more clever or charismatic than the average everyman. Unlikely heroes are simply characters who may not be conspicuously flawed, but simply ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances … the underdog.
Unlike traditional heroes, antiheroes are not as fabulous as the traditional ones. They may do bad things but are not evil. They usually fight villains, but not for the reason of justice, or if it is for the cause of justice will take an “ends justify the means” stance.
Until they become conscious,
they will never rebel,
Until after they have rebelled,
they cannot become conscious.