Meaning of anti-hero in English:


Pronunciation /ˈantɪhiːrəʊ/

nounplural noun anti-heroes

  • A central character in a story, film, or drama who lacks conventional heroic attributes.

    ‘with the age of the anti-hero, baddies and goodies became less distinguishable from one another’
    • ‘The real surprise was that the eponymous anti-hero isn't the central character.’
    • ‘Unlike the raddled anti-heroes who dominate detective drama, Eddie lives harmoniously with his wife, mother and three daughters; harmoniously, that is, until a handsome stranger turns up on his doorstep claiming to be his son.’
    • ‘Rather, his heroes are angst-ridden anti-heroes, his stories those of alienated men who unexpectedly find themselves with blood of their own, and others, on their hands.’
    • ‘Certainly, that's part of what inspired me to make my character a charming anti-hero as well.’
    • ‘Peer is one of modern drama's first anti-heroes, and Ibsen never tires of bringing out yet another flaw in his character.’
    • ‘Most of the heroes in our mainstream books, films and comics are anti-heroes who stand apart from the crowd.’
    • ‘The central anti-hero, Johnny, embodies all that is charming and despicable in a man.’
    • ‘The character is an anti-hero, and you're supposed to buy the fact that he could kill anyone at any time if it served his purposes.’
    • ‘What he saw was how Freddie, the central anti-hero, could be brought to life.’
    • ‘Moreover, it points up the dramatic change in the characterization of the anti-hero.’
    • ‘It's a dark film, Eastwood keeping his characters in shadows, his anti-hero often caught between light and darkness, there but never quite visible.’
    • ‘As uncompromising and unpredictable as one of his anti-heroes, Tarantino rejected this demand and instead broke the film into two parts, or, more precisely, two volumes.’
    • ‘None of Wilder's leading characters, no matter how neat the final denouements of his films sometimes are, were ever anything but anti-heroes.’
    • ‘It's a book discussing what makes a military leader, and goes through examples of the hero, the anti-hero, the unheroic, and the false heroic.’
    • ‘But then those who have read the original book will agree that this wonderfully drawn comedy character is a cut above your regular anti-hero.’
    • ‘Contemporary storytellers have developed an attraction to anti-heroes - protagonists who accomplish important things without the ennobling qualities of traditional heroes.’
    • ‘In this volatile period, tough-guy anti-heroes, populist salt-of-the-earth protagonists, and debonair dandy heroes shared the spotlight.’
    • ‘I'm more open to ambiguous protagonists and anti-heroes, so this aspect didn't bother me.’
    • ‘Thus out of the shattered remains of his previous life, Westlake is reborn, an anti-hero for the ages.’
    • ‘In a literary sense anti-heroes have always been a way of looking at what's wrong with society at the time.’