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antihero

a central character in a novel, play, etc., who lacks the traditional heroic virtues
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Ortolan Finistirre, contends the present climate may not be entirely right for true antiheroes.
The main characters of the biblical narratives are, for the most part, antiheroes, figures as riven and ambiguous as any Jack Nicholson character.
Caine brings to the proceedings the full measure of desperation, honest venality and that peculiarly dry English variation of Catholic moral confusion we expect of the best Greene antiheroes.
Here the swindling tailors are forces of life, avatars of mobility, modern antiheroes, like Scapino or Figaro.