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antihero

a central character in a novel, play, etc., who lacks the traditional heroic virtues
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But then in the 90s, we started to see antiheroes get popular in our culture, in TV shows like The Sopranos and NYPD Blue, for example.
It is a pity, then, that the opportunity to discuss the literary and cultural history of antiheroes was not taken in Antihero given that such a contextualisation would have strengthened the volume's opening assertion that the antihero "can be found throughout literature, film and television" (7).
The main players in these films were not the morally upright protagonists of an earlier era; they were antiheroes, played by the likes of Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and especially Jack Nicholson.
In the wake of Simpsons' creator Matt Groening's new cartoon Futurama, the pressure is on for his original animated antiheroes.
The cumulative effect of viewing so many antiheroes was enhanced by the way the images seemed to shift between their photographic origins and their status as paintings, in which the photographic information is slowed down for both artist and viewer.
Its psychologically probing portrait of a disillusioned 19th-century aristocrat and its use of a nonchronological and multifaceted narrative structure influenced such later Russian authors as Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Leo Tolstoy and presaged the antiheroes and antinovels of 20th-century fiction.
Written like two-minute mysteries, they detail the exploits of Soviet antiheroes who take on the system and, of course, lose.
But Balkenhol's figures are less self-glorifying and more authentically heroic than Baselitz's antiheroes, who still show, in whatever tragic form, the vainglory of the old authoritarian German state.