antihero

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antihero

a central character in a novel, play, etc., who lacks the traditional heroic virtues
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With Lehanka, though, one finds neither the pathos of antiheroism nor heroism itself, in contrast to Jonathan Meese, for example, who celebrates the anarchy in his art like some high priest.
Picturing Jim and Brown as symbolic of the fragile univocity in naval values, many psychoanalytic critiques stigmatize Brown while clarifying the antiheroism of Jim.
The novel will be remembered for its inventiveness, its mythmaking, its heroism and antiheroism, its violence ("The fluids of his brain had oozed into his ears from the shattered scalp, and one of his eyeballs hung from the socket like a huge grape on his cheek"), its absurdity ("Grandma" would go on bound feet to the local dumping ground for infanticides to find lucky lottery numbers by weighing infant corpses).