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#4537864 - 09/21/20 03:55 AM The most compelling anti-heroes?  
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To be a bit more specific, I’m talking about morally ambiguous characters who aren’t afraid to do some questionable things to get the right things done. For me the two characters that immediately come to my mind are Riddick from the well known sci-fi film trilogy and Max Rockatansky from the very well known Mad Max films.


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#4537870 - 09/21/20 08:07 AM Re: The most compelling anti-heroes? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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I would choose Deadpool for this one I think. With The Punisher added for good measure.


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#4537879 - 09/21/20 10:59 AM Re: The most compelling anti-heroes? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Got to have 'Oddball' (Kelly's Heroes) in this list!

One could add Air Marshall Dowding as portrayed in the film 'Battle of Britain' :
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#4537918 - 09/21/20 04:19 PM Re: The most compelling anti-heroes? [Re: Chucky]  
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Originally Posted by Chucky
I would choose Deadpool for this one I think. With The Punisher added for good measure.



Both are excellent choices. To be honest, comic book characters didn't even cross my mind when I was initially thinking of this thread topic. smile


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#4537921 - 09/21/20 04:25 PM Re: The most compelling anti-heroes? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Clint Eastwood? James Bond?

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Originally Posted by NoFlyBoy
Clint Eastwood? James Bond?


FYI, Clint Eastwood is a real person.


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A real person cant be anti-hero? LOL! I don't know what anti-hero is. How about Terminator in the sequel?

#4537927 - 09/21/20 05:30 PM Re: The most compelling anti-heroes? [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Originally Posted by NoFlyBoy
A real person cant be anti-hero?


The OP specified "charecters" not real people.


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#4537935 - 09/21/20 06:42 PM Re: The most compelling anti-heroes? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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A real person can be a character. You hear it said often: that Joe, Jack, Jane, Jill is such a character.

#4537936 - 09/21/20 07:14 PM Re: The most compelling anti-heroes? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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#4537946 - 09/21/20 09:48 PM Re: The most compelling anti-heroes? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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The Man With No Name, particularly in "A Fistful of Dollars" and somewhat in "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" (possibly what NoFlyBoy was referring to). I'd add Deadpool and Mel Gibson's characters in "Payback" and "The Gringo".

But in my opinion a willingness to adopt the tactics of your enemy when more conventional justice fails or is unavailable...which is the case in several of the examples put forth...isn't exactly "moral ambiguity". It's just "Two can play that game", or "I'm your huckleberry". Which reminds me:

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#4538002 - 09/22/20 12:50 PM Re: The most compelling anti-heroes? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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This guy. To be able to do so much of what he did with overwhelming odds against him while had no shoes on his feet.

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I don't think John McClane was an anti-hero NFB,he was very much the hero.


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Originally Posted by Chucky
I don't think John McClane was an anti-hero NFB,he was very much the hero.



Correct. He was essentially the Luke Skywalker hero archetype with the one exception that he wasn't afraid to curse.


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Hero or Anti-Hero, McClane still COOL!

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NFB has trouble coloring within the lines.


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