1.) Preacher/ Jesse Custer : Jesse is a man who goes on a mission to find out why God has turned his back on us! He is very much an every man type of character, but he isn't afraid to get down in the mud and get dirty. He is mean as hell, drinks hard and doesn't act much like a preacher! Sure he believes there's right and wrong and he uses his power sparingly throughout the series but at times he gets pretty nasty. This guy definitely lives by a code, but it might be a little bit morally off to average person. ( Jesse is my hero )
2.) The Punisher : This dude is one of the original Anti- Heroes. Basically, he wears a superhero type suit w/ a skull on the chest and murders anyone he that believes is living a life of crime or evil. No judge, no jury and no trial! He murders people to avenge his family. To a hero two wrongs never make a right. Frank Castle is serial Murderer plan a simple. Sure the people he kills might be considered bad or evil, but what gives anyone the right to take a life in vengance?
3.) Swamp- Thing : Okay, I love Swamp- Thing, but he isn't he hero... He isn't even really a man. He is a Plant w/ the memory a man who died in the swamp. In many ways he is a work in progress... a new form of life making up his own rules based a dead man's thoughts and ideas. He only really cares about the "green" and will do anything to protect it... even if it means holding human cities hostage to get what he wants... His humanity is selective and this is why he can't really be a full hero... he is always walking the line.
4.) Dead Pool : This a no brainer. If you think this guy is a hero then you are probably as crazy as he is! He may think himself a superhero but his methods of being a mercenary for hire and an assassin are definitely questionable. Dead Pool has probably killed as many people as the Punisher and laughs and jokes about it constantly! Here is the kicker... He maybe imagining the life that we read about. He could very well be sitting in a rubber room somewhere surrounded by Marvel Comics! So I ask you, can a dude who murders people for the right price who might just be mentally ill be a hero? I say NO!
5.) Magneto : I think people are too quick to call Magneto a straight bad guy... He does things that many might perceive as bad, but lets break this down... Lets think of the time period the Xmen and Magneto were created... It was during civil rights. lets think of Professor X as having a more liberal and peaceful approach to mutants and humans co existing, much like Martin Luther King during the civil rights movement... So lets think of Magneto as the Malcolm X of the mutant world... meaning two things. One Magneto like (early) Malcolm X believes in "by any means necessary." Defend yourself and your people at any cost... Use your powers and don't hide. Two, he also believes in the separation of humans and mutants. Professor X and Magnetos methods may differ, but their message is actually quite similar... Mutants should have the same rights as any human- being. One side is more peaceful and other is more violent, but is does not mean that because Magneto is more on the extreme side that he is evil or wrong? After all many humans hate mutants... I don't always agree w/ what Magneto does, but he has proven himself to be a man of honor through out the comics... He walks the line and he sometimes does the right thing... He is pretty Anti- Hero if you ask me.
6.) Negan : Negan is a character from The Walking Dead I believe he is Ricks ultimate Nemesis! And the reason is because Negan and Rick are good leaders that command respect. One rules through inspiration while the other rules through intimidation. Negan is hard man who believes his way is the right way, and who can blame him? He has kept his people alive and survived himself since the dead started eating people! He maybe a dick w/ one of the filthiest mouths in the history of comics, but in his mind he believes he is doing what's best for everyone... just like Rick! In fact i could even argue that Rick is also and Anti-Hero, but I will spare you. So Negan In many ways the ultimate Anti-hero!
7.) Darth Vader : I think Vader's story is really a great heroes journey, but of course he is really just an Anti-Hero! He starts out pretty good... Whinny but good and wanting to do the right thing... Then he gets in w/ the wrong crowd and the next thing you know he's committing mass genocide. You know what... he could have killed Luke several times but he doesn't... he even manipulates the Emperor into turning Luke instead of destroying him. He was steering himself into a position to do the right thing from that moment on. He even lets Luke, Han and Leia onto Endor w/ that old ass code that checks out! And of course after many years of being a dick he saves his son, redeems himself and helps his son bring balance back to the force! He chose the quick and easy path, but ended up doing the right thing in the end!
8.) The Hulk : Speaking of quick and easy... the Hulk's whole thing is losing his temper, destroying everything in his path and then eventually fighting w/ the good guys. Yeah sure, he is good in a fight and nice enough sometimes, but over all he is the loosest of canons!
9.) Black Cat/ Catwoman : These two are pretty much the same character and both sexy as hell! They both steel pretty things and work w/ the good guys when it suits them. You never really know if you can trust them, hence Anti-Heroes!!!
10.) Spawn : This guy is the 90s Anti-Hero at it's finest! In life he was a mercenary who did everything for his family and because he was good at killing. He dies makes a pact w/ the devil and comes back as a Hell-Spawn! He has the power of hell and decides to turn his back on hell's evil plan and try to use his power for good. The problem is that he was sort of bad in life and is a trained killer. He is a pretty extreme version of the Anti-Hero because he is basically a demon from hell trying to be good but is very bad and willing to get his hand dirty. He is a shadow of Batman w/ the a very vague moral code! You never really know what he's is going to do! A perfect Anti-Hero.
So there it is... get pissed, throw things! CURSE me! It had to be done. Now I invite you to comment and share some Anti-Heroes of your own! Everyone be safe and kind to each other!