We’ve all seen movies or read books with an anti-hero or anti-heroin. Today I am thinking of anti-heroes who not only lack traditional hero qualities, but who are actually villainous and commit horrendous deeds. Examples of anti-hero movies I’ve seen include “The Sopranos“, “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards”. What amazes me is that while I am disgusted by the evil doings of these anti-heroes, the next minute I find my mind forgiving them and hoping for them to win in their new battles.
Do we identify with system rebels and underdogs? Do we see our own darksides in these anti-heroes? Do we resonate with the obvious truth that people aren’t black-or-white — that we are complex? Reminds me of this song by Tim Minchin: The Fence.
Or are our minds just sloppy, multi-selfed, layered systems with inevitable contradictions? I don’t know — this is not my speciality, but it fascinates me. One thing for certain, all of this reminds me again how unreliable my mind is.
Question to readers: Tell us one of your favorite anti-heroes and what theories pop into your mind.