The above image is from USA Today.
Why do we find anti-heroes appealing?
Well, for starters, they don’t set impossible standards for us to follow.
I wrote a blog post before, comparing anti-heroes and goody-two-shoes heroes, and here’s the relevant bit that contributes to this discussion.
“In most Japanese anime/drama/manga, the good guys never kill. And the bad guys are those who do. Whatever their reasons may be. I just finished watching an episode of Kindaichi where the “villain”, and I am reluctant to call him one, killed off the people responsible for trapping his father and himself in a cave for 12 years. Of course, his elderly father died during the early days of their confinement and the boy had to live on rats and water. For 12 years.
I thought his revenge was well justified. And too tame since the culprits were killed rather quickly without time to truly repent for their past misdeed. But since this drama had to fit in with Japanese ideas about crime and punishment, the righteous avenger became the “villain” and quietly surrendered to the cops in order to repay his “debts” to society.
I couldn’t help wondering. What debts?” Read the rest of this entry