List of fictional antiheroes

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Gustave Doré's depiction of Satan from John Milton's Paradise Lost.

This list is for characters in fictional works who exemplify the qualities of an antihero – a protagonist whose characteristics include the following:

Each of these examples has been identified by a critic as an antihero, although the classification is somewhat subjective. Some of the entries may be disputed by other sources and some may contradict all established definitions of antihero.

Literature[edit]

Character Work Author First published Notes
Annie Allen[7][8] Annie Allen Gwendolyn Brooks 1949
Redmond Barry[9] The Luck of Barry Lyndon William Makepeace Thackeray 1844
James Bond[10][11][12][13][14][15] List of James Bond novels and short stories Ian Fleming 1953-1966 Adapted into a series of films starting with Dr. No in 1962
Pinkie Brown[16] Brighton Rock Graham Greene 1938
Holden Caulfield[17] The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 1951
Quentin Compson[18] The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 1929
Cross Damon[19] The Outsider Richard Wright 1953
Macon "Milkman" Dead III[20][21] Song of Solomon Toni Morrison 1977
Stephen Dedalus[22] A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses (novel) James Joyce 1916, 1922
Roland Deschain[23] The Dark Tower Stephen King 1982
Raoul Duke[24] Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson 1971
Tyler Durden and the Narrator[25][26] Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk 1996 Adapted in a film in 1999.
Huckleberry Finn[27][28] Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1884 (UK), 1885 (U.S.)
Randall Flagg[29] The Stand, Eyes of the Dragon and The Dark Tower Stephen King 1978
Harry Flashman[30] The Flashman Papers George MacDonald Fraser 1969
Artemis Fowl II[31] Artemis Fowl series Eoin Colfer 2001 Soon to be adapted into a film.
Jay Gatsby[32] The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925 Recently adapted into a film in 2013.
Prince Hamlet[33] Hamlet William Shakespeare 1599-1602
Bob Jones[34] If He Hollers Let Him Go Chester Himes 1945
Lucifer/Satan[35] Paradise Lost John Milton 1667
Macbeth[36][37] Macbeth William Shakespeare 1599-1606
Meursault[38][39] The Stranger Albert Camus 1942
Philip Marlowe[40] The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, The High Window, The Lady in the Lake, Playback, The Little Sister, and Poodle Springs Raymond Chandler 1939
Dexter Morgan[41][42] Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter, and Dexter in the Dark Jeff Lindsay 2004 Later adapted into a TV series.
The Narrator[43] Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 1952
Scarlett O'Hara[44] Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1936 Adopted in a film in 1939.
Okonkwo[45] Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 1958
Othello[46] Othello William Shakespeare 1603
Alexander Portnoy[47] Portnoy's Complaint Philip Roth 1969
Raskolnikov[48] Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky 1866
Rincewind[49][50] Discworld novels Terry Pratchett 1983 First appeared in The Colour of Magic
Tom Ripley[51] Tom Ripley series (the "Ripliad") Patricia Highsmith 1955
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern[52] Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard 1966
Becky Sharp[53] Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray 1847 First serialized in 20 parts.
Shylock[54] The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare 1596 (ca.)
Severus Snape[55] Harry Potter J. K. Rowling 1997
Sam Spade[56] The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett 1930
Bigger Thomas[57] Native Son Richard Wright 1940
Lázaro de Tormes[58] Lazarillo de Tormes anonymous 1554
Woland[59] The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov 1966
Wei Xiaobao[60] The Deer and the Cauldron Jinyong 1969
Alex[61] A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess 1962 Later adopted into a film in 1971.
Elric of Melniboné[62] Elric of Melniboné Michael Moorcock 1961

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Television[edit]

James Gandolfini, known for portraying antihero Tony Soprano.

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Anime/Manga[edit]

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Comic books[edit]

Video games[edit]

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See also[edit]

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