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In fiction, an antihero[1] (feminine: antiheroine) is generally considered to be a protagonist whose character is at least in some regards conspicuously contrary to that of the archetypal hero, and is in some instances its antithesis. Some consider the word's meaning to be sufficiently broad as to additionally encompass the antagonist who (in contrast to the archetypal villain) elicits considerable sympathy and/or admiration. The term dates to 1714,[2] although literary criticism identifies the trope in earlier literature. [3]



There is no definitive moment when the antihero came into existence as a literary trope. The antihero has evolved over time, changing as society's conceptions of the hero changed, from the Elizabethan times of Faust and William Shakespeare's Falstaff, to the darker-themed Victorian literature of the 19th century, such as John Gay's The Beggar's Opera or as a timid, passive, indecisive man that contrasts sharply with other Greek heroes [4] to Philip Meadows Taylor's Confessions of a Thug. The Byronic hero also sets a literary precedent for the modern concept of antiheroism.

Distinction from Byronic and tragic heroes

The Byronic hero is a rebellious antihero who is sympathetic despite his rejection of virtue. [5]

Antiheroes differ from tragic heroes because a tragic hero is still usually primarily heroic but with a fatal flaw, while an antihero's flaws are often more prominent than their heroic qualities. Antiheroes are not doomed to a tragic end like the tragic hero, either.

Distinction from unlikely heroes

The traditional hero type is classically depicted to possess an image that is larger than life. They are generally expected to be more physically attractive, stronger, braver, more clever or charismatic than the average everyman. Unlikely heroes are simply characters who may not be conspicuously flawed, but simply ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances.

Contemporary literature

Modern-day heroes have enjoyed an increased moral complexity. Mid-20th century playwrights such as Samuel Beckett and Tom Stoppard showcased anti-heroic protagonists recognizable by their lack of identity and determination. Pulp fiction and noir detective stories of the mid-20th century saw characters such as Sam Spade, who lacked the glorious appeal of previous heroic figures, become popular. Influenced by the pulps, early comic books featured anti-heroic characters such as Batman (whose shadowy nature contrasted with their openly "heroic" peers like Superman) and Sub-Mariner (who would just as soon conquer humanity as try to save it).[6] Marvel's most prolific anti-hero is perhaps The Punisher, who is more than willing to kill those who he views as deserving of death. Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns" showcased a wandering vigilante (the "Man with No Name" played by Clint Eastwood) whose gruff demeanor clashed with other heroic characteristics.[citation needed].

Many modern antiheroes possess, or even encapsulate, the postmodern rejection of traditional values symptomatic of Modernist literature in general, as well as the disillusion felt after World War II and the Nuclear Age. The continuing popularity of the antihero in modern literature and popular culture may be based on the recognition that a person is fraught with human frailties, unlike the archetypes of the white-hatted cowboy and the noble warrior, and is therefore more accessible to readers and viewers. This popularity may also be symptomatic of the rejection by the avant-garde of traditional values after the counter-culture revolution of the 1960s.[7]

In the postmodern era, traditionally defined heroic qualities, akin to the classic "knight in shining armor" type, have given way to the "gritty truth" of life, and authority in general is being questioned. The brooding vigilante or "noble criminal" archetype, seen in characters like Batman, is slowly becoming part of the popular conception of heroic valor rather than being characteristics that are deemed un-heroic.[8]

For examples of Modern Antiheroes please see:
Mel Gibson's portrayal of Porter in the 1999 movie; Payback
Will Smith's portrayal of Hancock in the 2008 movie; Hancock

Both of these actors play characters who are not typical hero material. In Payback, Mel Gibson (the "Hero" of the movie) seeks revenge for an act of betrayal. In the process he resorts to kidnapping, stealing, intimidation, assault and the murder of his unarmed and helpless rival without hesitation. In Hancock, Will Smith portrays a more typical superhero (complete with super-strength and the ability to fly) who while trying to do 'Good' ends up doing more damage than the original situation would have inflicted. Meanwhile he faces his own internal struggles overcoming alcoholic tendencies and a bad attitude.

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  1. ^ Spelled as a single word, without hyphen, per Merriam-Webster Online; Unabridged (v 1.1), based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2006; and The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2000
  2. ^ Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition, 1994, p. 51, and Merriam-Webster Online
  3. ^ Specifically, Don Quixote in 1605: Carson Newman College Literary Terms and Encyclopedia Britannica
  4. ^ Haggar, Daley (1996). "Review of Infinite Jest". Harvard Advocate. 
  5. ^ Dr. Wheeler, Literary Terms and Definitions website
  6. ^ Comics Should Be Good! » 365 Reasons to Love Comics #211
  7. ^ Erickson, Leslie (2004). "The Search for Self: Everyday Heroes and an Integral Re-Visioning of the Heroic Journey in Postmodern Literature and Popular Culture". Ph. D Dissertation University of Nebraska.  .
  8. ^ Lawall G, (1966). "Apollonius' Argonautica. Jason as anti-hero". Yale Classical Studies 19: 119–169. 


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“We aren’t going to stop until we are heard. We aren’t just another rock band - we’ve got a message, we speak out for what we believe in, and we want to make a change.” - Rose Perry

In fact, when Perry and lead guitar/piano/keyboards player Jesse Tomes formed ANTI-HERO, they had a clear vision for the group, one shared heavily by background vocalist/bass/guitar player Nicole VanHaverbeke, and drummer Matty Cole. Each member wishes to inspire listeners through their music, and through the band’s unparalleled dedication to combining their talents for the good of the group - and for rejuvenating appreciation of true blue rock ‘n’ roll.

“ANTI-HERO is a constant reminder of why I got into this business in the first place. It’s great to have a group of people come together purely for the purpose of covering each other’s back. You don’t find that in too many places.” - Jesse Tomes

Tomes met Perry when he was also undergoing a metamorphosis as an artist. He moved on from performing with the goth/industrial group, Eliminate The Body, as Perry left HER. The rest is history. Tomes’ own past includes many musical influences: Marilyn Manson, NIN, Tool, System Of A Down. His personal musical style incorporates "controlled chaos and orchestrated noise".

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“I try to take everything as it comes - always have fun with my band mates. I never plan on giving up what I believe in. Look out world, here we come!” Nic VanHaverbeke

Nirvana. Korn. Disturbed. Godsmack. Metallica. Black Label Society. Pantera. Rush. Wouldn’t you like to meet a drummer who lists those icons as his musical influences? Meet Matty Cole, ANTI-HERO’s man on kick who once actually performed at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Cole has come a long way since that high school music festival in the Big Apple, but now he plans on changing the world through ANTI-HERO’s unique blend of music and message.

“My whole exhilaration behind playing shows is seeing crowds cheer and watching fans rock out when we bust out our original songs. There’s nothing more exciting.” - Matty Cole

The Unpretty Tour lists destinations including Club 279/Hard Rock Café, Toronto; Wakefest, Ottawa; Call The Office, London; and Warped Tour, Barrie. ANTI-HERO has already shared the stage with such notables as Mony Mony, Staylefish, CJ Sleez, Robin Black & The Flairs, The Black Donnellys, 63 Monroe, Scratching Post, and Rockit Girl (ex Veruca Salt). And, they’ve won accolades from the local music community, receiving a nomination for Best Punk/Alternative Band at the 2005 London Music Awards.

Unpretty is winning ANTI-HERO new fans from coast to coast. Produced by highly-regarded Rob Sanzo of Signal to Noise Studios, Toronto (Sum41, Skinnypuppy, Treble Charger, Joydrop) and mastered by Roger Lian of Masterdisk , New York City (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, U2), Unpretty is a magical mix of 10 tunes, each one worthy of radio play. Perry writes the basic song structures, works with Tomes’ riffs, solos and strumming patterns, then collaborates with the entire band before creating the unique ANTI-HERO sound. From the heavy-metal title track, to the melodic tune, Lullaby, ANTI-HERO has no boundaries - and no fears. When Perry pours her heart out while performing the title track, it’s clear where the band is coming from:

"I feel so damn unpretty I’ll never be the girl posing in your fashion magazines My skin’s broken out, I’m only a size three I feel so damn unpretty
- Chorus, Unpretty, from ANTI-HERO’s début album, Unpretty

“Anti-hero means, question authority. We chose the song, Unpretty, because it comments on the ideals of beauty in society. It will get people interested in what we’re all about.” - ANTI-HERO

Rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay. So is ANTI-HERO. Watch out world, here they come.

-Jeffrey Reed

ANTI-HERO's Official Site


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