In today’s popular culture we are awash with anti-heroes. You have your Walter White, your Tony Soprano, Dexter, Tyrion and Jaime, Bond, Bourne, Holmes, and Solo. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an anti-hero.
Now, I’m not complaining. I’ve espoused my love for anti-heroes on this very blog. Anti-heroes are great when we need a character to identify with and connect to. They’re perfect because they’re so imperfect. They wallow in their imperfection. The fun is watching them overcome their shortcomings, or overcome a seemingly insurmountable foe.
And all the while, we live vicariously through them. We wallow in our own imperfection. We imagine ourselves vanquishing, humiliating, or even destroying our adversaries.
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