If you’re a real screen junkie, you will surely be aware of fan-pics with statements like “if Tyrion Lannister dies, I will go absolutely crazy” or “We don’t need a tank, we have a Daryl” (http://sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/i/i...es-we-riot.png).
It is clear that these characters are ultimately popular and famous even outside the original context.
It is also clear, that they’re following the stereotype of the anti-hero, for every series has regularly a ‘real’ hero with a strong moral like Robb Stark in GoT or Dale / Hershel in TWD.
Usually, the real heros get “ooked in the dooker” during the story, while anti-heros seem to dodge every mortal thread. The ‘good’ guy concept typically leads to stubbornness, self-sacrifice and altruism, which again seems to lower the survivability-rate significantly.
- Anti-Heros don’t follow a strict path/codex of moral and correctness. They're led by the heart.
- Results count, not the way leading to them
- They are typically very loyal to family and friends and support their agendas
- They have some sort of special ability or ‘savantism’ (killing or cunning etc.) and get respected or feared for their skills during the story
- They start as ‘outsiders’ and work their way up and become indispensable
- They have strong emotional problems (very hard on the outside while having a soft heart e.g.)
- They have some sort of stigmata (dark past, ugly, forever-alone-guy etc.)
- They are cool, funny, sarcastic or mostly silent
This fits to nearly every other (even comical) anti-hero character like Sheldon Cooper, Han Solo, Sam Gamdschi and even Barney Stinson.
So the question is: Why do we love such characters? Is it easier for us to identify with obviously ‘flawed’ characters? Do we want them to get socially redeemed? Is it compassion or admiration for their fate? Is their “grey-scale-behavior” closer to the concept of adaption, regarding survivability of the fittest? Do we want them to get finally rewarded for their hard life? Are they more authentic than their good-guy-counterparts?
What do you think?
Excuse my bad english ;-)