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Discussion: Celebrating the Anti-Hero

Lord Foul's Bane

An anti-hero is a flawed hero, and therefore, much more interesting then the more traditional heroes. They can be working on the side of good, but with a tragic flaw, or a horrible past, or for reasons that are selfish and not entirely ‘pure’.”

One of my favorite anti-heroes in speculative fiction is Thomas Covenant, a man so wounded physically and spiritually by his leprosy that he lashes out and starts a chain of events that changes a world.

So how about you? Who are your favorite anti-heroes in speculative fiction (LGBT or mainstream) and why? As a reader, do you like reading books with anti-heroes? As a writer, have you written any?


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1 thought on “Discussion: Celebrating the Anti-Hero”

  1. 1) Roan McKichan from Andrea Speed’s Infected series. He is just very intense emotionally, never really sure of himself, but when he is needed he always comes through with flying colors.

    2) Victor Bane from Jordan Castillo Price’s Psycop series. He has a unique power of seeing dead people, kind of nerdy and comical, and has a really hunky committed boyfriend.


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