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Bronne Bruzgo The Anti-Hero An anti-hero is fairly difficult to define. They are not heroes by any means, yet they are not villains. Although they tend to be out for only themselves or their own agenda, they are not villains because their goals aren’t the suffering of others, just personal satisfaction. Anti-heroes, while not heroes, are still extraordinary. They tend to possess skills or powers that they use to further what they desire. Two classic examples include Knuckles the Echidna from the Sonic the Hedgehog video games series and the Punisher. Knuckles is the last of a warrior race that guards Emerald Island. He fills the definition of an anti-hero because he cares for no one or nothing except for the protection of the chaos emeralds. He faces off against both the protagonist of the series, Sonic, as
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Unformatted text preview: well as the antagonist, Dr. Robotnik, equally. He doesn’t care about either of their causes; he just wants to ensure that neither of them obtains the emeralds. The Punisher is another classic example of the anti-hero. He fights to avenge the death of his family at the hands of the mafia. Although he fights crime, he does not do this because he is a just, righteous individual. He fights for personal satisfaction, to get revenge on the people who wronged him. He also will gun down absolutely anyone in the vicinity, be they police officers in his way or hostages. In this respect, neither character is a hero or a villain. They both are simply out for themselves and use their abilities to enforce what they want, be it honor for one’s race or for revenge on those one hates....
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2008 for the course CMLIT 083S taught by Professor Hayot,ericrobert during the Fall '06 term at Penn State.

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