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I have no interest in being a villain, and I don't think that I can become a good person. I'm at a halfway point where I'm not even sure which path I should walk down... but I guess even there, I can still interfere in someone's life and help bring things to a positive conclusion.
~ Accelerator
Anti-Hero is the opposite of an Anti-Villain; while the Anti-Villain plays a villain's game, but for a noble cause, the Anti-Hero often fights on the side of good, but with selfish motives. This category has its own template infobox.

Anti-Heroes (also spelled Anti Heroes or antiheroes) are heroic characters who lack several heroic qualities compared to the original heroes of fiction and folklore – these popular characters can be rude, selfish, disloyal, obnoxious, violent, criminals, or even killers in nature, but will still fight on the side of good, whether they are willing, or forced to. 

They are not as kind, noble, or heroic as other heroes, but they are ultimately the hero of their stories in spite of their unusual attitudes. Simply put an Anti-Hero is a hero with bad qualities who never stops functioning as the hero; he/she saves the day, despite having a bad attitude, being a bungler, being selfish, etc.

However, they do not have to be selfish, rude, or precisely criminal all the time; they can be polite and nice in nature, due to the fact they may not be good or evil, but in between the two alignments. Another possible case is that they can treat their enemies without using any hostility, and tend to treat them fairly and with equality and kind-heartedness, which by their own accord, is obviously an unusual trait to have in a hero. They also can be in the center of being in the Grey Zone, depending on their alignment (though an Anti-Hero is not necessary in the Grey Zone and can be outrightly good). Alternatively, characters that are meant to be seen as heroes in universe or out, but are not really all that good, such as Heroes by Proxy, are usually this.

One thing almost all Anti-Heroes have in common is that they live by the philosophy "the ends justify the means", meaning they employ harsh or even villainous methods in order to reach their goals. Due to these said characteristics, numerous anti-heroes often have their pages on the Villain Fandom also.

Examples of popular anti-heroes include Deadpool, Rorschach, Jimmy Hopkins, Dean Winchester, Guts (Berserk), Kratos, Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jackie Estacado, Derek Hale, Integra Hellsing, Wolverine from the film adaptation of X-Men comics, Severus Snape, Red X, Shadow the Hedgehog, Vegeta, Sasuke Uchiha, Diego from the Ice Age franchise, and Discord.

Anti-Heroes are not Pure Good, due to the fact that a Pure Good is incorruptible, friendly, selfless, loyal, civil, polite, merciful and sympathetic. If an anti-hero does become Pure Good, please remove this category from the said character's article.

Sliding Scale of Heroes

This wiki currently recognizes two different overarching standards for a hero's morality.

  1. Pure Good: Those who are above petty selfish behaviors and act entirely for the sake of others and are incorruptible in their pursuits.
  2. Outright Heroes: The standard hero model, not incorruptible and possibly even less than heroic on occasion but over all virtuous and true.
  3. Anti-Heroes:
  4. Heroes by Proxy:

We of course recognize several more types there in that may overlap but each of the above sum up overarching character and should not be entered lightly. And while Pure Good can be former villains they can not fall back into said habits willingly as by nature once Pure Good a hero is incorruptible.

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