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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.
Sometimes the world no longer needs a hero. Sometimes what it needs... is a monster.
~ Vlad the Impaler
Now I realize that there is no righteous path. It's just people trying to do their best in a world where its far too easy to do your worst.
~ Castiel to Claire Novak

Anti-Heroes are somewhat the opposite of Anti-Villains; while an anti-villain plays a villain's game and does bad things for noble causes, anti-Heroes fight for good with selfish or questionable motives. They lack coventional and important qualities compared to regular Heroes as they can be rude, selfish, obnoxious or violent in nature but 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 ultimately the Heroes of their stories in spite of their attitudes and unpleasant tactics. Simply put Anti-Heroes are Heroes with bad qualities who never stop functioning as such.

However, they do not have to be selfish, rude or criminal all the time; they can be more polite due to not being good or evil but everywhere in between. Another case is that they treat enemies with equality and without hostility which is obviously an unusual trait in Heroes. They also can be in the Grey Zone depending on their alignments (though Anti-Heroes are not necessarily in the Grey Zone). Alternatively, characters meant to be seen as heroes but not really all good such as Heroes by Proxy are usually this.

One thing most Anti-Heroes have in common is that they live by the philosophy "the ends justify the means", meaning they employ harsh or villainous methods to reach their goals. Due to these characteristics Anti-Heroes often have been classified as Villains as well.

Examples include Huckleberry Finn, Deadpool, Rorschach, Wolverine, Heinz Doofenshmirtz, Shadow the Hedgehog, Vegeta and Sasuke Uchiha.

Anti-Heroes are not Pure Goods due to the fact that Pure Goods are incorruptible, friendly, selfless, loyal, civil, polite, merciful and sympathetic. If an Anti-Hero does become Pure Good please remove this from said character's article. Many recognize types that may overlap but each sum up a character's overarching traits and should not be entered lightly. While Pure Goods can be former Villains they cannot fall back into said habits willingly as by nature a Pure Good is incorruptible.

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