an·ti·he·ro | \ ˈan-tē-ˌhē-(ˌ)rō , ˈan-ˌtī- , -ˌhir-(ˌ)ō \

Definition of antihero 

: a protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities

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antiheroic \ˌan-tē-hi-ˈrō-ik, ˌan-ˌtī- \ adjective

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Deadpool 2, the antihero superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside the Deadpool 2 New York Screening With an Electric Shioli Kutsuna," 16 May 2018 The pilot episode aired in May at the Tribeca Film Festival with Ko in the lead role as the show's 20-something antihero. NBC News, "Actress Naomi Ko wanted to see more stories from the U.S. heartland, so she made her own," 2 July 2018 The project is based on antihero Morbius the Living Vampire. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct," 27 June 2018 Since the millennium, one of the big topics in the TV conversation has been the complex antihero. Matthew Gilbert,, "The best villains on TV," 6 July 2018 Even if female antiheroes are now more common, for HBO a self-destructive woman remains a gamble. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "It’s Hard to Watch Sharp Objects, and Even Harder to Look Away," 28 June 2018 Other images placing highly in the contest depicted the antihero falling from a building surrounded by debris, firing his gun amid a sea of chimichangas, riding a playground unicorn away from a massive explosion and more. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Deadpool 2' Marketing Blitz Bets on Too Much Being Just Enough," 14 May 2018 Along the mainland and on the Outer Banks, some view him as a gifted mariner, law-skirting entrepreneur, swashbuckling antihero and — if nothing else — a source of tourism gold because of the annual pirate festivals sparked by his notoriety. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018 Merkin is meant to be an antihero, always chasing the next big score, no matter the cost, but judgment is never passed on him — or any of the play’s other morally dubious support characters. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of antihero

1714, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antihero was in 1714

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English Language Learners Definition of antihero

: a main character in a book, play, movie, etc., who does not have the usual good qualities that are expected in a hero

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