an·​ti·​he·​ro | \ ˈan-tē-ˌhē-(ˌ)rō, ˈan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antihero (audio) , -ˌhir-(ˌ)ō \
plural antiheroes

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-​ How to pronounce antiheroic (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Lindsay gives his antihero an interesting back story and motives for his career choice. Oline H. Cogill,, "Book review: Lindsay returns with new antihero thief in ‘Just Watch Me’," 25 Nov. 2019 One of Marvel's most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero, Michael Morbius. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Jared Leto is perfectly cast as a bloodthirsty antihero in Morbius trailer," 13 Jan. 2020 DC Comics released the official trailer for its forthcoming film Tuesday, showing Harley Quinn’s transformation from Joker’s sidekick to leader of the group of antiheroes. Latesha Harris,, "‘Birds of Prey’ trailer: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn leads Gotham’s women to ‘emancipation’," 1 Oct. 2019 But a nice Payton, no longer strictly the antihero, may well prove insufferable. Tom Gliatto,, "The Politician Review: Ryan Murphy's Netflix Series Feels Like a Glee Episode About Richard Nixon," 27 Sep. 2019 All three are Don Giovanni, antihero in Mozart’s drama of lust and revenge, coming to Chicago’s Lyric Opera House. Holly Baumbach,, "Things to do in Chicago today | Nov. 26," 26 Nov. 2019 Is there any visual in the new Star Wars sequels as arresting as Prince Robot IV (the most engaging antihero since Prince Zuko) and his royal family, with their TV screens for heads? Christian Holub,, "The best comics of the decade," 21 Nov. 2019 The white supremacists wear masks inspired by the odious antihero Rorschach from the graphic novel. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "All the Watchmen Easter Eggs and References You Might Have Missed," 22 Oct. 2019 Columbia Pictures Early in Men in Black: International, Emma Thompson briefly channels Miranda Priestly, the icy antihero of The Devil Wears Prada. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Men in Black: International is charming and fun but squanders the chance to tell a richer story," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of antihero

1714, in the meaning defined above

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9 Feb 2020

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“Antihero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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