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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The five-season series has a definitive ending for central antihero Walter White, played by breakout star Bryan Cranston, but that hasn’t prevented additional storytelling within its universe. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Vince Gilligan is writing a Breaking Bad sequel film starring Aaron Paul," 7 Nov. 2018 This is a common thing for an antihero drama to try for a few episodes. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ozark’s muddy season 2, explained in 11 incomprehensible screenshots," 1 Sep. 2018 The gamble pays off in hourlong episodes that blend personal story, the cinematic backdrop of New Orleans and supernatural intrigue into an antihero tale that stands out among its many competitors across cable, network and streaming platforms. Lorraine Ali,, "'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' gives us superheroes with a curfew and a very different sort of story line," 7 June 2018 Meanwhile, Cuarón and his older brother Carlos — with whom he co-wrote the screenplay — take advantage of their scoundrel antihero’s job and proclivities to riff on TV commercials, and to document yuppie life in early 1990s Mexico. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The first film by Roma director Alfonso Cuarón is streaming on Netflix," 23 Nov. 2018 Pictured above, the photo features the show's eponymous antihero alongside a massive bloodhound. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Eerie New Sherlock Trailer Declares 'It's Not a Game Anymore'," 2 Dec. 2016 The drug dealer in hip-hop is a resourceful antihero, part Robin Hood, part CEO. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 This time around they’re joined by another writer — star Ryan Reynolds, who returns as the wisecracking, neck-slicing super antihero. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Can 'Deadpool 2' writers go too far? Yes, they can (but didn't)," 16 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of antihero

1714, in the meaning defined above

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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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