EDITORIAL: MCott's Top 5 Antiheroes

EDITORIAL: MCott's Top 5 Antiheroes

What is an antihero? Well, by definition, it's a leading character is a work (movie, show, etc) who lacks the traditional qualities of a hero such as courage, idealism, nobility, selflessness, and mortal goodness. Here's a list of what I consider to be the Top 5 Antiheroes of film, TV, video games, comics.

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By MCott - 1/11/2014
So now that we know what an antihero is, we can begin. Without further ado...

Number 5: Lana Winters (American Horror Story: Asylum)
Portrayed by: Sarah Paulson
Created by: Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk
Medium: Television

Kicking off our list is tough as nails journalist Lana Winters. Portrayed by Sarah Paulson, Lana is an ambitious reporter willing to do whatever it takes to get her story.

I knew I wanted an American Horror Story character on this list. It was either Lana or Fiona Goode (portrayed by Jessica Lange) from season 3 (American Horror Story: Coven).

But what is it that makes Lana and antihero? Well for one thing, it is her ambition. She does whatever it takes to get her story. And towards the end of the season, she sells out. Everything she does is out of selfishness and ambition. After she escaped Briarcliff Manor, the only selfless thing she did was try to save Sister Jude during her Briarcliff expose. Everything else she did, while it had merits, it was done to further her career. She even changed the details of her story just so her book would sell more copies.

Number 4: Deadpool
Portrayed by: N/A
Created by: Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, Marvel Comics
Medium: Comics

Number for on the list is everyone's favorite merc with the mouth. Deadpool/ Wade Wilson. Deadpool original started out as a villain, but was later changed to a mercenary and antihero.

Deadpool is only number 4 on this list because I know (of all five) the least about him. I'm sure if I knew about more about him, he'd have a higher spot on the list. Deadpool's allegiances lie with himself and/or the highest bidder. His recklessness and disregard for others make give him number 4 on my list.

Number 3: Crytosporidium 137, 138, 139 (Destroy All Humans! franchise)
Portrayed by: Grant Albrecht (Destroy all Humans!, Destroy all Humans! 2, Destroy all Humans! Path of the Furon), Sean Donnellan (Destroy all Humans! Big Willy Unleashed)
Created by: Pandemic Studios
Medium: Video Game

The midway point on our list is the foul-mouthed, sex-crazed, destructive little alien. Crypto's goals vary from enslaving mankind, to harvesting human brains, to living wild.

Crypto gets number 3 on this list because of his appetite for destruction, and earth women. All the while, he's aiding his race further.

Number 2: Raymond Reddington (The Blacklist)
Portrayed by: James Spader
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Medium: TV

Number 2 on our top 5 is also the newest antihero to grace us. Within the narrative of the show, Raymond Reddington is a criminal on the FBI's most wanted list. One day, he turns himself in. He tells the FBI he has amassed a "Blacklist" of 100 of the most dangerous criminals, and that he'll only work with a Elizabeth Keen, a rookie agent who begins her first day as a criminal profiler (which happens to be the very same day Reddington turns himself in).

While helping the Keen and the FBI, Reddington has motives of his own. Is he using the Blacklist as an excuse to go unnoticed. Whatever the reasons, we never exactly know what they are.

And finally, the moment you've all been waiting for.

Number 1: Kratos (God of War Franchise)
Portrayed by: Terrence C. Carson
Created by: David Jaffe
Medium Video Game

Number 1, the top antihero, is the Ghost of Sparta himself. Kratos is a man on the mission. All his life, he's been jerked around by the gods. And now, he wants revenge. Kratos embarks on an epic quest to kills the gods of Olympus with complete disregard for the consequences. In God of War III Kratos succeeds in his task to bring down the gods.

With each god he kills, the earth suffers from another plague. This is why Kratos is number 1. His disregard for everything around him. He doesn't care that the earth is dying. He only cares about his mission.

Agree with my list? Disagree? Tell me in a comment. I always appreciate your feedback and comments.
JDeezNuts - 1/11/2014, 12:35 PM
glad to see cryptosporidium gettin some love
MrCameron - 1/11/2014, 12:36 PM
No Wolverine?


JDeezNuts - 1/11/2014, 12:36 PM
but of course you have the american horror story chick... jesus man.... its like crack to you
MCott - 1/11/2014, 12:38 PM
@NapoleonDynamite Wolverine is a hero.
Bearjew - 1/11/2014, 12:44 PM
Dude Wolverine hasn't been an antihero for a long time
MrCBM - 1/11/2014, 12:58 PM
Winter Soldier is probably my favorite. Good list.
ThunderKat - 1/11/2014, 1:05 PM
Lost me with the video game character.
MrCameron - 1/11/2014, 1:07 PM
@ MCott

It depends on who's writing him really. Some write him as more of a anti-hero, mainly in his solo adventures and Rick Reminder's run on Uncanny X-Force, while in his exploits with the X-Men, he's portrayed as more heroic.
Hellsboy - 1/11/2014, 1:10 PM
No etrigan???
No V??
They deserve honorable mentions at the very least
DEVLIN712 - 1/11/2014, 1:14 PM
Nice list, does the Red Hood classify as an anti hero? If so, he'd be on my list
BITEMEFANBOY - 1/11/2014, 1:39 PM

Where are Hellblazer, Lobo, Jonah Hex and Rorschach at? Man, you suck at making lists.
marvel72 - 1/11/2014, 1:40 PM
walter white
raymond reddington
uncanny x-force (remender)
MCott - 1/11/2014, 1:50 PM
@MarkOfTheDemon This list isn't purely comic book. It's mean to capture all mediums-- TV, movies, comics, video games, etc, etc. And I'm not too familiar with those characters. If I was more familiar with them, they make make it on my list.
NovaCorpsFan - 1/11/2014, 2:00 PM
I loved Destroy All Humans.
Doughdzm - 1/11/2014, 3:14 PM
Definitely agrre with the Lobo pick, or how about the Punisher. Or Spawn man but everybody Loves Deadpool now but Hate Chris
Sleeper - 1/11/2014, 4:44 PM
This is a pretty good well-written article.
cipher - 1/11/2014, 4:58 PM
Okay, let's see here.. going off the top of my head: John f*ckin' Constantine. I love the bastard. The thing with John is.. he loves his friends, and he loves his family.. he's got more than a few good qualities, but he simply cannot resist the lure of magic. He just can't. Doesn't matter what he promises, doesn't matter who (inevitably) pays for it in the end. He's a thrill-seeker, he never feels more alive than when he's conning supernatural forces and giving 'em the single-digit salute. He loves danger, and he can't get enough of it.. even if he doesn't want to admit it to himself sometimes, and that's what ultimately makes him a very dangerous person to know.

Another one of my favourites is ol' Frank Castle. I mean, Ennis did it best.. the man's a killing machine. War, death, destruction.. it's all he knows, it's all he lives for. Yeah, sure.. his family was brutally murdered, and he can never let that go, but.. is that really it? Is it all for them? Or is that what he tells himself? The man's only ever been good at one thing, and that's killing. The murder of his family is just the excuse.

Now, going outside of comics, (again, this is just off the top of my head.. so I'm sure I'll remember PLENTY of characters that I forgot to mention), I'll also include Lestat de Lioncourt ('cause he's f*ckin' awesome. That is all), and James Bond (I'm talkin' about literary Bond, specifically. Although, Craig's the most accurate as far as I'm concerned). I mean, I suppose it all depends on how you look at it.. some might see him as a hero. He fights the bad guys, sure.. but, he has no problem using whoever he has to (usually women), or killing whoever he has to. The man's a cold-blooded machine when he needs to be.
cipher - 1/11/2014, 4:59 PM
Hahahahahahahahahaha, well, f*ck me sideways.. didn't realise how much I'd typed.

I blame caffeine.
cipher - 1/11/2014, 7:05 PM
There's this bastard, too:

Oh, and my avatar. Though not so much these days.
LordBeardington - 1/11/2014, 9:31 PM
Where are [frick]ing Deathstroke, John Constantine and Red Hood?! sorry but I cannot agree with any of this crap
MCott - 1/11/2014, 9:37 PM
@LoardBeardington maybe you should read previous comments. I clearly said that this article encompasses multiple mediums. The characters you are talking about are from one medium-- comic books. This is my top 5 antiheroes. Not my top 5 comic book antiheroes
HeisenbergSaysRelax - 1/11/2014, 9:57 PM
I like that you specified each medium and tried to represent each medium with it's own character. I don't agree with the choices, though. None of these characters seem iconic enough to be on a "Top 5 Antihero" list, but to each their own I suppose.
TimDrake87 - 1/12/2014, 12:00 AM
Completely agree with John contstatime with should add swamp thing and skinner sweet my fav anti hero
BruceJordan - 1/12/2014, 12:40 AM
Ace101 - 1/12/2014, 2:47 AM
Vegeta is my no.1.
Trevor - 1/12/2014, 3:01 AM
Han Solo, Spike, Loki (sometimes), Hellboy, Daryl Dixon, Walter White.
Trevor - 1/12/2014, 3:03 AM
And Gusto of course!

QuestiontheAnswer - 1/12/2014, 3:14 AM
To kids, Gusto is a villain.
MightyZeus - 1/12/2014, 3:15 AM
You have a very unique and interesting list. I agree with all five but for me my ant heroes would be:

Snake Plisken
John McClane
Han Solo
John Constantine
JossWeedOnMe - 1/12/2014, 3:18 AM
Thanos ain't no villain
johnblake - 1/12/2014, 7:42 AM
Awesome list. Love the American horror story and blacklist add ons. Does any one watch the black list. It's what agents of Sheild should have been like. But at least James spader is ultron. He gona murder in that role.
Bread - 1/12/2014, 11:41 AM
Punisher should be on this list. Reddington is a badass!
Bread - 1/12/2014, 11:45 AM
@JohnBlake- It's funny you say that, because I was talking with my father yesterday about AoS and I said that the show should have been more like The Blacklist with Marvel characters.

Blacklist is probably my favorite new show of 2013, it's great!
DrDoom - 1/12/2014, 12:16 PM
Deadpool sucks
ds9epicfan - 1/12/2014, 11:08 PM
Cool list.These are some of my favorites(not necessarily top 5 or anything)
Movies....Mad Max,Snake Plissken and Dirty Harry.
Video games....Grayson Hunt(Bulletstorm),Zero(Borderlands 2) and Daniel Garner(Painkiller)
Television....Rick Hunter(Hunter) and Daryl Dixon(Walking Dead)
Comics...Judge Dredd,Deadpool and Heath Huston(Fear Agent)
plasticman - 1/13/2014, 9:15 AM
How many of these are comic book related? I hate asking that, but in my limited understanding only one of these has ever graced the pages of a comic.
MrNiklander - 1/13/2014, 4:08 PM
Awesome list
GuardianDevil - 1/14/2014, 7:23 AM

The Hulk
The Punisher

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