The world of superheroes, whether it's comic books, movies or TV, generally stand for all that is good and true as they battle, and defeat, the evil of the world. There are some heroes, however, that aren't so clean-cut. We're talking about the murky world of the vigilante and the anti-heroes. These characters often blur the lines between hero and villain as they live by a set of their own rules rather than those that make up the traditional hero. This leads to a lot more freedom within the character as they not only flaunt the hero code, but they can do it in style.
With the recent release and success of the Deadpool movie, the world of the anti-hero has never been more popular. But Deadpool is by no means the first foul-mouthed hero to slap us in the face with his outrageous attitude, and he won't be the last.
So we look through the wealth of comic book, film and TV heroes to bring you a list of the ones that make 'The Merc with a Mouth' look rather tame in comparison.
10 Jessica Jones
Here is an example of how a hero can be changed by the experiences they encounter. After a car accident involving radioactive chemicals, the young Jessica Campbell (as she was known then) discovered she had developed super strength, invulnerability and flight. Taking inspiration from the likes of Spider-Man, Jones set out on the path to be a superhero.
Under the name Jewel, Jones did just that. Until she met Zebediah Killgrave AKA The Purple Man. With his incredible powers of mind control, Killgrave used this to control Jones to do his bidding. The dark and disturbing events that Jones was forced to do, made her turn her back on the superhero life once she'd broken free of Killgrave.
9 The Comedian
Many of the entries on this list straddle the line between good and bad, often doing things that a 'hero' wouldn't do, but essentially they do it for good.
8 The Punisher
With his up and coming appearance in the Netflix TV show Daredevil, and talk of his own spin off, The Punisher may finally be getting the chance to prove himself on our screens.
7 John Constantine
Hancock tells the story of a man in the real world with superpowers. There are no arch villains or plots to take over the world or any other comic book cliches. However, being different from everyone else not only causes him personal problems, but also stops him from wanting to use his powers to help. With every life that he saves, the people complain about the property damage and how much it'll cost them. (Which we all know would happen in reality!) This turns Hancock into the alcoholic and foul mouthed person who gives up on the world.
The graphic novel Sin City created by Frank Miller has many heroes, anti-heroes and villains, but we feel it's Marv that stands out and could match Deadpool in terms of attitude.
Long before comic book movies became a billion dollar business and a constant feature on the silver screen, there was the Blade series. With Wesley Snipes portraying the daywalker and his quest to rid the world of vampires, the trilogy paved the way for the onslaught of comic book films that were to follow.
We enter the world of comic book parodies and mockery, especially between the DC and Marvel universes. As with Deadpool, who was Marvel's way of mocking the already established Deathstroke, Lobo was intended as an over the top parody of Marvel's Wolverine.
Originally introduced in the 1980's as a villain, Lobo had a revamp in the 1990's, turning him into the alien bounty hunter that so many fans have come to love. The anti-hero's only interest is collecting his bounty, often working with or going up against the likes of Superman and Batman.
When you're an infant demon summoned to this world by occultist Nazi's, you'll be excused if you grew up with an attitude and general dislike for humanity. This is the case with Hellboy.
The well-meaning demon first appeared in the 90's and soon became a popular character for Dark Horse Comics. After being rescued by the allies towards the end of the second world war, Hellboy grows up to work for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense in which he stops the dark forces of the world.
Out of all the heroes that fill our comic books, none are more connected with rudeness and attitude than Wolverine. Since his first appearance in 1974's The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine became very popular with fans. With his gruff loner persona, Wolverine is often voted as the best X-Men and even best comic book character of all.
In the movies, the mutant has had a bit of a rocky road. There is no doubt that Hugh Jackman makes an exceptional Wolverine. However, in the early X-Men movies, Wolverine is softer and aimed for a more 'family friendly' audience. But with a few solo movies and a cameo in X-Men First Class, Wolverine has been able to be himself more and show that when it comes to attitude, foul mouthed-ness and general rudeness, Wolverine beats them all hands down.
Sources: www.imdb.com; watchmen.wikia.com; wikipedia.org
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