Anti-Heroes were always attractive to comic book lovers even though their actions are not that moral. The anti-hero could be described as a character that does good things in popular comic books, but his ethics are not as good as his deeds. Some anti-heroes are more famous than the good guys, and why is that so? Why do we always prefer the bad guys? The thing that makes them worldwide famous is the fact that we all can relate to their characters. They have real flaws; they make actual mistakes, and they can be bad and get away with it. Those are the real reasons why we, ordinary sinful mortals sometimes prefer anti-heroes than superheroes.
An anti-hero is a character that has no common qualities. He is missing idealism, moral goodness, nobility, etc. The comic book world is full of imagination, all sorts of heroes, anti-heroes, their enemies, and they all have their inner fights. Superheroes will never pass the line of morality, which is not the case with anti-heroes. Breaking the rules, going against the law, having some personal issues, are all the qualities of a respectful Anti-hero. As we said, we like to relate to the bad guys fighting for the good cause, and here are the most famous badasses on the scene that you may like more than superheroes. Enjoy in their world of good and bad where the end goal is always more important than some innocent civilians that got killed in the process.
11 The Comedian
The Comedian is one of the most skilled anti-heroes, but also in the same time one of the most sadistic ones. He is described as a psychopath that hates people, life and considers the world as a joke that he can only understand. The end justifies the means, which is his excuse for breaking all the laws. The Comedian became a fighter against crime when he was just 16 years old. He has an odd love of violence that separates him from other characters on this list. The Comedian has a sarcastic sense of humor and practically no moral norms. He won’t care if somebody innocent gets injured or killed in the process of fighting crime.
Namor is one of the first anti-heroes in the comic book world. This character is known as “The Sub Mariner” that appeared in late 30’s comic book. He is a mutant son of a sea captain and the princess of the undersea kingdom of Atlantis. Namor has impressive abilities of "Homo mermanus" race and a mutant’s ability of flight because of the wings on his ankles. He has good nature, but his impulses made him constantly fighting his inner fights instead of the real ones. Namor was one of the most popular anti-heroes in the Golden Age. He usually has a sense of justice and fights for the right cause, but his short-fuse is putting him on the anti-hero side.
The female anti-hero and the toughest woman in the comic books, Elektra is a must for this list. She is Daredevil’s enemy, and an ex-lover, known for being one of the biggest assassins worldwide. Superhero Daredevil is in love with this hot bada**, but her savage nature has divided them apart. Theorists took her hostage at a young age, and she seeks revenge after the death of her. In China, she studied martial arts and joined a group of ninja assassins. She is considered to be one of the sexiest characters in the comic books, but also the top badasses when it comes to female characters.
8 V for Vendetta
The main character and the most famous one from V for Vendetta is a terrorist that fights for freedom against the fascist regime of Norsefire party in England. He is both hero and a criminal. Ruthless and willing to destroy anyone who gets in his way, V uses his ways searching for justice. He was prisoned for experimenting but managed to get away. He is a symbol of anarchists that are trying to destroy the totalitarian state. He is a criminal in the eyes of the law, but on the other hand, he is considered to be almost a Robin-Hood-like figure who is doing whatever it takes to stand up for the right causes.
7 The Ghost Rider
The Ghost Rider is an average human, Johnny Blaze, who gave his soul to the Satan “Mephisto” just to save the life of his father. He ends bonded with demon Zarathos and in a constant fight against his demonic side. He is in a fight against Zarathos influence and the evil forces at the same time. The Ghost Rider is considered to be one of the most visually interesting characters in comics. He rides a hell motorcycle, dresses in a blue leather costume and instead of a head he has a skull in flames. He uses chains, guns, and his fiery motorcycle as his trademarks, and represents an ultimate badass good guy. We can relay to this character because he started having all of his demonic problems for one good cause he desperately wanted to accomplish.
Rorschach is probably the most popular character from the Watchman. He is considered to be an Anti-hero because he believes in moral absolutism; there is no gray in life, only black and white. He is famous for his brutality. He has strict moral norms and lives by them. He aims to protect the innocent lives, but he does whatever it takes to defend his integrity. Rorschach has no problem killing anyone who is working against his morals, just for the primary goal of bringing the bad guys to justice. We can connect to Rorschach because he refuses to accept the fact that he is an ordinary man, as we all sometimes do.
As most of the anti-heroes, Spawn also has a tragic story behind. His methods are barbarous, and he tends to crash the line between good and evil. He got killed and sent to hell where he gets and offer to get back to the Earth as Spawn. Huge red cape, which transforms into all kinds of (deadly) things, an enormous amount of chains, and a dark aura of energy surrounds this character. He is on the side of the good, but his appearance and demonic voice would certainly make you run in terror. His inner fight is about humanity and sin, which make us relate to this interesting character.
4 The Incredible Hulk
The famous Incredible Hulk is not similar to an ordinary superhero because he will do some things that no other character can imagine. He is so strong that he can destroy buildings and use full-sized army tanks as sledgehammers. When he sets his eyes on a target, NOTHING can stop him. This loved character was made in early 60s by one of Marvel’s screenwriters Stan Lee. The Hulk is actually Doctor Bruce Banner’s alter ego, and when he’s angry, he becomes the worldwide famous green beast - the Incredible Hulk. The scary big Hulk is convicted to loneliness, so we guess that might be the real reason why this anti-hero is one of the most loved ones in the world.
A mutant that has a regenerative ability, animal-keen senses, and incredible physical capabilities, Wolverine is undoubtedly one of the most famous comic book characters ever. He is a rebel towards the authority, but essentially he is a real life loner. He is a thought-reliable ally in every fight you can imagine, but he can be harsh and rude sometimes. He loves justice, protects the innocent, but at the same time, when Wolverine deals with bad guys, people get killed or severely injured, vehicles get destroyed, and more. He is killing to keep the world in peace, and all the flaws and mistakes he made are the reasons why we can easily relate to this guy.
2 The Punisher
The desire for revenge for the killing of his wife and two children motivates The Punisher to start a one man war. He kills criminals with no mercy, and he has a firm control of his mind. He is the real definition of an anti-hero because his interest in the fight against the crime is influenced by his personal motivation - vengeance. He never cares about what will happen to him during his road to justice. He is different because it seems he finds a particular kind of happiness in the killing. Sometimes The Punisher believes he is god’s tool for the punishment on Earth.
Recently featured in a full film, Deadpool is a perfect anti-hero for many reasons. Known as a “Merc with a Big Mouth”, this talkative comic book character is a mercenary that has a habit of breaking the fourth wall. He has an accelerated healing which caused mental instability to this character. Before he got tortured to death and reborn as a mutant, he was a trained Hitman and an Excellent Swordsman. Most of Deadpool’s actions start in his head, and they are often bizarre. In the same time, he just wants to be accepted, and in several cases he managed to pull off his best game. That’s why we can all connect to his madness and confused acts. This character is on the 182nd place of Wizard's Top 200 Comics Characters Of All Time.