| T5W | Favorite Anti-Heroes

Top 5 Wednesday

Created/Hosted by Lainey

It’s that time of the week again – Top 5 Wednesday, and this topic is the one I was waiting for all month.  Although I once again can’t really put these in any particular order, because I adore all of these characters equally.  They’re each so flawed, it was wonderful reading them and their transformations.


 [an-tee-heer-oh, an-tahy-]
noun, plural antiheroes.

a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and the like.
a central character in a novel, play, etc, who lacks the traditional heroic virtues.


The first character up is probably more anti than hero, but I’ve loved the character for years.  Fun fact: from what I can recall this book/character was my first delve into the comic world.

The comic was: 7149631 and the anti-hero of that story is, to this day, one of my all time favorite characters – Johnny a/k/a NNY.  From the incredibly dark art, to the incredibly disturbing (and funny) writing, this comic series was one that I absolutely loved.


   Cracked (Soul Eater, #1)  Crushed (Soul Eater, #2)

Meet Meda. She eats people.

Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.

I read both of these books last year after pretty much everyone whose reviews I follow on Goodreads had read them and hyped the hell out of them.

After I read these books, I too jumped on the fangirl bandwagon.  Meda isn’t a good guy. I love that she’s sarcastic and selfish and completely unapologetic about how she lives her life.  The fact that she isn’t the traditional heroine of recent YAs was just a huge bonus to me.



Victor Vale.  Another not-good-guy to add to this list.  He’s cold (sometimes seemed like a sociopath to me) and completely out for revenge against his roommate, Eli for very legitimate reasons.  He also uses his superpower (to remove or increase pain) to torture and kill, but even knowing that, I was still completely devoted to this character.  Victor all the way!


The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1)

There are several anti-heroes in this series, but I’m going to go with Kylar Stern – the wetboy (an assassin with magical abilities) MC who does a lot of bad things, like killing regularly, but he really is a good guy.  On this list, his character development is the one that definitely went from very typical anti-hero to actual hero by the end of the trilogy, and I really enjoyed reading his growth.


The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

And because I’m not ready to stop fan-girling about reading this trilogy for the first time this year, I’m picking Kelsier as my 5th anti-hero.  There really wasn’t anything too traditionally heroic about him until the pivotal point of the book, but I just absolutely loved this character.  He was so arrogant and charismatic that it was hard not to adore him.

So, there are my Top 5 Anti-Heroes!  I stand by them all (but not too closely to NNY (since, you know, I want to stay alive)).  What are some of your favorite anti-heroes?


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